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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'':
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''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.
15th Jul '16 4:26:15 PM Discar
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This is sometimes {{justified|Trope}} by the idea that the doomed Red Shirts are actually ''quite'' competent, [[MenOfSherwood especially in other areas]], but they've never had any formal training in how to fight [[OutsideContextVillain beings that can kill them simply if you look at them funny.]] In other words, take TheWorfEffect and apply it to an entire military.

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This is sometimes {{justified|Trope}} by the idea that the doomed Red Shirts are actually ''quite'' competent, [[MenOfSherwood especially in other areas]], but they've never had any formal training in how to fight [[OutsideContextVillain beings that can kill them simply if you look at them funny.]] funny. In other words, take TheWorfEffect and apply it to an entire military.
15th Jul '16 8:50:02 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* Earth's military in ''VideoGame/WarOfTheMonsters'' stand no chance for the monsters, who are seen casually destroying tanks and helicopters in cutscenes.
4th Jul '16 1:09:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': The Knights of Camelot, apart from the named ones...and even many of them got it eventually. Or in the case of Sir Leon, a couple times.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'': The Knights of Camelot, apart from the named ones...and even many of them got it eventually. Or in the case of Sir Leon, a couple times.
4th Jul '16 1:08:37 AM Morgenthaler
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** Much of ''Origins'' plot revolves around the player trying to gather forces to replace the one lost at Ostagar after Loghain's betrayal handed victory to the Darkspawn. Whether or not they would have won had Loghain played his part is debatable -While [[GloryHound King Cailan]] was sure they could win, Loghain thought defeat was so certain it was better to cut his losses and escape with his army intact. [[TheObiWan Duncan]] was less confident about the battle than Cailan, but seemed to agree with his decision to fight nonetheless.

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** Much of ''Origins'' plot revolves around the player trying to gather forces to replace the one lost at Ostagar after Loghain's betrayal handed victory to the Darkspawn. Whether or not they would have won had Loghain played his part is debatable -While [[GloryHound King Cailan]] was sure they could win, Loghain thought defeat was so certain it was better to cut his losses and escape with his army intact. [[TheObiWan Duncan]] Duncan was less confident about the battle than Cailan, but seemed to agree with his decision to fight nonetheless.
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]]
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