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    "The Bright Lady and White Knight" subtrope 
Basic Trope: The Knight In Shining Armour is sworn to defend The High Queen or a similar character.

    "The Dark Lady and Black Knight" subtrope 
Basic Trope: The Black Knight is sworn to defend The Baroness or a similar character.
  • Straight: Sir Bob is an honorable yet perhaps morally questionable knight, who vows to protect the vain and power-hungry Queen Alice.
  • Exaggerated: Sir Bob is a ruthless and battle hungry knight who serves the violent and cruel Queen Alice.
  • Downplayed: Sir Bob is loyal, brave, and all the other qualities of a good knight, but he feels no qualms of conscience carrying out Queen Alice's more harsh-but-necessary orders.
  • Justified:
  • Gender Inverted: Dark Action Girl Dame Alice swears to protect The Evil Prince Bob.
  • Subverted:
    • Sir Bob turns out to be Reverse Mole, who only pretended to be evil to get close enough to Alice to overthrow her.
    • Sir Bob becomes disillusioned with Alice's evil ways and turns on her.
    • Sir Bob is a Knight In Shining Armour despite serving Queen Alice.
    • Sir Bob is a morally questionable Black Knight, but his queen is surprisingly good-hearted.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Sir Bob comes to love and admire Queen Alice and does a Face–Heel Turn.
    • Bob no longer supports Alice, but refuses to renege on his vows and still protects her.
    • Queen Alice's influence eventually corrupts Bob into becoming a morally questionable knight.
    • Alice treats Sir Bob kindly to assure his loyalty and has good publicity through the many bards talking up her good-heartedness.
  • Averted:
    • Queen Alice has no knight at her beck and call.
    • Sir Bob was just another Mook for her.

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