The Witcher books and games’ original Jaskier has very little in correlation with his Netflix equivalent.
Geralt’s comedic and funny bard and best friend, Jaskier, is easily one of the highlights of Netflix’s recent The Witcher season. About the fact that Jaskier has a huge following, there is still a lot they don’t know about him. Especially because Jaskier’s in-game counterpart, Dandelion, differs in many ways.
Let’s compare the characters from the video game and the TV show and see how fans can spend the next year dreaming new stories for Jaskier in season 2.
Below are 10 aspects about Jaskier in web series that went wrong:
10. His Given Name:
In the web series, Jaskier is Geralt’s charismatic bard best companion. That isn’t the name of our beloved bard, according to Witcher fans (who aren’t familiar with the Polish language). According to some study, Jaskier’s name is Dandelion in the translated books. When it comes to the various terms for Dandelion, the one used in the Witcher series is Jaskier, which is an untranslated name.
Netflix may have thought that having a main character named Dandelion was a little much.
It’s entirely their fault. The name Dandelion is just the cherry on top of his absurdist performance.
9. Getting to know Geralt:
About the fact that Geralt of Rivia encounters Jaskier in a tavern one day and the bard follows him around, their first encounter in the books and video games is much more intriguing and nuanced. Sure, they end up in the ruins of the elven empire, but they meet because Dandelion seduced a woman behind the scenes, and her brothers are out to kill him.
Despite his reservations, Geralt helps save the brothers from tearing Dandelion’s limbs from his body.
However, Geralt’s motivation for attending the Pavetta’s royal engagement party with Jaskier is similar to this. That’s fantastic.
8. His Contribution to the Djinn Adventure:
The way Geralt and Dandelion meet the djinn in the books is very different. While the Netflix series places the blame on Geralt, Jaskier was the one who discovered and opened the djinn on his own in the original storey. And the djinn wasn’t annoyed because the wrong person was asking questions, but because Dandelion was so irritating that he refused to respond.
Jaskier, at the very least, was collateral damage that Geralt had to deal with when he was the one on the lookout for the djinn, allowing them to form a bond. Dandelion was on the verge of death simply because a supernatural creature forced him to stop talking.
7. A Valuable Lute:
Dandelion holds this priceless lute with him for the majority of The Witcher series (books and video games). It creates beautiful music, which Dandelion/Jaskier adores.
However, in the film, the scenarios and lute aren’t exactly the same. After all, Dandelion got the lute in his first adventure with Geralt. When the elves came to play with Dandelion, they gave him a lute of great value and grace.
About the fact that meeting Geralt improved his career, this did not occur in the film. Toss a coin to your Witcher, guys.
6. Awkward Communicator:
Jaskier is even more uneasy than Dandelion in the Netflix original film. He’s a rogue who gets himself into absurd scenarios, but he’s also a smooth talker who charms everyone’s pants.
Jaskier has a habit of stumbling over his words, flirting with women who aren’t interested in him, and becoming self-conscious about it. Since he sings well and is bold and loud, the awkwardness does not go anywhere.
Jaskier is a wonderful character, but he lacks the courage and charm of Dandelion. The guy’s name is Dandelion, which is odd.
5. Biographer of Geralt:
As a Witcher, Geralt’s only worry is ridding the world of monsters and being paid for it. He is not enticed by the promise of fame. Dandelion, on the other hand, is enamoured of Geralt’s life and relishes the opportunity to capitalise on his adventures. Dandelion is enthralled by the prospect of publishing his biography in books and sports, which includes the fact that he sings and writes poems.
Two copies of his writings have been lost or burned, but luck isn’t on his side.
Dandelion did ultimately write down the entirety of Geralt’s tale. Jaskier, on the other hand, does not seem to be pursuing the same objectives. He seems to be satisfied with the music that he has.
4. Scaled Down Appearance:
The first thing Witcher fans will remember about Jaskier is his look, which will irritate them to no end. Dandelion appears in the video games as a flamboyant man with vivid colours, puffy sleeves, and even a twirly moustache. There’s even a colossal coat.
The appearance of Jaskier is likely to be much more subdued than that of its canonical counterpart. By a significant margin; in practise, things are very likely to be very different. Aside from that and his dark locks, he seems to be very special. His pants are shorter than others’, and he has a bit of poof, but he seems to be very special.
Hardcore fans would have to weigh in on whether this was a smart decision.
3. Stranded Nobility:
With too much territory to explore in The Witcher series on Netflix, it’s understandable why Jaskier’s backstory was never discussed. The guy is a nobleman if it’s anything like Dandelion’s. He actually resigned because he preferred the life of a bard. But it didn’t stop him from borrowing money from his family on occasion.
Jaskier, on the other hand, seems to be bankrupt. He asks for food and seems to be homeless after his girlfriend kicks him out. That seems to be a one-of-a-kind origin storey, which will ideally be revealed in subsequent seasons.
2. Geralt’s Friendliness:
One of the most critical facets of Geralt and Dandelion’s friendship is how different they are from one another and how much they compliment one another. Another significant feature is that Geralt is often annoyed with him. However, in the Netflix film, Geralt seems to be much more abusive to Jaskier than he has ever been.
Sure, they had their disagreements, but his treatment of Jaskier was cruel, bordering on abusive, particularly when he refuses to call him a friend.
Geralt and Dandelion had a lot of fights, but even an amnesiac Geralt remembers Dandelion as his best friend.
1. Bardic Notoriety:
Among the most notable differences between Netflix Jaskier and his Dandelion counterpart is his celebrity status. About the fact that Jaskier seems to be doing well in the music distribution business, he is still a largely obscure bard with no fame or money. Dandelion, on the other hand, is a well-known African singer and author.
It’s tempting to blame the eras for this, but that’s not the case. Dandelion was well-known for his works until he became an official bard. For Jaskier, though, this is not the case.
As the seasons continue, fans will most likely be able to see what more has happened with their favourite singing ladies guy.