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Name: Grimm
Creator: Stephen Carpenter, David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf
Date(s): October 28, 2011 – March 31, 2017
Medium: Television Series
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: at Wikipedia
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Grimm is an American fantasy-horror crime drama television series that began airing on NBC in 2011 and ended in 2017.

Canon Overview

The series follows the life of Portland P.D. Detective Nick Burkhardt who discovers to be descendant of the Grimm family, tasked with killing supernatural creatures gone bad. His mortally ill aunt Marie – a BAMF librarian – puts him in charge of the family legacy, and Nick gains abilities that allow him to visualize the true nature of these creatures, known collectively as Wesen.

Bonding with a reformed "Blutbad", Monroe, who helps him deal with the Grimm lifestyle, and a Fuchsbau, Rosalee, who knows about Wesen medicine, Nick also learns about the Royal families.

Acting in parallel as Grimm and Detective sees their worlds collide as he delves deeper and deeper into the realm of the supernatural. His co-worker Hank Griffin, your boss Captain Renard and his girlfriend Juliette Silverton initially are in the dark about Nick's extracurricular abilities and activities.

However, over time, those around him become suspicious the unsettling things Nick hid from them, and each character is involved in a more complicated and increasingly dangerous situation. The protagonists and antagonists alike find themselves confronted with hard choices, and their true nature are revealed.

Other medias

A spin-off was announced on October 16, 2018, focusing on another Grimm but as June 2021, the project was closed. Tie-in novelizations were produced from 2013 to 2014, below is a list of them:

  • Grimm Comic Book Series 12 issues (May 2013 a April 30, 2014)
  • Grimm: The Icy Touch (November 5, 2013)
  • Grimm: The Chopping Block (February 18, 2014)
  • Grimm: The Killing Time (September 30, 2014)


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As the founders of the Grimm family started their activities in Germanic-speaking countries, many texts on the show were written in the language, however many fans have criticized and mocked the Google Translate-esque quality of these phrases, even having a term coined and used in TV Tropes especially to describe such an event - "Blind Idiot" Translation.[1]


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The slash pairing Nick/Monroe rapidly gained traction, due to their constant teasing, strong friendship, and the secrecy surrounding them, while Nick/Renard was also abundantly shipped for similar reasons the difference in the question of friendship[note 1].

Monroe/Rosalee and Nick/Adalind (an official couples) were the show's most popular het pairings at the end of season 1, and Adalind/Renard had a decent fanbase,[2][3][4] despite the first being criticized for potentially getting in the way of the slash pairing (it turned out it didn't do anything to diminish the bromance) and jeopardizing opportunities for character development.

Nick/Juliette, another official pairing was barely shipped until the threats surrounding it were made clear[5]; but it has since grown more popular (it is finally quite so as of 2x03), becoming the most popular Juliette pairing since about 1x21.

Adalind/Renard are much less shipped today due to being made canon on Adalind's part, and his manipulation being disliked by the fans.[6] Since the turmoil surrounding Nick and Juliette's relationship, there has been a recurrence of Nick/Adalind shipping,[7] and many gifs were created by the tumblr fan community, fueled by their constant combativeness, Adalind's flirting, and Nick's somewhat baffled and ambiguous response to it.

Similarly, Nick/Ariel (a one-sided attraction from the young woman in canon) was shipped more often after the official couple began having relationship problems. As of season 2, Juliette/Renard has a relatively large fanbase; but also a slightly larger number of detractors due to the special circumstances that made the pairing canon.[note 2]

Common Tropes and Fanon

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Fan favourites

Fans have generally liked Nick since the beginning, seeing him as a competent, pragmatic and overall nice and confident character (a very unlikely personality for a dark cop show's hero)[8]. However, he was also described numerous times as "bland"[9] before he became more involved in Wesen-related cases, and really started befriending and protecting some of these Wesen against his instructions as a cop. His loss of control over his temper and personal life has also made him a much more complex character.

Monroe is probably the most beloved main character, with the fandom most frequently writing that he is "adorable", and quoting his sarcasm, his innuendos, and his courage and nerdiness as the most interesting aspects of the character.[10][11][12] In fan appeal, he is closely followed by Nick's superior, Renard, who is praised for being attractive, mysterious, unpredictable, and probably a noble person at heart,[note 3] despite his possible villainy. With her introduction, recurring character Rosalee (who got upgraded to regular) got a lot of positive fan attention for being a clever, independent and good Wesen, and a capable fighter who knew about the Wesen world, and because she has an interesting backstory.[13] Her introduction increased the complexity of the dynamic of the show[14]. However, she is sometimes criticized for being too much like Monroe.[15]

Hank, Juliette and Adalind have inspired the largest amount of fan grudge — respectively for not being involved in the main plots (at first), not being involved in all main plots and being primarily shown as Nick's girlfriend,[16] and for being apparently shallow, sadistic and manipulative. Hank is today well-liked, though he does not get as much fandom attention as most main characters[17] ; and the discovery of Adalind's backstory and her impressively clever revenge plot have given her a sizable fanbase [18].

Side characters Ian Hammon, Bud The Fridge Repairman, Hap, and Valentina Espinosa also provoked fan following, by virtue of being a potential BAMF with a mission, very cute, very cute, and another potential BAMF with a mission respectively, as did Ariel Eberhart and Angelina Lasser, to a lesser degree, as alternative and somewhat villainous love interests for the protagonists who remained quite complex characters despite their limited roles).

Juliette and Renard have seen their status change, going from generally-ignored[19] and generally-beloved character[20] respectively, to fanbase-breakers. Both have had important fanbases and important hatedoms ever since their storylines collided. Juliette is praised for being independent and a compassionate person[21] as well as insulted copiously for being cold and distrustful to her boyfriend,[22] and Renard's image is no more unambiguously positive.[23]

Example Fanworks



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Archives, Communities & Resources


  1. ^ See Grimm YMMV on TV Tropes, especially under Ho Yay (about Nick/Monroe and Nick/Renard) and Fan-Preferred Couple (about Nick/Monroe). An archived version of June 20, 2013 has significant differences from sections, see: "Grimm - Television Tropes & Idioms". 2013-06-20. Archived from the original on 2013-06-20.
  2. ^ See this shipping confession and this ship sinking post, despite the reblogging not being proportional to the actual fan reactions in this case
  3. ^ See again Grimm's YMMV page under "Ensemble Darkhorse", "Evil Is Sexy", "Magnificent Bastard" and the "Headscratchers" page under "Renard is a cop" and the Fanpop entry: "Rate The Character,Juliette Silverton. Poll Results - Grimm - Fanpop". 2022-03-30. Archived from the original on 2022-03-30.


  1. ^ ""Blind Idiot" Translation - TV Tropes". 2022-03-30. Archived from the original on 2022-03-30.
  2. ^ "Grimm Confessions [Monroe/Rosales]". 2012-08-14. Archived from the original on 2012-12-25.
  3. ^ "Grimm Confessions [Nick/Adalind]". 2012-03-15. Archived from the original on 2012-12-29.
  4. ^ "Grimm Confessions [Renard/Adalind]". 2012-04-11. Archived from the original on 2012-12-29.
  5. ^ "Grimm Confessions [Nick/Juliette]". 2012-10-19. Archived from the original on 2012-12-10.
  6. ^ "nope.avi". 2012-12-02. Archived from the original on 2012-12-02.
  7. ^ See this tag for instance: "snarky bitchy flirting otp Tumblr". 2012-12-02. Archived from the original on 2012-12-02.
  8. ^ "Grimm / YMMV - TV Tropes – Women Are Wiser". 2022-03-30. Archived from the original on 2022-03-30.
  9. ^ "Grimm / YMMV - TV Tropes – Designed Protagonist Syndrom". 2022-03-30. Archived from the original on 2022-03-30.
  10. ^ "Grimm / Characters - TV Tropes – Monroe". 2022-03-30. Archived from the original on 2022-03-30.
  11. ^ "Grimm / YMMV - TV Tropes – Darkhorse Ensemble". 2022-03-30. Archived from the original on 2022-03-30.
  12. ^ "Rate The Character,Eddie Monroe . - Grimm - Fanpop". 2022-03-30. Archived from the original on 2022-03-30.
  13. ^ See Grimm's TV Tropes character page, and her entries in "The Smart Guy", "Sugar And Ice Personality", Badass Adorable", "The Strategist", and the YMMV page under "Ensemble Darkhorse", and this poll
  14. ^ see this confession and the reblogging
  15. ^ see this
  16. ^ "Grimm / Characters - TV Tropes – Juliette's Shallow Love Interest". 2022-03-30. Archived from the original on 2022-03-30.
  17. ^ see for instance this Hank support statement and this one, and compare the statistics of reblogging with entries about Nick, Monroe, Rosalee or Juliette)
  18. ^ see for instance this post, this one, a poll which followed the reveal of her backstory and this last one
  19. ^ See the Fanpop poll for the end of season 1, just after her popularity started increasing for the first time: "Rate The Character,Juliette Silverton. - Grimm - Fanpop". 2013-06-20. Archived from the original on 2013-06-20.
  20. ^ as stated on Grimm's YMMV page on Television Tropes and Idioms
  21. ^ "Beautifully Strange - We interrupt our regularly-scheduled Nick-squee…". 2012-11-18. Archived from the original on 2012-12-25.
  22. ^ "Grimm Confessions". 2012-11-19. Archived from the original on 2012-12-03.
  23. ^ "Grimm Confessions". 2012-11-04. Archived from the original on 2012-12-25.
  24. ^ "Little Update + Grimm Intro: cthonical — LiveJournal". 2011-11-22. Archived from the original on 2022-03-30.