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Recap / Trollhunters S 1 E 3 Wherefore Art Thou Trollhunter

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Jim and Toby tour Heartstone Trollmarket, where Jim begins his training and the presence of the first human Trollhunter stirs up bitter resentment.

Tropes for this episode include:

  • Ancient Artifact: The Soothscryer is a magical statue that judges a trollhunter's true spirit. Said trollhunter must place their hand in its mouth. Those who are worthy get their hand back.
  • Bond One-Liner: Jim utters one after knocking Steve unconscious and knocking one of his teeth out, the last straw being when he called his mother a "nurse".
    Jim: She's a doctor, actually.
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  • Clingy MacGuffin: Jim tries disposing of the Amulet after Draal nearly kills him in a sparring match, but it refuses to be disposed of, always appearing by him or throwing itself at him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Draal makes short work of Jim. It's justified in that Jim hasn't even had a few minutes of training, and he's outmatched in terms of body weight.
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: Draal tries removing it off of Jim's body, only for it to blast him right off.
  • Dramatic Irony: Mr. Strickler visits Jim's house for tea and to congratulate him on winning the part of Romeo. Jim at this point doesn't know that Strickler is working with Bular.
  • Funny Background Event: When Blinky begins to lead Jim and Toby through Trollmarket they pass two trolls with a stack of TVs, all but one of which are playing static. One of the trolls bangs it repeatedly until the picture goes away, then grunts in satisfaction.
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  • Gratuitous Spanish: Jim's comment upon seeing the Hero's Forge is, "Magnifico!"
  • Heroic Rematch: Jim challenges Draal to one at the end of the episode.
  • Lethal Chef: Jim's mother is this; Mr. Strickler makes a face on trying her tea. When she insists on cooking dinner, he quickly adds ingredients behind her back to save their meal.
  • The Need for Mead: Draal enjoys a pint of something as he goes on about how he beat Jim in a sparring match.
  • The Poorly Chosen One: Unkar the Unfortunate.
  • Rule of Three: Blinky explains that the Trollhunter lives and dies by three rules:
  • Suddenly Always Knew That: Toby could suddenly identify the names of various minerals in Trollmarket by sight alone.
  • Teeth Flying: Fed up with Steve, Jim stand up to him and knocks one of his front teeth out, creating a gap on his mouth that leaves a lisp in his speech for the rest of the first half of Season One.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?:
    • Draal has a prime opportunity to kill Jim during their sparring. He even monologues about it. Then he says Jim is Not Worth Killing and lets him leave.
    • Bular asks why doesn't he just invade Jim's house, kill him, and take the amulet. Mr. Strickler points out that doing such a thing would lead to a Broken Masquerade and expose the troll world to all the humans.


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