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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.
5th Aug '16 9:31:09 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' also continues the tradition, with Spartan-[=IVs=] as the stars of both the multiplayer and the "Spartan Ops" co-op campaign.
** ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' goes even further; the campaign is split between the [=Spartan-IIs=] of Blue Team (including the Chief) and the [=Spartan-IVs=] of Fireteam Osiris (which includes both Jameson Locke of ''Nightfall'' and Edward Buck from ''ODST'').

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** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' also continues the tradition, with Spartan-[=IVs=] as the stars of both the multiplayer and the "Spartan Ops" ''Spartan Ops'' co-op campaign.
** ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' goes even further; the campaign is split between the [=Spartan-IIs=] of Blue Team (including the Chief) and the [=Spartan-IVs=] of Fireteam Osiris (which includes both Jameson Locke of ''Nightfall'' ''[[Film/HaloNightfall Nightfall]]'' and Edward Buck from ''ODST'').
30th Jul '16 7:03:45 PM Vovka
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*** Although the Storm Troopers recently got a ''massive'' boost - [=AP3=] hellguns that tear through Chaos Marines like a knife through butter, anyone? To be fair, the hellgun used to be crappy for an allegedly "elite" unit - Str 3, like a normal lasgun, with the "bonus" of [=AP5=]. To put that in perspective, that means that it had the ability to ignore the armour of incredibly basic mooks. You know, like ''most other guns in the game.''
*** As of 6th edition, Storm Troopers have been removed from the Imperial Guard and the range altogether to be replaced by their own sub-faction, the Militarum Tempestus.
21st Jul '16 8:57:58 PM GuyIncog
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* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' follows a squad of Rangers from D-Day onwards.

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* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' follows a squad of Rangers from D-Day onwards.onwards, while the titular Private Ryan is a paratrooper.[[note]]In fact, all of the American troops the squad encounters on its mission to find Ryan are from airborne units - either parachute or glider infantry.[[/note]] On the German side, the unit the heroes face during the climactic battle is part of the Waffen SS.
23rd Jun '16 12:28:52 AM Doug86
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** Creation of special forces was resisted during WorldWar2 in several countries for this very reason. Furthermore, transfering the most skilled soldiers in a certain art made it difficult to train the more conventional troops in the same as the soldiers being transfered would have been the natural instructors and leaders.

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** Creation of special forces was resisted during WorldWar2 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in several countries for this very reason. Furthermore, transfering the most skilled soldiers in a certain art made it difficult to train the more conventional troops in the same as the soldiers being transfered would have been the natural instructors and leaders.



** Speaking of the Navy, they had commandos dating back as far as WorldWarTwo, who were involved in underwater demolitions and deep sea recovery. Then came the UsefulNotes/NavySeals, then the Navy Special Warfare Development Group, then [[UsefulNotes/NavySEALS SEAL Team Six]]. Today, anything Navy or special forces related would, odds are, center on Team Six.

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** Speaking of the Navy, they had commandos dating back as far as WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, who were involved in underwater demolitions and deep sea recovery. Then came the UsefulNotes/NavySeals, then the Navy Special Warfare Development Group, then [[UsefulNotes/NavySEALS SEAL Team Six]]. Today, anything Navy or special forces related would, odds are, center on Team Six.
23rd May '16 4:26:49 PM MarkLungo
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This is particularly common in fiction set in WorldWarII: If it is a US unit that is in focus, it is more likely to be Airborne, [[SemperFi Marine Corps]] or {{Ranger}}s than standard Army. British units are more likely to be SAS or Paras (though curiously enough, the similarly exclusive - and more relatable to US audiences - Royal Marines don't get much love). German foes, even late in the war when their quality units were mostly destroyed, are more likely to be SS Panzer divisions rather than poorly trained and equipped Volkssturm.

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This is particularly common in fiction set in WorldWarII: UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: If it is a US unit that is in focus, it is more likely to be Airborne, [[SemperFi Marine Corps]] or {{Ranger}}s than standard Army. British units are more likely to be SAS or Paras (though curiously enough, the similarly exclusive - and more relatable to US audiences - Royal Marines don't get much love). German foes, even late in the war when their quality units were mostly destroyed, are more likely to be SS Panzer divisions rather than poorly trained and equipped Volkssturm.
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