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* Used in ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'', Class F sets up traps so that they can overwhelm Class A students one at a time. Pretty effective until the rest of Class A breaks down the desk barrier Akihisa set up. In another summoner battle, Akihisa tricks the FFF cult to sacrifice themselves by declaring their enemy has a girlfriend. It works well enough to let him slip by.
* [[FacelessMooks The Safeguard]] in ''Manga/{{Blame}}!'', since they have many a MookMaker on hand and act as little more than a kind of elaborate anti-virus system (if the virus was humans).



* In ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' the Dorssian forces often launch these kinds of attacks-its less because numbers are all they have, and more because the heroes have a very small force. The [[SuperPrototype Valvraves]] can stop most of these, but often they need superior tactics, provided by [[DesignatedHero L]] [[TheChessmaster Elf]] to win, and sometimes they just have to run away.

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* In ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' A non-violent version appears at the Dorssian forces often launch these kinds climax of attacks-its less because numbers are all they have, ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'''s first season, when [[UnfazedEveryman Mikado Ryuugamine]] publically confronts [[MadScientist Namie Yagiri]] in a crowded hotspot of Tokyo nightlife: admitting he has neither "the power nor the wisdom" to [[LoveMakesYouCrazy reason through her delusion]], he will instead rely on numbers, and more because presses the heroes "Send" button on his cell phone. ''Every phone for at least a city block'' goes off at once with an incoming text, [[spoiler:simultaneously revealing every single person present to be a member of the Dollars, and Mikado himself to be their mysterious, urban-legendary founder]], intimidating Namie and her mere handful of armed goons into retreating. Well, okay, [[spoiler:Celty driving down the side of a building and going berserk]] may have helped that along a very small force. bit, but still.
*
The [[SuperPrototype Valvraves]] can stop most aliens in both ''VideoGame/GunparadeMarch'' anime series follow this trope only by virtue of these, but often they need their superior tactics, provided by [[DesignatedHero L]] [[TheChessmaster Elf]] to win, numbers and mindlessness. Individual units are ''stronger'' than even the HumongousMecha of Earth (let alone more conventional vehicles, which are present in greater numbers) and the latter are forced to survive via better tactics and superweapons. ''Orchestra'' does show humans finally catching up with genetically engineered {{Mons}}.
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' Alucard's level 0 releases the sum of all the millions of souls he's collected over the centuries, literally drowning entire armies in them. [[spoiler: The irony is that a variation of this trope is The Major's tactic against Alucard. First he let's the vampire battalion murder most of London resulting in above ''3 million'' deaths. Then the Vatican's army arrive and fight the vampire battalion. Alucard shows up and uses his level 0 state to kill them all. The goal is not to hope that his large army will kill off Alucard but to trick him into believing that this was their plan causing Alucard to believe he had been victorious. This would cause him to start to absorb all of the blood (and with it the souls) of all the millions that have died. Then Schrödinger would kill himself and be absorbed so that Alucard would gain his reality warping powers which would cause Alucard to cease to exist.]]
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', [[BigBad Naraku's]] minor yokai do this almost every time, with nearly identical results.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'':
** ''[[TabletopGame/LupinIII Lupin The 3rd: The Board Game]]'' starts the game with at least 8 cops to support Zenigata, so that player can ''try'' to Zerg Rush Lupin and the others. It probably won't work any better than it usually does, though.
** ''Anime/LupinIII'' anime episodes and movies
sometimes they just have hundreds of police officers with Inspector Zenigata on the "Lupin Taskforce" to run away.capture Lupin by sheer numbers. ''Anime/GreenVsRed'' reversed it by having a rush of hundreds of Lupins at one point. ItMakesSenseInContext.



* This was part of the defense of ''Manga/OnePiece'''s Enies Lobby. A 10,000 man force of {{Mook}} Marines and other forces set to defend against any attempt to attack against it. While Luffy single handedly defeated a good tenth of that force and more fell to the allies the Straw Hats brought with them, the power of the Zerg Rush kicked in after the Straw Hats got to where their battles with [=CP9=] would take place and their allies were subdued and captured.
** Don Krieg and his pirate armada presumably utilized this tactic as well. While they call themselves the strongest pirates in the East Blue, Luffy informs them that they're just the one with the most people.
*** Fifty ships. 5000 men. East Blue calls it an invasion force. The Grand Line (Mihawk in particular) calls it '''''target practice'''''.
** This tactic is pretty much useless now against the protagonist and in the majority of the New World. The ability "Conquerer's Haki" allows the user to impose their will on someone, and, if the target's will is weak enough, knock them out. Luffy used this ability to knock out '''''50,000''''' {{Mooks}} in one blast - and the only reason he didn't knock out the other 50,000 is because his crew needed someone to fight.

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* This was part of the defense of ''Manga/OnePiece'''s Enies Lobby. A 10,000 man force of {{Mook}} Marines and other forces set to defend against any attempt to attack against it. While Luffy single handedly defeated a good tenth of that force and more fell to the allies the Straw Hats brought ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' has problems with them, the power different versions of the Zerg Rush kicked in after the Straw Hats got to where their battles with [=CP9=] would take place and their allies were subdued and captured.
** Don Krieg and his pirate armada presumably utilized
this tactic as well. While throughout its life.
** In the first season, the three superpowers believe the only way
they call themselves the strongest pirates in the East Blue, Luffy informs them that they're just the one with the most people.
*** Fifty ships. 5000 men. East Blue calls it an invasion force. The Grand Line (Mihawk in particular) calls it '''''target practice'''''.
** This tactic is pretty much useless now
stand a chance against the protagonist and in the majority technological superiority of the New World. The ability "Conquerer's Haki" allows Gundams is to dog-pile them with as many mobile suits as possible (with varying degrees of success). Once the user to impose playing field is leveled by a mysterious benefactor handing the militaries their will on someone, and, if own GN Drive-powered mecha, the target's will is weak enough, knock them out. Luffy used Gundams had to start fighting smart just to survive.
** In the final battle of the second season, [[spoiler:BigBad Ribbons Almark's master plan involves cheap mass-produced mobile suits, piloted by clones, which use Trans-Am to become almost unstoppable kamikaze missiles.]]
** In the movie, the ELS mostly rely on
this ability to knock out '''''50,000''''' {{Mooks}} in one blast - and the only reason he didn't knock out the other 50,000 is because his crew needed someone in their first few encounters with humanity, they don't have ranged weapons. Of course, they also assimilate both organic and inorganic matter on contact, so they probably would have resorted to fight.ramming speed anyway. One character in the final battle bemoans that the human forces are outnumbered over 10,000 to one... and it's not clear whether this is intended to be hyperbole.



* [[FacelessMooks The Safeguard]] in ''Manga/{{Blame}}!'', since they have many a MookMaker on hand and act as little more than a kind of elaborate anti-virus system (if the virus was humans).
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' has problems with different versions of this throughout its life.
** In the first season, the three superpowers believe the only way they stand a chance against the technological superiority of the Gundams is to dog-pile them with as many mobile suits as possible (with varying degrees of success). Once the playing field is leveled by a mysterious benefactor handing the militaries their own GN Drive-powered mecha, the Gundams had to start fighting smart just to survive.
** In the final battle of the second season, [[spoiler:BigBad Ribbons Almark's master plan involves cheap mass-produced mobile suits, piloted by clones, which use Trans-Am to become almost unstoppable kamikaze missiles.]]
** In the movie, the ELS mostly rely on this because in their first few encounters with humanity, they don't have ranged weapons. Of course, they also assimilate both organic and inorganic matter on contact, so they probably would have resorted to ramming speed anyway. One character in the final battle bemoans that the human forces are outnumbered over 10,000 to one... and it's not clear whether this is intended to be hyperbole.
* A non-violent version appears at the climax of ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'''s first season, when [[UnfazedEveryman Mikado Ryuugamine]] publically confronts [[MadScientist Namie Yagiri]] in a crowded hotspot of Tokyo nightlife: admitting he has neither "the power nor the wisdom" to [[LoveMakesYouCrazy reason through her delusion]], he will instead rely on numbers, and presses the "Send" button on his cell phone. ''Every phone for at least a city block'' goes off at once with an incoming text, [[spoiler:simultaneously revealing every single person present to be a member of the Dollars, and Mikado himself to be their mysterious, urban-legendary founder]], intimidating Namie and her mere handful of armed goons into retreating. Well, okay, [[spoiler:Celty driving down the side of a building and going berserk]] may have helped that along a bit, but still.

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* [[FacelessMooks The Safeguard]] ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** This was part of the defense of Enies Lobby. A 10,000 man force of {{Mook}} Marines and other forces set to defend against any attempt to attack against it. While Luffy single handedly defeated a good tenth of that force and more fell to the allies the Straw Hats brought with them, the power of the Zerg Rush kicked
in ''Manga/{{Blame}}!'', since after the Straw Hats got to where their battles with [=CP9=] would take place and their allies were subdued and captured.
** Don Krieg and his pirate armada presumably utilized this tactic as well. While
they have many a MookMaker on hand and act as little more than a kind of elaborate anti-virus system (if call themselves the virus was humans).
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' has problems
strongest pirates in the East Blue, Luffy informs them that they're just the one with different versions of this throughout its life.
** In
the first season, the three superpowers believe the only way they stand a chance most people.
*** Fifty ships. 5000 men. East Blue calls it an invasion force. The Grand Line (Mihawk in particular) calls it '''''target practice'''''.
** This tactic is pretty much useless now
against the technological superiority protagonist and in the majority of the Gundams is to dog-pile them with as many mobile suits as possible (with varying degrees of success). Once New World. The ability "Conquerer's Haki" allows the playing field is leveled by a mysterious benefactor handing the militaries user to impose their own GN Drive-powered mecha, will on someone, and, if the Gundams had to start fighting smart just to survive.
** In the final battle of the second season, [[spoiler:BigBad Ribbons Almark's master plan involves cheap mass-produced mobile suits, piloted by clones, which use Trans-Am to become almost unstoppable kamikaze missiles.]]
** In the movie, the ELS mostly rely on
target's will is weak enough, knock them out. Luffy used this ability to knock out '''''50,000''''' {{Mooks}} in one blast - and the only reason he didn't knock out the other 50,000 is because in their first few encounters with humanity, they don't have ranged weapons. Of course, they also assimilate both organic and inorganic matter on contact, so they probably would have resorted to ramming speed anyway. One character in the final battle bemoans that the human forces are outnumbered over 10,000 to one... and it's not clear whether this is intended to be hyperbole.
* A non-violent version appears at the climax of ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'''s first season, when [[UnfazedEveryman Mikado Ryuugamine]] publically confronts [[MadScientist Namie Yagiri]] in a crowded hotspot of Tokyo nightlife: admitting he has neither "the power nor the wisdom" to [[LoveMakesYouCrazy reason through her delusion]], he will instead rely on numbers, and presses the "Send" button on
his cell phone. ''Every phone for at least a city block'' goes off at once with an incoming text, [[spoiler:simultaneously revealing every single person present crew needed someone to be a member of the Dollars, and Mikado himself to be their mysterious, urban-legendary founder]], intimidating Namie and her mere handful of armed goons into retreating. Well, okay, [[spoiler:Celty driving down the side of a building and going berserk]] may have helped that along a bit, but still.fight.



* Used in ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'', Class F sets up traps so that they can overwhelm Class A students one at a time. Pretty effective until the rest of Class A breaks down the desk barrier Akihisa set up. In another summoner battle, Akihisa tricks the FFF cult to sacrifice themselves by declaring their enemy has a girlfriend. It works well enough to let him slip by.



* The aliens in both ''VideoGame/GunparadeMarch'' anime series follow this trope only by virtue of their superior numbers and mindlessness. Individual units are ''stronger'' than even the HumongousMecha of Earth (let alone more conventional vehicles, which are present in greater numbers) and the latter are forced to survive via better tactics and superweapons. ''Orchestra'' does show humans finally catching up with genetically engineered {{Mons}}.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'':
** ''[[TabletopGame/LupinIII Lupin The 3rd: The Board Game]]'' starts the game with at least 8 cops to support Zenigata, so that player can ''try'' to Zerg Rush Lupin and the others. It probably won't work any better than it usually does, though.
** ''Anime/LupinIII'' anime episodes and movies sometimes have hundreds of police officers with Inspector Zenigata on the "Lupin Taskforce" to capture Lupin by sheer numbers. ''Anime/GreenVsRed'' reversed it by having a rush of hundreds of Lupins at one point. ItMakesSenseInContext.

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* The aliens main tactic of the Invid in both ''VideoGame/GunparadeMarch'' anime ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' is to overwhelm the enemy with ''enormous'' numbers of technologically inferior mechas. Best seen in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLzlwR2z4yE their assault on Tirol]] in the ''Sentinels'' movie (in which the defences of Tirol's capital exact a heavy toll on the attacking Invid scouts and a squadron of bioroid apparently manages to stalemate them... And then three Invid carriers show up and unleash ''six hundreds shock troopers''. [[FromBadToWorse That's just the vanguard, the first wave is still arriving]]. Note that here the Invid are at their ''weakest and less numerous'') and [[https://youtu.be/WEzwGcPmxUs?t=13m6s the Battle of Reflex Point]] at the end of the series follow this trope only by virtue and ''WesternAnimation/RobotechTheShadowChronicles'' (in which the Robotech Expeditionary Force shows up with a large fleet, opens fire on the Invid carriers to inflict as much losses before they can launch... And the Invid ''still'' come in such numbers they grind down the REF fighter complement and manage to ram their motherships. This is with a ground assault on their main installation tying up much of their superior numbers and mindlessness. Individual units forces).
* Seen in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', when the Aincrad Liberation Front (also known as just the Army) rushes a floor boss with precisely zero preparation. They didn't even ''scout'' first. The ones who [[BigDamnHeroes rescued them]]
are ''stronger'' more than even a little pissed at their stupidity, and explicitly call them a "zerg-rush guild." It later turns out that there is a political fissure in the HumongousMecha of Earth (let alone more conventional vehicles, which are present in greater numbers) guild, and the latter are forced leader of one faction managed to survive via better tactics and superweapons. ''Orchestra'' does show humans finally catching up with genetically engineered {{Mons}}.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'':
** ''[[TabletopGame/LupinIII Lupin The 3rd: The Board Game]]'' starts
trick members of the game with at least 8 cops to support Zenigata, so that player can ''try'' to Zerg Rush Lupin and the others. It probably won't work any better than it usually does, though.
** ''Anime/LupinIII'' anime episodes and movies sometimes have hundreds of police officers with Inspector Zenigata on the "Lupin Taskforce" to capture Lupin by sheer numbers. ''Anime/GreenVsRed'' reversed it by having a rush of hundreds of Lupins at one point. ItMakesSenseInContext.
other into using this tactic.



* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' Alucard's level 0 releases the sum of all the millions of souls he's collected over the centuries, literally drowning entire armies in them. [[spoiler: The irony is that a variation of this trope is The Major's tactic against Alucard. First he let's the vampire battalion murder most of London resulting in above ''3 million'' deaths. Then the Vatican's army arrive and fight the vampire battalion. Alucard shows up and uses his level 0 state to kill them all. The goal is not to hope that his large army will kill off Alucard but to trick him into believing that this was their plan causing Alucard to believe he had been victorious. This would cause him to start to absorb all of the blood (and with it the souls) of all the millions that have died. Then Schrödinger would kill himself and be absorbed so that Alucard would gain his reality warping powers which would cause Alucard to cease to exist.]]
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', [[BigBad Naraku's]] minor yokai do this almost every time, with nearly identical results.
* Seen in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', when the Aincrad Liberation Front (also known as just the Army) rushes a floor boss with precisely zero preparation. They didn't even ''scout'' first. The ones who [[BigDamnHeroes rescued them]] are more than a little pissed at their stupidity, and explicitly call them a "zerg-rush guild." It later turns out that there is a political fissure in the guild, and the leader of one faction managed to trick members of the other into using this tactic.
* The main tactic of the Invid in ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' is to overwhelm the enemy with ''enormous'' numbers of technologically inferior mechas. Best seen in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLzlwR2z4yE their assault on Tirol]] in the ''Sentinels'' movie (in which the defences of Tirol's capital exact a heavy toll on the attacking Invid scouts and a squadron of bioroid apparently manages to stalemate them... And then three Invid carriers show up and unleash ''six hundreds shock troopers''. [[FromBadToWorse That's just the vanguard, the first wave is still arriving]]. Note that here the Invid are at their ''weakest and less numerous'') and [[https://youtu.be/WEzwGcPmxUs?t=13m6s the Battle of Reflex Point]] at the end of the series and ''WesternAnimation/RobotechTheShadowChronicles'' (in which the Robotech Expeditionary Force shows up with a large fleet, opens fire on the Invid carriers to inflict as much losses before they can launch... And the Invid ''still'' come in such numbers they grind down the REF fighter complement and manage to ram their motherships. This is with a ground assault on their main installation tying up much of their forces).
* On both Lion Anime/{{Voltron}} and the original GoLion, the Red Berets were a small but terrifying force, whether in the very bloody original or the bowlderized adaptation. In both instances, either through murder or just creating terror and chaos, they had the population shuddering inside the Castle, demanding angrily that their heroes protect them and on the edge of despair if not revolt. But when the Berets show up even there, they swarm Black Lion and explode, their dust covering the lead Lion with gunk that renders it immobile and therefore unable to join the others when the giant enemy monster shows up. This all may have been a sign of the growing desperation of the evil lead trio, in that they didn't think this through. The Berets were causing a lot more damage and terror than many of the enemy attacks, but were traded for disabling one of the Lions, which by that late point in the series, the heroes had gotten very good at undoing.

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* Hakumen, the BigBad of ''Manga/UshioAndTora'' has the Hiyo, small yokai minions spawned from Hakumen that looks like a flying eyeball with ears. They can combine together to form a stronger entity or attack en masse in huge numbers. They are also capable of eating specific memories in humans and monsters alike.
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' Alucard's level 0 releases ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' the sum Dorssian forces often launch these kinds of attacks-its less because numbers are all they have, and more because the millions of souls he's collected over the centuries, literally drowning entire armies in them. [[spoiler: heroes have a very small force. The irony is that a variation of this trope is The Major's tactic against Alucard. First he let's the vampire battalion murder [[SuperPrototype Valvraves]] can stop most of London resulting in above ''3 million'' deaths. Then the Vatican's army arrive these, but often they need superior tactics, provided by [[DesignatedHero L]] [[TheChessmaster Elf]] to win, and fight the vampire battalion. Alucard shows up and uses his level 0 state to kill them all. The goal is not to hope that his large army will kill off Alucard but to trick him into believing that this was their plan causing Alucard to believe he had been victorious. This would cause him to start to absorb all of the blood (and with it the souls) of all the millions that sometimes they just have died. Then Schrödinger would kill himself and be absorbed so that Alucard would gain his reality warping powers which would cause Alucard to cease to exist.]]
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', [[BigBad Naraku's]] minor yokai do this almost every time, with nearly identical results.
* Seen in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', when the Aincrad Liberation Front (also known as just the Army) rushes a floor boss with precisely zero preparation. They didn't even ''scout'' first. The ones who [[BigDamnHeroes rescued them]] are more than a little pissed at their stupidity, and explicitly call them a "zerg-rush guild." It later turns out that there is a political fissure in the guild, and the leader of one faction managed to trick members of the other into using this tactic.
* The main tactic of the Invid in ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' is to overwhelm the enemy with ''enormous'' numbers of technologically inferior mechas. Best seen in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLzlwR2z4yE their assault on Tirol]] in the ''Sentinels'' movie (in which the defences of Tirol's capital exact a heavy toll on the attacking Invid scouts and a squadron of bioroid apparently manages to stalemate them... And then three Invid carriers show up and unleash ''six hundreds shock troopers''. [[FromBadToWorse That's just the vanguard, the first wave is still arriving]]. Note that here the Invid are at their ''weakest and less numerous'') and [[https://youtu.be/WEzwGcPmxUs?t=13m6s the Battle of Reflex Point]] at the end of the series and ''WesternAnimation/RobotechTheShadowChronicles'' (in which the Robotech Expeditionary Force shows up with a large fleet, opens fire on the Invid carriers to inflict as much losses before they can launch... And the Invid ''still'' come in such numbers they grind down the REF fighter complement and manage to ram their motherships. This is with a ground assault on their main installation tying up much of their forces).
run away.
* On both Lion Anime/{{Voltron}} and the original GoLion, the Red Berets were a small but terrifying force, whether in the very bloody original or the bowlderized adaptation. In both instances, either through murder or just creating terror and chaos, they had the population shuddering inside the Castle, demanding angrily that their heroes protect them and on the edge of despair if not revolt. But when the Berets show up even there, they swarm Black Lion and explode, their dust covering the lead Lion with gunk that renders it immobile and therefore unable to join the others when the giant enemy monster shows up. This all may have been a sign of the growing desperation of the evil lead trio, in that they didn't think this through. The Berets were causing a lot more damage and terror than many of the enemy attacks, but were traded for disabling one of the Lions, which by that late point in the series, the heroes had gotten very good at undoing.undoing.
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9th Sep '16 3:29:27 AM LinTaylor
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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'': Gundam 00 seems to have been plagued by this one because in the series, a lot of Devines and Brings and also the [[StarfishAliens ELS]] in the movie.
** To expound: in the beginning, the only way Earth felt it had any chance of defeating the Gundams of Celestial Being is by overwhelming them with numbers (with varying degrees of success). They were that powerful by comparison. Once everyone has access to GN technology, Celestial Being had to focus better on tactics than just being a few overwhelming powerhouse units to deal with the same mass of forces.
** Played straight in the last battle. [[spoiler:Ribbons attacks the combined forces of Celestial Being, the A-Law group that defected, Katharon, etc.. with a continuous swarm of Trans-Am-equipped Gaga units. They do little more than activate Trans-Am and kamikaze everything.]]
** This is also the main tactic of the ELS, most of which don't even have projectile weapons ([[spoiler:until the final battle, in which they begin copying human weapons]]), but there are just so ''many'' of them that it's nearly impossible to shoot them all. One character in the final battle bemoans that the human forces are outnumbered over 10,000 to one... and it's not clear whether this is intended to be hyperbole.

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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'': Gundam 00 seems to have been plagued by ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' has problems with different versions of this one because in throughout its life.
** In
the series, a lot of Devines and Brings and also first season, the [[StarfishAliens ELS]] in the movie.
** To expound: in the beginning,
three superpowers believe the only way Earth felt it had any they stand a chance against the technological superiority of defeating the Gundams of Celestial Being is by overwhelming to dog-pile them with numbers as many mobile suits as possible (with varying degrees of success). They were that powerful by comparison. success). Once everyone has access to the playing field is leveled by a mysterious benefactor handing the militaries their own GN technology, Celestial Being Drive-powered mecha, the Gundams had to focus better on tactics than start fighting smart just being a few overwhelming powerhouse units to deal with survive.
** In
the same mass final battle of forces.
** Played straight in
the last battle. [[spoiler:Ribbons attacks the combined forces of Celestial Being, the A-Law group that defected, Katharon, etc.. with a continuous swarm of Trans-Am-equipped Gaga units. They do little more than activate second season, [[spoiler:BigBad Ribbons Almark's master plan involves cheap mass-produced mobile suits, piloted by clones, which use Trans-Am and to become almost unstoppable kamikaze everything.missiles.]]
** This is also In the main tactic of movie, the ELS, most of which ELS mostly rely on this because in their first few encounters with humanity, they don't even have projectile weapons ([[spoiler:until the final battle, in which ranged weapons. Of course, they begin copying human weapons]]), but there are just also assimilate both organic and inorganic matter on contact, so ''many'' of them that it's nearly impossible they probably would have resorted to shoot them all.ramming speed anyway. One character in the final battle bemoans that the human forces are outnumbered over 10,000 to one... and it's not clear whether this is intended to be hyperbole.
24th May '16 5:59:12 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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24th May '16 5:50:24 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* On both Lion {{Voltron}} and the original GoLion, the Red Berets were a small but terrifying force, whether in the very bloody original or the bowlderized adaptation. In both instances, either through murder or just creating terror and chaos, they had the population shuddering inside the Castle, demanding angrily that their heroes protect them and on the edge of despair if not revolt. But when the Berets show up even there, they swarm Black Lion and explode, their dust covering the lead Lion with gunk that renders it immobile and therefore unable to join the others when the giant enemy monster shows up. This all may have been a sign of the growing desperation of the evil lead trio, in that they didn't think this through. The Berets were causing a lot more damage and terror than many of the enemy attacks, but were traded for disabling one of the Lions, which by that late point in the series, the heroes had gotten very good at undoing.

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* On both Lion {{Voltron}} Anime/{{Voltron}} and the original GoLion, the Red Berets were a small but terrifying force, whether in the very bloody original or the bowlderized adaptation. In both instances, either through murder or just creating terror and chaos, they had the population shuddering inside the Castle, demanding angrily that their heroes protect them and on the edge of despair if not revolt. But when the Berets show up even there, they swarm Black Lion and explode, their dust covering the lead Lion with gunk that renders it immobile and therefore unable to join the others when the giant enemy monster shows up. This all may have been a sign of the growing desperation of the evil lead trio, in that they didn't think this through. The Berets were causing a lot more damage and terror than many of the enemy attacks, but were traded for disabling one of the Lions, which by that late point in the series, the heroes had gotten very good at undoing.
18th Jan '16 4:02:56 PM Willbyr
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* The Gunmen of ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' appear in massive numbers when engaging in large scale combat, at the command of their respective leaders. To a much more frightful degree, the attacking forces of the [[spoiler: Anti-Spiral race]] work in deadly efficiency. Fresh troops come in increasingly greater numbers as fast as they fall, pulling out the wrath of lethal bait-and-switch tactics designed to kill an enemy the moment the underestimate their foe.
* In ''{{Hellsing}}'' Alucard's level 0 releases the sum of all the millions of souls he's collected over the centuries, literally drowning entire armies in them. [[spoiler: The irony is that a variation of this trope is The Major's tactic against Alucard. First he let's the vampire battalion murder most of London resulting in above ''3 million'' deaths. Then the Vatican's army arrive and fight the vampire battalion. Alucard shows up and uses his level 0 state to kill them all. The goal is not to hope that his large army will kill off Alucard but to trick him into believing that this was their plan causing Alucard to believe he had been victorious. This would cause him to start to absorb all of the blood (and with it the souls) of all the millions that have died. Then Schrödinger would kill himself and be absorbed so that Alucard would gain his reality warping powers which would cause Alucard to cease to exist.]]

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* The Gunmen of ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' appear in massive numbers when engaging in large scale combat, at the command of their respective leaders. To a much more frightful degree, the attacking forces of the [[spoiler: Anti-Spiral race]] work in deadly efficiency. Fresh troops come in increasingly greater numbers as fast as they fall, pulling out the wrath of lethal bait-and-switch tactics designed to kill an enemy the moment the underestimate their foe.
* In ''{{Hellsing}}'' ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' Alucard's level 0 releases the sum of all the millions of souls he's collected over the centuries, literally drowning entire armies in them. [[spoiler: The irony is that a variation of this trope is The Major's tactic against Alucard. First he let's the vampire battalion murder most of London resulting in above ''3 million'' deaths. Then the Vatican's army arrive and fight the vampire battalion. Alucard shows up and uses his level 0 state to kill them all. The goal is not to hope that his large army will kill off Alucard but to trick him into believing that this was their plan causing Alucard to believe he had been victorious. This would cause him to start to absorb all of the blood (and with it the souls) of all the millions that have died. Then Schrödinger would kill himself and be absorbed so that Alucard would gain his reality warping powers which would cause Alucard to cease to exist.]]
28th Nov '15 8:30:25 AM Gojirob
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* The main tactic of the Invid in ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' is to overwhelm the enemy with ''enormous'' numbers of technologically inferior mechas. Best seen in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLzlwR2z4yE their assault on Tirol]] in the ''Sentinels'' movie (in which the defences of Tirol's capital exact a heavy toll on the attacking Invid scouts and a squadron of bioroid apparently manages to stalemate them... And then three Invid carriers show up and unleash ''six hundreds shock troopers''. [[FromBadToWorse That's just the vanguard, the first wave is still arriving]]. Note that here the Invid are at their ''weakest and less numerous'') and [[https://youtu.be/WEzwGcPmxUs?t=13m6s the Battle of Reflex Point]] at the end of the series and ''WesternAnimation/RobotechTheShadowChronicles'' (in which the Robotech Expeditionary Force shows up with a large fleet, opens fire on the Invid carriers to inflict as much losses before they can launch... And the Invid ''still'' come in such numbers they grind down the REF fighter complement and manage to ram their motherships. This is with a ground assault on their main installation tying up much of their forces).

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* The main tactic of the Invid in ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' is to overwhelm the enemy with ''enormous'' numbers of technologically inferior mechas. Best seen in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLzlwR2z4yE their assault on Tirol]] in the ''Sentinels'' movie (in which the defences of Tirol's capital exact a heavy toll on the attacking Invid scouts and a squadron of bioroid apparently manages to stalemate them... And then three Invid carriers show up and unleash ''six hundreds shock troopers''. [[FromBadToWorse That's just the vanguard, the first wave is still arriving]]. Note that here the Invid are at their ''weakest and less numerous'') and [[https://youtu.be/WEzwGcPmxUs?t=13m6s the Battle of Reflex Point]] at the end of the series and ''WesternAnimation/RobotechTheShadowChronicles'' (in which the Robotech Expeditionary Force shows up with a large fleet, opens fire on the Invid carriers to inflict as much losses before they can launch... And the Invid ''still'' come in such numbers they grind down the REF fighter complement and manage to ram their motherships. This is with a ground assault on their main installation tying up much of their forces).forces).
* On both Lion {{Voltron}} and the original GoLion, the Red Berets were a small but terrifying force, whether in the very bloody original or the bowlderized adaptation. In both instances, either through murder or just creating terror and chaos, they had the population shuddering inside the Castle, demanding angrily that their heroes protect them and on the edge of despair if not revolt. But when the Berets show up even there, they swarm Black Lion and explode, their dust covering the lead Lion with gunk that renders it immobile and therefore unable to join the others when the giant enemy monster shows up. This all may have been a sign of the growing desperation of the evil lead trio, in that they didn't think this through. The Berets were causing a lot more damage and terror than many of the enemy attacks, but were traded for disabling one of the Lions, which by that late point in the series, the heroes had gotten very good at undoing.
6th Aug '15 6:50:00 AM Prfnoff
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* The aliens in both ''GunparadeMarch'' anime series follow this trope only by virtue of their superior numbers and mindlessness. Individual units are ''stronger'' than even the HumongousMecha of Earth (let alone more conventional vehicles, which are present in greater numbers) and the latter are forced to survive via better tactics and superweapons. ''Orchestra'' does show humans finally catching up with genetically engineered {{Mons}}.

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* The aliens in both ''GunparadeMarch'' ''VideoGame/GunparadeMarch'' anime series follow this trope only by virtue of their superior numbers and mindlessness. Individual units are ''stronger'' than even the HumongousMecha of Earth (let alone more conventional vehicles, which are present in greater numbers) and the latter are forced to survive via better tactics and superweapons. ''Orchestra'' does show humans finally catching up with genetically engineered {{Mons}}.
2nd Aug '15 5:11:08 PM nombretomado
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* ''MobileSuitGundam00'': Gundam 00 seems to have been plagued by this one because in the series, a lot of Devines and Brings and also the [[StarfishAliens ELS]] in the movie.

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* ''MobileSuitGundam00'': ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'': Gundam 00 seems to have been plagued by this one because in the series, a lot of Devines and Brings and also the [[StarfishAliens ELS]] in the movie.
30th Jul '15 10:03:34 AM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** A large horde of Titans rush to [[spoiler:the Female Titan]] and eat their target before they can be stopped.
** Also how the Rogue Titan falls after its rampage in Trost (but not before murdering all the titans in said rush) and how [[spoiler:Erwin tries to deal with the Armoured and Colossal Titan kidnapping Eren]].
** Pretty much the only tactic that normal Titans have, which is also what makes Abnormals and the Shifters so dangerous.
** Thanks to his new found power [[spoiler: as the coordinate Eren is able to use normal titans in this way, siccing huge horde on Reiner and Bertolt]]
19th Jun '15 2:16:35 PM EDP
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* The main tactic of the Invid in ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' is to overwhelm the enemy with ''enormous'' numbers of technologically inferior mechas. Best seen in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLzlwR2z4yE their assault on Tirol]] in the ''Sentinels'' movie (in which the defences of Tirol's capital exact a heavy toll on the attacking Invid scouts and a squadron of bioroid apparently manages to stalemate them... And then three Invid carriers show up and unleash ''six hundreds shock troopers''. [[FromBadToWorse That's just the vanguard, the first wave is still arriving]]. Note that here the Invid are at their ''weakest and less numerous'') and the Battle of Reflex Point at the end of the series and ''WesternAnimation/RobotechTheShadowChronicles'' (in which the Robotech Expeditionary Force shows up with a large fleet, opens fire on the Invid carriers to inflict as much losses before they can launch... And the Invid ''still'' come in such numbers they grind down the REF fighter complement and manage to ram their motherships).

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* The main tactic of the Invid in ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' is to overwhelm the enemy with ''enormous'' numbers of technologically inferior mechas. Best seen in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLzlwR2z4yE their assault on Tirol]] in the ''Sentinels'' movie (in which the defences of Tirol's capital exact a heavy toll on the attacking Invid scouts and a squadron of bioroid apparently manages to stalemate them... And then three Invid carriers show up and unleash ''six hundreds shock troopers''. [[FromBadToWorse That's just the vanguard, the first wave is still arriving]]. Note that here the Invid are at their ''weakest and less numerous'') and [[https://youtu.be/WEzwGcPmxUs?t=13m6s the Battle of Reflex Point Point]] at the end of the series and ''WesternAnimation/RobotechTheShadowChronicles'' (in which the Robotech Expeditionary Force shows up with a large fleet, opens fire on the Invid carriers to inflict as much losses before they can launch... And the Invid ''still'' come in such numbers they grind down the REF fighter complement and manage to ram their motherships).motherships. This is with a ground assault on their main installation tying up much of their forces).
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