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War Weary Warrior
When the combatant has had enough of combat
(permanent link) added: 2011-07-30 07:12:56 sponsor: Odon (last reply: 2011-08-04 21:49:39)

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"I don't like that sadness," he thought. "That sadness is bad. That's the sadness they bet before they quit or betray. That is the sadness that comes before the sell-out."
-- Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

Gonna lay down my sword and shield
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Gonna lay down my sword and shield
Down by the riverside
Ain't gonna study war no more.
-- 'Down by the Riverside

Once he enjoyed war for its own sake, or was a dedicated supporter of the cause. But now the Forever War has taken its toll. Was It Really Worth It??

See also Old Soldier, Shell Shocked Senior, Retired Badass, Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!, Zen Survivor and Knight in Sour Armor.

  • For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. Pablo, the leader of the guerrillas the protagonist is attached to, was once a fierce killer but is now an overly cautious drunkard.
  • Gunslinger Girl. Nino, once a bomb-happy fanatic, is now derisively nicknamed "The Tibetan Terrier" by other terrorists for his apparent over-caution. Likewise Padania terrorist Franco is only inspired to continue making bombs by the fervor of his Like Brother and Sister partner Flanca.

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