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Reinigen Woge - Roddy Geiger
Other languages: German: Nagerstein
Hungarian: Tisztogató
Russian: Падальщик
Farsi: راینیگن
Notables: Roddy Geiger
Handcuff Ephram Geiger
Dead Carl Stanton
Dead Phyllis Stanton (probably)
Dead Ray Swartly
Handcuff Ron Swartly
Comics: Issue 3 (mentioned only)
Books: The Icy Touch
The Chopping Block
The Killing Time

A Reinigen (RY-ni-gin; Ger. "to clean") is a rat-like Wesen that first appeared in "Danse Macabre".


When Reinigen woge, their eyes become darker, their ears become larger, their faces become pointy, and their incisors enlarge.

While they don't have superhuman strength, Reinigen are quick and light on their feet, as Roddy was able to outrun Nick Burkhardt for a few seconds before the latter caught up. They also seem to have greater endurance, as one Reinigen was able to jump up and attack a bystander after just crashing their car, following which it ran through a glass door, and despite being injured, proceeded to wreck an entire office without stopping. It should be noted that the Reinigen in question was in an aggressive state due to Fluvus Pestilentia, so adrenaline might explain his durability. They can also resist the effects of Fluvus Pestilentia for much longer than other Wesen, such as Fuchsbau and Stangebär. ("Quill")

Reinigen, or at least some of them, have incredible potential when it comes to music. They are able to utilize these abilities to mesmerize and control rats, similar to the way Mellifers control bees. ("Beeware") These abilities, however, may only be found in a select few Reinigen, as Ephram Geiger considered his son, Roddy, to be a prodigy.


They are similar to rats in that they are scavengers, not being the least bit picky about what they eat. They appear to be peaceful creatures like their fellow rodent Wesen, Eisbibers, Mauzhertz, and Stangebärs, but unlike them (except Stangebärs), Reinigen are nowhere near as meek or cowardly. Still, they are very cautious in the presence of stronger Wesen, as seen when Roddy backed away from Monroe after realizing Monroe was a Blutbad. Despite being cautious and generally non-violent, Reinigen can be very temperamental, especially if they have a history of being treated poorly. If a Reinigen loses his or her temper, he or she will lash out violently against their offenders. Reinigen appear to have a tendency to hold grudges.

Reinigen also appear to have an affinity for actual rats. For example, Roddy's father, despite being an exterminator, preferred to capture and release rats rather than kill them.

Monroe described them as being "at the bottom of the food chain" and hinted at them living on the leftovers of society.

Like many Wesen, Reinigen fear Grimms, but they are not particularly terrified of them, just merely wary in their presence.

Excerpt from Grimm DiariesEdit

(By Nick Burkhardt) December 8, 2011

Reinigen Grimm Diaries-Oregon Art Beat Grimm Feature
I've encountered a young boy and his father living as Reinigen and running a pest control business.

The young boy is extremely gifted with the violin but is also very troubled. His father is moody and on edge, probably as a result of years of disrespect at the bottom of the Grimm creature food chain.

I've learned from a trustworthy Blutbad that these rat-like creatures are rarely violent unless pushed to the limit. They apparently possess a musical ability that enables them to mesmerize and control the rat's behavior, similar to the tale of the Pied Piper. While I don't believe these creatures pose a direct threat to me, they have proven uncooperative and are difficult to deal with.

Trubel's Journal - Reinigen

Reinigen in Trubel's Journal

(By Theresa Rubel)
Today I caught a city bus downtown and the driver said I was short on fare. When I said it was all I had, he rippled and looked like some kind of mouse or rat or something. I swear I'm losing it. What is wrong with me?

Some days everything is normal and then this dude will look like an animal.

Most of the time I feel like its just me, but when I see them, they see me.



Season 1 Blu-ray Grimm Guide ProfileEdit

A rat-like creature that exists at the bottom of the food chain. Similar to rats in that they are scavengers, not being the least bit picky about what they eat, and are rarely violent unless pushed to the limit. They possess a musical ability that enables them to mesmerize and control rats' behavior.


Wesen in Grimm
Accipitrid Wesen Geier, Steinadler
Amphibian Wesen Folterseele
Bovine Wesen Heftigauroch, Taureus-Armenta
Canine Wesen Anubis, Apgadnieks, Blutbad, Coyotl, Höllentier, Hundjäger, Luison, Schakal, Wældreór, Wildesheer
Caprine Wesen Krampus, Seelengut, Ziegevolk
Cathartid Wesen Raub-Kondor
Chelicerate Wesen Spinnetod
Chelonian Wesen Genio innocuo
Chimeric Wesen Manticore, Naiad
Chiropteran Wesen Murciélago
Dinosaur Wesen Glühenvolk
Feline Wesen Klaustreich, Weten Ogen
Hexapod Wesen Jinnamuru Xunte, Mellifer
Lepidosauromorphan Wesen Königschlange, Lausenschlange, Phansigar, Quijada Vil, Skalengeck, Varme Tyv
Lutrine Wesen Luisant-Pêcheur
Machairodontine Wesen Mauvais Dentes
Meline Wesen Drang-Zorn
Osteichthyan Wesen Cracher-Mortel, Matança Zumbido
Pantherine Wesen Balam, Löwen, Pflichttreue, Yaguaraté
Passeriform Wesen Seltenvogel
Perissodactyl Wesen Dickfellig, Nuckelavee
Primate Wesen Aswang, El Cucuy, Excandesco, Fuchsteufelwild, Hässlich, Hexenbiest, Indole Gentile, Koschie, Musai, Siegbarste, Wendigo, Wildermann
Pseudosuchian Wesen Gelumcaedus, Skalenzahne
Rodent Wesen Eisbiber, Mauzhertz, Reinigen, Stangebär, Willahara
Sauropsidans Wesen Dämonfeuer
Spiralian Wesen Gedächtnis Esser, Huntha Lami Muuaji, Lebensauger
Strigiform Wesen Scharfblicke
Suinan Wesen Bauerschwein, Malin Fatal, Schinderdiv
Ursid Wesen Jägerbar
Vulpine Wesen Fuchsbau, Vulpesmyrca

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