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Basic Trope: A heroic character teaches a normally peaceful group of people how to defend themselves.

  • Straight: Alice teaches the people of Troperia, a group of subsistence farmers, how to fight off Emperor Evulz' attacks.
  • Exaggerated: Alice teaches the people of Troperia, a dedicated community of Perfect Pacifist People, how to fight off Emperor Evulz' attacks.
  • Downplayed: Alice organizes the Troperian Neighborhood Watch. And anyone who runs a red light in Troperia will rue the day!
  • Justified:
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    • Alice can't be everywhere at once. At the very least, a strong force of villagers will be able to hold off the forces of evil until reinforcements arrive.
    • Alice is a Green Beret
  • Inverted:
    • Alice tries to teach the savage, warlike brutes of Troperia how to be civil and kind.
    • The savage, warlike brutes of Troperia teach Alice how to fight.
    • The peaceful villagers teach Alice to abandon her violent ways and lead a life of peace.
  • Subverted:
    • The villagers refuse to let Alice train them, citing the fact that they dislike violence.
    • The villagers already know how to fight.
  • Double Subverted:
    • However, after another attack from Emperor Evulz, they change their minds.
    • However, defending against Emperor Evulz's army is very different to fighting off a few bandits. Alice teaches them to be more effective.
  • Parodied: The people of Troperia go from scrawny, weak-minded pacifists to incredibly efficient badasses over the course of one montage.
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  • Zig Zagged: The villagers refuse to allow Alice to train them, but some change their mind after an attack from Emperor Evulz. However, the key word is "some"...
  • Averted: Alice sees no need to train the villagers.
  • Enforced: "Eh, I'm tired of writing stories where Alice kicks Emperor Evulz' butt. How about we just show Alice training some other people to protect themselves?"
  • Lampshaded: "Alright, people, if you don't want to keep being Evulz' lapdogs, then I suggest you follow me and start training!"
  • Invoked: Alice sees some of the people from the village being slaughtered. She takes it upon herself to make sure that doesn't happen to the rest of them.
  • Exploited: Emperor Evulz waits for Alice to finish teaching the villagers, then approaches peacefully and offers to hire them all as mercenaries.
  • Defied:
    • The villagers straight up refuse their training. They'd rather die than lose their peaceful, innocent ways.
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    • Alice refuses to train the villagers because "soldiers deserve soldiers" (either it's pride, a code of honor involving what happens to combatants and non-combatants that training them would surely break, there is really not enough time to make the villagers a fighting force of any significant effectiveness, or Alice is much more effective acting solo than she would be having to look after rookies (which probably leads back to the pride point mentioned above)).
  • Discussed: "Are you as sick of this training as I am?"
  • Conversed: "Alice is an expert in unconventional warfare. Give her a handful of people with good knowledge of the terrain and a few hours to explain some basic maneuvers and she will create an unassailable fortification with an effective personnel to man it."
  • Deconstructed:
    • The peaceful villagers are no match for Evulz, and go down fighting.
    • The villagers are now able to defend their homeland, but they're not so much "peaceful" anymore, having lost their innocence.
    • The villagers defend their homeland successfully, but hold a massive grudge against Alice for her training.
    • The Evulz, an armed gang, demand the majority of the village's crops but the villagers defend their village successfully, in the process becoming a rallying point for surrounding villages. Fearing a rebellion, the Evulz react, slaughtering everyone and razing the first village to rebel to the ground.
  • Reconstructed: The villagers begrudgingly admit that the training was for the best as they are now able to defend their homeland.
  • Played For Laughs: The Training Montage is full of Epic Fail moments and the Chekhov's Skill that the villagers use to save the day is something odd like ultra-fast weaving.
  • Played For Drama: The training of the peaceful villagers is every bit as bad as the first act of Full Metal Jacket with the mental and moral breakdown to match.

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