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1[[quoteright:350:[[Videogame/GodEaterBurst]]]]˛[[caption-width-right:350:''Gods will fall, humanity will rise...'']]˛˛->''"They counted on the humans to hide, to give up, to fail. They never considered our ability to stand, to endure, that we'd rise to the challenge."''˛-->-- '''Raleigh Beckett''', ''Film/PacificRim''˛˛A plot trope that involves a fantastic version of the most basic conflicts: Man vs. Beast.˛˛InAWorld[[note]][[UnmasquedWorld usually without]] TheMasquerade[[/note]] where humanity is terrorized by a race of NighInvulnerable [[OurMonstersAreWeird behemoths]]. Humanity is at a disadvantage, but at some point, they discover their enemies' weakness, and now have a fighting chance. And thus begins the tale of their struggle.˛˛The most basic form of this is that a [[ImpartialPurposeDrivenFaction certain organization]] is in charge of recruiting people and equipping them with a specific set of equipment and[=/=]or skills vital to exploiting the weaknesses of the monsters they are fighting. In cases where there ''is'' a {{Masquerade}}, their purpose is to uphold it by preventing {{muggle}}s from discovering the existence of such monsters.˛˛The organization is usually the only one of its kind, but within a global reach there will often be "branches." Size and scope also vary. They can be as large and publicized as the military, but an OddlySmallOrganization or a small TheSquad[=/=]FiveManBand would also do.˛˛There usually isn't a prerequisite for its recruits; as long as they can fight, they can join. In verses that rely on AppliedPhlebotinum, [[TheChosenMany compatibility with the phlebotinum]] is the only requirement, and you usually [[{{Conscription}} cannot refuse to join them]], especially if compatible people are rare.˛˛The monsters are usually characterized by being non-sentient beasts that devour or destroy humans or resources which make them a direct threat. Sometimes though, they are sentient but AlwaysChaoticEvil with little regard for self-preservation. Whatever their flavor, they're out to multiply and destroy, and our heroes' job is to stop them from doing so.˛˛The monster's origin usually vary from being simply {{Aliens|AndMonsters}} (or [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]] & [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demons]] or {{Robot}}s & {{Golem}}s); to coming from a single {{Hellgate}}; to being a result of CreatingLife GoneHorriblyWrong; to being a mutant strain of an existing lifeform ; or a beastly sort of HenchmenRace created by the BigBad; to simply just [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere popping out]] [[OutsideContextProblem of nowhere]]. Whatever their origin. There will [[LawOfConservationOfDetail already be quite a lot]] of them already by the time the story kicks in.˛˛Whatever their origin, they will always be NighInvulnerable (or just MadeOfIron) or have HealingFactor which makes them hard to kill. This doesn't mean they are invincible though. These monsters usually have an AchillesHeel -- usually in the form of AppliedPhlebotinum that is the only thing that can harm them (which our organization would [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells exploit]] as [[WeaponOfXSlaying weapons]]), or a certain [[AttackItsWeakpoint weak point]] in their body, which is usually a core [[ShieldedCoreBoss placed in a strategic part of its body]].˛˛˛This trope has two common variations:˛* '''Kaiju Killing Corps'''-- Man vs Giant Beasts. They use conventional equipment like {{Mecha}}s, PowerArmor or [[CoolPlane airplanes]] (or the closest NotQuiteFlight or GiantFlyer alternative) to fight giants.˛* '''Phlebotinum-Based Hunter Organization''' -- Man vs AbstractEater (or HordeOfAlienLocusts). They use WeaponOfXSlaying (DepletedPhlebotinumShells or {{Phlebotinum}}[=-powered=]) to fight the invaders. They may or may not have support equipment (e.g. A MiniMecha or PowerArmor to use {{BFS}}es). Common variations include [[OurSpiritsAreDifferent Spirits]], TheHeartless or MadeOfEvil or MadeOfMagic Creatures.˛˛Remember, for the trope to count:˛* There must be an organization, or at the very least a team. Solo examples count if they have a group backing them, or at least, it is implied they have offscreen members.˛* The monsters must be impersonal "forces of nature" -- as in, like the GenericDoomsdayVillain, they are largely defined by the threat they pose rather than their motivations. Ones with sentient higher ups or ones with a bunch of sentient monsters of the same kind still count.˛* The monsters may or may not have a weakness. Their ''having a single origin or kind'' is more important than them having a weakness, whether WeaponizedWeakness or AchillesHeel.˛˛Within the subtropes, there is the common element of "being imprisoned". Whether by a [[TheWallAroundTheWorld literal wall]] (like in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' or ''VideoGame/GodEaterBurst'') or by humanity being forced to live in [[CitadelCity Citadel Cities]] (like in ''Film/TheMatrix'' or ''Manga/StrikeWitches'') due to relentless attacks by the monsters. The plot will usually involve the organization finding ways for humanity to live outside these "walls" and have character dream about how TheWorldIsJustAwesome and that they and everyone else need to see it.˛˛Subtrope of HunterOfMonsters. SisterTrope to BugWar, which is about humanity in general fighting BigCreepyCrawlies or HordeOfAlienLocusts, and may or may not employ this trope. Compare WhoYouGonnaCall, for an organization that tackles the supernatural in general in an otherwise normal world. See also TheMenInBlack, an organization tasked with upholding TheMasquerade.˛----˛!!Examples˛˛[[foldercontrol]]˛˛[[folder:Anime & Manga]] ˛* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' -- [[BadassArmy soldiers]] equipped with 3D Maneuver Gear [[note]]3DMG is a lower-back-mounted [[SteamPunk compressed-air powered]] spool device for feeding wires to a pair of belt-mounted {{Grappling Hook Pistol}}s controlled through two triggers on the handle of a pair of swords with detachable blades which are ejected via a handlebar. The gas is carried through a pair of canisters tied on thigh-mounted spare blade carriers.[[/note]] vs ''Titans''. They also employ other weapons like cannons, but the 3DMG is their main equipment; as it gives them the most mobility [[NotQuiteFlight without actually flying]] to reach the titans' [[AchillesHeel weakpoint]]: the back of their necks. The titans are simply [[OurGiantsAreBigger giant]], [[UncannyValley creepy]] {{Humanoid Abomination}}s with [[DumbMuscle no discernible intelligence]] and few behavioral traits aside from a [[KillAllHumans desperate desire]] [[ImAHumanitarian to eat humans]]. Though [[ItCanThink there are]] [[GeniusBruiser some exceptions]].˛* The setting of ''Anime/BlueGender'' is a BadFuture in which BigCreepyCrawlies known as the Blue have taken over the world. Mankind's greatest hope for survival lies with the military, who combat the Blue using MiniMecha called Armor Shrikes.˛* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': NERV is an organization that uses [[HumongousMecha EVAs]] to fight an alien race known as the Angels. The reason Angels can't be destroyed by conventional weapons is because they sport AT-fields, DeflectorShields that can completely block even the explosive power of a [[WeaponOfMassDestruction multi-megaton bomb]]. The most efficent way to penetrate the AT-field is stated to be via close combat, for which the [=EVA=]s use [[VibroWeapon high-frequency vibrating "Progressive Knives"]]. The [=EVA=]s can even build up an AT-field of their own, and eventually it's revealed that [[spoiler: the [=EVA=]s are actually created by [[OrganicTechnology cloning them]] from the same source the Angels themselves were born]]. The troops themselves are just ''three'' "Children" ([[GratuitousEnglish which is also singular in-universe]]), who are the only ones capable of piloting said mecha... and they [[DysfunctionJunction have issues]] to take care about themselves.˛* The ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' are one of the many squads of [[CuteWitch witches]] [[FightsLikeANormal equipped]] [[SmallGirlBigGun with]] [[{{BFG}} vehicle mountable guns]] who wear Striker Units against "The Neuroi". Striker Units are [[BuffySpeak plane enginesque]] legwear that amplifies their magic and allows them to fly[[note]]there are also tank-like variant for ground-based combat[[/note]] and project [[BarrierWarrior Force Fields]] to guard against Neuroi attacks which include FrickinLaserBeams, bullets, and full-on WaveMotionGun. The Neuroi are aliens which take the form of huge aircrafts ([[ pic]]) and literally [[WalkingWasteland consume swaths of the earth]] to gain their power.˛* The Ganmen([[SpellMyNameWithAnS or Gunmen]]) of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' are HumongousMecha which were originally used in lunar resource exploration, but were repurposed [[spoiler:to battle the Anti-Spirals' [[EldritchAbomination Ashtanga]] during the time of Lordgenome as their leader. Until he had to back down and force humanity underground.]] as [[InvertedTrope goons by the Beastmen to keep humans from living in the surface]].˛* ''Manga/DGrayMan'' has the Exorcists from the [[TheOrder Black Order]] with their [[MorphWeapon Innocence]] vs Akuma. The innocence themselves are completely non-uniform and can be anything, but are capable of morphing and evolving. They fight the Akuma, who are [[MadeOfEvil created]] when a living human in mourning over the loss of a loved one makes a contract with the [[BigBad Millenium Earl]] to bring the soul of said lost loved one back. They goes around killing in order to grow and evolve to become stronger and better serve the Earl's purpose. [[SentientWeapon Innocence]], also known as [[PowerCrystal The Crystal of God]] is a [[AppliedPhlebotinum strange substance]] that can [[EmpathicWeapon bind with humans]] called Accomodators to form anti-akuma-weapons which come as [[WeaponOfChoice Equipment type]], [[BloodyMurder Crystal type]], and [[LovecraftianSuperpower Parasitic type]] used in fighting Akuma. ˛* In the anime version of ''Manga/SoulEater'', the DWMA was founded to train Meisters and [[EquippableAlly Weapons]] (who power up by eating souls) to hunt "Demon Eggs" (humans who have become corrupted by consuming the souls of the innocent), Kishin ({{Eldritch Abomination}}s that form from said humans when they get too powerful) and their strongest, [[BigBad Kishin Asura]], as well as [[WitchSpecies Witches]] (from whom the weapons originally got their abilities). This trope didn't strictly apply to the manga, as it had no concept of Demon Eggs, and the DWMA hunted anyone [[BigGood Lord Death]] [[JudgeJuryAndExecutioner considered evil enough to need to die]]. Many of them just happened to be [[EvilMakesYouMonstrous very inhuman looking.]]˛* ''Anime/GaistCrusher'' is a very simplistic take on this. Humanity has harvested powerful minerals called Gaimetals, but an alien threat seems to be turning them into violent monsters called Gaist. In order to combat them, the government has established the Gaist Crushers, humans using PoweredArmor made of Gaimetal to fight. [[KidHero They're all very young for some reason]], and the main character gets recruited after being forced to don Gaist Crusher gear in an emergency situation. ˛* The ''Anime/SkyGirls'' are Japan's main line of defense against the setting's remaining [=WORMs=] ( '''W'''eapon '''O'''f '''R'''aid '''M'''achines). They are OlderThanTheyLook girls chosen for their compatibility to the available [[MiniMecha Sonic Divers]] -- which are TransformingMecha with plane and bipedal modes. Ideal for high speed travel and aerial combat. The [=WORMs=] are artificial lifeforms consisting of millions of nanocells that take the forms of creatures they see. The girls are required to wear LatexSpaceSuit made of nanocells for protection because of this.˛* ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' has the Mobile Disaster Response Corps who have the so called "Valkyries", girls attuned to [[PhlebotinumDuJour mysterious crystals]] called [[LoyalPhlebotinum Relic]], which allows [[HenshinHero them]] to transform said crystals into PowerArmor which comes with free weapons [[ThePowerOfRock via singing]]-- which amplifies the inherent but dormant powers of the crystal. They fight the Noise, aliens which vaguely take the shape of earth creatures and have NaturalWeapon. They [[EldritchAbomination do not follow the law of conservation of energy]] and disintegrate any humans [[TakingYouWithMe along with themselves]] if they come into direct contact with one.˛* ''Manga/WorldTrigger'' features the Border Defense Agency against the [[AlienTropes aliens called Neighbors]], who's members use the aliens' own [[AppliedPhlebotinum Trion energy]] powered weapons called ''Trigger''. Their members are people who have high trion levels. The BDA was formed specifically to defend against the neighbors. Although it was revealed in the first episode that what they were fighting were actually just their drones called Trion Soldiers and that the neighbors are actually HumanoidAliens.˛%% the redlink here is for an existing work which doesnt have a page yet˛* ''[[Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign]]'': Earth's population is decimated by a virus, and the survivors are attacked by monsters or enslaved by vampires. Elite members of the army are able to make contracts with demons to earn phlebotinum weapons which are the only things capable of killing vampires.˛* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''': The Gotei 13 portrays itself as an organisation whose duty it is to protect humanity from the threat of hollows, human souls that have turned evil due UnfinishedBusiness literally eating out the heart of their soul. However, the Shinigami were originally Balancers, monitoring the flow of souls between the World of the Living and the Soul Society. At some point they fell from their original purpose and became hollow-hunters, although they do retain at least one of their original abilities in the form of Soul Burial. Despite their current path, only the low-ranked Shinigami engage in hollow-hunting to obtain the experience necessary for dealing with threats to the Shinigami rather than to humanity. They therefore struggle to combat the threat to humanity, resulting in humans with power of their own to band together to produce the Quincies (the "Destroyers") to protect humans from hollows where Shinigami couldn't. Unfortunately, their method of fighting threatens the Balance of the World. As a result, the Quincies and Shinigami are at war with each other, benefiting no-one.˛* The {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' use their phlebotinum-powered weapons to fight Witches, dangerous {{Eldritch Abomination}}s whose [[RealityWarper reality warping]] pose threats to humanity. [[spoiler:What [[BigBad Kyubey]], the [[MentorMascot critter who gave them their power]], ''[[YouDidntAsk doesn't]]'' tell them is that [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie every magical girl is doomed to become a witch]] due to the way that magic works in this universe]].˛* The titular warriors in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' are [[WorldOfActionGirls genetically engineered female supersoldiers]] designed to fight demons known as "yoma" and their [[TookALevelInBadass evolved forms]], giant monsters called Awakened Beings. The procedure to become a Claymore gives the user enhanced strength, speed, and abilities, but at [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie great cost]]. [[spoiler: This all turns out to be a front, as the Organization is actually breeding monsters in order to fight ''dragons.'']]˛* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' is a DeadlyGame where the players are equipped with alien technology and sent to destroy aliens of various shapes and sizes hiding on Earth. The players' equipment includes [[PowerArmor special suits that give the wearer superhuman strength]], [[AbsurdlySharpBlade absurdly sharp]], blade elongating [[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]], and guns that shoot invisible, {{Painfully Slow Projectile}}s powerful enough to turn their target into LudicrousGibs. Later it's revealed that [[spoiler: the purpose of the game is to train soldiers capable of fighting an upcoming AlienInvasion by a race of giant-sized aliens. The technology used by the players comes from alien races previously exterminated by the invading alien race]].˛* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' has the Agency, a mysterious group of psychics who fight [[TheHeartless manifestations of]] [[RealityWarper Haruhi]]'s teen angst in a PhantomZone of sorts. ItMakesSenseInContext.˛* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', there used to be a group of people dedicated to exterminate the {{Youkai}} who were causing mayhem in the villages. During a gory attack orchestrated by Naraku, all of them except two were killed. The two survivors are Sango and her brother Kohaku.˛* PlayedWith in ''LightNovel/DateALive''. The AmazonBrigade [[KnightTemplar Anti-Spirit Team]] is tasked of fighting the [[OurSpiritsAreDifferent Spirits]], PersonOfMassDestruction that has been causing phenomena called Spacequakes-- which are "earth" quakes [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]][[note]]actually just quakes not occuring on the ground but on the atmosphere.[[/note]]. The thing is, they are ''horribly ineffective'' at fighting the spirits (except for the two elites among them, who are [[OneManArmy One Women Armies]]) since the spirits have powerful DeflectorShields. This trope is subverted in two ways: One, the spirits are sentient and can be reasoned with. they can also have their powers sealed, reducing them into normal humans. so there really isn't much reason fighting them (unless they're [[PsychopathicManchild psychos]]). And two, the AST has their rival organization: [[Myth/NorseMythology Ratatorsk]], who decided to have someone ''[[DatingTropes date]]'' these spirits to submission, since they conveniently all happen to be [[BishoujoGenre girls]]. [[spoiler:This is because their leader is also sort of one, and had her powers sealed as well.]]˛* From ''Manga/{{Nobunagun}}'', there is DOGOO, an organization formed specifically fight against aliens designated as Evolutionary Invasion Objects. They fight these with super powered individuals who are the [[GeneticMemory genetic reincarnations]] of famous historical individuals.˛* ''Anime/BlueExorcist'' features the Order of the True Cross, a worldwide organization dedicated to hunting down and exorcising [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]] that prey on humans. They're mostly content to leave the peaceful ones alone; some members even [[SummonMagic rely on them to fight]].˛* The Commission of Counter-Ghoul (CCG) in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' has very intentionally cultivated this trope to their advantage. The organization brands itself as the upholders of justice and protectors of humanity, while enforcing the idea that Ghouls are inhuman monsters to be killed on sight. Because Ghouls are highly resistant to most conventional weaponry, Ghoul Investigators employ special weapons called Quinque to kill Ghouls. These weapons are made by harvesting the predatory organ of a Ghoul, and building it into some sort of weapon system. In reality, there are [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire peaceful]] [[VegetarianVampire Ghouls]] that merely want to live quietly or even actively enjoy the company of humans that the investigators [[VanHelsingHateCrimes mercilessly torture and slaughter anyway]], while the organization itself is involved in some very shady activities such as [[spoiler:deliberately preserving the ForeverWar between humans and ghouls]]. As for the Quinque, those are frequently recognized by loved ones and used as a form of psychological warfare. ˛* ''Manga/OnePunchMan'' has the Hero Association, an organization that coordinates the heroes and their efforts against the monsters that pop up just about every other day, classifying them by threat level (Wolf, Tiger, Demon, Dragon, and God), and warning civilians about monster attacks so they can evacuate. The heroes themselves get paid by the Association, leading to a very toxic working environment where the less scrupulous heroes are more interested in their own rankings than keeping people safe.˛* The organization Red Shield from the anime ''Anime/BloodPlus'' has made it its mission to chase the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent chiropterans]].˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Fanfic]]˛* In the ''The Matrix'' and ''Supernatural'' crossover fanfic ''Fanfic/HuntingSeries'' the hunters are actually a group of loosely organized rebels around the Matrix's version of the world that delete 'supernatural' programs that kill innocent people. Examples of smaller teams are: Sam/Jessica and formerly the team of John Winchester and Bobby Singer. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Animated]]˛* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'': General Monger leads a covert ops team that captures monsters and confines them in a secret base to keep the populace safe. Later, the monsters themselves become one such team, sent to battle an AlienInvasion.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]˛* ''Film/PacificRim'': Giant, city-destroying monsters (actually called "{{Kaiju}}" in-universe) emerge from a portal on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. The governments of the world realize that these Kaiju aren't going to stop coming, and that conventional weapons aren't suited to kill them without massive collateral damage. So the Jaeger program--consisting of HumongousMecha, each piloted by two brain-linked humans--is created to deal with the threat. However, by the time of the film, the Jaeger program is about to be shut down in favor of a massive Anti-Kaiju Wall, thanks to the [[EvilEvolves increasing lethality]] of the Kaiju making the Jaegers too expensive to continue using. Unsurprisingly, the Wall is utterly ineffective in keeping the Kaiju out.˛* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' franchise:˛** In ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' and ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'', the Machines' main force for hunting humans in the real world are Sentinels, killer robots resembling cephalopods. In the human city of Zion, Captian Mifune leads a defense force of [[PowerArmor Armored Personnel Units]], capable of dual-wielding guns big enough to take down the Sentinels. (Humans working outside can use EMP's to defend themselves from Sentinels, but for a variety of reasons, those are not practical to use anywhere near Zion.) This becomes a major plot point in ''Revolutions'', when an army of Sentinels invades Zion, and Captain Mifune's team is the main line of defense.˛** In ''Film/TheMatrix''. Neo and the rest of the [[LaResistance Red Pills]] fight against [[HumanoidAbomination The Agents]] [[TheMenInBlack of The Matrix]]. who try to uphold the {{Masquerade}} within the {{Cyberspace}} for the Machines. their "real world" counterparts are The Sentinels mentioned under Kaiju Killing Corps.˛* ''Film/JohnCarpentersVampires'' involves a group of vampire hunters out to stop the head vampire from getting a cross which will let him go out in the sun. There are other vampire hunting teams all around the world, all funded by the Catholic church.˛* The Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}} are a four-man team, capturing ghosts one at a time before squaring off against Gozer.˛* ''Film/{{Vampirella}}'': Adam Van Helsing and his father are a part of P.U.R.G.E., an organization dedicated to fighting vampires.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Literature]] ˛* Played with in the Night's Watch from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. They were created specifically to defend the realm from magical ice fearies called the Others (and their minions, the wights) but lack any specialized weaponry, and, by the time the series begins, the organization has devolved into an ArmyOfThievesAndWhores after centuries of peace. Although as the series goes on, they may be played straight, as [[spoiler:the Others are hinted to be making a comeback, and dragonglass is discovered to be ''very'' effective in fighting them]].˛* ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' Is set in a [[SpaceAmish society that has shunned technology]], so [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]] were genetically engineered and used as ''planes'' to fight against the [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere invading]] "Thread", some sort of Alien Fungus that work like HordeOfAlienLocusts.˛* The eponymous witchers in ''Franchise/TheWitcher'' series hunt all kinds of monsters, but specifically those who invaded the world after the Conjunction of the Spheres. They would fall under the phlebotinum-powered subtype, since they are genetically enhanced since childhood and have number of supernatural traits to complement their TrainingFromHell.˛* The Lakewalkers in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Sharing Knife'' series. They exist to hunt and kill Malices (Blight Bogles). ˛* The Monster Control Bureau from ''Literature/MonsterHunterInternational'' are one of these. The UK and the Vatican are revealed to have similar organizations.˛* The titular ''Literature/RedRoom'' is one of these, hunting down monsters as well as covering up the supernatural for an AncientConspiracy. Part of protagonist Derek's problems is he'd rather be doing the former than the latter.˛* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'':˛** The Dragon's Lair warrior guild trains its members in the use of mercenary magic and combat spirit techniques for the purpose of fighting monsters. With these skills, they can leave walled cities to trim the monster population and escort civilians. These monsters are all mindless carnivores (even the plants) because of the {{mana}} addling their brains. ˛** The ICDMM (International Community Dedicated to Mana Mutation) sends out field agents to collect monsters (dead or alive) for the purpose of dissection and experimentation. Their goal is to understand mana mutation so that they can cure and/or treat it. ˛* The Bright Cross Disaster Prevention Foundation from ''Literature/MyVampireOlderSisterAndZombieLittleSister''. Publicly, they're a charity organisation that provides relief to victims of disasters. Privately, they specialize in hunting down and executing Archenemies (the setting's name for supernatural beings like vampires and zombies), seeing them as another "disaster". [[spoiler:But it's later revealed that the organisation was originally founded by Archenemies, to direct and control the anti-Archenemy sentiment of humans]].˛* The shadowhunters in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' are also such an organization. They are [[{{Nephilim}} nephilim]], and have the task of protecting humanity from the demons. But also from evil vampires, werewolves, [[TheFairFolk fairies]] and [[WitchSpecies warlocks]]. In their past, the shadowhunters were [[VanHelsingHateCrimes far from good]].˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:LiveActionTelevision]]˛* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', there is a loose network of hunters, with Bobby serving as mission control, and later we learn about the Men of Letters, which catalogue knowledge on supernatural entities. There's even an English Men of Letters branch separate from the US one, which later came into direct conflict with the American hunters. By season 14, the Winchesters have also managed to save an entire settlement from an apocalyptic hellworld by bringing them over to their own dimension, most of whom are then reconfigured into a massive hunter organization.˛* Several in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''; the Watcher's Council in England, a secret branch of the US Army known as The Initiative and later the Slayer's Army made out of Slayers as the name implies. They all capture and/or kill creatures loosely define as demons. Whilst the Council seems them as supernatural magical creatures, The Initiative thinks they are unknown animal life forms and treat them as such.˛* The various attack teams in the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' that assist the Ultras (and whom their human hosts/forms are usually a member of) are prime examples of the Kaiju Killing Corps variation. Notable example s include The SSSSP/Science Patrol from the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'', The Ultra Garrison from ''Series/UltraSeven'', MAT from ''Series/ReturnofUltraman'', ZAT from ''Series/UltramanTaro'', G.U.T.S. from ''Series/UltramanTiga'' and G.U.Y.S. from ''Series/UltramanMebius''.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Podcasts]]˛* The Pine Guard from ''Podcast/TheAdventureZoneAmnesty'', founded in 1988 to protect the little town of Kepler, West Virginia by hunting down the Abominations that come through the Gate around the full moon.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:TabletopGames]]˛* Atypical example: Monster Hunters from ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' are former members of the Buro's elite Supernatural Entity Retrieval Units ([=SERUs=]), sent from the Buro's home juncture of 2056 into the Netherworld. Their objective, unlike many examples of this trope, is to capture demons from 69 AD and bring them back so that the CDCA, the Architect {{Mad Scientist}}s that create arcanotech, can turn them into Abominations, the altered demons that the Buro uses to fight its wars. They use a [[{{Magitek}} twisted hybrid of magic and technology]] called arcanowave technology that both gives them an edge against the monsters they face and [[TheCorruption sends bent magic into their system whenever they use it]], and which threatens to [[BodyHorror turn them]] [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie into Abominations themselves]] if they use it too much.˛* The Inquisition of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is one organization with three major branches, each dedicated to the destruction of a different threat to humanity:˛** The Ordo Malleus deals with the Threat Beyond, facing down [[OurDemonsAreDifferent daemons]] and other [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace Warp-related phenomena]].˛** The Ordo Hereticus deals with the Threat Within, rooting out [[TheHeretic heretics]], mutants, and renegade psykers.˛** The Ordo Xenos deals with the Threat Without, investigating and eliminating [[AliensAreBastards alien influence and plots]].˛* ''TabletopGame/ChroniclesOfDarkness'':˛** The fittingly named ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' is a game focusing on [[HunterOfMonsters humans hunting various kinds of supernatural beings]] in a setting filled with them. While some of them act alone, or in small groups known as “Cells”, some cells have grown into large organizations, such fitting this trope. Overall, these organizations are divided between Compacts (regional groups who [[BadassNormal rely solely on mundane means to fight monsters]] and Conspiracies (world-wide associations who have access to “Endowments” giving them supernatural abilities). In a twist on the trope, however, the monsters they fight ''aren’t'' AlwaysChaoticEvil- [[{{Deconstruction}} plenty of them are just as varied in personalities as humans (and a few of them might even be harmless or defend humanity), meaning these organizations are sometimes misguided or bigotred]]. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Video Games]]˛* The monster hunting game ''VideoGame/GodEaterBurst'' is about the [[TitleDrop God Eaters]] of [[TheEmpire Fenrir]]. They are [[{{Conscription}} conscripted]] for their compatibilty to the [[WeaponOfXSlaying God]] [[LivingWeapon Arcs]] -- weapons that come as [[{{BFS}} swords]] or [[{{BFG}} guns]], with some [[SwissArmyWeapon able to switch between the two]]. They use these to fight the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Aragami]] organisms made up from colonies of [[HiveMind Oracle]] [[TechnoBabble Cells]] which [[YouAreWhoYouEat eat and take the appearance of whatever they eat]]. They can only be damaged by other colonies of oracle cells. Which is what the God Arcs are made up of, making them technically Aragami as well. God Eater 2 features The [[TheSquad BLOOD Squadron]] (pictured above) who are still teenagers. There are also new God Arc types the [[DropTheHammer Boost Hammer]] and [[BladeOnAStick Charge Spear]] and [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter Shotgun]].˛* In the ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' games, an organization of hunters known as The Guild hires people so they can find and kill (or capture, depending on the case) large monsters. From a meta perspective, the hunters hired are the players who connect online and play together to complete the hunting quests.˛* ''VideoGame/{{Toukiden}}'' is [[RuleOfThree another]] monster hunting game with a similar premise. Set in the land of Nakatsu. Your character is a ''Mononofu'', One of the [[TheChosenMany Warriors]] who specialize in fighting Oni. You and several other Mononofu live in and protect the village of Utakata from Oni attacks. Mononofu are armed with conventional weapons like Kusarigama, Bows, Longswords, and Gauntlets, but they also able to channel [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Mitamas]]-- spirits of Ancient Warriors, to augment their abilities and attacks.˛* ''VideoGame/SoulSacrifice'' is, of course, another monster-hunting game where you play as a magic-wielding sorcerer/sorceress who takes down [[BodyHorror horrific]] {{Eldritch Abomination}}s called Archfiends; monsters who [[WasOnceAMan were once humans]] until they [[DealWithTheDevil made a pact]] with the [[ArtifactOfDoom Sacred Chalice]]. The fate of a defeated Archfiend heavily depends on your faction. If your faction is Avalon, then sacrifice the defeated Archfiend, painfully killing them in the process. If your faction is Sanctuarium, then rescue the defeated Archfiend and recruit them as an ally. And if your faction is Grim, then the Archfiend's fate is unknown...˛* ''VideoGame/DragonProject'' is [[RunningGag yet another]] mobile [[AllegedlyFreeGame Gacha]] monster hunting game where the Kingdom of Heiland hires teams of hunters to take down mighty beasts called Behemoths. Hunters can use the tanky [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Sword And Shield]], the mighty [[{{BFS}} Greatsword]], the precise [[BladeOnAStick Spear]], the agile [[DualWielding Dual Blades]], and the ranged [[BowsVersusCrossbows Bow]], depending on the Behemoth they're fighting. To make the job easier, hunters also wield powerful Magis that offer them [[DamagerHealerTank extra magic damage, healing powers, and supportive buffs.]]˛* ''VideoGame/FreedomWars'' is, [[OverlyLongGag you guessed it]], another monster-hunting game, except it takes place in a resource-starving {{Dystopia}}. The Panopticon's Sinners are sent out on missions to take down skeletal robots called [[HumongousMecha Abductors]] to clear their [[LongerThanLifeSentence 1,000,000 year sentence.]] To make their jobs easier, Sinners carry an [[WhipItGood Ibara Thorn]] that allows them to swing around the battlefield, drag Abductors down, [[DamagerHealerTank stun Abductors, create barriers, and heal allies]]. Sinners are also equipped with ranged weapons like [[MoreDakka Sub-Machine Guns, Assault Rifles]], {{Sniper Rifle}}s, [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter Shotguns]], [[FrickinLaserBeams Laser Guns]], [[MacrossMissileMassacre Homing Rocket-Launchers]], [[StuffBlowingUp RPGs, Grenade Launchers]], [[GatlingGood Miniguns]], [[LethalJokeWeapon Web Cannons]] and [[KillItWithFire Flamethrowers]]. If the Sinners need some melee combat, then [[HeroesPreferSwords Light Swords]], [[ChainsawGood Chainsaws]], [[KukrisAreKool Kukris]], [[KnifeNut Knives]], [[{{BFS}} Traditional Buster Swords]], {{Laser Blade}}s, [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katanas]], [[CarryABigStick Massive Clubs]], [[BladeOnAStick Spears]], [[ProngsOfPoseidon Bidents]], [[ThisIsADrill Drill]] [[JoustingLance Lances]], and [[MagicStaff Staves]] will suffice.˛* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''˛** Throughout the series and in background lore, there are numerous such organizations. [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampire]] hunter organizations are an especially popular type, mainly in western Tamriel, where knightly orders of all kinds thrive in High Rock and Hammerfell. [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent Were-creature]] hunter groups are likewise quite popular.˛** The [[AncientOrderOfProtectors Blades]] got their start based off of the [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] Dragonguard, hunting and slaying dragons in service to a Dragonborn leader. With the [[NotSoExtinct presumed extinction]] of the dragons, their role shifted to become [[SecretPolice spies]] and [[PraetorianGuard bodyguards]] for the emperors of Tamriel.˛** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', these duties fall to the [[CorruptChurch Tribunal Temple]]'s ChurchPolice, which is dedicated to the worship of the Tribunal, a trio of [[OurElvesAreBetter Dunmeri]] {{Physical God}}s. What they hunt includes vampires, [[{{Necromancy}} necromancers]], [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedra]] worshipers, [[EldritchAbomination Ash and Corprus]] creatures, and many more. Their most elite soldiers are the Buoyant Armigers, warriors hand-picked by Tribunal deity Vivec himself. They tend to primarily operate in Vvardenfell's harshest environments, including [[LethalLavaLand Molag Amur]] and [[{{Mordor}} within the Ghostfence]].˛** The Order of the Virtuous Blood in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' is an organization of vampire hunters [[SmallNameBigEgo in name only]], who admit that they don't actually have the resources to ''hunt'' vampires. They are unaware that the [[AbsurdlySpaciousSewer sewers]] beneath Imperial City are crawling with them, that [[RightUnderTheirNoses their leader is a vampire]], and that the man accused of being a vampire [[TheScapegoat isn't one]]; if the player character is a vampire, they miss that too.˛** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':˛*** The Vigilants of Stendarr are a [[ChurchMilitant militant order of priesthood]] that dedicate themselves to hunting anything Daedric, witches, werewolves, and any other supernatural threats they find. The order was established following the events of the Oblivion Crisis, with the intent of preventing such calamities in the future. They're ''mostly'' benevolent, generally doing acts of good, but have some KnightTemplar traits as well, such as demanding that travelers hand over Daedric artifacts when they are found, even if the artifact in question comes from one of the less-malevolent [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes]].˛*** The Silver Hand is a particularly ruthless group of [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]] hunters. Armed with [[SilverHasMysticPowers silver weapons]] and often carrying potions/items which cure disease in the event they are [[ViralTransformation infected]], they hunt, capture, torture, and kill any werewolves they find. They are also known to attack non-werewolves who stumble into their strongholds, making them little better than bandits. ˛*** With the return of the dragons, the surviving Blades go back to their dragon-hunting roots in service to the [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]]. ˛*** The ''Dawngard'' [[DownloadableContent DLC]] allows you to join the titular vampire hunting organization. When the particularly ambition clan of vampires they hunt comes into contact with the Skyrim Vigilants of Stendarr branch, [[CurbStompBattle the Vigilants are very quickly all but wiped out.]] You can lead them to victory over the vampires or join the vampires to wipe out the Dawnguard.˛* In the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series, the Grey Wardens' mission is to fight the darkspawn. In particular, Wardens are key to ending Blights (when the darkspawn corrupt an Old God into an Archdemon and attack the surface of Thedas); they are the only ones capable of killing Archdemons[[note]][[spoiler: If a non-Grey Warden kills an Archdemon, it simply [[VillainOverride possesses the body of the nearest darkspawn]], which is instantly transformed into a new Archdemon. When a Grey Warden kills the Archdemon it instead attempts to possess the Grey Warden, resulting in both of their destruction]][/note]].˛* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':˛** The series has the Keyblade Wielders with their Keyblade vs ''Heartless/Unversed/Nobodies/Dream Eaters''. The organization part is covered by the first keyblade wielders [[note]][[spoiler:who fought in the Keyblade War, a legendary conflict that involve factions of those who sought [[LightIsGood light]], [[DarkIsEvil darkness]], [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil balance]], and [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans those who just wanted power]]]].[[/note]]. Although the trio of [[LandSeaSky Terra, Aqua, and Ventus]] counts since they exclusively hunted down Unversed in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''. the [[StandardEvilOrganizationSquad Organization XIII]] is also this, but only in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2''. Keyblades are SwissArmyWeapon that function as a CoolSword and MagicWand. it is also capable of transforming into a "Keyblade Glider" which is exactly what it sounds, or other weapons like bazookas. though mostly known as the [[WeaponofXSlaying most effective weapons]] against creatures of darkness, which are TheHeartless as they consume people's "[[SoulAnatomy hearts]]": Nobodies (introduced in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''),[[note]]who are born when a Heart is swallowed by darkness and becomes a Heartless. They are the remaining parts left behind by the heart: the body, giving a Nobody form, and the soul, giving the Nobody life.[[/note]] the Unversed of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'',[[note]]formed from the negative emotions produced when [[spoiler:Vanitas was created from Ventus]].[[/note]] and Dream Eaters who are a species of creature introduced in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance''.[[note]]As their name suggests, they consume dreams. They fall under two major categories, Nightmares , which eat good dreams and plant bad ones, and Spirits, which eat bad dreams.[[/note]]˛** Interestingly enough, Xehanort discusses this exact trope [[spoiler: when gloating to Mickey.]] He actually ''wants'' to draw more Keyblade wielders out of the depths of space which Maleficent hasn't ravaged, so he can restart a long-dormant war. He's counting on there being more of these, based so far from the one of which he was a part that he hasn't interacted with them directly. [[spoiler: He wants to use them as a mass ritual suicide.]]˛* The main casts of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} 4]]'' consist of groups of teenagers (with some exceptions) who can summon Personas, [[TakesOneToKillOne which is necessary to defeat]] [[TheHeartless Shadows]]. However, while 4's Investigation Team mainly kills shadows in the course of rescue operations, SEES was specifically formed to hunt down Shadows and keep them from attacking people. Mitsuru Kirijo, a former member of SEES, would later form the Shadow Operatives to deal with Shadows on a global scale.˛* [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ Super Robot Wars Z2]] has the OriginalGeneration DM (Dimensional Monster) Busters.˛* The extinct-animal expanded versions of ''VideoGame/ZooTycoon'' give you the option of adding a Dino Capture Team to your zoo, whose team members round up and tranquilize dinosaurs that escape their exhibits and go on property-destruction rampages.˛* ''VideoGame/StyxShardsOfDarkness'': The organization of C.A.R.N.A.G.E, which was specifically created to hunt goblins. Goblins are not particularly dangerous in themselves, but their numbers, coupled with the fact that they carry many diseases, are. So humans created these specialized squads to combat this threat. ˛* The titular [[VideoGame/XCom XCOM]] is one of these, dedicated to fighting an alien invasion.˛* While the military organization BLADE (acronym of "Builders of the Legacy After the Destruction of Earth") in ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'' has different functions, two of the divisions that constitute it are explicit Creature Hunter Organizations: The Harriers and the Interceptors. Since the planet humanity crash-landed into (Mira) is infested by dangerous lifeforms (known as Indigens), their function is the extermine any monster or entity that is considered too dangerous for the survival of humans. Harriers focus on the Tyrants (seemingly normal creatures that have buffed strength and skills), while Interceptors seek to kill the creatures that approach New Los Angeles.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Animation]]˛* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''. The students of Signal and Beacon (and others) use {{Mix And Match Weapon}}s to fight [[TheSoulless The Grimm]]. The Grimm are a bunch of monstrous [[EvilIsBigger big]] [[DarkIsEvil black]] animals with something resembling a WhiteMaskOfDoom. They lack Aura and are more vulnerable to the weapons (which is good since they're AlwaysChaoticEvil and these weapons are in the good guys hands). The weapons used are amalgamations of a Melee weapon and a firearm[[labelnote:Exception]] Jaune Arc's sword and collapsible shield[[/labelnote]] the only things these weapons have in common are that they are powered by [[AppliedPhlebotinum Dust]]. In addition to this, they and every other living being ([[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment except for Grimm]]) have an aura which is used (either consciously or subconsciously) to augment their offensive and defensive capabilities. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Original]]˛* D.I.A.P.P., the Division for the Investigation and Appropriation of Paranormal Phenomena from ''Literature/AngelOfDeath'' is a division of the US government who, among other things, work to combat the numerous liches who go about devouring human souls.˛* One of the many roles the Wiki/SCPFoundation fills. Every dangerous object has a specific Mobile Task Force dedidcated solely to its containment and recapture.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Video]]˛* ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'' has the Slayer's Take in Vasselheim, an organization that takes contracts to hunt down dangerous monsters and harvest valuable resources from them. They also serve as one of Vasselheim's first lines of defense, but they only mobilize if the price is right. Vox Machina (minus Pike) become official members over the course of the "Trial of the Take" arc, during which they proved their worth by tracking down and killing a Rakshasa and an Adult White Dragon.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:WesternAnimation]]˛* From ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' there is Providence, a [[LawEnforcementInc privately funded organization]] created to cure, contain or kill E.V.O.s. These are mutants accidentally created after the [[MassSuperEmpoweringEvent Nanite Event]] that 90% of the time rampage through any city/town they find given [[TorturedMonster they are not sentient anymore and can't control themselves]].˛* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', especially because the word "ghost" is very broad, in one episode they even deal with Cthulhu. Also the sequel series ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters''. ˛* ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'', the lesser known animated series falls under the same premise.˛[[/folder]]


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