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24th Sep '16 3:49:38 PM Jacob175
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A close relative of ReassignmentBackfire, except this turns out rather well for the superiors. This is when your RagtagBunchOfMisfits are a bunch of assholes or at least out of favour with high command, and [[TheUriahGambit their superiors are clearly deliberate in sending them off to their certain demises]]. The problem is that, through sheer luck, ruthlessness, or [[LetsGetDangerous actual competence and skill,]] they keep returning, sometimes even accomplishing the [[ImpossibleTask impossible missions.]]

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A close relative of ReassignmentBackfire, except this turns out rather well for the superiors. This is when your RagtagBunchOfMisfits are a bunch of assholes or at least out of favour with high command, and [[TheUriahGambit [[UriahGambit their superiors are clearly deliberate in sending them off to their certain demises]]. The problem is that, through sheer luck, ruthlessness, or [[LetsGetDangerous actual competence and skill,]] they keep returning, sometimes even accomplishing the [[ImpossibleTask impossible missions.]]



* Creator/MarvelComics had ''Combat Kelly and His Deadly Dozen'', which was heavily inspite by ''Film/TheDeadlyDozen''.

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* Creator/MarvelComics had ''Combat Kelly and His Deadly Dozen'', which was heavily inspite inspired by ''Film/TheDeadlyDozen''.''Film/TheDirtyDozen''.



* ''Film/{{The Dirty Dozen}}''

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* ''Film/{{The Dirty Dozen}}''''Film/TheDirtyDozen'': The basic premise was taking a group of twelve prisoners, training them for a mission and sending them to certain death to infiltrate a Nazi hideout. Winning gives the Army a big war victory; losing just saves them execution costs.



* In the backstory to ''StarTrekNemesis'', the Romulans create a clone of Picard for infiltration purposes, but abandon the project when a new government takes power. The clone is left to die amongst [[FantasticRacism Remans]], whom the Romulans used as cannon fodder during the Dominion War. This human clone led over a dozen ''successful'' engagements.

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* In the backstory to ''StarTrekNemesis'', ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', the Romulans create a clone of Picard for infiltration purposes, but abandon the project when a new government takes power. The clone is left to die amongst [[FantasticRacism Remans]], whom the Romulans used as cannon fodder during the Dominion War. This human clone led over a dozen ''successful'' engagements.



--> '''[[http://exterminatusnow.comicgenesis.com/d/20100605.html Schaefer]]''': You have a history of making it out of impossible situations, no matter how often we [[TheUriahGambit try to ki-]] no matter what assignment we deploy you on.

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--> '''[[http://exterminatusnow.comicgenesis.com/d/20100605.html Schaefer]]''': You have a history of making it out of impossible situations, no matter how often we [[TheUriahGambit [[UriahGambit try to ki-]] no matter what assignment we deploy you on.



* The WWII Soviet Black Sea Naval Infantry, aka The "Black Death". Got Romanians on your doorstep? Army getting pushed back on all other fronts? Give your sailors rifles, tell 'em to fight. Everyday sailors given a rifle and pressed into service as shocktroopers against the Germans, Italians and mostly Romanians. Manages to hold Sevastapol in the face of German invasion for months, even completed more paradrops during the war than the actual Red Army paratroopers. They were among World War 2's many unsung badasses

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* The WWII Soviet Black Sea Naval Infantry, aka The "Black Death". Got Romanians on your doorstep? Army getting pushed back on all other fronts? Give your sailors rifles, tell 'em to fight. Everyday sailors given a rifle and pressed into service as shocktroopers against the Germans, Italians and mostly Romanians. Manages to hold Sevastapol in the face of German invasion for months, even completed more paradrops during the war than the actual Red Army paratroopers. They were among World War 2's many unsung badassesbadasses.



10th Sep '16 11:14:28 AM WillKeaton
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** [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse.]] In ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'', The Nameless' missions are essentially one [[CannonFodder deliberately suicidal task]] after another, up to and including assassinating Emperor Maximillian in his fortress of Ghirlandaio[[labelnote:spoiler]][[ForegoneConclusion That's about the only one time they fail]][[/labelnote]]. Have we mentioned that The Nameless [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores is a penal legion]] and [[DysfunctionJunction the characters dysfunctional]]? Fortunately, Kurt and co. are a perseverant and crafty bunch.

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** [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse.]] In ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'', The Nameless' missions are essentially one [[CannonFodder deliberately suicidal task]] after another, up to and including assassinating Emperor Maximillian in his fortress of Ghirlandaio[[labelnote:spoiler]][[ForegoneConclusion Ghirlandaio.[[labelnote:spoiler]][[ForegoneConclusion That's about the only one time they fail]][[/labelnote]]. fail.]][[/labelnote]] Have we mentioned that The Nameless [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores is a penal legion]] and [[DysfunctionJunction the characters dysfunctional]]? Fortunately, Kurt and co. are a perseverant and crafty bunch.
6th Aug '16 10:52:04 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* One last ''Warhammer 40000'' example: subverted horribly in ''Fire Caste''. The Arkhan Confederates succeed where countless other Guard battalions have failed, routing legions of turncoats and aliens, eventually pushing the Tau back to their base of operations, "The Diadem". [[spoiler:This is the exact opposite of what the [[DefectorFromDecadence Sky Marshal]] wanted; the Arkhans turning out to be SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder does not benefit the Marshal at ''all''.]]

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* One last ''Warhammer 40000'' example: subverted horribly in ''Fire Caste''. The Arkhan Confederates succeed where countless other Guard battalions have failed, routing legions of turncoats and aliens, eventually pushing the Tau back to their base of operations, "The Diadem". [[spoiler:This is the exact opposite of what the [[DefectorFromDecadence Sky Marshal]] wanted; the Arkhans turning out to be SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder Surprisingly Elite Cannon Fodder does not benefit the Marshal at ''all''.]]
6th Aug '16 10:48:44 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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->'''Eastwood:''' You're saying it's [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits our team]]'s ''uniqueness'' that makes us so effective.\\
'''Simmons:''' No, I'm saying you have a seemingly ''endless'' reserve of sheer ''[[BornLucky dumb]] [[UnluckilyLucky luck]]'', and [[GenreSavvy I want to capitalise on it]].

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->'''Eastwood:''' You're saying it's [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits our team]]'s team's ''uniqueness'' that makes us so effective.\\
'''Simmons:''' No, I'm saying you have a seemingly ''endless'' reserve of sheer ''[[BornLucky dumb]] [[UnluckilyLucky luck]]'', ''dumb luck'', and [[GenreSavvy I want to capitalise on it]].it.
6th Aug '16 10:42:47 PM zachtan1234
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*The 36th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, also known as the SS-Sturmbrigade Dirlewanger (1944), or simply the Dirlewanger Brigade, was a military unit of the Waffen-SS during World War II. Composed of criminals expected to die fighting in the front-line, the unit was led by Oskar Dirlewanger. Originally formed for anti-partisan duties against the Polish resistance; the unit eventually saw action in Slovakia, Hungary, and against the Soviet Red Army near the end of the war. During its operations it engaged in the rape, pillaging and mass murder of civilians.
**The unit participated in some of World War II's most notorious campaigns of terror in the east. During the organization's time in Russia, Dirlewanger burned women and children alive and let starved packs of dogs feed on them. He was known to hold large formations with the sole purpose of injecting Jews with strychnine. Dirlewanger's unit took part in the occupation of Belarus, where it carved out a reputation within the Waffen-SS as an atrocious unit. Numerous Heer and SS commanders attempted to remove Dirlewanger from the SS and disband the unit, although he had patrons within the Nazi apparatus who intervened on his behalf. His unit was most notably credited with the destruction of Warsaw, and the massacre of ~100,000 of the city's population during the Warsaw Uprising; and participating in the brutal suppression of the Slovak National Uprising in 1944. Dirlewanger's Division of the Waffen SS generated fear throughout Waffen-SS Organizations including the SS-Führungshauptamt (SS Command Headquarters) and earned the notoriety as the most criminal and heinous SS unit in Hitler's war machine.
28th Jul '16 7:37:17 AM Morgenthaler
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However, rather than get worried for their jobs, the superiors are actually quite pleased. Now they've got CannonFodder who are actually likely to get the job done, but whom no one is going to miss if they don't come back! Often the mark of DangerouslyGenreSavvy superiors. See WeDoTheImpossible for the SuperTrope.

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However, rather than get worried for their jobs, the superiors are actually quite pleased. Now they've got CannonFodder who are actually likely to get the job done, but whom no one is going to miss if they don't come back! Often the mark of DangerouslyGenreSavvy very cunning superiors. See WeDoTheImpossible for the SuperTrope.
11th May '16 3:11:36 PM iowaforever
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* The Red and Blue armies from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' are culled from a collection of washouts, trainees, [[ShellShockedVeteran former soldiers]], and other undesirables to run mock battle simulations so the agents of Project Freelancer can test their skills and equipment before deployment. The two teams that get the most focus are even worse, yet through a combination of their own quirks and sheer dumb luck they manage to dismantle Project Freelancer, defeat and/or kill ''four'' Agents, and undo a massive FalseFlagOperation by Freelancer's rival, Charon Industries.
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22nd Mar '16 8:55:34 AM Hanz
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* Invoked in ''VideoGame/HunniePop'': If you make a [[PoisonMushroom Broken Heart]] match while on a date with [[spoiler:[[CatGirl Momo]]]], she'll piteously whine "What did I do?"
23rd Feb '16 9:09:44 PM intastiel
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* In AndreiLivadny's ''[[Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy Serv-Battalion]]'', an [[TheEmpire Earth Alliance]] admiral seeks to increase his political power among his fellow admirals in the middle of the [[TheWarOfEarthlyAggression First Galactic War]] and plans a strike of a planet held by the [[LaResistance Free Colonies]]. He sends in the 13th Serv-Battalion, a newly-created unit of [[AMechByAnyOtherName serv-machines]] equipped with next-generation AI modules and piloted by young people who were secretly being chosen [[IKnowMortalKombat based on their performance in an online serv-machine simulator]]. The battalion's orders are to destroy an automated factory and several other key targets on the planet's surface in order to distract the colonial fleet in the planet's orbit, at which point the Alliance fleet would jump in and strike. However, the Alliance admiral's secret goal is to sacrifice the 13th Serv-Battalion to the colonial flagship cruiser, which he assumes will descend into the lower atmosphere to conduct massive carpet bombing of the area, wiping out the entire battalion but leaving the cruiser vulnerable to boarding by the Alliance ships (the cruiser would be unable to use its most powerful weapon, an AntiMatter WaveMotionGun, for fear of hitting friendly ships). The Admiral wants to secure said WaveMotionGun for himself (one of the few areas of technology where the colonists are ahead of the Alliance) to wield as a deterrent and to get him more political clout in the admiralty. While it would seem to be an obvious ploy, he knows his colonial counterpart will dismiss the notion as ridiculous, as no one in his right mind would sacrifice an entire battalion of extremely expensive serv-machines. Thanks to their experience on the online simulators and the more sophisticated AI modules, the pilots of the serv-machines manage to almost beat the odds and inflict great damage on the enemy. They're still killed in the end, when the cruiser finally takes the bait and bombs the whole area. While Alliance forces manage to capture the colonial flagship cruiser, the colonial admiral manages to activate the WaveMotionGun's self-destruct, robbing his Alliance counterpart of his prize. Thanks to those same advanced AI modules, parts of the pilots' personalities manage to survive in the serv-machines, which are salvaged and repaired after the battle.

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* In AndreiLivadny's ''[[Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy Serv-Battalion]]'', an [[TheEmpire Earth Alliance]] admiral seeks to increase his political power among his fellow admirals in the middle of the [[TheWarOfEarthlyAggression First Galactic War]] and plans uses a strike of a planet held by the [[LaResistance Free Colonies]]. He sends in the 13th Serv-Battalion, a newly-created unit of [[AMechByAnyOtherName serv-machines]] equipped with next-generation AI modules as an extremely expensive diversion to capture a powerful Colonial flagship and piloted by young people who were secretly being chosen its WaveMotionGun. The rookie pilots' [[IKnowMortalKombat based on their performance training in an online serv-machine simulator]]. The battalion's orders are to destroy an automated factory simulations]] gives them a surprising edge and several other key targets on the planet's surface in order to distract the colonial fleet in the planet's orbit, at which point the Alliance fleet would jump in and strike. However, the Alliance admiral's secret goal is to sacrifice the 13th Serv-Battalion to the colonial flagship cruiser, which he assumes will descend into the lower atmosphere to conduct massive carpet bombing of the area, wiping out the entire battalion but leaving the cruiser vulnerable to boarding by the Alliance ships (the cruiser would be unable to use its most powerful weapon, an AntiMatter WaveMotionGun, for fear of hitting friendly ships). The Admiral wants to secure said WaveMotionGun for himself (one of the few areas of technology where the colonists are ahead of the Alliance) to wield as a deterrent and to get him more political clout in the admiralty. While it would seem to be an obvious ploy, he knows his colonial counterpart will dismiss the notion as ridiculous, as no one in his right mind would sacrifice an entire battalion of extremely expensive serv-machines. Thanks to their experience on the online simulators and the more sophisticated AI modules, the pilots of the serv-machines manage to almost beat the odds and they inflict great damage on the enemy. They're still killed in the end, enemy, but [[SubvertedTrope die anyway]] when the cruiser finally flagship takes the bait and [[DeathFromAbove bombs the whole area. While Alliance forces manage to capture the colonial flagship cruiser, the colonial admiral manages to activate the WaveMotionGun's self-destruct, robbing his Alliance counterpart of his prize. Thanks to those same advanced them]]. The serv-machines' AI modules, parts modules do take on fragments of the pilots' personalities manage to and survive in the serv-machines, which are salvaged and repaired after the battle.battles, however.
17th Jan '16 2:33:32 PM Gregzilla
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--> '''[[http://exterminatusnow.comicgenesis.com/d/20100605.html Schaefer]]''': You have a history of making it out of impossible situations, no matter how often we try to ki- no matter what assignment we deploy you on.

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--> '''[[http://exterminatusnow.comicgenesis.com/d/20100605.html Schaefer]]''': You have a history of making it out of impossible situations, no matter how often we [[TheUriahGambit try to ki- ki-]] no matter what assignment we deploy you on.
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