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9th Apr '16 11:18:33 PM sorin255
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* The Extended from ''Anime/GundamSEED'' can be examples of this trope - child soldiers specifically developed with drugs and a horrific training program, creating naturals that could properly compete. They're even classified as equipment under "biological CPU" rather than pilots. Stella Loussier especially, once she takes control of the Destiny - a giant Gundam (by Gundam standards) designed to level entire cities in a matter of 'minutes'.
** Kira Yamato early on in SEED could also be an example. As the only coordinator on board the Archangel, he was the only one capable of doing anything with the Strike, and had to be practically black mailed into the cockpit a few times. All the while suffering from incredible guilt from having to fight and kill his own people.
** In the Stargazer OVA, a terrorist-aligned ZAFT-designed mobile suit attacks a city in Brazil where a couple main characters had taken refuge. When the battle was over and the wreckage examined, it was discovered that the pilots were just three kids.
29th Mar '16 8:35:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''ArgaiTheProphecy'', [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen]] [[BigBad Dark]] gains and maintains her immortality by stealing the youth of several maiden throughout time and keeping them in eternal slumber.

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* In ''ArgaiTheProphecy'', ''WesternAnimation/ArgaiTheProphecy'', [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen]] [[BigBad Dark]] gains and maintains her immortality by stealing the youth of several maiden throughout time and keeping them in eternal slumber.



* Subverted in ''MightyOrbots'' where Ohno, a robot shaped like a little girl, is the necessary ignition function for the CombiningMecha to operate. However, she doesn't mind at all since she's designed for it and once that function is complete, she disengages to become the Commander's copilot.

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* Subverted in ''MightyOrbots'' ''WesternAnimation/MightyOrbots'' where Ohno, a robot shaped like a little girl, is the necessary ignition function for the CombiningMecha to operate. However, she doesn't mind at all since she's designed for it and once that function is complete, she disengages to become the Commander's copilot.
13th Mar '16 7:07:07 AM Arivne
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13th Mar '16 7:02:23 AM Arivne
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** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-001 SCP-001]] ("[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/djkaktus-s-proposal djkaktus's Proposal]] - The Children"). The title children have had their souls removed and replaced with extra-dimensional entities, giving them RealityWarping powers. All of them are brain-dead and exist only to act as {{Living Weapon}}s.
29th Feb '16 2:30:18 PM Morgenthaler
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* Try almost every enemy in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}''. There's a reason the Big Bads are known as the Combine (as in harvest). Combine mooks? Normal people with most people-bits taken out and cyborg alien science put in. The Headcrab zombies? Turns out the 'zombies' underneath the Headcrabs aren't all the way dead (and their screaming is some of the most potent nightmare fuel in the game). This makes the ''Zombine'' (a Combine soldier zombified by a Headcrab) a double-whammy. The Striders? Same thing as the "human" soldiers, but with another alien race. The same goes for their Dropships and Gunships, by the way. And who's in charge of assembling these things? The Stalkers. Humans with their limbs cut off and their vital organs removed, but kept alive and ''utterly'' dependent on obeying their orders. Walking is a privilege they have to earn, as are eyes. Without effort on the viewer's part, they're no longer recognisable as human. Alyx puts it best. "I hope you don't remember who you were."

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* Try almost every enemy in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}''.''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. There's a reason the Big Bads are known as the Combine (as in harvest). Combine mooks? Normal people with most people-bits taken out and cyborg alien science put in. The Headcrab zombies? Turns out the 'zombies' underneath the Headcrabs aren't all the way dead (and their screaming is some of the most potent nightmare fuel in the game). This makes the ''Zombine'' (a Combine soldier zombified by a Headcrab) a double-whammy. The Striders? Same thing as the "human" soldiers, but with another alien race. The same goes for their Dropships and Gunships, by the way. And who's in charge of assembling these things? The Stalkers. Humans with their limbs cut off and their vital organs removed, but kept alive and ''utterly'' dependent on obeying their orders. Walking is a privilege they have to earn, as are eyes. Without effort on the viewer's part, they're no longer recognisable as human. Alyx puts it best. "I hope you don't remember who you were."



* Yuri's household in ''RedAlert 2:Yuri's Revenge'' would make even NOD shiver with unease. He got power from bio-generators (like in ''Matrix'') that could be enhanced by placing additional humans in them. His primary harvesting facility was a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Slave miner]] and the secondary one was a huge [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Grinder]] that processed humans into credits. He used cloning vats to churn out infantry and his super-weapon turned humans into bulky brute mutants. Oh, and all his army was mindcontrolled by him. What a jerk.
** It's not surprising that his spiritual successor in ''RedAlert3'', Yuriko, runs on the same logic. However, she ''is'' the forsaken child. As ''Uprising'' reveals, her PsychicPowers alienated her from everyone in her village, and she was taken by the government at a young age and brainwashed into being a mindless killing machine. Even when she breaks free after the war, she's forced to [[spoiler:kill her own sister, and her revenge leaves her feeling empty inside.]] That's not even mentioning the thousands of {{expendable clone}}s, all of whom apparently felt the same things she did.

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* Yuri's household in ''RedAlert 2:Yuri's ''VideoGame/RedAlert2: Yuri's Revenge'' would make even NOD shiver with unease. He got power from bio-generators (like in ''Matrix'') that could be enhanced by placing additional humans in them. His primary harvesting facility was a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Slave miner]] and the secondary one was a huge [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Grinder]] that processed humans into credits. He used cloning vats to churn out infantry and his super-weapon turned humans into bulky brute mutants. Oh, and all his army was mindcontrolled by him. What a jerk.
** * It's not surprising that his spiritual successor in ''RedAlert3'', ''VideoGame/RedAlert3'', Yuriko, runs on the same logic. However, she ''is'' the forsaken child. As ''Uprising'' reveals, her PsychicPowers alienated her from everyone in her village, and she was taken by the government at a young age and brainwashed into being a mindless killing machine. Even when she breaks free after the war, she's forced to [[spoiler:kill her own sister, and her revenge leaves her feeling empty inside.]] That's not even mentioning the thousands of {{expendable clone}}s, all of whom apparently felt the same things she did.
24th Feb '16 11:22:23 PM StrixObscuro
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* In one arc of ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer'', the Surfer is conscripted to defend a massive, scientifically-impossible planet from the Queen of Nevers, the living embodiment of all possibility. [[spoiler:It turns out that the city is powered by the Queen's heart, which was stolen from her by the planet's architects, and she needs the heart back or else the realm of possibilities will collapse.]]
24th Feb '16 10:58:01 PM M84
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* In ''Videogame/WhiteKnightChronicles'', the Knights' pact-makers were originally adult warriors. Then the first pact-maker of the White Knight turned on Madoras since he couldn't stomach working for such an evil bastard anymore. After the rebellion failed, Madoras decided the best way to avoid a repeat incident would be to [[spoiler:use ''infants'' as the pact-makers instead.]]
13th Feb '16 1:14:01 PM digitalsidhe
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** [[https://twitter.com/SkeletonDeity/status/698596647585083392 This tweet claims]] that it's possible to start one's family with a "painting goblin": a sim who loves to paint and be alone, hates the outdoors, and is then trapped in the basement with an easel and the basic necessities of life. Over time, the "goblin" becomes very good at painting, and the player can sell its paintings for lots of money. "My family always ends up feeling blessed because of their fortune, and they never find out about the horrible secret living beneath their home."
31st Jan '16 9:13:36 PM adbrown
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* Many forms of BlackMagic in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' rely on torture and death to power them, with the Darkhallow in ''Dead Beat'' being perhaps the most extreme. It involves the sorcerer [[spoiler:killing enormous numbers of people (in this case, the entire population of Chicago) with necromantic energy, then consuming all the ghosts in the area to achieve [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence godlike power]].]]

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* Many forms of BlackMagic in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' rely on torture and death to power them, with the Darkhallow in ''Dead Beat'' being perhaps the most extreme. It involves the sorcerer [[spoiler:killing enormous numbers of people (in this case, the entire population everyone within a several-mile-wide bubble of downtown Chicago) with necromantic energy, then consuming all the ghosts in the area to achieve [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence godlike power]].]]
24th Jan '16 3:01:55 AM falcon2484
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* All unaware, the movie execs in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "AWESOM-O" use Cartman to come up with more than 2,000 movie ideas--800 of which star Creator/AdamSandler. But they're not doing it intentionally; they think Cartman is a robot.
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