The Brief: White knighting is when an individual joins an argument with the intention of making themselves look good.


White Knighting is when an individual inserts themselves into an argument with the sole purpose of making themselves look good and appear as if hey are a “knight in shining armor,” according to subreddit r/explainlikeimfive. The term also refers to those who jump into disputes to defend someone who doesn’t need defending.

The term “white knighting” is also thrown around by individuals or online trolls who don’t like being called out by others. They’ll try to flip the situation by deeming their criticizers white knights.

The term white knighting is similar to that of “caping for” another individual.