Noble and proud to the King or the Knights of the Roundtable—that’s what the Western side of the world think when they hear the word “knight,” but when it comes to anime, it’s more of a reason to show how badass the characters can be.
Whether slashing down an enemy with ease, slicing through flesh, or cutting through a mountain like butter, it’s the chance for the animators to show-off. There are still traditional knights that fight the monsters—just with magic and god-like powers!
Whenever you see a sword in hand, you know the powerful aura that will surround them and the epic moment that will follow.
- Best Anime Knights
- 21. Lyon Blitz
- 20. Celia Cumani Aintree
- 19. Cecily Cambell
- 18. Kamito Kazehaya
- 17. Meta Knight
- 16. Éclair Martinozzi
- 15. Erica Blandelli
- 14. Nate Mitotsudaira
- 13. Snow Combatants Will be dispatched
- 12. Theo Cornaro
- 11. Charlotte Hélène “Tabitha” D’Orléans
- 10. Leopold “Leo” Scorpse
- 9. Hikaru Shidou
- 8. Stella Vermillion
- 7. Yuri Lowell
- 6. Ikta Solork
- 5. Guila
- 4. Asta
- 3. Ferdinand Bookworm
- 2. Anya Alstreim
- 1. Julius Euclius
Best Anime Knights
21. Lyon Blitz
He is a respected knight in the Kingdom of Belfast from a family of nobles and was raised to be a good and honest man with a strong sense of justice. In Another World with My Smartphone, he is from In Another World, which follows Touya Mochizuki, who was accidentally struck by God’s lightning.
As an apology, God allows him to live in a fantasy world and one wish. Touya accepts and asks that his one wish is to keep his smartphone. In discovering his new life and world, Touya learns that he is extremely skilled with magic and—more importantly—gets the attention of girls. Even without his smartphone, I think Touya will be just fine.
20. Celia Cumani Aintree
Excellent grades, president of the student council, and two-time winner of the Winford Academy’s jousting competition, Celia is nothing short of a knight and jousting prodigy.
In the Walkure Romanze serieslace in the school of knight and jous, Celiaelia also meets Takahiro Mizuno, who dreamed of becoming a knight, but haddrop out dueut do to a serious injury and joining the assistant program instead.
Despite this, Takahiro gets the attention of the school beauties who want him as their personal assistant. Takahiro turns every single one of them down.
19. Cecily Cambell
The main protagonist of The Sacred Blacksmith, 16-year-old Cecily, is a knight that uses the demon sword of wind and an equally strong and kind heart. Her family was one of the few that survived the Valbanil War 44-years-ago. C
ecily is ready to live up to her family name and protect her city as a 3rd generation knight she reached from her father. She’s quick to prove herself when a swordsman maniac wielding a weird sword known as a demon sword lashes out at others.
Her sword shatters, and she seeks out a blacksmith to fix it. What she gets instead is an unforgettable adventure.
18. Kamito Kazehaya
One of the only male elemental knights in the world, Kamito is the main character of Blade Dance of the Elementalers. Becomes of his natural-born ability, he is transferred Areishia Spirit Academy, an all-girl school, including Claire Rouge, the girl he took the elementalist power from.
The only thing that keeps Kamito from running for the hills is winning the Blade Dance, where he has to face in strongest elementalists.
17. Meta Knight
One of the main characters of Kirby: Right Back at Ya! Meta Knight is, of course, a knight and leader of an army of soldiers called the Meta-Knights and best known for his mysterious, stoic yet caring heart and loyalty to Kirby.
A cute pink puffball named Kirby falls from the sky and lands in Dream Land and becomes quick friends with Cappy Town’s people. With his unique ability to swallow and absorbed enemies’ powers, Kirby protects the town and his friends from self-proclaimed Kind Dedede and his monsters.
16. Éclair Martinozzi
A 14-year-old knight best known for wielding twin blades and being the Biscotti Knights Praetorian Guards leader, Éclair is a serious but stubborn girl who can be a bit of a tsundere towards a certain boy.
Flonyard is the world of the series Dog Days that where humans have animals ear and tails. The Republic of Biscotti is full of dog-like people and are being attacked by feline-like people known as the Galette Leo Knights.
To save her people, Princess Millhiore summons a hero from another world. That person is 13-year-old earthling Cinque Izumi.
15. Erica Blandelli
A 16-year-old “Great Knight,” a warrior and a mage, and known for her passionate and determined spirit. In Campione!, her life shifts lanes when she meets the boy who killed the God of War.
Godou Kusanagi didn’t want to become known as God Slayer, much less have his status attract female followers with Erica as their leader.
14. Nate Mitotsudaira
Mitotsudaira from Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere is half-human, half-werewolf, and the true embodiment of a knight—honorable, loyal, and stoic with an unwavering heart to protect the weak.
She serves her master, Toori Aoi, student council president and leader of Musashi Ariadust Academy’s Supreme Federation. He wants to reclaim their home after Japan was destroyed by pocket dimensions and have its people escape to space aboard the ship Musashi.
13. Snow Combatants Will be dispatched
From Combatants Will Be Dispatched, Snow was the youngest to become a knight at just 12-years-old and is now the Kingdom of Grace’s royal guard. However, she is rather two-faced—she can be proud and honorable like a knight yet greedy and money-hungry.
Snow’s path crosses Combat Agent Six, an executive member of the evil Kisaragi Corporation who is given a single task—take over the whole universe! Accompanied by a young android girl named Alice Kisaragi, Combat Agent Six plays the part of an honorary knight of the Kingdom of Grace while performing the wicked plans of the Kisaragi Corporation.
12. Theo Cornaro
It seems peace was never meant to be for the people of Atlatan. The Great Hall Tragedy had already destroyed them, and marriage between two sides was their chance for peace.
Even evil snubs out this hope as the Demon Lord of Diabolos murders the bride and groom, and Atlatan breaks out into another horrible war. The main protagonist of Record of Grancrest War, Theo, is a wandering knight who wants to free his hometown from being abused by their Lord.
After saving a powerful mage, Siluca Meletes, the two for a contract bring peace and light back to the war-broken world.
11. Charlotte Hélène “Tabitha” D’Orléans
Tabitha from The Familiar of Zero is a quiet bookworm skilled swordswoman and water-wind magic with a blue dragon as her familiar. She is a student at Tristain Academy along with her classmate, “Louise the Zero,” the worse and weakest mage in school.
In their first year, the students must successfully perform a summoning ritual and take them as their familiar.
No big surprise, Louise fails. What is surprising is that she manages to summon a human! A boy named Saito Hiraga now has to get used to his new life in a fantasy world and having Louise the Zero as his master, who treats him like a slave.
10. Leopold “Leo” Scorpse
A knight of the Scrapped Princess series, Leo is the fairytale checklist of a knight—noble, strong sense of justice and what’s right and wrong, and the desire to rescue damsels in distress. Being a good knight is putting someone else’s life over someone else’s.
Leo might have taken that a bit too seriously when he instantly falls in love with Pacificia Casull, the “Scrapped Princess,” and immediately asks for her hand.
Marriage is the last thing on Pacificia’s mind when her fated prophecy looms over her head: she will destroy the world on her 16th birthday. She will do whatever she takes to escape her fate and the world’s end.
9. Hikaru Shidou
Hotheaded Hikaru Shidou is the Magic Knight of Fire in Magic Knight of Rayearth. She was a Tokyo high school student, Hikaru Shidou, who was dragged into another world along with two other strangers named Umi Ryuuzaki and Fuu Hououji.
They are told that they are Magic Knight summoned by the imprisoned Princess Emeraude and work together to restore the princess and restore balance to the land of Cephiro.
Accompanied by a rabbit mascot named Mokona and two girls Hikaru has never known until today, Hikaru isn’t sure if they have what it takes.
8. Stella Vermillion
The main love interest and second princess of the Vermillion Empire, Stella, is known as the “Crimson Princess” and seen as a prodigy as a Mage-Knight.
In Chivalry of A Failed Knight, someone would have suspected that Stella would be good friends with Ikki Kurogane, the Worst One in Hagun Academy, but they’re more than close—they’re roommates! Stella knows the true strength of Ikki and stands by his side as he fights to show his strength and skill.
7. Yuri Lowell
In Tales of Vesperia ~The First Strike~, Yuri is the main character and an imperial knight. He is a very sarcastic and pessimistic 21-year-old man that is seen as a big brother figure to his close friends.
10-years-after the demon-beasts caused the Great War, the EmpireEmpire took over the world. Here, Yuri and his best friend and rival Flynn Scifo enroll to become Imperial Knights.
Behind the screens is a struggle for power that can’t help but affect the Imperial Knights and, in turn, Yuri and Flynn’s destinies. What will Yuri and Flynn handle this and change them and their paths?
6. Ikta Solork
Main protagonist of Alderamain on the Sky, Ikta Solork, is a simple man who only ever wanted a woman and a home to share. No dice. Ikta’s life is ruined by war, and he is forced to join the army with his childhood friend, Yatorishino Igsem.
They become a part of the Imperial Order of Knights that throws another wrench into Ikta’s plans for a peaceful and simple life.
An antagonist in The Seven Deadly Sins series, Gulia is a part of the new generation of Holy Knights and is has the mission to kill the Seven Deadly Sins.
The Holy Knight uses powerful magic to protect the kingdoms, even when a small group broke off to conquer the ruler of Liones. The Holy Knights kill the rebels, but they were believed to still be alive as the “Seven Deadly Sins.”
The Holy Knight would go on to takes over and become the new cruel ruler of Liones. The third princess, Elizabeth, wants to take back her kingdom and goes on a journey to track down the folklore Seven Deadly Sins to help her.
The main character of Black Clover, Asta, was orphaned at a church alongside best friend, Yuno. Both dreams of becoming “Wizard King,” the strongest mage in the kingdom.
While Yuno has natural talent with magic, Asta doesn’t at all but tries to better himself in other ways, like physical strength, cheerful spirit, and swordsmanship. When the both reach 15-years-old, they begin their journey as Magic Knights and path to become the next Wizard King.
3. Ferdinand Bookworm
Although he’s a knight, Ferdinand is more known for being a high priest as well as main character Myne’s teacher and guardian.
He can be a bit of a perfectionist and harsh, but with an old soul and sharp mind that Myne deeply respects. Ascendance of a Bookworm follows Urano Motosu, who has a deep love for books and dreams of becoming a librarian, always surrounded by books.
But, her life is cut short in an accident. If only she could have read more. When she opens her eyes again, she has been reincarnated as a fragile 5-year-old named Myne, living in a fantasy world where books are hard to come by. That’s no problem—she’ll just make them by hand!
2. Anya Alstreim
The Knight of Six in the Knights of the Round, Anya is a supporting character in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2. She is very straight-laced, serious, and isolated, finding little that brings out a real reaction, but her skill in battle and intelligence is second to known.
It’s been a year since the failed uprising against the Holy Britannian Empire led by the now missing masked leader, Zero. Without their leader, the Black Knights are powerless against the EmpireEmpire and are losing hope for a comeback.
The main character, Lelouch Lamperouge, can’t remember his double life and lives as a normal high school student at Ashford Academy. C.C., his past partner, finds him and works to bring Lelouch back to who he once was and hope that they can help the rebellion and have Zero return to them.
1. Julius Euclius
A member of the Royal Guard and personal knight to Anastasia Hoshin, a candidate to become the new King, Julius is an elite yet strict man with a strong sense of conviction and knowing the difference between the bad and good.
He is talented with the sword as well as his connection to spirits that allows him to use all forms of magic. He clashes with the main protagonist of Re:Zero ~Starting Life in Another World~, former NEET, Subaru Natsuki, who was reincarnated into Julius’s world and supported Emilia, another candidate for the crown.