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* In the climax of ''Fanfic/GogglesAndTheTears'', the Vox Populi arrive in dozens of zeppelins and gunships to help the main characters fight [[VideoGame/SystemShock SHODAN]], thanks to Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth actually rescuing Chen Lin earlier.

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* In the climax of ''Fanfic/GogglesAndTheTears'', the Vox Populi arrive in dozens of zeppelins and gunships to help the main characters fight [[VideoGame/SystemShock SHODAN]], thanks to Booker DeWitt [=DeWitt=] and Elizabeth actually rescuing Chen Lin earlier.

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* In the climax of ''Fanfic/GogglesAndTheTears'', the Vox Populi arrive in dozens of zeppelins and gunships to help the main characters fight [[VideoGame/SystemShock SHODAN]], thanks to Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth actually rescuing Chen Lin earlier.


* During the American Civil War, at the Battle of Hampton, ironclad warships were relatively new. On the first day of the Battle of Hampton Roads, the Confederacy revealed their shiny new metal behemoth, the CSS ''Virginia'' (a rebuilt captured steam frigate, the former USS ''Merrimack''), which almost single handedly mopped the floor with two of the wooden ships that the Union Navy was using. On the second day of the battle, the ''Virginia'' came back to the fight to finish off the third Union ship, the USS ''Minnesota''. However, the Union had brought in their own ironclad, the USS ''Monitor'', into a defensive position in front of the ''Minnesota''. Thus began the very first battle between metal warships... Which resulted in a stalemate as both ships were armed with weapons that [[NighInvulnerability couldn't penetrate the hull of their opponent]].

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* During the American Civil War, at the Battle of Hampton, ironclad warships were relatively new. On the first day of the Battle of Hampton Roads, the Confederacy revealed their shiny new metal behemoth, the CSS ''Virginia'' (a rebuilt captured steam frigate, the former USS ''Merrimack''), which almost single handedly mopped the floor with two of the wooden ships that the Union Navy was using. On the second day of the battle, the ''Virginia'' came back to the fight to finish off the third Union ship, the USS ''Minnesota''. However, the Union had brought in their own ironclad, the USS ''Monitor'', into a defensive position in front of the ''Minnesota''. Thus began the very first battle between metal warships... Which resulted in a stalemate as both ships were armed with weapons that [[NighInvulnerability [[PaddedSumoGameplay couldn't penetrate the hull of their opponent]].

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** The most triumphant example is in Mission 12 of Ace COmbat 6, where you're heavily outnumbered and surrounded on all sides - and then ''every single allied squadron you've helped shows up to return the favor.''


* A rather archaic appearance of the trope happens in the short ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' TV series episode "The Frogs and the Lobsters" when the main characters and a platoon of marines are trapped on a beach and about to be killed by the French, at least, until the HMS Indefatigable opens up.

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* A rather archaic appearance of the trope happens in the short ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' TV series episode "The Frogs and the Lobsters" when the main characters and a platoon of marines are trapped on a beach and about to be killed by the French, at least, until the HMS Indefatigable ''Indefatigable'' opens up.up. Ocean vessel variant of the trope.


** ''Film/TheLastJedi'' has Rey and Chewbacca arriving on Crait in the ''Falcon'' during the Resistance's DarkestHour on Crait. Their DynamicEntry consists of taking out two TIE fighters with one shot.

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** ''Film/TheLastJedi'' has Rey and Chewbacca arriving on Crait in the ''Falcon'' during the Resistance's DarkestHour on Crait. Their DynamicEntry consists of taking out two three TIE fighters with one shot.


** ''Film/StarTrek2009`'': [[spoiler:Alternate Spock is headed into a massive missile barrage in Spock Prime's little ship, with the computer warning him that the black-hole-creating-stuff in the back will ignite if they're hit. Cue the "Jump-out-of-warp" noise, and the ''Enterprise'' blasts into the scene with all guns blazing furiously, picking off every missile. Oh, and they beam Spock out of the little ship and Kirk and Pike off of the bigger one about to be rammed.]] BigDamnHeroes ''and'' Gunship Rescue moment for the ''Enterprise'' and her crew, set to an epic, ''epic'' soundtrack.

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** ''Film/StarTrek2009`'': ''Film/StarTrek2009'': [[spoiler:Alternate Spock is headed into a massive missile barrage in Spock Prime's little ship, with the computer warning him that the black-hole-creating-stuff in the back will ignite if they're hit. Cue the "Jump-out-of-warp" noise, and the ''Enterprise'' blasts into the scene with all guns blazing furiously, picking off every missile. Oh, and they beam Spock out of the little ship and Kirk and Pike off of the bigger one about to be rammed.]] BigDamnHeroes ''and'' Gunship Rescue moment for the ''Enterprise'' and her crew, set to an epic, ''epic'' soundtrack.


** ''Film/StarTrek'': [[spoiler:Alternate Spock is headed into a massive missile barrage in Spock Prime's little ship, with the computer warning him that the black-hole-creating-stuff in the back will ignite if they're hit. Cue the "Jump-out-of-warp" noise, and the ''Enterprise'' blasts into the scene with all guns blazing furiously, picking off every missile. Oh, and they beam Spock out of the little ship and Kirk and Pike off of the bigger one about to be rammed.]] BigDamnHeroes ''and'' Gunship Rescue moment for the ''Enterprise'' and her crew, set to an epic, ''epic'' soundtrack.

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** ''Film/StarTrek'': ''Film/StarTrek2009`'': [[spoiler:Alternate Spock is headed into a massive missile barrage in Spock Prime's little ship, with the computer warning him that the black-hole-creating-stuff in the back will ignite if they're hit. Cue the "Jump-out-of-warp" noise, and the ''Enterprise'' blasts into the scene with all guns blazing furiously, picking off every missile. Oh, and they beam Spock out of the little ship and Kirk and Pike off of the bigger one about to be rammed.]] BigDamnHeroes ''and'' Gunship Rescue moment for the ''Enterprise'' and her crew, set to an epic, ''epic'' soundtrack.


** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' has [[spoiler:Poe Dameron's]] X-Wing squadron tearing through First Order forces like ''paper'' during the battle over Maz Kanata's base. They don't save [[spoiler:Rey]] from being captured, but they do manage to extract the rest of the focal characters.

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** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' has [[spoiler:Poe Dameron's]] an X-Wing squadron tearing through First Order forces like ''paper'' paper during the battle over Maz Kanata's base. They don't save [[spoiler:Rey]] from being captured, but they do manage base, clearing the way to extract the rest most of the focal characters.



** ''Film/TheLastJedi'' has Rey and Chewbacca arriving on Crait in the ''Falcon'' during the Resistance's DarkestHour on Crait. Their DynamicEntry consists of taking out two TIE fighters with one shot. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome It's ten times as epic as it sounds.]]

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** ''Film/TheLastJedi'' has Rey and Chewbacca arriving on Crait in the ''Falcon'' during the Resistance's DarkestHour on Crait. Their DynamicEntry consists of taking out two TIE fighters with one shot. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome It's ten times as epic as it sounds.]]



* In ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', the Decepticon Scorponok had several soldiers pinned down and facing imminent death, when they call in two [[CoolPlane A-10 Warthogs and an AC-130 Spectre]]. Later in the movie, [[spoiler: Megatron is beating the crap out of Optimus, when a bunch of F-22 Raptors [[MacrossMissileMassacre swoop in and shoot]] Megs and Blackout.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', the Decepticon Scorponok had several soldiers pinned down and facing imminent death, when they call in two [[CoolPlane A-10 Warthogs and an AC-130 Spectre]]. Later in the movie, [[spoiler: Megatron is beating the crap out of Optimus, when a bunch of F-22 Raptors [[MacrossMissileMassacre swoop in and shoot]] Megs and Blackout.]]



* The beginning of Season 3 ("Volume 2") of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' has a custom-painted gunship save some Jedi from General Grievous just in the nick of time, in a move almost as cool as Grievous hunting them down in the first place. In the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' episode [[spoiler: "Landing at Point Rain", the clone troopers under Obi-Wan Kenobi are falling back and an injured Obi-Wan lights his saber for their LastStand... and a squadron of Y-Wings arrive to take out the incoming droids and bugs. One of the few crowning moments given to the Y-Wing bomber.]]

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* The beginning of Season 3 ("Volume 2") of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' has a custom-painted gunship save some Jedi from General Grievous just in the nick of time, in a move almost as cool as Grievous hunting them down in the first place. In the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' episode [[spoiler: "Landing at Point Rain", the clone troopers under Obi-Wan Kenobi are falling back and an injured Obi-Wan lights his saber for their LastStand... and a squadron of Y-Wings arrive to take out the incoming droids and bugs. One of the few crowning moments given to the Y-Wing bomber.]]



* Villainous example in ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'', when Phaeton ([[spoiler:actually, his clone]]) arrives to the besieged Venus with a single ship--a gigantic dreadnought ''Olympus Mons II'', temporarily changing the tide of battle in favor of Neosapiens. Too bad it's blown up by the next episode.

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* Villainous example in ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'', when Phaeton ([[spoiler:actually, his clone]]) arrives to the besieged Venus with a single ship--a gigantic dreadnought dreadnought, ''Olympus Mons II'', arrives to the besieged Venus, temporarily changing the tide of battle in favor of Neosapiens. Too bad it's blown up by the next episode.



* During the American Civil War, at the Battle of Hampton, ironclad warships were relatively new. On the first day of the Battle of Hampton Roads, the Confederacy revealed their shiny new metal behemoth, the CSS ''Virginia'' (a rebuilt captured steam frigate, the former USS ''Merrimack''), which almost single handedly mopped the floor with two of the wooden ships that the Union Navy was using. On the second day of the battle, the ''Virginia'' came back to the fight to finish off the third Union ship, the USS ''Minnesota''. However, the Union had brought in their own ironclad, the USS ''Monitor'', into a defensive position in front of the ''Minnesota''. Thus began the very first battle between metal warships... Which resulted in a stalemate as both ships were [[NighInvulnerability nigh invulnerable]] compared to their firepower.

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* During the American Civil War, at the Battle of Hampton, ironclad warships were relatively new. On the first day of the Battle of Hampton Roads, the Confederacy revealed their shiny new metal behemoth, the CSS ''Virginia'' (a rebuilt captured steam frigate, the former USS ''Merrimack''), which almost single handedly mopped the floor with two of the wooden ships that the Union Navy was using. On the second day of the battle, the ''Virginia'' came back to the fight to finish off the third Union ship, the USS ''Minnesota''. However, the Union had brought in their own ironclad, the USS ''Monitor'', into a defensive position in front of the ''Minnesota''. Thus began the very first battle between metal warships... Which resulted in a stalemate as both ships were armed with weapons that [[NighInvulnerability nigh invulnerable]] compared to couldn't penetrate the hull of their firepower.opponent]].



* Close air support duty tends to lead to this. Guess what most modern aircraft designated as "gunships" are designed for.
* The USAF AC-130 gunship. It's a converted transport plane equiped with [[{{BFG}} an artillery gun,]] [[MoreDakka autocannon and two]] [[GatlingGood vulcan cannons]].

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* Close air support duty tends to lead to this. Guess this, and it's what most modern aircraft designated as "gunships" are designed for.
* The USAF AC-130 gunship. It's gunship is a converted transport plane equiped equipped with [[{{BFG}} an artillery gun,]] [[MoreDakka autocannon autocannon, and two]] two [[GatlingGood vulcan cannons]].



* As mentioned about for ''Film/ActOfValor'', the whole point of SWCC boats is to be this when the [=SEALs=] need hot extract, bristling with guns on every corner.
* One real incident was during the 1983 US invasion of Grenada when a unit of SEAL troopers tried to extract the US ambassador, but found themselves surrounded by enemy troops. Cut off from their support, and their communications out, the US troops desperately make a commercial phone call to their base in North Carolina. Once the callers were confirmed as US troops in peril, the base connected them to the theatre operations-headquarters and the commanders diverted an AC-130 gunship to provide air support for the troopers.
* In the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Battle of Bulge, things were looking bleak for the Allied troops trying to hold off Nazi Germany's counterattack until the weather cleared midway into the battle, and then the Allied air forces could start striking back from the air.

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* As mentioned about for in ''Film/ActOfValor'', the whole point of SWCC boats is to be this when the [=SEALs=] need hot extract, extraction, bristling with guns on every corner.
* One real incident was during the 1983 US invasion of Grenada when a unit of SEAL troopers SEALs tried to extract the US ambassador, but found themselves surrounded by enemy troops. Cut off from their support, and their communications out, the US troops desperately make a commercial phone call to their base in North Carolina. Once the callers were confirmed as US troops in peril, the base connected them to the theatre operations-headquarters and the commanders diverted an AC-130 gunship to provide air support for the troopers.unit.
* In the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Battle of Bulge, things were looking bleak for the Allied troops trying to hold off Nazi Germany's counterattack until the weather cleared midway into the battle, battle and then the Allied air forces could start striking back from the air.

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** ''Film/TheLastJedi'' has Rey and Chewbacca arriving on Crait in the ''Falcon'' during the Resistance's DarkestHour on Crait. Their DynamicEntry consists of taking out two TIE fighters with one shot. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome It's ten times as epic as it sounds.]]

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* Happens in the climax of Jenő Rejtő's novel ''The Vanished Cruiser'' with the titular cruiser, unexpectedly emerging on the nearby river and not only dishing out so much needed artillery fire, but also dispatching some troops with machine guns.


* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft's'' Halls Of Reflection instance ends with one. After fleeing from the Lich King, the players and Jaina Proudmoore (Sylvanas for Horde) find themselves at a dead end. Just as he prepares to kill you and your leader, your faction's gunship shows up and buries him in a pile of rubble.

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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft's'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft's''
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Halls Of Reflection instance ends with one. After fleeing from the Lich King, the players and Jaina Proudmoore (Sylvanas for Horde) find themselves at a dead end. Just as he prepares to kill you and your leader, your faction's gunship shows up and buries him in a pile of rubble.rubble.
** During the Battle for Lordaeron the Alliance is on the verge of routing after Sylvanas unleashed the Blight. At the last moment Jaina Proudmoore flies in on her enchanted galleon, cleanses the blight with a single spell, and blasts a hole in the keep's walls with her cannons. Seeing this, the Alliance rallies and pushes into the city.

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** In ''Film/RogueOne'' X-Wings and U-Wings of Blue Squadron obliterate the entire force of AT-ACTs that had the ground team dead to right [[CurbStompBattle in a single pass]], after the [[AirstrikeImpossible sprint through the Scarrif shield gate]] that claimed multiple ships. The U-wings also drop a few squads of reinforcements. [[HeroicSacrifice Blue Squadron are wiped out with the rest of Rogue One]] in the end but without their intervention the raid would have failed, and the Rebels would never have been able to destroy the first Death Star.


* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Drogon is the closest equivalent ''Game of Thrones'' has to this trope. The first one happens in the pits of Meereen where he spontaneously saves Daenerys from the Sons of the Harpy in Season 5. Later, Daenerys [[spoiler: rescues the Wight-hunting party by [[WaveMotionGun roasting veritable scores of the undead with her dragons.]]]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Drogon is and the other dragons are the closest equivalent ''Game of Thrones'' has to this trope. The first one happens in the pits of Meereen where he Drogon spontaneously saves Daenerys from the Sons of the Harpy in Season 5. Later, In the penultimate episode of Season 7, Daenerys [[spoiler: rescues the Wight-hunting party from the Night King's army of wights by [[WaveMotionGun roasting veritable scores of the undead with her dragons.dragons. Viserion doesn't survive said rescue raid however.]]]]


[[TheCavalry The Air Cavalry arrives!]]

The heroes are facing overwhelming odds. Everything [[DarkestHour looks hopeless]] and there is [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat no possible way they can survive this]]. It almost looks like they are heading for a BolivianArmyEnding, when suddenly the enemy gets [[DeathFromAbove raked from above]]! An allied aircraft swoops overhead and loops around for another pass!

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[[TheCavalry The Air Cavalry arrives!]]

The heroes are facing overwhelming odds. odds, probably their LastStand. Everything [[DarkestHour looks hopeless]] and there is [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat no possible way they can survive this]]. this]]. There's only enough time for some FamousLastWords. It almost looks like they are heading for a BolivianArmyEnding, when suddenly the enemy gets [[DeathFromAbove raked from above]]! suddenly... [[TheCavalry The Air Cavalry is here!]]! An allied aircraft swoops overhead and loops around for another pass!
pass! The enemy (one that uses HollywoodTactics, anyway) just got [[DeathFromAbove raked from above!]]

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