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I'm a
rooster
, sir, and I've invested in half the town! Do as you must, but I'm unflappable!
Cooper the Airship Enthusiast, also known as the Rooster Gent,[1] is an investor and former adventurer, and a recurring character in Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. He commandeers the Glidewing and helps King Knight in King of Cards.

OverviewEdit

AppearanceEdit

Cooper appears as a bipedal white rooster with a red comb and an orange beak. In the first two campaigns, he wears an orange shirt with a brown vest and brown trousers and holds a black-red cane. In the other two, he wears instead a brown aviator vest and a red and white striped shirt along with his brown trousers.

PersonalityEdit

Cooper has a fondness for airships and always displays his admiration of them. He is also brave even in the face of danger, and takes easily offense at being confused for a chicken.

StoryEdit

Shovel of HopeEdit

In Shovel of Hope, the Airship Enthusiast can be seen at the Armor Outpost, inside the front of the Aerial Anvil with the Yoppler. He no longer owns the Glidewing but invested in the place while continuing his admiration of airships. He reappears in the ending, among the court of King Pridemoor after he regained his throne from King Knight.

As the Rooster Gent, he can be found in the Mysterious Area. He appears after the Battletoads have been defeated to comment on their futuristic airship, the Vulture. Its creator, Professor T. Bird, greets him as a response to his admiration.

Plague of ShadowsEdit

In Plague of Shadows, Cooper is the only character that does not flee when Plague Knight invades the Armor Outpost. He stands outside the Fancy Shop.

Specter of TormentEdit

In Specter of Torment, Cooper appears briefly during the ending. He rides aboard a small airship among Propeller Knight's fleet. As the fleet takes flight, he slows down when approaching the 'Edge Farmer on the Flying Machine's bridge. He throws him a rose before leaving, which impresses the hedgehog.

King of CardsEdit

In King of Cards, Cooper captains the crew of the Glidewing, his own airship, and partnered with the Bard to seek the Joustus Crown. He encounters King Knight outside the House of Joustus, where he offers him to board the Glidewing and to aid him to win the tournament.

DialogueEdit

Shovel of HopeEdit

When Shovel Knight speaks to him at the Armor Outpost:

"Airship Enthusiast: I do say, sir! Why, I haven't seen such a decadent airship since I sold mine! Hah!"

When Shovel Knight speaks to him in the Mysterious Area:

"Rooster Gent: I say! This airship rivals the Aerial Anvil... and so advanced! Who is the proprietor!?"
"Professor T. Bird: Greeting, fellow bird nerd! Ah, yes! The Vulture is my finest creation!"

Plague of ShadowsEdit

When Plague Knight speaks to him at the Armor Outpost:

"Plague Knight: Hee hee hahaha, If they're not cowards, they're chickens!"
"Airship Enthusiast: I'm a
rooster
, sir, and I've invested in half the town! Do as you must, but I'm unflappable!
"

King of CardsEdit

When King Knight first attempts to use the Rat Rope to the Glidewing or after defeating Black Knight at the House of Joustus:

"Cooper:
Yothere!
You, the pauldrons! Fancy-pants! Yes, you! My friend and I have an offer for you. We need to talk– elsewhere.
"
"King Knight: Sorry, petitioners. I am not accepting gifts from peasants, and I won't have a word of your pleasantries."
"Bard: Does the Joustus Crown ring a bell? We bid you no harm, and wish to hear your story. Please,
YouHighness?
"
"King Knight: Hmm.. finally some recognition of my status! Very well! I'll hear you out. Heave to and grab the rope!"

When King Knight speaks to him before using the Rat Rope to the Glidewing:

"Cooper: Time's a wastin', your majesty. Kindly teach us your gilded rope trick, would you?"

When King Knight first enters the Glidewing:

"King Knight: This ramshackle monstrosity seems ready to splinter to bits, but... I must say, this view of my future kingdom is quite remarkable."
"Cooper: The Glidewing is a sturdy lass! My crew of fortune-seekers depends on her, and we turn a mighty profit."
"Bard: And lately, we've had our eyes on the Joustus Crown."
"Cooper: But we need a champion who can outplay King Pridemoor... And you, my friend, certainly look the part!"
"King Knight: Oh, I assure you, the Joustus Judges will be small work for a talent such as my own."
"Cooper: Your grace, I believe we have an understanding. If we work together, the glory will be yours! First up is King Pridemoor, a bearded noble with a razor wit! We're nearing his domain– Pridemoor Keep. But, it will be a moment yet. Have a stroll around the Glidewing, and rest up. Welcome aboard!"

When King Knight speaks to him after beating a Plains level on the Glidewing:

"Cooper: We'd been scouting around the plains for Joustus players, before we met you. It's peaceful here."

When King Knight speaks to him after beating a Pridemoor Keep level on the Glidewing:

"Cooper: King Pridemoor. No surprise he's a Joustus Judge. Mind like a steel trap, a heart of gold, and a charming, to boot."

When King Knight speaks to him after beating a Lich Yard level on the Glidewing:

"Cooper: My heart pangs in these blighted ghost lands, ever since our last champion vanished here. Let's hurry through."

When King Knight speaks to him after beating a Troupple Pond level on the Glidewing:

"Cooper: See that vast thicket? It covers the Troupple Pond. The view of the ground is poor, even from our vantage point."

When King Knight speaks to him after beating a Explodatorium level on the Glidewing:

"Cooper: Plague Knight seems a bit mad. But his explosives are devastating, and his prices are fair. What can I say?"

When King Knight speaks to him after beating a Iron Whale level on the Glidewing:

"Cooper: I've always loved the sky.. But feared the sea. I shudder to think of what would happen if we crashed here."

When King Knight speaks to him after beating a Lost City level on the Glidewing:

"Cooper: The Lost City was a natural wonder, a treasure to the kingdom, before it was plundered bare by opportunists."

When King Knight speaks to him after beating a Clockwork Tower level on the Glidewing:

"Cooper: This tower is a sight to behold! Hengineer's tales did naught to prepare me for this mechanical marvel!"

When King Knight speaks to him after beating a Flying Machine level on the Glidewing:

"Cooper: The free skies are but a fading memory. Until recently, none dared claim it as their personal playground."

When King Knight speaks to him after beating a Stranded Ship level on the Glidewing:

"Cooper:
Th-The chill of this sky puts an ache in my hollow bones.
What torturous frost! I bid you h-haste, sir!
"

When King Knight speaks to him after beating a Birder Bluffs level on the Glidewing:

"Cooper: Few birds have soared higher than me, but here King Birder's lair stands, atop the billowing clouds. Astounding!"

When King Knight speaks to him after beating a Tower of Fate level on the Glidewing:

"Cooper: Do you reckon a tower as old as this is equipped with cannons? Ready yourself for anything!."

When Propeller Knight's fleet attack the Glidewing:'

"Bard:
Ahhhhhhh!
We're under attack!
"
"Cooper:
This is serious!
I know our foe all too well. The ship's on lockdown until we're rid of the enemy! Take out the intruders! I'll try to steer us out of this mess!
"

After defeating Propeller Knight:

"Doe: Thank goodness, you made it! We held her together best we could, captain, but she took a beating."
"Cooper: Propeller Knight could be back at any moment. We've got to keep an eye out."
"Doe: Got one eye open in my sleep. You'll be the fist to know."

TriviaEdit

  • Rooster Gent was the original name for this character during the development of Shovel Knight, evidenced by the name of his sprite "Rooster Gent" and his original concept art.[2]
  • Despite his change of name, the developers of Yacht Club Games still refer to the Airship Enthusiast with his old name:
    • In his cameo appearance in the Battletoads bonus stage.
    • During the "Yacht Club Presents" stream of the 8.28.19., where during the Q&A segment the developers talked about how much of a bigger role the Airship Enthusiast, first encountered during Shovel Knight's campaign, will play in King of Cards, addressing the Airship Enthusiast as Rooster Gent every single time.
    • In the blog post detailing the creation of Shovel Knight's dance button.[3]
    • In the 5th anniversary blog post of Shovel Knight.[4]
  • His name in King of Cards may be a pun on where roosters and chickens are usually kept in farms, chicken coops.

Gallery Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. AMA Reddit post by Woz
  2. Shovel Knight: Official Design Works, p.59
  3. Dance! The Story of a Useless Button! on yachtclubgames.com
  4. Shovel Knight 5th Anniversary Spectacular! on yachtclubgames.com
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 Travellers: ReizeBazMr. HatPhantom Striker
Guest Characters: KratosBattletoadsMadam MeeberPassmaster
Village: FarrelsBardMollyGoaticianGoatarmorerGastronomerMagicistJuice MaidDancerDeposed KingGrandma SwampMonaCroakerChesterTroupple AcolyteHoop KidPlaying KidHedge FarmerWater CarrierGrizzled Seer
Armor Outpost: WallaceToaderFishermanMary SweetsLeoPeacock GentDollyArmorerShovel SmithYopplerAirship EnthusiastScholarFish Head
Wandering NPCs: KnightsLady KnightsAdventurersFishermenBag FellowsMaidensDeer LadiesGatherersVillagers
Relic Stages NPCs: VillagerAdventurerGrizzled Seer
Hall of Champions: TicketerCultured FellowPatronThe Big Creep
Troupple Pond and sparkling pits: Troupple KingTroupples
Mini-Bosses: TeethalonThe Dinghy DropperThe Alchemeister
Final Boss: Remnant of Fate
Plague of Shadows Characters
Main Characters: Plague KnightMonaPercyBlack KnightShovel KnightThe Enchantress
The Order of No Quarter: King KnightSpecter KnightTreasure KnightMole KnightTinker KnightPolar KnightPropeller Knight
The Wandering Travellers: ReizeBazMr. HatPhantom Striker
Guest Characters: Madam Meeber
Village: Farrels
Team Plague: MagicistHedge PupilMail MinionOolongPlague Minions
Armor Outpost: ChesterTroupple AcolyteAirship Enthusiast
Hall of Champions: Head GuardCultured FellowPatron
Troupple Pond: Troupple KingTroupples
Mini-Bosses: TeethalonThe Dinghy DropperThe Alchemeister
Final Bosses: Plague of ShadowsCorrupted Essence
Cameo/Ending Only NPCs: BardMollyDollyLeoPeacock GentMary SweetsToaderFishermanWallaceYopplerGrizzled SeerWater CarrierHedge FarmerGastronomerCroakerDeposed KingTroupple AcolyteDeer LadiesLady KnightsBag FellowsFishermenGatherersVillagersKnightsMaidensAdventurers
King of Cards Characters
Main Characters: King KnightMomKing PridemoorTroupple KingKing BirderSpecter KnightThe Enchantress
Glidewing: DoeCooperBardCardiaGouacheHengineerLedge FarmerVicar of VigorGrandma Swamp
Glidewing Recruits: Hedge PupilDuelist DiTraitorusSkipBartonTroupple AcolytesTMK-500Mr. Hat
The Wandering Travellers: Phantom StrikerBazPlague Knight (Percy) • Treasure KnightMole KnightTinker KnightPolar KnightPropeller Knight
House of Joustus: RookieHoop KidPlaying KidGoaticianJuice MaidCroakerRuffianBlack KnightKnightsGathererGrizzled Seers
Cavern of Joustus: VisitorArmorerShovel SmithMole MinionBlorb/BlazorbToaderMona
Crag of Joustus: Old LadyLeoCogslotterHover MeanieCroakerToaderSpinwulvesYopplerOolongPlague Minion
Tower of Joustus: MissyLiquid SamuraiWizzemRedHorace
Joustus houses/Glidewing: Chester
Wandering NPCs: Old LadiesCard PlayersBag FellowsVisitorsRookiesAdventurersGamblersLady KnightsPlague MinionsLunksWizzemsHoppiclesesCogslottersHover MeaniesTundreadsHoverhaftsRail RidersGhostsGoldarmorsGulper MagesBoneclangsLiquid Samurais
Chest Stage NPCs: Hedge FarmerFarrelsGrizzled SeerGastronomerSnow MaidenBag Fellow
Eerie Manor: The Big Creep
Void Crater: DollyHorzio
Fairy Glade: Madam Meeber
Mini-Bosses: Mole MinionTeethalon
Final Boss: The Grand Triumvirate
Background/Ending Only NPCs: The AlchemeistersWhippiclesesPeacock GentTicketerCultured FellowsPatronsMagicistShovel Knight
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