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- “Okay. Pull yourself together, Glumshanks. You can do this! You're evil enough now! You wanna go back to washing Kaos' dirty socks?! This is it! This. Is. Your. Shot!”
Glumshanks is Kaos's right hand henchman, butler, and only friend. He is taller, more sensible, and slightly physically stronger than Kaos, but still serves him. He is a recurring antagonist in the series, though occasionally he has a neutral or even helpful role.
Glumshanks is Kaos's sidekick and butler. He has always been loyal and faithful to Kaos, even though he is often in despair over his hair-brained plans and terrible jokes. He is often shown to be the more down-to-earth foil to Kaos' over the top ambitions. Glumshanks seems to have a low self-esteem, being more reasonable and careful of his actions, and less evil, much to Kaos' dismay. In Skylanders: SuperChargers, he appears to have a humble side, always attempting to repay others' kindness even at the cost of his own safety.
Glumshanks flunked everything when he was in the Troll academy from rudimentry detonation to advanced annihilation. He couldn't work out which end of the dynamite to light. He was then sent to the finest evil school of magical villainy where he first met Kaos, who promised Glumshanks career growth should he become the evil Portal Master's servant. However the road to such promise led the troll in becoming Kaos' long-suffering and still-unpromoted companion in his schemes to take over Skylands.
The Machine of Doom
Glumshanks aided Kaos in his plan to seek out the Machine of Doom that was rumored to be an Arkeyan weapon powerful enough to destroy the Core of Light. Although not doing much besides unlocking the tomb to the Pyramid of Just Rewards (when Kaos was unable to do so himself) and holding Flynn hostage, the troll butler commonly corrected his master's errors only to be berated by the evil Portal Master as a result. When the plan to trap the Skylanders in the pyramid failed, Glumshanks returned to Kaos' lair.
Skylanders: Mask of Power series
Glumshanks accompanied Kaos during his quest to gain the pieces to the Mask of Power, sometimes being used as a guinea pig for his plans.
In Spyro versus The Mega Monsters, Glumshanks was by Kaos's side when the evil Portal Master claimed to be a hero by defeating a rise of mega-sized creatures. Soon, Kaos 'defeated' a mega-sized troll (that was actually an enlarged Glumshanks) from harming a Molekin named Diggs, much to the Skylanders' annoyance. The troll then followed Kaos to the Eternal Archives to steal a forbidden book, but they were stopped by the Skylanders.
Glumshanks helped Kaos retrieve the Water Fragment that was supposedly the Fish Master's Crown in order to reassemble the Mask of Power needed to destroy the Core of Light. While Kaos was gloating at the Skylanders after sinking the pirate ship they were on, the butler quickly pointed out that he and Kaos should make their leave or they would be sunk along with the ship, and the evil Portal Master, along with Glumshanks, retreated.
In Stump Smash Crosses the Bone Dragon, Glumshanks barely escaped the fate that befell Kaos, Master Eon and the other trolls when Kaos intentionally unearthed an angry Bone Dragon. The troll butler's legs were turned to stone by the Dragon, but he was rescued by Stump Smash, Countdown, Flameslinger and Wrecking Ball. Glumshanks was taken to the Eternal Archives where he was tricked by Spyro into revealing where Kaos was.
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
Glumshanks' role remains unchanged as he still assists Kaos in his evil plans to rule Skylands until the tyrant finally succeeded in destroying the Core of Light. The troll doesn't make his actual in-game appearance until later in Lava Lakes Railway, when he was sent by Kaos to sabotage the train tracks leading to the Eternal Fire Source. At the sight of the Skylanders and Diggs, Glumshanks flees deeper into the Lava Lakes. The Skylanders soon rebuilt the train tracks and continue their way through the mines, with Diggs unknowingly almost running over Glumshanks with the train.
Afterwards, Glumshanks returned to Kaos' lair, singed and dsoriented from his task at the Lava Lakes. When Kaos wonders what was wrong and told him that Glumshanks looked different, the troll nearly lost his temper with the little tyrant. At that moment, the Core of Light is quickly repelling The Darkness, flooding Kaos' lair with bright light from the sun. Kaos ordered Glumshanks to take the Lair back to the Outlands to get away from the light, and the troll isn't seen again afterwards.
After Kaos's exile from Skylands, Glumshanks searched everywhere for his master until he found the evil Portal Master on Earth inside a toy store. Once Kaos returned to Skylands, Glumshanks accompanied him inside the Arkeyan Conquertron to search for the Iron Fist of Arkus that would allow Kaos to rule over Skylands and resurrect an army of Arkeyans under his command.
Kaos, Conquertron, and Glumshanks finally opened the Secret Vault of Secrets and found the map to the City of Arkus, but the map was accidentally destroyed due to a mishap made by Kaos. Unfortunately for Glumshanks, he was the only one to have gotten a look at it. Back at Kaos' Kastle, Glumshanks was hooked up to one of Kaos' machines which allowed his memories to be viewed by other people. Kaos used this to look back through his memories (including one which Kaos had said "Well done, Glumshanks", which Kaos denied remembering). After getting the right memory, Kaos left Glumshanks strapped to the chair, but eventually released him.
Glumshanks appeared at the end when Kaos was defeated by the Skylanders, and both the butler and Arkeyan Conquertron rescued Kaos when the City of Arkus was collapsing in on itself. The Conquertron eventually lost power, but not before taking Kaos and Glumshanks to safety, blowing up in the process. The evil Portal Master and his butler returned to the castle, though Glumshanks was singed from the explosion caused by the Conquertron. Glumshanks was then shocked to see Kaos' Mom and promptly hid behind his master.
Skylanders: Swap Force
Glumshanks went along with his master's plan to use the Evilizer to take over the Cloudbreak Islands. When Kaos felt that Glumshanks wasn't confident about his evil schemes (since the Skylanders always win), he evilized his troll butler, who later stated that his "butler days are over". After the Skylanders defeated him in Rampant Ruins, Glumshanks expressed his chance to being evil and that this was his one shot to prove himself, before he gave up and was blown away by the explosion of his Arkeyan vehicle.
The troll butler returned to Kaos' Kastle, singed, just in time to see Kaos' Mom have a brief talk with Kaos, even with her noticing that Kaos still mistreats Glumshanks. When Kaos' Mom came to the castle in person, Glumshanks participated in a tea party with her while happily listening to her story on how she attacked a female inhabitant's homeland. The troll butler later assisted Kaos in the Cloudbreak Volcano by setting a large pile of Evilizer Crystals large enough to corrupt the volcano when it erupts. As Kaos was defeated by the Skylanders, both he and Glumshanks discovered their lower halves have been switched before being blasted out of the volcano to parts unknown.
Skylanders: Trap Team
Glumshanks recorded Kaos's successful plan in freeing the villains and the Doom Raiders from Cloudcracker Prison. However, he and Kaos were forced to standby while the Doom Raiders began their own motives in taking over Skylands. When Kaos lost an 'evil-off' to the Golden Queen for control all of Skylands with the winner taking all, Glumshanks was forced to go with the Doom Raiders and serve them. After the defeat and capture of Wolfgang, Glumshanks was dressed as an Egyptian picking up the stinky cheese from a blue Futurecab from The Future of Skylands. He also appears in the Lair of the Golden Queen with a villain quest for Bad Juju where he revealed to the Skylanders that he had built a spare remote to the Ultimate Weapon to help shut it down, but unintentionally dropped it down a sandpit, and required the VooDoo spirit to retrieve it for him. He eventually returned under Kaos's command and witnessed Kaos becoming empowered by the energies of Traptanium.
After Kaos's defeat, Glumshanks appeared to the Skylanders at the Skylanders Academy and revealed to them the existence of the Mirror of Mystery. He invited the Skylanders to visit an alternate universe, which is the mirror universe where Kaos and the trolls are peaceful while Flynn, Eon, other known as Evilon, and the other Mabu are evil. While the Skylanders were adventuring in the mirror world, Glumshanks ended had up spending time with that dimension's Kaos and for the first time in his life, was really enjoying his time and wanted to stay in that dimension forever. Unfortunately, after the Skylanders defeated Evilon, Glumshanks and the Skylanders returned to their own world, despite the troll butler not wanting to leave.
Rift into Overdrive
During the after-hours of the last day of school party at the Skylanders Academy, Glumshanks snuck his way to the Villain Vault and was prepared to use a Magic Skull trap to free Kaos from his imprisonment. The troll butler was stopped by Kaos himself, who didn't need help as the evil Portal Master was only pretending to be good in order to conjure another evil plan. When Kaos swiped the last bit of The Darkness to use for his latest plan, Glumshanks was uncertain about Kaos using it.
As Kaos took over Skylands with the help of his Sky Eater, Glumshanks and the other trolls were nervous by the fact that The Darkness had grown much bigger than before. Glumshanks himself even mentioned that the dark power source may even be watching him, hinting at its growing sentience. After the SuperChargers returned from the Land of the Undead with Eon, Glumshanks and the evil Portal Master heard the Darkness calling for Kaos and seemingly attempting to help Kaos achieve his goal. Glumshanks was later seen with Kaos going through 400 different robes in order for his master to look his best for his reign over Skylands. When the Troll butler stated that destroying the magical world would completely ruin Kaos' dreams in conquering it, The Darkness provided that Glumshanks was always hindering Kaos' success, having him fired in the process.
Glumshanks was soon discovered by Whiskers and dropped off at the Skylanders Academy. Buzz became suspicious of the Troll's presence and accused him of being a spy for Kaos even considering chaining Glumshanks to be demolished by an incoming falling boulder. Fortunately, Mags defended Glumshanks, allowing him to stay and provide a peace offering in the form of a Legendary Treasure. When the SuperChargers, Tessa, and Flynn returned from the Monstrous Isles with the Eye of the Ancients, Kaos prompted to destroy the Core of Light and Buzz was forced to fly Moneybone's flagship to escape the mechanical monstrosity. When all hope seemed lost, Glumshanks undid one of the island chains that was connected to the school, sacrificing himself to allow less cargo to the flagship for everyone to escape from the Sky Eater safely.
The heroes took note of Glumshanks' bravery and heroism soon after, only to discover that the Troll was being held captive by Pandergast at the Ridepocalypse Demo Derby. With priceless knowledge of Kaos's secrets in his head, Glumshanks was set as the grand prize in the tournament for would-be contestants on wheels. To rescue him, the Skylanders entered the Demo Derby and defeated three opponents: Dread Roller, Turbo Teeth, and Wreck O' Saurus. Upon being released, Glumshanks hinted that the Dark Rift Engine was in the Vault of the Ancients, a place where the Ancients themselves locked away dangerous artifacts that were too destructive. Upon returning from the Vault, Kaos was at an emotional crossroads, and an imaginary Glumshanks was there to reconsider Kaos destroying Skylands. When the Skylanders began their attack on the Sky Eater, Glumshanks guided the SuperChargers through the mechanical menace itself to reach and defeat the evil Portal Master and The Darkness.
Glumshanks also appears as a playable racer in with his own vehicle, the Steam Roller. When bested in Boss Pursuit in the Temple of Arkus, Portal Masters will be able to play as Glumshanks in Racing Mode with Pandergast.
Glumshanks returned assisting Kaos in his latest plan in using Mind Magic to create an army of Doomlanders. When Kaos came into contact with Brain, the troll was used as an unwitting guinea pig for their combined Mind Magic sometime later.
Despite Kaos' constant mistreatment towards him, Glumshanks is still loyal and faithful to the evil Portal Master. He feels that it's always an honour to serve Kaos, but often resists calling him out on his failures.
Glumshanks shares a good relationship with Kaos' Mom, who doesn't abuse the troll butler and is aware of her son's mistreatment towards him. He and Kaos' Mom are in good terms with one another, but he believes she is the cause of Kaos' rotten mood and implies disapproving of it. 
- While most trolls have only three toes on the front of each foot and one on the side, Glumshanks has four in front and none at the side.
- Glumshanks is also taller than most trolls.
- Troll Illusionists are similar to Glumshanks in appearance.
- Kaos confuses him for Imaginary Glumshanks before his boss battle in Skylanders: SuperChargers.
- For his Skystones Overdrive stone in SuperChargers and prototype figures of him seen in Toys For Bob's office, his element appears to be Magic.
- In Superchargers and Imaginators, Glumshanks has black eyes instead his regular brown ones. However, he does have his brown eyes when you race against him in Boss Pursuit mode in Temple of Arkus. His model was also shown to have brown eyes in the behind the scenes rough animations.
- Strangely, his artwork has orange eyes and more wrinkles under his eyes.
- In Skylanders Academy, his eyes are yellowish-brown instead of his usual orange-brown ones.
- Skylanders: Master Eon's Official Guide, page 105
- Skylanders: The Machine of Doom, page 48
- Skylander: Stump Smash Crosses the Bone Dragon, page 77
- Book of Kaos, page 43
- Book of Kaos, page 46