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14th May '18 5:07:30 PM DanaO
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** The book series this is adapted from explains it better; CURE has several thousand street-level operatives and informants, most of whom believe they work for an organized crime syndicate or in corporate espionage and none of whom do more than gather information - or more commonly, copy off what they're already collecting for somebody else. CURE also maintains executive-backed authority to tap law enforcement, intelligence, and military communications and issue (forged, ostensibly from known superiors) orders to same. The very small administration and enforcement arm is meant both to expedite the one order the President retains authority to give it ("disband, commit suicide and make sure nobody will ever find any trace you existed") and make it possible to quickly but fully the President on just what it's been up to so an informed decision about that order can be made.

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** The book series this is adapted from explains it better; CURE has several thousand street-level operatives and informants, most of whom believe they work for an organized crime syndicate or in corporate espionage and none of whom do more than gather information - or more commonly, copy off what they're already collecting for somebody else. CURE also maintains executive-backed authority to tap law enforcement, intelligence, and military communications and issue (forged, ostensibly from known superiors) orders to same. The very small administration and enforcement arm is meant both to expedite the one order the President retains authority to give it ("disband, commit suicide and make sure nobody will ever find any trace you existed") and make it possible to quickly but fully brief the President on just what it's been up to so an informed decision about that order can be made.
24th Apr '18 11:37:52 AM intastiel
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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Film/Deadpool2016'' when Deadpool shows up at the X-Mansion, only to find the same two X-Men he's been dealing with for the rest of the film:
-->''"...it's weird I only ever see the two of you. [[BreakingTheFourthWall It's almost like the studio couldn't afford another X-Man]]."''
11th Apr '18 9:11:13 PM merotoker
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* TeamRocket in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' (less so in the games), of which we only see the [[TerribleTrio two regular idiots]], the beleaguered boss, and the rival group of agents. This gets subverted in the movies and some more dramatic episodes, when Team Rocket show themselves to actually be the large, well-equipped criminal organization that Jessie and James are ruining the reputation of. WildMassGuessing goes that the main reason they keep the trio around is to provide ObfuscatingStupidity. In the games, it's a genuinely threatening and large organization. Later seasons of the show have them become more competent, at one point working directly under Giovanni. At that point, however, Team Rocket ''literally'' became a 4 person organization, with Giovanni, his assistant, and Jessie and James being the only humans on the payroll. However, the boss cut off communications after a time, suggesting he either gave up or fired them.

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* TeamRocket Team Rocket in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' (less so in the games), of which we only see the [[TerribleTrio two regular idiots]], the beleaguered boss, and the rival group of agents. This gets subverted in the movies and some more dramatic episodes, when Team Rocket show themselves to actually be the large, well-equipped criminal organization that Jessie and James are ruining the reputation of. WildMassGuessing goes that the main reason they keep the trio around is to provide ObfuscatingStupidity. In the games, it's a genuinely threatening and large organization. Later seasons of the show have them become more competent, at one point working directly under Giovanni. At that point, however, Team Rocket ''literally'' became a 4 person organization, with Giovanni, his assistant, and Jessie and James being the only humans on the payroll. However, the boss cut off communications after a time, suggesting he either gave up or fired them.



*** Yliaster has only three members: Placido/Primo, Lucciano/Lester and Jose/Jakob. [[spoiler: Then they {{fus|ionDance}}e into one being]].

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*** Yliaster has only three members: Placido/Primo, Lucciano/Lester and Jose/Jakob. [[spoiler: Then they {{fus|ionDance}}e into one being]].being.]]



* ''Literature/HarryPotter''

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* ''Series/DoctorWho''

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** In the classic series, alien races were typically limited by how many costumes were available (although clever filming could suggest an army of Daleks or Cybermen, just with no more three of them in shot at the same time). This gets {{Lampshaded}} in "Terror of the Zygons"; the Zygons declare their intent to TakeOverTheWorld, and the Doctor snarks "Isn't it a bit large for about six of you?"

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** In the classic series, alien races were typically limited by how many costumes were available (although clever filming could suggest an army of Daleks or Cybermen, just with no more three of them in shot at the same time). This gets {{Lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in "Terror of the Zygons"; the Zygons declare their intent to TakeOverTheWorld, and the Doctor snarks "Isn't it a bit large for about six of you?"



* Shadaloo in ''Franchise/StreetFighter''. As far as we know, there are only five or six members. Even if you count the [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] [[AmazonBrigade Doll Squad]], they are still quite small. This is subverted in Bison's intro movie to ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' where we see him with a fairly large amount of henchmen.
* [[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, [[IAmTheNoun they equate themselves with the entire country, and are even compared to the prevailing global system]].

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* Shadaloo in ''Franchise/StreetFighter''. As far as we know, there are only five or six members. Even if you count the [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] {{brainwashed|AndCrazy}} [[AmazonBrigade Doll Squad]], they are still quite small. This is subverted in Bison's intro movie to ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' where we see him with a fairly large amount of henchmen.
* [[spoiler:The Patriots]] of the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' ''VideoGame/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, [[IAmTheNoun they equate themselves with the entire country, and are even compared to the prevailing global system]].



** In the game itself [[spoiler: most of Cerberus' new troops are indoctrinated human refugees, many of them having been taken against their will and implanted with Reaper tech, essentially turning them into lightweight husks [[FacelessMooks disguised]] with PoweredArmor.]]

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** In the game itself [[spoiler: most of Cerberus' new troops are indoctrinated human refugees, many of them having been taken against their will and implanted with Reaper tech, essentially turning them into lightweight husks [[FacelessMooks [[FacelessGoons disguised]] with PoweredArmor.]]PoweredArmor]].



* The Martians in ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'',

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

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23rd Mar '18 3:41:30 AM NESBoy
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** The Springfield Mafia. And for that matter the Springfield Police. And every other organization in Springfield but the Stonecutters, wait, No-Homers.

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** The Springfield Mafia. And for that matter the Springfield Police. And every other organization in Springfield but the Stonecutters, wait, No-Homers.Stonecutters/No-Homers.



--->'''Wiggum''': We gotta get the whole force on this!\\
'''Lou''': Chief, we are the whole force.\\
'''Wiggum''': OK, we gotta start recruiting, Lou!

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--->'''Wiggum''': --->'''Wiggum:''' We gotta get the whole force on this!\\
'''Lou''': '''Lou:''' Chief, we are the whole force.\\
'''Wiggum''': '''Wiggum:''' OK, we gotta start recruiting, Lou!Lou!\\\
'''Mayor Quimby:''' Did you know we had to lay off a third of the police force? That's right: Eddie.\\
'''Eddie:''' I used to have a gun!
25th Dec '17 9:36:34 PM JackG
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* ''A Most Wanted Man'' (2014). Gunther heads a small organisation tasks with recruiting informers inside the Islamic community. It's suggested that his group is so small because the job he's doing is illegal under German law, so it's easier to pretend they don't exist.

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* ''A Most Wanted Man'' (2014). Gunther Bachmann heads a small organisation tasks tasked with recruiting informers inside the Islamic community. It's suggested stated that his group is so small because the job he's doing is illegal under German law, so it's easier to pretend they a small unit don't exist.
25th Dec '17 9:22:18 PM JackG
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* ''A Most Wanted Man'' (2014). Gunther heads a small organisation tasks with recruiting informers inside the Islamic community. It's suggested that his group is so small because the job he's doing is illegal under German law, so it's easier to pretend they don't exist.
-->"Not many people know about us, and even less like it."
12th Dec '17 8:53:23 AM kasperow
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* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', Celestial Being at first appears to be this, consisting solely of 4 pilots, 6 crew members on their space ship, a supercomputer and ''a man who's been dead for 200 years'', whom the media report as being the group's leader. [[spoiler:We later learn that Celestial Being is actually a surprisingly large, secret organization, with ''at least'' three separate groups working against each other ''within'' the organization!]]
12th Dec '17 8:43:21 AM kasperow
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** To be fair, the only people in the world at this point either work ''for'' NERV, or work on the AAA Wunder and try to ''destroy'' NERV.
3rd Dec '17 1:38:25 PM DaibhidC
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* The Shadow Proclamation from ''Series/DoctorWho'' is supposed to be 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 ''Franchise/StarWars'', but the rest of the episode blew the effects budget.)

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* ''Series/DoctorWho''
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The Shadow Proclamation from ''Series/DoctorWho'' is supposed to be 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 ''Franchise/StarWars'', but the rest of the episode blew the effects budget.) )
** In the classic series, alien races were typically limited by how many costumes were available (although clever filming could suggest an army of Daleks or Cybermen, just with no more three of them in shot at the same time). This gets {{Lampshaded}} in "Terror of the Zygons"; the Zygons declare their intent to TakeOverTheWorld, and the Doctor snarks "Isn't it a bit large for about six of you?"
29th Nov '17 4:29:31 AM Jauce
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* The Gang of Four, formally known as the Cultural Revolution Group, was a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin committee of four people]] who were able to manage to hold on to UsefulNotes/MaoZedong's ear for much of the UsefulNotes/CulturalRevolution, allowing them to largely manipulate the events to their advantage. [[note]]Of course, with one of the members being Mao's wife, who had traded acceptance of Mao's philandering for political power, that wasn't a difficult task. The four were arrested just after Mao's death when the Chinese people and CCP were finally fed up with their crap.[[/note]] And nowadays, supreme power in China is wielded by the Standing Committee of the Politburo, which consists of seven people (reduced from nine at the latest party congress). Which isn't all that small when one considers that in most countries it's a single president or at most a president and a prime minister.
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