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14th Dec '17 2:55:55 AM Khrunwahl02
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* ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'': The U.S. military are too weak to repel Crypto's efforts to start harvesting humans for their brain stems, since humans have been selected to be the cattle for Crypto's dying race. Even before Crypto arrived the U.S. military were already doing a pretty bad job with evil secret agency Majestic drugging the food supply of an entire suburban town turning them into aggressive zombies.

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* ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'': The U.S. military are too weak to repel Crypto's efforts to start harvesting humans for their brain stems, since humans have been selected to be the cattle for Crypto's dying race. Even before Crypto arrived arrived, the U.S. military were was already doing a pretty bad job with since they unknowingly allowed evil secret agency Majestic drugging drug the food supply of an entire suburban town turning them into aggressive zombies.
14th Dec '17 2:52:08 AM Khrunwahl02
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* ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'': Crypto, a [[TheGreys Grey alien]] who arrives in Cold War-era America to start herding humans like cattle for their brain stems, gets met with fierce but unsuccessful military opposition. In fact, the military is so useless that Crypto has to save the humans from being enslaved by corrupt secret agency Majestic, who plans to drug restaurants, broadcast TV propaganda and rig elections to control the American masses, so that he can enslave America himself. The military actually assist Majestic do so because they take their orders from the President, who so happens to be a puppet controlled by Majestic.

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* ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'': Crypto, a [[TheGreys Grey alien]] who arrives in Cold War-era America The U.S. military are too weak to repel Crypto's efforts to start herding harvesting humans like cattle for their brain stems, gets met with fierce but unsuccessful since humans have been selected to be the cattle for Crypto's dying race. Even before Crypto arrived the U.S. military opposition. In fact, the military is so useless that Crypto has to save the humans from being enslaved by corrupt were already doing a pretty bad job with evil secret agency Majestic, who plans to drug restaurants, broadcast TV propaganda and rig elections to control the American masses, so that he can enslave America himself. The military actually assist Majestic do so because they take their orders from drugging the President, who so happens to be a puppet controlled by Majestic.food supply of an entire suburban town turning them into aggressive zombies.
12th Dec '17 7:09:21 PM Khrunwahl02
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* ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'': Crypto, a [[TheGreys Grey alien]] who arrives in Cold War-era America to start herding humans like cattle for their brain stems, gets met with fierce but unsuccessful military opposition. In fact, the military is so useless that Crypto has to save the humans from being enslaved by corrupt secret agency Majestic, who plans to drug restaurants, broadcast TV propaganda and rig elections to control the American masses, so that he can enslave America himself.

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* ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'': Crypto, a [[TheGreys Grey alien]] who arrives in Cold War-era America to start herding humans like cattle for their brain stems, gets met with fierce but unsuccessful military opposition. In fact, the military is so useless that Crypto has to save the humans from being enslaved by corrupt secret agency Majestic, who plans to drug restaurants, broadcast TV propaganda and rig elections to control the American masses, so that he can enslave America himself. The military actually assist Majestic do so because they take their orders from the President, who so happens to be a puppet controlled by Majestic.
11th Dec '17 6:48:28 PM Khrunwahl02
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* ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'': Crypto, a [[TheGreys Grey alien]] who arrives in Cold War-era America to start herding humans like cattle for their brain stems, gets met with fierce yet pathetic military opposition. However, even if Crypto never came to earth, humans were doomed to become treated like cattle anyways since corrupt secret agency Majestic planned to mind control humans using chemicals sneaked in to junk food before playing television propaganda ordering Americans to eat junk food. The military wouldn't have been able to stop Majestic either, since Majestic secretly overthrew the United States government and installed a puppet president.

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* ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'': Crypto, a [[TheGreys Grey alien]] who arrives in Cold War-era America to start herding humans like cattle for their brain stems, gets met with fierce yet pathetic but unsuccessful military opposition. However, even if In fact, the military is so useless that Crypto never came has to earth, save the humans were doomed to become treated like cattle anyways since from being enslaved by corrupt secret agency Majestic planned Majestic, who plans to mind control humans using chemicals sneaked in to junk food before playing television drug restaurants, broadcast TV propaganda ordering Americans and rig elections to eat junk food. The military wouldn't have been able to stop Majestic either, since Majestic secretly overthrew control the United States government and installed a puppet president.American masses, so that he can enslave America himself.
5th Dec '17 5:04:12 PM NogaiKhan
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** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' plays it straight, more or less, though it's justified case. Unlike ''Man of Steel'', their intervention was more of a detriment than anything else- if they hadn't launched the nuke, Superman would've been able to simply punch Doomsday into space and end the whole thing there. In the extended cut of the film, the military also tries to drone strike a militia base in Kenya with civilians (including Americans) inside, forcing Superman to destroy the drone to stop them.

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** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' plays it straight, straight more or less, though it's justified case. case, as [[InvincibleVillain Doomsday]] simply absorbs or regenerates from ''everything'' short of Kryptonite. Unlike ''Man of Steel'', their intervention was more of a detriment than anything else- if they hadn't launched the nuke, nuke at Doomsday, nearly killing Superman in the process, Superman would've been able to simply punch Doomsday him into space and end the whole thing there. In the extended cut of the film, the military also tries to drone strike a militia base in Kenya with civilians (including Americans) inside, forcing Superman to destroy the drone to stop them.
5th Dec '17 5:03:00 PM NogaiKhan
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* In the Film/DCExtendedUniverse, the military are knocked down, blasted or captured within seconds when they attack super villains such as General Zod, Doomsday and Incubus in ''Film/ManOfSteel'', ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' and ''Film/SuicideSquad'' respectively. This is when the iconic titular superheroes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the Suicide Squad come in to save the day.

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* In The Film/DCExtendedUniverse zig-zags on this depending on the Film/DCExtendedUniverse, movie.
** ''Film/ManOfSteel'' is a hardcore aversion. While the Kryptonians are well beyond the ability of
the military are knocked down, blasted or captured within seconds when to harm with what they attack super villains such ahve on hand in the film, the US Air Force is depicted as General Zod, Doomsday thoroughly competent and Incubus in ''Film/ManOfSteel'', doing the best they can against the invaders. In fact, they save Superman's life a couple of times, and ultimately [[spoiler: it is them, and not Superman, who sends most of the Kryptonians back to the Phantom Zone.]]
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''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' plays it straight, more or less, though it's justified case. Unlike ''Man of Steel'', their intervention was more of a detriment than anything else- if they hadn't launched the nuke, Superman would've been able to simply punch Doomsday into space and end the whole thing there. In the extended cut of the film, the military also tries to drone strike a militia base in Kenya with civilians (including Americans) inside, forcing Superman to destroy the drone to stop them.
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''Film/SuicideSquad'' respectively. This plays with it. The military takes heavy casualties against Incubus, Enchantress, and their mooks, and is when depicted as comically inept in certain situations, with the iconic titular superheroes Batman, Superman, squad doing improbably better than them in most combat situations despite said squad being of very low quality themselves (the two metas on the squad are simply a guy with slightly-above-human strength and a guy with the ability to turn his hands into a short ranged flamethrower; the rest of them are just street thugs with gimmicks, with the exception of Deadshot, who is heavily armed, competent, and has skill bordering on [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower superhuman]]), and despite being recruited mainly ''because'' they're expendable. However, the RedShirt soldiers accompanying the squad are effective enough against the mooks, and ultimately, both Incubus and Enchantress are killed by regular US soldiers with conventional weapons.
** ''Film/WonderWoman'' averts it. The film establishes early on that Wonder Woman is ''not'' ImmuneToBullets and neither are her superhuman Amazon sisters (who take grievous casualties fighting a tiny lightly armed German landing party), so she still has to be mindful when fighting regular human soldiers. She has a MultinationalTeam of BadassNormal soldiers from the various Allied nations of World War I accompanying her as sidekicks, and both they and the RedShirt troops seen in battle scenes prove their mettle as support. Most notably when they take advantage of the hole punched in the German lines by Wonder Woman near Veld to flank their trench line, and when they take out a machine gun that was pinning her down. Props go especially to Steve, who saves Wonder Woman from getting shot early on and later [[spoiler: is the one to stop the BigBad's super-weapon plot via his HeroicSacrifice. [[CollateralAngst This helps inspire Wonder Woman]] in her fight against Ares.]]
** ''Film/JusticeLeague'' is a justifiable case. It's [[HandWave stated]] that Steppenwolf has been meticulously staying off the grid of any major military force on Earth by being careful and using teleporters (Boom Tubes), hence why he builds his base in the empty wilderness of northern Russia. Only the League responds to the threat he poses because they're the only ones who ''know'' about it enough to respond in a prompt time frame, thanks to
Wonder Woman and the Suicide Squad come in to save the day. Aquaman being informed by their respective peoples.
29th Nov '17 8:42:03 PM Khrunwahl02
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* ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'': Crypto, a [[TheGreys Grey alien]] who arrives in Cold War-era America to start turning humans into cattle for their brain stems, gets met with fierce yet pathetic military opposition. However, even if Crypto never came to earth, humans were doomed to become treated like cattle anyways since corrupt secret agency Majestic planned to mind control humans using chemicals sneaked in to junk food before playing television propaganda ordering Americans to eat junk food. The military wouldn't have been able to stop Majestic either, since Majestic secretly overthrew the United States government and installed a puppet president.

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* ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'': Crypto, a [[TheGreys Grey alien]] who arrives in Cold War-era America to start turning herding humans into like cattle for their brain stems, gets met with fierce yet pathetic military opposition. However, even if Crypto never came to earth, humans were doomed to become treated like cattle anyways since corrupt secret agency Majestic planned to mind control humans using chemicals sneaked in to junk food before playing television propaganda ordering Americans to eat junk food. The military wouldn't have been able to stop Majestic either, since Majestic secretly overthrew the United States government and installed a puppet president.
29th Nov '17 8:40:25 PM Khrunwahl02
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* ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'': In this game that lampoons the Red Scare in Cold War America, this trope is zigzagged. On one hand, the U.S. military can put up quite a challenge for VillainProtagonist [[TheGreys Crypto]] (given the player doesn't cheat) but they turn out to be quite gullible when Crypto disguised as the President of the United States (After he disintegrated the real one, of course) makes the military do radically questionable actions like herding all Americans up into brain testing centers to see if they've been drinking water contaminated by Communists (the truth is [[spoiler: they're actually brain-extracting machines]]).

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* ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'': In this game that lampoons the Red Scare in Cold War America, this trope is zigzagged. On one hand, the U.S. military can put up quite Crypto, a challenge for VillainProtagonist [[TheGreys Crypto]] (given the player doesn't cheat) but they turn out Grey alien]] who arrives in Cold War-era America to be quite gullible when start turning humans into cattle for their brain stems, gets met with fierce yet pathetic military opposition. However, even if Crypto disguised as the President of never came to earth, humans were doomed to become treated like cattle anyways since corrupt secret agency Majestic planned to mind control humans using chemicals sneaked in to junk food before playing television propaganda ordering Americans to eat junk food. The military wouldn't have been able to stop Majestic either, since Majestic secretly overthrew the United States (After he disintegrated the real one, of course) makes the military do radically questionable actions like herding all Americans up into brain testing centers to see if they've been drinking water contaminated by Communists (the truth is [[spoiler: they're actually brain-extracting machines]]).government and installed a puppet president.
22nd Nov '17 2:25:19 PM Jhamin
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** Subverted in ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'' where humans manage to trap and freeze Godzilla under Antarctic ice. However, without Godzilla around, hostile aliens unleashed giant Kaiju to lay waste to human cities and the humans realize removing Godzilla was a mistake, prompting them to go thaw the King of Monsters out.

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** Subverted in ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'' where humans manage to trap and freeze Godzilla under Antarctic ice. However, without Godzilla around, hostile aliens unleashed giant Kaiju to lay waste to human cities and the humans realize removing Godzilla was a mistake, prompting them to [[GodzillaThreshold go thaw the King of Monsters out.out]].
21st Nov '17 10:57:08 AM thatother1dude
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* In ''Anime/BlueGender'', this is combined with ShowDontTell, as it is mentioned that humanity's militaries were defeated off screen, but we are never shown or told exactly ''how''. The humans show themselves capable of defeating the Blue without ''tremendous'' difficulty in the series, and if they were to use modern day military tactics, the humans should, by all accounts, have been able to win pretty handily.

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* In ''Anime/BlueGender'', this is combined with ShowDontTell, as it is mentioned that humanity's militaries were defeated off screen, but we are [[TakeOurWordForIt never shown or told exactly exactly]] ''how''. The humans show themselves capable of defeating the Blue without ''tremendous'' difficulty in the series, and if they were to use modern day military tactics, the humans should, by all accounts, have been able to win pretty handily.
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