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Other languages: German: Krampus
Hungarian: Krampus
Actor: Derek Mears (Wesen form)
Darius Pierce (human form)
TV Show: "Twelve Days of Krampus"

Krampus (KRAAM-puus; O.H.Ger. Krampen "claw") is an anti-Santa Wesen resembling a wild sheep and appeared in "Twelve Days of Krampus". According to legend he appears before Christmas and kidnaps naughty children who he keeps up in the tallest tree at the tallest spot. He does this with the intention of eating the children and then disappearing for a whole year.


"Twelve Days of Krampus"Edit

Two boys, Derrick Bryce and Quinn Baxter, are celebrating over the presents they stole. They are approached by a large, horned creature in a Santa suit. The creature grabs Quinn, beats him with a switch and stuffs him in a sack. He attempts, but ultimately fails, to take Derrick as well. The creature then leaves the scene, leaving behind a chunk of coal.

The creature later shows up in a parking garage, where he kidnaps another teenager the same way he kidnapped Quinn, and leaves behind a chunk a coal. He was seen by a witness, who described the creature as something from "my worst drug-crazed, acid-induced flashback nightmare."

When Nick and Hank go to Monroe for information, Monroe identifies the creature as Krampus, an anti-Santa creature who kidnaps naughty children and hangs them in the tallest tree in the tallest spot to eat them later. Monroe, the detectives, and Bud go to find the tallest tree at the tallest spot in Portland in order to stop Krampus an save the kids before the winter solstice.

Krampus later encounters Nick in the woods, while the others rescue the kids from the tree. Krampus overpowers Nick at first, and Krampus begins to choke Nick, causing him to turn grey. Nick, in a sudden burst of energy, punches Krampus and knocks him out, just as Hank and Monroe arrive. The trio debate what they should do, with Hank and Monroe saying that they probably need to kill him before he disappears for another year and starts kidnapping more victims, while Nick wants to figure out a different way. Krampus starts to wake up and Hank tells Nick if he won't shoot him, then he will. The clock strikes midnight and Krampus reverts back into his human form. The man is baffled and realizes "it happened again."

At the precinct, Hank and Nick question the man, who explains that he blacks out every December 1st and wakes up on the 22nd at midnight in the forest while wearing a Santa suit. He has no idea how he gets to where he wakes up, why he keeps blacking out, or what he does while he's blacked out.


When woged, Krampus chooses to wear a Santa outfit and has sharp teeth, curled horns, claws and a flaming red-forked tongue.

Despite his unique appearance and heavy outfit, he is capable of high levels of stealth, as none of his victims were aware of his presence before he was announced and he could effortlessly disappear within a city despite being unable to guise himself as a human.

Krampus is extraordinarily strong, even by Wesen standards. He is capable of lifting struggling humans effortlessly with one hand and carrying them about with no discernible impairment. He is able to not only match blows with a Grimm, but even gain the upper hand in a fight.


Even among Wesen, Krampus is unique. He is not aware that he is Krampus, or even Wesen. He is only able to woge from the first of December to the twenty-first when he enters a state of constant woge so fixed that even the loss of consciousness is unable to cause him to revert. It is during this time that Krampus can be said to actually exist.

Krampus hunts naughty children and adolescents, admonishing them for their bad behavior before beating them with a wooden switch and stuffing them in a large sack, leaving a large lump of coal behind at the abduction site. This coal is natively found in a mine on the highest arctic reach, near the North Pole. Upon abducting the children, Krampus hangs them from baskets like ornaments in the tallest tree in the tallest spot on the land with the intention of devouring them on the night of the Winter Solstice.

As Krampus exists for only three weeks out of every year and his human self is completely unaware of his Wesen self, Krampus has no culture of his own and is thought to be mythical even by other Wesen. The relationship between the Wesen and human form is described as a "Jekyll and Hyde-like" relationship, with the human side unaware of its true nature, and the Wesen side acting completely on its own accord.

Excerpt from Wesen FairytalesEdit

In the days leading up to Christmas, Krampus grabs naughty children, beats them with his switch and throws them into his sack.

He takes them deep into the forest and hangs them from the tallest tree.

Until he's ready to eat them on the eve of the winter solstice.




  • This version of Krampus is a mixture of Krampus and Knecht Ruprecht from European traditions. Both are accompanying St. Nick on December 6th, though Krampus is a kind of devilish creature that comes in a small group, never alone. While St. Nick fills the shoes of nice kids with small presents and sweets, Knecht Ruprecht leaves coal for the naughty ones and punishes them with a rod.

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