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24th Jul '16 5:45:00 PM nombretomado
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* Arguably, any RTS where you can call in an air attack to bail out your ground forces can count. ''CompanyOfHeroes'''s Strafing Runs from Airborne Company P-47s have been known to turn the tide of many a game. In the expansion pack, the Panzer Elite can request Henschel close air support aircraft for a similar purpose. The Soviets in the ''Eastern Front'' fan-made expansion take it UpToEleven in typical Russian style by calling in an entire squadron of Il-2 Sturmoviks. Nothing says "Gunship Rescue" like watching Panther and Tiger tanks disintegrate under a storm of [[MacrossMissileMassacre aerial rockets.]]

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* Arguably, any RTS where you can call in an air attack to bail out your ground forces can count. ''CompanyOfHeroes'''s ''VideoGame/CompanyOfHeroes'''s Strafing Runs from Airborne Company P-47s have been known to turn the tide of many a game. In the expansion pack, the Panzer Elite can request Henschel close air support aircraft for a similar purpose. The Soviets in the ''Eastern Front'' fan-made expansion take it UpToEleven in typical Russian style by calling in an entire squadron of Il-2 Sturmoviks. Nothing says "Gunship Rescue" like watching Panther and Tiger tanks disintegrate under a storm of [[MacrossMissileMassacre aerial rockets.]]
21st Jul '16 7:57:04 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the anime ''Anime/HaloLegends'', when the Master Chief and Dr. Halsey are escaping from dozens of Seraphs, the ONI stealth ship ''PRO-49776'' comes to their rescue by blowing up all their remaining pursuers in seconds.

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* ''Anime/HaloLegends'':
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In the anime ''Anime/HaloLegends'', ''The Package'', when the Master Chief and Dr. Halsey are escaping from dozens of Seraphs, the ONI stealth ship ''PRO-49776'' comes to their rescue by blowing up all their remaining pursuers in seconds.seconds.
** Brutally subverted in ''Homecoming''; the Pelican gunship coming in to rescue Daisy and company is itself destroyed.



* ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' had a Pelican come in to take out Covenant ships that are giving you trouble. Subverted later, they see thousands of sentinel drones rising in the air and Sergeant Johnson prepares to engage them with the turret on the Pelican, but Guilty Spark alerts them that he is in control and they are to slow down the Covenant forces.
** A [[TheCavalry cavalry]] version happens earlier when the ''Shadow of Intent'' arrives and Elites start dropping into to help you against the Flood, showing that they have switched sides.
** And who could forget [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5y8pJLYl44 this]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome scene?]] Admittedly, it's more {{Subverted}} than not, but hey, [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome music.]]
** A variant of it happens in ''Halo 2''. The Master Chief [[RidingTheBomb rides a bomb]] into a Covenant Supercarrier destroying it. Unfortunately, he is now plummeting to Earth. Fortunately, Miranda Keyes maneuvers her frigate to "catch" him.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' had a Pelican come in to take out Covenant ships that are giving you trouble. Subverted later, they see later; when thousands of sentinel Sentinel drones are rising in the air and Sergeant Johnson prepares is preparing to engage them with the turret on the Pelican, but Guilty Spark alerts the good guys that the Sentinels are on their side, and are ready to help them that he is in control and they are to slow down the against Covenant forces.
** *** A [[TheCavalry cavalry]] version happens earlier when the ''Shadow of Intent'' arrives and Elites start dropping into to help you against the Flood, showing that they have switched sides.
** *** And who could forget [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5y8pJLYl44 this]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome scene?]] Admittedly, it's more {{Subverted}} than not, but hey, [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome music.]]
** A variant of it happens in ''Halo 2''. ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''. The Master Chief [[RidingTheBomb rides a bomb]] into a Covenant Supercarrier Assault Carrier, destroying it. Unfortunately, he is now plummeting to Earth. Fortunately, Miranda Keyes maneuvers her frigate to "catch" him.



** In the HaloWars 2 beta, Captain Cutter could call in a squadron of 4 Pelican gunships that circle an area, [[StuffBlowingUp obliterating all enemies with]] [[MacrossMissileMassacre volley after volley of guided missiles]], paired with [[GatlingGood withering rakes of fire from]] [[MoreDakka 8 gatling guns]].

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** In the HaloWars 2 ''VideoGame/HaloWars 2'' beta, Captain Cutter could call in a squadron of 4 Pelican gunships that circle an area, [[StuffBlowingUp obliterating all enemies with]] [[MacrossMissileMassacre volley after volley of guided missiles]], paired with [[GatlingGood withering rakes of fire from]] [[MoreDakka 8 gatling guns]].
1st Jul '16 11:34:02 AM DeltaDart
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** In the HaloWars 2 beta, Captain Cutter could call in a squadron of 4 Pelican gunships that circle an area, [[StuffBlowingUp obliterating all enemies with]] [[MacrossMissileMassacre volley after volley of guided missiles]], paired with [[GatlingGood withering rakes of fire from]] [[MoreDakka 8 gatling guns]].
16th Jun '16 6:28:51 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the anime ''Anime/HaloLegends'', when the Master Chief and Dr. Halsey are escaping from dozens of Seraphs, what appears to be either a Cruiser or the Point of No Return comes and blows them all up in seconds.

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* In the anime ''Anime/HaloLegends'', when the Master Chief and Dr. Halsey are escaping from dozens of Seraphs, what appears to be either a Cruiser or the Point of No Return ONI stealth ship ''PRO-49776'' comes and blows them to their rescue by blowing up all up their remaining pursuers in seconds.
13th Jun '16 4:32:11 PM Alceister
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* In [[{{Tintin}} Red Sea Sharks]], Tintin's ship is under attack by a submarine. They manage to reach an Amrican warship, but are afraid they'll be sunk by the time it gets there. As they try to avoid the torpedoes, the captain suddenly hears a boom and thinks they've been hit- only to discover it's the destroyer's seaplanes depth-charging the sub.

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* In [[{{Tintin}} Red Sea Sharks]], Tintin's ship is under attack by a submarine. They manage to reach an Amrican warship, but are afraid they'll be sunk by the time it gets there. As they try to avoid the torpedoes, the captain suddenly hears a boom and thinks they've been hit- only to discover it's the destroyer's cruiser's seaplanes depth-charging the sub.
7th Jun '16 11:09:10 AM MarqFJA
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It is often set up to be a [[SurpriseVehicle complete surprise]] to the ones being rescued. That way, when the gunship lowers into place it produces squeals of joy from the audience. The real joy is [[OhCrap the look on the enemy's face]] when the gunship appears and they have to stare down the [[GatlingGood gatling guns]], [[MacrossMissileMassacre rocket pods]], [[FrickinLaserBeams lasers]], or whatever heavy firepower is mounted on the craft.

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It is often set up to be a [[SurpriseVehicle complete surprise]] to the ones being rescued. That way, when the gunship lowers into place it produces squeals of joy from the audience. The real joy is [[OhCrap the look on the enemy's face]] when the gunship appears and they have to stare down the [[MoreDakka machine]] [[GatlingGood gatling guns]], [[MacrossMissileMassacre rocket missile pods]], [[FrickinLaserBeams lasers]], or whatever other kind of heavy firepower is mounted on the craft.
30th May '16 8:52:16 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''TransformersArmada'', the Decepticons decide to call in Tidal Wave as backup. Tidal Wave happens to be a gunship.

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* In ''TransformersArmada'', ''Anime/TransformersArmada'', the Decepticons decide to call in Tidal Wave as backup. Tidal Wave happens to be a gunship.
26th May '16 11:16:04 PM PaulA
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* In a two-for-one hybrid of Gunship Rescue with the Biggest Damn Hero ''ever'', Angel City is saved by the timely appearance of the Garuda bird in ''The Case Of The Toxic Spell Dump''. It qualifies as a ship as well as a hero, because in this {{Magitek}} setting, the mighty Garuda is being ''outfitted for space travel'' by the setting's analog of N.A.S.A.

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* In a two-for-one hybrid of Gunship Rescue with the Biggest Damn Hero ''ever'', Angel City is saved by the timely appearance of the Garuda bird in ''The Case Of The Toxic Spell Dump''.''Literature/TheCaseOfTheToxicSpellDump''. It qualifies as a ship as well as a hero, because in this {{Magitek}} setting, the mighty Garuda is being ''outfitted for space travel'' by the setting's analog of N.A.S.A.
26th May '16 11:14:58 PM PaulA
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** ''Film/StarTrek'': [[spoiler:Alternate Spock is headed into a massive missile barrage in Spock Prime's little ship, with the computer warning him that the black-hole-creating-stuff in the back will ignite if they're hit. Cue the "Jump-out-of-warp" noise, and the ''Enterprise'' blasts into the scene with all guns blazing furiously, picking off every missile. Oh, and they beam Spock out of the little ship and Kirk and Pike off of the bigger one about to be rammed.]] BigDamnHeroes ''and'' GunshipRescue moment for the ''Enterprise'' and her crew, set to [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome an epic, ''epic'' soundtrack.]]

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** ''Film/StarTrek'': [[spoiler:Alternate Spock is headed into a massive missile barrage in Spock Prime's little ship, with the computer warning him that the black-hole-creating-stuff in the back will ignite if they're hit. Cue the "Jump-out-of-warp" noise, and the ''Enterprise'' blasts into the scene with all guns blazing furiously, picking off every missile. Oh, and they beam Spock out of the little ship and Kirk and Pike off of the bigger one about to be rammed.]] BigDamnHeroes ''and'' GunshipRescue Gunship Rescue moment for the ''Enterprise'' and her crew, set to [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome an epic, ''epic'' soundtrack.]]



* In a two-for-one hybrid of GunshipRescue with the Biggest Damn Hero ''ever'', Angel City is saved by the timely appearance of the Garuda bird in ''The Case Of The Toxic Spell Dump''. It qualifies as a ship as well as a hero, because in this {{Magitek}} setting, the mighty Garuda is being ''outfitted for space travel'' by the setting's analog of N.A.S.A.

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* In a two-for-one hybrid of GunshipRescue Gunship Rescue with the Biggest Damn Hero ''ever'', Angel City is saved by the timely appearance of the Garuda bird in ''The Case Of The Toxic Spell Dump''. It qualifies as a ship as well as a hero, because in this {{Magitek}} setting, the mighty Garuda is being ''outfitted for space travel'' by the setting's analog of N.A.S.A.



** Set up and inverted in the original pilot, when DuringTheWar, Mal's little group of Independents hang on against impossible odds. You get your moment of GunshipRescue as the roar of an arriving fleet of aircraft sounds... [[spoiler: only to find out that the gunships belong to the other side and they're about to be on the receiving end of all that firepower]]. Cue the [[HeroicBSOD look on Mal's face]].

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** Set up and inverted in the original pilot, when DuringTheWar, Mal's little group of Independents hang on against impossible odds. You get your moment of GunshipRescue Gunship Rescue as the roar of an arriving fleet of aircraft sounds... [[spoiler: only to find out that the gunships belong to the other side and they're about to be on the receiving end of all that firepower]]. Cue the [[HeroicBSOD look on Mal's face]].



* ''Series/StargateSG1'' and ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. In fact, the ''Daedalus''-class' service record is about 50% GunshipRescue moments.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' and ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. In fact, the ''Daedalus''-class' service record is about 50% GunshipRescue Gunship Rescue moments.



** Another episode involves the heroes trying to get the Asgard of a parallel reality to pull a GunshipRescue to save that reality's Earth. Viewers are treated to same shot as in "Thor's Chariot", except that ''Beliskner'' is hovering over the SGC.

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** Another episode involves the heroes trying to get the Asgard of a parallel reality to pull a GunshipRescue Gunship Rescue to save that reality's Earth. Viewers are treated to same shot as in "Thor's Chariot", except that ''Beliskner'' is hovering over the SGC.



* In ''Apache:AirAssault'', you ARE the GunshipRescue most of the time.

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* In ''Apache:AirAssault'', you ARE the GunshipRescue Gunship Rescue most of the time.



** Subverted in the opening cinematic to ''[[{{Starcraft}} Starcraft: Brood War]]'', wherein the GunshipRescue is seen hovering overhead... and then ''leaves'' without firing a shot, [[KickTheDog abandoning the marines below to the fury of the Zerg Swarm]].

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** Subverted in the opening cinematic to ''[[{{Starcraft}} Starcraft: Brood War]]'', wherein the GunshipRescue Gunship Rescue is seen hovering overhead... and then ''leaves'' without firing a shot, [[KickTheDog abandoning the marines below to the fury of the Zerg Swarm]].



* ''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Call of Duty 4]]'' featured at least three GunshipRescue scenes: one is in the USMC mission "The Bog", featuring two Super Cobras coming to TheSquad's rescue when it's overwhelmed by enemies; the second features a ''Lockheed AC-130'' gunship appearing just before the team faces a enemy armored platoon (it then also covers their subsequent escape); and the third one is in the very end, when a Havoc arrives to rescue Soap in the last damn moment. There's also a mission where you can call in a Mi-28 at will, so whether it invokes a BigDamnHeroes moment depends entirely on you.

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* ''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Call of Duty 4]]'' featured at least three GunshipRescue Gunship Rescue scenes: one is in the USMC mission "The Bog", featuring two Super Cobras coming to TheSquad's rescue when it's overwhelmed by enemies; the second features a ''Lockheed AC-130'' gunship appearing just before the team faces a enemy armored platoon (it then also covers their subsequent escape); and the third one is in the very end, when a Havoc arrives to rescue Soap in the last damn moment. There's also a mission where you can call in a Mi-28 at will, so whether it invokes a BigDamnHeroes moment depends entirely on you.



** There is also a GunshipRescue in ''CallOfDuty2''. Dog Company has to hold Hill 400 against an overwhelming amount of German infantry, supported by tanks and half-tracks. After doing this for several minutes, a flight of P-51 Mustangs will finally come to the Rangers' rescue, forcing the German troops to break off their attack.

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** There is also a GunshipRescue Gunship Rescue in ''CallOfDuty2''. Dog Company has to hold Hill 400 against an overwhelming amount of German infantry, supported by tanks and half-tracks. After doing this for several minutes, a flight of P-51 Mustangs will finally come to the Rangers' rescue, forcing the German troops to break off their attack.



*** An example of a GunshipRescue for the GunshipRescue. You had just arrived on the scene as the fleet was being attacked by the Japanese, doing your best to fend off the Zeroes and the Japanese torpedo boats while you did your rescue work.

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*** An example of a GunshipRescue Gunship Rescue for the GunshipRescue.Gunship Rescue. You had just arrived on the scene as the fleet was being attacked by the Japanese, doing your best to fend off the Zeroes and the Japanese torpedo boats while you did your rescue work.



* Subverted at the end of ''[[VideoGame/RainbowSix Ranbow Six: Vegas 2]]''. The player, Bishop, orders his team to stand down while he goes to face off against the BigBad. He's in a white shirt carrying a handgun, and you're fully armed and armored... this'll be an opportunity to PayEvilUntoEvil. And then his own GunshipRescue shows up, and you have to distract it for a while until your allies can shoot it down.

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* Subverted at the end of ''[[VideoGame/RainbowSix Ranbow Six: Vegas 2]]''. The player, Bishop, orders his team to stand down while he goes to face off against the BigBad. He's in a white shirt carrying a handgun, and you're fully armed and armored... this'll be an opportunity to PayEvilUntoEvil. And then his own GunshipRescue Gunship Rescue shows up, and you have to distract it for a while until your allies can shoot it down.



* You are the GunshipRescue several times throughout the AceCombat series. The fourth installment's Operation Bunker Shot plays this twice in the same mission. The first is you doing this for the amphibious assault forces; the second was the Eruseans attempting this at the end of the mission with their flight of A-10s showing up.
* You can subvert this in ''[[VideoGame/JustCause Just Cause 2]]''. If you case enough chaos (read: blow up a military base single-handedly) the enemy will send in helicopters as their GunshipRescue. This would work really well, since they are armed with minguns and occasionally rocket launchers, if only you didn't have your [[GrapplingHookPistol grappling hook,]] as this allows you to hijack the helicopeter and wreak even more destruction (read: blow up two more bases, then jump out and jack another helicopter on the way down).

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* You are the GunshipRescue Gunship Rescue several times throughout the AceCombat series. The fourth installment's Operation Bunker Shot plays this twice in the same mission. The first is you doing this for the amphibious assault forces; the second was the Eruseans attempting this at the end of the mission with their flight of A-10s showing up.
* You can subvert this in ''[[VideoGame/JustCause Just Cause 2]]''. If you case enough chaos (read: blow up a military base single-handedly) the enemy will send in helicopters as their GunshipRescue.Gunship Rescue. This would work really well, since they are armed with minguns and occasionally rocket launchers, if only you didn't have your [[GrapplingHookPistol grappling hook,]] as this allows you to hijack the helicopeter and wreak even more destruction (read: blow up two more bases, then jump out and jack another helicopter on the way down).
14th May '16 9:00:40 PM vn70072
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* Among the A-10 Thunderbolt II's jobs is to provide this for downed pilots and the helicopters sent to pick them up.


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* Something similar happened earlier that year at the Battle of Arracourt. The Germans attacked during bad weather, but in at least one instance, the very moment the storm clouds parted, Allied attack aircraft [[DeathFromAbove swooped down]] and attacked the Germans.
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