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* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', when Snake has been captured and is about to face some ColdBloodedTorture, he gets this as a threat from Revolver Ocelot:
--> You're a tough guy, Snake. But I got some bad news for you. You're no POW. You're a hostage. There's no Geneva Convention. No one is coming to save you. Startin' to feel a little scared? Good... you should be.



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* Subverted in ''Literature/TheMartian''. Marooned astronaut Mark Watney has every reason to think this trope is in effect, as his colleagues believe him to be dead and [[TheRadioDiesFirst the outpost's radio dish is under a foot of sand somewhere within a radius of several kilometres]], and the first act of the story is concerned with finding some way to call for help. Unbeknown to him, however, MissionControl sent a survey satellite to find out what state the outpost was in a few days after the accident and [[OhCrap immediately realised what had happened.]]


If they're lucky, they just need to do something to let the cavalry arrive. Disable the anti-aircraft guns, remove the ImmortalityInducer, or even find legal evidence so that the cops can get involved. More likely, [[AllUpToYou they'll have to finish everything themselves]].

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If they're lucky, they just need to do something to let the cavalry arrive. Disable the anti-aircraft AntiAir guns, remove the ImmortalityInducer, or even find legal evidence so that the cops can get involved. More likely, [[AllUpToYou they'll have to finish everything themselves]].




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* ''Series/TheWitcher2019'': In the first episode, Queen Calanthe asks where their ships from Skellige are. She is informed that a storm delayed them, and they're going to be far too late to help with the battle they're about to lose. In a later episode, it's revealed that Nilfgaard's head mage summoned the storm on purpose, and the fleet was destroyed.

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* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', the student revolutionaries know they can't prevail by themselves, but are counting on their actions inspiring others to join the fight. As the siege on their barricade drags on, it becomes increasingly apparent that they're on their own. They refuse to surrender, and are eventually overwhelmed.


* ''Film/StarWars:TheLastJedi'': [[spoiler: The Resistance, [[DarkestHour now down to a couple dozen soldiers and some barely-functioning attack vehicles and weaponry, is holed up on the salt-covered planet of Crait with the First Order bearing down on them.]] They are desperately hoping that the distress signal they’ve sent throughout the galaxy will bring allies to save them. To their horror, they realize no one is coming and this is likely to be their LastStand. This ends up being a DoubleSubversion, as Luke Skywalker’s astral projection, despite being unable to aid in combat directly, buys them the time they need to escape to fight another day.]]

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* ''Film/StarWars:TheLastJedi'': ''Film/StarWarsTheLastJedi'': [[spoiler: The Resistance, [[DarkestHour now down to a couple dozen soldiers and some barely-functioning attack vehicles and weaponry, is holed up on the salt-covered planet of Crait with the First Order bearing down on them.]] They are desperately hoping that the distress signal they’ve sent throughout the galaxy will bring allies to save them. To their horror, they realize no one is coming and this is likely to be their LastStand. This ends up being a DoubleSubversion, as Luke Skywalker’s astral projection, despite being unable to aid in combat directly, buys them the time they need to escape to fight another day.]]



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*''Film/StarWars:TheLastJedi'': [[spoiler: The Resistance, [[DarkestHour now down to a couple dozen soldiers and some barely-functioning attack vehicles and weaponry, is holed up on the salt-covered planet of Crait with the First Order bearing down on them.]] They are desperately hoping that the distress signal they’ve sent throughout the galaxy will bring allies to save them. To their horror, they realize no one is coming and this is likely to be their LastStand. This ends up being a DoubleSubversion, as Luke Skywalker’s astral projection, despite being unable to aid in combat directly, buys them the time they need to escape to fight another day.]]

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* ''Literature/{{August 1914}}'': This happens a lot in the latter stages of the Battle of Tannenberg, as Second Army falls apart, mainly due to the sheer cowardice of most of the Russian generals. Late in the story, tens of thousands of Russian soldiers are trapped in a German encirclement. General Nechvolodov, one of the few competent Russian generals, enters the outskirts of Willenberg. There are hardly any Germans in his way and all he needs is some support from divisional headquarters to push on another mile or so, open up a link to the Russians inside the encirclement, and allow thousands to escape. But instead he gets a telegram from his gutless commanders telling him to withdraw.

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* ''VideoGame/FarCry5'': The memorable opening scene has the main antagonist utter a similar phrase.
--> '''Joseph Seed:''' No one is coming to save you.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' Season Four, Rebel high command makes it very clear to Ezra and the crew of the 'Ghost' that if they return to Lothal to fight the Imperial occupation there, they're going to be on their own. It takes an impassioned speech from Hera to get them to agree to one sortie on the TIE defender factories and after that fails there are no repeat attempts.



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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', a big recurring theme is characters crying out for help only to be met with the same message...
--> '''"...but nobody came."'''


* The German Army trapped in Stalingrad in 1942-43 had to face up to the Russian offensives around them which not only cut them off from the main German front line, they drove that front line back so far that there was no realistic chance of being relieved. The defending Germans also had to face Hitler's flat refusal to let them attempt to pull out and fight a retreat, as well as the order to stand fast and fight to the last man and the last bullet.

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* The German Army trapped in Stalingrad in 1942-43 had to face up to the Russian offensives around them which not only cut them off from the main German front line, they but drove that front line back so far that there was no realistic chance of being relieved. The defending Germans also had to face Hitler's flat refusal to let them attempt to pull out and fight a retreat, as well as the order to stand fast and fight to the last man and the last bullet.
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* ''VideoGame/QuakeIV'': During the mission to destroy the Tetranode, a couple of soldiers talk about how deep in enemy territory they are, and when Private Strauss asks if it means reinforcements will take several minutes to arrive, Morris clarifies that it means the will get no backup at all. [[spoiler:It goes without saying that everything eventually goes pear-shaped!]]

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