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14th Jun '16 6:56:41 PM kazokuhouou
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* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' is the {{Trope Namer|s}}. Ironically, this never happens with the character who is convinced he can do that. (Except in two non-canon [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0208.html bonus]] [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0670.html strips]]). In [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/1032.html this]] later strip Han says he did it on purpose with the giant space wyrm, but he could be lying or delusional like Qui-Gon.

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* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' is the {{Trope Namer|s}}. Ironically, this never happens with the character who is convinced he can do that. (Except in two non-canon [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0208.html bonus]] [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0670.html strips]]). In [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/1032.html this]] later strip Han says he did it on purpose with the giant space wyrm, but he could be lying or delusional like Qui-Gon. Should be noted, they're played by the same person.
30th May '16 5:18:13 PM ThatGuyYouKnowThatGuy
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** The Second Doctor finds himself forced to summon the Time Lords at the end of "The War Games", since he's incapably of solving everything on his own. They appear, sort everything out without much fuss... and [[spoiler: execute him for being a renegade with a stolen TARDIS]].

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** The Second Doctor finds himself forced to summon the Time Lords at the end of "The War Games", since he's incapably incapable of solving everything on his own. They appear, sort everything out without much fuss... and [[spoiler: execute him for being a renegade with a stolen TARDIS]].
21st May '16 7:24:13 AM TheKalmarKing
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* In ''X-Men Apocalypse'', the titular [[BigBad Big Bad]] spends his time on-screen curbstomping whomever is not on his side. Then [[spoiler: Jean Grey unleashes the [[OhCrap Phoenix]] and obliterates him, prompting him to admire her as she rips him to pieces.]]
12th May '16 2:44:05 AM jth
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* ''Series/{{BuffyTheVampireSlayer}}'': In 'The Dark Age', Jenny is possessed by a body-hopping demon called Eyghon, who can't be forcibly exorcised without killing her. To get around this, the Scoobies trick Eyghon into jumping into Angel, a vampire. In the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Buffyverse]], vampires are effectively corpses possessed by demons; the demon already inhabiting Angel's body makes short work of Eyghon.
27th Apr '16 3:50:51 AM erforce
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* The story mode of ''VideoGame/TerrordomeTheGameRiseOfTheBoogeymen'' has two instances of this:

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* The story mode of ''VideoGame/TerrordomeTheGameRiseOfTheBoogeymen'' ''VideoGame/TerrordromeTheGameRiseOfTheBoogeymen'' has two instances of this:
16th Mar '16 8:32:59 PM TheCuza
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* The song "Better Metal Snake" by FakeBand [[WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}} Dethklok]] tells the story of a fantasy themed kingdom attacked by a Metal Snake. The countermeasure is to build a Better Metal Snake to defeat the first one.

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* The song "Better Metal Snake" by FakeBand [[WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}} Dethklok]] tells the story of a fantasy themed kingdom attacked that was conquered by an invading kingdom using a Metal Snake. giant mechanical snake in battle. The countermeasure is overthrown king then declares his intent to build a Better Metal Snake ''better'' metal snake in order to defeat the first one.one and take his kingdom back.
4th Mar '16 7:41:47 PM Trogdor
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* In ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' it's summon Hyperborian giant, actually. (Or at least run underneath one.)



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18th Feb '16 4:54:34 PM merotoker
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* A definite example in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is Manda, the giant snake. Orochimaru and Kabuto summon him to fight Jiraiya and Tsunade, but these summons have a tendency to be rather unreliable, and Manda is by far the worst; once demanding 100 human sacrifices to pay for his service. Considering [[spoiler: Orochimaru lost his arms and was incapable of using jutsu]], they were desperately hoping he didn't betray them . Ultimately, [[spoiler:Sasuke summons Manda and mind-controls him to act as a shield against Deidara's ultimate jutsu. Manda is killed by the resulting explosion, effectively preventing any betrayal.]]

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* A definite example in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is Manda, the giant snake. Orochimaru and Kabuto summon him to fight Jiraiya and Tsunade, but these summons have a tendency to be rather unreliable, and Manda is by far the worst; once demanding 100 human sacrifices to pay for his service. Considering [[spoiler: Orochimaru lost his arms and was incapable of using jutsu]], they were desperately hoping he didn't betray them . Ultimately, [[spoiler:Sasuke summons Manda and mind-controls him to act as a shield against Deidara's ultimate jutsu. Manda is killed by the resulting explosion, effectively preventing any betrayal.]]betrayal]].



* In an early episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' (''The Ghost of Maiden's Peak''), when Ash attempts to fight a Gastly using his Squirtle and Bulbasaur. The Gastly summons an illusion of Blastoise and Venusaur, and then goes so far as to combine them into Venustoise, turning his already bigger fishes into one sort of... biggerer fish. It's explained that the pre-evolved forms fear their fully evolved forms to an extent due to some kind of instinct. So making them bigger and more badass is going to cause them to panic.

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* In an early episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' (''The ("The Ghost of Maiden's Peak''), Peak"), when Ash attempts to fight a Gastly using his Squirtle and Bulbasaur. The Gastly summons an illusion of Blastoise and Venusaur, and then goes so far as to combine them into Venustoise, turning his already bigger fishes into one sort of... biggerer fish. It's explained that the pre-evolved forms fear their fully evolved forms to an extent due to some kind of instinct. So making them bigger and more badass is going to cause them to panic.



* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' we have the enslaved vampire Alucard who works for the Hellsing organisation by hunting vampires. Vampires are overwhelmingly bloodthirsty, superpowered monsters that laugh off human efforts to fight back. Alucard is no exception - if anything, he's ''worse'', and he'd say so himself. In OVA III, he gleefully shreds a small army of innocent police officers because they were ordered by their corrupt bosses to attack him. The only thing that differentiates him from what Hellsing fights is that he's bound to serve [[TheKidWithTheLeash Integra]], his master, and he's perfectly happy to kill other vampires. Integra says herself in the OVA dub that the best weapon against a vampire is a second, more powerful vampire, and there are none on earth greater than Alucard. There is practically ''nothing'' that can stop him, with very few exceptions.

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* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' we have the enslaved vampire Alucard who works for the Hellsing organisation by hunting vampires. Vampires are overwhelmingly bloodthirsty, superpowered monsters that laugh off human efforts to fight back. Alucard is no exception - if anything, he's ''worse'', and he'd say so himself. In OVA III, he gleefully shreds a small army of innocent police officers because they were ordered by their corrupt bosses to attack him. The only thing that differentiates him from what Hellsing fights is that he's bound to serve [[TheKidWithTheLeash [[KidWithTheLeash Integra]], his master, and he's perfectly happy to kill other vampires. Integra says herself in the OVA dub that the best weapon against a vampire is a second, more powerful vampire, and there are none on earth greater than Alucard. There is practically ''nothing'' that can stop him, with very few exceptions.



* Used in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' by Armin during the Battle of Trost, after the discovery of an Rogue Titan attacking [[HunterOfHisOwnKind other Titans]]. They lure it towards the horde of Titans laying siege to the armory, and hope it'll take care of the problem for them. [[spoiler: Once the Rogue Titan is revealed to actually be Eren, his LovecraftianSuperpower becomes a significant tactic when all else fails]].

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* Used in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' by Armin during the Battle of Trost, after the discovery of an Rogue Titan attacking [[HunterOfHisOwnKind other Titans]]. They lure it towards the horde of Titans laying siege to the armory, and hope it'll take care of the problem for them. [[spoiler: Once the Rogue Titan is revealed to actually be Eren, his LovecraftianSuperpower becomes a significant tactic when all else fails]]. fails.]]



** At the climax of ''Comicbook/WrathOfTheFirstLantern'', the only way the heroes manage to defeat [[RealityWarper Valthoom]] is by [[spoiler: Hal Jordan becoming a Black Lantern and summoning [[Comicbook/BlackestNight Nekron]].]]

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** At the climax of ''Comicbook/WrathOfTheFirstLantern'', the only way the heroes manage to defeat [[RealityWarper Valthoom]] is by [[spoiler: Hal Jordan becoming a Black Lantern and summoning [[Comicbook/BlackestNight Nekron]].]]Nekron]]]].



* In the Season 8 comic-book continuation of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Buffy and her slayers are depowered and must fight against the US Army. When all hope seems lost, Buffy summons the goddesses they had previously given their power to in a (ultimately vain) attempt to hide. The goal is two-fold: to have the ginormous goddesses attack the army, and to get their powers back. The plan backfires, however, as not only do the slayers not get their power back, but the goddesses attack both group indiscriminately. Buffy is finally able to defeat the goddesses after gaining Superman-like powers.

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* In the Season 8 comic-book continuation of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Buffy and her slayers are depowered and must fight against the US Army. When all hope seems lost, Buffy summons the goddesses they had previously given their power to in a (ultimately vain) attempt to hide. The goal is two-fold: to have the ginormous goddesses attack the army, and to get their powers back. The plan backfires, however, as not only do the slayers not get their power back, but the goddesses attack both group groups indiscriminately. Buffy is finally able to defeat the goddesses after gaining Superman-like powers.



* In the wake of ''Comicbook/CivilWar'', in which they were targeted by a bunch of unusually sadistic "cape killers", the Comicbook/{{Runaways}} tried to make an alliance with the {{Kingpin}} in hopes of keeping the various superhero factions off their backs. It didn't last very long.

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* In the wake of ''Comicbook/CivilWar'', in which they were targeted by a bunch of unusually sadistic "cape killers", the Comicbook/{{Runaways}} tried to make an alliance with the {{Kingpin}} ComicBook/TheKingpin in hopes of keeping the various superhero factions off their backs. It didn't last very long.



* ''Fanfic/TheUnitySaga'' contains an example, when [[spoiler:Thrawn advises the Alliance (or, at that point, New Republic) forces to engage a third (& very hostile) party. He then orders them all to withdraw, at which point a Borg fleet, at his behest, decimates the third party.]]

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* ''Fanfic/TheUnitySaga'' contains an example, when [[spoiler:Thrawn advises the Alliance (or, at that point, New Republic) forces to engage a third (& very hostile) party. He then orders them all to withdraw, at which point a Borg fleet, at his behest, decimates the third party.]]party]].



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** One mission into a ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''/''CriminalMinds'' crossover ended with one of the agents participating baiting [[PokemonXAndY Yveltal, the Destruction Pokémon]], into wiping out an army of Suvian soldiers.

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** One mission into a ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''/''CriminalMinds'' crossover ended with one of the agents participating baiting [[PokemonXAndY [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Yveltal, the Destruction Pokémon]], into wiping out an army of Suvian soldiers.



** [[https://docs.google.com/document/d/12nFPwjpdFbfdkMyBi42BZW72uUii3wUbnRNGkIeeMak/edit Another crossover mission]], this time between ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' and ''TheLittleMermaid'', had one agent [[MuggingTheMonster attempt to kill]] a literal, villainous [[GodModeSue God Mode Stu]]. Who nearly killed him in response... and unknowingly enraged said agent's poker buddy so much that she promptly convinced Davy Jones to sic [[KrakenAndLeviathan the Kraken]] upon the Stu and his goons, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill with predictable results.]]

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** [[https://docs.google.com/document/d/12nFPwjpdFbfdkMyBi42BZW72uUii3wUbnRNGkIeeMak/edit Another crossover mission]], this time between ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' and ''TheLittleMermaid'', ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', had one agent [[MuggingTheMonster attempt to kill]] a literal, villainous [[GodModeSue God Mode Stu]]. Who nearly killed him in response... and unknowingly enraged said agent's poker buddy so much that she promptly convinced Davy Jones to sic [[KrakenAndLeviathan the Kraken]] upon the Stu and his goons, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill with predictable results.]]



* In the movie version of ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', the Horned King (BigBad of the movie) attempts to use the power of the evil spirit trapped in the eponymous Cauldron to rise an Army of the Undead. Despite his gigantic magical powers, the Horned King is apparently unable to do that by himself and needs the Cauldron for it.

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* In the movie version of ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', the Horned King (BigBad of the movie) attempts to use the power of the evil spirit trapped in the eponymous Cauldron to rise an Army of the Undead. Despite his gigantic magical powers, the Horned King is apparently unable to do that by himself and needs the Cauldron for it.



Sort of coincidental but the male Muto, who is significantly smaller than Godzilla, [[spoiler: calls to the female for the purpose of mating, who happens to be almost as large as Godzilla.]]
* Mal and his crew [[spoiler:provoke a horde of Reavers]] to take on the Alliance in ''Film/{{Serenity}}''.[[spoiler:Then it turns around and bites them in the ass when Wash is killed by the same Reavers, and the entire crew is badly wounded in the subsequent battle, only saved by [[LetsGetDangerous River]] declaring YouShallNotPass]]. Though in the end the Alliance win, making this more of a "Summon smaller fish" or "Summon distraction". And given that [[spoiler:the Alliance created the Reavers to begin with]] Mal makes the case that the Alliance has to clean up its own mess.

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Sort of coincidental but the male Muto, who is significantly smaller than Godzilla, [[spoiler: calls to the female for the purpose of mating, who happens to be almost as large as Godzilla.]]
Godzilla]].
* Mal and his crew [[spoiler:provoke a horde of Reavers]] to take on the Alliance in ''Film/{{Serenity}}''.[[spoiler:Then it turns around and bites them in the ass when Wash is killed by the same Reavers, and the entire crew is badly wounded in the subsequent battle, only saved by [[LetsGetDangerous River]] declaring YouShallNotPass]]. YouShallNotPass.]] Though in the end the Alliance win, making this more of a "Summon smaller fish" or "Summon distraction". And given that [[spoiler:the Alliance created the Reavers to begin with]] Mal makes the case that the Alliance has to clean up its own mess.



* The title character in ''Film/{{Constantine}}'' summons Lucifer to defeat Mammon and Gabriel.
** This doubles as a form of TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou. Lucifer ultimately intervenes because ''he's'' going to be the one to destroy the world, not his son.

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* The title character in ''Film/{{Constantine}}'' summons Lucifer to defeat Mammon and Gabriel.
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Gabriel. This doubles as a form of TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou. TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou; Lucifer ultimately intervenes because ''he's'' going to be the one to destroy the world, not his son.



** Simon Phoenix, in turn, was summoned [[spoiler:by Dr. Cocteau to kill [[Creator/DenisLeary Edgar Friendly]].]]

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** Simon Phoenix, in turn, was summoned [[spoiler:by Dr. Cocteau to kill [[Creator/DenisLeary Edgar Friendly]].]]Friendly]]]].



* In ''Film/JurassicWorld'', [[spoiler:once the ''Velociraptors'' aren't enough to take the ''Indominus rex'' down, Claire sics the ''TyrannosaurusRex'' at her. And they conclude the battle by literally summoning a bigger fish, dragging the ''I. rex'' close enough to the ''Mosasaurus'' pond.]]

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* In ''Film/JurassicWorld'', [[spoiler:once the ''Velociraptors'' aren't enough to take the ''Indominus rex'' down, Claire sics the ''TyrannosaurusRex'' at her. And they conclude the battle by literally summoning a bigger fish, dragging the ''I. rex'' close enough to the ''Mosasaurus'' pond.]]pond]].



** Later, in ''Literature/ColdDays'', Harry is in an even worse bind [[spoiler:as Queen Ladies Lily and Maeve are trying to unleash several {{Eldritch Abomination}}s from their prison. To finally stop them, he summons Queen Mab who stops them with one sentence.]]
* [[Creator/JimButcher Same author]], different series: In the final book of the ''Literature/CodexAlera'', Tavi has to find a way to deal with the insanely dangerous Vord Queen, while at the same time she's putting a lot of effort into dealing with ''him''. He just plain old ''can't'' face her head-on. So he [[spoiler:flies up to the summit of Garados and deliberately irritates the Great Fury.]] Chaos ensues. [[spoiler:But hey, it did work in the end.]]

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** Later, in ''Literature/ColdDays'', Harry is in an even worse bind [[spoiler:as Queen Ladies Lily and Maeve are trying to unleash several {{Eldritch Abomination}}s from their prison. To finally stop them, he summons Queen Mab who stops them with one sentence.]]
sentence]].
* [[Creator/JimButcher Same author]], different series: In the final book of the ''Literature/CodexAlera'', Tavi has to find a way to deal with the insanely dangerous Vord Queen, while at the same time she's putting a lot of effort into dealing with ''him''. He just plain old ''can't'' face her head-on. So he [[spoiler:flies up to the summit of Garados and deliberately irritates the Great Fury.]] Fury]]. Chaos ensues. [[spoiler:But hey, it did work in the end.]]



** Also referred to in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', where [[LoveableRogue Moist]] explains that the mongooses were bred in the postboxes, to keep down the snakes; who were introduced to reduce the number of toads; which were put there to keep down the snails. The snails had gotten in on their own accord to eat the glue on the stamps. He admits that they "were a bit too creative in our thinking".
** And Nanny Ogg, being GenreSavvy, uses this to good effect in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' when she invokes [[spoiler:Oberon, the SpearCounterpart to the [[FairFolk Queen of Elves]].]]
* Near the end of ''Literature/{{Shiver}}'', the protagonists determine that [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent lycanthropy]] may be curable through [[spoiler:elevating the victim's internal body heat to extreme levels, comparable to a massive fever]]. They attempt to do this by [[spoiler:injecting two victims with bacterial meningitis]] Results? [[spoiler:Mixed. One character is cured, the other dies from the meningitis]].

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** Also referred to in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', where [[LoveableRogue [[LovableRogue Moist]] explains that the mongooses were bred in the postboxes, to keep down the snakes; who were introduced to reduce the number of toads; which were put there to keep down the snails. The snails had gotten in on their own accord to eat the glue on the stamps. He admits that they "were a bit too creative in our thinking".
** And Nanny Ogg, being GenreSavvy, uses this to good effect in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' when she invokes [[spoiler:Oberon, the SpearCounterpart [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]] to the [[FairFolk [[TheFairFolk Queen of Elves]].]]
Elves]]]].
* Near the end of ''Literature/{{Shiver}}'', the protagonists determine that [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent lycanthropy]] may be curable through [[spoiler:elevating the victim's internal body heat to extreme levels, comparable to a massive fever]]. They attempt to do this by [[spoiler:injecting two victims with bacterial meningitis]] meningitis]]. Results? [[spoiler:Mixed. One character is cured, the other dies from the meningitis]].meningitis.]]



* "Literature/TheBelgariad", has an excellent example. In it there are a tribe of people called the Morindim who worship demons. Their wizards settle disputes between each other by summoning demons and making them fight each other. The demons are constantly trying to escape their control in order to eat the wizard who has summoned them. So if your demon loses then you get eaten by the opposing demon and even if your demon wins, you then need to banish it quickly before it turns on you and eats you as well. This is all seen by the main characters of the book who are sorcerors as being fairly bonkers. Unfortunately things escalate in the sequel series "The Malloreon" with the evil Grolim sorcerors trying to one-up each other by summoning demons to supplement their own powers of sorcery. When faced with a demon your main options are: to summon a bigger demon that you hope you can control in order to fight the first one; or to summon a God in order to banish the demon. The latter option requires one to be on pretty good terms with a God, as the only God who tended to intervene directly in mortal affairs was evil and was killed at the climax of the first series. Things continue to escalate further, with the different factions of evil sorcerors summoning Demon Lords who are more evil, powerful and cunning than the basic demons and who ultimately plan to take advantage of being summoned by plunging the entirety of reality into hell. Remember kids:this is your archetypal fantasy world; this is your archetypal fantasy world on demons.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Hermione Granger does this by bringing [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Dolores Umbridge]] into part of the Forbidden Forest where the [[OurCentaursAreDifferent centaurs]] live. She hopes to trigger Umbridge's hatred of "half-breeds", which will enrage the centaurs and get them to take care of Umbridge for her. It [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor sort]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard of]] works.
** When the centaurs are about to turn on Harry and Hermione, [[AlwaysABiggerFish Grawp]] appears, looking for Hagrid, and gets into a fight with the centaurs, allowing Harry and Hermione to escape.

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* "Literature/TheBelgariad", ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' has an excellent example. In it there are a tribe of people called the Morindim who worship demons. Their wizards settle disputes between each other by summoning demons and making them fight each other. The demons are constantly trying to escape their control in order to eat the wizard who has summoned them. So if your demon loses then you get eaten by the opposing demon and even if your demon wins, you then need to banish it quickly before it turns on you and eats you as well. This is all seen by the main characters of the book who are sorcerors as being fairly bonkers. Unfortunately things escalate in the sequel series "The Malloreon" with the evil Grolim sorcerors trying to one-up each other by summoning demons to supplement their own powers of sorcery. When faced with a demon your main options are: to summon a bigger demon that you hope you can control in order to fight the first one; or to summon a God in order to banish the demon. The latter option requires one to be on pretty good terms with a God, as the only God who tended to intervene directly in mortal affairs was evil and was killed at the climax of the first series. Things continue to escalate further, with the different factions of evil sorcerors summoning Demon Lords who are more evil, powerful and cunning than the basic demons and who ultimately plan to take advantage of being summoned by plunging the entirety of reality into hell. Remember kids:this is your archetypal fantasy world; this is your archetypal fantasy world on demons.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Hermione Granger does this by bringing [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Dolores Umbridge]] into part of the Forbidden Forest where the [[OurCentaursAreDifferent centaurs]] live. She hopes to trigger Umbridge's hatred of "half-breeds", which will enrage the centaurs and get them to take care of Umbridge for her. It [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor sort]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard of]] works.
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works. When the centaurs are about to turn on Harry and Hermione, [[AlwaysABiggerFish Grawp]] appears, looking for Hagrid, and gets into a fight with the centaurs, allowing Harry and Hermione to escape.



* In the ''Wizard of Rondo'', after the protagonists have learned that [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination the Strix is really [[BigBad the Blue Queen]], Tye summons the real Strix.]] It is not amused.

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* In the ''Wizard of Rondo'', after the protagonists have learned that [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination the Strix is really [[BigBad the Blue Queen]], Tye summons the real Strix.]] Strix]]. It is not amused.



* ''Midnight Never Come'' has the protagonists deal with the dark faerie version of Queen Elizabeth [[spoiler:by summoning the Wild Hunt, actually the faerie kings of England that Invidiana had displaced. It's something of a distraction for the Plan A, but it's a big enough threat that she has to go meet it.]]

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* ''Midnight Never Come'' has the protagonists deal with the dark faerie version of Queen Elizabeth [[spoiler:by summoning the Wild Hunt, actually the faerie kings of England that Invidiana had displaced. It's something of a distraction for the Plan A, but it's a big enough threat that she has to go meet it.]]it]].



* In ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown,'' Nuada has Paul and Indira cornered, and Paul desperately prays for help. It's left ambiguous whether or not it's literally an answered prayer, but that's when the Great Striped Hoon shows up and [[spoiler: proceeds to eat Nuada, and gets killed by Indira before it can eat her and Paul.]]

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* In ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown,'' Nuada has Paul and Indira cornered, and Paul desperately prays for help. It's left ambiguous whether or not it's literally an answered prayer, but that's when the Great Striped Hoon shows up and [[spoiler: proceeds to eat Nuada, and gets killed by Indira before it can eat her and Paul.]]Paul]].



** And that itself was preceded by [[spoiler:Castiel]] spending Season 6 trying to ''become'' the bigger fish to the ArchangelRaphael by [[spoiler:absorbing the souls of all the monsters in Purgatory, effectively making him {{God}}. In the Season 6 finale, he succeeds and kills Raphael with the snap of his fingers.]]

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** And that itself was preceded by [[spoiler:Castiel]] spending Season 6 trying to ''become'' the bigger fish to the ArchangelRaphael by [[spoiler:absorbing the souls of all the monsters in Purgatory, effectively making him {{God}}. In the Season 6 finale, he succeeds and kills Raphael with the snap of his fingers.]]fingers]].



* The children's song "The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly", wherein the woman in question keeps [[ExtremeOmnivore swallowing bigger and bigger animals]] to catch the one she swallowed before. Ultimately, [[spoiler: she swallows a horse. She dies, of course.]]

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* The children's song "The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly", wherein the woman in question keeps [[ExtremeOmnivore swallowing bigger and bigger animals]] to catch the one she swallowed before. Ultimately, [[spoiler: she swallows a horse. She dies, of course.]]course]].



* In the storyline of the ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' CCG ''Doomtown'', the BigBad was eventually defeated by [[spoiler:waking up the [[TheLegionsOfHell manitou]] who brought UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln back as one of the Harrowed. Lincoln's willpower had long since beaten it down, but shooting him with an enchanted gun firing ''the same bullet that killed him before'' finally pissed it off enough to rise again.]]

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* In the storyline of the ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' CCG ''Doomtown'', the BigBad was eventually defeated by [[spoiler:waking up the [[TheLegionsOfHell manitou]] who brought UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln back as one of the Harrowed. Lincoln's willpower had long since beaten it down, but shooting him with an enchanted gun firing ''the same bullet that killed him before'' finally pissed it off enough to rise again.]]again]].



* The [[SummonMagic Augar of Ebrietas]] and [[MacrossMissileMassacre A Call Beyond]] of ''VideoGame/Bloodborne'' allow you to (partially) summon Ebrietas, a [[EldritchAbomination Great One]] to borrow her powers.
* This trope constitutes much of the gameplay in the final level of ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness''. [[spoiler:Naturally this leaves one of the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s wandering around unopposed, so the ghost of Alex's grandfather has to subsequently [[SealedEvilInACan bind]] the Bigger Fish.]]
** Then in the [[HundredPercentCompletion Real Ending]] we learn that essentially [[spoiler: all three fish have swallowed themselves, because Mantorok has been invoking this trope [[GambitRoulette over a span of thousands of years, simultaneously, in three different timelines.]]]]
* ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'' has this as well in the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome infamous battle]]. [[spoiler:After Lillet steals the Lemegeton and releases Calvaros, she gets right to work summoning Grimlet to erase him -- as you learn, the two had a deal, but Grimlet was sealed away before he could collect his "fee". After holding off the worst from Calvaros for thirty minutes, Grimlet appears, takes Calvaros' soul... and then gets owned by Lillet herself shortly therafter. [[MagnificentBastard What a bitch...]] ]]

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* The [[SummonMagic Augar of Ebrietas]] and [[MacrossMissileMassacre A Call Beyond]] of ''VideoGame/Bloodborne'' ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' allow you to (partially) summon Ebrietas, a [[EldritchAbomination Great One]] to borrow her powers.
* This trope constitutes much of the gameplay in the final level of ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness''. [[spoiler:Naturally this leaves one of the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s wandering around unopposed, so the ghost of Alex's grandfather has to subsequently [[SealedEvilInACan bind]] the Bigger Fish.]]
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]] Then in the [[HundredPercentCompletion Real Ending]] we learn that essentially [[spoiler: all three fish have swallowed themselves, because Mantorok has been invoking this trope [[GambitRoulette over a span of thousands of years, simultaneously, in three different timelines.]]]]
timelines]]]].
* ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'' has this as well in the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome infamous battle]]. [[spoiler:After Lillet steals the Lemegeton and releases Calvaros, she gets right to work summoning Grimlet to erase him -- as you learn, the two had a deal, but Grimlet was sealed away before he could collect his "fee". After holding off the worst from Calvaros for thirty minutes, Grimlet appears, takes Calvaros' soul... and then gets owned by Lillet herself shortly therafter.thereafter. [[MagnificentBastard What a bitch...]] ]]



* The ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' species have this as their entire purpose. When the X Parasites were discovered to be insanely destructive and dangerous, the Chozo genetically engineered the perfect predator to get rid of them. Decades later, when Samus kills all the Metroid species, the X parasites' population explodes.

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* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}''
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The ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' titular species have this as their entire purpose. When the X Parasites were discovered to be insanely destructive and dangerous, the Chozo genetically engineered the perfect predator to get rid of them. Decades later, when Samus kills all the Metroid species, the X parasites' population explodes.



* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' slays all bosses (and many of the larger, normal mooks) by summoning greater and greater demons. [[spoiler: This includes the final boss, Jubileus.]] Always a bigger fish, indeed. And she does it with her ''hair''.
** Also in the battle against [[spoiler: Father Balder]] she summons several demons of growing strength in a sort of summoning style [[TheWorfEffect Worf Effect]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' slays all bosses (and many of the larger, normal mooks) by summoning greater and greater demons. [[spoiler: This includes the final boss, Jubileus.]] Always a bigger fish, indeed. And she does it with her ''hair''.
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''hair''. Also in the battle against [[spoiler: Father Balder]] she summons several demons of growing strength in a sort of summoning style [[TheWorfEffect Worf Effect]].



* In the final battle of ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'', [[spoiler:you gain the ability to control Songbird and can command it to attack the various airships coming in or certain areas that enemies are likely to be grouped up in.]]

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* In the final battle of ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'', [[spoiler:you gain the ability to control Songbird and can command it to attack the various airships coming in or certain areas that enemies are likely to be grouped up in.]]in]].



* In ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', Lana's Summoning Gate weapon allows her to summon scaled down versions of the game's larger boss enemies such as King Dodongo and Argorok, with her Special Attack summoning a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever giant]] [[KillerRabbit Cucco]]. Played for laughs in the weapon style's victory animation, where Lana summons a large flock Cuccos who immediately starts chasing after her.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' Prophecies, [[spoiler: after fighting your way through the fortress of the Mursaat, who were conquering the entire continent at that time, you (unknowingly) release the Titans which come under the control of the Lich Lord, who has been manipulating the Players for some time by then. You have to kill the Titans too of course.]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn]]'', a powerful wizard can summon various massive demons like Cacofiends and Pit Fiends to face whatever the enemy is. But unless you cast Protection from Evil on your party, it will then [[HoistByHisOwnPetard go after you]]. The expansion pack takes it UpToEleven. First, there's the Summon Elemental spell that high level druids get. It normally summons a powerful elemental, but occasionally it will instead summon an Elemental Prince who's not only more powerful than the previously mentioned Pit Fiend, it's also not hostile so you don't have to worry about it turning on you. Then there's the wizard spell Summon Solar. A Solar is the [[BigGood highest rank of angel]] who again isn't hostile to you and combines awesome physical might with powerful spellcasting ability. It doesn't matter who or what you're fighting, the Solar is going to put the hurt on them.

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* In ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', Lana's Summoning Gate weapon allows her to summon scaled down versions of the game's larger boss enemies such as King Dodongo and Argorok, with her Special Attack summoning a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant]] [[KillerRabbit Cucco]]. Played for laughs in the weapon style's victory animation, where Lana summons a large flock Cuccos who immediately starts chasing after her.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' Prophecies, [[spoiler: after fighting your way through the fortress of the Mursaat, who were conquering the entire continent at that time, you (unknowingly) release the Titans which come under the control of the Lich Lord, who has been manipulating the Players for some time by then. You have to kill the Titans too of course.]]
course]].
* In ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn]]'', ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', a powerful wizard can summon various massive demons like Cacofiends and Pit Fiends to face whatever the enemy is. But unless you cast Protection from Evil on your party, it will then [[HoistByHisOwnPetard go after you]]. The expansion pack takes it UpToEleven. First, there's the Summon Elemental spell that high level druids get. It normally summons a powerful elemental, but occasionally it will instead summon an Elemental Prince who's not only more powerful than the previously mentioned Pit Fiend, it's also not hostile so you don't have to worry about it turning on you. Then there's the wizard spell Summon Solar. A Solar is the [[BigGood highest rank of angel]] who again isn't hostile to you and combines awesome physical might with powerful spellcasting ability. It doesn't matter who or what you're fighting, the Solar is going to put the hurt on them.



* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS}}'', the reason the ray sphere was made was because [[spoiler:Kessler needed to make Cole strong enough to be able to stop the Beast, which Kessler himself had already failed to beat, therefore he went back in time to power his former self up until he became a "bigger fish". ZigZaggedTrope. indeed]]
** That's not even the end of it. In ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS 2}}'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:during the events of the first game, one of the helpful [=NPCs=] was accidentally turned into the fish that Cole was supposed to be bigger than, ''before'' he had a chance to become bigger than it!]]

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* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS}}'', the reason the ray sphere was made was because [[spoiler:Kessler needed to make Cole strong enough to be able to stop the Beast, which Kessler himself had already failed to beat, therefore he went back in time to power his former self up until he became a "bigger fish". ZigZaggedTrope. indeed]]
ZigZaggingTrope indeed]].
** That's not even the end of it. In ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS 2}}'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:during the events of the first game, one of the helpful [=NPCs=] was accidentally turned into the fish that Cole was supposed to be bigger than, ''before'' he had a chance to become bigger than it!]]it]]!



** An antagonistic, [[WellIntentionedExtremist but not evil]], example occurs for the final battle of ''The Lost Age'', wherein the ''heroes'' are the "Big Fish". So, what Bigger Fish does [[spoiler:the Wise One]] summon to stop them? Why, [[spoiler:a three-headed dragon made from their parents, of course!]] The heroes win, obviously, but the intention was still there.
** Part of ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' revolves around you hunting down and activating the biggest {{BFG}} in Weyard's history so it can be used to destroy [[spoiler:the Grave Eclipse; which has blanketed half the world in darkness, from which DemonicSpiders are appearing to kill everything.]]

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** An antagonistic, [[WellIntentionedExtremist but not evil]], example occurs for the final battle of ''The Lost Age'', wherein the ''heroes'' are the "Big Fish". So, what Bigger Fish does [[spoiler:the Wise One]] summon to stop them? Why, [[spoiler:a three-headed dragon made from their parents, of course!]] course]]! The heroes win, obviously, but the intention was still there.
** Part of ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' revolves around you hunting down and activating the biggest {{BFG}} in Weyard's history so it can be used to destroy [[spoiler:the Grave Eclipse; which has blanketed half the world in darkness, from which DemonicSpiders are appearing to kill everything.]]everything]].



* In ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns: Hong Kong'', [[spoiler:the threat of this trope can be used on the BigBad if you know how the Fortune Engine works]]. True to form, you can point out you've crossed the GodzillaThreshold in the process: [[spoiler:If you don't do it, the BigBad kills you and turns Kowloon into her own private hellscape. If you do, ''every single Yama King'' kill you ''and'' the BigBad and turn Kowloon into a series of public hellscapes. Functionally there's no difference to you since you'll die horribly either way and Kowloon is hardly going to get much ''worse'' from having several DemonicInvaders fighting each other over territory than a single one owning the whole pot.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns: Hong Kong'', [[spoiler:the threat of this trope can be used on the BigBad if you know how the Fortune Engine works]]. True to form, you can point out you've crossed the GodzillaThreshold in the process: [[spoiler:If you don't do it, the BigBad kills you and turns Kowloon into her own private hellscape. If you do, ''every single Yama King'' kill you ''and'' the BigBad and turn Kowloon into a series of public hellscapes. Functionally there's no difference to you since you'll die horribly either way and Kowloon is hardly going to get much ''worse'' from having several DemonicInvaders fighting each other over territory than a single one owning the whole pot.]]pot]].



* In any given {{Mons}} game, everyone catches and collects various creatures in hoping that their Fish (literal or metaphorical) is the Biggest. You can take this trope to its extreme by adding OlympusMons to your collection.

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* In any given {{Mons}} {{Mon}}s game, everyone catches and collects various creatures in hoping that their Fish (literal or metaphorical) is the Biggest. You can take this trope to its extreme by adding OlympusMons to your collection.



* Done as {{Parody}} in ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'', the heroes are going to make a barbeque for the locals so they go out hunting. The first thing they catch is a rabbit, which they use as bait to start climbing the food chain until they catch a tarrasque, one of the biggest and most fearsome (and also most foul smelling) animals in the world.
* Done in ''Webcomic/GrimTalesFromDownBelow''. Twice. The first time wasn't so effective and the second time got [[PowerCopying copied]] and lost the effectiveness of his best attack. Then the monster got [[OneWingedAngel serious]] [[spoiler:only to be beaten by ThePowerOfLove.]]

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* Done as {{Parody}} in ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Nodwick}}'', the heroes are going to make a barbeque for the locals so they go out hunting. The first thing they catch is a rabbit, which they use as bait to start climbing the food chain until they catch a tarrasque, one of the biggest and most fearsome (and also most foul smelling) animals in the world.
* Done in ''Webcomic/GrimTalesFromDownBelow''. Twice. The first time wasn't so effective and the second time got [[PowerCopying copied]] and lost the effectiveness of his best attack. Then the monster got [[OneWingedAngel serious]] [[spoiler:only to be beaten by ThePowerOfLove.]]ThePowerOfLove]].



* Slight variation in ''ExterminatusNow'': The bigger fish (a greater daemon) [[ChekhovsGun had been summoned previously]]. When the BigBad becomes [[OneWingedAngel an ascended daemon prince]], the heroes trick him into going into the room with the bigger fish.

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* Slight variation in ''ExterminatusNow'': ''WebComic/ExterminatusNow'': The bigger fish (a greater daemon) [[ChekhovsGun had been summoned previously]]. When the BigBad becomes [[OneWingedAngel an ascended daemon prince]], the heroes trick him into going into the room with the bigger fish.







* In the episode "The Shrieking Madness" of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated,'' Scooby and the gang face Char Gar Gothakon, The Terror that Hath No Name, a creation of [[Creator/HPLovecraft H.P. Hatecraft]]. In the course of defeating the Cthulhu stand-in, they get assistance from Creator/HarlanEllison. Seriously. (This was easily the weirdest Scooby doo episode ever.)

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* In the episode "The Shrieking Madness" of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated,'' Scooby and the gang face Char Gar Gothakon, The Terror that Hath No Name, a creation of [[Creator/HPLovecraft H.P. Hatecraft]]. In the course of defeating the Cthulhu stand-in, they get assistance from Creator/HarlanEllison. Seriously. (This was easily the weirdest Scooby doo ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' episode ever.)



* In ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' "Canada", Chris saves Dan from a yeti by [[spoiler:transforming into a bear.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' "Canada", Chris saves Dan from a yeti by [[spoiler:transforming into a bear.]]bear]].



* This was basically the way a conflict between Austria-Hungary and Serbia in 1914 over Franz-Ferdinand's assassination went FromBadToWorse: Serbia called Russia in, and Austria-Hungary requested Germany's help. Then, following the Entente agreement, France and the UK stepped in too... [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne y'know the rest]].

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* This was basically the way a conflict between Austria-Hungary and Serbia in 1914 over Franz-Ferdinand's assassination went FromBadToWorse: Serbia called Russia in, and Austria-Hungary requested Germany's help. Then, following the Entente agreement, France and the UK stepped in too... [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI y'know the rest]].



* An example of this GoneHorriblyWrong happened in mid-18th century Texas. In 1749, several Apache bands rode into San Antonio and announced to the Spanish colonial authorities there that they wanted to make peace, convert to Christianity, and become loyal subjects of Spanish crown; They would do this if the Spanish would come and establish a mission and a fort in their territory. This smelled [[IncrediblyLamePun fishy]] from the start and many Spaniards doubted the Apaches' sincerity, but eventually the padres and the optimists in the government won out and by 1757 the fort and the mission were established on the bank of the San Saba river. The Apaches had been losing their war with the Comanches, and in fact they had [[LuredIntoATrap tricked the Spanish into building their settlement in the territory of the Comanches]]--who they knew would consider this an act of war--in the hope that the Spanish would deal with the Comanches. In March 1758 a huge force of Comanches came and massacred the padres on the mission while the soldiers and civilians cowered inside the fort, and in October 1759 the Spaniards' punitive expedition of 600 men encountered such a large force of Comanches that they [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere scattered and ran almost immediately]], resulting in the most [[EpicFail humiliating defeat]] the Spanish had suffered in the New World.

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* An example of this GoneHorriblyWrong happened in mid-18th century Texas. In 1749, several Apache bands rode into San Antonio and announced to the Spanish colonial authorities there that they wanted to make peace, convert to Christianity, and become loyal subjects of Spanish crown; They they would do this if the Spanish would come and establish a mission and a fort in their territory. This smelled [[IncrediblyLamePun fishy]] from the start and many Spaniards doubted the Apaches' sincerity, but eventually the padres and the optimists in the government won out and by 1757 the fort and the mission were established on the bank of the San Saba river. The Apaches had been losing their war with the Comanches, and in fact they had [[LuredIntoATrap tricked the Spanish into building their settlement in the territory of the Comanches]]--who they knew would consider this an act of war--in the hope that the Spanish would deal with the Comanches. In March 1758 a huge force of Comanches came and massacred the padres on the mission while the soldiers and civilians cowered inside the fort, and in October 1759 the Spaniards' punitive expedition of 600 men encountered such a large force of Comanches that they [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere scattered and ran almost immediately]], resulting in the most [[EpicFail humiliating defeat]] the Spanish had suffered in the New World.



** And if that does not work, bring on the [[GatlingGood A-]][[MightyGlacier 10]]s. Still not working? [[GunshipRescue Call for an AC-130]]. ''Still'' in trouble? [[NoKillLikeOverKill Have a B-2 swing by and deliver a 5,000 pound JDAM]]. Really, the U.S field manual on air support ought to be called ''How To Summon Bigger Bomb''.

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** And if that does not work, bring on the [[GatlingGood A-]][[MightyGlacier 10]]s. Still not working? [[GunshipRescue Call for an AC-130]]. ''Still'' in trouble? [[NoKillLikeOverKill [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Have a B-2 swing by and deliver a 5,000 pound JDAM]]. Really, the U.S field manual on air support ought to be called ''How To Summon Bigger Bomb''.



* The "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Cotton King Cotton]]" doctrine was the South's attempt to {{invoke|dTrope}} this trope during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. In essence, they figured that British and French industry were so dependent on Southern cotton that they would come to the Confederacy's rescue and secure its independence. However, the Union understood this, threatening Britain with war if it started to aid the South, practicing assiduous diplomacy to persuade Europe to keep out of the conflict, and tailoring rhetoric and policy decisions--such as the Emancipation Proclamation--to win British and French public opinion to the Union side. It worked--Britain and France stayed out.
** It helped that Britain in particular saw what was coming, and began looking to UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}} and (especially) UsefulNotes/{{India}} as a source of cotton to avoid having to deal with the wartime disruption of cotton supplies from North America. UsefulNotes/TheRaj in its final form was an unintended consequence of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar.

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* The "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Cotton King Cotton]]" doctrine was the South's attempt to {{invoke|dTrope}} this trope during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. In essence, they figured that British and French industry were so dependent on Southern cotton that they would come to the Confederacy's rescue and secure its independence. However, the Union understood this, threatening Britain with war if it started to aid the South, practicing assiduous diplomacy to persuade Europe to keep out of the conflict, and tailoring rhetoric and policy decisions--such as the Emancipation Proclamation--to win British and French public opinion to the Union side. It worked--Britain and France stayed out.
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out. It helped that Britain in particular saw what was coming, and began looking to UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}} and (especially) UsefulNotes/{{India}} as a source of cotton to avoid having to deal with the wartime disruption of cotton supplies from North America. UsefulNotes/TheRaj in its final form was an unintended consequence of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar.



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** There's also the Great Eagles who come in to save the good guy's armies from the Nazgul and their flying beasts.
*** In the movies this isn't made clear, but the Eagles aren't summoned in any way they join the battle on their own will. So that's more TheCavalry than this trope.
26th Jan '16 12:59:58 PM unokkun
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*** In the movies this isn't made clear, but the Eagles aren't summoned in any way they join the battle on their own will. So that's more TheCavalry than this trope.
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