Squad 7 (Valkyria Chronicles)
At first glance, Squad 7 of the Gallian Militia doesn’t seem like the kind of fighting force you’d want to take into battle. In fact, it’d probably be one of your last selections, right after your cooks, scientists, rear echelon paper pushers and captured enemy combatants.
There’s good reason for this. The platoon leader, Welkin Gunther, is an Animal Sociologist (whatever the hell that means), his sister is a member of race that was responsible for mass genocide, and his girlfriend is an overly emotional teenager who possibly might be a Valkyrur, just like Selvaria Bles who routinely makes the entire Gallian military look like a huge joke.
In real life, Squad 7 would be perceived as unreliable at best and a huge ticking time bomb at worst. Since it’s a video game, though, the rag tag band of misfit fighters end up being instrumental to saving their country and bringing an end to the war. Welkin is actually a military genius, Alicia uses her hidden powers to prevent Selvaria from destroying them, and Isara…well..she actually ends up getting shot and killed by a sniper, intensifying the game’s already surprisingly dark and tragic undertones.
The Turks (Final Fantasy VII)
Whenever Shinra feels like their military dictatorship is being undermined, they call the Turks, an elite organization of navy blue suit wearing badasses, to kick some ass and further oppress the impoverished masses until their corporate overlords can sleep soundly on their beds made of cash. Shinra used to have SOLDIER to do their dirty work, but after Sephiroth, their poster boy for the SOLDIER program, went insane and massacred an entire city, they wisely decided to stick with people who hadn’t been genetically modified with green, glowing radiation and the cells of a genocidal alien.
It’s arguable that the Turks aren’t that hardcore since their faces get rearranged by Cloud and his friends more times than a middle-aged housewife hooked on Botox. While it’s true that the Turks do have a reputation for getting the crap kicked out of them more often than not, it’s worth noting that when they do actually do their job, they do not mess around.
When President Shinra decides Sector 7 needs to be destroyed, Reno doesn’t hesitate for one second before sending a billion pounds of steel collapsing on the heads of thousands of innocent old men, sickly women and orphaned babies. And if murdering an entire village worth of poor people wasn’t hardcore enough, Tseng captures Aeris and straight up pimp slaps her in the face. Why? Probably because he felt like it.
If that doesn’t solidify the Turks as being a group of totally awesome, ruthless killers, when the pimp king Don Corneo makes the tragic mistake of trying to screw (quite literally) with one of them, they sit around drinking in a bar while Cloud and his friends do all the work. Then, they show up and nonchalantly toss Don Corneo off the side of a mountain.
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