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A Jägerbar (pronunciation: YAY-gər-bar; Germ. Jäger "hunter" + Bär "bear") is a bear-like Wesen seen in "Bears Will Be Bears". Nick Burkhardt confronted a family of Jägerbars shortly after learning of his duties as a Grimm.
Characteristics EditUpon woge, Jägerbars grow brown fur over their face, head, arms, and shoulders, but not over their chest. Their features change, gaining bear like ears, a snout, and fangs. They also gain bear-like claws. They can roar and snarl like bears, suggesting their vocal cords change. They may be sexually dimorphic as Diane Rabe's Jägerbar form looked almost exactly as a regular bear, while Frank and Barry Rabe's Jägerbar forms were much more humanoid.
Physically Jägerbars are superhumanly strong and very fast, as one was easily able to overpower a grown man of similar build. However they are weaker than Grimms, as Nick was able to almost casually overpower two unarmed. They are also able to perform great leaps like actual bears. As well, they possess razor sharp bear like claws, which are able to leave big imprints in wood. They are good trackers and hunters, and possess an enhanced sense of smell, as Frank was able to track down his son purely by scent.
In ancient times Jägerbars practiced a brutal and savage ritual called the Roh-hatz to celebrate their young becoming adults. They would kidnap two humans, and hunt them like animals.
In the modern era, Jägerbars have found a more civilized role in society. They can easily live amongst humans, and are mostly civil and non-hostile. They can be found as lawyers, clerks, and the like. As such, their more barbaric practices, such as the Roh-Hatz, are rarely put into effect.
Jägerbars relationship with Grimms seems reasonably neutral. They neither greatly fear them, nor do they hate them. However, they are still wary of them, particularly if confronted by them.
Excerpt from Grimm DiariesEdit
An entry in Marie Kessler's book reads thus:"Jägerbars are bear-like creatures that date back to 900 AD. Jägerbars can live safely in society as long as they stay away from alcohol. Most Jägerbars are politicians and mortgage lenders.
They use a rare Germanic weapon with a carved bear head and a claw-like scoop to disembowel their victims. This weapon is used during Roh-hatz, a coming-of-age celebration of a young Jägerbar from boy to man. "
- The Jägerbars seem to be inspired by Native American stereotypes, this is emphasized when Nick draws a totemic bear figure while having a dream about the Jägerbars. Although somewhat ironically they are not actually native to America, and originated in Germany.