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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The Dothraki are an extremely numerous race of equestrian nomads (loosely based on the Mongols) who threaten the Free Cities of western Essos from time to time. Daenerys is initially married to the Dothraki chieftain Khal Drogo to win his support for her brother's bid to retake Westeros.
8th Jan '17 9:45:54 AM nombretomado
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* The Skorne in ''[[IronKingdoms HORDES]]'' have gnarly spiky designs. They are mixed between Asian and Persian designs and aesthetics, and are a typical war like race.

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* The Skorne in ''[[IronKingdoms ''[[TabletopGame/IronKingdoms HORDES]]'' have gnarly spiky designs. They are mixed between Asian and Persian designs and aesthetics, and are a typical war like race.
27th Oct '16 10:26:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ChroniclesOfNarnia'': While actually geographically to the South Calormen is based on somewhat on this trope. But Lewis makes a concerted effort, especially in ''A Horse and His Boy'' to subvert it by showing that many individual Calormen are good people and will go to Aslan's Country. And even the very patriotic Narnian Bree can show an amount of respect and admiration for aspect of the Calromen culture, like their love of ArabianKnights style storytelling.
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'': For the people of Westeros, the Dothraki serve this function. They're an equestrian culture in the east based loosely on the Mongols. While the Dothraki never travel across the ocean, there's a fear at one point that they might invade Westeros. Generally, Westeros is more concerned with the barbarian hordes from the [[GrimUpNorth grim north]] who more resemble classic western barbarians.
* ''{{Nightrunner}}'' series: the invading Plenimar... of course from the east.

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* ''ChroniclesOfNarnia'': ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': While actually geographically to the South Calormen is based on somewhat on this trope. But Lewis makes a concerted effort, especially in ''A Horse and His Boy'' to subvert it by showing that many individual Calormen are good people and will go to Aslan's Country. And even the very patriotic Narnian Bree can show an amount of respect and admiration for aspect of the Calromen culture, like their love of ArabianKnights style storytelling.
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'': ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': For the people of Westeros, the Dothraki serve this function. They're an equestrian culture in the east based loosely on the Mongols. While the Dothraki never travel across the ocean, there's a fear at one point that they might invade Westeros. Generally, Westeros is more concerned with the barbarian hordes from the [[GrimUpNorth grim north]] who more resemble classic western barbarians.
* ''{{Nightrunner}}'' ''Literature/{{Nightrunner}}'' series: the invading Plenimar... of course from the east.



* The [[HumansByAnyOtherName "Mabden" human barbarians]] in the ''{{Corum}}'' series are savage hordes from the East. The good, civilized Mabden live in a land that seems to have a closer resemblance to Europe, with lots of coastline, castles, and a cool-temperate climate. In the second trilogy, the hordes from the East are replaced by [[GrimUpNorth cold-dwelling]] {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.

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* The [[HumansByAnyOtherName "Mabden" human barbarians]] in the ''{{Corum}}'' ''Literature/{{Corum}}'' series are savage hordes from the East. The good, civilized Mabden live in a land that seems to have a closer resemblance to Europe, with lots of coastline, castles, and a cool-temperate climate. In the second trilogy, the hordes from the East are replaced by [[GrimUpNorth cold-dwelling]] {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.
18th Oct '16 9:45:29 PM proudeagle
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* [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades The Crusader armies]], from the Muslim point of view (despite having come from the West). Though the first Crusade began when the Muslim armies conquered Jerusalem.

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* [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades The Crusader armies]], from the Muslim point of view (despite having come from the West). Though the first Crusade began when the Muslim armies conquered Jerusalem. [[FreudianExcuse Muslims conquered Jerusalem 400 years before the First Crusade]].
28th Sep '16 4:01:04 AM __Vano
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The Hordes from the East will often act like TheHorde, [[IThoughtItMeant but they don't have to.]] Hordes from the East will always be presented as a feared foreign danger, but their behavior can vary. There's a chance that they don't pillage at all, or that they use clever strategies in battle instead of just brute force[[note]]as real-life Mongols did[[/note]].

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The Hordes from the East will often act like TheHorde, [[IThoughtItMeant but they don't have to.]] Hordes from the East will always be presented as a feared foreign danger, but their behavior can vary. There's a chance that they don't pillage at all, or that they use clever strategies in battle instead of just brute force[[note]]as force.[[note]]as real-life Mongols did[[/note]].
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28th Sep '16 3:58:22 AM __Vano
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The Hordes from the East will often act like TheHorde, [[IThoughtItMeant but they don't have to.]] Hordes from the East will always be presented as a feared foreign danger, but their behavior can vary. There's a chance that they don't pillage at all, or that they use clever strategies in battle instead of just brute force.

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The Hordes from the East will often act like TheHorde, [[IThoughtItMeant but they don't have to.]] Hordes from the East will always be presented as a feared foreign danger, but their behavior can vary. There's a chance that they don't pillage at all, or that they use clever strategies in battle instead of just brute force.
force[[note]]as real-life Mongols did[[/note]].
26th Sep '16 9:10:39 AM LordLoko
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*UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and the Nazi party considered the poles, russians,belarussians, ukranians and baltic people to be this, and that the German Reich's mission should be erradicate those cultures and colonize the eastern lands of Russia.
28th Aug '16 12:07:42 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', probably the TropeCodifier for this trope in the fantasy genre: "And the drawing of the scimitars of the Southrons was like a glitter of stars". The humans aligned with Sauron aren't treated as [[AlwaysChaoticEvil inherently evil]] the way the orcs are and it's pointed out they're merely [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife Sauron's pawns]], but as the story is told from the point of view of people fighting on the other side of a war, they're frequently treated as just a faceless swarm of foreign enemies. Interestingly, given that the LiteraryAgentHypothesis is in effect, they're technically the Indo-Europeans mentioned below in the RealLife section, or at least their ancestors. There are also Hordes from the North (Angmar, though that's BackStory) and West (Dunlendings, at least in relation to Rohan). Played with in the story of the Downfall of Númenor, where the Númenóreans, though they see themselves as the pinnacle of human civilization, gradually come to be seen as a faceless horde of oppressors by other humans as their culture became more tyrannical - particularly after Sauron became TheManBehindTheMan to their king. Men from the East were even used as fodder for human sacrifice at Sauron's bidding. The corrupted Númenóreans thus leave a legacy of resentment and hatred among other human cultures that [[MagnificentBastard Sauron exploits]] against the descendants of the uncorrupted Númenóreans.
* The backstory concerning the decline of Gondor has a nomadic people called the Wain-Riders come out of the East perhaps twelve hundred years before the War of the Ring. They are horsemen whose primitive dwellings are built onto carts - ''wains'' in archaic English - who run rings around the infantry of Gondor. Tolkein appears to be describing the mongols, or a people like them, here. The families coming up behind Ghengiz Khan's armies loaded their ''yurt'' dwellings onto carts to make their dwelling places more portable so as to better follow the armies.

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* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', probably the TropeCodifier for this trope in the fantasy genre: "And the drawing of the scimitars of the Southrons was like a glitter of stars". The humans aligned with Sauron aren't treated as [[AlwaysChaoticEvil inherently evil]] the way the orcs are and it's pointed out they're merely [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife Sauron's pawns]], but as the story is told from the point of view of people fighting on the other side of a war, they're frequently treated as just a faceless swarm of foreign enemies. Interestingly, given that the LiteraryAgentHypothesis is in effect, they're technically the Indo-Europeans mentioned below in the RealLife section, or at least their ancestors. There are also Hordes from the North (Angmar, though that's BackStory) and West (Dunlendings, at least in relation to Rohan). Played with in the story of the Downfall of Númenor, where the Númenóreans, though they see themselves as the pinnacle of human civilization, gradually come to be seen as a faceless horde of oppressors by other humans as their culture became more tyrannical - particularly after Sauron became TheManBehindTheMan to their king. Men from the East were even used as fodder for human sacrifice at Sauron's bidding. The corrupted Númenóreans thus leave a legacy of resentment and hatred among other human cultures that [[MagnificentBastard Sauron exploits]] against the descendants of the uncorrupted Númenóreans.
* The backstory concerning the decline of Gondor has a nomadic people called the Wain-Riders come out of the East perhaps twelve hundred years before the War of the Ring. They are horsemen whose primitive dwellings are built onto carts - ''wains'' in archaic English - who run rings around the infantry of Gondor. Tolkein appears to be describing the mongols, or a people like them, here. The families coming up behind Ghengiz Khan's armies loaded their ''yurt'' dwellings onto carts to make their dwelling places more portable so as to better follow the armies.



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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has the Kurgans (no relation to the dude from ''Film/{{Highlander}}''. We think...), who are a FantasyCounterpartCulture to Turkics in general rather than just the Mongols. Actually far more historically accurate than most other examples since they actually resemble what ancient Turks would have looked like rather than Chinese people in furs, as they keep long hair and beards just as historical Turks did. Not yellow in the slightest either, they actually have brownish skin, like copper. They alternate between raiding and pillaging Kislev, the FantasyCounterpartCulture to Russia to their south, and the Cathayans, the FantasyCounterpartCulture to the Chinese to their southeast. They're also friends, raiding/trading partners and occasional adversaries with the Norscans, a FantasyCounterpartCulture to the Vikings, who dwell to their west; in some ways mirroring the relationship between Volga Bulgars and the Russ, or the relationship between the Khazar Khanate and Sviatoslav's raiders.
* ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' had the Tuigans, a FantasyCounterpartCulture to the Mongols (except they ultimately end up ''far'' less successful in actually conquering anything during their one Horde period). For the second half of their trilogy, they are this trope to the Faerûnians (for the ''first'' half, they were Hordes From The [[InvertedTrope West]] to Shou Lung and Kara-Tur in general -- worth mentioning may be that Shou Lung is a FantasyCounterpartCulture to China).
* The Skorne in ''[[IronKingdoms HORDES]]'' have gnarly spiky designs. They are mixed between Asian and Persian designs and aesthetics, and are a typical war like race.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has the Kurgans (no relation to the dude from ''Film/{{Highlander}}''. We think...), who are a FantasyCounterpartCulture to Turkics in general rather than just the Mongols. Actually far more historically accurate than most other examples since they actually resemble what ancient Turks would have looked like rather than Chinese people in furs, as they keep long hair and beards just as historical Turks did. Not yellow in the slightest either, they actually have brownish skin, like copper. They alternate between raiding and pillaging Kislev, the FantasyCounterpartCulture to Russia to their south, and the Cathayans, the FantasyCounterpartCulture to the Chinese to their southeast. They're also friends, raiding/trading partners and occasional adversaries with the Norscans, a FantasyCounterpartCulture to the Vikings, who dwell to their west; in some ways mirroring the relationship between Volga Bulgars and the Russ, or the relationship between the Khazar Khanate and Sviatoslav's raiders.
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* ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' had the Tuigans, a FantasyCounterpartCulture to the Mongols (except they ultimately end up ''far'' less successful in actually conquering anything during their one Horde period). For the second half of their trilogy, they are this trope to the Faerûnians (for the ''first'' half, they were Hordes From The [[InvertedTrope West]] to Shou Lung and Kara-Tur in general -- worth mentioning may be that Shou Lung is a FantasyCounterpartCulture to China).
* The Skorne in ''[[IronKingdoms HORDES]]'' have gnarly spiky designs. They are mixed between Asian and Persian designs and aesthetics, and are a typical war like race.



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28th Aug '16 11:09:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''A Woman In Berlin'' depicts hordes of dumb, rampaging Russian soldiers raping the women of Berlin during the occupation there at the end of WWII. It is mentioned to be revenge for the [[NazisWithGnarlyWeapons Wehrmacht's]] own atrocities, which are implied to be larger in both scope and depravity. Some of the Russians are shown to be more civilized than others, though. One of them even protects the main character from the other Russians.

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* ''A Woman In Berlin'' depicts hordes of dumb, rampaging Russian soldiers raping the women of Berlin during the occupation there at the end of WWII. It is mentioned to be revenge for the [[NazisWithGnarlyWeapons [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons Wehrmacht's]] own atrocities, which are implied to be larger in both scope and depravity. Some of the Russians are shown to be more civilized than others, though. One of them even protects the main character from the other Russians.
8th Aug '16 8:59:18 AM AgProv
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** In {{Homage}}, Attilla the Hun became a recurring character on Python-influenced radio sketch show ''Radio/TheBurkissWay''.
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