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{{Character Infobox
 
{{Character Infobox
| image = [[File:The Fisher King1.jpg|250px]]
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|image = [[File:The Fisher King1.jpg|250px]]
| aka = The Wounded King<br>The Fisher King
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|name = [[File:Fisher King nameplate.png|250px]]
| race = Human<br>Warlock
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|aka = The Wounded King
| gender = Male
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The Fisher King
| family = ?
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|race = Human
| affiliation = [[Merlin (sorcerer)|Merlin]] (Magic)<br>[[Arthur Pendragon]] (Courage)†<br>Sir [[Gwaine (character)|Gwaine]] (Strength)†<br>[[Grettir]]<br>[[Perilous Lands]]<br>[[Lake of Avalon]]
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Warlock
| enemies = N/A
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|gender = Male
| portrayer = [[Donald Sumpter]]
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|family = ?
| appearances = ''[[The Eye of the Phoenix]]''}}
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|affiliation = [[Merlin (sorcerer)|Merlin]] (Magic)<br>[[Arthur Pendragon]] (Courage)<br>Sir [[Gwaine (character)|Gwaine]] (Strength)<br>[[Grettir]]<br>[[Perilous Lands]]<br>[[Lake of Avalon]]
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|enemies = N/A
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|portrayer = [[Donald Sumpter]]
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|appearances = ''[[The Eye of the Phoenix]]''}}{{Quote|I have been waiting all these years for the arrival of a new time: the time of the Once and Future King...|The Fisher King to [[Merlin]]|The Eye of the Phoenix}}The '''Fisher King''' was a powerful sorcerer and the [[King]] of a rich kingdom in [[Albion]] that was later known simply as the [[Perilous Lands]].
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==Biography==
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After the Fisher King was wounded in battle, the kingdom - which was linked to its ruler - began to fall into disrepair as his condition worsened. It eventually became a barren wasteland; neither alive nor dead and populated by [[Wyvern]]s, distant cousins of [[Dragon]]s. It was also rumored that the King himself was still partially alive; his magic keeping him alive despite his wounds being fatal. In order to prove himself worthy to be king of [[Camelot]] , [[Arthur]] entered the Fisher King's realm to retrieve his [[Golden Trident]]. Encountering the [[Grettir|Guardian of the Bridge]] , [[Arthur]] was told that the king had foreseen his arrival along with two others ([[Merlin (character)|Merlin]] and [[Gwaine (character)|Gwaine]]), each known as Courage, Magic and Strength respectively, but dismissed the man's words, despite his cautioning that he may fail alone.
   
{{Quote|I have been waiting all these years for the arrival of a new time: the time of the Once and Future King...|The Fisher King to [[Merlin]]|The Eye of the Phoenix}}
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After meeting up, the trio searched the castle to find the trident and[[ Merlin]] eventually found himself trapped in the throne room after setting off a booby trap. It was there that [[Merlin]] encountered the king himself. He was unable to pass on into death and was therefore trapped in between. The king was glad [[Merlin]] had arrived at long last and called him [[Emrys]] , showing knowledge of his foretold birth and future role. He explained that a great evil was coming and that the Golden Age of Albion was also dawning, along with the time of the Once and Future King.[[File:Merlin547.jpg|thumb|left|254px|Fisher king gives away the [[Avalon vial]] and in return demands his death]]
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Remembering that [[Kilgharrah]] had already mentioned this, [[Merlin]] asked the king to explain, who said that the approaching evil would seek to destroy Albion unless [[Merlin]] stopped it. The king also had a gift for [[Merlin]] to aid him. The true prize of the Fisher King was not his trident but rather a [[Avalon Vial|vial]] of Water from the [[Sword Lake|Lake of Avalon]] which he handed [[Merlin]] telling him when the time came he would know what to do. He also stated that he could save her, referring to [[Merlin]] 's deceased lover [[Freya]], though he didn't actually mention [[Freya]] 's name. How the Fisher King knew about [[Merlin]] 's relationship with [[Freya]] is unknown but considering he had foreseen that [[Merlin]] would visit him he may have foreseen [[Merlin]] falling in love with [[Freya]] too. The king then asked [[Merlin]] to give him a gift in return indicating [[Morgana]] 's Phoenix Eye. Understanding, [[Merlin]] put the charmed Phoenix Eye on the king ending his life and freeing his spirit from limbo (''[[The Eye of the Phoenix]]'').
   
The '''Fisher King''' was a powerful sorcerer and the [[King]] of a rich kingdom called Elmet in [[Albion]] that was later known simply as the [[Perilous Lands]].
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[[Merlin ]] later used the [[Avalon Vial]] to contact his deceased lover, [[Freya]], to retrieve [[Excalibur (Sword)|Excalibur]] from the [[Lake of Avalon]] (''[[The Coming of Arthur]]'').
 
== Biography ==
 
After the Fisher King was wounded in battle, the kingdom - whose state was linked to its ruler - began to fall into disrepair as his condition got worse. It eventually became a barren wasteland; neither alive nor dead and populated by [[Wyvern]]s, distant cousins of [[Dragon]]s. It was also rumoured that the King himself was still partially alive; his magic keeping him alive despite his wounds being fatal. In order to prove himself worthy to be king of [[Camelot]], [[Arthur]] entered the Fisher King's realm to retrieve his [[Golden Trident]]. Encountering the [[Grettir|Guardian of the Bridge]], [[Arthur]] was told that the king had foreseen his arrival along with two others ([[Merlin (character)|Merlin]] and [[Gwaine (character)|Gwaine]]), each known as Courage, Magic and Strength respectively, but dismissed the man's words, despite his cautioning that he may fail alone.
 
 
After meeting up, the trio searched the castle to find the trident and [[Merlin]] eventually found himself trapped in the throne room after setting off a booby trap. It was there that [[Merlin]] encountered the king himself. He was unable to pass on into death and was therefore trapped in between. The king was glad [[Merlin]] had arrived at long last and called him [[Emrys]], showing knowledge of his foretold birth and future role. He explained that a great evil was coming and that the Golden Age of Albion was also dawning, along with the time of the Once and Future King.
 
 
[[File:Merlin547.jpg|thumb|left|254px|Fisher King gives away the [[Avalon vial]] and in return demands his death]]
 
 
Remembering that [[Kilgharrah]] had already mentioned this, [[Merlin]] asked the king to explain, who said that the approaching evil would seek to destroy Albion unless [[Merlin]] stopped it. The king also had a gift for [[Merlin]] to aid him. The true prize of the Fisher King was not his trident, but rather a [[Avalon Vial|vial]] of Water from the [[Sword Lake|Lake of Avalon]] which he handed [[Merlin]] telling him when the time came he would know what to do. He also stated that he could save her, referring to [[Merlin]]'s deceased lover [[Freya]], though he didn't actually mention [[Freya]]'s name. How the Fisher King knew about [[Merlin]]'s relationship with [[Freya]] is unknown but considering he had foreseen that [[Merlin]] would visit him he may have foreseen [[Merlin]] falling in love with [[Freya]] too. The king then asked [[Merlin]] to give him a gift in return indicating [[Morgana]]'s Phoenix Eye. Understanding, [[Merlin]] put the charmed Phoenix Eye on the king ending his life and freeing his spirit from limbo (''[[The Eye of the Phoenix]]'').
 
 
[[Merlin]] later used the [[Avalon Vial]] to contact his deceased lover, [[Freya]], in order to retrieve [[Excalibur (Sword)|Excalibur]] from the [[Lake of Avalon]] in order to slay Morgause's immortal army (''[[The Coming of Arthur]]'').
 
 
==Appearances==
 
'''Series 3'''
 
 
[[The Eye of the Phoenix]]
 
 
[[The Coming of Arthur: Part 2]]  (​Mentioned only)
 
 
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