Toffee was first introduced to us as the slick, professional and mysterious villain waaay back in Season 1. We didn’t have any idea as to what his motives would be. Soon enough, later on in the show we were introduced to the Mewman and Monster conflict, and his missing finger and desire to possess the Butterfly family’s wand proved so.
You’re not the first monster to fall victim to their magic.
Toffee had a plan right from the start. What made him successful in his execution was his patience, his attention to detail and waiting for the perfect opportunity. We saw this characteristic of him in Fortune Cookies. Whereas Ludo (…and Star as well) would jump in at any opportunity given, he waited and watched, striking when the time was right. When the time was right, he got rid of Buff Frog, someone who was suspicious of him and could stand between him and his agenda.
And again when the time was right, when they were found in a situation where Ludo could’ve been accused, he slid his way in and snatched Ludo’s leadership and reign in a matter of seconds.
Then it turns out that he’s not after Star’s wand, he wants it destroyed.
This mo-fo knows exactly what he’s doing. Putting Marco in a situation where he easily could’ve been killed had Star not complied, he had her destroy her wand, knowing full well what was going to happen afterwards. He perished holding onto it, and he also had placed his finger inside, knowing full well that he was coming back.
So fast-forward, the wand is cleaved. Star has one part, and Ludo has the other…and Toffee’s hand. Toffee has been communicated with Ludo this whole entire time. We know that he’s not the brightest villain, especially compared to Toffee. Ludo’s not our biggest threat, Toffee is.
Do you think I’m like Ludo?
Why would Toffee put up with Ludo for so long? Because he doesn’t have enough power on his own to handle things by himself. The book and Glossaryck was brought to him, and he was taught the ways of the wand, and reading Eclipsa’s chapter gave him insight into darker magic. So Toffee has been using Ludo as a pawn (again) to prepare everything in time for his return and has also probably been using his life to power his own. It explains why Moon said that Ludo doesn’t look well, and why Ludo’s brother said that he’s been sick.
Knowing full well that Moon and the royal family would do something about the missing book and cleaved wand sooner or later, he waits until she’s arrived. He has a history with her, he knows how she is. Though she is tough and serious, she also has a soft side and obviously took pity on Ludo, especially after visiting and hearing about him from his family. Killing Moon and absorbing her life-force (uh is that what it’s called) gave him the final boost he needed, and he was able to take full control of Ludo’s body.
After being patient for so long, he’s back and he has dark magic on his side now, and he’s powerful. And all he needs is his missing finger to come back bigger and badder than ever.