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The jousting lance is the iconic weapon of medieval knights and is [[WeaponOfChoice given to]] many fictional characters with a [[KnightInShiningArmor chivalric]] [[BlackKnight theme]], especially if they also wear [[TinTyrant full suits of plate armor]], [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe carry a large shield]] and ride a horse or some other fantasy/sci-fi equivalent. The average fictional jousting lance is much wider and pointier than those of antiquity, and often has spikes lining the curved surface or an engraved drill-like spiral pattern. If a user of this kind of lance has a {{Rival}} or ArchEnemy, expect the latter to be given the same weapon so they can settle their issues with an old-fashioned joust.

The modern manifestations of this trope are characters who use the jousting lance as their main or only weapon even when on foot, the implication being that they can run or fly as fast as a war horse. Expect to see SliceAndDiceSwordsmanship with or without modifications to the weapon's basic structure -- which is far more appropriate for stabbing -- but lance masters can often jab with impossible speed and armor-piercing force even when one-handing the weapon. The epitome of this artistic license is the character whose lance is effectively a rapier of {{BFS}} proportions.

Historical jousting lances were sporting weapons, designed to break on impact and blunted to ''avoid'' spearing their target, who often also had a heavy plate strapped on as a final precaution. They would be discarded in favor of a more practical weapon like a sword or mace once the fighters had gone to ground. The lances used for actual combat -- the namesake weapons of ''lancers'' for example -- were simply [[BladeOnAStick heavy spears]].

Characters with centaur-like forms are effectively always 'mounted', which makes preference for this weapon a bit more plausible. Other weapons would still be more ''practical'' in most circumstances as they were for RealLife human cavalry.

'''Notes:'''
* Academic sources often refer to spears and similar weapons as 'lances', especially when they are too large to be used as throwing weapons. See '''BladeOnAStick''' for those. '''This article is about ''jousting'' lances with or without modifications to the basic design.'''
* Drills are often used for jousting and AirJousting in fiction due to the way they work but those examples should go under '''ThisIsADrill''' '''unless they are clearly ''jousting lances'' with drill mechanisms.'''
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Several Knightmare Frames in ''CodeGeass'' use lances due to the overall chivalric theme of the series and the various Arthurian references.
* Most Crossbone Vanguard mobile suits in ''Film/MobileSuitGundamF91'' and its manga sequel ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'' wield the Shot Lancer. In addition to being a throw-back to medieval days (the Vanguard styles themselves as knights), the lances serve a practical purpose, being giant {{Pile Bunker}}s intended to disable enemy mobile suits without triggering a [[GoingCritical reactor explosion]] -- which would be disastrous inside a closed space colony. To extend their function, Shot Lancers can fire the "cone" like a giant dart (and tend to have spares) and mount heavy machineguns around the base for ranged firepower. Thirty InUniverse years later in ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'', the Earth Federation introduces the Javelin, which wields a gun-shaped version of the Shot Lancer, making its true function more obvious.
* The third generation of ''GundamAGE'' features the AGE-2 Dark Hound, wielding a DODS Lancer. It's essentially the aforementioned Shot Lancer with a pair of DODS beam rifles in place of the Shot Lancer's machine guns.
* The second season of ''{{Gundam 00}}'' introduces grunt machines using lances with integrated beam machine guns. Unlike their inspiration these are traditional lances without the PileBunker. As per the trope description some pilots are shown swinging them at enemies but most sensibly use the weapons as firearms.
* The ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' [[TheRemake remake]] manga ''Glory of the Losers'' gives Tallgeese a heat lance, designed to break through the [[MechaMooks Virgos]]' planet defensor {{Force Field}}s. It also fits with Tallgeese's overall theme as an armored knight.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', the Arrancar Nel Tu has a centaur SuperMode in which she gains a lance.
* In ''OnePiece'' Shura Skyrider wields the Heat Javelin, which is a [[FlamingSword Flaming Lance]]. Other notable Lance users include [[BadassGrandpa Gan Fall]] (who has a knight motif), the Whitebeard Pirates Commander Speed Jiru and the New World pirate Eipoda, who combines this with DoubleWeapon.
* Erza's Ceremonial Armor from ''Manga/FairyTail'' has a Lance that has thus far served as an OrnamentalWeapon (and a flagpole). However, as she is a MultiMeleeMaster she presumably knows how to use it.
** [[AdaptationExpansion Anime only]]: When Faust's HumongousMecha Dorma Anim goes OneWingedAngel it grows a lance on its right arm.
* The King Kittan and its upgraded Space version from ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' used lances.
* The leader of the Landegre clan in {{Noblesse}} has a JoustingLance as their WeaponOfChoice.
* Episode 34 of ''YesPrettyCure5'' has Karen joust with Hadenya while on horseback using lance of water.
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* MarvelComics have several characters wielding this kind of lance:
** Most bearers of the Black Knight [[LegacyCharacter name]].
** The one villainous Black Knight and the Dreadknight both use a lance filled with wacky MadScientist weaponry.
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[[folder: Film]]
* ''AKnightsTale'' was about a jousting tournament.
* ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'' featured a scene in which two knights jousted for Guinevere's honor.
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[[folder: Literature]]
* In ''The Hedge Knight'' by GeorgeRRMartin, the protagonist is forced to take part in a TrialByCombat involving seven knights on either side. One of the knights insists they use jousting lances for the initial charge, as they're longer than fighting lances, so will hopefully knock their opponents off their horses before they close and give them the advantage.
* ''Literature/RealQuickFlashFic'' has a robot using a high-tech version.
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ser Loras Tyrell is an expert at using this weapon. He has beaten notable knights such as Ser Jaime Lannister and Ser Gregor Clegane in jousting competitions, and is widely regarded to be the finest jouster in Westeros.
* ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'': [[TheRival Kamen Rider Baron]]'s Banana Arms wields the Bananspear; since this is his [[MultiformBalance primary form]], it's practically his WeaponOfChoice. However, Baron doesn't actually ''use'' it like a lance, tending instead to swing it around like a conical sword. At least one of his {{Finishing Move}}s involves thrusting the lance while it generates a giant energy banana.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' villains The Forever Knights have high-tech versions of the jousting lance among other weapons in their arsenal.
* ''KingArthurAndTheKnightsOfJustice'' featured a knight with a lance.
* ''WesternAnimation/JayceAndTheWheeledWarriors'' has a character named Oon, who is an "Eternal Squire" and possesses what he calls a "Magic Lance" (it's doubtful it's really magic, though). Oon even looks like a miniature classic knight.
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* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'':
** The Lance is a staple weapon of the series, where it is a defensive weapon and always paired with a shield. The user can even couch the lance and charge into a monster ForMassiveDamage.
** The Gunlance is a variant with a short-ranged breech loading firearm built in, with poorer defensive ability in exchange for additional attacks using the gun mechanism.
*** Both variations have a wide variety of designs (including spears, polearms and {{Improvised Weapon}}s) but all are wielded in the same manner as their parent category.
* ''{{VideoGame/TERA}}'' has a lance using class that seems patterned after the ''Monster Hunter'' application of this trope, being the designated MeatShield and sharing the charge attack.
* The ''VideoGame/ShiningSoul'' series has a lance as one of the Warrior's weapon options and he only jabs with it. Apart from its reach it's a pretty poor choice as it has a tiny attack arc.
* In the ''ShiningForce'' games, Lances are a common weapon for Knights (which are all centaurs).
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'':
** The Valkyrur use lances with spiral patterns. These weapons and their accompanying shields are made of a special material that can channel their users' supernatural powers, allowing them to be a major threat on battlegrounds dominated by firearms and artillery.
** Anti-Tank Lancers are mundane units using an explosive ''ranged'' weapon shaped like a jousting lance.
* Elmeti mercenaries in ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII''.
* Honda Tadakatsu from the ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' franchise uses what is called a '[[ThisIsADrill drill spear]]' but it is clearly shaped like a jousting lance and he can perform a charging attack with it. [[HumongousMecha A horse is out of the question because they wouldn't survive his riding them.]]
* Croix from the second ''ArTonelico'' game is a knight, so his choice of this weapon is natural. It's essentially a downsized Shot Lancer (see the "Anime & Manga" section on this page for more info), though it also has thrusters on the backside on the lance head to power-up thrusts, instead of being able to launch and retract the lance head.
* In the ''{{Kirby}}'' series, the 'ultimate warrior' Galacta ''Knight'' uses a lance and a shield. The more obscure Ghost ''Knight'' enemy used the same combination in an earlier game.
* In ''VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins'', Arthur's default weapon is a jousting lance that he throws like a javelin. He even uses an overhead grip to do so.
* Earnest in ''ValkyrieProfileCovenantOfThePlume''
* ''{{Mabinogi}}'' has Lance weapons, which have an annoying minimum attack range but compensate with high damage and the ability to reduce an opponent's damage resistance. Giants can pair them with a shield but humans must two-hand them and Elves cannot use them due to their weight.
* Azai Nagamasa from the ''SamuraiWarriors'' series started out using a [[BladeOnAStick normal lance]] but this was switched to a jousting lance for his debut as a playable character in the sequel to emphasize his dedication as a KnightInShiningArmor for his wife Oichi. He wields the weapon on horseback as well as on foot.
* The Argent Tournament in ''WorldOfWarcraft'' allows players to equip these and fight in mounted duels.
* RagnarokOnline has a few monsters' sprites depicting them to carry lances, most notably Knight of Abyss (although it attacks with its {{BFS}}). On the player's side, Crusaders/Royal Guards mounted on their steed attacks in a thrusting fashion approximately similar to how a lance is used regardless of the actual spear-type weapon being wielded, leading to an amusing way to use scythe, for instance.
* The Segment 7 boss Rex Cavalier from ''VideoGame/{{Hellsinker}}'' dual wields a pair of these. There is also some [[MacrossMissileMassacre rocket launchers]] hidden in their handles
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''{{Homestuck}}'', Tavros allocated LANCEKIND to his [[WeaponOfChoice STRIFE SPECIBUS]]. This was impractical even ''before'' he ended up in a wheelchair.
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[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* A Number of knight-inspired Franchise/{{Digimon}} use lances, with the most iconic being Dukemon/Gallantmon and variants thereof.
* The {{Pokemon}} Escavalier is designed after a KnightInShiningArmor and has jousting lances for hands.
* The StarWars ExpandedUniverse featured Energy Lances used by the Mon Calamari Knights for aquatic combat and Power Lances used by Clone Troopers and Lancer Droids in an actual joust, albeit with speeder bikes.
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