Created By: foxley on March 11, 2011 Last Edited By: foxley on March 29, 2011
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The Time Legion

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One of the standard uses of Time Travel for an Evil Overlord is to assemble is to pluck warriors from various wars throughout history and bring them through to the future (the Evil Overlord's present) and assemble them into an unbeatble fighting machine.

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Examples:

Comic Books
  • Reinhold Borsten did this in the Hex comic book series. This is how gunslinger Jonah Hex got transported to 2050.
  • The 2008 DC Comics mini-series The War That Time Forget centred around this, with various characters from DC's war books being dragged through time and dropped on Dinosaur Island.
  • Inverted in X-Men, where Fitzroy tries to conquer the present (his past) with future sentinel technology. It finally backfires spectacularly when he opens a portal to a prison riot in the future, bringing in a horde of mutant inmates - Bishop follows.

Film
  • The title characters do this to battle Satan in Time Bandits.

Literature
  • This is the setting for Fritz Leiber's Change War stories, but the stories are all told by grunts who have no understanding what the big picture.
  • Neal Asher's book Cowl features a Roman Legionnaire, an assassin from a cyberpunk future and a Neanderthal on the same team.

Live-Action TV
  • The War Lord does this in the Doctor Who serial "The War Games".

Tabletop Games

Video Games
  • The recent first-person shooter Darkest of Days. Well, the organization that recruits you out of the American Civil War apparently isn't EVIL, and are more of a Time Police. But they still do most of their recruitment by plucking skilled soldiers out of various wars throughout history, namely people who were considered 'missing in action' anyway.
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • March 12, 2011
    droginator
    Johnny Test had an episode where Johnny brought back several historical figures, including Attila the Hun and a caveman, to create the most powerful hockey team.
  • March 12, 2011
    TBTabby
    The Super Globetrotters had an episode where the villain assembled "the greatest criminals in history" into a gang.
  • March 12, 2011
    BlackDragon
    The recent (crappy) first-person shooter Darkest Of Days. Well, the organization that recruits you out of the American Civil War apparently isn't EVIL, and are more of a Time Police. But they still do most of their recruitment by plucking skilled soldiers out of various wars throughout history, namely people who were considered 'missing in action' anyway.
  • March 12, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Early in the recent Hulk series (the one focusing on Red Hulk) the Red Hulk leads the Offenders - Baron Mordo, Tiger Shark, and Terrax - taken from various places in the timestream, against the real Hulk and a team of Defenders - Doctor Strange, Namor the Sub Mariner and the Silver Surfer - also taken from various random points in the past.
  • March 12, 2011
    RazorSmile
    Neal Asher 's book Cowl features a Roman Legionnaire, an assassin from a cyberpunk future and a Neanderthal on the same team.
  • March 12, 2011
    nrjxll
  • March 12, 2011
    foxley
    Archived Army seems to be about bringing through well-known historic figures. What about recruiting nameless grunts from out of history?
  • March 13, 2011
    mack
    • Eternity's Rangers from GURPS: Time Travel.
  • March 13, 2011
    Lenoxus
    • The title characters do this to battle Satan in Time Bandits.
  • March 13, 2011
    RazorSmile
    Does Riverworld count?
  • March 14, 2011
    foxley
    Don't know. Are the Riverworld characters being recruited for an army?
  • March 14, 2011
    Arivne
    Riverworld is not an example because the reincarnated humans were not being assembled for the purpose of creating an army, but to test them to see if they could become ethically advanced enough to replace the Ethicals.
  • March 14, 2011
    RealSlimShadowen
    In the second (I think) Treehouse Of Horror, in the segment where Homer sells his soul for a donut, Satan summons his "jury of the damned", including Lizzie Borden, Richard Nixon, and the starting lineup of the '76 Philadelphia Flyers. Does that count?
  • March 14, 2011
    foxley
    No, that's a Jury Of The Damned. It's a related trope though.
  • March 14, 2011
    Artemis92
    HeroScape, man!
  • March 16, 2011
    foxley
    Bumping. It looks like we have a trope here.

    Any title suggestions?
  • March 17, 2011
    foxley
    I'm looking for a better title before I launch this.

    Army Of The Ages?
  • March 18, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Inverted in X-men, where Fitzroy tries to conquer the present (his past) with future sentinel technology. It finally backfires spectacularly when he opens a portal to a prison riot in the future, bringing in a horde of mutant inmates - Bishop follows.
  • March 18, 2011
    mtlwriterguy
    This is really just a sub-trope of Poul Anderson's Time Patrol novels, dating back to the 50's. H. Beam Piper had the similar Paratime Police. The concept of a paramilitary organization that patrols the timelines or parallel universes has been around for a long time. And most of them recruit members exactly the way you suggest.
  • March 19, 2011
    foxley
    Last call for examples before launch.
  • March 29, 2011
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • The SPI board game Time Tripper allowed you to play a Time Tripper, who went forward and backward in time to recruit soldiers as allies.

    Note: This has been launched as Army Of The Ages, so please add any examples you have to that page.
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