Warriors—you would think at first they are the samurais who own the sharpest blades known as katana, and lurked in the communities of Japan. But warriors are more than just the samurai. There are several individuals throughout history that spilled blood and battled for their own races, societies, and countries. 

Here are the bravest and most bloodthirsty warriors history has ever seen. 

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1. Alaric, the Visigoth king

Ancient Rome wasn’t all just about glory and conquering. They also faced attacks from outside forces. One of the major personalities who sacked Rome was Alaric, the Visigoth king. Afterward, he was promoted to become part of the Roman Empire, leading his army toward Campania, capturing Capua and Nola along the way. 

He also reached Africa, which was a Roman province then and provisioned his troops with the breadbasket of Rome. However, a storm destroyed their ships and Alaric died. 

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2. Horatius Cocles

“Cocles” is a term for “one-eyed.” Most of the time, the warriors you will read about here will have names you only heard today, but they deserve a feature because of their contributions to world history. Horatius Cocles was a Roman hero who defended the bridge at Tiber while the Etruscans attacked this city. He was named such because he lost his eye during the wars from an arrow but still fought courageously. 

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3. Basil II, the Bulgar-slayer

If you read about the Byzantine history closely, you will come across Basil, the Bulgar-slayer. Aside from being a warrior, he was also a Byzantine emperor who ruled the empire for almost 50 years, stretching from 976 all the way to 1025. He has Greek origins from the Macedonian dynasty. 

Historians were able to see the vastness of his rule, bringing them to the larger picture after Basil II’s death. The empire expanded from Southern Italy up to Caucasus and from the Danube all the way to the Palestine borders. It was the Byzantine empire’s greatest territorial extent in over four centuries. But not without bloodshed. 

4. Vercingetorix

For certain groups, Vercingetorix is the first national hero of France. His achievements were uniting various sovereign Celtic tribes in battles against the Romans. He defended Gaul, the former name of France from the Roman army. But his end was when he and his troops were defeated at Alesia. Eventually, he and his troops surrendered. 

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5. Attila the Hun

More featured in pop culture and media, Attila the Hun was born in the area of today’s Hungary and according to historians, his distinctive physical feature was his fierce gaze. The sword of Ares, Greek god of war, has been associated with him. He also battled against the Roman empire. 

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6. Yue Fei

From Europe to Asia, there are also several great Asian warriors that deserve a feature in historical pieces like this. Before Jet Li and Jackie Chan, there was Yue Fei. Yue Fei was a warrior of central China who fought more than 120 battles and never lost a single one of them. He was in the military for 25 years and rose to the ranks from private to the Imperial Forces’ Overall Commander. 

Many martial arts routines and styles are credited to him, and he also was a poet and a national hero that upheld loyalty, patriotism, and integrity.

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7. Lionheart

His name reverberated his personality, courageous and daring. Lionheart was also Richard, king of England whose claim to fame was his exploits during the Third Crusade. He ruled as a king for ten years, but only spent a few months in England because of his battles.

The list continues with more names of warriors who have fought bravely and with blood for causes that they and their community hold. Prior to modern-day ammunition, there were bows and arrows, swords, stones, and other crude weapons you couldn’t imagine these warriors had to win their battles.