The Army scout is a stock character in Western fiction. Armies maneuvering in pursuit of Indians or enemy forces (such as during the Mexican and Civil Wars) commonly relied on local auxillaries with knowledge of the area to scout in advance of their arrival. These scouts generally were either cavalry soldiers operating in small groups, or civillians hired on a temporary basis. Indians were often hired due to their extensive knowledge of fieldcraft and their familiarity with local languages and customs.

Due to his need to move swiftly, the scout carries little equipment and is a FragileSpeedster.

See also {{Ranger}}, MountainMan, CavalryOfficer.
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* ComicBook/JonahHex was an Army scout for a time.

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* In ''TheUrthbloodSaga'', Urthfist, the [[CainAndAbel brother]] [[ArchEnemy and mortal foe]] of the titular character, regularly uses squads of three Long Patrol hares to scout out the area around his home mountain of Salamandastron, to be on the lookout for his brother's return. There is also a special squad consisting of only a single hare called [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Traveller]] whose job is to go father afield to spy on Urthblood and his army.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''TheOutlawJoseyWales'', the title character is pursued by scouts.
* ''{{Gettysburg}}'' depicts Civil War scouts performing several functions.
* ''TheBurrowers'' includes a Native American scout who cannot accurately translate another Indian's language. When the imprisoned Indian taunts him, he tortures the prisoner.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/LastOfTheMohicans'' depicts several Native Americans being used for this purpose.
* Abbu, the bedouin light cavalryman in the Roman army in the ''Literature/BelisariusSeries''. The forces led by [[WorthyOpponent Rana Sanga]] have Pathans serving the purpose, with the titular general using knowledge of that to mislead them during their pursuit of Belisarius.

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* ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'' includes Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane, both of whom served as scouts for General Custer. This fact is repeatedly mentioned in the series.
* Immortal of the week Kearne in ''{{Series/Highlander}}'', who led a massacre on the group of Lakota Duncan was living with,killing Mac's lover,Little Deer,and her son Kiani. Duncan beheaded him much later with a spear.

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* ''RedDeadRevolver'' includes the Buffalo Soldier character, who is representative of an Army scout.

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* JackKirby pulled this duty when he was a private in World War II when an officer learned he was an artist. This meant that he had to be the first to enter hostile territory alone and draw maps of it. It was only time he regretted his calling while trying to survive that dangerous posting.
* One of the first modern wars where Army Scouts were formalised was the [[NapoleonicWars Peninsular War]], where not only the British could rely (sorta) on local guerilla, but also established a corps of native-born scouts under Maj. George Scovell (codebreaker, founder of the British military police, military theorist, and general badass). Cavalry and Staff officers who were specially trained in drawing maps were responsible for scouting French positions and potential battlefields, alone or in pairs.


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