Saint Nicholas — one man, one mission
Good cop, bad cop
In many Catholic areas of Europe, benevolent Saint Nicholas is accompanied by his threatening servant. In Germany he is called Knecht Ruprecht, who with his rod and sack of coals threatens to thrash misbehaving children. In France he is known as Père Fouettard, in the Netherlands as Zwarte Piet, in Switzerland as Schmutzli and in Austria and southern Germany he is called Krampus.