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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.)
27th Apr '16 4:49:44 AM ChronoLegion
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* Subverted in ''[[Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You]]'', where one of the aliens' first acts is to attack a SpaceStation that is hosting a gathering of humanity's top military brass. With all the top commanding officers in enemy hands, their immediate subordinates take over their duties... and vastly increase the military's efficiency.

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* Subverted in ''[[Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You]]'', where one of the aliens' first acts is to attack a SpaceStation that is hosting a gathering of humanity's top military brass. With all the top commanding officers in enemy hands, their immediate subordinates take over their duties... and vastly increase the military's efficiency.effectiveness.
27th Apr '16 4:49:25 AM ChronoLegion
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* Subverted in ''[[Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You]]'', where one of the aliens' first acts is to attack a SpaceStation that is hosting a gathering of humanity's top military brass. With all the top commanding officers in enemy hands, their immediate subordinates take over their duties... and vastly increase the military's efficiency.
26th Apr '16 12:01:59 PM ChronoLegion
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** According to the lore, Orgrim's gambit nearly worked, as the Alliance forces were on the bring of routing after Lothar's death. It was only thanks to Turalyon picking up Lothar's broken sword and knocking out Orgrim that the tide was turned. And even that only happened because [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Orgrim shot his mouth off]] and told Turalyon that orcs weren't native to Azeroth (Turalyon was being tormented by a crisis of the faith at the time). After that battle, and with Orgrim captured, the Horde was in full retreat. It worked in the long run, though, as Lothar was the only one who held the Alliance together, and it quickly went to hell after the end of the war.
26th Apr '16 11:57:41 AM ChronoLegion
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** Averted to a degree from ''[[VideoGame/EmpireTotalWar Empire]]'' onwards. Killing generals on the battlefield would not necessarily stop enemies (especially veteran units) from retreating that easily while in ''[[VideoGame/TotalWarShogun2 Shogun 2]]'', assassinating the daimyo and his heirs only serves to hand power over to said daimyo's wife. Also, in ''Empire'', actual government leaders are never present on the battlefield. They are also not characters on the map, so they can't be assassinated either. They can still die due to age or random event, but there is always someone to take their place.

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** Averted to a degree from ''[[VideoGame/EmpireTotalWar Empire]]'' onwards. Killing generals on the battlefield would not necessarily stop enemies (especially veteran units) from retreating that easily while in ''[[VideoGame/TotalWarShogun2 Shogun 2]]'', assassinating the daimyo and his heirs only serves to hand power over to said daimyo's wife. Also, in ''Empire'', actual government leaders are never present on the battlefield. They are also not characters on the map, so they can't be assassinated either. They can still die due to age or random event, but there is always someone to take their place. In fact, under a democracy, presidents are periodically subject to re-election.
26th Apr '16 11:56:37 AM ChronoLegion
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** Averted to a degree from ''[[VideoGame/EmpireTotalWar Empire]]'' onwards. Killing generals on the battlefield would not necessarily stop enemies (especially veteran units) from retreating that easily while in ''[[VideoGame/TotalWarShogun2 Shogun 2]]'', assassinating the daimyo and his heirs only serves to hand power over to said daimyo's wife.

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** Averted to a degree from ''[[VideoGame/EmpireTotalWar Empire]]'' onwards. Killing generals on the battlefield would not necessarily stop enemies (especially veteran units) from retreating that easily while in ''[[VideoGame/TotalWarShogun2 Shogun 2]]'', assassinating the daimyo and his heirs only serves to hand power over to said daimyo's wife. Also, in ''Empire'', actual government leaders are never present on the battlefield. They are also not characters on the map, so they can't be assassinated either. They can still die due to age or random event, but there is always someone to take their place.
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