Created By: StarSword on January 26, 2013 Last Edited By: StarSword on January 27, 2013
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Faction-Specific Battle Cry

A battle cry common to most members of a given faction.

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Rolling Updates, Needs a Better Description (there seems to be a pattern here)

"Blood for the Blood God!"
-- every worshiper of Khorne everywhere, Warhammer 40,000

Battle cries. They strike fear into the hearts of one's enemies. Sometimes there's a cry that's specific to one particular army or faction, and that's where this trope comes in. In addition to sounding scary when yelled by a whole army, they also serve for the members to show unity and faithfulness to their side.

Arguably the most common form is "For the X!", 'X' usually being the name of their country or faction.

Compare Badass Boast and Catchphrase.

Examples:

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[[folder:Literature]]
  • Redwall: The soldiers of Salamandastron have the signature battle cry "Eulalia!" The Guosim shrews prefer "LOGALOGALOGALOGALOG!" Redwall's inhabitants use "Redwall!" and "Mossflower!" Evil critters tend to use the name of their leader, while one-shot groups tend to use whatever region they're from.
  • Dune. The Fremen under Paul Atreides had two battle cries: "Muad'Dib!" (Paul's public Fremen name) used by all Fremen and "Ya Hya Chouhada" ("Long live the fighters!"), used by his Fedaykin death commandos.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
  • Noob has a fictional MMORPG with three factions (Empire, Coalition and Order) who use "Les ennemis de l'Empire doivent perir" (Enemies of the Empire must perish), "Coalition! Destruction!" and "L'Ordre dominera Olydri! L'Ordre est infini!" (The Order will dominate Olydri / The Order is infinite) respectively.
  • Doctor Who: The Daleks' "EX-TER-MINATE! EX-TER-MINAAAAATE!"
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Khornate cultists supply the page quote. They love to enter the fray yelling "Blood for the Blood God!" at the top of their lungs. Characters in the Ciaphas Cain novels love to mock them for it. (See the Quotes tab.) Less commonly the line is followed with "Skulls for the Skull Throne!"
    • Meanwhile, Imperial troops favor "For the Emperor!" The tau go with "For the Greater Good!" Then there's the orks, who are a little more straightforward: "WAAAAAAAAAGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!"
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[[folder:Video Games]]
  • Imperial troops in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion frequently holler "For the Emperor!" as they charge. The Blades add "For the Blades!" There are also a few gloriously hammy battle cries specific to members of the Mythic Dawn, such as "Lord Dagon will welcome your soul in Oblivion!" and "Be glad you will not live to see the day Dagon walks the earth!"
  • Warcraft III: "For the Horde!" from Orc Grunts and Thrall.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • G.I. Joe: Easily one of the earliest, and corniest, examples were the respective battle cries of the Joes and Cobras, which were heard at least Once an Episode.
    Joes: (shouting) "YOOOO JOE!!"
    Cobra: (shouting) "COOOBRAAA!!"
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987): The turtles would often enter battle with, "Turtles fight with honor!" Though it was sometimes said by just Leonardo. In one episode, however, the Shredder retorts as follows:
    The Turtles: "Turtles fight with honor!"
    Shredder: (pulls out pair of laser guns) "But I fight dirty."
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[[folder:Real Life]]
  • Those families or clans that fought in the Crusades were awarded a Coat of Arms, and these would have the clan's battle cry on a banner above the helm. The clan motto is always placed below the shield. The pattern on the shield and the battle cry were critical devices for determining true allies from imposters.
  • During The American Civil War, Confederate soldiers had a distinctive, blood-curdling "Rebel Yell" that was terrifying to Union soldiers. Sadly, nobody today knows what it actually sounded like, given that audio recording technology had yet to be invented.
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Quotes tab:
Khornate: Blood for the Blood God!
Ciaphas Cain: Harriers for the cup! (shoots him)
and
Khornate: Blood for the Blood God!
Cain: Fine, he can have yours.
and again
Khornate: Blood for the Blood G-- CRUNCH!
Praetor Kolbe: Well he's not getting mine...
Khornate: Blood for the Blood God!
Cain: I'm getting really sick of hearing that.
-- Ciaphas Cain series
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • January 26, 2013
    Nazetrime
    I don't know if we have this or not or how to describe this better. The only obvious addition I see is mentionning that this battle cry also serves for the army / faction members to show union between each other and a form of faithfulness to their side.

    Also : Noob, a French series, has a fictional MMORPG with three factions (Empire, Coalition and Order) who emulate that trope : "Les ennemis de l'Empire doivent perir" (Enemies of the Empire must perish), "Coalition! Destruction!" and "L'Ordre dominera Olydri! L'Ordre est infini!" (The Order will dominate Olydri / The Order is infinite) respectively.
  • January 26, 2013
    Chabal2
    • Warcraft III: "For the Horde!" from Orc Grunts and Thrall.
    • Warhammer 40 K also has "For the Emperor!" on the Imperial side, "For the Greater Good!" for the Tau, the less-used but still present "Skulls for the Skull Throne!" (part two of the Khornate warcry), and of course, WAAAAAAAAAGGGGGHHHHHH!!!! for the Orks.
  • January 26, 2013
    StarSword
    Good stuff.
  • January 26, 2013
    Astaroth
    For the Oblivion example:
    • There are also a few gloriously hammy battlecrys specific to members of the Mythic Dawn, such as 'Lord Dagon will welcome your soul in Oblivion!' and 'Be glad you will not live to see the day Dagon walks the earth!'
  • January 26, 2013
    MiinU

    Western animation

    • G.I. Joe: Easily one of the earliest, and corniest, examples were the respective battle cries of the Joes and Cobras, which were heard at least once per episode.
      Joes: (shouting) "YOOOO JOE!!"
      Cobra: (shouting) "COOOBRAAA!!"

    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: In the 80's era cartoon series, the turtles would often enter battle with, "Turtles fight with honor!". Though it was sometimes said by just Leonardo. In one episode, however, the Shredder retorts as follows:
      The Turtles: "Turtles fight with honor!"
      Shredder: (pulls out pair of laser guns) "But I fight dirty."
  • January 26, 2013
    PrairieDawn
    Real Life: The Confederacy during the Civil War. Soldiers had a distinctive "Rebel Yell" that struck fear into the hearts of Union soldiers. Sadly, no one knows what it sounded like because there were no voice recordings at the time.

    Honorverse Marines' "Can do!" along with real world marines "Semper Fi", though I am not sure that either is actually yelled in combat.
  • January 26, 2013
    PrairieDawn
    Oooh, oooh (Hand waving in the air). Exterminate! Exterminaaaaate!
  • January 26, 2013
    Desertopa
    • Redwall: The soldiers of Salamandastron have the signature battle cry "Eulalia!".

    I'd add a note on what it means, but The Other Wiki says that it comes from the battle cry of the Valkyries in The Ring Saga, and the Redwall Wiki says it's supposedly derived from the Celtic or Norse word for victory, and neither gives a citation, so I'm just as confused as I was before I tried looking it up.
  • January 26, 2013
    StarSword
    ^A five-minute Google search got me this page. Seems that despite whatever Brian Jacques said, it's actually Greek in origin and a variation on Apollo.
  • January 26, 2013
    Desertopa
    I found the page on the name too, but I think that's probably just a linguistic coincidence unrelated to the means by which he came upon it. Certainly the meaning ("well spoken") doesn't lend itself to a battle cry.
  • January 26, 2013
    Chabal2
    Also from Redwall: Redwallers have "Redwall!", the Guosim shrews have "Logalogalog!", and vermin usually yell the name of their leader. Other one-time factions usually yell the place they're from or their clan names.
  • January 27, 2013
    Arivne
    Literature
    • Dune. The Fremen under Paul Atreides had two battle cries: "Muad'Dib!" (Paul's public Fremen name) used by all Fremen and "Ya Hya Chouhada" ("Long live the fighters!"), used by his Fedaykin death commandos.
  • January 27, 2013
    StarSword
    ^^Remembered those on my own as you were posting, apparently. :)
  • January 27, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Real Life
    • Those families or clans that fought in the Crusades were awarded a Coat of Arms, and these would have the clan's battle cry on a banner above the helm. The clan motto is always placed below the shield. The pattern on the shield and the battle cry were critical devices for determining true allies from imposters.
  • January 27, 2013
    jatay3
    Isn't just Battle Cry enough?
  • January 27, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Mmmf, actually didn't know about that page.

    Ok, I'm transferring the examples we've gathered and discarding this.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=je4fsfponlo7i6t4ttenhwrc&trope=DiscardedYKTTW