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[[caption-width-right:330:[[IncrediblyLamePun One Man]] ''[[CaptainPatriotic U.S. Army]]'', that is.]]

->'''{{ComicBook/Loki}}:''' I have an army.
->'''[[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark:]]''' We have a [[SelfDemonstrating/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk]].
-->-- ''Film/TheAvengers''

Sometimes a hero will face a large horde of Mooks and tell their leader he's going down. The leader will often say, "YouAndWhatArmy"

And then discover that the hero doesn't ''need'' one.

The One Man Army does far more than pull his own weight. In fiction, it is not only possible but routine for one man to go around and kill literally ''thousands'' of people or other creatures. [[ApatheticCitizens No one]] ''ever'' finds this particularly unusual, nor does anyone ever [[ThereAreNoTherapists wonder about their psychological state]], which would ''certainly'' be affected by [[ItGetsEasier taking so many lives]] away. The impact of this is lessened if the enemies are FacelessGoons or [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman don't register as human beings]] who exist solely to provide a MookHorrorShow, but the unlikelihood of one person wiping out entire armies of epic proportions isn't.

Often {{Handwave}}d or [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by making the character a SuperSoldier against mundanes, but this falls apart when EliteMooks or SuperpoweredMooks of equal calibre show up and still get dismantled with ease. In a series aimed at younger audiences, they may simply defeat large masses of people rather than outright kill them. In playing this trope, it is useful to have TheEvilArmy try to ZergRush said character in TheWarSequence.

This trope caters to everyone's inner {{Munchkin}}; 99% of {{First Person Shooter}}s ever made fall under this.

Often goes hand-in-hand with ItsUpToYou. When the OneManArmy is intentionally sent out to take care of the problem by himself, its a case of OneRiotOneRanger. Villains tend to underestimate this person at first, considering him JustOneMan. Compare and contrast PersonOfMassDestruction, who's symbolically treated like a weapon by the setting, and OmnicidalManiac, who is all too willing to push him- or herself into this territory. In the latter case, the OmnicidalManiac often gains his/her/its kill-count through using [[WeaponOfMassDestruction WMDs]] on hapless civilians rather than personally fighting enemy combatants.

Of course, being a OneManArmy usually qualifies you as a {{Badass}} and CrewOfOne. However, [[DudeWheresMyRespect very few people will respect your ability]]. Or worse, seek to abuse it because "WeDoTheImpossible" is in effect. Contrast with the BadassArmy where each individual could be considered this but are part of said army, as well as the EasilyConqueredWorld where it's the severely, severely outnumbered enemies who are kicking ass and taking names. If one man ''makes'' the army, then you have TheMinionMaster. Likewise, if one man ''becomes'' the army, it's MesACrowd.

Compare ShowyInvincibleHero. See also ConservationOfNinjitsu, which postulates that being outnumbered ''is'' what gives the character the advantage.

While RealLife examples do exist, this is generally not a good idea in RealLife.


* OneManArmy/{{Anime}}
* OneManArmy/ComicBooks
* OneManArmy/FanFic
* OneManArmy/{{Film}}
* OneManArmy/{{Literature}}
* OneManArmy/LiveActionTV
* OneManArmy/{{Music}}
* OneManArmy/{{Mythology and Religion}}
* OneManArmy/ProfessionalWrestling
* OneManArmy/TabletopGames
* OneManArmy/VideoGames
* OneManArmy/{{Webcomics}}
* OneManArmy/WesternAnimation
* OneManArmy/RealLife



[[folder: Manhua ]]

* Multiple characters in ''Manhua/RavagesOfTime'' are able to hold their own against whole armies, such as Liaoyuan Huo and Zhang Liao. A special notice goes to Lu Bu who, with his daughter strapped to his back, tried to break through the siege of Xiapi; he was severely out-numbered but managed to take out all of Cao Cao's generals and was only defeated when he was absolutely exhausted.


[[folder: Pinball ]]

* The player character "Hitman" is this in ''[[Pinball/F14Tomcat F-14 Tomcat]]'', being a lone fighter pilot against General Yagov and his Russian fighter squadron.
* The ''Pinball/AirborneAvenger'' is implied to be one.
* ''Pinball/{{Raven}}'' is supposed to be one, as a DistaffCounterpart to Franchise/{{Rambo}}.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* CyranoDeBergerac: Between Act I and Act II, Cyrano stands against one hundred men and kills [[ButForMeItWasTuesday eight of them]] (as you can see in RealLife, this was TruthInTelevision). Between Act IV and Act V, he manages to survive the LastStand of only one company of [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Gascon]] cadets against ''all'' the Spanish Army.


[[folder: Toys ]]

* Played oh-so-straight when Wrestling/SgtSlaughter joined the ranks of Franchise/GIJoe. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QN1MP-QFcg The]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUbgVzMboKs&feature=related commercials]] were something else...
* In Franchise/{{Bionicle}}, Toa usually work in teams, but there are occasions where they manage to demolish small armies. One particular example that stands out is Kopaka defeating three dozen Zyglak offscreen. What makes this even more impressive is that Zyglak are almost immune to [[ElementalPowers Elemental Powers]] which Toa usually use as their primary attack.


[[folder: Visual Novels ]]

* ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' has [[WorldOfBadass many characters]] who can beat up masses of people by themselves. For instance, most of the named characters in the Kawakami War are essentially {{Hero Unit}}s.


[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* Hank from ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'' is perhaps the universal embodiment of this trope. In the flashes, he could kill ''a hundred guys in five minutes''.
** Jebus also qualifies. As well as all of the fan-characters.
* ''Every. Single. Freelancer. Ever.'' from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. Season 9 makes this ''very'' apparent.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Los Hermanos, a member of the [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]], is literally this. He's a super-powered duplicator who can make thousands upon thousands of copies of himself.
* The [[BadassArmy Kriegan Army]] from ''Literature/{{Lambda}}''. Each soldier is trained to take down dozens of enemies by themselves. Higher up, their elite Knights of Grabacr are up there at PersonOfMassDestruction.
* In the pilot of ''HoganVsFlair'', the card features the "KevinNash Burial Gauntlet Match". It's pretty much Nash just destroying one guy after another after another with his [[FinishingMove Jackknife Powerbomb]], parodying the way the RealLife Nash would always insist on winning (and get his way most of the time.)
* [[SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-076 076-2]]
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has quite a few, but the standout example is Contessa, who has singlehandedly delivered a CurbStompBattle to a large group of people in every fight she's been in.
* As a result of the Mob's total inability to switch out Pokemon, some Mons in [[TwitchPlaysPokemon Twitch Plays Pokemon]] tend to fall into this category. Pidgeot ("Bird Jesus") from the first run is the primary example, but Feraligatr ("LazorGator") and Azumarill ("M4 Moe") also have this status.