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1st Jun '16 3:58:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''The Seven Samurai'' is [[OlderThanTheyThink actually based on]] the third play in the Oedipus trilogy by {{Aeschylus}}, ''Theatre/SevenAgainstThebes'', making this one OlderThanFeudalism. Although this is also an aversion in that the titular seven brought his own army, they were ''attacking'' the city during a civil war, and very much painted as the villains in contrast to the city's defenders, who the play focuses on (and whoa are also seven, and thus qualify for this trope. Confused yet?).

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* ''The Seven Samurai'' is [[OlderThanTheyThink actually based on]] the third play in the Oedipus trilogy by {{Aeschylus}}, Creator/{{Aeschylus}}, ''Theatre/SevenAgainstThebes'', making this one OlderThanFeudalism. Although this is also an aversion in that the titular seven brought his own army, they were ''attacking'' the city during a civil war, and very much painted as the villains in contrast to the city's defenders, who the play focuses on (and whoa are also seven, and thus qualify for this trope. Confused yet?).
22nd Apr '16 9:12:46 AM Ulkomaalainen
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* This trope shows up in the Bioware RPG ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', where the party defends a town against the undead. But due to the ArbitraryHeadcountLimit, it's more like the Magnificent Four.
* Bioware likes this trope so much that they built the party members of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' after it. The bulk of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is basically assembling an entire 10-person team (12 with the {{DLC}}) ''Magnificent Seven''-style, with the added wrinkle of getting said team loyal to you and upgrading your ship and weapons before the main mission of going through the Omega-4 Relay. Though it ''is'' possible for people to die during the Suicide Mission, your primary goal is to take out the Collector base and bring everyone back alive.
22nd Apr '16 9:08:15 AM Ulkomaalainen
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* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', where Flik the ant recruits a group of what he thinks are warriors to protect his colony, only to later realize that they're just circus performers.
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22nd Apr '16 9:05:57 AM Ulkomaalainen
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Because ''Film/SevenSamurai'' contains many plot elements which are not exclusive to Japanese culture, it's easy to shift the basic narrative around and still get a workable movie angle. In fact, it's such a classically popular example of a narrative that many filmmakers don't even bother being subtle in the process of {{Homage}}- there's a lot more movies out there [[CastCalculus with exactly seven heroes]] doing this kind of plot than you'd expect.

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Because ''Film/SevenSamurai'' contains many plot elements which are not exclusive to Japanese culture, it's easy to shift the basic narrative around and still get a workable movie angle. In fact, it's such a classically popular example of a narrative that many filmmakers don't even bother being subtle in the process of {{Homage}}- {{Homage}} - there's a lot more movies out there [[CastCalculus with exactly seven heroes]] doing this kind of plot than you'd expect.
20th Mar '16 2:31:47 PM Prfnoff
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* A three-part story arc in the anime version of ''FistOfTheNorthStar 2'' featured Kenshiro teaming up with a gang of post-apocalyptic cowboys clearly modeled after ''The Magnificent Seven''. Even the group's name, "The Wasteland Seven", is taken from the Japanese title of ''The Magnificent Seven''.
* The third ''CrossboneGundam'' manga, ''Steel Seven'', has this built into it: remnants of [[TheEmpire the Jupiter Empire]] are building a [[KillSat super-massive colony laser]] in Jovian orbit with the intent of blasting Earth. The only method of getting to Jupiter in time to stop the weapon is a flying wing that can only carry roughly seven [[HumongousMecha Mobile Suits]], so TheHero goes around trying to recruit the best pilots he can find.

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* A three-part story arc in the anime version of ''FistOfTheNorthStar ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar 2'' featured Kenshiro teaming up with a gang of post-apocalyptic cowboys clearly modeled after ''The Magnificent Seven''. Even the group's name, "The Wasteland Seven", is taken from the Japanese title of ''The Magnificent Seven''.
* The third ''CrossboneGundam'' ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'' manga, ''Steel Seven'', has this built into it: remnants of [[TheEmpire the Jupiter Empire]] are building a [[KillSat super-massive colony laser]] in Jovian orbit with the intent of blasting Earth. The only method of getting to Jupiter in time to stop the weapon is a flying wing that can only carry roughly seven [[HumongousMecha Mobile Suits]], so TheHero goes around trying to recruit the best pilots he can find.



* ''{{Kinnikuman}}'', the Planet Rakka mini-arc. The child-like Choujin Beansman comes to Earth to recruit Choujin to help save his people from the Space Samurai, and teams up with Terryman, Ramenman, Brocken Jr., Puyo Puyo, and Crystalman, with Kin forcing himself into the group. Together, they are the Magnificent Choujin 6!

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* ''{{Kinnikuman}}'', ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'', the Planet Rakka mini-arc. The child-like Choujin Beansman comes to Earth to recruit Choujin to help save his people from the Space Samurai, and teams up with Terryman, Ramenman, Brocken Jr., Puyo Puyo, and Crystalman, with Kin forcing himself into the group. Together, they are the Magnificent Choujin 6!
12th Jan '16 10:32:01 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* The Fifth Edition ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' rulebook included suggestions for a 'Seven Knights' scenario, in which one player took seven {{Hero Unit}}s against an entire army on the other side.
** In that edition of the game this amounted to a ''ridiculously'' easy win for the heroes unless the other player got lucky with the artillery.
** The Scenario was revived in Sixth Edition in a much harder version TWICE. Once for the [[TheWarToEndAllWars Storm of Chaos]] called Seven Sigmarites which is so unbalanced against the seven (due in great part to the relative weakness of the Empire army book's heroes at the time since the Empire was mainly a gunline army) your goal isn't to win, [[DoNotGoGentle just to kill enough of the oncoming horde]]. The second scenario features a group of [[Film/AguirreTheWrathOfGod European knights lost deep in the jungle raiding native tombs who are systematically attacked and slain by native defenders]] for the Lustria setting. It's slightly easier due to the plethora of random stuff available to the heroes (they have been grave robbing) and due to the Rules for Lustria making single characters in a jungle much harder to find and kill.

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* The Fifth Edition ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' rulebook included suggestions for a 'Seven Knights' scenario, in which one player took seven {{Hero Unit}}s against an entire army on the other side.
** In that edition of the game this amounted to a ''ridiculously'' easy win for the heroes unless the other player got lucky with the artillery.
**
side. The Scenario was twice revived in Sixth Edition in a much harder version TWICE.version. Once for the [[TheWarToEndAllWars Storm of Chaos]] called Seven Sigmarites which is so unbalanced against the seven (due in great part to the relative weakness of the Empire army book's heroes at the time since the Empire was mainly a gunline army) your goal isn't to win, [[DoNotGoGentle just to kill enough of the oncoming horde]]. The second scenario features a group of [[Film/AguirreTheWrathOfGod European knights lost deep in the jungle raiding native tombs who are systematically attacked and slain by native defenders]] for the Lustria setting. It's slightly easier due to the plethora of random stuff available to the heroes (they have been grave robbing) and due to the Rules for Lustria making single characters in a jungle much harder to find and kill.
6th Dec '15 6:50:16 PM Psyga315
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* ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'' used this for its NonSerialMovie, ''Kamen Rider Hibiki & The Seven War Oni''. Though only loosely and even with a few twists.

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* ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'' used this for its NonSerialMovie, ''Kamen Rider Hibiki & The Seven War Oni''.''Film/KamenRiderHibikiAndTheSevenSenki''. Though only loosely and even with a few twists.
19th Nov '15 1:03:43 PM foxley
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* In the 1979 movie ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' (not be confused with the [[Film/{{Se7en}} 1995 serial killer movie]]), seven hitmen are hired to kill seven mob bosses who planning a criminal takeover of Hawaii.

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* In the 1979 movie ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' ''Film/{{Seven}}'' (not be confused with the [[Film/{{Se7en}} 1995 serial killer movie]]), seven hitmen are hired to kill seven mob bosses who planning a criminal takeover of Hawaii.
19th Nov '15 7:10:19 AM ACW
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* In the 1979 movie ''Film/{{Seven}}'' (not be confused with the [[Film/{{Se7en}} 1995 serial killer movie]]), seven hitmen are hired to kill seven mob bosses who planning a criminal takeover of Hawaii.

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* In the 1979 movie ''Film/{{Seven}}'' ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' (not be confused with the [[Film/{{Se7en}} 1995 serial killer movie]]), seven hitmen are hired to kill seven mob bosses who planning a criminal takeover of Hawaii.
16th Nov '15 8:28:16 AM FF32
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* Inverted in ''[[{{Blackadder}} The Black Adder]]'' episode "The Black Seal" as Edmund gathers the six most evil men in England (plus himself) to take over the kingdom.

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* Inverted in ''[[{{Blackadder}} ''[[Series/{{Blackadder}} The Black Adder]]'' episode "The Black Seal" as Edmund gathers the six most evil men in England (plus himself) to take over the kingdom.
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