Gondor Calls for Aid

Aragorn: The Beacons of Minas Tirith! The Beacons are lit! Gondor calls for aid.
[Long beat]
King Théoden: And Rohan will answer. Muster the Rohirrim!

The heroes may have The Plan, but they just don't have the manpower. So, against all hope, they have to call on the sorts of people who may not want to help or even like them.

Then the help comes. Whether or not it's successful, it's a good show of the ultimate community spirit. It's also a nice Continuity Nod if it features characters the heroes have helped in the past.

Named after The Lord of the Rings, wherein the nation of Gondor calls the neighbouring kingdom of Rohan for aid in the war against Sauron. Ironically, even in this desperate time, most of Gondor's armies are hanging around in the South, waiting for the Corsair raids (partly because of southern lords refusing to send men north, partly because of Denethor's defeatism).

If the act of making the call is an adventure unto itself, that's Bring Help Back. Compare/contrast with the last resort version Enemy Mine, the more metaphysical Combined Energy Attack, and the mandatory version Binding Ancient Treaty and Hero Secret Service. For when the party that is called could beat the living shit out of either side, see Awakening the Sleeping Giant. For drama related to the physical act of calling for help, see Epic Hail. May lead to Climactic Battle Resurrection. Big Damn Heroes and Gunship Rescue are smaller versions of this trope. Crowded Cast Shot is similar, but played for laughs and (usually) not as urgent.

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    Card Games 
  • In Magic: The Gathering, the Invasion block had a major multicolor theme, to show people putting aside their differences. Tellingly, the last one, Apocalypse, reversed the traditional color pie, with enemy colors being allies and vice versa. For instance, white is about society, whereas black and red are about the individual.note  Suffice it to say, they don't get along. Yet they did in this one. As did blue with red and green (logic vs. emotion); black with green and white (death vs. life); red with white and blue (anarchy vs. rules); and green with blue and black (nature vs. progress).

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Pro Wrestling loves this trope, and tends to use it interchangeably with Everyone Join The Party. The most famous recent example happened on Monday Night Raw in the summer of 2010, when John Cena was being victimized by the fifth-column terrorist group The Nexus. For a terrible moment it looked as if Cena was going to tuck tail between legs and walk out of the arena in defeat....but then turned around and announced: "You've sealed your fate 'cause guess what: I got me some help." Right on cue, every Raw Superstar who had been attacked by the Nexus in the past few months came out to join Cena in a Moment of Awesome: Edge, John Morrison, R-Truth, the Great Khali, Chris Jericho, and....wait for it....Bret Hart! What really made this moment splendid is that all these guys often had only negative associations with each other in the past if they had associations at all, and two of them (Edge and Jericho) had been Heels up to this point. The "seven samurai" (as Morrison referred to them) then rushed the ring to chase off the Nexus villains, and Cena shouted: "At SummerSlam, the Nexus IS HISTORY!!!"

  • In Realms of Hyrule, after ascending to the throne after the death of his predecessor, Prince Regent Victor makes an appeal citizens of Hyrule during his coronation ceremony to take up arms and fight to reclaim Kakariko.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer: The nations of Estalia and Tilea were being invaded by the armies of the Araby Sultan Jaffar. The combined armies of Bretonnia and The Empire soon came to their aid and drove their armies all the way back to Jaffars stronghold and slew the evil Sultan.
    • Happens hourly in Warhammer 40,000, across all media, usually with the Space Marines playing Rohan. The typical version of this is for the flavor-of-the-month faction to come in and save the day. When done well, it can be awesome. When done badly, such as an infamous section of the 5e Grey Knights codex when the Grey Knights answer the call and proceed to wipe out the Sisters of Battle who held the line in order to use their blood as holy armor lubricant, it can be a real stinker.
    • The goal of the Planetary Defense Force of a given Imperial world is to be the first on the ground, engage the enemy as soon as possible, learn what they can, and above all stall for time. While they're dying in droves to accomplish that, the astropaths call for reinforcing units of Guardsmen and, if necessary, Space Marines (although they aren't always available, and don't always get there in time.)

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  • Red vs. Blue: The Reds and the Blues hear a distress signal coming from Church, at first most of them don't even think about going to help Church, but Sarge was able to convince everyone to go in and help Church and Wash and save them just in time from the Meta.

  • Oasis and Dr. Schlock play this role during the "Dangerous Days" arc of Sluggy Freelance (though with shades of Enemy Mine). The same can be said of just about any time Bun-Bun agrees to help anyone.
  • Just before the final battle against the God Machine in T. Campbell's Fans! Book 5, Will informs team leader Rikk that some volunteers have arrived.
    Rikk: How many, Will? If it's two or three, send 'em home. I won't sacrifice—
  • In Sinfest, when the drone attacks the Friend Zone, the Trike Girl blows on a conch shell to summon aid.
  • Tower of God - When Ja Wangnan tried to get Viole's help, he did it as a last resort and tried to bargain with him and ultimately had to rely on his goodwill - while trying to trick him into entering his team. He succeeded, but that's because Viole decided to join anyway after seeing through it.
  • Schlock Mercenary has one of these at the climax of the Resident Mad Scientist book. After the Milky Way is doomed by a superweapon so powerful it breaks casuality, a time traveling Kevyn Andreyasn escapes to the past to try again. Upon his return, resident super-AI Petey convinces basically every sentient, starfaring race in the galaxy to aid in a battle against the dark matter entities at the galactic core who set the weapon off.
    Petey: I just said "everyone." What part of that didn't you understand?

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