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Captain Fortesque! It's me, Canny Tim. Does the battle go well?

– Canny Tim to Sir Dan, MediEvil

Timberly[1] (born Kimberly), better known as Canny Tim, is the first hero Dan meets in the Hall of Heroes and his former second in command. Tim appears in MediEvil, MediEvil: Resurrection, the 2019 remake of MediEvil and MediEvil: Fate's Arrow.

Story

Background

In 1285, King Peregrin held the 49th Gallowmere Games, an annual contest where the most skilled warriors from the land would compete for top honors. This was the year Canny Tim entered the competition and won top prizes in all the archery categories of the event. The king was so impressed, he made Canny Tim a marksman of a crossbowman part of the cavalry led by Sir Dan, as well as Dan's second in command.[1]

A year later, Tim killed Zarok's champion, Lord Kardok, in the Battle of Gallowmere by shooting him in the eye from a thousand yards away, thus earning a place in the Hall of Heroes after death.

MediEvil

After collecting a Chalice of Souls, Daniel can speak to Canny Tim, who tells Dan about killing Lord Kardok (which of course angers Dan, as he was killed by an arrow as well) and offers him the crossbow as aid after quickly taking back the remark. Once Dan collects another Chalice, Tim gives him a Life Bottle without knowledge of its actual use. In MediEvil: Resurrection, Tim never gives Dan a Life Bottle, instead giving Dan the Hero's Crossbow after collecting seven chalices.

MediEvil: Fate's Arrow

In 1286, Canny Tim aids the undead Sir Dan in thwarting Zarok's attempt at conquering Gallowmere through the living Dan's incompetence. Tim procures Dirk Steadfast's Magic Sword for Dan to help slay the Jabberwocky attacking King Peregrin's Castle and later helps Dan fight off an attack by Zarok. Tim also reveals that she is female, cross-dressing in order to be allowed into the king's army.

Behind the scenes

Development

According to Jason Wilson, the Heroes were designed very quickly for MediEvil with some of them being based on the original team members.[2] It is unknown if Canny Tim was based on a team member or not. In a Q&A about the MediEvil: Fate's Arrow comic, Chris Sorrell explained his reasoning for making Canny Tim female:

Well obviously the idea is that she always was, but was just hiding the fact in order to fight alongside her male peers. Ok, I admit we never really thought of her that way originally, but to be quite honest none of those guys ever had much depth. I loved some of them nevertheless, and I wanted to give one of my favorites a little more back-story. I liked the idea of doing something a little surprising, of adding another much needed female into the MediEvil world, and, like I say, of fleshing out the character a bit!

– Chris Sorrell[3]

Gallery

Trivia

  • Canny Tim is the only hero not mentioned in HEROES FROM HISTORY: A Retrospective, due to not being recognized as a hero outside the Hall of Heroes.
  • In HISTORY OF GALLOWMERE - Volume 4, it is written that Tim died in the first volley of arrows. However, this is actually how Sir Dan died instead.
  • "Canny" has several meanings, but given Tim's English accent, it is likely intended as an affectionate nickname.
  • Being Dan's second in command, Tim does not insult Dan like the other members of the Hall of Heroes.
  • Tim knows how to play the lute, as seen at the end of MediEvil.

Notes

^[a] Tim's death is only mentioned in HISTORY OF GALLOWMERE - Volume 4, which ascribes Sir Dan's actual death to Tim. It is unknown whether it is only the nature of Tim's death that is a fabrication or if Tim's death is fabricated altogether.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 FatesArrowIcon MediEvil: Fate's Arrow. Published by Titan Comics in 2019.
  2. "Those characters were designed really fast, some of them were based on team members."Jason Wilson on Twitter. Published January 14, 2018.
  3. Proboards Q&A with Chris Sorrell on MediEvil Boards. Published February 3, 2020.
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