History Main / MillionMookMarch

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.
17th Oct '16 1:17:20 PM Observance
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* In ''[[{{Literature/Temeraire}} Blood of Tyrants]]'', three hundred soldiers does not a Million Mook March make. Three hundred dragons, on the other hand, represents the largest aerial force ever assembled in Europe, which is itself still barely a fraction of China's full aerial corps [[note]]6,288 officially enlisted (because it's a lucky number), plus an unknown number of "unofficial" reserves[[/note]]. RealityEnsues: this massive army is only possible because China maintains an extensive network of supply depots across its territory and feeds its dragons on easily-stored grain porridge rather than expensive and logistically-intensive raw beef in the European style; finding a sustainable food supply for three hundred 20-ton dragons becomes a major concern after they cross into Russia.

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* In ''[[{{Literature/Temeraire}} Blood of Tyrants]]'', three hundred soldiers does not a Million Mook March make. Three hundred dragons, on the other hand, represents the largest aerial force ever assembled in Europe, which Europe (which is itself still barely a fraction of China's full aerial corps [[note]]6,288 officially enlisted (because it's a lucky number), plus an unknown number of "unofficial" reserves[[/note]].reserves[[/note]]), and the sight of them all flying in formation stuns Laurence and co. to speechlessness. RealityEnsues: this massive army is only possible because China maintains an extensive network of supply depots across its territory and feeds its dragons on easily-stored grain porridge rather than expensive and logistically-intensive raw beef in the European style; finding a sustainable food supply for three hundred 20-ton dragons becomes a major concern after they cross into Russia.
16th Oct '16 6:58:52 PM Observance
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* In ''[[Literature/Temeraire Blood of Tyrants]]'', three hundred soldiers does not a Million Mook March make. Three hundred dragons, on the other hand, represents the largest aerial force ever assembled in Europe, which is itself still barely a fraction of China's full aerial corps[[note]]6,288 officially enlisted (because it's a lucky number), plus an unknown number of "unofficial" reserves[[/note]]. RealityEnsues: this massive army is only possible because China maintains an extensive network of supply depots across its territory and feeds its dragons on easily-stored grain porridge rather than expensive and logistically-intensive raw beef in the European style; finding a sustainable food supply for three hundred 20-ton dragons becomes a major concern after they cross into Russia.

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* In ''[[Literature/Temeraire ''[[{{Literature/Temeraire}} Blood of Tyrants]]'', three hundred soldiers does not a Million Mook March make. Three hundred dragons, on the other hand, represents the largest aerial force ever assembled in Europe, which is itself still barely a fraction of China's full aerial corps[[note]]6,288 corps [[note]]6,288 officially enlisted (because it's a lucky number), plus an unknown number of "unofficial" reserves[[/note]]. RealityEnsues: this massive army is only possible because China maintains an extensive network of supply depots across its territory and feeds its dragons on easily-stored grain porridge rather than expensive and logistically-intensive raw beef in the European style; finding a sustainable food supply for three hundred 20-ton dragons becomes a major concern after they cross into Russia.
16th Oct '16 6:56:56 PM Observance
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* In ''[[Literature/Temeraire Blood of Tyrants]]'', three hundred soldiers does not a Million Mook March make. Three hundred dragons, on the other hand, represents the largest aerial force ever assembled in Europe, which is itself still barely a fraction of China's full aerial corps[[note]]6,288 officially enlisted (because it's a lucky number), plus an unknown number of "unofficial" reserves[[/note]]. RealityEnsues: this massive army is only possible because China maintains an extensive network of supply depots across its territory and feeds its dragons on easily-stored grain porridge rather than expensive and logistically-intensive raw beef in the European style; finding a sustainable food supply for three hundred 20-ton dragons becomes a major concern after they cross into Russia.
11th Jun '16 4:07:24 PM nombretomado
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* The Imperial Order in the later ''SwordOfTruth'' books fields an army that numbers in the millions. To put this in perspective, before they showed up, 100,000 troops was considered a large army.

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* The Imperial Order in the later ''SwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' books fields an army that numbers in the millions. To put this in perspective, before they showed up, 100,000 troops was considered a large army.



* In ''TheWheelOfTime'' The Dragon Reborn has armies numbering in the hundreds of thousands. In ''The Path Of Daggers'', one character thinks to himself that he can remember when 5000 men was a large army, before the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt coming of the Dragon]]. Several scenes describe the tiresome logistics of marching and supply, though that gets (much) easier with the advent of MassTeleportation.

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* In ''TheWheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' The Dragon Reborn has armies numbering in the hundreds of thousands. In ''The Path Of Daggers'', one character thinks to himself that he can remember when 5000 men was a large army, before the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt coming of the Dragon]]. Several scenes describe the tiresome logistics of marching and supply, though that gets (much) easier with the advent of MassTeleportation.
20th Feb '16 5:55:12 PM NhazUl
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** The army of the Last Alliance in ''Film/LordOfTheRingsTheFellowshipOfTheRing'' as a flashback.

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** The army of the Last Alliance in ''Film/LordOfTheRingsTheFellowshipOfTheRing'' ''Film/TheFellowshipOfTheRing'' as a flashback.
20th Feb '16 5:54:33 PM NhazUl
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* Saruman's army in ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Two Towers]]''.
** And Sauron's outside the gates of Minas Tirith in ''The Return of the King''.
* ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'' has Azog's army of Orcs and Wargs marching out of Dol Guldur.

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* Happens at least once in every part of both of Peter jackson's Middle Earth trilogies:
** In ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney'' Thranduil's army marching up a hill overlooking Erebor is shown in a flashback.
** ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'' ends with Azog's legions leaving Dol Guldur.
** ''Film/TheHobbitTheBattleOfTheFiveArmies'' shows the armies of Azog, Bolg, Thranduil, Dain and Bard marching in formations.
** The army of the Last Alliance in ''Film/LordOfTheRingsTheFellowshipOfTheRing'' as a flashback.
**
Saruman's army in ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Two Towers]]''.
** And
Towers'' as well as Sauron's soldiers leaving Minas Morgul.
** Sauron's army
outside the gates of Minas Tirith in ''The Return of the King''.
* ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'' has Azog's army of Orcs
King'' and Wargs marching out of Dol Guldur.the Rohirrim coming to Gondor's aid.
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