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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.
- Straight: Sir Bob is a brave and honorable knight, who vows to protect the kind and beautiful Princess Alice.
- Exaggerated: Sir Bob vows to protect Princess Alice, all her sisters and her mother, the queen.
- Downplayed: Sir Bob is sworn to defend Princess Alice, but she happens to be a Pretty Princess Powerhouse and so doesn't really need protecting, though she appreciates the help.
- Princess Alice lives in a kingdom at war and so needs a bodyguard to thwart attempted kidnappings or assassinations.
- Sir Bob is in love with Alice, so his vow to protect her is motivated by his feelings for her as well as a sense of honor.
- Gender Inverted: The honourable Dame Alice vows to defend the benevolent Prince Bob.
- Sir Bob is more of a morally questionable Black Knight, but he chooses to serve Princess Alice, a kindhearted person who accepts him nonetheless.
- Sir Bob, a Knight in Shining Armor, serves the more...morally challenged Princess Alice.
- Sir Bob is offered but not interested in being Princess Alice's knight.
- Double Subverted:
- After serving Princess Alice for a few years, Bob is slowly becoming more heroic and honorable.
- Sir Bob's nobility rubs off on Princess Alice over time and so she overcomes her moral challenges.
- Sir Bob would much rather go defend the realm with Alice's lady-knight sister, Carol than hang around the castle.
- Parodied: Bob and Alice never use their names, only being known as "the Princess' Knight" and "the Knight's Princess" respectively.
- Zig-Zagged: ???
- Averted: Alice is a kind and benevolent lady without any knights at all.
- Bob is just a regular soldier and Nice Guy in Alice's service.
- Sir Bob cannot find a lady wanting his service and Alice cannot find a knight ready to serve her.
- Played For Drama: Princess Alice and Sir Bob fall in love, but because Alice is betrothed to someone else and Bob is too lowborn to marry her, the closest they'll ever get to a proper relationship is Bob swearing to always protect Alice.
"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.
- Sir Bob is a supporter of Queen Alice's Evil Plan and thus naturally helps to bring them to fruition.
- Sir Bob takes his vows very seriously, even if he doesn't agree with Alice's plans and actions.
- Bob doesn't actually realize how bad Queen Alice is, due to being blinded by his love for her.
- Gender Inverted: Dark Action Girl Dame Alice swears to protect The Evil Prince Bob.
- 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 FaceHeel 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.
- Queen Alice has no knight at her beck and call.
- Sir Bob was just another Mook for her.
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