Steven "Steve" Palchuk is a major character in the Tales of Arcadia franchise.
He is the student and quarterback of Arcadia Oaks High, the de facto leader and co-founder of Team Creepslayerz, best friends with Eli Pepperjack, son of Mrs. Palchuk-Lawrence and Mr. Palchuk, the stepson of Coach Lawrence, and the current boyfriend of Aja Tarron.
When he was younger, Steve had a dysfunctional relationship with his father, which possibly triggered his bad behavior and reputation. His parents apparently divorced when Steve was young, probably because Steve’s father (whom Steve claimed to be a jerk and hinted to be abusive) began to abuse Steve’s mother and maybe even Steve.
At an unknown (yet possibly recent) point, his mother began dating his school's gym teacher, Coach Lawrence, which made him feel somewhat uncomfortable, due to his past daddy issues.
Trollhunters (Part One)
A Fight With Jim
When Eli tells Steve about seeing the trolls on the west bridge the other night, Steve laughs at him and shoves him into a locker. When Jim comes to Eli's defense, Steve challenges him to a fight, which is broken up by Mr. Strickler. However, that does not stop Steve from challenging Jim again.
On the day of the fight, Steve is prepared to beat up Jim and starts throwing his fists at him. Luckily, Jim's new amulet gives him the motivation into knocking Steve's tooth out, which leaves Steve determined to get revenge on Jim.
Quest for Vengeance
To get his revenge on Jim, Steve becomes Jim's understudy for the school play, since Jim's Trollhunting duties are causing him to slack off on his personal life. Later on, due to Jim's consistent absences, a frustrated Ms. Janeth finally promotes Steve as Romeo and makes Jim the understudy. After Jim acquires a Changeling-finding totem called a Gaggletack, he attempts to use the horseshoe on Steve during one of his rehearsals with Claire. Jim throws it at Steve's head, but he comes off clean.
When Jim babysits Claire's baby brother, Steve gives Claire a ride to a concert she is attending and rubs it in Jim's face.
On Jim's birthday, Steve challenges Jim to a race, as another attempt to get his pride back, not knowing that a Stalkling is chasing Jim. Steve's boasting then causes him to lose control of his moped and crash into a bush. After which, he suffers from a mild concussion and is ultimately unable to play Romeo for the school play.
The Battle for Prom King
A month after Bular is defeated, Steve gets his tooth replaced and decides to run against Jim and Eli for prom king.
In the first event, the boys must come up with a theme for the dance. Eli comes up with an 80s theme, Steve comes up with a beach theme, and Jim accidentally comes up with the idea of using moles, which ends up winning.
In the second event, the boys and girls nominated for king and queen have to keep their hands on a truck. When Jim, Steve, and Eli are the only ones left, Jim and Steve start fighting and provoking each other into letting their hands off, but only end up doing it at the same time, which makes Eli the winner.
When the pixies attack the school, Steve ends up being haunted by his worst nightmare; being surrounded by many clones of himself.
On the night of the dance, Steve shockingly ends up winning, despite losing all of the events. He then starts gloating about his victory, which starts annoying everyone.
Trollhunters (Part Two)
Steve Becomes Suspicious
When Jim goes into the Darklands to rescue Enrique, Claire and Toby decide to cover up his absence by saying that he has a terminal illness. Everyone buys it, but Steve doesn't and decides to figure out what's really going on. He thinks that Jim doesn't want to show his face in school after losing to him in the prom contest.
That night, he goes to see Toby find out what's going on with Jim. When he finds Toby waiting for Claire to return with the bridge pieces, he demands him to bring Jim over so he can kiss his toes and admit defeat. Toby uses a magical mask to disguise himself as Jim, which works and Steve has "Jim's" confession recorded on video. Just then, Claire returns and Steve is knocked out cold with one of the bridge pieces.
Toby, Claire, and NotEnrique manage to take the unconscious Steve to the park bench, where he gets arrested by a cop who thinks he’s crazy.
Forming the Creepslayerz
One day, Steve starts taking out the trash, when all of a sudden, he spots a goblin in his garage, much to his shock and fear. Steve decides to go to Eli for some help. Luckily, he and Eli get paired in the latest health class assignment.
Steve goes to Eli to ask him for help, but Eli just assumes that Steve is going to be mean to him as always. Steve assures Eli that it isn’t the case, and tells him about the goblin he found in the garage. That afternoon, Steve comes over to Eli's house, where Eli explains that he has been studying the paranormal activity in Arcadia for years, and has concluded that someone must be behind it all. Steve asks Eli why he didn't speak up about it before, to which Eli reminds him that he already did, but Steve shoved him into a locker. The goblin then claims that Jim is the cause of the trouble, and the two decide to investigate for more information. They take Eli's mom's car, Steve justifying that he can't fit everyone (Eli, the goblin and the health class assignment "baby") on his moped. On their way, the goblin escapes and causes the car to crash.
The two then arrive at Jim's house, where they overhear Blinky, AAARRRGGHH!!!, and Draal discussing something, not knowing that they are just playing a board game. This causes them to jump to the conclusion that Jim is part of some evil supernatural conspiracy, and they intend to stop him. They find out that Jim is going to the museum and follow him there.
The two go back to Eli's house to plan their attack on Jim. They decide to become a team called, “The Creepslayerz” and vow to fight all the supernatural evil in Arcadia. Eli and Steve then go into Eli’s toybox and decide to take some items in there just in cases, such as a bat, shurikens, and even some fireworks.
They arrive at the museum, where Eli attempts to distract the guard while Steve secretly follows Jim into the bathroom, so he can stop Jim's "evil plan." He overhears Jim's conversation with Claire and realizes that Jim is a good guy after all. Just then, the gruesome shows up and scares the living daylights out of Steve.
Steve then informs Eli of the misunderstanding, and Eli is relieved to see that Jim is not evil. They both decide to help Jim in fighting the gruesome, in secret. They decide to sacrifice their flour sack to defeat the gruesome, and they are successful.
Steve takes Eli home and the two realize how much they have bonded over the course of the adventure, really starting to understand each other. They both agree to secretly help Jim and protect Arcadia from the supernatural evil, as well as figure out what Jim is hiding from them.
When Steve and Eli see the Trollhunters steal Señor Uhl's truck, they assume that they must be on some sort of secret mission, so they purposely get detention to investigate. The next day, they arrive in detention along with Jim, Claire, Toby, Mary, and Shannon.
When Toby catches Eli eavesdropping on him and the other Trollhunters, he harshly throws a paper ball at him and says something mean to him. Steve throws the ball back at Toby in retaliation. When Mary asks Steve why he defended Eli, Steve tries to cover it up by hitting Eli. This is when the two realize that the Trollhunters aren't on business.
When Señor Uhl leaves for the bathroom and never returns for a while, Jim convinces the kids to escape detention, to which everyone agrees. They start frolicking around the school and have fun together.
Later in the gym, the kids discuss their reasons for detention and all the fun they are having. When Jim makes a wisecrack to Steve, he tries to convince everyone that there is more depth to him than just being a two-dimensional school bully, but no one (except Eli, of course) believes him.
When Draal starts attacking the school, Steve disguises himself as the school mascot to investigate what is going and sees the battle occurring. Eli and Steve later receive a call for help from Jim, having them bring a series of umbrellas to help the trolls fleeing Heartstone Trollmarket shield themselves from the sun after Gunnar took over. Later, come nightfall, after the Trollhunters successfully teleport the remaining trolls, the Creepslayerz and the Trollhunters celebrate, before asking Jim for several thousand explanations. Eli and Steve officially become the newest allies of the Trollhunters.
Trollhunters (Part Three)
The Teacher's Get Spiked
Sometime later, Lawrence and Steve's mother get married, which begins to make Steve feel more uncomfortable. As a result, Steve tells Lawrence to keep it a secret for the sake of their reputations. Lawrence still tries to emotionally connect with Steve, but it gets even more difficult than before. Lawrence joins Uhl and Janeth in the teacher's lounge to discuss their problems with the students. Unbeknownst to them, they accidentally drink the troll ashes that Strickler gave to Jim earlier and start to go crazy.
During gym class, Lawrence begins verbally abusing Steve by breaking his promise and mocking his daddy issues, publicly humiliating him in front of the student body. Steve runs off in tears and begins taking his anger out on lockers, while Eli tries to console him. Steve then overhears Jim and Toby discussing the situation. Realizing that Jim is the cause of this, Steve is about to punch Jim in the face, but Jim stops him when he says that he'll call Strickler for help. Strickler informs the boys that they can restore the teachers back to normal by emotionally connecting with them before their altered states become permanent. After Toby makes the students evacuate the premises, the gang decides to split up. Jim takes Strickler (after the ash was force fed to him), Toby takes Uhl, Eli takes Janeth, and Steve (naturally) takes Lawrence.
Steve goes to the gym to confront Lawrence. He tries to reason with him, but Lawrence starts trying to lasso Steve instead, resulting in a heated game of tug-of-war. Steve starts to express his daddy issues and also points out how much better of a parent Lawrence is than his real father. To seal the deal, Steve hugs Lawrence, which returns to him to normal, though both of them deny it. Jim, Steve, Toby, and Eli then meet each other in the school foyer, where Strickler offers Jim some commendations for his courage.
Battle of the Bands
At the end of the school year, Eli and Steve attend the Battle of the Bands, watching Aja and Krel performing on stage. When Claire arrives on stage, she tries to inform everyone of the Eternal Night, but nobody takes it seriously except for Eli, Steve, Aja, and Krel. Just then, Morgana arises from the center of the town and the Gumm-Gumms start attacking the town, ready to start their reign of terror.
Eli and Steve use their Creepslayer weapons and teamwork to help fight off the Gumm-Gumms. Just when one of them is about attacking them, Nomura jumps in front of the Gumm-Gumm and defends them. Steve and Eli are awestruck by Nomura's beauty. When Morgana and Angor are defeated, Eli and Steve introduce the Trolls to Darci, Mary, and the school faculty.
3Below (Part One)
When the class goes to the planetarium, Eli tells of Steve of what he saw on Aja and Krel's ship, but he doesn't trust his history and proclaims that maybe they were only "nerd cosplayers". Aja then pretends to have trouble lifting a moon rock to distract Steve while her brother convinces Eli that they aren't aliens.
At night, he went to eat at the food-truck of Stuart. Because he was wearing a bike helmet (which was blocking his thoughts), Aja couldn't read him and confused him as the alien imposter. Krel then hits him, until he accidentally knocks the helmet off of Steve and Aja discovers that he is not an alien. Krel tries to explain to Steve that it was just a misunderstanding, but he was already provoked and he punches the king-in-waiting in the face, enough to give him a nosebleed. In that moment Aja stops him from punching him a second time and angrily tells him to back off before kicking him into his Vespa. Steve instantly develops a crush on Aja after that.
Later on at school, Steve asks Krel if his sister has a boyfriend, but Krel misunderstands his question and doesn't give him a straight answer, much to Steve's annoyance. Later on, he helps Aja, Krel, and Mary destroy the Skeltegs infesting their school with their music.
At the science fair, Steve doesn't have his science project ready, since he expected Eli to do it for him. He decides to throw together a crudely-made volcano out of a traffic cone.
Dating Aja and Finds Her Serrator
At school, Steve talks with Aja and asks her if she would like to go to a bonfire party. When Aja realized that he was asking her to go on a date, he awkwardly says that its a group thing and plays on his phone. Aja does the same while he tells her that he'll pick her up in the evening on his Vespa.
They go to the bonfire, where they climb a tree and look at the stars. The two share a romantic moment where they get to know each other better and almost kiss, until Aja's human form starts wearing off. Steve finds Aja's Serrator and decides to return it.
The next day at school, Steve tries to find Aja to return her Serrator, but it gets confiscated. He then tries to get it back, but only ends up losing it to Chompsky. Luckily, Stuart manages to find it and Aja thinks that Steve must have returned it.
Learning the Truth
As Steve and Aja are getting more and more attached to each other ever since their first date in "Party Crashers", they decided to have another date, in which Aja attempts telling her true identity to Steve. However they are soon intervened by Krel and the Zeron brotherhood's visits. Getting very scared on the Zeron's spaceship, he started to make stereotypical comments about aliens probing human's brains, much to Aja and Krel's displeasure.
Just as Aja rushes out to save Steve, Steve looked very much scared and surprised when he sees her Akiridion form. When both of them crashed to the ground together alive, Steve calmed down and sees the true glowing beauty of Aja, accepting her for who she really is, immediately throwing his conspiracies of aliens aside, gaining much more trust and respect from each other and Krel in the process.
The Eternal Night
While Steve and Eli fight the Gumm-Gumms, they receive help from Aja and Krel. Steve thanks Aja for helping them and they share their first kiss (in Aja's human form).
3Below (Part Two)
Helping Aja and Krel
Aja sneaks out of the house and meets Steve on his Vespa to help her find where Varvatos might be. They ride into town and run into Krel, who wants her to stop trying to find Varvatos and try to contact the resistance. Just then, Aja and Krel's human forms wear off and their alien forms are revealed. Eli and Toby (who have been eavesdropping) try to attack them, but Steve convinces them that Aja and Krel are not bad guys.
Just then, a bounty hunter called Magmatron arrives on Earth and tries to capture the siblings for their cores. Aja, Krel, Steve, Eli, and Toby try to run away and arrive at the Mothership. Krel takes everyone into the lab and accidentally opens up some data logs from Varvatos, despite saying "unlock." Krel tries to get Varvatos offscreen, but he keeps failing. Aja then asks Mother on the bounty hunter, but still doesn't work. Krel looks up Magmatron himself and finds out that he is from an almost indestructible race made from magma and rock. Eli then gets a message saying that an alien has triggered one of the traps, speculating it must be Magmatron.
They go into the sewer and find it is Zadra, who is looking for any possible danger. Magmatron then arrives and reveals that Varvatos was captured by Zeron Alpha and is now on the moon. They continue battling the bounty hunter and manage to defeat him using water from the sewer pipes. Aja and Krel apologize to Zadra for sneaking out and Zadra apologizes for not believing them about good humans.
The following morning, Stuart manages to help the gang move the Mothership back to where the house originally was. Krel continues to fix Mother, until she is finally back to normal. Mother then asks Krel if he wants to see Varvatos' logs and Krel replies that he does. As he watches them, Krel realizes how much Varvatos really cared for him and Aja, despite his mistake, which causes Krel to forgive the commander. Krel begins crying and Aja comforts him. Krel confirms that they will go to the moon and save Varvatos.
Battle with Area 49-B
Captured by Kubritz
Morando's Attack on Arcadia
The World is in Danger... Again
Steve, Toby, and AAARRRGGHH!!! walk through town, discussing their current situation concerning about what they're gonna do for the rest of the summer, since most of their friends are currently gone (whether in Hoboken, New Jersey and Akiridion-5).
Just then, they suddenly meet Archie, a wizard's familiar cat with glasses. He informs them that the world is in great jeopardy once again and takes them somewhere to fully explain the situation. Steve, meanwhile, is dismayed and literally screams into the heavens that another apocalypse is underway.
Wizards (Part One)
Steve has quite a buff and lean structure, due to being an athlete. He has dark blonde hair and brown eyes. After the events of "Wherefore Art Thou, Trollhunter?", Steve lost a tooth after Jim broke it off when he punched him in the face. For the majority of the first half of Part One, he spoke with a lisp that came from the open gap in his teeth. By the start of the second arc, he got his tooth fixed and speaks fine again.
He wears a teal polo shirt with a yellow symbol on it, tan jeans, and white tennis shoes.
In his Creepslayerz uniform, he wears a black helmet with "Z" symbols on the sides, black liners under his eyes, a black T-shirt, black sweats, and black shoes.
At first, Steve started out as a stereotypical jock bully who takes great pleasure in tormenting other kids who he deems weaker than him. He was also persistently vindictive, as he wanted to get back at Jim for knocking out his tooth and making him look like a fool (which initially backfired on him due to his large ego). Steve also seems to be a spoiled sport, since he kept on gloating when he won Spring Fling King (for no reason), and kept being mean to Jim and Eli after they won the events. He also prefers to solve all of his problems by using brute force. Implied by Coach Lawrence in "Creepslayerz", Steve's harsh behavior was likely because of his now-absent father's hostile nature, thus straining most of his social interactions with his peers and his own mother.
However, when Steve begins to learn about the supernatural activities going on in Arcadia, he has become a better person and since then, he and his new best buddy, Eli, have been devoted to protecting the city their own way, though he still sometimes goes back to being a jerk for the sake of his image. After Coach Lawrence becomes his new stepfather, things became uncomfortable as Steve tries to distance himself from him because of his past daddy issues. When Lawrence goes crazy from the Gravesand, Steve starts to emotionally connect with his new father and admits that Lawrence is a much better parent than his real father ever was, since he is caring and loyal, implying that his father was a cruel and abusive jerk.
He also seems to have a liking for tough girls, as when Aja angrily kicked him after he threatened her brother, he instantly fell in love with her. However, he does often feel bashful and nervous when he asks her on a date, but gradually begins to warm up. Even after he discovers that Aja is an alien, he was taken away by her beauty and accepts her for who she is, completely throwing aside how much he trash-talked about aliens before. He's also admitted that he's become quite used to most of the weirdness of the supernatural after learning about trolls, aliens, and wizards in Arcadia. As such, he was more surprised that Archie was a cat with glasses than the fact that he's a talking cat.
Steve is also not exactly the sharpest crayon in the box since he doesn't really do his schoolwork and somewhat believes everything he is told. Despite his dimness, however, he is still quite clever, resourceful, and is capable of showing many hidden depths that none of the characters could ever notice before.
Powers & Abilities
- Above-Average Physiology: Although Steve possesses no supernatural powers whatsoever, he is still stronger and more durable than most of his classmates, able to be on par with Jim Lake and Krel Tarron for a short while.
- Strength: Steve was shown strong enough to lift a heavy moon rock with visible strain and even punch Krel (a more durable Akiridion) in the face enough to give him a nosebleed. In "Ill Gotten Gains", he managed knock a hazmat guard out cold with only one uppercut. However, he will be completely outmatched by real trained warriors, like Jim and Aja. He also does not even bother fighting with Zeron Omega when she kidnapped him, so his strength is only capable of human levels.
- Durability: Despite being human, Steve was shown to be remarkably durable, even more so than Eli. He has fallen from a tree, hit several branches, and got hit in the gronk-nuks (testicles) with a branch; that circumstance would easily knock someone out cold with several stitches, as well as broken bones and balls. He even survived a swift slap from a super-strong Gorbonian, followed by a direct impact from a free-falling Aja while he is trying to get up, without even a bruise. In "The Big Sleep", he was shoved out of a moving truck and got back up to his feet with no sign of injuries.
- Agility: As an athlete, Steve's agility is about as good as an average human's.
- Reflexes: Steve's reflexes were notably shown in "Bad Coffee" when he evaded a Gravesand-induced Lawrence's whip-snaps with a little ease.
- Amateur Combatant: Sort of like Eli, Steve's fighting skills are more than an untrained person, although his skills slowly increase over time. He can fight enemies as weak as goblins or often struggles with something as strong as an Omen Blank. However, his combat skills do not match a true warrior's, like Jim and Aja. During the Truck-a-Thon, when Steve attacks Jim, the latter was able to easily out-match him due to his formal training with trolls (though he was partially holding back, possibly to be a little careful not to expose his nature as a Trollhunter).
- Resourcefulness: Steve has a preference for using simple resourceful weapons and tools like a baseball bat, sticks, and his own Spring Fling King Staff. In "Truth Be Told", he brought an aluminum foil hat (as it's believed it would protect the human brain from alien mind control), and Krel uses this to break his and Aja's more advanced cuffs off.
- Actor: Despite his [former] harsh nature and dimwittedness, Steve is a natural actor, which he often uses to his own advantage. He was able to land a part as Jim's understudy (until he was briefly promoted as Romeo due to Jim's chronic tardiness). In "Airheads", he was able to completely con Jim during the Truck-a-thon. Later in "Luug's Day Out", while auditioning for the role of DJ Kleb, he brought the whole audience into tears (Toby was even serious about recasting DJ Kleb and starting over again).
- Mortality: As a human, Steve possesses a mortal body, so is therefore highly vulnerable to any forms of injuries, sicknesses, and death.
- Dimwittedness: Steve is not exactly the most intelligent student in school, so he often believes everything he's told and/or often makes a fool of himself sometimes.
- Armor: Steve will receive his own suit of armor in Wizards.
- Axe: Steve will receive a magic battle axe in Wizards.
- Creepslayer Uniform: With the uniform's custom black helmet, Steve becomes a bit more durable.
- Baseball Bat: Steve uses a baseball bat as one of his weapons.
- Scepter: After winning Spring Fling King (which he never won fairly), he acquired the scepter to show off his popularity. He later loses it when he was found sleeping on a bench at the end of "Skullcrusher". He regains it when Aja found it in "Beetle Mania".
- Vespa: Steve owns a Vespa as his mode of transportation. In "Adventures in Trollsitting", he was seen owning a red Vespa, until he replaces it with a blue one (most likely either because he preferred a blue one or has more than one vespa).
- Serrator (briefly): Steve found Aja's serrator after she accidentally dropped it in "Party Crashers", and mistook it as a protractor. He unintentionally managed to activate it twice (once as a shield and the second as a blade), though he had no idea how to properly operate it. He loses it when Señor Uhl takes it from him in "Lightning in a Bottle".
- Main article: Steve Palchuk/Relationships
- Main article: Steve Palchuk/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"|
|3Below Part 1|
| "Terra Incognita Part One" |
| "Terra Incognita Part Two"|
| "Mind Over Matter"|
| "Beetle Mania"|
| "Collision Course"|
| "D'aja Vu"|
| "Flying the Coop"|
| "Party Crashers"|
| "Lightning in a Bottle"|
| "The Arcadian Job"|
| "Truth Be Told"|
| "Last Night on Earth"|
| "Bad Omen"|
|3Below Part 2|
| "Moving Day" |
| "Moonlight Run"|
| "Dogfight Days of Summer"|
| "Mother's Day"|
| "Ill Gotten Gains"|
| "There's Something About Gwen (of Gorbon)"|
| "Asteroid Rage"|
| "Luug's Day Out"|
| "The Fall of House Tarron"|
| "The Big Sleep"|
| "Race to Trollmarket"|
| "A Glorious End, Part One"|
| "A Glorious End, Part Two"|
- In the 2015 book, Steve was a Changeling who took great, sadistic pleasure in tormenting Toby Dershowitz and Jim Sturges Jr. in school, and his last name was "Jorgensen-Warner."
- The symbol on his shirt looks almost like the symbol on Toothless' tail fin in How to Train Your Dragon 2.
- According to Coach Lawrence, Steve uses "extra strength pimple pads" (which may imply that Steve has acne problems) and has an affinity for pudding, which he leaves around his household and does not clean up after himself.
- Steve shares the same first name as his voice actor, Steven Yeun.
- Steve (by far) has the most character development than other characters in the trilogy. While starting off as a rather one-dimensional jerk who takes great pleasure in tormenting other kids he considers weaker than himself, he gradually became a much nicer guy by "Creepslayerz" and genuinely began to make much better friends like Eli, Krel, Toby, etc.
- According to one of Guillermo Del Toro Twitter posts, Steve's character development will progress even more in Wizards.