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11th Apr '17 5:07:03 PM AthenaBlue
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* Any planet in the ''Franchise/{{Stargate Verse}}'' under the Protected Planets Treaty. The Goa'uld don't attack those (usually technologically primitive) planets because if they do, the Asgard will show up and kick their asses. O'Neill asks the obvious question: if the Asgard are capable of so easily outfighting the Goa'uld, why haven't they overthrown the System Lords? Answer: [[spoiler:the Asgard are way too busy fighting the Replicators in their own galaxy, and cannot spare more than a handful of ships for defending the Protected Planets. The Goa'uld don't know this, which is good, because if they really attacked in earnest, the Asgard don't have the forces to stop them.]]



* Any planet in the ''Franchise/StargateVerse'' under the Protected Planets Treaty. The Goa'uld don't attack those (usually technologically primitive) planets because if they do, the Asgard will show up and kick their asses. O'Neill asks the obvious question: if the Asgard are capable of so easily outfighting the Goa'uld, why haven't they overthrown the System Lords? Answer: [[spoiler:the Asgard are way too busy fighting the Replicators in their own galaxy, and cannot spare more than a handful of ships for defending the Protected Planets. The Goa'uld don't know this, which is good, because if they really attacked in earnest, the Asgard don't have the forces to stop them.]]



** The 11th Doctor era explores the consequences of this. The episode "Demons Run" is a stand out episode that kicks off with Roy delivering a message to commanding Cyberman that the Doctor has a question ("Where is Amy?") and a message ([[spoiler]]*A large scale explosion of an armada of Cyber-ships* Shall I repeat the question?[[/spoiler]]). The episode's title derives from the adage "Demons run when a good man goes to war" and that the Doctor may be kind and friendly, but his anger is a terrible force that requires an army to assemble to avert the wrath of the madman with a box, said army appropriately naming the upcoming battle "The Battle of Demon's Run".

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** The 11th Doctor era explores the consequences of this. The episode "Demons Run" [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War"]] is a stand out standout episode that kicks off with Roy Rory delivering a message to commanding Cyberman that the Doctor has a question ("Where is Amy?") and a message ([[spoiler]]*A ([[spoiler:''[A large scale explosion of an armada of Cyber-ships* Shall I repeat Cyber-ships]'']] Would you like me to ''repeat'' the question?[[/spoiler]]).question?). The episode's title derives from the adage "Demons run when a good man goes to war" and that the Doctor may be kind and friendly, but his anger is a terrible force that requires an army to assemble to avert the wrath of the madman with a box, said army appropriately naming the upcoming battle "The Battle of Demon's Run".



* Earth does this in ''Series/DoctorWho''. Namely, they pull out a Death Star-like huge laser and shoot the Sycorax. Much to the Doctor's dismay, it was a shot in the back as they were ''fleeing''[[note]]well, ''after'' the Sycorax had shown themselves to be untrustworthy and not the type to gracefully accept defeat[[/note]].
** The same goes for Gallifrey. While the Time Lords have amazing technologies, they normally wouldn't use them for warfare, and some aliens have interpreted their AlienNonInterferenceClause as weakness. But when the Daleks invade, the council is willing to use anything in their Vault, including a sentient superweapon that can destroy ''entire galaxies''.



* Earth does this in ''Series/DoctorWho''. Namely, they pull out a Death Star-like huge laser and shoot the Sycorax. Much to the Doctor's dismay, it was a shot in the back as they were ''fleeing''[[note]]well, ''after'' the Sycorax had shown themselves to be untrustworthy and not the type to gracefully accept defeat[[/note]].
** The same goes for Gallifrey. While the Time Lords have amazing technologies, they normally wouldn't use them for warfare, and some aliens have interpreted their AlienNonInterferenceClause as weakness. But when the Daleks invade, the council is willing to use anything in their Vault, including a sentient superweapon that can destroy ''the entire galaxy''.
14th Mar '17 11:06:54 AM RappaR
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*** Michael Moore #historians... Hitler wanted to anschluss Switzerland the way he did with Austria. Swiss responded with banning Nazi and Communists parties, mining every road, railroad and bridge, getting rid off every officer, who might think surrendering to Germans was a good idea, stockpiling supplies for partisans, working on decentralising army to quickly make them convert into La resistance. And made clear to Hitler, that he can go in, but he won't get out. CMOA.
5th Mar '17 10:56:16 AM nombretomado
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* Subverted in the origin story of [[MarvelComics Marvel's]] ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer'': Zenn-La, Norrin Radd's homeworld, was a peaceful, highly advanced planet relying on a single awesome superweapon for protection, too...then Galactus came calling and it didn't even slow him down.
* Appears in the ''[[Comicbook/TheTransformers Transformers: Headmasters]]'' limited series from MarvelComics. When the war-weary Autobots arrive on Nebulos, they are mistaken for invaders by the native Nebulans. The Nebulan leader, Galen, was reluctantly pressured to unseal their world's Peace Vault and lead an attack against the Autobot's camp.

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* Subverted in the origin story of [[MarvelComics Marvel's]] Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}}'s ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer'': Zenn-La, Norrin Radd's homeworld, was a peaceful, highly advanced planet relying on a single awesome superweapon for protection, too...then Galactus came calling and it didn't even slow him down.
* Appears in the ''[[Comicbook/TheTransformers Transformers: Headmasters]]'' limited series from MarvelComics.Creator/MarvelComics. When the war-weary Autobots arrive on Nebulos, they are mistaken for invaders by the native Nebulans. The Nebulan leader, Galen, was reluctantly pressured to unseal their world's Peace Vault and lead an attack against the Autobot's camp.
28th Feb '17 1:14:59 PM hszmv1
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** It should be pointed out that the above mentioned guns also applies to the UnitedStates. If you can manage a trans-oceanic invasion, congrats... you've now invaded the with the highest amount of guns per capita. And in the United States, you have three kinds of civillian Gun owners: Criminals, who have no problem with shooting people they don't like, Law Enforcement, who have no problem shooting people to defend the citizens, and legal gun owners, who have no problem shooting an illegitimate government bent on disarmament. The latter two are usually very well trained and the former is dangerous because of a lack of training. Oh, and try not to think about how the criminal, who isn't allowed to have a gun, is able to get them... or get them to formerly unarmed populous who is now angry you are here.
28th Feb '17 12:19:39 PM hszmv1
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** The 11th Doctor era explores the consequences of this. The episode "Demons Run" is a stand out episode that kicks off with Roy delivering a message to commanding Cyberman that the Doctor has a question ("Where is Amy?") and a message ([[spoiler]]*A large scale explosion of an armada of Cyber-ships* Shall I repeat the question?[[/spoiler]]). The episode's title derives from the adage "Demons run when a good man goes to war" and that the Doctor may be kind and friendly, but his anger is a terrible force that requires an army to assemble to avert the wrath of the madman with a box, said army appropriately naming the upcoming battle "The Battle of Demon's Run".
8th Jan '17 11:18:32 AM nombretomado
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* ''StarWarsLegacy:'' The newly resurrected Darth Krayt had a secret army of Sith Troopers which caught the Alliance off guard.

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* ''StarWarsLegacy:'' ''ComicBook/{{Legacy}}:'' The newly resurrected Darth Krayt had a secret army of Sith Troopers which caught the Alliance off guard.
23rd Nov '16 12:05:34 PM MadCat221
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* [=ComStar=] of ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'', a [[NGOSuperPower telecommunications "nation"]] that runs the SubspaceAnsible network, had an entire army - the [=ComGuard=] - hidden away and backed up with Star League era LostTechnology kept in massive vaults underneath their headquarters on PlanetTerra. The existence of the Guard was an OpenSecret of sorts, but nobody suspected just how much tech they had stolen, preserved or salvaged during the [[ForeverWar 300 years of war]] that wracked the Inner Sphere and destroyed its means of production. Their best kept secret was the [=ComStar WarShip=] fleet, several dozen {{Mile Long Ship}}s - [[LostTechnology long lost]] to the rest of the Inner sphere - hidden in an uninhabited system. When the [[ProudWarriorRace Clans]] arrive, [=ComStar=] initially cooperates with them, and then fights back when they realize the Clans want Earth. They hold off several Clan armies at the Battle of Tukayyid and force a ceasefire, giving the Inner Sphere time to rebuild.

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* [=ComStar=] of ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'', a [[NGOSuperPower telecommunications "nation"]] that runs the SubspaceAnsible network, had an entire army - the [=ComGuard=] - hidden away and backed up with Star League era LostTechnology kept in massive vaults underneath their headquarters on PlanetTerra. The existence of the Guard was an OpenSecret of sorts, but nobody suspected just how much tech they had stolen, preserved or salvaged during the [[ForeverWar 300 years of war]] that wracked the Inner Sphere and destroyed its means of production. Their best kept secret was the [=ComStar WarShip=] fleet, several dozen {{Mile Long Ship}}s - [[LostTechnology long lost]] to the rest of the Inner sphere - hidden in an uninhabited system. When the [[ProudWarriorRace Clans]] arrive, [=ComStar=] initially cooperates with them, and then fights back when they realize the Clans want Earth. They hold off several Clan armies at the Battle of Tukayyid Tukayyid, an arranged proxy battle for the possession of Terra, and force won; the terms of their victory was a ceasefire, giving fifteen-year ceasefire between the Inner Sphere time to rebuild.and the Clans.
21st Nov '16 6:32:38 PM PaulA
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* In ''The Alien Way'' by Creator/GordonRDickson, an aggressive alien race discovers Earth by analysis of floating space debris and launches a covert surveillance mission as a prelude to invasion. Sadly for the aliens, humans not only know about them, they deliberately left those debris and used the alien mission as a tool to psychologically profile the would-be conquerors and find out all about ''their'' civilization and military capabilities. Then humans sent images of starships ready to strike the alien homeworld and an offer of peace.
** Also by the above, the short story "3-part Puzzle": [[spoiler: when the galactic overlords decide humans are too dangerous, are about to organise to wipe the out, and get the first message ever from a telepathic, Invulnerable race - NO]].

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* Creator/GordonRDickson:
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In ''The Alien Way'' by Creator/GordonRDickson, Way'', an aggressive alien race discovers Earth by analysis of floating space debris and launches a covert surveillance mission as a prelude to invasion. Sadly for the aliens, humans not only know about them, they deliberately left those debris and used the alien mission as a tool to psychologically profile the would-be conquerors and find out all about ''their'' civilization and military capabilities. Then humans sent images of starships ready to strike the alien homeworld and an offer of peace.
** Also by the above, the The short story "3-part Puzzle": [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when the galactic overlords decide humans are too dangerous, are about to organise to wipe the out, and get the first message ever from a telepathic, Invulnerable invulnerable race - NO]].
28th Oct '16 2:24:50 PM nombretomado
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* King Volcheck from ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'' knows that the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Luna Tower]] is sleeping beneath his city, built by an ancient people. He thinks he is pulling this trope against his enemies, but the reality is much, ''much'' [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone worse.]]

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* King Volcheck from ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'' ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' knows that the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Luna Tower]] is sleeping beneath his city, built by an ancient people. He thinks he is pulling this trope against his enemies, but the reality is much, ''much'' [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone worse.]]
17th Oct '16 3:23:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* In HostileWatersAntaeusRising, humanity in the future have put down their arms and achieved global peace, ushering in a new golden age. Then warmongers and corrupt corporations decide to take over the world. Unprepared and unarmed, the rest of humanity dig back into the museum and break out the retired nanotech warship Antaeus, which can manufacture a high tech army out of raw materials.

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* In HostileWatersAntaeusRising, ''VideoGame/HostileWatersAntaeusRising'', humanity in the future have put down their arms and achieved global peace, ushering in a new golden age. Then warmongers and corrupt corporations decide to take over the world. Unprepared and unarmed, the rest of humanity dig back into the museum and break out the retired nanotech warship Antaeus, which can manufacture a high tech army out of raw materials.
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