History Literature / StarshipTroopers

22nd Sep '16 4:14:11 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Averted spiritually when despite being [[TropeNamer THE]] BugWar, the Bugs actually use tactics not unlike humans and Bug Warriors are broadly equivalent in style to Cap Troopers. They still massively outnumber human troops and rely on quantity, though; the narrator once mentions a kill ratio of 1000:1 is still a net win by the Bugs.

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** Averted spiritually when despite being [[TropeNamer THE]] BugWar, the Bugs actually use tactics not unlike humans and Bug Warriors are broadly equivalent in style to Cap Troopers. They still massively outnumber human troops and rely on quantity, though; the narrator once mentions a kill ratio of 1000:1 is still a net win by the Bugs. Although it should be noted that Cap Troopers operate in ''tiny'' numbers by today's standards; one soldier per square kilometer is considered a dangerously tight formation.
12th Sep '16 1:21:15 PM lord_puppy
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** [[After Rasczak is killed, the soldiers propose to rename the unit Jelly's Jaguars, after their new leader. Jelly promptly shoots it down]]
** [[At the end of the novel, the unit is now named Rico's Roughnecks.]]

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** [[After [[spoiler: After Rasczak is killed, the soldiers propose to rename the unit Jelly's Jaguars, after their new leader. Jelly promptly shoots it down]]
** [[At [[spoiler: At the end of the novel, the unit is now named Rico's Roughnecks.]]
12th Sep '16 1:20:33 PM lord_puppy
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** [[After Rasczak is killed, the soldiers propose to rename the unit Jelly's Jaguars, after their new leader. Jelly promptly shoots it down]]
** [[At the end of the novel, the unit is now named Rico's Roughnecks.]]
12th Sep '16 1:17:29 PM lord_puppy
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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Applies to many units, usually based off their leader's name. Throughout the novel, we come across Rasczak's Roughnecks, Warren's Wolverines, Blackie's Blackguards, King's Kodiak Bears, and Willie's Wildcats.
19th May '16 1:49:55 PM MrDeath
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* FantasticCasteSystem: only veterans have full citizenship.
19th May '16 4:34:42 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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* AnyoneCanDie: It's masked a little by Johnnie's [[UnreliableNarrator optimism]], but pretty much anybody he mentions by name has about a fifty/fifty chance of buying it by the end. WordOfGod says that Johnnie [[DeadlyEuphemism bought his farm]] on Klendathu.

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* AnyoneCanDie: It's masked a little by Johnnie's [[UnreliableNarrator optimism]], but pretty much anybody he mentions by name has about a fifty/fifty chance of buying it by the end. WordOfGod says that Johnnie [[DeadlyEuphemism [[NeverSayDie bought his farm]] on Klendathu.
19th May '16 4:32:04 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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* AnyoneCanDie: It's masked a little by Johnnie's [[UnreliableNarrator optimism]], but pretty much anybody he mentions by name has about a fifty/fifty chance of buying it by the end. WordOfGod says that Johnnie [[DeadlyEuphemisms bought his farm]] on Klendathu.

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* AnyoneCanDie: It's masked a little by Johnnie's [[UnreliableNarrator optimism]], but pretty much anybody he mentions by name has about a fifty/fifty chance of buying it by the end. WordOfGod says that Johnnie [[DeadlyEuphemisms [[DeadlyEuphemism bought his farm]] on Klendathu.
19th May '16 4:31:42 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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* AnyoneCanDie: It's masked a little by Johnnie's [[UnreliableNarrator optimism]], but pretty much anybody he mentions by name has about a fifty/fifty chance of buying it by the end.

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* AnyoneCanDie: It's masked a little by Johnnie's [[UnreliableNarrator optimism]], but pretty much anybody he mentions by name has about a fifty/fifty chance of buying it by the end. WordOfGod says that Johnnie [[DeadlyEuphemisms bought his farm]] on Klendathu.
13th Mar '16 10:25:46 PM Dingbot
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* NoodleIncident: At the end of Rico's training, he mentions that he left a lot out, specifically, that he said "...nothing about the time we dropped everything and fought a forest fire for three days, no mention of the practice alert that was a real one, only we didn't know it until it was over, nor about the day the cook tent blew away..."

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* NoodleIncident: At the end of Rico's training, he mentions that he left a lot out, specifically, that he said "...[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking nothing about the time we dropped everything and fought a forest fire for three days, no mention of the practice alert that was a real one, only we didn't know it until it was over, nor about the day the cook tent blew away..."]]"
16th Jan '16 1:54:54 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* PsychicPowers: Not focused upon, but present; one "sensitive" is brought in to draw a map of a tunnel network near the end. It's the real deal, but Rico himself is skeptical. Rico also refers in passing to the "talents" assigned to Logistics & Communications (including "telepaths," "sensers," and "lucky men"). Even after the sensitive's skills are proven, Johnnie still doubts the guy is psychic. His theory is the guy might just have really good hearing. Several comments made by the sensitive and his "handlers" would seem to back this up, but it's still ambiguous.

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* PsychicPowers: Not focused upon, but present; one "sensitive" is brought in to draw a map of a tunnel network near the end. It's the real deal, but Rico himself is skeptical. Rico also refers in passing to the "talents" assigned to Logistics & Communications (including "telepaths," "sensers," and "lucky men"). Even after the sensitive's skills are proven, Johnnie still doubts the guy is psychic. His theory is the guy might just have really good hearing.hearing[[note]] He's tracing the bug tunnels from above ground, and the tools bug workers use for digging and maintenance make a very distinctive sound. [[/note]]. Several comments made by the sensitive and his "handlers" would seem to back this up, but it's still ambiguous.
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