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17th May '17 9:31:00 PM XndrK
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** If you visit the Vatican, you will see them. Their uniforms look like a cross between Stuart doublets and hose and stripy red, blue and orange pyjamas. They are everywhere!! (They also wear a more nondescript, but still somewhat out of place for the twenty-first century, [https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/57/Swiss_Guardsman_in_regular_duty_uniform.jpg blue uniform]) However, they are armed, and not only with the sabres at their hips and halberds in their hands. They are also very devoted to their mission, very pious Catholics (piety is actually a major factor in recruiting candidates), and do not suffer fools, especially people who laugh at their uniforms. It's the same reason poisonous creatures are brightly colored: so you know to stay away from them.

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** If you visit the Vatican, you will see them. Their uniforms look like a cross between Stuart doublets and hose and stripy red, blue and orange pyjamas. They are everywhere!! (They also wear a more nondescript, but still somewhat out of place for the twenty-first century, [https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/57/Swiss_Guardsman_in_regular_duty_uniform.jpg blue uniform]) uniform.) However, they are armed, and not only with the sabres at their hips and halberds in their hands. They are also very devoted to their mission, very pious Catholics (piety is actually a major factor in recruiting candidates), and do not suffer fools, especially people who laugh at their uniforms. It's the same reason poisonous creatures are brightly colored: so you know to stay away from them.
17th May '17 9:29:46 PM XndrK
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** If you visit the Vatican, you will see them. Their uniforms look like a cross between Stuart doublets and hose and stripy red, blue and orange pyjamas. They are everywhere!! However, they are armed, and not only with the sabres at their hips and halberds in their hands. They are also very devoted to their mission, very pious Catholics (piousness is actually a major factor in recruiting candidates), and do not suffer fools, especially people who laugh at their uniforms. It's the same reason poisonous creatures are brightly colored: so you know to stay away from them.

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** If you visit the Vatican, you will see them. Their uniforms look like a cross between Stuart doublets and hose and stripy red, blue and orange pyjamas. They are everywhere!! (They also wear a more nondescript, but still somewhat out of place for the twenty-first century, [https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/57/Swiss_Guardsman_in_regular_duty_uniform.jpg blue uniform]) However, they are armed, and not only with the sabres at their hips and halberds in their hands. They are also very devoted to their mission, very pious Catholics (piousness (piety is actually a major factor in recruiting candidates), and do not suffer fools, especially people who laugh at their uniforms. It's the same reason poisonous creatures are brightly colored: so you know to stay away from them.
14th May '17 5:02:20 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Traveller}}'' it is the right of High Nobles and TheEmperor to maintain "Huscarles". These are different from private armies and merc bands because they have legal enforcement powers and are therefore only allowed to certain nobles, notably those who are serving as provincial governors. Their form is naturally up to the GM. The most obvious form of Huscarl band might be a large clump of muscle but a game that involves Huscarls as a Nobles personal investigative team, for instance, might be worth considering.

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* In ''{{Traveller}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' it is the right of High Nobles and TheEmperor to maintain "Huscarles". These are different from private armies and merc bands because they have legal enforcement powers and are therefore only allowed to certain nobles, notably those who are serving as provincial governors. Their form is naturally up to the GM. The most obvious form of Huscarl band might be a large clump of muscle but a game that involves Huscarls as a Nobles personal investigative team, for instance, might be worth considering.
6th May '17 7:14:24 AM Doug86
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** And also a few of the former monarchies: RepublicanItaly still keeps around the Corazzieri, a regiment of the Carabinieri notable for having all soldiers extremely tall and [[BlingOfWar wearing shining armor]] that served as royal guard during the monarchy. Nowadays they guard the president, the governement and the Parliament.

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** And also a few of the former monarchies: RepublicanItaly UsefulNotes/RepublicanItaly still keeps around the Corazzieri, a regiment of the Carabinieri notable for having all soldiers extremely tall and [[BlingOfWar wearing shining armor]] that served as royal guard during the monarchy. Nowadays they guard the president, the governement and the Parliament.
2nd May '17 9:09:52 PM nombretomado
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* Good-guy Elite Guard: Jazz, Sentinel Prime and Blurr serving under Ultra Magnus in ''TransformersAnimated''.
* ''{{Transformers}}'' briefly had the Wreckers be such a guard for the team's political sponsor, Emirate Xaaron, until his untimely death.

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* Good-guy Elite Guard: Jazz, Sentinel Prime and Blurr serving under Ultra Magnus in ''TransformersAnimated''.
''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''.
* ''{{Transformers}}'' ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' briefly had the Wreckers be such a guard for the team's political sponsor, Emirate Xaaron, until his untimely death.
12th Apr '17 5:34:38 PM H2SO4
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* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'': When Asterix and Obelix were at Rome, Obelix wanted to fight the Praetorian Guard thinking they were like the [[{{Mooks}} common legionaries that patrol the Gaul]] and that Obelix easily defeats with his SuperStrength. Asterix quickly convinced Obelix they were EliteMooks, and they could certainly kill Obelix because, given his SuperStrength, Obelix has never had the need to learn how to fight.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'': When Asterix and Obelix were at Rome, Obelix wanted to fight the Praetorian Guard thinking they were like the [[{{Mooks}} common legionaries that patrol the Gaul]] and that Obelix easily defeats with his SuperStrength. Asterix quickly convinced Obelix they were EliteMooks, and they could certainly kill Obelix because, given his SuperStrength, Obelix has never had the need to learn how to fight. The only way to take them out was to do so one at a time with stealth.



** The Red Guard, latter the Royal Guards, serving Palpatine. Adorned in their [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority blood red robes]], and armed with lethal "force pikes." They serve basically as set dressing for the films, doing absolutely nothing but looking scary in the background. The prequels riff on this by making it look like we'll finally get to see one in action, but he gets [[CurbStompBattle smacked aside by Yoda and forgotten]].

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** The Red Guard, latter the Royal Guards, serving Palpatine. Adorned in their [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority blood red robes]], and armed with lethal "force pikes." They serve basically as set dressing for the films, doing absolutely nothing but looking scary in the background. The prequels riff on this by making it look like we'll finally get to see one in action, but he gets [[CurbStompBattle smacked aside by Yoda and forgotten]]. As shown in ''Film/RogueOne'', they can also be lent to Darth Vader.
5th Apr '17 8:42:15 AM BeerBaron
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Penitus Oculatus has taken over as the Emperor's bodyguard after the Blades got decimated by the [[ScrewYouElves Thal]][[ANaziByAnyOtherName mor]]. While the Blades were basically [[spoiler:dragon-slaying]] samurais, the P.O. are just stand Imperial soldiers [[PaletteSwap wearing darker armor]].

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Penitus Oculatus has taken over as the Emperor's bodyguard after the Blades got decimated by the [[ScrewYouElves Thal]][[ANaziByAnyOtherName mor]]. While the Blades were basically [[spoiler:dragon-slaying]] samurais, the P.O. are just stand standard Imperial soldiers [[PaletteSwap wearing darker armor]].armor]], Subverting the trope.
5th Apr '17 8:39:56 AM BeerBaron
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* The Blades of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', who also operate as the Emperor's spies.
** The Ordinators, Her Hands, and Mournhold Royal Guards from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' seem more in line with this trope.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Penitus Oculatus has taken over as the Emperor's bodyguard after the Blades got decimated by the [[ScrewYouElves Thal]][[ANaziByAnyOtherName mor]]. While the Blades were basically [[spoiler:dragon-slaying]] samurais, the P.O. is just [[PaletteSwap wearing darker armors]].
** Mehrunes Dagon, the Daedra Prince of Destruction, has the Valkynaz, the [[FantasticCasteSystem highest caste]] of [[ProudWarriorRace the Dremora]].

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* The ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Throughout much of the series and in the {{backstory}}, the
Blades act as this for the Emperor of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', who also operate Tamriel. In addition to acting as the Emperor's spies.
elite bodyguards, they also act as spies throughout the Empire. You get an opportunity to join them in each game since ''Morrowind''.
** The Ordinators, Her Hands, and Mournhold Royal Guards from In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' seem Morrowind]]'''s ''Tribunal'' expansion, Almalexia has the elite "Her Hands" [[ReligiousBruiser High Ordinators]] in this role. Her rival in the power struggle over Mournhold, King Hlaalu Helseth, has the more Imperial-styled Royal Guards in line this role. Helseth also has a CadreOfForeignBodyguards situation going on, with his Guard Captain being an Imperial, and his toughest and most loyal bodyguard a Redguard. (He also employs several other Imperials and Redguards among his palace guard.)
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', [[BigBad Mehrunes Dagon]], the Daedric Prince of Destruction, has the Valkynaz, the [[FantasticCasteSystem highest caste]] of [[ProudWarriorRace the Dremora]], in
this trope.
role.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Penitus Oculatus has taken over as the Emperor's bodyguard after the Blades got decimated by the [[ScrewYouElves Thal]][[ANaziByAnyOtherName mor]]. While the Blades were basically [[spoiler:dragon-slaying]] samurais, the P.O. is are just stand Imperial soldiers [[PaletteSwap wearing darker armors]].
** Mehrunes Dagon, the Daedra Prince of Destruction, has the Valkynaz, the [[FantasticCasteSystem highest caste]] of [[ProudWarriorRace the Dremora]].
armor]].
31st Mar '17 5:54:32 PM Prometheus117
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* In ''{{Manga/Fairy Tail}}'' the Albareth Empire's ruler has the Spriggan Twelve, hand-picked guards of Emperor Spriggan ([[spoiler:aka ''[[TheArchmage Zeref]]'']]). They are all implied to be on par with, if not stronger than the Ten Wizard Saints, and when Gray and Natsu meet just one of them they both have a huge OhCrap face.

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* In ''{{Manga/Fairy Tail}}'' the Albareth Empire's ruler has the Spriggan Twelve, hand-picked guards of Emperor Spriggan ([[spoiler:aka ''[[TheArchmage Zeref]]'']]). They are all implied to be on par with, if not stronger than the Ten Wizard Saints, Saints of Ishgar, and when Gray and Natsu meet just one of them they both have a huge OhCrap face.face. They are [[AgentPeacock God Serena]] (the former #1 Wizard Saint), [[SizeShifter Brandish μ]], [[AnIcePerson Invel Yura]], [[DishingOutDirt Ajeel Raml]], [[TimeMaster Dimaria Yesta]], [[WalkingArmory Wall Eehto]], [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Bloodman]], [[EnemySummoner Neinhart]], [[KungFuWizard Jacob Lessio]], [[CoolOldGuy August]], [[LadyOfBlackMagic Irene Belserion]], and [[SevenDeadlySins Larcade]].
29th Mar '17 6:40:59 PM Sammettik
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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Henchmen.
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