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Villain Overview

To WOUND me, one needs to be able to touch me, child. Tell me, Trollhunter, what should a father do to the one who MURDERED his only son?!
~ Gunmar to Jim about the latter killing Bular and attempts to kill him out of vengeance.
The quest ends triumphant! See here, the instrument of our ascension: the Staff of Avalon. Merlin's tool holds the key to our long-awaited victory. Soon, the Eternal Night will fall, and with it, THE WORLD!
~ Gunmar's speech to the Gumm-Gumms after gaining the Staff of Avalon.
No…It cannot be! It can't!
~ Gunmar's last words as he turns to stone after being slash through his body by the sword before Jim shoves his body off the roof where he shatters to pieces.

Gunmar the Black is the secondary antagonist of the Tales of Arcadia franchise.

He is the ruthless leader, later second-in-command (reduced by Morgana), of the Gumm-Gumms, an evil troll race who were sealed away along with him into the Darklands by Deya the Deliverer, and is Bular's father as well as the arch-nemesis of Jim Lake Jr.

He was voiced by Clancy Brown, who also played Mr. Krabs in the SpongeBob SquarePants franchise, Lex Luthor in the DC Animated Universe, Savage Opress in The Clone Wars, Hades in God of War III, Rahzar in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles and Surtur in the 2017 Marvel film Thor: Ragnarok.


He first appeared as the central antagonist of the first installment, Trollhunters (specifically the overarching antagonist of Part 1, the main antagonist of Part 2, and the secondary antagonist of Part 3), a background, later posthumous antagonist of the second installment 3Below, and a major antagonist in the third installment Wizards.

He is also the main antagonist of the Trollhunters novel series, and appears in the Dark Horse graphic novel The Secret History of Trollkind and is mentioned in The Felled, and is also mentioned in the 3Below novel Arcadia-Con. He is a boss in the video game Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia.

Physical Appearance

Gunmar was a large troll with horns that curve to the top, dark gray skin, and yellow teeth, and wears a brown belt. He also has blue markings all over his body, and a single blue eye which can sometimes glow, which is because he lost his other eye during his battle against Orlagk the Oppressor. His markings and eye become a golden orange when he absorbs the Heartstone of Trollmarket.


Gunmar is a ruthless troll whom seeks to rule the world, and the second biggest threat all trolls have ever faced, being dwarfed by the evil witch Morgana.

He has no control over his anger and kills his minions for their failure. For example, when one of his Gumm-Gumms begged for mercy, he brainwashed him into committing suicide by being devoured by a Nyalagroth. After one of his Gumm-Gumms fails to attack a semi-truck, Gunmar murders him without mercy. Gunmar also comes off as sadistic, as he tortured Nomura for entertainment, and even forced her in a fight with the current Trollhunter, Jim Lake Jr., to make him break his will, which didn't work out too well because his friends arrived to save him and Nomura from the Darklands. He is also ungrateful because in spite of the Janus Order conspiring to free him from the Darklands, he slaughtered them all without a second thought.

Ultimately, he comes off as a heartless boss to his minions, as he wasn't too concerned when Morgana wiped out dozens of them to use their ashes to create the Eternal Night. He also doesn't fight fair, as he decided to team up with Angor Rot to kill the current Trollhunter, Jim Lake Jr., in his troll form, but accuses Angor of being weak when the latter remembers the hero he once was.

Despite having no care for his minions, Gunmar doesn't understand that his actions are bad as he was born from the first Heartstone that was corrupted by Morgana when she ignited the War for the Surface Lands. He also still has compassion as he wanted to kill Jim more than ever due to killing his son, Bular, though he had to admit that his son was impulsive. This is shown by the long list of Jim's loved ones, friends, and teachers he threatened to kill, all because he caused the inevitable death of Bular.

Powers and Abilities

Despite being less powerful than Morgana (and General Morando with Gaylen's Core), Gunmar still proved to be a dangerous threat to the heroes. He was one of the most powerful and feared trolls there were, as he was very formidable in battle.


  • Mind-Control: Using his Decimaar Blade, Gunmar could brainwash those around him to do his bidding, such as when he brainwashed one of the Gumm-Gumms into killing himself. He could even speak through those he brainwashed with the Blade, such as Otto Scaarbach and Draal.
  • Enhanced Strength: Gunmar was very strong, as even when he was banished to the Darklands with his armies, he was able to fight AAARRRGGHH!!! for a short period of time until he lost. He became far stronger when he absorbed the Heartstone.
  • Enhanced Durability: Gunmar was able to live for thousands of years without being killed in battle.
  • Enhanced Stamina: Gunmar could fight for long periods of time without growing weary. However, this changed after he was banished into the Darklands, but thanks to him absorbing the Heartstone, he regained his stamina.
  • Energy Absorption: Gunmar could absorb energy from a Heartstone to make himself much stronger than before.


  • Swordsmanship: Gunmar was skilled at using his Decimaar Blade to kill and/or brainwash opponents that get in his way.
  • Tactician: Even when he was banished into the Darklands, Gunmar never gave up his genocidal attempts on mankind. He had many followers who worked for him on the outside so he could finally be released. Queen Usurna is one of the most notable examples of this, as she infiltrated Trollmarket and showed Gunmar the Heartstone so he could absorb it.


Appearances in the Franchise

TV Series


Part 1
  • "Wherefore Art Thou, Trollhunter?" (mentioned)
  • "Gnome Your Enemy" (cameo)
  • "Win Lose or Draal" (mentioned)
  • "Young Atlas"
  • "Recipe for Disaster" (mentioned)
  • "Claire and Present Danger"
  • "The Battle of Two Bridges" (voice)
  • "Return of the Trollhunter" (mentioned)
  • "Mudslinging" (cameo)
  • "Roaming Fees May Apply" (cameo)
  • "Blinky's Day Out" (mentioned)
  • "The Shattered King" (mentioned)
  • "Something Rotten This Way Comes" (mentioned)
Part 2
  • "Escape from the Darklands" (mentioned)
  • "Skullcrusher"
  • "Grand Theft Otto"
  • "KanjigAAARRRGGHH!!!"
  • "Homecoming"
  • "Hiss Hiss, Bang Bang"
  • "Hero with a Thousand Faces"
  • "Just Add Water"
  • "Creepslayerz"
  • "The Reckless Club" (mentioned)
  • "Unbecoming"
  • "Mistrial and Error"
  • "In the Hall of the Gumm-Gumm King"
Part 3
  • "A Night Patroll"
  • "Arcadia's Most Wanted" (mentioned)
  • "Bad Coffee"
  • "So I'm Dating a Sorceress" (mentioned)
  • "The Exorcism of Claire Nunez"
  • "Parental Guidance"
  • "The Oath"
  • "For the Glory of Merlin"
  • "In Good Hands"
  • "A House Divided"
  • "Jimhunters"
  • "The Eternal Knight: Part 1"
  • "The Eternal Knight: Part 2"


  • "Spellbound" (mentioned)
  • "History in the Making"
  • "Witch Hunt" (mentioned)
  • "Lady of the Lake"
  • "Battle Royale"
  • "Killahead, Part One"
  • "Killahead, Part Two"
  • "Dragon's Den" (mentioned)



  • The Adventure Begins
  • Welcome to the Darklands
  • The Book of Ga-Huel
  • Age of the Amulet
  • The Way of the Wizard
  • Angor Reborn


  • Arcadia-Con (mentioned)

Graphic Novels

  • The Secret History of Trollkind
  • The Felled (mentioned)

Video Games

  • Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia



If Stricklander has turned, we must know. Test him.
~ Gunmar telling Bular to test Stricklander's obedience to him.
Gunmar: I gave the order!
Bular: [to Stricklander] Call it… a test.
Stricklander: Oh… a test?
Gunmar: To lead him to you, so that when the time comes, you will kill the boy, and free me with his Amulet.
~ Gunmar explaining to his followers how he wants to be freed and revealing he ordered Buler to call Jim "Young Atlas".
They thought Killahead could stop me. This cage has only HARDENED me! When I bring forth the Eternal Night, trolls will retake the surfacelands, and claim what is rightfully ours.
~ Gunmar about the Eternal Night.
~ Gunmar watching in shock as Jim slays the Nyalagroth he pitted him against.
You humanity will be your undoing. You should've KILLED him when you had the chance!
~ Gunmar taunting Jim about the latter saving Draal.
Do it, Trollhunter! If you think your armor is too much for you today, I'll make sure it'll break you tomorrow. I found you once. I will find you again! KILL HIM!
~ Gunmar ordering Jim to murder Draal as he is mind-controlling him.
You can't hide forever! I'LL FIND YOU!
~ Gunmar taunting Jim while speaking through Draal.
Mor… gan… a.
~ Gunmar after hearing Morgana's voice.
Gunmar: My loyal followers, I have traveled far and have returned with the answer on how to bring forth our eternal Night. The Staff of Avalon. My trust advisor must have seen this coming. For he says the Pale Lady speaks through him in visions.
Dictatious: Obviously my lord. The Staff of Avalon. Merlin's staff came to me in a dream. A relic of great power.
Gunmar: LIAR!!!! I spoke to the Pale Lady. She told me who you truly are: a fraud!
Dictatious: Oh please, Gunmar. After everything we've been through. I staying by your side. I betrayed my kind.
Gunmar: Meaningless!
Dictatious: I know…I know how to find the Staff!
Gunmar: You have earned your just re…
[AAARRRGGHH !!! throws a spear at Gunmar's blade]
Gunmar: AAARRRGGHH!!! After him!
~ Gunmar discovers Dictatious is just a pathetic liar.
The Pale Lady has plans for you too, AAARRRGGHH!!!
~ Gunmar telling AAARRRGGHH!!! about Morgana.
Angor Rot, you will rise again.
~ Gunmar planning for Angor Rot to be resurrected.
You've served your purpose!
~ Gunmar leaving Angor Rot to die in Merlin's cave.
The Eternal Night is…
~ Gunmar as he frees Morgana.
It's not going to be as fair as you think!
~ Gunmar as he teams up with Angor Rot to fight Jim.
You are WEAK, Assassin!
~ Gunmar throws Angor Rot out of the fight.


Who wanders into my woods?
~ Gunmar after grabbing one of King Arthur's soldiers.
Little king, these Wild Woods are my domain. I command the souls of all under its shade, and I decide who lives or dies! You can only push us so far, human.
~ Gunmar to King Arthur upon encountering him near the Wild Woods.
War is coming!
~ Gunmar's warning against King Arthur.
Gunmar: You hold back, General AAARRRGGHH!!!. Show me your strength! Show me the nightmare that mankind fear!
AAARRRGGHH!!!: Good spar, Skullcrusher.
Gunmar: Yes, old friend, but you have yet to take me down.
~ Gunmar while sparring against AAARRRGGHH!!!.
Then the humans crave war.
~ Gunmar after hearing from his messenger that King Arthur and his soldiers crossed Killahead.
General, tell the Dwoza trolls it's time to pick a side, and if it isn't ours, kill them all.
~ Gunmar telling AAARRRGGHH!!! to make sure the trolls in Dwoza fight for him, or kill them if they refuse.
Gunmar: What is this? Who destroys Arthur's keep without MY orders?
Morgana: His successor.
Gunmar: What is this?
Morgana: A demonstration. Behold what my magics have wrought upon our common enemy.
Bular: Merlin's witch speaks truth! She broke my chains, freed me.
Gunmar: You betrayed your own kind?
Morgana: You are my kind. Trust in me, and we will have victory in Eternal Night!
~ Gunmar allying with Morgana.
One king cannot stand against an ARMY, Arthur!
~ Gunmar criticizing King Arthur.
Perfect! More meat for my troops! Berserkers, TENDERIZE THEM!
~ Gunmar ordering the Gumm-Gumms to kill King Arthur and his army.
Arthur, I can smell your fear!
~ Gunmar about King Arthur's fear.
Prepare to be crushed!
~ Gunmar taunting King Arthur.
Fight by my side, my son. We'll carve a path to the bridge!
~ Gunmar to Bular.
You cannot win, little king! The surface lands belong to my kind!
~ Gunmar as he prepares to fight King Arthur.
Gunmar: Who are you that has brought the end of trolls?
Deya: Deya, the Trollhunter, and all I bring is the end of YOU!
~ Gunmar before Deya kicks him into the portal, thus sealing him into the Darklands.


  • Although Morgana was more dangerous, Gunmar made more episodes appearances and did just about all of the work.
  • Gunmar's defeat and death resembles that of the Storm King as they both turned to stone and shattered to pieces to death.
  • Gunmar's horns make him bear a resemblance to Surtur, another villain Brown voiced.
  • In Part 1 of Trollhunters, Gunmar's son, Bular, appears in the show's theme song, but in Parts 2 and 3, Gunmar takes Bular's place in the majority of the theme song. This is presumably because Gunmar is a more prominent character in Parts 2 and 3 whereas in Part 1, he is a background character.

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            Tales of Arcadia logo.png Villains

Arcane Order
Skrael and Bellroc | Morgana | King Arthur

Gunmar's Army
Gunmar the Black | Bular the Butcher | Gumm-Gumms | Angor Rot | Queen Usurna | Dictatious Maximus Galadrigal

Taylon Phalanx
General Morando | OMENs | Zeron Brotherhood | Halcon | Magmatron | Tronos Madu | Gwendolyn

Janus Order
Stricklander | Otto Scaarbach | Nomura

Colonel Kubritz | Gaylen | Krax

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