|“||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, instead wishing 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 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 in tact, 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 waring Marcel of the great danger waiting for them in the near future.
In Bag of Cobras,
In Queen Death,
In Voodoo Child,
Vincent is shown to be witty and head strong. 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 has taking a liking to. Suggesting, like himself, she break 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 to 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 was also, with Vincent's magic 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.
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 it for 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 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 is stolen by the Hollow's acolytes, Vincent channel Marcel's power to reenter 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 the light of Hope's possession by the Hollow, he sends Klaus' consciousness to his daughter, who had retreated into the darkness of her mind. Later, he tweaked the spell to trap her 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.
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 (channelling 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 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. It remains unclear whether this is the doing of the Ancestors or some other method that Sofya had applied on herself to make herself immune against magic, but it most likely was the doing 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.
- 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.
- 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 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 assenting 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 predecesor; Esther's version, along with procuring the ingredients and requirements for the spell). Its predecesors are as follows:
- 1st Version: The Immortality spell (Qetsiyah; creator, and Silas; conceptor of idea).
- 2nd Version: The Original Vampires (Esther).
|Vincent Griffith has a photo gallery.|