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Recap / The Adventures Of Puss In Boots S 01 E 10 Sword

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A magical sword called the Goodsword arrives in San Lorenzo, stating it may only be wielded by the true hero of San Lorenzo. Puss of course, assumes he is the hero, but lets everyone else try first, only to be surprised when the sword chooses Dulcinea.

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  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The Goodsword blames the Scimitar for making the Thriffith evil as well as for preexisting personality traits the Goodsword found annoying.
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  • Artifact of Doom: The Scimitar, an evil blade that corrupts whoever wields it and drives them to feed it the blood of the slain.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The Goodsword chose Dulcinea because it thought she would be too kind-hearted to kill someone. It underestimated the lengths she would to in order to protect her city.
  • BFS: The Goodsword is a human's longsword, making it absolutely massive relative to a cat like Dulcinea.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Puss teaches Dulcinea capoferro, a parrying technique. They then use capoferro together in order to disarm the Thriffith and free him from the Scimitar's control.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Dulcinea isn't quite used to having Super Strength and does things like launching Puss away when she only meant to parry his sword, and ripping a book in half while trying to read it.
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  • Easy Come, Easy Go: The Goodsword is returned to the Thriffith in the end, and Dulcinea's powers go along with it.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: The evil Scimitar has a raspy voice when it speaks.
  • Face–Heel Turn: The bad Scimitar turned the Thriffith against his original sword.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • While Dulcinea is only chosen to be the Goodsword's Chosen One because he thinks she's too soft to kill, Dulcinea will eventually be revealed to be The Chosen One for real.
    • Puss learning he doesn't have to be overshadowed by Dulcinea and the two can in fact be a Battle Couple together will happen again as Dulcinea naturally becomes stronger later in the series.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: The Goodsword is metallic and blue, the Scimitar is black and red. The Thriffith dressed to match Goodsword before switching out to an outfit that matches the Scimitar after becoming corrupted by it.
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  • Knight of Cerebus: When the Thriffith appears on screen, the comedy level of the series drops through the floor.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: The Goodsword does the whole sword in the stone routine to find its chosen wielder.
  • Reality Ensues: "Pure of Heart" does not translate to "Willing to fight" or "Skill in combat."
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The Thriffith and his evil Scimitar have a blood-red and black color scheme going for them.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When the Thriffith wields the Scimitar, his eyes glow red. Puss's eyes do the same when it tries to control him, but Puss is able to resist long enough to seal the Scimitar away.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Scimitar is forcibly sheathed in the stone the Goodsword arrived in town with, and locked with San Lorenzo's treasure.
  • Sinister Scimitar: The Thriffith wields a cursed Scimitar that corrupted him into becoming evil.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: The Goodsword's only plan was to fight with but not kill the Thriffith as a means to spend more time with him. Dulcinea points out that getting rid of the Scimitar instead would be a better plan.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Dulcinea gets super strength from the Goodsword, which combined with training from Puss, makes her a force to be reckoned with. Future episodes will show even though she loses a lot of levels giving up the Goodsword, all that training in sword fighting still puts her at a net gain.
  • Upgrade Artifact: Although The Goodsword only gives Dulcinea Super Strength; actual swordfighting techniques have to be taught to her by Puss.
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