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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 [[MildlyMilitary some other]] [[NGOSuperpower powerful organisation]], the display of power is usually based upon personnel's numbers. This is the basis of MillionMookMarch.

MillionMookMarch tends to [[CaptainObvious 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 [[GunPorn her guns]], [[TechnologyPorn or herself]].

Thus, FlauntingYourFleets 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 [[CoolStarship starships]], [[CoolBoat seaships]], [[CoolAirship airships]], [[CoolPlane airplanes]] or whatever else [[IncrediblyLamePun rocks your boat]].

While MillionMookMarch is often invoked by characters in story, it is more likely for FlauntingYourFleets to be directed straight towards the viewer. Works both in picture and in writing. In the former, it often uses a camera trick where the camera's changing field gradually shows more and more items (see ''{{Troy}}'' in the Film examples section). In the latter, it tends to assume the form of DescriptionPorn, often together with a LongList 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 TechnologyPorn of its constituents (see ''Literature/TheIliad'', on which ''Troy'' was based).

A close cousin to TechnologyPorn and GunPorn, and MillionMookMarch may be considered a subtrope. GunboatDiplomacy seeks to invoke this consciously.

!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* A Federation Fleet Review is a major plot point in ''MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory''
* ''{{Robotech}}'', for example, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG75QBL5C-o&feature=PlayList&p=D56E887A3A6EAF1B&playnext_from=PL&index=20&playnext=2 here]], starting at 0:24.
** In fanwork [[http://homepage.mac.com/cheethorne/Robotech/tmezentraedishipforms.htm here]].
* The first actual scene of the ''LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' main series after the opening narration depicts the 20,000-strong [[TheEmpire Galactic Empire]] fleet under the command of [[TheProtagonist Reinhard von Lohengramm]]. This was later matched by a similar close-up on the fleets of his opponent, the [[TheFederation Free Planets Alliance]].
* In ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199'', the Gamilas Empire holds a Fleet Review at a PortalNetwork hub [[spoiler: after Desler's presumed death, which Field Marshall Zoellick uses as a platform to seize power for himself.]] The Yamato coincidentally enters the hub en route to the Large Magellanic Cloud and explosions ensue.
* Done with soliders and not ships, but ''Anime/SDGundamForce'' episode Ultimate Challenge! Kibaomaru vs Shute ends with a call that the Kibao Army resume their march, and the shot zooms out to show God-knows-how-many Nobusshi marching after the Tenchijou.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''{{Troy}}'', there is a close-up of a single ship... And then, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cC9oPseyKCE the camera goes up]], revealing [[strike:dozens]] ''hundreds'' of ships, stretching far to the horizon.
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' films feature several such scenes. One such example is when Emperor Palpatine arrives on the Death Star II in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' and the [=DS2's=] entire TIE fighter complement is deployed on parade outside the docking bay.
* A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of_-sTgVzyA trailer]] for ''Film/TheLastAirbender'', doing a trick similar to ''Troy'''s aforementioned example.
* Used as an OhCrap moment for one of the protagonists in ''LettersFromIwoJima''. After discussing with the others how the Americans will be sending a lot of ships - twenty, maybe thirty - he goes outside and sees the American fleet stretching all the way to the horizon.
* ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers2011'' the end of the movie shows the Duke of Buckingham with a massive fleet of ships and airships headed for France.
* In ''TheLongestDay'' the German coast-watchers manning a bunker gaze out into the dim pre-dawn light and see . . . the Normandy Invasion heading right for them, all five thousand ships of it.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Occurs in ''Series/BabylonFive'', right after [[spoiler: Sheridan liberates Earth from the Clarke regime]]. After Delenn announces the formation of the Interstellar Alliance, the Rangers fly their White Stars in formation over Earth Dome, pounding the point home.
** Major fleet actions, such as the assembly of Babylon 5 vessels attacking the siege line at Proxima, tend to have long, dramatic pans across the massing ships and huge quantities of Starfuries and other fighters. The Battle of Coriana at the end of the Vorlon-Shadow War has ''at least'' four - one when the Alliance fleet leaves B5, one each when the Vorlons and Shadows arrive on the scene, and one showing the huge fleet [[spoiler: huddling close to White Star One to protect it from the Shadow Planet Killer]].
** The Babylon 5 card game has a military conflict called "show the colours", which is basically a free-for-all for all the players to show off how big and impressive their respective fleets are -- the winner gains 2 influence, while the losers lose absolutely nothing. Unlike most military conflicts, no actual hostile actions are taken against other factions and nobody can attack other participants unless they already are at war.
** There was also the heavily foreshadowed flyby of the [[spoiler:Imperial Palace on Centauri Prime]].
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' had a few scenes like this, especially in the later seasons when the crew found themselves up against either Klingons (early in season 4), or the combined fleets of the Dominion, Cardasians, and Breen after that. The Federation also had large shows of force, which was very odd as it was lightly implied before had that the Federation did not have thousands of vessels. (For example, the battle at Wolf 359 from TNG only had about 40 ships, and Riker's line at the end of the episode, "The fleet should be back up and running within a year," seems to imply that those 40-odd ships were the MAJORITY of Star Fleet's armada!)
** It actually implied that Starfleet can produce ~40 ships in less than a year. In-universe, Starfleet decided to TakeALevelInBadass after the [[CurbStompBattle pounding]] they took at Wolf 359, so the fleet got bigger. Considering average Federation ship has lifespan of some 80 - 100 years, as evidenced by Miranda and Constitution classes...
** Another factor beefing up Starfleet's ship count is the fact that the Starfleet Corps of Engineers are an in-universe cross between MacGyver and MemeticBadass. A Vorta (one of the ''enemy'' leaders in the series) claims that a Starfleet engineer "can turn rocks into replicators". Between that and the fairly diverse range of ships seen in Federation fleets, it becomes fairly obvious that Starfleet is basically repurposing everything it can get its hands on and sending it into battle.
* Series/{{Andromeda}}: Ever wonder why [[TheFederation The Commonwealth's]] warships, specifically High Guard warships, look so sleek and fragile? This is why. The Vedrans built their ships like that ''just because '''they''' can'' and no one else had the technology to do so, even before [[spoiler:The Fall of The Commonwealth]].

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* In ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington Mission of Honor]]'', Honor shows up in the Haven system with 48 superdreadnoughts, 6 LAC carriers, a dozen battlecruisers, twenty destroyers, a dozen ammunition freighters, [[AndZoidberg and her personal yacht]], to [[DontMakeMeDestroyYou negotiate a peace treaty.]]
* ''Literature/TheIliad'' 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.
* OlderThanFeudalism: This trope is discussed in an ancient Greek (though not as old as the ''Iliad'') poem by Creator/{{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."
* In one Creator/HarryTurtledove AlternateHistory series, Japan takes over the Hawaiian islands instead of just bombing Pearl Harbor in [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII 1941]]. The Japanese know that the Americans will only focus on regaining Hawaii at first, and the rest of the Japanese Army and Navy can take over the rest of the Pacific unmolested. The first time the Americans attempt to retake Hawaii, they send out a fleet roughly equal in numbers to the Japanese detachment at Hawaii, but it is undone by [[EnsignNewbie inexperienced soldiers]], [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns faulty armaments]] and outdated equipment. With the second attempt to retake the islands the Americans take the time to do things right and send an '''overwhelming''' force. Japanese pilots defending their hold on the islands see a fleet stretching back as far as they can see to the horizon... and then realize that there are still ''more'' ships even further back, giving the pilot seeing this a major OhCrap moment.
* In JackCampbell's TheLostFleet novel ''Invicible'', Geary tries to put his ships in as elegant a formation as he can when travelling through spider-wolf space. To be sure, it's no match for the spider-wolves' formation, and he knows it, but he tries.
* In the Creator/DianeDuane Franchise/StarTrek EU novel ''The Wounded Sky'', every ship in the Federation Fleet that can possibly be there turns out en masse to welcome the Enterprise back from its shakedown cruise with the new drive. The vista is described thus:
--> The stars were bright about them. And more was bright than the stars.\\
"Good Lord," Kirk said, and put the drink down, and stood to watch the screen.\\
''Enterprise'' was not alone out there. She had escort. The screen was filled with ships closing in on her... A few of them had already matched velocities and vectors with her, and were riding close around. ...\\
He shook his head in wonder. ''God'', he thought, ''it looks like the center-spread holo-foldout in'' Jane's Fighting Starships.
* Happens in the final chapter of the Literature/LeftBehind book ''Kingdom Come'', as [[LaResistance The Other Light]] grows to massive numbers near the end of the Millennium that they start parading themselves and their weapons around.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* The song ''Please Hello'' from ''PacificOvertures'' is made of this (though the ships are offstage). As the various representatives greet the Japanese representative and issue their varrying demands/suggestions they all end exactly the same way; with a rolling cannonade from their ships.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The Dark Side ending of ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' features [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wm59OksYso one of these shots.]] Bonus points for that not even being the massed Sith fleet, it's just what's currently rolling off the assembly line.
* In ''PhantasyStarUniverse'''s first installment, the Alliance Military Forces' starships do this in celebration of the [[TheFederation Tripartite Alliance]] centennial, launching fireworks over the [[PrivateMilitaryContractors GUARDIANS]] [[SpaceStation colony]] with their main guns. [[spoiler: Then the SEED invasion begins, destroying many of those ships on display.]]
* In ''InfiniteSpace.'' Elgava dispatches five thousand ships to impress the approaching Lugovalians, but fail because the other fleet had over a hundred thousand ships. Later in the game, Libertas holds a fleet review as part of maneuvering to consolidate control over the Galactic Federation.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' when the united fleets of the Alliance, Turians and whatever else Shepard has gathered take the fight back to Earth. [[spoiler:Subverted in that even this is nothing more than a delaying action for Shepard to activate the Crucible, as there is no way to defeat the Reapers using conventional means]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'''s in-engine cutscenes exemplify this trope. Big capital fleets squaring off set to dramatic music and voice-over basically sets up half the key missions.
* ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X3: Reunion]]'' ends with a [[EliteArmy AGI Task Force]] fleet streaming through the newly built jump gate in Heretics End, reuniting [[LostColony Earth]] to the [[PortalNetwork X-Universe]]. Said fleet [[CurbStompBattle crushes a Kha'ak invasion in mere minutes]] with their [[HumanityIsAdvanced superior technology]] - then the camera goes through the wormhole to Earth, showing the massive [[RingworldPlanet Torus Aeternal]] wrapping around the Earth and even ''more'' ATF ships heading towards the camera.
* A viable tactic in ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations''. Park a whole bunch of powerful military ships on your border, and your neighbor is ''not'' going to attack without a big numerical or technological advantage. On the other hand, the AI can get suspicious and trigger-happy if your "demonstration" gets too close to its territory.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': a pan up from Zhao's command ship to the fleet he intends to destroy the Northern Water Tribe with. Also, the airship fleet in the grand finale.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': The fleet of the United Forces is shown, headed by [[spoiler: General Iroh II]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' has several shots like this, mostly from the CIS. Their fleet is massive.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* [[http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=militaryparade military parades]], which tend to include machines alongside the soldiers, are often deliberately intended to have this effect. This is where it blurs into MillionMookMarch.
* The Soviet Union pulled off a massive con on the USA in July 1955 at the Soviet Aviation Day demonstrations at the Tushino Airfield, ten Bison bombers were flown past the reviewing stand, then flew out of sight, quickly turned around, and flew past the stands again. They repeated this six times, presenting the illusion that there were 60 aircraft in the flyby. This led to the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bomber_gap Bomber gap]]".
* 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.
* Freedom of Navigation exercises, a modern variation of GunboatDiplomacy. If a country makes territorial claims to waters [[note]] Which happen to always fall outside what international treaties say are territorial waters[[/note]] that the United States disagrees with, often the [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks US Navy]] will simply park a carrier battle group in the waters under dispute, as if to say, "Your waters? ''Prove it.''"
* The US Navy's Great White Fleet was a prime example. Named for the Navy protocol of painting ships white in peacetime, the Great White Fleet was sent around the world by Teddy Roosevelt in 1909 as nothing more or less than a way of telling the world, "Hey, looky what we got!" Made up of ships built within the last decade with state-of-the-art designs, the display was very effective at demonstrating America's rising technological prowess and willingness to set foot on the world stage. While not impressive in absolute terms--the British dreadnoughts had rendered the Fleet effectively obsolete, and the Royal Navy's reaction while escorting them through the Mediterranean was more or less "aw, how cute!"--it did present a very solid announcement that the United States was now a Great Power, capable of playing the game as well as any European country. It also served as a wake-up call to the powers of Latin America (who proceeded to have a [[LensmanArmsRace naval arms race]]--particularly between [[TheRival Argentina and Brazil]]) and the Pacific (mostly meaning Japan, which began a big naval buildup).
** More importantly, the Great White Fleet showed that the US Navy could deploy anywhere in the world, no small feat given the fuel, supply, and maintenance requirements of such warships. The hands-on experience with such a deployment would prove valuable a few short years later when the United States joined UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
* One of the most impressive ones in modern times has got to be the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Fleet_Review International Fleet Review]], which featured a total of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ships_present_at_International_Fleet_Review,_2005 167 ships]]'' of varying countries. It all concluded in a huge reenactment of the Battle of Trafalgar, which occurred on that day 200 years ago.
* The classic series ''Series/VictoryAtSea''. About twelve hours of FlauntingYourFleets. Oh yes, the army gets in there somewhere too...
* True to their name, a grand old tradition of the [[BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]]. At the Fleet Review, the reigning monarch essentially inspects a parade of all the vessels of a particular fleet of the Royal Navy. Usually takes place in the Solent at Spithead. The purpose is obvious: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Grand_Fleet_Assembly_(front).jpg would you dare fight a fleet like this?]]
* Various coastal cities around the US (New York, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, etc.) pull this off yearly, with annual "Fleet Weeks" in which the Navy parades their ships.
* Take this trope, and combine it with StuffBlowingUp to get a military exercise. Now, this trope mixes well with TankGoodness. And that's what RedsWithRockets subscribed to, passionately: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNybllbrrXY]]. And yes, you saw that right, that was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufWtre22KVk a field of tanks]]. Zapad-81, featured here, may have been the most massive, but earlier excercises included not only ground, air and sea but also ''space'', with the Soviets test-firing their IS [[KillSat anti-satellite weapons]] as well.
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