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The Gumm-Gumms

    As a whole 

Gumm-Gumms are malevolent trolls under the control of their King Gunmar. They were sealed away into the Darklands by Deya the Deliverer and yearn to wage war with Earth and conquer it.


  • Army of Thieves and Whores: It is stated that the Gumm-Gumms were originally just unorganized tribes of barbaric trolls until Gunmar killed their original king and took control, banding them together into a fearsome army.
  • Decapitated Army: Once Gunmar is killed, all of the enslaved Gumm-Gumm soldiers turn into stone and disintegrate on the spot.
  • Expy: The plating that makes up the masks worn by Gumm-Gumm soldiers make them bear a striking resemblance to that of Sauron from the film version The Lord of the Rings.
    • Two from the same film, to be exact, as their horns are also identical to those of the Balrog, Sauron's subterranean servant.
  • Faceless Mooks: The warriors of Gunmar's army all wear identical masks and armor, this is to hide the fact that most of the are ordinary trolls who are Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • The Fair Folk: They live in a parallel world, have disdain for humans, and steal human children and replace them with their own.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Every Gumm-Gumm in the series possesses eyes that glow in the dark.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: By human standards, their name isn't the most intimidating. However, in Trollspeak, Gumm-Gumm means "Bringer of horrible, slow, painful, and thoroughly calculated death".
  • To Serve Man: Blinky warns that one of the things that the Gumm-Gumms did in the past were eating humans, and was one of their side motivations for sparking war with the surface.
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    Gunmar the Black 
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Voiced by: Clancy Brown

The leader of the Gumm-Gumms who resides in the Darklands.


  • Antagonist in Mourning: It's pretty clear that Gunmar genuinely misses his son.
  • Badass Boast:
    "To hurt me, one has to be able to touch me, child!"
  • Bad Boss: Gunmar operates on "Might Makes Right" to command his armies. Those who do not swear loyalty to him either die or are forces under his control against their will through the Decimar Blade. Even if they were loyal to him beforehand, he will not hold back and give them a swift and unpleasant death if they fail him in any way, forcing one of his soldiers to commit suicide after Jim briefly escapes his manacles and killing another when it loses its arm getting run over a car. He is incredibly racist to changelings (even though most changelings are loyal to him) and kills all but one of the Janus Order when the times comes for him to invade Trollmarket, leaving Scaarbach alive to be controlled by him to act as a decoy.
  • Big Bad: The leader of Gumm-Gumms that the heroes must have to deal in order to prevent his surface invasion.
    • Big Bad Wannabe: Played with. He thinks he's part of a Big Bad Duumvirate with Morgana in Part 3. In reality, Morgana has every intention to dispose of him once he's outlived his usefulness and is clearly the more dangerous of the duo. That being said, he's still a genuiune threat and the plot still focuses on defeating him.
  • Blue Is Evil: Gunmar is covered in blue tattoos and has blue flaming eyes, and he's the show's main antagonist.
  • Broken Pedestal: In the alternative timeline, when he and Bular corner Strickler, the Changeling realises that Gunmar was never going to accept Changelings as equals and would wipe them out once they'd served their purpose. His purge of the Janus Order at the end of Season Two presumably leads the real Strickler to the same conclusion.
  • The Brute: Neatly fits into this role in addition to being the Big Bad. Much like his son, Bular, Gunmar is a hulking thug whose modus operandi is to use brute force against anyone who won't submit to his cause.
  • The Corrupter: His sword has the ability to mentally enslave anyone who comes in contact with it. When he learns that Jim's friends want to rescue him, and thus the Killahead Bridge will be reopened, he resolves to break Jim's will to enslave him, since Jim's armor is blocking his sword.
  • Dark Is Evil: He's a dangerous antagonist and his picture shows he's black colored.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: Downplayed. Centuries in the Darklands have left him weaker and prone to fatigue due to a lack of heartstone energy but he is still formidable. This changes completely at the end of Season 2 when he feeds on Trollmarket's Heartstone and returns to full strength.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being a Bad Boss who is prone to You Have Failed Me, Gunmar clearly loves his son.
  • Evil Overlord: Well, evil "Underlord", as he is called. Regardless, Gunmar is a classic example of this trope, being a hulking monster with dark powers and a Bad Boss who routinely abuses his underlings.
  • Eye Scream: The third triumbric stone - the Eye of Gunmar - was literally his right eye, removed by Deya the Deliverer and marked as a sign that Gunmar can be vulnerable. For some reason, Strickler had it and gives it to Jim as a means to part amicably.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He rarely bothers acting friendly but on a few occasions, such as when he captures Barbera and Strickler, he speaks in a calm tone but is still making is intentions clear.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: He's unfamiliar with modern times, due to spending hundreds of years in the Darklands. This becomes especially clear when he mistakes a car for a "surface beast" shortly after escaping from the Darklands.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He's a major figure in the show's backstory, and the threat of his return hangs over the entire show. However, since he's imprisoned in another dimension and is barely able to even communicate with his followers in the outside world, Bular and Stickler are the ones moving the plot. His wars for the surface world also ravaged Angor Rot's village, indirectly creating another menace to the Trollhunter legacy.
  • Horrifying the Horror: His mere presence is enough to even make Gatto run like hell. To rephrase, he is able to utterly terrify a troll that happens to be the size of a mountain.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Much like his son, he even eats woman after attacking her car. He is also pleased to learn that humans now number in the billions which means more for him and the Gumm-Gumms to eat.
  • Made of Evil: Implied. He was literally born from a Heartstone that was corrupted and turned black from the war between humans and trolls.
  • The Magnificent: Gunmar "the Black".
  • Orcus on His Throne: Not by choice, mind you. When the Janus Order makes a replica of his throne and implore him to take a seat, he blows them off, saying that he's tired of sitting down.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: His son was killed by Jim.
  • Overarching Villain: He is the central antagonist of Trollhunters, being connected to every antagonist and is involved in every major conflict. The protagonists' goal series-wide is to kill him. Even after Morgana usurps him as the Big Bad, the protagonists and most of the plot is still focused on defeating him.
  • Papa Wolf: Even while he's sealed in another dimension, don't mess with his son. When he found out that Jim killed Bular, he compiled a list of all of Jim's friends and loved ones and then sent it to him along with the message that he'll hunt down and kill all of them in vengeance.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: When he's captured the Trollhunter, Dictatious convinces him to keep Jim alive long enough for Jim's friends to come rescue him. Gunmar agrees, and plans to break Jim's will so that his armor upgrades will break, and then Gunmar can enslave him. He even says he'll consider Jim as Bular's "replacement". The only reason this fails is that Claire and Toby rescue Jim right when his will is at its lowest.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Downplayed on the villainous side of things. He is an evil overlord and a Bad Boss who punishes failure with death, but he is willing to listen to reason about accomplishing his goals. When Bular suspects that Strickler has gone soft on the Trollhunter, Gunmar gives permission for Bular to test Strickler's loyalty. He also trusts Dictatious, who helps him escape to Earth after the latter finds proof that Jim's friends are planning to rescue him.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When Bular is killed by Jim, Gunmar (as revealed by Chompsky) compiles a list of his loved ones and decides that one of the first things he's going to do when he is released is kill them and make Jim suffer as he had.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: By the time the story starts, he and his army are sealed in another dimension.
  • Slasher Smile: Makes this when he realizes Draal's relationship with Jim and decides to brainwash him, complete with Evil Laugh.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: Unlike Bular, who was all muscle, Gunmar knows a modest amount of sorcery to bolster his physical abilities.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He's basically a taller version of his son with blue eyes instead of orange and much larger horns.
  • Taken for Granite: During the final battle, Jim slashes him with his sword, causing him to turn into stone, followed by Jim throwing his stone body into ground, ultimately killing him for good.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: The Changelings of the Janus Order played a major role in getting him up to date on the state of the world and infiltrating positions of power throughout the globe, and therefore potentially make his conquest of the world that much easier. How does he thank them? By exterminating them (or at least their leadership and headquarters personnel) and forcing their leader to impersonate him to distract Jim in a fight to the death.
  • Villain Ball: Attempting to enslave Jim instead of killing him is what first allows the Trollhunter to escape the Darklands and ultimately gives him a chance to slay Gunmar.

    Bular 
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Voiced by: Ron Perlman

The son of Gunmar who is bent on finding a way to release his father.


  • Arc Villain: For the first half of Part 1.
  • Bad Boss: He treats his changelings as completely expendable, and is fully prepared to kill Ms. Nomura and Mr. Strickler for slipping up.
  • The Brute: His greatest asset is his strength and he clearly likes to use the direct approach when dealing with problems.
  • Co-Dragons: He serves as Dragon-in-Chief for his father during his imprisonment, with Mr. Strickler competing with him for the position. This competition ends halfway through the first season when Jim kills Bular and Strickler tries his hand at seizing power for himself.
  • Dark Is Evil: He's a black-colored troll with glowing red and yellow eyes of evil. He's also a man-eater trying to free his father so they can wage war against mankind.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: It looks like he and his father are going to be the major threats throughout the season, but he's killed halfway through Season One and his attempt to free his father fails.
  • Dual Wielding: Wields two swords in battle.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Bular loves his father and is completely loyal to him.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Draal. Both are experienced, prideful, "Well Done, Son!" Guy warriors who take an instant like to Jim. However, while Draal managed to learn humility from being defeated and spared by Jim, Bular remained arrogant. As such, Draal became one of Jim's close friend who would be his personal protector, while Bular would die by Jim's hands.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Just listen to the threats he slings to Jim in "The Becoming, Part 2".
  • Fantastic Racism: He despises his changeling servants, frequently calling them "impure."
  • The Heavy: While his father is the Big Bad, Bular and Strickler are the ones moving the plot along to ensure Gunmar's freedom.
  • Hero Killer: He's one of Jim's deadliest enemies during the first season, with a reputation for slaying trollhunters. In fact, the first scene of the very first episode introduces him killing Jim's predecessor.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: A staple for the Gum-Gums (and formerly all trolls). In one episode, a museum guard spots both him and Strickler. Bular asks Strickler if he was followed, to which the latter replies that he "brought [Bular] a midnight snack". Bular gleefully gives chase to the guard. Seeing as he's faster than the average human, we can safely assume that the guard is pushing up daisies...
  • Large Ham: With Ron Perlman voicing naturally.
  • Monstrous Cannibalism: It's implied he'd be willing to eat Changelings (altered trolls) for betraying him as NotEnrique says they'd feed him to Bular for openly turning against them and in the alternate timeline Strickler fearfully assumes Bular ate him in the normal one.
  • Rasputinian Death: His death comes only after he's impaled on Jim's sword, turns into stone from sun exposure, falls off a bridge, sinks into a river and then emerges only for AAARRRGGGHHH to punch him into a thousand pieces..
  • The Remnant: The sole Gumm-Gumm troll that escaped captivity when his people were sealed in the Darklands.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He's completely devoted to his father and saving him from the Dark Lands. His entire rivalry with Strickler for his father's favor comes across as a fight between two brothers trying to get their dad to notice them. Notably, when the completed Killahead Bridge fails to work the first time, Gunmar's first instinct is to blame Bular before their connection cuts out. Partly subverted as his father clearly loves him, orders that Bular takes command in his first appearance and even listens to Bular when he suggests that Strickler has gone soft.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Averted; the very first time he sees Jim in armor form, he tries to murder the young hunter before the latter has even summoned his armor. Strickler convinces him to not attack Jim and his mother directly because it would break the masquerade. Afterward, when he outs Strickler as a changeling to Jim, Strickler quickly devises a scheme to steal the amulet without Jim knowing, to keep Barbara safe.

    Dictatious 
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Voiced by: Mark Hamill

An intelligent troll who serves Gunmar, he is also Blinky's brother.


  • Bat Deduction: He figures out Killahead Bridge is in a forest by some choice words used by Blinky during a supposedly failed interrogation.
  • Blind Seer: Subverted, he doesn't have precognition from the Pale Lady but he does pretend to be one to get back in Gunmar's good graces.
  • Cain and Abel: He is the Cain to Blinky's Abel and he has no qualms about killing his own brother.
  • Co-Dragons: He is prone to sharing the position of Gunmar's right hand with others (not that he has to like it), first with Scaarbach and now Usurna.
  • The Dragon: To Gunmar.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Blinky. Both are highly intelligent Trolls with a near resemblance to one another. But while Blinky fights for good, while Dictatious is loyal to Gunmar.
  • Extra Eyes: Just like his brother but thanks to him they are now sightless.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: Joins the heroes' side in "Parental Guidance", but only out of self-preservation rather than any morality. He's useful enough that he goes unpunished for his actions.
  • Irony: He has six eyes but after a bright flash from Blinky's torch he is left permanently blind.
  • Karma Houdini: He betrayed his own kind to work for Gunmar, nearly killed several of the protagonists, and the worst thing to happen to him as retribution is being blinded. Even that doesn't stop him from serving Gunmar, as he only switches sides to save his own skin, not out of any morality changes. He even spends the final battle safely sheltered in the Domzalski's home with Toby's grandmother, all while the main characters are risking their lives.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • He tortures his younger brother after encountering him in the Darklands, and makes it clear that he has switched sides of his own will.
    • He eats Toby's grandmother's cat while staying at his house.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He shows that he is good at manipulating trolls to do what he wants. Including his brother, while torturing him.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Well, when he and the Trollhunters' parents have knocked out Detective Scott, he's quick to offer a solution.
    Dictatious: I have an idea!
    Barbara: We are not killing him.
    Dictatious: I have no ideas.
  • Not Brainwashed: He assures a shocked Blinky that Gunmar did not use his sword on him.
  • Odd Friendship: After throwing his lot in with the trollhunters, he ends up staying at Toby's place and watches tv with his nanna.
  • The Reliable One: A villainous example. As The Dragon to Gunmar, he seems to be the only one immune to his Bad Boss tendencies. He kept him around and virtually unharmed despite being permanently blind (Gunmar having killed loyal gumm-gumm soldiers for lesser flaws), payed no mind to Octavious's mention of it (even having him brainwashed and the rest of the Janus Order killed despite their usefulness) and considers his council even when it conflicts with his more immediate desires (like sparing Jim’s life when discovering the candy Toby has been leaving him). Subverted when Gunmar finds out he has been lying about being a Blind Seer.
  • Token Evil Teammate: In “The Oath”, Barbara, Nana and Claire's parents discuss what to do to an unconscious Detective Scott after knocking him out when he saw him. Dictatious is quick to recommend killing him, only for Barbara to shoot it down instantly.
  • Xanatos Gambit: His scheme to keep Jim alive and imprisoned. He finds out that Jim's friends are coming to rescue him, which will mean the Killahead bridge is open. Gunmar in the meantime seeks to break Jim so as to brainwash him; if he succeeds, he has a replacement for Bular, the amulet will be unable to choose a new Trollhunter and thus the trolls on the surface have no means of protection. If he fails, the Bridge will still open and Dictatious can interrogate whoever enters to find the Bridge's location. It works partway, in that Gunmar manages to escape to the surface.

    Usurna 
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Voiced by: Anjelica Huston

Queen of the Krubera trolls. In Season 2, she is revealed to secretly be in league with Gunmar.


  • Back Stab: She kills Vendel by stabbing him with a knife laced with creeper's sun.
  • Bad Boss: She gloats to Aaarrrgghh!!! that she purposefully arranged his abduction by the Gumm-Gumms to give Gunmar a champion. Reality Ensues when her soldiers immediately turn on her, because why would they serve someone who reveals they'd sell them out for their own self-interest?
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Usurna first comes off as a well-meaning if obstructive leader. Then, it's revealed she's working for Gunmar.
  • Blinded by the Light: As queen to a race of trolls that live in the deepest of mines, she is especially sensitive to light.
  • Disney Villain Death: How she dies in the beginning of "Jimhunters". It's only a brief drop into a swampy mire, but it's lethal enough.
  • Double Agent: She pretends to be in league with the rest of the tribunal, when really she is secretly in league with Gunmar.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: She's a major villain throughout seasons two and three, but dies with very little build-up in the beginning of the third to last episode.
  • Evil All Along: See Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Aaarrrgghh!!!. They're both of the same breed of troll and share the role of Number Two, Aaarrrgghh!!! sharing this role with Blinky for Jim while she takes the role of The Dragon along side Dictatious to Gunmar. But whereas Aaarrrgghh!!! is a simple yet pure-hearted troll that was turned to stone with creeper's sun, sacrificing himself to save his friends, while Usurna is cunningly evil that uses Creeper's Sun to kill Vendel.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • When NotEnrique was a witness in Jim's trial, she continually referred to him as "it".
    • She states that the reason Jim was a bad choice for a Trollhunter was because he's a human. She says this right before throwing him down a pit to his presumed death.
  • Hate Sink: Throughout season two she acts as a petty, contrarian Obstructive Bureaucrat who only makes the lives of the heroes more difficult. Even when it's revealed she was Gunmar's agent all along, she still lacks the redeeming, cool or grandiose qualities of other antagonists in the series, remaining a selfish Smug Snake until the end.
  • It's All About Me: Eventually revealed to not give a damn about her fellow trolls or even her own tribe. She's only motivated by her own ambition.
  • Karmic Death: She tries to execute Aaarrrgghh!!! by drowning him in a swampy mire, but her evil gloating ends up costing her when she reveals she purposefully gave Aaarrrgghh!!! over to Gunmar as a bargaining chip, proving that she doesn't care about the lives of her people. They immediately turn on her and knock her into the mire instead, where she drowns.
  • Lawful Stupid: When she and the Tribunal learns Gunmar is free, rather than work together to hunt down and destroy Gunmar, they blame Jim and put him on trial. This trope is later justified by The Reveal that she was a spy.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: She claims everything she does is for the good of the Krubera, but Aaarrrgghh!!! accurately points out that she only for her own self-interest. Her only rebuttal is that, "I am the Krubera!"
  • Villain Ball: Bragging about willingly giving Aaarrrgghh!!! to Gunmar as a champion in front of her soldiers reveals just how little their lives mean to her. Immediately afterwards, they decide on a change in leadership via throwing her into the swampy mire. Rather than beg for mercy, she keeps insulting her men and demanding their help right up until the moment she's pulled under the surface and drowns.

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Changelings

    As a whole 

Changelings were once trolls who were stolen at a very young age by the Gumm-Gumms and experimented on, turning them into "impure" breed of trolls that can walk in daylight and disguise themselves as humans.


  • Always Chaotic Evil: Deconstructed. Changelings were created by the Greater-Scope Villain Morgana to serve the Big Bad Gunmar on his genocidal mission to conquer both the troll and human worlds, so trolls aligned against them possess a knee-jerk reaction towards them, "impure" being a common slur for changelings. Because the closest thing they have to gaining acceptance is from the Gumm-gumms (and even then they don't have much respect for them either), they don't really have much choice but to serve them. Their code of ethics promote Pragmatic Villainy and various members of the Janus Order seem to possess a certain distaste towards humans, but everything they do is done not out of a drive to do evil or reverence towards the Underlord and their creator, but rather a need to survive. Because of this, various changelings like Strickler, Nomura and NotEnrique end up switching sides either because develop alternative loyalties through emotional attachment (Strickler to Barbara, NotEnrique to Claire) or abuse from their masters (Gunmar taking out his rage over Bular's death on Nomura).
  • Becoming the Mask: Per Word of God, one of the main reasons they typically aren't trusted by any group they side with is their tendency to get a little too comfortable in their undercover lives.
  • Blessed with Suck: From their perspective given they are subject to scorn from every troll besides (maybe) Gunmar.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: The death or rescue of their familiars (i.e. the people they were swapped with) would rob them of their human forms.
  • Changeling Tale: Basically their entire thing.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The Janus Order is brutally murdered at the end of Season Two once Gunmar is done with them.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Arguably as they have all the strengths of a Troll with the added ability of being able to walk in the daylight.
  • Fantastic Racism: Be they in Heartstone Troll Market or among their fellow Gumm-Gumms, Changelings aren't exactly "welcome."
  • Invasion of the Baby Snatchers: They kidnap humans (especially babies) and keep them as "familiars" in the Darklands, using their appearance to blend in with the human world.
    • The Season 2 premiere reveals the humans are ALL still babies, even going back to the nineteenth century and quite possibly beyond; among the babies is the real Walter Strickler, who hasn’t aged a day after his birth.
  • Klingon Scientists Get No Respect: Changelings are able to blend in with both troll and human society effortlessly, can use both troll magic and human technology and lack most troll's weakness to sunlight. You'd think there would be some faction aside from their own that would find having changelings on their side to be a good thing. Even Gunmar thinks little of them, and the Janus Order was built to serve him.
  • Meaningful Name: The Janus Order. Janus is the Greek god of duality and transitions. Changelings have a habit of making Heel Face Turns.
  • Nebulous Evil Organisation: The Janus Order.
  • Rule of Three: According to Strickler, Changelings everywhere abide by a code similar to the Trollhunter (though it prefers to promote Pragmatic Villainy over Pragmatic Heroism).

The Janus Order

    Walter Strickler 
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Voiced by: Jonathan Hyde

Jim's changeling history teacher and the leader of the Janus Order.


  • Affably Evil: Legitimately cares for Jim: calling him by the flattering nickname, Young Atlas? Check. Maintains an friendly and good-natured disposition while in human disguise? Check. One of the Changelings, the most dangerous and evil trolls known to both mankind and trollkind? Check. He definitely fills the bill.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: As a changeling, he faces persecution from other trolls as an "impure." Bular in particular makes his prejudice known in their interactions.
  • Anti-Hero: Ends up becoming one after he joins Jim and his team in their fight against Gunmar, filling in as an Evil Mentor for Jim and is willing to do things that no other character is willing to do (like killing Claire when she is possessed by Morgana) all out of his love for Barbara.
  • Badass Cape: In his Troll form at least.
  • Beast and Beauty: As is becoming customary with Guillermo del Toro, Strickler (who does admittedly spend most of his time in his human disguise) falls deeply in love with Barbara.
  • Becoming the Mask:
    • While Strickler cites Pragmatic Villainy as his reason for stopping Bular from just killing Jim, Bular and Gunmar worry that Strickler may have some genuine affection for Jim from his time as his teacher. Any affection he may have for Jim goes away fast after Bular engineers a confrontation between the two. At least until the first season finale where surviving a harrowing ordeal together seems to make him fond of Jim again.
    • While dating Jim's mother may have simply been a way to get closer to Jim (and later torment him), he discovers that he's actually quite fond of her, even confessing that he may be in love with her.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: After Bular's death and the destruction of Gunmar's gate, Strickler makes an attempt to grab power for himself. He plans on using changelings to replace influential world leaders to control the world from the shadows. Unfortunately for him, the rest of his Order is still loyal to Gunmar and his ambitions for world domination never get off the ground before Angor Rot comes after him in revenge.
  • Break the Haughty: After Angor Rot's soul is destroyed, he loses everything including the support of his fellow changelings, his only defense against Jim, and his relationship with Barbara. Needless to say, his confidence takes a nosedive and becomes a lot more pathetic.
  • But Now I Must Go: Since the heroes don't want him around for the final battle with Angor Rot and he's been cut loose by his associates, Strickler decides it would be better for everyone if he left Arcadia on his own terms.
  • Changeling: And not just any changeling; he's the head of the Janus Order and controls them all. At least until they fire him for betraying Gunmar.
  • Character Tics: Is frequently fiddling with his pen. It's the key to a hidden chamber in his office.
  • Co-Dragons: He competes with Bular for the position of Gunmar's right-hand man throughout Season One. Then Jim kills Bular and Strickler decides to abandon Gunmar in pursuit of his own ambitions.
  • Cool Teacher: This is his cover in the human world, where he's good at pretending to be concerned with his students' safety and future.
  • Easily Forgiven: Zigzagged. In spite of everything he's done, attempting to kill Jim, binding Barbara's life to his own, attempting to unleash Gunmar and being the cause for Angor Rot plaguing Arcadia, he and Jim part of civil terms in the finale. Jim even expresses hope that Strickler can someday change for the better. However, Blinky points out that he's clearly not redeemed in the team's eyes and Jim admits he isn't comfortable fighting alongside him.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Well it's unclear how he views his real name, but it's evident that he prefers to be called Walter, as opposed to Waltolomew.
  • Enemy Mine: He and Jim are forced to work together when Angor Rot comes to kill Strickler while Strickler's still under a spell that causes Jim's mom to experience any injury Strickler does. He offers Jim his help again at the end of Season 2 along with Nomura.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • He's not too pleased that Bular is fine with throwing away the lives of his fellow changelings. In fact, securing the future of his fellow changelings is one of his stated goals.
    • In the alternate timeline where Jim didn't become the Trollhunter, he eventually believes a powerless Jim, and sacrifices his life to buy Jim time to run from Gunmar and Bular.
    • By the end of Season Two, he decides that allying with Gunmar is not worth it, especially after the Janus Order dies, and returns with Nomura to help.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His most consistent redeeming quality is that he really does have feelings for Jim's mom, Barbara. He even goes so far as to admit he loves her. These feelings didn't stop him from binding their lives together with magic to ensure his own safety, but he did feel guilty about it, and he eventually undoes the spell after it nearly kills them both. Then he refuses to resume their relationship since she broke up with him before her memories were wiped.
  • Evil Is Petty: Takes busy time out of plotting world domination to rub Jim's nose in the fact that he's dating his mom.
  • Evil Mentor: When he returns in Season 3, he fills in as a second mentor to Jim. He teaches Jim to fight dirty and recognize when his opponent does the same, exposes him to grave-sand in order for him to embrace his anger and various other anti-heroic methods that contradict the traditional ethos of chivalry and valor trollhunters usually fight with, rightfully pointing out that such things won't work on someone like Gunmar.
  • For Want of a Nail: Given his expression when he sees the amulet in Jim's backpack, he likely would have gone down a different path with Jim if the latter hadn't become the new Trollhunter.
  • Going Native: Out of all of the changelings present in the series, Strickler appears to be the most comfortable in his human guise. He prefers negotiation over battle, he spends more time in his human form even when he doesn't need to be (like with Bular and Angor Rot), he seems to genuinely like his teaching job, he has legitimate feelings for the human woman Barbara, he lacks the same taste for socks and cats like NotEnrique and most other trolls have and he seems to prefer the idea of the Janus Order keeping things running business as usual in secret instead of Gunmar's all-out invasion.
  • The Heavy: Serves as this throughout the first season. He assists Bular in his attempt to free Gunmar and is the reason why Angor Rot comes to Arcadia in the second half of the season.
  • Heel–Face Turn He helps Jim against Angor Rot in the Season One finale, if only to make amends for his own actions, and the turn seems to have cemented as of the Season Two finale, since he returns with Nomura to offer Jim his help against Gunmar.
  • Humiliation Conga: Things quickly go downhill for him once he loses the Inferna Copula. He becomes number one on Angor Rot's hitlist, the Janus Order fires him (leaving him with no allies nor anyplace to hide), and he's forced to beg Jim for help.
  • Hypocrite: Says he wants to secure the future of all changelings and tells Bular that he should care more before throwing away their lives, but earlier he was smirking when Bular nearly killed another changeling, Ms. Nomura, for one failure.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite the fact that Jim avoids him in the alternate timeline, he still helps the latter when Jim convinces Strickler that he was supposed to be the Trollhunter.
  • Interspecies Romance: He (a changeling) with Barbara (a human). Although, she's unaware of his real species.
  • Karma Houdini: He gets away with a lot of nasty stuff during the first season, including murdering at least two people. Jim, who doesn't know about the murders, even seems to hope he can reform. That said, his Humiliation Conga makes up for this and to his credit he does make a sincere Heel–Face Turn.
  • Knife Nut: A trait he and Jim share.
  • Louis Cypher: After a fashion. His human identity of Walter Strickler is similar to his real name, "Stricklander".
  • Parental Substitute: Jim briefly mentions in "Just Add Water", that he considered Strickler a father figure.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Walter is shown to be more interested in his own self-interest when it comes to the dodgy, cut-throat world that he lives in, often leading to contradictory motivations at face value. The primary reason why he is a follower of Gunmar is so that he and his fellow changelings can live in a world where he and his fellow changelings could live in a world free of persecution due to their half-breed status (unaware that Gunmar does not care about them, massacring the entire janus Order as soon as he is done with them). When Bular (the only Gumm-Gumm in Arcadia that strong-arm him into staying loyal to Gunmar) is killed, he immediately changes gears so that the Janus Order drops all plans at releasing Gunmar from the Darklands, preferring the status quo of Changelings ruling the human world from the shadows, only going after Jim because he poses a threat to him. The only part of him that contradicts this self-interest is his love for Barbara, and even then he has his moments of this, not agreeing to lift the spell that is slowly killing both of them until Jim swears his safety out of Trollmarket.
  • Psychologist Teacher: Rather than thinking Jim is lazy like your by-the-books teacher, Strickler could tell that Jim is simply distracted by his busy life and offers his counsel should he ever need it, and could even tell that Jim likes Claire and advises him to simply tell her instead of staring all day. Safe to say, he legitimately cares about Jim, even after finding out that he was the new trollhunter.
  • Put on a Bus: He doesn't appear in the second season at all (save for an orientation video seen in the Janus Order and an alternate reality where Jim didn't become the Trollhunter) right up until literally the last few minutes of Episode 13, when he comes back to help Jim deal with whatever's coming in Season 3.
  • Shipper on Deck: Strickler's first talk with Jim has him advise the young man to actually talk to Claire if he likes her.
  • Smug Snake: He's not really as clever as he thinks he is, with his plans for world domination never getting off the ground, the Janus Order abandoning him, and his former dragon, Angor Rot, being a far bigger threat than he can handle. In the end, he's reduced to groveling to Jim to save his own life.
  • The Starscream: After Bular's death, he attempts to take control of the Janus Order using Angor Rot instead of free Gunmar.
  • Teacher/Parent Romance: He has a cover as a teacher and is attracted to Jim's mother.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Along with Nomura after Season 2. He's fighting against Gunmar, but is willing to perform some pretty evil acts, most notably when he tries to kill Claire to stop Morgana.
  • Troll: Towards Jim. Especially after his priority became to kill him.
  • Wolverine Claws: His cape comes with sharp stone daggers he can either throw or use as claws.

    Ms. Zelda Nomura 
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Voiced by: Lauren Tom

A changeling curator who dated Draal at one point in the past.


  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: "Fear keeps you alive, arrogance gets you killed". This is especially prevalent when Nomura is tricked into killing a goblin and getting attacked with goblin vengeance mid-fight twice.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With Draal. All of their interactions in Season 1 has them as bitter enemies, but Season 2 shows that they do have lingering feelings for one another as when Draal goes back to rescue her from imprisonment and Nomura being just as happy to be with him.
  • The Bus Came Back: At the end of Season 2 after spending half off it out of town.
  • Dark Action Girl: An agent of Gunmar and a terrifying expert in Dual Wielding.
  • Dating Catwoman: Used to date Draal, though they both seem to just hate one another now. As of Season 2 it looks like they're going to rekindle their relationship.
  • Dual Wielding: Her scimitars.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: While imprisoned in the Dark Lands, she assists the also imprisoned Jim and he, in turn, helps her. As such, they become allies after their escape with Nomura leaving and coming back to Arcadia to bring help after Gunmar escapes.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She befriends Jim while they are imprisoned in the Darklands and she even comes back to help after Gunmar escapes.
  • Hot Blade: The blades of her scimitars glow a bright red/orange, implying that they are super-heated to the touch.
  • Leitmotif:
    • Edvard Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King. Her first battle with Jim has the original orchestral score playing, and she whistles the tune whenever she stalks him as a scare tactic.
    • Season 2, she reveals that when she was little she was at the premiere of Peer Gynt.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Gunmar torturing her for Bular's death is enough to make her feel sympathy for a captured Jim, who she beat up in the previous season. She sneaks him fruit that helps him survive a battle, and he promises to take her back to Earth once his friends home. When she realizes he isn't full of empty hope and sees Toby and Claire, she immediately fights Gunmar and tries to draw his forces away from Jim.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Averted. Her lack of the other Trolls' physical might is why she isn't able to drag Jim to the Museum in the 12th episode, leading to her retreat when she sees his allies starting to close in.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: Whatever ways she and Draal used to express affection for another, it didn't involve what is usual by human standards. They both even express disgust at human displays of affection.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: When she was tasked to capture Jim in Season One, she makes her entrance by whistling In the Hall of the Mountain King. She then beats Jim to a pulp, kicks away the amulet, and knocks him out. When they fight again in Season Two, though Jim is holding back, she still has the upper hand in their battle.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: During Strickler and Jim's training in season 3 in preparation for Gunmar she easily dodges all of Strickler's feather knives with her eyes closed whilst sipping tea.
  • Purple Is Powerful: As a human, she wears purple clothing and as a troll her skin is purple. She's also a scarily competent combatant.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In her Troll form, Nomura's hair reaches way past her waist.
  • Redemption Earns Life: Jim and Draal save her from pulling a Heroic Sacrifice in the Darklands.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Gets sucked into the same dimension where Gunmar's being held halfway through the first season.
  • You Have Failed Me:
    • Narrowly avoids this fate at Bular's hands after Jim finds out her identity.
    • She is imprisoned while in the Darklands because Gunmar wanted to punish somebody after his son was killed.

    Otto Scaarbach 
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Voiced by: Tom Kenny

A changeling and a member of the Janus Order. He briefly took control of the Janus Order in season 2.


  • All Germans Are Nazis: He speaks in a deep German accent and is a high-ranking member of an organization that works for the mass genocide of the populace through the whims of his "Führer" Gunmar. Given that Changelings live long lives like most trolls, what would the odds of Scaarback being involved in World War II be?
    • Although he does shake things up a little by addressing Gunmar as "Kaiser" instead.
  • Co-Dragons: Throughout Season 2, he's competing for the position of Gunmar's right-hand man with Dictatious. This ends when Gunmar decides that the Janus Order has outlived its purpose.
  • Dragon Ascendant: After abandoning expelling Strickler from the Janus Order, he takes the latter's place as their new leader.
  • Fat Bastard: A portly, sadistic fellow.
  • Hidden Depths: He initially seems to be Strickler's easily-frightened lackey. Near the end of Season One, he shows a cruel streak. Come Season 2, he's acting like a Card-Carrying Villain.
  • Hypocrite: He berates and leaves Strickler for being selfish and putting his needs above the rest of the changelings, yet in Season 2 he acts like a Card-Carrying Villain sadist who doesn't seem to care at all about other people, not even his own.
  • Kick the Dog: Even if Dictatious isn't a good fellow, it was still a dickish move for Otto to trip him, especially since he's well aware that Dictatious is blind.
  • I Gave My Word: He honors the agreement to give the antidote for Creeper Sun poison in exchange for Vendel's staff.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: When he has Blinky, Claire, Toby and NotEnrique bound up and at his mercy with various tools and a record player playing classical music, Toby thinks that he was going to have them tortured and killed like a Wicked Cultured serial killer. Instead, he uses the record player as a medium to stay in contact with Morgana and uses the tools to remove Toby's Braces of Orthodontic Overkill so that it won't pick up any of their signals. Subverted, since being a member of the Janus Order, it would be no surprise if he had killed at some point in his life.
  • Nice Hat: A brown fedora hat.
  • Only Sane Man: During the second half of Season 1, he seems to be the only one that understands just how dangerous Angor Rot really is.
  • The Rival: Becomes one to Dictatious, as they're both competing for Gunmar's favor.
  • Shapeshifter: Being a changeling polymorph, he is not confined to just shapeshifting into his familiar.
  • The Starscream: Downplayed. He delivers the news to Strickler that the Janus Order has fired him. That being said, he didn't hesitate to leave Strickler to die at Angor Rot's hands. Season 2 shows us that he became the Janus Order's new leader shortly afterward.
    • He also tries to steal Dictatious's spot as Gunmar's right-hand man, not so subtly hinting that Dictatious's newfound blindness makes him useless. Unlike most examples of this trope, Scaarbach is quite loyal to his boss and only wants to usurp his Dragon, not the man himself.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He really should have taken Gunmar's obvious disdain for "impures" as a warning sign for what awaited his continued loyalty.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Knock out Claire along with her friends.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Gets subjected to this by Gunmar near the end of Season 2, when he's used as bait and ultimately killed by the Sword of Daylight.
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    Gladys/Gladysgro 
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Voiced by: Melanie Paxson

A changeling dental assistant.


  • Brawn Hilda: Like most female trolls.
  • Depraved Dentist: Well, depraved dental hygienist.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Pops up briefly in Episode 2 when Jim is rushing to tell Toby about the amulet's powers.
  • Identical Stranger: Zig-Zagged. Gladysgro's troll form looks a lot like Bagdwella. It's left ambigious why trollmarket residents & changlelings look so similar, so for all we know they could be long-lost kin.
  • Killed Off for Real: Jim's first real kill of the series, all be it accidentally.
  • Torture First, Ask Questions Later: Since she hit Toby with a tranquilizer strong enough to keep him from escaping, it also keeps him from being able to talk properly. Since she did this with intentions of interrogating him, it is obvious that she had every intention of torturing him with her dental equipment first.

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    NotEnrique 
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Voiced by: Jimmie Wood

A changeling pretending to be Claire's baby brother.


  • Annoying Younger Sibling: He's not actually Claire's little brother, just impersonating him, and he's actually a couple centuries older than her. But that doesn't stop him from acting like a brat most of the time.
  • Appropriated Appellation: His real name is never given, so everyone just calls him "NotEnrique". He never corrects anybody or takes offense, so we'll just assume he's cool with it.
  • Awesome Aussie: He speaks with a stereotypical Australian accent.
  • Becoming the Mask: Much like Strickler, NotEnrique starts to care about Claire and her family.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In the Season 2 premiere, after Enrique is returned from the Darklands, he loses the ability to transform into him, thus making him essentially a normal troll, though one still subject to the scorn of other trolls due to still being an "impure".
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He's technically an adult but qualifies regardless. He's a pint-sized jerk who enjoys annoying either the Trollhunters or GummGumms.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Up until Season 1's mid-finale, he spends his time constantly double-crossing both the heroes and villains.
  • Companion Cube: He grows attached to Susie Snooze, the real Enrique's bunny doll, to the point of having one-sided conversations with it.
  • Defecting for Love: Non-romantic love in this case. NotEnrique comes to truly care about Claire as his adopted sister, and switches sides when he realizes that allying with the Gumm-Gumms nearly got her killed by goblins. Not to mention that she's close to tears all the time because her baby brother is trapped in the Darklands.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: For some reason, possibly having to do with his sisterly love for Claire, NotEnrique refuses to be part of the plot to open Killahead Bridge, after it's established that Strickler managed to get the amulet. He then establishes he's on the Heroes side by trying to remove the Trollhunter amulet from the Bridge and getting blasted for his efforts.
  • Fragile Speedster: He's quick and agile, but when someone larger and bulkier manages to pin him down, he's done for.
  • The Gadfly: Adores annoying players on both sides of the conflict.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: For much of the first half of Season 1, it's difficult to say whose side he's on apart from his own.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He eventually transitions from minor evil minion to mild jerk who's willing to help the heroes out.
  • I Choose to Stay: On Earth. He was preparing to leave after the real Enrique was rescued, but Claire said she still wanted him around.
  • The Imp: He's a pint-sized Jerkass who tends to make life difficult for the heroes, even after they become ostensible allies.
  • Spanner in the Works: For hero and villain alike.
  • Super Drowning Skills: He can't swim or hold his breath well.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He likes to eat stinky and sweaty socks. In fact, it's initially the only way to get him to help the Trollhunters.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Eventually, he and Claire develop this relationship.
  • What You Are in the Dark: NotEnrique is actually the first troll that tries to remove the amulet from Killahead Bridge. He gets blasted for his efforts, but it says something that the smallest changeling so openly switches teams.

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    Goblins 
Voiced by: Frank Welker

A race of magical creatures from the Darklands loyal to Gunmar.


  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: There's your run-of-the-mill blue and green Goblins and there are the much more intelligent and bloodthirsty white Blood Goblins.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When one of their own is slain, they won't rest until whoever responsible (or whoever they THINK is responsible) is dead.
  • Expy: The various goblins present in the show are very Gremlin-esque.
  • Facial Markings: Their leader is often seen drawing a mustache on their faces with a marker. Should the leader die, the next in line will draw an identical one on themselves.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The blood goblins are stark white and not red as their name would suggest, this is lampshaded by Blinky. Presumably they are named for their bloodthirsty nature.
  • Pet the Dog: The goblins in charge of caring for the infant familiars do seem to have some genuine affection for them.
  • Pirate: There actually seems to be one goblin dressed in pirate garb who lives in Troll Market. He speaks English and is taller than other goblins. Sadly, little is revealed about him before he is killed by Angor Rot.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Even if it was a complete accident, even if they have other things they need to do of higher priority, even if you didn't actually do it, if they see a dead one of their own, your best option is to run. Very fast.
  • Smarter Than You Look: One of the green, garden-variety goblins figured out how to spell out Jim's name in English, then told Eli and Stephen to "Kill Jim" with a Speak and Spell. Most of the green goblins only speak the Goblin tongue, and have never shown any sign of literacy.
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