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31st Jul '16 8:12:21 AM narm00
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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.

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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.

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** 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''.

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* 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.

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* 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.

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* 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.

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* 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''.

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



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

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* 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.

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* 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.

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* 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.

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

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* 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
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* 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.)

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* 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.)
30th Apr '16 7:48:19 AM AjWargo
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* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'''s schtick in a nutshell. Ben Stiller teams up with a ragtag group consisting of an Egyptian Pharaoh named Akmenrah, Theodore Roosevelt, Attila the Hun, Christopher Columbus, Sacajawea, miniature figures of cowboys and Roman soldiers, and a group of neanderthals to apprehend the previous night guards of the museum who stole a tablet that once belonged to said Pharaoh and was causing the exhibits to come to life.

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* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'''s schtick in a nutshell. Ben Stiller teams up with a ragtag group consisting of an Egyptian Pharaoh named Akmenrah, Theodore Roosevelt, Attila the Hun, Christopher Columbus, Sacajawea, miniature figures of cowboys and Roman soldiers, a T-Rex skeleton, and a group of neanderthals to apprehend the previous night guards of the museum who stole a tablet that once belonged to said Pharaoh and was causing the exhibits to come to life.
7th Apr '16 10:01:26 AM Mhazard
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One of the standard uses of TimeTravel for an EvilOverlord is to pluck warriors from various wars throughout history and bring them through to the future (the EvilOverlord's present) and assemble them into an unbeatable army.

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One of the standard uses of TimeTravel for an EvilOverlord is to pluck warriors from various wars throughout history and bring them through to the future (the EvilOverlord's present) and assemble them into an unbeatable army.
army. The technique of TimeTravel isn't mandatory, even it's not available, a {{Necromancer}} can still make up their own ancient army by AnimateDead.
7th Apr '16 9:55:51 AM Mhazard
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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.

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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.
JuryOfTheDamned. If an army is consist of entirely long dead people, this is ArmyOfTheDead.
1st Mar '16 6:15:19 AM Willbyr
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1st Mar '16 6:14:39 AM Willbyr
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* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', [[spoiler:Lifemaker summons all previous generations af Cosmo Entelechia upon his/her resurrection.]]

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* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[spoiler:Lifemaker summons all previous generations af of Cosmo Entelechia upon his/her resurrection.]]



* Inverted in ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', where Fitzroy tries to conquer the present (his past) with future sentinel technology. It finally backfires spectacularly when he opens a portal to a prison riot in the future, bringing in a horde of mutant inmates Bishop follows.
* [[ComicBook/TheAvengers The Avengers's]] foe Kang once had his own team of elite warriors plucked from different time periods, The Anachronauts.

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* Inverted in ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', ''Comicbook/XMen'', where Fitzroy tries to conquer the present (his past) with future sentinel technology. It finally backfires spectacularly when he opens a portal to a prison riot in the future, bringing in a horde of mutant inmates Bishop follows.
* [[ComicBook/TheAvengers The Avengers's]] ComicBook/TheAvengers:
** Their
foe Kang once had his own team of elite warriors plucked from different time periods, The Anachronauts.



* ''NightAtTheMuseum'''s schtick in a nutshell. Ben Stiller teams up with a ragtag group consisting of an Egyptian Pharaoh named Akmenrah, Theodore Roosevelt, Attila the Hun, Christopher Columbus, Sacajawea, miniature figures of cowboys and Roman soldiers, and a group of neanderthals to apprehend the previous night guards of the museum who stole a tablet that once belonged to said Pharaoh and was causing the exhibits to come to life.

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* ''NightAtTheMuseum'''s ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'''s schtick in a nutshell. Ben Stiller teams up with a ragtag group consisting of an Egyptian Pharaoh named Akmenrah, Theodore Roosevelt, Attila the Hun, Christopher Columbus, Sacajawea, miniature figures of cowboys and Roman soldiers, and a group of neanderthals to apprehend the previous night guards of the museum who stole a tablet that once belonged to said Pharaoh and was causing the exhibits to come to life.
16th Jan '16 5:17:55 PM Saber15
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* 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.
16th Jan '16 3:39:50 PM R1ck
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* As seen above, this is possible in the ''EmpireEarth'' series, as troops specific to one era don't disappear when reaching the next one. Can lead to interesting RockBeatsLaser situations when a ''nuclear bomber'' is shot down by guys with late-1800s rifles, or a top-of-the-line nuclear powered submarine is destroyed with complete impunity by a tower that's nothing more than a raised platform with a caveman chucking big rocks at people.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' series has a similar kind of thing going as in ''Empire Earth'' -- while newer units do make older ones obsolete and unavailable for construction, units that have been already built will stick around unless disbanded or upgraded manually. In a fairly extreme example, you can have squadrons of Bombers providing air support for an invading army of Knights and Longbowmen, for instance.
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