History Main / JoustingLance

6th Sep '17 2:17:50 PM VutherA
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Despite the trope title's knightly implications, this trope is actually OlderThanFeudalism, with the [[UsefulNotes/PersiansWithPistols Parthian Empire]] providing some of the first examples of a heavily-armored lancer cavalryman called a "cataphract" many centuries before the social class of knights ever existed.
6th Sep '17 2:17:50 PM VutherA
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26th Aug '17 5:32:30 PM nombretomado
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* Croix from the second ''ArTonelico'' game is a knight, so his choice of this weapon is natural. It's essentially a downsized Shot Lancer (see the "Anime & Manga" section on this page for more info), though it also has thrusters on the backside on the lance head to power-up thrusts, instead of being able to launch and retract the lance head.

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* Croix from the second ''ArTonelico'' ''[[VideoGame/ArTonelicoIIMelodyOfMetafalica Ar tonelico]]'' game is a knight, so his choice of this weapon is natural. It's essentially a downsized Shot Lancer (see the "Anime & Manga" section on this page for more info), though it also has thrusters on the backside on the lance head to power-up thrusts, instead of being able to launch and retract the lance head.
22nd Aug '17 1:58:38 AM VutherA
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* The ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' series is utterly replete with lancer cavalrymen. Throughout the series, cavalry armed with lances tend to be contrasted with cavalry wielding anything else - the former are "shock cavalry" which are good on the charge but liable to be overwhelmed if they cannot quickly defeat their target before their charge bonus runs out, making them reliant on HitAndRunTactics against any sort of real melee opponents that they can't quickly rout in a single charge.
1st Aug '17 11:34:57 PM BattleMaster
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* Lances show up as available melee weapons for Battlemechs in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''. Like most melee weapons, they're AwesomeButImpractical, dealing damage similar to a [[AnAxeToGrind hatchet]] but with a chance of a [[ArmorPiercingAttack through-armor critical]]. The rulebook they first show up in notes that despite being called lances and often being stylized to look like the medieval weapon, in function they're actually closer to being mech-sized stilettos.



* With its medieval themes, it comes as no surprise that the lance can be found in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. It deals double damage and can be used one-handed when used on horseback, and its long length gives it reach.

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* With its medieval themes, it comes as no surprise that the lance can be found in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. It deals double damage and Despite being a reach weapon, it can be used one-handed when while riding and deals extra damage if used on horseback, and its long length gives it reach.to make a charge attack while mounted (triple if the wielder had the Spirited Charge feat).
1st Aug '17 5:57:46 PM Kazrak
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* Weapon of choice for Mimbrate knights in ''Literature/TheBelgariad''. Belgarion gets to use them reasonably often in the second series, especially once he is given an appropriate war horse. Their disposable nature is played very straight - they aren't carried around when they aren't needed. Instead, characters cut new ones as needed.
29th Jul '17 11:18:11 PM euan112358
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* In ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'', [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Gaia_The_Fierce_Knight Gaia the Fierce Knight]] and all members of his [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Gaia_The_Fierce_Knight_(archetype) archetype]] wield one or [[DualWielding two]] of these while attacking from his mount, be they horse or [[DragonRider dragon]]. There's even [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Spiral_Spear_Strike a special card]] for attacking with them.
11th Apr '17 5:36:01 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''ShiningForce'' games, Lances are a common weapon for Knights (which are all centaurs).

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* In the ''ShiningForce'' games, ''Franchise/ShiningSeries'', Lances are a common weapon for Knights (which are all centaurs).
4th Mar '17 2:29:20 PM nombretomado
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* MarvelComics have several characters wielding this kind of lance:

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* MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics have several characters wielding this kind of lance:
3rd Mar '17 9:57:23 PM LinTaylor
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* Most Crossbone Vanguard mobile suits in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'' and its manga sequel ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'' wield the Shot Lancer. In addition to being a throw-back to medieval days (the Vanguard styles themselves as knights), the lances serve a practical purpose, being giant {{Pile Bunker}}s intended to disable enemy mobile suits without triggering a [[GoingCritical reactor explosion]] -- which would be disastrous inside a closed space colony. To extend their function, Shot Lancers can fire the "cone" like a giant dart (and tend to have spares) and mount heavy machineguns around the base for ranged firepower. Thirty InUniverse years later in ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'', the Earth Federation introduces the Javelin, which wields a gun-shaped version of the Shot Lancer, making its true function more obvious.
* The third generation of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' features the AGE-2 Dark Hound, wielding a DODS Lancer. It's essentially the aforementioned Shot Lancer with a pair of DODS beam rifles in place of the Shot Lancer's machine guns.
* The second season of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' introduces grunt machines using lances with integrated beam machine guns. Unlike their inspiration these are traditional lances without the PileBunker. As per the trope description some pilots are shown swinging them at enemies but most sensibly use the weapons as firearms.
* The ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' [[TheRemake remake]] manga ''Glory of the Losers'' gives Tallgeese a heat lance, designed to break through the [[MechaMooks Virgos]]' planet defensor {{Force Field}}s. It also fits with Tallgeese's overall theme as an armored knight.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': Gaelio Bauduin, an heir of one of the ruling families of the solar system, uses an appropriately aristocratic gun-lance as his signature mobile suit weapon. His Schwalbe Graze's version is simple (basically a stripped-down, short-barrelled version of the standard 120mm Graze rifle with a gigantic lance-shaped bayonet), while the Kimaris, naturally, has a fancier design - the Gungnir, a proper jousting lance with two 120mm guns built into the handguard.

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* From the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise:
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Most Crossbone Vanguard mobile suits in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'' and its manga sequel ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'' wield the Shot Lancer. In addition to being a throw-back to medieval days (the Vanguard styles themselves as knights), the lances serve a practical purpose, being giant {{Pile Bunker}}s intended to disable enemy mobile suits without triggering a [[GoingCritical reactor explosion]] -- which would be disastrous inside a closed space colony. To extend their function, Shot Lancers can fire the "cone" like a giant dart (and tend to have spares) and mount heavy machineguns around the base for ranged firepower. Thirty InUniverse years later in ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'', the Earth Federation introduces the Javelin, which wields a gun-shaped version of the Shot Lancer, making its true function more obvious.
* ** The third generation of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' features the AGE-2 Dark Hound, wielding a DODS Lancer. It's essentially the aforementioned Shot Lancer with a pair of DODS beam rifles in place of the Shot Lancer's machine guns.
* ** The second season of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' introduces grunt machines using lances with integrated beam machine guns. Unlike their inspiration these are traditional lances without the PileBunker. As per the trope description some pilots are shown swinging them at enemies but most sensibly use the weapons as firearms.
* ** The ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' [[TheRemake remake]] manga ''Glory of the Losers'' gives Tallgeese a heat lance, designed to break through the [[MechaMooks Virgos]]' planet defensor {{Force Field}}s. It also fits with Tallgeese's overall theme as an armored knight.
* ** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': Gaelio Bauduin, an heir of one of the ruling families of the solar system, uses an appropriately aristocratic gun-lance as his signature mobile suit weapon. His Schwalbe Graze's version is simple (basically a stripped-down, short-barrelled version of the standard 120mm Graze rifle with a gigantic lance-shaped bayonet), while the Gundam Kimaris, naturally, has a fancier design - the Gungnir, a proper jousting lance with two 120mm guns built into the handguard.handguard. The upgraded Kimaris Trooper wields the Destroyer Lance, which in addition to mounting bigger guns is shaped like a vague combination of a lance and spear. [[spoiler:In the second season, the rebuilt Kimaris Vidar wields a [[ThisIsADrill drill lance]] which again mounts machine guns, but also has a pair of [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter Dáinsleif railcannons]].]]
** Though not seen in the anime, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''[='s=] MSV line has the DOM Trooper Original Spec, which wields a [[ThisIsADrill drill lance]], with its backpack carrying several spare "cones" (presumably because the drill would get stuck in an enemy machine).
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