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13th Jun '16 9:35:34 AM Kakai
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* 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.]]
13th Jun '16 2:23:18 AM Unnatural
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* ''LightNovel/StrikeTheBlood'': The Island Guard. They haven't managed to kill or subdue a single monster on their own, but are almost always victims of a CurbStompBattle. It's quite questionable why people want to become an Island Guard with the high casualty rates. Is the pay really that good?
7th Jun '16 6:54:25 PM David8822
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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.
7th Jun '16 6:40:47 PM David8822
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25th May '16 11:12:31 PM MarkWilder
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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 of 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 of 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]]
24th May '16 8:20:47 PM MarkWilder
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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 of 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]]
13th May '16 10:54:25 AM Whatanoriginalname
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**Scarily played straight with 'The Force Unleashed', where, even though your alliance switches often according to the AI, some examples include during the prologue, hang behind, and all clone troopers will be demolished by the wookies, without taking down one, even going so far as for the troopers to tell Darth Vader that they can't break the wookies front line. Another example is when Starkiller stumbles across a fight between stormtroopers and general militia (keep in mind this is before the Rebel Alliance is formed), and if you hang back, the group of around 25 militia are wiped out by a group of 10 stormtroopers, even when reinforcements arrive, with the stormtroopers losing less than 5 troops. The wookies, when Starkiller [[spoiler: returns]] to Kashyyyk, fare better against the stormtroopers, but not enough to make a huge difference.
11th May '16 11:53:56 AM erforce
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* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'': Notably used in the last episode of Season 1, in which Agent James Ellison takes a fully tooled-out FBI Hostage Rescue Team in to storm a terminator's motel room. The HRT is some 20 or so members strong, fully tooled for bear with bulletproof vests, assault rifles, and helmets, and is merrily dispatched in the space of about two minutes to the beautiful crooning of Johnny Cash.


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* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'': Notably used in the last episode of Season 1, in which Agent James Ellison takes a fully tooled-out FBI Hostage Rescue Team in to storm a terminator's motel room. The HRT is some 20 or so members strong, fully tooled for bear with bulletproof vests, assault rifles, and helmets, and is merrily dispatched in the space of about two minutes to the beautiful crooning of Johnny Cash.
8th May '16 7:11:50 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'':
** The regular UN forces in ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'' and later ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' (who were, in both cases, mostly flying outdated HumongousMecha, and had limited, if any, combat experience; this is even a plot point in ''Frontier'' and is used to explain the existence of the PrivateMilitaryContractors).

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* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'':
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** The regular UN forces in ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'' and later ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' (who were, in both cases, cases were mostly flying outdated HumongousMecha, HumongousMecha and had limited, if any, combat experience; this is even a plot point in ''Frontier'' and is used to explain the existence of the PrivateMilitaryContractors).
1st May '16 11:01:53 AM erforce
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* In many crime-related action movies or shows (the ''Film/LethalWeapon'' movies, for example), any uniformed police officers and / or detectives who are ''not'' the protagonists are usually little more than easily-disposable cannon fodder. Sometimes it is because they face an opponent against whom they genuinely have no chance against (such as Franchise/TheTerminator); other times, particularly when opposed to a small criminal syndicate, it is because they display incompetence which is nothing short of alarming for members of a modern metropolitan police department.

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* In many crime-related action movies or shows (the ''Film/LethalWeapon'' movies, for example), any uniformed police officers and / or detectives who are ''not'' the protagonists are usually little more than easily-disposable cannon fodder. Sometimes it is because they face an opponent against whom they genuinely have no chance against (such as Franchise/TheTerminator); a Franchise/{{Terminator}}); other times, particularly when opposed to a small criminal syndicate, it is because they display incompetence which is nothing short of alarming for members of a modern metropolitan police department.
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