History Main / SuspiciouslySmallArmy

19th Mar '18 8:35:00 AM Mujaki
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* ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' has the "mighty" army of Asgard trying to take on [[OneManArmy Hela]], only to all get slaughtered. There were no more than a few hundred of them in total. Yet after Hela kills these few hundred, not only is Asgard nearly out of soldiers (only a few are visible in the final battle, and they're clearly second-stringers) but it is bereft almost entirely of healthy males of fighting age, as every shot of the Asgardian civilian population afterwards shows nothing but women, children, elderly, and teenagers, with the occasional young man mixed in.

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* ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' has the "mighty" army of Asgard trying to take on [[OneManArmy Hela]], only to all get slaughtered. There were no more than a few hundred of them in total.total (though this may be [[JustifiedTrope justified in the fact]] that Asgardians are notoriously long-lived, [[MadeOfIron difficult to kill]], and [[ClarkesThirdLaw have weapon technology so advanced]] that it may as well be magic to the lower realms). Yet after Hela kills these few hundred, not only is Asgard nearly out of soldiers (only a few are visible in the final battle, and they're clearly second-stringers) but it is bereft almost entirely of healthy males of fighting age, as every shot of the Asgardian civilian population afterwards shows nothing but women, children, elderly, and teenagers, with the occasional young man mixed in.
15th Mar '18 3:55:04 PM NogaiKhan
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* {{Justified}} with the Sapri Expedition, an attempt to topple the Kingdom of Two Sicilies during the UsefulNotes/WarsOfItalianIndependence made by an 'army' of ''twenty-five'' against one of a hundred thousands: they weren't trying to conquer the place, just to start an insurrection near the capital of Naples that would then do most of the job. This ended in an EpicFail: seeing the pro-Italian unification patriots coming to trying and starting an insurrection, the government warned the people of the coming bandits who had just staged a mass break-out from the jail of Ponza (true: the patriots, aiming to increase their numbers and recover some weapons, attacked Ponza, stole the weapons and tried to free only the political prisoners, but ended up taking with them also the ''many'' common criminals imprisoned there), and sit there watching the ''AngryMob that killed many of the patriots and criminals and captured and delivered to the police the survivors''.
** {{Justified}} also with the ''next'' attempt, as again the idea was to start an insurrection. This time, however, the patriots were smarter: there were a thousand of them (still not many against the Sicilian army, but better), everyone had a gun, they stayed clear of jails, they landed in Sicily proper (as opposed to Naples, that, while the capital, was on continental Italy) where the government wasn't popular at the best of time and in a moment in which the population was even more rebellious than usual, and were led by goddamn' ''Giuseppe Garibaldi'', the most popular Italian of his time and the one man who could have actually start the insurrection in Naples itself by simply showing up and saying "Let's revolt". Garibaldi's small army quickly swelled up thanks to locals and ''defectors from the Sicilian Army'' joining him, and the attempt succeeded.

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* {{Justified}} with the Sapri Expedition, an attempt to topple the Kingdom of Two Sicilies during the UsefulNotes/WarsOfItalianIndependence made by an 'army' of ''twenty-five'' against one of a hundred thousands: ''twenty-five'': they weren't trying to conquer the place, just to start an insurrection near the capital of Naples that would then do most of the job. This ended in an EpicFail: seeing the pro-Italian unification patriots coming to trying and starting an insurrection, the government warned the people of the coming bandits who had just staged a mass break-out from the jail of Ponza (true: the patriots, aiming to increase their numbers and recover some weapons, attacked Ponza, stole the weapons and tried to free only the political prisoners, but ended up taking with them also the ''many'' common criminals imprisoned there), and sit there watching the ''AngryMob that killed many of the patriots and criminals and captured and delivered to the police the survivors''.
** {{Justified}} also with the ''next'' attempt, as again the idea was to start an insurrection. This time, however, the patriots were smarter: there were a thousand of them (still not many against the Sicilian army, Neapolitan army of '''50,000''', but better), everyone had a gun, gun (though them men were often poorly equipped adventurers), they stayed clear of jails, they landed in Sicily proper (as opposed to Naples, that, while the capital, was on continental Italy) where the government wasn't popular at the best of time and in a moment in which the population was even more rebellious than usual, and were led by goddamn' ''Giuseppe Garibaldi'', the most popular Italian of his time and the one man who could have actually start the insurrection in Naples itself by simply showing up and saying "Let's revolt". Garibaldi's small army quickly swelled up thanks to locals and ''defectors from the Sicilian Army'' joining him, and the attempt succeeded.
succeeded. The Sicilians in fact hardly fought him at all. The Neapolitans ''did'', but their generally poor officers combined with half their kingdom basically joining him off the bat and many of their own peasants refusing to support them quickly led to their collapse.
22nd Jan '18 6:06:20 PM psionycx
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** Very noticeable with the Resistance in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' and ''Film/TheLastJedi'', which is substantially smaller than the Rebel Alliance ever was, despite the use of things like a matte painting at the end of ''Film/ANewHope'' to create the appearance of a small army of troops. CGI advances were not used to make the Resistance seem larger, even though they are fighting a war over the fate of an entire ''galaxy''!
20th Jan '18 1:56:02 AM Hylarn
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* Prohibition under the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution was unsuccessful for many reasons. First, the Volstead Act (the federal law banning alcohol as enabled by the 18th Amendment) was to be enforced by only 1,520 federal agents tasked with covering the whole of the continental United States. Under censuses at the time, that resulted in a ratio of one agent per every 70,000 people and thus the Prohibition agents were wholly inadequate to either enforce the 18th Amendment within society or controlling America's vast coastlines and huge unguarded borders with Mexico and Canada. Second, the act was riddled with loopholes, as people were allowed to quite legally brew wine and cider for personal consumption at home whilst doctors were allowed to prescribe alcohol for medicinal purposes and clergymen for religious sacraments, legal technicalities which were extensively exploited and abused. Furthermore it was not actually illegal to ''drink'' alcohol, only to sell it, transport it or manufacture beer/spirits, allowing many people to quite legitimately consume whatever they had stockpiled in the period between the act passing in October 1919 and becoming law in January 1920.

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* Prohibition under the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution was unsuccessful for many reasons. First, the Volstead Act (the federal law banning alcohol as enabled by the 18th Amendment) was to be enforced by only 1,520 federal agents tasked with covering the whole of the continental United States. Under censuses at the time, that resulted in a ratio of one agent per every 70,000 people and thus the Prohibition agents were wholly inadequate to either enforce the 18th Amendment within society or controlling America's vast coastlines and huge unguarded borders with Mexico and Canada. Second, the act was riddled with loopholes, as people were allowed to quite legally brew wine and cider for personal consumption at home whilst doctors were allowed to prescribe alcohol for medicinal purposes and clergymen for religious sacraments, legal technicalities which were extensively exploited and abused. Furthermore it was not actually illegal to ''drink'' alcohol, only to sell it, transport it or manufacture beer/spirits, allowing many people to quite legitimately consume whatever they had stockpiled in the period between the act passing in October 1919 and becoming law in January 1920.
16th Jan '18 2:36:33 AM Cryoclaste
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* ZerothLaw: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ThePrologue to Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/HenryV'' in the page quote.

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* ZerothLaw: JustForFun/ZerothLaw: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ThePrologue to Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/HenryV'' in the page quote.
4th Jan '18 7:47:25 PM jormis29
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* ''Film/TheAvengers'': No more than a few hundred [[AlienInvasion Chitauri]] are [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1947pd ever visible on-screen]] in total, even after Loki orders them to "send in the rest." Even when we get a look at their home dimension with the rest of the invasion force, we only see eight additional Leviathans, a few dozen space speeders similar in speed and armament to WW-2 prop planes, and a mothership that is [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/loki-and-chitauri-vs-steppenwolf-and-parademons.588681/page-4#post-41651091 not particularly huge]] and couldn't possibly hold more than tens of thousands of additional troops at most. This makes their desire to conquer ''an entire planet'' with hundreds of millions of soldiers quite questionable. Possibly {{Justified}} by the Other and Loki being ill-informed of Earth's capabilities and small armies being the norm in the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's civilizations, such as the aforementioned Asgardians.

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* ''Film/TheAvengers'': ''Film/TheAvengers2012'': No more than a few hundred [[AlienInvasion Chitauri]] are [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1947pd ever visible on-screen]] in total, even after Loki orders them to "send in the rest." Even when we get a look at their home dimension with the rest of the invasion force, we only see eight additional Leviathans, a few dozen space speeders similar in speed and armament to WW-2 prop planes, and a mothership that is [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/loki-and-chitauri-vs-steppenwolf-and-parademons.588681/page-4#post-41651091 not particularly huge]] and couldn't possibly hold more than tens of thousands of additional troops at most. This makes their desire to conquer ''an entire planet'' with hundreds of millions of soldiers quite questionable. Possibly {{Justified}} by the Other and Loki being ill-informed of Earth's capabilities and small armies being the norm in the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's civilizations, such as the aforementioned Asgardians.
24th Dec '17 6:22:09 PM NogaiKhan
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* ''Film/TheAveners'': No more than a few hundred [[AlienInvasion Chitauri]] are [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1947pd ever visible on-screen]] in total, even after Loki orders them to "send in the rest." Even when we get a look at their home dimension with the rest of the invasion force, we only see eight additional Leviathans, a few dozen space speeders similar in speed and armament to WW-2 prop planes, and a mothership that is [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/loki-and-chitauri-vs-steppenwolf-and-parademons.588681/page-4#post-41651091 not particularly huge]] and couldn't possibly hold more than tens of thousands of additional troops at most. This makes their desire to conquer ''an entire planet'' with hundreds of millions of soldiers quite questionable. Possibly {{Justified}} by the Other and Loki being ill-informed of Earth's capabilities and small armies being the norm in the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's civilizations, such as the aforementioned Asgardians.

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* ''Film/TheAveners'': ''Film/TheAvengers'': No more than a few hundred [[AlienInvasion Chitauri]] are [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1947pd ever visible on-screen]] in total, even after Loki orders them to "send in the rest." Even when we get a look at their home dimension with the rest of the invasion force, we only see eight additional Leviathans, a few dozen space speeders similar in speed and armament to WW-2 prop planes, and a mothership that is [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/loki-and-chitauri-vs-steppenwolf-and-parademons.588681/page-4#post-41651091 not particularly huge]] and couldn't possibly hold more than tens of thousands of additional troops at most. This makes their desire to conquer ''an entire planet'' with hundreds of millions of soldiers quite questionable. Possibly {{Justified}} by the Other and Loki being ill-informed of Earth's capabilities and small armies being the norm in the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's civilizations, such as the aforementioned Asgardians.
24th Dec '17 6:21:52 PM NogaiKhan
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* ''Film/TheAveners'': No more than a few hundred [[AlienInvasion Chitauri]] are [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1947pd ever visible on-screen]] in total, even after Loki orders them to "send in the rest." Even when we get a look at their home dimension with the rest of the invasion force, we only see eight additional Leviathans, a few dozen space speeders similar in speed and armament to WW-2 prop planes, and a mothership that is [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/loki-and-chitauri-vs-steppenwolf-and-parademons.588681/page-4#post-41651091 not particularly huge]] and couldn't possibly hold more than tens of thousands of additional troops at most. This makes their desire to conquer ''an entire planet'' with hundreds of millions of soldiers quite questionable. Possibly {{Justified}} by the Other and Loki being ill-informed of Earth's capabilities and small armies being the norm in the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's civilizations, such as the aforementioned Asgardians.
3rd Dec '17 4:11:06 PM NogaiKhan
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* ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' has the "mighty" army of Asgard trying to take on [[OneManArmy Hela]], only to all get slaughtered. There were no more than a few hundred of them in total. Yet after Hela kills these few hundred, not only is Asgard nearly out of soldiers (only a few are visible in the final battle, and they're clearly second-stringers) but it is bereft almost entirely of healthy males of fighting age, as every shot of the Asgardian civilian population afterwards shows nothing but women, children, elderly, and teenagers, with the occasional young man mixed in.
1st Jul '17 7:15:12 PM sdsmo
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* ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' has an in-universe example when the Colosseum stages a historical reenactment of the Battle of Zama with a few dozen men.
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