- Adaptational Wimp: When compared to the original stories, Arthur, Léodagan, Calogrenant and Lancelot are the only ones with any combat ability.
- Breaking the Fellowship: Way on its way during Book V, and fully realized in the ultimate episode of Book VI when Lancelot finally take over.
- We Were Your Team: Few of them realize this, but Arthur is pretty much the only one that can make them work together at all.
- Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: Gets nothing done and prefers insulting each other.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Some of them might not even be knights.
Arthur (Alexandre Astier)King of Britain.
- 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.
- Beard of Sorrow: Starting book V
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- Berserk Button: Don't make him insult you. No, not even to "stimulate" him during training.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: he gets drunk pretty easily and gets very belligerent while intoxicated.
- Catchphrase: "We're all going to DIE!"
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Getting him really angry (or drunk) seems to get results.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: He once took out Arthur in one punch.
- Extreme Doormat: His pacifism is mostly because he is too scared of violence and will give everythign to the enemy if it means not fighting them.
- Face Your Fears: notably in Book V, where he faces his cousin Lancelot and tries to stop his assasination attempt on Arthur.
- Headbutting Heroes: with Léodagan
- The Heart: Advocates peaceful solution and is quite delicate.
- Large Ham: When he gets freaked out.
- Liquid Courage: alcohol seems to do the trick getting him in the mood for slaughter.
- Lovable Coward: He folds like paper under threats (including the presence of animals fiercer than a pheasant) but he is a nice guy.
- Mistaken for Gay: Both by the fans and in-story, until an episode featuring his wife came out.
- Odd Friendship: With Gauvain and Yvain. They bondover soft-heartednessed hobbies.
- Open Secret: Bohort heartrendingly admits he never trained in martial skills, which fails to stupefy those he tells about it.
- Rebel Leader
- Token Good Teammate: He prefers diplomacy over war, which even Arthur doesn't. Although it borders Extreme Doormat at times.
- 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 (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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He is a competent knight but he is also quite full of himself. His Establishing Character Moment is claiming a mysterious knight doesn't exist because his exploits are bigger than his.
- Beard of Sorrow: He lets his hair and beard unkempt mid season, showing how tired he is of all the stupidity.
- FaceHeel Turn: With Meleagant's help.
- Fallen Angel: From Arthur's greatest and only useful knight to a tyrant that wants to purge his former ally.
- I Work Alone: As he fancies himself a Knight Errant.
- Knight Errant: Supposedly, since he doesn't have time for it anymore. He leaves Kaamelott for this reason at the beginning of Book III.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Tries to embody those virtues, but with no one around to appreciate them...
- Knight Templar: Anyone who can't live to his standards are to be killed or cast aside.
- Magic Knight: At the end of Book V, he remembers how to use White Magic.
- 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: Due to his unspoken Single-Target Sexuality attitude towards Guenievre, everyone wonders if he took a vow of chastity or is gay.
- Not So Different: With Arthur, obviously. They're both fully aware of how much of an inept mess the Round Table is, and both are Married to the Job (exemplified in Face-à-Face, where he and Arthur recreates the infamous dinner scene in Heat). The main difference is that Arthur truly believes that the quest for the Graal should involve even mediocre people, not just the very best.
- Number Two: Share this role with Léodagan to Arthur, as he is one of the only knight competent enough to delegate.
- 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: He believes that the Graal shouldn't be in the hands of a bunch of idiots.
- White Magic: Was taught it at an early age but forgot.
- Good Powers, Bad People: He remembered how to heal with magic after but only when he became a villain.
- You Need to Get Laid: Frequently told this by other people, especially when his Knight in Shining Armor behavior annoys them.
Léodagan (Lionnel 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: 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.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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?
Yvain: They come from... Britain!
- Combat Commentator
- 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.
Angharad (Vanessa Guedj)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- Evil Sorceress: Learns some magic from Elias.
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Averted in regards to her husband, who is vaguely aware that sex is necessary to produce kids, but is much more interested in food.
- Manipulative Bitch
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife
- Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Aelis threatens to rape Arthur (when she's already holding a knife) if he doesn't go through with the ravishing.
- 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. That Arthur has trouble telling them apart, and his denial of it, is a sticking point for them.
Séli (Joelle Sevilla)
- 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)
- 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)
- Berserk Button: Magic users, unbelievers and women.
- Burn the Witch!!: His catchphrase.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep"
- Hypocrite: When he decided to become a "Paladin" ("Glooooooriiiiaaaaa!!!"), he demanded that Arthur give him Excalibur, a magic sword bestowed upon mortals by pagan gods, to use it in his crusade against heretics.
- Jerkass: Really unpleasant and likes hearing people scream.
- Kick the Dog: Wants to kill Cadoc because "his brain was sucked out by the demon". Turns out Cadoc is better than him at swordsmanship though.
- Kill It with Fire: His modus operandi.
- Knight Templar
- Shout-Out: His name was directly inspired by Warhammer Fantasy's version of the trope, even if he himself is considerably less badass than his namesake (and wears no Nice Hat).
- Too Dumb to Live: Two occurrences:
- Screaming at Arthur and demanding his execution at the stake in one of the pilot episodes, when the latter tricked him in exposing his hypocrisy (by pointing out that while he was adamantly harsh against "magic users" (even for dubious cases), he was overly respectful of Arthur and his magic sword);
- And in Livre IV, when deciding to become a Paladin; he ''demanded'', in front of Arthur, the Weaponmaster (and Cadoc), that Arthur give him Excalibur, and attacked him when the latter refused to do so.
Kay (Julien Dutel)
Anna (Anouk Grinberg)
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Appears to Arthur to ask that he intercede with the current regent (Léodagan, who plans to burn every prisoner alive to make room for the new ones) to save their lives. Subverted, as when he obviously refuses (her first words are to call him a bastard and the son of a murderer), she tries to kill him.
- The Baroness
- BrotherSister 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.
Cryda of Tintagel (Claire Nadeau)
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
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 PendragonArthur's father and previous King of Britain.
- Asskicking Equals Authority
- Ax-Crazy: According to Léodagan he stabbed servants in the eyes for the slightest mistake.
- 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 to claim that he doesn't stand the comparison, they occasionally admit that Arthur is probably an easier king to deal with.
- Posthumous Character
Ygerne of Tintagel (Josée Drevon)
Guethenoc & Roparzh (Serge Papagalli and Gilles Graveleau)
- 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 Bartender
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep"
- Not So Stoic: Even he has his limits, and eventually blows his stack at Perceval and Karadoc when their bar tab gets too high. By this point in the series, it's just another case of Shoo Out the Clowns.
- Unfazed Everyman
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: 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)
- 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)
Arthur's Spirit Advisor.
- Our Angels Are Different: Apparently the Celtic pantheon has them.
- Council of Ladies: She's part of one. Somewhere on Alpha Centauri.
- 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, as she never interacts with Merlin. She is just a lake fairy, with No Name Given until Méléagant says it.
- 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)
- 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
- Humanoid Abomination: The Lady of the Lake is terrified just by being next to him.
- Insignificant Little Blue PlanetMéléagant: All of this is nothing. Absolutely nothing! Not long ago something went "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; they're born, they live, they die. 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)
- 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 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 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)
- Badass Bookworm: Gives Arthur courses on Roman history, theatre and manners; keeps a dagger under her pillow.
- MayflyDecember Romance
- Secret Relationship : due to being already married she can't display her relationship with Arthur for the world to see.
- Sympathetic Adulterer: her cheating on her husband, while understandable after having not seen him for 15 years, is still an act of adultery for which she is never condemned
Caesar Imperator (Pierre Mondy)
- Cool Old Guy
- Deal with the Devil: Reliving his favorite day in exchange for his suicide.
- Dirty Old Man
- Driven to Suicide
- Eccentric Mentor: He's usually spoiled and even childish and has no real power, but he ultimately teaches Arthur that the best leaders "only fight for the dignity of the weak", a philosophy that Arthur take to heart, even if it leads him to great frustration.
- 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)
- 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.
- Bad Boss
- Beware the Silly Ones: He ultimately is responsible for the death of Appius Manilius, purely as petty revenge.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty
- Green-Eyed Monster
- Large Ham: Ooh boy.
Appius Manilius (Emmanuel Meirieu)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
Verinus (Manu Payet)
- Interrogated for Nothing: by Glaucia and Procyon, much to his dismay
- The Stool Pigeon: according to his own words, he has "ten years of snitching behing him"
- Torture Always Works: Played With. To be fair, he would rat anyone before even seeing the whip.
- Undying Loyalty: Inverted. is wery open about the fact that he would rat anyone out under the threat of the whip.
The Burgundian King (Guillaume Briat)
- Boisterous Bruiser
- The Ditz
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Quite popular with the fans.
- Fat Idiot
- Fountain of Memes: Has maybe half a dozen lines, all of them instantly identifiable.
- Funny Foreigner
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: As stereotypes of "dumb" Germanic tribes invading England, he and Attila tend to do this.
Attila The Hun (Lan Truong)
- Badass Decay: In a single episode, he goes from The Dreaded to even Bohort being able to stand up to him.
- Hordes from the East: Averted, he shows up with a single bodyguard.
- The Napoleon
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: As stereotypes of "dumb" Germanic tribes invading England, he and the Burgundian King tend to do this.