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24th Jul '16 5:50:35 PM nombretomado
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* Strongly averted in ''CompanyOfHeroes''. The costs of getting a unit or vehicle to the frontlines is much, much more than the cost of reinforcing or repairing it (compare 270 manpower units for a basic rifle company, compared to 30 units each for each member of the squad, up to five). In addition, the American units gain veteran bonuses as they survive in combat, and veterancy only survives if the unit does: if your elite unit of riflemen are all killed, they take their elite status to the grave with them.

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* Strongly averted in ''CompanyOfHeroes''.''VideoGame/CompanyOfHeroes''. The costs of getting a unit or vehicle to the frontlines is much, much more than the cost of reinforcing or repairing it (compare 270 manpower units for a basic rifle company, compared to 30 units each for each member of the squad, up to five). In addition, the American units gain veteran bonuses as they survive in combat, and veterancy only survives if the unit does: if your elite unit of riflemen are all killed, they take their elite status to the grave with them.
11th Jul '16 7:51:15 AM godzillavkk
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* As illustrated by the quote above, Edward the Longshanks of ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''. He actually does it twice during the Battle of Falkirk; in addition to the example in the quote, he begins the battle by ordering his commander to send in their Irish conscripts first because "Arrows cost money. The dead cost nothing". This bites him on the ass as they promptly switch sides.

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* As illustrated by the quote above, Edward the Longshanks of ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''. He actually does it twice during the Battle of Falkirk; in addition to the example in the quote, he begins the battle by ordering his commander to send in their Irish conscripts first because "Arrows cost money. The dead cost nothing". This bites him on the ass as they promptly switch sides. Not that it helps them since Longshanks actually wins the battle.
6th Jul '16 9:11:35 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Literature/{{Gate}}'', Emperor Molt and Empire officials in general say they will sacrifice as many men as needed to achieve victory, and call the JSDF [[VirtueIsWeakness weak for not being willing to sacrifice anyone]].
5th Jul '16 7:23:20 AM TheWanderer
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* ''Series/{{Game Of Thrones}}'': Similar to Longshanks in Braveheart Ramsay Bolton, [[BigBad the main villain of seasons 5 and 6]] repeatedly orders his own archers to fire volleys when his own men are directly engaging Jon Snow's army knowing full well his own men will be hit by them along with Jon;s. Unlike Longshanks however, he is defeated in the battle.

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* ''Series/{{Game Of Thrones}}'': Similar ''Series/GameOfThrones'': similar to Longshanks in Braveheart ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', Ramsay Bolton, [[BigBad Bolton ([[BigBad the main human villain of seasons 5 and 6]] 6]]) repeatedly orders his own archers to fire volleys when his own men are directly engaging Jon Snow's army army, knowing full well his own men will be hit by them along with Jon;s. Jon's. Unlike Longshanks however, he is defeated in the battle.battle, and it's due at least in part to using this trope. Ordering his bowmen to fire into the melee results in Ramsay wiping out his own cavalry, which later leaves his infantry vulnerable when [[TheCavalry mounted reinforcements]] come to help the good guys.
28th Jun '16 3:25:29 AM spydre
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* King Goujian of Yue, a pre-Imperial Chinese ruler, would terrorise his opponents by having his front line march out to the middle of the field and decapitate themselves (or, in some accounts, slit their own throats, which makes more sense).
* A rather cold-hearted take on this is sometimes cited by more bellicose Indian generals in response to the logic of Mutual Assured Destruction in the event of a nuclear war with Pakistan, arguing that it doesn't apply, since if an Indian strike takes out 200 million Pakistanis, it has exterminated the country, whereas if a Pakistani strike takes out 200 million Indians, they still have over a billion left.
26th Jun '16 5:35:00 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Manga/DragonBallZ'': [[GalacticConquerer Frieza]] has absolutely no concern for the lives of his men, to the point that he takes virtually any excuse he can to kill them himself. A big part of the Namek Saga consists of him sending wave after wave of his mooks after the Z-Fighters until there's literally ''no one'' left.



** Kiria's plan in Act III, which involved infecting dozens, if not hundreds, of his agents with [[PsychoSerum Blackheart]] and then sending them back in time. Between Blackheart's one-hour time limit and the life-stealing cost of Chrono Displacement, those minions were doomed no matter what.

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** Kiria's plan in Act III, which involved infecting dozens, if not hundreds, of his agents with [[PsychoSerum Blackheart]] and then sending them back in time. Between Blackheart's one-hour time limit before it kills the infected and the life-stealing cost of Chrono Displacement, those minions were doomed no matter what.
22nd Jun '16 3:04:22 PM godzillavkk
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* ''Series/{{Game Of Thrones}}'': Similar to Longshanks in Braveheart Ramsay Bolton, [[BigBad the main villain of seasons 5 and 6]] repeatedly orders his own archers to fire volleys when his own men are directly engaging Jon Snow's army. Unlike Longshanks however, he is defeated in the battle.

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* ''Series/{{Game Of Thrones}}'': Similar to Longshanks in Braveheart Ramsay Bolton, [[BigBad the main villain of seasons 5 and 6]] repeatedly orders his own archers to fire volleys when his own men are directly engaging Jon Snow's army.army knowing full well his own men will be hit by them along with Jon;s. Unlike Longshanks however, he is defeated in the battle.
22nd Jun '16 3:03:25 PM godzillavkk
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*''Series/{{Game Of Thrones}}'': Similar to Longshanks in Braveheart Ramsay Bolton, [[BigBad the main villain of seasons 5 and 6]] repeatedly orders his own archers to fire volleys when his own men are directly engaging Jon Snow's army. Unlike Longshanks however, he is defeated in the battle.
11th Jun '16 4:20:30 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''SwordOfTruth'' series, the Imperial Order has this methodology, partly because they believe the next best thing to killing unbelievers is to die while killing unbelievers, partly because they believe individuals are worthless, and partly because the army is so massive that even if they lose a million men, that's still barely a dent in their forces.

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* In the ''SwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, the Imperial Order has this methodology, partly because they believe the next best thing to killing unbelievers is to die while killing unbelievers, partly because they believe individuals are worthless, and partly because the army is so massive that even if they lose a million men, that's still barely a dent in their forces.
8th Jun '16 11:29:24 PM ThePocket
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* This is basically how you deal with the Combine in the Nova Prospekt level of ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'': Keep sending wave after wave of antlions after them. You don't really even have to do this on purpose for the most part; the antlions will just naturally keep spawning, follow close behind you, and attack any humanoid that's not you. However, if you're [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential feeling particularly lackadaisical]], you can also use them to clear out tripmines. (LetsPlay/SpoilerWarning had some fun with this; see below.)



* Humourously spoofed in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'''s ShowWithinAShow ''Cheat Commandoes'', where Gunhaver shows absolutely no concern for the safety of the "[[RedShirt Green Helmets]]":

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* Humourously spoofed in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'''s ShowWithinAShow ''Cheat Commandoes'', Commandos'', where Gunhaver shows absolutely no concern for the safety of the "[[RedShirt Green Helmets]]":


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* As mentioned above, LetsPlay/SpoilerWarning found it amusing that this is a common way to deal with Combine tripmines in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', and started quoting the examples from ''Shrek'', ''Cheat Commandos'', and ''Futurama''.
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