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22nd Apr '17 1:09:10 PM Connacht
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** When you meet Grunt, however, the trope might be purely represented. Depending on your previous choices, [[spoiler:you meet a rachni queen that is friendly to you. You must fight a lot of enemies in order to rescue her, while Grunt and his company of elite troopers are fighting in another location. However, both your team and Grunt's company are overrun by enemy. You have to either go rescue Grunt, which leaves the rachni queen to enemy hands, or call Grunt to fall back and assist you. Grunt will leave his position just to help you, but without his lead his companions are doomed to death. Then Grunt might die as well while covering your reatreat, or can survive, in both cases bearing a lot of emotion in the cutscenes and for the plot. His company results utterly decimated, but no tear is dropped for those soldiers, who play the role of masked nameless strong mooks. Only the life of Grunts play an emotional role. His death is a tragedy; their death is almost unnoticed.]]
15th Apr '17 1:06:57 PM nombretomado
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* An in-universe example: In 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 SMStirling's 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.
10th Apr '17 1:49:17 PM MarsJenkar
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** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': The episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E3TheSurvivors The Survivors]]" calls on this trope. A god-like being settles down with a human wife and becomes a pacifist - but then a hostile race attacks their planet, and the being's wife is killed defending the planet. This angers the being into destroying the hostile race - the entire race of fifty billion. This is where Picard finds him, alone on the blighted planet with a simulacrum of his wife.
-->'''Kevin Uxbridge''': "I saw her broken body... I went insane. My hatred exploded. And in an instant of grief... I destroyed the Husnock! ...No, no, no, no, you don't understand the scope of my crime. I didn't kill just one Husnock, or a hundred, or a thousand. I killed them all. All Husnock, everywhere."
-->'''Picard''': "We are not qualified to be your judges. We have no law to fit your crime. You're free to return to the planet, and to make Rishon live again. ...We leave behind a being of extraordinary power... and conscience. I am not certain if he should be praised or condemned. Only that he should be left alone."
*** Though really, what could they have done? This guy wiped out 50 billion sentients in a single fit of rage, so any attempt to level punishment would be an exercise in futility, since he could only be punished if he wanted to be punished. Self-imposed exile to an empty planet is as good a punishment as any they could levy given what they're dealing with.

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** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': The episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E3TheSurvivors The Survivors]]" calls on plays with this trope. A god-like being settles down with a human wife and becomes a pacifist - but then a hostile race attacks their planet, and the being's wife is killed defending the planet. This angers the being into destroying the hostile race - the entire race of fifty billion. This is where Picard finds him, alone on the blighted planet with a simulacrum of his wife.
-->'''Kevin Uxbridge''': "I saw her broken body... I went insane. My hatred exploded. And in an instant of grief... I destroyed the Husnock! ...No, no, no, no, you don't understand the scope of my crime. I didn't kill just one Husnock, or a hundred, or a thousand. [[FinalSolution I killed them all. All Husnock, everywhere."
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'''Picard''':
"We are not qualified to be your judges. We have no law to fit your crime. You're free to return to the planet, and to make Rishon live again. ...[[note]]Left unstated were several ''practical'' reasons not to pursue justice further, including the fact that the Federation lacked the ''capability'' of levying stronger punishment on such a powerful being. Kevin's self-imposed exile on the ruined world with the simulacrum of Rishon to keep him company--and remind him of his misdeed--was as effective a punishment as any the Federation could impose.[[/note]] ...We leave behind a being of extraordinary power... and conscience. I am not certain if he should be praised or condemned. Only that he should be left alone."
*** Though really, what could they have done? This guy wiped out 50 billion sentients in a single fit of rage, so any attempt to level punishment would be an exercise in futility, since he could only be punished if he wanted to be punished. Self-imposed exile to an empty planet is as good a punishment as any they could levy given what they're dealing with.
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2nd Mar '17 10:19:03 AM ironballs16
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* ''VideoGame/TormentTidesOfNumenera'' has [[MeaningfulName The Endless War]], as put best by a woman you meet in the Valley of the Dead.

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* ''VideoGame/TormentTidesOfNumenera'' has [[MeaningfulName The Endless War]], as put best by a woman you meet in the Valley of the Dead.Dead Heroes.
2nd Mar '17 10:18:16 AM ironballs16
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* ''VideoGame/TormentTidesOfNumenera'' has [[MeaningfulName The Endless War]], as put best by a woman you meet in the Valley of the Dead.
-->'''Thalana''': [[NothingPersonal But it's not personal]]. It's not someone who wants ''your'' destruction in particular. You're just... inconvenient to them. Your death is another number, a way to measure their success. [[WarIsHell It's... hell]]. A business-like hell. And ''you'' did it. Castoffs. You could stop if you wanted. But you don't. Or maybe you don't care. I mean, when you've made statistics of your enemies, [[FacelessMooks faceless foes whose existence you can erase without a qualm]]... you're not just hurting them. You're hurting yourself, the way you see the world. Soon everything is conflict and pain. [[TheSocialDarwinist All that matters is your success]]. And you've killed yourself, and you don't even know it. (''She wipes a tear away'') It ruins everything - everyone it touches.
22nd Feb '17 7:49:21 PM GrammarNavi
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* EddieIzzard has a section in his comedy show DressedToKill where he discusses this in relation to Pol Pot.

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* EddieIzzard Creator/EddieIzzard has a section in his comedy show DressedToKill ''Dressed To Kill'' where he discusses this in relation to Pol Pot.
21st Feb '17 5:09:25 PM nombretomado
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** In ''CrisisCore'', Zack's death is played up as the most tragic thing evarar -- even though he just killed a small army of SHINRA soldiers, i.e., men doing the same job that Zack was doing back in Wutai.

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** In ''CrisisCore'', ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', Zack's death is played up as the most tragic thing evarar -- even though he just killed a small army of SHINRA soldiers, i.e., men doing the same job that Zack was doing back in Wutai.
18th Feb '17 1:02:33 AM TheSinful
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* Averted with Sarah Kerrigan in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6244518/1/Flight-to-Freedom Flight to Freedom]]'' who not only knows how many people were killed by the Swarm under her command but also, due to the Zerg HiveMind, knows their names. A couple times during her recovery she starts reciting the names of her victims.


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* Notably averted in ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'' when Raynor reminds Kerrigan of not just Fenix but also the "millions [she's] butchered" as the Queen of Blades.
18th Feb '17 12:47:04 AM 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.
16th Feb '17 12:35:21 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** While debating whether to assassinate Daenerys, Grand Maester Pycelle questions how many thousand innocents will die in the war that must come if Daenerys invades Westeros.
** Tywin notes that the Red Wedding prevented thousands of deaths by ending the Northern rebellion without the friendly losses required to kill the same army in battle.
** Stannis, Melisandre, and Davos debate whether sacrificing a single innocent to end the war with magic is preferable to the thousands (including civilians) who would die in conventional warfare.
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