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24th Mar '17 7:58:23 AM lluewhyn
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsOnline'', this is actually done by the good guys. If a player wants their character to run skirmishes, they have to undergo the Skirmish Tutorial. When explaining the use of your accompanying Skirmish Soldier, Chief Watcher Heathstraw cheerfully advises you "If he falls, simply call another one.".
24th Mar '17 5:44:47 AM EvilKid
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* The US did a kind of this in UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 where they sent out stupid amounts of ''ships'', as quoted "the US built more ships than Japan could sink" which was meant [[NotHyperbole literally]]. The sailors would be pulled out of the water and sent to crew new ships. This variant of the trope was less reprehensible than others, though many sailors of course did die. Of course, the the US and its allies certainly did not neglect defending those ships as best as they could from enemy attack while they were at this, which included also building fighting ships as fast as they could to do so.
** Interestingly enough, the threat of endless American reserves in UsefulNotes/WW1 contributed to Germany's surrender.

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* ''Used'' by both sides in UsefulNotes/WorldWar2.
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The US did a kind of this in UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 where they sent out stupid amounts of ''ships'', as quoted "the US built more ships than Japan could sink" which was meant [[NotHyperbole literally]]. The sailors would be pulled out of the water and sent to crew new ships. This variant of the trope was less reprehensible than others, though many sailors of course did die. Of course, the the US and its allies certainly did not neglect defending those ships as best as they could from enemy attack while they were at this, which included also building fighting ships as fast as they could to do so.
** *** Interestingly enough, the threat of endless American reserves in UsefulNotes/WW1 contributed to Germany's surrender.


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* Like China in Korean War example above, Vietnam Wars prove to be this for North Vietnamese US military. They want to win more and, by percentage of nation's GDP, put more effort into their fight. So no matter how North lost battles and personnel, they will keep fighting until the USA just give up.
** Also by extension, most of fights against colonialist forces also this trope. When the rebel or local lacks 1) training, 2) hardware, 3) not-obsolete military understanding and organization, the number is usually on their side and they utilize that advantage.
22nd Mar '17 2:59:56 PM Frankencastle
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* Played perfectly straight by the Russian military in one ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' story arc. The arc sees Frank Castle tasked with infiltrating a nuclear missile base in Siberia and rescuing a six year old girl whose blood contains an experimental super virus. However the mission goes awry and Frank has to fight his way out the missile base. And the Russian military's attempts at trying to prevent his escape amount to sending out as many conscripts as humanly possible in the hopes that it will work.

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* Played perfectly straight by the Russian military in ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX''. Where one ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' story arc. The particular arc sees Frank Castle tasked with infiltrating a nuclear missile base in Siberia and rescuing a six year old girl whose blood contains an experimental super virus. However the mission goes awry and Frank has to fight his way out of the missile base. And the Russian military's attempts at trying to prevent his escape amount to sending out as many conscripts as humanly possible in the hopes that it will work.
21st Mar '17 3:09:43 PM Frankencastle
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* Played perfectly straight by the Russian military in one ComicBook/PunisherMax story arc. The arc sees Frank Castle tasked with infiltrating a nuclear missile base in Siberia and rescuing a six year old girl whose blood contains an experimental super virus. However the mission goes awry and Frank has to fight his way out the missile base. And the Russian military's attempts at trying to prevent his escape amount to sending out as many conscripts as humanly possible in the hopes that it will work.
-> '''Frank Castle''': Russian military never was too sentimental about spending lives.
-> [''Frank finishes slaughtering the current wave of Russian troops'']
-> '''Frank''': I'm not too sentimental either.

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* Played perfectly straight by the Russian military in one ComicBook/PunisherMax ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' story arc. The arc sees Frank Castle tasked with infiltrating a nuclear missile base in Siberia and rescuing a six year old girl whose blood contains an experimental super virus. However the mission goes awry and Frank has to fight his way out the missile base. And the Russian military's attempts at trying to prevent his escape amount to sending out as many conscripts as humanly possible in the hopes that it will work.
-> --> '''Frank Castle''': Russian military never was too sentimental about spending lives.
-> --> [''Frank finishes slaughtering the current wave of Russian troops'']
-> --> '''Frank''': I'm not too sentimental either.
21st Mar '17 3:07:18 PM Frankencastle
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* Played perfectly straight by the Russian military in one ComicBook/PunisherMax story arc. The arc sees Frank Castle tasked with infiltrating a nuclear missile base in Siberia and rescuing a six year old girl whose blood contains an experimental super virus. However the mission goes awry and Frank has to fight his way out the missile base. And the Russian military's attempts at trying to prevent his escape amount to sending out as many conscripts as humanly possible in the hopes that it will work.
-> '''Frank Castle''': Russian military never was too sentimental about spending lives.
-> [''Frank finishes slaughtering the current wave of Russian troops'']
-> '''Frank''': I'm not too sentimental either.
15th Mar '17 11:52:56 PM Xtifr
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* In RobertAHeinlein's Literature/StarshipTroopers, Rico tells how the Bugs that are fighting against the humans would send soldier arachnids out radioactive exit holes to attack even if the exposure level was so high that mere exit would expose their soldiers to lethal levels of radiation.

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* In RobertAHeinlein's Literature/StarshipTroopers, Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'', Rico tells how the Bugs that are fighting against the humans would send soldier arachnids out radioactive exit holes to attack even if the exposure level was so high that mere exit would expose their soldiers to lethal levels of radiation.
13th Mar '17 9:27:39 AM Yukianesa
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** The Iron Warriors had such a reputation for using attached forces as sacrificial pawns that they were nicknamed the "Corpse Grinders". This was ''before'' the Horus Heresy. Eventually Horus gave the order that Iron Warriors forces would be accompanied by penal battalions, enslaved rebels, and other units the nascent Imperium could live without.
** There is one faction that largely ignores this trope: the Alpha Legion. Most Chaos legions simply use cultists as fodder, meant to run at the guns and reduce their ammo so the enemy have less to fire when the traitor astartes turn up. The Alpha Legion actually ''train'' and arm their cultists, and they are frighteningly effective, eespecially at guerilla warfare. Alpha Legion doctrine states that every resource must be used to its fullest potential and never be wasted, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness unless wasting the resource is the surest way to achieve the long term objective]]. The Alpha Legion are, in a tactical sense, 40k's OnlySaneMan.

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** The Iron Warriors had such a reputation for using attached forces as sacrificial pawns that they were nicknamed the "Corpse Grinders". This was ''before'' the Horus Heresy. Heresy, and falling to Chaos just made even worse. Eventually Horus gave the order that Iron Warriors forces would be accompanied by penal battalions, enslaved rebels, and other units the nascent Imperium could live without.
without. The Iron Warriors are arguably one of the more unpleasant legions because even if the other legions are amoral and often insane bastards, they still value brotherhood and honour: when the Iron Warriors march to war, ''everybody'' is expendable; fellow astartes are to serve before they become a statistic at best and rivals at worst, and humans are slaves, expendable conscripts and things to be chewed up and spat out by the war apparatus. At the Siege of Castellax, the Iron Warriors actually referred to their mortal servants simply as "flesh".
** There is one faction that largely ignores this trope: the Alpha Legion. Most Chaos legions simply use cultists as fodder, meant to run at the guns and reduce their ammo so the enemy have less to fire when the traitor astartes turn up. The Alpha Legion actually ''train'' and arm their cultists, and they are frighteningly effective, eespecially at guerilla warfare. Alpha Legion doctrine states that every resource must be used to its fullest potential and never be wasted, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness unless wasting sacrificing the resource is the surest way to achieve the long term objective]]. The Alpha Legion are, in a tactical sense, 40k's OnlySaneMan.
10th Mar '17 11:51:39 AM gb00393
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** While power is measurable by many standards, no other family can match House Tyrell for sheer numbers. The Reach is the breadbasket of Westeros, so it can sustain a large population of people and animals (like horses). The Tyrells, by ''themselves'', can muster about 15,000 men, cavalry and infantry, meaning that (given feudal economies), they probably hold personal fief (i.e. have no other vassals between them) over at least 100,000 peasants. And then you throw their bannermen into the mix...Much like real-life France (which they're sort of an expy for) the Reach has twice the numbers as the next largest kingdom, but they've also got twice as many hostile borders, facing the Westerlands, the Stormlands, Dorne, and a close ocean border with the Iron Islands (most other kingdoms only border two other major ones, i.e. the Stormlands border the Reach and Dorne) so the advantage evens out. Moreover, they don't have many major defensive boundaries with their neighbors: the mountains of the Westerlands, and the Red Mountains of Dorne, are a barrier to invasion by the Reach but not the other way around. The Mander River runs east-west instead of north-south, so it does not present a strong defense against invasion from the Stormlands.
25th Feb '17 4:17:04 PM HowComeSugarIsLegal
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After a moment like this, the character might as well have '''''asshole''''' printed on his forehead. Bonus points if he refers to his troops as being trash or somehow subhuman, or if he does it not because [[IDidWhatIHadToDo he sincerely believes that doing this is necessary to win]], but [[GloryHound in pursuit of his own glory/making a name for himself]]. A We Have Reserves commander is very much a BadBoss, and a reason why there is such a high mortality rate among [[RedshirtArmy Redshirt Armies]], FacelessGoons, {{Mooks}}, and the like.

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After a moment like this, the character might as well have '''''asshole''''' printed on his forehead. Bonus points if he refers to his troops as being trash or [[{{Dehumanization}} somehow subhuman, subhuman]], or if he does it not because [[IDidWhatIHadToDo he sincerely believes that doing this is necessary to win]], but [[GloryHound in pursuit of his own glory/making a name for himself]]. A We Have Reserves commander is very much a BadBoss, and a reason why there is such a high mortality rate among [[RedshirtArmy Redshirt Armies]], FacelessGoons, {{Mooks}}, and the like.
21st Feb '17 6:27:28 PM nombretomado
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** In ''CrisisCore'', one of the most powerful [=SOLDIERs=] escaped from one of Hojo's labs and is heading for Midgar? Send out half the army to take him down! And watch as half the army is completely devastated.

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** In ''CrisisCore'', ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', one of the most powerful [=SOLDIERs=] escaped from one of Hojo's labs and is heading for Midgar? Send out half the army to take him down! And watch as half the army is completely devastated.
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