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* ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004''. The military is never seen or heard, so the audience can assume they ran out of fuel and ammo since the film's heroes were forced to fend for themselves against ''thousands'' of zombies.

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* ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004''. The military is never seen or heard, appears directly other than a colonel promising on television to search for and rescue survivors, so the audience can assume they ran out of fuel and ammo or were all killed since the film's heroes were forced to fend for themselves against ''thousands'' of zombies.



* ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds''. Despite the movie's name, it's not so much of a war as it is an invasion and given how powerful the Martians are, fighting them is a stupid idea. The U.S. military score zero hits on the Tripods, who are well shielded by an energy barrier that can deflect all man-made missiles and bullets. The U.S. soldiers are more of an obstacle than assistance for the film's protagonists, as they block Ray and his children's path to the boat. On the other hand, they are at least "competent" in that they maintain active resistance all the way through the film, including large field battles and urban guerrilla warfare, so much so that people try to join the fight. In the end, it turns out the best military mankind had against the Tripods were [[spoiler:the earth's bacteria]].
* ''Film/OlympusHasFallen''. The U.S. Air Force only give out verbal commands to the North Korean-hijacked AC-130 instead of shooting it down, allowing the AC-130 to fire back at the Air Force and proceed to cold-bloodedly kill hundreds of innocent civilians and security in Washington D.C. so that the North Korean invaders on the ground can infiltrate the White House.

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* ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds''. Despite the movie's name, it's not so much of a war as it is an invasion and given how powerful the Martians are, are in both defense and offense, fighting them is a stupid idea. The U.S. military score zero hits on the Tripods, who are well shielded by an energy barrier that can deflect all man-made missiles and bullets. The U.S. soldiers are more of an obstacle than assistance for the film's protagonists, as they block Ray and his children's path to the boat. On the other hand, they are at least "competent" in that they maintain active resistance all the way through the film, including large field battles and urban guerrilla warfare, so much so that people try to join the fight. In the end, it turns out the best military mankind had against the Tripods were [[spoiler:the earth's bacteria]].
* ''Film/OlympusHasFallen''. The U.S. Air Force only give out verbal commands to the North Korean-hijacked AC-130 instead of shooting it down, allowing the AC-130 to fire back at the Air Force and proceed to cold-bloodedly kill hundreds of innocent civilians and security in Washington D.C. so that the North Korean invaders on the ground can infiltrate the White House. House with relative ease. The majority of Secret Service men stationed at the White House are shown to be rather incompetent on the battlefield getting bulldozed by snipers, bombers and machine gun operators. The U.S. Army arrive too late when the entire Secret Service is dispatched and Kang Yeonsak repels the Army's attempts to retake the White House using a (fictional) highly powerful defense system called HYDRA 6.


** Subverted in ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'' where humans manage to trap and freeze Godzilla under Antarctic ice. However, without Godzilla around, hostile aliens unleashed giant Kaiju to lay waste to human cities and the humans realize removing Godzilla was a mistake, prompting them to [[GodzillaThreshold go thaw the King of Monsters out]].

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** Subverted in ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'' where humans manage to trap and freeze Godzilla under Antarctic ice. However, without Godzilla around, hostile aliens unleashed giant Kaiju to lay waste to human cities dispatching human militaries even faster than Godzilla ever did and the humans realize removing Godzilla was a mistake, prompting them to [[GodzillaThreshold go thaw the King of Monsters out]]. out]] and restore his role in the ecosystem.


* This Trope is played straight so often in ZombieApocalypse (or other "science gone wrong") stories that it would probably be easier to find out the stories where this is subverted (if not flat-out averted). Sometimes it also overlaps with ArmiesAreEvil (with the military being brutally TriggerHappy on top of ineffective, to not mention being the ones ''responsible'' for the ZombieApocalypse).
** To provide an example, on ''Film/{{Bats}}'' an entire military battalion sent to deal with the titular killer animals goes to their nest ''at night'' and is ''completely slaughtered'', leaving the main characters to do the job. The government operative that went with it is also perfectly aware of the project that made the bats omnivorous and homicidal, delivering in a matter-of-factly "yeah, we did it" when confronted about it.
* A memorable aversion is ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', as part of its AffectionateParody of ZombieApocalypse films, where the military just comes in and mows down the zombies in less than a day, with complete ease and not so much as a single casualty. They rescue the protagonists and peace is quickly restored.
* ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004''. The military is never seen or heard, so the audience can assume they ran out of fuel and ammo since the film's heroes were forced to fend for themselves against ''thousands'' of zombies.
* ''Film/TrainToBusan''. South Korea plunges into a zombie apocalypse that gets so bad, given that the country is highly densely populated, that in just under one day the whole country is overrun, and surveillance shows that just about anyone not taking the movie's titular train is doomed. Martial law is declared, but in only a few hours, half to most of the ROK Armed Forces have become zombies themselves off-screen. The remainder of the ROK Armed Forces who survived successfully secured Busan, but they give up protecting the rest of the country altogether and send messages through radio for all citizens to come to them instead rather than vice versa, which they tried but that's supposedly how the rest of the ROK army got infected in the first place.



* A memorable aversion is ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', as part of its AffectionateParody of ZombieApocalypse films, where the military just comes in and mows down the zombies in less than a day, with complete ease and not so much as a single casualty. They rescue the protagonists and peace is quickly restored.



* ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004''. The military is never seen or heard, so the audience can assume they ran out of fuel and ammo since the film's heroes were forced to fend for themselves against ''thousands'' of zombies.



* ''Film/TrainToBusan''. South Korea plunges into a zombie apocalypse that gets so bad, given that the country is highly densely populated, that in just under one day the whole country is overrun, and surveillance shows that just about anyone not taking the movie's titular train is doomed. Martial law is declared, but in only a few hours, half to most of the ROK Armed Forces have become zombies themselves off-screen. The remainder of the ROK Armed Forces who survived successfully secured Busan, but they give up protecting the rest of the country altogether and send messages through radio for all citizens to come to them instead rather than vice versa, which they tried but that's supposedly how the rest of the ROK army got infected in the first place.



* This Trope is played straight so often on ZombieApocalypse (or other "science gone wrong") stories that it probably would be easier to find out the stories where this is subverted (if not flat-out averted). Sometimes it also overlaps with ArmiesAreEvil (with the military being brutally TriggerHappy on top of ineffective, to not mention being the ones ''responsible'' for the ZombieApocalypse).
** To provide an example, on ''Film/{{Bats}}'' an entire military battalion sent to deal with the titular killer animals goes to their nest ''at night'' and is ''completely slaughtered'', leaving the main characters to do the job. The government operative that went with it is also perfectly aware of the project that made the bats omnivorous and homicidal, delivering in a matter-of-factly "yeah, we did it" when confronted about it.


* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', the US military folded almost immediately with the [[spoiler:Thanagarian invasion]], after offering only token resistance. It was implied, though not clearly stated, that the aliens' advanced technology disrupted human electronics and weapons, leaving it to the superheroes to save the day.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', the US military folded almost immediately with the [[spoiler:Thanagarian [[spoiler: Thanagarian invasion]], after offering only token resistance. It was implied, though not clearly stated, that the aliens' advanced technology disrupted human electronics and weapons, leaving it to the superheroes to save the day.



** Ironically, the order to surrender to the German forces took a bit of time to pass down the commando lines, so around the German/Danish border, some Danish Army units temporary attempted to resist the invasion. When the order to cease resistance finally got through, the Danish losses was 16, while the Germans could count ''203'' fallen men, so in the short time it happened the Danes indeed did put up one hell of a fight.
* France got this reputation after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, where they were the first major power to capitulate to UsefulNotes/NaziGermany. The reality is a lot more complicated, of course (with internal political divisions contributing to defeat, among other things), but that didn't stop CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys from become a global reputation. It is worth noting that they ''did'' manage to inflict about 150,000 casualties on the Germans in the Battle of France (compared to, for example, about 1,000 Coalition dead and wounded from all causes in the First Gulf War), so while they were soundly defeated, they still didn't exactly go quietly.
** Not to forget that the French (particularly the Free French and LaResistance) continued their struggle, often with insane valour. All in all, France's armies always had a pretty good track record of winning wars before that (as in: they won more than they lost).
* The ''Legion Noire'' was a French-Irish invasion force that landed in Wales during [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars the Napoleonic Wars in 1797]]. It was supposed to help French war efforts on mainland Europe by drawing British units away from the actual fighting and demoralising the British countryside, but instead the Legion just plundered a couple of vineyards, got drunk, and ended up surrendering to a bunch on local women whom they mistook for Grenadiers from afar (due to the slightly similar headgear).

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** Ironically, the order to surrender to the German forces took a bit of time to pass down the commando lines, so around the German/Danish border, some Danish Army units temporary attempted to resist the invasion. When the order to cease resistance finally got through, the Danish losses was 16, were about 16 fallen soldiers, while the Germans could count around ''203'' fallen men, so casualties. So, in the short time it happened happened, the Danes did indeed did put up one hell of a fight.
* France got this reputation after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, where they were the first major power to capitulate to UsefulNotes/NaziGermany. The reality is a lot more complicated, of course (with internal political divisions contributing to defeat, among other things), but that didn't stop CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys from become becoming a global reputation. It is worth noting that they ''did'' manage to inflict about 150,000 casualties on the Germans in the Battle of France (compared to, for example, about 1,000 Coalition dead and wounded from all causes in the First Gulf War), so while they were soundly defeated, they still didn't exactly go quietly.
** Not to forget that the French (particularly the Free French and LaResistance) continued their struggle, often with insane valour.valor. All in all, France's armies always had a pretty good track record of winning wars before that (as in: they won more than they lost).
* The ''Legion Noire'' was a French-Irish invasion force that landed in Wales during [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars the Napoleonic Wars in 1797]]. It was supposed to help French war efforts on mainland Europe by drawing British units away from the actual fighting and demoralising demoralizing the British countryside, but instead the Legion just plundered a couple of vineyards, got drunk, and ended up surrendering to a bunch on local women whom they mistook for Grenadiers from afar (due to the slightly similar headgear).


* The U.S military takes massive losses in ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve''. By the time the story is over, they've lost squadrons of helicopters, planes and most, if not all, of a Carrier Battle Group in their attempt to stop [[BigBad Eve]]. This gets very much averted in [[VideoGame/ParasiteEve2 the sequel]], but then comes back in full force for ''VideoGame/The3rdBirthday''.

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* The U.S military takes massive losses in ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve''. By the time the story is over, they've lost squadrons of helicopters, planes and most, if not all, of a Carrier Battle Group in their attempt to stop [[BigBad Eve]]. This gets very much averted in [[VideoGame/ParasiteEve2 the sequel]], where the military absolutely [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QptybD4UhJM rolls over the GOLEMs]], but then comes back in full force for ''VideoGame/The3rdBirthday''.


** In addition, many of the above threats are highly mobile and strike with little advance warning. It's easier to get a Mover capable of transporting a few hundred Capes to the site of an Endbringer attack on an hour's notice than it is to transport a brigade of soldiers and all their equipment in that same timeframe. The most powerful force in the world is useless if you can't get it to the battlefield on time.

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** In addition, many of the above threats are highly mobile and strike with little advance warning. It's easier to get a Mover capable of transporting a few hundred Capes to the site of an Endbringer attack on an hour's notice (and for decades, having that much lead time was actually considered a great success for the early warning systems) than it is to transport a brigade of soldiers and all their equipment in that same timeframe. The most powerful force in the world is useless if you can't get it to the battlefield on time.time - and with things like Endbringers, if you don't repel them in a matter of hours, there likely won't be anything left of whatever you're ostensibly trying to protect, whether you 'win' the fight or not.


* This trope gets subverted, then played straight in Warner Bros' 2018 monster film ''Film/Rampage2018'', based on the video game series of the same name, the military is sent to fight off genetically modified animals (George the gorilla, Ralph the wolf, Lizzie the crocodile) but their conventional weapons fail to even hurt the animals. At first when it was just George and Ralph the U.S. Army failed miserably to stop them with ground units and helicopters but were able to scare them into hiding and taking refuge by sending in even ''more'' ground units and a Warthog to shoot at them (which implies that human firepower can at the very least painfully sting George and Ralph). Lizzie at that moment pops up and she rescues George and Ralph by diverting the military's attention towards her. The U.S. Army give her the same treatment - but she proves a lot more resilient and quickly demolishes the U.S. Army within seconds. One soldier shoots an RPG at her tusk - and her tusk remains intact. The Army calls in a full retreat and the Colonel is convinced now's the time to bring in the [=MOAB=]s.

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* This trope gets subverted, then played straight in Warner Bros' 2018 monster film In ''Film/Rampage2018'', based on the video game series [[VideoGame/{{Rampage}} of the same name, name]], the military is sent to fight off genetically modified animals (George the gorilla, Ralph the wolf, Lizzie the crocodile) but their conventional weapons fail to even hurt the animals. At first when it was just George and Ralph the U.S. Army failed miserably to stop them with ground units and helicopters but were able to scare them into hiding and taking refuge by sending in even ''more'' ground units and a Warthog to shoot at them (which implies that human firepower can at the very least painfully sting George and Ralph). Lizzie at that moment pops up and she rescues George and Ralph by diverting the military's attention towards her. The U.S. Army give her the same treatment - but she proves a lot more resilient and quickly demolishes the U.S. Army within seconds. One soldier shoots an RPG at her tusk - and her tusk remains intact. The Army calls in a full retreat and the Colonel is convinced now's the time to bring in the [=MOAB=]s.[=MOAB=]s leading to the main cast arguing that will only kill even more people than the monsters. [[spoiler: And seeing that Lizzie can survive whatever bomb is thrown her way, it was doubtful the [=MOAB=]s could have had any effect on her]].


* This trope gets subverted, then played straight in Warner Bros' 2018 monster film ''Film/Rampage2018'', based on the video game series of the same name, the military is sent to fight off genetically modified animals (George the gorilla, Ralph the wolf, Lizzie the crocodile) but their conventional weapons fail to even hurt the animals. At first when it was just George and Ralph the U.S. Army failed miserably to stop them with ground units and helicopters but were able to scare them into hiding and taking refuge by sending in even ''more'' ground units and a Warthog to shoot at them (which implies that human firepower can at the very least painfully sting George and Ralph). Lizzie at that moment pops up and she rescues George and Ralph by diverting the military's attention towards her. The U.S. Army give her the same treatment - but she proves a lot more resilient and quickly demolishes the U.S. Army within seconds. One soldier shoots an RPG at her tusk - and her tusk remains intact.

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* This trope gets subverted, then played straight in Warner Bros' 2018 monster film ''Film/Rampage2018'', based on the video game series of the same name, the military is sent to fight off genetically modified animals (George the gorilla, Ralph the wolf, Lizzie the crocodile) but their conventional weapons fail to even hurt the animals. At first when it was just George and Ralph the U.S. Army failed miserably to stop them with ground units and helicopters but were able to scare them into hiding and taking refuge by sending in even ''more'' ground units and a Warthog to shoot at them (which implies that human firepower can at the very least painfully sting George and Ralph). Lizzie at that moment pops up and she rescues George and Ralph by diverting the military's attention towards her. The U.S. Army give her the same treatment - but she proves a lot more resilient and quickly demolishes the U.S. Army within seconds. One soldier shoots an RPG at her tusk - and her tusk remains intact. The Army calls in a full retreat and the Colonel is convinced now's the time to bring in the [=MOAB=]s.


* ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds''. Despite the movie's name, it's not so much of a war as it is an invasion and given how powerful the Martians are, fighting them is a stupid idea. The U.S. military score zero hits on the Tripods, who are well shielded by an energy barrier that can deflect all man-made missiles and bullets. The U.S. soldiers are more of an obstacle than assistance for the film's protagonists, as they block Ray and his children's path to the boat. On the other hand, they are at least "competent" in that they maintain active resistance all the way through the film, even including even large field battles and urban guerrilla warfare. In the end, it turns out the best military mankind had against the Tripods were [[spoiler:the earth's bacteria]].

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* ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds''. Despite the movie's name, it's not so much of a war as it is an invasion and given how powerful the Martians are, fighting them is a stupid idea. The U.S. military score zero hits on the Tripods, who are well shielded by an energy barrier that can deflect all man-made missiles and bullets. The U.S. soldiers are more of an obstacle than assistance for the film's protagonists, as they block Ray and his children's path to the boat. On the other hand, they are at least "competent" in that they maintain active resistance all the way through the film, even including even large field battles and urban guerrilla warfare.warfare, so much so that people try to join the fight. In the end, it turns out the best military mankind had against the Tripods were [[spoiler:the earth's bacteria]].


* ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds''. Despite the movie's name, it's not so much of a war as it is an invasion and given how powerful the Martians are, fighting them is a stupid idea. The U.S. military score zero hits on the Tripods, who are well shielded by an energy barrier that can deflect all man-made missiles and bullets. The U.S. soldiers are more of an obstacle than assistance for the film's protagonists, as they block Ray and his children's path to the boat. In the end, it turns out the best military mankind had against the Tripods were [[spoiler:the earth's bacteria]].

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* ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds''. Despite the movie's name, it's not so much of a war as it is an invasion and given how powerful the Martians are, fighting them is a stupid idea. The U.S. military score zero hits on the Tripods, who are well shielded by an energy barrier that can deflect all man-made missiles and bullets. The U.S. soldiers are more of an obstacle than assistance for the film's protagonists, as they block Ray and his children's path to the boat. On the other hand, they are at least "competent" in that they maintain active resistance all the way through the film, even including even large field battles and urban guerrilla warfare. In the end, it turns out the best military mankind had against the Tripods were [[spoiler:the earth's bacteria]].


** Nobody expected the [[BodyguardingABadass Royal Guards]] to stand up against [[MadGod Nightmare Moon]], but even with warning of a potential attack and being fully mobilized and ready, they are subdued by the changeling army in about ten minutes. Contrast the six main characters, who, without [[VillainBeatingArtifact the Elements of Harmony]] or formal training, and being ''caught off guard'', take down hundreds before finally [[ZergRush being grossly outnumbered]] and surrendering. While it's largly PlayedForLaughs, they can't even handle [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking recovering Princess Celestia's pet bird]]. In the Season 4 premiere, where Princesses Celestia and Luna go missing, Princess Twilight Sparkle instructs the Guards to continue the search, only for Twilight and friends to find them themselves. In ''To Where And Back Again'' they were absolutely incapable of preventing Queen Chrysalis's changelings from invading and replacing every single key member of Equestria's government, despite it literally being the exact same tactic she used last time. Even their captain Shining Armor, despite being an allegedly powerful good leader, spends every major threat incapacitated and whose finest hour is ''throwing his exhausted-to-the-point-of-collapse wife at the threat so she could deal with it instead''. This is at least partly due to StoryBreakerPower; until their leader took him out with her scheme he was successfully holding off the entire Changeling army by himself, and when his wife broke the spell he took them all out in one shot.

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** Nobody expected the [[BodyguardingABadass Royal Guards]] to stand up against [[MadGod Nightmare Moon]], but even with warning of a potential attack and being fully mobilized and ready, they are subdued by the changeling army in about ten minutes. Contrast the six main characters, who, without [[VillainBeatingArtifact the Elements of Harmony]] or formal training, and being ''caught off guard'', take down hundreds before finally [[ZergRush being grossly outnumbered]] and surrendering. While it's largly PlayedForLaughs, they can't even handle [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking recovering Princess Celestia's pet bird]]. In the Season 4 premiere, where Princesses Celestia and Luna go missing, Princess Twilight Sparkle instructs the Guards to continue the search, only for Twilight and friends to find them themselves. In ''To Where And Back Again'' they were absolutely incapable of preventing Queen Chrysalis's changelings from invading and replacing every single key member of Equestria's government, despite it literally being the exact same tactic she used last time. In the Season 8 finale they finally succeeded at something, and it was capturing a now-powerless ''child'' who had already been defeated. [[SarcasmMode Someone give them a gold star]]. Even their captain Shining Armor, despite being an allegedly powerful good leader, spends every major threat incapacitated and whose finest hour is ''throwing his exhausted-to-the-point-of-collapse wife at the threat so she could deal with it instead''. This is at least partly due to StoryBreakerPower; until their leader took him out with her scheme he was successfully holding off the entire Changeling army by himself, and when his wife broke the spell he took them all out in one shot.


* This trope gets subverted, then played straight in Warner Bros' 2018 monster film ''Film/Rampage2018'', based on the video game series of the same name, the military is sent to fight off genetically modified animals (George the gorilla, Ralph the wolf, Lizzie the crocodile) but their conventional weapons fail to even hurt the animals. At first when it was just George and Ralph the U.S. Army failed miserably to stop them with ground units and helicopters but were able to scare them into hiding and taking refuge by sending in even ''more'' ground units and a Warthog to shoot at them (which implies that human firepower can at the very least painfully sting George and Ralph). Lizzie at that moment pops up and she rescues George and Ralph by diverting the military's attention away from her. The U.S. Army give her the same treatment - but she proves a lot more resilient and quickly demolishes the U.S. Army within seconds. One soldier shoots an RPG at her tusk - and her tusk remains intact.

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* This trope gets subverted, then played straight in Warner Bros' 2018 monster film ''Film/Rampage2018'', based on the video game series of the same name, the military is sent to fight off genetically modified animals (George the gorilla, Ralph the wolf, Lizzie the crocodile) but their conventional weapons fail to even hurt the animals. At first when it was just George and Ralph the U.S. Army failed miserably to stop them with ground units and helicopters but were able to scare them into hiding and taking refuge by sending in even ''more'' ground units and a Warthog to shoot at them (which implies that human firepower can at the very least painfully sting George and Ralph). Lizzie at that moment pops up and she rescues George and Ralph by diverting the military's attention away from towards her. The U.S. Army give her the same treatment - but she proves a lot more resilient and quickly demolishes the U.S. Army within seconds. One soldier shoots an RPG at her tusk - and her tusk remains intact.


* ''Franchise/Doom'' is known the downplay this trope.

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* ''Franchise/Doom'' The ''Doom'' series is known the downplay this trope.


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** ''VideoGame/Doom3'' has the Marines getting easily overrun ten minutes into the demonic invasion. Furthermore, Bravo Team gets taken down by a ''single Imp'', the same low-ranking demon that Doomguy manages to easily kill dozens of times.
** Doom 3's expansion pack, ''Resurrection of Evil'', has the same situation happening again, with twice as many marines. Apparently, they didn't learn from the previous incident.


* The ''Doom/Franchise'' is known the downplay this trope.

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* The ''Doom/Franchise'' %%* ''Franchise/Doom'' is known the downplay this trope.

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