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The Lady and Knight is a chivalric image that many of us probably know very well, though perhaps you didn't realize they come in two flavors. A staple in fiction everywhere, the Lady And Knight dynamic is at least OlderThanFeudalism, though no doubt that whole era of Romantic adventure stories like ''KingArthur'' and ''RobinHood'' perpetuated it. While it is very common in works set in a Medieval era or [[MedievalEuropeanFantasy equivalent fantasy version]], they can pop up anywhere, but even in modern settings they are usually meant to invoke that era's ideal image of a Lady and her Knight.

The iconic portrayal is of the Lady as a beautiful, admirable woman with dignity and nobility and The Knight as a strong, brave man of virtue sworn to protect her. The Lady And Knight, while originally female and male respectively, aren't always nowadays and either role can be played by either gender. While there is often a BodyguardCrush involved, sometimes it's a chaste CourtlyLove and in same-sex couple versions there's less of a chance of romance being involved. In the past the Lady was often a DamselInDistress, but now it's nearly as common for the Knight and his Lady to form an ActionDuo or BattleCouple.

There are two particular variations of the Lady And Knight dynamic: the '''Bright Lady and White Knight''', a good version, and an EvilCounterpart, the '''Dark Lady and Black Knight'''. While the types are fairly distinct, it's not unheard of for Ladies and their Knights to switch from one to the other, should they perform a HeelFaceTurn or FaceHeelTurn. For more information about the two different types, see [[Analysis/LadyAndKnight the Analysis page]].

Often there's some sort of ceremony or official pledging, accompanied by the knight giving the Lady a kiss on the hand or kneeling. Sometimes non-historical based works will slip something similar in as a tip off to the two character's relationship. In settings which support actual knights being in the work, if the Knight doesn't start off as an ''actual'' Knight, he is almost always formally [[{{Knighting}} knighted]] by the end of the work.

Compare MistressAndServantBoy which has a similar dynamic, but the Knight is less about serving and doing menial tasks and more about protecting his Lady and his honor. If the servant also happens to be a BattleButler, however, they may overlap.
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* Serenity and Endymion from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', both royalty as it turns out.
** Also, Serenity and the Sailor Senshi -- Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus even form the group known as the Guardian Senshi. In the manga, Mars/Rei even made a chastity oath to Serenity in the past, and [[spoiler: remembering it helped her to break from a brief {{Brainwashed}} state]]; on the other hand, Venus/Minako openly declares at some point that she is completely devoted to "her one and only", and while she says no names it's obvious that she refers to Usagi/Moon.
* An interesting take on this trope in ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' feature both the Lady and the Knight being females. Anthy Himemiya is the Lady, Utena Tenjou is the Knight. [[spoiler: It's also massively ''[[InvokedTrope exploited]]'' by the ''very'' GenreSavvy BigBad, Akio: he ''counted'' on Utena and her chivalrous spirit, placing BarrierMaiden Anthy [[WoundedGazelleGambit in vulnerable positions]] so Utena would be dragged into the duels. (And [[DecoyDamsel Anthy was on it]], having been emotionally anethesized as a consequence of being abused by the [[UsedtoBeASweetKid no longer kind]] Akio ''and'' used as the Rose Bride by everyone.) Utena is understandably devastated when she finds out, and not to mention [[DeconstructedTrope she realises that she had played the prince role WRONG]] - as in, [[WhiteKnighting she protected Anthy to bolster her own ego and feel good about herself]], without having any real consideration for her "damsel"'s feelings. It's only ''then'' that Utena starts to genuinely play the role of knight towards Anthy - by vowing and finally managing to save her "lady" from her torment, which leads her to pretty much disappear from the world itself... and gives [[BrokenBird Anthy]] the courage to openly call Akio out, [[ButNowIMustGo walk away from him and Ohtori]], [[WillnotBeAVictim take back control of her own life]], and [[IWillfindYou go search for Utena herself]].]]
* Konoka Konoe and Setsuna Sakurazaki in ''MahouSenseiNegima''. Like ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', both are female. When visiting the Kyoto Movie Town, they even dress up as a Japanese noblewoman and a samurai.
* ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'' has noblewoman Louise and her Knight Saito.
* [[{{Dracula}} Alucard]] and Integra from ''{{Hellsing}}'' could fall under this. Integra being a noblewoman (IE: Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing) and Alucard being her loyal servant. Interestingly enough, Integra did dream of having her own knight by her side as a child, though she ended up with a vampire instead. He acts like a loyal knight to her, horrific though he may be to her enemies).
** To be technical, Vlad Tepes/Dracula ("The Dragon") WAS (IS?) a Knight, at least historically speaking.
*** Additionally, many people forget that a policeman's badge is a SHIELD, and with very good reason. One could consider a police officer to be the modern version of a Knight. If so, then Integra can also call upon her other Vampire Knight (no reference to the series of the same name), Seras Victoria, though she's more a vampire... squire under the thumb of Integra and Alucard.
* Euphemia vi Britannia and Suzaku Kururugi from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' are a literal example: she is the princess of the Britannian Empire and he is soon knighted by her.
* [[BigGood Lacus Clyne]] and [[MessianicArchetype Kira Yamato]] from ''GundamSEED'' and especially ''GundamSEEDDestiny''.
** Relena Peacecraft (Lacus' {{Expy}} source) and Heero Yuy from ''GundamWing''; they may not contact each other for months at a time, but the '''nanosecond''' someone threatens her, he's there to save the day. Afterwards, she works hard for and establishes peace in the world.
** Gender-flipped as well: Lady Une serves as the front line servant and warrior for Treize Khushrenada, who is a high-ranking noble that rarely steps onto the battlefield himself.
** From ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', Neo France's George [=De=]Sand is the Knight to Princess Maria Louise's Lady. She tries to forcibly invoke the trope via staging a fake HostageSituation, but George notices and calls her out; from then on, they fit in straighter.
* Technically it would be 'Captain and Supply Officier' but Lafiel and Jinto from ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'' fulfill the spirit of the trope. He defers to and protects her, while she is a princess with a drive to serve her empire. On other hand, since Jinto is arguably TheQuisling, his fellow humans see them as the darker variety.
* Played for laughs in the Sleep Incense arc of the ''RanmaOneHalf'' manga. In one of Akane's dreams, she's a princess and has been captured by Shampoo, Ukyo, and Kodachi. After Ranma rescues Akane and swears his eternal allegiance to her, they immediately become SickeninglySweethearts. They almost have sex, right before that dream ends and the next one begins. Hilariously ironic, considering that the real Ranma and Akane are chockful of BelligerentSexualTension and refuse to physically display any affection for each other.
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': This is the dynamic between Irisviel and Saber. Irisviel says so. This is to [[{{Foil}} contrast]] [[AntiHero the other half]] of team Einzbern.
** Sola-Ui wants to be this with her fiancé Kayneth's Servant, [[ChickMagnet Lancer.]] It... doesn't work as expected, to put it mildly.
** More hilariously, this is the dynamic between Waver Velvet and Rider, despite Waver being a ''[[HoYay boy]]''. The Hunt any Ufotable magazine interview acknowledges (and Caster and Ryuunosuke) as a romantic couple; they even stated that yes, they had sex the night before episode 13. (Makes sense considering that ''this'' Rider is bisexual according to WordOfGod ''and'' that, of all heroes, he is the also bisexual [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_the_Great Alexander the Great]].)
* In Anime/FatePrototype, the story that predated almost everything in the Nasuverse, we have [[spoiler: a still not {{gender flip}}ped Saber aka King Arthur]] playing this straight with TheProtagonist and his mistress, Ayaka Sajyou. Not to mention, his rival Archer [[spoiler: aka Gilgamesh (only with less ego)]] really, '''really''' wants Ayaka to be '''his''' Bright Lady instead. [[spoiler: But after Saber is corrupted and stolen by Sancraid, the one who takes Saber's place as Ayaka's partner is ''Lancer'' (aka Cu Chulainn) instead.]]
* Technically [[Manga/FlameOfRecca Recca]] is a ''Ninja'' but otherwise fulfills the role of the White Knight by being TheHero and pledging his loyalty and service to Yanagi, who in turn, is a Bright Lady by her compassion. She uses HealingHands to help others but [[BarrierMaiden needs Recca to keep her safe.]]
* A very ''weird'' example exists in LightNovel/{{Baccano}} with Ladd and Lua. Ladd has traits of the white knight (attraction to Lua because of her gentle personality, protects her [[spoiler: at the cost of his arm]] and is engaged to her) but he doesn't wants anyone to kill her because he wants to be the one to do it. Lua would be a bright lady (beauty, innocence, emotional support for her knight) if she weren't looking forward to being killed by him.
* Rare genderflipped example: Hungary (Bright ActionGirl aka Knight) and Austria (PrincelyYoungMan, thus he's the "Lady") in {{Hetalia}}. {{Fanon}} tends to play it straight if they use their genderflipped versions aka male!Hungary and female!Austria.
** {{Fanon}} tends to describe a romantic relationship between Taiwan and Japan as this. It's actually more of a {{ship tease}}d SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl bond in canon.
** Switzerland and Liechtenstein might fit in, though Switzerland is more TriggerHappy than most White Knights and Liechtenstein doesn't seem to be in much danger after he adopts her. (That, and he's seen trying to train her into gun handling too.)
** A sketch on the artist's blog depicts Hungary dressed in a princely garb as the knight and Liechtenstein with long, flowing hair as the lady -- in a variation where both are female.
* In SaintSeiya, Saori had Lady And Knight vibes with the five Saints. However, Seiya was the most vehement in his devotion to her and had the most BodyguardCrush ovetones as well, while the others's bonds to her [[PlatonicLifePartners were more platonic/brotherly than anything.]] The saints were actually named "knights" in a lot of Westerner dubbing.
** In the anime, Jabu wants to be Athena's personal "Knight" ''badly'' due to having a BodyguardCrush on her ever since they were kids. Sadly, this isn't touched upon later.
** Subverted twice in the Asgard saga. Normally Siegfried and Hilda would be this, and the flashbacks show them as such... but since Hilda was BrainwashedAndCrazy she and Sieg were more of a Black Knight/Dark Lady duet. At the same time Hagen wanted to be the White Knight to Freya's Bright Lady, but when Freya became a DefectorFromDecadence and had these dynamics [[LoveTriangle more or less straight with Hyoga]], he went the Black Knight way. [[TearJerker Both cases ended up in death and tears.]]
** Also {{gender flip}}ped, with Tethys and Julian Solo [[spoiler: aka the SoulJar of Poseidon]] in the Poseidon saga.
** In the prequel SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas, we have Sasha aka the former Athena incarnation and not only her Bronze Saints (Crane Yuzuriha, Unicorn Yato and Pegasus Tenma), but also Sagittarius Sisyphus.
* InuYasha has these dynamics with Kagome. In the anime he has this with Kikyou as well.
* Saya and Haji in ''Anime/BloodPlus'', all the way. Saya wavers a bit after the timeskip and slips into Dark Lady but is ultimately a Bright Lady at heart, while Haji remains a White Knight throughout. ''Anime/BloodPlus'' plays this so straight to the point where a human who drinks a queen's blood becomes a chiropteran known as a chevalier (French for knight).
* Gender-flipped in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. [[SupportingLeader Roy]] [[PlayingWithFire Mustang]] is a State Alchemist who aims to bring a new era of justice to Amestris, and [[MoralityChain Riza]] [[ImprobableAimingSkills Hawkeye]] has promised to guard his life while he takes up his mission. [[spoiler:She's also promised to kill him if he ever becomes like the monsters he's trying to fight, and admits that if it came to that, she'd commit suicide right after making good on her word.]]
* Veronica and Griamor from ''Manga/NanatsuNoTaizai'' are this with shades of InspectorJavert.
* PuellaMagiMadokaMagica has a LesYay-[[ShipTease laced]] variant with Homura as the Knight to Madoka's Lady. In the finale, the dynamic is somewhat switched around, since Madoka has to realize her potential to save the world, including Homura, [[spoiler: and before she becomes a borderline PhysicalGod, Madoka pretty much vows to protect Homura as well as the other magical girls from then on.]]
* In ''KannazukiNoMiko'', Himeko and Souma are this: Himeko is the mystical Priestess of the Sun, and Souma is the brave warrior who betrayed [[BigBad Orochi]] to do the right thing and protect her. The two respect and care for each other deeply [[spoiler:but Himeko eventually chooses Chikane as her lover. Souma, to his credit, respects Himeko's decision and remains her Knight.]]
* In Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest, Akira Inugami is the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent very furry]], [[TallDarkAndSnarky bitter]] and [[ByronicHero hurting]] White Knight ([[AntiHero sorta]]) to Akiko Aoshika's [[MsFanservice gorgeous]] and [[BeautyEqualsGoodness kind-hearted]] but [[BrokenBird emotionally broken]] Bright Lady.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** The Mistress of the Night Sky, Hayate, has this kind of relationship with her Belkan Knights, the Wolkenritter, especially with regards to Vita who is [[BodyguardCrush very devoted to her]]. The relationship began with Hayate as the [[IllGirl sickly]] DamselInDistress they must protect, until Hayate managed to come into power as a PersonOfMassDestruction that leads them in battle.
** In ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', the various flashbacks we have to the time of Ancient Belka showed that [[WarriorPrince Hegemon Klaus Ingvalt]] saw his relationship with [[BadassPrincess Sankt Kaiser Olivie]] in this manner. Unsurprisingly, when Klaus failed to stop Olivie's eventual HeroicSacrifice, [[FailureKnight he didn't handle it very well]].
* Ellis (MysteriousWaif Lady) and Nadie (ActionGirl Knight) from ''Anime/ElCazadorDeLaBruja'', in a LesYay example.
* LightNovel/DenpaTekiNaKanojo: Inverted, [[ArcWords Juuzawa Juu is a King]] (the Lady), good looking, admirable guy with dignity and nobility that inspires everyone around him, even his enemies, and Ochibana Ame is The Knight as a strong, brave girl of virtue sworn to protect him.
* ''Manga/{{Blame}}''
** Mensab, the AI control system of Toha Heavy Industries, and Seu, her bionically enhanced human muscle. Their designs are clearly meant to evoke this trope, with Seu literally carrying a [[CoolSword scified-up European broadsword]]. Mensab [[AIIsACrapshoot isn't exactly functioning as intended]], so whether the two are bright or dark is really up to interpretation.
** Additionally, the two central characters, Killy and Cibo, are knight and lady respectively. Again, bright or dark is [[GreyAndGrayMorality pretty debatable]].
* From ''Manga/DetectiveConan ''
** While Ran Mouri is a fairly strong ActionGirl, there's an arc involving her as a princess in a SchoolPlay that exploits the "princess and knight" symbolism to the hilt with her and TheHero Shinichi Kudo, who is mostly stuck in a child's body (as the titular Conan) but [[spoiler: is temporarily back to his real physical age during said arc.]] Additionally, during ''Anime/LupinIIIVsDetectiveConan'', [[http://sandman4869.tumblr.com/post/104826108824/rans-daydream-from-lupin-the-3rd-vs-detective Ran daydreams of herself as a princess]] [[http://sandman4869.tumblr.com/post/104829226459/rans-daydream-from-lupin-the-3rd-vs-detective and Shinichi as her knight]].
** When the already adult [[spoiler: Shuichi Akai]] gave a DeclarationOfProtection to a little girl named [[spoiler: Ai Haibara]] [[spoiler: while masquerading as Subaru Okiya]], he explicitely compared her to a princess and himself to a knight that would protect her. Subverted in that there are no romantic undertones because [[spoiler: not only Ai is much younger than Akai ''and'' is OlderThanTheyLook thanks to a FountainOfYouth, but she is the sister of his [[TheLostLenore dead girlfriend Akemi]], who is implied to have asked him to protect Ai before being murdered.]]
** Sonoko Suzuki and her boyfriend Makoto Kyougoku are a more informal example. Sonoko is a GenkiGirl {{Ojou}} with [[ButtMonkey very bad luck]], whereas Makoto is a karate champion with downright SuperStrength, and he has protected his "Bright Lady" just like a "White Knight" would several times.

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* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'': In the beginning, Buttercup was haughty and arrogant (mostly due to her thinking her beloved Wesley is dead), but she grew into her role later; Wesley being her Knight.
* ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'': Lady's role is obvious by [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin her name]]. Tramp acts as protector when she gets lost in the streets, but is at first reluctant to help her back to her home, as he is leery of humans; in a way, he's also trying to protect her from what he perceives is the shackles of domesticity. His irresponsibility gets Lady in trouble when they raid a chicken coop and she gets taken to the pound, and what she learns about his past there leads to a falling out. He redeems himself by [[spoiler:saving Darling and Jim Dear's baby from a rat]] and eventually warms up to domestic life and becomes a White Knight.
* ''{{Shrek}}'' plays with both roles. At first Fiona acts the part of DamselInDistress because of convention, but proves time and time again to be able to defend herself. Likewise, Shrek is only acting as the knight for his own selfish reasons, and has no romantic or chivalrous intentions towards Fiona, at first. He eventually does fall in love with her and the roles are played straight after that.
* ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' has the literal knight Bowen and Kara, the rebellious peasant girl with whom he falls in love. Their holding these roles to each other is made more explicit in the novelization of the movie.
* Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' has Mirana, the White Queen, for its Bright Lady. She actually has two Knights, one being ''Alice'' as the presumed hero foretold by prophecy; the other is Tarrant aka the Mad Hatter, although his 'knighthood' is more implied than outright stated.
* StarWars: Lady Padmé Amidala and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker. [[ForegoneConclusion It ends in tears]].
* Janice the lovely HopeBringer (Bright Lady) is introduced with a heroic robot bodyguard (White Knight). He is almost immediately killed and his place taken by [[Anime/CasshernSins Casshern]].
* Queen Tara and Ronin in ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}''.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Daenerys Targaryen and Jorah Mormont from ''ASongOfIceAndFire''. Also applies to Daenerys's relationship with Ser Barristan Selmy, although there's nothing romantic about it; nonetheless, he still definitely functions as the Knight to her Lady.
** A two female version is found in Brienne and Catelyn, which may cross over into TomboyAndGirlyGirl.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', this is the purpose of the bond between Warders and Aes Sedai. This is also a case of SwordAndSorcerer.
** Notable examples include former Queen of Andor Morgase Trakand and Tallanvor, Former Amyrlin Seat Suian Sanche and Gareth Bryne, Egwene and Gawain, Elayne and Rand, and Tuon and Matt.
** Another notable example from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' are Moiraine and Lan, the first such pair introduced, and a straighter than usual example because Moiraine was posing as a regular noblewoman. Also, while Morgase and Tallanvor fit this trope, they are not Warder-bonded, and Elayne and Rand probably don't count because they spent so little time together.
* Mandorallen in the ''{{Belgariad}}'' is a White Knight with ''two'' Bright Ladies; he is devoted to the Baroness of Vo Ebor, but is also sworn to defend Ce'Nedra as the Queen's Champion.
* Multiple examples in Arthurian myth, but amongst the most notable would be Gareth and Lynette (where, oddly, they end up marrying each others' siblings).
* As noted in the film section, ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' has this with Westley and Buttercup. Buttercup's personal growth from stuck-up brat to more deserving of the Bright Lady title is much more prominent in the book.
* Sparhawk and Ehlana in the ''{{Elenium}}'' trilogy are this in the most literal of senses; Ehlana is Queen of Elenia, and Sparhawk is the Queen's Champion (and later husband).
* Taran and Eilonwy in the ''ChroniclesOfPrydain'' grow into this.
* Saint George and Princess Una in "Literature/SaintGeorgeAndTheDragon".
* In the third novel of TheIronKing series, [[spoiler: Ash swears a Knight's Oath to Meghan]]
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] and [[GenderFlip Gender Flipped]] in the ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' with Lady Knight Alanna and King Jonathon. Jon, a trained and blooded knight who is also Gifted with magic is perfectly capable of defending himself. Being that he is the Crown Prince and eventually becomes king, he is not often allowed to. At one point, one of his generals has to strongly suggest that Jon and his queen please stop visiting areas affected by a war and go somewhere safe so that he can concentrate on the war effort and not have to worry about their safety. Alanna, as his squire and later the first lady knight in over a century, therefore functions as his protector when she isn't off dispensing Royal Justice.
* ''Literature/SongAtDawn:'' In this setting it should be expected: there are formal oaths of fealty from White Knights to Bright Ladies, play-acting oaths that are nonetheless emotionally binding, and a contrast between the business end of the relationship and the more intimate aspect. Dragonetz, in particular, is a very popular white knight. By the end of the story three ladies are vying for him.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has a bizarre example made horrifying by the circumstances: [[spoiler: Harry Dresden]], Winter Knight and [[spoiler: Molly Carpenter]], Winter Lady. Not only does she have unrequited feelings for him, but he's her teacher. Again. But now she has magical influence over his mind. (It's [[GreyAndGreyMorality unclear]] what side of the trope [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork they]] fall on.)
** [[spoiler: Fix]], Summer Knight and [[spoiler: Lily]], Summer Lady are a much more benevolent example. Nearly every scene they're in is a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, [[spoiler:until Lily dies.]]
* ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}'' has, quite naturally, protagonist Wilfred of Ivanhoe and the Lady Rowena playing this straight. Antagonist Brian de Bois-Guilbert would likewise want nothing more than to be ''able'' to be the Knight to a rather unwilling Rebecca's Lady towards the end, never mind that she's neither noble nor even Christian, but [[RedemptionEqualsDeath it ends rather less well for him]].
* ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'' series adores this trope[[note]] Vampyre society is traditionally matriarchal; females have a stronger connection to the gods and are more likely to manifest magical abilities. Males are something like foot soldiers- trained in combat and referred to as 'protector' but rarely ever placed in positions of command.[[/note]]. Nearly all LoveConfession[=s,=] if requited, are followed by the man swearing eternal love and fealty to the woman.
** Particular examples include [[TheChosenOne Zoey]] and [[FaceHeelTurn Stark]] and [[LovableAlphaBitch Aphrodite]] and [[DefectorFromDecadence Darius]].
** [[OfficialCouple Dragon and Anastasia]] became this after Dragon had gone through some CharacterDevelopment. (Anastasia, being a MartialPacifist, would not accept [[BloodKnight Dragon]] as her Knight unless he agreed to become TheFettered. He did, and a MoralityChain was born.)
* In ''Literature/RachelGriffin'', [[MeaningfulName Sigfried]] (aged fourteen), swears fealty to princess Nastasia Romanov of Magical Australia (also aged fourteen).
* ''Literature/VampireAcademy'' has Lissa as the Bright Lady (Princess, angelic-looking, kind, graceful, intelligent but physically weak and in need of protection) and Rose as her White Knight protector (devoted to her since their childhood, acts as TheChampion to her), from all threats. Nothing romantic about it though.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* On ''Series/{{Angel}}'' Angel accidentally kills a lady's knight (thinking he was a bad guy demon), and has to take his place in a joust for her unborn baby's soul.
* Only partial in ''Series/BabylonFive'': Marcus Cole is knightly but Ivanova is not particularly ladylike, at least not in the classic sense.
** A better example would be Captain Sheridan and Delenn. While Sheridan isn't strictly a knight, he is a very idealistic military officer, and Delenn, former member of the Grey Council and the in later seasons the closest thing Minbar has to a Queen (and a very determined LadyOfWar to boot).
* Another example is Spike from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', who originally starts out as a Black Knight serving Dark Lady Drusilla, before eventually becoming a sort of White Knight to Buffy herself in later seasons.
** Willow is extremely protective of Tara and Buffy. (The latter in a strictly [[HeterosexualLifePartners Mixed-Orientation Life Partners]] / TheNotLoveInterest way, though.) It's rather interesting, because in both cases, Willow is much more like a [[KnightTemplar Black Knight]] protecting a Bright Lady.
* Despite being a servant girl and a mercenary, Guinevere and Lancelot from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' are a stunningly accurate example of this trope, especially now that they've begun to grow into their legendary counterparts.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': This dynamic exists between the beautiful Daenerys Targaryen and the valiant Ser Jorah Mormont. [[spoiler:And later Ser Barristan Selmy when he joins her Queensguard in Season 3]].
** Renly Baratheon is the handsome and gentle king who is guarded by two highly skilled and brave knights: Brienne of Tarth (a gender inversion of the trope) and Ser Loras Tyrell (a same-sex variation).
** [[spoiler:After Renly is assassinated]], Brienne then serves the gracious Lady Catelyn Stark (another same-sex version).

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* This is a ''game mechanic'' in ''VideoGame/ArTonelico'' games, with Reyvateils and their vanguards.
** It's also the reason why [[VideoGame/ArTonelico2 Cocona]] is so awesome: she's a Reyvateil, but she's a vanguard.
* In ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', this is the dynamic between Cosmos, the Goddess of Harmony, and her champion the [[FinalFantasyI Warrior of Light]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has Rinoa and Squall - although it's worth noting that it's mostly Rinoa keeping them on the "bright" side of the archetype; Squall makes it very clear that he completely does not care about morality as far as keeping Rinoa safe is concerned.
** Edea and [[spoiler:Cid Kramer]] are also a somewhat unorthodox example; he's not by any means a fighter, but he does everything he can to protect Edea and support her emotionally. Late in the story, there's an optional scene where Edea advises a newly-minted sorceress, [[spoiler:Rinoa]] that the best way of dealing with her situation is to find a knight who will "protect her heart."
* [[TheHero Link]] and [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Zelda]] fit this in most if not all of their incarnations, probably most accurately in the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda original game]], ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'', and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''.
** In at least one game, Link became the knight to another princess ([[spoiler:Midna]]), who even lampshaded it once or twice. Also an example of RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething, as she was a very competent Lady.
* Estelle and Flynn from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' count, though the fact she keeps slipping from his watch could count as a subversion.
** Estelle and Yuri would probably be an example of Bright Lady and [[DarkIsNotEvil Black Knight]]. She's the naïve WideEyedIdealist, while he's the roguish VigilanteMan. However, he becomes fiercely protective of her [[TheDulcineaEffect mere moments after they meet]], and only becomes more so as time goes on. He may not be a literal knight anymore, but he certainly fits the bill.
* ''VideoGame/RadiataStories'': Jack apoints himself Ridley's White Knight [[spoiler: on the Fairy path]] and not only protects her but lifts her spirits with endearingly corny jokes. [[spoiler: in personality they're the Bright couple but to the humans they're the dark couple, yet Gerald praises him for having the balls to turn against his entire race for the sake of his girl.]] For her part Ridley is a Bright Lady {{ojou}} who is trying to do what she think is right, and is grateful for Jack's support.
* [[TheHero Mario]] and [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Peach]] from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''. Mario is not a knight by job but otherwise plays the trope straight.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' loves this trope:
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia'': Nyna and Camus. [[spoiler: Sorta. It's WAY more complicated in the end.]] Also, Sheema and Samson in the third game.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'': Adean and Midayle, [[spoiler: Raquesis and Finn]], if we go for the Oosawa manga. There's another very rare genderflipped example: Ferry (LadyofWar Knight) and Lewyn (ModestRoyalty Lord)
*** Miranda and Connomore in ''Thracia 776''. [[spoiler: Her ending only says she married "a certain knight", but the only one who fits in such a description is Connomore.]] Also, Olwen and Fred.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'': In ''Binding Blade'', Clarine's WellExcuseMePrincess nature brings this up in her supports with Lance. In the meantime, her older brother Klein manages to genderflip this with the Pegasus Knight Thite.
*** Lyndis and Kent in ''Blazing Sword''. To a smaller degree, Eliwood and Ninian (she isn't royalty, but he has sworn to help and protect both her and her brother Nils), as well as Priscilla and either of her love interests. [[spoiler: Though only Erk manages to marry her.]] Jaffar and Nino aren't royalty (unless you count him being a highranked Black Fang member and her being the adoptive daughter of the leader), but otherwise they fit in perfectly. Also, despite neither being nobility, Dorcas and his wife Natalie count in perfectly -- so much that [[spoiler: Dorcas refuses to ''actually'' become a Knight when Oswin tells him to join the Ostian military, [[Heartwarming/FireEmblem because he will only pledge loyalty to his beloved wife]].]]
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'': Eirika and both Seth and Forde. [[spoiler: Played with in regards to Tana and Cormag, as he doesn't become her Knight unless you get their shared ending.]] Natasha and both Seth and Joshua are milder versions of this [[spoiler: and since Joshua is a RebelPrince, it's subverted.]] Genderflipped with Vanessa and Innes.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'': Elincia and Geoffrey. Even more so [[spoiler: if you get them hitched and ultimately married via an A Support in ''Radiant Dawn''.]]
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'': Genderflipped by both Chrom/either Sully or Sumia (Prince of Ylisse and Cavalier/Pegasus Knight from his realm) and Virion/Cherche (former duke of the fallen country of Rosane and his faithful retainer). Genderflipped ''and'' subverted with [[spoiler: Chrom/Cordelia]], as the latter does ''not'' get together with him [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden as she thinks their relationship won't work.]] Played straighter with Frederick/Lissa (retainer of the Ylisse royalty and Chrom's little sister - doubling as FirstLove since Frederick was Lissa's first crush), Lissa/Lon'qu (Valmese warrior specifically tasked with guarding Lissa, at least in their supports), and Gaius/Maribelle (LovableRogue and NonRoyalPrincess [[spoiler: with a rather complicated shared past]]). Probably, also Henry/Maribelle (CreepyGood BloodKnight who, if he declares his love to her, offers to be her [[KnightInShiningArmor knight in bloodstained armor]]).
* Kyo Kusanagi and his girlfriend Yuki in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters[='=]''s Orochi Saga. More specifically, in KOF 97 [[spoiler: since it reveals that Yuki is the last descendant of one of the Eight Kushinadas, a group of legendary {{Barrier Maiden}}s who were ritually sacrificed to bring back Orochi into this world - save for [[SoleSurvivor one]], which totally ruined the awakening ritual. 1800 years later, Yuki becomes a target of the Orochis who now want to re-awaken Orochi itself; her boyfriend Kyo learns about it from [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Yashiro, Shermie and Chris]], '''[[DeclarationOfProtection and he is NOT pleased]]'''. In the Sacred Treasure Team's ending, when Kyo is contacted by the spirit of the Yasakani, the other thing they ask him for (aside of sealing Orochi with Iori and Chizuru) is to protect "Kushinada" aka Yuki. He does both things, and Yuki is saved.]]
** It also looks like Kensou ''really'' wants to be like this with Athena. (On the other hand, Athena isn't exactly thrilled as she's an ActionGirl already and cares for him [[JustFriends as a friend only]]). In ''VideoGame/AthenaAwakeningFromTheOrdinaryLife'', he even refers to himself as "Athena's Knight" and tries to help her as much as possible, despite [[BadassNormal not having any powers]] in that continuity.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' Collette serves as the Bright Lady who wants to save the world and Lloyd is the White Knight that wants to protect her from everybody, including herself.
* Alistair, in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', will behave this way toward a female Warden if his romance arc is pursued. The relationship is really more like Knight and Knight, but he acts like a White Knight in the service of a Bright Lady.
** It can be played almost entirely straight if you make the player character a mage specced for healing.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'':
** Corso Riggs ''wants'' to be this for the female Smuggler, but the Smuggler isn't terribly ladylike. A male Smuggler can try being this for Risha, but she doesn't really buy it.
** Doc is a LadykillerInLove who would like to be this for the female Jedi Knight, but it ends up being a gender inversion (she ''is'' the Knight, after all).
** Lt. Felix Iresso, a Republic soldier, and a Light-Sided female Jedi Consular come the closest to playing it straight, but the Consular technically is ''also'' a knight (just one who spends a lot of time in diplomatic missions and exploring ancient secrets).
** The Empire gets in on the action, too. A light-sided Bounty Hunter, a character class that uses heavy armor and can equip their suit with blades, can count as a rough-and-ready take on this with Mako, the sweet healer companion.
** A light-sided Sith Warrior can go for this with a light-sided Jaesa Wilsaam. You, the surprisingly moral knight in polished black armor; her, the former Jedi turned moral Sith; the two of you intending to reform the Empire from the outside in, with a platonic relationship between you.
** A gender flipped variation can be done with a light-sided male Sith Sorcerer and Ashara Zavros: you're a Sith who knows where to draw the line and she's a former Jedi who believes that sometimes you have to cross it.
* [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ken Masters and his wife Eliza]], to a certain degree. ''Specially'' in ''the Ties that Bind'' OAV, [[spoiler: when a pregnant Eliza is kidnapped by Crimson Viper and [[ActionDad Ken]] comes up with some biggest displays of {{badass}}ery '''ever''' to save her and their unborn kid.]]
* Pit and Palutena in ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising''. Granted, she does occasionally like to tease him, but Pit's main motivation is his service to "Lady Palutena" and her ideals of light and goodness - even when others disparage him for acting like little more than an errand boy (though he's in fact captain of her guard).
* ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'' has one of the characters actually [[LampshadeHanging joking about]] how Stocke is basically [[BadassPrincess Eruca's]] knight. It's a better comparison than they knew- while the two of them had just met in that timeline, in the other one he'd abandoned his country to help her, saved her life numerous times, and done a lot of the work of winning her throne back for her.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' gives us a chaste, gender-flipped version with Jarl Balgruuf and his housecarl, Irileth.
** The player character can have this sort of relationship (albeit a platonic one) with Serana if the ''Dawnguard'' DLC is installed.
* [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Chie and Yukiko]] in ''VideoGame/{{Persona4}}''.
* Maiden Astraea and Garl Vinland in ''Videogame/DemonsSouls''. This dynamic did not change even after she suffered a CrisisOfFaith when the Fog arrived and became a Demon. She's still providing comfort to the needy, and he is still her devoted guardian. Should the player kill one of them, the other will commit suicide out of grief.

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* In {{Homestuck}}'s backstory, Feferi (TheEmpire's compassionate, eternally optimistic [[SpoiledSweet heiress]]) and Eridan (a proud, bombastic warrior who helped feed Feferi's lusus [[note]]by killing other lusii[[/note]]) were this...or at least they tried to be. Feferi's influence was the only thing keeping Eridan from being a Black Knight, but at some point she grew sick of being his LivingEmotionalCrutch and watching over his behavior...

[[AC:Web Original]]
* In ''WebAnimation/PorkchopNFlatscreen'', Ayane invoked this (or more specifically, "princess and knight") to describe the relationship between her and Mai when they were younger. For the most part, it seems to have stuck (in a platonic manner, of course).

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* Ilana and Lance from ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' fairies and the Specialists, and specially Stella (who ''is'' a Princess) and her boyfriend Brandon (who is Prince Sky's partner as well as a literal Knight)
* [[LoveGoddess Princess Cadence]] and [[KnightInShiningArmor Shining Armor]] in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic.''
* Gwendolyn and Roderick in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gawayn}}''.
* In ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', Prince Philip is the White Knight Princess Aurora's White Lady.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' by Finn and Princess Bubblegum. Finn certainly sees himself as PB's knight (even {{Lampshading}} it in song at one point), and she's certainly willing to have him perform her errands. As the series goes on it becomes clear that Finn will never be satisfied with mere CourtlyLove from her and his service is just a DoggedNiceGuy attempt to ingratiate himself so that she'll return his affections. For her part, PB is ''not'' a DamselInDistress or even much of a ProperLady except on formal occasions and in fact could probably handle half of the threats she sics Finn on at least as well, but doesn't because she's too busy running the kingdom, and views Finn's romantic interest with a kind of detached exasperation.

[[AC:{{Other}}]]
* Go to a Renaissance faire. You'll find many people enacting the trope.

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[[folder:Dark Lady and Black Knight]]

[[AC:AnimeAndManga]]
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has the gender-flipped pair of [[VillainProtagonist Lelouch]] as a [[FallenPrincess Fallen Prince]] and Kallen as his bodyguard AcePilot BlackKnight.
* Queen Beryl and Evil!Endymion from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', for the mind-control type.
* Lina Inverse and Gourry Gabriev from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''. Interestingly, they're actually quite heroic, though Gourry is definitely the more heroic of the pair, with Lina being more of a Type IV AntiHero than anything.
* Tao Jun and her mind-controlled zombie puppet kung-fu guy Lee Pai Long from ''ShamanKing'' -- until Lee Pai long is released from his mind control, develops real feelings for her and they both turn good, becoming an example of Bright Lady and White Knight.
* Princess Samedare and the Lizard Knight Yuuhi from ''TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer''. A rather strange example, since she is actually trying to save the earth, but only so she can destroy it herself. Not to mention she's a [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Manic Pixie Dream]] GenkiGirl and doesn't seem like a villain at all until she opens her mouth to say she's going to destroy the world.
* [[spoiler: Princess Emeraude and Zagato, who we all thought was the BigBad]], from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''. Bet you didn't see that one coming.
* Witch Medusa Gorgon and Mind-controlled Dr.Stein from the ''Manga/SoulEater'' anime.
* {{Genderflip}}ped variation: Ashram and Pirotess from ''RecordOfLodossWar''.
* Anime/WitchHunterRobin: Amon and Robin play with the trope. Robin is seen as the Dark Lady by many because of her heritage and some of her actions are brutal considering what the rest of the team does, but at heart she's a Bright Lady trying to do what's right. Amon ultimately betrays both Zizain and SOLOMON to protect Robin from danger and is seen as a Dark Knight whose gone rogue, though he wavers back and forth. Robin herself calls him her "watch dog" because he will make sure she survives unless she loses herself to her power. At which point he will kill her himself.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' has an interesting pair in LadyOfWar [[TheBaroness Kycilia]] [[BadassPrincess Zabi]] and her [[TheDragon Dragon]], SmugSnake and SissyVillain [[TheStrategist M'Quve]]. While [[CombatPragmatist M'Quve]] may not [[CampStraight look the part of]] [[{{Badass}} the Black Knight]], he [[AgentPeacock plays it very well]], plotting all of Kycilia's strategies, doing her dirty work, and finally [[CulturedWarrior engaging the Gundam in a one-on-one duel on her behalf]]; his last thoughts, as he dies, are [[UndyingLoyalty of her]].
** ''ZZGundam'': [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Mashmyre]] [[LargeHam Cello]] [[WrongGenreSavvy thinks]] he's the KnightInShiningArmour to [[LadyOfWar Haman Khan]]'s Lady. In reality he's just another of Haman's pawns... at least initially. As the series progresses [[CerebusSyndrome and becomes darker]], Haman finds herself with a real shortage of reliable henchmen; the now [[KnightInSourArmor far more cynical]] and [[ShellShockedVeteran mentally/emotionally broken]] [[LoveMartyr Mashmyre]] ''is'' able to become the Black Knight to her Dark Lady, carrying out all her worst strategies in exchange for her attention, [[spoiler: like the ColonyDrop on Dublin.]]
* In Manga/BlackLagoon, YakuzaPrincess Yukio Washimine and her {{Badass}} bodyguard Ginji Matsuzaki are this. [[spoiler: It ends in tears.]]
* As mentioned above, Siegfried and Hilda from SaintSeiya become this when Hilda is BrainwashedAndCrazy. (Normally they're a White Knight and Bright Lady duo.) And basically, Hagen is what happens to a White Knight when his Bright Lady becomes a DefectorFromDecadence [[{{Yandere}} and he can't handle it]].
* Diva of ''Anime/BloodPlus'' is a through and through Dark Lady with varying shades of knights (5-7 if one includes back story chevaliers), though most of them are Black or are at least morally ambiguous enough to not be White.
* In Anime/FatePrototype, [[EnfanteTerrible Manaka Sajyou]] wanted this with her Servant Saber [[spoiler: aka King Arthur (not genderflipped... still)]]. '''[[{{Yandere}} Badly]]'''. [[spoiler: It failed. But now that she's BackFromTheDead, she '''still''' wants it. Even after, as said above, the now-returned Saber is playing the White Knight to Manaka's ''sister'' Ayaka's White Lady]]
* The leads of ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'' may best be described as Dark Lady & White Knight. Teenage werewolf commando[=/=]bodyguard Akira Regendorf is [[NobleWolf just about as benevolent and noble as they come]]; however, for all that VampireMonarch Mina Tepes is [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire just as kindly at heart]], [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask centuries of protecting her followers]] from the mad bastards running the other surviving vampire factions have left her capable of [[IDidWhatIHadToDo considerable ruthlessness when she perceives a threat]].
* Sebastian and Ciel's relationship can be seen as a platonic ([[HoYay or not so platonic]]) same-sex version, with Sebastian as the Black Knight to Ciel's Dark Lord. Overlaps with BattleButler.
** Wolfram and Sieglinde also appear to have a platonic/parental version of this trope, also overlapping with BattleButler. [[spoiler: But if Siegliende will ever learn she was manipulated all this time and try to escape the forest, Wolfram must immediately kill her.]]

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* The MarvelComics version of {{Thor}} was often opposed by the Enchantress and the Executioner; the latter wielded an axe rather than a sword, but the basics of this trope were in full effect. The Enchantress also tried something similar with the original Power Man (Erik Josten) and later magically brainwashed the heroic Black Knight into serving as her champion for [[IncrediblyLamePun a brief spell]].
* Marvel's versions of Morgan Le Fay and Mordred fit this trope in stories set in the Camelot period. Ironically, the hero who opposed them was the aforementioned ''hero'' called the Black Knight.
* This was the basic gimmick of the 1980s Franchise/{{Batman}} villainess Nocturna, who used a narcotic perfume and went through two criminal "Black Knights" called the Night-Thief and Nightshade before trying and failing to make Batman her champion.

[[AC:FairyTales]]
* Literature/SnowWhite's EvilStepmother the queen, and the huntsman whom she sends to kill Snow White.

[[AC:Fan Works]]
* An odd, gender-flipped example in ''FanFic/ArmoredCoreFromTheAshes''. [[VillainProtagonist Ghost]] is a masterful {{Chessmaster}} and MagnificentBastard, and is paired with [[spoiler:Fiona Jarnefeldt, a severely Yandere, insane pilot who ''used'' to be normal, but prior to the story, was subjected to MindRape by Ghost... who she happened to be in love with at the time.]] However, this is heavily subverted - although his 'Knight' does much of his dirty work, Ghost is an even more competent pilot (explicitly stated to be the best on Earth, tied with Kruger, his ArchEnemy and the story's HeroAntagonist; this naturally leads to discussion later on of whether they can qualify as [[AGodAmI gods]] because of their power), and will often deploy onto the battlefield if things are looking particularly bad to deliver a CurbStompBattle on his enemies (unless Kruger is involved, in which case you either end up with a ''massive'' high-speed battle, while the two discuss deep philosophical matters of good and evil, right and wrong, and whether Ghost's actions are justified or not, or one of the two calling a full retreat (which Ghost's Knight may not always obey).
** For that matter, Ghost used to have a weird example of this with a Bright Lady-Black Knight pairing with [[MoralityChain Holly]]. He outranked her, but he often insisted that she stay behind and not get herself into trouble, and she could give him orders and he'd obey. [[spoiler:Of course, after Holly got LaserGuidedAmnesia, didn't remember Ghost, and Ghost pulled a sort-of FaceHeelTurn to go into opposition against all mankind as part of a {{plan}}, this pairing was promptly broken up and replaced with the even stranger one listed above.]]
* Elf-Queen Eruvanda and General Arquen have this dynamic early in ''FanFic/PowerRangersGPX'', when they were both the antagonists. He acts like a knight in defense of his Queen, whom he eventually begins a secret relationship with. [[spoiler: Then she decides to end the anti-Power Ranger campaign and they are [[HeelFaceTurn forced to flee to the Power Rangers]]. After this, they take on a White Knight, Bright Lady dynamic, which is solidified when Arquen joins the Power Rangers.]]

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* The Red Queen and Knave Of Hearts in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland''.
* As suggested under Multiple Media below, the film ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'' is an example of the modernized ArthurianLegend version of the trope.
* This proves to be the situation in the ''Film/JamesBond'' film ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'': TheDragon/Black Knight is Renard; the Sorceress archetype is [[spoiler: [[FemmeFatale Elektra King]].]]
* Turns up in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' [[spoiler:when it is revealed that [[GeniusBruiser Bane]] and [[DaddysLittleVillain Talia Al Ghul]] share this relationship. Their backstory swiftly reveals that he pledged his life to protecting her when she was a little girl in a HellHolePrison, and their relationship has been one of absolute loyalty and mutual trust ever since.]]
* Though the "Black Knight" type [[spoiler:is dead]] by the beginning of the film, later revelations make it clear that this was the arrangement that Brigid O'Shaunessy of ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' had with at least two men prior to her failed manipulation of Sam Spade.
* Ma-Ma from ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' is the Dark Lady and her second in command Caleb is her Dark Knight, who was there from step one for her.
* The titular ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'' and TheDragon Diaval have this relationship, thought it's platonic and she [[{{Badass}} certainly doesn't need protecting]].

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Charissa, Duchess of Tolan and Lord Ian Howell in ''{{Deryni}} Rising''. In a subversion, [[spoiler: Charissa kills Ian before he can pull a [[TheStarscream Starscream]] on her]].
** According to WordOfGod, the earliest draft of the story actually pivoted on a Lady And Knight relationship between the general (Morgan) and the queen mother (Jehana), though they hadn't yet received names at that point. This ship was scrapped in the next draft, and the queen's young son was aged up to become the main character.
* The relationship between Agnes and Harry Jones in ''Literature/TheBigSleep''. Like O'Shaunessy's partners, Harry [[spoiler:dies to protect]] the ultimately disloyal and uncaring Agnes.
* Cersei and Jaime Lannister from Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire fit this trope to a T. Both are amoral schemers. Jaime solves problems with his sword and is totally devoted to Cersei. Cersei, for her part, uses sex to get whatever she wants, [[ThePlan and schemes with the best of them]]. [[spoiler:Eventually falls apart when Jaime rediscovers his moral compass and finds himself increasingly disgusted with Cersei's antics.]]
* Opal Koboi and Briar Cudgeon have this Dynamic in Literature/ArtemisFowl ''The Artic Incident''. Opal is the {{ojou}} who does her techo-wizardy from a safe distance and Cudgeon is the FallenHero in the thick of things. "I shall be the hero of the resistance and you shall be my princess."
* Appears in C.S. Lewis's ''Literature/TheSilverChair''. The [[Analysis/LadyAndKnight Analysis]] section mentions that it's very common for Black Knights to be mind-controlled by their Dark Ladies: that's what happens here, between the {{Brainwashed}} [[spoiler: Prince Rilian]] and the Lady of the Green Kirtle. [[spoiler: It ends up backfiring when Rilian, fully released from the brainwashing by the PowerTrio (Jill, Eustace and Puddleglum), turns against the Lady and kills her when she takes her serpent form.]]
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': Mordak becomes a black knight for dark lady [[spoiler: Zarracka]]; he calls her 'my dear' and says he'll be her protector. [[spoiler: He's playing into her ego; she's nothing but a spare body to him.]]
* A variant appears in ''Tithe'', the first of Holly Black's ''Literature/ModernFaerieTales'', where the Seelie knight Rath Roiben Rye is unwillingly pressed into service as the Black Knight for the Unseelie Queen Nicnevin...out of devotion and unrequited love for her sister, Queen Silarial of the Seelie Court. In the second book, ''Ironside'' the dynamic is reversed, with Roiben [[spoiler: having become the Unseelie King himself]] while his lover Kaye goes on a quest to save his life and win his hand.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Drusilla and Spike.

[[AC: Multiple Media]]
* Various modern-day versions of ArthurianLegend treat Morgaine Le Fay as the partner or boss of Mordred; the actual legends and romances don't reflect this, but the story of The Green Knight could fit because she uses her magic to help his beheading game.

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* Vocaloids Rin and Len, as the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q46Osg9C4pA Daughter of Evil]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo7z60aJqNA Servant of Evil]], respectively. The 14-year-old queen rules with an iron fist, squandering money seized from her people and executing protesters. Her twin brother acts as her knight, shielding her from hatred and allowing her to retain her childlike innocence. [[spoiler:When a foreign prince favored a green-haired lady over her, she ordered her brother to murder her [[DisproportionateRetribution and everyone else with green hair]], not realizing he'd fallen in love with that girl. When the people finally revolt against her, they exchange clothing and he dies in her place.]]

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* Morag and the Wight Knight in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX''. She cast a spell on him in order to force him to fall in love with her, allowing her to destroy the Wight Knight's home kingdom of Brigadoom without interference. She then sealed herself away with him until an earthquake woke them up and broke the curse she had on the Wight Knight.
** It was heavily implied Morag did some [[{{Squick}} dirty things]] to the Wight Knight while they were sealed. Do note that the Wight Knight [[CrossesTheLineTwice is an undead corpse]].
* Seifer and Edea [[spoiler:while she's possessed by Ultimecia]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' fill these roles - Edea in fact invokes the trope, using Seifer's "romantic dream" and knightly aspirations to manipulate him. He doesn't quite realize initially that he's more of a Dark Knight than a Bright Knight, or at least is in quite a bit of denial about it for a while. Later, understanding how he's being used but feeling he's gone too far to turn back, Seifer abandons the role of "knight" entirely.
* In ''DynastyWarriorsGundam 2'' [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Haman Karn]] and [[GundamWing Milliardo Peacecraft]] have a plotline which has shades of this, and their Special Combo dialogue explicitly references it:
--> '''Haman:''' Show me how a knight fights!
--> '''Milliardo:''' Show me how a Lady fights.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Yuyuko Saigyouji and Youmu Konpaku, of the Eastern variety. The dark lady is a ghost, the black knight (ok, {{Samurai}}) is a half-ghost who [[SpringIsLate robs Gensokyo of its spring]] in her name. They get better, though [[DefeatMeansFriendship it takes a hell of a befriending]] on behalf of the protagonists.
** {{Subverted}} with [[AntiVillain Byakuren and Toramaru]].
* ''ArTonelico'': Mir and [[spoiler:Ayatane]].
* Rozalin and Adell have this dynamic in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'', though Rozalin spends a good deal of time wondering ''why'' Adell insists to play the Knight when she's more or less a captured enemy. In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'', it's subverted and inverted. Almaz ''tries'' to be the Knight to Princess Sapphire's Lady by going to the Netherworld to slay the overlord but gets way too in over his head. Then Sapphire herself shows up down there for the same reasons (because she couldn't take all of the would-be Knights running down there and getting themselves killed in her name) and basically becomes ''his'' Knight.
* Genderflipped in VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones: Emperor Vigarde is the Dark "Lord", while Dame Selena Fluorspar is his Black/Dark LadyOfBlackMagic ([[AntiVillain For a given value of "Dark Lady" anyway]]).
** Also Julius (Dark Lord) and Ishtar ({{Anti villain}}ous LadyOfBlackMagic) in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral''.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', King Gangrel and Aversa seem to be this. [[spoiler: They're not: Aversa actually swore loyalty to ''Validar'' (her adoptive "father" of sorts) and not to Gangrel.]]
* ''{{Videogame/Dishonored}}'' has the protagonist Corvo act as a White Knight to Bright Lady Empress Jessamine Kaldwin; however, when she's killed and he's framed for her murder, he flips from White to Black, becomes an assassin and transfers all his loyalty to the Empress's daughter, Emily. They subsequently become a BadassAndChildDuo, and whether Emily grows to become Bright or Dark changes according to how you play Corvo.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'':
** A Dark-Sided female Sith Inquisitor and Andronikos Revel: you're a Sith, and he's a SpacePirate; works particularly well if the Sith is a Sorcerer. It can also be tweaked to work with Khem Val, in a completely nonromantic and nonsexual sense--you're a Sith, and he's a "Shadow Killer" assassin sworn to obey you.
** A Dark-sided male Sith Inquisitor and Ashara will become this instead of the White Knight/Bright Lady example above; you're a Sith who loves a good torture, and she's a fallen Jedi who swears UndyingLoyalty to you.
** A Dark-Sided female Sith Warrior and Malavai Quinn: you're a Sith, he's an Imperial officer, and he behaves in a manner of absolute devotion and loyalty even if you don't romance him.
** A Dark-Sided male Sith Warrior and Jaesa Willsaam if she is turned to the Dark Side. She becomes a textbook CuteAndPsycho lover and apprentice.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': Playing a Dark-Sided male? This is where you and Bastila are ending up.

[[AC: {{Webcomics}}]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' spoofs this with prince Tarvek Sturmvoraus and his NinjaMaid Violetta. She belongs to a branch of family that has served his for generations, and had no choice about becoming a [[McNinja Smoke Knight]] charged with protecting him, even though she hates the task. They behave like particularly quarrelsome siblings and openly confess their hatred for one another, but protect him she does, until released from the duty.
--> '''Violetta:''' I'm responsible for this slug's continued existence.
--> '''Tarvek:''' This useless nitwit is my loyal servant. Ow! ''Quitit!''

[[AC: WesternAnimation]]
* Spoofed in an episode of ''TheTick'' with the overweight grotesque Venus and her wimpy inventor husband Milo.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' there's a Dark Lady/Dark Knight example with Darcy and [[FaceHeelTurn Riven]]. In the 4Kids version, he is put under a spell, while in the original version, he works with Darcy willingly. Luckily, Riven has a HeelFaceTurn.

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