Sylvester the Jester (Nick Collett) in the Geek Week episode of Knightmare (2013)

Sylvester the Jester

By Keith McDonald

A sinister jester with a gloomy appearance who appeared in the first level of the Geek Week dungeon.


Sylvester is a jester with no set alignment in the dungeon. His demeanour seems closer to Batman's Joker than to either of Knightmare's previous entertainers, Folly and Motley.

Sylvester's distinctive face paint gives him a sinister and melancholy look. He also carries a folderol with a crying face.

Unlike Folly's childish manner and Motley's familiar style, Sylvester has an archaic dialect with old-fashioned pronouns and attention to rhyme.

Nick Collett as Sylvester the Jester in the 2013 Geek Week Episode of Knightmare.

Even if foolhardy, thou has shown faith and verily I may do likewise

Sylvester the Jester

Studied ambiguity

It is through this dialect that he can be slippery. Treguard's new assistant, Veruca, complains that she signed up to work in the dungeon 'under false pretences' because of claims that Sylvester had made.

Equally, when the team reclaims his bauble and returns it to Sylvester, he openly admits that he lied about its value.

Like his comic predecessors, Sylvester does have some knowledge of magic. He uses the bauble to destroy one of Ariadne's webs, releasing the way to Level 2.

It's not clear whether this is because he wishes to subvert the Opposition or whether he enjoys chaos for the sake of it.

This could make him very much an unknown factor. Time will tell.

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