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20th Feb '18 10:06:04 PM Gentlecoldafterdusk
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* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', the humans are the galactic newcomers with little military to speak of, but our tenacity, bravery and the speed of build-up from token military into a powerhouse ''really'' scares the other races. The turians (the resident galactic police race) generally don't harbor a grudge over the [[WeComeInPeaceShootToKill First Contact War]], but rather because they're the big, bad military and while the humans are a much smaller force, we're just as good, and did it in a tenth the time. The turians were astonished after the war to find out that only a paltry ''3%'' of the overall human population served in a military function; turians, being [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Space Romans/Prussians]], are ''all'' trained to fight. The idea of humans mobilising ''en masse'' to fight something leaves many of them silently terrified.

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* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', the humans are the galactic newcomers with little military to speak of, but our tenacity, bravery and the speed of build-up from token military into a powerhouse ''really'' scares the other races. The turians (the resident galactic police race) generally don't harbor a grudge over the [[WeComeInPeaceShootToKill First Contact War]], but rather because they're the big, bad military and while the humans are a much smaller force, we're just as good, and did it in a tenth the time. The turians were astonished after the war to find out that only a paltry ''3%'' of the overall human population served in a military function; turians, being [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Space Romans/Prussians]], are ''all'' trained to fight.military. The idea of humans mobilising ''en masse'' to fight something leaves many of them silently terrified.
3rd Feb '18 8:55:54 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Franchise/HarryPotter'', the motto of Hogwarts school is "never tickle a sleeping dragon" and would appear to be the wizarding equivalent of this saying. [[spoiler: It turns out not to refer to Hogwarts ''itself'' as a superpower, but rather the fact that to attack Hogwarts is to put in danger nearly every wizarding child age 11 to 17. This has the rather {{egregious}} effect of pissing off every witch or wizard related to someone at the school, ''which is damn near all of them.'']] Taken a bit further when [[spoiler:Kreacher is able to turn the entire house-elf staff of Hogwarts to side with Harry rather than stay out of the fight. Not only do the elves have powerful magic, they are also small and carry very sharp knives, easy for attacking one's knees and shins]].

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* In ''Franchise/HarryPotter'', the motto of Hogwarts school is "never tickle a sleeping dragon" and would appear to be the wizarding equivalent of this saying. [[spoiler: It turns out not to refer to Hogwarts ''itself'' as a superpower, but rather the fact that to attack Hogwarts is to put in danger nearly every wizarding child age 11 to 17. This has the rather {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} effect of pissing off every witch or wizard related to someone at the school, ''which is damn near all of them.'']] Taken a bit further when [[spoiler:Kreacher is able to turn the entire house-elf staff of Hogwarts to side with Harry rather than stay out of the fight. Not only do the elves have powerful magic, they are also small and carry very sharp knives, easy for attacking one's knees and shins]].
23rd Dec '17 6:19:21 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/SMStirling's {{Emberverse}}, the Provisional Republic of Iowa is far away from most of the action and has no reason to get involved...[[spoiler: until the Cutters kill the Republic's ruler and try to kill his family, revealing how far their tentacles extend and infuriating the surviving leadership of the Republic]]. Since Iowa is a superpower in its own right, and can call on its local neighbors for additional troops and help, this makes the strike at Pearl Harbor look like genius.

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* In Creator/SMStirling's {{Emberverse}}, Literature/{{Emberverse}}, the Provisional Republic of Iowa is far away from most of the action and has no reason to get involved...[[spoiler: until the Cutters kill the Republic's ruler and try to kill his family, revealing how far their tentacles extend and infuriating the surviving leadership of the Republic]]. Since Iowa is a superpower in its own right, and can call on its local neighbors for additional troops and help, this makes the strike at Pearl Harbor look like genius.
23rd Nov '17 1:22:34 PM DarkPhoenix94
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** Asgard normally stays out of Earth politics, and indeed, politics of the mortal universe at large. However, this trope is the reason that its status as the universe's chief superpower is largely undisputed and most people leave Earth alone (Thanos excepted - and he's on Odin's hit-list), is because when something happens that sufficiently pisses them off (like trespassing on Earth or screwing with humanity), they will not so much step in as step ''on''. For examples, see what they did to the Dheronians after they served as Thanos' pawns in destroying Krypton, those Kree briefly responsible for restarting the Terrigenesis experiments on Earth, and the Red Room after they [[spoiler: kidnapped Harry, who, it is to be remembered, is Thor's son and thus a Prince in direct line to the throne]]. The answers are, respectively, [[spoiler: near genocide]], demanding the heads of those responsible and receiving them with grovelling apologies, and [[ScourgeOfGod something that would have fit quite nicely in the Old Testament]], plus Loki's methodical murder spree. And then there was the incident with the Skrulls...

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** Asgard normally stays out of Earth politics, and indeed, politics of the mortal universe at large. However, this trope is the reason that its status as the universe's chief superpower is largely undisputed and most people leave Earth alone (Thanos excepted - and he's on Odin's hit-list), is because when something happens that sufficiently pisses them off (like trespassing on Earth or screwing with humanity), they will not so much step in as step ''on''. For examples, see what they did to the Dheronians after they served as Thanos' pawns in destroying Krypton, those Kree briefly responsible for restarting the Terrigenesis experiments on Earth, and the Red Room after they [[spoiler: kidnapped Harry, who, it is to be remembered, is Thor's son and thus a Prince in direct line to the throne]]. The answers are, respectively, [[spoiler: near genocide]], demanding the heads of those responsible and receiving them with grovelling apologies, and [[ScourgeOfGod [[TheScourgeOfGod something that would have fit quite nicely in the Old Testament]], plus Loki's methodical murder spree. And then there was the incident with the Skrulls...
23rd Nov '17 1:21:57 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', there are several examples of this:
** HYDRA and Lucius Malfoy unwittingly did this when they let Gravemoss slaughter [[Main/SecretIntelligenceService MI6]] and decapitated [=MI13=] - all it achieved was to leave the young, ambitious, and utterly ruthless Peter Wisdom in command of [=MI13=] and in prime position to take control of, essentially, Britain's entire counter-intelligence apparatus and military response to HYDRA's threat. The result is a much leaner, more up to date, and more effective counter to HYDRA that plays a key role in its downfall, and as of the sequel, controls most of supernatural Britain, having the diminished Ministry largely at its mercy.
** HYDRA doing this ''again'' towards the finale proves to be key to their downfall. With careful preparation, they manage to divide and conquer the Avengers (the Avengers plus a ReformedButNotTamed Loki), picking them off one by one, with only Clint and Natasha escaping.
** The Avengers in general are increasingly recognised as this as time goes by - each is minimally a OneManArmy, with Thor clocking in at PhysicalGod power levels, being backed by the Stark fortune they have vast resources, and they're led by a brilliant battlefield commander. Plus, if you do manage to take them down, as HYDRA briefly do, there's an increasingly large and powerful superhuman community of their friends and relations that will take this ''very badly.'' And as the series repeatedly demonstrates, they take attacks to themselves or their friends and family ''extremely'' personally. For instance, in the sequel, Loki's response to the resurrected Red Room - which is an effective peer of resident super-spy juggernaut SHIELD - kidnapping [[spoiler: Harry and Carol, torturing the former and turning him into the Red Son, the sequel to the Winter Soldier]] is to quietly and methodically kill his way through ''the entire organisation''.
** Asgard normally stays out of Earth politics, and indeed, politics of the mortal universe at large. However, this trope is the reason that its status as the universe's chief superpower is largely undisputed and most people leave Earth alone (Thanos excepted - and he's on Odin's hit-list), is because when something happens that sufficiently pisses them off (like trespassing on Earth or screwing with humanity), they will not so much step in as step ''on''. For examples, see what they did to the Dheronians after they served as Thanos' pawns in destroying Krypton, those Kree briefly responsible for restarting the Terrigenesis experiments on Earth, and the Red Room after they [[spoiler: kidnapped Harry, who, it is to be remembered, is Thor's son and thus a Prince in direct line to the throne]]. The answers are, respectively, [[spoiler: near genocide]], demanding the heads of those responsible and receiving them with grovelling apologies, and [[ScourgeOfGod something that would have fit quite nicely in the Old Testament]], plus Loki's methodical murder spree. And then there was the incident with the Skrulls...



** Used in the books to explain why the various supernatural factions upkeep the {{Masquerade}}: they fear what would happen if mortal humanity became aware of what else was out there. Bringing mortal authority around into a supernatural argument is compared to the [[GodzillaThreshold nuclear option]]. At least that's how it's explained in-universe ''to'' humans. Most factions have enough additional reasons it's hard to judge their real priority.

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** Used in the books to explain why the various supernatural factions upkeep maintain the {{Masquerade}}: {{Masquerade}} despite their outward contempt of ordinary humanity: they fear what would happen if mortal humanity became aware of what else was out there.there - and Dresden notes that this fear does not take into account just how powerful mortal weaponry has become in the last century or so. Bringing mortal authority around into a supernatural argument is compared to the [[GodzillaThreshold nuclear option]]. At least that's how it's explained in-universe ''to'' humans. Most factions have enough additional reasons it's hard to judge their real priority.



--> '''Family of Blood Member''': He never raised his voice. That was the worst thing. The fury of the Time Lord. And then we discovered why. Why this Doctor who had fought with gods and demons, why he had run away from us and hidden. [[FateWorseThanDeath He was being kind.]]
** In "Face the Raven", this is ''narrowly'' averted when the Doctor learns [[spoiler: Clara '''must''' be Killed Off For Real within minutes]]. He threatens to expose and destroy the trap street ''and'' its residents over this, even though there's nothing that will accomplish aside from {{Revenge}}, and only Clara can talk him down from it. When all is said and done, the Doctor holds a bitter grudge against the person whose plotting with an as-then-unknown BigBad resulted in this disaster and warns them ''never'' to cross his path again. And [[spoiler: Ashildr is an ''functionally-immortal'' human, so she'll be living in fear until the end of time]].

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--> '''Family '''Son of Blood Member''': Mine''': He never raised his voice. That was the worst thing. The fury of the Time Lord. And then we discovered why. Why this Doctor who had fought with gods and demons, why he had run away from us and hidden. [[FateWorseThanDeath He was being kind.]]
** In "Face the Raven", this is ''narrowly'' averted when the Doctor learns [[spoiler: Clara '''must''' be Killed Off For Real within minutes]]. He threatens to expose and destroy the trap street ''and'' its residents over this, even though there's nothing that will accomplish aside from {{Revenge}}, and only Clara can talk him down from it. When all is said and done, the Doctor holds a bitter grudge against the person whose plotting with an as-then-unknown BigBad resulted in this disaster and warns them ''never'' to cross his path again. And [[spoiler: Ashildr is an a ''functionally-immortal'' human, so she'll be living in fear until the end of time]]. As he says in "A Good Man Goes To War"...



* 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: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]]]].

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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:This was deliberately engineered by Varis, Varys, 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]]]].


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** Before the Paris Attacks, Britain had stayed out of the bombing campaign, largely thanks to the fact that after the US, it had been the nation most invested in the War in Afghanistan and the Second Gulf War, and considerably less able to afford. It was consequently inclined not to get directly involved in the mess in Syria, restricting bombing raids on ISIS to its troops and bases in Iraq, and a motion to expand operations to Syria by then PM David Cameron had been soundly defeated in the House of Commons, with a significant rebellion from within his own party. Then Paris happened. And everywhere north of the English Channel exploded with fury. A new motion to join the bombing campaign was fast-tracked into Parliament, passing by a comfortable majority, and within hours, RAF Tornado bombers were taking off from RAF Akrotiri to perform strikes in Syria.
13th Nov '17 11:25:00 AM Ilya_Rysenkov
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* The main premise of the fanfic ''Game of Thrones: Vendetta.'' When Talisa's father hears about [[NastyParty the Red Wedding]] and of his daughter's death, he heads for Westeros with [[AlwaysABiggerFish his sellsword army]] hell-bent [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge on avenging]] his daughter, as well as Robb and Catelyn Stark. Admiral Yamamoto's quote also appears at the beginning of the story. [[spoiler: He wins.]]

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* The main premise of the fanfic ''Game of Thrones: Vendetta.'' When Talisa's father hears about [[NastyParty the Red Wedding]] and of his daughter's death, he heads for Westeros with [[AlwaysABiggerFish his sellsword army]] hell-bent [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge on avenging]] his daughter, as well as Robb and Catelyn Stark. Admiral Yamamoto's quote also appears at the beginning of the story. [[spoiler: He Talisa's father wins.]]
13th Nov '17 11:21:23 AM Ilya_Rysenkov
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* The main premise of the fanfic ''Game of Thrones: Vendetta.'' When Talisa's father hears about [[NastyParty the Red Wedding]] and of his daughter's death, he heads for Westeros with [[AlwaysABiggerFish his sellsword army]] hell-bent [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge on avenging]] his daughter, as well as Robb and Catelyn Stark. Admiral Yamamoto's quote also appears at the beginning of the story.
--> '''Bronn:''' (warning Tywin about Lucian Maegyr and his forces): The proof is right there. He destroyed House Frey and killed the Spicers. Not only is he going to wipe out Roose Bolton, but he will put your entire family to the sword...the Kingslayer, the Queen Regent, the boy King...everyone. He will do what Robb Stark failed to do: see whether or not you can shit gold. [[spoiler: Talisa's father wins.]]

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* The main premise of the fanfic ''Game of Thrones: Vendetta.'' When Talisa's father hears about [[NastyParty the Red Wedding]] and of his daughter's death, he heads for Westeros with [[AlwaysABiggerFish his sellsword army]] hell-bent [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge on avenging]] his daughter, as well as Robb and Catelyn Stark. Admiral Yamamoto's quote also appears at the beginning of the story.
story. [[spoiler: He wins.]]
--> '''Bronn:''' (warning Tywin about Lucian Maegyr and his forces): The proof is right there. He destroyed House Frey and killed the Spicers. Not only is he going to wipe out Roose Bolton, but he will put your entire family to the sword...the Kingslayer, the Queen Regent, the boy King...everyone. He will do what Robb Stark failed to do: see whether or not you can shit gold. [[spoiler: Talisa's father wins.]]
13th Nov '17 11:18:50 AM Ilya_Rysenkov
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--> '''Bronn:''' (warning Tywin about Lucian Maegyr and his forces): The proof is right there. He destroyed House Frey and killed the Spicers. Not only is he going to wipe out Roose Bolton, but he will put your entire family to the sword...the Kingslayer, the Queen Regent, the boy King...everyone. He will do what Robb Stark failed to do: see whether or not you can shit gold.

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--> '''Bronn:''' (warning Tywin about Lucian Maegyr and his forces): The proof is right there. He destroyed House Frey and killed the Spicers. Not only is he going to wipe out Roose Bolton, but he will put your entire family to the sword...the Kingslayer, the Queen Regent, the boy King...everyone. He will do what Robb Stark failed to do: see whether or not you can shit gold. [[spoiler: Talisa's father wins.]]
11th Nov '17 11:10:59 AM Tacitus
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* The Boomes from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' are just a small independent tribe descended from the inhabitants of Vault 34... that is, a Vault where the armoury was intentionally overstocked and couldn't be locked. They now happen to be camped out in Nellis Air Force Base, which means they're sitting on ''tons'' of Pre-War munitions, including rocket launchers, howitzers and potentially [[spoiler:a B29 heavy bomber which can be fixed up with the Courier's help]]. However, rather than conquer the Mojave, they instead hunker down in a self-imposed HiddenElfVillage and blow up anybody and everybody who tries to get too close, no matter what their intentions for the Boomers are -- to the Boomers, people outside the base are savages and have nothing to offer, because the first people they met outside the Vault happened to be the Fiends. Convincing them to take part in the FinalBattle turns the whole affair into a vicious CurbStompBattle as the Boomers rain fire and death down on the hapless adversity who can do very little to retaliate. If you don't recruit them, the winning faction leaves them alone out of fear... except for [[spoiler:Caesar's Legion under Legate Lanius, who wipe out the Boomers but lose a ''ridiculous'' number of men, [[WeHaveReserves even by their standards]], in doing so]].

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* The Boomes Boomers from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' are just a small independent tribe descended from the inhabitants of a faction that left Vault 34... that is, a Vault where the armoury 34, whose armory was intentionally overstocked and couldn't be locked. They locked, after the Overseer tried to institute some form of arms control. This arsenal let the Boomers handily defeat the raiders that troubled them as they traveled across the Mojave Wasteland, and now happen to be camped out they've taken up residence in Nellis Air Force Base, which means they're sitting on ''tons'' with a substantial supply of Pre-War munitions, pre-War munitions including rocket launchers, howitzers rockets and potentially [[spoiler:a B29 heavy bomber which can be fixed up artillery. The Boomers aren't aggressive, but their violent first contact with the Courier's help]]. However, rather than conquer the Mojave, they instead hunker down in a self-imposed HiddenElfVillage and blow up anybody and everybody who tries surface-dwellers has made them intensely xenophobic, so their response to get too close, any would-be visitors, no matter what their intentions for the Boomers are -- intentions, is to the Boomers, people outside the base are savages and have nothing shell them with mortars. But if you're able to offer, because the first people recruit them, they met outside the Vault happened to be the Fiends. Convincing them to take part in turn the FinalBattle turns the whole affair into a vicious CurbStompBattle as the Boomers rain fire and by raining death down on the hapless adversity who upon an enemy that can do very little nothing to retaliate. retaliate. If you don't recruit them, the winning faction leaves game's various factions leave them alone out of fear... except fear, save for [[spoiler:Caesar's Legion under Legate Lanius, who wipe out the Boomers but lose a ''ridiculous'' number of men, [[WeHaveReserves even by their standards]], in doing so]].
6th Nov '17 9:23:40 PM karategal
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* The United States as per the final voice over of the trope quote in ''Film/ToraToraTora''. Maybe Yamamoto [[BeamMeUpScotty never said it]] - but he should have, and (as noted in the Real Life section below), he ''did'' at least hold similar sentiments.

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* The United States as per the final voice over of the trope quote in ''Film/ToraToraTora''. Maybe Yamamoto [[BeamMeUpScotty never said it]] - -- but he should have, and (as noted in the Real Life section below), he ''did'' at least hold similar sentiments.



* In Tolkien's ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', [[{{God}} Eru Ilúvatar]]. Specifically, in the Akallabêth, when the Númenórians invaded Valinor: "But Ilúvatar showed forth his power, and he changed the fashion of the world" - that is, Ilúvatar changed the world from '''flat''' to '''round''' and, "incidentally", sank Númenor beneath the sea in the process.

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* In Tolkien's ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', [[{{God}} Eru Ilúvatar]]. Specifically, in the Akallabêth, when the Númenórians invaded Valinor: "But Ilúvatar showed forth his power, and he changed the fashion of the world" - -- that is, Ilúvatar changed the world from '''flat''' to '''round''' and, "incidentally", sank Númenor beneath the sea in the process.



* ''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]].

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* ''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 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]].



** The Tau'ri are also guilty of this trope at least twice - first in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' and the following year in Season 9 of ''SG-1'', in both cases awakening a powerful alien race that rules an entire galaxy (the Wraith, then the Ori), becomes hell-bent on getting to the Milky Way, [[spoiler:and at least in the Ori case, actually succeeding]].

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** The Tau'ri are also guilty of this trope at least twice - -- first in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' and the following year in Season 9 of ''SG-1'', in both cases awakening a powerful alien race that rules an entire galaxy (the Wraith, then the Ori), becomes hell-bent on getting to the Milky Way, [[spoiler:and at least in the Ori case, actually succeeding]].



*** A specific example comes from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' - the Federation is determined to stay neutral in the Klingon Civil War, as it is a purely Klingon affair. But when the indications are that the Romulan Empire is involved, that gets Starfleet's attention. When they manage to intercept a group of cloaked warbirds on approach to Klingon space, the Romulans know better than to make their delivery - doing so would make the Federation have to get involved, and the Romulans don't want a war with them.

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*** A specific example comes from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' - -- the Federation is determined to stay neutral in the Klingon Civil War, as it is a purely Klingon affair. But when the indications are that the Romulan Empire is involved, that gets Starfleet's attention. When they manage to intercept a group of cloaked warbirds on approach to Klingon space, the Romulans know better than to make their delivery - -- doing so would make the Federation have to get involved, and the Romulans don't want a war with them.



* ''VideoGame/ExitFate'' plays with this to the point that you don't actually realise it's been in effect until the very end. Rather large spoilers ahoy. [[spoiler:At the end of the first half of the game, [[TheHero Daniel Vinyard]] and his Elysium Army manage to defeat the [[TheAlliance State Union]]. Then, out of the blue, the [[TheEmpire Almenga Empire]] gets up and conquers the hell out of Daniel's homeland: the Kingdom of Kirgard for seemingly no reason. Since no one's quite sure what the Empire is up to, they're not sure why the giant awoke - so everyone from Elysium and the Union bands together and unites under Daniel to take them down... which is ''exactly'' what the BigBad, Emperor Siegfried, wanted all along. You see, Sieg's a WellIntentionedExtremist who wanted to put an end to war forever by creating the world's greatest leader using the Hand of Fate - a powerful demonic spirit capable of influencing destiny. Said spirit resides within the body of his son, who turns out to be none other than Daniel himself and, together, the Hand of Fate and Siegfried have been manipulating events to force the world to unite under Daniel's banner. The empire ''wasn't'' the sleeping giant - Daniel's own potential as a leader was. In Siegfried's own words, everything that has happened up until this point was to take away the leaders of the world so that they would be forced to unite under a new one - his son. The Elysium giant then goes on to completely dominate the crap out of Almenga and ends up assimilating it into the Elysium Republic in the ending... ''just as Siegfried planned''.]]
* The Boomes from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' are just a small independent tribe descended from the inhabitants of Vault 34... that is, a Vault where the armoury was intentionally overstocked and couldn't be locked. They now happen to be camped out in Nellis Air Force Base, which means they're sitting on ''tons'' of Pre-War munitions, including rocket launchers, howitzers and potentially [[spoiler:a B29 heavy bomber which can be fixed up with the Courier's help]]. However, rather than conquer the Mojave, they instead hunker down in a self-imposed HiddenElfVillage and blow up anybody and everybody who tries to get too close, no matter what their intentions for the Boomers are - to the Boomers, people outside the base are savages and have nothing to offer, because the first people they met outside the Vault happened to be the Fiends. Convincing them to take part in the FinalBattle turns the whole affair into a vicious CurbStompBattle as the Boomers rain fire and death down on the hapless adversity who can do very little to retaliate. If you don't recruit them, the winning faction leaves them alone out of fear... except for [[spoiler:Caesar's Legion under Legate Lanius, who wipe out the Boomers but lose a ''ridiculous'' number of men, [[WeHaveReserves even by their standards]], in doing so]].

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* ''VideoGame/ExitFate'' plays with this to the point that you don't actually realise it's been in effect until the very end. Rather large spoilers ahoy. [[spoiler:At the end of the first half of the game, [[TheHero Daniel Vinyard]] and his Elysium Army manage to defeat the [[TheAlliance State Union]]. Then, out of the blue, the [[TheEmpire Almenga Empire]] gets up and conquers the hell out of Daniel's homeland: the Kingdom of Kirgard for seemingly no reason. Since no one's quite sure what the Empire is up to, they're not sure why the giant awoke - -- so everyone from Elysium and the Union bands together and unites under Daniel to take them down... which is ''exactly'' what the BigBad, Emperor Siegfried, wanted all along. You see, Sieg's a WellIntentionedExtremist who wanted to put an end to war forever by creating the world's greatest leader using the Hand of Fate - -- a powerful demonic spirit capable of influencing destiny. Said spirit resides within the body of his son, who turns out to be none other than Daniel himself and, together, the Hand of Fate and Siegfried have been manipulating events to force the world to unite under Daniel's banner. The empire ''wasn't'' the sleeping giant - -- Daniel's own potential as a leader was. In Siegfried's own words, everything that has happened up until this point was to take away the leaders of the world so that they would be forced to unite under a new one - -- his son. The Elysium giant then goes on to completely dominate the crap out of Almenga and ends up assimilating it into the Elysium Republic in the ending... ''just as Siegfried planned''.]]
* The Boomes from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' are just a small independent tribe descended from the inhabitants of Vault 34... that is, a Vault where the armoury was intentionally overstocked and couldn't be locked. They now happen to be camped out in Nellis Air Force Base, which means they're sitting on ''tons'' of Pre-War munitions, including rocket launchers, howitzers and potentially [[spoiler:a B29 heavy bomber which can be fixed up with the Courier's help]]. However, rather than conquer the Mojave, they instead hunker down in a self-imposed HiddenElfVillage and blow up anybody and everybody who tries to get too close, no matter what their intentions for the Boomers are - -- to the Boomers, people outside the base are savages and have nothing to offer, because the first people they met outside the Vault happened to be the Fiends. Convincing them to take part in the FinalBattle turns the whole affair into a vicious CurbStompBattle as the Boomers rain fire and death down on the hapless adversity who can do very little to retaliate. If you don't recruit them, the winning faction leaves them alone out of fear... except for [[spoiler:Caesar's Legion under Legate Lanius, who wipe out the Boomers but lose a ''ridiculous'' number of men, [[WeHaveReserves even by their standards]], in doing so]].



* ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' - Despite being a horrifying EldritchAbomination depicted nearly destroying the earth each millenia since time began, Dark Gaia is not so much evil as simply a force of nature (shown by the fact that whenever it tried to destroy the world upon awakening, it would be rebuilt by its other half, Light Gaia, and start the process all over again). It wasn't until Eggman tried to control the monster's power by firing his beam from space and woke Dark Gaia prematurely that he really put himself and the entire fate of the world in deep shit. Only Sonic and a formerly amnesiac Light Gaia make everything right again.

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* ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' - -- Despite being a horrifying EldritchAbomination depicted nearly destroying the earth each millenia since time began, Dark Gaia is not so much evil as simply a force of nature (shown by the fact that whenever it tried to destroy the world upon awakening, it would be rebuilt by its other half, Light Gaia, and start the process all over again). It wasn't until Eggman tried to control the monster's power by firing his beam from space and woke Dark Gaia prematurely that he really put himself and the entire fate of the world in deep shit. Only Sonic and a formerly amnesiac Light Gaia make everything right again.



* ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron'' - [[AC:"Metroplex heeds the call of the last Prime."]] Literal and figurative. Before the energon shortage, there was plenty running through Iacon to have him take direct action well before, but he remained uninvolved, seeing no need. Right until the Ark was attacked.

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* ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron'' - -- [[AC:"Metroplex heeds the call of the last Prime."]] Literal and figurative. Before the energon shortage, there was plenty running through Iacon to have him take direct action well before, but he remained uninvolved, seeing no need. Right until the Ark was attacked.



* The Bendu from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' is a literal sleeping giant--he's much larger than everyone else, and he prefers to keep to himself on Atollon while contemplating the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil. When [[MagnificentBastard Grand Admiral Thrawn]] launches his attack on the nearby rebel base, Kanan rouses the Bendu to take action by calling him a coward. Unfortunately, the Bendu's response is to unleash his wrath on ''both'' sides.

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* The Bendu from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' is a literal sleeping giant--he's giant -- he's much larger than everyone else, and he prefers to keep to himself on Atollon while contemplating the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil. When [[MagnificentBastard Grand Admiral Thrawn]] launches his attack on the nearby rebel base, Kanan rouses the Bendu to take action by calling him a coward. Unfortunately, the Bendu's response is to unleash his wrath on ''both'' sides.
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