->''"It is well that [[WarIsHell war is so terrible]] -- lest we should [[WarIsGlorious grow too fond of it]]."''
-->-- '''Robert E. Lee'''

->''“War is the father of us all, King of all. Some it makes gods, [[ARealManIsAKiller some it makes men]], [[MadeASlave some it makes slaves]], some free.”''
-->-- '''Heraclitus'''

War stories are not quite as convention-laden as TheWestern or ''[[CommediaDellArte commedia dell'arte]]'', but it is a near thing. And TheArmy is frequently featured in such stories for some reason... Here are some things you may rely on.

Contrast PeaceTropes. See also the often related SpyFiction.
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!!Settings:

[floatboxright:
See also:
+ CombatTropes
+ EspionageTropes
+ ForcesWithFirepower
+ PoliticsTropes
+ WeaponsAndWieldingTropes
+ MilitaryAndWarfareSuperindex
]

'''Historical Wars'''
* TheTrojanWar (approx. 1194-1184 BC)
* GrecoPersianWars (499-450 BC)
* UsefulNotes/ThePeloponnesianWar (431-404 BC)
* MacedonianSuccessionWars (323-275 BC)
* UsefulNotes/PunicWars (264-146 BC)
* MaccabeanRevolt (166-129 BC)
* JewishRevolts (66-117)
* UsefulNotes/TheCrusades (1095-1291)
* Turkish-European Wars (1071-1683)[[note]]Starting with Manzikert, when the Turks started to really threaten the Byzantines, and ending with the Second Siege of Vienna, after which the Turks stopped being a real threat.[[/note]]
** OttomanRise(Early Ottoman conquests in late middle ages)
** FallOfConstantinople(1453)
** UsefulNotes/BattleOfLepanto(1571)
** UsefulNotes/SiegeOfVienna (1683)
** EuropeanReconquest(Austria&Russia vs Ottomans Seventeenth-Nineteenth centuries)
* UsefulNotes/HundredYearsWar (1337-1453)
* UsefulNotes/WarsOfTheRoses (1455-1485)
* ItalianWars (1494-1559)
* EightyYearsWar (1568-1648)
* DutchPortugueseWar (1602-1640)
* UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar (1618-1648)
* EnglishCivilWar (1642-1649), a part of the Three Kingdoms Wars (1639-1653)
* HanoverStuartWars (Seventeenth and Eighteenth century).
* AngloDutchWars (1652-1781)
* GreatNorthernWar (1700-1721)
* UsefulNotes/WarOfTheSpanishSuccession (1701-1714)
* WarOfTheAustrianSuccession (1740-1748)
* SevenYearsWar (1754-1763)
* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution (1775-1783)
* NapoleonicWars (1789-1815)
* WarOf1812 (1812-1815)
* WarOfTheConfederation (1836-1839)
* {{Mexican-American War}} (1846-1848)
* WarsOfItalianIndependence (1848-1866)
* CrimeanWar (1853-1856)
* SepoyRebellion (1857)
* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar (1861-1865)
* ChinchaIslandsWar (1864-1866)
* WarOfTheTripleAlliance (1864-1870)
* AustroPrussianWar (1866)
* UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar (1870-1871)
* AngloZuluWar (January-July 1879)
* WarOfThePacific (1879-1883)
* TheRiverWar (1881-1898)
* UsefulNotes/FirstSinoJapaneseWar (1894-1895)
* UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar (1898)
* SecondBoerWar (1899-1902)
* UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar (1904-1905)
* UsefulNotes/TheMexicanRevolution (1910-1921)
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI (1914-1918)
** UsefulNotes/ThePoppy
* [[RedOctober Russian Civil War]] (1917-1922)
** PolishSovietWar (1919-1921)
* UsefulNotes/TheIrishRevolution (War of Independence 1919-1921, Civil War 1922-1923)
* [[UsefulNotes/NoMoreEmperors Chinese Civil War]] (Initial campaigns 1927-1936, intermittent fighting 1941-1945, full-scale war 1946-1949.)
* ChacoWar (1932-1935)
* UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar (1936-1939)
* UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar (1937 - 1945)
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII (1939-1945)
* The UsefulNotes/ColdWar: (c.1945-c.1990. Historians disagree on the precise date it started)
** UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar (1950-1953 for the main fighting, although technically still ongoing and best described as a high tension UsefulNotes/ColdWar in East Asia)
** The Indochina Wars (1946-1975)
*** UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar (1959-1975)
** BayOfPigsInvasion (April 17-April 19 1961)
** OperationUrgentFury (October-December 1983)
** SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan (1979-1989)
* UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict (1948-)
* {{The Indo-Pakistan Conflict}} (1947-)
* UsefulNotes/TheTroubles (1968-1998)
* TheFootballWar (July 1969)
* UsefulNotes/IranIraqWar (1980-1988), also known as the Gulf War.
* TheFalklandsWar (or Malvinas War, to some) (2 April-20 June 1982)
* SriLankanCivilWar (1983-2009)
* First UsefulNotes/GulfWar (1990-1991) also known as the Second Gulf War
* TheYugoslavWars (1991-2001)
* CongoWars (1996-2003)
* TheWarOnTerror (2001-, includes Afghanistan and Iraq wars)

[[index]]
'''General'''
* AlienInvasion
* AlwaysOnDuty
* AntWar
* AntiAir
* AntiArmor
* AntiCavalry
* AntiInfantry
* AntiVehicle
* ApocalypseWow
* AvoidingTheGreatWar
* BackInTheSaddle
* BigBadassBattleSequence
* BombersOnTheScreen
* BombWhistle
* BootCampEpisode
* BugWar
* CloneArmy
* CorporateWarfare
* DecisiveBattle
* DivineConflict
* DraftDodging
* DuringTheWar - list, comparison, and series
* EarthIsABattlefield
* EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion
* FantasyConflictCounterpart
* FeudingFamilies
* ForeverWar
* FriendlyWar
* GreatOffscreenWar
* GuiltFreeExterminationWar
* HiddenArmyReveal
* HomeFieldAdvantage
* HopelessWar
* HomeByChristmas
* InvadedStatesOfAmerica
* InvadingRefugees
* IWillFightSomeMoreForever
* KeystoneArmy
* LoweredRecruitingStandards
* MilitaryCoup
* NavalBlockade
* NeutralityBacklash
* OrbitalBombardment
* OvernightConquest
* PossibleWar
* POWCamp
* PretextForWar
* PreventTheWar
* PunishedForSympathy
* {{Reveille}}
* RobotWar
* RunningTheBlockade
* ScrewTheWarWerePartying
* ShockingDefeatLegacy
* SillyReasonForWar
* SoldiersAtTheRear
* SoldierVsWarrior
* SpreadingDisasterMapGraphic
* StraightForTheCommander
* StrategyVersusTactics
* {{Taps}}
* ToWinWithoutFighting
* TradingBarsForStripes
* UrbanWarfare
* WarFic
* WarForFunAndProfit
* TheWarOfEarthlyAggression
* TheWarToEndAllWars
* WarWasBeginning
* WashingtonDCInvasion
* WeHaveBecomeComplacent
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen
* WorldWarIII
* WorldWarWhatever

!!Individual characters (please, do not put entire military units here):
* AcePilot
* ArmsDealer
* BloodKnight
** ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* TheBrigadier
* CampFollower
* TheCaptain
* CaptainSmoothAndSergeantRough
* CavalryOfficer
* ChildSoldiers
* ColdSniper
* ColonelBadass
* ColonelKilgore
* CommandingCoolness
* CommunicationsOfficer
* ConsummateProfessional
* CulturedWarrior
* CunningLinguist
* DadTheVeteran
* DangerousDeserter
* DangerDeadpan
* DemolitionsExpert
* DeskJockey
* DoAnythingSoldier
* DrillSergeantNasty
* TheEngineer
* EnsignNewbie
* ExaltedTorturer
* FatherNeptune
* AFatherToHisMen
* FourStarBadass
* FriendlySniper
* FrontlineGeneral
* GeneralFailure
* GeneralRipper
* TheGeneralsDaughter
* GentlemenRankers
* GlamorousWartimeSinger
* GloryHound
* GlorySeeker
* GoodLookingPrivates
* GungHolierThanThou
* GuyInBack
* HeroOfAnotherStory
* ImprobableCover
* TheInquisitorGeneral
* InsaneAdmiral
* KeepTheHomeFiresBurning
* MajorlyAwesome
* MaryTzu
* TheMedic
* MilesGloriosus
* MilitaryBrat
* MilitaryMaverick
* MilitaryMoonshiner
* MilitarySuperhero
* ModernMajorGeneral
* MonsterKnight
* TheMusketeer
* TheNeidermeyer
* NewMeat
* OfficerAndAGentleman
* OldSoldier
** PerilousOldFool
* OneManArmy
* OverrankedSoldier
* OutrankingYourJob
* PhonyVeteran
* PluckyMiddie
* ThePoliticalOfficer
* {{Privateer}}
* RebelLeader
* RebelliousRebel
* ReturningWarVet
* TheScrounger
* SergeantRock
* ShellShockedVeteran
* SociopathicSoldier
* TheSquadette
* SouthernFriedPrivate
* TheStrategist
* SuperSoldier
* TargetSpotter
* UpThroughTheRanks
* VeteranInstructor
* WarGod
* WarHawk
* WarRefugees
* WarriorMonk
* WarriorPrince
* {{Wingman}}

!!Armies and units:
* {{Abwehr}}
* AmazonBrigade
* ArmiesAreEvil
* ArmyOfTheAges
* ArmyOfThievesAndWhores
* AttackDrone
** SurveillanceDrone
* BadassArmy
* BattleCouple
* CadreOfForeignBodyguards
* CallThatAFormation
* CannonFodder
* ChurchMilitant
* ACommanderIsYou
* CreatureHunterOrganization
* DeployableCover
* DoomTroops
* EagleSquadron
* EliteArmy
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous
* FlauntingYourFleets
* [[HomeGuard The Home Guard]]
* HomingProjectile
* LegionOfLostSouls
* LostRomanLegion
* MillionMookMarch
* MenOfSherwood
* PlanetLooters
* PraetorianGuard
* PrivateMilitaryContractors
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]]
* RedshirtArmy
* TheRemnant
* SemperFi
* SpaceMarine
* StandardSciFiArmy
* StandardSciFiFleet
* StateSec
* SuspiciouslySmallArmy
+ TheSquad
** SquadNickname

!!UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar:
* AggressiveNegotiations
* AttackPatternAlpha
* BlingOfWar
* ClassifiedInformation
* CommandRoster
* CommonMilitaryUnits
* CommonRanks
** FantasticRankSystem
* CustomUniform
* FictionalGenevaConventions
* InsigniaRipOffRitual
* TheMenFirst
* MilitaryAlphabet
* MilitarySalute
* NonUniformUniform
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind
* PuttingOnTheReich
* RadioSilence
* RageHelm
* ReportingNames
* SealedOrders
* SoundOff
* TheSpartanWay
* StaffOfAuthority
* StrangeSalute
* StrawCivilian
* UsefulNotes/TheThirtySixStratagems
* ThisIsNotADrill
* WouldNotShootACivilian

!!Tropes:
* AirstrikeImpossible
* ArmchairMilitary
* ArmedFarces
* ArmsFair
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* AwesomePersonnelCarrier
* BattleEpic
* BattleTrophy
* BlindedByTheLight
* BoardingPod
* BoobyTrap
* CitadelCity
* CivilWar
* ComingInHot
* CorporalPunishment
* {{Conscription}}
* CurbStompBattle
* DawnAttack
* DearJohnLetter
* DeathFromAbove
* DeathNotification
* DEFCONFive
* DefensiveFeintTrap
* DelayingAction
* DoABarrelRoll
* DoomsdayDevice
* DressCodedForYourConvenience
* DropPod
* FastRoping
* FeedTheMole
* FieldPromotion
* FightingForAHomeland
* FriendOrFoe
* GenderIsNoObject
* GeoEffects
* GoingDownWithTheShip
* GotVolunteered
* GovernmentInExile
* GrandTheftPrototype
* GreaterNeedThanMine
* GunboatDiplomacy
* HelloSailor
* HelmetMountedSight
* HighlyConspicuousUniform
* HollywoodTactics
* HotSubOnSubAction
* JustForFun/HowToSurviveAWarMovie
* HyperspaceArsenal
* IAmNotAGun
* InItsHourOfNeed
* InsertGrenadeHere
* InterserviceRivalry
* IrrevocableOrder
* ISurrenderSuckers
* ItsRainingMen
* JoinTheArmyTheySaid
* KeepingTheEnemyClose
* KillSat
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter
* LastStand
* LastVillainStand
* LeaveNoSurvivors
** SinkTheLifeboats
* MacrossMissileMassacre
* MildlyMilitary
* MilitariesAreUseless
* MilitaryAcademy
* MilitaryMashupMachine
** TheBattlestar
* MilitarySchool
* MisfitMobilizationMoment
* MisguidedMissile
* MoreDakka
* MountedCombat
* TheMutiny
** AntiMutiny
* NicknamingTheEnemy
* NoBloodForPhlebotinum
* NonLethalWarfare
* NoseArt
* ANuclearError
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene
* OneRiotOneRanger
* OnrushingArmy
* OpposingCombatPhilosophies
* OrchestralBombing
* PeelingPotatoes
* PendulumWar
* PermissionToSpeakFreely
* PinPullingTeeth
* PiggybackingOnHitler
* {{Plunder}}
* PunishmentDetail
* RankUp
* ReassignedToAntarctica
* RecruitersAlwaysLie
* RedAlert
* RemilitarizedZone
* SensorSuspense
* TheSiege
** SiegeEngines
*** BatteringRam
* SittingDuck
* SniperDuel
* StandardHollywoodStrafingProcedure
* StandYourGround
* StormingTheCastle
* SuicideMission
* SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder
* TacticalWithdrawal
* TanksButNoTanks
* TankGoodness
* TanksForNothing
* ThatsAnOrder
* ThingsGetReal
* TimeToStepUpCommander
* TokyoRose
* ToothbrushFloorScrubbing
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers
* TrappedBehindEnemyLines
* TropesThatGoBoom
* TwoKeyedLock
* UnfinishedUntestedUsedAnyway
* UnfriendlyFire
* UnusualWeaponMounting
* TheUriahGambit
* WalkieTalkieStatic
* WalkingArmory
* WarArc
* WarElephants
* WarIsGlorious
* WarIsHell
* WarMemorial
* TheWarRoom
* WarfareRegression
* WartimeCartoon
* WeaponTombstone
* WeaponsUnderstudies
* WeHaveReserves
* WheresTheKaboom
* WithDueRespect
* WorldsBestWarrior
* WonTheWarLostThePeace
* VehicularTurnabout
* YouAreInCommandNow
* YouShallNotPass
* ZergRush

!!Other:
* ModernBattlefieldWeapons
* NavalGazing
** NavalWeapons
** TypesOfNavalShips
** HistoryOfNavalWarfare
* PlaneSpotting
** AirLaunchedWeapons
** WildWeaselMission
* ''Magazine/PSMagazine''
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