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22nd Aug '16 8:10:47 AM Snicka
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* Creator/RudyardKipling once wrote a short story giving the camp-animals archetypical army personalities. The cavalry horse was a gung-ho BloodKnight, the mountain-gun mules were {{Old Soldier}}s, and the siege-gun elephant was a DirtyCoward.

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* Creator/RudyardKipling once wrote a short story giving named "The Queen's Servants", featured in ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', in which he gave the camp-animals archetypical army personalities. The cavalry horse was a gung-ho BloodKnight, the mountain-gun mules were {{Old Soldier}}s, and the siege-gun elephant was a DirtyCoward.
13th Aug '16 4:00:12 PM MarqFJA
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War Elephants are a type of AttackAnimal. Compare the BeastOfBattle and HorseOfADifferentColor.

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War Elephants are a type Subtrope of AttackAnimal. BeastOfBattle. Compare the BeastOfBattle and HorseOfADifferentColor.
17th Jun '16 11:53:35 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''TabletopGames/{{Chess}}'', the Bishop used to be called Elephants, and can only move ''exactly'' two diagonal squares. In some languages, they are still called Elephants. Other games of the same family, like ''TabletopGame/{{Xiangqi}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Janggi}}'', and ''TabletopGame/{{Makruk}}'', still use the old Elephant piece, though, at least in Xiangqi, their offensive use is limited by their not being allowed to cross over the middle of the board.

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* In ''TabletopGames/{{Chess}}'', the Bishop used to be called Elephants, and can only move ''exactly'' two diagonal squares. In some languages, they are still called Elephants. Other games of the same family, like ''TabletopGame/{{Xiangqi}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Janggi}}'', and ''TabletopGame/{{Makruk}}'', still use the old Elephant piece, though, at least in Xiangqi, their offensive use is limited by their not being allowed able to cross over the river in the middle of the board.
17th Jun '16 11:51:45 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''TabletopGames/{{Chess}}'', the Bishop used to be called Elephants, and can only move ''exactly'' two diagonal squares. In some languages, they are still called Elephants. Other games of the same family, like ''TabletopGame/{{Xiangqi}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Janggi}}'', and ''TabletopGame/{{Makruk}}'', still use the old Elephant piece.

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* In ''TabletopGames/{{Chess}}'', the Bishop used to be called Elephants, and can only move ''exactly'' two diagonal squares. In some languages, they are still called Elephants. Other games of the same family, like ''TabletopGame/{{Xiangqi}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Janggi}}'', and ''TabletopGame/{{Makruk}}'', still use the old Elephant piece.piece, though, at least in Xiangqi, their offensive use is limited by their not being allowed to cross over the middle of the board.
13th Jun '16 8:56:43 PM Temmere
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This trope is very much TruthInTelevision; kingdoms in North Africa, the Middle East, and southeastern Asia have weaponized pachyderms at some point in their histories. Elephants are huge, strong, tough, terrifying, and highly trainable animals capable of carrying multiple riders on their backs, whether they be officers wanting a better view of the battlefield, archers, or even artillerymen firing a ballista or cannon from a howdah. However, [[AwesomeButImpractical they could easily panic in battle]], [[HoistbyHisOwnPetard trampling friend or foe]].

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This trope is very much TruthInTelevision; kingdoms in North Africa, the Middle East, and southeastern Asia have weaponized pachyderms at some point in their histories. Elephants are huge, strong, tough, terrifying, and highly trainable animals capable of carrying multiple riders on their backs, whether they be officers wanting a better view of the battlefield, archers, or even artillerymen firing a ballista or cannon from a howdah. Horses were also generally ''terrified'' of them and wouldn't go near them, so a few elephants in front of your army could make enemy cavalry charges useless. However, [[AwesomeButImpractical they could easily panic in battle]], [[HoistbyHisOwnPetard trampling friend or foe]].
29th Apr '16 8:45:21 PM BattleMaster
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* Referenced in ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' (or at least the animated movie thereof) where one elephant commands the others like a DrillSergeantNasty (except without the swearing) and talks about the medals he earned.

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* Referenced in ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' (or at least the animated movie thereof) where one elephant commands the others elephants act like a DrillSergeantNasty (except without the swearing) and talks about the medals he earned.heroic ([[IdiotHero if dimwitted]]) British army officers.
29th Apr '16 2:31:41 PM Doug86
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* In ''Literature/ThaisOfAthens'', Seleucus (one of AlexanderTheGreat's generals) gathers a whole unit of battle elephants while campaigning in India. It never sees much action in the novel, but Thais gets to ride one in Babylon.

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* In ''Literature/ThaisOfAthens'', Seleucus (one of AlexanderTheGreat's UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat's generals) gathers a whole unit of battle elephants while campaigning in India. It never sees much action in the novel, but Thais gets to ride one in Babylon.



* AlexanderTheGreat encountered war elephants in India, and his general Seleukos got 500 of them in return for peace with an Indian king. He used these to gain a decisive advantage over the other Macedonian generals in the Wars of the Successors, eventually conquering the lion's share of Alexander's empire. Elephants were used in many Hellenistic armies after that, and were helpful for instance in defeating the Galatians in Turkey in the 3rd century BC. However, after a while, professional soldiers got used to the sight of elephants, meaning their psychological impact was lost. The Romans never adopted the practice of using them.

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* AlexanderTheGreat UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat encountered war elephants in India, and his general Seleukos got 500 of them in return for peace with an Indian king. He used these to gain a decisive advantage over the other Macedonian generals in the Wars of the Successors, eventually conquering the lion's share of Alexander's empire. Elephants were used in many Hellenistic armies after that, and were helpful for instance in defeating the Galatians in Turkey in the 3rd century BC. However, after a while, professional soldiers got used to the sight of elephants, meaning their psychological impact was lost. The Romans never adopted the practice of using them.
23rd Apr '16 5:27:51 AM TrueShadow1
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* In ''TabletopGames/{{Chess}}'', the Bishop used to be called Elephants, and can only move ''exactly'' two diagonal squares. In some languages, they are still called Elephants. Other games of the same family, like ''TabletopGame/Xiangqi'', ''TabletopGame/Janggi'', and ''TabletopGame/Makruk'', still use the old Elephant piece.

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* In ''TabletopGames/{{Chess}}'', the Bishop used to be called Elephants, and can only move ''exactly'' two diagonal squares. In some languages, they are still called Elephants. Other games of the same family, like ''TabletopGame/Xiangqi'', ''TabletopGame/Janggi'', ''TabletopGame/{{Xiangqi}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Janggi}}'', and ''TabletopGame/Makruk'', ''TabletopGame/{{Makruk}}'', still use the old Elephant piece.
23rd Apr '16 5:26:53 AM TrueShadow1
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* In ''TabletopGames/{{Chess}}'', the Bishop used to be called Elephants, and can only move ''exactly'' two diagonal squares. In some languages, they are still called Elephants. Other games of the same family, like ''TabletopGame/Xiangqi'', ''TabletopGame/Janggi'', and ''TabletopGame/Makruk'', still use the old Elephant piece.
9th Mar '16 7:14:34 PM TheBigBopper
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* In ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', the [[SimSimSalabim Kushan Empire]] utilizes war elephants during its invasion of Midland. And some of the elephants are used as familiars (ten-foot-tall familiars at that), which ends up giving them a more anthropomorphic appearance, which allows them to wear armor and use weapons.

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* In ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', the [[SimSimSalabim Kushan Empire]] utilizes uses large numbers of war elephants during its in their invasion of Midland. And some Midland, equipped with armor and carrying platforms for warriors and archers. The exotic animals seem like unstoppable monsters to their enemies, and we are treated to graphic depictions of hapless infantry being trampled beneath their feet, though Rakshas also demonstrates that they can be easily terrified and made to stampede over their own forces. As if the regular elephants are used as familiars (ten-foot-tall familiars at that), which ends up giving them a more anthropomorphic appearance, which allows them to wear armor weren't enough, Daiba and use weapons.his sorcerers have also provided the Empire with bipedal elephant-headed monsters armed with equally enormous weapons. Emperor Ganishka certainly prizes elephants as a sign of royal power, since we see him riding to and from Charlotte's prison on an elephant, and he commands the siege of Vritannis from a palace on wheels drawn by no fewer than sixteen elephants and surrounded by an escort of elephant cavalry.
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