The \"shining\" originally referred to the way his armor and weapons were kept in good condition, as opposed to the rust that accumulated for less competent knights. Most knights will be depicted wearing plate armor, despite it appearing relatively late in the era of knights.
Art The propaganda painting \"Der Bannerträger\" (\"The Standard Bearer\"; painted c. 1935; first exhibited in 1937) by Hubert Lanzinger shows Adolf Hitler as a knight in (literally) shining armor on horseback, his right hand holding the billowing swastika flag of the Nazi Party / the Third Reich. The image was frequently reproduced in Nazi Germany, including as a postcard.
Comic Books Antoine D'Coolette eventually grows into this in Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics). He's very chivalrous and proper and an expert swordsman. This culminates in issue 234 where he grapples with Metal Sonic and nearly dies all in the name of service to the king. The Black Knight from The Avengers is a literal one, though the first one was a villain. Black Knight II, however, plays it straight. Both are descended from a lineage of Black Knights that dates back to Arthurian times. Though he may not be called a 'knight', Captain America is as much a pure example of this trope as modern jaded audiences can stand. His classic outfit includes maille or scales on the upper portion, he carries a shield, and a modern Captain owes much to the role of a knight in leading his troops. In behaviour No more noble or righteous 'knight' exists in the Marvel Universe - Ultimate Cap excepted, of course. Johan, the protagonist of the Belgian comic book series De Rode Ridder. In Marvel Comics' outer space stories, the Spaceknights of Galador also aspire to this ideal, but arguably only Rom ever truly achieved it. One story even has Rom encounter the frozen form of King Arthur, still waiting for the day he will reawaken to save Britain from some future calamity, and Rom feels an instant, instinctive kinship with him. The DCU: The titular character from Steel wears a cape and shining armor, wields a weapon, and is as moral and good as Superman himself. DC Comics also had the Silent Knight, a more traditional knight than the Shining Knight, and his adventures took place at King Arthur's Camelot. In a post-nuclear war apocalypse, there were the Atomic Knights who were heroic individuals who wore plate armour to protect them from radioactive fallout (though in more contemporary comics, the Atomic Knights are a faction of Powered Armour soldiers). Seven Soldiers of Victory: Shining Knight of the Seven Soldiers of Victory. Sir Justin, a knight of King Arthur, was given by Merlin a suit of magical armor that would protect him from all harm, and a magical sword that would cut through anything. Merlin also gave Justin's horse wings and the ability to fly. Justin was frozen for centuries and revived in the 1940s, where he applies his honor as a knight to fighting crime in the present day. His chronological predecessor/published successor Ystin also qualifies, although they're a bit less idealistic than Justin, coming from a more Low Fantasy version of Camelot. Captain Atom: Captain Atom's daughter Margaret sees him this way. He eventually becomes one.
Comic Strips In Frank and Ernest, Frank, as a knight, complains of having to dress on a cold morning. In one Garfield comic strip, Jon gets freaked out by a scary part in the movie theater and starts sucking his thumb. Liz sarcastically mutters, \"My knight in shining armor\", and Garfield replies, \"Make that your sissy in double-knit.\"
Music The music video for \"Holding Out for a Hero\" by Bonnie Tyler has one: in this case, a heroic cowboy knight in angelic white armor on a white horse, which is also mentioned in the song. (\"Isn't there a white knight upon a fiery steed\") The Faith Hill song \"This Kiss\"Cinderella said to Snow White 'How does love get so off course All I wanted was a white knight with a good heart, soft touch, fast horse.' Ride me off into the sunset, baby I'm forever yours. The song \"Glory of Love\" by Peter Cetera:Just like a knight in shining armor From a long time ago Just in time I will save the day Take you to my castle far away. The country song \"Suds In The Bucket\" by Sara Evans.When her prince pulled up - a white pickup truck Her folks shoulda seen it comin' - it was only just a matter of time Plenty old enough - and you can't stop love She stuck a note on the screen door - \"sorry but I got to go\" The Taylor Swift song \"White Horse\" is a subversion, as it features a woman who got heartbroken by a lover who she once believed to be her knight, and realizes that real life is not like the fairytales she thought it was.I'm not a princess, this ain't a fairytale I'm not the one you'll sweep off her feet Lead her up the stairwell ...Now it's too late for you and your white horse To come around.
Tabletop Games Chaosium's Pendragon game is based on the stories of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Dungeons & Dragons: The paladin class was based on Knight in Shining Armor archetype in general and supposedly Three Hearts and Three Lions in particular. Paladins are more like holy crusaders empowered with divine magic, though (which has its own trope, on that note). Sturm Brightblade of the Dragonlance D&D saga is the epitome of this trope played straight except for not actually being a knight until shortly before his death. His fellow Knights of Solamnia are not quite so ideal but, with a couple of (important) exceptions, are generally good. The Player's Handbook II from late in D&D 3rd Edition introduced the knight class, which is a lot like the paladin but without magical abilities. The knight's abilities focus on mounted combat, single combat with an opposing champion, and maintaining honor. The 1st edition Cavalier class, introduced in that era's Unearthed Arcana, was closer to the \"standard\" Arthurian knight. For a while, the Paladin class was a subclass of the Cavalier instead of the Fighter. Paizo's Pathfinder RPG has brought The Paladin full-circle with the \"Shining Knight\" archetype, complete with bonuses to mounted combat and riding skill. For those not wanting to add divine elements to it, there's also the Cavalier class. Ironically, Alain Germande, the Iconic Cavalier, is very much not this, though he does excel at presenting himself this way to aid in seducing impressionable women. He's a Lawful Neutral arrogant Glory Hound Blood Knight who, though surprisingly charismatic, regards all others as expendable tools in pursuit of ever-greater glory and success. TSR's Knights of Camelot game also covered the Arthurian knighthood setting. The Talisman board game provides two examples of this trope, who reflect the chivalric code slightly differently: the Knight character, who is always of good alignment and who cannot attack other characters of good alignment, and the Chivalric Knight, who can aid rival characters in battle and cannot attack another character whose strength value is less than his own. In Wargames Research Group games DBM and DBMM, Knights are the second most formidable troop types after War Elephants. They are fairly confident on running down any mounted troops and most foot, but they are vulnerable to shooting. The Achilles' Heel of Irregular Knights is their impetuosity: unless constantly guarded, they are liable on charging spontaneously the nearest enemy and thus ruining the battle plan. Warhammer: All noble Bretonnians aspire towards becoming true knights in shining armour...though as a whole they also tend to display all of potential abuses and flaws of the system of feudalism as a Deconstructive Parody of the trope. Grail Knights, who have been found pure in heart and soul and blessed by the Lady of the Lake, are said to all qualify for this trope by definition (though the aforementioned skewed sense of morality has some fans wonder if the Grail Knights are really more like their more ordinary fellows). The Empire also has several noble knightly orders, but their modernization means that the chivalric ideals are not as predominant there as in Bretonnia. The Cyber Knights from Rifts are a post-apocalyptic version of this trope, combining Mad Max aesthetic and advanced tech with traditional chivalric values and discipline. Ironically, their founder Lord Coake was a straight up knight from a fantasy world that was displaced to Earth and created the order for the purpose of fighting evil in all of it's forms. While he fits the trope perfectly, his principles do get him into trouble like the one time he refuse to lend aid to Tolkeen (one of the other main heroic factions of the setting) because they consorted with demons as last resort to resist an enemy siege. This action alienated his knights who went on separate ways and he went to found another knightly order to serve this purpose as the Cyber Knights.
Webcomics Sir Toby, from Chivalry and Knavery. A Christian knight (who happens to be an anthropomorphic lion), who is kind, brave and extremely strong. And patient, otherwise he would have run screaming from Kira and Ulf. According to his character description, he believes that there is good in everyone - amazingly, his time with the two of them hasn't beaten that belief out of him. In Cucumber Quest, due to being a work of satire that affectionately pokes fun at video game tropes, this trope is zigzagged. The knights of Cake Town all wear hodgepodge suits of armor made of random parts, and are just little more than glorified servants for King Croissant and his daughter, Princess Parfait. Because of the king's low standards of knighthood, most of the knights are easily defeated by Peridot during Cordelia's invasion of Cake Town. The rest of them turn traitor while one, Sir Carrot, escapes. Sir Carrot aspires to be a true knight and behaves according to chivalric traditions, but his crippling cowardice prevents him from acting like he should, to the point of becoming The Load while his much younger friends (Nautilus, Cucumber, and Almond) are much more capable than him. In fact, Sir Carrot's cowardice becomes a point of drama in Chapter 3 where Almond is manipulated into seeing him as a villain by Rosemaster and the others, including himself, lose faith in him. But the Nightmare Knight's intervention, combined with receiving a Love Letter and a love boost from a captive Parfait, causes Sir Carrot to regain his courage and level up permanently - gaining a gleaming, heart-themed suit of armor and a strawberry-shaped heart on his chest that allows him to summon magical weapons from it. And he defeats Rosemaster, too. Goblins: Big-Ears is probably the most good-aligned character in the whole comic. If he were human they'd have named a city after him. Kore, on the other hand, is a complete inversion though he believes he's the good guy. Sir Muir in Harkovast fits this trope, even if his armour is more battered then shining most of the time! The Order of the Stick: All the Sapphire Guards are, but O-Chul even more so. The Giant describes him as \"everything right about the paladin\". He was already one in all but name in his prequel story, when he was just a regular captain in the army. He is honest and humble, stern but compassionate, courageous in the face of overwhelming odds, but above all else, committed to protecting the lives of everyone, human or hobgoblin. In fact, he alone is the main reason that the Sapphire Guard is such a bastion of righteousness. He initially tried to have the Sapphire Guard dismissed due to them being a bunch of elitist nobles more concerned with slaughtering evil than paying attention to the most obvious ramifications of their actions, but when told that wasn't an option, he joined them instead as an Internal Reformist. It worked.O-Chul: A lot of people are going to get hurt tomorrow. All we can do is stand in the way of that and say, \"Not them. Me. If you need to hurt someone, hurt me.\" Esten in Roza. Even if lacking the armor and resembling a Bounty Hunter. Hong Chunhwa from Tower of God, a chivalrous knight who always pays his respects to the ladies. The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: Dame Abby Primrose, with her suit of Powered Armor, is essentially this for the dragon civilization. In Crimson Knights the titular warriors are a cross between this and Hunter of Monsters, being an Order of knights tasked to kill monsters and apprehend misusers of magic. 59ce067264