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Recap / Trollhunters S 3 E 5 The Exorcism Of Claire Nunez

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While Gunmar searches for the Staff of Avalon, Jim and Toby head into the Shadow Realm to rescue Claire's spirit and return it to her body.

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  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Morgana briefly takes the shape of Barbara to try and get Strickler to free her.
  • Back from the Dead: Morgana resurrects Angor Rot. She even throws in his soul and a piece of her own as a bonus.
  • Casts No Shadow: Strickler figures out that Claire’s soul is in the Shadow Realm when she is not casting a shadow.
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  • Dark World: The Shadow Realm.
  • Enemy Within: The climax involves Claire in a battle with Morgana for her body.
  • Hollywood Exorcism: As the title of the episode would imply.
  • I'll Kill You!: Claire yells this about Morgana when she learns of her predicament.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: When Morgana banishes the shadow staff into the Shadow Realm, Strickler pulls out a glowing knife with the intent of killing Claire’s possessed body with it as a precaution against Morgana.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Blinky's reaction to learning who is possessing Claire.
  • No Gravity for You: Jim and Toby first struggle with a lack of definitive up or down in the Shadow Realm.
  • Property of Love: Morgana tries bribing Strickler by promising to make Barbara love him again, only for him to deny her, saying that coerced love is false.
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  • Sdrawkcab Speech: Jim and Toby use Claire's stuffed rabbit as an emotional anchor to find her with the spell Modus Occul-Takh. When they find her, they speak the spell in reverse - Hkat-Lucco Sudom - to help them get back (that is if they did not forget how to say it).
  • Security Cling: Tobey keeps trying to do this with Jim in the Shadow Realm.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The name of the episode is taken from The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
    • The shot of Strickler outside of Claire's house with a briefcase is startlingly similar to the famous shot of O’Malley preparing for the exorcism from the 1971 film The Exorcist.
    • Tobey and Jim forget how to say the spell that will bring them home safely much like how Ash did in Army of Darkness
  • Took a Level in Badass: Claire, not only does she manage to over power a millennia old Sorceress but in doing so she gains a bit magical knowledge.
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  • You Kill It, You Bought It: After defeating Morgana and regaining her body, Claire learns a spell that allows her to call the shadow staff to her.
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