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The Trolls are one of Kaos' main minions in the Skylanders series. As a race, they are very skilled engineers and technicians, but intelligence past warfare and violent tactics are reserved to few members of their society. One of the most intelligent and sophisticated trolls is Glumshanks, who serves as Kaos's right hand. Boomer is the only troll to ever have the honour of becoming a Skylander.
The Trolls are nasty pieces of work, whose main hobbies include war, drilling for oil, and chopping down forests. As skilled engineers, they use their talents for evil. They create a huge range of weapons and vehicles for fighting their enemies.
Trolls once lived under bridges and made anyone who crossed over pay the toll. When most people got over the bridge without paying a toll, using billy goats, 'Fools Gold', or 'Fools Potatoes', the Trolls gave up on collecting tolls, crawled out from under their bridges, and went to work for Kaos.
Trolls have also played a part in the backstories of some of the Skylanders:
- When the Trolls began hunting unicorns and dragons, they suffered the wrath of the unicorn-dragon hybrid Skylander, Whirlwind.
- Oil-drilling Trolls had also invaded an undersea civilization that was ruled by Wham-Shell, causing his people to be scattered to the wind, and Wham-Shell drove the Trolls away with his powerful mace soon afterwards.
- Trolls had also chopped down and logged Stump Smash's entire forest, including himself. The tree-like creature then retaliated by smashing the Trolls' tree-cutting machines with his now stump-like mallets.
- Boomer was part of the Troll Army, originally a demolition specialist, but he realized the sole mission of the army was war and conquest, which didn't interest him. Determined to stop the Troll Army's quest for conquest, and to blow up things as many as he can, Boomer left the Trolls after saving a town being destroyed by them. Soon afterwards, Boomer was invited to be a Skylander, becoming the only troll to win such an honor.
Skylanders: The Machine of Doom
The Trolls worked with a Spell Punk in testing out the invisibility spell so that they could steal the Chattering Key from its guardian unnoticed. But the trolls decided to go and cause trouble in the Mabu Market using the invisibility spell, unknowingly drawing attention to the Skylanders, much to the Spell Punk's fustration. Gill Grunt used his harpoon gun to fire gushes of mushy fruit at the trolls, making them visible again. Upon realizing that they are seen, the Trolls were then attacked by the Skylanders and were soon called back by Kaos.
The Trolls later assisted Kaos to claim the Chattering Key from the Skylanders.
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
The Trolls played a role in Kaos' plans during his reign over Skylands. They first appeared on Oilspill Island, having held the Gillmen living there prisoner and took over the island to drill for oil which they give to Kaos for his machines, contaminating the waters in the process. The Skylanders saved the Gillmen and destroyed the oil factory that was polluting the waters.
The Trolls later appeared in Falling Forest, having been sent by Kaos to cut down all the trees in order to find the Eternal Life Source that resided inside a giant acorn, but was thwarted by the Skylanders. They appeared again in Troll Warehouse, Battlefield, and Goo Factory where they were at war with the Mabu Defense Force.
In the 3DS version, the Trolls play a part in Hektore's rule over the Radiant Isles, having been unleashed into the unstable Rivenrock Caverns. They also have Attack Dogs, which the the Trolls use to sniff out intruders.
In Troll Home Security, an army of trolls fiercely guarded a machine called the Shield Gun that created a forcefield around Kaos' Kastle, protecting the castle for years. However the Skylanders infiltrated the fortress and managed to destroy the Shield Gun generating the forcefield in order to get into Kaos' Kastle.
Skylanders: Swap Force
The trolls were sent by Kaos to the Cloudbreak Islands to ensure that the Ancient Terrasquid was evilized without interference. An army of Trolls later accompanied Kaos to the Fantasm Forest to capture the Ancient Tree Spirit, having been taught to use and manipulate evilized fire.
Skylanders: Trap Team
While trolls are once again one of the main enemies in Trap Team, several trolls rank among the many trappable villains in the game. Troll villains include Chill Bill, Threatpack, Shrednaught, Smoke Scream, Trolling Thunder, Bruiser Cruiser, and Lob Goblin.
The Trolls in The Cloud Kingdom serve the defected Storm Giant Lord Stratosfear, one eating the clouds and another feeding the cloud consumers. As stated by another storm giant named Ukko, Kaos was sending nine transport ships into their realm to overpower the high-society race.
The trolls make their only appearance in Skylanders: Imaginators in the Gryphon Park Observatory Adventure Pack, where they attempt to steal the legendary Rainbow Gryphons' eggs for their "Evil Zoo of Terrible Conditions", which according to Cali, is literally what it's called.
List of Trolls
- Blaster Trolls
- Boom Bosses
- Bruiser Cruisers
- Cadet Crushers
- D. Riveters
- Extending Shield Trolls
- Grenade Generals
- Gun Snouts
- Lob Goblins
- Loose Cannons
- Mace Majors
- Mark 31 Troll Tanks
- Smoke Screams
- Troll Greasemonkeys
- Troll Grenadiers
- Troll Stomper M5s
- Troll Warriors
- Troll Welders
- Trolling Thunders
- Ratty Riflemen
- Shifty Sticklers
- Troll Poachers
- Cannon Crashers
- Some dialogue hints at Mabu prejudice against trolls:
- According to a cave painting in the museum on the Boney Islands, Trolls may have devolved from intelligent, human-like beings.
- Depending on who developed the game, the Troll's appearances and level of intelligence varies from game to game. In games developed by Toys For Bob, the trolls have a more round appearances and are intelligent enough to build and operate advanced machines. In games developed by Vicarious Visions, the trolls have a more square like appearance and are far less intelligent, being little more than dumb brutes.
- Trolls may be a reference to Da Orks from Warhammer 40,000, as both are a race of green skinned humanoids with large lower fangs, are skilled engineers, with technology that appears ramshackle, but functional, and a notorious obsession for war, no matter how pointless.
- The Tech element has more Troll villains than any other element.
- In Skylanders: Lost Islands, Fright Rider mentions in his quest that Skele-oats are made of Troll bones.
- In Skylanders: Imaginators, Cadet Crushers are in the audience during BattleBrawl Island arena challenges.
- ↑ Skylanders Universe: Chronicles, page 50