Note: Knightcore, the aesthetic, is not to be confused with Nightcore, the music genre.


Knightcore is a Royalcore sub-aesthetic inspired by medieval knights. Knightcore has a large presence on Tumblr. There is also a portion of the aesthetic community that related Knightcore to Rangercore, using the shared themes of combat and nature visuals. Like the related aesthetic Princecore, a section of this aesthetic is centered around MLM relationships and the two are often paired together.

Fashion

Due to their practical purposes, historically accurate and historically-inspired knight attire is generally uncomfortable and regarded as inappropriate for everyday wear and most formal occasions. They are mostly used in art and cosplay.

  • Leather
  • Metal armor
  • Gauntlets
  • Chainmail
  • Vests
  • Cloaks
  • Crowns
  • Jewelry, especially rings
  • Sheaths
  • Swords
  • Shields

Practical

  • Layering (eg. firm fabrics on soft)
  • Tucked shirts
  • Leather
  • Metal
  • Headpieces, eg. small crowns
  • Sun and moon designs
  • Corsets
  • Puff sleeves
  • Vests
  • Gloves
  • Belts
  • Buckles
  • Jewelry, especially rings and bracelets
  • Boots
  • Chains
  • Small bags and pouches
  • Simplistic

Visuals

Knightcore uses visuals similar to other Royalcore sub-aesthetics, but differs in its focus on knighthood, war, and adventure. Here is a short list of common Knightcore visuals:

  • Wide, open skies
  • Fields
  • Crosses
  • Palaces and castles
  • Medieval marketplaces
  • Horses
  • Metal, especially armor
  • Chainmail
  • Swords
  • Daggers
  • Shields
  • Leather
  • Flags, especially medieval flags
  • Symbolic imagery
  • Fire
  • Blood
  • Forests, especially during autumn and winter
  • Conflict/War

Media

Written Works

  • Krzyżacy (Knights of the Teutonic Order) by Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Grażyna by Adam Mickiewicz

Films

  • A Knight's Tale (2001)
  • Braveheart (1995)
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
  • El Cid (1961)
  • The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)

Music

Playlists

YouTube

Bands

  • Blind Guardian
  • Jethro Tull
  • Rush (Caress of Steel, A Farewell to Kings)

Resources

Accounts

Tumblr


Gallery

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