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1st Jan '17 8:46:57 PM AgentTasmania
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** Urdnot Wrex in the first Franchise/MassEffect game, who's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld and has been a soldier and mercenary the whole time.

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** Urdnot Wrex in the first Franchise/MassEffect game, who's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld ancient even for a Krogan]] and has been a soldier and mercenary the whole time. since Earth had Vikings.
17th Dec '16 1:26:55 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In one of the StarWarsExpandedUniverse "Empire" comic lines, [[LaResistance The Rebellion]] finds [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Able Able]], an old clone trooper who has been [[TheRemnant living in the wilderness]] since the Clone Wars. He eventually gets incorporated in Luke's unit and proves to be the best, if most cynical, soldier there and looks out for Luke until [[ShaggyDogStory the whole unit gets wiped out]] by TheVirus.

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* In one of the StarWarsExpandedUniverse ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' "Empire" comic lines, [[LaResistance The Rebellion]] finds [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Able Able]], an old clone trooper who has been [[TheRemnant living in the wilderness]] since the Clone Wars. He eventually gets incorporated in Luke's unit and proves to be the best, if most cynical, soldier there and looks out for Luke until [[ShaggyDogStory the whole unit gets wiped out]] by TheVirus.
4th Dec '16 5:38:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* Kang, Kor and Koloth, all Klingon captains from ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' who had confrontations with Captain Kirk. They're still fighting, killing and generally being [[BadAss badasses]] over a century later in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. All three had earned the rank of ''Dahar'' Master, which made them legendary even among Klingon warriors.

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* Kang, Kor and Koloth, all Klingon captains from ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' who had confrontations with Captain Kirk. They're still fighting, killing and generally being [[BadAss badasses]] badasses over a century later in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. All three had earned the rank of ''Dahar'' Master, which made them legendary even among Klingon warriors.
25th Nov '16 12:01:36 PM Morgenthaler
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* Broxigar "The Red Axe" of ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' definitely qualifies. As an orc who lived through [[{{Badass}} the wars of all three games]], he was greatly respected by Thrall and revered by the soldiers. Despite his age and maturity, he gets a good amount of CharacterDevelopment through his SurvivorGuilt.

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* Broxigar "The Red Axe" of ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' definitely qualifies. As an orc who lived through [[{{Badass}} the wars of all three games]], games, he was greatly respected by Thrall and revered by the soldiers. Despite his age and maturity, he gets a good amount of CharacterDevelopment through his SurvivorGuilt.
26th Oct '16 5:31:08 AM morane
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The old soldier is the grizzled veteran who has been through and seen everything in war. He would more than qualify for being a ShellShockedVeteran, both in age and experience, but he's still going into battle and odds are that he's the backbone of whatever unit he or (more rarely) she is in. This character type is almost never an officer or a commander, and is instead usually a SergeantRock. Generally you can expect them to be tough, to have a few [[RuggedScar badass scars]], and to be eternally pissed off at (or at least exasperated by) the younger troops around him. Despite that, he may still turn out to be one of the [[OldMaster best sources of mentoring or seasoning]] a young soldier can get.

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The old soldier is the grizzled veteran who has been through and seen everything in war. He would more than qualify for being a ShellShockedVeteran, both in age and experience, but he's still going into battle and odds are that he's the backbone of whatever unit he or (more rarely) she is in. This character type is almost never an officer or a commander, and is instead usually a SergeantRock. If he ''is'' an officer, expect a FourStarBadass. Generally you can expect them to be tough, to have a few [[RuggedScar badass scars]], and to be eternally pissed off at (or at least exasperated by) the younger troops around him. Despite that, he may still turn out to be one of the [[OldMaster best sources of mentoring or seasoning]] a young soldier can get.
26th Oct '16 5:21:46 AM morane
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* Don't forget the silver shield pikemen from the war of the successors. These men had followed Alexander the Great in his campaigns and continued fighting in the wars of his successors. They formed a unit that was undefeated in battle, the only reason they surrendered was when the rest of the army had been routed and their camp, which had their wives, children, and loot, were taken by an enemy army. Afterwards they were disbanded and sent two at a time on suicide missions that they never returned from.

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* Don't forget the silver shield pikemen pikemen, ''[[BilingualBonus Argyraspides]]'', from the war of the successors. These men had followed Alexander the Great in his campaigns and continued fighting in the wars of his successors. They formed a unit that was undefeated in battle, the only reason they surrendered was when the rest of the army had been routed and their camp, which had their wives, children, and loot, were taken by an enemy army. Afterwards they were disbanded and sent two at a time on suicide missions that they never returned from.
25th Sep '16 8:54:47 PM Mhazard
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* "Old" Snake by the time of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', although he had everything but the physical age by the time of the first VideoGame/MetalGearSolid. Old Snake is [[YoungerThanTheyLook 42]].

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* "Old" Snake by the time of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', although he had everything but the physical age by the time of the first VideoGame/MetalGearSolid. Old Snake is [[YoungerThanTheyLook 42]]. Aside from Old Snake, there are also Revolver Ocelot, who's 70 by the time of ''[=MGS4=]'', and [[spoiler: Big Boss, who's 79.]]
25th Aug '16 7:28:52 AM StFan
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* In the ''Literature/{{Malazan Book of the Fallen}}'' Whiskeyjack fits this this trope perfectly. Fiddler takes the role in later books.
* In The ''Literature/{{Black Company}}'' series, this trope was written for Croaker [[spoiler: and all of the rest of the Company kept in a decades-long magical stasis]] in the later books, where he also [[spoiler:becomes a FourStarBadass]]: especially after [[spoiler:the Old Guard is resurrected from the magical]] imprisonment in [[spoiler:Water Sleeps]].

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* %%* In the ''Literature/{{Malazan Book of the Fallen}}'' ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', Whiskeyjack fits this this trope perfectly. Fiddler takes the role in later books.
* In The ''Literature/{{Black Company}}'' ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' series, this trope was written for Croaker [[spoiler: and all of the rest of the Company kept in a decades-long magical stasis]] in the later books, where he also [[spoiler:becomes a FourStarBadass]]: especially after [[spoiler:the Old Guard is resurrected from the magical]] imprisonment in [[spoiler:Water Sleeps]].
14th Aug '16 5:32:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* WarOfTheTripleAlliance featured DukeOfCaxias, supreme commander of the Triple Alliance in the later part of the war, who was nearly ''70'' and still leading his troops in the vanguard.

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* WarOfTheTripleAlliance UsefulNotes/WarOfTheTripleAlliance featured DukeOfCaxias, supreme commander of the Triple Alliance in the later part of the war, who was nearly ''70'' and still leading his troops in the vanguard.



* Field Marshall C.G.E. Mannerheim. He joined the Imperial Russian Cavalry in 1882, fighting in the RussoJapaneseWar, FirstWorldWar and RussianRevolution. After the collapse of Imperial Russia, he retired 1917 in the age of 50 as General, returning to his native Finland. Little did he know his great years were only ahead. He was immediately assigned as the commander-in-chief of the [[FinnsWithFearsomeForests Finnish White Army]], leading them in victory in the Finnish Indpendence War. He was again nominated as Supreme Commander as Field Marshall in the [[SmallCountryBigWar Winter War]] and later in the Continuation War and War of Lapland. He was 78 when he retired 1945, taking the [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning office of President of Finland]]. Sadly, his health broke down and he passed away 1951.

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* Field Marshall C.G.E. Mannerheim. He joined the Imperial Russian Cavalry in 1882, fighting in the RussoJapaneseWar, FirstWorldWar UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar, UsefulNotes/FirstWorldWar and RussianRevolution.UsefulNotes/RussianRevolution. After the collapse of Imperial Russia, he retired 1917 in the age of 50 as General, returning to his native Finland. Little did he know his great years were only ahead. He was immediately assigned as the commander-in-chief of the [[FinnsWithFearsomeForests [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Finnish White Army]], leading them in victory in the Finnish Indpendence War. He was again nominated as Supreme Commander as Field Marshall in the [[SmallCountryBigWar Winter War]] and later in the Continuation War and War of Lapland. He was 78 when he retired 1945, taking the [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning office of President of Finland]]. Sadly, his health broke down and he passed away 1951.
8th Aug '16 4:41:23 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': Sgt. Avery Johnson is at least almost 70 years old in the main trilogy, and has survived about half-a-century's worth of constant frontline combat fighting Insurrectionists, Covenant, and Flood. [[spoiler:The fact that he's a [[SuperSoldier Spartan-I]] probably explains at least part of it.]]

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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Sgt. Avery Johnson is at least almost 70 years old in the main trilogy, and has survived about half-a-century's worth of constant frontline combat fighting Insurrectionists, Covenant, and Flood. [[spoiler:The fact that he's a [[SuperSoldier Spartan-I]] probably explains at least part of it.]]
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