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27th Aug '16 3:22:57 PM Trialman
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* Disney/TreasurePlanet: Battle At Procyon has this in the campaign. If your command ship sinks, then you get a game over, even if the rest of your fleet could have certainly taken out the remaining enemy ships. Presumably, Jim went down with his ship. In skirmish mode, due to there being no story or viewpoint character, this is averted, and losing the command ship simply means that the next ship in line takes over.
14th Aug '16 1:29:37 PM Kakai
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* Subverted in the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novel ''Duty Calls''. The antagonist of the book is a Chaos Warmaster with an army of encharmed slaves. Cain tricks him into a duel and kills him. He then half-hopes that this will cause all the enslaved people to come to their senses but in his heart he knows that "[[GenreSavvy this only happens in fairy tales]]". And indeed Chaos forces are just enraged by the loss of their idol and attack ferociously.

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* Subverted in the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novel ''Duty Calls''. The antagonist of the book is a Chaos Warmaster with an army of encharmed slaves. Cain tricks him into a duel and kills him. He then half-hopes that this will cause all the enslaved people to come to their senses but in his heart he knows that "[[GenreSavvy this only happens in fairy tales]]". And indeed indeed, Chaos forces are just enraged by the loss of their idol and attack ferociously.


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* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', as most of Raguel's horde is mind-controlled by him, when he falls, they regain their minds and are horrified by what they were doing, instantly surrendering to the Empire.
13th Aug '16 5:12:50 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in the ''{{Discworld}}'' fics of Creator/AAPessimal, where the Assassins think creatively about this problem and decide if you wish to birng an army to a halt and get it to crumble in confusion, you don't bother targeting the officers. You take out the ''sergeants''. As many as possible.

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* Subverted in the ''{{Discworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fics of Creator/AAPessimal, where the Assassins think creatively about this problem and decide if you wish to birng bring an army to a halt and get it to crumble in confusion, you don't bother targeting the officers. You take out the ''sergeants''. As many as possible.
26th Jul '16 12:16:20 PM AgProv
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* Subverted in the ''{{Discworld}}'' fics of Creator/AAPessimal, where the Assassins think creatively about this problem and decide if you wish to birng an army to a halt and get it to crumble in confusion, you don't bother targeting the officers. You take out the ''sergeants''. As many as possible.
13th Jul '16 3:12:29 PM Morgenthaler
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* Averted in ''Series/StargateSG1''. The [[AbusivePrecursors Ori]] are all killed partway through the PostScriptSeason, but their followers are unaware and continue the war in the Ori's name, and must be dealt with separately. It is mentioned that the "Flames of Celestis" (the Doci's connection to the Ori) went out when the Ori died and this has the Priors concerned, but they've elected not to share this with the masses. The wrap-up film reveals that, with the deaths of all the Ori, the ascended Adria is now in charge of all their followers. Additionally, the trope is inverted in the film. It's ''Adria'' that can't be defeated until she loses all her followers.

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* Averted ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** When Anubis is [[SealedEvilInADuel locked
in ''Series/StargateSG1''. The eternal combat by Oma Desala]] on the ascended plane of existence, his [[SuperSoldier Kull Warriors]] suddenly stopped attacking and became inert according to Master Bra'tac (this occurs offscreen) as if they no longer had a master to follow.
** Subverted when the
[[AbusivePrecursors Ori]] are all killed partway through the PostScriptSeason, but their followers are unaware and continue the war in the Ori's name, and must be dealt with separately. It is mentioned that the "Flames of Celestis" (the Doci's connection to the Ori) went out when the Ori died and this has the Priors concerned, but they've elected not to share this with the masses. The wrap-up film reveals that, with the deaths of all the Ori, the ascended Adria is now in charge of all their followers. Additionally, the trope is inverted in the film. It's ''Adria'' that can't be defeated until she loses all her followers.
19th Jun '16 1:40:42 PM nombretomado
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* This is the rationale of #18 of TheThirtySixStratagems.

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* This is the rationale of #18 of TheThirtySixStratagems.UsefulNotes/TheThirtySixStratagems.
20th May '16 11:08:34 PM 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. 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 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. Averted [[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.]]
16th May '16 12:23:43 PM Doug86
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* In ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' novel ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', Amalric's death causes his army to break.
** In ''Beyond the Black River'', the Picts retreat when Zogar Sag dies.
** In ''The Scarlet Citadel'', Conan's own troops turn to other strong nobles when rumored that their king is dead. Conan wins them back exactly the same way. The Aquilonians even have a proverb that [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this trope:

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* In ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' novel ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', Amalric's death causes his army to break.
** In ''Beyond the Black River'', "Literature/BeyondTheBlackRiver", the Picts retreat when Zogar Sag dies.
** In ''The Scarlet Citadel'', "Literature/TheScarletCitadel", Conan's own troops turn to other strong nobles when rumored that their king is dead. Conan wins them back exactly the same way. The Aquilonians even have a proverb that [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this trope:



* In ''{{Literature/Malevil}}'', this is used as the plan of attack near the end of the novel. The BiggerBad is marching his army toward the hero's castle, he rules his conscripts with fear, and bad luck has cost him his two best lieutenants. If they can kill him and his last second-in-command then his army should disband. They have to succeed because while he can't take the castle in a single battle, they won't be able to win a prolonged guerrilla war against him.

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* In ''{{Literature/Malevil}}'', ''Literature/{{Malevil}}'', this is used as the plan of attack near the end of the novel. The BiggerBad is marching his army toward the hero's castle, he rules his conscripts with fear, and bad luck has cost him his two best lieutenants. If they can kill him and his last second-in-command then his army should disband. They have to succeed because while he can't take the castle in a single battle, they won't be able to win a prolonged guerrilla war against him.
1st May '16 7:26:31 PM WillKeaton
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* In VideoGame/KillingFloor, defeating the final enemy, the Patriarch, immediately ends the game, even if some of his mooks are still alive.

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* In VideoGame/KillingFloor, ''VideoGame/KillingFloor,'' defeating the final enemy, the Patriarch, immediately ends the game, even if some of his mooks are still alive.
1st May '16 7:24:13 PM WillKeaton
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** Also occurs in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' when the droid control ship is destroyed, causing their droid forces to deactivate on the spot. The Trade Federation [[GenreSavvy did learn from this one]], as when in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', set ten years later, one of their droid control ships over Geonosis is destroyed by the Republic's new army of clones, [[SoLastSeason nothing happens]] (the novelization has the droids slaved to that ship deactivate for only a second before on-board processors kick in and they start fighting again).

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** Also occurs in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' when the droid control ship is destroyed, causing their droid forces to deactivate on the spot. The Trade Federation [[GenreSavvy did learn from this one]], as when in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', set ten years later, one of their droid control ships over Geonosis is destroyed by the Republic's new army of clones, [[SoLastSeason nothing happens]] (the happens.]] (The novelization has the droids slaved to that ship deactivate for only a second before on-board processors kick in and they start fighting again).again.)
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