|“||Five years of peace. And we paid a high price for that peace. We witches, we earned that peace. We snatched back our freedom, we severed our link with our ancestors.||”|
— Vincent in Gather Up the Killers
Vincent Griffith is a main character and protagonist on The Originals. He is a very powerful witch, who is the former Regent of the Nine Covens and a former member of the Tremé Coven. He is the ex-husband of the witch, Eva Sinclair.
Vincent eventually left his coven, as he no longer was interested in being apart of the supernatural community, wishing instead to live his own life. He ultimately became a target for Esther Mikaelson because of this and she places her son's spirit, Finn Mikaelson, within him. Finn used Vincent's body throughout the second season and antagonized his brothers and their allies. Eventually, Vincent was freed from Finn's possession in They All Asked For You.
Upon regaining his own consciousness, Vincent expressed guilt for Finn's actions. He was approached by Marcel Gerard, who asked him to help them stop Eva Sinclair, as she had been causing trouble at the time. Vincent reluctantly agreed. Not long after, he was offered the role of Regent following Josephine LaRue's death. Vincent declined the offer and suggested Davina Claire become Regent. The Ancestors agreed and he began to mentor her.
In the third season, Vincent and Camille O'Connell worked closely with the police, attempting to solve who the murderer was killing random people in New Orleans. Eventually, Vincent gets Davina shunned with Marcel's help, as he didn't want the Strix harming her. Vincent is then elected as Regent by the Ancestors for a brief time, until being shunned in The Devil Comes Here and Sighs.
Vincent Griffith was born to a long line of witches from the Tremé Coven, one of nine covens of witches present in the city of New Orleans. As he once told Camille, his family were some of the meanest witches New Orleans had ever known. Vincent was raised as a witch by his coven while also maintaining as normal a life as possible, going to college and having a job.
Vincent was considered to be a powerful witch by his coven and was apparently well regarded by the other witches of New Orleans (so much so that they later planned to offer him the position of Regent). Throughout his time in New Orleans, Vincent lived in peace among the witches until the troubles with the vampires started again. The witch community remained divided over what to do: several covens refused to take part in the fighting while others sided with the vampires and others decided to do all they could to oppose them (such as the French Quarter Coven).
When Vincent was sixteen, he met Eva Sinclair, a talented and wild witch with whom he developed a romantic relationship and they eventually married. Although the witches were concerned about their relationship because of Eva's wild ways, they let them be because they were both happy. However, when Vincent learned Eva was pregnant, he tried to make the city safer for witches like his unborn child by increasing his power so he could defeat Marcel Gerard, who had ruled the city for nearly a century and kept the witches under his thumb. Vincent was unsuccessful in finding any magic powerful enough until a mysterious notebook appeared in his home one day, an instruction manual for sacrificial magic. Vincent studied it and practiced its magic, granting him immense strength given to him by a mysterious being even older than The Ancestors. Vincent showed the pregnant Eva this power and she became more enraptured by it than even he was, frightening him and making her promise to stop. She seemed to agree, though secretly kept using it.
In 2011, children from various covens started to go missing from different quarters of New Orleans. Each was a witch prodigy and their disappearance caused a great deal of fear in the witch community. Vincent assembled a team of witches from every single coven to track down the kidnapper and the kids but could not find them before they were submitted to a cloaking spell, preventing the use of locator spells. Vincent refused to give up however and managed to cast a locator spell on one of the kidnapped children before the cloaking spell went on. Catching glimpses of visions, Vincent discovered that it was Eva who had been kidnapping the children. He confronted her and captured her. She tried to convince him to help her in her plans: to use one child from each coven of New Orleans as a sacrifice to create a great power source and complete the Rite of Nines, to unite the witches under her, a powerful witch who could destroy the vampires.
However, Vincent refused to help her and tried to cleanse her of the sacrificial power he had shown her and the evil that had given it to him. He was unsuccessful and their unborn child was lost in the process. She was later imprisoned in the witch asylum at the Fauline Cottage. Disillusioned with the supernatural community, he left the Tremé Coven and began leading a life on his own. This left him vulnerable and he was captured by Esther as a vessel for her son, Finn Mikaelson.
Throughout The Originals Series
In Gather Up the Killers, five years after Marcel's defeat of the Mikaelsons, Vincent's plans of developing a sanctuary in New Orleans had come to fruition. He had transformed the church into a safe haven and was leading the witches in a peaceful time for the city. He warned them to be weary during the anniversary of the Mikaelsons' fall as vampires from all over the world flocked to New Orleans to celebrate Klaus's suffering. Marcel enlisted Vincent to help him in a power play by creating a barrier for Klaus to be brought to display him for the visiting vampires. Vincent begrudgingly helped but afterward confronted Klaus while reinforcing the barrier he was kept in during his imprisonment, asking him what Camille would think of not being the good man she believed he could be.
In No Quarter, Vincent learned that the son of a witch he was interested in Maxine, had gone missing. Vincent vowed to help find him and Maxine gave him a protective charm to keep with him in his search. Vincent went looking for her son, Adam Folsom, having heard from Will Kinney that children were going missing around abandoned houses. Vincent ventured to one of these houses but didn't find Adam. Instead, he found a mysterious blue light that threw him against the wall. Vincent tried to defend himself against the light but would have been overpowered if not for the charm Maxine gave him. Recognizing the light and its power, he pulled out a book he kept locked in a safe and called Marcel, desperately telling him that the whole city was in danger from what he had just discovered.
In Haunter of Ruins, Vincent tried to burn the book he had taken from the safe before speaking with Marcel who wondered why he was panicking over one missing witch boy and how that meant the whole city was in danger. Vincent reminded Marcel of his wife, Eva, who Marcel remembered had also taken children. Vincent explained that Eva hadn't always been the evil witch Marcel remembered, and that something evil had gotten inside of her and twisted her up, and that same evil that corrupted his wife might have returned, and if it had, more kids would be taken. To confirm it, he had Will use his police resources to find any more reports on missing kids, which there were three. When Will suggested it might not be Vincent's kind of case and he'd let him know if anything supernatural was connected, Vincent brushed off the notion, knowing the truth. He told Will to keep he and the police out of it since it was too dangerous for them but Will persisted, not wanting to leave Vincent alone. When Vincent revealed he had Marcel helping him, Marcel arrived and told Vincent that some of his vampires had spotted activity at the old Strix mansion, which had been boarded up for years. When Marcel saw the book Vincent had been burning hours ago was still intact, Vincent cryptically told him to keep that book far away from him that if he tried to even take the book from Marcel, to kill him without question.
Vincent went out with Marcel to the old Strix base, and explained what they were up against, saying it involved both of their pasts. Vincent told him that back when Marcel controlled the city and had the witches under his thumb, Vincent wanted to take him down to make the city safer for witches and tried to gain more power to do so, power Marcel wouldn't have been able to defend against. The notebook had mysteriously come to him one day, a sacrificial magic instruction manual with magic Vincent had never seen. Marcel brushed it off as him not being the first witch to make sacrifices to his ancestors but Vincent assured him that whatever he had once sacrificed to was older than the Ancestors and had never been given a name. When pressed on where the book came from, Vincent told Marcel that was the strangest part; that it was in his handwriting and he didn't remember ever writing it. They discussed the past and how Marcel didn't know Vincent back when he was with Eva but Vincent sure knew him from the damage he had done to the witches at the time. Vincent elaborated on how he had convinced Eva to try out the sacrificial magic and she went even further than him, which turned her into the monster Marcel knew.
When they got to the mansion, Marcel went in first to find a witch preparing to use the children in a ritual. The witch incapacitated Marcel before Vincent knocked him over the head. Much to his surprise, the witch recognized him and was happy to see him, telling Vincent that the being they sacrificed to wanted him there. When the witch zealot told him that the being they worshipped resided in all of them and had loved his wife, an enraged Vincent attacked the man and tried to defeat him with magic but was overpowered. The witch prepared to kill Vincent but he was saved by Marcel. The witch then tried to further the spell with the children, knocking them out, Vincent grabbed the man from behind and held a knife to his throat. The witch told him that Vincent had given it breath and now it had to be fed. As the children's condition worsened, Vincent slit the witch's throat and used a spell to save the kids from having their life force drained. A healed Adam was happy to see Vincent but Marcel and Vincent realized whatever had threatened the children was targeting Hope Mikaelson. While Marcel proclaimed Vincent a hero, Vincent warned him that if Hope really was linked to that spell, she was going to die, so Marcel had to bring back the Mikaelsons despite his protests so he could heal Hope. Vincent sent the Mikaelsons a message that he could help Hope, knowing she was already experiencing the affliction.
In Keepers of the House, Vincent went to Marcel's house to inform him that the children they saved never came home, and the ambulance was also gone. Vincent was then called to the Abattoir to heal Hope, reminding the Mikaelsons that once he had cured Hope, they were supposed to leave the city as agreed in their pact. This request caused a discussion with Klaus, quickly interrupted by Hayley. A soon as Vincent cast the spell, Hope regained consciousness and a flock of dead crows fell from the sky around the girl. Vincent recognized that as a sign of the Hollow and gathered some witches, possibly trusted elders, at St. Anne's Church. He explained to them that a faction of New Orleans witches had begun making sacrifices to the Hollow, practicing a very dark form of magic. Elijah intruded into the private meeting, offering to fight the Hollow to protect his family. Elijah, then, sent away the witches to talk face to face with Vincent. The leader of the witches wasn't exactly enthusiastic about Elijah's collaboration, especially because he thought the Original Vampire was moved by selfish reasons because, if Hope had not been involved, he would have no interest in saving the children. Reluctantly, Vincent agreed to cooperate with Elijah when he pointed out that it was better to have him as an ally than as an enemy. Later, Vincent cast a spell using the ashes of a witch who had lost his way hoping to find a connection to the Hollow. He, then, revealed to Elijah that he was once tainted by the Hollow's magic and knew exactly who they were fighting, warning Elijah that the Hollow would use the darkness inside his heart to get what it wants. The tracking spell succeeded, and Vincent organized a meeting with Will at the St. James Infirmary, trying to reason with his friend about the Hollow's real intentions. In response, Will pointed a gun at Vincent and was about to kill him but Elijah arrived in time to save the witch.
Both Elijah and Vincent tried to extract information from the policeman, but without success. Will was able to break free and escape, but not before Vincent was able to put a tracking spell on him that lead the two to the Bayou. In the woods, they ran into some of the acolytes of the Hollow about to celebrate a sacrificial ceremony with the kidnapped children. Vincent tried to stop the ceremony by severing the link with the children, but during a fight with the acolytes, Klaus killed Will and, together with Marcel, fell victim to the Hollow itself who used them instead of the children to create a bridge with the material world. Later, Vincent found shelter at the jazz club, mourning the loss of his friend, and warning Marcel of the great danger waiting for them in the near future.
In Bag of Cobras, Vincent was studying some boards with newspaper clippings and notes in his apartment, looking for a pattern linking clusters of violent rituals performed in New Orleans over the span of two months, assuming similarity with 1992 violent clusters in Algiers, Tremé, Bayou, and Marigny. He was wondering why they were always four different locations when he was interrupted by Elijah. The Mikaelson vampire was standing on the balcony, unable to enter, and asked Vincent to act civilized. The witch replied with sarcasm, asking where Marcel was. Vincent invited him in only when Elijah admitted that they were detaining Marcel in order to be sure he was free from the Hollow's influence. Vincent showed the boards to Elijah, revealing to him that until now, he believed that the Hollow was simply a spirit practicing a dangerous form of Dark Magic, desperately wanting to set foot on the living world. The witch continued sharing information, stating that the sacrifices they barely stopped were used by the Hollow to gain more power. Vincent then described the history of the Hollow's cult as the ebb and flow of New Orleans, repeated for centuries through the bloody actions carried out on its soil, mentioning Madame LaLaurie and the Axeman of New Orleans among the countless clues pointing to the Hollow if you knew exactly what and where to look. Vincent also shared the pattern of "four" bubbling up every time. When Elijah asked what it wanted, Vincent replied that, like any other "ghost", the Hollow wants access to their world, whispering to desperate people to make it happen. Elijah then invited Vincent to a party at the Abattoir, asking for his help to uncover the identities of the Hollow's followers.
That night, Vincent came to the party and heard Elijah's welcoming speech before joining the crowd, shaking hands at various guests to discover their true intentions. He then briefly talked with Josh, updating each other on their plans to save Marcel. Shortly after, he talked to Klaus, teasing each other about their respective roles in the cause against the Hollow. Sitting on the sofa in the upstairs sitting room, Vincent was laying some tarot cards on a marble table and when Klaus prompted him to cast a locator spell to find their enemies, Vincent replied he already begun. By shaking hands and talking to guests, Vincent revealed to Klaus that he was, in fact, doing a "reading" and was about to direct the channeled energy to the tarot deck and discover who were they looking for. Vincent divided the deck into four parts, and turned a card from each of them, revealing a common clue was in each of the cards; a snake. Soon after, Vincent was again in the crowd, and he had a vision of Dominic, Sofya's witch-for-hire, holding a white snake, and pointed him to Klaus.
Vincent and Elijah invited Dominic for a private conversation in one of the upstairs sitting rooms. The witch agreed, bringing two men with him. Once there, Dominic accused Vincent of being a traitor because he had been a faithful servant of the Hollow in the past while now he was standing on the side of the Hollow's enemies. The conversation quickly degenerated when Dominic mentioned Vincent's dead wife, and Vincent punched Dominic in the face before performing a mutual, painful Pain Infliction spell while Elijah killed the two standing acolytes. Elijah stopped them and asked Vincent to leave, seeking a word with Dominic, alone. Vincent came back downstairs after cleaning himself of blood and drank some Bourbon before bickering with Freya. The two witches were still at odds since their last argument after Davina's death, but Freya still wanted to thank Vincent for his help against the Hollow. Vincent harshly replied he was doing it just for Hope, because he won't let any child be hurt in his city and as soon as the threat was over, he would make sure to banish the Mikaelsons from New Orleans. When Freya tried to say how sorry she was for what happened to Davina, and claiming it had been a casualty of war, Vincent scoffed her. Freya claimed that, at the end of the day, anyone answers for their action only to themselves, to which Vincent replied that probably Freya believes that because she doesn't have anybody else. Their argument was interrupted by Klaus' text to Vincent, asking the witch to join him outside, just when Keelin approached them to drink something with Freya.
Once outside on the streets, Vincent telekinetically pinned two acolytes to a brick wall, while Klaus stole from their coats two stakes wrapped in thorns and soaked in Beast's blood. Vincent, then, lectured the acolytes on their poor choice to follow the Hollow. He claimed that, despite his hate for vampires and Klaus in particular, he was more than willing to stand beside him rather than with the "thing they called their Master". Vincent released the two from his spell and Klaus was about to break their necks, but eventually, they left the acolytes free to die at the hand of the Hollow. Vincent went back in with Klaus just in time to see Elijah killing Dominic in front of anyone, ripping his heart out and throwing the corpse from the balcony to the floor among the guests. When Vincent expressed disappointment with Elijah's "Hell of a show", the Original Vampire claimed he just saved Vincent because Dominic wanted him dead. Vincent sarcastically asked if he was supposed to thank Elijah and the latter offered him a hand in sign of alliance, saying he was tired of bargains and reasons. Vincent simply looked him in the eye, before turning back and leaving the room.
In High Water and a Devil's Daughter, Vincent retrieved some items from a cabinet at the St. Anne's Church, including a sacrificial dagger he anointed with an unspecified lotion while Elijah announced his presence with a sarcastic comment on the dagger. Vincent replied that it wasn't a good time, as he was into some witch business to pay him attention. Elijah proposed a new strategy now that the Ancestors were gone, but Vincent quickly corrected him, stating that you can't kill what's already dead and that the Ancestors were simply severed from the physical plane. As Elijah asked him to demand a sacrifice to replicate The Harvest, Vincent snapped, saying he was working with Elijah only because he wanted to help to defeat the Hollow, but wasn't keen to start a war with the French Quarter Coven. After a last and firm "No", Vincent stored the items in the cabinet and left the church without knowing Elijah was about to steal the dagger.
That same night, Vincent was summoned by Elijah at the Lafayette Cemetery. The witch was about to remind Elijah he wasn't his witch-for-hire when he noticed four girls lying dead in the crypt. Vincent was appalled by what Elijah did. Asking the Original Vampire for explanations, Elijah replied he simply did what was required: slashing the throats of four French Quarter young witches on a consecrated ground to create a link with the Ancestral Plane. Vincent immediately pointed out that it was all wrong, that there was a ceremony, then a ritual, and that the girls were supposed to be selected. Vincent's words were worth nothing because Elijah forced him to find a way to finish the ritual and give a sense to the four young witches' death.
Some time later, Vincent had arranged the four corpses on the consecrated spot where the French Quarter witches performed the Harvest and Reaping ceremonies, marking the girls' foreheads with ashes. He continued the next step, pleading the Ancestors to accept the sacrifices. In short time, Vincent was lacking faith in the outcome of the ritual, as that wasn't his branch of magic. He showed the grimoire to Elijah, saying that it wasn't right and that the ritual was supposed to be performed by an Elder of the French Quarter. At this point, Elijah reminded Vincent that he was the Regent of all nine covens of New Orleans and even his "wretched mother" and the Hollow himself acknowledged Vincent's true potential in magical arts.
Convinced to accept Elijah's request, Vincent customized the ritual to his branch of expertise. Sprinkling blood with his fingers from a bowl, he chanted the invocation to the Ancestors in both English and French Creole. As he chanted, a storm started to gather above them. The wind extinguished the flames of candles and braziers, while Elijah and Vincent began to cry blood. A sign of the Ancestors' denial. The two began arguing, and the Ancestors broke Elijah's neck, leaving Vincent with nothing but resorting to a last desperate attempt. Reached Davina's grave, Vincent magically broke the tombstone and retrieved Davina's skull to be used as a representation link to reach her on the Ancestral Plane. By placing the skull on the altar, Vincent marked it with a bloody cross and started chanting in French Creole. Some time later, he started pleading Davina to answer his call. Meanwhile, Elijah woke up in time to see the ritual working. As the rain started to fall on them and the flames arise, the four girls come back to life screaming. After comforting the four girls, Vincent scolded Elijah for his recklessness. While Elijah tried to state that they accomplished their goal despite the harsh means, Vicent pointed out how little humanity was left inside Elijah.
Later, Vincent placed the skull back in the grave and had a brief conversation with Josh, who just come to the Cemetery to visit his best friend. Josh was confused as he thought Davina was forever lost, but Vincent confirmed that her soul was still somewhere in the Ancestral Plane. Vincent explained to Josh that he made Davina the "Gatekeeper" to the Ancestral Plane and that now she was their most powerful ally.
In Queen Death, Vincent came to St. Anne's Church at Maxine's request to witness the profanation of the sacred place made by the Hollow's Acolytes. Maxine confessed that many witches were considering the Hollow's offering, believing that Hollow's rise to power was a better alternative to the alliance with the vampires proposed by Vincent to keep peace over the last five years. While the two were talking witches and putting in place what can be saved in the rubble left by the vandals, the Hollow (possessing Sofya's body) entered the church. Vincent let Maxine going away as soon as he can, stating that he would be safe in his direct confrontation with the Hollow. Left alone, the Hollow said that all the years that Vincent had spent without practicing witchcraft for fear that the Hollow could return were worth nothing because she had come back anyway. Vincent provoked her, saying she was not strong enough if she had to possess a vampire body. In response, the Hollow lifted Vincent midair with a gesture of her hand, forcing his body into a painful position. The Hollow complimented Vincent's personality, pointing out that once he enjoyed the power she offered. She, then, proposed the witch to swear loyalty to her in exchange for getting back that power, but Vincent refused it, wishing for the Hollow to go back to the place she came from. Enraged, the Hollow threw Vincent across the room with a hand gesture. The Hollow offered a deal for Vincent and the Mikaelson that the witch had to report to the absent.
Vincent came to the Abattoir, where he met Freya and Hayley trying to figure out why the jaw that Freya encircled in a magic seal was moving by itself. Vincent explained that it was happening because the Hollow wanted it to complete his sacrificial ritual to become flesh and blood. They had until the sundown to handle it to the Hollow, otherwise, she would come to take the bone herself. The three of them were joined by Klaus and Marcel and Vincent explained his plane to defeat the Hollow. Since Hollow wanted to use the energy accumulated by Elijah's sacrifice to resurrect herself, Vincent proposed to use that same energy to cause her demise: Marcel would stab the Hollow's temporary host with a dagger soaked with Hayley's blood, while Vincent would cast an Ancestral spell to banish the spirit, harnessing Elijah's sacrifice. Both Hayley and Klaus demanded another plan since they didn't want to kill Elijah. Vincent replied that Elijah was already dead and in doing so his death wouldn't be in vain. Vincent also clarified that would have been easier to defeat the Hollow in spirit form rather than trying to stop her once she got a living body. Because Klaus was still opposed to the plan, Vincent reminded him that the Hollow had already wiped out the Labonair bloodline and had already got Hope once. They could not waste their last chance on the low probability of saving Elijah. Marcel, at that point, suggested less arguing and thinking more. Freya invited Vincent to study Esther's grimoires with her.
Afterward, Vincent went to retrieve Cami's files about Dark Objects while Freya stayed at the Abattoir searching through the grimoires to no avail. Freya was totally tired of failing to find a solution, which Vincent sarcastically commented that five years ago they were in the same room trying to defeat another threat to her family. That time Freya destroyed Davina, based on the philosophy of the end justifying the means. He then asked what was different this time and Freya replied that Elijah is her brother. When Freya tried to explain that she was sorry for what she did to Davina, Vincent interrupted her, saying that they were wasting their time looking for a loophole to the inevitable. Vincent continued, saying that Elijah had already lived for thousands of years and it wasn't right to sacrifice the lives of people who would not even live a fraction of Elijah's lifespan. After witnessing empires rising and fall, and the succession of several ages, Vincent was surprised that the Mikaelsons still failed to accept the obvious: everything dies. Freya replied that she had already lost her brother Finn and by saying it, she made up a plan to save Elijah's soul: trapping it in her talisman like she did for Finn.
Some time later, while Freya was explaining her plan to the rest of her family, Vincent was blessing a dagger with Hayley's blood for Marcel to use it against the Hollow. Vincent instructed the vampire on how to properly use the dagger: a single stab through Sofya's heart to banish the Hollow from her body.
At night, Vincent and Klaus went to the Lafayette Cemetery as Vincent was about to sacrifice Klaus. Klaus broke the silence, mocking the witch by saying that they will write on his tombstone "The man who killed Klaus Mikaelson". Vincent replied that he never believed to live to see the day where Klaus, the monstrous villain from stories told all over New Orleans, was up to the potential Cami saw in him and that she would be proud of him. Vincent arranged the altar and let Klaus laying down on it, with Freya's talisman on his chest. They were ready to perform the sacrificial ritual, scratching Klaus with the rose thorns and staking him in the heart, quick and painless, but were interrupted by the Hollow's Acolytes threatening Maxine's life. Vincent hesitated to kill Klaus, while the acolyte who held a dagger pointed at Maxine's throat lectured him about his alliance with vampires. Vincent tried to reason with the enemies, stating that the Hollow would not live up to the promises, but would condemn them to Hell. This caused a fight between Kalus and the acolytes. While Klaus killed a couple of them, Vincent saved Maxine, who noticed that one of the acolytes was destroying the thorns by throwing them into the fire. Vincent magically broke his neck, but it was too late for saving the thorns, an essential ingredient to perform the sacrificial ritual.
Some time later, at St. Anne's Church, Vincent gathered some witches to inform them the worse they feared just happened: the Hollow succeeded in obtaining the power to be reborn in the flesh. Vincent suggested his fellow witches to bring their children and leave town for their own safety. When Maxine asked Vincent to join them because he cannot fight alone, Vincent replied the at least he could prevent others from getting hurt. He, then, asked her to take Adam to some safe place. Afterward, Vincent went to Marcel's loft, asking him to have his journal back. Initially, Marcel was reluctant since Vincent had warned him to kill him if he had asked for the journal, but Vincent replied that they were not in the same drastic situation at the time. Marcel, then, handled the grimoire to Vincent.
In Voodoo Child,
Vincent is shown to be witty and headstrong. He has a dislike for vampires and shows no fear of them, however, he does fear Finn Mikaelson due to being possessed by him for nine months. He apparently left his Coven of his own free will, giving up on being a Witch due to events in his life nine months prior which may include the fact that his wife Eva went on a killing spree Harvesting the young witches in the community.
Vincent has a desire to leave New Orleans, and the supernatural conflicts in it. Seemingly tired of the whole thing. He seems to be empathic, a trait shared with Cami, whom he was taking a liking to. Suggesting, like himself, she breaks away from the Supernatural in general.
Vincent has also shown to be a compassionate man, feeling remorse for the actions Finn performed while possessing him, even though Vincent himself is not responsible. Furthermore, he takes it upon himself to help get rid of Eva, despite desiring to get away from the supernatural community.
In Savior, he took up the title of Regent as he decides to stop holding back from Witchcraft, after being effectively taunted by Marcel for his poor choices of candidates. However, Vincent warned Marcel that his rule will be stricter and not be in favor of vampires. However The Ancestors shunned him after noticing he wasn't loyal to their cause while Vincent himself noted he just wanted to keep the peace not to be used as a puppet.
He is a young African American man with shaved black hair and aristocratic facial features. He also has a clean and well-groomed beard and mustache. He generally wears leather jackets, hoodies, and casual attire, though when possessed by Finn Mikaelson, he dressed in Finn's fashion sense, with more aristocratic and high-class clothing such as button-down shirts and sweater-vests.
Powers and Abilities
Despite Vincent's disinterest in magic, he was shown as a very powerful witch, in terms of the large amounts of power he can handle channeling. Such demonstrations of power mainly occurred during Finn's possession of Vincent's body. By Esther's own admission, the body of a powerful witch was chosen as Finn's vessel while that of a weaker one was given to Kol.
It is repeatedly shown that Vincent's power was great enough to subdue two Original Vampires, Elijah and Klaus, with the latter also being the Hybrid. Finn, with Vincent's magic, was also able to send an adult werewolf flying through the air, as well as be able to rip out the heart of a hybrid, given the right circumstances. With the sacrifice of the Original Vampire Mikael, a limitless source of power, it was further implied and proven that Vincent was a very powerful witch, as his body easily handled all of the power repeatedly 'bleeding' out from Mikael, while Finn himself utilized that power, as well as the strength of his host body. Still, Vincent's magic paled in comparison to that of a centuries-old and powerful witch named Freya, the sister of Finn. After Vincent was freed of Finn's possession, it is revealed that despite the great power he possesses, Vincent wants nothing to do with his coven and the witch communities overall. Thus, the amount of knowledge he has regarding Witchcraft remains unknown. However, he does show considerable levels of skill and power by easily pain inflicting the nearly two centuries old vampire Marcel Gerard and knocking him out by telekinetically throwing him out with enough force to snap his neck.
Following Vincent's disagreement with the recent decisions of the Ancestors and the fact that they completely assumed control over his actions, Vincent realized that they posed a large threat though attempted to contact them. However, the Ancestors stripped him of the Regency and dissolved Vincent's connection to their power, leaving him magically weakened due to the fact that he aligned himself with the Mikaelson family, while making Van Nguyen the new Regent of the nine covens of New Orleans. However, Vincent was still able to break Van's spell with Davina's aid though he presumed it would not work. After Davina's death, and subsequent soul-shredding, he and Kol traveled to the Ancestral plane, where he conjured forth her soul, seemingly bringing her back to that plane of existence. While attempting to severe the Ancestors connection to the physical world with Eva's dark object, they were forced back to their bodies by Davina, giving them a chance to live out the rest of their lives with her sacrifice.
During the five years following Klaus' captivity, he cast and continually reinforced the boundary spell that contained him. The spell was powerful enough that other witches, like Freya, could not destroy it but only temporary breach, but for only mere moments. He's continued to excel at salt-bound boundary spells as he was able to create one to allow others to enter, but not leave, as well as to contain an Original. He continues to display his magical knowledge as he is well versed in a variety of spells. He was able to use a revelation spell to partially reveal a new, powerful sinister force; a source of dark magic that he's used before. After his confrontation, he had to perform a cleansing ritual upon himself. Vincent also utilized the practice of blood magic, incorporating his blood into his spells, to unseal a small safe in St. Anne's Church to retrieve a book, an instruction manual, on dark, sacrificial magic. Having dealt with the magic in his past he was able to reverse a dark sacrificial spell placed upon four children by using a cleansing spell on New Orleans soil.
Vincent was forced by Elijah to perform the next Harvest Ritual in order to reconnect the Ancestral plane to New Orleans. At first, he was hesitant and believed he couldn't perform it, though Elijah demands he do so and to "figure it out" since even Esther had chosen Vincent, a testament to his power. Given that he was not an Elder or a French Quarter witch, he ultimately relied on Davina, whom he called out to in order to complete the Harvest. After the spell's success, all four girls were resurrected and Vincent mentions that he made Davina the gatekeeper of all of the Ancestral magic within New Orleans.
Using the physical representation of the Hollow's magic, the Sacrificial Instruction manual, Vincent spent a couple of days in a trance-like state entering the spirit realm, contacting the spirit of the Hollow's mother who sought the spell that she used to kill her daughter. After the book was stolen by the Hollow's acolytes, Vincent channel Marcel's power to re-enter the spirit world, though even his power is not enough, as it's not meant for the living. To circumvent this, he used a neurotoxin to temporarily die and obtained the spell from her mother. In light of Hope's possession by the Hollow, he sends Klaus' consciousness to his daughter's subconscious, who had retreated into the darkness of her mind. Later, he tweaked the spell to trap the Hollow within the manual, the spell preventing her escape by binding her free spirit within a salt circle. However, even with the spell, the Hollow was far stronger and broke free, destroying the manual in the process.
Out of options, Vincent performed a spell that split the Hollow's spirit into four pieces and bound them inside the bodies of Klaus, Elijah, Rebekah, and Kol, as it was the only way to defeat the Hollow without killing Hope. Vincent was even capable of casting a spell to open up the mind of an Original vampire, allowing Marcel to compel him to forget his vow of "Always and Forever". However, it should be noted that casting mental spells on Originals is not a unique feat, which has been done prior of various degree, but the uniqueness of the feat lying in the fact that an Original could be compelled with the aid of a witch.
Upon assuming Regency of New Orleans' Witch community, Vincent's powers were augmented to levels beyond any conventional witch, as seen numerous times. Vincent managed to activate the Serratura, a Dark Object that can contain and imprison anything. This is a feat, that by Tristan DeMartel's own admission can only be performed with the power of a Regent. Soon after becoming Regent he was able to effectively use telekinesis on a great scale, as seen when he easily caused a car crash. Freya was able to use Vincent's power (channeling him) to create an illusion that disguised Camille - who was in transition at the time - as Aurora. As the Regent, he has a unique connection to all of the Ancestors from the 9 covens and can communicate with them even outside of New Orleans.
Vincent was able to subdue ancient vampires using pain infliction spells. That was proven during his encounter with the vampire Sofya and her companions. He easily subdued them, but when he turned against her, his magic was rendered useless, due to the intervention of the Ancestors, who were working with Lucien, Sofya's boss. He can easily snap a vampire's neck in seconds, like he did to Josh while under the influence of the Ancestors. He can also easily hex his targets to death without any incantations, by causing them to rapidly bleed out, as seen with the Obi witch he killed. He can also perform locator spells without much effort and was even able to cloak Camile and himself from Freya's locator spells. He was also able to anesthetize Freya. Although, it has to be noted that Freya was caught by surprise. His great power was demonstrated even further when he cast a different version of the Immortality Spell created 2,000 years ago by Qetsiyah, one of the most powerful witches in history and repeated 1,000 years later by yet another witch who was one of the most powerful witches in history, Esther. This version of the spell included the following: werewolf venom from all seven werewolf clans, the last remaining fragment of the white oak and the blood of a Mikaelson witch. With this version of the Immortality Spell, he successfully turned Lucien into an Enhanced Original Vampire or the Beast of the prophecy by Alexis.
Vincent has the typical weaknesses of a witch/human.
As the Regent of New Orleans, Vincent had augmented magical powers, given to him by the Ancestors, making him the strongest witch within all of New Orleans. However, those powers came at a very high price. The Ancestors interfered with his personal free will, forcing him into magical subjugation, even inflicting magical pain upon him.
- Main article: Vincent and Eva
Vincent and Eva both met when they were sixteen years old during their student years. They were very happy. When Vincent and Eva finally reunited, Eva was so pleased and revealed to see him although he was not. She pleaded with him to help her, which lead him to 'help' her before betraying her by knocking her out, unconscious. After Eva's 'death', he burns a photo of her and him and watches it burn, rendering his true feelings.
- Main article: Vincent and Camille
Camille met Vincent after Finn was expelled from his body. Cami tried to reassure Vincent that he was not guilty of Finn's crimes, and the two appear to be becoming allies and friends. They both find themselves having similar interests in the study of psychology, often analyzing one another. In Season 3, they are working together to stop supernatural crime in New Orleans. They also appear closer in friendship and trust. Cami, unfortunately, dies in No More Heartbreaks and Vincent's grief for her causes him to be completely broken emotionally and physically.
- Davina and Vincent (Friends/Former Allies)
- Marcel and Vincent (Former Friends/Former Allies/Enemies)
- Vincent and Tristan (Enemies)
- Elijah and Vincent (Former Allies/Frenemies)
- Klaus and Vincent (Former Allies)
- Freya and Vincent (Former Allies/Former Friends)
- Will and Vincent (Best Friends/Former Allies)
- Vincent means "Victorious" and the origin of the name is Latin.
- Griffith means "fighting chief, fierce, strong warrior or lord" and is Welsh.
- It is possible that Vincent's family are all dead, or that he was estranged from them since it's known that Esther carefully picked hosts who would not be missed.
- In Save My Soul is revealed that Esther was able to kidnap him because Vincent had cut all ties with the coven and his family, living a life away from magic.
- He told Cami that he defected from his coven.
- His real occupation is unknown as he has faked being an adviser of a university while being possessed. However, Vincent reveals in Ashes to Ashes that he has a few psychology degrees, so it's entirely possible that he's an advisor.
- He was Davina's successor as Regent as of Savior until he got shunned less than a year later.
- He was born and raised in New Orleans.
- In Ashes to Ashes, he also claims that his mother, grandmother, and great-granddaddy were some of the wickedest witches of the west side of the city has ever seen.
- Yusuf Gatewood has stated that Vincent's favorite condiment is mustard, but this is unconfirmed and may simply be a joke.
- He is the first non-lead character to reach an episode count of 20 in a single season.
- In Ashes to Ashes, it is revealed Vincent has a tattoo on his chest, but is not known what it is exactly as it was partially covered by his shirt.
- While inhabited by Finn, Vincent's body received a number of injuries:
- Shot by two arrows, one in the shoulder and the other in the leg by Jackson Kenner.
- Bitten violently by Elijah.
- Kept trapped in a coffin with very little air for an extended period of time.
- Stabbed by a knife thrown by Elijah.
- Blown up in a gas explosion caused by Elijah.
- Stabbed by a piece of fence thrown by Klaus.
- He is often called in by the local P.D for assisting them in cases which seems occult and aftermath of some black magic.
- He has some experience in hand-to-hand fighting, sparring with Marcel in his ring.
- The Ancestors practically forced Vincent to cast the third version of the Immortality spell (though Lucien had gotten a coven of witches to reverse engineer its predecessor; Esther's version, along with procuring the ingredients and requirements for the spell). Its predecessors are as follows:
- 1st Version: The Immortality spell (Qetsiyah; creator, and Silas; conceptor of the idea).
- 2nd Version: The Original Vampires (Esther).
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