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28th Nov '16 3:05:01 PM DimensionalShambler
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* In MassEffect3, it's no surprise defeat is certain when all the races of the galaxy seemingly rely on small squads of infantry with small arms fire to fight against the skyscraper-sized Reapers. Flashbacks even show the Protheans doing the same thing. The heaviest ordinance we see are some APCs and light choppers.
19th Nov '16 12:19:57 PM Hadjorim
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* In MassEffect3, it's no surprise defeat is certain when all the races of the galaxy seemingly rely on small squads of infantry with small arms fire to fight against the skyscraper-sized Reapers. Flashbacks even show the Protheans doing the same thing. The heaviest ordinance we see are some APCs and light choppers.
19th Nov '16 11:55:27 AM Hadjorim
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An important part of this trope is that, in almost all cases, the good guys will only ever use small arms fire instead of escalating. Rockets, tanks, air support, artillery -- all the things the military is known for -- are hardly ever involved (unless the monster is a {{Kaiju}}, {{Robeast}}, or similarly [[GiantEqualsInvincible gigantic]]). Not only are they more expensive for the producers to incorporate in to the film/show, in most cases, they might actually work, thereby stealing the thunder of the heroes of the story.

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An important part of this trope is that, in almost all cases, the good guys will only ''only'' ever use small arms fire instead of escalating. Rockets, tanks, air support, artillery -- all the things the military is known for -- are hardly ever involved (unless rarely involved, even if the monster is a {{Kaiju}}, {{Robeast}}, or similarly [[GiantEqualsInvincible gigantic]]).gigantic. Not only are they more expensive for the producers to incorporate in to the film/show, in most cases, they might actually work, thereby stealing the thunder of the heroes of the story.
18th Oct '16 8:20:53 PM Zaptech
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* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' follows this trope on a larger scale when the human resistance limits itself to air-to-air missiles when firing on the miles-wide alien mothership. The one time they scale up to a nuke, one main character goes on a raging bender sure that using nukes will destroy the world (as opposed to the xenocidal aliens...), and the president gives up after one attempt, when for all they know the shields only barely held and the aliens breathed a sigh of relief at no further attempts.

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* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' follows this trope on a larger scale when the human resistance limits itself to air-to-air missiles when firing on the miles-wide alien mothership. The one time they scale up to a nuke, one main character goes on a raging bender sure that using nukes will destroy the world (as opposed to nuke has no visible effect on the xenocidal aliens...), aliens, and the president gives up after one attempt, when for all they know call off the shields only barely held and the aliens breathed a sigh of relief at no further attempts.attack.
12th Oct '16 1:24:42 AM PaulA
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* Internally conversed by Peter in ''[[Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien My Teacher Flunked the Planet]]''; when the police discover Big Julie in the house, Peter muses that in a bad sci-fi movie, they'd be back in a few minutes with a few men and some guns, following this trope. As the town already knew that aliens existed, though, [[DefiedTrope they were likely going to be coming back with a heck of a lot more firepower than that]]. The ''only'' good news is that it would take the police some time to get that firepower ready, which gives Peter and the other team members enough time to evacuate. ''Just'' enough, as it turns out.

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* Internally conversed by Peter in ''[[Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien My Teacher Flunked the Planet]]''; ''Literature/MyTeacherFlunkedThePlanet''; when the police discover Big Julie in the house, Peter muses that in a bad sci-fi movie, they'd be back in a few minutes with a few men and some guns, following this trope. As the town already knew that aliens existed, though, [[DefiedTrope they were likely going to be coming back with a heck of a lot more firepower than that]]. The ''only'' good news is that it would take the police some time to get that firepower ready, which gives Peter and the other team members enough time to evacuate. ''Just'' enough, as it turns out.
6th Oct '16 8:00:54 PM nombretomado
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* Completely and totally subverted in {{Everworld}}: Mystify the Magician, in which a warband of white supremacists (the "Sennites") armed with small arms and hand grenades (not to mention a very healthy dose of ammunition) are brought into Everworld. The Bronze/Iron Age civilizations of Everworld prove little match for the modern weapons and sheer ruthlessness of the Sennites, despite the fact that said civilizations have the assistance of mythological gods, magic, and mystical creatures. The Sennites manage to slay a dragon and a Celtic giant relatively easily. They also succeed in slaughtering an entire troop of the Fianna, an elite order of renowned Celtic warriors before besieging and eventually conquering their fortified town. They then hold that town against Loki's grand army, killing Fenrir in the process. The protagonists in the series fear that even without the guidance and limited magical assistance of their witch leader, the Sennites are still one of the most dangerous forces in all of Everworld, even in the face of aliens and gods.

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* Completely and totally subverted in {{Everworld}}: Literature/{{Everworld}}: Mystify the Magician, in which a warband of white supremacists (the "Sennites") armed with small arms and hand grenades (not to mention a very healthy dose of ammunition) are brought into Everworld. The Bronze/Iron Age civilizations of Everworld prove little match for the modern weapons and sheer ruthlessness of the Sennites, despite the fact that said civilizations have the assistance of mythological gods, magic, and mystical creatures. The Sennites manage to slay a dragon and a Celtic giant relatively easily. They also succeed in slaughtering an entire troop of the Fianna, an elite order of renowned Celtic warriors before besieging and eventually conquering their fortified town. They then hold that town against Loki's grand army, killing Fenrir in the process. The protagonists in the series fear that even without the guidance and limited magical assistance of their witch leader, the Sennites are still one of the most dangerous forces in all of Everworld, even in the face of aliens and gods.
30th Sep '16 11:33:43 PM DastardlyDemolition
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** ''Film/ShinGodzilla'' has the US military, UN forces, and the JSDF try to stop Godzilla by using everything they got (leading to a few scene-for-scene remakes of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'') and actually get a good hit into him [[spoiler:before he completely wipes them out with his atomic barrage.]] All of this as [[VillainSong "Who Will Know]] [[TearJerker/{{Godzilla}} (Tragedy)"]] [[AwesomeMusic/{{Godzilla}} plays over it]].
8th Sep '16 11:23:43 PM RufusShinra
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* Played with in the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation''. Most of the [=SCPs=] are fought with mundane, albeit powerful weapons: for example, [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-076 SCP-076]] is contained with what's heavily implied to be a Phoenix CIWS (basically, a computer-guided 20mm gatling gun used to shoot down antiship missiles), and it's working so far. However, the fact that [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-096 SCP-096]] appears to be immune to everything up to [=AT4=] antitank missiles doesn't stop them from chasing it down and trying to kill it with a sniper rifle when things go wrong.

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* Played with in the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation''. Most of the [=SCPs=] are fought with mundane, albeit powerful weapons: for example, [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-076 SCP-076]] is contained with what's heavily implied to be a Phoenix Phalanx CIWS (basically, a computer-guided 20mm gatling gun used to shoot down antiship missiles), and it's working so far. However, the fact that [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-096 SCP-096]] appears to be immune to everything up to [=AT4=] antitank missiles doesn't stop them from chasing it down and trying to kill it with a sniper rifle when things go wrong.
14th Jul '16 6:28:22 AM Ninjat126
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* Tanks in RedOrchestra aren't particularly fussed by small arms. Doesn't stop players taking potshots at the hull. [[Subverted Sometimes they'll hit a crew member looking through a vision slit.]]

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* Tanks in RedOrchestra aren't particularly fussed by small arms. Doesn't stop players taking potshots at the hull. [[Subverted [[{{Subverted}} Sometimes they'll hit a crew member looking through a vision slit.]]
14th Jul '16 6:27:25 AM Ninjat126
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* Many RTS games will have players doing this, especially if they involve TacticalRockPaperScissors in some way. Infantry might do half damage to tanks, but they're [[WeHaveReserves cheap]] to replace.
** ElementalRockPaperScissors has the same effect. Fire type does half damage to water type? [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer I guess if it's all that's available...]]
* Tanks in RedOrchestra aren't particularly fussed by small arms. Doesn't stop players taking potshots at the hull. [[Subverted Sometimes they'll hit a crew member looking through a vision slit.]]
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