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Basic Trope: When the world is in trouble, it's America that rolls up its sleeves and saves the day.

  • Straight: Aliens start attacking major world cities. Most countries fall into disorder, but the American military defeats the aliens practically single-handedly.
  • Exaggerated: Most of the world immediately capitulate and welcome our new alien overlords. But Uncle Sam won't go down that easy!
  • Downplayed: America leads a world coalition to create spacecraft to fight the alien invaders. The team of heroes that takes down the aliens for good is led by an American, (and English is the lingua franca), but recruits members from around the world.
  • Justified:
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    • America's military is stationed globally, and among the world's most powerful and advanced.
    • In-universe, America has faced a smaller scale alien attack, and is better prepared than the rest of the planet.
    • For some reason, aliens don't attack the United States, so the US is the only country not dealing with attacks.
  • Inverted:
    • America needs Canada, Mexico, and the EU to rescue it from the aliens.
    • Or, America are the villains.
  • Subverted: The American military sends up a few nukes, and it looks like the aliens are taken care of — until the second wave hits, and America gets the retaliatory strike. Now it has to work with its fellow nations to save the entire world.
  • Double Subverted: ... Until all of the world's armies fail, one by one, and the US is the last line of defense!
  • Parodied: America has a check list of everything that needs to happen in an Alien Invasion before they're allowed to do anything about it.
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  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: The United States doesn't play a bigger role than any other nation in the alien war.
  • Enforced: Writers have a tendency to see their own countries as the good guys in wars that are international or larger.
  • Lampshaded: "Pushy Americans, always showing up late for every war!"
  • Invoked: Americans deliberately make themselves look like terrible targets so that Aliens won't want to attack them, therefore allowing them to launch sneak attacks and save the day.
  • Exploited: The aliens attack the American Military, and the other countries aren't sure what to do.
  • Defied: America sets up an intergovernmental organisation to make sure they can prevent wars from happening.
  • Discussed: "Have you noticed every time there's an alien invasion, it's always them Yankees saving our bacon?"
  • Conversed: ???
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  • Deconstructed: The USA government enacts a pre-emptive strike on the aliens, but the latter turned out to have been peaceful envoys, resulting in the aliens declaring war on Earth in retaliation.
  • Reconstructed: It's the USA who goes on calls for peace and takes up responsibility for what they did to end the war on non-peaceful terms.

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