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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.
19th Aug '16 11:42:56 PM lalalei2001
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* In the rock opera by Music/TheProtomen called "The Father of Death" Dr. Wily, as a Dangerously Genre Savvy Villain, tricks Dr. Light into committing terrorist acts and sacrificing Sniper Joe to destroy his "robot control tower." Turns out Wily has a second control tower located in a fortress and he was only waiting for Dr. Light's attack to give him an excuse to deploy his robot army and declare martial law.

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* In the rock opera by Music/TheProtomen called "The Father of Death" Dr. Wily, as a Dangerously Genre Savvy Villain, tricks Dr. Light into committing terrorist acts and sacrificing Sniper sending Joe to destroy his "robot control tower." tower. Turns out Wily has had a second control tower located in a fortress and he was only waiting for Dr. Light's attack to give him an excuse to deploy his robot army and declare martial law.
13th Aug '16 8:47:54 PM Ghilz
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** ''VideoGame/XCom2'' averts the trope - defeating the Elders still leaves the general population having to rise up against the remaining ADVENT forces.
13th Aug '16 4:04:42 PM htuttle
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* The ''{{X-Com}}'' series ''loves'' this trope. In the first game, the entire alien army is run by a giant brain on Mars. In the second game, the leader is hidden underwater. In the third game, you have to seal off the gates to their dimension.
** The third game, ''Apocalypse'', is more of an inversion: In order to seal the gates off, you have to have already destroyed their entire city, and nearly every living thing in it. The gates are the last [[OrganicTechnology structure/organism]] to die.
** Given a nod in XCOMEnemyUnknown. After you take an alien base, your NumberTwo believes that you've broken the invasion. The Head Researcher, however, raises an eyebrow at that, mutters under her breath something about "Too easy", then walks off to begin researching the spoils. [[spoiler: She's right. Turns out the base was only an ''outpost'' of the main force. Played straight, and Justified, at the end of the game however. Taking out the [[FinalBoss Uber Ethereal]] kicks off a reaction that [[LoadBearingBoss causes the alien]] [[TheMotherShip Temple Ship]] [[LoadBearingBoss to implode]], taking the majority of their ships, supplies, and leadership with it.]]

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* The ''{{X-Com}}'' ''[[{{Series/XCOM}} X-COM]]'' series ''loves'' this trope. In the first game, the entire alien army is run by [[VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense a giant brain on Mars. Mars.]] In the second game, the leader [[VideoGame/XCOMTerrorFromTheDeep is hidden underwater. underwater]]. In the third game, you have to [[VideoGame/XCOMApocalypse seal off the gates to their dimension.
dimension.]]
** The third game, ''Apocalypse'', is actually more of an inversion: In order to seal the gates off, you have to have already destroyed their entire city, and nearly every living thing in it. The gates are the last [[OrganicTechnology structure/organism]] to die.
** Given It's given a nod in XCOMEnemyUnknown.''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown''. After you take an alien base, your NumberTwo believes that you've broken the invasion. The Head Researcher, however, raises an eyebrow at that, mutters under her breath something about "Too easy", then walks off to begin researching the spoils. [[spoiler: She's right. Turns out the base was only an ''outpost'' of the main force. Played straight, and Justified, at the end of the game however. Taking out the [[FinalBoss Uber Ethereal]] kicks off a reaction that [[LoadBearingBoss causes the alien]] [[TheMotherShip Temple Ship]] [[LoadBearingBoss to implode]], taking the majority of their ships, supplies, and leadership with it.]]
26th Jul '16 12:00:26 AM Tron80
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* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'': In the ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' storyline,
Supergirl faced off against the Diasporans -an alien space force that had devastated several planets and wiped out their inhabitants-. However their leader was being mind-controlled, so the whole army surrendered once Supergirl defeated him.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'': In the ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' storyline,
storyline, Supergirl faced off against the Diasporans -an alien space force that had devastated several planets and wiped out their inhabitants-. However their leader was being mind-controlled, so the whole army surrendered once Supergirl defeated him.
25th Jul '16 11:57:57 PM Tron80
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* In the final run of Gail Simone's ComicBook/WonderWoman run, she faces off against the Citizenry, a genocidal military force so fearsome that they eat GreenLanterns for breakfast. Fortunately, their self-justification is based on their own strength, so when Wonder Woman defeats their leader said leader loses all status and Diana's able to order them to stand down.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'': In the ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' storyline,
Supergirl faced off against the Diasporans -an alien space force that had devastated several planets and wiped out their inhabitants-. However their leader was being mind-controlled, so the whole army surrendered once Supergirl defeated him.
* In the final run of Gail Simone's ComicBook/WonderWoman Franchise/WonderWoman run, she faces off against the Citizenry, a genocidal military force so fearsome that they eat GreenLanterns [[Franchise/GreenLantern Green Lanterns]] for breakfast. Fortunately, their self-justification is based on their own strength, so when Wonder Woman defeats their leader said leader loses all status and Diana's able to order them to stand down.
14th Jul '16 4:13:21 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** The first ''Naruto Shippuden'' movie features a nigh-invulnerable terracotta army that is animated by an EldritchAbomination type being called Mouryu. The only practical way to stop it is by sealing this creature, which is in itself a pretty tall order once its soul and body have reunited. Which, in a surprising moment of GenreSavvy, is why they sealed the soul & body in two different places. Mouryu, unfortunately, has shades of AsLongAsThereIsEvil going on.

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** The first ''Naruto Shippuden'' movie features a nigh-invulnerable terracotta army that is animated by an EldritchAbomination type being called Mouryu. The only practical way to stop it is by sealing this creature, which is in itself a pretty tall order once its soul and body have reunited. Which, in a surprising moment of GenreSavvy, savvy, is why they sealed the soul & body in two different places. Mouryu, unfortunately, has shades of AsLongAsThereIsEvil going on.



* All the units of the [[StarfishAliens Scrin]] harvest escort fleet in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer 3: Tiberium Wars'' are powered by [[GreenRocks Tiberium]] radiation emanating from a "Relay Node" established at the original Tiberium meteor's crash site, in Italy. While the Node has an operational range that goes as far out as the Moon, its destruction stops every Scrin unit ''on Earth'' dead in its tracks, and some even break apart. The Scrin [[GenreSavvy are aware of its importance]]: it's ''ludicrously'' well-defended with everything from [[TimeStandsStill stasis shields]], [[ShockAndAwe Storm Columns]] and a [[CoolStarship space fleet]] to [[ImmuneToBullets phase fields]] that [[CrazyPrepared render it invulnerable]] temporarily. Additionally, their original invasion plan called for multiple redundant nodes, but they got [[ObstructiveBureaucrat sidetracked]].

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* All the units of the [[StarfishAliens Scrin]] harvest escort fleet in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer 3: Tiberium Wars'' are powered by [[GreenRocks Tiberium]] radiation emanating from a "Relay Node" established at the original Tiberium meteor's crash site, in Italy. While the Node has an operational range that goes as far out as the Moon, its destruction stops every Scrin unit ''on Earth'' dead in its tracks, and some even break apart. The Scrin [[GenreSavvy are aware of its importance]]: importance: it's ''ludicrously'' well-defended with everything from [[TimeStandsStill stasis shields]], [[ShockAndAwe Storm Columns]] and a [[CoolStarship space fleet]] to [[ImmuneToBullets phase fields]] that [[CrazyPrepared render it invulnerable]] temporarily. Additionally, their original invasion plan called for multiple redundant nodes, but they got [[ObstructiveBureaucrat sidetracked]].



** One of the bonus missions shows they're GenreSavvy about this to the point that they have ''three'' back-up kings ready to take control of their forces in case the one from the main game bites it.

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** One of the bonus missions shows they're GenreSavvy savvy about this to the point that they have ''three'' back-up kings ready to take control of their forces in case the one from the main game bites it.



** Given a nod in XCOMEnemyUnknown. After you take an alien base, your NumberTwo believes that you've broken the invasion. The Head Researcher, however, raises an eyebrow at that, mutters under her breath something about "Too easy", then walks off to begin researching the spoils. [[spoiler: [[GenreSavvy She's right.]] Turns out the base was only an ''outpost'' of the main force. Played straight, and Justified, at the end of the game however. Taking out the [[FinalBoss Uber Ethereal]] kicks off a reaction that [[LoadBearingBoss causes the alien]] [[TheMotherShip Temple Ship]] [[LoadBearingBoss to implode]], taking the majority of their ships, supplies, and leadership with it.]]

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** Given a nod in XCOMEnemyUnknown. After you take an alien base, your NumberTwo believes that you've broken the invasion. The Head Researcher, however, raises an eyebrow at that, mutters under her breath something about "Too easy", then walks off to begin researching the spoils. [[spoiler: [[GenreSavvy She's right.]] right. Turns out the base was only an ''outpost'' of the main force. Played straight, and Justified, at the end of the game however. Taking out the [[FinalBoss Uber Ethereal]] kicks off a reaction that [[LoadBearingBoss causes the alien]] [[TheMotherShip Temple Ship]] [[LoadBearingBoss to implode]], taking the majority of their ships, supplies, and leadership with it.]]
10th Jul '16 5:32:33 PM nombretomado
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* The Cauldron-Born (an army of undead) from the ''PrydainChronicles'' 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 ''PrydainChronicles'' ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' rampage without end until [[spoiler:Taran recovers the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Enchanted Sword]], Dyrnwyn, and stabs one with it - instantly destroying '''all''' of them]].
10th Jul '16 1:59:04 AM thatmadork
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** Taken to an extreme by the Vampire Counts in ''VideoGame/TotalWarWarhammer''. Most armies will take the loss of their general poorly, but the undead units of the Vampire army will literally start to crumble should the Vampire Lord or Necromancer commanding the army perish in battle, as there's no more dark magic to sustain them. Going straight for the commander is the best anti-Vampire tactic given that [[FearlessUndead Vampire units never rout or flee and always fight to the bitter end]], but also given that Necromancers often hide in the back lines and that Vampire Lords are often skilled fighters in their own right, accomplishing this is easier said than done.
23rd Jun '16 3:22:44 AM KINGOFCHEESE
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** 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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