Warfare has always captured human imagination for better or for worse. Whether imagined as oppressive conquerors, stalwart defenders, or spacefaring liberators, armies have figured prominently in literature, movies, and games. Even people who aren’t big fans of armies are now familiar with the basics, thanks to popular media like Game of Thrones.

Some armies are, however, better or more iconic than others. Here’s a list of my favorite fictional armies:

Space Marines

In the grim future of the 40k future, there is only war, and lots of it. And in this grim future of war, nobody wages war better than the Space Marines! Genetically modified super soldiers, these warriors defend humanity against aliens, demons, and mutants. With their massive armor, powerful weapons, and very heavy vehicles and space stations, they are probably the most terrifying fictional army ever.

The Horde

Originally an invading force of Orcs, the Horde has transformed into a coalition of races working together, no longer to invade, but to protect their new homes and allies. Made up of Orcs, Tauren, Elves, Undead, and Trolls, the “new Horde” has faced some major setbacks recently, but remain stalwart in preserving their new heroic personas rather than reverting to their aggressive natures.

Starship Troopers’ Mobile Infantry

Would you like to know more? While the Mobile Infantry in the Starship Troopers movie was pretty awesome, it doesn’t quite compare to the Starship Troopers from the novel the movie was based on. In the Starship Troopers universe, the combined forces of the Mobile Infantry and the space-based Navy actually form the foundation of their government under the elected Sky Marshal.

The Protoss

The first species created by an ancient, powerful race called the Xel’naga, the Protoss eventually fought off their creators and went on to found a massive space empire made up of warriors and psychics. Unfortunately, the Xel’naga went on to create a new race called the Zerg. The Protoss, having fallen to infighting, were forced to once again band together to help the Terrans fight this new threat.

What’s your favorite fictional army? How well do you thing it would stand up to the armies on this list? Let me know!