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His real life designer, Daniel Vallée, is Canadian, one of the first two non-Japanese persons to win a Mega Man boss character contest, the other in Mega Man 6 being Wind Man's designer. His name, however, was briefly mistaken as Daniel Vallie and written as such in the credits, largely due to sloppy handwriting on his part, which also resulted in his package being delivered much later than it was supposed to.
The final design used in the game was mostly the same as in the original concept, including Vallée's implementation of an "armored skirt". However, notable differences included the crest actually just being spikes, and being redone to better resemble a manga character.
Knight Man is believed to represent the United Kingdom, due to being based upon the classic depiction of a chivalrous knight, and his stage being based upon a castle that bears a resemblance to English castles such as Warwick Castle and Alnwick Castle.
However, Knight Man's flail is German in origin and his armor is interchangeable.
The amount of traps in Knight Man's stage reference how medieval castles were often set up with many in order to defend against invaders.
All images are not owned by me. However, the recolored animated sprite is mine.
Knight Man (ナイトマン Naitoman?) is a Robot Master from Mega Man 6 designed to resemble a medieval knight with resistant armor. He was created primarily for combat, with high attack and defense attributes at the cost of lower mobility due to his weight. It is said that he has defeated over 1000 robots in duels. Knight Man is equipped with the Knight Crusher, a strong flail (sometimes called mace or morning star) with a long chain in his left arm which allows him to attack with huge power from great distances. In his right arm, he holds a resistant knight's shield, allowing him to block almost all attacks from the front.
Knight Man is one of the two Mega Man 6 Robot Masters to be designed specifically for combat (the other being Tomahawk Man), though not explicitly for the First Annual Robot Tournament. In the First Annual Robot Tournament, he was reprogrammed by Mr. X to help him conquer the world. Because of his spirit of chivalry and honor, Yamato Man has great respect for him, and ironically, his weakness is the Yamato Spear, due to its ability to go around his shield and pierce his armor.