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Other languages: Russian: Фансигар
Farsi: فنزگار
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A Phansigar (FAN-sih-gar; Urdu پھانسی (phansi) "to hang (someone)" + Per. گر (gar) "doer") is a Komodo dragon-like Wesen that first appeared in "Highway of Tears".


Phansigars look similar to their cousin, the Skalengeck, but they have a long, retractable tongue that they use to choke their victims. When they woge, they lose all of their hair and have yellowish-green scales that cover their whole body. They also possess sharp teeth and claws, which they will use in combat.


Phansigars were once affiliated with the Thuggees. However, Phansigars have their own specific rituals for human sacrifice. Every three years they sacrifice one man and one woman, usually a couple, to the goddess Kali by choking them with their tongues to knock them out, and then, after a ritual involving prayers in Hindi, the victims are buried alive.

These sacrifices take place in front of a giant idol built in the Phansigar's image. Phansigars consider the ground on which they commit these sacrifices sacred and will kill anyone who trespasses upon it. They also leave similar, smaller idols behind at the sites where they kidnap their victims.

Excerpt from Grimm DiariesEdit

June 3, 1893, Calcutta

After six weeks in the foul bustee, I encountered my first. It attacked. Fortunately, I had my dagger and was able to slit its throat before it was able to tighten its tongue around mine.

Upon close examination, I have concluded that the Phansigar is a particular type of Skalengeck, not dissimilar to the visage of the Komodo dragon.

Here in India, the Phansigars hide among the Thuggees, the dreaded Hindu cult of thieves that strangle travelers as a sacrifice to Kali. But I have discovered that the Phansigars have their own brand of human sacrifice. Using their filthy tongues, they choke their victims into silence. These unfortunate souls, always a young couple, are then buried alive. This evil practice must be performed every three years to placate Kali.

Rudyard Kipling

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Season 4 Blu-ray Grimm Guide ProfileEdit

A type of Skalengeck not dissimilar to the Komodo dragon with a terrifying brand of human sacrifice. They use their long tongues to choke their victims - always a young couple - into silence before burying them alive. They carry out this sacrifice every two years to placate the Hindu goddess Kali.



Grimm - Creature Profile Phansigar (Digital Exclusive)

Grimm - Creature Profile Phansigar (Digital Exclusive)


  • Phansigar is a term commonly used in Southern India to describe the Thugs who would join travelers and gain their confidence, allowing them to then surprise and strangle their victims by pulling a handkerchief or noose tight around their necks. They would then rob their victims of valuables and bury their bodies.
  • The Komodo dragon is not found in India, but there are other large monitor lizards of the same genus native to India.
  • In "Once We Were Gods", Hank found an old film in the trailer called "Cult of Kali."
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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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