Grimm: Top 10 Wesen of All Time
Like Nick's late great Aunt Marie, I have been recording supernatural creatures that appear over the course of Grimm. A plethora of creatures appear throughout the series run, but I've narrowed it down to some of the best. Look here for the top 10 Wesen of all time.
These black widow-like Wesen first appeared in the episode Tarentella. Spinnetod (SHPIN-nuh-toht) are also called Death Spiders. When they Woge, Spinnetod's hands grow gray and clawed and their entire eye – iris and pupil – goes black. In addition, the Spinnetod grow chelicerae, the hollow fangs of a spider. Spinnetod can lose limbs and regrow them over time.
The female Spinnetod is stronger than her male counterpart. She is very agile and can even climb vertical surfaces. Every five years the female Spinnetod must molt her skin. It takes her three days to complete this process. Before she begins molting she must consume the inside organs of a male. She does this by spitting a corrosive venom into his mouth and then sucking his insides out through his stomach.
It is possible – although incredibly difficult – for the female Spinnetod to resist the molting process. If she does this than she will prematurely age at what appears to be two or three times the normal rate.
A Lebensauger (LAY-ben-zow-ger) is a Wesen that can best be described as a leech. When Woged the Lebensauger have brown, mushy skin and their nose essentially disappears. The most horrific aspect of their appearance is their enormous, round, fang-filled mouth.
Lebensaugers use their mouths to attack others and leech blood – presumably for food. Luckily, they are not as strong as many Wesen.
Even among other Wesen, Lebensaugers are considered repulsive. Lebensaugers often even loathe themselves delving into substance abuse or otherwise trying to escape the grim reality of their own existence.
The Eisbiber (ICE-beeber) is a nervous, beaver-like Wesen. When Woged it looks like a very humanoid beaver with large teeth. The Eisbibers tend to have rounder bodies and not be particularly tall or imposing. The first Eisbiber Nick Burkhardt encounters is his own refrigerator repairman, Bud Wurstner. Bud is terrified of Nick, but he eventually realizes Nick wishes him no harm. Bud becomes one of Nick's friends and supporters in he Wessen community.
Eisbibers have community groups called lodges. They make decisions for their community through these lodges. Eisbibers are traditionalists who seldom make decisions not based on previous decisions.
Bauerschwein (BOW-er-shvine) are piggy Wesen whose mortal enemies are Blutbad. They appear more like wild boars than domesticated pigs when Woged. These Wesen first appeared in the episode “The Three Bad Wolves.”
Bauerschwein are generally good at working with humans. They loathe Blutbod, but Bauerschwein aren't particularly strong which makes it difficult for them to fight their enemies. Apparently this feud with Blutbod goes back for centuries although the Bauerschwein take it much more seriously as they are pretty much always on the losing end.
Fuchsbau (FOOKS-bow) look just like humanoid foxes when Woged. They first appeared in the episode “Organ Grinder.” Rosalee Calvert, one of the show's main characters, is a Fuchsbau.
These Wesen are not particularly strong, although they do have a pretty good bite. They also have an excellent sense of smell.
Other Wesen consider Fuchsbau as untrustworthy. As a group, they are known to lie, cheat, and otherwise behave badly – but they avoid physical confrontation. However, if a group of Fuchsbau think something is important enough they will fight for it.
The Gelumcaedus (GAY-loom-KY-dus) first appeared in the episode, “Cold Blooded.” These Wesen are some of the scariest around – and that's saying something. When they woge the Gelumcaedus look a lot like alligators or crocodiles. They get extremely thick, green, bumpy skin while their mouths get larger and fill with razor sharp teeth. Gelumcaedus lose their ears and hair, grow somewhat larger, and gain claws.
Gelumcaedus are unbelievably powerful and aggressive. They can shake a man apart – literally – and pulling someone limb from limb is also within their capacity. Just to make things more fun, the Gelumcaedus can take a lot of damage and move remarkably swiftly.
These Wesen usually live in dark places such as sewer systems or other underground areas. Like alligators, Gelumcaedus go through dormant times where they retreat and rest – or perhaps even hibernate.
An Aswang is a Filipino monster that is a grey, ghoulish cross between a werewolf and a vampire. The Aswang has an incredibly long forked tongue it uses to penetrate the uterus of a pregnant woman and then suck the amniotic fluid out. An Aswang preys on its own relatives. In the episode, Mommy Dearest, the Aswang is the grandmother of the unborn child she seeks to kill by removing its amniotic fluid. According to Lani, the Aswang, it is traditional for the eldest son to sacrifice his first child so that his Aswang mother can live longer.
Krampus (KRAM-pus) appeared in the episode “Twelve Days of Krampus.” Krampus is a large, greyish-green humanoid with large, curved ram horns. He wears a Santa Claus suit. Krampus likes to whip his victims before taking them away in a bag. Each time he kidnaps someone Krampus leaves behind a lump of coal. Krampus brings his victims to the tallest tree in the area and hangs them from the tree until he's ready to chow down on them. Krampus is powerful and even Nick has trouble fighting him.
However, Krampus appears unique among Wesen we have thus far encountered as he not only has no control of when he Woges (changes), but this only happens in the days before Christmas. Even stranger, the Wesen has no idea he is a Krampus – or even a Wesen. He simply remembers nothing of what happened while he was Woged.
Krampus is based on a myth found in many Alpine nations that threatened bad boys and girls. The myth says if the children misbehave Krampus will visit them instead of Saint Nicholas. And instead of gifts the children will get shoved into a sack and taken away by Krampus.
Blutbaden are the werewolves of the Wesen world. Blutbaden have glowing red eyes and sharp claws. They have relatively human faces and forms, but are incredibly strong and agile. A Blutbad can easily toss a human over his head. The Wesen also has a very keen sense of smell. Their sense of smell is so sharp they can sense when other Wesen are near and even what type of Wesen is the one close by. Many Blutbaden are extremely vicious, even to their own kind, but they have a particular hatred for the Wesen called Bauerschwein.
On Grimm, the first Wesen Nick Burkhardt encounters in the Pilot is a Blutbad named Monroe. Although they are at first suspicious of each other, they grow to be best friends who help each other throughout the series.
These are the witches of the Grimm world. Females are called Hexenbiest (HEXen-beest), while males are known as Zauberbiests (TSOWber-beests). These Wesen look basically human when they Woge. However, their hair goes gray, their teeth sharpen and their flesh looks disturbingly decayed. All Hexenbiests and Zauberbiests have a dark U shape under their tongues – even when in human form.
These Wesen are powerful spell casters. They are particularly adept at making alchemical potions – the study of which is called Zaubertränke. The potions themselves cause a wide range of effects and can be deadly, but the potions seem particularly useful for manipulating people's thoughts, perceptions, and emotions, for example causing someone to fall in love.
These Wesen possess other powers including some forms of telekenesis and fire manipulation. The show has left it unclear just what other mystic powers Hexenbiests and Zauberbiests may possess.
Hexenbiests and Zauberbiests are incredibly strong. They are not quite as strong as a Grimm, but they come close in power which is no mean feat.
One weakness Hexenbiests and Zauberbiests possess is that if they swallow the blood of a Grimm they become human, losing all of their Wesen abilities. The only way they can regain their powers is through an extensive, gruelling, and disgusting ritual.
These Wesen appeared in the show's pilot. Captain Sean Renard, Nick Burkhardt's boss at the police station is half Zauberbiest. Adalind Schade, one of the shows ongoing antagonists, is a Hexenbiest who also appeared in the pilot.
Wesen, Wesen, Everywhere
There are many fascinating Wesen on the show Grimm. The ones on this list represent a broad range of the types of creatures found in this modern fantasy world.
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