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    Gnome Chompsky 
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Voiced by: Rodrigo Blaas

A small gnome who manages to steal Jim's Amulet.


  • Bearer of Bad News: Subverted; while he does have good news in the form of finding Claire's brother, he was also found by Gunmar, who only let him live so he can deliver a message to the Trollhunter.
  • Berserk Button: Like any other gnome, he hates it when his hat is knocked off his head.
  • Cargo Ship: He's dating the doll in Toby's Nana's dollhouse.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Or to be more accurate, sparing his life earns Jim his loyalty.
  • I Owe You My Life: After Jim spares his life, he becomes an ally of the Trollhunters and lives in Tobey's dollhouse.
  • Our Gnomes Are Weirder: His species is seen as vermin. He does not speak English, possesses sharp teeth and has a unicorn-like horn underneath his pointy hat. Though he does seem to possess a level of sentience.
  • The Unintelligible: Speaks in an incoherent grumbling.
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    Merlin 
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Voiced by: David Bradley

The mysterious wizard that created the Trollhunter amulet.


  • Ambiguously Human: His true appearance is notably never shown, and there are some dialogue clues that he might be a troll. That is until season 3.
  • Big Good: He created the Amulet of Daylight, and by the extension, the entire Trollhunter legacy.
  • Black Comedy Cannibalism: Comments that Toby is lucky he didn't eat him in the cave. When asked if that was a joke, he says "Mmm, not really."
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: In his efforts to imprison Morgana, most of Merlin's magic was lost, as well as putting him into a sleep lasting centuries.
  • Broken Pedestal: His Unscrupulous Hero antics have a habit of getting people not to vote for him when it comes to certain plans or ideas.
  • Brought Down to Badass: While he lost most of his magical powers in the battle that led to Morgana’s imprisonment, he is still a competent wizard and a skilled craftsman. He was able to resemble the amulet despite not having worked with it for centuries, he was able to reverse engineer various forms of modern technology (including Jim’s beloved Vespa) into armor despite his lack of resources, was able to create a cradlestone (helping save the various infant familiars in the Darklands) using their microwave, concoct a spell that would turn Jim into a troll all from memory, project memories onto the environment and a slew of other things.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: Merlin's big plan is to get the Staff of Avalon to regain his great magic powers, in which he would then single-handedly win the battle against Morgana, Gunmar and their Gumm-Gumm hordes. It is not until after Jim slays Gunmar, wipes out his army and banished Morgana to the Shadow Realm with no way back without him does he regain his powers.
  • The Cynic: Due to the era that he is from the centuries of experience, he does not have much faith in others, usually deflating whatever image people have of him intentionally and prioritizing The Needs of the Many inspite of knowing the kind of harm his decisions may take.
  • Ephebophile: He's an old man who is seemingly attracted to the sixteen-year old Claire.
  • The Ghost: He name is mention at various intervals, though little is ever elaborated. Nor is he ever actually present.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Merlin is old, cranky, and ornery, quick to play favorites and dole out insults. Some of this comes from being the smartest guy in the room, and when Jim calls him a jerk at one point, Merlin agrees with him, but points out that it doesn't make him wrong.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: His views of seeing the bigger picture lead him to manipulate Jim into willingly turning himself into a troll permanently.
  • Insufferable Genius: He is a master of the mystic arts and possesses a mild omniscience that has allowed him to plan against the forces of darkness centuries in advance. He is also very cynical, has a tendency to selectively ignore those around him and acts on Knight Templar levels of morally-compromisable ideas in the name of defeating his enemies.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: He tells Jim he was once as idealistic as him.
  • Jerkass: He is generally condescending to others, casually insulting other characters, rendering his battle with Morgana "the real battle" while ignoring the massive threat Gunmar and his armies pose and trying to pull the moves on an underaged girl. His Unscrupulous Hero antics don't endear him at all, though he becomes nicer at the end.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: His methods were underhanded, but at the end of the day he's correct that Jim wouldn't have survived and been able to defeat Gunmar as a human.
    Jim: You're a real jerk, you know that?
    Merlin: Yes, but that doesn't make me wrong.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He eventually becomes this later on at the end of the series.
  • Knight Templar: He is willing to resort to violence and leading people to their deaths if it serves the greater good.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Despite his age, Merlin is a competent fighter, being able to fight circles around Jim and even conjures a sword as his primary weapon.
  • Light 'em Up: Manifesting as a green or blue magic, that causes daylight to shine through.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: A nearly averted version, as he tries prioritizing Morgana over Gunmar, pointing out that while Gunmar’s threat is more immediate, Morgana’s magic could spell doom for the entire world. When he is given the chance, he completely overlooks the idea that Morgana would render the staff useless and be at her mercy. It is not until the rest of the team kills Gunmar and banishes Morgana to the Shadow Realm does he regain his powers, making him essentially The Millstone for the team.
  • Pet the Dog: He makes it easier for NotEnrique and Chompsky to rescue all the babies trapped in the Dark Lands by creating a crystal that can hold all them without being prompted.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: He breaks every pedestal people try to put him on and makes a very poor house guest. He is also centuries older than a regular human.
  • Token Wizard: Zig-Zagged. While Claire serves as this to the team itself, her signature weapon being a Magic Staff that she has experience and command over with a spell, Merlin is much more experienced in magic and contributes as more of a Deus ex Machina for certain problems too big and nebulous for the trollhunters to fix (like creating the cradle-stone to solve the "hundreds of babies in the Darklands" dilemma). With that said, he spends most of the story with much of his power gone and either relying on physical combat to fight his way through a problem or manipulating the trollhunters in some manner.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Upon learning of his ruthless plans there is no shortage of outrage on the part of the heroes.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: While he is aware of the harm he causes and bereaved into doing so, Merlin's behavior and methods come across as needlessly cruel and unusual at times. He seeks to prioritize all of the Trollhunter's efforts and resources into targeting Morgana despite Gunmar being the more immediate threat just so that he could have his magic powers back, believing that he could take out Gunmar himself when this happens in-spite of the casualties. He concocts a potion that would turn Jim into a troll, knowing and admitting fully well that he has no way of reversing the spell, and more or less manipulates Jim into accepting it. On a lesser scale he is very quick to belittle or insult those around him (only sometimes by accident), especially people that sing his praises (like Blinky) or those that prostrate before him (like Strickler).

    Morgana 
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Voiced by: Lena Headey

A strange and enigmatic being, Morgana was the one who granted Angor Rot his immense power at the cost of his soul.


  • Adaptational Abomination: In Arthurian Legend, Morgana le Fay was the half-sister of King Arthur and popular recurring villain to both the original stories and adaptations thereof, portrayed as either part fairy or an accomplished sorceress, sometimes on the same level of the Lady of the Lake. Here however, she is much more of a threat than that. It is never made clear whether or not she was ever human, and while she is mentioned to be Merlin's apprentice, it is implied that she has been around long before him. She is indestructible, unstoppable at full-power, was responsible for the existence of every other villain in the series (if not directly, then by proxy) and she could not be killed, instead either be contained in amber (at the cost of most of Merlin's magical reserves) and later within the Shadow Realm.
  • A God Am I: She compares herself to a god while possessing Claire, possibly as a legit moment of narcissism and as a means of intimidating the heroes. She also has temples to her and her habit of having multiple titles alludes to theonyms.
  • Ambiguously Human: When she is first seen, the only part shown is a suspiciously human-like hand. When we see her physiology in full, her body is Wreathed in Flames, so it is unclear if she is either a human or troll to any capacity. Revealed to be human-looking in season 3, though Merlin claims that she was "much older" than him, implying that she was a Humanoid Abomination or god of some sort.
  • The Archmage: Either this or her boast of godhood was true. She easily outclasses everyone else except fully powered Merlin. She solos all of the Trollhunters, including the released spirits of the past Trollhunters, and would have won if it weren't for Angor Rot's Heel–Face Turn.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Forms one with Gunmar in Part 3.
  • Casting a Shadow: Supposedly her magic is this, but it's manifested as a bright golden light.
  • Complete Immortality: She suffers no ill effects for being trapped in a crystal for hundreds of years (and being conscious the whole time) and shrugs off being impaled by Jim's sword, boasting that she cannot be killed. Subverted, as Merlin was somehow able to cut her left hand off to make the Amulet. How he accomplished this is never explained.
  • Composite Character: Morgana of Arthurian legend and Baba Yaga of Russian Mythos are one and the same.
  • The Corrupter: She's the creator of changelings, which are known to have been normal trolls before something was done to them. She turned Angor Rot into her soulless servant. And she took control of Claire once she used the staff to its fullest capacity.
  • Dark Is Evil: Strickler claims that Claire has no shadow while she possesses her because she is a shadow.
  • Final Boss: She is this for Trollhunters, being the only antagonist still active after Gunmar is killed.
  • For the Evulz: Merlin claims that she only supports Gunmar’s campaign because she thrives on chaos and destruction.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: She granted Angor Rot his power in exchange for his soul, and later used him as an assassin against Merlin's Trollhunters. She relays instructions to the Janus Order through a gramophone, and even Gunmar shuts up to listen when she is brought up in conversation. It is then revealed that Morgana was the one that orchestrated the strife between Trolls and mankind that led to Gunmar's creation in the first place.
  • Have You Seen My God?: When Gunmar escapes the Darklands midway through Season 2, she promptly stops communicating with the Janus Order.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: She's ultimately defeated through the use of the Shadow Staff, her own weapon which was taken from her by Claire. Claire shoves her into the shadow realm using the staff then Toby destroys it so she can never escape.
  • Humanoid Abomination: She is an incredibly powerful... something... who holds the title of "Eldritch Queen." She has power over the souls of others and can imbue them with great, nigh-unstoppable magic. When she appears at the end of Season 2, she is humanoid but her body is Wreathed in Flames.
  • I Have Many Names: Argante. Lady Pale. Baba Yaga. Eldritch Queen. She has many names.
  • Light Is Not Good: One of her titles is Pale Lady and her true appearance seems to be a living flame. Her actual truest form is a lady clad in golden armour with no aesthetically "dark" characteristics. In fact, her golden magic often contrasts with Claire's purple one.
  • Made of Magic: Her left arm was a key ingredient in the creation of the Amulet of Daylight.
  • Magic Eater: She was able to absorb most of Merlin’s magic in the process of her imprisonment and later siphons the power of the Staff of Avalon before he could use it against her.
  • Necromancer: She is able to take the souls of others and was able to resurrect Angor Rot when his eye is presented before her.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: When she resurrects Angor Rot, she returns his soul to him in the process. This leads to Jim confronting him, pointing out that he no longer has the "enslavement" excuse for all of his horrible actions, reminding him of the hero he once was and leading to his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Red Right Hand: Her left hand is green, since we know her left hand was used to make the amulet, what she has now is likely some kind of magic construct.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can:
    • She's sealed in a massive crystal, though her mind can wander to places of sufficient power.
    • In the series finale, Blinky, AAARRRGGHH!!! and Toby rescue Claire from Morgana after Toby destroys the Shadow Staff, thus resulting in the witch to be trapped in the shadows.
  • Speak of the Devil: Troll lore believes that her real name "Morgana" is cursed, thus they would prefer to use the title of "Pale Lady." It is not until Usurna says the name multiple times that she starts hearing her voice from the record player. Morgana frequently tells people to "call to me."
  • Wicked Witch: She is clearly evil, and she clearly has great magic.
  • Wreathed in Flames: She is revealed to look like a human woman with glowing eyes and on fire.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Plans on disposing of Gunnar and probably the other Gumm Gumms once their conquest of the surface is complete.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: She granted Angor Rot great magical power like he asked in exchange for his soul, imprisoning it within the Inferna Copula.
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