— Sir Percival, Sonic and the Black Knight
Sir Percival (パーシヴァル Pāshivaru?) is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. She is an anthropomorphic cat and the alternate reality doppelgänger of Blaze the Cat from the world of Camelot. She is the only female member of the Knights of the Round Table, and is known as the Knight of the Grail. She wields the legendary sacred sword Laevatein.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 History
- 3 Personality
- 4 Powers and abilities
- 5 Relationships
- 6 In other media
- 7 Real world background
- 8 Quotes
- 9 Theme songs
- 10 Trivia
- 11 References
Percival is essentially a doppelganger of her mainstream counterpart and is so identical to her in anatomy. For attire, she wears a silver metal frame on her face that has an adjustable visor covering her eyes. On the top of the aforementioned visor, around the forehead, there is a oval turquoise jewel embedded in it. She also has silver armor plating covering the back of her ears, and wears a golden hairband with a piece of silver armor plating attached that runs slightly down the back of her head. In terms of regular attire, she wears a violet shirt and white leggings. She also wears torso armor in the shape of a tailcoat over her shirt. This piece of armor has a golden collar, short shoulder plates, and golden edges along its lower flaps. Notably, Percival also wears additional metal bands around her right arm. Also, on her hands she wears metallic bright silver gloves with widespread cuffs that narrow in around the middle and turquoise gens embedded in the top of said cuffs. Lastly, she wears high-heeled bright silver shoes made of metal, with hot pink toes and heels and silver armor plating extending up her lower legs.
As Arthur got bewitched by the scabbard of Excalibur and became the tyrannical Black Knight, Percival, being honor bound to serve her king, remained by Arthur's side as his loyal servant.
Sonic and the Black Knight
In Sonic and the Black Knight, Percival, along with Sir Lancelot and Sir Gawain, met up with the corrupted King Arthur after Merlina the Wizard and Sonic the Hedgehog escaped him. Ordered by Arthur to go after Sonic and Merlina and slay them on sight, Percival accepted the order she was given. When Gawain expressed reservations about their assignment though, Percival reminded him that they were nothing if they had no loyalty to their king, although she recognized the change in Arthur and his kingdom.
A couple of days later, Perival was in Molten Mine when she found herself confronted by Sonic and Caliburn. Introducing herself formally to Sonic, Percival asked Sonic to state his name and his master. After Sonic told her his name and that he had no master but the wind, Percival dubbed him the "Knight of the Wind" and proceeded to duel him. In the end, Percival lost to Sonic, who forced her to onto a precipice above a lava lake. As Percival admitted defeat, she lost her footing and fell towards the lava lake. However, Sonic managed to catch her and halt their fall by digging Caliburn into the rock wall. Confused, Percival asked Sonic why he saved her, to which Sonic replied that whim was his other master. Blushing slightly when Caliburn told them to "save the hugs and kisses for later", Percival saw Caliburn declare Sonic a true knight in recognition of his act of chivalry. In the aftermath, Sonic claimed Percival's Laevatein.
Not long later, Percival, Lancelot and Gawain cornered Merlina in Camelot Castle. As Merlina revealed that Arthur was but an illusion created by her grandfather, Percival demanded an explanation. When Sonic then arrived on the scene with the scabbard of Excalibur. Percival had an angry Gawain stand back. She and the others then saw Merlina take the scabbard from Sonic with the intend of using its magic to make the kingdom eternal in spite of the damage it would cause. As Merlina's magic tore the castle apart, Percival and the others fled from the area and retreated to the outskirts. Unable to do anything, Percival and her fellow Knights of the Round Table could only watch as the forces of the Underworld began consuming the kingdom. Sonic and Nimue, however, convinced Percival and the others that being a knight meant more than just serving a king and that there was still time to stop Merlina. With Nimue revealing that they could contain Merlina's influence by creating a barrier around the castle by inserting their sacred swords into barrier stones around the kingdom, Percival took Laevatein back after Sonic relinquished it and vowed to save the kingdom and its people.
Percival herself went to The Cauldron where she inserted Laevatein into the barrier stone, musing that their fate was now in Sonic's hands. Percival soon after regrouped with the others to watch Sonic confront Merlina in the Dark Hollow through Nimue's magic. As Sonic continued to perservere despite being outmatched, Percival and the others tried to convince Sonic to save himself. However, Sonic's undying determination soon awoke the long-lost light of the sacred sword. Following Nimue's advice, Percival and the other knights sent their sacred swords to Sonic, transforming him and Caliburn into Excalibur Sonic and Excalibur. With this power, Sonic defeated Merlina in her Dark Queen state and saved the kingdom. In the aftermath, following Merlina's redemption, as Caliburn revealed that he was the one who decided who was worthy to be the king of England, Percival and the other knights realized that Sonic was the true King Arthur, and bowed before him.
Like her counterpart, Percival is elegant, level-headed and noble. She possesses a refined and very formal behavior and a similar manner of speaking, having introduced herself to Sonic when they first met by telling him her name, status and master while maintaining a respectful demeanor towards Sonic despite him being her enemy at the time. While she holds a strong belief in her own swordsmanship, she is never outright arrogant or dismissive of others' skills with a sword, even offer commendations of her opponents' swordsmanship when it is due. She is also quite humble and respectful, as she would accept her defeat to Sonic with humility and grace while praising him for his performance.
While nowhere near malicious, as a Knight, Percival has no qualms about taking a life in the line of her duty as a servant to her king. She was also foreign to acts of random kindness, especially from her perceived enemies, since she would question the benevolent Sonic of why he would safe her after they just fought for their lives in a duel. She also has a slightly bashful side to herself, as she would blush after witnessing Sonic's kindness towards her while Caliburn told Sonic to "save the hugs and kisses for later."
As one of the Knights of the Round Table, Percival strongly follows the code of chivalry. As such, she is a noble, dutiful and honorable knight. She is similarly endlessly loyal towards her appointed king, whom she will show the outmost respect for; to Percival, fealty to the king is the one and true way of chivalry. In fact, even after King Arthur's corruption, Percival followed his orders without question despite having concerns about the change in his nature and would note that without loyalty to their king, the Knights of the Round Table were nothing. However, Percival's focus on her devotion to King Arthur made her forget that being a knight not only meant serving her king, but also helping those in need and standing up for what is right. It was first after Merlina's rise to power and Sonic's words of encouragement that Percival regained her full understanding of being a knight and began serving the kingdom of England and its people as a whole.
Befitting her formal personality, Percival tends to speak old English, such as "Fare thee well" and "Surely you jest!?".
Powers and abilities
Described as "strong as she is noble", Percival is one of Sonic's mightiest allies; even after Sonic had proven himself by defeating Sir Lancelot (though Lancelot was careless when facing Sonic) and Sir Gawain, Caliburn doubted that he could defeat her.
Like the other Knights of the Round Table, Percival is able to move at amazing speeds, being able to keep up with even Sir Lancelot, who is said to be as quick as Sonic; even Sonic has acknowledged her speed. She is also very acrobatic and agile, being able to perform both swordplay and tricks while in midair, and run along vertical surfaces and up walls. She also possesses sharp reflexes, enough to react precisely to incoming obstacles while running at high speed.
Like her counterpart, Percival possesses the power of pyrokinesis (which is referred to as her royal powers) which lets her create and control fire in any way she wishes. With this ability, Percival can conjure up intense flames anywhere on her body, allowing her burn her opponents with her strikes or when they touch her, or even surround herself in flames to become a twirling tornadp of fire. Additionally, she is able to channel her flames through her weapon of choice.
As a member of the Knights of the Round Table, Percival is a master of swordsmanship. In battle, she specializes in fast-paced and swift swordplay, using fast and elegant swipes and direct jabs, along with forward thrusts. Additionally, Sonic has noted her defensive swordplay is surprisingly good as well. By using her royal powers over fire in conjunction with her swordsmanship, Percival can create a befuddling style of swordplay that combines her graceful strikes with her destructive flames.
Percival exclusively wields long and double-edges rapiers which are well suited to her battle style. When using them, she can channel her flames through her weapon of choice, allowing her to launch fire bullets from the tip of her sword or create streaks of flames by swinging her sword around. Her favored weapon of choice, however, is Laevatein, one of the legendary sacred swords.
King Arthur was Percival's original king. Being honor bound to serve Arthur, Percival was fully committed to be of service to Arthur. As far as trust went, Percival put a lot of weight in her trust in him, having noted that her destiny was "inseparately linked" with her trust in her liege.
Following Arthur's fall from grace after being bewitched by the scabbard of Excalibur, Percival continued to never lever his side and serve him to the fullest of her abilities. However, while she never question the absoluteness of his orders, it did not keep her from having personal concerns about the chance in his demeanor and how it impacted his kingdom. Nonetheless, Percival would proudly state her allegiance to Arthur when she was confronted by Sonic.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Initially, Percival's relation with Sonic was only her given mission to slay him on the orders of King Arthur, but it was not until Sonic came after her sword that they met. In comparison to the other Knights of the Round Table Sonic had encountered, Percival was the only one among them that talked to Sonic with respect from the beginning. She even acknowledged Sonic, who was still considered an apprentice knight at the time, as a knight, having challenged him under the name "Sir Sonic, Knight of the Wind" to battle. Even after she lost to Sonic, Percival gracefully accepted her defeat and even went as far as praise Sonic for his performance. Her impression of Sonic further improved when he saved her life, and she would even blush when Caliburn told her and Sonic to "save the hugs and kisses for later" while he held her.
Percival would later repay Sonic's kindness by being the first member of the Knights of the Round Table to show faith in him when he showed up with Arthur's scabbard of Excalibur. Following then Merlina's rise to power, Sonic became Percival's ally after he restored her resolve to stop Merlina and gave her back Laevatein. By the time of Sonic's confrontation with Merlina, Percival had come to care about Sonic's well-being, urging him to stop resisting as he got pummeled by Merlina. When later learning that Sonic was the one true King Arthur, Percival quickly accepted him as her new king and bowed before him.
In other media
Real world background
In the Arthurian legends, Sir Percival was a male Knight of the Round Table, most famous for his involvement in the quest for the Holy Grail. He was tied to the Grail legend in the earliest Arthur stories, before later legends made Sir Galahad's role more prominent. He was the son of King Pellinore, and thus the brother of Sir Lamorak. It is also mentioned in legends that Sir Percival did not wield a sword, but an unnamed lance.
- "Without loyalty to the King, we are nothing."
- —Percival when Gawain questions King Arthur, Sonic and the Black Knight.
- "Still, the King... He has changed. And this kingdom..."
- —Percival expressing her opinion about King Arthur, Sonic and the Black Knight.
- "Impressive, O Knight of the Wind."
- —Percival while fighting Sonic, Sonic and the Black Knight.
- "Fare thee well. We, too, shall fulfill our appointed task."
- —Percival when Sonic appoints her for her part in stopping Merlina, Sonic and the Black Knight.
Percival's theme song is a segment of "Vela Nova".
- Percival is the only playable character in Adventure Mode to not use a sword when using Wall Climb; instead, she runs along the walls, only stabbing her sword into a wall to change direction or stay in place. To go down the wall, she simply falls within stabbing distance next to it.
- While in the air, Percival cannot strike directly below her.
- Percival is the only playable character in Adventure Mode to double-jump (only if there are no enemies present).
- Despite "Vela Nova" being her theme song, a different song, titled "Sir Percival... The Knight Of The Grail", is played during her encounter with Sonic.
- Percival being female is a nod to in some versions of the tale that Percival may have possibly spent some time hiding as a girl at younger ages. This may refer to old stories, where girls disguises themselves as men to join as a member of knights.
- Sonic Team (13 March 2009). Sonic and the Black Knight. Wii. Cutscene: Knight's Lesson. "Caliburn: The remaining knight, Percival, is the Knight of the Grail. She's as strong as she is noble. One mistake could be your last."
- Height chart of Sir Percival.
- Sonic Team (13 March 2009). Sonic and the Black Knight. Wii. Gallery. Vault 5. [Percival] "The only female in the Knights of the round Table. Wreathed in flames, her battle style befuddles opponents."
- "The only female member of the Knights of the Round Table, Percival, has an elegance she shares with her doppelganger, Blaze the Cat, a princess from another dimension. Using her royal powers, Percival can surround herself in flames during combat, making her one of Sonic's mightiest allies." - Sir Percival's profile on the official Sonic and the Black Knight United States webpage.
- Sonic Team (13 March 2009). Sonic and the Black Knight. Wii. Sega. Gallery. Vault 5. [Knights of the Round Table] "Lancelot is known as the strongest and Arthur's nephew Gawain as the greatest knight. Though brothers-in-arm, the two are rivals. And Sir Percival's quest is a legend in its own right."
- Sonic Team (13 March 2009). Sonic and the Black Knight. Wii. Sega. Cutscene: World Destruction.
- Sonic Team (13 March 2009). Sonic and the Black Knight. Wii. Sega. Area/level: Molten Mine. "Sonic: Oh! She's fast, I'll give her that!"
- Sonic Team (13 March 2009). Sonic and the Black Knight. Wii. Sega. Area/level: Molten Mine. "Sonic: My bad! It's just I didn't expect her defense to be so good."
- Sonic Team (13 March 2009). Sonic and the Black Knight. Wii. Gallery. Vault 1. [Percival's Weapon] "An illustration of the idea of Percival's weapon. The rapier she wields is well suited to her battle style."