Please feel free to request additions/changes to the entries. This will prove as a full encyclopedia of all characters and creatures. If I have missed any (most should be recorded, but there may be more) please let me know.
As of 4-3-2012, this version is complete up to episode 3x04 "Gwaine".
Posts have been deleted to accommodate the required space to the entries. Space should no longer be a problem.
Submission guidelines can be found in post 104.
Master list of updates:
Character - Needed updates - Who they're currently assigned to - Current status
EXISTING ENTRIES that need updated
Merlin - POST 3x04 "Gwaine", includes 3x05, 3x06, 3x07, 3x08, 3x09, 3x10, 3x11, 3x12, 3x13, 4x01, 4x02, 4x03, 4x04, 4x05, 4x06, 4x07, 4x08, 4x09, 4x10, 4x11, 4x12, 4x13
Arthur - POST 3x04 "Gwaine", includes 3x05, 3x06, 3x07, 3x08, 3x09, 3x10, 3x11, 3x12, 3x13, 4x01, 4x02, 4x03, 4x04, 4x05, 4x06, 4x07, 4x08, 4x09, 4x10, 4x11, 4x12, 4x13
Gaius - 3x04 "Gwaine" onwards, includes 3x05, 3x06, 3x07, 3x08, 3x09, 3x10, 3x11, 3x12, 3x13, 4x01, 4x02, 4x03, 4x04, 4x05, 4x06, 4x07, 4x08, 4x09, 4x10, 4x11, 4x12, 4x13
Morgana - POST 3x07 "The Castle of Fyrien", includes 3x08, 3x10, 3x11, 3x12, 3x13, 4x01, 4x02, 4x03, 4x05, 4x06, 4x07, 4x09, 4x11, 4x12, 4x13 - dpebbleson - Compiling
Gwen - S3 onwards, includes 3x05, 3x06, 3x07, 3x08, 3x10, 3x11, 3x12, 3x13, 4x01, 4x02, 4x03, 4x05, 4x06, 4x07, 4x08, 4x09, 4x11, 4x12, 4x13
Kilgharrah - S3 onwards, includes 3x06, 3x07, 3x08, 3x09, 3x10, 3x11, 3x12, 3x13, 4x01, 4x02, 4x03, 4x04, 4x05, 4x06, 4x07, 4x08, 4x09, 4x10, 4x11, 4x12, 4x13
Geoffrey of Monmouth - 4x02 "The Darkest Hour Pt. 2", 4x03 "The Wicked Day"
Cenred - POST 3x01/3x02 "The Tears of Uther Pendragon", includes 3x07, 3x12
Morgause - S3 onwards, includes 3x07, 3x08, 3x10, 3x12, 3x13, 4x01 (Dies) - dpebbleson - Compiling
Sir Lancelot - S3 onwards, includes 3x13, 4x01, 4x02, 4x05, 4x09
Sir Gwaine - S3 onwards, includes 3x04, 3x08, 3x12, 3x13, 4x01, 4x02, 4x03, 4x04, 4x05, 4x06, 4x07, 4x08, 4x09, 4x10, 4x11, 4x12, 4x13 - LizzyGlue - Compiling
Sir Leon - POST 3x04 "Gwaine", includes 3x12, 3x13, 4x01, 4x02, 4x03, 4x04, 4x05, 4x06, 4x07, 4x08, 4x09, 4x10, 4x11, 4x12, 4x13
The Fisher King - reference 3x08 "The Eye of the Phoenix"
Freya - 3x13 "The Coming of Arthur Pt. 2"
Uther - POST 3x04 "Gwaine", includes 3x05, 3x06, 3x07, 3x08, 3x09, 3x10, 3x11, 3x12, 3x13, 4x01, 4x02, 4x03 (Dies)
Hunith - 4x12 "The Sword in the Stone Pt. 1"
NEW ENTRIES that need added
Aithusa - 4x04 "Aithusa", 4x13
Alfhild - 3x08 "The Eye of the Phoenix"
Agravaine - 4x01 "The Darkest Hour Pt. 1" onwards, includes 4x02, 4x03, 4x04, 4x05, 4x06, 4x07, 4x08, 4x09, 4x10, 4x11, 4x12, 4x13 (Dies)
Taliesin - 3x05 "The Crystal Caves"
Sidhe Elder - 3x06 "The Changeling"
Princess Elena - 3x06 "The Changeling"
Grunhilda - 3x06 "The Changeling"
Lord Godwyn - 3x06 "The Changeling"
Sir Percival - 3x13 "The Coming of Arthur Pt. 2" onwards, includes 4x01, 4x02, 4x03, 4x04, 4x05, 4x06, 4x08, 4x09, 4x10, 4x11, 4x12, 4x13
Sir Elyan - S3 onwards, includes 3x07, 3x12, 3x13, 4x01, 4x02, 4x03, 4x04, 4x05, 4x06, 4x08, 4x09, 4x10, 4x11, 4x12, 4x13
Evoric - 3x09 - AC - Submitted
Evoric - 3x11
Fermin - 3x07 "The Castle of Fyrien"
Voice of the Manticore - 3x09
Sir Ethan - 3x04 "Gwaine" (Dies) - Esther - Submitted
Sir Oswald - 3x04 "Gwaine" (Dies) - Esther - Submitted
Cylferth - 3x04 "Gwaine" - Esther - Submitted
Dagr - 3x04 "Gwaine" - Esther - Submitted
Ebor - 3x04 "Gwaine" - Esther - Submitted
Mary - 3x04 "Gwaine" - Esther - Submitted
The Innkeeper - 3x04 "Gwaine"
Gilli - 3x11 "The Sorcerer's Shadow"
Tindr - 3x11 "The Sorcerer's Shadow"
Nollar - 3x11 "The Sorcerer's Shadow"
Iseldir - 3x12 "The Coming of Arthur Pt. 1", 4x04
Jarl - 3x12 "The Coming of Arthur Pt. 1"
Rider - 3x12 "The Coming of Arthur Pt. 1"
Druid Boy - 3x12 "The Coming of Arthur Pt. 1"
Bandit - 3x12 "The Coming of Arthur Pt. 1"
The Cailleach - 4x01 "The Darkest Hour Pt. 1", 4x02
Audrey - 4x01 "The Darkest Hour Pt. 1", 4x06 "A Servant of Two Masters"
Ferryman - 4x01 "The Darkest Hour Pt. 1", 4x02
Drea - 4x01 "The Darkest Hour Pt. 1"
Rescued Children - 4x01 "The Darkest Hour Pt. 1"
Vilia - 4x02 "The Darkest Hour Pt. 2"
The Gleeman - 4x03 "The Wicked Day"
Geldred - 4x03 "The Wicked Day"
Guard - 4x03 "The Wicked Day"
Julius Borden - 4x04 "Aithusa"
Queen Annis - 4x05 "His Father's Son"
Caerleon - 4x05 "His Father's Son"
Alator - 4x06 "The Secret Sharer"
Orn - 4x06 "The Secret Sharer"
Lamia - 4x08 "Lamia"
Mary Howden - 4x08"Lamia"
John Howden - 4x08 "Lamia"
The Dochraid - 4x09 "Lancelot du Lac"
Ghost of Druid Boy - 4x10 "A Herald of the New Age"
Helios - 4x11 "The Hunter's Heart", 4x12, 4x13 (Dies)
Princess Mithian - 4x11 "The Hunter's Heart"
Eoghan - 4x11 "The Hunter's Heart"
Helios' Servant - 4x11 "The Hunter's Heart"
Tristan - 4x12 "The Sword in the Stone Pt. 1", 4x13
Isolde - 4x12 "The Sword in the Stone Pt. 1", 4x13 (Dies)
Things to come: Links for episode references/actors, symbols indicating character status (thanks to ACDiNosey for this wonderful idea!), and a complete proofing in preparation for conversion to PDF format. COMPLETE UP TO SEASON 3x04, "Gwaine.". Last Updated 4-3-2012
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Main Characters Part 1:
Prince Arthur Pendragon
Arthur Pendragon (portrayed by Bradley James) is the Prince of Camelot, heir to the throne, and will one day be "The Once and Future King who will unite the Land of Albion." Arthur is 21 years old, and in the first series he officially becomes Crown Prince of Camelot at his coming of age ceremony.
Arthur is the son of King Uther Pendragon and has the same domineering attitude as his father. He is initially described as a bully by Merlin and Gwen, and beats Merlin twice in battle in "The Dragon's Call." Merlin and Arthur both have an instant dislike to one another, although Arthur notes that there is something about Merlin that he "just can't put his finger on" and believes he is special in some way. When Merlin saves his life, Merlin is rewarded with a job in the Royal household as Arthur's manservant. Eventually they become good friends. Their friendship is characterized by banter and insults, with them often playing tricks on each other, but there is a bond. This is more obvious when they are alone as Arthur becomes friendlier and more open, something that never occurs around others. In "The Poisoned Chalice," Arthur undertakes a life-endangering quest to find the antidote to the magical poison that is killing Merlin, but he is unaware that Merlin is a wizard and has saved his life numerous times using magic.
In "Excalibur" it was revealed that Arthur was conceived using magic, as his mother (Ygraine Pendragon, Uther's wife) was barren. She died during his birth as a result, as according to the Old Religion, for a life to be saved/created one must be taken. This lead to his father's hatred of all magic, especially the witch Nimueh, who cast the spell and chose Ygraine as the one to pay the Old Religion's bounty. Few know this (Uther, Gaius and Nimueh) and all have sworn to secrecy or have no way of telling him. It is not known if Arthur takes his father's stance on magic and reports any use of sorcery in Camelot, although he typically carries out his father's orders faithfully. He believes himself to be a "big disappointment" to his father due to his father's attitude towards him, something Uther proclaims as his fault, not Arthur's.
Arthur is a master swordsman, being the reigning Champion of Camelot and Leader of the Knights of Camelot. He is also the only one who can wield Excalibur, due to his destiny as King Arthur (Merlin however breaks this prophecy and allows Uther to wield it in "Excalibur" to save Arthur). He is rather proud of his physical prowess, so much so he swears Merlin and Gaius to secrecy when he is made to believe that Merlin knocked him out in "The Gates of Avalon." He also adamantly denies that Morgana beat him in sword fights when they were children. In Series 2, when he believes the Knights are letting him win due to his position as Crown Prince, he disguises himself as a commoner to ensure a fair fight at a jousting tournament to prove once and for all that he truly deserves the title.
Although he is shown to be rather arrogant and stubborn when he doesn't get his way as well as becoming particularly hostile when his honor or skills are questioned, Arthur has put his own standing and life in jeopardy for what he believes is right. He once freed Lancelot from prison after producing false documents of nobility in "Lancelot" after realizing Lancelot's noble nature, despite his lack of noble birth. On another occasion he drank what he believed to be poison in "The Labyrinth of Gedref" to save Merlin and break a curse he had unintentionally unleashed upon the kingdom. In "Le Morte d'Arthur," Arthur gets stricken by the questing beast to save Merlin. After Merlin saves Arthur by bartering his own life away, Arthur and Uther talk, and Arthur confesses he feels there's someone watching over him, though he doesn't realize it to be Merlin.
Series 2 brings the development of Arthur's feelings for Gwen. They have little interaction in Series 1, but he is surprised when she speaks up to him on occasions. He notes how Gwen never fails to surprise him after she saves his life from the gargoyles in "The Curse of Cornelius Sigan." In "The Once and Future Queen," whilst staying at her home undercover, Gwen becomes angry with him over his inconsiderate attitude and treating her as a servant when he is a guest in her home. She challenges Arthur to give up his spoilt and lofty ways. Determined to show Gwen that he considers her feelings, he does his best to show her some humility. He impulsively kisses her when she gives him a good luck token, but then later explains that his father would not approve and a relationship would be impossible.
When Gwen is abducted in "Lancelot and Guinevere," he defies his father and along with Merlin sets out to rescue her. When questioned by Merlin on his motives, he asks how he can admit that he thinks about her all the time, that he cares for her more than anyone and that he wouldn't know what he would do if any harm came to her. He is clearly tormented as nothing can ever happen between them. Merlin tries to reassure him that when he is crowned king he will be able to change that. Arthur however does not think it fair to ask Gwen to wait for him. When he reaches Gwen, he finds her with Lancelot who is also there to rescue her. He observes a tender moment shared between Gwen and Lancelot and is hurt by this. When Lancelot asks why Arthur defied his father's orders, Arthur lies and says he only came because "Morgana begged him," upsetting Gwen. He and Gwen remain tense around one another and exchange wounded glances, as they clearly still care deeply for each other but are now even more unwilling to admit to this as both Arthur and Gwen have had their pride dented by the other. It becomes clear that despite Lancelot's departure and Arthur's acceptance of his feelings for Gwen, all is not well between the two. He does not often visit her, as being close to her and knowing that he can never have her pains him. He thinks it is best to avoid more heartache by trying not to be around her too much, although some of that heartache is the result of his refusal to be honest and tell Gwen how much she means to him.
When his father remarries in "Beauty and the Beast," Arthur opens up to Gwen when he is feeling insecure over his abilities to be a good king. He listens to the advice she gives him, and is cheered up by her visit. His willingness to confide in Gwen and listen to her opinions, and her need to seek him out and be as equally open (and on this occasion help restore his confidence) hint that they still crave the closeness that they once shared. They seem to be on the way to getting it back. They do not appear to have talked about past problems but clearly both care enough not to allow it to come between them or taint their feelings any further, which allows them to move forward to a new level in their young relationship. Despite Merlin and him becoming closer friends he refuses to believe Merlin when he is told that his father's new bride is a troll; however, when Uther issues an order to arrest Merlin, Arthur warns him in advance. This gives Merlin enough time to escape and avoid capture and Arthur the chance to deliberately make 'mistakes' to avoid having to hunt Merlin down. The enchanted Uther starts to treat the people of Camelot badly, and soon Arthur refuses to carry out his father's harsh orders and stands by his own convictions, even ordering the guards to leave an old man alone after confirming that the man cannot pay any kind of tax. Uther disinherits him and Arthur is deeply hurt by his father's unkind behavior. Eventually he realizes the truth about Lady Catrina, and he, Gaius, and Merlin unite to bring down the new 'Queen' of Camelot. When the spell is broken Arthur once again becomes the Crown Prince. Despite Uther's poor treatment of Arthur, he forgives his father easily, and teases Uther about being married to a troll. He also thanks Merlin for his help and apologizes for not believing him in the first place. They share an awkward half hug/handshake before rushing away from each other in opposite directions embarrassed.
When Gaius is sentenced to death by Arthur's father in "The Witchfinder," he thinks that Uther is wrong and obviously feels sorry for both Merlin and Gaius. However, he does nothing to try and stop the execution; he is spurred into action at the last minute by Gwen. She reminds him that he has not only the power to stop proceedings but that it's his duty as both Merlin's friend and the fact he is Crown Prince. He is unconvinced of his ability to go against Uther even though she tells him Merlin has evidence of Gaius' innocence. Finally, when she reminds him that he has stood by and watched an innocent man die once before at Uther's hands (referring to her father Tom in "To Kill the King") he seems to wake up and halts the execution. This gives Merlin the chance to present his evidence to Uther, leading to Gaius being freed and cleared of all charges.
After spending a long time thinking that Gwen was not in love with him, Gwen tells Arthur that she finds it hard to express how she truly feels. Since Gwen more or less acknowledges to Arthur that she feels the same way, Arthur is seemingly more comfortable acting affectionately toward her in public. As of the end of Series 2, Merlin, Lancelot and Gaius are the only people who know of the feelings between the two. Gaius witnessed Arthur and Gwen sharing a moment following his injury when he saved Gwen from the Great Dragon in "The Last Dragonlord," and approved of their relationship. When Arthur returned safely to Camelot following the fight with the Dragon, Gwen ran relieved into his arms (not caring about who saw) and whispered that she thought she'd lost him. Also relieved, Arthur walks happily with Gwen back to the castle together.
At the beginning of Season 3, Arthur shows signs of maturity. In "The Tears of Uther Pendragon (Part 1 and 2)", when he is asked by Gaius to take the place of the king when Uther is incapacitated by terrifying visions, he first refuses what he perceives to be his taking over the throne of Camelot. Soon he relents and takes his father's place on the throne, albeit temporarily, and organizes Camelot's siege, urging his knights to fight "for the love of Camelot". Arthur is a "hands-on" ruler and is seen at the forefront of the battle throughout the siege.
Arthur is also shown to be a fair prince, going beyond what traditions suggest his behavior should be to save people. In "Gwaine," he first intervenes when the tavern owner is threatened by bandits, then again when saving Gwaine from Uther's execution orders twice, mediating on behalf of commoners to the king and fellow knights.
His relationship with Gwen is kept at arm's length, as Gwen repeatedly puts some distance between them on the grounds that their union would be seen by all as foolish and against all principles.
However, Arthur's relationship with Merlin is growing closer, and the Prince is seen spending more time discussing matters with Merlin, such as in "Gwaine." They are seen discussing the code of nobility, the importance of tournaments in the making of a king. He also more frequently admits that Merlin is indeed wiser than he looks and praises him more often on his achievements.
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