"We're Knights of the Round Table
We dance when e'er we're able
We do routines and chorus scenes
With footwork impeccable."Dancing in a suit of armour. An amusing sight, in part due to the inherent clumsiness and difficulty in moving glibly in such attire, though far less so than one might expect, as the Real Life section would suggest. Furthermore, a suit of armor has connotations of knightly bravery and honor—hence the humorous whiplash stemming from dancing in full plate (see also The Comically Serious). Subtrope of Bathos. Not to be confused with Dance Battler.
Examples:Card Games Eastern European Animation
- In one of the episodes of Nu, Pogodi! (in a museum), Wolf disguises himself as a suit of armor and soon afterwards slides across a slippery floor, doing figure skating maneouvers to the tune of a classical melody.
- The "Knights of the Round Table" song from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
- The end of Ella Enchanted sees the armored castle guards dance along to the Crowd Song (since they never even speak, let alone sing).
- The original version of The Pink Panther (1963) included a costume party in which Inspector Clouseau attempted to remain incognito wearing a suit of armour, complete with clanging faceplate. He spends some of the evening dancing.
- Iron Man 2: Tony Stark, drunk as hell, fully suited up in Iron Man armor. And its one of the most hilarious moments in the movie.
- In The Three Stooges short "Squareheads of the Round Table", Larry, Moe, and Shemp noisily dance in full armor to an "ancient" radio playing "Swanee River".
- This behind-the-scenes clip from the set of Predator 2 is dripping with this trope.
- Not dancing per se, but the Mel Brooks movie Silent Movie has a hilarious scene where the main characters, in full plate armor, try to eat lunch at a cafeteria.
- One contestant on Britain's Got Talent did a Michael Jackson dance dressed as Darth Vader.
- Canadian comedy duo Johnny Wayne and Frank Shuster once had a TV special that parodied fairy tales - they star as a court jester and royal physician, breaking into an impromptu softshoe dance in the dining hall, followed by a knight in armor doing a more vigorous tapdance.
"That's not softshoe, that's heavy metal!""My mom told be there'd be knights like this..."
- Tokumei Sentai Go Busters features the Red Buster's Humongous Mecha dancing to the ending song.
- In MythBusters, Adam Savage sometimes dances in their fire suit. He also takes the opportunity to dance in the Redman suit, the heavier impact armor, and the prop armor that shows up for historical myths.
- A very non-humorous example is Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights.
- Adam Ant dances in a very shiny suit of armor in "Ant Rap".
- In RuneScape, if you pay some money and pull a lever at the party room (formerly in Camelot), a group of knights would dance and sing on a table. Probably inspired by the Monty Python and the Holy Grail scene. Also, there are multiple dance emotes, which players can do in full armor.
- World of Warcraft. The dance command is never affected by whatever your character is equipped with.
- Both Mass Effect and its sequel allow the protagonist some dance steps in full combat gear.
- In The Sims Medieval, when a musician plays a lute, most people in the room start to dance; this includes any knights in full armor, and occasionally even golems.
- In Final Fantasy IV for the DS, there is an Easter Egg where Cecil does a dance. With an (E-rated) exotic dancer. It's absolutely hilarious.
- There are all-class dancing taunts in Team Fortress 2, and several cosmetic items are suits of armor for the various classes. Pyro gets the most mileage out of this, having both a samurai's armor and helmet as well as a full black knight ensemble to dance in, while also being technically armored already in his fireproof suit (which can also have variations as a hazmat/radiation suit).
- One staff in Dark Souls allows player-characters to perform a ritual dance with it. Some people only invade others to perform this dance at them and disappear.
- The "Dancing Knights" spell in The Order of the Stick, a pun on the "Dancing Lights" spell found in Dungeons & Dragons.
- Longsword instructor Guy Windsor once explained the versatility of armour by stating that an armoured knight can "run, jump, ride and even dance techno. I have seen this with my own eyes."
- Historically, it wasn't unknown for squires to dance in full harness as part of their training. Seeing how they had to be able to crawl up the underside of a siege ladder and mount a horse in full gallop while wearing all their armor to be considered for knighthood, this was only the beginning.