Created By: kjnoren on May 27, 2012

LargeScaleAssassination

An assassination attempt that more resembles a full military action

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Most assassination attempts come from a single assailant, or perhaps a few. Not this one.

The large-scale assassination still aims to kill a single or a few persons, but it is more similar to a military action: the assassins might number in the hundreds, with military weapons. They are still likely to attack fanatically, and will need the numbers anyway, since the target will have a large number of at least equally well-trained bodyguards.

Expect desperate close-quarter fighting, sacrifices, The Cavalry, and only a few people still living in the end.

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Literature:

  • David Weber has used this trope no less than three times.
    • In ''The Armageddon Inheritance'', where over a hundred man with military equipment tries to kill Horus and Jiltanith, by orders of the Mole in Charge. One of the twelve bodyguards survives.
    • In ''By Heresies Distressed, where over two hundred men tries to kill Empress Sharleyan. Of the over seventy bodyguards, only one survives.
    • In ''War Maid's Choice'', where first over two hundred men, and then over four hundred arrives in a second wave, to kill King Markhos. Surprisingly, half of the fifty or so bodyguards manages to survive until The Cavalry arrives.
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • May 27, 2012
    Quantumawsome
    This sounds a lot like ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination.
  • May 27, 2012
    kjnoren
    Hardly, though one of the examples there sounds like it would fit much better here. All the three examples above were made in reasonably secluded or isolated places, too.
  • May 28, 2012
    kjnoren
    D'oh! Realised the perfect real-world example:

    The 47 Ronin
  • May 28, 2012
    Koveras
    Maybe the assassination attempt on The Emperor in the flashbacks in Hero would count? There are only two assassins but their opponents are the entire garrison of the Imperial Capital (over whom they prevail thanks to Conservation Of Ninjutsu).
  • May 28, 2012
    kjnoren
    No, I think the key part here is that there must be quite a bit of numbers among the assassins, and they must act with planning and coordination.
  • July 12, 2012
    kjnoren
    Bump
  • July 12, 2012
    Bisected8
    Maybe Army Of Assassins would be more indicative?
  • July 12, 2012
    kjnoren
    Perhaps, though that would just as likely imply something like the original Hashishin.
  • July 14, 2012
    Andygal
    this could also happen if the character in question is a One Man Army or a Person Of Mass Destruction, even if he doesn't have any bodyguards.
  • July 14, 2012
    SquirrelGuy
    The climactic scene in The Blues Brothers, though it wasn't really an assassination per se.
  • July 15, 2012
    kjnoren
    ^ Wasn't that simply a giant police chase scene? We should definitely have that trope.
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