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17th Jul '16 6:15:57 PM nombretomado
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* In Jerry Pournelle's science fiction stories, the Line troops of the CoDominium Marines were formed from the French Foreign Legion and maintained their BadassCreed and many of their customs, including accepting fugitives and criminals into their ranks.

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* In Jerry Pournelle's science fiction stories, the Line troops of the CoDominium Literature/CoDominium Marines were formed from the French Foreign Legion and maintained their BadassCreed and many of their customs, including accepting fugitives and criminals into their ranks.
28th Jun '16 8:25:17 AM MCanter89
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The stereotypical Legionnaire in fiction is represented as a member of a North African campaign from approximately 1900 to 1950. They are always depicted wearing white khepis while standing guard at lonely outposts in the Sahara. In real life, the Legion operates in a variety of environments and conflicts (such as French Indochina) and wears camouflage as needed. One of their real-life current deployments is to serve as the security detail for the European Space Agency's space launch facility at Kourou, French Guyana. (the European Union's counterpart to Cape Canaveral).

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The stereotypical Legionnaire in fiction is represented as a member of a North African campaign from approximately 1900 to 1950. They are always depicted wearing white khepis while standing guard at lonely outposts in the Sahara. In real life, the Legion operates in a variety of environments and conflicts (such as French Indochina) and wears camouflage as needed. One of their real-life current deployments is to serve as the security detail for the European Space Agency's space launch facility at Kourou, French Guyana. Guyana (the European Union's counterpart to Cape Canaveral).



* ''Legionnaire'', with the wonderful actor [[Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme Jean-Claude Van Damme]]. He's also a legionnaire in ''Film/{{Lionheart}}'', who runs away to avenge his brother's death.

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* ''Legionnaire'', with the wonderful actor [[Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme Jean-Claude Van Damme]].Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme. He's also a legionnaire in ''Film/{{Lionheart}}'', who runs away to avenge his brother's death.
28th Jun '16 8:19:07 AM MCanter89
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The stereotypical Legionnaire in fiction is represented as a member of a North African campaign from approximately 1900-1950. They are always depicted wearing white khepis while standing guard at lonely outposts in the Sahara. In real life, the Legion operates in a variety of environments and conflicts (such as French Indochina) and wears camouflage as needed. One of their real-life current deployments is to serve as the security detail for the European Space Agency's space launch facility at Kourou, French Guyana. (the European Union's counterpart to Cape Canaveral).

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The stereotypical Legionnaire in fiction is represented as a member of a North African campaign from approximately 1900-1950.1900 to 1950. They are always depicted wearing white khepis while standing guard at lonely outposts in the Sahara. In real life, the Legion operates in a variety of environments and conflicts (such as French Indochina) and wears camouflage as needed. One of their real-life current deployments is to serve as the security detail for the European Space Agency's space launch facility at Kourou, French Guyana. (the European Union's counterpart to Cape Canaveral).



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* Literature/{{Discworld}}, perhaps unsurprisingly, has its own version of this, the Klatchian Foreign Legion. In ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', Death signs up at one point, under the nom-de-guerre Beau Nidle. It parodies the notion that soldiers enroll to forget: they have forgetten their troubles... and their identities... and their orders... and pretty much everything, really. Except sand. You won't ever forget about sand.
* Robert Asprin's ''Literature/PhulesCompany'' series has the Space Legion, which is the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin French Foreign Legion]] [-[[RecycledInSpace RECYCLED IN SPACE]]-], complete with false names to avoid problems with the law (and in the case of the titular character- to avoid problems that occurred during his service in the Legion when [[NiceJobBreakingItHero he strafed the surrender talks]] because 'they dropped their shield')

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* Literature/{{Discworld}}, perhaps unsurprisingly, has its own version of this, the Klatchian Foreign Legion. In ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', Death signs up at one point, under the nom-de-guerre Beau Nidle. It parodies the notion that soldiers enroll to forget: they have forgetten their troubles... troubles… and their identities... identities… and their orders... orders… and pretty much everything, really. Except sand. You won't ever forget about sand.
* Robert Asprin's ''Literature/PhulesCompany'' series has the Space Legion, which is the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin French Foreign Legion]] [-[[RecycledInSpace RECYCLED IN SPACE]]-], complete with false names to avoid problems with the law (and in the case of the titular character- character, to avoid problems that occurred during his service in the Legion when [[NiceJobBreakingItHero he strafed the surrender talks]] because 'they dropped their shield')shield').






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* In ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', Oren Pierre Alfonzo / Armoured Rider Bravo is depicted as a former Legionnaire, which has the upshot of making him both one of the most skilled fighters in the cast, and occasionally making him a DrillSergeantNasty if the situation calls for it. Of course, he's also a CampGay pâtissier, which hardly fits the stereotypical image for a Legionnaire.

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* In ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', Oren Pierre Alfonzo / Armoured Rider Bravo is depicted as a former Legionnaire, which has the upshot of making him both one of the most skilled fighters in the cast, and occasionally making him a DrillSergeantNasty if the situation calls for it. Of course, he's also a CampGay pâtissier, which hardly fits the stereotypical image for a Legionnaire.
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* "Mon Légionnaire," most famously sung by Music/EdithPiaf, is about a woman's yearning for an unhappy legionnaire she knew for a short time.

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* "Mon Légionnaire," most famously sung by Music/EdithPiaf, is about a woman's yearning for an unhappy legionnaire she knew for a short time.
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* Snoopy in ''{{Peanuts}}'' sometimes imagined himself as leader of a Foreign Legion platoon, with a flock of birds as his troops.

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* Snoopy in ''{{Peanuts}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' sometimes imagined himself as leader of a Foreign Legion platoon, with a flock of birds as his troops.






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** Grey Wardens are a milder version of this trope. They take in anyone, from the lowest commoner to the highest king, who has skills and desire to fight darkspawn. If a criminal joins their ranks, s/he will be pardoned, which is used a few times in the actual game, most notably during the prologue. However, not only are Grey Wardens expected to spend the rest of their lives fighting darkspawn, but since they take in the taint their [[YourDaysAreNumbered days are numbered anyway.]] Many Grey Wardens who feel their death approaching go into the Deep Roads, and often fight alongside the Legion.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', in a manner with the squads in multiplayer. They are ostensibly Systems Alliance units and operate under Alliance command, with most of their members being human soldiers and other military specialists, but they also include volunteers and mercenaries from a variety of other races, such as turians, asari, krogan, drell, and quarians. With the additional [=DLC=] packs, this lineup includes batarians, geth, vorcha, and volus.

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** Grey Wardens are a milder version of this trope. They take in anyone, from the lowest commoner to the highest king, who has skills and desire to fight darkspawn. If a criminal joins their ranks, s/he will be pardoned, which is used a few times in the actual game, most notably during the prologue. However, not only are Grey Wardens expected to spend the rest of their lives fighting darkspawn, but since they take in the taint their [[YourDaysAreNumbered days are numbered anyway.]] anyway]]. Many Grey Wardens who feel their death approaching go into the Deep Roads, and often fight alongside the Legion.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', in a manner with the squads in multiplayer. They are ostensibly Systems Alliance units and operate under Alliance command, with most of their members being human soldiers and other military specialists, but they also include volunteers and mercenaries from a variety of other races, such as turians, asari, krogan, drell, and quarians. With the additional [=DLC=] DLC packs, this lineup includes batarians, geth, vorcha, and volus.



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* Many White Russians went here. Quite a few Jews during the Holocaust (including the future commander during the [[ArabIsraeliConflict '48 Siege of Jerusalem]]) and ironically several former Nazis. All running away from some political disturbance or other, sometimes as in the last two cases from opposite sides. For most of the Legion's history it got recruits this way, from refugees fleeing to France.

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* Many White Russians went here. Quite a few Jews during the Holocaust (including the future commander during the [[ArabIsraeliConflict '48 Siege of Jerusalem]]) and ironically several former Nazis. All running away from some political disturbance or other, sometimes as in the last two cases from opposite sides. For most of the Legion's history history, it got recruits this way, from refugees fleeing to France.



22nd May '16 10:42:41 AM Quanyails
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The French Foreign Legion is one of the most mythologized military units in the world. Its most famous writer was P.C. Wren but it has had other writers and it has been occasionally spoofed, notably by [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charles Schulz]]. It is legendary as a place where people with a MysteriousPast go to disappear, and of course [[HeartbrokenBadass bereaved lovers]], [[NobleFugitive political]] [[YouCantGoHomeAgain refugees]], and various rogues and scoundrels and the like can always be found there.

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The French Foreign Legion is one of the most mythologized military units in the world. Its most famous writer was P.C. Wren Wren, but it has had other writers and it has been occasionally spoofed, notably by [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charles Schulz]]. It is legendary as a place where people with a MysteriousPast go to disappear, and of course [[HeartbrokenBadass bereaved lovers]], [[NobleFugitive political]] [[YouCantGoHomeAgain refugees]], and various rogues and scoundrels and the like can always be found there.
6th Apr '16 8:31:58 AM Morgenthaler
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20th Mar '16 5:56:32 PM GentlemensDame883
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* The Deathwatch in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' is a similar organization, they take volunteers from every Space Marine chapter, and many a Marine from a destroyed Chapter has lived out the remainder of his career amongst their ranks.

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* The Deathwatch in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is a similar organization, they take volunteers from every Space Marine chapter, and many a Marine from a destroyed Chapter has lived out the remainder of his career amongst their ranks.
27th Jan '16 9:03:43 AM Morgenthaler
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For more details about ''La Grande Muette'', go to ''UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades'', or CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys.

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For more details about ''La Grande Muette'', go to ''UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades'', UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades, or CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys.
5th Nov '15 2:31:56 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''SwordOfTheStars'', the entire Liir military is this in that they are so pacifistic that anyone who joins the "Black Swimmers" is considered a sociopath. Most of them never leave the fleet though, they think of themselves as too broken to ever rejoin Liir civilian society.
* Squad 422 in ''ValkyriaChroniclesIII'' is more or less inspired by this trope. Amongst its members is a convicted murderer, a disgraced noble, an old soldier without a country to call home anymore, a con-man, a repeat arsonist, and people of the "unwanted race".

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* In ''SwordOfTheStars'', ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'', the entire Liir military is this in that they are so pacifistic that anyone who joins the "Black Swimmers" is considered a sociopath. Most of them never leave the fleet though, they think of themselves as too broken to ever rejoin Liir civilian society.
* Squad 422 in ''ValkyriaChroniclesIII'' ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'' is more or less inspired by this trope. Amongst its members is a convicted murderer, a disgraced noble, an old soldier without a country to call home anymore, a con-man, a repeat arsonist, and people of the "unwanted race".


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7th Oct '15 4:05:40 PM nombretomado
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** Characters/BugsBunny and Yosemite Sam also had a conflict as Legionnaires.

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** Characters/BugsBunny WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and Yosemite Sam also had a conflict as Legionnaires.
12th Sep '15 6:03:22 PM Ramidel
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* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'', the Dwarven "Legion of the Dead" is exactly this. Dwarves from any walk of life and any circumstance may join, including the worst criminals and Casteless, and upon joining a funeral is held for the new recruit and all their past sins are absolved. They are considered to "owe" the Dwarven people a death and usually set about earning it by going deep into the Deep Roads to fight the worst of the Darkspawn infestation there. In the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' expansion pack, there's a Legion of the Dead member whom you can recruit as a follower, ironically by saving her life after the rest of her squad gets wiped out.
** Grey Wardens are a milder version of this trope. They take in anyone, from the lowest commoner to the highest king, who has skills and desire to fight darkspawn. If a criminal joins their ranks, s/he will be pardoned, which is used a few times in the actual game, most notably during the prologue. However, not only are Grey Wardens expected to spend the rest of their lives fighting darkspawn, but since they take in the taint their [[YourDaysAreNumbered days are numbered anyway.]]

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* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'', the Dwarven "Legion of the Dead" is exactly this. Dwarves Dwarves, or even nondwarves, from any walk of life and any circumstance may join, including the worst criminals and Casteless, and upon joining a funeral is held for the new recruit and all their past sins are absolved. They are considered to "owe" the Dwarven people a death and usually set about earning it by going deep into the Deep Roads to fight the worst of the Darkspawn infestation there. In the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' expansion pack, there's a Legion of the Dead member whom you can recruit as a follower, ironically by saving her life after the rest of her squad gets wiped out.
** Grey Wardens are a milder version of this trope. They take in anyone, from the lowest commoner to the highest king, who has skills and desire to fight darkspawn. If a criminal joins their ranks, s/he will be pardoned, which is used a few times in the actual game, most notably during the prologue. However, not only are Grey Wardens expected to spend the rest of their lives fighting darkspawn, but since they take in the taint their [[YourDaysAreNumbered days are numbered anyway.]]]] Many Grey Wardens who feel their death approaching go into the Deep Roads, and often fight alongside the Legion.
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