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7th Feb '17 3:25:16 PM Carnel
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** The Clone Troopers as a whole are this to their later Stormtrooper replacements, at least those few that remained in commission. If you happen to see an Imperial agent wearing Phase 2 clone trooper armor post-Battle of Yavin, ''run''.
6th Feb '17 5:15:22 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** The [[DishingOutDirt Dai Li]] in the Earth Kingdom, with their leader being the true power behind the throne.
** The Fire Nation had the Yu Yan Archers, who combined ImprobableAimingSkills with ninja-like speed and agility. Oddly, they were only used in one episode (where they handle the Avatar) and [[ItOnlyWorksOnce are never seen again]]. One of them shows up as a member of the "Rough Rhinos" that reappears a few times in the series. However, [[SubvertedTrope he was actually booted out]] of the Yu-Yan for failing a critical mission. The General from "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheBlueSpirit The Blue Spirit]]" implies that the Yu Yan archers are used only for certain tasks.
* SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has its fair share of these too:
** In Book 1, the [[AntiMagicalFaction Equalists]] appear to consist purely of these, despite the fact that [[BadassNormal none of them are benders]]. A few trainees and hangers-on have gone down easily enough, but the uniformed members are usually able to give even the main characters a good fight. In their first appearance they actually beat the heroes in even odds!
** In Book 2, [[spoiler:the Dark Spirits are eventually revealed to be this, working for Vaatu and therefore for Unalaq, who uses them as secondary troops when his waterbending human soldiers are defeated]].
** In Book 3, the Dai Li are actually loyal to their monarch this time. It just so happens that she's an evil tyrant.
** In Book 4, the metalbenders and mecha suit pilots of Kuvira's Earth Empire are able to hold their own against the heroes even when the numbers on both sides are the same.

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* ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
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''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** *** The [[DishingOutDirt Dai Li]] in the Earth Kingdom, with their leader being the true power behind the throne.
** *** The Fire Nation had the Yu Yan Archers, who combined ImprobableAimingSkills with ninja-like speed and agility. Oddly, they were only used in one episode (where they handle the Avatar) and [[ItOnlyWorksOnce are never seen again]]. One of them shows up as a member of the "Rough Rhinos" that reappears a few times in the series. However, [[SubvertedTrope he was actually booted out]] of the Yu-Yan for failing a critical mission. The General from "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheBlueSpirit The Blue Spirit]]" implies that the Yu Yan archers are used only for certain tasks.
* ** SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has its fair share of these too:
** *** In Book 1, the [[AntiMagicalFaction Equalists]] appear to consist purely of these, despite the fact that [[BadassNormal none of them are benders]]. A few trainees and hangers-on have gone down easily enough, but the uniformed members are usually able to give even the main characters a good fight. In their first appearance they actually beat the heroes in even odds!
** *** In Book 2, [[spoiler:the Dark Spirits are eventually revealed to be this, working for Vaatu and therefore for Unalaq, who uses them as secondary troops when his waterbending human soldiers are defeated]].
** *** In Book 3, the Dai Li are actually loyal to their monarch this time. It just so happens that she's an evil tyrant.
** *** In Book 4, the metalbenders and mecha suit pilots of Kuvira's Earth Empire are able to hold their own against the heroes even when the numbers on both sides are the same.
3rd Feb '17 5:35:38 AM OlmoJV
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* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': Of Frollo's soldiers, the ones who have visored sallet helmets are portrayed as this. Compared to the rank-and-file guards wearing kettle hats, they suffer almost no slapstick at all and have no incompetent moments. In fact, their presence helps to accentuate the edginess of the situation at hand almost as much as that of [[KnightOfCerebus Frollo]].
2nd Feb '17 2:53:43 AM Mhazard
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** The [[Film/RogueOne Death Troopers]] in ''Film/RogueOne'' is essentially what would happen if a Stormtrooper retained their brutal efficiency and avert ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy. They are the elite mooks among the Stormtroopers themselves, and they have scored ''numerous'' kills of the rebels on screen.

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** The [[Film/RogueOne [[DoomTroops Death Troopers]] in ''Film/RogueOne'' is essentially what would happen if a Stormtrooper retained their brutal efficiency and avert ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy. They are the elite mooks among the Stormtroopers themselves, and they have scored ''numerous'' kills of the rebels on screen.
31st Jan '17 3:05:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'', there appears to be [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent several subspecies of goblins]], one of which is significantly bigger and brawnier than the others. They are used whenever the fairy protagonists need a serious threat.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'', there appears to be [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent several subspecies of goblins]], one of which is significantly bigger and brawnier than the others. They are used whenever the fairy protagonists need a serious threat.
31st Jan '17 3:04:38 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' introduced the counterpart for the clones, the Advanced Recon Commandos (ARC) Troopers (Pictured above). They starred in a few episodes, showing that a team of them could do what even Jedi would struggle to accomplish (They notably force General Grievous to retreat in his first appearance, after he's taken on an entire team of Jedi solo and won). ARC Troopers would later feature in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' where some of the recurring clone characters would undergo ARC training and become commandos.

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** * ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' introduced the counterpart for the clones, the Advanced Recon Commandos (ARC) Troopers (Pictured above). They starred in a few episodes, showing that a team of them could do what even Jedi would struggle to accomplish (They notably force General Grievous to retreat in his first appearance, after he's taken on an entire team of Jedi solo and won). ARC Troopers would later feature in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' where some of the recurring clone characters would undergo ARC training and become commandos.
30th Jan '17 8:59:44 PM Willbyr
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27th Jan '17 3:50:19 PM Ghilz
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** ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' introduced the counterpart for the clones, the Advanced Recon Commandoes (ARC) Troopers (Pictured above). They starred in a few episodes, showing that a team of them could do what even Jedi would struggle to accomplish (They notably force General Grievous to retreat in his first appearance, after he's taken on an entire team of Jedi solo and won). ARC Troopers would later feature in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' where some of the recurring clone characters would undergo ARC training and become commandos.

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** ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' introduced the counterpart for the clones, the Advanced Recon Commandoes Commandos (ARC) Troopers (Pictured above). They starred in a few episodes, showing that a team of them could do what even Jedi would struggle to accomplish (They notably force General Grievous to retreat in his first appearance, after he's taken on an entire team of Jedi solo and won). ARC Troopers would later feature in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' where some of the recurring clone characters would undergo ARC training and become commandos.
27th Jan '17 3:48:12 PM Ghilz
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** ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' introduced the counterpart for the clones, the Advanced Recon Commandoes (ARC) Troopers (Pictured above). They starred in a few episodes, showing that a team of them could do what even Jedi would struggle to accomplish (They notably force General Grievous to retreat in his first appearance, after he's taken on an entire team of Jedi solo and won). ARC Troopers would later feature in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' where some of the recurring clone characters would undergo ARC training and become commandos.
26th Jan '17 1:58:55 PM Willbyr
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* ''{{Neptunia}}'' has their Risky Monsters (to be exact, the ones added by the "Add Risky Monsters" and "Change Dungeon" plans from the remakes), that are simple {{Palette Swaps}} of bosses, but are actually ''harder'' than most storyline bosses.

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* ''{{Neptunia}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' has their Risky Monsters (to be exact, the ones added by the "Add Risky Monsters" and "Change Dungeon" plans from the remakes), that are simple {{Palette Swaps}} of bosses, but are actually ''harder'' than most storyline bosses.
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