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9th Jan '18 10:10:39 AM PaladinPhoenix
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* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', you have the option at the start of combat to try to intimidate your opponents. If you are much higher level than them, they'll run away immediately.

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', you have the option at the start of combat to try to intimidate your opponents. If you are much higher level than them, they'll run away immediately. This is bad for grinding (you get no money or experience), but great for item farming (the drop rate is increased).
26th Oct '17 11:12:16 AM TheWanderer
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* During the third season of ''Series/{{Vikings}}'', Ragnar partially accomplished this against the Mercian army. After having defeated another, smaller Mercian force, he has his men cut off the heads of many of the fallen and mount them on their ships when they sail across the river to face the other Mercian army. [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere About half the army deserts on the spot]], although the leaders do latter pull at least some of the army back together and try to make a stand against the combined forces of the Norsemen and Wessex.
17th Sep '17 11:26:30 AM nombretomado
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A SubTrope of TerrorHero. A SisterTrope to PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower, ToWinWithoutFighting and WhoWillBellTheCat. BystanderSyndrome covers non-combat examples where no individual in a group wants to be the one to step up. Compare and contrast IntimidationDemonstration.

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A SubTrope of TerrorHero. A SisterTrope to PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower, UsefulNotes/PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower, ToWinWithoutFighting and WhoWillBellTheCat. BystanderSyndrome covers non-combat examples where no individual in a group wants to be the one to step up. Compare and contrast IntimidationDemonstration.
16th Aug '17 9:34:41 PM marcoasalazarm
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* This trope is discussed and explicitly defied on ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' during the retelling of the Battle Of Yonkers. In a nutshell: an exposure of the total might of the United States military would make even the most fanatical of human soldiers hesitate (at least), but the zombies are TooDumbToFool (brain-dead, really); and when they see a massive military blockade; all they see is a smorgasbord of human flesh just standing there and ready to be eaten. If anything, [[EpicFail the zombies ended up]] [[RussianReversal intimidating the soldiers instead]].

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* This trope is discussed and explicitly defied on ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' during the retelling of the Battle Of Yonkers. In a nutshell: an exposure of the total might of the United States military would make even the most fanatical of human soldiers hesitate (at least), but the zombies are TooDumbToFool (brain-dead, really); and when they see a massive military blockade; all they see is a smorgasbord of human flesh just standing there and ready to be eaten.eaten, [[FearlessUndead and march towards it totally uncaring about the gunfire and explosions and casualties going off all around them]]. If anything, [[EpicFail the zombies ended up]] [[RussianReversal intimidating the soldiers instead]].
16th Aug '17 9:22:03 PM marcoasalazarm
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So it goes without saying that trying to use this tactic against a {{Determinator}} or similarly driven (or fanatical) enemy (or one that is able to point out the logic of their capacity to successfully execute a ZergRush ''and'' successfully makes the rest of the gang follow suit) with no means to back up said threats is a ''bad'' idea.

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So it goes without saying that trying to use this tactic against a {{Determinator}} or similarly driven (or fanatical) enemy (or one that is able to point out the logic of their capacity to successfully execute a ZergRush ''and'' successfully makes the rest of the gang follow suit) suit... or a group TooDumbToFool that is eager to knock your head off) with no means to back up said threats is a ''bad'' idea.
29th May '17 3:40:54 PM marcoasalazarm
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* On all versions of ''Film/TheTakingOfPelhamOneTwoThree'' one of the hostages says that they should all rush Mr. Grey (the hostage-takers' leader) and take him down, only for Mr. Grey to point out that he's armed with a top-of-the-line sub-machinegun and that, stuck inside of a subway car as they are, if they all were to rush him they would be all bunched together and vulnerable to his return fire. "...you would all be dead before you got close to me". None of them ever try.

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* On all versions of ''Film/TheTakingOfPelhamOneTwoThree'' one of the hostages says that they should all rush Mr. Grey (the hostage-takers' leader) and take him down, only for Mr. Grey to point out that he's armed with a top-of-the-line sub-machinegun and that, stuck inside of a subway car as they are, if they all were to rush him they would be all be bunched together and vulnerable to his return fire. "...you would all be dead before you got close to me". None of them ever try.
15th May '17 12:53:10 PM DarkHunter
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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Pandorica Opens" features the speech at the top of the page. Ironically it's actually a subversion. After the Doctor gives the speech all the ships flying around in the sky head for the hills, but it turns out to be a bluff to lull the Doctor into believing they were running away when actually they were just waiting for the Pandorica to open so they could lock him inside of it.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Pandorica Opens" features the speech at the top of the page. Ironically it's actually a subversion. After the Doctor gives the speech all the ships flying around in the sky head for the hills, but it turns out to be a bluff to lull the Doctor into believing they were running away when actually they were just waiting for the Pandorica to open so they could lock him inside of it. This episode also demonstrates the downside to using fear to conquer one's foes: do it too much, and your enemies get pushed past the GodzillaThreshold and begin getting desperate... and desperation often leads to truly disastrous consequences.
28th Apr '17 10:22:11 AM marcoasalazarm
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* On all versions of ''Film/TheTakingOfPelhamOneTwoThree'' one of the hostages says that they should all rush Mr. Grey (the hostage-takers' leader) and take him down, only for Mr. Grey to point out that he's armed with a top-of-the-line sub-machinegun and that, stuck inside of a subway car as they are, if they all were to rush him they would be all bunched together and vulnerable to his return fire. "...you would all be dead before you got close to me". None of them ever try.
11th Apr '17 3:51:38 PM Nulono
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** River Song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNOFxMpgjXI gets her turn]] in "The Big Bang".
27th Mar '17 2:07:57 AM marcoasalazarm
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So it goes without saying that trying to use this tactic against a {{Determinator}} or similarly driven (or fanatical) enemy (or one that is able to point out the logic of their capacity to successfully execute a ZergRush) with no means to back up said threats is a 'bad'' idea.

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So it goes without saying that trying to use this tactic against a {{Determinator}} or similarly driven (or fanatical) enemy (or one that is able to point out the logic of their capacity to successfully execute a ZergRush) ZergRush ''and'' successfully makes the rest of the gang follow suit) with no means to back up said threats is a 'bad'' ''bad'' idea.
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