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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.'
7th May '16 11:32:13 PM Theriocephalus
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* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: This branch consists of a group of people who believes that might makes right. Because they were beaten in combat, they accept their new leader and will not question his loyalty. Their new leader is a source of enlightenment, and serving him is their highest honor. However, any who feel their honor has been insulted will gladly [[EnemyMine join with,]] or at least be neutral towards, the rebels. Those who do join LaResistance usually seek to regain their group's lost glory. In battle, they are often both strong warriors and skilled strategists.

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* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: This branch consists of a group of people who believes that might makes right. Because they were beaten in combat, they accept their new leader and will not question his loyalty.authority. Their new leader is a source of enlightenment, and serving him is their highest honor. However, any who feel their honor has been insulted will gladly [[EnemyMine join with,]] or at least be neutral towards, the rebels. Those who do join LaResistance usually seek to regain their group's lost glory. In battle, they are often both strong warriors and skilled strategists.
15th Feb '16 10:24:10 AM Theriocephalus
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** Rome did it for centuries: for their neighbouring Germans, serving in the Roman army was a way to get honour (as they knew that [[TrainingFromHell surviving the training meant you were a badass]]) and improving living conditions for themselves and their families upon discharge (they were allowed to settle inside the borders and got citizenship for themselves and their children). The difference was ''how'' it was done: for most of the time, the barbarians were split up and sent to serve inside units raised from fully Romanized populations, thus isolating potential troublemakers and expose them to Roman values until they adopted them. Sadly a series of civil wars and a major military campaign after emperor Valentinian III's death ended up depleting the Western army, with general Ricimer (commander in chief of the army and, by then, the real power behind the throne) opting to not have the veterans train new recruits raised from inside the empire but to have barbarian tribes replace the destroyed armies. As soon as that was done, Rome lost Spain, Africa and Gaul to the barbarians for good, and the empire in Italy would soon fall to the barbarians in the army deciding they're better off without emperor.

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** Rome did it for centuries: for their neighbouring Germans, serving in the Roman army was a way to get honour (as they knew that [[TrainingFromHell surviving the training meant you were a badass]]) and improving living conditions for themselves and their families upon discharge (they were allowed to settle inside the borders and got citizenship for themselves and their children). The difference was ''how'' it was done: for most of the time, the barbarians were split up and sent to serve inside units raised from fully Romanized populations, thus isolating potential troublemakers and expose them to Roman values until they adopted them. Sadly a series of civil wars and a major military campaign after emperor Valentinian III's death ended up depleting the Western army, with general Ricimer (commander in chief of the army and, by then, the real power behind the throne) opting to not have the veterans train new recruits raised from inside the empire but to have barbarian tribes replace the destroyed armies. As soon as that was done, Rome lost Spain, Africa and Gaul to the barbarians for good, and the empire in Italy would soon fall to the barbarians in the army deciding they're better off without an emperor.



* The reason why the Mongols could show up in great numbers and plow through Muslim and Christian nations ([[Creator/MontyPython nobody expected the Mongol horde!]]) is because they made battle thralls out of every tribes they conquered along the way. And it was a long, ''long'' way.

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* The reason why the Mongols could show up in great numbers and plow through Muslim and Christian nations ([[Creator/MontyPython nobody expected the Mongol horde!]]) is because they made battle thralls out of every tribes tribe they conquered along the way. And it was a long, ''long'' way.
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