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* 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.

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* 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'' ''Film/{{The Maltese Falcon|1941}}'' had with at least two men prior to her failed manipulation of Sam Spade.


** In ''Polgara the Sorceress'', one of the prequels, Polgara herself is the White Lady to Sir Ontrose's Bright Knight. (That one is mutual, but [[BecauseDestinySaysSo Destiny wasn't having it]]. It does take her a couple of thousand years to fall in love again, though.)

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** In ''Polgara the Sorceress'', one of the prequels, Polgara herself is the White Lady to Sir Count Ontrose's Bright Knight. (That one is mutual, but [[BecauseDestinySaysSo Destiny wasn't having it]]. It does take her a couple of thousand years to fall in love again, though.)


* Mandorallen in the ''Literature/{{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.

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* The ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'', being a deliberate hotbed of fantasy tropes, has this more than once:
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Mandorallen in the ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'' of Vo Mandor 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.Champion. (He's also quite desperately in love with the former, but his affection for Ce'Nedra is entirely platonic.)
** In ''Polgara the Sorceress'', one of the prequels, Polgara herself is the White Lady to Sir Ontrose's Bright Knight. (That one is mutual, but [[BecauseDestinySaysSo Destiny wasn't having it]]. It does take her a couple of thousand years to fall in love again, though.)


** Later, after Rukia is rescued and Soul Society pardons her ''and'' acknowledges Ichigo, he fails to keep Orihime from being wounded in an attack, and Rukia then makes him promise to Orihime that he'll become stronger ''and'' protect her. He soon has to start filling his word: Orihime is forced to go into Hueco Mundo by the Arrancars, and Ichigo also goes rescue her with Chad, Uryu, Rukia and Renji on tow. The "Lady and Knight" imaginery increases steadily and even Ichigo's rivals ''repeteadly'' point out their Bright Lady and White Knight bond.

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** Later, after Rukia is rescued and Soul Society pardons her ''and'' acknowledges Ichigo, he fails to keep Orihime from being wounded in an attack, and Rukia then makes him promise to Orihime that he'll become stronger ''and'' protect her. He soon has to start filling his word: Orihime is forced to go into Hueco Mundo by the Arrancars, and Ichigo also goes to rescue her with Chad, Uryu, Rukia and Renji on tow. The "Lady and Knight" imaginery increases steadily and even Ichigo's rivals ''repeteadly'' point out their Bright Lady and White Knight bond.



* ''Anime/CasshernSins'': 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 Casshern.



* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Lady Padmé Amidala and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker. [[spoiler:Until [[FaceHeelTurn he turns dark]].]]
* ''Anime/CasshernSins'': 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 Casshern.
* ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'' has Abe Sapien (White Knight) and Princess Nuala (Bright Lady).
* ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}'' has White Knight Jack rescue his Bright Lady, Princess Lili.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Lady Padmé Amidala Amidala, benevolent queen/senator looking out for her people, and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker.Skywalker, leading the Senate's troops against the Republic's enemies. [[spoiler:Until [[FaceHeelTurn he turns dark]].]]
* ''Anime/CasshernSins'': 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 Casshern.
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%%%* ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'' has Abe Sapien (White Knight) and Princess Nuala (Bright Lady).
* %%* ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}'' has White Knight Jack rescue his Bright Lady, Princess Lili.



* This is a ''game mechanic'' in ''VideoGame/ExaPico'' games, with Reyvateils and their vanguards. It's also the reason why [[VideoGame/ArTonelicoIIMelodyOfMetafalica Cocona]] is so awesome: she's a Reyvateil, but she's a vanguard.

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* This is a ''game mechanic'' in ''VideoGame/ExaPico'' games, with Reyvateils and their vanguards. The former sing MusicMagic (basically) inspired by her love for her vanguard while the latter protects their Reyvateil partner in battle and supports her emotionally outside of it. It's also the reason why [[VideoGame/ArTonelicoIIMelodyOfMetafalica Cocona]] is so awesome: she's a Reyvateil, but she's a vanguard.



** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has a young Tifa invoking the imaginery when she asks a young Cloud, who's about to leave so he can become a member of SOLDIER, if he'd promise her to protect her when she ever was in trouble. While Tifa herself becomes a strong ActionGirl in her own right with time, she still remembers the promise and, when they're reunited, she reminds him of it and wishes that he fills it if it's needed. [[spoiler: What she doesn't know and he can't remember is that, during the destruction of their DoomedHometown, ''he already filled it'' by rescuing Tifa from the rampaging Sephiroth and fighting him.]]



** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has a young Tifa invoking the imaginery when she asks a young Cloud, who's about to leave so he can become a member of SOLDIER, if he'd promise her to protect her when she ever was in trouble. While Tifa herself becomes a strong ActionGirl in her own right with time, she still remembers the promise and, when they're reunited, she reminds him of it and wishes that he fills it if it's needed. [[spoiler: What she doesn't know and he can't remember is that, during the destruction of their DoomedHometown, ''he already filled it'' by rescuing Tifa from the rampaging Sephiroth and fighting him.]]

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* A same-sex variant in ''Webcomic/{{Haircut}},'' with captain of the guard Lady Beatrice protecting Princess Mildred. Overlaps with BodyguardCrush that develops into romance.

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* ''Literature/TheSilverChair'': [[spoiler:Prince Rilian]] and the Green Lady appear as such a pair at first, with the Knight initially appearing as the Lady's silent companion and then as her lover in the underground kingdom. [[spoiler:In truth, he's under heavy brainwashing.]]


* ''Film/{{Ladyhawke}}'' has Navarre and his lady Isabeau, with the twist that they are cursed to be a wolf by night and a hawk by day, respectively. Further, Navarre is a disgraced Captain in black armor, though it was due to a frame-up by the evil Bishop who cursed them.



* Princess Andromeda and Sir George in ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms One Good Knight]]''. Subverted in that they're both new to the roles; further subverted because [[SweetPollyOliver Sir George is a woman]] and neither of them want the RescueRomance that the magic in the land is trying to force on them.

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* Princess Andromeda and Sir George in ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms One Good Knight]]''. Subverted in that they're both new to the roles; further subverted because [[SweetPollyOliver Sir George is a woman]] and neither of them want the RescueRomance that the magic in the land is trying to force on them.


* Princess Andromeda and Sir George in ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms One Good Knight]]. Subverted in that they're both new to the roles; further subverted because [[SweetPollyOliver Sir George is a woman]] and neither of them want the RescueRomance that the magic in the land is trying to force on them.

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* Princess Andromeda and Sir George in ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms One Good Knight]]. Knight]]''. Subverted in that they're both new to the roles; further subverted because [[SweetPollyOliver Sir George is a woman]] and neither of them want the RescueRomance that the magic in the land is trying to force on them.

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* Princess Andromeda and Sir George in ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms One Good Knight]]. Subverted in that they're both new to the roles; further subverted because [[SweetPollyOliver Sir George is a woman]] and neither of them want the RescueRomance that the magic in the land is trying to force on them.


* Queen Beryl and Evil!Endymion from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', for the mind-control type.

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* Queen Beryl and Evil!Endymion from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', for the mind-control type. Repeated in the Black Moon arc with Black Lady/Wicked Lady and Tuxedo Mask.


* Konoka Konoe and Setsuna Sakurazaki in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. Like ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', both are female. When visiting the Kyoto Movie Town, they even dress up as a Japanese noblewoman and a samurai.
** [[spoiler: Negi's parents were also like this back in the day. Arika even knighted Nagi herself. Although they later change to being a BattleCouple after Arika is stripped of her rank.]]
* ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' has noblewoman Louise and her Knight Saito.

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
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Konoka Konoe is the Bright Lady (kind and friendly with healing magic) and Setsuna Sakurazaki is her White Knight (serious, devoted and skilled in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''.swordsmanship). Like ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', both are female. When visiting the Kyoto Movie Town, they even dress up as a Japanese noblewoman and a samurai.
** [[spoiler: Negi's parents were also like this back in the day. Arika even knighted Nagi herself. Although they later change herself, although he prefers to being a BattleCouple after Arika is stripped be addressed as "mage" instead of "knight". He fights many battles on her rank.behalf while she uses her royal influence to trying ending the war.]]
* ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' has noblewoman Louise and her Knight Saito. While bratty to begin with, she eventually matures into a Bright Lady and Saito shows great courage and devotion as her White Knight (if a little perverted).



* 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 ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' and especially ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''.

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* 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.
her. She is a PoliticallyActivePrincess trying to create a situation where everyone can coexist peacefully while he pilots a Knightmare frame to fight unfortunately necessary battles.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''
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[[BigGood Lacus Clyne]] and [[MessianicArchetype Kira Yamato]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' and especially ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''.


* An interesting take on this trope in ''Anime/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 ''[[ExploitedTrope exploited]]'' by the 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. ([[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 she realises that she had played the prince role WRONG - as in, 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 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]].]]

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* An interesting take on this trope in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' feature both the Lady and the Knight being females. Anthy Himemiya One of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''' most fundamental subversions of gender roles is the Lady, fact that both lady and knight are women. Utena Tenjou is an outspoken ActionGirl who wants to emulate a KnightInShiningArmor she met as a child. Anthy is a ExtremeDoormat DamselInDistress who stays this way for most of the Knight. [[spoiler:It's also massively ''[[ExploitedTrope exploited]]'' series. [[spoiler:{{Exploited|trope}} by the BigBad, Akio: he Akio, who ''counted'' on Utena and her chivalrous spirit, placing BarrierMaiden Anthy [[WoundedGazelleGambit in vulnerable positions]] showing her Anthy's FateWorseThanDeath so Utena would be dragged into the duels. ([[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.) dueling game. Utena is understandably devastated when she finds out, and not to mention she realises also realizes that she had played the prince role WRONG - as in, she protected ''wrong'', protecting Anthy to [[SecretlySelfish bolster her own ego and feel good about herself, ego]] without having any real consideration for her "damsel"'s lady's feelings. It's only ''then'' that Utena starts to genuinely play the role of knight towards Anthy - by toward Anthy--by vowing and finally managing to help save her "lady" from her torment, curse, which leads her to disappear ends with Utena vanishing from the world itself... and gives [[BrokenBird Anthy]] world, but giving 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]].]]


* ''Series/TheWhiteQueen'': Anne Neville is a Princess through her first marriage and a DamselInDistress to Richard of Gloucester's valiant and courteous KnightInShiningArmor. Their courtship consists of him by protecting her from danger and coming to her aid when she loses her freedom. Richard's devotion is notable because in each scenario, ''no one else'' is willing to assist Anne, so he's the classic romantic hero from the viewpoint of his cherished lady.

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* ''Series/TheWhiteQueen'': Anne Neville is a Princess through her first marriage and a DamselInDistress to Richard of Gloucester's valiant and courteous KnightInShiningArmor. Their courtship consists of him by protecting her from danger and coming to her aid when she loses her freedom. Richard's devotion to Anne is notable because in each scenario, ''no one else'' is willing to assist Anne, her, so he's the classic romantic hero from the viewpoint of his cherished lady.


* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' & ''Series/{{Angel}}'' :

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' & ''Series/{{Angel}}'' : & ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':



* Despite being a servant girl and a mercenary, Guinevere and Lancelot from ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' are a stunningly accurate example of this trope, especially now that they've begun to grow into their legendary counterparts.



* Series/TinMan: Played as completely straight as the setting permits. The titular Tin Man,Wyatt Cain, is ordered by his former boss, The Mystic Man, to protect DG [[spoiler: Aka Princess Dorothy]] "at all costs." Wyatt is an HonorBeforeReason sort, and first accepts because of loyalty to The Mystic Man, but eventually becomes close enough to her to honor the vow for her sake.

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* Series/TinMan: Despite being a servant girl and a mercenary, Guinevere and Lancelot from ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' are a stunningly accurate example of this trope, especially now that they've begun to grow into their legendary counterparts.
* ''Series/TinMan'':
Played as completely straight as the setting permits. The titular Tin Man,Wyatt Cain, is ordered by his former boss, The Mystic Man, to protect DG [[spoiler: Aka Princess Dorothy]] "at all costs." Wyatt is an HonorBeforeReason sort, and first accepts because of loyalty to The Mystic Man, but eventually becomes close enough to her to honor the vow for her sake.sake.
* ''Series/TheWhiteQueen'': Anne Neville is a Princess through her first marriage and a DamselInDistress to Richard of Gloucester's valiant and courteous KnightInShiningArmor. Their courtship consists of him by protecting her from danger and coming to her aid when she loses her freedom. Richard's devotion is notable because in each scenario, ''no one else'' is willing to assist Anne, so he's the classic romantic hero from the viewpoint of his cherished lady.


* In the ''Franchise/{{Dishonored}}'' series, This was the arrangement between Corvo Attano and Jessamine Kaldwin; Royal Protector to the Crown Princess of the Empire. As the girl grew into a woman and Empress, and the young man grew into a true adult and master swordsman, it became an OpenSecret that the two were [[BodyguardCrush romantically entwined]], and that, though not officially acknowledged, Jessamine's daughter Emily was sired by Corvo.

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Dishonored}}'' series, This was the arrangement between Corvo Attano and Jessamine Kaldwin; Royal Protector to the Crown Princess of the Empire. As the girl grew into a woman and Empress, and the young man grew into a true adult and master swordsman, it became an OpenSecret that the two were [[BodyguardCrush romantically entwined]], and that, though not officially acknowledged, that Jessamine's daughter Emily was sired by Corvo.
* In ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney: Dual Destinies'', it becomes clear that Simon Blackquill [[TheFourLoves loved]] Metis not only as a student loves a mentor, but also as a samurai loves his patron. That's why he almost kills himself shielding her daughter.

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