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The jousting lance is the iconic weapon of medieval knights and is the WeaponOfChoice for many fictional characters with a {{knight|InShiningArmor}}ly [[BlackKnight theme]], especially if they also wear heavy armor (be it plate armor or a [[WeWillWearArmorInTheFuture futuristic]] [[PoweredArmor version]]), [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe carry a large shield]], and ride a horse or its modern/speculative fiction equivalent such as a CoolBike, {{dragon|Rider}}, or HumongousMecha. If a user of this kind of lance has a {{Rival}} or ArchEnemy, expect the latter to be given the same weapon so they can settle their issues with an old-fashioned joust. [[HeroesPreferSwords Swords]], [[AnAxeToGrind axes]], and [[DropTheHammer warhammers]] all have their place, but nothing quite beats a [[PhallicWeapon big pointy object]] designed to [[DoubleEntendre penetrate]] your target by charging at high speed.

The modern manifestations of this trope are sometimes characters who use the jousting lance as their main or only weapon even when on foot, the implication being that they can run or fly as fast as a war horse.[[note]]Dismounted use of the lance isn't necessarily as crazy as it sounds. Running at the target on foot in order to practice control and aim was actually the first step of learning to use the lance on horseback, since it removed the distraction of the horse's up-and-down movements. The trainee might progress from that to riding a wooden horse on wheels pulled by their friends, and lastly the real horse when they were ready. Starting in the 14th century, knights sometimes dismounted before a battle in order to fight on foot, in which case they would cut their lances down to a shorter length and use them two-handed like spears.[[/note]] Expect to see SliceAndDiceSwordsmanship with or without modifications to the weapon's basic structure -- which is far more appropriate for stabbing -- but lance masters can often jab with impossible speed and armor-piercing force even when one-handing the weapon. The epitome of this artistic license is the character whose lance is effectively a rapier of {{BFS}} proportions.

Lances in animation and videogames are often much thicker and pointier than those of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, resembling nothing so much as a giant conical spike on a stick, and often has fins or spikes lining the curved surface. You might see an engraved drill-like spiral pattern. In real life designs like this would make it too heavy and unbalanced to use as a lance, and that kind of point would either clinch uselessly upon hitting armor or penetrate too deeply, making the lance impossible to dislodge. At least it [[RuleOfCool looks really cool]], and the practical issues might matter less if they were being wielded by HumongousMecha or humans in PowerArmor. Lances are also often depicted as multi-use weapons, where in real life they were somewhat disposable. Wooden lances might break on impact and would become too unwieldy in a tight ''melee'', at which point a knight would discard his lance and draw a short weapon such as a sword or mace. See the [[Analysis/JoustingLance analysis page]] for more historical information.

Despite the trope title's knightly implications, this trope is actually OlderThanFeudalism, with the [[UsefulNotes/PersiansWithPistols Parthian Empire]] providing some of the first examples of a heavily-armored lancer cavalryman called a "cataphract" many centuries before the social class of knights ever existed.

Characters with centaur-like forms are effectively always 'mounted', which makes preference for this weapon a bit more plausible. Other weapons would still be more ''practical'' in most circumstances as they were for RealLife human cavalry.

* Academic sources often refer to spears and similar weapons as 'lances', especially when they are too large to be used as throwing weapons. See '''BladeOnAStick''' for those. '''This article is about ''jousting'' lances with or without modifications to the basic design.'''
* Drills are often used for jousting and AirJousting in fiction due to the way they work but those examples should go under '''ThisIsADrill''' '''unless they are clearly ''jousting lances'' with drill mechanisms.'''


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''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 [[TheJuggernaut 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 [[RedBaron 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 [[DoubleWeapon double-bladed Lance]] when he transforms and he uses that more for cutting.
* ''Manga/{{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 [[RealRobotGenre Knightmare Frame]] pilots in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' 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.
* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'': 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 ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise:
** Most Crossbone Vanguard mobile suits in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'' and its manga sequel ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'' 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 Bunker}}s intended to disable enemy mobile suits without triggering a [[GoingCritical 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 InUniverse years later in ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'', 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 ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' 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 ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' introduces grunt machines using lances with integrated beam machine guns. Unlike their inspiration these are traditional lances without the PileBunker. As per the trope description some pilots are shown swinging them at enemies but most sensibly use the weapons as firearms.
** The ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' [[TheRemake remake]] manga ''Glory of the Losers'' gives Tallgeese a heat lance, designed to break through the [[MechaMooks Virgos]]' planet defensor {{Force Field}}s. It also fits with Tallgeese's overall theme as an armored knight.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': 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. [[spoiler:In the second season, the rebuilt Kimaris Vidar wields a [[ThisIsADrill drill lance]] which again mounts machine guns, but also has a pair of [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter Dáinsleif railcannons]].]]
** Though not seen in the anime, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''[='s=] MSV line has the DOM Trooper Original Spec, which wields a [[ThisIsADrill drill lance]], with its backpack carrying several spare "cones" (presumably because the drill would get stuck in an enemy machine).
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', the Arrancar Nel Tu has a centaur SuperMode in which she gains a lance.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' Shura Skyrider wields the Heat Javelin, which is a [[FlamingSword Flaming Lance]]. Other notable Lance users include [[BadassGrandpa Gan Fall]] (who has a knight motif), the Whitebeard Pirates Commander Speed Jiru and the New World pirate Eipoda, who combines this with DoubleWeapon.
* Erza's Ceremonial Armor from ''Manga/FairyTail'' has a Lance that has thus far served as an OrnamentalWeapon (and a flagpole). However, as she is a MultiMeleeMaster she presumably knows how to use it.
** [[AdaptationExpansion Anime only]]: When Faust's HumongousMecha Dorma Anim goes OneWingedAngel it grows a lance on its right arm.
* The King Kittan and its upgraded Space version from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' used lances.
* Episode 34 of ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' has Karen joust with Hadenya while on horseback using lance of water.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/MarvelComics have several characters wielding this kind of lance:
** Most bearers of the Black Knight [[LegacyCharacter name]].
** The one villainous Black Knight and the Dreadknight both use a lance filled with wacky MadScientist weaponry.

[[folder: Film]]
* ''Film/AKnightsTale'' is the story of a commoner who pretends to be a knight so he can participate in jousting, so naturally there is a lot of jousting with lances.
* ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'' featured a scene in which two knights jousted for Guinevere's honor.

[[folder: Literature]]
* In ''The Hedge Knight'' by Creator/GeorgeRRMartin, Duncan, the protagonist is forced to take part in a TrialByCombat 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.
* ''Literature/RealQuickFlashFic'' has a robot using a high-tech version.
* Weapon of choice for Mimbrate knights in ''Literature/TheBelgariad''. 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.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** 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.
* ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'': [[TheRival Kamen Rider Baron]]'s Banana Arms wields the Bananspear; since this is his [[MultiformBalance primary form]], it's practically his WeaponOfChoice. 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 Move}}s 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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' villains The Forever Knights have high-tech versions of the jousting lance among other weapons in their arsenal.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingArthurAndTheKnightsOfJustice'' featured a knight with a lance.
* ''WesternAnimation/JayceAndTheWheeledWarriors'' 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.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Lances show up as available melee weapons for Battlemechs in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''. Like most melee weapons, they're AwesomeButImpractical, dealing damage similar to a [[AnAxeToGrind hatchet]] but with a chance of a [[ArmorPiercingAttack 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 ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' Venusian storm riders use thunder lances to attack from the PteroSoarer 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 ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. 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 ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'', [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Gaia_The_Fierce_Knight Gaia the Fierce Knight]] and all members of his [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Gaia_The_Fierce_Knight_(archetype) archetype]] wield one or [[DualWielding two]] of these while attacking from his mount, be they horse or [[DragonRider dragon]]. There's even [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Spiral_Spear_Strike a special card]] for attacking with them.

* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'':
** 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 Weapon}}s) but all are wielded in the same manner as their parent category.
* ''VideoGame/{{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 ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' 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 HitAndRunTactics against any sort of real melee opponents that they can't quickly rout in a single charge.
* The ''VideoGame/ShiningSoul'' 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 ''Franchise/ShiningSeries'', Lances are a common weapon for Knights (which are all centaurs).
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'':
** 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, [[spoiler:the great lance Valkoff]], is shaped like a giant lance.
* Elmeti mercenaries in ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII''.
* Honda Tadakatsu from the ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' franchise uses what is called a '[[ThisIsADrill drill spear]]' but it is clearly shaped like a jousting lance and he can perform a charging attack with it. [[HumongousMecha A horse is out of the question because they wouldn't survive his riding them.]]
* Croix from the second ''[[VideoGame/ArTonelicoIIMelodyOfMetafalica 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 ''Franchise/{{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 ''VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins'', 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 ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfileCovenantOfThePlume'' uses a giant Lance.
* ''VideoGame/{{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 ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' series started out using a [[BladeOnAStick 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 KnightInShiningArmor for his wife Oichi. He wields the weapon on horseback as well as on foot.
* The Argent Tournament in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' allows players to equip these and fight in mounted duels.
* Ridersbane/Horsekillers in the ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' 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 ''[[{{VideoGame/TearRingSaga}} Berwick Saga]]'', a SpiritualSuccessor 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.
* ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' 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 ''VideoGame/{{Hellsinker}}'' dual wields a pair of these. There is also some [[MacrossMissileMassacre rocket launchers]] hidden in their handles
* ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' 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 ''VideoGame/GemsOfWar'', 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 ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' 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 ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'', being loosely supplanted by Pikes instead.

* In ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', Tavros allocated LANCEKIND to his [[WeaponOfChoice STRIFE SPECIBUS]]. This was impractical even ''before'' he ended up in a wheelchair.
* The leader of the Landegre clan in ''Webcomic/{{Noblesse}}'' has a JoustingLance as their WeaponOfChoice.

[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* A Number of knight-inspired Franchise/{{Digimon}} use lances, with the most iconic being Dukemon/Gallantmon and variants thereof.
* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Escavalier is designed after a KnightInShiningArmor and has jousting lances for hands.
* The ''StarWars'' [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse 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.