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19th Mar '17 6:38:12 AM ShorinBJ
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* In ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'', immediately after Nessarose is killed, apparently all of munchkinland seemed to be driven into total disarray, and pure chaos in the streets.

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* In ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'', immediately after Nessarose is killed, apparently all of munchkinland Munchkinland seemed to be driven into total disarray, and pure chaos in the streets.
19th Mar '17 6:35:46 AM ShorinBJ
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* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', the massive [[MegaCorp East India Trading Company]] armada turns tail as soon as the HMS ''Endeavour'' (and [[BigBad Lord Cutler Beckett]]) is obliterated by the ''Black Pearl'' and the ''Flying Dutchman'', despite the fact that the armada still vastly outnumbers all pirates ships.

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* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', the massive [[MegaCorp East India Trading Company]] armada turns tail as soon as the HMS ''Endeavour'' (and [[BigBad Lord Cutler Beckett]]) is obliterated by the ''Black Pearl'' and the ''Flying Dutchman'', despite Dutchman''. The reason they flee is a cross between this trope and the fact that an indestructible ship crewed by immortals is now on the armada still vastly outnumbers all pirates ships.pirates' side.
16th Mar '17 2:02:46 PM morane
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** This was the perennial nuisance of the Mongols: every time their Khan died, their campaigns stopped as the generals and princes returned to homeland for ''kurultai''. This happened after the death of Tzinghis, Ögödei, Güyük, Möngke, and Kubilai. After the death of Kubilai the Empire disintegrated.
4th Mar '17 1:25:33 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in MarvelComics' "[[ComicBook/{{Siege}} The Siege]]," when Norman Osborn is defeated but the heroes still have to deal with the rest of his invasion force, especially the Sentry. However, played straight in the Marvel Universe in general when pretty much [[ComicBook/DarkReign everything Osborn had a hand]] in is entirely dismantled, dismissed, or overhauled the moment he's in jail.

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* Averted in MarvelComics' Creator/MarvelComics' "[[ComicBook/{{Siege}} The Siege]]," when Norman Osborn is defeated but the heroes still have to deal with the rest of his invasion force, especially the Sentry. However, played straight in the Marvel Universe in general when pretty much [[ComicBook/DarkReign everything Osborn had a hand]] in is entirely dismantled, dismissed, or overhauled the moment he's in jail.
23rd Feb '17 8:14:09 AM thatother1dude
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** In Book 4, Suyin banks on this trope and tries to end the threat of Kuvira's army by taking out Kuvira herself, pointing out that most of her army was forced into service and isn't loyal to the cause. She fails, so we don't get to see if it would play out as such. [[spoiler:Averted at the end of the season, as Kuvira is finally convinced that she's gone way too far and surrenders herself and her army.]]

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** In Book 4, Suyin banks on this trope and tries to end the threat of Kuvira's army [[StraightForTheCommander by taking out Kuvira herself, herself]], pointing out that most of her army was forced into service and isn't loyal to the cause. She fails, so we don't get to see if it would play out as such. [[spoiler:Averted at the end of the season, as Kuvira is finally convinced that she's gone way too far and surrenders herself and her army.]]
14th Feb '17 5:36:43 AM MaulMachine
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** "Traitor's Gambit" defies and plays this trope straight at the same time. While talking with enemies Cain himself ridicules the assassination attempt since the chain of command means that if general will be killed the next senior officer will replace him without any loss in combat effectiveness. Amberley notes that while IG task force could remain operational despite general's demise, it surely will inflict heavy blow on the troops morale. Not to mention the fact that lord general was gifted tactician.

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** "Traitor's Gambit" defies and plays this trope straight at the same time. While talking with enemies Cain himself ridicules the assassination attempt since the chain of command means that if general will be killed the next senior officer will replace him without any loss in combat effectiveness. Amberley notes that while IG task force could remain operational despite general's demise, it surely will inflict heavy blow on the troops morale. Not to mention the fact that lord general was a gifted tactician.
30th Jan '17 2:36:53 AM Chilliwack
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Cut off the head, and the body will die.
20th Jan '17 6:37:43 PM DragonAtma
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* In the VideoGame/{{Dominions}} series, you need commanders to lead your troops. If everyone present capable of leading undead is killed or fleed, the undead melt away. Similarly, if everyone present who can lead magical units dies or flees, that's that for magical units. And if every commander at the battle -- which could be only one skilled commander with 300 troops -- dies? Well, the entire army will rout, even if they outnumber the enemy a hundred to one.
17th Jan '17 6:15:30 PM nombretomado
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* Thankfully played straight in [[BigBad Nowel's]] scenario in ''MagicalBattleArena'', where all you have to do to beat the combined forces of [[TheDragon Ruru]], [[OriginalGeneration Kirara, Sarara]], [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Nanoha, and Fate]] in her final stage is to take out Ruru.

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* Thankfully played straight in [[BigBad Nowel's]] scenario in ''MagicalBattleArena'', ''VideoGame/MagicalBattleArena'', where all you have to do to beat the combined forces of [[TheDragon Ruru]], [[OriginalGeneration Kirara, Sarara]], [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Nanoha, and Fate]] in her final stage is to take out Ruru.
8th Jan '17 4:38:37 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Renly's assassination splits his army down the middle, with half his men going over to Stannis and the other half fleeing with Loras Tyrell.
** After Rickard Karstark is executed, his forces break off from the rest of the army and withdraw from the war.
** The commanders of the Second Sons obviously expect this when they decide on assassination instead of risking battle against 8,000 Unsullied.
** The Stark army is quickly surprised and massacred following the assassination of their leader.
** Jon reasons that if they can kill Mance Rayder his wildling army will collapse back into their traditional rivalries. His reasoning is pretty solid, but his plan is less so and he knows it.
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