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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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** The ExpansionPack, ''Yuri's Revenge,'' also has campaign missions that showcase each of the special units given to each country in multplayer mode.



** 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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A SuperTrope to AmericaWinsTheWar (intersecting this with WorldWarII). Compare MightyWhitey and CreatorProvincialism.

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A SuperTrope to AmericaWinsTheWar AmericaWonWorldWarII (intersecting this with WorldWarII). Compare MightyWhitey and CreatorProvincialism.
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** ''Film/CasinoRoyale'' (the CIA can't hold on to Le Chiffre, and Leiter's card-fu is weak.)

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** ''Film/CasinoRoyale'' ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' (the CIA can't hold on to Le Chiffre, and Leiter's card-fu is weak.)
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-->--''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice''

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-->--''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice''-->-- ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice''
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* Subverted in ''Anime/ReadOrDie''. At the end of the anime movie the US military shows up to save the day, only to be easily defeated when the villain's naval fortress annihilates their entire force with one shot. The (British) main characters then go on to save the day themselves. Nonetheless, the real rulers of the world (the British Library) seem to assume that America is the World Policeman.
* Mercilessly {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' as [[http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/raito_light/hetalia/chapter2/APH_Chp2_p3.jpg seen here.]]



* Mercilessly {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' as [[http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/raito_light/hetalia/chapter2/APH_Chp2_p3.jpg seen here.]]
* A recurring theme of ''Manga/BioMeatNectar'', starting with Part II. Subverted or truly the case, sticking mostly to either extreme. Couples with AdultsAreUseless.



* A recurring theme of ''Manga/BioMeatNectar'', starting with Part II. Subverted or truly the case, sticking mostly to either extreme. Couples with AdultsAreUseless.

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* A recurring theme of ''Manga/BioMeatNectar'', starting with Part II. Subverted or truly in ''Anime/ReadOrDie''. At the case, sticking mostly end of the anime movie the US military shows up to either extreme. Couples save the day, only to be easily defeated when the villain's naval fortress annihilates their entire force with AdultsAreUseless.one shot. The (British) main characters then go on to save the day themselves. Nonetheless, the real rulers of the world (the British Library) seem to assume that America is the World Policeman.



* Subverted in Mark Waid's ''ComicBook/{{Empire}},'' where the villain Golgoth begins his world conquest in Australia and continues until only the U.S. remains as a beacon of hope. Then America falls too and everyone is screwed. Justified in that if you're doing world conquest and starting from nothing, it makes sense to build up a powerbase somewhere else first and save the toughest target for last, after you've assimilated everyone else into your forces.
* Played out rather jarring in the ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'' limited series. The Earth is on the brink of total collapse, but the Squadron is composed entirely of either Americans or otherworldly beings. CreatorProvincialism also results in all of the story's events taking place in the United States, with problems elsewhere barely mentioned at all.
* 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.



* [[Franchise/TheDCU DC]] and Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}} comics. Dozens upon dozens of examples. For example, the most recent Checkmate series has everyone making snarky comments on how the United Nations operational task force is filled with -Americans-.
** Played out rather jarring in the ''SquadronSupreme'' limited series. The Earth is on the brink of total collapse, but the Squadron is composed entirely of either Americans or otherworldly beings. CreatorProvincialism also results in all of the story's events taking place in the United States, with problems elsewhere barely mentioned at all.
* Subverted in Mark Waid's ''Empire,'' where the villain Golgoth begins his world conquest in Australia and continues until only the U.S. remains as a beacon of hope. Then America falls too and everyone is screwed. Justified in that if you're doing world conquest and starting from nothing, it makes sense to build up a powerbase somewhere else first and save the toughest target for last, after you've assimilated everyone else into your forces.
* 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.



* Occurs in many of Creator/RolandEmmerich's films, especially ''Film/IndependenceDay''. Everyone who took part in devising the plan to save the world was American. There was no international committee or involvement of the global scientific community. Considering the movie is taking place over a grand total of three days, during which the ''entire world'' is reeling from a massive coordinated strike that crippled most of the world's industrial and military power, this might be justifiable. The film is still considered SnarkBait internationally.

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* ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve'' is a subversion of this trope. It is clearly shown that the U.S. cannot prevent the apocalypse single-handedly, and global cooperation is a major, [[{{Anvilicious}} if not very subtle]], theme of the movie. The scientists who first discover the coming apocalypse are Indian, and [[spoiler:the Arks that allow some of humanity to survive and so rebuild are built by the Chinese]]. Presidential adviser Carl Anhauser declares that only the Chinese could have got the project built in time.
* Painfully subverted in ''Film/TwentyEightWeeksLater'' in which US troops help reinhabit a small portion of London amidst a previously rage infested United Kingdom. Needless to say [[spoiler:a sane rage host inadvertently infects her husband, resulting in a mass reintroduction of rage to the ''barricaded'' refugee population.]]
* The trope's presence in ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' is sensible (but also ''heavily'' {{Lampshaded}}). As one of the few space faring nations, only America has the necessary technology and infrastructure to build the equipment necessary to destroy the asteroid. The Russians do provide support in the form of a refueling station. The team NASA sends is purely American, except for the Russian cosmonaut from said station.
* Parodied in ''Film/AWorldGoneMad''. After the American military suffers almost total defeat at the hands of an {{alien invasion}}, the entire crisis is resolved off-screen, with the solution only being mentioned in a brief newscast as having been "A clever scheme by the Australians involving their local frog population".
* Justified in ''Film/{{Contact}}'' by showing some of the background politicking and controversy over the US dominating the construction of the FasterThanLightTravel machine. In an attempt to alleviate this an international committee is used to select Earth's ambassador, but it's mentioned that the Japanese (who are also contributing significantly to the trillion dollar project) are bought off from insisting on their own candidate by promising them a significant percentage of the technological spin-offs from FirstContact. Presumably other behind-the-scenes deals were made to ensure an American candidate was sent.
* ''Armageddon'''s {{Dueling Movie|s}} ''Film/DeepImpact'' also had an all-American crew of astronauts heading out to destroy the world-ending comet, notwithstanding the token Russian cosmonaut. Worse, the smaller comet landed in the Atlantic; that this also affected Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean was passed over in ''one line'' of a speech.
* Averted in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'', where GI Joe, originally a single American marine backed up by other Americans, becomes an entire multi-national team thanks to international audiences not being too fond of our military ''or'' our country at the moment. That's right, folks: ''GI Joe'' doesn't have GIJoe in it. No "All-American Heroes" here!
** The film was actually BackedByThePentagon. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Security_Assistance_Force These days]], the Pentagon really likes the idea of a multinational force cooperating effectively.
* Occurs in many of Creator/RolandEmmerich's films, especially ''Film/IndependenceDay''. ''Film/IndependenceDay''.
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Everyone who took part in devising the plan to save the world was American. There was no international committee or involvement of the global scientific community. Considering the movie is taking place over a grand total of three days, during which the ''entire world'' is reeling from a massive coordinated strike that crippled most of the world's industrial and military power, this might be justifiable. The film is still considered SnarkBait internationally.



** Though ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve'' is a ''subversion'' of this trope. It is clearly shown that the U.S. cannot prevent the apocalypse single-handedly, and global cooperation is a major, [[{{Anvilicious}} if not very subtle]], theme of the movie. The scientists who first discover the coming apocalypse are Indian, and [[spoiler:the Arks that allow some of humanity to survive and so rebuild are built by the Chinese]]. Presidential adviser Carl Anhauser declares that only the Chinese could have got the project built in time.
* Mercilessly lampooned in ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' which of course was mercilessly lampooning the American government's real-world "America saves the World!" mentality. Being written by Matt Stone and Trey Parker meant it ''also'' mercilessly lampooned the detractors of said mentality (and everything else in between).
--> '''America, ''fuck yeah!'' '''\\
'''Coming again to''' '''[[AmericaSavesTheDay save the motherfucking day]], yeah!'''
* ''Film/{{U571}}'' is [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory vaguely based on]] events that really happened. The USN did indeed capture a Kriegsmarine Enigma code machine and books from a U-Boat in 1944. They did deliver it and the resulting intelligence did aid the Allied cause materially. However, the movie was based on real life incidents where the British Royal Navy had captured Kriegsmarine Enigma code machines and books in 1941 and 1942, enabling the more efficient decoding of enemy transmissions to begin, and the code had already been cracked by Bletchley Park building off of Polish prewar work.



* Painfully subverted in ''28 Weeks Later'' in which US troops help reinhabit a small portion of London amidst a previously rage infested United Kingdom. Needless to say [[spoiler:a sane rage host inadvertently infects her husband, resulting in a mass reintroduction of rage to the ''barricaded'' refugee population.]]
** [[spoiler:Of course it's played straight if you realize their plan would've worked perfectly if the woman and her husband didn't carry a planet sized IdiotBall.]]
*** Every action taken for human reasons is mercilessly punished with more death. The message of the film: the virus doesn't care.
** But also, it makes some sense in why America doesn't save everybody as [[spoiler:they do immediately switch their plans at the first signs of a real infection. As soon as more than about 50 British are infected, they kill everyone, evacuate their forces, firebomb the city into a giant heap of ash, then go back, burn whatever is left, then leave again.]]
*** The only sane response to another outbreak was extermination according to plan. The opportunity to detect and cure was lost due to human failings.
* Parodied in ''A World Gone Mad''. After the American military suffers almost total defeat at the hands of an {{alien invasion}}, the entire crisis is resolved off-screen, with the solution only being mentioned in a brief newscast as having been "A clever scheme by the Australians involving their local frog population".
** The 'War of the Worlds' solution?
* Creator/MichaelBay employs this trope in his films, most notably in ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' and ''Film/{{Transformers}}: Revenge of the Fallen''.
** The trope's presence in ''Armageddon'' is sensible (but also ''heavily'' {{Lampshaded}}). As one of the few space faring nations, only America has the necessary technology and infrastructure to build the equipment necessary to destroy the asteroid. The Russians do provide support in the form of a refueling station. The team NASA sends is purely American, except for the Russian cosmonaut from said station.
*** It's explicitly said in the movie that American, Russian, Japanese (and I think Indian) space agencies "are working together on this." The European Space Agency doesn't get a mention, despite having a launch capability.
** Its use in ''Revenge of the Fallen'', however, grates on many ''{{Transformers}}'' fans since it gets in the way of the core theme of the show. The American military almost seems to be better at fighting the Decepticons (a threat completely alien to Earth) than the Autobots (said alien threat's ancient enemies)!
* Averted in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'', where GI Joe, originally a single American marine backed up by other Americans, becomes an entire multi-national team thanks to international audiences not being too fond of our military ''or'' our country at the moment. That's right, folks: ''GI Joe'' doesn't have GIJoe in it. No "All-American Heroes" here!
** The film was actually BackedByThePentagon. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Security_Assistance_Force These days]], the Pentagon really likes the idea of a multinational force cooperating effectively.
* Justified in ''Film/{{Contact}}'' by showing some of the background politicking and controversy over the US dominating the construction of the FasterThanLightTravel machine. In an attempt to alleviate this an international committee is used to select Earth's ambassador, but it's mentioned that the Japanese (who are also contributing significantly to the trillion dollar project) are bought off from insisting on their own candidate by promising them a significant percentage of the technological spin-offs from FirstContact. Presumably other behind-the-scenes deals were made to ensure an American candidate was sent.
* ''Armageddon'''s {{Dueling Movie|s}} ''Film/DeepImpact'' also had an all-American crew of astronauts heading out to destroy the world-ending comet, notwithstanding the token Russian cosmonaut. Worse, the smaller comet landed in the Atlantic; that this also affected Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean was passed over in ''one line'' of a speech.



* Its use in ''Film/RevengeOfTheFallen'', however, grates on many ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' fans since it gets in the way of the core theme of the show. The American military almost seems to be better at fighting the Decepticons (a threat completely alien to Earth) than the Autobots (said alien threat's ancient enemies)!
* Mercilessly lampooned in ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' which of course was mercilessly lampooning the American government's real-world "America saves the World!" mentality. Being written by Matt Stone and Trey Parker meant it ''also'' mercilessly lampooned the detractors of said mentality (and everything else in between).
--> '''America, ''fuck yeah!'' '''\\
'''Coming again to''' '''[[AmericaSavesTheDay save the motherfucking day]], yeah!'''
* ''Film/{{U571}}'' is [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory vaguely based on]] events that really happened. The USN did indeed capture a Kriegsmarine Enigma code machine and books from a U-Boat in 1944. They did deliver it and the resulting intelligence did aid the Allied cause materially. However, the movie was based on real life incidents where the British Royal Navy had captured Kriegsmarine Enigma code machines and books in 1941 and 1942, enabling the more efficient decoding of enemy transmissions to begin, and the code had already been cracked by Bletchley Park building off of Polish prewar work.



* If you look at Website/YouTube, besides hating the ThemeSong, another issue some fans had with the opening credits of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' was that, in its attempt to highlight human enterprise and vessels similarly named "Enterprise", it seemed to only detail American achievements in naval, aerial, and space exploration (excepting the H.M.S. Enterprise). No mention of Sputnik, or even a glimpse of Yuri Gagarin.

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* If you look at Website/YouTube, besides hating Subverted in this ''[[http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=91998&title=billions-and-billions Daily Show]]'' segment.
* {{Subverted}} in
the ThemeSong, another issue some fans had Spetsnaz vs. Green Beret episode of ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'', but played straight with [[spoiler: S.W.A.T. vs. GSG-9]].
* Subverted in ''Series/DoctorWho: The Christmas Invasion''. When Major Blake informs Prime Minister Harriet Jones that
the opening credits US President wants to take control of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' was that, in the possible invasion, Jones answers, "You can tell the President--and please use these exact words--he's not my boss and he's certainly not turning this into a war."
* In ''Series/{{Helix}}'', this is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Dr. Sarah Jordan when she points out to their army liaison that neither the CDC nor USAMRIID should have jurisdiction over an outbreak at an Arctic Biosystems research facility, as
its attempt to highlight human enterprise and vessels similarly named "Enterprise", it seemed to only detail American achievements in naval, aerial, and space exploration (excepting international territory. Major Balleseros {{handwave}}s this away, noting they've been allowed temporary access as the H.M.S. Enterprise). No mention of Sputnik, or even first to receive a glimpse of Yuri Gagarin.distress call.



* If you look at Website/YouTube, besides hating the ThemeSong, another issue some fans had with the opening credits of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' was that, in its attempt to highlight human enterprise and vessels similarly named "Enterprise", it seemed to only detail American achievements in naval, aerial, and space exploration (excepting the H.M.S. Enterprise). No mention of Sputnik, or even a glimpse of Yuri Gagarin.



* Subverted in this ''[[http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=91998&title=billions-and-billions Daily Show]]'' segment.
* The inspirational series (Gerry Anderson's ''{{UFO}}'') provided this detail as well, with Shado being an international organisation, only based in England because [[FrontOrganisation the studio was there]].
* Subverted in ''Series/DoctorWho: The Christmas Invasion''. When Major Blake informs Prime Minister Harriet Jones that the US President wants to take control of the possible invasion, Jones answers, "You can tell the President--and please use these exact words--he's not my boss and he's certainly not turning this into a war."
* {{Subverted}} in the Spetsnaz vs. Green Beret episode of ''DeadliestWarrior'', but played straight with [[spoiler: S.W.A.T. vs. GSG-9]].
* In ''Series/{{Helix}}'', this is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Dr. Sarah Jordan when she points out to their army liaison that neither the CDC nor USAMRIID should have jurisdiction over an outbreak at an Arctic Biosystems research facility, as its in international territory. Major Balleseros {{handwave}}s this away, noting they've been allowed temporary access as the first to receive a distress call.

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* Subverted in this ''[[http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=91998&title=billions-and-billions Daily Show]]'' segment.
* The inspirational series (Gerry Anderson's ''{{UFO}}'') ''Series/{{UFO}}'') provided this detail as well, with Shado being an international organisation, only based in England because [[FrontOrganisation the studio was there]].
* Subverted in ''Series/DoctorWho: The Christmas Invasion''. When Major Blake informs Prime Minister Harriet Jones that the US President wants to take control of the possible invasion, Jones answers, "You can tell the President--and please use these exact words--he's not my boss and he's certainly not turning this into a war."
* {{Subverted}} in the Spetsnaz vs. Green Beret episode of ''DeadliestWarrior'', but played straight with [[spoiler: S.W.A.T. vs. GSG-9]].
* In ''Series/{{Helix}}'', this is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Dr. Sarah Jordan when she points out to their army liaison that neither the CDC nor USAMRIID should have jurisdiction over an outbreak at an Arctic Biosystems research facility, as its in international territory. Major Balleseros {{handwave}}s this away, noting they've been allowed temporary access as the first to receive a distress call.
there]].



* Saddler hangs a lampshade on this trope in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', but it's hardly a subversion since[[spoiler: Leon, an American agent, promptly kicks his ass and saves the day]]. This is even more notable because it a game released by a Japanese company... although Americans were the primary intended audience.
** Made perhaps more egregious by the fact that Leon's ''not even there'' to stop Saddler. He's there to [[SaveThePrincess save the president's daughter.]]
*** Though he's also a highly skilled former policeman (who managed to survive and play a major role in stopping a massive biohazard on his first (and only) day on the job) turned special agent who stopped ANOTHER potential viral superweapon in South America. Leon's just that damn good (who happens to be American).
* Averted in ''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.
* Also averted in ''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!").
** The ExpansionPack, ''Yuri's Revenge,'' also has campaign missions that showcase each of the special units given to each country in multplayer mode.
* Subverted in ''{{Command and Conquer}} 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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* Saddler hangs a lampshade Played so straight in ''VideoGame/AmericasArmy'', to the point that your team ''always'' appears as U.S. Army infantry while the opposing team appears to be European terrorists; players on this trope in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', but it's hardly a subversion since[[spoiler: Leon, an American agent, promptly kicks his ass the other team see themselves/their team's in-game characters as being U.S. Army, while your team and saves your avatars appear to be said Islamic terrorists. Then again, you ''are'' playing an official United States Army game, authorized and funded by the day]]. This is even more notable because it a game released by a Japanese company... although United States government.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'': ''World at War'' also subverts this, with the final mission of the
Americans were the primary intended audience.
** Made perhaps
being more egregious by of a portrayal of rest of the fact that Leon's ''not even there'' to stop Saddler. He's there to [[SaveThePrincess save the president's daughter.]]
*** Though he's also a highly skilled former policeman (who managed
Marines being fortunate enough to survive and play go home after a major role in stopping a final massive biohazard on his first (and only) day on the job) turned special agent who stopped ANOTHER potential viral superweapon in South America. Leon's just that damn good (who happens to be American).
* Averted in ''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.
* Also averted in ''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!").
** The ExpansionPack, ''Yuri's Revenge,'' also has campaign
against; whilst they spend their missions that showcase each clearly struggling and being grinded down by the resilient and fanatical Japanese defenders. The final mission of the special units given to each country game which better evokes a feeling of victory is won by the Russians taking the Reichstag in multplayer mode.
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]].
* Subverted in ''{{Command and Conquer}} ''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.



* Averted in ''{{World in Conflict}}'', as it's more like America Saves Its Own Butt. Though they did wind up saving France and Europe, that was as part of a greater NATO operation.
** In the actual missions you are simply a U.S. Army Lieutenant who has been put in charge of a French unit because you were the closest unassigned officer and they need those tanks to push back the Soviets NOW.
* Averted in ''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 ''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]].
* ''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.
** ''Resistance 2'' goes all out with this trope, though; even the main character's superhuman abilities are quickly revealed to be due to experimentation by the U.S. Army, rather than the random fluke they appeared to be in the original game. [[spoiler: Although, it's ultimately subverted, as they end up messing up badly.]]
** Not to mention they get steamrolled, like everyone else.
* Subverted in the original ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'': the U.S.A. army occupies Japan because it's invaded by demons. In the end, [[spoiler:the U.S.A. send nukes on Japan and you later play through a post apocalyptic Japan.]]



* Played so straight in ''VideoGame/AmericasArmy'', to the point that your team ''always'' appears as U.S. Army infantry while the opposing team appears to be European terrorists; players on the other team see themselves/their team's in-game characters as being U.S. Army, while your team and your avatars appear to be said Islamic terrorists. Then again, you ''are'' playing an official United States Army game, authorized and funded by the United States government.
* Subverted in ''{{X-Com}}'', where the manual to the game specifically notes that several national governments attempted to confront the alien threat individually and were ineffective; the X-Com project controlled by the player is therefore, at least initially, an international organization funded and supported by every nation on Earth (and keeping their support is a major part of the game.) The United States does realistically (or at least, realistically in terms of what would likely be possible in such a scenario) contribute more money than any other nation, though.
** Given the similarity of ''X-Com'' to Gerry Anderson's ''UFO'', it's not surprising the accents are American.
** Also in novelizion ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-COM_:_UFO_Defense_-_A_Novel Yes, there is one]]) one of the main X-Com bases is in Morocco.
** Americans aren't even the most successful: Whole X-Com is modeled after Japanese combat unit(can't remember the name)
* ''Heavily'' subverted in the ModernWarfare series of games:
** In ''CallOfDuty 4: 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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* Played so straight in ''VideoGame/AmericasArmy'', to the point that your team ''always'' appears as U.S. Army infantry while the opposing team appears to be European terrorists; players on the other team see themselves/their team's in-game characters as being U.S. Army, while your team and your avatars appear to be said Islamic terrorists. Then again, you ''are'' playing an official United States Army game, authorized and funded by the United States government.
* Subverted in ''{{X-Com}}'', where the manual to the game specifically notes that several national governments attempted to confront the alien threat individually and were ineffective; the X-Com project controlled by the player is therefore, at least initially, an international organization funded and supported by every nation on Earth (and keeping their support is a major part of the game.) The United States does realistically (or at least, realistically in terms of what would likely be possible in such a scenario) contribute more money than any other nation, though.
** Given the similarity of ''X-Com'' to Gerry Anderson's ''UFO'', it's not surprising the accents are American.
** Also in novelizion ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-COM_:_UFO_Defense_-_A_Novel Yes, there is one]]) one of the main X-Com bases is in Morocco.
** Americans aren't even the most successful: Whole X-Com is modeled after Japanese combat unit(can't remember the name)
* ''Heavily'' subverted in the ModernWarfare VideoGame/ModernWarfare series of games:
** In ''CallOfDuty ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4: ModernWarfare'', 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.]]



** In ''ModernWarfare 2'', it's the [[spoiler:British again, this time working on taking down a ''rogue American general'' who was in command of the troops that got nuked from the first game. That's right, not only is it American Doesn't Save The Day, it's The British Save The Day From America. Granted, General Shepherd's plan has more-or-less succeeded, and the open war between the US and Russia that he wanted is pretty much a guarantee, but still...]]
* ''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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** In ''ModernWarfare ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'', it's the [[spoiler:British again, this time working on taking down a ''rogue American general'' who was in command of the troops that got nuked from the first game. That's right, not only is it American Doesn't Save The Day, it's The British Save The Day From America. Granted, General Shepherd's plan has more-or-less succeeded, and the open war between the US and Russia that he wanted is pretty much a guarantee, but still...]]
* ''CallOfDuty'': ''World at War'' also subverts this, with the final mission of the Averted in ''VideoGame/RedAlert 1''. The Americans being 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.
* 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!").
* 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 of a portrayal of rest of in ''VideoGame/RedAlert 3'' than it was in the Marines being fortunate enough 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]].
* Saddler hangs a lampshade on this trope in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', but it's hardly a subversion since[[spoiler: Leon, an American agent, promptly kicks his ass and saves the day]]. This is even more notable because it a game released by a Japanese company... although Americans were the primary intended audience.
** Made perhaps more egregious by the fact that Leon's ''not even there'' to stop Saddler. He's there to [[SaveThePrincess save the president's daughter.]]
*** Though he's also a highly skilled former policeman (who managed
to survive and go home after play a final major role in stopping a massive assault against; whilst they spend their biohazard on his first (and only) day on the job) turned special agent who stopped ANOTHER potential viral superweapon in South America. Leon's just that damn good (who happens to be American).
** The ExpansionPack, ''Yuri's Revenge,'' also has campaign
missions clearly struggling that showcase each of the special units given to each country in multplayer mode.
* ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}: Fall of Man'', an AlternateHistory game based on WorldWarTwo, with TheVirus in place of Nazis
and being grinded down 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.
** ''Resistance 2'' goes all out with this trope, though; even the main character's superhuman abilities are quickly revealed to be due to experimentation
by the resilient U.S. Army, rather than the random fluke they appeared to be in the original game. [[spoiler: Although, it's ultimately subverted, as they end up messing up badly.]]
** Not to mention they get steamrolled, like everyone else.
* Subverted in the original ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'': the U.S.A. army occupies Japan because it's invaded by demons. In the end, [[spoiler:the U.S.A. send nukes on Japan
and fanatical Japanese defenders. The final mission of the game which better evokes you later play through 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]].post apocalyptic Japan.]]



* Averted in ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict'', as it's more like America Saves Its Own Butt. Though they did wind up saving France and Europe, that was as part of a greater NATO operation.
** In the actual missions you are simply a U.S. Army Lieutenant who has been put in charge of a French unit because you were the closest unassigned officer and they need those tanks to push back the Soviets NOW.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{XCom}}'', where the manual to the game specifically notes that several national governments attempted to confront the alien threat individually and were ineffective; the X-Com project controlled by the player is therefore, at least initially, an international organization funded and supported by every nation on Earth (and keeping their support is a major part of the game.) The United States does realistically (or at least, realistically in terms of what would likely be possible in such a scenario) contribute more money than any other nation, though.
** Given the similarity of ''X-Com'' to Gerry Anderson's ''UFO'', it's not surprising the accents are American.
** Also in novelizion ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-COM_:_UFO_Defense_-_A_Novel Yes, there is one]]) one of the main X-Com bases is in Morocco.
** Americans aren't even the most successful: Whole X-Com is modeled after Japanese combat unit(can't remember the name)



* This is, depending on who you ask, either harshly subverted or simply averted in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest''. Averted because, well, the marines haven't come storming onto the islands to rescue the children at any juncture in any of the three games. However, a subversion could be argued in that, on a number of occasions, a [[HopeSpot rescue has been teased or hinted at]], only for it to prove to be a hallucination or dream.

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* This is, depending on who you ask, either harshly subverted or simply averted in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest''.''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest''. Averted because, well, the marines haven't come storming onto the islands to rescue the children at any juncture in any of the three games. However, a subversion could be argued in that, on a number of occasions, a [[HopeSpot rescue has been teased or hinted at]], only for it to prove to be a hallucination or dream.
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--> '''America, ''fuck yeah!'' '''
-->'''Coming again to''' '''[[AmericaSavesTheDay save the motherfucking day]], yeah!'''
* ''{{U-571}}'' is [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory vaguely based on]] events that really happened. The USN did indeed capture a Kriegsmarine Enigma code machine and books from a U-Boat in 1944. They did deliver it and the resulting intelligence did aid the Allied cause materially. However, the movie was based on real life incidents where the British Royal Navy had captured Kriegsmarine Enigma code machines and books in 1941 and 1942, enabling the more efficient decoding of enemy transmissions to begin, and the code had already been cracked by Bletchley Park building off of Polish prewar work.

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--> '''America, ''fuck yeah!'' '''
-->'''Coming
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'''Coming
again to''' '''[[AmericaSavesTheDay save the motherfucking day]], yeah!'''
* ''{{U-571}}'' ''Film/{{U571}}'' is [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory vaguely based on]] events that really happened. The USN did indeed capture a Kriegsmarine Enigma code machine and books from a U-Boat in 1944. They did deliver it and the resulting intelligence did aid the Allied cause materially. However, the movie was based on real life incidents where the British Royal Navy had captured Kriegsmarine Enigma code machines and books in 1941 and 1942, enabling the more efficient decoding of enemy transmissions to begin, and the code had already been cracked by Bletchley Park building off of Polish prewar work.
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This often happens because the [[BackedByThePentagon US military ''pays'' films to do so.]] If you show them in a very positive light, they'll let you borrow top notch military planes, ships, and tanks to film, which would normally cost you millions to get access to. So long as you make sure that evil military general is French, and the army that stops him aren't, you go a long way towards making your film within your budget. Not that this is an uncommon practice or restricted to America.

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This often happens because the [[BackedByThePentagon US military ''pays'' ''[[BackedByThePentagon pays]]'' films to do so.]] so. If you show them in a very positive light, they'll let you borrow top notch military planes, ships, and tanks to film, which would normally cost you millions to get access to. So long as you make sure that evil military general is French, and the army that stops him aren't, you go a long way towards making your film within your budget. Not that this is an uncommon practice or restricted to America.
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* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Tearjerker" where Stan tries to fulfill this trope, even shouting "America to the rescue!" as he does it, but instead ends up crushing the JamesBond style British agent with a snowmobile:
-->'''British dude''': Smith! I don't need your help!
-->'''Stan''': Nobody needs America's help! Until they need it!

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* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Tearjerker" where Stan tries to fulfill this trope, even shouting "America to the rescue!" as he does it, but instead ends up crushing the JamesBond style Film/JamesBond-style British agent with a snowmobile:
-->'''British dude''': Smith! I don't need your help!
-->'''Stan''':
help!\\
'''Stan''':
Nobody needs America's help! Until they need it!



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* Occurs in many of RolandEmmerich's films, especially ''Film/IndependenceDay''. Everyone who took part in devising the plan to save the world was American. There was no international committee or involvement of the global scientific community. Considering the movie is taking place over a grand total of three days, during which the ''entire world'' is reeling from a massive coordinated strike that crippled most of the world's industrial and military power, this might be justifiable. The film is still considered SnarkBait internationally.

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* Occurs in many of RolandEmmerich's Creator/RolandEmmerich's films, especially ''Film/IndependenceDay''. Everyone who took part in devising the plan to save the world was American. There was no international committee or involvement of the global scientific community. Considering the movie is taking place over a grand total of three days, during which the ''entire world'' is reeling from a massive coordinated strike that crippled most of the world's industrial and military power, this might be justifiable. The film is still considered SnarkBait internationally.
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