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6th Nov '17 4:19:08 AM immortalfrieza
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* Whenever the Asgardian army in the ''Film/{{Thor}}'' movies fights anyone they fall in droves unless they're one of the supporting or main characters. The only time they're ever seen so much as winning a fight is when Odin is telling the story of his father's fight against the Dark Elves in the backstory of ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', which may have been an embellished telling anyway. In ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' this gets taken UpToEleven with the BigBad Hela, who even slaughters [[spoiler:The Warriors Three, some of Thor's closest friends and thus people one would expect to have PlotArmor along with the rest of the Asgardian army completely effortlessly, devolving them to this role,]] [[TheWorfEffect simply to show off how powerful she is while she still only has a tiny fraction of her full power.]] [[NightOfTheLivingMooks Then she resurrects all of them from the dead]] [[OurZombiesAreDifferent to serve as her new army,]] turning them into the [[{{Mooks}} bad guy version of this trope.]]
21st Oct '17 8:20:44 PM RoarkTenjouin
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** Surprisingly enough, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' has somewhat of a subversion with it's [=GM=] expy, the Shiden - while the suit fills most of the roles that the [=GM=] normally would have, although unlike the [=GM=], the amount destroyed is rather small in comparison[[note]]admittedly, Tekkaden is much smaller than the Earth Federation[[/note]]. Playing this straight, however, are the Grazes and Reginlazes in the faction loyal to [=McGillis=] Fareed, which much like the ones used by the villains, go down rather easily.
29th Sep '17 7:31:30 AM BeerBaron
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* For much of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series and its backstory, the Imperial Legion has been the [[BadassArmy best professional army in the history of Tamriel]], and has aided in taking over most or all of Tamriel ''three times''. However, following the [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion Crisis]], the secession or loss of over half the Empire's provinces, and the [[GreatOffScreenWar Great War]] with the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]], the Legion is not in much better shape than [[VestigialEmpire the Empire it serves]]. Still, it managed to force a stalemate with the Dominion, though [[WonTheWarLostThePeace Lost The Peace]] by agreeing to the unfavorable White-Gold Concordat, which led directly to the Skyrim {{Civil War}}. Due to the losses suffered during the Great War and the need for the protection of the remaining Legions in Cyrodiil, the Legionaries in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' are stated to be local recruits who are nowhere near the level of the highly disciplined Legionaries of the past, Justifying the trope. Whether or not they win the war is up to the actions of the PlayerCharacter during the Civil War questline.
25th Sep '17 7:39:41 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* In her mission to "purge" the SHINE promotion, Leva Bates amassed a following of men in white masks who sometimes physically interject themselves into conflicts, sometimes without prompting on her part. Most wrestlers don't find them hard to beat up but they can often ward off superior opponents through sheer numbers. And despite the implications they ''[[MeanIsNotEvil are]]'' a baby {{face}} group, once {{sav|ethevillain}}ing Su Yung, a Bates target, when Yung was thrown off a balcony by Jessicka Havok.[[/folder]]
21st Sep '17 3:12:42 PM MiinU
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* ''WebVideo/ResidentEvilAbridged'': From the moment S.T.A.R.S. Alpha team arrives outside the Spencer Mansion, they stat dropping like flies. Joseph is the first one to bite it, barely two minutes in. By the time the mission ends, Chris, Jill, Barry, and Brad are the only ones left from Alpha, and Rebecca is the ''[[SoleSurvivor only one]]'' left from Bravo Team.

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* ''WebVideo/ResidentEvilAbridged'': *''WebVideo/ResidentEvilAbridged'': From the moment S.T.A.R.S. Alpha team arrives outside the Spencer Mansion, they stat dropping like flies. Joseph is the first one to bite it, barely two minutes in. By the time the mission ends, Chris, Jill, Barry, and Brad are the only ones left from Alpha, and Rebecca is the ''[[SoleSurvivor only one]]'' left from Bravo Team.
21st Sep '17 3:09:15 PM MiinU
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*''WebVideo/ResidentEvilAbridged'': From the moment S.T.A.R.S. Alpha team arrives outside the Spencer Mansion, they stat dropping like flies. Joseph is the first one to bite it, barely two minutes in. By the time the mission ends, Chris, Jill, Barry, and Brad are the only ones left from Alpha, and Rebecca is the ''[[SoleSurvivor only one]]'' left from Bravo Team.
2nd Sep '17 5:01:47 PM CyberController
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** It's been joked that the PDF is the Redshirt Army for the Redshirt Army. Hardly surprising, considering manpower is the only resource the Imperium has in excess, with their commanding officers even more inept than the Guard's, and often inbred UpperClassTwits to boot.

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** It's been joked that the PDF is the Redshirt Army for the Redshirt Army. Hardly surprising, considering manpower is the only resource the Imperium has in excess, with their commanding officers even more inept than the Guard's, and often inbred UpperClassTwits {{Upper Class Twit}}s to boot.
19th Aug '17 2:05:11 AM Carnel
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** TheFederation forces in the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' had the [=GMs=], mass-produced mecha whose sole purpose was to die in droves against [[TheRival Char's]] [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority Gelgoog]], [[EleventhHourSuperpower Zeong]], or [[AntiVillain Dozle's]] Big Zam ([[MemeticMutation which weren't mass produced]]).

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** TheFederation forces in the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' had the [=GMs=], mass-produced mecha whose sole purpose was to die in droves against [[TheRival Char's]] [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority Gelgoog]], [[EleventhHourSuperpower Zeong]], or [[AntiVillain Dozle's]] Big Zam ([[MemeticMutation which weren't mass produced]]).produced]]), as well as the M61 Main Battle Tank for when they needed something that Zion's own {{mooks}} could threaten.
12th Aug '17 4:55:29 PM Linda58
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* In ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' we have the Starfleet task force fighting the Borg at Earth prior to the arrival of the Enterprise. They are doing far better then the fleet at Wolf 359 years prior, but they're still getting curb-stomped.
** ''The Enterprise'' security force continues the franchise tradition. However, they are shown to be quite competent, it's just that they're facing off against the Borg who can NoSell pretty much everything the security officers can throw at them.
26th Jul '17 3:53:03 PM mkmlp
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* The ACU personnel from ''Film/JurassicWorld''; They appear to be highly competent at what they do (reinforced when they respond to and quickly quell the ''Pteranodon'' rampage), but the ''Indominus Rex'' is far beyond what they're prepared to handle and a whole team of them are slaughtered.

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* The ACU personnel from ''Film/JurassicWorld''; They appear to be highly competent at what they do (reinforced when they respond to and quickly quell the ''Pteranodon'' rampage), but the ''Indominus Rex'' is far beyond what they're prepared to handle and a whole team of them are slaughtered. Later, when [[spoiler: Owen's raptors [[FaceHeelTurn turn on him in adopt the Indominus Rex as their alpha]], the group of very well armed men they brought with them are slaughtered in minutes.]]



** The Shaolin Monks other then [[TheHero Lui Kang and Kung Lao]] are slaughtered by the dozen, during the Tarkatan's raid on their academy in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks''.



* Most of the other members of the protagonist's BadassBiker gang ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndDamned'' turn out to be, only really being useful as {{meat shield}}s in the gang wars side missions.



* In ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'', the allegedly elite squad of military pegasi are (initially) known as the Ineffectual Flight Team, and they're every bit as good as their name implies. Several episodes later, they reappear with the new title of Super Effective Flight Team. Unfortunately, "Changing their name did nothing to help their ability to fly!"

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* In ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'', The titular Red and Blue armies of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' are an ''invoked'' version of this trope. [[spoiler: They're made up of the allegedly most expendable soldiers in the army, told to fight a made up war, so Project Freelancer can have a realistic training environment for their elite squad of military pegasi are (initially) known as the Ineffectual Flight Team, and they're every bit as good as their name implies. Several episodes later, they reappear with the new title of Super Effective Flight Team. Unfortunately, "Changing their name did nothing to help their ability to fly!"agents.]]


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* In ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'', the allegedly elite squad of military pegasi are (initially) known as the Ineffectual Flight Team, and they're every bit as good as their name implies. Several episodes later, they reappear with the new title of Super Effective Flight Team. Unfortunately, "Changing their name did nothing to help their ability to fly!"
* Any group of players in ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'' who are not recurring characters, are almost always completely helpless on their own.
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