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We've never had a human Trollhunter on our team either. I have come to expect the impossible from the boy.
―Vendel to Queen Usurna[src]

Vendel was a major (later background) character of Trollhunters, a posthumous character in the 3Below episode "The Big Sleep", and minor character of Wizards.

He was the elder leading figure of Heartstone Trollmarket, a member of the Troll Tribunal, the master/predecessor of Blinky Galadrigal, the son of Rundle, and the grandson of Kilfred.

Official Biography

"Vendel, son of Rundle, son of Kilfred. Vendel is a Troll elder and a community leader within Heartstone Trollmarket. With an extensive knowledge of Troll history, alchemy, and artifacts, Jim and the gang often turn to Vendel in times of need for assistance and advice."

History

Backstory

Vendel was part of the Battle of Killahead Bridge, where their people fought against the Gumms-Gumms. The Trollhunter, Deya the Deliverer used the Amulet of Daylight on the bridge to banish all the Gumm-Gumms back to the Darklands where they belong.

Sometime during the European Renaissance, a king and Vendel made a feeble truce known as "The Pact" between mankind and trollkind, which allowed both of their kinds to live together in harmony. The Trolls said they would limit their diet to Cats and used articles of clothing. But as the years went by, a conservative segment of Trolls grew restless. It was time for them to venture forth to a new land. Vendel sensed a new and all-powerful Heartstone in a new place humans called the new world, to where the trollkind stowed away on a ship called the Mayflower.

One night on a Native American tribal camp, some mountain trolls invaded and Kanjigar was sent to take care of the problem. Just then, some trolls found AAARRRGGHH!!! behind a geyser and brought him to Kanjigar. AAARRRGGHH!!! revealed that he had been following them to the New World since he missed the boat, but made a few wrong turns along the way. Blinky suggested executing AAARRRGGHH!!! because he worked for Gunmar and might be a spy. AAARRRGGHH!!! then showed the trolls the remains of Deya. At first, the other trolls thought AAARRRGGHH!!! destroyed Deya, but Kanjigar convinced them otherwise when he reminded them about AAARRRGGHH!!!'s kind act towards him. Vendel allowed AAARRRGGHH!!! into their tribe, much to Blinky's dismay.

At some point after the creation of Hearthstone Trollmarket, Vendel and Kanjigar meet with King Fialkov and Queen Coranda from Akiridion-5. Vendel proclaims that the royals have arrived just as the ancient prophecy foretold. The two they entrusted them to protect Gaylen's Core from the wrong hands.

Trollhunters (Part One)

The First Human Trollhunter

After Kanjigar was killed by Bular, Vendel meets Jim at Trollmarket having heard from Draal that the Amulet of Daylight chose a human as the new Trollhunter. He then decides that the Soothscryer will tell whether Jim is fit to be a Trollhunter or not. However, it was unable to decide as no human had been Trollhunter before.

The Killahead's Return

Vendel is taken to the Arcadia museum where Jim and Toby see the Killahead Bridge, but upon discovering that the bridge is not there, Vendel dismisses the situation as another of Blinky's conspiracies and Jim's inexperience.

Blinky and AAARRRGGHH!!! decide to take NotEnrique with Vendel as proof of the presence of Changelings in Arcadia, which Vendel reproaches them for inciting the panic of Gunmar's release among the Trolls. When Jim appears terrified by a Stalkling that attacked him, Vendel is reluctant to trust everyone's safety after telling him that the monster will hunt him to death.

Vendel finally recognizes Jim's worth after he managed to take down Bular and save Trollmarket by recovering the Killahead Bridge. Although Blinky regrets that Strickler escapes, Vendel says Jim will take care because Blinky has taught him well.

The Triumbric Stones

When Claire shows up at Trollmarket, Vendel rejects the presence of a third human, but when she speaks to him in Trollspeak, Vendel accepts her.

Vendel attends to Blinky when he ends up becoming ahuman because of the potions of Gatto's Keep, and comments that everyone has risked their life going there in order to obtain a myth, like the Triumbric Stones. However, Jim shows him that they found the Birthstone, so Vendel decides to keep it safe. Then he cleaves it so Jim can use it in the Amulet as well as the Killstone after recovering it from Angor Rot.

Battle for Trollmarket

When Vendel hears of Angor's plan to attack Trollmarket and that Jim and his friends were the cause, he is angry and concerned, saying that there was a high probability that Trollmarket would not survive the attack. Nevertheless, he stood up for Jim when the trolls grew angry with him for bringing a changeling into Trollmarket, namely Strickler. Vendel then mobilised the trolls and supervised battle formations. When Angor finally attacked, Vendel battled the crystal golems and saved Toby from one. He then comforted Jim, Toby and Blinky upon AAARRRGGHH!!!'s death.

Trollhunters (Part Two)

Destroying the Bridge

Missing Staff

Blinky, Claire, and Toby steal Vendel's staff when they make a deal with the Janus Order to revive AAARRRGGHHH!!! Vendel notices this and uses a huge walking stick a replacement staff, but also wants to know who could have stolen his old one. 

Jim Lake's Return

Trial of the Trollhunter

Assassination and Death

Vendel goes into the cave to tell Usurna of the evidence that Blinky informed him of, but Usurna completely denies it, saying there are only two agents. Vendel questions how she could possibly know this, and Usurna reveals that she is the Changeling's master. In order to prevent Vendel from exposing her true intentions, she turns him to stone and smashes his remains to the ground.

Luckily, Vendel managed to record the evidence with a magic spell in time for the Trollhunters to figure out the truth. With Vendel gone, Blinky takes over as the leader.

Trollhunters (Part Three)

Merlin's Vision

Vendel makes a brief cameo appearance in Merlin's vision sequence. He is seen fighting against a Gumm-Gumm with his original Heartstone staff. Jim softly says his name while he briefly mourns his death.

3Below (Part Two)

Meeting House Tarron

In a memory of King Fialkov and Queen Coranda, it is revealed that hundreds of years ago, the king and queen arranged a meeting with Vendel and Kanjigar.

Vendel proclaims that the royals have arrived just as the ancient prophecy foretold before they entrusted Kanjigar to protect Gaylen's Core from the wrong hands.

Wizards (Part One)

Vendel was seen to be the leader of Dwoza Trollmarket. He was not very pleased with Jim and Callista entering Dwoza, but he accepted them and even tried to remove the Onyx Shard embedded in Jim's chest. He then agreed to a alliance with King Arthur, albeit with reluctance and fought at the Battle of Killahead Bridge.

Physical Description

Vendel was light tan with large horns and long, white hair and a beard. He wore a brown leather skirt with three glowing gems on his right hip. He used to walk with an orange cane, a piece of the very center of the Heartstone, until the Trollhunters stole it to trade with the Janus Order. He then used to carry a wooden staff. 

Personality

Considered the wisest and most revered troll in all of Heartstone Trollmarket, Vendel is a strong leader charged with guarding the Heartstone. While at times he is slow to accept change, Vendel realizes Jim is a worthy and capable Trollhunter—for a fleshbag. He sets out to aid in Jim's training by teaching the human magic and gemology.
The Art of Trollhunters

Vendel was knowledgeable in all things Troll, such as artifacts, their history, alchemy, etc. He often helped the gang when they are in a jam and they always go to him if there is an emergency or if Trollmarket is in jeopardy.

At first, Vendel was skeptical of Jim being the Trollhunter and Blinky being a good teacher to Jim, due to Jim being a human and Blinky's past failures. As the series went on, he grew to truly trust the two and has accepted Jim as the new protector of the Troll world. He even used his last moments of living to warn Jim and his friends of Usurna's true nature and presumably that Jim was innocent for the trolls.

Powers & Abilities

Powers

  • Troll Physiology: Vendel had the natural super strength of his fellow trolls.
  • Magic: Vendel was a master in all things magic and dark arts.
    • Spell Casting: Vendel is able to dabbled in a lot of magic spells and potions. He was also able to sever the binding spell off of Barbara Lake and Stricklander, albeit he needed a page from the Book of Ga-Huel to reverse the spell.
    • Healer: As told from The Art of Trollhunters, Vendel was a natural healer. However, he has no knowledge for a permanent Creeper's Sun cure, only to slow it down. It's unknown if he was ever aware that the Trollhunters have the list of ingredients for a permanent antidote they obtained from the Janus Order.

Abilities

  • Gemology: Vendel was highly knowledgeable about gemstones and some of their hidden powers.
  • Observation: It has become obvious that Vendel is always prepared and is aware of almost anything, whether he expects it to be true or not. He presumably implied to that he's well aware the Trollhunters stole his staff to resurrect AAARRRGGHH!!!, but still believed it to be a good reason. He also used an Anamnesis Stone the second Usurna revealed her true colors to him, implying that he has always been suspicious of her ever since "Escape from the Darklands", yet wanted to use his last moments to warn the Trollhunters so he could give them time to save the trolls of Trollmarket.
  • Combatant: Despite his relatively old age, Vendel has shown a fairly good amount of combat skills, as he was able to hold himself off against several of Angor's Golems.

Weaknesses

  • Direct Sunlight: Like all trolls, Vendel was highly vulnerable to natural sunlight as it burns and turns him to stone with contact on his skin.

Equipment

  • Heartstone Staff (formerly): Vendel carried an orange crystal staff around whenever he leaves the Heartstone. In fact, his staff was made from the very center of the Heartstone itself. However, in order to gain ingredients to reverse the effects of Creeper Sun poison and revive AAARRRGGHH!!!, Toby (disguised as Vendel) steals the staff and trades it with the Janus Order for the antidote ingredients.
  • Wooden Staff: After his first staff was stolen, Vendel carried a wooden staff to replace it (which he had a lot of difficulty coping with). Later on, after his death at the hands of the evil Usurna, the staff was then passed on to Blinky.

Relationships

Main article: Vendel/Relationships

Quotes

Main article: Vendel/Quotes

Episode Appearances

Trollhunters

Trollhunters Part 1
"Becoming: Part 1"
Absent
"Becoming: Part 2"
Absent
"Wherefore Art Thou, Trollhunter?"
Appears
"Gnome Your Enemy"
Absent
"Waka Chaka!"
Absent
"Win Lose or Draal"
Appears
"To Catch a Changeling"
Appears
"Adventures in Trollsitting"
Mentioned
"Bittersweet Sixteen"
Appears
"Young Atlas"
Absent
"Recipe for Disaster"
Absent
"Claire and Present Danger"
Absent
"The Battle of Two Bridges"
Appears
"Return of the Trollhunter"
Appears
"Mudslinging"
Absent
"Roaming Fees May Apply"
Absent
"Blinky's Day Out"
Appears
"The Shattered King"
Appears
"Airheads"
Appears
"Where Is My Mind?"
Appears
"Party Monster"
Absent
"It's About Time"
Absent
"Wingmen"
Appears
"Angor Management"
Absent
"A Night to Remember"
Appears
"Something Rotten This Way Comes"
Appears
Trollhunters Part 2
"Escape from the Darklands"
Appears
"Skullcrusher"
Appears
"Grand Theft Otto"
Appears
"KanjigAAARRRGGHH!!!"
Appears
"Homecoming"
Absent
"Hiss Hiss, Bang Bang"
Appears
"Hero with a Thousand Faces"
Appears
"Just Add Water"
Absent
"Creepslayerz"
Absent
"The Reckless Club"
Appears
"Unbecoming"
Appears
"Mistrial and Error"
Appears
"In the Hall of the Gumm-Gumm King"
Cameo
Trollhunters Part 3
"Night Patroll"
Mentioned
"Arcadia's Most Wanted"
Absent
"Bad Coffee"
Absent
"So I'm Dating a Sorceress"
Absent
"The Exorcism of Claire Nunez"
Absent
"Parental Guidance"
Absent
"The Oath"
Absent
"For the Glory of Merlin"
Cameo
"In Good Hands"
Absent
"A House Divided"
Absent
"Jimhunters"
Absent
"The Eternal Knight: Part 1"
Absent
"The Eternal Knight: Part 2"
Absent

3Below

3Below Part 2
"Moving Day"
Absent
"Moonlight Run"
Absent
"Dogfight Days of Summer"
Absent
"Mother's Day"
Absent
"Ill Gotten Gains"
Absent
"There's Something About Gwen (of Gorbon)"
Absent
"Asteroid Rage"
Absent
"Luug's Day Out"
Absent
"The Fall of House Tarron"
Absent
"The Big Sleep"
Appears
"Race to Trollmarket"
Mentioned
"A Glorious End, Part One"
Absent
"A Glorious End, Part Two"
Absent

Wizards

Wizards Part 1
"Spellbound"
Absent
"History in the Making"
Absent
"Witch Hunt"
Absent
"Lady of the Lake"
Absent
"Battle Royale"
Appears
"Killahead, Part One"
Appears
"Killahead, Part Two"
Appears
"Wizard Underground"
Absent
"Dragon's Den"
Absent
"Our Final Act"
Absent

Trivia

  • Vendel was the third character in the aid of the protagonist to be killed off. The first being Kanjigar, the second being AAARRRGGHH!!! (who was later resurrected), and later the fourth being Draal.

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