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I am not a man!
―Claire to Angor Rot[src]

Claire Nuñez is one of the main stars in the Tales of Arcadia franchise, serving as the deuteragonist of Trollhunters (and its upcoming film, Rise of the Titans), a minor character in Part One of 3Below, and a major character of Wizards.

She is a former honors student of Arcadia Oaks High, briefly the host of the evil witch Morgana, best friends with Douxie Casperan, Mary Wang, and Darci Scott, the daughter of Javier and Ophelia Nuñez, the elder sister of Enrique Nuñez, the foster sister of NotEnrique, and the current girlfriend of Jim Lake Jr.

Official Biography

"Wise beyond her years and suspicious of Jim's strange behavior, Claire finally gets her answers when she discovers her baby brother was swapped for a Changeling Troll! She is then introduced to a wondrous world full of Trolls and magic. However, this doesn't distract her from her quest to save her brother no matter the odds or obstacles, though it helps that Jim is willing to do almost anything for her. She becomes an integral part of the Trollhunting team with her sharp wit and strong loyalty to friends and family."

History

Main article: Claire Nuñez/History

Physical Description

Claire was very special for me, because I wanted a Latin girl that was strong, but she was also in love with poetry and theater, and was very artistic. I think that many times you have the tomboy girl that is heroic, or you have the girlish gal that is sort of a rescue token. And I wanted her to not be either of those.
Guillermo Del Toro[src]

Claire has been described as a very pretty and rather attractive young lady, even by Merlin himself.

She is medium height with a slim build. She is a Latin girl with darker white skin, with a gold tone, and light freckles across the tops of her cheeks and bridge of her nose (Fitzpatrick Scale Type 3).[3][4] She has dark brown eyes and black to very dark brunette hair (depending on the light) with a blue streak, which after being corrupted by the Shadow Staff changed to white. In Wizards, Claire's white streak completely covers her entire bang and now wears her hair in a low ponytail bun.

She wears a light purple turtleneck shirt with a darker pink skull and the word "HAMLET" under a short dark purple jacket, a short blue skirt, gray leggings with black shoes and a lot of colorful barrettes in her hair. She got rid of her barrettes by the time of Wizards.

When using an intense amount of power of her shadow magic, her eyes turn pitch black with only her irises and pupils shining in some dark purple color. However, when under Morgana's control, they glow a dark yellow.

In the episode "In Good Hands", Merlin crafts her her own suit of armor, which fits her more slim physique. Claire's armor is a purple suit of woman knight's armor, complete with a breastplate (the chest area), pauldrons (the shoulder areas), vambraces (the forearm areas), cuisses (the thigh areas), poleyns (the knee areas), greaves (the leg areas), and sabatons (the feet areas) with purple trimmings. Underneath the armor, there is dark purple inner layer. On her hands are purple claw finger ring tips, similar to Morgana's, and has a purple helmet that covers all of her hair, but it shows her face more than Morgana's. It also has a light purple diamond encrusted on her breastplate, similar to Merlin's. In Wizards, after being ambushed by the Green Knight, her armor has become visibly scorched and scratched from various beatings.

During her stay in Camelot, Claire wears a purple medieval handmaiden dress.

The color of Claire's magic is violet purple.

Personality

It was so important for us to portray Claire as a smart, independent, and incredibly capable friend for Toby and Jim. I love how in the series she discovers herself, figures out how strong she is, and becomes a partner and protector of Toby and Jim. She is an essential part of winning the war between good and evil.
―Christina Steinberg, Executive Producer[src]

For the first few episodes, Claire was more of a flat character and just tolerated Jim at best, which wasn't helped by how flaky he appeared due to his new double life. Soon enough, Claire became suspicious and concerned about Jim's behavior, so she went to investigate what was going on.

When she found out about the trolls and Jim being their new protector, Claire started to prove to be a worthy ally and very insightful with weapons and troll culture. She is also shown to have a motherly side since she found about her brother being replaced by NotEnrique and was deeply scared for him.

Claire is also shown to be quite irritable and impatient with others when they get too annoying, especially NotEnrique and Toby. This also extended to Jim for a time, due to her being under pressure from her parents, the play and being unaware of him being the new Trollhunter and how much strain it puts on his life, which is something she was almost immediately re-pendent of for not trying to be more patient and understanding of him upon learning this, which she demonstrates towards him onwards and eventually falls in love with him.  

Deep down, Claire's biggest fear is letting people down and not living up to her parents' high expectations of her being perfect, making their relationship sort of strained. When they found out about her being a Trollhunter, her relationship with her folks became more loving and they became more understanding and friendlier towards her. 

Powers & Abilities

Powers

  • Above-Average Physiology: Claire is slightly stronger and faster than a girl her own age.
    • Strength: She can carry heavy armor and wield weapons with no problem. Jim even claims that she's quite strong since she has a good right and left punch.
    • Agility: She appears to be just as agile as Jim.
  • Magic: After being possessed by Morgana, Claire was able to retain some of her memories and knowledge, being able to use a small degree of magic and spells. Despite gaining limited magic, she was able to overpower Morgana (who is more ancient in the art of magic than other wizards) through sheer force of will. By Wizards, her newfound magic has grown to where she can use it more proficiently.
    • Spell Casting: Claire is able to cast a small degree of magic spells after freeing herself from Morgana's control.
      • Shadow Staff Reclaiming Spell: In "The Exorcism of Claire Nunez", Claire acquired the ability to control/reclaim the Shadow Staff if she ever loses it. However, she most likely no longer needs this spell as her staff was destroyed.
        • Incantation: Azazazuth-Kinekh-Thoon
    • Magic Attacks: After weeks of practice, Claire is able to finally use her newfound use of magic for various offensive attacks.
      • Magic Blasts: Claire can fire purple projectiles of magic with a wave of her hand.
    • Shadowmancy: Although she had no formal training at first, Claire possesses a natural talent for performing shadow magic, something Morgana and Douxie took note of. Merlin tries to warn Claire that her magic could potentially lead her to nothing but pain, yet she is considerably unaffected by her magic's influence. Despite her initial wariness towards her dark gifts, she is encouraged by Douxie to make the magic her own and command the shadows to her will.
      • Shadow Portals: In "Lady of the Lake", under Douxie's tutelage, she eventually learns how to open portals through the Shadow Realm without the use of the Shadow Staff, a feat not even Morgana could do, as the few times she did it in Wizards are actually animation errors.[5]
      • Umbrakinesis: Claire is able to manipulate shadows and darkness, first shown in Arthur's court when she forced the sunlight away from Jim to save him. She was able to cast a large shadow to allow Jim, Callista, and the other magical creatures to flee into the woods without fear of the rising sun.
    • Clairvoyance: Claire can receive visions, some of which were memories leftover from Morgana. She once saw/heard the newly resurrected Angor Rot telling her that he has returned to kill Jim. She can see glimpses of the future, but they're not always clear. She once predicted that Jim must destroy his amulet to retrieve the map inside of it so they can find Merlin's Tomb and the Staff of Avalon. Not only that, but she can even see glimpses of the past, as she briefly saw/heard Merlin and Morgana battling each other, and saw Merlin and his unseen apprentice completing the Amulet of Daylight together.
    • Conjuration: Thanks to Douxie's teachings, Claire is able to create and summon anything. In "Killahead, Part One", she manifested two purple bird projections with her magic during her date with Jim.
      • Weapon Conjuring: Claire can summon weapons using her magic.
        • Knife Conjuring: Like Morgana, Claire can summon purple knives.
    • Magic Detection (apparently): Briefly shown in "Roaming Fees May Apply", Claire was mysteriously able to sense the presence of Angor Rot's magic, which was way before she was possessed by Morgana or even came into possession of the Shadow Staff.
    • Semi-Immortality (presumably): As proclaimed by Morgana herself at the end of "In the Hall of the Gumm-Gumm King", after Claire became corrupted by the Pale Lady's spirit, they both became forever linked to each other and now share the same essence. This most likely means that Claire (even after she broke free from Morgana's control) also retained some of her immortality and can now live for centuries, but is still vulnerable to death and can fall in battle. However, it's currently unknown if this is true or not.

Abilities

  • Willpower: Like Jim, Claire also has a strong sense of will in times of extreme danger. Her strong spirit was most notably shown in "The Exorcism of Claire Nunez" when she mentally/magically (and intensely) battles Morgana for control of the Shadow Staff and her own body through sheer force of will.
  • Staffsmanship: Claire is a proficient staffswoman when fighting with her Shadow Staff, mirroring Jim's swordsmanship. In "The Eternal Knight: Part 1", Mary claims that Claire knows how to twirl batons, which she uses to wield her staff.
  • Combatant: In spite of being the newest member of the Trollhunters, Claire is shown to be experienced with hand-to-hand combat (Jim even stated that Claire has a good right and left punch). Her combat skills were most notably shown when she fought par-on-par against Angor Rot on her own and participated in the Eternal Night War as she fought against countless Gumm-Gumms, directly or indirectly.
  • Exceptional Memory: Claire has exceptionally sharp memory, mainly demonstrated with her ability to memorize four hundred pages of Shakespeare, as well as perfectly remember the Triumbric Stones Prophecy after reading/hearing it only once.
  • Enigmatologist: Claire claims that she can be a riddle dork sometimes and enjoys solving riddles (though not so much if it was in a life or death situation, like with Gatto).
  • Actress: Claire is a fairly decent actress, being able to land the part of Juliet for the school play.
  • Trilingual: As a Hispanic, Claire is fluent in Spanish. Claire also mentions that NotEnrique has been teaching her how to speak and read Trollish just as fluently, which was enough to impress Vendel into accepting her.

Weaknesses

  • Mortality (presumed formerly): As a human, Claire possessed a mortal body, so was therefore highly vulnerable to any forms of injuries, sicknesses, and death. However, after becoming linked with Morgana, Claire most likely retained some of her immortality and can live for hundreds of years, but is still vulnerable to being killed.
  • Strain/Corruption (formerly): Despite the great power of her weapon, the staff itself also had its limits and downsides. Its portals can connect to very distant places, but the more portals are created, the greater the wear that Claire suffers. When Claire used excessive use of its power, she briefly became corrupted by its dark magic, thus she becomes possessed by Morgana. Fortunately, Claire was able to regain control of both her staff and body from the witch and can no longer be corrupted by the staff's dark magic.
  • Stubbornness: Although her intentions are naturally well-meaning, Claire's stubbornness and overachieving persona is one of her greatest quirks. Her overdetermination to finish a job is not so different from her own mother's workaholism. When Claire mysteriously came down with a cold, she was still determined to help while she brushed/shoved away her friends' suggestions of her taking a break, despite their concerns. Plus, when NotEnrique warns her of her abnormal activities while she slept, she brushes it aside, despite the clear evidence that something dark was happening to her (while she tried to convince herself that it was just sleepwalking). It would eventually lead to her being possessed by Morgana without even warning her friends that she has truly been corrupted.
  • Guilt: In Wizards, it is noted by Nimue that Claire has felt nothing but guilt ever since Jim got struck down by the Green Knight, which she blamed herself for. Ever since, Claire has been overprotective of Jim and wished to make up for her supposed mistakes, and she is quick to rush to protect her boyfriend whenever he's in danger, risking the lives of everyone else. One can argue that her need to save Jim was one of the causes of Merlin's death. Claire even felt guilty for failing to save Morgana from her own hubris and Arthur.

Equipment

  • Shadow Staff (formerly): The Shadow Staff was Claire's primary choice of weapon, which she obtained from Angor Rot in "The Shattered King". It was a magical staff of great power, capable of opening inter-dimensional shadow-like portals to other places through the Shadow Realm and utilizing negative emotions, and even create personal shadows (through Claire is never shown doing this). Claire could travel to a destination through an emotional link she possesses with her friends, who can be used as "emotional anchors" to travel to their current designated location. Unfortunately, the staff also had its limits and downsides. Its portals can connect to very distant places, but the more portals are created, the greater the wear that the user suffers. The portals are also not able to cross between dimensions, like the Darklands. Excessive use of the staff's power can cause the user to be corrupted by its dark magic, thus Claire becomes possessed by Morgana (the staff's original creator) after she successfully teleports all the trolls out of Trollmarket. Claire was later able to use her newfound use of magic to sever Morgana's connection with the Shadow Staff and gained the ability to control/reclaim her staff. However, in order to banish Morgana in the Shadow Realm forever, Toby (under Claire's orders) destroys her Shadow Staff with his Warhammer.
  • Armor: At the end of "In Good Hands", Merlin crafts Claire her own suit of armor, which protects her from mortal damage.
  • Horngazel (formerly): Claire used to bring her own horngazel to enter/exit Trollmarket. However, she loses it to Angor Rot in "A Night to Remember" so that he could use it to ambush Trollmarket.
  • Crank Key (briefly): Before entering the Darklands, Kanjigar entrusted Claire a crank key so that when the time comes, it will "aid her in a key moment". She once tried to use it to unlock Jim's cell, but it wouldn't fit. Instead, it was a crank for escaping Gunmar's throne room.
  • Bike: Like Jim and Toby, Claire also owns her own bike which she uses to ride to and from school.

Relationships

Main article: Claire Nuñez/Relationships

Quotes

Main article: Claire Nuñez/Quotes

Episode Appearances

Trollhunters

Trollhunters Part 1
"Becoming: Part 1"
Appears
"Becoming: Part 2"
Appears
"Wherefore Art Thou, Trollhunter?"
Appears
"Gnome Your Enemy"
Appears
"Waka Chaka!"
Appears
"Win Lose or Draal"
Appears
"To Catch a Changeling"
Appears
"Adventures in Trollsitting"
Appears
"Bittersweet Sixteen"
Appears
"Young Atlas"
Appears
"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"
Appears
"Airheads"
Appears
"Where Is My Mind?"
Appears
"Party Monster"
Appears
"It's About Time"
Appears
"Wingmen"
Appears
"Angor Management"
Appears
"A Night to Remember"
Appears
"Something Rotten This Way Comes"
Appears
Trollhunters Part 2
"Escape from the Darklands"
Appears
"Skullcrusher"
Appears
"Grand Theft Otto"
Appears
"KanjigAAARRRGGHH!!!"
Appears
"Homecoming"
Appears
"Hiss Hiss, Bang Bang"
Appears
"Hero with a Thousand Faces"
Appears
"Just Add Water"
Appears
"Creepslayerz"
Appears
"The Reckless Club"
Appears
"Unbecoming"
Appears
"Mistrial and Error"
Appears
"In the Hall of the Gumm-Gumm King"
Appears
Trollhunters Part 3
"Night Patroll"
Appears
"Arcadia's Most Wanted"
Appears
"Bad Coffee"
Appears
"So I'm Dating a Sorceress"
Appears
"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 1
"Terra Incognita Part One"
Absent
"Terra Incognita Part Two"
Absent
"Mind Over Matter"
Voice
"Beetle Mania"
Mentioned
"Collision Course"
Absent
"D'aja Vu"
Appears
"Flying the Coop"
Absent
"Party Crashers"
Cameo
"Lightning in a Bottle"
Appears
"The Arcadian Job"
Absent
"Truth Be Told"
Absent
"Last Night on Earth"
Appears
"Bad Omen"
Absent
3Below Part 2
"Moving Day"
Absent
"Moonlight Run"
Absent
"Dogfight Days of Summer"
Absent
"Mother's Day"
Mentioned
"Ill Gotten Gains"
Absent
"There's Something About Gwen (of Gorbon)"
Absent
"Asteroid Rage"
Absent
"Luug's Day Out"
Absent
"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"
Mentioned

Wizards

Wizards Part 1
"Spellbound"
Appears
"History in the Making"
Appears
"Witch Hunt"
Appears
"Lady of the Lake"
Appears
"Battle Royale"
Appears
"Killahead, Part One"
Appears
"Killahead, Part Two"
Appears
"Wizard Underground"
Appears
"Dragon's Den"
Appears
"Our Final Act"
Appears

Trivia

  • In the 2015 book, Claire had longer hair, her last name was "Fontaine", and was Scottish instead of Hispanic.
  • Her favorite food is guacamole and would bathe in it (which defeats the purpose of bathing).
  • She becomes the first human (and apparently the first female, minus Morgana) to wield Angor Rot's former weapon, the Shadow Staff.
  • In "Recipe for Disaster", Claire is revealed to be allergic to dust.
  • In "So I'm Dating a Sorceress", Claire mentions having a Mexican grandmother.
  • Claire is the only main character from Trollhunters to not make any physical appearances in Part Two of 3Below, but has been mentioned in a couple episodes, such as "Mother's Day" and "A Glorious End, Part Two".

Gallery

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Team Trollhunters
Jim Lake Jr. - Toby Domzalski - Claire Nuñez - Blinky Galadrigal - AAARRRGGHH!!! - Draal (deceased) - Gnome Chompsky - NotEnrique

References

  1. Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans’ Movie Scheduled for 2021. Variety (August 7th, 2020). Retrieved August 7th, 2020.
  2. Race to Trollmarket
  3. Trollhunters – "Becoming: Part 2"
  4. Trollhunters – "Return of the Trollhunter"
  5. Aaron Waltke (August 17, 2020). Aaron Waltke answering questions on Discord. Tales of Arcadia Wiki Discord.
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