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30th Apr '16 8:34:30 PM Drgonzo
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* Jeff Foxworthy did a bit once where he related that he'd been watching the news, and the top story was 80 people dying in a bus crash. Foxworthy said "the only thing I could think was 'How on earth did they get 80 people on a bus?'....once it becomes a physics problem, it takes the emotional sting out of it."
20th Apr '16 12:57:25 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Averted -- explicitly run away from -- in both ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' and ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove''. In the former, characters at times explicitly comment and agonize over the fact that there are civilian casualties -- in one later episode, the heroes stop their pursuit of the BigBad because he's just set a city on fire.
** In ''Do You Remember Love?'', [[spoiler: Hikaru finally convinces Minmay to sing the [[TitledAfterTheSong Title Song]] to halt the Zentradi assault in its tracks by forcefully reminding her about the millions who'd died during the war, including mentioning some names of Hikaru's friends and squadmates that (at least in the movie continuity) she'd likely never met. Suitably chastened, she realizes it is her human duty to sing and stop the war. He never brings up the possibility of him and her being killed, instead focusing on everyone else and the lives they sacrificed.]]

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Averted -- explicitly run away from -- in both ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' and ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove''. In the former, characters at times explicitly comment and agonize over the fact that there are civilian casualties -- in one later episode, the heroes stop their pursuit of the BigBad because he's just set a city on fire.
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fire. In ''Do You Remember Love?'', [[spoiler: Hikaru finally convinces Minmay to sing the [[TitledAfterTheSong Title Song]] to halt the Zentradi assault in its tracks by forcefully reminding her about the millions who'd died during the war, including mentioning some names of Hikaru's friends and squadmates that (at least in the movie continuity) she'd likely never met. Suitably chastened, she realizes it is her human duty to sing and stop the war. He never brings up the possibility of him and her being killed, instead focusing on everyone else and the lives they sacrificed.]]
11th Apr '16 2:10:44 PM SamTheAwesome
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* The Time Lords in the Series/DoctorWho fanfiction ''Fanfic/TheLastGreatTimeWar''. They don't care about planets or even galaxies being destroyed in the War unless they are of significant strategic importance.
27th Mar '16 12:51:54 AM Kieranoi
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** In general though, the Universal Century Averts this hard by often pointing out that every soldier is human in of themselves have emotions, dreams and an identity of there own and that every soldier that dies is another life lost pointlessly in war (In fact in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' when protagonist Kamille Bidan gets angry at resident PsychoForHire Yazan Gable he is quite obviously angry that Yazan treats war like a game and that people on all sides are dying not just on his side).
22nd Mar '16 7:03:43 PM Argon2
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* In season 2 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', several Hunters get into a fight in the middle of a highway road, the collateral damage of which flips several ''moving'' cars over. Despite the Hunters being students and (mostly) legal adults, they experience no social or academic repercussions and the civilians' potential deaths/injuries are never mentioned by anyone. Yet in season 3 (once CerebusSyndrome has hit), one Hunter student [[spoiler:(seemingly)]] mutilating another- in a recreational combat tournament, no less- is this shocking event that traumatizes everyone involved, makes observers instantly distrust the perpetrator, and gets several episodes dedicated to its fallout. The ''only'' difference between the two situations is that one time the writers decided to make death important, and the other time they did not.
16th Mar '16 11:07:47 AM Lopiny
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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20050705.html Petey calls out Kevyn]] on being willing to kill tens of thousands in combat, but squeamish of mind-ripping a single individual to obtain the same results.

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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20050705.html Petey calls out Kevyn]] on being willing to kill tens of thousands in combat, but squeamish of mind-ripping a single individual to obtain the same results. He brings it up again in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2010-09-19 this strip]], with an appropriate quote:
-->''"If I spend the power to rescue our friends, an entire world full of innocent people will die. You might regard that as merely a horrible tragedy in some distant place, but I can hear every heartbeat."''
2nd Mar '16 8:50:55 PM MaxwellDaring
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* In ''Literature/ASymphonyOfEternity'' we have the Volunian war in which millions of soldiers have died have died and before that there was the war for what in now [[OccupiersOutOfOurCountry The Occupied Teritories]] where hundreds of millions died in the war, the real kicker? Both are considered TERTIARY fronts and MINOR AND BRIEF conflicts.


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* In ''Literature/ASymphonyOfEternity'' we have the Volunian war in which millions of soldiers have died have died and before that there was the war for what in now [[OccupiersOutOfOurCountry The Occupied Teritories]] where hundreds of millions died in the war, the real kicker? Both are considered TERTIARY fronts and MINOR AND BRIEF conflicts.
11th Feb '16 11:48:43 PM DarkHunter
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** Taken UpToEleven in ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations''. Planetary invasions involve millions of troops ''per battle'', and every single attempt at invading a planet is noted to cause the death of billions of people. Your population is so large that it is counted in billions as a base unit, and the game notes that that's only the taxpaying population, and there are many, many more that the census skips over.

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** Taken UpToEleven in ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations''. Planetary invasions involve tens of millions of troops troops, on each side, ''per battle'', and every single attempt at invading a planet is noted to cause the death of billions of people. Your population is so large that it is counted in billions as a base unit, and the game notes that that's only the taxpaying population, and there are many, many more that the census skips over.
11th Feb '16 11:47:24 PM DarkHunter
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** Taken UpToEleven in ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations''. Planetary invasions involve millions of troops ''per battle'', and every single attempt at invading a planet is noted to cause the death of billions of people. Your population is so large that it is counted in billions as a base unit, and the game notes that that's only the taxpaying population, and there are many, many more that the census skips over.
31st Jan '16 6:30:22 PM GrammarNavi
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* TadWilliams understands the power of this trope. In his ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' series, Pryrates' first act of evil is to [[KickTheDog murder a small dog]].

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* TadWilliams Creator/TadWilliams understands the power of this trope. In his ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' series, Pryrates' first act of evil is to [[KickTheDog murder a small dog]].
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