History Characters / MerlinMainCast

9th May '18 9:28:41 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Lampshaded by Merlin that ''everybody'' hates him, considering the number of people who try to kill him in every episode. In fact, besides Arthur (and to an extent, Gaius) no one seems to like him and not without good reasons. The average citizens of Camelot probably don't hate him that much, at least the ones who are not related or close to someone with magic powers.

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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Lampshaded Zig-zagged. While it's lampshaded by Merlin that ''everybody'' hates him, considering the number of people who try to kill him in every episode. In episode, and in fact, of the main cast, besides Arthur (and to an extent, Gaius) no one seems to like him and not without good reasons. The However, the average citizens of Camelot probably don't hate him that much, seem to quite like him, at least the ones who are not related or close to someone with magic powers.powers, and when he doesn't think magic is involved, he's a surprisingly good king. Unfortunately, magic is involved a lot.



* AdultsAreUseless

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* AdultsAreUselessAdultsAreUseless: Played With. A lot of the time he doesn't get involved because Merlin quite literally can't seek his help because of the need to hide his own magic. However, in ''Excalibur'', and in a few other episodes, he steps up to the plate to protect Arthur.



* BadassCape

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* BadassCapeBadassCape: His cape is red, like the Knights and Arthur's, and he is undeniably a badass.



* BadassLongcoat

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* BadassLongcoatBadassLongcoat: Like his son, he sometimes wears one.



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Uther may be ruthless and cold, but there is no doubt that he loves his children (Arthur and Morgana). He also cares for his people, as a collective if not as individuals.

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Uther may be ruthless and cold, but there is no doubt that he loves his children (Arthur and Morgana). He also cares for his people, as a collective collective, if not as individuals.individuals, and will do more or less anything to protect them.



* HeWhoFightsMonsters

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* HeWhoFightsMonstersHeWhoFightsMonsters: He was, once upon a time, a genuinely good man.



* ItsAllAboutMe: He bans and allows magic use as he wants it. There's also a subtle hint that he defines loyalty to Camelot as loyalty to himself, as evidenced in the Great Purge.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's a ruthless tyrant. His PetTheDog moments are overshadowed by his cruel actions and LackOfEmpathy.
* 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.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: He bans and allows magic use as he wants it. There's also a subtle hint that he defines loyalty to Camelot as loyalty to himself, himself (or to Arthur), as evidenced in the Great Purge.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's a ruthless tyrant.tyrant - by modern standards, at least (and even by Medieval ones where magic is concerned). His PetTheDog moments are overshadowed by his cruel actions and LackOfEmpathy.
* JerkassHasAPoint: when 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.



* KnightTemplar / KnightTemplarParent

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* KnightTemplar / KnightTemplarParentKnightTemplar[=/=]KnightTemplarParent: See his hatred of magic.



* 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.

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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, and both acknowledges and respects Merlin's loyalty to his son, even thanking him a couple of times, times for his loyal service, and trusting him to keep secrets - though with the caveat that he'll have him executed if he doesn't. And he ''can'' be made to see reason on several issues.
11th Apr '18 2:54:01 AM ZealousElk
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* CoolBigSis: To Arthur. At least in series 1. Ironically, neither of them knew it at the time, and when they both finally realize [[spoiler:that she ''is'' his big sister]], she's already tried to kill him several times.

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* CoolBigSis: To Arthur. At least in series 1. Ironically, neither of them knew it at the time, and when they both finally realize [[spoiler:that she ''is'' his big sister]], half-sister]], she's already tried to kill him several times.
8th Mar '18 6:49:55 PM DoctorCooper
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* [[StayInTheKitchen Stay In The Castle]]: Guinevere's job as Queen is to maintain control in Camelot while Arthur is away.

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* [[StayInTheKitchen Stay In The Castle]]: StayInTheKitchen: Guinevere's job as Queen is to maintain control in Camelot while Arthur is away.



* [[WillTheyOrWontThey Will They Or Won't They]]: Arthur and Gwen. Their budding relationship constantly grows strained because of their different social classes.
** TheyDo: They are finally married at the end of series four.

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* [[WillTheyOrWontThey Will They Or Won't They]]: WillTheyOrWontThey: Arthur and Gwen. Their budding relationship constantly grows strained because of their different social classes.
** TheyDo:
classes. They are finally married at the end of series four.
22nd Feb '18 10:04:56 AM annette12
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* HeterosexualLifePartners[=/=]HoYay: With Merlin. Arthur and Merlin originally don't like each other. Although, eventually, the two become very close and start to bond with each other, mostly because of the fact that their destinies and their paths are intertwined. Arthur repeatedly teases Merlin and makes fun of him, but regardless of Arthur's constant teasing of Merlin, he has shown to be very protective of him and has repeatedly shown that he does care for and love Merlin. It is also apparent that there are plenty of deep HoYay moments between the two, especially when they have deep and meaningful conversations with each other (where they end up sharing deep and meaningful glances with each other). But this is mostly due to Bradley James and Colin Morgan's intense and palpable onscreen chemistry with each other.

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* HeterosexualLifePartners[=/=]HoYay: HeterosexualLifePartners: With Merlin. Arthur and Merlin originally don't like each other. Although, eventually, the two become very close and start to bond with each other, mostly because of the fact that their destinies and their paths are intertwined. Arthur repeatedly teases Merlin and makes fun of him, but regardless of Arthur's constant teasing of Merlin, he has shown to be very protective of him and has repeatedly shown that he does care for and love Merlin. It is also apparent that there are plenty of deep HoYay moments between the two, especially when they have deep and meaningful conversations with each other (where they end up sharing deep and meaningful glances with each other). But this is mostly due to Bradley James and Colin Morgan's intense and palpable onscreen chemistry with each other.



* HomoeroticSubtext: With Merlin OH SO MUCH. Although Merlin are HeterosexualLifePartners and even more accurately, VitriolicBestBuds, there is no doubt about it that Arthur and 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.

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* HomoeroticSubtext: With Merlin OH SO MUCH.Merlin. Although Merlin are HeterosexualLifePartners and even more accurately, VitriolicBestBuds, there is no doubt about it that Arthur and 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.
2nd Feb '18 12:21:54 PM MarcusSLazarus
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**[[spoiler:Probably justified considering that he was a ghost, which generally has a warped effect on the subject's psychology.]]
13th Jan '18 6:10:00 PM cherrychels
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* BastardBastard: Morgana is the illegitimate daughter of King Uther and a woman named Vivienne.

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* BastardBastard: After her FaceHeelTurn, before which she was a compassionate, good-hearted young woman. It is revealed Morgana is the illegitimate daughter of King Uther and a woman named Vivienne.



* [[EvilSorcerer Evil Sorceress]]: Morgana is a very powerful witch and a High Priestess. However, she uses her magic for evil purposes and she also pratcices BlackMagic. She uses her magic to bring down Arthur and the rest of Camelot. Morgana is the opposite of Merlin, who is a good or benevolent magic user who practices WhiteMagic.

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* [[EvilSorcerer Evil Sorceress]]: Morgana is a very powerful witch and a High Priestess. However, she uses her magic for evil purposes and she also pratcices practices BlackMagic. She uses her magic to bring down Arthur and the rest of Camelot. Morgana is the opposite of Merlin, who is a good or benevolent magic user who practices WhiteMagic.



* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: After Morgana became evil, she started to wear heavier eye makeup, such as heavier eyeliner and heavier eyeshadow (the colour of her eye shadow was green). Before Morgana became evil, she wore much lighter makeup.

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* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: After Morgana became evil, she started to wear heavier eye makeup, such as heavier eyeliner and heavier eyeshadow (the colour of her eye shadow eyeshadow was green). Before Morgana became evil, she wore much lighter makeup.



* LackOfEmpathy: This was actually telegraphed fairly early on. Though she's sympathetic when Gwen's father dies, the end of the episode suggests that she was channelling her own grief for [[ItsAllAboutMe her father's death all along]]. Likewise, whilst she was still in her "good phase", she refused to return to Camelot when she heard that hostages would be killed if the druids did not release her (Uther having mistakeningly believed she was kidnapped). By the third series, she responds to Merlin's plea that women and children are dying with the word: "Good!"

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* LackOfEmpathy: This was actually telegraphed fairly early on. Though she's sympathetic when Gwen's father dies, the end of the episode suggests that she was channelling her own grief for [[ItsAllAboutMe her father's death all along]]. Likewise, whilst she was still in her "good phase", she refused to return to Camelot when she heard that hostages would be killed if the druids did not release her (Uther having mistakeningly mistakenly believed she was kidnapped). By the third series, she responds to Merlin's plea that women and children are dying with the word: "Good!"
13th Jan '18 10:52:38 AM nombretomado
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->'''Portrayed By:''' KatieMcGrath

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->'''Portrayed By:''' KatieMcGrath
Creator/KatieMcGrath
22nd Nov '17 7:25:46 PM Gregzilla
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** [[spoiler: May be in a BigBadDuumvirate with Mordred come series 5, if the leaked info is any indication.]]
4th Nov '17 8:14:43 PM DustSnitch
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* BadassPrincess: Morgana comes from RoyalBlood.



* [[BadassPrincess Badass Queen]]: In season four, Gwen becomes Queen of Camelot when she marries King Arthur.
14th Sep '17 1:01:15 AM annette12
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* IrrationalHatred: The sheer, inexplicable vehemence with which she plots Guinevere's death is difficult to grasp. Granted, she feels as though Gwen is usurping her position as Queen of Camelot, but that she so quickly leaps to the betrayal and attempted murder of her once-closest friend with no remorse whatsoever is rather jarring. Of course, she also plots Arthur's death, but for whatever reason, she takes Guinevere's existence that much more ''personally''.
** Probably due to the fact that Gwen, like everyone else, thought that magic was evil, and thus would likely have feared her had she known about her powers. See Gwen's entry in FantasticRacism.

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* IrrationalHatred: The sheer, inexplicable vehemence with which she plots Guinevere's death is difficult to grasp. Granted, she feels as though Gwen is usurping her position as Queen of Camelot, but that she so quickly leaps to the betrayal and attempted murder of her once-closest friend with no remorse whatsoever is rather jarring. Of course, she also plots Arthur's death, but for whatever reason, she takes Guinevere's existence that much more ''personally''.
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''personally''. Probably due to the fact that Gwen, like everyone else, thought that magic was evil, and thus would likely have feared her had she known about her powers. See Gwen's entry in FantasticRacism.



* [[LastOfHisKind Last Of Her Kind]]: She is the last High Priestess of the Old Religion.

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* [[LastOfHisKind Last Of Her Kind]]: LastOfHisKind: She is the last High Priestess of the Old Religion.



* LikeBrotherAndSister[=/=]PlatonicLifePartners: Arthur and Morgana become this in Season 2 [[spoiler:and are revealed to be half-siblings in Season 3.]]
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Father, Like Daughter]]: The great irony of her character.

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* LikeBrotherAndSister[=/=]PlatonicLifePartners: Arthur and Morgana become this in Season 2 [[spoiler:and are revealed to be half-siblings in Season 3.]]
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Father, Like Daughter]]:
LikeParentLikeChild: The great irony of her character.



* [[MementoMacGuffin Memento [=MacGuffin=]]]: The bracelet she received from Morgause to help her sleep.
* MagicIsEvil: At least when Morgana uses magic.
** BlackMagic: Morgana often practiced dark magic, as opposed to Merlin, who practiced [[WhiteMagic good magic]].
* MagicKnight: Morgana knew how to use a sword effectively before she ever discovered that she had magic.
* [[MagneticHero Magnetic Villain]]: Morgana not only had the support of Morgause, Agravaine, Aithusa, Modred and many other magic users, but she also has an entire army (The Saxons) which strongly outnumbered Camelot's army (Arthur's army) by 5 to 1 supporting her and her cause. She is the opposite of Merlin, who is a MagneticHero.

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* [[MementoMacGuffin Memento [=MacGuffin=]]]: The bracelet she received from Morgause to help her sleep.
* MagicIsEvil: At least when Morgana uses magic. \n** BlackMagic: Morgana often practiced dark magic, as opposed to Merlin, who practiced [[WhiteMagic good magic]].
* MagicKnight: Morgana knew how to use a sword effectively before she ever discovered that she had magic.
* [[MagneticHero Magnetic Villain]]: Morgana not only had the support of Morgause, Agravaine, Aithusa, Modred and many other magic users, but she also has an entire army (The Saxons) which strongly outnumbered Camelot's army (Arthur's army) by 5 to 1 supporting her and her cause. She is the opposite of Merlin, who is a MagneticHero.
magic]].



* [[MasterSwordsman Master Swordswoman]]: Morgana has been shown to very capable and effective in sword fighting.

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* [[MasterSwordsman Master Swordswoman]]: MasterSwordsman: Morgana has been shown to very capable and effective in sword fighting.



* TheOjou: In the earlier seasons, before she did a FaceHeelTurn. See ProperLady.
* [[OrcusOnHisThrone Orcus On Her Throne]]: In series 4 Morgana spends a lot of time sitting in her hovel, waiting for other characters to bring her news of what she's ordered them to do.

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* TheOjou: In the earlier seasons, before she did a FaceHeelTurn. See ProperLady.
* [[OrcusOnHisThrone Orcus On Her Throne]]:
OrcusOnHisThrone: In series 4 Morgana spends a lot of time sitting in her hovel, waiting for other characters to bring her news of what she's ordered them to do.



* [[PsychopathicManChild Psychopathic Woman Child]]: Morgana displays traits of entitlement, selfishness and brattiness. At times, she displays immaturity, especially when it comes to feeling that she is entitled to the throne of Camelot. Morgana can come off rather bratty and immature and she throws temper tantrums whenever she doesn't get her way.

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* [[PsychopathicManChild Psychopathic Woman Child]]: PsychopathicWomanchild: Morgana displays traits of entitlement, selfishness and brattiness. At times, she displays immaturity, especially when it comes to feeling that she is entitled to the throne of Camelot. Morgana can come off rather bratty and immature and she throws temper tantrums whenever she doesn't get her way.



* TheOjou: Especially when she was a maid-servant.



* [[spoiler: SecretSecretKeeper: Reveals in the finale that she knows about Merlin's magic. When she put it together is unknown, but as Merlin never found out she knew in the finale.]]

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* [[spoiler: SecretSecretKeeper: [[spoiler: Reveals in the finale that she knows about Merlin's magic. When she put it together is unknown, but as Merlin never found out she knew in the finale.]]



* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Among the main cast, everybody except for Arthur, Morgana (at first), and to an extent, Gaius seems to at least dislike him, and not without good reasons.
** The average citizens of Camelot actually rather like him, however, which isn't entirely surprising - aside from his genocidal hatred of magic, he is actually quite a just and fair King, if not on Arthur's level, showing genuine empathy to Hunith when he can't come to Ealdor's aid (because it's in Cenred's kingdom and he can't risk sparking a war).
* [[AbusiveParents Abusive Father]]: In many ways, at various points, to both Arthur and Morgana.
** In Series One, he had them both imprisoned in the dungeon for nothing more than calling him out on his tyrannical nature.

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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Among Lampshaded by Merlin that ''everybody'' hates him, considering the main cast, everybody except for Arthur, Morgana (at first), and number of people who try to kill him in every episode. In fact, besides Arthur (and to an extent, Gaius Gaius) no one seems to at least dislike him, like him and not without good reasons.
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reasons. The average citizens of Camelot actually rather like him, however, which isn't entirely surprising - aside from his genocidal hatred of magic, he is actually quite a just and fair King, if probably don't hate him that much, at least the ones who are not on Arthur's level, showing genuine empathy related or close to Hunith when he can't come to Ealdor's aid (because it's in Cenred's kingdom and he can't risk sparking a war).
someone with magic powers.
* [[AbusiveParents Abusive Father]]: AbusiveParents: In many ways, at various points, to both Arthur and Morgana.
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Morgana. In Series One, he had them both imprisoned in the dungeon for nothing more than calling him out on his tyrannical nature.nature.
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