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2nd Dec '16 12:40:37 PM StFan
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* In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', the SoleSurvivor of LV-426 predicts that the presence of the Colonial Marines "won't make any difference." When the aliens show up, the Marines get overpowered very quickly and become a DwindlingParty. This leaves Ripley --a civilian-- doing most of the heavy lifting.

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* In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', the SoleSurvivor of LV-426 predicts that the presence of the Colonial Marines "won't make any difference." When the aliens show up, the Marines get overpowered very quickly and become a DwindlingParty. This leaves Ripley --a civilian-- -- a civilian -- doing most of the heavy lifting.



* In ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', two police offers learn that the military is too far away to respond in time to the Chitauri invasion in New York City. Notably, the Chitauri soldiers and small aircraft ''can'' be destroyed with modern weapons (two of the Avengers are [[BadassNormal a spy with pistols and a guy with a bow and]] [[TrickArrow trick arrows]]).
** There's some TruthInTelevision here: there's no military presence close to New York City, and the NYPD are probably better equipped than the local National Guard. Also, Cap correctly notes the Chitauri were being led by [[ItsAllAboutMe an egomaniac]] who was thinking about vengeance, not thinking tactically.
*** It should be noted that Cap's plan in the fighting was essentially; "Hold the enemy here until the military arrives to end it." He was ''counting'' on this trope being averted, until the World Council panicked and tried to write off the whole city.

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* In ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', two police offers learn that the military is too far away to respond in time to the Chitauri invasion in New York City. Notably, the Chitauri soldiers and small aircraft ''can'' be destroyed with modern weapons (two of the Avengers are [[BadassNormal a spy with pistols and a guy with a bow and]] [[TrickArrow trick arrows]]).
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arrows]]). There's some TruthInTelevision here: there's no military presence close to New York City, and the NYPD are probably better equipped than the local National Guard. Also, Cap correctly notes the Chitauri were are being led by [[ItsAllAboutMe an egomaniac]] who was is thinking about vengeance, not thinking tactically.
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tactically. It should be noted that Cap's plan in the fighting was is essentially; "Hold the enemy here until the military arrives to end it." He was is ''counting'' on this trope being averted, until the World Council panicked panics and tried tries to write off the whole city.



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* ''Roleplay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers'': The Pokepanese military in Kanto more or less held in Vermilion and let Lanius' forces run roughshod over Celadon and Saffron after they attacked, though this changed once Lt. Surge came back and rallied them into fighting back. They also proved mostly useless in the initial portion of the [=RtAU=] arc, though this was because the dragons were using LostTechnology they were ill prepared for, and monification created mass chaos.
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* When {{Hadriex}} finds the other peacekeepers he spends a good minute sarcastically mocking them for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIMWLSurr6g&list=UU3Q13RAmFVfDkYOWnnqFM2A#t=0h1m0s their complete and utter uselessness.]]

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* ''Roleplay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers'': The Pokepanese military in Kanto more or less held in Vermilion and let Lanius' forces run roughshod over Celadon and Saffron after they attacked, though this changed once Lt. Surge came back and rallied them into fighting back. They also proved mostly useless in the initial portion of the [=RtAU=] arc, though this was because the dragons were using LostTechnology they were ill prepared for, and monification created mass chaos.
* When {{Hadriex}} WebVideo/{{Hadriex}} finds the other peacekeepers he spends a good minute sarcastically mocking them for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIMWLSurr6g&list=UU3Q13RAmFVfDkYOWnnqFM2A#t=0h1m0s their complete and utter uselessness.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** Nobody expected the [[BodyguardingABadass Royal Guards]] to stand up against [[MadGod Nightmare Moon]], but even with warning of a potential attack and being fully mobilized and ready, they were subdued by the changeling army in about ten minutes. Contrast the six main characters, who, without [[VillainBeatingArtifact the Elements of Harmony]] or formal training, and being ''caught off guard'', took down hundreds before finally [[ZergRush being grossly outnumbered]] and surrendering. While it's largly PlayedForLaughs, they couldn't even handle [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking recovering Princess Celestia's pet bird]]. In the Season 4 premiere, where Princesses Celestia and Luna go missing, Princess Twilight Sparkle instructs the Guards to continue the search, only for Twilight and friends to find them themselves. Even their captain Shining Armor, despite being an allegedly powerful good leader, spends every major threat incapacitated and whose finest hour was ''throwing his exhausted to the point of collapse wife at the threat so she could deal with it instead''.
** The Wonderbolts have a similarly bad track record. Nobody expected them to stand a chance against Tirek, but getting defeated by flying straight into a water tower that was nonchalantly held in their flight path by [[FanNickname Spikezilla]] certainly didn't win them any points, and failing to save a ''single falling pony'' as well as ultimately needing to be rescued themselves after the attempt was just ''sad''.
** The Season 5 finale, through alternate BadFuture scenarios, shows exactly how feeble both these groups are. Without Twilight and Co, every timeline ultimately fell to some villain. Their ''best'' showing was in Sombra's future, where all of Equestria had to devote itself entirely to the war effort either as front line soldiers (including Princess Celestia) or support to ''just barely hold Sombra's forces off'', who were composed entirely of regular (albeit brainwashed) ponies.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
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** Nobody expected the [[BodyguardingABadass Royal Guards]] to stand up against [[MadGod Nightmare Moon]], but even with warning of a potential attack and being fully mobilized and ready, they were are subdued by the changeling army in about ten minutes. Contrast the six main characters, who, without [[VillainBeatingArtifact the Elements of Harmony]] or formal training, and being ''caught off guard'', took take down hundreds before finally [[ZergRush being grossly outnumbered]] and surrendering. While it's largly PlayedForLaughs, they couldn't can't even handle [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking recovering Princess Celestia's pet bird]]. In the Season 4 premiere, where Princesses Celestia and Luna go missing, Princess Twilight Sparkle instructs the Guards to continue the search, only for Twilight and friends to find them themselves. Even their captain Shining Armor, despite being an allegedly powerful good leader, spends every major threat incapacitated and whose finest hour was is ''throwing his exhausted to the point of collapse exhausted-to-the-point-of-collapse wife at the threat so she could deal with it instead''.
** The Wonderbolts have a similarly bad track record. Nobody expected expect them to stand a chance against Tirek, but getting defeated by flying straight into a water tower that was is nonchalantly held in their flight path by [[FanNickname Spikezilla]] certainly didn't doesn't win them any points, and failing to save a ''single falling pony'' as well as ultimately needing to be rescued themselves after the attempt was is just ''sad''.
** The Season 5 finale, through alternate BadFuture scenarios, shows exactly how feeble both these groups are. Without Twilight and Co, every timeline ultimately fell to some villain. Their ''best'' showing was is in Sombra's future, where all of Equestria had has to devote itself entirely to the war effort either as front line soldiers (including Princess Celestia) or support to ''just barely hold Sombra's forces off'', who were are composed entirely of regular (albeit brainwashed) ponies.



15th Nov '16 4:12:55 PM StFan
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* ZigZaggedTrope in ''VideoGame/{{Payday2}}'' with the DHS ZEAL team. They ae much more efficient than the SWATTeam, especially since they only need to gun down a robber twice to neutralize him/her instead of four times for the regular SWAT, but to elite players, they're still nothing but cannon fodder.
22nd Oct '16 1:54:59 PM Morgenthaler
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22nd Oct '16 6:55:28 AM GentlemensDame883
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** [[{{Kaiju}} Endbringers]] won't even notice anything less than a vehicle-mounted heavy weapon, so infantry are right out. Tanks and artillery don't have the maneuverability. Each of the three have their own ways to deal with aircraft and their pilots - Behemoth can zap them with lightning, Leviathan can just ground them by summoning storms and Simurgh... well, [[BrainwashedAndCrazy you'd be lucky if she]] ''[[BrainwashedAndCrazy only]]'' [[BrainwashedAndCrazy destroys them.]]. The only time they are ever mentioned directly combating an Endbringer (in Scarab 25.4) is so throwaway one can easily overlook it. Even nuclear weapons aren't powerful enough to kill the things [[note]]At one point, one of them is hit with a beam of light so powerful that it was actually capable of destroying ''all of India'', concentrated into a narrow corridor centered on it... and it kept on going after getting burned down to its skeleton.[[/note]] so the only viable strategy is to have hundreds of capes HoldTheLine until [[PhysicalGod Scion]] arrives.

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** [[{{Kaiju}} Endbringers]] won't even notice anything less than a vehicle-mounted heavy weapon, so infantry are right out. Tanks and artillery don't have the maneuverability.maneuverability needed for the urban environs Endbringers usually target. Artillery has too much chance of UnfriendlyFire. Each of the three have their own ways to deal with aircraft and their pilots - Behemoth can zap them with lightning, Leviathan can just ground them by summoning storms and Simurgh... well, [[BrainwashedAndCrazy you'd be lucky if she]] ''[[BrainwashedAndCrazy only]]'' [[BrainwashedAndCrazy destroys them.]]. The only time they are ever mentioned directly combating an Endbringer (in Scarab 25.4) is so throwaway one can easily overlook it. Even nuclear weapons aren't powerful enough to kill the things [[note]]At one point, one of them is hit with a beam of light so powerful that it was actually capable of destroying ''all of India'', concentrated into a narrow corridor centered on it... and it kept on going after getting burned down to its skeleton.[[/note]] so the only viable strategy is to have hundreds of capes HoldTheLine until [[PhysicalGod Scion]] arrives.
22nd Sep '16 5:24:49 PM Wooboo
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* The U.S military takes massive losses in ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve''. By the time the story is over, they've lost squadrons of helicopters, planes and most, if not all, of a Carrier Battle Group in their attempt to stop [[BigBad Eve]]. This gets very much averted in [[VideoGame/ParasiteEve2 the sequel]], but then comes back in full force for ''VideoGame/The3rdBirthday''.
5th Sep '16 9:33:20 AM MemeMaster
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29th Aug '16 3:43:41 AM WillBGood
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* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', when the [[spoiler: [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Giant Omnidroid]] attacks some random cities]], the army's response is basically "send some guys attack it with tanks [[FiveRoundsRapid and submachine-guns]], [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere then run]]!". Syndrome's {{Mook}}'s don't pass the opportunity to mock this and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAhbgIXd4Oo "take a shot everytime they run"]].

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* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', when the [[spoiler: [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Giant Omnidroid]] attacks some random cities]], the army's response is basically "send some guys attack it with tanks [[FiveRoundsRapid and submachine-guns]], [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere then run]]!". Syndrome's {{Mook}}'s {{Mook}}s don't pass up the opportunity to mock this and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAhbgIXd4Oo "take a shot everytime they run"]].
11th Jul '16 12:50:28 AM Nikumubeki
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* Par for the course in ''Manga/DragonBall'', where by the ''Z'' era the weakest of the villains is a OneManArmy. The last time they even bother to mobilize is in a filler episode of the ''Z'' anime in which Nappa amuses himself by blowing up airplanes and battleships. By the Cell saga, they've apparently gotten GenreSavvy about [[ConservationOfNinjutsu the relatively efficacy of lone martial artists versus modern militaries]] and send [[FakeUltimateHero Mr. Satan]] instead.

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* Par for the course in ''Manga/DragonBall'', where by the ''Z'' era the weakest of the villains is a OneManArmy. The last time they even bother to mobilize is in a filler episode of the ''Z'' anime in which Nappa amuses himself by blowing up airplanes and battleships. By In the Cell saga, after a botched attempt to take Cell down, they've apparently gotten GenreSavvy enough about [[ConservationOfNinjutsu the relatively efficacy of lone martial artists versus modern militaries]] and send [[FakeUltimateHero Mr. Satan]] instead.
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