History Main / AMillionIsAStatistic

14th Jul '17 10:21:07 AM Silverblade2
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** Massively averted by the Doctor in regards to the destruction of Gallifrey in the New Series. That event weighs on his conscience harder than anything else. He was asked just before he pushed The Button how many children were on Gallifrey at that moment, and were about to die by his hand. He didn't know at the time, but he later counted (2.47 billion). [[spoiler:Of course with his other incarnations he ends up saving Gallifrey in a TrickedOutTime gambit, but due to the time lines being out of sync doesn't remember this so the point stands.]]

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** Massively averted Defied by the Doctor in regards to the destruction of Gallifrey in the New Series. That event weighs on his conscience harder than anything else. He was asked just before he pushed The Button how many children were on Gallifrey at that moment, and were about to die by his hand. He didn't know at the time, but he later counted (2.47 billion). [[spoiler:Of course with his other incarnations he ends up saving Gallifrey in a TrickedOutTime gambit, but due to the time lines being out of sync doesn't remember this so the point stands.]]
30th May '17 1:13:17 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* In ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersConspiracy'', a disturbing discussion of this comes up as Francis tries to reason with Sheeva, or so he wants her to believe. He challenges her claims of being an honorable fighter by mentioning the long lifespan of the Shokkan and asking how many deaths such a warrior who has lived so long must is ''personally'' responsible for if such battles to the death are commonplace among them. He suggests Sheeva must have killed ''thousands'' (even one victim every two months would do so) also mentioning how many families she must have torn apart, even suggesting that some of her opponents may have been children of previous ones, seeking revenge. (Of course, he's playing on Sheeva's confusion resulting from being yanked into a setting where [[WrongGenreSavvy the rules of her own reality]] don't apply.)
29th May '17 4:02:16 PM billybobfred
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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."

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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 [[ClownCar get 80 people on a bus?'....bus]]?'....once it becomes a physics problem, it takes the emotional sting out of it."
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.
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