- Academic sources often refer to spears and similar weapons as 'lances', especially when they are too large to be used as throwing weapons. See Blade on a Stick for those. This article is about jousting lances with or without modifications to the basic design.
- Drills are often used for jousting and Air Jousting in fiction due to the way they work but those examples should go under This Is a Drill unless they are clearly jousting lances with drill mechanisms.
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Anime and Manga
- Berserk: Being a Medieval/Renaissance fantasy adventure, Berserk has its share of lance-play:
- Griffith's Band of the Hawk mercenary company is mostly composed of medium and light cavalry, wearing half or three-quarter armor and wielding swords or light lances/spears. They're often going against much more heavily armed and armored opponents such as the Tudor Empire's Black Ram Iron Lance Heavy Cavalry who—as their name indicates—wield enormous iron lances and ride in full armor on armored horses. Their unstoppable lance charge almost drove the army of Midland from the field; It was only Griffith's surprise attack aided by Guts' armor-crushing BFS that saved the day, thus elevating Griffith in the King's sight.
- Sir Locus, famous as the Moonlight Knight and commander of the New Band of the Hawk's cavalry, is a lancer first and foremost. He's an accomplished jouster in tournaments, but because of his Apostle powers he is even deadlier in war. He and his demon knights can make their lances extend and curve to home in on the heads of enemies, so that they each skewer a dozen at a time when their charge hits. As if that weren't enough, their true forms are centaur-like monsters that give a mighty charge—Locus' seeming to be made of gleaming metal. Then, Locus' lance turns into a double-bladed Lance when he transforms and he uses that more for cutting.
- Claymore: Isley, the Abyssal One who rules the North, adopts his centaur-like true form for serious battles. His arms turn into bows and arrows for ranged combat, but for fighting up close they become a shield and conical lance that inflicts devastating damage because of the acceleration provided by his equine lower body.
- Many Britannian Knightmare Frame pilots in Code Geass use lances due to the aristocratic, knightly pedigree of the Britannian military and their fondness for references to Arthurian legend. Princess Cornelia and her Gloucester pilots in particular favor close combat with large conical lances, which have a ring of spikes for good measure. As another example, Luciano Bradley's custom Knightmare Frame Percival has a right arm that can produce a lance made of energy.
- High School D×D: Vizor, the rogue devil that the occult club fights when Rias takes Issei to watch his first hunt, has the upper body of a woman and the lower body of a giant dog, wielding a lance in each hand. She is so large compared to these lances that she uses them like swords rather than, well, lances, but she is dispatched quickly by the senior club members. Rias explains to Issei that devils train in one of several chess-themed fighting classes such as knight with their own strengths and weaknesses, and that even rogue devils tend to stick with the class they were originally given.
- From the Gundam franchise:
- Most Crossbone Vanguard mobile suits in Mobile Suit Gundam F91 and its manga sequel Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam wield the Shot Lancer. In addition to being a throw-back to medieval days (the Vanguard styles themselves as knights), the lances serve a practical purpose, being giant Pile Bunkers intended to disable enemy mobile suits without triggering a reactor explosion — which would be disastrous inside a closed space colony. To extend their function, Shot Lancers can fire the "cone" like a giant dart (and tend to have spares) and mount heavy machineguns around the base for ranged firepower. Thirty In-Universe years later in Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, the Earth Federation introduces the Javelin, which wields a gun-shaped version of the Shot Lancer, making its true function more obvious.
- The third generation of Mobile Suit Gundam AGE features the AGE-2 Dark Hound, wielding a DODS Lancer. It's essentially the aforementioned Shot Lancer with a pair of DODS beam rifles in place of the Shot Lancer's machine guns.
- The second season of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 introduces grunt machines using lances with integrated beam machine guns. Unlike their inspiration these are traditional lances without the Pile Bunker. As per the trope description some pilots are shown swinging them at enemies but most sensibly use the weapons as firearms.
- The Mobile Suit Gundam Wing remake manga Glory of the Losers gives Tallgeese a heat lance, designed to break through the Virgos' planet defensor Force Fields. It also fits with Tallgeese's overall theme as an armored knight.
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans: Gaelio Bauduin, an heir of one of the ruling families of the solar system, uses an appropriately aristocratic gun-lance as his signature mobile suit weapon. His Schwalbe Graze's version is simple (basically a stripped-down, short-barrelled version of the standard 120mm Graze rifle with a gigantic lance-shaped bayonet), while the Gundam Kimaris, naturally, has a fancier design - the Gungnir, a proper jousting lance with two 120mm guns built into the handguard. The upgraded Kimaris Trooper wields the Destroyer Lance, which in addition to mounting bigger guns is shaped like a vague combination of a lance and spear. In the second season, the rebuilt Kimaris Vidar wields a drill lance which again mounts machine guns, but also has a pair of Dáinsleif railcannons.
- Though not seen in the anime, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny's MSV line has the DOM Trooper Original Spec, which wields a drill lance, with its backpack carrying several spare "cones" (presumably because the drill would get stuck in an enemy machine).
- In Bleach, the Arrancar Nel Tu has a centaur Super Mode in which she gains a lance.
- In One Piece Shura Skyrider wields the Heat Javelin, which is a Flaming Lance. Other notable Lance users include Gan Fall (who has a knight motif), the Whitebeard Pirates Commander Speed Jiru and the New World pirate Eipoda, who combines this with Double Weapon.
- Erza's Ceremonial Armor from Fairy Tail has a Lance that has thus far served as an Ornamental Weapon (and a flagpole). However, as she is a Multi-Melee Master she presumably knows how to use it.
- The King Kittan and its upgraded Space version from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann used lances.
- Episode 34 of Yes! Pretty Cure 5 has Karen joust with Hadenya while on horseback using lance of water.
- In The Hedge Knight by George R.R. Martin, Duncan, the protagonist is forced to take part in a Trial by Combat involving seven knights on either side. One of the knights insists they use jousting lances for the initial charge, as they're longer than war lances, so will hopefully knock their opponents off their horses before they close and give them the advantage.
- Real Quick Flash Fic has a robot using a high-tech version.
- Weapon of choice for Mimbrate knights in The Belgariad. Belgarion gets to use them reasonably often in the second series, especially once he is given an appropriate war horse. Their disposable nature is played very straight - they aren't carried around when they aren't needed. Instead, characters cut new ones as needed.
Live Action TV
- Game of Thrones:
- Ser Loras Tyrell is an expert at using this weapon. He has beaten notable knights such as Ser Jaime Lannister and Ser Gregor Clegane in jousting competitions, and is widely regarded to be the finest jouster in Westeros.
- The Mountain kills Ser Hugh of the Vale with one, which may have been intentional. He is later said to have done the same to Lord Beric Dondarrion.
- Kamen Rider Gaim: Kamen Rider Baron's Banana Arms wields the Bananspear; since this is his primary form, it's practically his Weapon of Choice. However, Baron doesn't actually use it like a lance, tending instead to swing it around like a conical sword. At least one of his Finishing Moves involves thrusting the lance while it generates a giant energy banana.
- Full Metal Jousting is a reality show following the modern sport of jousting with lances. It follows the classic rules with slightly updated equipment.
- Ben 10 villains The Forever Knights have high-tech versions of the jousting lance among other weapons in their arsenal.
- King Arthur & the Knights of Justice featured a knight with a lance.
- Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors has a character named Oon, who is an "Eternal Squire" and possesses what he calls a "Magic Lance" (it's doubtful it's really magic, though). Oon even looks like a miniature classic knight.
- Lances show up as available melee weapons for Battlemechs in BattleTech. Like most melee weapons, they're Awesome, but Impractical, dealing damage similar to a hatchet but with a chance of a through-armor critical. The rulebook they first show up in notes that despite being called lances and often being stylized to look like the medieval weapon, in function they're actually closer to being mech-sized stilettos.
- In Rocket Age Venusian storm riders use thunder lances to attack from the Ptero Soarer mounts. These lances use crystals to hold electrical charge, allowing them both shock and cut enemies.
- With its medieval themes, it comes as no surprise that the lance can be found in Dungeons & Dragons. Despite being a reach weapon, it can be used one-handed while riding and deals extra damage if used to make a charge attack while mounted (triple if the wielder had the Spirited Charge feat).
- In Yu-Gi-Oh!, Gaia the Fierce Knight and all members of his archetype wield one or two of these while attacking from his mount, be they horse or dragon. There's even a special card for attacking with them.
- Monster Hunter:
- The Lance is a staple weapon of the series, where it is a defensive weapon and always paired with a shield. The user can even couch the lance and charge into a monster for massive damage.
- The Gunlance is a variant with a short-ranged breech loading firearm built in, with poorer defensive ability in exchange for additional attacks using the gun mechanism.
- Both variations have a wide variety of designs (including spears, polearms and Improvised Weapons) but all are wielded in the same manner as their parent category.
- TERA has a lance using class that seems patterned after the Monster Hunter application of this trope, being the designated meat shield and sharing the charge attack.
- The Total War series is utterly replete with lancer cavalrymen. Throughout the series, cavalry armed with lances tend to be contrasted with cavalry wielding anything else - the former are "shock cavalry" which are good on the charge but liable to be overwhelmed if they cannot quickly defeat their target before their charge bonus runs out, making them reliant on Hit-and-Run Tactics against any sort of real melee opponents that they can't quickly rout in a single charge.
- The Shining Soul series has a lance as one of the Warrior's weapon options and he only jabs with it. Apart from its reach it's a pretty poor choice as it has a tiny attack arc.
- In the Shining Series, Lances are a common weapon for Knights (which are all centaurs).
- Valkyria Chronicles:
- The Valkyrur use lances with spiral patterns. These weapons and their accompanying shields are made of a special material that can channel their users' supernatural powers, allowing them to be a major threat on battlegrounds dominated by firearms and artillery. Interestingly, they wield them one-handed like swords.
- Anti-Tank Lancers are mundane units using an explosive ranged weapon shaped like a jousting lance.
- The most dreadful weapon ever created, the great lance Valkoff, is shaped like a giant lance.
- Elmeti mercenaries in Age of Empires III.
- Honda Tadakatsu from the Sengoku Basara franchise uses what is called a 'drill spear' but it is clearly shaped like a jousting lance and he can perform a charging attack with it. A horse is out of the question because they wouldn't survive his riding them.
- Croix from the second Ar tonelico game is a knight, so his choice of this weapon is natural. It's essentially a downsized Shot Lancer (see the "Anime & Manga" section on this page for more info), though it also has thrusters on the backside on the lance head to power-up thrusts, instead of being able to launch and retract the lance head.
- In the Kirby series, the 'ultimate warrior' Galacta Knight uses a lance and a shield. The more obscure Ghost Knight enemy used the same combination in an earlier game.
- In Ghosts 'n Goblins, Arthur's default weapon is a jousting lance that he throws like a javelin. He even uses an overhead grip to do so.
- Earnest in Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume uses a giant Lance.
- Mabinogi has Lance weapons, which have an annoying minimum attack range but compensate with high damage and the ability to reduce an opponent's damage resistance. Giants can pair them with a shield but humans must two-hand them and Elves cannot use them due to their weight.
- Azai Nagamasa from the Samurai Warriors series started out using a yari spear but this was switched to a jousting lance for his debut as a playable character in the sequel to emphasize his dedication as a Knight in Shining Armor for his wife Oichi. He wields the weapon on horseback as well as on foot.
- The Argent Tournament in World of Warcraft allows players to equip these and fight in mounted duels.
- Ridersbane/Horsekillers in the Fire Emblem series are depicted as jousting lances. A few other lance types are also depicted as Jousting Lances, and in several games the default Lance animation for classes depict them with this style of Lance.
- In Berwick Saga, a Spiritual Successor to Fire Emblem by its original creator, Lances are a sub-weapon of Polearms usable only by certain mounted classes. Lance type weapons do not counter or be countered, but deal greatly increased damage based on a charge which is how much the unit moved before initiating the attack.
- Ragnarok Online has a few monsters' sprites depicting them to carry lances, most notably Knight of Abyss (although it attacks with its BFS). On the player's side, Crusaders/Royal Guards mounted on their steed attacks in a thrusting fashion approximately similar to how a lance is used regardless of the actual spear-type weapon being wielded, leading to an amusing way to use scythe, for instance.
- The Segment 7 boss Rex Cavalier from Hellsinker dual wields a pair of these. There is also some rocket launchers hidden in their handles
- Mount & Blade has a few mixed in among their massive weapon selection. In keeping with the trope description, they see the most use in tournaments as opposed to actual field combat.
- In Gems of War, the Lance Knight, as its name would indicate, carries one of these. Their special attack is called Joust and clears a whole row at once.
- Lances were added to Dark Souls II as a heavy variant of Spears, with the item descriptions for several of them noting that they're designed for use on horseback and require considerable skill to wield on the ground. They did not return in Dark Souls III, being loosely supplanted by Pikes instead.
- A Number of knight-inspired Digimon use lances, with the most iconic being Dukemon/Gallantmon and variants thereof.
- The Pokémon Escavalier is designed after a Knight in Shining Armor and has jousting lances for hands.
- The Star Wars Expanded Universe features Energy Lances used by the Mon Calamari Knights for aquatic combat and Power Lances used by Clone Troopers and Lancer Droids in an actual joust, albeit with speeder bikes.