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I never wanted to be the spy. Octavian's holding my parents hostage...Octavian told me if I ever wanted to see my mom and dad again I'd have to do what he asked. I don't want to keep working for Octavian, I can't. I like you too much, Cleo.
— Zaid explains why he is a spy to Cleo, who begrudgingly understands him, in "Double"

Zaid Antonius is a student at P.Y.R.A.M.I.D. and Cleo's love interest. Throughout the first season, he was a spy for Octavian who had forced him into servitude by holding his parents hostage, and Octavian mostly used him to kill or capture Cleo. He reveals himself as a spy in "Double", after which he is taken to the council for judgement and subsequently expelled from the Academy. He becomes an ally of Cleo's afterwards, eventually helping her find the UTA Tablet in the episode "Cleo and Zaid." In "Rescue," Clodswollader reveals that Zaid's last name is Antonius.

Personality

As described by Akila, Zaid is a "bad boy," a "rebel," and a "ne'er-do-well." As an Academy student, he maintained an aloof personality and was frequently in trouble for breaking the Academy's rules, such as hoverboarding and hoverblading on school grounds. In "Surprise," he openly cheated off of Cleo's history test, even after she encouraged him not to do so because she "[didn't] know anything," and later criticized her for her answers being wrong. Later, however, he sheds some of his distant personality to confide in her over missing his parents, though he lies and states that he is an orphan.

Although he is not truly bad or evil at heart, Zaid is more than capable of making morally ambiguous choices. As the son of former space pirates, he had standing and trust within that particular community, and in "Pirates," he uses this to join Amsaja's crew, which he does purely for money in spite of their malicious nature. He also showed a willingness to kill Cleo even if it meant endangering others in the process, such as in "Surprise" when he activated an assassin plant which attacked at Cleo's birthday party, and when he altered the safety protocols at Replicamp so that the simulated Xerxes could deal lethal damage in "Team Building."

Appearance

A little taller than Cleo, he has darker skin than her, along with dark black hair, blue eyes. He occasionally wears an outfit suited for biking or using other motorized transport across the school itself. He generally wears a purple-reddish top with an downward facing triangle, grey-covered shoulders, yellow upper ar bands, black half sleeves, and black pants.

Relationships

Cleo

Zaid and Cleo in the episode "Partners"

At first sight, Cleo is instantly infatuated with Zaid due to his good looks, rebellious personality, and his "flippy hair." During their first official meeting in "Surprise," they connect with each other over Zaid's claim that he is an orphan, which Cleo also claims about herself due to her travel through time. From then on, Cleo gains a tendency to fall into a stupefied daze upon seeing or thinking about him, as shown in episodes such as "Quarantine," where she almost fails to shoot him with a dart to cure his sickness after seeing him running towards her. Zaid starts calling her "Snakehead," in reference to her crown, which Cleo concedes resembles a snake in spite of being an ibis. Eventually, Cleo gains enough trust in Zaid that she enlists him to help with the search for the spy in "Double," even disregarding Akila's warnings against him. However, when Zaid finally reveals to her that he's the spy, Cleo angrily punches him, though he gains her sympathy after he admits that he was only spying to save his parents. In "Mihos", Cleo is briefly despondent after Zaid is expelled from the Academy, and even calls him her "crush," showing that she still has feelings for him. In "Cleopatra Needs Space," Zaid returns to the Academy as a visitor and gives Cleo information to find the UTA tablet. When this turns out to be a trap, Cleo worries about whether Zaid intentionally set her up, though she quickly comes to the conclusion that he didn't know. However, in "Pirates", Cleo is left distraught and furious to learn that Zaid had joined the space pirates, and even when he tries to rescue her and her friends, she remains hostile towards him, attempting to hit him with a plasma staff and pretending not to be able to see or hear him while he helped them escape, which Zaid interprets as immaturity from her. Later, Cleo saves him from Amsaja, and after the latter's crossbow shot ends up trimming his hair, Cleo once again falls into a daze over him, leading to her second fantasy in the episode where they go out together in a "blaze of glory" before being killed by the pirates, explicitly suggesting that Cleo would have been willing to die at his side. In "Cleo and Zaid," Zaid steals artifact called the Eye of Ra from the council's chambers to help Cleo find the UTA Tablet, which leads them to Dhargam, where they briefly consider remaining for all eternity (Cleo going as far as to imagine herself having children with Zaid). The eventually escape with the tablet, and after showing it to the council, Cleo loses herself and kisses him for the first time in reality, which after a double-check to ensure that it truly is reality, she kisses him a second time in front of the council.

Clodswollader

Although they have never interacted in the show, Clodswollader, in the episode "Rescue says he knows Zaid from his pirate days, knowing Zaid's parents much better than Zaid, who was only a "kid" at the time he knew him.

Brian

In the episode Cleopatra Needs Space, Zaid talks with Brian about dating (specifically about dating Akila), understands his struggle, and tells him dating is hard. This is the first time in the series they connect.

Abilities

Zaid is a skilled fighter and very good at marksmanship. He is also, presumably, good at sleuthing.

Selected quotes

  • "I'm sorry I was a jerk, its just uh I...miss my family. I'm an orphan...everything's hard."- Zaid explaining herself to Cleo in the episode, "Surprise"
  • "I think I like that girl."- Zaid to himself about Cleo in "Surprise."
  • "Don't rat me out about the hoverblade, snakehead"- Zaid's first words to Cleo, who is smitten by him, in "Surprise"
  • "You're weirdly good at this pre-science stuff. Can you help me?"- Zaid to Cleo in the episode "Suspicion"
  • "Cool! I'll catch up in a minute, Snakehead, I have to go
    pick up a package."- Lying to Cleo about his whereabouts in the episode "Double"
  •  "But I never wanted to be Octavian's spy. I don't know I have to do this"- Talking to the DittoBot in the episode "Double"
  • "You are so terrible at this."- Calls out tactics of the DittoBot in the episode "Double"
  • "Oh, one other thing. I may have activated a DittoBot that impersonated our classmates to try and lure you to Octavian"- He says, then punched again by Cleo in "Double"
  • "Agreed. But there's one more thing. Please don't hit me again!...I just wanted to say, I'm sorry."- Apologetic about his role as a spy to Cleo in "Double"
  • "Thank you Administrant. I hope to win back your trust some day."- Talking to Khepra at his sentencing in "Mihos"
  • "See you around, on one planet or another."- Saying his goodbyes to Cleo in "Mihos"
  • "Sorry, but I can't risk doing anything that will get me back on Octavian's radar. See you later, Cleopatra."- Says goodbye to Cleo in "Cleopatra Needs Space" after rejecting her offer to join her on a mission
  • "Dating is hard, especially when you are already friends."- Talking to Brian at the end of "Cleopatra Needs Space"

Trivia

  • He is likely based off the character Antony in the comic books series of the same name and perhaps Zaid Zarberi in the same comic series.
  • Possibly named after Zayd ibn 'Alī, also spelled as Zaid, Zayyed, the son of Ali ibn Husayn, and great-grandson of Ali, who led an unsuccessful revolt against the Umayyad Caliphate, in which he died. The event gave rise to the Zaidiyyah sect of Shia Islam, which holds him as the next imam after Ali ibn Husayn.
  • He has soft hands

Episode appearances

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