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"Percy, why do you want to be Gordon? You're perfect being Percy and that's what I want you to be!"
— Sir Topham Hatt
Being Percy

Greg Tiernan


Nicole Stinn


Rachel Dawson


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

October 25th,
2010 (UK)
December 11th,
2010 (US)
October 16th,
2011 (AUS)
April 7th,
2012 (NOR)
May 4th,
2012 (Latin America)
May 27th,
2012 (JAP)

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Merry Winter Wish

Next episode

Henry's Magic Box

Being Percy is the twelfth episode of the fourteenth season.


It is a busy day at the docks and Percy needs to get to his mail trucks, but no one takes any notice of him. Then, Percy observes Gordon who thunders into the docks blowing his whistle. Gordon demands that Salty get out of the way of the express. This gives Percy an idea and later, when he wants to leave the docks with his mail, he demands that everyone moves out of his way, just like Gordon.

Later, Percy spots slow, old Toby on the track ahead. This means that Percy has to go slow, too. He orders Toby to move aside, but Toby is so surprised by Percy's outburst that he stops completely. Percy then watches Gordon fly past on the express line. Percy gets an idea and switches onto the express line at the next junction to be just like Gordon.

Percy feels very proud and rushes through Maithwaite station - without stopping to collect his mail. At Maron, Percy meets Alicia Botti who is waiting for Gordon to take her to the Fat Controller to have a meal. Percy wants to be as good as Gordon, so he tells Alicia Botti to climb into his cab and he will take her to Knapford. Instead of dropping off Alicia Botti at Knapford, however, Percy steams proudly by. But there is trouble ahead.

Gordon and Percy are steaming straight towards each other on the same line. Gordon orders Percy to make way for the express, but Percy does not move and tells Gordon to make way for the mail. Neither engine gets out of the way and neither can stop in time! As Gordon approaches, he quickly veers into a siding where he smashes the buffers and derails. Percy is upset because he is responsible for Gordon's derailment and wants to put things right.

First, he takes Alicia Botti to Knapford and apologises to Miss Botti and the Fat Controller. Next, he puffs quickly to the Search and Rescue Centre where he asks James to help pull Rocky to rescue Gordon. Soon, Gordon is back on the rails and Percy sets off to collect and deliver the mail. Finally, Percy puffs sadly to Knapford where the Fat Controller is waiting for him. The Fat Controller asks Percy why he wants to be Gordon when he is perfect being Percy and all the other engines agree. Percy is now happy to be Percy.




  • Going by production order, this is the twelfth episode of the fourteenth season.
  • Stock footage from Toby's New Whistle is used, as is deleted stock footage from Tickled Pink.
  • The plot is similar to the eighth season episode As Good as Gordon.
  • This episode marks Alicia Botti's last speaking role to date.


  • In one scene, the bird watcher can be seen at Maithwaite station, but in the very next scene, he can be seen on the platform at Maron station.
  • Because stock footage is used, James can be seen in his pink livery.


  • Percy: I like being Gordon, It makes me feel bold. I'll do what I want to, not what I'm told!
  • Percy: I'm really just Percy, I'm small and I'm green. I'm silly, I'm slow, I don't want to be seen!

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パーシーはパーシー Percy is Percy
Norwegian Å Være Percy Being Percy
German Percy will wie Gordon sein Percy Wants to be Like Gordon
Welsh Percy yw Percy Percy is Percy
Spanish Siendo Percy Being Percy
Finnish Peikkä Pekka Being Percy
Polish Być Piotrkiem Be Percy
Czech Být Percym Being Percy
Turkish Percy Olmak Being Percy
Greek Το να εισαι Ο Περσι Being Percy
Russian Смельчак Перси Daredevil Percy
Slovenian Biti Poldi Being Percy
Chinese 培西的风格 Percy's Style
Korean 퍼시답게 Percy Beautifully
Hungarian Percy bőrében Percy's Skin
Catalan En Percy és com és Percy is as
Danish At være, eller ikke være Percy To be, or not to be Percy
Romanian Fiind Percy As Percy
Thai เป็นเพอร์ซี่ก็ดีอยู่แล้ว Percy is Already Good
Swedish Att vara Percy Being Percy

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