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A one-shot comic that serves as both a prequel to MediEvil and sequel to MediEvil 2, released to coincide with the 2019 PlayStation 4 remake.

After the events of MediEvil 2, Sir Daniel Fortesque travels back in time, encountering his original, living self and (re)experiencing the events leading up to the legendary battle in which he first lost his life. He must work with some old friends and battle some old foes if he is to save his kingdom and seal his status as the Hero of Gallowmere.

MediEvil: Fate's Arrow contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Alternate Self: Thanks to Sir Dan altering history with a Stable Time Loop and swapping bodies, "Captain Fortesque" becomes a wholly seperate person from Dan that 'survives' to the modern day, with the distinction of having never participated in the Battle for Gallowmere or undergone any of his famous Character Development. Based on his choice of words during the modern-day Framing Device, Captain Fortesque is none too pleased with how his life and heroic history were effectively stolen from him.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's left vague whether or not the Dan telling Professor Darrow the story is the original Sir Dan or his body-swapped past self. Chris Sorrell has stated that Sir Dan's actions have created a Stable Time Loop, leaning towards the latter.
  • Agony of the Feet: As part of some Eye of Newt for the body-swapping potion, Captain Fortesque has one of his big toes bitten off by Lupo and spit into the cauldron. Fortunately, being hypnotized by the fairies at the time seems to have numbed his sense of pain.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Captain Fortesque is introduced scolding his dog, Lupo, before giving the poor thing a kick to the rump.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: After the King informs him that an army of five-thousand undead monsters are due to attack Gallowmere Castle in a day, and that Zarok supposedly can do nothing to help, Captain Fortesque meekly excuses himself to change his britches because he's "so very sweaty from drilling (the troops)".
  • Electronic Eyes: A magical version in the form of an Egyptian artifact is left in Princess Kyia's tomb as a romantic gift for Sir Dan, apparently intended as a replacement for the eye he famously lost in the Battle for Gallowmere. In the modern day, the eye is being worn by Dan's skeleton, though with the implication that the past Captain Fortesque is the one who took the eye for himself.
  • Evil Counterpart: The living Captain Fortesque, with none of his skeletal self's noble qualities or character development, is shown to be a such a pompous jerkass that the future Sir Dan almost doesn't recognize him. With history altered, Captain Fortesque becomes a fully fledged Alternate Self of Sir Dan; still a skeleton thanks to a "Freaky Friday" Flip, but without having participated in the Battle of Gallowmere or any of Dan's following adventures. It's heavily implied that the unfair circumstances and intervening centuries have further warped the Captain into a resentful doppelganger plotting revenge against the original Sir Dan.
  • Canine Companion: Sir Dan is revealed to have once owned a dog named Lupo, though he doesn't treat him very well. Turns out that he's also a werewolf-dog, somehow, and he comes to the rescue of Sir Dan the skeleton after the fairies tame him with their magic.
  • Didn't Think This Through: To preserve the flow of history, Sir Dan helps make a potion to swap bodies with his past self during the events of the Battle of Gallowmere. It's only once they have all the ingredients and are in the midst of brewing it that they realize Dan, as a skeleton, can't actually drink the potion; they quickly adapt by making it into an ointment.
  • Foreshadowing: The masked man speaking to Professor Darrow claims to have been following her studies on the history of Sir Daniel for some time, and says that "it has taught (him) a great deal". An early hint that the stranger is not truly Sir Dan, but Captain Fortesque brushing up on "his" legendary exploits after the fact.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: To preserve the flow of history, Sir Dan swaps bodies with his past self, dying in the latter's body just as he had originally.
  • Hero of Another Story: Kiya ended up back in ancient Egypt after her and Dan's separation, where she defeated a warlock bent on summoning Anubis before having her high priest return her to her eternal rest. Dan only finds this out upon returning to her tomb and finding a letter in her sarcophagus.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: In the present day, Captain Fortesque seems to be inhabiting Sir Dan's original skeleton, but has augmented it by inserting Princess Kiya's tomb gift — a magical golden eye — into the empty left socket, giving the familiar skull an unusually sinister aspect as Fortesque glares toward the camera.
  • I Hate Past Me: When Dan first sees his past self, a cowardly, overly pampered Spoiled Brat, it takes him a few minutes to recognize him, much to his disbelief and disgust.
  • Narrator All Along: The framing story features a man in bandages and sunglasses talking to Professor Darrow, an archaeologist in present day Cambridge who has devoted her life to studying Sir Dan, and detailing his ultimate fate after the events of MediEvil 2. At the end of the story, Darrow finds the man's story incredible and asks him how he could possibly know what he knows; he replies, "Because I was there", and reveals himself to be none other than Dan, most likely the past version of Dan stuck against his will in the original's skeletal body.
  • Revision: The comic expands upon Dan's Fake Ultimate Hero status and explains why and how he became captain of the guard in Gallowmere; Zarok hypnotized King Peregrin into recruiting him, knowing that Dan was incompetent and would doom the king's army.
  • Stable Time Loop: According to Chris Sorrell, in swapping bodies with his past self and dying at the Battle of Gallowmere once more, Dan has created one; after this, he will defeat Zarok and Palethorn across the events of both games, travel back in time, do the body swap, and sacrifice himself, and the cycle will begin anew.
  • …And That Little Girl Was Me: When Professor Darrow questions how her visitor could know such a fantastic story about Sir Dan travelling through time, he retorts that he was there himself, and reveals his face to be that of Sir Daniel Fortesque... with the implication that it is in fact a vengeful Captain Fortesque, still inhabiting Dan's original skeleton.

Alternative Title(s): Medi Evil