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->'''Portrayed By:''' RichardWilson

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->'''Portrayed By:''' RichardWilson
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18th May '17 12:51:15 PM LISBOAH
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* DidNotThinkThisThrough: [[spoiler: In 5x03 he was willing to kill Arthur for Camelot's sake, but [[AndThenWhat doesn't seem to have planned what to do next]]. If Arthur were to die, nothing would stop Morgana, Uther's other child from taking the throne. Camelot would certainly be doomed then.]]
19th Apr '17 3:27:07 PM DarkPhoenix94
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** Early on, it's {{Pride}}. By late in Season 3, however, he mostly discards it, with Uther acknowledging that Arthur threw the fight between them in the tournament to allow him (Uther) to save face and retain his own pride.



** On the other hand, it isn't quite complete - for instance, in Season 3, he takes Merlin's word that Gaius is possessed by a goblin when no one else does, and after Goblin!Gaius has Merlin hauled off to the dungeons for using magic, to be executed the next morning, Arthur swiftly and skilfully manipulates Goblin!Gaius into giving himself away (Gaius would never be happy to see Merlin executed, no matter what Merlin had done). Pity that he then gets [[MindOverMatter telekinetically]] brained with a jar.



* FreudianExcuse: It's clear that many of Arthur's emotional and psychological issues and insecurities stem from the fact that he was raised by an emotionally distant and abusive father (Uther). It didn't help that Arthur was completely motherless growing up (thanks to Uther, of course).

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* FreudianExcuse: It's clear that many of Arthur's emotional and psychological issues and insecurities stem from the fact that he was raised by an emotionally distant and abusive father (Uther). It didn't help that Arthur was completely motherless growing up (thanks to Uther, of course).course - though unwittingly on Uther's part).



-->'''Arthur''':*stops and looks around worryingly* ItsQuietTooQuiet.

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-->'''Arthur''':*stops and looks around worryingly* worriedly* ItsQuietTooQuiet.



* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Arthur is chivalrous, noble, brave and honourable and he is our of heart. Despite originally starting off as selfish, spoiled and entitled, he eventually shows his real personality once he goes through CharacterDevelopment. His mother Ygraine, whom he bears a StrongFamilyResemblance to, was the embodiment of this trope as she was seen to be kind, good hearted, caring, and nurturing. Therefore, it seems as though Arthur inherited his good and pure heart from his mother. Arthur has InnocentBlueEyes to match his HairOfGold.

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* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Arthur is chivalrous, noble, brave and honourable and he is our pure of heart. Despite originally starting off as selfish, spoiled and entitled, even from the start he shows a streak of nobility (in the very first episode when his and Merlin's second mock duel ends with Merlin being dumped on his arse, he tells the guards to let Merlin go, because "He's a fool, but a brave fool"). He eventually shows his real personality once he goes through CharacterDevelopment. CharacterDevelopment and learns to discard his {{Pride}}. His mother Ygraine, to whom he bears a StrongFamilyResemblance to, was the embodiment of this trope as she was seen to be kind, good hearted, caring, and nurturing. Therefore, it seems as though Arthur inherited his good and pure heart from his mother. Arthur has InnocentBlueEyes to match his HairOfGold.



* KickTheDog: In one episode, Arthur went to go get a flower to cure Merlin against his father's orders. As soon as he came back, his own father imprisoned him for disobeying orders. Arthur didn't care if he stayed in prison for days or weeks, as long as the flower got to Merlin. He even begged his father to at least deliver the flower. Uther simply crushed the flower in front of Arthur, told him to get another servant and dropped the flower just out of Arthur's reach.

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* KickTheDog: In one episode, Arthur went to go get a flower to cure Merlin against his father's orders. As soon as he came back, his own father imprisoned him for disobeying orders. Arthur didn't care if he stayed in prison for days or weeks, as long as the flower got to Merlin. He even begged his father to at least deliver the flower. Uther simply crushed the flower in front of Arthur, told him to get another servant and dropped the flower just out of Arthur's reach.reach, to underline the lesson that people will die for him and he'd better get used to it.



* MissingMom. She's long dead... and it's Uther's fault.
* ModestRoyalty: Even though Arthur can appear arrogant, Arthur doesn't always believe that he is worthy of his position as leader and King of Camelot. Merlin and Guinevere have to constantly remind Arthur that he is worthy of his position.

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* MissingMom. MissingMom: She's long dead... and it's Uther's fault.
fault (though, to be fair, not his choice).
* ModestRoyalty: Even though Arthur can appear arrogant, Arthur he doesn't always believe that he is worthy of his position as leader and King of Camelot. Merlin and Guinevere have to constantly remind Arthur that he is worthy of his position.



* AntiVillain: Morgana could be classified as a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds or WellIntentionedExtremist. Afterwards, she goes from a qualmless and often emotionless WellIntentionedExtremist traumatized by her experiences and mostly seeing things in their light to a more thoughtful and calculative but also more human and confused antagonist, with a slight episode of SanitySlippage (thus being technically a type III for anyone who sees her as a villain and doesn't choose the popular AlternateCharacterInterpretation).

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* AntiVillain: Morgana could be classified as a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds or WellIntentionedExtremist. Afterwards, she goes from a qualmless and often emotionless WellIntentionedExtremist traumatized by her experiences and mostly seeing things in their light to a more thoughtful and calculative calculating but also more human and confused antagonist, with a slight episode of SanitySlippage (thus being technically a type III for anyone who sees her as a villain and doesn't choose the popular AlternateCharacterInterpretation).



Uther Pendragon is the ruthless king of Camelot who has outlawed magic within the kingdom. Often his hatred for magic blinds him from his tyrant-like nature, but he nevertheless believes what he is doing for Camelot is right. While Uther does not often show it, he does strongly care about his son Arthur and his ward Morgana, as well as acknowledging loyalty from his subjects e.g. Gaius and Merlin (occasionally).

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Uther Pendragon is the ruthless king of Camelot who has outlawed magic within the kingdom. Often his hatred for magic blinds him from his tyrant-like nature, but he nevertheless believes what he is doing for Camelot is right. While Uther does not often show it, he does strongly care about his son Arthur and his ward Morgana, as well as for his people, and acknowledging loyalty from his subjects e.g. Gaius and Merlin (occasionally).



* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Everybody except for Arthur (and to an extent, Gaius) seems to hate him, and not without good reasons.
** The average citizens of Camelot actually rather like him, however.

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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Everybody Among the main cast, everybody except for Arthur (and Arthur, Morgana (at first), and to an extent, Gaius) Gaius seems to hate at least dislike him, and not without good reasons.
** The average citizens of Camelot actually rather like him, however.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).



* AggressiveCategorism

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* AggressiveCategorismAggressiveCategorism: Against magical people.



* BadassInCharge: 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.]]

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* BadassInCharge: Played straight for the first two three seasons (love him or loathe him, you can't deny that the man has guts and really can fight), fight - though by season 3, Arthur's better), subverted thereafter, [[spoiler: since Arthur became king in season four after Uther died.died. Though he still gets a DyingMomentOfAwesome.]]



* BlackAndGreyMorality: Uther hunts down anyone related to magic, even healers, even children. He's a cruel 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, tend to be just as bad, willing to kill others without a thought.

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* BlackAndGreyMorality: Uther hunts down anyone related to magic, even healers, even children. He's a cruel ruthless dictator (by our standards - by the standards of medieval kings, he's positively actually rather civilised). Getting rid of him would be a good thing. However the villains trying to kill him, Morgana and Morgause, tend to be just as bad, willing to kill others without a thought.thought and having no care for civilians caught in the crossfire. Uther, for all his many flaws, genuinely cares for his people.



* BullyingADragon: Had Kilgharrah locked away in his dungeons for twenty years with magic chains to serve as an example what would happen to all magic creatures. When Kilgharrah got out in Series 2, he nearly burned Camelot to the ground as revenge.

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* BullyingADragon: Had Kilgharrah locked away in his dungeons for twenty years with magic magical chains to serve as an example what would happen to all magic creatures. When Kilgharrah got out in Series 2, he nearly burned Camelot to the ground as in revenge.



* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler: He wanted an heir but his wife was barren. Nimueh cured his wife's sterility but to keep the balance of life and death she died in childbirth]] and for this he has mounted a genocidal campaign against ''all'' magic users. Particularly disproportionate if [[UnreliableNarrator Nimueh]] is telling the truth that [[spoiler: she didn't know it would be Ygraine that would die]]
* DotingParent: To Morgana, but only ''after'' she returns from her year-long absence. Before that, he could be quite distant.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Uther may be ruthless and cold, but there is no doubt that he loves his children (Arthur and Morgana).

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* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler: He wanted an heir but his wife was barren. Nimueh cured his wife's sterility but to keep the balance of life and death she died in childbirth]] and for this he has mounted a genocidal campaign against ''all'' magic users. Particularly disproportionate if [[UnreliableNarrator Nimueh]] is telling the truth that [[spoiler: she didn't know it would be Ygraine that would die]]
die.]]
* DotingParent: To Morgana, but only ''after'' she returns from her year-long absence. Before that, he could be quite distant.
distant. A more charitable view of this would be that almost losing her gave him a shock.
* 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.



* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Among other things, he's chummied up to a knight who was trying to kill his son, invited two murderous Sidhe into his castle, married a troll, flirted with a shape-shifting witch, indulged the whims of a con-artist witchfinder, hired a man who tried to kill him to avenge his parents' deaths, and (in the third series) doted on the woman who was hell-bent on destroying him and taking over his kingdom. It goes both ways, as he's also banished both Gwaine and Lancelot, two accomplished and loyal knights, and is constantly belittling, alienating or even trying to execute Merlin and Guinevere, the two people in the world who would give their lives for his son without a second thought.

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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Among other things, he's chummied up to a knight who was trying to kill his son, invited two murderous Sidhe into his castle, married a troll, troll (though in that case, she was disguised and he was literally enchanted), flirted with a shape-shifting witch, indulged the whims of a con-artist witchfinder, hired a man who tried to kill him to avenge his parents' deaths, and (in the third series) doted on the woman who was hell-bent on destroying him and taking over his kingdom. It goes both ways, as he's also banished both Gwaine and Lancelot, two accomplished and loyal knights, and is constantly belittling, alienating or even trying to execute Merlin and Guinevere, the two people in the world who would give their lives for his son without a second thought.



* NobleDemon: Uther might be a genocidal tyrant but he's also a loving parent and a brave warrior who will put himself in harm's way to protect his kingdom.
* ObliviouslyEvil: He actually believes himself to be a fair king, and that he's doing the right thing for his kingdom.

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* NobleDemon: Uther might be a genocidal tyrant but he's also a loving parent and a brave warrior who cares for his people and will put himself in harm's way to protect his kingdom.
* ObliviouslyEvil: He actually believes himself to be a fair king, and that he's doing the right thing for his kingdom. In fairness, where magic isn't concerned, he's usually quite a good King.



* ParentalFavoritism: Uther seemed to show a favouritism towards Morgana over Arthur.

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* ParentalFavoritism: Uther seemed to show a hint of favouritism towards Morgana over Arthur.



* {{Pride}}: Aside from his blind hatred of magic this causes or makes worse the problems in the series. He places the word of the nobility above anyone else, cannot stand to look bad due to self-image, jumps to conclusions and hardly listens to anyone since he thinks he is always right, and only changes his mind when publicly presented with irrefutable evidence. He tries to avoid apologizing when he is wrong and can barely spit one out trying to place blame on others all due to his pride.

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* {{Pride}}: Aside from his blind hatred of magic this causes or makes worse the problems in the series. He places the word of the nobility above anyone else, cannot stand to look bad due to self-image, jumps to conclusions and hardly listens to anyone since he thinks he is always right, and only changes his mind when publicly presented with irrefutable evidence. He tries to avoid apologizing when he is wrong and can barely spit one out trying to place blame on others others, all due to his pride.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: He is convinced that magic is evil and threatens Camelot.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: He is convinced that magic is evil and threatens Camelot. And, to be fair, mages do try to bring Camelot around his ears on a regular basis - if only to get revenge on him.



* AsYouKnow: Gaius is the KING of this trope. How many hundreds of time have we heard him say some variation of: "you/he/she can't use magic or you'll be killed" or "we can't tell anyone about Morgana/Agravaine/any other obvious villain because they'd never believe us".

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* AsYouKnow: Gaius is the KING of this trope. How many hundreds of time have we heard him say some variation of: "you/he/she can't use magic or you'll be killed" or "we can't tell anyone about Morgana/Agravaine/any other obvious villain because they'd never believe us". Though considering how often Merlin needs reminding, this might be justified.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the first handful of episodes, he was a typical AbsentMindedProfessor who couldn't keep track of what day it was, accidentally set his bench on fire, and whose (egregious) EstablishingCharacterMoment was falling off a ladder. Later he became a much more astute mentor with FeetOfClay.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the first handful of episodes, he was a typical AbsentMindedProfessor who couldn't keep track of what day it was, accidentally set his bench on fire, and whose (egregious) EstablishingCharacterMoment was falling off a ladder. Later he became a much more astute mentor with FeetOfClay. [[FridgeBrilliance Perhaps having Merlin around to teach and guide sharpened him up.]]



* TheConsigliere: He is Uther's most trusted adviser and maybe the closest thing he has to a friend and tries to be the voice of reason to Uther's arrogance and prejudices. Unfortunately, Uther rarely bothers to listen let alone heed his advice.

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* TheConsigliere: He is Uther's most trusted adviser and maybe the closest thing he has to a friend and tries to be the voice of reason to Uther's arrogance and prejudices. Unfortunately, Uther rarely bothers to listen listen, let alone heed his advice.



* DirtyCoward: It's heavily implied during the Great Purge, that although he helped certain people like Balinor and Alice escape Uther's prosecution, for the most part he sided with Uther in order to save his own skin (and might have given names as well, Uther mentions he's asked Gaius to do things he found difficult) as he watched countless witches and wizards be burned at the stake and did nothing. The Dragon cynically mentions that "turning a blind eye" is Gaius' talent in Series One.

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* DirtyCoward: It's Not in the present, but it's heavily implied during the Great Purge, that although he helped certain people like Balinor Balinor, Morgaus, and Alice escape Uther's prosecution, for the most part he sided with Uther in order to save his own skin (and might have given names as well, Uther mentions he's asked Gaius to do things he found difficult) as he watched countless witches and wizards be burned at the stake and did nothing. The Dragon cynically mentions that "turning a blind eye" is Gaius' talent in Series One.



* FascinatingEyebrow: To a memetic level.

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* FascinatingEyebrow: To a memetic level. It's ''perpetually'' raised.
11th Apr '17 9:53:12 AM Elyn01
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* BettyAndVeronica: Gwen is the Archie to Arthur's Betty and Lancelot's Veronica. Technically, Lancelot is considered to be Gwen's FirstLove and she fell in LoveAtFirstSight with him (and vice versa). Gwen starts to display romantic feelings for Arthur in series 2, but even in the beginning of series 2, she still had very strong feelings for Lancelot; this was evident in 2x04 when Lancelot and Gwen were reunited when Gwen was kidnapped. Lancelot rescued Gwen and Arthur was also on a mission to rescue Gwen. Both Arthur and Lancelot realize that Gwen has feelings for the both of them, but Lancelot decides to step aside and not come between Arthur and Gwen. As Lancelot ids gone, Gwen starts to fall deeper in love with Arthur to the point where she ends up choosing Arthur over Lancelot. In series 4, Lancelot dies after [[HeroicSacrifice he sacrifices himself to close the veil between worlds of the living and the dead]]. Gwen had made Lancelot promise to protect Arthur at all costs and Lancelot, being the noble and selfless person that he is, adhered to Gwen's wishes and promise.

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* BettyAndVeronica: Gwen is the Archie to Arthur's Betty and Lancelot's Betty and Arthur's Veronica. Technically, Lancelot is considered to be Gwen's FirstLove and she fell in LoveAtFirstSight with him (and vice versa). Gwen starts to display romantic feelings for Arthur in series 2, but even in the beginning of series 2, she still had very strong feelings for Lancelot; this was evident in 2x04 when Lancelot and Gwen were reunited when Gwen was kidnapped. Lancelot rescued Gwen and Arthur was also on a mission to rescue Gwen. Both Arthur and Lancelot realize that Gwen has feelings for the both of them, but Lancelot decides to step aside and not come between Arthur and Gwen. As Lancelot ids gone, Gwen starts to fall deeper in love with Arthur to the point where she ends up choosing Arthur over Lancelot. In series 4, Lancelot dies after [[HeroicSacrifice he sacrifices himself to close the veil between worlds of the living and the dead]]. Gwen had made Lancelot promise to protect Arthur at all costs and Lancelot, being the noble and selfless person that he is, adhered to Gwen's wishes and promise.
11th Apr '17 9:47:42 AM Elyn01
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* RedIsHeroic: Arthur is a swordfighting knight with red as his wardrobe's most dominant color. His long cloak with the pendragon crest is especially noteworthy.
9th Apr '17 5:00:25 PM willaconroy
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* DefectorFromDecadence: One possible 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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* DefectorFromDecadence: One possible interpretation for turing turning 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.
9th Apr '17 4:42:13 PM willaconroy
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* AntiVillain: Morgana could be classified as a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds r WellIntentionedExtremist. Afterwards, she goes from a qualmless and often emotionless WellIntentionedExtremist traumatized by her experiences and mostly seeing things in their light to a more thoughtful and calculative but also more human and confused antagonist, with a slight episode of SanitySlippage (thus being technically a type III for anyone who sees her as a villain and doesn't choose the popular AlternateCharacterInterpretation).

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* AntiVillain: Morgana could be classified as a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds r or WellIntentionedExtremist. Afterwards, she goes from a qualmless and often emotionless WellIntentionedExtremist traumatized by her experiences and mostly seeing things in their light to a more thoughtful and calculative but also more human and confused antagonist, with a slight episode of SanitySlippage (thus being technically a type III for anyone who sees her as a villain and doesn't choose the popular AlternateCharacterInterpretation).
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* SmugSnake: While she might have powerful magic, she is too overconfident. Unlike what she might think, most of her successes are due to the actions of her allies, who are far more competent than her in terms of both manipulation and strategy. Her magic is truly powerful, but she is outclassed by Merlin, Gaius and Morgause. Her victories, when happpen, are very short-lived and she nearly loses everything because she believes her enemies cannot stop her.
11th Mar '17 5:16:56 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Surprisingly often, if he doesn't think that magic is involved in the situation at hand. Were it not for his hatred of magic, he'd probably be a very good King. For instance, he's more than willing to grant Merlin's mother an audience to hear about how her village was being attacked way back in Season 1, and is genuinely regretful that he can't do anything because the village is (just) in the land of a rival monarch.
16th Feb '17 5:31:52 PM NotOnAnyFlatbread
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%%* BrownEyes: One of her physical defining features.
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