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Morgana, Bo and Merlin; artwork created by Marcus S Lazarus

Lost in Camelot by RLD Flame-point Callie-co is a crossover between Lost Girl and Merlin (starting mid-season Two for Lost Girl and early season Two for Merlin). Starting as Bo finds herself drunk and depressed over Dyson and Lauren having moved on to other partners, she is confronted by a mysterious old man while staggering home, the man sobering her up and teleporting her away saying that he is sending her ‘home’, just as Kenzi follows Bo and gets caught up in the spell. The two find themselves in a forest, and are eventually ‘rescued’ by Arthur and Merlin, forcing the two women to present themselves as displaced noblewomen who were abducted by a sorcerer. As they adjust to life in Camelot, Bo forms a particularly close friendship with Morgana, while Merlin learns of her true nature and makes arrangements to help her cope with her need to feed on chi. As time goes on, these relationships develop into a complex romantic attraction between all three, while secrets of Bo’s past lead her and Kenzi to make a new life in Camelot.


The author has confirmed that this will be a three-part series (Although only the first part has been written so far); Lost in Camelot, The Lost Kingdom, and Fae New World.

Lost in Camelot contains examples of:

  • Absolute Cleavage: Bo, obviously, particularly in some of the gowns Morgana lets her wear
  • Abusive Parents: Uther is a clear example of this, but Bo references her own grim history with her mother, as well as her adoptive parents’ harsh reactions after she unintentionally killed her first boyfriend
  • Action Fashionista: Morgana, as in canon, but Kenzi swiftly adopts this once she confirms that she and Bo will have to stay in Camelot, and Bo is comfortable showing off her assets as well.
  • Action Girl: Bo, but Morgana has shown some skill in this area in her original show, and does her best in Merlin's absence during the troll takeover.
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  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Inverted; despite Bo and Morgana’s canon attraction to dangerous men, they both develop feelings for Merlin due to his genuinely good nature
  • All Women Are Prudes: Played with; Bo and Kenzi are fairly casual about their sex appeal, but standards of the time prompt Morgana in particular to be more reticent. Over the course of the story, Morgana and Gwen are shocked to see Bo wearing her 'underwear' (which from Bo's perspective covers more than her usual clothes), Freya is highly uncomfortable at the idea of wearing some of Kenzi’s clothing, and Morgana is slightly awkward when she goes along with Bo's plan to dress seductively for Merlin's birthday.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Morgana; she acknowledges that she would have gone after Bo from the beginning if her friend had been a man, was physically affectionate with Bo to such a degree that Kenzi found it noteworthy, and is willing to consider making their relationship romantic once Bo gives her a day to consider that possibility. That said, Morgana has only ever been attracted to men before Bo suggests that she has romantic feelings for Morgana, is reluctant to take things to a physical level too soon even after Bo kisses her for the first time- a fact that Bo understands and accepts- and was explicitly attracted to Merlin first, to the point that she nearly breaks off their relationship as she has trouble being physically affectionate with Bo.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite living in a kingdom that has dealt with magic for decades, Morgana initially doesn't believe Bo when Bo reveals that she's a succubus simply because they are described as having blue eyes while Bo's eyes are brown, until Bo shows Morgana her Occult Blue Eyes.
  • Authority in Name Only: From different perspectives, this applies to Bo and Uther. From a fae perspective, Bo has claimed Camelot as her territory and is now its ruler, but since Bo has no interest in actually ruling Camelot, she claims that she 'lets' Uther think he's still in charge so that he can deal with the administrative side of things while retaining her own title.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Bo’s succubus abilities
  • Badass Normal:
    • Kenzi, as always, to the point where she once visited Kilgharrah on her own to ask him about a way to resolve the troll problem
    • Technically Arthur; the original show makes this clear, but he privately resents how Bo has been 'taking' his opportunities to prove himself, considering that she was the one to deal with the troll and the witch-hunter.
    • When in Hengist's fortress, Bo finds Dyson and Lancelot working together as gladiators, with Lancelot a trusted ally to Dyson despite just being human.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Chapter 35, Arthur is put out to have his potential moment subverted when he discovers that Bo has already escaped Hengist (with the apparent aid of Dyson and Lancelot).
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Chapter 35 concludes with Morgana affirming that she loves Bo just as she loves Merlin, the three sharing a kiss in the moonlight away from their rescue party.
  • Birds of a Feather:
    • Bo, Merlin and Morgana are three magical beings in a kingdom that officially hates magic.
    • When Lancelot arrives, Kenzi expresses gratitude to have another human aware of her fae associates, as she never really 'clicked' with Lauren as they had nothing in common beyond being human.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Bo is sometimes surprised about the idea that this society expects her to be 'virginal' and 'pure', which hampers her plans to escape Hengist's men as they're reluctant to do anything that would 'damage the goods'. Also, the past Dyson is somewhat surprised at the human notion of women as fragile things that need to be protected, as fae women are often just as formidable fighters as men.
  • Canon Welding: In so many ways, including Kilgharrah being aware of the Fae and the troll that impersonated Lady Katrina being an Under-Fae (prompting her to focus on getting Bo out of the kingdom as Fae rules mean that Bo's claim to Camelot would take precedent over the troll's).
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Bo and Merlin, obviously; even when given a chance to run away to Merlin’s village, they return to face the threat of the troll and the challenges of life in Camelot in general.
  • Con Man: When the "Witch Hunter" shows up, Kenzi, a veteran con artist, is instantly able to tell he's a fraud. She also warns Bo how the guy will likely accuse an innocent person to push his act, and uses her own experience to help Bo and Merlin prove he's a fraud.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Kilgharrah worries that Bo’s relationship with Merlin will cause a conflict between Merlin's destined duty to Camelot and his feelings for the succubus.
  • Costume Porn: A variety of these, with the author taking inspiration from sources such as Oz the Great and Powerful in designing dresses for Kenzi and others.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: After Lancelot returns to Camelot, Arthur deliberately acts as though he was leading Gwen on to encourage her to pursue a relationship with Lancelot as he believes she'd be happier with someone who can actually have a proper relationship with her, regardless of Arthur's own feelings for her.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Kenzi might wear black, but she remains one of the most light-hearted characters.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Bo, Kenzi and Morgana (although downplayed in Morgana's case compared to the other two).
  • Deliberately Distressed Damsel: Just as Gwen did in canon, Bo lets herself be captured to save Morgana.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Played with for Arthur; he's still involved in the major plots against Camelot, but due to Bo's presence, he doesn't get the chance to deal with the troll-Katrina, Aredian or Hengist himself as Bo defeats them first (although she lets Dyson and Lancelot take the credit for Hengist).
    • Arguably also the case for Freya; she's still the focus of an attempted rescue, but where she was Merlin's love interest in the show, in this version she's just a victim that Bo, Kenzi and Merlin become friends with (Bo is hinted to be attracted to Freya, but it isn't developed in depth).
  • Dirty Old Man:
    • Referenced when Uther is briefly brought under Bo's influence while she tries to persuade him to be lenient towards Freya, but generally subverted as Uther is a gentleman towards Bo when in control of himself.
    • Comes up when Bo tries to deflect Aredian's suspicions and question a local shop-owner for information about recent events, as she uses her powers to convince them to go along with her questions, but this only occurs either when she is alone with Aredian or when in the presence of Merlin, who knows about her succubus nature.
  • Doppelgänger Gets Same Sentiment: Defied in principle; when Bo is explaining her status as resident fae in Camelot to the younger Dyson, she reminds herself that she doesn't know this Dyson well enough to be honest with him, and so claims that she rules Camelot discreetly while leaving Uther to deal with the administrative details in case Dyson attempts a coup of his own.
  • Drunk with Power: Notably when Bo and Merlin have actual sex for the first time, as Bo’s ‘dark side’ takes over; also happens when she drains all of Hengist's forces to escape, requiring Dyson and Lancelot to knock her out.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Kenzi immediately refers to Lancelot as "tall, dark and handsome" when he appears in Camelot.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Morgana can barely hold in her laughter when she realizes that Uther honestly believes that Arthur and Merlin are sleeping together.
    Uther: You've seen the way they banter, tease and flirt all over the castle. They hardly make any effort to hide their affection at all!
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Played with; Uther might be a jerk, but he isn’t evil enough for Bo and Merlin to want to kill him, particularly not when they know that it would hurt Arthur (Bo also reflects that even the jerk Ash could have had loved ones before her mother's attack left him on life support).
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Only demonstrated with Morgana so far, with Morgana coming to the tentative realisation that she is interested in Bo as a possible romantic partner once the possibility is presented to her, having previously mused that Bo would have made the perfect suitor if she had been born a man.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Morgana is surprised to learn that Uther is aware of even the possibility that men and women can be attracted to others of their own gender and expresses no significant distaste at the idea so long as the relevant parties are discreet.
    • On the other hand, Merlin is privately concerned that Lancelot may not be as understanding about Merlin having a relationship with two women at once as he is about Merlin's magic; however, when Dyson reveals their relationship, Lancelot assures Merlin that nothing will change their friendship.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Granted, Kilgharrah may be better defined as a Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist rather than outright evil, but he still defines Bo and Morgana according to his own perceptions rather than acknowledging them as good people who might make mistakes, such as regarding Morgana telling the Witchfinder about Gaius as an act of deliberate malice rather than desperate fear.
  • Exact Words: Bo starts using this to avoid explicitly lying to anyone she wants to consider a friend in Camelot regarding her past, such as telling Gaius that Lauren was the equivalent of a court physician in her homeland or telling Morgana that her homeland had so many different customs that it's like a completely different world (planning to gradually drop hints about her true history as their relationship develops).
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Basically applies when Dyson explains his past history to Uther; Uther has heard of the Faelad Laigach, but assumes that the title and the stories that they fight like a pack of wolves are just names rather than an accurate description.
  • Fantastic Racism: Uther's attitude towards magic, as always.
  • Faux Death: Taken even further when dealing with the troll, as Merlin just drugs Arthur so that Bo can drain him; Gaius notes that it would be just as dangerous for Bo to drain Arthur as it would be if they were using any potion capable of creating the illusion of death, and Merlin has faith that Bo will be able to bring Arthur back now that she's well-fed.
  • Fish out of Water: More for Kenzi than Bo at first, as Bo finds herself surprisingly fond of Camelot despite the displacement; later explained with the revelation that Bo is actually from Camelot, as she was sent into the future when her mother sent her to safety.
  • Fix Fic: Not explicitly identified as such, but Kilgharrah mentions that sending a being of Bo's power into the future created a rift in the world- Word of God confirming that this rift is the reason for such later developments as Morgana's Face–Heel Turn- while her return to this time will allow that rift to heal, creating hope for a new history.
  • The Fixer: Kenzi is essentially this, to the point that she manages to put together two identical sexy outfits for Bo and Morgana on very short notice.
  • Friends with Benefits: Things between Bo and Merlin initially started this way, but develop into a genuinely emotional relationship.
  • Fright-Induced Bunkmate: A semi-romantic, semi-platonic version of this trope features when Morgana asks to stay with Bo after a particularly troubling 'nightmare' about Bo's past wandering lost and her (unknown to Morgana) future meeting with Kilgharrah, this night together starting a trend of the two 'platonically' sharing a bed to help Morgana sleep better.
  • Godwin's Law of Time Travel: Invoked after Dyson's past self arrives in Camelot, as Kenzi expresses concern that tampering with known history too much could result in a future where "your parents never met and your best friend is now Fae Hitler".
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Played with for Merlin regarding Aredian, as he has trouble initially comprehending the idea that anyone would fake a crisis just to get money despite Kenzi’s explanation.
  • Groin Attack: Contemplated by Kenzi when she learns that the only way to break the spell the troll cast on Uther is to make him cry tears of true remorse.
  • Have We Met Yet?: Chapter 33 ends with Bo witnessing Dyson in Hengist's fortress, although she needs a moment to confirm that she's looking at the Dyson of this era rather than the time-displaced Dyson of her time.
  • Hermaphrodite: Played with when Kenzi wonders if the troll that married Uther in the guise of Lady Catrina is actually female itself (although it was referred to as 'Mistress' by Jonas even in private).
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In chapter 32, Bo deliberately stays behind to give Morgana a chance to escape from the forces of a warlord.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Bo and Kenzi for the girls and Arthur and Merlin for the guys; Morgana thought that she was forming such a relationship with Bo before Bo introduced the idea of a romantic element to their relationship. When Bo is in Hengist's fortress posing as Morgana, it appears that Lancelot has formed a similar dynamic with the Dyson of this time, to the extent that Lancelot is aware that Dyson is fae.
  • I Have This Friend...: Merlin attempts this when asking Arthur for advice about how he has feelings for Morgana while involved with Bo, but Arthur is naturally unable to give him much useful insight, simply suggesting (when Merlin claims that his 'friend' is just someone he met in a tavern) that Merlin stay out of the tavern in future.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Referenced; after Bo realises that Morgana is in love with Merlin, followed by Kenzi admitting that she is aware that Merlin has feelings for Morgana, Bo contemplates breaking up with Merlin so that he can be with Morgana, but Kenzi explicitly states that would be stupid as it would just leave all three of them varying degrees of miserable now that Merlin and Bo are in love, prompting her to suggest that Bo Take a Third Option...
  • If It's You, It's Okay: While Bo is an established bisexual and Merlin is simply straight, Morgana has to spend a day analysing her feelings after Bo proposes that she join Bo and Merlin's pre-existing relationship. However, Morgana had previously mused that Bo would be the perfect suitor if she had been born a man, and after their 'relationship' begins, while Morgana makes it clear she is uncomfortable taking things with Bo too far, the fact that she is willing to kiss Bo and share moments of closeness with her says a lot about Morgana's feelings considering the standards of the time, even if she contemplates breaking it off as she has trouble being physically affectionate with Bo.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: A minor example; Kenzi ensures that Arthur will bring Merlin back from a hunting trip in time for Merlin's birthday (which Bo has plans for) by making threats that include itching powder in his trousers.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Although Kilgharrah states that Bo being sent back to Camelot will heal the rift in the world that would have been created otherwise and thus change what would have happened, so far most of the major threats from the series have happened as they did originally, save for them not occurring in the same order as in the original show (Aredian comes to Camelot after Freya's death rather than before, as an example).
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Morgana basically insists on playing this role when she arranges to join the rescue party being sent to Hengist's fortress, and Lancelot is determined to act as one even if he isn't an official knight.
  • The Lost Lenore: Averted; where Freya was basically this for Merlin in canon, here Merlin never sees her as more than someone he has to save, and while Bo is hinted to be attracted to Freya, she never even tries to make it more before Freya is killed.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: Occurs for Bo and Morgana in particular;
    • Bo had a brief crush on Morgana upon arrival, but only realises that she has deeper-than-physical feelings for Morgana despite beginning a relationship with Merlin when Kenzi confronts her about her physically affectionate relationship with the other woman.
    • Technically Morgana has a similar epiphany after Bo kisses her for the first time, but she takes a day or so to process the idea of two women loving each other in that sense, and even after that, standards of the time prompt her to be reticent about expressing her feelings at first until Hengist's attempt to capture her and Bo's subsequent Heroic Sacrifice help Morgana make up her mind.
  • Love Triangle: As in her own time, Bo unwittingly finds herself in one, with the difference that this one has all three parties interested in each other, as opposed to two different people being independently attracted to one person who likes them both.
  • Mental Affair: After Merlin starts to realise that he has romantic feelings for Morgana, he feels as though he is cheating on Bo by spending time with her, wondering if he is ‘using’ Morgana to satisfy his emotional needs (although, to his credit, he does his best to amend this by opening up more to Bo); Kenzi recognises the attraction but leaves it alone at first as she knows that Merlin wouldn’t actively cheat on Bo.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Invoked when Dyson recalls how he first met Lancelot, as he spent several weeks in his wolf-shape to escape his human guilt at the loss of his friend and his exile from his pack, as his wolf self didn't have to deal with his more complex emotions of guilt and grief.
  • Mistaken for Romance: 'Romance' might be extreme, but Uther reveals in Chapter 33 that he believes Arthur and Merlin have a sexual relationship.
  • Morton's Fork: Basically Dyson's thoughts on his decision to remain in Camelot; he isn't entirely comfortable swearing his allegiance to a new king after what happened last time, but he doesn't have any obvious alternatives.
  • Motor Mouth: Particularly in Kenzi’s case, to more humourous extent than even in her original show, as most of her references are dated for the future so most of Camelot has no idea what she’s talking about (Happy Meals, Barbies, etc.)
  • Muggle Best Friend: Gwen and Kenzi to Morgana and Bo in particular, even if Gwen doesn't know about Morgana's powers so far.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Explicitly rejected by Bo and Merlin as a method of dealing with Uther, no matter how much they dislike him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The first time Bo feeds in Camelot, she's so hungry that she kills her victim despite her best efforts to save him.
  • Nice Shoes: After she and Bo have spent hours wandering in the forests upon arriving in Camelot, Kenzi starts bemoaning what the forest is doing to her boots just before they are 'rescued' by Arthur and Merlin.
  • Nice to the Waiter: During their first dinner in Camelot, Bo realises that Arthur and Morgana are slightly different from the other nobles in their subtly warmer attitudes towards Gwen and Merlin respectively, Bo noting that Arthur and Gwen keep shooting longing glances at each other while Morgana gives Merlin a warm smile whenever she's sure nobody's looking at them while he looks at her with concern.
  • No Name Given: Subverted for the Great Dragon as Bo explicitly asks him his name upon being introduced to him, Kilgharrah clarifying that he never told Merlin his name as Merlin just didn’t ask
  • Noble Demon: Obviously Uther, considering the contrast between his ruthless nature in dealing with magic and his general compassion for his kingdom, but can also be argued that Bo is one, given the superficially demonic nature of her powers.
  • Not Big Enough for the Two of Us: As the first Fae to take up residence in Camelot, Bo is technically the ruler of the kingdom from a Fae perspective, so the troll had to drive her out to ‘legitimize’ her takeover as far as Fae society is concerned; when Bo delivers the killing blow, she explicitly tells the troll that Camelot isn't big enough for both of them, so the troll should have stayed away.
  • Not So Different: Invoked when Dyson observes that Camelot is the first purely human town he's ever seen and yet it doesn't strike him as that different from fae settlements, prompting Bo to observe that the two races aren't that different after all.
  • Not So Omniscient After All: Fearing the consequences of Bo’s closer relationship with Merlin, Kilgharrah attempts to break them up by indirectly encouraging Merlin and Morgana to keep their closer associations with Morgana and Bo secret from Bo and Merlin respectively, although he could never have anticipated that Kenzi would suggest that all three of them share a romantic relationship.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When Bo and Merlin first have sex after she is struck with an arrow and sustains an almost fatal wound, Bo taps into her darker side, revelling in the feeling of power over Merlin, her subconscious acknowledging him as a ‘worthy’ mate.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: Bo, as always; she explicitly demonstrates them to Morgana to convince her potential lover of her nature.
  • Occult Detective: Merlin and Gaius at first, and Bo to a lesser extent after she comes to Camelot, but Kenzi, Morgana and Gwen take on this role during Lady Catrina’s takeover of Camelot when Bo and Merlin are absent.
  • Older Than They Look: From Bo's perspective, she is briefly shocked to realise that Dyson is old enough for his younger self to be alive in the fifth century and the only difference between them beyond their obviously different clothing is how the Dyson of this time has a longer haircut.
  • Picky People Eater: Hinted at with Kilgharrah; he rejects the idea of eating Kenzi for being annoying because she is so thin he’d be picking bits out of his teeth for ages.
  • Plucky Girl: Gwen and Kenzi in particular, considering their lack of powers.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: As previously mentioned, Kenzi makes several references that nobody in Camelot apart from Bo can understand, such as bemoaning how Ludacris’s great-great-grandfather hasn’t even been born yet.
  • Princess for a Day: As in canon, Hengist is misled to believe that he has captured Morgana, although in this case he has captured Bo rather than Gwen.
  • Puppet King: When she first meets a 'friendly' fae, Bo claims that she has taken 'official' control of Camelot but allows Uther to remain in charge so that he can deal with the administrative issues of ruling a kingdom.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Obviously Bo and Kenzi’s friends are all separated from them after the two are sent back in time, but Word of God has stated that some of the Knights of the Round Table in the show won’t appear in this version of events, and it has also been confirmed that the Garuda was never awakened in the future/present before Bo and Kenzi were sent into the past.
    • A lesser example occurs when Bo and Merlin briefly leave Camelot during the troll-Catrina's takeover, leaving Kenzi, Morgana and Gwen to take up Merlin and Bo's usual roles of defence of Camelot, but they soon return to the kingdom in time to kill the troll.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Bo and Morgana, obviously, while Merlin also serves as a male version of this.
  • Reality Ensues: When Lancelot returns to Camelot, although Gwen did have feelings for him when he first visited, she put them aside after he left as she thought she would never see him again and has developed deeper feelings for Arthur by this point, even if she doesn't want to hurt Lancelot.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: A magical variation, as Merlin cannot send Bo and Kenzi back to the future despite his power, and is unable to cure Freya’s curse despite explicitly looking for a solution, even if he speculates that he might manage it if he had more time.
  • Refuge in Audacity: At one point Bo uses her abilities to 'seduce' Uther in open court just enough to convince him to accept Lancelot's return to Camelot rather than exile him.
  • Refusing Paradise: In a sense; despite Kenzi's complaints about some aspects of life in Camelot, such as the lack of proper toilet facilities or good music, when given the chance to return to her home time, Kenzi declines in favour of staying with Bo, who can’t go back to 2012 for various reasons.
  • Retroactive Preparation: Played with, as Bo and Kenzi are sent back to Camelot by Merlin’s future self, but the author has confirmed that Future Merlin only did this because he realised that Bo wasn’t from that time; Kilgharrah notes that sending a creature of Bo’s power forward in time would have created a rift that damaged the world (implied by the author to be the reason Morgana fell so far in the later seasons), while her return has fixed that rift and created the chance of a new future.
  • The Reveal: Kilgharrah’s revelation that Bo is actually native to the time of Camelot, rather than the twenty-first century.
  • Rules Lawyer: In an interesting sense, Uther does this to himself; when Bo uses her abilities to convince Uther to let Lancelot remain in Camelot, he appoints Lancelot Dyson's manservant rather than make him a knight.
  • Screw Destiny: Bo suggests that Merlin can abandon his supposed destiny to serve Arthur if he wishes, but she merely suggests the option rather than forcing Merlin into the choice.
  • Self-Made Man: Could be considered for Bo and Kenzi, as they go from being self-styled detectives squatting in an abandoned house to noblewomen of Camelot, but this is mainly achieved through Uther misinterpreting their origins and the two going along with the idea.
  • Shipper on Deck: Kenzi favours Bo/Merlin when she becomes aware that Merlin has feelings for Bo, but is quick to adapt that to Bo/Merlin/Morgana when she learns that Morgana is a potential factor as well.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Kenzi initially refers to Morgana as ‘Camelot Barbie’
    • After witnessing the troll's true form, Kenzi describes Uther's new marriage as him ‘bumping uglies with the Creature from the Black Lagoon'.
    • When [[spoiler:Lancelot arrives in Camelot, Kenzi tells him 'Welcome to Team Muggle',
  • Show Some Leg: Explicitly comes up when Bo dresses herself and Morgana in identical outfits for a private celebration of Merlin's birthday, Bo reasoning that this way she and Morgana can talk Merlin into the idea of Morgana joining their relationship by keeping him too distracted to think about countering their proposal.
  • Stable Time Loop: Explicitly ignored; the author has confirmed that Future Merlin did not send Bo back in time to create a past that he himself had already experienced, and Kilgharrah speculates that the unknown sorcerer who sent Bo back in time just knew that she wasn’t where she was supposed to be rather than knowing where she’d end up.
  • Take a Third Option: Faced with the revelation that Merlin and Morgana have feelings for each other, Bo feels that her options are to either stay with Merlin and leave Morgana unhappy or break up with Merlin so that he can be with Morgana, but Kenzi suggests that Bo instead 'just' make their relationship a triad (Kenzi clarifying that she was always pressuring Bo to 'pick a team' back in the twenty-first century as sharing wouldn't have been an option when Dyson and Lauren were the choices).
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Suggested with Merlin and Morgana; they start to acknowledge their romantic feelings for each other after Merlin decides to teach Morgana how to use magic, even if he keeps it secret that he has magic himself.
  • Tears of Remorse: Kenzi contemplates various means of making Uther do this to break the troll's spell;
    Kenzi: Great, then I can just introduce my boot to his balls; he'll definitely cry over that.
    Kilgharrah: While that idea is not without merit, I fear it would not work for this purpose; Uther must feel remorse for his own actions, not for yours.
    Kenzi: How about if I explained how stuff he did made me do it?
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Invoked when Morgana muses that she was never very good at sketching or sewing, preferring fencing and horseback riding, while Gwen's skill at embroidery is so good that Morgana felt embarrassed to attempt anything that would be compared to her work.
  • They Fight Crime!: Bo and Kenzi swiftly adopt this role in defence of their new home
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Could be argued that Bo had this, as she spent her first few days in Camelot thinking of it as a pleasant holiday from her heartbreak over Dyson and Lauren until she found a way home, only to learn that this is her home time and she can’t be sent back to the present without risking serious damage to Time itself.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Subtly for Merlin; he was always skilled at using magic against his enemies in the show, but after his relationship with Bo begins, he is shown to be more willing to take a stand against his official ‘superiors’, albeit initially in small ways like telling Arthur he’s wrong (to the point that he calls Arthur’s assessment of the situation ‘bullshit’ right in front of the prince). This also extends to Merlin's actions when dealing with magic-related threats, such as beating troll minion Jonas to death with a candlestick rather than using a spell, or defying the Great Dragon by teaching Morgana magic.
  • Treacherous Advisor: Kilgharrah tries to manipulate Bo, Merlin and Morgana to drive Bo away from Merlin so that he can resume his role as Merlin’s only true magical ally.
  • Triang Relations: Bo, Merlin and Morgana form a Type 8 by Chapter 30; at this point, Bo and Morgana are attracted to Merlin, and while Bo is interested in Morgana, she accepts Morgana's initial hesitancy about taking their relationship too far too fast.
  • The Unfettered: Even without being involved in the Fae directly, Bo still draws the concern of the Great Dragon due to her lack of a side (mainly because she may impact his own plans for Merlin)
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Used for all the female characters, particularly as Kenzi starts to experiment with new designs once she accepts that she isn’t going back to the twenty-first century.
  • Uptown Girl: The romance is currently just hinted at for Arthur and Gwen, but played more directly with Bo, Morgana and Merlin, as the two women are nobles in Camelot’s court while Merlin is just a servant.
  • Wham Line: The moment when Kilgharrah reveals that Bo originally came from this time and place, rather than being born in the future
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Bo encourages Merlin to subvert this, arguing that just because he’s been told it’s his destiny to serve Arthur doesn’t mean he has to do so.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Technically, anyway; after Bo and Kenzi arrive in Camelot, one of their primary goals is to find a way back to the twenty-first century, but after Merlin confirms that he can’t send them back himself, they learn from Kilgharrah that actually Camelot is home for Bo at least; Aife made a deal with the Norn that sent Bo into the future when she ‘abandoned’ her daughter, and Bo coming to Camelot was just her being sent ‘home’ by Merlin’s future self.

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