Analysis (1.05-2.01): Nick Grimm (Nervous Subject)’s Freudian Issues & True Intentions

(Written By AldoHyde)

Loki & Circe Beaker are “foster parents” with a menacing twist. Most children wish to be included in activities with their parents, but through Nick Grimm’s (Nervous Subject’s new name) growing-up years, he would rather be excluded from most of the non-privileged roles he had to play in the Beakers’ experiments.

For obvious reasons, Nick (at any age) is to be excluded from Loki & Circe’s bedroom activities. The fact that they seem to be enjoying themselves triggers Nick’s Freudian Oedipus Complex, making him very jealous indeed. The locked bedroom door sums up all his feelings of the lack of privilege in his “inferior” position in the Beaker household.

Since the Beakers had the power to withhold education & money from Nick, he had no effective outlet for his many years of bottled resentment. Nick’s few social connections were built when he snuck out of the house while the Beakers were at work. But most of the Strangetown residents did not have a good opinion of his awkwardness & greed.

Upon finding Bianca Monty imprisoned in the Beaker house, Nick saw his best chance at a stepping stone to freedom. Rather than a “damsel in distress” situation, Nick sees Bianca as someone new enough to Strangetown to have a new & better opinion of him, as well as a financially independent agent & a potential ally in his quest for freedom. Better still, she might feel indebted to him for saving her life.

He acted quickly on these perceptions. It paid off handsomely with Bianca’s hospitality, and her “testimony” as a respectable member of the community, to Vidcund Curious (& by extension, the rest of Strangetown), to “start taking him seriously” (1.06).

Nick’s downtrodden upbringing causes him to look for possible advantages in every situation. From mooching free food to spotting potential benefactors, his opportunistic nature may get him to places he wants, but will this attitude help him stay there for long?

[Update: 1.09] Nick has more Freudian issues when his father comes to take his mother away. He resents the fact that his father has more “right” than he to “spend time” with his mother. Nick appears to be fully accepting of his mother and her quirks. He wants to get to know his mother in an appropriate way, and is disappointed not to have more time for that.

[Update: 2.01] Nick’s Oedipus Complex manifests itself as a nightmare. Now that he’s finally his own man, can he make good decisions, or is he doomed to repeat the mistakes made by the father figures in his life?

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