NOTE when adding examples: Please include details about their equipment, the creatures and the optional weapons. also, feel free to add potholes and expound on the existing examples.
Plot part in the description needs help.
There are other possible tropes here like:
so what the hell do we do here?
have been attacking mankind for hundreds of years. Eventually, they have brought mankind to near extinction save for a few (or just one) strongholds. What's humanity to do?
Enter the Anti-Kaiju Mobile Attack Force. A special military (or paramilitary) unit dedicated to fighting off the invaders
using state of the art, hi-mobility equipment and specialized weapons for targeting the enemies' weaknesses
or capturing them for various purposes
Also a Stock Plot
, usually comes as a story about the struggle of a Badass Army
(or a specific Unit, usuallyThe Squad) against the invaders, who will be of unknown origin and discovering their true nature and the motive behind their actions will be one of the main motivations in the story. Will also often invoke War Is Hell
and have ordinary people Dying Like Animals
. They may use Flight or Feather Motif
, and have freedom as a common motif in the story.
A Military And Warfare Trope
, subtrope of The Hunter
. Compare with La Résistance
, and contrast Torches and Pitchforks
, both for when citizens take up arms against their fellow men with less advanced equipment.
Important elements for it to count:
- Must involve Ensembles, otherwise, it's just The Hunter with a grappling hook/jetpack/Power Armor.
- Must involve hi-mobility equipment for reaching the creatures' weak points, if there's any. Whether it's a Grappling Hook, Jetpacks, Power Armor, Mini Mecha or a full on Humongous Mecha. Whether on Water, Land, Air, or Space; it counts. Non-flight capable bipedal mechas can only count if they were developed specifically for fighting the work's giant creatures. Not limited to actual machines or mechanical stuff; magic, flight, and other Stock Super Powers can work too as long as it involves movement.
- The work's giant creatures need not to be that big. if the army fights them with wearable gear and the creatures are just about a few meters in size, then it still counts. If they fight with Humongous Mecha and the creatures are about the same size or bigger than the mechs, it counts.
- The creatures don't need to be organic. Mechanical Lifeforms and Golems can count as well. The point is, our organization is hunting them for one reason or another, either (but not limited to) for defense or research.
Anime & Manga
- Attack on Titan — soldiers equipped with 3D Maneuver Gear note vs Titans. they also employ other weapons like cannons. but the 3DMG is their main equipment; as it gives them the most mobility without actually flying to reach the titans' weakpoint: the back of their necks. the titans are simply giant, Humanoid Abominations with various degree of human-ness and intelligence.
- Sky Girls — the titular girls with their Sonic Divers vs WORMs. ZERO CONTEXT
- The setting of Blue Gender is a Bad Future in which Big Creepy-Crawlies known as the Blue have taken over the world. Mankind's greatest hope for survival lies with the military, who combat the Blue using Mini Mecha called Armor Shrikes.
- The titular warriors in Claymore are genetically engineered female supersoldiers designed to fight demons known as "yoma" and their evolved forms, giant monsters called Awakened Beings. The procedure to become a Claymore gives the user enhanced strength, speed, and abilities, but at great cost. This all turns out to be a front, as the Organization is actually breeding monsters in order to fight dragons.
- Gantz: Gantz is a Deadly Game where the players are equipped with alien technology and sent to destroy aliens of various shapes and sizes hiding on Earth. The players' equipment includes special suits that give the wearer superhuman strength, absurdly sharp, blade elongating katanas, and guns that shoot invisible, Painfully Slow Projectiles powerful enough to turn their target into Ludicrous Gibs. Later it's revealed that the purpose of the game is to train soldiers capable of fighting an upcoming Alien Invasion by a race of giant-sized aliens. The technology used by the players comes from alien races previously exterminated by the invading alien race.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: NERV is an organization that uses EVAs to fight an alien race known as the Angels. The reason Angels can't be destroyed by conventional weapons is because they sport AT-fields, Deflector Shields that can completely block even the explosive power of a multi-megaton bomb. The most efficent way to penetrate the AT-field is stated to be via close combat, for which the EVA:s use high-frequency vibrating "Progressive Knives". The EVA:s can even build up an AT-field of their own, and eventually it's revealed that the EVAs are actually created by cloning them from the same source the Angels themselves were born. The troops themselves are just three "Children"(which is also singular in-universe), who are the only ones capable of piloting said mecha... and they have issues to take care about themselves.
- The Strike Witches are one of the many squads of witches equipped with vehicle mountable guns who wear Striker Units against 'Neuroi. Striker Units are plane enginesque legwear that amplifies their magic and allows them to flynote and project Force Fields to guard against Neuroi attacks which include Frickin' Laser Beams, bullets, and full-on Wave Motion Gun. the Neuroi are aliens which take the form of huge aircrafts (pic◊) and literally consume swaths of the earth to gain their power.
- Pacific Rim: Giant, city-destroying monsters (actually called "Kaiju" in-universe) emerge from a portal on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. The governments of the world realize that these Kaiju aren't going to stop coming, and that conventional weapons aren't suited to kill them without massive collateral damage. So the Jaeger program—consisting of Humongous Mecha, each piloted by two brain-linked humans—is created to deal with the threat.
- The Matrix Revolutions — Captain Mifune's unit with their Armored Personnel Unit vs the Sentinels. ZERO CONTEXT
- Robert Heinlein's novel Starship Troopers focuses on a war between humans and Big Creepy-Crawlies from outer space. The mobile infantry in the story uses power armor designed to enhance a soldier's strength and agility in order to combat the Insectoid Aliens. Averted in the film adaptation due to budget and technological constraints.
Indexes: Combat Tropes
, Military and Warfare Tropes