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15th Jan '16 10:56:55 AM Ohio9
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* Every organized armed force is depicted negatively in ''Videgame/TheLastOfUs'', including the US Army before the apocalypse, the FEDRA soldiers after it, and the Firefly resistance forces fighting against them.
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* Every organized armed force is depicted negatively in ''Videgame/TheLastOfUs'', ''Videogame/TheLastOfUs'', including the US Army before the apocalypse, the FEDRA soldiers after it, and the Firefly resistance forces fighting against them.
15th Jan '16 10:55:34 AM Ohio9
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* Every organized armed force is depicted negatively in ''Videgame/TheLastOfUs'', including the US Army before the apocalypse, the FEDRA soldiers after it, and the FireFly resistance forces fighting against them.
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* Every organized armed force is depicted negatively in ''Videgame/TheLastOfUs'', including the US Army before the apocalypse, the FEDRA soldiers after it, and the FireFly Firefly resistance forces fighting against them.
15th Jan '16 10:54:57 AM Ohio9
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* Every organized armed force is depicted negatively in ''Videgame/TheLastOfUs'', including the US Army before the apocalypse, the FEDRA soldiers after it, and the FireFly resistance forces fighting against them.
13th Jan '16 6:32:41 PM UrthWyrm
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* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequel trilogy, the Republic initially does not have a military. ''Film/StarWarsAttackOfTheClones'' has Senator Padme Amidala fighting a "Military Creation Act" and being targeted by assassins for it. The creation of the Republic's clone army is ultimately a ploy by Chancellor Palpatine to [[PlayingBothSides manipulate both sides of the war]] and get the Senate to vote him more power. The clones themselves are mostly decent people but that didn't matter once Palpatine [[ManchurianAgent forced]] them to kill all the Jedi.
31st Dec '15 3:07:28 AM thatmadork
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** Not to mention the [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} Talon Company]] and the [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}} Gunners]]. They have their delusions of being an elite crew of pseudo-military mercenaries, but through their ruthless behaviour, they're in reality just a murdering, thieving band of {{Jerkass}} Raiders with better equipment. They'll happily wipe out whole towns full of women and children if it means a job (or sometimes ''[[RapePillageAndBurn just for the sheer hell of it''), they never take prisoners (and conversely never surrender), and they can't be reasoned with. The Gunners aren't even above slavery, trying to buy a child from the [[PlayerCharacter Sole Survivor]] during a quest to return the kid to his parents - if you refuse, they come back and demand the kid ''and'' his parents be handed to them as property.
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** Not to mention the [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} Talon Company]] and the [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}} Gunners]]. They have their delusions of being an elite crew of pseudo-military mercenaries, but through their ruthless behaviour, they're in reality just a murdering, thieving band of {{Jerkass}} Raiders with better equipment. They'll happily wipe out whole towns full of women and children if it means a job (or sometimes ''[[RapePillageAndBurn just for the sheer hell of it''), it]]''), they never take prisoners (and conversely never surrender), and they can't be reasoned with. The Gunners aren't even above slavery, trying to buy a child from the [[PlayerCharacter Sole Survivor]] during a quest to return the kid to his parents - if you refuse, they come back and demand the kid ''and'' his parents be handed to them as property.
31st Dec '15 3:06:01 AM thatmadork
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** Not to mention the [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} Talon Company]] and the [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}} Gunners]]. They have their delusions of being an elite crew of pseudo-military mercenaries, but through their ruthless behaviour, they're in reality just a murdering, thieving band of {{Jerkass}} Raiders with better equipment. They'll happily wipe out whole towns full of women and children if it means a job (or sometimes ''[[RapePillageAndBurn just for the sheer hell of it''), they never take prisoners (and conversely never surrender), and they can't be reasoned with. The Gunners aren't even above slavery, trying to buy a child from the [[PlayerCharacter Sole Survivor]] during a quest to return the kid to his parents - if you refuse, they come back and demand the kid ''and'' his parents be handed to them as property.
25th Nov '15 7:50:57 PM Doug86
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* Parodied in the film ''MarsAttacks!'' where General Decker's warmongering instincts ("We have to strike now, sir! Annihilate! Kill! Kill! Kill!") prove to be entirely well founded.
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* Parodied in the film ''MarsAttacks!'' ''Film/MarsAttacks!'' where General Decker's warmongering instincts ("We have to strike now, sir! Annihilate! Kill! Kill! Kill!") prove to be entirely well founded.

* The US Air Force in ''{{Film/Super 8}}''. Their is to recapture the escaped cargo from the train, but they go to many length to make sure it's caught in secret, such as [[spoiler:torturing the former scientist who freed the alien]], and [[spoiler:starting a wildfire so that the entire town evacuates and lets the Air Force occupy the place]].
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* The US Air Force in ''{{Film/Super ''Film/{{Super 8}}''. Their is to recapture the escaped cargo from the train, but they go to many length to make sure it's caught in secret, such as [[spoiler:torturing the former scientist who freed the alien]], and [[spoiler:starting a wildfire so that the entire town evacuates and lets the Air Force occupy the place]].

* Played with in ''{{Chappie}}''. Tetravaal, a PrivateMilitaryContractor is largely neutral, and the South African paramilitary police force doesn't want Moore's overly destructive robot, instead being happy to rely on the multi-purpose Scouts. [[BigBad Vincent Moore]] however, is an AxCrazy ex-Special Forces operator, who carries a gun to work. * StarTrekIntoDarkness: Starfleet is usually "good" because its primary function is exploration, and its only forays into military activity are morally acceptable, like evac or defensive combat. They get a lot more questionable (and the crew gets more squeamish) as the Enterprise is gradually pushed into more military actions, like a Black Ops strike on John Harrison.
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* Played with in ''{{Chappie}}''.''Film/{{Chappie}}''. Tetravaal, a PrivateMilitaryContractor is largely neutral, and the South African paramilitary police force doesn't want Moore's overly destructive robot, instead being happy to rely on the multi-purpose Scouts. [[BigBad Vincent Moore]] however, is an AxCrazy ex-Special Forces operator, who carries a gun to work. * StarTrekIntoDarkness: ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': Starfleet is usually "good" because its primary function is exploration, and its only forays into military activity are morally acceptable, like evac or defensive combat. They get a lot more questionable (and the crew gets more squeamish) as the Enterprise is gradually pushed into more military actions, like a Black Ops strike on John Harrison.

* In the Creator/StephenKing novel ''TheStand'', the military is portrayed as being willing to gun down civilians with no compunction. In the Complete and Uncut edition, one group of heroes encounters a group of ex-soldiers who've banded together as a rape gang.
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* In the Creator/StephenKing novel ''TheStand'', ''Literature/TheStand'', the military is portrayed as being willing to gun down civilians with no compunction. In the Complete and Uncut edition, one group of heroes encounters a group of ex-soldiers who've banded together as a rape gang.

* Slaughterhouse-Five contains a depiction of a straw-man general espousing the bombing of Dresden as a victory of military planing and ingenuity. This also seems to be Kurt Vonnegut's understanding of the military in general. ** SlaughterhouseFive can also be considered a vicious deconstruction of the belief, at the time of the novel's writing, that the Allies were righteous, just and committed no atrocities, unlike the Nazis. Vonnegut was a POW being held by the Nazis at the time and was forced to participate in the cleanup in Dresden.
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* Slaughterhouse-Five ''Literature/SlaughterhouseFive'' contains a depiction of a straw-man strawman general espousing the bombing of Dresden as a victory of military planing planning and ingenuity. This also seems to be Kurt Vonnegut's understanding of the military in general. ** SlaughterhouseFive ''Slaughterhouse-Five'' can also be considered a vicious deconstruction of the belief, at the time of the novel's writing, that the Allies were righteous, just and committed no atrocities, unlike the Nazis. Vonnegut was a POW being held by the Nazis at the time and was forced to participate in the cleanup in Dresden.

* The original ''{{VideoGame/Grandia}}'' featured an ''insanely'' corrupt private military, the Garlyle Forces, which are comman by a infectee of the bug-like Big Bad. The Forces were set up to protect archaeologists as they excavated ruins, but they wound up stockpiling all of the excavated technology for themselves. They've also suppressed information, most notably that there is no "End of the World", and are busy making mischief in defenseless foreign lands. A bunch of tools all around. They do [[HeelFaceTurn turn face]] near the end of the game, but only after the mad General has slaughtered many of them.
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* The original ''{{VideoGame/Grandia}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}'' featured an ''insanely'' corrupt private military, the Garlyle Forces, which are comman by a infectee of the bug-like Big Bad. The Forces were set up to protect archaeologists as they excavated ruins, but they wound up stockpiling all of the excavated technology for themselves. They've also suppressed information, most notably that there is no "End of the World", and are busy making mischief in defenseless foreign lands. A bunch of tools all around. They do [[HeelFaceTurn turn face]] near the end of the game, but only after the mad General has slaughtered many of them.

* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' does this many times for humor, normally involving Captain Zapp Brannigan, but it all goes wrong, leaving the gang to sort things out. This also happens in the movie ''Beast with a Billion Backs''. Of course, Zapp isnt so much evil as a narcissistic, incompetent MilesGlorious, who doesnt understand the consequences of his behavior. Still applies though.
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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' does this many times for humor, normally involving Captain Zapp Brannigan, but it all goes wrong, leaving the gang to sort things out. This also happens in the movie ''Beast with a Billion Backs''. Of course, Zapp isnt isn't so much evil as a narcissistic, incompetent MilesGlorious, MilesGloriosus, who doesnt doesn't understand the consequences of his behavior. Still applies though.
4th Nov '15 2:42:59 AM thatmadork
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That was a bit much.
*** Rubbish. For every desperate defensive action that the Guard take part in, there are a dozen genocidal campaigns and oppressive postings they also take part in. Not to mention they are probably one of the biggest and most extreme examples of WeHaveReserves in fiction [[note]]does the phrase "If you will not serve in combat, than you will serve on the firing line!" mean anything to you?[[/note]]. The average guardsman is brave but may also be xenophobic, ignorant and fight-happy, and if they come from a Hive World they may also be an ArmyOfThievesAndWhores, and their squad leaders have a disturbing tendency to be either [[AxCrazy murderously psychotic]] [[KnightTemplar and virulently dogmatic]] priests, or [[ThePoliticalOfficer political officers]] [[DisproportionateRetribution who will execute their own men over horrifically trivial offences]]. For every [[AFatherToHisMen noble general who is buddy-buddy with the men]], there are also a fair few psychotic and grim {{General Ripper}}s who will casually throw away the lives of their men as if they were just resources like bullets, such as the special character Chenkov [[note]]who once had ''one million'' of his own men executed to make a dam with their bodies[[/note]]. And ''then'' there's no sidestepping the fact that they fight for a brutal, dogmatic, fascist, expansionist empire. This is not saying that ''all'' of them are horrible, and [[Literature/CiaphasCain some]] [[Literature/GauntsGhosts stories]] depict them in a very positive, even heroic, light, but within the tone of the setting, it's a safe bet that they're more often like this than not. Just because the Imperial Guard are [[BadassNormal underdogs]] [[DracoInLeatherPants does not mean they are above being portrayed negatively]]. ''Warhammer 40000'' is a CrapsackWorld full of EvilVersusEvil. Do not be fooled into thinking otherwise.
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*** Rubbish. For every desperate defensive action Played with in that the Guard take part in, there are a dozen genocidal campaigns and oppressive postings they also take part in. Not to mention they are probably one of the biggest and most extreme examples of WeHaveReserves in fiction [[note]]does the phrase "If you will not serve in combat, than you will serve on the firing line!" mean anything to you?[[/note]]. The average guardsman is brave but may also be xenophobic, ignorant and fight-happy, and if they come from a Hive World they may also be an ArmyOfThievesAndWhores, and their squad leaders have a disturbing tendency to be either [[AxCrazy murderously psychotic]] [[KnightTemplar and virulently dogmatic]] priests, or [[ThePoliticalOfficer political officers]] [[DisproportionateRetribution who will execute their own men over horrifically trivial offences]]. For every [[AFatherToHisMen noble general who is buddy-buddy with the men]], there are also a fair few psychotic and grim {{General Ripper}}s who will casually throw away the lives of their men as if they were just resources like bullets, such as the special character Chenkov [[note]]who once had ''one million'' of his own men executed to make a dam with their bodies[[/note]]. And ''then'' there's no sidestepping the fact that they fight for a brutal, dogmatic, fascist, expansionist empire. This is not saying that ''all'' of them are horrible, and [[Literature/CiaphasCain some]] [[Literature/GauntsGhosts stories]] depict them in a very positive, even heroic, light, but within the tone of the setting, it's a safe bet that they're more often like this than not. Just because the Imperial Guard regiments like the [[DeathSeeker Death Korps of Krieg]] and the [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores Salvar Chem Dogs]] that have some pretty dark themes and are [[BadassNormal underdogs]] [[DracoInLeatherPants does not mean they are above being portrayed negatively]]. ''Warhammer 40000'' is a CrapsackWorld full consequently filled with some pretty nasty characters. And then you have to consider [[GeneralRipper how bloodthirsty and amoral some of EvilVersusEvil. Do not be fooled into thinking otherwise.the upper brass can be]].
31st Oct '15 8:13:27 PM nombretomado
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* The army of which the protagonists are part of in ''PumpkinScissors'' is this. The war that tore the continent apart has been over for a while, but there's no shortage of corruption and decadence that it's a wonder Alice can still be the WideEyedIdealist that she is.
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* The army of which the protagonists are part of in ''PumpkinScissors'' ''Anime/PumpkinScissors'' is this. The war that tore the continent apart has been over for a while, but there's no shortage of corruption and decadence that it's a wonder Alice can still be the WideEyedIdealist that she is.
9th Oct '15 6:49:43 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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You threw the baby out with the bathwater, mate.
As of late, PrivateMilitaryContractors are becoming a popular alternative in fiction.
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If a RealLife military is portrayed in this light, expect the film ''not'' to be BackedByThePentagon. For right or wrong, most institutions generally prefer to not be party to their own disparagement. This trope can also be a BerserkButton for those who have served in the military, especially if it was the one being portrayed as evil in a work. As of late, PrivateMilitaryContractors are becoming a popular alternative in fiction. fiction, allowing a writer to employ this trope's usual conventions without offending any real-life armed services in the process.
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