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->''"You smell that? Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed for 12 hours, and when it was all over, I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinking dink body. The smell, you know? That gasoline smell? The whole hill. It smelled like... victory."''
-->-- '''Colonel Kilgore''', ''Film/ApocalypseNow''

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It's exciting. It makes you a stronger, better person. It breeds {{Badass|Army}}es. [[Theatre/{{Pippin}} It's finer than Spring.]] The sacrifices may be extreme, but are extremely noble, maybe even saintly. In many ways the opposite of WarIsHell. [[BloodKnight Some people deeply enjoy waging war]], rather than just endure it. Others might say, "LookWhatICanDoNow." The ShellShockedVeteran might have a different view on the matter, though.

Common features:
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: [[InHarmsWay the colour and excitement of war. The adrenalin overload of peak performance with death on the line]]. Note most of the examples below have a [[{{Spectacle}} visual]] [[RuleOfCool component.]]
* Military experience brings discipline, strength, [[ARealManIsAKiller manliness]], enfranchisement in society and [[FireForgedFriends bonding with comrades]], and [[CallToAdventure inspires the soldiers' lives with purpose]]. [[StrawCivilian Those who won't fight]] are shamed and lacking in the military virtues.
* Soldiers get to trade on [[GoodLookingPrivates the attractiveness of a man in uniform]].
* The soldiers -- particularly the heroes -- [[OfficerAndAGentleman do not commit war crimes]]. WouldNotShootACivilian is in full effect; no one would KickThemWhileTheyAreDown; etc.

Not all War is Glorious works are war propaganda, but all war propaganda says that War is Glorious. Both tend to be marked by dehumanisation/demonisation of the enemy, censorship of the motivations for war, sanitisation of wounds and deaths, whitewashing of war crimes, dismissal of pacifism as insanity/weakness, etc. In a war propaganda work, these things take center-stage whereas a War is Glorious work may or may not feature these, however incidentally.

War is Glorious has a natural association with the justification of wars. For example, the cost of avoiding a war can be shown as greater than the cost of fighting it. Many serious justification of wars lie outside this trope, being no more jingoistic than a surgeon is in favour of open-heart surgery[[note]] i.e. 'as needed', not 'when you feel like it' [[/note]].

By the same token, this attitude is very often used in [[JoinTheArmyTheySaid recruiting pitches to get people to join the service]]. Soldiers are badass; do you [[IJustWantToBeBadass want to be badass]] too?

When war is part of the BackStory, former soldiers may invoke this trope by remembering the [[FireForgedFriends camaraderie]], [[InHarmsWay excitement]], and purpose of their GloryDays, the war, as opposed to the {{greed}} and [[ItsAllAboutMe selfishness]] of subsequent civilian life, which leave them DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife.

War is Glorious and WarIsHell are not exclusive categories. And it is perfectly possible to aim for one trope exclusively [[MisaimedFandom yet be received as the other]].

It should be noted that sometimes this is not the work's theme, but the mentality of the GeneralRipper inside the work, serving as the {{foil}} to the heroes' belief that WarIsHell.

Compare PropagandaPiece. Contrast PreventTheWar. See also ProudWarriorRace.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [[BoisterousBruiser Thorkell]] from ''VinlandSaga'' ''loves'' war. A lot. So much so that he ''[[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor switches sides twice]]'' in order to prolong the enjoyment of battle. He ''is'' a Viking, after all.
* ''{{Hellsing}}'' - Have you heard yet that the Major loves war? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUB9QGKCNmI Because he does.]] Ultimately [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] by Integra; according to her, war is only glorious to creatures who can't stand life, and the Major's love of war ultimately amounts to [[DeathSeeker a sixty year long suicide attempt]].
* Dorothy Catalonia and Treize Khushreneda claim to believe this in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', but it may have been an act.
-->'''Treize''': ''There is nothing more beautiful than a warrior with no distractions.''
** It's more obvious a subversion with Treize, since his ultimate goal is [[spoiler: to produce a war so horrific that the powers-that-be would think twice before going to war again. [[TheDeadHaveNames He even keeps a list of every single person who died under his command.]]]]
** At the beginning of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'', Al and his friends all think that the One Year War is totally cool (they're ten years old, and the war is being fought with ''[[HumongousMecha Giant Robots]]'', can you blame them?) By the end of the series, Al has become [[TearJerker thoroughly disillusioned]] with that notion.
* ''Anime/DogDays'' [[LighterAndSofter take this trope to]] SerialEscalation.
* ''LightNovel/SwordPrincessAltina''. Many soldiers, regardless of country of origin firmly believe this in the story. In Belgaria, this is justified by the fact that the Emperor deliberately set up a system where the only way ''out'' of poverty is to go into battle and gain many meritorious achievements, and woe be to anyone who complains about it. Other countries have different reasons, but the propaganda narrative is so thick, that soldiers of High Britannia's army in volume 5 tried to shoot, and kill, the crown princess in full view of the public just so they could have her war-mongering relative take the throne instead. [[spoiler: When they failed, Margaret sentenced the commander of that unit for execution, not for trying to kill the crown princess, or even for doing so in public, but for failing.]]

* ''[[ComicBook/ThreeHundred 300]]''
* Private [[MeaningfulName Siegfried Von Nibelungen]] from ''ComicBook/{{Sturmtruppen}}'' is a clear parody of this trope: all he want is an heroic death on a battlefield facing the sun and giving his life for the home country. He ends up exploding on a friendly mine and being horribly mutilated.
* ComicBook/{{Ares}} from {{Creator/Marvel}} believes he should have a better reputation among mortals because of the positive things war brings with it.

* Examples from the ball-crushingly prevalent and relevant kalash93
** Telny from [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/81159/1/racer-and-the-geek Racer And The Geek]] certainly seems to believe this. That is, when he's not suffering the consequences when RealityEnsues.
** Serzhant Shining Armor comes off this way in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/90939/1/shell-shock/the-tower Shell Shock.]] Played for horror.
** The unnamed protagonist from [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/88520/1/welcome-to-the-brothel/das-laufhaus Welcome To The Brothel]] mixes this bizarrely with WarIsHell. On one hand, he prefers killing to sex. On the other hand, it's obvious that he's traumatized from his experiences and probably not thinking all to clearly.
** Zig-zaggedin [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/145028/bratan Bratan.]] It's a fic for Veterans' Day 2013. The characters have had their lives shaped by war, but neither of them would give up their experiences or what they have accomplished or who they have become, despite the results not all being pretty or easy to deal with. Veterans chimed in on the page confirming that this is more or less what they feel.
* ''FanFic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness'' has a strange relationship with this trope and WarIsHell. On the one hand, Thanfiction bangs the drum of how horrible the final battle will be... but on the other hand, most of the DA are quite excited by the prospect of fighting Voldemort. The story plays them up and contrasts them to Harry and company, who try to avoid the war entirely... in the favor of the children about to be slaughtered. All in all, the story's schizophrenic.
* ''Sailor Moon: Legends of Lightstorm'': Implied that the final days of the Silver Millennium were this to the Sailor Scouts. Luna and Artemis recount the Scouts' adventures as if they were something wondrous and amazing. This includes Sailor Jupiter leading her armies into battle in the Great Sky Cities of Jupiter, and Sailors Venus and Mars' "suicide" mission to the heliopause.

* ''Film/{{Glory}}''. Black soldiers, many of them former slaves, go down fighting against slavery.
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''. ''Be a Man...''
* ''Film/StarshipTroopers''. The subtext theoretically is otherwise but the text shouts of glorious war. See the article for the tangled reception this film received.
* ''Film/ThreeHundred'', in all its sadomasochistic oily pec-ed glory.
* ''Film/TheGreenBerets'', ''Sergeant York'', ''Film/{{Glory}}'', ''Film/{{Patton}}'', ''Sands of Iwo Jima'': Many WorldWarII movies, especially older ones.
* The film adaptations of ''HenryV'' (see Theater below) can't help but use this trope to some extent, Creator/LaurenceOlivier's more enthusiastically than KennethBranagh's.
* ''Film/TheLongestDay'', though, according to producer Zanuck, [[MisaimedFandom unintentionally.]]
* ''Film/ApocalypseNow:'' ColonelKilgore wholeheartedly enjoys the war: he does not flinch at bombs and bullets, and is shown heading a helicopter attack to the ''Ride of the Valkyries''. The film itself though, is [[WarIsHell anti-war]].
* ''Film/TheBigRedOne'' is the only major WorldWarII film directed by a veteran of that conflict and Samuel Fuller shows by and large that WarIsHell with little time for BandOfBrothers sentimentality and conventional wisdom. He does assert at the end, via AuthorAvatar and budding writer Zab(Keith Carradine) that,
--> ''"I'm gonna dedicate my book to those who shot but didn't get shot, because it's about survivors. And surviving is the only glory in war, [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids if you know what I mean.]]"
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' [[note]]Like ''Film/StarshipTroopers'', it is also seen as a WarIsHell movie, given the brutal actions of the protagonists.[[/note]]
* ''Film/BlackHawkDown'': Generally discussed as a anti-war film, there is a strong positive side. Both the book and film depict the horror of the mission but also the extraordinary success and tenacity of the Americans in completing the raid: less than two hundred men engage in a firefight with several thousand Somalis kill 1,000 of them, even with serious problems in command and control hindering the raid.
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' films. It's right there in the title. The enemies are dehumanized (faceless stormtroopers or mindless droids) and portrayed as evil. The Rebels are ragtag bunch of heroes and the Empire as an evil oppressive regime. In any case, all battle scenes in the series are played for action and excitement.
* The infamous ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' has [[EvilOverlord Shao Khan]] saying, "Earth is under attack, and [[PunctuatedForEmphasis It! Is! GLORIOUS!]]" This is also the sequel that amped up the FanService to the detriment of the plot or good filmmaking.
* Discussed in ''Film/BuffaloSoldiers''. War may be hell, but waiting around as a US soldier on a military base in West Germany with nothing to do is nearly as bad. When one of the soldiers is beaten up for walking on the wrong part of the base, he points out how his father's war friends are the best of friends, how they still meet up every year, even 45 years later (the films is incidentally set against the fall of the wall).
* ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion'' is ''made'' of this trope, with pretty much every character (be they UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt, the Raisuli or the [[ColonelBadass Marine Captain]]) eager for armed conflict. Topped off by the Captain's comment:
--> ''"Gentlemen, if we fail and are killed, I certainly hope that the world *does* go to war!"''
* ''[[Film/NinthCompany 9th Company]]'', a Russian film about UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan, has a character who mixes this with a dash of MadArtist:
--> ''"There was an artist called Michelangelo during the Renaissance. He was asked once how he worked. He simply said, “I take a stone and chip off all the unnecessary bits.” Got it? Beauty is something without unnecessary bits, without any rubbish. In war, there is only life and death, nothing unnecessary. War itself is beauty."''
* Parodied in ''Film/HotShotsPartDeux''. After Harbinger heroically kills a bunch of enemy soldiers, he turns to the camera with a grin and says, "War: It's ''faaann-tastic!''" This comes mere minutes after Harbinger reveals himself to be a ShellShockedVeteran, unable to continue killing... until Topper gives him a RousingSpeech.
* In ''Film/HussarBallad'', a Russian musical comedy, every main character would agree that the only real glory comes from fighting in the war.

* Tennyson's ''The Charge Of The Light Brigade''. Like many works it's not a simple glorification of war. Tennyson notes horrible and worthless war can be, while simultaneously praising the soldiers. He certainly draws attention to the casualties suffered. Compared to his ''The Charge Of The Heavy Brigade'' (about another action in the same battle), ''Light Brigade'' is downright bitter. Nevertheless Kipling was moved to deconstruct the work in his sequel, ''The Last of the Light Brigade''.
* ''Lays Of Ancient Rome'' By Sir Thomas Macaulay. For instance:
-->Thine Roman is the Pilum
-->Roman the sword is thine
-->The even trench, the bristling mound
-->The legion's ordered line
* This is a very common trope in older American war stories. It lasted about through 1900 and ''The Four Feathers'', before ''The Red Badge of Courage'' became the TropeCodifier for WarIsHell.
* [[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker German philosopher]] Oswald Spengler claimed this in his (non-fiction) book ''Literature/TheDeclineOfTheWest''.
* Creator/FriedrichNietzsche Inverted, subverted, deconstructed, and then played this trope straight. He was critical of war in one sense, and especially for how it was used and abused by the state for petty reasons, but he regards conflict (in a general sense) as the great mover of history and ideas, and the fount of creativity. He also saw war as a way that a broken society might find renewed purpose, though he notes that a healthy society has no need for war. He admires numerous men who were soldiers and conquerors like UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar, Caesre Borgia, UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte and Alexander the Great, and frequently invoked war imagery in his writings especially when he was attacking someone (ie. more often than not). He is strongly opposed to pacifism and in ''Thus Spoke Zarathustra'' seemed to change his mind about war and praise it, or at least praise warriors. In his insane period he declared that Germany would fall shortly due to its war-making; he was dead on right. In other words- inconclusive.
* Parodied in the third chapter of Voltaire's ''Literature/{{Candide}}'':
-->Nothing could have been more splendid, brilliant, smart or orderly than the two armies. The trumpets, fifes, oboes, drums and cannons produced a harmony whose equal was never heard in hell. First the cannons laid low about six thousand men on each side, then rifle fire removed from the best of worlds about nine or ten thousand scoundrels who had been infesting its surface. The bayonet was also the sufficient reason for the death of several thousand men. The total may well have risen to thirty thousand souls. Candide, trembling like a philosopher, hid himself as best he could during this heroic carnage.
* ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'', as written by Heinlein. Unlike in the film version, Heinlein's pro-military message isn't undercut with any ''Franchise/{{Robocop}}''-style over-the-top TV commercials.
* ''Literature/ChaosWalking'' "War. At last."
* Horace was not being sarcastic when he said, "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori." (it is sweet and right to die for the fatherland). Wilfred Owen, who fought in WWI, took the line and threw it back in [[SubvertedTrope Horace's face]].
* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', the Alethi are a ProudWarriorRace who preach this message, even claiming that valorous warriors who die in battle will join the fight to retake Heaven in the afterlife. Part of it is the basic problem of nobles not understanding what it's like down in the trenches, but there's also the fact that the Alethi are stricken with the "Thrill," a bloodlust that drives them to fight and contest, especially in real battle. It lets them ignore the horrors of war, even when they're right in front of their faces.
* ''Literature/StormOfSteel'': Whereas most accounts of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI emphasize the pointlessness and horror of the fighting, Ernst Jünger takes a different approach, treating it almost as a boys' own adventure, but without ever glorifying the war or flinching away from the violence and terror.


[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* Pretty much every one-off bad guy ever ( and most of the recurring ones) on ''XenaWarriorPrincess'', and Xena herself before her redemption.
* The Shadows from ''Series/BabylonFive'' believe this is true as part of their philosophy that growth is driven by conflict. They use agents like Morden to tempt people into making [[DealWithTheDevil deals]] after asking them [[ArmorPiercingQuestion "What do you want?"]] that ultimately lead to war.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Family of Blood", one of the Family mocks the headmaster for instilling patriotic fervor in his students, knowing that a terrible war will occur in the near future. He asks the headmaster whether his students will be grateful to him for teaching them that war is glorious while they are dying in the mud. The headmaster angrily retorts that he knows WarIsHell, being a veteran himself, but he's still willing to fight for King and Country.
* The [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy national]] [[PlanetOfHats philosophy]] of [[Franchise/StarTrek Klingons.]]

* Every other song by Music/{{Manowar}} (just look at the band's name). Look at "Call to Arms":
-->Fight for the kingdom bound for glory\\
Armed with a heart of steel\\
I swear by the brothers who stand before me\\
To no man shall I kneel\\
Their blood is upon my steel
** Similarly, Hammerfall is just Manowar with even ''MORE'' fantastical elements. While Manowar has a 'low fantasy' barbarian theme Hammerfall [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em0GSw4qIFQ has a clanky]] KnightTemplar Sword Brethren theme.\\
Chorus linked above for instance:
--> Here we stand\\
Mighty, Glorious\\
At the end of the Rainbow\\
With gold in our haa~aaa~aaands\\
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWmMgHsbxUA and next we have]] (note that there's also a minor inversion earlier on, as well, but primarily they're on the glory side)\\
Riders of the storm\\
one with the wind, defenders of creation\\
Riders of the storm\\
aligned with the sun\\
Speak the word of Nemesis\\
Call for thunder call for rain\\
Let us meet our Genesis\\
Save us from the unholy pain
* Every other song by Music/BalSagoth. Look at "The Splendour of a Thousand Swords Gleaming Beneath the Blazon of the Hyperborean Empire":
-->Hearken, the clarion is upon the winds,\\
now the call to arms is upon us all.\\
The glory of battle is nigh at last.\\
Our banner shall fly this day in victory!\\
My warriors, a legacy shall this day be wrought by our blades.\\
Decreed by the gods, blessed by the blood of vanquished foes.\\
Our destiny beckons...
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCrnF844_ww March of Cambeadth]] is probably one of the most jovial sounding. (On the album, it's bracketed by a sad ballad about leaving your sweetheart for battle and a lament of PyrrhicVictory, but as "Cambreadth" is by far Alexander's most famous work, this escapes most people's notice.)
* Satirically invoked and played for all the laughs the trope is worth by Music/TomLehrer whenever deemed in/appropriate.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrbv40ENU_o I'm off to drop the bomb]]'' is prehaps his most triumphant example.
* Music/{{Nightwish}} plays it straight...
--> Warrior with power along the path\\
A hammerheart, his gallantry to last\\
Rhythm of sirens, enemies take heed\\
For in this war, laws are in silent sleep[[note]]Nightquest[[/note]]
** ... and [[WarIsHell inverts]] it:
--> Death is the winner in any war\\
Nothing noble in dying for your religion\\
For your country\\
For ideology, for faith\\
For another man?\\
I see all those [[InfantImmortality empty]] [[AvertedTrope cradles]]\\
and wonder if mankind will ever change.[[note]]Song Of Myself[[/note]]
* "Invincible" by Music/PatBenatar, the theme song for the 1985 movie Film/TheLegendOfBillieJean.
--> We can't afford to be innocent\\
Stand up and face the enemy\\
It's a do or die situation\\
We will be invincible
* Music/{{GWAR}} literally lives this trope.
* "Indestructible" by the band Music/{{Disturbed}} from the 2008 album of the same name.
--> Every broken enemy will know\\
That their opponent had to be invincible\\
Take a last look around while you're alive\\
I'm an indestructible master of war
** Their song "Warrior" definitely qualifies as well.
* The controversial "Smoke On The Water" by country pioneer RedFoley, at the top of the folk record charts for 13 weeks in 1944 with a very cheerful tune about turning Japan into a graveyard.
--> There'll be smoke on the water\\
On the land and the sea\\
When our army and navy overtakes the enemy
* Music/JagPanzer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AIBocJ-sJ0 spans both medieval]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_8keWcCQXg high-tech warfare]], and glorifies both deliciously as their name might imply. Warning: May [[HotBlooded cause your heart to explode]] due to sheer manliness. Even Patton might have trouble withstanding this assault.
-->On the battlefield we fight with all our might\\
Valour and honour is our right\\
The bloody battlefield where men and sons have tried\\
To stand for what is good and what is right\\
Only the steel will win the day\\
Cold sword of the brave (Cold is the blade)\\
Pure hearts bring us to truth\\
Is it the heart of the brave\\
Or the cold of the blade\\
and for the second
-->Upon reaching altitude earth seems so small below\\
Silent, invisible black death from above\\
Laser guided, automated, precise computer control\\
The enemy blind and unprotected\\
Pinpoint accuracy certain death sent down below\\
No mercy, no regret for the unknowing foe
* "This Is War" from the 2009 album of the same name by Music/ThirtySecondsToMars. It is a very upbeat song giving it an enthusiastic feeling though the lyrics aren't perfectly clear one way or the other.
-->I do believe in the light\\
Raise your hands into the sky\\
The fight is done, the war is won\\
Lift your hands toward the sun
* Pick an ''Music/AmonAmarth'' song. Pretty much any one.
* The National Anthem of Mexico is actually a Call to Arms Warsong. Jaime Nunó wrote the lyrics thinking about the glory of the battle and the honor of dying in the defense of the nation. Francisco González Bocanegra's military music just adds points to it. Just read the main chorus:
-->Mexicans, at the cry of war,\\
Make ready the Steel and the bridle;\\
And may the Earth trembles at its center,\\
at the resounding roar of the cannon.
** You can check the rest [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8T9g7memUk here.]]
* Music/{{Sabaton}} mixes this up with WarIsHell, writing as they do about real warfare. "To Hell and Back" takes the Tennyson approach - while lamenting the costs of war, it also makes a point to glorify the soldiers who went into the fire.
-->Bright, a white light, if there'd be any glory in war
-->Let it rest, on men like him, '''who went to hell and came back!'''

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* Myth/NorseMythology. Norsemen ''loved'' it BloodierAndGorier. So much that what we call WarIsHell would be considered by them to be war is glorious.
* Myth/GreekMythology.
** Special attention to Athena though. Beyond being the goddess of wisdom, she was considered the goddess of strategy and the Greeks (at least the Athenians) granted her the glorious aspects of war to her. The WarIsHell aspects went to her brother, Ares.
* Even the pacifistic religions sometimes to have this in their backstory. Several examples pop up in the early books of Literature/TheBible.

[[folder:Tabletop games]]
* The Clans in ''Tabletopgame/{{BattleTech}}'' hold this view, at least in regards to ritualized combat. Their [[ProudWarriorRace entire society]] is based around stomping around, shooting each other in HumongousMecha in organized battles. However, they do not extend the attitude to ''actual'' war, which they are not very good at, as being a good warrior ([[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking and thus, in charge]]), doesn't necessarily make a good commander, strategist, or make one good at logistics. Further, their peace-time conflicts are heavily ritualized, with plenty of HonorBeforeReason. Applying their standards of ritual combat to ''actual'' war tends to turn out badly for them when up against [[CombatPragmatist more pragmatic]] foes.
** Also a common attitude found in the Draconis Combine, which isn't a big surprise since they're basically {{Samurai}} [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!!!]] with a traditional belief in their UsefulNotes/{{manifest destiny}} to eventually conquer everybody else.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': "In the grim darkness of the future, there is only war..." [[WorldOfBadass And awesome]]. Even the lowly [[RedShirtArmy Imperial Guard]] are sometimes depicted as having a good time, or at least "winning glory and honor".
* This is what Tempus, the main GodOfWar in the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' is about, and he takes measures to ensure that is what he remains about (specifically, he is involved in a DivineConflict in which he overmatches the other side to a nearly ridiculous degree -- but while he could easily smash Garagos, he doesn't ''want'' to pick up Garagos' portfolios of bloodlust and destruction).

* William Shakespeare's ''Theatre/HenryV'' is this trope in its purest form.
-->We few, we happy few, we BandOfBrothers;
-->For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
-->Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
-->This day shall gentle his condition:
-->And gentlemen in England now a-bed
-->Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
-->And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
-->That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
* In ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}'', the number "Glory" is entirely about glorifying war. The aftermath proves a bit sobering, however.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', war is not only glorious, but ''funny'' [[IncrediblyLamePun as hell]], given all the people involved in the Gravel War (which as more of a MobWar between two extremely rich brothers that control thousands of corporations and outfit their mercenary armies in hats) are [[CrazyAwesome eccentric nutcases]] [[WorldOfHam who love yelling and swearing]] regardless of their backstories and nationalities.
* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series is notable in that while its creators clearly do not have this outlook, many of its characters do which often leads to many DoNotDoThisCoolThing moments.
* The [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Mandalorians]] in ''Franchise/StarWars'' view wars this way. The rest of the galaxy would disagree. Ironic, since they were the ones who lost the Mandalorian Wars.
* The Shadow-Mirrors in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance'' and ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Original Generation]]'' held this philosophy proudly, as in their world, the lack of war causes humans to become lazy and non-progressive thus they decided to have as much war as possible, because therein lies human evolution and progress.
* The Thraddash in ''VideoGame/StarControlII'' are a parody of this trope ([[ProudWarriorRaceGuy among other things]] ), what with them considering never-ending fighting a viable social scheme and seeing no problem with their species having blasted themselves back to Stone Age several times over.
-->"This doesn't really count as news, Teacher but War is truly magnificent, isn't it? The gut wrenching sight of molten warships! The boiling blood of depressurized soldiers! [[BloodKnight I just love it]]!... Don't you?
** The K'tang Kattori in Star Control III tricked into attacking '''''THEMSELVES''''' ForTheEvulz and enjoying every minute of it. (But they'll still be pissed at you afterwards, because you took them away from their primary goal of attacking you.) They're also prone to bouts of [[TalkativeLoon malapropisms and Bushisms]] as they were uplifted from barbarian battlers with napoleon complexes (They were the smallest things on their planet but they still killed the crap out of everything [[WeHaveReserves with acceptable losses]] here and there. Their power armour is just for show, they're really the size of Daleks without it. It is implied they were on the verge of extinction because their wars were growing so consuming, when the Ploxis came and taught them how to use spaceships. Now they are in no danger of of extinction (or running out of things to shoot at) [[ApocalypseHow because look at all those muthabucking targets out in space man]]!!! They are by far one of the funnest alien races to speak with in the game. On another amusing note to any VideoGame/DynastyWarriors fans, they tend to sound a little bit like Meng Huo, especially when flustered.
* Reconstructed in ''VideoGame/StarcraftII''. As Raynor says, some things are just worth fighting for.
--> Mengsk: War is coming. With all its glory... and all its horror.
* The traditionalist [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy krogan]] in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' hold this belief, though there are plenty of krogan either [[WarIsHell disillusioned]] or at least [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch far-sighted enough]] to know that war is idiotic while still [[DepopulationBomb limited by the genophage.]] Some krogan did feel that the Genophage had reduced some krogans to DeathSeeker types.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' most sensible characters view [[WarIsHell war very negatively]], however King Cailan is eager to fight the Darkspawn because he's heard all the stories of the Grey Wardens' glorious victories.[[spoiler:.. he dies fairly ignobly in the first few hours of the game, himself and his entire army betrayed by his own general Loghain.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Homefront}}'' -- although it portrays war as [[WarIsHell horrible, inhumane, and with even the "good guys" committing horrible atrocities]], it also portrays the rebellion against North Korea as ''completely'' necessary and justified.
* This is the mentality of Apollyon, the primary villain of ''VideoGame/ForHonor''. After a thousand years of war, the knights, samurai, and Vikings have begun to seek peace. Apollyon finds this disgusting and leads her Blackstone Legion in a campaign to incite war between the factions once again so that the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy "wolves"]] among them will be freed to do what they were meant to do.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Cotton Hill from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' and his fellow VFW members holds this view to a degree, always bragging about how he killed "fiddy men" during WWII and talking about his war experiences that may or may not have happened. This eventually comes to a head when the VFW has to include Vietnam vets in order to stay afloat, with the old guard fondly remembering their WWII days and mocking the [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD-addled Vietnam vets]] for losing the war until they snap and try to kill them.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The entire nation of North Korea has been so focused preparing for an invasion against South Korea that it's hard to imagine if the nation can survive peacefully.
* The dominating belief in Europe throughout the Middle Ages, probably because war was a near-constant occurrence and wasn't nearly as bad as dying from illness or any other such cause that was common at the time. If a warrior ever found himself in a time of peace it was common for them to still fight in tournaments, which were often as bloody as a real battle, just to give them the illusion of fighting a war. There were, of course, subversions, condemnations of it from monks and historians.
** The nature of society and warfare at the time also lent itself to this. For the elites who played a large role in shaping societal culture, armor and ransoms created a semblance (justified to a degree) of invincibility. Lack of literacy meant the infantry who made up the majority of soldiers could not record the horrors they experienced, and lack of effective medical treatment meant most of the maimed (and losers) would not live to tell their tale. Furthermore, elite young people had far more power than they do today, as birth had far more weight relative to experience than it now does, causing a bias toward action, and a lack of wisdom and experience in peaceful resolutions.
* Some may argue that the purpose of physical sports (Gladiator fights, races, jousts, football, you name it) is to simulate the glory of war without all the horror.
* This was one of the key tenets of [[http://www.italianfuturism.org/manifestos/foundingmanifesto/ the Futurist Movement]] of the early 20th century. WorldWarOne cured most of them of that notion.
** For a good number of them, it cured them of the notion in much the same way that a guillotine cures a sinus infection.
* Given that it drew a great deal of philosophical inspiration from futurism (see above), this is one of the cornerstones of fascist thought. In fascism, war is a purifying force, turning boys into men and purging the world of weakness by killing off undesirables. Unlike most philosophical utopias which strive for peace, an ideal fascist society is therefore defined by constant warfare, keeping the MasterRace strong and vital and rooting out any impurities that might develop. Needless to say, this doesn't work so well in real life - the diaries of German generals during the last days of WorldWarII contain a lot of grumbling about how Hitler's constant lust for violence had ground through their best troops and left only the traumatised, the broken, and the completely unready.
** Constant drain on human capital aside, war is insanely expensive. Even the USA, with double the usual first-world percentage of GDP tied up in military spending (5%), wasn't able to just shrug off the costs of two such minor conflicts as Iraq and Afghanistan. Then again, they didn't exactly help their debt situation when they ''cut'' taxes right when they had to start spending money in such a huge way.
* During the WorldWarII, WinstonChurchill attempted to stir a similar sentiment with his speeches, particularly before and during the Battle of Britain when the UnitedKingdom stood well and truly alone[[note]] [[http://youtu.be/6Y9f8849Geo?t=32s Except for India, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa]] - who between them had half again Britain's industry and (bar India, who dwarfed them all by more than 5:1) population]][[/note]] against [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler's]] UsefulNotes/NaziGermany. He was well aware that WarIsHell, but war was the only way to bring on a glorious dawn and awaken the world from the Axis nightmare.
-->'''Churchill:''' Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, "This was their finest hour."
** Conversely, Hitler himself [[TheSocialDarwinist believed in a much darker version of this]]. To him, war was a noble crucible for races and civilisations. Winning a war meant your race had proved it's worth and won honour and glory, as well as full right to the conquered people's land and resources. Losing a war meant your race was weak and deserved whatever fate befell them. By 1945, when it was obvious that the Germans had lost, Hitler gave the order to implement scorched earth policies on German soil, not just to deny the Allies the use of German infrastructure, but [[YouHaveFailedMe also to punish the German people for losing "his" war]]. [[PragmaticVillainy Thankfully, saner heads prevailed in most cases]].
* Political hawks are usually accused of thinking this way and believing that war is a good thing in itself - rather than an evil thing which can (when directed with the utmost care) result in overall/net good.