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12th Jul '17 6:52:25 PM Thunderchin
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** The F-15's intended replacement, the F-22 Raptor, is even more impressive. Like its predecessor, the Raptor has an impressive service record with no combat losses. With stealth, maneuverability, and supercruise advantages, the Raptor has become the ultimate bird of prey.
11th Jul '17 1:10:22 PM DrNoPuma
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* Stanley from ''Roleplay/RainQuest'', a bald eagle who Joel and Nina meet horribly injured. They heal him, and he befriends them, acting as transportation for them, and helping them fight off some other, meaner birds.
13th May '17 10:43:44 PM Theriocephalus
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** The Fire/Flying-type Talonflame, based off of a hawk, is also an evolution of one of the early game birds, and its entries tend to focus on how passionate of a hunter and fighter it is.
16th Apr '17 6:57:53 PM Theriocephalus
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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', Lady Jane the goshawk takes down one of TheFairFolk. The elf in question ordered her to kill Hodgesaargh, the falconer, without realising just how vicious and well-trained she was. She immediately went for the elf's throat.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', Lady Jane the goshawk takes down one of TheFairFolk. The elf in question had ordered her to kill Hodgesaargh, the falconer, without realising realizing just how vicious and well-trained how prone to attacking the closest person available -- including her would-be falconer -- she was. She immediately went for the elf's throat.
10th Apr '17 1:49:18 AM Theriocephalus
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* High Elves and Wood Elves in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' have access to Giant Eagles, both as their own unit and as mounts for their Lords and Heroes. They later get an upgrade to flying chariot pulled by a giant eagle.

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* High Elves and Wood Elves in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' have access to Giant Eagles, both as their own unit and as mounts for their Lords and Heroes. They later get an upgrade to flying chariot pulled by a giant eagle. The Eagles themselves are proud, noble birds that nest in the high peaks of Ulthuan and the Old World and are stalwarts foes of Chaos and the Greenskins, in addition to appearing immune to Chaos corruption. There are also War Hawks, lesser but still great birds that nest in the mountains near Athel Loren as allies of the Wood Elves, sometimes consenting to carry Elven soldiers on their backs into battle.
4th Apr '17 5:33:52 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'': Lady Jane the goshawk takes down one of TheFairFolk. The elf in question ordered her to kill Hodgesaargh, the falconer, without realising just how vicious and well-trained she was. She immediately went for the elf's throat.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'': ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', Lady Jane the goshawk takes down one of TheFairFolk. The elf in question ordered her to kill Hodgesaargh, the falconer, without realising just how vicious and well-trained she was. She immediately went for the elf's throat.



* In ''Literature/{{A Song Of Ice and Fire}}'', the falcon is the sigil of the House of Arryn (whose words are "As High As Honor"), founded by Ser Artys Arryn, the Falcon Knight, who led the Andal invasion of the Vale. In-universe, Ser Artys is often conflated with the Winged Knight, a legendary figure who the supposedly rode a huge falcon and had armies of eagles at this command, despite the fact that the Winged Knight would have lived thousands of years before Ser Artys.
* In ''Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium'', the eagles are the messengers of Manwe. Being possibly Maiar would make them immortal, and at least one of them (Gwaihir) was listed as being alive in both the First and Third Ages, thousands of years apart.
** At the end of ''Literature/TheHobbit'', the Lord of the Eagles (who may or may not be Gwaihir) was described as being given a crown to wear.

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* In ''Literature/{{A Song Of Ice and Fire}}'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the falcon is the sigil of the House of Arryn (whose words are "As High As Honor"), founded by Ser Artys Arryn, the Falcon Knight, who led the Andal invasion of the Vale. In-universe, Ser Artys is often conflated with the Winged Knight, a legendary figure who the supposedly rode a huge falcon and had armies of eagles at this command, despite the fact that the Winged Knight would have lived thousands of years before Ser Artys.
* In ''Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium'', Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium, the eagles are the messengers of Manwe. Being possibly Maiar would make them immortal, and at least one of them (Gwaihir) was listed as being alive in both the First and Third Ages, thousands of years apart.
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apart. In their appearance in ''Literature/TheHobbit'', they apparently take great pleasure in messing with Goblins' and Worgs' evil plans and later join the Dwarves, Men and Elves in fighting them at the Battle of the Five Armies. At the end, the Lord of the Eagles (who may or may not be Gwaihir) was described as becoming the King of All Birds and being given a crown to wear.share of Smaug's treasure, including a crown.


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* ''Literature/TheToughGuideToFantasyland'': The Eyrie Clans who live in Fantasyland's mountains are stated to raise hawks and eagles that live and fight alongside them, and which are apparently bred to be telepathic.
4th Apr '17 5:22:23 PM Theriocephalus
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* In ''Literature/{{A Song Of Ice and Fire}}'', the falcon is the sigil of the House of Arryn (whose words are "As High As Honor"), founded by "the Falcon Knight." [[UnreliableNarrator Allegedly,]] he could fly.

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* In ''Literature/{{A Song Of Ice and Fire}}'', the falcon is the sigil of the House of Arryn (whose words are "As High As Honor"), founded by "the Ser Artys Arryn, the Falcon Knight." [[UnreliableNarrator Allegedly,]] he could fly. Knight, who led the Andal invasion of the Vale. In-universe, Ser Artys is often conflated with the Winged Knight, a legendary figure who the supposedly rode a huge falcon and had armies of eagles at this command, despite the fact that the Winged Knight would have lived thousands of years before Ser Artys.
28th Mar '17 12:45:40 PM Chabal2
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'': Lady Jane takes down one of TheFairFolk. The elf in question ordered her to kill Hodgesaargh, the falconer, without realising just how vicious and badly trained she was. She immediately went for the elf's throat.
-->'''Hodgesaargh:''' She's does that to me too. Sorry about that. She's very intelligent...

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'': Lady Jane the goshawk takes down one of TheFairFolk. The elf in question ordered her to kill Hodgesaargh, the falconer, without realising just how vicious and badly trained well-trained she was. She immediately went for the elf's throat.
-->'''Hodgesaargh:''' She's does done that to me too. Sorry about that. She's very intelligent...


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* Birds of prey in ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'' are always on the side of good, though being predators they tend towards CreepyAwesome.


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* The eagle was Zeus' sacred bird in GreekMythology. Although the best-known example wasn't exactly noble, being sent to devour the captive Prometheus' liver everyday until Heracles put a stop to it.
18th Mar '17 5:23:22 PM Doug86
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* High Elves and Wood Elves in ''WarhammerFantasy'' have access to Giant Eagles, both as their own unit and as mounts for their Lords and Heroes. They later get an upgrade to flying chariot pulled by a giant eagle.
* The double-headed eagle is the symbol of the Imperium Of Man from ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K''. Whenever praying to the Emperor, worshippers and devotees are said to "make the sign of the Aquila" (Aquila meaning "eagle" in Latin/High Gothic).

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* High Elves and Wood Elves in ''WarhammerFantasy'' ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' have access to Giant Eagles, both as their own unit and as mounts for their Lords and Heroes. They later get an upgrade to flying chariot pulled by a giant eagle.
* The double-headed eagle is the symbol of the Imperium Of Man from ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K''.''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''. Whenever praying to the Emperor, worshippers and devotees are said to "make the sign of the Aquila" (Aquila meaning "eagle" in Latin/High Gothic).
13th Mar '17 3:43:29 PM Theriocephalus
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* The eagle was also famously used as a national symbol by Rome, countries that claimed to be the "Third Rome" (Russia, the Ottoman Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, Fascist Italy), countries which inherited the symbolism from them in turn (Austria, Prussia, Germany), and even countries which have sought to emulate Rome's ''republic'' era (the United States). Italy's claim of being the heir of Imperial Rome is better than most, by virtue of being Rome's heartland. However, the symbol is forgotten due the abuse made by the [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly Fascist regime]], and so Italy associates itself with the [[NobleWolf wolf]] instead (based on the story of Romulus and Remus being suckled by a she-wolf).

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* The eagle was also famously used as a national symbol by Rome, countries that claimed to be the "Third Rome" (Russia, the Ottoman Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, Fascist Italy), countries which inherited the symbolism from them in turn (Austria, Prussia, Germany), and even countries which have sought to emulate Rome's ''republic'' era (the United States). Italy's claim of being the heir of Imperial Rome is better than most, by virtue of being Rome's heartland. However, the symbol is forgotten not used anymore due the abuse made by the [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly Fascist regime]], and so Italy associates itself with the [[NobleWolf wolf]] instead (based on the story of Romulus and Remus being suckled by a she-wolf).



** In medieval England, there was a hierarchy of "socially appropriate" birds one could use depending on their station, as described in manuscripts such as ''Booke of Hawkyng after Prince Edwarde Kyng of Englande''. Birds such as eagles were considered appropriate for emperors only, while kestrels were considered appropriate for common servants--thereby combining this trope with AsskickingEqualsAuthority.

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** In medieval England, there was a hierarchy of "socially appropriate" birds one could use depending on their station, as described in manuscripts such as ''Booke of Hawkyng after Prince Edwarde Kyng of Englande''. Birds such as eagles were considered appropriate for emperors only, while kestrels were considered appropriate for common servants--thereby servants -- thereby combining this trope with AsskickingEqualsAuthority.
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