Meet Bob. What a guy! Bob's brave, he's [[{{Determinator}} determined]], he's good at what he does, he's [[NiceGuy genuinely nice]], and, most importantly, his moral fiber has a [[IncorruptiblePurePureness higher tensile strength than spider silk.]] Sure, he's a bit [[SociallyAwkwardHero socially awkward]] and has a few other harmless quirks, but that's all part of his [[{{Adorkable}} particular charm]]. The title can be taken as a play on [[SelfProclaimedKnight Dark Knight]].

In tropese, the Dork Knight is TheAce, TheCape, the KnightInShiningArmor or a similar character type infused with {{Adorkable}}, where the endearing awkwardness serves to humanize an otherwise idealized hero. (It can also work in reverse, where an established loveable dork shows unexpected courage and prowess.) See also BadassAdorable and SociallyAwkwardHero (which tend to overlap). The goofier examples of this trope may overlap with CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass. If they're [[BadassAdorable good-looking]] and like the rest of us, they could also qualify.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Yomiko Readman of ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' .[[BewareTheNiceOnes She can also]] [[PaperMaster kill you with a bookmark.]]
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'': Vash the Stampede. He's a completely unstoppable (and non-lethal) warrior and one of the silliest men committed to animation.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Sweet, kind and cuddly Himura Kenshin. That's not to say he isn't a skilled disciplined Samurai with an [[IncorruptiblePurePureness unflappable sense of right and wrong]], [[KnightInShiningArmor defender of the innocent]], etc. etc.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[spoiler: Akemi Homura is revealed in a flashback to have started off life as a {{Moe}} {{Adorkable}} {{Meganekko}}. She turns to TakeALevelInBadass to prevent [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship Madoka's]] death, and gradually sheds layers of {{Adorkable}} in each iteration of a GroundhogDayLoop. However, when her feelings for Madoka bubble up to the surface, she's still the same [[FanNickname Moemura]] at heart.]]
* Syaoran Li, [[JerkassFacade beneath his supposed arrogance]], turns out to be one in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', arguably Sakura herself evolves as such, both her [[TookALevelInBadass competence as guardian of the cards]] and [[KindheartedSimpleton cluelessly innocent persona]] upped as the series goes on.
* Surprisingly common in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', especially with Wild Tiger[=/=]Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, Origami Cyclone[=/=]Ivan Karelin and Sky High[=/=]Keith Goodman.
** Keith is TheAce, Kotetsu aspires to be TheCape, Ivan can manage a bit of {{Badass}} and is definitely Adorable, and all three are {{Adorkable}}.
* [[Manga/DragonBall Son Gohan]], represent. Has a bad case of ChronicHeroSyndrome, perfect grades, superpowers, and grew up in a tiny, isolated house up in the mountains with absolutely no frame of reference to tell him that no, normal people cannot jump eight meters into the air. Becoming a superhero with really clear {{Sentai}} influences really was the only option.
* After taking a level in badass, Tsukune Aono from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' fits squarely in this. Taking on some of the most deadliest monsters one minute and being {{Adorkable}} the next.
* Seiya of ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'' is a hyperactive, clever, absolutely fearless goofball who [[HowDoIShotWeb doesn't have the best control over his powers]] (it's a work in progress,) but is always ready to help his MagicalGirlWarrior best friend. Villains actually refer to him as a knight.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ''CaptainAmerica'' is very much a NiceGuy and kind-hearted boy-next-door type who genuinely cares about others more than himself and isn't afraid to proclaim the ideals he fights for, namely the AmericanDream. There are some cynics who would sneer at this, but Cap honestly doesn't care. He'll still keep fighting for his ideals no matter what. On one occasion, Cap provides encouragement to a despairing Spider-Man by telling him [[BadassCreed "This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — No, YOU move."]] There's a ''reason'' why the Avengers know they can always trust Cap.
* He's become less so over the years, but Lee Falk's original depiction of ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' had definite moments of this, particularly around the woman he loves.
* ''SpiderMan'' is this. Dorky awkward teen with super powers. Trying to be a hero while trying to figure out his hormones at the same time.
** [[WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan In]] [[Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan some]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}} versions]] at least. The mainstream continuity Spidey is an adult already, but still kind of a dork (even more so after [[Comicbook/OneMoreDay Mephisto erased his marriage with MJ]]).
* In ''{{Superman}}'', the title character's [[ClarkKenting secret identity]] certainly has {{Adorkable}} tendencies. This could be the result of ObfuscatingStupidity, being an AlienAmongUs, 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 AlienAmongUs, since he came to Earth as an infant.
* [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] definitely qualifies. He's a hero on par with Superman both in terms of physical power and nobility, and is completely unafraid of standing up to beings more powerful than himself (up to and including the Wrath of God) if he feels it has to be done. Yet he's also unfailingly polite, kind, friendly and compassionate, with a good (sometimes self-deprecating) sense of humor who tends to get completely flustered when women take interest in him. The fact that he's really a 12 to 15 year old kid in an adult superhuman body goes a long way towards explaining this.
* The ''[[AlternateCompanyEquivalent other company's]]'' Captain Marvel, or at least, their current one, former ComicBook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers. Credited as 'Earth's Mightiest Hero', a FlyingBrick on-par with Thor, a trained Air-Force pilot and a decorated soldier with years of experience, and she named her cat Chewie, uses the 'Jedi Mind Trick' as a distraction, and after cooling off from being mad at the uninvited visit, she geeks out at having Lila Cheney, a super-powered rock star, on her ship. Generally, Carol is good at keeping her geekiness in-check, but in recent years its became far more blatant that she's something of a nerd.
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[[folder: Film: Animated]]
* MickeyMouse in some of his earlier more abrasive years pre {{Flanderization}} into TheEveryman (though it comes back on occasion, e.g. ''Runaway Brain'').
* Recent Dreamworks films have featured this, backing away from its image of using {{Idiot Hero}}es as protagonists.
** Po from ''Film/KungFuPanda'', who is simultaneously a kung fu master and a kung fu fanboy.
** Hiccup from ''Film/HowToTrainYourDragon'' is another one. Little wonder why he's so popular with the female fanbase.
** Sherman from ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman'' is a bookworm [[spoiler:who saved a DamselInDistress from marrying a Pharaoh, joined the Trojan army, and controlled a time machine]]. He's just like his dad.
** "Z" from ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'' (DW's first CG production) is a neurotic and pessimistic ant ([[InkSuitActor this being]] Creator/WoodyAllen, no less), who saved his entire colony.
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[[folder:Film: Live Action]]
* Steve Rogers in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''.
** From that same [[MarvelCinematicUniverse universe]], S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent PhilCoulson counts, too.
** Also, Film/{{Thor}} is the unflinching gentleman around Jane.
* In ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'', [[UnfazedEveryMan Agent John Myers]].
* In ''Film/{{Condorman}}'', Woody, mostly due to his being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
* [[StarWars Luke Skywalker]] starts off like this. Over time - maybe because of TheReveal in ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'' - he becomes more composed and sober. Parts of the StarWarsExpandedUniverse prove, though, that his adorkable side didn't really die.
* Marty [=McFly=] from the ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy hardly is the toughest guy around, and he does have his "[[BerserkButton nobody]] [[FatalFlaw calls]] [[{{Pride}} me chicken]]" problem. But he mostly is a good guy, who also can qualify as a CoolLoser.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Dave Malkoff from the ''{{Troubleshooters}}'' series. Mike Muldoon may also qualify.
* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]] is a tiny, hyperactive, GeniusCripple snarker with the soul of a KnightErrant and frightening levels of determination.
* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Carrot Ironfoundersson]]. Polite, scrupulous, charismatic, rather literal-minded, and, particularly in his first appearances, a FishOutOfWater. He's a bit like the Disc's equivalent of [[Series/DueSouth Benton Fraser]].
** Dorky, earnest young minister Mightily Oats gradually becomes one of these in the course of Discworld/CarpeJugulum. References to him in later books indicate that he eventually becomes a full-blown BadassPreacher.
* Sir Gawain in the older stories of the [[KingArthur Arthurian Cycle]]. He's a fierce warrior and the paragon of knightly virtue, and he has no idea how to talk to a girl.
* The White Knight from ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There]]''.
* Ossian Bergman from "De skandalösa" by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt is a nerdy scholar, who seems to be awkward when it comes to women. But he also seems to be a better person than his ChivalrousPervert friend Gabriel, and in the end, [[spoiler: he does get a woman after all]].
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''{{Chuck}}'': Chuck [[spoiler: from season 3 onwards.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor in most, [[TheNthDoctor 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 conversation, but have destroyed civilizations. Some might also consider Rory Williams, after he [[TakeALevelInBadass took a level in badass]].
* ''Series/DueSouth'': Constable Benton Fraser, the quirky, unfailingly polite, straight-arrow FishOutOfWater mountie.
* Simon Tam on ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.
* Blaine Anderson from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has become known as "Dapper" in the fandom for a reason: he constantly wears bowties, cardigans, polo shirts and sweater vests. He doesn't like to wear socks for some odd reason and has a passion dancing like Carlton from ''Series/FreshPrinceOfBelAir'' to songs by Music/KatyPerry. He also is willing to take on football players about twice his size if they mess with his boyfriend and probably could have taken him down considering [[BadassGay he boxes and started his private school's chapter of]] ''Film/FightClub''.
* John Watson in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' has some elements of this, particularly in fandom portrayals. Both his sweater-wearing cuteness and his badassery have become memes. They definitely have. BBC has him portrayed as an adrenaline junkie, but overall a likeable guy who can (and WILL) [[GoodIsNotSoft end your life if you are dumb enough to threaten his best friend's. Not a survivable idea. Basically, end result-AIN'T pretty. Pissing off a mild-mannered guy like him by messing with his friend? Lame idea, and definitely suicidal. So, yeah. If you value your life-don't threaten Sherlock's life if you don't want this mild-mannered doctor to kill you, since he's quite capable of doing so if you do it. And, even if this version is NOT as good-looking as the Jude Law version, he's still adorable in comparison to Nigel Bruce, though the Martin Freeman version will kill you AND he's going to look pretty damn attractive while doing it.]]
* Spock in ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''. Julian Bashir in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. Malcolm Reed in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''.
* ''PowerRangers'': The legendary MemeticBadass Tommy Oliver ''absolutely'' qualifies.
* From ''Series/{{Angel}}'', we have the Groosalugg (a title meaning "The Brave and Undefeated" - Groo for short), a champion from a swords-and-sorcery alternate universe, who is always eager to please his "princess".
* [[Series/KamenRiderFourze Gentaro Kisaragi]]. [[{{Keet}} Enthusiastic]], [[FriendToAllLivingThings plans to befriend everybody]] [[DefeatMeansFriendship even if he has to fight them first]], preposterous haircut, [[ChickMagnet surrounded by interested women]].
* Commander Jeffrey Sinclair, commanding officer of Series/{{Babylon 5}}. {{Badass}} RulesLawyer AcePilot who is, in fact, a complete and utter ''dork''.
* Hiro Nakamura of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' considers it his personal quest to "[[ArcWords Save the cheerleader, save the world.]]" He is absolutely ''giddy'' over the fact that he gets to be a hero just like his favorite anime and comic characters, and his enthusiasm tends to spill over into fanboying "Flying Man" because he has cool powers, too (though Nathan really [[IJustWantToBeNormal wishes he didn't]] and ''certainly'' doesn't want Hiro yelling "FLYING MAN!" where everyone can hear).
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 3.5'' has the iconic cleric, Jozan. He's a competent fighter, spellcaster, and orator, and very morally upright, but he's also TheKlutz when it comes to being sneaky or anything else dexterous. In the iconics feature novels he suffers near-permanent CrushBlush around the paladin Alhandra, as well as GibberishOfLove and grinning like an idiot whenever she praises him. In the "Creature Feature" stories, meanwhile, he's the D&D equivalent of a good little Christian boy, so saintly sweet and gentlemanly he gives the rogue Lidda sugar overdoses. Then add on a tendency to be the NoRespectGuy, and yeah.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Shakespeare's ''Theatre/HenryV'' is a fine leader and a victorious conqueror, effortlessly eloquent when rallying his troops to snatch victory from sure defeat. He is also full of awkward when trying to talk to the French princess (who doesn't speak English) and sounds like a total moron when trying to speak to her in French. This kind of depends on the actor playing Henry, but it's a common interpretation.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''SpaceAce'': Dexter; normally, he's TheAce, but thanks to Borf's [[FountainOfYouth Infanto]] [[TransformationRay Ray]], he spends most of the game as a skinny, awkward teenager.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'': Steiner is not the main hero, but he is a Dork Knight at times. He leans more towards being more of an IdiotHero.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Zack Fair is strong, handsome, loyal, determined, honorable, friendly, and all over a nice guy. He also is a serious badass and one of the strongest fighters in the series. However, as seen in ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', he's also 16-18 for most of his game and has the attention span of a hyperactive Labrador. Puppy, indeed.
* Alistair from the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series. On the one hand, he's brave, noble, and heroic (making him a distinct rarity in the [[CrapsackWorld Dragon Age verse]]) and approves of the player being so as well - on the other, he's a bit of a ManChild who can barely get through a sentence without slipping into bad humor and/or BuffySpeak, ''especially'' if he's talking to a woman.
* Roy from ''Franchise/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe The Sealed Sword]]'' is brave and a skilled swordsman, but he definitely has his awkward teenager moments, especially in his supports with any of his potential wives. His father Eliwood from the prequel game can fall into this sometimes, too, but to a lesser degree.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' we have Sumia. A SubmissiveBadass in the battlefield, a CuteClumsyGirl outside of it.
** Prince Chrom, too. And [[spoiler: his daughter Lucina (who can be mothered by Sumia)]] can have her moments.
** In truth, almost every character in ''Awakening'' counts to some degree. Characters like Severa and Henry are very upfront about it, while others like Frederick and Panne require a little more digging to reach their dorky sides.
* John in ''VideoGame/ImmortalSouls'' looks and fights the part of a {{badass}} NinetiesAntiHero, but he's really a softie who is a bit naive and cares about saving innocents and doing the right thing, though [[HeroicNeutral you do have to initially push him into it]]. He also gets absolutely tongue-tied talking to his LoveInterest [[TheIngenue Allison]] and whenever [[VillainousCrush the Black Witch]] tries flirting with him. Or when talking about Allison. Or when ''thinking'' about Allison.
* Double H from ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'', whose dorkiness is actually directly tied to his badassery: He's [[FanBoy fanboyishly obsessed]] with his BadassCreed, to the point of using its ''name'' as his BattleCry ("'''''CARLSONNN AND PEETERSSSS!'''''") and applying quotes from it to everything he does, regardless of the circumstances. It helps that he's also an [[IOweYouMyLife obsessively loyal]] BruiserWithASoftCenter.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': Garrus Vakarian is of the {{Number Two}}/{{Friendly Sniper}} variety. He is a highly trained sniper who (1) aided in stopping a full scale assault on the galactic seat of government, (2) led a group of vigilantes on a [[WretchedHive space station]] that would put Mos Eisley Spaceport to shame, and (3) became the leader of a task force designated to prepare for the inevitable genocidal alien invasion. During the course of all of this, he has a bad habit of saying {{Innocently Insensitive}} things, and turns into a shy, stuttering confused mess when either making or receiving romantic/sexual advances.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Depending on one's [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation interpretation]] of his character, Jaune of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is either this trope, ''[[CharacterDevelopment will be]]'' this trope, or is a straight subversion of it. (He's quite the BaseBreaker.)
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{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.
** On a more literal note, both Karkat and Dave are dorks, and they are knights. Bipbopbam. Dork Knights.
* ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'': In life, Duane Adelier was a skilled warrior, an exceptionally competent tacit-casting mage, and responsible for training young soldiers in the ways of battle pymary. He was also a noble, slightly goofy man who held on to an idealistic view of peace between the two major religions, the castes, and the political viewpoints of his country when few held the same, and was quite fond of dramatic operas and plays. The character currently still retains most of these personality traits, however the horrific trauma of the past six years has caused an air of hopelessness with all he does due to the loss of his loved ones, the betrayal of his country, and the firm belief his soul is now damned. Nevertheless, he still retains many of his idealistic and goofy traits and his competence in a fight.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Everyone. Sokka in particular stands out, and once [[HeelFaceTurn Zuko]] gets better, he winds up with some of this too.
* ''TheTick'': Arthur wants to be a super, and definitely has some dorky qualities, but is overshadowed by The Tick. The Tick, by contrast, is an IdiotHero.
* Rufus of ''TheDreamstone'' starts off as a pretty straight played example, being MrImagination, TheKlutz and a [[HeroesPreferSwords sword-wielding]] BadassAdorable rolled into one, however he gets diluted somewhat in later episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Shining Armor, the Captain of the Royal Guard and Twilight Sparkle, his socially awkward and magically-gifted sister.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': both [[TheLeader Leonardo]] (to the point he models himself after a Captain Kirk knockoff) and [[TheSmartGuy Donatello]] (even more when his crush, April, is present). Add an all-out goofball in Michelangelo, and is easy to see why the overtly serious\angry Raphael feels a little out of place.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'': ComicBook/AntMan and TheWasp. The former a ScienceHero who'd much prefer doing science stuff than heroics, and squees when he begins mapping Ant DNA, the latter an excitable GenkiGirl who really enjoys fighting crime and watching cartoons. [[/folder]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Sir Archibald Wavell. A quiet unassuming man with an eccentric but likable disposition who wrote an anthology of poetry. He was also the British commander in the Mediterranean theater and under his command the Allies won their first victories, and the Italian empire was reduced to a sort of [[TheLoad fly paper]] for the German army. He is a large part of the reason for Italy's persistent reputation for limited prowess in WorldWarII.
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