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20th Sep '16 8:44:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* Earlier in WorldWarII, HMS ''Royal Oak'' was lying at anchor in Scapa Flow on October 14, 1939 when it was torpedoed by a U-Boat.

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* Earlier in WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, HMS ''Royal Oak'' was lying at anchor in Scapa Flow on October 14, 1939 when it was torpedoed by a U-Boat.



** Often pulled by the Italians themselves: during WorldWarI [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS_Wien they would use small motorboats with torpedoes strapped on them to infiltrate Austro-Hungarian harbours and sink the warships there]] and invented the manned torpedo to deal with the increased surveillance and the deploying of torpedo nets (the former wasn't much of a problem, but [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakar_mockery the latter had foiled attempts at repeating the performance]]), an invention they used to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raid_on_Alexandria_%281941%29 take revenge for the events of Taranto by sinking two battleships moored at Alexandria]].

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** Often pulled by the Italians themselves: during WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS_Wien they would use small motorboats with torpedoes strapped on them to infiltrate Austro-Hungarian harbours and sink the warships there]] and invented the manned torpedo to deal with the increased surveillance and the deploying of torpedo nets (the former wasn't much of a problem, but [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakar_mockery the latter had foiled attempts at repeating the performance]]), an invention they used to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raid_on_Alexandria_%281941%29 take revenge for the events of Taranto by sinking two battleships moored at Alexandria]].
12th Aug '16 9:09:37 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' series, all Covenant spacecraft have DeflectorShields that reduce humanity's [[MacrossMissileMassacre Archer missiles]] into a WorfBarrage. Once they go down for whatever reason, those same missiles prove to be quite effective. In particular, the first mission in the fourth game has the player shred an entire cruiser with a measly two missile pods.

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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series, all Covenant spacecraft have DeflectorShields that reduce humanity's [[MacrossMissileMassacre Archer missiles]] into a WorfBarrage. Once they go down for whatever reason, those same missiles prove to be quite effective. In particular, the first mission in the fourth game ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' has the player shred an entire cruiser with a measly two missile pods.
18th Jul '16 11:19:27 AM Doug86
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* ''SecretWeaponsOfTheLuftwaffe'':

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28th Jun '16 8:46:12 AM MCanter89
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* In the second episode of ''[[Franchise/SentouYouseiYukikaze Yukikaze]]'', the titular [[AIIsACrapshoot plane]] suddenly and inexplicably opens fire on an entire row of FAF planes parked at Tactical Air Base 15, causing the FAF top brass to recall Yukikaze and have it brought in for system checks. [[spoiler: Turns out it was a good thing it did, as those planes had been sabotaged by enemy infiltrators, and Yukikaze was also attempting to kill the infiltrators that were present on the airstrip.]]

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* In the second episode of ''[[Franchise/SentouYouseiYukikaze Yukikaze]]'', the titular [[AIIsACrapshoot plane]] suddenly and inexplicably opens fire on an entire row of FAF planes parked at Tactical Air Base 15, causing the FAF top brass to recall Yukikaze and have it brought in for system checks. [[spoiler: Turns [[spoiler:Turns out it was a good thing it did, as those planes had been sabotaged by enemy infiltrators, and Yukikaze was also attempting to kill the infiltrators that were present on the airstrip.]]
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* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''. Dr. Totenkopf's robot aircraft catch Sky Captain's planes on the ground (and in their hangers), almost completely wiping them out. Only Sky Captain's plane manages to get off the ground.

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* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''. ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'': Dr. Totenkopf's robot aircraft catch Sky Captain's planes on the ground (and in their hangers), almost completely wiping them out. Only Sky Captain's plane manages to get off the ground.



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** In ''Mission Of Honor'', [[spoiler: The Manticore and Grayson home systems]] get cold-cocked by an unexpected new enemy, in the [[WhamEpisode single most one-sided engagement of the series.]] Just after [[TemptingFate they had decided that things looked as if they would come out on top.]]

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** In ''Mission Of Honor'', [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Manticore and Grayson home systems]] get cold-cocked by an unexpected new enemy, in the [[WhamEpisode single most one-sided engagement of the series.]] series]]. Just after [[TemptingFate they had decided that things looked as if they would come out on top.]]top]].






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** Londo's CrowningMomentOfAwesome was when he invoked this trope on [[spoiler: The Shadow base on Centauri Prime.]]

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** Londo's CrowningMomentOfAwesome was when he invoked this trope on [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Shadow base on Centauri Prime.]]



** Later on, Captain Sheridan attempted to invoke this trope on a Shadow [[FanNickname Battlecrab]] on [[spoiler: the Jovian moon of Ganymede]], but arrived just in time to see the ship launch and destroy the facilities there.

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** Later on, Captain Sheridan attempted to invoke this trope on a Shadow [[FanNickname Battlecrab]] on [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Jovian moon of Ganymede]], but arrived just in time to see the ship launch and destroy the facilities there.






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* If you get into a Japanese harbor in Silent Hunter 4 you can often find a lot of enemy ships that are this.

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* If you get into a Japanese harbor in Silent ''Silent Hunter 4 4'', you can often find a lot of enemy ships that are this.



** It features heavily in the [[spoiler: Reapers']] plan to [[TakeOverTheWorld Take Over The Galaxy]] [[spoiler: Again]]. By attacking the Citadel first [[spoiler: through its built-in mass relay]], they can make sitting ducks out of both the Fleet ''and'' the Council with one fell swoop.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', the ''Normandy'' is disabled by a computer virus and then [[spoiler: boarded by the Collectors.]]

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** It features heavily in the [[spoiler: Reapers']] [[spoiler:Reapers']] plan to [[TakeOverTheWorld Take Over The Galaxy]] [[spoiler: Again]]. [[spoiler:Again]]. By attacking the Citadel first [[spoiler: through [[spoiler:through its built-in mass relay]], they can make sitting ducks out of both the Fleet ''and'' the Council with one fell swoop.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', the ''Normandy'' is disabled by a computer virus and then [[spoiler: boarded [[spoiler:boarded by the Collectors.]]



* In the VideoGame/{{Halo}} series, all Covenant spacecraft have DeflectorShields that reduce humanity's [[MacrossMissileMassacre Archer missiles]] into a WorfBarrage. Once they go down for whatever reason, those same missiles prove to be quite effective. In particular, the first mission in the fourth game has the player shred an entire cruiser with a measly two missile pods.

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* In the VideoGame/{{Halo}} ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' series, all Covenant spacecraft have DeflectorShields that reduce humanity's [[MacrossMissileMassacre Archer missiles]] into a WorfBarrage. Once they go down for whatever reason, those same missiles prove to be quite effective. In particular, the first mission in the fourth game has the player shred an entire cruiser with a measly two missile pods.






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* The Japanese raids on [[WorldWarII Pearl Harbor and the Philippines]], catching the American Pacific Fleet and the hundreds of planes based on Oahu (bunched together to prevent sabotage) flat-footed as big easy targets for the Japanese to destroy, is quite possibly the TropeCodifier. Although the Imperial Japanese Navy failed in their ''primary'' objective, the destruction of the American carriers, and [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant contributed to the US entering the war]], it was a punishing blow for the unprepared American forces. It would be six months before the Allies could regain the initiative and start pushing the Japanese back.
** One of the main reasons ''why'' the Americans were sitting ducks in Pearl Harbor was partially due to surprise, and partially due to being GenreSavvy in the wrong department. In Hawaii, while no one was prepared for an aerial attack, the top brass at Oahu were more concerned with possible saboteurs, since the appearance of Hawaii's natives made it hard to tell a native apart from a Japanese spy. For this reason, the fighters were organized in large, clustered groups which made them easier to guard and watch over, but also made quick takeoffs in an emergency, such as, say, an aerial attack, all but impossible....

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* The Japanese raids on [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Pearl Harbor and the Philippines]], catching the American Pacific Fleet and the hundreds of planes based on Oahu (bunched together to prevent sabotage) flat-footed as big easy targets for the Japanese to destroy, is quite possibly the TropeCodifier. Although the Imperial Japanese Navy failed in their ''primary'' objective, the destruction of the American carriers, and [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant contributed to the US entering the war]], it was a punishing blow for the unprepared American forces. It would be six months before the Allies could regain the initiative and start pushing the Japanese back.
** One of the main reasons ''why'' the Americans were sitting ducks in Pearl Harbor was partially due to surprise, and partially due to being GenreSavvy in the wrong department. In Hawaii, while no one was prepared for an aerial attack, the top brass at Oahu were more concerned with possible saboteurs, since the appearance of Hawaii's natives made it hard to tell a native apart from a Japanese spy. For this reason, the fighters were organized in large, clustered groups which made them easier to guard and watch over, but also made quick takeoffs in an emergency, such emergency—such as, say, an aerial attack, all attack—all but impossible....impossible…



** The US Navy got its revenge at the Battle of Midway, where American bombers caught the Japanese carriers right as they were getting ready to launch the next wave of their own attack aircraft. All four of these carriers had participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor, and all four were sunk during the battle (at the cost of the ''USS Yorktown'').

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** The US Navy got its revenge at the Battle of Midway, where American bombers caught the Japanese carriers right as they were getting ready to launch the next wave of their own attack aircraft. All four of these carriers had participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor, and all four were sunk during the battle (at the cost of the ''USS Yorktown'').USS ''Yorktown'').



* Earlier in WorldWarII, HMS Royal Oak was lying at anchor in Scapa Flow on October 14, 1939 when it was torpedoed by a U-Boat.

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* Earlier in WorldWarII, HMS Royal Oak ''Royal Oak'' was lying at anchor in Scapa Flow on October 14, 1939 when it was torpedoed by a U-Boat.



13th Jun '16 2:06:52 PM Tallens
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* ''Film/OperationPetticoat'': ''Sea Tiger'' is caught in port when the Japanese attack in the beginning. She is eventually re-floated and repaired, but she suffers from that damage for the rest of the film. Later, they see a Japanese tanker that is moored and sitting low in the water, meaning it hasn't unloaded yet. They are preparing a torpedo attack, when [[CuteClumsyGirl Nurse Crandall]] comes into the conn and accidentally fires it, hitting a truck.
* ''Film/{{U571}}'': Tyler attempts to invoke this by creating a debris field that will make the German destroyer hunting them stop its engines for a sonar search, which will enable them to make an attack on a stationary target with their stern torpedo tubes. [[spoiler:By the time they make it to the surface, the tube is non-functional and they have to make a run for it before it's fixed.]]
20th May '16 8:06:44 AM AFP
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* The first carrier-launched air raid exploited this trope during WorldWarOne. HMS ''Furious'', a battlecruiser which had her forward and aft guns replaced with launch and recovery decks, launched seven Sopwith Camels which attacked the German airship base at Tondern, which had previously been considered beyond the range of air attack. In return for one British pilot lost, the Germans lost two zeppelins and a balloon. The zeppelins in particular would have been very difficult to engage if they were airborne.
15th May '16 1:58:25 PM Morgenthaler
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15th May '16 3:14:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* In several ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' games and ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', ships in port in a city/base under attack receive a negative modifier to their defense, reflecting this trope.

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* In several ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' games and ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', ships in port in a city/base under attack receive a negative modifier to their defense, reflecting this trope.
21st Mar '16 3:46:51 PM MitchellTF
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* Operation Focus was the opening airstrike by Israel at the start of the [[ArabIsraeliConflict Six-Day War of 1967]]. At 07:45 on June 5, 1967, the Israeli Air Force launched a massive airstrike, using very nearly every airworthy plane they had, which destroyed the majority of the Egyptian air force on the ground. By noon, the Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian Air Forces, with about 450 aircraft, were destroyed, allowing the Israelis to enjoy air supremacy for the entire war.

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* Operation Focus was the opening airstrike by Israel at the start of the [[ArabIsraeliConflict Six-Day War of 1967]]. At 07:45 on June 5, 1967, the Israeli Air Force launched a massive airstrike, using very nearly every airworthy plane they had, which destroyed the majority of the Egyptian air force on the ground. By noon, the Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian Air Forces, with about 450 aircraft, were destroyed, allowing the Israelis to enjoy air supremacy for the entire war. The war only lasted six days.
7th Mar '16 5:53:00 PM justanid
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