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White Knight
White Knight Profile
Vital statistics
Name White Knight
Aliases White
Base of operations Providence HQ (returned)
Affiliation(s) Providence (returned)
Physical description
Gender Male
Hair color White (pale brown originally)
Eye color Grey
Characteristics
Abilities  ·Skilled tactician
 ·Strategist
 ·Marksmanship
Weapons Mechanical suits
Relationships
Allies Rex Salazar, Agent Six, Rebecca Holiday, Noah Nixon, Kenwyn Jones
Enemies Black Knight, Van Kleiss, Biowulf, Breach, Skalamander, NoFace
Further info
First appearance "The Day That Everything Changed"
Last appearance "Endgame, Part 2"
Portrayed by: J. K. Simmons
Images | Quotes
I'm now the only pure human left in the world, and the perfect poster boy to run this operation.

–White Knight, "Promises, Promises"

White Knight, also known as White, was the former (now reinstated) leader of Providence, an organization dedicated to eliminating the threat of E.V.O.s. The only known nanite-free person on the planet, he almost always stays in his white sterile office, communicating his orders only through two-way television screens. He doesn't want to touch or even be near E.V.O.s because he fears they'll infect him with nanites, which hinted his dislike for Rex Salazar.

He hired Noah Nixon to keep an eye on Rex and tends to view Rex only as a weapon against the E.V.O.s, instead of a regular person. He's willing to go to great lengths to win the war against E.V.O.s, even if it means sacrificing the lives of innocent people that get in the way.

After Rex traveled Six months into the future, White Knight was fired from Providence after attempting a hostile take over of the facility because of it going under new management. He defected from Providence and joined a small group of his own. Through the experiences, he started to view Rex as a person and was no longer threatened by other sane E.V.O.s.

History

Background

At least six years ago, it was hinted that White and Agent Six were working together as mercenaries before the Nanite Event.[1] Most likely at Six's suggestion the duo went to work for Providence.[2] Several years later White and Six were called in to halt the rampage of a giant bio-mechanical E.V.O.. Much to White's surprise, Six had rescued a young Rex in the area where the E.V.O. had rampaged, and would later discover that they were one and the same.

Young White

White Knight in his younger years in Providence.

The additional discovery that Rex had the ability to cure other E.V.O.s prompted White to kidnap Rex and bring him to the head of R&D, Dr. Fell, to have him reverse engineer Rex's powers. Six and White got into a fight over the life of Rex which had accidentally overloaded the molecular disassembling chamber that was being used to study Rex. White rescued Six and brought him to safety but he was caught in the destruction of the machine.

Rex deactivated the machine before it killed him and the accident stripped White Knight of his nanites. White Knight was then promoted to leader of Providence. His nanite-free condition made him "the perfect poster boy for [the] operation," as he put it, but as a consequence he was trapped in a sterile nanite free environment for the rest of his life to prevent reinfection with nanites.[3]

Despite saving his life, White would never forget the monster that Rex was when he was found and began construction of a weaponized hazmat suit to kill him if he ever turned back.[4]

Season One

Main article: History of White Knight (First Season)

Season Two

Main article: History of White Knight (Second Season)

Season Three

Main article: History of White Knight (Third Season)

Personality

Cold and ruthless when it comes to achieving his goals, White seems to favor violence to get the job done. For example, he was prepared to detonate a Bleach Bomb planted on the Brooklyn Bridge in order to stop the advance of an E.V.O. named Peter Meechum and his army of zombies. [5] Later, White Knight scolded Rex about not following his orders, despite the fact that in doing just that Rex saved over 11 million lives.[5]

He views most of his soldiers, including Rex, as expendable weapons.[6] When his soldiers act out of line, he's not above threatening them. He even threatened to eliminate Rex if Six could not learn to control him better.[3]

White Knight has also been shown to be manipulative. He hired Noah to spy on and influence Rex.[7] Although Rex eventually discovered the truth about Noah, Rex still decided to be Noah's friend.[8] This implies that White Knight is trying to indirectly control Rex's life.

White Knight has both a fear and hatred of E.V.O.s and nanites. Over the years, he's seen that nanites typically turn humans and animals into mindless, rampaging beasts; thus, he doesn't trust anything with nanites, namely every living thing on the planet. Furthermore, his own lack of nanites makes him feel like he's the only person on Earth that can be trusted.[4]

At times, he demonstrates a slightly sadistic behavior toward E.V.O.s. For example, he whistled casually as he walked past guards electrocuting captured E.V.O.s at Providence.[3] He was also seen smiling after Dr. Fell and his assistant, Dr. Holiday, had dissected a spider E.V.O. on a molecular level.[3]

While he has a manipulative and cold personality, he is not without morality, as he considers Black Knight to be worse than himself and would not give his superiors the Meta-Nanite he kept in biofeed security for fear that they would misuse it.

After some time, he begins to understand that E.V.O.s' actions are mostly not their fault and changes his attitude towards most of them. Therefore, it caused Rex Salazar to earn more of his respect.

Physical appearance

Due to being trapped in a molecular dissection chamber for a few seconds, White is blindingly white from head to toe, having pale skin and snow white hair.[3] His stark appearance is further complemented by a white and black suit. He's a rather large man with a forbidding expression.

White also has two white armored suits which he wears to protect himself from nanites and for combat purposes.[9]

Powers and abilities

Battle suit

White Knights nanite-proof armor.

White Knight appears to be a normal human being devoid of any powers or nanites, thus he cannot go E.V.O. and according to him he's the only person on the planet who can't.[4] Also before his accident he's shown to have impressive fighting abilities to the point where he could hold his own against Agent Six. Though since he's been confined in his office for a long time it can be assumed his fighting abilities are getting a little rusty.[3]

Equipment

  • Nanite-proof battle suit: Under very dire occasions, White Knight would emerge from his office wearing a white, pressurized suit that protected him from all the nanites. It also greatly enhanced his strength, reflexes and agility tenfold, and had limited self-repairing capabilities. A mini-laser and a missile launcher were also built into the suit's arms.[4] It also has a built in jet pack which enables him to fly.[10]
White Knight Battle Suit

White Knight's armored battle suit returns.

  • Armored battle suit: White Knight revealed that he had constructed a giant mech-like robot designed to combat E.V.O.s, specifically for Rex if he ever went out of control. The robot is piloted by a person inside. It has a large arsenal of weapons, such as stunner missiles, a shoulder minigun, and grappling cables capable of channeling electric currents. The machine greatly enhances White Knight's strength and also has flight capabilities. However, it was destroyed after battling Rex.[4] It was later rebuilt where it was left in White Knight's former office until he reactivated it in his battle against Black Knight.[11]

Relationships

Main article: White Knight's relationships

M. Rex

To learn more about White Knight's M. Rex counterpart go to the White Knight (M. Rex) article.

Appearances

Trivia

  • White Knight seems to be fond of milk and cookies.[12]
  • White Knight is the only known character in the series to be nanite-free.[4][3]
  • It is implied that even before the accident which removed his nanites, White was a bit of a germaphobe,[3] behavior that pales in comparison to his current fear of nanites.
  • White Knight, just like Agent Six, seems to be fond of "old school".
    • He uses cameras with film while it's hinted they are not in use anymore.[11]
  • It's implied that since his escape from Providence he did not have a bath or a change of clothes.[11]
  • White Knight is voiced by J.K. Simmons, a prolific actor best known for his roles as J. J. Jameson in the Spider-Man movies, Emile Skoda on Law and Order and Will Pope on the Closer series.

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