- "That was FUCKING SPECTACULAR!"
- ― Merlin when Valentine's chips were activated.
Merlin was the codename of a Kingsman agent. He was the one who oversaw the testing of the Kingsman candidates and was the technical expert of the organization.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
In 1997, Merlin along with Galahad, was on a training mission in the Middle East with trainees Lee Unwin and James Spencer (candidates for the position of Lancelot at the Kingsman Agency), when the soldier they held captive pulled a grenade pin, Lee jumped onto the soldier covering the explosion, and saving his surrounding team.
17 years later, Merlin along with Harry and the other members of Kingsman, was tasked with finding a replacement Lancelot when Spencer was killed during a failed rescue mission of Professor James Arnold in Argentina.
Valentine's AttackOnce Merlin learned of Harry's presumed death, he sent Eggsy to Richmond Valentine's headquarters via a Kingsman Jet. When Valentine's henchmen had the jet in which Merlin was hiding and the corridor where Eggsy stood, then he was forced to activate the microchips (which Valentine had planted in everyone who had agreed with his plans as a safety measure) causing every one of Valentine's henchmen and business partner's heads to explode.
Merlin becomes the head of Kingsman when the headquarters is attacked by ICBMs. Along with Eggsy Unwin, executes the 'Kingsman Doomsday Protocol', upon which the two discover a bottle of Kentucky bourbon in a wine shop vault, with the 'K' of Kentucky etched into the bottle, being the logo of the Kingsman agency, leading the two of them to Kentucky and the headquarters of Statesman.
Merlin hacked into the Statesman security systems as he and Eggsy sneak in but are discovered by Statesman Tequila who questions them. Merlin watched as Eggsy tells him that they are from the Kingsman Tailor Shop and asked him if he had ever heard of them. Tequila compliments on Eggsy's and Merlin's appearance. He prompts both of them to get down onto their knees. Shortly after, Tequila suspects that they are lying to him and pushes them to tell him who they are before spitting at the hole made in a casket of alcohol. Tequila then spins his rifle then begins to fight both Merlin and Eggsy in which they suffer a defeat. In the control room of the Statesman Building, he ties both Merlin and Eggsy into some chairs. Merlin and Eggsy both interrogated by Tequila who doesn't believe their story before shows them the still living Harry Hart. Surprised to see his old friend alive, Merlin speaks up after Tequila threatens him until Ginger comes in and confirms the two men are telling the truth. Realizing his error, Tequila apologizes and welcomes them.
In Cambodia, when invading Poppy Land, Eggsy accidentally steps on one of Poppy's landmines. Merlin sprays a canister which freezes the detonation temporarily. However, once Eggsy lifts his foot off the mine, Merlin suddenly steps on it. The effect of the spray by that point was diminishing and the canister was empty. Merlin decides to sacrifice himself to save both Eggsy's and Hart's lives whilst killing a few of Poppy's guards, by singing 'Take me Home, Country Roads' before stepping off the mine.
- Kingsman - Teammates
- Richmond Valentine
- Charles "Charlie" Hesketh - Former Student
- Chester King/Arthur - Former Leader and Ally, turned Enemy
- Poppy Adams
- Merlin's real name is Hamish. It is revealed in The Golden Circle official novelization.
- Merlin's glasses have a correction, as he wears them all the time.
- Merlin seems to have a liking towards country music, as the song he sung as a distraction before he died, was "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and his favourite singer is John Denver.
- Merlin seems to be right-handed, even if he doesn't wear a Kingsman ring we can notice he wears all his weapons in his right hand.
- His death is very similar to that of Malcolm Merlyn in the TV series Arrow; Both step on a land mine in someone else's place, and then set it off, blowing themselves up along with multiple enemies. Their names are also similar.