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** In later arcs [[spoiler:Griffith's new Band of the Hawk]] is even more so because in addition to discpilined and motivated humans, its ranks include champions and monsters with superhuman powers.

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** In later arcs [[spoiler:Griffith's new Band of the Hawk]] is even more so because in addition to discpilined disciplined and motivated humans, its ranks include champions and monsters with superhuman powers.



** Following the Dressrosa arc, the [[TheHero Straw Hat Pirates]] themselves have upgraded from a small ([[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass if]] [[OneManArmy powerful]]) RagtagBandOfMisfits to an entire pirate fleet full of notorious figures.

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** Following the Dressrosa arc, the [[TheHero Straw Hat Pirates]] themselves have upgraded from a small ([[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass if]] [[OneManArmy powerful]]) RagtagBandOfMisfits RagtagBunchOfMisfits to an entire pirate fleet full of notorious figures.



* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', the [[spoiler:Fourth Ninja World War]] leads to the five great villages pooling their resources to form a Badass Army. They are up against [[spoiler:Kabuto's Badass Army of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]].]] Both armies consist of individuals who can [[OneManArmy single-handedly destroy whole military units]] or [[PersonOfMassDestruction level entire cities]].

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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', the [[spoiler:Fourth Ninja World War]] leads to the five great villages pooling their resources to form a Badass Army. They are up against [[spoiler:Kabuto's Badass Army of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]].]] zombies]]]]. Both armies consist of individuals who can [[OneManArmy single-handedly destroy whole military units]] or [[PersonOfMassDestruction level entire cities]].



* Franchise/StarWars: Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack gives us ''Death Squadron'', [[TheDragon Darth Vader]]'s personal fleet of Star Destroyers, complete with the [[CoolStarship Star]] [[MileLongShip Dreadnought]] Executor. The Alliance are no slouches, but upon them showing up around Hoth, they're scrambling to evacuate in time. The only reason the rebels managed to get away was aside from PlotArmor that the then-tactical commander [[GeneralFailure was an idiot]]. Vader [[YouHaveFailedMe in turn replaces the fool]] [[YouAreInCommandNow with the next ranking officer]], who isn't too sure if he should be happy or worried. His ground forces counterpart then proceeds to [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomp]] the hastily put-up defences with minimal losses, chasing them out.

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* Franchise/StarWars: Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' gives us ''Death Squadron'', [[TheDragon Darth Vader]]'s personal fleet of Star Destroyers, complete with the [[CoolStarship Star]] [[MileLongShip Dreadnought]] Executor. The Alliance are no slouches, but upon them showing up around Hoth, they're scrambling to evacuate in time. The only reason the rebels managed to get away was aside from PlotArmor that the then-tactical commander [[GeneralFailure was an idiot]]. Vader [[YouHaveFailedMe in turn replaces the fool]] [[YouAreInCommandNow with the next ranking officer]], who isn't too sure if he should be happy or worried. His ground forces counterpart then proceeds to [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomp]] the hastily put-up defences with minimal losses, chasing them out.



* Any army in ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'', but notably the Ghosts, who can be best summed up as scottish-influenced-ninja-army-with-laser-guns.

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* Any army in ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'', but notably the Ghosts, who can be best summed up as scottish-influenced-ninja-army-with-laser-guns.Scottish-influenced-ninja-army-with-laser-guns.



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* Frank Herbert's Creator/FrankHerbert's ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' series:



* ''Literature/TheExilesViolin'': Leblanc's air fleet wins the battel against the BigBad's dreadnaughts, follows him to his secret base and then steadily plows through his defenses to reach him personally. Jacquie and Clay do nothing but watch them work. [[spoiler: Then Max activates the Exile's Violin and they all die like so many {{Red Shirt}}s.]]

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* ''Literature/TheExilesViolin'': Leblanc's air fleet wins the battel battle against the BigBad's dreadnaughts, follows him to his secret base and then steadily plows through his defenses to reach him personally. Jacquie and Clay do nothing but watch them work. [[spoiler: Then Max activates the Exile's Violin and they all die like so many {{Red Shirt}}s.]]






** ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar A Good Man Goes To War]]'' blows all of them away.

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** ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar A Good Man Goes To War]]'' War]]" blows all of them away.



** Coming in at a close second are the armies of the Empire - essentially the Early Modern German army crossed with the Landsknechts and set up against things like the above. Similar to the Imperial Guard, they get by with massive brass balls, a lot of bodies, guns, fire, faith, steel and some badassed leaders - such as warrior-priests of the mighty god [[WarGod Sig]][[DeityOfHumanOrigin mar]]. Unlike the Imperial Guard, they manage to kill Bloodthirsters without the aid of tank the size of city blocks.

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** Coming in at a close second are the armies of the Empire - essentially the Early Modern German army crossed with the Landsknechts and set up against things like the above. Similar to the Imperial Guard, they get by with massive brass balls, a lot of bodies, guns, fire, faith, steel and some badassed badass leaders - such as warrior-priests of the mighty god [[WarGod Sig]][[DeityOfHumanOrigin mar]]. Unlike the Imperial Guard, they manage to kill Bloodthirsters without the aid of tank the size of city blocks.



** ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'': The Belkan Military, particularly their Air Force, are (or rather, were) ''the'' Badass Army of Strangereal. In about a week, they almost took over one of its neighbors and took took control of hundreds of miles of land from a US-equivalent superpower. Also, their airforce contains the most [[NominalImportance named aces]] than any other in the series--that has gotta tell you something.

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** ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'': The Belkan Military, particularly their Air Force, are (or rather, were) ''the'' Badass Army of Strangereal. In about a week, they almost took over one of its neighbors and took took control of hundreds of miles of land from a US-equivalent superpower. Also, their airforce contains the most [[NominalImportance named aces]] than any other in the series--that has gotta tell you something.



** Just about any army comprised of [[HumansAreWarriors the races of Men]] qualifies, but there are a few especially notable examples. One example is the Imperial Legion. While the [[HumansAreLeaders Imperials of Cyrodiil]] may [[JackOfAllStats lack the cool powers and strengths of the other races]], but they more than make up for it through discipline and collective martial skill, and the armies of Cyrodiil have conquered all of Tamriel ''twice''. Ultimately, the come down heavily on the "soldier" side of the SoldierVersusWarrior debate. By the 4th Era, they're [[RedshirtArmy not in much better shape]] than [[VestigialEmpire the Empire they serve]], but they've still got enough spirit left to fight off the Aldmeri Dominion and keep Skyrim from fully seceding.

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** Just about any army comprised of [[HumansAreWarriors the races of Men]] qualifies, but there are a few especially notable examples. One example is the Imperial Legion. While the [[HumansAreLeaders Imperials of Cyrodiil]] may [[JackOfAllStats lack the cool powers and strengths of the other races]], but they more than make up for it through discipline and collective martial skill, and the armies of Cyrodiil have conquered all of Tamriel ''twice''. Ultimately, the come down heavily on the "soldier" side of the SoldierVersusWarrior SoldierVsWarrior debate. By the 4th Era, they're [[RedshirtArmy not in much better shape]] than [[VestigialEmpire the Empire they serve]], but they've still got enough spirit left to fight off the Aldmeri Dominion and keep Skyrim from fully seceding.



*** By the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Stormcloaks are a faction comprised mostly of Nord warriors is fighting for Skyrim's independence. They can go toe-to-toe with the Imperial [=IVth=] Legion, one of the branches of the Imperial Military that's in the best shape since the [[GreatOffscreenWar Great War]], and while they're not as [[SoldierVersusWarrior regimented or as well-trained as the Legion]], they make up for it by being [[ProudWarriorRace individually superior fighters]]. Their initiation rite to join is to swim to an iceberg in the middle of freezing ocean and kill an undead ice wraith.

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*** By the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Stormcloaks are a faction comprised mostly of Nord warriors is fighting for Skyrim's independence. They can go toe-to-toe with the Imperial [=IVth=] Legion, one of the branches of the Imperial Military that's in the best shape since the [[GreatOffscreenWar Great War]], and while they're not as [[SoldierVersusWarrior [[SoldierVsWarrior regimented or as well-trained as the Legion]], they make up for it by being [[ProudWarriorRace individually superior fighters]]. Their initiation rite to join is to swim to an iceberg in the middle of freezing ocean and kill an undead ice wraith.



** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline Online]]'', BigBad [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] [[TheCorrupter Molag]] [[GodOfEvil Bal]] creates one out of the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] Xivkyn. Xivkyn are an unholy hybrid of the [[GiantMook massive]] and [[EliteMooks powerful]] but unruly and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder untrustworthy]] Xivilai with the ProudWarriorRace LegionsOfHell Dremora (who refer to themselves as the "Kyn" in the Daedric language). They very nearly succeeded in taking over Mundus during the Planemeld while being an [[ImplacableMan implacable]] fighting force.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline Online]]'', BigBad [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] [[TheCorrupter Molag]] [[GodOfEvil Bal]] creates one out of the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] Xivkyn. Xivkyn are an unholy hybrid of the [[GiantMook massive]] and [[EliteMooks powerful]] but unruly and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder untrustworthy]] Xivilai with the ProudWarriorRace LegionsOfHell {{Proud Warrior Race|Guy}} [[TheLegionsOfHell Legions of Hell]] Dremora (who refer to themselves as the "Kyn" in the Daedric language). They very nearly succeeded in taking over Mundus during the Planemeld while being an [[ImplacableMan implacable]] fighting force.



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*** The best part is? [[spoiler:They can join forces to defeat the true enemy in ''Revelation''! If a BadassArmy has it's [[BuffySpeak badassness]] increased by two, then imagine how powerful TheAlliance would be!]]

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*** The best part is? [[spoiler:They can join forces to defeat the true enemy in ''Revelation''! If a BadassArmy Badass Army has it's [[BuffySpeak badassness]] increased by two, then imagine how powerful TheAlliance would be!]]



** The Covenant is a quite a badass army itself. The Grunts know how to use their numbers right, and they're experts with heavy weaponary. The Jackals are excellent snipers and very hard to kill when they have energy shields. The Drones are extremely fast and agile fearless warriors who comes in ''hundreds''. The Hunters are basically living tanks instead of infantry warriors, who can take a lot of punishment and deliver even more punishment back to the enemy. The Brutes are zealous devoted warriors who have immense physical strength, great endurance, and weaponry that is extremely deadly in and out of melee combat. And the Elites themselves more than live up to their names; when faced with a Brute-led Covenant fleet three times their own strength in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', the Elite fleet's commander simply remarks "Then it will be a fair fight" before proceeding to stomp the enemy force's ass.

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** The Covenant is a quite a badass army itself. The Grunts know how to use their numbers right, and they're experts with heavy weaponary.weaponry. The Jackals are excellent snipers and very hard to kill when they have energy shields. The Drones are extremely fast and agile fearless warriors who comes in ''hundreds''. The Hunters are basically living tanks instead of infantry warriors, who can take a lot of punishment and deliver even more punishment back to the enemy. The Brutes are zealous devoted warriors who have immense physical strength, great endurance, and weaponry that is extremely deadly in and out of melee combat. And the Elites themselves more than live up to their names; when faced with a Brute-led Covenant fleet three times their own strength in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', the Elite fleet's commander simply remarks "Then it will be a fair fight" before proceeding to stomp the enemy force's ass.



** Inverted in the show's every depiction of the military.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', the KND is a BadassAdorable, {{Child Soldier|s}}, and BadassNormal (with a dash of KidHero) example of this trope, this is an army that protects their world's children from being oppressed and harmed by evil [[ChildHater Child-hating]] adults, many of which have super powers, and yet, when they go toe-to-toe with the KND, they mostly lose in the end. It's a wonder why at least some of the villians don't cringe in fear or dread over the thought of taking them on.

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** Inverted in whenever the show's every depiction of military is depicted on the military.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', the KND is a BadassAdorable, {{Child Soldier|s}}, and BadassNormal (with a dash of KidHero) example of this trope, this is an army that protects their world's children from being oppressed and harmed by evil [[ChildHater Child-hating]] adults, many of which have super powers, and yet, when they go toe-to-toe with the KND, they mostly lose in the end. It's a wonder why at least some of the villians villains don't cringe in fear or dread over the thought of taking them on.
6th Nov '17 2:56:52 PM NinjaMime
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* ''Roleplay/RiseoftheBelievers'': The two main camps of these are the Guardians and Anti-Guardians. With the Guardians having the likes of The Lady of the Lake and [[MoonRabbit The Moon Rabbit]], while the other possessing beings like The Boogeyman and the Hydra of Lerna, you can be certain both sides are formidable.
**Even neutral parties can have powerful armies. It's best not to invoke the fury of [[TheFairFolk any fae court]].
31st Oct '17 1:59:39 PM Kamikashi
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* Franchise/StarWars: Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack gives us ''Death Squadron'', [[TheDragon Darth Vader]]'s personal fleet of Star Destroyers, complete with the [[CoolStarship Star]] [[MileLongShip Dreadnought]] Executor. The Alliance are no slouches, but upon them showing up around Hoth, they're scrambling to evacuate in time. The only reason the rebels managed to get away was aside from PlotArmor that the then-tactical commander [[GeneralFailure was an idiot]]. Vader [[YouHaveFailedMe in turn replaces the fool]] [[YouAreInCommandNow with the next ranking officer]], who isn't too sure if he should be happy or worried.

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* Franchise/StarWars: Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack gives us ''Death Squadron'', [[TheDragon Darth Vader]]'s personal fleet of Star Destroyers, complete with the [[CoolStarship Star]] [[MileLongShip Dreadnought]] Executor. The Alliance are no slouches, but upon them showing up around Hoth, they're scrambling to evacuate in time. The only reason the rebels managed to get away was aside from PlotArmor that the then-tactical commander [[GeneralFailure was an idiot]]. Vader [[YouHaveFailedMe in turn replaces the fool]] [[YouAreInCommandNow with the next ranking officer]], who isn't too sure if he should be happy or worried. His ground forces counterpart then proceeds to [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomp]] the hastily put-up defences with minimal losses, chasing them out.
31st Oct '17 1:48:00 PM Kamikashi
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* Franchise/StarWars: Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack gives us ''Death Squadron'', [[TheDragon Darth Vader]]'s personal fleet of Star Destroyers, complete with the [[CoolStarship Star]] [[MileLongShip Dreadnought]] Executor. The Alliance are no slouches, but upon them showing up around Hoth, they're scrambling to evacuate in time. The only reason the rebels managed to get away was aside from PlotArmor that the then-tactical commander [[GeneralFailure was an idiot]]. Vader [[YouHaveFailedMe in turn replaces the fool]] [[YouAreInCommandNow with the next ranking officer]], who isn't too sure if he should be happy or worried.
19th Oct '17 7:02:13 AM thatmadork
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* ''VideoGame/{{ELEX}}'' pits the [[ChurchMilitant Clerics]], a religious, technology-loving police state with Elex-powered plasma weapons, battle mechs and drones, against the [[NatureHero Berserkers]], a clan of hardcore warriors regressed back to medieval ways of war but also converting Elex into Mana to use magic. In other words, it's druidic Viking {{Magic Knight}}s vs. the Brotherhood of Steel but more advanced and building their own tech instead of scavenging it. Between them are the [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores Outlaws]], basically ''Film/MadMax'' baddies with old-fashioned guns, Elex-derived combat stims and a fierce MightMakesRight attitude. Oh, and finally you have the [[TheStoic Albs]], high-tech {{Super Soldier}}s who consume Elex to gain incredible powers at the cost of their emotions. [[ScienceFantasy It's an unusual setting]].
8th Oct '17 7:36:52 PM kikiandlala
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* The armies of the main factions are this in ''VideoGame/EndlessLegend''. Your army of only 3 different types of elements (ie infantry, flying, archer, etc.) will go from using rusted iron weapons and armor to looking like space vikings from a CrystalSpiresAndTogas world and can eventually recruit titan-like Guardians to make your forces even more badass. With weapons no more advanced than a crossbow, you will conquer the planet Auriga and force its inhabitants to assimilate under your banner.

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* The In ''VideoGame/EndlessLegend'', all of the armies of the main factions are this in ''VideoGame/EndlessLegend''. Your army of only 3 different types of elements (ie infantry, flying, archer, etc.) will go from using rusted iron weapons qualify, especially if they successfully research and armor to looking like space vikings from a CrystalSpiresAndTogas world and can eventually recruit titan-like Guardians to make your forces even more badass. With weapons no more advanced than the [[OurGiantsAreBigger Guardians]]. But the biggest badasses are perhaps the Vaulters, a crossbow, you will faction of underground dwelling humans that use bows and LostTechnology, it was the Vaulters who canonically conquer the dying planet Auriga and force its inhabitants escape it (leaving almost everyone else to assimilate under your banner.die out).
8th Oct '17 7:06:34 PM kikiandlala
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* The armies of the main factions are this in ''VideoGame/EndlessLegend''. Your army of only 3 different types of elements (ie infantry, flying, archer, etc.) will go from using rusted iron weapons and armor to looking like space vikings from a CrystalSpiresAndToga world and can eventually recruiting titan-like Guardians to make your forces even more badass. With weapons no more advanced than a crossbow, you will conquer the planet Auriga.

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* The armies of the main factions are this in ''VideoGame/EndlessLegend''. Your army of only 3 different types of elements (ie infantry, flying, archer, etc.) will go from using rusted iron weapons and armor to looking like space vikings from a CrystalSpiresAndToga CrystalSpiresAndTogas world and can eventually recruiting recruit titan-like Guardians to make your forces even more badass. With weapons no more advanced than a crossbow, you will conquer the planet Auriga.Auriga and force its inhabitants to assimilate under your banner.
8th Oct '17 7:04:04 PM kikiandlala
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* The armies of the main factions are this in ''VideoGame/EndlessLegend''. Your army of only 3 different types of elements (ie infantry, flying, archer, etc.) will go from using rusted iron weapons and armor to looking like space vikings from a CrystalSpiresAndToga world and can eventually recruiting titan-like Guardians to make your forces even more badass. With weapons no more advanced than a crossbow, you will conquer the planet Auriga.
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* Time Gate Studios's ''Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns'' has the Kohan Special Forces. In multiplayer, you pick one faction of Kohan and get one element of the Kohan Special Forces (Royal Infantry for the Nationalists, Cavaliers for the Royalists and etc.). For the final level of the single-player campaign, you have united all the factions and have the complete Kohan Special Forces, an army of immortal BenevolentPrecursors of the human race. These guys will completely gut enemy troops with only 2 or 3 attacks. And by this time, you'll probably have recovered enough LostTechnology that your normal human troops aren't too, too far below the Kohan in ability.
* In ''VideoGame/KingArthurTheRoleplayingWarGame'', you are King Arthur and can hire (or with a high enough tech-level, even build) mighty Sidhe troops and Giants to complement your Knights of the Round Table and more mundane troops. But even among the mundane troops, you can get powerful troops that are affiliated with particular alignments and religious belief.
29th Sep '17 7:00:00 AM BeerBaron
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** Just about any army comprised of [[HumansAreWarriors the races of Men]] qualifies, but there are a few especially notable examples:
*** The Imperial Legions. While the [[HumansAreLeaders Imperials of Cyrodiil]] may [[JackOfAllStats lack the cool powers and strengths of the other races]], but they more than make up for it through discipline and collective martial skill, and the armies of Cyrodiil have conquered all of Tamriel ''twice''. Ultimately, the come down heavily on the "soldier" side of the SoldierVersusWarrior debate.
*** Like the races of Men in general, just about any [[HornyVikings Nord]] army qualifies (as well as their [[{{Precursors}} ancestors]], the [[BarbarianTribe Atmorans]]), but a few deserve special mention:

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** Just about any army comprised of [[HumansAreWarriors the races of Men]] qualifies, but there are a few especially notable examples:
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examples. One example is the Imperial Legions.Legion. While the [[HumansAreLeaders Imperials of Cyrodiil]] may [[JackOfAllStats lack the cool powers and strengths of the other races]], but they more than make up for it through discipline and collective martial skill, and the armies of Cyrodiil have conquered all of Tamriel ''twice''. Ultimately, the come down heavily on the "soldier" side of the SoldierVersusWarrior debate.
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debate. By the 4th Era, they're [[RedshirtArmy not in much better shape]] than [[VestigialEmpire the Empire they serve]], but they've still got enough spirit left to fight off the Aldmeri Dominion and keep Skyrim from fully seceding.
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Like the races of Men in general, just about any [[HornyVikings Nord]] army qualifies (as well as their [[{{Precursors}} ancestors]], the [[BarbarianTribe Atmorans]]), but a few deserve special mention:



*** The [[FantasyCounterpartCulture very African/Middle Eastern]] Redguards certainly qualify. And they have a Badass ''Navy'' as well. The "Warrior Wave" of Yokudans (Ra'Gada), ancestors of the Redguards, cleared Hammerfell for the resettlement of their people after Yokuda sank beneath the sea. After only a few brutal months, Hammerfell was cleansed of any Men, Mer, or beast to make it safe for settlement. This even included Orcs and giant goblins. Later, by the time of ''Skyrim'', they broke off from the Empire, said "[[ScrewYouElves screw you]]" to the Aldmeri Dominion, and then successfully repelled invasion attempts by an army that fought the Empire to a crippling standstill.

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*** ** The [[FantasyCounterpartCulture very African/Middle Eastern]] Redguards certainly qualify. And they have a Badass ''Navy'' as well. The "Warrior Wave" of Yokudans (Ra'Gada), ancestors of the Redguards, cleared Hammerfell for the resettlement of their people after Yokuda sank beneath the sea. After only a few brutal months, Hammerfell was cleansed of any Men, Mer, or beast to make it safe for settlement. This even included Orcs and giant goblins. Later, by the time of ''Skyrim'', they broke off from the Empire, said "[[ScrewYouElves screw you]]" to the Aldmeri Dominion, and then successfully repelled invasion attempts by an army that fought the Empire to a crippling standstill.
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