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9th Dec '17 4:42:22 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 and MookDepletion. TheNeidermeyer is the most likely type of officer or leader particularly to use this tactic; SergeantRock and AFatherToHisMen are at the opposite end of this scale. 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 and MookDepletion. TheNeidermeyer is the most likely type of officer or leader particularly to use this tactic; SergeantRock and AFatherToHisMen (who may invoke TheMenFirst) are at the opposite end of this scale. Subtrope of QuantityVsQuality.
8th Dec '17 1:06:21 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** The Israelis tried to counter since they [[GenreSavvy could do the math just as well]] and [[TookAThirdOption decided to bomb Cairo from the air]], directly and indirectly threatening the Nasser regime itself. However, it turned out, they could not sustain a deep penetration bombing campaign either.[[note]] The Egyptians purchased scores of batteries of the latest Soviet Surface to Air Missiles and put them on the approaches to Cairo. It turns out that equipment not troops is the limiting factor in modern war[[/note]]

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** The Israelis tried to counter since they [[GenreSavvy could do the math just as well]] well and [[TookAThirdOption decided to bomb Cairo from the air]], directly and indirectly threatening the Nasser regime itself. However, it turned out, they could not sustain a deep penetration bombing campaign either.[[note]] The Egyptians purchased scores of batteries of the latest Soviet Surface to Air Missiles and put them on the approaches to Cairo. It turns out that equipment not troops is the limiting factor in modern war[[/note]]



* In a non human killing way, situations or countries that have (more than) enough of a certain resource can act like that. Iceland for example has a lot of geothermal and hydropower resources; much more than a country of a bit over 300 000 people could ever use for domestic consumption and there is no way to export any sizable quantity of it directly, so while electricity is not quite "too cheap to meter", some of the energy uses tend to be rather wasteful. The famous "Blue Lagoon" for instance is basically wastewater of a geothermal power plant that is still warm enough to swim in in the Icelandic winter. Most other countries would probably use it to heat homes, but there is just ''so much'' of it that this is what is left over even after all needs are met. Being quite GenreSavvy, Iceland has started quite a big aluminum industry, because converting bauxite into aluminum requires a huge amount of electric energy and Iceland has a lot of it.

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* In a non human killing way, situations or countries that have (more than) enough of a certain resource can act like that. Iceland for example has a lot of geothermal and hydropower resources; much more than a country of a bit over 300 000 people could ever use for domestic consumption and there is no way to export any sizable quantity of it directly, so while electricity is not quite "too cheap to meter", some of the energy uses tend to be rather wasteful. The famous "Blue Lagoon" for instance is basically wastewater of a geothermal power plant that is still warm enough to swim in in the Icelandic winter. Most other countries would probably use it to heat homes, but there is just ''so much'' of it that this is what is left over even after all needs are met. Being quite GenreSavvy, Iceland has started quite a big aluminum industry, because converting bauxite into aluminum requires a huge amount of electric energy and Iceland has a lot of it.
4th Dec '17 7:41:13 PM nombretomado
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* [[http://rocr.net/index.php?p=20070604 This webcomic strip]], part of the ''CrossoverWars''.

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* [[http://rocr.net/index.php?p=20070604 This webcomic strip]], part of the ''CrossoverWars''.''Webcomic/CrossoverWars''.
1st Dec '17 5:42:50 AM isoycrazy
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* The US Federal Government and the Constitution have this in regards to the Presidency. If the President dies or is incapable of fulfilling the duties of the position of President, then the Vice-President takes power. This is one reason they don't typically travel together. If both President and Vice-President are no longer capable, then the duty and position falls to the Speaker of the House, thanks to the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the Constitution. The line of Presidential succession in case of emergencies is such that during any major get together of the President, Vice-President, and Congress, there might be one member of the President's Cabinet, and one member of each part of Congress secluded away in different locations, just in the event something incapacitates or kills the current body of the US Government, there will be people to immediately step into the positions of President, Speaker of the House, and Senate Pro Temp.
12th Nov '17 9:08:51 AM Shadowgazer
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** In the very first episode of the first series which also critisised the craziness of war there is [[HistoricalDomainCharacter King Richard III]] who despite not being as bad in this version as in the Shakespearean one, he is still ruthless enough to be pretty koshier about the lives that will be lost calling them arrow fodder and even willing to send his nephew there because he didn't like him.
20th Oct '17 5:49:59 AM Daedalis
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* ''ComicBook/BlackScience'': Peterson's dimensionaut team returns from a successful foray. During the debriefing one of their finds breaks free and begins slaughtering the team. Mr Block seals the door instead of allowing them to escape or fighting back against the beast. He then calmly orders a backup team out on a new mission.
16th Oct '17 10:32:08 AM Jerry
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* In TheDarkEye a so called Admiral-Vikos-victory means to suffer higher losses than the enemy, but being able to afford it - unlike him.
15th Oct '17 7:46:57 PM FordPrefect
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* Pretty much how the origina board game TabletopGame/{{Risk}} works. The game mechanics are very simple: capture territory, raise an army, overwhelm your opponents, Lather Rinse Repeat.

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* Pretty much how the origina original board game TabletopGame/{{Risk}} works. The game mechanics are very simple: capture territory, raise an army, overwhelm your opponents, Lather Rinse Repeat.
29th Sep '17 10:16:28 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, this is stated to be one of the strengths of the (generally) non-villainous [[BadassArmy Imperial Legion]]. While hardly made up of CanonFodder, the sheer number of BoringButPractical soldiers the Legion can put into battle gives it a tremendous advantage, even over enemies with superior-but-fewer soldiers. It should not come as a surprise that the Imperials have a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture heavy basis]] in UsefulNotes/AncientRome, who also had this as a major military strength.
24th Sep '17 6:58:57 PM cybertoy0
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* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', this is the attitude of Felix. A mercenary at heart and an AxCrazy bastard in his soul, Felix has no problems letting soldiers under his command die to suit his purposes. "Less partners mean bigger cuts". [[spoiler: Ultimately, this costs the Space Pirates the battle for Chorus on two fronts; One, the Space Pirates lose so many men that their remaining forces are stretched thin, allowing the heroes to prevail. And two, his attitude eventually disgusts his ConsumateProfessional partner Locus so much that he has a HeelRealization and turns on him.]]
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