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Recap / Trollhunters S 1 E 19 Airheads

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Toby and Claire undertake a task for Jim to prove they can handle helping him as Trollhunters. But Toby's jealousy of Claire's increasing closeness with Jim causes him to do something that causes them both a lot of trouble.


This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Blatant Lies: Claire and Toby make up a goofy story to explain why Toby is supine in a wagon. It's completely unbelievable, yet the cop they tell it to buys it hook, line and sinker.
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  • Chekhov's Gun: The warhammer Toby likes. They end up putting the curse into it, so that he can wield it.
  • Dark Horse Victory: Thanks to Jim giving up the match and Steve's gloating, a forgotten Eli wins.
  • Exact Words: Toby asks Notenrique to do something about his situation. Notenrique takes a selfie. Toby should have said "Help me down" or something along those lines.
  • Graceful Loser: Jim doesn't really care about being the Spring King, so he gives up when Steve pulls his Wounded Gazelle Gambit. He is happy that Eli ends up winning.
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: Bagdwella warns Jim not to open the box she wants mailed to her sister. As Claire and Toby find out, it's because the box is cursed.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Toby is this to Claire, mainly over how she got Angor Rot's staff and how she's easily integrated herself into troll adventures. She assures him that she can't ever break them up since they're the dynamic duo.
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  • Gravity Sucks: The curse alternates gravity and heaviness on the afflicted, and spreads unless it's contained in a vessel.
  • Indulgent Fantasy Segue: During the Touch-A-Trucka-Thon, Strickler mocks Jim over losing the Killing Stone and the fact that he is dating his mother. In reaction, Jim forfits the contest by letting go of the car and punching Strickler to the ground in front of everybody. It then cuts back to the real world, Jim still touching the truck and the punch not having occurred in the first place.
  • Kick the Dog: Strickler had no reason to mock Jim. He just did it For the Evulz.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Bagdwella uses Jim to try and send a box through the postal service to her sister. He reluctantly accepts.
    • The curse is used to make Toby's warhammer light enough for him to wield.
  • Spit Take: Strickler does one when Barbara tells him about "Mr. Blinky".
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