"Individually, they can take down any bender. Put them all together, they could take down the entire world."
― Zuko (Avatar: The Legend of Korra); talking about the Red Lotus
"The great war ended with neither winners or losers due to Acnologia's existence, as if mocking the deaths of all those who died in the war, victory was his and his alone."
― Irene Belserion (Fairy Tail)
"I know in my heart that it was impossible but, for that entire fleet of 5,000 pirates to be completely eradicated by a single man!"
― Gin (One Piece)
"You're not a soldier."
"Damn right I'm not - I'm an army."
― James Rhodes and Tony Stark/Iron Man (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
"Ten stormtroopers, a hundred, a thousand—the numbers don't matter."
― Galen Marek/Starkiller (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed)
"Three hours, Avengers. That's how long it took him to murder every man, woman, and child in Slorenia. Three hours."
― Major Uto Smith on Ultron (Avengers 1998 20#)
"Devil King Clans? Devil King Army? You bastards should know I do not fear even that, you are free to gather all of your forces together to come after me, I will just slaughter them all, drown every last of you in a sea of your own blood!!"
― Issei Hyodou (Highschool DxD)

The ability of a single individual to be as deadly as a vastly superior force. Variation of Supernatural Combat.

Also Called

  • Army/Legion/Team of One
  • Implacability

Capabilities

The user is able to fight against seemingly, overwhelming odds with ease. They are a capable warrior on the battlefield, decimating the enemy single-handedly and with a near-supernatural finesse that pars with the skill of more experienced fighters, the users being a military force in themselves. This ability can manifest in various ways but is usually the result of extreme martial skill and tactical brilliance. Users of this ability are as deadly at long-range combat as they are in close quarters.

Applications

Variations

  • Last Stand Empowerment: The ability to spontaneously manifest the above power in suicidal situations. Almost always results in the user's death, though not before amassing a significant body count. Users who do survive its use may develop the permanent version.
  • Inverse Ninja Law: The ability to become more powerful as the odds are stacked against you. However, the opposite is also true. This may be exploited by genre-savvy opponents. Not necessarily unique to ninjas, see here for more details.

Associations

Limitations

  • Users are not necessarily superhuman and may have difficulty dealing with such beings.
  • Harsh training may be needed to maintain abilities/skills.
  • Users may develop a psychological need to find worthy opponents.
  • Highly prone to overconfidence.
  • One cannot defeat the best of their enemies if they lack fear, surprise, and intimidation.

Known Users

See Also: One-Man Army.

Anime/Manga/Manhwa

  • Afro (Afro Samurai)
  • Joukyuu Kunitoshi (Aiki)
  • Esdeath (Akame Ga Kill)
  • Azumi (Azumi)
  • Claire Stanfield (Baccano!)
  • Yuuichiro Hanma (Baki the Grappler)
  • Yuujiro Hanma (Baki the Grappler)
  • Apostles (Berserk)
  • Guts (Berserk)
  • Nosferatu Zodd (Berserk)
  • Skull Knight (Berserk)
  • Rosarita Cisneros/Roberta (Black Lagoon)
  • First Generation Captains of the Gotei 13 (Bleach)
    • Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto
    • Retsu Unohana
  • Sosuke Aizen (Bleach)
  • Kenpachi Zaraki (Bleach)
  • Yhwach (Bleach)
  • Deepa ("Boruto: Naruto Next Generations")
  • Papillon (Buso Renkin)
  • Level 5 Espers (A Certain Magical Index/A Certain Scientific Railgun)
    • Accelorator
    • Mikoto Misaka
  • Denji (Chainsaw Man)
  • Ichijou Aoi (Choujin Koukousei-tachi wa Isekai demo Yoyuu de Ikinuku you desu!)
  • Code Breakers (Code:Breaker)
  • Kurumi Tokisaki (Date A Live)
  • Upper Rank Demons (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
  • Hashira/Pillars (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
  • Muzan Kibutsuji (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
  • Yoriichi Tsugikuni (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
  • Various characters (Dragon Ball series)
    • Son Goku
    • Vegeta
    • Frieza
    • Future Trunks
    • Goku Black
    • Cell
    • Majin Buu
    • Jiren
  • Lucy (Elfen Lied)
  • Various Characters (Fist of the North Star)
  • Acnologia (Fairy Tail)
  • Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail)
  • Gray Fullbuster (Fairy Tail)
  • Juvia Lockser (Fairy Tail)
  • Lucy Heartfilia (Fairy Tail)
  • Natsu Dragneel (Fairy Tail)
  • Wendy Marvell (Fairy Tail)
  • Zeref (Fairy Tail)
  • Shiki Granbell (Edens Zero)
  • Shirou Emiya (Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illy); Miyu's brother version only
  • Greed/Ling Yao (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)
  • King Bradley/Wrath (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)
  • Various Characters (Gintama)
    • Gintoki Sakata
    • Hattori Zenzou
    • Utsuro
    • Members of the Yato tribe (Gintama)
      • Kamui
      • Kagura
  • High-level Gosu (Gosu)
  • Alexander Anderson (Hellsing Series)
  • Alucard (Hellsing Series)
  • Gabimaru (Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku)
  • Cao Cao (Highschool DxD)
  • Sairaorg Bael (Highschool DxD)
  • Dulio Gesulado (Highschool DxD)
  • Issei Hyodou (Highschool DxD)
  • Vali Lucifer (Highschool DxD)
  • Hayato Furinji (History's Mightiest Disciple Kenichi)
  • Meruem (Hunter X Hunter)
  • Netero (Hunter X Hunter)
  • Heart Hybrid Gear Pilots (Hybrid × Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia)
  • Personal IS pilots (Infinite Stratos)
  • The Band of Seven (InuYasha)
  • Sho Fukamachi/Guyver I (Guyver)
  • L-elf Karlstein (Kakumeiki Valvrave)
  • Various Characters (Kingdom)
    • Ri Shin
    • Kyou Kai
  • Yuusha/Hero (Maouyuu Maou Yuusha)
  • Shigeo Kageyama/Mob (Mob Psycho 100)
  • Touichirou Suzuki (Mob Psycho 100)
  • Sun Seto (My Bride is a Mermaid)
  • All Might (My Hero Academia)
  • All For One (My Hero Academia)
  • Varius Characters (Naruto)
  • Various Characters (One Piece)
  • S-Class Heroes (One-Punch Man)
    • Tornado of Terror
    • Watchdog Man
  • Saitama (One-Punch Man)
  • Ainz Ooal Gown (Overlord)
  • Cocytus (Overlord)
  • Shalltear Bloodfallen (Overlord)
  • Demiurge (Overlord)
  • Ashitaka (Princess Mononoke)
  • Alcides/Heracles (Record of Ragnarok)
  • Lu Bu (Record of Ragnarok)
  • Thor (Record of Ragnarok)
  • Rem (Re:Zero Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu)
  • Kazuma (s-CRY-ed)
  • Ryuho (s-CRY-ed)
  • Sung Jin-Woo (Solo Leveling); after his Double Awakening
  • Moroha Haimura/Flaga (Seiken Tsukai No World Break)
  • Sentai Rangers (Super Sentai)
  • Eric (Ryu Han-Bin) (Survival Story of a Sword King in a Fantasy World)
  • Tenchi Masaki (Tenchi Muyo! Franchise)
  • Kenshi Masaki (Tenchi Muyo! Franchise)
  • Katsuhito Masaki (Tenchi Muyo! Franchise)
  • Joseph G. Newton (Terra Formars)
  • Cid Kagenou (Minoru Kagenou) (The Eminence in Shadow)
  • Honoka (The Third: Girl with The Blue Eye)
  • Irregulars (Tower of God)
  • High Rankers (Tower of God)
  • Seven Dragon Paladins members (Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle)
  • Yongbi (Yongbi the Invincible)
  • Twelve Supreme Masters (Yongbi the Invincible)
  • Seven Prelates (Yongbi the Invincible)
  • Hak (Yona of the Dawn)
  • Saito Hiraga (Zero no Tsukaima)
  • Various Characters (Vinland Saga)

Cartoons/Comics

  • Asterix (The Adventures of Asterix)
  • Obelix (The Adventures of Asterix)
  • Wan (Avatar series)
  • Iroh (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • Bumi (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • Aang (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • Ben Tennyson (Ben 10)
  • Danny Fenton/Phantom (Danny Phantom)
  • Dark Danny/Dan Phantom (Danny Phantom)
  • The Goon (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Bruce Wayne/Batman (DC Comics)
  • Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (DC Comics)
  • Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman (DC Comics)
  • Darkseid (DC Comics)
  • Richard "Dick" Grayson/Nightwing (DC Comics)
  • Doomsday (DC Comics)
  • Grail (DC Comics)
  • Superboy Prime (DC Comics)
  • Wonder Woman (DC Comics)
  • Harley Quinn (DC Comics)
  • Midnighter (DC Comics/WildStorm)
  • Griffin Family members (Family Guy)
  • Various Characters (Image Comics)
  • Golden Amazo (Justice League)
  • Tai Lung (Kung Fu Panda)
  • Hercules (Marvel Comics)
  • Nimrod (Marvel Comics)
  • Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Marvel Comics)
  • Red Hulk (Marvel Comics)
  • Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk (Marvel Comics)
  • Betty Ross/Red She-Hulk (Marvel Comics)
  • John Steele (Marvel Comics)
  • Steve Rogers/Captain America (Marvel Comics)
  • Elektra Natchios (Marvel Comics)
  • James "Logan" Howlett/Wolverine (Marvel Comics)
  • James "Jamie" Madrox/Multiple Man (Marvel Comics)
  • Shang-Chi (Marvel Comics)
  • Garrison Kane (Marvel Comics)
  • Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)
  • Matthew "Matt" Murdock/Daredevil (Marvel Comics)
  • Thanos (Marvel Comics)
  • Thor Odinson (Marvel Comics)
  • Tony Masters/Taskmaster (Marvel Comics)
  • Tony Stark/Iron Man (Marvel Comics)
  • Tyrant (Marvel Comics)
  • Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Marvel Comics)
  • Frank Castle/The Punisher (Marvel Comics)
  • Jack (Samurai Jack)
  • Lance Sterling (Spies in Disguise)
  • Brock Samson (The Venture Bros.)
  • The Ninja Turtles (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Master Splinter (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Oroku Saki/The Shredder (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Practitioners of the Hercules Method (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode)

Live Television/Movies

  • Angel (Angel/Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • John Matrix (Commando)
  • Vlad III Tepes (Dracula Untold)
  • Robert McCall (The Equalizer)
  • River Tam (Firefly/Serenity)
  • Grimms (Grimm)
  • Henry (Hardcore Henry)
  • Ip Man (Ip Man)
  • Eggsy (Kingsman)
  • Harry Hart (Kingsman)
  • Hela (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
  • Several Characters (Pair of Kings)
  • Thomas Anderson/Neo (The Matrix series)
  • Gabe Law (The One)
  • Yu Law (The One)
  • Ting (Ong-Bak)
  • Niklaus Mikaulson (The Originals/Vampire Diaries)
  • Mikael (The Originals/Vampire Diaries)
  • Power Rangers (Power Rangers)
  • John Rambo (Rambo)
  • Mr. Smith (Shoot'Em Up)
  • Various Jedi (Star Wars)
  • Various Dark Jedi (Star Wars)
  • Various Sith (Star Wars)
  • General Grievous (Star Wars)
  • Lucifer (Supernatural)
  • Dean Winchester (Supernatural)
  • Bryan Mills (Taken)
  • Harry Tasker (True Lies)
  • T-800s (Terminator)
  • T-1000s (Terminator)

Video Games

  • Bruce Wayne/Batman (Arkham series)
  • Top-tier assassins (Assassin's Creed)
  • Asura (Asura's Wrath)
  • Augus (Asura's Wrath)
  • Yasha (Asura's Wrath)
  • Bayonetta (Bayonetta)
  • Jeanne (Bayonetta)
  • Seda (Dark Cloud); via Dark Genie
  • Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Darksiders series)
  • Doomguy/Doom Slayer (DOOM)
  • Sparda (Devil May Cry)
  • Dante (Devil May Cry)
  • Lady (Devil May Cry)
  • Vergil (Devil May Cry)
  • Nero (Devil May Cry)
  • Jakob/Cult Leader (New Blood Interactive's DUSK)
  • The Last Dragonborn (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)
  • Ashley "Ash" J. Williams (The Evil Dead series)
  • Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII)
  • Zack Fair (Final Fantasy VII)
  • Lightning/Claire Farron (Final Fantasy XIII)
  • Gene (God Hand)
  • Kratos (God of War)
  • Lieutenant Spartan B-312; Noble 6 (Halo)
  • Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 (Halo)
  • Arbiter Thel 'Vadam (Halo)
  • Atriox (Halo)
  • Magic the Hard/CFW Magic (Hyperdimension Neptunia)
  • Jak (Jak and Daxter)
  • Sora (Kingdom Hearts)
  • Link (Legend of Zelda)
  • X (Mega Man X series)
  • Zero (Mega Man X series)
  • Big Boss (Metal Gear)
  • Gray Fox (Metal Gear)
  • Quiet (Metal Gear)
  • Revolver Ocelot/Liquid Ocelot (Metal Gear)
  • Solid Snake (Metal Gear)
  • The Boss (Metal Gear)
  • Venom Snake (Metal Gear)
  • Volgin/The Man On Fire (Metal Gear)
  • Samus Aran (Metroid series)
  • Commando (Miniclip Commando series)
  • Ermac (Mortal Kombat)
  • Raiden (Mortal Kombat)
  • Shao Kahn (Mortal Kombat)
  • Shinnok (Mortal Kombat)
  • Liu Kang (Mortal Kombat)
  • Ryu Hayabusa (Ninja Gaiden)
  • Aaron Routakorpi (Persona: Rising Reverie)
  • Alex Mercer (PROTOTYPE)
  • James Heller (PROTOTYPE 2)
  • Ratchet (Ratchet and Clank series)
  • Daidoji (Senran Kagura )
  • The Cooper Gang (Sly Cooper series)
  • Nightmare (Soul series)
  • Agent 3 (Splatoon)
  • Akuma (Street Fighter)
  • Mario (Super Mario series)
  • Heihachi Mashima (Tekken)
  • Richard Miller (Time Crisis)
  • Snow Demon (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Space Marines (Warhammer 40K)
  • Bj Blazkowicz (Wolfenstein)
  • Kazuma Kiryuu (Yakuza series)
  • Various characters (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Adol Christin (Ys)

Other

  • Jonathan Grimm/Griever (Anima: Beyond Fantasy)
  • Kisidan (Anima: Beyond Fantasy)
  • Ophiel Akerontes Zeros (Anima: Beyond Fantasy)
  • Sun Wukong (Journey Into the West)
  • Samson (Judeo-Christian Mythology)
  • Rezkin (King's Dark Tidings)
  • Connovan (King's Dark Tidings)
  • Keill Randor (Last Legionary)
  • Various Characters (RWBY)
  • John (unOrdinary)

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