History Main / MillionMookMarch

4th Apr '18 2:50:07 PM WillKeaton
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* As a way of intimidating the Allied Powers, who he knew would be watching, Creator/ErwinRommel staged a parade of his tanks and soldiers, a parade which went on for several hours and was several ''miles'' long. However, it was only later revealed in which he had them marching around in circles to create the illusion of a vast number of tanks and men.

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* As a way of intimidating the Allied Powers, who he knew would be watching, Creator/ErwinRommel staged a parade of his tanks and soldiers, a parade which went on for several hours and was several ''miles'' long. However, it was only later revealed in which that he had them marching around in circles to create the illusion of a vast number of tanks and men.
26th Mar '18 12:47:09 PM Rytex
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* As a way of intimidating the Allied Powers, who he knew would be watching, Creator/ErwinRommel staged a parade of his tanks and soldiers, a parade which went on for several hours and was several ''miles'' long. However, it was only later revealed in which he had them marching around in circles to create the illusion of a vast number of tanks and men.
1st Jan '18 2:23:24 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Played for laughs in ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer'':
-->'''Jehnna''': "Conan! There are six of them against her!"\\
'''Conan''': "One, two, three...I think you're right!"



** However, military parades are given very little attention in the series.
1st Jan '18 2:22:21 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'': The Sranc are a genocidal BiologicalWeapon created by the Inchoroi. They are dog-sized goblinoid creatures with a sexual lust for violence that can survive on the most meager of nourishment and reproduce explosively. As such, their armies carpet the [[GrimUpNorth Ancient North]] in numbers that "break the back of reason."

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* ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'': The Sranc are a genocidal BiologicalWeapon [[OrganicTechnology biological weapon]] created by the Inchoroi. They are dog-sized goblinoid dog-sized, [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent goblin-like]] creatures with a sexual lust for violence that can survive on the most meager of nourishment and reproduce explosively. As such, their armies carpet the [[GrimUpNorth Ancient North]] in numbers that "break the back of reason."
1st Jan '18 2:19:26 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'': The Sranc are a genocidal BiologicalWeapon created by the Inchoroi. They are dog-sized goblinoid creatures with a sexual lust for violence that can survive on the most meager of nourishment and reproduce explosively. As such, their armies carpet the [[GrimUpNorth Ancient North]] in numbers that "break the back of reason."
10th Dec '17 4:50:52 PM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' had one of these. Episode: 'King Yakko', a thinly disguised parody of ''DuckSoup'' with Yakko in the Groucho Marx role. He and his siblings search for the invading army, until it's pointed out. Yakko ends up seeing one of these. [[BreakingTheFourthWall He figures it'd take a commercial break to come up with a viable battle plan.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' had one of these. Episode: 'King Yakko', a thinly disguised parody of ''DuckSoup'' ''Film/DuckSoup'' with Yakko in the Groucho Marx role. He and his siblings search for the invading army, until it's pointed out. Yakko ends up seeing one of these. [[BreakingTheFourthWall He figures it'd take a commercial break to come up with a viable battle plan.]]
2nd Apr '17 7:42:03 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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Of course it's important that they [[BadassArmy actually fight well]], and many {{Evil Overlord}}s heed that advice, while the logistics of providing food and toilet facilities for such a huge army are usually [[EasyLogistics ignored]] or {{Hand Wave}}d. Also, doesn't work if the heroes are using a bottleneck, like a narrow bridge. [[ThreeHundred Or, god forbid, a thin path between the mountain and the sea...]] In fact it's surprising how often [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy this trope]] [[ConservationOfNinjitsu goes south.]]

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Of course it's important that they [[BadassArmy actually fight well]], and many {{Evil Overlord}}s heed that advice, while the logistics of providing food and toilet facilities for such a huge army are usually [[EasyLogistics ignored]] or {{Hand Wave}}d. Also, doesn't work if the heroes are using a bottleneck, like a narrow bridge. [[ThreeHundred [[Film/ThreeHundred Or, god forbid, a thin path between the mountain and the sea...]] In fact it's surprising how often [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy this trope]] [[ConservationOfNinjitsu goes south.]]
2nd Apr '17 7:41:02 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Subverted when the communists did their victory parade after taking Saigon, ending the VietnamWar. Having fought mainly as guerrilla fighters the NVA and VC forces had never been trained to march, so they had to do the parade in trucks.

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* Subverted when the communists did their victory parade after taking Saigon, ending the VietnamWar.UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. Having fought mainly as guerrilla fighters the NVA and VC forces had never been trained to march, so they had to do the parade in trucks.
26th Nov '16 3:27:17 PM nombretomado
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* The ChroniclesOfNarnia video game battle sequences featured endless swarms of enemies marching past in the background. The developers actually wrote a software app called Battlemarch to produce the effect.

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* The ChroniclesOfNarnia ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' video game battle sequences featured endless swarms of enemies marching past in the background. The developers actually wrote a software app called Battlemarch to produce the effect.
17th Oct '16 2:40:07 PM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/AynRand's ''WeTheLiving'', one of the new Communist movies consists entirely of this.

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* In Creator/AynRand's ''WeTheLiving'', ''Literature/WeTheLiving'', one of the new Communist movies consists entirely of this.



* Jesus' army of saints at the Battle of Armageddon in the LeftBehind book ''Glorious Appearing''. Of course, they're mostly there to praise the Lord while Jesus does all the work of [[CurbStompBattle slaying His enemies]] with the [[Literature/TheBible Word Of God]].

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* Jesus' army of saints at the Battle of Armageddon in the LeftBehind Literature/LeftBehind book ''Glorious Appearing''. Of course, they're mostly there to praise the Lord while Jesus does all the work of [[CurbStompBattle slaying His enemies]] with the [[Literature/TheBible Word Of God]].



* The children's novel ''New World Order'' takes place in a [[AlternateHistory timeline]] where [[AlienSpaceBats invaders from a parallel universe]] attack Britain during the English Civil War, using WW1 era technology; including radio, rifles, supply trains and zeppelin air support. At the end the majority of the invaders are finally repelled after almost a decade, the general leading the army is imprisoned and the portal to the other world is closed, but a large number of their forces are left behind. The remaining invaders invoke this by converging on Windsor Castle and start marching around it and performing parade manoeuvres, literally under the noses of [[TeethClenchedTeamwork King Charles II and Prime Minister Oliver Cromwell]], the message being "You can crush us but we'll take a whole mess of you down with us. Let our leader out of jail and let's negotiate". They do.
* Ungatt Trunn's Blue Hordes in the ''{{Redwall}}'' book ''Lord Brocktree'' do this when they march, and number enough to be able to intimidate his enemies by causing earthquakes by jumping in sync, making the stars "fall" by lighting torches and concealing the stars in the sky, and making the land "disappear" by standing on it. Of course this is one book where EasyLogistics is averted, the good guys attacking foraging parties in an effort to make them starve. For the most part they succeed, to the point where the "siege" that happens once Brocktree and his allies are in possession of Salamandastron again is more the woodlanders pretending that they're partying it up inside while the Blue Hordes sit and wait for scraps of food to be chucked out the window.
* Cao Cao's army that was set to invade the region of Wu in RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms. Conveniently, always referred to as a million-man-army.

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* The children's novel ''New World Order'' takes place in a [[AlternateHistory timeline]] where [[AlienSpaceBats invaders from a parallel universe]] attack Britain during the English Civil War, using WW1 UsefulNotes/WW1 era technology; including radio, rifles, supply trains and zeppelin air support. At the end the majority of the invaders are finally repelled after almost a decade, the general leading the army is imprisoned and the portal to the other world is closed, but a large number of their forces are left behind. The remaining invaders invoke this by converging on Windsor Castle and start marching around it and performing parade manoeuvres, literally under the noses of [[TeethClenchedTeamwork King Charles II and Prime Minister Oliver Cromwell]], the message being "You can crush us but we'll take a whole mess of you down with us. Let our leader out of jail and let's negotiate". They do.
* Ungatt Trunn's Blue Hordes in the ''{{Redwall}}'' ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' book ''Lord Brocktree'' do this when they march, and number enough to be able to intimidate his enemies by causing earthquakes by jumping in sync, making the stars "fall" by lighting torches and concealing the stars in the sky, and making the land "disappear" by standing on it. Of course this is one book where EasyLogistics is averted, the good guys attacking foraging parties in an effort to make them starve. For the most part they succeed, to the point where the "siege" that happens once Brocktree and his allies are in possession of Salamandastron again is more the woodlanders pretending that they're partying it up inside while the Blue Hordes sit and wait for scraps of food to be chucked out the window.
* Cao Cao's army that was set to invade the region of Wu in RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms.''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''. Conveniently, always referred to as a million-man-army.
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