->''"Fire within me! Earth beneath me! Air above me! Water around me! Forest before me!"''

The best way to describe this {{sentai}}-esque series that aired in the '90s on FoxKids is either ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' [[XMeetsY meets Irish mythology]] or ''Franchise/StarWars'' in a MedievalEuropeanFantasy where Darth Vader is a woman. Whatever the match it was Saban's attempt to create a [=PR=] series without worrying about sentai footage. All of it, from the costume to the monsters, was created from the ground up.

An island resembling medieval Ireland was divided into two kingdoms: Kells, ruled by King Conchobar; and Temra, ruled by Queen Maeve. Maeve, who believed she was entitled to rule the entire island, made a deal in the first episode with Midar, a dark fairy who speaks in the third-person: she would help him take over the fairy kingdom of Tir Na Nog in exchange for a [[PowerCrystal green crystal]] whose sorcery would help her conquer Kells.

What had once been a stalemate between Maeve's {{Mooks}} and Conchobar's [[RedShirt red-clad soldiers]] now tipped in Maeve's favor. Backed into a corner, Conchobar, at the advice of his court druid, Cathbad, sent Cathbad's apprentice, Rohan, and Rohan's best friend, Angus, to find the legendary warrior, Draganta, who was supposed "to bring peace to Kells for a hundred lifetimes." After meeting up with Ivar, a prince from a distant kingdom pursuing a thief, and realizing Deirdre, Conchobar's daughter, followed them, the four stumbled into the kingdom of Tir Na Nog. After a quick few episodes of secret tests, the four were judged worthy of inheriting the Mystic Weapons and Armor and becoming the Mystic Knights.

After a week of defeating the ThresholdGuardians who guarded their armor, taming Pyre the Dragon of Dare, and learning Rohan was actually the warrior Draganta, the Mystic Knights settled into their routine: Maeve conjures up a MonsterOfTheWeek. The knights fight it with just their weapons. When that doesn't work, they [[TransformationSequence transform]] into their armor and destroy the monster with their weapons. They return to the castle to chase out the Temra soldiers Maeve sent in while they were busy.

The first (and only) season ended with a StoryArc where Maeve demanded something she had apparently been waiting for from a witch, Nemain: a powerful half demon warrior named Lugad, who the Mystic Knights could not defeat. The Warrior Of Temra Arc involved a power up for Rohan called Battle Fury, Garrett's return, the introduction of two not-so-HumongousMecha, and a completely unanticipated [[TheReveal Reveal]] regarding Lugad, Maeve, and Rohan. Maeve was defeated once and for all and exiled, and it seemed that all would live HappilyEverAfter. The last minute of footage, however, featured Midar and Nemain teaming up, making unpleasant plans for Kells and Tir Na Nog. Too bad the show was canceled, and they would never get to carry them out...

Now has a [[Characters/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog character sheet]].

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!!This show provides examples of:
* TheAce:
** Kells: Garrett; unfortunately, he knew this ("You confuse honesty with being boastful."). This attitude disappeared, of course, [[GoodIsDumb when he joined the team]].
** Temra: Lugad; a half-human DumbMuscle. However, being not that bright, he is easily manipulated.
* AchillesInHisTent: The episode when Angus, jealous of Rohan getting all the attention, walked out, only to return when Tyrune, Maeve's three-headed dragon, kidnapped Rohan.
* AllYourColorsCombined: The Knights' FinishingMove.
* ArtifactOfDoom: Ivar's chalice/ Midar's portal
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The show never pretends to be historically accurate, sure, but you still got characters living in late middle ages castle despite the show not being set any earlier than 400 AD (See TheMiddleAges below). And actually averted with regards to the armor worm by the Kells and Termra soldiers, which rather than the expected plate armor (not invented until the late midle ages/early renaissance) wear the more historically accurate scale mail/leather armor. The plate armor of the mystic knights can he {{handwaved}} since they ''are'' supposed to be magical.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Apparently the key to defeating a giant eyeball (that has no eyelids) is [[spoiler: to attack it while "The eye is open!"]] And yes, that ''is'' a direct quote.
* BadassCape
* BatmanGambit:
** In the episode "Tyrune," Maeve tricks Rohan into releasing an evil dragon ie Tyrune in a ritual he thinks will reveal the secret about his past and destiny.
** Near the end of the series, in the episode "The Queen Mother," Nemain wants to show Lugad that Maeve has been lying to him. Nemain has him hide in the room seconds before Maeve fights Rohan and almost immediately tells him she's been lying to Lugad.
* BigBad and TheDragon: Whether Maeve or Midar is the bigger threat or the one actually calling the shots varies.
** BigBadDuumvirate
** Could also work if you see Maeve as the BigBad and Midar as the BiggerBad [[spoiler: especially in the SequelHook at the end of the series]]
* BloodlessCarnage: Taken to even more ridiculous levels than PowerRangers. There were several battle sequences throughout the show between Kells and Temra, and not one person seems to use their sword or axe as anything but a club.
* {{Brainwashed}}: Happens several times, even to Pyre
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull:
--> "Fire within me!"
--> "Earth beneath me!"
--> "Air above me!"
--> "Water around me!"
--> "Forest before me!"
* CallingYourAttacks: Invoked, but not every single time.
* CatchPhrase: See ByThePowerOfGreyskull above.
--> '''Rohan''': [[OhMyGods By Dagde]]!
* {{Cancellation}}: Main reason for it being that [[MerchandiseDriven the toys weren't selling.]] Production of the second series had already started when the order came down. So the remainder of its budget was put towards ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy''.
* CustomUniform: The Knights ''armor''.
* DungeonMaster: Fin Varra
* ElementalPowers
** PlayingWithFire: '''[[color:red:Rohan]]'''
** BlowYouAway: '''[[color:silver:Deirdre]]'''
** MakingASplash: '''[[color:blue:Ivar]]'''
** DishingOutDirt: '''[[color:goldenrod:Angus]]'''
** GreenThumb: '''[[color:green:Garrett]]'''
* EnemyMine: One episode had Kells and Temra joining forces to repel an invasion of HornyVikings [[spoiler: which turned out to a ruse created by Maeve.]] A straight example appeared in a later episode where Midar deposed Maeve and took control of Temra, forcing her to join with Kells for real.
* ErmineCapeEffect: The royal characters complained about spending all day taking ceremonial robes on and off.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Of course the only female Mystic Knight is also the local princess.
* EvilChancellor: Torc, pre-series
* {{Expy}}: Aideen is indistinguishable from Disney's Tinkerbell.
* TheFace: Deirdre is the only female of five knights, and also the only one to regularly do more than fighting. When making alliances, who is the local head man going to listen to: The thief, the druid apprentice, the princes from the Land of Never-Heard-Of-It, or the local princess?
* FaceHeelTurn: Torc, pre-series
* FauxActionGirl: Deirdre, though there was much more to her than that.
* FiveEpisodePilot
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Rohan
** TheLancer / TheBigGuy: Angus
** TheSmartGuy: Ivar
** TheChick: Deirdre
** SixthRanger: Garrett
** {{Eleventh Hour Ranger}}: [[spoiler: Lugad near the end of the series.]]
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Maeve
* HalfHumanHybrid: Lugad
* HostageForMcGuffin: Deirdre
* {{Invocation}}: Garrett only carried around one ax. Fin Varra instructed him to bring his hands together a certain way to make the other materialize, but he never did it (except for the first time) without saying, "Twin-timber axes!"
* ISurrenderSuckers: It seems as if every other episode Maeve's plan was to pretend to surrender/want a peace treaty, only to inevitably set up a trap for the heros, who fall for it [[TooDumbToLive every single time]]. You'd think they would have learned after the first couple times...
* LandOfFaerie: Tir Na Nog
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: Subverted
* LukeIAmYourFather
-->[[spoiler:'''Maeve''': Yes, Rohan. ''I'' am your mother.]]
-->This came shortly after [[spoiler:Rohan learned from Fin Varra that Lugad was his half-brother by the same mother.]]
* MakeMyMonsterGrow: Oddly enough, there were very few monsters who spontaneously became giant sized in this ''Franchise/PowerRangers''-esque series. Most likely because there were so few HumongousMecha in on the show (not to mention many of the monsters were pretty big to begin with).
* MagicKnight: The Knight's Of Tir Na Nog, naturally.
* [[spoiler: MakeWayForTheNewVillains:]] Part of the SequelHook
* MathematiciansAnswer: In a CourtroomEpisode, Angus was facing trial and, when it seemed he'd be convicted, the truth was revealed. In the end, Angus asked the judge if he'd be acquitted or convicted without the new evidence and the judge said he'd certainly be one of those.
* AMechByAnyOtherName: The two ''not-exactly'' HumongousMecha that appear late in the series.
* [[MenOfSherwood Men Of Kells]]: When the RedShirtArmy ''is'' on its game... watch out!
* TheMiddleAges: Technically Late Antiquity since it takes place in Pre-Christian Ireland (which puts it sometime before 400 AD) but otherwise it fits all the aesthetics.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: Rohan's Battle Fury Armor. Based on the toys that were released, all the other characters would have gotten upgrades as well had the show not been canceled.
* MindControlEyes: [[spoiler: Garrett, whil under Maeve's control]].
* MindRape: [[spoiler: Garrett]]
* MonsterOfTheWeek
* MouseWorld: Tir Na Nog
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Justified, as the Knight's are still learning spells from their teacher and allies.
* NoodleIncident: Precisely how the war between Kells and Temra started, or why Maeve is under the impression that she has a rightful claim to Kells is never really elaborated on. This probably wasn't done for the usual reasons, but just because such political complexities would be well beyond the interests of the target audience.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent
* OurMonstersAreWeird: Including... a giant eyeball?
* OutDamnedSpot: When Rohan discovers that [[spoiler:the Mark of Destiny is a birthmark shared by his half-brother Lugad and his mother ''Queen Maeve'']], he furiously tries to scrub the Mark of Destiny off of his arm.
* RealSongThemeTune: The German broadcast had the Kelly Family's song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZLZ9Dn47Jw&feature=related]].
* {{Red Shirt}}s/RedShirtArmy: No kidding -- Kells' army, who are absolutely no help at all in fighting Maeve's army, wear red uniforms. Give us the FauxActionGirl any day.
** Not entirely. There were a few times in which the RedShirts were at least able to drive back Maeve's {{Mooks}}. On at least one occasion we saw the Red Shirts win a battle entirely unaided (they pretended to be dead, and then attacked the Mooks when their guard was down).
** Their uselessness was actually lampshaded in one episode where Rohan and the other knights complained that all they did was get in the way during fighting, and they asked the King to be able to command them directly during battles (presumably so they could tell them to just go home and let them do all the fighting).
* SceneryPorn: Some of it ''was'' filmed in Ireland after all.
* SequelHook ...which unfortunately never came to be.
* {{Shapeshifting}}:
** Midar and his minions are quite gifted in this, but no matter how many times they've been tricked before, the other characters [[GenreBlindness always fall for it]].
** Nemain travels around by transforming into a raven.
* SoProudOfYou: Right before being Maeve is exiled in the finale, [[spoiler:Rohan asks his mother]] if there is anything she wants to say to him. Maeve admits that he had been raised well, and that he is a brave and great warrior. Her only regret is that he's fighting for the wrong side.
* StrangeBedfellows: Cathbad and the Knights helped Maeve stop Midar from conquering the island. Midar and Nemain helped the Knights defeat Maeve in the finale.
* {{Stripperific}}: Deirdre had what might have been the most sorry excuse for armor this side of Xena. Wrist guards, shin guards, and most of her torso, all right. But that leaves huge swatches of forearm, thigh and everything under her armored skirt exposed (the skirt never stayed in place.) Probably worse was [[http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b162/GalaxyRed/Mystic%20Knights/deidre-mystic-knight-of-air.jpg her helmet.]] While the guys had full face coverings, she had a sorry looking thing that left her throat and the lower half of her face exposed.
** Her regular outfit wasn't all that better either. Her "skirt" was really just several strips of cloth, and given the constant action scenes and apparently windy outdoor sets, this led to many a PantyShot.
* {{Synchronization}}: The Mystic Weapons were apparently linked, not to the Knights, but to Fin Varra. In an episode when he was kidnapped, they completely shut down.
* TeamSpirit
* ThemeMusicPowerUp
* TitleThemeTune
* TransformationHorror: Specifically a Traumatic Transformation, King Fin Varra often threatens and sometimes carries out transforming those who have crossed him into Spriggans: black imp-like animal creatures.
* TokenMinority: Ivar.
* TransformationSequence
* WeaponOfChoice
** SwissArmyWeapon:
*** Swords: Rohan's Sword.
*** AnAxeToGrind: Garrett's Axe(s).
*** AutomaticCrossbows: Deirdre's magic Crossbow.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Hint -- tied directly to the LukeIAmYourFather
* WithFriendsLikeThese...: Maeve and Nemain are both evil sorceresses who want the downfall of Kells. However, [[spoiler: Nemain makes a deal with Midar in order to betray Maeve.]]
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