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This fight... it is far from over. We are the generals. Protect her while I attack. I am the raiding party, I will destroy the enemy camp.
Guts, Berserk

For sure, one Mazinger-Z may be hiding no less than 5% of the total combat strength of the world's major military powers!
Kouji Kabuto, Mazinger Z

Marine soldier: Hey, Straw Hat! Where's your army? Enies Lobby's forces number in ten thousands!
Luffy: Yeah... and I'm alone. GET OUT OF MY WAY!

I'm going to hit all the battle fronts at the same time and turn the tide!
Naruto, Naruto

Fifty thousand for me, yes? that should be fairly manageable.

    Comic Books 
Centurion Caius Bonus: What happened to you? Were you attacked and outnumbered?
Legionary 1: Well... not exactly "out-numbered"...
Legionary 2: They were one...
Legionary 3: ... and not very tall, with that.

Do not be lulled by my present condition, PSmIth. There are only 35 of you.
Der Rock the Destroyer, Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire

Please, mister... there's only twenty of us! Can't you wait until our reinforcements arrive?
North-West Mounted Police officer, The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck

    Fan Works 
From one, a moving image sprang forth. A rapidly-moving figure, tearing through the machinery and soldiers of a well-equipped army. Just one man against a horde, and within minutes, that man had won.

    Films — Live-Action 

Teasle: Are you telling me that 200 of our men against your boy is a no-win situation for us?
Trautman: You send that many, don't forget one thing.
Teasle: What?
Trautman: A good supply of body bags.

"They called him 'Baba Yaga.' (...) John was not exactly the boogie-man. He was the one you sent to kill the fucking boogie-man. John is a man of intense focus. Conviction. Sheer will. I once saw him kill three men in a bar with a pencil. With a fucking. Pencil. Suddenly one day, he asked to leave. It was over a woman, of course. So I made a deal with him. I gave him an impossible task; a job no one could have pulled off.... The bodies he buried that day laid the foundation of what we are now. And then, my son, a few days after his wife dies, you steal his car... and kill his fucking dog."
Viggo, John Wick

John: Winston. Tell them... tell them all: Whoever comes, whoever it is... I'll kill them. I'll kill them all.
Winston: (smiling) Of course you will.

Charon: Do you expect him to make it out?
Winston: A 14 million bounty on his head, and everyone in the city wants a piece of it? I'd say the odds are about even.

My god. Do we really suck or is this guy really that good?
Karl Hertz, Shoot 'em Up

There are names among us who are worth more than a thousand mail-clad knights apiece.
Gandalf the White, The Return of the King

As battles go, it was one of the most one sided, because that side belonged to Wee Mad Arthur. There were only a dozen or so guards on the plantation, because starving creatures in chains do not, as a rule, fight back. And they never knew who they were fighting. It was some kind of force that sped backward and forward across the ground and then up your trouser leg, leaving you in no heart whatsoever for fighting or, for that matter, anything else.
Punches came out of nowhere. Those who ran were tripped. Those who didn't were left unconscious, It was, of course, an unfair fight. It generally is if you are fighting even one Nac mac Feegle, even if you are a platoon.

I don't call [Michael] the Fist of God as a pet name, folks.
Harry Dresden, The Dresden Files

I'm the leader of the Shamba Freedom Forces. In fact, I'm the entire army.
Emile Antoon Khadaji, The Man Who Never Missed

The Lord Ruler held her face close to his own, looking into her eyes. In that moment, she knew the truth. She could see a piece of him; she could sense his power. His... godlike power. He wasn't worried about the skaa rebellion. Why would he have to worry? If he wished, he could slaughter every person in the city by himself. Vin knew it to be the truth. It might take him time, but he could kill forever, tirelessly. He need fear no rebellion.

Sadeas: We need to get you some Shards, my friend.
Dalinar: To protect me?
Sadeas: Protect you? Storms, Dalinar, at this point I'm not certain a rockslide could kill you. No, it just makes the rest of us look bad when you accomplish what you do while practically unarmed!

David Fairfax: So, what have you destroyed today?
Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield: I've flooded a Typhoon-class submarine, leveled a building, and launched a ballistic missile to destroy a maintenance facility.
David Fairfax: Slow day, huh?

Two elves, headed for Liesse. The damage even two of those could do... A dozen elven foot soldiers could wipe out a company of soldiers without losing a single man, if they felt the inclination. A single Emerald Sword could do the same without even paying attention.

Below us, wading through the sea of devils still filling the courtyard, the Saint of Swords was reminding me why even at the height of my brute power over Winter she’d put me to flight on our every encounter. The sight of that old woman wearing no armour save for a tunic and pale tabard flickering through the tide of creatures was spellbinding, because Laurence de Montfort had sallied out to fight an army on her own and she was not losing. [...] She’d never once broken stride in all of that, nor had she overly hurried or strained herself. She was not using any of those wicked cuts I knew she was capable of, pacing herself in a display of utter scorn at the calibre of her opposition. Gods, if it was just her and the devils contained inside a ward she might not even lose.

Marco: I am equipped for nothing. I allowed myself to be provoked by humans. I am shamed.
Silver: The blame is not wholly yours.
Marco: But Silver, I outnumbered them thirty to one!

    Live-Action TV 
Daredevil: Tell me. Tell me who they are...
Criminal: No "they". Him. It's one man.

Cyber Leader: We have five million Cybermen. How many are you?
Dalek Sec: Four.
Cyber Leader: You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks?
Dalek Sec: We would destroy the Cybermen with one Dalek!
Doctor Who: Doomsday

Octavian: You promised me an army, Doctor Song.
River Song: No, I promised you the equivalent of an army. This is the Doctor.
Doctor Who, "The Time of Angels"

Lucius: There are painted barbarians up there. They outnumber us. There is a beast of darkness that laid waste to an entire legion in less than an hour. No one man can make a difference to that.
Bill: Maybe that's what you don't learn when you think it takes five thousand highly trained soldiers to slaughter a bunch of Scottish farmers. Yes, one man can. And he's here.
Doctor Who, "The Eaters of Light"

"No power in the 'Verse can stop me."

Dr. Beckett: (looking at a life-signs detector) These dots don't tell us much about who's who. How do we know which one's the Major?
Lt. Ford: He'll be the dot getting rid of the other dots.

Cottonmouth: You wanna go to war? I'll take you to war.
Luke Cage: You don't have enough people. This mob's not deep enough.

Will: Shit! Four guards!
Sun: Is that all?

I'm gonna fight 'em off
A seven-nation army couldn't hold me back
The White Stripes, "Seven Nation Army"

    Tabletop Games 

853.M41. During the decisive moments of the Battle of Steel Cross, Captain Cortez single-handedly slew the Ork Warlord and his entire bodyguard. Cortez had managed to disarm the Ork leader with a twist of his torso after the Ork's sword had become embedded in his ribs.
867.M41. Despite suffering seventeen wounds, including a stabbing wound puncturing one of his hearts, and two serious wounds from enemy heavy weapons, Captain Cortez managed to break through Eldar lines and complete his mission successfully.
892.M41. Captain Cortez defended the breach in Fortress Maladon's wall for twenty-one hours of constant fighting despite overwhelming odds and the loss of his whole squad to several enemy attacks.
— Extract from the record of Captain Cortez of the Crimson Fists, page 447 of 512, Warhammer 40,000

Eversor Assassins are stimm-crazed berserkers, possessed of both superhuman strength and speed. They can punch a bunker door off its hinges, tear a Chaos Space Marine's head from his shoulders, and shrug off even the most grievous wounds with terrifying ease.
To be Eversor is to be death given life, a raging force of destruction set loose to wreak indiscriminate slaughter. Operative Sylas Torq is such a being, and the mountains of dead he has left in his wake are a testament to his absolute lethality.
Warhammer 40,000: Assassinorum - Execution Force

You take the five on the left, I’ll take the five hundred on the right. Rrraaaaaaaaargh!
Krelthar the Bloodied, Exalted of Khorne, Black Crusade: The Tome Of Blood

    Video Games 

How hard is it to kill one Vault Hunter and a walking slab of meat?!
Handsome Jack, Borderlands 2

Rhys: How many soldiers did you bring? Twenty thousand? Fifty thousand?
FL4K: ...Fewer. Our pack may be small, but our body count is quite large.

Soldier: You're going up against a whole ship by yourself?
Havoc: Yeah, doesn't seem fair, does it? Maybe I'll shoot left-handed.

Ghost: Zavala, there's an entire battalion of Cabal troops protecting the drill!
Zavala: What is a battalion to you, one who has slain gods in the heart of the Black Garden?
Destiny 2note 

He's/She's unstoppable! No mortal could slaughter our brethren with such ease!
Coven Member about the Nephalem, Diablo III

"In the first age, in the first battle, when the shadows first lengthened, one stood. Burned by the embers of Armageddon, his soul blistered by the fires of Hell and tainted beyond ascension, he chose the path of perpetual torment. In his ravenous hatred he found no peace; and with boiling blood he scoured the Umbral Plains seeking vengeance against the dark lords who had wronged him. He wore the crown of the Night Sentinels, and those that tasted the bite of his sword named himThe Doom Slayer."
Slayer's Testament I, DOOM (2016)

None could stand before the horde but the Doom Slayer. Despair spread before him like a plague, striking fear into the shadow-dwellers, driving them to deeper and darker pits. But from the depths of the abyss rose the Great One, a champion mightier than all who had come before. The Titan, of immeasurable power and ferocity. He strode upon the plain and faced the Doom Slayer, and a mighty battle was fought on the desolate plains. The Titan fought with the fury of the countless that had fallen at the Doom Slayer's hand, but there fell the Titan, and in his defeat the shadow horde were routed.
Slayer's Testament IV, DOOM (2016)

Against all the evil that Hell can conjure, all the wickedness that mankind can produce, we will send unto them... only you. Rip and Tear until it is done.
King Novik, Doom Eternal

Warning: The Slayer has entered the facility.
PSA Accouncement, Doom Eternal

"February 9th, 2163. The only thing they fear - is him. WE watched as the horde overwhelmed the very best and most advanced machinery and weapons technology that we could muster against the opposition. It was useless, they moved too quickly, they cared not for themselves, only sought out the blood of humanity. They were willing to sacrifice their own to get to the heart of our world. WE slaughtered thousands and millions more followed, but then he came - he cut through them like a sickle through a field - his fury surpassing their own. He is faster - more relentless. I believe him now to be more than just a man - he is.. DOOM."
Dr. Elena Richardson, Doom Eternal

Are you expecting me to believe that one elf did all of that?

Warden-Commander: They sent a dozen Wardens to fight an army?
Seneschal Varel: Oh, it took only three Wardens to end a Civil War and kill an Archdemon. A dozen is extravagant.

Doesn't the enemy value their officers? If so, they shouldn't be sending them to fight me!

When Huna, whom Pelinal raised from grain-slave to hoplite and loved well, took death from an arrowhead made from the beak of Celethelel the Singer, the Whitestrake went on his first Madness. He wrought destruction from Narlemae all the way to Celediil, and erased those lands from the maps of Elves and Men, and all things in them, and Perrif was forced to make sacrifice to the Gods to keep them from leaving the world in their disgust.
The Song of Pelinal, Volume Three, The Elder Scrolls

The Dragonborn: What's the plan?
Hadvar: First we're going to take out their sentry, then we'll situate ourselves overlooking the camp. Next, you'll infiltrate their position and get their attention while we hit them with a barrage of arrows. With a bit of luck, we'll catch them completely off-guard and even the odds a little.
The Dragonborn: I have a better plan. You wait here, and I'll take care of it.

I once defeated a hundred knights single-handedly. To me, you two are nothing more than insects.
Beatrix, Final Fantasy IX

The Ishgardians certainly seem happy with themselves. I, for my part, am merely glad you did not strain anything in the process of singlehandedly winning the battle for them.
Thancred, Final Fantasy XIV

Lest you doubt, I am ready and willing to serve in this capacity, as I am sure is Lord Haurchefant... but all here present know that you are the most accomplished warrior among us, and mayhap the realm at large...
Aymeric, Final Fantasy XIV

Basilio: They're swatting our troops like flies!
Flavia: Is it some kind of elite cavalry? No, wait... Gods! It's just one man!

Stone: Blackstone! Where's our reinforcements?
The Warden: I'm it!

Jim Rhodes: You're not a soldier.
Tony Stark: Damn right I'm not. I'm an army.
Iron Man: The Video Game

Prazza: Likely story; no organization would commit so many ressources to bring back one soldier.
Tali: You haven't seen Shepard in action, Prazza. Trust me; it was money well-spent.

Maya Brooks: You just killed a hundred guys with a pistol!
Shepard: Well... yes, that did happen.
Mass Effect 3, Citadel DLC

What do you mean, "He's unstoppable?" You are superior to him in every way that counts. You are better trained, better equipped, you outnumber him at least 20 to 1. Do... your... job!
Nicole Horne, Max Payne

Yuri: Makarov will have a small army in there.
Price: It won't help him.

"You have to do something, or he's gonna kill us all!"
Villager, in reaction to Leon S. Kennedy arriving in the village, Resident Evil 4

"Jesus Christ, Wilson, I think I killed half the known universe back there."
"Serious" Sam Stone, Serious Sam 3: BFE

"He's just one guy! How is he winning?!"

"I commend you for holding the line alone. But you realize this means you'll die alone..."
Megatron, when there's only one enemy left in escalation, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark

Reinforcements? I am the reinforcements.
Ashley Riot, Vagrant Story

Gods... Is he even human? He fights with the strength of a brigade...
Hardin reacts to the above, Vagrant Story

Frau Engel: (Over the radio) <Send in the troops!>
Commandant Mannheimer: Ah, General Engel! Please confirm the number of enemy platoons on board the Ausmerzer. What is their current status and weaponry?>
Engel: <It's one man.>
Commandant: <...Excuse me, General?>
Engel: <Are you deaf, Commandant Mannheimer?! It is one man! Terror-Billy, the idiot American!>
Commandant: <But... I thought we had him in custody, General?>
Engel: <He got away.>
Commandant: <Oh... I see, General.> (Long beat) <...Hhhhow?>
Engel: <WHAT DOES IT MATTER? He is a trained killer! I guarantee he has obtained firearms by now. Possibly grenades too, how should I know?>
Commandant: <Affirmative, General. And how many men does Terror-Billy lead in his raid?>
Engel: <God in Heaven, are you stupid, man?! He's not leading anybody! He is by himself!>
Commandant: <But one single man, General... surely our security...>
Engel: <You are the security, you fucking imbecile!>
(B.J. cuts Mannheimer's legs off and slits his throat)
Engel: <Commandant? Hello? Commandant Mannheimer? Do you read?! ...Shit!>

"One's got weapons galore, the other is a master of defence. It's like trying to take on a small army."

"In The Arena, you've got to win to survive. These bosses are about to find out why they call Kirby the pink demon."

    Web Animation 
Kary-08: You really think of this as a real fight, don't you? I'm just having fun before I take both of you out.
Xero: Take out both of us? You and what army?
Kary-08: Army...? Silly boys... I need no army!
Xionic Madness, Episode 4-1

You know how in most FPSs you're some sort of hybrid of man and refrigerator who can take an entire munitions dump to the face, while the enemies all have armor made of whip cream and skulls made of cake?
Zero Punctuation, STALKER: Clear Sky

Back me up and I'll cut a path through these guys. Wait, did I say "path?" I mean a five-lane blacktop highway with a two-lane service road - and I'm packing a fistful of tokens and a radar detector.
Belkar Bitterleaf, cutting down an army of thieves, The Order of the Stick

    Web Original 
Throughout this campaign, Häyhä basically just ran around doling out head-shots like the ice cream man gives out Dove bars on a hot sunny day in the Sahara desert. His personal best was fucking twenty-five kills in a single day. That's like an entire baseball team!

[Samson's] whole story involves a feud with the Philistines, people who lived in part of what is now Israel and embraced the long tradition of going to war with the Jews. Or, specifically, the Philistines went to war against just Samson. And they pretty much lost.

Hmm. I just thought of a paradox. Maybe the more people I kill, the less likely I am to be the fall guy. Because sure, they could say I killed five or ten people, but can they really pin dozens, and dozens, of armed military personnel on me?

Do I have to kill everyone around here myself?! Gah, lead by example... can't delegate anything... Y'know, being a one man army isn't actually something you aspire to. You say that because it sounds badass, not because you literally want to function as an entire army. But, what are my options? Do everything myself, or just die.

Ryan: You came at me with an army!
Geoff: You are an army!

"But after the world's most oppressive crime, he [John Wick] will turn the entire world into a game of Call of Duty... on the easiest difficulty."

"Mulan. The only Disney Princess with a body the thousands."

"I am the most interesting man in this world. We need like fifty of me."
Galm playing Sniper Elite 4

1000 Stat Man: Give up, you're surrounded.

    Western Animation 
Zuko: Where is my uncle!?
Guard: He busted himself out... I've never seen anything like it, he was like a One-Man Army!

Escape? I didn't escape! Everyone else escaped!

Alan Albright: I guess you too are a monster.
Ben Tennyson: Well, technically, I am a whole bunch of monsters.

Sarah: HEY! Get outta our spot!
Eddy: You and who's army?
Edd: You think you would've learned by now, Eddy.
Ed, Edd n Eddy, "Hot Buttered Ed"

"My name is General Mace Windu of the Jedi Order. At this point of the Clone War, I have dismantled and destroyed over 100,000 of you Type-1 battle droids. I am giving you an opportunity to peacefully lay down your weapons so that you may be reprogrammed to serve a better purpose than spreading the mindless violence and chaos which you have inflicted upon the galaxy."

    Real Life 
One Riot, One Ranger.
Captain Bill MacDonald of the Texas Rangers


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