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20th Feb '17 7:58:48 PM LadyNorbert
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* Given a rather blatant nod in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim,'' in the seemingly quiet and inconsequential village of Riverwood. [[spoiler:One of the few surviving Blades who are being hunted by the Thalmor is actually the proprietess of the aptly named Sleeping Giant Inn. Once the {{player character}} embraces their destiny as the Dragonborn, this character is essential to completing the main plot and defeating Alduin.]]
13th Feb '17 7:58:22 PM Discar
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* The concept of "awakening a sleeping giant" may have originated in the Indian epic Literature:{{Ramayana}} with the giant demon Kumbhakarana being the UrExample. Kumbhakarana was an immensely powerful ''asura'' who through a case of ThatCameOutWrong got a boon of being able to sleep for six months, waking only to eat. When Ravana is facing defeat at the hands of Rama's invading army, he hopes that waking Kumbhakarana early, and thus enraging him will even the odds. In a rare subversion of this trope, it doesn't work. Rama is the good guy, Ravana is the BigBad and is therefore destined to lose.

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* The concept of "awakening a sleeping giant" may have originated in the Indian epic Literature:{{Ramayana}} ''Literature/{{Ramayana}}'' with the giant demon Kumbhakarana being the UrExample. Kumbhakarana was an immensely powerful ''asura'' who through a case of ThatCameOutWrong got a boon of being able to sleep for six months, waking only to eat. When Ravana is facing defeat at the hands of Rama's invading army, he hopes that waking Kumbhakarana early, and thus enraging him will even the odds. In a rare subversion of this trope, it doesn't work. Rama is the good guy, Ravana is the BigBad and is therefore destined to lose.lose.
* ''Literature/{{Domina}}'': It goes both ways with the war between America and Domina. On the one hand, Domina is a very large independent city that greatly values its freedom, with millions of [[BioAugmentation bio-augmented]] soldiers who are willing to fight to defend it--and they've been fighting ''each other'' for decades, so they're very experienced in killing. The American forces were expecting token resistance from criminal gangs, and instead find that they can barely make any headway at all. On the other hand, it is repeatedly pointed out that the only reason America is landing troops at all instead of just shelling the city is because they don't want to kill the entire city. [[spoiler:The Dagonites sinking the boats and the unexpected city shield]] make shelling the city harder than expected, but America still has nukes while Domina doesn't. In total war, America would inevitably win. [[spoiler:Luckily for Domina City, the American president didn't want a war in the first place, and was only convinced to when a Dominite exile told him it would be an easy liberation. Once the invasion stalls, he is willing to cut his losses and sue for peace]].
3rd Feb '17 8:58:12 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Khal Drogo really didn't care all that much about Westeros, until Robert tried to have Daenerys assassinated. Then he becomes hell-bent on vengeance. [[spoiler:But then he dies of an infected wound and a blood magic ritual [[GoneHorriblyWrong gone wrong]] ([[GoneHorriblyRight or right]], depending on who you ask) [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority and his horde falls apart]]]].

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Khal Drogo really didn't care all that much about Westeros, until Robert tried to have Daenerys assassinated. Then he becomes hell-bent on vengeance. [[spoiler:But [[spoiler:This was deliberately engineered by Varis, who sent the assassin. But then he dies of an infected wound and a blood magic ritual [[GoneHorriblyWrong gone wrong]] ([[GoneHorriblyRight or right]], depending on who you ask) [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority and his horde falls apart]]]].
23rd Jan '17 5:09:04 PM manofwarb
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* The concept of "awakening a sleeping giant" may have originated in the Indian epic Literature:{{Ramayana}} with the giant demon Kumbhakarana being the UrExample. Kumbhakarana was an immensely powerful ''asura'' who through a case of ThatCameOutWrong got a boon of being able to sleep for six months, waking only to eat. When Ravana is facing defeat at the hands of Rama's invading army, he hopes that waking Kumbhakarana early, and thus enraging him will even the odds. In a rare subversion of this trope, it doesn't work. Rama is the good guy, Ravana is the BigBad and is therefore destined to lose.
14th Jan '17 5:37:55 PM KillerClowns
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* The [[VestigialEmpire Fallen Empires]] of ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' mostly do not care about the rest of the galaxy beyond a specific demand they make of the younger races; either "stay away from their borders", "don't commit atrocities", "don't dig into dangerous research", or "don't touch our holy worlds" depending on their archetype. Violating that demand will result in retribution that will crush most early and mid-game empires. And that's not getting into Awakenings, which usually require {{Eldritch Abomination}} sightings or another Fallen Empire to get crushed by the younger races; those can be far worse than the aforementioned abominations.
30th Dec '16 7:47:01 PM BigJaredMonkey
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* For most of ''FanFic/OriginStory'', Alex Harris -- a [[ComicBook/{{Superman}} Kryptonian]] trapped in the Marvel Universe -- is perfectly happy to keep her head down and not get involved in the "civil war" going on across the US between the superheroes. In fact, she only takes a side, finally, because she gets fed up with the fascistic pro-registration side constantly refusing to leave her and her partner Louise alone.
9th Dec '16 5:31:43 PM Nylsa
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* Sam Houston, the governor of Texas resigned in protest when the state seceded from the Union prior to the UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar and issued the following warning to his state:

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* Sam Houston, the governor of Texas Texas, resigned in protest when the state seceded from the Union prior to the UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar and issued the following warning to his state:



** As a matter of fact, France had been increasing its bombing campaign since September, and french authorities [[http://news.usni.org/2015/11/16/french-carrier-charles-de-gaulle-leaves-for-middle-east-on-wednesday had announced the redeployment of the Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Persian Gulf in November]]. The slaughter in Paris mainly caused the french government to communicate '''a lot''' more about its ongoing military effort. Closer to this trope is the fact that Paris invoked the article 42.7 of the Treaty of Lisbon ("''If a Member State is the victim of armed aggression on its territory, the other Member States shall have towards it an obligation of aid and assistance by all the means in their power''"): demanding (and receiving) financial and military assistance from the other EU member states, which is considered to be the final step before the "institutional nuclear option" of the Article 46: [[SuperWeaponSurprise merging of all the EU's national armies into a single structure]]
** Russia is known to support Syria government for a long time, but after the bombing of a Russian flight, they decided to do a lot more. Now Russian special force is fighting side by side with Syria government troops, Russian tanks and heavy artillery take part in every major engagements.
* The Bolshevik view of the working class in relation to World War 1, the imperialist powers had created an age of untold bloodshed but if the proletariat could "transform the imperialist war into a civil war" they would sweep away all the capitalist governments and establish a United Socialist States of Europe as a prelude to the World Socialist Republic and finally FULL COMMUNISM!

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** As a matter of fact, France had been increasing its bombing campaign since September, and french French authorities [[http://news.usni.org/2015/11/16/french-carrier-charles-de-gaulle-leaves-for-middle-east-on-wednesday had announced the redeployment of the Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Persian Gulf in November]]. The slaughter in Paris mainly caused the french French government to communicate '''a lot''' more about its ongoing military effort. Closer to this trope is the fact that Paris invoked the article Article 42.7 of the Treaty of Lisbon ("''If a Member State is the victim of armed aggression on its territory, the other Member States shall have towards it an obligation of aid and assistance by all the means in their power''"): demanding (and receiving) financial and military assistance from the other EU member states, which is considered to be the final step before the "institutional nuclear option" of the Article 46: [[SuperWeaponSurprise merging of all the EU's national armies into a single structure]]
structure]].
** Russia is has been a known ally to support Syria the Syrian government for a long time, but after the bombing of a Russian flight, they have decided to do have a lot more. more active role. Now Russian special force is are fighting side by side with Syria government troops, while Russian tanks and heavy artillery take part in every major engagements.
* The This is the Bolshevik view of the working class in relation to World War 1, the 1. The imperialist powers had created an age of untold bloodshed bloodshed, but if the proletariat could "transform the imperialist war into a civil war" war", they would sweep away all the capitalist governments and establish a United Socialist States of Europe as a prelude to the World Socialist Republic and finally FULL COMMUNISM!
8th Dec '16 5:42:24 PM cybertoy0
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** Caesar Clown tries to invoke this when Luffy's about to beat him, saying that attacking the scientist means bringing down the wrath of his [[TheManBehindTheMan Man Behind the Man]], Donquixote Doflamingo, and by extension, Kaido, another ''Yonkou''. Luffy, of course, couldn't care less as he's been doing stuff like that since he first became a pirate; whatever he pleases and without care as to who he's ticking off. Besides, his ambition to become Pirate King necessarily requires that he clash with any and all of the Yonkou who don't like the idea of an "upstart" like him going after the title, and the only one who is '''not''' likely to be hostile to Luffy over the matter is his idol Shanks.

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** Caesar Clown tries to invoke this when Luffy's about to beat him, saying that attacking the scientist means bringing down the wrath of his [[TheManBehindTheMan Man Behind the Man]], Donquixote Doflamingo, and by extension, Kaido, another ''Yonkou''. Luffy, After the Straw Hats succeed in bringing down Doflamingo's weapons running and Fake Devil Fruit factory, Kaidou becomes ''roaring mad'' and roaring for revenge.
** In Totland, if anyone defeats one
of course, couldn't care less as he's been doing stuff like Big Mom's Sweet Commanders, Big Mom's retribution is to unleash ''all'' of her forces on the perpetrator. Later on, Brook succeeds in getting into the treasure room. Big Mom is so infuriated that since he first became a pirate; whatever he pleases and without care as she ''personally'' shows up to who he's ticking off. Besides, his ambition to become Pirate King necessarily requires that he clash with any and all of the Yonkou who don't like the idea of an "upstart" like him going after the title, and the only one who is '''not''' likely to be hostile to Luffy over the matter is his idol Shanks.get him.
6th Dec '16 12:50:10 AM eroock
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-->--[[BeamMeUpScotty Attributed to]] '''Naval Marshal General Isoroku Yamamoto''', after the attack on [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Pearl Harbor]]

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-->--[[BeamMeUpScotty -->-- [[BeamMeUpScotty Attributed to]] '''Naval Marshal General Isoroku Yamamoto''', after the attack on [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Pearl Harbor]]
4th Dec '16 7:55:45 PM Toadofsteel
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* The Minutemen from ''VideoGame/Fallout4'', should the player help rebuild them, become this. They are the only major faction in the Commonwealth that doesn't want to exterminate someone else. But should the Institute or the Brotherhood try to attack them, they will respond with overwhelming force.
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