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Destiny… is a gift. Some go their entire lives, living existence as a quite desperation. Never learning the truth that what feels as though a burden pushing down upon our shoulder, is actually, a sense of purpose that lifts us to greater heights. Never forget that fear is but the precursor to valor, and to strive and triumph in the face of fear is what it means to be a hero. Don't think. Become.
~ Jim saying the last words in the series as he sets out to New Jersey.
In the darkest hour, I burn brightest!
~ Jim before killing Gunmar once and for all.
For the glory of Merlin, daylight is mine to command!
~ The words Jim must say in order to summon his armor and blade.

James "Jim" Lake Jr. is the main protagonist of the Tales of Arcadia franchise.

He is the leader of Team Trollhunters who is chosen to be Merlin's champion as the first human Trollhunter and is trained by his mentor Blinky Galadrigal, set out to save both mankind and trollkind from Gunmar the Black and his Gumm-Gumm army, later becoming the co-leader of the Guardians of Arcadia alongside Douxie Casperan. He is also Dr. Barbara Lake's son and Claire Nuñez's boyfriend.

In Parts 1 and 2 of Trollhunters and a small portion of Part 3, he was voiced by the late Anton Yelchin who also played Pavel Chekov in Star Trek, Kyle Reese in Terminator: Salvation, Charlie Bartlett in the film of the same name and voiced Shun Kazama in the English dub of From Up on Poppy Hill, and the Clumsy Smurf in the 2011 Smurfs film, its sequel, The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol, and The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow. In Part 3 of Trollhunters, as well as in 3Below, Wizards, and the film Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans, he is voiced by Emile Hirsch.


He serves as the main protagonist of the first installment Trollhunters, a supporting protagonist in the second installment 3Below, a major protagonist in the third installment Wizards, and appears in the movie and final installment Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans.

He also appears as the main protagonist of the Trollhunters novel series, the graphic novels The History of Trollkind and The Felled, and the video game Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia. He is also a character in the 3Below novel Arcadia-Con.

Physical Appearance

Jim is a rather tall, slim young man of fifteen (later, sixteen), with blue eyes and short dark brown hair. He wears a blue zip-up jacket with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows, and a white shirt underneath. He has blue jeans and blue and white sneakers.

While using the Amulet of Daylight, Jim wears a silver suit of knight's armor, complete with breastplate, pauldrons, blue trimmings, greaves, and sabatons. Underneath the armor, he wears a sort of black undershirt, although this inner layer has never been fully shown. While wielding the Amulet of Eclipse, this armor is black with red trimmings. Both armors have their respective amulets mounted on Jim's left chest and their swords stowed on the backs of the armors.

In his half-troll form, Jim's skin pigment became blue, his hair became unkempt, he got two lower fangs, large horns, yellow sclera, pointy ears, and his right hand becomes bigger and loses its pinky finger, becoming more troll-like, while his left-hand remains human but armored. When he becomes fully-troll after pushing the Onyx Shard into his heart, Jim becomes bulkier with larger horns and sharper teeth. His eyes and linings glow yellow under his own control, yellow under the Green Knight's control, and purple under Claire's influence.




Part 1

After the battle between Trolls Kanjigar the Courageous and Bular the Butcher, Kanjigar sacrifices himself to let the Amulet of Daylight find a new Trollhunter, that will protect two worlds at the same time… by a lucky accident, Jim Lake Jr. with his friend Tobias Domzalski were late at school. During their rush, on bikes Jim was attracted by an unknown voice, that led under the bridge where Kanjigar just died, in his remains that turned into rocks (because sun is deadly for the Troll race) was a shiny thing, later revealed as an amulet of Daylight, Jim took it and after the short day in school, he was staring at this unknown magical object and suddenly there wore noises that came out from the basement... actually Jim had non-human guests: one Troll was wise fatty, with giant face and many eyes (Blinky) and the other one was more tall, giant Troll, with pacifistic nature (AAARRRGGHH!!!) they've revealed to Jim the secret that changed his life forever, he was chosen by an amulet and now he has to protect the world from Bular and his army of evil Trolls. Jim Lake Jr. become a Trollhunter.

Part 2

Part 3


Part 1

Part 2


Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans

Jim is appear in the film, Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans. In the film, he gives up his role as the troll hunter and gave it to Toby to prevent his death.


Appearances in the Franchise

TV Series


Part 1
  • "Becoming: Part 1"
  • "Becoming: Part 2"
  • "Wherefore Art Thou, Trollhunter?"
  • "Gnome Your Enemy"
  • "Waka Chaka!"
  • "Win Lose or Draal"
  • "To Catch a Changeling"
  • "Adventures in Babysitting"
  • "Bittersweet Sixteen"
  • "Young Atlas"
  • "Recipe for Disaster"
  • "Claire and Present Danger"
  • "The Battle of Two Bridges"
  • "Return of the Trollhunter"
  • "Mudslinging"
  • "Roaming Fees May Apply"
  • "Blinky's Day Out"
  • "The Shattered King"
  • "Airheads"
  • "Where Is My Mind?"
  • "Party Monster"
  • "It's About Time"
  • "Wingmen"
  • "Angor Management"
  • "A Night To Remember"
  • "Something Rotten This Way Comes"
Part 2
  • "Escape from the Darklands"
  • "Skullcrusher"
  • "Grand Theft Otto"
  • "KanjigAAARRRGGHH!!!"
  • "Homecoming"
  • "Hiss Hiss, Bang Bang"
  • "Hero with a Thousand Faces"
  • "Just Add Water"
  • "Creepslayerz"
  • "The Reckless Club"
  • "Unbecoming"
  • "Mistrial and Error"
  • "In the Hall of the Gumm-Gumm King"
Part 3
  • "Night Patroll"
  • "Arcadia's Most Wanted"
  • "Bad Coffee"
  • "So I'm Dating a Sorceress"
  • "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"


Part 1
  • "Terra Incognita Part Two" (cameo)
  • "D'aja Vu"
  • "Party Crashers" (cameo)
  • "Lightning in a Bottle"
  • "Truth Be Told" (mentioned)
  • "Last Night on Earth"
Part 2
  • "Moving Day" (mentioned)
  • "Mother's Day" (mentioned)
  • "Ill Gotten Gains" (mentioned)
  • "The Big Sleep (mentioned)
  • "Race to Trollmarket"
  • "A Glorious End, Part Two" (mentioned)


  • "Spellbound"
  • "History in the Making"
  • "Witch Hunt"
  • "Lady of the Lake"
  • "Battle Royale"
  • "Killahead, Part One"
  • "Killahead, Part Two"
  • "Wizard Underground"
  • "Dragon's Den"
  • "Our Final Act"


  • Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans



  • 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

Graphic Novels

  • The Secret History of Trollkind
  • The Felled

Video Games

  • Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia


  • Jim Lake Jr. is the last character Anton Yelchin voiced before he died on June 19, 2016. Despite his death, he completed his role in the entire series, and his voice was able to continue throughout every episode in Season 3, and his final words were used in the last episode of Trollhunters.
  • Until Part 3 of Trollhunters, the only humans who knew he's the Trollhunter, are Toby, Claire, his mom Barbara (whose memory was erased), Eil Pepperjack, and Steve Palchuk.

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Guardians of Arcadia
Team Trollhunters: Jim Lake Jr. | Toby Domzalski | Claire Nuñez | Blinky Galadrigal | AAARRRGGHH!!! | Draal the Deadly | Gnome Chompsky | NotEnrique
House Tarron: Aja Tarron | Krel Tarron | Varvatos Vex | Luug | King Fialkov and Queen Coranda | Mothership
Team Creepslayerz: Steve Palchuk | Eli Pepperjack
Others: Douxie Casperan | Merlin | Archie | Morgana

Past Trollhunters
Deya the Deliverer | Kanjigar the Courageous

Akiridions | Zadra | Izita | Loth Saborian

Knights of the Round Table
Sir Lancelot | Sir Galahad

Dr. Barbara Lake | Trolls | Vendel | Stricklander | Nomura | Stuart | Buster | Sergeant Costas | Seklos | Nari | Nimue | Charlemagne the Devourer

See Also
DreamWorks Heroes | Netflix Heroes