The various warriors featured in the show:


[[folder: Tropes about Season 1 warriors]]
Appeared in the first episode fighting against the Gladiator.
* AnAxeToGrind: Well, it's actually a tomahawk.
* BadassBoast: Fierce, scalp-taking master of death.
* BadassNative
* KnifeNut: the expert showed that some Apaches are able to carry 20 KNIVES.
* LickingTheBlade: Licks the blood of his knife after the battle.

!![[GladiatorGames Gladiator]]
* BadassBoast: Crowd thrilling killer of ancient Rome.
* BloodSport
* CripplingOverspecialisation: [[spoiler:The Gladiator's lack of armour and specialised weapons mean he loses to the more versatile Apache.]]
* PowerFist: The Cestus and Scissor.
* SufferTheSlings: One of his weapons.
* ProngsOfPoseidon: Uses the trident & net as a mid-range weapon.

!![[{{Samurai}} Samurai]]
* BadassBoast: Japan's lightning-fast dealer of death.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Their experts certainly thought so. The katana was said to be a "two body blade", as it [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin cut through two whole pig carcasses.]]
** That said they actually gave the edge to the Vikings axe in that category.
* BladeOnAStick: The Naginata.
* CarryABigStick: The Kanabo.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: The plucky little Japanese dude goes around with a gigantic club and can swing it for good.
* [[JidaiGeki Sengoku Period]]: The test was based on the samurai of this time frame, fighting more on foot than on horseback and wearing more practical gusoku type armor rather than a heavy and complex o-yoroi.

* ArmorIsUseless: Averted. Katana does nothing against chain mail. Unless, of course, you ''thrust'' with it.
* AnAxeToGrind
* BadassBoast: The battle-crazed berserker who terrorized Europe.
* HornyVikings: Averted. This is a realistic depiction.
* ShieldsAreUseless: Viking shield fails to withstand kanabo strike.

* BadassBoast: The battlefield butcher from ancient Greece.
* EliteArmy: As one of the smallest armies in Greece, their military power was second only to the Athenian Navy.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: One of the most noted things about the Spartans are how well their shields stand up against attacks. [[spoiler: the Ninja had no weapons that could destroy the shield and the massive Samurai kanabo needed multiple hits to do any damage, even then it would at most just dent the shield.]]
* ShieldBash: [[spoiler:The most effective weapon against the Ninja, as the shield is so massive that the Ninja had few options in dodging, blocking or parrying it. The Samurai could also be killed by the shield, though it wasn't as relatively effective since the Samurai's armor was so strong.]]
* TheSpartanWay: [[CaptainObvious Trope Namers.]]
* UsefulNotes/GrecoPersianWars
* UsefulNotes/ThePeloponnesianWar: Although most people know them from the Persian Wars, this was where they were most militarily successful and historically important.

* BadassBoast: The legendary master of death from Japan.
* CombatPragmatist: Mentioned by the experts, but rather lacking of it on screen.
* EyeScream: The main purpose of the glass eggs.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Sadly. He never seems to seriously try to go stealthy during the simulated battle, and near the entirety of his offensive is full frontal.
* PoisonedWeapons: The blowgun anyways.
* ScreamingWarrior: Which unfortunately for him gives out his position before a potentially finishing attack InTheBack.

* BadassBoast: Murderous killer of the high seas.
* BoomHeadshot: The pirate does this at the end of the re-enactment, removing the Knight's visor and blasting him right between the eyes with his pistol.
* StuffBlowingUp: The first warrior (on the series, that is) to use an explosive weapon - in this case, a primitive grenade.
* UsefulNotes/WarOfTheSpanishSuccession: Many pirates of the type and period described on the show were veterans of this war, either as naval officers/sailors or privateers.

!![[KnightInShiningArmor Knight]]
* BadassBoast: Sword-wielding slayer of the medieval age.
* UsefulNotes/TheHundredYearsWar: Based on the info given at the beginning of the episode, the Knight would have fought here.
* RockBeatsLaser: [[spoiler: Averted. The pirate's more advanced technology (read: gunpowder) is cited as the reason the knight lost the matchup.]]

The Sicilian crime family who flourished in the 1920s New York. Appeared first in Episode 5 fighting against the Yakuza.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Molotov Cocktail turned out to be one in the fight.
* BoringButPractical: The baseball bat may not have been the flashiest weapon (especially compared to the Yakuza's [[FightingWithChucks nunchaku]]), but it was perfectly legal to carry, and pretty effective, too. [[spoiler: A smart swing from one of the experts visibly snapped several of a test pig's vertebrae.]]
* BadassBoast: Deadly enforcers on the mean streets of New York.
* ImprovisedWeaponUser: Two of their weapons are [[BatterUp baseball bat]] and icepick.
* TheMafia: [[CaptainObvious Of course]].
* MoreDakka: Their firearms.
* TheRoaringTwenties: Is from this time frame.

* BadassBoast: Cruel warlords of Japan's underworld.
* DualWielding: With the Sai.
* FightingWithChucks
** [[spoiler: AwesomeButImpractical: In comparison to the Mafia's baseball bat, which won against it in the simulation.]]
* TheForties: Specifically the post-WWII period in Japan
* {{Yakuza}}: [[CaptainObvious Of course]].
* {{Yubitsume}}: The show goes into depth about the ritual and the reasoning behind it.

!!Green Beret
* BadassBoast: One of America's most elite soldiers, fighting the fiercest battles.
* UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar: Gained their reputation here.
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar
* UsefulNotes/GulfWar: The technology and tactics displayed on the show were those of GBs from around roughly this time.
* TheWarOnTerror

* BadassArmy: The show takes great pains to show off just how hardcore these guys are.
* BadassBoast: Top secret commandos, the spearhead of the Russian army.
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar
* UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionofAfghanistan: The version of Spetznaz that were highlighted on the show were roughly from this time period.
* TrainingFromHell

!!Shaolin Monk
* BadassBoast: The ultimate kung-fu killing machine from China.
* BareFistedMonk: Averted, but they still used their martial arts skill in the fight.
* TheStoic
* SwissArmyWeapon: The Twin Hooks, described as four killing tools in one.
* ThouShallNotKill: Unless in self-defense.
* UnderdogsNeverLose: [[spoiler:Went into the final confrontation with three of the four 'edges' going against him, and then won by a very large margin.]]
* WarriorMonk: Of course.

!!Maori Warrior
* BadassBoast: Fierce, unforgiving slayer of the south seas.
* BadassNative
* DanceBattler: Well, they started their fights with a war dance, in any case...
* ImAHumanitarian
* UnderdogsNeverLose: [[spoiler:Fell prey to this against the Shaolin, having three of four edges against him but still losing quite badly. A big reason for this is his lack of armour.]]

!!William Wallace
* BadassBoast: The legendary Scottish rebel who led a bloodthirsty army of Highlanders against the mighty English empire.
* DropTheHammer
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* HeroesPreferSwords: And in this Scottish Hero's case a...
** {{BFS}} called the Claymore.
* MightyGlacier: The sheer size of his Claymore and his access to chainmail slows him down compared to the unarmoured and more agile Shaka/ [[spoiler:Wallace still wins.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: His war against the English was essentially this, according to the experts.
--> [[AscendedExtra Kieran Elliot]]: "[William Wallace] married a lovely girl, and the English murdered her, and that's when he just went ''off the rails''..." (Cue SkywardScream, cut to Wallace kicking ass)
* ViolentGlaswegian

!! UsefulNotes/ShakaZulu
* AnAxeToGrind: Boasts a smaller one that actually proves to be one of Zulu's better weapons.
* BadassBoast: The fierce African warlord who built a Zulu army that killed two million enemies and transformed a continent.
* BladeOnAStick: The Ikwla spear, so named for the sound it made while stabbing someone and being removed.
* FragileSpeedster: Lightly armored but quicker in comparison to William Wallace. [[spoiler:It doesn't end well for him.]]
* HistoricalDomainCharacter

!!Irish Republican Army
* BadassBoast: Unstoppable urban guerrilas, who waged a bloody, savage war for Irish independence.
* FireBreathingWeapon: The LPO-50 flamethrower.
* LaResistance
* MadBomber: Their nail bombs are one of their key advantages, and they really seem to like using them.
* UsefulNotes/TheTroubles
* [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters Your Freedom Fighters Are Our Terrorists]]: These episodes were never screened in Britain... Funny, that. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And let's leave it there]], ''please''.

* BadassBoast: Hardline religious extremists who back their beliefs with bullets.
* UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionofAfghanistan: Many of them "made their bones" resisting this.
* UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror

[[folder: Tropes about Season 2 warriors]]
!![[{{SWATTeam}} SWAT]]
* BadassBoast: The elite special forces of US law enforcement who take on the country's most dangerous police missions.
* SWATTeam: Goes without saying

* BadassBoast: The top-secret paramilitary arm of the German police known as the most lethal counter-terrorism squad in the world.
* BadassCrew: What the GSG-9 are trained to be; they completed their first ever deployment in under 7 minutes with no civilian casualties.
* TheWarOnTerror: It could be argued that they were the first elite force specifically designed for it.
* SWATTeam: The German counter-terrorist elite forces.

!!UsefulNotes/AttilaTheHun (and his Huns)
* BadassBoast: The notorious barbarian horseman who terrorized and ravaged the European continent.
* TheConqueror
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* HorseArcher
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Attila's mid range weapon, the lasso. However, he may have been onto something, as, with the proper timing and aim, one could cause a hangman's fracture.

!!UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat (and Macedonian Hoplites)
* AGodAmI: The Oracle of Delphi told him he was the son of a God.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Gastraphetes was a ''huge'' crossbow that certainly did damage when it hit its mark, but its insanely long reload time (1+ minute per shot) severely limited its effectiveness.
* BadassBoast: The warrior king, whose brutal tactics carved out one of the largest empires in history.
* [[TheConqueror The Great Conqueror]]
* HeroesPreferSwords: and his is the Kopis.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* TheMagnificent

!!Jesse James (and the James-Younger Gang)
* BadassBoast: The vicious outlaw whose bloody crime sprees made him the most famous bank robber in America.
* BigDamnHero: Frank James in the battle.
* GunsAkimbo: The Colt Revolvers are always wielded one in each hand.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar: Took part as a guerrilla in Missouri. Half of his weapons on the show were designed for this war as well.
* TrueCompanions: James' gang is portrayed as this; J.W. Wiseman, one of his experts, had this to offer about them.
--> "The James Gang worked as a democracy. They looked out for each other. They took care of you and you took care of them.

!!UsefulNotes/AlCapone (and the Chicago Outfit)
* ATeamFiring: Having a Thompson does that.
* BadassBoast: The ruthless gangster whose criminal empire bloodied the streets of Depression-era Chicago.
* BadBoss
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* MoreDakka
* TheDon: Of the Chicago Outfit
* TheMafia: The best known and most famous leader of the Chicago Outfit. Sam Giancana is the only one who can come even ''close'' to making this "arguable".
* SinisterSwitchblade: His gang's close-range weapon is a "stilleto."
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: Erroneously claimed to be a veteran of this war. Also, half of his weapons on the show were specifically designed with this war in mind.

!!Aztec Jaguar
* BadassBoast: Swift moving slayer of the ancient Mexican empire.
* BadassNative
* HumanSacrifice: The Jaguars were the cornerstone of the Aztec's sacrifice business, being responsible for the capture and execution of victims.
* {{Mayincatec}}

* BadassBoast: Ferocious barbarian of Central Africa.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Just take a look at the design of their weapons. "It's a symbol of masculinity!"
* DarkestAfrica
* FragileSpeedster: The Azande wore little armor and the Kube shield was one of the most frail shields on the entire show, but because of their lightweight tools and experience as hunters and fighters on the African plains they were fast runners. Even the Jaguar Warrior, who are also known for their speed, are only on par with the Azande.
* ImAHumanitarian: Invoked and subverted. They pretended to be cannibals to terrorize their enemies, but were just faking it.

!![[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Viet Cong]]
* BadassBoast: The ragtag guerilla force that took the U.S. military head on, and won the Vietnam War
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Punji stakes, which are sharpened bamboo covered in human feces.
* LesserOfTwoEvils: Despite being communist terrorists and having a history of committing warcrimes, the Viet Cong pale in comparison to their explicitly genocidal enemy; the Waffen-SS.
* UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar

!![[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi Waffen-SS]]
* BadassBoast: The fanatical shock troops who led Adolf Hitler's evil charge for world domination.
* FireBreathingWeapon: The Flammenwerfer 41.
* StateSec: There's a reason they're the trope image.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII

!![[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire Roman Centurion]]
* BadassBoast: The killer commander whose brutal assaults led Rome to conquer the world.
* UsefulNotes/JewishRevolts
* UsefulNotes/PunicWars: The Roman Centurion highlighted on the show came much later than this, though.

* AwesomeButImpractical: The aara; [[spoiler: which was deemed capable of grisly lacerations, but ended up getting zero kills in the sim. It was entirely ineffective against the Centurion's armour]].
* BadassBoast: India's menacing martial arts master who defeated enemies with a diabolical arsenal designed to kill.
* {{BFS}}: The Khanda.
* RingsOfDeath: The Chakrams.
* WhipSword: The Aara.

!![[RuthlessModernPirates Somali Pirates]]
* BadassBoast: Africa's deadly new breed of high seas hijackers who make millions holdings merchant ships hostage.
* EnemyMine: The ships fishing in the waters of Somalia were a common enemy for people who once fought each other in the Somali Civil War, from fishermen who spent their lives in the water to militiamen who knew guns.
* MoreDakka
* RuthlessModernPirates

!![[TheCartel Medellin Cartel]]
* BadassBoast: Colombia's killer drug lords who built the world's largest cocaine empire.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: At the height of their power, the Cartel made up to $65 million a day; they put it to good use by paying off government officials.
* TheCartel: Of course.
* TheDon: PabloEscobar appears in the fight.
* MoreDakka

!!Persian Immortal:
* AwesomeButImpractical: Played with via the chariot scythes. They look nice, and [[spoiler: tore through two pig carcasses, but was deemed to lack true killing power and lost the edge to the Celt's burda club. However, it still got over 100 kills]].
* BadassBoast: The precision killer in a massive war machine who forged the largest empire the Middle East has ever seen.
* EliteMooks
* TheEmpire: Because history is written by the winners, and they were imperial troops.
* SpikedWheels: What the Immortals' chariots become with the scythes attached.
* UsefulNotes/GrecoPersianWars

* BadassBoast: The savage, war-loving barbarian from 400 BC who dominated Europe through brute force and raw fighting skills.
* {{BFS}}: The Celtic Longsword.
* FightingIrish: The Ur Example.
* UsefulNotes/PunicWars: ''Loads'' of these guys fought in these wars.
* ViolentGlaswegian: [[{{Scotireland}} Also]] The Ur Example

* BadassBoast: Communist Russia's secret police, whose reign of terror left nations marred with blood.
* DirtyCommunists
* SecretPolice
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar

* BadassBoast: America's elite corps of espionage artists, fighting an undercover war around the globe.
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar

* AxCrazy: Allegedly, not only did he kill babies, and forced the parents to eat the corpse, but he dunked his bread in the blood of his enemies.
* BadassBoast: The medieval Romanian prince whose insatiable thirst for blood inspired the legend of Dracula.
* HandCannon: Vlad's special weapon is literally called this.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: His favorite form of execution.
* {{Irony}}: The same Turks who beat and tortured Vlad when he was a child fell by his hand when he was an adult.
* TheMagnificent: in format, though it also doubles as a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast name to run away from really fast]]
* UsefulNotes/TheFallOfConstantinople: Lived around this time and in the region, and was famous in his lifetime for successfully fighting against the very same sultan who took the city.
** He actually was present at the battle, although he was more interested in eliminating some contenders for his throne than anything else.

!![[Literature/TheArtOfWar Sun Tzu]]
* BadassBoast: The ruthless Chinese warmonger who revolutionary "Art of War" led to the massacre of millions.
** Which laps into CriticalResearchFailure as anyone who's read the book knows that he states that war is only meant to be have as a last resort and to obtain the least amount of deaths as possible. Of course, [[GeneralRipper Other Chinese commanders who weren't as humane]] would use his tactics and kill, literally, millions. Quick trivia quiz: What was the bloodiest(in terms of lost lives) war to occur in the first half of the 1860s? It's not what you [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar probably think.]] (However, China's Tai Ping Rebellion, which started a decade prior to the US Civil War and lasted until 1864, had a death toll almost 20 times that of the American Civil War.)
* BigBookOfWar: TheArtOfWar, which has, according to the show, been called The Bible of Battle Tactics.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* TheStrategist

!!Ming Warrior
* BadassBoast: The merciless 14th century weapons innovators who launched China's greatest dynasty.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: The Nest of Bees.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: ''The Nest of Bees''.

* BadassBoast: The king's ruthless personal guard and fierce defenders of France's borders.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: The representatives like to avert this trope and portray the Musketeers as classy gentlemen and superb soldiers. [[spoiler:[[CurbStompBattle They're right]].]]
* StateSec: Yes, they did exist. The French Musketeers (the kind examined on the show) was divided into two branches: one worked to guard the king, the other for the cardinal.
** Making them also an example of a PraetorianGuard.
* UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar

* BadassBoast: The born-in-the-saddle killers who terrorized the 18th century American plains.
* HorseArcher
* InjunCountry: Protecting their lands is often described as one of the reasons why they fight.

* BadassBoast: The vicious Asian horse warriors who used pure savagery to conquer more territory in the 13th century than any empire in history.
* BladeOnAStick: The Glaive.
* HorseArcher

!!Navy SEAL
* BadassBoast: America's amphibious special force, trained to neutralize any enemy, any time, anywhere.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous
* UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar
* UsefulNotes/GulfWar
* TheWarOnTerror

!!Israeli Commando
* BadassBoast: Israel's top secret assassins, who fend off terrorists dedicated to destroying the Jewish nation.
* BadassIsraeli: [[CaptainObvious Do we really need to say it]]?
* UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict

[[folder: Tropes about Season 3 warriors]]
* AssKickingEqualsAuthority: Became the first American President
* BadassBoast: The American hero who against all odds, defeated the mighty British army.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* LargeAndInCharge: The leader of the continental army, listed at 6'3", about 200 pounds - bigger than today's average American male, practically a giant in the late 18th century.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Scattershot, the poor soldier's grapeshot
* TheStoic: [[spoiler: After winning, George calmly cleans his sword and stares off into the horizon.]]
* UsefulNotes/SevenYearsWar: Washington made his warmaking bones in this war.
* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution

* BadassBoast: The bloodthirsty French emperor whose maniacal dream was to conquer the world.
* BaitAndSwitch: His tactic that earned him the victory at the Battle of Austerlitz: fool the Prussians into thinking he and the Grande Armee were surrendering, luring them onto the hill Napoleon and his men were just on; then, obliterate the present forces when a dense fog overcame the area.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkey: Averted. [[spoiler: Even though he lost, it was a difference of 60 battles out of 5000, the second-closest margin of defeat throughout all three seasons.]]
* TheConqueror
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Grapeshot
* TheNapoleon: The experts mentioned how 5'6" was normal height for a European man of that time period but he comes off looking like this anyway because he's paired with the freakishly tall Washington and his own taller-than-average bodyguards.

* ActionGirl: At the age of 17, Joan led the entire French army to win the Hundred Years War; without her, a British victory would've been inevitable.
* BadassBoast: The teenage French fighter whose battlefield heroics defeated England's superior army and ended the Hundred Years War.
* FanservicePack: In the game, she suddenly upgrades a couple cup sizes, gets a [[FormFittingWardrobe form-fitting breastplate]], and [[CombatStilettos marches around in heels]].
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* UsefulNotes/TheHundredYearsWar
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Greatly outsized by William the Conqueror.
* ThouShaltNotKill: In RealLife, she actually did not personally fight, but rather held on to the flag to keep herself from killing.
** WoundedGazelleWarcry: How she managed to be LittleMissBadass while adhering to ThouShaltNotKill.

!!William the Conqueror
* BadassBoast: The daring and deadly French duke who crushed his English enemies and crowned himself king.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Edward the Confessor promised William that he would be the next Duke of Normandy. After Edward's death, when William found out that the new duke became the son of Edward's advisor, William felt that he was betrayed and started a campaign against Harold.
* EyeScream: How William used his crossbow to kill Harold.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* IHaveManyNames: Also known as Duke William of Normandy, and William [[BastardBastard the Bastard]] before earning the one above in becoming King William I of England.
* LargeAndInCharge
* TheMagnificent: He actually gets this treatment twice (see IHaveManyNames above) and one of them just so happens to be TheConqueror, which he is also.
* RockBeatsLaser: [[spoiler:{{Averted|Trope}}. William ''loses'' to Joan of Arc because his equipment is no match for a teenage girl equipped with weapons and armour literally centuries ahead of him. He puts up a good fight though.]]
* WouldHitAGirl: He is momentarily surprised to find himself fighting a teenage girl, but it doesn't stop him.

!!U.S. Army Rangers
* BadassBoast: "America's premiere light infantry division who would lead a massive counter attack."
* {{Eagleland}}
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous
* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution: Not directly, but as explained on the show, they're based on Rogers's Rangers.
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar
* UsefulNotes/GulfWar
* TheWarOnTerror
* UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar: The situation described on the show would technically be a continuation of this.

!!North Korean Special Operations Force
* BadassBoast: "Extremist super-commandos poised to launch a communist invasion of South Korea."
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar
* DirtyCommunists
* UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar: Technically, the situation described on the show would go here.
* {{Seppuku}}: Ok, they're Korean, not Japanese, and it is with guns by someone else, but the crucial elements of being Asian and making a big deal about submitting to their own deaths for honour are there.
* TheSpartanWay: The only "modern" army in the show that made a point of using this trope. Many KPA's were drafted in their early teens.
* YellowPeril: The show clearly doesn't want to be racist, but it can't exactly afford to make them out as the good guys either.

!![[UsefulNotes/PunicWars Hannibal]]
* AmbiguouslyBrown
* BeastOfBattle: The War Elephant.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* UsefulNotes/PunicWars
* TheUnfettered: His army is getting to Rome one way or another. That is the bottom line.

* AwesomeMcCoolname: His birth name "Temujin" roughly translates to "ComicBook/IronMan".
* TheConqueror
* EnemyMine: The tribes located throughout central Asia were all at war with one another prior to Genghis uniting them.
* GetBackHereBoss: He had a fondness for goading his enemies this way.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* NeckSnap: His grapple kill in the second game ends with his opponent's neck being broken.

!!Saddam Hussein
* ColdBloodedTorture: Acid Baths
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Since he died in 2003, apparently.
* MarkedBullet: According to one of his generals, his personal pistol had the words "هدية من الرئيس صدام حسين"[[note]]"[[BondOneLiner A gift from the president, Saddam Hussein]]"[[/note]] inscribed on the slide.
* SanityHasAdvantages: Or at least relative sanity anyways. His higher psychological health compared to [[AxeCrazy Pol Pot]] was considered an X-factor advantage.
* SuppressedRage: He ''completely'' flips out when his car gets shot up, but he's able to reel it back in a minute later
* Iran-IraqWar
* UsefulNotes/GulfWar
* TheWarOnTerror

!!Pol Pot
* AxCrazy
* ChildSoldier: Pol Pot himself led the Khmer Rouge as an adult, but it was mentioned that the average age of his soldiers was 16.
* ColdBloodedTorture: ElectricTorture
* YoureInsane: The show made it abundantly clear just how gonzo this guys plan was.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter

!!Theodore Roosevelt
* BadAssMustache
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled[=/=]DoNotGoGentle: To paraphrase his own words, "better to do the wrong thing than nothing at all".
** AttackAttackAttack: The aforementioned "wrong thing".
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* GatlingGood: Uses the TropeNamer. [[spoiler: Barely manages to win the fight for Roosevelt.]]
* GoodOldFisticuffs: UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt was a golden gloves boxer in his younger days.
* NiceHat
* [[spoiler: UnderdogsNeverLose: Most of the x-factors were against him and even most of his weapons and tactics were rated lower than his opponent, yet he still came out on top.]]
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: Tried to enlist in this, but was turned down by President Woodrow Wilson; partly due to his advanced age, and partly for political reasons. At least two of his sons fought in it though, with one getting killed.
* VocalDissonance: His [[spoiler:victory cry]] is notably less energetic and fierce than every other warrior we've seen. This carries over from real life: he was actually a soft-spoken man with a rather posh speech pattern and an oddly-squeaky voice.

!!Lawrence of Arabia
* TheChessmaster
* GoingNative: And the Arabs ''loved'' him for it.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* GatlingGood: Actually a Vicker's. [[spoiler: Just, you know, not as good as a proper Gatling Gun.]]
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI

!!Ivan the Terrible
* AGodAmI: Believes he is the ArchangelMichael.
* AnAxeToGrind
* AxeCrazy
* BadassBoast: Russia's sadistic sixteenth century Tsar, who's murderous death squads built Europe's largest empire of its time.
* BadBoss: [[spoiler:Used one of his own soldiers as a [[BulletproofHumanShield meat shield]] and shoved another off a horse so he could ride it]] during the sim.
* ColdBloodedTorture: With such variety and such a hands on approach as to be his own TortureTechnician
* TheConqueror
* ForTheEvulz: During the sim he doesn't let Cortez's attack stop him from torturing and killing a peasant.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* HuskyRusskie: The show hedges its bets at 6-foot even, and some accounts add at least three inches
* KnightTemplar
* TheMagnificent
* PowerBornOfMadness: How else does a 51 year old man with a bad back kill his healthy adult son?
* SanityHasAdvantages: This is [[spoiler:played straight]] in Hernan Cortes VS Ivan the Terrible, and is one of the biggest reasons why Ivan [[spoiler:lost the fight]].

* BadassBoast: The brutal Spanish explorer, whose conquistadors conquered the largest empire in North America of the sixteenth century.
* ColdBloodedTorture: His methods are simple compared to the others, but effective
* [[TheConqueror The Conquistador]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He looked positively disgusted when he saw Ivan torturing and killing a random peasant.
* GoldFever: At the end of his match against Ivan, [[spoiler: Cortes helps himself to the Tsar's purse after killing him.]]
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: His stated motive.
* SanityHasAdvantages: This is [[spoiler:played straight]] in Hernan Cortes VS Ivan the Terrible, and is one of the biggest reasons why Cortes [[spoiler:won the fight]].
* TheSociopath: He was stated by the experts to display signs of psychopathy.
* SwissArmyWeapon: The Alabarda has a pike on top for thrusting, a hook on the back for dismounting mounted opponents/pulling invaders off ladders, and an axe head for cutting.

!!Crazy Horse
* [[DoomedHometown Doomed Homeland]]: Crazy Horse's ongoing motivation.
** RoaringRampageOfRevenge
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* InjunCountry

!!Pancho Villa
* BadAssMustache
* {{Bandito}}
* HandicappedBadass: Pancho Villa had his hands crippled by arthritis. He was still able to use guns with them [[spoiler: and win the battle.]]
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* JustLikeRobinHood: "Robbing from the rich" and all that, according to the show.
* LaResistance: One of the more well-known members of UsefulNotes/TheMexicanRevolution.
* MagnificentMustachesOfMexico: Villa's is very famous, but one of the experts had a mustache that was particularly magnificent.
* NiceHat
* UsefulNotes/TheMexicanRevolution
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: His sister being attacked by a wealthy landowner is what set him off.
** RapeAsBackstory[=/=]RapeAsDrama: A possible interpretation of his sister being attacked.

!!French Foreign Legion
* LegionOfLostSouls
** ArmyOfThievesAndWhores: They love to portray themselves as this
** UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades: They still exist today
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII

* KukrisAreKool: One of their signature weapons.
* UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII

* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Nobody was expecting a fantasy creature to appear in Deadliest Warrior.
* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler:Technically lost the fight, but then the vampire gets infected...]]
* OhCrap: Cited as an actual X-Factor. They are physically incapable of feeling any human emotions, such as fear.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: [[Film/LivingDeadSeries Romero version, more or less.]]
* TheVirus: Stated as the reason the zombies need to feed on living flesh is to pass this on.
* ZergRush: Their primary tactic is to swarm and overwhelm the opponent by sheer numbers. This is why they decided to pit an entire horde of almost-200 zombies vs 3 vampires. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]
* ZombieApocalypse

* GenreBlindness: What's the first thing to do in a zombie attack? Split up! There is no way this can possibly go wrong.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Nobody was expecting a fantasy creature to appear in Deadliest Warrior.
* LastStand: Sort of. [[spoiler:The final vampire can't escape because the sun is rising, and thus has to fight back against the remaining horde of Zombies.]] Does it end well? [[spoiler:Yes.]]
* [[spoiler: NiceJobFixingItVillain]]: [[spoiler: If those 189 zombies were the extent of the zombie outbreak then the three vampires may have saved the world a ZombieApocalypse.]]
* OhCrap: Cited as an actual X-Factor. As powerful as they are, they are still capable of feeling human emotions, like fear. Sure enough, the vampires [[spoiler:freeze up, stare, and then retreat upon seeing a comrade get torn to pieces and then eaten.]]
* OneManArmy: A fair fight was considered near 200 zombies vs. 3 vampires because one on one the vampires would win every time thanks to being able to OneHitKill zombies thanks to their superior strength. [[spoiler:The vampires ''win''.]]
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The ''ComicBook/ThirtyDaysOfNight'' version.
* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler:Technically won the fight, but then infection starts to set. Though the experts couldn't decide on rather becoming a Zombie Vampire was this trope or CursedWithAwesome.]]
** [[spoiler:Probably the first. The resulting zombie-vampire would still have the vampire's weakness to sunlight but not the brains to avoid it, so would last until it tried to chase something in the dawning day. Final score: double KO. Which is probably for the best from mankind's perspective.]]
* RiseFromYourGrave: Three vampires rise up from their coffins as soon as the fight begins.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Followed it in regards to the female vampire.

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!!Geoff Desmoulin
* AwesomeMcCoolname: ''His middle name is Thor.''
* GeniusBruiser: Obviously well-built former soldier, knows his way around a gun, karate black belt... also has a degree in biomedical engineering.
* LargeHam
* TheMcCoy: He's absolutely ''ecstatic'' when the weapons start tearing up mannequins, and the way he describes setting up and using his data collection tools is "playing with my toys".
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Canadian forces veteran, EMT, biomedical engineer, black belt, and Ph.D.

!!Max Geiger
* CoolShades: A pretty enviable pair of aviators, often seen whenever the group ventures outside.
* TeenGenius: Implied to have been this, given his young age (23 at Season One's start) and obvious aptitude and experience with computers.

!!Doctor Armand Dorian
* CaptainObvious: Often when one of the experts goes to town on one of their test targets with a weapon.
* TheMedic: When he wasn't at the show, he was usually at the Los Angeles emergency room saving lives.
* NiceGuy
* TheSpock: He's definitely the most stoic of the trio, and his measure of a weapon basically boils down to "which one would I rather not be hit with, and which one is less taxing were I to use it for myself?"

!!Richard "Mack" Machowicz
* BaldOfAwesome
* TheKirk: While he doesn't get quite as worked up as Geoff, he's definitely more animated than Armand. On top of that, his main role on the judges panel is to bring a more grounded, hands-on perspective to the weapons that the engineer and medic simply aren't as trained for.

!!Robert Daly