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17th Apr '18 1:00:25 PM Jhonny
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* Ironically racism produced this in African Americans several times.
** During the UsefulNotes/CivilWar at first even the North wouldn't let free black sign up, but eventually the military situation and mounting public pressure from abolitionists meant the Union would recruit blacks. People like Frederick Douglass (himself a former slave) encouraged all blacks who conceivably could to enlist and some of his sons did. The Confederacy, however, came in the habit of taking no black prisoners and generally abusing, torturing or re-enslaving and African American they got their hands on. Naturally African Americans knew what they were fighting for and knew what would await them should they make even a tiny mistake leading to their wounding or capture. Add to that that some leaders sent them into the most horrific of hopeless missions and African Americans had ample opportunity to showcase their heroism. Many a Northerner went into the war a committed racist and came out a great admirer of the martial prowess of his black brothers in arms.
** During the American-Philippine War, a nasty colonial business resulting almost as an afterthought from the Spanish American War, Americans were fighting a nasty war of attrition against Filipino guerillas that is all too reminiscent of what would happen six decades later in Vietnam. As black soldiers were seen as expendable, they were deployed more often and at the more uncomfortable fronts of the war. Supposedly one racist white soldier said to a black company just arrived "What are you [n-word] doing here?" to which an African American soldier replied "Assuming the white man's burden"[[note]]In reference to a poem justifying colonialism then popular written by Creator/RudyardKipling[[/note]]
** During the second world war, the army was again segregated and the Army decided to train a few black soldiers as combat pilots, the so-called "Tuskegee Airmen". Now there may have been some genuine philanthropy behind the initial recruitment, but the training officers were committed racists. They treated the would-be pilots like dirt, and even the tiniest mistakes were punished drastically, sometimes by being kicked out. This of course had the effect that only the very best trained made it through the course and naturally the statistics show that the Tuskegee Airmen were probably among the best the US Air Force had to throw at the enemy during the war.
28th Feb '18 5:43:34 PM Scorntex
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** ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'' has Nakmor Morda, leader of the krogan colony of New Tuchanka. Background chatter mentions she has a tendency to be very harsh with lawbreakers in her colony (such as throwing offenders in a pit with wild animals). As Nakmor Drack may point out, she's got an entire colony of several hundred krogan, locked up in tight quarters with scarce resources. She has to be strict, or they're in trouble.
25th Feb '18 11:23:26 PM darkemyst
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25th Feb '18 11:23:08 PM darkemyst
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* In ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' very little is known of Obi's past outside of the fact that it was dangerous and he survived long enough as an unscrupulous sword for hire from some point in childhood till he met Zen due to approaching his life and interactions as though everything and everyone was a potential threat.
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11th Jan '18 11:05:33 PM Codefreak5
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* While growing up, [[VisualNovel/MyHaremHeavenIsYandereHell Yuuya]]'s only friends were {{Yandere}]s all competing for the same boy's affection ([[CreepyChild sometimes violently]]). Consequently, he learned the art of diplomacy ''very'' quickly and, by the game's beginning, can expertly defuse conflicts between just about anybody...and given that he's friends with or will become friends with most named characters, that skill turns out to be exactly what the situation calls for. [[note]]In a flashback set before Yuuya realized how volatile his social life was, he was much less tactful and cautious. This almost got his FirstLove killed.[[/note]]

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* While growing up, [[VisualNovel/MyHaremHeavenIsYandereHell Yuuya]]'s only friends were {{Yandere}]s {{Yandere}}s all competing for the same boy's affection ([[CreepyChild sometimes violently]]). Consequently, he learned the art of diplomacy ''very'' quickly and, by the game's beginning, can expertly defuse conflicts between just about anybody...and given that he's friends with or will become friends with most named characters, that skill turns out to be exactly what the situation calls for. [[note]]In a flashback set before Yuuya realized how volatile his social life was, he was much less tactful and cautious. This almost got his FirstLove killed.[[/note]]
23rd Dec '17 1:50:35 AM Nazetrime
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** Sigrun, the Norwegian member of the team whose profession is PlagueZombie hunter, considers salvaging for books in a ForbiddenZone riden with said {{Plague Zombie}}s while officially guarding scholars doing research a vacation. She also considers that Emil and Lalli are competent merely from not dying on their first mission and has acquired a hatred of backtracking due to having consistently gotten ambused while doing it.

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** Sigrun, the Norwegian member of the team whose profession is PlagueZombie hunter, [[HunterOfMOnsters hunter]], considers salvaging for books in a ForbiddenZone riden with said {{Plague Zombie}}s while officially guarding scholars doing research a vacation. She also considers that Emil and Lalli are competent merely from not dying on their first mission together and has acquired a hatred of backtracking due to having consistently gotten ambused while doing it.
23rd Jun '17 11:33:13 AM gb00393
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*** Of particular note in the North is House Mormont of Bear Island. Bear Island is the ass end of nowhere to the Seven Kingdoms, located almost north of ''The North'' on a remote off-shore island, vulnerable to raids from both the Ironborn and the Wildlings. It's the northwestern corner of the known world, away from any sea lanes. On top of this, they lead a hardscrabble existence on their resource-poor island: it is heavily forested, largely untamed (albeit beautiful) wilderness filled with ''bears'', to the point that their main food source is from fishing instead of farming or hunting. Hence they are this trope.
15th Jun '17 10:42:13 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'': This is partly why the [[HornyVikings Nords]] are so hardy. Skyrim is filled with dangerous predators such as wolves, bears, sabretooth cats and frostbite spiders. Giants wander the wilderness occasionally attacking settlements looking for goodies, werewolves lurk in the night-time forests, and the honoured dead are restless. If all that wasn't enough, the climate is freezing cold and unpredictable, especially in the northern holds of Winterhold and The Pale. The Atmoran ancestors of the Nords had to contend with Snow Elves and ''dragons'' on top of all that.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'': This In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', this is partly why the ProudWarriorRace [[HornyVikings Nords]] are so hardy. Skyrim is [[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou filled to the brim]] with dangerous predators such as wolves, bears, sabretooth cats cats, and frostbite spiders. Giants [[OurGiantsAreBigger Giants]] wander the wilderness occasionally attacking settlements looking for goodies, werewolves goodies. [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolves]] lurk in the night-time forests, and the honoured forests. The [[OurZombiesAreDifferent dead are restless. If all restless]]. Ancient [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] ruins dot the landscape, still full of their MechaMooks and {{Death Trap}}s. As if that wasn't enough, enough already, [[GrimUpNorth the climate is freezing cold and unpredictable, unpredictable]], especially in the northern holds of Winterhold and The Pale. The Atmoran ancestors of Even to ''claim'' Skyrim during the Nords Merethic Era, the Ancient [[{{Precursors}} proto-Nords/Atmorans]] who settled there had to contend with Snow Elves [[OurElvesAreBetter Falmer (Snow Elves)]] and ''dragons'' on top Dragons; the former native to the land and the latter who maintained their base of all that.power and [[ReligionOfEvil cults]] there.
16th May '17 9:30:49 AM nombretomado
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* Barrayarans in Literature/VorkosiganSaga. After being confined on a {{Deathworld}} with no access to technology and subjected to generations of eugenic infanticide and civil wars, they are invaded by the Cetagandans who were centuries ahead of them in technology. Miles is a special example of this, as everyone considers him a "mutie" even if he is a prince, and he is driven to succeed. As Barrayar is patterned after TsaristRussia it [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong makes sense.]]

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* Barrayarans in Literature/VorkosiganSaga. After being confined on a {{Deathworld}} with no access to technology and subjected to generations of eugenic infanticide and civil wars, they are invaded by the Cetagandans who were centuries ahead of them in technology. Miles is a special example of this, as everyone considers him a "mutie" even if he is a prince, and he is driven to succeed. As Barrayar is patterned after TsaristRussia UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia it [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong makes sense.]]
14th May '17 9:52:47 AM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{Starcraft}}'' has the Zerg deliberately invoke this. They send hive clusters or entire broods to any DeathWorld they can find to force evolution upon their forces. Notable examples include Kaldir which is only ''slightly'' warmer than deep space, Char which is a volcanic planet whose only liquid seems to be an acid marsh, and Zerus where the lack of a HiveMind means [[EverythingTryingToKillYou everything is trying to kill everything else]].

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* ''Franchise/{{Starcraft}}'' ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' has the Zerg deliberately invoke this. They send hive clusters or entire broods to any DeathWorld they can find to force evolution upon their forces. Notable examples include Kaldir which is only ''slightly'' warmer than deep space, Char which is a volcanic planet whose only liquid seems to be an acid marsh, and Zerus where the lack of a HiveMind means [[EverythingTryingToKillYou everything is trying to kill everything else]].
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