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15th Mar '17 9:03:26 AM hszmv1
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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' this is generally how the Dominion works. The Founders are the head of government and instruct the Vorta (the only solid race they actually trust) to perform diplomatic and administrative tasks. Vorta in turn are given control over the Jem'Hadar, shock troops who are less diplomatic about enforcing the Founder's will. Both are fanatically loyal and see their service to the founders as their greatest duty (they see them as gods). Interesting, most races view the Jem'Hadar as more trustworthy as they have a code of honor, and the Vorta as scheming and superficially respectful. Within the Dominion itself, most clients don't know anything about the leadership of the Dominion beyond that the Vorta are the deal makers and the Jem'Hadar enforce the deal.
23rd Feb '17 4:04:47 PM DarkHunter
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** The new Band of the Hawk pulls a reversal on them: Kushan soldiers defeated but not killed by them are thrown on the front lines in a similar manner. However, those that manage to survive three battles are offered the chance to swear their loyalty to Griffith and, if they do so, become full members of the Band of the Hawk.

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** The new Band of the Hawk pulls a reversal on them: Kushan soldiers defeated but not killed by them are thrown on the front lines in a similar manner. However, those that manage to survive three battles are offered the chance to swear their loyalty to Griffith and, if they do so, become full members of the Band of the Hawk. A lot of the Kushan consider this better treatment than they received [[BadBoss under Ganishka]].
5th Dec '16 11:21:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' the Rajputs and Kushans are ProudWarriorRace guys; both of them defected though the Kushans defected earlier (the Rajputs had to be left so that Belisarius would have someone decent to fight through most of the plot). These two are more {{Worthy Opponent}}s than the rather grim jackboots described above; the Rajputs are aristocratic warriors and the Kushans tough professionals, not totally unlike Romans. Their skill at siegecraft makes them Engineers of Doom as well as a ProudWarriorRace The Ye-tai are barbarian marauders; while brave enough, they tend to be uses as taskmasters, driving the conscripted peasant grunts whose main purpose seems to be to get killed one way or another. The sneaky mooks appear as well in the form of assassins which range from street thugs to ninja-like {{Badass}} [[StealthExpert Stealth Experts]]. Interestingly, the last are what Link seems to trust must.

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* In the ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' the Rajputs and Kushans are ProudWarriorRace guys; both of them defected though the Kushans defected earlier (the Rajputs had to be left so that Belisarius would have someone decent to fight through most of the plot). These two are more {{Worthy Opponent}}s than the rather grim jackboots described above; the Rajputs are aristocratic warriors and the Kushans tough professionals, not totally unlike Romans. Their skill at siegecraft makes them Engineers of Doom as well as a ProudWarriorRace The Ye-tai are barbarian marauders; while brave enough, they tend to be uses as taskmasters, driving the conscripted peasant grunts whose main purpose seems to be to get killed one way or another. The sneaky mooks appear as well in the form of assassins which range from street thugs to ninja-like {{Badass}} badass [[StealthExpert Stealth Experts]]. Interestingly, the last are what Link seems to trust must.
12th Aug '16 10:53:44 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** The Elites (Sangheili) are the Proud Warrior Race Guys, of course. The Brutes (Jiralhanae) are the Barbarian Marauders. The Grunts (Unggoy) are, well, the Enslaved Grunts. The Jackals (Kig-Yar) are the Sneaky Mercs. The Drones (Yanme'e) are, you guessed it, the Dogmatic Drones. And the Engineers (Huragok) are, naturally, the Engineers of Doom.

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** The Elites (Sangheili) are the Proud Warrior Race Guys, of course. The Brutes (Jiralhanae) are the Barbarian Marauders. The Grunts (Unggoy) are, well, the Enslaved Grunts. The Jackals (Kig-Yar) are the Sneaky Mercs. The Drones (Yanme'e) are, you guessed it, the Dogmatic Drones.Drones (though an organic insectoid form of such). And the Engineers (Huragok) are, naturally, the Engineers of Doom.
12th Aug '16 10:53:00 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'''s Covenant has most of these, with the Prophets in charge:
** The Elites (Sangheili) are the Proud Warrior Race Guys, of course. The Brutes (Jiralhanae) are the Barbarian Marauders. The Grunts (Unggoy) are, well, the Enslaved Grunts. The Jackals (Kig-Yar) are the Sneaky Mercs. The Drones (Yan-Me) are, you guessed it, the Dogmatic Drones. And the Engineers (Huragok) are, naturally, the Engineers of Doom.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'''s ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'''s Covenant has most of these, with the Prophets in charge:
** The Elites (Sangheili) are the Proud Warrior Race Guys, of course. The Brutes (Jiralhanae) are the Barbarian Marauders. The Grunts (Unggoy) are, well, the Enslaved Grunts. The Jackals (Kig-Yar) are the Sneaky Mercs. The Drones (Yan-Me) (Yanme'e) are, you guessed it, the Dogmatic Drones. And the Engineers (Huragok) are, naturally, the Engineers of Doom.
28th Jul '16 1:08:17 PM EDP
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* ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199'' uses this trope to perform a CerebusRetcon of how the original changed the skin color of the Gamilas (Gamilons for ''Star Blazers'') after the [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil first few enemy commanders were defeated]]; the new version has members of other conquered species serving in the Gamilas military.

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* ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199'' uses this trope to perform a CerebusRetcon of how the original changed the skin color of the Gamilas (Gamilons for ''Star Blazers'') after the [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil first few enemy commanders were defeated]]; the new version has members of other conquered species serving in the Gamilas military. Note that these guys are all volunteers: some have enrolled because their worlds have been culturally assimilated and they're patriots, while others want the first-class citizenship that comes for them and their families once they complete the term (or honorably die trying).
25th Jun '16 1:56:12 PM Theriocephalus
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* Taskmasters: [[DrillSergeantNasty Drill Sergeants Nasty]] UpToEleven. They're the guys that stand behind all the SlaveMooks and whip them into shape. Though they usually outnumber the taskmasters, the SlaveMooks will rarely rebel against them.

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* Taskmasters: [[DrillSergeantNasty Drill Sergeants Nasty]] UpToEleven. They're the guys that stand behind all the SlaveMooks and whip them into shape. Though they usually outnumber the taskmasters, Taskmasters, harsh punishments, indoctrination and fear tactics will make sure that the SlaveMooks will rarely rebel against them.



* ''Videogame/{{Stellaris}}'' allows you to use 'vassalage' as a peace demand in your wars, which means you can build up an empire of Battle Thralls who you invaded and who very possibly loathe you but nevertheless send fleets to support your future war efforts. The achievement for subjugating three empires in this way is even called 'Battle Thralls.'

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* ''Videogame/{{Stellaris}}'' ''Videogame/{{Stellaris}}'':
** If your empire
allows slavery, you to can conscript your slaves into Slave Armies, which generally work best when under the watchful eyes of [[ThePoliticalOfficer Comissars]] serving as the Taskmasters.
** You can also
use 'vassalage' as a peace demand in your wars, which means you can build up an empire of Battle Thralls who you invaded and who very possibly loathe you but nevertheless send fleets to support your future war efforts. The achievement for subjugating three empires in this way is even called 'Battle Thralls.'
25th Jun '16 1:33:33 PM Theriocephalus
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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' background book ''Xenology'', the Ethereals are hinted to have turned the Tau into Battle Thralls for the Eldar since their innate warp resistance meant they won't be controlled by chaos nor be wary of being manipulated by the Eldar. The source was poetic and symbolic, spread over sources from two races on opposite sides of the galaxy; the interpretation of the text as referring to the Eldar was in-universe and it could equally apply to the Dark Eldar and human-looking Necron infiltrators (which feature heavily in the book.)

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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' background book ''Xenology'', the Ethereals are hinted to have turned the Tau into Battle Thralls for the Eldar since their innate warp resistance meant they won't can't be controlled by chaos Chaos nor be wary of being manipulated by the Eldar. The source was poetic and symbolic, spread over sources from two races on opposite sides of the galaxy; the interpretation of the text as referring to the Eldar was in-universe and it could equally apply to the Dark Eldar and human-looking Necron infiltrators (which feature heavily in the book.)



* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' Dark Sun setting, Enslaved Grunts come in both slave soldiers and gladiator varieties

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* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' Dark Sun setting, Enslaved Grunts come in both slave soldiers and gladiator varietiesvarieties.



* The Chaos Dwarfs in ''WarhammerFantasy'' use orcs, [[LesCollaborateurs hobgoblins]] and goblins in this role, since there are not enough of them to fill out their army.
** The bulk of the Skaven armies are composed of slave rats from other Skaven clans that were conquered. They are mostly used as CannonFodder and their masters have no problem shooting [[UnfriendlyFire with their own weapons]](not that they wouldn't do the same to their own grunts).

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* ''WarhammerFantasy'':
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The Chaos Dwarfs in ''WarhammerFantasy'' use orcs, orcs and goblins in this role, since they don't have enough Dwarfs to fill out their army, with [[LesCollaborateurs hobgoblins]] and goblins in this role, since there are not enough of them to fill out their army.
serving as Taskmasters.
** The bulk of the Skaven armies are composed of slave rats from other Skaven clans that were conquered. They are mostly used as CannonFodder and their masters have no problem shooting [[UnfriendlyFire with their own weapons]](not weapons]] (not that they wouldn't do the same to their own grunts).



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28th May '16 5:24:43 PM KabukiMessiah
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* ''Videogame/Stellaris'' allows you to use 'vassalage' as a peace demand in your wars, which means you can build up an empire of Battle Thralls who you invaded and who very possibly loathe you but nevertheless send fleets to support your future war efforts. The achievement for subjugating three empires in this way is even called 'Battle Thralls.'

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* ''Videogame/Stellaris'' ''Videogame/{{Stellaris}}'' allows you to use 'vassalage' as a peace demand in your wars, which means you can build up an empire of Battle Thralls who you invaded and who very possibly loathe you but nevertheless send fleets to support your future war efforts. The achievement for subjugating three empires in this way is even called 'Battle Thralls.'
28th May '16 5:23:59 PM KabukiMessiah
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* ''Videogame/Stellaris'' allows you to use 'vassalage' as a peace demand in your wars, which means you can build up an empire of Battle Thralls who you invaded and who very possibly loathe you but nevertheless send fleets to support your future war efforts. The achievement for subjugating three empires in this way is even called 'Battle Thralls.'
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