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[[caption-width-right:315:Seven feet tall, power-armoured, genetically-engineered, a full-auto rocket launcher for a pistol, and a fist that can kill tanks: Your average SpaceMarine in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''.]]

->''"Space Marines excel at warfare because they were designed to excel at everything."''
-->-- '''Primarch Roboute Guilliman''', ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''

A soldier specifically intended to be above and beyond a normal man; [[WaxingLyrical harder, better,]] [[Music/DaftPunk faster, stronger]], tougher, more skilled, more determined, built and trained to fight and win.

The Super Soldier can come in many forms, ranging from [[TykeBomb government-raised human weapons]], [[{{Cyborg}} cybernetically]], [[BioAugmentation genetically]] or [[SuperSerum chemically]] enhanced ordinary humans, to complete [[ArtificialHuman artificial]] [[CreatingLife lifeforms]], or any combination of these. Usually trained by TheSpartanWay.

If the super-soldier is a protagonist, they will often either be ruthless killers who have [[TheAtoner had a change of heart]] and/or [[PhlebotinumRebel angry victims]] who want [[IHateYouVampireDad revenge against their creators]]. They are often [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone wracked with guilt]] over their previous actions, and may be extremely 'twitchy' and likely to unintentionally attack their own comrades out of reflex (metaphors for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are optional, but very common). They're also {{Sympathetic Sentient Weapon}}s at times.

The exception is when they're created to defend the good guys against overwhelming forces, or if they were ''created'' as super-soldiers but raised as [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent regular people]]. In the latter case, they'll usually have to go against {{Evil Counterpart}}s in the form of the "normal" super-soldiers or {{Psycho Prototype}}s.

If large numbers of them are created by the BigBad, they will seem terrifying at first, but eventually either they [[VillainDecay lose their threat]] and become just more {{mooks}} to get beaten up [[ConservationOfNinjitsu by the dozen]], or else the production facilities are destroyed and they are [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup never heard from again]].

Note that this is a trope unusually likely to bring out the FridgeLogic. The biggest logical flaw is, of course, why the results would [[TurnedOnTheirMasters remain loyal]].

The SpaceMarine is often a Super Soldier, and if so is even ''more'' likely to be a OneManArmy and may even be part of a BadassArmy. If created by the bad guys, these have a nasty tendency to become [[PhlebotinumRebel Phlebotinum Rebels.]] An army of Super Soldiers often has this as the MassSuperEmpoweringEvent uniting them. If there's only one, it's likely because of a DisposableSuperheroMaker and/or LastOfHisKind.

Expect them to possess, among other things, PsychicPowers, SuperStrength, SuperSpeed, [[GoodThingICanHeal enhanced regenerative capabilities]], and if in a fantasy setting, probable {{Magic}}al abilities (or [[MagicFromTechnology pseudo-magical]]).

Often overlaps with HenchmenRace, and not infrequently WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity. Contrast NoTranshumanismAllowed.



* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' plays this trope for tragedy: For the terminally-ill little girls of the title, it's either be made into a cybernetic monster that commits sanctioned murder for the Italian government, or die of sickness and ParentalAbandonment.
* The Claymores of the anime ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' are half-human, half-[[OurDemonsAreDifferent youma]] [[HalfHumanHybrid hybrids]] that are generally a match for most ordinary youma. Why the Organization does not simply create an army of them (rather than their traditional 47) and exterminate the youma is never explained, though it likely has to do with the [[spoiler:danger of too many of them slipping through the control process and becoming Awakened Ones, which have the mind of a youma and drastically increased powers. Having a lot of [=AOs=]]] and no more source youma from which to create more Claymores would be kinda bad.
* Fyana (Make: Melkian Government, Model: Perfect Soldier) of ''Anime/ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS'' is one of these, but she's as much of a MacGuffin as a character.
* The Artificial Mages and Combat Cyborgs in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', [[spoiler: which turn out to be secretly supported by the higher-ups of the Time Space Administration Bureau themselves so they can have a steady supply of combat-capable mages]].
* The Headdliners of ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories'', who are not supersoldiers per se as they are born with their powers, but this is because they are descended from actual genetically engineered supersoldiers. While typically serving as HumongousMecha pilots as they're the only ones with reflexes fast enough to properly control the things, they're no slouches in hand to hand combat, either.
** Later in the story this technology gets reproduced but the couple of characters, and [[MadScientist one of them]] uses it [[DesignerBabies on her own son]]. The guy turns out so [[PhysicalGod uber-powerful]] that he later had to move to the AlternateUniverse where he's something less of a GameBreaker.
* The MDS (Most Dangerous Soldiers) of ''Anime/MDGeist''.
** Capable of taking a bullet to the head inbetween the eyes, and surviving without any regeneration period.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has Olivier Armstrong being introduced to [[spoiler:an army of artificial "humans". Souls of those killed in Amestrian wars are collected and infused into white, emaciated, nigh-immortal bodies created by alchemy. The goal of the Amestris high command was to use these puppets to replace their human armies, creating more soldiers from the souls of their fallen enemies]].
** There's also the "perfected" [[spoiler: human chimerae]].
*** In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], they are implied to be the results of both a project to make powerful soldiers and because they knew too much about the government's nasty little misdeeds.
** [[spoiler:Wrath]] is basically this: a man trained to the peak of what the human body can endure and then subjected to an experiment that increased his physical abilities ten-folds, made him more durable and slowed-down his aging. His eyes were especially augmented, being able to process information almost immediately and never missing ''anything''.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' has had quite a few of these through the years...
** Because of its age, the UrExample is the Cyber-Newtype. In the mist of the [[EvolutionaryLevels increasingly]] [[PsychicPowers powerful]] [[TelepathicSpacemen Newtype]] of Universal Century Gundam, the Cyber-Newtype was created as a means of combating them on an equal footing. Creating one was usually based on prescribing [[PsychoSerum drug cocktails]] that would give one PsychicPowers on a par with some Newtypes along with some military training and other [[{{Brainwashed}} therapy]]. They are powerful but highly unpredictable while being [[AxCrazy legendarily unstable]].... Throughout Universal Century, there has been at least one starting with the Titan's [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Four Murasame and Rosamia "Rosammy" Badam]]. Unless...
** The Human Reform League super soldiers from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'', made from artificially born, gene-boosted and nanotech-enhanced humans. The exact nature of the program that created them is kept in the dark to the viewers, but judging by their only surviving alumni (one sane but EmotionlessGirl working in the HRL military, and one SplitPersonality AxCrazy PhlebotinumRebel who killed all the others and destroyed the program headquarters) and the public backlash the HRL suffered after it was revealed to the world, it was not exactly the prime definition of a 'success'.
** Heero Yuy of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' also fits this, but actually got his ranking in this category through sheer training and force of will. Although, being able to ''bend steel bars with his bare hands'' tends to make one think otherwise.
** The [[TykeBomb Extended]] of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'' are another example, created by [[FantasticRacism Blue Cosmos]] to battle the [[DesignerBabies genetically-enhanced]] [[BornLucky Coordinators]]. Abused from birth and kept under control through [[PsychoSerum drugs]] (and by ''Seed Destiny'', [[BrainwashedAndCrazy memory wiping]]), they're extremely powerful (with the [[PsychoPrototype first batch]] being able to take on [[BornWinner Kira]] and Athrun on a pretty even footing) but [[SociopathicSoldier none too stable]]. The drugs enhance their reflexes, reaction time, and raw strength/agility considerably, but at a serious cost to reasoning power, and leaves the user dependent on Blue Cosmos; withdrawal is fatal. It's worth noting that this last part is entirely intentional: by making defection a death sentence, the Earth Forces are able to maintain control over their [[AxeCrazy maddened creations]].
* The entire point of the Radam invasion in ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'' is to turn Earth into more Super Soldiers. They partially succeed, turning a large part of the population in "Primary Bodies", who can partially transform, but have no weapons.
* Alita and the other Panzer Kunst warriors of ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}''. They are of the cyborg variety of super soldiers.
* The Manhwa/{{Shaman Warrior}}s functioned as a mystical version for the [[TheEmpire Kugai.]]
* The Invisible 9 of ''Anime/PumpkinScissors'' are nine whole units of super soldiers. For example; 901-ATT is the unit full of soldiers who can take on tanks and 908-HTT are soldiers that take down their enemies with flame throwers. However, just knowing that they exist seems to mean death...
* There are elite cyborg troops in ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' world who can wipe the floors with regular soldiers. Most of the show's protagonists are former members of such teams.
** One of the chapter titles in the manga is "Super Spartan"
* {{Dracula}} in the original work was already a pretty bad mofo. In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', though, experimentation by the Hellsing family has enhanced [[SdrawkcabName Alucard's]] powers to the point where he is, among other things, not worried about [[LosingYourHead losing his head]].
* The Jinchuuriki of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' are one part this, one part AttackAnimal, depending on how they are viewed. It varies.
* In the manga ''LightNovel/{{Kieli}}'', the main character Harvey is an 'Undying'; an undead soldier that was created from the corpse of a soldier who had died in combat. Upon being reanimated, the Undying are nigh-unstoppable. They don't have any more strength or speed than a regular human, but they aren't affected by pain (although they still feel it), they don't age, do not need nourishment or sleep, and they can take nearly any amount of damage and keep going. Harvey, at one point, had half of his head blown off, along with one leg and an arm. Though it took months, he recovered. The only way to kill an Undying is by ripping its 'core' out of its chest, as the core is what gives them animation. After the war, the Church (who originally created the Undying to win the world war they were fighting) began to hunt them down and slaughter them mercilessly, offering a massive bounty for anyone who located or killed an Undying. Despite being technically dead, the Undying still have the same emotional capacity and personality that they did when they were alive, so the scant few who escaped the Church's massacre went on the run. At the beginning of the story, Harvey has been avoiding the Church for eighty years and counting.
* The purpose of 511 Kinderheim in ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' was to make these, in the {{Tykebomb}} variety. It... technically worked. [[GoneHorriblyRight They got the monster they wanted after all.]]
* General Blue in ''Manga/DragonBall'' is implied to be one, as he seems to have an insane amount of durability, strength, possibly speed, and has psychic powers.
* From ''Anime/BurstAngel'': Jo, Maria, and the other "Genocide Angels".
* This shows up to different degrees in the various incarnations of ''Manga/BirdyTheMighty'', [[spoiler: [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke including the title character herself]]]].
* ''Anime/MaiOtome'' may well feature the only school for Super Soldiers that includes embroidery and ballroom dancing as part of the curriculum. Garderobe does not skimp on the traditional survival and combat training though.
* Mewtwo from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' was cloned from Mew and then genetically altered to be the strongest pokemon in the world. [[GoneHorriblyRight They succeeded]].
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' makes use of this trope to varying degrees.
** Dot Pixis invokes the trope to explain Eren's mysterious ability to transform into a Titan, claiming it to be the result of a military experiment to create a Super Soldier.
** The enemy Titan Shifters are a TykeBomb variant, hinted to have been raised and trained to carry out their mission against humanity. All are insanely skilled soldiers even ''before'' factoring in their HealingFactor and ability to transform into Titans with unique powers.
** While its origins remain mysterious, [[spoiler: the members of the [[BadAssFamily Ackerman]] family]] possess an unusual trait that allows them to become one when awakened. Each surviving member is considered a OneManArmy, which apparently led to the government persecuting their clan in the past.
* In the sequel to ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', the [[HalfHumanHybrid Quinx]] Squad are intended to be this. Described as human weapons, the stated goal of the project is to create an Investigator capable of surpassing the legendary "Undefeated Grim Reaper", [[TheAce Arima]]. That they haven't lived up to the expectations and hype causes them to be treated as the BlackSheep of CCG.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': One of the key events in the series' BackStory is the Titan War, a particularly brutal conflict that ended about ten years before the series begins. During the war, both sides engaged in many unethical experiments, including ones with Super Soldiers; most of these ended horrifically for both the tst subjects and the experimenters. One of the test subjects to survive these was Tongpu (codenamed Mad Pierrot), who came out of the process as a sociopathic walking arsenal with the mind of a child. One of the few opponents AntiHero Spike Spiegel actually feared, he eventually was incapacitated with one of his own weapons, at which point he broke down crying and begging for his mother until he was finally destroyed.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Creating these is one of the goals of two separate villains:
** Caesar Clown seeks to create some kind of formula that will turn humans into giants, hoping to create an army of subservient and powerful giants with it. [[spoiler:He soon found out that was impossible to do, but that didn't stop him from continuing his research on children and swindling Big Mom in the process; all of which eventually bit him severely in the ass.]]
** The head of the Vinsmoke family, Vinsmoke Judge, seeks to create super soldiers through [[spoiler:genetically enhancing his own children from a young age, and subject them to TrainingFromHell to bring out their inner potential; he could then have them lead his armies, and clone them to make even ''more'' super soldiers. While that training paid off fine with four of his kids, it failed with Sanji, who remained a regular human being despite his modified genes thanks to the actions of his mother, who took a drug that was meant to counteract the genetic enhancements and the [[EmotionSuppression effects that came with it]]]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
!!! Franchise/MarvelUniverse:
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica began as the first of what was to be an army of super-soldiers, but after he was altered the [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup creator was killed]] and the process was never successfully duplicated. This was eventually retconned to be part of the Weapon Plus program. Has a good claim on being the {{Trope Namer|s}}.
** There have been several failed attempts to recreate Captain America, none of which have worked out well. [[ColonelKilgore U.S. Agent]] was probably the closest thing to a success, if only because he's still alive and a hero [[JerkAss of sorts]].
** And then there's [[SociopathicSoldier Nuke]], who is... [[AxCrazy less so.]]
** In the ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' adaptation, this is changed to the treatment being eventually fatal, leading Cap and Logan (later Wolverine) to destroy what they thought was [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup the only Project: Rebirth capsule]]. Ironically, in this case there ''was'' a backup, which the X-Men then need to go destroy after it is discovered by BigBad Magneto.
** In the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel universe, the supersoldier program was restarted in the 1990s and by the early 2000s several nations and alliances had their own versions producing Persons of Mass Destruction. The final issue of Volume 2 of ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'' mentioned a Superhuman Test Ban treaty that was to be signed to stop the [[LensmanArmsRace continued escalation]].
*** It's implied that many of the characters in the story were born from an attempt to recreate the super soldier serum. It's stated outright that the experiments that eventually led to the creation of TheHulk were initially attempts to recreate the super soldier serum. The genetic modification of spiders that later created Spider-Man also has its roots in the super soldier project.
*** Also in Ultimate Marvel - the creation of Captain America scared the bejeezus out of the Soviet Union, who started their own attempts at creating a super-soldier. But, apparently, there were budget considerations, so in their case it consisted of cutting bits of the Ultimate version of the Vision (who had [[TheTunguskaEvent crashlanded in Tunguska in 1908]]) and sewing them onto live human subjects. The results were... less than successful. After the dissolution of the USSR, eventually the human employees just left the bunker where the labs were housed, locking up and leaving the "super soldiers" to their own devices. When the Ultimates and the X-Men worked their way in about a decade later, the survivors were ''extremely disgruntled''.
* Franchise/{{Wolverine}} and the other products of the Weapon Plus program (of which he was Weapon X).
** SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} (another [[CursedWithAwesome beneficiary]] of the Weapon Plus program) at one point faces off against Cap with a spiel about two wary super soldiers watching, respectful yet wary...until [[BoisterousBruiser Hercules]] runs out of fuse.
** Fantomex (Weapon XII) and Huntsman (Weapon XIII) were both created from nanotechnology. While Fantomex was intended to be a poster boy for a [[CapeBusters Mutant hunting]] superhero team he mostly spends his time now working with X-Factor. Huntsman on the other hand was essentially a walking version of TheVirus that infected anyone he touched taking over their mind.
** Similarly, ComicBook/{{X 23}}, an attempt to produce a controllable Wolverine.
* The [[ComicBook/RomSpaceKnight Galadorian Spaceknights]].
* The Nova Corps, who are a mix of this and SpacePolice (depending on who is writing)
* The Fifty State Initiative - California's The Order is essentially a grouping of applied phlebotinum media darlings; a team crafted to be popular AND powerful. One of the few teams that [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] had a personal hand in building. Unfortunately, these superbeings have a time-limit on their careers: each person is under contract for only one year (otherwise the idea would get "stale", [[spoiler: plus their granted powers might kill them]]). They also experimented with using Bannermen, mass produced super soldiers inspired equally by Captain America and the Hulk, as team members, but the idea was scrapped after Bannermen Green and Brown died fighting the Infernal Man.
** And the main twist of ''The Order'''s series was that the villains (the Men from [[FunWithAcronyms SHADOW]]- that is, Super Human Development and Operation) were part of a government program that had tried to do the same thing with a ''Forty-Eight'' State Initiative back in the 50s.
* The immortal EvilutionaryBiologist called ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}} likes to enhance his already super-powered {{mutant|s}} follower/slaves into armored killing machines, while giving them subtle nicknames like "[[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse The Four Horsemen]]".
* ComicBook/BetaRayBill was the '[[TheGrotesque winner]]' in a competition to create a powerful guardian for his people as they fled the destruction of their homeworld and a demonic invasion. The [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor magic hammer]] simply added to his considerable power.
!!! Franchise/TheDCU:
* The [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Venom]] compound was a synthetic high-grade steroid developed for a rogue general. Combined with hypnotherapy and subcutaneous Kevlar implants, it was used to create a set of six super-soldiers on the tropical island of Santa Prisca. It also nearly drove Batman mad with addiction, before he kicked the habit and shut down the project. Unfortunately the criminal government of Santa Prisca acquired samples of the drug, which led to testing on convicted criminals, which led to ''Bane''...
* The Manhunters (Which are either androids, Super Soldiers, or {{Badass Normal}}s depending on which continuity we're paying attention to this week)
* ComicBook/LexLuthor's Everyman project (Which delivered, but with a nasty catch).
* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel Jr.'s]] {{Archenemy}}, Captain Nazi.
* ComicBook/{{OMAC}}
* Rex the Wonder Dog, who basically has ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's backstory insofar as World War II and being a super-soldier goes. [[CaptainObvious In this case, they were testing the serum on a dog when the scientist was assassinated, and simply made do]].
* ComicBook/{{Superboy}}, the 90s clone one, was practically this. Project Cadmus wanted to make a Superman after ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' and after 12 failures, they were able to do so. With ComicBook/LexLuthor's help, of course.
* The {{Knight Templar}}s known as ComicBook/{{Azrael}}, especially those created by The Order of St. Dumas.
!!! Other companies:
* ''[[ComicBook/TwoThousandAD 2000 AD]]'':
** Rogue, the ComicBook/RogueTrooper, is the last survivor of a unit of genetically-engineered super-soldiers who were massacred when one of their generals betrayed their strategy to the enemy, leading to a massacre. [=GIs=] are stronger and faster than humans, immune to all known poisons, and can go longer without sleep.
** Friday, Rogue's [[{{Expy}} successor]], is the last of a group of [=GIs=] "tested to destruction" against three waves of attack (soldiers, armoured assault, and prototype versions of his unit) after taking an enemy stronghold.
** ''Comicbook/{{Zenith}}'': The {{Nazi}}s got some cheat codes from a few {{Eldritch Abomination}}s on how to make a superman, the British stole that information during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and afterwards attempted to recreate the process. The resulting superwarrior children came of age during TheSixties, promptly rebelled and became hippies, and... well, let's just say it didn't end well for anyone.
** The {{Judge|JuryAndExecutioner}}s in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' are paramilitary law enforcement rather than soldiers most of the time, but the combination of training regimen, childhood recruitment and occasional use of cloning puts them in this category. The Judda, being highly genetically engineered and raised to be even more fanatical, are a clearer example.
** ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' antagonist Armon Gill, aka "The Chief Judge's Man" was an ex-Space Corps soldier who was engineered with leopard and cockroach DNA for increased agility and endurance.
** ''ComicBook/LobsterRandom'' was designed for a war where a subconscious is a detriment. He FeelsNoPain, [[TheInsomniac can't sleep or dream]] and has a pair of massive lobster claws grafted to his hips. [[spoiler: Turns out, they're the source of all his abilities. The placing of brain implants was only for show.]]
* The ''ComicBook/GlobalFrequency'' story "Big Wheel" dealt rather graphically with a Super Soldier program gone very, very wrong.
* {{Creator/Wildstorm}}'s Team 7 was an army unit involuntarily exposed to a "gen-factor" that turned them into supersoldiers. The downside was, the more they used their powers, [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity the crazier they got]]. Their children [[SuperpowerfulGenetics were also born super-powered]], forming the heroic Gen-13 and the [[AntiHero not so much]] [=DV8=].
* ''ComicBook/MarshalLaw'' is a satirical look at super"hero" veterans of a genetic war who had been enhanced and programmed for violence, then were unable to go back to normal lives.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Camelot 3000}}'', dissidents and criminals are involuntarily converted to Neo-Men by oppressive governments: oversized, voiceless, unquestioning brutes used to suppress riots and political unrest. Sir Percival's reincarnation undergoes this transformation within moments of having his past life's recollections restored, but retains his own mind due to the memory-restoration magic's effects.
* ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' give us many different types of super soldiers, courtesy of the {{Emotion Eater}}s of the Evronian Empire. The Evronians ''had a way to neutralize every single type super soldier if they rebelled'':
** The first we hear about is Project [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Abomination]], [[AllThereInTheManual shown only in the technical files present at the end of the various issues]]. From what we're shown, Project Abomination yielded some results but was shut down when the results went out of control.
** The first to actually show up is Grrodon. Combat-wise he's a normal warrior, but has ShapeShifting abilities. Interestingly enough, this kind of super soldier was the one without some safety, and in the ContinuityReboot they're implied to have assassinated the Emperor in a failed coup that plunged the Empire into chaos;
** The most famous is Trauma, an Evronian general who had Evron's best scientist rebuild him with SuperStrength, NighInvulnerability and the PsychicPowers of causing fear and then feed on it, thus transforming the victim in a [[SlaveMook Coolflame]]. When he was about to rebel, a warship showed up to arrest him and, after he saw through their ruse (they ostensibly wanted to bring him to the Imperial Council for some award) attacked with overwhelming force and {{Humongous Mecha}}s, put him into a restraint that suppressed his powers, and-- after the court martial ([[BloodKnight in which he thanked the Imperial Council for giving him such an enjoyable battle]])-- brought him to The Well (a prison planet, so called because there's no way to break out but you can be pulled out if Evron has some kind of dangerous mission for you).
*** [[spoiler: The 2014 relaunch "Might and Power" brings us ''mass-produced Traumas'': made from normal warriors, less physically strong and deployed unarmed and with large numbers of normal soldiers, they use their psychic powers as 'motivator' for prisoners.]]
** Later we have Klangor the cyborg soldier, with enough firepower to take on The Well's garrison and win, energy-absorbing abilities that allow him to survive an attack capable of destroying a small warship, and a ''[[SimpleYetAwesome remote-controlled off switch]]''. When he rebelled, the Evronians turned him off, put him in The Well, turned him back on and told him to behave or they'll turn him off again. Note that, canonically, this guy was built ''before'' the creation of Trauma.
** Issue #28 gives us Raghor and his beast-soldiers, an offshot of Project Abomination created by fusing Evronian DNA with that of the Beasts of Rangar to give them superior strength, speed and resistance to damage. During their test ride they're surveilled by a dozen times their numbers of regular Evronians, whose leader Zortag decided to put brainwashing devices in their helmets after they went on an unauthorized mission. The beast soldiers being just that good, they actually managed to overpower their guards before Zortag could activate the devices and then went to try and kill a temporarily BroughtDownToNormal Xadhoom before killing their keepers, only for Zortag and his warriors to outsmart the two guards left there to surveil them and brainwash Raghor's beast soldiers in his moment of triumph. Knowing that Raghor couldn't be trusted, Zortag was about to shoot him when Xadhoom recovered his powers, at which point Zortag ran with the beast soldiers while the furious {{Physical God}}dess dealt with the idiot who pissed her off.
** The special about the invasion of Xerba give us a variant of the shapeshifter Evronians [[ShoutOut Kravenn the Hunter]]. Created by Gorthan, the same guy who created Trauma, Kravenn has an uncanny ability to track down whatever his target is, and is programmed to die should he fail his mission or rebel. Again, this one was created ''before'' Trauma's rebellion.
** The final issue of the original series, titled "[[WhatIf If]]" [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin due containing a number of stories where something went different in the main story]], give us another experiment of Gorthan, a breed of Evronian-''[[WorstNewsJudgementEver Angus Fangus]]'' hybrids that are combat-ready at birth, capable of feeding on negative emotions without special items and [[SuperStrength strong enough to]] ''[[SuperStrength tear through tank armour bare-handed]]''. This time the in-built weakness is an extremely fast metabolism: if they can't feed they starve and faint in less than a minute, something crippling against regular Evronians who can't feel any emotion. Or Earth soldiers who realize this weakness and start thinking about anything but them (how they were defeated when Paperinik, thanks to [[EvilGloating the first one talking too much]] and revealing Angus had been chosen for his ability to find, cause and feel negative emotions, realized this weakness).
** The sequel series [=PK2=] has the Predator, who, for a change, was not created by the Evronians but by a CorruptCorporateExecutive by taking a [=SeaDuck=] (a Navy SEAL {{Expy}}) soldiers and modifying his body until he's 80% mechanical and has enough firepower to take on a tank, plus enough conditioning to make him loyal and convince him his partner on his last mission betrayed him. As the guy was ''not'' as savvy as the Evronians, there's no counter in case the Predator rebels... something that happens as soon as Paperinik shows him a record of the executive saying that he and TheDragon had set him up.
** The UltimateUniverse ContinuityReboot gives us another group not created by the Evronians, the Guardian Drones. Created by the Guardians of the Galaxy to fight the Evronians, they brought the Evronian Empire on the brink of collapse, ''sacking Evron itself'', before the Guardians became appalled at the violence of their creations ([[EvenEvilHasStandards that was appalling even for Evronian standards]]) and had them destroyed.
** Again from the reboot, the Evronian underwater soldier, a formidable unit against intruders trying to infiltrate a base from a lake. The safety measure: [[BoringYetPractical can't breathe air]].
* Some of the engineered superheroes at the lower end of the power scale in ''ComicBook/{{Supergod}}'', published by Creator/AvatarPress, fit this trope quite nicely. The created heroes range from this trope to AGodAmI to EldritchHorror.
* ''ComicBook/{{Uber}}'', also put out by Creator/AvatarPress, is a comic all about the various powers in World War Two powers gaining the ability to make superhuman 'tank' soldiers. They possess super-human strength, speed, are damn near invulnerable and have the power to distort reality using energy halos. The only thing that can possibly kill a Uber is another one.
* Phase Sixers or Super Warriors from the IDW published Transformers comics are powerful enough to fight armies of other Transformers and lay waste to entire planets with ease. ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' shows that they aren't created from normal Transformers (arguably a ''species'' of super-soldiers), but Cybertronians who are already abnormally stronger then the usual, in a process that would kill any regular 'bot, and very nearly kills them. They also have an amazingly high tendency to turn traitor, at which point the Decepticon Justice Division, a whole ''crew'' of psychotically fanatic super soldiers, are sent after them.
** And then there are Combiners, which is what you get when you take a number of ordinary Transformers and merge them mentally and physically - which also results in their total mass increasing a factor ten or so, and their total strength a factor hundred. Combiners are officially designated as super-warriors.
* ''ComicBook/RequiemVampireKnight'' has the Dracula's titular vampire knights. Each one of them were [[TrainingFromHell vigorously trained from Hell (literally)]] and received augmentations to make them hardier, stronger and as well as crueler by numbing their senses. They also gained magic powers such as being able to shapeshift, control animals and wield magic swords. Dracula's Berserkers also deserve a mention, though they are less reliable - gigantic, humanoids engines of destruction that destroy everything on their path whether its friend or foe. They are impossible to control and once unleashed, they can never get back under their master's hold so they are all outfitted with explosive collars to detonate once there is no further use for them.
* ''ComicBook/MicronautsIDW'' has the Acroyears: armored, genetically modified warriors armed with incredibly powerful weaponry, one of whom is a member of the titular team of heroes. He lives up to it even on [[ComicBook/HasbroComicUniverse Earth]], despite being [[LilliputianWarriors only four inches tall]].
* The creation of Serpentor in ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero]]'' was approved by Cobra Commander with the objective of creating the ultimate super soldier to be a general serving under him. Unlike the [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero cartoon version]], Serpentor wasn't explicitly created to replace Cobra Commander, but his natural charisma in leading the defense and evacuation of Springfield just moments after his "birth" made Cobra Commander [[OhCrap realize]] he'd inadvertently greenlighted the creation of his own rival.

* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': [[spoiler:Gendo's genetic manipulation]] was meant to turn Shinji and Asuka's daughter Teri into this. It worked out, and she developed PsychicPowers.
* ''FanFic/HarmonyTheory'': How Rainbow is viewed by those in the setting, 1000 years after ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
* The ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' has the Hooviets' Project Hybrid, a project devoted to creating powerful pony/deer hybrids soldiers. [[BigBad General-Admiral Makarov]] is the most successful of them and the only one still alive in modern day. He has immensely powerful magic and enough physical power to [[CurbstompBattle curbstomp]] Shining Armor. [[spoiler:Subverted in that the experiment was ''supposed'' to be a complete failure, as even if it succeeded it'd have just resulted in pony/deer hybrids rather than Super Soldiers. Makarov's true form, a [[RealityWarper reality bending]] monster called the Shadow of Chernobull, altered history so that he survived. It's also revealed that Makarov was the one responsible for killing the other hybrids so he could be unique.]]
* Athene and her siblings from ''Fanfic/MobileSuitGundamStorm''.
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', of course, has Steve. It also has Natasha (as per mainstream continuity, thanks to the Infinity Formula, at the very peak of human potential - Steve being the next step in human evolution - and biologically immortal), Mar-Vell and [[spoiler: The Winter Soldier]]. The last is by far the most terrifying of them all, even considering the fact that Mar-Vell is a GeniusBruiser and a FlyingBrick.
** Technically, the Hulk.
** Wolverine.
** Extremis (both the MCU version and the Mainstream [[SuperpowerLottery version]]) and Project Centipede are both mentioned.
* ''FanFic/TheBridge'' elaborates on [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} Monster X's]] lack of backstory. [[spoiler: He was a normal Xilian Super Soldier given a Captain America styled augmentation with the operation turning him into a {{Kaiju}}.]] Some of the Mysterian-Human hybrids, this world's version of the Final Wars' mutants, are also this if they aren't psychics.
* In {{FanFic/Warverse}}, the [[Franchise/MassEffect Alliance]] has the SIGMA program - 7+ feet tall, reinforced bones, nervous system, and all kind of other things. Once they meet the Turian Ghost Corps (which has all that plus a few centuries of simulated reality training), they hold their own reasonably well, but it's close enough to start a new program combining all that with TheSpartanWay - [[ArcNumber 612]] orphans aged six to seven are taken in secret as a first batch and are subjected to TrainingFromHell. Well, [[spoiler:611 orphans and John Shepard - his biotic talents convinced the recruiters to stretch the rules a bit.]]
* Many examples exist on the mad world that is ''Fanfic/CoreLine'', but to provide one example: the Stingray Industries "Hellsoldier Project", which takes people (living ''and'' dead) with PowerNullifier mutations and turn them into virtually unkillable infantrymen-capable of surviving the wrath of things as nasty as a pissed-off, no-holding-back (think "Regime" or "Justice Lord") Franchise/{{Superman}} or [[EldritchAbomination supernatural monsters]] like [[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls Bill Cipher]] long enough to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu blow their brains out with the biggest gun they have available at the moment]].

* [[spoiler: Hanna]] in ''Film/{{Hanna}}'' comes from a secret government program that develops otherwise aborted fetuses into powerful soldiers.
* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse has several examples of these:
** Emil Blonsky / Abomination in ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' film starts out as a Super Soldier, thanks to work based on a certain WWII project we "later" see in more detail. When that still isn't enough for him to take on the Hulk, he injects himself with even more dangerous crap and full-on becomes the Abomination. [[Film/IronMan Tony Stark]] later pops in to condescendingly remind General Ross why that program was put on ice.
** There were two Super Soldiers in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'': The first one was surprisingly Johann Schmidt a.k.a. The Red Skull. He received the super-soldier formula first. However, it wasn't perfected yet, and, ala [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka Palazzo]], he was implied to have been driven [[PsychoPrototype even more insane]] than before and gained the characteristic red face as a result. The second was Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America; the SuperSerum was luckily perfected by that time. The fact that they had different personality traits to start with also led them even further in different directions.
*** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' adds the eponymous soldier, [[spoiler:confirming fan guesses that Bucky Barnes was injected with SuperSerum by Zola in the first movie. He survived his fall from the train, but was found by the wrongest possible people and is now a SympatheticSentientWeapon owned by HYDRA]].
** In ''Film/IronMan3'', Extremis makes people super strong with a HealingFactor capable of regenerating limbs in minutes and the ability to produce intense heat at will. Unfortunately the serum is unstable and many eventually explode with enough heat to vaporize anyone nearby. Most of the volunteers are implied to be [[HandicappedBadass disabled veterans]].
* In the 1990 ''Film/CaptainAmerica1990'' film with Matt Salinger playing the title role. It's indicated that the red face of the Red Sull was actually a disfigurement caused by the original process, first seen tested on a rat, and which is later perfected for use with Steve who comes out looking normal, if extremely powerful in build.
* ''Film/{{Soldier}}'', wherein a TykeBomb who survives to middle age gets tossed aside by his creators... Only to stomp a mudhole in a platoon of the genetically engineered "new models" when they cross paths.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The ''Film/RogueOne'' Visual Guide states that the Empire's elite Death Troopers undergo classified medical procedures that make them "somewhat beyond human".
* ''Film/UniversalSoldier'' used ''corpses'' as the base. However, the Unisols are just more then corpses that they reanimate. They're corpses of soldiers, marines and the like; that are exceptional compared to their fellow service members. They are retrieved from the battlefield, and brought back to life, using a complex procedure of freezing, surgery, BioAugmentation and reheating using deep-tissue electrical shocks, and then doped up on performance boosting drugs and the like. They then take it a step further using gene therapy, in ''Film/UniversalSoldierRegeneration'', and further more with false memories and mind control in ''Film/UniversalSoldierDayOfReckoning''.
* In ''Film/TheBourneSeries'' it was hinted at that the operatives in Treadstone and Blackbriar, that includes the protagonist Jason Bourne, had some form of enhancements beyond simple TrainingFromHell. While they don't do anything quite superhuman they have an unreasonable amount of stamina, [[FeelsNoPain pain tolerance]] and [[HyperAwareness mental acuity]] to the point you know they aren't quite normal. The fourth film, ''The Bourne Legacy'', actually has it as part of its plot. The operatives regularly take specific pills that increases muscle density, gives them a mild HealingFactor and sharpens their mind. When cut off from that supply they suffer withdrawals and are threatened that they will revert to being "normal" without it. It was later revealed that the newer iterations of the Outcome operatives, the LARX operatives; had these improved traits and abilities; made into permanent parts of their physiology, via retroviral gene therapy.
* In the Creator/JetLi film, ''Film/BlackMask''; the operators of Squad 701 are this. The 701s were created by the Chinese Government, in order to deal with the escalating crime rate, caused by gang violence and drug distribution. The 701s were selected from elite military units, and subjected to a procedure known as a neurorectomy, in which they injected a chemical solution into their brain stems, chemically deadening the part of their brains responsible for pain, exhaustion and fatigue. Because of this, the 701s no longer feel pain to a large extent, nor are they affected by exhaustion and fatigue. This removes the psychological limitations on the Human body, allowing for them to push themselves harder then the average soldier. They were able to hit with enough force to break through concrete, fast enough to outrun automatic gunfire and dodge it and perform other incredible physical feats.\\
The downside to this process, is that it left the 701s impaired to physical trauma and wear and tear from overexertion, meaning that it was very possible for the 701s to die from internal bleeding caused by their superhuman performance. Another downside to this process, was that it left the 701s with impaired judgment and morality. Major troubles for the 701s started when one of their own went berserk and killed a bunch of police officers in the process. After this incident, the government terminated the project and had most of the 701s killed, with only a handful escaping and surviving out in Hong Kong. The protagonist of the movie, Simon/Michael (In the Chinese dub his name is Tsui) is a 701 attempting to lead a normal life, but is called back into action when his fellow 701s begin taking down gangs all over Hong Kong and begin to cause trouble for the police.
* The Neo-Vipers from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' stroll through massed assault rifle fire without any apparent ill effect, and one even continues on as normal even after being set on fire. More or less you have to shoot them in the eye (the only part without armour) or use anti-tank weapons to kill one. At the very least with Joe tech, [[BoomHeadshot aim for the head]].
* In ''Film/CubeZero'', the government soldiers are implanted with a chip and "reprogrammed" to become the perfect soldier, feeling no pain, getting superhuman strength and obeying orders without question.
* The made-for-television film ''Legion (1998)'' was about a team of death-row convicts who were offered full pardons if they helped take an enemy installation. They realize something is wrong when they find nothing but a pile of rotting bodies waiting for them. Then they start getting picked off one by one. It turns out their entire mission was really a test of the military's prototype supersoldier-- the titular "Legion" [[spoiler:who is actually one of the convicts who allowed himself to be a guinea pig to avoid execution]]. The supersoldier was created by integrating [[LegoGenetics lizard DNA into his genetic makeup]] and could shapeshift into his original human form, adapt to environments inimical to humans, and boasted enhanced strength and agility.
* ''Film/AmericanUltra'' features two groups of CIA-trained field operatives taken from civilian volunteers (a surprising number of whom seemed to be ex-convicts), who underwent heavy psychological programming. The earlier group, WISEMAN, produced the film's protagonist, Mike Howell. The later group, TOUGHGUY, produced the assets he faces off against, and are mostly recruited from people with a pre-existing history of mental illness, violent tendencies, etc. While the over-ridding ULTRA program's techniques gave every subject heightened hand-eye coordination, reaction time, high-threshold for pain tolerance, and a bevy of other mental abilities a field operative would find invaluable[[note]]much like the above-mentioned ''Bourne series''[[/note]], it was also driving people insane (or more insane). Eventually the process was deemed too costly (on both an economic and a human level) and Mike Howell, the most promising candidate, was put into deep mental cover and relocated to a secure residence.

* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': The [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]] warrior caste, trained from birth to be merciless sadomasochist killing machines. They're fond of chopping off various parts of their bodies and replacing them by more efficient, [[OrganicTechnology genetically engineered symbiotic grafts]].
** The [[GrandFinale final book]] in the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' series has [[EvilOverlord Shimrra]] order the creation of the Slayers, warriors specially designed to be able to outfight a Jedi.
* Adam R. Brown's ''{{Literature/Alterien}}'' series:
** Oberon is enhanced to such a degree he is able to serve in an elite group of superhuman soldiers.
** Apart from the Alteriens are enhanced soldiers such as the [=SABERs=] and their British counterparts, the Actuals.
** There are other superhuman soldiers from other countries such as the Red Hammers from Russia.
** New experimental super soldiers were eventually produced that proved to be a challenge even to the Alteriens. These included the Kinetic Absorbing Endoskeleton cyborgs (The Kendos) and the Double Ms (matter manipulators).
* ''Literature/EndersGame'': Andrew 'Ender' Wiggin and the rest of the Battle School students; note that they were trained, not to fight personally, but as super-''generals''. The spin-off ''Shadow'' series has a scientist attempt to use genetic engineering to create super-intelligent people with the downside being an extremely low lifespan. [[spoiler:Bean is the only survivor of the program]].
* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'': the Sardaukar. And, arguably, the Fremen once Paul and Jessica train them to be ''soldiers'' not individualistic killing machines. (Although even as the Atreides are falling to the Sardaukar, Fremen under the control of [[spoiler:Liet Kynes]] are engaging Sardaukar and suffering losses that Thufir Hawat finds amazingly low (losing two of their own and killing over a hundred enemy). One wonders what might have come about if Thufir had not [[spoiler:been ambushed before he could link up with Paul and Jessica]].
** Later, God-Emperor Leto uses the Sardaukar gene pool to breed the [[AmazonBrigade all-female]] Fish Speakers as his private enforcers.
* ''Literature/ThePostman'': 'Augments', of which there were two varieties: one cybernetically altered and [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity chosen for their psychopathic tendencies]], the other [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower trained in exotic meditation techniques]] and chosen for their high sense of ethics.
* The Sauron Supermen and Motie warrior caste in ''[[Literature/CoDominium The Mote in God's Eye]]'' and [[Literature/CoDominium related stories]].
* ''Literature/{{Wolfbreed}}'' has UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights try and turn a bunch of werewolf children into elite shock troops and commandos.
* The Uruk-Hai were Super Soldier ''[[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]]'' in both book and film versions of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Notable in that though they're bred for it, they are speculated by Treebeard to be [[HalfHumanHybrid hybrids]] of human and orc. In the Movieverse, it's regular Orc and Goblins (which are the orc equivalent of Gnomes or Dwarves), capitalizing on Hybrid Vigour.
* The ''Literature/MoreauSeries'' of books by S. Andrew Swann dealt heavily with the aftermath of this trope, with the novels' soldiers being [[PettingZooPeople Furry]] {{Half Human Hybrid}}s who eventually became [[FantasticRacism second-class citizens]] after the war they were built for ended.
* Subverted in the Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold short story "[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Labyrinth]]"; the 'super-soldier' was designed by a committee with no actual soldiers on it and is flashy but massively impractical. The effect is rather spoiled by the fact that the prototype frequently appears in later stories as a very effective soldier.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington''.
** The Scrags were engineered to be elite shock troops in Earth's final war, however, the novels takes place a thousand years or so afterward and they have devolved into [[{{Mooks}} none too bright thugs]] that tend to get [[VillainDecay easily trounced by powerful, but mostly unagumented humans]].
** The Salamander herself. It's revealed a few books in that Honor is herself is descended from Super ''Colonists'', her ancestors being genetically tweaked to thrive on the planet Meyerdahl which had gravity quite a bit higher than Earth (they also serve her well on her own home planet of Sphynx which is has a gravity lower than Meyerdahl but still higher than Earth). For her, this translates to a tall, solid frame, [[LightningBruiser much higher than average strength and very fast reflexes]]. The tradeoffs for Honor are an extremely fast metabolism (Upside? [[CursedWithAwesome She eats all the cookies she can find without gaining a pound]]. Downside? [[BlessedWithSuck When she was being held prisoner in a later book by folks who didn't know about her metabolism, she nearly starved to death on what would normally be considered generous rations for a prisoner.)]]
*** It's implied that many members of the Manticoran upper and middle class are "Genies", but it's generally played down because of bad memories of the Scrags.
** The backstory also mentions another group of Super Soldiers, originating in Asia around the same time as the Scrags. This heavily-augmented group of cyborgs proved to be even more monstrous than the Scrags' progenitors, which were created in Ukraine by [[ANaziByAnyOtherName racial supremacists]]. Unlike the Ukrainian supersoldiers, the Asian ones were incapable of reproducing and died out after a single destructive generation. It is implied that things went rapidly downhill at this point in history as every nation unleashed their own supersoldiers, chemical weapons, and biological agents on each other in what became known as the Final War.
* Also by Creator/DavidWeber: Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes gives us anybody from either the Fourth or Fifth Imperium military (Battle Fleet or Imperial Marines).
** Dahak's '' 'improvements' '' make a Fifth Imperium soldier a serious super soldier compared to a Fourth Imperium super soldier. Talk about helping someone [[TookALevelInBadass Take A Level In Badassery]].
* The Colonial Defense Force from Creator/JohnScalzi's ''Literature/OldMansWar''. Earthborn humans are given the option to join the offworld military instead of retiring at age 75. Once off planet [[spoiler:[[BodyBackupDrive their consciousness is transferred to a genetically engineered body grown from their DNA]]]]. Notable in that the ''entire force'' from privates to generals consist of supersoldiers. (It's made very clear that unenhanced humans wouldn't last five minutes against the aliens they have to fight.) [[spoiler:The Special Forces are much worse: they are ''born'' with the knowledge of how to be supersoldiers, and not much else. They make a conscious comparison between themselves and Frankenstein's Monster as part of the series' general commentary on the ethics of super soldiery.]]
** Loyalty is {{justified|Trope}} in story as a result of said age requirement as in BadassGrandpa and NeverMessWithGranny.
* In Creator/JohnRingo's ''Literature/CouncilWars'' series, the [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]] are the virtually immortal genetically engineered superhuman soldiers of the last Resource Wars.
* The Specials in Scott Westerfeld's ''Literature/{{Uglies}}'' series. They have bones made of aircraft material with servos inside for better movement, artificial muscles that are stronger and don't get sore, weaponized fingernails and teeth filed to sharp points, {{nano|machines}}bots in their blood that allow them to [[HealingFactor heal quickly]], antennas implanted in their skin to allow for more efficient communication between themselves, a direct link to the city's interface that they can manifest as a GUI by closing their eyes and thinking about it, and an artificial addition to their brain that gives them enhanced senses and reflexes, a serious superiority complex towards non-Specials, and violent tendencies. Oh, and their facial features are modeled to look vaguely lupine to stir up the primal fear of predators in unmodified humans.
* In Creator/DanielKeysMoran's ''Tales of the Continuing Time'', the Peaceforcer Elites are made into Super Soldiers through a grueling series of gene therapies and cyborgizing surgeries. Tens of thousands of years ago, the Old Human Race made Super Soldiers through genetic engineering and sheer badassery. Additionally, the Unification's Project Superman experimented with gene modification to produce the de Nostri (a human-leopard mix), and a group of telepaths, both as attempts at Super Soldiers. One team was especially effective, consisting of a telepath (Carl Castanaveras), a Peaceforcer Elite (Christian Summers) and a de Nostri (Jacqueline).
* Creator/RichardKMorgan's ''Literature/TakeshiKovacs'' novels feature a whole variety of augmentations and genetically engineered supersoldier bodies. However the premise of the universe (that FTL travel is only possible by beaming your consciousness to another planet and downloading yourself into a new body) means that the ultimate soldiers are 'Envoys' who undergo an intense mental version of TheSpartanWay to condition them to fight effectively in a new and unfamiliar body.
** ''Literature/BlackMan'' by the same author has the Thirteens, genetically-engineered Alpha Male {{sociopathic soldier}}s.
* ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'': The "weapon races" play this very pragmatically. Rather than create a "perfect soldier," the Consult created a number of creatures as biological weapons against humanity. The Consult gave them all a sexual compulsion toward carnage and pointed them at humanity.
** Scranc are small, stupid and not particularly dangerous individually, but they are designed to destroy armies through attrition. They breed explosively, survive on almost nothing, and attack in relentless {{Zerg Rush}}es until even the finest regiments are too exhausted to fight back.
** Bashrags are giant ogre-like creatures for attacking things that more easily resist large numbers of small creatures, such as siege weapons.
** Skin-spies are shape-changing espionage agents, infiltrating armies and governments to wreak sabotage.
* Creator/GeorgeRRMartin:
** The Unsullied in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', a type of eunuch slave soldier using armament and tactics similar to Greek hoplites. Due to [[TheSpartanWay brutal training]] and drug use [[TykeBomb from a young age]], the Unsullied are robotically loyal, utterly fearless, and immune to pain. However, their castration during youth causes them to lack raw muscular power. They are also specifically not [[OneManArmy one man armies]], being far more effective in their phalanx fighting formation.
** The first sci-fi story Martin had published, "Hero" is about this trope. The protagonist is a {{heavyworlder}} raised and trained on a War World, with drugs used to maintain his speed and stamina. Despite his superior trying to dissuade him, he decides to retire to Earth at the end of his enlistment instead of returning to his native planet like his colleagues, thinking he'll be a hero there instead of just another retired soldier. Instead he's murdered by his superiors who have no intention of letting such a dangerous person anywhere near ordinary humans.
* Pepper from ''Literature/CrystalRain''. His body actually burns off a good fifty pounds over the course of a single fight, and he has to keep eating and drinking constantly during lulls in the battle to keep his metabolism running. So badass that he actually came out of a AndIMustScream situation more or less [[AxCrazy unscathed.]]
* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' version of Orcs. They have [[WolverineClaws extendable claws in their fingers]], are superhumanly strong, can [[HealingFactor recover from lethal wounds]], and created by an evil wizard from [[spoiler: humans]]. The one we meet is a WarriorPoet.
* Painless soldiers in the Literature/InheritanceCycle. They are incapable of feeling pain, so they can fight with stuff like missing limbs and crushed sternums. Nothing is Squickier than fighting a laughing madman with only half a face. Those soldiers didn't feel pain, so they didn't exhibit a survival instinct, allowing them to be easily lead into traps.
* The Shrike from the ''Literature/HyperionCantos''- if a metallic nine foot tall, time-bending, godlike killing machine covered in spikes doesn't qualify as a supersoldier, nothing does.
** Also Rhadamanth Nemes and her twins. [[spoiler: They manage to take on the ''Shrike'' and survive. One of them even temporarily defeats it!]]
* The serjants of the ''Literature/NightsDawnTrilogy'' are also an example of this, as they are initially used to police Tranquility, and later used as the front line troops to fight the possessed.
* [[Literature/TheDraka Homo Drakensis]] is [[EvilutionaryBiologist engineered]] to be the perfect predator of human beings. They are faster, smarter, and stronger than any normal human and able to [[BrainWashed dominate the minds of others through pheromone control]]. The Draka believe that one or two ''Drakenses'' is an adequate force to establish dominance over a world full of [[PunyEarthlings unaltered humans]] given enough time. Even before the Draka actually became superhuman, your [[BadassNormal average Draka citizen soldier]] was worth several of the enemy due to his/her [[SchizoTech superior equipment]], [[TheSpartanWay conditioning]] and [[{{Ubermensch}} morale]].
* The Hradani of the ''[[Literature/TheWarGods WarGod]]'' series by Creator/DavidWeber. Bigger, faster and stronger than humans and twisted by magic to become [[TheBerserker berserkers]] in combat.
* In Max Barry's ''Literature/MachineMan'', this is the goal of Better Future's CorruptCorporateExecutive, the Manager.
* The Trollocs from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' were intended to be this- in reality they're only mediocre at it, as while they are much larger, stronger, and more aggressive than humans, they're also lazy, undisciplined, and not very bright. Their effectiveness is improved greatly if one of their [[HumanoidAbomination Myrddraal]] cousins is put in command, since they're smarter and have a variety of weird powers that includes the ability to telepathically coordinate Trollocs, making them far better warriors. Normally, though, the main use for Trollocs is the ZergRush, since there are a ''lot'' of them.
** The Gholams can also be considered this since they are immensely strong, immune from magic and are essentially immortal
** On the side of the Light Warders can be considered Super Soldiers since due to their bond with their Aes Sedai they gain increased strength and endurance. Combined with receiving the best possible training in the world and they are a formidable opponent
* The koloss from ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' are [[spoiler: artificially created]] killing machines that can take out whole squads of human soldiers by themselves, though they lack any real capacity for subtlety or tactics. Their primary drawback, though, is that they're [[TheBerserker berserkers]]- once a koloss army has been unleashed and gone into frenzy, they're nearly impossible to rein in until the frenzy has passed and will kill anything non-koloss (and sometimes other koloss too, if they can't get anything else) that crosses their path. This means that you can't deploy your koloss near human population centers you don't want levelled.
* Comes up frequently in the works of Creator/TimothyZahn, often also highlighting the drawbacks and pitfalls.
** The title characters of ''Literature/TheCobraTrilogy'' Series are man-made supersoldiers originally created for a major war. They have unbreakable bones and numerous weapons built into their bodies. At the end of the first book (Well after the war ended), it is revealed that the process that made their bones unbreakable also caused people who underwent the COBRA treatment to become arthritic and anemic as they got older. This is in addition to the question brought up earlier in the book of what you're supposed to do with supersoldiers when there isn't a war going on.
** Also in Zahn's Blackcollar trilogy: the Blackcollars are deliberately low-tech supersoldiers, created using drugs to enhance speed and strength, then equipped with low profile body armor and weapons like shuriken, nunchaku, and slingshots, in order to wage a guerrilla war against an enemy capable of tracking more advanced weapons. This was a part of a two-pronged strategy for combatting an enemy with superior numbers: the Blackcollar use guerilla tactics on occupied planets, while ''Nova''-class cruisers are individually superior to anything the enemy has.
** In ''Literature/TheConquerorsTrilogy'', The Copperheads are cybernetically augmented humans capable of "Mindlink" with their fighter craft, to the extent where the highest level makes the pilot feel like they ''are'' the ship, and allowing the equivalent of instant telepathic communication among a squadron. For obvious reasons, they're incredibly effective in combat. Unfortunately, because the Mindlink is both highly stimulating and designed to suppress things like physical and emotional pain while it's active, it can become addictive and even cause brain damage if it's used more than absolutely necessary.
* It's found that Project Starscream, an Imperial bioweapons project responsible for a number of threats in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', has the end goal of creating an UltimateLifeForm Super Soldier with [[AllYourPowersCombined the abilities of all those other threats]]. Only the first is met then and there - [[spoiler: as [[DoorstopBaby a baby in a pod]], who [[PlotRelevantAgeUp gets to adulthood and then monsterhood within a day]]]] but it's clear that if the [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup plans and prototypes]] hadn't been destroyed there would have been more.
* ''Literature/{{Gladiator}}'': Hugo Danner [[GuineaPigFamily has a professor father who experimented on him as a fetus]], so that he developed a reasonable degree of NighInvulnerability and SuperStrength. Trapped in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, he becomes a Super Soldier killing as many German soldiers as he can for the French Foreign Legion. He decides to win the war by Instant-Win Condition: hijacking a plane, infiltrating Germany and killing the German Emperor and his generals to force a DecapitatedArmy. Unfortunately, RealityEnsues and the war ends on his own accord. The truth is, modern wars (maybe since the nineteenth century) are not won nor lost by soldiers anymore, but by economic and politic reasons bigger than any human beings control.
* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/LineOfDelirium'', the protagonist, a professional bodyguard named Kai Dutch reveals that he was created as one of these in secret, as genetic engineering is illegal in TheEmpire. For the first 15 years of his life, he was a weakling and constantly bullied (and raped). Once he hits 16, he hits a huge growth spurt and develops superhuman strength, speed, reaction time, and analytical powers. However, even when he has to fight a Meklar hand-to-hand (normally a death sentence to any non-Meklar), he has a doctor (working for TheMafia) give him tons of "enhancements" and a "battle cocktail" that turns him into a killing machine that can survive a few minutes against a Meklar.
* ''A Dry, Quiet War'' by Tony Daniel involves soldiers from a war at the end of time 15 billion years in the future, who are almost unkillable because their bodies extend into alternate timelines.
* In the ''Literature/ParadoxTrilogy'', symbionts are Terran super-soldiers created by implanting living alien tissue into their brains and bodies. They are extraordinarily fast and strong with a powerful healing factor to boot, but are only created in limited numbers because the implants can cause [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity mental instability]].
* ''Literature/TheInfected'': It's more of a background thing, the heroes being part of a rather militarized federal agency, but in the Cold War both the United States and Soviet militaries employed Infected supersoldiers in the form of Alpha and Bravo Teams for the US, and Spetsnaz Ultima for the Russians.
* In ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'', the advances in brain implant tech have resulted in some people being given at least half a dozen brain implants that allow them to interact with technology on an unprecedented level. Cybreakers are futuristic hackers with many implants. It's useless to threaten them with a standard-issue MagneticWeapon, as they'll simply disable it remotely. You'd have to find an ancient chemical slug-thrower to be effective. Besides, since everyone has at least one brain implant since they're children (for controlling basic tech), a Cybreaker can just hack it and do things like scan a person's memories, implant false sensory input, or just fry the brain. Mnemonics are Cybreakers trained to fight the criminal ones. There are also Battle Mnemonics, who are the offensive version. They are trained from childhood to be able to take on a dozen Cybreakers at once. In later books, the Confederacy Navy starts using Mnemonics as the pilots of their newest fighter craft due to the great number of advanced systems onboard. Some are even able to hide the craft from enemy sensors by constantly tuning the specialized sensor and shield packages on the fighter.
* ''Literature/ExHeroes'' Project Krypton creates supersoldiers. It involves altering the soldier's brains so that they can operate constantly at "mother lifting a car off her child" levels. Unfortunately the brain eventually forms new neural pathways and the soldiers abilities degrade over time.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Genome}} Dances on the Snow]]'', Phages (AKA Knights of Avalon) are genetically-engineered special operatives, who have superhuman strength, speed, and reaction time (although not nearly to comic book levels), as well as training in combat, infiltration, computer systems, starship piloting, and using the CompellingVoice. In addition, they also have an innate desire to do the right thing, which isn't always the logical thing, in stark contrast to the overly rational (in their opinion) society. Their WeaponOfChoice is a semi-living plasma whip, which can be used as both a weapon and a tool. They admit that plasma whips may not be as efficient and powerful as common blasters, but they're far more versatile. Oh, and don't go around calling them [[Film/StarWars Jedi]]; they don't like that. A century later, when the first novel ''Genome'' is set, advances in genetic engineering have made Phages obsolete, since a sizable percentage of humans in the galaxy are now "specialized". Those of the Fighter specialization are capable of even greater feats than the Phages (e.g. {{Flash Step}}ping).
* Australian author Rick Kennett wrote several short stories about Cy De Gerch, a [[ChildSoldier sixteen year-old]] Martian girl who's genetically-engineered to interact with the fire-control systems of a spaceship. She's not a SpaceMarine so has minimal combat training, but her reflexes still make her dangerous in hand-to-hand combat.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has several:
** [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries OS]]: Khan Noonian Singh and the other 'eugenic supermen' in "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]" and ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan The Wrath of Khan]]''.
*** Their "brothers and sisters" made an appearance in several episodes of ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]''. When Dr Arik Soong took augment embrios left over from the eugenics war and did a little tweaking in an attempt to make perfect humans. Unfortunately it didnt work and they still had the same ambition, ego and beliefs about genetic superiority.
*** The IDW ''Star Trek Khan'' comics have Creator/BenedictCumberbatch's version of the character stand trial after the events of ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' and retell the story of the Eugenics Wars and why he looks nothing like Ricardo Montalban. A powerful corporation kidnapped a whole bunch of kids from slums all over the world in 1970s and, with backing by various governments, set out to train an army of Super Soldiers, genetically-enhancing them using tech unheard of outside the company, giving them a HealingFactor, among other things. Noonien Singh became the leader of the "enhanced" at the Indian compound. Eventually, all the enhanced all over the world coordinated their actions and escaped, deciding to plot a global takeover in order to keep the foolish humans from destroying the world. In 1992, they make their move by nuking Washington and Moscow and announcing their intentions. Their takeover takes a few weeks. After capturing India, Noonien Singh takes the name/title Khan and becomes the ruler of the Central Asian territory. According to him, he's the only ruler who tries to make the lives of his people better, while the others use their ambition to fight among themselves, which, in the end, allows humans to fight back and push the "enhanced" to Australia. Khan and his followers escape on the SS ''Bottany Bay''. He then gets EasyAmnesia and is tricked by Admiral Marcus that he really is John Harrison, agent of Section 31. His memories return when he blows up Praxis as part of his mission.
** [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]: Roga Danar and the other exiled Angosian soldiers, in "The Hunted", with a Vietnam Veteran Syndrome metaphor {{Anvilicious}}ly applied.
** [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]: The Jem'Hadar.
* ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'': Lyta Alexander after she was TouchedByVorlons. It's eventually revealed that the Vorlons originally created telepaths for just this purpose.
** In the fourth episode there was an OrganicTechnology artifact that turned someone into an unstoppable killing machine.
*** Also the Techno-mages, as seen in the trilogy of books.
* ''Series/DarkAngel'': The Transgenics were genetically engineered humans designed to be soldiers. Not just rank and file soldiers either, but commanders, specialists, logistical and support staff all custom made for their role including:
** The X series' comprising of nine series of varying make up and success rates, acting as the soldiers, commandos and field commanders of Manticore's army. Powers include vary from the X5 series' [[LittleBitBeastly feline]] grace and [[InASingleBound jumping ability]] to the X7's [[CreepyChild batlike]] ultrasonic communication bordering on [[HiveMind hive mind]]. All the X series have increased the 'standard' super soldier boosts to reflexes, stamina and strength in addition.
** Psy Ops only has one on screen representative, but she was capable of {{Telepathy}} and [[MindControl Mind Control]].
** Also developed by Psy Ops are the I.T. Concentrates custom engineered to fulfill the role of a general...and his staff AND a super computer and database to boot. So good at [[AwesomenessByAnalysis processing information]] that it borders on precognition. Also engineered to be really [[PerceptionFilter unimportant looking]] as a form of protection.
** Super [[TheMedic Medics]] acting as both doctors and portable bloodbanks. All of Manticore's trangenics are universal donors, but for their medics they decided to take a step further. Their blood contains higher levels of hemoglobin, platelets and fibrin to speed clotting of wounds as well elevated levels of pain-killing endorphins and adrenalin. The production rate is also much faster than either human or transgenic and they have a higher-than-average blood pressure required for quick transfusions. This coupled with extensive training in physiology, combat medicine and emergency battlefield surgery making them very effective one man medical corps.
** On top of these are the significantly less human looking transgenics specialized by environment including [[LizardFolk Desert]] [[MoleMen Specialists]], [[UndeathlyPallor Polar specialists]], [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Marine specialists]] and even a monstrous equivalent of a K9 corp specializing in tracking.
* First the Jaffa, an actual human subspecies that was biologically dependent on having a Goa'uld larva inside them and later the [[NighInvulnerability nigh invulnerable]] Kull Warriors (who were actually often called 'Super Soldiers') in ''Series/StargateSG1''.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** Just when the MythArc couldn't get any more bungled up, they threw in Super Soldiers in the last season. Mind you, they cast Creator/AdamBaldwin and Creator/LucyLawless, so {{fanservice}} all around...
** In the episode "Eve" in season 1, {{creepy twin|s}} girls came from a secret government's project. Its aim was to create and clone humans with superior strength and intelligence. Boys and men were called Adams, while girls and women Eves. Pity the clones suffered from severe psychoses and had suicidal and murderous tendencies. Easily one of the best episode from the first season. Great story-telling.
* The second season opener of ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'' centered around the "Daggers" (the official term is GELF - genetically engineered life form. "Dagger" is an insult), genetically engineered warriors whose very existence was outlawed before they were a year old, and are exiled to life on a prison island. They are freed by the end of the episode.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'s'' River Tam was physically and psychologically conditioned to be a psychic [[OneManArmy One Waif Army]]. [[PhlebotinumRebel Then she got away.]]
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' had Scott, the Marine from the last couple of episodes in the third season. Notably killed a few seconds after receiving his first combat assignment.
* A few of these were created in ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred''. They were injected with Promicin, and the survivors of this made several appearances. However, they were "just" soldiers with superpowers, the latter of which is fairly common in this series, so they often got their asses kicked by 4400s or other P+ s.
* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', one of Rossum's secret projects is to create a unit of HiveMind-ed supersoldiers using Active brain-architecture used in conjunction with neural radios. The result is.... [[GoneHorriblyRight disturbing]], to say the least.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The Initiative troops in season four were chemically augmented to be tougher, stronger, and faster than ordinary humans. They were still no match for Buffy herself, however, and since they were usually going up against the same type of critters she fought, they didn't show up too well.
** Adam was meant to be the first line in a new (and better) line of Initiative Super Soldiers to the example mentioned above, combining the advancement of technology, the intelligence and adaptability of humans, and the superior strength and emotional detachment of demons in one big badass package.
* The Nietzscheans of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', who fight not only outside enemies, but each other, constantly. Stronger, faster and tougher than humans, with [[SpikesOfDoom bone spikes]] on their forearms.
* ComicBook/LexLuthor creates one in the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode "Prototype". The episode title is appropriate, as Lex's plan was to repeat the process and create an entire army of Super Soldiers for the US military (supposedly, anyway; this ''is'' [[MagnificentBastard Lex]] we're talking about). Fortunately, the facility creating the soldiers was destroyed in a fight between Clark and [[EvilTwin Bizarro]].
* The Original ''Series/KamenRider'' was made into this [[InvertedTrope by Shocker]]. However, the Kamen Rider, through a rescue, became a PhlebotinumRebel.
** Most Showa Era Kamen Riders fall under this [[Series/KamenRiderAmazon save for one]]. The only Kamen Rider to actually be used by Shocker (save for {{Evil Twin}}s) is Film/KamenRiderZX, but it was for a short while.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' had another villainous example in the form of NEVER, mercenaries enhanced with a serum that [[BackFromTheDead revives them]]. They too became a PhlebotinumRebel, but [[InvertedTrope not in a good way]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Daleks are an entire race of these, albeit non-humanoid after extensive bio-engineering by their creator Davros.
* In ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', a Marine who escapes from a mental institution (funded by a private military contractor) and is brought back in by Gibbs' team claims to have been experimented on, a claim backed up by cybernetic implants found in his body and his unprecedented ability to defeat [[ActionGirl Ziva]] in a fistfight. When a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive company official for the private military contractor]] demands his return, it is suspected that he was an involuntary subject of a Super Soldier project. [[spoiler: It turns out that he'd been self-medicating with steroids, and the 'implant' was a homing device placed after his return to the US.]]
* The Cortexiphan kids from ''{{Series/Fringe}}'' were trained to become this in the impending war between universes. The show notably shows the downsides to having some of these powers, such as a telepath who can't bear being near other people and must live in isolation for the rest of his life, an empath who unintentionally causes other people to feel his depression and commit suicide, or a pyrokinetic who can't control her own flames.
* In ''Series/{{Defiance}}'' the Bio-Men were secretly developed in case of an alien invasion and deployed when the Votan appeared. They look less human than many of the [[RubberForeheadAliens Votan]] species being massive hulking humanoids with blue skin, no hair, numbers etched on their chests, and an "off-switch" that knocks them out until someone electrocutes them.
* ''Series/TwelveMonkeys'': {{Implied}} to be the case with Cole, who appears to have greater strength and endurance than normal men (from 2015 anyway). Goines' scientists, upon running tests on him, describe him as a 'molecular computer'. [[spoiler: Perhaps the injections and treatments Cole receives in the future before he is sent back in time have something to do with it]].
** A straighter example is found in the Messengers. Introduced at the end of Season 1 as mysterious {{Warrior Monk}}s in the service of the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, Season 2 reveals that they were genetically engineered to be physically superior, immune to disease, and most importantly, [[TheAgeless un-aging]].
* In ''Series/OrphanBlack'', [[spoiler: the Project CASTOR clones, the male counterparts to the main clones, are part of a GovernmentConspiracy and have been trained from birth to be super soldiers. Somewhat subverted since, as far as we know, the clones don't have any genetic enhancements to their abilities and in fact some have genetic brain defects]].
* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Season 1's StoryArc is built around the attempts of [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Project Centipede]] and their leader [[BigBad the Clairvoyant]] to create an army of super soldiers, by combining the Extremis formula from ''Film/IronMan3'' with various other serums and cybernetic enhancements.
* Quarlo, from ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' episode "Soldier", had superhuman strength and hearing. Raised by the State of a far-future era to do nothing but fight, he was baffled by the peaceful ways and world he found himself in after being transported to 1964 in a freak accident.

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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2102 SCP-2102 ("Got Shoggoth?")]]. The experiment that created SCP-2102 was an attempt by the Soviet GRU Division "P" to create a super soldier by increasing the speed at which the human body heals itself.

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': Every faction worth their salt has at least groups of those. Examples include: Entire Cadian, Catachan and Krieg population (even more so with Kaskrin, White Shields and Grenadiers),[[note]]Learn to shoot before learn to walk[[/note]] Stormtroopers, Sisters of Battle[[note]]Raised in an orphanage with very intense military training[[/note]], every form of Space Marines, Adeptus Custodes,[[note]]"proper" Supersoldiers created from template or personally by God Emperor of Mankind[[/note]] Skitarii[[note]]Cybernetic warriors of the Mechanicus[[/note]], every Eldar that walked Path of Warrior[[note]]Creates entire new personality from scratch that is filled with only rage and hate. Sometimes it sticks that person can no longer switch to his normal persona[[/note]], the Fire Caste of Tau[[note]]Trained from birth, have minor cybernetic augmentations.[[/note]], entire Tyranid, Ork, Necron and Daemon races[[note]]They all were designed for war. Some are more elitist than the others[[/note]]. In this kind of universe, its pretty much a prerequisite for survival. And sometimes even these aren't enough.
** Space Marines (Imperium of Man): Fanatically dedicated, comprehensively superhuman, bio-engineered giants selected through decades of religious indoctrination and a form of TheSpartanWay that only one of a hundred aspirants even ''survive'', who carry fully automatic armor-piercing rocket-propelled grenade launchers as their basic gun, are strong enough to rip a man apart and can survive having a tank dropped on them. They are made by implanting a young male human with bioengineered organs that radically alters their development on top of giving them superhuman capabilities; this includes a second heart, a third lung, a second stomach, an organ that causes bones to coat in naturally occurring ceramite and fuses the rib cage that is solidified into one large chunk of bone ([[ArtMajorBiology yes, we know that wouldn't work very well]]), the can spit acid, and a tremendously enhanced sensory apparatus. On top of their high intelligence they also have the ability to eat the brains of enemies to incorporate their knowledge. They are also "hypno-indoctrinated" to make them fanatically loyal and to give them a very narrow focus, so that all they think about is war and how to do it better, and possibly to impart knowledge on how to do just that. [[DependingOnTheAuthor Depending on who you ask]], they may also get genetic enhancements on top of their bodies being reworked from the ground up. Some chapters's have had the genome of their bioaugmentations corrupted for some reason or another, in some cases losing out on some abilities, but just as often it gives them something like giving them razor sharp bone spurs or perfect recall. Whatever the case, every Marine has muscles so thick that they are immune to any weapon smaller than a 9mm handgun, they can breathe water, they are immune to most diseases, and they require only four hours of sleep though they can go days on end without it. If they are not killed, they will live forever, with the oldest existing one having lived over a millenium being generally no worse for wear aside from WhoWantsToLiveForever biting at him a bit. And Chaos Marines are ''even deadlier'', possessing thousands of years of combat experience over their loyalist brethren as well as various boons and mutations granted to them by the Chaos gods to make them even stronger, tougher, faster or give them whole new abilities altogether.
*** And let's not forget the various badass kinds of Space Marine. The Ultramarines, the go-to Space Marine, are {{Badass Bookworm}}s and absolute masters of logistics and organisation, good not only for winning control of planets but [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure also keeping them under control]]. Space Wolves are [[BoisterousBruiser boisterous]] superhuman Vikings seemingly immune to Chaos corruption; back in the pre-Heresy days they were known as "the Rout" because they were the legion the Emperor called when he wanted an opponent [[CurbStompBattle completely crushed]]. The Iron Warriors are badass siege specialists, back in ''their'' pre-Heresy days a mere ''ten'' of them could control a planet with a disgruntled population of ''130 million''. The Alpha Legion meanwhile are effectively an entire army of Franchise/JamesBond[=/=][[VideoGame/JustCause Rico Rodriguez]][=/=][[Franchise/MetalGear Solid Snake]] hybrids, masters of stealth and deception and launching confusing and terrifying attacks that leave their enemies scrambling to react.
** '''Terminators''' (Imperium of Man): The Elite Imperial Space Marine - veterans of countless battles, the strongest and fittest and most capable of all marines. And they get a super-power armor (Tactical Dreadnought Armor) and even more obscene weaponry (like [[GatlingGood Assault Cannons firing thousands of large-calibre rounds per minute]] or Thunder Hammers that can rip tanks to pieces). They can also {{teleport|Spam}}. It's commonly agreed that battle brother becomes eligible to the First Company (where Terminators are grouped as per Codex Astartes) posting after at least a full ''century'' of service. And some chapters require even more.
** While Space Marines were Super Soldiers, the Primarchs were Super Generals. Created personally by the Emperor, they fully matured in just a few years with most of them conquering their respective planets by the time they were adults in the conventional sense. When Leman Russ met the Emperor, they had an eating, drinking and fighting contests. Emperor was displeased with such "hospitality", so he quickly ended the last contest by knocking out his son with a power fist hit. Leman Russ was tough enough to say that his headache was caused by the booze rather than by catching a hit that would rip apart a Baneblade by his skull. Lorgar, deemed to be the weakest of primarchs, was able to fight and win against the Anngrath, the mightiest Greater Daemon of Khorne [[note]]The single most dangerous model available at the tabletop[[/note]] (though it should be noted that this was the point he started really tapping into his own psyker powers, and he received the label of "weakest" for his preference for using diplomacy and faith to win campaigns, things he pushed to the side after his fall) and Magnus casually went toe to toe with Ork Super Gargants.
** '''Grey Knights''' (Imperium of Man): incorruptible Marines who are also great [[PsychicPowers psykers]], have a magic-immunity shield and a spear that shoots lighting for killing giant daemons. The selection process for Grey Knights involves, among other things, the "[[NumberOfTheBeast 666 rites of the Emperor]]", which can be best described as 666 {{Mind Rape}}s.
*** And then there are '''Paladins''', VERY elite group among the most elitist Space Marine chapter. There are eight trials one must endure to join their ranks, each one more grueling than a previous one. The second one involves tracking down and killing one of each of the 4 types of Daemonic Heralds serving the Chaos Gods while bearing no armor and armed only with a sword.
** There are little known about '''Adeptus Custodes''' (Emperor's bodyguards created in pre-Imperial times) except that they are more durable than Space Marines[[note]]One of Custodes duties is to escort Culexus assassins to their objectives. Even with safeties on and Culexus actively trying to diminish his power output, even Space Marines die when they are exposed to Culexus power for a long time.[[/note]] can ever be and that Captain General of the Custodes went toe to toe with Horus (prior to his FaceHeelTurn) in a sparring match and won. There was also an Ork Horde that pushed back 3 Space Marine Legions with their Primarchs[[note]]Rogal Dorn, Mortarion and Horus himself[[/note]]. Emperor with his Custodes Guard deployed from the skies and finished them off in an instant. While Emperor was fighting their boss, Gharkul Blackfang, Custodes fought Xeno hordes. More than 100 thousands orks died in a matter of minutes while Custodes only lost 3 warriors. And there is also a theory that due to destruction of the Imperial Webway project, Imperial Palace is under constant siege by daemonic hordes with Custodes Guard fighting endless and hopeless battle to keep them at bay. For the past 10 thousand years they are the only thing that kept hordes of immortal daemons from destroying the Golden Throne and creating a Galaxy-wide Eye of Terror.
** '''Thunder Warriors''' (Pre-Imperial human): The precursors of the Space Marines used when the Emperor united Terra. Stronger and tougher than their successors, but with shortened lives and none of their non-combat utility. They were dangerously insane and the Emperor [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness had them destroyed once he conquered Terra]], so he could work on the weaker but more controllable and less erratic Astartes.
** '''Aspect Warriors''' (Eldar) dedicate every single conscious moment of their lives to training for a particular aspect of war, also utilizing the second-most advanced technology in the setting. Despite being of only average human dimensions, they can generally go toe-to-toe with the above-mentioned Space Marines.
*** '''Exarchs''' take this to the next level, as their entire existence is dedicated to combat. They never leave their shrines and have the best equipment of their respective aspect. In older editions they were Eldar heroes who had access to an incredibly wide range of badass wargear, even from outside their aspects, but they've been toned down to be more akin to Sergeants or typical squad leaders.
*** Depending on the edition, ordinary Aspect Warriors could be "usual" Eldar elite troops. Sure, they train hard for a century or so, but can freely change their occupation afterwards. Multiple Personality Disorder Eldar cultivate helps them to stay ready to don the war face once it's needed again. Exarchs are those who are lost on the Path of Warrior and can leave it no longer. And then '''[[UpToEleven there are Phoenix Lords.]]''' They are heroes who founded the Aspect Shrines 10 thousand years ago and they keep fighting by keeping their consciousness in their armor and by possessing the body of their successors.
*** How badass are the Phoenix Lords? Maugan Ra, the Dark Reaper Pheonix Lord, once massacred an ''entire Tyranid splinter fleet'' '''''on his own'''''. The current eight-feet-tall, power-armoured, genetically-engineered poster child for this trope above? Whole armies of them have been [[TotalPartyKill wiped out to the last]] trying this feat. There's also Fuegan, who curbstomped a Steam Gargant (an Ork-built HumongousMecha) alone, and there's Jain Zar, who turned [[TheDreaded the dreaded]] Literature/NightLords into the RedShirtArmy. And Emperor help you if you ever face them fighting all together as the Phoenix Court of Khaine...
** '''Stormtroopers''' ([[RedshirtArmy Imperial Guard]], Imperium of Man): The Stormtroopers carry backpack-powered hellguns, heavy carapace armor, and - depending on the regiment - can receive genetic enhancements. In older editions, squad leaders could even carry [[PowerFist powerfists or lightning claws]]. Usually Stormtroopers are trained in Schola Progenium, the orphanage for children of deceased war heroes.
** '''Sisters of Battle''' receive training that is similar to the Stormtroopers, but with less focus on subtlety and more on endurance. It is an army of power armored nuns with meltas, flamethrowers and bolters backed up by faith strong enough to deflect artillery fire and resurrect dead.
** '''The Orkz''': Orkz are an entire race of Supersoldiers [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke created by]] {{Precursors}}, designed for the sole purpose of fighting. They take this trope to the logical extreme, where their fungus-based life cycle creates all the secondary and even tertiary logistics any army would need (including forming lifestock that fart their equivalent of gasoline!). Their Mekboys are also genetically encoded to be able to create machines from birth and their biology is robust enough to handle literal MeatGrinderSurgery, meaning none of that "training" nonsense regardless of what profession each ork prefers. Whatever else is sorted out by their gestalt psychic field, literally filling in the blanks of where any of the above would conceivably lack. All this combined results in a massive mob of drunken football hooligans going on a galaxy-spanning pub crawl. ''And winning''.
** '''Various Inquisitorial Assassins''': Six Temples each with its own breed of assassin dedicated to one of six major fields of murder: Sniping, Impersonation, Terror-Attacks, Anti-Psyker, Poisoning and Electronic Warfare. They are the Vindicare, Callidus, Eversor, Culexus, Venenum and Vanus. These assassins have profiles in-game that rival/exceed that of most army leaders, are implied to be trained from birth (very little of their training procedures is ever alluded to) and can only be deployed by authorization from a sanctioned Inquisitor, and even then the Inquisitor is never allowed to deploy more than one. The Eversor stands out among them, as he is usually only deployed when the inquisition needs to make an example of someone. His modus operandi usually results in the immediate area receiving a very visceral redecoration.
*** Once Oficio Assassinorum decided to create an ultimate assassin. [[GoneHorriblyRight They succeeded.]] Legienstrasse was able to absorb the biomass of a target upon touch, completely removing the target whole. She could use this new biomass to mutate at will or to create more Maerorus assassins by laying eggs (with a single clutch being able to kill an entire Imperial Guard company shortly after hatching). So in order to create the ultimate assassin, the Officio Assassinorum created an expy of Alex Mercer from Prototype. Only a billion times worse because it's 40K. Needless to say, Legienstrasse escaped. This posed two problems. First, she was powerful enough to have a decent chance at fighting off the punitive force sent to destroy the escaped prototype. Said punitive force included [[OneManArmy Lysander]], a company worth of Space Marines, IG regiment and several Oficio Assasinorum operatives. And second, no one knows whether punitive force (that was barely able defeat the monster) was able to find all the eggs.
** Officio Assassinorum Operatives are expected to be able to ''cross entire starsystems'' on their own. While a Squad of Space Marines can figuratively take over a planet, this is usually acknowledged to be a figurative speech, as the marines would be supported by, at the very least, their own air force. The Assassins themselves must not only know how to forage for food on alien worlds, but survive in them and find a way off of them, which includes up to hijacking entire starships. The only field assassin that (presumably) does not have to do this is the Eversor, who's physical biology is so messed up by the combat stimms that he must be kept in stasis between assignments or his body will collapse (and explode).
** Often neglected, but due to application of the Caste system, every Tau Fire Warrior is trained to wage war from birth. Sure, they are physically weaker even than ordinary humans, but extensive training in tactics and fire discipline combined with the best rank and file guns in the setting makes Fire Cadre very formidable opponent. Fanatical devotion to the Greater Good cause, immensely powerful battle suits and skills in armored warfare rivaled only by Imperial Guard make the Tau Empire the most rapidly expanding force in the universe.
** Incidentally, that bit in the description about the Fridge Logic of why such powerful soldiers would remain loyal is addressed: heaps of indoctrination and brainwashing. And many of them ''don't'' remain loyal. One of the worst threats the Imperium faces are the Chaos Space Marines: Space Marines who have given in to their selfish base desires and surrendered themselves to Chaos.
** Speaking of Chaos, Fabius Bile is constantly trying to outdo the Emperor purely ForScience. Throughout all of the editions he has a special rule that allows him to enhance a squad of Chaos Space Marines into even more super super-soldiers (although the exact in-game benefit changed between editions). However this usually goes wrong and the marines die shortly after the battle, but only furthers Bile's drive to create even more powerful (and unstable) ones.
** The Imperial Guard are conspicuous for being the sole ''exception'' to this trope. They're not bioengineered killing machines or ancient warriors with hyper-advanced weaponry, they're just ordinary human men and women, handed a rifle and a flak jacket, or put inside a tank if they're lucky. On a good day they'll beat any of the armies listed above, and ''that'' arguably makes them the most badass of all. And even then, the Catachan, Krieg and Cadian regiments will occasionally straddle this line [[BadassNormal just through sheer competence and training alone]].
** Eighth Edition introduces the '''Primaris Marines''', the culmination of 10,000 years of research to make even better Space Marines. The brainchild of Archmagos Belisarius Cawl, the Primaris Marines are equipped with Mark X Tacticus Armour, which takes the best features of previous Space Marine PoweredArmor designs, the Mark II Cawl-pattern Bolt rifle as their standard firearm which is basically an improved version of the iconic Bolter, and they have even had their gene-seed modified with parts of the same process that creates the Custodes. The gene-seed modification is the most controversial aspect of the Primaris Marines, since many in the Imperium believe the Emperor's work should not have been touched.
* Also from Games Workshop, is the old tabletop game and now app Chainsaw Warrior. The Chainsaw Warrior was a spec ops soldier who got blasted apart in a mission and was rebuilt with extensive cybernetics and removal of his sense of fear. He's then sent out on missions that are otherwise impossible for any other soldier.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
** The Skaven's Stormvermin were a somewhat rare breed of larger, stronger and braver Skaven who formed the elite guard and shock troopers. In some versions (including the Warhammer RPG), the Stormvermin were much stronger than a normal human and had the muscle power to rival Chaos Warriors and Black Orcs.
** The Black Orcs themselves were specially bred by Chaos Dwarves to be stronger, smarter and more disciplined than a regular Orc.
** While they would be considered main troops, the Saurus especially their Temple Guards might be thought of as super-soldiers. Specifically bred for war, they are far stronger and tougher than a regular human and have scales that are tough enough to rival plate armour.
** In ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', Sigmar creates the Stormcast Eternals to give the forces of Order a fighting chance against the Warriors of Chaos. Similar to the Einherjar of Norse myth, the Stormcast Eternals are created from fallen heroes and literally reforged in body and mind into mighty immortal golden warriors clad in sigmarite armor.
** Blood Dragons eschew the usual Vampire cunning, sorcery and guile that the other bloodlines often rely on and instead go for pure martial prowess. This is so that they may slay a Dragon and drink it's blood (hence the name) to forever quench their thirst for blood. This, combined with their natural Vampire enhancements and literally hundreds of years of training, turned them into the ultimate undead warriors, matched by only the Champions of Chaos. In battle they would either command their own vampire armies or ride into battle as literal Blood Knight squadrons.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' had several, developed by the governments of the world before it [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt all came crashing down]]. Naturally, the technology to make them [[SchizoTech managed to survive]], and in many places, any person with the inclination and a whole lot of cash can just pop over to the local Body-Chop Shop to get turned into a cybernetic, mentally- or chemically-enhanced killing machine. Specific examples:
** Full-conversion 'borgs, those who choose to get their entire bodies replaced with metal save their brains; they also come in partial-conversion varieties, replacing only their limbs and some organs.
** Crazies, who have microscopic implants in their skulls that grant exceptional strength and [[PsychicPowers psionic powers]], but [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity slowly drives them mad]]; they're identifiable by the giant steel rods in their head, an anachronistic remnant of the old process that they insist upon, and the fact that they tend to act like cartoon characters.
** Juicers, people who are chemically wired to operate at the absolute peak of human performance. The problem is that the constant manipulation of their blood chemistry slowly destroys their bodies; the maximum life span of a Juicer is six years. "Detox" is possible, but after five years has almost a 100% failure rate and only if done within two years will the individual not suffer from their body being partially burned out.
** Notable examples developed AfterTheEnd are Coalition States Battle Cats, Kill Hounds/Kill Cats, and Ursa Warriors, genetically engineered animal Super Soldiers. A similar project in South America resulted in the Amphibs of Tritonia, as well as two separate independent nations of primarily mutant animals.
** A number of post-cataclysmic societies developed MagicKnight type character classes, including the Psi-Warriors of Psyscape, the Battle Magi of Dweomer, plus orders of Cyber Knights and Mystic Knights. The Coalition States has their Psi-Battalion, which consists of various psychic classes to counter threats from practitioners of magic.
** Rifts being Rifts, nonhumans get in on the fun as well with their own Super Soldier creations. The aliens occupying Atlantis have the standard Juicers, Crazies, and 'Borgs, but they also have the Bio-Borgs, beings that are magically mutated and often enhanced with a wide variety of parasites and symbiotes. The results are often strange and disturbing, but extremely effective. The Kreeghor of Three Galaxies favor genetic manipulation: their Invincible Guardsmen routinely feature beings who have been transformed into living metal or who can change into pure light on a whim. In a larger sense, there are a number of nonhuman [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Races]] who are capable of facing down most of the Super Soldiers on this list. For added fun, try applying any of the above Super Soldier creation techniques to one of these beings.
* The Clans of the ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'' / ''Videogame/MechWarrior'' Universe. Descended from the remnants of the Star League army that fled the breakup of the Star League, the Clans [[DesignerBabies genetically breed]] their Mechwarriors, Infantry, and Aerospace pilots - only the top 25 individuals of a particular "Bloodline" are allowed to have children (they believe LamarckWasRight). Clan Elementals (infantry) are 8-foot tall mountains of muscle donning a suit of even stronger, [=MechWarriors=] are of average height and weight but are immensely fit and have excellent reflexes, and the aerospace pilots have slimmer bodies and larger heads and eyes with enhanced reflexes and perceptions to give them the advantage in an OldSchoolDogfight. In the game universe, this made them individually better (with a few individual exceptions), but few in number compared to the Inner Sphere pilots, born the "old fashioned way" (The same problem that eventually cost the RealLife Spartans their unbroken record of victory). The Elementals are of particular note, as they don a one-ton suit of PoweredArmor (the Elemental-class battlearmor) that can [[SnipingTheCockpit rip open battlemech cockpits]] and soar through the air with bursts of a JetPack. The Inner Sphere eventually caught up and began to make even more varied (and heavy) suits of battlearmor, though for the most part they are piloted by regular soldiers.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has the Metathran, genetically engineered soldiers created by Urza to fight the Phyrexians. For that matter, the Phyrexians themselves also qualify. They are born as humanoid creatures called Newts, which are already much stronger that normal humans, and are later [[{{Cyborg}} compleated]] (not a typo).
* This is the intention of the ''extensive'' training and metaphysical battle creed of the Adamantine Arrows of ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening''. It is intended that they should be this way ''without'' the use of their magic. When they ''do'' use magic, [[OneManArmy they are supposed to be akin to living gods of war]].
* Decommissioned Super Soldier-types are the focus of the ''Underground'' RPG.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Bio-Tech'' features numerous different super-soldiers created through BioAugmentation. A few examples:
** Orion's: A lower tech level super soldier who has enhanced reflexes and strength (not super human but very good nonetheless), improved metabolic performance and a high pain thresh hold.
** Artemis: A more advanced [[AmazonBrigade all female super soldier race.]] They have enhanced strength, speed, durability and senses and can reproduce either sexually or asexually but suffer from inherent overconfidence and recklessness. They are also almost always [[EveryoneIsBi bi-sexual]] or [[EveryoneIsGay lesbian]].
** Guardian Warriors: Created to be super commanding officers, they have the super human strength and speed typical of super soldiers, though to a lesser degree than most examples of this trope. However, they make up for it by being able to emit pheromones to manipulate others, having enhanced intelligence, an improved resistance to physical damage, poison and disease and by being [[TheBeautifulElite universally attractive]] and all having sexy voices, making them all incredibly charismatic and persuasive.
** Herakles: A very high tech level (and very expensive) super soldier, the Herakles has SuperStrength, SuperSpeed, SuperReflexes, enhanced longevity, resistance to poison and diseases and a decent HealingFactor.
* Also in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'', the Mass Combat rules allow to stack the generic Super Soldier modifier on a unit. Super Soldiers are more expensive than a force with equivalent firepower would be, but they are more easily transportable (A squad of super soldiers fights as two squads, costs as much to raise and maintain as three, but is as easy to transport through helicopters or DropShip as a single normal squad).
* In ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace'' most Fifth Wave nations use AI controlled robots for most of their infantry, but supported by [[ArtificialHuman bioroids]] or [[BioAugmentation biomod humans]] wearing [[PoweredArmor powered smartsuits or battlesuits]] for certain special operations.
* A fantasy version occurs in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' with the {{Magitek}} [[PoweredArmor Gunzosha]] Commandos: these are [[BadassNormal ordinary mortals]] who keep up with Demigods on the battlefield by [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing half of their lifespan]] to beat up on demons, {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, the aforementioned demigods, and anything else that gets in their way in a world where HumansAreSpecial because [[PunyEarthlings they're the low man on the totem pole]] and [[SoulEating their souls taste better]]. Out of a population of millions, the top 600 most badass folks in the world are the only ones who stand a chance of becoming a Celestial Exalt [[BecauseDestinySaysSo (Sidereals don't count)]]. Gunzoshas did it often enough that in the First Age they had to include protocols for what to do with them Exalting mid-battle in the manual.
** Also, the Terrestrial Exalted were originally intended to be this; the Gunzosha were intended more to supplement their numbers than to be the backbone of their armies. Then the Usurpation happened, and the Terrestrials became the new aristocracy.
** Solars can create these incredibly quickly with [[TrainingThePeacefulVillagers Tiger Warrior Training Technique]] and its expansion Legendary Warrior Curriculum. Tiger Warriors are generally considered in the fluff to be the most badass soldiers mortals can be without special equipment, such as gunzosha armour. Mix in an Infernal to use Fealty-Acknowledging Audience and By Rage Recast to grant them power-enhancing mutations, and you now have a unit that ''nobody'' wants to get in front of.
*** Lunars aren't bad either, between Wolf Pack Training technique and Burgeoning Wyld Infliction they can both train and mutate mortals into make-your-own-super-soldiers, and with the right upgrades, they can add animals and even plants to the list of potential recruits. Of course, breeding your own army of beastmen is more fun, and they easily become self-sustaining if you do a good job.
* TabletopGame/D20Future (the Sci-fi expansion to TabletopGame/D20Modern) features the Helix Warrior class, for players wishing to become super-soldiers. Also, the Genetic Engineering system presented in the book allows players to take this even further. It's possible to made a super-soldier with god-like levels of unkillability (assuming cost is no object).
* ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'' nomadic mantis-folk [[MultiArmedAndDangerous Thri-Kreen]] are hatched as sleepless armored death machines. Tohr-Kreen (settled variety) consist of similar races or subspecies. But they got technology more advanced than anything in inherited memories of those savages and make "zik-trin" -- enforcers or scouts large and hideously powerful ''compared to normal Kreen'', mentally conditioned to absolute obedience to their controllers. Tohr-Kreen are reclusive and as ProperlyParanoid as most sentients on Athas, so their only representatives met in other lands are such modified scouts with memories of their homeland location removed, doubling as missionaries to wild Thri-Kreen packs.
* The ultimates in ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' are trying to become these, and operate by a philosophy based on eugenics, asceticism and discipline. The problem comes when one goes over the edge and modifies himself into a predator exhuman, which could be roughly described as a Super Hunter that views everything else in the universe as targets and possibly food.
** There are also a number of morphs designed as soldiers, most notably [[AmazonBrigade Furies]], Ghosts, and [[KillerRobot Reapers]].
* Given the ample precedents set in superhero comics (above), naturally just about any superhero [[TabletopRPG RPG]] can incorporate super-soldier characters without missing a beat. It's for example not at all an unusual origin for characters in the ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' setting, where canonically quite a number of both heroes and villains owe their powers to ''somebody's'' efforts to build the better mook -- from villainous organizations like [=VIPER=] to the United States' own Department of Defense.
* None are full grown, but in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' the Nazis have young super soldiers in training at Festung Sieg.

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* The storyline of ''Ride/TheIncredibleHulkCoaster'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's Islands of Adventure]] involves Thunderbolt Ross attempting to recreate the conditions that transformed Bruce Banner into the Hulk, so he can potentially build an entire army of Hulk soldiers.

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* Any "Ultimate Weapon" revealed (and possibly fought) early in ''any'' game will eventually be fought more and more. In some cases, with more than one at a time. (See the Double El Gigante fight in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'')
* Speaking of ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'', the Tyrants are the best example of this trope in the whole series.
** Albert Wesker might qualify, seeing how they injected himself with a virus that enhanced his strength, speed, agility, durability, and healing to superhuman levels, and the virus itself was strongly implied to be intended to be given to certain members of Umbrella to create new life for Spencer to rule as a god over.
** It could be said that just about everything you encounter in the series is either this trope, or an attempt or side effect of creating this trope.
* The titular battleforce from ''VideoGame/TemplarBattleforce'' is composed of these; each is a SpaceMarine with GeneticMemory that allows them to pilot their PoweredArmor.
* Samus Aran in the ''{{Metroid}}'' series. Sam's pretty much got the complete Super Soldier package, being adopted by the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien fantastically advanced]] yet [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence consciously going extinct]] Chozo, who [[LEGOGenetics infused her with Chozo DNA]] to gain fantastic speed, strength, agility and sensory capacity, trained her as the last Defender (read: legendary universe-saving warrior/judge figure) and equipped her with a modular suit of PoweredArmor that's the envy of the galaxy. On top of this, she's largely fueled by a [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge burning desire to get back at the Space Pirates who trashed both of her homeworlds and left her orphaned twice over]]. If there's a better warrior in the series' galaxy, we haven't seen him, her or it yet.
** Not only that, she later gets infused with Metroid DNA, and has also been exposed to the highly volatile substance Phazon repeatedly. Additionally, her aforementioned PoweredArmor can [[PowerCopying utilize virtually any weapon or technology it comes across]], can hack into even the most secure networks just by LOOKING at it, and can determine the weakness of almost anything, animal or mineral, by the same process.
*** For bonus points, the word "metroid" in the Chozo language means "ultimate warrior."
** Also, most planets tend to [[EarthShatteringKaboom explode]] [[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds by the time she's done with them]]
** Let's face it, in her universe she's a combination of Superman, Ironman, Batman, Wolverine and GreenLantern. No wonder most people don't even think she's real anymore. The alliance soldiers think she's just a myth of propaganda, and the Space Pirates perception of her seems to be leaning towards an EldritchAbomination that exists solely to torment them for all eternity. It's [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Not like they don't deserve it, though...]]
* Solid Snake and several of the villains in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series. All were the [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke products of genetic engineering]], and many were just plain freaks of science.
** Heck, Solid Snake's best friend was also a super soldier, as well, both during the events of ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps Portable Ops]]'' (where he was a sole-surviving test subject of a CIA project to create the Perfect Soldier), and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' (when he was made into a [[CyberNinja Cyborg Ninja]]).
** Not to mention the Genome soldiers [[spoiler: an attempt to create a army of Big Bosses quality soldiers]] from ''Metal Gear Solid''.
** And to a lesser extend almost every single active soldier in the word in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', [[spoiler: thanks to the nanobots]].
** By the time of ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', cybernetic enhancements have become commonplace among soldiers employed by the world's PrivateMilitaryContractors, making your average soldier an {{Elite Mook|s}}. Player character Raiden happens to be a OneManArmy Cyborg Ninja capable of slicing up HumongousMecha with his sword, however, so he can handle them quite easily in actual gameplay.
** VideoGame/MetalGearSolidV has the Skulls [[spoiler:Parasite Unit]] led by [[spoiler: Skull Face, the BigBad and leader of XOF]]. They usually serve as a HopelessBossFight whenever Snake has the misfortune to run into them during a mission, with good reason. They're effectively immortal (Snake can't kill them, only incapacitate them), have superhuman speed and agility, and attack in droves. They were created by [[spoiler:implanting ordinary soldiers with an ancient parasite, destroying most of their brain functions and effectively making them superpowered zombies.]] They're also [[spoiler:TheVirus, capable of infecting any ordinary humans in the vicinity]]. You're ''expected'' to run away from them.
* The Combine Elites in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''
** The regular soldiers too are transhuman specimens. They have simply received less augmentation, which is more in line with placing an untrained civilian on the level of your average soldier quickly rather than enhancing average soldiers to superhuman levels, like the Combine Elites. The only pure humans in the Combine military are the Civil Protection officers.
** Combine Elites? No, two words: Gordon. Freeman.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 and the other Spartan-II cyborgs. The program initially consisted of 75 trainees, chosen by way of genetic markers indicating for exceptional athleticism and intelligence, who were abducted and conscripted into the special forces at age six, trained into perfect warriors until age 14, and then subjected to a series of augmentations that rendered them practically invincible -- ''before'' they got suited up with the MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor, which further enhanced their abilities. Unfortunately, only thirty-something trainees survived the augmentation process unscathed; most of the rest died, and a handful were crippled...though some of the latter were later rehabilitated[[note]]Halsey also confides in her journal that there were more [=Spartan-IIs=] than she led the "main" class, of which John and most of the [=Spartan-IIs=] were part of, to believe[[/note]].
** There's also the Spartan-[=III=]s, vengeful kids orphaned by the Covenant who were sent on suicide missions almost right from the moment they hit prematurely-induced puberty. They mostly lacked the exceptional genetics, MJOLNIR armor, and experience of the [=II=]s, but mostly made up for it with less-lethal augmentations (with a roughly 100% survival rate), a poor man's version of [[InvisibilityCloak active camouflage]], and far greater numbers (300-330 per company). The newest company also received illegal drugs that further enhanced their aggression, strength, endurance, and tolerance to injury.
** A handful of Spartan-[=III=]s, namely those who were good enough to meet the standards of the original SPARTAN-[=II=] program and therefore too valuable to waste on the standard S-III suicide mission, were taken out of their companies, reassigned to more elite units, and given the same MJOLNIR armor as the S-[=II=]s. Other Spartan-[=IIIs=] were taken out of their companies and paired up into two-man assassination-and-sabotage teams known as Headhunters.
** The predecessor to both programs was the ORION Project, later known as the SPARTAN-I program. Unlike its successors, the project used adult volunteers; unfortunately, despite the effectiveness of the [=ORION=]s, their abilities still fell short of what was hoped for, and they tended to both physically and mentally deteriorate later in life. The only confirmed Spartan-I seen in the games is [[spoiler:Sergeant Johnson]].
** Unlike their predecessors, the Spartan-[=IVs=] introduced in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' are the first iteration of the program to successfully utilize adult volunteers, and are all equipped with an even more advanced version of MJOLNIR ([=GEN2=], to be precise) in order to compensate for their relatively inferior augmentations. Due to their comparatively normal backgrounds, the [=IVs=] are far more socially-adjusted than the [=IIs=] and [=IIIs=].
** ''Literature/HaloShadowOfIntent'' reveals that the Covenant had their own super-soldiers in the Prelates, genetically modified Prophets capable of potentially matching even ''Spartans'' in a direct fight. However, they risk going into seizures if they remain in prolonged combat, making them useful only in short bursts.
** While ''all'' Forerunner Warrior-Servants were this, the Prometheans were this even relative to other Warrior-Servants, as they had the Ecumene's most advanced combat armor and mutations. As seen in ''Halo 4'' and ''Literature/HaloEscalation'', [[spoiler:even a full squad of the best Spartan-[=IIs=] are no match for a single unarmed Promethean]].
* The Silencer and his brethren in ''VideoGame/{{Crusader}}'', whom you never actually fight in the games. However, properly equipped, a skilled player can scythe through hordes of lesser enemies, the implications being that a squad of Silencers would be both horrifying and overwhelming in a fight.
* The Boosted Children and later the Machinery Children from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' are basically this - though the Boosted Children were mainly just experiments that produced some good results, the Machinery Children were the "real deal". Similiarly, the W-Numbers and Biodroids used by the Shadow Mirror and Inspectors; however, the Biodroids were mindless creations used to replace actual human losses, and the W-Numbers/-series were similarly purposed, but the W-series ended up with personalities.
** W00, The Prototype of the Shadow-Mirror's W-series in the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' continuity turns out to be a Human [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/EndlessFrontier Haken Browning]], if you must know]]. The project was switched to androids like Lamia when they realized that it takes too long for Super Soldier babies to grow up.
* TheEmpire in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVI'' used [[PoweredByAForsakenChild drained magical power]] both to create [[FunctionalMagic magic-wielding super-soldiers]] (called Magitek Knights in the translation, but simply ''madoushi'' - mages - in the original) and actual {{Magitek}}. Celes is an example of when it goes right, but Kefka is what happens when it goes [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity horribly]], [[OmnicidalManiac horribly]] ''[[AGodAmI wrong]]''.
** It's even worse with Kefka than one initially thought, as [[PsychoPrototype he was the first of the Magitek Knights]].
* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'' (and its associated Compilation works including ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'') include numerous Super Soldiers, many of which were created using Mako energy, Jenova cells, a combination of both, and/or other experiments, to produce superhuman fighters with greatly improved combat abilities, including (but certainty not limited to) enhanced physical strength and speed.
** [=SOLDIERs=], members of Shinra's elite military unit, are carefully selected humans [[BioAugmentation treated with Mako energy and Jenova cells]] to produce superhuman combatants.
** Sephiroth, Genesis, and Angeal, while generally called [=SOLDIERs=] First Class, are actually prototypes for competing Shinra research projects directed to infusing humans with Jenova's genes.
*** Sephiroth was created by directly infusing a developing fetus with Jenova cells (Project S, headed by Hojo).
*** Unlike Sephiroth, Angeal was indirectly exposed to Jenova cells because his mother Gillian was the one injected with Jenova cells before his birth, while Genesis was exposed to Jenova cells even more indirectly with his mother being treated with cells harvested from Gillian (Project G, headed by Hojo's rival Hollander).
*** They also had radically different results. Sephiroth was by far the strongest of the three. Eventually, he gained the ability to control the Jenova Cells perfectly....in exchange for losing all his humanity. Angeal received a weaker power boost, but inherited Jenova's ability to infuse other organisms with his cells to give them some of his power and vice versa. Genesis was a FlawedPrototype who shared Angeal's abilities but also suffered from degradation (as did his copies) -- and boy does this cause problems.
** Zack Fair, probably the strongest of the officially and 'conventionally' produced (i.e., non-prototype) [=SOLDIERs=].
** Cloud Strife, while never an actual member of [=SOLDIER=], has all the physical enhancements of a [=SOLDIER=], thanks to Hojo's sadistic experimentation after the Nibelheim Incident.
** Vincent Valentine, an ex-Turk who becomes a shapeshifter with superhuman physical abilities thanks to Hojo's and Lucrecia Crescent's experiments.
** From ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', Weiss, Nero, Rosso, Azul, Shelke, and the other members of Deepground, who underwent [=SOLDIER=]-type treatments as well as special individualized experimentation to develop unique powers. It was said they used Genesis as the basis, since his cells gained the ability to use Mako similar to Jenova, but without the degradation, losing your sanity (Well, okay, he did briefly lose his sanity, but for different reasons), and having a desire to smash a Meteor into the Planet to eat it for breakfast.
* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVIII's'' [=SeeDs=], who are superhumanly boosted, cast powerful magic, and able to summon deific beings to smite their enemies. These guys are apparently so badass that ''nine'' of them (in three-man teams) are expected to hold off an entire invading army, complete with artillery and killer walking robots. Twelve more ''candidates'' to become [=SeeDs=] are expected to assault and clear out an entire ''city'' of enemy soldiers.
** Their single greatest advantage is actually the Guardian Forces, which allow, among other things, the casting of magic (which is insinuated as artificial and weak when used by anyone other than a Sorceress), the collection of magic, and the use of magic to increase abilities from well above average to omni-powerful. No other group specializes in junctioning magic, which is why [=SeeDs=] are so devastating. This makes a small, specialized group more than a match for most smaller armies, as long as they have specific objectives. The GF forces are capable of granting characters permanent stat boosts. If you assume the normal stat growth is "average" human stats, then it is possible endgame for [=SeeDs=] to be 3-5 times stronger, faster, etc using GF forces.
* A slightly less traditional form of the Super Soldier would be the black mages from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''.
** Both [[spoiler: Zidane and Kuja]] would fit better as Super Soldiers in this game, but it was only because unlike the rest of the Genomes, they were given souls. Makes you think what would happen if the other Genomes had gotten their souls too...
* The yin to Cloud's yang, Lightning from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''. She can fly (well, actually, manipulate gravity) while machine gunning hordes of Mooks, and most amazingly do it all while protecting her modesty. And all that is before she gets her l'Cie powers.
** Lightning was actually more of a Mook herself, roughly equivalent to a police sergeant, so it can be inferred that the stuff she had access to was probably standard issue.
** It is revealed through the story that millions of l'Cie were created and trained to fight the ancient War of Transgression in secret bunkers. ''Eight'' of them were sufficient enough to [[spoiler: bring down a ''planet'']], so only God knows what a full force was capable of.
* The bestial enemies in ''VideoGame/VivisectorBeastWithin'' are another rare {{Animorphism}} version of this trope, being created as warriors for the main antagonist's private army. Doubly intimidating, as they have both animal and cybernetic elements to augment their fighting prowess.
* Agent 47 of the ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' series is a clone with DNA [[LegoGenetics donated]] by five high-profile criminals (A German mad scientist, a Chinese Triad boss, a Colombian drug lord, an Austrian terrorist-for-hire, and a Kazakstanian arms dealer.)
** In ''Absolution'', 47's new handler is secretly heading a research project dedicated to creating a similar cloned assassin. The 14-year-old Victoria [[ActionGirl kicks]] [[ChildSoldiers serious]] [[PhlebotinumGirl ass]] and becomes the LivingMacGuffin of the game when she's targeted by a South Dakotan arms mogul.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'':
** The Brotherhood of Nod likes to experiment with Tiberium on humans (and weapons) attempting to create Super Soldiers. This is especially relevant for ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade Renegade]]'', which features several mutant mooks in the later levels (which tend to be immune to Tiberium weapons, or are healed by it), as well as a boss. Which is somewhat of a parody of the original, the smallest character in the game. Havoc notes that "at least he's taller".
** GDI took a much more simple approach to the thing in ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun Tiberian Sun]]'' -- they hired a Forgotten (humans mutated by Tiberium exposure, granting some degree of resistance to further damage from Tiberium exposure and accelerated healing when near Tiberium) veteran and gave him a [[MagneticWeapons railgun]].
** The Tiberium experiments Nod did during Renegade eventually lead to the creation and mass production of Cyborgs (who were already super soldiers by infantry standards) and among them certain ones were upgraded with Scrin Technology, creating Cyborg Commandos. These were powerful enough to level entire bases on their own and their plasma cannons can destroy the Mammoth MK2 in just three hits.
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'' the Soviets created Volkov, the precursor to Nod's Divination and Cyborg program. Volkov is suppose to be an answer to Tanya, the Allies' mercenary commando, but far exceeds expectations since he can devastate ''tanks'' in addition to infantry and buildings. His metal endoskeleton also make him impervious to being crushed and can take a lot of punishment, far more than the human Tanya can. However, only one was ever made as the process was exceedingly expensive (and it's implied everyone else they tried this on did not survive the skeleton transplant).
* The Terran Ghost units in ''VideoGame/StarCraft''. As well as arguably every single Protoss unit.
** Well, the [[spoiler:Xel'Naga did choose them for uplift, based on their alleged purity of form.]] Also, the Zerg, the entire frickin' species. The Zerg [[LegoGenetics incorporate foreign genetic material]], and then make it into [[OrganicTechnology something more useful]] - like purpose-built killing machines, of which they have plenty. A single Zergling has a fair chance against a trained, armoured [[SpaceMarine Terran marine]] wielding a [[{{BFG}} gauss rifle]].
** Most Terran units are far more heavily augmented than they appear, which is more evident in SC2 than in the first game. The [[RedShirt Marine]] in the original SC2 trailer has multiple metallic sockets ''on his body'' and the Battlecruiser captain has a cybernetic eye.
** Assuming aliens count, Protoss are the very embodiment of this trope. Zealots, the most basic protoss soldier, are 9 ft tall cybernetically enhanced warriors with decades of training, plasma shields, laser beam wolverine claws, and apparently capable of walking as fast as a motor vehicle and charging much faster than that. Oh yeah, and they can absorb as much damage as a tank (and survive a direct tank blast to the face without even losing their shields - and a couple more when their shields are down!).
* ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' has a couple of examples
** The Zuul were made by giving a race of flesh-eating marsupials a human-like intelligence, PsychicPowers (including the ability to MindRape knowledge out of their victims), a HiveMind, and a natural lust for exploration and conquest, the Zuul were created for exterminating any race that wouldn't be subjugated; cargoes of them were simply dumped onto any old planet whose inhabitants needed a good genocide. They became more wildly successful than their creators could ever have dreamed of, insofar they went on to [[ScaryDogmaticAliens voluntarily worship their creators as gods and view their genocidal purpose as a holy war against the unworthy]].
** Hiver members of the Warrior caste. While a worker is around the same size as a human, warrior cast hivers are far stronger and tougher, highly armored with plating, and one of the largest among any of the species in that universe. In game, this is reflected in Hiver ships being the toughest to successfully board.
* ''VideoGame/SecondSight'' introduced two classes of super-soldier, created by the American Zener Project: the first is just an extremely well-trained marine that's been taught to create mental shields, which deflect bullets but not mind-blasts. The second- only encountered in the second-last level- are SuperpoweredMooks, loyal soldiers that have been given impressive psychic abilities via implanted stem cells taken from the original Zener Children [[spoiler: and John Vattic, the protagonist.]] By the end of the game, most of the two classes have either been killed in action, or [[spoiler: never existed at all.]]
* Caulder/Stolos' 'children' in ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars: Days of Ruin]]''. Intended not for the front ranks, but for the command room, as their ability to assemble and react on tactical information in the field, as well as their encyclopedic knowledge of warfare, is far beyond that of a normal human. Tabitha/Larissa is also implied to have physical modifications as well.
** By extension of a little logic, Sami's Infantry can become this during her [[LimitBreak Super CO Power]], which allows infantry of any health capture any property in a single turn. By graphical interpretation, a single, wounded infantry can on a heavily guarded opponent HQ in a single day...and win.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'':
** The Super Mutants are the product of a pre-war super soldier research project meant to create strong, aggressive soldiers resistant to injury, radiation and environmental extremes. [[spoiler:They were later adopted by the Master as a new, superior version of humanity better suited to the nuclear wasteland of the post-apocalyptic future, meant to be able to easily overrun and replace regular humanity. They didn't come out quite as expected -- their transformation makes them sterile as mules, and thus not viable as a self-sustaining species.]]
*** Notably, the two big flaws [[spoiler: for the Master wouldn't have been an issue for the pre-War super soldier project: almost every human back then was, effectively, pristine Vault material, so no need to go hunting for subjects that turn into ''smart'' mutants rather than dumb ones, and the fertility issue is a perk rather than a flaw if you want supersoldiers rather than a race intended to replace baseline humanity]].
*** As seen in ''VideoGame/Fallout3'', Vault-Tec performed similar experiments on the residents of Vault 87 with a modified strain of the FEV, and the resulting Mutants turned out even dumber than their West Coast counterparts, as well as having the side effect of [[MiracleGroMonster increasing in size with age]]. Only [[GeniusBruiser Fawkes]] retained his human intelligence.
*** Even by the standards of Super Mutants, Frank Horrigan from ''Videogame/Fallout2'' is a beast. Clad in the finest Enclave PoweredArmor which doubles as life support, Frank Horrigan is one of the deadliest beings to ever walk the wastelands. That is, until he met TheChosenOne, of course.
** The [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast rather aptly-named]] [[DemonicSpiders Deathclaws]] were created by the pre-Great War government using genetic engineering to replace human troops in battle, [[spoiler:and further refined by the Master using the same FEV virus which created the Super Mutants]]. The end result is a ten-foot tall reptilian monstrosity with twelve-inch long claws which are capable of shredding through all but the heaviest body armour, and a thick hide which is impervious to small-arms fire and explosives. [[spoiler:In ''3'', the Enclave tried to weaponize them for use as shock troops]]. Deathclaws are ShroudedInMyth and few people in-universe have even encountered them, but the ones that have invariably describe them as tanks with legs.
** In ''VideoGame/Fallout4'', Institute Coursers are Franchise/{{Terminator}} expies designed to look exactly like humans but be superior to them in every way and tasked with hunting down wayward Synths. At one point in the game, you have to track down one of these murder-machines. You know the Gunners, those ruthless mercenary types who serve as {{Elite Mook|s}} versions of Raiders? The Courser you're looking for is inflicting a CurbStompBattle on an entire platoon of them when you find him, and no, it's ''not'' GameplayAndStorySegregation: he's a hell of a fight, even with a companion and power armour. [[spoiler:X6-88, who is a Courser you can recruit, has a SPECIAL stat total of ''98 points'', almost twice as much as your other companions' sums]].
* Some factions in the ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}'' series attempt this with the [[UpgradeArtifact canisters]], but given that side effects include [[AGodAmI egotism]], [[UnstoppableRage severe anger management problems]], and {{Hallucinations}}, several give up and rely on {{Mons}}.
* ''VideoGame/ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'' has B.J. fighting Uber Soldats at some points in the game, such as the first time in a Lab, and three at the same time near the end. ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D: Spear of Destiny'' has the player fighting an Uber Soldat as a MidBoss as well.
* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' has the Battleroids, [[WeCanRebuildHim dead soldiers reanimated with cheap cybernetics]]. They were first used in a dispute between two small asteroid governments, in which battleroids from both sides got inside their opposing asteroids and killed pretty much everyone, after which their use was banned and they were [[SealedEvilInACan put in stasis for safekeeping]]. 10 "military Mjolnir Mark IV cyborgs" were smuggled on board the'' Marathon'', but only 9 were killed when the Tau Ceti colony was [[EarthShatteringKaboom blown up]]. It is all but confirmed that the player character is the 10th, which would explain his OneManArmy capabilities.
* ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomClashOfTheSuperheroes'': The SecretCharacter known as Shadow Lady is [[VideoGame/StreetFighter Chun-Li]] from an AlternateUniverse where she was [[ReforgedIntoAMinion forcibly turned into a]] [[UnwillingRoboticization brainwashed cybernetic minion]] for Shadaloo. Before she was forcibly roboticized, Chun-Li routinely foiled Shadaloo's plans at every turn, and in retaliation, Shadaloo kidnapped, experimented and [[{{Cyborg}} cyborgized]] her for the sake of turning her into a pawn against Interpol. When the task was completed, they turned her into a living weapon, complete with a new name and transformed her into M. Bison's [[TheDragon top operative]]. Unlike Shadow--a roboticized Charlie Nash, who escaped shortly after being transformed--Shadaloo added a RestrainingBolt to Shadow Lady's programming and internal systems so the cyborg would [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul remain fully obedient and loyal to Bison]], and complete her missions by having her body be remotely controlled, essentially making her a [[DarkActionGirl Dark Action]] RobotGirl. As Shadow Lady, [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul Chun-Li's formerly cheerful personality was obliterated, and her body's physiology altered so it]] [[EmotionlessGirl experienced no emotion apart from being a ruthless but highly effective killing machine]] and assassin for Shadaloo - in essence, she is essentially a completely different person inhabiting her body and mind (being more machine than human), and serves as nothing but a weapon against her former allies and Interpol. It's also been implied that deep down, [[AndIMustScream the old Chun-Li is still there on some level]], and is at least partially aware of what she has done. Even if her allies ever managed to revive her, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Chun-Li would have to deal with the]] [[HeelRealization guilt of being a tool for Shadaloo]], not to mention the fact that [[RealityEnsues being a brainwashed robotic minion wouldn't go away overnight]] should she become a good person again. Aside from retaining a few moves from her non-cyborgified variant, she has built-in high tech weaponry, and all of this was augmented to her robotic body, like the T-X from the ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'' series, thus making her more faster and stronger than Shadow, but at the cost of becoming a brainwashed minion for Shadaloo. She shoots [[HomingProjectile homing]]/[[MissileLockOn heat-seeking missiles]] from [[BackpackCannon her back]], thrusts forward with [[ThisIsADrill a drill]], encases herself in a [[ShockAndAwe electric barrier]] (that also [[DeflectorShield deflects attacks]] and stuns opponents), miniaturized Vernier thrusters in her feet that enable her to jump much higher (and allow her to kick more rapidly) and fires a large beam ([[ArmCannon Big Bang Laser]]) from [[HandBlast her palms]]. [[spoiler:In her ending however, she manages to [[HeroicWillpower overcome Shadaloo's brainwashing,]] [[HeelFaceTurn regain her original memories as Chun-Li]], and join forces with Shadow in taking down Shadaloo. Despite this, she retains her robotic parts even after the brainwashing broke.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' has Black Watches Super soldiers, soldiers infected with a modified form of the series' [[TheVirus virus]]. They're bigger, stronger, and faster than the regular {{Mooks}}, they can sniff the protagonist out almost instantly even when disguised, and can easily go toe-to-toe with the opposite side's EliteMooks, the hunters, and even the protagonist himself when in small groups.
* ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R.]]'' is chock-full of Super Soldiers, including the Point Man and Paxton Fettel (products of Project Origin), Becket (product of Projects Paragon and Harbinger), and a mini-army of cloned Replica soldiers.
* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'': Witchers fit the trope: alchemically and ritually augmented, made stronger, quicker, tougher than humans, and somewhat alienated from humanity because of it. They're meant for hunting monsters instead of fighting humans, but [[KnightInSourArmor Geralt]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters oftentimes doesn't really see much difference between the two]]. They're explicitly defined as genetically engineered (via alchemy) in a couple of places.
* ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'' sets Jak up as one of these, {{Wolverine}}-style; experimented on against his will, he later breaks free and swears revenge on the people who did it to him.
* ''Videogame/MassEffect2'' has three. First, Commander Shepard, who was killed and then brought back from the dead, and upgraded by use of what Miranda refers to as bio-synthetic fusion. Second is Miranda, who was genetically engineered to be the perfect woman (which apparently consists of the standard super soldier package, plus good looks). Last, is Grunt, who is genetically engineered to be the perfect Krogan, or "Pure Krogan".
** Also, Jack, who was engineered to become a superhuman Biotic.
*** Also any of the kids in the original biotic training program, until Kaiden killed the turian instructor, and the project was scrapped.
** Even regular Systems Alliance Marines undergo extensive gene therapy to boost their strength, endurance and healing. On top of that they all have personal kinetic barriers and weapons with effectively unlimited ammo that fire projectiles at relativistic speeds. The only reason they're not thought of as super solders within the setting is that every other military threat out there is just as deadly.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', being a game about super powered individuals, is ''full'' of this trope. [[MegaCorp Crey]], [[ANaziByAnyOtherName The Council]], [[ThoseWackyNazis The 5th Column]], and [[EvilOverlord Arachnos]] all dabble in making Super Soldiers in the traditional sense. Other groups, like [[TheUndead The Vahzilok]], or [[{{Cyborg}} The Freakshow]] dabble in giving themselves super powers, but they lack the military organization of the big four.
* In the ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Dark Forces]]'' games, the Dark Troopers, though in practice the first two generations were battledroids, the third generation could function as PoweredArmor, and the resulting combo could be called Super Soldiers.
* Ogmo from ''VideoGame/{{Jumper}}'' series is one, or at least supposed to be one. Aside from [[InASingleBound improbable jumping skills]], he's also [[BottomlessBladder designed to survive without food]] or light. For ''[[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld long]]''.
-->'''[[BigBad The Boss]]:''' Ogmo is not the ultimate soldier! He's just the retarded monster!
* In ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever 2'', your character squares off against several super-soldiers.
* The golems of ''Videogame/DragonAgeOrigins'' straddle the line between Super Soldier and AttackAnimal with the reveal that [[spoiler:they are created by entombing dwarves in stone statues and infused with molten lyrium.]] The golems' might gave the Dwarves a fighting chance against the Darkspawn, and losing the means to create more of them turned the tides of war against the Dwarves. Most of the few active golems remaining are kept on a leash via control rods, though a few still retain free will.
** The Grey Wardens downplay this trope. Becoming one involves going through The Joining, a ritual that poses a significant risk of killing you. ''Surviving'' the ritual [[InformedAttribute apparently]] [[GameplayAndStorySegregation gives you]] enhanced strength and durability, along [[MySignificanceSenseIsTingling the ability to sense the darkspawn]], [[spoiler: but it means you'll have a hard time having kids and you'll be dead in less than thirty years]]. However, Wardens are vital to fighting a Blight, as they're immune to the [[TheHorde darkspawn]] taint [[spoiler: and are the only ones who can permanently kill an Archdemon and end the Blight]].
** Fenris of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is another example, of the "angry victim seeking revenge on his creator" variety. He was originally a normal elf, but the mage who owned him as a slave had [[GreenRocks lyrium]] etched into his skin all over his body, an agonizingly painful process that gave him the ability to become partially insubstantial (and possibly made him stronger and more agile as well). He uses this power to resist injury...and reach into people's chests to crush their hearts.
* ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'': Depending on play style, Adam Jensen can be either a super soldier or a super spy, or you're really good, ''both''. [[spoiler: It's heavily implied in-game that he was bred to be more compatible with augmentation than the average human, and that he is the stock from which [[VideoGame/DeusEx the Dentons]] were cloned]].
** There are also the [[http://deusex.wikia.com/wiki/Tyrants tyrants]], augmented mercenaries and the only enemies you actually have to kill for them to stay down.
* Both sides's grunts in ''VideoGame/{{Fracture}}'' fall into this category while their more elite and powerful units can almost no longer be called human.
* ''Videogame/{{Crysis}}'''s Delta Force [[PoweredArmor nanosuits]] allow its users to [[InvisibilityCloak turn invisible]], survive a point-blank shotgun blast, to [[SuperSpeed run as fast as a Humvee]], and then flip it over by ''punching it'', all through the use of [[spoiler: reverse-engineered [[StarfishAlien Ceph]]]] nanotechnology. The sequel shows that the suit is capable of becoming even more - Alcatraz, a regular US Marine, is mortally wounded, then placed in a nanosuit, which [[ManInTheMachine keeps him alive]] by [[spoiler: [[BodyHorror growing into his wounds]] and eventually running most of his [[GrandTheftMe higher mental processes]]]].
* ''VideoGame/{{DonPachi}}'' features the [[TitleDrop DonPachi]] Squadron, an elite air force unit. Clearing the first loop reveals that in order for prospective members to be able to take on massive enemy forces, they are ordered by their commander to slaughter the entirety of '''their own forces''', and that this training process goes on for at least ''seven years.''
* In ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', with all the cloning, genetic engineering, cybernetics, and BrainUploading you can inflict on your civilians your mid to late game soldiers probably count. The [[TheSpartanWay Spartan]] [[TheSocialDarwinist Federation]] in particular.
* In ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'' this is what your infantry eventually turn into, one way or another. They start out as guys in NASA space suits with guns, but by end game, well it depends on which tech affinity you adhere to. With Harmony they are bio-armor wearing [[HalfHumanHybrid Half-Human, Half-Alien Hybrids]] that heal by breathing in ''poison gas''. With Purity bio-augmented seven foot giants in PoweredArmor that are about one step removed from 40K Space Marines. With Supremacy they are insectoid-looking more machine-than-man {{Cyborg}} shock troops. The ''Rising Tide'' DLC adds hybrid affinities. Supremacy-Harmony infantry look like biomechanical alien CyberCyclops. Harmony-Purity looks like an Ancient Egyptian holy warrior in gleaming gold-and-purple armor, genetically engineered to be godlike. Purity-Supremacy has a "perfect" human soldier operating an advanced armor with animal-level AI.
* In ''Colossatron: Massive World Threat'', Dropships will deploy these if not destroyed quickly.
* In ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'', it's stated by WordOfGod that the Hunters are all the descendants of these, who fought in an ancient war with the creators of the monsters. This explains their ability to wield weapons twice as large as themselves and [[MadeOfIron withstand tail whips and bites from gargantuan wyverns and dinosaurs]], previously written off as simple CharlesAtlasSuperpower.
* ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' has robots, [[CloneArmy clones]], [[PsychicPowers psychics]], and genetically engineered supersoldiers (unlocked with "Gene Seed Purification" tech). Available first as attachments to more conventional armies and later as whole armies.
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': Prior to the [[RobotWar Omnic Crisis]] the USA had a volunteer super soldier project whose subjects gained enhanced strength and reflexes. At least two of whom, Jack Morrison and Gabriel Reyes [[spoiler: aka Soldier 76 and Reaper]], became founding members of Overwatch.

* The Abductees in ''Webcomic/ItsWalky!'', especially Walky and Sal.
* Grace (Shade Tail) in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', who was created to fight a ''single'' individual, Damien. Subverted, however - she's a sweet, naive pacifist. Left to her own devices, she would far rather have pretend tea parties than actually fight. It was only with great reluctance, following much persuasion that she eventually began learning martial arts, and then only because she ''didn't'' want to hurt people by using her full powers against them.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''.
** To begin with, every human supposed to fight, including most of Tagon's Toughs, has "soldier boosts" (implants and {{Nanomachines}}) that optimize metabolism (they are [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2011-12-01 mostly]] immune to intoxication, for one), improve reaction, strength and toughness enough that grunts [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2010-01-09 can throw punches]] twice as strong as XX century professional boxers, without using protection or severely damaging themselves. With a PoweredArmor on top of this.
---> Fully inertic, flight-capable, [[PoweredArmor powered]] fullerene uniforms: about ''two years' salary'' for a grunt, assuming he has to buy them himself.\\
Unlicensed soldier-boosting of the metabolism, enhancing strength, speed and reaction time: ''three years' salary'' and ''five in prison'' if you're ''[[NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught caught]]''.\\
[[OhCrap The look on your foes' faces]] when you [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2004-12-03 crash in from a standing start]]: ''priceless''.
** Doyt Gyo stands out as an experiment in this area, has high-end PoweredArmor and implanted [[SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence genius AI]] acting as MissionControl and using several {{attack drone}}s with great precision. Later, courtesy of the "magic cryokit", he gets more biological enhancements and interface for the AI to control the body directly -- Doyt may have superhuman reaction, but his intellect is the [[TooDumbToLive obvious weak link]].
** And then [[spoiler:the Project Laz'R'Us -- experimental {{Nanomachines}}-based AI that confer virtual immortality, including an armored superhuman transitional form to revive from death]], Tagon specifically calls this a "runt super-soldier".
** Several Earth species were uplifted to sentience in the backstory. An angry African Elephant in power armour makes one hell of a super-soldier. Gorillas and bears also make a showing, although they're not generally portrayed as superior to boosted humans.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** The Jägermonsters, "constructs" with a rather FrankensteinsMonster meets Doctor Moreau appearance. Dressed up in the shiniest of Napoleonic uniforms (Prussian style) and really {{Nice Hat}}s. Complete with silly German accent and the habit of being [[BoisterousBruiser loud]] except when sneaking. Fangs, the claws, the super-strength, and the fact that they may well be immortal. They are also "ideal soldiers" mentally. [[BloodKnight Always ready to fight]], honorable (they even have a proper [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100609 duel code]]) and extremely loyal to their liege and creators, the House of Heterodyne. Also, good sport -- they admire people who manage to beat them and so far we saw them hitting on ladies [[LoveAtFirstPunch only after knocked out by the lady in question]]. Most of them are staunchly loyal to the Heterodynes ([[UndyingLoyalty by choice]], no less) and aren't exactly as monstrous as rumored to be. That doesn't stop normal people from trying to hang them, though.
** Also, [[spoiler: Airman Higgs]] looks a lot like this. There's speculation that [[spoiler: he might even ''be'' a Jägermonster; the "Sneaky General that keeps lots of secrets" to be exact.]]
** Almost every MadScientist tries to build his own super soldier, thought the Jägers are the most successful. Other super soldiers tend to [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters turn on their creator]].
* The '[[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20050211.html Gigglers]]' from the future setting of Webcomic/{{SSDD}} probably qualifies - mass-produced clone-soldiers who feel no pain, and get injected with 'happy drugs' whenever they kill somebody... thus leading to their nickname, due to their disturbing habit of slaughtering their way through enemy forces while grinning, giggling, or laughing out loud... of course, the guys who produces them, the Collective of Anarchist States, are generally considered the 'bad guys'.
** There's even an example of a 'turned' giggler, Lee, joining up with a group of Core [[SpaceMarine Space Marines]] - he is of the 'created like a Super Soldier, but raised like a normal person' variant, but still has certain... ehm... 'gigglish' tendencies.
*** That guy was an experiment after they managed to obtain an Anarchist Cloning Cylinder. Most clones (Gigglers) are stupid and have very little education/social conditioning, hence the implants with the happy juice; with this guy they got the process wrong. With the new systems they've been testing on him, he now has FEELING on the outside of his body, which leads to fun like "How much will it hurt if I stick this fork into my knee?"
** The Anarchists also have heavily augmented Elite commandos from their volunteer forces. Though most of their army is Gigglers and robots.
** The opposing power bloc, the CORE, loves cybernetics. Some would say because they're too cheap to build their own soldiers from scratch so they're experts at patching up the troops they have. Tessa, the original protagonist of the future arcs, and the rest of her squad are experimental CORE super soldiers with {{Nanomachine|s}}-based augmentations that give them enhanced strength, [[HealingFactor accelerated healing]], ElectronicTelepathy, and PoweredArmor linked to their nervous systems.
* This was the goal behind Hereti Corp's Aylee cloning project in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. The Oasis Project might also have similar goals.
* ''Webcomic/HeroesInc'', actually highly effective the story line follows them being actual soldiers and then exploring the people's lives as superheroes.
* Captain Victory of ''Webcomic/TheSpecialists'' is one of these, unfortunately it the process killed one hundred and four men to get one super soldier. Using the same serum on women had ... [[PsychicPowers Different]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Effects]].
** The Nazi's only managed to make two "Proper" super soldiers: PhlebotinumRebel [[BeastMan Hartman]] and his (Much more successful) twin brother [[CaptainPatriotic Heinrich]]
* Cwynhild from ''Webcomic/CwynhildsLoom'' has been cybernetically enhanced, making her stronger and faster than other humans on UsefulNotes/{{Mars}}. Her reactions are also quicker, and she can interact in various ways with computer systems through an artificial right hand, including shorting them out with an electrical pulse. She can also survive being stabbed in the heart..
* ''Webcomic/GenocideMan'' features Genocide Men, who have nanotube ceramics in their bones to make them unbreakable, artificial glands that provide combat stimulants and negate many toxins, and telomere replacement therapy to mitigate the effects of aging. Many of the genetic deviants they were designed to combat were super soldiers as well: the Ugandan deviancy comprised four-year old children with claws, slitted pupils, and ridiculously fast reflexes. They killed everyone else in Jacob Doe's squad, who only survived because he was a G-Man.
* ''Webcomic/{{Harbourmaster}}'''s Super Soldiers are humans who were imbued with [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke DNA-level upgrades]] by the Aquaans to help defeat the [[TheSocialDarwinist Yogzarthu]]. Interestingly, Partasah made sure that those who ''did'' receive the treatment generally fell under the heading of "TechnicalPacifist"; he didn't like the idea of someone ''genuinely'' [[BloodKnight bellicose]] having this upgrade. [[LesbianCop Jendolyn]] is the main example in the series. She has no qualms about using commensurate force to protect the peace in the Tethys colony, but she'd rather not look upon violence outside of that (a bit of a nuisance when you consider her girlfriend ''loves'' MaskedLuchador films).
* Everyone in the [[spoiler: [[http://accidentals.webcomic.ws/comics/30/ Gods and Monsters]]]] chapter of ''Webcomic/{{Accidentals}}''.
* ''Webcomic/AmongTheChosen'' has Addicaines, who are artificial {{transhuman}}s owned by a {{megacorp}}.
* ''WebComic/{{Xenospora}}'' gives us Richard Dark who is a covert ops agent. His engineering gives him incredible stamina and makes him into [[TheEmpath an empath]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Follower}}'': The chio(vloxen) were genetically engineered to be the perfect super soldiers for the U.S. Military.
* In ''Webcomic/WhiteNoise'', it's heavily hinted that [[TheHero Wren]] might be this. He manages to [[http://www.wncomic.com/archive_comments.php?strip_id=152 fight off several armed guards]] despite suffering from starvation, dehydration, exhaustion and murk poisoning. [[http://www.wncomic.com/archive_comments.php?strip_id=175 In another fight]] another character remarks "You must be running on fumes, if you were at 100%, even 50% I'd be toast already."
* In ''Webcomic/AliceAndTheNightmare'', it's implied that one exists - the Queens created armies of Chessmen to fight against each other thousands of years ago, and WordOfGod refers to those soldiers in present tense, suggesting they're still around.
* Commander Badass and his squad[=/=]family from ''WebComic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' are time-travelling super soldiers from a nondescript spacefuture. Among other things, the Commander has punched Hitler, single-handedly won UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, and then prevented himself from doing that after seeing the future where ''Film/FirstBlood'' was never made.
* Several characters in ''Webcomics/AliceGrove'' are [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld very, very old]] super soldiers.

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* The ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' has several, but the most notable ones are [[TheCowl Achilles]], leader of the Global Guardians, and World War II era [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] Franchise/{{Superman}} [[CaptainErsatz stand-in]], Sturmfuhrer.
* The Freelancers of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. All of them underwent advanced training to be elite soldiers, and most were paired with an AI implanted directly into their head. Each of them also had a special armor ability (invisibility, HealingFactor, time stop). And yes, a number of them [[PhlebotinumRebel rebel]].
* Being heavily based on ComicBook/UltimateMarvel, MarvelsRPG feature several super soldiers and a lot of characters have gained powers as the effect of a super soldier program.
* Ben "[[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]]" Crowshaw wrote [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/extra-punctuation/6530-Extra-Punctuation-Supersoldiers a column]] dedicated to explaining why Super Soldier Projects, at least those that are generally presented in Video Games, are not such a great idea.
* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, one of the theories about the growing number of mutants, especially in the US and Europe, is the heavy use of Super Soldier experiments by both the Axis and Allies during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII; the idea is that many of the current mutants are the descendants of wartime supers. It is also explained that most of the Super Soldier experiments went badly, either resulting in hideous transformations or severe psychological disorders, which resulted in many former 'patriotic heroes' becoming super-villains in the 1950s and 1960s.
** While the experience of WWII has put most national armed forces off of super soldiers for field units, experiments did continue, often with disappointing or even tragic results. As a result, focus has shifted towards elite training and PowerArmor rather than augmentation, as well as in using those who are already Empowered - primarily mutants, especially those who come through [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy's]] JROTC program. While teams such as [[CapeBusters EQUALIZER]] (better known as [[TheDreaded The Dragonslayers]]) could be considered Super Soldiers, they accomplished what they did through superior tactics, and at the price of staggering casualty rates.
** However, Super Soldier forces are not unknown as henchmen for {{Super Villain}}s, and even for mercenary units (who are often the same thing). Notable examples include the Paramount Guards' Catamount Troopers, the Tiger Guards' Sabretooths, the Chessmaster's Chessmen, and Dr. Diabolik's Dog Soldiers. Of specific note are the Animen, who were originally created as a breeding population for future supersoldiers.

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* The Supertroopers in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers''.
* The Neo-Warriors and Neo Lords in ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad''. The Neosapiens themselves would count, except that they were actually designed for physical labor rather than combat. Still, they make good soldiers.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' (the 2-D one):
*** General Grievous, one of the greatest badasses in the universe, was a cyborg. His finest display of power was shown in the animated series; at the Battle of Hypori, his first public appearance in the Clone Wars, he single-handedly defeated a team of seven Jedi, including Council members Ki-Adi Mundi and Aayla Secura. He killed four of them, and would almost certainly have killed the other three if a team of ARC troopers hadn't arrived at the last second and (somehow, without getting obliterated themselves) held him off. Grievous himself summed up this victory with a declaration of their imminent demise prior to the fight:
--->'''Grievous''':"Jedi! You are surrounded, your armies decimated. Make peace with the Force now, for this is your final hour. But know that I, General Grievous, am not completely without mercy. I shall grant you a warrior's death. Prepare!!!"
*** The team of ARC troopers managed this because they were Super Soldiers themselves (to a much milder degree than Greivious, sure, but there were a lot more of them then there were of him). They held him at bay with impressive amounts of MoreDakka.
** In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' (the CGI one), it's revealed that the Kaminoans experimented with the Jango Fett clone template in an attempt to create Super Soldiers. The project was overall a failure, but four of the surviving subjects came together to form the elite Clone Force 99, aka "The Bad Batch".
* Music/{{Gorillaz}}'s Noodle was apparently raised to be one of twenty-three Super Soldier children by a secret organisation in Japan, before having her memory erased and being [=FedExed=] to Kong.
* Part of ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'''s plot was the city's criminals trying to create sort of super soldiers to take on Spider-Man. But more specifically a later episode [[spoiler: is about villains fighting for the formula that was used to create the villain Rhino, in order to make an army of super soldiers]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[https://blog.rsb.org.uk/is-it-possible-to-make-a-real-life-captain-america/ This article]] details the biological reason why science can not create a super soldier like Captain America in real life.
* Although the typical fictional super-soldier is superhuman in ability, there are several real life instances that do emulate the spirit of being superior warriors:
** [[http://news.scotsman.com/latestnews/Stalins-halfman-halfape-superwarriors.2688011.jp If certain Scottish newspapers are to be believed]], Joseph Stalin once commissioned Soviet biologist Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov to create a breed of half-gorillas to serve in his army. It didn't work out.[[note]]The experiment in question happened to regard a scientist attempting to [[ForScience breed humans and chimpanzees]] as a means of disproving God and ultimately the superiority of Communism. The "commission" came at a time when Stalin was throwing grants at any request that included the word "science" in it, and when he found out about it, promptly pulled the funding. This later became exaggerated by tabloids into the super soldier rumor [[/note]]
** Many various bodies of historic and present day military groups of various nations around the world could qualify for the trope due to their intensive selection and training (For a sufficiently low value of '[[BadassNormal super]]', anyway). Comparing your typical WWII soldier up against a modern US Commando would get the latter called a supersoldier by the former with how different their trainings and equipments are.
** Skeletons of English archers during the Hundred Years War period have overdeveloped bone structures in their upper body to support the huge muscles needed to draw an English longbow of the period. In fact, until the invention of repeating firearms, the longbow itself was a far deadlier weapon, with a much better rate of fire, than muskets. However, it took ten years of practice to develop the muscles needed to draw one, whilst a man can be trained to proficiency with a musket in a week.
** The Pheidole group of ants can unlock a [[http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2012/01/06/return-of-the-supersoldier-ants/#.UOaWaqwruho a bigger version of their soldier caste, which are literally refered to as super soldiers.]]. Scientists have even created super soldiers in species that don't naturally manifest them, which may or may not lead to a BugWar.
** The (now abandonned) DARPA Metabolic Dominance program played about with this. DARPA started seeding some stuff aimed towards being able to boost human metabolic efficiency by a lot. If it had panned out, you'd supposedly be go at a full sprint basically forever without feeling out of breath (though it wouldn't stop your muscles from getting sore), go for a week or more with little to no sleep, and greatly diminishes pain.
** A recent report for the Greenwall Foundation discussed the possibility of [[http://ethics.calpoly.edu/Greenwall_report.pdf "Enhanced warfighters"]].
** Apparently, Russia and China [[http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/research/a18574/enhanced-human-operations/ have just started attempts at enhancing their soldiers]].
** ThoseWackyNazis did this with [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons their infantrymen and pilots]] in a fairly crude manner: by feeding them [[http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/05/pilots-salt-the-third-reich-kept-its-soldiers-alert-with-meth/276429/ Pervitin-brand amphetamine pills]] so that they could fight longer and harder and [[SociopathicSoldier not think about what they were doing]]. Soldiers often referred to them as "tank chocolate" and "pilot's salt". Given the well-known properties of amphetamines, many German soldiers wound up with crippling addictions and health problems even before the fighting had stopped, causing Nazi health official Leonardo Conti to try (and fail) to limit use of Pervitin in the armed forces. The Allies also briefly experimented with the drug, but stopped quickly once its side effects became apparent.
** Knights, samurai, and other elite warrior castes are a fairly mundane version. Nations that couldn't afford professional armies would train members of the upper classes in combat from childhood, arm them with the best equipment available, and send them into battle backed up by drafted peasants. These knights would be individually stronger than most professional soldiers and more expensive per man, but a levy led by a few knights would still be cheaper than an army of equivalent size and the knights would amplify their effectiveness. Of course, after the invention of crossbows and guns any peasant with a few weeks of training could kill a knight.