Created By: Floria on August 21, 2011 Last Edited By: Floria on November 15, 2011

Dork Knight

A brave and virtuous hero with an endearingly awkward streak

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Meet Bob. What a guy! Bob's brave, he's determined, he's good at what he does, he's genuinely nice, and, most importantly, his moral fiber has a higher tensile strength than spider silk. Sure, he's a bit socially awkward and has a few other harmless quirks, but that's all part of his particular charm.

In tropese, the Dork Knight is The Ace, The Cape, the Knight in Shining Armor or a similar character type infused with Adorkable, where the endearing awkwardness serves to humanize an otherwise idealized hero. See also Badass Adorable and Socially-Awkward Hero. The goofier examples of this trope may overlap with Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass.


Anime and Manga

  • Spider-Man is this. Dorky awkward teen with super powers. Trying to be a hero while trying to figure out his hormones at the same time.
  • In Superman, the title character's secret identity certainly has Adorkable tendencies. Your Mileage May Vary depending on the exact portrayal as to whether or not this is the result of Obfuscating Stupidity, being an Alien Among Us, or something else.
    • In the modern comics, it's usually just because he's a farmer's son who moved to the big city. He doesn't really count as Alien Among Us, since he came to Earth as an infant.
  • Scott Pilgrim
  • He's become less so over the years, but Lee Falk's original depiction of The Phantom had definite moments of this, particularly around the woman he loves.

Film: Live Action

Film: Animated

Live Action TV
  • Chuck from season 3 onwards.
  • Constable Benton Fraser, the quirky, unfailingly polite, Lawful Good Fish out of Water mountie from Due South.
  • The Doctor from Doctor Who, in most, if not all incarnations. Special mentions go to the ridiculously awkward Fourth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, who can't seem to get the hang of holding a normal conversations, but have destroyed civilizations. Some might also consider Rory Williams, after he took a level in badass.


  • Homestuck: John Egbert starts off as a goofy dork. He quickly grows into a badass and the team's leader, without ever becoming less of a dork.

Western Animation
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