In Kingsman: The Secret Service, Merlin knew Lancelot (Roxy)

has a terrible fear of heights (as we learned in a parachute scene) and Eggsy failed the training.

Yet when Merlin comes up with his great plan, he sends Lancelot to the space and Eggsy to the bunker.

Why does he do that? That doesn't make any sense to me.


The one to enter Valentine's bunker had to be a male, since he was supposed to use Chester King's invitation. With only two agents on his hands, and assuming Merlin himself was the only one able to hack his way with the on-plane instrumentation, no other choices were open.

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    Yeah - this is absolutely the reason, he's meant to be impersonating Arthur / Chester King.
    – iandotkelly
    Mar 2 '15 at 22:33

The only aspect of the training Eggsy failed was the final test to shoot the dog. Otherwise he passed everything else with flying colors. The only thing setting him apart from Roxy was the fact that he was unwilling to shoot his dog.

Given this, it could be Merlin felt that Eggsy was better suited for the task inside Valentine's bunker, leaving Roxy as the only choice to take on the task in space. Sure Eggsy failed the training, but given they were the only ones left to carry out the mission, what choice did Merlin have?

However, the more likely explanation is Eggsy is the main character, and the task they gave to Roxy wouldn't have been as exciting for the audience to view a secondary character doing, in part or in full.

Seriously, would you want to watch Eggsy fly up into space to shoot the satellite, or would you rather watch him infiltrate a base and get into a massive shootout plus the final standoff with the main villain? Valentine killed Galahad, Eggsy's mentor during the entire training regimin, while Eggsy watched, which Merlin also knew about. You want to see Eggsy get revenge on Valentine, right? Thus, having him fly up into space to merely shoot down a satellite would be an incredibly dull way to end the movie.

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    Because "he is the main character, so he goes to the bunker" is the obvious (out-of-universe) explanation. I was looking for some other (in-universe) clues why Merlin did that.
    – StupidOne
    Mar 2 '15 at 19:42
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    Did anyone else thing the balloons looked like giant silver testicles?
    – Ben Plont
    Mar 2 '15 at 19:57
  • I doubt there really is any sort of in-universe explanation, other than maybe Merlin wanted to allow Eggsy to have revenge against the man who killed his mentor, the only man who really served as a viable father figure to him.
    – MattD
    Mar 2 '15 at 20:20
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    Another reason (though, not any more in-universe than the actual explanation) is of course also that Roxy had to go to space exactly because she was afraid of heights. It was to give character a chance to overcome that deficiency and provide that mission with tension, too.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    May 17 '15 at 17:51

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