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15th Mar '17 11:16:14 PM Kooshmeister
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* In ''Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend'', some random African tribesman in the climax guns down a half dozen of the villains.
13th Mar '17 7:11:59 PM FuzzyBoots
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* The ''ComicBook/MightyAvengers'' tie-in to ''ComicBook/{Infinity}}'', sees Proxima Midnight, one of Thanos's generals, leading an army into New York City and demanding everyone's surrender. One old woman's response is to pick up a brick and chuck it at Proxima's head, shouting [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_shall_not_pass "No pasaran!"]] It touches off a mass response from the gathered crowd, and while "No pasaran!" doesn't have much effect, "Avengers Assemble" does.

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* The ''ComicBook/MightyAvengers'' tie-in to ''ComicBook/{Infinity}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Infinity}}'', sees Proxima Midnight, one of Thanos's generals, leading an army into New York City and demanding everyone's surrender. One old woman's response is to pick up a brick and chuck it at Proxima's head, shouting [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_shall_not_pass "No pasaran!"]] It touches off a mass response from the gathered crowd, and while "No pasaran!" doesn't have much effect, "Avengers Assemble" does.
12th Mar '17 12:35:45 PM WiddershinsDaughter
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* In 1871, the James-Younger gang attempted to rob a bank in Northfield, Minnesota. Unfortunately for the gang, the town just happened to be chock full of these. The bank teller refused to open the safe, even when threatened with a knife and pistol whipped. When the rest of the town noticed something was going on at the local bank, they armed themselves and fought back against the famous outlaws when they attempted to escape. Between the shootout and the manhunt that followed, only Jesse and Frank James managed to get away. It is almost universally agreed upon that this was the event that led to the downfall of the infamous outlaw and his gang.

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* In 1871, the James-Younger gang attempted to rob a bank in Northfield, Minnesota. Unfortunately for the gang, the town just happened to be chock full of these. The bank teller refused to open the safe, even when threatened with a knife and pistol whipped.whipped (Cole Younger murdered him in revenge, one of two people killed by the gang that day). When the rest of the town noticed something was going on at the local bank, they armed themselves and fought back against the famous outlaws when they attempted to escape. Between the shootout and the manhunt that followed, only Jesse and Frank James managed to get away. It is almost universally agreed upon that this was the event that led to the downfall of the infamous outlaw and his gang.
4th Mar '17 6:56:23 PM DocJamore
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* The truck driver in ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' whose van the dogs hiding in to escape from Cruella, who keeps ramming him several times in the climax, hoping to first send him in the snow and then off a cliff. He merely yells at her, mutters, "Crazy woman driver," and focuses on keeping the van on the road.

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* The truck van driver in ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' whose van the dogs hiding hide in to escape from Cruella, who keeps ramming him several times in the climax, hoping to first send him in the snow and then off a cliff. He merely yells at her, mutters, "Crazy woman driver," and focuses on keeping the van on the road.
4th Mar '17 12:53:57 PM DocJamore
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* The truck driver in ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' whose van the dogs hiding in to escape from Cruella, who keeps ramming him several times in the climax, hoping to first send him in the snow and then off a cliff. He merely yells at her, mutters, "Crazy woman driver," and focuses on keeping the van on the road.
20th Feb '17 4:53:15 PM nombretomado
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-->-- The '''''[[BritishNewspapers Daily Record]]''''' headline, summing up what bag handler John Smeaton did during the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Glasgow_International_Airport_attack 2007 Glasgow Airport attack]].

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-->-- The '''''[[BritishNewspapers '''''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Daily Record]]''''' headline, summing up what bag handler John Smeaton did during the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Glasgow_International_Airport_attack 2007 Glasgow Airport attack]].
18th Jan '17 4:21:43 PM eroock
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18th Jan '17 4:20:49 PM eroock
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5th Jan '17 8:20:44 AM X2X
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* One is played for laughs in the ''HyperDolls'' manga when she appears; one of the title LovelyAngels duo teases the other that the Badass Bystander is a possible SixthRanger... one of many to come... "Just like ''Anime/SailorMoon''..." "[[BigNo NOOO!]] (Knocks out bystander)"

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* One is played for laughs in the ''HyperDolls'' ''Hyper Dolls'' manga when she appears; one of the title LovelyAngels duo teases the other that the Badass Bystander is a possible SixthRanger... one of many to come... "Just like ''Anime/SailorMoon''..." "[[BigNo NOOO!]] (Knocks out bystander)"



* Henaro in ''Anime/TheTowerOfDruaga'' is just a random tavern patron who's forced to go along with the main characters when the military raids the building, and proves to be quite capable of standing up for herself. [[spoiler: Ultimately subverted, as it turns out she was planted there to infiltrate the group.]]
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': A GentleGiant sumo student left the academy after being bullied by a combination of TheBully and JerkJock. Rather than taking down the bully, Kenshin encouraged the bully's victim to stand up, and Kaoru helped him train. [[spoiler: It turns out the student had an incredible untapped potential, so the JerkJock bullied him out of fear; when the student knocks the JerkJock over, the owner of the academy reveals this to everyone.]]
* In ''Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened'' has a Wild Feraligatr commanding many Pokemon to defend their home from the invading Genesects. Notably, though, is how this Feraligatr did ''more'' than the main trio did as they were just standing around and repeatedly trying to get to Red Genesect and [[FanNickname FemTwo]] when in the end they both realized their error of their ways...by themselves.
* Frequently happens in the ''Digimon'' series. Usually, TheHero and TheLancer are the ones to gain the highest evolutionary levels, with the rest being one level lower. That doesn't, however mean that the others are helpless, and still are able to contribute to battles.
** In ''Anime/DigimonTamers,'' the DrunkWithpower mega-level Beelzemon has his gun point-blank at Gallantmon's head. The Champion-level Guardromon fires his attack at Beelzemon. It doesn't hurt him, but it does distract him long enough for Gallantmon to regain control of the fight and win.

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* Henaro in ''Anime/TheTowerOfDruaga'' is just a random tavern patron who's forced to go along with the main characters when the military raids the building, and proves to be quite capable of standing up for herself. [[spoiler: Ultimately [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted, as it turns out she was planted there to infiltrate the group.]]
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': A GentleGiant sumo student left the academy after being bullied by a combination of TheBully and JerkJock. Rather than taking down the bully, Kenshin encouraged the bully's victim to stand up, and Kaoru helped him train. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out the student had an incredible untapped potential, so the JerkJock bullied him out of fear; when the student knocks the JerkJock over, the owner of the academy reveals this to everyone.]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
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In ''Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened'' has a Wild wild Feraligatr commanding many Pokemon Pokémon to defend their home from the invading Genesects. Notably, though, is how this Feraligatr did ''more'' than the main trio did as they were just standing around and repeatedly trying to get to Red Genesect and [[FanNickname FemTwo]] when in the end they both realized their error of their ways... by themselves.
** Similarly, ''Anime/PokemonVolcanionAndTheMechanicalMarvel'' has the Pokémon living at the Nebel Plateau. When the BigBad tries to obliterate them and their homeland by means of WaveMotionGun, they choose to rally together and fire back [[CombinedEnergyAttack one of their own]]. BeamOWar ensues. [[spoiler:Luckily, they have [[BigDamnHeroes some last-minute assistance]] from Squishy/Zygarde, who assumes its Complete Forme to help them overpower the attack.]]
* Frequently happens in the ''Digimon'' ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' series. Usually, TheHero and TheLancer are the ones to gain the highest evolutionary levels, with the rest being one level lower. That doesn't, however however, mean that the others are helpless, and still are able to contribute to battles.
** In ''Anime/DigimonTamers,'' the DrunkWithpower mega-level DrunkWithPower Mega-level Beelzemon has his gun point-blank at Gallantmon's head. The Champion-level Guardromon fires his attack at Beelzemon. It doesn't hurt him, but it does distract him long enough for Gallantmon to regain control of the fight and win.



* In the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] arc "Syndicate Rules," the Antimatter Universe Johnny Quick and his teammate Power Ring (disguised as the Flash and Green Lantern) are having their asses handed to them by Computron and the Rainbow Raiders. The civilians are thoroughly stunned to realize the two "Leaguers" are having a hard time with these D-List (at best) supercriminals, and immediately rush in and beat the crap out the Raiders with makeshift clubs, shovels, and two-fisted bystander action.

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* In the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]'' arc "Syndicate Rules," the Antimatter Universe Johnny Quick and his teammate Power Ring (disguised as the Flash and Green Lantern) are having their asses handed to them by Computron and the Rainbow Raiders. The civilians are thoroughly stunned to realize the two "Leaguers" are having a hard time with these D-List (at best) supercriminals, and immediately rush in and beat the crap out the Raiders with makeshift clubs, shovels, and two-fisted bystander action.



* In ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis: Revelations'', [[NameOfCain Cain]] [[Literature/TheBible (yes, that Cain)]] is about to unmake reality with TheSpearOfDestiny by forcing ComicBook/TheSpectre to say the Anti-Life Equation. [[spoiler: He then gets tackled by the three men who killed Sister Clarice, giving [[ComicBook/TheQuestion Renee Montoya]] enough of an opportunity to save ComicBook/TheSpectre.]] Also falls under DyingMomentOfAwesome and RedemptionEqualsDeath.
* In the ComicBook/XMen graphic novel ''ComicBook/GodLovesManKills'', main villain and SinisterMinister William Stryker is about to shoot Kitty Pryde after she gives him a ReasonYouSuckSpeech on live TV. [[spoiler: In the book's climax, Stryker aims his gun and the X-Men stand their ground. A shot is fired, but it's ''Stryker'' who falls over, as he was shot (non-lethally) by a police officer working security. The cop states rather obviously that Stryker was about to shoot an unarmed little girl, which is ''not'' the Word of God.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis: Revelations'', [[NameOfCain Cain]] [[Literature/TheBible (yes, that Cain)]] is about to unmake reality with TheSpearOfDestiny [[PublicDomainArtifact the Spear of Destiny]] by forcing ComicBook/TheSpectre to say the Anti-Life Equation. [[spoiler: He then gets tackled by the three men who killed Sister Clarice, giving [[ComicBook/TheQuestion Renee Montoya]] enough of an opportunity to save ComicBook/TheSpectre.The Spectre.]] Also falls under DyingMomentOfAwesome and RedemptionEqualsDeath.
* In the ComicBook/XMen ''ComicBook/XMen'' graphic novel ''ComicBook/GodLovesManKills'', main villain and SinisterMinister William Stryker is about to shoot Kitty Pryde after she gives him a ReasonYouSuckSpeech on live TV. [[spoiler: In the book's climax, Stryker aims his gun and the X-Men stand their ground. A shot is fired, but it's ''Stryker'' who falls over, as he was shot (non-lethally) by a police officer working security. The cop states rather obviously that Stryker was about to shoot an unarmed little girl, which is ''not'' the Word of God.]]



* The ''ComicBook/MightyAvengers'' tie-in to {{ComicBook/Infinity}}, sees Proxima Midnight, one of Thanos's generals, leading an army into New York City and demanding everyone's surrender. One old woman's response is to pick up a brick and chuck it at Proxima's head, shouting "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_shall_not_pass No pasaran!]]" It touches off a mass response from the gathered crowd, and while "No pasaran!" doesn't have much effect, "Avengers Assemble" does.
* A random Lacroix resident in ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' stands up to Jason Woodrue with his chainsaw, "[[ICallItVera Evangeline]]". It doesn't work.

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* The ''ComicBook/MightyAvengers'' tie-in to {{ComicBook/Infinity}}, ''ComicBook/{Infinity}}'', sees Proxima Midnight, one of Thanos's generals, leading an army into New York City and demanding everyone's surrender. One old woman's response is to pick up a brick and chuck it at Proxima's head, shouting "[[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_shall_not_pass No pasaran!]]" "No pasaran!"]] It touches off a mass response from the gathered crowd, and while "No pasaran!" doesn't have much effect, "Avengers Assemble" does.
* A random Lacroix resident in ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' stands up to Jason Woodrue with his chainsaw, "[[ICallItVera Evangeline]]". Evangeline]]." It doesn't work.
4th Jan '17 11:25:21 AM Alas_Poor_Donny
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** Subverted: [[spoiler: Higgs is one of the immortal creations of the Heterodynes temporarily sworn to the baron's service, implied to be the spycraft-focused Jager general. That his career prior to this point in the story was mundane to the point of invisibility is not a coincidence, nor is the fact that he is willing to bend his cover to the breaking point to aid the Heterodyne and the Baron, who is keeping the Jagers alive. Essentially, he's anything but a bystander.]]
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