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The Round Table
- Five-Man Band:
- The Big Good — Arthur
- The Hero — Lancelot
- The Lancer — Léodagan
- The Big Guy / Those Two Guys — Perceval & Karadoc, even if they're incompetent fighters, are passably close to this in spirit.
- The Smart Guy — Father Blaise (in the comic adaptation, at least, where he is expected to fill the role of the healer).
- The Heart — Bohort
- Tagalong Kid / Those Two Guys — Yvain & Gauvain.
- The Sixth Ranger — Whatever additional knight show up, but usually Calogrenant.
- Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
Arthur (Alexandre Astier)King of Britain.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Badass Beard
- Big Good
- The Chains of Commanding
- The Chosen One
- Cool Sword: Excalibur
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Deadpan Snarker
- Driven to Suicide: didn't take, though.
- The Hero: Usually...
- Heroic Bastard
- Heroic BSOD
- Hot Guy, Ugly Wife : Him and Guenièvre; He's popular with women , and has many mistresses. Guenievre, on the other hand, as been called ugly on more than one occasion (Lancelot would disagree, however).
- King Arthur: Well, Duh!
- Knight in Sour Armor
- Law of Inverse Fertility
- Mole in Charge: The initial plan of the Romans, which failed due to Arthur siding with the locals and playing both sides to allow Sallustius to keep up appearances, while effectively removing all Roman presence in Britain.
- Only Sane Man: Deconstructed; it leads to his Heroic BSOD and the failure of the whole Quest for the Graal.
- Rightful King Returns: In the Prequel of Livre VI, and again in the upcoming movies.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes??: Snakes aren't really a "recurring obstacle" in the show, but they're certainly a Running Gag.
Father Blaise (Jean-Robert Lombard)The resident Christian priest, who records every reunion of the Round Table for posterity.
- Berserk Button: Changing the story you're telling him in the middle of it. Considering he has to record it all with quills, it's understandable.
- The Comically Serious
- Literary Agent Hypothesis
- Serious Business: "Diabolus in Musica"
- The Smart Guy: In the comics, at least.
- Turn Undead: Played with in the comics.
Bohort (Nicolas Gabion)King of Gaunnes.
- Berserk Button: Don't directly insult him. No, not even to "stimulate" him during training.
- Catch Phrase: "We're all going to DIE!"
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- Headbutting Heroes
- The Heart
- Large Ham: When he gets freaked out.
- Lovable Coward
- Mistaken for Gay: Both by the fans and in-story, until an episode featuring his wife came out.
- Odd Friendship: With Gauvain and Yvain.
- Token Good Teammate
- Took a Level in Badass: Seems to happen every time he is with his brother Lionel.
- Undying Loyalty: To Arthur.
- You Shall Not Pass: When facing Lancelot at the end of livre V. It doesn't work.
Calogrenant (Stéphane Margot)King of Caledonia.
- Improbable Hairstyle: In Livre VI. He's bald in the other seasons.
- Informed Flaw: Léodagan, Guenièvre, Lancelot, Séli and even Arthur all agree several times that he is a "complete moron" ("especially with his wife!"); yet, on screen, not only is he a very polite and tolerant guy, but he is one of the few Knights of the Round Table who's both competent and reliable.
- The Quiet One
- The Reliable One: Lampshaded by Léodagan in the prequel.
- Violent Glaswegian: Inverted, he's always phlegmatic (and, naturally, useless).
Dagonet (Antoine de Caunes)A lord of Logres.
Galessin (Alexis Hénon)A duke of Orkney.
Gauvain (Aurélien Portehaut)Son of King Loth and Arthur's nephew.
- Giver of Lame Names
- Knight in Shining Armor: At least, he is the character who tries the most to be.
- Large Ham: Once Yvain marries Demetra.
- Malaproper: With expressions.Gauvain: Nobility well put up, never follows his own winter. No... never finds the winter closed.
- Man Child: Yvain and him are the two sides of adolescence: Yvain is the jerkass teenager, while Gauvain is the nice, respectful kid.
- The Pollyanna
- Those Two Guys: With Yvain.
Hervé de Rinel (Tony Saba)A knight.
- Badass Beard: In Livre V.
- The Ditz: Yes, he manages to be this AND a Cloudcuckoolander.
- Flanderization: Went from: guy-who-doesn't-talk-much-but-is-stupid-when-he-does. To: quite-talkative-guy-that-nobody-understand-when-he-talks.
- Informed Ability: Subverted and Played With; when he says during the show that he's a specialist in cartography and espionage, we get to see him in action both times. It fails hilariously.
Karadoc (Jean-Christophe Hembert)A knight of Gwent.
- Berserk Button: You don't want to get between him and his food. Not ever.
- Big Eater
- Delusions of Eloquence
- Fat and Proud: "Fat is life."
- Fat Idiot
- Flanderization: Starts in the show as... Karadoc (seriously, just look at his tropes), and comes out in Livre V as a somehow dumber version of himself. His first act as King of Britain? Do the introductions at the Round Table. He's been working with those guys for five bloody seasons, for crying out loud.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Perceval.
- Jerkass: Not obvious before, but truly goes Up to Eleven in Livre V.
- The Pig Pen: His wife has to fight with him to get him into a bath, and they sleeps with enough snacks in his bed to satisfy his eating habits.
- Obsessed with Food
- Serious Business: Food, unsurprisingly.
- Small Name, Big Ego: While Perceval sometimes acknowledges his own stupidity and has some heartwarming moments, Karadoc, on the other hand, has absolutely no excuses for bragging the way he does.
- Those Two Guys: Also with Perceval.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife
Lancelot (Thomas Cousseau)Arthur's Prime Minister.
- Beard of Sorrow
- Face-Heel Turn
- Fallen Angel
- I Work Alone
- Knight Errant: Supposedly, since he doesn't have time for it anymore.
- Knight in Shining Armor
- Knight Templar
- Missed the Call: Meleagant likes to torment him by reminding him that he was initially supposed to be The Chosen One instead of Arthur.
- Mistaken for Gay
- Number Two
- Only Sane Man: A Deconstruction. Lancelot starts as the only knight who is neither stupid nor inactive, but he finally got fed up of being Surrounded by Idiots and become convinced that the quest for the Graal should be reserved to The Chosen One.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: In the final episode of Book VI.
- Villainous Rescue: Toward Arthur at the end of Book V.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- White Magic
Léodagan (Lionel Astier)King of Carmelide and Guenièvre's father.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Bad Liar
- Blood Knight
- The Big Guy / The Brute
- Brutal Honesty
- Commander Contrarian
- Deadpan Snarker
- Freudian Excuse: Considering that his father usually finds him too soft...
- Hanging Judge
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath
- Only in It for the Money: He and his wife are only interested in living in Kaamelott at the expenses of Arthur, while securing their political position as grandparents of the heir to the throne.
- Pillage and Burn: He seems pretty fond of this tactic.
- Slasher Smile: He normally never smiles, but when he does, Arthur is freaked out.
- Smug Snake
- Token Evil Teammate
- Tyrant Takes the Helm
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Shows some subtle hints of this with Arthur.
Lionel de Gaunes (Etienne Fague)Bohort's brother.
- Dirty Coward: Even more so than Bohort, who calls him out on this in Book VI.
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Serves as the kitten for Lancelot, who can't bring himself to do it.
Perceval / Percival (Franck Pitiot)A Welsh knight.
- The Chosen One: Maybe.
- Constantly Curious
- Doorstop Baby: Was found in a Crop Circle.
- Genius Ditz
- Good with Numbers
- Dork Knight
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Karadoc.
- Idiot Savant: He is utterly clueless about map-reading and cardinal points, can't go in a forest without getting lost, don't understand a thing about dates and fail even the most basic logic... Yet he is a goddamn genius with numbers and mathematics (can do mental calculations lightning-fast, understands games with impossibly complicated rules, is apparently unbeatable at the shell game...).
- Irrational Hatred: Mevanwi is the only person to whom Perceval is downright mean, even before he got to know her. Of course, he's proven right when she reveal much later how much of a Manipulative Bitch she is.
- Oblivious to Love: With Angharad. When they finally start dating, he still don't know how to avoid One Dialogue, Two Conversations.
- Those Two Guys: With Karadoc.
- Undying Loyalty
- Unreliable Narrator: He embellishes his utterly lame reports of his and Karadoc's "adventures" with elements he thinks sound "mysterious". Like old people.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Somehow toward Arthur.
Yvain (Simon Astier)Guenièvre's little brother.
- Catch Phrase: "I'm fed up with it!"
- Cloudcuckoolander: Not permanently, but has numerous and quite awesome moments.Arthur: You know Britain is an island, right?
Arthur: And when invaders want to raid the country, where do they come from?
Yvain: They come from thousands of people?
Yvain: They come from... Britain!
- Large Ham: Once he marries Demetra.
- Lazy Bum
- Man Child: Cf. Gauvain
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: When he tries to argue with his parents.Yvain: I consider that I don't have to be subjected to the careerist fantasies of a generational, reactionary and oppressive entity.
- Those Two Guys: With Gauvain.
Angharad (Vanessa Guedj)Guenièvre's handmaiden.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: She is no longer seen in the late seasons, apparently because her actress disagreed with Alexandre Astier on her characterisation and quit.
- Servile Snarker
- Ship Tease: With Perceval in the earlier seasons.
Grüdü (Thibault Roux)Arthur's viking bodyguard.
- Horny Vikings
- Lawful Stupid
- Murder Is the Best Solution
- Raised by Polar Bears
- Real Men Eat Meat: Throwing chunks of raw meat at him is the only way to break his murderous tendencies.
Guenièvre / Guinevere (Anne Girouard)Queen of Britain.
- Character Development: In Livre I, she was notorious for her rather clueless attitude and lines ("Ah yes, today I had the rosebush in the backyard clipped, because he really needed it!" to Arthur, while he's reading some diplomatic treaty); in Livre V, she is the only one who really manage to make Arthur understand that he is doing wrong, even saving his life at one point.
- The Ditz
- Dumbass Has a Point -> Cloud Cuckoo Lander -> Smarter Than You Look: While she says a lot of stupid things, she will sometimes successfully make Arthur realize he's acting like a jerk, usually about their relationship.
- The Heart: Somehow, yes.
- The Ingenue
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness
- What the Hell, Hero?: delivers a mild one to Arthur about his suicide attempt because the sight of his blood all over the place still gives her nightmares six months or a year later, and she feels guilty because she was the one who prepared the bath.
Mevanwi (Caroline Ferrus)Karadoc's wife.
- Evil Sorceress: Learns some magic from Elias.
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!
- Manipulative Bitch
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife
- Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Aelis.
- Ethical Slut: Demetra.
- Green-Eyed Monster: They don't really hide that they would gladly become queen given the chance.
- Twin Threesome Fantasy: Tumet & Aziliz.
Séli (Joelle Sevilla)Queen of Carmelide and Léodagan's wife.
- Brutal Honesty
- Deadpan Snarker: Possibly the sharpest tongue in a World of Snark.
- Greed: "When someone offers you money, you take it. That's it, That's simple, That's the rule."
- Hypocrite: The scene in Livre V where she coldly calls Arthur out for repeatedly treating Merlin like dirt (which prompted him to run away); it would have been much more effective if the preceding seasons hadn't shown the audience not one, but two episodes fully revolving around the way she kept pushing said Merlin around for her own goals, even threatening to violently "bypass" hierarchy.
- I Want Grandkids
- Lethal Chef
- Only in It for the Money
The Weaponmaster (Christian Bujeau)
- Berserk Button: Do NOT taunt him about the one-leggedness of his father.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep
- Large Ham
- Master Swordsman: He's not named "The Weaponmaster" for nothing.
- Straight Edge / The Teetotaler: In the episode "Corpore Sano", he says himself that his feeding is made of "Dried fruits, beans, lentils, and above all, lots of water; and of course no alcohol." It is also implied that he doesn't eat meat. It is also worth noting that, in "Corpore Sano II", he's going through a nervous breakdown that makes him want to abandon his philosophy.
- You Fight Like a Cow: His favourite way of fighting. According to him, it is necessary to motivate yourself to fight a friend.
Nobles and Relatives
Anna (Anouk Grinberg)Queen of Orkney and Arthur's half-sister.
- The Baroness
- Brother-Sister Incest: At the end of Livre VI, she appears to Arthur to predict it. Arthur isn't especially thrilled.
- Insistent Terminology: Both Arthur and herself are very insistent that you call them half-siblings.
- Really Gets Around: According to Loth.
- Sins of Our Fathers: She hates Arthur because of Uther Pendragon murdering her father.
- The Unfavorite: Her own mother would go Mama Bear on her if she harmed Arthur.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Loth.
Goustan the Cruel (Philippe Nahon)Léodagan's father.
Kadoc (Brice Fournier)Karadoc's brother.
- Ambiguous Disorder
- Catch Phrase: "Elle est où la poulette? Elle est bien cachée?"
- The Ditz
- Ice-Cream Koan
- The Insomniac
King Loth (François Rollin)King of Orkney and Arthur's brother-in-law.
- Altum Videtur
- Brutal Honesty: Usually toward his lackeys.
- Card-Carrying Villain: A magnificent example, especially the episode where he starts being a major part of the main plot.Loth Just between you and me: what do you think of King Arthur?
Loth: You can talk with sincerity; long story short, you're at scums' home here: our ideas aren't very nice, and we're not afraid to say it; we instigate, we renegade, we let our fantasies run wild.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: And not shy about it.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Freudian Excuse: Spoofed. Loth claims sarcastically that his Chronic Backstabbing Disorder comes from his fear to become attached to someone.
- Groin Attack: His wife Anna poured boiling water on his crotch for having called Arthur her brother (rather than half-brother).
- Pragmatic Villainy: Despite being an evil, proud and treacherous king, he's smart enough to realize that his attempted coup will fail, and doesn't hesitate to sacrifice his pride by going before Arthur and apologize (well, sort of) when he realizes that this is the only behaviour that may prevent him from being executed (and it does).
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He has a significantly larger vocabulary than most of the other characters, and he won't be afraid of using lots of metaphors.
- Shock and Awe: His ring has this power.
- Smug Snake
- Unholy Matrimony: With Anna.
Uther PendragonArthur's father and previous King of Britain.
- Asskicking Equals Authority
- Foil: to Arthur. By all accounts, Uther was bloodthirsty, short-tempered and archaic. Even though many characters who knew him (like Ygerne or Léodagan) like to berate Arthur for being too progressive and compromising for their tastes and how he doesn't stand the comparison, they occasionally admit that Arthur is probably an easier king to deal with.
- Posthumous Character
Ygerne de Tintagel (Josée Drevon)Arthur and Anna's mother.
Guethenoc & Roparzh (Serge Papagalli and Gilles Graveleau)Two peasants constantly complaining.
The Innkeeper (Alain Chapuis)
Venec (Loïc Varraut)
- Even Evil Has Standards: He says several times that he refuses to kill or hurt physically someone with whom he made business in the past. But that won't stop him from robbing that someone, mind you.
- The Highwayman
- Honest John
- Snake Oil Salesman
- Undying Loyalty: Played With. He's arguably the most selfish character in the show, is in here only for his own profit, going as far as organizing a burglary in Kaamelott. And yet, he says several times in the show that things are better when Arthur is king, and he is the one, in Livre VI, who help Arthur to hide and flee to Rome when Lancelot and his army starts chasing knights around the kingdom.
Elias de Kelliwic'h (Bruno Fontaine)Great Enchanter of the North.
- Beard of Evil
- Brutal Honesty: Done to Merlin in Livre V, to the point where the latter decides to quit.
- The Dreaded
- Evil Sorceror
- Rivals Team Up: When he's forced to work with Merlin, to his disappointment.
- Sociopathic Hero: "In life, you must avoid working for someone, AND avoid making someone work for you; it's the key to success."
- Superpower Lottery: Even though he hasn't really got "one ungodly over-the-top superpower", the variety of magic he can use still makes him qualify for the trope. During the series, he is indeed either seen or said to master: destructive spells (such as lightning, fireball, stone rain, disintegrate, and the notorious "Death Blow": "he blows on you, you DIE!"), teleporting, demonology, necromancy, shapeshift (into another human being, at least), "beastmastery" ("Caller of the Caledonian Wolves"), enchantments, divination, alchemy... and maybe more.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
The Lady of the Lake (Audrey Fleurot)Arthur's Spirit Advisor.
- Council of Ladies
- Fallen Angel: Banished by the Gods for her "spectacular failures" in actually helping Arthur and Lancelot on The Quest.
- Decomposite Character: She is a character distinct from Nimue/Vivianne, as she never interact with Merlin. She is just a lake fairy, with No Name Given.
- Fish out of Water
- Herald: She routinely sends Arthur and his knight on Dungeon Crawling. Needless to say, each time Hilarity Ensues and The Quest is either dropped completely or ends up an Epic Fail. Also the one who predicted that Perceval could well be The Chosen One.
- Hypocritical Humor: She's quick to yell at Arthur for still paying homage to Mars (rather than sticking to the One God) while having obvious pagan origins herself.
- Invisible to Normals: Usually, only Arthur can see her. Léodagan didn't believed she existed for a long time, while Perceval and Karadoc can't quite grasp the concept.
- Oh Crap!: on two occasions:
- In Livre V, when Arthur plants Excalibur back in the Stone, while rejecting her call to his senses.
- And, also in Livre V, in Lancelot's cave, when she understands who Méléagant is.
- Lady in White
- Spirit Advisor: And not very good at it.
Méléagant (Carlo Brandt)Lancelot's mysterious Evil Mentor.
- Black Cloak
- The Corrupter
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Dreaded: See Red Baron; When he presents himself to the Lady of the Lake as "The Answer", she is downright terrified.
- Evil Mentor
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Insignificant Little Blue Planet"All of this is nothing. Absolutely nothing! Not long ago something did "boom". There, we're on a tiny crumb expelled by this boom, drifting and turning on itself, waiting for its end; near! On this crumb little organisms gesticulate; born, alive, dying. None of this has any consequence."
- In the Hood
- Manipulative Bastard: Toward both Arthur and Lancelot (and Caesar). And he's scarily efficient.
- Red Baron: Known as "The Answer" among the Magical Beings (the Fairies, at least).
- The Scourge of God: Claims to be the "answer" of the gods for the failures of Arthur.
- Shout-Out: A machiavellian "evil god", wearing a long black mantle with a large hood, trying to "corrupt" Lancelot and Arthur (a.k.a. the most willing to do good) and to destroy Logres, the only kingdom trying to find the Grail? Hmm.
Merlin (Jacques Chambon)Kaamelott's Enchanter.
- Butt Monkey: While a lot of character could fit, Merlin takes the cake by being the guy who takes the most slaps, kicks, punches or "headbashes-to-the-table" on-screen, mostly from Arthur and Elias. This, plus the various dirty tricks from Elias.
- Court Mage
- Half-Human HybridArthur: Is it true that you're the son of a demon and a virgin? [...] You've taken more from the virgin.
- Inept Mage: Possibly subverted; Merlin himself claims to be quite effective, but as a Druid. Of course he's useless in a royal court.
- Unreliable Narrator, really: everytime he talks about his druidic powers, it is implied that he really is inept; for instance: when, in Livre VI, in the streets of Rome, Arthur asks him if he could strike the place they're in with a lightning bolt (something Merlin explicitly said he could do, as it is a druid's specialty), Merlin replied that it would be a lot easier to do if there was a storm going on.
- Involuntary Shapeshifter: Played with. He can control when he transforms, but not what he'll turn into (It depends on whatever spirit is celebrated that week).
- Lovable Coward
- Really 700 Years Old
- Talks to Wolves: Due to his druidic powers. Note that this is actually the only power that he really is shown efficiently using.
- Wizard Beard
Aconia (Valeria Cavalli)A roman lady and Arthur's Love Interest in Book VI.
- Badass Bookworm: Gives Arthur courses on Roman history, theatre and manners; keeps a dagger under her pillow.
- Mayfly-December Romance
Caesar Imperator (Pierre Mondy)
- Cool Old Guy
- Deal with the Devil: Reviving his favorite day in exchange for his suicide.
- Dirty Old Man
- Driven to Suicide
- Lonely at the Top
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- Ring of Power: His Ring of Blades Control (allowing him to deviate any weapon aimed at him), that he gives to Arthur.
Caius Camillus (Bruno Salomone)One of the last roman centurion in Britain and an old friend of Arthur.
- City Mouse
- Everyone Went to School Together
- Pride: The source of his comicness in the first four seasons; he just cannot accept the fall of the Roman Empire, and will be an example of several Pride tropes at one point or another (Moral Myopia, Don't You Dare Pity Me!, Kneel Before Zod)
Titus Glaucia (Jean-Marc Avocat)Head of the Urban Militia.
Appius Manilius (Emmanuel Meirieu)"Arturus"' best friend in Book VI.
- Man Child: While he is shown to have many good sides (deeply in love with his girlfriend, the closest thing Arthur has to a loyal friend in the whole saga, etc.), he seems unable to deal with a difficult situation without being an immature brat.
- Killed Off for Real
- The Lancer
- Sacrificial Lion
Lucius Sallustius (Patrick Chesnais)An influent senator.