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Basic Trope: One soldier is sent in where an entire army would be used normally.

  • Straight: Evil Overlord Darquetoth sends an army to attack Troperland, and Troperland sends a single soldier.
  • Exaggerated: Satan sends every single demon in all of Hell on the world. The single soldier leaves no survivor, including Satan himself and The Antichrist.
  • Downplayed: A trained soldier is sent to deal with a small group of street thugs.
  • Justified:
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    • The soldier is also the most powerful being in the universe.
    • The army they were sent to fight consisted of mostly weak/untrained soldiers.
    • Sending a large number of soldiers would draw unwanted attention.
  • Inverted: An entire battalion is sent to deal with the One-Man Army Evil Overlord Darquetoth hired.
  • Subverted:
    • The soldier sent to fight Evil Overlord Darquetoth's entire army turns out to not be enough to stop him.
    • The soldier sent to fight Evil Overlord Darquetoth's army does fine against the common Mook, but needs help dealing with Darquetoth's higher-ranking soldiers.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ... but the soldier just needed to take a break, due to how much he's been working.
    • ... but the soldier gets an 11th-Hour Superpower that puts him on par with Darquetoth's higher-ranking soldiers.
  • Parodied: The ruler of Troperland sends a single soldier to completely destroy Evil Overlord Darquetoth's army and overthrow him. The soldier is killed without them ever firing a single shot.
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  • Zig Zagged: One soldier is sent to deal with Evil Overlord Darquetoth's army, but when one of Darquetoth's Elite Mook shows up the soldier needs help from The Cavalry to defeat them. Until they get better equipment/a superpower that lets them take on the Elite Mook by themselves... and then the next type of Elite Mook shows up, repeating the cycle until it gets to Darquetoth himself.
  • Averted: The ruler of Troperland just sends their entire army right away.
  • Enforced: "We want to give the audience a character they can root for, rather than having an entire group for them to try to sympathize with."
  • Lampshaded: "Sir, an entire army is going to attack us very soon! What will we do?" "Get a hat and draw the name of one of our soldiers."
  • Invoked: "If an entire army can't win against another army, how about we just send one guy?"
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  • Defied:
  • Discussed:
  • Conversed:
  • Deconstructed: Surprisingly Realistic Outcome as one man, no matter how capable, cannot be in multiple places at once and is unable to stop the evil army.
  • Reconstructed: But putting that one man in a vital position or choke point is an invaluable military stratagem as it frees up a lot of resources for defense elsewhere.
  • Played for Laughs: A young, scrawny soldier is sent out to deal with Evil Overlord Darquetoth's entire army. The entire army runs away in terror or even end up killing more of their own troops than any other army has to date.
  • Played for Drama: A One-Man Army is completely destroying Troperland's entire military, with everyone terrified of what they should do about the Implacable Man they have to deal with.

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