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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''.
15th Sep '15 12:13:18 AM babyhenchy1
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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]].
13th Jul '15 10:01:32 PM erforce
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* ''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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* ''WorldWarZ'' ''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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