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Revision as of 15:41, April 7, 2020

Becoming Part 1- The amulet begins to move again
This article contains canon information corresponding to the Tales of Arcadia franchise. That means all information in this article is true and has appeared/been validated officially on-screen.
Toby: Birthdays really aren't Jim's thing.
Blinky: For creatures with such a short lifespan, I thought they would be cherished.
Toby: Uh, not for Jim. They always remind him of the day when his dad disappeared.
Blinky: Interesting. I did not know Jim's father was a magician.
Toby: Hm, not "magic" disappeared, more like "walked out 'cause he's a dead-beat" disappeared. I just moved into the house across the street, and Jim's dad got him this
sweet bike kit for his fifth birthday, and then he just took off. The pieces laid there in the garage for years. Last I heard, the guy ran off with his girlfriend to be a ski-bum in Vermont.
Blinky: What a horrible tragedy. Maybe even more horrible that I had no idea.
Toby and Blinky about James Sr's disappearance[src]

James Lake, Sr. is an unseen character mentioned many times throughout Trollhunters

He is the ex-husband of Barbara Lake and the father of Jim Lake Jr. 

History

Backstory

As described by (presumably) his portraits, James was most likely a military hero in the past.

Prior to disappearing, James and Barbara appeared to have had a romantic relationship and raised their son, Jim, together. He would often make shrimp cakes for his wife and hug his son, tickling him with his beard.

On Jim's 5th birthday, James gave his son a bike kit as a gift. However, he then took off without a word, which hurt both Barbara and Jim deeply.

According to Toby (the last time he heard), James left his family because he was having an affair with another girl and became a ski-bum in Vermont.

Physical Appearance

In the portraits, James bares a striking resemblance to his son, Jim, only he wears bifocal glasses and a military uniform.

Personality

It was implied that before his disappearance, James was a loving and devoting husband/father who cared about his wife and had a strong bond with his only son.

However, after his disappearance, he is viewed by his family as a world-class jerk. Even Toby described James as a "dead beat" who walked out on his family (and on his son's own birthday leaving only a bike kit) just to be with another girl.

Relationships

Family

Family

Barbara Lake

James and Barbara had a romantic, stable relationship as they took care of their son together for five years.

When James disappeared, however, Jim recalled how much Barbara was deeply hurt. When Jim was old enough to ask his mom about his dad, Barbara says that they would just have to look after themselves and each other, without James Sr.

Barbara seems to hold a grudge against her ex-husband for leaving her to raise their son alone. But based on his picture still being on the wall, she presumably still misses him to some extent.

Jim Lake Jr.

As implied by Jim himself, he had a strong bond with his father when he was young.

However, he was seemingly hurt and betrayed when his father left him and his mother to look after themselves, even on his own birthday. Jim even hates most his birthdays because they always remind him about his father's disappearance.

In "Blinky's Day Out", Jim claims to Blinky that he doesn't care about his father.

Episode appearances

Trollhunters

Trollhunters Part 1
"Becoming: Part 1"
Absent
"Becoming: Part 2"
Absent
"Wherefore Art Thou, Trollhunter?"
Mentioned
"Gnome Your Enemy"
Absent
"Waka Chaka!"
Absent
"Win Lose or Draal"
Mentioned
"To Catch a Changeling"
Absent
"Adventures in Trollsitting"
Absent
"Bittersweet Sixteen"
Mentioned
"Young Atlas"
Absent
"Recipe for Disaster"
Absent
"Claire and Present Danger"
Absent
"The Battle of Two Bridges"
Absent
"Return of the Trollhunter"
Absent
"Mudslinging"
Absent
"Roaming Fees May Apply"
Absent
"Blinky's Day Out"
Mentioned
"The Shattered King"
Absent
"Airheads"
Mentioned
"Where Is My Mind?"
Absent
"Party Monster"
Absent
"It's About Time"
Absent
"Wingmen"
Absent
"Angor Management"
Absent
"A Night to Remember"
Absent
"Something Rotten This Way Comes"
Absent
Trollhunters Part 3
"Night Patroll"
Absent
"Arcadia's Most Wanted"
Absent
"Bad Coffee"
Mentioned
"So I'm Dating a Sorceress"
Absent
"The Exorcism of Claire Nunez"
Absent
"Parental Guidance"
Absent
"The Oath"
Absent
"For the Glory of Merlin"
Absent
"In Good Hands"
Mentioned
"A House Divided"
Absent
"Jimhunters"
Absent
"The Eternal Knight: Part 1"
Absent
"The Eternal Knight: Part 2"
Absent

Trivia

  • In the books, Jim's father was overprotective and did not leave. It was the mom who left them. He also was the one who found the amulet.
    • Jim's father was also a victim of losing his brother to a troll.
  • Apparently, Jim's father is some sort of military hero, whereas, in the books, Jim looked down upon him. 
  • According to Guillermo del Toro in one of his Tweets, more will be learned about James Lake Sr. in Wizards.
    • However, it's unknown if this means he'll make an official debut (either as a prominent, minor, or posthumous character), and/or if we'll learn about any real motives of why he left Barbara and Jim in the first place. 
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