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Basic Trope: An enigmatic, intimidating and often evil knight clad in black gear.

  • Straight: Jett the Black, is a knight in black armor known for his fearsome reputation.
  • Exaggerated: Jett is a Tin Tyrant clad in armor as black as his soul.
  • Downplayed: Jett is an Anti-Villain with a sense of honor, who follows his own clear if pragmatic brand of chivalry.
  • Justified:
    • Black armor does not look as rusty as paler armor and therefore appears to be in better condition. Wearing black armor is therefore beneficial for long-acting knights.
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    • The armor is Parkerized (somehow), making it rust-resistant.
  • Inverted:
    • Knight in Shining Armor.
    • The black knight is actually a perfectly conventional knight serving a liege where rust resistance is essential. It is the knight in white armor that has the typical qualities.
    • Knights in black armor are everywhere and considered part of the scenery. The detached white-armored knight is an exception, conspicuous and unnerving as a result of taking on divine coloration.
  • Subverted: Jett's armor looks black, but it's actually been painted as a disguise.
  • Double Subverted: However Jett never takes off his disguise and betrays the lord who he once served in secret so it effectively becomes his new armor.
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  • Averted:
    • The evil knight wears the same color armor as the heroic knights.
    • All knights are lawful and wear standard metallic grey-colored armor.
    • There are no knights in the setting.
  • Enforced: The series began in black and white and Jett needed to stand out from the heroic knights so black armor it was.
  • Lampshaded: "You're looking a bit menacing there, Jett. Perhaps you should take the helmet off sometimes when talking to people."
  • Invoked: Jett dons fully-plated armor, painted all in black, and puts up the act as one to take on the image.
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  • Exploited: The Big Bad makes sure all of his Elite Mooks wear black armor to incite fear.
  • Defied: Smiths that can make knight equipment are bound by law to work exclusively for authorized knight orders. People who wish to be black knights don't have the expertise to maintain their own equipment, and must use conventional weapons and armor which doesn't have the same effect.
  • Discussed: "Why do the evil knights prefer black armor? What sort of advantage does it give them?"
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Jett the Black feels lonely and wants to have friends, but, due to his fearsome reputation, it's hard for him to make friends with decent and honest people.
  • Reconstructed:
    • When all hope is lost, some people see how lonely he is and decide to be his friends. Under the radar, of course - Jett can't have them intruding on his black knight persona.
    • Jett manages to make do with drinking buddies and other black knights who are also relaxing during their downtime.

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