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->'''Barbarian:''' Conan! What is best in life?\\
'''Conan:''' To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their women.
-->-- ''Film/{{Conan the Barbarian|1982}}''
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A specific subtrope of BloodKnight, the Proud Warrior Race Guy seeks battle and bloodshed because his culture teaches that [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority doing so is the greatest source of personal honor]] and {{glory|Seeker}}. This [[PlanetOfHats Proud Warrior Race]] will often be based on [[FantasyCounterpartCulture one of several real world cultures]] who are perceived to have acted this way, such as the {{Samurai}}, [[Film/ThreeHundred Spartans]], [[HornyVikings Vikings]], and [[HordesFromTheEast Mongols]]. They are often a MartyrdomCulture. The Proud Warrior Race Guy is almost always a hero. If evil, he will probably be the WorthyOpponent.

"Proud", in this case, often means "Psychopathically Violent". Critiques of this position will be met with: "[[CultureJustifiesAnything You do]] ''[[CultureJustifiesAnything not]]'' [[CultureJustifiesAnything understand]]". May occasionally overlap with the AlwaysChaoticEvil race, though the two are usually differentiated by the Proud Warrior having a strict Code of Honor (which may include [[DebtDetester paying debts]], [[UndyingLoyalty loyalty to companions and officers]], and [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen fighting with honor]]), while the ChaoticEvil race has no real rules and does cowardly or underhanded things. If the Code of Honor is [[BlueAndOrangeMorality too alien for humans to understand]], or [[OfThePeople too xenophobic to allow cooperation]], then the heroes will treat the two groups as the same. The better sort of Code of Honor will enforce WouldNotShootACivilian, although often because civilians are dismissed as too weak and cowardly to be good fighters, and so they get passed over in the search for worthy enemies.

While most commonly seen in science fiction programs in the guise of RubberForeheadAliens, the Proud Warrior Race Guy is not limited to that genre. Consider Hawk in ''Spenser For Hire'', B.A. in ''Series/TheATeam'', and Tonto in ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'' or Kato in ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet''. This trope currently tends to be limited to SF because applying it to human races really skirts the bounds of current racial sensitivities. You don't see a lot of the NobleSavage anymore either, except as alien races, for the same reason.

Species that are essentially [[IntelligentGerbil aliens based on predatory animals]], such as the CatFolk often found in many ScienceFiction works, are also apt to be of this type.

A variation on this is the Proud ''{{Soldier|VsWarrior}}'' Race – a more low-key version more like the modern military rather than a warrior culture, with more focus on drilling and discipline than just strength at arms. These guys have a tendency to be more technologically advanced and more focused on expansion than conquest – they don't see the harm in [[CombatPragmatist dishonorable tactics]], but they're [[NecessaryEvil pragmatic, not ruthless]]; The Proud Soldier Race Guy isn't likely to cause any more harm than absolutely necessary to get what he wants.

There are, in fact, a number of HumansThroughAlienEyes-type works where humans ''[[HumansAreWarriors are]]'' the Proud Warrior Race (there is also a significant portion of these works in which the aliens ''see'' us that way, regardless of whether or not it's actually ''true'').

See also BloodKnight and BarbarianTribe. See WarriorPoet for what happens when the Proud Warrior Race Guy becomes more developed. Often is fond of being InHarmsWay, and is a GlorySeeker wanting to be FamedInStory. They often are of the mistaken belief that this means they have a BadassArmy, but often are [[TheWorfEffect proven wrong]]. May be from a MartyrdomCulture. Frequently crossed with or has strong elements of the NobleSavage. Being a culture singularly focused on the warrior way, anyone performing non-warrior roles frequently suffer from KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect.

Also compare ProudScholarRaceGuy and ProudMerchantRace for different [[PlanetOfHats kinds of hats]] a species can wear.

If humanity is portrayed as the ProudWarriorRace, it's HumansAreWarriors.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/DragonBallZ'':
** The Saiyans (of whom Vegeta and Goku are the only pure-blooded survivors). Their instinct to fight in addition to their incredible natural strength, ability to transform into giant apes under a full moon, and, later in the series, their power to become Super Saiyans, makes them hugely dangerous and feudal; though Vegeta, the Prince of all Saiyans (as he is very quick to point out), seems under the impression that he's the last of a race of noble, honourable warriors that lived by their strength alone. Goku and half-Saiyans like Goten and Trunks have less of an idea of honour but retain the Saiyan fighting instinct. In the former's case, Vegeta hints the Saiyan sense of honour is inherent in pure-blooded Saiyans since Goku knows nothing of Saiyan culture, and still would've rather died (or gave up the fight) than achieve victory over an opponent by eating a senzu to win.
** Averted by Gohan, who is half-Saiyan (and very powerful) but doesn't really enjoy fighting as much as other Saiyans. He doesn't much bother with training unless he anticipates having to fight a villain. Despite being one of the most intelligent characters in the series, he's too GenreBlind to realize there will ''always'' be another villain to fight.
** Also averted with Gohan's grandmother, Gine. She was born a pacifistic among the Saiyans.
** [[spoiler: Averted yet again by the Saiyans of Universe 6, who share very little of the warrior culture embraced by their Universe 7 counterparts.]]
* The Mykene from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger''. Although not all of them were warriors, these that were showed they were proud of their warlike skills and eager for using them. Also, the [[{{Robeast}} Warrior Beasts]] were made by grafting into the mechanical body of a HumongousMecha the brain of a Mykene soldier indoctrinated to fight and exterminate all non-Mykene civilizations.
* The Vegans from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' were also one race whose society revolved around fighting and war. Many commanders of the army belonged to the HonorBeforeReason school of thought and would rather [[TakingYouWithMe dying taking their enemy with them]] before admitting defeat.
* Shishio Makoto of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is this trope taken to its darkest logical conclusion; a warrior whose respect for strength is so ''absolute'' that he wishes to create a Japan where ''everyone'' has to be a warrior just to ''survive.''
* Done very well on the anime ''Anime/WolfsRain'', where the four main characters were all Proud Warrior Race Guys, but some of them had huge doubts about the whole thing -- and while some of them become [[WarriorPoet Warrior Poets]], they were very unusual ones.
* The Zentraedi race (divided into "Zentran" and "Meltran", or male and female, sides) from ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' are examples of this trope. It also serves as a bit of a deconstruction, as the the Zentraedi have no idea how to even repair their own equipment (''everyone'' is a warrior; no scientists and no engineers). This was intentional, to render them ineffective if they ever turned against their masters. Indeed, a major running theme of the series (in particular the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'') is the Zentraedi becoming "cultured" by learning how to pursue (or even simply enjoy) more peaceful pastimes.
** Klein Klan of ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' is a Worf of sorts for the Zentraedi; while she isn't a raging berserker most of the time (although after a certain event in the plot she gets rather terrifying), she is ''extremely'' proud of her heritage and generally doesn't miss a chance to remind people of Zentraedi superiority in combat and warfare whenever possible, despite being fully "cultured". Hilariously, she also suffers from some of TheWorfEffect given how often she gets a hole blown in her power armor, and, to her profound and continued annoyance, she's only about four and a half feet tall whenever she's "micronized" down to human size outside of combat.
* Technically, the Pillar Men of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'' are a proud warrior race of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], but in practice only Wamuu counts; Santana is mindlessly destructive, Esidisi is a {{Jerkass}} showoff, and Kars is power-mad.
* The Ctarl-Ctarl, the race of cat-people from ''Manga/OutlawStar'', seem to qualify, but really only Aisha Clan-clan seems to care about conquest and honor, many other members of her race are just normal workin' folks.
* The Jovians from ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' [[spoiler:are actually just a bunch of normal humans who became Proud Warrior Colony Guys, basing their society off a martial interpretation of a SuperRobot show.]] Their [[WorthyOpponent named]] [[KnightTemplar mecha]] [[BoisterousBruiser pilots]] particularly exemplify this.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the giants that come from the island of Elbaf are proud warriors in the tradition of the Vikings. The first two giants the crew meet, in fact, take this to the extreme by fighting for a century (a third their lifespan) over a quarrel they've both long forgotten purely because their honor is at stake. Also: Wiper and the other Shandian Warriors.
* [[BrokenBird Pai Thunder]] from ''Anime/{{Dangaioh}}'' initially refuses to team with NaiveEverygirl Mia Alice because she is not warrior-like. As it turns out, Pai is genetically predisposed to violence, [[spoiler: because she is really Barius, the daughter of pirate warlord The Banker. Once her father tries to force her kill one of her classmates and Mia bails her out, she accepts Mia's leadership]].
* The vampires from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' are very much a proud warrior race, to the point that Moka's father once ordered her two older sisters to fight to the death simply to measure Akuha's strength.
* The Yato Clan from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' are knows everywhere in the universe for being the strongest warrior race.
* Nouza of ''Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu'' is the strongest Knight in Darius, a fact that he throws around with great abandon. On multiple occasions, he executes his underlings for [[YouHaveFailedMe sullying the name of the Darius Knights]].
* Though all of the NationsAsPeople of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fit this to some degree (because, as stated earlier, all human cultures do), the one most resembling this trope is Germany's [[DotingParent big brother]] [[GlorySeeker Prussia]], who blatantly totes his used-to-be-empire as superior to all others, and is perfectly willing to prove it when given the chance, [[BerserkButton especially against Austria]]. As is the standard for this trope, Prussia gets horrifically beaten by [[ActionGirl Hungary]], and later he is dissolved and given to Russia.
* The werewolves in ''Manga/PrincessResurrection'' are this. To the point where they properly introduce themselves before a fight and identify their parents! "I am Riza Wildman! Daughter of the warrior Volg Wildman!" They take great offense to ANY challenge to their or their family's honor or strength. Hime even made a point of killing Risa's brother Lobo from the front because she knew a werewolf warrior getting killed from behind is considered an unbearable stain on his/her honor.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', while many civilians do exist, a large amount of youths become ninja. There doesn't seem to be a specific age-limit on being a ninja. Some clans such as the Aburame seem to make it obligatory for their members to become ninja. Most people become ninjas between eleven and thirteen, but {{Child Prodigy}}'s like Kakashi can become genin at as young as five. During the Warring Clan's era, the average life expectancy of ninjas was 30 due to the large amount of {{Child Soldier|s}} ninjas getting killed.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Starfire}} from ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' is a Proud Warrior Race Girl, in the original comic version anyway. She's sweet to most but can easily become violent. In her [[RetCon "first meeting"]] with the Titans recalled in a later episode of the [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans TV series]], she was this way too, making her "later" GenkiGirl personality seem rather puzzling, though her BloodKnight behavior does appear sometimes. WordOfGod is that Starfire in the cartoon was designed like a foreign exchange student.
* The Khunds are basically Franchise/TheDCU's [[Franchise/StarTrek Klingons.]]
* Prince Acroyear of the Acroyears, from Marvel's toy-licensed comic, ''ComicBook/{{Micronauts}}''. Worth noting because he's one of the earliest mass-market appearances of the Proud Warrior Race Guy as a stock crew member on a SpaceOpera CoolShip. It's also worth noting that he's portrayed as dark-skinned, despite otherwise-alien features -- i.e., "played by an African-American". That's not just incidental, either: a major plot point has his [[EvilAlbino albino brother]] driven to madness/evil/betrayal by his perceived inferiority.
* Wildstorm's [[ComicBook/WildCATS Zealot]] is a pretty standard (female) example of this trope. Her entire race, the Kherubim, is equal parts ProudWarriorRace and NinetiesAntiHero.
* The J'ai in Franchise/{{Superman}} and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} storyline ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'' are a alien race of savage, multi-armed warriors. They have no alternative to war because they don’t know anything else.
* In Franchise/{{Superman}}/Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} story ''Comicbook/WarWorld'', the Warzoons are an alien race to who fight and conquest is "as important as breathing". They build Warworld, a ''huge'' weapon satellite.
* Franchise/WonderWoman:
** The titular heroine is a Themysciran warrior. Amazons can vary from any level of pacifist to fighing at any provocation, but all of them (Queen Hippolyta, ComicBook/{{Wonder Girl}}s Donna and Cassandra, Lyta Trevor...) love and excel at fighting.
** Diana gets confronted by the alien Khunds in one comic, and promptly defeats them. This part tends to vary DependingOnTheWriter.
--->'''Kharhi:''' I ask, why do you imagine we would attack you, you in particular, with such a large and mighty force?\\
'''Wonder Woman:''' A test?\\
'''Kharhi:''' No. Try to think like a Khund, Destroyer.\\
'''Wonder Woman:''' As ''tribute''. To ''honor'' me.\\
'''Kharhi:''' Yes. You comprehend. Perhaps the legends are true.
** In ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' story ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'', when the troops of Darkseid raid Themyscira, the Amazons are eager to engage them.
* The concept of a proud warrior race was {{deconstructed}} with the Wolrog Empire, who appeared in a long ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' story when ''Starlord'' merged with ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD''. The Wolrogs are psychotic, vicious, cruel, sadistic, genocidal maniacs who live only for battle and death, and are feared and hated by the other races in the galaxy. They tend to kidnap innocent people to serve as captive soldiers or slaves to fuel the war effort. In the same comic, Wulf may be an example of the more noble variety.
* ComicBook/TheMightyThor and the rest of the Asgardians. Loki and Amora the Enchantress are considered cowards and deviants for using magic, dirty tricks, and deception, as they dislike fighting and only fight as a last resort.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'':
** In Marvel's early Generation 1 comics, Megatron considered himself to be one of these, as seen by his distaste for killing an easy foe like [[TheMedic Ratchet]], and in a later issue his joy at getting to kill Ratchet after the latter had learned some of the way of the warrior. Much later, in the UK story "The Fall and Rise of the Decepticon Empire", he actually refers to the Decepticons as a 'proud warrior race'.
** ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'' has turned Thundercracker into a Proud Warrior Race Guy, one who isn't very satisfied with the current state of Decepticon affairs [[spoiler:and ends up joining the Autobots.]]
* Maxima enjoys battle so much that she considers [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman her fight against Doomsday]] to be a fun time.
* ComicBook/XFactor's[=/=]ComicBook/XForce's Shatterstar is another Marvel example. [[ArtificialHuman By design]].
* Nolan and the other Viltrumites from ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' are this. The whole Viltrumite race is basically what would happen if Spartans had Superman-like superpowers.
* The Castaka clan in ''ComicBook/TheMetabarons'' are dedicated to a bushido-like code and will kill or be killed for honor. They also favor primitive weapons like swords and double-barreled pistols, especially for ritual combat.
* Marvel's Kree, Skrull, and Shi'ar empires are all like this to a greater or lesser extent. Though as shapeshifters, the Skrulls certainly see no dishonor in using deception as a tactic. The offshoot of the Skrull race known as the [[ComicBook/RomSpaceknight Dire Wraiths]] are an aversion. They're so [[CardCarryingVillain self-consciously evil]] that they would probably take any suggestion that they had honor as an ''insult.'' Understandably, the Skrulls hate them.
** The Kree mixes this trope with modern militarism and the Shi'ar are pretty much SpaceRomans.
* [[Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes Shadow Lass's]] home planet of Talok VIII.
* Deconstructed with the portrayal of one of the original real-world Proud Warrior Races in ''ComicBook/{{Three}}'', which concentrates on the Spartans' grotesque abuse of their serf class and on how the impracticality of their ideals over time led to their decline.
* The Phaedons in ''ComicBook/BadPlanet'' are another desconstructed example: large, grey humanoid aliens with [[NoNameGiven no individual names]] that [[TheNeedless don't need to eat or breath]] bred only for fighting and killing. Their constant wars among themselves left their world severely weakened and impoverished, just before an [[PlanetLooters plague of death-spiders that eat resources]] finished them off because they were.
* Orube from ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' is this, albeit being female; yet where she comes from, the planet Basiliade, males and females are trained alike in the martial arts from an early age. Orube is one of the best warriors, having been trained both in Basiliade and Kandrakar; unfortunately, her mental training hasn't been quite as effective, and she still sometimes has problems controlling her temper.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Deconstructed in the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic MLP:FiM]] fanfic ''FanFic/HeartOfGoldFeathersOfSteel''. Gilda has plenty of warrior instincts. However they do her more harm than good -- which she herself acknowledges. Similarly her father's and other griffins' insistence on following the old war-like ways is what's slowly driving the griffin tribes to extinction.
* The all-male Hell Knights, also called the Nephilim, from ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' are an entire race of these who have dedicated themselves to Maledict as an eternal warrior class. In a similar vein to Vikings, they are utterly relentless in battle, but have extremely strong -- [[BlueAndOrangeMorality and unusual]] -- honor codes.
* The soldier race variant is {{discussed}} in ''Fanfic/StrangeTimesAreUponUs'' in reference to the Breen, comparing it favorably to the Klingon approach which the Lethean gun-for-hire protagonist Brokosh has a very dim view of.
-->He’d always admired the ethos of Breen soldiers, their willingness to sacrifice for the mission, not glory. Not unlike Starfleet, come to think of it. But Starfleet didn’t share the Breens’ sheer bloody-minded military pragmatism and cold calculation.

[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
* Interestingly inverted in ''Anime/PrincessMononoke''; although Ashitaka does come from a tribe of historical proud warrior race guys, by now they just want to be left alone, and he only fights when he has to, or when his curse makes him. It's actually San, who was RaisedByWolves, who's the berserker type.

[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* In ''Film/TheCossacks'', the titular Cossacks are horrified when a man from Moscow tells them that the Tsar has made peace with the Turks, their hated enemies. Without fighting, they have nothing else to do. The Cossacks then write a deliberately insulting letter to the Turks in hopes that the Turks will attack them again.
* The title creatures in the ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'' movies. Well, they're more like Proud ''Hunter'' Race Guys. But so damn proud of hunting that they even stalk ''Franchise/{{Alien}}s'' as big game. As they become more skilled, they hunt more dangerous game. They view the Aliens as little more than deer, and use them as a RiteOfPassage, to see what young Predators are strong enough to survive. In the expanded universe of the books and comics, older Predators may attain enough honor to essentially retire from hunting. A clan leader would be exceptionally stronger and a much better fighter than any of the Predators commonly encountered in either the movies or comics. The females typically don't hunt, because they're massive -- on a similar scale to the Queen Aliens vs the warrior/drone Aliens -- and would be unlikely to encounter a species worthy of an honorable hunt.
* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'':
** The Furyan race are heavily implied to have been this.
** The Necromongers.
* The Spartans from the movie ''Film/ThreeHundred''. As in RealLife, the Spartans live for battle and dying honorably.
* The Afghan Mujahideen, and Afghans generally, from ''Film/RamboIII''. They are perfectly willing to die in battle against the Soviets, even fighting Soviet tanks and helicopters on horseback.
* One of the recurring themes of the New Zealand film (and book) ''Film/OnceWereWarriors'', about a family of modern-day Maori.
* The Warboys from ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad''. As if the name wasn't enough of a clue, they hold a sort of perverse Viking-esque code, worshipping [[BigBad Immortan Joe]] as a living god, believing in [[WarriorHeaven Valhalla]], and a penchant for combat drugs and psychotic berserker attacks. {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in that the whole point of them is to show audiences just how unhealthy and restrictive such a culture, with it's insane veneration of death and masculinity, really is, most noticeably to [[HeManWomanHater its]] [[SexSlave women]], [[SocialDarwinist but also to anyone who isn't squarely top of the heap]].

* Lots of examples in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]]:
** Chewbacca and the other Wookiees. They have customs like the [[IOweYouMyLife life-debt]] and a strict taboo against using their tree-climbing claws in a fight.
** Their main rivals (the homeworlds are in the same system), the [[LizardFolk Trandoshans]], take this to an even further degree, with an entire culture based around amassing as many points as possible by hunting and killing powerful game. Failure to do so results in all points being revoked, essentially making an individual worthless unless they manage to regain those points by revenge-killing the target that originally caused them to lose the points. This explains why so many hire themselves out as mercenaries, bounty hunters, and assassins; while most are generally violent and completely amoral, their most famous representative, the [[PsychoForHire psychopathic]] bounty hunter Bossk, takes this to a whole new level. Hunting non-sentient big game qualified for points as well, so long as it was dangerous enough to be life-threatening, but Bossk was one of many Transdoshans who specifically focused on Wookiees as prey, seeing them as the most dangerous game of all and thus worth the most points. The rare Trandoshan characters ''not'' to engage in such behavior presumably just didn't adhere to the Scorekeeper religion.
** Mandalorians subvert the trope by not always being a Race or Species. Instead they're a Warrior Culture. They were first made up of aliens called the Taung but were replaced by Rodians, Twi'leks, Zeltrons, Humans and others as Taung numbers were worn down during the Mandalorian Crusades. Humans dominated their culture by the Empire era, but members of other species are still allowed to join Mandalorian society. [[note]] If you follow their warrior code, wear the armor, and an established Mando adopts you into their clan, it's just as good as being born into it. This is a possible path for the BountyHunter in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. Mandalore the Vindicated offers to adopt the player character. Their other hat is being family-oriented; part of code involves marrying and raising children. Your spouse is of a different species? Same sex? Infertile? Well, go out there and ''adopt'' a few kids! [[/note]] As one of their historical leaders, Mandalore the Destroyer put it, Mandalorians aren't merely an army or even a race, they're an idea, and this makes the Mandalorians as a whole immortal no matter how many of their warriors fall in battle. And despite the historical enmity between the Mandalorians and the Jedi, there were examples of Jedi Knights and even a few Jedi ''Masters'' renouncing the Order to become Mandalorians over the centuries. Ironically, Humans and the Taung fought for control of Coruscant as far back as 25,000 years before the rise of the Empire. The Taung retreat from Coruscant led to the founding of Mandalorian society.
** According to Expanded Universe material, every Gungan who isn't Jar-Jar. They are mainly limited by their reliance on primitive weapons. Many Expanded Universe materials have it assumed by many other Gungans that Jar-Jar is one too; they don't realize that he's [[TheFool just bumbling his way to accidental victory, often without even knowing that he's fighting]].
** The Kaleesh, the race General Grievous belonged to.
** The [[LizardFolk Noghri]] also fit the bill. Their DeathWorld of a homeworld has turned them into apex predators and born hunters. Given their LowCultureHighTech state (they were pre-space-flight until Vader found them) and clan-based structure, honor means everything to them, and Vader has found a way to exploit it. The Noghri find the Wookiees a kindred race and understand the concept of a Life Debt quite well.
** In the expanded universe, the Zabrak (Darth Maul's race) are shown to be this. The Zabrak have some of the best hand-to-hand fighters in the galaxy, with Zabrak children learning martial arts at a young age. They are also seen by other citizens of the Galaxy as being proud, fierce, and independent.
** The Yuuzhan Vong, main villains of the Literature/NewJediOrder, are ''psychotic'' warrior race guys (especially the actual warrior caste). In fact, to die gloriously in battle is the fondest hope of most Vong warriors, because they believe that death is more important than life, and that is how their gods will judge them. Somewhat unusually, they are willing to lie and cheat to get what they want, though that is more to do with their code of honor not applying to 'infidels' (and members of the non-warrior castes are bound by much more lenient codes to begin with). There ''are'' non-warrior-caste Vong, and while they share some central tenets (strength through sacrifice, the transitory and painful nature of life, the abhorrence of machinery) the other castes tend to be just as fanatically honor-bound to pursue some other objective, such as the shapers (hat: MadScience) and the intendants (hat: bureaucracy. Fanatical bureaucracy).
** Ewoks are a proud warrior race... of Teddy Bears.
** The whole idea of the Proud Warrior Race is deconstructed by the [[Literature/XWingSeries X-Wing novel]] ''Starfighters of Adumar''. Because they are big on ritual duels to the death, the resulting high attrition means they never live long enough to [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy develop much competence]]. It's also PlayedForLaughs (as when one such duel interrupts a WillTheyOrWontThey moment). The Adumari are ''humans'', but humans can have [[PlanetOfHats hats]] too. Throughout the book Wedge finds the Adumari way of life repellent -- the only way anyone can work their way out of poverty is by putting their lives on the line, royalty can't be parents to their children, and everyone's killing each other. Now and again he says something about it -- "Are you fighting so that your family will be proud over your grave, or so they can be proud when you come home?" -- and he really gets wound up over the issue. [[spoiler: Turns out that it's really only one nation that's so obsessed with honor in combat.]]
---> '''Wedge''': Circular thinking. I'm honorable because I kill the enemy, and I kill the enemy for the honor. There's nothing there, Cheriss. Here's the truth: I kill the enemy so someone, somewhere -- probably someone I've never met and never will meet -- will be happy. [...] I told you how I lost my parents. Nothing I ever do can make up for that loss. But if I put myself in the way of people just as bad as the ones who killed my family, if I burn them down, then someone else they would have hurt gets to stay happy. That's the only honorable thing about my profession. It's not the killing. It's making the galaxy a little better.
** The Chiss are an interesting example: they manage to combine this with militant neutrality. The upshot is that every other power in the galaxy makes a pretty wide berth around Chiss space, turning it into Switzerland [[RecycledInSpace In Space!]] The Chiss consider it the height of dishonor to ever strike first, but [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant are undisputed masters of striking second]]. And they have no qualms whatsoever about manipulating a soon-to-be enemy into making their first strike ''prematurely''.
** The Echani from ''Franchise/StarWars: Literature/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' are similar to the Mandalorians except that they don't go around conquering bits of the Galaxy (naturally, both hold the other in contempt). They aren't bloodthirsty or imperial, but as [[spoiler:Brianna]]/Handmaiden will tell you, how fighting and honor permeate every aspect of their culture down to courtship rituals. In fact, they think that it's impossible to truly know a person until you've fought them, and that a life without conflict is a life of weakness--many become mercenaries or professional duelists to seek out such conflict. Politics is seen as a battlefield of words. Their methods of fighting eventually end up being used by the Emperor's elite guard.
* ''Literature/LastOfTheBreed'' gives us Major Joseph Makatozi USAF, fighter jock, test pilot, and proud Sioux warrior. If you get on his shit list, he will send you a concise note explaining the history and cultural significance of the practice of scalping. ''Written on your [[TheDragon dragon's]] scalp''. With a nice little PS at the end warning you that he's coming for yours next.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': The Calvarians, whose entire country is run like an armed camp. You have to have killed at least two people in personal combat in order to have more than one child there. In spite of that, they lean heavily towards being Proud Soldier Race Guys ([[AmazonianBeauty and Gals]]).
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels:
** Trolls ''appear'' to be a Proud Warrior Race, but are actually just durable enough that hitting each other with clubs isn't particularly harmful. When they become aware they can't do this to humans, they're usually {{Gentle Giant}}s.
** The dwarves also look like this but the truth is different. To them, a chain-mail shirt and [[NationalWeapon battle-axe]] count as ''politely dressed'' rather than ''heavily armed''.
** A twist in a different angle is also explored first in the book ''The Wee Free Men'': the title refers to the Nac Mac Feegle, six-inch high kilt-wearing blue tattooed thieves, whose swords glow blue in the presence of lawyers. They have their own sort of honor and are powerful allies, if you can understand a word they say, and are properly ''fairies'' (they guard those really nasty thistle flowers, because ''they'' need fairies too!)
** Werewolves as well; most lack the self-control to really function in society (even Angua struggles sometimes).
* Creator/TerryPratchett's non-Discworld novel, ''Literature/{{Strata}}'', gives us the paranoid but violent ''kung'', an alien race accurately described as "frightened of everything except immediate [[BerserkButton physical danger]]". The audience's representative of the race, Marco, can decapitate dragons mid-air, but otherwise lives in terror that Someone is out to get him. As another character put it, "These Northmen have a word, 'Berserker'. It was made for Marco."
%%* The Deftmene in his ''Literature/TheCarpetPeople''
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': The Rohirrim are a society of horse-breeders and cavalrymen inspired by the Anglo-Saxons. Faramir points out that while they are brave and loyal, they also love war as an end of itself, and laments that his own people, the Gondorians, have grown more like them after long association and alliance.
* Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'':
** The Kzinti are a race of giant warcats. But while the Kzinti are a warrior culture devoted to conquest, they find out the hard way that [[HumansAreWarriors humanity is much, much better at it]]. The Kzinti mainly conquer much more primitive races, and rarely fight each other in organized mass combat, so "war" isn't really something they've had much practice at.
** The Kdatlyno in the same setting are also strong candidates, with an element of [[WarriorPoet Warrior Poets]] as well.
* In the sci-fi trilogy ''Literature/TheDamned'' by Creator/AlanDeanFoster, ''humanity'' is the proud warrior race. By virtue of being the only species in the galaxy that has evolved to be able to stomach fighting and killing other sentient beings, without fainting out of horror or revulsion, humanity is freakishly strong (capable of breaking other species' bones just by swatting their hands away), enormously resilient and completely batshit crazy. So much so, in fact, that the galactic community refuses to grant humanity citizenship for centuries after co-opting them to fight in a war against the ScaryDogmaticAliens.
* Foster used this much earlier in his novelization of ''Literature/TheLastStarfighter'': one of the reasons that the Star League has to go to such lengths as hiring an interstellar ConMan to recruit from planets so primitive they aren't even on the map is that the "civilized" races have put war behind them ages ago. Those few with a talent for violence -- the Starfighters -- are considered dangerously psychotic by most of their own people.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' there are various peoples who embody different versions of this:
** The Dothraki are based on the "violent raider" image of Mongols, being expert horse archers.
** The Ironborn are a Viking-ish culture, but resemble more a pirate race than the historical Vikings.
** The wildlings have aspects of the trope, but are more anarchic in nature.
** The Northmen of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros reflect the gruff, straightforward "code of honor" aspect, whilst the southern half of Westeros embodies genteel chivalry. And then there are the Northern Mountain Clans, who are essentially are as to Northerners as Northerners are to Southerners.
** Most of Westerosi society at its core, and a lot of the DeliberateValuesDissonance comes from their pride as warriors above all else. Women, scholars, artists, and merchants, people who are valued and respected in modern times, are generally disdained because they aren't expected to be warlike, or their trades aren't directly connected to warcraft, [[KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect despite the invaluable service they can and do provide to others and society as a whole]]. Being a Proud Warrior Race also entails a very flippant attitude to war itself, as wars are started over land, wounded pride, and broken marriage contracts, with few of the instigators ever pondering on the human costs involved.
* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'':
** The armored bears in ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''. Ahem, let's rephrase that: Polar Bears that build their armor from meteorite iron. As their king put it, "War is the sea I swim in and the air I breathe."
** In the third book of the trilogy, when we meet the Gallivespians, who are a fierce and vicious assassin-race who are born with poison spurs in their heels and ride about on dragonflies, because they're all about ''six inches tall.'' It's hard to notice an assassin that's smaller than your hand.
** The Witches also show signs of this. If a Witch has the hots for you, just go with it--you'll live longer.
* [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]]'s [[Literature/TheCulture Culture]] novels:
** The Idirans. They were an aggressive warrior species which considered it their holy duty to bring order to the universe and its lesser races. They're best known for their [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiran-Culture_War 48 year war against The Culture]], which they lost.
** The Affront are like this as well, best illustrated by the fact they're proud to be called the Affront. The Affront Diplomatic Service consists entirely of the most xenophobic and violent Affronters, lest other races think they're going soft by even ''having'' a Diplomatic Service. They're basically an entire race of [[Series/{{Blackadder}} General Melchetts]], where buffoonish jollity barely masks deep-rooted sadism. Unlike the Idirans they're basically friendly to the Culture as long as there's no particular reason not to be, a friendship the Culture finds exhausting and frustrating. [[spoiler: Which is why a group of Minds form a conspiracy to encourage the Affront to declare war, so the Culture has an excuse to slap them back down.]]
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
** The Aiel, characterized as something between an {{Expy}} of ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'''s Fremen and a FantasyCounterpartCulture of various Native American groups, have constantly warred against each other for centuries. The warriors live by ''ji'e'toh'', which [[YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord in the Old Tongue]] means "honor and duty"; as an example of this code, if a warrior holding a weapon is touched without being harmed, he owes a debt of honor and must be made an indentured servant for a year and a day. The only thing that can stop an Aiel? [[spoiler:Learning that 3,000 years ago their entire culture was pacifist. Discovering this caused their race to suffer a HeroicBSOD en masse as they were forced to confront the shame of forgoing their original vows of nonviolence.]]
** The Borderlanders from the same series also qualify, though they're not as extreme about it as the Aiel. Living on the edge of [[GardenOfEvil the Great Blight]] while engaged in perpetual warfare against [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Trollocs]] and their [[HumanoidAbomination Myrddraal]] masters will do that to a culture.
* Little Bear in ''Literature/TheIndianInTheCupboard''...he ''is'' an Iroquois warrior.
* Several characters in ''Literature/WarAndPeace'', mostly because joining the army and fighting for the fatherland is seen as one of the best ways to achieve fame and glory.
* In the novel ''Literature/AgentOfTheTerranEmpire'' the protagonist Imperial secret agent Dominic Flandry is kidnapped by a race of Proud Warrior Race Guy. They sneer at him for being part of the "decadent" Empire. It takes him quite a bit of work but he winds up [[spoiler:corrupting them all into fighting a civil war over power. He points out that their whole system of honor wasn't really too embedded into the culture, otherwise he could have never convinced so many to abandon their principles when power was offered to them]].
* ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'':
** The novels were originally supposed to be about a Proud Warrior Race Guy, Wulfgar son of Beornegar of the Tribe of Elk (one of the barely-Viking-ish warrior tribes of the northern region of Faerun), captured in battle and made an indentured servant by a dwarf king. He eventually went out the way all Proud Warrior Race Guys want to -- defending friends and family from a great menace, and succeeding. [[BackFromTheDead He didn't stay dead for more than three books]] -- but that was over six years of world time.
** Drizzt himself is basically a Proud Warrior Race Guy, having grown up for around 30 years in an underground city full of vicious assassins who are trained from birth in the most efficient, vicious ways of killing living things. His homeland is, in essence, a gigantic, sadistic special forces unit (his race possess remarkable prowess in the areas of stealth and unit tactics, while at the same time possessing a huge superiority complex over all other living creatures including each other and having a vicious sadistic streak, making them more Arrogant Warrior Race Guys). It sounds like he's even more noble and sacrifice-loving than any Proud Warrior Race Guy ever, but he possesses a remarkable survival instinct and is portrayed as too badass to actually die, even when he tries self-sacrifice. [[spoiler: He does die once, in a duel to the death against his archenemy, but only for one page, not counting the year between the end of the book he dies in and the very first page of the next.]] Then we get into the Arrogant Assassin Race Guys issue, which is quite different. The drow are an example of why AlwaysChaoticEvil doesn't make for good proud warrior races -- they have no concept of honour, often even no interest in a good fight, just getting ahead at everyone else's expense at minimum cost. The way Drizzt demonstrates he's (to a small extent) learnt to think like a drow during his training is when he challenges his last remaining opponent in a free-for-all between students to an open, honourable single combat, which he knows he can win -- only to have the other step in a trap he has set up, by which Drizzt proves he wouldn't do anything so stupid as to issue an honourable challenge anymore.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': The giants are a deconstruction of the trope, since any in Britain were hunted down and killed for being so vicious, and the few who remain are quickly dying out because they keep killing each other, too. This is why the most promimnent giant in the series, Hagrid, is only ''half giant''.
* Okonkwo, from ''Literature/ThingsFallApart'', is a proud warrior race guy. Anything that doesn't involve beating someone up is womanly. Deconstructed in that he lives out his life in fear being weak and fearful, and [[spoiler: his fear of seeming weak leads him to quickly give in to society's demand that he kill his adopted son, and eventually to kill himself rather than live with the Europeans]].
* The Haruchai in ''[[Literature/ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant]]'' fit this trope to a T, what with the practice of sending their 500 best warriors to aid the Lords of the Land, replacing any who fall in battle as soon as his body is returned to his family. They also dislike the use of any weapons or magic--in the later books, [[spoiler:they decide to prevent anyone else from using Earthpower, [[KnightTemplar as such power in the hands of mortals leads only to destruction]] in their eyes.]]
* The Batu of Zadaa from ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure''. They live on a hot planet with scarce water, and hostile creatures all about. Becoming a warrior is a necessity.
* The Scylvendi from the ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' take this trope to a scary extreme. They call themselves "the People of War" or sometimes just "the People". To them, war is both the method and object of worship. Cnaiur, the main Scylvendi character, scoffs at the concept of a Holy War. To him, ''all'' war is holy.
* The Icecarls of ''Literature/TheSeventhTower''. Brought up under a warrior tradition, all their great epics and stories seem to be about people dying heroic deaths on the Ice. Tal, the protagonist, at one point thinks to himself, upon finding a skeleton in a cave, that it couldn't be an Icecarl skeleton, because it is unarmed.
* ''Literature/CodexAlera'':
** The Canim (wolf-people) and the Marat (barbarians) fit quite well.
** The Alerans themselves have a very strong martial tradition, as do the Icemen, though both of those cultures are more complex than ''just'' proud warriors. Really the only race in these books that doesn't count in any way is [[HordeOfAlienLocusts the Vord]], on account of being, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin alien locusts]].
* The Clans of ''Literature/WarriorCats'' all act like this: to fight in battle to protect one's Clan is the highest honor one can achieve. They look down on housecats (whom they refer to derisively as "kittypets") because (most) housecats are cowardly and unable to fight well. They do, however, pride themselves on honor, codified in their "Warrior Code", which [[ThouShaltNotKill forbids killing]] (even in battle, unless their enemy is willing to kill them), and tells them to help another Clan if it is in danger. Every cat, bar [=MedicineCats=] and those who are seriously disabled, is expected to become a warrior and live by the Warrior Code. Kittens start training to become warriors at six moons/months (roughly the equivalent of ten to thirteen in humans) and become full warriors at twelve moons. It used to be younger, however the Clans changed it generations ago so that fewer kits would die (though [=ShadowClan=] still uses barely-weaned kits as warriors at the start of the series due to their corrupt leader). The desire to fight is so engrained into warriors that [[spoiler:Cinderpelt, a warrior apprentice who ultimately became a medicinecat because of a [[CareerEndingInjury leg injury]], was allowed to reincarnate so that she could experience the life she truly wanted as a warrior]]. The idea that the Clans should get along is repeatedly scoffed at throughout the series.
* The Holnists from AfterTheEnd novel ''Literature/ThePostman'' by David Brin are a sort of deconstruction. Descended from the followers of a CrazySurvivalist who fancied himself an {{Ubermensch}}, the Holnists are excellent fighters and seem to have some sort of code of honor. However, the book primarily focuses on their innocent victims whose lives have been made living hells. The Holnists conquer huge swathes of territory, rape the local women and then induct them into their harems, castrate all the men who are too peaceable to have the kind of "warrior spirit" the Holnists value, and kill the men who do have a "warrior spirit" if they refuse to be inducted into Holnist society. Brin seems to be arguing that a real Proud Warrior Race Guy wouldn't be a WarriorPoet, he'd be a JerkJock.
* The [[OurOrcsAreDifferent urgals]] of the Literature/InheritanceCycle could possibly count. Their entire society and social standings are [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority based on feats of combat]], and they're certainly quite proud. They're frequently in conflict with the other races due to their violent tendencies.
* From Literature/TheRiftwarCycle:
** The Tsurani ''appear'' to be this, and it's understandable that you get this impression after reading the Riftwar novels because you really only see the outward appearance of the race. The Empire Trilogy takes you into the society itself, and it doesn't take long to learn that the "honorable warrior" culture is almost entirely subverted by the rulers and nobles of the Empire, who consider the Tsurani concept of "honor" a weapon, to be used alongside assassination, manipulation, espionage, bargaining, and all sorts of other tools in ThePlan toolbox, in order to gain an advantage.
** The Valheru also initially give the appearance of this, as the closest thing to a Valheru we meet, Tomas, is only ''half''-Valheru: his Valheru warrior nature is tempered by his human (and later Elven) cultural honor. The actual Valheru really aren't this at all, as they make no pretense of operating under a code of honor, and openly admit to serving only their own desires.
---> '''Draken-Korin:''' We are. We do. What else is there?
** The Dasati from later in the same series are this trope take to AlwaysChaoticEvil extremes. Even the [[TheLegionsOfHell Demons]] have elements of this, being both proud and warriors, though these traits in them stem less from honor and belief and more from their extremely animalistic natures.
* Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs has several:
** The Green Martians of Literature/JohnCarterOfMars are perhaps particularly notable.
--->''There are other and natural causes tending toward a diminution of population, but nothing contributes so greatly to this end as the fact that no male or female Martian is ever voluntarily without a weapon of destruction.'
** The Red, Yellow and Black Martians are the same way, as are the Orovar White Martians. The Therns and Lotharians (other White Martian races) are notable aversions, however. Not coincidentally, neither race is particularly respectable (the Therns in particular are close to AlwaysChaoticEvil).
* In the Tormenta setting, this trope is take to the natural conclusion. There is only one person left in this race, coming from others planes, the Master Arsenal. He is also the number 1 guy in the church of the god of war. And he is badass.
* David Eddings:
** ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' has several- the Arends have the KnightInShiningArmor with HonorBeforeReason as their cultural ideal (and as such, are great people to have by you in a fight, but generally shouldn't be trusted with anything requiring intelligence or subtlety); the Chereks are seagoing {{Boisterous Bruiser}}s with a strong Viking influence; the Algars are a nomadic horse-based people justly famous for their cavalry; and the Murgos, who were descended from the warrior/aristocratic caste of the original Angaraks, are an arrogant and warlike people who consider themselves to be the MasterRace.
** Atans in ''Literature/TheTamuli'' are a deconstruction: beginning as a breeding experiment within the Tamul race, they eventually became so fierce and belligerent that they had to enslave themselves to others so they wouldn't fight to self-destruction.
** The Arums in ''Literature/TheRedemptionOfAlthalus''.
%%* The Kaitrikas, from ''Literature/HellsChildren''.
%%* Alan Breck Stewart in ''Kidnapped''.
%%* ''Literature/TheActsOfCaine''. Orbek Black Knife.
%%* Creator/MarkTwain deconstructed this in [[http://www.warprayer.org/ The War Prayer]].
%%* All of the deghans and deghasses in the Literature/FarsalaTrilogy, even [[SpoiledBrat Soraya]].
%%* The ''Literature/{{Bolo}}'' are an artificially-created ProudWarriorRace... of AI ''tanks''. Really.
* ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' features two varieties in Dragaeran culture: the Dragons are militaristic and lust for conquest. The Dzur are self-styled heroes who lust for glory.
* Wolpertings in the books of Creator/WalterMoers are basically intelligent, bipedal dogs with the antlers of a deer, with enormous strength and speed, plus a fierce killer instinct. They're renowned fighters and treated with terrified respect by most of their contemporaries -- though in a curious twist, they begin life as [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter the cutest, cuddliest, most adorable creatures in the world]] and are sometimes adopted as pets and lap puppies... until they grow older and (often to their owners' surprise) begin walking on their hind legs, talking and displaying huge tempers.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': The Alethi (and to a lesser extent their neighbors the Veden) are a deconstruction. During the days of the Silver Kingdoms, they were the kingdom charged with "maintaining the terrible arts of killing" while they waited for the next [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Desolation]] to come. After the last Desolation, they were no longer needed, but they never gave up their arms. After over four and a half thousand years they degenerated into {{Blood Knight}}s fighting for no other purpose than the fighting itself. They see peace and negotiation as signs of cowardice, scoff at any masculine arts that don't directly involve killing, and spend most of their time fighting themselves in what would be considered civil war if they hadn't been doing it for so long that it had become routine.
* ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'':
** The series is stuffed to the brim with these what with Persians, Rajputs, and Axumites. In rather a subversion the most BadassArmy of them all is the Roman Army which really is not this as they are {{Combat Pragmatist}}s who put [[HonorBeforeReason reason equal to honor]] in priority. The Malwa are not particularly badass though some of their vassals are. Malwa also do not put HonorBeforeReason; however, that is because in their case, unlike everyone else, they have almost no honor at all.
** They each have a different sort of flavor to them. Rajputs are aristocratic and chivalrous and always put HonorBeforeReason. Kushans are grim and stoic. Marathas are hardy frontier folk that [[HadToBeSharp have to be sharp]] and are informal about hierarchy, though reasonably respectful. Axumites have a sort of "anti-ostentation" that resembles Sparta; not only are they modest they make a point of displaying their spartan-ness until it is an affectation in itself. And they demand vigorously that their kings be soldiers like themselves. Persians have a combination of [[HordesFromTheEast central asian wildness]] and Imperialistic splendour. Ye-Tai who serve as Malwan military police, are always savages and not particularly noble savages either but no one questions their [[VillainousValour bravery]].
* Adrian Tchaikovsky's ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheApt'' series has four variations on this theme. There are the Mantids and Dragonflies who are pure examples of this, the Weaponmasters of the Mantids doubling as {{Martial Monk}}s, The Ant and Wasp-kinden are more Proud Soldier Guys.
* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** The series has the Vor Lords of Barrayar, and the Ghem Lords of Cetaganda. So when the Cetagandans invaded Barrayar, it was a bloody mess for all involved.
** The Vors are actually a [[SubvertedTrope subversion,]] as the series demonstrates. [[GuileHero Miles Vorkosigan]] is trying to convince the [[LaResistance Marilican Resistance]] [[AvertedTrope (who are very much not Proud Warrior Race Guys)]] to continue the rebellion against Cetaganda instead of knuckling under:
--->'''Miles:''' The odds were worse for Barrayar, in its day, and they ran the Cetagandands right off. It took years, and more blood than either of you have seen in your lives combined, but they did it.\\
'''Leader:''' Barrayar had those [[BloodKnight crazy Vor warriors]]. Nuts who rushed into battle, [[DeathSeeker who liked to die]]. Marilac just doesn't have that sort of cultural tradition. We're civilized -- or we were, once....\\
'''Miles:''' [[SubvertedTrope Let me tell you about the Barrayaran Vor]]. The loonies who sought a glorious death in battle found it early on. This rapidly cleared the chain of command of the accumulated fools. [[CombatPragmatist the survivors who learned to fight dirty]], and live, and fight another day, and win, and win, and win, [[TheUnfettered and for whom nothing, not comfort, or security, not family or friends or their immortal souls, was more important than winning...]]
* The first two books of the Literature/StarTrekKlingonEmpire series show what happens when the Klingons meet another Proud Warrior Race, the Children of San-Tarah. The two get on swimmingly, with many bloody battles between them. Interestingly enough, the Klingons' more notable rivals, the Romulans, show themselves to be this in the Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse. It's a bit of an AlternateCharacterInterpretation; while the TV series (''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' onward, at least) focused on their sneaky, politically manipulative {{Chessmaster}} tendencies, the novels portray the hot-blooded warrior aspect of Romulan culture far more prominently. They certainly don't lose their {{Chessmaster}} traits, though.
** Another novel has the ''Enterprise'' visit an empire that arose from a group of Chinese colonists on a remote planet. Riker teaches the local nobles how to play poker but finds it far too easy to beat them. Then he realizes why: they never fold. When he asks them about it, they tell him that a true warrior never backs down from a fight. He then explains it in a way that makes sense to them: a good general will cut his losses and pull back his troops in order to win a battle or a war. Once they start seeing the game in this way, they get much better at it. Another local starts a rivalry with Worf and demands a duel to the death. They postpone it until the end of the book, but then they (quite sensibly) decide to settle this matter with a game of poker.
* The Andalites of ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' have a lot of these characteristics, but it seems to have evolved as their society evolved. Warriors are expected to be not only soldiers, but also [[CulturedBadass cultured]] [[WarriorPoet poets]] and [[GeniusBruiser scholars]]. It's revealed at the end of series that this is largely due to the war with the Yeerks having lasted so long. Ordinarily, Andalite warriors were supposed to put their civilian lives first, and be warriors only when needed, but the size and severity of the war with the Yeerks meant that they were always needed.
* The Zoku from ''Literature/TheQuantumThief'' are a peculiar example. They are a {{Transhuman}} upload collective completely focused on bettering themselves in all their abilities, often acting as mercenaries to this end. They utterly denounce all ideologies or codes beyond victory and increase of skill for their own sake, and call those who are guided by ideals "meme-zombies", and treat them like plague-bearers. The reason for all this is the fact that they descend directly from 21st century MMORPG raid guilds!
* In S.L. Viehl's ''Literature/{{Stardoc}}'' series, the Jorenians are a Proud CulturedWarrior Race.
* In ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles'': hammerhead goblins, tottering between this and AlwaysChaoticEvil. They are not cowards and do have some sort of code of honor (though to them, a bloodbath of unarmed innocents is just as satisfying as a worthy challenge).
* In Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]'', the Cynthians. Which is portrayed almost exclusively through their victims' eyes.
* Mercedes Lackey's [[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Shin'a'in]], and the Northern Barbarians. The Haileigh, also, although they have a more of a veneer of civilization.
* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica: First a deconstruction: a childhood spent on martial training means Kalak has no idea how to do anything more than fight and march. Then a reconstruction: "''I don’t deny that I was frightened that day. And I know that fear is unacceptable in our laws. But we all were frightened once. At the beginning of our training, we were just scared little children....Our kingdom is gone, we’d just be rovers, wanderers, nomads, vagabonds – call us what you will. I call us homeless soldiers, reduced to petty mercenaries''." That shared childhood of training makes them a unified culture.
* In Creator/CJCherryh's ''Literature/TheFadedSun'' trilogy, the humans of the Alliance initially thought that the mri were this. Actually only one caste is like that; the other two thirds of the mri are non-combatant.
* ''[[Literature/TheGrailQuest 1356]]'' presents the Scots and the Gascons as two separate subtypes.
-->'''The Black Prince:''' "Go with God, my lord, and fight like the Devil."\\
'''The Captal de Buch:''' "Even the Devil doesn't fight like a Gascon, sire."\\
The Scots, he had told King Jean, were the finest fighters in Christendom. "If indeed they are in Christendom, sire."\\
"They're Pagan?" The king had asked anxiously.\\
"No, sire, it is just that they live on the world's edge and they fight like demons [[HadToBeSharp to keep from falling off]]."
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': The Career district tributes are trained from childhood to fight and to treat the Games like a game and an honorable tournament. They usually proudly volunteer at the reapings for the opportunity to win and bring pride, honor, and of course, extra food to their district.
* ''Literature/PhoenixRising'': The Saurans, who greet each other formally with the armed bow, showing all their weapons openly. Visitors to the Sauran King's court are thoroughly checked for weapons before entering the throne room -- and if they don't have any, they are loaned some out of a collection kept for that specific purpose, because going unarmed into the King's presence would be taken as a deadly insult, implying that he would be afraid of you if you were armed.
* The Khaev in Django Wexler's ''Memories of Empire''. The Two Hundred, literally the two hundred best warriors in the entire Khaev nation.
* Rune from [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]].
* In SA Swann's Literature/{{Apotheosis}} series, Nickolai Rajastan's homeworld considers the pursuits of the warrior to be holy religious observances. Nickolai is disgusted at his need to sell his holy skills as a mercenary.
* ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse''
** The Chelonians are a heavily militarised race of hermaphroditic cyborg turtles, at least when they appear in the books -- we're told that eventually they get a more enlightened leadership and dedicate themselves to flower-arranging instead.
** ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresDeathAndDiplomacy Death and Diplomacy]]'' features a classic Proud Warrior Race ''and'' a Proud Soldier Race (and a Proud [[CityOfSpies Spy]] Race, if that were a trope), all at war with each other ... along with a theme that societies like that could never ''work'' unless someone was pulling the strings.
* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'': The Stand Stinger Society of Kyraa functions this way. They are the chiefdom's warrior caste and so they are charged with maintaining order. They enforce the decisions of the elders, patrol the desert for monsters and invaders, and have ritualized duels. [[spoiler: Tiza becomes an honorary member by winning one such duel.]]
* In the ''Literature/ParadoxTrilogy'', xith'cal have a reputation for this, due to their focus on hunting and honor. In fact, while it's generally true of male xith'cal, female xith'cal are extremely skilled scientists.
* The Ythrians of ''Literature/TechnicHistory'' are a {{Downplayed|Trope}} example. They're really no more violent or warlike than humans, in fact they're maybe less so. Make no mistake, though; concepts like honourable death and poetry in war is a big part of their societal psyche, and when they fight, they are good at it. Heck, they beat [[HumansAreWarriors us]].
* The Patryns of ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'', to better contrast their rivals [[ProudScholarRace the Sartan]]. Imprisoned in a DeathWorld millennia ago, they honed their strength, skill, and ruthlessness in order to survive and escape. Though they often come across as cold, cynical and contemptuous to outsiders, it's gradually revealed that Patryns form [[TrueCompanions extremely tight-knit familial (or quasi-familial) groups to which they will be loyal to the death]] and have strong codes of conduct governing their interactions with each other in a more general sense. Somewhat unusually, they're also a WitchSpecies, making them a Proud MagicKnight Race.
* The minotaurs from the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' saga are this to a T. They're brutal and violent, but also honourable and surprisingly [[CulturedBadass cultured]]. Perhaps best illustrated by the character of [[DefectorFromDecadence Kaz]] from ''Literature/TheLegendOfHuma'' and its follow-up ''Kaz the Minotaur'', but deconstructed in the same book when the Silver Dragon noted that if the minotaurs weren't constantly killing each other in their ritualistic duels, they'd probably have overrun the world already. It was further deconstructed by the unnamed minotaur in the short story 'Definitions of Honor', who questions whether HonorBeforeReason is truly the best way to live and ultimately [[spoiler:dies for his beliefs]].
* The Nadir in Creator/DavidGemmell's Literature/{{Drenai}} books, who live for war and, at the time period of ''Literature/{{Legend}}'', had spent most of their time engaged in inter-tribal hostilities until Ulric hammered them together into an army at swordpoint. After [[spoiler:Druss's]] death, some of the high-ranking defenders go and visit the Nadir, who are giving their fallen WorthyOpponent an honourable Nadir funeral; they abide by the terms of SacredHospitality when invoked, share drinks and stories with the leaders of their enemies, and Ulric even agrees to ensure that, when Dros Delnoch falls, [[spoiler:Rek]] is buried next to his wife rather than given a Nadir-style pyre or left for the crows.
* In Gemmell's Literature/{{Rigante}} novels, the Rigante are a culture of proud warriors inspired by the Celtic tribes of Scotland.
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
** The Teblor are a ProudWarriorRace, and Karsa starts as one of the proudest. Even as he moves away from their customs, he doesn't lose his relish for combat, though he is not averse to learning from other people and cultures as time goes on.
** The Seguleh challenge everyone whom they perceive to be a strong fighter. To rise in their society they have to challenge people who are stronger than them. If they win, they will then take that person's place. Indivitual rank is indicated by the number of marks on their masks; the fewer marks, the higher the rank.
* The Derzhi in Creator/CarolBerg's ''Literature/RaiKirah'' series, of the 'probably based on the Mongols' flavor. Their warrior braids, showing them as blooded warriors, are of high social/cultural importance, and those who do not earn them are relegated to life as underlings. At this point in their history they also have an [[TheEmpire empire]].
* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': The desert plainsmen of Ki'kartha. They've become more understanding and less hostile in recent years, in the sense that they now arrest trespassers in their land and hand them over to nearby civilized authorities rather than casually kill them as soon as they're found.
* In ''Literature/UpliftSaga'', species that can make great warriors are highly prized as candidates for uplifting, and those that don't are often heavily modified (as is the case with Jorfur, for example), and a hundred thousand years of war are bound to shape cultures irreversibly. Warrior races seem to be some of the worst to have as patrons as they're as ruthless to their clients as to their targets, and in general are quite unpleasant, no matter whether they're the honor-bound or ruthless savage type, with some of them, like the genocidal Tandu, being humanity's worst enemies. Interestingly, humans themselves, being the sole well-known "wolfling" race (ones that evolved civilization and sapience on their own rather than being uplifted) are viewed as this by many, and really enjoy playing up their perceived savagery in diplomacy and in combat.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The Dothraki live to conquer. They have no economy except gifts, tribute, and plunder, and defeat means a TraumaticHaircut. To them, any man who cannot ride is no man at all, and a dead khal is succeeded only by the strongest warrior(s) among his followers.
** The ironborn take pride in being reavers. Traditionally, they do not wear jewelry not won in battle and prefer raiding to siegecraft and seamanship to horsemanship. The Greyjoy words, "We Do Not Sow", brag that they live by plunder rather than labour. Although they're seen as the ButtMonkey of the Seven Kingdoms, they are still fearsome warriors and unparalleled in the seafaring arts, despite their other failings. Stannis even admits that individually they're the strongest warriors in Westeros, the only reason his victory over them was possible was because they're too individualistic to fight cohesively as a group.
** The wildlings believe that you take what you can get and keep what you can hold, which is why they fight each other as much as the Night's Watch and rarely present much of a threat to the Seven Kingdoms.
** From the crannogmen in the Neck to the Umbers of Last Hearth, Northmen have this reputation throughout Westeros. This was mostly taken as rumor before the War of Five Kings, as every time Northerners met an enemy outside of their homeland they repeatedly underestimate the Northerners and are crushed. This ranges from escaped wildlings from beyond the Wall to the mountain clans of the Vale to even the Lannister army. Jaime, Tywin and Varys all observe that the Northerners have shades of this and Ned's one them.
** One of the reasons Robb is respected by his fellows is because he's almost always on the frontlines with them and has ample opportunity to show his skill as a fighter to them, in contrast to most other prospective kings in the war, who rarely fight on the front lines.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Klingons generally fit this but when you come to inviduals, the picture is closer to PlayingWithATrope.
*** The importance of honor in Klingon culture changed over time. Klingons in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' and in the associated movies, who are mostly filling the role of designated Federation antagonist, aren't hesitant about winning through guile or outright deceit (the Organian peace caused direct warfare to be less of an option, in any case). The concept of an honorable warrior is a cultural ideal, not a universal cultural truth. The main source of information on Klingon society, Worf -- an orphan, raised in a radically different culture from his own, and an officer in a generally LawfulGood military -- idealizes and glorifies his original culture. Time and again, we see that Worf is a paragon of Klingon virtue. Nearly every other powerful Klingon fails to live up to that standard of honor.
*** Worf is widely considered to be the most uptight, traditional, and humorless Klingon alive. Most other Klingons are much more easygoing and rarely feel bound to follow traditions, and while they still tend to be rough and proud, they can be quite fun and welcoming people to be around. Once, when Worf's humorlessness came up, he said "Klingons do not laugh", but Guinan said that ''Klingons'' laugh plenty, it's ''Worf'' that doesn't. Some of this is because Worf was raised by human foster parents. Though they tried their best to accommodate and encourage him, it could be that his books on Klingon culture had some things wrong, or he's just trying way too hard to be "a true Klingon." (His uptight nature, at least, is later explained as a result of [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength accidentally killing a childhood friend]] during a soccer game, [[MyGreatestFailure which led him to keep his emotions on a short leash afterward]].)
*** Worf's son Alexander is also a unique example of a Klingon in that he is less of one than his father.
*** Martok and Worf's brother Kurn are one of the few truly righteous Klingon authority figures. [[spoiler: Kurn's time as a powerful Klingon is short-lived, after Gowron expels him from the High Council and essentially blacklists him. However, even afterwards, he continues to attempt to live honorably, refusing to commit suicide because of its accompanying dishonor.]]
*** Duras and Chancellor Gowron go to great lengths to prove that the Klingons are as dishonorable and sneaky as ever.
*** Subverted in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' with Klingon-human hybrid B'Elanna Torres, who thinks Klingon culture is over-rated and blames it for everything that went wrong in her life. She does however become more accepting of her heritage over the course of the series.
*** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' actually [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] and [[{{Reconstruction}} reconstructed]] this one all in the same episode. "Judgement" had Captain Archer being tried for crimes against the Klingon Empire in an homage of ''Star Trek VI'' (same courtroom set!) What set the episode apart is a lengthy discussion Archer had with his counsellor about the nature of honor and glory among Klingons. His counsellor explained that the society originally encouraged other honorable professions such as doctor, lawyer, engineer, etc., but that the culture eventually shifted towards a glory-obsessed warrior base. "Kill something, whether it be strong or weak, it didn't matter, then we go to the bar and gloat about our conquest." [[spoiler: Not only did Archer get a life sentence, the counsellor was given a short prison term for speaking out. Archer was rescued, but the counsellor stayed to serve his sentence so he could peacefully try to change the culture.]] It isn't that being a warrior is bad; it's when being a warrior becomes ''everything'' that trouble occurs.
** The Andorians are another Proud Warrior Race, and the Romulans have some shades of this (though they often balance "honor" with being sneaky, devious {{Magnificent Bastard}}s). (In the original series, the Romulans were the honour-and-glory obsessed Vikings In Space, while the Klingons were the sneaky, backstabbing bastards -- they switched characterisation for some reason between then and the Next Generation.) And as Quark observes (and Kirk once acknowledged), even humans (who insist they've outgrown all that) can get [[HumansAreWarriors downright savage]] at times. Put it this way, Trek has a ''lot'' of Proud Warrior Races.
** Ferengi:
*** Ironically, the ''Ferengi'' started out as this: before {{Flanderization}} set in, the Ferengi were portrayed as extremely greedy ''warriors'', who would have no qualms about attacking and boarding the ''Enterprise'' if they think they can make money from it. Even after {{Flanderization}}, those few Ferengi who are or have been military (Nog and Quark, respectively) are something to be feared (Quark tends to avoid battles and run whenever he can, but if he can't run... he's still a crack shot, and can break gold bricks ''bare handed''), and the novels tend to remind us that the cowardly comical Ferengi are a ''minority'', with the majority being able to kick ass whenever required.
*** It's something that's easy to forget because Quark and his family are the main Ferengi in the franchise. Seen throughout TNG (even in the ''later'' seasons) and their one-off appearances in Voyager and Enterprise, Ferengi remain villains who are to be feared because being willing to do anything for profit means ''anything.'' There is a Klingon chef on Deep Space Nine who sings and plays the accordion and is never seen with a weapon; to mistake all Ferengi for being like Quark is like mistaking all Klingons for being like [[AllThereInTheManual Kaga]]. (And like Quark, Kaga probably MinoredInAsskicking.)
*** The two-part novel ''The Left Hand of Destiny'' features a tall Ferengi named Pharh. While he's a typical profit-obsessed Ferengi, he also shows that he's willing to fight for those he considers his friends, even though he gets defensive when this is pointed out, claiming that he's only being motivated by profit. In this case, his willingness to fight by Martok's side is described by him as simply him making sure that Martok pays off the cost of Pharh's shuttle, which Martok wrecked. In the end, Pharh takes a disruptor bolt meant for Martok, and Martok honors his friend's memory in the most Ferengi way possible -- by paying off the cost of the shuttle to Pharh's family (not to mention fighting a battle in his honor).
** The Talarians, in the episode "Suddenly Human", are basically "I Can't Believe They're Not Klingons". They have similar martial traditions and concepts of honor. Interestingly, in an earlier episode, Klingon renegades were found aboard a Talarian ship. The Talarians even look like Klingons, with ridged scalps instead of foreheads.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'''s [[SuperSoldier Jem'Hadar]] also fit the bill. They exist solely to fight for the Dominion and appear to follow a code of honour; although it was never as clearly laid out for the audience as the Klingons' was, it was implied to be similar as a Jem'Hadar First who fought Worf seemed to understand him. The Jem'Hadar know their masters can be cruel, unjust and unreasonable, but -- like Klingons -- once they've given their allegiance (and they're bred from birth to give allegiance to the Founders), they ''will'' honour it.
--->'''Third''': Until we re-establish communications, we will hold this world for the Dominion.\\
'''Fifth''': And if we cannot re-establish communications?\\
'''Third''': Then we will hold this world for the Dominion... until we die.
*** Another Jem'hadar example. In "By Inferno's Light", the Jem'hadar basically line up to fight Worf in a DuelToTheDeath. He kills several of them, but once he gets to the First he is worn out and unable to win. He is knocked down time and time again, but refuses to stay down. The Jem'hadar then ''yields'' to him.
--->'''Ikat'ika''': I yield. I cannot defeat this Klingon. All I can do is kill him. And that no longer holds my interest.
** Also from ''Deep Space Nine'' are the Breen. Before the war, pretty much all that was known about them was that a Klingon armada that invaded their space was lost with no word; once allied with the Dominion, their forces were at the front of every battle by their own insistence.
** The Hirogen from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' are more of a "[[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame Proud Hunter Race]]", and the more cunning the prey, the more they enjoy the hunt. Being called "[[WorthyOpponent worthy prey]]" is the highest compliment one can receive from them.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'':
** Tyr Anasazi. Tyr is a Nietzschean, a member of a genetically modified HumanSubspecies whose ''loose'' interpretation of [[NietzscheWannabe Nietzsche]] and [[TheSocialDarwinist Darwin]] have resulted in a philosophy where they constantly fight one another on both the individual (mostly for mates) and [[TheClan Pride]] (for slaves, territory, plunder) levels. However [[CombatPragmatist survival is always their first priority]]. According to Tyr, mates and progeny (i.e. propagating one's genes) are the only thing worth seriously risking one's life for. Many Nietzschean prides cross over into AlwaysChaoticEvil territory, but it's not universal -- some could count as {{Warrior Poet}}s, others are simply living life according to a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality very alien moral code]].
** Then there's Rommie. Considering that Rommie is the MasterComputer controlling a warship which can lay waste to star systems and was built from the deck up to fight, anything else would just be silly.
* Teal'c from ''Series/StargateSG1''. It should be noted that, apart from being a WarriorPoet, Teal'c is actually extremely kind, loyal and friendly. His tough side really only comes out when he's with enemies. He even becomes ironically aware of this role as the series progresses, such as a tenth-season episode that ends with [=SG-1=] enjoying a poker game:
-->'''Teal'c:''' A true warrior... knows when to fold 'em.
* Ronon and Teyla from ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. Though they fit the attitudes of the trope, they're not exactly members of warrior races. Teyla's people are agrarian nomads, Teyla fights because she's their leader and protector. Ronon's homeworld of Sateda appears to have been roughly equivalent to middle-to-late 20th Century Earth before it was destroyed, with no real indication it was run by the military. The reason Ronon and the other surviving Satedans are so badass is simply because they were all soldiers. Likewise Ronon's comment about being taught to shoot a triple-barrelled shotgun as a child by his grandfather, if he was being serious, is not so much an indication that Satedans have a military culture, but he's just comes from a BadassFamily.
* Hawk from ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury''. He is also something of a WarriorPoet.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'':
** D'Argo (who also parodies this trope in a Season four episode by remarking, "You know, I've never put this into words... but I ''love'' shooting stuff. And I'm very good at it.")
** The powers behind ''Farscape'' encouraged Anthony Simcoe (D'Argo) to subvert this archetype at every opportunity, ''even excluding'' the various [=whacky/gay=] D'Argos from the various mind-screw episodes. D'Argo was basically an inexperienced teenage father when he was imprisoned. He consciously struggles with his own violent impulses, only ever really wanted to just earn his honor in battle and then settle down, become a farmer and grow wine. He had a sense of humor and grew to appreciate human culture, while becoming cynical of certain aspects of his own culture. He also was elected [[TheCaptain Captain of his ship]] by the last season, which acknowledged how he had outgrown his immaturity.
** Further subverts the archetype in one of the episodes in which the crew lands on earth. A police officer discovers them on Halloween however Noranti saves the day by drugging him with a powder which causes him to imagine D'Argo taking of his 'mask' to reveal the obligatory large African American (or Australian in this case).
** Furthermore, Luxans as a whole subvert one fairly standard cliche of this trope: they do not have an obsession with dying honorably in battle. They accept it as a possibility, but it seems fairly clear that, all other things being equal, they'd rather die of old age. They are overall closer to the Proud Soldier Race sub-type, since the values they seek to embody are not personal glory and deadliness but rather loyalty and self-sacrifice for the good of others.
** The [[HumanAliens Peacekeepers]] are a race of PrivateMilitaryContractors with a habit of conquering their clients. They were created by a race of {Precursors}} as guardians and have interpreted their purpose to be "peace at the muzzle of a weapon". They have no respect for "techs" as they spend all their time fixing and building weapons instead of using them. They are taught not to befriend one another or have close relations with family, and their children are taken to be raised in TheSpartanWay shortly after birth. Ex-Peacekeeper officer Aeryn Sun tends to retain many of the attitudes when not denying her heritage.
** Even John Crichton has commented on humans' battle prowess, [[spoiler: might explain why the Eidelons used them to create the Peacekeepers]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has its fair share of Proud Warrior Races.
** Most of these Proud Warrior Races are villainous (when your hero is a TechnicalPacifist, who ''else'' would his enemies be?) and are usually among the Doctor's ''least'' powerful enemies. They are almost always outmatched by ordinary human soldiers when it comes down to a straight-up fight, especially in the renewed series. Villainous examples include the Ice Warriors, Draconians, the Sycorax, and ''especially'' the Sontarans, who view everything as part of the war effect and thus take everything with military seriousness:
--->'''Strax:''' I can produce ''magnificent'' quantities of lactic fluids!
** More heroic examples include:
*** An allied Proud Warrior Race ''Girl'' in Leela, who combined this trope nicely with AmazonianBeauty.
*** King Yrcanos (played by Creator/BrianBlessed!) in the story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E2Mindwarp Mindwarp]]" is a more positive example of a Proud Warrior Race Guy than the ones listed above; he is slightly ludicrous in his constant blustering but mostly on the side of right. (But that was only because the story in question had a major case of CrapsackWorld and EvilVersusEvil: in many more optimistic ''Doctor Who'' stories Yrcanos would have been a bloodthirsty villain by comparison to nicer characters.)
* The Uvodni in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' are a subversion. It turns out that they only fought to ensure peace on their world, and the Ship's Computer lead them to beleive that the war was still going, even though it had ended ten years ago.
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'' Lorne's entire race is like this -- [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch except him,]] regarded as a disgrace for his nonviolent tendencies, lack of suicidal bravery, and a tendency to forfeit each joust.
-->'''Lorne:''' [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne I didn't run away!]] I just saw both sides of the joust.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** The Warrior Caste of the Minbari had this attitude, to some degree, especially the more fanatical ones who refused to accept the seemingly nonsensical surrender to an almost-wiped-out Earth. Of course, the war itself was somewhat nonsensical, but that was the Religious Caste's fault.
*** The Religious caste started the war, but [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone when they had second thoughts]], the Warrior Caste enthusiastically kept it going.
*** The Grey Council had just had their leader, as well as who knows how many others, killed in a particularly brutal example of culture shock. It's pretty clear that nobody was thinking clearly at the moment. It makes sense that the hidebound Grey Council would fall back on what they normally do to solve dilemmas.
*** Living in the same universe with Centauri, Narn, and now Humans (who have a [[HumansAreWarriors rather interesting history]] to say the least) let alone [[UltimateEvil the Shadows]] is not a thing that tends to make for amiable personality traits. If your mother had told you that the Evil Dark Crab Monsters would get you if you weren't good, what would you be like?
*** The Minbari Warrior Caste seemed to act in a [[HeadInTheSandManagement rather wussy]] manner during the Shadow War and let the Religious Caste do their fighting for them.
*** Though not considered canon, [[FanWank many B5 fans think the Warrior Caste, like the Clarke Administration and Emperor Cartagia's government, had been infiltrated and influenced by the Shadows]]. Even if this wasn't the case, long-standing tensions between the two castes, exacerbated by the Grey Council's controversial decision to end the war with Earth without telling the warrior caste why they were ordered to surrender at the eve of victory, go a long way toward explaining the Warrior Caste's behavior during the Shadow crisis: they felt betrayed and manipulated by the Religious Caste, and weren't about to let the same thing happen again. Instead, they focused on trying to wrestle political power away from the Religious Caste, and started a Minbari civil war in the process.
** The Narn are this, though mostly by necessity. It's mentioned in-series that before the Centauri occupied Narn, the Narn were a deeply spiritual agrarian people with some Proud Warrior traits, but that the occupation brought the Proud Warrior part of Narn culture to prominence at the expense of all others.
*** The Narn are a particularly nuanced case. Pretty much every Narn with any screen time is shown to be a fierce fighter, including and especially [[{{Ambadassador}} G'Kar]] -- but it's far from the only thing they care about, and we rarely meet any Narn with a boilerplate "stoic warrior" personality. They're not proud of being warriors because they're naturally soldierly or because it's their designated [[PlanetOfHats hat]], but because, within living memory, they shook off a 100-year occupation by the vastly technologically superior Centauri through a war of attrition, and they're not keen to let anyone forget the accomplishment or the grievance.
* Ziva David in ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' would probably count though she is probably somewhat hyperbolic: RealLife {{Badass Israeli}}s, even Mossad assassins, are probably not that flamboyant or as vain about their skills.
-->'''Eli David:''' Ziva is the sharp point of the spear, Director. Treat her well.
* ''Series/{{The 100}}'':
** The Grounders' view killing in battle as a badge of honor (a badge many of them start earning [[ChildSoldiers while they're still children]]), and seem to follow a code of honor that demands they not back down from a fight and that they ensure the dead are avenged. The standard parting words to say to a dying Grounder are "Your fight is over."
** Their leader, Lexa, is an [[AvertedTrope aversion]]. She's not shy about going to war, but she views it merely as a means to an end; if she can achieve her goals by making an alliance with her enemies, rather than fighting them, she'll gladly do so.
* There are some indications that the [[HumanAliens Castithans]] in ''Series/{{Defiance}}'' are, in part, this. Viceroy Mercado, an Earth Republic official, even claims at one point that the Castithans have conquered the homeworld of the Irathients, the Sensoths, and the Liberata, colonizing it and renaming it "Casti" (this contradicts earlier sources, which claim that Casti used to be a barren rock until terraformed by the Indogene and that Irath is a separate planet). The Viceroy also claims that humans need to learn to coexist and emulate the Castithans, lest our planet is also conquered by them. Some of the typical attitude associated with this trope is shown in one of the early episodes, where a cowardly Castithan runs away from a battle. [[TheDon Datak Tarr]] has him put on a rack of sorts in a public place, where other Castithans put rocks onto a plate that increases the torture. The punishment is meant to cleanse the guilt of cowardice (the alternative is death).

* The Barbarian in Music/{{Ayreon}}'s ''Into the Electric Castle'' fits this trope perfectly. He constantly brags about the battles he's fought and [[spoiler: dies when his pride drives him to go through the Sparkly Door of Death.]]
* "Immigrant Song" by Music/LedZeppelin is about HornyVikings, so this trope is to be expected.

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* Myth/NorseMythology: The hero Starkad takes the martial code of honor more serious than others. In Book 6 of ''Literature/GestaDanorum'', Starkad agrees to help Helge in a single combat against nine brothers. On the appointed day, Helge oversleeps and Starkad is too proud to wake him, so he goes to the combat alone. His nine opponents offer Starkad to attack him one by one, but he rudely tells them to come at him all at once. Starkad kills all nine, but is severely wounded so he is forced to wait for random passersby to help him. One by one, a sheriff, a free man married to another man's slave, and a slave woman with a baby to feed offer to bandage his wounds, but are refused because Starkad considers it beneath him to get his life saved by them. Finally there comes a peasant laborer, son of a laborer, whom Starkad considers worthy to be his rescuer.
* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Centaurs]] were a combination of this and MrViceGuy.
* Often invoked in [[MeaningfulName Onomastics]] which are a kind of micro-folklore. The Royal Navy once commissioned the Tribal class destroyers named after various tribes which had a reputation for this. Several athletic teams also.

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* ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'': Pretty nearly every race on Mongo would qualify. Lion Men, Hawkmen, Arborians, etc. In the [[WesternAnimation/FlashGordon1979 Filmation TV series]], Flash is quick to point out that the only reason Ming can get away with tyrannizing the planet is that all the races are at each others' throats instead of uniting against him. Flash works very hard to help fix that.

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* The Vorox, a race of large, primitive, aggressive, six-limbed furry aliens from the ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns'' [[TabletopGames roleplaying game]]. To make them appear extra-special cool with cream on top, the authors even gave them their own special alien martial arts style.
** Among humans, the Hazat (''[[InsistentTerminology not]]'' House Hazat) are the most openly aggressive and military of the Great Houses. In a setting where duelling owes a lot to ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', the Hazat don't fight with DeflectorShields and daggers; they view the shields as cowardly, and prefer to use somewhat beefier weapons than duelling knives.
* The Falar and the Tulgar from the ''TabletopGame/SpacemasterPrivateers'' universe. Both races are anthropomorphic animals: The Falar are large CatFolk (with subraces looking like tigers, lions and other large cats); they are aggressive, competitive, psychotically arrogant "proud warriors" who look down on anyone they consider weak (or pacifist). The Tulgar are humanoid lupines that look like upright walking wolves, somewhat taller than humans; their culture revolves around the concept of honor and loyalty to the family; their knights fear dishonor above all and follow a chivalric code. And yes, they dress vaguely Asian. Can you say "samurai"?
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** Minotaurs, especially the character Tahngarth.
** While everyone in the Tarkir setting is warlike the Mardu and their successors, the Kolaghan, are both examples -- and a FantasyCounterpartCulture to UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan's forces, just to make it nice and clear. The Mardu, at least, had an admittedly brutal code of honour, represented by the inclusion of white mana in their identity; the Kolaghan have lost that in the new timeline, thanks mostly to Kolaghan herself, and are more along the lines of AxCrazy {{Blood Knight}}s who suffer from "the Crave" -- an uncontrollable lust for blood and war.
* The Clans of ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' are extremely warlike {{Social Darwinist}}s obsessed with ritual combat, they settle practically every dispute with fights, even to decide who gets to fight in the larger battles. In fact to reproduce they have to die gloriously in order for the eugenics program to consider using their genes in the next generation of DesignerBabies. Unfortunately this culture did not help them when they invaded the Inner Sphere, as they had a much less ObstructiveCodeOfConduct and had been [[ForeverWar fighting one another continuously for longer than the Clans have existed]]. A few Inner Sphere nations have martial cultures, though not to the same extreme as the Clans. The Draconis Combine, which bases its government on feudal japan, has a distinct warrior tradition.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Given the nature of the setting, the description sort of applies to most races that are still around to be described, but it applies best to the Orks, whose entire culture, biology, nature and philosophy is built for "Waaaagh!-fare".
** There's also the [[SpaceMarine Space Marines]] and the Sisters of Battle, who are both raised-from-childhood fanatical warriors, as well as many Imperial Guard regiments. The Cadian Shock Troops begin live fire exercises before being taught to read and write.
** Cadian Shock Troops are noted to be among the greatest soldiers mankind has ever produced; they are among the only human troops universally respected by even the [[SuperSoldier Space Marines]]. Over 70% of the planet's population is under arms, there are billions of soldiers and population is maintained through special breeding programs. They're also given a lot of live training, given their planet's close proximity to the Eye of Terror, a NegativeSpaceWedgie that continually chucks hordes of demons and insane super-soldiers at them. Every Cadian is either badass or dead. Their society is so martial even their civilian clothing is camouflage patterns.
** Catachan Jungle Fighters ''look'' like this, [[SubvertedTrope but they're not really]]. Yes, they're tough bastards, but have little in the way of a "culture" due to the fact that they spend literally every waking moment fighting against [[DeathWorld their own planet, which is trying to kill them]].
** The [[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar]] of Saim-hann and Biel-tan. The Eldar of Saim-Hann are proud, boisterous barbarians who live in tribal clans, ride jetbikes and settle their differences with duels. The Eldar of Biel-tan are mostly disciplined and merciless Aspect Warriors, and their craftworld is run not by seers but autarchs and exarchs. The two craft worlds seek to reassert the Eldar as the masters of the galaxy and travel around attacking the upstarts squatting on their planets. Even Eldar in civilian occupations often take to battle as Guardians, and unlike most citizen militia who are fielded out of desperation, the vast majority of Guardians have experience from a warrior path and can hold their own against the trained armies of other races. Anyone who believes that Eldar are all clairvoyant pussies who manipulate other races into doing all the hard work for them should tell that to the Swordwind.
** While they may lack in honor, the Eldar's EvilCounterpart the Dark Eldar are certainly extremely proud and definitely a warrior species. Every single one of them is a fighter -- they have slave labor to take care of all non-combat activities; except torture, which they do personally. The vast majority of Dark Eldar, [[GenderIsNoObject male and female]], serve as grunts in kabals, but there are also several warrior sects within Dark Eldar society, including [[GladiatorGames Wyches]], [[MasterSwordsman Incubi]], [[BadassBiker Reavers]], and [[WingedHumanoid Scourges]].
** The Tau Fire Caste might qualify, being an entire group raised from birth for combat and having strong martial discipline, but in contrast to the other races they are somewhat of a subversion of the archetype. For example, they attribute no dishonor to a sensible strategic retreat, and consider a "glorious last stand" to be the last resort of an inept commander. They do have pride and honor, just of a form unusual in the setting. Put into perspective: Imperial Guardsmen usually get their training around their teens. Tau Fire Warriors train constantly to become warriors, starting from childhood, and are expressibly forbidden from entering any other vocation. Fire Warriors never retire and fight until they die, although Shas'O generals are eventually presented with retirement, but are still expected to serve as military advisers.
** This trope also fits Chaos to a degree. Just about every cultist, daemon, traitor guardsman or marine see going to war in the name of Chaos as one of the highest forms of worship. Although it's arguable to what extent exactly each Chaos warband fits this trope, such as there only being shades of it with the servants of scheming Tzeentch, hedonistic Slaanesh, and pestulant Nurgle. Chaos Undivided seems to fit the trope more than those three, but the followers of Khorne are the kings of this trope as far as Chaos goes. And are also the kings of this trope for the whole setting, really. Their God, whom they strive to emulate, has the title of the ''Brass Lord of Battle'' for God's sake. BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE!
** Their new codex turns the Necrons into this. They have a strict and complex code of martial honour, and some of the Necron overlords are {{Noble Demon}}s and {{Worthy Opponent}}s. It's just this code of honour rarely applies to their opponents...
** The Viskeons, a race mentioned in the background for an ''TabletopGame/{{Inquisitor}}'' special character, believed in honorable conflict and so [[HonorBeforeReason completely disdained ranged weaponry]]. [[TheChessmaster Eldrad Ulthran]] subtly steered a splinter of Hive Fleet Kraken away from an Eldar Maiden World toward the Viskeon homeworld. [[CurbStompBattle They didn't last a single night]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
** Darn near everything, from the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame fairly standard-issue Dwarves]] ([[FantasyGunControl except with GUNS]]), [[KnightInShiningArmor Brettonian Knights]], hilariously feral [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]], the men of the Hordes of Chaos, the single-minded [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Saurus warriors]] of the [[LizardFolk Lizardmen]]...
** And let's not forget the various types of [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]], from the High Elves and their single-minded Swordmasters, White Lions and Pheonix Guard (not to mention the fact ALL elves forms part of a really quite deadly citizen levy) to the [[TheFairFolk Wood Elves]] and their bloodthirsty wild hunt. Of course those are the two ''nice'' elven factions. Dark Elves happily mix this with AxeCrazy and a single-minded worship of their god of war.
** There's also the Blood Dragons, who fill in this for the Vampire Counts. Basically, they're a vampire bloodline who were formed by a [[OneManArmy mighty]] and [[TokenGoodTeammate noble]] warrior called Abhorash. Abhorash preached that vampires should avoid preying on the weak and defenceless, targeting only [[WorthyOpponent worthy challenges]] and [[KickTheSonOfABitch those who deserved it]]. So he takes a group of loyal followers and forms a splinter faction to practice this. One day, they come across the lair of a huge ancient dragon. Abhorash goes inside, kills the dragon in a 1-on-1 duel, and drinks it's blood; to his surprise, his bloodthirst never came back, but he retained his vampire powers. And so, he commanded his followers to go out and find worthy opponents to slay in the hopes of curing their bloodthirst, and when they were all done, that they then return to him, [[VaguenessIsComing so the real war could begin]].
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Most dwarven cultures]] are portrayed as strongly militaristic and belligerent, but still honorable and friendly to their allies. Hobgoblins, on the other hand, run closer to the "psychotically violent" end of the scale as a culture of grim, rigidly regimented raiders; other "[[AlwaysChaoticEvil savage humanoids]]" like orcs, gnolls, and bugbears also have cultures based around violence (they ''are'' there for players to slaughter en masse, after all), but lack the hobgoblins' formal militarism. 4th Edition has the dragonborn, a new race of mercenaries and warriors who value honor and loyalty.
** The Tuigan tribal nation in ''D&D'''s ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting were a FantasyCounterpartCulture to the real-world medieval Mongols, and as such had a militant society revolving around mounted combat. This changed when their emperor, Yamun Khahan, died; the survivors of the horde either integrated into the local agrarian populace or went back to the steppes, where Yamun's son started encouraging them to settle down in towns and sponsored peaceful contact with their neighbors.
** The elves of the Valaes Tairn in TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} are essentially what happens when [[Franchise/StarTrek Klingons]], [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Mongols]], and [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar the Vietcong]] are given a scimitar and let rip. The literal worst insult in their culture is accusing someone of disgracing the blood of his ancestors -- and if you say this to one, ''he will gleefully cut you in half''.
*** Interestingly despite being the usual candidates, the Orcs of ''Eberron'' are actually an {{Aver|tedTrope}}sion, being peaceful and reclusive humanoids with a {{druid}}ic religion.
** There are also the Ysgardian natives, who love fighting and tend to challenge everyone to a duel to the death... forgetting that non-natives don't get back up at the end of the day. Oops.
** The [[SdrawkcabName scro]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' are advanced orcs who have developed a regimented military culture. The giff have a fondness for military pomp and powerful explosives that dramatically increases both the absurdity and the danger of a seven-foot humanoid hippo.
* Werewolves in ''Franchise/TheWorldOfDarkness''. Both ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' and ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken'' present Glory and Honor as forms of renown and rank in werewolf society, and the Garou of ''Werewolf: the Apocalypse'' are explicitly defined as "the warriors of [[GaiasVengeance Gaia]]." The Get of Fenris (from ''Apocalypse'') and the Blood Talons (from ''Forsaken'') are probably the purest embodiment of this trope, though.
* Another ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' example: the [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]] of ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming''. One book says that the various kiths of changelings are born from dreams of mankind; trolls are born from dreams of honor. They're some of the greatest warriors in changeling society, and their very nature holds oaths as vitally important.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'':
** The Aslan and the Sword Worlders are this. The Aslan are creatures that look like lions to humans, and have a stern code of honor. All male Aslan are theoretically warriors and most useful occupations are done by women. If someone does a designated female occupation they are considered female in Aslan language. More easily understood by the fact that only 1/3 of Aslan are male. Sword Worlders are humans that admire [[Myth/NorseMythology Germanic warriors of yore]] and think in a manner remarkably similar to Aslan, though men are allowed to actually work. This could cause [[CultureClash embarrassment]] if an Aslan is surprised that the engineer of a passing Sworld Worlder ship is male. And among both of them embarrassments can have [[DuelToTheDeath awkward results]].
** There are a number of other Proud Warrior Races in ''Traveller''. A number are human sub-cultures, [[HumansAreWarriors which figures]], of course. Notable are the Azhanti whose religion demands that they seek glory.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Talislanta}}'' has quite a few. Thralls and Ahazu come to mind. (The former are basically magically-created clone [[SuperSoldier troopers]] covered with [[StoryboardBody symbolic tattoos]]. The latter are a race of [[MultiArmedAndDangerous four-armed]] barbarian {{Blood Knight}}s with a [[AxCrazy habit]] of going "[[UnstoppableRage shan-ya]]" in battle.)
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'':
** We have the Dragon Kings, humanoid [[DinosaursAreDragons dinosaur-men]] with ElementalPowers who believe that the best way to venerate the gods is through combat to the death.
** A lot of other cultures, including many icewalkers and the entire population of Harborhead, would also qualify.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' also has the Dragon-Blooded, or Terrestrial Exalted (no connection to the aforementioned Dragon Kings). The two prominent Dragon-Blooded cultures are the Realm and Lookshy, and both are of the Proud Soldier Race varient. Lookshy is strongly militaristic and requires all of its Dragon-Blooded to receive extensive military training, including charms (magical abilities) useful on the battlefield. The Realm skews more heavily toward DeadlyDecadentCourt, but standard dynastic education for both mortals and Exalts includes basic training in archery, melee, martial arts, and war, and those unskilled in these abilities are considered poorly prepared for dynastic life, and are often considered embarrassments to their families.
* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' the Erisians, their Venusian descendants, the Metisians and the Martian Maduri caste all qualify.
* Most ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' orcs are just brutal, but the fierce but not sadistic Bloodied Gauntlet tribe fit this trope. They cherish their WorthyOpponent relationship with their human neighbors so fiercely that they've attacked other orc tribes who dared to mess with them.
* The Needlekin in ''TabltopGame/{{The Splinter}}''. They see The Realm as a massive proving ground and can shape shift into humanoids made of metal spikes.
* ''TabletopGame/BleakWorld'' has many; [[VigilanteMan Vigilante Humans]], [[ObviouslyEvil Primal Vampires]], [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent every werebeast that isn't in the Techno Wolves]], [[TheBerserker Aztec, Norse, and Natural mummies]], [[ActionGirl many princesses]], and [[OurGiantsAreBigger the Jotun]]. They all vary wildly on the spectrum however, with Primal Vampires being an all consuming horde, while the Jotun are [[FightingForAHomeland just trying to get back home]], where they can't be harmed permanently in their fights

* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'' presents TruthInTelevision: for centuries, the Gascons have had this reputation among the French, and at the TheCavalierYears they were {{Impoverished Patrician}}s that sought battle and bloodshed because his culture teaches that [[MartyrdomCulture dying in battle is the greatest source of personal honor]] and {{glory|Seeker}}. In the play, all the cadets are Gascons, all of them are poor (except [[NoTrueScotsman De Guiche]]) because they don't plan for the future (they are going to die young), and very "proud" in the usual sense ("psychotically violent"). This trope is ''deconstructed'' because the very traits that make the Gascons ''great warriors'' make them ''poor soldiers'': they don't approve of the use of spies or subterfuges in war, and they don’t want to learn such things like how to use a cannon because they prefer the sword. In literature, authors like Creator/AlexandreDumas (''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'') and Cervantes (''Literature/DonQuixote'') have recognized Gascuña as home of great warriors… or if you wish, Heroic Sociopaths. This [[http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.archive.org/stream/cu31924028418501/cu31924028418501_djvu.txt article in English (A cadet of Gascony)]]. [[http://infokrisis.blogia.com/2006/053001-cyrano-de-bergerac-y-la-tradicion-heroica-de-los-mosqueteros.php and this other in Spanish (Los mosqueteros como herederos de Esparta)]] Cyrano himself, however, is a literal WarriorPoet.

* The Vorox in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' were this (the term was used almost word-for-word in the story) before their regression into savage, bestial creatures. [[spoiler: The Bota Magna Vorox are still this trope.]]
** While members of the [[BrotherhoodOfEvil Brotherhood of Makuta]] were usually [[MadScientist scientists]] before anything else, Makuta Icarax was a warrior more than anything else, to the point he was deemed too violent and bloodthirsty even by their standards and chafed under the [[XanatosSpeedChess plan]] of his leader Makuta Teridax for supposedly involving more scheming than it did dominating. His EstablishingCharacterMoment in the novels contains a quote that might as well be the ''creed'' of every ProudWarriorRaceGuy, rivaling Conan's own.
-->''"I believe in certainties. The strength of my limbs, the power of my mask, the sharp edges of my blades — that is what I build my plans around. Trickery, deception, complex strategies, they are for the weak! If you want power, and another has it, you get it not by outwitting him — you get it by stepping over his corpse."''
* ''ComicBook/BeastWarsUprising:'' Preditron, the first Predacon, who even wrote up a manifesto for how Predacons were supposed to behave. It follows a lot of the behaviour established by Dinobot of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' fame. Most modern-day Predacons don't follow it, for a variety of reasons.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Universe'':
** [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]], starting from ''Warcraft III''.
** Tauren, from the same setting, are a race of ''Proud, [[MagicalNativeAmerican Wise]] Hunter Gatherer Guys''.
** The Vrykul, being essentially nine foot tall vikings, are also an example. They are more on the "Psychotic Klingons" side of the spectrum, altough they are extremely honor-bound.
** Trolls are a much more ruthless and usually xenophobic flavor of Proud Warrior Race Guy. Only the Darkspear and Zandalari treat other races with anything besides general contempt. As of the third expansion, [[spoiler: [[JumpingOfftheSlipperySlope the Zandalari no longer think allying with]] [[PlayerCharacter the young races]] is a [[FantasticRacism good idea]], and have started making alliances with the more barbaric troll races to rebuild the troll empires of yore, while the Darkspear actively oppose them [[ConflictingLoyalty despite having been invited to their new faction as well]].]]
** With the fourth expansion, the [[BeePeople Mantid]] seems to run on this trope, along with some {{Blue and Orange Morality}} thrown in for good measure. To elaborate, their social system implies sending their young to {{Zerg Rush}} a great wall expy and kill as many pandaren as they can, and those who survive can return to their tree cities and be given their social status in accordance to their deeds/kills/conquests. These practices pretty much assures that the mantid who [[TrainingFromHell survive into adulthood]] are adept warriors in whatever [[BloodKnight area]] [[SummonBiggerFish they]] [[UniversalPoison choose]] [[MakeMeWannaShout to]] [[StuffBlowingUp specialize]] [[GeneticEngineering in]]. The kicker, they [[spoiler: do all this as a [[ReligionofEvil form of worship]] to one of the [[EldritchAbomination Old Gods]], their [[GodofEvil "master"]], with the ominous implication they will use the evolved warriors/tactics/technologies they get from this {{social darwinist}} system to [[OmnicidalManiac kill]] or [[ForeverWar worse]] all the other races should their God ever come back. Even [[FromBadtoWorse worse]], the majority of their race has been corrupted by the [[EldritchAbomination Sha of Fear]], who have skipped the whole waiting for our god to return and went straight to {{zerg rush}} [[CrapsaccharineWorld Pandaria]].]]
* ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'' has a subversion of this in Gorath, a moredhel whose distinguishing feature is his weariness of the self-destructive battle-crazed ways of his people.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'':
** Orcs are also like this, although more of the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil "Psychotically Violent"]] variety.
** The Elvaan, also from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' fit this trope, being all about chivalry and such.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has the [[LizardFolk Amal'jaa]], particularly the Brotherhood of the Ash, a small splinter group who find the acts of kidnapping and pillaging their brethren commit for the sake of appeasing the primal Ifrit to be cowardly and weak. In a similar vein, the [[BirdPeople Vanu Vanu]] like to display their brute strength and will use a war dance to scare off weaker enemies.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'': With Nirn[[note]]the planet where the series takes place, with all games to date having taken place on the continent of Tamriel[[/note]] being such a WorldOfBadass, ''every'' race has at least some "warrior" traits which have helped them to survive and for which they are proud of. However, a few races have this trope invoked in-universe:
** The [[HornyVikings Nords]]. A race of Men, they exemplify the idea that HumansAreWarriors. It took a mere 500 of their best warriors to annihilate the entire Falmer (Snow Elves) civilization. Being a great warrior is even at the heart of their religion, where only those who die a glorious death in combat get into their ideal afterlife, [[WarriorHeaven Sovngarde]] (modeled after the real life Valhalla). While most Nords follow the main religion of most of Tamriel (the Nine Divines), many hold Talos, the [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascended god form]] of [[GodEmperor Emperor Tiber Septim]] and God of War, as the chief deity of the pantheon. When worship of Talos is banned in the 4th Era, it [[RealMenLoveJesus launches them into a bloody civil war]], as seen in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollSVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. This has also led to them having a disdain for magic (that and magic's association with the Falmer) though Healing is held in high regard (no surprise) and despite them looking down on it, they're still happy to buy potions and magically-enhanced weapons. A character reveals this is a recent phenomenon, as the Nords considered magic (called the Clever Craft) as part of their warrior traditions.
** The Redguards, a [[ScaryBlackMan dark-skinned]] race of [[HumansAreWarriors Men]] with [[CultureChopSuey a cultural mix]] of [[ArabianNightsDays Moors, Arabs]], and ''[[EverythingsBetterWithSamurai Samurai]]'', make for some of the greatest warriors in Tamriel, and are perhaps ''the'' most skilled individual warriors. [[MasterSwordsman Swords and swordsmanship]] hold a high value in Redguard culture, to the point where the most SacredScripture of their race is a treatise on ''sword techniques''. Their greatest ancient warriors, known as the [[TheOrder Ansei or "Sword Saints"]], could [[SpontaneousWeaponCreation summon swords made from their very souls, known as Shehai]], and the greatest of those could use a FantasticNuke known as the "Pankratosword", in which they would use their swords to "cut the atomos." In the late 2nd Era, it was believed that a Redguard uprising was the greatest threat to [[FounderOfTheKingdom Tiber Septim]]'s RisingEmpire. Come the 4th Era, they are once again considered one of the only groups who could stand up to a full-blown [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]] assault, something they have already repelled once after the VestigialEmpire ceded much of Hammerfell to the Dominion and the Redguards refused to accept it.
** In keeping with the HumansAreWarriors theme, there are the Imperials, another race of Men native to Cyrodiil. They come down on the "Soldier" side of the SoldierVersusWarrior debate in contrast to the "Warrior" Nords and Redguards. Their focus is on collective martial prowess, ala the legions of the Roman Empire, and it has allowed them to conquer most or all of Tamriel no fewer than four times. They are also a proud "[[HumansAreDiplomats Diplomat]]" and "[[ProudMerchantRace Merchant]]" race, in that once they've conquered a region with their [[BadassArmy Legions]], they like to build up the region to make it more supportive of the Empire while dominating the economy through trade.
** The [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]]. Also known as Orsimer (Pariah Folk), their culture believes that AsskickingEqualsAuthority, leading to plenty of {{Klingon Promotion}}s and many Orcs being {{Blood Knight}}s. Their racial ability leads to them being fantastic {{Berserker}}s, capable of flying into an UnstoppableRage. The Septim Empire was the first to recruit them into the [[BadassArmy Imperial Legions]], benefiting greatly as the Orcs made for fantastic heavy "shock" infantry. They are also a race of incredibly skilled [[TheBlacksmith Blacksmiths]], making some of the sturdiest weapons and armor in Tamriel.
** The Dunmer (Dark Elves) of Morrowind, being one of the series' best examples of a JackOfAllStats race, offer many examples through their "[[TheClan Great Houses]]". Great House Redoran is the "Warrior House" of the Dunmer, following a strict code of honor and highly valuing martial prowess in its members. They are the Dunmer's first line of defense and even the Imperial Legions recognize the Redorans as a BadassArmy. In the backstory, when Tiber Septim was threatening to invade Morrowind, House Redoran was preparing to defend Morrowind ''on their own'' while the other Great Houses chose to remain neutral or to accommodate the empire before [[VoluntaryVassal the armistice]] was signed. Following the [[ColonyDrop Red]] [[ChekhovsVolcano Year]] and subsequent [[LizardFolk Argonian]] [[TheDogBitesBack invasion]] early in the 4th era, it was the Redorans who stepped up to lead the defense of Morrowind and rebuild the Dunmer way of life after [[ProudMerchantRace Great House Hlaalu]], formerly the strongest Great House, crumbled.
** The Dremora, a race of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]], are very much one of these. They are constantly obsessed with honor through combat, and the [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority strongest of their race rise into leadership positions]]. They are frequently found in service to the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[OmnicidalManiac Destruction]], [[DestroyerDeity Mehrunes Dagon]], whom they serve as LegionsOfHell, and are {{Blood Knight}}s who seek out the toughest foes. While they [[PunyEarthlings generally look down on mortals]], they will consider any who can best them in combat to be a WorthyOpponent.
** Similarly, the Aureals (aka [[LightIsNotGood Golden Saints]]) and Mazken (aka [[DarkIsnotEvil Dark Seducers]]), two forms of lesser Daedra in service to [[MadGod Sheogorath]], are these as well. Each has a heavily militaristic society, thriving on conflict and warfare. They are known to engage in conflicts with each other for both the favor of Sheogorath and simply as an outlet for their aggression.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' reveals that the Dragons (Dov or Dovah) have this type of culture. Due to the urge for conquest and domination being an inherent trait within their species, whenever two Dragons meet, one will naturally try to dominate the other. This is part of the reason (aside from outright fear) why most Dragons have a tendency to attack the Dragonborn on sight. The belief that the [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority strongest should lead them]] is why so many follow [[BigBad Alduin]] and why so many of his underlings begin to question his right to rule when he [[DirtyCoward flees]] during battle with the Dragonborn, since a ''[[NoTrueScotsman true]]'' Dovah would keep fighting until their death, [[HonourBeforeReason rather than admit defeat]].
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'''s Bangaa fit this. They're more of a regular kind of citizen in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' though.
** The bird-like Garif of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'''s Ivalice do fit the [[IncrediblyLamePun bill]]. Their entire society (apart from the "worshipping the mysterious [[GreenRocks crystals]]" thing) wholly revolves around battle, and great honor is given to brave war-chiefs. This doesn't keep them from being wise, patient, and generally benevolent to honorable visitors.
%%* Kimahri and the other Ronso in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' and are even more so in ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 Final Fantasy X-2]]''.
* The Laguz especially of the Beast Tribe in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius''. The beorc are allegedly a ProudScholarRace in contrast, but they tend just be warriors with more technical weapons, some as strong or stronger than their Laguz counterparts.
%%* Arceans in ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations''.
%%* Alkari and Mrrshans in ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion''.
* Bringing us to the Kilrathi, from Origin[=/=]Creator/ElectronicArts's ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' series of video games.
* Kratos from ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', who loves doing things "For the glory of Sparta!" His wife denies this, stating: "Sparta? You did this for yourself." In fact, most depictions of Sparta (such as ''Film/ThreeHundred'') tend to have them (at least their ruling class, the Spartiates) as a city-state of proud warrior guys. Ancient Sparta itself may have been a real-life version of the trope, along with many other warrior cultures of history.
* One of the few things established about Samus Aran from ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' is that she's a Proud Warrior Race Girl -- raised by the Chozo, her constant pursuit of battle is in memory of their warrior tradition... it's a pity most of the ''actual'' Chozo abandoned this for scientific and philosophical pursuits, or [[{{Precursors}} the Chozo might still be around.]]
** It is still unknown how the Chozo species truly disappeared so the above is an assumption. The Chozo also did not outright "abandon" their warrior ways. They were getting old and reproduction was less feasible so rather than getting killed off in battle, they decided to go a more peaceful way. Also pursuing scientific and philosophical routes is not a pity.
** Secondly, it's heavily implied that the way they died was from [[{{AIIsACrapshoot}} Mother Brain who turned against them]]. It was created to maintain order and saw the Chozo as incapable of full-filling that goal.
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'':
** The Protoss, especially Fenix. Only the Dark Templar seem more down-to-earth. This might be because most of the Protoss characters encountered and played in the game are members of the Protoss' warrior-caste (The Templar), [=StarCraft=] being a war game. Members of the civilian/artisan/scientist/laborer caste (the Khalai) and the clergy/government caste (the Judicators) justifiably don't make much of an appearance.
*** The few Judicator characters tend to act like ScaryDogmaticAliens, their tribes were nearly wiped out in the first game. While Phasesmith Karax, the only member of the Khalai caste to appear in any of the games, acts more like a ProudScholarRaceGuy, though that might just be him.
*** ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' introduces a third faction of Protoss, the Tal-darim, who follow strength and determine leadership via DuelToTheDeath.
** ''''VideoGame/StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'' introduces the primal zerg, the zerg who were not integrated into the {{HiveMind}} and left behind on their homeworld of Zerus. Their philosophy/culture is a [[{{SocialDarwinist}} Darwinian on the principle of survival of the fittest]]. Their entire society basically operates around constantly fighting and killing each other so they can evolve and grow stronger.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has the disciplined Turians and the thuggish Krogans.
** The Krogan are actually a rather brilliant {{deconstruction}} of the trope. They place very little emphasis on research or industry if it doesn't have to directly do with fighting, and likewise, there are very few merchants in their society. Because of their complete lack of aptitude for anything other than war after they were uplifted, the Krogan once threatened to conquer the galaxy, causing the other races to ally against them, and eventually they had a DepopulationBomb used on them that sharply limited their birth rate. Unfortunately, the Krogan warrior culture did not go quietly into the night. Though they would still be able to hold a stable population if they tried, none of them want to stay at home and help rebuild their race -- instead, they've become a race of {{Death Seeker}}s who hire themselves out as mercenaries, dooming their race to a slow extinction. It is even highlighted in the Codex: Krogan live with the mantra: "kill, pillage, and be selfish, for tomorrow we die". It's a great example of how a purely warrior culture with no room for any other societal roles would have serious trouble surviving.
** However, in the [[Videogame/MassEffect2 sequel]], conditions may have improved provided that [[spoiler: Wrex survived the first game.]] If so, [[spoiler: you find that he fought and browbeat his way to the top of Krogan society between games, and is now running a truce zone between the various clans.]] Curiously, in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' this can develop into practically a full-blown schism between those who, like Wrex [[spoiler: and Eve]], emphasize the ''proud'' (and the ''[[TheNeedsOfTheMany race]]'', if necessary), and those who, like Wreav, emphasize the ''warrior''. This leads to one of the more bizarre sights in the game: a PatrickStewartSpeech delivered ''by a krogan''. [[spoiler: And, armed with the ultimate bargaining chip (the genophage cure), ''it works'']].
** On the other hand, the turians, with their focus on discipline and authority, are Proud Soldier Race Guys. They have a regimented meritocratic society that requires a term of military service to advance beyond the first tier of citizenship. They tend to be bad at entrepreneurship, though, so they had to take the [[ProudMerchantRace volus]] as a client race. They have a more pragmatic approach to combat as well; preferring long range superiority; less focus on hand to hand and more on squad firing tactics, and the most dreadnoughts (long range monsters of warships) than any other member of the Citadel. And they're not above leveling a city block from orbit to get one enemy squad if they have orbital superiority.
** Some of the other races see [[HumansAreWarriors Humanity as this]], since their debut on the galactic society scene was the "First Contact War", where they managed to hold their own against the Turian military for three months before the ceasefire was called. The Turians in particular were astonished to learn afterwards that only 3% of their eligible population choose to serve in the military, far less than any other council race. With the rapid and aggressive expansions they've made since then, many council races have come to consider Humanity to be a "[[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant sleeping giant]]".
** And, coming as a bit of a shock to Liara, [[spoiler:the [[BenevolentPrecursors Protheans]] were what happens when you give a krogan the ability to think in the long term and removed BloodKnight tendencies, according to [[LivingRelic Javik]]. Also something of a ReconstructedTrope-their more patient and pragmatic attitude combined with power in battle allowed them to survive ''[[AbusivePrecursors Rea]][[EldritchAbomination pers]]'' for centuries, and gave the current cycle of sapients the ability to actually ''win'' against the next invasion.]] It's implied, however, that [[spoiler: the Protheans in general and Javik in particular are the way they are specifically because he was born about two hundred years into a three-hundred-year-long HopelessWar and that in better times they were, if not necessarily nice people (they still had a galactic empire, recall), at least less fanatical]]. Getting your entire view of a species from their avatar of Vengeance [[UnreliableExpositor is bound to color your view a bit]].
** The Drell may also qualify, as they are a client race of the jellyfish-like Hanar who they handle the more physical tasks for. Though they are more of a proud assassin race.
* ''VideoGame/StarControl 2'' gives us a total of three species of Proud Warrior Race Guy: the thuggish Thraddash, the vaguely Scottish Yehat and the vaguely Japanese Shofixti. The Thraddash regularly lose centuries of achievement in determining what the strongest Culture is.
* The Canaanites and the Barcid family are this in ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2'', exemplified by [[VeteranInstructor Monomachus]]. Subverted by [[TheHero Hamilicar Barca]], the last of the Barcids.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The Sangheili/Elites play up the "Proud" aspects of this trope. Heck, the scientific name for the Sangheili is given as "Macto Cognatus", which means "I glorify my kin" in Latin. In particular, their portrayal in the book ''Literature/HaloTheColeProtocol'' takes this to extremes; think of Imperial Japan on crack.
*** How proud are the Elites you say? Many of them die because they ran out of ammo and refused to use a human weapon, even if it was better than what they had...[[HonorBeforeReason so instead, they just rushed the human front.]]
*** The Sangheili sense of honor is a little skewed, by human standards. While most warrior cultures view battle scars as badges of honor, the Sangheili view them as symbols of ''shame''. Being wounded by an enemy is considered to be dishonorable. A true warrior is able to walk out of a battle without any wounds whatsoever. Sangheili also believe that blood should ''only'' be shed in proper combat; as a result, they tend to really hate doctors.
*** As shown in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' and related media, the Elites of the Arbiter's Swords of Sanghelios are starting to move away from this; they're still quite proud, but many of them are more earnestly pursuing non-warrior pursuits. The Arbiter is even trying to get rid of his people's disdain towards doctors.
** Also the Jiralhanae/Brutes, for the "psycho klingon" side of this trope; they're very much a "might makes right" race who take joy in literally eating their enemies. Think the Turian/Krogan side presented in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' entry.
** In post-''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' media like ''Literature/HaloGlasslands'', this trope is {{Deconstructed}}. Now that the Covenant has fallen and the Elites don't have the Prophets to rule them and the Engineers to build/fix stuff for them, their society is having to do some serious reorganization as they try to remember how to self-govern and have a self-sufficient military. It's implied that something similar is happening to the Brutes, many of whom are having an even harder time dealing with it. As said by ''Glasslands''[='s=] main Sangheili character Jul 'Mdama, "It's easier to vaporize a planet from orbit than to build a society from scratch". Another comments that "You can't expect warriors to stop fighting", in regards to a rebellion they're organizing. Jul also struggles with the whole underhandedness of the rebellion, as it involves lying and treachery when he'd rather run screaming at something with his sword. As hinted above, the Sangheili do adapt pretty quickly; many factions are now able to design their own technology, and Jul himself becomes by ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' a ruthless pragmatist more than willing to resort to "dishonorable" means.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'':
** The [[MultiArmedAndDangerous four-armed]] Shokan race from Franchise/MortalKombat, particularly Sheeva from [=MK3=]. The most famous of which is Goro. This is emphasized even more in the novelization of [[Film/MortalKombat the first movie]] when Goro is depicted as a nobler creature who ''throws'' himself off the cliff after being defeated by Cage, claiming he'd rather die than live in disgrace.
** Their rivals, the Centaurs, as well; their blood feud was what sparked Sheeva's chest-beating in [=MK3=], and when the Centaurs were cursed with a minotaur/satyr body in ''Armageddon'', their vanity over the loss of their back legs was what caused them to accuse the Shokan of the deed, restarting their war.
%%* The Minmatar from ''VideoGame/EVEOnline'', particularly the Brutor Tribe.
%%* In ''Huxley'', the "Alteraver".
* The Tarka in ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' are both a stellar example and a shining subversion of this trope: They are warlike and view war as a method for gaining status and glory, but they are also a race of [[CombatPragmatist pragmatics]] with a very practical outlook who consider fighting 'honorably' and 'fair', and the concept of the HeroicSacrifice, to be very odd at best. [[AllThereInTheManual In one of the universe's backstories]], a human gains a Tarka's respect after he challenges her to a fist-fight and wins by leading her into an ambush by all his friends, who pelt her with sling stones -- by thinking outside the box, he proved himself a warrior in her eyes. However, they do have a highly developed sense of honour in society -- a better way of putting this would be a Proud Warrior Race whose 'honour concept' [[BlueAndOrangeMorality is very different from that of humans]], who the Tarka consider to have a MartyrdomCulture.
-->"The Tarka are degenerate and laugh at war, but the humans are sick and laugh at death."
** The Tarka are kind of a weird example due to BizarreAlienBiology. The majority of fighters are male, and most of their males are stupid enough to go full "barbarian horde" if uncontrolled because most of them never get the necessary diet supplements to reach maturity. The upper officer cadre of each ship is thus occupied by the more rational females, with mature males in ultimate command (since the younger males will only follow an alpha).
* The Spartan Federation in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', as its name implies. Ostensibly, its ideological emphasis on military power is just being CrazyPrepared, but what is shown of its culture in the {{novelization}}s and [[EncyclopediaExposita in-game quotations]] also qualifies this faction as a Proud Warrior Race. They take their Spartan "heritage" seriously in the novelization. Any child that is found to be too weak is taken outside and has his or her throat cut. The exception is Colonel Santiago's own son, who, while weak as a child, ends up leading the Spartans against the mindworms when he grows up.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Lusternia}}'', all of the Second Circle Gods are this, and are organized into [[TrueCompanions cadres]] based on total loyalty and common kinship. Those Seconds that ''aren't'' in a cadre, and prefer to hunt alone -- like [[ImplacableMan Shikari, the Predator]] -- are regarded as disreputable, or even [[LonersAreFreaks freakish]]. Those mortal races [[PiecesOfGod descended from]] Second Circle Gods also count.
* Tai Kaliso, and other South Islanders from the ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' series.
* The Helghast from the ''{{VideoGame/Killzone}}'' series seem to have evolved into this by the second main game. Their capital city of Pyrrhus is largely a run-down dump, except for the military academies and the Imperial Palace; the characters even [[LampshadeHanging comment on this.]] Also, there's one instance of EnemyChatter where it's made plainly clear that the soldiers of the Helghast hold their civilians in a high degree of contempt.
* The Minotaur Firewalkers from ''[[VideoGame/PuzzleQuest Puzzle Quest: Challenge Of The Warlords]]''. Though all Minotaurs seem to be born fighters, only the Firewalkers (basically Warrior Priests) care about the other stuff like honor.
* Okku the bear "god" in VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2 Mask of The Betrayer. One conversation reveals he is following you due to a debt owned to a previous [[spoiler:Spirit Eater]]. Another conversation with carrion eating spirits (and his combat taunt "eater of carrion") shows he finds such behavoir disgraceful.
* ''VideoGame/{{Albion}}'' has the Kenget Kamulos, an underground-living people that are one branch of the descendants of Celtic humans who mysteriously migrated to another planet long ago. Bordering on [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Always]] [[LawfulEvil Lawful]] [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Evil]], they live in a society entirely dedicated to their god of war, Kamulos, and go on about how warriors are superior to everyone else (especially to women and nonhumans) and, in an interesting twist, how those warriors who need weapons are inferior to those who don't (wizards).
* The Agorians in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime'' are an overexaggeration of this trope.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'':
** Canderous Ordo and Mandalore himself, [[spoiler:though they are the same person]], in ''Knights of the Old Republic 2'' are poster children for this trope.
** The Handmaidens and the Echani in general also qualify, though in a less extreme manner A sequence of duels between two members of the opposite sex in Echani culture constitutes a courtship, of sorts.
** The whole concept is [[ShutUpHannibal torn down brilliantly]] by [[BadassNormal Carth Onasi]]:
---> '''Carth''': I'm not a warrior, I'm a soldier. There's a difference. Warriors attack and conquer, they prey on the weak. [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Soldiers defend and protect the innocent]] -- [[TakeThat mostly from warriors.]]
** He also brings up a painfully valid point in the same conversation: what happens to the Proud Warrior Race Guy when he ''loses''?
%%* Dag'Rek from the [=PS2=] game ''Run Like Hell'' is a perfect example of this trope.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** Most of the Qunari come across as this to some extent or another; however, it's eventually revealed that most of the examples encountered are from the "Body of the Qun"--in other words, a warrior caste among ''many'' different castes. Much like other traditional ProudWarriorRace types, this caste believes deeply in honourable conduct and martial prowess, to the point that they value their swords as natural extensions of their souls. However, even the warriors aren't totally defined by this; instead, like all Qunari, they believe that everything has its absolute, unchanging place in the cosmic way of things, and theirs is to fight until the entire world embraces the philosophy of the Qun.
** And despite their [[AntiMagicalFaction dislike of]] [[DoesNotLikeMagic magic in general]], even ''Saarebas'' have their place in the Qun. Granted, their place comes with heavy [[RestrainingBolt restraints]] and [[PowerLimiter shackles]], their [[MouthStitchedShut mouths sewn shut]] and being permanently under the gaze of their ''[[MageKiller Arvaraad]]'' handlers, but why quibble with semantics?
** Warrior caste Dwarves can also fall into this, although it's [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] with Oghren -- when the Warden first meets him, he's an ornery drunk who killed someone due to his ingrained combat responses, and since that led to him being forbidden to carry weapons or fight, he's basically moved to the nearest tavern on a permanent basis. By the time of ''Awakening'' he leaves his second wife and their child to join the Grey Wardens, because he's not suited to live in society; all he's good at is killing.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' and ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' the Norn and Charr represent two radically different examples.
** The Norn are characterized as a blend of Native American and Viking. They enjoy all forms of contest, prize skillful hunters, and consider life-or-death battles as places to prove their worth. Their individualism in all things, even war, means that they lack any army of their own.
** The Charr are raised as soldiers, taught to value their warband and Legion over their own lives and families. Much like the Turians, they are closer to Proud Soldier Race Guy.
* Orcs again in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic V''. Somewhat justified in that they were specifically created for that purpose by infusing human criminals with demon blood.
%%* The Dekans and the Giants from ''VideoGame/RohanOnline''.
%%* The Deatheaters, the main Fury warrior race, from ''VideoGame/{{Shaiya}}''.
* [[HumansByAnyOtherName Mathosians]] and bahmi (the latter also being a Proud ''Artisan'' Race) are the most obvious examples in ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'', although dwarves also have hints of it.
* Any Warrior or Zealot race in ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' (unless you play one against type). Though, due to an increase in fight difficulty, many players of the warrior archetype will find themselves somewhat less violent after entering the space stage.
* The Split in the [[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]] are basically clones of the Klingons.
* ''[[VideoGame/EscapeVelocity Escape Velocity: Nova]]'':
** The Aurorans are good examples. Their bloodthirstiness varies by House, however. Ironically, the Proud Warrior-est house among them, the Heraani, are also the ones most likely to [[KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect recognize that noncombat occupations have merit]]. Which is why they get [[CoolStarship innovative ships]] like the Argosy and Thunderforge: they actually pay for scientific research.
** Over in Polaris space, the Nil'kemorya, the Polaran military caste, are Proud Soldier Race Guys.
* Soldiers are portrayed as a Proud Warrior Race in ''Franchise/MetalGear''. Much of the conflict in the series comes from soldiers deciding that modern politics have neutered warfare and to raise soldiers to a ruling class once again.
* Knuckles The Echidna from the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series takes great pride in his heritage of the echidna race in Angel Island and takes his job in guarding the Master Emerald very seriously. He also likes fighting, which is no wonder he uses his fists more than his intellect to solve his problems. In ''VideoGame/SonicForces'', he laments not being able to get directly involved in the fighting as a result of serving as [[RebelLeader the Resistance's commander]].
* ''VideoGame/WildStar'' has the Drakken and the Granok for the [[TheEmpire Dominion]] and [[TheAlliance Exiles]] respectively. .
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' presents the Breen as a Proud Soldier Race. In episode "Breen Invasion", mission "Cold Comfort" a captured Breen CombatMedic mentions that "there is a nobility to being a soldier", and that among their beliefs is that while soldiers on all sides enter into an unspoken agreement to risk their lives, civilians are not part of this unspoken agreement and therefore purposefully attacking them, as the Breen had prior to the mission under orders from Thot Trel, is dishonorable.
* The Hissho from VideoGame/EndlessSpace are a playable example. They're a race of staunchly tradition-bound warriors, and almost all of their traits improve their ships' combat abilities. They also gain stacking 'Bushido' bonuses from successfully defeating enemy fleets and taking over occupied systems, maxing out at a 20% increase to weapon damage and a ''60%'' increase to ''all'' production for 45 turns. A Hissho player that is able to build momentum through conquest can quickly become unstoppable.
* In ''VideoGame/BrokenAge'', the [[CrapsaccharineWorld saccharine]], baking-obsessed town of Sugar Bunting seems quite harmless -- and indeed, it [[HumanSacrifice sacrifices maidens]] to [[EldritchAbomination Mog Chathra]] in order to remain in peace. But, as Grandpa Beastender claims [[spoiler:and Alex confirms]], it used to be home to one of these, feared by man and beast alike.
* Many perceive ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' to be a less brutal 'extreme sports' version of this.
* The Fyros of ''VideoGame/{{Ryzom}}'' love fighting and combat, to the point where they want to go into the Prime Roots and kill the EldritchAbomination sleeping there for no other reason than ''because they can''.
* In ''VideoGame/KultHereticKingdoms'', the Sura seem to be a combination of this and ProudMerchantRace, being a proud ''mercenary'' race. They value strength and prowess, but are very insistent that it be within the framework of a contract, and never given for free. There's a sidequest where the protagonist is able to save a Sura warrior from fatally flunking his trial of endurance, but he'll only accept help if she has been ''hired'' to rescue him — being rescued for non-financial motivations like pity or compassion would be so shameful he'd rather die.
* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'':
** The Prone are introduced as unintelligent thugs who kill whatever they're pointed at without question. Later in the story we learn that this is only half their race: the Cavern Clan are the ones you've been fighting, while the Tree Clan are much more friendly and readily make friends with humanity. While primitive, they are surprisingly reasonable and have a much deeper culture than just "War is good!" Even the Cavern Clan gets some characterization, when you meet one team of Cavern Prone who are ''not'' psychotic berserkers and are, again, quite personable.
** The Wrothians are much more technologically advanced, and emphasize the "Proud" aspect, being [[{{Expy}} expies]] of Japanese samurai. Most of their disputes are solved through ritual combat, but they are highly honorable, respectful of their opponents, and they absolutely ''despise'' [[BigBad the Ganglion]], whom they are forced to work for. Appealing to their warrior's pride and honor is how Elma gets them to pull a HeelFaceTurn.
** The Marnuck, another Ganglion race, are mentioned as having a culture revolving around warfare, and they see slaughtering their enemies in battle as a tribute to their chief deity (who also happens to be their god of death). Unlike the others, they get no characterization and are simply {{Mooks}} for you to cut down in droves.
* The Jennerit from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' have a strong appreciation for warfare and martial combat. As a society, they venerate warriors of all stripes and participate widely as a culture in observing the events held within the numerous Jennerit Fighting Pits found on almost any settled Jennerit world, both within the lower settlements and the floating cities of their throneworld of Tempest.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', during the final round of "Professor Genki's Mind Over Murder", as the two announcers admire your performance, they express disappointment that they were not around to see "The King" in action. "The King" was the greatest champion on an entire planet of Proud Warrior Race Guys. When the Zin conquered their planet, he challenged Zinyak for his people's freedom, and proceeded to beat every challenge that was thrown his way. Enraged, Zinyak separated his mind from his body and trapped it in the simulation permanently, and nobody knows what became of him after that. [[spoiler:Except you. He became your RobotBuddy after you helped him download his mind into a new body. That's right, the snarky floating ball that spends most of his time either insulting you or flirting with Shaundi used to be just as much of an unstoppable badass as you are]].
* The Honorbound Warriors AI type from ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', which results from Fanatic Militarists with a spiritualist or egalitarian bent. Ordinarily, Militaristic [=AIs=] have no particular negative opinion of Pacifists; if their other ethos match closely enough, they may even become allies. Honorbound Warriors are unique in ''hating'' pacifism, willingly going out of their way to antagonize a species that professes anti-violence philosophies, [[MartialPacifist even if that species can and will defend itself if forced]]. Earn their trust, though, and the "Honorbound" half kicks in -- they make steadfast allies.
** A very specific combination of traits and ethos [[note]]Militarist/Materialist/Xenophobe with the Industrious and Strong traits[[/note]] can result in the "Metalheads" AI personality. These guys are so hardcore and batshit crazy that they never do peace: they're at war with everyone. ''All the time''. Even empires which are several times stronger than them and could crush them easily. Put this way: Aggressiveness is an AI behaviour modifier that works in the background and determines how likely a species will declare war on another. Honourbound Warriors have an aggressiveness rating of 1.75x. Metalheads' rating is ''10x''.
* ''VideoGame/NoMansSky'': The Vy'keen are a warrior sentient species with a reciprocal honor system (doing something for one obligates the Vy'Keen to do something for the doer and vice-versa), and a deep veneration of their ancient ancestors. If an explorer accidentally offends them in conversation, it can easily lead to physical violence. Their technology, from tools to ships, is almost completely dedicated to combat use. They excel at few other things beyond using brute force to rid them of their problems.

* The Warriors of ''Roleplay/EnemyQuest'' live up to their name, being large, [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation red skinned]], [[MultiArmedAndDangerous four armed]] bruisers with a cultural focus on competitiveness. During the Visitor's war with humanity, Warriors were noted for putting on brass armor, charging through hails of bullets, and killing with their bare hands.
* The Antreyki from ''Webcomic/TriquetraCats'', anthropomorphic Proud Warrior Race which demands all members at a certain age enlist in the military.
* The Jägermonsters from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', who are an army of humans mutated into [[SuperSoldier supersoldiers]] by the Heterodyne family, and loyal first and foremost ''to'' the Heterodyne family. In addition to their long lives, prodigious strength, and [[VampireVords accent-inducing fangs,]] they appear to have built a religion... around hats.
* The Basitins from ''Webcomic/TwoKinds''. Their military prowess is rather nullified by their paranoia, xenophobia and extreme prudishness, all of which keep their population small, isolated, and begging to be wiped out.
* Felucca from ''Webcomic/{{Earthsong}}''.
* The Galapagos from ''Webcomic/{{Terinu}}'', being deliberately genetically engineered to be even more aggressive than humans by their creator. The lead Galapados, General Gisko, subverts this trope slightly, being shown to be a loving and gentle husband at home who frets over his wife's pregnancy.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger''. Groonch proudly embraces his supposed warrior race heritage, but he was raised with very little knowledge of his species. The protagonist (of a different species) informs him that only a handful of extinct tribes fit the bill.
* Erogenians in ''Webcomic/TheChallengesOfZona''.
* The Angels in ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' seem to be alarmingly militarised, so much so that even their artisans are forced into combat.
* Supposedly the Trolls from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' -- although the only ones important to the story haven't been fielded yet, there isn't really any other word to describe a society in which everyone above a certain age leaves their birth planet and joins the military. Oddly, each and every one of the trolls we see instory is actually a social or societal reject for one reason or another, and the majority of them would probably be culled long before they were ever recruited.
* K'seliss in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', and presumably the whole Lizardfolk race by extention.
* The Scots of Webcomic/{{Chimneyspeak}}. Notable as being the ones who successfully captured [[ImplacableMan Chelsea Grinn]].
* The Azatoth in ''Webcomic/{{Terra}}'' have a heavily militaristic culture believing in AsskickingEqualsAuthority, though the exact angle of the trope varies heavily by individual. Main cast member Agrippa Varus focuses on the "Proud", with a strong sense of personal honor and no tolerance for attacking civilians. Apparent BigBad Solus Kalar is an [[FantasticRacism Azatoth-supremacist]] WellIntentionedExtremist advocating the use of biological warfare against humanity. His underling Catella Myrha is pretty much just a [[BloodKnight fight-happy bitch]].
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-01-10 This comic]] features Mr. Verres successfully negotiating with some manner of alien proud warrior race leader who agrees to take his "deathless army of rage" and "rampage in search of enlightenment" elsewhere.
* ''Webcomic/GastroPhobia'': Phobia is an Amazonian who is very proud of her heritage, especially the warrior aspect. But she later gets kicked out of the Amazon after refusing to get rid of her son.

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* The ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' features the Xorn, who invaded Earth in 1985, slaughtered nearly a billion people worldwide, introduced alien animals and plants to earth's ecology, and left behind tens of thousands of slaves from other races, all of whom were stuck with no way home when the invasion was defeated.
* The Worf equivalent in ''WebAnimation/StarWreck'', Dwarf, and his race, the Plingons.

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* ''{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'':
** Dinobot, despite the fact that he's the only member of his race who acts that way. Nobody ever mentioned this on the show, though... Presumably, they knew better than to say so within earshot of Dinobot.
** Some of the other Predacons do have shades of this as well, but in a more BloodKnight sort of way. Also, some incarnations of [[TransformersGeneration1 the original Dinobots]], when they're not portrayed as either knuckle-dragging bufoons or completely animalistic.
** Don't forget that most of the Predacons we are part of [[BigBad Megatron's]] crew, and only Dinobot (soldier) and Megatron (general) are true Pred military types. Other than that, we only see Ravage and the Tripredacus council.
** This is technically an anime, but in any case, Starscream was this in spades for "Transformers Armada" as well as in Energon and Cybertron.
** In ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'', the denizes of Jungle Planet are like this. Their leader, Scourge, even owes a little of his design to Dinobot.
* Hawkgirl from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. As we see in the ChristmasEpisode, her idea of celebration involves starting a BarBrawl. WonderWoman and Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} are borderline cases. Basically, Wonder Woman and Aquaman are ''royalty'' from Proud Warrior Races, while Hawkgirl is a ''warrior'' from a Proud Warrior Race.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has Starfire and her fellow Tamaraneans, though as mentioned above, the TV version of Starfire herself is a GenkiGirl. Of course, [[WhatAnIdiot bad guys who have underestimated her]] [[OhCrap have found out that]] [[LetsGetDangerous she hasn't forgotten where she came from]]. When she gets to fully cut loose, it's a thing of beauty.
* The [[ThemeNaming appropriately named]] Warmonga and Warhok of the Lorwardians (Get it?) in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
* The [[MartialPacifist New Mandalorians]] in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' repeatedly emphasize that they ''used'' to be this, but have renounced such ways. Death Watch leader Pre Vizsla and his men, on the other hand, are determined to live up to their ancestors' legacy.
* Deconstructed in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', as Mandalore's infighting and [[KlingonPromotion backstabbing]] made it easy for the Empire to manipulate, divide, and exploit them until they were too scattered to fight back against the Empire, subjugating the entire culture save for a few [[TheQuisling quislings]] who became their lackeys in exchange for power. And even then, most of them are still too caught up in power struggles and old rivalries to form any sort of resistance. Sabine, one of the main characters and the most prominent Mandalorian, is proud of her heritage but also critical of its flaws. [[spoiler:Her discovery of the darksaber, an artifact that would unite the Mandalorians, and her search to find the right person to wield it, indicates that things might be heading towards reconstruction.]]
* The Triceratons on ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003.''
* The Krang on ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}.''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve "Hearth's Warming Eve"]], the ancestors of the pegasi (a mish-mash of ancient Greek, Spartan, Roman, and conquistador imagery) are depicted as such a culture, exemplified by their domineering, militaristic leader Commander Hurricane, who even describes [[ViewerGenderConfusion his/her]] people as "a mighty tribe of warriors". (And does [[TheLadEtte Rainbow]] [[BoisterousBruiser Dash]] ''ever'' play it up.) A large number of the pegasi with speaking parts in the present day also seem to be part of the military in some capacity, suggesting they haven't entirely shed this characterization.
* Most traditional ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' are like this, with [[TheHero Goliath]] being the most notable, showing himself to be both a powerful warrior and a deeply honorable individual. For a more antagonistic example, the Vikings from the first two episodes are a thoroughly unpleasant bunch lead by vicious BloodKnight Hakon.
* Creator/LarryNiven's Kzinti were [[CanonImmigrant imported]] to the Trek universe in ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries.''
* In the [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar]] universe, the Fire Nation. They are taught that the other three elements, water, air, and earth, are inferior to fire, and hold their users in lower esteem than firebenders. They are also a martial culture, where almost everyone serves in the military, and obedience to the state is taught in the national school curriculum. Although originally presented as villains in the show, it is later on revealed that firebenders are more nuanced and complicated. Regardless, they generally have short tempers and enjoy settling issues through combat.
** The Water Tribes are also a culture based around warrior-hood. When a tribesman comes of age, they go through a series challenges to prove themselves warriors. Sokka himself underwent this rite of passage and proved himself.
** In the first few episodes, this actually seemed to be Sokka's defining trait, though it was later [[TheSmartGuy overshadowed]] [[PluckyComicRelief by]] [[DeadpanSnarker others]]. By WordOfGod's own admission, his personality changed for the better due to Jack De Sena's voice acting.
* WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius in the episode "Win, Lose and Kaboom" there are the Gorlocks which are an Orc like race. Jimmy and one of them fall in love with each other.
* The Iop race from ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' has a rather scrap-happy culture, to the point that even the deity for which their race was named liked duking out matters on the mortal plane so much that it decided to stay there as a [[PhysicalGod physical incarnation]] [[spoiler:who, as it turns out, was Sadlygrove all along]]. The Iops are often derided by other races for being of limited intellect, and they tend to be delighted to find themselves in fights of even suicidal odds. Adding to this, the fact that Sadlygrove [[spoiler:proposed to Eva with a set of engagement ''knuckledusters'']] seems to place another layer of cultural significance to the Iop's boisterousness.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}:
** The Omicronians are basically the shows parody of the Klingons. While they do invade planets, they are willing to reason with others. Lrrr especially fits this as seen in "Spanish Fry" when its revealed that he had a soft spot for small creatures and was willing to protect a bigfoot animal from a camp ranger. Their culture is basically built around the idea of war and have traits similar to Spartans.
** The Carcarons are also a proud warrior race. They like the omicronians, have an honor filled warlike culture and are also willing to reason with others. Their members only got angry and turned hostile when Zapp Brannigan tried to screw them over on a peace treaty by tricking them into signing a declaration of war.