History Main / LittleHeroBigWar

17th Dec '17 12:55:06 PM eroock
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->The Milky Way galaxy is a big place. So big, in fact, that attempting to tell its story would be a job for {{God}}, or maybe Creator/RobertJordan. It's the smaller stories that interest us, the galactic mega-epic is just an out-of-focus backdrop for individual heroes and villains.

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->The ->''The Milky Way galaxy is a big place. So big, in fact, that attempting to tell its story would be a job for {{God}}, or maybe Creator/RobertJordan. It's the smaller stories that interest us, the galactic mega-epic is just an out-of-focus backdrop for individual heroes and villains.''
10th Nov '17 8:41:38 AM NoSpoilerz
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5th Nov '17 5:44:55 AM Divra
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* ''{{VideoGame/Freespace}}'' was heavily criticized for this, the second installment in particular. Several early missions are intended to fail, and you are given objectives which make absolutely no tactical sense whatsoever, with no justification beyond "need-to-know basis". [[spoiler: As you gain security clearance, it becomes increasingly obvious that this was all part of a ploy to gain control of ETAK which failed spectacularly]] One of your wingmates even lampshades it.
--> Why did we attack the Iceni? Why did we destroy that cargo? I can live with being a pawn if the game makes sense!
1st Nov '17 11:10:14 PM BattleMaster
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\n* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' campaigns often run on this trope, as the major actors are already known in the fiction, the players' team tends to get assigned to smaller objectives rather than fighting directly in the major battles. Especially since the game's core rules make running large-scale battles practically impossible, and the rules for large-scale combat (Alpha Strike) aren't conductive for heroics.

21st Oct '17 6:09:43 AM Ramidel
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* ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' is firmly built around this trope. The entire region in which the setting takes place, Calradia, [[{{CrapsackWorld}} is in a state of perpetual war]] between the nations that it is composed of, while the player character is an immigrant fresh off the boat/caravan/mountain trail who is [[{{WideOpenSandbox}} pursuing their own goals and ambitions]]. At first, this entails riding about the land (fully on their own or with a [[{{ArmyOfThievesAndWhores}} small group of NPC hirelings]]) and clashing with (or running away from) small bands of ruffians, bandits or deserters from any of the numerous armies, all while the war rages in the background. Over time, the player character might develop their small band into a [[{{PrivateMilitaryContractors}} larger, well-equipped mercenary company]] and sign a contract with one of the factions (or join up as a regular soldier with the use of certain mods), riding into battle with one or two of the local lords, maybe even besieging a castle...while the larger war rages in the background. With further time and effort, the player character might even become ennobled and pledge vassalage to a local king, being granted a small village and a castle to rule it from, or capture and claim a castle all by themselves, either becoming a rebel faction (M&B) or declaring their own kingdom with their companions as vassals (Warband)...[[{{RuleOfThree}} all while the war rages in the background]], constant and unchanging. Yes, you can get quite far in the game and leave your mark in various ways, although it requires a ''lot'' of time and effort, but you will '''not''' win a (major) battle all by yourself, you will '''not''' get far without connections and royal patronage at some point, and, as a general rule, you will '''not''' be able (unless really an ''awful'' lot of time and effort is sunk into the game) to affect the ForeverWar in a lasting and significant way.
24th Sep '17 11:35:38 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* ''Film/TheHiddenFortress'' is set against the backdrop of a feudal war in Ancient Japan. The story is told from the perspective of Tahei (Minoru Chiaki) and Matashichi (Kamatari Fujiwara), who are bribed into helping a princess (Misa Uehara) and her general (Creator/ToshiroMifune) make it to safety.
2nd Sep '17 6:34:00 PM JulianLapostat
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* ''Literature/TheBalancedSword'' is set at a time when the demon king Kerlamion launches an attempt at world domination, leading to a war between the army of the Hells and the massed defensive forces of the Dragon King and the God-Emperor of the Mountain -- which takes place entirely off the page, while the protagonists track down and confront a BigBad who is using Kerlamion's invasion as a springboard for his own scheme.
* ''Literature/ConsiderPhlebas'' is all about this -- it's a minor sideshow in a vast interstellar war that, according to the end footnotes, is rather insignificant itself on the galactic scale of things.



* ''Literature/RedStormRising'' by Creator/TomClancy plays on this theme, in a story about a WorldWarThree fought only with conventional weapons, with multiple small groups of military personnel having some small impact on the overall progress of the war in various ways that collectively get more coverage than the supposed "big men" commanding the respective militaries.



* ''Literature/TheBalancedSword'' is set at a time when the demon king Kerlamion launches an attempt at world domination, leading to a war between the army of the Hells and the massed defensive forces of the Dragon King and the God-Emperor of the Mountain -- which takes place entirely off the page, while the protagonists track down and confront a BigBad who is using Kerlamion's invasion as a springboard for his own scheme.
* ''Literature/ConsiderPhlebas'' is all about this -- it's a minor sideshow in a vast interstellar war that, according to the end footnotes, is rather insignificant itself on the galactic scale of things.

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* ''Literature/TheBalancedSword'' is set at ''Literature/RedStormRising'' by Creator/TomClancy plays on this theme, in a time when story about a WorldWarThree fought only with conventional weapons, with multiple small groups of military personnel having some small impact on the demon king Kerlamion launches an attempt at world domination, leading to a war between the army overall progress of the Hells war in various ways that collectively get more coverage than the supposed "big men" commanding the respective militaries.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has this dilemma with Jon Snow
and the massed defensive forces Night's Watch. In Book 1, ''Literature/AGameOfThrones'', at the climax, when his brother Robb Stark calls his banners, he makes a break to leave the Watch (to which he is sworn to, and from which desertion is punishable by death). However, he feels he the War of the Dragon King Five Kings to avenge his father's death is the greater conflict than the Night's Watch, only to be corrected by Lord Commander Mormont and his fellow Watch-friends. As the God-Emperor of story advances, the Mountain -- which takes place entirely off drama for the page, while series is that the protagonists track down real conflict is being fought by the neglected and confront a BigBad underfunded Night's Watch who is using Kerlamion's invasion as a springboard for his own scheme.
* ''Literature/ConsiderPhlebas'' is
neglected by all about this -- it's a minor sideshow in a vast interstellar war that, according Southron rulers [[spoiler:except Stannis Baratheon who comes to aid the end footnotes, is rather insignificant itself on the galactic scale Watch in its hour of things.
need in ''Literature/AStormOfSwords'' and ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'']].
4th Aug '17 4:43:48 PM Folamh3
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* ''Film/{{Dunkirk}}'' depicts the titular historical event (the rescue of over 300,000 British soldiers from northern France during the second world war) from the perspective of three small groups of characters. One such group are made up of PinballProtagonists who are just trying to survive and don't make any plot-relevant decisions (which is lampshaded).

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* ''Film/{{Dunkirk}}'' depicts the titular historical event (the rescue of over 300,000 British soldiers from northern France during the second world war) from the perspective of three small groups of characters. One such group are made up of PinballProtagonists [[PinballProtagonist pinball protagonists]] who are just trying to survive and don't make any plot-relevant decisions (which is lampshaded).
4th Aug '17 4:43:24 PM Folamh3
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* ''Film/{{Dunkirk}}'' depicts the titular historical event (the rescue of over 300,000 British soldiers from northern France during the second world war) from the perspective of three small groups of characters. One such group are made up of PinballProtagonists who are just trying to survive and don't make any plot-relevant decisions (which is lampshaded).
14th Jul '17 8:28:32 AM BloodPlum
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* In [[Fanfic/SugarPlums]] the fan fiction spends a lot of time building up to actual social and political causes of the Land of Water, however the moment it starts all the main characters promptly leave the country and do other things. In setting it's justified because they are building up their resources so they can meet up with and help bolster the rebellion which they do eventually return with.

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* In [[Fanfic/SugarPlums]] ''Fanfic/SugarPlums'' the fan fiction spends a lot of time building up to actual social and political causes of the Land of Water, however the moment it starts all the main characters promptly leave the country and do other things. In setting it's justified because they are building up their resources so they can meet up with and help bolster the rebellion which they do eventually return with.
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