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8th Sep '17 12:05:13 PM BeerBaron
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has evil wizards who will often summon up two or more zombies or elemental familiars to fight you. If you kill the wizard, all of their summoned creatures die/vanish. This can comically extend to entire packs of vampires or a dungeon full of necromancers, as they will raise their fallen comrades, who then proceeds to raise more of their comrades. However, if you allow them to do this while keeping track of the last "alive" one, killing him results in the entire room dissipating into dust.
** Not to the scale of an army, but the [[DownloadableContent Dawnguard]] expansion gives you a quest where you must fight your way through a cave of charmed Vigilant of Stendarr. It is entirely possible to ignore their attacks and take a sprint down to the vampire controlling them. Killing said vampire prompts all of its thralls to drop dead.

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has evil wizards who ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s ''Shivering Isles'' expansion, the Forces of Order are the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] servants of the expansion's BigBad, Jyggalag, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[ControlFreak Order]], and are connected to Jyggalag's Obelisks of Order. The Priests of Order can activate the Obelisks and
will often summon up two or more zombies or elemental familiars to fight you. If you kill resurrect if they are killed as long as the wizard, all Obelisk remains active. The Knights of their Order spawn from the Obelisks while active. The only way to deactivate an Obelisk is to overload it (by placing the hearts of the Knights into it).
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** Summoned Daedra and undead will die/vanish if the person who
summoned creatures die/vanish.them is killed. This can comically extend to entire packs of vampires or a dungeon full of necromancers, as they will raise their fallen comrades, who then proceeds to raise more of their comrades. However, if you allow them to do this while keeping track of the last "alive" "living" one, killing him results in the entire room dissipating into dust.
** *** Not to the scale of an army, but the [[DownloadableContent Dawnguard]] expansion ''Dawnguard'' DLC gives you a quest where you must fight your way through a cave of charmed Vigilant of Stendarr. It is entirely possible to ignore their attacks and take a sprint down to the vampire controlling them. Killing said vampire prompts all of its thralls to drop dead.
30th Aug '17 9:36:36 AM MBG
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** On the other hand, it's consciously averted in the adventure ''Red Hand of Doom'', where killing [[TheDragon Hravek Kharn]], who's commanding the Red Hand, doesn't cause a total breakdown. It does cause the army to retreat, but only for a few hours, at which point the result depends on how well the party performed in their overall attempts to hamper and harry the army. If the PCs have been doing a good job (disrupting their alliances, making good tactical choices, killing the dragons and giants who showed up for the battle), then Kharn's death turns out to be just the latest and greatest in a long line of horrible setbacks for the army, and it disintegrates. But if the PCs haven't been doing so, then the army simply regroups, falls under the next-highest person in the chain of command (typically a surviving member of the QuirkyMinibossSquad, or an EliteMook if the former are all dead), and resumes the attack. It's justified, too, as the army is mostly hobgoblins, who have "organized militaristic fighting" as their [[PlanetOfHats hat.]]

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** On the other hand, it's consciously averted in the adventure ''Red Hand of Doom'', where killing [[TheDragon Hravek Kharn]], who's commanding the Red Hand, doesn't cause a total breakdown. It does cause the army to retreat, but only for a few hours, at which point the result depends on how well the party performed in their overall attempts to hamper and harry the army. If the PCs [=PCs=] have been doing a good job (disrupting their alliances, making good tactical choices, killing the dragons and giants who showed up for the battle), then Kharn's death turns out to be just the latest and greatest in a long line of horrible setbacks for the army, and it disintegrates. But if the PCs [=PCs=] haven't been doing so, too well, then the army simply regroups, falls under the next-highest person in the chain of command (typically a surviving member of the QuirkyMinibossSquad, or an EliteMook if the former are all dead), and resumes the attack. It's justified, too, as the army is mostly hobgoblins, who have "organized militaristic fighting" as their [[PlanetOfHats hat.]]



*** However as of 6th this has been removed, now it just gives the other guy an additional kill point. This was [[ObviousRulesPatch likely due]] to the surprisingly common strategy of shooting your own Ethereal.

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*** However as of 6th this has been removed, now it just gives the other guy an additional kill point. This was [[ObviousRulesPatch [[ObviousRulePatch likely due]] to the surprisingly common strategy of shooting your own Ethereal.
30th Aug '17 7:13:51 AM MBG
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*** However as of 6th this has been removed, now it just gives the other guy an additional kill point.

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*** However as of 6th this has been removed, now it just gives the other guy an additional kill point. This was [[ObviousRulesPatch likely due]] to the surprisingly common strategy of shooting your own Ethereal.
30th Aug '17 7:09:27 AM MBG
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** On the other hand, it's consciously averted in the adventure ''Red Hand of Doom'', where killing [[TheDragon Hravek Kharn]], who's commanding the Red Hand, doesn't cause a total breakdown. It does cause the army to retreat, but only for a few hours, at which point the result depends on how well the party performed in their overall attempts to hamper and harry the army. If the PCs have been doing a good job (disrupting their alliances, making good tactical choices, killing the dragons and giants who showed up for the battle), then Kharn's death turns out to be just the latest and greatest in a long line of horrible setbacks for the army, and it disintegrates. But if the PCs haven't been doing so, then the army simply regroups, falls under the next-highest person in the chain of command (typically a surviving member of the QuirkyMinibossSquad, or an EliteMook if the former are all dead), and resumes the attack. It's justified, too, as the army is mostly hobgoblins, who have "organized militaristic fighting" as their [[PlanetOfHats hat.]]
19th Aug '17 9:28:36 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* Not a story example, but it's possible to create team compositions in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' that work on this principle. Common ones include "Protect the Kog'Maw" comps, where four champions on the team are picked to buff and protect the fifth one, a [[MagikarpPower long-ranged hypercarry who is almost unstoppable in the late game]]. Alternatively, teams that pick [[TheMedic Soraka]] and rely on her incredible healing power to keep their damage dealers alive can end up as this- because her base healing spell [[EmpathicHealing costs her 10% of her maximum HP with each cast]] and cannot be cast on herself, Soraka is regularly left dangerously close to death as the price of keeping her teammates healthy, so if the enemy team manage to ShootTheMedicFirst her entire team can suddenly collapse like a Jenga tower with the base removed.
14th Aug '17 6:54:08 AM Eddy1215
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* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', the alien ships are rendered shieldless through a virus uploaded to the mothership, which apparently maintains a constant data link with both the motherships and the fighters. Despite claims that this would only last a few minutes, they never get their shields back. In slight twist the aliens are still perfectly healthy and their technology (other than the shielding) is still functioning, but they're much less of a threat without it.

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* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', the alien ships are rendered shieldless through a virus uploaded to the mothership, which apparently maintains a constant data link with both the motherships and the fighters. Despite claims that this would only last a few minutes, they never get their shields back. In This is a slight twist as the aliens are still perfectly healthy and their technology (other than the shielding) is still functioning, but they're much less of a threat without it.
14th Aug '17 4:17:51 AM AdamC
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* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', the alien ships are rendered shieldless through a virus uploaded to the mothership, which apparently maintains a constant data link with both the motherships and the fighters. Despite claims that this would only last a few minutes, they never get their shields back.

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* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', the alien ships are rendered shieldless through a virus uploaded to the mothership, which apparently maintains a constant data link with both the motherships and the fighters. Despite claims that this would only last a few minutes, they never get their shields back. In slight twist the aliens are still perfectly healthy and their technology (other than the shielding) is still functioning, but they're much less of a threat without it.
19th Jul '17 3:35:38 PM thatother1dude
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* This could be said of Zero in ''Anime/CodeGeass''. During the invasion of Tokyo during the Black Rebellion, Zero's vaguely-justified retreat in the middle of the battle proved to be fatal for his troops' morale, and without him there to lead them they quickly fell to Brittanian forces.
** {{Lampshaded}} by Diethard earlier in the series, when Zero has gone missing and some of the Black Knights wish to retreat and leave him for dead, rather than risk themselves by sticking around looking for him[[note]]Not cowardice so much as the leaders not wanting to risk everything on the retrieval of one man[[/note]]. Diethard points out that Zero is the glue holding the organization together: lose him and they've lost everything.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': the army of [[spoiler:ninja resurrected by [[{{Necromancer}} Kabuto]]]] was controlled and created by his technique, and thus can be stopped by defeating him. However, just killing him won't [[NoOntologicalInertia get rid of it]]; he has to actually be forced to stop it.

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* This could be said of Zero in ''Anime/CodeGeass''. During the invasion of Tokyo during the Black Rebellion, Zero's vaguely-justified retreat in the middle of the battle proved to be fatal for his troops' morale, and without him there to lead them they quickly fell to Brittanian forces.
''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** {{Lampshaded}} by Diethard earlier in the series, when Zero has gone missing and some of the Black Knights wish to retreat and leave him for dead, rather than risk themselves by sticking around looking for him[[note]]Not cowardice so much as the leaders not wanting to risk everything on the retrieval of one man[[/note]]. Diethard points out that Zero is the glue holding the organization together: lose him and they've lost everything.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': the
The army of [[spoiler:ninja resurrected by [[{{Necromancer}} Kabuto]]]] was controlled and created by his technique, and thus can be stopped by defeating him. However, just killing him won't [[NoOntologicalInertia get rid of it]]; he has to actually be forced to stop it.
18th Jul '17 1:36:09 PM Necrodomo
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* Killing a summoner in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' instantly banishes their minions back to the dust (or heaven or hell for angelic or demonic summoners).
7th May '17 7:58:23 AM Ghilz
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* The Indianapolis Colts of the NFL have been one of the most consistently good teams during the 2000s. From 2002 to 2015, they made the playoffs 11 out of 13 times. What happened during the two seasons they missed? In 2011, they lost All Pro quarterback Peyton Manning for the year before the season even started due to a neck injury and, because they built the whole team around him, they plummeted to last place. They received the first pick in the next years draft and used it to draft Andrew Luck, one of the most NFL-ready quarterbacks in the history of the game. Luck took the Colts back to the playoffs for the next three seasons, until he was sidelined by an injury in 2015 and the [[AesopAmnesia team fell apart again]].
** In fairness to the Colts, this is something that's true of the vast majority of NFL teams. The quarterback is so crucial to running an NFL offense that losing said quarterback for any length of time is ranges from bad to catastrophic. And backups can only do so much; backups that show legitimate starting ability tend to be poached by other teams.
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