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13th Jan '18 1:37:15 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* ''VideoGame/CannonFodder'' names all the soldiers, and recounts a list of the Lost In Battle after each mission.

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* ''VideoGame/CannonFodder'' names all the soldiers, and recounts a list of the Lost In Battle after each mission.mission, and each dead soldier adds another tombstone to the green hills depicted on the StartScreen.
11th Nov '17 1:28:43 PM StarSword
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* ''Film/MasterAndCommander'': After HMS ''Surprise'' captures the French {{privateer}} they've been pursuing all movie, a funeral is held on deck and Captain Jack Aubrey reads off the names of the dead before their BurialAtSea. Three were in the supporting cast.
-->'''Jack:''' ... Robert Gardner, able seaman. John Antonio, quartermaster's mate. Michael Doudle, able seaman. Joseph Nagle, carpenter's mate. John Allen, sailing master. Peter Miles Calamy, lieutenant.



** In ''Order 66'', the fourth book of the ''Literature/{{Republic Commando|Series}}'' series, two of the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Mandalorian]] sergeants responsible for training the special forces clone commandos gather to recite the names of every commando who fell over the past two years at barracks. It's over five ''thousand'' names. The scene becomes rather touching when, slowly at first then in larger numbers, the off duty clones join in the recitation of the names of their lost comrades. It's made rather clear that this is all the memorial the clones can expect, as few civilians genuinely care about the helmet-masked faceless forces, and even fewer know their names. The mandalorian commanders didn't just do that to show that they remembered. They did it out of a cultural obligation, where they couldn't forget the names of their 'family'. None of them, given the choice to forget, could have accepted it.

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** In ''Order 66'', the fourth book of the ''Literature/{{Republic Commando|Series}}'' series, two of the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Mandalorian]] sergeants responsible for training the special forces clone commandos gather to recite the names of every commando who fell over the past two years at barracks. It's over five ''thousand'' names. The scene becomes rather touching when, slowly at first then in larger numbers, the off duty clones join in the recitation of the names of their lost comrades. It's made rather clear that this is all the memorial the clones can expect, as few civilians genuinely care about the helmet-masked faceless forces, and even fewer know their names. The mandalorian Mandalorian commanders didn't just do that to show that they remembered. They did it out of a cultural obligation, where they couldn't forget the names of their 'family'. None of them, given the choice to forget, could have accepted it.it.
** In ''[[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy I, Jedi]]'', Luke Skywalker gives Corran Horn the room at the Yavin IV temple where Wedge Antilles, Jek Porkins, and Biggs Darklighter were quartered when the building was the Rebel Alliance headquarters. Their names are graffitied on the bunk; only Wedge survived the Death Star run.



* Creator/DavidWeber essentially goes out of his way, at least in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels, to create minor characters that are given names and just enough page time to make the reader like them before they are brutally and sometimes senselessly killed. ''Every'' battle, no matter how seemingly minor, will have at least a handful of these. He is bound and determined to drive home the point that WarIsHell, and he succeeds in heartbreakingly effective fashion. Note that this doesn't even include the major or significant supporting characters, any one of which could [[AnyoneCanDie die at any time]].

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* Creator/DavidWeber essentially goes out of his way, at least in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels, to create minor characters that are given names and just enough page time to make the reader like them before they are brutally and sometimes senselessly killed. ''Every'' battle, no matter how seemingly minor, will have at least a handful of these. He is bound and determined to drive home the point that WarIsHell, and he succeeds in heartbreakingly effective fashion. Note that this doesn't even include the major or significant supporting characters, any one of which could [[AnyoneCanDie die at any time]]. (Except for [[PlotArmor Honor herself]], though Weber says he came close once.)



** The posting of the weekly casualty report, a list of all the people killed or missing in the Dominion War, becomes a big deal in several episodes.

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** The posting of the weekly casualty report, a list of all the people killed or missing in the Dominion War, becomes a big deal in several episodes.episodes, even though the actual names are never read aloud.



*** Subverted in the episode of "The Siege of AR-558" after a brutal battle on the front lines (which turns out to be a relatively ''light'' week in the overall war).

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*** Subverted Again in the episode of "The Siege of AR-558" after a brutal battle on the front lines (which turns out to be a relatively ''light'' week in the overall war).



** Also in "Best of Both Worlds Part II" when the Enterprise arrives at Wolf 359 after the battle and Shelby starts listing the dead starships by name.

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** Also in "Best of Both Worlds Part II" when the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' arrives at Wolf 359 after the battle and Shelby starts listing the dead starships by name.
9th Nov '17 9:28:24 AM whunt
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Is NOT a PosthumousCharacter. In that case, there was a character to speak of. Here, all we know about said character is their name.
25th Oct '17 1:52:44 PM darkemyst
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* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'': Lee Jordan's Potterwatch broadcasts publicise lists of names of those killed by Death Eaters and is one of the most reliable ways for witches and wizards on the run and out of touch with friends and family to learn if they've been killed.
22nd Oct '17 3:50:16 PM RaineyH
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* [[Music/{{U2}} U2]]'s [[AntiChristmasSong "Peace on Earth"]] mentions "folks the rest of us/Won't get to know/Sean and Julia, Gareth, Anne, and Breda." They may sound like generic victims of UsefulNotes/TheTroubles, but they're the names of only a few of the people killed in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omagh_bombing the Omagh bombing]].
20th Sep '17 8:21:25 PM SSJMagus
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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Van Hohenheim, the Elric boys' father, ''knows the names of everybody who died in the last days of Xerxes'', and very early in his character development, even before TheReveal of his true nature, he's seen listing them out and then announcing, "I'm going to have to use you."

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Van Hohenheim, the Elric boys' father, ''knows the names of everybody who died in the last days of Xerxes'', and very early in his character development, even before TheReveal of his true nature, he's seen listing them out and then announcing, "I'm going to have to use you."" On its last day, Xerxes had a population of ''1,072,659 people'' (counting Hohenheim himself). Half of those, 536,329 souls, were sealed into Hohenheim's body, and [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld he's had over 400 years to learn their names and get to know them]].



** Tragically averted in the aftermath of the Battle of Trost. The remains of the Titans' victims that were vomited out are so mangled and mixed up that it's impossible to identify them. Marco was relatively fortunate since only half of his body was eaten, meaning Jean could identify him.

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** Tragically averted in the aftermath of the Battle of Trost. The remains of the Titans' victims that were vomited out are so mangled and mixed up that it's impossible to identify them. Marco was relatively fortunate since only half of his body was eaten, meaning Jean could identify him. Most of the time the only way to identify which soldiers have died in a battle with Titans is to tally up who didn't come back.
17th Sep '17 2:07:56 AM SeptimusHeap
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* In ''OperationFlashpoint'' and its successor ''{{ARMA}}'', each of your fellow fighters has his own name and face. In the ''Resistance'' campaign of ''OperationFlashpoint'', you can even grow attached to them, since they transfer from mission to mission, [[VideogameCaringPotential making you want to avert the need]] for NewMeat.

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* In ''OperationFlashpoint'' and its successor ''{{ARMA}}'', ''VideoGame/{{ARMA}}'', each of your fellow fighters has his own name and face. In the ''Resistance'' campaign of ''OperationFlashpoint'', ''VideoGame/OperationFlashpoint'', you can even grow attached to them, since they transfer from mission to mission, [[VideogameCaringPotential making you want to avert the need]] for NewMeat.
14th Sep '17 4:04:20 PM LinTaylor
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* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', Wufei is stunned to learn that Treize Khushrenada not only knows exactly how many soldiers have been killed in action under his command, but he's memorized the names of every one of them.

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* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', Wufei is stunned to learn that Treize Khushrenada not only knows exactly how many soldiers have been killed in action under his command, but he's memorized the names of every one of them.them -- which is quite a feat, considering it's just shy of 100,000 people.
21st May '17 5:21:33 PM nombretomado
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* In the WereAlive chapter "Out of the Ashes" the survivors hold a [[DueToTheDead memorial service for those who died during attack by the Mallers]] which includes the reading off of all their names.

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* In the WereAlive ''AudioPlay/WereAlive'' chapter "Out of the Ashes" the survivors hold a [[DueToTheDead memorial service for those who died during attack by the Mallers]] which includes the reading off of all their names.
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