Created By: lordGacek on May 28, 2010 Last Edited By: lordGacek on May 28, 2010
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Flaunting Your Fleets

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When you intend to impress (whether some characters by some other character, or your audience as the author), if it is a military or some other powerful organisation, the display of power is usually based upon personnel's numbers. This is the basis of Million Mook March.

Million Mook March tends to concern infantry. However, as it happens, such a display is not restricted to footsoldiers. If it is some kind of fleet you want to show, you can just as much make them run in squadrons, and the additional benefit is that in opposition to common soldiers, even a lone ship is likely to impress, either with her guns, or herself.

Thus, Flaunting Your Fleets is a scene made of exceptional display of power, usually (though not a necessity) military, inducing squee in any closet militarist, often in form of squadrons upon squadrons, on the march or standing down, of starships, seaships, airplanes or whatever else rocks your boat.

While Million Mook March is often invoked by characters in story, it is more likely for Flaunting Your Fleets to be directed straight towards the viewer. Works both in picture and in writing; in the latter it tends to assume the form of Description Porn, often together with a Long List of unit numbers and names and giving descriptions of individual vessels or ship types, thus blurring the division between straight description of the fleet as whole and Technology Porn of its constituents.

A close cousin to Technology Porn and Gun Porn, and Million Mook March may be considered a subtrope.

Indexes: Spectacle, Military and Warfare Tropes

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Robotech, for example, here, starting at 0:24.

Film

Fan Work & Fan Fiction

Live Action TV
  • Occurs in Babylon 5, right after Sheridan liberates Earth from the Clarke regime. After Deleen announces the formation of the Interstellar Alliance, the Rangers fly their White Stars in formation over Earth Dome, pounding the point home.

Literature
  • David Weber is a major offender. As one Troper said:
    "[...] his true fetish [...] fleets' deployment numbers [...]"
  • The Iliad includes a hour-long-in-reading chapter made solely of the list of how many ships and men every allied Greek kingdom sends to Troy.
  • This trope is discussed in an ancient poem by Sappho:

    "Some say horsemen, some say warriors,
    Some say a fleet of ships is the loveliest
    Vision in this dark world, but I say it's
    What you love. [...]
    And I recall Anaktoria, whose sweet step
    Or that flicker of light on her face,
    I'd rather see than Lydian chariots
    Or the armed ranks of the hoplites."

Real Life
  • Real Life: military parades are often deliberately intended to have this effect. This is where it blurs into Million Mook March.
  • A Real Life version of this was done by Teddy Roosevelt. I think it was called the White Fleet.
  • Chinese "Treasure Fleet" of XV Century, before they decided to ban anything remotely seaworthy. One of its points was to invoke this trope to awe China's neighbours into vassalization.
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • April 28, 2010
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
  • April 29, 2010
    RawPower
    [[Film/Transformers]]
  • April 29, 2010
    jason taylor
    Oriental film and cinema epics seem to have a lot of this.
  • April 29, 2010
    lordGacek
    Do you know particular examples?
  • April 29, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Um, another title, please? I read "Fleet Porn" and I think of... disposeable enemas. Eww.
  • April 29, 2010
    lordGacek
    Well... I styled it after other Its Not Porn Its An Index tropes... Any suggestions?
  • May 1, 2010
    lordGacek
    I won't have net access for some three days, so I'm adding Up For Grabs.
  • May 1, 2010
    Lavalyte
    The Martian fleet in Mars Attacks.
  • May 1, 2010
    Kilyle
    I wish to put in a vote for "please don't jump into the Porn title without being very, very sure that that's the best title we can come up with." I do, after all, want to be able to mention these tropes to my friends without blushing.

    As far as content, though: The very definition of "epic" (in its original meaning) includes, as I understand it, a bunch of description of military units. Hope someone looks that up, because it would be nice to learn something from how the classics used this trope.
  • May 25, 2010
    lordGacek
    I just found this Avatar example and thought I'd put it here, Just In Case.
  • May 25, 2010
    Gatomon41
    Occurs in Babylon 5, right after Sheridian liberates Earth from the Clarke regime. After Deleen announces the formation of the Interstellar Alliance, the Rangers fly their White Stars in formation over Earth Dome, pounding the point home.
  • May 25, 2010
    girlyboy
    This trope is discussed in an ancient poem by Sappho:

    "Some say horsemen, some say warriors, Some say a fleet of ships is the loveliest Vision in this dark world, but I say it's What you love. [...] And I recall Anaktoria, whose sweet step Or that flicker of light on her face, I'd rather see than Lydian chariots Or the armed ranks of the hoplites."
  • May 25, 2010
    DorianMode
    A Real Life version of this was done by Teddy Roosevelt. I think it was called the White Fleet.
  • May 25, 2010
    Dcoetzee
    I like the new name. :-) I'm not embarassed by Fleet Porn, but the new name is both more fun to say and less confusing.
  • May 25, 2010
    lordGacek
    I tried something that'd get Added Alliterative Appeal, but I could get only two of three ;)
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