This page is specifically for the characters of the Netflix series The Witcher (2019).
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Geralt of Rivia
Monikers: The White Wolf, The Butcher of Blaviken
Portrayed by: Henry Cavill, Tristan Ruggeri (as a child)
Voiced by: Alexander Doering (German), Hiroki Tochi (Japanese), José Gilberto Vilchis (Latin American Spanish)
Geralt of Rivia is a witcher, a mutated human, who hunts monsters for coin.
- Adaptation Amalgamation: Contains elements of the character from both the books and the games. His appearance is more faithful to the books, while his speech patterns are closer to the games' less talkative version of the character.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Just like the previous series and the games, Geralt is more classically handsome than his book counterpart. He notably lacks the facial scarring of his book and game counterparts.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Geralt in the series is noticeably more cynical than in the books. E.g. in The Last Wish he intentionally invokes the Law of Surprise in the hope of acquiring a child because the number of witchers is decreasing and he genuinely believes that destiny may have given him this opportunity. In the same scene in the series he does it out of annoyance when Duny insists that he name a reward and he is far from pleased with the result.
- Badass Baritone: Henry Cavill gives Geralt a considerably deeper tone than his regular speaking voice, which matches the character's intimidation.
- Battle Couple: Briefly with Yennefer, when the two are defending a dragon egg from a group of bounty hunters.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Unbeknownst to Geralt, his first wish from the djinn he just freed is to get some peace. The djinn interprets this as magically swelling up Jaskier's throat to make him shut up, as at that moment he was having an argument with Geralt.
- Brutal Honesty: As rarely as he speaks, what he says is usually nothing but the harsh truth.
- In "Betrayer Moon", he first gets King Foltest riled up when he describes what happened to Princess Adda's daughter who became a striga, then when Foltest starts trusting Geralt, Geralt admits that he doesn't know if he can cure Foltest's daughter. When Foltest asks what happened to the other princess-turned-monster that Geralt faced (Renfri), Geralt sadly expresses that he had to kill her. Geralt's honesty causes Foltest to open up about his incestuous relationship with his sister.
- Subverted in "Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials". When Calanthe asks Geralt which tale-telling lord really killed a manticore, Geralt responds that neither did, but backs out when the situation is about to escalate. Then it's played straight when Calanthe asks Geralt about how he killed the elves at the edge of the world, only for Geralt to admit that they beat him up and King Filavandrel spared him.
- Played for Laughs in "Bottled Appetites" when Jaskier keeps getting on his nerves, Geralt admits that he thinks Jaskier's singing sucks.
- The Butcher: Gets the title of "The Butcher of Blaviken" after slighting Stregobor the wizard while surrounded by brigand corpses he slew in the middle of the town. Stregobor tells the rest of the town he went on a rampage.
- Calling Parents by Their Name: He calls his mother Visenna by name probably because he resents her for abandoning him.
- Charm Person: The Axii sign allows Geralt to influence people's minds, though when he tries it on Renfri, she proves to be resistant to it.
- The Comically Serious: Especially together with Jaskier, Geralt is usually the straight man, who is unfazed by anything they encounter.
- Covered with Scars: His whole body is covered in scars and Every Scar Has a Story.
- Cradling Your Kill: He cradles Renfri in his arm after fatally stabbing her.
- Dance Battler: First showcased in the series when he kills Renfri and her thugs, Geralt skillfully dodges and attacks his enemies like he's dancing.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Dresses all in black leather, and looks definitely intimidating. Once you get past that, you see someone who will try to help those in need.
- Deadpan Snarker: When he talks to someone he doesn't like (or Jaskier), he usually makes a snark or two.Stregobor: According to the wise mage, Eltibald, Lilit's path was to be prepared by sixty women wearing gold crowns, who'd fill the river valleys with blood.
Geralt: Hm. Doesn't rhyme. All good predictions rhyme.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": It's not his birth name that gets him riled up, and it's only Visenna that makes him angry.Visenna: Stop it, Geralt.
Geralt: You don't get to use that name! Vesemir gave me that name.
- Experienced Protagonist: Geralt is older than he looks, and is over a hundred years old by the time he meets Ciri.
- Famed in Story: Over the decades, Geralt's exploits, both good and bad, become known across several countries.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: Geralt has experienced magic first hand since he was a child and probably in greater quantities than anyone in the Continent who isn't a sorcerer. And yet, for most of his life he refuses to accept Destiny as anything else other than a self-delusion people made up to make the world make sense.
- Friendship Denial: Geralt constantly denies Jaskier being his friend, yet he wandered the Continent with the latter for more than two decades.Jaskier: It is one night bodyguarding your very best friend in the whole wide world. How hard could that be?
Geralt: I'm not your friend.
Jaskier: Oh, really. You usually just let strangers rub chamomile onto your lovely bottom?
- Genius Bruiser: As part of his witcher training, he is also a walking bestiary borderline One-Man Army. He also has deductive skills that would belong to the Great Detective of a classic mystery story, which are needed to figure out details that will help solve more complicated jobs like curses or obscure monsters.
- Genre Savvy: Unlike most fantasy protagonists, Geralt knows his way enough around most of the Continent's legends, myths, and folklore to know what to do (and what not to) in certain situations. Justifiably, it's the only way he's survived for so long.
- Guttural Growler: Geralt speaks with a very guttural voice, which adds to his intimidating presence.
- Has a Type: Until now, Geralt was shown being attracted only to brunettes. Over the course of the show, he slept with Renfri, a prostitute and Yen.
- Healing Factor: Has a minor one that can help him recover from serious injuries, but ultimately healing potions and proper treatment are way more effective. Because of this he's also resistant to poisons and allows him to use potions to enhance his abilities whereas most people would die from consuming them.
- Heroic Neutral: Geralt will try to stay neutral as long as possible and will only hunt monsters for coin, but if he sees an injustice happening in front of his eyes, he will act (see Neutral No Longer).
- Hero with Bad Publicity: He's a witcher, for one, and has the title "The Butcher of Blaviken". Jaskier attempts to repair his reputation with his ballads.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: His studded leather cuirass. And his very tight leather pants.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Often proclaims that he is strictly a professional monster hunter, only in it for the money, hates the common folk who ostracize him, and has no emotions. All the innocent people he refuses to let die (sometimes without pay) and constantly putting up with Jaskier strongly suggest otherwise.
- Humble Hero: Geralt isn't one to brag about his feats, as Jaskier complains that he is too stingy with details. When asked about his stories, he will also not lie that Jaskier's songs are vastly exaggerated, and after saving the life of a man, he asks for nothing in return. Unfortunately, in the latter's case, he eventually gives in and calls for the Law of Surprise as reward, unintentionally earning him Ciri.
- Hunk: Courtesy to Henry Cavill's Heroic Build.
- Hunter of Monsters: The profession witchers specialise in.
- Hyper-Awareness: Due to his heightened senses and his keen observation skills, there are few things he doesn't notice around him.
- In "Betrayer Moon", Geralt notices King Foltest's reactions when Geralt brings up Princess Adda's lover as the potential murderer and curser of her child. Using this information, he tries to get another reaction out of Foltest by describing bluntly and in minute detail what happened to Adda's daughter. When he and Triss investigate Princess Adda's room in the abandoned castle, he immediately recognizes the smell on her bedsheets, which later leads to the conviction of the culprit.
- When Geralt meets with Mousesack to take Ciri as his child of surprise to safety, he hears during their conversation the assassins Queen Calanthe has sent to kill Geralt. When she later apparently concedes and lets "Ciri" go, he notices that something is off and sees that the "Ciri" he just met is an imposter and the real Ciri was disguised as a commoner, playing with her friends.
- Is called out by Yennefer that he really has no right to lecture her about her irresponsible wish for motherhood, when he has a child of surprise that he isn't taking care of.
- He also goes off on Jaskier, blaming him for getting caught up with a child surprise and losing Yennefer. Geralt and Yennefer never would have met had it not been for Jaskier, and Geralt will soon come to genuinely love Ciri as a daughter.
- Immune to Mind Control: To a degree. In "Bottled Appetites" he No Sells Yennefer's charm spell, but later is put to sleep and forced to do her bidding, which leads to his imprisonment by the town guards.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: In the first fight of the series, he parries a crossbow bolt with his blade and kills seven armed thugs.
- Invincible Hero: Very much downplayed. Despite being an experienced witcher, not all of Geralt's fights with monsters go his way (the fight with the striga and the necrophages most notably). His survival owes as much to his pulling all the stops when fighting (like consuming potions and preparing the battleground) as to trying to avoid head-on, protracted fights in the first place. That said, throwing him in a battle with humans (even experienced knights) usually ends as a Curb-Stomp Battle in his favor.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Most of his crueler acts are at the expense of people who deserve it, like leaving Ostrit to be butchered by the striga he created.
- Knight In Sour Armor: He is supposed to be Only in It for the Money, but as much as he wishes to deny it, despite his gruff, rude and uncompromising exterior, he is still the kind of person who will most likely do something to save the most people, even at great cost to himself.
- Ladykiller in Love: Geralt already has a coloured romantic track record and yet it is only until he finally encounters Yennefer that he begins to experience much of the emotional uncertainties and frustrations of caring for someone, much to his confusion and irritation.
- Last of His Kind: Not completely, but he makes it clear that there are very few witchers left after their stronghold, Kaer Morhen, was sacked by a mob and anyone who knew how to turn people into witchers was killed.
- Lightning Bruiser: Because of his genetic enhancement, he has increased speed and stamina. Thus allows him to perform swift movements in combat, such as parrying crossbow bolts and cutting down multiple opponents in seconds.
- Magic Knight: He's a talented swordfighter, as well as able to use a handful of petty magic "signs" to create telekinetic blasts, hypnotize the weak-minded, seal doorways with electric barriers, et cetera.
- Make a Wish: In "Bottled Appetites", he frees a djinn who grants three wishes to its master. While the first two wishes are relatively minor, the third one is used to save Yennefer's life and seemingly links Geralt's destiny to hers.
- Master Swordsman: He is routinely seen fighting and besting multiple opponents in swordfights, to the point that Renfri stands out by being able to match him.
- Meaningful Rename: His dialogue with Visenna reveals that "Geralt" was an adopted alias after he was left at Kaer Morhen as a child.Geralt: You don't get to use that name! Vesemir gave me that name!
- Momma's Boy: Flashbacks suggest that before he was turned into a witcher, Geralt was quite a sweet boy with dreams of knighthood, following his mother Visenna (who unbeknownst to him was a sorceress) all the way. Her abandoning him serves as the first of most of the trauma he'll be undergoing for the rest of his life. Indeed, when he finally meets her again when she tries to heal his near-fatal injuries, it's the first thing he upbraids her about.
- Mr. Fanservice: Henry Cavill's certainly more easy on the eyes than Book Geralt, as the tight leather and shirtless scenes love to remind you.
- Mystical White Hair: This makes him easy to tell apart from other witchers.
- Neutral No Longer: Unless you force his hand, Geralt will try to stay neutral.
- When presented two times with the choice of "the lesser evil" - to kill either the sorcerer, Stregobor, or the supposed evil mutant and bandit, Renfri - either choice saving innocent people, he'd rather not choose at all. However, with Renfri taking the people of Blaviken hostage to force Stregobor out and setting an ultimatum for Geralt, he is forced to kill her and her people.
- When Queen Calanthe tries to have Duny killed, so she doesn't have to honor the Law of Surprise and let him marry her daughter, Geralt interferes and defends Duny.
- Geralt vehemently refuses to join the hunt for a dragon, as they are not a threat to humans, only joining Borch's team because Yennefer is also participating. When he learns that the wanted dragon, Myrgtabrakke, was trying to protect her egg, he helps Villentretenmerth and his companions defend the egg.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Due to misunderstandings, Geralt's good actions are often met with disdain. Despite saving the people of Blaviken from Renfri and her bandits, they threw stones at him, chased him out of town and started calling him "The Butcher of Blaviken" for supposedly killing innocent people.
- The Nose Knows: Has a keen sense of smell, which he demonstrates in Temeria to convict King Foltest's courtier of cursing Princess Adda.
- Not So Stoic: Despite the reputation that the mutations supposedly rob witchers of their emotions, Geralt shows several times a wide range of emotions.
- Odd Friendship:
- The gruff and stoic Geralt is somehow friends with the boisterous and outspoken bard, Jaskier. They are constantly mocking each other, but while Geralt would never admit it, he actually cares a lot about Jaskier.
- The same could also be said of his relationship with Mousesack: he, an itinerant witcher with a very cynical view of Destiny compared to Mousesack's highly-placed, worldly, destiny-believing and more affable druid. What clearly links them is their mutual acknowledgment of each other's sense of honor and morals.
- Older Than They Look: It's made apparent that he ages very slowly, as the show covers several decades of his career without any visible changes in his appearance. According to the show's official timeline, 32 years separate the Butchering of Blaviken (at which point he's already 71) and the Fall of Cintra.
- Parental Abandonment: Geralt's mother apparently raised him alone and eventually abandoned him on the road.
- Perpetual Frowner: Constantly is seen with a grim look on his face, to the point that his friends make fun of him.
- Perpetual Poverty: Justified, because in Geralt's time, his monster-slaying services are no longer much needed. In "Betrayer Moon" it gets to a point where he has to pawn his horse to the inn keeper and moves to Temeria to kill the wanted vukodlak so he can pay off his debt.
- Pet the Dog:
- When Geralt and Jaskier are beaten up by the elves and are left to Filavandrel's mercy, he asks the elves to leave Jaskier alone and let him go, because he's not a threat to them.
- He tries his best to cure Princess Adda from her striga curse and refrains from using his sword to kill her. In case he doesn't make it out alive but succeeds, he gives King Foltest Renfri's brooch as a gift for Foltest's daughter.
- When Jaskier is invited to Princess Pavetta's birthday and betrothal feast in Cintra, Geralt declares that he wouldn't accompany Jaskier because he doesn't want to get involved in the "petty squabbles of men", which Jaskier comments is far from the truth. As expected, Geralt ends up helping his friend. He earns a mocking from Queen Calanthe because he doesn't get paid for this.
- Punch-Clock Hero: Killing monsters is Geralt's job, and he will only engage in it if paid and only as far as the agreed upon terms.
- Rage Breaking Point: The fallout of his relationship with Yennefer (especially after their mutual reproachment of their perceived hypocrisies with each other) leads him to lash out at Jaskierwho, quite noticeably, was involved with every moment/bad incident that brought them together.
- Really Gets Around: He beds no less than three remarkably-attractive women (Renfri, a prostitute and Yennefer) throughout Season 1. And if his conversation with the prostitute was any indication, he has had so many liaisons that their names all begin to sound the same to him.
- Red Baron: The "White Wolf", which Jaskier coins when beginning to tag along with him. Less flattering to him, as mentioned above, is "The Butcher of Blaviken".
- Screw Destiny: In a setting where everybody seems to regard destiny as an active and potent force, Geralt stands out for his utter contempt of the concept, to the point that he actively refuses to get involved in Ciri's early life out of sheer contrariness, because their destinies are supposedly linked.Geralt: Fear not, Your Majesty. If I'm seen in your kingdom again, it'll be to kill a real monster, not lay claim to a crop or a new pup. Destiny can go fu.
(Pavetta throws up because of morning sickness)
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Geralt's ubermasculine no-nonsense personality contrasts heavily with Jaskier's artistic personality.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: He's very fond of the Precision F-Strike to memetic levels.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: How Geralt and Yennefer's relationship can be summed up. At the end of their first meeting in Rinde, after a heated argument, the two of them engage in sex.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Comes with being a witcher, as it was one of the physiological changes he was subjected to during his training, to give him better eye-sight. Notably, he doesn't have the slit pupils that also come with the golden irises in the book and game series. A directorial choice this time around.
- Super Reflexes: Fast enough to deflect a crossbow bolt and fight a striga (although the effort on the second nearly killed him).
- Super Senses: The mutations a witcher goes through enhance all of their senses, like their eyesight and sense of smell - the latter of which surprises Adda's Stalker with a Crush.
- Telekinesis: The spell that is most prominently shown by Geralt is the Aard sign.
- Took a Level in Cynic: Geralt's Cynicism Catalyst was his rescue of a man and his daughter from bandits who tried to rape the girl. After killing the would-be rapist, the girl vomited and lost consciousness due to being covered entirely in the bandit's blood. It's supposed to illustrate his mentor Vesemir's point that witchers should not see themselves as Knight Errant, only Punch-Clock Hero at best (which, considering Geralt's own childhood dreams, had to be a hard thing to let go of).
- Tragic Keepsake: He has kept Renfri's brooch with him, after he was tragically forced to kill her, and eventually attaches it to the hilt of his steel sword.
- Verbal Tic: "Hmm..."
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Geralt and Jaskier do not look like typical friends, but beneath Geralt's gruff demeanour and apparent treatment of Jaskier, he shows several times that he cares about the bard.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: If the "monster" he is hired to kill turns out to be an intelligent being, he will try to reason with them for a non-violent solution. If the monstrosity is due to an affliction, he will try to find a cure instead of killing.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: Zigzagged. When potentially causing a violent escalation, Geralt will resort to lies to appease people, but when it comes to his own failures, he will not mince words and admit that he is not as great as in the songs Jaskier sings about him.Queen Calanthe: Perhaps our esteemed guest would like to entertain us with how he slayed the elves at the edge of the world?
Geralt: There was no slaying. I had my arse kicked by a ragged band of elves. I was about to have my throat cut, when Filavandrel let me go.
Yennefer of Vengerberg
Portrayed by: Anya Chalotra
Voiced by: Maria Hönig (German), Ayumi Tsunematsu (Japanese), Alejandra Delint (Latin American Spanish)
A woman with a facial deformity and hunchback who worked on a pig farm, hailing from the capital city of Aedirn, Vengerberg. After her talent in magic was discovered, Yennefer was taken to the Brotherhood of Sorcerers where she was trained to become a sorceress. After her ascension and working as an adviser and guard for royal families for decades, she eventually abandons the Brotherhood and crosses paths with the witcher Geralt.
- Action Fashionista: She has a dress for every occasion, including war.
- Action Girl: Yennefer is a talented sorceress quite proficient at hand-to-hand combat and handling swords.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the books, even after her transformation from a hunchback girl to a great beauty still left her with some sort of deformities like, slightly receded chin, irregular eyebrows, long nose and uneven shoulders. Show Yennefer has normal proportions.
- Adaptational Badass: While in the books and games she was an extremely powerful sorceress, she was at a disadvantage when caught in close combat, at one point even being overpowered and tied up by the Reavers. In the Netflix series, Yennefer is also a highly skilled swordswoman, able to fight side by side with Geralt and more than hold her own.
- Adaptational Dye Job: Downplayed. While Yennefer's hair is black, it lacks the abundant curls of the novels and the video game. While she does occasionally wear her hair in curls, it's not to the extent of the books.
- Affectionate Nickname: She is affectionately called "Yen" or "Yenna" by her lovers.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Yennefer's life before being picked up by Tissaia was full of abuse from both her family and the villagers, due to her deformity and hunchback, leaving her with insecurities long after having fixed her physical problems.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: An attractive raven-haired woman who tends to act snobbish and aloof.
- Anti-Hero: Yen is more on the "anti" side of this trope for most of time, being self-centered and temperamental; it takes a lot to bring to the surface her inner hero, like dear ones being in danger or noble causes.
- Battle Couple: Briefly with Geralt, when the two are defending a dragon egg from a group of bounty hunters.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: It is during the battle of Sodden Hill. Yennefer is wounded, covered with blood, filth and sweat in the battle.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She sacrificed her womb to fix her deformity and become beautiful, so she could become the Court Mage of Aedirn, but eventually comes to regret it.
- Berserk Button: Her climactic confrontation with Geralt (as she tries to possess the djinn) suggests hers is being subjected to any form of pity, patronizing or someone else determining what they think she needs. To quote her directly, as long as she thinks someone is simply "permitting [her] success so long as [they] command it", she will try to sabotage it and rebel—even as it blows up in her own face. When she realizes Geralt's last wish is for their fates to be bound together, she assumes the worst of his intentions and storms out of his life. It's not unreasonable to assume that a lot of these are rooted in her massive self-esteem issues.
- Brainy Brunette: She was one of the best students of Aretuza and a strong contender for being the next rectoress.
- Broken Ace: Yennefer is beautiful and talented when it comes to magic, but in the long run she realizes that she wasted herself on insignificant political conflicts. Not to mention despite her body having healed and become beautiful, the psychological scars of her past bullying, abuse and insecurities have yet to heal.
- Broken Bird: The nature of her birth and childhood have left her with a lot of crippling self-esteem. After serving for three decades at the court of Aedirn and the death of Queen Kalis's baby girl turn Yennefer into a jaded and bitter woman border-lining on Villain Protagonist.
- Casting a Shadow: When confronting the Ronin Mage, Yennefer was shown capable of wielding some sort of dark energy as defense against the assasin.
- Charm Person: She charms the citizens of Rinde into having an orgy.
- Court Mage: Served as one for the kingdom of Aedirn for many years, until she got fed up with it and left.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She had been bullied, ridiculed and abused for her deformities since birth despite her attempts to fit in by being kind and hardworking. After learning magic, being groomed as a pawn for the Brotherhood of Sorcerers, and being betrayed by her first love, Yennefer becomes determined to never be hurt, helpless or ridiculed again. As a result, she becomes extremely selfish, callous and power-hungry, pushing away those who genuinely care for her while stubbornly pursuing her personal goals, regardless of the costs to herself and those around her.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She wears mostly black outfits, but is also one of the sympathetic characters.
- Deadpan Snarker: Yennefer handles the "chaotic" events she witnesses by quipping with sassy lines at every opportunity.Beau Berrant, mayor of Rinde: Are you familiar with who I am?
Yennefer: Well, won't you end this rather melodramatic suspense and tell me?.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She spends most of Season 1 being antagonistic to almost everyone she meets. she mellows down after meeting Geralt.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: She became disillusioned with being a sorceress, and for years Yennefer spent her time looking for a way to become a mother and leave a legacy.
- Deuteragonist: The show explores her Character Development from hunchbacked outcast to powerful and rebellious witch just as much as Geralt's adventures, with her backstory showed from the very start of the story.
- Driven to Suicide: The fact that for her father she was worth less than half a pig and was immediately sold to the Brotherhood without much protest makes her feel useless and drives her to cut her wrists. Yennefer would have died if Tissaia hadn't healed her.
- Dude Magnet: Many will turn their heads after her without any sorcery. King Virfuril of Aedirn immediately favors her over Fringilla and especially Geralt is drawn to her.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Piglet", because she used to work on a pig farm.
- Emotional Powers: Part of Yennefer's strength is tied to her emotions. At first unable to control her emotions and her magic, she was taught to suppress them, but Tissaia eventually asks Yennefer to let them loose in the Battle at Sodden Hill.
- Everybody Has Standards: She is fairly disgusted by the fact she had to help corrupt rulers keep their crowns, and at the end of her dragon hunt she ends up defending said dragon when she learns that the dragon protected her baby.
- False Soulmate: She is visibly disappointed and angry when she learns that Geralt's final wish to the djinn in Rinde linked her to him, believing that her feelings for him are not real and are only caused by magic. Even when Geralt insists that their love is real, Yennefer has doubts and abandons Geralt.
- Femme Fatale: Yennefer is both beautiful and vain, seducing men here and there for her advantage.
- Fetal Position Rebirth: Her Magic Plastic Surgery is treated like a rebirth and ends with her covered in blood and in a fetal position.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Yennefer starts out as a hunchback farm girl abused to the point of suicide. Over the years, she becomes one of the most powerful mages in the world, strong enough to annihilate an entire army all by herself.
- Girly Bruiser: Elegant, composed and a terrifying opponent in battle.
- Good Is Not Nice: While there is no denying Yen has goodness in her, it's even less denying that she is a huge asshole.
- Goth: Yennefer loves to wear black fancy dresses, wears smokey make up, is a very reclusive person and has a taste in dark things.
- Goth Girls Know Magic: A Lady of Black Magic with gothic aesthetics.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Her biological father was half elven, which is supposedly the reason for her disability at the beginning.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Her time as a court mage left her incredibly cynical and caused her to start using her power for selfish and evil uses, all in the pursuit of gaining more power so she could reverse her infertility. However, encountering Geralt caused her to have brief moments of heroism, eventually leading her to reunite with the other Mages to fight off Nilfgaard.
- Hot-Blooded: Yen can get "pissed off" or agitated very quickly from little things and has a temper to match for.
- Hot Witch: Quoting Jaskier: "Leave the very sexy but insane witch to her inevitable demise."
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: When Yennefer tries to open up to Queen Kalis about her disappointments brought by being a court mage, she mockingly calls herself ' glorified royal arse wiper'.
- I Am Very British: Anya has a very posh Midlands accent, that gets even thicker whenever Yennefer becomes snappy.
- I Just Want to Be Beautiful: During her early life, Yennefer's disabilities (and the disfiguration along with it) understandably became the source of most of her insecurities. Not even her training as a mage nor Istredd's affections were enough to dampen this—and the fallout of her initial assignment to Nilfgaard emphasized to her that her elven heritage (and the disfigurations it brought her) continue to keep her weak and a pawn of Chapter politics. In her view, disposing of this (hence her undergoing the Painful Transformation) would be the first step towards her gaining independence and agency. However...
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Later on her life, despite being a well-placed Court Mage and having had a reputation as a fearsome mage herself, Yennefer realizes no one really likes her for who she is—only what she can do for other people. This, in her insecure view, is no different from being vulnerable when she was weak and useless. As demonstrated by the assassination of Queen Kalis (with her being injured as collateral damage), the moment people deem her value/usefulness is gone, people will leave, abandon, betray or hurt her again. This also continues to feed her Berserk Button above.
- Interspecies Romance: She is one-quarter elven mage who falls in love with a witcher.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As a result of her Dark and Troubled Past above, Yen, at her worst, is callous, bitterly sardonic and self-destructive. This being said, she really tried to save Queen Kalis's daughter and cries when the newborn dies, choose to save the dragon and its baby over her desire to get her womb back, is genuinely disgusted with how decadent the royal courts and Aretusa have become, and she truly cares about Tissaia.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Her beautiful dresses don't slow her down in the slightest when in a fight.
- Knight In Sour Armor: Yennefer is deeply bitter and self-destructive, likely as a result of her not-so-happy childhood and the years she lost for nothing serving the king of Aedirn. That being said, she is capable of genuine acts of kindness.
- Lady of Black Magic: She's cold, aloof, and a graceful fighter. While capable of physical combat herself, Yennefer prefers to use her offensive magic.
- Magic Knight: Powerful and formidable sorceress, and handy with a sword as well. She has much stronger magical prowess than swordsmanship, however.
- Manipulative Bitch: Accused by her ex-lover Istredd of being one, after he learns that she patronized him with her thoughts. When she returns decades later and offers to go away together like he proposed to back in Aretuza, he refuses, seeing how destructive his love for her was.
- Ms. Fanservice: It's shown that people can cast magic while wearing clothes, but Yennefer does seem to have to lose hers a lot to cast stronger spells. Also she has multiple sex scenes, where she's naked or half-naked. Even with the special effects making her look unattractive in the beginning, it's obvious the makeup team was struggling to downplay the actress's natural beauty.
- Older Than They Look: Like most sorcerers and sorceresses, she looks far younger than she actually is. Yennefer looks like she is in her twenties, but throughout the first season alone, several decades pass.
- Operation: Jealousy: She joins Eyck of Denesle on the Dragon Hunt Trip, and spends her time trying to make Geralt jealous. It works.
- Playing with Fire: When Tissaia finally recommends that she "let her chaos explode", Yennefer unleashes a conflagration that disables a chunk of the Nilfgaardian army assaulting Sodden.
- Pretty in Mink: She wears a long coat trimmed with grey fur during the Dragon hunt trip.
- Race Lift: Described in the books as having pale skin, she is played by the British Indian actress Anya Chalotra.
- Rage Against the Mentor: Over the years, the relationship between Tessaia and Yen became quite tense, mostly because of Yen's disregard of herself.
- Rebellious Spirit: Yennefer really hates being patronized, or even worse, being told what to do. Trying to make her comply or just giving her advice, will just make her even more stubborn and unreasonable. She prefers to follow her own set of rules, if she has one.
- Scars Are Forever: An invoked version. The scars from her suicide attempt are one of the only things, aside from her purple eyes, that she asks to keep before undergoing her transformation.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: She has no problem getting naked.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: How Geralt and Yennefer's relationship can be summed up. At the end of their first meeting in Rinde, after Geralt saved Yennefer's life and a heated argument, the two of them engage in sex.
- The Snark Knight: She has no problem insulting others when making snide remarks about them. And sometimes, she doesn't even bother to spare at least herself.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: On the surface, Yennefer appears a sassy confident, mighty witch who needs no one. Beneath, she is an emotionally vulnerable woman who desperately tries to find someone that love her unconditionally.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Thanks to her attachment issues, often joined by her "Don't tell me what to do" attitude, has Yen revolving around only two moods: loving and/or spiteful.
- Supernatural Is Purple: Her most striking feature are her purple eyes, even before undergoing her transformation at Aretuza, marking her as particularly magical. Preparing for the transformation, she specifically instructs the sorcerer doing the procedure to leave her eyes, which may have been the only one of her features she liked, unchanged.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: After the magic assassin killed the child she was protecting, after having spent three decades protecting the corrupt king she was assigned to, Yenn clearly fell off the Despair Event Horizon. When Geralt meets her, she's became a feared witch who compelled a town to have an orgy for her amusement and thought nothing of trying to have Geralt and Jaskier killed so she could tame the power of the Djinn they had. Fortunately she eventually made her way back to the light.
- Thinking Up Portals: While most ascended sorcerers display this ability, Yennefer is notable because she was noticed by Tissaia when she subconsciously portalled herself to Aretuza. She also immediately manages to create a genuine portal on her first try after eating a feainnewedd flower.
- Throwing Off the Disability: Yennefer goes through magical surgery to be reborn and fix her deformities at the cost of becoming sterile.
- Troll: Yen can have a twisted sense of humor at times. She charmed citizens of Rinde into having an orgy just because, chases Jaskier around her room, all silent, with a knife in her hand, just to force him make a wish; and then there is the whole "Make Geralt jealous" operation.
- Tsundere: Strongly the harsh type. She acts very callous and hostile towards Geralt because she is actually in love with him. She also shows a very sweet side to him when they are intimate.
- Same can be said about her relationship with Tessaia. She may have treated her former mentor coldly for years, but Yennefer loves Tessaia in her own way.
- Uneven Hybrid: One-quarter elf, which allows her to perform some exceptional magic.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If only Yennefer hadn't forced her way into the Aedirn assignment, Nilfgaard would have never raised to power leading to Cintra's and other southern kingdoms' fall; as Fringilla and her uncle point out:Fringilla: To be fair, Yennefer of Vengerberg, is the one I have to thank for my posting. If she had taken it, I wouldn't be where I am today. Neither would Nilfgaard.
Artorius Vigo: If only Yennefer had gone to Nilfgaard. With her at the helm, they'd still be a shitty backwater.
- What Beautiful Eyes!: Had striking purple eyes even before her transformation. When they meet again, Istredd muses that he's glad she kept her eyes.
- Wild Card: Yenn will remain only as long as it benefits her, then move on. Then return again, screwing up even more. All of this emerges from her being unsatisfied with her own life, and her need to be loved for who she is. Geralt calls her out on this self-destructive behaviour:Geralt: ...you flit about like a tornado, wreaking havoc, and for what? So you can have a baby? A child is no way to boost your fragile ego, Yen.
Princess Cirilla "Ciri" Fiona Elen Riannon
Portrayed by: Freya Allan
Voiced by: Yui Kondo (Japanese), Erika Ugalde (Latin American Spanish)
The granddaughter and heir of Queen Calanthe of Cintra. After Nilfgaard invades Cintra, she is forced to flee, desperate to follow her grandmother's final words and find Geralt of Rivia to fulfill her destiny.
- Action Survivor: After the fall of Cintra, Ciri finds herself relying on other people, but also on her own wits.
- She escapes Cahir by shouting until a stone monolith collapses, creating a chasm between them, allowing her to escape.
- In an attempt to obscure her appearance, she uses mud to darken her hair.
- When she finds a refugee camp, she goes by 'Fiona', to avoid repercussions.
- When Ciri follows the fake Mousesack she listens to Dara and grows suspicious of him, and begins to bring up related memories about Skellige, asking him if he missed the cold as well. The imposter answers he feel homesick, but Ciri shouts at him telling that the real Mousesask has arthritis and considers Cintra his real home. She goes as far as stabbing the imposter, when Dara refuses to.
- Adaptational Dye Job: Ciri is a green-eyed girl with silver hair in the games and books, whereas here, she has grey-blue eyes and light-blonde hair.
- Affectionate Nickname: Her name, Cirilla, is shortened to "Ciri" by those she trusts.
- The Baby of the Bunch: She is the youngest main character.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Despite being on the run in the woods for a while her long curly blonde hair remains more or less intact. She even deliberately puts some dirt on it for camouflage just for the dirt to disappear in the next scene. Her clothes aren't damaged either.
- Break the Cutie: Ciri goes through so much horrible stuff from the very first episode, starting with the fall of Cintra and the death of her family.
- Cynicism Catalyst: To her credit, she has taken her being on the run with a very level head. It was not until she personally experienced betrayal from the fake "Mousesack" and her former Cintran playmates (plus being abandoned by Dara) that she begins closing up emotionally. Thankfully, she is united with Geralt not long after.
- Dye or Die: She tries to disguise her blonde hair by rubbing dirt on it.
- Emotional Powers: Her powers initially come out at moments of high stress.
- Feminine Mother, Tomboyish Daughter: Ciri is the Tomboy Princess to Pavetta's Princess Classic despite their uncanny resemblance.
- Fallen Princess: The fall of Cintra forces her to become a refugee. When out alone, she heavily relies on the people she encounters on her way to survive.
- Hero-Worshipper: Ciri adores and idolises her grandmother. When she learns of her grandmother's not-so-proud achievements, like the slaughter of the elves, she at first denies it.
- The Ingenue: At the beginning Ciri is pretty much an innocent young girl, if a little bit shallow. This gets deconstructed, as her naivety is a result of Calanthe's over protectiveness, leaving her totally unprepared for the harsh realities she faces on the run. With no battle skills or any real knowledge of the outside world, she survives mostly out of sheer luck, improvising on the spot or relying on strangers' kindness. She is also shocked to learn that her grandmother is not as noble as she thought, as Calanthe ordered the slaughter of elves.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Ciri sports a pair of wide blue eyes, symbolizing her sheltered life.
- In the Hood: Ciri sports a navy-blue hooded cloak to hide her identity.
- King Incognito: Occasionally disguised herself as a commoner to play with the kids on the streets, although it's later revealed that her friends seemed to be in the know, as the girl who was supposed to pretend to be Ciri went out of her way to say goodbye to Ciri while she was disguised, and another boy mentions that they had to let Ciri win to avoid repercussions.
- Like Mother, Like Daughter: Ciri looks like a younger tomboyish version of Pavetta, inheriting her screaming powers, and both are children of surprise.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: When under extreme stress, her screams can shake her surroundings or even rend the ground into chasms.
- Meaningful Name: In the books, Cirilla is a corruption of "Zirael," the word for swallow in the Elder Speech. While the show doesn't outright mention this, it plays homage to this in the sigil that serves as the series' logo. Alongside the wolf from Geralt's medallion and the star from Yennefer's pendant is a symbol of a swallow.
- Middle Name Basis: To anyone she doesn't trust, she will give one of her other names, like Fiona, when asked.
- Mystical Waif: Ciri is so significant to Geralt's story, that he is prophesied to meet her , with decades before she is even born, and when she is actually born she becomes his child of surprise. To go further, she is a teen princess with mysterious magical powers of unknown origins, whose home was invaded and destroyed, forcing her to run away and search for Geralt. What's even worse, it' s implied she is the reason why Nilfgaard invades Cintra and kills her family.
- Overly Long Name: As befits royalty, she has so many given names that she has no problem using some of the extras as aliases when she doesn't want to identify herself as the Princess of Cintra.
- Parental Abandonment: Her parents died when she was just a baby, leaving it to her grandparents to raise her.
- Phlebotinum Girl: Ciri is a teenage girl who was born with strong magical potential that she doesn't yet know how to harness, just like her mother. It is heavily implied Nilfgaard's invasion of Cintra is as much about capturing her as it is destroying a competing imperial power, and when Cintra falls she is forced to go on the run.
- Princess Protagonist: The youngest and most fragile of the series' three protagonists, and fittingly the sheltered princess of a recently-invaded kingdom.
- Raised by Grandparents: Her parents died shortly after she was born, and so she was raised by her grandmother and step-grandfather.
- Rebellious Princess: She shows some shades of this; Ciri often sneaks out of the castle, poses as a boy and plays with common children, much to her grandmother's annoyance.
- Riches to Rags: One night, she still enjoys a feast with her people, the next she is on the run with no food, no proper shoes, later on tries to resort to stealing and has to sell what jewelry she has left to buy some gloves.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: While Eist was in favor of mentoring Ciri as Cintra's heir, her grandmother's fear for Ciri's safety left Ciri without much awareness of things outside of the castle or any useful skills to survive alone. Ciri never learned of the brutality of her grandmother's rule, like the fact that her grandmother systematically hunted down all elves in Cintra after Filavandrel's uprising.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Several minor characters express their frustration with Ciri's grandmother Calanthe upon learning that Ciri is the princess of Cintra.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: When Ciri is out playing with her friends as a commoner, she dresses like a boy.
- Tomboy Princess: Downplayed — it is implied that she would have been one had Calanthe not kept her a Sheltered Aristocrat, but she still displays some shades of this. Ciri enjoys playing knucklebones with commoner boys, expressed a desire to learn how to fight and lead, and even her regal clothing is rather tomboyish.
- Tragic Keepsake: She tries to steal a pair of gloves, but the seller calls to her and she has no choice but to hand over a ring that once belonged to her mother as payment, clearly looking heartbroken.
- Trauma Conga Line: The showrunners waste no time to make Ciri suffer from the first episode; the fall of Cintra, the death of her loved ones, multiple betrayals and killing attempts. It's almost a miracle that she stayed level-headed trough all this mess.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: The first time she displays her latent magical power, it's after she is ordered to leave her dying grandmother. She displays her powers again, now even more powerful than earlier, when she sees Cintra sacked and burned.
- Tritagonist: Is the most focused and followed character after Geralt's Protagonist and Yennefer's Deuteragonist.
- Younger Than They Look: In "Before a Fall" Geralt mentions that she is 12 years old around the time of the sacking of Cintra, but she already looks like a full grown teenager and the actress who played her was 17 during the filming of the first season.
The Northern Kingdoms
Queen Calanthe Fiona Riannon
Portrayed by: Jodhi May
Voiced by: Christin Marquitan (German), Adriana Casas (Latin American Spanish)
The Queen of Cintra, a legendary warrior.
- 0% Approval Rating: After the fall of Cintra, it becomes apparent that she was a very unpopular ruler, with the common people considering her an intransigent warmonger.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Even at the end of her life, Calanthe does not look nearly old enough to be the grandmother of a teenage girlnote .
- Actor Allusion: This isn't the first time Jodhi May has taken a suicidal jump rather than be captured.
- Adaptational Badass: Despite Calanthe's ferocious reputation in the novels (and the fact that Cintra is quite egalitarian when it comes to masculine/feminine roles in war), it was never explicitly stated that she actually led her armies herself in battle or that she was a particularly great swordswoman herself. This significant shift in her disposition (from political towards military brilliance) probably also affects her Adaptational Villainy.
- Adaptational Villainy: While Cintra seems to have prospered and remained secure under her rule, her reign also saw the purging of the elves and the subjugation of other southern territories. The establishment of this fact suggests Calanthe's (and by extension, Cintra's) imperialist expansion was known to most of the Continent. Thus the invasion of Nilfgaard (and, by extension, the fall of her house) comes off less as a tragedy provoked by an ambitious, ascendant empire and more a competing imperial power swallowing up Cintra.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Brunette instead of blonde in the show.
- Aesop Amnesia: Has chosen to ignore the results of the last time she decided to not honor the Law of Surprise and pays dearly for it when destiny refused to defend her kingdom from Nilfgaard's invasion.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The queen of Cintra, and a deadly warrior as well.
- Badass Normal: Lacks the magical powers of her daughter and granddaughter, but still manages to be a Lady of War.
- Batman Gambit: When she and Geralt meet for the first time, she tries to hire him, fully aware that Duny of Erlenwald would appear to claim Pavetta, banking that Geralt would kill Duny because of his monstrous looks. However, her plan backfires, because Geralt easily can tell that Duny was cursed with his bestial appearance and defends him when it turns out that Calanthe tried to circumvent the Law of Surprise.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: Much like in the novels, she chooses, while she is dying of her wounds, to throw herself off a window in the midst of Nilfgaard's Rape, Pillage, and Burn of her kingdom.
- Big "NO!": Happens two times in Season 1. Once, when Geralt claims the Law of Surprise for saving Duny's life, and once, when her husband, Eist, is killed.
- Birds of a Feather: Double Subverted. She initially believes she and Geralt are alike, being Blood Knights who live for war. However, Geralt isn't those things once you get past his gruff exterior. Their real similarity lies in their hatred of fate controlling their lives.
- Blood Knight: She is shown in multiple instances to be very bored/irritated when she is not in the midst of battle. She even exalts the "simplicity of killing monsters" to Geralt, in contrast to how she is forced to appear more prim and proper as a queen.
- Blood-Splattered Warrior: She didn't bother bathing or changing clothes when she showed up at her daughter's betrothal party, having just squashed a revolt.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: Became queen and was leading Cintra's war effort when she was roughly the same age as Ciri.
- Composite Character: She borrows a few elements from Queen Meve who mostly appears in the books, like being a Lady of War leading her own armies and wearing a a golden plate armour.
- Deadpan Snarker: Of the foul-mouthed variety.Jaskier about to sing a ballad: She...
Queen Calanthe: No, no, no! A jig! You can save your bloody maudlin nonsense for my funeral.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Mother: Zig Zagged Trope. It's shown Calanthe is a bit more contemptuous of the Continent's superstitious customs and belief in destiny. The Law of Surprise seems to drive her hatred significantly, especially since it almost always involved her losing those she loves (such as Pavetta and Ciri). Furthermore, she (as her father before her) defied the Brotherhood of Sorcerers' attempt to inveigle a court mage in their kingdom. That said, she is not prejudicial towards magic (employing a druid such as Mousesack as a trusted adviser in her court), and is even aware that her family's bloodline has the potential for magical powers.
- Fantastic Racism: Whether deeply-personal or culturally-inculcated, she clearly has little to no sympathy for non-humans. As shown, she has openly called for the death of Dunyand then there's her primary role in the Great Cleansing of the elves. The only potential non-human she even deigns to interact with is Geralt himselfand only because, as a witcher, he's a fellow Blood Knight like herself.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride. Calanthe's pride and overconfidence in her country's power and its alliance with Skellige make her belief that Nilfgaard wouldn't dare trying to attack Cintra, until Nilfgaard eventually invaded Cintra's borders. She also refused help from the advisers of the Brotherhood of Sorcerers for years, which might have helped her against Nilfgaard and Fringilla's sorcerers if a majority of the Brotherhood hadn't declared Cintra a lost cause.
- Feminine Mother, Tomboyish Daughter: Inversion. Due to her significant Adaptational Badass, this becomes more apparent between her and her daughter Princess Pavetta. Whereas Pavetta looks every inch a Princess Classic, Calanthe carries her Lady of War attitudes to violent and boisterous extremes.
- Frontline General: Whenever Cintra's armies are amassed and charging into battle, Calanthe is always the first in the frontline. She gets mortally wounded, which ultimately renders Cintra more vulnerable to Nilfgaard's assault.
- Heroic BSoD: According to Eist she went through one of these after Pavetta died. She was eventually able to pull herself out of it after several months of waking up screaming during the night.
- Hypocrite: Called out by Geralt, when she tries to make Geralt leave with someone else's daughter to keep her own granddaughter away from him.
- Guttural Growler: Has a very deep, raspy voice, only suitable for a Blood Knight queen.
- Iron Lady: Calanthe is an accomplished warrior, and a fearsome queen.
- The Lad-ette: She arrives late to her daughter's banquet roughed up from battle putting down a fringe town uprising (which involves blood splashes on her face and disheveled hair and armor) and possibly drunk from victorious revelry, and later chafes from having to wear a bodice when she dresses for the occasion. She also quite vocally states her dissatisfaction with courtly duties and prefers to be out battling.
- Muggle Born of Mages: Somewhat. It is implied that Cintra's bloodline (especially the women) usually tends to produce Sources, and her mother was onebut she wasn't. She almost thought Pavetta was non-magical as well, until her betrothal showed her powers manifest. Ciri inherited her mother's magical powers. From the books...
- My Beloved Smother: While not explicitly shown, Ciri's Rebellious Princess streak leading her to sneak around in commoner's disguise suggests she herself feels limited/stifled by Calanthe's rearing of her. Ciri even emphasizes that it is quite unfair that she's still quite naive about the ways of the world when Calanthe was supposedly already fighting her first battle at that age. Considering Calanthe already lost Pavetta (Ciri's mother), you can see where she's coming from.
- Never a Self-Made Woman: Calanthe defies this very hard. It is even explicitly mentioned that the reason she took so long to remarry was because she would rather not be under the shadow of a husband and enjoy real power herself. She eventually married a man who prefers to let his wife rule, which is exactly what she wanted.
- Older Than They Look: We see Calanthe during the betrothal of her daughter, and then twelve years after when Ciri is already a teenager. She seems to have not aged that much at all, give or take her harder demeanor.
- Outliving One's Offspring: She outlived her daughter, Pavetta, and spent months grieving. It's for this reason that she sheltered Ciri.
- Parental Substitute: Raised her granddaughter, Cirilla, with her husband, Eist, after Ciri's parents tragically died.
- Pride Before a Fall: If the events of the series are taken chronologically, Calanthe begins the series at the height of her reputation, power and imperial influence. We eventually see her embarassed at her daughter's betrothal (though not without some consolation of her own), eventually lose that daughter in an accident, and then finally see her kingdom fall to a competing empire she has dismissed in the beginning.
- Red Baron: The Lioness Of Cintra.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Upon seeing Eist die, she goes into a screaming frenzy and attacks the Nilfgaardian forces more fiercely. Unfortunately, being blinded by rage leaves one open to attacks and she gets mortally injured in the attempt.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: With the viewer seeing Cintra for most of the first season, Calanthe is seen as the central royal character who engages in administration, diplomacy and combat.
- Screw Destiny: She tries to circumvent the Law of Surprise, which binds Duny of Erlenwald to her daughter, Pavetta, after the former saved her late husband's life. However, she eventually has to accept that You Can't Fight Fate and gives her blessing to her daughter's marriage. After her daughter's accidental death, however, she has hardened again and refuses to let Geralt, again by the Law of Surprise, have Ciri and take her to safety. First she tries to have Geralt killed, then lies to him and tries to make him leave with a fake Ciri and finally imprisons him, until Nilfgaard arrives.
- Teen Pregnancy: According to the timeline, she was 18 when Pavetta was born.
- Tempting Fate: Not only her repeatedly ignoring the Law of Suprise, her dismissing Nilfgaard as a pitiful backwater and openly insulting their nobles comes to bite her hard a dozen years later.
- Trauma Conga Line: She undergoes two significant ones:
- First, the loss of Pavetta (and by extension, her husband Duny) at sea. King Eist notes that while she has emerged from this hardened and more determined, she did spend nights howling in grief.
- Second, and more tragically, her failing to prevent the invasion of Nilfgaard, ending with the fall of Cintra and her Driven to Suicide.
- Young Conqueror: She won her first battle when she was Ciri's age.
King Eist Tuirseach
Portrayed by: Björn Hlynur Haraldsson
Voiced by: Tommy Morgenstern (German), Armando Coria (Latin American Spanish)
Eist is a noble from the isles of Skellige and the second husband of Queen Calanthe, and thus King of Cintra.
- Cool Old Guy: He's very laid-back, affable and capable of throwing down when required.
- Doting Grandparent: He dotes on his step-granddaughter, Cirilla, and has taught her things like how to win at knucklebones. He's also of the opinion that she should be taught about the harsh realities of leading Cintra.
- Everyone Has Standards: He supports Duny and Geralt in their fight against Calanthe's men when the latter attempts to break the Law of Surprise.
- Eye Scream: Dies with an arrow shot through his eye. Note, that he didn't wear his helmet when it happened.
- Dirty Old Man: He flirts with Queen Calanthe in front of his granddaughter, while his wife is swearing her subjects into fealty.
- Hypocrite: Remember him honoring the Law of Surprise for Duny? Twelve years later, he refuses to do the same for Geralt, because the child of surprise is the granddaughter that he has helped raise.
- Modest Royalty: Unlike his wife, he has no problem with Ciri going undercover to play games with peasant children.
- Papa Wolf: He goes as far as to imprison Geralt, when Geralt refuses to give up on Ciri.
- Parental Substitute: Raised Ciri together with his wife Calanthe.
- Second Love: He is this to Calanthe, whose husband has died before the start of the series. Since she is not yet over his death (or more accurately, she'd rather enjoy ruling on her own name first), she initially rejects Eist's proposal. The events of Pavetta's betrothal finally allow her to accept, with the additional benefit of securing the alliance with Skellige.
Princess Pavetta Fiona Elen
Portrayed by: Gaia Mondadori
Voiced by: Mariana Santiago (Latin American Spanish)
The daughter of Queen Calanthe and the presumed heir to Cintra during the feast for her hand.
- Age-Gap Romance: Duny was old enough to save the life of Pavetta's father before she was even born, meaning there's a considerable age difference between them.
- Calling the Old Woman Out: Verbally chews out her mother for her genocide of the elves and for treating the slaughter of rebellious peasants as a game.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: Drowns off-screen after her child is born when her ship goes down.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She is a blonde princess who condemns her mother for the slaughter and mistreatment of the common folk and the elves.
- Marry for Love: Calanthe had an Arranged Marriage lined up for her, but Pavetta wanted to marry Duny, whom she fell in love with not knowing that she was promised to him by the Law of Surprise. Calanthe initially resists, but relents once Pavetta unleashes her powers.
- Nice Girl: She's one of the few nobility to express concern for the lives of the common people, for starters.
- Power Incontinence: Has strong latent magical power that she accidentally unleashes when she sees Duny almost getting killed. Her daughter inherited her mother's potential.
- Princess Classic: She's a sweet, noncombatant princess who wants to marry for love, which contrasts with her fiercely independent and pragmatic Blood Knight mother.
- Recessive Super Genes: Pavetta's grandmother also had her ability, but it skipped her mother.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She looks a lot like her daughter Cirilla, including having the exact same hair and eye colour.
- Teen Pregnancy: According to The Witcher timeline, Pavetta was only 16 year old when she gave birth to Ciri. Given this is a medieval setting, it also justifies Calanthe's lack of concern over her daughter's age.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Seeing her own mother about to kill her true beloved in front of her results in a Big "NO!" and a violent vortex of wind upending the whole room and everyone in it, with her and Duny levitating in the middle where the air is eerily calm, with her chanting in Elder the whole time.
Portrayed by: Adam Levy
Voiced by: Atsuyoshi Miyazaki (Japanese), Humberto Solórzano (Latin American Spanish)
A druid in the service of the royal house of Tuirseach of Skellige and later of Queen Calanthe. He is also an old acquaintance of Geralt's.
- Barrier Warrior: When the Nilfgaardians are at the castle gates, Mousesack conjures a Deflector Shield that holds them off for several hours.
- Cool Old Guy: Mousesack is a powerful magician, an honest adviser to his liege lords, and one of the nicest persons in the entire series.
- Court Mage: He is the de facto court mage of Cintra, despite the fact that he is a druid and not a member of the Brotherhood.
- Death by Adaptation: Despite being very much alive in both the original books and the video games, Mousesack dies early in the series when a doppler assassin hired by Cahir stabs him to death and assumes his form.
- The Good Chancellor: Unlike most sorcerers and sorceresses shown in the series, who tend to use their status as royal advisers mainly for their own benefit, Mousesack is genuinely loyal to Cintra and its royal family.
- I Choose to Stay: Decided to stay with the Cintran royal family, after witnessing Princess Pavetta's magical potential, in the hope that Training the Gift of Magic would help with Pavetta's Power Incontinence. Unfortunately, Pavetta died not too long after giving birth to Ciri.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: A wise, humble and courteous man who takes his duty to serve and protect his country very seriously. This puts him in stark contrast to the court mages of the Brotherhood, who are overwhelmingly shown to be self-centered, ruthless in their pursuit of power, and apathetic to the plights of the common people.
- You Shall Not Pass!: When the Nilfgaardians storm the royal palace, he stays behind and fends them off as long as he can to buy Ciri time to escape.
Portrayed by: Shaun Dooley
Voiced by: Dennis Schmidt-Foß (German), Humberto Vélez (Latin American Spanish)
The king of Temeria. At first averse to Geralt, he eventually trusts in Triss Merigold's judgment and asks Geralt to lift the curse off of his niece, Adda.
- Adaptational Ugliness: Foltest is young and fairly handsome in the books, here he is middle-aged and overweight.
- Adipose Rex: He's introduced pigging out on meat after it is established that Temeria is suffering from winter and his subjects are in misery. It's later revealed this isn't exactly due to apathy/lack of concern for his subjects, and more because he's in the middle of depression and dilemma.
- BrotherSister Incest: He was in love with his sister, Adda, whom he got pregnant and whose daughter, also named Adda, would be cursed to become a striga.
- The Cavalry Arrives Late: Played With. He agrees to send troops to support the defenders at Sodden Hill and he actually keeps his word — but Nilfgaard attacks early, so but his army arrives only after most of the battle is actually over. Yennefer's spell incinerated a significant part of the Nilfgaardian army just as he and his men join the battle. Nonetheless, his arrival basically ruins any chance the decimated Nilfgaardians still have at taking Sodden, as they were expecting reinforcements around the same time.
- Confirmed Bachelor: The death of his love, his sister Adda, (and the supposed death of their unborn child) devastated him, which is why he never married anyone.
- Papa Wolf: Refuses to allow anyone to harm the striga and only backs Geralt when he figures out that he intends to cure her.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: To his credit, he seems to have recovered his senses after the issue with his daughter is dealt with. He is the first to pledge alliance to the sorcerers fighting Nilfgaard at Sodden Hill.
- Treachery Cover Up: To hide the fact that the monster that haunted the kingdom was his daughter born of incest, who was cursed by his courtier, Ostrit, to become a striga, he declares the deceased Ostrit to be a hero who sacrificed his life to kill the vukodlak. The miners then gather ore to build a statue for Ostrit.
Portrayed by: Jason Thorpe
A courtier in the court of Temeria, who has served the Temerian royal family for many years.
- Evil Chancellor: Ostrit is a high-ranking courtier and adviser to King Foltest, but he has also spent the last decade to thoroughly ruin his king and the entire royal family, with no regards for the well-being of the kingdom altogether.
- False Friend: He appears to be a loyal subject and friend to his king, but quickly tries to frame Foltest for raping and murdering Adda, when Triss and Geralt confront him with the king's incestuous relationship with his sister. It's then revealed that Ostrit is to blame for Adda's death and her daughter's curse and that all he sought to do for the last decade was to ruin Foltest.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Failing to win Princess Adda's heart (who's already occupied with her brother) turns him into an insidious one.
- If I Can't Have You...: Adda was not in love with Ostrit, preferring someone else socially-unacceptable instead... so he cursed her to death, which turned her daughter into a striga.
- Karmic Death: He's killed by the monster he created.
- Never My Fault: He whole-heartedly blames Foltest for the curse, completely ignoring that he cast it on Princess Adda and her unborn child to begin with. Even right before his death, while crying and begging, he tries to tell the striga it was all Foltest's fault.
- Rationalizing the Overkill: He has clearly deluded himself into thinking that whatever happened is ultimately Foltest's faulteven the fact that Temeria is near-civil war because of the troubles the striga is causing. Even worse is the fact that the person he cursed is ultimately the woman he claims to be in love with, and the Tragic Monster that came out of it is an innocent child.
- Stalker with a Crush: It's eventually revealed he harbored unrequited feelings for Princess Addato the point that he still sleeps in her abandoned bedroom. This clues Geralt into the fact that he is in fact the guilty party.
- Undignified Death: Tied and bound to Adda's bed as bait, the strigawho is implied to have realized that Ostrit is the person responsible for her conditionstalks him first within the shadows before ripping out his guts.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Rare instance of the villain not planning it beforehand: precisely because the reveal of the striga's circumstances would ruin/destabilise Temeria's royalty even more than it already has, Foltest and Triss decided to cast him as the hero who gave his life to slay the rumoured vukodlak. He's still dead and unable to do more damage, so it's more of an irritation than a serious problem, but it does mean that the witcher's guild never gets to (publicly) restore its reputation in Temeria.
- Villains Want Mercy: Not unreasonably, he sought Geralt's protection and mercy after he is drawn into the fight with the striga as bait. However, because it is already established his actions ruined so many lives (especially the young princess turned into the striga), Geralt leaves him to his Undignified Death.
- Would Hurt a Child: His curse ruined the younger Princess Adda from the womb, turning her into a striga.
Princess Adda, daughter of King Foltest
Portrayed by: Jade Croot
The daughter of King Foltest and his own sister, who was also named Adda. She is believed to have died in the womb alongside her mother, but was actually cursed and turned into a monstrous striga, who plagues Temeria at night.
- Adaptational Dye Job: After her curse is lifted in the books, her hair turns white as a side effect. While it is hard to see under the blood and dirt, it appears she is a brunette in the show.
- Dead Guy Junior: Her late mother was also named Adda.
- The Dreaded: As the monster that haunts Temeria, she is feared by its people to the point where they are willing to turn against their own king to get rid of her.
- Hell Is That Noise: The striga constantly lets out a hellish shriek, which is heard throughout the entire castle long before she even appears on screen.
- Inbred and Evil: She is the result of an incestous relationship between Foltest and his own sister. Though the incest itself had no part in her curse, she was nonetheless born as a striga, a feral monster until her curse was lifted.
- It Can Think: There are moments which imply that the striga is by no means a feral, mindless monster of the kind Geralt fights regularly. She not only manages to ambush him and another witcher, both of whom have superhuman awareness of their surroundings, but she also seems to be intelligent enough to understand Ostrit or at least to realize that he is to blame for her curse. She also figures out that Geralt intends to keep her out of her coffin until her curse is lifted and freaks out when he prevents her from entering it.
- Lean and Mean: In her striga form, Adda towers over Geralt, but she is way thinner than him. It does not have a negative impact on her strength, however.
- Lightning Bruiser: As a striga, Adda is faster and stronger than any human could ever hope to be. She is a match even for a witcher, managing to kill one without him having any chance to fight back, while also coming closer to killing Geralt than any other opponent he faces in the entire first season of the series.
- Missing Mom: The curse that turned her into a striga was actually put upon her mother, killing her before Adda was even born.
- Monstrous Humanoid: Her form as a striga, while still vaguely humanoid, is not the slightest bit human.
- Oh, Crap!: When she realizes that Geralt managed to distract her until the sun is rising, she visibly begins to panic and tries to get back into her coffin. This only increases after the witcher seals her out, leaving her with no chance to get back before her curse is broken.
- Tragic Monster: Adda is not actually an evil monster, but a tragically cursed human, who was turned into a striga before she was even born, in a curse that was intended to punish her father. She never had a chance to be anything more than a bloodthirsty beast until Geralt came to lift her curse.
- Wild Child: Since she never received any sort of human education as a striga, she turns into a feral, but clearly terrified child, who needs a lot of support to get the same development as other children in her age.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Her first action as a human is to lie still and appear to be dead or unconscious, so that when Geralt checks up on her, she manages to launch a surprise attack. Her clawing at his carotid as a human slip of a girl comes closer to sealing Geralt's fate from blood loss than any other monster.
Portrayed by: Isobel Laidler
The young queen of Lyria and mother of several daughters, whose husband plots to have her killed for failing to bear him a son and heir.
- Awful Wedded Life: Kalis's marriage to the King of Lyria is not a happy one. He only cares about getting a son from her, while she complains that he cares for his hounds more than he cares for her. This is even before he sends an assassin to kill her for failing to give him a son.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first, she has a pleasant conversation with Yennefer and encourages her in her worldview, while also doting on her infant daughter. Under stress, she reveals her true colours, as she becomes more snappy and mean-spirited the more exhausted Yennefer gets, eventually even trying to sacrifice her daughter to save her own life.
- Bullying a Dragon: Her insulting remarks towards Yennefer as their flight gets more desperate are more than just a little daring, considering Yennefer is the only one capable of giving her even the slightest hope at escaping the assassin. It is implied that her snapping is what eventually drives Yennefer to abandon her.
- Parental Neglect: Though initially appearing as a doting mother, she actually cares so little for her daughter that she is willing to give her up to the assassin to bargain for her own life.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Yennefer conjures up several portals for her and Kalis to flee through, to the point of exhausting herself and nearly dying. Nonetheless, the moment she shows any sign of weakness, the queen begins to drop her nice façade and begins to yell at and insult her.
- Slashed Throat: After unusuccessfully pleading for her life, the assassin kills her by telekinetically slashing her throat with a knife.
- Too Dumb to Live: Heaping abuse on the one and only person keeping her alive, as an implacable assassin is closing in on her, has the logical result one would expect and the queen is promptly killed.
The Brotherhood of Sorcerers
- Magical Society: The Brotherhood of Sorcerers (despite this name, members are of both sexes) controls most of the mages in the Northern Kingdoms and regulates the magic they do along with getting them work. Most, although not all, of the mages in the Northern Kingdoms are members. They seem to be essentially a mage guild, thus overlapping with a Weird Trade Union. Given the power which court mages have, they also greatly control things behind the scenes in the Northern Kingdoms.
- The Magocracy: Run like one (especially by the eldest sorcerers of Stregobor and Tissaia's generation). That said...
- The Man Behind the Man: Despite their deep wellspring of knowledge and remarkable power, they would rather serve as advisers to kingdoms as well as primarily work behind the scenes, never allowing their magic to be nakedly flaunted as a source of political and social ascendancy. Nilfgaard's very violation of this long-standing tradition (abetted by one of their own alumna) has become a source of conflict inside the Brotherhood.
Tissaia de Vries
Portrayed by: Myanna Buring
Voiced by: Claudia Contreras (Latin American Spanish)
The rectoress of Aretuza, a member of the Brotherhood of Sorcerer's ruling Chapter and Yennefer's closest mentor.
- Abled in the Adaptation: She has OCD in the books, but shows no signs of it in the show.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Her main conviction in the books was that a mage's primary attachement should be to magic, and they should never fight each other. In the show, she is much more involved in politics and doesn't have any problem with opposing fellow mages (e.g. Fringilla) by force. What remains of this would be her insistence on the Brotherhood's role of maintaining the balance of power between countriessomething which Nilfgaard's expansionism (abetted by Fringilla) is destroying.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: It takes until the end of the season, but Tissaia finally shows Yennefer the recognition as a fellow mage she seems unable towhile they are surrounded by Nilfgaard at Sodden Hill. In exchange, Yennefer finally admits she sees her as her savior and Parental Substitute.
- Benched Hero: Her attempt to talk Fringilla out of the war earns her a chock full of dimeritium in her face, which temporarily prevents her from using magic and paralyses her.
- De-Power: Fringilla takes Tissaia out of the Battle of Sodden Hill with dimeritium.
- Hidden Depths: Beyond her seemingly insular mindset of focusing on Aretuza, she does seem to believe sincerely in the important role of mages in preserving the stability of the Continent. Also, despite her harsh and possibly unethical methods, she genuinely wishes the best of the students who have the potential to flourish. There are also what she sees are her shared ideas and frustrations with Yennefer.
- Human Resources: The worst you can say of her (albeit it is not a minor thing at all) is that if you, her student, ultimately appears to have limited potential as a sorceressshe will turn you into a magical eel powering the ley lines of Aretuza.
- Not So Different: Once you get past her reputation and prestige, Tissaia ultimately admits to Yennefer that she herself is someone consumed by her emotions and ideals, as well as frustrated by the limitations set on her by the Brotherhood. Where they differ, however, is that while Yennefer is the kind of person who will lash out and rebel (even at cost to herself), Tissaia seems to accept her lot in life but tries to maximize/work with what she has.
- Parental Substitute: She clearly sees her graduates as the daughters she can never have, and they return the sentiment. Even if they find her a rather annoying mother-figure who demands too much. When Triss and Yennefer see her flirting with a sorcerer, they joke that they might be getting a "new daddy."
- Stern Teacher: Quite the no-nonsense, intimidating rectoressespecially if she is aware of your potential but you are not exerting any effort (as Yennefer was wont to).
- Stiff Upper Lip: Her general demeanor. Deconstructed in that while it helps her reputation as a rectoress and no-nonsense teacher, it does not help her establish positive emotional links with her students (except those she deems heavily competent). This nets her two liabilities in the long runYennefer's intransigent disobedience, and Fringilla's drift-off to Nilfgaard's fundamentalist regime.
Portrayed by: Lars Mikkelsen
Voiced by: Erich Räuker (German), César Soto (Latin American Spanish)
A master illusionist and high-ranking member of the Brotherhood of Sorcerers.
- Ascended Extra: In the books he only appears in the short story 'The Lesser Evil', which is adapted in the first episode of the show. He goes on to become a recurring character in the show, as a high-ranking member of the Brotherhood of Sorcerers, as well as an influential critic to Tissaia's plans.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Due to his expanded role, he is seen antagonizing Yennefer and undermining Tissaia's efforts to unite the northern mages against Nilfgaard. While not actually villainous, his scenes at Aretuza show a smug and unpleasant side of him, which he mostly hides during his encounter with Geralt. He also riles up the people of Blaviken after Geralt refuses to hand over Renfri's body for his research, while in the books he left peacefully.
- Create Your Own Villain: While it is left ambiguous if Renfri is actually subjected to the Curse of the Black Sun, it is undeniable that Stregobor's hostile, inhuman treatment of her and his attempt to have her killed had a significant part in shaping her into the brutal bandit leader she ended up as.
- Dirty Old Man: His tower is filled with illusions of beautiful, naked women, to, as he puts it, 'pass time more delightfully'.
- Lack of Empathy: Displays a disturbing lack of emotion and states matter-of-factly that killing the supposedly cursed women and Renfri is "the lesser evil". From the books...
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: The other sorcerers never let him forget his eclipse-girl killing phase. Tissaia brings it up during a public argument at least three generations after the fact, and it is still enough to temporarily shut him up.
- Unreliable Narrator: Nothing he says can be taken without a grain of salt. He claims that he tried to cure the girls he believed were cursed and locked into towers, but when Mousesack later recalls this story, he notes that the girls were systematically killed. He also lists a few incidents in Renfri's childhood as examples for why the princess is actually evil, but it is left ambiguous if he is telling the truth or simply trying to convince Geralt that killing Renfri is truly the lesser evil. The fact that even he admits that he learned about those examples from Renfri's stepmother, muddles the waters even further.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Though Stregobor resorts to extreme measures, to the point where he has no problem with killing possibly innocent children, he aims to prevent the Curse of the Black Sun, which he believes to threaten the entire world.
- Would Hurt a Child: He firmly believes in the Curse of the Black Sun and has dedicated his life to preventing it, which demands of him to systematically kill every girl born during an eclipse.
Portrayed by: Royce Pierreson
Voiced by: Alejandro Orozco (Latin American Spanish)
A sorcerer from Ban Ard and protégé of Stregobor, with an interest in the history of sorcerers. He is also a love interest of Yennefer during her early days at Aretuza.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Subverted. He is fully aware that his line of work is not even nearly as exciting and active as the life of a court sorcerer, but he nonetheless prefers it.
- Ascended Extra: Istredd is a fairly minor character in the books, whose part in Yennefer's life is almost over by the time he first appears. Since the show actually depicts Yennefer's backstory, his role is greatly increased for it.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Seemingly a likable and supportive man who accepts Yennefer for whom she is and shows her affection even before her physical transformation. While this affection is most likely genuine, he is nonetheless willing to spy on her for Stregobor, who seeks to undermine Tissaia's plans for Yennefer.
- Broken Pedestal: He and Yennefer end up being this for each other. She is understandably hurt by him spying on her and believing she only seeks to become beautiful, while he is disappointed by realizing that the woman he fell for desires power even over her own happiness. Their romantic relationship comes to an end when they both come to this realization.
- First Love: During their first meeting, he mentions that Yennefer is a virgin, which means he is certainly the first man she ever is physically intimate with.
- Pet the Dog: Though there is a questionable side to him and he later uses her to gain Stregobor's favour, Istredd's first interaction with Yennefer shows him being kind and helpful towards her without expecting anything in return. Unlike most sorcerers, he is also sympathetic to the plight of the elves and what his kind has done to them.
- Thinks Like a Romance Novel: After the Chapter denies Yennefer her post at Aedirn's court and instead intends to send her to the backwater Nilfgaard, due to her being partially of elven descent, he offers to let Yennefer accompany him on what Yennefer describes as a "romantic adventure" as archaeologists. Yennefer who does not wish for such a boring life declines and they part ways on a bitter note.
Portrayed by: Anna Shaffer
Voiced by: Patrizia Carlucci (German), Edurne Keel
A young sorceress who was sent by the Brotherhood to advise King Foltest and investigate the monster that has terrorised the people of Temeria for the last seven years. She figures out that the monster is not actually a vukodlak and can possibly be cured.
When Geralt arrives in Temeria three months later, she secretly employs Geralt's services to identify and cure the monster.
- Adaptational Dye Job: Downplayed; Triss's hair is described as auburn or chestnut in the books; in the show she is brunette.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Triss actually meets Geralt before Yennefer, when in the books, it was the opposite.
- Adaptational Personality Change: In contrast to her supposed headstrong personality (as well as her passionate affair with Geralt), she acts very mature and professional enough with him that their relationship does not go beyond Ship Tease at best.
- Court Mage: Serves as King Foltest's adviser.
- Green Thumb: Displays an aptitude for this during the battle of Sodden Hill. She enchants a field to sprout poisonous mushrooms, and can generate wood tendrils to serve as attackers and to create a defensive wall/fence.
- Internal Retcon: Hides the fact that the witcher the miners hired to kill the vukodlak died to the monster, because revealing that the monster bested a witcher would be more dangerous. Instead, the miners are led to believe that the witcher took the coin and ran away, which makes Geralt's stay in Temeria much more unpleasant.
- The Medic: Geralt survives the striga not only because of his strong will to live, but also because of her medical skills.
- Nice Girl: She is a decent person and has a general pleasant presence.
- Only Sane Woman: Serves as one to long-troubled Temeriawhat with Foltest pretty much disabled by depression and guilt, his armies and courtiers openly contemptuous of the lower classes, and the peasantry/workers nearing open revolt.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: At the Temerian court, she is the only one who actually supports Geralt and knows that the striga needs to be stopped before Temeria rises up in rebellion against their king. She also fully believes that Geralt is capable of lifting the curse instead of slaying the monster.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Subverted. Briefly protects the gate of Sodden Hill to hold off the Nilfgaardian invaders, but eventually falls because a soldier burns her chest with a torch. She survives the battle though.
Portrayed by: Therica Wilson-Read
Voiced by: Lizzette García (Latin American Spanish)
Aretuza's star student, as well as Tissaia's closest ally in the Brotherhood.
- The Ace: Even during her days as Tissaia's student, she seems to have no issues with her lessons whatsoever.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: She unfortunately falls under Fringilla's thrall during the Battle of Sodden Hill (with the mind control worms), causing her to blow up the mages' stock of ammunition, destroying their defenses.
- Hot Witch: It's appropriate to highlight that even before undergoing ascension, Sabrina was among the more classically-beautiful of Aretuza's students. She also tends to dress accordingly for most occasions, which renders people who come her way easier to charm.
- Most Common Superpower: Sabrina has the most impressive bust in the show.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After destroying the northern defenses and nearly killing Yennefer while under the effects of Fringilla's mind control worms, she snaps back to her senses after almost dying from a fall. Before losing consciousness, she expresses regret over what she was forced to do.
- The Reliable One: Even after becoming an independent sorceress on her own, Tissaia could depend on her to back her ideals for the Brotherhood. She was among the first to join her rebellion against the Brotherhood's swaying sympathy for Nilfgaard. It is precisely her being brainwashed by Fringilla that begins signaling that things are going downhill for the defenders of Sodden Hill.
Vilgefortz of Roggeveen
Portrayed by: Mahesh Jadu
Voiced by: Edson Matus (Latin American Spanish)
The leader of a faction of the Brotherhood seeking to prevent Nilfgaard's predominance in the Continent. He also becomes the nominal leader of the defense of Sodden Hill.
- Adaptational Villainy: Bashes in the skull of a wounded fellow sorcerer either during the battle of Sodden Hill, implying that he may be a Double Agent or that his humilation at such a defeat results in a psychopathic tantrum. Either way, it's a deviation from the book, where he was staunchly opposed to Nilfgaard during the battle.
- Adaptational Wimp: Appears as such in combat and leadership: not only is he out-fenced and beaten soundly by Cahir, his leading role in the defence of Sodden Hill is also reduced to bit player with Tissaia leading preparations and Yennefer serving as Mission Control for everyone's movements.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Stregobor mocks him for honing his blade skills over any other magical talent. When he runs out of energy to conjure new swords, Cahir quickly takes him down.
- Exact Words: Yennefer comes with him to Aretuza because she believes Tissaia sent him. In truth, he wanted her to come and Tissaia had no idea but him mentioning her high opinion of Yen gave this impression.
- Hammerspace: Uses his magic to conjure / teleport his sword back into its sheath. After wasting one sword in a throw and being disarmed three times, he is too exhausted to repeat the trick a fifth time.
- Magic Knight: His magic seems to be primarily devoted to combator at least enhancing his combat prowess as a swordsman. The fact that this is the only magic we see him do makes it look like it's bordering on Crippling Overspecialization, such that other mages look down on him.
- Race Lift: Describe as fair-skinned in the books but played by an actor of Indian descent here.
- Ship Tease: He and Tissaia spend the time before the battle talking, backing each other up against Stregobor, and sharing somewhat flirtatious looks. Her surrogate daughters Triss and Yennefer jokingly wonder if he's their new father.
The Nilfgaardian Empire
- Cult: It seems like religious convictions of the White Flame cult play a very big role in the show's Nilfgaard, albeit details are yet unclear. Cahir demonstrates worship-like loyalty toward the Emperor and a Nilfgaardian soldier interrogated by Geralt describes himself as 'already saved' by the White Flame. By contrasts, Nilfgaardian soldiers encountered in the games have a much more military or bureaucratic outlook.
- Dark Is Evil: Unlike the silvery-golden armour of Cintra's soldiers, the army of Nilfgaard dresses exclusively in black armour and they ruthlessly slaughter almost everyone they come across during their invasion of the North.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: It is implied throughout scenes that are set decades before their invasion that Nilfgaard is underdeveloped and plagued by civil wars. By the time of Ciri's storyline, however, they have been united by a new emperor and subsequently grown into a massive empire that threatens all of the Northern Kingdoms.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: They are consistently dismissed as a joke, until they begin their brutal invasions.
- We Have Reserves: While implicitly not as skilled or disciplined as the northern armies, Nilfgaard's strength lies in its numbers and the fanatical devotion of its soldiers. Their strategy places little value on the individual lives of their soldiers and none of them seem to have any problem with being used as Cannon Fodder against the Northern Kingdoms. Notable examples include the masses of Nilfgaardian soldiers who charge at the northern mages, knowing fully well they are going to die, to give those following behind them a chance to actually kill the mages when they are exhausted. This even includes their own mages, who are willing to give their lives to cast more powerful spells.
Emperor Emhyr var Emreis, Deithwen Addan yn Carn aep Morvudd
Portrayed by: N/A
The emperor of a resurgent Nilfgaard, who is the primary driving force of the growing turbulence within the Continent.
- Big Bad: From the perspective of the Northern kingdoms (as well as the traditionalists within the Brotherhood of Sorcerers), his rule of Nilfgaard has thrown the balance of power between the kingdoms out of order.
- The Ghost: He remained invisible throughout the first season.
- Rightful King Returns: Incidental narration throughout the series suggest his disappearance was tied to the civil war that destroyed the original ruling family of Nilfgaard, leading to its decay under the rule of a series of "usurpers". His reemergence led to the rapid industrialization and growth of Nilfgaard towards a power near-ready to swallow the Continent whole.
- Visionary Villain: In contrast to the Northerners, many others within the continent see his rule as a massive improvement over the status quo. More radical sorcerers (among them Fringilla) also argue that his rule has allowed for the advancement of magic and science compared to the traditionalist ways of the Brotherhood.
Count Cahir Mawr Dyffryn aep Ceallach
Portrayed by: Eamon Farren
Voiced by: Javier Olguín (Latin American Spanish)
A young Nilfgaardian knight who is tasked with capturing Ciri alive.
- Adaptational Badass: He seems a much more competent fighter than in the books, even besting Vilgefortz in a duel. He also is seen leading troops in the battle of Sodden Hill overriding other officers, so he must be much more influential than in the books.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the book, he was only portrayed as menacingly following Ciri, while in the series he is directly involved in killing her protectors (King Eist, Lazlo and Mousesack) and seemingly directly participates in the massacre at the refugee camp. He also kills several innocent people in a tavern to find out which of them is a dangerous doppler, when with just a little bit of extra effort, he could have non-lethally tested them with silver. Said doppler was employed by himself previously.
- Affably Evil: When he gets a chance to drop his knight persona, he's rather polite to "Ciri", offering her food and sincerely apologizing for frightening her.
- Co-Dragons: He and Fringilla are this to Emhyr and are leading the invasion in his stead.
- Cold Sniper: He's a crack shot with a bow, nailing Eist through the eye (as well as Lazlo at the throat) from a very far distance.
- The Kindnapper: The obviously misguided type, he believes he is kidnapping Ciri for all of the right reasons and even apologizes to what he thinks is Ciri for having to scare her by kidnapping her like that.
- Not So Stoic: Loses it when Ciri manages to magically shake him off before escaping.
- Obviously Evil: He sports Villainous Cheekbones and Creepy Blue Eyes courtesy of the chronically typecast Eamon Farren, plus some menacing black armor.
Portrayed by: Mimi Ndiweni
Voiced by: Lourdes Arruti (Latin American Spanish)
Originally a classmate of Yennefer's in Aretuza who goes on to become one of Nilfgaard's most powerful sorceresses.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: In the show, she and Yennefer are in the same class during their time at Aretuza, whereas the books never mention where Fringilla studied.
- Adaptational Badass: Though a strong sorceress in the books as well, she was just one of many Nilfgaardian mages during the first northern war. In the show, she is the single-most powerful sorceress in the part of the Nilfgaardian army invading Cintra and her actions almost single-handedly ensure Nilfgaard's success. The storm she conjures up destroys fifty Skelligan ships, which turns the battle against the Cintran army into a one-sided slaughter. During the Battle at Sodden, she is also the most dangerous and competent of the Nilfgaardian mages, as well as the one to take out her former mentor Tissaia.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the books, she's a dutiful servant of Emhyr and Nilfgaard and is amicable with Yennefer despite earlier blinding her in return for killing one of her friends during the battle of Sodden Hill. In the show she's closer to a Sith Lord arrogantly basking in her power, sacrificing fellow mages for often little gain and wiping out entire armies and fleets.
- Blood Magic: Unlike the northern sorceresses, Fringilla is shown to have no qualms with using the very lives of her subordinate sorcerers to create more powerful spells. By the end of the Battle at Sodden Hill, she has killed half a dozen of her own sorcerers on screen, to devastating effects for the northern defenders.
- Blow You Away: Casually mentions that the Skelligan fleet that was supposed to support Cintra against Nilfgaard encountered a storm that she conjured.
- Co-Dragons: She and Cahir serve as this for Nilfgaard, though she appears to be the slightly more important of the two as Emhyr's personal adviser.
- Evil Makeover: At Aretuza, she wore her hair down in curls and had colorful dresses. After joining Nilfgaard, she keeps her hair tied and wears simpler black robes.
- For Want of a Nail: Fringilla was originally chosen to be assigned to the king of Aedirn, but Yennefer interjected and took the assignment for herself. As a result, Fringilla was assigned to the court of Nilfgaard, which originally should have been Yennefer's position. She uses her own talents there to help the new emperor in stabilizing the previously underdeveloped and weak nation and then supports his war against the Northern Kingdoms, even noting that Yennefer wouldn't have been able to do the same.
- Nepotism: Her uncle is the head of the Brotherhood of Sorcerers, which is implied to be the reason why she was in line for the cushy assignment in Aedirn after Stregobor intrigued to have it taken away from Yennefer.
- Playing with Fire: Uses fire magic, which is frowned upon by other sorcerers like Triss, calling it forbidden magic on the same level as demonology and necromancy.
- Race Lift: Described as fair-skinned in the books, she is played by a black actress in the show.
- The Resenter: Played with. She is clearly intimidated by her time in Aretuza and she was hoping her route to Aedirn meant her life was looking upuntil Yennefer charmed its king away from her. Her assignment in Nilfgaard (then deemed as a backwater) is seen as Reassigned to Antarcticawith the loss of prestige that implies. One may argue her significant role in Nilfgaard's growth and imperial expansion might not just be its leaders' agenda: it may also be Fringilla's way of recovering her self-confidence (and their successes speak well of them). That said, this is in no way seen as a positive trait for heror for everyone in the line of fire of Nilfgaard's conquest.
The head of the Wolf School based out of Kaer Morhen and Geralt's mentor.
- The Ghost: So far he's only been mentioned by Geralt in passing.
- Parental Substitute: Between him quoting his teachings fondly and then later revealing that Vesemir gave him his name, Geralt evidently sees him as a surrogate father.
- Old Master: Was already a Witcher when Geralt was a child, which makes him over a century old.
- Training from Hell: By necessity, all Witchers undergo this and Vesemir is the one who trained Geralt.
Julian Alfred "Jaskier" Pankratz
Portrayed by: Joey Batey
Voiced by: Chikahiro Kobayashi (Japanese), Luis Leonardo Suárez (Latin American Spanish)
A bard who quickly becomes Geralt's closest friend.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: If only marginally, but show Jaskier is prettified. Unlike Dandelion from the games, Jaskier is clean-shaved, has more of a boyish look, a rounder face and sports a pair of big blue eyes courtesy to Joey Batey.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Is brown-haired rather than blond like his book counterpart. It falls in line with his portrayal in the games however.
- Adaptation Explanation Extrication: Due to his nickname being left untranslated, the fact that in the original Polish it means "buttercup" is left out of the show, as well as its relevance to Jaskier's personalitynote .
- Ambiguously Bi: Jaskier just can't keep his pants on in the presence of ladies; yet in the same time, he calls Geralt's ass "lovely". He also spends his next 22 years of life being very attached to his witcher. His song "Her Sweet Kiss" also seems to be directed at Geralt, wherein he warns him away from Yennefer and calls him "my love". Even if it's not for Geralt, he's still referring to another man as "my love" and saying that he is "wanting" the unnamed man. And he comes off as pretty jealous of Yennefer whenever she's around Geralt.
- The Bard: It's his job and he spreads the legend of Geralt with his songs, though he tends to exaggerate the Character Shilling, much to Geralt's annoyance.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Geralt quite understandably sees him as an annoyance, and he's constantly sleeping with married women, but you can't deny he comes through big time on his promise to turn Geralt into a beloved Living Legend hero.
- Butt-Monkey: His laid back attitude, Innocently Insensitive attitude, general incompetence kinda turn Jaskier into a magnet for troubles on regular occurrence.
- Camp Straight: His mannerisms are slightly feminine, and while not at the level of the games, his clothing is still flamboyant. He is shown being attracted only to women.
- The Casanova: Has a history of sleeping with women who are married or otherwise off-limits and has done this many times.
- Character Shilling: In-universe. He appoints himself as Geralt's hype man, repairing his reputation after gaining infamy as the Butcher of Blaviken and gets ample fodder for his craft out of the impromptu arrangement. He seems to have had some success, as nine years after their first meeting, the villagers who hired Geralt to kill a selkiemore quite readily hand over payment while Jaskier starts the entire crowd up singing his song "Toss a Coin to Your Witcher". By the time of the fall of Cintra the moniker Jaskier gave Geralt (The White Wolf) has become almost universally used.
- Cuckoosnarker: Among his exuberance and somewhat ignorant outlook on life, surprisingly Jaskier is often capable of wits, implying he is more insightful than he lets out.
- Deadpan Snarker: Though his snarkiness pales in comparison with his lame comebacks.Jaskier running away from a hirikka: Geralt! Is one of your friends again!
- Distressed Dude: Jaskier is always in need for saving, either from angry husbands or genies. Geralt is more or less his bodyguard.
- Dub Name Change: Interestingly, his nickname, Jaskier (meaning "buttercup" in Polish), is left untranslated, while in the games and novels it was translated as Dandelion. In other languages, the translation of the novels/games is used, like "Rittersporn" in German.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Although his point of argument apparently doesn't do much more than annoy Geralt, he actually raises a pretty good point about how it may be his invoking of the Law of Surprise and denying that he now essentially owns a child that is causing Geralt insomnia. In fact his argument towards Geralt can be seen as him explaining to the Witcher he won't be able to escape the destiny he called upon himself.
- Friend Versus Lover: He really doesn't like Yennefer one bit, as exemplified by their interaction during the dragon hunt, when everything he says to her is either sarcasm or a straight up insult. It's unclear how platonic his jealousy is.
- Genre Savvy: At times, Jaskier seems to be aware of his role in the world of The Witcher, and reacts as such, often commenting about the absurdity of a situation. Beside, how else would a bard know about reverse psychology...in a Medieval European Fantasy settting.
- At another point he's gathering accounts of Geralt's latest monster hunt. The witness claims that Geralt is dead, having seen the beast swallow him whole. Jaskier isn't concerned and says he'll be fine. A moment later, Geralt enters, covered in black gunk. He'd allowed himself to be swallowed so he could kill the monster from the inside.
- He even shows a hint of Medium Awareness with "Act Two begins!" and "There I go again, delivering Exposition..."
- Giftedly Bad: He's a decent singer and instrumentalist, but an impressively terrible lyricist (at least, when he's not directly inspired by Geralt's exploits). It takes a special kind of anti-talent to include lines about back-alley abortions in easy-listening barroom music.
- Has a Type: For some reason, Jaskier prefers to chase only married women or those who are out of his reach.
- Hidden Depths: Jaskier can tolerate Geralt's antisocial behaviour, because he sees Geralt's Hidden Heart of Gold. In "Bottled Appetites", he tries to act as The Confidant and identifies the cause of Geralt's sleep issues being Geralt's fear of destiny and the child of surprise that is linked to him.
- Informed Ability: His romantic conquests are legendary, but he is never seen applying his seductive skills on screen successfully.
- Informed Flaw: Geralt snipes that Jaskier's singing is like "a pie without filling". While the lyrics tend to be on the questionable side, the singing voice itself is perfectly fine, although this could be chalked up more to Geralt simply being annoyed at Jaskier, especially since he's had little sleep at the point of this remark.
- Innocently Insensitive: Jaskier has the tendency to let his mouth run before thinking, resulting in him rambling about things he should be more considerate about, just like that time he tells the witcher he will spread stories of Geralt, "The Butcher of Blaviken" with a happy smile on his face. Of course, it earns him a punch in the guts from Geralt.
- The Load: He can't fight to save a life, and usually ends up creating more problems than being actually helpful, dragging Geralt after him. He seems to have accomplished helpful things offscreen despite being Giftedly Bad (since he somehow completely reversed Geralt's reputation), but even that is dubiously helpful, since it just attracts a different type of problem.
- Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: " I will not suffer tonight sober because you hid your sausage in the wrong royal pantry." Well said, Geralt, well said.
- Lovable Coward: Jaskier... is really not the toughest guy around, as he constantly needs his friend's protection. Then again, he is a bard, but a disastrous lyricist, who cares for Geralt to the point of rubbing chamomile onto his lovely bottom.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Really Gets Around with the ladies at court and openly flirts with Amazonian Beauties Téa and Véa, but otherwise portrayed as a funny and sympathetic character who is friends with Geralt.
- Motor Mouth: He just never stops talking.Jaskier: What are we looking for again?
Geralt: Blessed silence.
- Meaningful Name: As pointed out above, his name means "buttercup" on Polish. "Buttercup" is a genus of vibrant yellow-coloured flowers, being a nod to Jaskier's jovial, lively personality and flamboyant style. Also, the adjective "jaskrawy" means "bright" (as in bright, vibrant colour or bright light, not intelectually bright), which does suit Jaskier.
- Mysterious Past: Nothing is really known about Jaskier other that his name is Jaskier, a traveling bard. The only time he tried to introduce his name and origins, he was interrupted by a thoroughly unimpressed audience...
- Odd Friendship: He somehow was able to become friends with Geralt. Despite contrasting personalities, them constantly hurling insults at each other and Geralt visibly being annoyed by Jaskier's presence, he cares a lot about his friend.Jaskier: It is one night bodyguarding your very best friend in the whole wide world. How hard could that be?
Geralt: I'm not your friend.
Jaskier: Oh, really. You usually just let strangers rub chamomile onto your lovely bottom?
- Older Than They Look: According to the show's official timeline during the dragon hunt depicted in "Rare Species", Jaskier was around 40 years old, yet still looks exactly the same as the day he met Geralt... 22 years before. That said, Yennefer's dialogue implies, In-Universe, that it's supposed to begin showing on his face.Yennefer: The crow's feet are new.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He is only known as "Jaskier" in the series. In the episode "Rare Species", he tries to introduce himself as "Julian Alfred Pankratz from" before being rudely interrupted.
- Only Sane Man: When caught up in the Slap-Slap-Kiss between an insane witch and a grumpy witcher, even the local Cloudcuckoolander can become the rational one.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Episodes where he appears are usually more lighthearted, and he tries his best to lighten the mood and cheer Geralt up when he can.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: His artistic personality contrasts heavily with Geralt's ubermasculine no-nonsense personality.
- Sophisticated as Hell: He often gives flowery rambling speeches which tend to get ignored by Geralt. When he attempts to use Food as Bribe, Jaskier shortens it to "Food, women and wine!" to get Geralts attention.
- Stylistic Suck: Jaskier is a middling bard at best, prone to producing some comically absurd songs.
- Unreliable Narrator: He openly admits to fudging what actually happened to make for a better song.Geralt: That's not how it happened. Where's your newfound respect?
Jaskier: Respect doesn't make history.
- Tagalong Chronicler: Hangs around Geralt ostensibly to write songs about his adventures.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: There is seldom a scene where he and Geralt aren't bickering, but they are nonetheless friends.
- Wandering Minstrel: He is a bard who is constantly traveling.
- Win Back the Crowd: In-Universe. After Geralt darkens his reputation as the Butcher of Blaviken and sows fear wherever he goes, Jaskier manages to reverse his friend's reputation as "a friend of humanity" and the White Wolf.
Portrayed by: Emma Appleton
Voiced by: Alice Bauer (German), Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Dafne Gallardo (Latin American Spanish)
A former-princess-turned-outlaw, she has a profound vendetta against the sorcerer Stregobor.
- Action Girl: An excellent fighter, she's one of the few human characters to give Geralt a run for his money one on one. Then again, Geralt really didn't want to kill her.
- Adaptation Distillation: The show downplays her being a Corrupted Character Copy of Snow White, and excises many of the fairy tale aspects of her backstory (the magic mirror, poisoned apple, gnomes). This allows for more focus on her conflict with Stregobor.
- Adaptational Dye Job: Brunette instead of blonde in the series.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Geralt clearly didn't want to kill her and threatens to kill Stregobor if he dares to conduct an autopsy on her corpse.
- Ambiguously Evil: It's never revealed whether she or Stregobor was telling the truth, not helped by the fact they both appear to be lying about something and Stregobor admits to learning some of his arguments from second-hand witnesses. She's far from a nice person but whether it's due to a curse or Freudian Excuse is uncertain. Geralt himself seems to have settled on believing her by the episode's end, though he intervenes against her when she starts threatening to kill the townsfolk until Stregobor reveals himself.
- Anti-Magic: Magic doesn't work on her, presumably because of internal mutations caused by a curse. When Geralt tries to use the Axii sign on her to make her leave Blaviken, she shows she is Immune to Mind Control.
- Apocalypse Maiden: Renfri is said to be one of the sixty envoys of Lilit who would bring the end of the human race. Stregobor tried to have Renfri killed because of this, which is the reason for Renfri's vendetta against him.
- Bad People Abuse Animals: According to Stregobor, she used to torture and kill her pets as a child. It may or may not be true.
- Charm Person: The men who follow her are supposedly charmed by Renfri with the powers she was given by Lilit, according to Stregobor.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in Geralt's arms after he forces her to fatally stab her own throat.
- Dual Wielding: Fights with both a sword and a dagger in her hands.
- Exact Words: After their second conversation in the woods, Renfri returns to Geralt and tells him that she's decided she would leave Blaviken the next day and that Geralt's threat of an ultimatum works. Only what she meant was that she has given an ultimatum to Stregobor and Geralt to force their hand. Renfri would therefore indeed leave Blaviken, as she expects Stregobor to die at the end of the next day.
- Fallen Princess: Renfri was raped and then forced to flee her country from her stepmother and Stregobor. She had to steal and kill to survive and acquired sword skills to eventually get her revenge on the man responsible for her fall from grace.
- Famous Last Words: Her last words to Geralt are her reminding him that "the girl in the woods" is Geralt's destiny.
- Fragile Speedster: She matches Geralt in speed, but not in power.
- Serves as one to Geralt, who is also a mutant, but tries to prove the people wrong who believe he is a monster.
- She is a princess who Geralt had to kill because she became a monster, contrasting Princess Adda, a striga that he managed to cure and save.
- Hoist by Her Own Petard: In their duel, Geralt manages to overpower Renfri several times, but Renfri doesn't stop. When she attacks one more time, he redirects her attack in a way that she stabs her own throat.
- I Am a Monster: Indirectly admits it, when she insists on having Stregobor killed. Geralt's attempt to make her leave with Axii proves to be ineffective.Renfri: Magic doesn't work on me. Silver does, though.
Geralt: Silver is for monsters.
- Implacable Woman: It doesn't matter where Stregobor is hiding, she will hunt him down until either him or her dies, and she will kill anyone who gets in her way.
- King of Thieves: Was taken in by a band of outlaws and eventually became their leader. Her preferred method of execution, to impale her victims on sticks, earned her the nickname of "Shrike" in the books.
- Not So Different: She and Geralt are both mutants. To her, they are both monsters, created by men.Renfri: They created me, just as they created you! We're not so different!
- Rape as Backstory: She was raped by one of Stregobor's men.
- Revenge Before Reason: Geralt tries to talk her out of her plan to get revenge on Stregobor. Unfortunately, she doesn't listen.
- She Who Fights Monsters: Geralt tries to convince her to leave Stregobor and her thirst for vengeance behind, reasoning that if she goes through with this, she would become the monster everyone claims she is. She nonetheless takes the people of Blaviken hostage to get to Stregobor, forcing Geralt to confront her. She even suggests to him to use silver against her, accepting that she has become a monster.Renfri: I will kill [Marilka]. I will kill everyone here until Stregobor comes down.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She is the antagonist of the first episode and dies at the end of it, but her death earns Geralt the unwanted infamous title of "The Butcher of Blaviken". Geralt's failure to save her and her final words about his destiny haunt him long past her death.
- Statuesque Stunner: Very pretty and also the tallest female character on the show, being only a couple of inches shorter than Geralt himself.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: She says that she wasn't born evil but because everyone treated her like she was, she ended up going down a dark path anyways.
- Tragic One-Shot Character: She dies in the very first episode of the series, but her death profoundly affects Geralt, who keeps her brooch as a Tragic Keepsake and keeps thinking about her ever after.
- Younger Than They Look: According to the show's official timeline, Renfri was around 18 years old when Geralt met her, but was played by an actress nearly a decade older than that.
Duny, Urcheon of Erlenwald
Portrayed by: Bart Edwards
Voiced by: Nico Sablik (German), Mauricio Pérez (Latin American Spanish)
A mysterious suitor who arrives in Cintra to ask for Pavetta's hand.
- Age-Gap Romance: He was old enough to save the life of Pavetta's father, King Roegner, before she was even born, meaning there's a considerable age difference between them.
- Apologetic Attacker: His first moment on-screen involves punching out a guard at the door and then apologizing for his intrusion.
- Baleful Polymorph: He is under a curse that makes him look like a humanoid hedgehog, except at night after the twelfth bell has rung.
- I Owe You My Life: Insists on rewarding Geralt, after Geralt defended Duny's life and right for Pavetta's hand by the Law of Surprise. Due to Duny's persistence, Geralt claims the Law of Surprise as reward, as Duny once had, which just so happens to be another child of surprise - Ciri.
- Older Than They Look: It's implied above that he's old enough to have been combat-capable way before Pavetta was born. When he is eventually restored to his human form, he looks a man in his early thirties at most.
- Punny Name: Urchin or urcheon is the Middle English term for "hedgehog".
Borch Three Jackdaws
Portrayed by: Ron Cook
Voiced by: Pedro D'Aguillón Jr. (Latin American Spanish)
An old man, accompanied by two Zerrikanian warriors, Téa and Véa. Seeking a "final first", he approaches Geralt and asks him to join them in their hunt for a dragon.
- Adaptational Badass: In the books, he is in danger at one point and needs his bodyguards, Geralt, and Yennefer to save him. Here, he never needs protecting and holds his own.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: In the books, he has both of the men who considered robbing Geralt's horse killed by his bodyguards. In the series, they only kill one of the men when he threatens Borch, and the other is allowed to flee.
- Batman Gambit: He knew from the beginning that Geralt isn't interested in hunting dragons, because witchers don't hunt sentient beings that do not actively threaten humans. In fact, he banked on Geralt defending the dragon, which is exactly why he sought Geralt out.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Very amiable and polite, but if you do not heed his warnings, he will very quickly get rid of you. Or his companions will.
- Breath Weapon: One of the reavers learns the hard way of what happens when one gets too close to Villentretenmerth and the egg he is protecting.
- Color Motif: Is seen wearing gold-colored clothing, symbolising his wealth and wisdom. The clothing is also scaled like that of a serpent. This is an early hint that he is actually an extremely rare golden dragon.
- Cool Old Guy: He is very sociable, laid-back and generously spends his money for food and drinks for Geralt and Jaskier. He is not scared or intimidated by Geralt, and actually is delighted to dine with him, another "first" for Borch. With his vast life experience, he also gives advice to both Yennefer and Geralt.
- Cruel to Be Kind: Invoked by himself, when he declares to be brutally honest to Yennefer and Geralt, so they may save themselves some pain in the future. He outright tells Yennefer that she can't restore her fertility and that Geralt will eventually lose Yennefer.
- Disney Death: Falls off a cliff with his companions, when a plank breaks and Geralt isn't strong enough to pull up three people. What isn't shown is him transforming into his real form and saving his companions.
- Foil: His wish to take responsibility of a dragon hatchling as his legacy contrasts Yennefer's own wish for a baby and legacy, and Geralt, who already is bound to a child by destiny (Ciri), but refuses to take part in the child's life.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Villentretenmerth is a master of shapeshifting and chooses the form of an old human to mingle with other humans.
- Gentleman Snarker: Borch is a courteous and amiable old guy, but can deliver very good punny Stealth Insults .Geralt making a heartbreaking speech about dragons: Mutant or myth, gold dragons met the same fate as anything too different to endure. They died out.
Borch, a gold dragon himself: They are other ways of enduring. If it's legacy you're after, perhaps you should take the overgrown cock hair's advice and become a knight. Sir Witcher... The White-Haired of Rivia. You'd make a rather shitty one, refusing to slay dragons. But probably not as shitty as a one as Sir Eyck of Denesle!
- Papa Wolf: If you dare to threaten Myrgtabrakke's egg, you will face his wrath. The "final first" he seeks is to raise a dragon hatchling and leave behind a legacy.
- Really 700 Years Old: An old and incredibly rare golden dragon, he seeks "a final first" before he gets too old.
- This Is My Name on Foreign: Villentretenmerth in the Common Speech means Three Black Birds.
Téa & Véa
Portrayed by: Adele Oni (Téa), Colette Tchantcho (Véa)
!!!Voiced by: Erica Edwards (Latin American Spanish, Téa), Karen Vallejo (Latin American Spanish, Véa)
Two female Zerrikanian warriors who accompany Borch Three Jackdaws.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Described to have blonde hair in the novels.
- Amazonian Beauty: Jaskier immediately has a crush on those two and keeps trying to flirt with them.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Borch refers to them as his "weapons". They are actually guarding a dragon, who probably doesn't need their protection.
- Disney Death: Shortly after Borch willingly lets go of the chain and falls from a cliff, they let go as well, seemingly following him into death. They are saved by Borch, who presumably transformed back into a dragon to save them from the fall.
- Establishing Character Moment: If you are acting hostile towards Borch, they'll snap your neck, as the man who tried to steal Geralt's horse had to learn.
- Master Swordswoman: Very skilled with the sword, as is demonstrated in their fight against the reavers.
- Undying Loyalty: They are fiercely loyal to Borch. They are not guarding him for money, they are doing it because it's an honor. When asked by Jaskier why they follow Borch, Téa says it's because "he is the most beautiful". From the books...
Portrayed by: Frida Gustavsson
A mysterious woman who comes to Geralt's aid after being attacked by necrophages... later revealed to be his biological mother.
- Awful Truth: She implies whatever caused her to abandon Geralt is something that would not be beneficial for both of them to dwell on.
- The Medic: She is knowledgeable enough about medicines and plants to cure the necrophages' poison killing Geralt at the time.
- Missing Mom: Her leaving Geralt on the road is what eventually leads to Vesemir finding Geralt and turning him into a witcher.
- Mysterious Past: It's not directly stated what kind of sorcery she knows, and the circumstances of her giving birth to Geralt (especially since it was established earlier that sorceresses are usually rendered sterile) are left open.
- Older Than They Look: She appears to be in her twenties, but as a witch, she is clearly far older than she seems to be. Her son Geralt has been an active witcher for decades and she could easily be centuries old by the time they meet again.
Portrayed by: Francis Magee
- Adaptational Heroism: In the books, Yurga was also a good man who helped Geralt out of genuine gratitude for being saved earlier, but the circumstances that put him into this earlier danger are quite different and less heroic. Book Yurga is stuck with his cart and refuses to leave it, since it contains his riches and livelihood, and he doesn't even encounter the slaughtered Cintran refugees. In the show, he remains in a dangerous place not out of material concerns, but out of simple human decency, as he wishes to give the refugees a proper burial. This makes his motivation for putting himself in danger less self-centered and more altruistic.
- Big Damn Heroes: After being saved by Geralt, he initially seems to flee as the witcher suggests. However, he returns just in time to save the poisoned Geralt's life.
- Connected All Along: It turns out he is the husband of Zola, the woman who has taken Ciri in.
- Happily Married: His marriage is implicitly a happy one and his wife speaks of him very fondly when she talks to Ciri.
- I Owe You My Life: Out of gratitude for Geralt saving his life from a bunch of ghouls, he not only takes the witcher to his farm so that he can heal, he also offers the Law of Surprise to repay him. Having a bad experience with this law, Geralt refuses and instead settles for an ale, which Yurga is all too happy to comply with. Ironically, had Geralt taken him up on this offer, his reward would have been the surprise child he already had, since Yurga's wife had taken in Ciri in the merchant's absence.
- Nice Guy: In a show all about morally grey characters who are willing to do awful things to achieve their goals, Yurga is one of the few unfailingly nice and good people whom Geralt encounters. He is introduced trying to bury a group of slaughtered refugees without even looting their corpses and is genuinely grateful for Geralt saving his life.
- Non-Action Guy: As an older man, he is in no shape to fight and is easily overpowered by a group of ghouls when he lingers around the burial side for too long.
- Too Dumb to Live: Sure, him wanting to bury the Cintran refugees is a very decent thing to do, but doing it at night, in a remote forest, all on his own and after Geralt explicitly warns him not to linger is certainly not a very smart thing to do. It nearly gets him killed when he is unsurprisingly ambushed by several ghouls.
- What You Are in the Dark: He gets this twice in direct succession, proving without a doubt that he is a decent man. First, he spends a lot of time at the destroyed refugee camp, not to loot the corpses but to bury the refugees, feeling that he owes them to be better than the ones who slaughtered them. Then, he returns to save Geralt after he has been poisoned. No one was around to witness or thank him, so no one would have judged him for looting the corpses or leaving Geralt to die. Nonetheless, he does what he feels is the morally good thing both times.
The Ronin Mage
Portrayed by: Marcin Czarnik
A mage and assassin who is hired by the King of Lyria to murder his own wife, Queen Kalis, as well as their infant daughter.
- The Beastmaster: He is accompanied by a krallach, a magically bred monstrosity, somewhat similar to a mixture between a cockroach and a hound with razor-sharp legs, which he commands to kill Kalis's guards and chase after her and Yennefer.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: A quit assassin with facial tattoos that accentuate his unsettlingly wide blue eyes.
- Dark Is Evil: Not only is the Ronin Mage dressed exclusively in black, he is also a thoroughly evil Professional Killer who has no problems with murdering a young mother and her infant daughter.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Very, very downplayed. When the queen tries to convince him to only kill her daughter, the only effect is that he squints harder and kills her first.
- Implacable Man: Together with his krallach, the Ronin Mage is seemingly unstoppable and a lot stronger than Yennefer. All she can do against him and his beast is to slow him down and escape through another portal, but even then he just tracks and follows them. He only stops his chase after having killed the queen and her daughter.
- In the Hood: To further add to his mysterious and villainous appearance, he wears a dark hood.
- Karma Houdini: Ultimately, while he fails to kill Yennefer, he manages to kill Queen Kalis and her infant daughter, fulfilling his mission and likely collecting his reward. Since his scenes with Yennefer are set decades before her scenes in Sodden and he is not shown afterwards, it can be assumed that he got away with it.
- Kick the Dog: While murdering the queen and her child is simply business for him, he at least attempts an act of needless cruelty against the infant after having murdered her mother. Though perfectly capably of instantly ending the girl's life with a spell or a strike of his knife, he tries to kill her more brutally, by feeding her to his krallach. This almost backfires, as it gives Yennefer time to strike against the beast, forcing the Ronin Mage to use his knife once again.
- Knife Nut: Unlike most mages except Yennefer and Vilgefortz, the Ronin Mage kills his victims not with spells, but with a well-placed strike of his knife.
- Mind over Matter: It seems a favoured method of execution for him is to telekinetically throw a knife through his victim's throat.
- No Name Given: His actual name is as unknown as his backstory and he is credited only as 'Ronin Mage'.
- Professional Killer: Unlike the sorcerers from the Brotherhood, who serve as advisers, politicians or independent researchers, this individual is a killer for hire, with his nickname implying that he is not affiliated with anyone but himself.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: Courtesy of a tracking spell put upon Queen Kalis, he is capable of chasing her and Yennefer across the world, no matter where they teleport to.
- Tattooed Crook: Beneath his hood, there are visible tattoos on his forehead.
- The Voiceless: During his chase, he utters not a single word, not even when he has Kalis at his mercy or when he comes face to face with Yennefer.
- Would Hurt a Child: He was sent not just to kill Queen Kalis, but also to kill her infant daughter and he is shown to have no problems with feeding the defenseless child to his pet monster.
Portrayed by: Mia Mckenna-Bruce
Voiced by: Verania Ortiz (Latin American Spanish)
The daughter of the alderman of Blaviken and the one who guides Geralt around town, to his fateful encounter with the sorcerer Stregobor.
- Adaptational Expansion: In the books, Marilka is basically a named background character, with her father being the one to welcome Geralt in Blaviken and introduce him to Stregobor, as well as the one to eventually kick Geralt out of town. In the show, her father is The Ghost and all of his involvement has been given to Marilka instead.
- Age Lift: She is only five years old in the books, but played by an actress in her early twenties in the show.
- Bad People Abuse Animals: She not-so-subtly implies and later outright admits that she has killed her family's old dog to sell his body to Stregobor for some coin.
- Damsel in Distress: During Geralt's fight against Renfri's gang, she is briefly taken hostage by the princess herself. Instead of harming her, Renfri quickly releases her again, however, in order to duel Geralt.
- Deadpan Snarker: Her conversation with Geralt consists of a great deal of snark thrown around between the two of them, mostly coming from her side.
- Hero-Worshipper: At first, she is amazed by Geralt's deeds as a witcher and tells him that she considers him a hero for killing so many dangerous monsters. This changes after he kills Renfri's gang, where she becomes disillusioned with him despite being the only one who knows why he had to fight them.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Marilka bitterly mentions that she has never even left Blaviken and that she wants more from life than to spend all of it in a small, boring town. She implies that she wishes to be a witcher like Geralt, clearly fascinated by his lifestyle of a wandering monster slayer.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: While no longer a child, her conversation with Geralt implies that she has been killing small animals and selling them to Stregobor for several years now, including her own dog. She also callously refers to a kikimora as 'population control'.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Marilka is the only one who knows that Geralt killed Renfri's gang to stop her from slaughtering the people of Blaviken. He also came to her rescue when she was taken hostage by Renfri herself. Despite this, she does not reveal the truth to the people of Blaviken when they accuse Geralt of just slaughtering innocent people and she even tells him to leave and never return.
Portrayed by: Ben Wiggins A shapeshifting, intelligent being that Cahir hires as a part of his attempts to track down Ciri.
- All There in the Manual: Their name is only revealed in Netflix's audio descriptive service.
- Ambiguous Gender: As befits a shapeshifter; although we only see them take on male forms during the course of the show, the Doppler always refers to themself as the gender-neutral "we" and "our" when speaking as themself and not as one of their disguises.
- Collector of the Strange: They keep bits and pieces of people they've killed preserved in jars, possibly to serve as inspiration for the various forms it can create or just because they found those parts particularly pleasing to look at.
- Dead Person Impersonation: By the time Cahir hires them to impersonate Mousesack, Mousesack has been captured and is only being kept alive so that the Doppler can have a point of reference for his personality. Once that's done, Mousesack is killed and the Doppler gets to work.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: Their true form is a grey skinned, wrinkled, bald humanoid with pale, pupil-less eyes.
- Evil Is Petty: They ultimately break their disguise around Ciri because they got upset at her asking too many questions, which tipped Ciri off and lead to her asking something that the Doppler wouldn't have the correct answer to.
- Mad Artist: They see their shapeshifting ability as something of an art form, and they are first introduced staring lovingly at their unclothed body in a mirror while shifted into an attractive man, as if admiring the physical form rather than for any sexual gratification.
- Silver Bullet: Like with most monsters in this series, they have a crippling weakness to silver. Having Dara's silver pocket knife pressed against their throat for long enough put them in so much pain that they dropped their disguise as Mousesack.