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31st May '18 9:48:34 PM Vir
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** Barney is something beyond this, as he's basically Fan Mandated. 'Barney' is a FanNickname, this character in the original Half-Life, a guard that both looks and sounds exactly the same as every other guard, tells you to remind him to buy you that beer. That is your entire interaction with this character. Everything about him, including Blue Shift, is because of fandom.

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** Barney is something beyond this, as he's basically Fan Mandated. 'Barney' "Barney" is a FanNickname, this character in the original Half-Life, ''Half-Life'', a guard that both looks and sounds exactly the same as every other guard, tells you to remind him to buy you that beer. That is your entire interaction with this character. Everything about him, including Blue Shift, ''Blue Shift'', is because of fandom.
31st May '18 9:45:30 PM Vir
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' Helen's friend (and former pilot) Snog was originally going to be the pilot of the plane to Syndrome's island and was to have been killed when it was shot down (in the commentary, Brad Bird even said that they needed to have a character who had enough characterisation for the audience to sympathise with who could then be killed off to show the seriousness of the situation), but it was ultimately decided the scene would be better if Helen was the pilot. At least partially because they realized the fact that Syndrome was ready, willing, and able to destroy a plane that carried ''children'' more or less drove it home that the situation was grim.
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* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/1259.html Episode 1259]] had R2-D2 launch a laser sword into the air, intending Lando (an NPC ally) to catch it. He reasons that Luke and C-3PO won't use it, and Han and Chewbacca aren't able to catch it due to being tied up. In [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/1260.html the following episode]], Leia asks why R2 didn't simply give it to her, and R2 explains that he didn't want to risk the life of a PC. To R2's chargin, Lando reveals he doesn't know how to use a laser sword and doesn't want to catch it.

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* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/1259.html Episode 1259]] had R2-D2 launch a laser sword into the air, intending Lando (an NPC ally) to catch it. He reasons that Luke and C-3PO won't use it, and Han and Chewbacca aren't able to catch it due to being tied up. In [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/1260.html the following episode]], Leia asks why R2 didn't simply give it to her, and R2 explains that he didn't want to risk the life of a PC. To R2's chargin, chagrin, Lando reveals he doesn't know how to use a laser sword and doesn't want to catch it.



* ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' caused this to happen to Phelous due to, of all things, a conflict of interest. He acted in the belief that {{Red Shirt}}s were important, a la ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' while Paw believes that Red Shirts are...Red Shirts. Turns out they're ''both'' right. Phelous does die, but keeps coming back to life due to the conflicting beliefs. Eventually, he just learns to dodge everything trying to kill him.
* Some characters from ''Literature/ThePiratesCoveredInFur'' are given a name and some characterization, but aren't vital to the main plot. When everyone's Plot Armor vanishes, these characters are the first ones who bite it.

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* ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' caused this to happen to Phelous due to, of all things, a conflict of interest. He acted in the belief that {{Red Shirt}}s were important, a la ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' while Paw believes that Red Shirts are...Red Shirts. Turns out they're ''both'' right. Phelous does die, die but keeps coming back to life due to the conflicting beliefs. Eventually, he just learns to dodge everything trying to kill him.
* Some characters from ''Literature/ThePiratesCoveredInFur'' are given a name and some characterization, characterization but aren't vital to the main plot. When everyone's Plot Armor vanishes, these characters are the first ones who bite it.



* Most of the Klokateers on ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' die brutal deaths the moment we see them on screens. It doesn't help that they are FacelessGoons and look identical. There is one exception though, a midget Klokateer who won Murderface's diamond encrusted codpiece during employee appreciation day. This Klokateer is often seen in later episodes, sporting his prized codpiece.

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* Most of the Klokateers on ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' die brutal deaths the moment we see them on screens. It doesn't help that they are FacelessGoons and look identical. There is one exception though, a midget Klokateer who won Murderface's diamond encrusted diamond-encrusted codpiece during employee appreciation day. This Klokateer is often seen in later episodes, sporting his prized codpiece.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' Helen's friend (and former pilot) Snog was originally going to be the pilot of the plane to Syndrome's island and was to have been killed when it was shot down (in the commentary, Brad Bird even said that they needed to have a character who had enough characterisation for the audience to sympathise with who could then be killed off to show the seriousness of the situation), but it was ultimately decided the scene would be better if Helen was the pilot. At least partially because they realized the fact that Syndrome was ready, willing, and able to destroy a plane that carried ''children'' more or less drove it home that the situation was grim.



* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'': Captain Calan is the most prominent, usually informing the protagonists, carrying out the missions, and leading TheCavalry, even in season 3 [[spoiler: he's still around, serving as a mole in Providence for the heroes when they defect.]] The Second most common is Beasly, a providence agent who's appeared thrice and his partner Wade, who only appeared twice. Kenwyn and several other unmasked providence agents also share this role. On the Villains side there's I-Bol and the Bouncer, two recurring non-speaking EVO creatures who usually serve some purpose, whether to hack/monitor or guard.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'': Captain Calan is the most prominent, usually informing the protagonists, carrying out the missions, and leading TheCavalry, even in season 3 [[spoiler: he's still around, serving as a mole in Providence for the heroes when they defect.]] The Second most common is Beasly, a providence Providence agent who's appeared thrice and his partner Wade, who only appeared twice. Kenwyn and several other unmasked providence agents also share this role. On the Villains side there's I-Bol and the Bouncer, two recurring non-speaking EVO creatures who usually serve some purpose, whether to hack/monitor or guard.
26th May '18 10:58:50 AM Anata
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** Some of the Potentials from season seven have graduated to mauve shirts, like Molly and to greater a extent - Amanda. Others stayed red shirts until the end.
22nd May '18 6:46:04 PM hellboy909
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** Agent Davis. To the point where he has an amazing survival story that's never heard, we only see other characters' reactions to it.
13th May '18 4:01:06 PM Rissis
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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]].

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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 (shouting "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]].
27th Apr '18 7:42:46 PM CaptHayfever
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** Agent Piper is the other type of Mauve Shirt. She started showing up late into season 3 as a recurring red-shirt-esque background agent who happened to get some lines, and as of mid-season-5, [[spoiler:she's pretty much the ''only'' remaining SHIELD agent [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg other than the main cast]] ]].
31st Mar '18 5:13:32 PM NoxSky12599
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** Dr. Kate Heightmeyer, Atlantis's psychologist on staff, was a recurring character for 3 seasons until dying early in the fourth in an almost to-the-letter following of the trope.
** Chuck the Gate Tech might also qualify for this. His predecessor was also a Mauve Shirt who was killed off for dramatic effect in the first season finale.

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** Dr. Kate Heightmeyer, Atlantis's psychologist on staff, was a recurring character for 3 three seasons until dying early in the fourth in an almost to-the-letter following of the trope.
** Dr. Peter Grodin never got the spotlight but was still a constant presence on Atlantis throughout the first season, primarily as Dr. Weir's assistant. He was killed in the first part of the multi-part season finale, although he did at least manage to take a Wraith Hive-ship down first. For extra irony, the mission he died on also involved one main character (Dr. [=McKay=]) and one RedShirt, both of whom made it out fine.
** Grodin's replacement Mauve Shirt,
Chuck the Gate Tech Tech, might also qualify for this. His predecessor was also a Mauve Shirt who was killed off for dramatic effect in this, although Chuck managed to survive the first season finale.show.
7th Dec '17 3:06:50 PM ClintEastwood
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** Principal Flutie wasn't introduced in The Pack; he was in the first four episodes. Thus his death has more impact than previous ones.

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** Principal Flutie wasn't introduced in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E6ThePack}} The Pack; Pack]]"; he was in the first four episodes. Thus his death has more impact than previous ones.



** Makes this a SubvertedTrope with Private Ross Jenkins. He gets a name, a bit of a personality in "The Sontaran Strategem". He is killed in the second part, "The Poison Sky". He managed to get a rather large following on [[Website/OutpostGallifrey The Doctor Who Forum]] and a fan club there: Private Ross Jenkins' Widows. The Doctor even shouts about his death angrily, which is more than some of his old companions got when they left the show alive.
** In the new series of ''Doctor Who'', nearly any person who is given a name and a bit of sympathy for the Doctor and his companions dies. [[spoiler: Davros]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this in ''Journey's End''.

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** Makes this a SubvertedTrope with Private Ross Jenkins. He gets a name, a bit of a personality in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem The Sontaran Strategem". Stratagem]]". He is killed in the second part, "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E5ThePoisonSky The Poison Sky".Sky]]". He managed to get a rather large following on [[Website/OutpostGallifrey The Doctor Who Forum]] and a fan club there: Private Ross Jenkins' Widows. The Doctor even shouts about his death angrily, which is more than some of his old companions got when they left the show alive.
** In the new series of ''Doctor Who'', series, nearly any person who is given a name and a bit of sympathy for the Doctor and his companions dies. [[spoiler: Davros]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this in ''Journey's End''."[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]".



** It's also important to note that anybody who gets asked to travel on the TARDIS ''before'' the end of the episode will die. See: Lynda-with-a-y, Jenny, Astrid, Rita, and Osgood.

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** It's also important to note that anybody who gets asked to travel on the TARDIS ''before'' the end of the episode will die. See: Lynda-with-a-y, Jenny, Astrid, Rita, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays Lynda-with-a-y]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E6TheDoctorsDaughter Jenny]], [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned Astrid]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E11TheGodComplex Rita]], and Osgood.[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor Osgood]].



** Parodied in "A Good Man Goes To War" with Fat One and Thin One, two WrongGenreSavvy soldiers who seemed to exist solely for the purpose of proving AnyoneCanDie as they incorrectly believed they weren't red shirts because they weren't generic enough; it says a lot that they were given a chance to [[NominalImportance say their names but refused]].

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** Parodied in "A "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar A Good Man Goes To War" to War]]" with Fat One and Thin One, two WrongGenreSavvy soldiers who seemed to exist solely for the purpose of proving AnyoneCanDie as they incorrectly believed they weren't red shirts because they weren't generic enough; it says a lot that they were given a chance to [[NominalImportance say their names but refused]].
24th Nov '17 9:06:33 AM starofjusticev21
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** Don't get too attached to any of the named characters who 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 finds Paido's soul being tortured in the Plane of Darkness. Ouch]].

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** Don't get too attached to any of the named characters who 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 finds Paido's soul being tortured in the Plane of Darkness. Ouch]].Ouch. Lone Wolf does manage to exorcise his soul so he'll go to heaven, though]].
12th Nov '17 10:46:34 PM FordPrefect
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Chromatic issues aside, the Mauve Shirt is a former RedShirt who has managed to get enough [[CharacterDevelopment screen time]] and lines to make him stand out from the rank and file, but not enough to be part of the main cast. It can also be accomplished by showing [[FatalFamilyPhoto pictures]] of a [[IHaveAFamily spouse or baby]] (Be careful with that, as it's TemptingFate [[{{Retirony}} all by itself]]), personal quirks, or just plain old [[NominalImportance giving them a name]] (whole or in part). The advantage to this is that they're less likely to be killed senselessly, because [[RuleOfEmpathy the audience cares for them]] and it would hit harder than some faceless redshirt no one cares about. The downside is that, since their death would now have more emotional impact, they are ''[[{{Retirony}} more]]'' likely to be KilledOffForReal to [[SacrificialLion prove how bad]] the [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil new villain is]]. If they're successful enough, they just might [[AscendedExtra graduate]] from Mauve Shirt and become a "Gold Shirt" as part of the [[{{Ensembles}} supporting cast]] or even the [[PlotArmor main cast]].

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Chromatic issues aside, the Mauve Shirt is a former RedShirt who has managed to get enough [[CharacterDevelopment screen time]] and lines to make him stand out from the rank and file, but not enough to be part of the main cast. It can also be accomplished by showing [[FatalFamilyPhoto pictures]] of a [[IHaveAFamily spouse or baby]] (Be (but be careful with that, as it's TemptingFate [[{{Retirony}} all by itself]]), personal quirks, or just plain old [[NominalImportance giving them a name]] (whole or in part). The advantage to this is that they're less likely to be killed senselessly, because [[RuleOfEmpathy the audience cares for them]] and it would hit harder than some faceless redshirt no one cares about. The downside is that, since their death would now have more emotional impact, they are ''[[{{Retirony}} more]]'' likely to be KilledOffForReal to [[SacrificialLion prove how bad]] the [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil new villain is]]. If they're successful enough, they just might [[AscendedExtra graduate]] from Mauve Shirt and become a "Gold Shirt" as part of the [[{{Ensembles}} supporting cast]] or even the [[PlotArmor main cast]].
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