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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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* 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"
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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.
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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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* In the ''VideoGame/XCom'' games, you start out with a team of these. Expect casualties.

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* In the ''VideoGame/XCom'' ''[[{{VideoGame/XCOM}} X-COM]]'' games, you start out with a team of these. Expect casualties.
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** Some of the ''Pillar of Autumn''[='s=] crew in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' even wore red.
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* While statistically fought against more then with in the main games, fairies in the Touhou series generally fill this role in the fan spin-offs revolving around strategy as relatively weak allies and foes to be shot down by more powerful (and [[TooDumbToLive intelligent]]) characters. Luckily, non-lethal spellcard rules means that fairies rarely actually die in spite of their criminal incompetence, and even when that isn't the case, fairies rarely ever stay dead with the ability to regenerate almost instantly.

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* While statistically fought against more then with in the main games, fairies in the Touhou ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series generally fill this role in the fan spin-offs revolving around strategy as relatively weak allies and foes to be shot down by more powerful (and [[TooDumbToLive intelligent]]) characters. Luckily, non-lethal spellcard rules means that fairies rarely actually die in spite of their criminal incompetence, and even when that isn't the case, fairies rarely ever stay dead with the ability to regenerate almost instantly.
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* This is common in {{First Person Shooter}}s. Redshirt Armies can be used as part of the BackStory, explaining why ItsUpToYou. Other times, the Redshirt Army is made up of {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs who are pathetically weak, die easily, and can barely shoot, especially when compared with the main character. It's usually difficult to keep these allies alive, and the player is rarely offered any incentive or reward for doing so, beyond, perhaps, personal satisfaction -- or a hefty penalty if they die.



* This is also common in {{First Person Shooter}}s. Redshirt Armies can be used as part of the BackStory, explaining why ItsUpToYou. Other times, the Redshirt Army is made up of {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs who are pathetically weak, die easily, and can barely shoot, especially when compared with the main character. It's usually difficult to keep these allies alive, and the player is rarely offered any incentive or reward for doing so, beyond, perhaps, personal satisfaction -- or a hefty penalty if they die.
** In the original ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', the protagonist's entire military unit is wiped out before the game starts (the protagonist then blasts his way through a demon-filled complex that bested an entire unit of elite soldiers).
*** You find their corpses all the way through hell though, so it's obvious some of them managed to progress (and they probably reduced the number of enemies you face...). I'd say they were quite badass, just not badass enough.
*** Given ''DOOM'' has a love of invisible teleports, sudden ambushes and all other life-ending trickery liberally scattered around every map, it's more likely that these marines were minding their own business and then suddenly found themselves being whisked away and killed off horribly in the space of a few seconds.
** The final stages of ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' are filled with corpses of Black Mesa Expeditionists. If only they knew you were capable of single-handedly wiping out all {{Mooks}} and defeating the BigBad, they could've saved all those lives.
** ''VideoGame/SystemShock 1'' & ''2'' also show one as deceased bodies waiting for you to take their loot and diaries to finish the job they couldn't.
*** To be honest, player character in ''VideoGame/SystemShock 2'' had the advantage of some illegal neural implants [[spoiler:and guidance of insane AI considering him her avatar, though the latter eventually meant additional BigBad to deal with]].
*** Protagonists from both games also have the advantage of the experience of everyone that died before. For example, most people who died in the early hours didn't know about the cyborg conversion chambers, the CPU core controls on the elevators, and so on.
** Certain games have "plausible" explanations for this, such as ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', where the protagonist of the game is unique and inherently superior to normal soldiers. ''Halo'' also does the "senseless loss of life" nod to the other characters, with another NPC ("Cortana") expressing disappointment and regret if an entire unit of Marines is wiped out.
*** In fact, the marines' AI in Halo is stupid even by "normal soldier" standards. Their ArtificialStupidity makes them TooDumbToLive.
*** The AI of the marines improved somewhat each game. By the fourth installment, they even started to comprehend blast radii... The Marines were useful allies to have, but they died faster than an ice cream cone in a volcano if the player isn't careful. Unfortunately for you, the enemy's AI (including that of ''their'' red shirts, who always had decent AI) got correspondingly smarter as your Marines did. The Covenant eventually even invoked this trope and trained the red shirts as '''suicide bombers'''...
*** Some of the Pillar of Autumn crew members actually wear red.
** ''Franchise/RedFaction'''s AI wasn't the best, but your allies were especially terrible. Fellow miners would often die 20 seconds after you meet them, and couldn't at all keep up with the regular {{mook|s}} ''three''-on-one even with the same weapon.
*** In the ''Red Faction'' series, the Red Faction soldiers may as well be called the Red Shirt Faction.
*** The AI in "Red Faction: Guerrilla" isn't much better. Guerrillas last longer than they did in the first game, eventually get weapons on par with the [[spoiler: EDF]], and are smart enough to use cover, but are not nearly as efficient as the enemy, who will swarm you with loads of soldiers and gun your ass down before you can even blink.

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* This is also common in {{First Person Shooter}}s. Redshirt Armies can be used as part of the BackStory, explaining why ItsUpToYou. Other times, the Redshirt Army is made up of {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs who are pathetically weak, die easily, and can barely shoot, especially when compared with the main character. It's usually difficult to keep these allies alive, and the player is rarely offered any incentive or reward for doing so, beyond, perhaps, personal satisfaction -- or a hefty penalty if they die.
**
In the original ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', the protagonist's entire military unit is wiped out before the game starts (the protagonist then blasts his way through a demon-filled complex that bested an entire unit of elite soldiers).
*** ** You find their corpses all the way through hell though, so it's obvious some of them managed to progress (and they probably reduced the number of enemies you face...). I'd say they were quite badass, just not badass enough.
*** ** Given ''DOOM'' has a love of invisible teleports, sudden ambushes and all other life-ending trickery liberally scattered around every map, it's more likely that these marines were minding their own business and then suddenly found themselves being whisked away and killed off horribly in the space of a few seconds.
** * The final stages of ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' are filled with corpses of Black Mesa Expeditionists. If only they knew you were capable of single-handedly wiping out all {{Mooks}} and defeating the BigBad, they could've saved all those lives.
** * ''VideoGame/SystemShock 1'' & ''2'' also show one as deceased bodies waiting for you to take their loot and diaries to finish the job they couldn't.
*** ** To be honest, player character in ''VideoGame/SystemShock 2'' had the advantage of some illegal neural implants [[spoiler:and guidance of insane AI considering him her avatar, though the latter eventually meant additional BigBad to deal with]].
*** ** Protagonists from both games also have the advantage of the experience of everyone that died before. For example, most people who died in the early hours didn't know about the cyborg conversion chambers, the CPU core controls on the elevators, and so on.
** Certain games * ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' is one series to have a "plausible" explanations explanation for this, such as ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', where this; the protagonist of the game is protagonists are usually unique and {{Super Soldier}}s inherently superior to normal soldiers. ''Halo'' also does the "senseless loss of life" nod to the other characters, with another NPC ("Cortana") [=NPCs=] like Cortana often expressing disappointment and regret if an entire unit of Marines is wiped out.
*** In fact, the marines'
out. That said, allied AI in Halo is stupid even by "normal soldier" standards. Their ArtificialStupidity makes them TooDumbToLive.
*** The AI of ** For the marines most part, allied AI improved somewhat each game. By the fourth installment, ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', they even started to comprehend blast radii... The In general, the Marines were and other human troops can be useful allies to have, but they died die faster than an ice cream cone in a volcano if the player isn't careful. Unfortunately for you, the enemy's AI (including that of ''their'' red shirts, who always had decent AI) got correspondingly smarter as your Marines did. The Covenant eventually even invoked this trope and trained the red shirts as '''suicide bombers'''...
*** Some of the Pillar of Autumn crew members actually wear red.
**
allies' did.
*
''Franchise/RedFaction'''s AI wasn't the best, but your allies were especially terrible. Fellow miners would often die 20 seconds after you meet them, and couldn't at all keep up with the regular {{mook|s}} ''three''-on-one even with the same weapon.
*** ** In the ''Red Faction'' series, the Red Faction soldiers may as well be called the Red Shirt Faction.
*** ** The AI in "Red Faction: Guerrilla" isn't much better. Guerrillas last longer than they did in the first game, eventually get weapons on par with the [[spoiler: EDF]], and are smart enough to use cover, but are not nearly as efficient as the enemy, who will swarm you with loads of soldiers and gun your ass down before you can even blink.
16th Jul '16 7:00:14 PM MarkWilder
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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** The first broadcast episode of the original series ("The Man Trap") has a body count of four minor crewmen, most of whom of course become monster chow shortly after beaming down to the planet. Ironically, the casualties are two blues, a gold and one unknown wearing a hazmat suit.
** Despite it being the {{Trope Namer|s}}, quite a few of the characters that die in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' are blue shirts or gold shirts. In fact, no red shirt deaths occur until the seventh episode. The dubious honor goes to Crewman Mathews, who is pushed into a bottomless pit in "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"
** This is averted in "A Taste of Armageddon". Kirk, Spock, and three redshirts beam down to Eminiar VII where, upon landing, they are sent to be killed. ''All'' of them survive.
** Scotty is practically the only named character to wear a red shirt in the original series, and he's one of the few characters to survive into "Next Generation."
*** He does get killed once, but [[OnlyMostlyDead he gets better]].

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
**
''Franchise/StarTrek'': Despite it being the {{Trope Namer|s}}, quite a few of the characters that die in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' are blue shirts or gold shirts. The first broadcast episode of the original series ("The Man Trap") has a body count of four minor crewmen, most of whom of course become monster chow shortly after beaming down to the planet. Ironically, the casualties are two blues, a gold and one unknown wearing a hazmat suit.
** Despite it being the {{Trope Namer|s}}, quite a few of the characters that die in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' are blue shirts or gold shirts.
suit. In fact, no red shirt deaths occur until the seventh episode. The dubious honor goes to Crewman Mathews, who is pushed into a bottomless pit in "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"
** This
Of?". In addition, [[AvertedTrope this trope is averted completely averted]] in "A Taste of Armageddon". Armageddon": Kirk, Spock, and three redshirts beam down to Eminiar VII where, upon landing, they are sent to be killed. ''All'' of them survive.
** Scotty is practically one of the only named character few characters to wear a red shirt in the original series, and he's one of the few characters to survive into "Next Generation."
***
" He does ''does'' get killed once, but [[OnlyMostlyDead he gets better]].



** An interesting case also occurs in "By Any Other Name". Two redshirts are [[AndIMustScream turned into crystals]], one of whom is a hot female yeoman, who would usually survive. The other is a more typical [[MenAreTheExpendableGender male]] security officer and is also {{black|DudeDiesFirst}}. [[WouldHitAGirl It's the former that gets crushed into powder, however.]]
** There is in fact an even more unfortunate color to be wearing, but it's more obscure: The [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Hansen_(Commander) two]] [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Harold characters]] who wore the same beigey-yellow shirt both died in attacks on outposts, along with everyone with them.
** Even the engineers (non-security redshirts during ''TOS'') aren't safe, as shown in "The Ultimate Computer".
** According to [[http://www.sitelogicmarketing.com/blog/02-analytics-according-to-captain-kirk this]] article about analytics, red shirts do, in fact, die the most in TOS (74% of all Enterprise crew deaths.)
** According to [[http://youtu.be/GRp92HXDlgY?t=1m50s another set of statistics about Star Trek deaths]], red shirt deaths actually ''only'' make up 58% of the deaths. However, since there are so many red shirts, their ''mortality rate'' is actually lower than the yellow shirts' (25 of 239 (about 10.5%) compared to 10 of 55 (about 18%)). In fact, even if you go by 43 being the number of red shirt deaths, the yellow shirts ''still'' have a slightly higher mortality rate.
** Later incarnations of ''Star Trek'' (''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'') invert the term by switching uniform colors. Command staff in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' wore yellowish uniforms and operations staff (such as security) red; from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' on this was swapped, making gold shirts the new target of preference while red shirts were usually safe and secure on bridge duty if not for the [[ExplosiveInstrumentation usual exploding console]]. The first goldshirt to receive this honor was Lt. Singh in "Lonely Among Us".
** Not always, though, as the helm officer on the ''Enterprise''-D was generally a redshirted ensign whose main function was to underscore how great the danger to the ship was by being the person on the bridge to die because of exploding consoles/suddenly materialising aliens/subspace phenomenon of the week/sentient voids in space/etc. Probably the best example is Ensign Haskell, who [[LargeHam died an energetic death]] in "Where Silence Has Lease".

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** An interesting case also occurs in "By Any Other Name". Two redshirts are [[AndIMustScream turned into crystals]], one of whom is a hot female yeoman, who would usually survive. The other is a more typical [[MenAreTheExpendableGender male]] security officer and is also {{black|DudeDiesFirst}}. [[WouldHitAGirl It's the former that gets crushed into powder, however.]]
** There is in fact an even more unfortunate color to be wearing, but it's more obscure: The [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Hansen_(Commander) two]] [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Harold characters]] who wore the same beigey-yellow shirt both died in attacks on outposts, along with everyone with them.
** Even the engineers (non-security redshirts during ''TOS'') aren't safe, as shown in "The Ultimate Computer".
** According to [[http://www.sitelogicmarketing.com/blog/02-analytics-according-to-captain-kirk this]] article about analytics, red shirts do, in fact, die the most in TOS (74% of all Enterprise crew deaths.)
** According to [[http://youtu.be/GRp92HXDlgY?t=1m50s another this set of statistics about Star Trek deaths]], red shirt deaths actually ''only'' make up 58% of the deaths. However, since there are so many red shirts, their ''mortality rate'' is actually lower than the yellow shirts' (25 of 239 (about 10.5%) compared to 10 of 55 (about 18%)). In fact, even if you go by 43 being the number of red shirt deaths, the yellow shirts ''still'' have a slightly higher mortality rate.
** Later incarnations of ''Star Trek'' (''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'') invert the term by switching uniform colors. Command staff All in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' wore yellowish uniforms and operations staff (such as security) red; from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' on this was swapped, making gold shirts the new target of preference while red shirts were usually safe and secure on bridge duty if not for the [[ExplosiveInstrumentation usual exploding console]]. The first goldshirt to receive this honor was Lt. Singh in "Lonely Among Us".
** Not always, though, as the helm officer on the ''Enterprise''-D was generally a redshirted ensign whose main function was to underscore how great the danger to the ship was by
all, Star Trek being the person on TropeNamer makes this an UnbuiltTrope: Despite some showings of HollywoodTactics, the bridge Federation's [[SpaceMarine land-based military forces are repeatedly shown to die because be highly competent,]] and rarely are deaths of exploding consoles/suddenly materialising aliens/subspace phenomenon of any magnitude simply [[ForgottenFallenFriend forgotten,]] or simply considered unimportant to the week/sentient voids in space/etc. Probably 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 best example is Ensign Haskell, who [[LargeHam died an energetic death]] in "Where Silence Has Lease".nameless background characters averting HollywoodTactics and demonstrating great combat skill and effectiveness, even when very poorly supplied and heavily understaffed.
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