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Knives Chau is the Lynchpin of Every Scott Pilgrim Story


Netflix’s Scott Pilgrim Takes Off affirms that Knives Chau is the real hero here.

Ellen Wong as Knives Chau in Scott Pilgrim Takes Off.
Photo: Netflix

This article contains spoilers for Netflix’s Scott Pilgrim Takes Off.

Scott Pilgrim‘s wild and retro-infused world is populated with sociopathic, cruel, and disloyal people, and that’s not even counting the literal league of evil exes. In a tale about 20-somethings learning to become less terrible, only one angelic character lies within the ensemble, and she’s a few years shy of 20. Call me Alanis Morissette because of how ironic that is. 

That person is none other than Knives Chau, the bubbly 17-year-old Chinese-Canadian high schooler obsessed with her 23-year-old boyfriend, Scott Pilgrim, to the extent she fights others to regain the love he never reciprocated. Before Ramona Flowers roller-skated into Scott’s life, Chau was just peachy keen on being a groupie to Pilgrim’s rock band, Sex Bomb-Omb. However, when she’s whisked away from Scott’s life, across each iteration –– the book, the movie, and the latest anime adaptation for Netflix Scott Pilgrim Takes Off –– Knives Chau quickly finds self-assessment and independence. Arguably, at a much faster pace than the titular character. 

Every version of the Scott Pilgrim story starts the same. Scott is already seeing Knives, inviting her to see his band rehearse. At least to build their moral cause, they all assume they suck (that’s how you know they’re good musicians). Everyone surrounding Scott, including his sister Stacey, roommate Wallace, and ex-girlfriend/bandmate Kim rightfully chastises him for going out with a high schooler. All think it’s a ruse for him to recover from his devastating breakup with his most recent ex, Envy Adams. Scott himself doesn’t know why he’s seeing Knives, either. 

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