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LIBERTY PRIME, Fallout 3
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"Juggernaut" is a word meaning "unstoppable". The Juggernaut is just that. It is often fixated on a goal, reaching somewhere that it shouldn't be, trying to accomplish something that the heroes don't want it to accomplish. In any case, it is moving ever and continually forward, letting no one and nothing stand in its path. A Groin Attack? Try again. Bullets? Pathetic. Rockets? Barely noticeable. Nuclear bombs? Might make him flinch, but don't expect the flames to stop himand that's if you're lucky. The group of powerful heroes we've been following are nothing more than the Redshirt Army to this thing. You Shall Not Pass!? It's going to. And it's ever, continually moving forward. You can taste the invulnerability of this thing.

It also helps the illusion of unstoppability if The Juggernaut is also The Voiceless. If physical attacks don't slow it down, then talking it down isn't going to work, either. It sometimes won't even attack, preferring to just plow forward, as if the defenses trying to stop it aren't even there. Those determined to make you fear them or mock your inability to scratch them will take their time. Stopping this thing usually requires a last second gambit, or a Deus ex Machina to defeat. If it ever appears again, Villain Decay is almost certain. After all, if the unstoppable is stopped once, that means it's not unstoppable anymore, right? An epic Not So Invincible After All moment will usually occur in the process.

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Compare and contrast Foe-Tossing Charge, the usually heroic version of this trope. Any Beast of the Apocalypse worth its salt is probably going to be this. Also compare the Determinator, who is powered by the sheer force of will. Compare Implacable Man, which can be stopped, but only temporarily, and will usually find ways to get past obstacles without simply destroying them; for example, if they encountered a wall, the Juggernaut would simply smash through it, while the Implacable Man would take the time to cut through or scale it. This may create a sense of false security in the Implacable Man's quarry that does not exist when dealing with a Juggernaut.

Compare Super-Persistent Predator, and the Perfect-Play A.I., who usually applies only in gameplay terms. For those who manage to defeat a Juggernaut, it's Defeating the Undefeatable.

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Not to be confused with the 1974 film Juggernaut, which is about an extortionist who has planted time bombs on a cruise ship.

Note: While the X-Men villain the Juggernaut certainly fits this Trope, much more detailed information can be found about him on this page here.


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    Music 
  • "Indestructible" by Disturbed could be considered an anthem for The Juggernaut archetype.
  • In the music video for Rammstein's Benzin, they drive a colossal fire truck that's so big the band sits five abreast in the cab. It knocks down trees on both sides of the road and plows straight through a speeding freight train without flinching, leaving a trail of destruction that would do a tornado proud.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Arabian folklore tells of a snake called the Zoureg. Despite it being only a foot long, nothing can stop it once it gets moving — trees, rocks, animals, it slices through them all like a hot knife through butter. The only way to kill one is to decapitate it in its sleep.
  • The Onniont from Huron folklore is a massive serpent covered in nearly impenetrable armor. When it travels, it's able to smash through anything in its path, even mountains.

    Web Animation 
  • Red vs. Blue: Reconstruction features the Meta, a Super Soldier that steals enhancements and AIs from its victims. Throughout the series, it dodges rockets, throws vehicles at people, and survives a direct attack against it with a chain gun. Bonus points for being The Voiceless — it only speaks in grunts and growls.
    • The Meta gets nerfed the next he shows up, losing all the powers he copied along with the AIs in an EMP blast. He is STILL tough enough to massacre Agent Washington or take out Tex one-on-one. He survives several slashes from a knife, along with said knife being thrown into his chest, being stabbed by an Energy Sword, and four shotgun blasts. The only thing that manages to kill him is being dragged off of a cliff into the ocean. In season 12 when his armor is found it's revealed that while he did die, the fall itself didn't kill him and he only died because the Energy Sword left holes in armor for water to seep in causing him to drown.
    • Episode 17 of Season 9 makes the damage he took in that fight seem trivial. He takes a sniper round to the chest, a full pistol clip point blank in the throat and is thrown into oncoming traffic at extreme speeds, this is WITHOUT any armor enhancements or AI like later in the series. The only permanent damage he takes is his loss of ability to speak.
    • A Crossover with Death Battle shows there is very little that Carolina throws at the Meta can stop him. She even perforates him with bullets, causing him to slump to one knee... then get up and continue lumbering towards her. The only thing that finally stops him is when Carolina steals his own grenade launcher and uses it to blow his head off at point-blank range, while Epsilon/Church was distracting him.
  • If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device: "SKARBRAND DESPISES INCONVENIENCES!". Nothing could stand up to him for more than a single round of blows. He cleaved right through a barricade of Tauroxes like they were toy trucks, went through Grey Knights (including a Dreadknight and their leader) like tissue paper, and was just pissed off further by any attempt at counter-fire. Only friendly fire coming from a similarly powerful Daemon caused significant injury, and the only thing that stopped him from cleaving right through Karamazov at the end was the Star Child, a huge fragment of the Emperor of Mankind, incarnating within Karamazov, generating a massive wave of light that could be seen from everywhere within the galaxy, and seemingly annihilated Skarbrand and the rest of the Daemonic army. And the next episode immediately reveals he still survived in a vigorous enough state to try and breach the psychic barrier the Star Child laid up.

    Webcomics 
  • Homestuck:
    • Cans from the Midnight Crew Intermission is the biggest and strongest member of The Felt and, along with Clover (who is too lucky to be killed off conventionally) and Snowman (who can't be killed without taking the rest of the universe with her), is one of the few members of the gang that does not get killed by the Midnight Crew. He can easily plow through walls Kool-aid Man style at lightning speed. Even worse, his time related power lets him literally punch people into next week or into a different calendar year. The Midnight Crew are understandably reluctant to face him.
      Suddenly the whole vault room is shaking... It sounds suspiciously like Cans is about to plow through the wall Kool-Aid Man style. You pray to God that it is not Cans about to plow through the wall Kool-Aid Man style.
    • Cans is nothing compared to the Big Bad himself, Lord English. He's explicitly stated to be nigh-indestructible and has so far shrugged off any attacks against him. He single-handedly kills Andrew Hussie and later on we find out he can destroy immortal beings and spirits rendering them Deader Than Dead. That's right, he's so powerful he can kill ghosts and the writer himself. As of Act 6 the plot is transforming from trying to win Sburb to trying to find the one thing in the multiverse that can kill the bastard. For the final battle, the heroes rally an infinite army of God-tiered ghosts against him... for the purpose of slowing him down and distracting him long enough for them to use said one thing in the multiverse to kill him. At no point does anyone suggest that the infinite army has any chance of inflicting lasting harm on him.
  • Jones from Gunnerkrigg Court wouldn't look like she would fit this trope at a first glance, being a rather short, quiet and unassuming woman, but she's completely indestructible (down to individual strands of hair), has no known limit to the amount of strength she can exert (she keeps breaking the measuring equipment), and when she's determined to go somewhere, concrete walls barely slow her down.
  • Kore from Goblins is pretty much unstoppable. So much that getting a rope fused with his body through his throat only held him back for a couple of minutes. The dwarf is pretty much walking death.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Thog, being a half-orc, has what even for him should be a freakishly high number of hit points, and is extremely skilled at fighting, mostly because he just beats the crap out of anything that comes near him - especially when he's raging. In their initial fight, Elan only subdues him with an illusion of a pretty girl half-orc, which frightens Thog into surrendering. The second time around, he's only stopped by Durkon's Hold Person spell (but in that fight he wasn't really doing much, outside of hitting Haley with a door). And when he reappears in the Empire of Blood, Roy has to drop an entire ceiling on him to stop him. And we don't even know if that killed him - Tarquin later says that he refuses to work with Thog because he's a loose cannon, not because he's dead.
    • Also, Golem!Crystal. She's an unstoppable force of rage and hatred that relentlessly pursues Bandanna and Haley through Tinkertown, can one-shot gnomes, and becomes even stronger and faster when accidentally powered up with a lightning gun. She smashes through a wall twice: once when she chases Haley and Bandana into the masterwork weaponry shop, and again when she confronts Bozzok and Grubwiggler, the former of whom she kills by punching through his ribs and swinging his dead body around. Haley, Bandanna, and the Department of Gnomeland Security eventually kill her by dropping her into a pit of lava.

    Web Original 
  • SCP Foundation:
  • Atlantis DSV. It was destroyed in the end, but it destroyed several times its own weight in Macronesian submarines before that happened.
  • Worm:
    • The Siberian. Her power makes her a literal unstoppable force, to the point that she and anything she touches can become completely immune to external effects. She doesn't bother with clothes and fights mainly by running into the enemy.
    • There are also the Endbringers. Even the combined forces of the strongest heroes and villains in the world can barely impede their progress, and even when one of them was reduced to a flaming skeleton by a particularly powerful attack, it was still advancing.
    • The final enemy, Scion, takes this even higher than the Endbringers. Nothing that anybody throws at him gives him more than a second's pause, even such things as getting launched at supersonic speeds out of the atmosphere, getting many hundreds of tons of solid steel dropped on his head, or even having an entire planet's worth of nuclear warheads dumped on him. He's not invincible, but it takes so much to harm him that he might as well be.

    Web Videos 
  • The Ginosaji in The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon is a rare cross between this and the Stone Wall. Nothing can stop it from — eventually — killing its target.
  • Malachyte from Suburban Knights. This is most prominent when he's seen crossing a road, and a car that collides with him just outright explodes and he just keeps walking.
  • Atop the Fourth Wall often has a Big Bad in this role.
    • Mechakara. Before he was introduced all threats could be dealt with by Linkara's Cool Gun, but he has an Adaptive Ability that renders the gun useless against him, along with any other attack. To add to this as his a robot he's physically much stronger than Linkara and is only stopped when he's remotely hacked giving Linkara a chance to destroy him with a BFG.
    • Lord Vyce. While Linkara's Zeonizer is recharging after a fight with an upgraded Mechakara when he decides to face himself, he is able to completely No-Sell the BFG, which even the upgraded Mechakara was phased by even with his upgrades letting him adapt to it. Using a sonic screwdriver also has no effect on him, and he's only driven off when Linkara steals one of his own weapons and uses it on him [which only bothered him because he can't survive in our dimension without his suit and he can't afford to let it get damaged to his belief he is the only one who can stop The Entity. Linkara admits that even if his Zeonizer was charged he wouldn't have been able to defeat him. Vyce is only defeated when he's sent remotely from his ship is cut off and it still takes the entire cast to bring him down.
    • The Entity/Pokemon Missing Number. Vyce's belief that he was the only one that could kill it turns out to not be unfounded as when Linkara finally does face he has no way of hurting it. It even considered Vyce to be nothing more than a nuisance, though how true that is up to the audience interpretation since it admits he could hurt it, only hiding from him because it was more convenient to manipulate Linkara into defeating him. Linkara not only admits that he can't defeat it with the weapons he has, but also that he could never invent something that could. The Entity is only stopped when Linkara deconstructs its goals drives it to kill itself.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Aang becomes completely unstoppable once he enters the Avatar State, and the final showdown between Avatar-State Aang and Big Bad Ozai, empowered by Sozin's Comet is a great example of what happens when someone tries to fight the juggernaut.
    • Combustion Man comes in a close second to Avatar State Aang. He relentlessly pursues the Gaang throughout Book 3 and shrugs off everything they throw at him. They don't even bother trying to fight him most of the time and instead just run, since it's pointless to try and outmatch him. When he finally is beaten for good, it's only because Sokka caused his own powers to turn against him and blow him up.
    • Amon from The Legend of Korra. He pushed through Tarrlok's bloodbending with only a moment's visible difficulty, and a lightning bolt to the chest only stunned him. It is later revealed that Amon is a master bloodbender himself, quite possibly the most powerful who ever lived, and he withstood Tarrlok's assault by bloodbending himself, and he may have used a similar technique to survive the lightning bolt.
  • Vilgax, from Ben 10. Oddly enough, it takes a while for Villain Decay to set in, which it finally does in the Made-for-TV Movie... and even after that he can't be stopped permanently, just flung into the depths of space with fingers crossed. At the end of season two, he was in the Null Void, and how he managed to get back from Another Dimension was never addressed. A Time Travel episode at the start of season three showed him dead and in pieces, but he was quickly revived.
    • Ben 10: Alien Force shows that Vilgax's power goes even farther than that. He defeats ten of the galaxy's most powerful warriors, gets hurled into space (again), sinks to the bottom of the ocean after being caught in his ship's explosion, and if the synopsis from Ben 10: Ultimate Alien's series finale is anything to go by, he survives an encounter from an Eldritch Abomination. In fact, not only did he survive defying it, he took its power when it was otherwise occupied.
    • And again, see the bit about Villain Decay. This is his how badass he can be and still fall short of some of his finest hours.
    • In Ben 10: Omniverse, he returns without his poor-man's-Bane powers from the original series or weaponry from the AF/UA years. No big deal, right? Wrong. Three bounty hunters with tricked out armor, two of whom are recurring villains who manage to be a big problem for Ben individually whenever one of them shows up, merely annoy him.
  • In the DuckTales (1987) episode "Raider of the Lost Harp", the Minotaur guardian of the eponymous lie detecting harp came to life after Scrooge removed it from its box and followed it all the way to Duckberg by walking along the bottom of the ocean to retrieve it. Point blank range from two torpedoes didn't so much as scratch it, military helicopters were ineffective, and even Scrooge's giant bubble gum trap couldn't hold it long. To save Duckberg, Scrooge was forced to give the Minotaur back the harp.
  • Jonny Quest has Dr. Zin's robot spy. Dr. Zin brags to Dr. Quest and Race Bannon all about his new machine since they won't be able to stop it leaving. The heroes immediately learned that Zin is not bluffing as they desperately try to bring down the spidery robot with everything on the army base from rifles to tanks, but nothing does more than barely slow it before Dr. Quest shoots it out of the sky with his Para-Power Raygun.
    • The Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures episode "Rock of Rages" has the cast trying to figure out how to stop an unstoppable Golem. A helicopter falls on it when it throws jeep does nothing. An army assembled carrying anti-tank weaponry, flamethrowers and tanks stands in its way? It blows through all of them with no difficulty. The only confirmed way to destroy it is to use the stone that brought it to life.
  • The second appearance of Amazo in Justice League Unlimited falls squarely into this trope. The android, having absorbed untold amounts of power, charges through the entire Green Lantern Corps and the entire extended roster of the Justice League to get to Lex Luthor. It even moved a planet out of its way without destroying it and later bringing it back with little more than a thought. That planet was OA, the HQ of the Guardians of the Universe themselves.
    • He was almost as bad during his debut. He was able to duplicate and mix all the powers of the original Justice League and was only stopped when someone convinced him to 'look for knowledge' somewhere other than on Earth. Guess that came back to bite the JL HARD.
    • The Annihilator, an Expy of Marvel Comics' Destroyer (mentioned above), was virtually unstoppable, as it drew power from conflict itself (and thus any attacks on it only strengthened it). Fortunately, this meant you could beat it by not fighting it.
    • The second appearance of Solomon Grundy. Dr. Fate, Green Lantern, Superman, and even Amazo could not take him down. Repeat, Amazo could not take him down.note 
  • Kim Possible:
    • Yono in the episode "Oh No! Yono!". ("What part of "Yono the Destroyer" confuses you?!"). He swatted Kim and Yori away with ease, and turned Kim, Sensei and Rufus into stone, destroying everything in the process. Left because couldn't hit Hana, who kept dancing all over the place. Ron unfortunately was held at bay by monkey ninjas.
    • Ron in the last episode, when he throws Warmonga and Warhok into their own spaceship blowing it up.
  • The Juggernaut has appeared in various animated Marvel Universe series, which have treated him with varying levels of respect. The 90's X-Men is perhaps the most respectful; Juggernaut gets thrown into the sea by Gladiator one time, but is otherwise treated as truly unstoppable. The early 2000s X-Men: Evolution similarly treats Juggernaut as one of the most dangerous beings the X-men can face. In Wolverine and the X-Men, though, Juggy has been severely worfed and is frequently knocked out and thrown around to show how strong the real villain of the week is.
    • However, his first animated appearance was actually way back in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, believe it or not (in an episode where the X-Men also guest starred), and in that version, he was arguably presented even better than Wolverine. Much like in the comics, he was virtually unbeatable even by the combined efforts of the team and the three main characters, and could only be stopped by Xavier's psychic abilities once his helmet was yanked off.
    • His later appearances in Ultimate Spider-Man are arguably some of the worst worfings around: he's been overwhelmed by replicating Spider-Tracers, knocked out by Squirrel Girl's squirrels and even had his powers stolen by the Super-Adaptoid, arguably another example of a Juggernaut.
  • Injun Joe the Superchief from the old Merrie Melodies episode "Wagon Heels". He just marches onward and is not hindered by any obstacles. He walks through trees and mountains chest-first, does the same to rivers (submerging on one shore and stepping out on the other) and is merely annoyed by stepping in a bear trap, he rips it off with his own teeth and continues on unharmed. Speaking of bears, he can yell loud enough at them to reduce them to frightened cubs. He is, however, very ticklish.
  • The gigantic Beast Planet in Shadow Raiders. A pitch-black, indestructible metallic sphere that sleeps within stars while its Mooks find new prey. Then, it moves ever forward, intent on devouring a fresh new Planet, teeming with life. Rig your entire planet into a gun, the mere firing of which kills everyone on it? Not even a scratch. Use the awe-striking Wave Motion Gun you built out of a Moon? Kiss that Moon bye-bye. Ramming Always Works? They tried ramming an entire planet into it. Rig another planet to self-destruct inside it like a Time Bomb? Didn't even burp from the indigestion. Rig yet another planet so it teleports it to the other side of the galaxy? Congratulations, you just doomed another innocent, inhabited planet who didn't even see it coming, with the added bonus that the Beast might just have assimilated that teleporter tech it just ate. And the Beast is STILL. COMING. FOR. YOU. It will get you. Not today. Maybe not tomorrow. Eventually, it will.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Savage Opress. No Jedi is a match for him in single combat, and even multiple Jedi with clone trooper backup can't steer him in another direction. This changes when Darth Maul revives. The elder brother forcefully lays down the Rule of Two on the younger, and after serving as The Apprentice for a time he is killed by Darth Sidious with little difficulty.
  • Star Wars Rebels' depiction of the TIE Defender. While in Star Wars Legends the TIE Defender was deadly because it was a Master of All Lightning Bruiser, in this series their Deflector Shields make them impervious to attacks by other starfighters. When a prototype was sent out, an entire Rebel squadron couldn't damage it, and even luring it near a star, which incinerated two TIE Interceptors, couldn't destroy it, and only damaged its shields enough for the Rebels to temporarily disable the fighter, not outright destroy it. The second one, after being stolen, wiped out the trio of TIE Interceptors sent to take it back despite the pilot's inexperience, and was only stopped when its anti-theft failsafe was engaged, causing it to crash. A third one was only beat after friendly fire from an Imperial Star Destroyer knocked out its shields, allowing two of its wings to be shot off, causing it to crash into another starship. With how difficult it is to even destroy one TIE Defender, it's eventually made clear that the only reason the ships didn't wipe out the Rebel Alliance was because mass production of them was passed over in favor of the Death Star.
  • Steven Universe: In "Reunited", the day the team dreaded finally comes: the Diamonds attack. Blue Diamond is often thought of as a lesser threat than the more traditionally villainous Yellow, and is known for her incessant mourning of the loss of Pink, but it also means her desire to crush those responsible is just as all-consuming and unstoppable. We get an extended battle sequence with her, and the team is completely outclassed. She is able to psychically shut down their fusion Alexandrite immediately, sends everyone flying with any attack, and is barely fazed by the team's combined weaponry and then having a house and then two spaceships slammed onto her head. Just when you think it can't get any worse... enter Yellow. The only reason everyone isn't dead then and there is Steven revealing Pink's true fate to her sisters.
  • In the Super Friends episode "Swamp of the Living Dead", the zombie horde that the Evil Being (which Word of God admits was Satan himself) grants the Legion of Doom command over in exchange for luring the Super Friends to him, seemed to qualify as this and a mob of Perpetual Motion Monsters. When the villains got too greedy and double-crossed the Being, he sent the zombies after them, and they proved invincible and unstoppable, able to tear through steel walls with ease. As a last resort, they freed the heroes, hoping they'd delay the undead enough for them to escape. However, the Evil Being's hag-like servant appeared and told the heroes that there was a way to stop them (which he likely kept secret from the villains, anticipating a betrayal); they had to lure them into the swamp and tie them to dead trees with dead vines. With this information, they were able to defeat the zombies one at a time.
  • Blackfire might have qualified for this Trope in the Teen Titans episode "Betrothed"; she boasted to her sister that the Jewel of Charta she had obtained amplified her natural Tameranian abilities to the point where she was practically unbeatable. Of course, this Evil Gloating was her downfall, because Starfire quickly realized that the Jewel itself was far more fragile than Blackfire was; she managed to grab it and crush it, and as a result, defeat Blackfire.
  • Transformers:
    • Similarly, Unicron from Transformers: The Movie. A giant monster planet that eats whatever's in his path, and completely impervious to any sort of conventional weaponry. DETONATING A MOON inside his maw didn't even leave a dent, and the combined arsenal of an entire planet of robots that transform into war machines simply irritated him. Lucky for everyone that the good guys had a spare Amulet of Concentrated Awesome lying around... even then, its head remained and continued to cause them trouble.
    • Rampage from Beast Wars in his first appearance. He's effectively what happens when The Juggernaut meets Serial Killer and Genius Bruiser. The results are less than pretty to say the least, and it's only by disabling his treads that they're able to temporarily stop him. After Megatron put a Restraining Bolt on him he did suffer from some severe Villain Decay, although even then he remained an Implacable Man of the first order.

    Real Life 
  • The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was nicknamed Juggernaut by their pilots. The plane looked very clumsy and ungainly at first sight, and the pilots thought they were being sacrificed to fly suicide missions in those planes. When the true nature of the plane became apparent, the name stuck — only now it was the Germans and Japanese who were to face the juggernaut when they went up against the P-47. The name was then shortened affectionately to Jug, as the fuselage shape resembled a milk jug. P-47 had eight 0.50 cal machine guns, excellent bomb carrying capacity and good pilot and fuel tank protection and its radial engine was both reliable and durable against enemy fire. The later models (P-47M and P-47N) could also carry ten HVAR rockets. Oh, and did we tell you it had a two-stage supercharger (both turbocharger and mechanical supercharger), it was one of the fastest WWII propeller-driven aircraft, and could outmaneuvre almost all its opponents at high altitudes?
    • The next US Thunderbolt, the Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, is quite similar. Extremely slow, extremely ugly, and completely indestructible (the thing has flown missing an entire wing and an entire engine), and is capable of raining down bullets and ordnance on any ground target. Like its WWII-era granddady, it has an unrelated, commonly-used nickname ("Warthog") that reflects its appearance and its unstoppability (seriously guys: if you ever find yourself in the path of an actual warthog or other wild pig, get out of its way as fast as you can).
  • Zeppelins. During the "First Blitz" of London in World War I, they were utterly unstoppable. The British unloaded fusillades of heavy anti-aircraft fire and even artillery into the Zeppelins, but Zeppelins are inherently under zero internal pressurenote  and have little in the way of solid structures, meaning that they were almost entirely immune to bullets and shells. The rockets, missiles, fighter aircraft and bombs (even exploding flechettes!) designed specifically to destroy Zeppelins had an abysmal 0% success rate (it probably didn't hurt that Zeppelins had more guns than any other aircraft in history). This went on for years. Things changed for the Zeppelin bombers when the British invented the incindiary bullet to ignite their Hydrogen, or started launching planes from specially modified cruisers to bomb the Zeppelins' home bases, and by war's end a third were shot down.
  • The original Juggernauts, of course. Hindu temple cars that reputedly tended to crush devotees in their path by accident, though first accounts mistook these accidents for human sacrifices.
    • The word is derived from the Hindu Deity Jagannath, an Avatar Form of Vishnu.
  • A Macedonian phalanx was a sixteen-thousand-or-so men with light armour and shields and incredibly long pikes. It just kept marching until it trampled everyone in its way. At least until they met Ancient Rome. The phalanx would have trampled even the Romans, had the Romans tried frontal assault. Too bad that the Romans weren't stupid enough to charge a phalanx from the front: their standard tactics were to either slow it down with a smaller phalanx while most of their army defeated what units covered its vulnerable flanks and attacked there until it lost cohesion, or, when the enemy commander was stupid enough to not cover those vulnerable flanks, to lure it on rough terrain, wait for it to charge and lose cohesion and then attack with a crapload of javelins to break it down, at which point the Romans would simply march in close formation. Both tactics ended with Death by Irony: the former caused the phalanx to be trampled by the Roman phalanx supposed to hold it down, and the latter ended with the broken up phalanx trampled by the Romans advancing in compact formations.
    • The prototype, the Greek phalanx, was supposed to be this. Ten thousands men in close formation with heavy armour and shields and short spears, it was thought the only thing capable of stopping one was another phalanx. Then it fought the Persians, who would just keep the distance and massacre it with a Rain of Arrows (as soldiers moving the heavy shield over the head would disrupt the phalanx's formation. That's why the Macedonian phalanx had the rear ranks have their pikes raised to hinder projectiles; the pikes of a compact phalanx would have blocked even the Roman armour-piercing javelins, and why, after the first encounter, the Greeks would do their best to close range with the Persians before they could start shooting arrows), and from then on the phalanx' weaknesses (vulnerability to projectile-armed enemies capable of avoiding contact and uneven terrain) were quickly exposed, and the phalanx stopped being considered invincible until Philip II of Macedon put his spin on it and created the Macedonian phalanx.
    • That said, a properly-used phalanx (translation: with cover on the flanks and skirmishers to fight off enemy projectile-armed troops) was this, as shown by the fact pretty much everyone in the Mediterranean used it (including the Romans, until one of their armies was caught at a pass unable to deploy and forced to surrender. They then started to analyze it to find ways to break it while adopting tactics that would prevent a repeat) and that Carthage's army during the Punic Wars went from being a training exercise for the Romans to a force capable of facing them as equals in a straight battle (or inflicting them a series of terrifying defeats when led by Hannibal) exactly when the Spartan mercenary general Xanthippus had them replace the old doctrine, based on the hoplitic phalanx, with Hellenistic doctrines based on the Macedonian phalanx.
  • The first tanks are a downplaying of this trope; Indeed, nothing the terrified Germans themselves could hurl at the Mark Is were able to faze them in the slightest during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, but many of them were bogged down and stuck in the very terrain they were designed to navigate through.
    • Main Battle Tanks, such as the American M1 Abrams tank. The Abrams itself uses complex composite armour that can be augmented by reactive armour and depleted uranium 'strike plates', making it extremely durable but still far from truly invincible; many have been disabled or destroyed by ambushes, improvised explosives, and unfortunately, a few counts of friendly fire. Still, in most situations — and as far as old Soviet-era tanks are concerned — the Abrams and its kin are indeed Juggernauts.
    • A rare incident occurred in San Diego where Shawn Nelson stole an M60A3 Patton and started to drive it all over the local town. Nobody could do anything about it, as the thing rolled over cars, barricades and such without slowing down, and shrugged off anything the police had. The police were in the process of requesting aid from the local military to destroy it (an idea no one was happy with, given it would be difficult to limit collateral damage), but then the tank got stuck on a highway divider, allowing a couple of daring cops to yank the hatch open and shoot the madman.
    • Something of the sort happened at Arras in 1940, when a detachment of British Matilda II tanks rolled right over German anti-tank guns and Panzer IIs, slowly but quite unstoppably until Rommel finally managed to get some 88s (meant to be there as anti-aircraft guns) and heavier artillery in position to shell them. Rommel supposedly thought there had been hundred of tanks in the attack — the actual number of these were 74, and of these, only 16 were equipped with anything bigger than a machine-gun.
      • The Matilda II was slow, had suspension trouble, was difficult to maintain and had unimpressive armament (40 mm). However, early in the war it's thick armour and some redundancy (two engines) made it very hard to take out in the first half of the war for the Germans and throughout the war for the Japanese. It was the only tank which was in front-line service from the beginning of the war to the very end. It gained the nickname Queen of the Desert in Africa as it completely outclassed any Axis tanks, and Queen of the Jungle at Pacific, as no Japanese tank was match to it. The only ways to destroy it were anti-tank mines.
    • Both the Panzer III and Panzer IV were extremely poorly armored even for the standards of the time. The Panzer IV was never designed to engage enemy tanks, but even the Panzer III (which was) had extreme difficulty fighting heavier tank designs. Even the French medium tank, the S-35, was almost completely invincible to the Panzer III, requiring a near perfect 90 degree shot to the side from within 50 meters for a kill. Then they went to Russia without upgrading and faced the T-34, the best tank in the world at the time. The T-34 was completely invincible to the German's standard 37mm anti-tank gun and almost completely invincible even to their upgunned 50mm gun while having no issues killing the German tanks. Just to be insulting it was also faster.
    • The KV-2, armed with a monstrous turret housing a 152 mm howitzer and thicker armour then even the T-34, was able to destroy entire divisions of lesser tanks and dealt with anti-tank guns by running over them. A German report read:
      Our companies opened fire from 700 metres. We got closer and closer... soon we were only 50-100 metres from each other. A fantastic engagement opened up — without any German progress. The Soviet tanks continued their advance and our AP projectiles simply bounced off. The soviet tanks withstood point-blank fire from both our 50mm and 75mm guns. A KV-2 was hit more than 70 times and not a single round penetrated. A very few soviet tanks were immobilized and eventually destroyed as we managed to shoot off their tracks, brought up artillery to hammer them at close range and then attacked them on foot with satchel charges.
    • Compared to Japanese tanks, on the Pacific front, the M4 Sherman was a juggernaut; its armour was completely immune to anything the Japanese had at their disposal. On the other hand, the Americans found they had to use high-explosive ammunition against the flimsier Japanese tanks; the anti-tank shells pierced the Japanese tanks and came out from the other side, causing little other damage but a nasty hole. Still, the biggest advantage of the M4 over other WWII-era tanks is that it's easy to mass-produce, allowing large numbers of them to effectively Zerg Rush whatever theater they are in.
  • While not exactly the same thing, Toshiba sold a VCR that once you set the time to record a show, and it started recording, absolutely nothing would stop its completion. The stop button is ignored. The remote control is ignored. Even if you unplugged the VCR for some time and plugged it back in as soon as it was reconnected to power, it would resume recording. The only way you could stop a timed recording before the time ran out was to unplug the machine and plug it back in while holding down the stop button. It was more tenacious than the Postal Service: neither rain, nor snow, nor disconnection of electricity would prevent this courier (of video tape) from the swift (or at least as long as the time period was) completion of its appointed rounds (and rounds, and rounds...).
  • The animal kingdom
    • The rhino is usually a Gentle Giant, but if you piss it off...lets just say that stopping it from impaling you with its horn is easier said than done.
    • Two other members of the "Big 5", the elephant and the Cape buffalo are both notorious among big game hunters for being nearly unstoppable if not put down immediately.
    • The hippopotamus kills a lot of people every year who didn't get out of the way.
  • Marvin Heemeyer, who went on a rampage in a up-armored bulldozer armed with several high power weapons the media dubbed the Killdozer. The Killdozer was Immune to Bullets, kept police at bay with its weapons and proceeded to flatten half of the town. The police were going to request assistance from National Guard gunships armed with anti-tank missiles when the Killdozer got stuck on the ruins of a demolished building and Heemeyer shot himself.
  • Particularly dominant sports teams feel like this, even if amassing a few meaningless defeats on the way. Best examples are the 1972 Miami Dolphins (only undefeated NFL champion) and the 1995-6 Chicago Bulls (combined record: 87-13 — 10 defeats in the regular season, one in the conference semifinals, two in the finals).
    • Barry Bonds was considered this in his late-career "breakout". As a monstrous home run hitter who could take even perfect pitches over the wall in the cavernous Pacific Bell/SBC Field, Bonds was so feared by opposing teams that the Arizona Diamondbacks once intentionally walked him with the bases loaded in 1998, giving his team an automatic run (rather than allow him the opportunity to beat the Diamondbacks). And it wasn't just the raw power; Bonds was only the second player in history to achieve 40 stolen bases and 40 home runs in one season, as well as leading the majors in walks several times, showing excellent plate discipline. Justified given that he was perhaps the most infamous steroid abuser in Major League Baseball history, to the point that he was basically not even playing the same game as his opponents. In addition, it allowed him to play and stay in his prime far later than would have been otherwise possible, meaning he had more experience than 90% of his opponents. It's a roughly even divide whether he is considered the greatest power hitter of all time, or the worst cheater in the history of the sport.
  • When it comes to rugby, no player ever approached the physical dominance of the great Jonah Lomu. Where many famous wingers such as Shane Williams are known for their quick feet and their ability to avoid defenders, Lomu was able to run over them. It is not hyperbole, as one of his most famous tries during the 1995 World Cup had him literally going through English fullback Mike Catt. Despite being 1,96m (6'5) tall and weighing 120 kgs (265 lbs), he still managed to run the 100m in less than 11 seconds. He was so powerful that some opponents were known to freeze in terror instead of trying (and often, failing) to tackle him.
  • Today's NBA seems to be dominated by lean players such as Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis or Giannis Antetokounmpo. It was not always the case however, and the best example of a juggernaut in the league has to be Shaquille O'Neal in his youth, who was simply too powerful for anyone to stop him. Or more accurately to legally stop him, as most defenders' only chance not to get pushed away or dunked on was to foul him and hope for his legendary clumsiness with free throws to kick in. Not that it always worked, as he was commonly able to score despite having an opponent grabbing his arm. Boards were reinforced because of him as he was known to break them while dunking.
  • Tornadoes. These mile-high towers of wind rampage across the land, leaving absolute devastation in their tracks. They turn houses into piles of splinters and throw vehicles around like toys. When one shows up, there is absolutely nothing that can be done to stop it. All people can do is take shelter and brave the storm.
  • In The Napoleonic Wars, France was so ludicrously powerful compared to its neighbours that it basically bulled apart continent-wide coalitions on five separate occasions. It took twenty years of no-holds-barred total war, being starved by the Royal Navy, and a disastrous campaign in Russia to finally bring her down.
  • This is why cancer is so destructive. 5 of the 6 Hallmarks of Cancer emphasize its unstoppable nature. It doesn't need the body to tell it to start growing, it won't stop growing even when told to, it won't die even when the body tries to kill it, it can grow endlessly, and even physical barriers won't stop it from breaking free and spreading to the rest of the body.


 
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