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* The ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' franchise utterly adores this trope, with the villains typically being a small-knit group of very powerful irregular soldiers who, in turn, command a large number of {{Mooks}}, such as [[Videogame/MetalGearSolid FoxHound]], [[Videogame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Red Cell]], [[Videogame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater The Cobras]], and [[Videogame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots The B&B Corps]].


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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', while Princess Celestia has her army of Royal Guards as {{Red Shirt}}s, she also has Twilight Sparkle and her five friends who she relies on whenever a heavy hitter like Lord Tirek or King Sombra decides to wreck up the place for a giggle.


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[[caption-width-right:350:Darth Angral's small army of Sith is [[BadassBoast worth 1000 Jedi]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Darth Angral's small army of Sith is [[BadassBoast worth 1000 Jedi]].]]
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* It's possible to build one (or 10, if you have the economy to support them) yourself in ''Total War: Rome II''. Recruit some cohorts of praetorian guards, give them the best equipment, a high ranking general, some other upgrades and train them to veterancy and... Voila! You've got yourself an elite legion capable of achieving kill-ratio's of 500:1.

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* It's possible to build one (or 10, if you have the economy to support them) yourself in ''Total War: Rome II''.''VideoGame/TotalWarRomeII''. Recruit some cohorts of praetorian guards, give them the best equipment, a high ranking general, some other upgrades and train them to veterancy and... Voila! You've got yourself an elite legion capable of achieving kill-ratio's of 500:1.


* ''ComicBook/ThreeHundred'':
** 300 Spartans against the entire Persian Empire. [[spoiler: The Persians eventually kill the Spartans, but it takes a hell of a lot of soldiers.]]
** The Persian Immortals are supposed to be this, but don't live up to it.

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* ''ComicBook/ThreeHundred'':
** 300 Spartans against the entire Persian Empire. [[spoiler: The Persians eventually kill the Spartans, but it takes a hell of a lot of soldiers.]]
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''ComicBook/ThreeHundred'': The Persian Immortals are supposed to be this, but don't live up to it.


-->--Colonel Corazon Santiago, ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''

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-->--Colonel -->-- Colonel Corazon Santiago, ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''


*** Deconstructed however in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', when the NCR got fed up with the Mojave chapter (who were at the time behaving like very heavily-armed bandits confiscating technology from NCR citizens and trade caravans at gunpoint) and the two sides went to war: although the Brotherhood's superior technology and training won them a few decisive victories early on, the NCR's huge economy and manpower pool allowed them to replace their decimated conscript armies time and time again, while the Brotherhood gradually dwindled down to nothing and grew more and more desperate. Eventually the Brotherhood was crippled after a disastrous defeat at HELIOS One; half the chapter was slaughtered holding the line against the NCR while the Elder ventured inside seeking a rumoured pre-War KillSat superweapon inside, [[AllForNothing that he eventually found he could not use as the laser designator was lost]]. Ironically the Brotherhood's greatest victory against the NCR in the whole war was sending a crack force to destroy their gold reserves, sending their economy into meltdown; [[RealityEnsues wars are won and lost by manpower and economic concerns rather than great tactical victories won by special armies.]]

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*** Deconstructed however in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', when the NCR got fed up with the Mojave chapter (who were at the time behaving like very heavily-armed bandits confiscating technology from NCR citizens and trade caravans at gunpoint) and the two sides went to war: although the Brotherhood's superior technology and training won them a few decisive victories early on, the NCR's huge economy and manpower pool allowed them to replace their decimated conscript armies time and time again, while the Brotherhood gradually dwindled down to nothing and grew more and more desperate. Eventually the Brotherhood was crippled after a disastrous defeat at HELIOS One; half the chapter was slaughtered holding the line against the NCR while the Elder ventured inside seeking a rumoured pre-War KillSat superweapon inside, [[AllForNothing that he eventually found he could not use as the laser designator was lost]]. Ironically the Brotherhood's greatest victory against the NCR in the whole war was sending a crack force to destroy their gold reserves, sending their economy into meltdown; [[RealityEnsues the lesson here is wars are won and lost by manpower and economic concerns rather than great tactical victories won by special armies.and K/D ratios.]]

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*** Deconstructed however in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', when the NCR got fed up with the Mojave chapter (who were at the time behaving like very heavily-armed bandits confiscating technology from NCR citizens and trade caravans at gunpoint) and the two sides went to war: although the Brotherhood's superior technology and training won them a few decisive victories early on, the NCR's huge economy and manpower pool allowed them to replace their decimated conscript armies time and time again, while the Brotherhood gradually dwindled down to nothing and grew more and more desperate. Eventually the Brotherhood was crippled after a disastrous defeat at HELIOS One; half the chapter was slaughtered holding the line against the NCR while the Elder ventured inside seeking a rumoured pre-War KillSat superweapon inside, [[AllForNothing that he eventually found he could not use as the laser designator was lost]]. Ironically the Brotherhood's greatest victory against the NCR in the whole war was sending a crack force to destroy their gold reserves, sending their economy into meltdown; [[RealityEnsues wars are won and lost by manpower and economic concerns rather than great tactical victories won by special armies.]]


* In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series, the Enclave's ridiculously small population (1000 people at most, including children and elderly) was compensated by their technological advancement and superior training.

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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series, the Enclave's ridiculously small population (1000 people at most, including children and elderly) was compensated by their technological advancement and superior training. A ''single'' Enclave soldier was heavily armed and armored enough to wipe out a town, easily, and was extremely well-trained and skilled to boot. A single 6-9 man ''squad'' of them outside the Oil Rig at any time represents the most potent military force in postwar California outside of the Brotherhood of Steel or NCR.

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** While not taken to the same degree as the Enclave, the Brotherhood of Steel's forces are comparable to theirs. Being an extremely well trained and equipped force, clad in Power armor and wielding high end energy weapons.


* In many competitive multiplayer games set in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the [[ThoseWackyNazis Wermacht]] will be presented as relying on a relatively small amount of super-powerful units, especially when it comes to [[TankGoodness tanks]]. The reality is more... complicated (German vehicles weren't really the {{Mighty Glacier}}s people expect and [[WeaksauceWeakness going uphill]] was enough to make many of them combust, while the k98 rifle was more or less a design from 1898 wielded by a soldier with inadequate marksman training due to ammo shortages), but it does allow some semblance of competitive balance in battles where the Germans were at an overwhelming disadvantage. Some have criticized this as leading to an unironic belief in Nazi wundertech among gamers and reinforcing negative myths such as the "Asiatic Hordes," leading to the derogatory term "Wehraboo."


** Exdor's robots, which number seven, were built specifically to kill Jack. Each of them is an equal with Jack in speed, attack him in a coordinated manner, and are completely encased in armor that even Jack's sword cannot break, requiring Exdor, who secretly wants them destroyed, to equip Jack with the force needed to cut them open. Even then, Jack can only destroy six of them--he requires [[DeusExMachina divine intervention]] to defeat the one wielding a sword.

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** Exdor's robots, which number seven, were built specifically to kill Jack. Each of them is an equal with Jack in speed, attack him in a coordinated manner, and are completely encased in armor that even Jack's sword cannot break, requiring Exdor, who secretly wants them destroyed, to equip Jack with the force needed to cut them open. Even then, Jack can only destroy six of them--he requires [[DeusExMachina divine intervention]] {{divine intervention}} to defeat the one wielding a sword.


Basically, while the ZergRush is Quantity Over Quality, the EliteArmy is Quality Over Quantity. When it's just one soldier doing all this alone, it's a OneManArmy. Under FactionCalculus, playable forces of this stripe are known as Powerhouse.

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Basically, while In terms of QuantityVsQuality, the ZergRush is Quantity Over Quality, the EliteArmy is Quality Over Quantity.QualityOverQuantity. When it's just one soldier doing all this alone, it's a OneManArmy. Under FactionCalculus, playable forces of this stripe are known as Powerhouse.


* During the Battle of Mogadishu, later depicted in the novel and film ''Film/BlackHawkDown'', a small group of 160 US Rangers and Delta Force operators supported by some Malaysian and Pakistani armored vehicles fended off somewhere from two to four thousand Somali militiamen.

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* During the Battle of Mogadishu, later depicted in the novel and film ''Film/BlackHawkDown'', a small group of 160 120 US Rangers and Delta Force operators supported by some Malaysian and Pakistani armored vehicles fended off somewhere from two to four thousand Somali militiamen.militiamen. At the end of the battle, the Somalis had lost at least 133 militiamen killed[[note]]133 is what the Somali National Alliance admitted to; presumably that's an accurate figure of their losses, but it'd only account for their members, not unconnected militiamen in the city who just picked up a gun and fired at the nearest American. Estimates on the total range from 200 to 700, though the lower figures are more likely.[[/note]] at the cost of 19 dead + two helicopters shot down on the American side.


* In the first decades of the 16th century, the Spanish conquistadors had overwhelming military advantages over the native American peoples. The Europeans belonged to a more militarily advanced civilization with better techniques, tools, firearms, artillery, steel, and domesticated animals. Horses and mules carried them, pigs fed them, and dogs fought for them. The indigenous peoples had the advantage of established settlements, determination to remain independent, and large numerical superiority. European diseases and divide and conquer tactics contributed to the defeat of the native populations.

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* In the first decades of the 16th century, the Spanish conquistadors had overwhelming military advantages over the native American peoples. The Europeans belonged to a more militarily advanced civilization with better techniques, tools, firearms, artillery, steel, and domesticated animals. Horses and mules carried them, pigs fed them, and dogs fought for them. The indigenous peoples had the advantage of established settlements, determination to remain independent, and large numerical superiority. European diseases and diseases, divide and conquer tactics tactics, and the fact that most of the natives had never been allied in the first place contributed to the defeat of the native populations.

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* In many competitive multiplayer games set in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the [[ThoseWackyNazis Wermacht]] will be presented as relying on a relatively small amount of super-powerful units, especially when it comes to [[TankGoodness tanks]]. The reality is more... complicated (German vehicles weren't really the {{Mighty Glacier}}s people expect and [[WeaksauceWeakness going uphill]] was enough to make many of them combust, while the k98 rifle was more or less a design from 1898 wielded by a soldier with inadequate marksman training due to ammo shortages), but it does allow some semblance of competitive balance in battles where the Germans were at an overwhelming disadvantage. Some have criticized this as leading to an unironic belief in Nazi wundertech among gamers and reinforcing negative myths such as the "Asiatic Hordes," leading to the derogatory term "Wehraboo."

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