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Citizens of the World, Unite!
The hero calls upon th population of an area, sometimes the entire world, to do something important in a time of crisis.
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(permanent link) added: 2012-02-05 13:13:26 sponsor: SilverWings edited by: queenbri (last reply: 2012-02-07 21:06:50)

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Often done when the writers want to emphasize the importance of individuals playing their part, or simply when an easy Moment Of Awesome is needed, Citizens Of The World Unite is a trope that ensues whenever the protagonist(s) call upon the help, participation, or assistance of a large number of overall ordinary people.

Reasonsc for invoking this trope can vary. Perhaps the hero's super power is amplified by powered by determination and fighting spirit, maybe the heroes want to launch a coordinated assault on an evil Mega Corp., or maybe the protagonists just want to start a Flashmob.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Detective Conan gives us Phantom Thief Kaito Kid, who gets his fans to help him in one of his heists at one point.
  • Digimon does this a lot over its various animated adaptations.
    • Digimon Adventure began the trope when Sora gets the citizens of Tokyo to rally together and escape Vamdemon's (Myotismon in America) captivity. They do it again in the movie, Our War Games, when the encouraging words from the children of the world give War Greymon and Metal Garurumon enough strength to DNA Dgivolve into Omnimon. Eoic pwmage ensues.
    • Dome again in the movie for Digimon Adventure 02, Revenge of Diaboromon. Davis's screams convince the kids watching the battle between Imperialdramon and the movie's Big Bad to let him through to help his friends. Later on, they convince everyone to work together in order to vanquish Diaboromon once and for all.
    • Digimon Frontier begins with Ophanimon asking the people of Tokyo to travel to the Shibuya subway station so that she can find the series' Digidestined amongst them.
  • Transformers: Robots in Disguise: In one episode, Dr. Onishi manages to gather enough children and get them to all work together in order to override Nemesis Prime's power over Ultra Magnus. Ultra Magnus was programmed or listen to the will of benevolent humans, and Evil!Optimus had scanned a human earlier.

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Literature
  • Done in mother Maximum Ride book, School's Out. Forever. Fang enlists the help of a Playful Hacker, who uses Fang's blog to access the email adrenals of the users to send a virus through their mail. Fang is very adamant about this virus being completely harmless, and it is. It only sends more emails to the user's contacts. The mail told them about what Itex was responsible for, AMD the next few chapters consisted of unsuspecting mad scientists from different Itex facilities the world over seeing their facilities assaulted by teenagers.

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