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8th Jun '18 3:30:35 PM fruitstripegum
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* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' Every single time the group is sent on a mission, at least 75% of them are Red Shirts.

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* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'': Every single time the group is sent on a mission, at least 75% of them are Red Shirts.
29th May '18 1:10:25 PM x_countryguy
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-->As your ship goes through the galaxy
-->To distant worlds way past Mars
-->Make sure that your adventures
-->Do not kill off your stars.

-->And you can do it with
-->a crew that's dispensible
-->a crew that's dispensible
-->Dispensible...
-->Dispensible...''

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-->As your ship goes through the galaxy
-->To
galaxy\\
To
distant worlds way past Mars
-->Make
Mars\\
Make
sure that your adventures
-->Do
adventures\\
Do
not kill off your stars.

-->And
stars.\\
\\
And
you can do it with
-->a
with\\
a
crew that's dispensible
-->a
dispensible\\
a
crew that's dispensible
-->Dispensible...
-->Dispensible...
dispensible\\
Dispensible...\\
Dispensible...
''



'''Paige:''' Good lord, could you be a bigger geek? (''Jason eats a cookie'') Why are they all wearing red shirts?

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'''Paige:''' Good lord, could you be a bigger geek? (''Jason ''[Jason eats a cookie'') cookie]'' Why are they all wearing red shirts?



--> '''Admiral Awesome:''' No you are a main character. Itís better to send in a unimportant background pony.

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--> '''Admiral -->'''Admiral Awesome:''' No No, you are a main character. Itís better to send in a unimportant background pony.



-->(''Alien leaps on an ensign and starts to absorb him; Lt. Barf raises his phizzer rifle to destroy it'')\\

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-->(''Alien -->''[Alien leaps on an ensign and starts to absorb him; Lt. Barf raises his phizzer rifle to destroy it'')\\it]''\\



(''Pinchard knocks aside Barf's phizzer rifle. The stray blast disintegrates another ensign who's just entered the room'')\\

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(''Pinchard ''[Pinchard knocks aside Barf's phizzer rifle. The stray blast disintegrates another ensign who's just entered the room'')\\room]''\\



** The sequel, ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' has Chekov moved to the position of chief engineer of the ''Enterprise'' due to Scotty's resignation prior to their mission. [[OhCrap The look on his face]] and dramatic music when Kirk tells him to put on a red shirt is a ''priceless'' example of LeaningOnTheFourthWall. [[spoiler: [[RedHerringShirt He doesn't die, but still]]]]. In fact, this trope was {{defied|Trope}} in this film, when Kirk ordered two nameless crewmen to take off their red shirts and change into casual gear for their mission to apprehend John Harrison on Qo'noS. [[spoiler:Both survived an ensuing firefight with Klingons and successfully apprehended Harrison.]]

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** The sequel, ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' has Chekov moved to the position of chief engineer of the ''Enterprise'' due to Scotty's resignation prior to their mission. [[OhCrap The look on his face]] and dramatic music when Kirk tells him to put on a red shirt is a ''priceless'' example of LeaningOnTheFourthWall. [[spoiler: [[RedHerringShirt [[spoiler:[[RedHerringShirt He doesn't die, but still]]]]. In fact, this trope was {{defied|Trope}} in this film, when Kirk ordered two nameless crewmen to take off their red shirts and change into casual gear for their mission to apprehend John Harrison on Qo'noS. [[spoiler:Both survived an ensuing firefight with Klingons and successfully apprehended Harrison.]]



* Lampshaded by one ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' short story, where Adeptus Mechanus soldiers wear red uniforms. Ciaphas's narration even refers to them specifically as "redshirts" at one point, [[spoiler: and predictably they're all slaughtered when the Necrons wake up]].

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* Lampshaded by one ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' short story, where Adeptus Mechanus soldiers wear red uniforms. Ciaphas's narration even refers to them specifically as "redshirts" at one point, [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and predictably they're all slaughtered when the Necrons wake up]].



* Their outfits never get described, but in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: Army of Terror'' the ''Millennium Falcon'' lands on Kiva carrying its usual famous crew and a number of Rebel grunts. They join the Arrandas and company, who have [[DoorstopBaby found a baby]], and decide to help them evacuate. [[DwindlingParty Guess what happens.]] [[spoiler: The baby is [[EnfantTerrible actually a monster]]; he doesn't strike when either of the Arrandas or Luke Skywalker are holding him, but when a random Rebel has him and is out of view for even a moment...]] Not ''all'' of them die, but all the ones whose names are mentioned.

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* Their outfits never get described, but in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: Army of Terror'' the ''Millennium Falcon'' lands on Kiva carrying its usual famous crew and a number of Rebel grunts. They join the Arrandas and company, who have [[DoorstopBaby found a baby]], and decide to help them evacuate. [[DwindlingParty Guess what happens.]] [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The baby is [[EnfantTerrible actually a monster]]; he doesn't strike when either of the Arrandas or Luke Skywalker are holding him, but when a random Rebel has him and is out of view for even a moment...]] Not ''all'' of them die, but all the ones whose names are mentioned.



* ''Literature/AllHands!'' is a major subversion, as [[spoiler: every named character dies, while a large number of unnamed crewmen survive]].

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* ''Literature/AllHands!'' is a major subversion, as [[spoiler: every [[spoiler:every named character dies, while a large number of unnamed crewmen survive]].



* ''Yeoman'', a short story by [[Literature/HowToLiveSafelyInAScienceFictionalUniverse Charles Yu]], parodies/deconstructs the trope. Everyone on the ship ''knows'' that the Yeoman is going to die, because they do every week. It's literally in the job description: "Yeoman, Second class: be prepared to die for no good reason". So the ship gives our protagonist a mental health counselor (if [[ThereAreNoTherapists not a very good one]]), and he has a candid talk with his [[FatalFamilyPhoto pregnant wife]] about what to do with the life insurance money. At the same time, the poor doomed soul can't help but [[AscendedFanboy feel excited he's finally going down with a landing crew]]. [[spoiler: In the end, he survives, but only because [[MamaBear his wife]] was ''not'' going to [[BystanderSyndrome stand by and let it happen like everybody else (including the Yeoman).]]]]

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* ''Yeoman'', a short story by [[Literature/HowToLiveSafelyInAScienceFictionalUniverse Charles Yu]], parodies/deconstructs the trope. Everyone on the ship ''knows'' that the Yeoman is going to die, because they do every week. It's literally in the job description: "Yeoman, Second class: be prepared to die for no good reason". So the ship gives our protagonist a mental health counselor (if [[ThereAreNoTherapists not a very good one]]), and he has a candid talk with his [[FatalFamilyPhoto pregnant wife]] about what to do with the life insurance money. At the same time, the poor doomed soul can't help but [[AscendedFanboy feel excited he's finally going down with a landing crew]]. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the end, he survives, but only because [[MamaBear his wife]] was ''not'' going to [[BystanderSyndrome stand by and let it happen like everybody else (including the Yeoman).]]]]



** Subverted in the episode "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad" in ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' when Harry Mudd [[spoiler: once again takes control of the Discovery]], and shows off some experimental weaponized dark matter while he lists his demands. He warns no one to attempt to become a hero, as an unnamed officer attempts to tackle him. Harry sees it coming however and talks him down, calling him "random communications officer man". While Mudd was about to demonstrate the dark matter on this officer, he instead demonstrates it on Lieutenant Tyler.

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** Subverted in the episode "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad" in ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' when Harry Mudd [[spoiler: once [[spoiler:once again takes control of the Discovery]], and shows off some experimental weaponized dark matter while he lists his demands. He warns no one to attempt to become a hero, as an unnamed officer attempts to tackle him. Harry sees it coming however and talks him down, calling him "random communications officer man". While Mudd was about to demonstrate the dark matter on this officer, he instead demonstrates it on Lieutenant Tyler.



* ''Series/TheOrville'': As it's a SpiritualAdaptation of Franchise/StarTrek (if not a Trek show with SerialNumbersFiledOff), this trope shows up. The Security and Engineering departments wear red, and the first on-screen crewman fatality is one of the engineers. However, the show plays with the trope by actually showing the crewman's funeral, having a scene where TheCaptain is trying to figure out what to say in the letter to the man's next of kin, and the Security Chief [[spoiler: is so shaken by her failure to save him that she purposefully puts herself through a NightmareFuel scenario so that she will be better able to save others later]]; this after making several references to the fact the character had family who were grieving him.

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* ''Series/TheOrville'': As it's a SpiritualAdaptation of Franchise/StarTrek (if not a Trek show with SerialNumbersFiledOff), this trope shows up. The Security and Engineering departments wear red, and the first on-screen crewman fatality is one of the engineers. However, the show plays with the trope by actually showing the crewman's funeral, having a scene where TheCaptain is trying to figure out what to say in the letter to the man's next of kin, and the Security Chief [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is so shaken by her failure to save him that she purposefully puts herself through a NightmareFuel scenario so that she will be better able to save others later]]; this after making several references to the fact the character had family who were grieving him.



** Done for shock value when recurring gate-technician, [[spoiler: Peter Grodin]] unexpectedly dies at the end of season one, performing a HeroicSacrifice by remaining behind on the Ancient satellite weapon and taking down a Wraith Hive Ship as [[DyingMomentOfAwesome his final act]].

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** Done for shock value when recurring gate-technician, [[spoiler: Peter [[spoiler:Peter Grodin]] unexpectedly dies at the end of season one, performing a HeroicSacrifice by remaining behind on the Ancient satellite weapon and taking down a Wraith Hive Ship as [[DyingMomentOfAwesome his final act]].



** In season 6, [[spoiler: Sam]] is called out for using [[spoiler: the sheriff]] who fitted the monsters M.O. as bait to lure out the monster, and lead it back to its nest. In fact the trope was called by name.

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** In season 6, [[spoiler: Sam]] [[spoiler:Sam]] is called out for using [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the sheriff]] who fitted the monsters M.O. as bait to lure out the monster, and lead it back to its nest. In fact the trope was called by name.



* ''Series/ToddAndTheBookOfPureEvil'': The student body of Crowley High frequently serves as victims of the user of the Book of Pure Evil (often another Crowley student). {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when [[spoiler: the bodies of three students flayed alive]] are identified using the school's own set of dental records (created for such an occasion).

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* ''Series/ToddAndTheBookOfPureEvil'': The student body of Crowley High frequently serves as victims of the user of the Book of Pure Evil (often another Crowley student). {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the bodies of three students flayed alive]] are identified using the school's own set of dental records (created for such an occasion).



** For the Star Trek CCG made by Decipher, one character was specifically designed for this: Lt. Grant, who had an ability to sacrifice himself in place of other personnel in certain situations (and yes, he wore a ''very'' prominent red shirt, and the strategy article on the official site [[LampshadeHanging hung a big lampshade]] on his role). Additionally, there was the card "Security Sacrifice," which allows you to make your gold-shirts pay the ultimate price. (Oddly enough, the picture on the card is of [[spoiler: Tasha Yar, who was a major character in the first season before succumbing to her fate]].)

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** For the Star Trek CCG made by Decipher, one character was specifically designed for this: Lt. Grant, who had an ability to sacrifice himself in place of other personnel in certain situations (and yes, he wore a ''very'' prominent red shirt, and the strategy article on the official site [[LampshadeHanging hung a big lampshade]] on his role). Additionally, there was the card "Security Sacrifice," which allows you to make your gold-shirts pay the ultimate price. (Oddly enough, the picture on the card is of [[spoiler: Tasha [[spoiler:Tasha Yar, who was a major character in the first season before succumbing to her fate]].)



''(they separate, only for Roger to be attacked later)''

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''(they ''[they separate, only for Roger to be attacked later)''later]''



--> Shipman. You know when a monster or ninja or something sneaks on board and attacks a crewman to show how evil it is? Well, the person it attacks is [=McFipt=], and he's getting pretty tired of it.

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--> Shipman.-->Shipman. You know when a monster or ninja or something sneaks on board and attacks a crewman to show how evil it is? Well, the person it attacks is [=McFipt=], and he's getting pretty tired of it.



--> '''Cdr. Cody:''' Although, we could go in first to see if it's a trap.\\

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--> '''Cdr.-->'''Cdr. Cody:''' Although, we could go in first to see if it's a trap.\\



* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': The poor vargas who woke up Broly. And things [[InferredHolocaust don't seem to be going any better]] for the ones who [[spoiler: tried to send Buu back to Universe 4]].

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* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': The poor vargas who woke up Broly. And things [[InferredHolocaust don't seem to be going any better]] for the ones who [[spoiler: tried [[spoiler:tried to send Buu back to Universe 4]].



'''Goldshirt''' ''(sobs)'' I just wanted to be a botanist!!

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'''Goldshirt''' ''(sobs)'' '''Goldshirt:''' ''[sobs]'' I just wanted to be a botanist!!



-->'''Wade:''' This is the part of the show where they pick series regulars to go on a mission. Just make sure you're not the one wearing...\\

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-->'''Wade:''' --->'''Wade:''' This is the part of the show where they pick series regulars to go on a mission. Just make sure you're not the one wearing...\\



'''Pseudo-Kirk:''' And... ''(to Kim)'' you! You're expendable.

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'''Pseudo-Kirk:''' And... ''(to Kim)'' ''[to Kim]'' you! You're expendable.



* Lampshaded endlessly in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', where MauveShirt Henchmen #21 and #24 repeatedly taunt the previously unseen Henchman #1 for his red shirt status. By the end of the episode, [[spoiler:#1 is beaten to death by Brock Samson, as the GenreSavvy #21 and #24 miraculously escape harm]]. Although, bizarrely enough, [[spoiler: it later turned out that #1 [[NotQuiteDead Wasn't Quite Dead]] after all..]].

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* Lampshaded endlessly in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', where MauveShirt Henchmen #21 and #24 repeatedly taunt the previously unseen Henchman #1 for his red shirt status. By the end of the episode, [[spoiler:#1 is beaten to death by Brock Samson, as the GenreSavvy #21 and #24 miraculously escape harm]]. Although, bizarrely enough, [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it later turned out that #1 [[NotQuiteDead Wasn't Quite Dead]] after all..]].



-->"Mmm... that's good [[LargeHam ham]]."

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-->"Mmm...--->"Mmm... that's good [[LargeHam ham]]."



'''Toki:''' ''(is taking out the trash and comes across a rotting corpse)'' Wowee!\\

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'''Toki:''' ''(is ''[is taking out the trash and comes across a rotting corpse)'' corpse]'' Wowee!\\



'''Toki:''' ''(rings his Deth-bell)''

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'''Toki:''' ''(rings ''[rings his Deth-bell)''Deth-bell]''



** "Basic" did provide some justification, however. The purpose of the grunts being more to distract the [=EVO=]s and keep them away from civilians while stalling them long enough for Rex or another main character to actually take said [=EVO=]s down. Granted they tend to take insane casualties, with a few exceptions, such as [[spoiler: "Leader of the Pack" (where the redshirts respond to an ineffective FiveRoundsRapid against a giant worm by calling in a gunship and ripping the EVO apart) and most notably "The Forgotten" in which a team of redshirts (and a MauveShirt) survive being trapped inside a city of hostile EVOS]].

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** "Basic" did provide some justification, however. The purpose of the grunts being more to distract the [=EVO=]s and keep them away from civilians while stalling them long enough for Rex or another main character to actually take said [=EVO=]s down. Granted they tend to take insane casualties, with a few exceptions, such as [[spoiler: "Leader [[spoiler:"Leader of the Pack" (where the redshirts respond to an ineffective FiveRoundsRapid against a giant worm by calling in a gunship and ripping the EVO apart) and most notably "The Forgotten" in which a team of redshirts (and a MauveShirt) survive being trapped inside a city of hostile EVOS]].



-->'''Plucky''': Spork, Doc, you come with me. ''(To the Red Shirts)'' You extras wander off that way and disappear. ''(And they do)''

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-->'''Plucky''': -->'''Plucky:''' Spork, Doc, you come with me. ''(To the Red Shirts)'' You extras wander off that way and disappear. ''(And they do)''



-->'''Duckman''': ''[doing the captain's log]'' As purely extraneous cast members, Fluffy and Uranus's sole purpose is to be killed upon arrival, thus allowing the rest of us to get on with the damn story. ''[beat]'' Aw, the hell with it. ''[shoots them himself]''

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-->'''Duckman''': -->'''Duckman:''' ''[doing the captain's log]'' As purely extraneous cast members, Fluffy and Uranus's sole purpose is to be killed upon arrival, thus allowing the rest of us to get on with the damn story. ''[beat]'' Aw, the hell with it. ''[shoots them himself]''



22nd May '18 4:24:10 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* During a surprise attack on a supply depot in ''Growlanser 2'', the mildly GenreSavvy enemy commander has the following exchange with a guard:

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* During a surprise attack on a supply depot in ''Growlanser 2'', the mildly GenreSavvy enemy commander has the following exchange with a guard:



** It gets lampshaded/parodied like crazy later on, with the methods of killing Phelous [[SerialEscalation getting more and more ridiculous]]. And then he just ends up GenreSavvy and dodges everything trying to kill him.

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** It gets lampshaded/parodied like crazy later on, with the methods of killing Phelous [[SerialEscalation getting more and more ridiculous]]. And then he just ends up GenreSavvy and dodges everything trying to kill him.
21st May '18 2:08:44 AM Dracis
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*** Subverted in that Reds seem to survive very well, it's the aquamarines that die usually, and they don't fit the trope in being new either, most are well-established when they die.

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*** Subverted in that Reds seem to survive very well, well (this being one of the colors for officers, and thus named characters), it's the aquamarines that die usually, and they don't fit the trope in being new either, most are well-established when they die.
15th May '18 12:50:45 PM GlacierWolf
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''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse:'' [[spoiler: Ruby was part of the FantasticCasteSystem - HiveCasteSystem that Homeworld has for every type of Gem, and her role was that of a LITERAL Red Shirt, with Rubies being common, disposable soldiers that can be shattered and replaced on a whim.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse:'' [[spoiler: Ruby was Rubies are part of the FantasticCasteSystem - HiveCasteSystem that Homeworld [[TheEmpire the Gem Homeworld]] has for every type of Gem, and her role was that of a their roles are [[LiteralMetaphor LITERAL Red Shirt, with Shirts]], since Rubies being are classified as common, disposable soldiers that can be shattered and replaced on a whim.]]
15th May '18 12:48:39 PM GlacierWolf
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''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse:'' [[spoiler: Ruby was part of the FantasticCasteSystem - HiveCasteSystem that Homeworld has for every type of Gem, and her role was that of a LITERAL Red Shirt, with Rubies being common, disposable soldiers that can be shattered and replaced on a whim.]]
1st May '18 7:41:05 PM Gamermaster
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* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'': The Soldiers of the Time-Space Administration Bureau are, on the surface, highly trained individuals capable of solving most inter-dimensional threats... it's a shame, then, that the show mostly shoves them in situations only girls half their age can properly handle.

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* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'': ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'': The Soldiers of the Time-Space Administration Bureau are, on the surface, highly trained individuals capable of solving most inter-dimensional threats... it's a shame, then, that the show mostly shoves them in situations only girls half their age can properly handle.
13th Apr '18 2:44:08 AM C2
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** As Creator/NichelleNichols points out in one of her ME-TV promos, she wore red all the way through the series -- "guess I just wore it better!"

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** As Creator/NichelleNichols points out in one of her ME-TV Creator/MeTV promos, she wore red all the way through the series -- "guess I just wore it better!"
7th Apr '18 5:38:46 PM iroanxi
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* In the ''Fanfic/AllGuardsmenParty'', the guardsmen are typically grouped with several less combat-focused teammates. Most of them don't survive.
5th Apr '18 11:22:26 AM Metallix
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** Subverted in the episode "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad" in ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' when Harry Mudd [[spoiler: once again takes control of the Discovery]], and shows off some experimental weaponized dark matter while he lists his demands. He warns no one to attempt to become a hero, as an unnamed officer attempts to tackle him. Harry sees it coming however and talks him down, calling him "random communications officer man". While Mudd was about to demonstrate the dark matter on this officer, he instead demonstrates it on Lieutenant Tyler.
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