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24th Aug '16 9:29:36 PM nombretomado
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* TheBlackCompany is one of these. It was standard practice for the Free Companies not to ask questions about who you were or what you did before you joined up.

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* TheBlackCompany Literature/TheBlackCompany is one of these. It was standard practice for the Free Companies not to ask questions about who you were or what you did before you joined up.



* In TheNightAngelTrilogy In the second and third books [[spoiler: Logan]] essentially puts this together. Some of them become his bodygards, others go back to the life they had for a bit, but mostly, he does this to redeem the once crime ridden country and give it hope for a corruption light future.

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* In TheNightAngelTrilogy In the second and third books [[spoiler: Logan]] essentially puts this together. Some of them become his bodygards, bodyguards, others go back to the life they had for a bit, but mostly, he does this to redeem the once crime ridden country and give it hope for a corruption light future.
3rd Jul '16 2:30:53 AM Millenia
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** In some cases, ironically, the problem of the Continental Army was the reverse. New Englanders at least were small farmers and storekeepers who were to well aware of their dignity as middle class folk to take to military discipline and needed a commander who could work with their cultural eccentricities before they became effective. Historian Fred Anderson draws a picture of that in several of his books.

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** In some cases, ironically, the problem of the Continental Army was the reverse. New Englanders at least were small farmers and storekeepers who were to too well aware of their dignity as middle class folk to take to military discipline and needed a commander who could work with their cultural eccentricities before they became effective. Historian Fred Anderson draws a picture of that in several of his books.
1st Jul '16 7:16:43 PM eroock
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->''The French system of conscription brings together a fair sample of all classes; ours is composed of the scum of the earth— the mere scum of the earth.''
-->--''The Duke of Wellington on the British Army, 1813.''

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22nd Jun '16 8:48:18 PM Gamermaster
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* The eponymous team of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' consists of a hyperactive Bostonian hoodlum, an Australian game hunter turned assassin (not a crazed gunman!}, a delusional, nigh-anonymous pyromaniac [[TheFaceless dressed in an all-concealing jumpsuit]], a crazed civilian who believes he's a soldier, a chain-smoking French quintuple-agent, [[HerrDoktor a saw-wielding German quack with mad scientist tendencies]], a drunken Scottish swordsman/explosives expert, a Russian boxer with a ChainsawGripBFG, and a shotgun-toting GadgeteerGenius Texan with a robot arm. The last one is the sanest of the group, and he ''cut off his own hand to attach a robotic replacement to the stump'', which speaks volumes about the rest.

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* The eponymous team of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' consists of a hyperactive Bostonian hoodlum, an Australian game hunter turned assassin (not a crazed gunman!}, gunman!), a delusional, nigh-anonymous pyromaniac [[TheFaceless dressed in an all-concealing jumpsuit]], a crazed civilian who believes he's a soldier, a chain-smoking French quintuple-agent, [[HerrDoktor a saw-wielding German quack with mad scientist tendencies]], a drunken Scottish swordsman/explosives expert, a Russian boxer with a ChainsawGripBFG, and a shotgun-toting GadgeteerGenius Texan with a robot arm. The last one is the sanest of the group, and he ''cut off his own hand to attach a robotic replacement to the stump'', which speaks volumes about the rest.
12th Jun '16 5:04:55 PM Doug86
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* The Player's army in every ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' game will be this by the end, though it also includes many nobles and trained soldiers as well. You will recruit anybody, despite their background, who even remotely dislikes the antagonists or is friends with someone already in your group.

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* The Player's army in every ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' game will be this by the end, though it also includes many nobles and trained soldiers as well. You will recruit anybody, despite their background, who even remotely dislikes the antagonists or is friends with someone already in your group.
7th Jun '16 7:17:22 PM Doug86
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* The Dirlewanger Brigade of the Waffen-SS from ''UsefulNotes/WorldWar2''. The unit was originally made up of poachers, but was ultimately ranked with any criminals or mental patients the SS could find. Even the rest of the SS was disgusted with them, though that said, their "disgust" was probably based not so much on their behavior as the fact that the brigade was made up of a large number of people who the SS would normally have gassed or shot. Their actions were heinous but "the rest of the SS" was up to ''genocide'', so they were probably considered at worst a reflection of the kind of barbarity they would expect from such a bunch, rather than the ''other'' kind of ''professional'' and ''civilized'' barbarity practiced by themselves.

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* The Dirlewanger Brigade of the Waffen-SS from ''UsefulNotes/WorldWar2''.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The unit was originally made up of poachers, but was ultimately ranked with any criminals or mental patients the SS could find. Even the rest of the SS was disgusted with them, though that said, their "disgust" was probably based not so much on their behavior as the fact that the brigade was made up of a large number of people who the SS would normally have gassed or shot. Their actions were heinous but "the rest of the SS" was up to ''genocide'', so they were probably considered at worst a reflection of the kind of barbarity they would expect from such a bunch, rather than the ''other'' kind of ''professional'' and ''civilized'' barbarity practiced by themselves.
7th Jun '16 3:20:25 PM Morgenthaler
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* Before SunTzu earned his fame, he was given a test from the King: turn 180 concubines into a small army. He pulled it off, though [[YouHaveFailedMe he had to punish some of his officers before they would take him seriously]].

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* Before SunTzu Creator/SunTzu earned his fame, he was given a test from the King: turn 180 concubines into a small army. He pulled it off, though [[YouHaveFailedMe he had to punish some of his officers before they would take him seriously]].
13th May '16 11:42:14 PM Doug86
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* Since Marius also appears the the ''MastersOfRome'' series, his legion fulfills a very similar role, and plays a key role in the first book.

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* Since Marius also appears the the ''MastersOfRome'' ''Literature/MastersOfRome'' series, his legion fulfills a very similar role, and plays a key role in the first book.



* The Night's Watch in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' are like this; most of its members are criminals whose crimes were pardoned in return for joining, and many of the willing volunteers are misfits of some sort. Most people in Westeros consider service on the Wall to be essentially a glorified penal colony. After thousands of years without even seeing The Others they're supposed to defend the Wall from, the Night's Watch has become ridiculously underfunded, to the point that of the 19 forts in the Wall, they can barely man 3 of them by the time the story begins. In ''A Storm of Swords'', some local prostitutes help the Night Watch fight off a Wildling onslaught, making this a quite literal example of the trope. Though granted, many of the Northern houses still know that the Wall is important and look at taking the black as an honorable thing, unlike the southern lands of Westeros.

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* The Night's Watch in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' are like this; most of its members are criminals whose crimes were pardoned in return for joining, and many of the willing volunteers are misfits of some sort. Most people in Westeros consider service on the Wall to be essentially a glorified penal colony. After thousands of years without even seeing The Others they're supposed to defend the Wall from, the Night's Watch has become ridiculously underfunded, to the point that of the 19 forts in the Wall, they can barely man 3 of them by the time the story begins. In ''A Storm of Swords'', some local prostitutes help the Night Watch fight off a Wildling onslaught, making this a quite literal example of the trope. Though granted, many of the Northern houses still know that the Wall is important and look at taking the black as an honorable thing, unlike the southern lands of Westeros.
7th May '16 12:41:30 PM Nautilus1
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* Imperial Russian Navy during the RussoJapaneseWar became so short of manpower by the moment Admiral Rozhestvensky's fleet set sail, they sent the worst recruits, untrained peasants and convicts for crews. The admiral had whipped them ([[ATasteOfTheLash sometimes literally) into shape during the 4 months of the trip to Pacific.

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* Imperial Russian Navy during the RussoJapaneseWar became so short of manpower by the moment Admiral Rozhestvensky's fleet set sail, they sent the worst recruits, untrained peasants and convicts for crews. The admiral had whipped them ([[ATasteOfTheLash sometimes literally) literally]]) into shape during the 4 months of the trip to Pacific.
7th May '16 12:40:44 PM Nautilus1
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* Imperial Russian Navy during the RussoJapaneseWar became so short of manpower by the moment Admiral Rozhestvensky's fleet set sail, they sent the worst recruits, untrained peasants and convicts for crews. The admiral had whipped them ([[ATasteOfTheLash sometimes literally) into shape during the 4 months of the trip to Pacific.
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