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21st Jul '17 3:45:26 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.
** Aizen's "army" of arrancar doesn't even seem to reach triple digits. This one ends up being a bit justified as [[spoiler: he was never planning to use them for very long]].
10th Jul '17 4:03:26 PM VictorDamazio
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** 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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** 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, [=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.
10th Jul '17 4:02:49 PM VictorDamazio
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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. 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.

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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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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.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.
3rd Jul '17 12:18:05 PM thatother1dude
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** BigBad Dr. Drakken is occasionally shown to have a few dozen PunchClockVillain {{Mooks}} at his disposal, but in most episodes they're nowhere to be seen and the whole [[EvilPlan Evil Plot]] Of The Week is just him and DarkActionGirl Shego doing their thing. At one point, they were briefly seen in [[DenOfIniquity an employee lounge]] and took no further part in the episode. Then again, Shego is pretty much all the help he needs (especially considering that the rank-and-file mooks are [[SurroundedByIdiots generally useless]] and serve as little more than [[RedShirt minor speed bumps]] in Kim's way). Several things have been mentioned in episodes that might [[FridgeBrilliance explain]] the on-again-off-again presence of Drakken's rank-and-file mooks. Drakken's VillainCred is notoriously weak, and he's sometimes short on money (and, at least according to Shego, he's tight-fisted with money when he does have it). That would make it hard to recruit and keep people.

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** BigBad Dr. Drakken is occasionally shown to have a few dozen PunchClockVillain {{Mooks}} at his disposal, but in most episodes they're nowhere to be seen and the whole [[EvilPlan Evil Plot]] Of The Week is just him and DarkActionGirl Shego doing their thing. At one point, they were briefly seen in [[DenOfIniquity an employee lounge]] and took no further part in the episode. Then again, Shego is pretty much all the help he needs (especially considering that the rank-and-file mooks are [[SurroundedByIdiots generally useless]] and serve as little more than [[RedShirt minor [[CannonFodder speed bumps]] in Kim's way). Several things have been mentioned in episodes that might [[FridgeBrilliance explain]] the on-again-off-again presence of Drakken's rank-and-file mooks. Drakken's VillainCred is notoriously weak, and he's sometimes short on money (and, at least according to Shego, he's tight-fisted with money when he does have it). That would make it hard to recruit and keep people.
11th Jun '17 11:14:00 PM jtierney50
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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]]
27th Apr '17 12:03:41 PM CobaltJacket
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** Or serious incidents are so common that the Men in Black must rotate.
4th Apr '17 6:14:44 PM Nulono
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** During ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' the Morporkian army consisted of possibly less than 1000 hastily recruited troops, as compared to Klatch's tens of thousands of veterans. Of course, the Force that actually won was even smaller (but highly trained, and much feared).

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** During ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' the Morporkian army consisted of possibly less fewer than 1000 hastily recruited troops, as compared to Klatch's tens of thousands of veterans. Of course, the Force that actually won was even smaller (but highly trained, and much feared).



* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'': For a NGOSuperpower capable of helping the Cretan Insurrection, destroy TheEmpire ships and with his own [[ConLang language]], the Nautilus crew is small: We only see Captain Nemo, his NumberTwo, and two unfortunate crewmen that die in the novel. And because they have severed all contact with inhabited continents, there will be no more crewmen. Aronnax made a calculation about less than sixty people:

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* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'': For a NGOSuperpower capable of helping the Cretan Insurrection, destroy TheEmpire ships and with his own [[ConLang language]], the Nautilus crew is small: We only see Captain Nemo, his NumberTwo, and two unfortunate crewmen that die in the novel. And because they have severed all contact with inhabited continents, there will be no more crewmen. Aronnax made a calculation about less fewer than sixty people:



* Some of the most popular websites in the world, like Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}, are staffed by less than 100 people.

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* Some of the most popular websites in the world, like Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}, are staffed by less fewer than 100 people.
27th Mar '17 7:36:44 PM Bissek
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* In ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' the team initially only consists of Finch and Reese. Reese quickly recruits Fusco, a DirtyCop, as an informant and general helper. Their small number proves to be a serious problem when they have to follow three different people at the same time and Finch has to go out into the field rather than perform his usual VoiceWithAnInternetConnection role. In the pilot Finch has a bunch of bodyguards and a lawyer working for him so it is possible that he employs a large number of people behind the scenes to support his operation but he deliberately keeps all that secret from Reese (and the audience). As of the end of the third season, the largest Team Machine has ever gotten was five members (Six if you count the dog), two specialists called in on a highly infrequent as-needed basis, and one independent operator who turns up when ''she'' needs ''their'' help. It's still a pretty small team for trying to prevent every premeditated murder in NYC and its surrounding suburbs.

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* In ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' the team initially only consists of Finch and Reese. Reese quickly recruits Fusco, a DirtyCop, as an informant and general helper. Their small number proves to be a serious problem when they have to follow three different people at the same time and Finch has to go out into the field rather than perform his usual VoiceWithAnInternetConnection role. In the pilot Finch has a bunch of bodyguards and a lawyer working for him so it is possible that he employs a large number of people behind the scenes to support his operation but he deliberately keeps all that secret from Reese (and the audience). As of the end of the third season, the The largest Team Machine has ever gotten was during season 3, when they had five full members (Six if you count the dog), two specialists called in on a highly infrequent as-needed basis, and one independent operator who turns turned up when whenever ''she'' needs needed ''their'' help. It's still a pretty small team for trying to prevent every premeditated murder in NYC and its surrounding suburbs.
27th Mar '17 7:30:48 PM Bissek
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*** Not to mention that the complete staff roster for the largest, most dangerous, and most topographically-complex Library in the known universe consists of one ape, who spends most of the winter months curled up under his desk wrapped in blankets.

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*** Not to mention that the complete staff roster for the largest, most dangerous, and most topographically-complex Library in the known universe consists of one ape, who spends most of the winter months curled up under his desk wrapped in blankets. Rincewind has occasionally acted as his assistant during times when he is actually around the University.
16th Mar '17 4:12:42 PM merotoker
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* In the oldest 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 the oldest McDonalds 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.



* In the third ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' film, [[spoiler:NERV seems to consist entirely of [[BigBad Gendo]], [[TheConsigliere Fuyutsuki]], [[CloningBlues Rei]], and [[TokenGoodTeammate Kaworu]], with the majority of the operation being automated.]]

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* In the third ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' film, [[spoiler:NERV seems to consist entirely of [[BigBad Gendo]], [[TheConsigliere Fuyutsuki]], [[CloningBlues Rei]], and [[TokenGoodTeammate Kaworu]], with the majority of the operation being automated.]] automated]].



* In ''Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi'', The Order of the Web is supposed to be a Bangkok-wide anti-Shadaloo organization. Yet we only see three members: Gen (the "leader"), Chun-Li, and a dead vagrant Chun-Li literally stumbles across at an airport. Further enforcing the trope is the fact that [[spoiler: the "dead" guy turned out to be a not-so-dead Gen, who set himself up as a clue to put Chun-Li on his trail.]]

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* In ''Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi'', The Order of the Web is supposed to be a Bangkok-wide anti-Shadaloo organization. Yet we only see three members: Gen (the "leader"), Chun-Li, and a dead vagrant Chun-Li literally stumbles across at an airport. Further enforcing the trope is the fact that [[spoiler: the "dead" guy turned out to be a not-so-dead Gen, who set himself up as a clue to put Chun-Li on his trail.]]trail]].



** The exact size of the wizarding population is an example of this trope. But as [[http://www.hp-lexicon.org/essays/essay-hogwarts-how-many.html This essay points out]], assuming the vast majority of British wizard children go to Hogwarts (something outright said in the book), that means Britain's wizarding population between the age of 11 and 18 is below the 300 mark. And since that would be roughly one-tenth of the ''entire'' population, maybe one-twentieth if we allow for wizards' longer lifespans, the total wizarding population is under 10,000. Details such as the size of the Ministry and the number of Quidditch teams mentioned make such a small figure ''very'' surprising, but then, WritersCannotDoMath. According to WordOfGod, there are actually 1000 students at Hogwarts, effectively tripling the "300" figure for school-age wizarding children and therefore inflating the wizarding population to between 10,000 and 20,000. It was also mentioned that wizards would have died out if they hadn't started marrying Muggles, indicating the population has always been somewhat small and probably still is. Also note that this is just Great Britain (and maybe Ireland). There are other populations in other countries. ''Goblet of Fire'' included students and staff from two other schools. There are Quidditch teams explicitly mentioned from other countries. American witches/wizards are mentioned during the Quidditch ''world'' cup. Though the magical world would need to be small compared to the {{muggle|s}} population to maintain the {{masquerade}}.

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** The exact size of the wizarding population is an example of this trope. But as [[http://www.hp-lexicon.org/essays/essay-hogwarts-how-many.html This essay points out]], assuming the vast majority of British wizard children go to Hogwarts (something outright said in the book), that means Britain's wizarding population between the age of 11 and 18 is below the 300 mark. And since that would be roughly one-tenth of the ''entire'' population, maybe one-twentieth if we allow for [[WizardsLiveLonger wizards' longer lifespans, lifespans]], the total wizarding population is under 10,000. Details such as the size of the Ministry and the number of Quidditch teams mentioned make such a small figure ''very'' surprising, but then, WritersCannotDoMath. According to WordOfGod, there are actually 1000 students at Hogwarts, effectively tripling the "300" figure for school-age wizarding children and therefore inflating the wizarding population to between 10,000 and 20,000. It was also mentioned that wizards would have died out if they hadn't started marrying Muggles, indicating the population has always been somewhat small and probably still is. Also note that this is just Great Britain (and maybe Ireland). There are other populations in other countries. ''Goblet of Fire'' included students and staff from two other schools. There are Quidditch teams explicitly mentioned from other countries. American witches/wizards are mentioned during the Quidditch ''world'' cup. Though the magical world would need to be small compared to the {{muggle|s}} population to maintain the {{masquerade}}.



* In ''Series/LieToMe'', the Lightman Institute always has people wandering around the the background but only four characters seem to do any work; everyone else seems to be there to run the video cameras for them.

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* In ''Series/LieToMe'', the Lightman Institute always has people wandering around the the background but only four characters seem to do any work; everyone else seems to be there to run the video cameras for them.



* ''Series/TheXFiles'' only consists of only two people handling the "special" cases. Good thing two cases never seem to crop up at once. Justified in the sense that they are given the "kooky" cases nobody else wants to touch.

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'' only consists of only two people handling the "special" cases. Good thing two cases never seem to crop up at once. Justified in the sense that they are given the "kooky" cases nobody else wants to touch.



* The Vampire Authority in ''Series/TrueBlood'' has shades of this, they ''do'' have a seemingly endless stream of field operatives and commandos but once we get to see inside thier HQ it seems that the entire government of the international vampire community can fit around one rather small conference table and apparently run the whole thing without any admin staff. May be partially justified as most executive duties would fall on the shoulders of their feudal vassals.

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* The Vampire Authority in ''Series/TrueBlood'' has shades of this, this; they ''do'' have a seemingly endless stream of field operatives and commandos but once we get to see inside thier HQ it seems that the entire government of the international vampire community can fit around one rather small conference table and apparently run the whole thing without any admin staff. May be partially justified as most executive duties would fall on the shoulders of their feudal vassals.



* Anytime Raiden organizes a group of Earthrealm warriors in ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' to oppose the forces of the Outworld, they tend to be small, and indeed, his efforts ended in failure in both ''Deadly Alliance'' and ''Armageddon''. In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', you could technically say he was successful (better than the alternative, at least; he saved the world and slew Shao Kahn - probably - despite horrible casualties for his side) but again, his group was a small one, starting with only seven (himself, Sonya, Johnny Cage, Jax, Sub-Zero, Liu Kang, and Kung Lao), the number later growing to thirteen as Kitana and Jade defect to his side and Smoke, Stryker, Nightwolf, and Kabal join his cause later.

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* Anytime Raiden organizes a group of Earthrealm warriors in ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' to oppose the forces of the Outworld, they tend to be small, and indeed, his efforts ended in failure in both ''Deadly Alliance'' ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Deadly Alliance]]'' and ''Armageddon''.''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Armageddon]]''. In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', you could technically say he was successful (better than the alternative, at least; he saved the world and slew Shao Kahn - probably - despite horrible casualties for his side) but again, his group was a small one, starting with only seven (himself, Sonya, Johnny Cage, Jax, Sub-Zero, Liu Kang, and Kung Lao), the number later growing to thirteen as Kitana and Jade defect to his side and Smoke, Stryker, Nightwolf, and Kabal join his cause later.



* LaResistance in ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' appears to consist of about five people in a basement. Justified in the game; ''this branch'' of LaResistance consists of five people in a basement, plus a leader whose real identity they don't know. Said leader is the leader of several (if not all) of the other branches of LaResistance as well, but this branch doesn't know how many branches there are under his command, how many people are in those branches, or who they are. All this inter-organizational secrecy is so that, in the (unfortunately likely) event that any of the branches are captured, the locations and identities of the rest of LaResistance can't be tortured out of them. Possibly the sequel will shed some more light on it. The Chief himself [[spoiler:happens to be the main character's best friend.]]

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* LaResistance in ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' appears to consist of about five people in a basement. Justified in the game; ''this branch'' of LaResistance consists of five people in a basement, plus a leader whose real identity they don't know. Said leader is the leader of several (if not all) of the other branches of LaResistance as well, but this branch doesn't know how many branches there are under his command, how many people are in those branches, or who they are. All this inter-organizational secrecy is so that, in the (unfortunately likely) event that any of the branches are captured, the locations and identities of the rest of LaResistance can't be tortured out of them. Possibly the sequel will shed some more light on it. The Chief himself [[spoiler:happens to be the main character's best friend.]]friend]].



* [[http://coelasquid.deviantart.com Kelly Turnbull]], for her part in a Original Character Tournament called The Coliseum, does a beautiful justification of an OddlySmallOrganization [[http://coelasquid.deviantart.com/art/TC-5-1-The-Final-Countdown-101435241 here]] and [[http://coelasquid.deviantart.com/art/TC-5-7-The-Butcher-is-King-103824967 here]]. It perfectly illustrates just how EFFECTIVE a small band with loyal, professional and capable members can be.

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* [[http://coelasquid.deviantart.com Kelly Turnbull]], for her part in a Original Character Tournament called The Coliseum, does a beautiful justification of an OddlySmallOrganization oddly small organization [[http://coelasquid.deviantart.com/art/TC-5-1-The-Final-Countdown-101435241 here]] and [[http://coelasquid.deviantart.com/art/TC-5-7-The-Butcher-is-King-103824967 here]]. It perfectly illustrates just how EFFECTIVE a small band with loyal, professional and capable members can be.



* The Legion Ex Machina in ''WesternAnimation/BigGuyAndRustyTheBoyRobot''. Not only are they a prominent and credible threat with vast technological resources, [[spoiler: (having an abandoned factory as a base certainly helps)]] but they are {{nebulous|EvilOrganization}}, as well. Despite being made of only 6 members.

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* The Legion Ex Machina in ''WesternAnimation/BigGuyAndRustyTheBoyRobot''. Not only are they a prominent and credible threat with vast technological resources, [[spoiler: (having an abandoned factory as a base certainly helps)]] but they are {{nebulous|EvilOrganization}}, {{nebulous|EvilOrganisation}}, as well. Despite being made of only 6 members.



** BigBad Dr. Drakken is occasionally shown to have a few dozen PunchClockVillain {{Mooks}} at his disposal, but in most episodes they're nowhere to be seen and the whole [[EvilPlan Evil Plot]] Of The Week is just him and DarkActionGirl Shego doing their thing. At one point, they were briefly seen in [[DenOfIniquity an employee lounge]] and took no further part in the episode. Then again, Shego is pretty much all the help he needs (especially considering that the rank-and-file mooks are [[SurroundedByIdiots generally useless]] and serve as little more than [[RedShirt minor speed bumps]] in Kim's way).

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** BigBad Dr. Drakken is occasionally shown to have a few dozen PunchClockVillain {{Mooks}} at his disposal, but in most episodes they're nowhere to be seen and the whole [[EvilPlan Evil Plot]] Of The Week is just him and DarkActionGirl Shego doing their thing. At one point, they were briefly seen in [[DenOfIniquity an employee lounge]] and took no further part in the episode. Then again, Shego is pretty much all the help he needs (especially considering that the rank-and-file mooks are [[SurroundedByIdiots generally useless]] and serve as little more than [[RedShirt minor speed bumps]] in Kim's way). Several things have been mentioned in episodes that might [[FridgeBrilliance explain]] the on-again-off-again presence of Drakken's rank-and-file mooks. Drakken's VillainCred is notoriously weak, and he's sometimes short on money (and, at least according to Shego, he's tight-fisted with money when he does have it). That would make it hard to recruit and keep people.



** Several things have been mentioned in episodes that might [[FridgeBrilliance explain]] the on-again-off-again presence of Drakken's rank-and-file mooks. Drakken's VillainCred is notoriously weak, and he's sometimes short on money (and, at least according to Shego, he's tight-fisted with money when he does have it). That would make it hard to recruit and keep people.
** Almost every class we see at Middleton High School is [[TwoTeacherSchool taught by Mr. Barkin]]. He occasionally explains that he is substituting for another teacher who was sidelines by [[NoodleIncident some random mishap]].

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** Several things have been mentioned in episodes that might [[FridgeBrilliance explain]] the on-again-off-again presence of Drakken's rank-and-file mooks. Drakken's VillainCred is notoriously weak, and he's sometimes short on money (and, at least according to Shego, he's tight-fisted with money when he does have it). That would make it hard to recruit and keep people.
** Almost every class we see at Middleton High School is [[TwoTeacherSchool taught by Mr. Barkin]]. He occasionally explains that he is substituting for another teacher who was sidelines sidelined by [[NoodleIncident some random mishap]].



* The entire police force in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in the early seasons seemed to consist of just Officer Barbrady, who makes Chief Wiggum look like [[Franchise/{{Dragnet}} Joe Friday]]. (At least Wiggum had at least two other cops under him.) Whenever other policemen appear, it's usually county or state police. By the seventh season the county/state police were the South Park Police Department, and Barbrady was apparently PutOnABus.

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* The entire police force in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in the early seasons seemed to consist of just Officer Barbrady, who makes Chief Wiggum look like [[Franchise/{{Dragnet}} Joe Friday]]. (At least Wiggum had at least two other cops under him.) Whenever other policemen appear, it's usually county or state police. By the seventh season the county/state police were the South Park Police Department, and Barbrady was apparently PutOnABus. In "Naughty Ninjas" he references the fact that he used to protect the town by himself.



* [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated]] is just one mad scientist, his robot helper, and occasionally his daughter.

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* [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated]] Incorporated is just one mad scientist, his robot helper, and occasionally his daughter.
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