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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.
29th Sep '16 10:53:02 PM BattleMaster
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* For centuries, the citizens of the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' universe thought Comstar basically one big quasi-religious communications network (which was true) with no ability to defend itself (which was extremely untrue). It just took the right moment for them to reveal themselves--after the chaos of the Fourth Succession War, and in their full during the height of the Clan invasion, where fifty regiments of Guards pushed back the previously unstoppable invading Clans in a proxy battle for Earth.
15th Sep '16 1:20:45 AM PaulA
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* The ''EndersGame'' prequel comic and novels reveal that, during the First Invasion by the [[InsectoidAliens Formics]], the alien ships are all [[DeflectorShields shielded]], with even nukes being useless. The only thing that proves to work are gravity-based weapons (developed for [[AsteroidMiners asteroid mining]]) that pass right through the shields. It's implied that the gravity laser (or glaser) is the first stage of what would eventually become known as the M.D. Device (or the Little Doctor).

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* The ''EndersGame'' prequel ''Literature/FormicWars'' comic and novels reveal that, during the First Invasion by the [[InsectoidAliens Formics]], the alien ships are all [[DeflectorShields shielded]], with even nukes being useless. The only thing that proves to work are gravity-based weapons (developed for [[AsteroidMiners asteroid mining]]) that pass right through the shields. It's implied that the gravity laser (or glaser) is the first stage of what would eventually become known as the M.D. Device (or the Little Doctor).Doctor) in ''Literature/EndersGame''.
30th Aug '16 12:23:25 PM Morgenthaler
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* Partial example: In ''The Moon Project'' [[note]]a sequel to ''{{Earth 2150}}''[[/note]] the [[AmazonBrigade Lunar Corporation's]] strongest weapons - a sonic cannon - is derived from a modified mining tool.

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* Partial example: In ''The Moon Project'' [[note]]a sequel to ''{{Earth 2150}}''[[/note]] ''VideoGame/Earth2150''[[/note]] the [[AmazonBrigade Lunar Corporation's]] strongest weapons - a sonic cannon - is derived from a modified mining tool.
29th Aug '16 8:22:12 AM le_mirage
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** At [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Kasserine_Pass Kasserine Pass]], the Americans believed they had stopped Rommel's counterattack; his German troops were exhausted, and all he had left were Italians. But the Italians were ''Bersglieri'', elite troops who Rommel considered superior to his German infantry; they attacked the American forces and showed that Rommel's appraisal was right.

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** At [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Kasserine_Pass Kasserine Pass]], the Americans believed they had stopped Rommel's counterattack; his German troops were exhausted, and all he had left were Italians. But the Italians were ''Bersglieri'', ''Bersaglieri'', elite troops who Rommel considered superior to his German infantry; they attacked the American forces and showed that Rommel's appraisal was right.
20th Aug '16 6:26:55 PM nombretomado
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* The ''{{Dragonlance}}'' short story "Wayward Children" is about a group of draconians who have occupied a small, peaceful elven village. There are no children in this village, which the draconians think is a little unusual. Following a magical attempt to turn the draconians back into what they were made from - which fails - the draconians discover that the "elves" are actually ''silver dragons''. Cue death-screams.

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* The ''{{Dragonlance}}'' ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' short story "Wayward Children" is about a group of draconians who have occupied a small, peaceful elven village. There are no children in this village, which the draconians think is a little unusual. Following a magical attempt to turn the draconians back into what they were made from - which fails - the draconians discover that the "elves" are actually ''silver dragons''. Cue death-screams.
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