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22nd Jun '17 8:57:47 AM BeerBaron
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** Like their Nord cousins, the NobleSavage Skaal people of [[GrimUpNorth Solstheim]] have this present in their culture, but take it even farther. Epic, primarily oral poetry is their standard means of passing down stories and myths. They are also a group of {{Badass Native}}s who manage to live in a place so inhospitable that every other group who has tried has struggled mightily.
19th Jun '17 7:13:50 PM jormis29
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** There's also Pella the dwarf warrior, who in one fight scene sings "The Rose" by Bette Midler while calmly hacking up enemies.

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** There's also Pella the dwarf warrior, who in one fight scene sings "The Rose" by Bette Midler Music/BetteMidler while calmly hacking up enemies.
16th Jun '17 8:16:32 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', [[PhysicalGod Tribunal deity]] Vivec is considered one, and actually has it as part of his title: "Warrior Poet and Guardian God-King of the Holyland of Vvardenfell." As the mortal Vehk, he served the [[FounderOfTheKingdom legendary hero Lord Nerevar]] as a junior councilor and General. After [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascending to godhood]], he would go on to serve as the protector of the Dunmer people from all manner of threats. He thwarted the malevolent plans of various Daedric Princes in order to protect Morrowind repeatedly, including using his [[PhallicWeapon "spear," MUATRA]] to slay the monster children he begat with Molag Bal, one of those Daedric Princes. He is also a prolific author, in particular penning ''[[http://www.imperial-library.info/content/36-lessons-vivec The 36 lessons of Vivec]]'', a [[InGameNovel series of books]] detailing his godly exploits in very cryptic and heavily metaphorical terms. (They're [[UnreliableNarrator quite exaggerated]] and MetaphoricallyTrue at best, with some outright BlatantLies at worst.) If one digs deeply into the stories, you can also uncover some [[BreakingTheFourthWall Fourth Wall Breaking]]. However, since Michael Kirkbride, who wrote the ''Lessons'', did not write Vivec's in-game dialogue, Vivec seems way too plain spoken for a poet when you meet him in-game. (It's also plausible, given the seriousness of the situation along with his [[spoiler:impending loss of divinity]], that he's dropped his [[AGodAmI godly facade]] a bit to be more plain-spoken and direct in SavingTheWorld.

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In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', [[PhysicalGod Tribunal deity]] Vivec is considered one, and actually has it as part of his title: "Warrior Poet and Guardian God-King of the Holyland of Vvardenfell." As the mortal Vehk, he served the [[FounderOfTheKingdom legendary hero Lord Nerevar]] as a junior councilor and General. After [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascending to godhood]], he would go on to serve as the protector of the Dunmer people from all manner of threats. He thwarted the malevolent plans of various Daedric Princes in order to protect Morrowind repeatedly, including using his [[PhallicWeapon "spear," MUATRA]] to slay the monster children he begat with Molag Bal, one of those Daedric Princes. He is also a prolific author, in particular penning ''[[http://www.imperial-library.info/content/36-lessons-vivec The 36 lessons of Vivec]]'', a [[InGameNovel series of books]] detailing his godly exploits in very cryptic and heavily metaphorical terms. (They're [[UnreliableNarrator quite exaggerated]] and MetaphoricallyTrue at best, with some outright BlatantLies at worst.) If one digs deeply into the stories, you can also uncover some [[BreakingTheFourthWall Fourth Wall Breaking]]. However, since Michael Kirkbride, who wrote the ''Lessons'', did not write Vivec's in-game dialogue, Vivec seems way too plain spoken for a poet when you meet him in-game. (It's also plausible, given the seriousness of the situation along with his [[spoiler:impending loss of divinity]], that he's dropped his [[AGodAmI godly facade]] a bit to be more plain-spoken and direct in SavingTheWorld.SavingTheWorld.
** While seen as little better than HornyVikings or a BarbarianTribe by the other races of Tamriel, Nord culture fits. Yes, they are a ProudWarriorRace who greatly enjoys the thrill and glory of battle, but they are also a [[RealMenLoveJesus deeply religious]] and traditional people, with great respect for their Skalds and a strong bardic element present.
28th May '17 11:37:52 PM Divra
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** William Frederickson is not only a Captain of the Rifles, but also an accomplished artist and architecture enthusiast.
28th May '17 11:31:50 PM Divra
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* Subverted in the final series of ''Series/BlackAdder'', with Private Baldrick's poem "Boom", in which he just repeats the word boom, mimicking the German guns. Arguably as much a TearJerker as a CrowningMomentOfFunny.

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* Subverted in the final series of ''Series/BlackAdder'', with Private Baldrick's poem "Boom", "The German Guns", in which he just repeats the word boom, "boom", mimicking the German said guns. Arguably as much a TearJerker as a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
17th May '17 11:34:59 AM ritzoreo
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* Major Sebastian Bludd from [[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G. I. Joe comics]] is a ruthless mercenary frequently on Cobra's payroll. He's also very fond of poetry (albeit not so talented on this field), frequently writing [[GiftedlyBad cringe-worthy bad poems and rhymes]]. One of his earlier samples goes as follows:
-->''Raise the glasses and sing the praises\\
Of our leader who nothing fazes;\\
Cobra Commander, he's my chum,\\
I trust him like I trust my gun.''
4th May '17 10:09:44 AM bomberman121890
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* Verse from ''Fanfic/RWBYSecondGeneration'' is the embodiment of this. He goes into battle with both his sword and quill drawn, and his Semblance actively reflects this. Anything he writes with his quill is temporarily summoned via HardLight, and his poetic mind allows him to come up with solutions on the fly.
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16th Apr '17 6:51:20 PM nombretomado
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** One episode of ''StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has two bridge officers reciting "Charge of the Light Brigade" as they're approaching a battle in which the Federation fleet is drastically outnumbered.

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** One episode of ''StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has two bridge officers reciting "Charge of the Light Brigade" as they're approaching a battle in which the Federation fleet is drastically outnumbered.
14th Apr '17 2:18:58 AM StFan
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Traditionally though, poetry and war are complementary pursuits. Poems sing of the glory found in battle. Honor and virtue are on display when men are facing deadly peril. Experiencing death and the horrors of war makes a man contemplate the big questions of life. Often the war is being fought for some greater purpose or cause, such as liberty. Great generals devote their spare time to philosophy, wondering what it all means. Poetry (except free verse) is built on the optimal deployment of limited resources - words that fit together with other words, and with [[Administrivia/BrevityIsWit words that aren't there]] - not unlike the strategic decisions a soldier makes on the battlefield.

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Traditionally though, poetry and war are complementary pursuits. Poems sing of the glory found in battle. Honor and virtue are on display when men are facing deadly peril. Experiencing death and the horrors of war makes a man contemplate the big questions of life. Often the war is being fought for some greater purpose or cause, such as liberty. Great generals devote their spare time to philosophy, wondering what it all means. Poetry (except free verse) is built on the optimal deployment of limited resources - -- words that fit together with other words, and with [[Administrivia/BrevityIsWit words that aren't there]] - -- not unlike the strategic decisions a soldier makes on the battlefield.



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* ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' - as Clark Kent of course - is an accomplished writer as well as being potent warrior; being an award-winning journalist, and a best-selling author. With ''Lex Luthor'', of all people, saying that he "writes like a poet".

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* ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' - -- as Clark Kent of course - -- is an accomplished writer as well as being potent warrior; being an award-winning journalist, and a best-selling author. With ''Lex Luthor'', of all people, saying that he "writes like a poet".



* ''Film/TheProposition''

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-->'''Bison''': Ah, [[Creator/RobertFrost the road not taken]]...

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-->'''Bison''': -->'''Bison:''' Ah, [[Creator/RobertFrost the road not taken]]...



* Volker of Alzey in the ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}'' - court musician, but also one of the most badass fighters in the epic poem. The anonymous writer loves to refer to Volker's sword as his "strong (fiddle-)bow".
* Most unicorns in ''Literature/TheFirebringerTrilogy'' count as this - though they are trained and raised as warriors, they also enjoy the festivities of having one appointed "singer" tell poetic stories of their heritage. Tek in particular is both a fearsome warrior and a talented singer.

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* Volker of Alzey in the ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}'' - -- court musician, but also one of the most badass fighters in the epic poem. The anonymous writer loves to refer to Volker's sword as his "strong (fiddle-)bow".
* Most unicorns in ''Literature/TheFirebringerTrilogy'' count as this - -- though they are trained and raised as warriors, they also enjoy the festivities of having one appointed "singer" tell poetic stories of their heritage. Tek in particular is both a fearsome warrior and a talented singer.



* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': In "War Stories", Shepherd Book, [[MysteriousPast who may be something of a warrior poet himself]], mentions the writings of Shan Yu.
-->Simon: "Shan Yu, the psychotic dictator?"
-->Book: "Fancied himself quite the warrior poet. Wrote volumes on war, torture, the limits of human endurance. He said, 'Live with a man forty years; share his house, his meals, speak on every subject. Then tie him up, and hold him over a volcano's edge. And on that day, you will finally meet the man.'"
-->Simon: "What if you don't live near a volcano?"
-->Book: "I suspect he was being poetical."
-->Simon: "Sadistic crap legitimized by florid prose."

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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
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In "War Stories", Shepherd Book, [[MysteriousPast who may be something of a warrior poet himself]], mentions the writings of Shan Yu.
-->Simon: "Shan --->'''Simon:''' Shan Yu, the psychotic dictator?"
-->Book: "Fancied
dictator?\\
'''Book:''' Fancied
himself quite the warrior poet. Wrote volumes on war, torture, the limits of human endurance. He said, 'Live "Live with a man forty years; share his house, his meals, speak on every subject. Then tie him up, and hold him over a volcano's edge. And on that day, you will finally meet the man.'"
-->Simon: "What
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'''Simon:''' What
if you don't live near a volcano?"
-->Book: "I
volcano?\\
'''Book:''' I
suspect he was being poetical."
-->Simon: "Sadistic
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'''Simon:''' Sadistic
crap legitimized by florid prose."



* The Eldar of ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' exhibit signs of this trope, but here the order rebelled against was not so much dishonorable or brutish war as [[DefectorFromDecadence decadence]].
** Harlequins are a special subset of the Eldar race who are devoted to Cegorach (also known as the Laughing God), patron deity of the arts and the last remaining god of the Eldar pantheon. As per the nature of their deity, Harlequins keep knowledge of Eldar culture and history alive by reenacting it on stage. They also guard the Black Library (an interdimensional archive that specializes in the collection of information regarding Chaos) and are among the most dangerous combatants in the entire setting, capable of single-handedly taking down ''Greater Daemons of Chaos'' without breaking a sweat.

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
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The Eldar of ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' exhibit signs of this trope, but here the order rebelled against was not so much dishonorable or brutish war as [[DefectorFromDecadence decadence]].
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decadence]]. Harlequins are a special subset of the Eldar race who are devoted to Cegorach (also known as the Laughing God), patron deity of the arts and the last remaining god of the Eldar pantheon. As per the nature of their deity, Harlequins keep knowledge of Eldar culture and history alive by reenacting it on stage. They also guard the Black Library (an interdimensional archive that specializes in the collection of information regarding Chaos) and are among the most dangerous combatants in the entire setting, capable of single-handedly taking down ''Greater Daemons of Chaos'' without breaking a sweat.



--> O Emperor, in wrath rejoicing at bloody wars: fierce and untamed.\\

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--> O --->''O Emperor, in wrath rejoicing at bloody wars: fierce and untamed.\\



[[ComicBook/DamnationCrusade My sword shall not waver nor my heart weaken. I shall drown the xeno in his own blood. I shall smite glorious ruin upon the heretic. This I swear!]]
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' had the Fianna, which were a tribe of {{Warrior Poet}}s in what was already a species of {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s. They supposedly spawned the first werewolf bard in all of existence. They're also just a little bit [[{{Oireland}} Oirish]].

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[[ComicBook/DamnationCrusade My sword shall not waver nor my heart weaken. I shall drown the xeno in his own blood. I shall smite glorious ruin upon the heretic. This I swear!]]
swear!]]''
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' had the ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'':
** The
Fianna, which were a tribe of {{Warrior Poet}}s in what was already a species of {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s. They supposedly spawned the first werewolf bard in all of existence. They're also just a little bit [[{{Oireland}} Oirish]].



* The Brujah vampire clan in the Historic [[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]] ''Vampire: The Dark Ages'' and to a lesser extent ''Victorian Age Vampire''. By the time of ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' itself, though, they'd lost the poet aspect almost entirely, and were just violent rebels without a cause.
** Well not 'entirely'. They still have a reputation as terrible coffee shop beat poets and frame their rebellion in philosophical terms, but have gained a fairly justified reputation for using it as a simple framework for anarchistic violence.
* In ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech'' there are the Nazzadi were specifically created by the Migou to be intelligent ass-kickers, and it shows.
** Also, one of the things that gnaws at the Nazzadi is that as a cloned race with no members chronologically in their 40s, they have no true culture of their own, and are desperate to create one. Therefore, any of the 2nd generation Nazzadi who take up one of the arts are ''highly'' prized by their families and the Nazzadi as a whole.

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* The Brujah vampire clan in the Historic [[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]] ''Vampire: The Dark Ages'' and to a lesser extent ''Victorian Age Vampire''. By the time of ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' itself, though, they'd lost the poet aspect almost entirely, and were just violent rebels without a cause.
** Well
cause. Well, not 'entirely'. They "entirely": they still have a reputation as terrible coffee shop beat poets and frame their rebellion in philosophical terms, but have gained a fairly justified reputation for using it as a simple framework for anarchistic violence.
* In ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech'' there are the Nazzadi were specifically created by the Migou to be intelligent ass-kickers, and it shows.
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shows. Also, one of the things that gnaws at the Nazzadi is that as a cloned race with no members chronologically in their 40s, they have no true culture of their own, and are desperate to create one. Therefore, any of the 2nd generation Nazzadi who take up one of the arts are ''highly'' prized by their families and the Nazzadi as a whole.



** ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' Takes this one step further by not only having the Bard class, but also the Hybrid Class of Barbarian and Bard. The Skald, whose verses inspire their allies into a frenzy and can even temporarily raise a dead ally among other things. All while they fight their own opponents on the battlefield.

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** * ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' Takes this one step further by not only having the Bard class, but also the Hybrid Class of Barbarian and Bard. The Skald, whose verses inspire their allies into a frenzy and can even temporarily raise a dead ally among other things. All while they fight their own opponents on the battlefield.



* Thrall in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III''. One of the ExpandedUniverse novels contains a FictionalDocument which is basically a heroic poem he writes about his own father.

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* Thrall in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III''.''VideoGame/WarcraftIII''. One of the ExpandedUniverse novels contains a FictionalDocument which is basically a heroic poem he writes about his own father.



* ''Franchise/MetalGear''

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* ''Franchise/MetalGear''''Franchise/MetalGear'':



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* Tyrian of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' might be a LaughingMad, AxCrazy devotee of the series' BigBad, but he is remarkably eloquent between his hysterical giggles, and he has a penchant for the theatrical.
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* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' features Krunch, a minotaur with a passion for history and knowledge. Of course the fact that he'll quite casually turn you into a bloody puddle with his mace means he's sometimes confused with his warrior brother.
** His treatment by his brethren also holds true to the trope. Despite being a badass most of the time he was generally the butt of jokes around his father.

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* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'':
** It
features Krunch, a minotaur with a passion for history and knowledge. Of course the fact that he'll quite casually turn you into a bloody puddle with his mace means he's sometimes confused with his warrior brother.
**
brother. His treatment by his brethren also holds true to the trope. Despite being a badass most of the time he was generally the butt of jokes around his father.




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* Tyrian of ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'' might be a LaughingMad, AxCrazy devotee of the series' BigBad, but he is remarkably eloquent between his hysterical giggles, and he has a penchant for the theatrical.
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4th Apr '17 12:56:05 PM BeerBaron
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* Vivec from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' is technically considered to be a poet. He is author of [[http://www.imperial-library.info/content/36-lessons-vivec The 36 lessons of Vivec]] [[Literature/TheElderScrollsInUniverseBooks (in-game books)]] which are poetic and extremely cryptic stories of his greatness. The Lessons sometimes break the fourth wall in very subtle ways but mostly they just confuse you. And yet, one of these Lessons detail how he ''poked an evil god that had betrayed him into a crevice of fire with his spear'' (admittedly, that might be an extended DoubleEntendre -- the incident also involved Vivec and the evil god (Molag Bal, the King of Rape) 'comparing spears'. There are other Vivec-as-Warrior examples, however, some of them more a matter of historical record). However since Michael Kirkbride, who wrote the Lessons, did not write Vivec's dialogue Vivec seems way too plain spoken for a poet when you meet him in-game. In fact, his title actually is "Warrior Poet".

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', [[PhysicalGod Tribunal deity]] Vivec from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' is technically considered one, and actually has it as part of his title: "Warrior Poet and Guardian God-King of the Holyland of Vvardenfell." As the mortal Vehk, he served the [[FounderOfTheKingdom legendary hero Lord Nerevar]] as a junior councilor and General. After [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascending to be a poet. godhood]], he would go on to serve as the protector of the Dunmer people from all manner of threats. He thwarted the malevolent plans of various Daedric Princes in order to protect Morrowind repeatedly, including using his [[PhallicWeapon "spear," MUATRA]] to slay the monster children he begat with Molag Bal, one of those Daedric Princes. He is author of [[http://www.also a prolific author, in particular penning ''[[http://www.imperial-library.info/content/36-lessons-vivec The 36 lessons of Vivec]] [[Literature/TheElderScrollsInUniverseBooks (in-game books)]] which are poetic and extremely Vivec]]'', a [[InGameNovel series of books]] detailing his godly exploits in very cryptic stories of his greatness. The Lessons sometimes break the fourth wall in very subtle ways but mostly they just confuse you. And yet, and heavily metaphorical terms. (They're [[UnreliableNarrator quite exaggerated]] and MetaphoricallyTrue at best, with some outright BlatantLies at worst.) If one of these Lessons detail how he ''poked an evil god that had betrayed him digs deeply into a crevice of fire with his spear'' (admittedly, that might be an extended DoubleEntendre -- the incident stories, you can also involved Vivec and the evil god (Molag Bal, the King of Rape) 'comparing spears'. There are other Vivec-as-Warrior examples, however, uncover some of them more a matter of historical record). However [[BreakingTheFourthWall Fourth Wall Breaking]]. However, since Michael Kirkbride, who wrote the Lessons, ''Lessons'', did not write Vivec's dialogue in-game dialogue, Vivec seems way too plain spoken for a poet when you meet him in-game. In fact, (It's also plausible, given the seriousness of the situation along with his title actually is "Warrior Poet".[[spoiler:impending loss of divinity]], that he's dropped his [[AGodAmI godly facade]] a bit to be more plain-spoken and direct in SavingTheWorld.
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