From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Star Trek’: TV’s mightiest warrior races

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Sci-fi and fantasy shows are often seen as "geeky." That's a bit odd, given the fact that these shows often feature races of warriors who are a far cry from the stereotypical image of a geek. These fictional warrior cultures almost always draw elements from real cultures like the Samurai, Vikings, or Spartans. From "Game of Thrones" to "Star Trek," these TV shows all feature proud warriors of immense skill who come from a culture where glory in battle is the ultimate goal.

The Dothraki, "Game of Thrones"

In the world of HBO's lavish "Game of Thrones," the Dothraki are a race of warrior-nomads. They have only one permanent city, and while the Dothraki are fiercely competitive outside the city, bloodshed is forbidden within the bounds of their capital.

Each tribe of Dothraki is led by a leader or "khal." The khal is supported by his team of bloodriders, who are sworn to avenge him if he falls in battle. The Dothraki dislike exchanging currency, preferring to trade in gifts instead. They prize horses above all else.

The most famous Dothraki warrior on "Thrones" is Khal Drogo, who marries Dany in Season 1. Drogo is played by Jason Momoa. Speaking of Jason Momoa…

Satedans, "Stargate Atlantis"

Jason Momoa has made a career for himself by playing strong, warrior types. Before he was cast on "Game of Thrones," he was arguably best known for his role as Ronon Dex on "Stargate Atlantis." Ronon was a Satedan and a respected member of his planet's military. Little is known about the Satedans, as only about 300 Satedans survived the Wraith attack that killed Ronon's partner. But based on Ronon's skill with various weapons, they were fierce warriors with a strict code of honor.

Wonder Woman and Aquaman, "Justice League"

These superheroes both started out as comic book characters before getting a string of their own TV shows over the years. But while most people think of them as superheroes, it is worth remembering that both characters come from warrior cultures. Both Wonder Woman and Aquaman are royalty in their respective homelands. Wonder Woman, of course, comes from a line of Amazon warriors, who are feared and respected for their wisdom on and off the battlefield. And don't forget about Hawkgirl!

The Klingons, "Star Trek: The Next Generation"

True, the Klingons were introduced in the first "Star Trek" series, but they got a bit of a facelift (literally!) in "TNG." Their warrior culture was more fleshed out in "TNG," as well, with the character Worf providing much of the insight into this famous fictional culture. Both Worf and his brother are paragons of Klingon virtue, prizing honor and physical prowess above all else.
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