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20th Jul '17 5:36:44 AM ANewBeginning
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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' mixes this with MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial. You would be hard-pressed to find a random ninja that was female. Pretty much any female in the series is important in some way, and outside of flashbacks (where women tend to die much more often, and even then they are still rarely generic), important [good] characters very rarely die, and if someone does die, they are likely male. This becomes really noticeable when [[spoiler:the ninja world unites to take on Madara and a shot of the united army is shown. If there are random female ninja there, they are buried under the males]]. So when the ninja casualties start happening, only men tend to die.
20th Jul '17 5:33:09 AM ANewBeginning
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** On the good guys' side, there are also female pilots in the Royal Naboo Airforce who are just as in danger of getting shot down in-game as the males.


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** There were supposed to be more [[https://helyeahfemalevillains.tumblr.com/post/160059560672/ female Earth Empire soldiers]] visible in season 4, but they were largely left out due to oversight.
13th Jul '17 6:04:26 PM ANewBeginning
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Like most tropes, [[RealLife this one didn't come out of nowhere]]. In purely biological terms, men ''are'' more expendable than women because 1 male and 10 females can produce 10 times the offspring of 1 female and 10 males. In primitive times when epidemics were far more common and relatively few people survived to adulthood "women and children first" was not just misandristic braggadocio, it was a matter of basic survival. Societies that didn't protect their women [[UsefulNotes/{{Evolution}} tended to expand more slowly and die out more easily than those that did]]. {{Conscription}} - mandatory non-compensated military service for all able-bodied men - can be considered as TropeCodifier. However, there is a subtle but significant difference between protecting women and expending men. In the modern world, we know that sex (like race) has no relation to the worth of a human life, though this sexist trope unfortunately lingers in our cultural assumptions.
11th Jul '17 7:46:17 AM Ultimatum
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->''"To put it simply: men are neither supposed nor allowed to be dependent. They are expected to take care of others and themselves. And when they cannot or will not do it, then the assumption at the heart of the culture is that they are somehow less than men and therefore unworthy of help. An irony asserts itself: by being in need of help, men forfeit the right to it."''
-->-- '''Peter Marin''', [[http://keddycsi.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/abandoning-men_-jill-gets-welfare.pdf Jill Gets Welfare--Jack Becomes Homeless]]

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->''"To put it simply: men are neither supposed nor allowed to be dependent. They are expected to take care of others and themselves. And when they cannot or will not do it, then the assumption at the heart of the culture is that they are somehow less than men and therefore unworthy of help. An irony asserts itself: by being in need of help, men forfeit the right to it."''
-->-- '''Peter Marin''', [[http://keddycsi.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/abandoning-men_-jill-gets-welfare.pdf Jill Gets Welfare--Jack Becomes Homeless]]
2nd Jul '17 3:31:28 PM HighCrate
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* An In-Universe example in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', as the the War Boys as a whole are taught from a young age that not only are they expendable, but that [[MartyrdomCulture death in battle is the only way to reach Valhalla]].

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* An In-Universe example in In ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', as the female Splendid's death is played as a senseless tragedy, the male Nux' as RedemptionEqualsDeath. In-universe, the War Boys as a whole are taught from a young age that not only are they expendable, but that [[MartyrdomCulture death in battle is the only way to reach Valhalla]].
2nd Jul '17 3:07:44 PM Clanger00
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* In ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', the female Splendid's death is played as a senseless tragedy, the male Nux' as RedemptionEqualsDeath. In-universe, the War Boys as a whole are taught from a young age that not only are they expendable, but that [[MartyrdomCulture death in battle is the only way to reach Valhalla]].

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* In An In-Universe example in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', as the female Splendid's death is played as a senseless tragedy, the male Nux' as RedemptionEqualsDeath. In-universe, the War Boys as a whole are taught from a young age that not only are they expendable, but that [[MartyrdomCulture death in battle is the only way to reach Valhalla]].
17th Jun '17 12:08:43 AM TheBigBopper
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Like most tropes, [[RealLife this one didn't come out of nowhere]]. In purely biological terms, men ''are'' more expendable than women because 1 male and 10 females can produce 10 times the offspring of 1 female and 10 males. In primitive times when epidemics were far more common and relatively few people survived to adulthood "women and children first" was not just misandristic braggadocio, it was a matter of basic survival. Societies that didn't protect their women [[UsefulNotes/{{Evolution}} tended to expand more slowly and die out more easily than those that did]]. {{Conscription}} - mandatory non-compensated military service for all able-bodied men - can be considered as TropeCodifier. However, there is a subtle but significant difference between protecting women and expending men. In the modern world, we know that gender (like race) has no relation to the worth of a human life, though this sexist trope unfortunately lingers in our cultural assumptions.

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Like most tropes, [[RealLife this one didn't come out of nowhere]]. In purely biological terms, men ''are'' more expendable than women because 1 male and 10 females can produce 10 times the offspring of 1 female and 10 males. In primitive times when epidemics were far more common and relatively few people survived to adulthood "women and children first" was not just misandristic braggadocio, it was a matter of basic survival. Societies that didn't protect their women [[UsefulNotes/{{Evolution}} tended to expand more slowly and die out more easily than those that did]]. {{Conscription}} - mandatory non-compensated military service for all able-bodied men - can be considered as TropeCodifier. However, there is a subtle but significant difference between protecting women and expending men. In the modern world, we know that gender sex (like race) has no relation to the worth of a human life, though this sexist trope unfortunately lingers in our cultural assumptions.
13th Jun '17 2:55:55 PM TheJ0ker
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* Used in the movie of ''Film/IAmLegend''. Will Smith's only living companion throughout the movie is a German Shepherd named Sam, and near the end of the movie, the dog gets infected by the vampire-things he's been studying, and Smith is forced to kill it before it can infect him. Having to kill his beloved dog is bad enough, but just to try to throw in an extra cheap wrench, just before the dog succumbs to the infection, Smith addresses it as "Samantha".
30th May '17 9:31:29 PM Daedalis
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* Between the quarantine, the concentration camp, and the military operation there are a lot of soldier injuries and deaths on-panel in ''ComicBook/{{Revival}}''. Every one of them is male except for Big Tina, who is established as a villain. Civilian deaths include females.
30th May '17 2:37:54 PM BURGINABC
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* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', the protagonists are horrified when they find the corpse of a man. [[InvertedTrope The female bodies nearby? Just business as usual.]] As about five to ten boys are born for every hundred girls, males are sheltered and protected. Killing a male is seen as crossing the MoralEventHorizon. In the course of the plot, our heroes kill a couple of women, but not men whatsoever.



* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', the protagonists are horrified when they find the corpse of a man. [[InvertedTrope The female bodies nearby? Just business as usual.]] As about five to ten boys are born for every hundred girls, males are sheltered and protected. Killing a male is seen as crossing the MoralEventHorizon. In the course of the plot, our heroes kill a couple of women, but not men whatsoever. Because [[AndThatsTerrible that would be terrible.]]
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