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** The Barians, the villains of the second season of ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', are supposedly the representatives of an entire extradimensional race that are the enemies of the Astral World. However, thus far only seven of them (called the Seven Barian Emperors) have been seen, and there were only five at first: Durbe, Alit, Misael, Gilag, and Vector. [[spoiler:The remaining two, Nasch and Merag, were actually Shark and his sister Rio in their past lives; they were recruited into the group later.]] They did have a few allies like Mr. Heartland and the Fearsome Four, Black Mist (who double-crossed them) and [[spoiler:were ultimately revealed to be under the sway of the true ruler of the Barian World, [[GodOfEvil Don Thousand.]]]]

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** The Barians, the villains of the second season of ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', are supposedly the representatives of an entire extradimensional race that are the enemies of the Astral World. However, thus far only seven of them (called the Seven Barian Emperors) have been seen, and there were only five at first: Durbe, Alit, Misael, Gilag, and Vector. [[spoiler:The remaining two, Nasch and Merag, were actually Shark and his sister Rio in their past lives; they were recruited into the group later.]] They did have a few allies like Mr. Heartland and the Fearsome Four, Black Mist (who double-crossed them) and [[spoiler:were ultimately revealed to be under the sway of the true ruler of the Barian World, [[GodOfEvil Don Thousand.]]]]Thousand]]]].



* Following Comicbook/SecretInvasion Comicbook/{{SHIELD}} was decommissioned and replaced by HAMMER. Following Comicbook/{{Siege}}, HAMMER was decommissioned and Steve Rogers, former Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, was appointed as the new Director of National Security. He seems to have no actual agency to direct. He seems to rely on the services of Sharon Carter, Maria Hill and Victoria Hand to liaise with the various Avengers teams. Given that he's [[TheLeader Steve Rogers]], does he really need an organization?

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* Following Comicbook/SecretInvasion Comicbook/{{SHIELD}} was decommissioned and replaced by HAMMER. Following Comicbook/{{Siege}}, HAMMER was decommissioned and Steve Rogers, former Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, was appointed as the new Director of National Security. He seems to have no actual agency to direct. He seems to rely on the services of [[Comicbook/Agent13 Sharon Carter, Maria Hill Carter]], Comicbook/MariaHill and Victoria Hand to liaise with the various Avengers teams. Given that he's [[TheLeader Steve Rogers]], does he really need an organization?



* Even though there are many (well, up to 26 going by the naming scheme, thought the animated series also uses non-English letters as well) Film/MenInBlack, it seems it falls to two agents to take care of most serious potential Apocalypses.
** Or serious incidents are so common that the Men in Black must rotate.

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* Even though there are many (well, up to 26 going by the naming scheme, thought though the animated series also uses non-English letters as well) Film/MenInBlack, it seems it falls to two agents to take care of most serious potential Apocalypses.
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Apocalypses. Or serious incidents are so common that the Men in Black must rotate.



** For the Sith: "[[RuleOfTwo Always two, there are. No more, no less. A master, and an apprentice."]]. The second one is justified. The Sith was originally a very ''big'' organization, but infighting and internal strife between their leaders led to their downfall at their enemies' hands. The only survivor was Darth Bane (not the founder of the order, which some sources claim, but still an important figure). He implemented the Rule of Two, realizing that the only way to avoid the mistakes that had nearly wiped the order out was to limit it to only a master and an apprentice from that point on. However, this doesn't mean that they can't train other Force-sensitives to padawan-like levels, especially if the Sith apprentice is trying to supplant his or her master and is training his or her own secret apprentice. LoopholeAbuse is common. Some sources have the Sith more like communist cells: there are only two (or one, or three, depending on whether the apprentice kills the master before or after starting to train his own apprentice) Sith in each group at any given time, but Bane set up several independent parallel groups, each of which believed itself to be the only one.

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** For the Sith: "[[RuleOfTwo Always two, there are. No more, no less. A master, and an apprentice."]]. The second one is justified. The Sith was originally a very ''big'' organization, but [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder infighting and internal strife between their leaders leaders]] led to their downfall at their enemies' hands. The only survivor was Darth Bane (not the founder of the order, which some sources claim, but still an important figure). He implemented the Rule of Two, realizing that the only way to avoid the mistakes that had nearly wiped the order out was to limit it to only a master and an apprentice from that point on. However, this doesn't mean that they can't train other Force-sensitives to padawan-like levels, especially if the Sith apprentice is trying to supplant his or her master and is training his or her own secret apprentice. LoopholeAbuse is common. Some sources have the Sith more like communist cells: there are only two (or one, or three, depending on whether the apprentice kills the master before or after starting to train his own apprentice) Sith in each group at any given time, but Bane set up several independent parallel groups, each of which believed itself to be the only one.



* Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutants in the ''Film/XMen'' franchise. In [[Film/XMen1 the first movie]], it's just him, Mystique, Toad, and Sabretooth. In [[Film/X2XMenUnited the sequel]], it's reduced to just him and Mystique. Averted in ''[[Film/XMenTheLastStand The Last Stand]]'', where it expands to several dozen (or perhaps even hundred) members.

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* Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutants in the ''Film/XMen'' franchise.''Film/XMenFilmSeries''. In [[Film/XMen1 the first movie]], it's just him, Mystique, Toad, and Sabretooth. In [[Film/X2XMenUnited the sequel]], it's reduced to just him and Mystique. Averted in ''[[Film/XMenTheLastStand The Last Stand]]'', where it expands to several dozen (or perhaps even hundred) members.



* The ''[[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]]'' series from Creator/LFrankBaum uses this multiple times in regard to armies. In ''Literature/TheMarvelousLandOfOz'', it's revealed that the entire Royal Army of Oz is ''one person'', The Man With the Green Whiskers who first appeared in the original book. By ''Ozma of Oz'', the Tin Woodman has expanded it to… 30 people, 3 of which are only mentioned. Another example in the Oz books was the army formed by Queen Ann Soforth of Oogaboo in ''Tick-Toc of Oz'', which had only 17 members (16 or which were officers) which made sense, seeing as Oogaboo itself had a population of only 50.

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* The ''[[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]]'' series from Creator/LFrankBaum uses this multiple times in regard to armies. In ''Literature/TheMarvelousLandOfOz'', it's revealed that the entire Royal Army of Oz is ''one person'', The Man With the Green Whiskers who first appeared in the original book. By ''Ozma of Oz'', ''Literature/OzmaOfOz'', the Tin Woodman has expanded it to… 30 people, 3 of which are only mentioned. Another example in the Oz books was the army formed by Queen Ann Soforth of Oogaboo in ''Tick-Toc of Oz'', which had only 17 members (16 or which were officers) which made sense, seeing as Oogaboo itself had a population of only 50.



* The Shadow Proclamation from ''Series/{{DoctorWho}}'' is supposed to be a intergalactic authority imposing rules and regulations on the whole Universe, yet when they are finally seen in "The Stolen Earth," they consist of a handful of people milling around a lobby plus a few Judoon thugs as security. They don't even get their own planet, just a couple of connected asteroids with buildings on them. (According to WordOfGod, they had originally planned to show the Shadow Proclamation as a huge senate with hundreds of different aliens ala StarWars, but the rest of the episode blew the effects budget.)

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* The Shadow Proclamation from ''Series/{{DoctorWho}}'' ''Series/DoctorWho'' is supposed to be a an intergalactic authority imposing rules and regulations on the whole Universe, yet when they are finally seen in "The Stolen Earth," they consist of a handful of people milling around a lobby plus a few Judoon thugs as security. They don't even get their own planet, just a couple of connected asteroids with buildings on them. (According to WordOfGod, they had originally planned to show the Shadow Proclamation as a huge senate with hundreds of different aliens ala StarWars, ''Franchise/StarWars'', but the rest of the episode blew the effects budget.)



* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has a recurring plot point of the USS Enterprise being the only ship in Star Fleet available for even the most important missions. The worst case was the [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture first movie]] where it was the only ship available when an unknown object of great size approached Earth. Repeat, Star Fleet only had ONE ship to defend their ''base of operations.'' Occasionally this is subverted and we do see large groups of ships appear, but outside of Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine, in which there was a full scale war going so it would ludicrous to keep using the "we're the only ship available" plot thread, it's extremely rare.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has a recurring plot point of the USS Enterprise being the only ship in Star Fleet available for even the most important missions. The worst case was the [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture first movie]] where it was the only ship available when an unknown object of great size approached Earth. Repeat, Star Fleet only had ONE ship to defend their ''base of operations.'' Occasionally this is subverted and we do see large groups of ships appear, but outside of Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine, ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', in which there was a full scale war going so it would ludicrous to keep using the "we're the only ship available" plot thread, it's extremely rare.



* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', S.T.A.R. Labs, who assists Barry Allen, only consists of Harrisson Wells (the director), Cisco Ramon and Caitlyn Snow. We later meet former employees Ronnie Raymond and Hartley Rathaway but it's still incredibly small for a research facility with a particle accelerator.

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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', S.T.A.R. Labs, who assists Barry Allen, only consists of Harrisson Harrison Wells (the director), Cisco Ramon and Caitlyn Snow. We later meet former employees Ronnie Raymond and Hartley Rathaway but it's still incredibly small for a research facility with a particle accelerator.



* [[spoiler:The Patriots]] of the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' 'verse were originally Six {{Fallen Hero}}es plus a few hundred to several thousands of clueless mooks, who have not the slightest idea who they are really working for. Then they have [[spoiler:a collection of artificial intelligences]] set up by those fallen heroes and left to run the country. The 4th game reveals the identities of those ex-heroes, and knowing who they are you see, even by the start of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' (and bear in mind we don't even learn about them until ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''), [[spoiler: two of the members were already dead (including the first hostage you fail to rescue), the leader was basically retired all along (and is a vegetable by the time Solid Snake meets him) and the other three had went their own way and turned against the group. Of the two that were dead, one of the latter actually murdered him.]] The "new" [[spoiler: Patriots]] avert this trope since, thanks to their enormous influence, [[IAmTheTrope they equate themselves with the entire country, and are even compared to the prevailing global system]].

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* [[spoiler:The Patriots]] of the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' 'verse were originally Six {{Fallen Hero}}es plus a few hundred to several thousands of clueless mooks, who have not the slightest idea who they are really working for. Then they have [[spoiler:a collection of artificial intelligences]] set up by those fallen heroes and left to run the country. The 4th game reveals the identities of those ex-heroes, and knowing who they are you see, even by the start of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' (and bear in mind we don't even learn about them until ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''), [[spoiler: two of the members were already dead (including the first hostage you fail to rescue), the leader was basically retired all along (and is a vegetable by the time Solid Snake meets him) and the other three had went their own way and turned against the group. Of the two that were dead, one of the latter actually murdered him.]] The "new" [[spoiler: Patriots]] avert this trope since, thanks to their enormous influence, [[IAmTheTrope [[IAmTheNoun they equate themselves with the entire country, and are even compared to the prevailing global system]].



* ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' has the LSA, which at first literally has 2 members, and later on, has only two more that you are able to talk to, one of whom joined after you met her. But in the last part of the game, the LSA has many more members.
** And there's no sign of anyone working for the Department of Death other than Manny, Domino, Manny's boss Don, and [[RunningGag Manny's boss's secretary Eva]]. Even counting the demons summoned specifically to serve the [=DoD=] only increases the count by two, justified since the first part of the game, set on the [=DoD=], takes place during the Dia de Los Muertos, where going to work is optional, and Manny points that the office seems empty that day.

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* ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' has the LSA, which at first literally has 2 members, and later on, has only two more that you are able to talk to, one of whom joined after you met her. But in the last part of the game, the LSA has many more members.
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members. And there's no sign of anyone working for the Department of Death other than Manny, Domino, Manny's boss Don, and [[RunningGag Manny's boss's secretary Eva]]. Even counting the demons summoned specifically to serve the [=DoD=] only increases the count by two, justified since the first part of the game, set on the [=DoD=], takes place during the Dia de Los Muertos, where going to work is optional, and Manny points that the office seems empty that day.



* From ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'', the New Squidbeak Splatoon is an militia dedicated to taking down the unscrupulous attacks of the Inkling's sworn enemies, the Octarians. It consists of one old guy, his two granddaughters, one weapon shop owner and, by the second game, two blokes who stumbled upon them out of curiosity. It's a toss-up if the low numbers are due to Cap'n Cuttlefish intentionally keeping it on the down low to avoid raising a panic or if the Inkling's hedonistic lifestyle means they're simply clueless as to what the Octarians have been up to since the GreatOffscreenWar.

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* From ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'', the New Squidbeak Splatoon is an a militia dedicated to taking down the unscrupulous attacks of the Inkling's sworn enemies, the Octarians. It consists of one old guy, his two granddaughters, one weapon shop owner and, by the second game, two blokes who stumbled upon them out of curiosity. It's a toss-up if the low numbers are due to Cap'n Cuttlefish intentionally keeping it on the down low to avoid raising a panic or if the Inkling's hedonistic lifestyle means they're simply clueless as to what the Octarians have been up to since the GreatOffscreenWar.



* In an episode of the AnimatedAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'', [=MIB=] become this when an unknown {{Time Travel}}ing assassin starts picking off the founders in the past. When only Kay is left, the entire operation consists of a dozen or so people (all human) at the back of a nail salon with an antique computer taking up another room. Jay (who has RippleEffectProofMemory in this episode) points out the ridiculousness of it all, but they have a hard time seeing the problem.

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* In an episode of the AnimatedAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'', [=MIB=] become this when an unknown {{Time Travel}}ing assassin starts picking off the founders in the past. When only Kay is left, the entire operation consists of a dozen or so people (all human) at the back of a nail salon with an antique computer taking up another room. Jay (who has RippleEffectProofMemory in this episode) points out the ridiculousness of it all, but they have a hard time seeing the problem.



* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has the [[BurgerFool Krusty Krab]]. This would be fine, all and all, given that Mr. Krabs is a cheapskate that uses as less people as possible for a single restaurant. But the only other people besides him are SpongeBob and Squidward, so the staff is even smaller when either of the three are gone elsewhere and the place keeps going well somehow.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has the [[BurgerFool Krusty Krab]]. This would be fine, fine, all and all, given that Mr. Krabs is a cheapskate that uses as less few people as possible for a single restaurant. But the only other people besides him are SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] and Squidward, so the staff is even smaller when either of the three are gone elsewhere not there and the place keeps going well somehow.



* The United States federal government has three branches. The executive branch includes literally millions of people, counting the armed forces, and even without them would number well into the tens of thousands. (Homeland Security, OSHA, USDA...) The legislative branch is made up of 535 congresspeople plus staffers (in the year 2000, there were approximately 11,692 personal staff, 2,492 committee staff, 274 leadership staff, 5,034 institutional staff, and 3,500 GAO employees, 747 CRS employees, and 232 CBO employees.), and the judicial branch is made up of 876 judges, their staffers, and a few more independent agencies. The legislative branch is not only small compared to the executive branch, but it's also small per capita compared to representative bodies in other countries.\\

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* [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem The United States federal government government]] has three branches. The executive branch includes literally millions of people, counting the armed forces, and even without them would number well into the tens of thousands. (Homeland Security, OSHA, USDA...) The legislative branch is made up of 535 congresspeople plus staffers (in the year 2000, there were approximately 11,692 personal staff, 2,492 committee staff, 274 leadership staff, 5,034 institutional staff, and 3,500 GAO employees, 747 CRS employees, and 232 CBO employees.), and the judicial branch is made up of 876 judges, their staffers, and a few more independent agencies. The legislative branch is not only small compared to the executive branch, but it's also small per capita compared to representative bodies in other countries.\\
22nd Sep '17 6:52:55 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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* ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' gave this impression, as despite being a global organisation funded by every country in the world, they only had enough resources to send 4 to 6 soldiers to a mission at any one time. If two or more events happened simultaneously, they could only respond to one, and the other regions affected were left with no defence at all, making them very angry and liable to cut off funding.
** [[VideoGame/XCOM2 The sequel]] justifies this a little better by making XCOM an underground resistance cell fighting against an alien-controlled earth. They only have limited options because their resources really are that low compared to their enemies.
22nd Sep '17 6:35:49 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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* The Shadow Proclamation from ''Series/{{DoctorWho}}'' is supposed to be a intergalactic authority imposing rules and regulations on the whole Universe, yet when they are finally seen in "The Stolen Earth," they consist of a handful of people milling around a lobby plus a few Judoon thugs as security. They don't even get their own planet, just a couple of connected asteroids with buildings on them. (According to WordOfGod, they had originally planned to show the Shadow Proclamation as a huge senate with hundreds of different aliens ala StarWars, but the rest of the episode blew the effects budget.)


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** In the final episode, the Cardassian "resistance" assaulting the Founder's stronghold consists of about three Cardassians & Kira.
15th Sep '17 12:12:35 PM barberbarberjoe
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has the [[BurgerFool Krusty Krab]]. This would be fine, all and all, given that Mr. Krabs is a cheapskate that uses as less people as possible for a single restaurant. But the only other people besides him are SpongeBob and Squidward, so the staff is even smaller when either of the three are gone elsewhere and the place keeps going well somehow.
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9th Sep '17 12:52:47 AM TroperNo9001
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* Played with and justified in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' with Team Skull. They are a constant threat to the populace and pokémon of Alola, but are much smaller compared to the "Team" organizations from the previous generations, to the point of having exactly one admin [[note]](there is also [[TheRival Gladion]], but even then he is a hired hand and the other members don't consider him one of them)[[/note]] and the first few battles with them being the same two grunts. This makes sense, since Alola is comprised of a few islands and Team Skull is a street gang, so they are enough to pose a threat. Also, evil groups in the series are usually referred to as "Gangs" in the Japanese releases.

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* Played with and justified in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' with Team Skull. They are a constant threat to the populace and pokémon Pokémon of Alola, but are much smaller compared to the "Team" organizations from the previous generations, to the point of having exactly one admin [[note]](there is also [[TheRival Gladion]], but even then he is a hired hand and the other members don't consider him one of them)[[/note]] and the first few battles with them being the same two grunts. This makes sense, since Alola is comprised composed of a few islands and Team Skull is a street gang, so they are enough to pose a threat. Also, evil groups in the series are usually referred to as "Gangs" in the Japanese releases.
6th Sep '17 1:38:35 AM TheJJBL
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** Appears to have taken full effect in season 7, with Cersei's Queenly court only having a few members, the lords of the Reach being of a number that can be counted on one hand, and no Dornish lords being seen since season 4. [[spoiler:Made especially apparent when a great meeting is called to discuss a truce and only Daenerys' own small court, Jon Snow and Cersei's guard show up, despite there being 7 kingdoms.]]
27th Aug '17 12:27:52 AM StrangeThoughts
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* There are exactly three relevant members of Talon from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': Widowmaker, Reaper, and Sombra. Everything in the Overwatch universe thus far that has been confirmed to have been caused by Talon has been perpetrated by at least one of these three: Widwomaker and Reaper try to steal the Doomfist in the Cinematic trailer, Reaper (and exactly four unnamed goons, who are they only other Talon operatives shown, period) tried to steal the information of former Overwatch agents in "Recall", Widowmaker assassinated Mondatta in "Alive", Sombra, Widowmaker, and Reaper tried to assassinate Katya Volskaya in "Infiltrate", Sombra caused the Day of the Dead riots in Dorado, Reaper destroyed Overwatch's Switzerland headquarters, Widowmaker assassinated her husband and Overwatch higher-up Gerard Lacroix, Sombra reactivated the Bastion unit that is playable in game, and so on. If Talon is bigger than these three, there certainly hasn't been any indication of it. [[note]]Although it must be, as Widowmaker was the first chronologically to "join" Talon, and she was kidnapped and brainwashed into doing it, so there must be other Talon agents or a larger organization we haven't met yet.[[/note]]
20th Aug '17 7:20:31 PM CashSloth
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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Soul Society seems to be made up of only a couple thousand shinigami, with a few dozen of them being capable of fighting the higher level hollows and arrancar. The numbers seem downright bizarre when one considers that they're the only known force that maintains the balance of souls throughout the entire world.

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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
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Soul Society seems to be made up of only a couple thousand shinigami, with just a few dozen of them being capable of fighting the higher level hollows and arrancar. The numbers seem downright bizarre when one considers that they're the only known force that maintains the balance of souls throughout the entire world.
9th Aug '17 7:30:55 PM TheNerfGuy
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* In the oldest UsefulNotes/McDonalds commercials from the 70s, the police force of [=McDonaldland=] consisted of one guy, Officer Big Mac. Of course, the Hamburglar and Captain Crook were the only criminals he had to watch out for, so he was all that was needed.
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* In ''ComicBook/KrazyKat'', the local police force consisted of Offissa Bull Pupp and nobody else; of course, it was hardly a problem, as Ignatz was the only criminal around.



* One of the organizations detailed in the rulebook for ''TabletopGame/D20Modern'' is Yoshitsumo Consulting, which is really just one person, Mr. Yoshitsumo. The entry does say it's odd that one person can be considered an "organization", but Mr. Yoshitsumo has more power and influence in the financial and business world as a consultant than most boards of directors. he has been offered positions as President, CEO, CFO, or Chairman of the Board for most of the Fortune 500 companies, but always turns them down, [[IWorkAlone preferring to remain an independent consultant]], albeit a ''very'' expensive one.
9th Aug '17 9:06:09 AM Jacob175
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* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': The Judges of Mega City One are huge compared to modern police forces, but they have to patrol a city that literally covers the entire East coast of the USA. The exact numbers vary over the course of the series but there are thouands of citizens for each judge at any given time. It isn't helped by the fact that nine out of every ten recruits fail the TrainingFromHell and the casualty rate exceeds that of the average war. It is a running theme in the series just how outnumbered and outgunned the Judges are.

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* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': The Judges of Mega City One are huge compared to modern police forces, but they have to patrol a city that literally covers the entire East coast of the USA. The exact numbers vary over the course of the series but there are thouands thousands of citizens for each judge at any given time. It isn't helped by the fact that nine out of every ten recruits fail the TrainingFromHell and the casualty rate exceeds that of the average war. It is a running theme in the series just how outnumbered and outgunned the Judges are.



** There are other teams, some of which are even shown occasionally, but Gibbs' team is supposed to be the best, which explains why its the one getting sent on most of the murder investigations. The other agents - and sometimes Gibbs' team itself - are presumably taking care of more mundane things like kidnappings.

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** There are other teams, some of which are even shown occasionally, but Gibbs' team is supposed to be the best, which explains why its it's the one getting sent on most of the murder investigations. The other agents - and sometimes Gibbs' team itself - are presumably taking care of more mundane things like kidnappings.



** ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'' seems to consist of three agents, a medical examiner and a forensic lab tech with no indication that it is has any other personnel, to the point of the main characters being called in whenever there is a crime when they are off-duty. The NCIS office in New Orleans is supposed to be the Navy's investigative centre for the entire Gulf Coast! The weirdest part? This was actually the case for the real NCIS NO for some time, which was the inspiration for the show in the first place.

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** ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'' seems to consist of three agents, a medical examiner and a forensic lab tech with no indication that it is has any other personnel, to the point of the main characters being called in whenever there is a crime when they are off-duty. The NCIS office in New Orleans is supposed to be the Navy's investigative centre for the entire Gulf Coast! The weirdest part? This was actually the case for the real NCIS NO for some time, which was the inspiration for the show in the first place.



* From ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'', the New Squidbeak Splatoon is an militia dedicated to taking down the unscrupulous attacks of the Octoling's sworn enemies, the Octarians. It consists of one old guy, his two granddaughters, one weapon shop owner and, by the second game, two blokes who stumbled upon them out of curiosity. It's a toss-up if the low numbers are due to Cap'n Cuttlefish intentionally keeping it on the down low to avoid raising a panic or if the Octoling's hedonistic lifestyle means they're simply clueless as to what the Octarians have been up to since the GreatOffscreenWar.

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* From ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'', the New Squidbeak Splatoon is an militia dedicated to taking down the unscrupulous attacks of the Octoling's Inkling's sworn enemies, the Octarians. It consists of one old guy, his two granddaughters, one weapon shop owner and, by the second game, two blokes who stumbled upon them out of curiosity. It's a toss-up if the low numbers are due to Cap'n Cuttlefish intentionally keeping it on the down low to avoid raising a panic or if the Octoling's Inkling's hedonistic lifestyle means they're simply clueless as to what the Octarians have been up to since the GreatOffscreenWar.GreatOffscreenWar.
* ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2'': Cave mentions being a part of a group called the Leanbox Defense Force, who work to protect Leanbox from outside threats. If she quits to join the party, their membership drops to three.



* The Dark Hand in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' was often referred to as being a superpowerful world-reaching crime net, with operatives everywhere... but we only operatives who seem to exist are the four henchmen (who aren't too bright), a black-belt temp, and their leader, no matter where Chan goes. Oh yeah... and the leader's driver. It would appear that their reputation is greatly exaggerated. Eventually the writers figured, "screw it," and the four/five characters were, by the end of their run, referred to as the Dark Hand exclusively, with no other members. Which of course [[FridgeLogic raises further questions]]… In earlier episodes the Dark Hand had a lot of nameless henchmen, but they probably all quit when they heard that their boss was taking orders from a [[SealedEvilInACan statue]]. Not to mention that in later seasons, the organization has completely collapsed due to Valmont putting all his eggs in the Shendue basket, and now even those minions have moved on to other employment.

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* The Dark Hand in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' was often referred to as being a superpowerful world-reaching crime net, with operatives everywhere... but we the only operatives who seem to exist are the four henchmen (who aren't too bright), a black-belt temp, and their leader, no matter where Chan goes. Oh yeah... and the leader's driver. It would appear that their reputation is greatly exaggerated. Eventually the writers figured, "screw it," and the four/five characters were, by the end of their run, referred to as the Dark Hand exclusively, with no other members. Which of course [[FridgeLogic raises further questions]]… In earlier episodes the Dark Hand had a lot of nameless henchmen, but they probably all quit when they heard that their boss was taking orders from a [[SealedEvilInACan statue]]. Not to mention that in later seasons, the organization has completely collapsed due to Valmont putting all his eggs in the Shendue basket, and now even those minions have moved on to other employment.
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