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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.
27th Jun '17 3:08:38 AM JackG
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* ''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.
29th Mar '17 8:59:52 PM 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.
9th Jan '17 11:00:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''KellysHeroes'' is a bank heist movie set against the backdrop of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The fact that a war is going on has its effects on the story, sure, but if it weren't for all the tanks and guns and Nazis the protagonists run into, you may as well be talking about ''OceansEleven''.

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* ''KellysHeroes'' ''Film/KellysHeroes'' is a bank heist movie set against the backdrop of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The fact that a war is going on has its effects on the story, sure, but if it weren't for all the tanks and guns and Nazis the protagonists run into, you may as well be talking about ''OceansEleven''.''Film/OceansEleven''.
6th Dec '16 12:22:47 PM Morgenthaler
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* Terry Brooks's ''Literature/TheElfstonesOfShannara'' has the hero Wil Ohmsford protecting TheChosenOne while she makes the journey that will ultimately save the world. In the background, BadAss Druid Allanon and Ander Elessedil lead the combined forces of Men, Dwarves, Trolls, and Elves against the Demonic hordes of [[BigBad The Dagda Mor]].

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* Terry Brooks's ''Literature/TheElfstonesOfShannara'' has the hero Wil Ohmsford protecting TheChosenOne while she makes the journey that will ultimately save the world. In the background, BadAss badass Druid Allanon and Ander Elessedil lead the combined forces of Men, Dwarves, Trolls, and Elves against the Demonic hordes of [[BigBad The Dagda Mor]].
30th Oct '16 10:12:44 AM nombretomado
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** {{GURPS}} has a similar system that (nominally) makes it possible to run a major battle. However, much like Exalted above, if a few [=PCs=] can take on an army the "little" qualification is rather lost.

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** {{GURPS}} TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} has a similar system that (nominally) makes it possible to run a major battle. However, much like Exalted above, if a few [=PCs=] can take on an army the "little" qualification is rather lost.



** ''MutantsAndMasterminds'' uses the same system as well, by once again turning a large army into a single character.

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** ''MutantsAndMasterminds'' ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' uses the same system as well, by once again turning a large army into a single character.
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