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Every story in an European setting is going to need a KnightInShiningArmour to rescue the DamselInDistress and generally do heroic things. Unfortunately, knights don't come easy; this is the trope for how they're created.

Once upon a time, all that was needed was the dubbing, but it elaborated quickly. Expect a formal ceremony in a StandardRoyalCourt with masses of witnesses. In RealLife, these were highly religious events that involved the new knight having a night vigil (sleepless time with praying) in the chapel, ritualized bathing for cleansing, wearing certain colours (white for one) and a final blessings from TheChurch near the end. You'll see little of this because [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail We don't have time for that]].

The actual event could go for days, so again this is often shortened for time but keep in mind that the shortened version was also true. Since in the middle ages, nobles and rulers occasionally had to promote commoners and squires in mid-battle to replace fallen knights.

This is probably most well known in the public mind as the moment when a figure such as the true king, TheHighQueen or another knight taps the squire on the shoulders with the flat side of the blessed sword. Originally, any knight could make another. This power was slowly moved into the hands of [[BlueBlood great nobles]], and then finally reserved to the [[RoyalBlood Sovereign]] himself. The more formal a court, the fewer people will have the authority. Women did not in RealLife have the authority to dub a knight (not being knights themselves) until the authority rested in royal hands (in which case a woman could only create knights if she was the Sovereign).

The final act in the dubbing usually involves the new knight swearing his loyalty to TheKingdom. Oftentimes, when someone is knighted, the superior giving the knighting punches him or strikes some other kind of blow, the last such blow that the new knight is expected to take without some form of retribution. A variant of this may happen during the dubbing, when the person is hit with the flat of the sword ''almost'' hard enough to be winded or knocked over. Again, you're not likely to see this in a given show. The ceremony is often followed by TheTourney.

Subtrope of InitiationCeremony. Related to AwesomeMomentOfCrowning and StandardHeroReward. It's tenuously related to WhiteKnighting, where a person acts to achieve the glory of being seen as a knight-like figure, not because of any personal chivalry, but because of the personal benefits it will bring.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''CodeGeass'' [[spoiler:Suzaku]] is knighted four times in total.
** The first time by [[spoiler:Princess Euphemia]] is a much-hyped event with all due ceremony and such. This is because it is as much aa political deal (Princess bodyguard, Relations between Britanians and 11s etc) as a promotion.
** Cornelia's following her battle with Lelouch at the Viceroy's palace at the end of season 1, is more ad hoc. She uses her ''finger'' instead of a sword because she didn't have one and says that "this is a little informal". Although, that was more to give [[spoiler: Suzaku]] her blessing and authority to catch Zero.
** His promotion to [[spoiler:Knight of Seven]], is a bit more ad hoc in that he requested it as a reward for a great deed in service to his emperor.
** His promotion to [[spoiler:Knight of Zero]] is less ad hoc, but rather more unconventional because [[spoiler: such a position doesn't formally exist.]]
* Supporting materials and titles of address show that practically all of OZ's combat veteran officers in GundamWing were given some rank of peerage prior the events of the series, though it's most obvious with "Lady" Une and "Lighting Count" Zechs. Presumably they came from the various shadowy royal families that are supposed to make up the Romefeller Foundation.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', after [[spoiler:having rescued [[TheHighQueen Princess Arika]]]], she informally knighted [[spoiler:Nagi]] while they were preparing for the epic final battle. He kneeled in respect, swore his loyalty and all that jazz. Cool scene considering he rarely ever acted seriously.
** Prior to this, every time she had addressed him as "my knight," he'd protested that he was [[FantasyCharacterClasses a mage, not a knight]]. Perhaps she got annoyed and decided this would shut him up...
* In the third season of ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', [[spoiler:Saito, having proven ''many'' times how valuable an asset to [[TheKingdom Tristain]] he is, is presented with a title of knighthood by Henrietta, formally making him a noble.]]
* After an important battle in the Golden Age arc of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', Griffith is knighted by the King of Midland. [[spoiler:Shortly after that, his knighthood is stripped from him and he's thrown in the dungeon to be slowly tortured to death for deflowering the princess.]]
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* In ''FanFic/HarmonyTheory'' Rainbow Dash gets knighted after helping defeat [[spoiler: Nightmare Umbra.]] However this is done not as a reward, but as a political tactic to draw attention away from [[spoiler: Star Fall's]] engagement to the prince. In this universe, knighthood is another form of nobility, and giving the knight an estate to manage is included in the ceremony.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Uryens (comedy name) knights Arthur in ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'', with {{Excalibur}}, [[DefeatMeansFriendship because he can't surrender to a mere squire]]. Arthur later knights Percival, hurriedly, in the same fashion.
* In ''KingRalph'', Ralph accidentally cuts the man he is knighting, nearly taking an ear off, because he is distracted. Later, after stepping down as king and being knighted himself, Ralph covers both of his ears while having the sword passed over him.
* In ''Film/TheCourtJester'', one of the most famous sequences has the lead character taking part in a grand formal ceremony with elaborate marches and chants. However, the King becomes impatient and orders the participants to speed it up. Suddenly, everyone goes into double time with every detail and DannyKaye's character can't keep up.
** His pants don't seem to be able to keep up either.
* William receives his sword tap at the end of ''Film/AKnightsTale'' by the prince himself!
* ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'' gives us Balian (Orlando Bloom) being knighted by his dying father Baron Godfrey of Ibelin (Liam Neeson, he seems to always die) and receiving a backhand slap to the face. Later in the movie, Balian does the same with every soldier defending Jerusalem (He only slaps the nearest one, else it could have got time consuming).
* In the 1937 Armada film ''FireOverEngland'', Michael Ingolby (LaurenceOlivier) is knighted by [[TheVirginQueen Elizabeth I]] (Flora Robson); in ''Film/TheSeaHawk'' (1940), [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Francis-Drake-Expy]] Geoffrey Thorpe (ErrolFlynn) is knighted by the same queen (and the same actress).
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'': Bedivere is the first to be knighted by King Arthur on his journey, and the only one to be seen doing so.
* ''{{Cars 2}}'' has [[spoiler:Mater]] knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', William Wallace gets knighted after the Battle of Stirling.
* In JohnnyEnglish, the titular agent requests to be knighted at the end of the film, having thwarted the plans of the BigBad.
* In the third movie, ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' knights some unlucky dude with rather messy results ([[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength he didn't train the sword-tapping-shoulder part enough]]).
* ''Film/AustinPowers in Goldmember'' begins with Austin about to be knighted by the Queen of England. He gets depressed when his father [[DaddyDidntShow doesn't come to the ceremony]].
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[[folder:Folklore]]
* ''RobinHood'' is knighted by [[RichardTheLionHeart King Richard]] after the events of many versions of the legend. In the versions where he ''isn't'', it's usually because he was already "Sir Robin of Locksley" (or even "Robert, Earl of Huntingdon") before the story started, so he just gets his title ''back''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Creator/CSLewis's ''{{Narnia}}'' books
** In ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', [[BigGood Aslan]] knights Peter after he kills the [[SavageWolf wolf]]. Peter knights Edmund after the battle.
** In ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', Peter knights Caspian, and Caspian knights several of his followers right after.
* ''SirAproposOfNothing'' - guess who?
* In PoulAnderson's ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest'', when Prince Rupert returns to King Charles, the king immediately knights the soldier who accompanied him. (He first asks him to swear loyalty to the throne -- and then explains it's just part of the ceremony and not a doubt of his loyalty.)
* Occurs in the ''Literature/TortallUniverse''. There's a vigil and a formal dubbing by the King--in between that, you get to be tested by the Chamber of the Ordeal, an [[EldritchAbomination sentient room]] that's somewhere between FaceYourFears and PsychologicalTormentZone. Squires who are mentally unsuitable (or rotten human beings) are broken by it, and even those who pass come away with mental scars. Alanna of ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' and Keladry of ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' both undergo the ceremony.
* In Christopher Stasheff's ''[[Literature/AWizardInRhyme His Majesty's Wizard]]'', the protagonist undergoes the full ritual, with vigil, bath, and an examination on the laws of chivalry; finally he receives his sword tap from the [[KingInTheMountain Emperor in the Mountain]]. He does not have to take a punch.
* Stasheff's ''A Wizard in Chaos'' has the 'any knight can make another' with [[spoiler: Magnus Gallowglass]], the son of two noble lines, but without any official title other than the knightly 'sir', granting it to the companion who has traveled with him throughout his last three adventures. Also includes the extra 'final punch' option.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' uses a bit of both. After one major battle it's mentioned that so many people were knighted as a result it took ages for the three available knights of the PraetorianGuard to dub them all, and that those knights had stood vigil in roughspun robes at the church the whole night and then walked barefoot to the palace, leaving most if not all with bleeding feet (but they all still stood proudly). However, "any knight can make a knight", and the ritual of anointing a would-be knight with seven oils by a priest is just a formality.
** There is also the Brotherhood Without Banners, a band of RobinHood types led by Ser Beric Dondarrion, a knight who uses this rule to promote his entire army, though few actually use the honorific of "ser" outside the band.
** Officially, the North does not have many knights because most northmen follow the Old Gods, and knighthood in Westeros is very much a product of the Faith of the Seven. Not that this makes them any less worthy of honor on the battlefield.
** In the short story ''The Hedge Knight'', the squire Raymun Fossoway volunteered to fight for Sir Duncan the Tall in the [[TrialByCombat trial of seven]]. The problem is, you have to be a knight to do that, [[IndyPloy so he had to be knighted on the spot by Ser Lyonel, just before the start of the trial]]. ([[OriginStory And thus a new side-branch of his house, the Fossoways of New Barrel, was born.]]) Speaking of Ser Duncan, by the way, there is the strong implication that he was [[SelfProclaimedKnight never actually knighted]] (because the knight he was the squire of passed away before he could do that), which seems to be reason why Dunk was reluctant to knight Raymund ''himself'' in the aforementioned scene...
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' Sam Vimes' status as a knight becomes very important, as it enables him to create his own military unit out of Watch members in a time of crisis. When a noble opposes his status he counters each argument, most notably the claim that a knight must spend the night watching his armor. It goes a bit like this.
--> '''Vimes''': A man doesn't watch his armor around here he's got none left in the morning.
--> '''Rust''': ''In prayer.''
--> '''Vimes''': Oh, yes. Not a night has gone by without me thinking, "Ye gods, I hope I get out of this alive."
* In ''Literature/DonQuixote'', this is parodied the title character insists that [[ThePresentsWereNeverFromSanta an innkeeper (who he thinks is a castellan)]] knight him after he has watched his armor in the castle chapel -- that is, in the stable of the inn. (See also under ''Theatre''.) This shows that Literature/DonQuixote could be mad, but [[GenreSavvy he knows exactly how the ceremony must be]].
* The appointment of Dominion Lords in ''Literature/TheSovereignStone'' trilogy is largely drawn from this. New elements would probably be the magic armor and the gods descending from heaven personally appoint them.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' has shown two short form knightings on page, once for Honor herself at the end of ''Honor of the Queen'' and again for Aivars Terekhov in ''Storm From the Shadows''. Interestingly, both Honor and Terekhov had no warning, although it's unlikely either was really surprised in light of their actions at Yeltsin's Star and Monica, respectively.
* In ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'', [[TheHero Simon]] is knighted atop the Stone of Farewell for his deeds in recovering the [[CoolSword magical sword]] Thorn for Prince Josua. The ceremony is preceded by a night of fasting and vigil, and is used by Josua not merely to promote a young man who has served him, but to inspire hope in his ragtag band of refugees. Not long thereafter, Simon is forced to prove his knighthood directly by leading a troop of soldiers in a desperate battle to defend their home.
* In ChivalricRomance ''Guy of Warwick'', after his love Felice scorns the notion that she would marry a lowly mewling squire -- she would marry a great knight, mind you, without even asking his father's name -- Guy is knighted before he sets out on adventures to become a great knight.
* In the [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden]]verse, the Knighting of the Winter Knight is... unusual to say the least. [[spoiler: Mab screws him on a table in front of all the Fae after he kills the previous Knight in cold blood and drips his blood on said table.]]
* In Debra Doyle and James MacDonald's ''Knight's Wyrd'', Will's knighting is one of the opening events of the story.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Tooth and Claw" The Doctor and Rose are knighted as "Sir Doctor of TARDIS" and "Dame Rose of The Powell Estate" by QueenVicky... then immediately exiled.
** In the original series story arc ''The Crusade'', the Doctor's companion Ian Chesterton is knighted as "Sir Ian of Jaffa" (Jaffa being where the knighting took place) by King RichardTheLionheart.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', Uther is seen knighting some men. [[spoiler: Then Emilia Fox shows up.]]
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Worf's reward for helping Gowron at the beginning of the Klingon Civil War to finally have his discommendation revoked in a simple formal ceremony.
* On ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' a princess/queen one of the titular couple was romancing was allowed to give out x number of knighthoods a year, but they didn't mean anything since she was an in-name-only leader of her country. She used her last one of the year to knight a homeless man.
* Parodied in a short ''MorecambeAndWise'' sketch when Ernie received a knighthood from the Queen and, as she tapped him with the sword, it pulled off his wig.
* In the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "A Late Delivery From Avalon," King Arthur knights G'Kar as the first of a new Round Table after the ambassador takes his side against a gang of thugs.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* It's not uncommon for TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons {{Player Character}}s (particularly in the Rules Cyclopedia) to be knighted if the game goes on for long enough. Usually the knighting happens when a PC hits 9th level, which in those days was considered "Name Level."
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Parodied in the song "Knight of the Woeful Countenance" in ''Theatre/ManOfLaMancha''. Don Quixote insists that an innkeeper (who he thinks is a king) knight him.
* In ''Theatre/TheBibleTheCompleteWordOfGodAbridged'', God tells Abraham that give him his foreskin will establish a covenant between them: "You will be a knight in my army. I will dub thee Sir Cumcision."
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* Frog/Glenn gets knighted in the ending cinema of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''. And [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome his theme]] is playing throughout this, making it even more awesome.
* Elincia knights Ike in ''FireEmblem: Path of Radiance''.
** Pelleas appoints Micaiah as General of the Daein Army in ''Radiant Dawn'', but the ceremony (and the result) is much the same.
** Princess Nyna trusting Prince Marth with the Fire Emblem in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia'' could be seen as this.
* The PC of NeverwinterNights2 is hastily knighted to avoid being extradited to a KangarooCourt. Notable in that the vigil is actually shown, though most of the other steps are skipped. The PC is attacked during this time, naturally.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight'', the Asian (aka the player character) gets knighted by the King of the country he fought for as a mercenary, in recompense for winning the war. The Knight Title he gets depends of his Level and number of Medals : from highest title to lowest, there's Holy Knight, Silver Knight, White Knight, Black Knight, Red Knight, Purple Knight, Blue Knight, and Semi-Knight.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' has the Spectre induction ceremony, complete with rousing music and stirring speeches. Getting reinstated (both times) is much more underwhelming.
* In ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance]]'', [[KnightErrant Sora]] gets this in [[WesternAnimation/MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers Country of the Musketeers]] from [[MinnieMouse Princess Minnie]], being named a Royal Musketeer officially at the conclusion of that world's story. That said, given that it is [[TimeTravel in the King's past]], but nonetheless still in [[DreamLand the Sleeping Worlds]], whether or not this title was actually given in that time period is uncertain.
* In the beginning of ''StarWars: VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', Darth Vader knights Starkiller with his lightsaber as he officially acknowledges him as his Sith Apprentice.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''{{Exiern}}'' King Urtica decides to [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1849 dispense with the ceremony]], and simply to declare Tiffany a knight of the realm. He also decides to dispense with any threats of poisoning if she refuses too, isn't that nice of him.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Parodied in the ''Characters/BugsBunny'' cartoon [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_Hood Rabbit Hood]]. Bugs has [[KarmicTrickster conned]] the Sheriff of Nottingham into thinking he's the king, and that Bugs is going to knight him.
-->'''Bugs:''' Arise, Sir Loin of Beef! ''*strikes Sheriff over the head with his sceptre*'' Arise, Earl (oil) of Cloves! ''*strike*'' Arise, Duke of Brittingham! ''*strike*'' Arise, Baron of Munchhausen! ''*strike*'' Arise, Essence of Myrrh! ''*strike*'' Milk of Magnesia ''*strike*'' Quarter of Ten ''*strike*''\\
'''Sheriff:''' ''(dazed, slurred)'' [[NonSequiturThud You're too kind, your majesty]].\\
'''Bugs:''' ''([[BreakingTheFourthWall to audience]])'' Got lots of stamina!
** There's an aspect of AccidentallyAccurate here, in that the "taps on the head" weren't always just light taps; historically, they were often hard enough to hurt. A noble warrior might not have been surprised to have the knighting taps hurt, any more than it would be surprising to someone in a fraternity hazing. But it doesn't seem as if BugsBunny knew any of this.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'', Anakin was knighted by Yoda and the Jedi Council''[[RuleOfCool with a lightsaber.]]'' It was to sever the "Padawan Braid" the Anakin had, which was delivered (secretly) to Padme, which symbolized the attainment of Jedi Knight rank.
* There were two knightings in WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}. Princess Katherine used a dagger to dub Tom "Guardian of the Eggs". King Arthur used Excalibur to knight Griff.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Krusty the Clown was nearly knighted by the Queen of England herself... but then he got a call about the problems with Kamp Krusty.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Princess Celestia does the typical shoulder-tap to Twilight with her horn before she and her friends run off to retrieve the Elements from Discord in the second season opener.
* A variation in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' when the Nice King (the Ice King) makes Finn and Jake his "nice knights".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HelloKittysFurryTaleTheater'' episode "Sleeping Kitty" (a spoof of ''Literature/SleepingBeauty''), the servant Sam fails to stop Princess Kitty from falling into the enchanted sleep. The King draws his sword and Sam assumes he will be executed for his failure, but the King instead knights him and charges him to protect the realm as he and his Queen choose to join their daughter in the enchanted sleep. Eventually, Sam realizes that in knighthood, he qualifies as a prince, and he breaks the spell by giving Princess Kitty TrueLovesKiss.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Creator/SeanConnery showed up for ''his'' knighting in full Scottish regalia (i.e., a kilt). Since he's scottish, it's not surprising but still shows the formal ceremony thing.
* Creator/StephenColbert was knighted by the Queen of Jordan...with [[LordOfTheRings Andúril]]. (Note that knighthood as such is unknown in the traditions of the Arab monarchies; note also that Queen Noor is a half-Swedish, half-Syrian American, and [[RuleOfCool the whole thing is so cool nobody should give a damn]].)
* Creator/TerryPratchett, upon hearing that he would be awarded a knighthood, decided that a knight ought to have a sword, and made his own... [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome out of meteoric iron.]]
* Sir Creator/PatrickStewart mentioned on ''The Graham Norton Show'' episode on 27 January 2012 that when he was knighted, he was very scared because Queen Elizabeth II seemed to produce the sword out of nowhere. Add to that, she looks like a frail old woman holding a large, heavy sword right by his neck.
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