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1The original Franchise/{{LEGO}} castle theme. Along with Toys/LEGOSpace and Toys/LEGOCity, this is by far the longest-running of all Toys/LEGOThemes.²²The earliest sets appeared in 1978-1979 and were among the first to feature more specialized building parts outside of the usual bricks and minifigures (new items included simple-shaped medieval helmets and melee weapons like halberds, lances and shields). Sets from the first half of the 1980s started to get more sophisticated and added a lot more unique parts including swords and - notably - purpose-built horse models (despite a small esthetic overhaul in the 1990s, the basic template for LEGO horses hasn't really changed all that much ''for 30 years'').²²It received a {{Spinoff}} in the early 2000s, titled [[Toys/KnightsKingdom2 Knights' Kingdom]], even though it had little to do with the original Knights' Kingdom subtheme. Another spinoff called Toys/NexoKnights began in 2016. ²²----²!!Eras and sub-themes (often based on a respective faction) in chronological order:²²* ''LEGOLAND Castle'' or just ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Castle]]'' (1978-1983) - [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/legolandcastle the original]] showcased a generic medieval kingdom with sets revolving around generic medieval locations and events (e.g. castles, jousts, men-at-arms escorting wagons); as evidenced by the title, it is often distinguished from the sub-themes that came after it by the "LEGOLAND" prefix (named after a common feature of LEGO box art from the 1980s and early 1990s).²* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/crusaders Crusaders]]'' (1984-1992) - the first somewhat more specific theme that evolved from the original, the Crusaders were a heroic faction locked in battle against the Black Falcons; their heraldic figure was a lion²* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/blackfalcons Black Falcons]]'' (1984-1988) - introduced alongside the Crusaders, the Black Falcons served as the first antagonistic faction of LEGO Castle and constantly battled against the Crusaders and, later, the Black Knights. Their heraldic figure was a falcon.²* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/forestmen The Forestmen]]'' (1987-1990) - the first outlaw sub-theme, with LoveableRogue bandits in the style of RobinHood. Their heraldic figure was a deer.²* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/blackknights Black Knights]]'' (1988-1992) - notable for showing a kingdom ruled by "The Black Monarch" and UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights-like Order of Black Knights, featuring a lot of cultural elements from the Baltic, north German and Scandinavian Middle Ages (LEGO being a [[UsefulNotes/{{Denmark}} Danish]] company, this is probably intentional). Their heraldic figure was a blue dragon.²* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/wolfpack Wolfpack Renegades]]'' (1992) - the second, more grittier and [[GreyAndGrayMorality morally grey]] outlaw sub-theme. Their heraldic figure was a silver wolf head.²* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/dragonmasters Dragon Masters]]'' (1993-1995) - a group of dragon-themed {{Magic Knight}}s (complete with ''[[RuleOfCool dragon-themed horse armor]]''), who had assistance from the Merlin-like wizard [[PunnyName Majisto]] and several tamed dragons (this sub-theme is notable for introducing the wizard minifig accessories, unique horse armor and the iconic LEGO dragon figure with detachable red wings). The Knights' heraldic figure was (of course) a green dragon with red wings.²* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/royalknights Royal Knights]]'' (1995-1997) - the introduction of King Richard and his [[KnightInShiningArmor brave and gentlemanly Royal Knights]], a ''very'' straight example of TheGoodKingdom. Their heraldic figure was a roaring lion head with a crown.²* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/darkforest Dark Forest]]'' (1996) - short-lived subtheme expanding on the previous two bandit subthemes. Only included three sets. The heraldic symbol of the bandits appearing in this subtheme was a golden deer head with black antlers on a green background.²* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/frightknights Fright Knights]]'' (1997-1998) - a {{camp}}ier villainous faction than its predecessors, featuring [[WickedWitch Willa the Witch]], [[TheDragon Basil the Bat Lord]], black dragons, spookier castles and the titular successors to the Dragon Masters, who had a prominent bat motif going on (from armor and helmets to various tiny details on their architecture), with a bat being their obvious heraldic figure.²* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/ninja Ninja]]'' (1998-1999) - {{Spinoff}} with a JidaiGeki / {{Wutai}} setting.²* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/knightskingdom Knights' Kingdom]]'' (1999-2000) - best described as a {{revival}} of the Royal Knights theme with some updated esthetics, King Leo gained a formidable new enemy in the cunning warlord Cedric the Bull, who led a rebel army with higher than usual morale and an excellent arsenal of various siege engines. Bull's heraldic figure was a red-eyed black bull head; this sub-theme also received a (pretty much forgotten) video game adaptation.²* ''[[Toys/KnightsKingdom2 Knights' Kingdom 2]]'' (2004-2006) - a [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/knightskingdomii major departure]] from the usual formula, taking place in a more fantastic and magic-based setting with a very character-driven storyline as the knights of Morcia defend their kingdom from the forces of Lord Vladek; this theme was also notable for several lines of ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}''-esque action figures.²* ''Castle'' (2007-2009) - intended as a return to the series typical style and as a ContinuityReboot of sorts, with King Revet defending his kingdom from [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/skeletonarmy the]] [[DemBones undead armies]] of the evil wizard Mallock the Malign. The line also features [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/dwarvesandtrolls dwarf and troll]] factions, with the former allying with the Western Kingdom, while the latter aligns with Mallock.²* ''[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/castle/kingdoms Kingdoms]]'' (2010-2012) - departing from the more fantastic themes of Knights' Kingdom 2 and Castle, Kingdoms returns to LEGO Castle's roots and depicts the war between the Lion Knights and the Dragon Knights in a more realistic fashion.²* ''Castle'' (2013) - returning to the more fantastic themes of the 2007 ''Castle'' line, the newer line features yet another group of Lion knights defending their kingdom from the attacks of yet another group of Dragon knights (this time led by another evil wizard with actual dragons).²* Toys/NexoKnights: A crazy sci-fi spinoff of the classic Castle, with six knights trying to stop the evil Jestro from attacking with his lava monster army. ²²----²!!Tropes used in this LEGO theme include:²* ThirteenIsUnlucky: The story book Knights Kingdom Medieval Mischief and Mayhem reveals that Cedric the Bull is actually the 13th son of a king from a distant land. But when the king died the land was divided up to be ruled by the king's sons. However all parts of the land were taken before Cedric got his share leaving him with no land left to rule. Although we don't actually get a proper scene of when it happened it's easy to assume Cedric didn't take this very well at all.²* AdaptationalHeroism[=/=]AdaptationalVillainy: Basil the Bat Lord and the Fright Knights. In North America, Basil and the Fright Knights were ObviouslyEvil and worked for Willa the Witch. In Europe, [[DubNameChange Count Batlord]] and the Fright Knights were [[DarkIsNotEvil heroes]] who defended their kingdom from the evil WickedWitch (whose name varied from region to region, including Hubble Bubble, Izralda, and Hylia).²* AnimalMotifs: The various heraldic creatures of the different factions. Wolves, lions, bulls, dragons, bats, you name it. A subversion were the Black Knights, who used a blue-colored wyvern in their coat of arms, despite their name.²* ArtEvolution: More unique and specialized items, accessories and minifigs (horses, ghosts, skeletons, witches, wizards, dragons, medieval weaponry and armor) got gradually introduced as the years went on. A good example of this is the case of the horses, which overlaps with EarlyInstallmentWeirdness : The horses from the late 1970s sets were still abstract constructs made from LEGO bricks until proper horse minifigs were introduced in the early 1980s.²* BedsheetGhost: Ghost minifigs were introduced in this theme, specifically in the Black Knight sets, and they had this appearance.²* {{BFS}}: Lord characters always wielded bigger and [[CoolSword shinier swords]] than the regular soldiers.²* BlackKnight: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Black Knights]], natch, who were characterized by the dark color schemes in both their uniforms and sets.²* CallBack: The Fright Knights line came after the Royal Knights and Dark Forest lines, but a Royal Knight and a Dark Forestman both appear in the Fright Knights sets as prisoners.²** The Evil Dragon Wizard in the 2013 theme could be a visual reference to Willa, as both have quite similar color schemes.²* CaptainErsatz: While RobinHood himself [[PublicDomainCharacter appeared as the leader of the Forestmen]], the leader of the Dark Forest merry men was named Rob 'N' Hood instead.²* CoolHorse: Since the 1990s, the various factions often had unique horse armor at their disposal.²* CoolShip: ²** The Black Knights were the only faction to prefer coastal or river environments and owned quite a lot of ships and boats. The biggest ship set of the castle theme, the war cog "[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6057 Sea Serpent]]", fully fits this trope.²** The 2007-2009 Castle line features the Skeleton Ship and the Troll Warship.²* {{Crossover}}: The Fright Knights surprisingly featured numerous crossovers with the concurrent [[Toys/LEGOSpace UFO theme]]. It was hinted at in a commercial advertising the two lines, and then expanded upon in a series of comics in the ''LEGO World Club'' magazine.²* TheEngineer: Cedric the Bull's faction sure loves building various siege engines.²* DarkIsNotEvil:²** Possibly the Black Knights. Unlike their predecessors, the Black Falcons, they are never seen directly in combat with the heroic Crusaders, but instead show up at the local jousts.²** Count Batlord and the Fright Knights, [[AdaptationalHeroism but only in the European version of the story]].²* DubNameChange:²** The WickedWitch of the Fright Knights goes by many names, including Willa (North America), Hylia (Denmark), Hubble Bubble (United Kingdom), and Izralda (Germany).²** The Bat Lord is named Basil in North America and Count Batlord in Europe.²* TheDragon: Basil the Bat Lord to Willa the Witch [[AdaptationalVillainy in the North American story]].²* DragonRider:²** Majisto the Wizard, Basil the Bat Lord, and even Cedric the Bull.²** In the 2007 line, one of Mallock's skeletons rides a black dragon while one of Revet's knights rides a green dragon.²** Played with by Willa the Witch. She doesn't ride on the back of a dragon, but a dragon carries the Witch's Windship around.²* TheEvilPrince: An interesting case with Cedric the Bull. He's not related to King Leo but instead the 13th son of a completely different king unrelated to Leo. Now while Cedric is after Leo's throne due to him being left with no land to rule back in his home kingdom he has no intention of killing Leo and his family, just banish them into exile. Also Cedric had no plot to try and overthrow one or all of his 12 other brothers he just left his homeland and traveled as a bandit until he came to Leo's kingdom. ²* FantasyGunControl: Played ''almost'' completely straight. Several of the ''Ninja'' sets had early Japanese firearms and one of Cedric Bull's siege engines looked and worked awfully like a cannon.²* FeudalOverlord: The rebellious Cedric the Bull. ²Uhhhhh no the guy is a bandit who lives in the forest surrounding Leo's castle and is constantly trying to take over Leo's throne but can never succeed, he doesn't rule over a small town or village with an iron fist. This might apply to the Lego Island 2 version of Cedric but NOT the original version of him.²* GangOfHats: All the factions, some by attitudes, some by their preferences for certain types of weaponry, some by the use of magic, etc.²* TheGoodKing: King Richard, King Leo, and King Revet. In fact, before ''WesternAnimation/LEGOTheAdventuresOfClutchPowers'' revealed his name, King Revet was only known as the "Good King" on the LEGO Castle website.²* GratuitousNinja: The ''Ninja'' line. However, despite the title, a lot of the sets from this line also contains Samurai-themed sets and minifigs. The line could be more accurately called "LEGO does [[JidaiGeki feudal Japan]]", but ''Ninja'' was apparently a shorter title... and, you know, [[RunningGag more awesome sounding]].²* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: The ''Dragon Masters'' and ''Fright Knights'' lines.²* JidaiGeki: While the European-themed sets are grounded in a realistic MedievalEuropeanFantasy world, the ''Ninja'' sets play this trope for all its worth.²* KatanasAreJustBetter: They feature prominently in the ''Ninja'' sets, but this gets subverted by the presence of various other medieval Japanese weaponry. Besides, the swords look "generic Japanese" enough to possibly represent various other actual sword types similar to katana, but not the same as them.²* LightIsNotGood: Cedric the Bull surprisingly gets some ''[[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4esOHqqVYBM/T1n0-6-0tFI/AAAAAAAAArs/VBeRNIu7m58/s1600/nice shiny silver heroic looking chrome armour]]'' consisting of a sword, shield, breastplate and helmet. The chrome pieces themselves were sold separately in 4 sets. ²* LongRunner: One of the three longest-running LEGO themes. Also, a lot of the still-being-used medieval and creature models.²* LoveableRogue: The Forestmen. The Wolfpack were a more sinister bunch of outlaws.²* LowFantasy: While The Black Knights and Wolfpack still remained relatively realistic and down to earth with their themes, they were the first to introduce an element of supernatural with the ghost minifigs included in their sets.²* MedievalEuropeanFantasy: Though some of the factions have a certain degree of FantasyCounterpartCulture to them, they are mostly "generic medieval". E.g. King Richard's Royal Knights and the Forestmen play this straight (generic western European kingdom and generic RobinHood-style outlaws), but the Black Knights are a more concrete analogue of a real historical group ([[UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights Baltic/German]] / [[CreatorProvincialism Scandinavian]]-style nobles and knights with an [[CoolShip affinity for sailing ships]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights coastal castles]]).²* PetTheDog: The manual of Lego Creator Knights Kingdom reveals that Cedric found the character Weezil abandoned in the forest, took the boy under his wing and raised him as his own son. Instead of leaving the poor boy to defend for himself and potentially to either starve or be killed by wild animals²* PointDefenseless: Averted by King Leo's castle, which includes defensive catapults to counter an enemy's barrage.²* PublicDomainCharacter: The leader of the Forestmen was RobinHood himself.²* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: The Fright Knights, the Bull Knights, Mallock the Malign's army, and the 2013 Dragon Knights all use this color scheme.²* ShownTheirWork: Granted, there are lots of fantastical and kid-friendly elements present in the theme, but a lot of the architectural, ship, siege engine and weapon designs are rather period-accurate or at least realistic.²* SiegeEngines: Featured as early as the second and third generation (''Crusaders'' and ''Black Falcons''), but Cedric the Bull from the Knights' Kingdom era took this UpToEleven (to the point of it being his gang's hat). The Dragon Masters also had a large trebuchet-like catapult with ''[[RuleOfCool stylized dragon decorations]]''.²* {{Spinoff}}: First the Ninja theme (regarded as the main theme's Asian cousin), then ''[[KnightsKingdom2 Knights' Kingdom 2]]''.²* YeGoodeOldeDays: Granted, this is MedievalEuropeanFantasy for kids, so despite some obligatory level of grittiness, don't expect any DarkerAndEdgier hyper-realistic portrayals of the Middle Ages.²* WickedWitch: Willa the Witch from the Fright Knights line.²* WizardBeard: Introduced as a minifig accessory with Majisto in the Dragon Knights sets.²* WordSaladTitle: One of the sets from the ''Crusaders'' sub-theme era was called "[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6042 Dungeon Hunters]]". Furthermore, a small Royal Knights set showcasing King Richard and his personal weaponry was titled "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Royal King]]".²----

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