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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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6th May '17 6:34:34 PM CV12Hornet
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** 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.
22nd Apr '17 7:17:30 PM nombretomado
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* ''SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperForceGo'' featured in one episode the Vreen, a HordeOfAlienLocusts from the future. Their weakness was the present-day bug [[StableTimeLoop they evolved from]]; when it was found and destroyed, the Vreen disappeared.

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* ''SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperForceGo'' ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperForceGo'' featured in one episode the Vreen, a HordeOfAlienLocusts from the future. Their weakness was the present-day bug [[StableTimeLoop they evolved from]]; when it was found and destroyed, the Vreen disappeared.
19th Apr '17 9:18:27 AM Malady
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* ''FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi'': The Dungeon Hearts are the Keystones of a Dungeon Keeper's army, as killing the heart banishes the Keeper.



* In the post-Apocalypse novel ''Literature/{{Malevil}}'', depending on a Keystone Army becomes the plan of attack near the end of the novel. [[spoiler: The BiggerBad is marching his army toward the hero's castle, he rules his men with fear and bad luck has cost him his two best lieutenants. If they can kill him and his last second-in-command then his army should disband. They have to succeed because while he can't take the castle in a single battle, they won't be able to win a prolonged guerrilla war against him.]]

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* In the post-Apocalypse novel ''Literature/{{Malevil}}'', depending on a Keystone Army becomes the plan of attack near the end of the novel. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The BiggerBad is marching his army toward the hero's castle, he rules his men with fear and bad luck has cost him his two best lieutenants. If they can kill him and his last second-in-command then his army should disband. They have to succeed because while he can't take the castle in a single battle, they won't be able to win a prolonged guerrilla war against him.]]



** The Ood from "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E3PlanetOfTheOod Planet of the Ood]]" have a form of hive mind. Destroying it would presumably kill all the Oods. The subversion being that the BigBad tries to destroy it while the Doctor has to save it.
* The armies of Vortigern in the 1998 ''[[Series/{{Merlin1998}} Merlin]]'' series. [[spoiler: Once Merlin disposes of their king, they cease fighting, and Vortigern's rival Uther is shortly thereafter crowned king.]]
* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', as soon as the bridge of a starship is captured, the entire rest of the ship is implied to surrender. This is [[{{Handwave}} Handwaved]] by WordOfGod saying that capturing the bridge allows the boarders to use the ship's own anti-intruder measures against the rest of the crew. It's still a bit ridiculous seeing the thousand man crew of the ''Enterprise'' being defeated by three Ferengi.

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** The Ood from "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E3PlanetOfTheOod "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E3PlanetOfTheOod Planet of the Ood]]" have a form of hive mind. Destroying it would presumably kill all the Oods. The subversion being that the BigBad tries to destroy it while the Doctor has to save it.
* The armies of Vortigern in the 1998 ''[[Series/{{Merlin1998}} Merlin]]'' series. [[spoiler: Once [[spoiler:Once Merlin disposes of their king, they cease fighting, and Vortigern's rival Uther is shortly thereafter crowned king.]]
* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', as soon as the bridge of a starship is captured, the entire rest of the ship is implied to surrender. This is [[{{Handwave}} Handwaved]] {{Handwave}}d by WordOfGod saying that capturing the bridge allows the boarders to use the ship's own anti-intruder measures against the rest of the crew. It's still a bit ridiculous seeing the thousand man crew of the ''Enterprise'' being defeated by three Ferengi.



** In ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld 2}}'' you take down Makaan in the second-to-last mission. As his charisma was the only thing keeping the various Vaygr Crusades together, this breaks their military might in multiple lesser fleets... [[OhCrap Including the one equipped with almost indestructible planet killers]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero that now has nothing stopping them from attacking Hiigara]]. Destroying those planet killers (using the mighty warship you killed Makaan over) is your last mission.

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** In ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld 2}}'' ''VideoGame/Homeworld2'' you take down Makaan in the second-to-last mission. As his charisma was the only thing keeping the various Vaygr Crusades together, this breaks their military might in multiple lesser fleets... [[OhCrap Including the one equipped with almost indestructible planet killers]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero that now has nothing stopping them from attacking Hiigara]]. Destroying those planet killers (using the mighty warship you killed Makaan over) is your last mission.mission.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'': Facing an enemy Keeper is like this: the moment its dungeon heart is destroyed, its forces go neutral and file out of the nearest portal ''en masse'', leaving its dungeon to be claimed. Possibly it's because [[PunchClockVillain they're not getting paid anymore]].
16th Apr '17 1:33:19 AM ImpudentInfidel
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*** These both are arguably subversions, however, given that the 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. 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 Rebellion's favor.

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*** These both are arguably subversions, however, given that the 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 and ended in a draw. 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 Rebellion's favor.
13th Apr '17 12:02:27 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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Similar, but not to be confused with the ''Keystone Kops''. No relation to Pennsylvania's[[note]]"The Keystone State"[[/note]] National Guard.

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Similar, but not to be confused with the ''Keystone Kops''. No relation to Pennsylvania's[[note]]"The UsefulNotes/{{Pennsylvania}}'s[[note]]which is known as "The Keystone State"[[/note]] National Guard.
12th Apr '17 1:08:37 PM Tuckerscreator
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* Inverted in ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}''. The Helmacrons are a hive species who kill their queen upon enthroning her so she becomes "infallible". In their case, their hive mind means that none of them can really die, so killing the queen has the opposite effect of spreading her own consciousness rather than eliminating all of theirs.
11th Mar '17 11:26:24 AM nombretomado
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** The SOP can be seen as the keystone in ''MetalGearSolid4''. Sure, [[SuperSenses they give you more awareness and perfect response,]] [[BottledHeroicResolve and suppress PTSD,]] but if you lose it, [[HeroicBSOD expect withdrawal]]. Half of the game is consist of Liquid Ocelot try to find a way to control it and Solid Snake's attempts to hinder him.

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** The SOP can be seen as the keystone in ''MetalGearSolid4''.''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots''. Sure, [[SuperSenses they give you more awareness and perfect response,]] [[BottledHeroicResolve and suppress PTSD,]] but if you lose it, [[HeroicBSOD expect withdrawal]]. Half of the game is consist of Liquid Ocelot try to find a way to control it and Solid Snake's attempts to hinder him.
5th Mar '17 5:06:12 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/InTheNameOfTheKing: A DungeonSiege Tale'' has the Krug, formerly mindless beasts who have been magically uplifted by [[EvilSorcerer Gallian]] to serve as his army. Still mostly beasts, they fight using WeHaveReserves tactics. As soon as Farmer slits Gallian's throat, the Krug stop and, after standing around in confusion, drop their weapons and wander off.

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* ''Film/InTheNameOfTheKing: A DungeonSiege VideoGame/DungeonSiege Tale'' has the Krug, formerly mindless beasts who have been magically uplifted by [[EvilSorcerer Gallian]] to serve as his army. Still mostly beasts, they fight using WeHaveReserves tactics. As soon as Farmer slits Gallian's throat, the Krug stop and, after standing around in confusion, drop their weapons and wander off.
3rd Mar '17 9:26:47 PM KillerKappa
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** 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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