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24th Mar '16 5:12:46 PM StFan
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->''"The Germans call them...the Bastards."''

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->''"The Germans call them... the Bastards."''



Soldiers in a large army may feel rather unimportant being identified as a member of the 103rd [[FunWithAcronyms Orbital Magic Fighter Group]] or the 486th [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Combined Rapid Assault Platoon]] or whatever. To make themselves feel more distinct, they or their commanders come up with a more colourful nickname for TheSquad. This might just remain a private joke, or it may eventually come into use among the higher-ups. In some cases, the name may be officially attached to the squad.

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Soldiers in a large army may feel rather unimportant being identified as a member of the 103rd [[FunWithAcronyms Orbital Magic Fighter Group]] or the 486th [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Combined Rapid Assault Platoon]] or whatever. To make themselves feel more distinct, they or their commanders come up with a more colourful colorful nickname for TheSquad. This might just remain a private joke, or it may eventually come into use among the higher-ups. In some cases, the name may be officially attached to the squad.



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* The HowlingCommandos in the MarvelUniverse.

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* The HowlingCommandos ComicBook/HowlingCommandos in the MarvelUniverse.Franchise/MarvelUniverse.




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* The eponymous ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''. The 'lesser races' were referred to (even in official documents) as "bastards" by Nazi eugenicists.

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* The [[CharacterTitle title character]] of ''{{Sharpe}}'' commands the Chosen Men.
** According to the novels, Chosen Man was actually a rank replaced by Corporal in more modern eras.
* The warriors under Tsubodai's command in the ''{{Conqueror}}'' books are referred to as the Young Wolves. Following this lead, Jochi names his tuman the Iron Horse, and decides to refer to Jebe's tuman as the Bearskins, much to the latter's annoyance.
* ''TheWheelOfTime'' has banners such as Edorion's Hammers, Carlomin's Leopards, and Reimon's Eagles among the Band of the Red Hand.
** And there's the Fists of Heaven too
* ''Franchise/StarshipTroopers'': '[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roughnecks_Starship_Troopers Roughnecks]]'.

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* The eponymous ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''. The 'lesser races' "lesser races" were referred to (even in official documents) as "bastards" by Nazi eugenicists.

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eugenicists.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The [[CharacterTitle title character]] of ''{{Sharpe}}'' ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'' commands the Chosen Men.
**
Men. According to the novels, Chosen Man was actually a rank replaced by Corporal in more modern eras.
* The warriors under Tsubodai's command in the ''{{Conqueror}}'' ''Literature/{{Conqueror}}'' books are referred to as the Young Wolves. Following this lead, Jochi names his tuman the Iron Horse, and decides to refer to Jebe's tuman as the Bearskins, much to the latter's annoyance.
* ''TheWheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has banners such as Edorion's Hammers, Carlomin's Leopards, and Reimon's Eagles among the Band of the Red Hand.
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Hand. And there's the Fists of Heaven too
too.
* ''Franchise/StarshipTroopers'': '[[http://en.''Franchise/StarshipTroopers'':
** "[[http://en.
wikipedia.org/wiki/Roughnecks_Starship_Troopers Roughnecks]]'.Roughnecks]]".



* In JimButcher 's ''Literature/CodexAlera'', we have Rufus Scipio's Battlecrows Cohort and the [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks Knights Pisces]], which come from an InsultBackfire.
* The ''MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has a bunch of these, like the Bridgeburners and the Bonehunters.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''

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* In JimButcher 's Creator/JimButcher's ''Literature/CodexAlera'', we have Rufus Scipio's Battlecrows Cohort and the [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks Knights Pisces]], which come from an InsultBackfire.
* The ''MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has a bunch of these, like the Bridgeburners and the Bonehunters.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':



* In the ''AnitaBlake'' book series, the police squad the titular character works with is the Regional Preternatural Investigation Team (RPIT), nicknamed "Rip It" or simply "The Spook Squad".

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* In the ''AnitaBlake'' ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' book series, the police squad the titular character works with is the Regional Preternatural Investigation Team (RPIT), nicknamed "Rip It" or simply "The Spook Squad".



* From ''{{Literature/Grunts}}'':
--> ''"Sir! Permission to call this squad Black Squad, sir!"''
--> ''"Denied. We already have fifteen Black Squads, twelve Dark Squads, four Raven Squads, three Midnight Squads, one Sable Squad, one Ebony Squad and one," she glanced at a sheet of paper, "Pink Squad. Yes... we're all a little worried about '''Pink''' Squad."''
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lusthog_Squad Lusthog Squad]] from the Vietnam War novels The Short-Timers and The Phantom Blooper by Gustav Hasford. Nickname of the squad was not mentioned in the [[Film/FullMetalJacket film of the first novel]].

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* From ''{{Literature/Grunts}}'':
--> ''"Sir!
''Literature/{{Grunts}}'':
-->''"Sir!
Permission to call this squad Black Squad, sir!"''
--> ''"Denied.
sir!"\\
"Denied.
We already have fifteen Black Squads, twelve Dark Squads, four Raven Squads, three Midnight Squads, one Sable Squad, one Ebony Squad and one," she glanced at a sheet of paper, "Pink Squad. Yes... we're all a little worried about '''Pink''' Squad."''
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lusthog_Squad Lusthog Squad]] from the Vietnam War novels The Short-Timers ''The Short-Timers'' and The ''The Phantom Blooper Blooper'' by Gustav Hasford. Nickname of the squad was not mentioned in the [[Film/FullMetalJacket film of the first novel]].

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* The ''Wild Cards'' squadron from ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond''
** In the final episode of the series, TheCaptain, at first, orders a different squadron to launch at the incoming Chig fighters. Then belays his first order and instead orders to "deal out the Wild Cards", despite the squadron being on suspension at the time.

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* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' [[TheVerse 'verse]] has groups such as Literature/GauntsGhosts and the [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Last_Chancers Last Chancers]] in the Imperial Guard, among others. There's also the numerous chapters of {{Space Marine}}s and legions of Chaos Marines.
** The Ghosts have a double-whammy, as their ''official'' designation is the just-as-badass "Tanith First-And-Only", due to the [[LastOfHisKind wiping out of the rest of their planet]].

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* The ''Wild Cards'' "Wild Cards" squadron from ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond''
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''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond''. In the final episode of the series, TheCaptain, at first, orders a different squadron to launch at the incoming Chig fighters. Then belays his first order and instead orders to "deal out the Wild Cards", despite the squadron being on suspension at the time.

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* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' [[TheVerse 'verse]] has groups such as Literature/GauntsGhosts and the [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Last_Chancers Last Chancers]] in the Imperial Guard, among others. There's also the numerous chapters of {{Space Marine}}s and legions of Chaos Marines.
**
Marines. The Ghosts have a double-whammy, as their ''official'' designation is the just-as-badass "Tanith First-And-Only", due to the [[LastOfHisKind wiping out of the rest of their planet]].



* ''TechInfantry'' has several, including the Raptors led by Colonel Arthur Clarke, the Red Scorpions, and Alastair Dimiye's Dead Boys Battallion.

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* ''TechInfantry'' ''TabletopGame/TechInfantry'' has several, including the Raptors led by Colonel Arthur Clarke, the Red Scorpions, and Alastair Dimiye's Dead Boys Battallion.

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Battallion.
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* The Dragonslayers of the ''WhateleyUniverse''.
* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'': Happens from time to time when a group forms, starting with The Intrepid Six in Version 1, The Bloody Fists in V2, SADD in V3, and The Insane Commie Posse, Team Campbell and Team Ego in Version 4.

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* The Dragonslayers of the ''WhateleyUniverse''.
''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''.
* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'': ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'': Happens from time to time when a group forms, starting with The Intrepid Six in Version 1, The Bloody Fists in V2, SADD in V3, and The Insane Commie Posse, Team Campbell and Team Ego in Version 4.




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* ''TheSimpsons'': Grandpa Simpson was the commander of the "Fightin' Hellfish" (Or the "Flying Hellfish", depending on the scene.)
* The Joes in ''GIJoe'' don't have an official unit. They are just "G.I. Joes".

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* ''TheSimpsons'': ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Grandpa Simpson was the commander of the "Fightin' Hellfish" (Or the "Flying Hellfish", depending on the scene.)
* The Joes in ''GIJoe'' ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe'' don't have an official unit. They are just "G.I. Joes".




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* 617 Squadron of the RoyalAirForce are known as the "Dambusters" for, well, that WorldWarTwo mission. Today they fly Tornado GR.4 strike aircraft.

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* 617 Squadron of the RoyalAirForce are known as the "Dambusters" for, well, that WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII mission. Today they fly Tornado GR.4 strike aircraft.



* From WorldWarII onwards, the [[YanksWithTanks Eighth Air Force]], which earned the nickname "The Mighty Eighth" for their daylight precision bombing raids over Western Europe throughout the war.

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* From WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII onwards, the [[YanksWithTanks Eighth Air Force]], which earned the nickname "The Mighty Eighth" for their daylight precision bombing raids over Western Europe throughout the war.




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20th Mar '16 7:36:33 AM Grade0
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* In ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'', the 33rd Combat Division is more commonly known as the Damned 33rd due to their tendency to perform [[SuicideMission Suicide Missions]] and always come back alive despite that.
8th Mar '16 10:47:33 AM Menshevik
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* During the [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonicWars the Wars of Liberation]], the soldiers of General Yorck's I Corps (summer 1813-spring 1814) were known as ''Heurichs'' throughout the Prussian army. Heurich was the name of a commissary officer who was the constant butt of jokes within the corps and which was used as an impromptu password[=/=]{{Shibboleth}} during the French campaign of 1814.

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* During the [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonicWars the Wars of Liberation]], the soldiers of General Yorck's I Corps (summer 1813-spring 1814) were known as ''Heurichs'' throughout the Prussian army. Heurich was the name of a commissary officer who was the constant butt of jokes within the corps and, and this name, which is very easy for French-speakers to mispronounce, was used as an impromptu password[=/=]{{Shibboleth}} during the French campaign of 1814.
8th Mar '16 10:42:56 AM Menshevik
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* From WorldWarII onwards, the [[YanksWithTanks Eighth Air Force]], which earned the nickname "The Mighty Eighth" for their daylight precision bombing raids over Western Europe throughout the war.



* Many Eight Air Force fighter groups had similar monikers:

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* Many Eight Eighth Air Force fighter groups had similar monikers:



* From WorldWarII onwards, the [[YanksWithTanks Eighth Air Force]], which earned the nickname "The Mighty Eighth" for their daylight precision bombing raids over Western Europe throughout the war.




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* During the UsefulNotes/NapoleonicWars, the French [[PraetorianGuard Old Guard]], specifically its four infantry regiments, were known (as they are to this day in France) as ''les grognards'' (the grumblers).
* During the [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonicWars the Wars of Liberation]], the soldiers of General Yorck's I Corps (summer 1813-spring 1814) were known as ''Heurichs'' throughout the Prussian army. Heurich was the name of a commissary officer who was the constant butt of jokes within the corps and which was used as an impromptu password[=/=]{{Shibboleth}} during the French campaign of 1814.
8th Mar '16 5:34:15 AM Menshevik
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* During the UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar a number of larger units had nicknames, the most famous probably being the Stonewall Brigade (2nd, 4th, 5th, 27th and 33rd Virgina Regiment) of the Confederate Army of North Virginia and the brigade first nicknamed the Black Hat Brigade and then the [[TookALevelInBadass Iron Brigade]] (2nd, 6th and 7th Wisconsin, 19th Indiana and 24th Michigan) of the Union Army of the Potomac.
8th Mar '16 5:23:45 AM Menshevik
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* The U.S. Marines are called 'Leathernecks' for the same reason.[[note]]If you're curious, the purpose of the collar was to protect the neck, particularly from cavalry soldiers.[[/note]] They are also referred to as 'Devil Dogs', Corps legend states this is because during an attack on a German position in WW1 the gas mask wearing Marines began to foam at the mouth from the heat and gas, while the steep hill they had to climb made them clambor up on all fours. Seeing these rabid, four legged figures charging them, the Germans dubbed them 'Teufel Hunden'[[note]]Although it is worth noting, [[ShroudedInMyth there are no German records of this]], [[YouMakeMeSic and they likely would have used 'Teufelshunde' instead.]][[/note]]

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* The U.S. Marines are called 'Leathernecks' "Leathernecks" for the same reason.[[note]]If you're curious, the purpose of the collar was to protect the neck, particularly from cavalry soldiers.[[/note]] They are also referred to as 'Devil Dogs', "Devil Dogs"; Corps legend states this is because during an attack on a German position in WW1 the gas mask wearing Marines began to foam at the mouth from the heat and gas, while the steep hill they had to climb made them clambor up on all fours. Seeing these rabid, four legged figures charging them, the Germans dubbed them 'Teufel Hunden'[[note]]Although it is worth noting, "Teufel Hunden". Like with the "Old Contemptibles" mentioned below, [[ShroudedInMyth there are no German records of this]], [[YouMakeMeSic and they likely would so it may have been made up by Allied propagandists, given that "Teufel Hunden" is orthographically and grammatically incorrect German ([[YouMakeMeSic it should be 'Teufelshunde']]). Also worth noting: The "Devil Dogs[=/=]Teufel Hunden" thing already was used 'Teufelshunde' instead.]][[/note]]in American newspapers two months before the battle (Belleau Wood) in which according to legend it was coined.



* The Kaiser, upon hearing that German forces were being held up in France while on their way to Paris, is said to have exclaimed his exasperation of "Sir John French's contemptible little army". This became the name adopted by a good chunk of the british regular army in WWI, "The Old Contemptibles"

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* The According to an apocryphal story, quite possibly invented by British propagandists, the Kaiser, upon hearing that German forces were being held up in France while on their way to Paris, is said to have exclaimed his exasperation of "Sir John referred to the British Expeditionary Forced as "General French's contemptible little army". army" in an order dated 19 August, 1914 (no evidence for this order being real was ever found). This became the name adopted by a good chunk of those British regulars who had fought in the british regular army in WWI, 1914 campaign, "The Old Contemptibles"Contemptibles".
5th Feb '16 1:21:15 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the [=ODSTs=] (Orbital Drop Shock Troopers) of the 105th Shock Troops Division are more commonly known as "Helljumpers", due to how hot their drop pods became when falling through the atmosphere.
24th Jan '16 10:03:27 AM nombretomado
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* ''StrikeWitches'': The 501st Joint Fighter Wing, better known as the Strike Witches. The Blu-ray booklet also elaborates on other joint fighter wings, each with their own nicknames. The 502nd is known as the "Brave Witches," and goes ''further'' with "Break Witches" as an extension of the original nickname due to their penchant for destroying Striker Units. The 503rd is called the "Typhoon Witches"; the 504th "Ardor Witches"; the 505th "Mirage Witches"; the 506th "Noble Witches"; the 507th "Silent Witches"; the 508th "Mighty Witches"...plus "Glorious Witches" for HMW, "Storm Witches" for the Afrikacorps, and "{{Shinigami}}" for Fuso's 42nd Joint Fighter Corps.

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* ''StrikeWitches'': ''Anime/StrikeWitches'': The 501st Joint Fighter Wing, better known as the Strike Witches. The Blu-ray booklet also elaborates on other joint fighter wings, each with their own nicknames. The 502nd is known as the "Brave Witches," and goes ''further'' with "Break Witches" as an extension of the original nickname due to their penchant for destroying Striker Units. The 503rd is called the "Typhoon Witches"; the 504th "Ardor Witches"; the 505th "Mirage Witches"; the 506th "Noble Witches"; the 507th "Silent Witches"; the 508th "Mighty Witches"...plus "Glorious Witches" for HMW, "Storm Witches" for the Afrikacorps, and "{{Shinigami}}" for Fuso's 42nd Joint Fighter Corps.
26th Dec '15 10:38:40 AM DarkHunter
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* ''Anime/Macross'' has several:

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* ''Anime/Macross'' ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' has several:
26th Dec '15 10:38:15 AM DarkHunter
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* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' has several:

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* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' ''Anime/Macross'' has several:



** ''Macross 7'' had Sound Force, the rather unique squadron made up of members of the band Fire Bomber.

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** ''Macross 7'' ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'' had Sound Force, the rather unique squadron made up of members of the band Fire Bomber.




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** A more conventional squadron from ''7'' was Diamond Force, made up of the most elite military pilots on the 7th Fleet. Over the course of the series it loses some members, the survivors of which are re-organized into Emerald Force.
** ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' has another Skull Squadron (named in honor of the original).
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