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* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: {{Averted}}; she is always known as Lady Morgana and apparently has not been awarded the title of Princess, even though she has been Uther's ward since early childhood [[spoiler:and is secretly his daughter.]]



* [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Everything Is Better With Queens]]: Averted. Guinevere, of royal blood in most of the legends, is reimagined as a commoner and servant. In fact, she and Arthur seemed to have almost swapped roles as traditionally Arthur was raised as a commoner.


%% * {{Deuteragonist}}: To TheProtagonist, Merlin.

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%% * {{Deuteragonist}}: To TheProtagonist, the protagonist, Merlin.



* TheHeart: Gwen shares this role with [[TheProtagonist Merlin]].

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* TheHeart: Gwen shares this role with [[TheProtagonist Merlin]].Merlin.


%% * {{Deuteragonist}}: To Merlin's [[{{Protagonist}} protagonist]].

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%% * {{Deuteragonist}}: To Merlin's [[{{Protagonist}} protagonist]].TheProtagonist, Merlin.


* DirtyCoward: Even before her FaceHeelTurn she had a high sense of self-preservation and was easily frightened. The mere mention of Emrys's name is enough to send her into terrified hysterics and she almost faints at the sight of him.


* 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 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.

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* PetTheDog: At the end of ''[[{{Recap/MerlinS01E09Excalibur}} Excalibur]]''. It's Semi-frequently, serving to humanise him. For instance, 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 unusually, he cottons very quickly to the depths of Merlin's loyalty to his son, which he openly acknowledges and respects, even thanking him a couple of 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.



* TokenEvilTeammate: He's just as bad as most villains, and sometimes even worse.
* TooDumbToLive: To the point that you start to wonder how he and Arthur managed to stay alive until Merlin arrived.

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* TokenEvilTeammate: He's just as bad as most villains, and sometimes even worse. Unlike most of them, however, he is a genuine NobleDemon, and aside from his raging hatred for magic, a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who's actually an excellent ruler by the standards of his time.
* TooDumbToLive: To the point that you start to wonder how he and Arthur managed to stay alive until Merlin arrived.arrived - though that could just be because Nimue, the first BigBad, hadn't resurfaced yet.


* SatelliteCharacter: Gwen really has no real CharacterArc of her own, at least not one that isn't connected to her relationships with Morgana, Arthur or Merlin. She does have a father and a brother, but the former was killed off and she barely interacts with the latter. That said, it's also an example of TropesAreNotBad, as her relationships with Merlin, Arthur and Morgana make up a significant part of the show.

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* SatelliteCharacter: Gwen really has no real CharacterArc of her own, at least not one that isn't connected to her relationships with Morgana, Arthur or Merlin. She does have a father and a brother, but the former was killed off and she barely interacts with the latter. That said, it's also an example of TropesAreNotBad, Administrivia/TropesAreNotBad, as her relationships with Merlin, Arthur and Morgana make up a significant part of the show.


%% * GoodColorsEvilColors: Arthur often wears the colours Red and Gold.
%% Are they good? With what colours and other characters is he contrasted with?


* BadassGrandpa: [[spoiler: Gaius takes on a Dorocha without even flinching in order to save Gwen]].



* 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.]]

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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.]]



* CoolOldGuy: Snarky, generally kind, and a CoolUncle to Merlin.

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* CoolOldGuy: Snarky, generally kind, and a CoolUncle to Merlin. [[spoiler:Gaius takes on a Dorocha without even flinching in order to save Gwen]].


* BrotherSisterIncest: With Morgana. The show started out heavily hinting at a Arthur/Morgana pairing in series 1. Then as series 2 started, all of the build-up was dropped and the pairing was completely ignored. Then in series 3, Arthur and Morgana were revealed to be half-brother and -sister.

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* BrotherSisterIncest: With Morgana. The show started out heavily hinting at a Arthur/Morgana pairing in series 1. In the pilot episode, Gwen tells Merlin that Morgana was born to be a queen, and it's assumed she'll marry Arthur. Then as series 2 started, all of the build-up was dropped and the pairing was completely ignored. Then in series 3, Arthur and Morgana were revealed to be half-brother and -sister.



* BrotherSisterIncest: With Arthur. In the first season, there was hints of Arthur/Morgan pairing, but in the third season, it was discovered that Arthur is her half brother due to the fact that she and Arthur share the same father, Uther. Which is interesting, considering that in the original Arthurian legend, Arthur and Morgause (not Morgana) have a incestuous relationship.

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* BrotherSisterIncest: With Arthur. In the first season, there was were hints of Arthur/Morgan a Arthur/Morgana pairing, but in the third season, it was discovered that Arthur is her half brother due to the fact that she and Arthur share the same father, Uther. Which is interesting, considering that in the original Arthurian legend, Arthur and Morgause (not Morgana) have a incestuous relationship.


* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: Arthur is unable to dress himself without the help of his manservant, Merlin.


* WhatTheHellHero: Uther gets this A LOT.
** But only sometimes to his face.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Uther gets this A LOT.
** But
does a lot of awful things, but only sometimes has this treatment to his face.


* VillainousBSOD: See VillainousBreakdown.



** We all knew that once Aredian [[WhatAnIdiot pulled a knife on Morgana]] in 2x07 (in front of Merlin, Arthur, and ''Uther'', no less) that he wasn't going to leave Camelot ''alive''.

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** We all knew that once Aredian [[WhatAnIdiot pulled a knife on Morgana]] Morgana in 2x07 (in front of Merlin, Arthur, and ''Uther'', no less) that he wasn't going to leave Camelot ''alive''.


%% * ActionSurvivor: She was this before she became more active in missions, plans and battles later on in the series.

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%% * ActionSurvivor: She was this has ''survived'' a lot, including being being dragged before Uther for crimes she became more active in missions, plans didn't commit twice, being kidnapped by Cenred, being exiled by the love of her life, Arthur, after Morgana enchanted her to kiss Lancelot, and battles later on in being kidnapped, dragged by a horse, and psychologically tortured by Morgana, until the series. had her will taken from her. Gwen endured so much, but was still as kind as ever.


* BadassInCharge: Arthur becomes the King Of Camelot in season four after his father, Uther, dies.



* BadassInCharge: Briefly at the end of season three and in season four. She became Queen of Camelot after deposing Uther.



* BadassInCharge: When Gwen becomes Queen of Camelot. In fact, Gwen TookALevelInBadass after she became Queen.



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


* WeaponOfChoice: [[CaptainObvious Excalibur]], though it does not actually happen until the end of Series 4.

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* WeaponOfChoice: [[CaptainObvious Excalibur]], Excalibur, though it does not actually happen until the end of Series 4.

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