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18th Feb '17 3:45:19 PM Tropetastic1995
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** The earliest ''Franchise/StarWars'' example is of course [[Film/ANewHope the original]], with the Death Star's [[AchillesHeel exhaust port]]. Reused in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' with the Death Star II's main reactor, not to mention Palpatine dying with it. These both are arguably subversions, however, given that the Empire kicked the rebels off the moon shortly after the Battle of Yavin and that the civil war still officially went on for another fifteen years after Endor in the Expanded Universe novels.

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** The earliest ''Franchise/StarWars'' example is of course [[Film/ANewHope the original]], with the Death Star's [[AchillesHeel exhaust port]]. Reused in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' with the Death Star II's main reactor, not to mention Palpatine dying with it.
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These both are arguably subversions, however, given that the Empire Empire, iin the original ExpandedUniverse, kicked the rebels off the moon shortly after the Battle of Yavin and that the civil war still officially went on for another fifteen years after Endor Endor. In the new EU, on the other hand, the trope is present but [[DownplayedTrope downplayed.]] The rebels kicked the Empire off the moon instead and the war still carried on, but only for about a year. The loss of centralized leadership and the massive financial losses the Empire suffered, not to mentoin a vast increase in support for the rebellion, all did the Empire in as it succumbed to infighting. So while the act of destroying the second Death Star and killing the Emperor did not magically make the Empire vanish, it did pretty much decide the course of the war in the Expanded Universe novels.Rebellion's favor.
9th Feb '17 1:42:38 PM Discar
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* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'': Since the world is based on a turn-based strategy wargame, this is to be expected. If a Ruler is croaked, their Side falls unless they have an heir. Heirs can either be popped naturally or designated at great expense. When a Side ends, any units in the field disband (cease to exist), while any cities go "neutral," meaning they freeze in time until someone attacks them. If all the cities are captured or razed when the Ruler is croaked, then if they have an heir, that heir will become a barbarian, a nomadic unit without a true Side. Barbarians have a limited purse and no easy way of making more money, but if they capture another capital they can start a new Side.

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21st Jan '17 2:53:02 PM ZimFan89
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* ''FanFic/AShadowOfTheTitans'' has an example at the climax of the HIVE Arc: [[spoiler: the Shadowkhan's keystone isn't Tarakudo, but the Queen/Kagehime, who has the fragments of the Red Mask [[ClingyMacGuffin in her]]. When they and Tarakudo's chi are expelled from her body, the Shadowkhan are [[SealedEvilInACan re-sealed]].]]
31st Dec '16 5:17:55 PM TheWanderer
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* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'', specifically ''The Power that Preserves''. [[SupportingLeader Lord Mhoram]] thinks that by killing [[TheDragon Satansfist]], the commander of the army besieging Revelstone, he'll be able to route the entire army. It doesn't work, because the [[EvilSorcerer ur-vile loremasters]] take command immediately upon Satansfists death and restore order. But when Covenant defeats [[BigBad Lord Foul]], the ur-viles sense it and decide to call it quits, and the whole army crumbles.

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* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'', specifically ''The Power that Preserves''. [[SupportingLeader Lord Mhoram]] thinks that by killing [[TheDragon Satansfist]], the commander of the army besieging Revelstone, he'll be able to route rout the entire army. It doesn't work, because the [[EvilSorcerer ur-vile loremasters]] take command immediately upon Satansfists death and restore order. But when Covenant defeats [[BigBad Lord Foul]], the ur-viles sense it and decide to call it quits, and the whole army crumbles.


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* In the ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' series ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', Grand Admiral Thrawn has a theory that the Emperor used his Force abilities to augment the performance and coordination of his troops until they were, unknowingly, completely dependent on him, and as a result became shockingly inept and amateurish after the Emperor's death. Thrawn's NumberTwo, Captain Pellaeon, refuses to accept this... until he sees a rise in troop performance similar to Thrawn's predictions after [[TheRemnant the Imperial Remnant]] allies with a [[FallenHero Fallen Jedi]] and uses said Jedi's abilities to coordinate themselves in battle.
-->'''Pellaeon:''' The Emperor was not directing the battle. Not in any way. I was there, AdmiralóI know.\\
'''Thrawn:''' Yes, Captain, you were there. And it's time you gave up your blindfold and faced the truth, no matter how bitter you find it. You had no real fighting spirit of your own anymoreónone of you in the Imperial Fleet did. It was the Emperor's will that drove you; the Emperor's mind that provided you with strength and resolve and efficiency. You were as dependent on that presence as if you were all borg-implanted into a combat computer.\\
'''Pellaeon:''' That's not true. It can't be. We fought on after his death.\\
'''Thrawn:''' Yes. You fought on. Like cadets.
22nd Dec '16 10:56:25 AM Prometheus117
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' reveals that [[spoiler:while the shutdown command on the droid army released after Order 66 did take into effect, [[TheStrategist super tactical droid Kalani]] received the command but, thanks to his calculations, determined that it was a [[AntiMutiny trick by the Republic]] and choose ''[[AvertedTrope not]]'' to shut down himself or the troops under his command. Apparently, he was the only, or at least one of the only, droids who determined something was fishy about the command]].
21st Dec '16 12:31:10 AM Xtifr
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* The Cauldron-Born (an army of undead) from the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' rampage without end until [[spoiler:Taran recovers the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Enchanted Sword]], Dyrnwyn, and stabs one with it - instantly destroying '''all''' of them]].

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* The Cauldron-Born (an army of undead) from the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' rampage without end until [[spoiler:Taran recovers the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Enchanted Sword]], Dyrnwyn, and stabs one with it - instantly destroying '''all''' of them]].
13th Nov '16 1:09:12 PM nombretomado
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* In the episode "Dark Heart" from ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', an army of [[NanoMachines self replicating robots]] is defeated when the heroes destroy the titular dark heart commanding them.

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* In the episode "Dark Heart" from ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', an army of [[NanoMachines self replicating robots]] is defeated when the heroes destroy the titular dark heart commanding them.
28th Sep '16 7:46:39 PM Eddy1215
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* In the [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra The Legend of Korra]] fanfic [[FanFic/BookFiveLegends Book Five: Legends]], when the bender animating the walking dead men is rendered unconscious, their animation fails and they fall like dominos. Naturally, this is incorporated into the defense of Republic City in the final chapters.

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* In the [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra The Legend of Korra]] ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' fanfic [[FanFic/BookFiveLegends Book Five: Legends]], when the bender animating the walking dead men is rendered unconscious, their animation fails and they fall like dominos. Naturally, this is incorporated into the defense of Republic City in the final chapters.



** Reused in''Film/IndependenceDayResurgence' where [[spoiler: after killing the alien queen, all of the aliens immediately drop dead and the mothership leaves Earth.]]

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** Reused in''Film/IndependenceDayResurgence' in ''Film/IndependenceDayResurgence'' where [[spoiler: after killing the alien queen, all of the aliens immediately drop dead and the mothership leaves Earth.]]
15th Sep '16 12:22:32 AM PaulA
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* The Buggers and their Queen from ''EndersGame''. Somewhat subverted in that the Buggers actually know that this is their weakness and actively hide the Queen among the rest of the ships. It takes a genius tactician like Ender to figure out which one is the Queen ship, and even he can't do it in the middle of combat. On top of that, the Queen usually isn't even with her troops, being capable of instantaneous communication from halfway across the galaxy. As a result, Ender ends up having to wipe out whole fleets at a time.

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* The Buggers and their Queen from ''EndersGame''.''Literature/EndersGame''. Somewhat subverted in that the Buggers actually know that this is their weakness and actively hide the Queen among the rest of the ships. It takes a genius tactician like Ender to figure out which one is the Queen ship, and even he can't do it in the middle of combat. On top of that, the Queen usually isn't even with her troops, being capable of instantaneous communication from halfway across the galaxy. As a result, Ender ends up having to wipe out whole fleets at a time.
20th Aug '16 5:23:51 PM nombretomado
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** One of the most notable examples in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' takes place in the War of the Lance in the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' setting. Takhisis, the Queen of Darkness and ruler of the evil gods, keeps her five Dragonarmies united through ruthless discipline and their fear of her. When she is banished back to the Abyss by the [=PCs=], the Dragonarmies turn on each other and begin fighting for power. The canon post-War setting includes five territories that are each held by a mutually hostile Dragonarmy, and are just as apt to fight each other as to attack the forces of good.

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** One of the most notable examples in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' takes place in the War of the Lance in the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' setting. Takhisis, the Queen of Darkness and ruler of the evil gods, keeps her five Dragonarmies united through ruthless discipline and their fear of her. When she is banished back to the Abyss by the [=PCs=], the Dragonarmies turn on each other and begin fighting for power. The canon post-War setting includes five territories that are each held by a mutually hostile Dragonarmy, and are just as apt to fight each other as to attack the forces of good.
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