- “Arcadia is a strange place...”
- ―Tales of Arcadia
The first two installments, Trollhunters and 3Below, have been released worldwide. The third and final installment of the trilogy, Wizards, has officially been announced and set to be released in August of 2020.
Guillmero Del Toro originally intended to create a live-action series called "Trollhunters", but due to budgetary concerns and deemed to impractical, he instead made them into a book he co-wrote alongside Daniel Kraus. DreamWorks then planned to make an animated film adaptation of the book, but they eventually decided to make it into a television series instead.
On November 6, 2017, Guillmero Del Toro announced that the Trollhunters universe would be expanded into a trilogy of sequel spin-offs: 3Below (the second installment involving sci-fi) and Wizards (the third and final installment where sci-fi and fantasy comes together).
Currently, the first two installments of the trilogy, Trollhunters and 3Below, have been released worldwide. The third and final installment of the franchise, Wizards, was originally set to be released at the end of 2019, until for unknown reasons, it has instead been pushed to the summer of 2020.
In December 2017, it was revealed that two characters from Trollhunters ― Steve Palchuk and Eli Pepperjack (voiced by Steven Yeun and Cole Sand, respectively) ― will have their roles extended into 3Below. In April 2018, it was announced that the role of Jim Lake Jr. would incorporate both the voices of the late Anton Yelchin and Emile Hirsch for the entirety of Part Three (and, by extension, the trilogy itself), and the two characters introduced in Part Three of Trollhunters ― Aja and Krel Tarron (voiced by Tatiana Maslany and Diego Luna, respectively) ― will also reprise their roles and serve as the main leads of 3Below.
In May 2018, it was revealed that Steve Palchuk and Eli Pepperjack would also have their roles extended into Wizards as well, making them the first characters to have roles encompassing the entire trilogy.
Tales of Arcadia follows the inhabitants of the small suburban town of Arcadia Oaks, which is secretly home to various supernatural creatures, and the teenage heroes who fight against the forces of evil that lurk in the shadows.
Franchise SummaryArcadia Oaks may seem like an ordinary, sleepy suburban town.
However, unbeknownst to many of its people who reside in this seemingly ordinary community, it holds some amazing secrets under their very noses: Civilized trolls thriving peacefully underneath the town's streets, alien royalty hiding diligently in the town's neighborhoods, and mysterious wizards walking obscurely amongst the town's residents.
Ferocious trolls and magic beasts from underground, royal aliens and spaceships from up above, powerful wizards and ancient tomes from side-to-side: magic and technology is everywhere!
However, it also attracts some very nasty visitors who want nothing more than to claim it all so they can rule and destroy the entire universe. It's all up to Arcadia's young teenage heroes and their loyal allies who are the only ones who can stop the evil lurking within the supernatural... all while balancing their normal high-school lives and saving the world like your average, everyday teenager.
DreamWorks Trollhunters is from the limitless imagination of acclaimed filmmaker Guillmero Del Toro that comes with a tale of two worlds set to collide in an epic saga. When ordinary teenager Jim Lake Jr. stumbles upon a mystical amulet on his way to school one morning, he inadvertently discovers an extraordinary secret civilization of mighty trolls beneath his small town of Arcadia. Suddenly destined to play a crucial role in an ancient battle of good and evil, Jim is determined to save the world – right after gym class!
The first arc of Part One focuses on Jim becoming the first human Trollhunter, visiting Heartstone Trollmarket, and learning about the troll world, all while balancing his new double life. He later learns that evil trolls called "Gumm-Gumms" are trying to free their leader, Gunmar the Black, by collecting pieces of the Killahead Bridge (the portal to Gunmar's Darklands), headed by changeling troll, Walter Strickler, and Gunmar's son, Bular. It's all up to Jim, his best friend, Toby, and his troll mentors, Blinky and AAARRRGGHH!!!, to find the bridge and prevent Bular and his followers from freeing Gunmar and destroying the world.
The second arc of Part One focuses on Jim and his closest friends and allies banding together to rescue Claire's baby brother, Enrique, who is being kept deep in the bowels of the Darklands' nursery, by finding the three lost Triumbric Stones so they can create a mighty weapon called the Eclipse Blade, a powerful sword capable of wounding and slaying the evil Gunmar once and for all. Along the way, however, Jim is also faced with the return of changeling Stricklander, who attempts to take leadership of his own community by unleashing an ancient assassin troll named Angor Rot to kill the Trollhunter and take over the world himself.
Part Two focuses on Jim escaping the Darklands with help from his friends and returning home. He has succeeded in rescuing Enrique, but the evil Gunmar has been inevitably released into the surface and intends on finishing what he started, with aid from the secret Janus Order. Because of his actions, the human Trollhunter faces serious accusations from the hubristic Troll Tribunal. Meanwhile, major events begin to unfold, such as Steve and Eli forming a fighting team of their own, Blinky having a not-so-happy family reunion with his so-called deceased brother, Dictatious, Trollmarket being taken over by a traitorous mole in the midst, and something dark happens to Claire.
Part Three focuses on the fates of the human and troll civilizations hanging in the balance. With Trollmarket taken over by the Gumm-Gumms, the surviving trolls are forced to take refuge in the shadows of Arcadia and must stay hidden from the Gumm-Gumms that are scouting to kill them. Meanwhile, the Trollhunters race to stop Gunmar, the resurrected assassin, Angor Rot, and the evil witch, Morgana, from bringing about the Eternal Night and shrouding the world in darkness forever. To defeat them, the team must seek out the legendary wizard, Merlin, to unlock his ancient magic and unleash a powerful weapon which will alter the course of their lives forever.
DreamWorks 3Below tells the story of two royal teenage aliens, Princess Aja and Prince Krel of House Tarron, and their bodyguard who flee a surprise takeover of their home planet by an evil dictator and crash land on Earth in Arcadia. Now on the run from intergalactic bounty hunters, they struggle to blend in and adapt to the bizarre world of high school all the while attempting to repair their ship so they can return and defend their home planet.
Part One focuses on two royal Akiridion siblings, Aja and Krel Tarron, along with their guardian, Varvatos Vex, as they crash land on Earth in Arcadia after their planet, Akiridion-5, has been taken over by General Morando and his army. The siblings must remain in Arcadia together while their parents recharge in their stasis chambers. While on Earth, the children try to find components to repair their ship to return home, while trying to fit in with the humans. However, desperate to end House Tarron once and for all, Morando hires the deadliest bounty hunters in the seven galaxies, the Zeron Brotherhood, and his new highly destructive creation to locate the royals and take their life cores.
Part Two focuses on Aja and Krel, still stranded on Earth with their Mothership damaged beyond repair, enjoying their summer vacation with their earthling friends, attempting to find a way to return to Akiridion-5, and learning more about their connection to Earth. Still reeling in from the betrayal of their fellow guardian, Aja and Krel must protect the town from more dangerous bounty hunters, all with the supernatural more known to the town of Arcadia. However, now aware of the royals' whereabouts, General Morando has arrived on Earth to find the legend of Gaylen's Core so he can destroy House Tarron and destroy the universe, alongside with his new comrade, Colonel Kubritz.
DreamWorks Wizards brings together the three disparate worlds of trolls, aliens, and wizards who have found themselves drawn to Arcadia. The final chapter of the Tales of Arcadia culminates in an apocalyptic battle for the control of magic that will ultimately determine the fate of these supernatural worlds that have now converged.
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- Defenders of Arcadia (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch)
Antagonists[Note: names in Bold and Italics means that the villain is officially reformed and is currently on the side of good]
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- Canonically speaking, despite having many cues and easter eggs, the Tales of Arcadia and How to Train Your Dragon franchises do not share the same universe.