Why does Yennefer call Ciri “my ugly”?

Yennefer chooses an interesting new pet name in Ciri The Witcher Season 3 Part 1. Why does she call Ciri her ‘ugly’? Book readers will recognize the sentence because it is rendered almost exactly as it is in the on-screen text.

“Ugly” isn’t usually considered a term of endearment, but Yennefer more or less means it when she refers to Ciri as such. There has been some debate in the fandom as to whether or not Yennefer is calling Ciri “ugly” as that phrase may have been lost in translation.

There are many different interpretations of Yennefer’s meaning, so there isn’t necessarily a straight-forward answer. Meanwhile, maybe actresses Anya Chalotra or Freya Allan will tell us what they think The Witcher Promotional tour for the third season.

The meaning of Yennefer calling Ciri “ugly” in Season 3 of The Witcher

In The Witcher Finally, in Season 3 Part 1, Ciri asks Yennefer why she keeps calling her “my ugly one”. Yennefer says it’s because she promised to always be honest with her. That’s almost literally what Yennefer says in the books.

The Polish word in question is “brzydulka”, which means ugly but has a more affectionate accent than what we would call it in English. Yennefer’s use of the word seems to be out of affection and irony rather than cruelty. She calls Ciri that because she’s cheeky. Ciri is obviously beautiful, but beauty isn’t everything.

In the show, Ciri asks Yennefer why she calls her that right after Yennefer brought Ciri to her old home and shows her flashbacks to how she was before Aretuza and her magical transformation. Yennefer understands the dynamics of power and beauty better than anyone, so calling Ciri “the ugly” seems a nod to her past and Ciri’s journey.

  • Published on 06/29/2023 at 17:42
  • Last updated on 06/29/2023 at 17:57

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Sarah Ridley is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Sarah Ridley joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing sarahridley@ustimespost.com.

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