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    Part 1 
Becoming: Part 1
  • Jim's daily routine shows him making breakfast for his mother and best friend, Toby. And right before he leaves, he tells his mother this: "I love you, mom".
  • Jim standing up for Eli when the young boy is bullied by Steve.
  • Strickler advising Jim to take better care of himself and to actually talk to Claire instead of just staring.

Becoming: Part 2

  • Claire praising Jim for his incredible acting and putting a comforting hand on his shoulder.
  • The end of the episode features this dedicationnote :
    In Loving Memory of Our Trollhunter, Anton Yelchin

Wherefore Art Thou, Trollhunter?

  • Toby sticking by Jim during his initial scuffle with Draal, his fight with Steve, and when Jim challenges Draal to a rematch. That's true friendship.
  • After Jim feels humiliated after his defeat at the hands of Draal, Blinky tells him there's nothing to feel ashamed about.
  • Blinky and Aaarrrgghh looking annoyed at Draal when the Troll makes disparaging remarks against Jim.

Gnome Your Enemy

  • Jim's Spanish teacher showing concern when it looks like Jim is in physical distress.

Waka Chaka!

  • As disturbing as their revenge motto is, the Goblins only do it because they feel that someone has hurt one of their own. It's sweet in a way.
  • Jim and Claire growing closer during their museum trip.
  • Aaarrrgghh joining Toby in "exercising".

Win, Lose, Or Draal

  • When thinking that he will die in his rematch against Draal, Jim decides to give letters to the people he's closest to: Barbara, Claire, and Toby.
    • When he gives Toby his letter before the fight, Toby tells him very firmly that he'll give the letter back to Jim after the fight, and then they'll get tacos.
    • There was also Jim's speech to his mother about how he would never leave the way his father did and he will always love her.
  • Toby hugging Jim after the battle with Draal and is honestly touched by the fact Jim considers him a "best friend".
  • Despite all of the unnecessary antagonism Draal dished out to Jim, the Trollhunter doesn't kill him, but offers him a hand.
  • Jim blatantly threatening a disguised Ms. Nomura in front of his mother when he sees a threat to her.
  • Draal promising to protect and fight alongside Jim for whatever battles come their way. The episode ends with them smiling at one another.

To Catch A Changeling

  • The beginning of the episode starts with Draal acting as a Big Brother Mentor to Jim by teaching him how to refine his swordskills and even smiling with pride when Jim learns to consciously move his sword.
  • A blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but also at the beginning of the episode, when Jim lets Draal hold his sword, Draal studies the blade and finds his father's reflection proudly smiling back at him.
  • After getting his letter from the last episode, Claire thinks that the monsters Jim fights are figurative. But instead of calling him a "freak" or a "weirdo', she offers him whatever support she can give.
  • It's a small moment, but Strickler gets calmly enraged when Bular takes the death of a changeling as nothing more than that "she served her purpose".

Adventures in Troll Sitting

  • Claire kissing Jim on the cheek after he agrees to watch her little brother.
  • Toby and Aaarrrgghh as roommates — from Toby being happy at just the fact their roomies and both excitedly playing video games together.
    • From this episode onwards, they refer to each other as "Wingman".
  • As creepy as it is, the Goblins show a surprising tenderness towards the kidnapped infants.

Bittersweet Sixteen

  • Barbara and Toby celebrating Jim's birthday. It gets even better when Toby tells Blinky and Aaarrrgghh about his birthday and throw him a surprise party.
  • Even though Claire was angry at Jim for "thrashing her house", she's still happy that he came back to help with the play.
  • Jim using the line "Forgive me" to apologize to Claire and she responds with a warm smile.
  • Blinky getting the Vespa parts of the same model Jim wanted for his birthday. It gets better when Blinky utters the same words Jim's deadbeat dad did but means it. Jim then goes in for a hug with Blinky reciprocating.
  • Blink and you'll miss it but when the Stalkling is released to hunt Jim, Strickler doesn't look annoyed with his co-worker but more like saddened. He worries about Jim and he can't do anything about it lest their plans be ruined.

Young Atlas

  • Mary Wang, a friend of Claire's, pretends that Jim took her seat so that he and Claire can sit together.
  • While it did more harm then good, Draal made a genuine attempt to help Jim about his anxiety with kissing Claire.
  • The very fact that Jim was so nervous about getting his kiss with Claire right and the fact that the feeling was mutual.

A Recipe For Disaster

  • Subtle, but the fact that Strickler goes for taking the amulet instead of killing Jim shows he does legitimately care for the boy.

Claire And Present Danger

  • Gnome Chompsky volunteering to go into the Darklands.
  • Claire not leaving Jim's side when they are attacked by Goblins and Jim doing what he can to protect her.
  • After Jim explains his second life as a Trollhunter, Claire then chides herself for thinking a play was more important. Jim immediately tells her the play must go on.
  • Barbara staying by Jim's side when he has to go to the hospital after his fight with Ms. Nomura.

The Battle of Two Bridges

  • Barbara telling Jim he has some great friends. Jim states that there is no one like Toby. Then, Barbara comments that she was also talking about Claire.
  • Jim thanking Claire for helping him in the previous episode.
  • Even though he's an antagonist, Stickler tells Jim that if Gunmar is released he'll take care of his mother.
  • Draal thanking Jim for avenging his father's death by killing Bular.
  • Aarghaumont actually killing Bular to protect Tobias. When Tobias worries about breaking his oath, Aaaaargh simply says his life was worth more.
  • The standing ovation the Romeo and Juliet received, as well as Jim and Claire holding hands while taking a bow.

Return of the Trollhunter

  • Blinky allows Claire to see the remains of the bridge and have a heartfelt moment where she talks to her brother, promising Enrique that she'll find him. She thanks Blinky for this afterwards.


  • Not!Enrique actually gets one after he demands that Claire get him a burger. Claire stops to look at a picture of her little brother and starts crying. Not!Enrique quickly backpedals, first easing up on his demand and then using a technique to show Claire a glimpse of the real Enrique and prove he's alright. He's let go of his food order by this point but Claire gratefully offers to get him whatever he wants.

Roaming Fees May Apply

  • Though it's still a villainous moment, Strickler is clearly hesitant to put the charm in Barbara's tea and continues to look guilty after he does so. Even as he makes an "enchanting" quip about the tea, his voice sounds quite shaky. A big part of him clearly didn't want to do this.

Blinky's Day Out

  • Blinky's pure joy at getting to see the world in daylight for the first time as a human.
  • Though Jim blows it, Claire tells him she was asked to the school spring dance by another boy and she turned him down because she was "waiting for someone else to ask."

The Shattered King

  • Jim admits that he hasn't asked Claire to the dance because he's insecure about his dancing. Blinky inspires him by telling him a piece of advice he read in a phone book: "Dance like nobody's watching and love like it's never going to hurt."
  • Claire then ends up asking Jim to the dance, which Jim gleefully accepts and the two share an Almost Kiss.


  • Toby admits that the reason he was being such a jerk to Claire for the whole episode is because she just so amazing while he thinks of himself as not and he was afraid that he wouldn't have a real place among the team, but Claire quickly states he and Jim are the dynamic duo and nothing will change that.

Party Monster

  • Though Claire's friends initially think she's blown them off to have her own party, they patch things up (albeit under a mistaken understanding of the situation) and the three girls happily hug it out. Claire then shows she's still got their backs by taking the fall from the "police" for them while they slip out.
  • Not!Enrique pretending to be the police and chasing off the partygoers for Claire. The last thing he was seen doing before deciding to do this was looking at a picture of Claire with Enrique, likely reminding him of what a hard time she's had of things. The two patch up their earlier argument and acknowledge that they're becoming like family.

It's About Time

  • Jim had been holding off on using his one remaining shot of the Kairosect until what he could be sure was the best time, but when Claire is about to be hit by a truck, he doesn't hesitate.
    • While time is stopped, he's a little awkward but very gentle as he carries her to safety and then takes a moment to privately admit how much he likes her.
    Jim: Why did you let me drag you into this? ...But how could I ever say "no" to those eyes?


  • Draal working with Jim in the games, being supportive and friendly to him throughout.
    Draal: You take the small one. I'll handle the big guy.
  • AAARRRGGHH initially choses to leave, telling the others to pass on the message to Toby that the two of them are family. In the end, he decides to stay and tells Toby himself.

Angor Management

  • While setting up traps for Angor Rot, Strickler actually admits that he and Jim make a good team.
  • After accidentally scaring Barbara (who they thought was Angor Rot), Draal immediately and politely greets her.
  • Throughout the episode, Strickler makes sure that Barbara is safe from Angor Rot.

A Night To Remember

  • After Jim thanks Strickler for willingly undoing the binding spell the teacher has with his mother, Strickler states he's not doing it for Jim...but for Barbara. This moment and the fact he was about to confess his love for her earlier (had he not been cut off by Jim) shows that Strickler deeply cares for Barbara.
  • Destroying the binding spell is incredibly painful and Strickler cries out in agony, but makes no complaint, and apologises for what he's done to Barbara. Jim is clearly touched by the efforts Strickler makes for her.
  • Blinky gives Jim a Rousing Speech about The Power of Love and how the bonds it forges between humans makes them stronger.
    Jim: You're just saying that to make me feel better.
    Blinky: Of course I am! But I'm also saying it because it's true.
  • Toby offers to dance with Claire to cheer her up. She was happy to accept until he noticed the school mole mascot he's been infatuated with all season, at which point Claire encourages him to dance with her instead.
  • Toby blurts out a Love Confession to the mascot, who turns out to be Darcy Scott. She admits that she wanted Toby to ask her to the dance, finds him cute and lets him be her Duke, something he'd been eager to be throughout the Spring Fling. This was partially motivated by Toby's confession, since part of the reason she's a mascot is that she can let go about worrying about popularity and just be herself, something she wanted Toby to respect.
  • Jim and Claire skipping the Spring Fling in favor of a moonlit Vespa ride and awkwardly heartwarming Dance of Romance.

Something Rotten This Way Comes

  • One reason why Strickler decides not to stay in the human world — Because he has no future with Barbara. A subtle moment, but Strickler is respecting Barbara's wishes. Her memories of learning about Jim as a trollhunter and what Strickler did are erased, and he could have just pretended nothing bad happened and continued the relationship. But does he do that? No. He leaves probably one of the few things that made him genuinely happy because those were Barbara's wishes. Doubly heartwarming because until Barbara, Strickler was motivated almost entirely by self interest, but I Want My Beloved to Be Happy proves he is capable of selfless acts. Triply so because it was this that made Jim see the good in Strickler and express aloud hope for Strickler becoming a good person in the future.
  • When Angor Rot is defeated, Not!Enrique can be seen preparing to shield a gnome from a golem's foot with his body.
  • It's a brief moment but Kanjigar's exchange with Draal is very touching, especially when you consider that the former distanced himself from the latter to keep him safe.

    Part 2 
Escape from the Darklands
  • While in the Darklands, Jim draws a portrait of his friends.
  • Draal deciding to go against the Troll Tribunal when they decide to destroy the Killahead Bridge, leaving Jim to die.
  • Jim making sure Enrique gets out of the Darklands, even though it meant he is caught.


  • It's pretty common in most media for villains to either not care about their children, or flat-out abuse them. So seeing Gunmar genuinely enraged with Jim over the death of his son can get a bit of an "awww"; crosses over into Tear Jerker territory.
    Gunmar: Tell me, Trollhunter... What should a father do to the one who murdered his only son?!
  • This episode has a lot of moments between Claire and Not!Enrique, showing how far the two have come and how much they've grown to care about each other. Not!Enrique calls her "sis" early in the episode and the emotion Claire uses later on to power her staff and save both their lives from drowning is fear. Specifically, fear that she had lost Not!Enrique.


  • Jim bonds with Nomura while the two are imprisoned together. The latter opens up about how she was inspired by opera and relates the story of Peer Gynt that she was so fond of to Jim. She goes on to refer to him as "Little Gynt" afterwards. Jim later tells her stories about fighting Strickler.
  • Aaarrrgghh is brought back but is out of control. The one who calms him down? Toby.
    Aaarrrgghh: Wingman...?
  • When Kanjigar possesses Aaargh, Draal hugs his father for possibly the very first time since he became a Trollhunter. Then later, the two share an affectionate headbutt when discussing the plan to free Jim.
  • The look on Gunmar's face when he mentions his son's death during his rallying speech is one of pure grief and rage. Again, crosses over into Tear Jerker.
  • The very apparent delight Jim has at seeing his friends again. His reunion with Toby, Claire and Chompski is a sweet moment.


  • Jim's absolute refusal to abandon Nomura. Even when they have a lot of opportunities to escape without her, he does not give up on getting her home.
  • Nomura makes it hard to save her due to how much she offers herself to Hold the Line and even attempts a Heroic Sacrifice. She'd given up hope of ever escaping the Darklands but didn't let that stop her from helping Jim and his friends get away.
  • Draal recognises he had a choice to make in keeping watch of the bridge and he chooses to go through the portal himself to save the others.
  • Jim finally making it out of the Darklands. As soon as they're out, he takes a moment to enjoy the sunlight where he's shortly joined by Claire and the two finally share a Big Damn Kiss.
  • Afterwards, Jim comes home to him mother and though it's only been a day for her, he's overwhelmed to see her again after over 2 weeks and hugs her as tightly as he can with Tears of Joy rolling down his face.
    Jim: It's just good to be home, mom.

Hiss Hiss, Bang Bang

  • Just how happy Jim is to be free of the Darklands and his life back to normal. He gushes over how much he loves homework, of all things. He even admits to missing Steve.
  • It's a short moment, but Vendel continues to look out for Jim and his friends, pointing out his assurance that they have everything handled and protecting them from the Tribunal.
  • When everyone briefly thinks Gnome Chomski is dead, they're all heartbroken.

Hero with a Thousand Faces

  • The main conflict of the episode is caused by Jim's amulet malfunctioning on the day he's eager to make a good impression on Claire's parents. He believes that whether or not he'll be considered Claire's boyfriend hinges on things going well but at the end of the episode after things have gone a bit wrong Claire reveals she considered Jim her boyfriend all along. She kisses him on his way out and both of them look positively starstruck.

Just Add Water

  • Seeing the students having fun with the task of raising a pretend baby in the form of a bag of flour. Particularly Toby and Darcy, who take multiple selfies with theirs which are seen in the credits. The two of them bond a bit more in general throughout the episode. Similarly, Jim and Claire are very enthusiastic about doing the assignment together and cheerfully joke about the "baby" having each other's eyes and nose.
  • Though it's also a bit of a Tear Jerker, Claire, Jim and Toby having an open and honest conversation with each other about their experiences with their parents.
    • Toby expresses that when good things happen, he likes to think it's his parents watching over him, something which comes back at the end of the episode when his and Darcy's flour baby turns up fine. Though the next episode reveals how the climax of this one really worked out, Toby never learns of it and warmly continues to hold this belief.
  • Blinky, AAARRRGGHH and Draal having fun playing some version of Dungeons and Dragons together certainly counts.
  • Claire telling Darcy that Toby was making sure their flour baby was safe, to cover for him carrying it off into the museum and redeeming him in Darcy's eyes. Toby and Darcy can be seen holding hands at the end of the episode, after they're no longer partners on the assignment.

The Creepslayerz

  • Steve and Eli actually becoming friends.
    • Steve brings "Flip" the flour baby they were assigned to take care of to the museum, not because he cared about the assignment and not because he thought flour was something they might need. In his own words, he knew that Eli cared about the assignment and he decided to shoulder the load.
    • Steve calls Eli "Pepper-buddy".
  • Steve's Heel Realization when he learns that Jim is actually the protector of Arcadia, not a changeling villain as he had imagined.

The Reckless Club

  • The kids all busting out of detention while Mr. Ubaldo is sick from Toby's burrito. They then proceed to have one of the most fun Saturdays ever. They all admit that their fighting when regular school is in session is ridiculous.
    • It's particularly nice because some of the kids who don't normally get along such as Mary and Toby or even Jim and Steve have a genuine blast with each other.
    • Shannon's heartfelt speech on the subject.
    Shannon: I don't know why we have to be so mean to each other. You know, everyone goes through stuff. So we act out. Only reason we're here is... 'cause we weren't smart enough to get away with it. We should be nicer. I mean... (scoffs) who are we kidding? None of us are perfect. The least we can do is to be honest for once. Maybe then we can help each other out, you know? Make this world tolerable.
  • Steve protects Eli from a ball of paper.
  • Doubles as a Tear Jerker; Draal when facing death at Gunmar's hand states that he stands for the Trollhunter. Gunmar then realizes he has the perfect replacement for Bular and spares Draal's life to brainwash him to use against Jim.


  • When Jim learns that Draal became the Trollhunter in the alternate timeline, and that Draal was always worthy to wield it.
  • Even though he doesn't get his Vespa or the friendships with Claire, Blinky and Aargh, Jim actually enjoys himself and his normal life.
  • In the alternate future where Gunmar wins, Walter Strickler is the only one who believes in Jim's story! Not Toby. Not Blinky. It's clear why Jim saw him as one of his father figures.

In the Hall of the Gumm-Gumm King

  • When Usurna reveals she is the mole, the trolls go Mass "Oh, Crap!" and assume that she killed the trollhunter to leave them at Gunmar's mercy. Which means they never quite believed the show trial that convicted Jim of treason or that Jim killed Vendel, as Usurna said.
  • Jim calls Steve for help when he realizes the trolls don't have enough sun cover to escape into the woods. He calmly admits to Steve that he knows that Steve saw him fight in the previous episode, and that the trolls need him. Steve and Eli arrive with parasols and sun protection, politely greeting the trolls and escorting them to safety. Eli is also thrilled that all of his questions will get answered.
  • Claire starts to perform her Heroic Sacrifice by teleporting the last few dozen trolls out of Trollmarket. When they realize that she's dying from the effort, with her eyes going black and showing agony, every member of the Trollhunting team reaches onto the staff to take on the burden and save her. This doesn't just mean Jim, Toby, Blinky and Aargh; NotEnrique also goes Big Brother Instinct and holds on tight, yelling at her not to die.
  • Blinky becoming the new leader of Trollmarket.
  • The Reveal that, thanks to their disgrace, Strickler and Nomura have survived the Changeling massacre, and they've returned to Arcada to help Jim.

    Part 3 
Bad Coffee
  • A small moment, but when the corrupt Coach Lawrence begins verbally abusing Eli, Steve tells him to lay off.
  • Jim, Toby, Eli, and Steve have to undo their teachers' possession by Gumm-Gumm ashes by appealing to their humanity.
    • Eli connecting with Ms. Janeth and her being genuinely touched when he tells her she's his favorite teacher. Especially since earlier in the episode she expressed sadness that she didn't feel like she was making a difference in her students' lives.
    • When Steve has to save Coach Lawrence, who, in his corrupted form, blurted out to the other students that he is dating Steve's mom. Steve admits that while he isn't crazy about this, Coach has actually stayed compared to his actual father.
    Steve: You may not be my father, but you are my friend.


  • The Trollhunters and family all helping Jim adjust to his new hybrid form. Aaarrrgghh wrestles with him, he and Claire have a romantic chase through the forest, Toby chases him up three stories when Jim is stressed, and Blinky outright calls him his son, as they all promise to stay with him through the changes he's facing.

The Eternal Knight, Part 2

  • While the finale is a Bittersweet Ending as in Jim now permanently stuck to being a troll-human hybrid and is forced to abandon his human life in order to help the rest of the trolls with Merlin to set up a new Trollmarket at New Jersey, but Claire joins him and both tell Toby that they'll see him again someday.
    • This is coupled with the final lines of the show being a speech Jim previously made about becoming a hero, spoken by Anton Yelchin. It’s then followed by the last text being “This series is dedicated to Anton Yelchin”.

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