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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.
26th Nov '16 4:00:49 PM nombretomado
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* Nicely subverted in the film version of ''[[TheChroniclesOfNarnia Prince Caspian]]'', when both sides agree that the entire battle shall come down to a duel between High King Peter of Narnia and King Miraz of Telmar. Peter wins, but there's a [[TheStarscream Starscream]] handy to start the battle up anyway. It's okay, though, because that's when a literal DeusExMachina saves the day.

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* Nicely subverted in the film version of ''[[TheChroniclesOfNarnia Prince Caspian]]'', ''Film/PrinceCaspian'', when both sides agree that the entire battle shall come down to a duel between High King Peter of Narnia and King Miraz of Telmar. Peter wins, but there's a [[TheStarscream Starscream]] handy to start the battle up anyway. It's okay, though, because that's when a literal DeusExMachina saves the day.
8th Nov '16 6:29:38 AM Anddrix
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* The 2010 ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' subverts this trope in favor of an InstantWinCondition; it's not the Red Queen that Alice has to kill, it's the Jabberwock. The massive, otherwise invulnerable dragon was the only reason anyone obeyed her, and her entire army rebelled the second it was dead.

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* The 2010 ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'' subverts this trope in favor of an InstantWinCondition; it's not the Red Queen that Alice has to kill, it's the Jabberwock. The massive, otherwise invulnerable dragon was the only reason anyone obeyed her, and her entire army rebelled the second it was dead.
8th Nov '16 1:48:02 AM AnonymousCowherd
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** Or perhaps not. At the time of his assassination Kennedy was a somewhat distant second in the count of Democratic Party delegates to Hubert Humphrey, who would lose by a significant margin to Richard Nixon in the general election.
31st Oct '16 3:30:25 AM jormis29
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* In the last episode of ''{{Life}}'', Charlie Crews is in a car with Roman and his hired goons, being driven off to an uncertain, but likely unpleasant, fate. In his ultimate CrowningMomentOfAwesome, Charlie takes Roman out with a jab to the throat, and the goons barely react as Roman chokes to death. Then Charlie informs them that whatever hold Roman had over them is gone now, and they can just go their separate ways-- and awesomely ends his whole speech with, "Do you guys understand English?" (They apparently do.)
* After [[AlphaBitch Abby]] died on ''DawsonsCreek'', Dawson himself lampshaded this:

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* In the last episode of ''{{Life}}'', ''Series/{{Life}}'', Charlie Crews is in a car with Roman and his hired goons, being driven off to an uncertain, but likely unpleasant, fate. In his ultimate CrowningMomentOfAwesome, Charlie takes Roman out with a jab to the throat, and the goons barely react as Roman chokes to death. Then Charlie informs them that whatever hold Roman had over them is gone now, and they can just go their separate ways-- and awesomely ends his whole speech with, "Do you guys understand English?" (They apparently do.)
* After [[AlphaBitch Abby]] died on ''DawsonsCreek'', ''Series/DawsonsCreek'', Dawson himself lampshaded this:
24th Oct '16 5:56:58 PM nombretomado
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* The battle at the start of the movie ''GangsOfNewYork'' seems to invert this--the Dead Rabbits stop fighting almost instantly.

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* The battle at the start of the movie ''GangsOfNewYork'' ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' seems to invert this--the Dead Rabbits stop fighting almost instantly.
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