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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, in "Parental Guidance"

Dr. Barbara Lake is the mother of Jim Lake Jr. and the ex-wife of Jim Lake Sr., and a full-time doctor at the Arcadia Oaks Memorial Hospital.

Official Description

"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

Trollhunters (Part One)

Trollhunters (Part Two)

Trollhunters (Part Three)

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 Appearance

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 soul, so is therefore vulnerable to injuries, sicknesses, old-age, and even death.

Relationships

Jim Lake Jr.

When Jim's father walked out on them, Jim started doing so many things for Barbara and running the house, which Barbara became concerned about. When Jim became the Trollhunter, he had to keep it to a secret from her so she wouldn't be worried about his double life. However, she became worried either way. Jim kept coming home late and was caught in serious trouble, like getting arrested and getting into the hospital. Barbara kept trying to get him to tell her what his double life is, but he chose to keep lying just to keep her out of the danger. 

Jim's secrecy only strained their relationship more. She finally found out after catching him and Strickler preparing to fight Angor Rot at their house. Barbara was concerned for Jim and wished her son didn't have to be the Trollhunter. Jim assured her it's his destiny to be the Trolls' protector, but Barbara wondered who would protect him. Before Barbara got her memory erased, she said she always considered Jim her hero and that he shouldn't worry about her and it's not his job to protect her, because she's the parent and that she wanted him to tell her about his double life again. Unfortunately, Jim broke his promise again, to keep her safe. Unbeknownst to him, she began to paint the events that happened prior to her memory erasing, snapping her memory back and revealing Jim to Toby and Claire's parents. 

When Barbara's memory returned, she confronted Jim on breaking his promise and his actions. Finally realizing how wrong he was for lying and worrying, Jim decides to let Barbara and the other parents know that he is a Trollhunter. After that, their relationship begins to restore, especially when she proves to be a big help in stopping some goblins. When Jim gets turned into a troll, he becomes extremely depressed and Barbara becomes furious with Merlin for convincing Jim to do so. When the war ended and Jim had to leave with the other trolls, Barbara and Jim shared a tearful goodbye, but Jim promised to call her every day.

Claire Nuñez

Claire and Barbara don't really interact with each other. However, after Claire learns the existence of trolls and begins hanging out with Jim and Toby more, she stays by her son's side.

Later on, Barbara helps treat Claire from her mysterious cold, but her test results claim that she is in perfect health, to her confusion. Barbara often asks her what her son's been up to, but being his girlfriend, she tries to not betray his secret.

Toby Domzalski

As her son's best friend, Barbara has a decent relationship with Toby. However, she was quite crossed with him after he and Jim broke into a museum for a silly Tubby Tracker.

Stricklander

When Barbara first met Strickler she took a liking to him. Strickler was in love with her and Barbara possibly did so in return. She invited him to dinner, not knowing he's a changeling and enemies with Jim. After they battled without her noticing, Jim told her not to see Strickler again, which displeased her because he seemed nice.

While Barbara liked spending time with him she always talked to him to talk out her problems with Jim's secrecy, she was unaware that Strickler was taking advantage of their relationship by putting a binding on them to keep Jim from hurting him. Draal also saw them kiss once. When Jim and Strickler teamed up to fight Angor Rot in order to protect her, she accidentally gets involved in the fight so Strickler helps Jim protect her and the binding spell gets her injured along with Strickler. They undo the binding spell to heal her, which would also erase her memory of Jim's double life. After witnessing everything Strickler did against her son, she bitterly tells him that she'd be glad to not remember him, confirming that she no longer likes him. She hears him apologize to her before her memory of what they went through was erased.

In Part Three, she starts to slowly forgive Strickler and begins to trust him again after he reforms. She begins to help him when Gunmar tries to use him to activate the staff to start the Eternal Night. Her relationship with Stricklander grew to the point where they began to take care of the Changeling Familiars together.

Blinky Galadrigal

When Blinky got turned into a human, Barbara started hanging out with him, believing he was Jim's new guidance counselor. They seemed to get along well, especially since Blinky thought highly of Jim. Barbara became shocked to find out that Blinky was a troll, yet she seemed to still like him either way.

In Part Three, when her memory comes back, she immediately recognizes him and was very excited to see him again. When he and Jim prepare to leave for New Jersey, Blinky promises Barbara that he'll look after her son and keep him safe until they one day return, which she gratefully appreciates.

Merlin

At first, Barbara seemed mildly honored to have Merlin the Wizard in her house. However, due to his eccentric and seemingly uncaring personality, Barbara often acts a little hostile towards the wizard and gained mixed feelings about him. She was also quite crossed with Merlin when Jim permanently transformed himself into a half-troll, believing Merlin was mostly involved with it.

At the end of the Eternal Night War, they are both seen at the edge of the cliff overlooking Arcadia together.

Gunmar

In "A House Divided", Barbara finally meets her son's archenemy in person for the first (and only) time. She was instantly fearful by his presence, but as a ruthless tyrant who is still not without honor, Gunmar decides to spare her as he saw her as helpless human in despair, despite her being the mother of the Trollhunter.

He uses Barbara to force Strickler into activating the Staff of Avalon and free Morgana, and promises to ONLY allow the woman to leave unharmed, not the changeling. It's unknown if Gunmar actually wanted to keep his end of the bargain and kill them both either way after Morgana was released.

Quotes

Main article: Barbara Lake/Quotes

Episode Appearances

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 Monsters"
Absent
"It's About Time"
Appears
"Wingmen"
Absent
"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!!!"
Absent
"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 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 books, it was Barbara who abandoned Jim, and his father was the single parent.

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