History OneManArmy / Literature

2nd Dec '16 11:23:02 AM grendelkhan
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* In Creator/JohnCWright's TheGoldenOecumene trilogy, Marshal-General Atkins Vingt-et-un is the ''entire military'', and does a fine job of it.
23rd Nov '16 1:39:03 PM Euodiachloris
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** The general rule of thumb for when facing even a single Valyrian dragonlord astride their dragon is... [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight don't]]. Frontal attacks are suicide, however many hundred of people you have; [[CombatPragmatist guerrilla your socks off]], restrict their battle arena... or bring a bigger dragon with you.

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** The general rule of thumb for when facing even a single Valyrian dragonlord astride their dragon [[WeaponOfMassDestruction dragon]] is... [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight don't]]. Frontal attacks are suicide, however many hundred of people you have; have and however fantastic you think your spellcasting in the face of flames strong enough to make forrest fires blush will be; [[CombatPragmatist guerrilla your socks off]], restrict their battle arena... or arena and/or bring a bigger dragon or two with you.you, instead.
23rd Nov '16 1:22:22 PM Euodiachloris
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* While ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a nature of RealityEnsues that keeps this limited, [[WorldsStrongestMan Ser Gregor Clegane]] is a definite example. An almost 8-foot tall giant of a man, with immense strength, he is able to wear plated armor that most men would be unable to even move in, while still being fast for someone of his size. This is in addition to chain and leather armor underneath. He is also able to wield a two-handed greatsword as if it were a dagger, allowing a shield in the other hand. The result is a man who can charge and break pike lines all on his own. [[AxCrazy And, he's got the psychotic bloodlust to do just that]].

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* While ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a nature strong base of RealityEnsues to it that keeps this kind of thing fairly limited, [[WorldsStrongestMan Ser Gregor Clegane]] is a definite example. An almost 8-foot tall giant of a man, with immense strength, he is able to wear plated armor armour-plate that most men would be unable to even move in, while still being fast for someone of his size. This is in addition to chain and leather armor underneath.underneath underneath the leaden plate. He is also able to wield a two-handed greatsword as if it were a dagger, allowing a shield in the other hand. The result is a man who can charge and break pike lines all on his own. [[AxCrazy And, he's got the psychotic bloodlust to do just that]].


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** The general rule of thumb for when facing even a single Valyrian dragonlord astride their dragon is... [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight don't]]. Frontal attacks are suicide, however many hundred of people you have; [[CombatPragmatist guerrilla your socks off]], restrict their battle arena... or bring a bigger dragon with you.
6th Nov '16 6:51:05 AM dlchen145
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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.]] 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]].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''.
5th Nov '16 12:05:01 AM DustSnitch
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** Harry himself is no slouch [[spoiler: especially not now that he's the Winter Knight]]. To whit: He has done everything from [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome summoning a zombie T-Rex]], to [[GravityMaster taking the force of gravity from a quater mile radius and condensing it all down into a range about 200m accross]], to [[PlayingWithFire setting an entire mansion on fire at once]], [[{{Badass}} and so on and so forth.]] There is a reason that [[spoiler: now that Morgan's dead]] he is the most infamous warden in the world. [[spoiler: Now that he's the Winter Knight, it's even better. When he really cuts loose, he can jump 50m with a few step start, form ice claws sharper than steel and use them faster than Sidhe can react, and bench press in the realm of 400 Kilos.]]

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** Harry himself is no slouch [[spoiler: especially not now that he's the Winter Knight]]. To whit: He has done everything from [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome summoning a zombie T-Rex]], to [[GravityMaster taking the force of gravity from a quater mile radius and condensing it all down into a range about 200m accross]], to [[PlayingWithFire setting an entire mansion on fire at once]], [[{{Badass}} and so on and so forth.]] forth. There is a reason that [[spoiler: now that Morgan's dead]] he is the most infamous warden in the world. [[spoiler: Now that he's the Winter Knight, it's even better. When he really cuts loose, he can jump 50m with a few step start, form ice claws sharper than steel and use them faster than Sidhe can react, and bench press in the realm of 400 Kilos.]]



** 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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** 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]].hands. He got captured, but still, biggest badass in Middle-Earth.



* [[BigGood Allanon]] in Creator/TerryBrooks' ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series. In ''[[Literature/TheSwordOfShannaraTrilogy The Elfstones of Shannara]]'', TheAlliance against [[TheLegionsOfHell the Demons]] consists of the Kershalt Trolls, the Westland Elves, the Dwarves, the Border Legion Free Corps, and Allanon. That's right. The man is actually {{Badass}} enough to qualify as an army whenever the leadership gets together, and is entrusted to do things like hold entire ridgelines by himself. Being the most powerful Druid ''ever'' probably helps. And then of course there are things like the Skull Bearers, and [[TheJuggernaut The Reaper]] which might also qualify for this.

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* [[BigGood Allanon]] in Creator/TerryBrooks' ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series. In ''[[Literature/TheSwordOfShannaraTrilogy The Elfstones of Shannara]]'', TheAlliance against [[TheLegionsOfHell the Demons]] consists of the Kershalt Trolls, the Westland Elves, the Dwarves, the Border Legion Free Corps, and Allanon. That's right. The man is actually {{Badass}} badass enough to qualify as an army whenever the leadership gets together, and is entrusted to do things like hold entire ridgelines by himself. Being the most powerful Druid ''ever'' probably helps. And then of course there are things like the Skull Bearers, and [[TheJuggernaut The Reaper]] which might also qualify for this.
16th Sep '16 10:27:33 AM Euodiachloris
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* While ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a nature of RealityEnsues that keeps this limited, [[WorldsStrongestMan Ser Gregor Clegane]] is a definite example. An almost 8-foot tall giant of a man, with immense strength, he is able to wear plated armor that most men would be unable to even move in, while still being fast for someone of his size. This is in addition to chain and leather armor underneath. He is also able to wield a two-handed greatsword as if it were a dagger, allowing a shield in the other hand. The result is a man who can charge and break pike lines all on his own. [[AxCrazy And he's got the psychotic bloodlust to do just that]].
** 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 got schooled: simple as... And, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday he can't even be bothered to make a fuss about 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.

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* While ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a nature of RealityEnsues that keeps this limited, [[WorldsStrongestMan Ser Gregor Clegane]] is a definite example. An almost 8-foot tall giant of a man, with immense strength, he is able to wear plated armor that most men would be unable to even move in, while still being fast for someone of his size. This is in addition to chain and leather armor underneath. He is also able to wield a two-handed greatsword as if it were a dagger, allowing a shield in the other hand. The result is a man who can charge and break pike lines all on his own. [[AxCrazy And And, he's got the psychotic bloodlust to do just that]].
** 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 got schooled: simple as... And, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday he can't even be bothered to make a fuss about it]], as the really memorable part of the day happened before that. Heck, ''Assassin's Creeding'' things is his thing; from rescuing the being-held-for-ransom King Aerys II from the heavily-defended Duskendale to later finding his Aerys' daughter, Daenarys Targaryen, in a besieged city on another continent... getting in and out of belligerent, armed camps that hold numerical superiority most would consider impossible to crack with minimal, but well-targetted, casualties is what this BadassGrandpa's ''good'' at.
10th Aug '16 3:29:40 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''The Passing of the Techno-Mages'' trilogy, [[BaldOfAwesome Galen]] becomes the most powerful Technomage by the end of the third book and is able to wipe out an entire city block by himself, as well a the planetary defense ships. When confronting Kosh, the latter isn't certain he would come out on top if Galen chose to fight.

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* In ''The ''Series/BabylonFive: The Passing of the Techno-Mages'' trilogy, [[BaldOfAwesome Galen]] becomes the most powerful Technomage by the end of the third book and is able to wipe out an entire city block by himself, as well a the planetary defense ships. When confronting Kosh, the latter isn't certain he would come out on top if Galen chose to fight. Later, Galen goes to Z'ha'dum and not only survived, but also helps Sheridan survive (more or less) and shuts down the planet's observation network. He also manages to take on two rogue Technomages, who have sided with the Shadows and learned some dangerous tricks of their own. Compared to that, his feats in ''Series/{{Crusade}}'' seem like child's play.
10th Aug '16 3:25:44 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''The Passing of the Techno-Mages'' trilogy, [[BaldOfAwesome Galen]] becomes the most powerful Technomage by the end of the third book and is able to wipe out an entire city block by himself, as well a the planetary defense ships. When confronting Kosh, the latter isn't certain he would come out on top if Galen chose to fight.
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.
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