Characters / Kaamelott

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    The Round Table 

Arthur (Alexandre Astier)

King of Britain.

Father Blaise (Jean-Robert Lombard)

The resident Christian priest, who records every reunion of the Round Table for posterity.

  • Beleaguered Assistant: In addition to being Kaamelott's priest and scribe, he's apparently also in charge of keeping the records, something he has yet to get around to doing.
  • 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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He chased Karadoc and his brother with a longsword after they pissed on his church walls.
  • The Comically Serious: He is just a scribe trying to embellish their stories and get unnerved a lot when he has to rewrite them. But don't you dare use a tritone.
  • Literary Agent Hypothesis
  • Serious Business: The tritone ("Diabolus in Musica") is a sore spot with him, making him faint. The only way he tolerates modern music is with a lot of cloth wrapped around his ears.
  • The Smart Guy: In the comics, at least.
  • Turn Undead: Played with in the comics.

Bohort (Nicolas Gabion)

A knight of Gaunnes.

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 (although he does have his wife locked up with a chastity belt when he's abroad), but he is one of the few Knights of the Round Table who's both competent and reliable.
  • Man in a Kilt: In La Jupe de Calogrenant (Calogrenant's Skirt), his lower armor gets wet and he has to improvise, inadvertantly inventing the practice. Since the Round Table requires that its members attend it wearing full armor, the only alternative is to make the kilt "the official costume of Caledonia", much to his chagrin.
  • The Quiet One: He is more or less an extra at times.
  • The Reliable One: Lampshaded by Léodagan in the prequel. It wasn't meant as a compliment though.
  • Violent Glaswegian: Inverted, he's always phlegmatic (and, naturally, useless).

Dagonet (Antoine de Caunes)

A lord of Logres and ally of King Loth.

  • Forgetful Jones: He doesn't even remember the borders of his lands.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Was drawn into the conspiracy pretty much solely because Loth pointed out Lancelot's camp was on Dagonet's land, Dagonet being entirely unaware of it. As far as he is concerned he can do with Arthur or without.

Galessin (Alexis Hénon)

A duke of Orkney.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: To Loth, he remembers how awkward it felt holding the previous king of Orkney's feet while Loth was strangling his father.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Early in the series mostly to mock Lancelot's pride and vanity.
  • The Dragon: To Lancelot in Livre IV, and to Loth the rest of the time.
  • Jerkass: He is the other unpleasant knight with curly hair (first one being Léodagan)
  • Just Following Orders: His defense after the failed putsch is that, as a noble of Orkney, he had to obey its king.

Gauvain (Aurélien Portehaut)

Son of King Loth and Arthur's nephew.

  • Giver of Lame Names: Thought "The Gay Ramblers" would make a good name.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: At least, he is the character who tries the most to be.
  • Large Ham: Once Yvain marries Demetra.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Loth is a blazé, scheming asshole while Gauvain is an ethusiastic, nice idiot.
  • 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: He is always happy even when he realized he might be hanged for treason.
  • Those Two Guys: With Yvain.

Hervé de Rinel (Tony Saba)

A knight.

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: The real reason he is a knight apparently. He doesn't fight well but he knows his food.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Delusions of Eloquence: Unlike Perceval he doesn't understand why his sentences make no sense when someone points it out.
  • Fat and Proud: "Fat is life."
  • Fat Idiot: The fattest knight and as dumb as Perceval.
  • 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.
  • Gasshole
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Perceval.
  • Jerkass: Not obvious before, but truly goes Up to Eleven in Livre V.
  • Malaproper: Messes up a lot of expressions.
  • The Obi-Wannabe: Occasionally gives Perceval not-so-useful advice (Perceval's trademark "c'est pas faux", an elusive non-answer to hide his limited understanding of other people's vocabulary, was originally Karadoc's "secret weapon").
  • Obsessed with Food
  • The Pig Pen: His wife has to fight to get him into a bath, and they sleep with enough snacks in his bed to satisfy his eating habits (including a live pig once).
  • Serious Business: Food, unsurprisingly. One of the few times he's ready to kill someone is when Venec dares to ask for payment on a load of spoiled goat cheese.
  • 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 and the only competent knight.

Léodagan (Lionel Astier)

King of Carmelide and Guenièvre's father.

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: King of Carmelide and killed a bear off-screen while taking a piss.
  • Bad Liar: He simply chuckles and tries changing subject when confronted to his lies.
  • Berserk Button: Anything related to Romans in Britain. The mere idea of building paved roads in Carmelide is enough to trigger him into threatening (verbally and physically) the whole rest of the Knights around the Table.
  • Blood Knight: Not so surprising giving his father's teaching.
  • The Big Guy / The Brute
  • Brutal Honesty: Admits he doesn't care at all about the peasants and won't hide his hostility toward anyone
  • Commander Contrarian
  • Deadpan Snarker: The biggest in the series.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Related to Berserk Button above; learning that, between his 6th and 20th birthdays, Arthur was raised and trained in the Roman military makes him silently storm out of the room and rave off-screen; to put it in Séli's terms, they'd have arrange-married Guenièvre to anyone in order to retain control of Carmelide... except to a "Roman".
    Léodagan: (screaming off-screen) To think I've married my daughter to a Roman! I'm this close to burning the castle to the ground!!!
  • Freudian Excuse: Considering that his father usually finds him too soft...
  • Hanging Judge: He likes to enforce the old laws of cutting hands of thieves.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath
  • Jerkass
  • Never Learned to Read: Averted, but he claims he wouldn't wish it on anyone.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Except that he quarrels with his wife as much as he does with Arthur, often ending up siding with his son-in-law.
  • 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.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: He seems pretty fond of this tactic. It's also a custom in Carmelide to have his way with the defeated lord's daughter but he is never seen doing it.
  • Slasher Smile: He normally never smiles, but when he does, Arthur is freaked out.
  • Smug Snake:
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The English subtitles give his name as Léodagrance.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: His solution to any given problem usually involves Siege Engines and/or fire.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Was part of some assassination attempts on Arthur, suggest burning oppositions and his nickname is "The Bloodthirsty".
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Though it doesn't last long.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Shows some subtle hints of this with Arthur. In early episodes they were usually on the same side during debates.

Lionel de Gaunes (Etienne Fague)

Bohort's brother.

Perceval / Percival (Franck Pitiot)

A Welsh knight (though he's not quite aware of it).

  • The Chosen One: Maybe.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He tends to forget a lot of things, including his name and has problems understanding most situations.
  • Constantly Curious: Which angers a lot of people since it's really basic stuff he should already known that makes him curious.
  • Doorstop Baby: Was found in a Crop Circle.
  • Genius Ditz: He has a few talent and math savviness but it's ruined by him being too stupid to apply it in real world situation.
  • Good with Numbers: He's good with quick math and counting.
  • Global Ignorance: Was unaware Caerdydd was located in Wales, hence why he thought he was from Gaul. To his defense he doesn't seem to know his first name either.
  • 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, repeatedly manages to mess up when giving his name, fails 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 to, even before he got to know her. Of course, he's proven right when she reveals much later how much of a Manipulative Bitch she is.
  • Malaproper: He and Karadoc.
  • 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: One of three people who didn't try to draw Excalibur from the stone alongside Bohort and the duke of Aquitaine (the latter because he was vaguely aware he was in Britain for... some reason), and repeatedly calls out Karadoc for doing so.
  • 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. The only reason he wants to find the Graal is because Arthur wants it.

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?
    Arthur: ...Nope...
    Yvain: They come from... Britain!
  • Hypochondria
  • Large Ham: Once he marries Demetra.
  • Lazy Bum
  • Man Child: He has the personality of an apathetic, whiny teenager, while his friend Gauvin is basically an obedient, overenthusiastic child.
  • 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.

    Other Residents 

Angharad (Vanessa Guedj)

Guenièvre's handmaiden.

  • Covert Pervert: "Next time Madam wants to know if Arthur has children, ask me. May I remind you that my room is next to yours? I don't hear much action in there these days - and God knows I prick up my ears."
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: She is no longer seen in the late seasons, apparently because her actress disagreed with Alexandre Astier on her characterization and quit.
  • Servile Snarker
  • Ship Tease: With Perceval in the earlier seasons.

Grüdü (Thibault Roux)

Arthur's viking bodyguard.

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. She eventually starts an affair with Arthur that triggers an ominous prophecy regarding the fate of the Round Table.

The Mistresses

Séli (Joelle Sevilla)

Queen of Carmelide and Léodagan's wife.

  • Brutal Honesty
  • Deadpan Snarker: Possibly the sharpest tongue in a World of Snark.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: Averted: Seli is willing to stay up all night in the kitchen with a mallet to hunt down a single mouse.
  • 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.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: Claims to have spat at the feet of the Emperor Justinian, so anyone looking for respect from her is in for a hard time.
  • I Want Grandkids: Less for sentimental reasons and more because it'll cement their position as Arthur's in-laws for good.
  • Lethal Chef: Her attempts at making pies end in disaster and bleeding gums.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: And as abrasive to her husband as she is to her son-in-law.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The Witch Hunter (Eli Semoun)

The Court's Inquisitor

Kay (Julien Dutel)

A knight of the Round Table (though he's never seen at the table) and hornblower.

    Nobles and Relatives 

Anna (Anouk Grinberg)

Queen of Orkney and Arthur's half-sister.

Goustan the Cruel (Philippe Nahon)

Léodagan's father.

  • Abusive Parent: Although it seems par for the course in the Dung Ages, he seems to have viewed it as Tough Love.
    Look at my son, Leodagan. My entire life, I called him "asshole", and what do they call him? The Bloodthirsty.
  • Big Eater: Averted, he thinks Britons eat too much. Apparently Cameliard goes through two cooks a week.
  • Evil Laugh: Every time the mockery is over.
  • Evil Old Folk: His reign was so bad every peasants he didn't kill went to Arthur's kingdom.
  • Real Men Love the Gods: He did not convert to christianity, and during the prequel Book VI he's one of the few to take the whole Excalibur business seriously, arguing that you don't question the judgement of the Gods.
  • Rules Lawyer: During Book VI, he ''personally'' accepted a peace treaty with the Romans in exchange for money... before immediately abdicating in favor of his son.

Kadoc (Brice Fournier)

Karadoc's brother.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: Doesn't sleep, which is supposedly the reason he's even stupider than Karadoc.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Elle est où la poulette? Elle est bien cachée?"
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Is a better swordsman than the Witch Hunter (admittedly, not much of feat). He's also very accurate when it comes to throwing rocks.
  • The Ditz: Sleep deprivation made him mentally challenged.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: "Aunty brings me to the seaside, to drown me.'
  • Ice-Cream Koan
  • The Insomniac: Supposedly the reason he's a moron is because he doesn't sleep. Arthur points out that with all the sleep Karadoc gets, the difference should be much bigger.

King Loth (François Rollin)

King of Orkney and Arthur's brother-in-law.

Uther Pendragon

Arthur's father and previous King of Britain.

Ygerne de Tintagel (Josée Drevon)

Arthur and Anna's mother.

    Smallfolk 

Guethenoc & Roparzh (Serge Papagalli and Gilles Graveleau)

Two peasants who are constantly complaining and fighting.

  • Enemy Mine: They occasionally settle their differences long enough to lead peasant revolts. Neither the revolts nor the truces last long.
  • Medieval Morons
  • The Pig Pen
  • Those Two Guys
  • Too Dumb to Live: While they never really endanger themselves, their never-ending feud repeatedly makes them take actions against each other with unbelievably disastrous potential consequences; said actions include, for instance, poisoning a fair number of each other's cows, sheeps and donkeys, or burning down half of the kingdom's forests.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: They hate each other, but on rare occasions they'll actually stand together to gripe about something or other to the king.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds

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 inside Kaamelott (and then trying to sell the loot back to Arthur). 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 helps Arthur to hide and flee to Rome when Lancelot and his army starts chasing knights around the kingdom.

    Supernaturals 

Elias de Kelliwic'h (Bruno Fontaine)

Great Enchanter of the North.

  • Beard of Evil: Contrasting Merlin's Wizard Beard.
  • Brutal Honesty: Done to Merlin in Livre V, to the point where the latter decides to quit.
  • Court Mage: In Livre V, though he mostly uses his position to make money.
  • The Dreaded: In Livre I Merlin notes that he is known throw cataclysms around.
  • Evil Sorceror: Mostly amoral, he only cares about making money.
  • Jerkass: He likes making fun of Merlin and views everyone with contempt.
  • Rivals Team Up: When he's forced to work with Merlin, to his disappointment.
  • Sociopathic Hero: "In life, you need to 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 in comparison to Merlin. 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 Breath": "he blows on you, you DIE!"), teleporting, demonology, necromancy, shapeshifting (into another human being, at least), "beastmastery" ("Caller of the Caledonian Wolves"), enchantments, divination, alchemy... and maybe more.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: How he got his funding once.

The Lady of the Lake (Audrey Fleurot)

Arthur's Spirit Advisor.

Méléagant (Carlo Brandt)

Lancelot's mysterious Evil Mentor.

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.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: The reason he doesn't want to go to the Feast of the Crow (that, and there's no booze). His attempts cause Arthur to do a Spit Take before finally agreeing that he shouldn't go.
  • Court Mage: A druid but that's his functions.
  • Half-Human Hybrid
    Arthur: 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.
    • He was shown to be able to heal wounds with magic up to regrow arms, however since druid sounds passé he insists on trying to use medicine instead.
  • 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
  • Magic Versus Science: He's really into this new "medicine" thing. Even though it's a lot less effective.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Which causes some friction with Arthur, since Guenièvre had thought up with an idea of giving everyone their age in gold pieces instead. Arthur replaces it with one piece per ten years, or his age in carts of dung.
  • 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: Not quite as impressive as the usual version, but he still has it.

    Romans 

Aconia (Valeria Cavalli)

A roman lady and Arthur's Love Interest in Book VI.

Caesar Imperator (Pierre Mondy)

A Roman emperor.

Caius Camillus (Bruno Salomone)

One of the last roman centurions in Britain and an old friend of Arthur.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: He confided to Arthur and Léodagan he had the order to scorch the earth once the Emperor died but since they invite him for dinner every once in a while he won't do it.
  • City Mouse: Being a Roman stuck in Brittany. Even once he accepts a title of lordship, he still has a miserable time having to rule Breton peasants.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: Arthur knew him back when he himself was only a lowly member of the Roman Urban Militia.
  • Pride: The source of his comical aspect 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.

  • The Chessmaster
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • The Man Behind the Man: To Caesar.
  • Out-Gambitted: By Arthur. Specifically, he intended to plant Arthur as a Roman puppet to gain the loyalty of the warring Breton tribes. The plan fell apart when Arthur(who in the meantime had gained new understanding about his true heritage) made clear that he was in the ideal political position to force the Roman army to leave.

    Other Foreigners 

The Burgundian King (Guillaume Briat)

Attila The Hun (Lan Truong)


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