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23rd Oct '17 3:08:37 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* Deconstructed with the Division Numero Uno in ''Literature/{{Victoria}}''. In this dystopian setting, a near-future America has grown so hopelessly decayed and corrupt that the Federal Government has to supplement its forces with literal deputized gangsters to put down rebellions against it, and the Division is the most famous such unit. It [[RealityEnsues turns out]], however, not to be very competent as a military force, degenerating into a [[RapePillageAndBurn drunken rampage]] as it is deployed against the LaResistance in upstate New England, and its excessive brutality ends up alienating most of the government's remaining supporters in the region.
27th Sep '17 9:17:35 AM Abodos
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* Space Pirate Militia in Videogame/MetroidPrime 3 are made up primarily of captured slaves and criminals forced into service. Their service mostly consists of acting as canon fodder at for the space pirate vanguard, rations for the rest of the space pirates and anything else which requires disposable bodies.

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* Space Pirate Militia in Videogame/MetroidPrime 3 ''Videogame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' are made up primarily of captured slaves and criminals forced into service. Their service mostly consists of acting as canon fodder at for the space pirate vanguard, rations for the rest of the space pirates and anything else which requires disposable bodies.
13th Sep '17 10:35:08 PM Dravencour
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* The Black Dog Knights of ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' were made up of the worst criminals of all of Midland. They were so bad that they were sent to a distant prison on the border of the kingdom for their war crimes.

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* The Black Dog Knights of ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' were made up of the worst criminals of all of Midland. They were so bad that they were sent to a distant prison on the border of the kingdom for their war crimes. They're headed by a nasty piece of work of an Apostle by the name of Wyald, who has the distinction of being the worst {{Serial Rapist}} in the series.
2nd Sep '17 4:01:13 PM cybertoy0
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** This trope is the reason why the four most powerful pirates are known as the Four Emperors; They don't have a single crew, but ''entire fleets'' to throw at their problems. When Whitebeard goes to Navy Headquarters to rescue Ace, he doesn't just bring his own crew- which is so big that it needed four ships to ride- but also a few dozen other pirate crews allied with him.
14th Aug '17 2:58:39 PM Nautilus1
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** There was a more pragmatic reason for which both Heer and SS soldiers hated them: when drunk, hysterical or out of control (that is, most of the time they served), [[http://www.warsawuprising.com/witness/schenk.htm Dirlewanger's men robbed, beaten or shot even other German troopers. Keeping them under control involved public hanging and shooting of the offenders]], sometimes by Dirlewanger's own hand.
2nd Jun '17 12:52:43 PM StFan
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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."''

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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— earth -- the mere scum of the earth."''



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* G-rated version in ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland''. [[spoiler:Most of them turn out to be full-on villains, except Long John Silver, who is AffablyEvil, and Sweetums, who sides with Captain Kermit.]]
-->'''Kermit''': ''Who hired this crew?!'' This is undoubtedly the seediest bunch of villains, cutthroats and scoundrels I ever laid eyes on so ''who hired them?!?!''
* In ''Film/RoboCop3'' [=McDaggett=], the boss of [=OCP=]'s armed force, orders the police to assist in evicting the populace of an entire district by force. The officers refuse and resign en masse. [=McDaggett=] decides the city's lowlives will do just fine, and proceeds to assemble a small army of them and attack. They're quite successful against the armed resistance, thanks to being equipped with body armor and heavy weapons (plus OCP had a tank), but then Robocop shows up and slaughters the lot.

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* G-rated version in ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland''. [[spoiler:Most of them turn out to be full-on villains, except Long John Silver, who is AffablyEvil, and Sweetums, who sides with Captain Kermit.]]
-->'''Kermit''': ''Who hired this crew?!'' This is undoubtedly the seediest bunch of villains, cutthroats and scoundrels I ever laid eyes on so ''who hired them?!?!''
* In ''Film/RoboCop3'' [=McDaggett=], the boss of [=OCP=]'s armed force, orders the police to assist in evicting the populace of an entire district by force. The officers refuse and resign en masse. [=McDaggett=] decides the city's lowlives will do just fine, and proceeds to assemble a small army of them and attack. They're quite successful against the armed resistance, thanks to being equipped with body armor and heavy weapons (plus OCP had a tank), but then Robocop [=RoboCop=] shows up and slaughters the lot.



--> '''Phule''': It's been done before. Specifically the Devil's Brigade... the first Special Service force, which eventually became...
-->'''Beeker''': The Special Forces. Yes, I'm familiar with the unit. If I might point out, however, that was a joint U.S.-Canadian force. At the beginning, the Americans provided a motley assortment of rejects and criminals, as opposed to the Canadians, who donated a crack fighting unit. While you definitely have your allotment of criminals, I fear you're lacking the offsetting crack fighting unit to serve as an example.

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--> '''Phule''': '''Phule:''' It's been done before. Specifically the Devil's Brigade... the first Special Service force, which eventually became...
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'''Beeker:'''
The Special Forces. Yes, I'm familiar with the unit. If I might point out, however, that was a joint U.S.-Canadian force. At the beginning, the Americans provided a motley assortment of rejects and criminals, as opposed to the Canadians, who donated a crack fighting unit. While you definitely have your allotment of criminals, I fear you're lacking the offsetting crack fighting unit to serve as an example.



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* In Christian metaphor [[ChurchMilitant The Church]] sometimes compared to this, as every member is a repentant sinner; and sometimes at one time a literal thief or a whore.
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* In Christian metaphor [[ChurchMilitant The Church]] sometimes compared to this, as every member is a repentant sinner; and sometimes at one time a literal thief or a whore.
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* G-rated version in ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland''. [[spoiler:Most of them turn out to be full-on villains, except Long John Silver, who is AffablyEvil, and Sweetums, who sides with Captain Kermit.]]
-->'''Kermit:''' ''Who hired this crew?!'' This is undoubtedly the seediest bunch of villains, cutthroats and scoundrels I ever laid eyes on so ''who hired them?!?!''
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* The Lost and the Damned in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe are a villainous (well, [[BlackAndGreyMorality more villainous than usual]]) version -- they make up various Chaos armies, and are composed of mutants, murderers, heretics, and assorted scum of the Empire.

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* The Lost and the Damned in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' universe are a villainous (well, [[BlackAndGreyMorality more villainous than usual]]) version -- they make up various Chaos armies, and are composed of mutants, murderers, heretics, and assorted scum of the Empire.



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29th May '17 12:56:17 PM ANTMuddle
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See also RagtagBunchOfMisfits for a smaller-scale version. Contrast the CarnivalOfKillers.

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See also RagtagBunchOfMisfits for a smaller-scale version. Contrast the CarnivalOfKillers.
21st May '17 10:41:06 AM nombretomado
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In RealLife, this has often been the makeup of armies throughout history. Military life in the ranks was just too distasteful for someone to volunteer for it that didn't find civilian life just as hard unless he was motivated by ideology. When there was no ideological reason and no BarbarianTribe nearby to recruit from, this is what you are going to end up with. The pay was simply not good enough to attract respectable people, unless they were from [[OfficerAndAGentleman nobility]]; which sometimes had ''ancestors'' who were part of one of these. On the other hand, assembling them into a [[TrainingFromHell properly trained army]] was a rather hard task not only for reasons of literacy or discipline, but also due to the spread of chronic disease in a population with poor or no access to medical care and proper feeding and living conditions. A recruit from the poorest class in the [[VictorianBritain Victorian Era]] could be expected to have either latent [[VictorianNovelDisease tuberculosis]], syphilis, gonorrhea, bone diseases, or, worse, [[UpToEleven all of them together]], and in crowded military camps germs are easily spread. (The ordinary peasant recruit of the State army was not much healthier either. The British Army Medical Corps [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boer_Wars#Controversy_and_significance found out in 1899]] ''the majority'' of recruits were unfit for combat, even by the low standards of the time.)

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In RealLife, this has often been the makeup of armies throughout history. Military life in the ranks was just too distasteful for someone to volunteer for it that didn't find civilian life just as hard unless he was motivated by ideology. When there was no ideological reason and no BarbarianTribe nearby to recruit from, this is what you are going to end up with. The pay was simply not good enough to attract respectable people, unless they were from [[OfficerAndAGentleman nobility]]; which sometimes had ''ancestors'' who were part of one of these. On the other hand, assembling them into a [[TrainingFromHell properly trained army]] was a rather hard task not only for reasons of literacy or discipline, but also due to the spread of chronic disease in a population with poor or no access to medical care and proper feeding and living conditions. A recruit from the poorest class in the [[VictorianBritain [[UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain Victorian Era]] could be expected to have either latent [[VictorianNovelDisease tuberculosis]], syphilis, gonorrhea, bone diseases, or, worse, [[UpToEleven all of them together]], and in crowded military camps germs are easily spread. (The ordinary peasant recruit of the State army was not much healthier either. The British Army Medical Corps [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boer_Wars#Controversy_and_significance found out in 1899]] ''the majority'' of recruits were unfit for combat, even by the low standards of the time.)
21st May '17 7:47:16 AM LadyJaneGrey
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What you get when you take a RagtagBandOfMisfits bands up with ''other'' Ragtag Bands of Misfits.

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What you get when you take a RagtagBandOfMisfits bands and band them up with ''other'' Ragtag Bands of Misfits.
21st May '17 7:42:06 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* From ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', [[spoiler: the [[BigDamnHeroes army besieging Aku's tower]] in the FinalEpisode fits the bill. While some, like the [[BraveScott Scotsman's family]] and the Spartans are trained and skilled fighters, many are simply allies of Jack under Aku's rule with nothing to lose, including [[BadassPacifist Monkey-Boy's tribe]], the [[FreeRangeChildren Rave kids]], the [[PettingZooPeople dog archaeologists]], the [[HandicappedBadass Blind Archers]], and [[FishPeople the Triceraquins]].]]

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* From ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', [[spoiler: the [[BigDamnHeroes army besieging Aku's tower]] in the FinalEpisode SeriesFinale fits the bill. While some, like the [[BraveScott [[BraveScot Scotsman's family]] and the Spartans are trained and skilled fighters, many are simply allies of Jack under Aku's rule with nothing to lose, including [[BadassPacifist Monkey-Boy's tribe]], the [[FreeRangeChildren Rave kids]], ravers]], the [[PettingZooPeople dog archaeologists]], the [[HandicappedBadass Blind Archers]], and [[FishPeople the Triceraquins]].Triceraquins]] with a HumongousMecha thrown in for good measure.]]
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