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Wat (Character)
from A Knight's Tale (2001)

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Wat is a character of little thought and much passion. One of the original three varlets serving Sir Ector on the Tournament circuit, Wat becomes abusive to the late knights remains when he dies. "I can't believe you SHAT yourself to death" Wat exclaims holding one of the knights arms and kicking him in the thighs or rear. He was likely the groomsman for Sir Ector, maintaining the horseflesh and tack. Based on the opening scenes sequence the knight likely died of internal bleeding, and was excused momentarily from completing a joust in progress to move his bowels. Instead he bled out and Wat went into histrionics, exclaiming he hadn't eaten in days--having his hopes up for a victory since his master was ahead 2 points to 0.

In response, Sir Ector's common-born squire, William Thatcher, offers that he could finish the tournament, and after some quick discussion Watt joins in enthusiastically helping William convince the older wiser Roland. In the nick of time, the two talk him into supporting the fraud--even as the Lord's herald approaches to call Sir Ector back to the lists. Wearing Sir Ector's armor, William prevails in the lists during the single jousting tilt he had to complete, suffering a helmet strike but breaking his lance on the opponent earning the win 3:2. The three varlets split the proceeds from the minor tournament, and Wat waxes enthusiastic about gastronomic excesses he plans to indulge himself with now that he has his share--an amount worth several months pay to a peasant.

William argues they ought to do this tourney thing forever and an argument breaks out when he grabs all the money, forcing a serious discussion from the other two. A minor brawl of sorts breaks out, and Wat ends up biting Williams hand for some of the coins, but William prevails and convinces the other two to support him in a jousting under false persona -- continuing on the tournament rounds as the fictional Sir Ulrich von Liechtenstein, of Gelderland.

The group is soon joined on the road by the author Geoffrey Chaucer who plays a role in contention opposite Wat as counter point for humorous relief. Wat repeatedly demonstrates a volatile temperament and occasionally demonstrates a willingness to mix it up physically. At the same time, the character is good hearted and brings light hearted good cheer with his antics when on stage.

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