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Black Knight (Monty Python)

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It's just a flesh wound.
~ The Black Knight's most famous line in response to his missing limbs.
None shall pass!
~ The Black Knight to King Arthur of Britain
I move for no Man!
~ The Black Knight

The Black Knight is an antagonist in the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail who challenges and kills passerby in duels. As his name suggests, he is a knight clad in black who guards a tiny bridge for unknown reasons.


After King Arthur witnessed the Black Knight's triumph over a green one, the King of the Britons offers him role as his knight. After being denied in silence as well as being denied passage, Arthur must fight the Black Knight, but after a short battle, the bridge guardian's left arm is severed.


The Black Knight... or what's left of him.

However, even at this, the Black Knight refuses to stand aside, insisting "'Tis but a scratch; I've had worse," and fights on. Next his right arm, which had been holding his sword, is also removed, but he still does not concede. As the knight is literally disarmed, Arthur assumes the fight is over and kneels to offer a prayer to God as thanks for his victory. The Black Knight interrupts Arthur's prayer by kicking him in the side of the head and accusing him of cowardice; when Arthur points out his injuries, he insists "it's just a flesh wound!" In response to the continued kicks and insults, Arthur chops off one of the Black Knight's legs. At this point, Arthur is extremely annoyed at the sable-armored warrior's persistence, and angrily asks the amputee if he is going to bleed on him. The knight replies by proclaiming that he is invincible, to which the Arthur replies that he is a loony. Arthur finally cuts off the other leg. As Arthur puts his sword away, he offers to "call it a draw", summons Patsy and rides away, leaving the amputated villain to scream threats at him ("Oh I see; running away, eh? You yellow bastard! Come back here and take what's coming to you! I'll bite your legs off!"), whereupon the scene fades out.

While the Black Knight may have proved skilled in other battles such as his skirmish with the Green Knight, he was simply out skilled when dealing with King Arthur. But, nevertheless, nigh-unstoppable in sheer determination, few villains have been as steadfast in their goals as this man, surviving wounds that would kill an ordinary man. But this fearless knight did all in his somewhat limited power to make good on his promise that "none shall pass."


Reception listed Black Knight as #4 on their "Top 10 Monty Python Characters" list.


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Monty Python-The Black Knight

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