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20th Feb '17 7:33:04 AM danlansdowne
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* The cavalry saw new life in the Afghanistan War, where the terrain poses a challenge for other forms of transport. The "first cavalry charge of the 21st century" took place in the battle for Mazar-i-Sharif in 2001.
20th Feb '17 7:29:08 AM danlansdowne
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** In the ''WesternAnimation/ThunderbirdsAreGo'' episode "Fireflash", the titular plane's landing gear are disabled, leaving it unable to land without igniting fuel. Scott Tracy laments that the equipment they could use to help is on Thunderbird 2, which won't get there in time. Cue Virgil and the other earthbound Tracys arriving in Thunderbird 2, having ignored Scott's instructions to stay home.

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** * In the ''WesternAnimation/ThunderbirdsAreGo'' episode "Fireflash", the titular plane's landing gear are disabled, leaving it unable to land without igniting fuel. Scott Tracy laments that the equipment they could use to help is on Thunderbird 2, which won't get there in time. Cue Virgil and the other earthbound Tracys arriving in Thunderbird 2, having ignored Scott's instructions to stay home.
20th Feb '17 7:27:59 AM danlansdowne
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** In the ''WesternAnimation/ThunderbirdsAreGo'' episode "Fireflash", the titular plane's landing gear are disabled, leaving it unable to land without igniting fuel. Scott Tracy laments that the equipment they could use to help is on Thunderbird 2, which won't get there in time. Cue Virgil and the other earthbound Tracys arriving in Thunderbird 2, having ignored Scott's instructions to stay home.
10th Feb '17 7:52:10 PM ElodieHiras
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** Volume 4 has the Mistrali Air Patrol, who show up after [[spoiler: Team RNJR kill the Nuckelavee Grimm]] but still just in time to evacuate [[spoiler: Qrow who was poisoned by Tyrian earlier and was dying from the venom]]. Thanks to the quick medical evacuation, he survived.
11th Jan '17 6:05:11 PM nombretomado
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* ''LookToTheWest:'' Heinz Kautzman's Russo-Lithuanian-Danish-Courlandish force in the Battle of Paris. Subverted in that they were not needed, but were only there so those previously mentioned countries could claim participation in the war and find themselves part of the peace talks. It works.

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* ''LookToTheWest:'' ''Literature/LookToTheWest:'' Heinz Kautzman's Russo-Lithuanian-Danish-Courlandish force in the Battle of Paris. Subverted in that they were not needed, but were only there so those previously mentioned countries could claim participation in the war and find themselves part of the peace talks. It works.
2nd Jan '17 3:23:56 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': In "Blackwater," [[spoiler: a massive cavalry army of joint Tyrell and Lannister bannermen (with Loras Tyrell disguised as Renly Baratheon commanding the vanguard) charge into battle before Stannis Baratheon's forces could breach the walls of King's Landing]].

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Usually a literal example, given the setting:
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In "Blackwater," [[spoiler: a massive cavalry army of joint Tyrell and Lannister bannermen (with Loras Tyrell disguised as Renly Baratheon commanding the vanguard) charge into battle before Stannis Baratheon's forces could breach the walls of King's Landing]].


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** "The Children," when the mounted forces of Stannis Baratheon arrive to save the Night's Watch from sure defeat.
25th Dec '16 11:04:48 AM Someoneman
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%%Also, this trope is not YMMV, so please refrain from potholing to Moment of Awesome, even if the scene in question was awesome.



* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', At the Battle of Teppelin in episode 14. Dai-Gurren is about shot down by Cytomander, when a barrage slams into them from another direction. Cut to a huge army of lesser battleships and mecha, all hijacked by people from various villages who saw and heard of Team Dai-Gurren’s battle. This leads to an awesome shot of the entire army arrayed and heading into battle against Teppelin’s forces.

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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', At the Battle of Teppelin in episode 14. Dai-Gurren is about shot down by Cytomander, when a barrage slams into them from another direction. Cut to a huge army of lesser battleships and mecha, all hijacked by people from various villages who saw and heard of Team Dai-Gurren’s battle. This leads to an awesome a shot of the entire army arrayed and heading into battle against Teppelin’s forces.



* Done awesomely in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. The cavalry weren't on horseback.

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* Done awesomely in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. The cavalry weren't on horseback.



* In Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/InFuryBorn'' a unit of the Imperial Cadre, the elite forces of the army, is betrayed by its intelligence officer and drops from orbit straight into strong [[AntiAir anti-aircraft]] fire and prepared positions. They then have to fight across long distance and through many enemies in order to disable said anti-aircraft to allow The Cavalry (in this instance, Marines in ordinary dropships, as opposed to Cadremen in fast drop pods) to land. Out of 250-some original members of the unit, nine survive. Also a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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* In Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/InFuryBorn'' a unit of the Imperial Cadre, the elite forces of the army, is betrayed by its intelligence officer and drops from orbit straight into strong [[AntiAir anti-aircraft]] fire and prepared positions. They then have to fight across long distance and through many enemies in order to disable said anti-aircraft to allow The Cavalry (in this instance, Marines in ordinary dropships, as opposed to Cadremen in fast drop pods) to land. Out of 250-some original members of the unit, nine survive. Also a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.



* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', the cavalry arrives during the Battle of Hogwarts: Harry seems to have died, Voldemort has set the Sorting Hat on fire while Neville is wearing it, the Death Eaters seem to have won... and suddenly there are four cavalries coming at the same time: an army of centaurs from the forest, Buckbeak the hippogriff leading a pack of Thestrals, the house-elves from the kitchens, and Professor Slughorn, an old man thought to have left Hogwarts, who actually went to gather reinforcements and led the inhabitants of the town of Hogsmeade and the relatives of the Hogwarts students in a charge that finally turns the tables against the Death Eaters in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', the cavalry arrives during the Battle of Hogwarts: Harry seems to have died, Voldemort has set the Sorting Hat on fire while Neville is wearing it, the Death Eaters seem to have won... and suddenly there are four cavalries coming at the same time: an army of centaurs from the forest, Buckbeak the hippogriff leading a pack of Thestrals, the house-elves from the kitchens, and Professor Slughorn, an old man thought to have left Hogwarts, who actually went to gather reinforcements and led the inhabitants of the town of Hogsmeade and the relatives of the Hogwarts students in a charge that finally turns the tables against the Death Eaters in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.Eaters.



* In the last ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' book, [[EldritchAbomination Typhon]] is heading for New York, while eleven of the twelve Olympians are attacking in vain. Suddenly, [[spoiler:Poseidon and his forces abandon their battle in the ocean to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu fight Typhon]], and finally [[MomentOfAwesome the tables turn in favor of the Olympians.]]]]

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* In the last ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' book, [[EldritchAbomination Typhon]] is heading for New York, while eleven of the twelve Olympians are attacking in vain. Suddenly, [[spoiler:Poseidon and his forces abandon their battle in the ocean to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu fight Typhon]], and finally [[MomentOfAwesome the tables turn in favor of the Olympians.]]]]]]



* ''A Conspiracy of Kings'', the most recent book in the ''[[Literature/TheQueensThief Queen's Thief]]'' series has an in-universe inversion. Sounis and his army are basically running from the Medes, but are saved by the Attolian army who were just over the hill. Attolis thought Sounis was delaying the Medes, with full knowledge of the waiting backup, but it turns out Sounis was running on blind faith, and had no knowledge of the Attolians. Also a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Sounis.

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* ''A Conspiracy of Kings'', the most recent book in the ''[[Literature/TheQueensThief Queen's Thief]]'' series has an in-universe inversion. Sounis and his army are basically running from the Medes, but are saved by the Attolian army who were just over the hill. Attolis thought Sounis was delaying the Medes, with full knowledge of the waiting backup, but it turns out Sounis was running on blind faith, and had no knowledge of the Attolians. Also a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Sounis.



* In the Literature/JudgeDee story ''The Night of the Tiger'', the characters need a literal cavalry to save them from bandits, but the road has been cut by a flooded river. [[spoiler: Right after TheSummation, the cavalry charges in... [[MomentOfAwesome atop a warship]].]]

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* In the Literature/JudgeDee story ''The Night of the Tiger'', the characters need a literal cavalry to save them from bandits, but the road has been cut by a flooded river. [[spoiler: Right after TheSummation, the cavalry charges in... [[MomentOfAwesome atop a warship]].]]



** Sheridan later tells her it was the finest moment of his life. Not to mention that she also managed to deliver the single greatest CrowningMomentOfAwesome in a series full of them, by giving that speech.

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** Sheridan later tells her it was the finest moment of his life. Not to mention that she also managed to deliver the single greatest CrowningMomentOfAwesome in a series full of them, by giving that speech.



** At the end of ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II'', the Blood Raven troops are seriously outnumbered and prepare for a LastStand to take as many Tyranids with them as they can (this actually becomes the mission objective), when [[BigGood Gabriel Angelos]] calls in from the previously thought destroyed fleet with [[ItsRainingMen reinforcements]] [[ThemeMusicPowerUp to the tune of]] [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Hunting and killing]] the [[BigBad Hive Tyrant]].

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** At the end of ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II'', the Blood Raven troops are seriously outnumbered and prepare for a LastStand to take as many Tyranids with them as they can (this actually becomes the mission objective), when [[BigGood Gabriel Angelos]] calls in from the previously thought destroyed fleet with [[ItsRainingMen reinforcements]] [[ThemeMusicPowerUp to the tune of]] [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Hunting and killing]] killing the [[BigBad Hive Tyrant]].



* A subverted example during the Battle off Samar: A large Japanese surface group consisting of the giant battleship ''Yamato'' and several cruisers launched a surprise attack against the American landing group in Leyte Gulf. Opposing them were two destroyers (''Johnston'' and ''Hoel'') and two destroyer escorts (''Samuel B. Roberts'' and ''Heermann''). The crews of the destroyers only needed to be told once: "small boys attack." At which point they ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome fought the Japanese task force to a standstill]]''. The first wave of reinforcements received by the severely out-gunned Americans was in the form of Navy fighters and light bombers launched by the escort carriers the destroyers were desperately fighting to protect. Meanwhile, Halsey's fleet was alerted to the danger and turned to rush to their aid. The cavalry eventually did arrive, but too late to affect the outcome. In the end, the largest battleship in history (in terms of displacement and main armament, the American ''Iowa'' class were longer) was driven off by a handful of destroyers.

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* A subverted example during the Battle off Samar: A large Japanese surface group consisting of the giant battleship ''Yamato'' and several cruisers launched a surprise attack against the American landing group in Leyte Gulf. Opposing them were two destroyers (''Johnston'' and ''Hoel'') and two destroyer escorts (''Samuel B. Roberts'' and ''Heermann''). The crews of the destroyers only needed to be told once: "small boys attack." At which point they ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome fought ''fought the Japanese task force to a standstill]]''.standstill''. The first wave of reinforcements received by the severely out-gunned Americans was in the form of Navy fighters and light bombers launched by the escort carriers the destroyers were desperately fighting to protect. Meanwhile, Halsey's fleet was alerted to the danger and turned to rush to their aid. The cavalry eventually did arrive, but too late to affect the outcome. In the end, the largest battleship in history (in terms of displacement and main armament, the American ''Iowa'' class were longer) was driven off by a handful of destroyers.
24th Nov '16 12:40:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine''. [[TheSeventhCavalry The U.S. Seventh Cavalry]] appears out of the title vessel to rescue Ringo from attacking Indians. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext No, it doesn't make sense in context]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine''. [[TheSeventhCavalry [[UsefulNotes/TheSeventhCavalry The U.S. Seventh Cavalry]] appears out of the title vessel to rescue Ringo from attacking Indians. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext No, it doesn't make sense in context]].
22nd Nov '16 7:11:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/PeterJackson's ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]'', there is a cavalry overload at Minas Tirith, at their many variants. It begins with the city standing against the orcs. Then, the orcs are reinforced by the [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Villain]], the Witch-King, who confronted Gandalf. Then, The Cavalry (an actual real cavalry, the Rohirrim) comes to help the good guys. Then, a second cavalry, composed of Oliphaunts, comes to help the bad guys. And then, to secure the evil victory, comes yet another evil cavalry, the Corsairs... but it was a CavalryBetrayal (to the evil side), as the Corsairs ships were actually used by the BigDamnHeroes Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli and the ArmyOfTheDead.

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* In Creator/PeterJackson's ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]'', there is a cavalry overload at Minas Tirith, at their many variants. It begins with the city standing against the orcs. Then, the orcs are reinforced by the [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Villain]], the Witch-King, who confronted Gandalf. Then, The Cavalry (an actual real cavalry, the Rohirrim) comes to help the good guys. Then, a second cavalry, composed of Oliphaunts, comes to help the bad guys. And then, to secure the evil victory, comes yet another evil cavalry, the Corsairs... but it was a CavalryBetrayal (to the evil side), as the Corsairs ships were actually used by the BigDamnHeroes Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli and the ArmyOfTheDead.CavalryOfTheDead.
12th Nov '16 5:16:14 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/{{Stagecoach}}'', the movie that made a star of JohnWayne, is a classic example, in which the cavalry appears ''exactly'' when all hope is lost, although it had been previously implied they would not be available.

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* ''Film/{{Stagecoach}}'', the movie that made a star of JohnWayne, Creator/JohnWayne, is a classic example, in which the cavalry appears ''exactly'' when all hope is lost, although it had been previously implied they would not be available.
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