|Creator:||Andrzej Sapkowski; CD Projekt Red|
|Medium:||novels, video games, TV series|
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The Witcher (Polish: Wiedźmin) is a franchise based on a series of Polish fantasy books and stories by Andrzej Sapkowski. It was adapted into a film, a television series, video games, and a graphic novel series. The three video games, in particular, have been very successful.
The story takes place in a medieval fantasy world and follows Geralt of Rivia, one of a few travelling monster hunters who have supernatural powers, known as Witchers. "Witchers" like Geralt are monster hunters who (with training and body modification) develop supernatural abilities at a young age to battle deadly beasts.
- Short story collection:
- Sword of Destiny (1992)
- The Last Wish (1993)
- The Witcher saga
- Blood of Elves (1994)
- Time of Contempt (1995)
- Baptism of Fire (1996)
- The Tower of the Swallow (1997)
- The Lady of the Lake (1999)
- Standalone novels
- Season of Storms (2013)
The game's system of moral choices as part of the storyline was noted for its time-delayed consequences and lack of black-and-white morality.
- The Witcher (2007)
- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (2011)
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
It inspired a resurgence and growth of the fandom. In feel and genre, the show is more "old school fantasy", contrasting with the Game of Thrones type of fantasy that was standard at the time of the show's release. This was largely a welcome change for viewers.
A second season is projected for release in 2021.
Reader-Insert is also popular.
Other pairs include:
Tropes & Fanon
- Immortal Jaskier / Non-Human Jaskier. This is inspired by the Netflix Witcher series, which forgot to age Jaskier despite the passing of time. It is also popular as both Geralt and Yennefer are long-lived; if Jaskier was human, he would die long before the two of them, and the pairings are popular.
- Geralt only knows two words: "Hmmm" or "Fuck" - based off the Netflix portrayal of Geralt as emotionally constipated and stoic, not in line with portrayals in the novels or video games
- horse girl!Geralt - based on the fact he talks to Roach
- Bathing - Usually either spinoffs of the scene where Jaskier convinces Geralt to accompany him to the party, or the one where Geralt and Yennefer bathe together. Alternately, the same mood but in a Geralt/Reader fic, etc.
- Kaer Morhen has hot springs - never mentioned in the books or video games
- Animalistic behaviors and characteristics - the Witchers have traits from the animal their school is associated with
- Geralt is a sub - mostly based on his allowing Jaskier and Yennefer to push him around in the Netflix series and fan speculation about his praise kink
- Yennefer is a domme - mostly based on the fanon that Yennefer pegs Geralt, somewhat based on the throwaway line in the books about her owning a troll phallus
- Enemies to gal pals - Yennefer and Jaskier meet up to drink and bitch about Geralt after the mountain break up
- OT3 - this often leads to them making Geralt very miserable and then, very happy
- Apology scene - Geralt needs to beg and crawl to get Jaskier to take him back post Netflix mountain breakup
- Lambert/Aiden - based on a quest to avenge Aiden in the Witcher video games, the fandom decided that Aiden was Lambert's dead boyfriend
- Geralt/Eskel - based off the fact they are the two survivors from their cohort, are consistently described as close, and were apparently impossible to tell apart before the mutations and Eskel's scarring
- Geralt/Eskel/Lambert - based on why not, a little psuedo incest good, more psuedo incest better
- Misethere by astolat (2017), Geralt of Rivia/Emhyr var Emreis
- The god of scraped knees. by spqr (2020), Geralt/Jaskier
- New Monster Stories by kathkin (2020), Geralt/Jaskier
- His Touch by Sevent, Geralt/Jaskier, 6k. As of Sept 2020, the most kudos-ed Witcher fic on AO3 with 13k kudos for 85k hits. (2020)
- The Accidental Warlord and His Pack] series by inexplicifics, Geralt/Jaskier, Geralt/Jaskier/Eskel, 235k, multiple podfics available. (2020)
- The Angry Ciri Painting in Corvo Bianco by u/Outspokenbeef15 (2020) - in-game scene manipulation
- crossover with Shrek by kaoridraws (2020) - crossover fan art
- Geralt, Eskel and Lambert :) by paticmak (2016)
- father & daughter by mariedisgrace (2016)
- Steamy by statisticsfag (Geralt/Emhyr, NSFW, 2017)
- felt like drawing them by antisorum (Geralt/Yennefer, 2017)
- Geralt of Rivia by thislearts (July 2020)
- portrait with your past self or with your future one, i guess:) by daryshkart (Aug 2020)
- Cursed by quietnight, Geralt/Emhyr, 50 minutes (2017)
- The War of Silver and Ash by annapods, Geralt/Emhyr, 1.5 hours (2018)
- i'll lay you down by greedy_dancer, Geralt/Jaskier, 13 minutes (2020)
- The Accidental Warlord and His Pack (Podfics) by AceOfTigers, Geralt/Jaskier, Geralt/Jaskier/Eskel, WIP, 30+ hours (2020)
- A history of dragons in popular culture by reena_jenkins, Geralt/Jaskier, Jaskier/Yennefer, Geralt/Jaskier/Yennefer, 2 hours (2020)
- the ballad of pots and pans by barbex, chantress, kess, luninarie, Geralt/Jaskier, 1 hour (2020)
- So, bath scenes. Amirite?, Archived version by FantasticallyFoolishIdea (2020)
- Parenthood as a Major Theme in The Witcher, Archived version by scuttleboat (2020)
Resources & Links
- What is a witcher? Everything you need to know before diving into ‘The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt' (2015)
- Can someone please recap the main events of Geralt's life chronologically until the end of witcher 2 ?? (2015)
- ‘The Witcher’ Netflix Series Primer: What You Need To Know About Geralt Being Adapted (Again)
- first of all, to watch the witcher you need to replace your expectation of “good” with “totally unhinged.”, Archived version
- Wiedźmin | The Witcher - All Media Types works on AO3
- "Tumblr thread regarding The Witcher as shameless fantasy". Archived from the original on August 31, 2020.
- Youtube, Dominic Noble, "Toss A Coin, Let's Talk About The Witcher"