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14th Jan '18 1:47:12 PM Malady
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--> '''Randal''': No way!
--> '''Roofer''': I'm alive because I knew there were risks involved taking on that particular client. My friend wasn't so lucky. You know, any contractor willing to work on that Death Star knew the risks. If they were killed, it was their own fault. A roofer listens to this... (taps his heart) not his wallet.

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--> '''Randal''': No way!
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'''Roofer''': I'm alive because I knew there were risks involved taking on that particular client. My friend wasn't so lucky. You know, any contractor willing to work on that Death Star knew the risks. If they were killed, it was their own fault. A roofer listens to this... (taps his heart) not his wallet.



** The Clone Wars is another example, played straight. The clone army is fighting and dying every day for three years to protect the galaxy, when they have no choice but to fight (unless they're given greater autonomy in the case of being a specialist, such as an ARC Trooper or commando). Many of the people of the galaxy think nothing of them dying because they just see the clones as organic droids. Created to fight, then to be tossed away later. Karen Traviss's ''RepublicCommando'' series delves deeply into inter-clone relations, showing us each different personalities, preferences, methods of speaking, and other such things. During a scene in one of the books, an ARC Trooper takes his helmet off in a crowded bus that he had gotten onto. A lot of the people aboard are very surprised that not only are the clones ''human'', but they're also ''young'', having only been grown around ten years ago.

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** The Clone Wars is another example, played straight. The clone army is fighting and dying every day for three years to protect the galaxy, when they have no choice but to fight (unless they're given greater autonomy in the case of being a specialist, such as an ARC Trooper or commando). Many of the people of the galaxy think nothing of them dying because they just see the clones as organic droids. Created to fight, then to be tossed away later. Karen Traviss's ''RepublicCommando'' ''Literature/RepublicCommandoSeries'' series delves deeply into inter-clone relations, showing us each different personalities, preferences, methods of speaking, and other such things. During a scene in one of the books, an ARC Trooper takes his helmet off in a crowded bus that he had gotten onto. A lot of the people aboard are very surprised that not only are the clones ''human'', but they're also ''young'', having only been grown around ten years ago.
8th Jan '18 11:01:13 AM Ulrik54
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** And then averted in ''Film/TheForceAwakens''; when [[spoiler: [[WaveMotionGun Starkiller Base]] destroys the capital of the New Republic, we actually get to see the terrified faces of its many citizens as they see the bright, red light bearing down on them.]]
23rd Dec '17 6:19:15 PM nombretomado
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* An in-universe example: In Creator/SMStirling's {{Emberverse}}, most of Earth's population died following the Change, which rendered guns and most forms of power generation inoperable. Twenty-plus years later, most of those born since the Change take living in such a death-ridden world for granted; some of the young protagonists even ridicule most pre-Change humans for being so incompetent at survival skills. While exploring Toronto's CN Tower, however, they discover the skeletons of a woman (apparently a Change-time suicide) and her cat, and are deeply moved by the evidence of these particular deaths.

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* An in-universe example: In Creator/SMStirling's {{Emberverse}}, Literature/{{Emberverse}}, most of Earth's population died following the Change, which rendered guns and most forms of power generation inoperable. Twenty-plus years later, most of those born since the Change take living in such a death-ridden world for granted; some of the young protagonists even ridicule most pre-Change humans for being so incompetent at survival skills. While exploring Toronto's CN Tower, however, they discover the skeletons of a woman (apparently a Change-time suicide) and her cat, and are deeply moved by the evidence of these particular deaths.
2nd Dec '17 5:40:17 AM Xemylixa
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* Parodied in ''Literature/{{Discworld}} Noir'': Lewton tells an {{NPC}} that the people of Ankh-Morpork don't react if you tell them a thousand people died in a pogrom in Omnia, but tell them an Ankh-Morpork citizen stubbed his toe on the Brass Bridge and you get a reaction. The other guy then replies: "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint A citizen stubbed his toe on the Brass Bridge?]]"

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* Parodied in ''Literature/{{Discworld}} Noir'': ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir'': Lewton tells an {{NPC}} that the people of Ankh-Morpork don't react if you tell them a thousand people died in a pogrom in Omnia, but tell them an Ankh-Morpork citizen stubbed his toe on the Brass Bridge and you get a reaction. The other guy then replies: "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint A citizen stubbed his toe on the Brass Bridge?]]"
29th Nov '17 1:37:46 PM JoeMerl
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* {{Discussed}} and {{Inverted}} in ''Compulsion,'' where Judd brings this up to justify the fact that he and [[PoisonousFriend Artie]] [[WouldHurtAChild killed a little boy]] ForTheEvulz.
-->"There were nine million people killed in [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI the war]]! What does one little Chicago boy matter?"
23rd Nov '17 9:35:17 PM TheSinful
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* Averted in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11767392/11/Frigid-Future Frigid Future]]'' when androids 12 and 11 (reprogrammed by Bulma) save 17 and 18 from Gero and Cell. 12 is angry at 11 for wanting to give them a second chance, citing how 3 redeemed herself and that 17 and 18 clearly care about each other. As 12 argues, 3 was purely robotic which meant she had an implanted personality she had to overcome; 17 and 18 were originally human and had their own free will but murdered millions anyway [[ForTheEvulz just for the hell of it]]. It doesn't matter if they care about each other, they chose to be monsters.

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* Averted in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11767392/11/Frigid-Future Frigid Future]]'' when androids 12 and 11 (reprogrammed by Bulma) save 17 and 18 from Gero and Cell. 12 is angry at 11 for wanting to give them a second chance, citing who cites how 3 redeemed herself and that 17 and 18 clearly care about each other. As 12 argues, 3 was purely robotic which meant she had an implanted personality she had to overcome; 17 and 18 were originally human and had their own free will but murdered millions anyway [[ForTheEvulz just for the hell of it]]. It doesn't matter if they care about each other, they chose to be monsters.
27th Oct '17 11:40:09 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Demonstrated very clearly in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' and its follow-up episodes. The Combine has enslaved the Earth, killing people in such numbers it's described as genocide and subjecting countless others to transformation into [[AndIMustScream Stalkers]]. All of that gets a very negative reaction from people... [[spoiler:but nowhere near the reaction provoked when Eli Vance is killed.]]

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* Demonstrated very clearly in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' and its follow-up episodes. The Combine has enslaved the Earth, killing people in such numbers it's described as genocide and subjecting countless others to transformation into [[AndIMustScream Stalkers]]. All of that gets a very negative reaction from people... [[spoiler:but nowhere near the reaction provoked when Eli Vance is killed.]]
25th Oct '17 11:40:42 PM Nicoaln
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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory''. When the characters learn mid-way through the game that the population of Expel (roughly one billion or so people) is gone, they are ''horrified''. (And many have a reason to - Bowman, Precis, Leon, and Rena all have family there.) But then comes the ending wherein [[spoiler: that billion people will be returned... at the cost of roughly a billion Nedians instead.]] This is played as a BittersweetEnding, and the characters by this point are ''very'' adverse to this.



* Subverted in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory''. When the characters learn mid-way through the game that the population of Expel (roughly one billion or so people) is gone, they are ''horrified''. But then comes the ending wherein [[spoiler: that billion people will be returned... at the cost of roughly a billion Nedians instead.]] This is played as a BittersweetEnding, and the characters by this point are ''very'' adverse to this.
25th Oct '17 11:38:21 PM Nicoaln
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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory''. When the characters learn mid-way through the game that the population of Expel (roughly one billion or so people) is gone, they are ''horrified''. But then comes the ending wherein [[spoiler: that billion people will be returned... at the cost of roughly a billion Nedians instead.]] This is played as a BittersweetEnding, and the characters by this point are ''very'' adverse to this.
10th Oct '17 10:19:40 AM 309216364
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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', due to a food crisis, the government sent 250,000 people to [[BlatantLies reclaim Wall Maria]] with only less than 100 returning. One of the casualties is Armin's grandfather who handed him his hat before leaving. Another happens in episode 25 where the large number of civilian deaths are all represented by a bloodied little girl crying and stumbling in the streets over several corpses.

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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', due to a food crisis, the government sent 250,000 people to [[BlatantLies reclaim Wall Maria]] with only less than 100 200 returning. One of the casualties is Armin's grandfather who handed him his hat before leaving. Another happens in episode 25 where the large number of civilian deaths are all represented by a bloodied little girl crying and stumbling in the streets over several corpses.
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