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Baz
Zubaz
Theme Fighting With All of Our Might
Weapon Rope and Lightning
The Great BAZ KNIGHT! I Like the sound of THAT!

Baz is one of the Wandering Travelers in the world of Shovel Knight. Baz was created by Matt and Woolie of the Best Friends Zaibatsu as Directors for a Day.[1]

Official BioEdit

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"?

PersonalityEdit

Baz is a man with a mission: to prove himself strong and be recognized by his strength. His iron will is second to none; his dream is to join the The Order, even though he has no clear reason to do so other than status. He is quite loud and often obnoxious, being a bit clueless. Despite trying his hardest to look cool, the Baz gets emotional over the slightest things. He breaks down and bawls like a baby after his defeat in Shovel of Hope, while in Specter of Torment he leaves the tower in a fit of rage after being rejected by his idols, the Order of No Quarter.

StoryEdit

Shovel of HopeEdit

When Shovel Knight encounters Baz in Shovel of Hope, he is still fuming from being rejected by the Order of No Quarter. He expresses the belief that if he defeats Shovel Knight he will be a Knight and thus he can join the Order. After being defeated he breaks down crying that he will never be able to join the Order.

Baz also appears in the Mysterious Area after the exclusive Battletoads fight. He expresses an admiration of the Battletoads and their look, and wish to be taught by them. Reize however believes Baz is already the greatest and asks him to be his teacher. Baz will also occasionally join the Battletoads and Shovel Knight to strike cool poses.

During the credits, Baz is seen with the other Wandering Travelers fighting off a group of Liquid Samurai.

Plague of ShadowsEdit

Baz fights Plague Knight in Plague of Shadows to prove his intellect, because according to him, if you defeat a scientist you become one. After his defeat, Baz can be hired by Plague Knight to work in his underground lair. If hired, he will dress as a Plague Minion, and from then on he can be seen inside the lair, where he will give off some humorous dialogue whenever spoken to. He proves his use if Plague Knight talks to him in the lair with less than the maximum amount of Health Tonics; Baz will give him the maximum Tonics for free, claiming he snatched some from the Magicist while she wasn't looking.

Specter of TormentEdit

When Specter Knight is about to leave the Tower of Fate on his eighth of nine recruitment missions in Specter of Torment, Baz will crash in through the left window. He asks if he's late to the knight meeting and expresses that he wants the power of lightning. However, both Specter Knight and Reize are quick to dismiss the unwelcome visitor. Shot down immediately, Baz was deeply hurt by the two's complete disinterest before leaping away. Specter Knight then makes a humorous remark about the Tower of Fate needing bars on its windows, nodding the fact that Reize crashed through the right window previously.

DialogueEdit

Shovel of HopeEdit

Before the fight:

"Baz: ARRRRGGGGGHH! I can't believe this!"
"Shovel Knight: Trouble, friend? Have you lost your way?"
"Baz: Bought the BEST GEAR, the SLICKEST ARMOR, the STRONGEST ROPE..."
"Shovel Knight: Er... pardon? Are you in need of help?"
"Baz: Those stuck-up Order of No Quarter clowns have NO IDEA what they're missing! Hey! YOU look like a knight!"
"Shovel Knight: Shovel Knight, at your service. But I'm not in league w--"
"Baz: So I heard if you BEAT a KNIGHT, you get to take their title. Right?"
"Shovel Knight: Please, don't do something you'll regret, I don't want t--"
"Baz: The Great BAZ KNIGHT! Like the sound of THAT! They'll have NO CHOICE but to accept me NOW! Come on, let's DO THIS!!"

After defeating Baz:

"Baz: No way! Not even my best moves could faze you!"
"Shovel Knight: Well fought. If you can accept defeat like a true knight, you'll always have your dignity."
"Baz: Now they'll never let me into the Order! Never ever ever! WAHHHHHHHHH!"

At the Mysterious Area:

"Baz: Whoa, these guys are packin' MAXIMUM ATTITUDE! The spikes, the outfits! EXTREME!! Please, teach the Baz!!"

Plague of ShadowsEdit

Before the fight:

"Plague Knight: Ah, Polar Knight! I had some business I had to... No, wait, never mind, it's ... just a commoner!"
"Baz: Ugh! FORGET THE STUPID ORDER OF NO QUARTER! Maybe I just need a new ANGLE... something where I can show off my BIG HUGE BRAIN! HEY YOU,, you're a scientist, right? YOU SURE LOOK LIKE ONE. So if I beat you in a fight, then I'LL become a scientist!"
"Plague Knight: Heh, uh, I have absolutely no idea what you're going on about."
"Baz: HAHAHA! I see my natural science talents are already messing with your mind! CHECK OUT THIS STRING THEORY!"

After defeating Baz:

"Plague Knight: Hee hee... looks like the only thing you should be hitting is the books!"
"Baz: *SNIFF*...That's one more loss for the Baz. I guess I'll just stay here, since I ain't no good at nothin'..."

If talked to:

"Baz: I didn't ever wanna hurt nobody... that much... I just wanted to fit in somewhere. But you wouldn't know what that's like... ... ...would you?"

Leaving Baz alone:

"Baz: Yeah, that's what I thought. Just lemme mope here."

If recruiting Baz:

"Plague Knight: Hee hee! I know somewhere you'd fit RIGHT IN! But you'd have to observe protocol! There's a uniform!"
"Baz: NO WAY?! Are you for real? OK! LET'S DO THIS! I promise, I'll polish every beaker! Or am I thinking of flasks? Whatever, LET'S SCRUB DOWN!!!"

When clothed up as a minion:

"Baz: Oh man! I look AWESOME! You won't regret this! See ya back at the lab, teach!"

In the Potionarium, without max Health Tonics:

"Baz: Hey boss. I swiped these potions from the Magicist when she wasn't looking. You shouldn't have to pay for these! right? Here, take 'em!"

When talked to at the Potionarium:

"Baz: Man...this science stuff is REALLY hard. And these minions... they're sorta not the sharpest tools in the shed."
"Plague Knight: (Hee hee, I did say he would fit in perfectly!)"
"Baz: I looked at every book here... but I still can't figure out how I'm able to shoot lightning. I guess not even Science can explain the Baz!"
"Plague Knight: (Hmm... Learning requires that you read books, not just look at them.)"
"Baz: The more I learn about physics, the more I realize how dangerous it was to swing around that rope! I could have really gotten hurt!"
"Baz: Watch out for that Shovel Knight guy! I coulda whipped him pretty good, but the Baz is merciful."
"Baz: Check out all of these nerds! HAHAHAHA"

Specter of TormentEdit

After completing seven stages:

"Baz: YEAAHHH!!! Am I late? Is this the knight meeting? Do we get to pick our awesome powers? I want...LIGHTNING!"
"Specter Knight: ..."
"Reize: ..."
"Baz: OH, COME ON!!! Wait! Did you see my righteous whip? CAN I HAVE A HELMET? I'm a size...ha ha...LAAAARGE!"
"Reize: ..."
"Specter Knight: ...Out. Now!"
"Baz: But..."
"Reize: Yeah, get lost!"
"Baz: But...But....But...I had my entrance moves planned, and everything. It was so COOOL!...Ya' know, for an order of evil knights, you guys are REALLY MEAN! I just wanted to be the THE MAIN EVENT! You haven't seen the last of THE BAZ!!"

After Baz leaves:

"Specter Knight: We should really get some bars for the windows."

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Baz"s sprite model is named "Zubaz".
  • Baz is based off of "Zubaz", a cancelled character from the Street Fighter franchise. He was made popular after appearing in the internet show Fighterpedia, a program created by Matt and Woolie of Two Best Friends Play. The character "Zubaz" has also made appearances in several other indie games, one of which being Divekick where he uses the same whip swinging technique.
  • As Shovel Knight, in addition to the money you get from beating Baz, you can hit him again with the Shovel Blade, which will grant you more gold, and, humorously, make Baz cry even harder.
  • In Plague of Shadows, if you recruit Baz, you can see him still wearing the Plague Minion's oufit in the credits, but it was later changed at some point for unknown reasons or a bug that he would always wear the suit even if you didn't recruit him.
  • The developers had concept art for a Body Swap version for Baz, although only the main cast of Shovel of Hope had Body Swap added to the campaign.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Update: Almost there! and Director for a Day reveals! on the Kickstarter pages of Shovel Knight
Shovel of Hope Characters
Main Characters: Shovel KnightShield KnightBlack KnightThe Enchantress
The Order of No Quarter: King KnightSpecter KnightPlague KnightTreasure KnightMole KnightTinker KnightPolar KnightPropeller Knight
The Wandering Travelers: Reize SeatlanBazMr. HatPhantom Striker
Guest Characters: KratosBattletoadsMadame Meeber
Village: BardGoaticianGastronomerMagicistJuice MaidDancerDeposed KingGrandma SwampMonaCroakerChesterTroupple AcolyteHoop KidHedge FarmerWater CarrierGrizzled Seer
Armor Outpost: WallaceFishermanToaderMary SweetsLeoPeacock GentDollyArmorerShovel SmithYopplerAirship Enthusiast????
Hall of Champions: TicketerCultured FellowPatron
Other Characters: Troupple KingTroupple
Plague of Shadows Characters
Main Characters: Plague KnightMonaBlack KnightShovel KnightThe Enchantress
The Order of No Quarter: King KnightSpecter KnightTreasure KnightMole KnightTinker KnightPolar KnightPropeller Knight
The Wandering Travelers: Shovel KnightReize SeatlanBazMr. HatPhantom Striker
Guest Characters: Madame Meeber
Potionarium: MagicistHedge PupilMail MinionPercyOolong
Armor Outpost: ChesterTroupple AcolyteLeoPeacock GentDollyAirship Enthusiast
Hall of Champions: Head GuardCultured FellowPatron
Other Characters: Troupple KingTroupplePlague of ShadowsCorrupted Essence
Specter of Torment Characters
Main Characters: Specter KnightShield KnightLuanReize SeatlanThe Enchantress
Order Recruits: Black KnightKing KnightPhantom StrikerPlague KnightTreasure KnightMole KnightTinker KnightPolar KnightPropeller Knight
Guest Characters: Madame Meeber
Tower of Fate: RedMannyMissyDark AcolyteCreechLegionScrying GlassEdge FarmerHoraceScarletDancerGall
Other Characters: Baz