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Jim, listen. I'm a doctor. I know saving lives isn't easy work. I'm not trying to stop you. I'm trying to help you. But with danger this close to home, their parents should know. And if there comes a day when your friends don't come home, what will you tell their parents then? Jim, we're here to support you, no matter what the problem is. If it's school, if it's girls, if it's... trolls. Especially trolls. But if we don't talk, how are we supposed to help?
―Barbara to her son, Jim[src]

Dr. Barbara Lake is a major character of Trollhunters and a background character in Part Two of 3Below.

She is a full-time doctor at the Arcadia Oaks Memorial Hospital, the ex-wife of James Lake Sr., the mother of Jim Lake Jr., and the current love interest of Walter Strickler.

Official Biography

"Barbara is the understanding, kind and protective mother of Jim Lake. She takes care of her son alone, because her husband abandoned her when Jim was only 5. She works as a doctor in the hospital of Arcadia, arriving to attend several cases related to Trolls. She is completely ignorant that her son is the Trollhunter, but knows that there is something hidden from her and worries that he may be putting himself in danger"

History

Backstory

Not much is known about Barbara's past life, and it's unknown how she met James lake Sr. before Jim was born.

Before his disappearance, Barbara and James seemed to have had a happy relationship and raised their only son, Jim, together.

However, everything suddenly went off the rails on Jim's fifth birthday. When James walked out on her and her son, Barbara became deeply hurt by this, something Jim remembers well into his teenage years. When Jim was old enough to ask about his father, she told him that they just have to take care of each other without James's presence.

As shown through several pictures (of Barbara dress in a graduation gown with a young Jim beside her) that she graduated medical school during Jim's child years, though it's unknown if it was before or after James Sr.'s disappearance.

Over the years, Barbara and Jim managed to live a happy life together, usually always sharing stories and secrets with each other. Because of her hard work, Barbara barely has any time at all to work around the house. So, Jim decides to give her a hand and becomes the real caretaker of the house: waking up, cleaning, preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner, etc.

Trollhunters (Part One)

One morning before Jim finds the amulet, he fixes up his mother's breakfast and finds her asleep in her room, tired from her double-shift. Later on after school, Jim catches his mother taking off to the hospital, having to work late again. Jim reconsiders Barbara that his history teacher, Mr. Strickler, wants to talk to her and tells her he loves her before she takes off.

...

Trollhunters (Part Two)

Barbara hardly makes any appearances, but has made a few minor ones.

While Jim is journeying in the Darklands alone, Toby uses a Glamour Mask to disguise himself as Jim and hide his disappearance from his mother. After the real Jim returns, he returns home and finds his mother distraught for being away for so long. Jim suddenly hugs her, happy to finally be with her.

While readjusting to his normal life, an over-enthusiastic Jim claims he missed his mother's terrible cooking and wishes her to never change.

Later on, while Steve and Eli spy on the Trollhunters at Jim's house, Barbara returns from work and announces herself to Jim, who tells her to not go down to the basement.

After Jim and his friends are sentenced to Saturday detention, Barbara drops her son off and takes off to work.

Trollhunters (Part Three)

Painting

About two weeks after Gunmar takes over Trollmarket, one morning, Jim finds his mother in the basement, painting. He sees her artwork and notices that it was Blinky, much to his shock and worry. Barbara explains that she doesn't know what came over her: last night, she had a vivid dream and then woke up with the "urge to express herself". While she prepares to go to work, she offers to drive Jim to school, he passes up the offer and states that he promised Claire that he'd walk with her.

One night, Claire comes into the hospital for a check-up. Barbara asks her what the symptoms of her cold were: she's been tired all the time, spacing out, and keeps hearing a mysterious woman's voice (though she doesn't tell her the last one). According to Barbara's tests, however, Claire is in absolute perfect health, despite the obvious condition she's in. She then suggests that it could be a case of "teenage-itis".

A couple days later, Jim finds her in the basement, painting more artwork. He finds paintings of Vendel, the trolls of Trollmarket, and finds her finishing a painting of Stricklander in his troll form. She then expresses her distaste for the way Strickler left without even saying goodbye, especially since her last husband did the same thing to her. As Jim leaves for school, Barbara begins to study her paintings and ponders about what they actually mean.

At a cafe, she is on the phone with a friend. Strickler suddenly finds her and hides himself from her while he phones Jim. Barbara tells a friend of hers that, due to her constantly missing her scheduled shifts, the hospital decided to let her have some time off. Strickler considers showing her that he hasn't left, but then remembers the promise he made her before her memories were wiped, and left her alone.

Memories Return

...

3Below (Part Two)

Two weeks following the Eternal Night War, Barbara is seen having dinner at a restaurant with Stricklander and AAARRRGGHH!!! while Douxie serves them food.

At the time of Tronos' arrival in Arcadia, Barbara is seen taking care of all the baby familiars in Jim's old bedroom with the aid of Stricklander and NotEnrique.

Barbara is later briefly seen observing Luug riding Stuart's taco truck across town.

Physical Description

Barbara is a tall, thin woman with brown-orange hair, blue eyes, and square glasses.

Usually, when or after she works, she wears a teal scrubs uniform and a white doctor's coat.

While she's not at work, she wears a white loose-collared shirt, black shirt, and black high-heels. Throughout the majority of Part Three, she wears a teal loose-collared shirt, brown-beige pants, and black flats (most likely because she gets more action scenes, like hers and Strickler's escape from Gunmar and the Gumm-Gumms).

Personality

Strong and independent, Barbara Lake sets an example to Jim for what a great, hardworking parent should look like. Barbara works around the clock as a doctor in the clinic in Arcadia Hospital. Usually too tired for cooking or cleaning, Jim tends to mother his own mother by making her a daily packed lunch.
The Art of Trollhunters

Barbara is a very sweet and loving, yet a tough, stubborn, and somewhat ignorant woman. When Jim became the Trollhunter and kept it a secret from her, she became greatly concerned because Jim was getting hurt and wouldn't explain what was going on. When Jim finally explained, she made him promise that he would explain again after she got better (which he broke). Barbara deeply loves Jim and is always trying to make him feel better about himself and his life.

Powers & Abilities

Abilities

  • Medical Knowledge: As a doctor, Barbara is knowledgeable about several conditions and injuries. She even works double shifts at the clinic she's working at to earn better money for herself and Jim.
  • Martial Artist: As she stated by herself in "Blinky's Day Out", she has an orange belt in Krav Maga, being able to knock a human Blinky down with a few blows, as well as Stricklander with a broom (though it was because he was acting). It is most likely that she taught Jim some of her techniques, which he uses for his trollhunting training.
  • Artist: In the beginning of Part Three, it is revealed that Barbara is an excellent artist. When her memory of trolls begins return, she was able to paint Blinky, the trolls of Trollmarket, Vendel, Angor Rot, Stricklander, and Jim in his armor perfectly.
    • Eidetic Memory: It's possible that Barbara is able to draw from just her memories of people and objects (especially when some were briefly erased). She was able to draw Jim in his armor, Blinky, Stricklander and others just from memory.

Weaknesses

  • Mortality: As a human, Barbara possesses a mortal body, so is therefore highly vulnerable to any forms of injuries, sicknesses, and death.

Equipment

  • Pepper Spray: Barbara carries a pepper spray to protect herself from strangers. In "Angor Management", under a state of panic at the sight of Draal, she used this on him and accidentally Jim.

Relationships

Main article: Barbara Lake/Relationships

Quotes

Main article: Barbara Lake/Quotes

Episode Appearances

Trollhunters

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

3Below

3Below Part 2
"Moving Day"
Cameo
"Moonlight Run"
Absent
"Dogfight Days of Summer"
Absent
"Mother's Day"
Appears
"Ill Gotten Gains"
Absent
"There's Something About Gwen (of Gorbon)"
Absent
"Asteroid Rage"
Absent
"Luug's Day Out"
Cameo
"The Fall of House Tarron"
Absent
"The Big Sleep"
Absent
"Race to Trollmarket"
Absent
"A Glorious End, Part One"
Absent
"A Glorious End, Part Two"
Absent

Trivia

  • In the 2015 book, it was Barbara who abandoned Jim, and his father who acted as the single parent.
  • According to Jim's journal, Barbara's favorite foods are shrimp cakes, cookies, blueberry waffles, and bacon mac and cheese, as well as Jim's infamous egg white manchego omelets.

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