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Dancing in a suit of armour. An amusing sight, in part due to the inherent clumsiness and difficulty in moving glibly in such attire. Furthermore, a suit of armor has connotations of knightly bravery and honor--hence the humorous whiplash stemming from dancing in full plate (see also The Comically Serious).

Not to be confused with Dance Battler.

Examples of Boogie Knights include:


Card Games

Eastern European Animation

  • Semi-example: in one of the episodes of Nu Pogodi (in a museum), Wolf disguises himself as a suit of armor and soon afterwards slides across a slippery floor, doing figure skating maneouvers to the tune of a classical melody.

Film

  • The "Knights of the Round Table" song from Monty Python and The Holy Grail.
    • In Spamalot, Robin would rather sing and dance than fight, and eventually pursues a career in musical theater. Lancelot, a Straight Gay, is also revealed as loving to dance.
  • The end of Ella Enchanted sees the armored castle guards dance along to the Crowd Song (since they never even speak, let alone sing).
  • The original 1963 version of The Pink Panther included a costume party in which Inspector Clouseau attempted to remain incognito wearing a suit of armour, complete with clanging faceplate. He spends some of the evening dancing.
  • Iron Man 2: Tony Stark, drunk as hell, fully suited up in Iron Man armor. And its one of the most hilarious moments in the movie.
  • In The Three Stooges short "Squareheads of the Round Table", Larry, Moe, and Shemp noisily dance in full armor to an "ancient" radio playing "Swanee River".
  • This behind-the-scenes clip from the set of Predator 2 is dripping with this trope.
  • Not dancing per se, but the Mel Brooks movie Silent Movie has a hilarious scene where the main characters, in full plate armor, try to eat lunch at a cafeteria.

Live Action TV

  • One contestant on Britain's Got Talent did a Michael Jackson dance dressed as Darth Vader.
  • Canadian comedy duo Johnny Wayne and Frank Shuster once had a TV special that parodied fairy tales - they star as a court jester and royal physician, breaking into an impromptu softshoe dance in the dining hall, followed by a knight in armor doing a more vigorous tapdance.

Music

Video Games

  • In Runescape, if you pay some money and pull a lever at the party room (formerly in Camelot), a group of knights would dance and sing on a table. Probably inspired by the Monty Python and the Holy Grail scene. Also, there are multiple dance emotes, which players can do in full armor.
  • World of Warcraft. The dance command is never affected by whatever your character is equipped with.
  • Both Mass Effect and its sequel allow the protagonist some dance steps in full combat gear.
  • In The Sims Medieval, when a musician plays a lute, most people in the room start to dance; this includes any knights in full armor, and occasionally even golems.

Music

  • Adam Ant dances in a very shiny suit of armor in "Ant Rap".


Web Comics

Real Life

  • Longsword instructor Guy Windsor once explained the versatility of armour by stating that an armoured knight can "run, jump, ride and even dance techno. I have seen this with my own eyes."
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