History Main / GunshipRescue

12th May '17 12:30:45 PM FGHIK
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* During the American Civil War, at the Battle of Hampton, ironclad warships were relatively new. On the first day of the Battle of Hampton Roads, the Confederacy revealed their shiny new metal behemoth, the CSS ''Virginia'' (a rebuilt captured steam frigate, the former USS ''Merrimack''), which almost single handedly mopped the floor with two of the wooden ships that the Union Navy was using. On the second day of the battle, the ''Virginia'' came back to the fight to finish off the third Union ship, the USS ''Minnesota''. However, the Union had brought in their own ironclad, the USS ''Monitor'', into a defensive position in front of the ''Minnesota''. Thus began the very first battle between metal warships... Which resulted in a stalemate as both ships were [NighInvulnerability nigh invulnerable]] compared to their firepower.

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* During the American Civil War, at the Battle of Hampton, ironclad warships were relatively new. On the first day of the Battle of Hampton Roads, the Confederacy revealed their shiny new metal behemoth, the CSS ''Virginia'' (a rebuilt captured steam frigate, the former USS ''Merrimack''), which almost single handedly mopped the floor with two of the wooden ships that the Union Navy was using. On the second day of the battle, the ''Virginia'' came back to the fight to finish off the third Union ship, the USS ''Minnesota''. However, the Union had brought in their own ironclad, the USS ''Monitor'', into a defensive position in front of the ''Minnesota''. Thus began the very first battle between metal warships... Which resulted in a stalemate as both ships were [NighInvulnerability [[NighInvulnerability nigh invulnerable]] compared to their firepower.
12th May '17 12:29:41 PM FGHIK
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* During the American Civil War, at the Battle of Hampton, ironclad warships were relatively new. On the first day of the Battle of Hampton Roads, the Confederacy revealed their shiny new metal behemoth, the CSS ''Virginia'' (a rebuilt captured steam frigate, the former USS ''Merrimack''), which almost single handedly mopped the floor with two of the wooden ships that the Union Navy was using. On the second day of the battle, the ''Virginia'' came back to the fight to finish off the third Union ship, the USS ''Minnesota''. However, the Union had brought in their own ironclad, the USS ''Monitor'', into a defensive position in front of the ''Minnesota''. Thus began the very first battle between metal warships... Which resulted in a stalemate as both ships were literally MadeOfIron, and neither had sufficient firepower to do significant damage.

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* During the American Civil War, at the Battle of Hampton, ironclad warships were relatively new. On the first day of the Battle of Hampton Roads, the Confederacy revealed their shiny new metal behemoth, the CSS ''Virginia'' (a rebuilt captured steam frigate, the former USS ''Merrimack''), which almost single handedly mopped the floor with two of the wooden ships that the Union Navy was using. On the second day of the battle, the ''Virginia'' came back to the fight to finish off the third Union ship, the USS ''Minnesota''. However, the Union had brought in their own ironclad, the USS ''Monitor'', into a defensive position in front of the ''Minnesota''. Thus began the very first battle between metal warships... Which resulted in a stalemate as both ships were literally MadeOfIron, and neither had sufficient firepower [NighInvulnerability nigh invulnerable]] compared to do significant damage.their firepower.
12th May '17 12:27:36 PM FGHIK
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* During the American Civil War, at the Battle of Hampton, ironclad warships were relatively new. On the first day of the Battle of Hampton Roads, the Confederacy revealed their shiny new metal behemoth, the CSS ''Virginia'' (a rebuilt captured steam frigate, the former USS ''Merrimack''), which almost single handedly mopped the floor with two of the wooden ships that the Union Navy was using. On the second day of the battle, the ''Virginia'' came back to the fight to finish off the third Union ship, the USS ''Minnesota''. However, the Union had brought in their own ironclad, the USS ''Monitor'', into a defensive position in front of the ''Minnesota''. Thus began the very first battle between metal warships.

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* During the American Civil War, at the Battle of Hampton, ironclad warships were relatively new. On the first day of the Battle of Hampton Roads, the Confederacy revealed their shiny new metal behemoth, the CSS ''Virginia'' (a rebuilt captured steam frigate, the former USS ''Merrimack''), which almost single handedly mopped the floor with two of the wooden ships that the Union Navy was using. On the second day of the battle, the ''Virginia'' came back to the fight to finish off the third Union ship, the USS ''Minnesota''. However, the Union had brought in their own ironclad, the USS ''Monitor'', into a defensive position in front of the ''Minnesota''. Thus began the very first battle between metal warships.warships... Which resulted in a stalemate as both ships were literally MadeOfIron, and neither had sufficient firepower to do significant damage.
7th May '17 4:24:46 PM nombretomado
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** Subverted in the opening cinematic to ''[[{{Starcraft}} Starcraft: Brood War]]'', wherein the 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]].

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** Subverted in the opening cinematic to ''[[{{Starcraft}} ''[[VideoGame/StarCraftI Starcraft: Brood War]]'', wherein the 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]].
30th Apr '17 1:49:35 PM StarSword
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** Subverted yet again in "Heart of Gold" when Mal's plan for ''Serenity'' to provide support in a firefight [[spoiler:is screwed up by the bad guys ambushing Wash and Kaylee in the cargo bay]].

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** Subverted yet again in "Heart of Gold" when Mal's plan for ''Serenity'' to provide support in a firefight with WeaponizedExhaust [[spoiler:is screwed up by the bad guys ambushing Wash and Kaylee in the cargo bay]].
25th Mar '17 5:21:36 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/TearsOfTheSun'' ends when BruceWillis' team of Navy SEAL badasses, having just barely survived a battle with a pursuing enemy army, end up chased into a grassy field. Just when all hope seems lost for them and the refugees they have been escorting, a flight of F/A-18 Hornets comes screaming in and [[KillItWithFire liberally applies napalm]] amongst the enemy ranks.

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* ''Film/TearsOfTheSun'' ends when BruceWillis' Creator/BruceWillis' team of Navy SEAL badasses, having just barely survived a battle with a pursuing enemy army, end up chased into a grassy field. Just when all hope seems lost for them and the refugees they have been escorting, a flight of F/A-18 Hornets comes screaming in and [[KillItWithFire liberally applies napalm]] amongst the enemy ranks.
9th Mar '17 4:56:57 AM manofwarb
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* The squadron of Indian Air Force Hawker Hunters shows up at daybreak to pull this off for Major Chandipur's embattled weapons company, in the UsefulNotes/Bollywood movie ''Border'', which was based of the events of the Battle of Longewalla.
24th Feb '17 1:59:05 PM StFan
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-->'''Packy''': Well... that's one hell of an angel who came to help us.

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-->'''Packy''': -->'''Packy:''' Well... that's one hell of an angel who came to help us.



* In ''Anime/TransformersArmada'', the Decepticons decide to call in Tidal Wave as a backup. Tidal Wave happens to be a gunship.
** In the sense that he's [[MilitaryMashupMachine a Flying Aircraft Carrier with Guns]].

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* In ''Anime/TransformersArmada'', the Decepticons decide to call in Tidal Wave as a backup. Tidal Wave happens to be a gunship.
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gunship. In the sense that he's [[MilitaryMashupMachine a Flying Aircraft Carrier with Guns]].



* During ComicBook/TheSurturSaga in ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'', Sif stays behind to defend a convoy of alien transport ships from horde of demons. When her strength starts failing, she prepares herself to take as many demons as possible with her. Then all the sudden the demons are blasted away and she is greeted by Skuttlebut, an intelligent spaceship who was also sent to protect the convoy.

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* ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'':
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During ComicBook/TheSurturSaga in ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'', ComicBook/TheSurturSaga, Sif stays behind to defend a convoy of alien transport ships from horde of demons. When her strength starts failing, she prepares herself to take as many demons as possible with her. Then all the sudden the demons are blasted away and she is greeted by Skuttlebut, an intelligent spaceship who was also sent to protect the convoy.



* 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 cruiser's seaplanes depth-charging the sub.

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* In [[{{Tintin}} ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}: Red Sea Sharks]], 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 cruiser's seaplanes depth-charging the sub.



* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, Aria T'Loak's forces attempting to retake Omega (which has by then crashed into the Citadel) are rescued in this fashion by geth. Said geth had been waging a guerrilla war against the invaders, and having noticed that potential allies were in trouble, swooped in with what forces they had. It even leads to an airdropped geth colossus serving as a mount for the remaining organic forces. Arguably, Trans-Galactic Republic forces in the [[FanFic/{{Fractured}} previous work]] count as well when they smash Reapers.

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* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, Aria T'Loak's forces attempting to retake Omega (which has by then crashed into the Citadel) are rescued in this fashion by geth. Said geth had been waging a guerrilla war against the invaders, and having noticed that potential allies were in trouble, swooped in with what forces they had. It even leads to an airdropped geth colossus serving as a mount for the remaining organic forces. Arguably, Trans-Galactic Republic forces in the [[FanFic/{{Fractured}} previous work]] count as well when they smash Reapers.



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* A rather archaic appearance of the trope happens in the short ''{{Hornblower}}'' TV series episode 'The Frogs And The Lobsters' when the main characters and a platoon of marines are trapped on a beach and about to be killed by the French, at least, until the HMS Indefatigable opens up.

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* A rather archaic appearance of the trope happens in the short ''{{Hornblower}}'' ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' TV series episode 'The "The Frogs And The Lobsters' and the Lobsters" when the main characters and a platoon of marines are trapped on a beach and about to be killed by the French, at least, until the HMS Indefatigable opens up.



--->'''Delenn:''' "Babylon 5 is under our protection. Withdraw or be destroyed."
--->'''Capt. Drake:''' "Negative, we have authority here. Do not force us to engage your ship."
--->'''Delenn:''' "Why not? Only one human captain has ever survived battle with a Minbari fleet. ''He'' is behind me. ''You'' are in front of me. If you value your lives, ''be somewhere else''."
--->(''The fleet proceeds to turn tail and get the hell out of there.'')

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--->'''Delenn:''' "Babylon Babylon 5 is under our protection. Withdraw or be destroyed."
--->'''Capt.
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'''Capt.
Drake:''' "Negative, Negative, we have authority here. Do not force us to engage your ship."
--->'''Delenn:''' "Why
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'''Delenn:''' Why
not? Only one human captain has ever survived battle with a Minbari fleet. ''He'' is behind me. ''You'' are in front of me. If you value your lives, ''be somewhere else''."
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''[the
fleet proceeds to turn tail and get the hell out of there.'')there]''






* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has several. [[ExpandedUniverse In the fiction]], during the siege of Terra, primarch Rogal Dorn seemingly deserted his post, only to return in the nick of time aboard a city-sized floating superweapon.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' has several. [[ExpandedUniverse In the fiction]], during the siege of Terra, primarch Rogal Dorn seemingly deserted his post, only to return in the nick of time aboard a city-sized floating superweapon.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', once you join up with the Brotherhood of Steel, you can summon a Vertibird gunship with the Signal Grenades.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', ''VideoGame/Fallout4'', once you join up with the Brotherhood of Steel, you can summon a Vertibird gunship with the Signal Grenades.



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* Hilariously played with in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
--> "I would say that was the cavalry, but I've never seen a line of horses crash into the battlefield from outer space before."
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* Hilariously played with in Machinima/RedVsBlue
--> "I would say that was the cavalry, but I've never seen a line of horses crash into the battlefield from outer space before"
* In Chapter 36 of WereAlive, The Colony looks to be on the brink of collapse under the assault of the [[ArtificialZombie "Little Ones"]] when Michael and crew arrive in the Pelican an proceed to mow down zombies with an [[GatlingGood M134.]]

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* Hilariously played with in Machinima/RedVsBlue
--> "I would say that was the cavalry, but I've never seen a line of horses crash into the battlefield from outer space before"
* In Chapter 36 of WereAlive, ''AudioPlay/WereAlive'', The Colony looks to be on the brink of collapse under the assault of the [[ArtificialZombie "Little Ones"]] when Michael and crew arrive in the Pelican an proceed to mow down zombies with an [[GatlingGood M134.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' played it straight in the first season, when Lugnut and Blitzwing were trying to reach the Ark. Ratchet had reactivated the war ship weapons system and the two Decepticons found themselves facing one hell of a WaveMotionGun in the face. In the end of Season 2, Sari and Ratchet go to get reinforcements... which consists of reactivating the ship they came to Earth on and [[spoiler:turning it into Omega Supreme. Also a plain old BigDamnHeroes since, hey, he's both a HumongousMecha and a battleship.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' played it ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'':
** Played
straight in the first season, when Lugnut and Blitzwing were trying to reach the Ark. Ratchet had reactivated the war ship weapons system and the two Decepticons found themselves facing one hell of a WaveMotionGun in the face. In the end of Season 2, Sari and Ratchet go to get reinforcements... which consists of reactivating the ship they came to Earth on and [[spoiler:turning it into Omega Supreme. Also a plain old BigDamnHeroes since, hey, he's both a HumongousMecha and a battleship.]]



20th Feb '17 4:31:43 AM polio18
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** There's also Dresden himself, in ''Literature/DeadBeat'', Harry charges into a zombie horde on top of a reanimated T-REX and rescues the Wardens who are losing miserably.
19th Feb '17 6:24:58 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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*** The scene where Miranda Keyes goes to rescue [[spoiler:Johnson]] by piloting a Pelican through a ''giant tower's window''. Admittedly, it ends up being {{subverted}} when [[spoiler:Miranda is killed by Truth]], but hey, music.

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*** The scene where Miranda Keyes goes to rescue [[spoiler:Johnson]] by piloting a Pelican through a ''giant tower's window''. Admittedly, However, it ends up being {{subverted}} when [[spoiler:Miranda is killed by Truth]], but hey, music.Truth]].
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