This article refers to the Knight Rank. For the NPC, see Knight.

Knights, in the universe of Shovel Knight, are characters granted with this honorable title. The game takes this title as status of power and extrapolates it, meaning only the strongest are "knighted". This explain why non-orthodox characters, such as Plague Knight, who is an alchemist, and Tinker Knight, who is an engineer, are granted the titles of knights, even though they don't follow the concept of the classic medieval noble knight clad in armor.

The majority of knights in the game are members of The Order of No Quarter, a villainous group of knights who serve the Enchantress.

Known Knights Edit

  • Shovel Knight: The title character, who has a strong sense of honor and justice, depicted as the typical valiant knight from Arthurian Legends. He is the main character of Shovel of Hope.
  • Shield Knight: The only major female knight, who is Shovel Knight's partner and love interest. While she acts as a damsel in distress, who Shovel Knight must save, she is shown to be quite capable in battle, as seen in Specter of Torment.
  • Black Knight: Shovel Knight's rival. Depicted as an errant and arrogant knight who serves no one.
  • King Knight: A member of The Order of No Quarter. His depiction matches closely the idea of the gallant knight, clad in a shining gold armor, but his personality is that of a selfish and arrogant ruler. He is the main character of King of Cards.
  • Specter Knight: A member of The Order of No Quarter. His depiction references the Grim Reaper, but could also be a reference to Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (a knight). He is the main character of Specter of Torment.
  • Plague Knight: A member of The Order of No Quarter. His depiction references plague doctors, who were known in the Middle Ages for treating the Black Death. While not a reference to the idea of the armored knight, his concept comes from that era. He is the main character of Plague of Shadows.
  • Tinker Knight: A member of The Order of No Quarter. His depiction references an engineer, with a welding mask and a rubber outfit. While not referencing the typical armored knight, welding masks are known for being one of the forms of protection against welding arcs.
  • Mole Knight: A member of The Order of No Quarter. One of the few knights clad in full armor, though his origins were not inspired by the traditional armored knight. Hence his name, Mole Knight's depiction references moles in real life which are avid diggers just like him.
  • Treasure Knight: A member of The Order of No Quarter. Much like the unorthodox Plague Knight and Tinker Knight, his origins are not from the concept of typical knight, but rather the idea of diving gear as protective armor.
  • Polar Knight: A member of The Order of No Quarter. His depiction references vikings, which were known for being fierce warriors with an affinity for cold climates.
  • Propeller Knight: A member of The Order of No Quarter. His depiction is rather unorthodox like most, referencing 18th century European military uniforms.
  • Drill Knight: Leader of the Hexcavators, and the main antagonist of Shovel Knight Dig. Like most knights in the games, his design differs drastically from the typical knight, as his armor features drills on his arms and head.
  • Spore Knight: A member of the Hexcavators, and one of the only female knights. Her appearance differs from the typical knight, wearing a green skirt and a mushroom atop her helmet. Her depiction references magic, as she possesses a bag of magic dust that can create deadly mushrooms and spores when thrown.
  • Knights: Common knights seen protecting the Village and Armor Outpost. They are the classical depiction of the typical armored knight. In Plague of Shadows they can be fought, and come in three variations to classify their power: iron, bronze, and gold.
  • Goldarmors: Powerful enemies that can be found in pretty much every stage. They also represent the idea of the typical armored knight, though they do not bear the name like the other characters. They have different color variations besides their namesake Gold: Purple, Green, Red, and Silver. Sumo variants of the Gold, Red, and Purple variations also appear in King of Cards.

Historical Origins Edit

A knight is a person granted an honorary title of knighthood by a monarch or other political leader for service to the Monarch or country, especially in a military capacity. Historically, in Europe, knighthood has been conferred upon mounted warriors. During the High Middle Ages, knighthood was considered a class of lower nobility. By the Late Middle Ages, the rank had become associated with the ideals of chivalry, a code of conduct for the perfect courtly Christian warrior.

Often, a knight was a vassal who served as a fighter for a lord, with payment in the form of land holdings. The lords trusted the knights, who were skilled in battle on horseback. Since the early modern period, the title of knight is purely honorific, usually bestowed by a monarch, as in the British honors system, often for non-military service to the country. The modern female equivalent is Dame.

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Trivia Edit

  • If the player enters a certain cheat code, the word "knight" will be replaced with the word "butt" (i.e. Shovel Butt, Black Butt, Plague Butt, etc.).
  • Mr. Hat and Goldarmor are called "Hat Knight" and "Iron Knight" in the game's files.
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