->''"Link is dripping with visual personality, entirely distinct from the player's actions. He's profoundly thick, almost to the edge of the special-school spectrum, but he's earnest and endearing with it. He doesn't put on the green uniform because he was destined to by the will of The Force, or whatever it is, but because his Nan was forcing him to take part in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' cosplay."''
-->-- '''[[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]]''' on ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Toon Link]]''

Meet Bob. [[Series/RedDwarf What a guy!]] Bob's brave, he's [[{{Determinator}} determined]], he's good at what he does, he's [[NiceGuy genuinely nice]], and, most importantly, his moral fiber has a [[IncorruptiblePurePureness higher tensile strength than spider silk.]] Sure, he's a bit [[SociallyAwkwardHero socially awkward]] and has a few other harmless quirks, but that's all part of his [[{{Adorkable}} particular charm]]. The title can be taken as a play on [[SelfProclaimedKnight Dark Knight]].

In tropese, the Dork Knight is TheAce, TheCape, the KnightInShiningArmor or a similar character type infused with {{Adorkable}}, where the endearing awkwardness serves to humanize an otherwise idealized hero. (It can also work in reverse, where an established loveable dork shows unexpected courage and prowess.) See also BadassAdorable and SociallyAwkwardHero (which tend to overlap). The goofier examples of this trope may overlap with CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass. If they're [[BadassAdorable good-looking]] and like the rest of us, they could also qualify.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Yomiko Readman of ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' .[[BewareTheNiceOnes She can also]] [[PaperMaster kill you with a bookmark.]]
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'': Vash the Stampede. He's a completely unstoppable (and non-lethal) warrior and one of the silliest men committed to animation.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Sweet, kind and cuddly Himura Kenshin. That's not to say he isn't a skilled disciplined Samurai with an [[IncorruptiblePurePureness unflappable sense of right and wrong]], [[KnightInShiningArmor defender of the innocent]], etc. etc.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[spoiler: Akemi Homura is revealed in a flashback to have started off life as a {{Moe}} {{Adorkable}} {{Meganekko}}. She turns to TakeALevelInBadass to prevent [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship Madoka's]] death, and gradually sheds layers of {{Adorkable}} in each iteration of a GroundhogDayLoop. However, when her feelings for Madoka bubble up to the surface, she's still the same [[FanNickname Moemura]] at heart.]]
* Syaoran Li, [[JerkassFacade beneath his supposed arrogance]], turns out to be one in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', arguably Sakura herself evolves as such, both her [[TookALevelInBadass competence as guardian of the cards]] and [[KindheartedSimpleton cluelessly innocent persona]] upped as the series goes on.
* Surprisingly common in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', especially with Wild Tiger[=/=]Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, Origami Cyclone[=/=]Ivan Karelin and Sky High[=/=]Keith Goodman.
** Keith is TheAce, Kotetsu aspires to be TheCape, Ivan can manage a bit of Badass and is definitely Adorable, and all three are {{Adorkable}}.
* Son Gohan from ''Manga/DragonBall'' as a bad case of ChronicHeroSyndrome, perfect grades, superpowers, and grew up in a tiny, isolated house up in the mountains with absolutely no frame of reference to tell him that no, normal people cannot jump eight meters into the air. Becoming a superhero with really clear {{Sentai}} influences really was the only option.
* After taking a level in badass, Tsukune Aono from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' fits squarely in this. Taking on some of the most deadliest monsters one minute and being {{Adorkable}} the next.
* Seiya of ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'' is a hyperactive, clever, absolutely fearless goofball who [[HowDoIShotWeb doesn't have the best control over his powers]] (it's a work in progress,) but is always ready to help his MagicalGirlWarrior best friend. Villains actually refer to him as a knight.
* Laius the warrior from ''Manga/DeliciousInDungeon'' is the leader of an experienced dungeon explorer team. He's also a massive dork, is a living encyclopedia on monsters, and is awful at reading the mood.
* Izuku Midoriya, the protagonist of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' is armed with the Quirk of the world's greatest hero, granting him incredible SuperStrength at the risk of smashing his bones to pieces, and through his hard work and dedication he becomes one of the best fighters in his class at a school filled with promising young Heroes on top of having great grades and considerable popularity among his peers and the rest of the people in his neighborhood after the Sports Festival. He's also an extremely {{Adorkable}} SociallyAwkwardHero who gets flustered around girls, is an ''enormous'' [[{{Otaku}} Hero Fanboy]], and is prone to TenderTears.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' is very much a NiceGuy and kind-hearted boy-next-door type who genuinely cares about others more than himself and isn't afraid to proclaim the ideals he fights for, namely UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream. There are some cynics who would sneer at this, but Cap honestly doesn't care. He'll still keep fighting for his ideals no matter what. On one occasion, Cap provides encouragement to a despairing Spider-Man by telling him [[BadassCreed "This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — No, YOU move."]] There's a ''reason'' why the Avengers know they can always trust Cap.
* He's become less so over the years, but Lee Falk's original depiction of ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' had definite moments of this, particularly around the woman he loves.
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' is this and was one of the big charms and appeal. He was a dork awkward nerd as a teenager who got picked on alot yet when he got his powers, he became a hero so people wouldn't have to suffer what he lost, all while still be dorky and awkward.
** In the mainstream comics, he remains as this, even as an adult. It's best seen when interacting with the other heroes (who seem him as something of a young sibling yet deeply respect him) and also when it comes to ''younger'' heroes (who look at him in awe for being in the hero game when he was their age and him trying his best to guide them.)
* In ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'', the title character's [[ClarkKenting secret identity]] certainly has {{Adorkable}} tendencies. This could be the result of ObfuscatingStupidity, being an AlienAmongUs, or something else. In the modern comics, it's usually just because he's a farmer's son who moved to the big city. He doesn't really count as AlienAmongUs, since he came to Earth as an infant.
* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] definitely qualifies. He's a hero on par with Superman both in terms of physical power and nobility, and is completely unafraid of standing up to beings more powerful than himself (up to and including the Wrath of God) if he feels it has to be done. Yet he's also unfailingly polite, kind, friendly and compassionate, with a good (sometimes self-deprecating) sense of humor who tends to get completely flustered when women take interest in him. The fact that he's really a 12 to 15 year old kid in an adult superhuman body goes a long way towards explaining this.
* The ''[[AlternateCompanyEquivalent other company's]]'' Captain Marvel, or at least, their current and fifth/seventh one, former ComicBook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers. Credited as 'Earth's Mightiest Hero', a FlyingBrick on-par with Thor, a trained Air-Force pilot (even being a ColonelBadass) and a decorated soldier with years of experience, and she named her cat Chewie, uses the 'Jedi Mind Trick' as a distraction, and after cooling off from being mad at the uninvited visit, she geeks out at having Lila Cheney, a super-powered rock star, on her ship. Generally, Carol is good at keeping her geekiness in-check, but in recent years it's became far more blatant that she's something of a nerd.
** Same can be said for her successor, the current and third [[Comicbook/MsMarvel2014 Ms. Marvel]], aka the ever-{{adorkable}} shapeshifter and superhero fangirl, Kamala Khan.
* If ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' took place in a straight-up superhero universe rather than a {{Deconstruction}}-fest DysfunctionJunction, Dan Dreiberg (Nite Owl II) ''would'' have been this character type. But given the nature of the setting, he's more a ClassicalAntiHero than TheAce. It is worth noting that despite ''Watchmen'''s very dark take on most of the superhero archetypes it explores, Dan retains his endearing dorkiness and is probably the most idealistic and conventionally likeable of the costumed heroes.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/ThievesCanBeHeroes'', Izuku Midoriya retains most of the traits of his canon counterpart. He isn't quite as popular due to the stigma of the criminal record he earned while trying to save a woman from a drunken rapist, but the friends he does have will gladly put their lives on the line for him and they unanimously nominate him as the leader of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts for his overall strength, moral fiber, intelligence, and bravery.

[[folder: Films -- Animated]]
* MickeyMouse in some of his earlier more abrasive years pre {{Flanderization}} into TheEveryman (though it comes back on occasion, e.g. ''Runaway Brain'').
* Recent Dreamworks films have featured this, backing away from its image of using {{Idiot Hero}}es as protagonists.
** Po from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', who is simultaneously a kung fu master and a kung fu fanboy.
** Hiccup from ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' is another one. Lacking the traditional Viking strength and bluster, he became a first rate GuileHero and BadassBookworm by understanding ''how'' dragons think and taming them instead of just fighting them directly. And then tames a freaking ''night fury'' as his partner. Sure, he's badass, but only when he ''has to be.'' Little wonder why he's so popular with the female fanbase.
** Sherman from ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman'' is a bookworm [[spoiler:who saved a DamselInDistress from marrying a Pharaoh, joined the Trojan army, and controlled a time machine]]. He's just like his dad.
** "Z" from ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'' (DW's first CG production) is a neurotic and pessimistic ant ([[InkSuitActor this being]] Creator/WoodyAllen, no less), who saved his entire colony.
* Blu from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}''. He even has a "legal name" to put it that way (Tyler Gunderson).

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** Steve Rogers in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''. Brave, determined, the film's MrFanservice, and a bona fide SuperSoldier. Also humble, kind, a terrible liar, awkward about romance, and {{adorkable}}.
** S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson counts, too. A PromotedFanboy of Captain America (complete with a set of vintage trading cards!), he's like a dorky math teacher in a nice suit. However, he ''is'' a S.H.I.E.L.D agent (and Nick Fury's NumberTwo), who is completely unflappable facing down any number of threats ranging from H.Y.D.R.A terrorists to alien invaders. One of his {{Establishing Character Moment}}s was casually threatening Tony Stark with being tazed, and then watching ''Supernanny'' while Stark "drooled into the carpet."
** Also, ''Film/{{Thor}}''; complete and utter naive ''dork'' with a big, goofy grin on his face when there isn't any danger about. Much of it comes from having little clue about Midguard customs and being as excited and happy to learn as a Golden Retriever let loose in a dog park.
** The MCU's version of [[Film/SpiderManHomecoming Peter Parker]]. He's played by a younger actor than other cinematic versions of the character, and his personality has less angst and more youthful energy and fanboyish enthusiasm.
%%* In ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'', [[UnfazedEveryMan Agent John Myers]].
%%* In ''Film/{{Condorman}}'', Woody, mostly due to his being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
* Luke Skywalker from ''Franchise/StarWars'' starts off like this. Over time - maybe because of TheReveal in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' - he becomes more composed and sober. Parts of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse prove, though, that his adorkable side didn't really die.
** [[Film/TheForceAwakens Rey]] is a WrenchWench who can [[ActionGirl kick your ass]] (and is something of a PluckyGirl, too), but she is still a [[NiceGuy Nice Girl]] that's a huge fan of the heroes of the rebellion, as seen with her interactions with Han Solo.
** Finn from the same film. A compassionate, earnest [[MookFaceTurn former]] Imperial Stormtrooper who can actually shoot pretty well, Finn's upbringing as a ChildSoldier for the First Order didn't give him the best opportunity to develop anything like suavity, but it couldn't extinguish his kind heart.
* Marty [=McFly=] from the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy hardly is the toughest guy around, and he does have his "[[BerserkButton nobody]] [[FatalFlaw calls]] [[{{Pride}} me chicken]]" problem. But he mostly is a good guy, who also can qualify as a CoolLoser.
* ''Film/{{Tron}}'': The titular character is a badass in a combat situation, and a completely earnest ReligiousBruiser ''dork'' outside it. Urgent call from his ''personal deity'' on the line? Nope, he's going to go and find his counterpart (wife) first. The DeletedScene? He's mostly oblivious to Yori's intentions until she all but puts on some lingerie and starts incorporating the planning into the foreplay! His KingdomHeartsII incarnation celebrated victory by ''hugging'' everyone. Unfortunately, anything past that first film was a TraumaCongaLine; by the time ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'' rolls around, he's become incredibly cynical, with the occasional flash of dorkiness. [[spoiler: And then there's ''Film/TronLegacy'', where he ends up as little more than a brainwashed attack dog for Clu.]]
* ''Film/WonderWoman2017'': Diana is a fierce and brave warrior, but also a truthful, sincere, kind and honest girl who positively [[CutenessProximity squees]] at the sight of a baby. Unfortunately, she [[TookALevelInCynic loses this trait]] after [[HumansAreBastards seeing the worst of mankind]] during World War I.

* Vince from ''Literature/SuperPowereds''. He is so stubbornly optimistic that he often brings out the best in people before they even knew it was there to be brought out.
%%* Dave Malkoff from the ''Literature/{{Troubleshooters}}'' series. Mike Muldoon may also qualify.
* Miles Vorkosigan from the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' is a tiny, hyperactive, GeniusCripple snarker with the soul of a KnightErrant and frightening levels of determination.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Carrot Ironfoundersson. Polite, scrupulous, charismatic, rather literal-minded, and, particularly in his first appearances, a FishOutOfWater. He's a bit like the Disc's equivalent of [[Series/DueSouth Benton Fraser]]. People who meet him tend to go through a phase of realizing he believes everything he's saying, then searching for "tells" that it's a joke. They will ''never'' be certain.
** Dorky, earnest young minister Mightily Oats gradually becomes one of these in the course of Discworld/CarpeJugulum. References to him in later books indicate that he eventually becomes a full-blown BadassPreacher.
* Sir Gawain in the older stories of the [[Myth/KingArthur Arthurian Cycle]]. He's a fierce warrior and the paragon of knightly virtue, and he has no idea how to talk to a girl.
%%* The White Knight from ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There]]''.
* Ossian Bergman from "De skandalösa" by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt is a nerdy scholar, who seems to be awkward when it comes to women. But he also seems to be a better person than his ChivalrousPervert friend Gabriel, and in the end, [[spoiler:he does get a woman after all]].
* This trope is exemplified by Isaac Vanko from ''Literature/MagicExLibris'' who often takes time from running for his life or fighting to geek out over whatever is trying to kill him.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has short stories showing how Harry Dresden looks from the outside, like a flaky spaz when investigating a crime scene, and in battle a terrifying demigod who wields fire and lightning "like they were toys created for his own use."

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
%%* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': Chuck [[spoiler: from season 3 onwards.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor in most, [[TheNthDoctor if not all]] incarnations. Special mentions go to the ridiculously awkward Fourth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, who can't seem to get the hang of holding a normal conversation, but have destroyed civilizations. Some might also consider Rory Williams, after he [[TakeALevelInBadass took a level in badass]].
* ''Series/DueSouth'': Constable Benton Fraser, the quirky, unfailingly polite, straight-arrow FishOutOfWater mountie.
* Simon Tam on ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. An intelligent and chivalrous but very socially awkward doctor who can be surprisingly resourceful and dangerous [[BigBrotherInstinct when his little sister's in danger]].
* Blaine Anderson from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has become known as "Dapper" in the fandom for a reason: he constantly wears bowties, cardigans, polo shirts and sweater vests. He doesn't like to wear socks for some odd reason and has a passion dancing like Carlton from ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' to songs by Music/KatyPerry. He also is willing to take on football players about twice his size if they mess with his boyfriend and probably could have taken him down considering [[BadassGay he boxes and started his private school's chapter of]] ''Film/FightClub''.
* John Watson in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' has some elements of this, particularly in fandom portrayals. Both his sweater-wearing cuteness and his badassery have become memes. They definitely have. BBC has him portrayed as an adrenaline junkie, but overall a likeable guy, [[BewaretheNiceOnes don't mess with his friend. It'll end badly if you do.]] [[BadassAdorable And he'll look adorable while doing it.]]
* [[TheSpock Spock]] in ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''. Julian Bashir in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. Malcolm Reed in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''.
* ''PowerRangers'': The legendary MemeticBadass Tommy Oliver ''absolutely'' qualifies.
* From ''Series/{{Angel}}'', we have the Groosalugg (a title meaning "The Brave and Undefeated" - Groo for short), a champion from a swords-and-sorcery alternate universe, who is always eager to please his "princess".
* [[Series/KamenRiderFourze Gentaro Kisaragi]]. [[{{Keet}} Enthusiastic]], [[FriendToAllLivingThings plans to befriend everybody]] [[DefeatMeansFriendship even if he has to fight them first]], preposterous haircut, [[ChickMagnet surrounded by interested women]].
* Commander Jeffrey Sinclair, commanding officer of Series/{{Babylon 5}}. Badass RulesLawyer AcePilot who is, in fact, a complete and utter ''dork''. His successor, John Sheridan, was no better. If you piss Sheridan off, he ''will'' nuke your ass. But he'll go from nuke-slinging badass to rushing over to his second in command's room in the middle of the night because he had a great idea, and being ''completely'' oblivious to her being dressed in nothing but a flimsy nightgown. ({{Justified}} somewhat because they are LikeBrotherAndSister).
* Hiro Nakamura of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' considers it his personal quest to "[[ArcWords Save the cheerleader, save the world.]]" He is absolutely ''giddy'' over the fact that he gets to be a hero just like his favorite anime and comic characters, and his enthusiasm tends to spill over into fanboying "Flying Man" because he has cool powers, too (though Nathan really [[IJustWantToBeNormal wishes he didn't]] and ''certainly'' doesn't want Hiro yelling "FLYING MAN!" where everyone can hear).
* Barry Allen in ''Series/TheFlash2014'' is a forensic scientist [[{{Adorkable}} prone to geek-outs, sometimes socially awkward ]]. He's also the fastest man alive and a super hero.
* Kara Danvers/Zor-El in ''Series/{{Supergirl2015}}'', a cute, awkward, and idealistic FlyingBrick. Lampshaded by a shock-jock DJ who mocks Supergirl's adorkable and wholesome persona.
* ''Series/TheLoneGunmen'': All of the gents qualify to some degree or another. They certainly ''are'' dorks, and they're completely uncorruptable underground hackers and journalists operating with the motive that InformationWantsToBeFree. However, Byers and Jimmy Bond fit the mold best. Byers is a soft-spoken gentleman who used to be a loyal worker for the FCC and still believes that America can one day live up to the {{Eagleland}} Type One. The other two derided him as a "narc" until he stared down armed members of the Conspiracy and chewed them out, demanding to know who the hell they were and what gave them the right to pull these stunts. Jimmy Bond, their last recruit, is a BookDumb puppy dog of a man who is TooDumbToFool, but gifted with a surprising amount of compassion and intuition that makes him see things that the otherwise intellectual Gunmen are apt to miss.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has Aaron Hotchner, although you wouldn't necessarily know it if you met him on the job due to his [[TheStoic stoic nature]] and PerpetualFrowner glare. But get him at home with his young son or in a social situation with his team, and you'll realise that he has quite the {{adorkable}} side hidden underneath his [[TheComicallySerious Comically Serious]] demeanour.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 3.5'' has the iconic cleric, Jozan. He's a competent fighter, spellcaster, and orator, and very morally upright, but he's also TheKlutz when it comes to being sneaky or anything else dexterous. In the iconics feature novels he suffers near-permanent CrushBlush around the paladin Alhandra, as well as GibberishOfLove and grinning like an idiot whenever she praises him. In the "Creature Feature" stories, meanwhile, he's the D&D equivalent of a good little Christian boy, so saintly sweet and gentlemanly he gives the rogue Lidda sugar overdoses. Then add on a tendency to be the NoRespectGuy, and yeah.

* Shakespeare's ''Theatre/HenryV'' is a fine leader and a victorious conqueror, effortlessly eloquent when rallying his troops to snatch victory from sure defeat. He is also full of awkward when trying to talk to the French princess (who doesn't speak English) and sounds like a total moron when trying to speak to her in French. This kind of depends on the actor playing Henry, but it's a common interpretation.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario and Luigi]] qualify in their own way:
** Mario constantly risks his life to save Princess Peach and the Mushroom Kingdom, goes out of his way to help anyone he meets and is unfailingly brave and noble. He's also a happy-go-lucky, excitable guy who possesses an extreme optimism and enjoys all sorts of activities, no matter how childlish they might seem.
** Luigi is flat-out {{Adorkable}}, would rather stay out of trouble and is constantly overlooked in favor of his more famous, older brother. However, that doesn't stop him from being the best person he can be and his moral fiber is just as strong as Mario's.
* ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'': Through training alone, Bang Shishigami has enough speed and stamina to keep up with characters who have special powers and deadly artifacts, and in some cases, immortality. He also protects the innocent, risks his life for others, considers no good deed to be beneath him no matter how mundane, and dedicates much of his life to helping out his community.
** While this makes him a beloved hero in his community, his tendency to talk and act like a hero from a Sentai series with no volume control makes it impossible for any of the other characters to take him seriously.
* ''VideoGame/SpaceAce'': Dexter; normally, he's TheAce, but thanks to Borf's [[FountainOfYouth Infanto]] [[TransformationRay Ray]], he spends most of the game as a skinny, awkward teenager.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'': Steiner is not the main hero, but he is a Dork Knight at times. He leans more towards being more of an IdiotHero.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Zack Fair is strong, handsome, loyal, determined, honorable, friendly, and all over a nice guy. He also is a serious badass and one of the strongest fighters in the series. However, as seen in ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', he's also 16-18 for most of his game and has the attention span of a hyperactive Labrador. Puppy, indeed.
* Alistair from the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series. On the one hand, he's brave, noble, and heroic (making him a distinct rarity in the [[CrapsackWorld Dragon Age verse]]) and approves of the player being so as well - on the other, he's a bit of a ManChild who can barely get through a sentence without slipping into bad humor and/or BuffySpeak, ''especially'' if he's talking to a woman.
* [[TheHero Roy]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade The Blinding Blade]]'' is a brave and skilled swordsman, and a very charismatic leader and highly intelligent TeenGenius GuileHero to boot, but he definitely has his awkward teenager moments; especially in his supports with any of his potential wives. His father Eliwood from the prequel game can fall into this sometimes, too, but to a lesser degree.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' we have Sumia. A SubmissiveBadass in the battlefield, a CuteClumsyGirl outside of it.
** [[TheHero Prince Chrom]], too. And [[spoiler: his daughter Lucina (who can be mothered by Sumia)]] can have her moments.
** In truth, almost every character in ''Awakening'' counts to some degree. Characters like [[{{Tsundere}} Severa]] and [[HeroicComedicSociopath Henry]] are very upfront about it, while others like [[UndyingLoyalty Frederick]] and [[LittleBitBeastly Panne]] require a little more digging to reach their dorky sides.
** It seems that Chrom [[spoiler:and Lucina's]] dorkiness comes from somewhere; even [[TheHero Prince Marth]] from [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia the games taking place 2000 years before theirs]] had moments like this as well, mainly due to his rather childish and naive personality.
* Applies to the Avatar aka [[CanonName Corrin]], of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates''. An unstoppable, badass {{Determinator}} on the battlefield, but a cheerful, socially inept ''[[{{Adorkable}} dork]]'' off of it.
* John in ''VideoGame/ImmortalSouls'' looks and fights the part of a badass NinetiesAntiHero, but he's really a softie who is a bit naive and cares about saving innocents and doing the right thing, though [[HeroicNeutral you do have to initially push him into it]]. He also gets absolutely tongue-tied talking to his LoveInterest [[TheIngenue Allison]] and whenever [[VillainousCrush the Black Witch]] tries flirting with him. Or when talking about Allison. Or when ''thinking'' about Allison.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Described by the page quote is the Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''; he may be brave, kind, and heroic, but he's still a huge dork of a KidHero with especially cartooney facial expressions, even for the art style.
** Similarly, the Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' is a good example as well, being a somewhat klutzy Sleepyhead, especially around Zelda; both of them have slayed monsters, saved the world, shown unbelievable amounts of determination stronger than titanium, and are overall very capable at what they do.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', Link started off in the backstory as very stoic and serious, but he's loosened up considerably by the time you get to control him. He often makes cheesy puns in dialogue, he hums excitedly while cooking food, and should you choose to sleep on the waterbed in Zora's Domain, Link can be heard bouncing on the bed and giggling like a little kid.
* Double H from ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'', whose dorkiness is actually directly tied to his badassery: He's [[FanBoy fanboyishly obsessed]] with his BadassCreed, to the point of using its ''name'' as his BattleCry ("'''''CARLSONNN AND PEETERSSSS!'''''") and applying quotes from it to everything he does, regardless of the circumstances. It helps that he's also an [[IOweYouMyLife obsessively loyal]] BruiserWithASoftCenter.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': Garrus Vakarian is of the {{Number Two}}/{{Friendly Sniper}} variety. He is a highly trained sniper who (1) aided in stopping a full scale assault on the galactic seat of government, (2) led a group of vigilantes on a [[WretchedHive space station]] that would put Mos Eisley Spaceport to shame, and (3) became the leader of a task force designated to prepare for the inevitable genocidal alien invasion. During the course of all of this, he has a bad habit of saying {{Innocently Insensitive}} things, and turns into a shy, stuttering confused mess when either making or receiving romantic/sexual advances.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Depending on one's [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation interpretation]] of his character, Jaune of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is either this trope, ''[[CharacterDevelopment will be]]'' this trope, or is a straight subversion of it.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Soya. Anjren points out at the end of the first episode that he can shift from a goofy nice guy to a serious badass just like that.

* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': John Egbert starts off as a goofy dork. He quickly grows into a badass and the team's leader, without ever becoming less of a dork.
** On a more literal note, both Karkat and Dave are dorks, and they are knights. Bipbopbam. Dork Knights.
* ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'': In life, Duane Adelier was a skilled warrior, an exceptionally competent tacit-casting mage, and responsible for training young soldiers in the ways of battle pymary. He was also a noble, slightly goofy man who held on to an idealistic view of peace between the two major religions, the castes, and the political viewpoints of his country when few held the same, and was quite fond of dramatic operas and plays. The character currently still retains most of these personality traits, however the horrific trauma of the past six years has caused an air of hopelessness with all he does due to the loss of his loved ones, the betrayal of his country, and the firm belief his soul is now damned. Nevertheless, he still retains many of his idealistic and goofy traits and his competence in a fight.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Everyone. Sokka in particular stands out, as does Zuko after his HeelFaceTurn (before which he was a NerdInEvilsHelmet).
** The titular Avatar in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' who was raised in a secluded compound from age four to sixteen and it shows as she's a SociallyAwkwardHero with a good heart despite her immaturity. She does develop over the seasons into a mature and wise leader but, like Aang in flashbacks, still retains some dorkiness. Considering the very first Avatar Wan was a goof himself, it may be inherited through reincarnation.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'': Arthur wants to be a super, and definitely has some dorky qualities, but is overshadowed by The Tick. The Tick, by contrast, is an IdiotHero.
* Rufus of ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' being MrImagination, TheKlutz and a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass rolled into one, gets moments of this DependingOnTheWriter. Especially prominent in the pilot episode, where he even wields a sword.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': Adrien Agreste. He’s a studious, kind-hearted, [[{{BadassAdorable}} sweet]] [[{{TheAce}} Ace]] who genuinely cares about others and ''literally'' JumpedAtTheCall. He’s also the [[{{Adorkable}} dorky]], [[{{PungeonMaster}} punny]] superhero [[{{CatGirl}} Cat Noir]]. Adrien, despite being polite and pretty friendly, started the series as a [[{{Homeschooled Kid|s}} homeschooled kid]] who had [[{{SociallyAwkwardHero}} difficulty relating]] to his peers. He got better after CharacterDevelopment kicked in.
** Arguably, Marinette Dupain-Cheng, too, though her case is downplayed. She’s the {{protagonist}} to Adrien’s {{deuteragonist}}, and a compassionate, [[{{NiceGuy}} genuinely nice]] GirlyBruiser, who likes [[{{TheFashionista}} fashion]], and [[{{GamerChick}} trumps people at video games]] left and right. And as Ladybug she stands for [[ComesGreatResponsibility responsibility]] and [[ForGreatJustice justice]] alongside Cat Noir. Despite all that, she gets pretty flustered and even more clumsy than usual around her crush, Adrien, alternating between CannotSpitItOut and a hilarious case of MotorMouth.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Shining Armor, the Captain of the Royal Guard and Twilight Sparkle, his socially awkward and magically-gifted sister.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': Both [[TheLeader Leonardo]] (to the point he models himself after a Captain Kirk knockoff) and [[TheSmartGuy Donatello]] (even more when his crush, April, is present). Add an all-out goofball in Michelangelo, and is easy to see why the overtly serious\angry Raphael feels a little out of place.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'': ComicBook/AntMan and ComicBook/TheWasp. The former a ScienceHero who'd much prefer doing science stuff than heroics, and squees when he begins mapping Ant DNA, the latter an excitable GenkiGirl who really enjoys fighting crime and watching cartoons.
* Daffy Duck as [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Stupor Duck]]. He mistakes a TV melodrama as the evil machinations of a villain named Aardvark Ratnik and goes about righting wrongs that don't really need righting to start with. The latter day short ''Superior Duck'' may count as well.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Sir Archibald Wavell. A quiet unassuming man with an eccentric but likable disposition who wrote an anthology of poetry. He was also the British commander in the Mediterranean theater and under his command the Allies won their first victories, and the Italian empire was reduced to a sort of [[TheLoad fly paper]] for the German army. He is a large part of the reason for Italy's persistent reputation for limited prowess in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.