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->'''Rath:''' Hey, ugly! We are the slayers of the unholy, the keepers of justice, the guardians of truth!
->'''Thatz:''' We cannot be defeated! We are the Dragon Knights, scourge of demonkind! And, uh... we're kinda lost.

A manga series by Mineko Ohkami, '''''Dragon Knights''''' tells the tale of the war between the Dragon tribe led by [[BigGood Lykouleon]], who seeks to protect the world, and the Demon tribe led by [[BigBad Nadil]], who wants to [[TakeOverTheWorld take it over]]. To help save the day Lykouleon sends out his best fighters, the Dragon Knights. Traveling to Nadil's dark castle they cut of his head, ending his reign of terror.

And all of this happens before the first chapter.

Now that the heroes have [[MacGuffin the head of the Demon Lord]], they must protect it from everybody else who might seek to bring Nadil BackFromTheDead, or simply claim his power as their own. Of course things are never easy, and with evil plots, foul monsters, and [[DistractedByTheShiny shiny distractions]] around every corner, the Knights will have their hands full trying to keep their victory as such.

!!''Dragon Knights'' provides examples of
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: When the specter needs to have a talk with Kitchel, because she refused to talk to a "ghost" he took the physical form of a small, squirrel like creature instead, known as Sacreds in their world, to get her to listen.
* AffablyEvil: Can apply to Kharl, he even unknowingly buys flowers from one of the heroes and accepts his invite to lunch. Also Sabel.
* AlienSky: In the Demon World, the sky's a shade of purple.
* AllEncompassingMantle: The preferred attire of Shydeman, Shyrendora, and Kharl.
* AllJustADream: When Rune wakes up from his crossdressing contest nightmare in the Gaiden.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs
* AllYourColorsCombined: Not used in battle, but the five Dragon Officers (represented by different colors) were suppose to use their powers together to seal away Nadil's head.
* AlmostDeadGuy: [[spoiler: Alfeegi, Kaistern, and Lykouleon are all able to do a few final tasks or past some last words before expiring.]]
* AmplifierArtifact: [[spoiler: The Wind Staff]] allows Cesia more control over her already potent powers.
** [[spoiler: Cesia ''herself'']] is an example; it's why [[spoiler: she's so desirable to both sides.]]
* AnimalMotifs
* AnimateDead: Sabel's primary power.
* AnimeHair: Kharl's odd, winged bird hair style. Other than that, most of the hairstyles are quite tame.
** The women (and [[LongHairedPrettyBoy Gil]]) often have impossibly long hair.
* {{Animorphism}}
* AntiClimax
* AnyoneCanDie
* ArtEvolution: Ohkami changed her style practically from book to book until the later half of the series when it stabilized a little...
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: There's Varawoo, the fish, and then the giant one-eye monster. [[spoiler: And then Diamond Clover and Yusurugi]]
* AttractiveBentGender
* AwfulTruth
* BackFromTheDead: Happens quite a lot.
** Not exactly willy-nilly - someone else's sacrifice so you can use their body - and sometimes more than one body - is usually required.
** But...[[spoiler: Only about half the characters that die end up staying dead, and even then, some of them make reappearances.]]
* BadassLongcoat: Worn by Tetheus for most of the series.
* BattleCouple: Rune and Tintlet to a certain extent. [[spoiler: Rath and Cesia.]]
* TheBartender
* BareYourMidriff: Kitchel, for most of her outfits. Eventually Cesia joins in on the fun too.
* BatheHerAndBringHerToMe: How [[spoiler: Nadil decides to welcome Cesia back to his castle.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: While he's the most polite and courteous of the knights, Rune's got the worst temper.
* BigBad: Nadil, of course. And he also doubles as the EvilOverlord.
* BigEater: Thatz. Food is one of his two great obsessions, the other of course being money.
* BigGood: Lykouleon
* BlindIdiotTranslation: Tokyopop's translation work is... less then consistent at times.
* BlackMagic
* BondOneLiner
-->'''Tetheus:''' Just a thought... but you may want to throw this fish back.
* BoundAndGagged: Happens a few times to Rath when the other two knights don't want to deal with him.
* [[spoiler: BreakingOutTheBoss]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Happens in the first book when Rune explains to the readers where the Knights are and how they got there. Pops again a few times later on in the series, but not too often.
* BrokenTreasure
* BusFullOfInnocents: "Like kidnapping a Kindergarten bus!"
* CanineCompanion: Crewger and Illuser.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Rath
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: Of course, it doesn't hurt that the author started out drawing {{Yaoi}} comics.
* ChekhovsArmoury: Dragon Knights has tons of [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's guns]] everywhere. Sometimes, they only show up in illustrations or page splashes.
* CoDragons: Both Shydeman and Shyrendora act as dragons for Nadil's army, with Shydeman having the power to manipulate bodies while Shyrendora has the power to manipulate minds. Even though it's implied that the two should have the same amount of power, Shydeman tends to act as the leader of the two.
* CombatStilettos: Even the guys wear them.
* CombatTentacles: Used by Shydeman and Shyrendora in battle. Eventually results in BodyHorror.
* [[spoiler: ComfortingTheWidow]]
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan
* CoolSword: We've got your [[InfinityPlusOneSword rare, ultimate sword]], [[FlamingSword swords on fire]], and [[TakeUpMySword your successor's sword]].
* CrazyPrepared: Thatz ends up having a butterfly net just when he needs one.
* CreepyTwins: Shydeman and Shyrendora certainly qualify. They've even both got the EvilAlbino thing going on. [[spoiler: As well as Rim Kanna and her sister.]]
* {{Curse}}: Poor Cesia suffers from these all the time!
* DarkActionGirl: [[spoiler: Cesia, when she's in evil mode.]]
* DeadPersonConversation: [[spoiler: Sabel converses with the Death Faerie, Alfeegi.]]
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler: When Cesia exchanges herself for Nadil to call off the siege on the Dragon Palace.]]
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Rath, as revealed in volume 5]]
* DeathGlare: A favorite of Rune and Alfeegi.
* DemonHead: Not quite so extreme, but Rune and Alfeegi pull this face a lot.
* DemonSlaying: A favorite past time of Rath's.
* DemonicPossession
* DidTheyOrDidntThey
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler: That [[ShockingSwerve Diamond Clover]] thing was NEVER mentioned before!]]
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: When Kharl invites Nohiro out for a short bite to eat at a cafe. However, it's not clear if Kharl realizes who (or what) Nohiro is.
* DisguisedInDrag: Happens to the knights in the first book.
* DistressedDamsel
* DontFearTheReaper
* DragonRider: What else did you expect of a manga titled Dragon Knights?
* TheDragon: Both Shydeman and Shyrendora take on this role.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Rune, who is quite possibly the [[strike:queen]] king of this trope.
* DuelToTheDeath
* EasyAmnesia: [[spoiler: Cesia loses her memory, which then leads to IdentityAmnesia. Also applies to Nohiro, who remembers nothing about his past.]]
* EightiesHair: Mullets! Which luckily [[ArtEvolution go away over time.]]
* EldritchAbomination
* ElegantGothicLolita: In later volumes, Ohkami begins to incoporate this fashion into her character designs and illustrations.
* ElementalBaggage
* ElementalPowers: All the Knights are based on elements, resulting in DishingOutDirt, PlayingWithFire, and MakingASplash with Thatz, Rath, and Rune respectively. Additionally, Cesia adds in [[BlowYouAway wind]] to the ensemble.
* TheEmpath: The Star Heaven Princess
* EmptyShell: The basis of Sabel's powers. He finds dead bodies of people, takes their souls, and then creates puppets from the corpses.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Much to Rune's dismay. Of course, once they realize he's actually a boy, they usually back off.
* EvilMinions
* EvilTwin: Rim Kana uses this to trick the Dragon Knights during their first encounter, leading to SpotTheImposter. [[spoiler: And then ironically, she has her own evil twin.]]
* EyepatchOfPower: [[spoiler: Gil's sporting an eye patch once he comes back!]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity
* FacialMarkings: Shydeman and Shyrendora.
* FairyCompanion: Ringleys, Meteaura, as well as Nohiro's little entourage.
* FanNickname
* FantasyWorldMap
* FisherKing
* {{Flashback}}: Happens in both WholeEpisodeFlashback and FlashbackCut forms.
* FlippingTheTable: Done by Thatz when he's frustrated that the crew can't find a way to get across the dead soul moat to Nadil's castle.
* FlungClothing: As Rath changes out of his dress disguise to do battle.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: Varawoo and Garaba, the latter of which is actually used for flying transportation.
* FogOfDoom: Nadil has a giant ocean of souls protecting his castle.
* FortuneTeller: Quite a few of these, including Cesia, Salazar, and Delte.
* GambitRoulette: When the first step in your plan is [[spoiler:your own decapitation]], you have got to be '''''really''''' confident in the other steps.
* GenkiGirl: Kitchel
* GhostAmnesia: [[spoiler: Fiji, when Rath, Thatz, Zoma, and Ringleys run into her as a ghost.]]
* TheGlassesComeOff: Kaistern battles without his glasses... [[RuleOfCool it is never explained why]].
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Interestingly enough, it's only the heroes who have scars. Thatz has his from his former street days. Gil's scars mostly come from[[spoiler: torture and self-infliction. Ruwalk has some across his chest from his encounter with the "terrible demon". And Rath has a scar across his neck after his first suicide attempt in volume 6.]]
* GoryDiscretionShot
* HalfIdenticalTwins
* HarmlessFreezing
* HealingHands: Fairies have this ability.
* HeelFaceTurn: Cesia and Zoma make theirs by the end of the first volume, but other notable examples are [[spoiler: Gil, Bierrez, and Sabel.]]
* HellishPupils: Sabel's eyes are shaped like this, [[spoiler: as well as Gil's in his demon form.]]
* HeroicAlbino: Kaistern
* HeroicBSOD
* HeroicSacrifice
* HorseOfADifferentColor: The darnas.
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: Cesia makes a promise [[spoiler: to never let Rath get himself killed by his own suicidal tendencies. She does mess up once, but then all she's got to do is [[UnwantedRevival bring him back.]]]]
* HoYay: What do you expect from an mangaka that originally wrote about shounen-ai?
** Especially invoked with Rath and Kai-stern (at least from Kaistern's side).
** From Volume 13 Page 146, major ho-yay ensues for a couple of pages between Rath and Karl.
** [[spoiler: Gil and Laagramas. Gil seems to think it was okay that he was turned into a demon, or at least not completely horrible, because it caused him to meet Laamu Garnas. To say nothing of volume 23.]]
* HyperAwareness: It's mentioned that Alfeegi's got keen observation skills.
* IHaveYourWife
* ImHavingSoulPains
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Queen Raseleane.
* InterspeciesRomance
* InvisibleToNormals: [[spoiler: The death faeries.]]
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: [[spoiler:Gil and his inability to control when he turns into his cat demon form. And Cesia when she turns into a Sacred because of a curse.]]
* InTheHood: Shydeman and Shyrendora spy on the knights while wearing hooded cloaks.
* ISenseADisturbanceInTheForce
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Alfeegi.
* KaleidoscopeEyes: If only because Ohkami can't ever stay consistent with a character design.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Kharl]], despite the many problems he causes for both sides and [[spoiler:being the direct cause of the near extinction of the Fairy tribe]], ends the series in pretty much the same position he was in at the start of it.
** Although considering his position wasn't [[AvengingTheVillain great]] [[ThisIsUnforgivable to]] [[CycleOfRevenge begin with]], it's more of a LeftHanging situation--or even an authorial version of CruelMercy.
* KillItWithFire: Several people in the series use this as their preferred method, such as Gil, Fedelta, and of course Rath, who leaps straight into PyroManiac levels at times.
* KillItWithIce: Rath oddly enough can also do this, despite being the Dragon Knight of ''Fire'' and his own [[PlayingWithFire normal tendencies]].
* KillItWithWater: Rune does this as the Dragon Knight of Water.
* KingIncognito: Hugh
* KissKissSlap
* LethalChef: Both Rath and Kharl are abysmal at cooking. Rath somehow manages to put sand into porridge and Kharl managed to make a mandrake out of a salad!
* LanguageOfMagic: Whenever Nadil casts the spell on Lykouleon that curses him to bleed to death, he speaks it in a strange language made up of square shaped characters. Quite possibly BlackSpeech but it's never clarified.
* LastKiss: [[spoiler: Lykouleon and Raseleane]]
** And [[spoiler: Cesia and Rath]] though he gets better.
* LickingTheBlade: Garfacky does this at least once.
* LifeEnergy
* LifeOrLimbDecision
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler: With Tetheus and Shydeman and Shyrendora.]]
* TheLostWoods: Home to the fairies.
* LoveTriangle
* LoyalAnimalCompanion: Several of these, first we've got the dragons and their knights. Then Lykouleon used to have a pair of demon dogs, Illuser and Crewgar, and Kharl had a pair of birds that helped him with his alchemy.
* LuminescentBlush
* MacGuffinGirl: [[spoiler: Cesia]]
* [[MadScientist Mad Alchemist]]: Kharl, and of course, he's got his [[MadScientistLaboratory Alchemy lab]] as well.
* MagicalEye: [[spoiler: The source of Gil's demon powers is the demon seed planted in his right eye.]]
* MagicKnight
* MagicMusic: A flute is needed to open the gates of the Water Realm.
* MagicWand: The Wind Staff, used especially by Cesia.
* ManOnFire: Done subtly with Fedelta. He's always got a poof of smoke floating away from him. Sometimes Rath engulfs himself in flames too.
* MarionetteMaster: Both Sabel and Rim Kana have the ability to create PeoplePuppets.
* [[spoiler: MeaningfulFuneral]]
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy
* MindControl: The main power of Shyrendora.
* MulticoloredHair: Ruwalk, Garfacky, Rath, Sabel, and Cesia.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone
* MysteriousPast: Along with some DarkAndTroubledPast as well, leading to [[spoiler: Rath's IAmWho? moment.]]
* NoblewomansLaugh: Done once when Jilge thought her plan to be successful.
* NoExportForYou: Ohkami had created a bunch of bonus Dragon Knights chapters after the series had ended, which were printed together in a book in Japan. However, it seems like Tokyopop had little interest in importing it to the US, understandable considering the series's obscurity.
* NonChalantDodge
* OffWithHisHead
* OlderThanTheyLook: Really all of the cast except the humans, of which there are few. Making for a confusing timeline. Most of them are quite possibly ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, but it's even mentioned that most members of the Dragon Tribe don't remember their age. At least ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty.
* {{Omake}}
* OneHeadTaller: Not that Kitchel's too tiny, but Tetheus is certainly very huge. [[spoiler: And then you've got the HugeGuyTinyGirl with Alfeegi and Reema.]]
* TheOnlyOne: [[spoiler: Poor Rath, everyone's depending on him. Even the villians.]]
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: First you've got the elemental duel dragons, who chose their Dragon Knights and then aid them on their adventures. Then you've got the Dragon Tribe, which is the governing family of their country, Draqueen, and characterized by immortality, eternal youth, CuteLittleFangs and PointyEars.
* OurElvesAreBetter: Regulators of [[FriendToAllLivingThings nature]], have the longest life spans of all four species, and the ability to [[HealingHands heal]].
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: They've got four ears.
* OverlyLongName: Kuon Sheena, it's actually just her first name.
* PillarOfLight: Three of these mark the boundaries between the Eastern and Western worlds.
* PoisonedWeapons: How Kaistern goes about most of his battles.
* PortalPool: Created by Sabel to get around places.
* PowerLimiter: The blood crystal that Lykouleon gives to Cesia is meant to seal both her demon personality and powers.
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow
* PrehensileHair: [[spoiler: Kuon Sheena as she's possessed by Meteaura]]
* PutOnABus: Happens to quite a few characters, most notably Nohiro.
* ThePromise
* OnlyAFleshWound: [[spoiler: Alfeegi, seriously, it took him forever to bleed to death!]]
* QuestForIdentity: Nohiro
* QuiveringEyes
* RagsToRiches: Thatz used to be a common thief before taking on knighthood.
* RapunzelHair: Cesia, Tinlett, and Raselane's hair can reach down to their feet and then some... it seems to depend on Ohkami's mood.
* RazorFloss: Rim Kana's main weapon. Even allows her to have PeoplePuppets.
* RazorWind: It was a bit more like a razor tornado when [[spoiler: Black Cesia]] did it.
* RecurringDreams: Rath has the same dream about a battle a couple of times. It's never fully revealed what the dream was suppose to have meant.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Tetheus's eyes turn read whenever he senses a demon near by.
* RedOniBlueOni
* RedSkyTakeWarning: When Nadil first curses the Dragon Lord, the sky turns red back in Draqueen.
* ReluctantWarrior: Rune
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The Sacreds
* RoyalBlood: Pretty important in Dragon Knights, since most of the plot revolves around how the Dragon Lord [[SuccessionCrisis lacks an heir to the throne]] and the crazy measures they have to take to circumnavigate [[RoyallyScrewedUp this problem]]. Members of the royal family are subjected to BloodMagic too. For the Dragon Lord, his blood is like a powerful, super condensed form of light magic, too potent for anyone but the Queen to touch it.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Lykouleon is killed by Nadil's curse in the end.]]
* SapientSteed
* SavingTheWorld
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler: Varawoo, a giant demon fish, is sealed away by the Water dragon so that he doesn't flood the world. Of course, this makes things a little tricky when Rune comes to unseal the Water dragon. But it turns out Varawoo can be sealed by multiple things. After Rune releases the Water dragon, Tinlett seals the demon fish instead, until finally Rune returns with enough power to seal Varawoo within himself.]]
* ShapeshifterGuiltTrip: [[spoiler: Sinistora]], who looks just like [[spoiler: the then dead Crewger.]]
* {{Shinigami}}: [[spoiler: Shinigami in the Dragon Knights world take the form of Death Fairies, and turn out to be what Reema and Duma truly are. Little is shown about them except that they are [[InvisibleToNormals visible only to those near death]] and their job is to lead noble souls to the afterlife after granting them [[LastRequest one wish]]. Interestingly, they are the only characters in the series to wear Eastern styled clothing except for when they decide to done the BlackCloak. Later on, Alfeegi comes back as a Death Fairy.]]
* ShesAManInJapan: Meteaura was mistaken as male in the book she first appears in.
* ShootTheDog: Averted, [[spoiler: when Lykouleon is unable to kill the crazed Illuser and turns him into Rath instead.]]
* SiblingYinYang: Shydeman is always shown to be the calmer brother, while Shyrendora is more of the hot-headed sister.
* SleepModeSize: The Duel Dragons can shrink down into smaller versions when their knights don't need them. It also seems to be implied that a Duel Dragon can only reach its full size when it's knight is present.
* SnowMeansLove: Subverted, Rath really loathes snow. [[spoiler:Especially since it reminds him of his hatred of Kharl.]]
* SomeKindOfForceField: The barrier around the Dragon Palace that keeps demons from entering.
* SoulJar
* SpeechImpairedAnimal: The duel dragons, but most noticeably Fire. Not that he lets this stop him from communicating!
* SplitPersonality: [[spoiler: Cesia, who actually manages to have three distinct personalities, and arguably Gil with his demon form.]]
* StandardFantasySetting
* StandardRoyalCourt: The Dragon Officers.
* StormingTheCastle: What the Dragon Knights did just before the series starts, [[spoiler: And then later again, when Nadil has to be killed a second time.]]
* TheStoic: Tetheus.
* SummonMagic: Becomes a major plot point near the end of the series.
* SuperDeformed
* SuperEmpowering: Cesia has the latent power to exponentially increase anyone else's power with just proximity, she doesn't even have to will it.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler: Of course, Cesia's evil side claims to be far more powerful than her true self. She even insists that she's the "real" Cesia and is shown to have much greater control over her powers. The same could also be said of Gil, who is more powerful in his demon cat form, but he has no control over his actions. Then arguably Rune, after he's gained the power of Varawoo.]]
* SwordFight: Plenty of those.
* TearsofBlood: [[spoiler: Rath, being UnableToCry, actually cries tears of blood instead when Kharl first tries to revert him back into a demon.]]
* ThemeTwinNaming: Shydeman and Shyrendora.
* TimeDelayedDeath
* TomatoInTheMirror: Quite a few characters, namely [[spoiler: Rath, Cesia, Gil, and Sabel.]]
* TransformationSequence
* {{Trickster}}: Sabel
* {{Tykebomb}}: Garfakcy
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Ohkami actually does a good job of keeping the characters outfits different. There's even a chapter where the characters spontaneously decide to change their clothes after being in the same outfits for a few volumes.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler: Bierrez never gets Cesia.]]
* UnwantedRevival
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Lykouleon and Raseleane are revealed to have met when they were children in the Gaiden chapters.
* VillainsNeverLie
* VisibleSigh
* WackyMarriageProposal
* WalkingTheEarth: Kaistern started out as a wanderer before he met Lykouleon and became a Dragon Officer. Of course, he still continues this mentality though, much to Alfeegi's dismay.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never do get to find out what, exactly, was going on with Nohiro.
* WhipitGood: [[spoiler: Cesia's evil side summons a whip.]]
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Rune, though to be fair to him it's never ''willingly''. Of course, when you're as feminine looking as he is even "normal" clothing can end up looking like drag.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Sabel is terrified of fairies.
* WigDressAccent: Happens a lot more often during the beginning of the series. The Dragon Knights had to do this a comple of times in drag, then you've got Hugh, and even Cesia's disguise as an innkeeper. Fedelta does a disguise later on in volume 6.
* WingedHumanoid: Several of the characters appear with wings in illustrations or covers, including Rath, Cesia, Rune, Thatz, Zoma, Kharl, and Alfeegi. Then all of the little water light fairies have insect type wings. [[spoiler: Rath]] actually does gain wings for a [[PowerGivesYouWings brief period]], [[spoiler: and it's implied that in the old days when he lived together with Kharl, they both had feathery wings on their backs.]] [[spoiler: Zoma appears with wings for a fleeting second as well, seen only by the fortuneteller, Delte, foreshadowing his true identity later on.]]
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Tetheus. When told by Kitchel that he can't use his sword on the monsters, he decides to suplex them instead.
* YouCanSeeMe: Reema to Alfeegi when they first meet.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Not only is practically every color of the rainbow featured throughout the entire cast, Ohkami doesn't even bother to be consistent.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Poor Jilge.
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