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17th Feb '18 8:10:05 AM starofjusticev21
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' mocked this in an episode of its first ShowWithinAShow, ''Space Heroes''. The captain specifically brings two crewman along when he beams down to a dangerous planet so they'll get shot instead of him.
16th Feb '18 4:11:57 AM starofjusticev21
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* Averted in the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' book ''Starship Traveller''. Your security personnel are much more competent in both phaser and close combat; this is reflected by having all non-security characters take a -3 Skill penalty in combat -- presumably showing that a character's Skill stat is for their particular job, not their ability in general. But then played almost straight in the fact that it is indicated that there are a great number of faceless nameless redshirts available in your crew for horrible things to happen to (if you play well -- in a way that won't get your identified personnel killed) and that you and your crew repeatedly, if such things happen, suffer a critical giving-a-shit failure.

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* Averted in the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' book ''Starship Traveller''. Your security personnel are much more competent in both phaser and close combat; this is reflected by having all non-security characters take a -3 Skill penalty in combat -- presumably showing that a character's Skill stat is for their particular job, not their ability in general.general [[note]] Backed up by the explanation for why your character, the ship's captain, is the exception to this rule: "[[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Your combat skills are the equal of your professional skills]], as befits a true hero." [[/note]]. But then played almost straight in the fact that it is indicated that there are a great number of faceless nameless redshirts available in your crew for horrible things to happen to (if you play well -- in a way that won't get your identified personnel killed) and that you and your crew repeatedly, if such things happen, suffer a critical giving-a-shit failure.



* The ''TabletopGame/GraveRobbersFromOuterSpace'' series of B-movie games has a character in at least two whose special function is that other players have to kill them before any of your other characters, acting as a kind of meat shield.

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* The ''TabletopGame/GraveRobbersFromOuterSpace'' series of B-movie games has a character in at least two whose who is meant to represent some minor character who's killed early on in the movie to make the danger seem real. They're accordingly weak but their special function ability is that other players any attacks against your characters have to kill be directed at them before any of your other characters, anyone else, acting as a kind of meat shield.
2nd Feb '18 6:52:33 PM Titus88
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* A related concept in ProfessionalWrestling is the {{Jobber}}, who exists as a disposable wrestler that a promotion can use to help establish a new wrestler. These are often used when creating an indestructible WrestlingMonster, who proceeds to beat up the Jobber very badly. A promotion will often higher a local independent wrestler for a one-time appearance to fill this role, so they are often never seen again in the promotion afterwards.
24th Jan '18 11:44:02 PM Kvaseren
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** ''Film/RogueOne'' is basically told [[PerspectiveFlip from the perspective of]] the Red Shirts who, in any other movie, would've been dead in the first ten minutes, if they appeared at all. Perhaps fittingly, [[spoiler:it ends with [[KillEmAll the whole team dying]]. It's driven home that the protagonists were, ultimately, nothing more than glorified couriers who's narrative purpose was providing the MacGuffin for [[Film/ANewHope more important characters]].]] All of this is [[{{Deconstruction}} very much]] PlayedForDrama.

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** ''Film/RogueOne'' is basically told [[PerspectiveFlip from the perspective of]] the Red Shirts who, in any other movie, would've been dead in the first ten minutes, if they appeared at all. Perhaps fittingly, [[spoiler:it ends with [[KillEmAll the whole team dying]]. It's driven home that the protagonists were, ultimately, nothing more than glorified couriers who's whose narrative purpose was providing the MacGuffin for [[Film/ANewHope more important characters]].]] All of this is [[{{Deconstruction}} very much]] PlayedForDrama.
4th Jan '18 7:41:21 PM erforce
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* ''Film/XMen'':

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20th Dec '17 10:50:38 AM chopshop
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** ''Film/RogueOne'' is basically told [[PerspectiveFlip from the perspective of]] the Red Shirts who, in any other movie, would've been dead in the first ten minutes, if they appeared at all. Perhaps fittingly, [[spoiler:it ends with [[KillEmAll the whole team dying]]. It's driven home that the protagonists were, ultimately, nothing more than glorified couriers who's narrative purpose was providing the MacGuffin for [[Film/ANewHope more important characters]].]] All of this is [[{{Deconstruction}} very much]] PlayedForDrama.
16th Dec '17 7:41:22 AM TheSaddleman
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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 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.]]

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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 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.]]later]]; this after making several references to the fact the character had family who were grieving him.
11th Dec '17 6:03:11 AM Allronix
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* ''Series/TheOrville'': As it's a SpiritualLicencee 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.]]

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* ''Series/TheOrville'': As it's a SpiritualLicencee 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.]]
11th Dec '17 5:58:46 AM Allronix
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* ''Series/TheOrville'': As it's a SpiritualLicencee 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.]]
30th Nov '17 1:54:05 PM slvstrChung
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** Played straight and averted in one notable example: Helo was originally supposed to die during the miniseries, but the fans took a liking to him so the writers brought him back. Helo has since gotten his own season-long subplot, his own episode and has started a family with one of the core characters, as well as displaying morality that is more admirable and consistent than almost any other character on the show.

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** Played straight and averted in one notable example: Helo was originally supposed to die during the miniseries, but miniseries; after he abandons his seat to save someone important, he would never be seen again, with the implication being that he was KilledOffscreen. But the fans took a liking to him him, so the writers brought him back. Helo has since gotten Thereafter he survived straight through to the series finale, became central to the show's MythArc via his own season-long subplot, his own episode fathering of Athena, and has started a family with became one of the core characters, as well as displaying morality that is more admirable and consistent than almost any other character on most respected members of the show.Colonial survivors due to his strong moral code.
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