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21st Feb '18 11:59:49 AM nombretomado
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* During TheRiverWar in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, the Egyptian government responded to the Mahdist uprising by sending Colonel William Hicks south with an Egyptian army. Most of these troops were criminals, many even ex-rebels against the Egyptian government, some marched to the front in shackles. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Hicks' men [[CurbstompBattle were annihilated by the Mahdi]].

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* During TheRiverWar UsefulNotes/TheRiverWar in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, the Egyptian government responded to the Mahdist uprising by sending Colonel William Hicks south with an Egyptian army. Most of these troops were criminals, many even ex-rebels against the Egyptian government, some marched to the front in shackles. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Hicks' men [[CurbstompBattle were annihilated by the Mahdi]].
26th Jan '18 7:14:30 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Ratlings (hobbits InSpace) are a short human subspecies prone to thieving, drinking and fornication at the drop of a hat. They are, however, excellent snipers and cooks, the first of which makes them accepted by officers and the second by the Guardsmen.

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** Ratlings (hobbits InSpace) are a short human subspecies prone to thieving, drinking and fornication at the drop of a hat. They are, however, excellent snipers and cooks, the first of which makes them accepted by officers and the second by the Guardsmen. They also have a reputation as running the informal black markets that pop up in every military camp anywhere.
26th Jan '18 7:11:36 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** The now discontinued Salvar Chem Dogs. An Imperial Guard regiment consisting entirely of drug addicts, thieves and psychopathic thugs, who are kept in check only by their addictions and promises of large quantities of their fix.

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** The now discontinued Salvar Chem Dogs. An Imperial Guard regiment consisting entirely of drug addicts, thieves and psychopathic thugs, who are kept in check only by their addictions and promises of large quantities of their fix. They're also motivated by being allowed to keep anything they loot.
19th Nov '17 5:04:17 PM JackG
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* In the French war movie ''Captain Conan'' (1996), the title character commands a unit of trench raiders which includes recruits from military prisons. Part of the plot involves a court-martial when several of these soldiers use the skills they've learnt to rob a nightclub.
11th Nov '17 6:34:04 AM Chabal2
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** Dark Eldar, essentially Drow in space. Despite their appearance, their raids in material space have perfect discipline, for they all too are well aware what will happen to them shall they die.

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** Dark Eldar, essentially Drow in space. Despite their appearance, appearance and KlingonPromotion-based society, their raids in material space have perfect discipline, for they are [[YourSoulIsMine all too are well aware what will happen to them shall if they die.die there.]]
** Ratlings (hobbits InSpace) are a short human subspecies prone to thieving, drinking and fornication at the drop of a hat. They are, however, excellent snipers and cooks, the first of which makes them accepted by officers and the second by the Guardsmen.
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.
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