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Arthur (Alexandre Astier)

King of Britain.
Arthur with Excalibur

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The magic sword helps a lot but even in the lighter early series he was shown as a capable fighter.
  • Badass Beard: He is one of the most skilled knights of the round table.
  • Badass in Charge: same reasons as Authority Equals Asskicking
  • Bad Mood Retreat : He likes to lounge on a bench in the castle's garden, even though it doesn't stop people to come bother him.
  • Big Good: Most commoners agree he is the best king they ever had. Even those that insults him admit that it's better with him around.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Trying to modernize Britain without turning everyone against you tends to wear people down.
  • Chick Magnet: It's unkown if it's caused by his prowess in the bedroom or rather by the fact that he's the king.
  • The Chosen One: Like most versions of King Arthur, he was chosen by Excalibur to rule over Britain.
    • The Unchosen One: In the Prequel of Book VI, everyone but Sallustius is skeptical about the whole "making a low-grade of the militia governor of Britain". Too bad for them (and for Sallustius) that "Arturus" proves to be too good at the job.
  • Cool Uncle: To Gauvain, while he couldn't care less about his half sister he likes his nephew and try to give him some tasks and even let him make his own clan so he doesn't have to choose between him and Gauvain's father when the latter tried a coup.
  • Cool Sword: Excalibur, it can kill in one hit thanks to it's magic.
  • Cultured Warrior: his knowledge on subjects like poetry, theatre or History is pretty expansive.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Merlin had to hide him so Uther doesn't kill him, it lead to an exile in Rome.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When dealing with the more idiotic knights.
    Arthur: We are still under the assumption I'm fighting someone with a fennel?
  • Driven to Suicide: Didn't take, though.
  • Fool for Love: he seems to be set on falling for women who are already married : first Aconia, then Mevanwi
  • Gentle Touch vs. Firm Hand: Is the Gentle Touch to Léodagan's Firm Hand. Arthur isn't fond of violence, even for tournaments, and would rather solve his problems by diplomacy, while Léodagan takes any opportunity to execute people and always advocate military budget raises. Naturally, Arthur is the more loved ruler.
  • Girls Like Musicians : Inverted. His mistress Demetra is more annoyed than happy to see him play the oud in bed.
  • The Good King: To his annoyance more than anything, he mentions that normally he should kick some of the idiots pestering him the to castle just for wasting his time but he is too good hearted for it.
  • Has a Type: though he denies it, the majority of the women he slept with are brunettes.
  • The Hero: Usually...
  • Heroic Bastard: As of the legend he is Uther's bastard and the most noble of kings.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Lancelot leaving, him sleeping with Karadoc's wife and the continued failure for the Grail he starts giving up by book V. Ménélagant tricking him into thinking he'll never have children drive him to suicide.
  • 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).
  • Inherently Attractive Profession: he's the king. Suffice to say he's popular with the ladies. Only Azénor refuses his advances, before becoming his mistress after hearing all the benefits she could receive in this particular position.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: He wants to do the right thing and help the helpless. But Britain is full of helpless idiots and Arthur is a bit fo a jerk himself so it leads to a lot of bitterness.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Only when he considers knowing if he sired bastards or consider having kids thing starts getting complicated. According to Ménélagant Arthur can't give children that won't die stillborn.
  • Marriage of Convenience: With Guenièvre, He tries really little to make it work.
  • 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.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: To his annoyance at times, as he points out to Bohort the king next door cut fingers over slight and he has to escort his knight in the middle of the night because he is scared of ghost.
  • Ruler Protagonist
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Lancelot is the only one he doesn't consider a liability, fueling their emnity in the later seasons since Lancelot refuses to let himself surrounded by idiots while Arthur rather try to work with them and find some use.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: He cheats on a regular basis on his wife Guenièvre, who doesn't see the problem and is even friend with his mistresses.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Snakes aren't really a "recurring obstacle" in the show, but they're certainly a Running Gag.
  • Young and in Charge: He was only in his early twenties when he became king.

Father Blaise (Jean-Robert Lombard)

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

  • 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.
  • 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 of Gaunes (Nicolas Gabion)
Bohort in Book V
A knight of Gaunnes (although the credits list him as its king).

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.
    • Even Perceval gets in on it in the comics: it turns out he thought Calogrenant being at the table was a measure of Arthur's progressive attitude: "Look at me, I'm modern, I'm even letting bums sit at the Table".
  • 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 where the borders of his lands are.
  • 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.
  • Hypocrite: He called Lancelot a bootlicker in the early series for always showing respect to Arthur and trying to be noble, later he is shown to be as submissive to Loth, which Lancelot calls him out on.
  • 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.
  • Yes-Man: Calogrenant calls him Loth's personal bitch, he is his accomplice in many crimes and takes the veral abuse head on.

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 enthusiastic, nice idiot.
  • Malaproper: With expressions.
    Gauvain: Nobility well put up, never follows his own winter. No... never finds the winter closed.
  • Manchild: 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.
  • Self-Applied Nickname : hard to say which is worse : The "Kight of the Pancreas" or "The Gay Ramblers" ?

Hervé de Rinel (Tony Saba)

A knight.
Hervé at the Round table

  • Badass Beard: In Livre V.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He doesn't seem aware of what is happening around him even the peasant admits he should stay in the castle because outside life is too hard for someone like him.
  • 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.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Discussed, the peasant warns Arthur that he should keep him in the castle because one day a commoner will kill him out of pity for how dumb he is.

Karadoc (Jean-Christophe Hembert)

A knight of Gwent.

  • Asexuality: Though (reluctantly) willing to put his body on the line for the "usual filthy things" in order to have children, he readily admits he is not interested by that kind of flesh—be it male or female. The mere concept of "Roman kiss" makes him want to puke.
  • 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: When he hears the grail might be the horn of plenty he jumps at the adventure.
  • 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 (Lionnel Astier)

King of Carmelide and Guenièvre's father.
Léodagan in Book V

  • 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: The more warrior prone of the knights.
  • The Comically Serious: What makes him the biggest, most deadpan snarker of the series. He keeps his straight, grumpy face nearly at all times.
  • Brutal Honesty: Admits he doesn't care at all about the peasants and won't hide his hostility toward anyone.
  • Commander Contrarian: It catches him off guard when Arthur actually do something he wantsand feelrobbeda bit.
  • 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: Burning Judge, and likes to enforce the old laws of cutting hands of thieves.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: A lot of his humor come from how candid he is about burning and executing people.
  • Jerkass: Arthur thinks of him when a barkeeper says moody guy with curly hair.
  • 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: He thinks highly of himself and think he'll be a better ruler, until he is actually in charge.
  • 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 of Gaunes (Etienne Fague)

Bohort's brother.
Lionel de Gaunes
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Miscreant, when he shoots Lancelot.
  • Cowardly Lion: Like Bohort, once he is incensed enough he won't hesitate shooting to kill. Even Bohort who kept calling him a coward is frightened by how eager he was to shoot Lancelot.
  • Dirty Coward: Even more so than Bohort, who calls him out on this in Book VI.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Courtesy of Méléagan, he serves as the kitten for Lancelot, who can't bring himself to do it.

Perceval / Percival (Franck Pitiot)
A Welsh knight (though he's not quite aware of it).

  • The Chosen One: Maybe. Excalibur only shines for those who have a great destiny. When Arthur hands Excalibur to some of his knights, it stops shining, except for Perceval who makes it shine brighter than Arthur
  • 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, introducing himself as Provençal, so it's possible he just couldn't say Welsh n the first try.
  • Dork Knight: He is a friendly person with noble intention but kind of too stupid and naive for his own good. Arthur however admits he kind of feels attached to him because of it.
  • 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. He doesn't even care about the fame or what the artifact means but he knows that it will make Arthur happy and proud of him.

Yvain (Simon Astier)
Guenièvre's little brother.

  • Catchphrase: "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!
  • Combat Commentator
  • Hypochondria
  • Large Ham: Once he marries Demetra.
  • Lazy Bum
  • Manchild: 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.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Inverted, in the pilots her character was just as, if not stupider, than Perceval.

Grüdü (Thibault Roux)
Grüdü on duty
Arthur's viking bodyguard.

  • Ax-Crazy: Polar bears didn't teach him restraint.
  • Horny Vikings
  • Lawful Stupid/Literal-Minded: No one can touch Arthur on his watch. Not even his mistresses. Not even the Queen.
    • When guarding Kaamelott's front gate, he learns the back is undefended. However, he can't leave his post, and when the swordsmaster offers to go, threatens to kill him for desertion. While they're arguing, assassins slip by unnoticed.
  • 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. She eventually starts an affair with Arthur that triggers an ominous prophecy regarding the fate of the Round Table.

The Mistresses
Demetra, main mistress

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 on Emperor Justinian's feet, 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
  • You Can Keep Her: A young Leodagan kidnapped Seli from her tribe, demanding 10,000 gold pieces for her. The Picts gave him twice that in exchange for his keeping her. Seli's main grip with this is that she never saw any of those coins.

The Weaponmaster (Christian Bujeau)
The Weaponmaster
  • 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 Witch Hunter
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.

Cryda of Tintagel (Claire Nadeau)
Arthur's aunt.
  • Trash Talk: Can go on for hours trash talking anyone who's in front of her, particularly Arthur, who she considers a bad king, a bad nephew and a bastard.

The Duke of Aquitania (Alain Chabat)
The Duke
Duke of Aquitania and one of the most powerful men in Britain.
  • Lawful Pushover: despite being in charge of one of the most powerful military force in Britain, the Duke cannot stand up to those who disrespect him, least of all his wife.
  • Pacifist: he tries to resolve every conflict peacefully, sometimes at the cost of his own well-being.

Goustan the Cruel (Philippe Nahon)

Léodagan's father.
Goustan in Book VI
  • 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.
  • Catchphrase: "Elle est où la poulette? Elle est bien cachée?" (Where's the chicken? Is it well hidden?)
  • 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.
Loth in Book V
  • Bad Boss: Arthur mentions that he once cut a servant's fingers over trivial matter, however Arthur brings it up to show kings and lords aren't as lax as him.
  • 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?
    Dagonet: [hesitates]
    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
  • Disproportionate Retribution: According to Arthur, he once had a kinght's tongue and fingernails ripped out for spilling gravy on his shoes.
  • Fool for Love: He tries to excuse his coup and traitorous behavior as this, saying that his love for Anna is so strong he'll cowardly follow her hatred of Arthur. He calls her a bitch in the same sentence.
  • Freudian Excuse: Spoofed. Loth claims sarcastically that his Chronic Backstabbing Disorder comes from his fear to become attached to someone.
  • Gratuitous Latin: Constantly uses random Latin when talking, even when he doesn't know what it means.
  • 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).
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When fed up with his idiotic henchmen.
    Loth: [to Galessin] Because you live a shitty train of life, your eye sparkles every time a bird fart. So a message, announcing, the arrival of an idiot with good news, it's already a party for you. You probably did your hair for the occasion.
    [to Dagonet]: You're always desperately where we expect you to be. For example: everyone in the kingdom think you're a moron, and when you open your mouth you just confirm the rumors, you have no sense of theatrics.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He was once being told by his father that if he somehow become king of Britain Britain is no more, he ended up killing him with Galessin's help.
  • 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. Unfortunately, he doesn't know what the Latin quotes he uses mean.
  • Shock and Awe: His ring has this power.
  • Smug Snake: He believes that it's his destiny to be a great king and surrounded by the biggest lamoes he can find (Galessin and Dagonet.)
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Anna.

Uther Pendragon

Arthur's father and previous King of Britain.

Ygerne of Tintagel (Josée Drevon)
Arthur and Anna's mother.


Guethenoc & Roparzh (Serge Papagalli and Gilles Graveleau)
Roparzh (left) and Guethenoc (right)
Two peasants who are constantly complaining and fighting.

  • Badass Mustache: Guethenoc has one that he shaves off at Arthur's insistance (and immediate regret).
  • Enemy Mine: They occasionally settle their differences long enough to lead peasant revolts. Neither the revolts nor the truces last long.
  • Malaproper: Roparzh has a unique way of mangling expressions.
    On the subject of what is it about?

    —> What is it that you're wanting to insinuiyate, sire?

    —> I'm gonna kill him, sire! I'm gonna beat his face so much he'll decease!
  • Medieval Morons: Among others, blame the government for hail.
  • The Pig-Pen: One episode has the two take a bath (after changing the water three times, it was still black with a layer of grease). It also revealed Roparzh's shirt hasn't been washed since he was 15.
  • 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: Emphasis on Vitriolic, and very little on Buds.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: One episode sees Guethenoc ask Roparzh over so they can discuss their complaints to the king. Not even a minute goes by before he tells Roparzh to piss off.

The Innkeeper (Alain Chapuis)
The Inkeeper
Owner of a local tavern frequently visited by Perceval and Karadoc.

Venec (Loïc Varraut)
Venec and his men
Multitask criminal.
  • 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: here is a sample list of all the things he has tried to sell: food, alcohol, stolen goods (including cheese), torture devices, logistics expertise for banquets, tips on places of interest, traditional dancers, spies, prostitutes, slaves (masquerading as a ''honeyselling booth''), counterfeit money, and pyramid-building.
  • Now, Let Me Carry You: over the course of the serie, Arthur is extremely lenient with him, letting him do his shady business with little to no consequences, leading in Livre VI to Venec returning the favour by risking his own life to help Arthur escape Lancelot's men, while litterally carrying him to his boat.
  • Snake Oil Salesman
  • The Unapologetic: he doesn't seem much bothered by the unethical nature of his acts - one could even argue that he doesn't even understand that they are unethical.
  • 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.
  • Venturous Smuggler


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.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He has absolutely no qualms against being recognized as an Evil Sorceror.
    Elias: I ain't called "the Fourbe" for nothing.
  • 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)
The Lady of the Lake

Arthur's Spirit Advisor.

  • Herald: She routinely sends Arthur and his knights 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. And of course, her demanding results regarding the Grail when she keeps giving contradictory information (and even the gods don't know what it's supposed to be).
  • Invisible to Normals: Usually, only Arthur can see her. Léodagan didn't believe she existed for a long time, while Perceval and Karadoc can't quite grasp the concept (Perceval thinks she's Arthur's cousin, and extremely shy).
  • 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.
  • Spirit Advisor: And not very good at it.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form:
    • On one occasion, she decided to reveal herself to other mortals, as she was quite miffed that some people didn't believe she existed. So she manifested herself before Arthur, Bohort, and Lancelot... in the guise of Bohort dressed as a Roman.
    • Another had her appear to everyone but Arthur, in her true form this time.

Méléagant (Carlo Brandt)
Lancelot's mysterious Evil Mentor.

Merlin (Jacques Chambon)

Kaamelott's Enchanter.
  • The Alleged Expert: He's prompt to point out that he's a druid, not a mage, but his qualifications as druid are lacking too. He cannot control his Animorphism (while implying at another time other druids can), his nature-based spells go awry just like any other magic he attempts, and he can't even read the Druidic language.
    Arthur: In the end, is he really a druid, or has he been pulling my leg for years?
  • 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 Expositor, 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.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: He 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.


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)
Caius at the roman camp
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.
  • Cultural Posturing: he insists on defending the roman culture in front of Arthur and Léodagan
  • 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)
  • Undying Loyalty: Inverted. The simple sight of a whip is enough for him to rat Arthur out in Book VI

Titus Glaucia (Jean-Marc Avocat)

Head of the Urban Militia.
Glaucia (right) with his right hand man Procyon (left)

Appius Manilius (Emmanuel Meirieu)
"Arturus"' best friend in Book VI.
  • Death by Origin Story: the fact that he appears besides Arthur in Livre VI but not in the later parts of the story is in itself a pretty good clue of his incoming demise.
  • Killed Off for Real
  • The Lancer
  • Manchild: 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.
  • Sacrificial Lion

Lucius Sillius Sallustius (Patrick Chesnais)
An influent senator.

  • The Chessmaster
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Failed Dramatic Exit: Mostly inverted in his case, much to the amazement of his fellow senators who can't help lampshading it:
    [After Sallustius has left the sudatorium, not without extorting from them yet another signature, complete with a Reason You Suck speech:]
    Marcus Oranius Lurco: You have to hand it to him, he's good at dramatic exits. I mean, every time, it's always so...
    Publius Desticius: He's got this strength...
    Vibius Pisentius Petrus: It's from within.
    Mamercus Flaccus Calvo: Especially in the...
    Lurco: Then he comes back and he's all...
  • 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.

Manius Macrinus Firmus (Tchéky Karyo)
The Dux Bellorum in charge in Britain before Arthur's arrival.
  • Authority in Name Only: he acknowledges that the Roman Empire doesn't control Britain
  • Beleaguered Boss: he seems utterly drained by his charge and the antics of his henchman Spurius Cordius Frontinius
  • Call to Agriculture: upon his return from Britain after he passed the role of Dux Bellorum on Arthur, he fully intents to go back to his native Macedonia and take care of his olive trees.
  • The Chains of Commanding: his role of Dux Bellorum in Britain weights heavily on him, to the point where he enters a deppressive state.
  • Cuckold: his wife Aconia is having an affair with Arthur while he's away in Britain.

Publius Servius Capito (François Levantal)
Sallustius' Number Two

Verinus (Manu Payet)
A lemon seller

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The Burgundian King (Guillaume Briat)
The Burgundian King
King of Burgundy

Attila The Hun (Lan Truong)
Attila (left) and his bodyguard (right)


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