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28th Aug '17 3:23:04 PM PatPayne
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** The [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld Draconis Combine]] relies on the ''[[LightningBruiser Dragon]]'' and ''Grand Dragon'' [[note]so much so that fluff has entire companies composed solely of the design[[/note]], and typically have either a [[LightningGun particle projector cannon]] or [[MacrossMissileMassacre medium range missiles]]. They are also the heaviest users of the ''Jenner'' and ''Panther'' designs as well.

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** The [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld Draconis Combine]] relies on the ''[[LightningBruiser Dragon]]'' and ''Grand Dragon'' [[note]so [[note]]so much so that fluff has entire companies composed solely of the design[[/note]], and typically have either a [[LightningGun particle projector cannon]] or [[MacrossMissileMassacre medium range missiles]]. They are also the heaviest users of the ''Jenner'' and ''Panther'' designs as well.well, to the point of them being near-exclusive to the Combine.
28th Aug '17 3:21:19 PM PatPayne
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** The [[TheKingdom Federated Suns]] loves their [[JackOfAllTrades Centurions]], [[MoreDakka Jagermechs]] and [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter autocannons]].
** The [[ProudMerchantRace Lyran Commonwealth]] have a fondness for [[MightyGlacier assault mechs]] - especially the [[SkeleBot9000 Atlas]] - and later begin slapping [[MagneticWeapon Gauss Rifles]] on anything they can find.
** The [[TheFederation Free Worlds League]] favors the Orion and Awesome battlemechs, and while they do not have a favorite weapon, they use ''all'' forms of armored vehicles heavily.
** The [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld Draconis Combine]] relies on the [[LightningBruiser Dragon]] and Grand Dragon, and typically have either a [[LightningGun particle projector cannon]] or [[MacrossMissileMassacre medium range missiles]].
** The [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld Capellan Confederation]] uses the hodgepodge Cataphract and [[FragileSpeedster Raven]] extensively, and often rely on [[BeamSpam lots of lasers]] combined with advanced sensor suites.
** The various [[ProudWarriorRace Clans]] all share similar fighting styles and weapons, but each has their own favored mech - Jade Falcon loves the [[StoneWall Summoner]], [[HornyVikings Ghost Bear]] has a fondness for the outdated [[AnimalMecha Kodiak]], and so on. To the Clans as a whole, they like sending out Timber Wolves.

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** The [[TheKingdom Federated Suns]] loves their [[JackOfAllTrades Centurions]], [[MoreDakka Jagermechs]] ''[[JackOfAllTrades Centurions]]'', ''[[MoreDakka Jagermechs]]'' and [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter autocannons]].
autocannons]]. They also use heavily the ''Enforcer'', ''Valkyrie'' and ''Dervish'' 'Mechs.
** The [[ProudMerchantRace Lyran Commonwealth]] have a fondness for [[MightyGlacier assault mechs]] - especially the [[SkeleBot9000 Atlas]] ''[[SkeleBot9000 Atlas]]'' - and later begin slapping [[MagneticWeapon Gauss Rifles]] on anything they can find.
find. Oddly enough, for a faction for whom jokes such as "Lyran Scout Lance = four ''Atlases''" is only marginally not the truth, they also heavily use the ''Commando'' light 'mech.
** The [[TheFederation Free Worlds League]] favors the Orion ''Orion'' and Awesome ''Awesome'' battlemechs, and while they do not have a favorite weapon, they use ''all'' forms of armored vehicles heavily.
** The [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld Draconis Combine]] relies on the [[LightningBruiser Dragon]] ''[[LightningBruiser Dragon]]'' and Grand Dragon, ''Grand Dragon'' [[note]so much so that fluff has entire companies composed solely of the design[[/note]], and typically have either a [[LightningGun particle projector cannon]] or [[MacrossMissileMassacre medium range missiles]].
missiles]]. They are also the heaviest users of the ''Jenner'' and ''Panther'' designs as well.
** The [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld Capellan Confederation]] uses the hodgepodge Cataphract ''Cataphract'' and [[FragileSpeedster Raven]] ''[[FragileSpeedster Raven]]'' extensively, and often rely on [[BeamSpam lots of lasers]] combined with advanced sensor suites.
** The various [[ProudWarriorRace Clans]] all share similar fighting styles and weapons, but each has their own favored mech - Jade Falcon loves the [[StoneWall Summoner]], [[HornyVikings Ghost Bear]] has a fondness for the outdated [[AnimalMecha Kodiak]], ''[[AnimalMecha Kodiak]]'', and so on. To the Clans as a whole, they like sending out Timber Wolves.
''Timber Wolves'' [[note]]Or, ''Mad Cat'', if you're a Spheroid[[/note]].
10th Aug '17 6:43:14 AM Dravencour
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** [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement For better or worse,]] being the only country to actually fire them in anger has given the United States a likely-irrevocable link with [[NukeEm nuclear weapons.]]
* The AK family of rifles used by the Eastern Bloc, to the extent that there are still debates over which is the better gun. To sum up, the M16 is more accurate and has a longer range, but the AK is much more durable and reliable, being designed to be simple to produce and to fire under any conditions.

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** [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement For better or worse,]] being the only country to actually fire use them in anger war has given the United States a likely-irrevocable link with [[NukeEm nuclear weapons.]]
* The AK family of rifles used by the Eastern Bloc, to the extent that there are still debates over which is the better gun. To sum up, the M16 M-16 is more accurate and has a longer range, but the AK is much more durable and reliable, being designed to be simple to produce and to fire under any conditions.conditions.
* The Luger pistol is probably the most iconic weapon used by UsefulNotes/NaziGermany.
11th Jul '17 8:04:38 PM Kadorhal
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* In [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries Command and Conquer: Red Alert]], there are two each for the Allies and Soviets: [[ActionGirl Tanya]] and the Chronosphere for the former, [[TankGoodness Apocalypse Tanks]] and the Iron Curtain for the latter.
* [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries Command and Conquer: Tiberian]]: GDI and Nod have theirs as well: for GDI, its the Mammoth tank, Orca, and the [[WaveMotionGun ion cannon]]. Nod have their stealth units, flamethrowers, and nuclear missile.

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* In [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries Command and Conquer: Red Alert]], there are two each for the Allies and Soviets: [[ActionGirl Tanya]] and the Chronosphere for the former, [[TankGoodness Apocalypse Tanks]] and the Iron Curtain for the latter.
latter. ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'' breaks this down further with unique units or structures for the individual playable nations, such as the British Sniper, the French Grand Cannon, the Russian Tesla Tank, or the Iraqi Desolator.
* [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries Command and Conquer: Tiberian]]: ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'': GDI and Nod have theirs as well: for GDI, its it's the Mammoth tank, Orca, and the [[WaveMotionGun ion cannon]]. Nod have their stealth units, flamethrowers, and nuclear missile.
8th Jul '17 10:47:01 AM nombretomado
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* More like National Armor than weapon, the unofficial emblem of the Romanian Army since 1938 has been [[http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j170/peter_suciu/romanian_m34_big1.jpg the Dutch Helmet]], based on the Dutch M28 and M34 steel helmets. It was adopted back in [[TheThirties the late 1930s]] for some reason, and due to local production and German shipments of captured Dutch equipment during WorldWarTwo, became ubiquitous enough to remain in production during the Communist years and saw regular use until [[TheNineties the mid-1990s]].

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* More like National Armor than weapon, the unofficial emblem of the Romanian Army since 1938 has been [[http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j170/peter_suciu/romanian_m34_big1.jpg the Dutch Helmet]], based on the Dutch M28 and M34 steel helmets. It was adopted back in [[TheThirties the late 1930s]] for some reason, and due to local production and German shipments of captured Dutch equipment during WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, became ubiquitous enough to remain in production during the Communist years and saw regular use until [[TheNineties the mid-1990s]].
26th Jun '17 4:06:28 PM Guerrero
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* Mexicans could be argued to have the Macahuitl, used extensively throughout the Aztec empire, consisting of a wooden club with impossibly-sharp obsidian blades etched into the sides of the club. It has been called by some an "obsidian chainsaw" due to how it functioned. Spanish accounts mentioned it was capable of decapitating a horse, modern recreations have proved it.
** On a more modern setting, the Mexican Army created it's own Assault Rifle, the FX-05 Xiuhcóatl, the specifics of which are a close guarded secret of the Mexican army. It's purpose was to essentially fulfill this trope, created to be a signature weapon of the Mexican armed forces.
*** Also of note was the Fusil Porfirio Diaz Sistema Mondragón Modelo 1908, or Mondragón Rifle for short, recognized as the first self-loading, or semi-automatic rifle used in battle, by Mexican troops during the Mexican Revolution, and by the Germans during World War I.
**** During the XIX century, the Mexicans, who since the days of New Spain were recognized as world-class horsemen, were particularly fearsome Lancers. Texan and American accounts mention the fear the Mexicans Lancers would inspire in some troops.
16th Jun '17 9:44:18 PM Abodos
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* The various races of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', with the exception of [[HumansAreAverage Hylians]], always prefer to use one or two weapon types exclusively:
** [[{{Ninja}} Sheikah]] prefer katanas and other Japanese-style swords.
** [[SiliconBasedLife Gorons]] prefer hammers and blunt greatswords.
** [[FishPeople Zora]] prefer silver spears and similarly shaped [[ProngsOfPoseidon tridents]].
** [[BedlahBabe Gerudo]] prefer scimitars and naginatas.
** [[BirdPeople Rito]] prefer bows and wooden spears.
13th Jun '17 12:41:44 PM BeerBaron
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** Traditionally, the Imperials of Cyrodiil (with their heavy [[FantasyCounterpartCulture cultural basis]] in AncientRome]]), have Imperials Swords in this role. They are the primary weapon of the [[BadassArmy Imperial Legions]], who've forged three empires spanning much or all of Tamriel at different points in history. They are modeled after the Roman Gladius, though in practice and appearance, they come closer in function to the Roman Spatha instead.

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** Traditionally, the Imperials of Cyrodiil (with their heavy [[FantasyCounterpartCulture cultural basis]] in AncientRome]]), AncientRome), have Imperials Swords in this role. They are the primary weapon of the [[BadassArmy Imperial Legions]], who've forged three empires spanning much or all of Tamriel at different points in history. They are modeled after the Roman Gladius, though in practice and appearance, they come closer in function to the Roman Spatha instead.
13th Jun '17 12:41:09 PM BeerBaron
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* The source of the trope's page quote, scimitars are typically only found on Redguard from Hammerfell in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim.''

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Traditionally, the Imperials of Cyrodiil (with their heavy [[FantasyCounterpartCulture cultural basis]] in AncientRome]]), have Imperials Swords in this role. They are the primary weapon of the [[BadassArmy Imperial Legions]], who've forged three empires spanning much or all of Tamriel at different points in history. They are modeled after the Roman Gladius, though in practice and appearance, they come closer in function to the Roman Spatha instead.
**
The source of the trope's page quote, scimitars are typically only found on Redguard from in the possession of the [[MasterSwordsman Redguards]] of Hammerfell in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim.''''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. Fitting, as one of the cultures in their CultureChopSuey is medieval North Africa/Arabia while they also have the sword-reverence of the samurai.
30th May '17 9:53:09 PM nombretomado
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* The Aiel in ''WheelOfTime'' use knives and bows, but prefer the short-spears, and will not touch a sword under any circumstances. This is revealed as a plot point in the backstory, as there is a specific reason for this reluctance. Also, Two Rivers folk are known for their very effective use of the longbow.

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* The Aiel in ''WheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' use knives and bows, but prefer the short-spears, and will not touch a sword under any circumstances. This is revealed as a plot point in the backstory, as there is a specific reason for this reluctance. Also, Two Rivers folk are known for their very effective use of the longbow.
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