Yeah, maybe we're just trying to be helpful, because we had nothing better to do! We're not babysitters! We're super heroines!!

—Jessica, Miraculous New York

Jessica Keynes also known as "Jess"[2] is a superhero in the United States of America and Knightowl's partner and daughter. She is initially known as Sparrow. After she recovers the Eagle Miraculous from Miraclonizer, she uses it to free the superheroes from the Miraculous' power. With the Eagle Miraculous, when inhabited by Liiri, Jess transforms into the super-heroine Eagle, gaining the power of freedom.

Appearance

Physical appearance

Jess is a girl of medium height with black hair and grey eyes. She is of Native American ethnicity and wears her hair in traditional leather-bound side braids.

As Sparrow

Sparrow has a dark gray mask covering her face, with the top of the mask being dark brown. Over her mask, she wears goggles with gray straps and circular red lenses. She also wears a brown hooded jacket. The hood is worn over her head, and it's designed after the head of a sparrow, having a dark gray beak, white markings on its forehead and the sides, and an eye with a dark brown pupil. Underneath her jacket, she has a white suit, and over it, she has dark gray buckles around her torso. On her upper left leg, there is a dark brown bag with pockets, and she wears gray gloves.

For more of Sparrow's outfits and designs, see Jessica Keynes/Designs.

As Eagle

When transformed into Eagle with the assistance of Liiri, Jessica's costume strongly reflects her native American heritage. It is a two-piece brown-and-grey costume with charcoal grey gloves and tan boots. The sleeves of the tunic end with white cored black tassles intended to resemble eagle feathers and have s distincive light grey eye mask with a yellow beaked nose guard.

The transformation also alters Jessica's traditional disc earrings into more elaborate gold-and-blue decorations with dangling gold-and-blue eagle feather charms.

Personality

Sparrow is witty and supportive. Some instances make her exasperated when others are confused, but she supplies any information they need.

In the New York special, Jessica has a strong desire to prove herself as a hero sometimes leading her to being disobedient towards her superiors. She also enjoys helping others just as helping Adrien and Marinette admit their feelings. Like her mother she can be a bit judgemental as she overestimated Ladybug and Cat Noir.

As Eagle, most of her personality remains the same and Jessica was able to adapt quickly to her new powers.

Abilities

As a Civilian

Jess is as skilled as Luka Couffaine when playing the guitar. She is also skilled at skateboarding.

As Sparrow

Sparrow is physically fit, having enough stamina and skill to keep up with Ladybug and Cat Noir while they're running and to jump from edge to edge down a huge crack in the ground.

As Eagle

When transformed into Eagle, Jess possesses enhanced strength, speed and agility. She is also given the power by Liiri to use Liberation which allows her to either free a person from their self-imposed limitations (being them mental or emotional) or to remind them of the boundaries and responsibilities that come with freedom, nullifying its effect. Her weapon appears to be something similar to Ladybug's yo-yo.

Relationships

Barbara Keynes/Knightowl

Sparrow and Knightowl are partners, but Sparrow is seen as a sidekick by Knightowl, which she doesn't appreciate much, mainly when Knightowl doesn't give her the possibility of being her own superhero and give her missions that seem to be not very important.

It is revealed that Knightowl is Jess' mother, Barbara Keynes. Like Chloe, she had a strong desire to prove herself to her mother sometimes leading her to disobey orders. But upon seeing her mother and adult heroes run wild because of Miracolizer and Hawk Moth, Jessica as Sparrow came determined to save her, by using the Eagle Miraculous she returned the adults back to normal. After Miraclonizer's defeat and reunion with her mother Jessica looked dissappointed, expecting another scalding about disobeying, and was surprised by her mother's recognition about becoming a fully fledged hero and happily embraced her.

Ladybug and Cat Noir

Sparrow gets along okay with Ladybug and Cat Noir, liking their ideas and teasing them. In one case, she facepalms at them when they are confused by President Camilla Hombee revealing her secret identity. She relates to an unknown degree to their frustration with the way others see them as well. When Knightowl insults Cat Noir, Sparrow tries to cheer him up by pointing she is viewed the same way by Knightowl, but unlike Cat Noir, she "doesn't have a cute partner". Later, when Knightowl dismisses Ladybug's plan to stop the Trash Krakken, Sparrow sticks up for her and points out that her plan is far less destructive and more sensible than Knightowl's.

During the New York special, as she heard of the French heroes Jess greatly admired them for their independence. Despite seeing that they didn't do well with first impressions as the trouble with Hawk Moth escalated when he akumatized Techno-Pirate again into Miracolizer which caused the adult heroes to run wild, and upon Aeon's reasoning she realized they needed the French duo's help. She worked well along side them and upon retrieving the Eagle Miraculous from Ladybug, Jess was able to return the adult heroes to normal and stop the titular villain. With the mission over, she attempted to return the jewel back to Ladybug but seeing her bravery and courage she was entrusted by the heroine to keep it knowing it will be safe and used wisely.

Aeon/Uncanny Valley

Jessica is extremely close to her best friend, treating her, like Majestia, as more than just a machine. The two are always paired together as their alter egos, during the fight against Techlonizer she was completely horrified when Cat Noir accidentally destroyed her with his powers, but grateful that she was fixed. But upon finding out that Hawk Moth was in New York and that he's responsible for what's been going on in New York, she listened to Aeon's reasoning of needing Ladybug and Cat Noir.

Unnamed Guardian

When Jessica met the guardian, he wanted her to return the lost Eagle Miraculous to him. However after she asked him about the possibility of teaming up and bring together a new team of Miraculous holders in New York he agreed.

Sightings

Episodes

Comics and books


Trivia

  • Prior to her debut in Miraculous Adventures, Sparrow was originally part of the first conception of the Quantic Kids, a team of teenage superheroes composed of Ladybug, Cat Noir, Mercury, and Melodie. Sparrow was replaced with Kid Mime by producers in a later stage of production. However, the entire concept was ultimately discarded.[3]
    • Thomas Astruc commented on Twitter that Sparrow was his favorite superhero created for Quantic Kids, and he considered Kid Mime to be a weak replacement for him.[3]
    • As the character was referred to with masculine pronouns at the time, it can be assumed that this was a different version of Sparrow.
  • In Miraculous Adventures, Cat Noir refers to her as "Birdy."
    • This was later revealed to be either an error or a nickname.[4]
  • In concept art, it appears that Sparrow throws a kind of dart/weapon. The way she held her left arm back and had her index and middle finger positioned is like how archers hold back a bowstring.
  • Sparrow appears on a comic book cover with Knightowl in "The Dark Owl".
  • She appears in the "Miraculous New York" special episode.[5]
  • In European falconry, a 'Jess' is a leather cord used to bind a bird of prey's talons to its handler's glove whist being carried. [6]
  • Her surname may be a reference to John Maynard Keynes, who wrote a book using the term "animal spirits" to describe the instincts, proclivities, and emotions that influence and guide human behavior.
  • As revealed in "Miraculous New York", the current Knightowl and Sparrow are legacy superheroes, as the original versions of them (a father and son team) were long gone before the events of the series and many generations had passed since then.
  • Just as Knightowl was based off of Batman, Jessica's alterego Sparrow shares some similarities with The Dark Knight's partner Robin (Dick Grayson).
    • Both were partners of the main heroes.
    • They both started out as one hero before changing into another.
  • Eagle is the only Miraculous holder to have any type of hero training before using a Miraculous.
  • She is the second known female to wield the Eagle Miraculous following the Ancient Chinese Eagle Miraculous holder.

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References


ve Characters
Miraculous holders and related characters
French Miraculous superhero team

Adrien Agreste/Cat NoirMarinette Dupain-Cheng/Ladybug

Recurring Miraculous holders

Alix Kubdel/Bunnyx

Previous Miraculous holders

Adrien Agreste/Aspik/Mister Bug/Snake NoirAlya Césaire/Rena RougeChloé Bourgeois/Queen BeeKagami Tsurugi/RyukoLê Chiến Kim/King MonkeyLuka Couffaine/ViperionMarinette Dupain-Cheng/Lady Noir/Multimouse/Multifox/Multinoir/Multibug/Dragon BugMax Kanté/PegasusNino Lahiffe/Carapace

Villains

Gabriel Agreste/Hawk MothNathalie Sancoeur/Mayura

Kwamis

BarkkDaizziDuusuFluffKaalkiLonggMulloNoorooOrikkoPlaggPollenRoaarSassStomppTikkiTrixxWayzzXuppuZiggy

Former Miraculous holders

Ancient Butterfly Miraculous holderAncient Ladybug Miraculous holderAncient Chinese Bee Miraculous holderAncient Chinese Butterfly Miraculous holderAncient Chinese Fox Miraculous holderAncient Chinese Peacock Miraculous holderAncient Egyptian Miraculous holderAncient European Cat Miraculous HolderBọ rùaCernunnosIron Armor Akumatized PersonLa CoccinelleHeraklesHēi MāoHippolytaHua MulanJeanne d'ArcLa Déesse CoccinelleLa MariquitaMicazoyolinMudekudekuPiáo ChóngPied Piper of HamelinSasuke SarutobiSun WukongTentomushiTomoe GozenWang Fu/Jade Turtle

Future Miraculous holders

Alix Kubdel/BunnyxBrazilian Miraculous holderFuture Butterfly Miraculous holderFuture Queen BeeMylène Haprèle/Future Mouse Miraculous HolderLady Dragon

Non-Miraculous superheroes
Camilla Hombee/VictoryDoorman (hero)KnightowlMajestiaSparrowUncanny ValleyUnnamed superheroes
Villains
Main villains

AkumaGabriel Agreste/Hawk MothNathalie Sancoeur/Mayura

Akumatized villains

AnansiAnimaestroAnimanAntibugBackwarderBakerixBefanaBubblerCaptain HardrockCat BlancCatalystChameleonChristmasterThe CollectorCopycatDarkbladeDark CupidDark OwlDespair BearDesperada • Destroyer • EvillustratorFeastFrightningaleFrozerGamerGigantitanGlaciatorGorizillaGuitar VillainHeart HunterHorrificatorIkari GozenKung FoodKwamibusterLady WifiMagician of MisfortuneMalediktatorMimeMiracle QueenMiraculerOblivioParty CrasherPharaohMr. PigeonPixelatorPrime QueenPrincess FragrancePuppeteerOni-ChanQueen WaspReflektaRena RageReplayReverserRiposteRobostusRogercopSandboySanta ClawsSapotisShell ShockSilencerSilurusSimon SaysStartrainStoneheartStormy WeatherStyle QueenSyrenTimebreakerTimetaggerTroublemakerVanisherVolpinaWeredadZombizou

Sentimonsters

Butterfly SentimonsterDormant SentimonsterLadybugLollipop SentimonsterReflekdoll

Other villains

Trash Krakken

Unknown and/or future villains

Apkli • Dr. Sadness • Hawk Moth (future) • Ignoblia • Pain and Tears • Monsieur RatTimetagger

Parisians
Teenagers

Miss Bustier's class (Adrien AgresteAlix KubdelAlya CésaireChloé BourgeoisIvan BruelJuleka CouffaineLê Chiến KimMarinette Dupain-ChengMax KantéMylène HaprèleNathaniel KurtzbergNino LahiffeRose LavillantSabrina RaincomprixLila Rossi) • Ms. Mendeleiev's class (Aurore BeauréalMireille CaquetJean Duparc) • AdamMarc AncielLuka CouffaineOndineKagami TsurugiVivicaWayhem

Children

AugustBoyElla CésaireEtta CésaireManon ChamackChris LahiffeMrs. Michelle's sonQuentin

Adults

Adrien's bodyguardAlim KubdelEmilie AgresteArletteArt teacherThomas AstrucAugust's motherVincent AzaMr. BananaThéo BarbotAndré BourgeoisAudrey BourgeoisCaline BustierButler JeanAlec CataldiMarlena CésaireNora CésaireOtis CésaireNadja ChamackSabine ChengChris (performer)Clara ContardAnarka CouffaineMr. DamoclesArmand D'ArgencourtDoormanGina DupainRolland DupainTom DupainFire captainFishermanAndréSimon GrimaultFred HaprèleClaudie KantéJalil KubdelMarianne LenoirLila's motherMaidMs. MendeleievMrs. MichelleClara NightingalePhilippeRoger RaincomprixXavier RamierPenny RollingBob RothSanta ClausSarahJagged StoneJean TretiensTomoe TsurugiVéroniqueVincent (Adrien's photographer)XY

Animals

FangMinor animalsWhiskers

Groups

Kitty Section

Characters from the past

Darkblade (ancestor)

Miscellaneous

AlbertMarkov

Future characters

Lindalee Rose

Other characters
Teenagers

AliFélix Graham de Vanily

Children

Kenya

Adults

Amelie Graham de VanilyBreakerWang ChengGhetto BlasterHowardJørgenKenya's fatherKillabeeMetal Face DOrder of the GuardiansPrince Ali's chaperonePublic EnemyShaolin SoulWealthy woman

Characters from the past

Mage

Future characters

Sabine's mother • Su Han

Non-canon characters
Unused Quantic Kids members (GavrocheKid MimeMelodieMercury) • Dany Boon
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