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The original {{LEGO}} castle theme. Along with LEGOSpace and LEGOCity, this is by far the longest-running of all LEGOThemes.

The earliest sets appeared in 1978-1979 and were among the first to feature more specialized building parts outside of the usual bricks and minifigures (new items included simple-shaped medieval helmets and melee weapons like halberds, lances and shields). Sets from the first half of the 1980s started to get more sophisticated and added a lot more unique parts including swords and - notably - purpose-built horse models (despite a small esthetic overhaul in the 1990s, the basic template for LEGO horses hasn't really changed all that much ''for 30 years'').

It received a {{Spinoff}} in the early 2000s, titled [[KnightsKingdom2 Knights' Kingdom]], even though it had little to do with the original Knights' Kingdom subtheme.

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!!Eras and sub-themes (often based on a respective faction) in chronological order:

* ''[[FanNickname LEGOLAND Castle]]'' or just ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Castle]]'' (1978-1983) - [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/legolandcastle the original]] showcased a generic medieval kingdom with sets revolving around generic medieval locations and events (e.g. castles, jousts, men-at-arms escorting wagons); as evidenced by the title, it is often distinguished from the sub-themes that came after it by the "LEGOLAND" prefix (named after a common feature of LEGO box art from the 1980s and early 1990s)
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/crusaders Crusaders]]'' (1984-1992) - the first somewhat more specific theme that evolved from the original, the Crusaders were a heroic faction locked in battle against the Black Falcons; their heraldic figure was a lion
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/blackfalcons Black Falcons]]'' (1984-1988) - introduced alongside the Crusaders, the Black Falcons served as the first antagonistic faction of LEGO Castle and constantly battled against the Crusaders and, later, the Black Knights; their heraldic figure was a falcon
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/forestmen The Forestmen]]'' (1987-1990) - the first outlaw sub-theme, with LoveableRogue bandits in the style of RobinHood; their heraldic figure was a deer
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/blackknights Black Knights]]'' (1988-1992) - notable for showing a kingdom ruled by "The Black Monarch" and TheTeutonicKnights-like Order of Black Knights, featuring a lot of cultural elements from the Baltic, north German and Scandinavian Middle Ages (LEGO being a Danish company, this is probably intentional); their heraldic figure was a blue dragon
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/wolfpack Wolfpack Renegades]]'' (1992) - the second, more grittier and [[GreyAndGrayMorality morally grey]] outlaw sub-theme, their heraldic figure was a silver wolf head
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/dragonmasters Dragon Masters]]'' (1993-1995) - a group of dragon-themed {{Magic Knight}}s (complete with ''[[RuleOfCool dragon-themed horse armor]]''), who had assistance from the Merlin-like wizard [[PunnyName Majisto]] and several tamed dragons (this sub-theme is notable for introducing the wizard minifig accessories, unique horse armor and the iconic LEGO dragon figure with detachable red wings); the Knights heraldic figure was (of course) a green dragon with red wings
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/royalknights Royal Knights]]'' (1995-1997) - the introduction of King Richard and his [[KnightInShiningArmor brave and gentlemanly Royal Knights]], a ''very'' straight example of TheKingdom; their heraldic figure was a roaring lion head with a crown
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/frightknights Fright Knights]]'' (1997-1998) - a {{camp}}ier villainous faction than its predecessors, featuring [[WickedWitch Willa the Witch]], [[TheDragon Basil the Bat Lord]], black dragons, spookier castles and the titular successors to the Dragon Masters, who had a prominent bat motif going on (from armor and helmets to various tiny details on their architecture), with a bat being their obvious heraldic figure
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/ninja Ninja]]'' (1998-1999) - {{Spinoff}} with a JidaiGeki / {{Wutai}} setting
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/knightskingdom Knights' Kingdom]]'' (1999-2000) - best described as a {{revival}} of the Royal Knights theme with some updated esthetics, King Leo gained a formidable new enemy in the cunning warlord Cedric the Bull, who led a rebel army with higher than usual morale and an excellent arsenal of various siege engines; Bull's heraldic figure was a red-eyed black bull head; this sub-theme also received a (pretty much forgotten) video game adaptation
* ''[[KnightsKingdom2 Knights' Kingdom 2]]'' (2004-2006) - a major departure from the usual formula, taking place in a more fantastic and magic-based setting with a very character-driven storyline as the knights of Morcia defend their kingdom from the forces of Lord Vladek; this theme was also notable for several lines of ''{{BIONICLE}}''-esque action figures
* ''Castle'' (2007-2009) - intended as a return to the series typical style and as a ContinuityReboot of sorts, with King Revet defending his kingdom from the [[DemBones undead armies]] of the evil wizard Mallock the Malign; the line also features dwarf and troll factions, with the former allying with the Western Kingdom while the latter aligns with Mallock
* ''Kingdoms'' (2010-2012) - departing from the more fantastic themes of Knights' Kingdom 2 and Castle, Kingdoms returns to LEGO Castle's roots and depicts the war between the Lion Knights and the Dragon Knights in a more realistic fashion
* ''Castle'' (2013) - returning to the more fantastic themes of the 2007 ''Castle'' line, this newer ''Castle'' line features yet another group of Lion knights defending their kingdom from the attacks of yet another group of Dragon knights, this time led by another evil wizard with actual dragons

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!!Tropes used in this LEGO theme include:
* AnimalMotifs: The various heraldic creatures of the different factions. Wolves, lions, bulls, dragons, bats, you name it. A subversion were the Black Knights, who used a blue-colored wyvern in their coat of arms, despite their name.
* ArtEvolution: More unique and specialized items, accessories and minifigs (horses, ghosts, skeletons, witches, wizards, dragons, medieval weaponry and armor) got gradually introduced as the years went on. A good example of this is the case of the horses, which overlaps with EarlyInstallmentWeirdness : The horses from the late 1970s sets were still abstract constructs made from LEGO bricks until proper horse minifigs were introduced in the early 1980s.
* {{BFS}}: Lord characters always wielded bigger and [[CoolSword shinier swords]] than the regular soldiers.
* CallBack: The Fright Knights line came after the Royal Knights and Dark Forest lines, but a Royal Knight and a Dark Forestman both appear in the Fright Knights sets as prisoners.
* CaptainErsatz: While RobinHood himself [[PublicDomainCharacter appeared as the leader of the Forestmen]], the leader of the Dark Forest merry men was named Rob 'N' Hood instead.
* CoolHorse: Since the 1990s, the various factions often had unique horse armor at their disposal.
* CoolShip: The Black Knights were the only faction to prefer coastal or river environments and own quite a lot of ships. The biggest ship set of the castle theme, the war cog "[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6057 Sea Serpent]]", fully fits this trope.
** The 2007-2009 Castle line features the Skeleton Ship and the Troll Warship.
* TheEngineer: Cedric the Bull's faction sure loves building various siege engines.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Possibly the Black Knights. Unlike their predecessors, the Black Falcons, they are never seen directly in combat with the heroic Crusaders, but instead show up at the local jousts.
* DubNameChange: In America, the WickedWitch of the Fright Knights is named Willa, and her [[TheDragon Dragon]] is named Basil the Bat Lord. In Europe, the witch is named Hubble Bubble, and her Dragon[[note]]who might not even work for her in this version of the story, as Bricks 'n' Pieces magazine hints that the two are rivals[[/note]] is simply known as Count Batlord.
* DragonRider: Majisto the Wizard, Basil the Bat Lord, and even Cedric the Bull. In the 2007 line, one of Mallock's skeletons rides a black dragon while one of Revet's knights rides a green dragon.
** Played with by Willa the Witch. She doesn't ride on the back of a dragon, but a dragon carries the Witch's Windship around.
* FantasyGunControl: Played ''almost'' completely straight. Several of the ''Ninja'' sets had early Japanese firearms and one of Cedric Bull's siege engines looked and worked awfully like a cannon.
* FeudalOverlord: The rebellious Cedric the Bull.
* GangOfHats: All the factions, some by attitudes, some by their preferences for certain types of weaponry, some by the use of magic, etc.
* TheGoodKing: King Richard, King Leo, and King Revet. In fact, before ''Film/LEGOTheAdventuresOfClutchPowers'' revealed his name, King Revet was only known as the "Good King" on the LEGO Castle website.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: The ''Dragon Masters'' and ''Fright Knights'' lines.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Well]], ''[[CaptainObvious duh]]'', the ''Ninja'' line. However, despite the title, a lot of the sets from this line also contains Samurai-themed sets and minifigs. The line could be more accurately called "LEGO does [[JidaiGeki feudal Japan]]", but ''Ninja'' was apparently a shorter title... and, you know, [[RunningGag more awesome sounding]].
* JidaiGeki: While the European-themed sets are grounded in a realistic MedievalEuropeanFantasy world, the ''Ninja'' sets play this trope for all its worth.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: They feature prominently in the ''Ninja'' sets, but this gets subverted by the presence of various other medieval Japanese weaponry. Besides, the swords look "generic Japanese" enough to possibly represent various other actual sword types similar to katana, but not the same as them.
* LongRunner: One of the three longest-running LEGO themes. Also, a lot of the still-being-used medieval and creature models.
* LoveableRogue: The Forestmen. The Wolfpack were a more sinister bunch of outlaws.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy: Though some of the factions have a certain degree of FantasyCounterpartCulture to them, they are mostly "generic medieval". E.g. King Richard's Royal Knights and the Forestmen play this straight (generic western European kingdom and generic RobinHood-style outlaws), but the Black Knights are a more concrete analogue of a real historical group ([[TheTeutonicKnights Baltic/German]] / [[CreatorProvincialism Scandinavian]]-style nobles and knights with an [[CoolShip affinity for sailing ships]] and [[TheTeutonicKnights coastal castles]]).
* PointDefenseless: Averted by King Leo's castle, which includes defensive catapults to counter an enemy's barrage.
* PublicDomainCharacter: The leader of the Forestmen was RobinHood himself.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: The Fright Knights, the Bull Knights, and Mallock the Malign's army all use this color scheme.
* SiegeEngines: Featured as early as the second and third generation (''Crusaders'' and ''Black Falcons''), but Cedric the Bull from the Knights' Kingdom era took this UpToEleven (to the point of it being his gang's hat). The Dragon Masters also had a large trebuchet-like catapult with ''[[RuleOfCool stylized dragon decorations]]''.
* {{Spinoff}}: First the Ninja theme (regarded as the main theme's Asian cousin), then ''[[KnightsKingdom2 Knights' Kingdom 2]]''.
* YeGoodeOldeDays: Granted, this is MedievalEuropeanFantasy for kids, so despite some obligatory level of grittiness, don't expect any DarkerAndEdgier hyper-realistic portrayals of the Middle Ages.
* WickedWitch: Willa the Witch, also known as Hubble Bubble in the United Kingdom, from the Fright Knights line.
* WordSaladTitle: One of the sets from the ''Crusaders'' sub-theme era was called "[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6042 Dungeon Hunters]]". Furthermore, a small Royal Knights set showcasing King Richard and his personal weaponry was titled "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Royal King]]".
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The original {{LEGO}} castle theme. Along with LEGOSpace and LEGOCity, this is by far the longest-running of all LEGOThemes.

The earliest sets appeared in 1978-1979 and were among the first to feature more specialized building parts outside of the usual bricks and minifigures (new items included simple-shaped medieval helmets and melee weapons like halberds, lances and shields). Sets from the first half of the 1980s started to get more sophisticated and added a lot more unique parts including swords and - notably - purpose-built horse models (despite a small esthetic overhaul in the 1990s, the basic template for LEGO horses hasn't really changed all that much ''for 30 years'').

It received a {{Spinoff}} in the early 2000s, titled [[KnightsKingdom2 Knights' Kingdom]], even though it had little to do with the original Knights' Kingdom subtheme.

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!!Eras and sub-themes (often based on a respective faction) in chronological order:

* ''[[FanNickname LEGOLAND Castle]]'' or just ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Castle]]'' (1978-1983) - [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/legolandcastle the original]] showcased a generic medieval kingdom with sets revolving around generic medieval locations and events (e.g. castles, jousts, men-at-arms escorting wagons); as evidenced by the title, it is often distinguished from the sub-themes that came after it by the "LEGOLAND" prefix (named after a common feature of LEGO box art from the 1980s and early 1990s)
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/crusaders Crusaders]]'' (1984-1992) - the first somewhat more specific theme that evolved from the original, the Crusaders were a heroic faction locked in battle against the Black Falcons; their heraldic figure was a lion
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/blackfalcons Black Falcons]]'' (1984-1988) - introduced alongside the Crusaders, the Black Falcons served as the first antagonistic faction of LEGO Castle and constantly battled against the Crusaders and, later, the Black Knights; their heraldic figure was a falcon
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/forestmen The Forestmen]]'' (1987-1990) - the first outlaw sub-theme, with LoveableRogue bandits in the style of RobinHood; their heraldic figure was a deer
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/blackknights Black Knights]]'' (1988-1992) - notable for showing a kingdom ruled by "The Black Monarch" and TheTeutonicKnights-like Order of Black Knights, featuring a lot of cultural elements from the Baltic, north German and Scandinavian Middle Ages (LEGO being a Danish company, this is probably intentional); their heraldic figure was a blue dragon
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/wolfpack Wolfpack Renegades]]'' (1992) - the second, more grittier and [[GreyAndGrayMorality morally grey]] outlaw sub-theme, their heraldic figure was a silver wolf head
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/dragonmasters Dragon Masters]]'' (1993-1995) - a group of dragon-themed {{Magic Knight}}s (complete with ''[[RuleOfCool dragon-themed horse armor]]''), who had assistance from the Merlin-like wizard [[PunnyName Majisto]] and several tamed dragons (this sub-theme is notable for introducing the wizard minifig accessories, unique horse armor and the iconic LEGO dragon figure with detachable red wings); the Knights heraldic figure was (of course) a green dragon with red wings
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/royalknights Royal Knights]]'' (1995-1997) - the introduction of King Richard and his [[KnightInShiningArmor brave and gentlemanly Royal Knights]], a ''very'' straight example of TheKingdom; their heraldic figure was a roaring lion head with a crown
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/frightknights Fright Knights]]'' (1997-1998) - a {{camp}}ier villainous faction than its predecessors, featuring [[WickedWitch Willa the Witch]], [[TheDragon Basil the Bat Lord]], black dragons, spookier castles and the titular successors to the Dragon Masters, who had a prominent bat motif going on (from armor and helmets to various tiny details on their architecture), with a bat being their obvious heraldic figure
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/ninja Ninja]]'' (1998-1999) - {{Spinoff}} with a JidaiGeki / {{Wutai}} setting
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/knightskingdom Knights' Kingdom]]'' (1999-2000) - best described as a {{revival}} of the Royal Knights theme with some updated esthetics, King Leo gained a formidable new enemy in the cunning warlord Cedric the Bull, who led a rebel army with higher than usual morale and an excellent arsenal of various siege engines; Bull's heraldic figure was a red-eyed black bull head; this sub-theme also received a (pretty much forgotten) video game adaptation
* ''[[KnightsKingdom2 Knights' Kingdom 2]]'' (2004-2006) - a major departure from the usual formula, taking place in a more fantastic and magic-based setting with a very character-driven storyline as the knights of Morcia defend their kingdom from the forces of Lord Vladek; this theme was also notable for several lines of ''{{BIONICLE}}''-esque action figures
* ''Castle'' (2007-2009) - intended as a return to the series typical style and as a ContinuityReboot of sorts, with King Revet defending his kingdom from the [[DemBones undead armies]] of the evil wizard Mallock the Malign; the line also features dwarf and troll factions, with the former allying with the Western Kingdom while the latter aligns with Mallock
* ''Kingdoms'' (2010-2012) - departing from the more fantastic themes of Knights' Kingdom 2 and Castle, Kingdoms returns to LEGO Castle's roots and depicts the war between the Lion Knights and the Dragon Knights in a more realistic fashion
* ''Castle'' (2013) - returning to the more fantastic themes of the 2007 ''Castle'' line, this newer ''Castle'' line features yet another group of Lion knights defending their kingdom from the attacks of yet another group of Dragon knights, this time led by another evil wizard with actual dragons

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!!Tropes used in this LEGO theme include:
* AnimalMotifs: The various heraldic creatures of the different factions. Wolves, lions, bulls, dragons, bats, you name it. A subversion were the Black Knights, who used a blue-colored wyvern in their coat of arms, despite their name.
* ArtEvolution: More unique and specialized items, accessories and minifigs (horses, ghosts, skeletons, witches, wizards, dragons, medieval weaponry and armor) got gradually introduced as the years went on. A good example of this is the case of the horses, which overlaps with EarlyInstallmentWeirdness : The horses from the late 1970s sets were still abstract constructs made from LEGO bricks until proper horse minifigs were introduced in the early 1980s.
* {{BFS}}: Lord characters always wielded bigger and [[CoolSword shinier swords]] than the regular soldiers.
* CallBack: The Fright Knights line came after the Royal Knights and Dark Forest lines, but a Royal Knight and a Dark Forestman both appear in the Fright Knights sets as prisoners.
* CaptainErsatz: While RobinHood himself [[PublicDomainCharacter appeared as the leader of the Forestmen]], the leader of the Dark Forest merry men was named Rob 'N' Hood instead.
* CoolHorse: Since the 1990s, the various factions often had unique horse armor at their disposal.
* CoolShip: The Black Knights were the only faction to prefer coastal or river environments and own quite a lot of ships. The biggest ship set of the castle theme, the war cog "[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6057 Sea Serpent]]", fully fits this trope.
** The 2007-2009 Castle line features the Skeleton Ship and the Troll Warship.
* TheEngineer: Cedric the Bull's faction sure loves building various siege engines.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Possibly the Black Knights. Unlike their predecessors, the Black Falcons, they are never seen directly in combat with the heroic Crusaders, but instead show up at the local jousts.
* DubNameChange: In America, the WickedWitch of the Fright Knights is named Willa, and her [[TheDragon Dragon]] is named Basil the Bat Lord. In Europe, the witch is named Hubble Bubble, and her Dragon[[note]]who might not even work for her in this version of the story, as Bricks 'n' Pieces magazine hints that the two are rivals[[/note]] is simply known as Count Batlord.
* DragonRider: Majisto the Wizard, Basil the Bat Lord, and even Cedric the Bull. In the 2007 line, one of Mallock's skeletons rides a black dragon while one of Revet's knights rides a green dragon.
** Played with by Willa the Witch. She doesn't ride on the back of a dragon, but a dragon carries the Witch's Windship around.
* FantasyGunControl: Played ''almost'' completely straight. Several of the ''Ninja'' sets had early Japanese firearms and one of Cedric Bull's siege engines looked and worked awfully like a cannon.
* FeudalOverlord: The rebellious Cedric the Bull.
* GangOfHats: All the factions, some by attitudes, some by their preferences for certain types of weaponry, some by the use of magic, etc.
* TheGoodKing: King Richard, King Leo, and King Revet. In fact, before ''Film/LEGOTheAdventuresOfClutchPowers'' revealed his name, King Revet was only known as the "Good King" on the LEGO Castle website.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: The ''Dragon Masters'' and ''Fright Knights'' lines.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Well]], ''[[CaptainObvious duh]]'', the ''Ninja'' line. However, despite the title, a lot of the sets from this line also contains Samurai-themed sets and minifigs. The line could be more accurately called "LEGO does [[JidaiGeki feudal Japan]]", but ''Ninja'' was apparently a shorter title... and, you know, [[RunningGag more awesome sounding]].
* JidaiGeki: While the European-themed sets are grounded in a realistic MedievalEuropeanFantasy world, the ''Ninja'' sets play this trope for all its worth.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: They feature prominently in the ''Ninja'' sets, but this gets subverted by the presence of various other medieval Japanese weaponry. Besides, the swords look "generic Japanese" enough to possibly represent various other actual sword types similar to katana, but not the same as them.
* LongRunner: One of the three longest-running LEGO themes. Also, a lot of the still-being-used medieval and creature models.
* LoveableRogue: The Forestmen. The Wolfpack were a more sinister bunch of outlaws.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy: Though some of the factions have a certain degree of FantasyCounterpartCulture to them, they are mostly "generic medieval". E.g. King Richard's Royal Knights and the Forestmen play this straight (generic western European kingdom and generic RobinHood-style outlaws), but the Black Knights are a more concrete analogue of a real historical group ([[TheTeutonicKnights Baltic/German]] / [[CreatorProvincialism Scandinavian]]-style nobles and knights with an [[CoolShip affinity for sailing ships]] and [[TheTeutonicKnights coastal castles]]).
* PointDefenseless: Averted by King Leo's castle, which includes defensive catapults to counter an enemy's barrage.
* PublicDomainCharacter: The leader of the Forestmen was RobinHood himself.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: The Fright Knights, the Bull Knights, and Mallock the Malign's army all use this color scheme.
* SiegeEngines: Featured as early as the second and third generation (''Crusaders'' and ''Black Falcons''), but Cedric the Bull from the Knights' Kingdom era took this UpToEleven (to the point of it being his gang's hat). The Dragon Masters also had a large trebuchet-like catapult with ''[[RuleOfCool stylized dragon decorations]]''.
* {{Spinoff}}: First the Ninja theme (regarded as the main theme's Asian cousin), then ''[[KnightsKingdom2 Knights' Kingdom 2]]''.
* YeGoodeOldeDays: Granted, this is MedievalEuropeanFantasy for kids, so despite some obligatory level of grittiness, don't expect any DarkerAndEdgier hyper-realistic portrayals of the Middle Ages.
* WickedWitch: Willa the Witch, also known as Hubble Bubble in the United Kingdom, from the Fright Knights line.
* WordSaladTitle: One of the sets from the ''Crusaders'' sub-theme era was called "[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6042 Dungeon Hunters]]". Furthermore, a small Royal Knights set showcasing King Richard and his personal weaponry was titled "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Royal King]]".
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15th Apr '13 3:47:37 PM PeabodySam
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* ''KnightsKingdom2'' (2004-2006) - a major departure from the usual formula, taking place in a more fantastic and magic-based setting with a very character-driven storyline as the knights of Morcia defend their kingdom from the forces of Lord Vladek; this theme was also notable for several lines of ''{{BIONICLE}}''-esque action figures

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* ''KnightsKingdom2'' ''[[KnightsKingdom2 Knights' Kingdom 2]]'' (2004-2006) - a major departure from the usual formula, taking place in a more fantastic and magic-based setting with a very character-driven storyline as the knights of Morcia defend their kingdom from the forces of Lord Vladek; this theme was also notable for several lines of ''{{BIONICLE}}''-esque action figures




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* ''Castle'' (2013) - returning to the more fantastic themes of the 2007 ''Castle'' line, this newer ''Castle'' line features yet another group of Lion knights defending their kingdom from the attacks of yet another group of Dragon knights, this time led by another evil wizard with actual dragons



* CaptainErsatz: The leader of the Forestmen was actually named RobinHood, while the leader of the later Dark Forest merry men was named Rob 'N' Hood.

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* CaptainErsatz: The leader of the Forestmen was actually named RobinHood, while While RobinHood himself [[PublicDomainCharacter appeared as the leader of the later Forestmen]], the leader of the Dark Forest merry men was named Rob 'N' Hood.Hood instead.



* TheGoodKing: King Richard, King Leo, and King Revet. In fact, before ''The Adventures of Clutch Powers'' revealed his name, King Revet was only known as the "Good King" on the LEGO Castle website.

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* TheGoodKing: King Richard, King Leo, and King Revet. In fact, before ''The Adventures of Clutch Powers'' ''Film/LEGOTheAdventuresOfClutchPowers'' revealed his name, King Revet was only known as the "Good King" on the LEGO Castle website.



* PublicDomainCharacter: The leader of the Forestmen was RobinHood himself.



* {{Spinoff}}: First the Ninja theme (regarded as the main theme's Asian cousin), then ''KnightsKingdom2''.

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* {{Spinoff}}: First the Ninja theme (regarded as the main theme's Asian cousin), then ''KnightsKingdom2''.''[[KnightsKingdom2 Knights' Kingdom 2]]''.
27th Jan '13 7:50:15 PM PeabodySam
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* CallBack: The Fright Knights line came after the Royal Knights and Dark Forest lines, but a Royal Knight and a Dark Forestmen both appear in the Fright Knights sets as prisoners.

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* CallBack: The Fright Knights line came after the Royal Knights and Dark Forest lines, but a Royal Knight and a Dark Forestmen Forestman both appear in the Fright Knights sets as prisoners.



* DragonRider: Majisto the Wizard and Basil the Bat Lord.

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* DubNameChange: In America, the WickedWitch of the Fright Knights is named Willa, and her [[TheDragon Dragon]] is named Basil the Bat Lord. In Europe, the witch is named Hubble Bubble, and her Dragon[[note]]who might not even work for her in this version of the story, as Bricks 'n' Pieces magazine hints that the two are rivals[[/note]] is simply known as Count Batlord.
* DragonRider: Majisto the Wizard and Wizard, Basil the Bat Lord.Lord, and even Cedric the Bull. In the 2007 line, one of Mallock's skeletons rides a black dragon while one of Revet's knights rides a green dragon.



* PointDefenseless: Awesomely averted by King Leo's castles, which include defensive catapults to counter an enemy's barrage.
* SiegeEngines: Featured as early as the second and third generation (''Crusaders'' and ''Black Knights''), but Cedric the Bull from the Knight's Kingdom era took this UpToEleven (to the point of it being his gang's hat). The Dragon Master's also had a large trebuchet-like catapult with ''[[RuleOfCool stylized dragon decorations]]''.

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* PointDefenseless: Awesomely averted Averted by King Leo's castles, castle, which include includes defensive catapults to counter an enemy's barrage.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: The Fright Knights, the Bull Knights, and Mallock the Malign's army all use this color scheme.
* SiegeEngines: Featured as early as the second and third generation (''Crusaders'' and ''Black Knights''), Falcons''), but Cedric the Bull from the Knight's Knights' Kingdom era took this UpToEleven (to the point of it being his gang's hat). The Dragon Master's Masters also had a large trebuchet-like catapult with ''[[RuleOfCool stylized dragon decorations]]''.
26th Jan '13 4:19:55 PM PeabodySam
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* TheGoodKing: King Richard, King Leo, and King Revet. In fact, before ''The Adventures of Clutch Powers'' revealed his name, King Revet was only known as the "Good King" on the LEGO Castle website.
20th Jan '13 3:02:27 PM PeabodySam
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It received an odd {{Spinoff}} in the early 2000s, titled KnightsKingdom2 - even though it had little to do with the Knight's Kingdom subtheme.

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It received an odd a {{Spinoff}} in the early 2000s, titled KnightsKingdom2 - [[KnightsKingdom2 Knights' Kingdom]], even though it had little to do with the Knight's original Knights' Kingdom subtheme.



!!Eras and sub-themes (often based on a respective faction) in chronological order :

* ''[[FanNickname LEGOLAND Castle]]'' or just ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Castle]]'' (1978-1986) - [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/legolandcastle the original]] showcased a generic medieval kingdom with sets revolving around generic medieval locations and events (e.g. castles, jousts, men-at-arms escorting wagons); as evidenced by the title, it is often distinguished from the sub-themes that came after it by the "LEGOLAND" prefix (named after a common feature of LEGO box art from the 1980s and early 1990s)
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/crusaders Crusaders]]'' (1987-1992) - the first somewhat more specific theme that evolved from the original, though still lacking a distinct faction with a distinct backstory or motivation
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/forestmen The Forestmen]]'' (1987-1990) - the first outlaw sub-theme, with LoveableRogue bandits in the style of RobinHood
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/blackknights Black Knights]]'' (1987-1992) - the longest-running of the "faction specific" sub-themes, notable for showing a kingdom ruled by "The Black Monarch" and TheTeutonicKnights-like Order of Black Knights, featuring a lot of cultural elements from the Baltic, north German and Scandinavian Middle Ages (LEGO being a Danish company, this is probably intentional)
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/blackfalcons Black Falcons]]'' (1990) - an oddity, consisting of only one known set; they were probably meant to be a part of the Black Knights sub-theme, though the title suggests they may have something to do with lord Black Falcon, who appeared in the first era of the Castle theme

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!!Eras and sub-themes (often based on a respective faction) in chronological order :

order:

* ''[[FanNickname LEGOLAND Castle]]'' or just ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Castle]]'' (1978-1986) (1978-1983) - [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/legolandcastle the original]] showcased a generic medieval kingdom with sets revolving around generic medieval locations and events (e.g. castles, jousts, men-at-arms escorting wagons); as evidenced by the title, it is often distinguished from the sub-themes that came after it by the "LEGOLAND" prefix (named after a common feature of LEGO box art from the 1980s and early 1990s)
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/crusaders Crusaders]]'' (1987-1992) (1984-1992) - the first somewhat more specific theme that evolved from the original, though still lacking the Crusaders were a distinct heroic faction with locked in battle against the Black Falcons; their heraldic figure was a distinct backstory or motivation
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* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/forestmen The Forestmen]]'' (1987-1990) com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/blackfalcons Black Falcons]]'' (1984-1988) - introduced alongside the Crusaders, the Black Falcons served as the first outlaw sub-theme, with LoveableRogue bandits in antagonistic faction of LEGO Castle and constantly battled against the style of RobinHood
Crusaders and, later, the Black Knights; their heraldic figure was a falcon
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/blackknights Black Knights]]'' (1987-1992) com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/forestmen The Forestmen]]'' (1987-1990) - the longest-running of first outlaw sub-theme, with LoveableRogue bandits in the "faction specific" sub-themes, notable for showing a kingdom ruled by "The Black Monarch" and TheTeutonicKnights-like Order style of Black Knights, featuring RobinHood; their heraldic figure was a lot of cultural elements from the Baltic, north German and Scandinavian Middle Ages (LEGO being a Danish company, this is probably intentional)
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* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/blackfalcons com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/blackknights Black Falcons]]'' (1990) Knights]]'' (1988-1992) - an oddity, consisting notable for showing a kingdom ruled by "The Black Monarch" and TheTeutonicKnights-like Order of only one known set; they were Black Knights, featuring a lot of cultural elements from the Baltic, north German and Scandinavian Middle Ages (LEGO being a Danish company, this is probably meant to be intentional); their heraldic figure was a part of the Black Knights sub-theme, though the title suggests they may have something to do with lord Black Falcon, who appeared in the first era of the Castle themeblue dragon



* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/dragonmasters Dragon Masters]]'' (1993-1995) - a group of dragon-themed {{Magic Knight}}s (complete with ''[[RuleOfCool dragon-themed horse armor]]''), who had assistance from the Merlin-like wizard [[Punny Name Majisto]] and several tamed dragons (this sub-theme is notable for introducing the wizard minifig accessories, unique horse armor and the iconic LEGO dragon figure with detachable red wings); the Knights heraldic figure was (of course) a green dragon with red wings

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* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/dragonmasters Dragon Masters]]'' (1993-1995) - a group of dragon-themed {{Magic Knight}}s (complete with ''[[RuleOfCool dragon-themed horse armor]]''), who had assistance from the Merlin-like wizard [[Punny Name [[PunnyName Majisto]] and several tamed dragons (this sub-theme is notable for introducing the wizard minifig accessories, unique horse armor and the iconic LEGO dragon figure with detachable red wings); the Knights heraldic figure was (of course) a green dragon with red wings



* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/frightknights Fright Knights]]'' (1997-1998) - a more {{camp}}ier line with a DarkIsNotEvil flavor : witch minifigs, black dragons, spookier castles and the titular successors to the Dragon Masters, who had a prominent bat motif going on (from armor and helmets to various tiny details on their architecture), with a bat being their obvious heraldic figure

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* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/frightknights Fright Knights]]'' (1997-1998) - a more {{camp}}ier line with a DarkIsNotEvil flavor : witch minifigs, villainous faction than its predecessors, featuring [[WickedWitch Willa the Witch]], [[TheDragon Basil the Bat Lord]], black dragons, spookier castles and the titular successors to the Dragon Masters, who had a prominent bat motif going on (from armor and helmets to various tiny details on their architecture), with a bat being their obvious heraldic figure



* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/knightskingdom Knights' Kingdom]]'' (1999-2000) - best described as a {{revival}} of the Royal Knights theme with some updated esthetics, King Leo gained a formidable new enemy in the cunning warlord Cedric Bull, who led a rebel army with higher than usual morale and an excellent arsenal of various siege engines; Bull's heraldic figure was a red-eyed black bull head; this sub-theme also received a (pretty much forgotten) video game adaptation
* ''KnightsKingdom2'' (2004-2006) - a major departure from the usual formula, trying to ape the success of the more action figure oriented LEGO themes of the time, (i. e. ''{{BIONICLE}}''); often regarded as TheScrappy or even a borderline FranchiseKiller
* ''Castle'' (2007-2009) - intended as a return to the series typical style and as a ContinuityReboot of sorts, with King Revet defending his kingdom from the undead armies of a dark ruler (the undead are represented by skeleton minifigs)

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* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/knightskingdom Knights' Kingdom]]'' (1999-2000) - best described as a {{revival}} of the Royal Knights theme with some updated esthetics, King Leo gained a formidable new enemy in the cunning warlord Cedric the Bull, who led a rebel army with higher than usual morale and an excellent arsenal of various siege engines; Bull's heraldic figure was a red-eyed black bull head; this sub-theme also received a (pretty much forgotten) video game adaptation
* ''KnightsKingdom2'' (2004-2006) - a major departure from the usual formula, trying to ape the success of the taking place in a more fantastic and magic-based setting with a very character-driven storyline as the knights of Morcia defend their kingdom from the forces of Lord Vladek; this theme was also notable for several lines of ''{{BIONICLE}}''-esque action figure oriented LEGO themes of the time, (i. e. ''{{BIONICLE}}''); often regarded as TheScrappy or even a borderline FranchiseKiller
figures
* ''Castle'' (2007-2009) - intended as a return to the series typical style and as a ContinuityReboot of sorts, with King Revet defending his kingdom from the [[DemBones undead armies armies]] of a dark ruler (the undead are represented by skeleton minifigs)the evil wizard Mallock the Malign; the line also features dwarf and troll factions, with the former allying with the Western Kingdom while the latter aligns with Mallock



* AnimalMotifs : The various heraldic creatures of the different factions. Wolves, lions, bulls, dragons, bats, you name it. A subversion were the Black Knights, who used a blue-colored wyvern in their coat of arms, despite their name.
* ArtEvolution : More unique and specialized items, accessories and minifigs (horses, ghosts, skeletons, witches, wizards, dragons, medieval weaponry and armor) got gradually introduced as the years went on. A good example of this is the case of the horses, which overlaps with EarlyInstallmentWeirdness : The horses from the late 1970s sets were still abstract constructs made from LEGO bricks until proper horse minifigs were introduced in the early 1980s.
* {{BFS}} : Lord characters always wielded bigger and [[CoolSword shinier swords]] than the regular soldiers.
* CoolHorse : Since the 1990s, the various factions often had unique horse armor at their disposal.
* CoolShip : The Black Knights were the only faction to prefer coastal or river environments and own quite a lot of ships. The biggest ship set of the castle theme, the war cog "[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6057 Sea Serpent]]", fully fits this trope.
* TheEngineer : Cedric Bull's faction sure loves building various siege engines...
* DarkIsNotEvil : The Black Knights and Fright Knights.
* FantasyGunControl : Played ''almost'' completely straight. Several of the ''Ninja'' sets had early Japanese firearms and one of Cedric Bull's siege engines looked and worked awfully like a cannon.
* FeudalOverlord : The rebellious Cedric Bull, who also doubles as a DangerousDeserter.
* GangOfHats : All the factions, some by attitudes, some by their preferences for certain types of weaponry, some by the use of magic, etc.

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* AnimalMotifs : AnimalMotifs: The various heraldic creatures of the different factions. Wolves, lions, bulls, dragons, bats, you name it. A subversion were the Black Knights, who used a blue-colored wyvern in their coat of arms, despite their name.
* ArtEvolution : ArtEvolution: More unique and specialized items, accessories and minifigs (horses, ghosts, skeletons, witches, wizards, dragons, medieval weaponry and armor) got gradually introduced as the years went on. A good example of this is the case of the horses, which overlaps with EarlyInstallmentWeirdness : The horses from the late 1970s sets were still abstract constructs made from LEGO bricks until proper horse minifigs were introduced in the early 1980s.
* {{BFS}} : {{BFS}}: Lord characters always wielded bigger and [[CoolSword shinier swords]] than the regular soldiers.
* CoolHorse : CallBack: The Fright Knights line came after the Royal Knights and Dark Forest lines, but a Royal Knight and a Dark Forestmen both appear in the Fright Knights sets as prisoners.
* CaptainErsatz: The leader of the Forestmen was actually named RobinHood, while the leader of the later Dark Forest merry men was named Rob 'N' Hood.
* CoolHorse:
Since the 1990s, the various factions often had unique horse armor at their disposal.
* CoolShip : CoolShip: The Black Knights were the only faction to prefer coastal or river environments and own quite a lot of ships. The biggest ship set of the castle theme, the war cog "[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6057 Sea Serpent]]", fully fits this trope.
** The 2007-2009 Castle line features the Skeleton Ship and the Troll Warship.
* TheEngineer : TheEngineer: Cedric the Bull's faction sure loves building various siege engines...
engines.
* DarkIsNotEvil : The DarkIsNotEvil: Possibly the Black Knights Knights. Unlike their predecessors, the Black Falcons, they are never seen directly in combat with the heroic Crusaders, but instead show up at the local jousts.
* DragonRider: Majisto the Wizard
and Fright Knights.
Basil the Bat Lord.
** Played with by Willa the Witch. She doesn't ride on the back of a dragon, but a dragon carries the Witch's Windship around.
* FantasyGunControl : FantasyGunControl: Played ''almost'' completely straight. Several of the ''Ninja'' sets had early Japanese firearms and one of Cedric Bull's siege engines looked and worked awfully like a cannon.
* FeudalOverlord : FeudalOverlord: The rebellious Cedric Bull, who also doubles as a DangerousDeserter.
the Bull.
* GangOfHats : GangOfHats: All the factions, some by attitudes, some by their preferences for certain types of weaponry, some by the use of magic, etc.



* JidaiGeki : While the European-themed sets are grounded in a realistic MedievalEuropeanFantasy world, the ''Ninja'' sets play this trope for all its worth.
* KatanasAreJustBetter : They feature prominently in the ''Ninja'' sets, but this gets subverted by the presence of various other medieval Japanese weaponry. Besides, the swords look "generic Japanese" enough to possibly represent various other actual sword types similar to katana, but not the same as them.
* LongRunner : One of the three longest-running LEGO themes. Also, a lot of the still-being-used medieval and creature models.
* LoveableRogue : The Forestmen. The Wolfpack were a more sinister bunch of outlaws.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy : Though some of the factions have a certain degree of FantasyCounterpartCulture to them, they are mostly "generic medieval". E.g. King Richard's Royal Knights and the Forestmen play this straight (generic western European kingdom and generic RobinHood-style outlaws), but the Black Knights are a more concrete analogue of a real historical group ([[TheTeutonicKnights Baltic/German]] / [[CreatorProvincialism Scandinavian]]-style nobles and knights with an [[CoolShip affinity for sailing ships]] and [[TheTeutonicKnights coastal castles]]).
* PointDefenseless : Awesomely averted by King Leo's castles, which include defensive catapults to counter an enemy's barrage.
* ShoutOut : Probably completely unintentional, but the ''Black Knights'' and ''Dragon Masters'' wore armor that often resembled the [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Knights of Ni]].
* SiegeEngines : Featured as early as the second and third generation (''Crusaders'' and ''Black Knights''), but Cedric the Bull from the Knight's Kingdom era took this UpToEleven (to the point of it being his gang's hat). The Dragon Master's also had a large trebuchet-like catapult with ''[[RuleOfCool stylized dragon decorations]]''.
* {{Spinoff}} : First the Ninja theme (regarded as the main theme's Asian cousin), then ''KnightsKingdom2''.

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* JidaiGeki : JidaiGeki: While the European-themed sets are grounded in a realistic MedievalEuropeanFantasy world, the ''Ninja'' sets play this trope for all its worth.
* KatanasAreJustBetter : KatanasAreJustBetter: They feature prominently in the ''Ninja'' sets, but this gets subverted by the presence of various other medieval Japanese weaponry. Besides, the swords look "generic Japanese" enough to possibly represent various other actual sword types similar to katana, but not the same as them.
* LongRunner : LongRunner: One of the three longest-running LEGO themes. Also, a lot of the still-being-used medieval and creature models.
* LoveableRogue : LoveableRogue: The Forestmen. The Wolfpack were a more sinister bunch of outlaws.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy : MedievalEuropeanFantasy: Though some of the factions have a certain degree of FantasyCounterpartCulture to them, they are mostly "generic medieval". E.g. King Richard's Royal Knights and the Forestmen play this straight (generic western European kingdom and generic RobinHood-style outlaws), but the Black Knights are a more concrete analogue of a real historical group ([[TheTeutonicKnights Baltic/German]] / [[CreatorProvincialism Scandinavian]]-style nobles and knights with an [[CoolShip affinity for sailing ships]] and [[TheTeutonicKnights coastal castles]]).
* PointDefenseless : PointDefenseless: Awesomely averted by King Leo's castles, which include defensive catapults to counter an enemy's barrage.
* ShoutOut : Probably completely unintentional, but the ''Black Knights'' and ''Dragon Masters'' wore armor that often resembled the [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Knights of Ni]].
* SiegeEngines :
SiegeEngines: Featured as early as the second and third generation (''Crusaders'' and ''Black Knights''), but Cedric the Bull from the Knight's Kingdom era took this UpToEleven (to the point of it being his gang's hat). The Dragon Master's also had a large trebuchet-like catapult with ''[[RuleOfCool stylized dragon decorations]]''.
* {{Spinoff}} : {{Spinoff}}: First the Ninja theme (regarded as the main theme's Asian cousin), then ''KnightsKingdom2''.



* WordSaladTitle : One of the sets from the ''Crusaders'' sub-theme era was called "[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6042 Dungeon Hunters]]". Furthermore, a small Royal Knights set showcasing King Richard and his personal weaponry was titled "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Royal King]]".

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* WordSaladTitle : WickedWitch: Willa the Witch, also known as Hubble Bubble in the United Kingdom, from the Fright Knights line.
* WordSaladTitle:
One of the sets from the ''Crusaders'' sub-theme era was called "[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6042 Dungeon Hunters]]". Furthermore, a small Royal Knights set showcasing King Richard and his personal weaponry was titled "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Royal King]]".
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* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/royalknights Royal Knights]]'' (1995-1997) - the introduction of King Leo and his [[KnightInShiningArmor brave and gentlemanly Royal Knights]], a ''very'' straight example of TheKingdom; their heraldic figure was a roaring lion head with a crown

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* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/royalknights Royal Knights]]'' (1995-1997) - the introduction of King Leo Richard and his [[KnightInShiningArmor brave and gentlemanly Royal Knights]], a ''very'' straight example of TheKingdom; their heraldic figure was a roaring lion head with a crown



* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/knightskingdomii KnightsKingdom2]]'' (2004-2006) - a major departure from the usual formula, trying to ape the success of the more action figure oriented LEGO themes of the time, (i. e. ''{{BIONICLE}}''); often regarded as TheScrappy or even a borderline FranchiseKiller
* ''Castle'' (2007-2009) - intended as a return to the series typical style and as a ContinuityReboot of sorts, with a CaptainErsatz version of King Leo defending his kingdom from the undead armies of a dark ruler (the undead are represented by skeleton minifigs)

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* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/knightskingdomii KnightsKingdom2]]'' ''KnightsKingdom2'' (2004-2006) - a major departure from the usual formula, trying to ape the success of the more action figure oriented LEGO themes of the time, (i. e. ''{{BIONICLE}}''); often regarded as TheScrappy or even a borderline FranchiseKiller
* ''Castle'' (2007-2009) - intended as a return to the series typical style and as a ContinuityReboot of sorts, with a CaptainErsatz version of King Leo Revet defending his kingdom from the undead armies of a dark ruler (the undead are represented by skeleton minifigs)
* ''Kingdoms'' (2010-2012) - departing from the more fantastic themes of Knights' Kingdom 2 and Castle, Kingdoms returns to LEGO Castle's roots and depicts the war between the Lion Knights and the Dragon Knights in a more realistic fashion



* LegacyCharacter : Arguably King Leo, who's the only character to appear in three different sub-themes, years apart (though in the third and latest one, it's actually more of an CaptainErsatz of him).



* MedievalEuropeanFantasy : Though some of the factions have a certain degree of FantasyCounterpartCulture to them, they are mostly "generic medieval". E.g. King Leo's Royal Knights and the Forestmen play this straight (generic western European kingdom and generic RobinHood-style outlaws), but the Black Knights are a more concrete analogue of a real historical group ([[TheTeutonicKnights Baltic/German]] / [[CreatorProvincialism Scandinavian]]-style nobles and knights with an [[CoolShip affinity for sailing ships]] and [[TheTeutonicKnights coastal castles]]).

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* MedievalEuropeanFantasy : Though some of the factions have a certain degree of FantasyCounterpartCulture to them, they are mostly "generic medieval". E.g. King Leo's Richard's Royal Knights and the Forestmen play this straight (generic western European kingdom and generic RobinHood-style outlaws), but the Black Knights are a more concrete analogue of a real historical group ([[TheTeutonicKnights Baltic/German]] / [[CreatorProvincialism Scandinavian]]-style nobles and knights with an [[CoolShip affinity for sailing ships]] and [[TheTeutonicKnights coastal castles]]).



* WordSaladTitle : One of the sets from the ''Crusaders'' sub-theme era was called "[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6042 Dungeon Hunters]]". Furthermore, a small Royal Knights set showcasing King Leo and his personal weaponry was titled "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Royal King]]".

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* WordSaladTitle : One of the sets from the ''Crusaders'' sub-theme era was called "[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6042 Dungeon Hunters]]". Furthermore, a small Royal Knights set showcasing King Leo Richard and his personal weaponry was titled "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Royal King]]".
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The original {{LEGO}} castle theme. Along with LEGOSpace and LEGOCity, this is by far the longest-running of all LEGOThemes.

The earliest sets appeared in 1978-1979 and were among the first to feature more specialized building parts outside of the usual bricks and minifigures (new items included simple-shaped medieval helmets and melee weapons like halberds, lances and shields). Sets from the first half of the 1980s started to get more sophisticated and added a lot more unique parts including swords and - notably - purpose-built horse models (despite a small esthetic overhaul in the 1990s, the basic template for LEGO horses hasn't really changed all that much ''for 30 years'').

It received an odd {{Spinoff}} in the early 2000s, titled KnightsKingdom2 - even though it had little to do with the Knight's Kingdom subtheme.

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!!Eras and sub-themes (often based on a respective faction) in chronological order :

* ''[[FanNickname LEGOLAND Castle]]'' or just ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Castle]]'' (1978-1986) - [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/legolandcastle the original]] showcased a generic medieval kingdom with sets revolving around generic medieval locations and events (e.g. castles, jousts, men-at-arms escorting wagons); as evidenced by the title, it is often distinguished from the sub-themes that came after it by the "LEGOLAND" prefix (named after a common feature of LEGO box art from the 1980s and early 1990s)
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/crusaders Crusaders]]'' (1987-1992) - the first somewhat more specific theme that evolved from the original, though still lacking a distinct faction with a distinct backstory or motivation
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/forestmen The Forestmen]]'' (1987-1990) - the first outlaw sub-theme, with LoveableRogue bandits in the style of RobinHood
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/blackknights Black Knights]]'' (1987-1992) - the longest-running of the "faction specific" sub-themes, notable for showing a kingdom ruled by "The Black Monarch" and TheTeutonicKnights-like Order of Black Knights, featuring a lot of cultural elements from the Baltic, north German and Scandinavian Middle Ages (LEGO being a Danish company, this is probably intentional)
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/blackfalcons Black Falcons]]'' (1990) - an oddity, consisting of only one known set; they were probably meant to be a part of the Black Knights sub-theme, though the title suggests they may have something to do with lord Black Falcon, who appeared in the first era of the Castle theme
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/wolfpack Wolfpack Renegades]]'' (1992) - the second, more grittier and [[GreyAndGrayMorality morally grey]] outlaw sub-theme, their heraldic figure was a silver wolf head
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/dragonmasters Dragon Masters]]'' (1993-1995) - a group of dragon-themed {{Magic Knight}}s (complete with ''[[RuleOfCool dragon-themed horse armor]]''), who had assistance from the Merlin-like wizard [[Punny Name Majisto]] and several tamed dragons (this sub-theme is notable for introducing the wizard minifig accessories, unique horse armor and the iconic LEGO dragon figure with detachable red wings); the Knights heraldic figure was (of course) a green dragon with red wings
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/royalknights Royal Knights]]'' (1995-1997) - the introduction of King Leo and his [[KnightInShiningArmor brave and gentlemanly Royal Knights]], a ''very'' straight example of TheKingdom; their heraldic figure was a roaring lion head with a crown
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/frightknights Fright Knights]]'' (1997-1998) - a more {{camp}}ier line with a DarkIsNotEvil flavor : witch minifigs, black dragons, spookier castles and the titular successors to the Dragon Masters, who had a prominent bat motif going on (from armor and helmets to various tiny details on their architecture), with a bat being their obvious heraldic figure
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/ninja Ninja]]'' (1998-1999) - {{Spinoff}} with a JidaiGeki / {{Wutai}} setting
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/knightskingdom Knights' Kingdom]]'' (1999-2000) - best described as a {{revival}} of the Royal Knights theme with some updated esthetics, King Leo gained a formidable new enemy in the cunning warlord Cedric Bull, who led a rebel army with higher than usual morale and an excellent arsenal of various siege engines; Bull's heraldic figure was a red-eyed black bull head; this sub-theme also received a (pretty much forgotten) video game adaptation
* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/knightskingdomii KnightsKingdom2]]'' (2004-2006) - a major departure from the usual formula, trying to ape the success of the more action figure oriented LEGO themes of the time, (i. e. ''{{BIONICLE}}''); often regarded as TheScrappy or even a borderline FranchiseKiller
* ''Castle'' (2007-2009) - intended as a return to the series typical style and as a ContinuityReboot of sorts, with a CaptainErsatz version of King Leo defending his kingdom from the undead armies of a dark ruler (the undead are represented by skeleton minifigs)

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!!Tropes used in this LEGO theme include:
* AnimalMotifs : The various heraldic creatures of the different factions. Wolves, lions, bulls, dragons, bats, you name it. A subversion were the Black Knights, who used a blue-colored wyvern in their coat of arms, despite their name.
* ArtEvolution : More unique and specialized items, accessories and minifigs (horses, ghosts, skeletons, witches, wizards, dragons, medieval weaponry and armor) got gradually introduced as the years went on. A good example of this is the case of the horses, which overlaps with EarlyInstallmentWeirdness : The horses from the late 1970s sets were still abstract constructs made from LEGO bricks until proper horse minifigs were introduced in the early 1980s.
* {{BFS}} : Lord characters always wielded bigger and [[CoolSword shinier swords]] than the regular soldiers.
* CoolHorse : Since the 1990s, the various factions often had unique horse armor at their disposal.
* CoolShip : The Black Knights were the only faction to prefer coastal or river environments and own quite a lot of ships. The biggest ship set of the castle theme, the war cog "[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6057 Sea Serpent]]", fully fits this trope.
* TheEngineer : Cedric Bull's faction sure loves building various siege engines...
* DarkIsNotEvil : The Black Knights and Fright Knights.
* FantasyGunControl : Played ''almost'' completely straight. Several of the ''Ninja'' sets had early Japanese firearms and one of Cedric Bull's siege engines looked and worked awfully like a cannon.
* FeudalOverlord : The rebellious Cedric Bull, who also doubles as a DangerousDeserter.
* GangOfHats : All the factions, some by attitudes, some by their preferences for certain types of weaponry, some by the use of magic, etc.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: The ''Dragon Masters'' and ''Fright Knights'' lines.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Well]], ''[[CaptainObvious duh]]'', the ''Ninja'' line. However, despite the title, a lot of the sets from this line also contains Samurai-themed sets and minifigs. The line could be more accurately called "LEGO does [[JidaiGeki feudal Japan]]", but ''Ninja'' was apparently a shorter title... and, you know, [[RunningGag more awesome sounding]].
* LegacyCharacter : Arguably King Leo, who's the only character to appear in three different sub-themes, years apart (though in the third and latest one, it's actually more of an CaptainErsatz of him).
* JidaiGeki : While the European-themed sets are grounded in a realistic MedievalEuropeanFantasy world, the ''Ninja'' sets play this trope for all its worth.
* KatanasAreJustBetter : They feature prominently in the ''Ninja'' sets, but this gets subverted by the presence of various other medieval Japanese weaponry. Besides, the swords look "generic Japanese" enough to possibly represent various other actual sword types similar to katana, but not the same as them.
* LongRunner : One of the three longest-running LEGO themes. Also, a lot of the still-being-used medieval and creature models.
* LoveableRogue : The Forestmen. The Wolfpack were a more sinister bunch of outlaws.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy : Though some of the factions have a certain degree of FantasyCounterpartCulture to them, they are mostly "generic medieval". E.g. King Leo's Royal Knights and the Forestmen play this straight (generic western European kingdom and generic RobinHood-style outlaws), but the Black Knights are a more concrete analogue of a real historical group ([[TheTeutonicKnights Baltic/German]] / [[CreatorProvincialism Scandinavian]]-style nobles and knights with an [[CoolShip affinity for sailing ships]] and [[TheTeutonicKnights coastal castles]]).
* PointDefenseless : Awesomely averted by King Leo's castles, which include defensive catapults to counter an enemy's barrage.
* ShoutOut : Probably completely unintentional, but the ''Black Knights'' and ''Dragon Masters'' wore armor that often resembled the [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Knights of Ni]].
* SiegeEngines : Featured as early as the second and third generation (''Crusaders'' and ''Black Knights''), but Cedric the Bull from the Knight's Kingdom era took this UpToEleven (to the point of it being his gang's hat). The Dragon Master's also had a large trebuchet-like catapult with ''[[RuleOfCool stylized dragon decorations]]''.
* {{Spinoff}} : First the Ninja theme (regarded as the main theme's Asian cousin), then ''KnightsKingdom2''.
* YeGoodeOldeDays: Granted, this is MedievalEuropeanFantasy for kids, so despite some obligatory level of grittiness, don't expect any DarkerAndEdgier hyper-realistic portrayals of the Middle Ages.
* WordSaladTitle : One of the sets from the ''Crusaders'' sub-theme era was called "[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6042 Dungeon Hunters]]". Furthermore, a small Royal Knights set showcasing King Leo and his personal weaponry was titled "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Royal King]]".
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