Khalid ibn Al-Waleed
Khalid's warriors teach some infidel dogs a lesson.
In my continuing attempts to cover historical badasses from all cultures of the world, mention must be made of Khalid ibn Al-Waleed. Dubbed "The Sword of Islam" by the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh), Khalid (584-642) was the military mind behind the Islamic conquest of Iraq, Jordan, Palestine and Syria during the Caliphates of Abu Bakr and Umar.
Khalid was born into the Quarashi tribe of Mecca and was the only man to ever lead a force to defeat Mohammad's army in combat. After beating the Muslims at the Battle of Uhud and forcing a truce, Khalid converted to Islam and became a totally hardcore warrior, kicking the asses of the Persian and Byzantine Empires despite constantly being outnumbered and outgunned. He would ride through the desert on camels, kill them and drink the water out of their humps so that he could make it through the desert and attack towns or armies from the direction where they were least expecting it. The only things that impeded his conquest were mountain ranges or oceans. Eventually he became so powerful that the Caliph 'Umar feared Khalid was taking attention away from Allah himself, so he stripped Khalid of his command and coaxed him into early retirement. Khalid didn't even give a crap so he went right back and enlisted in the army as a foot soldier, where he fought for the rest of his life. He was known to go through several swords in a battle because he would break them on his enemies heads or smash them in his hands, which is freaking rad. He died of old age in his bed, and with his last words he mentioned how pissed off he was that he wasn't killed in battle. Khalid ibn Al-Waleed was the definition of hardcore.
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