416-Folterseele woge
Other languages: Farsi: فولتر زیله
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A Folterseele (FOHL-tuh-zay-luh; Ger. Folter "torture" + Seele "soul") is a frog-like Wesen that was seen in "Heartbreaker".


Folterseele are known for being always beautiful, yet always deadly. They do not woge like any other Wesen; they only woge as a defense mechanism when someone is sexually attracted to them. They secrete batrachotoxins from their skin, which is most closely related to that of the Golden poison frog (Phyllobates terribilis). Any contact with this toxin is extremely lethal, and as little as one ounce is enough to kill 10,000 mice, 10 to 20 humans, and 2 African bull elephants. The toxin induces acute systolic heart failure. Due to this defense mechanism, they are a rare Wesen.

When they woge, they gain a frog-like appearance in which their skin turns a yellowish to brownish-green color, their eyes slightly bulge and move slightly further apart, their nose bridge flattens, and their mouth and lips widen. The lower jawbone is reduced to just the lower lip, and the throat becomes an inflatable vocal sac.

One way to neutralize the secretion of a Folterseele's batrachotoxins is to depolarize the cell membranes by using a tetrodotoxin or saxitoxin. These neurotoxins actually have an antagonistic effect on the secretion of the batrachotoxin in the first place, totally blocking the creation of the poison. A side effect of this treatment, however, is that the Folterseele's greenish skin color becomes partially visible to all, particularly in the area of the face, and is left with a dry, almost scaly-looking appearance. No other characteristic of a Folterseele when woged becomes visible, however.


Many men have difficulty controlling themselves around a female Folterseele, and they have a higher risk of being the target of rape attempts. Because of this and what happens to those who contact them when they woge, Folterseele mostly keep to themselves and avoid romantic relationships. Some go so far as to disfigure their faces to make themselves less attractive, but they also struggle with never being able to experience love.


  • Despite the literal German translation, there is a sense that these are 'tortured souls' rather than torturers.

Season 4 Blu-ray Grimm Guide ProfileEdit

A classically tragic, frog-like Wesen, they are very rare and don't woge like normal Wesen. Theirs acts as a defense mechanism, a physical response to others sexually aroused by their beauty. When woged, their skin becomes toxic to the touch.


Wesen in Grimm
Accipitrid Wesen Barbatus Ossifrage, Geier, Steinadler
Amphibian Wesen Folterseele
Bovine Wesen Fuilcré, Heftigauroch, Taureus-Armenta
Canine Wesen Anubis, Apgadnieks, Blutbad, Coyotl, Höllentier, Hundjäger, Inugami, Luison, Schakal, Wældreór, Wildesheer
Caprine Wesen Krampus, Seelengut, Ziegevolk
Cathartid Wesen Raub-Kondor
Cetancodont Wesen Taweret
Chelicerate Wesen Spinnetod
Chelonian Wesen Genio Innocuo
Chimeric Wesen Manticore, Naiad, Wettbewerbsgewinner
Chiropteran Wesen Murciélago
Dinosaur Wesen Glühenvolk
Falconid Wesen Uhranuti
Feline Wesen Klaustreich, Weten Ogen
Hexapod Wesen Ataktos Fuse, Gevatter Tod, Jinnamuru Xunte, Kackenkopf, Mellifer, Musasat Alsh-Shabab
Lagomorpha Wesen Willahara
Lepidosauromorphan Wesen Furis Rubian, Königschlange, Lausenschlange, Phansigar, Quijada Vil, Skalengeck, Varme Tyv, Wasser Zahne
Lutrine Wesen Luisant-Pêcheur
Machairodontine Wesen Mauvais Dentes
Meline Wesen Drang-Zorn
Mustelid Wesen Ungeziefer Greifer
Osteichthyan Wesen Cracher-Mortel, Hasenfussige Schnecke, Matança Zumbido, Unnamed Red Herring-like Wesen
Pantherine Wesen Balam, Löwen, Pflichttreue, Yaguaraté
Passeriform Wesen Seltenvogel
Perissodactyl Wesen Dickfellig, Nuckelavee
Primate Wesen Alpe, Aswang, Cupiditas, El Cucuy, El Cuegle, Excandesco, Fuchsteufelwild, Hässlich, Hexenbiest, Indole Gentile, Koschie, Musai, Siegbarste, Wendigo, Wildermann, Zerstörer
Pseudosuchian Wesen Gelumcaedus, Skalenzahne
Rodent Wesen Eisbiber, Mauzhertz, Reinigen, Riesen-Ratte, Stangebär
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, Kitsune, Vulpesmyrca

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