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28th Jul '16 8:16:40 AM TheWildWestPyro
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* Literature/JamesBond, who has this trope as part of his ''job''-he's sent into enemy territory to take down entire private armies or criminal organisations on his own. He's able to take on multiple opponents with little problems in hand-to-hand combat or gunfights, and always manages to demolish whole criminal empires by the end of the book. However, ''[[Literature/ForYourEyesOnly From A View To A Kill]]'' deconstructs this aspect-being used to handling huge threats alone, Bond goes up against several heavily armed Russian operatives by himself without any backup and barely escapes death.
19th Jul '16 12:44:13 AM Euodiachloris
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** Ser Barristan Selmy is another low-key version. Just ask the troop of hapless guards who were ordered to stop him leaving King's Landing. He was no longer wearing his high-quality Kingsguard bling and was armed only with a dagger and staff. He won, they didn't; simple as... And, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday he can't even be bothered to make fuss about it.]] Heck, ''Assassin's Creeding'' things is his thing; from rescuing Aerys II from the heavily-defended Duskendale to finding his daughter, Daenarys Targaryen, in a besieged city on another continent... getting in and out of belligerent, armed camps with minimal, but well-targetted, casualties is what this BadassGrandpa's ''good'' at.

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** Ser Barristan Selmy is another low-key version. Just ask the troop of hapless guards who were ordered to stop him leaving King's Landing. He was no longer wearing his high-quality Kingsguard bling and was armed only with a dagger and staff. He won, won; they didn't; got schooled: simple as... And, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday he can't even be bothered to make a fuss about it.]] it]], as the really memorable part of the day happened before that. Heck, ''Assassin's Creeding'' things is his thing; from rescuing Aerys II from the heavily-defended Duskendale to finding his daughter, Daenarys Targaryen, in a besieged city on another continent... getting in and out of belligerent, armed camps most consider impossible with minimal, but well-targetted, casualties is what this BadassGrandpa's ''good'' at.
18th Jul '16 11:38:44 AM Euodiachloris
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** Ser Barristan Selmy is another low-key version. Just ask the troop of hapless guards who were ordered to stop him leaving King's Landing. He was no longer wearing his high-quality Kingsguard bling and was armed only with a dagger and staff. He won, they didn't; simple as... And, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday he can't even be bothered to make fuss about it.]] Heck, ''Assassin's Creeding'' things is his thing; from rescuing Aerys II from the heavily-defended Duskendale to finding his daughter, Daenarys Targaryen, in a besieged city on another continent... getting in and out of belligerent, armed camps with minimal, but well-targetted, casualties is what this BaddassGrandpa's ''good'' at.

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** Ser Barristan Selmy is another low-key version. Just ask the troop of hapless guards who were ordered to stop him leaving King's Landing. He was no longer wearing his high-quality Kingsguard bling and was armed only with a dagger and staff. He won, they didn't; simple as... And, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday he can't even be bothered to make fuss about it.]] Heck, ''Assassin's Creeding'' things is his thing; from rescuing Aerys II from the heavily-defended Duskendale to finding his daughter, Daenarys Targaryen, in a besieged city on another continent... getting in and out of belligerent, armed camps with minimal, but well-targetted, casualties is what this BaddassGrandpa's BadassGrandpa's ''good'' at.
18th Jul '16 11:19:50 AM Euodiachloris
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** Ser Barristan Selmy is another low-key version. Just ask the troop of hapless guards who were ordered to stop him leaving King's Landing. He was no longer wearing his high-quality Kingsguard bling and was armed only with a dagger and staff. He won, they didn't; simple as... And, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday he can't even be bothered to make fuss about it.]] Heck, ''Assassin's Creeding'' things is his thing; from rescuing Aerys II from the heavily-defended Duskendale to finding his daughter, Daenarys Targaryen, in a besieged city on another continent... getting in and out of belligerent, armed camps with minimal, but well-targetted, casualties is what this BaddassGrandpa's ''good'' at.
2nd Jul '16 10:06:58 AM Discar
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* [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Rand al'Thor]] is a bit of a loose cannon, but as the Seanchan discovered to their dismay, he is more than capable of blowing their front lines back across several hundred miles of previously secure territory in the space of an afternoon. Even if he had help. And blew a few of his comrades up too, but hey, that's insanity for you. By the antepenultimate and penultimate books in the series, he not only is able to unwittingly affect an entire city, for good or ill, just by being there, but capable of feats unaided that make the previous, aided, efforts against the Seanchan seem mundane.

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* [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
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Rand al'Thor]] al'Thor is a bit of a loose cannon, but as the Seanchan discovered to their dismay, he is more than capable of blowing their front lines back across several hundred miles of previously secure territory in the space of an afternoon. Even if he had help. And blew a few of his comrades up too, but hey, that's insanity for you. By the antepenultimate and penultimate books in the series, he not only is able to unwittingly affect an entire city, for good or ill, just by being there, but capable of feats unaided that make the previous, aided, efforts against the Seanchan seem mundane.



* Literature/{{Discworld}}
** Honourable mention to the 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.

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* Literature/{{Discworld}}
''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Honourable mention to the 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!) few) have discovered to their misfortune.



** David was asked by his future father-in-law sent him to slay an hundred Philistines and collect their foreskins, hoping he'd get himself killed in the attempt and David came back with ''two hundred''.

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** David was asked by his future father-in-law sent him to slay an hundred Philistines and collect their foreskins, hoping he'd get himself killed in the attempt and attempt. David came back with ''two hundred''.



* ''Literature/TheIliad'': There are two states available of 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.

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* ''Literature/TheIliad'': ''Literature/TheIliad'':
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There are two states available of 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.



*** Also, Patroclus. When the Trojans were getting too close for comfort, Achilles still wouldn't fight. Patroclus put on Achilles' armor and charged into battle. He, by himself, roused the Greeks and pushed the Trojan army back. They thought he was Achilles. Too bad he met up with Hector, an even more badass one man army.
*** Even that's selling him short. Hector wasn't able to take him down alone, ''Apollo'' had to sneak up behind Patroclus and knock his armor off, and Eurylochus stabbed him in the chest first. Patroclus himself tells Hector he came in third at best.
*** All of the above pale before Ajax. Diomedes defeated two gods in one day (Ares and Aphrodite), and Patroclus routed an army until he lost his armor, but both were defeated by Apollo. Ajax, however, was never beaten in the Illiad, even by the gods. In fact, when Zeus forbids the gods from helping the Greeks (but not from opposing them), all the Greek heroes are driven from the field, one by one, except Ajax, who is wounded by several gods, but never stops fighting. How many times can you put "the combined efforts of several gods, while he had none to help him, failed to stop this guy" on someone's resume? He racks up a mook body count roughly equal to Achilles, he defeats Hector in a fair fight ''within the first five chapters'' (yeah, that's right, if not for the gods intervening - by making his own allies throw themselves in the way - to keep Ajax from finishing Hector then and there, Ajax would have cut the Illiad down from an epic poem to a short story), and when he actually does die in later (now lost) poems? It's by suicide. That's right, the only thing badass enough to defeat Ajax is... Ajax. Wow.

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*** ** Also, Patroclus. When the Trojans were getting too close for comfort, Achilles still wouldn't fight. Patroclus put on Achilles' armor and charged into battle. He, by himself, roused the Greeks and pushed the Trojan army back. They thought he was Achilles. Too bad he met up with Hector, an even more badass one man army.
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army. Even that's selling him short. Hector wasn't able to take him down alone, ''Apollo'' had to sneak up behind Patroclus and knock his armor off, and Eurylochus stabbed him in the chest first. Patroclus himself tells Hector he came in third at best.
*** ** All of the above pale before Ajax. Diomedes defeated two gods in one day (Ares and Aphrodite), and Patroclus routed an army until he lost his armor, but both were defeated by Apollo. Ajax, however, was never beaten in the Illiad, even by the gods. In fact, when Zeus forbids the gods from helping the Greeks (but not from opposing them), all the Greek heroes are driven from the field, one by one, except Ajax, who is wounded by several gods, but never stops fighting. How many times can you put "the combined efforts of several gods, while he had none to help him, failed to stop this guy" on someone's resume? He racks up a mook body count roughly equal to Achilles, he defeats Hector in a fair fight ''within the first five chapters'' (yeah, that's right, if not for the gods intervening - by making his own allies throw themselves in the way - to keep Ajax from finishing Hector then and there, Ajax would have cut the Illiad down from an epic poem to a short story), and when he actually does die in later (now lost) poems? It's by suicide. That's right, the only thing badass enough to defeat Ajax is... Ajax. Wow.



*** Really Diomedes could have ended the Illaid a lot shorter, the dude manage to kill every person he fights against, only reason he fails is because of divine intervention or due to his honor(like that guy he traded armor with). Took ''three Olympian gods'' to stop him from killing Aeneas and potentially ended Rome right then and their. And was so powerful that when Diomedes decided to fight Hector ''Zeus himself'' sent lighting bolts down in front of him, because he knows that he can kill Hector(heck before this happen Diomedes hurled a Spear at Hector which would have killed him hadn't Apollo magicked his helmet at the last second, but even then Diomedes was able to KO him).

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*** ** Really Diomedes could have ended the Illaid a lot shorter, sooner, the dude manage managed to kill every person he fights against, fought against. The only reason he ever fails is because of divine intervention or due to his honor(like honor (like that guy he traded armor with). Took ''three Olympian gods'' to stop him from killing Aeneas and potentially ended ending Rome right then and their. And He was so powerful that when Diomedes decided to fight Hector Hector, ''Zeus himself'' sent lighting bolts down in front of him, because he knows knew that he can kill Hector(heck Hector (heck before this happen happened, Diomedes hurled a Spear spear at Hector which would have killed him if Apollo hadn't Apollo magicked his helmet at the last second, but even then Diomedes was able to KO him).



* ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' mentions in one of Todd Wainio's recounts a soldier who "was a monster with a two grand body count". They are ''zombies'' though--they aren't remotely strong against anyone with a gun, the range to use it with and decent aim, and they tend to come in crowds, meaning that high body counts are a foregone conclusion. The relatively light defense at Hope ended the battle when they created a zombie pile so big, the zombies couldn't climb it, without a single casualty.
** Though apparently quite a few of that monster's body count was done by hand; Todd recounted one instance where he picked up one zombie ''and used it as a club against a whole mob of other zombies''.
* He's a pilot, not a commando, but [[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.
--> "We fight like twenty."\\
"You fight like ''thirty''."

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* ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' mentions in one of Todd Wainio's recounts a soldier who "was a monster with a two grand body count". They are ''zombies'' though--they aren't remotely strong against anyone with a gun, the range to use it with and decent aim, and they tend to come in crowds, meaning that high body counts are a foregone conclusion. The relatively light defense at Hope ended the battle when they created a zombie pile so big, the zombies couldn't climb it, without a single casualty.
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casualty. Though apparently quite a few of that monster's body count was done by hand; Todd recounted one instance where he picked up one zombie ''and used it as a club against a whole mob of other zombies''.
* ''Literature/XWingSeries'':
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He's a pilot, not a commando, but [[Literature/XWingSeries Wedge Antilles]] 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.
--> "We fight like twenty."\\
"You fight like ''thirty''."
silhouettes.



* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':



** Any of the [[MagicKnight Wardens]] also qualify. Dresden himself is generally no slouch in the combat department, but even he is struck by the difference between his usual battle magic and the skill, ferocity, and efficiency with which dedicated Wardens can go to town. In ''Dead Beat'', the first time we really see Wardens at work, five of them scythe their way through [[NightOfTheLivingMooks dozens of zombies]] within minutes--and with [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Dresden zombies]], think less ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' and more ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''. It's mentioned that Morgan once got within 20 yards of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent The Red King]], which entailed cutting his way through several {{Physical God}}s in addition to what must have been dozens of regular vampires in the way.
*** 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 [[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."

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** Any of the [[MagicKnight Wardens]] also qualify. Dresden himself is generally no slouch in the combat department, but even he is struck by the difference between his usual battle magic and the skill, ferocity, and efficiency with which dedicated Wardens can go to town. In ''Dead Beat'', the first time we really see Wardens at work, five of them scythe their way through [[NightOfTheLivingMooks dozens of zombies]] within minutes--and with [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Dresden zombies]], think less ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' and more ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''. It's mentioned that Morgan once got within 20 twenty yards of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent The Red King]], which entailed cutting his way through several {{Physical God}}s in addition to what must have been dozens of regular vampires in the way.
*** ** And even [[MagicKnight the Wardens]] pale in comparison to [[PersonOfMassDestruction The Senior Council.]] Summed up, this is a group of the 7 seven most powerful wizards on the planet. Not 7 seven of the most powerful. ''The'' 7 seven 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 Merlin (the title of the leader of the White Council, named after [[Myth/KingArthur the obvious]]) obvious]]), who 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 Harry (and Morgan) notes:"You notes: "You don't become Merlin of the White Council by collecting bottlecaps."



* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Túrin's father, Húrin, performs a YouShallNotPass to cover the ''entire'' back of the human army in the Battle of Countless Tears. He fights off the entire orc and troll army, killing so many that [[AtopAMountainOfCorpses the orcs use the bodies as a bridge to cross the river he was guarding]]. And [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome yelling "Day shall come again!" every time he struck]]. Until his axe [[BadAss melted in his hands]]. He got captured, but still, biggest badass in Middle-Earth.

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* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'':
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Túrin's father, Húrin, performs a YouShallNotPass to cover the ''entire'' back of the human army in the Battle of Countless Tears. He fights off the entire orc and troll army, killing so many that [[AtopAMountainOfCorpses the orcs use the bodies as a bridge to cross the river he was guarding]]. And [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome yelling "Day shall come again!" every time he struck]]. Until his axe [[BadAss melted in his hands]]. He got captured, but still, biggest badass in Middle-Earth.



* In ''{{Mistborn}}'', ''any'' mistborn would probably count, but especially Vin. At one point, Elend even promises a minor character "two armies". Vin, by herself, is the first of said promised armies.

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* In ''{{Mistborn}}'', ''any'' ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'':
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mistborn would probably count, but especially Vin. At one point, Elend even promises a minor character "two armies". Vin, by herself, is the first of said promised armies.



* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', both Lord Voldemort and Professor Dumbledore.
** To put it in perspective, Voldemort is seen to effortlessly murder a room full of Death Eaters in book seven, and still he's afraid of Albus Dumbledore. Who is, at that point, [[spoiler:dead. But Voldy still gets rattled by the name when Harry mentions Dumbledore]] during their final confrontation.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', both Lord Voldemort and Professor Dumbledore.
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Dumbledore. To put it in perspective, Voldemort is seen to effortlessly murder a room full of Death Eaters in book seven, and still he's afraid of Albus Dumbledore. Who is, at that point, [[spoiler:dead. But Voldy still gets rattled by the name when Harry mentions Dumbledore]] during their final confrontation.



* In the period between the first and second book of the ''Literature/CouncilWars'' series, we have a town requesting an infantry legion be sent to deal with the raids from a neighboring town. They get [[{{Badass}} Herzer Herrick]]. What does he do when he arrives? [[SubvertedTrope He trains the town militia up to a decent standard of performance.]]
** In this book series, it is said that a single elven warrior could cut through an entire platoon of human troops with little difficulty, being genetically-engineered {{Super Soldier}}s created for a war long ago. In ''Council Wars'', [[OurElvesAreBetter elves aren't just better than you]], ''they're better than a lot of you''.

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* In the period between the first and second book of the ''Literature/CouncilWars'' series, we have a town requesting an infantry legion be sent to deal with the raids from a neighboring town. They get [[{{Badass}} Herzer Herrick]]. What does he do when he arrives? [[SubvertedTrope He trains the town militia up to a decent standard of performance.]]
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]] In this book series, it is said that a single elven warrior could cut through an entire platoon of human troops with little difficulty, being genetically-engineered {{Super Soldier}}s created for a war long ago. In ''Council Wars'', [[OurElvesAreBetter elves aren't just better than you]], ''they're better than a lot of you''.
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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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.
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