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10th Feb '16 7:07:25 PM MasterGhandalf
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* {{Necromancer}}s and the [[OurLichesAreDifferent Greater Dead]] in the ''Literature/OldKingdom'' tend to consider their Lesser Dead minions extremely expendable, epitomized in the third book when [[TheDragon Hedge]] sacrifices hundreds if not thousands of his [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Hands]] to ensure the SealedEvilInACan he's transporting is protected from the AntiMagic effects of the Wall. Of course, Hedge and his ilk have no shortage of troops at their command - after all, [[ArcWords the Dead are many]].
28th Jan '16 11:11:53 AM Eddy1215
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Compare ZergRush, CannonFodder, RedshirtArmy (when the ''good'' side employs this) and ExpendableClone (where a character is ''his own reserves''). Also compare ThePawnsGoFirst, when the formidable BigBad sends out Mooks rather than engage the fight himself. See also YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness and YouHaveFailedMe for similar moments from a BadBoss. ShootTheMessenger also relies on the BigBad feeling that his mooks are completely expendable. Contrast CantKillYouStillNeedYou. TheNeidermeyer is the type of officer or leader particularly likely to use this tactic, while AFatherToHisMen takes the opposite approach. Subtrope of QuantityVsQuality.
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Compare ZergRush, CannonFodder, RedshirtArmy (when the ''good'' side employs this) and ExpendableClone (where a character is ''his own reserves''). Also compare ThePawnsGoFirst, when the formidable BigBad sends out Mooks rather than engage the fight himself. See also YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness and YouHaveFailedMe for similar moments from a BadBoss. ShootTheMessenger also relies on the BigBad feeling that his mooks are completely expendable. Contrast CantKillYouStillNeedYou.CantKillYouStillNeedYou and MookDepletion. TheNeidermeyer is the type of officer or leader particularly likely to use this tactic, while AFatherToHisMen takes the opposite approach. Subtrope of QuantityVsQuality.
24th Jan '16 9:06:11 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''Manga/DragonBall'': During the Red Ribbon Army arc, Commander Red has this attitude towards his men, and also has them executed for ''[[YouHaveFailedMe any]]'' [[YouHaveFailedMe kind of failure, no matter how small]]. It becomes even worse when it turns out that he didn't want the [[MacGuffin Dragon Balls]] to TakeOverTheWorld, but just to [[WastefulWishing make himself taller]].
20th Jan '16 12:05:37 PM Prfnoff
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** General Charles Mangin, a French division commander and Nivelle's right-hand man, is alleged to have given the following pep talk just before an attack: ---> "Gentlemen, we attack tomorrow. The first wave will be killed. The second also. And the third. A few men from the fourth will reach their objective. The fifth wave will capture the position. Thank you, gentlemen." *** Despite going down in history as a butcher, he was one of the few generals of the era who would sometimes lead from the frontlines rather than miles behind. Not that it did the poilus much good.
15th Jan '16 6:27:59 PM ANTMuddle
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Compare ZergRush, CannonFodder, RedshirtArmy (when the ''good'' side employs this) and ExpendableClone (where a character is ''his own reserves''). Also compare ThePawnsGoFirst, when the formidable BigBad sends out Mooks rather than engage the fight himself. See also YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness and YouHaveFailedMe for similar moments from a BadBoss. ShootTheMessenger also relies on the BigBad feeling that his mooks are completely expendable. Contrast CantKillYouStillNeedYou. TheNeidermeyer is the type of officer or leader particularly likely to use this tactic, while AFatherToHisMen is probably the least likely. Subtrope of QuantityVsQuality.
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Compare ZergRush, CannonFodder, RedshirtArmy (when the ''good'' side employs this) and ExpendableClone (where a character is ''his own reserves''). Also compare ThePawnsGoFirst, when the formidable BigBad sends out Mooks rather than engage the fight himself. See also YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness and YouHaveFailedMe for similar moments from a BadBoss. ShootTheMessenger also relies on the BigBad feeling that his mooks are completely expendable. Contrast CantKillYouStillNeedYou. TheNeidermeyer is the type of officer or leader particularly likely to use this tactic, while AFatherToHisMen is probably takes the least likely.opposite approach. Subtrope of QuantityVsQuality.
13th Jan '16 4:44:41 AM WillBGood
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* The evil [[FishPeople Kua-Toa]] of ''WebVideo/TalesFromMyDDCampaign'' rely heavily on vast legions of expendable aquatic [[SlaveMooks]] to keep their EnemyCivilWar going.
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* The evil [[FishPeople Kua-Toa]] of ''WebVideo/TalesFromMyDDCampaign'' rely heavily on vast legions of expendable aquatic [[SlaveMooks]] SlaveMooks to keep their EnemyCivilWar going.
6th Jan '16 10:08:08 PM nombretomado
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* In the "Chronicles of the Sword" mode in ''[[SoulSeries Soul Calibur III]]'', your player character's emperor, Strife, becomes increasingly paranoid by your character's military successes and growing popularity, and decides to throw your character around to increasingly suicidal or demeaning battles, trying to both deny your character's unit any glory and to get them killed, despite being his empire's version of a Special Forces Unit. [[spoiler: Ironically, the replacement he finds to oversee the battles you were commanding before he starts to try to get you killed screws the pooch on it so badly he'd probably have lost the war and gotten himself killed if your unit wasn't worth a damn.]]
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* In the "Chronicles of the Sword" mode in ''[[SoulSeries ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur III]]'', your player character's emperor, Strife, becomes increasingly paranoid by your character's military successes and growing popularity, and decides to throw your character around to increasingly suicidal or demeaning battles, trying to both deny your character's unit any glory and to get them killed, despite being his empire's version of a Special Forces Unit. [[spoiler: Ironically, the replacement he finds to oversee the battles you were commanding before he starts to try to get you killed screws the pooch on it so badly he'd probably have lost the war and gotten himself killed if your unit wasn't worth a damn.]]
3rd Jan '16 2:56:43 PM Premonition45
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** Played with by [[TheRemnant the First Order]] in ''Film/TheForceAwakens''. They aren't shown [[YouHaveFailedMe executing soldiers that fail their duties]], but [[TheSocialDarwinist those that die in combat are regarded as "too weak" for the First Order]].
2nd Jan '16 7:03:57 AM Harem-author
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** Even if they aren't necessarily the villains, some of the Marines show this behaviour too, as the doctrine of "Absolute Justice" implies that any evil should be eradicated at any cost. This is shown during the Buster Call in Enies Lobby, when one warship was destroyed (along with one thousand marines) by the others in order to kill only one criminal; one of the captains even shot a marine who hesitated in following the order.
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** Even if they aren't necessarily the villains, some of the Marines show this behaviour too, as the doctrine of "Absolute Justice" implies that any evil should be eradicated at any cost. This is shown during the Buster Call in Enies Lobby, when one warship was destroyed (along with one thousand marines) by the others in order to kill only one criminal; one of the captains even shot a marine who hesitated in following the order. Taken UpToEleven during the Marineford arc. Akainu is seen dousing one of his own men in lava because that soldier wisely knew he didn't have a chance of inflicting any damage on the pirate army they were facing, and ''begged'' to be taken off the front lines so he could live another day to support his wife and family. Akainu then tries to do the same to Coby because Coby dared to point out that marines were dying because they were being neglected treatment while the other marines were off chasing pirates that were trying to either withdraw or surrender, having lost all reason to fight. Never mind that Akainu completely ignores Black Beard, who not only betrayed his own commander, Whitebeard, and murdered his comrades, but betrayed the Marines too, and made himself a very real threat by stealing, and using Whitebeard's "Quake Quake" fruit.
2nd Jan '16 6:56:00 AM Harem-author
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* In ''LightNovel/SwordPrincessAltina'' the preferred tactic of most commanders is to just send more and more soldiers at a problem until it goes away. When Regis points out the flaws of this to another strategist, one who defeated him in mock combat and should know better, Regis is told to go away "lest [his] cowardice affect the troops." Note, this is in volume 5 after Regis had already '''successfully''' led an assault to capture an "impregnable" enemy fortress, and fought that enemy's army just to get to the engagement that the "brave" strategist is planning to fight.
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