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7th Mar '17 2:32:22 PM Occidensill
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* Most of the characters from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' are in one. Military training is essentially designed to weed out the weaker, less skilled, and less determined of the bunch by being [[TheSpartanWay physically and psychologically grueling]], but even the hardy recruits who manage to graduate can easily die in battle against the Titans. The manga has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters mostly because it's quick to kill them off and introduce others.

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* Most of the characters from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' are in one. Military training is essentially designed to weed out the weaker, less skilled, and less determined of the bunch by being [[TheSpartanWay physically and psychologically grueling]], but even the hardy recruits who manage to graduate can easily die in battle against the Titans. The manga has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters mostly because it's quick to kill them off LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, but after the front line troops in the Survey Corps suffer several high casualty events, the ''only'' survivors of the final engagement are the main characters and introduce others.one random guy.
21st Feb '17 9:59:13 AM gb00393
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** In season 5 the Unsullied, stated repeatedly of being the best army in the world, are turning into this.

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** In season 5 the Unsullied, stated repeatedly of being the best army in the world, are turning into this. They have seemingly forgotten their basic training of forming up shoulder to shoulder into a shield wall and seem to be no more skilled man-to-man than a group of rebel Meereenese.


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** The Night's Watch is composed mostly of thieves and murderers who join to avoid their punishments. The rest of the kingdom forgets about them as they freeze and fight.
** Robb's diversionary army is seen as completely expendable ''in-universe''.
3rd Jan '17 3:32:04 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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Please note: this Trope is actually ''very'' inaccurate [[RealityIsUnrealistic when you compare it to]] RealLife. If you were to watch ''every'' episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', count the number of casualties that the ''Enterprise'' had, and then compare that to an actual military, you'd see that Kirk's record as a leader in this regard is ''excellent'', far better than any general in U.S. history. Even war heroes like UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington and UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower had proportionately more casualties among their troops.[[note]]It has been suggested that it would be more appropriate to compare Kirk's casualty rate to units on exploratory, rather than combat, missions. It must be remembered that the Enterprise under Kirk's command participated in multiple combat missions against warships with superior weaponry (such as in the episodes [[http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Balance_of_Terror_(episode) "Balance of Terror"]] and [[http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/The_Doomsday_Machine_(episode) "The Doomsday Machine"]] to name a few. [[/note]]

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Please note: this Trope is actually ''very'' inaccurate [[RealityIsUnrealistic when you compare it to]] RealLife. If you were to watch ''every'' episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', count the number of casualties that the ''Enterprise'' had, and then compare that to an actual military, you'd see that Kirk's record as a leader in this regard is ''excellent'', far better than any general in U.S. history. Even war heroes like UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington and UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower had proportionately more casualties among their troops.[[note]]It has been suggested that it would be more appropriate to compare Kirk's casualty rate to units on exploratory, rather than combat, missions. It must be remembered that the Enterprise under Kirk's command participated in multiple combat missions against warships with superior weaponry (such as in the episodes [[http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Balance_of_Terror_(episode) "Balance of Terror"]] and [[http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/The_Doomsday_Machine_(episode) "The Doomsday Machine"]] to name a few. few).[[/note]]
4th Dec '16 8:17:23 AM upupandaway42
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* The US military in Film/ManOfSteel. They're actually competant, just massively, ''massively'' outmatched by their Kryptonian opponants, a bunch of [[NighInvulnerability invunerable]] soldiers with SuperStrength, SuperSpeed and highly advanced weaponry and technology.

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* The US military in Film/ManOfSteel.''Film/ManOfSteel''. They're actually competant, just massively, ''massively'' outmatched by their Kryptonian opponants, a bunch of [[NighInvulnerability invunerable]] soldiers with SuperStrength, SuperSpeed and highly advanced weaponry and technology.
4th Dec '16 8:15:58 AM upupandaway42
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* The US military in Film/ManOfSteel. They're actually competant, just massively, ''massively'' outmatched by their Kryptonian opponants, a bunch of [[NighInvulnerability invunerable]] soldiers with SuperStrength, SuperSpeed and highly advanced weaponry and technology.
1st Nov '16 10:43:17 PM dvx105
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** And it happens yet again in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', when many of the Resistance fighters are easily wiped out while attacking Starkiller Base.


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* ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'': In numerous episodes, the heroes will be accompanied into battle by various DEO agents. Chances are, they won't last long.
30th Oct '16 5:33:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': In the last Creator/GoNagai manga arc, the Japanese army created the Mazinger army -a squad of mass-production, piloted Mazingers- to try and defeat BigBad Dr. Hell once and for all. However, as Kouji was performing test flights with the [[MidSeasonUpgrade Jet Scrander]], Dr. Hell threw a ''massive'' attack involving several mobile fortresses and several dozens of [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]]. Main character, {{Love Interest|s}} and BattleCouple Sayaka Yumi and the Mazinger army flew to meet the Hell's army. The entire army but one got annihilated, and you will never guess who was the single survivor. [[spoiler:Sayaka.]] The Mazinger army reappeared in ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'', and all of them were quickly destroyed and killed by the Mykene empire army. Only ''[[Anime/GreatMazinger Tetsuya and Jun]]'' survived, and only [[{{Badass}} Tetsuya]] put out a good, actual fight.

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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': In the last Creator/GoNagai manga arc, the Japanese army created the Mazinger army -a squad of mass-production, piloted Mazingers- to try and defeat BigBad Dr. Hell once and for all. However, as Kouji was performing test flights with the [[MidSeasonUpgrade Jet Scrander]], Dr. Hell threw a ''massive'' attack involving several mobile fortresses and several dozens of [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]]. Main character, {{Love Interest|s}} and BattleCouple Sayaka Yumi and the Mazinger army flew to meet the Hell's army. The entire army but one got annihilated, and you will never guess who was the single survivor. [[spoiler:Sayaka.]] The Mazinger army reappeared in ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'', and all of them were quickly destroyed and killed by the Mykene empire army. Only ''[[Anime/GreatMazinger Tetsuya and Jun]]'' survived, and only [[{{Badass}} Tetsuya]] Tetsuya put out a good, actual fight.



** An exception to the above is ''Film/HotFuzz'', in which the ''uniformed'' officer is the {{badass}} {{action hero}}es and the ''detectives'' are the incompetent boobs. Doubly averted when, in the big climactic fight, the detectives prove that they're just as competent as the next man if you load them up and give them riot gear.

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** An exception to the above is ''Film/HotFuzz'', in which the ''uniformed'' officer is the {{badass}} badass {{action hero}}es and the ''detectives'' are the incompetent boobs. Doubly averted when, in the big climactic fight, the detectives prove that they're just as competent as the next man if you load them up and give them riot gear.



* The Gotham Police Department in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' fits under this, if only due to their body count, even though they actually prove to be ''quite'' competent -- especially at the end of the movie, when the SWAT teams storm the building. The only problem is that "competent" just doesn't cut it with someone as CrazyPrepared as the Joker and {{badass}} as Batman. Almost subverted with the faceless police van driver, except [[spoiler:it turns out to be Gordon]]. Their competence becomes clear once Batman made it clear who they are supposed to target. We are given shots of [=SWATs=] knocking out and suppressing Joker's henchmen with ease.

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* The Gotham Police Department in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' fits under this, if only due to their body count, even though they actually prove to be ''quite'' competent -- especially at the end of the movie, when the SWAT teams storm the building. The only problem is that "competent" just doesn't cut it with someone as CrazyPrepared as the Joker and {{badass}} badass as Batman. Almost subverted with the faceless police van driver, except [[spoiler:it turns out to be Gordon]]. Their competence becomes clear once Batman made it clear who they are supposed to target. We are given shots of [=SWATs=] knocking out and suppressing Joker's henchmen with ease.
26th Sep '16 8:26:35 PM merotoker
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' sees multiple cases of Redshirt armies ripped apart by horrifically powerful aliens and androids. By the time the Buu saga rolls around you'd think they'd have learned that when someone is spotted who flies and uses KiAttacks its best to just sit back and wait for those other flying folks to take care of the job before sending waves upon waves of men to die.

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' sees multiple cases of Redshirt armies ripped apart by horrifically powerful aliens and androids. By the time the Buu saga rolls around you'd think they'd have learned that when someone is spotted who flies and uses KiAttacks [[KiManipulation Ki Attacks]] its best to just sit back and wait for those other flying folks to take care of the job before sending waves upon waves of men to die.



* In ''Fanfic/RWBYGrimmDarkness'', countless Atlesian soldiers become this at the end of Chapter 7, [[spoiler: when Weiss's father is revealed to be the [[BigBad main villain]] and has every soldier aboard his ship mercilessly slaughtered by the Dark Trinity and Neo. ''Then'' he has a whole military base of them killed off by combat mechs he commissioned for the military, ''[[UpToEleven and then]]'' has his ship open fire on the two escorting it, killing all soldiers aboard them!]]

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* In ''Fanfic/RWBYGrimmDarkness'', countless Atlesian soldiers become this at the end of Chapter 7, [[spoiler: when Weiss's father is revealed to be the [[BigBad main villain]] and has every soldier aboard his ship mercilessly slaughtered by the Dark Trinity and Neo. ''Then'' he has a whole military base of them killed off by combat mechs he commissioned for the military, ''[[UpToEleven and then]]'' has his ship open fire on the two escorting it, killing all soldiers aboard them!]]them]]!



* The direct-to-video release ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'' had members of said army {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing this before they fight Superman[[spoiler:'s evil clone.]]

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* The direct-to-video release ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'' had members of said army {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing this before they fight Superman[[spoiler:'s evil clone.]]clone]].



* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo''. The Japanese Self Defense Force is actually so competent, it shocks the heroes. There's a reason for this....

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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo''. The Japanese Self Defense Force is actually so competent, it shocks the heroes. There's a reason for this....this….
* Taken to absurd levels in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin''; Sir Francis's crew has British soldiers wearing red. When the pirates board the ship, they are effortlessly wiped out by the pirates leaving Sir Francis to fend off the pirates on his own. Despite Sir Francis's efforts, the battle is lost and the surviving crew members are forced to leap off the ship later anyways.



* Tony Stark's escort/bodyguards in ''Film/IronMan'' This actually ''does'' serve as a plot point, as it is this massacre that convinces Tony Stark to stop making weapons.

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* Tony Stark's escort/bodyguards in ''Film/IronMan'' ''Film/IronMan1''. This actually ''does'' serve as a plot point, as it is this massacre that convinces Tony Stark to stop making weapons.



* Very plausible example from ''Film/TheRock''. Commander Anderson's SEAL team enters Alcatraz through the shower room, and as they are about to move up, they encounter what appears to be a laser tripwire. In reality, said tripwire is a custom-designed motion detector built to ''look'' like a tripwire; disarming it like it is a tripwire results in it signaling an intrusion. As the SEAL team disarms it, Hummel's Marines realize what's happening and surround the [=SEALs=] as they enter the showers from an elevated position, boxing them in from good cover. In the subsequent shoot-out, the SEAL team is slaughtered to the last man. [[note]] Interestingly, there was actually a real case in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_invasion_of_Panama Operation Just Cause]] that similarly(though less drastically) went badly for the [=SEALs=] when they ended up in a firefight after their cover approach failed. It was found that they had focused on insertion rather than infantry tactics(unlike the Marines), though this was largely fixed by the time the movie took place. [[/note]]

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* Very plausible example from ''Film/TheRock''. Commander Anderson's SEAL team enters Alcatraz through the shower room, and as they are about to move up, they encounter what appears to be a laser tripwire. In reality, said tripwire is a custom-designed motion detector built to ''look'' like a tripwire; disarming it like it is a tripwire results in it signaling an intrusion. As the SEAL team disarms it, Hummel's Marines realize what's happening and surround the [=SEALs=] as they enter the showers from an elevated position, boxing them in from good cover. In the subsequent shoot-out, the SEAL team is slaughtered to the last man. [[note]] Interestingly, there was actually a real case in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_invasion_of_Panama Operation Just Cause]] that similarly(though less drastically) went badly for the [=SEALs=] when they ended up in a firefight after their cover approach failed. It was found that they had focused on insertion rather than infantry tactics(unlike tactics (unlike the Marines), though this was largely fixed by the time the movie took place. [[/note]]



* Averted hardcore in the ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries''. When the special forces unit calls in the cavalry, the cavalry actually manages to kill or drive off the giant alien robots. They're even more effective in the sequel, managing to support a handful of Autobots in holding off a small army of Decepticons. There are cases when it's played straight. The first scene after the introduction has a US military base completely wiped out by a ''single'' Decepticon. The beginning of the sequel also shows many human NEST soldiers being killed off-hand. It's really the extensive training in killing Cybertronians that the soldiers receive from Autobots that allows them to hold their own (despite massive casualties) in the second and third films.

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* Averted hardcore in the ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries''.''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries''. When the special forces unit calls in the cavalry, the cavalry actually manages to kill or drive off the giant alien robots. They're even more effective in the sequel, managing to support a handful of Autobots in holding off a small army of Decepticons. There are cases when it's played straight. The first scene after the introduction has a US military base completely wiped out by a ''single'' Decepticon. The beginning of the sequel also shows many human NEST soldiers being killed off-hand. It's really the extensive training in killing Cybertronians that the soldiers receive from Autobots that allows them to hold their own (despite massive casualties) in the second and third films.



** In the [[Literature/StarshipTroopers book the film is based on a blurb on the back cover of]] the MI are most definitely ''not'' a RedshirtArmy. The few battles where MI die in large numbers are generally due to being ''vastly'' outnumbered and facing an enemy that is essentially WeHaveReserves incarnate.

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** In the [[Literature/StarshipTroopers book the film is based on a blurb on the back cover of]] the MI are most definitely ''not'' a RedshirtArmy.an example. The few battles where MI die in large numbers are generally due to being ''vastly'' outnumbered and facing an enemy that is essentially WeHaveReserves incarnate.



* The S.T.A.R.S. operatives in ''Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse'' fit the bill. Their rooftop sniper, who had previously been headshotting zombies left right and center, instead chooses to shoot Nemesis in the chest repeatedly and is promptly blown up. The rest of them don't learn his lesson, and fire ineffectively at Nemesis for a short while before they're all mowed down too.

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* The S.T.A.R.S. operatives in ''Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse'' fit the bill. Their rooftop sniper, who had previously been headshotting zombies left right and center, instead chooses to shoot Nemesis in the chest repeatedly and is promptly blown up. The rest of them don't learn his lesson, and [[ShootingSuperman fire ineffectively at Nemesis for a short while while]] before they're all mowed down too.



* ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'' : [[spoiler: Aside from Sergeant Sykes and a female subordinate, the Scavenger soldiers are wiped out to a man during the second drone attack on their base, to the point of only Sykes and his subordinate are left to fight off the much bigger third wave. Good things the drones are a KeystoneArmy...]]

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* ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'' : [[spoiler: Aside from Sergeant Sykes and a female subordinate, the Scavenger soldiers are wiped out to a man during the second drone attack on their base, to the point of only Sykes and his subordinate are left to fight off the much bigger third wave. Good things the drones are a KeystoneArmy...]] KeystoneArmy..]].



* The same can be said for the secret service, capitol police, national guard, and especially [[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous Delta Force]], in ''Film/WhiteHouseDown''. White House Down offers a paricularly glaring example, as the entire White House is taken over be a mere handfull of terrorists who suffer no casualties in the process

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* The same can be said for the secret service, capitol police, national guard, and especially [[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous Delta Force]], in ''Film/WhiteHouseDown''. White House Down offers a paricularly particularly glaring example, as the entire White House is taken over be a mere handfull handful of terrorists who suffer no casualties in the process



* Taken to absurd levels in "Film/TheAdventuresOfTintin", Sir Francis's crew has British soldiers wearing red. When the pirates board the ship, they are effortlessly wiped out by the pirates leaving Sir Francis to fend off the pirates on his own. Despite Sir Francis's efforts, the battle is lost and the surviving crew members are forced to leap off the ship later anyways.
* The human footmen in ''Film/WarCraft2016'' die in droves every time they show up on screen. To their defence, there hasn't been any war in Azeroth in centuries, while their enemies are battle-hardened veterans from a dying world, and remarkably enough, [[spoiler:the "red shirts" manage to accomplish all of their goals through magic support and sheer determination.]]

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* Taken to absurd levels in "Film/TheAdventuresOfTintin", Sir Francis's crew has British soldiers wearing red. When the pirates board the ship, they are effortlessly wiped out by the pirates leaving Sir Francis to fend off the pirates on his own. Despite Sir Francis's efforts, the battle is lost and the surviving crew members are forced to leap off the ship later anyways.
* The human footmen in ''Film/WarCraft2016'' die in droves every time they show up on screen. To their defence, there hasn't been any war in Azeroth in centuries, while their enemies are battle-hardened veterans from a dying world, and remarkably enough, [[spoiler:the "red shirts" manage to accomplish all of their goals through magic support and sheer determination.]]determination]].



** All in all, Star Trek being the TropeNamer makes this an UnbuiltTrope: Despite some showings of HollywoodTactics, the Federation's [[SpaceMarine land-based military forces are repeatedly shown to be highly competent,]] and rarely are deaths of any magnitude simply [[ForgottenFallenFriend forgotten,]] or simply considered unimportant to the plot. As [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJzQmh9TuqM these]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-_lrf44Gw0 scenes]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIZ3EuvTXFc demonstrate,]] later shows had the nameless background characters averting HollywoodTactics and demonstrating great combat skill and effectiveness, even when very poorly supplied and heavily understaffed.

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** All in all, Star Trek being the TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} makes this an UnbuiltTrope: Despite some showings of HollywoodTactics, the Federation's [[SpaceMarine land-based military forces are repeatedly shown to be highly competent,]] and rarely are deaths of any magnitude simply [[ForgottenFallenFriend forgotten,]] or simply considered unimportant to the plot. As [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJzQmh9TuqM these]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-_lrf44Gw0 scenes]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIZ3EuvTXFc demonstrate,]] later shows had the nameless background characters averting HollywoodTactics and demonstrating great combat skill and effectiveness, even when very poorly supplied and heavily understaffed.



** In in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', the Marines on the tanker get effortlessly slaughtered by Russian mercenaries. Then they just stand around doing nothing while Ocelot murders their commanding officer and sets off explosives to sink the ship. Later on, the Navy [=SEALs=] are doing pretty well until a super-speed vampire and a woman packing an energy shield and a {{BFG}} came along). To be even more fair, it did turn out that [[spoiler:the Patriots sent them in so they would fail]].

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** In in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', the Marines on the tanker get effortlessly slaughtered by Russian mercenaries. Then they just stand around doing nothing while Ocelot murders their commanding officer and sets off explosives to sink the ship. Later on, the Navy [=SEALs=] are doing pretty well until a super-speed vampire and a woman packing an energy shield and a {{BFG}} came along). To be even more fair, it did turn out that [[spoiler:the Patriots sent them in so they would fail]].



** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearGhostBabel'' for the GameBoyColor, Snake is meant to assisted by a platoon of Delta Force commandos. They (You've guessed it) are wiped out before you've got through the first stage.

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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearGhostBabel'' for the GameBoyColor, UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor, Snake is meant to assisted by a platoon of Delta Force commandos. They (You've guessed it) are wiped out before you've got through the first stage.



* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 3'' had an encounter between three Space Pirates and three Galactic Federation Marines. Two of the Marines get gunned down, and then the third activates his PED and owns the Space Pirates on his lonesome. He's not the only PED trooper; in the next room you see one wasting a Pirate who's focused on you, and another shoots down a pipe and kills two of them in one go. The GFM troopers remain fairly competent for the remainder of the game as well.

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* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 3'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' had an encounter between three Space Pirates and three Galactic Federation Marines. Two of the Marines get gunned down, and then the third activates his PED and owns the Space Pirates on his lonesome. He's not the only PED trooper; in the next room you see one wasting a Pirate who's focused on you, and another shoots down a pipe and kills two of them in one go. The GFM troopers remain fairly competent for the remainder of the game as well.



** Played straight in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' during the [[spoiler:attack on the Star Forge. The Jedi Council sends you an "elite" strike team of Jedi Knights... all of whom get (easily) killed by the various Mooks the place has to offer.]]

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** Played straight in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' during the [[spoiler:attack on the Star Forge. The Jedi Council sends you an "elite" strike team of Jedi Knights... all of whom get (easily) killed by the various Mooks the place has to offer.]]offer]].



* Whenever a bunch of NPC allies appear in a ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' game, ''they will die before the cut scene is over''. The non-OG games usually use ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam GMs]]'' or other weak {{Real Robot}}s, but the OriginalGeneration games give this duty to the Gespensts. Ironic thing is, BadassNormal and one-man-army Kai Kitamura pilots one of those Gespensts, and just will ''not'' be shot down easily.

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* Whenever a bunch of NPC allies appear in a ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' game, ''they will die before the cut scene is over''. The non-OG games usually use ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam GMs]]'' or other weak {{Real Robot}}s, Robot|Genre}}s, but the OriginalGeneration games give this duty to the Gespensts. Ironic thing is, BadassNormal and one-man-army Kai Kitamura pilots one of those Gespensts, and just will ''not'' be shot down easily.



*** Not that that wasn't a realistic loss on their side though. In the minute or so following the power grid failure you can see hundreds of Necromorphs if you point a flashlight out the window. That's more then Isaac ever had to contend with at any one time. Also note that the military force was equiped by firearms designed to kill humans, which are much less useful on necromorphs than repurposed mining equipment due to fact that necromorphs are vulnerable to dismembering, not the body and organ puncturing. Isaac can utilize even those weapons against necromorphs effectively, however it needs quite skill and expertise in killing necromorphs that the soldiers probably didnt have. Standart body shots are going to kill necromorph eventually, but it takes much more time than dismembering. Against single or few necromorphs this could stand, but if being overrun by such imensive numbers, this couldn't stand a chance.

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*** Not that that wasn't a realistic loss on their side though. In the minute or so following the power grid failure you can see hundreds of Necromorphs if you point a flashlight out the window. That's more then Isaac ever had to contend with at any one time. Also note that the military force was equiped by firearms designed to kill humans, which are much less useful on necromorphs than repurposed mining equipment due to fact that necromorphs are vulnerable to dismembering, not the body and organ puncturing. Isaac can utilize even those weapons against necromorphs effectively, however it needs quite skill and expertise in killing necromorphs that the soldiers probably didnt have. Standart body shots are going to kill necromorph eventually, but it takes much more time than dismembering. Against single or few necromorphs this could stand, but if being overrun by such imensive immense numbers, this couldn't stand a chance.



** Who could forget S.T.A.R.S. from the [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil original game]]? By the time Alpha Team reached the mansion, one of their own members is already dead (Frost), half of Bravo Team is dead too (Dooley, Dewey, Sullivan, and Speyer), two of the other members were mortally wounded (Aiken and Marini) before they were later killed off as well, and only Chambers (depending on how you play the game) manages to survive with Redfield and Valentine (and Barry Burton if playing as Jill; although Rebecca doesn't appear in that scenario, they all survive according to WordOfGod).

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** Who could forget S.T.A.R.S. from the [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil1 original game]]? game]]. By the time Alpha Team reached the mansion, one of their own members is already dead (Frost), half of Bravo Team is dead too (Dooley, Dewey, Sullivan, and Speyer), two of the other members were mortally wounded (Aiken and Marini) before they were later killed off as well, and only Chambers (depending on how you play the game) manages to survive with Redfield and Valentine (and Barry Burton if playing as Jill; although Rebecca doesn't appear in that scenario, they all survive according to WordOfGod).



** While Longbow are clearly a reference to this trope, the only reason they're not likely to win against [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Arachnos]] is because their opponent consists of much more versatile {{Charles Atlas|Superpower}}es and [[MechaMook spider-shaped cyborgs]]. They easily qualify as GoddamnBats later in the game.

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** While Longbow are clearly a reference to this trope, the only reason they're not likely to win against [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Arachnos]] is because their opponent consists of much more versatile {{Charles Atlas|Superpower}}es and [[MechaMook [[MechaMooks spider-shaped cyborgs]]. They easily qualify as GoddamnBats GoddamnedBats later in the game.



* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' has the entire Gallian army. Whenever something needs to be [[TheWorfEffect blown up to prove what dire straits we're in]], it's the army, and eventually [[spoiler:the whole thing gets blown up at Ghirlandaio. No one cares because the army is a bunch of faceless, unsympathetic mooks even to the heroes, and the core group of Squad 7 is more worried that Alicia is capable of an explosion like that than the deaths of some thousands, possibly tens of thousands of people.]]

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* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' has the entire Gallian army. Whenever something needs to be [[TheWorfEffect blown up to prove what dire straits we're in]], it's the army, and eventually [[spoiler:the whole thing gets blown up at Ghirlandaio. No one cares because the army is a bunch of faceless, unsympathetic mooks even to the heroes, and the core group of Squad 7 is more worried that Alicia is capable of an explosion like that than the deaths of some thousands, possibly tens of thousands of people.]]people]].



* [[VideoGame/DawnOfWar "We Die Standing"]]

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* [[VideoGame/DawnOfWar ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'': "We Die Standing"]]Standing".



* Happens in several ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' missions. On a story level scale, [[spoiler: in the consulate docks mission. The sunspears easily defeat the regular Kournan army, but then are killed in a cutscene by Varesh's demons, leaving the players to continue the story on their own.]]

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* Happens in several ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' missions. On a story level scale, [[spoiler: in the consulate docks mission. The sunspears easily defeat the regular Kournan army, but then are killed in a cutscene by Varesh's demons, leaving the players to continue the story on their own.]]own]].



* Completely averted in ''VideoGame/BlueDragon''. While it at first looks like a classic scene where a CurbstompBattle is about to occur between the Jibral Military and the BigBad Nene, the Jibral Military [[spoiler: proves itself extremely competent and actually ''routs Nene's ship and forces him to retreat'' without any noted casualties.]] They are so good, in fact, that you feel safe leaving your village in their hands.

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* Completely averted in ''VideoGame/BlueDragon''. While it at first looks like a classic scene where a CurbstompBattle is about to occur between the Jibral Military and the BigBad Nene, the Jibral Military [[spoiler: proves itself extremely competent and actually ''routs Nene's ship and forces him to retreat'' without any noted casualties.]] casualties]]. They are so good, in fact, that you feel safe leaving your village in their hands.



* A damn near literal example in ''VideoGame/FableIII'': When you're [[spoiler: fighting against Logan's army in the (first) Battle of Bowerstone, the guys on your side that aren't named are an army of guards wearing red shirts. They don't have names. They're just there to shoot the purple-coated guards and get killed.]]

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* A damn near literal example in ''VideoGame/FableIII'': When you're [[spoiler: fighting against Logan's army in the (first) Battle of Bowerstone, the guys on your side that aren't named are an army of guards wearing red shirts. They don't have names. They're just there to shoot the purple-coated guards and get killed.]]killed]].



* ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' has the events of the game leading to a civil uprising [[spoiler: only to have it be a trap that kills off everyone.]]

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* ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' has the events of the game leading to a civil uprising [[spoiler: only to have it be a trap that kills off everyone.]]everyone]].



** In ''Into the Wild Green Yonder''

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** In ''Into "Into the Wild Green Yonder''Yonder"
8th Sep '16 8:20:09 AM erforce
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* The Cleaners in ''[[Film/{{Underworld}} Underworld: Evolution]]'' are a group of well-trained {{Badass Normal}}s from special forces all over the world. They get quickly slaughtered by Marcus Corvinus. By the end of the film, the remaining few are mauled by his brother William and turned into first-gen Lycans. Then again, their primary job wasn't to fight vampires or Lycans but to hide any evidence of their existence from {{Muggles}}. Additionally, when going after William, they reveal that all they packed is UV ammunition, which is mostly harmless to Lycans.

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* The Cleaners in ''[[Film/{{Underworld}} Underworld: Evolution]]'' ''Film/UnderworldEvolution'' are a group of well-trained {{Badass Normal}}s from special forces all over the world. They get quickly slaughtered by Marcus Corvinus. By the end of the film, the remaining few are mauled by his brother William and turned into first-gen Lycans. Then again, their primary job wasn't to fight vampires or Lycans but to hide any evidence of their existence from {{Muggles}}. Additionally, when going after William, they reveal that all they packed is UV ammunition, which is mostly harmless to Lycans.
6th Sep '16 1:32:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* The deghans in the FarsalaTrilogy are the ruling and fighting class of Farsala, but when [[TheEmpire the Hrum]] launch an invasion they're all dead within two chapters.

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* The deghans in the FarsalaTrilogy ''Literature/FarsalaTrilogy'' are the ruling and fighting class of Farsala, but when [[TheEmpire the Hrum]] launch an invasion they're all dead within two chapters.
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