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* ''VideoGame/UltimateEpicBattleSimulator'' can have armies numbering well into the hundreds of thousands duking it out, which naturally means that individual unit AI seems to be a very low priority. Consequently, the only thing armies can really manage by themselves is to run in the direction of the closest enemy, then begin attacking the moment the enemy is in range until they are dead.

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** The basic ork strategy is to run at the enemy while yelling and shooting. Justified in that the standard ork soldier is seven feet tall, tough enough to survive most small-caliber weapons, and have the numbers for such a strategy to be viable (and their biology requires orks to die to create more down the line).
** Tyranids do something similar, but applying ItCanThink by sending genetically-designed CannonFodder first (they don't even have digestive systems since they aren't meant to survive the battle) to ensure the defenders waste their ammunition before sending in the bigger monsters.
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-->-- ''Arrow'', a sequel to ''Fanfic/TheVictorsProject.''

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-->-- ''Arrow'', a sequel to ''Fanfic/TheVictorsProject.''
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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', this is how the battle between [[RedshirtArmy Gotham's police]] and [[{{Mooks}} Bane's army]] plays out. In the cops' defence, there wasn't time nor a supply chain for anything more tactically sound, what with [[spoiler:only ten minutes to stop Bane before he set off a nuke]]. Armed with only police batons, smoke grenades and pistols, the GCPD charge against Bane's army, who are armed with automatic assault rifles.
* In the first assault on the city in ''Film/{{Troy}}'', the Greek army does this... [[RealityEnsues And gets stopped cold by the Trojan phalanx]], before a RainOfArrows sends the survivors back to the ships.

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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', this is how the battle between [[RedshirtArmy Gotham's police]] and [[{{Mooks}} Bane's army]] plays out. In the cops' defence, defense, there wasn't time nor a supply chain for anything more tactically sound, what with [[spoiler:only ten minutes to stop Bane before he set off a nuke]]. Armed with only police batons, smoke grenades and pistols, the GCPD charge against Bane's army, who are armed with automatic assault rifles.
* In the first assault on the city in ''Film/{{Troy}}'', the Greek army does this... [[RealityEnsues [[SurprisinglyRealisticOutcome And gets stopped cold by the Trojan phalanx]], before a RainOfArrows sends the survivors back to the ships.


->''" A line of dust floats at the base of the red mountains. A thin brown line, growing larger and larger. Specks appear in the haze. A noise rises up, like a hundred roaring engines. A thousand thundering hooves. Ten thousand uplifted voices. Thread's eyes widen. "Form Up!" he screams. "Form up!" But it's too late. The Anasazi have come. They come on foot, they come on mules, they come on horses, they come in vehicles older than the Dark Days. They come with homemade slingshots and stolen firearms. They come in a ramshackle cavalry charge that whips the desert into a sandstorm. At the center of the charge is a old, battered truck. On the roof of the cab stands the Victor, grey hair whipping in the wind, nightgown flapping against her bony legs, a pitchfork in one hand and a pistol in the other, shrieking a war cry that reaches the eagles in the sky."''

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->''" A line of dust floats at the base of the red mountains.Red Mountains. A thin brown line, growing larger and larger. Specks appear in the haze. A noise rises up, like a hundred roaring engines. A thousand thundering hooves. Ten thousand uplifted voices. Thread's eyes widen. "Form Up!" he screams. "Form up!" But it's too late. The Anasazi have come. They come on foot, they come on mules, they come on horses, they come in vehicles older than the Dark Days. They come with homemade slingshots and stolen firearms. They come in a ramshackle cavalry charge that whips the desert into a sandstorm. At the center of the charge is a old, battered truck. On the roof of the cab stands the Victor, grey hair whipping in the wind, nightgown flapping against her bony legs, a pitchfork in one hand and a pistol in the other, shrieking a war cry that reaches the eagles in the sky."''



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->''" A line of dust floats at the base of the red mountains. A thin brown line, growing larger and larger. Specks appear in the haze. A noise rises up, like a hundred roaring engines. A thousand thundering hooves. Ten thousand uplifted voices. Thread's eyes widen. "Form Up!" he screams. "Form up!" But it's too late. The Anasazi have come. They come on foot, they come on mules, they come on horses, they come in vehicles older than the Dark Days. They come with homemade slingshots and stolen firearms. They come in a ramshackle cavalry charge that whips the desert into a sandstorm. At the center of the charge is a old, battered truck. On the roof of the cab stands the Victor, grey hair whipping in the wind, nightgown flapping against her bony legs, a pitchfork in one hand and a pistol in the other, shrieking a war cry that reaches the eagles in the sky."''
-->-- ''Arrow'', a sequel to ''Fanfic/TheVictorsProject.''

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* Typically averted in ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'', with the Romans frequently using a shield wall, necessitating the rebels to use some sort of additional tactic such as ambushes or catapults. The GrandFinale seems to play it straight with both sides charging right at each other, only for the rebels to stop and hold [[spoiler:leading to the Romans falling into a PitOfSpikes]].


* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' plays with this. There are ScreamingWarrior charges, sure, but there's also [[RainOfArrows archers]], [[TheCavalry cavalry]], and [[WeHaveReserves Irishmen]] deployed in various battles before they get to that bit. During the climax of the Battle of Sterling, the Scotts, right after trapping and slaughtering the English cavalry, meet head on with the incoming English infantry, complete with alternating shots of both armies rushing and screaming.

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* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' plays with this. There are ScreamingWarrior charges, sure, but there's also [[RainOfArrows archers]], [[TheCavalry cavalry]], and [[WeHaveReserves Irishmen]] deployed in various battles before they get to that bit. During the climax of the Battle of Sterling, Stirling, the Scotts, right after trapping and slaughtering the English cavalry, meet head on with the incoming English infantry, complete with alternating shots of both armies rushing and screaming.


** In ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheReturnOfTheKing The Return of the King]]'', the final battle between Aragorn's force and the combined, very much larger force of Mordor plays this trope even stronger; with the need to distract Sauron's gaze away from Frodo and the Ring, Aragorn charges forward and his army follows suit, despite being completely surrounded by the Black Gate's army.

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** In ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheReturnOfTheKing The Return of the King]]'', King]]'':
*** The Rohirrim's charge against
the Orcs at Minas Tirith. One really big line of horses coming at full speed on the Orc army, whose volleys of arrows do little to impede the cavalry charge before they're all swept away by a literal equine tidal wave. The Rohirrim attempt the same strategy against the line of [[WarElephants Mûmakil]] covering the Orcs' retreat, but fail hard due to the Oliphaunts' sheer size and are left scattered. Not too long after the Rohirrim are nearly spent, Aragorn's group joins the fray with the Army of the Dead, bullrushing any and all resistance on the fields.
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final battle between Aragorn's force and the combined, very much larger force of Mordor plays this trope even stronger; with the need to distract Sauron's gaze away from Frodo and the Ring, Aragorn simply charges forward and his army follows suit, despite being completely surrounded by the Black Gate's army.



* The climactic battle of ''Film/TheLastSamurai''. After enduring several volleys of gunfire, Katsumoto and his men manage to divide the Imperial Japanese army with columns of fire, pelt the stranded half with arrows, before rushing them on foot. The Imperial army, for their part, also meet them head on, having a slight range advantage with their guns until the samurais close the distance.

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* The climactic battle of ''Film/TheLastSamurai''. After enduring several volleys of gunfire, Katsumoto and his men manage to divide the Imperial Japanese army with columns of fire, pelt the stranded half with arrows, before rushing them on foot. The Imperial army, for their part, also meet them head on, having a slight range advantage with their guns until the samurais samurai close the distance.distance. Then there's the final cavalry charge, which consists of Katsumoto, Algrene and any surviving samurai pushing as far as they can through the Imperial Army's lines until they're brutally stopped by machine gun fire.


** In ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheReturnOfTheKing The Return of the King]]'', the final battle between Aragorn's force and the combined, very much larger force of Mordor plays this trope even stronger.

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** In ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheReturnOfTheKing The Return of the King]]'', the final battle between Aragorn's force and the combined, very much larger force of Mordor plays this trope even stronger.stronger; with the need to distract Sauron's gaze away from Frodo and the Ring, Aragorn charges forward and his army follows suit, despite being completely surrounded by the Black Gate's army.



** In ''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'': The final battle also features this, though there is some strategic use of boulder-dropping fliers before the forces clash. In a slight twist, Peter's army charges in the shape of a flying wedge, in contrast to the Witch's army charging in the typically crowd-like fashion. Notably, there are actually ''two'' collisions, each sides' great cats charge ahead of the rest of the forces and slam into one another ahead of everyone else.



** In ''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'': The final battle also features this, though there is some strategic use of boulder-dropping fliers before the forces clash. In a slight twist, Peter's army charges in the shape of a flying wedge, in contrast to the Witch's army charging in the typically crowd-like fashion. Notably, there are actually ''two'' collisions, each sides' great cats charge ahead of the rest of the forces and slam into one another ahead of everyone else.
* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' plays with this. There are ScreamingWarrior charges, sure, but there's also [[RainOfArrows archers]], [[TheCavalry cavalry]], and [[WeHaveReserves Irishmen]] deployed in various battles before they get to that bit.

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** In ''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'': The final battle also features this, though there is some strategic use of boulder-dropping fliers before the forces clash. In a slight twist, Peter's army charges in the shape of a flying wedge, in contrast to the Witch's army charging in the typically crowd-like fashion. Notably, there are actually ''two'' collisions, each sides' great cats charge ahead of the rest of the forces and slam into one another ahead of everyone else.
* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' plays with this. There are ScreamingWarrior charges, sure, but there's also [[RainOfArrows archers]], [[TheCavalry cavalry]], and [[WeHaveReserves Irishmen]] deployed in various battles before they get to that bit. During the climax of the Battle of Sterling, the Scotts, right after trapping and slaughtering the English cavalry, meet head on with the incoming English infantry, complete with alternating shots of both armies rushing and screaming.
* The climactic battle of ''Film/TheLastSamurai''. After enduring several volleys of gunfire, Katsumoto and his men manage to divide the Imperial Japanese army with columns of fire, pelt the stranded half with arrows, before rushing them on foot. The Imperial army, for their part, also meet them head on, having a slight range advantage with their guns until the samurais close the distance.



** In ''Film/AvengersEndgame'', [[spoiler:the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and an army of Wakandans, Asgardians, and Sorcerers charge against Thanos and his army.]]

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** * In ''Film/AvengersEndgame'', [[spoiler:the the combined force of the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and an army of Wakandans, Asgardians, and Sorcerers Sorcerers, charge against Thanos and his army.]]
army in an even and epic clash, breaking down to showcase just about every Avenger in action.


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* On the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', this is the policy of the D'regs. As their wise man said in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', "It is always wise to charge."

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* On the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', this is the policy of the D'regs. As their wise man said in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', ''Literature/{{Jingo}}'', "It is always wise to charge."


* The Prologue of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' film featuring mindlessly rushing Orcs against more disciplined Elves. The final battle between Aragorn's force and the combined, very much larger force of Mordor plays this trope even stronger.
* Used to a T in ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia: Prince Caspian''. The Telmarines send their cavalry in first, far ahead of the infantry, charges far ahead, then monolithic rectangles of infantry slowly walk in, supported only by trebuchets.

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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''
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The Prologue prologue of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' film featuring ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheFellowshipOfTheRing The Fellowship of the Ring]]'' features mindlessly rushing Orcs against more disciplined Elves. Elves.
** In ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheReturnOfTheKing
The Return of the King]]'', the final battle between Aragorn's force and the combined, very much larger force of Mordor plays this trope even stronger.
* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''
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Used to a T in ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia: Prince Caspian''.''Film/PrinceCaspian''. The Telmarines send their cavalry in first, far ahead of the infantry, charges far ahead, then monolithic rectangles of infantry slowly walk in, supported only by trebuchets.


* In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' the Wakandan army led by the Avengers charges toward a similarly charging army led by Thanos' children.

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* In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' the Wakandan army led by the Avengers charges toward a similarly charging army led by Thanos' children. Somewhat justified by the fact that the Wakandans (and most of the Avengers) excel in melee combat, with few specifically ranged weapons among them (Bucky is smart enough to stay at range when using his gun, but also closes to close range to take advantage of the fact that he's also a skilled close quarters combatant).


* Happens in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UID6LEzvRRo intro]] to ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: VideoGame/DawnOfWar''. Possibly a JustifiedTrope, as after the Blood Raven commander collapses from being shot and placing a flag at the top of a hill, Space Marine drop pods fall from the sky behind him. The flag is theorized to be some sort of device to call in those reinforcements from the drop pods, so the Blood Ravens ''had'' to make a reckless charge. The Orks reciprocating their charge more or less just makes complete sense - [[BloodKnight Orks totally love doing stuff like that]].

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* Happens in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UID6LEzvRRo intro]] to ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: VideoGame/DawnOfWar''. Initially [[AvertedTrope averted]], as the Blood Ravens hold their positions while the Orks first charge them, but it gets played straight as the Blood Ravens charge forward after the reinforcing Dreadnaught obliterates the attacking Orks, and then the Orks charge back. Possibly a JustifiedTrope, as after the Blood Raven commander collapses from being shot and placing a flag at the top of a hill, Space Marine drop pods fall from the sky behind him. The flag is theorized to be some sort of device to call in those reinforcements from the drop pods, so the Blood Ravens ''had'' to make a reckless charge. The Orks reciprocating their charge more or less just makes complete sense - [[BloodKnight Orks totally love doing stuff like that]].


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** From ''VideoGame/TotalWarRomeII'' and onward in the series, a "bracing" bonus exists for infantry units that are standing totally still and facing toward enemy units to help reduce the damage an enemy's charge against them will cause. A variety of units in these later entries can also have a bunch of other bonuses to encourage averting this trope again enemy units which have a more fearsome charge than them, such as negating charge bonuses entirely as previously mentioned, doing more damage against charging adversaries while braced, or even completely reflecting an enemy's charge bonus right back onto them (especially [[AntiCavalry good against cavalry]], of course).

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