An imperial guard or palace guard is a special group of troops (or a member thereof) of an empire, typically closely associated directly with the Emperor or Empress. Usually these troops embody a more elite status than other imperial forces, including the regular armed forces, and maintain special rights, privileges and traditions.
Because the head of state often wishes to be protected by the best soldiers available, their numbers and organisation may be expanded to carry out additional tasks. Napoleon's Imperial Guard is an example of this. Some empires maintained guard units, such as the British Empire, which still exist.
In the post-colonial period, the term has been used colloquially and derisively to describe the staff of a person, usually a politician or corporate executive officer, that acts to prevent direct communication with the person.
... the Shi'ar Empire has ever captured to serve in his new Imperial Guard ... Hodinn - A former member of the Imperial Guard until he went crazy ... Strontian race, the same race of Gladiator, she's the leader of the new Imperial Guard and faced Rachel Summers ...
... General Vance Stubbs is the leader of the 252nd Conservator Imperial Guard Regiment, mostly stationed on Kaurava I ... asserting the 252nd's right to rule the system, over the other Imperial factions ... Should the Imperial Guard manage to win the war, General Stubbs and his men are declared heroes by the people of the Kaurava system ...
... Earthquake is a member of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard ... Unlike many of his fellow Guardsmen, Earthquake survived the Imperial Guard's battle with Vulcan ... Earthquake appeared as part of the "Imperial Guard" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #6 ...
... The term has been used in fiction Imperial Guard, a group of alien warriors in the Marvel Comics universe that are charged with the duty of serving the Shi'ar Empire ... Emperor's Royal Guard, Emperor Palpatine's personal protectors in the Star Wars universe ... The Imperial Guard (Warhammer 40,000), the army of the Imperium in the Warhammer 40,000 tabletop miniature wargame ...
... One alternative possibility is when the Imperial Guard are the victors, Taldeer is taken alive, imprisoned and sent to the Inquisition to be "questioned" ... Finally, if defeated by the Imperial Guard, the Avatar is brought down by massed lasgun fire to its back while it is distracted by a Sentinel ... Though on Lorn V Imperial Guard wins, it is revealed in Dawn of War novels that Taldeer survives the massacre, though badly injured ...
Famous quotes containing the words guard and/or imperial:
“What is the structure of government that will best guard against the precipitate counsels and factious combinations for unjust purposes, without a sacrifice of the fundamental principle of republicanism?”
—James Madison (17511836)
“When your fathers fixed the place of GOD,
And settled all the inconvenient saints,
Apostles, martyrs, in a kind of Whipsnade,
Then they could set about imperial expansion
Accompanied by industrial development.”
—T.S. (Thomas Stearns)