Created By: thor956 on January 9, 2012
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Several man army

several one-man-armies working together

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Movies like The Expendables and Predator feature a small squad of people ( i'm thinking ten should be the limit for this trope) who seem to have no trouble fighting hundreds. These people have managed to resist inverse ninja physics, usually suffering few or no casualties against impossible odds.
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  • January 9, 2012
    Koveras
  • January 9, 2012
    nman
    One Man Army, Army?
  • January 9, 2012
    AP
    There needs to be a better synposis for this trope though once it gets written as an article.

    Comics

    Film

    Live Action TV
    • The A Team essentially acted like this, even though they were fugitives.
    • Blakes Seven, as the name implies, were only seven members strong and often went up against difficult odds.
  • January 10, 2012
    AP
    More examples.

    • The Fellowship from The Lord Of The Rings books and movie series had nine members, four of which were initially untrained hobbits, who were capable of taking down the Uruk-Hai and fought off an entire mine filled with orcs. They were quickly seperated and ended up fighting alongside armies after the first part of the story, however.

    • Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, and Obi Wan proved capable of taking on an entire moon-sized space station in A New Hope. Granted, they started off trying to be sneaky but once that idea fell through, they had to blast their way out and were quite successful.
  • January 10, 2012
    oztrickster
    This seems to be an offshoot of Badass Crew.
  • January 10, 2012
    AP
    I think the main difference is that a Badass Crew includes superpowered characters and a much larger cast whereas this is a smaller team that is mostly normal.
  • January 10, 2012
    Cider
    Powers important to badass crew as long as the crew is capable they can have or lack them. I don't think their are any examples of this proposed trope that wouldn't work on Badass Crew already.
  • January 12, 2012
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Not sure from the description that Badass Crew is superpowered and this is Badass Normal only, so I'm not sure if this is a separate trope or not.

    Not sure if these count because they fail the "few casualties" test:

    Film

    Anime and Manga:
    • In Gall Force, the various squads of Girls With Guns routinely face heavy odds.
      • In Eternal Story, the seven - member crew of the Star Leaf is attacked by multiple fleets of ships.
      • In Destruction, the Five Man Band's mission is to save the world from a Planet Killer and its defense robots with nothing but one Space Plane, one Humongous Mecha, four suits of Power Armor, and small arms.
      • In Earth Chapter, Sandy's squad has to fend off small armies of MME forces on a routine basis.
  • January 12, 2012
    Gamermaster
  • January 13, 2012
    Bisected8
    • The entire thinking behind "Commando Raids" from World War 2 and onwards; send in a small group of highly trained soldiers to infiltrate an enemy nation, carry out some specific objective (e.g. rescue, sabotage, assassination, etc) and return (optional, but prefered) according to a carefully laid out plan.
  • January 13, 2012
    OneInTwenty
    Westernized version of an action genre Nakama?

    Ocean's counting series for an example perhaps?
  • January 13, 2012
    AP
    The reason I mentioned the issues of non-powered characters is because a One Man Army has little to no powers. Also, as mentioned, the Badass Crew can have much larger numbers and they don't always go around fighting people. I think this trope is distinct enough.
  • January 14, 2012
    Cider
    The main points of badass crew say. "They must all be capable. They must be loyal to one another. They must have a semi regular roster." That leaves superpowers optional. They can have them or not have them. I'm saying every example seems to fit on badass crew already. The Same But More Specific. To be honest, I do think "Small Army" is more indicative than Badass Crew since it is true the latter doesn't imply combat, but that's a trip to trope repair shop.
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