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22nd Sep '16 1:57:48 PM totoofze47
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Creating these is one of the goals of two separate villains:
** Caesar Clown seeks to create some kind of formula that will turn humans into giants, hoping to create an army of subservient and powerful giants with it. [[spoiler:He soon found out that was impossible to do, but that didn't stop him from continuing his research on children and swidling Big Mom in the process; all of which eventually bit him severely in the ass.]]
** The head of the Vinsmoke family, Vinsmoke Judge, seeks to create super soldiers through [[spoiler:genetically enhancing his own children from a young age, and subject them to TrainingFromHell to bring out their inner potential; he could then have them lead his armies, and clone them to make even ''more'' super soldiers. While that training paid off fine with four of his kids, it failed with Sanji, who remained a regular human being despite his modified genes.]]
6th Sep '16 9:38:24 PM Mhazard
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[[caption-width-right:315:Eight feet tall, power-armoured, genetically-engineered, a full-auto rocket launcher for a pistol, and a fist that can kill tanks: Your average elite {{mook}} in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.]]

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[[caption-width-right:315:Eight feet tall, power-armoured, genetically-engineered, a full-auto rocket launcher for a pistol, and a fist that can kill tanks: Your average elite [[EliteMooks elite]] {{mook}} in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.]]
4th Sep '16 12:30:49 PM zarpaulus
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* Knights, samurai, and other elite warrior castes are a fairly mundane version. Nations that couldn't afford professional armies would train members of the upper classes in combat from childhood, arm them with the best equipment available, and send them into battle backed up by drafted peasants. These knights would be individually stronger than most professional soldiers and more expensive per man, but a levy led by a few knights would still be cheaper than an army of equivalent size and the knights would amplify their effectiveness. Of course, after the invention of crossbows and guns any peasant with a few weeks of training could kill a knight.
4th Sep '16 4:38:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Literature/{{Wolfbreed}}'' has TheTeutonicKnights try and turn a bunch of werewolf children into elite shock troops and commandos.
* The Uruk-Hai were Super Soldier ''[[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]]'' in both book and film versions of ''LordOfTheRings''. Notable in that though they're bred for it, they are speculated by Treebeard to be [[HalfHumanHybrid hybrids]] of human and orc. In the Movieverse, it's regular Orc and Goblins (which are the orc equivalent of Gnomes or Dwarves), capitalizing on Hybrid Vigour.

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* ''Literature/{{Wolfbreed}}'' has TheTeutonicKnights UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights try and turn a bunch of werewolf children into elite shock troops and commandos.
* The Uruk-Hai were Super Soldier ''[[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]]'' in both book and film versions of ''LordOfTheRings''.''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Notable in that though they're bred for it, they are speculated by Treebeard to be [[HalfHumanHybrid hybrids]] of human and orc. In the Movieverse, it's regular Orc and Goblins (which are the orc equivalent of Gnomes or Dwarves), capitalizing on Hybrid Vigour.
2nd Sep '16 11:31:34 PM madamhydra
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** [=SOLDIERs=], members of Shinra's elite military unit, are carefully selected humans treated with Mako energy and Jenova cells to produce superhuman combatants.

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** [=SOLDIERs=], members of Shinra's elite military unit, are carefully selected humans [[BioAugmentation treated with Mako energy and Jenova cells cells]] to produce superhuman combatants.
29th Aug '16 7:07:20 AM jormis29
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* ''{{Rifts}}'' had several, developed by the governments of the world before it [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt all came crashing down]]. Naturally, the technology to make them [[SchizoTech managed to survive]], and in many places, any person with the inclination and a whole lot of cash can just pop over to the local Body-Chop Shop to get turned into a cybernetic, mentally- or chemically-enhanced killing machine. Specific examples:

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* ''{{Rifts}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' had several, developed by the governments of the world before it [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt all came crashing down]]. Naturally, the technology to make them [[SchizoTech managed to survive]], and in many places, any person with the inclination and a whole lot of cash can just pop over to the local Body-Chop Shop to get turned into a cybernetic, mentally- or chemically-enhanced killing machine. Specific examples:



* In TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} TranshumanSpace most Fifth Wave nations use AI controlled robots for most of their infantry, but supported by [[ArtificialHuman bioroids]] or [[BioAugmentation biomod humans]] wearing [[PoweredArmor powered smartsuits or battlesuits]] for certain special operations.
* A fantasy version occurs in {{Exalted}} with the {{Magitek}} [[PowerArmor Gunzosha]] Commandos: these are [[BadassNormal ordinary mortals]] who keep up with Demigods on the battlefield by [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing half of their lifespan]] to beat up on demons, {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, the aforementioned demigods, and anything else that gets in their way in a world where HumansAreSpecial because [[PunyEarthlings they're the low man on the totem pole]] and [[OurSoulsAreDifferent their souls]] [[ImAHumanitarian taste better]]. Out of a population of millions, the top 600 most {{Badass}} folks in the world are the only ones who stand a chance of becoming a Celestial Exalt [[BecauseDestinySaysSo (Sidereals don't count)]]. Gunzoshas did it often enough that in the First Age they had to include protocols for what to do with them Exalting mid-battle in the manual.

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* In TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} TranshumanSpace ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace'' most Fifth Wave nations use AI controlled robots for most of their infantry, but supported by [[ArtificialHuman bioroids]] or [[BioAugmentation biomod humans]] wearing [[PoweredArmor powered smartsuits or battlesuits]] for certain special operations.
* A fantasy version occurs in {{Exalted}} ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' with the {{Magitek}} [[PowerArmor Gunzosha]] Commandos: these are [[BadassNormal ordinary mortals]] who keep up with Demigods on the battlefield by [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing half of their lifespan]] to beat up on demons, {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, the aforementioned demigods, and anything else that gets in their way in a world where HumansAreSpecial because [[PunyEarthlings they're the low man on the totem pole]] and [[OurSoulsAreDifferent their souls]] [[ImAHumanitarian taste better]]. Out of a population of millions, the top 600 most {{Badass}} folks in the world are the only ones who stand a chance of becoming a Celestial Exalt [[BecauseDestinySaysSo (Sidereals don't count)]]. Gunzoshas did it often enough that in the First Age they had to include protocols for what to do with them Exalting mid-battle in the manual.
21st Aug '16 12:36:07 PM nombretomado
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* The ultimates in ''EclipsePhase'' are trying to become these, and operate by a philosophy based on eugenics, asceticism and discipline. The problem comes when one goes over the edge and modifies himself into a predator exhuman, which could be roughly described as a Super Hunter that views everything else in the universe as targets and possibly food.

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* The ultimates in ''EclipsePhase'' ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' are trying to become these, and operate by a philosophy based on eugenics, asceticism and discipline. The problem comes when one goes over the edge and modifies himself into a predator exhuman, which could be roughly described as a Super Hunter that views everything else in the universe as targets and possibly food.
13th Aug '16 2:10:37 PM nombretomado
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** From ''DirgeOfCerberus'', Weiss, Nero, Rosso, Azul, Shelke, and the other members of Deepground, who underwent [=SOLDIER=]-type treatments as well as special individualized experimentation to develop unique powers. It was said they used Genesis as the basis, since his cells gained the ability to use Mako similar to Jenova, but without the degradation, losing your sanity (Well, okay, he did briefly lose his sanity, but for different reasons), and having a desire to smash a Meteor into the Planet to eat it for breakfast.

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** From ''DirgeOfCerberus'', ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', Weiss, Nero, Rosso, Azul, Shelke, and the other members of Deepground, who underwent [=SOLDIER=]-type treatments as well as special individualized experimentation to develop unique powers. It was said they used Genesis as the basis, since his cells gained the ability to use Mako similar to Jenova, but without the degradation, losing your sanity (Well, okay, he did briefly lose his sanity, but for different reasons), and having a desire to smash a Meteor into the Planet to eat it for breakfast.
12th Aug '16 1:56:29 AM PaulA
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* Subverted in the LoisMcMasterBujold short story "[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Labyrinth]]"; the 'super-soldier' was designed by a committee with no actual soldiers on it and is flashy but massively impractical. The effect is rather spoiled by the fact that the prototype frequently appears in later stories as a very effective soldier.

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* Subverted in the LoisMcMasterBujold Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold short story "[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Labyrinth]]"; the 'super-soldier' was designed by a committee with no actual soldiers on it and is flashy but massively impractical. The effect is rather spoiled by the fact that the prototype frequently appears in later stories as a very effective soldier.
10th Aug '16 3:08:47 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** There's also the Spartan-[=III=]s, vengeful kids orphaned by the Covenant who were sent on suicide missions almost right from the moment they hit prematurely-induced puberty. They mostly lacked the exceptional genetics, MJOLNIR armor, and experience of the [=II=]s, but mostly made up for it with less-lethal augmentations (with a roughly 100% survival rate), a poor man's version of [[InvisibilityCloak active camouflage]], and far greater numbers (300-330 per company). The newest company also received illegal drugs that further enhanced their aggression, strength, endurance, and tolerance to injury. However, a handful of Spartan-[=III=]s, namely those who were good enough to meet the standards of the original SPARTAN-[=II=] program and therefore too valuable to waste on the standard S-III suicide mission, were taken out of their companies, reassigned to more elite units, and given the same MJOLNIR armor as the S-[=II=]s. Other Spartan-[=IIIs=] were taken out of their companies and paired up into two-man assassination-and-sabotage teams known as Headhunters.

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** There's also the Spartan-[=III=]s, vengeful kids orphaned by the Covenant who were sent on suicide missions almost right from the moment they hit prematurely-induced puberty. They mostly lacked the exceptional genetics, MJOLNIR armor, and experience of the [=II=]s, but mostly made up for it with less-lethal augmentations (with a roughly 100% survival rate), a poor man's version of [[InvisibilityCloak active camouflage]], and far greater numbers (300-330 per company). The newest company also received illegal drugs that further enhanced their aggression, strength, endurance, and tolerance to injury. However, a
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handful of Spartan-[=III=]s, namely those who were good enough to meet the standards of the original SPARTAN-[=II=] program and therefore too valuable to waste on the standard S-III suicide mission, were taken out of their companies, reassigned to more elite units, and given the same MJOLNIR armor as the S-[=II=]s. Other Spartan-[=IIIs=] were taken out of their companies and paired up into two-man assassination-and-sabotage teams known as Headhunters.
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