Knight in Shining Armor and his quest to slay a dragon, often to rescue a princess from the dragon's clutches, or to claim the dragon's hoard. So what do you get when the dragon and the knight are one and the same? You get the Dragon Knight. A Dragon Knight is a knight that assumes the abilities or appearance of a dragon, often combining swordplay with dragon-like abilities, such as fire breath. Sometimes a Dragon Knight is a Draconic Humanoid that has taken a knightly mantle, and sometimes a Dragon Knight is simply a knight with draconic motif in his armor and weapons. They may even be an actual dragon, though they're often shapeshifted into a humanoid form. In any case, a Dragon Knight character is an easy way to add a touch of awesomeness to your story; dragons are cool, so it stands to reason that a Dragon Knight would be even more so. Compare Monster Knight. A Dragon Rider and The Dragonslayer (ironically) are almost always examples. They're usually a Magic Knight as well, and are another way Our Dragons Are Different. Not to be confused with The Dragon Knight series of books or Kamen Rider Dragon Knight.
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- A lot of Digimon turn into one in their later forms:
- Imperialdramon's Fighter Mode in Digimon Adventure 02 resembles a warrior. This is taken further in the Short Anime Movie Revenge Of Diaboromon with Imperialdramon Paladin Mode.
- Gallantmon in Digimon Tamers is the mega-level form of the vaguely dragon-like Guilmon. This is shown by having a mask of Guilmon's face on his forehead.
- EmperorGreymon in Digimon Frontier is a Dragon Warrior digimon with a BFS and fire-based abilities, including the ability to summon multiple dragons made of flame. Dynasmon of the Royal Knights is also one, having a draconic appearance and the ability to transform into a massive ethereal dragon. The two have a tendency to gravitate towards each other when the Royal Knights fight the heroes.
- Grunbeld in Berserk has dragon-themed armor, a flamethrower in his shield, and can turn into a dragon with scales that are harder than steel.
- In Fairy Tail, Natsu, Gajeel and Wendy are all humans who use draconic magic, which they all learned from dragon foster parents.
- Season Four of Yu-Gi-Oh! involves three knights who were transformed into dragons. Yami figures out how to return them to their human forms.
- The Targaryens, the ruling family of Westeros in the backstory of A Song of Ice and Fire, have a three-headed dragon as their sigil. They have a mystical connection with dragons and in the past were Dragon Riders. After dragons went extinct, many of them remained Dragon Knights by motif if not by ability.
- Prince Aemon Targaryen, second son of King Viserys II and Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, was reputedly one of the finest knights in the history of the dynasty and was known as the Dragonknight.
- In One Good Knight of the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, knight Champion Gina is transformed into a dragon so that she can be with her love Adamant, a dragon, while Adam's brother Periapt is turned into a human so that he can be with his love, Princess Andromeda. Adam decides that he wants to become a Champion, and he and Gina are the first dragon Champions.
- The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nóg: Rohan's armor has a draconic appearance, which is to be expected given that his elemental power is fire.
- Kamen Rider Ryuki / Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, for obvious reasons. Not only applies to the titular hero, but also their resident Palette Swap (Kamen Rider Ryuga in Ryuki, Kamen Rider Onyx in Dragon Knight).
- Kamen Rider Wizard can also qualify, though he's more of a Dragon Mage.
- Super Sentai and Power Rangers have a few of these:
- Burai from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger and his Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers counterpart Tommy; Burai's official title is even "Dragon Ranger". Burai is more knightly than Tommy is, but both qualify as dragon-themed warriors.
- Nick of Power Rangers Mystic Force becomes one when he physically merges with a dragon for his Super Mode; known as the Red Dragonfire Ranger.
- Salamandes from Rescue Sentai Gogo Five and his US counterpart Olympius from Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue look like Dragon Knights. When they go One-Winged Angel during the finale, they turn into a dragon like form.
- Long from Jyuken Sentai Gekiranger and Dai Shi from Power Rangers Jungle Fury have the ability to transform into a Dragon Knight-like form. But in this case its based on an eastern dragon. It is revealed during the finale that Long and Dai Shi are actually real dragons, with Long disguising himself as a human to manipulate the other characters for his own amusement and Dai Shi possessing a human while he regains power.
- Magic: The Gathering has the Dragonsoul Knight, who rides a giant lizard and transforms into a massive dragon.
- Dungeons & Dragons starting from 3rd Edition suggested that a non-negligible number of bronze, gold and silver dragons becomes paladins (though the degree they kept to a draconic motif when in an alternate form varied). Many of them went on to become great dragonslayers, since, being dragons, they tended to focus their specific campaign against evil on evil dragons.
- They exist in Future Card Buddyfight, but ironically they are not the cards called Dragon Knight (those are actually Dragon Riders). Rather, the ones closer to this description are the Armordragons, including The Hero Drum Bunker Dragon and The Rival Jackknife Dragon. Armordragons usually wear at least some armor and use weapons, although the Crimson Battlers prefer Good Old Fisticuffs.
- Though not technically a knight, the Dovahkiin (literally "Dragonborn") of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim can have elements of this depending on player build.
- The Dragonborn can also create dragon scale or dragon plate armor, and use fire-based shouts and magic to complete their dragon personage effectively and accurately.
- The Dragonknight class of The Elder Scrolls Online is exactly what it says on the tin, having the ability to breathe fire and grow scales among other dragony abilities.
- In AdventureQuest, both dragonslayers and dracomancers have elements of this.
- Dragonslayers are a knight-like class with skills specifically meant to kill dragons. Their armor consists of a helmet resembling a dragon's head, and their ultimate class skill gives them the ability to summon the Fire Dragon to attack foes.
- Dracomancers are a warrior-like class that harness the abilities of dragons to attack. Their ultimate class ability allows them to transform into a Draconic Humanoid.
- Dragonfable, the prequel game, has Dragonlords, which are defensive Magic Knight class that uses the spirit of the eight main elemental Dragons to fight. Dragonlords in general are also Dragon Rider and have their own special (read: barely better) of the standard Fighter, Mage, Thief trio imaginatively named Dragonwarrior, Dragonrogue, and Dragonmage.
- The Mandrake line of monsters in Dragon Quest are draconian sword-and-shield fighters.
- The Dragoons in Final Fantasy, who have a distinct dragon motif in their armor, and are famed for their jumping attacks and spears. Oddly, the translations name them for a type of real-world soldier that has nothing to do with spears, jumping, or dragons; they are properly "dragon knights" in the Japanese games.
- Final Fantasy II introduces the class with Richard Highwind, the Sole Survivor of Deist's dragoons. He mostly uses swords, and he can't jump, but his armor has a dragon theme and you do get a wyvern to ride into battle.
- Final Fantasy III has it as a job from the Water Crystal and introduces its signature attack Jump as a powerful Anti-Air attack.
- Final Fantasy IV has the famous Kain Highwind and comes along with the jumping abilities of his immediate predecessor. In Final Fantasy IV The After Years he becomes a Holy Dragoon which gives him access to White Magic and holy powered Combination Attacks.
- Final Fantasy V brings the return of the dragoon job and introduces its recurring Lancet ability.
- Final Fantasy VI does not have dragoons but it does have Dragoon Boots, a Relic which allows the user to jump like a Dragoon and the Dragon Horn which powers up the Jump attack. In keeping with series tradition, the attack is doubly powerful when equipped with a spear, making spear-wielders Edgar and Mog the game's best Dragoons. Dragoon Boots + Dragon Horn + Pearl Lance is a late-game Game Breaker.
- Final Fantasy VII has Cid Highwind who along with the lance wielding and jumping skills comes with the ability to summon a dragon for one of his Limit Breaks.
- Final Fantasy IX has Freya Cresent, a Rodent of Unusual Size from a nation whose military is primarily dragon knights and comes packing with several non-standard dragon themed attacks for both offense and defense.
- Final Fantasy XI has the Dragoon as an Advanced Job whose primary draw is ability to call a Shoulder-Sized Dragon as a pet to command.
- Final Fantasy XII has the final boss The Undying which is the Big Bad Vayne grafted with with giant pair of clockwork dragon wings, armor and head ac reated by fusing with machinery from his Ominous Floating Castle. His most powerful attack is to shoot a Breath Weapon from the skull of the dragon parts.
- Final Fantasy XIII has Oerba Yun Fang, styled after Dragoons with her usage of spears and her jump-based Limit Break. For bonus points, her Eidolin is the baddest dragon in the series, Bahamut.
- Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has a Dragoon garb complete with draconic accents, giving boosts to staggering and having Lancet as a unique ability. Spears also appear as a weapon class, all of which boost stagger power and allow Lightning to use the Jump attack.
- Final Fantasy XIV has the Dragoon as a job for Lancers and are famed in-story among the people of Ishgard as dragon slayers. Their power is taken directly from dragons themselves for the purpose of using it against them. The power itself is implied to be slowly turning you into a dragon yourself.
- Final Fantasy Tactics has the Dragoon as a job specializing solely in the Jump skill which allows them to excecute leaping attacks from very far away.
- Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and A2 have Dragoon as an exclusive job for Bangaa which in addition to the traditional Jump attack have a Fire, Ice, Lightning Breath Weapon and a scream attack.
- Final Fantasy Dimensions expands on the concept and gives us a Dragoon job that allows the user to breathe elemental blasts, similar to the dragon genus of monsters in Final Fantasy Tactics.
- The Legend of Dragoon has the titular dragoons who turn into powerful a powerful Winged Humanoid in dragon armor through a Power Crystal. Each character has a separate element and color that their dragon magic is themed after.
- Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga is about a dragon slayer who learns to shapeshift into a dragon.
- Similarly, Divinity: Dragon Commander is about a dragon knight general.
- Defense Of The Ancients / DOTA 2 and League of Legends have respectively Dragon Knight and Shyvana, who not only mix dragon and knight elements, but can actually transform into a full fledged dragon. Unlike other examples of this trope, Dragon Knight fights with a short sword and shield bashing, and Shyvana uses gauntlets shaped like a Dragon's head.
- The King of Dragons has the Great Dragonian, a gold-armored dragon with Whip Sword, shield and fire breath.
- In the web game Crystal Story 2, the protagonist is a dragon in humanoid form. His initial talent build is of a melee fighter, though he can specialize in other fighting styles later on.
- This trope is downplayed in Scribblenauts. The player can create a dark knight, or black knight, and his armor looks distinctively dragon like, complete with horns.
- In Soul Calibur V, a Dragon Skull is available as Downloadable Content headgear, and "dark knight greaves" that look like a dragon's talons are one of the pre-order bonuses.
- The Dragon Potion in MediEvil (called Dragon Armour in PSP remake) gives Sir Fortesque a dragonlike appearance, invulnerability to fire and an ability breathe it.
- Roszondas from the RPG Gorasul: The Legacy of the Dragon. The player decides whether he is a knight or mage; whatever the case, he can randomly manifest dragon-powered fear, strength, or fire breath as a Desperation Attack, and also has a passive Dragon Eyes skill to let him see farther than other party members can.
- Onox in The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons appears to be a garden variety Tin Tyrant with an Epic Flail, but the dragon part comes when he turns into a dragon with a skull for a head.
- Volga in Hyrule Warriors is an evil dragon who takes a knight-like human form, and can breathe fire along with transforming back to his dragon form either in whole or in part.
- Skylanders Trap Team introduces Blades, who is a rare take on the trope as he's a full-fledged dragon that also has the rank and armor of a knight.
- Guilty Gear has an example, but you'd never realise it unless you really pay attention: the protagonist, Sol Badguy. He wields a large sword and uses fire magic, and his true form is that of a humanoid dragon. He was also once part of a knightly order.
- Date Masamune of Sengoku Basara is a samurai version of this. His name is "the One-eyed Dragon", his sheathes for his 6 swords have "webs" inbetween that gives them the splitting image of dragon's wings, and the dragon imagery comes up in some of his attacks.
- Kagura Mutsuki of BlazBlue fame is somewhat downplayed: He's a knight with a BFS and his moves have names related to dragons and have dragon imagery in them (and he sometimes shouts names of various dragons in different myths in his attacks), and... that's it.
- In TOME, Nylocke plays a Humanoid Dragon Swordsman in the eponymous MMORPG Terrain of Magical Expertise. He roleplays as a hammy, over the top medieval knight, constantly speaking in Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe, and recycled catchphrases referring to his many titles, with variations on the words "Dragon", "Master Knight", etc.
- Blazing Dragons is all about dragons dressed in knights' armor.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "A Dog and Pony Show", the baby dragon Spike envisions himself as a Knight in Shining Armor in an Imagine Spot.
- In Mike the Knight, while Mike himself isn't one, he has two dragon assistants who tried to be his squires at one point. It... didn't turn out well.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Although never said outright, one incident shows that ex-General Iroh can be considered one:
- Real-life dragoons were not knights, but mounted infantry. They were named after dragons, an early wheellock firearm that was often carved with a dragon motif.