History Main / CadreOfForeignBodyguards

8th Aug '16 3:06:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* Possibly the Western TropeCodifier: The Swiss Guards which protect the Pope. The silly pants may make them seem a little like {{Bunny Ears Lawyer}}s, but they were a terror on the battlefield in the late 1400s to early 1500s, and they retain their tradition faithfully. And while they ''look'' silly, anyone trying to do harm to His Holiness will come to realize, to their detriment, that they are ''highly'' trained military professionals--they have all completed basic training with the [[SwissWithArmyKnives Swiss Army]], are chosen according to exacting standards of physical fitness, and are given further training once they arrive in the Guards. And although they are most often seen with their ceremonial weapons (swords and halberds) for guard duty, this is in reality their version of the 18th-century uniforms worn by the BritishRoyalGuards; when actually guarding the Pope, they carry the standard-issue weapons of the Swiss Army: the [[CoolGuns/{{Handguns}} SIG Sauer P220 handgun]], the [[CoolGuns/AssaultRifles SIG SG 550 assault rifle]], and the [[CoolGuns/SubmachineGuns MP5]] submachine gun.

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* Possibly the Western TropeCodifier: The Swiss Guards which protect the Pope. The silly pants may make them seem a little like {{Bunny Ears Lawyer}}s, but they were a terror on the battlefield in the late 1400s to early 1500s, and they retain their tradition faithfully. And while they ''look'' silly, anyone trying to do harm to His Holiness will come to realize, to their detriment, that they are ''highly'' trained military professionals--they have all completed basic training with the [[SwissWithArmyKnives [[UsefulNotes/SwissWithArmyKnives Swiss Army]], are chosen according to exacting standards of physical fitness, and are given further training once they arrive in the Guards. And although they are most often seen with their ceremonial weapons (swords and halberds) for guard duty, this is in reality their version of the 18th-century uniforms worn by the BritishRoyalGuards; when actually guarding the Pope, they carry the standard-issue weapons of the Swiss Army: the [[CoolGuns/{{Handguns}} SIG Sauer P220 handgun]], the [[CoolGuns/AssaultRifles SIG SG 550 assault rifle]], and the [[CoolGuns/SubmachineGuns MP5]] submachine gun.
18th Apr '16 3:18:38 AM JackG
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** For a short time, Tyrion Lannister has bodyguards who are leaders of the various mountain clans that he has recently recruited. The mountain clans are from within the borders of the Seven Kingdoms but exist outside of its feudal society. Although not suited to the DeadlyDecadentCourt of Kings Landing, Tyrion wants soldiers who are loyal to him personally, as opposed to Lannister household guards who might be beholden to another member of his BigScrewedUpFamily.

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** For a short time, Tyrion Lannister has bodyguards who are leaders of the various mountain clans that he has recently recruited. The mountain clans are from within the borders of the Seven Kingdoms but exist outside of its feudal society. Although not suited to the DeadlyDecadentCourt of Kings Landing, Tyrion wants soldiers who are loyal to him personally, as opposed to Lannister household guards who might be beholden to another member of his BigScrewedUpFamily.


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* Watchguard International (established by SAS founder David Stirling) used to supply ex-SAS and British military bodyguards for African and Arabian leaders. The suggestion has been made that this was an unofficial means of maintaining a British presence in former colonies who might find it politically unacceptable to ask for British military aid.
18th Apr '16 3:11:09 AM JackG
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** For a short time, Tyrion has bodyguards who are leaders of the various mountain clans that he has recently recruited. The mountain clans are from within the borders of the Seven Kingdoms but exist outside of its feudal society.

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** For a short time, Tyrion Lannister has bodyguards who are leaders of the various mountain clans that he has recently recruited. The mountain clans are from within the borders of the Seven Kingdoms but exist outside of its feudal society. Although not suited to the DeadlyDecadentCourt of Kings Landing, Tyrion wants soldiers who are loyal to him personally, as opposed to Lannister household guards who might be beholden to another member of his BigScrewedUpFamily.


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24th Feb '16 6:16:06 AM Menshevik
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* The French Foreign Legion is composed entirely (except for the officers) of non-Frenchman. Specifically those without a French passport. Historically this made them more expendable than native troops, and consequently the Legion became quite famous for their tenacity through many bloody engagements.



* Various foreign units of the Waffen SS during World War II. Some of these units, particularly from Western Europe, proved far more fanatical than Germans, of both SS and regular army units. Indeed, one of the last units defending Hitler's bunker itself during the Battle of Berlin was a unit of French SS. They had a good reason to fight to the bitter end, since they faced treason charges with a German loss.
11th Feb '16 5:47:44 PM DarkHunter
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Azula, the Fire Nation princess, brings back Dai Li agents from the Earth Kingdom and they serve as her own personal elite squad of guards.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Azula, the Fire Nation princess, brings back Dai Li agents from the Earth Kingdom and they serve as her own personal elite squad of guards. This ends up being particularly useful to her during the eclipse: the eclipse may turn off Firebending, severely limiting a Firebender's ability to fight, but the Dai Li are Earthbenders, and thus are unaffected.
1st Feb '16 8:51:10 PM Mjolnir13621
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*In ''Manga/{{Jormungand}}'', in both the anime and manga versions, almost all of the arms dealers have bodyguards, though only notably Koko and Casper Hekmatyar have truly diverse cadres of bodyguards.




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*In ''Literature/{{TheBlackCompany}}'', in the later novels, the leaders of Taglios, the officers of the Black Company, and at least one Shadowmaster have foreign bodyguards.
16th Dec '15 11:10:49 AM Katsuhagi
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* In ''Series/IClaudius'', one of the difficulties faced in assassinating Caligula is the large contingent of German guards he has around him. He apparently didn't trust his native-born Praetorian Guard and military officers very much (with good reason, as it turned out.)

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* In ''Series/IClaudius'', one of the difficulties faced in assassinating Caligula is the large contingent of German guards he has around him. He apparently didn't trust his native-born Praetorian Guard and military officers very much (with ([[ProperlyParanoid with good reason, reason]], [[BodyguardBetrayal as it turned out.out]].)
7th Dec '15 11:35:25 PM Chabal2
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' the Phoenix Kings of the High Elves have traditionally been guarded by a contingent of Chracian White Lion Huntsmen, ever since an incident when the third Phoenix King Caledor the Conqueror had his life saved from Dark Elf Assassins while out hunting in Chrace himself. In that the Phoenix King is the sovereign ruler of Chrace along with the other nine kingdoms of Ulthuan, the White Lions are not mercenaries but loyal subjects, but since none of the twelve Phoenix Kings so far have ever been Chracians themselves, they're still foreign bodyguards in that sense.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''
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Phoenix Kings of the High Elves have traditionally been guarded by a contingent of Chracian White Lion Huntsmen, ever since an incident when the third Phoenix King Caledor the Conqueror had his life saved from Dark Elf Assassins while out hunting in Chrace himself. In that the Phoenix King is the sovereign ruler of Chrace along with the other nine kingdoms of Ulthuan, the White Lions are not mercenaries but loyal subjects, but since none of the twelve Phoenix Kings so far have ever been Chracians themselves, they're still foreign bodyguards in that sense.sense.
** Warhammer's version of the Varangian Guard are Hungs and Norscans employed by rich citizens. [[AxCrazy Anyone who knows anything about their religion knows how stupid this is.]]
** The Regiments of Renown have a special character called the Paymaster, who is protected by four ogre bodyguards. If he dies, the regiment disbands since there's no one to pay them.
6th Oct '15 4:29:31 PM FurryKef
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->''I can think of no better men to serve as my bodyguard then those who rescued me from the Ye-tai and guarded me so well during all the long months at Gwailor''

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->''I can think of no better men to serve as my bodyguard then than those who rescued me from the Ye-tai and guarded me so well during all the long months at Gwailor''
6th Oct '15 12:23:35 PM Nentuaby
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'', mercenaries and bodyguards are one of the main exports of Darguun, a nation of traditional monster races.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'', mercenaries and bodyguards are one of the main exports of Darguun, a nation of traditional monster races.
races. (That's one of them in the page image above.)
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