Queen Usurna (or simply Usurna) was a supporting antagonist of Trollhunters, serving as the co-secondary antagonist in Part Two (alongside Dictatious), an antagonist in the Part One episode "Wingmen", and a major antagonist in Part Three.
Hundreds of years ago, Usurna took over the Krubera tribe and ruled with an iron fist, intending to use them to take over the world by Gunmar's side.
She and her tribe were once guardians of the Eye of Gunmar, one of his stones tied to his lifeblood. However, the Gumm-Gumms stole it from the Krubera centuries ago, although (given Usurna's evil nature) it is likely that the queen herself willingly gave the Eye of Gunmar to the Gumm-Gumms to prevent the Trollhunter from ever accessing the Eclipse Blade, as it is the only weapon capable of killing Gunmar (whom Usurna secretly served).
One day, she traded a young AAARRRGGHH!!! and some of his friends to the Gumm-Gumm army, just to prove how useful the young Krubera would be to Gunmar. AAARRRGGHH!!!, however, was lead to believe that he was kidnapped by the Skullcrusher and taken away from his family.
Trollhunters (Part One)
Usurna arrives at Trollmarket along with several of her Krubera soldiers, having foretold the agony of AAARRRGGHH!!! When she sees Jim, she is surprised to meet the human Trollhunter. Jim and Toby ask her about the Eye of Gunmar that the Krubera protected, but Usurna tells them that the Gumm-Gumms stole it centuries ago.
In a meeting with Vendel, Usurna affirms that the only way to save the life of AAARRRGGHH!!! is that he returns to the Deep Caverns with his kind, but Vendel says they can not take him away from his home in Trollmarket. Finally, both decide to fix it in the PyroBlix match. After the victory of Trollmarket, Usurna allows AAARRRGGHH!!! choose what to do. Although at the beginning he decides to leave, in the end, AAARRRGGHH!!! he stays with his friends the time he has left.
Trollhunters (Part Two)
Usurna returns to Trollmarket along with the rest of Troll Tribunal to discuss the destruction of the Killahead Bridge. Usurna is shown as the most determined to do so, even if that meant leaving Jim trapped in the Darklands. When the Tribunal decides to destroy it, Usurna takes her soldiers to fulfill the task. Despite the resistance of Jim's friends and Vendel, Usurna forces her soldiers to destroy the bridge just before Jim could leave. Later, she orders that the pieces of the bridge be thrown into an abyss where no one could ever find them (unaware that the Trollhunters managed to gather all the pieces accounted for).
After this, Usurna and her Krubera remain in Trollmarket because she doubted the judgment of Vendel. In reality, however, she was there under orders from Gunmar to be his spy, alongside a Changeling named Krax, and make sure to get rid of the Trollhunter if he ever managed to escape the Darklands alive.
After Jim's return, Usurna assumes a position against him and his companions. Finally, she manages to convince the Tribunal to judge Jim for allowing Gunmar to escape from the Darklands and put everyone in danger. During the trial, Claire and Blinky gather evidence of spies inside Trollmarket and report it to Vendel. In private, Vendel tells Usurna about the possibility of more than one Changeling spy between them. There, seeing that her secret came to light, she reveals herself to Vendel as Gunmar's spy and the real traitor involved with Gunmar's escape all along. She then kills Vendel so he doesn't let the secret out. Despite that, he manages to record her evildoing by using an Anamnesis Stone, allowing his friends to discover her true intentions.
After sentencing Jim and banishing him to the Deep, Usurna declares to Trollmarket that Jim was the one who murdered Vendel and that they can no longer trust the Trollhunter, they must reclaim the surface for the trolls. At that moment, Gunmar appears and Usurna reveals her loyalty to him, declaring him as the new leader of the trolls. This led to the trolls believing that Usurna killed the Trollhunter to keep him from foiling Gunmar's conquest. Gunmar soon used his Decimaar Blade to convert hapless trolls into Gumm-Gumm soldiers to replace the army lost in the Darklands.
Usurna then accompanied Gunmar to the Heartstone chamber and proudly encouraged her master to absorb its energy and regain his strength.
Ursurna later found Dictatious Galadrigal chained up in Blinky's library and learned from him that Jim was alive. This surprised her, as she assumed no troll could escape the Deep. Dictatious reminded her that Jim was no troll and informed her that the Trollhunters were actively trying to evacuate Trollmarket. Usurna insisted they warn Gunmar but reconsiders when Dictatious asked if she was willing to face the Skullcrusher's wrath once he learns she failed to kill the boy and allowed all this to happen. Instead, she orders the Gumm-Gumms to seal off Trollmarket so that the rest of the trolls couldn't escape, until they capture or kill the Trollhunter.
They soon corner their quarry at the Gyre station. As a brainwashed Draal furiously batters at the exit, Usurna orders the Gumm-Gumms to show no mercy. Unfortunately, upon entering the Gyre station, they find it deserted, as the Trollhunters used the Shadow Staff to teleport everyone to safety.
Following Gunmar’s domination of Trollmarket, Usurna adds her Krubera Warriors to Gunmar’s Gumm-Gumm Army.
Trollhunters (Part Three)
Usurna continues to serve Gunmar, but is constantly annoyed by his and Dictatious' obsession with the evil witch, Morgana, which she makes known after calling Dictatious a fraud. Later, when Dictatious proves to her that the Eldritch Queen is calling out to them, Usurna chooses to destroy the phonograph the Janus Order had used in attempts to hear Morgana's wisdom.
When Dictatious is about to be killed by Gunmar, Usurna watches in both glee and bitterness, which is part of what causes Dictatious to see the error of his ways and warn the Trollhunters about Morgana and Angor Rot. After learning that Dictatious has escaped and is now a liability if he were to warn the Trollhunters of Gunmar's plan, she sends Fragwa and his goblin pack to assassinate the blind troll, which failed.
After Gunmar returns with the Staff of Avalon, they find the Pale Lady herself sealed within a crystal underneath the Heartstone, much to Usurna's shock that the ancient witch (whom she thought was all but a myth at first) has been imprisoned beneath their very feet the entire time. When Gunmar fails to activate the staff, he orders Usurna to find and capture a changeling since only human hands who can speak trollish can wield it. Usurna fails to trap Nomura, so she instead kidnaps Strickler, along with the Trollhunter's mother, Barbara Lake.
She pretends to be Barbara with a Glamour Mask so she can trick Strickler into activating the staff, saying that Gunmar will not hurt anyone and begs him to save her "son". However, when she calls him "Strickler", he immediately realized that it was really Usurna because the real Barbara calls him "Walter".
Her Last Mistake
Sometime later, she makes a deal with the Quagawumps to capture Blinky and AAARRRGGHH!!!, the latter of whom she has her Krubera soldiers brutalize to set an example. In her own arrogance and stupidity, Usurna reveals to AAARRRGGHH!!! that he was not abducted by the Gumm-Gumms when he was a youngling, but she actually traded him to Gunmar willingly, to AAARRRGGHH!!!'s disbelief and disgust.
Hearing this cruelty, a truly blatant and remorseless betrayal to a brother of their tribe, the Krubera see the error of their ways. They turn against their awful queen and push her into the bog, where she gets her comeuppance by drowning in quicksand, all while screaming and begging as well as threatening them to save her before she's swallowed up in the muck and drowns.
- “We wanted a regal and polished look to Queen Usurna as one of our troll royals. She uses expensive materials and fabrics, dressed in a sleeker silhouette to contrast the other trolls who are generally dressed (or not dressed at all) in fabrics such as leathers and skins, all natural and coarse materials. The impressive crown rounds out her look and is sleek and polished and mimics her natural, glowing carvings.”
- ―Yingjue Linda Chen, Texture Artist[src]
Usurna was a large, blue Krubera troll. She had various purple patterns on her body, a red nose, and magenta eyes.
She wore some kind of tribal crown that showed her monarchy status above the Krubera and a blue dress with a feathered collar, which were actually made of knives similar to Stricklander's.
- “As queen of the elusive Krubera tribes and a member of the Troll Tribunal, Queen Usurna is a prominent figure in the troll-kind community. However, her ambition for power leads her down a ruthless path to become one of Gunmar's advisors.”
- ―The Art of Trollhunters
Much like General Morando, Queen Usurna was another being of pure evil.
Initially, Usurna was shown as a peaceful, political, suspicious, and somewhat paranoid queen. She showed great concern for her people, even AAARRRGGHH!!!, even though he was previously a Gumm-Gumm.
However, all this is later revealed to be an act since, in reality, Usurna is an evil, manipulative, power-hungry, ruthless, and treacherous tyrant like Gunmar himself. She was soon revealed to be a follower and supporter of Gunmar's ideals, as it is exemplified by her coming to murder Vendel unceremoniously when he discovered her machinations, with her "trial" to condemn the Trollhunter nothing more than a ruse just to get rid of him. She then reveals her truly power-hungry nature as well as her belief that trolls should rule the earth instead of humanity during her speech to Trollmarket and then reveals them her allegiance to the Gumm-Gumm leader.
She's shown a disdain for archaic lore and superstition, as seen by her opting to hide the evidence of Morgana's return from Gunmar, in spite of Dictatious's protests and warnings.
Like Gunmar, she also has extreme prejudice towards changelings, not seeing them as equals to trolls at all, but merely as tools and "things". She continuously called NotEnrique an "it" (in spite of his offensive protests), attempted to kidnap Nomura (coldly saying that she and the rest of her kind were made to serve trolls), and tried to manipulate Strickler into activating the Staff of Avalon by pretending to be Barbara (only for him to see through her deception).
Before she died, Usurna revealed just how despicable and selfish she truly was when she boastfully revealed that she literally threw AAARRRGGGH!!! to the Gumm-Gumms when he was a child, just to provide Gunmar a powerful warrior. Through her gloating and lack of common sense, she showed no remorse for her actions and had little to no care for the lives of her own people as she would willingly give up a few Krubera just for her own self-interest (thereby causing her Krubera soldiers to turn against her after hearing this). Even as she sank to her death, she insulted them and swore to make them pay (merely out of panic and arrogance) while she screamed in terror.
Powers & Abilities
- Krubera Troll Physiology: Usurna is far stronger than a normal troll.
- Superhuman Strength: Usurna was one of the strongest Kruberas in the Deep Caverns, despite not being much of a fighter, nor has she ever really been shown in direct combat. She was able to easily overpower AAARRRGGHH!!!, who was trained by the Gumm-Gumms for hundreds of years, and even hurl him several feet away, despite his larger structure (although AAARRRGGHH!!! had already been brutalized by the other Krubera).
- Longevity: As a troll, Usurna can live for hundreds of years, yet she is still vulnerable to death.
- Manipulation: Usurna was able to hide her secret allegiance to Gunmar from the Troll Tribunal possibly for ages. She comes up with sick, unfair excuses just to make sure everything would go exactly her way, no matter how much everyone protests her actions as she justifies them as necessary (which, in actuality, are not). She was even able to briefly gain support from the residents of Trollmarket, at least until she reveals her true loyalties to Gunmar.
- Orator: As a queen, Usurna is a strong speaker, as she was (relatively speaking) able to win the minds of Trollmarket, until she reveals her true nature and leaves them to perish at the hands of Gunmar.
- Direct Sunlight: Like all trolls, Usurna is vulnerable to sunlight as it burns and turns her to stone.
- Ambition: As a highly arrogant, selfish, and tyrannical queen, Usurna lusts for more power and will do anything to acquire more in order to make herself the most superior troll in the entire troll order and take it over as her own, even siding with Gunmar and using her position within the Tribunal to do so. She loves to show off her power over others and proudly remarking her past despicable actions, like how she gave AAARRRGGHH!!! away to Gunmar. In Angor Reborn, Blinky intentionally used Usurna's ambition to his advantage which would make the Krubera see the error of their ways. Eventually, her gloating lead to her ultimate downfall when the Krubera turned against her and left her to drown to her death.
- Staff: Usurna carried a staff similar to Vendel's, only blue with purple-blue crystals sticking out like a spiral.
- Creeper's Sun Knives: Underneath her feathered collar, Usurna carried dozens of knives imbued with Creeper Sun poison. She used this to assassinate Vendel so she could gain brief control of Trollmarket and its residence. Nomura later took one of Usurna's poisoned knives and threatened to kill herself, but it was merely just to make Usurna and her guards lose position so she could escape.
- Glamour Mask (briefly): Usurna briefly used a Glamour Mask to disguise herself as Barbara Lake to manipulate Strickler into activating the Staff of Avalon so Morgana would be free. However, Strickler managed to figure out it was really Usurna when she called him "Strickler", as Barbara always called him "Walter".
- Main article: Queen Usurna/Relationships
- Main article: Queen Usurna/Quotes
|Trollhunters Part 1|
|"Becoming: Part 1"|
|"Becoming: Part 2"|
|"Wherefore Art Thou, Trollhunter?"|
|"Gnome Your Enemy"|
|"Win Lose or Draal"|
|"To Catch a Changeling"|
|"Adventures in Trollsitting"|
|"Recipe for Disaster"|
|"Claire and Present Danger"|
|"The Battle of Two Bridges"|
|"Return of the Trollhunter"|
|"Roaming Fees May Apply"|
|"Blinky's Day Out"|
|"The Shattered King"|
|"Where Is My Mind?"|
|"It's About Time"|
|"A Night to Remember"|
|"Something Rotten This Way Comes"|
|Trollhunters Part 2|
| "Escape from the Darklands"|
| "Grand Theft Otto"|
| "Hiss Hiss, Bang Bang"|
| "Hero with a Thousand Faces"|
| "Just Add Water"|
| "The Reckless Club"|
| "Mistrial and Error"|
| "In the Hall of the Gumm-Gumm King"|
|Trollhunters Part 3|
| "Night Patroll" |
| "Arcadia's Most Wanted"|
| "Bad Coffee"|
| "So I'm Dating a Sorceress"|
| "The Exorcism of Claire Nunez"|
| "Parental Guidance"|
| "The Oath"|
| "For the Glory of Merlin"|
| "In Good Hands"|
| "A House Divided"|
| "The Eternal Knight: Part 1"|
| "The Eternal Knight: Part 2"|
- Usurna is easily (and understandably) one of the most hated characters in the entire franchise.
- There have been multiple foreshadowing hints of Usurna's true evil nature:
- She gave AAARRRGGHH!!! a sadistic choice between staying with his friends and dying quicker, or coming with her and dying slower, as a slow death is painful. Though, it could be implied that she was going to kill AAARRRGGGH!!! if he was to be taken with the tribe.
- She convinced the Troll Tribunal to trap Jim in the Darklands by having the Killahead Bridge dumped into the ocean.
- Judging by this, it was likely that, despite being a servant of Gunmar, she doesn't even care for him, as AAARRRGGHH!!! stated in her final appearance that she cared about nobody but herself. In fact, she openly claimed she doesn't care about Gunmar, Morgana, nor her own people for that matter: all she ever wanted was to take over the entire troll order and reshape it as her own.
- She claims to have known everything about Gunmar's release, saying that she had "evidence". The Trollhunters were quite astounded that Usurna knew everything, and were even wondering how or where she got the info that Gunmar was at large.
- She kept calling NotEnrique an "it", despite his protests.
- She gave Jim both an unfair trial and a sadistic choice between keeping the Amulet of Daylight and being sentenced to the Deep, or surrendering the Amulet and being exiled from Heartstone Trollmarket (all while destroying the Amulet and extinguish the mantle of Trollhunter forever).
- In her final appearance, Usurna revealed that she literally threw AAARRRGGGH!!! to the Gumm-Gumms when he was a child and that he was not abducted as he had believed, which made the other Kruberas realize the error of their ways.
- It's also plausible that Usurna has willingly given the Eye of Gunmar to the Gumm-Gumms in the first place, possibly to prevent the Trollhunter from ever creating the Eclipse Blade as it's the only weapon capable of killing Gunmar, whom she secretly served for ages.
- Or potentially, Usurna had planned to keep the stone hidden from the Trollhunter to prevent the Triumbric Stones from ever being complete. However, it is possible that Stricklander stole the stone himself from her tribe for in case Gunmar ever turned on him and his changeling brethren.
- Queen Usurna is the second villain in the Tales of Arcadia trilogy to be cosidered Pure Evil, the first being Morgana (the hidden true main antagonist of Trollhunters, before the release of Wizards) and the second being General Morando (the main antagonist of 3Below).
- Usurna is also one of the ten most evil DreamWorks Animation villains, along with Morgana (no longer considered), General Morando, Grimmel the Grisly (How to Train Your Dragon 3), Drago Bludvist (How to Train Your Dragon 2), Commander Sendak (Voltron: Legendary Defender), D-Stroy (Dinotrux: Supercharged), Ke-Pa (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness), General Mandible (Antz), and Horde Prime (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power).