Inigo Montoya is a character in William Goldman's 1973 novel The Princess Bride. In Rob Reiner's 1987 film adaptation he was portrayed by Mandy Patinkin. In both the book and the movie, he resided in the fictional country of Florin but came from Spain. Note that while the common Spanish name is spelled "Íñigo", the name in the book is consistently spelled "Inigo".
In The Princess Bride, Inigo Montoya is portrayed as a Spanish fencer and assistant to the Sicilian criminal Vizzini. Inigo's father Domingo was a great swordmaker, but remained obscure because he disliked dealing with the rich and privileged. When a nobleman with a six-fingered right hand, Count Rugen, asked him to forge a sword to accommodate his unusual grip, Domingo poured his heart and soul into the project. When Rugen returned, he reneged on his promised price. Thus Domingo refused to sell him the sword, not as a matter of money, but because Rugen could not appreciate the great work of the sword. He proclaimed that the sword would now belong to Inigo. Angered, Rugen killed Domingo. Eleven-year-old Inigo witnessed the crime and challenged Rugen to a fight, wherein Rugen easily disarmed Inigo, spared his life and allowed him to keep the sword, but scarred his face as a deterrent to further displays of bravery.
Devastated by the loss of his father, Inigo devoted his entire life to becoming a great swordsman in order to avenge his father. His training started when he was twelve years old and included tutelage under the most skilled and savage fencing masters of his time. In the 30th anniversary version of The Princess Bride, it is revealed that while training for his revenge against Count Rugen, Inigo fell in love with a servant girl. He woos her, and she reveals that she is a countess and is in love with him as well. The two dance, and then it is implied that Inigo leaves the next day. After ten years of training, Inigo had become the greatest swordsman of his generation, and the only living man to hold the rank of "wizard" (a fictional fencing rank above "master").
Unable to find his father's killer and fearing that he would never fulfill his quest, Inigo sinks into depression and alcoholism before the criminal Vizzini finds him. Vizzini, Inigo, and a Turk named Fezzik are hired by an unknown man to kidnap and kill the "princess bride", Buttercup. Subsequent events lead to Inigo's duel with the "Man in Black" or Westley, Buttercup's childhood sweetheart, an extended sequence in both the book and the movie, in which both contestants begin fencing left-handed and eventually convert to their dominant right hands as the contest intensifies.
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