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28th Sep '16 4:07:59 PM Willbyr
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-->-- '''The Emperor''', ''TabletopGames/Warhammer40k'', regarding the Adeptus Custodes

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-->-- '''The Emperor''', ''TabletopGames/Warhammer40k'', ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', regarding the Adeptus Custodes



23rd Sep '16 1:43:19 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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** Napoleon himself was only a little bit on the short side, an inch or so below average, but by surrounding himself with six-foot-plus giants, he made himself seem very short indeed by contrast.

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** Napoleon himself was only a little bit on the short side, an inch or so below average, average (for a nobleman, that is -- he was a few inches ''taller'' than the average peasant), but by surrounding himself with six-foot-plus giants, he made himself seem very short indeed by contrast.
9th Sep '16 9:59:38 AM Morgenthaler
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In RealLife, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praetorian_Guard Praetorian Guard]] was a special force originally intended to serve as a Roman general's bodyguard in combat, but the term was later restricted to the elite personal guard of the [[TheRomanEmpire Roman Emperors]]. As a bodyguard unit, they proved to be a miserable failure: '''Nine''' separate emperors were [[BodyguardBetrayal killed by the guard itself]], and many others were deserted by the guard to be overthrown or killed by others. In some cases the Guard literally sold the Imperial office to the highest bidder, then turned on their new master when he failed to deliver on his extravagant promises.

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In RealLife, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praetorian_Guard Praetorian Guard]] was a special force originally intended to serve as a Roman general's bodyguard in combat, but the term was later restricted to the elite personal guard of the [[TheRomanEmpire [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire Roman Emperors]]. As a bodyguard unit, they proved to be a miserable failure: '''Nine''' separate emperors were [[BodyguardBetrayal killed by the guard itself]], and many others were deserted by the guard to be overthrown or killed by others. In some cases the Guard literally sold the Imperial office to the highest bidder, then turned on their new master when he failed to deliver on his extravagant promises.
1st Sep '16 3:43:39 AM RedRoverRedRover
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* The Kingsguard, and later its derivatives, the Queensguard and the Rainbow Guard, of ''ASongOfIceAndFire''. They're supposed to be made up of the seven greatest warriors in service to the monarch at that time, and for most of their history, they are. Deconstructed with the Kingsguard; while at the start of the series the appointees are all appropriately badass, the command is transferred to [[BloodKnight Jaime]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Kingslayer"]] [[TheOathbreaker Lannister]] in the first book, and things go downhill from there. As the books progress, members of the Kingsguard die in the war, and their replacements, instead of being selected for their skill with a sword or devotion to duty, are chosen for political reasons. Cersei eventually ensures that [[spoiler:with the exception of Jaime (who is crippled and away at war), Balon Swann (who has been sent south to Dorne) and Loras Tyrell (who was badly injured while trying to take a castle) all of the appointees are terrible fighters--so when she frames Queen Margaery for treason, Margaery has no choice but to select an incompetent fighter for a champion in her trial. It backfires spectacularly when Cersei herself is charged with treason.]] Also somewhat deconstructed with the Queensguard, in service to Dany, as it has never had more than one member at a time.

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* The Kingsguard, and later its derivatives, the Queensguard and the Rainbow Guard, of ''ASongOfIceAndFire''. They're supposed to be made up of the seven greatest warriors in service to the monarch at that time, and for most of their history, they are. Deconstructed with the Kingsguard; while at the start of the series the appointees are all they used to be appropriately badass, but after Robert's Rebellion leads to all but 2 of them dying and getting replaced with fighters of lesser quality, things start to go to hell quickly. At the end of the first book command of the Kingsguard is transferred to [[BloodKnight Jaime]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Kingslayer"]] [[TheOathbreaker Lannister]] in the first book, Lannister]], and things go further downhill from there. As the books progress, more members of the Kingsguard die in the war, and their replacements, instead of being selected for their skill with a sword or devotion to duty, are chosen for political reasons. Cersei eventually ensures that [[spoiler:with the exception of Jaime (who is crippled and away at war), Balon Swann (who has been sent south to Dorne) and Loras Tyrell (who was badly injured while trying to take a castle) all of the appointees are terrible fighters--so when she frames Queen Margaery for treason, Margaery has no choice but to select an incompetent fighter for a champion in her trial. It backfires spectacularly when Cersei herself is charged with treason.]] Also somewhat deconstructed with the Queensguard, in service to Dany, as it has never had more than one member at a time.
29th Aug '16 5:28:07 AM YZQ
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*** On the night of August 14, 1945, some Japanese imperial guardsmen [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ky%C5%ABj%C5%8D_incident tried to prevent the broadcast of the emperor's surrender announcement]] [[MilitaryCoup by force]]. A number of people, including the commander of the guards, who tried to stop them were killed, but the mutineers were ultimately stopped and the formal announcement of surrender was broadcast the next day.

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*** On the night of August 14, 1945, some Japanese imperial guardsmen [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ky%C5%ABj%C5%8D_incident org/wiki/Kyujo_incident tried to prevent the broadcast of the emperor's surrender announcement]] [[MilitaryCoup by force]]. A number of people, including the commander of the guards, who tried to stop them were killed, but the mutineers were ultimately stopped and the formal announcement of surrender was broadcast the next day.
29th Aug '16 5:27:19 AM YZQ
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*** On the night of August 14, 1945, some Japanese imperial guardsmen [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ky%C5%ABj%C5%8D_Incident tried to prevent the broadcast of the emperor's surrender announcement]] [[MilitaryCoup by force]]. A number of people, including the commander of the guards, who tried to stop them were killed, but the mutineers were ultimately stopped and the formal announcement of surrender was broadcast the next day.

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*** On the night of August 14, 1945, some Japanese imperial guardsmen [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ky%C5%ABj%C5%8D_Incident org/wiki/Ky%C5%ABj%C5%8D_incident tried to prevent the broadcast of the emperor's surrender announcement]] [[MilitaryCoup by force]]. A number of people, including the commander of the guards, who tried to stop them were killed, but the mutineers were ultimately stopped and the formal announcement of surrender was broadcast the next day.
14th Aug '16 12:21:32 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' featured Honor Guard Elites and Honor Guard Brutes, who served as the personal bodyguards of the Covenant Prophets. Honor Guard Elites generally wielded energy swords or dual plasma rifles, while Honor Guard Brutes were immune to headshots (which were the Brutes' one weakness in ''Halo 2''). They also had very big crown-like headwear that fanned out over a meter long, as opposed to the more practical helmets worn by regular Elites.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', the Brute Chieftain enemies are usually protected by a few Brute Bodyguards, who have slightly different-looking armor from the regular Brute soldiers.
*** The Bodyguards also supplant the Honor Guards from the previous game.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' featured Honor Guard Elites and Honor Guard Brutes, who served as the personal bodyguards of the Covenant Prophets. Honor Guard Elites generally wielded energy swords or dual plasma rifles, while Honor Guard Brutes were immune to headshots (which were the Brutes' one weakness in ''Halo 2''). They also had very big crown-like headwear that fanned out over a meter long, as opposed to the more practical helmets worn by regular Elites.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', the Brute Chieftain enemies are usually protected by a few Brute Bodyguards, who have slightly different-looking armor from the regular Brute soldiers.
*** The
soldiers. These Bodyguards also supplant the Honor Guards from the previous game.
22nd Jul '16 7:52:46 AM WaserWifle
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* ''VideoGame/TheBannerSaga2'' has the Elite Guard, the guard of King Meinolf. Boasting high stats and the shield wall ability used by most shield bearing humans, they also come with their own set of unique abilities. All Elite Guards on the field will attack any target in range when King Meinolf uses his King's Will ability, and even take damage on behalf of the king, meaning he can't die as long as at least one guard stands. According to a conversation between Egil and Prince Ludin at the start of the game, you must have a title to apply. Depending on your choices, thy can fight with you, or against you.
17th Jul '16 6:18:26 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[CoDominium Falkenberg's Legion]]'', Vice President Bradford attempts this. He has Falkenberg organize a brigade composed of trusted party members and officers loyal to Bradford. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for him, Falkenberg is a little GenreSavvy, and uses the would-be Praetorian Guard to take the blunt of the fighting]].

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* In ''[[CoDominium ''[[Literature/CoDominium Falkenberg's Legion]]'', Vice President Bradford attempts this. He has Falkenberg organize a brigade composed of trusted party members and officers loyal to Bradford. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for him, Falkenberg is a little GenreSavvy, and uses the would-be Praetorian Guard to take the blunt of the fighting]].
2nd Jul '16 10:18:16 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Bionicle}}'' has a few examples of these:

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* ''{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' has a few examples of these:



** Subversion: The Toa Hagah were originally bodyguards of the Makuta, but when they found out that the Makuta had become evil, they proplty did a HeelFaceTurn and stole the Makuta's Achilles' Heel, the Mask of Light.
* MarvelComics' ComicBook/BlackPanther has the Dora Milaje, an AmazonBrigade who have even managed to take down the Black Widow . In previous generations, they were also the king's wives, but T'Challa broke this tradition and freed the women from obligating themselves beyond protection. [[BodyGuardCrush Too bad one of them was actually looking forward to being his wife]] and [[{{Yandere}} didn't want to take "no" for an answer.]]

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** Subversion: The Toa Hagah were originally bodyguards of the Makuta, but when they found out that the Makuta had become evil, they proplty promptly did a HeelFaceTurn and stole the Makuta's Achilles' Heel, the Mask of Light.
* MarvelComics' Creator/MarvelComics' ComicBook/BlackPanther has the Dora Milaje, an AmazonBrigade who have even managed to take down the Black Widow . In previous generations, they were also the king's wives, but T'Challa broke this tradition and freed the women from obligating themselves beyond protection. [[BodyGuardCrush Too bad one of them was actually looking forward to being his wife]] and [[{{Yandere}} didn't want to take "no" for an answer.]]
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