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24th May '16 11:42:03 PM PaulA
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* Druss the Legend from Creator/DavidGemmell's Drenai Series. With no training he kills six well armed veterans with a wood axe. Later he attacks a camp of forty raiders single-handedly and wins (Though this could probably be attributed to the fact their camp was on fire and their horses stampeding at the time). Throughout his life he goes through many such badass actions: Fighting a boxing champion to a standstill at the age of 17, ending sieges through single-combat with enemy champions, fighting hundreds of battles and campaigns, literately been to hell and back twice. But the greatest moment of Badassery is his death. 60 years old, poisoned and heavily wounded he holds the gates of Dros Denloch for a while against a horde of enemies, taking over thirty with before he finally falls.

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* Druss the Legend from Creator/DavidGemmell's Drenai Literature/{{Drenai}} Series. With no training he kills six well armed veterans with a wood axe. Later he attacks a camp of forty raiders single-handedly and wins (Though this could probably be attributed to the fact their camp was on fire and their horses stampeding at the time). Throughout his life he goes through many such badass actions: Fighting a boxing champion to a standstill at the age of 17, ending sieges through single-combat with enemy champions, fighting hundreds of battles and campaigns, literately been to hell and back twice. But the greatest moment of Badassery is his death. 60 years old, poisoned and heavily wounded he holds the gates of Dros Denloch for a while against a horde of enemies, taking over thirty with before he finally falls.
29th Apr '16 11:57:17 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* Honourable mention to the [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Kingdom of Lancre]], whose standing army literally consists of only one (normal) man: Shawn Ogg.
** Except when he's lying down.
*** Of course, given that behind him stand [[MamaBear Nanny Ogg]] ([[RunningGag except when she is lying down]]), [[FridgeBrilliance this may be the most powerful army in the Discworld]].
** On the other hand, Lancre has Granny Weatherwax. She might not single-handedly slaughter her way through an invading army, yet she is still famed as invincible, ruthless, and ''terrifyingly competent''. As an usurper and his shrew of a wife, a wicked godmother, the Queen of the Elves and an entire family of [[strike:vampires]] Vampyres (to name only a few!) have discovered to their misfortune.
** ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' features a throwaway reference to an action figure called "Captain Carrot: One Man Night Watch". It's appropriate.
** Captain Carrot isn't technically from Lancre, but Copperhead, which is close enough that his father sent a messenger to ask Magrat Garlick for help with spelling a word. He's perfectly capable of slaughtering an entire army if he has to, but he's so good at talking to people he never had to.
** Sam Vimes has stopped entire wars dead in their tracks just by being himself at them. And he gives orders to Carrot. This frightens people. And it should.

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* Literature/{{Discworld}}
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Honourable mention to the [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Kingdom of Lancre]], Lancre, whose standing army literally consists of only one (normal) man: Shawn Ogg.
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Ogg. Except when he's lying down.
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down. Of course, given that behind him stand [[MamaBear Nanny Ogg]] ([[RunningGag except when she is lying down]]), [[FridgeBrilliance this may be the most powerful army in the Discworld]].
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Discworld]]. On the other hand, Lancre has Granny Weatherwax. She might not single-handedly slaughter her way through an invading army, yet she is still famed as invincible, ruthless, and ''terrifyingly competent''. As an usurper and his shrew of a wife, a wicked godmother, the Queen of the Elves and an entire family of [[strike:vampires]] Vampyres (to name only a few!) have discovered to their misfortune.
** ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' features a throwaway reference to an action figure called "Captain Carrot: One Man Night Watch". It's appropriate.
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appropriate. Captain Carrot isn't technically from Lancre, but Copperhead, which is close enough that his father sent a messenger to ask Magrat Garlick for help with spelling a word. He's perfectly capable of slaughtering an entire army if he has to, but he's so good at talking to people he never had to.
** Sam Vimes has stopped entire wars dead in their tracks just by being himself at them. And them, and he gives orders to Carrot. This frightens people. And people, and it should.



* There are two states available of [[Literature/TheIliad Achilles]]: [[AchillesInHisTent in his tent]] and routing the enemy. Interestingly, Homer [[PlayingWithATrope played with this trope]]: almost all of the Olympians stuck their fingers into affairs of mortals at the time, so Troy would be screwed even without Achilles, as it had its share of divine enemies, and the Greeks got their asses handed to them while Achilles was wangsting because his mother specifically asked Zeus to provide a nice background for his later return.

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* ''Literature/TheIliad'': There are two states available of [[Literature/TheIliad Achilles]]: [[AchillesInHisTent in his tent]] Achilles: AchillesInHisTent and routing the enemy. Interestingly, Homer [[PlayingWithATrope played with this trope]]: almost all of the Olympians stuck their fingers into affairs of mortals at the time, so Troy would be screwed even without Achilles, as it had its share of divine enemies, and the Greeks got their asses handed to them while Achilles was wangsting because his mother specifically asked Zeus to provide a nice background for his later return.



* The Primarchs of ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' were pretty much made to be this and do they ever deliver. Their kill count can climb in thousands and they can perform absurd feats of strength, from holding a foot of a HumongousMecha up with their bare hands to swinging heavy battle tanks out of their way with hammers. To give a more direct example, even when attacked by surprise in cramped, close quarters by twenty armoured, heavily armed and prepared soldiers, alone, unarmed and unarmoured himself, Roboute Guilliman wipes the floor with the Alphas in less than a minute.

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* The Primarchs of ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' were pretty much made to be this and do they ever deliver. Their kill count can climb in thousands and they can perform absurd feats of strength, from holding a foot of a HumongousMecha up with their bare hands to swinging heavy battle tanks out of their way with hammers. To give a more direct example, even when attacked by surprise in cramped, close quarters by twenty armoured, heavily armed and prepared soldiers, alone, unarmed and unarmoured himself, Roboute Guilliman wipes the floor with the Alphas in less than a minute.minute.
*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': During ''Literature/AMagesPower'', Fairtheora guarded Ataidar's border with Latrot (half of the southern border) by himself. Kasile's father thought that anything more would be superfluous.
8th Apr '16 7:32:47 AM Rowknan
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**Túrin could also count as this. He defeated upwards of 80 foes singlehandedly and killed the second most powerful dragon in the verse alone.
7th Apr '16 8:53:03 AM Discar
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* Shardbearers in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', actually stated outright on several occasions. Shardplate makes them nearly impossible to harm, as well as enhancing strength and speed, and a Shardblade is a weapon that can cut through normal armour effortlessly and instantly kills if it passes through the spinal cord at any point (and it literally passes THROUGH living tissue, without cutting it). Also [[spoiler: Kaladin]] proved that, even without Shards, a Surgebinder can be a one man army. Even if said Surgebinder has almost no knowledge of how to use his abilities.

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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':
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Shardbearers in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', are actually stated outright on several occasions. Shardplate makes them nearly impossible to harm, as well as enhancing strength and speed, and a Shardblade is a weapon that can cut through normal armour effortlessly and instantly kills if it passes through the spinal cord at any point (and it literally passes THROUGH living tissue, without cutting it). it).
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Also [[spoiler: Kaladin]] proved that, even without Shards, a Surgebinder can be a one man army. Even if said Surgebinder has almost no knowledge of how to use his abilities.abilities.
** The books like deconstructing the trope. Sure, Shardplate makes a man nearly impossible to harm--but not ''actually'' impossible, and the entire enemy army will overwhelm them in time, meaning they require support from regular troops.
** The dark nature of such absurd killing power is discussed more than once. Shardplate, Shardblades, and Surgebinding were all originally designed to allow humanity to fight [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Voidbringers]]. Now that the Voidbringers are gone, humanity has turned these weapons on each other, and it's rather horrifying how easily they slaughter mortal men.
4th Jan '16 12:09:43 PM Kakai
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** "They don't call]] [[KnightInShiningArmor Michael]] [[ChurchMilitant the Fist of God for nothing."]]

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** "They don't call]] call [[KnightInShiningArmor Michael]] [[ChurchMilitant the Fist of God for nothing."]]


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* The Primarchs of ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' were pretty much made to be this and do they ever deliver. Their kill count can climb in thousands and they can perform absurd feats of strength, from holding a foot of a HumongousMecha up with their bare hands to swinging heavy battle tanks out of their way with hammers. To give a more direct example, even when attacked by surprise in cramped, close quarters by twenty armoured, heavily armed and prepared soldiers, alone, unarmed and unarmoured himself, Roboute Guilliman wipes the floor with the Alphas in less than a minute.
12th Dec '15 5:43:57 PM nombretomado
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* He's a pilot, not a commando, but [[XWingSeries Wedge Antilles]] is an [[AcePilot astonishingly]] [[ImprobablePilotingSkills good pilot]] who, more importantly, survives ''absolutely everything thrown at him ever''. The series mentions kill silhouettes painted on snubfighters--as well as having half of a Death Star, Wedge has so many TIES that they're rendered in [[ChromaticSuperiority red]], so that one TIE silhouette represents twelve kills, because he's taken out too many to fit on the fuselage otherwise. In a later book, a character painting up a fighter is hip-deep in [[TheInfiltration infiltrating]] the enemy as a bombastic SpacePirate, and adds a ridiculous number of kill silhouettes.

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* He's a pilot, not a commando, but [[XWingSeries [[Literature/XWingSeries Wedge Antilles]] is an [[AcePilot astonishingly]] [[ImprobablePilotingSkills good pilot]] who, more importantly, survives ''absolutely everything thrown at him ever''. The series mentions kill silhouettes painted on snubfighters--as well as having half of a Death Star, Wedge has so many TIES that they're rendered in [[ChromaticSuperiority red]], so that one TIE silhouette represents twelve kills, because he's taken out too many to fit on the fuselage otherwise. In a later book, a character painting up a fighter is hip-deep in [[TheInfiltration infiltrating]] the enemy as a bombastic SpacePirate, and adds a ridiculous number of kill silhouettes.
12th Oct '15 1:20:48 PM FF32
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*** And even [[MagicKnight the Wardens]] pale in comparison to [[PersonOfMassDestruction The Senior Council.]] Summed up, this is a group of the 7 most powerful wizards on the planet. Not 7 of the most powerful. ''The'' 7 most powerful. This group includes: "Injun Joe" Listens-To-Wind, a Native American shaman who is so proficient at spellcasting and shapeshifting he can [[CurbStompBattle curbstomp]] the native equivalent of an angel and make it look easy, Ebenezer [[spoiler:"Blackstaff"]] [=McCoy=] (considered the magical equivalent of the Heavyweight boxing champion) who is so strong he can pull a satellite out of orbit and [[ColonyDrop drop it on his enemy's mansion]] and casually [[spoiler:and literally rip the lives out of hundreds of people at once]]. Taking the cake though is The Merlin(the title of the leader of the White Council, named after [[KingArthur the obvious]]) is generally considered to be the single most skilled and powerful wizard on the planet. He stops the army of the Red Court with ''one ward''. This entailed keeping over a dozen PhysicalGods held back long enough for his own army to escape, and he did it with one ward. As Harry(and Morgan) notes:"You don't become Merlin of the White Council by collecting bottlecaps."

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*** And even [[MagicKnight the Wardens]] pale in comparison to [[PersonOfMassDestruction The Senior Council.]] Summed up, this is a group of the 7 most powerful wizards on the planet. Not 7 of the most powerful. ''The'' 7 most powerful. This group includes: "Injun Joe" Listens-To-Wind, a Native American shaman who is so proficient at spellcasting and shapeshifting he can [[CurbStompBattle curbstomp]] the native equivalent of an angel and make it look easy, Ebenezer [[spoiler:"Blackstaff"]] [=McCoy=] (considered the magical equivalent of the Heavyweight boxing champion) who is so strong he can pull a satellite out of orbit and [[ColonyDrop drop it on his enemy's mansion]] and casually [[spoiler:and literally rip the lives out of hundreds of people at once]]. Taking the cake though is The Merlin(the title of the leader of the White Council, named after [[KingArthur [[Myth/KingArthur the obvious]]) is generally considered to be the single most skilled and powerful wizard on the planet. He stops the army of the Red Court with ''one ward''. This entailed keeping over a dozen PhysicalGods held back long enough for his own army to escape, and he did it with one ward. As Harry(and Morgan) notes:"You don't become Merlin of the White Council by collecting bottlecaps."
12th Oct '15 1:20:48 PM FF32
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10th Oct '15 8:06:39 AM ValarHodoris
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* Richard Rahl from ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'', shortly after acquiring the eponymous blade, is able to defeat thirty master swordsmen who have trained from dawn to dusk since childhood.
8th Oct '15 10:53:33 PM nombretomado
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* In the last ''PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' book, ''The Last Olympian'', [[spoiler: Percy himself becomes this after taking a swim in the river Styx, giving him NighInvulnerability, and increasing his strength and reflexs, at the cost of making him tire out quicker, and making his emotional FatalFlaw even more harder to control]]. In this state, he takes on a two-hundred plus army of monsters. By himself. [[spoiler: And [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kills all but twenty, who flee, pretty much without breaking a sweat]]]]. Even after he loses it in the second book of the sequel series, TheHeroesOfOlympus, Percy still (mostly) single-handedly trounces [[spoiler: the First and Second Cohorts of the 12th Legion of the Roman Army]] ''in their own war games''.

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* In the last ''PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' book, ''The Last Olympian'', [[spoiler: Percy himself becomes this after taking a swim in the river Styx, giving him NighInvulnerability, and increasing his strength and reflexs, at the cost of making him tire out quicker, and making his emotional FatalFlaw even more harder to control]]. In this state, he takes on a two-hundred plus army of monsters. By himself. [[spoiler: And [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kills all but twenty, who flee, pretty much without breaking a sweat]]]]. Even after he loses it in the second book of the sequel series, TheHeroesOfOlympus, Percy still (mostly) single-handedly trounces [[spoiler: the First and Second Cohorts of the 12th Legion of the Roman Army]] ''in their own war games''.
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