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- And the Adventure Continues: In the ending, we see the four of them preparing to fight a team of Liguid Samurai and Archers, with narration noting they're "Always ready for battle"
- Bonus Boss: None of them are mandatory to beat the original game or Plague of Shadows, but offer a nice challenge.
- Hero of Another Story: The composer's notes for their theme, "Fighting With All Our Might", implies they are this.
- Tuckerization: Intentionally done, as all 4 are based on high-tier backers of the Kickstarter.
A group of evil knights is terrorizing the countryside? Reize Seatlan is on the scene! This plucky young adventurer travels the land, helping people in need and following his own invented Knight's Vows. But which of these knights are good, and which ones are bad?
- Animesque: His design is noticeably more anime-styled than the other characters, complete with Anime Hair and Idiot Hair.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Makes a terrible joke after being defeated by Plague Knight which manages to get him into a laughing fit nonetheless.
- Ascended Extra: He plays a much bigger role in the Specter of Torment campaign.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In Specter of Torment, the Enchantress uses her magic to corrupt him into her minion. Specter Knight's final act before submitting to her is to free him.
- Diving Kick: One of his attacks involve jumping into the air, than diving towards Shovel Knight.
- Final Boss: Of the Specter of Torment campaign.
- Evil Costume Switch: When the Enchantress brainwashes him, he takes on a much darker look.
- Guest Fighter: Initially seen in Valdis Story: Abyssal City as an Assist Character.
- Horrible Judge of Character: One could forgive him for Shovel Knight for subject of tales he heard of a shovel-wielding knight terrorizing civilians (presumably Black Knight), but in Plague of Shadows he confuses Plague Knight for some unknown legendary, heroic alchemist, even saying "That looks like a face I could trust". Even in Specter of Torment, upon breaking into the castle he still manages to confuse the Enchantress herself for an ally.
- Mirror Boss: Dark Reize in Specter of Torment has many moves similar to Specter Knight's playable appearance, using an energy boomerang to perform slashing attacks and slash dashes. The version of the fight in Specter Knight's challenges only ups the similarities by giving Specter Knight the Skeleton Sniper curio, which acts similarly to one of Dark Reize's new attacks.
- Morality Pet: He's secretly this to Specter Knight, due to being the son of his old companion Luan who made him promise to protect Reize should he die.
- Non-Standard Character Design: See Animesque above.
- Not What It Looks Like: Thinks Shovel Knight is a murderous criminal.
- One-Winged Angel: As Nightmare Reize in Specter of Torment.
- Playing with Fire: Can surround himself with a barrier of fireballs. Dark Reize's boomerangs and teleportation are made of Technicolor Fire
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: Attacks with a pair of huge crystal boomerangs that can fly all over the screen, hit Shovel Knight several times, and still always return to him.
- Turns Red: Reize will create several fireballs that will orbit around him, giving extra protection.
Mr. Hat is obsessed with hats, but for good reason! For although he wears a helmet, each hat that he places atop his head gives him the powers of that hat's owner! Mr. Hat can switch from a charismatic foppish dandy to military genius in a moment, and he takes great pride in his varied fighting styles. Lately, though, there have been rumblings of an even greater warrior who wields a Shovel Blade; one with a wonderfully blue, horned helmet...
- Badass Grandpa: Is implied to be an old man according to Plague Knight, who outright calls him a geezer based on his style. Though given his helmet, which hides his face, Mr. Hat's real age is left ambiguous.
- Berserk Button: Hoods.Mr. Hat: !!! You miscreant! Hoods! That's not even a proper hat! No structure, no support! No... flair!Plague Knight: Hats are a waste of felt, old man! They fall off in the wind! Hoods are objectively more utilitarian!Mr. Hat: How... How dare you, sirrah...... I demand satisfaction! HAVE AT YOU!
- Cash Gate: You have to spend 3000 gems to make everyone leave his shop before he'll challenge you; however, he drops over 5000 when you beat him. If you chase him around town after beating him, you can get all the gems you spent back as well. Subverted in Plague of Shadows, where he just fights Plague Knight outright.
- The Cameo: While he's not fought in Specter of Torment, he can be seen sipping tea in the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue right before the Enchantress attacks the Armor Outpost.
- Demoted to Extra: Downplayed, due to his nature as a Bonus Boss. In Specter of Torment, he's just a cameo who gets no dialogue or even an optional boss fight.
- Expy: He's the closest thing to Mega Man in the game, as his equipping of different hats gives him different powers.
- Quintessential British Gentleman: Sharply dressed and very polite as well.
- Insistent Terminology: Shovel Knight is confused as to why Mr. Hat wants his helmet, since it is, well, a helmet. But Mr. Hat insists that as a piece of headgear it still counts.
- Nice Hat: With the additional bonus of gaining a special power for whatever hat he wears. After you beat him as Plague Knight, he says that the hats don't work on anyone else but him.
- Shout-Out: One of his hats allows him to bounce on a cane like a pogo stick to get around, just like a certain duck is known to do.
The storm is coming... With a fearsome rope whip and the toughest-looking armor around, one might think that the traveling warrior Baz would be a shoe-in to join up with the Order of No Quarter. Imagine his surprise when he was rejected! He now roams the land, taking out his anger on passersby. Could he ever prove himself strong enough to earn the title of "Baz Knight"?
- Butt-Monkey: Things don't usually go The Baz's way. In Specter of Torment, he shows up only to be immediately told Get Out by Specter Knight. There isn't even a fight!
- Demoted to Extra: Downplayed, due to his nature as a Bonus Boss. In Specter of Torment, he's more or less just a quick gag who doesn't even get a boss fight, leaving The Tower immediately after being told to scram.
- Guest Fighter: A regular fixture on Two Best Friends Play, The Baz was added as a secret boss after Matt and Woolie supported the game's Kickstarter campaign. Other players may also recognize him from Divekick, where he is a playable character.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After Plague Knight defeats him, he can offer The Baz to become one of his minions. Happy to finally be offered a membership of an organisation, The Baz gladly accepts this.
- Heroic Wannabe: Or rather, Villainous Wannabe. He wishes to be a member of the Order of No Quarter. He challenges Shovel Knight in hope to get in.
- Inelegant Blubbering: After being defeated by Shovel Knight, he throws a tantrum worthy of a three-year-old.
- Insane Troll Logic: He believes that becoming a scientist works like Klingon Promotion; if he can kill a scientist, like, say, Plague Knight, he becomes one himself.
- Mythology Gag: His being rejected from the Order is a callback to The Baz's origins as a rejected Street Fighter character.
- Shock and Awe: He can discharge lightning with certain attacks.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He fully admits in Specter of Torment that his reason for trying to join the Order was to be "the main event".
- Sore Loser: After being beaten, The Baz throws a crying fit like a big baby. Subverted in Plague of Shadows where, after being defeated by Plague Knight, he accepts his loss with more dignity this time. Plague Knight can also recruit him to be his minion, even giving him robes similar to the ones already working for him.
- Throw the Dog a Bone:
- In the ending, he's seen with the other Wandering Travelers preparing for battle, finally in an Order of a sort. In Plague of Shadows, Plague Knight can recruit him, and Baz is completely fine with it.
- After the fight against the Battletoads in the Xbox and PC versions of the game, he and Reize stand around in the area where the Battletoads are. Reize expresses interest in becoming Baz's student because he thinks Baz is cool.
- Turns Red: The Baz will create a lightning storm that will strike him, giving a brief shield from time to time.
- Whip It Good: He uses a whip for a weapon. This somehow also makes him immune to the shovel plant. Must be the spinning.
A lone warrior, Phantom Striker appears to those that he deems worthy of challenging him. Light on his feet and wielding a rapier, this enigmatic fighter also controls the power of lightning! Always in search of an honorable battle, Phantom Striker may reward those who fare well against his cyclonic charge.
- Ascended Extra: Serves as the boss of the Lich Yard in Specter of Torment, where Specter Knight attempts to recruit him into the Order of No Quarter. Needless to say, he doesn't join.
- Blood Knight: Has apparently battled several other knights before Shovel Knight, and believes conflict itself is reason enough for a fight.
- Combat Pragmatist: In Specter of Torment he does a sneak attack on Specter Knight because he knows what Specter is capable of and is decidedly not taking any chances.
- Cultured Warrior: Besides being adept with his rapier and lightning magic he's also well-spoken and erudite.
- Good Counterpart:
- He has a teleportation-oriented ability-set, could be a ghost of some sort, and is a fairly serious fighter, similar to Specter Knight, but is an ultimately honorable, heroic fighter. He even takes Specter Knight's boss position in the Lich Yard in Specter of Torment.
- To Propeller Knight. Both use fencing as their preferred combat style and are both are associated with elements of the the sky (Propeller Knight for wind/air and Phantom Striker with lightning). Both were approached by Specter Knight to join the Order of No Quarter, both were beaten by Specter Knight, but Phantom Striker still refused to join, while Propeller Knight submitted.
- Graceful Loser: Accepts his defeat, but warns Shovel Knight that he needs to be even stronger for the later challenges. Even more so if you do well enough in your fight with him — he compliments your fighting skills, says he'll be watching, and leaves a lot of extra money for you.
- He leaves similarly well in Plague of Shadows if you do well in his boss fight praising Plague Knight's ability of dodging. However if drink a tonic he will leave with a pretty snippy comment about it...
- Hold the Line: In Specter of Torment, he's shown in the town that would become the Lich Yard trying to stop Specter Knight's forces from razing it. While he kept the loss of life to a minimum by letting the villagers evacuate, it's a Foregone Conclusion that he fails and the town is destroyed.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's left ambiguous if he has powers like other castmembers, or if he's a ghost, as per his name.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He considers Specter Knight to be so dishonorable that he goes for a cheap shot, something he didn't even do against Plague Knight, in spite of knowing he's an Order member.
- Shock and Awe: Most of his abilities are lightning-based.
- Shout-Out: One of his attacks, where he points his rapier upward and then stabs forward, visually resembles that of one of Enker's attacks.
- Teleport Spam: He has an attack where he repeatedly teleports, each disappearance leaving behind ball lightning that moves toward your location when it appeared. He uses it much more in Specter of Torment.
- Worthy Opponent:
- What he sees Shovel Knight as, especially if you do well enough in the fight with him.
- He can praise Plague Knight as well if you beat him without losing half of your health.
- Averted for Specter Knight. He sees him as being so completely dishonorable that he attempts a sneak attack before the boss fight.
Townsfolk and other NPCs
This talented composer has written songs for various customers, including the Order of No Quarter. He has one problem, though: his entire musical collection has been scattered across the land. He asks Shovel Knight for help in retrieving his music sheets, and will pay 500 gold for each one retrieved.
- Creator Cameo: He's quite obviously Jake Kaufman in a suit of armor.
- Deadpan Snarker: He comes off as very sarcastic sometimes.
- Happy Dance: He dances with joy whenever you've got a new music sheet for him.
- Noodle Incident: Asking for info in regards to the songs he wrote reveals they were commissioned by various characters, including the Order of No Quarter. He also reveals some misadventures in the process, such as being given an amulet as payment for composing a song for the Enchantress; he recommends not taking an amulet as payment when asked about the song from the Enchantress's second phase.
A master chef who will cook nourishing meals for Shovel Knight in exchange for Meal Tickets, improving his maximum health.
A mage who sells magic upgrades to Shovel Knight, improving his maximum mana. Reprises this role in Plague of Shadows, which also shows her to be a frequent research collaborator of Plague Knight.
- Absent-Minded Professor: She is an expert in magical relics, but her speech patterns imply that she is not fully "there" when conversing with Shovel Knight.
- All Love Is Unrequited: She's insists she's attracted to Plague Knight, but he's either too oblivious or just doesn't care since he only has eyes for Mona. at the end of the story, she hooks up with Percy.
- Funny enough when talking to her, she will often say Plague Knight would look more charming if he added something to his style, ex: Put a feather on his hood, other times she will flat out state what she likes in a man, ex: Tall, long hair, it gets to the point where Plague Knight couldn’t physically fit that standard; at the end, the Magicist realizes she was describing a man like Percy, not Plague Knight.
- Ascended Extra: She get's a larger role in Plague of Shadows, being privy to Plague Knight's machinations and interacting more with the story.
An intrepid salesman/explorer. He sells Shovel Knight magical Relics that he can use to supplement his Shovel Blade while fighting against the Order of No Quarter.
- Inexplicable Treasure Chests: In each Order of No Quarter stage, Chester can be found hanging out inside of blue treasure chests, in which he has found a new Relic that he'll sell to Shovel Knight on the spot, or an Arcana to trade for the Relic that Plague Knight found.
- Intrepid Merchant: He's always one step ahead of you and ready to sell you treasure that he just found. He didn't actually find any of them himself. Plague Knight found them all and traded them to Chester in exchange for Arcanas, but Shovel Knight doesn't need to know that...
- Punny Name: Get it?
- Sublime Rhyme: His slogan/sales pitch whenever he pops out of a blue chest.Shovel of Hope: In the village or out in the field, I have all the deals!
Plague of Shadows: Poured in a beaker or stuffed in a bag, Chester's always got the swag!
The Troupple King
A forest deity that appears to be a cross between an apple and a trout. If you hold your Troupple chalice aloft to him, he'll grant you Ichor with magical properties.
- Berserk Button: He won't be amused if you try to fish near him. He's also not pleased if you manage to drown in his lake.
- Expy: He appears to be one of Manbo from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. An aquatic creature who does a lengthy dance sequence before he helps you out. He grants you potions just like Crazy Tracy from the same game.
- Healing Potion: One of his potions can do this; others can grant invincibility and attract items to you.
- Luck-Based Mission: In order to receive gifts from him, you need to have a free chalice and get lucky when fishing in the sparkling spots.
- No Hero Discount: Inverted. He provides Shovel Knight with ichor for free, but Plague Knight has to pay through the beak, since he's a villain. note
- No Pronunciation Guide: Averted. His acolyte helpfully informs you that it "Rhymes with 'mouthful'". The king himself explains the proper pronunciation of ichor as eye-core.
- Planimal: He's half-apple, half-trout.
A woman that hangs around in the pub and enjoys dancing. She'll dance around the pub for you if you speak with her after defeating Specter Knight.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair: along with an entirely green ensemble, right down to her eye shadow.
- Felony Misdemeanor: The reason she wants Shovel Knight to beat up Specter Knight? The latter refused show any enjoyment of her dance (and it's implied that it took effort on his part).
- Funny Afro: Sports one nearly twice the size of her own head.
- Life of the Party: She'll dance around on tables if you ask her to dance and eventually causes the other patrons to join in the festivities by clapping along to her song.
A frog-man who will regale Shovel Knight with a wide variety of puns.
- Pungeon Master: Every one of his lines is a pun-base joke based on some character in the game. There's even an achievement for listening to every one of his puns.
A really bored woman who is holed up to the left of the juice bar. You can pay her 100 gold to play a mini-game where you hit flasks at targets. She plays a bigger role in Plague of Shadows, where it's revealed that she's Plague Knight's accomplice and love interest.
- Adorkable: Plague Knight unexpectedly dropping in on her reveals that she likes to turn on some tunes and dance the day away when she's alone. In her flustered state after being found out, she admits that she does this all the time.
- During the end of Specter of Torment she and Plague Knight are seen tearing down their lab to set it up below town for Plague of Shadows. A chain they're both tugging on gets loose and pulls Plague Knight up to her eye level, faces barely inches from one another, looking each other in the eyes. Both of their reactions is to shyly turn away and fidget.
- Ascended Extra: She plays a bigger role in Plague of Shadows and even gets a new portrait.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Her skin is green.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Deliver a series of very sharp ones directed at Plague Knight as their journey is coming to an end:Mona: Let me ask you something, Plague Knight. Where do I fit, in your big plans? Are we partners? Are we more?Plague Knight: W-wait... I... I... I...Mona: This whole time, I though we were in this together... Was I just a tool to you?
- A Sinister Clue: Mona is shown snapping her fingers and writing with her left hand in Shovel of Hope, inferring she is left-handed, which is also supported by her artwork. She's also an alchemist and partner of the infamous Plague Knight, neither which are very well accepted (although most aren't aware of either).
- The Dragon: She becomes this to Plague Knight in Plague of Shadows, where she assists him in his research and develops new equipment for him against payment.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's usually really bored, but if you manage to score high enough, she'll be impressed.
- Hidden Depths: While she claims to be a "really bored woman" in Shovel Knight's story, Plague Knight's story reveals that she's secretly Plague Knight's partner in crime, complete with having a secret lab beneath her room (of which Plague Knight heavily takes advantage of), implying how she acts in Shovel of Hope is just a ploy and her actual personality is quite lively, especially when it comes to alchemy. Also, very fond of dancing when she's alone (or thinks she is) and is really quite good at it.
- Hot Witch: She has some shades of this, with the green skin, dark attire, and knack for conjuration and potioneering.
- Mad Scientist: While she's more calmer compared to Plague Knight, the fact she does has what appears to be a laughing fit whenever you purchase equipment or do research can't be overlooked.
- Meaningful Name: Knowing her occupation, her name may be a reference to the Monas Hieroglyphica, an alchemical symbol created to represent the planetary metal glyphs.
- Mini-Game: She has one where you can hit the targets with your shovel.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: While Mona isn't necessarily pretending stupid, her dialogue in Shovel of Hope and a few comments by others imply most people see her as constantly bored and apathetic, so it accomplishes the same goal, which in her case is hiding the fact she's secretly a very competent practitioner of alchemy hiding an entire secret lab underneath the village working for an Order of No Quarter Member.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's one of the taller NPCs in the game, and Plague of Shadows shows that she's also quite shapely. No wonder Plague Knight has a crush on her.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: When standing up at her full height, she's at least One Head Taller than Plague Knight, as he only roughly reaches her waist. They're also the Official Couple of Plague of Shadows
- Twice Shy: She's in love with Plague Knight. He's in love with her. Neither of them is particularly good at hiding it, either, but somehow the other is utterly clueless. It takes the forming of the Ultimate Potion and the creation of some horrendous Plague Knight-looking abomination to get them to finally be square with each other on the matter.
A horse-man who serves as one of Plague Knight's colleagues, he mechanically fills the Bard's payment role in the Plague of Shadows expansion (actually listening to the music is handled by another NPC). He also fancies himself something of a love guru, but his advice is terrible.
- Ascended Extra: More so than even Mona (who had a minigame attached to her in Shovel Knight's campaign), Percy was actually in Shovel Knight's story as an unnamed NPC fanboying over the catapult on top of the Aerial Anvil. Plague of Shadows gave him a degree of story prominence, a portrait and a better animated sprite.
- The Ditz: Percy is a bit thick, which is best demonstrated by his inability to recognize sheet music. He is also a terrible shot with the catapult. Plague Knight often makes fun of his intelligence, or rather lack there of, under his breath.
- Though that being said, after Mona disappears for the rest of the game after meeting with the Black Knight, Percy takes over the position and does just as good a job. Of course, he does mention that Mona left very thorough notes, so he's probably just following directions.
- On that note though, he is somehow able to create the Pandemonium Chalice if you do indeed collect all the Cipher Coins despite Mona saying it probably wouldn't work.
A strange creature that resides in the Potionarium. He is essentially a living music instrument, and is able to read and perform the "useless" pieces of paper Percy throws away.
- Affectionate Nickname: He holds Plague Knight in high regard and calls him "Doctor Knight".
- Iron Butt Monkey: It's possible for Plague Knight to force feed him his explosive potions and make him regurgitate the potions effects with visible discomfort on his part. Not only does the game encourage this by giving you a music sheet the first time you do this, there's even an achievement for feeding him every type of potion.
- You No Take Candle: He has a rather strange manner of speaking, frequently getting grammar wrong and occasionally talking in pluralses.
Donovan’s partner in the flashback sequences of Specter of Torment. He and Donovan went to the Tower of Fate after hearing rumors of an amulet with the power over life and death that hid there. It turns out the reason they’re after the amulet is because Luan wants to use it to protect his son, Reize.
- Canon Immigrant: An interesting variation, in the case that Reize's universal backstory establishes that Luan had already existed prior to Shovel Knight, meaning he was reworked to fit the game's universe.
- Death by Irony: Donovan, the very person he'd assigned to protect his son, Reize, is ultimately a factor that plays a part in getting Luan himself killed.
- Generation Xerox: In The Stinger of Specter of Torment, it’s said that his son Reize is just like him when he was younger. Luan knows this, and it’s exactly why he wants Donovan to watch over Reize in case he passes away before his time.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He went to the Tower of Fate to find an amulet to protect his son. When he starts having second thoughts about taking the amulet, he ends up being mortally wounded by his closest friend.
- Posthumous Character: He’s dead before the main story begins.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Donovan’s red. Ironic, considering Luan wears red while Donovan wears blue.
A follower of the Enchantress who transports Specter Knight to each level until he's replaced by Reize.
- Back for the Finale: Returns just in time to lead Specter to the Enchantress.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: The Enchantress has him sent to the dungeon after Reize takes over the mirror. Once he returns, he says that he likely would've starved had it not been for Black Knight's unexpected raid on the Tower of Fate.
- Creepy Child: You would expect this from the assistant of an undead knight, but he's actually a nice kid.
- The Dragon: Specter Knight's assistant.
- Heel–Face Turn: During the epilogue, he's transformed into the Troupple Acolyte from Shovel of Hope.
- Undying Loyalty: To Specter Knight. It's telling when he comes back from the dungeon, it's him that the acolyte is loyal to, rather than the Enchantress. Though the torture might have had something to do with it.
A red skeleton hanging around the Tower of Fate. In exchange for the red skulls you find scattered around the Valley, he'll sell Specter Knight some of his Curios.
- Dungeon Shop: One wonders how he expects many potential skull-hunters in the Tower of Fate.
- I Will Find You: The whole reason he's searching for red skulls is because he lost his lady love a long time ago. By the time we meet him, he's amassed an incredible collection. Specter Knight can, and if you're anywhere near thorough will, find her skull, but it's not until you buy all of Red's curios that he finally looks at her skull and realizes it's her.
- Latin Lover: His clothing and the Mexican folk dance he performs when reunited with his lover evoke this.
- Meaningful Name: They don't get more descriptive than this.
- Odd Friendship: He and Specter Knight get along surprisingly well, given that he's a jovial romantic, while Specter Knight is a cynical, hardened warrior. Upon getting all Red Skulls and giving them to him, allowing you to access the Donovan Set and Caltrop subweapons, Specter Knight sincerely thanks him, and Red in turn shows concern over Specter Knight's possible thoughts of insubordination toward the Enchantress.
One of the denizens of the Tower of Fate, who summons any Will/Darkness wisps Specter Knight missed.
Legion & Manny
A pair of weird beings that appear to be made up of small, black bug-things inhabiting old robes and teddy bear masks. After Specter Knight pays them enough tribute, they will sell him upgrades: Manny upgrades your cloak, and Legion upgrades your curios.
A suit of Animated Armor that sits in the Endless Parapet, a secret area of the Tower. If you find him, he'll host a climbing minigame for you.
- The Artifact: In-Universe; he was here before the Enchantress began her reign, and none of her forces really bother him.
- Rise to the Challenge: His minigame is basically scaling the platforms to see how high you can get while avoiding the electric barrier rising from below.
- Spear Counterpart: Gameplay-wise, Horace is pretty much the Specter of Torment equivalent to Mona in Shovel of Hope.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: He briefly mocks Shovel Knight for his Weapon of Choice, but comes around to considering him worthy of praise after being defeated, gives him a prize, and very calmly leaves afterward.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: Defeating him rewards you with the Chaos Armor, which turns Shovel Knight's normal attacks into 3-hit combos with increased reach and gives him the ability to float in air when performing one while jumping, much like Kratos. His shovel drop also causes him to stop in midair and pierces straight through dirt blocks without bouncing off. It also causes health and magic pickups turn into green and blue orbs that home automatically into Shovel Knight and defeating an enemy or dealing damage to a boss may cause a red orb to appear, which makes Shovel Knight's next attack fire out a fireball that goes through enemies and scenery.
- Guest Fighter: From God of War.
- Lighter and Softer: Unsurprisingly, given Shovel Knight's setting, he doesn't engage in the same carnage as he does in his home series.
- Sequential Boss: Once he gets low on health, he goes into Rage of Sparta, getting a full health refill and starts throwing bits of the arena at you. Once you deplete his health in that mode, the arena crumbles completely and you have to fight him on a series of falling platforms.
- Stop Poking Me!: A subdued version, which is ironic considering who's at the receiving end of it: when he's starting to leave after the battle, he'll pull a hood over his head and start walking away slowly. Hitting him with the shovel causes his hood to fall off, causing him to stop, pull it back up and continue walking slightly faster. You can keep repeating this to make him walk faster and faster until he finally leaves the screen.
- Worthy Opponent: Acknowledges you as one for defeating him armed only with a shovel.
Rash, Zitz, and Pimple
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: Defeating them rewards you with the Toad Armor, which allows Shovel Knight to sprint, deliver rapid-fire strikes, and increase the size of his shovel when doing a downward strike.
- Graceful Loser: If they are defeated, they name Shovel Knight an honorary battle toad, give him armor to match, and even invite him to get in on an Ass Kicking Pose.
- Guest Fighter: From Battletoads.
- Mascot with Attitude: All of them, but especially Rash.
- Sequential Boss: They are fought in multiple stages, with the first two representing levels of Battletoads (including the infamous speeder bike section).
- Shapeshifter Weapon: The Toads can transform their bodies to attack, turning into weights and making their fists and feet gigantic.
- Stock Animal Diet: As toads, they naturally enjoy eating bugs. In fact, before the encounter, they were just looking for a place to get a burger and flies. And after the encounter, they invite Shovel Knight to join them for some grub.
- Unexpected Gameplay Change: The second stage of their boss battle involves hoverbikes.