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**Both gnomes are a reference to American academic Noam Chomsky.


* ShoutOut: Toby names the gnome Chompsky... Someone's been playing {{Left4Dead}}

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* ShoutOut: Toby names the gnome Chompsky... Someone's been playing {{Left4Dead}}''VideoGame/Left4Dead''.

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* TheMainCharactersDoEverything: The trollhunter’s job is to “heed the call”, which apparently means that it is Jim’s job to do ''everything'' troll society demands of him, including taking care of one troll’s gnome infestation. Blinky justifies the troll’s request by suggesting that it would make a good first lesson for Jim.

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* GoryDiscretionShot: We don't see the poor night guard getting turned into a midnight "snack".
* KillerRabbit: The gnome makes short work of everyone for a while, until Jim gets his Trollhunter armor on.


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* PetTheDog: Mr. Uhl gives Jim a passing grade for his sloppy presentation, possibly out of pity and respect for Jim trying to do the report despite being sick.
* RealityEnsues: Due to Jim missing multiple rehearsals, the play director assigns an understudy for him: Steve.
* RedShirt: That night guard never stood a chance against Bular.


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* SkewedPriorities: Inverted; Jim is more concerned about his immediate problem, his Spanish oral exam, than about having to face Draal in a couple of days. Blinky doesn't understand the importance, naturally.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Steve points out that Jim uses an incorrect Spanish word. And he finds the perfect revenge; to become Jim's understudy in ''Romeo and Juliet''.
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: When Jim doesn't grow back to normal height, Toby suggests immediately that he call in sick. Jim refuses because he's worried the teacher will spot him lying. Instead, he attempts to telecommute his presentation.

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* StickyFingers: The gnome keeps running around Trollmarket and stealing anything it can find, necessitating Jim's assistance.

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* ShoutOut: Toby names the gnome Chompsky... Someone's been playing {{Left4Dead}}


* AsleepInClass: Jim is found sleeping during Blinky's troll-history lecture.

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* AsleepInClass: Jim is found sleeping during Blinky's troll-history lecture. To be fair, he was up late studying for his Spanish exam, a class with a very SternTeacher.


* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: While rule two tells him to kill Gnome Chompsky, Jim decides to spare his life after seeing that he was just lonely, allowing him to live in Toby's doll-house.

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* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: While rule two tells him to kill Gnome Chompsky, the gnome, Jim decides to spare his life after seeing that he was just lonely, allowing him to live in Toby's doll-house.


* IncredibleShrinkingMan: In order to get to the thriving Gnome, Jim uses the [[ShrinkRay Furgolator]] to shrink himself down and retrieve his amulet from him.

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* IncredibleShrinkingMan: In order to get to the thriving thieving Gnome, Jim uses the [[ShrinkRay Furgolator]] to shrink himself down and retrieve his amulet from him.


* IncredibleShrinkingMan: In order to get to Gnome Chompsky, Jim uses the [[ShrinkRay Furgolator]] to shrink himself down and retrieve his amulet from him.

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* IncredibleShrinkingMan: In order to get to Gnome Chompsky, the thriving Gnome, Jim uses the [[ShrinkRay Furgolator]] to shrink himself down and retrieve his amulet from him.

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* TakeAThirdOption: "Finish the fight" is supposed to mean kill the opponent. So also "take care of him". Jim chooses to interpret "take care of him" in a more positive way. He and Toby befriend the gnome and name him Gnome Chompsky. As a result, the Gnome stops being a pest and aids Jim.


* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: While rule two tells him to kill Gnome Chompsky, Jim decides to spare his life after seeing that he was just lonely, allowing him to live in Tobe's doll-house.

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* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: While rule two tells him to kill Gnome Chompsky, Jim decides to spare his life after seeing that he was just lonely, allowing him to live in Tobe's Toby's doll-house.


* CoolKey: Blinky mentions that the Amulet was used to lock the Killahead Bridge [[spoiler:and is used to unlock it later on in the series]].

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* CoolKey: Blinky mentions that the Amulet was used to lock the Killahead Bridge [[spoiler:and and is used to unlock it later on in the series]].series.



* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: While rule two tells him to [[spoiler:kill Gnome Chompsky]], Jim decides to spare his life after seeing that he was just lonely, allowing him to live in Tobe's doll-house.

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* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: While rule two tells him to [[spoiler:kill kill Gnome Chompsky]], Chompsky, Jim decides to spare his life after seeing that he was just lonely, allowing him to live in Tobe's doll-house.doll-house.
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While Jim gets a crash course in troll history, big problems - and a bully - await him in the human world. What better time for his first mission?

!! Tropes for this episode include:
* AsleepInClass: Jim is found sleeping during Blinky's troll-history lecture.
* BastardUnderstudy: Steve establishes himself as Jim's understudy, Jim's constant absences and tardiness requiring one for the part of Romeo (despite the whistle in his teeth).
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Blinky claims that the trolls and gnomes first came to America stowed away on the Mayflower.
* CoolKey: Blinky mentions that the Amulet was used to lock the Killahead Bridge [[spoiler:and is used to unlock it later on in the series]].
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: In order to get to Gnome Chompsky, Jim uses the [[ShrinkRay Furgolator]] to shrink himself down and retrieve his amulet from him.
* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: While rule two tells him to [[spoiler:kill Gnome Chompsky]], Jim decides to spare his life after seeing that he was just lonely, allowing him to live in Tobe's doll-house.

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