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8th Nov '16 8:18:03 PM erforce
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** ''Call of Duty 3'' zigzags this trope. The SAS is featured, fighting alongside the [[LaResistance French Resistance]], but they play a relatively small role in comparison with the US 29th and 90th Infantry, the Canadian 4th Armoured, and the Free Polish 1st Armoured division. The plot of the game concerns closing the Falaise Pocket, which is accomplished by the conventional units, while the SAS missions are largely unconnected to that objective.
** ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' ([=CoD=] 4) has your characters being in the USMC Force Recon and SAS. The SAS ''are'' conducting the special operations for which they are famous; the USMC Force Recon, however, are largely playing the role of much more standard Marines or even regular army, so, oddly enough, ''they'' are the out of place unit.
** ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'' now gives us the U.S. Army Rangers, and the international special ops unit Task Force 141. Again, though, both are largely doing the correct missions for their sorts of units.
** ''[=CoD=] World at War: Marine Raiders/1st Marine Division'' and ''150th Rifle Division'' (Historically the formation whose soldiers raised the Soviet flag on the Reichstag). However, the 150th Rifle Division might not exactly be considered elite, but ThatOtherWiki states that the 3rd Shock Army they were in, all Shock Armies in fact, received more artillery and armour support than other armies in Russia.

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** ''Call of Duty 3'' ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty3'' zigzags this trope. The SAS is featured, fighting alongside the [[LaResistance French Resistance]], but they play a relatively small role in comparison with the US 29th and 90th Infantry, the Canadian 4th Armoured, and the Free Polish 1st Armoured division. The plot of the game concerns closing the Falaise Pocket, which is accomplished by the conventional units, while the SAS missions are largely unconnected to that objective.
** ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' ([=CoD=] 4) ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDuty4ModernWarfare Modern Warfare]]'' (''[=CoD=] 4'') has your characters being in the USMC Force Recon and SAS. The SAS ''are'' conducting the special operations for which they are famous; the USMC Force Recon, however, are largely playing the role of much more standard Marines or even regular army, so, oddly enough, ''they'' are the out of place unit.
** ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'' ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyModernWarfare2 Modern Warfare 2]]'' now gives us the U.S. Army Rangers, and the international special ops unit Task Force 141. Again, though, both are largely doing the correct missions for their sorts of units.
** ''[=CoD=] ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyWorldAtWar World at War: War]]: Marine Raiders/1st Marine Division'' and ''150th Rifle Division'' (Historically the formation whose soldiers raised the Soviet flag on the Reichstag). However, the 150th Rifle Division might not exactly be considered elite, but ThatOtherWiki states that the 3rd Shock Army they were in, all Shock Armies in fact, received more artillery and armour support than other armies in Russia.



** In ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare3'', you play a large part of the game as Frost, member of the Delta Force squad "Metal"; as WorldWarIII has started, their missions are sometimes real special forces work and sometimes they are just called in to help for more conventional tasks. Also, Yuri, the other main playable character, is former Spetsnaz and [[spoiler:Captain Price, as whom you play during the last mission, is former SAS and Task Force 141.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare3'', ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyModernWarfare3 Modern Warfare 3]]'', you play a large part of the game as Frost, member of the Delta Force squad "Metal"; as WorldWarIII has started, their missions are sometimes real special forces work and sometimes they are just called in to help for more conventional tasks. Also, Yuri, the other main playable character, is former Spetsnaz and [[spoiler:Captain Price, as whom you play during the last mission, is former SAS and Task Force 141.]]



* ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} Battlefield 2]]'' has a Special Forces class for each of the playable factions, and even a Special Forces expansion pack which features the [[YanksWithTanks US Navy SEALs]], [[RussiansWithRustingRockets Russian Spetznaz]], [[BritsWithBattleships British SAS]], and [[MiddleEasternCoalition MEC]] Special Forces.

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* ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} Battlefield 2]]'' ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 2}}''
has a Special Forces class for each of the playable factions, and even a Special Forces expansion pack which features the [[YanksWithTanks US Navy SEALs]], [[RussiansWithRustingRockets Russian Spetznaz]], [[BritsWithBattleships British SAS]], and [[MiddleEasternCoalition MEC]] Special Forces.Forces.
** Hilariously averted in ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany'', where the cast is part of the RedshirtArmy and knows it, once [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] that they're going into an important but dangerous mission first just to see ''how'' dangerous it is, because the elites cost more money to train and are thus "too expensive to waste." Subverted in ''Bad Company 2'' when Sweetwater insists the squad be the ones to tackle the villain's scheme, not trusting the spec-ops guys and their "[[TakeThat pussy-ass]] [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare heartbeat monitors]]" to get the job done. [[BadassNormal The boys of B-Company succeed.]]



* Averted in the beginning of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' where your unit, Squad 7, is made up out of a bunch of civilian militia recruits and local police forces with the only exceptional item being your main characters father's tank. However, not only do your units gain 'elite' status when leveled high enough, by the end of the game your unit is taking on all the truly epic missions anyway. Hell, Squad 7 is the only reason Gallia doesn't fall, as the entire army-- the ''entire main army''-- gets completely obliterated towards the end of the game. Absolutely ''nothing changes'', because the army was useless anyway. That said, Squad 7 is actually treated by the rest of the army as mere {{cannon fodder}}; they were [[SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder just too awesome to die]]. But while they might not have been officially named elites, that's what they really were.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII''; while your team members are all cadets from Gallia's most elite military academy, the actual class they're in is a dumping ground for said academy's [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits underachievers, eccentrics, and social undesirables]]. That said, they still end up proving themselves to be some of Gallia's best soldiers.
* Also played with in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'', where your unit is a black-ops penal legion. However, their exploits (though [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold not their fame]]) go on to rival those of Squad 7 itself.

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* ''Valkyria Chronicles''
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Averted in the beginning of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' where your unit, Squad 7, is made up out of a bunch of civilian militia recruits and local police forces with the only exceptional item being your main characters father's tank. However, not only do your units gain 'elite' status when leveled high enough, by the end of the game your unit is taking on all the truly epic missions anyway. Hell, Squad 7 is the only reason Gallia doesn't fall, as the entire army-- the ''entire main army''-- gets completely obliterated towards the end of the game. Absolutely ''nothing changes'', because the army was useless anyway. That said, Squad 7 is actually treated by the rest of the army as mere {{cannon fodder}}; they were [[SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder just too awesome to die]]. But while they might not have been officially named elites, that's what they really were.
* ** Played with in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII''; while your team members are all cadets from Gallia's most elite military academy, the actual class they're in is a dumping ground for said academy's [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits underachievers, eccentrics, and social undesirables]]. That said, they still end up proving themselves to be some of Gallia's best soldiers.
* ** Also played with in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'', where your unit is a black-ops penal legion. However, their exploits (though [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold not their fame]]) go on to rival those of Squad 7 itself.



* Partially averted in ''VideoGame/OperationFlashpoint: Dragon Rising''. While there are plenty of missions where you play as a Force Recon unit named Saber, performing stealth and infiltration tasks...most of the ''really'' epic battles in the game have you in the role of a unit of standard frontline infantry named Dagger. [[spoiler:And they're who you play as in the final, war-winning mission of the game.]]

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* ''VideoGame/OperationFlashpoint''
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Partially averted in ''VideoGame/OperationFlashpoint: Dragon ''Dragon Rising''. While there are plenty of missions where you play as a Force Recon unit named Saber, performing stealth and infiltration tasks...most of the ''really'' epic battles in the game have you in the role of a unit of standard frontline infantry named Dagger. [[spoiler:And they're who you play as in the final, war-winning mission of the game.]]



* Hilariously averted in ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany'', where the cast is part of the RedshirtArmy and knows it, once [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] that they're going into an important but dangerous mission first just to see ''how'' dangerous it is, because the elites cost more money to train and are thus "too expensive to waste." Subverted in ''Bad Company 2'' when Sweetwater insists the squad be the ones to tackle the villain's scheme, not trusting the spec-ops guys and their "[[TakeThat pussy-ass]] [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare heartbeat monitors]]" to get the job done. [[BadassNormal The boys of B-Company succeed.]]



* The two protagonists of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' were both elites in their previous careers (Jill was Delta Force and Chris was a USAF Fighter Pilot), and in-game are members of S.T.A.R.S., itself an elite squad in the Raccoon Police Department.

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* The two protagonists of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil1'' were both elites in their previous careers (Jill was Delta Force and Chris was a USAF Fighter Pilot), and in-game are members of S.T.A.R.S., itself an elite squad in the Raccoon Police Department.



* ''VideoGame/{{Titanfall}}'' and its [[VideoGame/{{TitanFall2}} sequel]] has the Pilots, an elite squad of soldiers who went through extensive and often perilous training regiments for both physical and mental preparation so they could fight as well on foot as when piloting a Titan. They're so renowned, you'd often catch allied NPC grunts pointing you out, remarking how amazing you are, and openly claiming the enemy stands no chance now.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Titanfall}}'' and its [[VideoGame/{{TitanFall2}} [[VideoGame/{{TitanFall 2}} sequel]] has the Pilots, an elite squad of soldiers who went through extensive and often perilous training regiments for both physical and mental preparation so they could fight as well on foot as when piloting a Titan. They're so renowned, you'd often catch allied NPC grunts pointing you out, remarking how amazing you are, and openly claiming the enemy stands no chance now.
18th Oct '16 4:19:32 AM MrKosta
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* In ''Film/RedScorpion'', Creator/DolphLundgren stars as Nikolai Radchenko, a Spetsnaz Lieutenant.
15th Oct '16 4:21:45 AM Vanguard1505
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* ''VideoGame/{{Titanfall}}'' and its [[VideoGame/{{TitanFall2}} sequel]] has the Pilots, an elite squad of soldiers who went through extensive and often perilous training regiments for both physical and mental preparation so they could fight as well on foot as when piloting a Titan. They're so renowned, you'd often catch allied NPC grunts pointing you out, remarking how amazing you are, and openly claiming the enemy stands no chance now.
19th Sep '16 9:12:05 AM LtFedora
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* The Nazis usually called units "elite" for propaganda purposes, such as the ''Afrika Korps''. Other branches, including the ''Fallschirmjäger'' and the U-Boat Service, were considered elite. The Waffen-SS zig-zagged this, as their actual combat prowess often paled in comparison to the rest of the Wehrmacht, but their elitism was rooted in their fanaticism to the Nazi cause. Generally though, being a member of the SS did move you up socially.
19th Sep '16 7:30:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* In his political treatise ''ThePrince'', Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli complains bitterly about the Italian system of relying on mercenaries for war. One of his specific criticisms was that your average Italian mercenary group was almost entirely cavalry, because mounted soldiers were perceived as more elite. The fact that they could charge more for cavalry probably helped too.

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* In his political treatise ''ThePrince'', ''Literature/ThePrince'', Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli complains bitterly about the Italian system of relying on mercenaries for war. One of his specific criticisms was that your average Italian mercenary group was almost entirely cavalry, because mounted soldiers were perceived as more elite. The fact that they could charge more for cavalry probably helped too.
19th Aug '16 12:19:49 AM Chabal2
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** The Imperial Guard themselves have their own elites with stormtroopers, the best of the best who're often requisitioned by Inquisitors who need a lot of firepower. The grunts tend to think of them as overrated ("chocolate soldiers" is one term).
13th Aug '16 8:06:00 PM Gamermaster
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* Invoked in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' by [[ColonelBadass Lt. Colonel Hayate]] who initiated the Riot Force Six at the beginning of the series. They're not just a branch in the [[TheFederation Time-Space Administration Bureau]], they're a [[TheSpartanWay highly trained]] special force filled with prodigies and living legends from top to bottom, created specifically to prevent the Bureau's destruction which was [[VaguenessIsComing ominously predicted]] by Carim's annual prophecies.

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* Invoked in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' by [[ColonelBadass Lt. Colonel Hayate]] who initiated the Riot Force Six at the beginning of the series.season. They're not just a branch in the [[TheFederation Time-Space Administration Bureau]], they're a [[TheSpartanWay highly trained]] special force filled with prodigies and living legends from top to bottom, created specifically to prevent the Bureau's destruction which was [[VaguenessIsComing ominously predicted]] by Carim's annual prophecies.
13th Aug '16 4:21:04 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'' casts you as the servant of the Inquisition, which should in the 40k Universe come with great power and authority. RogueTrader moves you even higher up the totem pole, putting you in a role which would be analogous to being Hernan Cortez while everyone else is a muck-farming peasant. ''TabletopGame/{{Deathwatch}}'' promotes you all the way to a SuperSoldier who is an object of reverence to common people. In each case, your station is far beyond that of normal human beings.

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** ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'' casts you as the servant of the Inquisition, which should in the 40k Universe come with great power and authority. RogueTrader TabletopGame/RogueTrader moves you even higher up the totem pole, putting you in a role which would be analogous to being Hernan Cortez while everyone else is a muck-farming peasant. ''TabletopGame/{{Deathwatch}}'' promotes you all the way to a SuperSoldier who is an object of reverence to common people. In each case, your station is far beyond that of normal human beings.
7th Aug '16 2:06:24 PM kquinn0830
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* ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' covers the story of Easy Company of the 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne.

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* ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' covers the story of Easy Company of the 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne.
Airborne. Several of the company members, such as Carwood Lipton, cite this trope as the reason they joined the Airborne in the first place.
7th Aug '16 10:38:47 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''DarkHeresy'' casts you as the servant of the Inquisition, which should in the 40k Universe come with great power and authority. RogueTrader moves you even higher up the totem pole, putting you in a role which would be analogous to being Hernan Cortez while everyone else is a muck-farming peasant. ''TabletopGame/{{Deathwatch}}'' promotes you all the way to a SuperSoldier who is an object of reverence to common people. In each case, your station is far beyond that of normal human beings.

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** ''DarkHeresy'' ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'' casts you as the servant of the Inquisition, which should in the 40k Universe come with great power and authority. RogueTrader moves you even higher up the totem pole, putting you in a role which would be analogous to being Hernan Cortez while everyone else is a muck-farming peasant. ''TabletopGame/{{Deathwatch}}'' promotes you all the way to a SuperSoldier who is an object of reverence to common people. In each case, your station is far beyond that of normal human beings.
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