History Main / ArmyOfTheAges

12th Mar '17 5:59:53 PM AthenaBlue
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** The War Lord does this in the serial "The War Games".
** In the episode "A Good Man Goes to War", [[spoiler: The Doctor himself does this. He recruits the space-spitfires from Churchill's England, space pirates, a Sontaran nurse, a lesbian Victorian detective Silurian, her girlfriend Jenny, and an entire army of Silurians. WordOfGod says that he wanted the immortal Captain Jack Harkness by his side as well, but the actor was busy making ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay''.]]
** And the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks Asylum of the Daleks]]" gives us an army of every Dalek in the ''Doctor Who'' series... [[NeverTrustATrailer or at least that's what the publicity said]]; in the actual episode, the main threat is an army of Creator/RussellTDavies-era Daleks gone mad, with blink-and-you'll-miss-them background cameos from classic series Dalek models. Only the RTD Daleks do something meaningful to the plot.

to:

** The War Lord does this in the serial [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames "The War Games".
Games"]].
** In the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War", War"]], [[spoiler: The the Doctor himself does this. He recruits the space-spitfires from Churchill's England, space pirates, a Sontaran nurse, a lesbian Victorian detective Silurian, her girlfriend Jenny, and an entire army of Silurians. WordOfGod says that he wanted the immortal Captain Jack Harkness by his side as well, but the actor was busy making ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay''.]]
** And the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks Asylum [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks]]" Daleks"]] gives us an army of every Dalek in the ''Doctor Who'' series... [[NeverTrustATrailer or at least that's what the publicity said]]; in the actual episode, the main threat is an army of Creator/RussellTDavies-era Daleks gone mad, with blink-and-you'll-miss-them background cameos from classic series Dalek models. Only the RTD Daleks do something meaningful to the plot.
21st Feb '17 11:40:37 AM BlackSunNocturne
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Certainly invoked by ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K''. Although not actually historical, most regiments of the Imperial Guard or Space Marine chapters take cues from historical armies. You can field Vietnam commando equivalents alongside an Alexander the Great {{Expy}}, put the Spanish Inquisition in charge of your platoon of red coat pith helmet-wearing Brits, etc. They're just all RecycledInSpace.

to:

* Certainly invoked by ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K''.''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''. Although not actually historical, most regiments of the Imperial Guard or Space Marine chapters take cues from historical armies. You
** With the Imperial Guard, for example you
can field Vietnam commando equivalents (Catachan Devils) alongside an Alexander the Great {{Expy}}, {{Expy}} (Lord Commander Solar Macharius), put the Spanish Inquisition (Imperial Inquisition) in charge of your platoon of red coat pith helmet-wearing Brits, etc. They're Brits (Praetorians).
** Space Marines are even more interesting. You can't ''technically'' field different chapters together, but the Deathwatch is a group made up of different Astartes Chapters working under the Ordo Xenos where you can. An example 10-man kill-team can be made up of a: [[HordesFromTheEast Mongol]][[note]]White Scar[[/note]], [[HornyVikings Viking]][[note]]Space Wolf[[/note]], [[TheSpartanWay Spartan]][[note]]Minotaur or Iron Snake[[/note]], [[BraveScot Scottish Highlander]][[note]]Storm Wardens[[/note]], [[AncientGrome Greco-Roman]][[note]]Ultramarine[[/note]], UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}}n Junker[[note]]Imperial Fist[[/note]], [[UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights Teutonic Knight]][[note]]Black Templar[[/note]], WildSamoan[[note]]Space Shark/Carcharodon[[/note]], [[BadassNative Native American]][[note]]Dark Angel Deathwing Terminator (Yes, specifically
just all RecycledInSpace. them) or Raven Guard[[/note]] and a [[PuttingOnTheReich Nazi]][[note]]Red Scorpion[[/note]].



* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' expansion "Mothership Zeta" has you team up with several cryogenically-preserved warriors on the alien spaceship: a military doctor from Operation Anchorage, a contemporary slaver, a wild west cowboy, and a samurai. And a little girl from during the Great War.

to:

* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' expansion "Mothership Zeta" has you team up with several cryogenically-preserved warriors on the alien spaceship: a military doctor from Operation Anchorage, a contemporary slaver, a wild west cowboy, and a samurai. And a little girl from during the Great War.
19th Feb '17 6:41:26 PM BlackSunNocturne
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

[[folder:Music]]
* Music/{{Sabaton}}'s eighth album, ''The Last Stand'', [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin which is entirely about grand last stands across history]], features this on the [[http://98b7695aa5bb76e7839227ab.skydustproductio.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Artwork.jpg album cover]]; showing a battle containing [[TheSpartanWay ancient Spartans]], [[TheCavalry the Polish Winged Hussar cavalry]], {{Samurai}}, and soldiers from [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne both wo]][[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo rld wars]] fighting side-by-side in Castle Itter, a WWII battleground.[[note]]This is actually showing the subjects of six of the eleven original songs on the album.[[/note]]
[[/folder]]
6th Feb '17 11:29:42 AM Doug86
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The Master pulls this trick in "The Time Thief" strip in ''Franchise/DoctorWho Annual 1974''.

to:

* The Master pulls this trick in "The Time Thief" strip in ''Franchise/DoctorWho ''Franchise/{{Doctor Who|ExpandedUniverse}} Annual 1974''.
9th Jan '17 5:05:31 AM Godzilladude123
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** One clear example was the group that Jonah Hex once joined (against his will) called Five Warriors From Forever. The team was created by a time-based villain called Lord of Time and consisted of heroes from different historical periods, such as the Viking Prince (who is a viking), Black Pirate (who is, off course, a pirate), Miss Liberty (a vigilante from the American Revolution), and Enemy Ace (a WWI German pilot), and were gifted with various powers that allowed them to beat both the JusticeLeague and the Justice Society
14th Dec '16 6:15:52 PM PaulA
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''[[Literature/TheElenium The Tamuli]]'' has the bad guys doing this. But it's less effective than most examples as the Army of the Ages are usually bronze age soldiers who are up against knights in full plate; the characters lampshade this, noting how much military technology, tactics, and techniques have improved and how ineffective this makes the ancient armies. Their other disadvantage is that they're connected to their leader and [[NoOntologicalInertia vanish]] if he's taken out.

to:

* ''[[Literature/TheElenium The Tamuli]]'' ''Literature/TheTamuli'' has the bad guys doing this. But it's less effective than most examples as the Army of the Ages are usually bronze age soldiers who are up against knights in full plate; the characters lampshade this, noting how much military technology, tactics, and techniques have improved and how ineffective this makes the ancient armies. Their other disadvantage is that they're connected to their leader and [[NoOntologicalInertia vanish]] if he's taken out.
22nd Nov '16 7:32:00 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


When an army is made up solely of recognised historical figures, that's an ArchivedArmy. And if a group of dead people are brought together to pass judgement on the living, that's a JuryOfTheDamned. If an army consists of entirely long dead people, this is ArmyOfTheDead.

to:

When an army is made up solely of recognised historical figures, that's an ArchivedArmy. And if a group of dead people are brought together to pass judgement on the living, that's a JuryOfTheDamned. If an army consists of entirely long dead people, this is ArmyOfTheDead.
NightOfTheLivingMooks.



** Nico De Angelo shows the ability to summon an ArmyOfTheDead, from different periods in history. Roman troops are summoned in "The House of Hades" to defeat monsters.

to:

** Nico De Angelo shows the ability to summon an ArmyOfTheDead, army of the dead, from different periods in history. Roman troops are summoned in "The House of Hades" to defeat monsters.
31st Jul '16 8:12:21 AM narm00
Is there an issue? Send a Message


When an army is made up solely of recognised historical figures, that's an ArchivedArmy. And if a group of dead people are brought together to pass judgement on the living, that's a JuryOfTheDamned. If an army is consist of entirely long dead people, this is ArmyOfTheDead.

to:

When an army is made up solely of recognised historical figures, that's an ArchivedArmy. And if a group of dead people are brought together to pass judgement on the living, that's a JuryOfTheDamned. If an army is consist consists of entirely long dead people, this is ArmyOfTheDead.



** A notable example is during ''ComicBook/AvengersForever'' were Kang allies with the Avengers to fight a ArmyOfTheAges sent by his older self Immortus.

to:

** A notable example is during ''ComicBook/AvengersForever'' were where Kang allies with the Avengers to fight a ArmyOfTheAges sent by his older self Immortus.



* The title characters do this to battle {{Satan}} in ''TimeBandits''.

to:

* The title characters do this to battle {{Satan}} in ''TimeBandits''.''Film/TimeBandits''.



* The Horn of Valere in ''TheWheelOfTime'' summons the spirits of ancient heroes bound to the Horn when blown.
* NealAsher's book ''Cowl'' features a Roman Legionnaire, an assassin from a cyberpunk future and a Neanderthal on the same team.
* ''[[TheElenium The Tamuli]]'' has the bad guys doing this. But it's less effective than most examples as the Army of the Ages are usually bronze age soldiers who are up against knights in full plate; the characters lampshade this, noting how much military technology, tactics, and techniques have improved and how ineffective this makes the ancient armies. Their other disadvantage is that they're connected to their leader and [[NoOntologicalInertia vanish]] if he's taken out.

to:

* The Horn of Valere in ''TheWheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' summons the spirits of ancient heroes bound to the Horn when blown.
* NealAsher's Creature/NealAsher's book ''Cowl'' features a Roman Legionnaire, an assassin from a cyberpunk future and a Neanderthal on the same team.
* ''[[TheElenium ''[[Literature/TheElenium The Tamuli]]'' has the bad guys doing this. But it's less effective than most examples as the Army of the Ages are usually bronze age soldiers who are up against knights in full plate; the characters lampshade this, noting how much military technology, tactics, and techniques have improved and how ineffective this makes the ancient armies. Their other disadvantage is that they're connected to their leader and [[NoOntologicalInertia vanish]] if he's taken out.



* In Jeff [=VanderMeer=]'s novel ''Finch'', the surviving rebels have scattered throughout time and space and were rebuilding their armies with what ever local material is available. When the fungal men Grey Caps finally reveal their purpose in being on Earth, the rebel armies unleash a horde consisting of warriors from the past, present and future.

to:

* In Jeff [=VanderMeer=]'s novel ''Finch'', the surviving rebels have scattered throughout time and space and were rebuilding their armies with what ever whatever local material is available. When the fungal men Grey Caps finally reveal their purpose in being on Earth, the rebel armies unleash a horde consisting of warriors from the past, present and future.



* In ''The Hoplite'', a short story by Creator/RobertReed, a "quantum dilator" is used to implant the consciousness of long-dead warriors into newly cloned bodies. The warriors are given a suit of PoweredArmor and [[DoomTroops no oversight when executing missions]]. The protagonist was a hoplite from Alexander the Great's army and works alongside an SS stormtrooper, a Crusader, a Aztek warrior, and a legionnaire. However, a civilian cast doubt on them being actual warriors from the past, claiming the "quantum dilator" [[QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything is a buzzword]] and that they're just brainwashed.

to:

* In ''The Hoplite'', a short story by Creator/RobertReed, a "quantum dilator" is used to implant the consciousness of long-dead warriors into newly cloned bodies. The warriors are given a suit of PoweredArmor and [[DoomTroops no oversight when executing missions]]. The protagonist was a hoplite from Alexander the Great's army and works alongside an SS stormtrooper, a Crusader, a Aztek warrior, and a legionnaire. However, a civilian cast casts doubt on them being actual warriors from the past, claiming the "quantum dilator" [[QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything is a buzzword]] and that they're just brainwashed.



* Eternity's Rangers from ''{{GURPS}}: Time Travel''.

to:

* Eternity's Rangers from ''{{GURPS}}: ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Time Travel''.



* The basic premise of the ''MagicTheGathering'' CCG, with you as the summoner.

to:

* The basic premise of the ''MagicTheGathering'' ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' CCG, with you as the summoner.



* This is the plot of the recent first-person shooter ''VideoGame/DarkestOfDays''. Well, the organization that recruits you out of the American Civil War apparently isn't ''evil'', and is more of a TimePolice. But they still do most of their recruitment by plucking skilled soldiers out of various wars throughout history, namely people who were considered 'missing in action' anyway.

to:

* This is the plot of the recent first-person shooter ''VideoGame/DarkestOfDays''. Well, the organization that recruits you out of the American Civil War apparently isn't ''evil'', and is more of a TimePolice. But they still do most of their recruitment by plucking skilled soldiers out of various wars throughout history, namely people who were considered 'missing in action' anyway.



* Common in many Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Standard villainous armies tend to include Goths, Mongols, Vandals, and the like.

to:

* Common in many Hanna-Barbera Creator/HannaBarbera cartoons. Standard villainous armies tend to include Goths, Mongols, Vandals, and the like.



* When Jack Spicer got his hands on the time-travel Shen Gong Wu Sands of Time in ''XiaolinShowdown'', his plan was to assemble a team of history's villains; Genghis Khan, Blackbeard, Billy the Kid, [[OneOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers his first grade teacher Mrs. Cornhaven]], and his future self- from the very distant future. It ultimately fails when Omi uses the Sands of Time to bring his own future self to the present.

to:

* When Jack Spicer got his hands on the time-travel Shen Gong Wu Sands of Time in ''XiaolinShowdown'', ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', his plan was to assemble a team of history's villains; Genghis Khan, Blackbeard, Billy the Kid, [[OneOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers his first grade teacher Mrs. Cornhaven]], and his future self- from the very distant future. It ultimately fails when Omi uses the Sands of Time to bring his own future self to the present.
1st Jul '16 8:41:24 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''BedknobsAndBroomsticks'', Miss Price assembles one to ward off the Nazi invasion, although they are really living suits of armour, not actual people.

to:

* In ''BedknobsAndBroomsticks'', ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'', Miss Price assembles one to ward off the Nazi invasion, although they are really living suits of armour, not actual people.
17th Jun '16 9:38:26 PM Doug86
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The 2008 DCComics mini-series ''TheWarThatTimeForgot'' centered on this, with various characters from DC's war books, including ComicBook/EnemyAce and ComicBook/{{Tomahawk}}, dragged through time and dropped on [[LostWorld Dinosaur Island]]. (The series is in fact named after one of the features from one of those comics that took place on Dinosaur Island.)

to:

* The 2008 DCComics Creator/DCComics mini-series ''TheWarThatTimeForgot'' centered on this, with various characters from DC's war books, including ComicBook/EnemyAce and ComicBook/{{Tomahawk}}, dragged through time and dropped on [[LostWorld Dinosaur Island]]. (The series is in fact named after one of the features from one of those comics that took place on Dinosaur Island.)
This list shows the last 10 events of 114. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.ArmyOfTheAges