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23rd Jun '16 7:54:35 PM SinNanna
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%%* ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'' is a Western adaptation of ''Film/TheSevenSamurai''.
%%* The Jedi from ''Franchise/StarWars'' often act as Knights Errant. ''Film/ANewHope'' itself was adapted from ''The Hidden Fortress'', a samurai movie. By the book Obi-Wan is a good specific example because he is an ideal Jedi Knight.
%%* ''Film/{{Shane}}'' may be the UrExample of cowboys as Knights Errant.
%%* ''Every'' SpaghettiWestern.
%%** The Man With No Name from the Film/DollarsTrilogy.
%%** [[NoNameGiven Harmonica]] from ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest''.

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%%* * ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'' is a Western adaptation of ''Film/TheSevenSamurai''.
%%* * The Jedi from ''Franchise/StarWars'' often act as Knights Errant. ''Film/ANewHope'' itself was adapted from ''The Hidden Fortress'', a samurai movie. By the book Obi-Wan is a good specific example because he is an ideal Jedi Knight.
%%* * ''Film/{{Shane}}'' may be the UrExample of cowboys as Knights Errant.
%%* * ''Every'' SpaghettiWestern.
%%** ** The Man With No Name from the Film/DollarsTrilogy.
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Film/DollarsTrilogy might be the ultimate Western example. His Japanese counterpart in ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'' even moreso. He just stumbles on the town the film takes place in while wandering aimlessly and gets involved in the MobWar for both justice and profit.
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[[NoNameGiven Harmonica]] from ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest''.''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'', who was originally going to be The Man With No Name until Clint Eastwood was unavailable for the part.



%%* Malik ibn Ibrahim from the ebook anthology ''Literature/WanderingDjinn'' seems to fall into this category constantly.

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%%* * Malik ibn Ibrahim from the ebook anthology ''Literature/WanderingDjinn'' seems to fall into this category constantly.
10th Jun '16 8:29:09 AM VutherA
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The medieval Knight Errant stems from the ChivalricRomance, where individual [[KnightInShiningArmor Knights In Shining Armor]] would wander the land, searching for [[OurDragonsAreDifferent evil to slay]] and [[DamselInDistress ladies to rescue]], guided by the DamselErrant. Since then, knights have declined in popularity, but the Knight Errant is still around in full force -- instead of knights, they are now often [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs samurai, cowboys, or]] {{Samurai Cowboy}}s.

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The medieval Knight Errant stems from the ChivalricRomance, where individual [[KnightInShiningArmor Knights In Shining Armor]] would wander the land, searching for [[OurDragonsAreDifferent evil to slay]] and [[DamselInDistress ladies to rescue]], guided by the DamselErrant. Since then, knights have declined in popularity, but the Knight Errant is still around in full force -- instead of knights, they are now often {{Samurai}}, {{Cowboy}}s, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs samurai, cowboys, or]] {{Samurai Cowboy}}s.
9th Jun '16 7:42:41 PM nombretomado
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%%* ''SamuraiJack'' is an homage to this trope, among many others.

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%%* ''SamuraiJack'' ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is an homage to this trope, among many others.
30th May '16 8:55:48 PM lavendermintrose
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* In the ''Anime/{{K}}'' series, Kuroh Yatogami was this after his master's death, until he finds a new master in the first series. [[spoiler: Then, when his immortal new master apparently dies, he spends a year searching for him, sometimes with Neko as his companion.]] The prequel manga Stray Dog Story covers the first time, and a midquel manga covers the second.
25th May '16 2:28:31 AM PaulA
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* John Shannow, the eponymous Literature/JerusalemMan in Creator/DavidGemmell's series of that name, starts by wandering a post-Apocalyptic Earth in a vague search for Jerusalem, but is repeatedly distracted by evil.

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* John Shannow, the eponymous Literature/JerusalemMan Jerusalem Man, in Creator/DavidGemmell's series of that name, ''Literature/StonesOfPower'' series, starts by wandering a post-Apocalyptic Earth in a vague search for Jerusalem, but is repeatedly distracted by evil.
14th May '16 1:10:47 PM nombretomado
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* KingdomHearts gave us Sora, who constantly travels from world to world, never stopping or staying very long, righting whatever wrongs he happens to come across along the way, from finding lost dogs to toppling local tyrants. He might have a few too many friends to count as a truly classical example, but 90% of them are the "leave them behind when you leave town" variety. By VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance, it's earned him an [[KnightFever official knighting]] by then-Princess Minnie.

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* KingdomHearts gave us Sora, who constantly travels from world to world, never stopping or staying very long, righting whatever wrongs he happens to come across along the way, from finding lost dogs to toppling local tyrants. He might have a few too many friends to count as a truly classical example, but 90% of them are the "leave them behind when you leave town" variety. By VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance, it's earned him an [[KnightFever [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever official knighting]] by then-Princess Minnie.
9th May '16 9:02:04 AM Morgenthaler
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%%* Caine from ''KungFu''.
%%* ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''

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%%* Caine from ''KungFu''.
''Series/KungFu''.
%%* ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''
4th Apr '16 4:53:32 AM isoycrazy
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The medieval KnightErrant stems from the ChivalricRomance, where individual [[KnightInShiningArmor Knights In Shining Armor]] would wander the land, searching for [[OurDragonsAreDifferent evil to slay]] and [[DamselInDistress ladies to rescue]], guided by the DamselErrant. Since then, knights have declined in popularity, but the Knight Errant is still around in full force -- instead of knights, they are now often [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs samurai, cowboys, or]] {{Samurai Cowboy}}s.

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The medieval KnightErrant Knight Errant stems from the ChivalricRomance, where individual [[KnightInShiningArmor Knights In Shining Armor]] would wander the land, searching for [[OurDragonsAreDifferent evil to slay]] and [[DamselInDistress ladies to rescue]], guided by the DamselErrant. Since then, knights have declined in popularity, but the Knight Errant is still around in full force -- instead of knights, they are now often [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs samurai, cowboys, or]] {{Samurai Cowboy}}s.



* The classic KnightErrant of ChivalricRomance is often accompanied by his DistaffCounterpart and complement the DamselErrant. He is seeking adventure and she knows where adventures are to be found.

There are many variations on the Knight Errant outside of [[KnightInShiningArmor Knights In Shining Armor]]. TheWestern very often stars a Knight Errant in the form of a wandering [[TheGunslinger gunslinger]] or cowboy. {{Samurai}} are often, and {{Ronin}} are almost always, Knights Errant. {{Wuxia}} heroes are Knights Errant. Because of the shared archetype, stories about one type of KnightErrant can easily be {{Recycled IN SPACE}} -- NewOldWest and SpaceWestern are examples of this.

Compare TheDrifter, an accidental KnightErrant.

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* The classic KnightErrant Knight Errant of ChivalricRomance is often accompanied by his DistaffCounterpart and complement the DamselErrant. He is seeking adventure and she knows where adventures are to be found.

There are many variations on the Knight Errant outside of [[KnightInShiningArmor Knights In Shining Armor]]. TheWestern very often stars a Knight Errant in the form of a wandering [[TheGunslinger gunslinger]] or cowboy. {{Samurai}} are often, and {{Ronin}} are almost always, Knights Errant. {{Wuxia}} heroes are Knights Errant. Because of the shared archetype, stories about one type of KnightErrant Knight Errant can easily be {{Recycled IN SPACE}} -- NewOldWest and SpaceWestern are examples of this.

Compare TheDrifter, an accidental KnightErrant.
Knight Errant.



* Colonel Next from ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' is consistently described as a "time-travelling KnightErrant", usually turning up in the nick of time to save the world.

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* Colonel Next from ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' is consistently described as a "time-travelling KnightErrant", Knight Errant", usually turning up in the nick of time to save the world.



** Most Hunters in general are [[KnightErrant Knights Errant]]. They tend not to stay in fixed locations, since their work tends to leave suspicious messes behind and there are only so many monsters in one location. They work mainly on the small scale, tracking down individual monsters, and work out of concern for the mission rather than for compensation, since few of the people they help even know what they do much less are willing or able to pay for it. Finally, most work alone and have few friends except other scattered Hunters--many of them became Hunters ''because'' they lost their loved ones to monsters, and they are consequently wary of getting too attached to people who might be endangered by their work or used against them by their enemies.

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** Most Hunters in general are [[KnightErrant Knights Errant]].Errant. They tend not to stay in fixed locations, since their work tends to leave suspicious messes behind and there are only so many monsters in one location. They work mainly on the small scale, tracking down individual monsters, and work out of concern for the mission rather than for compensation, since few of the people they help even know what they do much less are willing or able to pay for it. Finally, most work alone and have few friends except other scattered Hunters--many of them became Hunters ''because'' they lost their loved ones to monsters, and they are consequently wary of getting too attached to people who might be endangered by their work or used against them by their enemies.



* Many open-world [=RPGs=] are basically built around being a KnightErrant. The player is given a WideOpenSandbox populated by people who need help, and they [[WalkingTheEarth wander around]] finding those people and solving their problems.

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* Many open-world [=RPGs=] are basically built around being a KnightErrant.Knight Errant. The player is given a WideOpenSandbox populated by people who need help, and they [[WalkingTheEarth wander around]] finding those people and solving their problems.



** The ''Witch Hunt'' DLC for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' can end with the Warden (the KnightErrant) and Morrigan (the DamselErrant) stepping through the Eluvian, beyond the Fade and into the unknown.

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** The ''Witch Hunt'' DLC for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' can end with the Warden (the KnightErrant) Knight Errant) and Morrigan (the DamselErrant) stepping through the Eluvian, beyond the Fade and into the unknown.
6th Feb '16 3:35:17 PM Kotomikun
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* This initially seems to be the life of magical girls in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''--wander around on your own, saving people from monstrous "witches" whenever you find them. But this is subverted in various ways; Mami eventually reveals she's NotSoStoic, and would much rather fight on a team instead of solo. Sayaka takes the hero concept too seriously, and becomes a KnightTemplar. [[spoiler:Kyouko was originally more knight-esque than Mami, but became a KnightInSourArmor masquerading as a BloodKnight after a disastrous event broke her faith in goodness and justice. Homura seems to be the antagonist, but she's really attempting to [[DamselInDistress save Madoka from Kyubey]]; this, too, gets turned around when Homura fails and Madoka [[{{Wishplosion}} tricks Kyubey]], giving herself the ability to wander all of time and space on her own heroic quest.]]
22nd Jan '16 3:56:54 PM NotOnAnyFlatbread
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* ''Series/TheMaster'', a show about an aging ninja master and [[McNinja his apprentice]], traveling in a van and righting wrongs.
* Caine from ''KungFu''.
* ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''

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* ''Series/TheMaster'', ''Series/TheMaster'' is a show about an aging ninja master and [[McNinja his apprentice]], traveling in a van and righting wrongs.
* %%* Caine from ''KungFu''.
* %%* ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''



* [[{{Metroid}} Samus]] is often seen as one.

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* %%* [[{{Metroid}} Samus]] is often seen as one.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Roza}}'' [[http://www.junglestudio.com/roza/?date=2009-07-13 sparrow knights]]

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Roza}}'' refers to the concept as [[http://www.junglestudio.com/roza/?date=2009-07-13 sparrow knights]]knights]]. They are knights without masters who travel around small villages solving disputes and dealing with bandits, named for their former custom of feeding themselves with grain left in the fields after harvest.



* From Wiki/TheWorldbuildProject: Travelling about and righting wrongs? Sounds like a classic scenario for a [[MagicKnight Rohomajeshi Justicar]].

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* %%* From Wiki/TheWorldbuildProject: Travelling about and righting wrongs? Sounds like a classic scenario for a [[MagicKnight Rohomajeshi Justicar]].



* ''SamuraiJack'' is an homage to this trope, among many others.

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* %%* ''SamuraiJack'' is an homage to this trope, among many others.
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