Dork Knight YKTTW Discussion
A brave and virtuous hero with an endearingly awkward streak
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. Examples: Anime and Manga
- Yomiko Readman of Read or Die is practically the inventor of Adorkable. She can also kill you with a bookmark.
- Vash the Stampede from Trigun is this full stop. He's a completely unstoppable (and non-lethal) warrior and one of the silliest men committed to animation.
- Sweet, kind and cuddly Himura Kenshin of Rurouni Kenshin. That's not to say he isn't a skilled disciplined Samurai with an unflappable sense of right and wrong, defender of the innocent, etc. etc.
- In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Akemi Homura is revealed in a flashback to have started off life as a Moe Adorkable Meganenekko. She turns to Take a Level in Badass to prevent Madoka's death, and gradually sheds layers of Adorkable in each iteration of a Groundhog Day loop. However, when her feelings for Madoka bubble up to the surface, she's still the same Moemura at heart.
- Kotetsu of Tiger & Bunny.
- Koyomi Araragi of Bakemonogatari.
- Mikado Ryugamine of Durarara!!.
- Syaoran Li, beneath his supposed arrogance, turns out to be one in Cardcaptor Sakura, arguably Sakura herself evolves as such, both her competence as guardian of the cards and cluelessly innocent persona upped as the series goes on.
- 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.
- Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger.
- In the Hellboy films, Agent John Myers.
- In Condorman, Woody, mostly due to his being a Cloudcuckoolander.
- Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon is one. Little wonder why he's so popular with the female fanbase.
- 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.
- Dirk the Daring from Dragon's Lair.
- Dexter in Space Ace. Normally, he's The Ace, but thanks to Borf's Infanto Ray, he spends most of the game as a skinny, awkward teenager.
- He's not the main hero, but Steiner in Final Fantasy IX seems to be this at times, though he might lean more towards Idiot Hero.
- 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.
- Arthur wants to be a super, and definitely has some dorky qualities, but is overshadowed by The Tick. The Tick, by contrast, is an Idiot Hero.
- Mickey Mouse may count in some of his earlier more abrasive years pre Flanderization into The Everyman (though it comes back on occasion, eg. The Runaway Brain).
- Rufus of The Dreamstone starts off as a pretty straight played example, being Mr. Imagination}, The Klutz and a sword-wielding Badass Adorable rolled into one, however he gets diluted somewhat in later episodes, much like the Mickey Mouse example.