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* [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades The Crusader armies]], from the Muslim point of view (despite having come from the West), though before that it was Muslims themselves to the Eastern Christians when it was part of the Eastern Roman empire, and then there's the Romans themselves to the Israelites...Eh, you get the point.

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* [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades The Crusader armies]], from the Muslim point of view (despite having come from the West), though before that it was Muslims themselves to the Eastern Christians when it was part of the Eastern Roman empire, Empire, and then there's the Romans themselves to the Israelites...Eh, you get the point.


* Downplayed in ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' in regards to the Eastern Empire. Individual members can be good and honourable as much as bad and they have not fully attacked yet (mostly due to the [[ApocalypseHow Mage Storms]]). At the same time, they are home to a DeadlyDecadentCourt and will eventually be the last major enemy for Valdemar to deal with.

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* Downplayed in ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' in regards to the Eastern Empire. Individual members can be good and honourable as much as bad and they have not fully attacked yet (mostly due to the [[ApocalypseHow Mage Storms]]). At the same time, they are home to a DeadlyDecadentCourt DecadentCourt and will eventually be the last major enemy for Valdemar to deal with.



** In {{Homage}}, Attilla the Hun became a recurring character on Python-influenced radio sketch show ''Radio/TheBurkissWay''.

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** In {{Homage}}, Attilla Attila the Hun became a recurring character on Python-influenced radio sketch show ''Radio/TheBurkissWay''.


* Averted with the Khanate in ''VideoGame/SunlessSea''. London would perhaps ''prefer'' if you believed this of their rival, who are directly descended from the survivors of Karakorum, but like everything else in the game the reality is a lot more complicated. Rumors of them being a horde of uncultured, violent barbarians is just Victorian era racism, and in reality they have electricity, firearms, and a fully functioning navy just like London. In fact, when visiting them, your biggest problem isn't that they are barbarians with no formal society, but the [[ObstructiveBeaurocrat complete opposite]].

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* Averted with the Khanate in ''VideoGame/SunlessSea''. London would perhaps ''prefer'' if you believed this of their rival, who are directly descended from the survivors of Karakorum, but like everything else in the game the reality is a lot more complicated. Rumors of them being a horde of uncultured, violent barbarians is just Victorian era racism, and in reality they have electricity, firearms, and a fully functioning navy just like London. In fact, when visiting them, your biggest problem isn't that they are barbarians with no formal society, but the [[ObstructiveBeaurocrat [[ObstructiveBureaucrat complete opposite]].

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* Averted with the Khanate in ''VideoGame/SunlessSea''. London would perhaps ''prefer'' if you believed this of their rival, who are directly descended from the survivors of Karakorum, but like everything else in the game the reality is a lot more complicated. Rumors of them being a horde of uncultured, violent barbarians is just Victorian era racism, and in reality they have electricity, firearms, and a fully functioning navy just like London. In fact, when visiting them, your biggest problem isn't that they are barbarians with no formal society, but the [[ObstructiveBeaurocrat complete opposite]].


* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has the Kurgans (no relation to the dude from ''Film/{{Highlander}}''. We think...), who are a FantasyCounterpartCulture to Turkics in general rather than just the Mongols. Actually far more historically accurate than most other examples since they actually resemble what ancient Turks would have looked like rather than Chinese people in furs, as they keep long hair and beards just as historical Turks did. Not yellow in the slightest either, they actually have brownish skin, like copper. They alternate between raiding and pillaging Kislev, the FantasyCounterpartCulture to Russia to their south, and the Cathayans, the FantasyCounterpartCulture to the Chinese to their southeast. They're also friends, raiding/trading partners and occasional adversaries with the Norscans, a FantasyCounterpartCulture to the Vikings, who dwell to their west; in some ways mirroring the relationship between Volga Bulgars and the Russ, or the relationship between the Khazar Khanate and Sviatoslav's raiders.
** The Ogres Kingdoms are hordes of Mongolian like savages, they are infamous for spreading across the Old World terrorizing the other races. They use to live in the steppes of Cathay but were driven out when the Great Maw a comet that decimated their land forcing them out of the steppes and Ogres soon resorted to cannibalism and barbarism to survive.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has the Kurgans (no relation to the dude from ''Film/{{Highlander}}''. We think...), who are ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
** The Kurgans,
a FantasyCounterpartCulture to Turkics in general Turkic steppe nomads rather than just of the Mongols. Actually far more historically accurate than most other examples since they They actually resemble what ancient Turks would have looked like rather than Chinese people in furs, as they keep long hair and beards just as historical Turks did. Not yellow in the slightest either, they actually have brownish skin, like copper. They alternate between raiding and pillaging Kislev, the FantasyCounterpartCulture to Russia to their south, and the Cathayans, the FantasyCounterpartCulture to the Chinese to their southeast. They're also friends, raiding/trading partners and occasional adversaries with the Norscans, a FantasyCounterpartCulture to the Vikings, who dwell to their west; west, in some ways mirroring the relationship between Volga Bulgars and the Russ, or the relationship between the Khazar Khanate and Sviatoslav's raiders.
raiders. There are also the Hung, another Chaos-worshipping steppe people, who mirror the Huns in style and dress and mostly war against Cathay and the Dark Elves, being seen in the Old World only very rarely.
** The Ogres Hobgoblins live apart from the rest of Orc and Goblinkind, roaming the easter steppes south of Hung and Kurgan territory proper in great hordes of wolf-riding warriors dressed in pseudo-Mongolian furs, alternating between clashing with the Cathayans and sallying west to raid the Old World nations.
** The Ogre
Kingdoms are hordes of Mongolian like Mongolian-like savages, they are infamous for spreading across the Old World terrorizing the other races. They use used to live in the steppes of Cathay but were driven out when the Great Maw a comet that decimated their land lands, forcing them out of the steppes steppes, and Ogres soon resorted to cannibalism and barbarism to survive.

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* Bulgars, Khazars, Magyars and Turks settled down after their initial invasions and thus happened to be on both ends of the trope throughout their history.


* The Ottoman Empire was a prime example of this trope to the countries of Central and Southeastern Europe -- being Muslims, the Ottomans were always presented as the supreme threat to Christian civilization. It doesn't help that they also spoke a language very different from the local ones. They also had the advantage of having gunpowder weapons at their disposal which maintained their power and dominance.
* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and [[ThoseWackyNazis the Nazi party]] considered the Poles, Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians, and Baltic people to be this as well as DirtyCommunists, and that the German Reich's mission should be to eradicate those cultures and colonize the eastern lands of Russia. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Things don't go well for the Nazis, however.]]

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* The Ottoman Empire was a prime example of this trope to the countries of Central and Southeastern Europe -- being Muslims, the Ottomans were always presented as the supreme threat to Christian civilization. It doesn't help that they also spoke a language very different from the local ones. They also had the advantage of having gunpowder weapons at their disposal which maintained their power and dominance.
dominance. The Ottomans (and other Turkish tribes) were roughly at the same time still subject to the same by the Mongols and their successors (in fact, as was the case with Bulgaria, a recently conquered country in the West could get a brief chance to rise up when the Ottomans took a hit on their own Eastern flank).
* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and [[ThoseWackyNazis the Nazi party]] considered the Poles, Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians, and Baltic people to be this as well as DirtyCommunists, and that the German Reich's mission should be to eradicate those cultures and colonize the eastern lands of Russia. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Things don't go well for the Nazis, however.]]]] Nazi propaganda specifically referred to the invading Red Army as "Asiatic hordes".


* Initially, The Horde from the perspective of The Alliance in ''VideoGame/WorldofWarcraft''. They came from outside Azeroth, intent on conquering it. Though, not unlike many of the real life examples they were driven to it by desperation. Though, in many ways the Draenei also fit: very much complicating and [[PlayingWithATrope playing with]] this trope.

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* Initially, The Horde from the perspective of The Alliance in ''VideoGame/WorldofWarcraft''.''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. They came from outside Azeroth, intent on conquering it. Though, not unlike many of the real life examples they were driven to it by desperation. Though, in many ways the Draenei also fit: very much complicating and [[PlayingWithATrope playing with]] this trope.

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** Back in ''Warcraft: Orcs and Humans'', the Orcs looked like this from the perspective of the Kingdom of Azeroth[[note]]by ''World of Warcraft'' retconned to be named Stormwind[[/note]], as they first appeared in the eastern regions of the kingdom and acted like a horde in their advance west. Them coming from another ''world'' was only revealed later in the campaigns.


* ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'' has not one but three sets of Mongols (the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Horde Golden Horde]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilkhanate Ilkhanate]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timurids Timurids]]) who arrive in the late game and wreak havoc throughout the eastern half of the map.

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* ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'' ''VideoGame/CrusaderKingsII'' has not one but three sets of Mongols (the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Horde Golden Horde]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilkhanate Ilkhanate]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timurids Timurids]]) who arrive in the late game and wreak havoc throughout the eastern half of the map.


Some cultures have their own tropes involving attacks from a particular direction. For example, an attack would have always come from the North/West in China, from the North-West in India, and from the North in Rome. Another variant is to have hordes from [[GrimUpNorth up north,]] Vikings or Norse barbarians.

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Some cultures have their own tropes involving attacks from a particular direction. For example, an attack would have always come [[CivilWar from the North/West in China, China]], from the North-West in India, and from the North in Rome. Another variant is to have hordes from [[GrimUpNorth up north,]] Vikings or Norse barbarians.


* Hordes from the east did, in fact, attack Europe and the Middle East (and India and China, but it is "hordes from the north" in ''their'' case) with startling regularity for most of human history. They include the proto-Indo-Europeans, Cimmerians, Scythians, Sarmatians, Huns, Avars, Magyars, Pechenegs, Tartars, Kipchaks, [[UsefulNotes/TurksWithTroops Turks]], Mongols, Timurids, Uzbeks, and Russians. It wasn't until the rise of gunpowder armies that central Eurasian nomads ceased to be a major threat to their "civilized" neighbors.

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* Hordes from the east did, in fact, attack Europe and the Middle East (and India and China, [[CivilWar China]] but it is "hordes from the north" in ''their'' case) with startling regularity for most of human history. They include the proto-Indo-Europeans, Cimmerians, Scythians, Sarmatians, Huns, Avars, Magyars, Pechenegs, Tartars, Kipchaks, [[UsefulNotes/TurksWithTroops Turks]], Mongols, Timurids, Uzbeks, and Russians. It wasn't until the rise of gunpowder armies that central Eurasian nomads ceased to be a major threat to their "civilized" neighbors.


"The East" comes from the typical placement of the "others" in RealLife Western Europe. The usual candidates for the hordes include Mongols, Muslims, Huns, Hungarians, Scythians, Russians, or Turks, or {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s of them. Like several of these cultures, they're likely to have been BornInTheSaddle. They'll sometimes look stereotypically Asian, but they aren't criminal masterminds like the YellowPeril - they're just a mass of {{Mooks}} born to be mooks.

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"The East" comes from the typical placement of the "others" in RealLife Western Europe. The usual candidates for the hordes include Muslims (take your pick from Turks, Arabs, or general "Moors"), Mongols, Muslims, Huns, Hungarians, Scythians, Russians, or Turks, or {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s of them. Like several of these cultures, they're likely to have been BornInTheSaddle. They'll sometimes look stereotypically Asian, but they aren't criminal masterminds like the YellowPeril - they're just a mass of {{Mooks}} born to be mooks.


* ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' had the Tuigans, a FantasyCounterpartCulture to the Mongols (except they ultimately end up ''far'' less successful in actually conquering anything during their one Horde period). For the second half of their trilogy, they are this trope to the Faerûnians (for the ''first'' half, they were Hordes From The [[InvertedTrope West]] to Shou Lung and Kara-Tur in general -- worth mentioning may be that Shou Lung is a FantasyCounterpartCulture to China).

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* ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' had the Tuigans, a FantasyCounterpartCulture to the Mongols (except they ultimately end up ''far'' less successful in actually conquering anything during their one Horde period). For the second half of their trilogy, they are this trope to the Faerûnians (for the ''first'' half, they were Hordes From The [[InvertedTrope West]] to Shou Lung and Kara-Tur TabletopGame/KaraTur in general -- worth mentioning may be that Shou Lung is a FantasyCounterpartCulture to China).


* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and [[ThoseWackyNazis the Nazi party]] considered the Poles, Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians, and Baltic people to be this as well as DirtyCommunists, and that the German Reich's mission should be to eradicate those cultures and colonize the eastern lands of Russia. [[HoistByHisOwmPetard Things don't go well for the Nazis, however.]]

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* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and [[ThoseWackyNazis the Nazi party]] considered the Poles, Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians, and Baltic people to be this as well as DirtyCommunists, and that the German Reich's mission should be to eradicate those cultures and colonize the eastern lands of Russia. [[HoistByHisOwmPetard [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Things don't go well for the Nazis, however.]]

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