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13th Feb '16 7:03:51 PM Schlck72
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I was surprised there wasn't a death note example even though the show breathes this trope. This is my first edit, though so if I didn't do it right feel free to delete
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*"Manga/DeathNote" will frequently kill off unnamed criminals to further Kira's goals, but many side characters will be killed off, and some may forget about characters until they die. There are so many of these, it comes off as a surprise that as many make it to the finale as they do. The manga makes some shirts more noticeable than in the anime, however.
5th Feb '16 1:05:11 PM Waddle
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** Nines a.k.a. FN-2199 ([[TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX formerly known as]] TR-8R the badass stormtrooper) from ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' could be considered a {{Memetic|Mutation}} Mauve Shirt. In this film, his characterization was limited but memorable enough (shooting "Traitor!" to the hero and fiercely dueling him) to get the public attention. Following his surprise success, his backstory was revealed through the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]].
8th Jan '16 9:15:37 AM StFan
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[[folder:Anime]][[folder:Comic Strips]] * [[ComicStrip/KrazyKat Ignatz the Mouse]] and Happy Hooligan gradually evolved into these in ''ComicStrip/SamsStrip'' [[/folder]]

[[folder:Film]] * In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' Guy Fleegman parodied this because of being a RedShirt in the original show, but bootstrapped himself to Mauve and eventually to main cast thanks to his [[GenreSavvy paranoia]] and personality. And because he was lucky enough to be in a movie that liked to subvert the classic tropes. Amusingly, he's the one character in the climactic shooting spree that ''doesn't'' get shot. Which is probably [[spoiler: [[FridgeBrilliance why he got promoted to Security Chief]] on TheRevival]] during TheStinger.
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[[folder:Film]] [[folder:Films -- Live-Action]] * In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', Guy Fleegman parodied parodies this because of being a RedShirt in the original show, but bootstrapped himself to Mauve and eventually to main cast thanks to his [[GenreSavvy paranoia]] and personality. And because he was lucky enough to be in a movie that liked to subvert the classic tropes. Amusingly, he's the one character in the climactic shooting spree that ''doesn't'' get shot. Which is probably [[spoiler: [[FridgeBrilliance [[spoiler:[[FridgeBrilliance why he got promoted to Security Chief]] on TheRevival]] during TheStinger.

* A number of mauve-wearing cops show up in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', most of them part of Jim Gordon's Major Crimes Unit. Some of them - [[spoiler: including Wuertz and Ramirez]] - are corrupt and work for TheMafia.
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* A number of mauve-wearing cops show up in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', most of them part of Jim Gordon's Major Crimes Unit. Some of them - -- [[spoiler: including Wuertz and Ramirez]] - -- are corrupt and work for TheMafia.

* In ''Film/LethalWeapon2'',[[spoiler: all the detectives who bet Riggs he can't escape from a straitjacket in the beginning get killed later on by the villain via ThePurge]].
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* In ''Film/LethalWeapon2'',[[spoiler: all ''Film/LethalWeapon2'', [[spoiler:all the detectives who bet Riggs he can't escape from a straitjacket in the beginning get killed later on by the villain via ThePurge]].

[[folder:Gamebooks]] * In ''Film/LethalWeapon2'',[[spoiler: all ''Literature/LoneWolf'': ** Don't get too attached to any of the detectives named characters who bet Riggs get characterization and accompany Lone Wolf on any of his adventures. If they stick around for more than a few page turns, chances are they're going to die horribly. Depending on the path taken, examples of ill-fated Mauve Shirts can be found in Books 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, and 18. In other words, more than half the series. The guy's called "Lone Wolf" for a reason. There are exceptions, however, notably Vakeros Warrior Paido, Guildmaster Banedon and Captain Prarg. If one of them happens to die while they accompany Lone Wolf, the hero meets his end shortly thereafter (making these books somewhat {{Escort Mission}}s). [[spoiler:The three of them get captured by the enemy at some point, but are later rescued by Lone Wolf.]] Sadly, [[spoiler:Paido isn't an exception to the end. He is killed off-screen by Gnaag at the end of Book 10. Lone Wolf learns this in Book 20 when he can't escape from a straitjacket finds Paido's soul being tortured in the beginning get killed Plane of Darkness. Ouch.]] ** The four named Siyenese Rangers who team up with Lone Wolf's Lieutenant from ''Vampirium'' make it to the ''very final confrontation'' before they either die or wind up being left behind at the clutches of the Autarch Sejanoz. ** Generally speaking, if the survival of that side character travelling with Lone Wolf isn't Lone Wolf's or his Lieutenant's mission objective (i.e.: Banedon in ''The Captive of Kaag'' or Karvas in ''Mydnight's Hero''), then that companion is not going to make it to the end -- this is almost guaranteed if that person is with the protagonist from the start of the book. If the character is specifically referred to as a "guide" for the protagonist, then his death/capture with subsequent death is almost certain -- being designated as Guide to a Kai Lord is a death sentence. Captain Prarg is probably the most notable exception, as he survives the entirety of ''The Darke Crusade'' (despite being assigned as Lone Wolf's guide!), though he gets separated from Lone Wolf a few times, captured twice, even freeing ''himself'' from capture once, yet still makes it team up with Lone Wolf during the climax and live through it to cameo in a later on by book! And that's after he survived another bout of travel with Lone Wolf in ''The Dungeons of Torgar''. ** Interestingly enough, in that book, another path can lead to never meeting Prarg, instead taking the villain via ThePurge]].leader of TheResistance Sebb Jarel as a guide. Sebb dies almost midway to escorting Lone Wolf. [[/folder]]

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** One of the Ajira Flight 316 survivors steps forward and appears to be both the leader and really important. He has a lot of mystery about him, making you think he'll last for a while as he's clearly a big player...then he's abruptly shot by Ben, and second-in-command Ilana steps forward as the one who's really important (so much so that [[spoiler:she's a regular in season six]]). *** And yet even she [[spoiler:gets her ass blown to hell in Arztian fashion after doing little]].
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** One of the Ajira Flight 316 survivors steps forward and appears to be both the leader and really important. He has a lot of mystery about him, making you think he'll last for a while as he's clearly a big player...then he's abruptly shot by Ben, and second-in-command Ilana steps forward as the one who's really important (so much so that [[spoiler:she's a regular in season six]]). *** six]]). And yet even she [[spoiler:gets her ass blown to hell in Arztian fashion after doing little]].

** What about Caldwell, he appears repeatedly in 4 seasons of SG:A? *** HeroOfAnotherStory, from a franchise loaded with such characters.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]] * [[ComicStrip/KrazyKat Ignatz the Mouse]] and Happy Hooligan gradually evolved into these in ''SamsStrip''
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]] [[folder:Pro Wrestling]] * [[ComicStrip/KrazyKat Ignatz Pro Wrestling has its own equivalent of this - the Mouse]] "jobber-to-the-stars". Unlike pure jobbers, the jobber-to-the-stars usually has a defined character, a theme song, and Happy Hooligan gradually evolved into these is allowed to get offense in ''SamsStrip''during his matches. He may even get wins over pure jobbers and other jobbers-to-the-stars in order to establish him as something more than a jobber. However, his primary role in the business is to make the higher ranked wrestlers look good. Jobbers-to-the-stars are usually either newer wrestlers who are scheduled to get pushed in the future[[note]]for example, Chuck Palumbo early in his WCW career while using his jungle gimmick[[/note]], older wrestlers who can still put on good matches but who management has no interest in continuing to push [[note]]Val Venis for the last few years of his WWE contract was one of these[[/note]] or trainers with some ring experience who want to help a student get established [[note]]Finlay was one, until he, mostly by accident, rebuilt his fan base.[[/note]]

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]] * Pro Wrestling has its own equivalent of this - the "jobber-to-the-stars". Unlike pure jobbers, the jobber-to-the-stars usually has a defined character, a theme song, and is allowed to get offense in during his matches. He may even get wins over pure jobbers and other jobbers-to-the-stars in order to establish him as something more than a jobber. However, his primary role in the business is to make the higher ranked wrestlers look good. Jobbers-to-the-stars are usually either newer wrestlers who are scheduled to get pushed in the future[[note]]for example, Chuck Palumbo early in his WCW career while using his jungle gimmick[[/note]], older wrestlers who can still put on good matches but who management has no interest in continuing to push [[note]]Val Venis for the last few years of his WWE contract was one of these[[/note]] or trainers with some ring experience who want to help a student get established [[note]]Finlay was one, until he, mostly by accident, rebuilt his fan base.[[/note]] [[/folder]]

[[folder:Webcomics]] * Wonderfully used in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0472.html this]] ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' comic, where two soldiers save themselves from dying as part of the city's RedshirtArmy by [[NominalImportance saying their names]]. One of them even keeps his ''last'' name in reserve to potentially save himself from another life-threatening situation. In fact, the two of them later become major supporting characters.
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[[folder:Webcomics]] [[folder:Web Comics]] * ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': ** Wonderfully used in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0472.html this]] ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' comic, "I'll Hold Them Off"]], where two soldiers save themselves from dying as part of the city's RedshirtArmy by [[NominalImportance saying their names]]. One of them even keeps his ''last'' name in reserve to potentially save himself from another life-threatening situation. In fact, the two of them later become major supporting characters.

*** [[spoiler: And now Niu's the SoleSurvivor of the wiped-out Resistance, which included not only Thanh, but also a bunch of Elven characters who fell just short of the requirements for this trope (they died before getting names, making them {{Red Shirt}}s instead).]]
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*** [[spoiler: And ** [[spoiler:And now Niu's the SoleSurvivor of the wiped-out Resistance, which included not only Thanh, but also a bunch of Elven characters who fell just short of the requirements for this trope (they died before getting names, making them {{Red Shirt}}s instead).]]

** On the villain's side there's [[MookLieutenant Jirix]] one of the only Hobgoblins to get a proper name and some characterization. [[spoiler: He's also the only member of the team who was introduced outside StartOfDarkness to still be alive in the present]]. He's able to distinguish himself from the other Hobgoblin clerics with his different colored uniform.
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** On the villain's side there's [[MookLieutenant Jirix]] Jirix]], one of the only Hobgoblins to get a proper name and some characterization. [[spoiler: He's [[spoiler:He's also the only member of the team who was introduced outside StartOfDarkness ''Recap/StartOfDarkness'' to still be alive in the present]]. He's able to distinguish himself from the other Hobgoblin clerics with his different colored uniform.

7th Jan '16 12:59:17 PM nombretomado
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* ''SpaceBattleshipYamato'' has Yasuo Nanbu, called Dash in ''StarBlazers''. He's the guy with Kodai's (Wildstar's) hairstyle but also wears glasses. He's actually wearing a red shirt, although in the Star Force, red is the apparent command color since Wildstar also wears red (more specifically red trim in this case since the uniforms in question are actually white, the division being denoted by the color of the signature chest arrow, collar, cuffs, and shoulder pips). Amongst the other backup bridge officers, Aihara (Homer) and Ohta (Eager), Dash is the blandest, having been given absolutely no signature personality quirks or lines. He's always just there. He even [[spoiler: survives the events of ''Arrivederci Yamato'' which also spares the lives of Aihara, Ohta, and Shima (Venture)]]. To many ''Star Blazers'' fans, he's just the one with the glasses.
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* ''SpaceBattleshipYamato'' ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'' has Yasuo Nanbu, called Dash in ''StarBlazers''.''Anime/StarBlazers''. He's the guy with Kodai's (Wildstar's) hairstyle but also wears glasses. He's actually wearing a red shirt, although in the Star Force, red is the apparent command color since Wildstar also wears red (more specifically red trim in this case since the uniforms in question are actually white, the division being denoted by the color of the signature chest arrow, collar, cuffs, and shoulder pips). Amongst the other backup bridge officers, Aihara (Homer) and Ohta (Eager), Dash is the blandest, having been given absolutely no signature personality quirks or lines. He's always just there. He even [[spoiler: survives the events of ''Arrivederci Yamato'' which also spares the lives of Aihara, Ohta, and Shima (Venture)]]. To many ''Star Blazers'' fans, he's just the one with the glasses.
8th Dec '15 10:37:01 AM erforce
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* In ''Film/LethalWeapon 2'',[[spoiler: all the detectives who bet Riggs he can't escape from a straitjacket in the beginning get killed later on by the villain via ThePurge]].
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* In ''Film/LethalWeapon 2'',[[spoiler: ''Film/LethalWeapon2'',[[spoiler: all the detectives who bet Riggs he can't escape from a straitjacket in the beginning get killed later on by the villain via ThePurge]].
21st Nov '15 10:30:19 AM TrollBrutal
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This was added by someone down the line but argues against the trope, death trope.
Now this character can live, but aren't as likely to get PlotArmor as major characters. Also, shows where AnyoneCanDie ''love'' to kill off these characters -- we're getting to know this guy, [[DeadStarWalking he must be important,]] then boom! He's dead, and the [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo remains safely in power]]. (If a Mauve Shirt mentions [[IfWeGetThroughThis taking the gang out for drinks]], he'll be iced ''tout de suite.'') See also HeroOfAnotherStory for a character starting as a Mauve Shirt. Compare EnsembleDarkhorse.
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Now this character can live, but aren't as likely to get PlotArmor as major characters. Also, shows where AnyoneCanDie ''love'' to kill off these characters -- we're getting to know this guy, [[DeadStarWalking he must be important,]] then boom! He's dead, and the [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo remains safely in power]]. (If a Mauve Shirt mentions [[IfWeGetThroughThis taking the gang out for drinks]], he'll be iced ''tout de suite.'') See also HeroOfAnotherStory for a character starting as a Mauve Shirt. Compare EnsembleDarkhorse.
21st Nov '15 10:26:48 AM TrollBrutal
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Requires death
** Wedge Antilles appears in all three original trilogy films flying some sort of vehicle. The reason he's there is simply to provide a familiar face who's not part of the main cast. This incidentally gives him a strong dose of PlotArmor because he's too recognizable to be killed off as a redshirt, and he's also unimportant enough that he can't be killed off for the sake of drama. In the Expanded Universe though, Wedge becomes a major supporting character and is even the center of a number of stories, and has been tallied to be second in EU character popularity only to Boba Fett. ** Though details are currently rather scarce, John Boyega's character in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is apparently one. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMOVFvcNfvE teaser trailer]] confirms that Boyega plays a common Imperial Stormtrooper who has a big enough role to get top billing.
8th Nov '15 3:16:07 PM StFan
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* {{ComicBook/Batwoman}}: The Religion of Crime Sects have a few recurring members. The main sect has Shard, a Cyborg woman who menaced Renee, and now keeps coming after Kate. Abbot's group has Claire and Hayes, two shape-shifters who showed up in Abbot's debut in Batwoman's series, and are the only named Acolytes among his followers. Claire even gets [[RelationshipUpgrade Promoted to Killer Croc's Love Interest]]. * In {{ComicBook/MegaMan}}, Shadow Man was initially part of a RedshirtArmy called the Kuiper Droids who were charged with protecting Ra Moon. Almost all the Kuiper Droids were killed by the Star Marshals, but he managed to survive the attack and guarded Ra Moon for 20,000 years on Earth before being upgraded by Dr. Wily. * ComicBook/TransformersDrift: The Circle of Light has most of their members go unnamed save Axe, the axe wielding warrior on the council, and Kayak (who only appears in the text story in ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye).
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* {{ComicBook/Batwoman}}: ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}: The Religion of Crime Sects have a few recurring members. The main sect has Shard, a Cyborg woman who menaced Renee, and now keeps coming after Kate. Abbot's group has Claire and Hayes, two shape-shifters who showed up in Abbot's debut in Batwoman's series, and are the only named Acolytes among his followers. Claire even gets [[RelationshipUpgrade Promoted to Killer Croc's Love Interest]]. * In {{ComicBook/MegaMan}}, ''ComicBook/MegaMan'', Shadow Man was initially part of a RedshirtArmy called the Kuiper Droids who were charged with protecting Ra Moon. Almost all the Kuiper Droids were killed by the Star Marshals, but he managed to survive the attack and guarded Ra Moon for 20,000 years on Earth before being upgraded by Dr. Wily. * ComicBook/TransformersDrift: ''ComicBook/TheTransformersDrift'': The Circle of Light has most of their members go unnamed save Axe, the axe wielding warrior on the council, and Kayak (who only appears in the text story in ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye).

[[folder: Fan Works]] * ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'' has Headless Joe, an unlucky Sniper Joe who befriended [=ProtoMan=] after losing his head.
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[[folder: Fan [[folder:Fan Works]] * ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'' ''Fanfic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'' has Headless Joe, an unlucky Sniper Joe who befriended [=ProtoMan=] after losing his head.

** [[CuteWitch Dawn]] was [[WordOfGod originally meant to be]] a bit player with only a couple of brief appearances. According to [[TheAnnotatedEdition the story’s notes]], she ascended to mauve shirt status when the author’s decision to make the Boney Island {{curse}} real [[note]] In canon, the curse is probably not real, although [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane that’s ambiguous]] [[/note]] provided a logical setup to give her a couple of big scenes and an expanded storyline. Dawn’s debut scene—with Alejandro, ironically—is the story’s first interns-only scene, and she gets her [[ADayInTheLimelight guest star episode]] two chapters later.
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** [[CuteWitch Dawn]] was [[WordOfGod originally meant to be]] a bit player with only a couple of brief appearances. According to [[TheAnnotatedEdition the story’s notes]], she ascended to mauve shirt status when the author’s author’s decision to make the Boney Island {{curse}} real [[note]] In canon, the curse is probably not real, although [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane that’s ambiguous]] [[/note]] provided a logical setup to give her a couple of big scenes and an expanded storyline. Dawn’s debut scene—with Alejandro, ironically—is the story’s first interns-only scene, and she gets her [[ADayInTheLimelight guest star episode]] two chapters later.
31st Oct '15 7:01:01 PM Gideoncrawle
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** [[CuteWitch Dawn]] was [[WordOfGod originally meant to be]] a bit player with only a couple of brief appearances. According to [[TheAnnotatedEdition the story’s notes]], she ascended to mauve shirt status when the author’s decision to make the Boney Island {{curse}} real [[note]] In canon, the curse is probably not real, although that’s ambiguous [[/note]] provided a logical setup to give her a couple of big scenes and an expanded storyline. Dawn’s debut scene—with Alejandro, ironically—is the story’s first interns-only scene, and she gets her [[ADayInTheLimelight guest star episode]] two chapters later.
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** [[CuteWitch Dawn]] was [[WordOfGod originally meant to be]] a bit player with only a couple of brief appearances. According to [[TheAnnotatedEdition the story’s notes]], she ascended to mauve shirt status when the author’s decision to make the Boney Island {{curse}} real [[note]] In canon, the curse is probably not real, although [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane that’s ambiguous ambiguous]] [[/note]] provided a logical setup to give her a couple of big scenes and an expanded storyline. Dawn’s debut scene—with Alejandro, ironically—is the story’s first interns-only scene, and she gets her [[ADayInTheLimelight guest star episode]] two chapters later.
31st Oct '15 6:58:09 PM Gideoncrawle
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* ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland'' has three interns who rise above the RedShirt status normally accorded to members of that [[DisposableIntern high-turnover]] brigade. All three have at least one big scene to differentiate themselves from the reds: ** Alejandro is the story’s original mauve shirt, and the only one the author intended as such from the beginning. He has a big scene soon after his first appearance in the “[[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Second Night]]” chapter and periodically appears or is mentioned throughout the story. GenreSavvy by virtue of having been [[HeroOfAnotherStory the dominant player in an earlier, failed elimination game show]], Alejandro strikes up an OddFriendship with the socially awkward contestant, Beth, and is implied to be [[BigBrotherMentor mentoring her]] on an ongoing basis. ** [[CuteWitch Dawn]] was [[WordOfGod originally meant to be]] a bit player with only a couple of brief appearances. According to [[TheAnnotatedEdition the story’s notes]], she ascended to mauve shirt status when the author’s decision to make the Boney Island {{curse}} real [[note]] In canon, the curse is probably not real, although that’s ambiguous [[/note]] provided a logical setup to give her a couple of big scenes and an expanded storyline. Dawn’s debut scene—with Alejandro, ironically—is the story’s first interns-only scene, and she gets her [[ADayInTheLimelight guest star episode]] two chapters later. ** [[MagicalGirl Ella]] effectively becomes Dawn’s {{sidekick}} soon after their initial (separate) appearances, and with her makes up the resident SpotlightStealingSquad. Of the three mauve shirts, Ella has to wait the longest (four chapters) before getting her big scene, but she also makes the biggest impression on the rest of the cast.
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