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Manners maketh man...
~ Eggsy's famous quote much like his mentor Harry Hart

Gary "Eggsy" Unwin is the main protagonist of the Kingsman series, a limited comic book series created and written by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. The comic book series was published by Icon Comics which is a subsidiary of Marvel Comics, which means that the series belongs to Marvel itself. The series' success led to the creation of a film series directed by Matthew Vaughn, in which Eggsy reprises his role as the main protagonist.

Eggsy is a high-ranking member and agent of the Kingsman agency, an independent secretive spy organization which is active since 1894. Eggsy used to be a reckless little criminal after that he stopped the process of joining the army services due to his father's death during an operation. However, despite that he is a criminal, he was recruited to Kingsman by Agent Galahad.

He is portrayed by actor Taron Egerton.

Biography

The Secret Service (comic)

In the comics, Gary aka Eggsy is called Jack London, while in the movies he is called Gary Unwin, and it says that he was born in the 90s at Sent Island, England. His mother, Michelle, used to not work, while his father Lee was once an agent in Kingsman, an independent secretive spy organization which is active since 1894.

In an unknown point, when Eggsy was still a little boy, his father was killed during the operation and mission of Kingsman agency in the Middle East.

His father's partner and best friend, Jack London (also known Galahad and Harry Hart in the films) arrived to their house and informed them about the death of his father and left but not before he granted Eggsy with his father's medal of heroism, and told him about if he dials to the number back at the medal, he will receive help.

Years later, Eggsy began a life in school and was a brilliant pupil and also had great grades. However, he always used to give up. Besides, he was in a very advanced stage at the military's training program but was forced to retire because of his mother that feared she would lose him too as she lost her husband.

His mother developed a relationship with an aggressive, assertive, violent, and ruthless man named Dean. Dean always uses to use violence towards his mother and towards Eggsy.

One night, he and his friends went to a pub and drunk some beer but not before that a group of thugs came to antagonize them. As they left the pub, Eggsy and his friends stole the leader's luxury car, and fell to a car chase with the police forces and even smashed the car. After a chase, Eggsy was arrested. During the arrestment and the interrogation, the police interviewer attempted to convince him to tell about his friends, but Eggsy refused to do so.

Jack London receives a call from his sister-in-law and has to bail Eggsy out of the police jail.

Meanwhile, in Hawaii, a massive murder takes place during a wedding ceremony when brides and grooms slaughter each other. This is later revealed to be controlled by Dr. James Arnold, a very wealthy cellphone entrepreneur, as a test for his upcoming evil schemes. Jack is briefed about the assignment hours later, which he declines temporarily in favor of a "family reunion."

Uncle Jack, seeing the potential in Eggsy, takes him under his wing and reveals his true occupation, rather than the Fraud Squad officer story he has told his family. He offers Eggsy a chance to do something useful instead of wasting his life in the back-alleys and hanging out with thugs. Eggsy accepts and Uncle Jack takes him to a secret training facility, where he is introduced to his training officer, Rupert Greaves. Eggsy resides in the facility for three years while training as a secret agent.

Greaves reports to Sir Giles about the progress of trainee agents at the facility, and the fact that the results coming from Eggsy's records are excellent. However, Greaves states that he is yet to pull an assassination job off in cold blood. Sometime later, Eggsy has been assigned to go undercover with a colleague to kill an unknown number of street thugs, which he performs very successfully, saving his colleague's life in the process.

The team of trainees is sent to a nightclub to prove their abilities being persuasive, by seducing women. All of the men appear in fancy suits, except for Eggsy, who dresses in very casual clothing. They are given transmitting pens to contact each other with. All of them succeed, except for Eggsy, who listens via the pen as his colleagues talk about his background and inability to become fit for service with his plebian behavior. He disappears in a rage.

Eggsy steals his uncle's gadget-laden car and runs off to his former neighborhood to collect his former mates. He is pursued by the police for violating traffic laws. After his arrest, Jack bails him out and decides to find out the truth behind the matter. Knowing all about the disgrace his nephew has been through, Jack tells Eggsy that things are done to keep the world safe, and not to earn fame and conduct. He offers Eggsy a chance to return to the training, and he agrees, only to be tranquilized by Jack.

Eggsy wakes up in Colombia, wearing nothing but an earpiece, through which Jack demands that he use his instincts to get out of that country and return to British soil within twenty-four hours, or he will be dropped from the program. Jack gives Eggsy the coordinates of his passport and flight ticket. Eggsy subdues a policeman, stealing his clothes and car to get to the coordinates, which appears to be a mansion of a Colombian drug lord. Taking the policeman's machine-guns, he kills all the guards and apprehends the drug lord.

Twelve hours later, the Kingsman team is expecting Eggsy to arrive, who does so in a private jet that belonged to the drug lord. Eggsy has brought the drug lord with him so that he can be arrested. Jack takes Eggsy under his wing again and takes him to his tailor, where Eggsy finally becomes the man his uncle was hoping for him to be, a gentleman secret agent of Kingsman.

When Eggsy pays his mother a visit at her boyfriend's flat, he finds her beaten up for setting up a welcoming party for her son. Outraged, Eggsy storms to the pub where his mother's boyfriend is hanging out with his gang. Eggsy beats them all to near death. Uncle Jack then helps him rent a very respectful apartment for his mother and younger brother to reside in.

Both uncle and nephew team up in Cannes, where they have tracked down Dr. Arnold, who was seemingly planning to abduct film director Ridley Scott. While there, Jack seduces Arnold's girlfriend to get information, learning that Arnold plans to save only a few people that he admires, mostly celebrities, and will use a satellite signal to make the rest of humanity slaughter each other. Eggsy witnesses all this through a shared video device worn as sunglasses. Suddenly, Jack is shot in the eye by Arnold's henchman, Gazelle, and dies.

Horrified by his uncle's death, Eggsy goes back to the training facility to talk to his training officer, Greaves, who tells him that the killer's intention wasn't to murder a spy, but rather kill the man cheating with his girlfriend. Greaves abruptly reveals that he is working for Dr. Arnold himself. He has recruited numerous rogue agents, offering Eggsy a place on Dr. Arnold's team. When Eggsy rejects the offer, Greaves attempts to poison him, but Eggsy has switched their drinks, classifying it as "a second nature" just before Greaves dies.

Knowing that Greaves was going to head to Dr. Arnold's lair, and unaware of which higher-level members of Kingsman were in association with Greaves, Eggsy recruits the trainees to an assault mission. Following the coordinates programmed in Greaves' plane, they land at Olympus, the lair hidden inside a mountain in Switzerland. They ambush and battle the troops, freeing the celebrities in the process, including Pierce Brosnan, Patrick Stewart, and David Beckham. Eggsy also engages in a fistfight with Gazelle, who reveals he was formerly a Kingsman agent. He eventually defeats Gazelle and heads to the main control section where Dr. Arnold is.

Dr. Arnold activates the satellite signal and waits for the people to slaughter each other, but one of Eggsy's colleagues, a computer expert, has changed the frequencies. The new signal causes everyone to be overcome with love instead of hate. The mission is a success and in revenge for his Uncle Jack's death, Eggsy shoots Dr. Arnold in the head, who indicates that he does not know either Jack or Eggsy.

In the epilogue, Eggsy reads his uncle's will; in the will, Jack reveals that two-thirds of his estate will go to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the British Heart Foundation, with the final third going to Eggsy's mother. His last words in the post-script tell Eggsy to take good care of his gadget-laden car, or he will "come back and bloody haunt him." As Eggsy reports to Kingsman Headquarters, Sir Giles briefs him about a mission that concerns "trouble in Moscow".

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

Early life

Much like in the comics, Eggsy Unwin was born sometime time in the 90s at Sent Island, England. His mother, Michelle, used to not work, while his father Lee was once an agent in Kingsman, an independent secretive spy organization which is active since 1894.

In an unknown point, when Eggsy was still a little boy, his father was killed during the operation and mission of Kingsman agency in the Middle East.

His father's partner and best friend, Harry Hart or Galahad arrived to their house and informed them about the death of his father and left but not before he granted Eggsy with his father's medal of heroism, and told him about if he dials to the number back at the medal, he will receive help.

Years later, Eggsy began a life in school and was a brilliant pupil and also had great grades. However, he always used to give up. Besides, he was in a very advanced stage at the military's training program but was forced to retire because of his mother that feared she would lose him too as she lost her husband.

His mother developed a relationship with an aggressive, assertive, violent, and ruthless man named Dean. Dean always uses to use violence towards his mother and towards Eggsy.

Becoming a Kingsman Agent

One night, he and his friends went to a pub and drunk some beer but not before that a group of thugs came to antagonize them. As they left the pub, Eggsy and his friends stole the leader's luxury car, and fell to a car chase with the police forces and even smashed the car.

After a chase, Eggsy was arrested. During the arrestment and the interrogation, the police interviewer attempted to convince him to tell about his friends, but Eggsy refused to do so. As a result of dialing the number, Eggsy was bailed out of the police arrestment and that is how he reunited with Harry.

Harry, seeing the potential in Eggsy, takes him under his wing and reveals his true occupation, rather than the Fraud Squad officer story he has told his family. He offers Eggsy a chance to do something useful instead of wasting his life in the back-alleys and hanging out with thugs. Eggsy accepts and Hart takes him to a secret training facility at the Kingsman tailor shop, where he is introduced to his training officer, Merlin. Eggsy resides in the facility for three years while training as a secret agent.

The candidates are eliminated through dangerous training tests run by Merlin himself, and soon only he and Roxy, another candidate he befriended, are left. Eggsy is unable to complete the final test, shooting a dog he has raised through the training process, unaware the gun he was given held blanks, and Roxy is named the new "Lancelot". Eggsy remains bitter towards Hart but continues to follow him nonetheless.

Stopping Valentine

Sometime later, the Kingsmen discover Arnold has been returned. Hart attempts to interrogate him, but a chip in Arnold's neck is sent a signal and detonates, killing him.

The Kingsmen trace the signal to a facility owned by Internet billionaire and philanthropist Richmond Valentine, who has recently offered everyone in the world SIM cards that grant free lifetime calling and Internet connections. Hart travels to the United States under the disguise of a billionaire to meet with Valentine, and they both verbally spar to find out the other's plans. Hart learns of Valentine's interest in an obscure hate group's church in Kentucky, and travels there, wearing glasses that transmit back to the Kingsmen, including Eggsy watching from Hart's flat.

Once inside, Valentine triggers the SIM cards of those in the church which emits a signal that causes them to go murderously violent, starting a massacre in the church. Hart's spy training leaves him as the only survivor, but once outside, he is shot in the face by Valentine and his henchwoman, Gazelle. Soon afterward, Eggsy returns to the Kingsmen headquarters to convince their leader, Chester "Arthur" King, to let him join and get revenge, but he notices King has a scar on his neck in the same location that Arnold had. Tipped off, Eggsy switches glasses of an offered drink, causing King to poison himself. Before he dies, King reveals that Valentine plans to cull the human race by transmitting his "neurological wave" worldwide via satellite network in the next few hours, believing this will avert the extinction of the human race. Only those influential people that have agreed to have the chip implanted will not be affected, though Valentine has offered those who do not have secured bunkers to stay in his mountain base to ride out the wave of violence.

Eggsy groups with Merlin and Roxy, the only ones he can trust, to stop Valentine. Roxy uses a high-altitude balloon to destroy one of Valentine's satellites and break up the network, though Valentine can secure another satellite from a business partner to replace it. This gives Merlin time to fly via jet to Valentine's base, and Eggsy to sneak in. However, Eggsy is discovered by one of the former Kingsmen recruits, and he narrowly escapes to the jet, as Valentine activates the signal and starts worldwide pandemonium. Eggsy suggests that Merlin find the signal to trigger the implanted chips' failsafe as with Arnold, while he arms himself and returns inside to fight the guards. Merlin discovers the proper signal and activates it, killing everyone at the base but Valentine, Gazelle, and many persons that refused to go along with Valentine's plan that he has held captive. Eggsy defeats Gazelle in melee combat, and uses her sharpened prosthetic leg to impale Valentine and kill him, stopping the neurological wave and ending the threat.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Whilst leaving the Kingsman Tailor shop, Eggsy encountered a man in a grey hoodie who was revealed to be Charlie. Charlie then proceeded to draw a pistol at Eggsy, forcing him to move into Eggsy's Taxi. Once inside, Eggsy instructed the driver to drive and proceeded to fight Charlie. Charlie's henchmen then began pursuing them in white Jaguar F-Paces. A chase ensued in London, with Eggsy eventually crashing the car and fling Charlie out. With permission from Merlin, Eggsy destroyed the pursuing Jaguars upon reaching Hyde Park. However, Eggsy captured the attention of the police and had to escape from them too. Merlin directed him to an underwater entrance back to the Kingsman tailor shop and to a sewage pipe which Eggsy was forced to go through as it was his friend Brandon's birthday which he celebrated with his friends and Tilde. At the Kingsman meeting the next day, Eggsy was informed by Merlin about his electrocuting Charlie had dislodged his implant and that he'd barely survived. Roxy also stated that the men who pursued Eggsy hadn't any DNA records and had a 24 carat gold circle on their chests and that the name “Golden Circle” kept coming up. While dining with Tilde's parents (the King and Queen of Sweden) that night, he impressed them with his high level of knowledge (which was actually being given to him secretly by Roxy). Unfortunately, he had to deal with Brandon getting into his office and then witness Kingsman being destroyed and ended up leaving in a hurry.

Kingsman's destruction

Eggsy returned to the destroyed Kingsman and found Merlin is still alive.He then convinced Eggsy to get a hold of himself when he was upset about Roxy and told him to follow the doomsday protocol and then would then be allowed to grieve; the two went wine shopping and began drinking it in honour of Kingsman's destruction, which left Merlin drunk and sobbing, blaming himself for what had happened until Eggsy found the whiskey was made in a distillery in Kentucky. After sneaking into the distillery's cellar, the two found out there was an underground base below it, the entrance to which Merlin believed was through one of the barrels which he accidently damaged. The two were discovered by Tequila, a member of Kingsman's American counterparts Statesman who questioned them. However, he didn't believe them being from Kingsman and attacked them after finding the damage Merlin caused to the barrel, knocking them both out.

Tequila later had Eggsy and Merlin tied up in the control room in the Statesman Building. He still tried to interrogate them, while not believing in their story and instead thought they were leading a rescue mission revealing to them that Harry was still alive. With both Eggsy and Merlin surprised to see Harry, they attempted to warn him Tequila was holding a gun to him until Ginger Ale came in and confirmed the two men were telling the truth. After Tequila apologised for his mistake, Eggsy and Merlin attempted to reunite with Harry, but found he didn't remember them due to the trauma from Valentine shooting him.

Eggsy later met Champagne - Statesman's leader - to whom he thanked for rescuing Harry and told him he had got a lead on Charlie's ex-girlfriend Clara at Glastonbury. After Tequila ended up in the sick bay due to a blue rash, Eggsy was paired up with Whiskey, one of Statesman's senior agents.

Eggsy and Whiskey went to Glastonbury to find Clara and implant a tracking device in her, which needed to be in her body via her penis. After Whiskey failed to win her over, Eggsy decided to insert the device into her. After being invited to Clara's tent, Eggsy stepped out and called Tilde, telling her of his mission and asked for permission in sleeping with Clara. After she got upset at the thought of Eggsy having sex with another woman, Eggsy mentioned about wanting to be with her forever. She asked if that was a marriage proposal, as he realised his words and she used it as an ultimatum for her permission. Eggsy reacted poorly and requested that they discuss this later, which put a big strain on their relationship.

Regaining Harry's memories

While at a bar looking through photos of him and Tilde, Eggsy got a Cairn Terrier resembling Harry's Dog Mr. Pickle. After offering it to Harry, Eggsy then pointed his gun at it and it immediately regained Harry's memories. After Harry was debriefed, Eggsy and Merlin gave him some welcome back gifts. After Harry was mocked for one of them being a pair of Kingsman Glasses with one of the lenses blacked out (to accommodate Harry's eye lost from him being shot), Harry attempted to fight them only for them to beat him up until Whiskey stepped in. A TV broadcast with the Golden Circle's leader Poppy Adams then appeared, stating she'd infected all illegal drugs so that they will kill anyone who have used them, but offered a cure for it in return for all drugs being legalised and her being given diplomatic immunity.

After finding that the US President was willing to let everyone who had taken the drugs to die and intercepting Clara calling Charlie, Eggsy, Whiskey and Harry headed to a base in Italy where Poppy was having the cure for the virus manufactured. Eggsy and Whiskey were able to get a vial of it, but the lift they were in was hijacked by Charlie, though the two were able to escape. Unfortunately, Whiskey destroyed the vial while saving Eggsy from Poppy’s soldiers. While Whiskey held them off, Harry deduced that Whiskey broke the vial on purpose and that he was playing both sides, later shooting him. Eggsy however didn't believe him and was angry at Harry after the latter had destroyed the rest of the soldiers and called Merlin about Whiskey, while seeing Charlie destroy the base.

Final Fight Against Poppy

During a mission to attack Poppy, Eggsy accidently stepped on one of her landmines outside her perimeter, but was saved when Merlin sacrificed his own life and took out a handful of Poppy’s guards. Eggsy and Harry later fought and killed off the rest.Eggsy then took on Charlie, hijacking his robotic arm and then snapped his neck, killing him. Eggsy and Harry then tried to force Poppy to give them the code to release the drones with the antidote. She refused at first, but did so after Eggsy injected a synthesised version of her Heroin which killed her after Eggsy accidently overdosed her.Before they could send out the cure, they were interrupted by Whiskey; his wife was killed by two men high on Methamphetamines years ago, so he threatened both Harry and Eggsy into not sending out the code. Unable to reason with him, Harry and Eggsy were then forced to fight and kill him, before releasing the cure for the rash. Later, Eggsy proposed to Tilde and she accepted, rekindling their relationship and the two were married.

Personality

Gary London or Gary Unwin or Eggsy as a Kingsman agent is an extremely benevolent character. As himself before he became a Kingsman, Eggsy was just a tough, rough and bitter individual due to his past, Eggsy was fiercely loyal to friends, refusing to compromise his friends by giving their names when he was arrested, even when threatened with jail time. And when his violent stepfather he did not reveal that Harry was in the pub with him.

He also cared for animals, even crashing a car to avoid hitting a stray fox. However, it also led him to fail the Kingsman tests when he was required to shoot his dog.

Eggsy also shown a really serious and cool personality much like every teenager. He was one of those teens that always rebelled against the parents, against everything nearly before taking the role of a hero.

Powers and Abilities

Eggsy Unwin has a very big set of skills such as:

  • Exceptional Intelligence: When Harry met Eggsy at the bar once again, he told Eggsy that he has read his files. In his files, it was written that he has an exceptional level of IQ and intelligence. He shows it in the films.
  • Physical Strength: During the water test, Eggsy's body shown to be extremely muscular and used all of his strength to break the glass. Besides, he shows very great strength when he battles his enemies. For example, during the battle against Valentine's men, he shows great levels of physical strength.
  • Reflexes: Eggsy is very skilled with parkour and reflexes. When sensing danger, he uses his great reflexes to block enemies attack.
  • Parkour Skills: When Eggsy grown in St. Island, he gained amazing skills of free running and parkour. When he came to meet his mother after a long time at the Kingsman training facility, his stepfather beaten him. Then, when Harry Hart rescued him, Eggsy encountered in the thugs. He used his skills of free running and parkour to escape easily.
  • Master Tactician: Eggsy always knows how to act in situations of danger.
  • Master Strategist: During the skydiving test, Eggsy created an excellent strategy; to create a chain of each nominee of Kingsman together to find out who has the parachute and who don't.
  • Marksmanship: Eggsy, even during the training of the military and even during the training of marksmanship at Kingsman, shown great skills of doing this.
  • Master Combatant: Using his strength and free running skills, Eggsy always knew how to fight and defeat his enemies easily.

Trivia

  • In the comics, he is called Gary London.
  • During the theater flooding scene, Taron Egerton's sing character, Johnny, saves everyone by pushing Meena out of the way of the only exit. In Kingsman: The Secret Service, Egerton's character Eggsy also saves several people when a room begins to flood by breaking through a glass window.
  • The scene where Johnny's dad, Big Daddy makes his escape is reminiscent of the scene in Kingsman: The Secret Service, where Eggsy (Taron Egerton) tries to escape his stepfather's thugs by jumping from roof to roof.
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