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This is discussion archived from a time before the current discussion method was installed.

Isn't this the same as Engineered Public Confession?

Looney Toons: Not exactly, although they are related. In an Engineered Public Confession, there are no "rescue" forces waiting for their cue — the confession alone is the downfall. With The Cavalry, the key element is the group that shows up when the signal is given.

Sinister Teddybear: this is waaay too specific IMHO. The actual 'cavalry comes over the brow of the hill and saves the day' trope should go here, its much broader than this.



Paranoid Android: As suggested in this YKTTW, I've retooled this trope to cover something else entirely. Examples from the previous trope were moved to the near-identical Engineered Public Confession.

So what is it called when the villain calls for his/her cavalry?