What’s another word for “jackbooted thug”?


Soldiers of the Death Star crew (the parade at...

Soldiers of the Death Star crew (the parade at DragonCon 2006). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m trying to come up with the name of the bad guys in my NaNoWriMo story, the ones who are perpetuating “outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the economic and social differences in our society.”

You know, the bad guys!

My rough plot outline calls them “storm troopers” which some people associate with Nazis, or the Empire of Star Wars, so I’m trying to come up with a better name. My process is to feed a word into an online thesaurus and jot down the words that seem interesting or spark a new idea. Rinse and repeat.

So far I have: Storm trooper, national guard, imperial guard, legionnaire, ranger, militia, shock trooper, conquistador, commando, marine, paratrooper, soldier, beret, cop, police, deputy, sheriff, lawman, patrol, peacer, proctor, agent, prober, steward, shepherd, inquisitor, interrogator, enforcer, butcher, executioner, liquidator, disciplinarian, teacher, instructor, preceptor, coach, counselor, guide, mentor, monitor, chaperone, minder, duenna, escort, docent, trainer, companion, squire, servant, custodian, usher, sherpa, sergeant, …

What do you think? Which term suggests a most interesting society, one that would use it as the “Official” name of it’s jackbooted thugs?

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About Kurt Schweitzer

A former vampire logistics facilitator, past purveyor of Italian-style transportation, and Y2K disaster preventer, I'm currently creating websites, novels and other fictions while reinventing myself. Again.
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One Response to What’s another word for “jackbooted thug”?

  1. By the way, in another discussion the Spanish Inquisition (“Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!”) was mentioned, which got me to thinking of having the Leader (der Führer!) make himself into a religious figure, and calling his enforcers “shepherds” or “servants” or some other comforting term totally at odds with them breaking down people’s doors in the middle of the night. The society becomes more Orwellian, ala 1984. What do you think of this?

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