History Characters / MerlinMainCast

15th Feb '16 2:24:09 PM ObsidianFire
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* GenreBlindness: When Arthur claims something, you know it is not true.



* GoodIsNotDumb: If there was a trope named Genre Blind Is Not Dumb, he would be this. Best demonstrated in these two lines from ''The Coming of Arthur''. Justified in that most of his smarter moments stem from being a tactician, which makes sense since he leads an elite army.

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* GoodIsNotDumb: If there was a trope named Genre Blind Is Not Dumb, he would be this. Best demonstrated in these two lines from ''The Coming of Arthur''. Justified in that most of his smarter moments stem from being a tactician, which makes sense since he leads an elite army.



* TheMillstone: Aside from the problems he has caused himself, how many times has Arthur's general refusal to listen to Merlin, follow common sense, or even consider that someone ObviouslyEvil is...well..[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment evil]]... made the problem worse? He gets better throughout the show, but still refuses to believe he is WrongGenreSavvy.

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* TheMillstone: Aside from the problems he has caused himself, how many times has Arthur's general refusal to listen to Merlin, follow common sense, or even consider that someone ObviouslyEvil is...well..[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment evil]]... made the problem worse? He gets better throughout the show, but still refuses to believe he is WrongGenreSavvy.wrong.



* WrongGenreSavvy: Seems to get this no matter which direction he swings in. He either thinks he's the protagonist out to slay the monster or that he's a worthless excuse for a ruler. The guy doesn't seem to get SupportingLeader.



** DangerouslyGenreSavvy: The only good parts of the plans (i.e., getting Merlin out of the way, actually making good excuses) are hers. This seems to be her only character trait remaining.
28th Jan '16 7:37:30 AM annette12
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* SlapSlapKiss: With Morgana.



* SlapSlapKiss: With Arthur.



* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Merlin, Morgause, Gwen and Arthur.
26th Jan '16 7:09:02 PM NOYB
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* TheGift: When Morgana finally accepts her magical powers, sometime between seasons three and four, she becomes a High Priestess after one year of training. She eventually becomes a serious threat to Merlin, who is the most powerful Warlock in history. She is a skilled swordswoman and is always able to get her hands on an army.

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* TheGift: When Morgana finally accepts her magical powers, sometime between seasons three and four, she becomes a High Priestess after one year of training. She eventually becomes a serious threat to Merlin, who is the most powerful Warlock warlock in history. She is a skilled swordswoman and is always able to get her hands on an army.
26th Jan '16 7:06:59 PM NOYB
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** Which is interesting, considering that in the original Arthurian legend, Arthur and Morgana have an unknown to them incestuous relationship.

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** Which is interesting, considering that in the original Arthurian legend, Arthur and Morgana Morgause (not Morgana) have an unknown to them a incestuous relationship.
1st Jan '16 7:03:06 PM nombretomado
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* HardHead: Holds the record for being knocked unconscious more than any other character on the show, which is saying something. What do you expect? She's Merlin's equivalent of [[{{Smallville}} Lex Luthor]].

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* HardHead: Holds the record for being knocked unconscious more than any other character on the show, which is saying something. What do you expect? She's Merlin's equivalent of [[{{Smallville}} [[Series/{{Smallville}} Lex Luthor]].
30th Dec '15 11:15:58 AM DarkPhoenix94
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** Unsurprising, considering he's no longer charging about and keeping up his fighting edge. As it is, he's not in any discernibly worse shape.


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* JerkassHasAPoint: when Merlin is poisoned in season 1, he is quite right to tell Arthur that people are going to end up sacrificing themselves for him when he is king and he'd better get used to the idea.
30th Dec '15 11:00:08 AM DarkPhoenix94
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** The average citizens of Camelot actually rather like him, however.



* BadassInCharge: Subverted, [[spoiler: since Arthur became king in season four after Uther died.]]

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* BadassInCharge: Subverted, Played straight for the first two seasons (love him or loathe him, the man can fight), subverted thereafter, [[spoiler: since Arthur became king in season four after Uther died.]]



* BlackAndGreyMorality: Uther hunts down anyone related to magic, even healers, even children. He's a cruel dictator. Getting rid of him would be a good thing. However the villains trying to kill him, Morgana and Morgause, have some evil tendencies in a Well-Intentioned Extremist way. They will kill others, but only if they have to to get to Uther or Arthur later.

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* BlackAndGreyMorality: Uther hunts down anyone related to magic, even healers, even children. He's a cruel dictator.dictator (by our standards - by the standards of medieval kings, he's positively civilised). Getting rid of him would be a good thing. However the villains trying to kill him, Morgana and Morgause, have some evil tendencies in a Well-Intentioned Extremist way. They will tend to be just as bad, willing to kill others, but only if they have to to get to Uther or Arthur later.others without a thought.



* {{Expy}}: Of [[Series/{{Smallville}} Lionel Luthor]].



* MysteriousPast: He apparently conquered Camelot when he was Arthur's age. Whether the crown was usurped by another king, or if Uther conquered the kingdom just because he could. Is unknown.

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* MysteriousPast: He apparently conquered Camelot when he was Arthur's age. Whether the crown was usurped by another king, or if Uther conquered the kingdom just because he could. Is could, is unknown.



* PetTheDog: At the end of ''[[{{Recap/MerlinS01E09Excalibur}} Excalibur]]''. It's obvious that Uther loves his children, and speaks of his late wife as "my soul." He's also fond of Gaius, and ''can'' be made to see reason on several issues.

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* PetTheDog: At the end of ''[[{{Recap/MerlinS01E09Excalibur}} Excalibur]]''. It's obvious that Uther loves his children, and speaks of his late wife as "my soul." He's also fond of Gaius, acknowledges and respects Merlin's loyalty to his son, even thanking him a couple of times, and ''can'' be made to see reason on several issues.



* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: It's heavily implied that he was this in his youth. He does prove himself quite handy with a sword.

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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: It's heavily implied that he was this in his youth. He does prove himself youth and remains quite handy with a sword.



* TroubledSympatheticBigot: His hatred of magic stems from his grief and guilt over his wife's death (troubled), he dearly loves both his children (sympathetic) and yet he is utterly ruthless and hypocritical when it comes to eradicating those that practice magic (bigot).

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* TroubledSympatheticBigot: His hatred of magic stems from his grief and guilt over his wife's death (troubled), he dearly loves both his children and his kingdom (sympathetic) and yet he is utterly ruthless and hypocritical when it comes to eradicating those that practice magic (bigot).
14th Dec '15 2:42:59 PM Discar
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* [[ThePresidentsDaughter The King's Ward]]: Her position makes some people like Alvar and Morgause seek her out for their attempts to bring down Camelot.
26th Oct '15 12:26:40 PM ProfessorGrimm
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* MasterSwordsman

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* MasterSwordsmanMasterSwordsman: He could defeat Arthur in a duel if he wanted.
* MysteriousPast: He apparently conquered Camelot when he was Arthur's age. Whether the crown was usurped by another king, or if Uther conquered the kingdom just because he could. Is unknown.
30th Sep '15 11:57:52 PM ChrisDen
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* AggressiveCategorism: In the beginning Arthur was rather prejudiced, bigoted and judgemental. [[CharacterDevelopment He changed as the series progressed, mostly thanks to Merlin.]]

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* AggressiveCategorism: In the beginning Arthur was rather prejudiced, bigoted and judgemental.judgmental. [[CharacterDevelopment He changed as the series progressed, mostly thanks to Merlin.]]



* HeroAntagonist: Arthur occasionally lapses into this. While he's undoubtedly a good guy, he has been raised from birth to be distrustful of magic and will not hestitate to arrest anyone caught using it, even though the penalty is death. What seperates him from Uther is that he does this not out of maliciousness, but because [[MyMasterRightOrWrong it is his Father's law]] and he's honour bound to obey it.

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* HeroAntagonist: Arthur occasionally lapses into this. While he's undoubtedly a good guy, he has been raised from birth to be distrustful of magic and will not hestitate hesitate to arrest anyone caught using it, even though the penalty is death. What seperates separates him from Uther is that he does this not out of maliciousness, but because [[MyMasterRightOrWrong it is his Father's law]] and he's honour bound to obey it.



* HomoeroticSubtext: With Merlin OH SO MUCH. Although Merlin are HeterosexualLifePartners and even more accurately, VitriolicBestBuds, there is no doubt about it that Arthur and Melrin share the most HoYay moments of any duo in the series. Part of it has to do with the strong and undeniable onscreen (and off screen) chemistry between Bradley James and Colin Morgan. The other part of the reason for the strong homoerotic subtext and implications between the two is the fact that they frequently tease each other, seemingly having a love/hate relationship with each other. Therefore, their interactions with each other could be taken as BelligerentSexualTension. Also, there have been some sexual comments and innuendo that have been included in the dialogue between the two, although this is often PlayedForLaughs.

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* HomoeroticSubtext: With Merlin OH SO MUCH. Although Merlin are HeterosexualLifePartners and even more accurately, VitriolicBestBuds, there is no doubt about it that Arthur and Melrin Merlin share the most HoYay moments of any duo in the series. Part of it has to do with the strong and undeniable onscreen (and off screen) chemistry between Bradley James and Colin Morgan. The other part of the reason for the strong homoerotic subtext and implications between the two is the fact that they frequently tease each other, seemingly having a love/hate relationship with each other. Therefore, their interactions with each other could be taken as BelligerentSexualTension. Also, there have been some sexual comments and innuendo that have been included in the dialogue between the two, although this is often PlayedForLaughs.



** The magic reveal subplot with Merlin has shades of this too. For 5 series, Merlin's secret of being a sorcoer is kept secret from Arthur and from pretty much all of the major characters in the series (including Uther, Morgana, Gwen, Gwaine, etc) with the exception Gaius and Lancelot. However, in the series 5 finale, Arthur discovers Merlin's true identity as a very powerful sorcerer, when Merlin reveals his secret to Arthur as he is dying.

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** The magic reveal subplot with Merlin has shades of this too. For 5 series, Merlin's secret of being a sorcoer sorcerer is kept secret from Arthur and from pretty much all of the major characters in the series (including Uther, Morgana, Gwen, Gwaine, etc) with the exception Gaius and Lancelot. However, in the series 5 finale, Arthur discovers Merlin's true identity as a very powerful sorcerer, when Merlin reveals his secret to Arthur as he is dying.



* WouldntHitAGirl: Unlike [[CombatPragmatist Merlin]] or Uther.Arthur has shown that he has a very strong respect for the opposite sex and he would never resort to the use of violence or combat against women. He has shown this trait in his confrontations with Morgana. Even though Morgana is his ultimate enemy, Arthur still cannot find it in himself to physically attack Morgana in any way and would rather defeat Morgana by using more diplomatic approaches.

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* WouldntHitAGirl: Unlike [[CombatPragmatist Merlin]] or Uther. Arthur has shown that he has a very strong respect for the opposite sex and he would never resort to the use of violence or combat against women. He has shown this trait in his confrontations with Morgana. Even though Morgana is his ultimate enemy, Arthur still cannot find it in himself to physically attack Morgana in any way and would rather defeat Morgana by using more diplomatic approaches.



* FlirtyStepSiblings: Arthur and Morgana are kind of like this during series 1 since Uther is the guardian of Morgana, and she is like a daughter to him. It is almost as if Uther adopted Morgana, which would make Arthur and Morgana like stepsiblings.

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* FlirtyStepSiblings: Arthur and Morgana are kind of like this during series 1 since Uther is the guardian of Morgana, and she is like a daughter to him. It is almost as if Uther adopted Morgana, which would make Arthur and Morgana like stepsiblings.step-siblings.



* GoodGirlGoneBad: Morgana went from being a kind, caring, compassionate and understanding person to someone selfish, hateful, manipulative, vengeful, and jealous. There are many factors that contributed to Morgana doing a FaceHeelTurn such as growing up in a dysfunctional family and environment, being rejected or not being acknowledged by her real father (Uther), feeling like an outsider within Camelot as someone who possesses magic, seeing people of her kind (magic users) constantly being persecuted and killed by the hand of her own father, and being betrayed by people she saw or refferred to as her friends (i.e. Merlin).

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* GoodGirlGoneBad: Morgana went from being a kind, caring, compassionate and understanding person to someone selfish, hateful, manipulative, vengeful, and jealous. There are many factors that contributed to Morgana doing a FaceHeelTurn such as growing up in a dysfunctional family and environment, being rejected or not being acknowledged by her real father (Uther), feeling like an outsider within Camelot as someone who possesses magic, seeing people of her kind (magic users) constantly being persecuted and killed by the hand of her own father, and being betrayed by people she saw or refferred referred to as her friends (i.e. Merlin).



* TheResenter: Of Arthur and Guinevere for their positions in Camelot and their addherence to Uther's anti-magic policy.

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* TheResenter: Of Arthur and Guinevere for their positions in Camelot and their addherence adherence to Uther's anti-magic policy.



* SelfMadeOrphan: Her mother and the man she looked to as a father and believed for a long time was her father were already dead, but she gave Agravaine the amulet to kill the wounded Uther-her birth father.

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* SelfMadeOrphan: Her mother and the man she looked to as a father and believed for a long time was her father were already dead, but she gave Agravaine the amulet to kill the wounded Uther-her Uther--her birth father.



* BigSisterInstinct: Towards Merlin and Elyan. She is highly protective of both of them. Merlin is even one of her BerserkButton's. Gwen seens Merlin as someone who is very dear to her and there is nothing that she would not do for him. She has risked her life to look out for Merlin whenever he finds himself in trouble. Although Gwen was rather distant and estranged from Elyan and did not seem to have too much of a close relationship with him, she is still very protective towards him considering that is the only family that she has left.

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* BigSisterInstinct: Towards Merlin and Elyan. She is highly protective of both of them. Merlin is even one of her BerserkButton's. Gwen seens sees Merlin as someone who is very dear to her and there is nothing that she would not do for him. She has risked her life to look out for Merlin whenever he finds himself in trouble. Although Gwen was rather distant and estranged from Elyan and did not seem to have too much of a close relationship with him, she is still very protective towards him considering that is the only family that she has left.



* FantasticRacism: Subverted and PlayedWith. She doesn't hate magicians, unlike Uther, but like him, she is afraid of magic and tries to punish people who use it. It leads to several unconspicuous KickTheDog moments.

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* FantasticRacism: Subverted and PlayedWith. She doesn't hate magicians, unlike Uther, but like him, she is afraid of magic and tries to punish people who use it. It leads to several unconspicuous inconspicuous KickTheDog moments.



** In 5x01, she sounded very angry (and had a frightening look on her face), just a short moment after learning that Sefa (her maid)'s father was a sorcerer, before [[spoiler: pretending to sentence her to death while actually working to save her and getting her father, TheManBehindTheMan, emprisonned in her place]], an uncharacteristically harsh gambit [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman which she doesn't seem to regret]].

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** In 5x01, she sounded very angry (and had a frightening look on her face), just a short moment after learning that Sefa (her maid)'s father was a sorcerer, before [[spoiler: pretending to sentence her to death while actually working to save her and getting her father, TheManBehindTheMan, emprisonned imprisoned in her place]], an uncharacteristically harsh gambit [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman which she doesn't seem to regret]].



* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Everybody except for Arthur (and to an exent, Gaius) seems to hate him, and not without good reasons.

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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Everybody except for Arthur (and to an exent, extent, Gaius) seems to hate him, and not without good reasons.



** In Series One, he had them both imprisoned in the dungeon for nothing more than calling him out on his tynrincal nature.

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** In Series One, he had them both imprisoned in the dungeon for nothing more than calling him out on his tynrincal tyrannical nature.



** The reason he hates magic in the first place is because he made a deal with a sorceress to concieve a son with his barren wife. Furthermore, he describes his deceased wife as "my soul" and yet we later find out that he had an affair with his best friend's wife, and that (as he says to his son) "I know about the temptations of serving girls."

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** The reason he hates magic in the first place is because he made a deal with a sorceress to concieve conceive a son with his barren wife. Furthermore, he describes his deceased wife as "my soul" and yet we later find out that he had an affair with his best friend's wife, and that (as he says to his son) "I know about the temptations of serving girls."



* CategoryTraitor: A lot of magic users like the Dragon and Nimueh hold Gaius to be one, since he became Uther's court pyschian, and turned a blind eye to the deaths of magic users.

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* CategoryTraitor: A lot of magic users like the Dragon and Nimueh hold Gaius to be one, since he became Uther's court pyschian, physician, and turned a blind eye to the deaths of magic users.



* DefectorFromDecadence: One possible interpetation for turing his back on the Old Religion. In the first episode he claimed that people were using magic for the wrong reasons and it was throwing the natural order of things into chaos. When confronted by Edwin Muirden over the fact he did nothing to stop his parents execution, Gaius claims they were practicing dark magic.

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* DefectorFromDecadence: One possible interpetation interpretation for turing his back on the Old Religion. In the first episode he claimed that people were using magic for the wrong reasons and it was throwing the natural order of things into chaos. When confronted by Edwin Muirden over the fact he did nothing to stop his parents execution, Gaius claims they were practicing dark magic.
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