Army Of Lawyers


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These are mooks in suits, used for intimidation. When a character in a story feels he's been wronged (or feels he can get the upper hand), especially if said character is rich, he'll often threaten to call upon his Army of Lawyers. (Sometimes, "my legal team", same diff. In other words, lawyer overkill.) Sometimes that Army can actually be seen in a show, and when they are, they are invariably marching in ranks behind the character, in step and double-file (and often with an added foley effect of marching jackboots). Occasionally it will be a team of Yes Men or Middle Management Mooks rather than lawyers, but with the same effect: a martial show of force in a corporate or legal setting. Sometimes the Army will be acting on behalf of an unseen (usually evil) client, all members of the Army working toward one ominous goal.


Examples:

Film

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • The law firm of Wolfram and Hart from Angel.
  • One episode of The Defenders (the 2010 series with lawyers) has one episode's bad guys use their Army of Lawyers as a blatant show of force. There are so many of them that when they sit down at their ridiculously long table they need two row of chairs.

Video Games
  • In Call To Power and its sequel, once you develop to the Modern Era, you can train Lawyers and Corporate Branches to wage economic warfare on your enemies. Ordinary army-units are mostly helpless against them, too - only Lawyers can fight Lawyers. And they're really, really effective. This means that unless it ends before you develop that far, a multiplayer match will inevitably devolve into an earth-shattering confrontation between two competing armies of briefcase-wielding, suit-wearing lawyers (and corporate branches).

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • C. Montgomery Burns has a team of lawyers but usually only the Blue Haired Lawyer talks.
  • Another episode of The Simpsons ("The Joy of the Sect") had the Movementarians call out their lawyers (in the style of some firemen) when they've realised that Marge managed to break her family out.

Real Life
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