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8th Oct '17 2:15:31 AM jeez
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A SuperTrope to AmericaWonWorldWarII (intersecting this with UsefulNotes/WorldWarII). Compare MightyWhitey and CreatorProvincialism.

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A SuperTrope to AmericaWonWorldWarII (intersecting this with UsefulNotes/WorldWarII). Compare MightyWhitey MightyWhitey, CreatorProvincialism, and CreatorProvincialism.
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28th Aug '17 11:05:01 AM CosmicFerret
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* ''Franchise/MetalGear'''s universe plays with this trope like a cat's cradle. The times when Snake (any of them) is acting as an American agent, the trope is played straight; when Snake is a free agent as part of Philanthropy, the American military is sometimes portrayed as not helping with or ''contributing'' to a problem (like the tanker incident in ''[=MGS2=]''), and sometimes as coming to Snake's aid (like the U.S.S. Missouri's [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Battleship]] moment in ''[=MGS4=]''). In the end, the United States is just as much at the mercy of the machinations going on behind the scenes as the rest of the world. What it really boils down to: [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4 Snake Saves The Day From The Metal Gear Solid 3 Cast]]]].

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* ''Franchise/MetalGear'''s ''VideoGame/MetalGear'''s universe plays with this trope like a cat's cradle. The times when Snake (any of them) is acting as an American agent, the trope is played straight; when Snake is a free agent as part of Philanthropy, the American military is sometimes portrayed as not helping with or ''contributing'' to a problem (like the tanker incident in ''[=MGS2=]''), and sometimes as coming to Snake's aid (like the U.S.S. Missouri's [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Battleship]] moment in ''[=MGS4=]''). In the end, the United States is just as much at the mercy of the machinations going on behind the scenes as the rest of the world. What it really boils down to: [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4 [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots Snake Saves The Day From The Metal Gear Solid 3 Cast]]]].
12th Aug '17 3:19:18 AM Rmpdc
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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'': ''World at War'' also subverts this, with the final mission of the Americans being more of a portrayal of rest of the Marines being fortunate enough to survive and go home after a final massive assault against; whilst they spend their missions clearly struggling and being grinded down by the resilient and fanatical Japanese defenders. The final mission of the game which better evokes a feeling of victory is won by the Russians taking the Reichstag in Germany. [[AnachronicOrder To be technical though, the American Marines chronologically finish the war.]] On the other hand, the Russians' missions themselves make their [[WarIsHell front seem pointlessly brutal]].

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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'': ''World at War'' ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyWorldAtWar'' also subverts this, with the final mission of the Americans being more of a portrayal of rest of the Marines being fortunate enough to survive and go home after a final massive assault against; whilst they spend their missions clearly struggling and being grinded down by the resilient and fanatical Japanese defenders. The final mission of the game which better evokes a feeling of victory is won by the Russians taking the Reichstag in Germany. [[AnachronicOrder To be technical though, the American Marines chronologically finish the war.]] On the other hand, the Russians' missions themselves make their [[WarIsHell front seem pointlessly brutal]].
25th Jul '17 9:37:51 PM DoktorSoviet
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** In ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4: VideoGame/ModernWarfare'', it's the [[spoiler:Americans who get screwed over by their "no man left behind" policy. Your character's chopper is turned around to rescue a fellow pilot, which means that your squadron isn't out the blast range when a nuclear bomb goes off. It's the British SAS who save the day, though the American military does help some near the end - a joint Marines/SAS mission to avoid nuclear strikes on both Moscow and Washington D.C. The Brits still fire the final shot of the conflict though.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4: VideoGame/ModernWarfare'', it's the [[spoiler:Americans who get screwed over by their "no man left behind" policy. Your character's chopper is turned around to rescue a fellow pilot, which means that your squadron isn't out the blast range when a nuclear bomb goes off. There's also the fact that the entire sequence is played up to show how bull-headed and belligerent the US is compared to the methodical British SAS. It's the British SAS who save the day, though the American military does help some near the end - a joint Marines/SAS mission to avoid nuclear strikes on both Moscow and Washington D.C. The Brits still fire the final shot of the conflict though. There's also cooperation from the Russian Federation's government itself, which aids the SAS in its ongoing Civil War.]]
9th Jul '17 1:22:37 PM nombretomado
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A SuperTrope to AmericaWonWorldWarII (intersecting this with WorldWarII). Compare MightyWhitey and CreatorProvincialism.

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A SuperTrope to AmericaWonWorldWarII (intersecting this with WorldWarII).UsefulNotes/WorldWarII). Compare MightyWhitey and CreatorProvincialism.
18th Jun '17 8:26:46 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}: Fall of Man'', an AlternateHistory game based on WorldWarTwo, with TheVirus in place of Nazis and a different timeline. Initially, in the game, the US was an almost totally ineffectual faction whose involvement was restricted to providing supplies due to strong isolationist tendencies. At the last minute, the Americans finally get seriously involved, and have a major role in finally winning things.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}: Fall of Man'', an AlternateHistory game based on WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, with TheVirus in place of Nazis and a different timeline. Initially, in the game, the US was an almost totally ineffectual faction whose involvement was restricted to providing supplies due to strong isolationist tendencies. At the last minute, the Americans finally get seriously involved, and have a major role in finally winning things.
28th May '17 5:10:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Generals: Zero Hour''. America ''virtually'' defeats the GLA and saves the world during the US campaign. The GLA makes a comeback and drives the US out of Europe during ''their'' campaign, and China comes in to save the day during ''their'' campaign. That's right, America is handed its own ass and Communist China are the big heroes.

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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Generals: ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals: Zero Hour''. America ''virtually'' defeats the GLA and saves the world during the US campaign. The GLA makes a comeback and drives the US out of Europe during ''their'' campaign, and China comes in to save the day during ''their'' campaign. That's right, America is handed its own ass and Communist China are the big heroes.
28th May '17 5:10:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/RedAlert 1''. The Americans do provide assistance to Allies, but the Allied forces are mainly comprised of European nations. The player's superiors are in fact German and Greek.
* ''VideoGame/RedAlert 2'':

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* Averted in ''VideoGame/RedAlert 1''.''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert''. The Americans do provide assistance to Allies, but the Allied forces are mainly comprised of European nations. The player's superiors are in fact German and Greek.
* ''VideoGame/RedAlert 2'':''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'':



* Averted in ''VideoGame/RedAlert'' 3; the American president is an incompetent Bush parody [[spoiler:who you later have to kill to prevent a world war. Or is a robot spy for the Rising Sun.]].
** The national diversity among Allied units is highlighted more in ''VideoGame/RedAlert 3'' than it was in the previous two games; ''each'' of your units come from around the world (including Hydrofoils coming from the Dominican Republic), your orders usually come from a British field marshal and a British intelligence officer and occasionally The Allied co-commanders are also from around the world. Giles is British, Lisette is French (despite lacking any accent), Warren is American (and played by Randy Couture). And the American Vice President is [[spoiler: David Hasselhoff]].

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* Averted in ''VideoGame/RedAlert'' 3; ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3''; the American president is an incompetent Bush parody [[spoiler:who you later have to kill to prevent a world war. Or is a robot spy for the Rising Sun.]].
** The national diversity among Allied units is highlighted more in ''VideoGame/RedAlert ''Red Alert 3'' than it was in the previous two games; ''each'' of your units come from around the world (including Hydrofoils coming from the Dominican Republic), your orders usually come from a British field marshal and a British intelligence officer and occasionally The Allied co-commanders are also from around the world. Giles is British, Lisette is French (despite lacking any accent), Warren is American (and played by Randy Couture). And the American Vice President is [[spoiler: David Hasselhoff]].
27th May '17 1:36:39 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' "Max Bubba" story, while Johnny and his Vikings are pursuing Bubba's gang, an American military helicopter from the VietnamWar suddenly appears through a temporal rift. When Johnny explains the situation, the crew decide to help, reasoning that they're Americans, so they have to save the day.

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* In the ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' "Max Bubba" story, while Johnny and his Vikings are pursuing Bubba's gang, an American military helicopter from the VietnamWar UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar suddenly appears through a temporal rift. When Johnny explains the situation, the crew decide to help, reasoning that they're Americans, so they have to save the day.
19th Oct '15 12:41:47 AM SeptimusHeap
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** The ExpansionPack, ''Yuri's Revenge,'' also has campaign missions that showcase each of the special units given to each country in multplayer mode.



* Also averted in ''VideoGame/RedAlert 2''; the Soviet Union, bearing a grudge against the United States, unleashes a full-out assault on the country. The President is quick to seek the help of America's allies in fighting off the Soviets (to which General Carville does ''not'' take kindly: "It just ain't right! We shouldn't have to beg for help from anyone!").

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* Also averted in ''VideoGame/RedAlert 2''; 2'':
** Averted;
the Soviet Union, bearing a grudge against the United States, unleashes a full-out assault on the country. The President is quick to seek the help of America's allies in fighting off the Soviets (to which General Carville does ''not'' take kindly: "It just ain't right! We shouldn't have to beg for help from anyone!").anyone!").
** The ExpansionPack, ''Yuri's Revenge,'' also has campaign missions that showcase each of the special units given to each country in multplayer mode.
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