Everyone knows the classic tale of the 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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Anime and Manga
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Mandrake line of monsters in Dragon Quest are draconian sword-and-shield fighters.
- The aptly-named Dragoons in Final Fantasy, who have a distinct dragon motif in their armor, and are famed for their jumping attacks and spears.
- 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.
- Defense Of The Ancients and its sequel DOTA 2 have the hero Dragon Knight, who not only mixes dragon and knight elements, but can actually transform into a full fledged dragon.
- 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.
- Valga in Hyrule Warriors is an evil knight who wears armor bearing a dragons claws and skull while wielding a Blade on a Stick.
- 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.