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8th Apr '18 9:57:33 AM nombretomado
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[[IThoughtItMeant This trope is not about]] an army of [[HeadlessHorseman Headless Horsemen]] or otherwise undead without heads.

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[[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant This trope is not about]] an army of [[HeadlessHorseman Headless Horsemen]] or otherwise undead without heads.
8th Apr '18 3:30:18 AM CynicalBastardo
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* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' plays it straight during "The Apocalypse War". Dredd leads a small unit to take control of a Sov nuclear silo. Upon [[NukeEm destroying East Meg One]], Dredd surrenders to the Sovs. At this point, the only thing keeping the Sovs in the war is [[GeneralRipper Kazan]]. When his assistant turns on him and gives a gun to Dredd, Dredd executes Kazan. From there, another Sov judge wishes to discuss terms for peace. He accepts when Dredd says "Unconditional surrender."
26th Mar '18 4:14:41 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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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 onboard 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 [[TaughtByExperience 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.]] happens]]. (The novelization has the droids slaved to that ship deactivate for only a second before onboard processors kick in and they start fighting again.)



** Robert had a habit of personally killing enemy commanders. Randyll Tarly almost does this to him, but [[FourStarBadass Robert]] [[GenreSavvy sees it coming and has his men retreat in good order]], turning what could have been a major decisive victory for the Targaryen loyalists into a minor and inconclusive victory.

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** Robert had a habit of personally killing enemy commanders. Randyll Tarly almost does this to him, but [[FourStarBadass Robert]] [[GenreSavvy sees it coming and has his men retreat in good order]], order, turning what could have been a major decisive victory for the Targaryen loyalists into a minor and inconclusive victory.



** Played straight whenever a vital Zerg controller is successfully destroyed; Any Zerg that entity was controlling will go berserk and massacre anything near it, including fellow Zerg. This is a BIG DEAL for the Zerg if said entity was responsible for ''their entire species''. To their credit, both the original Zerg Overmind [[spoiler:and later Kerrigan]] were GenreSavvy enough to create "backup controllers", that would salvage small portions of the swarm in case that happened.

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** Played straight whenever a vital Zerg controller is successfully destroyed; Any Zerg that entity was controlling will go berserk and massacre anything near it, including fellow Zerg. This is a BIG DEAL for the Zerg if said entity was responsible for ''their entire species''. To their credit, both the original Zerg Overmind [[spoiler:and later Kerrigan]] were GenreSavvy enough to create created "backup controllers", that would salvage small portions of the swarm in case that happened.



* The battle of Novi, on 15 August 1799, opposed General Barthélémy Joubert's French Republican armies to Marshal Alexander Suvorov's Russian and Austrian force. Joubert was killed at the beginning of the battle, which ended in a French defeat. There was no mass panic among the soldiers, as the other generals were GenreSavvy enough to hide Joubert's death from them; but for lack on a single commander who could see the battle from above and move the troops wherever they were needed, the French left wing, centre and right wing each effectively found themselves fighting a separate battle against a unified Allied army.

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* The battle of Novi, on 15 August 1799, opposed General Barthélémy Joubert's French Republican armies to Marshal Alexander Suvorov's Russian and Austrian force. Joubert was killed at the beginning of the battle, which ended in a French defeat. There was no mass panic among the soldiers, as the other generals were GenreSavvy enough to hide generalshide Joubert's death from them; but for lack on a single commander who could see the battle from above and move the troops wherever they were needed, the French left wing, centre and right wing each effectively found themselves fighting a separate battle against a unified Allied army.
21st Mar '18 6:13:13 AM JackG
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* Averted in ''The Sack of Rome'' (1992). A soldier takes out the enemy commander with an improbable shot from a cannon, then rushes to tell his prince the good news. Instead of being rewarded he's angrily dismissed by the prince, who points out that the soldier [[NiceJobBreakingItHero killed the only man he could negotiate terms with]].

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* Averted in ''The Sack of Rome'' (1992). A During the siege a soldier takes out the enemy commander with an improbable shot from a cannon, then rushes to tell his prince the good news. Instead of being rewarded he's angrily dismissed by the prince, who points out that the soldier [[NiceJobBreakingItHero killed the only man he could negotiate terms with]].
21st Mar '18 6:12:04 AM JackG
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* Averted in ''The Sack of Rome'' (1992). A soldier takes out the enemy commander with an improbable shot from a cannon, then rushes to tell his prince the good news. Instead of being rewarded he's angrily dismissed by the prince, who points out that the soldier [[NiceJobBreakingItHero killed the only man he could negotiate terms with]].
19th Mar '18 3:06:19 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* 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}}'', this is used as the plan of attack near the end of the novel. The BiggerBad villain 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.
11th Mar '18 9:59:02 AM thatother1dude
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** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' shows the Empire is still hanging on thirty years later as [[TheRemnant The First Order]], which is composed of all the remaining senior Imperial officers and is still just as dangerous. There is even a new Sith Lord to pick up where Palpatine left off and his DarthVaderClone Kylo Ren.

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** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' shows the Empire is still hanging on thirty years later as [[TheRemnant The First Order]], which is composed of all the remaining senior Imperial officers and is still just as dangerous. There is even a new Sith Lord dark force user to pick up where Palpatine left off and his DarthVaderClone Kylo Ren.
8th Feb '18 4:09:29 PM nombretomado
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* Killing any summoner in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' instantly banishes all of their minions back to the dust or (in the case of angelic or demonic summoners) back to heaven or hell. The [[BodyHorror Wyrm Master]] demon is the sole exception, as its tentacle spawn have a life of their own once summoned.

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* Killing any summoner in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' instantly banishes all of their minions back to the dust or (in the case of angelic or demonic summoners) back to heaven or hell. The [[BodyHorror Wyrm Master]] demon is the sole exception, as its tentacle spawn have a life of their own once summoned.
14th Jan '18 3:40:28 AM JackG
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* Averted in ''Hard Rain'' by Barry Eisler. Literature/JohnRain is asked by [[FriendOnTheForce Tatsu]] to assassinate a yakuza ProfessionalKiller. It's a high risk job, so Rain asks why he shouldn't go after the BigBad instead. Tatsu argues that a) the boss in question is well guarded and a public figure, and b) there are plenty of potential bosses waiting to fill his shoes. Being a boss requires traits like greed, political skill and a talent for rationalization -- which are hardly uncommon, unlike the specialist skills needed by a good hitman, who can't be easily replaced.

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* Averted in ''Hard Rain'' by Barry Eisler. Literature/JohnRain is asked by [[FriendOnTheForce Tatsu]] to assassinate a yakuza ProfessionalKiller. It's a high risk job, so Rain asks why he shouldn't go after the BigBad instead. Tatsu argues that a) the boss in question is well guarded and a public figure, and b) there are plenty of potential bosses waiting to fill his shoes. Being a boss requires traits like greed, political skill and a [[MoralMyopia talent for rationalization rationalization]] -- which are hardly uncommon, unlike the specialist skills needed by a good hitman, who can't be easily replaced.
14th Jan '18 3:38:58 AM JackG
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* In the Cross-Time Engineer novel ''The Flying Warlord'', Conrad Stargard sends in a commando force who [[BoringInvincibleHero somehow identify and kill every commander in the Mongol forces in the middle of the night]]. This is used to explain the IdiotBall later when the Mongols ride straight into the trap set by Stargard's forces. Given that an army of nomad warriors who had already conquered large parts of Asia and Eastern Europe would be used to taking casualties and have no shortage of combat-experienced soldiers adept at taking the initiative, this is rather implausible.

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* In the Cross-Time Engineer novel ''The Flying Warlord'', Warlord'' by Creator/LeoFrankowski, Conrad Stargard sends in a commando force who [[BoringInvincibleHero somehow identify and kill every commander in the Mongol forces in the middle of the night]]. This is used to explain the IdiotBall later when the Mongols ride straight into the trap set by Stargard's forces. Given that an army of nomad warriors who had already conquered large parts of Asia and Eastern Europe would be used to taking casualties and have no shortage of combat-experienced soldiers adept at taking the initiative, this is rather implausible.
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