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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.
31st Mar '16 12:54:42 PM GopherBroke
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* ''{{Manga/Uzumaki}}'': When TheCavalry arrive in the form of a large fleet of rescue ships, it seems like the heroes of the story might be saved. Unfortunately, the would-be rescuers last all of a single page before being swept to the depths of the sea by a MegaMaelstrom. There's no hint that they're particularly incompetent, but in the face of a nightmarish EldritchAbomination, there's never any real chance that they'll survive.
28th Mar '16 3:58:27 AM thatmadork
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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' has the Commonwealth Minutemen: the Brotherhood from ''3'' return as the game's BadassArmy. Minutemen are stated to be citizen-soldiers who take up weapons to defend their small settlements from threats, and it shows from their equipment: they can be packing crude pipe guns and wearing rags and baseball gear for protection, to wielding Laser Muskets and clad in metal body armour, and anything in between. You can call in a squad of Minutemen reinforcements with the flare gun you receive from Preston Garvey early on, but because of their kitbashed equipment and low level, they usually just present something for your foes to shoot at other than you, and mostly die in droves. [[spoiler:Absolutely {{Averted|Trope}} if you lead them to victory against the Institute, as post-ending the Minutemen will start patrolling the roads and taking up positions in checkpoints as well as Diamond City, and they're ''much'' better trained and equipped: they'll mow down Gunners and Raiders with little trouble and can even give ''Deathclaws'' the fight of their lives.]]
6th Mar '16 11:17:01 AM nombretomado
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* In ''CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', the [[spoiler: loyal]] SHIELD agents that guard the Triskelion get mowed down left and right by the [[spoiler: HYDRA infiltrators]] and the Winter Soldier after Captain America reveals the truth. To be fair, in their case it wasn't that the SHIELD agents were incompetent, just massively out-manned and outgunned. In even fights, such as the battle for the main control room, the SHIELD agents manage to give as good as they get.

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* In ''CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', the [[spoiler: loyal]] SHIELD agents that guard the Triskelion get mowed down left and right by the [[spoiler: HYDRA infiltrators]] and the Winter Soldier after Captain America reveals the truth. To be fair, in their case it wasn't that the SHIELD agents were incompetent, just massively out-manned and outgunned. In even fights, such as the battle for the main control room, the SHIELD agents manage to give as good as they get.
31st Jan '16 4:30:00 PM Quanyails
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** In VideoGame/ResidentEvil6, The BSAA squad led by Chris Redfield pretty much counts during one part of the China level. They're hunting down a gigantic viper that can turn invisible at will. The squad, while marginally helpful up until now, begins helplessly dying off one by one. Some of them even need to be bailed out, but will still bite the dust at some point. In fact, they pretty much exist for the sole purpose of making the snake boss seem all that much more intimidating. Only one squad member survives the ordeal, only to be killed by Ada[[spoiler:/Carla]] a little bit later.

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** In VideoGame/ResidentEvil6, ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'', The BSAA squad led by Chris Redfield pretty much counts during one part of the China level. They're hunting down a gigantic viper that can turn invisible at will. The squad, while marginally helpful up until now, begins helplessly dying off one by one. Some of them even need to be bailed out, but will still bite the dust at some point. In fact, they pretty much exist for the sole purpose of making the snake boss seem all that much more intimidating. Only one squad member survives the ordeal, only to be killed by Ada[[spoiler:/Carla]] a little bit later.
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