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Dictatious Galadrigal is Blinky's twin brother who appears as a former antagonist of Trollhunters

History

Background

Dictatious was born and grew up in the old world. He and his younger brother Blinky dabbled in hexes and spells together. He wrote several books that Blinky keeps in his library. They never agreed on anything. 

At some point, Dictatious became adept at Gunmar's ideals of destroying the human race and taking the surface and, as a result, left Trollmarket to become one of Gunmar's followers. During the battle of Killahead Bridge, he was banished in the Darklands with Bular and the Gumm-Gumms. Blinky never knew about this and thought he was dead.

Part Two (Trollhunters)

Meeting Jim

Jim meets Dictatious when he enters the Darklands on his own. Dictatious grabs Jim and takes him to Gunmar's throne. At first, Gunmar considers destroying Jim himself, but Dictatious convinces him otherwise when he finds out that the other Trollhunters will be coming for Jim, so they can get access to Earth, so they trap Jim in the prison cell beside Nomura's prison cell.

A Not-So-Happy Family Reunion

When the other Trollhunters arrive in the Darklands, Blinky and AAARRRGGHHH!!! run into Dictatcious, shocking Blinky, who previously believed that he was dead. Dictatious ties the duo up and decides to torture them, so they'll tell him about everything, but Blinky stands his ground and refuses. However, Dictatious manipulates his brother to indirectly reveal the location of the Killahead Bridge. There, Blinky is able to use the flare that Kanjigar had entrusted to him to attack and finally permanently blind Dictatious. Without the knowledge of Blinky and the others, Dictatious manages to escape of the Darklands at the same time as Gunmar just before the Killahead Bridge was destroyed.

Meeting the Janus Order

The following night after their escape from the Darklands, Dictatious heard the sounds of fireworks caused by a fight between the Trollhunters and blood goblins and mistook them for signs of a battle. Gunmar interpreted it was the humans' fear of darkness that prompted them to light up the sky. As they only managed to escape with a couple of Gumm-Gumms, Dictatious promises they can build Gunmar a new army if they could reach the Janus Order.

Hearing the sounds of a surface beast (a truck) approaching, Dictatious ordered one of the two Gumm-Gumm soldiers to slay it, only for the troll to be run down, losing his left arm in the process, so Gunmar executes him. Subsequently, they are found by Otto Scaarbach of the Janus Order.

Upon arriving at the Janus Order's Arcadia headquarters, Gunmar was unimpressed by the lack of meat to eat, before Scaarbach presented him with Vendel's Heartstone staff, which restored some of the Skullcrusher's strength. As this did not fully sate Gunmar, Dictatious suggested they launch a full-scale assault on Heartstone Trollmarket to claim its Heartstone for him. Scaarbach argued a more subtle approach, least they suffer the same fate as Bular. Dictatious took umbrage at the insult to the late Gumm-Gumm prince, but Gunmar chose to defer to the Changeling's advice and asked how Trollmarket could be handed to him.

Becoming a False Prophet

Dictatious was later tripped by Scaarbach, who gloats about gradually replacing him as Gunmar's advisor, taunting that Gunmar would most likely execute Dictatious for being blind and useless. Dictatious threatened to tell Gunmar and see that the Skullcrusher executes the Changeling before realizing he had already left.

Judging that he was no longer safe in the Janus Order, Dictatious approached a random Changeling for the exit but was refused, apparently on Scaarbach's orders. The blind troll soon overheard Scaarbach discussing with the Janus Order regarding the Pale Lady being silent since Gunmar's return. Deciding to exploit this to his advantage, Dictatious approached Gunmar while he was being oriented about the modern world by Scaarbach where he falsely claimed about being granted visions from the Pale Lady.

The Skullcrusher took great interest in Dictatious' "visions", in which he promised Gunmar's victory over the surface. When asked about what to do about Jim, Dictatious stated they need to weaken his team first. Scaarbach protested it was exactly the same plan he proposed, to which Dictatious took offense at his disrespect to the "Pale Lady's wisdom". Gunmar was then insulted by the Changeling's offering of cats and ventured out into Arcadia to find human flesh to consume.

Conquest of Trollmarket

After Gunmar's ally, Queen Usurna, manages to get the Trollhunter banished to the Deep, the Skullcrusher creates a new Gumm-Gumm army by converting helpless trolls with his Decimaar Blade. During the chaos, Dictatious ordered a brainwashed Draal to find Blinky for him, only to be captured by his brother when no one else was looking and was chained up and dangled like a pinata in Blinky's library. And much to his surprise, he learned that Jim had escaped the Deep. When Blinky attempted to interrogate him, Dictatious gloated that Gunmar's victory was already assured and proclaimed that resistance was futile, but Blinky declared Vendel, who was murdered by Usurna, to be his true brother, and spun him around. His torment was stopped by Jim, who insisted that he let the other trolls go so he and Gunmar can settle things. Dictatious stated that with Gunmar's army lost in the Darklands, he'll stay in Trollmarket and create a new one. His ranting was soon stopped by Toby, who stuffs his mouth with a book and ears with socks.

Dictatious was later found by Usurna and Draal, whom he told about the Jim's survival. Usurna expressed surprise, as no troll had ever survive the Deep, to which he reminds that Jim was no troll and that the Trollhunters were evacuating Trollmarket as they speak. Though Usurna's first instinct was to warn Gunmar, Dictatious asked her if she would face his wrath once he learns that Jim was alive and their enemies were slipping under her nose.

They soon cornered the Trollhunters at the Gyre station but by the time Draal broke through the barrier, the Trollhunters had used The Shadow Staff to teleport everyone to safety.

Part Three (Trollhunters)

The Pale Lady's Call

Despite Gunmar regaining his strength and his army, the Skullcrusher knew it was meaningless with trollkind's vulnerability to the sun. He then asked Dictatious what the Pale Lady told him as to the Trollhunter's impending demise. Dictatious lied, saying he saw Jim dead at Gunmar's feet while his allies mourn his demise inside the latter's belly. To his surprise, Gunmar seizes Dictatious by the throat for his useless information, but only Usurna's intervention prevents Gunmar from supercharging his advisor.

After being dismissed, Usurna, annoyed because of Dictatious's repeated insistence that the Pale Lady had been giving him visions, tells him the only reason she saved him is to ensure that Gunmar remains focused on world conquest and not superstition, least he executes his two advisors.

Dictatious later happens by the phonograph, which the Janus Order used to communicate with the Pale Lady and actually heard her voice as a fleshly hand reached out of it. He then summoned Usurna to tell her what happened, but she doesn't believe him. And because she thought nothing would happen if she repeated the name "Morgana" over and over, does this in front of a record player which Dictatious supposedly says that Morgana spoke to him from. To her surprise, the record player actually speaks in Morgana's voice. Dictatious futilely tried to stop Usurna, who was unnerved by what just happened, from throwing the phonograph into the depths. As Gunmar called for him, Usurna reminded Dictatious to ensure that the Skullcrusher remained committed to their influence.

Defecting the Gumm-Gumms

When Gunmar returned from Morgana's shrine in Bulgaria, he told Dictatious that the Pale Lady had informed him of his fraudulence. Now that Dictatious had exhausted his usefulness, Gunmar attempted to execute him, only for AAARRRGGHH!!! to intervene and save Dictatious. The pair soon hides out in the Heartstone chamber, where Gunmar shatters the petrified head of Angor Rot to find his eye, as part of his quest for the Staff of Avalon. With the exit to Trollmarket under guard, AAARRRGGHH!!! passed Dictatious a Horngazel and told him to find Blinky while he distracts the guards, as the latter could speak in bigger words about Angor Rot.

Shortly after, Dictatious catches wind of Usurna's plan to assassinate him and learns she recruited the goblins to do so. He flees to Arcadia, where runs into Bagdwella and pleads with her to take him to Blinky. With his hands bound, he was brought to the basement of the Lake house, where he tells Jim of recent events. While he is hiding in Jim's basement, the goblins come in through the furnace, and overflow the house, much to Claire's parents and Toby's Nana's disbelief. In the struggle, Dictatious is pinned down, and as the lead goblin is about to shoot Dictatious with an arrow imbued with Creeper's Sun poison, Blinky arrives and fights off the goblins long enough for Jim, Toby and Claire to kill them. Claire then returned from the Shadow Realm and confirmed that Dictatious was telling the truth about Angor Rot.

Accompanying the Adults

Dictatious joins the Trollhunters in Jim's room, where Blinky insists destroying the amulet to find Merlin's tomb is deranged. Claire insisted that the leftover memories from Morgana had led her to this conclusion. Drawing on his own knowledge, Dictatious supported Claire's assumptions, as the amulet and the Staff of Avalon are both connected by Merlin's magic. Ultimately, the Trollhunters decide to rescue AAARRRGGHH!!!, which would lead them to Gunmar.

After that, Blinky insists that he still doesn't trust him, but forgives him for everything he did. Soon after, Detective Scott arrives, and noticing Dictatious, is about to call for backup, when Nana hits him on the head, knocking him out. Once Detective Scott wakes up, he finds the parents doing a play, with Dictatious posing as Nana's "costume" for her "troll form".

Dictatious later takes up residence with the Domzalskis with Nana as his caretaker and does nothing but sit by her side and eat pie.

Physical Appearance

Dictatious looks just like Blinky, except he has dark green and frizzy hair that sticks up, sea foam green skin and a dark brown nose. He used to have brown eyes, but after Blinky blinded him with a flare crystal in "Homecoming", they became white from blindness. He wears brown pants with a strap. He used to wear a hooded cloak but shed it after meeting Jim.

Personality

In the past, Dictatious was a good troll who was admired by his brother. However, Dictatious became convinced that Gunmar's ideas were best for the troll race, turning evil, calculating and loyal only to Gunmar. He abandoned all his ties with his previous life, including the bond he had with his own brother.

However, when Gunmar begins to take over Trollmarket and discovers that Morgana is trying to escape, Dictatious begins to see the error of his ways and goes back to the side of good (though it was merely out of fear for his life, rather than actual morality). He was overjoyed that his brother forgave him and the two rekindled their bond, but Blinky still doesn't trust him. Dictatious is also considerably lazy, as he does not partake in helping to stop the Eternal Night and just sits in Toby's house, watching TV and eating pie. 

Powers & Abilities

Troll Physiology

Although not as much of a fighter or aggressive as many trolls, Dictatious is durable and faster than a normal human.

Manipulation

Dictatious was able to manipulate Blinky into revealing the location of the Killahead Birdge, as well as lie to Gunmar that he is Morgana's seer, albeit briefly.

Intelligence

Dictatious is one of the smartest trolls, whose intelligence rivals that of his own brother's. He shares this trait with Blinky, but he is certainly not as wise and knowledgable as he is.

Equipment

Parlok Spear

During his time in The Darklands, Dictatious used to carry a spear while he's traveling outside Gunmar's chambers. After Blinky accidentally revealed the location of the Killahead Bridge, Dictatious was about to use his parlok spear to kill his brother, only to accidentally set him free and allow him to blind him.

Relationships

Blinky Galadrigal

Blinky is Dicatious's twin brother. In the past, they created books and their own literary together and Blinky looked up to him. Blinky was saddened when he believed Dictatious to be dead after the Battle of Killahead Bridge (unaware that his brother turned to the dark side). When Blinky discovers that Dictatious was alive and working for Gunmar, Blinky was overcome by shock and disbelief before he immediately viewed him as a traitor and decided to burn all of his books in his library.

After Dictatious defects Gunmar, Blinky was understandably reluctant to trust him, but when Blood Goblins attack, Blinky finally realizes that he was telling the truth. In the end, Blinky forgives Dictatious, but points out that he still doesn't trust him.

Gunmar

At first, Dictatious praised Gunmar and his ultimate goal. However, after Gunmar discovers his fraudulence, he viewed him as a disposable stooge, wanting to execute him after Dictatious's usefulness was done.

Episode Appearances

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"
Absent
"Mistrial and Error"
Absent
"In the Hall of the Gumm-Gumm King"
Appears
Trollhunters Part 3
"A Night Patroll"
Appears
"Arcadia's Most Wanted"
Appears
"Bad Coffee"
Absent
"So I'm Dating a Sorceress"
Appears
"The Exorcism of Claire Nunez"
Absent
"Parental Guidance"
Appears
"The Oath"
Appears
"For the Glory of Merlin"
Appears
"In Good Hands"
Absent
"A House Divided"
Appears
"Jimhunters"
Absent
"The Eternal Knight: Part 1"
Appears
"The Eternal Knight: Part 2"
Absent

Trivia

  • Dictatious is the first (and only) villain to be related to a main character.
  • Originally, Dictatious was going to be killed off, but the producers liked Mark Hamill’s performance so much, that they decided to have him reform and keep him around.
  • Dictatious also has a striking resemblance to The Joker from DC comics. This is likely due to the fact that Mark Hamill has voiced The Joker numerous times (Notably ' Batman: The Killing Joke' and the game 'Batman: Arkham Knight'), as well as using the same voice for both characters.
  • Although Dictatious made his onscreen debut in the Part Two opening episode "Escape from the Darklands", he first appeared in the novel "Welcome to the Darklands" which was officially released three days before the release of Part Two.

Gallery

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