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* AnimalAssassin


* The trope takes place in ''Manga/PrivateActress'''s BoardingSchool two-parter, where [[IncrediblyLamePun a murder of]] CreepyCrows under the command of a BetaBitch named Mai are vital in [[spoiler: the death of a girl that she, her AlphaBitch Kana and the GirlPosse were bullying]] and the posterior attacks on [[spoiler:the titular "private actress" Shiho (who inflitrates the school to investigate the girl's death]] and on [[spoiler: the GirlPosse member Maki who's about to go through a HeelFaceTurn.]]

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* The trope takes place in In ''Manga/PrivateActress'''s BoardingSchool two-parter, where [[IncrediblyLamePun a murder of]] of CreepyCrows under the command of a BetaBitch named Mai are vital in [[spoiler: the death of a girl that she, her AlphaBitch Kana and the GirlPosse were bullying]] and the posterior attacks on [[spoiler:the titular "private actress" Shiho (who inflitrates the school to investigate the girl's death]] and on [[spoiler: the GirlPosse member Maki who's about to go through a HeelFaceTurn.]]


* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': The Shinheuh Ren and the other [[TheBeastmaster Breeders]] use.

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* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': The Shinheuh Ren and the other [[TheBeastmaster Breeders]] Animas]] use.


* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': The Shinhaeu [[TheBeastmaster Ren and the other anima]] use.

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* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': The Shinhaeu [[TheBeastmaster Shinheuh Ren and the other anima]] [[TheBeastmaster Breeders]] use.


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* In ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', the long-neglected armory of Lancre Castle contains not only armaments for humans, but also suits of armor for battle-trained horses, dogs, and (thanks to a failed experimental air force) ravens.

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* In ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', ''Literature/LordsAndLadies'', the long-neglected armory of Lancre Castle contains not only armaments for humans, but also suits of armor for battle-trained horses, dogs, and (thanks to a failed experimental air force) ravens.


* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' a few of the characters have various types of this;
** Mordacai's action skill has him sick his pet Bloodwing (a hawklike bird/reptile) on enemies.
** Roland's Scorpio Turret also counts as the mechanical version.
** Axton in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'''s Scorpio Turret works like Roland's.
** Several enemies in both games can also drop turrets.
** Gaige the Mechromancer has her "D374-TP", DT, which works similarly to a cross between the turrets and Bloodwing (mainly using melee attacks like Bloodwing, but staying out and attacking for a limited time rather than just striking an enemy once).

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* In The ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' a few of the characters have various types of this;
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** The first game, ''VideoGame/Borderlands1'':
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Mordacai's action skill has him sick his pet Bloodwing (a hawklike bird/reptile) on enemies.
** *** Roland's Scorpio Turret also counts as the mechanical version.
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Axton in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'''s can drop down Scorpio Turret works like Roland's.
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Several enemies in both games can also drop turrets.
** *** Gaige the Mechromancer has her "D374-TP", DT, which works similarly to a cross between the turrets and Bloodwing (mainly using DT. Using melee attacks like Bloodwing, attacks, but staying out and attacking for a limited time rather than just striking an enemy once).once.


* ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' prehistory says wyverns were created as weapons by Aearee (ancient bird-like creatures). Local {{Precursors}} are called "Creator Races" for a reason.
** Wizards constantly try to customize some or other HybridMonster or TheUndead for that purpose, though it rarely ends well. [[Literature/CounselorsAndKings Akhlaur]] has "cat-man warrior" project, for example.



** Early editions allowed {{Player Character}}s to buy war dogs that would fight alongside the party. Since they were almost as effective in combat as a 1st-level character, they could greatly increase a party's chance of survival at low levels.

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** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'': Wyverns were created as weapons by Aearee (ancient bird-like creatures). The setting's {{Precursors}} are called "Creator Races" for a reason.
** Wizards constantly try to customize some or other HybridMonster or TheUndead for this purpose, though it rarely ends well. [[Literature/CounselorsAndKings Akhlaur]] has a "cat-man warrior" project, for example.
** Early editions allowed allow {{Player Character}}s to buy war dogs that would to fight alongside the party. Since they were they're almost as effective in combat as a 1st-level character, they could can greatly increase a party's chance of survival at low levels.



* ''[[TabletopGame/IronKingdoms Hordes]]'' pits two [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking warlocks]] and their armies against each other. Warlocks come in many flavors, but [[TheBeastmaster all share the ability to direct and give orders]] to their warbeasts, ranging from bipedal WarElephants and lightning-fast [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent warpwolves]] to monstrous [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragonspawns]].
* The Matriarch from ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'' fights by ordering corvids to attack her foes. She is the single most ZergRush happy villain in the game.

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* ''[[TabletopGame/IronKingdoms Hordes]]'' ''TabletopGame/IronKingdoms'': ''Hordes'' pits two [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking warlocks]] and their armies against each other. Warlocks come in many flavors, but [[TheBeastmaster all share the ability to direct and give orders]] to their warbeasts, ranging from bipedal WarElephants and lightning-fast [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent warpwolves]] to monstrous [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragonspawns]].
* ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'':
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The Matriarch from ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'' fights by ordering corvids to attack her foes. She is the single most ZergRush happy villain in the game.



* Fina from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' uses her pet (a creature called Cupil) as a weapon in precisely this manner.
* Nearly every boss in "VideoGame/ShounenKinindenTsumuji" rides a giant animal during a boss fight.
* The majority of monsters in the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' were created to be these. Although the ones that could follow orders had an alarming tendency to become...less controlled.
* Similarly TheVirus in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', but this is more of a subversion, as the scientists of Blackwatch ''tried'' this and had it turn on them ''[[spoiler:twice]]''. The slavering zombies and various hideous flesh-beasts created when the virus finds human carriers do serve quite well as weapons, whether you prefer quantity or style, but exactly [[spoiler:four, all non-human]] beings in the world are capable of controlling its spread and the creatures created, and there's nothing on Earth that's going to control ''[[PersonOfMassDestruction them]]''.

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* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'': Fina from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' uses her pet (a creature called Cupil) as a weapon in precisely this manner.
* ''VideoGame/ShounenKinindenTsumuji'': Nearly every boss in "VideoGame/ShounenKinindenTsumuji" rides a giant animal during a boss fight.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'': The majority of monsters in the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' were created to be these. Although these, although the ones that could can follow orders had have an alarming tendency to become...become... less controlled.
* Similarly TheVirus in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', but this is more of a subversion, as the ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'': The scientists of Blackwatch ''tried'' this to use TheVirus as this, and had it turn on them ''[[spoiler:twice]]''. The slavering zombies and various hideous flesh-beasts created when the virus finds human carriers do serve quite well as weapons, whether you prefer quantity or style, but exactly [[spoiler:four, all non-human]] beings in the world are capable of controlling its spread and the creatures created, and there's nothing on Earth that's going to control ''[[PersonOfMassDestruction them]]''.


*** The [[SuperSoldier XII Astartes Legion]] were originally known as the War Hounds[[note]]subsequently renamed the World Eaters[[/note]] earned their name because their ferocity in battle reminded [[GodEmperor the Emperor]] of the white war hounds employed by a warrior tribe in northern Terra.

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*** The [[SuperSoldier XII Astartes Legion]] were originally known as the War Hounds[[note]]subsequently renamed the World Eaters[[/note]] earned their name because their ferocity in battle reminded [[GodEmperor the Emperor]] of the white war hounds employed by a warrior tribe in northern Terra. The modern Iron Snakes chapter is notable for routinely making use of trained attack dogs, something few other chapters do, in order to track down their elusive Dark Eldar foes.





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SuperTrope to:A sub-trope of LivingWeapon and TheBrute. Sister trope to AnimalAssassin and BioweaponBeast. The WeaponOfChoice for TheBeastmaster and the NatureHero (although they might as easily avert this trope by making them actual characters). When everyone uses these and only has them attack one another then you're almost certainly in a {{Mons}} series. Contrast the CoolPet, LoyalAnimalCompanion and RobotBuddy, who are usually characters in their own right rather than just weapons, though they can overlap if the animal in question (biological or robotic) is also supposed to serve as a non-human warrior (especially if they're a ''military'' animal, or their master is an action-oriented {{superhero}}/{{supervillain}}) in addition to being a pet/loyal companion/friend. If they're picked up and have their body used as a literal weapon, see EquippableAlly. Related to WeaponizedOffspring.
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* '''UsefulNotes/MilitaryAnimals''' (main topic)




See also [[UsefulNotes/MilitaryAnimals this Useful Notes page]].

A subtrope of LivingWeapon and TheBrute. Sister trope to AnimalAssassin and BioweaponBeast. The WeaponOfChoice for TheBeastmaster and the NatureHero (although they might as easily avert this trope by making them actual characters). When everyone uses these and only has them attack one another then you're almost certainly in a {{Mons}} series. Contrast the CoolPet, LoyalAnimalCompanion and RobotBuddy, who are usually characters in their own right rather than just weapons, though they can overlap if the animal in question (biological or robotic) is also supposed to serve as a non-human warrior (especially if they're a ''military'' animal, or their master is an action-oriented {{superhero}}/{{supervillain}}) in addition to being a pet/loyal companion/friend. If they're picked up and have their body used as a literal weapon, see EquippableAlly. Related to WeaponizedOffspring.

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\nSee also [[UsefulNotes/MilitaryAnimals this Useful Notes page]].\n\nA subtrope of LivingWeapon and TheBrute. Sister trope to AnimalAssassin and BioweaponBeast. The WeaponOfChoice for TheBeastmaster and the NatureHero (although they might as easily avert this trope by making them actual characters). When everyone uses these and only has them attack one another then you're almost certainly in a {{Mons}} series. Contrast the CoolPet, LoyalAnimalCompanion and RobotBuddy, who are usually characters in their own right rather than just weapons, though they can overlap if the animal in question (biological or robotic) is also supposed to serve as a non-human warrior (especially if they're a ''military'' animal, or their master is an action-oriented {{superhero}}/{{supervillain}}) in addition to being a pet/loyal companion/friend. If they're picked up and have their body used as a literal weapon, see EquippableAlly. Related to WeaponizedOffspring.\n\n---------


** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', one of the Scavengers has an attack Yao Guai, and the Enclave ''tried'' to use Deathclaws in this manner. The Deathclaws had to use remote controls implants and as a safety feature they were designed to [[ExplosiveCollar detonate after a certain range]]. The Lone Wanderer can hack the terminal near them to reconfigure the targeting parameters.

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** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', one of the Scavengers has an attack Yao Guai, and the Enclave ''tried'' to use Deathclaws in this manner. The Deathclaws had to use remote controls implants and as a safety feature they were designed to [[ExplosiveCollar [[ExplosiveLeash detonate after a certain range]]. The Lone Wanderer can hack the terminal near them to reconfigure the targeting parameters.


* WordOfGod states that the Xenomorphs from the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise are these. [[spoiler:They were created by the Engineers, or "Space Jockeys" as they're nicknamed, in preparation for their genocide on mankind, who they also had created, but their experiment with the Xenos and other stuff went wrong before they could use them.]]

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* WordOfGod states that the Xenomorphs from the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise are these. [[spoiler:They were created by the Engineers, or "Space Jockeys" as they're nicknamed, in preparation for their genocide on mankind, who they also had created, but their experiment with the Xenos and other stuff went wrong before they could use them.]]]] Various human groups, usually Weyland-Yutani, also attempt to utilize the aliens as living weapons, never seeming to understand [[EvilIsNotAToy they're an omnicidal blight that can]] ''[[EvilIsNotAToy never]]'' [[EvilIsNotAToy be controlled or contained]].

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* In many jurisdictions it is illegal to train or order an animal to attack a person. Charges for doing so range from assault with a deadly weapon to negligent homicide or murder.

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