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One of the standard uses of TimeTravel for an EvilOverlord is to pluck warriors from various wars throughout history and bring them through to the future (the EvilOverlord's present) and assemble them into an unbeatable army. The technique of TimeTravel isn't mandatory -- even if it's not available, a {{Necromancer}} can still make up their own ancient army by use of AnimateDead, or a [[OurGodsAreDifferent god of death]] by enlisting the souls of dead soldiers and warriors.

Occasionally, more heroic entities will use this as a means of recruiting a TimePolice force.

When an army is made up solely of recognised historical figures, that's an ArchivedArmy. And if a group of dead people are brought together to pass judgement on the living, that's a JuryOfTheDamned. If an army consists of entirely long dead people, this is NightOfTheLivingMooks.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The Fourth Ninja War arc of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' features heavy use of a resurrection jutsu that brings back a wide range of ninja that had been previously killed. Everything from past villains the protagonists had faced, to slain friends and mentors, to legendary ninjas who had been dead for decades.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[spoiler:Lifemaker summons all previous generations of Cosmo Entelechia upon his/her resurrection.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Reinhold Borsten did this in the ''Hex'' comic book series. This is how gunslinger ComicBook/JonahHex got transported to 2050. One clear example was the group that Jonah Hex once joined (against his will) called Five Warriors From Forever. The team was created by a time-based villain called Lord of Time and consisted of heroes from different historical periods, such as the Viking Prince (who is a viking), Black Pirate (who is, off course, a pirate), Miss Liberty (a vigilante from the American Revolution), and Enemy Ace (a WWI German pilot), and were gifted with various powers that allowed them to beat both the JusticeLeague and the Justice Society
* The 2008 Creator/DCComics mini-series ''TheWarThatTimeForgot'' centered on this, with various characters from DC's war books, including ComicBook/EnemyAce and ComicBook/{{Tomahawk}}, dragged through time and dropped on [[LostWorld Dinosaur Island]]. (The series is in fact named after one of the features from one of those comics that took place on Dinosaur Island.)
* Inverted in ''Comicbook/XMen'', 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.
* ComicBook/TheAvengers:
** Their foe Kang once had his own team of elite warriors plucked from different time periods, The Anachronauts.
** Kang and his counterparts have also employed the Legion of the Unliving, made up of time-plucked characters who are thought dead in the present.
** A notable example is during ''ComicBook/AvengersForever'' where Kang allies with the Avengers to fight a ArmyOfTheAges sent by his older self Immortus.
* The Master pulls this trick in "The Time Thief" strip in ''Franchise/{{Doctor Who|ExpandedUniverse}} Annual 1974''.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' #150, Rose Red summons the Knights of the Endless Table: soldiers from every world, and every time and battle who have one thing in common. They all died while holding out hope.

* The title characters do this to battle {{Satan}} in ''Film/TimeBandits''.
* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'''s schtick in a nutshell. Ben Stiller teams up with a ragtag group consisting of an Egyptian Pharaoh named Akmenrah, Theodore Roosevelt, Attila the Hun, Christopher Columbus, Sacajawea, miniature figures of cowboys and Roman soldiers, a T-Rex skeleton, and a group of neanderthals to apprehend the previous night guards of the museum who stole a tablet that once belonged to said Pharaoh and was causing the exhibits to come to life.
** Taken UpToEleven in the sequel, as Stiller leads an army consisting of Amelia Earhart, General Custer (and most of his army), and several returning characters from the first film against Kahmunrah (who claimed to be Akmenrah's older brother) and his own ArmyOfTheAges led by Al Capone, Napoleon, and Ivan the Terrible.
* In ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'', Miss Price assembles one to ward off the Nazi invasion, although they are really living suits of armour, not actual people.

* This is the setting for Creator/FritzLeiber's ''Change War'' stories, but the stories are all told by grunts who have no understanding of the big picture.
* The Horn of Valere in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' summons the spirits of ancient heroes bound to the Horn when blown.
* Creature/NealAsher's book ''Cowl'' features a Roman Legionnaire, an assassin from a cyberpunk future and a Neanderthal on the same team.
* ''Literature/TheTamuli'' has the bad guys doing this. But it's less effective than most examples as the Army of the Ages are usually bronze age soldiers who are up against knights in full plate; the characters lampshade this, noting how much military technology, tactics, and techniques have improved and how ineffective this makes the ancient armies. Their other disadvantage is that [[KeystoneArmy they're connected to their leader]] and [[NoOntologicalInertia vanish]] if he's taken out.
* Creator/EdwardEager's ''Knight's Castle'' has a variation: the protagonists, four children, have been shrunk to a tiny size and the world of their toy knight figurines has come alive. They win the day in the end by bringing in one child's collection of toy soldiers, which includes soldiers from several different historical wars.
* Nearly any military force in the ''Literature/{{Riverworld}}'' books is this trope, by nature of the series.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'':
** In a non time travel-related example, the fortress of the Greek god Hades is guarded by dead soldiers from all of history: skeletal Roman legionnaires with spears are joined by undead US Marines with assault rifles.
** Nico De Angelo shows the ability to summon an army of the dead from different periods in history. Roman troops are summoned in "The House of Hades" to defeat monsters.
* In Jeff [=VanderMeer=]'s novel ''Finch'', the surviving rebels have scattered throughout time and space and were rebuilding their armies with whatever local material is available. When the fungal men Grey Caps finally reveal their purpose in being on Earth, the rebel armies unleash a horde consisting of warriors from the past, present and future.
* The armies of Shadow London in the ''Literature/DiogenesClub'' story "Sorcerer, Conjurer, Wizard, Witch". The Great Enchanter has all the mythical Barbarians at the Gate: "Vikings, French infantry, Roman legionnaires, ragged cavaliers, fire-spreaders, shaggy Anglo-Saxons, Martian squid-vampires, rowdies from the country and Prussian Uhlans". The good guys have "redcoats with muskets, knights in armour, tommies in tin hats, roundheads and cavaliers shoulder to shoulder, bloods and blades, pearly kings and queens, costers, tarts, loafers, brawlers, football fanatics with scarves and rattles, the ''haut ton'' and the ''demi-monde'', air-raid wardens, firemen, peelers, bobbies, Bow Street Runners, Chelsea pensioners, dandies, strollers and -- yes! -- Dick Whittington's Cat."
* In ''The Hoplite'', a short story by Creator/RobertReed, a "quantum dilator" is used to implant the consciousness of long-dead warriors into newly cloned bodies. The warriors are given a suit of PoweredArmor and [[DoomTroops no oversight when executing missions]]. The protagonist was a hoplite from Alexander the Great's army and works alongside an SS stormtrooper, a Crusader, a Aztek warrior, and a legionnaire. However, a civilian casts doubt on them being actual warriors from the past, claiming the "quantum dilator" [[QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything is a buzzword]] and that they're just brainwashed.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The War Lord does this in the serial [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames "The War Games"]].
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War"]], [[spoiler: the Doctor himself does this. He recruits the space-spitfires from Churchill's England, space pirates, a Sontaran nurse, a lesbian Victorian detective Silurian, her girlfriend Jenny, and an entire army of Silurians. WordOfGod says that he wanted the immortal Captain Jack Harkness by his side as well, but the actor was busy making ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay''.]]
** And the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]] gives us an army of every Dalek in the ''Doctor Who'' series... [[NeverTrustATrailer or at least that's what the publicity said]]; in the actual episode, the main threat is an army of Creator/RussellTDavies-era Daleks gone mad, with blink-and-you'll-miss-them background cameos from classic series Dalek models. Only the RTD Daleks do something meaningful to the plot.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' does a scaled down version of this when the ship is broken into multiple time frames. In order to remove Seska and the Kazon from engineering (it being the time they took over the ship in that section), Chakotay recruits Icheb and Naomi from the future, Torres and some Maquis from the day they arrived in the Delta Quadrant, Janeway and Kim from before the mission began, Paris from the relative present, and finally the still-Borg Seven of Nine.

* Music/{{Sabaton}}'s eighth album, ''The Last Stand'', [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin which is entirely about grand last stands across history]], features this on the [[http://98b7695aa5bb76e7839227ab.skydustproductio.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Artwork.jpg album cover]]; showing a battle containing [[TheSpartanWay ancient Spartans]], [[TheCavalry the Polish Winged Hussar cavalry]], {{Samurai}}, and soldiers from [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI both wo]][[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII rld wars]] fighting side-by-side in Castle Itter, a WWII battleground.[[note]]This is actually showing the subjects of six of the eleven original songs on the album.[[/note]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
%%* Eternity's Rangers from ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Time Travel''.
%%* ''TabletopGame/HeroScape''
* The basic premise of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', with you as the summoner. The premise of the game is that you, the player, are taking the role of a Planeswalker, and the cards you play represent actual creatures, spells and locations your are summoning or casting in a duel with another Planeswalker. Depending on which cards from which sets end up used in a given game, the "summoned" beings can very well originate from any of dozens of planes and anywhen from a timeline of four and a half millennia.
* 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.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'', the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einherjar Einherjar]] warriors that show up in modern times come from the 18th century through the mid-1970s, outfitted in whatever gear they had on them when they "died".
** The Anauša, the Persian Immortals, are similar, but draw from a wider timespan. Their members can come from any royal guard or army that took their name and associated themselves with their reputation, ranging from the classical-era originals to the Iranian Imperial Guard.
* Certainly invoked by ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''. Although not actually historical, most regiments of the Imperial Guard or Space Marine chapters take cues from historical armies.
** With the Imperial Guard, for example you can field Vietnam commando equivalents (Catachan Devils) alongside an Alexander the Great {{Expy}} (Lord Commander Solar Macharius), put the Spanish Inquisition (Imperial Inquisition) in charge of your platoon of red coat pith helmet-wearing Brits (Praetorians).
** Space Marines are even more interesting. You can't ''technically'' field different chapters together, but the Deathwatch is a group made up of different Astartes Chapters working under the Ordo Xenos where you can. An example 10-man kill-team can be made up of a: [[HordesFromTheEast Mongol]][[note]]White Scar[[/note]], [[HornyVikings Viking]][[note]]Space Wolf[[/note]], [[TheSpartanWay Spartan]][[note]]Minotaur or Iron Snake[[/note]], [[BraveScot Scottish Highlander]][[note]]Storm Wardens[[/note]], [[AncientGrome Greco-Roman]][[note]]Ultramarine[[/note]], UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}}n Junker[[note]]Imperial Fist[[/note]], [[UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights Teutonic Knight]][[note]]Black Templar[[/note]], WildSamoan[[note]]Space Shark/Carcharodon[[/note]], [[BadassNative Native American]][[note]]Dark Angel Deathwing Terminator (Yes, specifically just them) or Raven Guard[[/note]] and a [[PuttingOnTheReich Nazi]][[note]]Red Scorpion[[/note]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* This is the plot of the first-person shooter ''VideoGame/DarkestOfDays''. Well, the organization that recruits you out of the American Civil War apparently isn't ''evil'', and is more of a TimePolice. 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.
* The ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' expansion "Mothership Zeta" has you team up with several cryogenically-preserved warriors on the alien spaceship: a military doctor from Operation Anchorage, a contemporary slaver, a wild west cowboy, and a samurai. And a little girl from during the Great War. You also would've had an astronaut, but he didn't survive the thawing process.
* In ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', fighters on both sides are recruited from notable eras of Hyrule's history, namely [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword the Sky Era]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime the Era of the Hero of Time]], and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess the Era of Twilight]]. The upcoming ''Hyrule Warriors Legends'' adds heroes from [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker the Era of the Great Sea]]. This last one is notable as it's from a different timeline then the previously established Era of Twilight, happening at roughly the same point in time.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Common in many Creator/HannaBarbera cartoons. Standard villainous armies tend to include Goths, Mongols, Vandals, and the like.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Timmy Turner assembles an army of [[ShowWithinAShow Crimson Chins]], each with their own EraSpecificPersonality.
* In one of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' "Treehouse of Horror" episodes, Bart uses a [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture DeLorean]] time machine and changes history so Marge married Artie instead of Homer, and they're rich. Homer tries to counter it with an army of Homers across history. They all get easily beaten up by Bart and Artie.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' special ''Ego Trip'', Dexter teams up with three of [[FutureLoser his]] [[MiniatureSeniorCitizens future]] [[FutureBadass selves]] to fight a future version of Mandark, who in turn summons the appropriate analogues of himself (including the BrainInAJar from the oldest Dexter's time).
* When Jack Spicer got his hands on the time-travel Shen Gong Wu Sands of Time in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', his plan was to assemble a team of history's villains; Genghis Khan, Blackbeard, Billy the Kid, [[OneOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers his first grade teacher Mrs. Cornhaven]], and his future self- from the very distant future. It ultimately fails when Omi uses the Sands of Time to bring his own future self to the present.