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->“The benevolent God of Light will forgive your sins.”\\
I must have said that line at least a million times in my time as the Sun Knight.\\
However, the greatest wish in my life is to be able to stand before the entire continent and roar, “Damn your ‘the whole continent knows’! This Sun Knight just doesn’t feel like smiling! I just don’t want to forgive these human trashes! I just want to pepper my sentences with ‘f***’!”
-->-- '''The Sun Knight'''

''The Legend of Sun Knight'' or ''Legend of the Sun Knight'' (depending on who you ask) is a series of Taiwanese novels written by Yu Wo, following the adventures and misadventures of the thirty-eighth generation Sun Knight and the other 11 holy knights. In 2010, it was adapted into a manhua drawn by Os Rabbit Cat/Neko Kreus.

In theory, the Sun Knight is kind, merciful and will never abandon a life. He always smiles and praises the Light God in every sentence; he doesn't drink or swear; he is pure-minded. In practice...not so much - he's a closet pervert, has a ridiculously high tolerance for liquor and a large swearing vocabulary. The rest of the Holy Knights are pretty similar, with expected personalities completely different to their real ones. Now add in two other major religions competing with the Church of the God of Light, a fat pig of a king, and more darkness and evil in the world than you can shake a stick at, and you have a pretty good idea of what ''The Legend of Sun Knight'' is like.

Translations for the novel can be found [[http://www.princerevolution.org here]] and the manhua scanlations can be found [[http://www.oddsquad.org here]] and [[http://readonline.egscans.com/Legend_of_The_Sun_Knight here]].

For other works by the same author Yu Wo, see ''Literature/HalfPrince'' and ''EclipseHunter''.

Now with a [[Characters/TheLegendOfSunKnight characters sheet]]

!!The series as a whole provides examples of:
* AerithAndBob: Some characters have fantastic names like Creus (or Grisia, depending on the translation) and Leithe (or Lesus), then they have common names like Elijah, Ed and Roland
* AgentPeacock: Creus is forced to be this due to the Sun Knight's image.
* AllWorkVsAllPlay: The Storm Knight is the embodiment of this trope. On the outside, he's a guy who's always winking at ladies, speaking his mind to whoever he wants, and skipping out on all his meetings. On the inside, he's a workaholic who knows every secret worth knowing, or at least knows how to find them out, and often seen carrying piles of paperwork or being buried in them. Sun often worries that Storm will work himself to death.
* {{Ambadassador}}: The Sun Knight has the duty of upholding justice, but doing so in a peaceful manner. If that doesn't work, he works behind the scenes, using all his intellect and resources to reach his goals. He even uses people as unknowing pawns if it'll help him. And he doesn't mind secretly rubbing it in when his "victim" is cornered by his plan.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: '''''Averted.''''' Three out of the Twelve Holy Knights are confirmed virgins [[note]]Sun, Frost and Storm[[/note]], and another two [[note]]Judge, Hell[[/note]] are implied to be.
** {{Subverted}} when [[spoiler: Creus is revealed to have had a daughter with Charlotte after his return from the Church of Chaos in the latest novel '''39''']]
* AManIsAlwaysEager: Sun. As much as he'd like to find a lovely woman, he never seems able to...
** [[spoiler: Averted when Charlotte kidnaps him. He's not really interested in her, romantically speaking. That might be because she's taking him away from home. He doesn't like that very much.]]
* AngerBornOfWorry: Sun and Judge chuck this trope at each other like they're playing catch or something.
* AnIcePerson: [[CaptainObvious Frost]].
** Roland counts as well.
* AnimeCatholicism: The references make no attempt at subtly: The Pope, the God of Light, - who's symbol is a cross, by the way - but it doesn't go so far as to deal with the actual religion of Catholicism. Mostly it's used for aesthetic appeal. After all, since when have Catholics allowed female priests?
** Has a bit of [[FantasticCatholicism Fantastic Catholicism]] sprinkled in; [[spoiler: holy light comes from the God of Light, and it's deadly to any creatures of darkness.]]
* AristocratsAreEvil: When Sun is trying to find out which noble has a hobby for torturing people, Storm tells him that most nobles share that interest.
* ArsonMurderAndLifesaving: Although he (usually) has good intentions, most of Sun's schemes include at least one questionable act. It helps that the main person to notice that he's breaking rules while resolving problems is Judge, who's willing to turn a blind eye on what his friend does.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The Twelve Holy Knights are the highest order of the Church of Light and their prowess makes them practically living, breathing gods.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Sun is the medieval version, even though he can never seem to maintain the image.
* BadDreams: [[spoiler: Sun has some ''doozies''. And with [[KillTheOnesYouLove good reason]].]]
* BadLiar: Roland is one, which is how Sun knew [[spoiler: he was lying when he said the Crown Prince was the one who tortured him to death.]]
* BatmanGambit: The plan to [[spoiler:overthrow the fat pig king]] relies on the king hiding and listening in on Sun and Judge's attempt to stop Roland, the king being an idiot when he hears Roland's motive, Blaze losing his temper, ''Roland '' losing his temper, and the royal and holy knights distracting one another from Roland. The number of people Sun had to predict the actions of really hammers home his ChessMaster skills.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Sun - the masculine variation of the trope - regularly inverts this by getting sweaty, smelly, bloody, bruised, sliced and so on. The “smelly” part tends to bother him more than the rest.
-->'''Sun''': *to himself, after several days without washing* ''I should be called the stinky knight!''
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Leaf is a nice guy, but he is terrifying if you're on the opposite side in a fight, according to Sun. [[spoiler:He is also kinda into "voodoo" and using Sun's hair and fingernails for it.]]
** For that matter, Sun. He may spout platitudes in every sentence, constantly smile and appear to forgive you for all your sins, but that's just the image he ''has'' to portray. The rule among the ''[[{{Badass}} Twelve Holy Knights]]'' themselves is "No matter [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass how lame/foolish the Sun Knight looks,]] never ever provoke his wrath."
* BerserkButton: Do NOT, I repeat: DO NOT harm any member of the Twelve Holy Knights if you don't want Creus to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge make you pay in the most horrible way,]] becouse he ''WILL'' get you, no matter who you are.
** He even dares to do this to a princess from the neighboring country by [[spoiler: giving her a recipe of a whitening face mask that turns the poor woman's face into the colour of charcoal]] for [[spoiler: killing the Leaf Knight]].
* {{Bishonen}}: Pretty much all the holy knights to some extent; taken [[UpToEleven up to eleven]] by the first volume of the manhua and toned down thereafter.
* BishieSparkle: So, so much in the first manhua volume.
* BlindSeer: [[spoiler: The Sun Knight, after he sacrifices his sight to resurrect the Leaf Knight. He compensates for his blindness with his inborn magical ability known as the Elemental Perception, which enables him to perceive the elemental structure of things around him.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Judgement Knight in his training.
** Ice Knight's training was this, too, as revealed in his side story.
* BrilliantButLazy: ''Sun''. [[spoiler: Not too many people can handle three dangerous liches, Silent Eagle and his Church, untold numbers of undead creatures, the largest coalition in eons between the Church of Light and the adventurers of the continent, and yet try to turn everything into one big game.]]
* BrutalHonesty: Sun is furious when Judge bluntly admits that he doesn't completely trust Sun's word about murdering the Death Knight. His honesty hurts, because Sun has a little habit of [[PayEvilUntoEvil paying evil unto evil]]; not that Sun's [[MoralEventHorizon ever gone that far before]], but it's more that Judge isn't too convinced that it's not a ''possibility'' for Sun. [[RageBreakingPoint Sun's glare could melt steel.]]
* BullyingADragon: People picking on Sun just cause he's a Not-so-good [[note]]Rotten[[/note]] swordsman.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: All twelve knights count.
* ButThouMust: Sun has to go to Pink for help. Even though he already [[spoiler: sold his soul to her in return for a past favor]].
** For those who don't understand, it's more like [[spoiler: Pink forces him to agree to be resurrected as a Death Knight using necromancy to work for her after his death]].
* [[spoiler: [[CameBackStrong Came Back Strong]]: Leaf. His eyesight is even more amazing than before he was killed, although the resurrection did cost Sun his own sight.]]
** Subverted [[spoiler: at the beginning of volume seven, with Sun.]]
* CameBackWrong: The results of a botched Resurrection.
* [[CantHoldHisLiquor Can't Hold His Liquor]]: {{Subverted}}. The Sun Knight is supposed to be this, turning red on the first cup, getting a headache on the second and keeling over unconscious on the third. In order to achieve this, every generation of Sun Knights has been a strong alcoholic.
* TheCasanova: What the Storm Knight is ''supposed'' to be; the current Earth Knight actually is one, though.
* CelibateHero: Sun Knights are supposed to love only God and not women, making them this. The current generation Sun Knight is not happy about it.
* ChekhovsArmoury: Seen often, from character descriptions to hints leading up to Sun's big plans.
* ClearMyName: Sun, when accused of murdering the Death Knight.
* CorruptChurch: Played with, with the Temple of the Light God. The Pope may be a greedy, underhanded trickster, Sun might blackmail people into helping him, (and be blackmailed back) but throughout the books, [[spoiler: and especially starting in volume six]] it's shown that the Temple of the God of Light to some level really care about the people they're supposed to protect. Sun even articulates it when he [[spoiler: rescues young Blaze from Pink's clutches:]]
-->'''Pink:'''If I were afraid of the Holy Temple, why would I dare to live here? Sun, think about it; why does the Temple of the God of Light put up with me living here?
--->'''Young Sun:''' Because they don't want to anger you...
-->*Blaze frowns in disgust at the weakness and cowardice of the Church*
--->'''Young Sun:''' That still doesn't mean the Holy Temple is afraid of you! The city is filled with innocent people, and fighting you might end with thousands of dead people. You couldn't care less about them, but the Temple cannot ''not'' care! So long as you don't hurt people, the Holy Temple tolerates your presence, but if you ''dare'' harm anyone, the Holy Temple definitely, ''definitely'' will not let you. *glaring Pink down*
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: Creus Sun versus Silent Eagle. The one who lost is not the lazy fop who constantly worries about his retirement fund and beauty regimen.]]
** [[spoiler: End of volume six. Sun didn't stand a chance...]]
* CurseThatCures: [[spoiler: Sun's okay with risking world destruction in order to save the world. He's also convinced that staying a sun knight will get him killed. Doesn't take him long to make a choice.]]
* CursedWithAwesome: Appears a few times
** The process of becoming a witch is to curse yourself to get power.
** [[spoiler: Sun, after going blind, develops a quasi-X-ray, quasi-infrared, 360º, several hundred meters ratio "sight" known as Elemental Perception.]]
** [[spoiler: And then he becomes amnesiac, which allows him to learn necromancy without the guilty conscience of being the Sun Knight.]]
* CuteWitch: Well, more like a cute necromancer, but Pink still arguably qualifies.
** [[spoiler: Red]] is one too.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The Hell Knight on two counts. First by being, well, the ''Hell'' Knight, second by being [[spoiler: a Death Lord.]]
** Or how about [[spoiler: Silent Eagle? He just wants to wed the girl of his dreams. ''[[JustFollowingOrders At the cost of Leaf's life, of course]].'']]
** Sun articulates this trope when he convinces a bummed-out Judge that the Judgement Knight, however harsh and cruel he must be, is still on the good side:
---->'''Sun''': “Judge, even if you face the dark and have your back facing the light, you are still standing in the light, not the dark!”
*** Subverted when it's revealed that [[spoiler: absorbing too much dark element tends to drive you crazy...psychotically crazy.]]
** Played straight when [[spoiler: Sun uses chains of darkness to restrain a dragon from eating Blaze and Ice.]]
*** Inverted in the same scene, since [[spoiler: he was the one who chucked them to the dragon in the first place.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Sun. After all, [[spoiler: Neo picked him because, proportionally, he's willing to give up so much more than everyone else, even as a kid. Sure, he might be [[JerkAss at the root of the scuffle]] going on, but he won't just let the problem run wild. He'll fix his own messes, his own way.]]
-->'''Young Sun:''' *in shock, darting worried glances at Roland* Why did you choose me?
-->'''Neo:''' Well… *looks from Roland, who's practically untouched, to Grisia, who's skin is covered in bruises, and smiles thoughtfully* Maybe because of your lovely golden hair!
* DidNotSeeThatComing: Sun has this happen to him a couple of times throughout the series. Hard to catch him off guard like that, though.
* EasilyForgiven: Sun had an awkward conversation with Blaze and Frost after [[spoiler: he lost his memories and became a complete {{Jerkass}} (as opposed to his usual {{Manipulative Bastard}}) doing stuff like taking Frost hostage, throwing Frost into a dragon den and let him become dragon chowder for fun because he wanted to see a Holy Knight vs Dragon battle, ordering Blaze to chop off his own hand while holding his knights hostage, etc., etc., etc.,]] but they play this trope mostly straight. Though Frost blocks Sun's way when he was trying to escape from Judge, but that was mostly for Sun's own good.
--> '''Sun:''' Didn't you say I was forgiven?!
--> '''Frost:''' *pats him on the head* I forgive you for [[spoiler: throwing me to a dragon.]] *but continues blocking his way*
* [[spoiler: EtTuBrute: Yep. Volume six.]]
* EquivalentExchange: Is vaguely present with Sun's [[spoiler: resurrection]] magic. It takes a whole lot of holy light and energy to [[spoiler: bring someone back to life to start with,]] but to do it successfully, without any side-effects, costs an even loftier price. [[spoiler: Sun's eyes, anyone?]]
** [[spoiler: And his beautiful blond hair too]], but considering what he is asking for, the price is ridiculously low.
** And even when [[spoiler: he's resurrected, and he ''still'' pays a price. So unfair...]]
* EveryGirlIsCuterWithHairDecs: Pink and her hair bow(s).
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Os Rabbit Cat seemed to think this in the first volume and turned the trope [[UpToEleven up to twelve]]. Fans disagreed. Fortunately, the sparkles were toned down in the later volumes.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Judgement Knight, although he's not evil so much as contractually obliged to be scary.
* {{Expy}}: A good dark elf named Al[[ForgottenRealms drizzt]]. Sounds familiar...
* MrFanservice: Pretty much all the holy knights to some extent, again.
* FieryRedhead: Blaze Knight
* ForcedIntoEvil: [[spoiler: [[SadisticChoice Poor Silent Eagle. Either he brutally murders the prince of Kissinger in front of the king and queen, or his own family is destroyed]]. Most vindictive part? He ''can't'' explain anything to the royal family, since [[ManipulativeBastard his master]] won't let him talk.]]
* GenderBlenderName: A rare example, when Sun is in a parade in the city, a couple with a newborn child approach and ask him to christen their child, after some thought Sun chooses the name [[ItMakesSenseInContext Hungri]]. The problem? It's a girls name, but the newborn is a boy.
* GentleGiant: The expected personality of the Earth Knight. Completely {{Subverted}} in reality, much to Sun's chagrin.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Judge plays the trope on [[spoiler: Sun, who's going through [[HeroicBSOD shock]], [[AwfulTruth denial]], and [[LaughingMad hysteria]]...in that order.[[note]]It doesn't work.[[/note]] ]]
* GiveMeASign: More like Sun's convinced he's got one:
-->[[spoiler:'''Sun''': Judge, first I cast resurrection, and lost my eyes, the blue eyes of the sun knight. Second, lost the golden hair of the sun knight. Third, my connection to holy light power disappeared. What do you think the God of Light means by that?]]
* GodIsGood: The God of Light puts up with Sun. ''All the time''. He should get some kind of award. [[spoiler: Sun's (debatably) most ruthless stunt; followed by severe [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone regret]]. And then the God of Light answers, and we realize ''why'' the Sun Knight is considered so special to the God of Light.]]
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: A main aspect of the story universe. The number of believers determines how powerful the god is, and "as such, the gods often resemble gangsters fighting over territory as they desperately attempt to extend the influence of their own religions."
* GoodIsNotNice: Judge mostly Type 4, except he ''is'' nice. Really nice. In fact, he's one of the nicest characters ''ever'': how often does he put up with [[ManipulativeBastard Sun]]? He and the God of Light should compare scores. Judge mixes {{Good Is Not Soft}}, with {{Good Is Not Nice}}; he's tough on friends and enemies alike, but only because he wants them all to be better people.
* GuiltComplex: Even Sun's guilt complex has a {{JerkAss}} attitude. Anyone who dares suggest that he's not at fault for something he's convinced he is will either [[ItsPersonal regret it]] or be subjected to a rather nasty, biting comeback.
** He's not the only one in the series, either. Stone reports that Leaf was nearly ready to try taking out his eyes and giving them to Sun after he heard that [[spoiler:Sun was blinded in the process of saving him.]]
* HangingJudge: The Judgement Knight is intended to be one of these. The current Judgement Knight is ruthless in court, but can't actually stomach watching most of the punishments he orders, and first tried out for the position after hearing the previous Judgement Knight talk about showing mercy to those who were innocent.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Roland. Once he calms down about the circumstances of his death, he goes from trying to kill the Sun Knight, to becoming his solid supporter as the new Hell Knight.]]
* HetIsEw: ''Inverted''. Sun and Earth have a solitary point of agreement: guys viewing other guys romantically is not only creepy, but also quite {{squick}}y.
--> '''Earth''' *to himself, after [[spoiler: mistaking Sun for a girl]] from behind*:''...A '''guy'''?!'' *face twists in utter disgust* “Yuck! Bad luck!”
** Or Sun, [[spoiler: when Storm suggests fiddling with Sun's hair as they're riding in a parade]]:
-->'''Sun''': *to himself* ''The horse and I felt as one spirit. I had mentally conveyed my revulsion for another man so much as touching me, and this state of complete unity let the horse act so suitably!'' [[note]]Of course, Storm was only interested in using it as an excuse to not have to wink at all the women on the sidelines.[[/note]]
* HeWillNotCrySoICryForHim: Sun pretty much gives people a heart-attack if they catch him crying...and not just because of [[PerpetualSmiler this]]. Given that [[spoiler: he's just found out that Roland was tortured to death]], it may not be quite as shocking.
* HiddenDepths: There's a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold reason]] Judge is Sun's friend. It's just hidden...''[[JerkAss really well]]''.
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: Sun, in the fifth volume, when [[spoiler: Judge dies.]]
* HumansAreFlawed: Maybe this should've been the name of the series, given the number of times the trope is played straight:
** First off, there's ''Sun''. Everyone knows he's incredibly flawed; but on many levels, he actually ''deserves'' the title of Sun Knight. After all, [[spoiler: he forgives the guy who just killed on of his "brothers" ''really'' quickly...especially when you consider that [[ItsPersonal it's Sun]].]]
** Or [[spoiler: Earth, who drives Sun up the wall by seducing so many woman, but who [[TeethClenchedTeamwork still cares about Sun on some level]], and steadfastly stands by the Holy Temple.]]
* HurtingHero: Shockingly, given the somewhat comedic tone of the series, Sun. Of course, he usually just [[AngstWhatAngst brushes any sad thoughts away]]...or, more likely, gets distracted. Still, he worries and frets, and then gets irritated at the whole mess he's in/created [[note]]the two are rarely separated[[/note]]-- and then [[AndYourLittleDogToo something bad happens]]. Then Sun [[LetsGetDangerous gets mad]].
** Also, [[spoiler: Judge, after the first time he has to physically ''attack'' Sun.]] [[CruelToBeKind He did not enjoy the experience]].
* HyperCompetentSidekick: Both the Storm Knight and Adair do most of the work of the Sun Knight. Or rather, most of his work is pushed onto them. Adair is one of the few people who relays the words of the Sun Knight to the rest of the division, and is perceptive to what the Sun Knight actually wants.[[spoiler: This includes getting other people beat up in revenge and other underhanded measures required to be taken.]]
* IAintGotTimeToBleed: Sun experiences a particularly amusing example when the Death Knight slashes his back open. He spends the rest of the chapter getting annoyed with Leaf's anxious, distracting questions, which turn out to be fully justified when Sun topples over. The sight of his own pool of blood on the ground actually shocks Sun.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Judge. And he [[FireForgedFriends still loves]] his [[ManipulativeBastard highly]] [[JerkAss flawed]] [[JerkAssWithAHeartOfGold friend]], Sun.
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: One long, extended fight between [[spoiler: Judge and Sun. Judge insists that Sun needs to choose to come back of his own volition, but that doesn't stop him from giving Sun a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech little push in the right direction]] now and again.]]
* IllPretendIDidntHearThat: The holy knights decide, after reaching the conclusion that Sun used necromancy and [[spoiler:let a Death Lord be born in order to overthrow the king,]] that their best course of action is to go on pretending Sun is perfect.
* ImplausibleHairColor: Though it's mentioned that Storm's blue hair is technically impossible, the matter of Ice's light blue hair, Leaf's green hair, etc. is never brought to attention.
* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit: In the manhua. Special mention goes to the Sun Knights, who go above and beyond this trope with ''freakin' wings and roses'' on their outfits.
* InsistentTerminology: Sun prefers to call his swordsmanship "not very good" rather than "rotten", despite being closer to the latter.
** Somewhat justified in that while his swordsmanship is indeed "rotten" compared to the other Holy Knights, as a swordsman being compared to other *ahem* ordinary swordsmen, he is still rather good.
* InstantExpert: However he can master any spell he sees without even learning the proper incantations...
* InsultBackfire: Various times, Sun takes many instances of people calling him a useless pretty boy as a compliment.''It means I'm pretty, right?''. Even the Metal Knight calling him a glowing pillar is taken as a compliment.
* IntrinsicVow: Sun, about protecting his holy knights. [[FateWorseThanDeath Do not test his dedication]].
* ItsPersonal: Sun. As Metal puts it so succinctly:
-->*in shock* '''Metal''': ...You are so freakin' ''mean''!
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sun. It might be more convenient to list the times where he does ''not'' embody this trope...
** Played straight, because while his fellow knight captains and holy knights will describe him as a {{Manipulative Bastard}}, they also insist that he'll ''never'' abandon them. [[note]]Cue the latter volumes.[[/note]] He might allow them to get within inches of death, but if someone actually tries to KILL one of his holy knights, that someone will pay dearly.
** When [[spoiler:the Son of War nearly kills Adair: Sun. Is. Not. Happy.]]
** Umm... [[spoiler:Leaf?]]
** And [[spoiler:Silent Eagle, after he'd just [[BerserkButton ticked Sun off]], and [[CurbStompBattle gotten served]] by Sun, [[ConscienceMakesYouGoBack is promptly healed]] by the same, much calmer, but still [[ItsPersonal pissed off Sun]].]]
** He's not too chuffed with the Pope when [[spoiler:the Pope wants to dispose of the original Hell Knight.]]
--> [[spoiler: *to himself* '''Sun:''' ''If the Pope is manipulating you, making you leave, I'll kill him!'']]
* KindRestraints: The other Holy Knight Captains [[ToughLove don't take very well]] to [[spoiler: Sun's unhinged attempts at suicide [[note]]because he'd just been resurrected[[/note]].]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Judge:''' *whispering* Sun, you're getting quiet, like you're afraid of struggling, but I seem to prefer you struggling; don't be so quiet...quiet as if you've given up everything.]]
* KnightInShiningArmor: What's expected of the Sun Knight. The 38th generation is [[SnarkKnight highly skeptical]] of this type of character. He frequently [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs the trope]] in his head.
* KnightInSourArmor: Sun (and all the other holy knights to different degrees) are this. The best way of summing this up is by quoting Sun's teacher:
-->'''Neo''': Child, the Sun Knight may not be able to achieve absolute justice. The Sun Knight may have to compromise. However, the Sun Knight would never relinquish his duty to uphold justice. The moment you forsake enforcing justice is the moment when you should tear off the Sun insignia, because you will no longer be a Sun Knight!
* LemonyNarrator: Look at the page quote, yeah, that's pretty much how the entire manhua and novels go around the story.
** Actually it's more like a FirstPersonSmartass , Sun is not merely a narrator. He is one of the main characters.
*** Actually, Sun is not merely one of the main characters. He is ''the'' main character.
* LetsGetDangerous: Sun Knight himself, usually he seems like a pansy, and a horrible joke, rather than a knight, but when [[spoiler: Leaf dies,]] Sun proves just ''how'' dangerous he can be when he gets serious.
* LightIsGood: Played straight.
* LivingLegend: The Twelve Holy Knights, the Son of War and Silent Eagle.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Many of the Knights.
* LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality: Judge is [[{{TheComicallySerious}} the comically serious]] variation, and the loony friend is unquestionably [[spoiler: '''Sun'''.]] There isn't enough time left in the universe to calculate how often he's been persuaded to steal pies, buy sweets, chase off dogs, beat up "bad guys" and other, assorted, "underhanded" tricks.
* LoyalPhlebotinum: Only the Sun Knight can use the Divine Sun Sword's full powers. Anyone else can only use it as an ordinary sword.
* MachiavelliWasWrong: ''All'' of the Holy Knights to some extent love Sun; some more than [[TeethClenchedTeamwork others]]. [[note]]*cough, cough* Earth! *cough, cough*[[/note]] [[spoiler: End of volume six...everyone’s heartbroken. ''Even the Pope.'']] But they also to some extent ''fear'' Sun, since he’s so dang [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass powerful]]. Not that they think he’ll ''kill'' them...but...well, life might become a whole lot less pleasant if they ''really'' cross him.
** Additionally, Sun cares deeply about Judge, but also worries way more than anyone with a “clear conscience” should about what Judge will do when he finds out what Sun’s been up to recently... This is probably because Sun almost never ''does'' have an actually clear conscience.
* MagneticHero: Played with by our favorite [[MagnificentBastard anti-hero]], Sun.
** Subverted, because the Twelve Holy Knights ''have'' to listen to him; he's the head of the God of Light's knight division. [[note]]And the darling of the God of Light.[[/note]]
*** Played straight, because [[spoiler: almost ''all'' of the Twelve Holy Knights have personal loyalty towards him, despite knowing him for the [[JerkAss jerk he is]].]]
* MasterSwordsman: Neo, the thirty-seventh generation Sun Knight and the current one's teacher, is said to have been the strongest Sun Knight in history. Ice is very good, and Roland could apparently beat a grown man at ''ten''. Inverted by Sun, who's... not very good with a sword.
** Judge got left out? He often acts as the simultaneous sparring commentary for Sun since Sun is rot... *ahem* not very good at swordsmanship. ''And'' he was able to make grown men quake in their boots using only a knife. ''Before'' he became the Judgement Knight. Just [[BadAss dang cool]].
* MundaneUtility: Ice uses his ice magic to make sweets for Sun.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: [[KillTheOnesYouLove Sun...poor Sun]].]]
** [[spoiler: He gets a rather nasty surprise when Red gives him back ''all'' [[NightmareFuel his memories]].]]
* NiceGuy: Leaf.
* NoHeroToHisValet: Sun's knights are still more than willing to follow him, but after having been ordered to gang up on so many people none of them seem swayed by the imaged of a perfect, pristine Sun Knight, and will often bad mouth him when they don't think he can hear.
* NoMatterHowMuchIBeg: What [[spoiler: Sun makes Judge promise before he faces off with Charlotte. [[AFriendInNeed Judge doesn't let him down]].]]
* NumberTwo: Adair...[[spoiler: and eventually Dylan.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: The Sun Knight spends most of his time spouting inane platitudes and keeping up with his beauty regimen. [[spoiler: Luckily for him, he's also a genius mage and necromancer, as well as a very capable {{Chessmaster}}. Almost everyone who gets to know him is a little bit afraid of him.]]
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Hell has one with his vice-captain upon returning to take his position. While Hell is confirming that the person he's talking to is, in fact, his vice captain, and then confesses that [[spoiler:he's not the real Hell Knight,]] his vice captain believes they're discussing how Hell shouldn't be allowed to reclaim his rank after having been gone so long.
* OrgyOfEvidence: The fat king stumbles into this when he [[spoiler: specifies that the Death Knight was tortured to death.]] Sun capitalizes on the error. And takes ''deep'' pleasure in it.
* OurLichesAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Pink is revealed to be a Lich in volume 3.]]
** [[spoiler: Red and Stephen are the other Liches, making up a total of 3 Liches in the story]].
* PaperThinDisguise: {{Played with}}. Sun's disguise as "Supreme Dragon" is actually pretty good, dying his hair, distorting his voice (thanks to the mask) and at first the readers (and Sun) are led to believe that he fooled Blaze with it. However, the extra chapter of the first volume has a not-so-secret meeting with the Holy knights sans Sun, revealing that Blaze recognised him, but wasn't sure merely because he was using necromancy.
* ParentalAbandonment: Implied when the little kid knights-to-be are sent for 'training'.
* PlayingWithFire: Blaze.
* PleaseWakeUp: Metal shouts this after Sun experiences [[HeartbrokenBadass serious emotional heartbreak]] when [[spoiler: Judge dies]].
-->'''Metal:''' [[spoiler: Judgement Knight!]] Wake up, tell them you're not [[spoiler: dead]]!
* PlotTriggeringDeath: The chain of events for the first three books can all be traced back to Sun becoming involved in [[spoiler:Roland's]] murder.
* PowerStrainBlackout : Sun experiences a small one after he [[spoiler: brings Leaf back to life.]]
** He dances on the edge of doing so after saving [[spoiler: Adair.]] Bizarrely, these delays only seem to irk him - no one ever said Sun was normal. In fact, he frequently confirms the reverse.
** Or when he's [[spoiler: masquerading in the streets as the Hell Knight. He falls out of the sky because he runs out of magic. Ouch.]]
*** Right after that, when [[spoiler: Judge catches him redhanded, and he tries using his perception-sight.]] Nearly freaks Judge, Hell ''and'' Adair out.
* PsychoticSmirk: Sun pulls off a particularly creepy, dangerous one when he [[spoiler: exposes and deposes the fat king. The king]] [[UnderestimatingBadassery finally understands]] the [[OhCrap level of danger he's in]].
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Hinted with Pink.
** And [[spoiler: Red]]. And [[spoiler: Stephen]].
* RedOniBlueOni: Sun and Judge. In their own twisted way.
* ReligiousBruiser: Sun maintains [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass BA status]], but shockingly, he really believes in the power and wisdom of the God of Light.
** ...Nevertheless, he frequently attempts to get away with stuff, when he thinks the [[GodIsGood man upstairs]] [[HaveYouSeenMyGod isn't looking]].
* RightBehindMe: A variation. Chances are, while you're badmouthing Sun, he's listening to you while remaining hidden. [[spoiler: Poor Ed]].
** A somewhat benign version applies to [[spoiler: the Cloud Knight.]] You can never find him until you turn around... It never fails to freak Sun out.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The Crown Prince plays this trope straight, but not his gluttonous pig of a father. Also, Princess Ann from Moon Orchid.
* RunningGag: Sun is always interrupted when he is applying his whitening mask.
** And he and Earth keeps barging into each other's room when things are getting sexy, which is the main cause of their strong mutual dislike and animosity. Earth seems a bit more talented, since through all eight volumes, [[spoiler: Sun's a virgin. ]]
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Judge invokes this when [[spoiler: Sun gets his memories back.]]
-> '''Holy Knight Captain:''' Theoretically, the sun knight is the leader of the temple, head of the Twelve Holy Knights, right?"
--> ''Other Holy Knight Captain:'' Yes!
-> '''First Holy Knight Captain:''' So, theoretically, the [[spoiler: Judgement Knight can't arrest the Sun Knight and hold him in solitary confinement.]]
--> ''Other Holy Knight Captain:'' Not even the Pope could do that.
-> '''First Holy Knight Captain:''' So...this doesn't really seem right, does it?
--> ''Other Holy Knight Captain:'' In theory, no, but in fact...if you're daring enough, just ''try'' to [[spoiler: let Sun out in front of Judgement!]]
-> '''First Holy Knight Captain:'''...I'm not actually much of a theorist.
* SecretIdentity: Every Knight is slightly if not completely different from their surface personalities. Sun furthers this when he [[spoiler: temporarily wears a disguise and goes by "Supreme Dragon", and when he learns necromancy despite being the leader of the Holy Knights.]]
** There are rumors that the Hell Knight is merely the Sun Knight's secret identity [[note]]This isn't true though[[/note]], which [[spoiler: Sun takes advantage of to avoid having to participate in a duel against the Son Of War.]]
** [[spoiler: Roland's]] disguise comes in handy a ''lot'':
*** [[spoiler: Dylan, when the Hell Knight is AWOL.]]
*** [[spoiler: Sun, trying to make the other knights think he's the Hell Knight.]]
*** Silent Eagle and Princess Alice [[spoiler: don't even believe that Sun's really himself until he takes it off!]]
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: The Sun Knight regularly uses these in order to praise the God of Light. A few people regularly understand him, but most people suffer headaches if they talk to him for too long from trying to interpret the meaning of his words.
** He ''weaponizes'' this against the Son of War, successfully giving him headaches within his first few sentences.
* SexyManInstantHarem: Apparently, as long as you have blue hair and wink at girls, you get 'em.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Oh, where to begin...The knights' names are transliterated differently by Prince Revolution and OSS, argued over frequently, and on top of that the Thai transliterations are different too. It's complicated.
* StatuesqueStunner: [[spoiler: Moon's girlfriend is one because his neck is eternally craned upwards]].
** The woman in question is definitely statuesque, but whether she qualifies as a stunner leaves room for discussion since she [[spoiler: talks in a deep bass voice]].
* StalkerWithACrush: [[spoiler: [[WideEyedIdealist Charlotte]], for Sun. [[LadyAndKnight An innocent crush: she sees him on a pedestal of untouchable perfection]]... ''[[JerkAss Sun]].'' ]]
* SubmissiveBadass: Which category Judge fits into, we don't know. But he's BA, and he generally defers to Sun...until Sun tries [[NoFairCheating slipping stuff past the radar]].
* SuppressedRage: What happens on those rare, scary occasions when either Sun or Jude cross a line, and gets the other ''really mad''. Then they get quiet...and the Holy Temple trembles in its metaphorical boots.
* SurvivorsGuilt: [[spoiler: Judge, about his parents. He keeps it really well controlled, though, considering how serious-minded he is.]] Of course, it's hard to take yourself seriously with a friend like Sun around.
* SweetTooth: Sun.
--> [[spoiler:*after rescuing Blaze from potential death*]] '''Young Sun''': “Want a lollipop? I have blueberry, strawberry, and chocolate. Which one do you want?”
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: The Sun Knight. The only reason he can get away with being such a lazy fop is because he's very, very good at dirty tricks and manipulation. He's well-intentioned, though, and he uses his skill to do things like deposing the corrupt king of his country.]]
* TheConscience: Judge, for Sun, who rarely listens to his literal conscience. He prefers to ignore both.
* ThePowerOfBlood: PlayedWith. The Sacred Dragon Mail requires blood to be worn. It can also also use blood to create knives, shurikens, grappling hooks... [[spoiler: Resurrection also requires blood]]. Also, Sun's blood is so saturated with Holy Light that it's practically poison to the undead creatures.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Sun twists the trope to suit his own purposes. He thinks he gets the power of friendship: half the reason everyone fears him is because of his [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections dangerous friends]]. But he also hates letting any of the same friends involved in [[BerserkButton ''real'' danger]]. [[FateWorseThanDeath Hates it.]]
** [[LampshadedTrope Lampshading]] this trope while [[PlayedStraight playing it lovingly straight]] seems to be the the whole goal of the series; [[spoiler: Sun has to realize that he can't do everything by himself, the arrogant {{Jerkass}}.]]
* TheStoic: Frost.
** And Roland.
** NotSoStoic: [[spoiler: When faced with an amnesiac Sun who is planning an ambush on Blaze, their [[TrueCompanions True Companion.]]]]
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Charlotte seems like this when she calls [[ManipulativeBastard Sun]] a pure, noble person. Of course, she's actually seeing what almost no one else ever does, even Sun himself and his closest friends. Sun has [[JerkAss flaws]], some pretty bad, but there's a reason he was picked as the next Sun Knight...and it [[HiddenDepths wasn't his lovely hair]].]]
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: In volume three [[spoiler: Sun throws his sword at Pink and impales her on it, destroying her current body.]]
** The third son of Baron Gerland [[spoiler: impales Sun as he's fleeing the scene]]. [[note]]Luckily, it's only the shoulder.[[/note]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Sun ''really'' likes blueberries.
** He doesn't actually like blueberries. He just has a fetish for any sort of blueberry-flavoured food.
* TranquilFury: Storm, when you really upset him. Like when he [[spoiler: exposes Roland's murder]]:
--> *to himself, while staring in awe* '''Sun:''' ''...Woah. Storm is '''pissed'''.''
* TroubleEntendre: Adair is very skilled at interpreting orders to have somebody beaten from what sounds like Sun praying for the target in question.
* TrueCompanions: The twelve Knights.
** Except in the case of Sun and Earth, that are supposed to be best friends and actually dislike each other.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Played straight when [[spoiler: Princess Ann, the Son of War, and Austin]] all think that Sun is a wimp. [[spoiler: Then Leaf dies. [[CurbStompBattle Sun flips out]].]]
** Inverted when Yuna, Igor and the other three adventurers [[spoiler: assure Sun that the Twelve Holy Knights]] are practically gods.
* TheUnintelligible: Sun borders on this when praising the God of Light in every sentence. While it's easy to make out his words, actually figuring out what they mean can be difficult, and even headache-inducing for other characters.
* UrbanLegendLoveLife: Played straight with Storm, who's supposed to be a Casanova but is probably still a virgin, and inverted with Earth, who's supposed to be extremely shy around girls but has actually seduced more than 30, and the number of 'victims' is still skyrocketing.
* VerbalTic: Sun has to include the God of Light in nearly all of his sentences.
* VillainousGlutton: The king who rules the land where the story takes place.
* VillainessesWantHeroes: Played straight in that [[spoiler: Charlotte loves Sun.]]
** [[spoiler: Subverted when she [[AbductionIsLove kidnaps him]], and she doesn't want to do anything more than touch his hair.]]
* WakingUpElsewhere: [[spoiler: Sun, in the third book.]] And he doesn't [[IdentityAmnesia even remember]] where he was before waking up.
** Again, when [[spoiler: Charlotte kidnaps Sun.]]
* WasItReallyWorthIt : Sun meditates on this when [[spoiler: Leaf dies]], wondering if resurrection is really saving lives, or endangering them, since [[spoiler: Adair nearly died because of it, and Leaf just did.]]
-->'''Sun''' *to himself*: ''Once people know resurrection is possible, will they start disregarding the importance of life?''
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Sun and [[spoiler: the death knight.]]
** [[spoiler: Actually an averted trope, as Roland slicing Sun in the back was an accident, and he really doesn't understand how his actions created a lot of trouble for Sun. They are still close friends.]]
** Averted with [[spoiler: Judge and Sun. They [[WhatTheHellHero call each other out]] on their mistakes, but [[UndyingLoyalty all obstacles]] to friendship have been exterminated [[BackToBackBadasses with extreme prejudice]].]]
* WeWantOurJerkBack: When Sun [[spoiler: gets EasyAmnesia.]] An interesting example as he turns into a bigger {{Jerkass}} then usual.
** Turned UpToEleven [[spoiler:after Sun becomes the Demon King in the last volumes]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Played with when Sun [[spoiler: tries calling Judge out for unnecessarily sacrificing over ''five-hundred'' innocent holy knights while attempting to bring him back home. [[note]]they're not dead[[/note]] ]]
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: Pink and the Sacred Dragon Mail.
* WhyWontYouDie: What every villain feels about the Sun Knight throughout the 38 generations. ''Passionately.''
** Sun in particular is hard to kill [[note]]he's like a roach[[/note]]; [[spoiler:Pink comments that she's finished her strawberry ice, and he still hasn't bled to death...]]
* WorldsStrongestMan: The previous Sun Knight Neo is called the Strongest Sun Knight in History, [[spoiler: and when we see him in action in vol 3, it seems he's more like the strongest '''knight''' in history. Either way, Sun can't really think of anything that could really threaten him.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: A literal case, the Storm Knight ''must'' have blue hair, since the first one had blue hair. Every Storm Knight after him has had to apply blue hair dye every day as part of his role, and 8 out of every 10 has died from kidney failure due to too much hair dye.
* YouAreNotAlone: Ever heard of the thing the Sun Knight hates more than the undead? Yeah, [[BerserkButton the thing you never do]] unless you'd like to die...[[FateWorseThanDeath painfully]]. [[spoiler: It causes a bit of tension among [[TrueCompanions the Twelve Holy Knights]] regarding teamwork and the Sun Knight, and how one's comrades shouldn't be treated as [[{{Protectorate}} damsels in distress.]] ]]