->''"So it's come to this, has it? A fight to the death, mano a mano, man to man, just you and me ... and my '''GUARDS!'''"''
-->-- '''Sheriff of Rottingham''', ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''

This trope generally arises in situations where TheHero and the BigBad (or some other substitute boss villain) are staring each other down, ready to engage in [[DuelToTheDeath mortal combat]]. The BigBad challenges the Hero to a [[ThrowingDownTheGauntlet duel]], but then instead of said fight being one-on-one, as the viewer and the Hero might expect, the villain promptly yells for his ... [[EvilMinions GUARDS]]!

May result in the invocation of BigDamnHeroes if the good guy is [[OhCrap in too deep]]. Conversely, should the hero do better than expected, the villain may realize that [[GonnaNeedMoreX he needs reinforcements]] and [[WeHaveReserves act accordingly]]. At any rate, the use of this trope can demonstrate that the villain is sufficiently smart to know not to fight the hero one-on-one when he can bring in his minions to support him (and dishonorable and [[CombatPragmatist pragmatic]] enough to use absolutely everything he has at his disposal to win).

Can overlap with BaitAndSwitchBoss in video games; however, more often, the FlunkyBoss fights ''alongside'' his {{Mooks}} or at least remains present to observe the fight. May even cross-pollinate with SummonBiggerFish if the hero seriously outclasses the villain and/or the Mooks are sufficiently [[EliteMooks powerful in their own right]].

The villain may be disappointed if the fight is subject to ConservationOfNinjutsu and/or MookChivalry, or if he's dealing with an InvincibleHero. This is the antitrope of LeaveHimToMe. Compare LetsYouAndHimFight.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** During the battle between Yoruichi and Sui Feng, the latter unleashes all the members of her special assassination corps on Yoruichi. Who proceeds to [[SpeedBlitz beat them all senseless in the blink of an eye.]]
** When Yhwach [[spoiler:invades the Soul King's realm]], he's attacked by the elite guardians. However, every single time one of them tries to attack him directly, Yhwach reveals that there is an unseen minion still protecting him.
* Occurs during the ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged: The Christmas Tree of Might''. Turles, the weekly villain of the piece, attempts to overwhelm Goku with all five of his supporting minions. It doesn't end well for the minions.
-->'''Goku:''' Now it's just down to you and me!
-->'''Turles:''' Yes, me and you. Oh, and my [[QuirkyMinibossSquad five misfit minions]].
-->'''Goku:''' But, what about my friends?
-->'''Slay:''' [[BlatantLies We all had eggnog and Christmas fudge]].
-->'''Goku:''' Really?
-->'''Reese:''' Nope. Wasted them like figgy pudding.
-->'''Goku:''' [[BerserkButton You never waste figgy pudding!]] ''(beatdown ensues)''
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Sanji has a duel against [[spoiler:his ArchnemesisDad]] Vinsmoke Judge. The minute Sanji starts to make ground, Judge calls his Mooks to act a HumanShield, even going as far as to ''stab through one'' to strike.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Udon Comics' ''[[Comicbook/StreetFighter Street Fighter Legends]]'' has [[RichBitch Karin]] pull this one on Sakura.

* Mel Brooks' ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'': The TropeNamer, though it is actually PlayedForLaughs. After an exchange of [[GloveSlap Glove Slaps]], the sheriff makes the speech (shown at the top of the page), kicking off the fight scene.
* Invoked in ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' when Ash first confronts his evil doppleganger in the final battle. Evil Ash first sics his nearby minions on him... whom Ash disposes of handily.
* Neo's first fight with Agent Smith in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' plays a subversion of this, as Agent Smith makes numerous copies of ''[[MesACrowd himself]]'' rather than calling for subordinates.
* Grievous tries this when Obi-Wan tracks him down in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. When it doesn't work, he defaults to LeaveHimToMe.
* In ''Film/KillBill Volume One'', O-Ren Ishii seems ready to take on the Bride in single combat, but then has her personal army, the Crazy 88, soften her up first.
* Inverted in the film version of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', where after Harry reveals himself to then-headmaster Snape, the Order of the Phoenix are the ones barging in en masse when Harry seems set to face down Snape alone.
* ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' has ComicBook/BlackWidow visiting [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] with assurances it's only the two of them. Then he starts SuddenlyShouting because he "wanted to see what she'd do." (What she does is immediately point a handgun at him.) Once it's clear he's not turning into an enormous green rage-monster, she tells the veritable SWAT team outside that they can stand down.
-->'''Bruce Banner:''' "Just you and me", huh?
--> ''Widow is visibly mollified.''
* In the James Bond film ''Film/GoldenEye'', General Ourumov kills Defense Minister Dimitri Mishkin after he accuses Ourumov of being responsible for the attack on Severnaya and theft of the Goldeneye key. Ourumov invokes this trope as he openly states his plan to cover up the murder.
-->'''Ourumov:''' "Defense Minister Dimitri Miskin, murdered by British agent James Bond...himself shot, while trying to escape. GUARDS!"
* In ''Film/BladeII'', Reinhardt confronts Blade after spending most of the film in an uneasy EnemyMine situation. With the situation over, they now have no reason to play nice and can kill each other. The villain sends in a team of mooks instead.
* Played entirely straight in ''Film/MacheteKills'' when the BigBad's NewEraSpeech is interrupted by our heroes. "Well ladies and gents I had hoped to have an ''uninhibited'' evening, but now it seems, uhhh...GUARDS!" ''(flees as guards enter and start shooting)''

* In the ''Literature/{{Corum}}'' series, Corum meets Prince Gaynor the Damned for a showdown, and it goes like this:
-->'''Corum:''' Will you fight me alone, Prince Gaynor?
-->'''Gaynor:''' Why should I? [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids It is long since I subscribed to your ideas of chivalry, Prince Corum]].
-->'''Corum:''' [[NighInvulnerable If you cannot be slain,]] why not fight me personally?
-->'''Gaynor:''' Because I would not waste time. Warriors!
* Averted in ''Literature/UseOfWeapons''. A ProperlyParanoid dictator has his own bedchamber under surveillance, with a verbal codeword to alert his guards. Unfortunately the assassin who turns up in the middle of the night has access to superior alien technology, so he's already [[CameraSpoofing taken care of the cameras]], deactivated the microphones and [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets unloaded the hidden pistol]].
* Also averted in one of the Literature/{{Lensman}} series, as the protagonist (who also has access to superior technology) has killed all the guards on the way in.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Eshonai, the Parshendi general and [[OneManArmy Shardbearer]], quite conspicuously only fights enemy Shardbearers with heavy support. This is because she is the ''last'' Parshendi Shardbearer, and is more interested in the survival of her people than a "good fight."

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* A spaceborne version of this occurs in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', during the escape from [[CrapsackWorld New Caprica]] at the start of the third season. The ''Galactica'' jumps into orbit alone, expecting to face two Cylon Basestars, whereupon two more promptly jump in from elsewhere and join what swiftly degenerates into a CurbStompBattle. That is, until [[spoiler: Apollo decides to [[GunshipRescue save the day by arriving with the]] ''[[CoolShip Pegasus]]'', allowing the ''Galactica'' to jump to safety before the battle is concluded [[RammingAlwaysWorks in a decidedly spectacular fashion]].]]
* In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', Captain Marvelous challenges his RivalTurnedEvil Basco to a one-on-one fight. When Marvelous shows up, Basco uses his MarionetteMaster powers to summon five {{Sixth Ranger}}s. Luckily, the other four Gokaiger [[IWasJustPassingThrough were just passing through]]...
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. In "Errand of Mercy", Kirk captures the Klingon commander, only to find that BigBrotherIsWatchingYou -- the commander's own office is under surveillance in case of treason, so the guards are already on their way.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''. In "The Snowmen", Dr. Simeon quietly rings for his men while the Doctor is rambling on as usual. Being GenreSavvy, the Doctor does an OffhandBackhand locking of the door with his sonic screwdriver. By the time they get the door open, the Doctor has done a StealthHiBye.

* Kremmen of the Star Corps has a GenreSavvy moment when confronting Gort, leader of the Thargoids, realising he's about to call for his guards. Fortunately Karla is there to ShowSomeLeg. Those guards who aren't killed in the rush are knocked out by Kremmen's [[StunGuns Valium Ray]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': In ''[[Literature/OdysseyCycle Judgment]]'', Ambassador Laquatus pulls this on Kamahl, shouting a challenge in order to lure the barbarian into an ambush.
* Villains in the game ''Badass'' have access to a Nasty Flava that is explicitly called this, which allows them to summon mooks against any Badass facing them.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Angband}}'', some monsters have the tag "Usually appear in groups", which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. If a unique version of said monster spawns, it will instead say "Usually appears with reinforcements." Orcs in particular like to appear in large numbers and unique orcs can be a severe challenge at low levels due to bringing dozens and dozens of allies to surround you with.
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'': When King Richard decides he will learn the truth from TrialByCombat, Altair fights a mess of guards along with the head KnightTemplar.
** The end boss also does this after a fashion.
** In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', Ezio does this in the second-to-last boss fight, in the same fashion to the final boss of the previous game. Earlier, Francesco de Pazzi attempts to do this when Ezio confronts him on a rooftop, but Ezio killed all the guards on the way up, so Francesco leaps from the roof to escape him. [[spoiler: With a ''Leap of Faith'', which no other villain in the series has managed to do since. Ezio barely catches up to him. Francesco was just that scared.]]
** In the trailer for ''Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood'', Ezio makes his way through a cordon of guards to confront the son of Rodrigo Borgia, the BigBad of the previous game. Borgia Jr. mocks Ezio and promptly summons a dozen heavily-armed [[EliteMooks Papal guardsmen]], whereupon [[ZigZaggedTrope Ezio's allies also emerge from the crowd]] and the two groups charge at one another in combat.
** It's played straight when you finally track Cesare down, though Ezio's Assassins being unavailable is justified, what with him [[spoiler:being in Spain]].
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', when Batman seems to have Joker on the ropes:
-->'''Joker:''' Please! Stop! I can't take anymore! You win, ya beat me! ... Hang on, did I say "me"? I meant me and ''these guys!''
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands2}}'', Torgue's DLC: Piston "[[BlatantLies Not]] [[MilesGloriosus A]] [[DirtyCoward Cheater]]" brings a T-Rex mecha to the final duel of the Torgue Tournament. Almost everyone in the audience calls him a cheater once the mech blows up.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'': When [[PersonOfMassDestruction Alex Mercer]] is battling [[BadassNormal Specialist Cross]], Cross gets reinforcements in the form of [[EliteMooks Special Forces Soldiers]] (like it makes a difference).
** On harder difficulties, it really does. The soldiers are [[ImAHumanitarian a good source of health]].
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' does this wordlessly before the mounted combat sequence against King Bulblin. The King stands alone on a hill and beckons Link to join him in what appears to be single combat. When Link moves in to attack, King Bulblin blows a horn, summoning hordes of mooks to join him in the fight.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': In the Culling of Stratholme instance, [[FallenHero Arthas]] faces down [[TheDragon Mal'ganis]], proclaiming the fight will be "Just between you and me." Which usually leads the five people who have been shepherding Arthas through the entire instance and doing the lion's share of the fighting to go "Hey!"
** This is particularly absurd because Mal'ganis will spend the entire fight not only ignoring Arthas and attacking the tank, but if the tank's doing their job, actually facing '' in the opposite direction'' from Arthas so that the rest of the party doesn't get blasted with his Carrion Swarm spell.
** To be fair, this was a TimeTravel revisit of an event that already took place, and in the original battle Arthas did indeed fight Mal'Ganis one-on-one.
** ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III''[='=]s Expansion orc campaign has another example. Rexxar challenges the Kor'gall for leadership of the Stonemaul. Supposedly a one-on-one fight. However, [[TheBeastmaster this is Rexxar we're talking about]]. The fight usually devolves into a small zoo's worth of animals dogpiling Kor'gall.
** Warlord Parjesh in the Eye of Azshara instance in ''Legion'' quotes the trope namer word-for-word.
** Also from ''Legion'', Varian Wrynn's death at the hands of Gul'dan and the demonic army he was leading. Varian actually kills a decent number of them, but is [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaled]] [[InTheBack from behind]] right before he can attack Gul'Dan.
%%* Lord Tod from ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}} 2''.
* Played with as a part of the [[SequentialBoss sequential]] [[FinalBoss end]] [[BossBattle boss]] battle with [[spoiler:Ultimecia]] of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. The last boss' first OneWingedAngel act is to summon a GF for the party to fight; then, as her second form, she merges with it into a horrible half-breed.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', in the first boss battle with Seymour, he fights alongside two of his guado servants. When you defeat them, he relies on summoning Anima to fight for him, though that is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] since he's a Summoner.
* Judge Ghis in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''; he also comes with a couple of mooks for your inconvenience.
* In single-player ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'', the Archbishop Lazarus is accompanied by two named witches; while this alone might not count as this trope (seeing as it can be considered a trio of bosses), the pack of Hell Spawn and Advocates that emerge from a disappearing wall ''does'' most definitely count.
** Also worthy of a mention: Diablo himself is in a room with lots of high-level mooks, though he can be triggered by way of ranged attacks that leave the mooks out of the fight.
** Actually, most of the unique monsters tied to quests come with a cohort, notably including The Skeleton King and The Warlord of Blood. All of the regular uniques come as part of a group of regular monsters of their same type, though that's more of an inversion as the mooks come with a [[KingMook boss]] rather than the [[FlunkyBoss boss bringing along some mooks]].
* Security Chief Vince, from ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid2''. When Snake and Venus encounter him for the second time, he mentions before the fight that this time he brought backup, at which point several of his men enter the battlefield.
* An interesting inversion can occur in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. You can challenge the BigBad to a climactic duel, and he'll tell his flunkies to step off, so that he may fight you in honorable combat. Your party members, however, will happily stick around and participate in the fight.
* ''Videogame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' has a somewhat lengthy set of sidequests that involve killing off the three leaders of the Genoharadan, a shadowy organization that influenced the galaxy through assassination, among other things. After killing the leaders, the man who gave you the quests, Hulas, reveals that he was the fourth leader and that he used you to consolidate his power by killing his rivals. If you don't take kindly to being used like that, you can challenge him to a duel, for which he insists you come alone. Hulas brings two lackeys with him, but you can display some [[GenreSavvy Genre Savviness]] of your own and bring your party members. Hulas actually expects you to not play by the rules, expressing surprise if you show up alone, and saying "I hoped you'd be gullible, but clearly you're not" if you bring your friends.
** Likewise in Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, many bosses summon reinforcements during their cutscene. Generally, these reinforcements are significantly weaker, but sometimes you'll wind up fighting an Elite and two or three Strong enemies.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', when you arrive in [=GLaDOS=]'s chamber for a confrontation with her, she reveals that she has several turrets standing by to kill you dead. [[spoiler:Good thing you already replaced them with the Defective Turrets.]]
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', each of the class nemeses will send their lackeys/bodyguards after you when you gain access to their respective inner sanctums on the Volcanic Island before you get to fight said nemesis. However, only Somerset Lopez, Dread Mariachi, nemesis of Accordion Thieves, gives the line nearly word-for-word. Your character is not amused.
-->"''Hola'', gringo. I had anticipated that my defenses would not keep you out for very long."
-->"This is it, Lopez. It's time to settle this once and for all."
-->"''Sí'', the great rivalry between the accordion thief and the mariachi. After so many years, it has come down to you and me, eh?"
-->"Damn straight," you reply, readying your weapon.
-->"You and me and my bodyguards. Bodyguards! Kill (him/her)." Several extremely burly mariachis step out from behind the statues, grinning and cracking their knuckles.
-->"Lopez, you are ''such'' a dick."
* While the rest of the B&B Corps of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' engage Snake one-on-one[[note]]Mantis's reinforcements are merely the bodies of the dead she controls as puppets[[/note]], Wolf brings along a never-ending stream of [[EliteMooks FROGS]] to help her during her battle.
* Either {{Defied}} or PlayedStraight in ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', depending on the player's [[KarmaMeter Chaos rating]]. In High Chaos, the battle with Daud will have a band of assassins helping him out. In Low Chaos, however, when his assassins attack the player, he immediately uses [[TimeStandsStill Bend Time]] and calls them off, allowing the player to take him on mano a mano.


* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'': Done pre-emptively when Thaco challenges the Goblinslayer to single combat on top of a statue in full view of the entire town.
-->'''Goblinslayer:''' You three bowmen will accompany me.\\
'''Guard:''' Sir, it could be a trap.\\
'''Goblinslayer:''' That's imposs--\\
'''Goblinslayer:''' You six bowmen will accompany me.


[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Webcomic/KnightsOfTheOldCoding'': Just you, me [[http://kotoc.comicgenesis.com/d/20030225.html ...and my army of ninjas!]]
* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'': when Karamazov tries to enter the palace, Descius stands in his way and summons palace guards to aid him, although Karamazov's weaponized throne proves more than a match for all of them. Later, Kitten does the same with Custodes, with much more success.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Korra challenges BigBad Amon to a duel at midnight. [[spoiler:He brings a whole platoon of [[PowerNullifier chi-]][[EliteMooks blockers]] along with him and defeats her handily.]]
* The animated film ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' plays this when Red Puckett confronts Boingo in the cable car terminal cavern. However, the "guards" (the ski team henchmen) just stand aside and watch their boss engage Red in a very [[TheMatrix Matrix-esque]] beatdown.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' had an episode where Ben tries to defy Emperor Milleus in a duel, only for Milleus to summon his guards for help. Unfortunately for him, Ben being an OneManArmy, that doesn't really end up helping him.