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* The trope is also present to a large extent in ''Series/CSINewYork'', with Mac, Flack and Danny (the more cop-like [=CSIs=]) often going in first ahead of the SWAT teams.

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* The trope is also present to a large extent in ''Series/CSINewYork'', ''Series/{{CSINY}}'', with Mac, Flack and Danny (the more cop-like [=CSIs=]) those of the [=CSIs=] who are actually cops often going in first ahead of the SWAT teams.teams, but without the heavier gear and never with helmets.


* Kirby in his own [[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars self-titled anime]] is a Star Warrior destined to fight off the BigBad of the universe.

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* Kirby in his own [[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars [[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa self-titled anime]] is a Star Warrior destined to fight off the BigBad of the universe. universe.


* E.T. in ''Ride/ETAdventure'' is the only one that can save the Green Planet from dying, due to his healing touch.
* Lampshaded in ''Ride/JimmyNeutronsNicktoonBlast'' when Jimmy mentions to Carl and the guests that they're the only ones that save the Nicktoons as well as the entire planet, since only they know of the Yolkians' evil scheme to enslave the earth.

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E.T. in ''Ride/ETAdventure'' is the only one that can save the Green Planet from dying, due to his healing touch.
* ** Lampshaded in ''Ride/JimmyNeutronsNicktoonBlast'' when Jimmy mentions to Carl and the guests that they're the only ones that save the Nicktoons as well as the entire planet, since only they know of the Yolkians' evil scheme to enslave the earth.


* The titular Series/{{Merlin}} is the last Dragonlord. It is revealed when [[spoiler: Merlin's dad dies]] that there can be only one and the power passes from one individual to another [[spoiler: father-to-son]] upon death.

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* The titular Series/{{Merlin}} Series/{{Merlin|2008}} is the last Dragonlord. It is revealed when [[spoiler: Merlin's dad dies]] that there can be only one and the power passes from one individual to another [[spoiler: father-to-son]] upon death.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/The13GhostsOfScoobyDoo'', it is Scooby and Shaggy's responsibility to recapture the 13 ghosts released from the Chest of Demons because [[NiceJobBreakingItHero they were the ones who set them free in the first place]].
-->'''Vincent Van Ghoul''': Only you can return the demons to the chest!
-->'''Shaggy and Scooby''': Why us?
-->'''Vincent Van Ghoul''': Because you let them out!


Compare the subtropes OneRiotOneRanger, where it is justified by a specific decision on the part of the authorities, and ItsUpToYou (the gamer equivalent). Compare IWorkAlone, where the hero chooses this voluntarily. Also compare TheMainCharactersDoEverything, where extras aren't shown to be competent nor incompetent, they just never get to do anything. Also also compare TheOneGuyWithABrain, where only one guy seems to be competent despite being surrounded by much more qualified experts on the subject. Contrast HeroOfAnotherStory. See also EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce, because inevitably the stakes are cataclysmic. When it's TheHero and the BigBad specifically, you may be looking at OnlyICanKillHim.

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Compare the subtropes OneRiotOneRanger, where it is justified by a specific decision on the part of the authorities, and ItsUpToYou (the gamer equivalent). Compare IWorkAlone, where the hero chooses this voluntarily. Also compare TheMainCharactersDoEverything, where extras aren't shown to be competent nor incompetent, they just never get to do anything. Also also compare TheOneGuyWithABrain, where only one guy seems to be competent despite being surrounded by much more qualified experts on the subject. Contrast HeroOfAnotherStory. See also EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce, because inevitably the stakes are cataclysmic. When it's TheHero and the BigBad specifically, you may be looking at OnlyICanKillHim.


** Lampshaded in ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E18TheDayTheViolenceDied The Day the Violence Died]]'' where the problem of the week is solved, not by Bart and Lisa, but familiar looking Lester and Eliza.

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** Lampshaded in ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E18TheDayTheViolenceDied The Day the Violence Died]]'' where the problem of the week is solved, not by Bart and Lisa, but familiar looking familiar-looking Lester and Eliza.


** In the first ''Film/DieHard'' movie, [=McClane=] is in the building seeing everything up-close, so he is able to respond to the criminals effectively. However, the authorities have their playbook and go through it step-by-step -- despite it becoming increasingly obvious that the criminals have ''[[GenreSavvy read]]'' that playbook and either respond with a specific countermeasure or integrate it into their plans.

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** In the first ''Film/DieHard'' movie, [=McClane=] is in the building seeing everything up-close, so he is able to respond to the criminals effectively. However, the authorities have their playbook and go through it step-by-step -- despite it becoming increasingly obvious that the criminals have ''[[GenreSavvy read]]'' ''read'' that playbook and either respond with a specific countermeasure or integrate it into their plans.



*** Also finally averted in the GrandFinale as the [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Dominion War]] has apparently made Starfleet GenreSavvy enough to keep a sizable fleet near Earth, allowing 18 ships to immediately converge on a Borg transwarp aperture which Voyager opens less than a light-year away.

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*** Also finally averted in the GrandFinale as the [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Dominion War]] has apparently made Starfleet GenreSavvy wise enough to keep a sizable fleet near Earth, allowing 18 ships to immediately converge on a Borg transwarp aperture which Voyager opens less than a light-year away.


* As the ''Film/{{Batman}}'' franchise went on, the role of the police became diminished to the point of utter uselessness, meaning the city was defenceless without Franchise/{{Batman}}. This is somewhat averted in Film/TheDarkKnightSaga, where Lieutenant/Commissioner Gordon plays a major role in saving the city too.

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* As the ''Film/{{Batman}}'' ''Film/{{Batman|1989}}'' franchise went on, the role of the police became diminished to the point of utter uselessness, meaning the city was defenceless without Franchise/{{Batman}}. This is somewhat averted in Film/TheDarkKnightSaga, ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy', where Lieutenant/Commissioner Gordon plays a major role in saving the city too.



** The original ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie series had Batman as the only hero of that universe for two and a half movies with Robin joining him about midway through ''Film/BatmanForever'' and Batgirl later joining at the tail-end of the infamous ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' movie. Even then, that's only three superheroes and about eight supervillains throughout that series.

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** The original ''Film/{{Batman}}'' ''Film/{{Batman|1989}}'' movie series had Batman as the only hero of that universe for two and a half movies with Robin joining him about midway through ''Film/BatmanForever'' and Batgirl later joining at the tail-end of the infamous ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' movie. Even then, that's only three superheroes and about eight supervillains throughout that series.


* In ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton's London Life'', a pixellated RPG packaged with most versions of ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheLastSpecter'', Layton explains that the PlayerCharacter is TheOnlyOne who can prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Why? Because they are a kind soul who gains their greatest happiness from doing good deeds for others, and only a truly happy person can save the day.

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* In ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton's ''VideoGame/ProfessorLayton's London Life'', a pixellated RPG packaged with most versions of ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheLastSpecter'', Layton explains that the PlayerCharacter is TheOnlyOne who can prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Why? Because they are a kind soul who gains their greatest happiness from doing good deeds for others, and only a truly happy person can save the day.


** Justified in the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie. Most of the local Starfleet ships are busy in the Laurentian system, so the ships available to respond to Vulcan consist of whatever happened to be in drydock in Earth orbit at the time, and Starfleet's forced to call up the corps of cadets from the Academy in order to crew them. Then the ''Narada'' blows away all of them save the ''Enterprise'' (because the ''Enterprise'' was late to the party because Sulu goofed).

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** Justified in the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie.''Film/StarTrek2009''. Most of the local Starfleet ships are busy in the Laurentian system, so the ships available to respond to Vulcan consist of whatever happened to be in drydock in Earth orbit at the time, and Starfleet's forced to call up the corps of cadets from the Academy in order to crew them. Then the ''Narada'' blows away all of them save the ''Enterprise'' (because the ''Enterprise'' was late to the party because Sulu goofed).


** In the first ''Film/DieHard'' movie, [=McClane=] is in the building seeing everything up-close, so he is able to respond to the criminals effectively. However, the authorities have their playbook and go through it step-by-step -- despite it becoming increasingly obvious that the criminals have ''read'' that playbook and either respond with a specific countermeasure or integrate it into their plans;
### The SWAT team leader has his team charge in only to get slaughtered with military weaponry. Honest mistake; contrary to popular belief, that stuff is ''not'' easy to get a hold of.
### It's thus kind of stupid that he sends in an armored car; if they can get a hold of fully automatic weapons and military grade explosives? Anti-armor missiles are just another item on the shopping list.
--->'''Theo''': Oh my God, the quarterback is ''toast!''
### The stupid reaches critical levels when the FBI shows up and demands that power be cut to ''ten city blocks''. Not only does this do ''bupkis'' to anything in the building(the emergency lighting comes on after less than a second, and it doesn't even turn off the building's computers), but this is ''exactly'' why Gruber and his crew have been about as subtle as a brick through a stained glass window; the final security measure in the building's vault can't be disabled from inside the building, but...
--->'''Hans''': The circuits that cannot be cut are cut automatically in response to a terrorist incident. You asked for miracles, Theo. I give you the F-B-I.

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** In the first ''Film/DieHard'' movie, [=McClane=] is in the building seeing everything up-close, so he is able to respond to the criminals effectively. However, the authorities have their playbook and go through it step-by-step -- despite it becoming increasingly obvious that the criminals have ''read'' ''[[GenreSavvy read]]'' that playbook and either respond with a specific countermeasure or integrate it into their plans;
### The SWAT team leader has his team charge in only to get slaughtered with military weaponry. Honest mistake; contrary to popular belief, that stuff is ''not'' easy to get a hold of.
### It's thus kind of stupid that he sends in an armored car; if they can get a hold of fully automatic weapons and military grade explosives? Anti-armor missiles are just another item on the shopping list.
--->'''Theo''': Oh my God, the quarterback is ''toast!''
### The stupid reaches critical levels when the FBI shows up and demands that power be cut to ''ten city blocks''. Not only does this do ''bupkis'' to anything in the building(the emergency lighting comes on after less than a second, and it doesn't even turn off the building's computers), but this is ''exactly'' why Gruber and his crew have been about as subtle as a brick through a stained glass window; the final security measure in the building's vault can't be disabled from inside the building, but...
--->'''Hans''': The circuits that cannot be cut are cut automatically in response to a terrorist incident. You asked for miracles, Theo. I give you the F-B-I.
plans.


** In the first ''Film/DieHard'' movie, the FBI agents blindly follow their standard anti-terrorist procedure, which allows the criminals to break into the vault. They also decide to launch an attack on the terrorists on top of the building, even though they expect 20-25% of the hostages to be killed. The Los Angeles deputy police chief is totally incompetent, and the SWAT team leader (a) has his team foolishly charge in and get slaughtered and (b) sends in an armored car which the criminals blow up with a missile.

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** In the first ''Film/DieHard'' movie, [=McClane=] is in the FBI agents blindly follow their standard anti-terrorist procedure, which allows building seeing everything up-close, so he is able to respond to the criminals to break effectively. However, the authorities have their playbook and go through it step-by-step -- despite it becoming increasingly obvious that the criminals have ''read'' that playbook and either respond with a specific countermeasure or integrate it into the vault. They also decide to launch an attack on the terrorists on top of the building, even though they expect 20-25% of the hostages to be killed. their plans;
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The Los Angeles deputy police chief is totally incompetent, and the SWAT team leader (a) has his team foolishly charge in and only to get slaughtered and (b) with military weaponry. Honest mistake; contrary to popular belief, that stuff is ''not'' easy to get a hold of.
### It's thus kind of stupid that he
sends in an armored car which car; if they can get a hold of fully automatic weapons and military grade explosives? Anti-armor missiles are just another item on the criminals blow shopping list.
--->'''Theo''': Oh my God, the quarterback is ''toast!''
### The stupid reaches critical levels when the FBI shows
up with and demands that power be cut to ''ten city blocks''. Not only does this do ''bupkis'' to anything in the building(the emergency lighting comes on after less than a missile.second, and it doesn't even turn off the building's computers), but this is ''exactly'' why Gruber and his crew have been about as subtle as a brick through a stained glass window; the final security measure in the building's vault can't be disabled from inside the building, but...
--->'''Hans''': The circuits that cannot be cut are cut automatically in response to a terrorist incident. You asked for miracles, Theo. I give you the F-B-I.


Compare the subtropes OneRiotOneRanger, where it is justified by a specific decision on the part of the authorities, and ItsUpToYou (the gamer equivalent). Compare IWorkAlone, where the hero chooses this voluntarily. Also compare TheMainCharactersDoEverything, where extras aren't shown to be competent nor incompetent, they just never get to do anything. Also also compare TheOneGuyWithABrain, where only one guy seems to be competent despite being surrounded by much more qualified experts on the subject. Contrast HeroOfAnotherStory. See also EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce, because inevitably the stakes are cataclysmic.

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Compare the subtropes OneRiotOneRanger, where it is justified by a specific decision on the part of the authorities, and ItsUpToYou (the gamer equivalent). Compare IWorkAlone, where the hero chooses this voluntarily. Also compare TheMainCharactersDoEverything, where extras aren't shown to be competent nor incompetent, they just never get to do anything. Also also compare TheOneGuyWithABrain, where only one guy seems to be competent despite being surrounded by much more qualified experts on the subject. Contrast HeroOfAnotherStory. See also EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce, because inevitably the stakes are cataclysmic. When it's TheHero and the BigBad specifically, you may be looking at OnlyICanKillHim.


* From ''[[{{Sharpe}} Sharpe's Challenge]]'':

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* From ''[[{{Sharpe}} Sharpe's Challenge]]'':''Series/{{Sharpe}}'': ''Sharpe's Challenge'':

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