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Nadja is a vampire of Romani heritage. She is a main character in What We Do in the Shadows (TV series).

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Nadja was very disadvantaged during her human life. Her village, located on a “beautiful” island with a high snake population, was once a utopia, but was burned to the ground by the army of an unknown warrior (who would eventually turn out to be her future roommate Nandor the Relentless) around 200 years before she was born. Only the "stupidest" people were spared and the village never recovered, leaving its citizens badly affected by famine and poverty.[2]

Nadja's family was very poor and had to burn donkey dung and donkeys for warmth.[3] As a young woman, she lived on a “beautiful” island with a high snake population and worked as a throat singer. One night, while singing to the snakes, a female vampire in the form of a snake suddenly bit Nadja on the neck and turned her into a vampire. Nadja was subsequently chased off the island by her fellow villagers, which included her family.[1]

After becoming a vampire, she gained many lovers, most of them being reincarnations of Gregor, a man (and sometimes woman, mouse or horse) who led different lives but always died by decapitation, at one point due to her cutting his head off in a moment of passion.[4]

She had a relationship with Baron Afanas, a ferocious member of elder vampire royalty. The Baron was a good lover, but ordered her to take over the new world while she was climaxing, which caused some confusion on her part.[3]

One night, Nadja flew into the window of the English human Laszlo Cravensworth, seduced him, drank of his blood, and turned him into a vampire. The two eventually married. Around 1861, the couple were driven out of Europe due to anti-vampire prejudice.[4] They were shipped to the USA along with fellow vampire Simon the Devious, who Nadja most likely had an affair with. Laszlo brought his witch skin hat with him, which Nadja grew to resent as the hat was obviously cursed. She tried to throw the hat away several times, but it kept literally crawling back.[5]

At one point, Nadja was good friends with a witch named Lilith, but they fell out after Lilith slept with Laszlo. The incident caused Nadja to develop a serious hatred of witches.[6]

Nadja helped Laszlo compose a number of songs as a musical duo during the 18th and 19th century that would later become re-interpreted into other popular songs during the 20th century. Examples of their collaborations include a “seafaring song” composed in 1792 that would later become The Beach Boy’s Kokomo, and Wannabe by the Spice Girls.[7]

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Laszlo and Nadja during the 1980s.

Laszlo and Nadja settled in Staten Island while Simon went to Manhattan and quickly took over the city’s vampires. He set up a vampire nightclub, The Sassy Cat Club, which Nadja, Laszlo and Nandor frequented during the 1920s.[5] At the time of the documentary filming, Nadja was living with Laszlo, the energy vampire Colin Robinson, Nandor and his familiar Guillermo in a house on Staten Island.

What We Do in the Shadows (Season 1)Edit

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Nadja and Laszlo introduce themselves to the documentary crew.

Shortly after the documentary crew arrived, the vampires received a letter from Baron Afanas, saying that he will visit them soon. In preparation, Nandor asked Guillermo to bring over virgins for a feast. Afanas was brought in a stone coffin to the vampires’ attic. The reunion went badly, with the Baron eating Nadja’s familiar, June, and lamenting the vampires not having taken over New York, threatening them with death if they do not do so by the time he reawakens. Colin also drained the energy of the virgins (Jenna and Jonathan) before the other vampires could eat them.[4]

Nadja discovered a human man on the island named Jeff Suckler and realised he was another reincarnation of Gregor. After stalking him, she eventually approached him, only to leave the scene when she remembered she was married.[4]

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Nadja befriends Jenna.

The vampires then plotted to eat virgin members of Staten Island Community College LARPing Club. After watching members of the group mistreat Jenna, Nadja grew sympathetic and decided against eating any of them as they would ‘taste too sad.’ Nadja found Jenna and they talked in a park. Thinking Nadja was taking her on a “sexual adventure,” Jenna allowed Nadja to bite her neck and drank from her vial of her blood thinking it was an alcoholic spirit.[3]

Nadja and her roommates became involved in a feud with a local werewolf pack when they tried to treat Laszlo’s garden as their territory. This was resolved when Nandor battled their strongest werewolf, Toby, and defeated him by throwing a squeaky bone toy off the roof they were fighting on.[8]

Nadja gained a new familiar, Justin, but he was quickly killed as a result of Laszlo’s cursed hat. Rethinking their plan to take over Staten Island, the roommates returned to The Sassy Cat Club to try and join forces with Simon. Nadja happily reunited with him, but he only agreed to join them if Laszlo gave him the hat. Laszlo agreed and Simon went back on his word, kicking them out of his club.[5]

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Nadja and her roommates watch a freed Laszlo getting attacked by cats.

Nadja met with Jeff again during his night shift. The two went on a date to a nearby carnival and she became disappointed in his lack of archery skills at a stall and inability to defend himself when other people belittled him. She snapped and blamed his name for his boring nature, and used mind control to make him recall all of his past lives as Gregor. Jeff started to behave like his soldier life, the two rode a police horse and he fired sucker arrows at the skateboarding teenagers who had previously wronged him. Nadja and Jeff danced and passionately kissed, but as he proposed they make love, Guillermo phoned Nadja to tell her that Laszlo had been accidentally captured by animal control as a bat. Nadja left Jeff and he was arrested, continuing to relive his past lives in the police car. Nadja rescued Laszlo by hypnotising the animal control receptionist Bobby into giving her the door passcode.[9]

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The vampires await the Baron's reawakening.

When Afanas finally awoke, he requested a ‘night on the town’ with Nandor, Laszlo and Nadja. He proceeded to get intoxicated after consuming the blood of drunken humans and at one bar, Afanas admitted he had considered killing all of them earlier that night. Nandor admitted they were thinking of doing the same and laughed as Nadja and Laszlo joined in. The Baron appeared to be furious, causing the vampires to claim they were only joking, but he eventually burst out laughing himself. At a rave, the vampire group ate several people under the influence of drugs and became even more intoxicated. They just about arrived back at the flat as dawn approached, only for Afanas to burn to death in the sunlight when Guillermo opened the front door.[10]

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Nadja at the Baron's funeral.

The following night, the vampires buried Afanas in the topiary garden, with no memory of how he was killed. A floating woman arrived and informed the group that they were to be put on trial under the Vampiric Council for their crimes. There, Guillermo confessed to the murder, only for Nandor to confess to keep him safe. The three vampires were sentenced to be killed by being locked in a well and slowly exposed to sunlight. As dawn approached, Nadja cried out for Gregor as she started to burn. Colin arrived with a beach umbrella to block the sun. Guillermo saved the vampires by smuggling them out in a box while they were in bat form.[11]

Nadja witnessed Jenna struggle with her transformation into a vampire. Realising she had no-one to help her when she was transforming herself, Nadja decided to act as Jenna’s mentor. Jenna struggled to perform basic vampire powers and could not figure out any special powers until she got angry with everyone ignoring her at a party and turned invisible. Jenna used this new power to feast on a party guest and a proud Nadja realised Jenna’s transformation was complete.[12]

When the vampire residence was chosen to host the Bi-Annual Vampire Orgy, Laszlo tried to get Nadja in the mood by showing her the pornographic movies he made. She was forced to admit that she found them boring, which greatly offended Laszlo. He refused to take part in the orgy, but when all the guests arrived he publicly apologised to Nadja, claiming his movies were only boring because they lacked their love, and offering to take part in a two-person orgy with her. The guests found this announcement so embarrassing that they started to leave. Nadja tried to persuade them to stay by revealing Jeremy, their virgin to feast on for the night, but the vampires instead witnessed Jeremy having sex with another guest, Constantin. Laszlo and Nadja returned to their room and turned into bats out of shame, before having sex on the floor.[13]

A lonely Nadja used her psychic powers to lure Jeff Suckler to her house. He broke out of the institution holding him, stealing a car before crashing it and arriving via a stolen motorbike. As the two reunited, Laszlo arrived to confront him. He finally revealed to Nadja that he was always the reason Gregor lost his head in every life because he always made Nadja cry when he reappeared. Nadja was touched by this and asked Laszlo to give Gregor the gift of a full life. Laszlo agreed to this, but as Jeff cycled away, he was immediately decapitated by a wire Laszlo had used to support his latest topiary design, which was based on Nadja.[14]

What We Do in the Shadows (Season 2)Edit

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Nadja with her name keychain.

During the months leading up to the documentary crew returning, the Vampiric Council sent ten vampire assassins to the Staten Island residence to try to kill the residing vampires. None of the vampires noticed as Guillermo successfully and secretly killed all of them. Meanwhile, Laszlo and Nadja went through numerous familiars who all accidentally died before adopting a new one named Topher. Nadja adored him and the vampires treated him more favourably than Guillermo. One night, Topher accidentally killed himself while trying to reset a faulty heater by the koi pond in the yard. As the vampires buried Topher in the yard, Nadja became upset and demanded they resurrect him. The vampires took Topher’s corpse to Wallace, a necromancer, who agreed to bring him back. Wallace carried out the ritual and brought him back to consciousness, but when Topher returned to the house it became increasingly clear that he was a zombie. Topher eventually attacked Guillermo and tried to drown him in the koi pond, but Nandor rescued him and was unable to kill Topher. The vampires finally realised he was a zombie and brought him back to Wallace, demanding a refund. The vampires were instead swayed by the offer of free nametag keychains.[15]

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Nadja encourages her ghost to possess a doll.

Nadja realised that her house had become infested with ghosts and held a séance. This resulted in the ghost of Jeff becoming visible. Nadja was no longer interested in him now that he no longer had a body and refused to listen to his help in completing his unfinished business. Laszlo pointed out that as he, Nadja and Nandor are all former humans who have died, they may have ghost versions of themselves. The roommates held another séance and the vampires’ ghosts all appeared. Each vampire decided to spend time with their corresponding ghost to help them complete their unfinished business so they can leave; it became apparent that Nadja’s ghost demanded to see Nadja achieve something notable. The two became friends over their similarities and Nadja decided she wanted her ghost to secretly stay for a while as she made more enjoyable company than her male roommates. Nadja encouraged her ghost to disguise herself by possessing a doll. Jeff came in and Nadja again demanded he leave, although her ghost took a liking to him.[16]

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The vampires decide what to do with Shaun.

For the 2020 Superbowl, the vampires’ neighbour Shaun invited them to his house for a party. As Nadja socialised with the female guests Shaun’s mother Joan came in and said she recognised Nadja and recalled unusual memories of her. Nadja denied this and the guests assumed she was confused and led her to her room, but Nadja knew Joan’s memories were correct as Nadja used to babysit her. Nadja met Joan in her room to catch up and the two were delighted to be reunited, but when Nadja saw a photograph of Joan wearing the jade necklace she inherited from her mother, she turned violent and demanded it back. Joan called for help from the wives, thinking she was having an episode, and Nadja proceeded to ransack the house to look for the necklace. The necklace was found by Shaun while he was suffering from ‘brain scramblies’ due to being over-hypnotized by Nandor and Laszlo. He gave the necklace to Charmaine and Nadja decided to let it go and wait for the couple to naturally die to get it back.[17]

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Nadja reads Nandor's cursed email.

When Nandor decided to check his emails for the first time in over 10 years, he found an old chain email saying that he had been cursed by Bloody Mary and that he must pass on the email to ten more people in order to lift the curse. As he, Laszlo and Nadja started to panic, Guillermo called home in a hushed voice warning them that they may be killed by the vampire hunting group he was currently infiltrating. The vampires assumed Guillermo’s voice was that of Bloody Mary and became even more worried. They worked frantically to try and find ten email addresses and eventually received enough with the help of Colin Robinson. They sent the email to the ten addresses and heard a knock at the door, terrifying them. Realising that it was only Guillermo, the vampires celebrated the ‘curse’ being lifted.[18]

Nadja finally discovered that Nandor destroyed her village when she found a painting of the scene in the house. She flew into a rage and tried to kill Nandor while Colin, who was already drunk on power from a recent promotion at his workplace, feasted on their energy. Colin used his powers to keep the vampires aggravated and Nandor, Nadja and Laszlo continued to argue with each other until they became too weak. Nadja and the other vampires aged rapidly and begged for mercy from Colin, but he rejected it, claiming that they never treated him as a friend. Colin then multiplied himself, creating two more copies, and declared them to be his new friends, but they became embedded in a boring discussion and fed off each other’s energy for sixty-three minutes until they all bored themselves to death. Colin’s roommates recovered and dragged the Colins’ bodies into the yard for a burial. After they gave a heartfelt eulogy, the original Colin suddenly awakened, admitting that he pretended to dead in order to hear it. The painting feud was solved by Laszlo editing it to dramatically alter the scene.[2]

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Nadja and Laszlo encounter Jim the Vampire.

One night, Nadja’s household was approached by a vampire named Jim, demanding Laszlo pay back his debt for not paying the rent and security deposit of Jim’s beach house one hundred and sixty-seven years ago. Jim forced Laszlo to either pay the money or fight him in a duel. Against Nadja and Nandor’s suggestions, Laszlo agreed to a duel, but ran away when Jim’s back is turned. Laszlo fled to Clairton, Pennsylvania, and wrote a farewell letter to Nadja, refusing to disclose his new identity (Jackie Daytona) and location. Nadja was devastated and turned to her ghost and Colin for consolation. Jim eventually found Laszlo working in a bar, and after a fight, Laszlo agreed to pay off the debt by gifting Jim with a Big Mouth Billy Bass toy. Laszlo subsequently returned home and Nadja was overjoyed.[19]

When Nadja discovered a poorly Simon living in the sewers of Staten Island, claiming all but two members of the Leather Skins (Count Rapula and his new recruit Carol) had left him. Nadja offhandedly invited them to stay at her house. Simon used it as an opportunity to steal back the cursed hat and he and Laszlo fought over it. The fight moved outside and Simon led Laszlo into the sewers in bat form. Laszlo’s roommates followed and were outnumbered by all the Leather Skins with Simon wearing the hat. Simon asserted that he wanted the hat because he was envious of Laszlo and Nadja’s relationship and couldn’t gain satisfaction from anyone, including his own gang. The sewer grating he was standing on then began to break, with Simon stuck to it, leaving him to slowly sink into the water below. The Leather Skins and Nadja’s roommates refused to help him.[20]

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Nadja and Laszlo perform at the open mic night.

Laszlo finally discovered that his song, Chum on Irene, was plagiarized by Dexy’s Midnight Runners as Come on Eileen. As Laszlo and Nadja reminisced about the many songs they had written, Colin heard their music and suggested they perform at a gig he could arrange, secretly anticipating feasting on the anger and boredom of the audience. Laszlo and Nadja composed several new songs and performed at Colin’s suggested venue, which was actually an open mic night. The audience disliked their new music and booed them until they performed their “seafaring song”, Kokomo. The audience happily sang along and the couple ate several members after the gig.[7]

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Nadja and Colin are found by the witches' familiar, Black Peter.

Nandor and Laszlo were both kidnapped by Lilith's coven and imprisoned in their hideout in Brooklyn. The witches intended to take their semen to use for spells through the use of dangerous eighteenth century surgical tools. The other roommates arrived to help them, but this was delayed when Nadja’s confrontation of the coven revealed that Lilith had previously seduced Laszlo by putting on a bad disguise of Nadja, and that Laszlo had at some point slept with Judith, another coven member, and Nandor. Nadja refused to help but Guillermo saved the captives by offering to sell the witches Nandor and Laszlo’s semen on a regular basis.[6]

Guillermo eventually became too distracted by his possible vampire hunter heritage and left the house, causing the vampires to struggle without him. They were invited to the exclusive Nouveau Théâtre des Vampires event, not realising it was a trap set by Vladislav of the Vampiric Council. Guillermo later realised what was happening and made his way to the theatre. At the event, the four vampires were bound to their seats and forced to watch a re-enactment of them killing Baron Afanas, Ludwig, multiple Council assassins and the Hustle Dynasty (all of which were actually victims of Guillermo). As Vladislav prepared to execute the roommates on stage, Nandor claimed Guillermo was responsible and that he had been killed, but this was not believed. Guillermo then swung onto the stage and killed almost the entire cast and audience, thus saving his masters.[21]

TriviaEdit

  • Nadja's traits are similar to Viago, for they both seek their true loves.
  • She is always the first one to point out paranormal phenomena.[16][6]
  • Nadja is capable of using cell phones[9] and laptops,[13] which suggests that she is more adapted to 21st Century life than other vampires her age.
  • Nadja claims to have been depicted in Pablo Picasso’s original version of Guernica, but her section was removed.[2]
  • She and Laszlo usually wear co-ordinated outfits.

GalleryEdit

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "A Shadows Short: Snake Island" - FX
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Gohd, Shana (writer) & Clement, Jemaine (director) (May 6, 2020). "Colin's Promotion". What We Do in the Shadows. Episode 15. FX.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Simms, Paul (writer) & Clement, Jemaine (director) (April 3, 2019). "City Council". What We Do in the Shadows. Episode 2. FX.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Clement, Jemaine (writer) & Waititi, Taika (director) (March 27, 2019). "Pilot". What We Do in the Shadows. Episode 1. FX.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Scharpling, Tom (writer) & Clement, Jemaine (director) (April 17, 2019). "Manhattan Night Club". What We Do in the Shadows. Episode 3. FX.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Meny, William (writer) & Newacheck, Kyle (director) (June 3, 2020). "Witches". What We Do in the Shadows. Episode 19. FX.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Johnson, Sam & Marcil, Chris (writers) & Gorskaya, Yana (director) (May 27, 2020). "Collaboration". What We Do in the Shadows. Episode 18. FX.
  8. Lieb, Josh (writer) & Clement, Jemaine (director) (April 10, 2019). "Werewolf Feud". What We Do in the Shadows. Episode 4. FX.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Sarkies, Duncan (writer) & van Beek, Jackie (director) (April 24, 2019). "Animal Control". What We Do in the Shadows. Episode 5. FX.
  10. Morris, Iain (writer) & van Beek, Jackie (director) (May 1, 2019). "Baron's Night Out". What We Do in the Shadows. Episode 6. FX.
  11. Clement, Jemaine (writer) & Waititi, Taika (director) (May 8, 2019). "The Trial". What We Do in the Shadows. Episode 7. FX.
  12. Robinson, Stefani (writer) & Woliner, Jason (director) (May 15, 2019). "Citizenship". What We Do in the Shadows. Episode 8. FX.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Sawyer, Marika (writer) & Woliner, Jason (director) (May 22, 2019). "The Orgy". What We Do in the Shadows. Episode 9. FX.
  14. Clement, Jemaine, Robinson, Stefani, Scharpling, Tom and Simms, Paul (writers) & Waititi, Taika (director) (May 29, 2019). "Ancestry". What We Do in the Shadows. Episode 10. FX.
  15. Sawyer, Marika (writer) & Newacheck, Kyle (director) (April 15, 2020). "Resurrection". What We Do in the Shadows. Episode 11. FX.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Simms, Paul (writer) & Newacheck, Kyle (director) (April 15, 2020). "Ghosts". What We Do in the Shadows. Episode 12. FX.
  17. Bender, Jake & Dunn, Zach (writers) & Newacheck, Kyle (director) (April 22, 2020). "Brain Scramblies". What We Do in the Shadows. Episode 13. FX.
  18. Naftalis, Sarah (writer) & Johnson, Liza (director) (April 29, 2020). "The Curse". What We Do in the Shadows. Episode 14. FX.
  19. Robinson, Stefani (writer) & Gorskaya, Yana (director) (May 13, 2020). "On the Run". What We Do in the Shadows. Episode 16. FX.
  20. Clement, Jemaine (writer & director) (May 20, 2020). "The Return". What We Do in the Shadows. Episode 17. FX.
  21. Johnson, Sam, Robinson, Stefani & Simms, Paul (writers) & Newacheck, Kyle (director) (June 10, 2020). "Nouveau Théâtre des Vampires". What We Do in the Shadows. Episode 20. FX.
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