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13th Jan '17 9:04:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted with the Steel Inquisitors in ''{{Mistborn}}''. Yeah, they're by ''far'' the most badass of [[EvilOverlord the Lord Ruler's]] minions and a couple of them accompany him at all times, but that's mostly because he doesn't like to do his own dirty work. He's actually far more powerful than any Inquisitor, illustrated in the climax of the first book when two characters take care of almost all the Inquisitors in the capital city and think they've won the revolution, only to be curbstomped by the Lord Ruler himself effortlessly.

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* Subverted with the Steel Inquisitors in ''{{Mistborn}}''.''Literature/{{Mistborn}}''. Yeah, they're by ''far'' the most badass of [[EvilOverlord the Lord Ruler's]] minions and a couple of them accompany him at all times, but that's mostly because he doesn't like to do his own dirty work. He's actually far more powerful than any Inquisitor, illustrated in the climax of the first book when two characters take care of almost all the Inquisitors in the capital city and think they've won the revolution, only to be curbstomped by the Lord Ruler himself effortlessly.
8th Jan '17 5:49:39 AM NB2000
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': At the end of ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'', [[spoiler:Dalinar places Kaladin in command of a new royal bodyguard to protect Elhokar, and Bridger Four and many of the other bridgemen form the new guard, trained by Kaladin]].
31st Dec '16 12:40:25 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Eberron}}'' there the Brelish Citadel (aka Secret Service) which has four branches that represent various aspect of the trope. As the King of Breland is a good guy, this also makes them a good example of the trope. None of the branches actually report to the Brelish Parliament, instead answering only to the King himself. As representatives of the King, they can conscript any Brelish Civilians to help them, refusing is considered treason.

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* In ''{{Eberron}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' there the Brelish Citadel (aka Secret Service) which has four branches that represent various aspect of the trope. As the King of Breland is a good guy, this also makes them a good example of the trope. None of the branches actually report to the Brelish Parliament, instead answering only to the King himself. As representatives of the King, they can conscript any Brelish Civilians to help them, refusing is considered treason.
24th Dec '16 4:43:07 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': At the end of ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'', [[spoiler:Dalinar places Kaladin in command of a new royal bodyguard to protect Elhokar, and Bridger Four and many of the other bridgemen form the new guard, trained by Kaladin]].
16th Dec '16 9:56:40 AM Mhazard
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** In ''Film/RogueOne'', The [[DoomTroops Death Troopers]] serve directly under Director Orson Krennic and answer only to him.
16th Dec '16 9:55:23 AM Mhazard
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* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' you can measure eliteness by the elaborateness of the mecha sleeves. Sinanju has goldplated sleeves and Frontal's royal guard have the same decorations but in white. They also have spike shoulder armor upgrades. Normal cannon fodder only have stripes.

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* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' you can measure eliteness by the elaborateness of the mecha sleeves. Sinanju has goldplated sleeves and Frontal's royal guard have the same decorations but in white. They also have spike shoulder armor upgrades. Normal cannon fodder only have stripes. For the Londo Bell, the 12 Jesta units, AceCustom of Jegans serve as this role as they escort the Unicorn Gundam and handle non-Newtype enemies so the Unicorn can focus on destroying enemy Newtype weapons.
7th Dec '16 7:54:11 PM DustSnitch
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* In Sergey Lukyanenko's ''Literature/SeekersOfTheSky'' duology, the State (the Europe-spanning empire) had Praetorian Legions as elite troops. Several such legions are mentioned with the Grey Vests being the most {{badass}} (they all had guns, a rarity in this world). Their counterparts in the Russian Khanate are the Semetskiy Guards. Nothing is known of the counterparts in the third power, China.

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* In Sergey Lukyanenko's ''Literature/SeekersOfTheSky'' duology, the State (the Europe-spanning empire) had Praetorian Legions as elite troops. Several such legions are mentioned with the Grey Vests being the most {{badass}} badass (they all had guns, a rarity in this world). Their counterparts in the Russian Khanate are the Semetskiy Guards. Nothing is known of the counterparts in the third power, China.



* Subverted with the Steel Inquisitors in ''{{Mistborn}}''. Yeah, they're by ''far'' the most {{badass}} of [[EvilOverlord the Lord Ruler's]] minions and a couple of them accompany him at all times, but that's mostly because he doesn't like to do his own dirty work. He's actually far more powerful than any Inquisitor, illustrated in the climax of the first book when two characters take care of almost all the Inquisitors in the capital city and think they've won the revolution, only to be curbstomped by the Lord Ruler himself effortlessly.

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* Subverted with the Steel Inquisitors in ''{{Mistborn}}''. Yeah, they're by ''far'' the most {{badass}} badass of [[EvilOverlord the Lord Ruler's]] minions and a couple of them accompany him at all times, but that's mostly because he doesn't like to do his own dirty work. He's actually far more powerful than any Inquisitor, illustrated in the climax of the first book when two characters take care of almost all the Inquisitors in the capital city and think they've won the revolution, only to be curbstomped by the Lord Ruler himself effortlessly.



* In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', each Count of Barrayar is limited to twenty armsmen to prevent their having large private armies that could threaten civil war. Naturally every armsman is a {{Badass}}. Armsmen are assigned not merely to guard the count and his family but to carry out local police duties.

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* In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', each Count of Barrayar is limited to twenty armsmen to prevent their having large private armies that could threaten civil war. Naturally every armsman is a {{Badass}}.badass. Armsmen are assigned not merely to guard the count and his family but to carry out local police duties.
2nd Dec '16 2:47:31 AM Morgenthaler
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** Later, the ''Fedaykin'' [[Literature/DuneMessiah for Paul]]. In the film at least, they get {{badass}} {{red right hand}}s to signify their allegiance. Later still, the [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune Fish Speakers for the God-Emperor Leto II]].

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** Later, the ''Fedaykin'' [[Literature/DuneMessiah for Paul]]. In the film at least, they get {{badass}} badass {{red right hand}}s to signify their allegiance. Later still, the [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune Fish Speakers for the God-Emperor Leto II]].
1st Dec '16 8:29:44 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/TheCrimsonShadow'': Cyclopian soldiers named this not only guard King Greensparrow, but also serve as elite troops.
22nd Nov '16 8:38:54 AM Mr_Spoon
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*** Denerys has her own bloodriders in addition to her Queensguard.
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