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The Bravest Knight is a Hulu original animated series, based on the book The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived, by Daniel Errico. It was released on June 21, 2019.

The series follows former pumpkin farmer Sir Cedric, now grown and married to Prince Andrew, the prince of his dreams, sharing with his 10-year-old adopted daughter Nia how he transformed from farmer to knight. Nia, training to become a knight herself, learns values such as honor, justice and compassion.

The Bravest Knight also boasts an All-Star Cast with stars such as TR Knight (Sir Cedric), Wilson Cruz (Prince Andrew), Storm Reid (Nia), Bobby Moynihan (Grunt), Ru Paul, Wanda Sykes, and more. Grammy nominee and activist Justin Tranter wrote and performed the theme song

The Bravest Knight provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Eyame aka The Green Leaf, who is an expert jouster and a Pint-Sized Powerhouse.
  • All Trolls Are Different: The trolls in this show live under bridges and like to trade. Unfortunately, they're also subjected to negative stereotypes by non-trolls.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Trolls come in different colors of the rainbow; for example, Grunt is purple.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Prince Andrew.
  • An Aesop: In every episode, Nia learns a lesson from one of Sir Cedric's stories:
    • "Cedric And The Troll" - Things aren't always what they seem.
    • "Cedric And The Leaf" - Never underestimate your opponents.
    • "Cedric And The Cave" - Let the tracks tell a story.
  • Animated Adaptation: Of the book, The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived.
  • Another Story for Another Time: In "Cedric And The Leaf", Cedric tells Nia that this wouldn't be the last time Eyame would be involved in the story, but then says that's another story for another day.
  • Audience Surrogate: Nia represents the show's target audience, as she is a young child who aspires to be a knight and learns life lessons along the way.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In "Cedric And The Troll", Cedric hears a princess in need of rescuing. The 'princess' lets down her very long hair, but then she turns out to be a witch, and then tosses Cedric and Grunt into a pit.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and Yeti: In "Cedric And The Cave", Cedric and Grunt find some yetis. Part of the episode involves Cedric, Grunt, and the Itty Bitty Yeti escaping from the Big Yeti. As it turns out, the Big Yeti just wanted her loincloth all along (Grunt was wearing it on his head).
  • Black Bead Eyes: All the characters have black dots for eyes.
  • Blood Knight: Nia is very eager to engage in battle and become a knight. Cedric was also like this when he was younger.
  • But Now I Must Go: At the end of "Cedric And The Cave", Cedric and Grunt have to say goodbye to the Itty Bitty Yeti, as they have to go to the Dark Castle.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: All the episode titles are structured like this.
  • Damsel in Distress: In "Cedric And The Troll", Cedric and Grunt supposedly find a princess trapped in a tower, but she turns out to be a witch, who then throws them into a pit.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Grunt is often prone to making sarcastic, comedic asides.
  • Distressed Dude: In "Cedric And The Troll", Prince Andrew pretends to be stuck in a tower so Nia can practice rescuing him.
  • Fantastic Racism: Trolls are often discriminated against and subjected to negative stereotypes.
  • Framing Device: Cedric tells the story of how he became a knight to Nia via flashbacks.
  • Gender-Blender Name: The episode "Cedric and the Fairies" introduces a male fairy named "Lucy". When Grunt comments on it being a girl's name, Lucy says names belong to people, not to genders.
  • Growling Gut: Grunt's tummy rumbles in "Cedric And The Cave".
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Cedric has blonde hair, and is very kind-hearted and eager to save people and to become a knight.
  • Happily Married: Sir Cedric and Prince Andrew.
  • Happily Adopted: Nia is the adopted child of Cedric and Andrew, who love her very much.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode is named "Cedric And The X".
  • Insistent Terminology: Aspiring knights are always called "Not-yet knights".
  • Jousting Lance: In "Cedric And The Leaf", Cedric uses Susie's poking stick with a pumpkin attached to it as a jousting lance as he competes in the jousting tournament.
  • Just a Kid: In "Cedric And The Troll", Cedric gets told that he won't able to stop the villains because he is only a kid.
  • Kid Hero: In his youth, Cedric was this, being a child as well as a not-yet-knight. Nia wants to be one as well.
  • Masculine–Feminine Gay Couple: Cedric and Andrew, with Cedric being a knight and Andrew being a regal prince.
  • Mythology Gag: In "Cedric and the Potion Maker", Nia comments that people say Cedric is "The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived". It's the title of the book this cartoon is based on.
  • Nice Guy: Cedric is a really likable guy who just wants to make the world a better place. He's also one of the first people to show kindness to trolls.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Grunt, a troll, is the sidekick of Cedric.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Eyame from "Cedric And The Leaf" uses her small size to her advantage when jousting, making her a really good jouster as a result.
  • Red Baron: Eyame is nicknamed "The Green Leaf".
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Grunt speaks in rhyme a bit when he first meets Cedric in "Cedric And The Troll".
  • Road Apples: In "Cedric And The Leaf", Grunt tells Cedric that he stepped in cow poop, much to his disgust.
  • Seen It All: In "Cedric And The Troll", when the "princess" is revealed to be a Wicked Witch, Grunt is so unfazed that he says that he's seen "wickeder".
  • Story Arc: The first season follows Cedric's quest to get Grunt his bridge back. The story is told via a Framing Device.
  • Title Drop: In "Cedric and the Potion Maker", the titular Potion Maker predicts Cedric will become the Bravest Knight.
  • Title Theme Tune: The theme song says "The Bravest Knight" a few times.
  • Toilet Humour: In "Cedric And The Leaf", Cedric steps in some cow poop.
  • The Unintelligible: In "Cedric And The Cave", the Big Yeti communicates only through roars.
  • Uptown Girl: Or rather, Uptown Guy. Cedric is a former pumpkin farmer who is married to Andrew, a prince.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: The episodes consist of flashbacks to when Cedric was a child.
  • Wicked Witch: Trula from "Cedric And The Troll" is a pretty typical example of one, though Grunt claims that he's seen wickeder.