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->''"Blade with whom I have lived, blade with whom I now die.\\
Serve right and justice one last time.\\
Seek one last heart of evil, still one last life of pain.\\
Cut well, old friend, and then... farewell."''
-->-- '''Sir Orrin Neville-Smythe''', ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons''

The medieval knight who fights baddies, whether villains, knights or dragons, and in TheTourney, charms ladies without deliberately seducing them, [[IncorruptiblePurePureness behaves honorably]], and saves the day with his [[HeroesPreferSwords sword]]; but also, any hero who behaves similarly. Invariably LawfulGood and [[TheFettered honor bound]]. First appeared in the ChivalricRomance. He has a very high incidence of having a BodyguardCrush and RescueRomance.

Historical knights were first and foremost professional soldiers. They usually were of BlueBlood -- or, if commoner-born, founders of a new noble family. [[note]]Similar professional, well-armed and armored soldiers capable of acting as heavy cavalry without belonging to the social class of knights also existed, the term for them was "man-at-arms". This term could also be applied to knights though - essentially, all knights were men-at-arms, but not all men-at-arms were knights.[[/note]] Their ''modus operandi'' was lance-armed heavy cavalry, which [[AttackAttackAttack charged the enemy in full gallop on closed ranks]]. They often were used dismounted as well, when they fought as heavy infantry, usually armed with [[BladeOnAStick enormous can-openers]] such as poleaxes or [[UsefulNotes/EuropeanSwordsmanship two-handed swords]].

A cultural trope in Europe since medieval times, most good knights practice something called [[http://www.astro.umd.edu/~marshall/chivalry.html chivalry]], [[TheFettered Honor]], and [[EmotionsVsStoicism Self-Control]] and occasionally [[CelibateHero chastity]]. Prone to rescuing the DamselInDistress, or delivering her from [[MaliciousSlander false accusations]], often whilst bearing TheLadysFavour. The Knight in Shining Armor was a frequent carrier of TheDulcineaEffect: medieval {{Chivalric Romance}}s, indeed, portrayed knights who fell in love with a ''[[PeerlessLoveInterest princesse lointaine]]'' merely on hearing her described, without even seeing her - though his love and heroism usually [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan won her heart]]. Another occupational hazard is ChronicHeroSyndrome, [[KnightErrant Knights Errant]] being charged to WalkTheEarth righting wrongs until a worthy quest shows up. Oh, and he will SaveThePrincess, usually from [[DragonsPreferPrincesses dragons]].

This is often invoked to describe a man who acts ''chivalrously'' toward women. The term may be used in more cynical works to indicate a WideEyedIdealist. Even the UrExample of the straight usage of trope, KingArthur, messed around with it a lot. The one-two punch of Creator/{{Disney}} and ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' saw this trope's stock rise like crazy.

The "shining" originally referred to the way his armor and weapons were kept in good condition, as opposed to the rust that accumulated for less competent knights. Most knights will be depicted wearing plate armor, despite it appearing relatively late in the era of knights.

When PrinceCharming is a Knight in Shining Armor he's the WarriorPrince. PrinceCharmless, on the other hand would not be a knight by choice.

See LordErrorProne and MilesGloriosus for common variations, played with tropes, and parodies and KnightInSourArmor for what happens when the world fails to live up to ''their'' standards, but they keep on being good anyway. If the knight is ''too'' dedicated to his ideals and code, he may become a KnightTemplar. If he likes ''too '' much the fighting thing, he is in danger to become a BloodKnight. A knight who is shiny for one person in particular is TheChampion. A knight that gets magical powers as a reward for this goodness is almost certainly ThePaladin to boot.

If the Knight in Shining Armor wanders the land seeking evil to slay, then he's also a KnightErrant.

AnimatedArmor will appear as this, all the way to TheReveal.

Subtrope to IdealHero. See also ShiningGoodness. Compare the gentleman's OldSchoolChivalry. Compare and contrast the DoggedNiceGuy. A white knight is an internet persona who wants to be this.

An OfficerAndAGentleman is the modern version of this trope -- ''very'' often even their direct genetic descendants as old [[BlueBlood noble families]] are ''grossly'' over-represented in all military academies around the world. With the notable exception of America, of course.

'''Before adding examples, remember that--despite the name--this trope doesn't necessarily have anything to do with a character's armor or its color. A well-behaved knight in black armor or even no armor could still qualify, and a character who just wears shiny armor without behaving in a heroic manner is not an example.'''



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Annelotte Kreutz from ''[[Anime/QueensBlade Queen's Blade Rebellion]]'' is a noble knight with a strong sense of justice.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''
** The Skull Knight doesn't do a lot of lady-charming, preferring to act as a MysteriousProtector to Guts and Casca, but he's perhaps the closest thing so far to a Knight in Shining Armor in the ''Berserk'' universe, particularly when he [[spoiler:[[BigDamnHeroes saves Guts and Casca from being finished off by Femto (Griffith's Godhand self) and the Godhand at the end of the Eclipse]]]]. Fan rumor is rampant that the guy is [[spoiler: Emperor Gaiseric, the guy who unified Midland]], who may have gone through [[spoiler:a similar ordeal when Void was incarnated as a Godhand]], explaining [[spoiler:his stone-cold hate for the Godhand in general]]. And the guy is a complete badass to boot.
** Griffith, aside from leading a pack of mercenaries, fits during the [[FlashBack Golden Age arc]]
** [[BadassGrandpa Azan]] the [[RedBaron Bridge Knight]] has hints of it, despite his advanced age.
* ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'', Due to its ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' roots, plays this archetype straight.
* Mist from ''Manga/{{Knights}}'' does his best at this despite being a HeroWithBadPublicity, as well as being just a squire. He fits the trope better than all the other knights thus far.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'': There is a large group of Digimon called the "Royal Knights". As the name would suggest, they are a group of thirteen [[PowerLevels Mega-level]] Digimon who all resemble a cross between a classic Knight and a [[HumongousMecha mecha]]. They are supposedly a group of "good guys" who work for the [[WorldTree God of the Digital World]], but every one of their appearances so far has introduced them as antagonists of the KnightTemplar or [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] variety. They're not all-exclusive to the group, though. A few of them have been partners to human characters in the series: Tai and Matt's Omnimon, and Takato/Guilmon as Gallantmon are two good examples. These ones weren't actual members of the Royal Knights, though-- they were just the same "species".
* ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'': Mitsuhide Lowen is a knight, kind man and excellent swordsman who is [[UndyingLoyalty completely loyal]] to prince Zen who he is a retainer for. He also attracts a number of female admirers due to his personality and looks but avoids romance both through [[ObliviousToLove obliviousness]] and [[MarriedToTheJob his dedication to his job]] as Zen's protector. Zen's other initial retainer Kiki Serian reflects this trope as well, though her stoic unreadable nature and the fact that she will have to give up living as a just a knight to take over as head of her family makes her an interesting take.
* Alucard is this to young Integra in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' when he saved her and is still her loyal bodyguard after she grew up.
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', with the way that Tsuna is constantly afflicted with the DulcineaEffect, the current Arc's BigBad Byakuran even {{lampshades}} this by mocking Tsuna, asking him if he's trying to be Uni's Knight in Shining Armor.
* Amati of ''Manga/SpiceAndWolf'' is actually a very successful merchant, but he offers a not-so-small ''fortune'' to alleviate the debts of the pagan wolf deity/traveling nun Horo, and rescue her from Lawrence. He'd only seen her twice when he made the decision, and he presents his intention with a written contract and a proclamation in front of a small crowd. Horo points out he's not really in love with ''her'', so much as the idea of rescuing a beautiful DamselInDistress in a knightly way.
* ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'': Female Example: [[LadyOfWar Signum]].
* Kururugi Suzaku from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' initially seems like the perfect knight, but his attitude is formed partly by his own inherent idealism towards helping people and not letting the ends justify the means -- a problem, to say the least, in a Japan occupied by TheEmpire and site for several violent armed rebellions -- and partly by the repressed knowledge that [[spoiler:he himself is guilty of the very thing he loathes by killing his own father at the age of 10 to make Japan surrender and keep it from becoming a permanent war zone.]] His lack of punishment for having done it drove him into becoming a DeathSeeker that wants to die serving his ideals. Having acknowledged the memories fully halfway through the season, he freely admits to being selfish, hypocritical, and, in his own words, "despicable".
** Xing-ke plays the trope straight; an honorable and badass swordsman devoted body and soul to his empress. On the Britannian side, Gilbert G.P. Guilford is this for his own princess.
* The eponymous ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' aspires to be this, initially entering the plot to avenge the honor of a friend and staying to RescueThePrincess. [[ArcWords But was that really such a good idea?]] The idea is gender-flipped, subverted, deconstructed, and reconstructed throughout the series.
* Uryū Ishida in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is an Archer in Shining Armor. Very chivalrous and generally well mannered, has a weak spot for women, especially Orihime, also tried to protect Rukia when she was powerless and even spared the life of his female opponent, mercy he doesn't show to others of her kind. Contrary to his popular image he is also one of the most capable leading characters in the series, having fought tough opponents and held his own against enemies far stronger than himself. The Quincy, people of whom he is supposedly LastOfHisKind. also had a medieval Christian knight theme given to them by the author.
* Allen Schezar of ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' is this from start to finish. He always does the right thing, even when it hurts. Plus, his armor is a HumongousMecha.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' parodies this, and the PrinceCharming idea. Both Lina and Sylphiel have an image of a prince, noble, heroic, handsome, blond, clad in white, riding on a white charger. Then they meet Amelia's father, Phil, who technically fits almost all the requirements (except the blond hair and he is not handsom), but shatters Sylphiel's fantasy of a prince into tiny little pieces. Literally shatters. A piece of Lina's actually [[AnvilOnHead bonks her on the head]].
* Mytho from ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', in his true form as the Prince from the fairytale the story revolves around, fits this trope almost perfectly (except he has no armor and rescues maidens while dancing on a magically formed pillar of flower petals). Also subverted with Fakir, who is the reincarnation of the Knight from the story but [[{{Jerkass}} doesn't behave]] like the stereotypical knight.
* ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'' has another female example with [[{{Bifauxnen}} Amane Ohtori]], the "Prince of Spica", who rides a white horse named Star Bride and even pulls off a knightly horseback rescue at one point.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' has the female heroine Nina Fortner fantasize that her secret admirer must be her "prince on a white horse." When she is rescued by Tenma, she assumes the latter must be him. In reality, the anonymous "romantic" emails that have been sent to her were from [[spoiler:her twin brother Johan.]]
* Sayaka from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' aspires to be this - her love interest in this case is Kyousuke, who used to play the violin until his hand was badly injured in an accident. When she contracts to become a MagicalGirl, her outfit (of the magical girls we see in the series, hers is the only one [[TheCape with a cape]]) and weapon of choice (swords) reflect this goal. In a series written by Creator/GenUrobuchi, this quickly leads to tragedy. [[spoiler: Her Witch form, Oktavia von Seckendorff also reflects this by donning a knight armor, a three-eyed helmet, and a heart-shaped cape.]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'', Yami is this in Episode 10, using Black Luster Soldier as armor and wielding the Sword of Divinity.
* In ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'' the main characters' teacher Akari Koumoto has been holding onto the "prince on a white horse" fantasy for years, well into her ChristmasCake phase; though it's PlayedForLaughs like everything in the series, it's also seriously examined, since it's strongly implied that the entire reason Akari has never been in a relationship is because she's convinced herself that TrueLove will just fall into her lap one day so she doesn't actually ''need'' to do anything. On the other hand, the reason she has this particular fantasy in the first place is because as a child she'd always been either made fun of or treated like OneOfTheBoys due to her unnatural strength and height, and she just wants a man will treat her like a feminine woman rather than being scared of her.
* Ame from ''LightNovel/DenpaTekiNaKanojo'' claims to have been this to Juu in a past life, and wants to continue this role in the present. Her taser works just as well as a sword would.
* Tamahome from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. Hotohori ''wants'' to be this [[TheDulcineaEffect to the Priestess]], but Miaka is more interested in Tamahome.
* Mika of ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'' is affectionately dubbed as being this [[HoYay for Yuu]] given his constant DeclarationOfProtection about him, desire to save him above all else, and occasionally getting to carry him in a BridalCarry. Ferid even refers to Yuu as the [[InSeriesNickname precious princess]] that Mika wants to save and likens it to "love".

[[folder:Card Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', this is generally [[WhiteMagic White]]'s shtick. Though depending on the setting, it might range from anything from classical heroic knights to insidious [[KnightTemplar fanatics]] and other deconstructions.
** The [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=White%20Knight White Knight]], polar opposite of the game's BlackKnight. However, game mechanics normally prevent the two from engaging each other in combat...
** The ''Shards of Alara'' expansion features Bant, a [[PlanetOfHats plane of]] Knights in Shining Armor, who have a FantasticCasteSystem based on the acquisition of sigils, which are marks of great valor and honorable conduct.
** [[GothicHorror Innistrad]] has cathars, which generally dress up in trenchcoats but occasionally show up in more classically medieval armour.
** Ixalan has a rare mesoamerican version, riding ''dinosaurs''.
** Parodied in [[http://www.artofmtg.com/art/chivalrous-chevalier/ Chivalrous Chevalier]]:
->"I treat every foe according to the highest codes of conduct. Then I kill them."
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'':
** By day Ghostrick Dullahan masquerades as a suit of antique armor, but at night he shows his true colors as a veteran knight, acting as a leader figure for the other residents of the museum.
** Another good example would be Freed the Brave Wanderer (who would later become Freed the Matchless General). His appearance as a Duel Spirit in the anime shows his HeroicSpirit rather plainly.
** [[Metaplot/YuGiOhHiddenArsenal The Gem-Knights]], with the sole exception of Antiluminescent Knight Cairnogorgon. They only got involved in the storyline's battles after repeated attacks.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/SevenSoldiers'': Both Shining Knights of the Seven Soldiers of Victory.
* ''ComicBook/CaptainAtom'': Captain Atom's daughter [[DaddysGirl Margaret]] ''sees'' him this way. He ''eventually'' [[BecomingTheMask becomes one]].
* The Black Knight in Marvel Comics is a literal one.
* In Creator/MarvelComics' outer space stories, the [[HollywoodCyborg Spaceknights]] of Galador also aspire to this ideal, but arguably only [[ComicBook/RomSpaceknight Rom]] ever truly achieved it. One story even has Rom encounter the frozen form of KingArthur, still waiting for the day he will reawaken to save Britain from some future calamity, and Rom feels an instant, instinctive kinship with him.
* Johan, the protagonist of the Belgian comic book series ''ComicBook/DeRodeRidder''.
* Though he may not be called a 'knight', ComicBook/CaptainAmerica is as much a pure example of this trope as modern jaded audiences can stand. His classic outfit includes maille or scales on the upper portion, he carries a shield, and a modern Captain owes much to the role of a knight in leading his troops. In behaviour? No more noble or righteous 'knight' exists in the Marvel Universe - Ultimate Cap excepted, of course.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/FrankAndErnest'', Frank, as a knight, complains of having to dress on a cold morning.
* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' comic strip, Jon gets freaked out by a scary part in the movie theater and starts sucking his thumb. Liz mutters "My knight in shining armor", and Garfield says "Make that your sissy in double-knit."

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In ''Literature/IronHans'', the prince dresses up in armor to fight on the king's behalf. Then he does the same to catch the princess's golden apple.
* In '' [[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/044.htm The Golden Crab]]'',the king tries to have TheTourney to substitute a bridegroom for the crab his daughter married. Three times the crab-husband shows up in human guise to fight.
* In "Literature/ThePrincessOnTheGlassHill", Boots finds suits of armor with each CoolHorse, and so can ride up the hill as a knight.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* By the end of ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' The Prince has arrived to take Snow White away on his white horse.
* The climax of ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' is a battle with Prince Philip up against Maleficent to save Princess Aurora.
* As ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'' opens Prince Charming has adventured, overcoming many obstacles and climbing the high tower in order to rescue Fiona, finding instead a cross-dressing wolf. It turns out that there was an old promise that Charming would be able to marry Fiona.
* After Princess Odette is kidnapped in ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'', Prince Derek becomes determined to find her. Once he does he plans to break the spell on her by making a vow of everlasting love.
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' has Flynn Rider gallantly racing on the white Maximus over the bridge to rescue lost princess Rapunzel, which is not only a visual shout-out to this trope, but symbolic of his CharacterDevelopment from selfish rogue to something closer to this trope.
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' begins with Prince Edward saving Giselle from a troll, resulting in their planning to get married the next day.
* Phoebus of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is more of this than his counterpart in the [[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame source material]], being less prejudiced and willing to defy orders to rescue a family from a burning house.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons'': Sir Orrin Neville-Smythe is a classic example of this; the aged, but steadfast and noble knight dedicated wholly to justice. The page quote comes from the final battle; Sir Orrin gets set on fire by [[TheDragon Bryagh's]] flame. He withstands the heat long enough to hurl the now-flaming sword into the heart of the black dragon, then collapses next to his fallen love.
* Flash Sentry from ''Westernanimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' is another straight example. The human version that's the closest thing to a LoveInterest for one of the Mane Six has a counterpart in Equestria, it turns out -- the pony Flash is a member of the Crystal Empire royal guard -- the only one we've seen who isn't a Crystal Pony. He gets more screentime -- well, page time -- in the comics.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* John Boorman's ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'' takes this pretty literally with Lancelot. In his first scene, his armor is buffed almost to a mirror finish.
** In fact all the knights seem to wear highly polished - and sharp edged - armor ''everywhere'' including bed. Including when they are entertaining company of the feminine kind. Oddly the women don't seem to mind. Maybe it's a fetish.
* In ''Film/TimeBandits'', knights appear in Kevin's bedroom. Then, at the end, one of the sets of champions the dwarfs bring to fight Evil is a group of knights.
* William Thatcher in ''Film/AKnightsTale'' is determined to not only be a knight when he is in fact a peasant but to defeat his jousting opponents and win London's World Championship.
* ''Film/TristanAndIsolde'': The British knight Tristan.
* The eponymous Leopold of ''Film/KateAndLeopold'' is a nobleman from 1876, swept into modern times, who believes that Kate requires a chaperone on her date with her boss so he offers to go with her to protect her from his obvious intentions. When she refuses he tells her boss, "Some feel that to court a woman in one's employ is nothing more than a serpentine effort to transform a lady to a whore." Imagine the look on a purse-snatcher's face when Leo rides him down on horseback.
-->'''Leopold:''' I warn you scoundrel, I was trained at the King's Academy and schooled in weaponry by the palace guard. You stand no chance. When you run, I shall ride, when you stop, the steel of this strap shall be lodged in your brain. \\
''[bag snatcher throws down the bag and flees, onlookers applaud]''
* “Gotham's White Knight,” District Attorney Harvey Dent in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is trying to help bring down the criminal empire in Gotham.
* Jedi Knight, Qui-Gon Jinn in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' will defy the council to to help supposed pathetic life forms.
** Jedi Knights in general are supposed to be this (the word 'knight' ''is'' in their name after all) but as noted in the trope description, this is an ideal that not every member always lives up to.
** Jedi in general are a mix between (highly idealized versions of) knights and samurai. However, how much "knight" and how much "samurai" actually varies between cultures. Corellian Jedi, according to ''The Essential Guide to Warfare'' and ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', are actually a lot closer to European knights than the mainline Jedi, being descended directly from those who swore oaths of fealty to a Jedi Lord during the darkest days of the [[Literature/DarthBane New Sith Wars]]. They're noted for being ''very'' inflexible about the law and justice.
* ''Film/PrinceCharming'', a 2001 made-for-television film starring Sean Maguire, is the story of a prince who gets turned into a frog because he dashingly rescues a damsel in distress who starts trying to [[RescueSex reward him]].
* In ''Film/EllaEnchanted'' Prince Charmont gallantly saves Ella's life exactly three times, first from a speeding carriage, second from an ogre's boiling pot and then despite himself he has her back in the court battle.
* At the end of ''Film/EverAfter'' when Prince Henry shows up to “rescue” Danielle from Pierri Le Pieu.
* When Vivian of ''Film/PrettyWoman'' was a little girl she would pretend she was a princess... trapped in a tower by a wicked queen. And then suddenly this knight... on a white horse with these colors flying would come charging up and draw his sword. And she would wave. And he would climb up the tower and rescue her.
* Franchise/RoboCop is one modern example. Though replace "shining" with "Kevlar/Titanium laminated". With nifty purple-on-blue highlights to boot.

* Female examples: Alanna, Sabine and Kel in Creator/TamoraPierce's books. Seen best in ''[[Literature/TortallUniverse Song of the Lioness]]'' when Alanna and her apprentices have to defend the Bloody Hawk tribe from being attacked.
** Kel in particular fits this trope, being titled the "[[FriendToAllLivingThings Protector of the Small]]", and will do anything to help those in need.
** Also, we've got at least ten or so male examples to go with it, due to the majority of Kel and Alanna's friends and rivals being knights also.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Harry Dresden, despite his continual disbelief at the concept, is a Wizard version of this. He isn't a firm believer in God, but holds to the "Tao of Peter Parker." He has great power and with it comes great responsibility. He will fight the monsters of the dark with all he has. While he will work with evil at times, he will never submit to it. He endures [[spoiler:a shadow of a Fallen Angel whispering in his ear for ''years'' when no shadow has taken at most days, or weeks to make the person fall]]. His good heart and stubborn determination [[spoiler:changes the shadow herself into something new, and should Harry had taken the coin at that point, would have been killed by the Fallen]].
** The [[ThePaladin three Knights of the Cross]] are this too. Bearers of holy blades, each blade has one of the Nails that pierced Jesus Christ, and reflect one particular virtue, Hope, Faith, and Love, respectively. The Knights, male or female, are bound by His codes. Their jobs are not to kill the hosts of the Fallen Angels, but offer them redemption. Should they violate this, or break their word, harm an innocent, or other corruptible act, it threatens the very nature of the Sword and risks depowering it at best, or breaking it at worst. [[spoiler:That said, nothing is lost forever and there is always hope the Sword can be reforged at the right place and at the Right time]]. They do not recruit people, nor do they force them to serve for their lives. Many Knights have taken up the Sword to help with one Crisis and set them down, no consequences upon them.
*** Michael Carpenter fits this trope to a T. Complete with kevlar-lined shining armour. He even meets his wife by saving her from a fire-breathing dragon. While he is an idealist, he isn't dumb. He can work many things out in time and plan accordingly. Even though it pains him, when he gets a call, he will [[LovedINotHonorMore depart from his family]], trusting Him to keep them safe.
*** Sanya is the Atoning Knight in Shining Armor as he was once host to one of the Fallen, but a moral epiphany freed him from the demon's clutches. He wields the Sword of Hope, bringing it to the world and helping save many people.
* Anthony Woodville is portrayed as this in Philippa Gregory's ''[[Literature/TheCousinsWarSeries Cousins' War]]'' series. While Anthony is a genuinely good man who really does fit this trope, he's often dragged down by the turmoil and conflict-ridden surroundings and the far less upstanding people around him.
* Creator/DavidEddings' ''[[Literature/TheElenium Elenium]]'' trilogy:
** Sparhawk fits the spiritual heroism of this trope even as he rejects its superficial aspects. Ironically, Sparhawk's own mental image is the aging, weather-beaten, not-especially handsome professional soldier he is, rather than a romantic hero, and the affections of his formerly DistressedDamsel wife were at first a source of considerable guilt, as she is almost half his age. His armor, by the way, like all knights of the Pandion order, is far from shining; it's enameled black.
** Played with slightly with Sir Bevier and by extension the rest of the Cyrinic Knights from the same series who are ''literal'' Knights in Shining Armor. The Cyrinic Knights polish their armor to a mirror finish as opposed to the Pandions, and the other two orders of Church Knights go with unadorned dull steel.
* Sir Mandorallen from David Eddings's ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgariad]]'' saga (and its sequel, the ''Malloreon'' saga) is a textbook example of the Knight in Shining Armor; he embodies this trope, both outwardly and inwardly. Complete with a tragic chivalric love-from-afar affair. Eddings lampshaded the heck out of the trope, though: Mandorallen is heroic, brave and fearless, unbeaten in combat, honorable, truthful, and so on and so on. The first time in his life that he suddenly felt real fear (when he faced a magical opponent that he couldn't defeat) let to a kind of nervous breakdown, a self-doubt of epic proportions during which Mandorallen developed phobophobia, a paralyzing fear of being afraid. He eventually got over it, with the help of his friends. The other characters routinely tended to poke gentle fun of Mandorallen's utter dedication to chivalry. People who met him for the first time kept asking "Is this guy for real?" and "Did he really just charge the enemy? He's going to die!" -- "No he isn't. He's Mandorallen." Everything you need to know about Mandorallen is summed up in this exchange from ''Castle of Wizardry'', wherein Mandorallen is escorting the Rivan Queen out to the center of a field to address over fifty thousand heavily-armed, potentially hostile soldiers during a ''very'' tense diplomatic stand-off. It's important to note that Mandorallen is speaking here with ''absolutely no irony whatsoever'':
-->'''Mandorallen:''' We are some distance from our own forces, your Majesty. I pray thee, be moderate in thine address. Even I might experience some difficulty in facing the massed legions of all Tolnedra.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/ThreeHeartsAndThreeLions'', the hero Holger is thrown in a world where the Matter of France, Charlemagne and his paladins, is fact, and both becomes a Knight in Shining Armor and meets up with knights. The three hearts and three lions of the title are the coat of arms on his shield. The Paladin class of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is primarily inspired by the paladins from this story.
** [[spoiler: It's revealed in the end that he truly is one of Charlemagne's Paladins--he's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogier_the_Dane Ogier the Dane]]]]
* ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'': There's a rather nice paladin in ''The Threat from the Sea'' trilogy [[spoiler:(never mind that he once was pious enough to carry the symbol of his divine patron... and then hurl it to sea)]], but though he eventually acquires a mount (''[[HorseOfADifferentColor sort of]]''), he never wears heavy armor [[spoiler:(after all, he's a ''seaman'')]]. Complemented with the usual Knight in Shining Armor for contrast. There were more traditional stiff ones (including some protagonists) in ''The Pools'' trilogy. And now there's ''[[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Thornhold Thornhold]]'' featuring Knights of Samular who "seems to think that [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Harpers Harpers]] and [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Zhentarim Zhents]] are fit to stew in the same pot" (which ''seems'' right to some extent) but ''seems'' not to be any less fit for the same pot themselves. They have an agent of a ChaoticEvil church among them.
* ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' has the Solamnic knights (see TabletopRPG's examples below). In particular Sturm Brightblade, who holds to the Oath and Measure upheld by his father, even though [[spoiler: he was never actually knighted]] and most people he knows hold the order in scorn.
* ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'': was written as a scathing TakeThat at this trope (among other things), portraying the knights as little more than wandering bullies who picked fights with each other for no reason. The tales of their heroic deeds are entirely fabricated (and absurd on their faces, leading the main character to marvel at how nobody picks up on the Antarctica-level FridgeLogic), and the story features a lengthy description of how uncomfortable the main character is when he is put in his own shiny armor to go on his own quest. And still, in some of the final chapters, in which Camelot falls apart all around, the admirable knightly Lancelot of the origial Arthurian canon several times visibly breaks through Twain's cynicism.
* Despite his anti-hero tendencies, Literature/PhilipMarlowe is explicitly compared, by Creator/RaymondChandler, to a Knight in Shining Armor.
* Subverted in ''Literature/SecondApocalypse''. When Esmenet is about to get stoned by some ignorant villagers, she's rescued by a dashing holy knight called Sarcellus. However, it turns out that Sarcellus is not at all what he appears to be.
* ''Literature/TheDeedOfPaksenarrion'': Played straight with the eponymous character in the trilogy by Creator/ElizabethMoon. Paks is intentionally designed to be a Paladin from TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons (see below), written after seeing so many LawfulStupid Paladins at conventions. Also literally true: the armor worn by paladins will gradually become more lustrous whether or not they actively polish it. The gods have decreed that paladins imply shining armor.
* The {{Chivalric Romance}}s ''Sir Triamour'' and ''Erl of Toulouse'' (among others) revolve about an innocent wife [[MaliciousSlander accused of adultery]] and delivered by a knightly champion. Indeed, virtually all Chivalric Romances feature knights in shining armor, anachronistically slapping them into the courts of KingArthur and Alexander the Great.
* In Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Literature/TheBellAtSealeyHead'', [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess]] Ysabo's home also has many knights, and part of her prescribed ritual is to perform certain services for them, filling cups with wine. She is [[ArrangedMarriage told she must marry one]], and when she asks why, he hits her. [[spoiler:However, this turns out to be a false knight, not even human. The [[CleverCrows crows]] she feeds every day as part of the ritual [[BalefulPolymorph are in fact the true knights]], and when restored, they behave in a much more knightly manner.]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Carrot Ironfounderson is an urbanized version, right down to the well-polished City Watch breastplate.
* Costis in ''The King of Attolia'' of Megan Whalen Turner's ''[[Literature/TheQueensThief Queen's Thief]]'' series. Not only does he have "a sense of honor as wide as a river," but he actually spends quite some time hoping that his armor is shiny enough for the King's critical eye.
* Guy Crouchback in ''Literature/SwordOfHonour'' by Creator/EvelynWaugh consciously sees himself as a throwback to this. As one of the points is that no one else is honorable, perhaps he is also a KnightInSourArmor. But despite that, he fits the mold.
* Frank Yerby's ''The Saracen Blade'' describes the hero's friend Gautier of Montrose as "a true knight" and specifically states he was "one of the few" who lived up to the best ideals of knighthood and did a bit to redeem [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades the period]] from savagery.
* As an adaptation of the Arthurian legends, Gerald Morris's ''Literature/TheSquiresTales'' naturally features this.
* The Knights of Khryl in ''Literature/TheActsOfCaine'' have this reputation as an order, which makes it all the more depressing in that their membership consists of individuals who either count as this, or KnightTemplar. ''[[Literature/TheActsOfCaine Caine Black Knife]]'' reveals that Caine himself has a secret admiration for the Knights and their most exemplary members that dates back to the stories he enjoyed as a child. (This is ironic since Caine is a CombatPragmatist and [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen the Knights' code of honour]] is a primary cause behind how he spends most of the novel kicking their asses.)
* Sir Nigel Loring, of ''Literature/TheWhiteCompany'', fits this to the letter.
* In ''Literature/{{The Guardians|MeljeanBrook}}'', Hugh was a medieval knight sincerely striving towards honor and chivalry when he met Lilith. She taunts his naiveté by nicknaming him "Sir Pup". He was rewarded for his life of honesty with the [[PersonalityPowers Gift]] of lie detection.
* ''Literature/{{Bolo}}'': The eponymous [[TankGoodness supertanks]] of Creator/KeithLaumer's series are intentionally programmed with this notion in mind.
* ''Literature/TheKnightInRustyArmor'': The Knight is this twenty-four hours a day. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] as he only does this because he'll be appreciated by others for it. Indeed, the armor is also a metaphor for hiding one's TrueSelf, and when he sheds it, so he does this trope]].
* ''Literature/SaintGeorgeAndTheDragon'' which came from the poem in ''Literature/TheFaerieQueene'':
** The Red Cross Knight told the king to never forget the poor people, and gave to them the rich gifts that he had been awarded for slaying the dreadful dragon that had been terrorizing the countryside.
** The knight bade his lady stand apart, out of danger, to watch the fight, while the beast drew near, half flying, half running.
* Despite what many would think, [[KingArthur King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table]] weren't perfect examples of knighthood. In ''Literature/LeMorteDarthur'', written by Thomas Malory (who may have been this trope's complete opposite), they all had glaring flaws: Arthur had an early NiceJobBreakingItHerod moment and later [[spoiler: is struck down by Mordred]] because he was too enraged to heed a prophetic dream; the wise mentor Merlin was a DirtyOldMan and met his doom because of it; Gawain, while on the Quest for the Sangreal (Holy Grail), refused to do penance and was rebuked by hermits and disembodied voices alike for his homicidal ways; the great Lancelot was an adulterer and failed in the Sangreal Quest due to his unstable virtue. Indeed, the Sangreal Quest itself shows, and was meant to show, how all these noble knights, great in the world, fell short spiritually. The only knight allowed to achieve the Sangreal was [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Galahad]], who exemplified the knightly ideal.
** Galahad, fittingly enough for the best knight in the world, can even get his own bullet point. Because he was intended to represent knightly perfection, ''Literature/LeMorteDarthur'' writes him as a flawless creature. There is an unused chair at the Round Table that will kill any who sit in it, except the one destined to find the Sangreal. Galahad introduces himself to Arthur by sitting in it. Arthur then takes him to a stone with a sword sticking out of it (sound familiar?) that can only be pulled by the best knight in the world. Galahad pulls it. Arthur announces a jousting tournament. Galahad beats everyone he faces. The text makes several remarks on his virtue (that he's still a maid, that he doesn't wantonly kill), and he achieves the Sangreal, eventually being allowed to ascend up to Heaven.
* Galahad, from ''Literature/AnElegyForTheStillLiving'' initially appears to be one of these. But when the time comes for him to fight the dragon, he reveals that it is unbeatable and that [[DeathSeeker he only went there to die.]]
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Ser Loras Tyrell, [[AgentPeacock the Knight of Flowers]], embodies the chivalric ideals of Westeros. Supposedly anyway. He's not above being a CombatPragmatist, and some other knights in attendance considered what he did [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty dirty cheating]]. He's also a [[ArrogantKungFuGuy cocky]] [[{{Jerkass}} prick]].
** Though she has some aspects of a KnightInSourArmour, Brienne of Tarth is mostly this trope played as straight as you can get (being a woman in a job otherwise held solely by men notwithstanding). She suffers from deep insecurities, and and is struggling to reconcile the ideal of what knights should be with what most are... hence, some of the sour touches. Yet, she nevertheless [[{{Determinator}} shows]] the boys how it ''should'' be done. Heck, it rubs off on ''Jaime''.
** On the other hand, Jaime Lannister is a {{Subversion}}. At first he appears appears the perfect Knight in Shining Armor, being incredibly handsome, the best fighter in the land, the slayer of the previous [[TheCaligula tyrant king]] and, due to to having his armour gilded, actual shining armour. However, he's quickly revealed to be violent, arrogant and [[spoiler: in an incestuous relationship with his sister]]. And thanks to being the Kingslayer, a breach of his vows as a knight of the Kingsguard, nobody trusts him. After going through BreakTheHaughty and a HeelFaceTurn with Brienne's example waved in front of his face, Jaime struggles to become a true Knight in Shining Armor.
** Then there are the Clegane brothers who aside from their martial skills aren't models of what knights are supposed to be, though Sandor is getting better.
*** Sandor (AKA "The Hound") at one point explains that there is a vast discrepancy between what the people of Westeros idealize knights to be, and what knights ''actually'' are (professional killers with fancy titles).
*** Sandor actually averts this trope straight from the beginning; he isn't ''technically'' a knight at all. He has the horse, the sword, the armor, et al, but he was never actually knighted. And the reason for this? His older brother, Ser Gregor, is such a psychotic, murderous brute that, if someone like '''''him''''' can become a knight, then Sandor wants nothing at all to do with the whole hypocritical institution.
** Played Straight with Ser Barristan Selmy, the last of the old guard Kingsguard, who is essentially everything a knight is supposed to be. Also played straight with Ser Addam Marbrand, who's an extremely capable warrior and commander, and thouroughly honorable. Somehow, he manages to pull off this trope ''[[TokenGoodTeammate despite]]'' being an officer in service to the ''Lannisters''.
** Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of Morning, was this as well. Eddard Stark considers him to be the best knight he ever met, and everyone recognizes him as the greatest knight of his time. Jaime idolized him in his youth and considers the day he witnessed Arthur's fight against the [[BloodKnight Smiling]] [[AxCrazy Knight]] one of the best moments of his life. Jaime in a moment of self-reflection wonders how the boy who wanted to become the Sword of Morning became the Smiling Knight instead.
** In the prequel novella series ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'', the titular Ser Duncan the Tall is a HumbleHero, but he might well be one of the most down-to-earth decent knights in Westerosi history. His rise to infamy in the first story, [[spoiler:defending a common puppeteer from a murder attempt by the King's grandson]] has everyone calling him "a knight who remembered his vows", which is treated as a rarity. His ethics have a lot to do with his humble upbringing as a former street urchin brought up as a hedge knight's squire.
** {{Averted|Trope}} and {{Deconstructed|Trope}} by practically every other knight you'll encounter in the series. Most knights in Westeros are just heavily armoured thugs who got to where they are because of politics, and even the "good" knights like the ones listed are quite morally dubious.
* Dalinar from ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' is this to the core, and encourages his eldest son to be. This usually causes him to be regarded as an eccentric or fuddy-duddy by the other characters. Also, in the {{Backstory}} of the setting, the aptly named Knights Radiant were knights in [[PowerGlows literal shining armour]].
** Also note that the armor ''stops'' being shiny if you aren't worthy of it, and a few times when Dalinar is being particularly heroic, ''his'' armor starts glowing.
* Since Eleanor has a crush on a knight in ''[[Literature/TheRoyalDiaries Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine]]'' she wants him to be her bodyguard. Once when they are attacked Clotaire the Strong pulls her into his saddle and races her back to the safety of the castle.
* In ''The Last Hero'', one of the earlier novels (1931) of Literature/TheSaint, Simon Templar takes a back seat to his gallant and tragic associate Norman Kent, who falls in love hopelessly with Templar's girlfriend Patricia Holm (who hardly notices him) and at the end of the book sacrifices his life to let Templar and his other comrades-in-arms escape the current villain and fight again another day. A book called "Knights Errant of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries" by Caroline Whitehead and George [=McLeod=] says it all: "Norman Kent is an archetypal knight-errant. Though formally a man of 20th Century England, he lives (and dies) by the Code of Chivalry. He loves totally his Lady, Patricia Holm -- who, like Don Quixote's Dulcinea, is not aware of that love. He is totally loyal to his Liege Lord, Simon Templar. Like Sir Gawain in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight", Norman Kent takes on the threats to his Lord. Not only physicial threats to life and limb, but also the sometimes inavoidable need to take on dishonourable acts which would have reflected badly on the reputation of King Arthur/Simon Templar is taken on, wholly and without reservation, by Sir Gawain/Norman Kent."
* Creator/JohnMoore's ''Slay and Rescue'' has a prince named Charming, sent by his father's chancellor to rescue fair maidens all over the place (the theory is that it keeps him too busy to try to take over the throne).
* In Creator/DevonMonk's ''Literature/MagicToTheBone'', Allie plays with this, speaking of looking for police in shining armor and the like.
* There are occasional references to upstanding men as this trope in the ''Literature/AuntDimity'' series, especially when they demonstrate their goodness openly. Also, among Lori and Bill's wedding gifts is a portrait of Bill on horseback and wearing armour--and his glasses.
* In Creator/JackCampbell's Literature/TheLostStars novel ''Tarnished Knight'', leading up to the TitleDrop, Iceni reflects that she doesn't have this, but she may have a somewhat more tarnished version.
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/CountToTheEschaton The Hermetic Millennia]]'', Knights Hospitallar are frozen to wake when the Tombs need protection.
* In ''Living Alone'' by Stella Benson, one silly woman describes herself as fighting spiritually against the Germans as this.
-->''"Yes, I was," persisted Miss [=MacBee=]. "I lay on the hammock which I have had slung in my cellar, and shut my eyes, and loosed my spirit, and it shot upward like a lark released. It detached itself from the common trammels of the body, yes, my spirit, in shining armour, fought with the false, cruel spirits of murderers."''
* ''Literature/SongAtDawn'': Dragonetz left for the Second Crusade as one of these; full of confidence in Christendom and Chivalry.
* In Creator/JohnHemry's Literature/PaulSinclair novels, Jen refers to Paul as this, repeatedly. Her father ironically observes that he expected to need sunglasses while meeting him.
* In Creator/ErinMorgenstern's ''Literature/TheNightCircus'', Bailey draws the Knight of Swords, showing a knight charging, sword drawn.
* In Creator/JulieKagawa's ''Literature/TheIronKing'', the five sent to catch Ash and Meghan. Their chief chivalrous trait is their absolute loyalty.
* In Creator/SusanDexter's ''The True Knight'', Titch has a few flaws but meets the requirements -- short of being actually knighted. [[spoiler:Wren, nevertheless, pleads at the end that he is the best knight the duke will ever meet.]]
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/HaveSpaceSuitWillTravel'', Kip has a dream featuring knights in shining space armor (and dragons and Arcturian maidens among its tamer elements). Afterward, he insists on preceding Peewee out of the cell like a proper knight, and after a failure regards himself as not a knight but a soda jerk.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Siron Esrah is a chivalrous nobleman who insists on propriety and protecting the Crown Princess. His introduction is during a joust.
* St. George in the medieval legend of [[Myth/SaintGeorge St. George and the Dragon]] kills a dragon, thereby saving a virginal princess, and aferwards refuses all material rewards but instead converts the locals to Christianity. Thus St. George the Dragonslayer embodies the ideal knight, as he is both an undaunted warrior and a saint who dedicates his martial prowess to helping the helpless and the promotion of Christianity.
* In ''Literature/{{Dragonvarld}}'', King Edward of Idlyswylde is inspired by stories about these, and wants to fill this role himself. He gets a chance, because there's a dragon to drive off and the fair Melisande to rescue. He doesn't succeed (since the dragon [[spoiler:was play-acting]] and Melisande [[spoiler:ends up raped and dead]]), but it's not really his fault.
* In Creator/LJagiLamplighter's ''[[Literature/RachelGriffin The Raven, the Elf, and Rachel]]'', one of the princess's vision sees two sets of these standing (with some allies) against the HorsemenOfTheApocalypse. They are referred to as Saracen knights and paladins, so they appear to be from the Matter of France -- and in an EnemyMine situation.
* ''Literature/TheQueensFool'' portrays Lord Robert Dudley as this. He rides to battle in the war against France to show the Queen his loyalty after he loses all his lands. He also remains respectful towards Hannah after she refuses him, and remains cool with his wife when she accuses him of cheating on her.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* [[TheAce The Groosalaugg]] from ''Series/{{Angel}}'', although he ditches the shining armor shortly after moving to LA.
* Alistair in one episode of ''Series/AsTimeGoesBy'' shows up dressed as a Knight in Shining Armor to help him win Judy's affection.* One is summoned by accident in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', thanks to Paige.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** In "The Girl in the Fireplace": The Doctor does a SuperWindowJump on a white horse to save the lady from evil. The chivalrous parallel is increased by the fact that in doing so, he's trapping himself in time.
** The Doctor takes up a [[{{BFS}} big sword]] in a duel to decide the fate of Earth as the planet's champion during "The Christmas Invasion".
* Sir Thomas Grey, 'Quite the Knight of the Realm' as an outlaw observes in one episode of ''Series/CovingtonCross''. Sir Thomas' sons William, Richard and Cedric are aspiring knights - as is his only daughter! On the other hand his eldest son wants to be a cook...
* [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart's]] sudden appearance on ''Series/TheColbertReport'' to save [[Creator/StephenColbert Stephen]] from utter humiliation at the hands of Conan O'Brien, with the now-famous shout of "Don't you do it, boy!", has been referred to as the 'knight in shining Armani' moment by fans. (Ordinarily, he's much more of a ButtMonkey.)
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Angela refers to Booth as a "knight in shining FBI standard-issue body armor".
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': In the first season finale the Un Sub is suffering from the delusion that Reid and the team are this. It's also been stated in the special features that they attempt to write stories about knights in shining bulletproof vests, and end up with what the show is.
* Adam in ''Series/TheWanderer'' goes from cutthroat businessman to Knight in Shining Armor in a single episode. Handwaved by the fact he is reverting to the mindset of an earlier incarnation.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Ser Loras Tyrell (see Literature above) literally has the shiniest armor in Westeros, at least in the first season, and apart from some CombatPragmatism, acts the part of this trope. By the second season, his armor becomes rusty and dirty, expressing [[KnightInSourArmor his increasing cynicism]], and he does not smile as much. Although Loras is not romantically interested in Sansa, his adherence to knightly ideals plays a part in wanting to rescue her from the hell she's in, and he willingly enters into an [[spoiler:ArrangedMarriage]] with the girl so that [[spoiler:he can whisk her away to Highgarden]]. Say what you will of his grandmother's and sister's ulterior motives, but Loras is more honourable than that. He understands that King's Landing is a terrible place for Sansa, and he sees her as a DamselInDistress who is held prisoner by the "monster" Joffrey. Unfortunately for his non-yaoi {{Fangirl}}s, he's gay.
** Jaime Lannister ''looks'' exactly like this, but is actually a BloodKnight reviled as TheOathbreaker. As his physical state degrades, however, he actually starts trying to live up to the trope.
** Barristan Selmy arguably fits this trope the best, and is presented as something of a paragon of a by-gone age. This becomes especially clear after he joins Daenerys, and his advising her to morally correct choices contrasts with Jorah's more coldly pragmatic suggestions.
** Along with Barristan Selmy and Loras Tyrell, Brienne of Tarth comes closest to being one and plays this trope quite straight, despite being denied knighthood because of her gender, though her actual armour in Season 4 is black. She's dedicated, an excellent fighter, unwaveringly loyal, protective of the weak, noble and good-hearted.
** Sandor Clegane so despises this trope that he refuses knighthood even when he joins the previously knights-only order of the Kingsguard.
** The loyal Stark retainer Rodrik Cassel is a strong, loyal, and honorable BadassGrandpa and one of the few official knights in the North, though he lacks in actual shining armor.
** Davos Seaworth is not a straight example, because he doesn't wear armor, but he's one of the very few unambiguously good non-Stark characters and is a knight. It's thus a welcome development that he has now become the leading retainer of the resurgent Kingdom of the North, together with Brienne.
** The gilded armor Gregor Clegane wears as Kingsguard member is clearly meant to invoke this. Unfortunately, this character ''utterly'' averts this.
** Jorah Mormont is not nearly as straight an example as Barristan Selmy (indeed, his armor's a rather dull, functional grey, reflecting his pragmatism), but he's definitely got his moments. Also {{reconstructed}} in his case, as he began the series as a rather self-centered manipulator (selling out the Targaryens, to whom he had sworn an oath, to Varys and King Robert in exchange for a pardon). But when he finds someone truly worthy of his loyalty, and whom he also loves (Daenerys) he drops it immediately, BecomingTheMask and a rock-hard Targaryen loyalist, not to mention upright, kind, and honest, while still being acceptably pragmatic and ruthless towards the Targaryens' enemies.
* In ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel'', Paladin, as the name suggests, although he wears what looks more like a villainous oufit if you go by traditional GoodColoursEvilColours. In some of the darker stories stories he can come off as more of a KnightInSourArmor, when dealing with more disgusting individuals his bitterness can shine through.
* William admits that he's in love with his queen, Shannon, but out of respect for his honor code as a knight he does not want to break up her relationship with her fiancé, Miles, in the ''Series/{{House}}'' episode ''Knight Fall''.* Prince Eric Greystone of ''Series/WizardsAndWarriors'' (the TV series, not the video games), golden haired and usually clad in gold lame. Honorable to the point of folly - or beyond. His even hunkier brother Prince Justin on the other hand is a total subversion of the Trope.
* Lancelot in ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'', albeit only briefly until he is thrown out for being a commoner. Meanwhile, Prince Arthur is becoming one, and part of the point of the series is Merlin helping Arthur become one. As of the end of series 3, Lancelot has been properly knighted as one of Arthur's new Round Table, as well as Gwaine, Elyan and newcomer Percival. Along with veteran knight Sir Leon, they all aspire towards this trope and prove their worthiness as knights at many points during the rest of the series.
* Although not a literal knight David Shephard in ''Series/{{Kings}}'' fulfills all the other qualifications and as a soldier could be said to be the modern equivalent of a knight.
* Jamie Reagan in ''Series/BlueBloods'' is a cop not a knight but plays to this trope in the sense of dedicating his live to protecting [[OrderVersusChaos order]], being loyal to his family and comrades, [[WeHelpTheHelpless helping the helpless]] and in general putting [[HonorBeforeReason honor]] ''way'' before reason. And wearing a [[BlingOfWar cool uniform]]. Call him a Knight in shining blue cloth.
* Sheriff Cody Johnson, Creator/BrianThompson's character in the short-lived series ''Series/KeyWest'', was thoroughly one of these.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'': Any of the Rangers, although they subvert it occasionally, usually with KnightInSourArmor.
** Fantasy buff Chip from ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' was thrilled to find out "knight" is an actual rank in the mystic realm and strives to reach it so he can be a knight in shining armor. [[SixthRanger Daggeron, the Solaris Knight]], fits the bill quite well already, though again, any Ranger tends to. However, Daggeron's the one who gives the most stereotypically "knightly" lines like "I'd rather die with honor than live without it." NobleDemon Koragg, also of knight rank, gives such speeches, but [[spoiler:it's actually his true self bleeding through the brainwashing; he actually doesn't want to fight the Rangers at ''all.'' His good alter-ego Leanbow taught Daggeron everything he knows.]]
** Other more literal knights include the second Magna Defender of ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' (the original was a BlackKnight), Sentinel Knight of ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'', and Sir Ivan of ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge''. Robo Knight of ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' was intended to be one, but programming flaws lead him to focus strictly on eliminating threats and not consider things like civilian safety, though he's getting better.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': [[HerCodenameWasMarySue Sir Percival]] in the fairytale Perry Cox tells his son in a SomethingCompletelyDifferent episode.
* ''Series/TheStrain'': Fed is big, strong, loyal to a fault, fearless to the point of insanity and pretty much smashed his way through a wall that separated him from his lover and team mate Dutch, then being tortured by a complete and utter monster. [[spoiler: Later on, when a badly traumatized Dutch is about to leave the team and him, he is visibly hurt. Instead of being bitter or making any reproaches, he accepts her choice and wishes her the best.]]
* ''Series/TinMan'': Cain's no knight, but he ''did'' vow to be the princess's protector. When the crew is riding to DG's rescue in part 3, he's got the white horse.

* The song ''Glory of Love'' by Peter Cetera
-->Just like a knight in shining armor\\
From a long time ago\\
Just in time I will save the day\\
Take you to my castle far away.
* The Music/FaithHill song ''This Kiss''
-->Cinderella said to Snow White\\
'How does love get so off course?\\
All I wanted was a white knight with a good heart,\\
soft touch, fast horse.'\\
Ride me off into the sunset, baby I'm forever yours.
* The Music/TaylorSwift song "White Horse".
-->I'm not a princess, this ain't a fairytale\\
I'm not the one you'll sweep off her feet\\
Lead her up the stairwell\\
...Now it's too late for you and your white horse\\
To come around.
* The country song "Suds In The Bucket" by Sara Evans.
-->When her prince pulled up - a white pickup truck\\
Her folks shoulda seen it comin' - it was only just a matter of time\\
Plenty old enough - and you can't stop love\\
She stuck a note on the screen door - "sorry but I got to go"

* The player is cast in this role in the "Knight of the Rose" table of ''VideoGame/LastGladiator''.
* Heavily featured in ''VideoGame/GoldenLogres,'' which has quests for all twelve [[KingArthur Knights of the Round Table.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': The [[AlwaysLawfulGood paladin]] class was based on Knight in Shining Armor archetype in general and supposedly ''Three Hearts and Three Lions'' in particular. Paladins are more like holy crusaders empowered with divine magic, though ([[ThePaladin which has its own trope, on that note]]).
** Sturm Brightblade of the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' D&D saga is the epitome of this trope played straight [[spoiler:except for not actually being a knight until shortly before his death]]. His fellow Knights of Solamnia are not quite so ideal but, with a couple of (important) exceptions, are generally good.
** The ''Player's Handbook II'' from late in ''D&D'' 3rd Edition introduced the knight class, which is a lot like the paladin but without magical abilities. The knight's abilities focus on mounted combat, [[CombatByChampion single combat with an opposing champion]], and maintaining honor.
** The 1st edition Cavalier class, introduced in that era's ''Unearthed Arcana'', was closer to the "standard" Arthurian knight. For a while, the Paladin class was a subclass of the Cavalier instead of the Fighter.
** Paizo's TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} RPG has brought ThePaladin full-circle with the "Shining Knight" archetype, complete with bonuses to mounted combat and riding skill. For those not wanting to add divine elements to it, there's also the Cavalier class.
** Ironically, Alain Germande, the Iconic Cavalier, is very much ''not'' this, though he does excel at presenting himself this way to aid in seducing impressionable women. He's a LawfulNeutral arrogant GloryHound BloodKnight who, though surprisingly charismatic, regards all others as expendable tools in pursuit of ever-greater glory and success.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', all noble Bretonnians aspire towards becoming true knights in shining armour...though as a whole they also tend to display [[FeudalOverlord all of potential abuses and flaws of the system of feudalism]] as a DeconstructiveParody of the trope. Grail Knights, who have been found pure in heart and soul and blessed by the [[EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity Lady of the Lake]], are said to all qualify for this trope by definition (though the aforementioned skewed sense of morality has some fans wonder if [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation the Grail Knights are really more like their more ordinary fellows]]). The Empire also has several noble knightly orders, but their modernization means that the chivalric ideals are not as predominant there as in Bretonnia.
* Creator/{{Chaosium}}'s ''TabletopGame/{{Pendragon}}'' game is based on the stories of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.
* Creator/{{TSR}}'s ''Knights of Camelot'' game also covered the Arthurian knighthood setting.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Talisman}}'' board game provides two examples of this trope, who reflect the chivalric code slightly differently: the Knight character, who [[IncorruptiblePurePureness is always of good alignment]] and who cannot attack other characters of good alignment, and the Chivalric Knight, who can aid rival characters in battle and cannot attack another character whose strength value is less than his own.
* In Creator/WargamesResearchGroup games DBM and DBMM, Knights are the second most formidable troop types after War Elephants. They are fairly confident on running down any mounted troops and most foot, but they are vulnerable to shooting. The AchillesHeel of Irregular Knights is their impetuosity: unless constantly guarded, they are liable on charging spontaneously the nearest enemy and thus ruining the battle plan.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** Parodied with Sain in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'', who acts like this [[ChivalrousPervert just so he can get women]]. The only result is that his comrade, Kent, repeatedly tells him to drop it and get back to work.
** Played straight as an arrow with [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones Seth]] and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Geoffrey]], and Kent for that matter.
** Camus and Arran from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia'' could be seen as PlayedForDrama. Camus ends up having to choose between his love and his country, ending up going with the latter. This results in him being left for dead and his love being stuck in a loveless ArrangedMarriage. When he returns as Sirius in ''Mystery'', he devoted himself to saving Nyna, but in the end [[spoiler: even though he's able to snap her out of being BrainwashedAndCrazy, he resigns himself to the fact he can't be with her, and leaves never to return.]]
*** Meanwhile, a case of MyGreatestFailure has led Arran to continue to adopt this persona [[spoiler: even while terminally ill, as a way of [[FaceDeathWithDignity Facing Death With Dignity.]]]]
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'': Cyrus in the English version. His apprentice Glenn takes on traits of this as well along with being a cursed knight. Not in the original Japanese version: LostInTranslation.
* One of the armor sets for the Titan class in Destiny resembles the armor of a knight and flashes a bright blue.
* ''Franchise/BaldursGate'': The series had a few - brash but idealistic squire Anomen, relentlessly pious and judgmental Ajantis, and the old but still fighting Keldorn. Oddly enough, perhaps the most outspokenly classical example is a female halfling, Mazzy, who comes as close as a halfling can come to a paladin in a Second Edition-based game. The Knights of the Noble Order of Radiant Heart were an order of this trope, whom the protagonist could join if s/he was a paladin too.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'': Lady Aribeth, Paladin of Tyr, the god of Justice is a rare female example. [[spoiler:Her fall towards evil after seeing the city she had sacrificed so much for execute her fiancé for a crime he is innocent of (he was made a scapegoat and the people condemning him are fully aware of it) as well as the blatant injustice committed in the name of the god of justice is the main plot of the game]]
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' had Casavir. Granted, he has all the personality of a brick, but he's a chivalrous paladin nevertheless.
* Prince Rurik of ''VideoGame/GuildWars'', doubling as TheScrappy for many.
* Flynn in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''.
** While Flynn is a very literal example on top of displaying the character traits, his best friend Yuri embodies the traits befitting this trope, while crossing it with KnightInSourArmor, due to his dislike of the Empire and his time as an actual knight. He even gets a title in reference to the characteristics of this trope, called True Knight, and it's noted when you get the costume that Yuri is the most knightly of any of the characters, including Flynn (as the character who says this is talking ''to'' Flynn, who will agree with her).
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Throughout the series (at least until ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' did away with classes), "Knight" was a preset class. Knights get bonuses to the [[HeroesPreferSwords Blade]] skill, as well as [[MightyGlacier Heavy Armor]], [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Block]], Speechcraft, and Restoration, following the trope closely. The class description reads: "Of noble birth, or distinguished in battle or tourney, knights are civilized warriors, schooled in letters and courtesy, governed by the codes of chivalry. In addition to the arts of war, knights study the lore of healing and enchantment."
** Though outside of High Rock, the [[UnevenHybrid Bretons]] are better known for their magical prowess, he Bretons actually have a strong chivalric tradition and most city states have their own knightly order to that end, as most prominently seen in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]''. (Knights of the Rose in Wayrest, Knights of the Dragon in Daggerfall, as well as various Templar Orders such as the Order of the Hour who are dedicated to Akatosh, the God of Time, and the Knights Mentor, dedicated to the God of Knowledge.) Due to High Rock's [[DeadlyDecadentCourt cutthroat politics]], how noble these knights actually are can vary wildly.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s ''Knights of the Nine'' expansion, the PlayerCharacter can found a new holy order of shiny-armored knights. Membership requires avoiding "Infamy" at all costs.
** From the series' backstory comes Pelinal Whitestrake, the legendary 1st Era hero of mankind who came to [[FounderOfTheKingdom St. Alessia]] to serve as her [[PhysicalGod divine champion]] in the war against the [[AbusivePrecursors Ayleids]]. Or, at least, that's how he is [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade remembered in Imperial dogma]] anyway. Pelinal subverts the trope, having ''also'' been a [[FantasticRacism racist]] [[TheBerserker berserker]] who would fly into fits of UnstoppableRage (''mostly'' directed at the Ayleids) during which he [[BloodSplatteredWarrior would be stained with their blood]] and [[PaintTheTownRed left so much carnage in his wake]] that Kyne, one of the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Divines]], would have to [[CueTheRain send in her rain]] to cleanse Ayleid forts and village before they could be used by Alessia's forces. In one infamous fit of rage, he ''damaged the lands themselves'', which nearly caused the divines to ''leave the world in disgust''.
* The Knight class in ''VideoGame/RunesOfMagic'' is apparently inspired by this trope.
* [[TheHero Cecil Harvey]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''. Indeed, his turn from [[BlackKnight the dark side]] to this is one of the driving forces behind and most emotionally satisfying part of the overarching plot.
* Steiner in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', to the point that he makes a clanking sound whenever he walks. He is also chivalrous to a fault, and is torn by his conflicting duties to [[AdiposeRex Queen Brahne]] and [[RebelliousPrincess Princess Garnet]].
* Basch in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''. Lampshaded when [[EvilTwin Judge Gabranth]] wonders, in their final confrontation, how come Basch failed his motherland, and then the kingdom who took him in, but is still the one who keeps his sense of honor of the two.
* The Warrior of Light in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' takes the trope and runs with it. In fact, he's heroic, noble, unashamedly, unrepentantly, [[OverlyLongGag disgustingly]] chivalrous to the point of making his characterization seem a tad unrealistic. And it's justified too, [[spoiler: as a side effect of him originally being born as a clone without much emotions. He's extremely loyal to Cosmos because that's all he's ever known in life]].
** As does [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Cecil]], but that rather goes without saying (though perhaps not as much as the Warrior).
* Ky Kiske from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear.'' Prior to the events of the game, he's the commander who willingly risked his life to save people even if the situation seemed hopeless or even if the person to be saved [[ManipulativeBitch was questionable.]] An in ''XX'' Ky continues to be a noble public servant as a high ranking police officer. In ''Overture'', his popularity and charisma earns him the position of a king.
* Samara in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2,'' even going so far as to give a KnightErrant (perhaps with a bit of Samurai) as the closest human equivalent to her order. Though she has a strong ruthless streak, and is absolutely unbending when it comes to her code.
* Typically for a LowFantasy setting, the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' games employ this trope:
** [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins The Warden]], [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII Hawke]], and [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition the Inquisitor]] can all fit the trope, if the player so chooses, especially in the warrior class. ''Inquisition'' even lets you craft ''literal'' shining armor for the character.
** Alistair in ''Origins'' is mostly this, being a tank warrior who works best in heavy armor and wielding a {{BFS}}; he's sweet, sensitive, and chivalrous. He's also the only party member (besides the dog) who cannot be forced or even asked to leave, due to his UndyingLoyalty to the only other Warden. If romanced, he adores his lady and presents her with a rose and some bashful speeches. On top of all that, he's also secretly a [[spoiler:PrinceCharming]], as you learn over the course of the story. Covers a lot of bases, does our boy Alistair.
** A rather novel version is found in the ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakening]]'' expansion with the Spirit of Justice. A Fade Spirit based on the concept of Justice, it is eventually trapped in the corpse of a Grey Warden named Kristoff. It then joins your party as an [[DarkIsNotEvil Undead]] Knight in Shining Armor.
** Aveline from [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII Dragon Age II]] is a gender-flipped version, complete with [[RescueRomance rescuing]] of her love interest.
** ''Inquisition'' has two among the Inquisitor's friends:
*** Warden-Constable Blackwall, who feels that part of being a Grey Warden is to be this trope. [[spoiler:Which is why [[DeadPersonImpersonation he pretends to be Warden-Constable Blackwall]] to [[TheAtoner atone for his sins]].]]
*** Cullen has transitioned from a traumatized Templar recruit to a good example of this trope. He's kind, honorable, and thoughtful. On the other hand, he is still troubled by recovering from his lyrium addiction, and is buried so deep in his work he sometimes forgets to be Cullen: human being. The other characters can help him improve in this vein a little; it's more pronounced if he's romanced.
* [[spoiler: Oersted]] from ''VideoGame/LiveALive'' is this trope. Demon-slaying, princess-saving, the whole nine yards.
%%* ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'':
* Balmung of the ''[[Franchise/DotHack .Hack//]]'' series (all incarnations). While the setting of the series is an MMORPG, Balmung specifically investigates circumstances which could easily get him hurt in the real world. However, he has a strong moral code on issues of lesser significance, such as a strong distaste for hacking and player harassment. He also has a penchant for swooping in at the last moment to save other characters:
** In Sign, Balmung only appears in one episode, but rushes in to distract the Phase monster so that Subaru and company can escape.
** Similarly, Balmung's introduction in the video games has him chasing down another corrupted monster and trying to get Kite and [=BlackRose=] to run away.
** and in the Legend of Twilight manga, Balmung (Now a sysadmin) swoops down yet again and saves Rena, takes out the data bug, and disappears before they can even find his name. When the people he works for ban him from getting involved in this again, he quits his job and takes up arms on his own.
** His status as this in-universe even extends to [[spoiler:Newly born AI Aura taking his character template for use as an automated defender of the World.]]
* [[VideoGame/{{TCT RPG}} The Colour Tuesday]]: Kyle fits this; he only rebels when its clear his sister will die if she does not recieve medicine that he can't leave town for because of an arbitrary law. (Apparently its the wrong "season") He's consistently the most polite and level-headed character, and doesn't think twice [[spoiler: about [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing his relationship with Alex and his powers]] to cross the magical flames which separate him and the medicine he carries from his sister.]] Thankfully this isn't necessary.
* Edrick/Loto from ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' is one of the earliest examples for Japanese RPG history by saving a princess in distress and defeating an evil dragonlord ''[[OneManArmy on his own.]]''
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda's'' Link, while not always a knight by job, has been an IdealHero who saves the princess and the land of Hyrule from EvilOverlord Ganon since 1986. He has been said to be descended from the Knights of Hyrule, was in the middle of training to become a knight at the start of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', and served as Princess Zelda's personal knight in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild''.
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' makes it clear that Pit is one, as he is [[UndyingLoyalty endlessly loyal]] to [[GodOfGood Palutena]] and will always fight for the human race, even though the game also shows that HumansAreBastards and [[spoiler:the real BigBad, Hades, easily manipulates them to kill each other.]]
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has Solaire of Astora and Oscar of Astora. Solaire is an honorable, friendly Warrior of the Sun, and Oscar was on a quest to ring the Twin Bells of Awakening. Siegmeyer of Catarina wants to be this, but is far too bumbling.
* [[VideoGame/KingsQuest Graham of Daventry]] foegoes the armor in favor of [[GuileHero guile]], but he is still very much a knight at heart, even after being crowned king.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'', [[TheHero Raynor]] starts out as one, Kerrigan even lampshades it; but unfortunately he then realizes that the Koprulu Sector is a CrapsackWorld and becomes a KnightInSourArmor.
* Aeron, of ''VideoGame/PandorasTower'', who starts the game off sneaking into the capital city of the country his homeland is at war with just to watch his girlfriend sing, then doesn't hesitate to disappear with her when Elena is promptly afflicted with a curse. He then spends half the game looking to break said curse, and the other half looking after her and making their shabby safehouse a much more pleasant place to be just so she's more comfortable. Bonus points for the fact his armor is literally bright, shiny gold.
* In ''VideoGame/GemsOfWar'', the Whitehelm region has a piety-and-honour theme to it, meaning that its units tend to fit this archetype (i.e. being good-aligned religious crusaders).
* The Justice faction in ''VideoGame/EternalCardGame'', perhaps unsurprisingly, has many of these in its ranks.
* ''VideoGame/ForHonor'' has the Knights of the Iron Legions as one of its three factions, yet the only Knight class that approaches this trope is [[HeroesPreferSwords the Warden]], who looks the most like the classic interpretation of a knight, wields a longsword, and serves as the viewpoint character for their chapter [[spoiler: and afterwards ends up leading a resistance movement of the other Legions against [[BigBad Apollyon and her Blackstone Legion]].]] Still, they don't wear full-on shining plate armor as the trope usually goes, instead wearing brigandine over their torso. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation There's nothing stopping a Warden player]] [[CombatPragmatist fighting as dishonorably as they want to win fights in the game however.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': Reinhardt Wilhelm is more of knight in [[PoweredArmor mechanical rocket powered armor]], but he still fits, and in fact ''[[InvokedTrope invokes]]'' this trope. He sees himself as a modern day knight, and was previously part of an enitre ''order'' of modern knights in powered armor called The Crusaders. He acted as the TheHeart to the titular Overwatch, staunchly supporting the group, but calling them out the minute they started straying morally. His forced retirement was the first step to the organization's eventual collapse from corruption and infighting, leading him to become a KnightErrant.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', Undyne literally refers to herself as a "knight in shining armor" in one version of her pre-BossBattle speech. Though she will fight humans for other monsters with a vengeance, she's really a HotBlooded badass who bows to practically nobody.
* In ''VideoGame/ShopHeroes'', Gauvin aspires to be a classic knight — slaying dragons to rescue princesses. He's currently a squire, though.
* Fernando from ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' is an egotistical self-appointed knight who does heroics for glory and charming women. However, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold he does look out for his comrades]] and will protect them with his mighty shield and fry foes with his flame lance.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'':
** Big-Ears is probably the most good-aligned character in the whole comic. If he were human they'd have named a city after him.
** Kore, on the other hand, is a complete inversion though ''he'' believes he's the good guy.
* Sir Toby, from ''Chivalry and Knavery''. A Christian knight (who happens to be an anthropomorphic lion), who is kind, brave and extremely strong. And patient, otherwise he would have run screaming from Kira and Ulf. According to his character description, he believes that there is good in everyone-amazingly, his time with the two of them hasn't beaten that belief out of him.
* Sir Muir in ''Webcomic/{{Harkovast}}'' fits this trope, even if his armour is more battered then shining most of the time!
* ''Webcomic/SquidRow'' [[http://squidrowcomics.com/?p=1060 A knight in a shining hatchback, anyway]]
* Esten in ''Webcomic/{{Roza}}''. Even if lacking the armor and resembling a BountyHunter.
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/5/ the Night Wight was once the White Knight]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'',
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4001 Monique longs for one.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2756 Pooch envisions himself as one.]]
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0052.html after a rogue tricks a wizard into identifying their scrolls, he gives her the one she needs, and she gushes that he's her knight in shining armor.]]
* In ''{{Webcomic/Freefall}}'', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02057.htm a robot refrains from an evil plan because he's always thought of himself as the "shining armor type"]]
* Hong Chunhwa from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', a chivalrous knight who always pays his respects to the ladies.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Marcus Sarillius is a virtuous, and occasionally gullible, paladin who is always eager to save damsels in distress and set things right. Osmond Locke and Swenson Von Strupenguard are other notable examples.
* While several Servants in ''Roleplay/FateNuovoGuerra'' come from Arthurian romances or the Matter of France, the best example would probably be Sir Roland. Sir Gawain is a special case: his devotion to Chivalry eventually led to Camelot's downfall, as he refused to call for Lancelot's help for the Battle of Camlann.
* Literature/{{Worm}} has [[EmotionControl Gallant]], a superhero who explictly chooses to live by this trope.
** Chevalier as well. He's one of the most morally upright characters in the setting, and for bonus points he actually wears shining armor.
* In ''Literature/TalesOutOfTallis'' Sir Bastien is trying very hard to be one, though Rien tends to make it extraordinarily difficult for him.
* Roman from ''[[WebVideo/ThomasSanders Sanders Sides]]'' would very much ''like'' to be one, but he has difficulty since, 1) He's simply a facet of Thomas' personality, not an actual human, and, 2) Thomas lives in modern, suburban Florida. He still tries to push Thomas into acting like one from time to time.
-->'''Roman:''' ''(on finding a romantic partner)'' There's a way to simeltaneously make them feel special, ''and'' show them how awesome you are.\\
'''Thomas:''' How?\\
'''Roman:''' You find out what might be making their life difficult...\\
'''Patton:''' Yeah?\\
'''Roman:''' ...And you ''[[SeriousBusiness kill it]]''.\\
'''Virgil:''' [[FlatWhat What?]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** Silverbolt, from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', is a usually tongue-in-cheek example of this type. He's not a parody so much as a walking LampshadeHanging, complete with trumpet fanfares when he speaks. It really helps that both his animals -- one a wolf, the other an eagle -- are typical "noble" animals. (which sorta makes a Griffin an even more noble animal)
--->'''Blackarachnia:''' Oh no. You're not saving my life again? Even after I ''shot you''?\\
'''Silverbolt:''' It's my duty, ma'am, as a Maximal and as a heroic character.
** Sadly, he also counts as a case of StupidGood, and in the sequel ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', he gets [[FaceHeelTurn run]] [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood through]] [[KnightInSourArmor the]] [[TheAtoner ringer]] quite cruelly.
* The recurring ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' character Sir Victor, the White Knight, is a classic Knight in Shining Armor. However, it turns out that he is actually the estranged brother of the series' BigBad, Duke Igthorn, and lives in constant fear that he would [[InTheBlood turn evil like the rest of his family]] (before AnAesop is delivered to him, anyway) and rights wrongs as perceived [[TheAtoner atonement]] for his house's ill deeds.
* Shining Knight of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''. Especially played up in "Patriot Act" where he and a mutated GeneralRipper do battle while they argue what duty to one's country means.
* Sir Giles in Creator/{{Disney}}'s animated featurette of Kenneth Grahame's "The Reluctant Dragon" chapter of ''Dream Days'' both embodies and subverts this trope, in that although he actually ''is'' a famous dragon-slaying hero (in Grahame's book actually [[Myth/SaintGeorge St. George]] himself), he is nevertheless willing to [[spoiler:fake a combat with the eponymous dragon]] on learning that he, too, is 'a bit of a bard'.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Stan Marsh became a mix of this and the Only Sane Man. And sometimes he himself parodies this trope.
* Prince Alex from ''WesternAnimation/Super4''. Despite coming from Kingsland (a medieval location) he doesn't wear a lot of armor, but has the personality to a T.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Twilight Sparkle's big brother is a tall, white stallion named Shining Armor and is Captain of the Canterlot Royal Guard. For bonus points, he even marries a princess in the season 2 finale, though his sister and his bride-to-be Cadance have to save ''[[DistressedDude him]]'' from the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* Sir Roderick from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gawayn}}''. It's a shame he also tends to be LordErrorProne.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has an entire episode, "Sworn To The Sword", dedicated to a deconstruction of this trope. Pearl trains Connie in swordplay, while also instructing her on the duties of knighthood as being "completely dedicated to a person and a cause", expecting Connie to be dedicated to Steven as Pearl was for Rose Quartz. Unfortunately, [[spoiler: Pearl has severe self-esteem issues that she ultimately projects onto Connie, demanding that she be prepared to sacrifice her own well-being for Steven, just as Pearl had done for Rose countless times during the Gem War. Steven, Connie's "liege", is freaked out by the thought of Connie sacrificing her safety and self-worth for his sake and eventually gets through to her and Pearl by proving that it's better to fight together as a team, and gets Pearl to admit that Rose never devalued her and that she was just beating herself up]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, was the younger son of a minor nobleman who went on to serve the royal family of [[UsefulNotes/HenryTheSecond Henry II of England]] and be given the hand and estates of Isabel de Clare, eventually rising to become the right hand man of three successive Kings (Henry II, Richard I and John), and regent to a fourth (Henry III), fighting in battle in his 70's. He eventually came to be known by his contemporaries as "[[SpellMyNameWithAThe The Marshal]]" and "the greatest knight," getting a real life HistoricalHeroUpgrade by featuring in a number of ''chansons de geste.''
* Godfrey of Bouillon, first King of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, was a leading crusader in the First Crusade, and unlike his relative Baldwin of Edessa and his contemporary, Bohemond of Taranto, he was a genuinely honest and pious man seeking to execute what he thought was God's will. Like William Marshal, he also underwent considerable HistoricalHeroUpgrade.
* Zig-Zagged with Edward, the Black Prince. He was scrupulously honourable in the treatment of his noble prisoners, including French King John the Good, even giving John permission to go home at one point, as well as delaying the Battle of Poitiers for a day to allow both sides to discuss the battle and Cardinal Périgord to plead for peace. However, he also favoured the ''chevauchée'' strategy, which is essentially short-hand for RapePillageAndBurn for reasons of strategic expediency. Basically, as ''Webcomic/HarkAVagrant'' says, [[http://www.oxonianreview.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/duality.png like this]].
* Geoffroi de Charny, who literally wrote the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Chivalry manual on chivalry]] was widely regarded in his day as a ''True and Perfect Knight''. His reputation for honesty was such that when captured by the English, he was released on parole to collect his ransom and he found someone to pay it, true to his word. He famously proposed that [[UsefulNotes/TheHundredYearsWar the Battle of Poitiers]] in 1356 be settled by a hundred champions from each side to limit loss of life. His proposal was rejected and he died in the battle, defending the sacred Oriflamme banner of France to his [[LastStand last breath]].
* Enguerrand VII de Coucy had much the same stature as Charny in the later half of the 14th century. He was given to the English as a hostage to secure the release of King Jean II, who had been captured in the battle of Poitiers, but King Edward III of England was so impressed with his courtesy and character that he allowed him to marry his eldest daughter, Princess Isabel. He later returned all his English lands and titles upon the accession of Richard II. Coucy became the role model for a whole generation of young French knights as an experienced campaigner and paragon of virtue. Finally in 1397, he was wounded and captured in the Battle of Nicopolis against Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I, and died before he could be ransomed.
* Richard I and his WorthyOpponent, Saladin, were both elevated to this status by later popular history, to the point where Saladin became [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff significantly more famous and well regarded in the West]] than he was in the lands he had once lived.
* [[UsefulNotes/PatronSaints Joan]] [[UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc of Arc]]. Although she was never technically a knight, she ''did'' wear armor into battle, and lived with an honor worthy of the title.
* Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard, was known in his lifetime as "the knight without fear and beyond reproach" and, to his friends, "the good knight". He served three kings of France with absolute loyalty, unimpeachable courage, chivalry and honour, and exceptional skill in war. Right up until the 20th century the name "Bayard" was a byword for courage and virtue.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zawisza_Czarny Zawisza the Black]] was considered to be a model of knightly virtues in Poland in his lifetime and even more after his death. He served two kings, Władysław Jagiełło (of his native Poland) and Sigismund of Luxembourg (the king of Hungary and Holy Roman Emperor). Insterestingly, in the Battle of Grunwald, where Sigismund allied with the Teutonic Knights against Poland, he decided that his national identity trumped the commitments to his overlord Sigismund, a sentiment quite innovative in the Middle Ages. Apart from being a jousting champion (in 1421 he defeated Prince John of Aragon at a tourney in the castle of Perpignan), he was also an accomplished diplomat and frequently negotiated peace treaties. He died while fighting Ottoman Turks in Serbia. Even today, in Poland his first name (quite a oppular name at the time) is [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade is a shorthand of chivalry and righteousness]].