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Sir Daniel Fortesque
Sir Daniel Fortesque
The protagonist of the series, a knight who made his way to being the leader of King Peregrine's army, during a time of peace with his tall tales of slain dragons and vanquished evil legions. In the orginal games he's shown to be brave but, in Medievil: Resurrection he's a coward, and was the first one to be slain at the Battle of Gallowmere; felled by the very first arrow fired. The King, embarrassed by this, had Fortesque buried with full military honors and spread the story of Dan single-handedly destroying Zarok and his wicked undead army. 100 years later Daniel is resurrected by Zarok's magic, giving him a chance to make amends for his ignoble death.
- Becoming the Mask: In Medievil: Resurrection during his life, he was a coward who got his fame and fortune through luck, most of it after he died. When he died, he EARNED it.
- Butt Monkey: Doesn't get a whole lot of respect in the first game (not that he's earned it, anyway.)
- The Cameo / Guest Fighter : Appears as a playable character in Hot Shots Golf.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Given that he is an undead hero.
- Dem Bones
- Eyes Are Unbreakable: Zig-zagged. Dan lost his left eye over a hundred years ago, but his right eye is still intact.
- Eye Scream: He died in the first few seconds of the Battle of Gallowmere, as the very first arrow fired went right in his eye.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: During a time of peace he climbed up the ranks of Gallowmere's Army by telling grand tales, but due to this peace Dan was under trained for his job and was one of the first casualties because of it. He never went to the Hall of Heroes after his demise, but in Gallowmere his status as a 'hero' was preserved for the sake of morale.
- First Episode Resurrection: Obviously.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: ...But are pretty handy for surviving a hail of arrows.
- Subverted in the Japanese version of the game, which gives Dan an optional helmet with cutscenes edited to feature it.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: His signature weapon, and the form several of his best weapons take.
- One-Man Army: He takes on an entire army singlehandedly (literally, if you use his arm as a weapon) posthumously.
- Took a Level in Badass: Posthumously.
- The Faceless: Zig-zagged; we do see his face after he is raised in his crypt, but the face he had when he was still alive is never shown. Even in the first game's opening cutscene, when we get to witness his... *Ahem* Glorious death, he's wearing a helmet leaving only his eyes visible.
- The Unintelligible: Thanks to his missing jawbone, he can only speak in inarticulate moans. To say nothing about his missing lungs and vocal chords.
- In MediEvil 2, however, his ability to speak seems far greater. He no longer moans, instead his speech is just kind of slurred. He almost doesn't require subtitles.
- Falls to a midway point in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale where his dialogue is partially understandable but subtitles are still needed. And Colonel Radec's rival battle against him starts when Dan is unable to comply with his demands to speak clearly.
MediEvil / MediEvil: Resurrection
A sorcerer once in the employ of King Peregrine, eventually falling out of favor with the King due to his experiments on the bodies of the dead. He was banished from the kingdom and spent years perfecting his dark arts. He created an unholy army of undead soldiers and demons, which he used to conquer many major areas of Gallowmere until the King intervened and deployed Sir Daniel and his battalion for a titanic battle. Zarok's army was defeated, but Zarok's body was never accounted for. Though thought to be long dead, he returns after 100 years in a bid to take over Gallowmere once again. With a magic spell called the "Evernight", he plunged the realm into perpetual darkness and robbed the living of their free will, along with raising the dead in the process.
- Big Bad: Of the original game and the remake.
- Card-Carrying Villain
- Evil Laugh: It's something he's worked on for the past 100 years!
- Evil Overlord
- Evil Sorcerer: Controls an army of demons and is out to take over Gallowmere
- Evil Sounds Raspy: Zarok has an old, raspy voice to go along with his appearance.
- Final Boss: Zarok is the final enemy fought in MediEvil.
- Horned Humanoid: Although, like Maleficent, it could be a headdress.
- Large Ham
- Lean and Mean
- Load-Bearing Boss: When Daniel defeats Zarok, his castle collapses and he gets crushed under a piece of rubble.
- Obviously Evil
- One-Winged Angel: When Zarok is finally forced to fight Daniel himself, he uses a spell to turn himself into a creature before stepping into the ring (said creature comes with a chicken squabble).
- Sissy Villain: The remake version has a more flamboyant style.
- Sorcerous Overlord: He runs an army in his own area and then attempts to become this trope to Gallowmere. He never really succeeds.
- Squashed Flat: After he's defeated, a piece of his collapsing lair falls right on top of him.
- A villain Named Zrk
- Villain Decay: In the original game, he was definitely evil and sinister. In the remake, he's more comedic and Laughably Evil.
Lord KardokZarok's Dragon, who has risen from the grave to serve his master once more.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He's mentioned in passing early on as having been killed by Canny Tim.
- Cool Horse : The horse is also undead.
- Dem Bones
- The Dragon: This to Zarok, and is fought immediately before Zarok as well.
- Evil Counterpart: Kardok is what Sir Dan would be if Zarok had control over Dan the way he does the rest of the undead.
- Eye Scream: He died the same way Dan did: With an arrow to the eye.
- Flat Character: He has no personality or plot involvement; he's just a boss character who is forgotten as soon as he is defeated. Being foreshadowed is all that prevents him from being a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere.
- Final Boss: In a way; he's part of the final boss scenario in Zarok's arena, and is encountered between a battle involving Zarok's forces and the Gallowmere army and Zarok himself.
Al-ZalamA genie who has been cursed to live in Dan's skull as a squatter. He is only present in the PSP remake.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Exposition Fairy
- Incredibly Lame Pun: He's a fan of these.
- Mr. Exposition
- Smart Ball: He's the one to get the idea of using the Dragon Armour to access the Haunted Ruins, which have been surrounded by lava courtesy of Zarok.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: How he sees his relationship with Dan. Dan, not so much.
- X Meets Y: Navi meets Borat.
The Hall of Heroes
Canny TimA crossbowman who was Sir Daniel's second-in-command in the Battle of Gallowmere, Canny Tim earned entry into the Hall of Heroes when he killed Zarok's champion, Lord Kardok, with a single, long-distance shot. When Dan visits the Hall for the first time, Tim gladly gives his old friend his crossbow to use. In Resurrection, he also gives Daniel the stronger "Hero's Crossbow".
- Automatic Crossbows: His crossbow requires no loading.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He killed Lord Kardok. By shooting him through the eye.
- Nice Guy: He's unfailingly cheerful.
- Number Two: In life, he was this to Sir Dan.
- Verbal Backspace: When talking about his famous shot in the remake:Tim: After you were slain, I shot Zarok's champion, Lord Kardok! A clean kill, sir! Right through the eye at some three-hundred yards!Dan: *Glares at him*Tim: Uh, not that there's anything clever about shooting someone in the eye, sir.
Stanyer Iron HewerA blacksmith who's also good at bashing heads in with his indestructible war hammer. Lucky for Dan, he lets him use it, as nowadays Hewer only ever uses the hammer to crack walnuts.
- The Blacksmith: One book found in the game notes that he was the best blacksmith in Gallowmere.
- Drop the Hammer
- Horny Vikings: In the remake, he's made to resemble one.
- Mundane Utility: He uses that big warhammer of his as a giant nut-cracker.
Woden the MightyA master swordsman who not only strikes fear in the hearts of his enemies... but also family pets and small children. Doesn't think very highly of Daniel and will let him know at every opportunity. Gives Daniel his mystic Broadsword (Longsword in the remake), along with the Hero's Sword in the remake out of pity. Another of his weapons, 'Woden's Brand', can be unlocked in Gallowmere Plains in Resurrection and serves as the game's Infinity+1 Sword.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Everyone feared him in life, including kittens.
- Jerkass: Talking to him unleashes a barrage of insults towards Sir Dan.
Imanzi ShongomaLeader of a Amazonian tribe. Skilled with a spear, which she allows Daniel to use because she really took a shine to him.
- Blade on a Stick
- Double Entendre: Practically every line of hers.
- Gainaxing: In the remake.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: Pulls a Life Bottle out of this in the remake.
Ravenhooves the ArcherThe "last prince of the centaurs". A three-times Derby winner and an expert on longbows. He's a bit snooty but is nice enough to give Daniel three types of longbows (Normal, Flaming, and Magick).
- Arrows on Fire
- French Jerk: He has a French accent in the remake.
- Last of His Kind: Well, he was when he was alive.
- Upper-Class Twit
Bloodmonath Skull CleaverA barbarian who's never without his trusty battle axe. Lives for fighting, loves staining his axe with the blood of his enemies. Decides to give Daniel his axe so it can once again "drink deep of demon blood".
- An Axe to Grind
- Barbarian Hero
- Blood Knight
- Dying Moment of Awesome: He was killed attempting to fight an entire garrison, alone, with only the spike on his helmet. Crazy Awesome doesn't begin to describe...
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast
Karl SturnguardA firm believer in defense over offense, he was nearly unstoppable with his powerful (and rechargeable!) Magick Shield, which is his gift for Daniel.
- Gratuitous German
- Meaningful Name
- Stone Wall
- Undignified Death: He died choking on a sausage. A book states that it happened when Dirk Steadfast mocked his shield during a feast.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Dirk Steadfast, in life.
Dirk SteadfastA knight possessing the all-powerful Magick Sword, which has enough power to cleave enemies into little green bits. He prefers to speak with his sword, since hardly anyone can understand his thick accent. And his Magick Sword can be Daniel's, provided he can pay enough homage to all the heroes except Megwynne beforehand.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: His modus operandi, apparently.
- The Berserker
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Karl Sternguard, until the latter's untimely death-by-sausage.
Megwynne StormbinderA Celtic woman who singlehandedly stopped an invasion of her village by barbarian raiders while only armed with a pitchfork in one hand and a baby under one arm. So impressed were the Gods by her resolve and courage, they blessed her with an array of magic lightning bolts. She's one of the few heroes who has complete faith in Daniel succeeding in his quest, by lending a hand by giving him a limited stock of her lightning magic.
Professor Hamilton Kift
The Professor is a mad inventor, keen amateur magician, and self-styled "master of the occult". He dedicated his life to science in the hope that he might help mankind achieve a better existence.
- Absent-Minded Professor
- Artificial Limbs: Both of his hands are mechanical, due to having been crushed under a slab during the expedition to find Zarok's spellbook.
- The Atoner: He reveals that he was the one who helped Palethorn find Zarok's ancient spellbook, and he's deeply ashamed of his role in the ensuing catastrophe.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He's the character Dan goes to in order to get new weapons and upgrade ones he already has.
- Mad Scientist: Though unlike most examples, he's a good guy.
- Nerd Glasses: Wears big round ones that make his pupils look massive.
At the age of 19, Kiya was selected by the Pharaoh Ramesses to be one of his 200 wives. Fortunately for her, he was very old and died before he was able to consummate the marriage. Unfortunately, she was selected to "accompany" him on his journey to the afterlife as his bride through eternity.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Has blue skin, though this is just because she's a reanimated mummy.
- Bandage Babe
- Bare Your Midriff
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: She is killed by Jack the Ripper, but Dan uses a time machine to save her.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: Justified, since the mummification process involves the removal of several internal organs.
- Love Interest: To Sir Dan.
- Satellite Love Interest: And that's all her role in the game.
- Ms. Fanservice: She looks pretty good for an ancient, mummified corpse.
Winston Chapelmount was a cheeky cockney boy of about 10 years old before he was crossed over to the spirit world. Charming and enthusiastic, he can brighten even the darkest room with his cheery, sweet nature. Unfortunately, he's also a ghost, which limits his involvement in proceedings somewhat. But Winston is all-too happy to help and eagerly joins in with the adventure whenever he feels he can be of use.
- British Accents: Has a distinct Cockney accent.
- British Teeth: It's not actually visible in-game, but in concept art he's shown to have some crooked teeth.
- Exposition Fairy: He's a replacement for the information gargoyles from the first game.
- Nice Hat: Wears a busted up old top hat.
- Save Point: His main purpose in the game is to act as a save point.Winston: "Alright, Dan, you've come a long way. I'd save if I was you."
The SpivA strange, stocky humanoid clad in a heavy coat that happily sells Sir Dan ammunition and other items.
- Coat Full of Contraband
- Expy: Fills the same role as the Merchant Gargoyles in the first game.
- Friend in the Black Market
The Big Bad of Medievil 2, Palethorn acquired Zarok's spellbook and unleashed havoc on London. However, something went wrong with the spell, and as a result he was transformed into a red-skinned demon, and the pages of the spellbook were scattered across London, thus making the monsters he summoned almost uncontrollable. Palethorn now seeks the remaining pages of the spellbook so he can complete the spell and take over the world.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Subverted, as he only pretends to be of an aristocratic upbringing for the sake of his image.
- Big Red Devil: The backlash of the failed spell turned his skin bright red and gave him pointed ears.
- Cigar Chomper: He always has a cigar in his mouth.
- Cool Ship: Rides with his henchmen aboard a flying craft armed with machine-guns and rockets.
- Dual Boss : You fight him alongside the enormous demon he summons.
- Evil Former Friend: Of Professor Kift.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has one over his right eye, which is also completely white.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His Cool Ship gets smacked out of the air by the very demon he summoned to crush Fortesque.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: If Dan loses the fight against Iron Slugger, Palethorn makes it clear that he intends to take Kiya as his prize.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: An evil example.
- Motive Rant: A brief one, immediately before his death.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In-universe, Palethorn carries himself with an aristocratic air, but when agitated, he quickly slips into his natural Cockney accent.
- Taking You with Me: Dying and pinned under the wreakage of his Cool Ship, Palethorn uses his last moments to speak the trope name and drop a satchel of dynamite.
- We Can Rule Together: He briefly tries this on Dan. It doesn't work.Palethorn: "Think about it, Daniel; an eternity by my side. Why, with my powers, I could put flesh onto your bones as easy as pie."Dan: "I'd never join you!"Palethorn: "What was that? Could you mumble that again? No? Ah, well..."
Dogman and ManderPalethorn's henchmen, both mutated into inhuman monsters like himself by the failed spell.
- Brains and Brawn: Mander's the brains and Dogman's the brawn.
- The Brute: Dogman.
- Dual Boss: You fight both of them at the same time.
- Recurring Boss: You fight them twice - first at the end of Greenwich Observatory, and a second time immediately before the Final Boss.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Mander.
- Wicked Cultured: Mander was educated in the best schools in England.
Iron SluggerA monstrous, quasi-mechanical boxer representing Palethorn's faction.
- An Arm and a Leg: As Iron Slugger's HP goes down, he starts losing limbs. By the end of the fight, he's a limbless torso hopping around and trying to headbutt you.
- Brain in a Jar: The top of his head is glass, so his brain is clearly visible.
- Foreshadowing: There's a poster of him in the main menu's flyby introduction, and you can later find parts of his body and schematics inside Palethorne's house in Kensington.
- Off with His Head!: Dan's final attack against him will take his head clean off.
- Unexpected Gameplay Change: His entire fight is a boxing match between him and Fortesque.
The CountOne of Palethorn's associates, the Count is a powerful vampire lord residing within Wulfrum Hall.
- Berserk Button : Dan interjects during the Count's long-winded pre-battle speech. This wasn't a good idea.The Count: "YOU INTERRUPT ME!?"
- Boss Arena Idiocy: The Count's chamber is filled with mirrors, which are used to reflect his energy attacks and later cast burning sunlight at him. Why he has mirrors in his chamber is anybody's guess. He's a vampire. He cannot see his reflection anyway.
- Large Ham: As soon as he awakes from his sleep, he gives a hammy speech about how he's walked the earth for a thousand years and beaten much bigger threats than Sir Dan.
- Tin Tyrant: He spends the first half of the fight covered head-to-toe in ornate armor, though he loses it for the second phase.
- Weakened by the Light: In his second phase, he gets burned alive by the mirrors in his room reflecting sunlight onto him.
Jack the Ripper. This interpretation of the notorious serial killer casts him as a tall, green-skinned monster with bloodied blades for fingers.
- Death from Above: He's able to summon flaming meteors from the sky. Somehow.
- Hero Killer: Kills Kiya, although Dan uses a time machine to reverse this.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: The real Jack the Ripper probably wasn't a seven-foot tall supernatural monster with the power to summon meteors.
- Life Drain: How he kills his victims.
- Serial Killer
- Villains Want Mercy: After his boss battle, he begs for this from Sir Dan.The Ripper: Mercy, mercy, honorable knight, spare me!Sir Dan: Nah-ah! (BANG!)
- Wolverine Claws: His fingers are tipped with blood-splattered knives.