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Troupple King
Troupple King Art
Type Special Merchant
Locations Troupple Pond
Who has awakened me?! Mortal! Dost thou need aid?

The Troupple King is a character of Shovel Knight who resides in the Troupple Pond. He is the leader of the troupples and treats others as mortals and himself as a god. He appears to those who seek him and carries a Troupple Chalice.

StoryEdit

Shovel of HopeEdit

In Shovel of Hope, the Troupple King can fill Shovel Knight's chalices with one of his three Ichors. He will perform a dance the first time he fills a chalice. Additionally, he will get mad at Shovel Knight if he falls into or attempt to fish in his pond.

The Troupple King's loyal follower, the Troupple Acolyte, can be found in the tavern inside the Village and sells chalices.

Plague of ShadowsEdit

In Plague of Shadows, Plague Knight uses the Troupple King's services to enchant his cloak to bestow it new powers, similarly to the Armorer improving Shovel Knight's armor at the Armor Outpost. However, he requires gold for it, recognizing the knight's villainy.

Additionally, Plague Knight can also learn how to dance when visiting the Troupple King for the first time and witnessing his dance. By holding [Down], Plague Knight will starting waltzing by himself. This can be done at anytime, except when near Mona, where Plague Knight will instead shyly tap his fingers together.

A different Troupple Acolyte can be found in the Armor outpost. She sells the chalice required to meet the Troupple King.

Specter of TormentEdit

The Troupple King appears at the end of Specter of Torment to reform the Enchantress' servant, the Dark Acolyte, into his own follower, met in the other campaigns.

DialogueEdit

Shovel of HopeEdit

When spoken to:

"Troupple King: Who has awakened me?! Mortal! Dost thou need aid?"

When speaking with the Troupple King but canceling any request:

"Troupple King: Thou wouldst be wise to waste not the Troupple King's time, mortal!"

When Shovel Knight has an empty Chalice:

"Troupple King: I sense a Troupple Chalice! I can fill it with magical Ichor. That's pronounced eye-core. Choose your Ichor wisely..."

When choosing to fill a Chalice but declining afterward:

"Troupple King: The Troupple King lives to serve! Beest thou not a stranger."

When filling a Chalice for the first time:

"Troupple King: Subjects! A new initiate joins us! The ceremony shall commence!"

After receiving Ichor(s).

"Troupple King: Fare thee well, shoveled knight! Return if thou hast need of my aid again!"

When visiting him again:

"Troupple King: Who has awakened me?! Mortal,! Dost thou need aid?"

When asking the Troupple King to dance:

"Troupple King: Ah, the ritual dance of my people, a spectacle few mortals behold. Let us begin!"

After the Troupple King finishes his dance.

"Troupple King: Dancing is sorta my thing..."

When falling into the pond:

"Troupple King: Do not sully our waters with thy filthy body! Next time, I won't be so merciful!"

When fishing in the pond:

"Troupple King: WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING, MORTAL!?"

Plague of ShadowsEdit

When first spoken to:

"Troupple King: Who has awakened me?! Mortal! Dost thou need... Wait a tic! Alchemist! News of thy villainy has reached the Troupple Pond. Begone from this sacred grotto!"
"Plague Knight: But, uh, my liege... Hee hee. I've actually come to learn to d-dance. See, I can only sorta twitch..."
"Troupple King: Enough! Disgraceful! Where is the MOTION? Where is the PASSION!? Thou needst a miracle! Wilt thou receive the gift of rhythm, humble alchemist?"

When refusing or canceling any requests:

"Troupple King: Thou wouldst be wise to waste not the Troupple King's time, mortal!"

When accepting the gift of dancing:

"Troupple King: As it happens, we are miracle workers. No one is without hope... Places, everyone!"

After finishing his dance:

"Troupple King: And that's how it's done! A true dancer holds [x] to practice! I shall grant you my Ichors, but... only for noble causes!"
"Plague Knight: Oh, uh... Hahaha, CERTAINLY! Noble is my middle name! Hee hee hee!"
"Troupple King: I still require a nominal repentance fee, for proper sanctification. Now.... choose your Ichor wisely!"

When visiting him again:

"Troupple King: Who has awakened me?! Mortal,! Dost thou need aid?"

When asking for a new cloak:

"Troupple King: I still require a nominal repentance fee, for proper sanctification. Now.... choose your Ichor wisely!"

Whenever Plague Knight changes cloak:

"Plague Knight: YUCK!"
"Troupple King: Keep thy beak clean, oh plagued one! Return if thou hast further need of my blessings!"

When asking again for the dance:

"Troupple King: A refresher, eh? Thy footwork grows stale? Very wall, then - Let us BUST A MOVE!"

When bringing the Pandemonium Chalice to the Troupple King:

"Troupple King: Mortal! A PANDEMONIUM CHALICE!? Impossible! I thought they'd all been destroyed long ago. Allow me to gaze into its swirling vortex... and hold still for a moment as I grant you new power! *HRP*"

When fishing in the pond:

"Troupple King: WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING, MORTAL?"

When falling into the pond:

"Troupple King: Do not sully our waters with thy filthy body! Next time, I won't be so merciful!"

TriviaEdit

  • Troupple King has two different dances, one for Shovel Knight and the other for Plague Knight. Both can be replayed with the music sheet found in the pond.
  • A cheat code will let Troupple King perform the first dance with a different music, however this music is not available as a music sheet or on Sound Test Mode.
  • The dance unlocked by the Troupple King for Plague Knight is similar in concept to Shovel Knight's Toad Gear's cool pose and Specter Knight's Cold Shoulder.
  • The developers designed a Body Swap version for the Troupple King, although only the main cast of Shovel of Hope had one added to the campaign.
  • In Shovel Knight's guest appearance in Blade Strangers, the Troupple King makes a cameo appearance in one of Shovel Knight's Ultra Skills, where he rides on a wave of water to damage the opponent.

GalleryEdit

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