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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.
17th Jan '16 2:32:04 PM Gregzilla
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->'''Virus:''' Why did you choose '''[[RagtagBunchOfMisfits us]]''' to do this, sir?\\
'''Schaefer:''' Several reasons. 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.
-->-- ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow''

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->'''Virus:''' Why did ->'''Eastwood:''' You're saying it's [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits our team]]'s ''uniqueness'' that makes us so effective.\\
'''Simmons:''' No, I'm saying
you choose '''[[RagtagBunchOfMisfits us]]''' to do this, sir?\\
'''Schaefer:''' Several reasons. You
have a history seemingly ''endless'' reserve of making it out of impossible situations, no matter how often we [[TheUriahGambit try sheer ''[[BornLucky dumb]] [[UnluckilyLucky luck]]'', and [[GenreSavvy I want to ki]]-- no matter what assignment we deploy you on.
capitalise on it]].
-->-- ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow''
''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'', [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-01-19/comic/shades-of-black-and-white/despite-appearances/ "Despite Appearances"]]
17th Jan '16 12:35:31 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse.]] In ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'', The Nameless' missions are essentially one {{Cannon Fodder}}y after another, up to and including assassinating Maximillian in his fortress, 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 {{Cannon Fodder}}y [[CannonFodder deliberately suicidal task]] after another, up to and including assassinating Emperor Maximillian in his fortress, 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 co. are a perseverant and crafty bunch.
26th Dec '15 10:51:32 PM Kadorhal
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* ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany''. This is the entire premise of the eponymous B Company. Command keeps sending them on {{Suicide Mission}}s, they keep succeeding and surviving, so much so that in ''Bad Company 2'', they are treated as super-elite soldiers, who are sent in ''before'' actual Spec Ops units. Well, they already were, but for different reasons.

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* ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany''. This is the entire premise of the eponymous B Company. Command keeps sending them on {{Suicide Mission}}s, they keep succeeding and surviving, so much so that in ''Bad Company 2'', they are treated as super-elite soldiers, soldiers despite not actually being such, who are sent in ''before'' actual Spec Ops units. Well, they already were, but for different reasons.



* The PlayerCharacter in ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'' starts off as this - his first true famous action in the war is defeating an elite squad of Belkan aces over the "Round Table", where he and his wingman have been sent without any support to distract the Belkans while the main attack commences somewhere else.
* The player character in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' for most of the game. You have no sire (because he/she broke the law in creating you), no standing in the Camarilla (because the Camarilla executed him/her for it), and the only person who claims responsibility for you is the city's prince (who passed the sentence: Popular opinion spared you from the same fate). Said prince repeatedly sends you off on UriahGambit missions because your continued existence is an eyesore to him, and you keep coming back with success stories. [[spoiler:After two or three missions of this, said prince wises up and decides to send you on a mission that he expects you to come back from -- if only because it's a planted murder scene and he wants you, the politically naive newbie whose word would be relatively more trusted, to be the UnwittingPawn who implicates one of his political rivals.]]

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* The PlayerCharacter in ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'' starts off as this - his first true famous action in the war is getting sent out over the "Round Table" without any support beyond his wingman, as nothing more than a distraction while the main attack commences elsewhere, and defeating an elite squad of Belkan aces over the "Round Table", where he and his wingman have been sent without any support to distract the Belkans while the main attack commences somewhere else.
''anyway''.
* The player character in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' for most of the game. You have no sire (because he/she broke the law in creating you), no standing in the Camarilla (because the Camarilla executed him/her for it), and the only person who claims responsibility for you is the city's prince (who passed the sentence: Popular sentence - popular opinion spared you from the same fate). Said prince repeatedly sends you off on UriahGambit missions because your continued existence is an eyesore to him, and you keep coming back with success stories. [[spoiler:After two or three missions of this, said prince wises up and decides to send you on a mission that he expects you to come back from -- if only because it's a planted murder scene and he wants you, the politically naive newbie whose word would be relatively more trusted, to be the UnwittingPawn who implicates one of his political rivals.]]



--> '''Prophet of Mercy:''' The tasks you will undertake as the Arbiter are perilous, suicidal! You will die, as each Arbiter has before you! The Council ''will'' have their corpse.

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--> '''Prophet of Mercy:''' The tasks you will undertake as the Arbiter are perilous, suicidal! ''suicidal''! You will die, as each Arbiter has before you! The Council ''will'' will have their corpse.
26th Sep '15 3:20:55 PM StFan
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* Arachne from ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'' was there, [[http://yafgc.net/?id=70 done that]]. ReassignmentBackfire happened much later.

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* Arachne from ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'' was there, [[http://yafgc.net/?id=70 net/comic/0070-a-quick-promotion/ done that]]. ReassignmentBackfire happened much later.



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23rd Aug '15 12:18:23 AM MAI742
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** Polish troops were ''kind of'' cannonfodder for three different combatants fighting WorldWarTwo, though in practice their treatment seems to have been little different to that of other forces - [[DudeWheresMyRespect save the egregious lack of publicity recognition given to their efforts]]. [[DudeWheresMyRespect This became particularly grating when other forces received greater thanks for their own efforts, sometimes despite them having actually contributed far less than the Poles]]. The French, British, and Soviets all fielded Polish veteran expats in combat units, in which many acquitted themselves very well. While the NKVD (predecessor to the KGB) ''did'' have those captured Polish Army Officers who refused to serve in the army of Communist Poland executed (in the 'Katyn' massacre of 1940, with as many as nine-tenths refusing and being killed), the volunteers seemed to have acquitted themselves very well against Nazi Germany. Indeed, it was a Polish Army force which finally liberated Warsaw in January 1945 (for a given value of 'liberation'). The British in particular were heavily reliant on their Poles' grit, guts, and experience to sway the outcome of several pitched trench-warfare battles including the Battles of Monte Cassino (Italian campaign, January-April 1944), the lack of recognition given for their part in that particular campaign being something of a sore point.

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** Polish troops were ''kind of'' cannonfodder for three different combatants fighting WorldWarTwo, though in practice their treatment seems to have been little different to that of other forces - [[DudeWheresMyRespect save the egregious lack of publicity recognition given to their efforts]]. [[DudeWheresMyRespect This became particularly grating when other forces received greater thanks for their own efforts, sometimes despite them having actually contributed far less than the Poles]]. The French, British, and Soviets all fielded Polish veteran expats in combat units, in which many acquitted themselves very well. While the NKVD (predecessor to the KGB) ''did'' have those captured Polish Army Officers who refused to serve in the army of Communist Poland executed (in the 'Katyn' massacre of 1940, with as many as nine-tenths refusing and being killed), the volunteers seemed to have acquitted themselves very well performed admirably against Nazi Germany. Indeed, it was a Polish Army force which finally liberated Warsaw in January 1945 (for a given value of 'liberation'). The British in particular were heavily reliant on their Poles' grit, guts, and experience to sway the outcome of several pitched trench-warfare battles including the Battles of Monte Cassino (Italian campaign, January-April 1944), the lack of recognition given for their part in that particular campaign being something of a sore point.
23rd Aug '15 12:17:27 AM MAI742
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** Polish troops were ''kind of'' cannonfodder for three different combatants fighting WorldWarTwo, though in practice their treatment seems to have been little different to that of other auxiliary/exile forces. The French, British, and Soviets all fielded Polish veteran expats in combat units, in which many acquitted themselves very well. While the NKVD (predecessor to the KGB) ''did'' have those captured Polish Army Officers who refused to serve in the army of Communist Poland executed (in the 'Katyn' massacre of 1940, with as many as nine-tenths refusing and being killed), the volunteers seemed to have acquitted themselves very well against Nazi Germany. Indeed, it was a Polish Army force which finally liberated Warsaw in January 1945 (for a given value of 'liberation'). The British in particular were heavily reliant on their Poles' grit, guts, and experience to sway the outcome of several pitched trench-warfare battles including the Battles of Monte Cassino (Italian campaign, January-April 1944).

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** Polish troops were ''kind of'' cannonfodder for three different combatants fighting WorldWarTwo, though in practice their treatment seems to have been little different to that of other auxiliary/exile forces.forces - [[DudeWheresMyRespect save the egregious lack of publicity recognition given to their efforts]]. [[DudeWheresMyRespect This became particularly grating when other forces received greater thanks for their own efforts, sometimes despite them having actually contributed far less than the Poles]]. The French, British, and Soviets all fielded Polish veteran expats in combat units, in which many acquitted themselves very well. While the NKVD (predecessor to the KGB) ''did'' have those captured Polish Army Officers who refused to serve in the army of Communist Poland executed (in the 'Katyn' massacre of 1940, with as many as nine-tenths refusing and being killed), the volunteers seemed to have acquitted themselves very well against Nazi Germany. Indeed, it was a Polish Army force which finally liberated Warsaw in January 1945 (for a given value of 'liberation'). The British in particular were heavily reliant on their Poles' grit, guts, and experience to sway the outcome of several pitched trench-warfare battles including the Battles of Monte Cassino (Italian campaign, January-April 1944).1944), the lack of recognition given for their part in that particular campaign being something of a sore point.
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