Archived Army

Monster Mash is fun and all, but it's just a little too cheesy. Hey, we've got all these colorful historical figures, why not throw them all together as a Quirky Miniboss Squad?

Justified in different ways: They could be simulacra, clones, or magically reanimated. Or brought forward in time. Related to History's Crime Wave, Jury of the Damned and Stupid Jetpack Hitler.

See also Army of the Ages, for fighting forces composed of warriors from different eras who aren't famous figures.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Read or Die: The I-Jin are all made up of famous figures from the past, most notably Ludwig van Beethoven. They're cloned.
  • Fate/stay night and its prequel is pretty much the mythological version of this, although some (like Gilles de Rais and Alexander the Great) were historical people.
    • With some exceptions, the heroes summoned were all real people at some point. Their appearance and personality may change based on perceptions, however.
  • Samurai Deeper Kyo's concept.
  • Drifters has this on both sides at a crapsack fantasy world - the good guys summoned there at the verge of death while the bad guys were those who historically died tragically.
  • Nobunagun has the E-Genes, the essence of famous figures ranging from Jack the Ripper to Oda Nobunaga to Mahatma Ghandi extracted at the point of death. Certain people in the present day have inherited these E-Genes and are able to draw out powers based on them (guns for Nobunaga, an axe for Geronimo, gravity control for Isaac Newton, etc.), while also communing with their spirit from time to time.

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    Live Action TV 
  • Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Savage Curtain". The Hero team is Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Abraham Lincoln and Surak of Vulcan. The Villain team is Genghis Khan, the Klingon Kahless, Colonel Green and the Mad Scientist Zora. Everyone except Kirk and Spock are actually alien rock creatures masquerading as humanoids.
  • Red Dwarf: The episode "Meltdown" features a war between the greatest and the worst people in history (technically, robot duplicates thereof, from a now-abandoned theme park).
  • One episode of Lois and Clark involved clones of Al Capone, as well as Bonnie and Clyde.

    Tabletop RPG 
  • In the Gamescience adventure "The Future King", Doc Holliday, Nostradamus, Bruce Lee, Harald Hardraada, Owen Glendower and Cyrano de Bergerac are gathered together to find and wake King Arthur.

    Video Games 
  • If you stretch it a bit, this is basically the concept of the Warriors Orochi series - bringing together legendary warriors from China's Three Kingdoms Period, others from Japan's Warring States Era, and a few guys from mythology for good measure - just so Orochi can have a decent challenge. Certainly, a teamup of Masamune Date, Lu Bu and Sun Wukong invokes the same sort of feeling...
  • The Fallout 3 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.
  • In The Legend of Zelda spin-off game Hyrule Warriors, Time Travel lets an incarnation of Link and Zelda battle alongside heroes (and villains) from the Era of the Hero of Time, the Era of Twilight, and the Era of the Sky. The developers have said it's basically Zelda's version of The Avengers.
  • Toukiden has Mitama, the spirits of heroes devoured by oni across the ages that have been freed by Slayers. Slayers can commune with these spirits to gain special powers and the Player Character has the uniquenote  power of communing with a very large number of them.

    Western Animation