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->'''Dr. Girlfriend:''' Is there a reason you always use [[ThoseTwoBadGuys #21 and #24]]?\\
'''The Monarch:''' I know it sounds crazy, but they both have that rare blend of "expendable" and "invulnerable" that makes for a perfect henchman.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''

Nobody in their right mind wants to be a RedShirt -- it's a death sentence even the most {{Genre Blind|ness}} can spot a mile away. It's been {{lampshade|Hanging}}d to {{dea|dHorseTrope}}th and [[UndeadHorseTrope back]], but it remains a very real trope with very real danger for the [[FacelessGoons nameless fictional people]] under its thrall. So, if you're saddled with this Red Death what can you do? Change the color of your shirt!

In ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', "Blue Shirts" were for science personnel and "Gold Shirts" were command staff; both had a much better life expectancy mostly due to rarely being sent away on team missions, the latter more so. The character is less vulnerable than a redshirt, but more so than blue.

Chromatic issues aside, the Mauve Shirt is a former RedShirt who has managed to get enough [[CharacterDevelopment screen time]] and lines to make him stand out from the rank and file, but not enough to be part of the main cast. It can also be accomplished by showing [[FatalFamilyPhoto pictures]] of a [[IHaveAFamily spouse or baby]] (Be careful with that, as it's TemptingFate [[{{Retirony}} all by itself]]), personal quirks, or just plain old [[NominalImportance giving them a name]] (whole or in part). The advantage to this is that they're less likely to be killed senselessly, because [[RuleOfEmpathy the audience cares for them]] and it would hit harder than some faceless redshirt no one cares about. The downside is that, since their death would now have more emotional impact, they are ''[[{{Retirony}} more]]'' likely to be KilledOffForReal to [[SacrificialLion prove how bad]] the [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil new villain is]]. If they're successful enough, they just might graduate from Mauve Shirt and become a "Gold Shirt" as part of the [[{{Ensembles}} supporting cast]] or even [[AscendedExtra the main cast]].

Now this character can live, but aren't as likely to get PlotArmor as major characters. Also, shows where AnyoneCanDie ''love'' to kill off these characters -- we're getting to know this guy, [[DeadStarWalking he must be important,]] then boom! He's dead, and the [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo remains safely in power]]. (If a Mauve Shirt mentions [[IfWeGetThroughThis taking the gang out for drinks]], he'll be iced ''tout de suite.'') See also HeroOfAnotherStory for a character starting as a Mauve Shirt. Compare EnsembleDarkhorse.

If the character is introduced early only to be killed off, they can be a SacrificialLamb. If they are a main character or the death noticeably changes the tone of the story, they may be a SacrificialLion.

For the villain equivalent, see MookPromotion and MookLieutenant. For the ''in-universe'' version of people so competent and indestructible they're given a more important job, see FieldPromotion. Compare RedHerringShirt and CListFodder.

'''This is still a DeathTrope, so expect spoilers.'''

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime]]
* Creator/NaokiUrasawa is practically a master of this trope, filling in the main story with short interludes centering on a seemingly random character. You get to know their name, perhaps their family, their motivations. Sometimes they stick around for a few chapters, sometimes they even cross paths with the main characters, but they almost always die, and it never gets any easier. Confound you, Urasawa.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series are frequently paved with the corpses of Mauve Shirts.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' has a flamboyantly mauve example: Lt. Apolly Bay of the [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified AEUG]] in Zeta Gundam, who makes it through [[spoiler:almost]] the entire show from his introduction in the beginning of the series without establishing solid personality characteristics. Lt. Apolly is in at least half of the episodes, a named character almost always with a speaking role, yet the poor guy is complete wallpaper. He's the one who gets to say "It's a kid!" and spoil Mineva Zabi's majestic entrance, yet he has no personality whatsoever. It's hard to imagine a mauver shirt.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' has two regular ZAFT pilots who seem to get involved most major battles, and witness Kira's new Gundams, but never get shot down lethally. They would seem to represent the average soldier in ZAFT, and their thoughts on new events as they unfold. They are even still seen in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny''.
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' there's Joshua. He's shown as reckless and undermining and he breaks off from Graham's assault force to attack Lockon, who promptly blows him up just in time.
** For a living version, ''Gundam Seed Destiny'' sidestory character Shiho Hahnenfuss. According to fan legends she was going to be voiced by singer Nami Tamaki (and presumably would suffer DeadStarWalking like Music/TMRevolution's two characters), but Tamaki passed and Shiho lived, making background cameos in the anime, getting speaking roles in video games, and doing well enough in popularity polls to merit at least one figurine.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'''s ''Diva'' squadron falls into this during the third generation. Although the previous squads had been a focus--an unlikely trio on a then-rogue warship in G1 and a collection of [[NewMeat rookies]] in G2--the camera moved well away during Kio's time. Although they had a [[TheMole few]] [[GuileHero notable]] [[TheStoic moments]] in the spotlight, two of them never got anything more than a name. By the show's penultimate episode, they all die.
* Chojiro Sasakibe, Yamamoto's lieutenant in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. Complete wallpaper and never seen winning a fight, the only thing on his CV is that he's the first heroic character to be killed off.
* In ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'' Wolf Junkers, Hydra Curtis, Bear Douglas and Lionet Bleriot sacrificed themselves to activate Athena's ship; and in anime only there were Vela Tsubaki, Puppis Lacaille and Pyxis Rusk who were Capricorn El Cid's subordinates.
* Daisya Barry in ''Manga/DGrayMan'' makes a flashy appearance on the scene. He's likeable, has cool powers, a great backstory, a unique character design, a ''name...'' then he meets[[spoiler: Tyki Mikk.]]
* ''Anime/LastExile'' has Mullin Shetland, a member of the RedShirtArmy who is slowly built up and even gets a {{Love Interest|s}}. He has beat the odds and not died in the incredibly deadly Napoleonic style battles he's been in. He manages to survive 19 battles (the 20th promoting him out of the firing line) and even falls in love with a former enemy soldier when, predictably, he is shot in the final episode's boarding actions, wringing it for so much grief it's almost a ShaggyDogStory. [[spoiler: Subverted because he's seen giving a child (son?) a piggyback ride on Earth during the [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue epilogue]] of the final episode.]]
** [[spoiler: It's his little brother, according to some [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental material]] you'll [[NoExportForYou never read.]] ]]
* ''Manga/{{Saikano}}'', being a horrifyingly sadistic KillEmAll series, will often build up characters just to kill them off horribly in the war segments.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' does this with [[spoiler:Gimmy and Darry.]] Where entire ''waves'' of the Redshirt Mecha brigades they are a part of are getting blown away around them, invariably they are the only ones who survive... [[spoiler:until the last time, when two other Mauve Shirts get blown away saving them.]]
* While inmates in ''Anime/DeadLeaves'' are often killed off randomly and rapidly, Chinko Drill actually survived a lot, like repeatedly attacking 777 and just bouncing off. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he's not so lucky when the drill gets ''stuck'' in said guard's neck]].
* Inoue from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. [[spoiler:Stuck around as one of Zero's nameless lieutenants for the majority of the first season before getting blown up at the hands of an enemy {{mook|s}}'s mech. Named by another one of Lelouch's nameless lieutenants right after that.]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** The chimeras who follow Greed being like this. All are likable anti-villains with distinct personalities and it's a real punch in the gut that all of them get killed off right in front of Greed and later, [[spoiler:"Greedling" kills the only survivor during the period where he didn't have his memories. WhatHaveIDone? follows immediately afterward]].
** [[spoiler:Maes Hughes]] is also another possible example of this, due to the fact that as soon as he discovered that [[spoiler:the locations of high amounts of war and bloodshed form a transmutation circle on the Amestris map]], he was killed shortly thereafter. Also falls under this category because he always [[spoiler:shows off the pictures of his daughter.]]
*** In ''Brotherhood'', during the flashbacks in Episode 30, Mustang {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the trope {{conversational|Troping}}ly:
---->'''Mustang:''' [[spoiler:Hughes]], a little word of warning. This often happens in movies and novels. A guy on the battlefield who brings up stories of his woman...immediately dies.
*** Not to mention that [[spoiler: Maes]] is actually seen in a purple shirt.
* Hayate Gekko from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is a great example, dying soon after his introduction, but not so soon that he couldn't be voted as one of the series' 10 most popular characters at least once. His appearance also fits, as he wears a standard Chunin uniform with barely enough modification to be unique.
** Tenten can arguably be put in this category because she doesn't show much significant value aside from being the only female member of Team Gai and she only wins one out of two battles she participated in throughout the show. She also doesn't have a last name.
* Daisuke Saiki from ''Manga/{{X 1999}}''. Not a Dragon of the Heaven (only nephew to one of them, Aoki) and not very accepting of Kamui at the beginning, but still a devoted ally that has a BodyguardCrush on Hinoto and dodges death more than once. [[spoiler: Until Fuuma fulfills his wish to die protecting Hinoto. [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath Very]] [[OffWithHisHead messily]].]]
* About 90% of the cast of ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}''.
* ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' doesn't really have Red Shirts, with most Mithril and Amalgam soldiers looking unique and being in named squads. National armies like the US, the Soviets, and the Chinese, on the other hand...
* In the Chapter Black saga of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', four fledgling psychics join the heroes. One of them gets {{curbstomp|Battle}}ed by [[DeadlyDoctor Doctor]] and is hospitalized for the rest of the arc, and another gets ''{{eaten|Alive}}'' by Gourmet.
* In ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'', we meet Jerome and his pack. They're off hunting down the Kaibutsu, an experiment that has broken out of the lab he was created in. We learn the pack's names (North, Robert, Rocker, and Heuler) and we think that they're going to be main characters too. Surprise surprise, all of them are killed off in the space of two episodes, North by ambush and the rest while fighting to give Jerome a chance to kill the Kaibutsu. Happens relatively often, at least in the anime. If a dog hasn't had a ton of screen time and introduces himself before a fight, his chance of survival is very small.
* Boss from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' was the ButtMonkey PluckyComicRelief character (a fact he lampshades) had not even a given name (a fact he lampshades). Every time he got in a fight he was beaten, trashed and humiliated, but he never was killed. In ''Anime/ShinMazinger'' he lampshades it:
-->'''Boss:''' We're here to get blown up but somehow never die!
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' had various minor but named characters in the Magic World arc, such Nodoka's adventuring party. After [[WhamEpisode chapter 277]], [[spoiler:emphasis on "had"]].
* Any number of "hi-then-die" demons from ''Manga/ZatchBell'', specifically Furigaro, Pokkerio, Donpoccho, Hogan, Elzador, Rogue Biper, Gani Fest, and pretty much all of the second arc's QuirkyMinibossSquad. They've all got names, elements, and tangential relations to the story, but they don't really seem to do much except get owned.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' Hawk Raider Gaston is one of the few members of The Band of the Hawk outside of the main characters Griffith, Guts, and Casca and the other captains to have a name, a couple lines, and a little characterization to him. [[spoiler: He's also the last Hawk we see alive in the finale.]]
* ''Manga/InitialD'' does this with some of the rivals of Takumi. None more so than his first opponent of Stage 4. The first time we see him, he's asking his long term girlfriend for money to fix his car. We find out that she wants him to quit racing and get serious about their relationship if he loses his next battle. [[ForegoneConclusion Seeing how his next battle is against Takumi...]] Despite Takumi being the main character, [[RootingForTheEmpire you'll probably be rooting for the poor guy,]] especially because he expresses how much he loves racing and his girlfriend, and doesn't want to lose either. [[spoiler: He tells her that he's going to quit racing after that, but she tells him that she was just mad, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and doesn't want him to actually quit.]]]]
* In the world of ''Anime/CasshernSins'', {{One Shot Character}}s rarely survive for long.
* Due to the AnyoneCanDie and DeathIsCheap nature of the series, pretty much everybody in ''Anime/DragonballZ'' dies at one point or another, many of which become important enough to be or downgraded to the level of Mauve shirts.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is filled with characters who are given a little characterization and then killed off. As with the above example, [[AnyoneCanDie Anyone Can (And Usually Will) Die]]. Notable examples include the 104th Trainees killed during the "[[CurbStompBattle Battle]]" of Trost, and several members of the Survey Corps.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Due to seventy-plus years of history, the number of superheroes and super villains available to Creator/DCComics has made it so that every DC superhero or supervillain who does not have an ongoing title - and some of those who do, given their willingness to turn everyone and their dog into a LegacyCharacter - is one of these. Being in a SharedUniverse really helps this.
* Kole from the ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'', who was created ''specifically to be killed'' as the team's editorially-mandated sacrifice in the ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' crossover. She only ever appeared in about five issues of ''New Teen Titans'' and six issues of ''Tales of the Teen Titans'' before her untimely demise.
* Adam One from the Comicbook/{{New 52}} ContinuityReboot of ''Comicbook/{{Stormwatch}}''. He's given a backstory and established as the team's leader...and is promptly killed off in issue #5.
* A good example of a DC Mauve Shirt is [[spoiler: Mr. America]] in the Comicbook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica arc "The Next Age". We are told about the reason he took up the mantle of [[spoiler: the Golden Age hero Mr. America]], see him investigate [[spoiler: the murder of his own family]]- and then, at the end of the first part [[spoiler: he gets brutally murdered himself, his dead body landing in the middle of the JSA meeting]], kicking off the main plot.
* Similarly, everyone in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse with a name and a superpower can be killed, though they do not have as much history as DC. The Comicbook/XMen are particularly notable because they are so easy to create. Thunderbird is a classic example. He died only a few issues after joining the team (thanks to an [[ExecutiveMeddling editorial mandate]]), just long enough to give his demise ''some'' emotional weight, even though he lacked any real characterization or development.
* In the ''Comicbook/MarvelAdventures: Avengers'' line, HYDRA {{Mook|s}} Carl has become one of these thanks to a running gag that he causes a lot of accidents that screw up HYDRA and any other group he joins.
* Comicbook/UsagiYojimbo: There are a few. The captain of one of Noryuk's allies helps Usagi and Tomoe fight off some assassins. Kimi is one of the few Neko Ninja to be named [[spoiler: after Chizu, the leader, is cast out, Kimi is one of the few still loyal to her.]] Also present is Inspector Nii, a policeman serving as TheWatson to Ishida, for him to inform about case evidence, and he constantly recurs despite many of Ishida's superiors proving to be corrupt.
* {{ComicBook/Batwoman}}: The Religion of Crime Sects have a few recurring members. The main sect has Shard, a Cyborg woman who menaced Renee, and now keeps coming after Kate. Abbot's group has Claire and Hayes, two shape-shifters who showed up in Abbot's debut in Batwoman's series, and are the only named Acolytes among his followers. Claire even gets [[RelationshipUpgrade Promoted to Killer Croc's Love Interest]].
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'' has Headless Joe, an unlucky Sniper Joe who befriended [=ProtoMan=] after losing his head.
* ''Fanfic/{{Bait and Switch|STO}}'' tends to lean on this rather than RedShirt, with almost any ''Bajor'' crew member that Captain Kanril Eleya actually interacts with being given at least a name, if not a little bit of backstory and characterization.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' Guy Fleegman parodied this because of being a RedShirt in the original show, but bootstrapped himself to Mauve and eventually to main cast thanks to his [[GenreSavvy paranoia]] and personality. And because he was lucky enough to be in a movie that liked to subvert the classic tropes. Amusingly, he's the one character in the climactic shooting spree that ''doesn't'' get shot. Which is probably [[spoiler: [[FridgeBrilliance why he got promoted to Security Chief]] on TheRevival]] during TheStinger.
* Many Film/JamesBond movies have male characters on Bond's side who are not important to the series like Felix Leiter but have enough personality and screen time not to be just another Red Shirt. They are invariably killed off by the BigBad's goons. Examples: [[BlackDudeDiesFirst Quarrel]] in ''Film/DrNo'' (who is wearing an actual red shirt when he buys it), Sir Godfrey Tibbett in ''Film/AViewToAKill'', the Turkish intelligence officer Kerim Bey in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'', etc.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' has had a few, notably:
** Biggs Darklighter, an old friend of Luke's and his wingman in the Battle of Yavin (the one who called Luke "the best bush pilot in the Outer Rim Territories"). In a scene cut from the movie (but in the novelization and some deleted scenes on [=DVDs=], also in the Creator/{{NPR}} Radio Play) Biggs, who has been training at the Imperial Starfighter Academy, returns to Tatooine briefly and tells Luke he has a friend-of-a-friend who knows where the Rebels are hiding and he is going to join them. He's killed in the battle, but not randomly, and it's a hard hit to Luke.
** Admiral Piett could be considered a Mauve Shirt for the Empire. He survives Vader's wrath in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' and was popular enough to be written into ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
** Wedge Antilles appears in all three original trilogy films flying some sort of vehicle. The reason he's there is simply to provide a familiar face who's not part of the main cast. This incidentally gives him a strong dose of PlotArmor because he's too recognizable to be killed off as a redshirt, and he's also unimportant enough that he can't be killed off for the sake of drama. In the Expanded Universe though, Wedge becomes a major supporting character and is even the center of a number of stories, and has been tallied to be second in EU character popularity only to Boba Fett.
* A number of mauve-wearing cops show up in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', most of them part of Jim Gordon's Major Crimes Unit. Some of them - [[spoiler: including Wuertz and Ramirez]] - are corrupt and work for TheMafia.
* Madril, the rather old and fatherly ranger who accompanies Faramir in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' is a clear example of this. He gets just enough dialogue and screen time for the audience to warm to him over two films for us to hate the Witch King's right hand Gothmog when he coldly murders him.
* In ''Film/LethalWeapon 2'',[[spoiler: all the detectives who bet Riggs he can't escape from a straitjacket in the beginning get killed later on by the villain via ThePurge]].
* In ''Film/TheGhostAndTheDarkness'', one of the random African workers reveals some knowledge of lions, and claims to have killed one with his bare hands. He's one of the first Africans [[TheWorfEffect to get killed]] by the eponymous lions.
* In ''Redneck Zombies'', there is amongst the campers a slightly overweight guy who never gets a name, nor even a single line of dialog. He is one of the only two campers to survive the end. This was intentional, as the filmmakers wanted to play with the audience's expectations about who would survive and who would die, figuring people would expect the nameless guy with no dialog to die first.
* Maria Hill and [[Characters/AgentsOfShieldTeamCoulson Coulson]] from ''Film/TheAvengers''. Coulson's [[EnsembleDarkhorse/{{Film}} popularity]] allowed him to graduate to Gold Shirt. He stars in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', but with Creator/JossWhedon, you never know who is eligible for death.
* ''Film/StarTrek'' and [[Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness its sequel]] has Lieutenant Hendorff, AKA Cupcake. His status is lampshaded in ''Into Darkness'' when Kirk tells him to take off his red shirt. It's not clear if he survives the second film or not, since he's never outright shown dying but [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse disappears]] after Kirk and co. return to the Enterprise from Qo'noS. Amusingly, he's named after (and is presumably the alternate timeline version of) a RedShirt who was killed in the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Original Series]]'' episode "The Apple".
* The soldiers escorting Tony at the start of ''Film/IronMan1'' received a few fleeting minutes of characterization before they were wiped out by Stark's captors.
* The American mercenaries in ''Film/{{The Mummy|Trilogy}}'' are pretty much in the film just to be picked off by [[BigBad Imhotep]]. They get a little characterisation that separates them from normal {{Red Shirt}}s: you have the [[StayInTheKitchen sexist guy]] who's also the only dude who thinks the whole expedition is a bad idea, the {{boisterous|Bruiser}} [[MoreDakka trigger happy]] dude who [[TheAlcoholic likes bourbon]], the NiceGuy with [[BlindWithoutEm bad eyesight]], and the [[UnscrupulousHero greedy, cynical]] one.
* ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'':
** Psylocke appears for a bit, though mostly in the background, before turning into LudicrousGibs.
** Kid Omega lasts quite a bit, kills one character and almost does so with a second.
** Multiple-Man's only active part in the plot is distracting the military while the Brotherhood goes to San Francisco.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', that is most of the named "auxiliary Animorphs".
* In the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series, on occasion, certain vermin in the villain's army will be given some screen time and a chance to discuss the situation. These will usually be the only vermin aside from the BigBad and his lieutenants to get names. Expect them to [[PutOnABus desert]] before the final battle. Some of the Redwallers or allies of Redwall are treated the same. More than likely, some will only pop up in a few scenes scattered throughout a book, while others will stick around for a few consecutive chapters before they're randomly killed in battle.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novels tend to be even worse than Gundam. Quite often, a chapter will begin with the introduction of a character, give parts of their life story up to that point, then kill them off at the end of the chapter once the plot-relevant part is over. Particularly egregious is the novel Dark Apostle. Throughout the book's course, all of the main human characters get killed off brutally. One survives... and gets captured and possessed by a demon.
* It is very common in Literature/CiaphasCain, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM, books to introduce about 4 or 5 mauve shirt characters per book. The majority of these characters die near the end of the book or they are not seen again because they are not in Cain's regiment.
* Not uncommon in the Comicbook/XWingSeries, where AnyoneCanDie. Stackpole's books make ''heavy'' use of {{Red Shirt}}s with a name, a species, and one or two lines, and now and again he kills off someone with slightly more pagetime. Emphasis on slightly. It's hard to care, even when the other characters remark about the loss of a teammate, when that teammate was barely ever shown doing what they reminisce about. Creator/AaronAllston's books, on the other hand, have a CastOfSnowflakes, and no one dies without having thoughts of their own, developing, and showing the readers their HiddenDepths. It's often hard to tell who lives and who dies.
* In the Creator/StephenKing novel ''Literature/TheRegulators'', a character is introduced and given a rather full backstory, such as the fact that she's on her way back from cheating on her husband, and how she realizes she's not wearing any underwear, ''while she's in the act of dying.''
* Literature/{{Discworld}}'s [[spoiler: Sergeant Abba Stronginthearm]] made his first appearance in Men at Arms as a mob member conscripted into Carrot's Militia, and made fairly regular appearances from then onward, rising in the ranks and becoming a mainstay of the reconstituted City Watch. His death offscreen in the opening of Night Watch serves to highlight just how important capturing Carcer is. We get chummy with at least 5 watchmen doomed to die by the end (7 graves, but the real Sergeant Keel is killed before we can meet him, and Reg Shoe becomes a zombie).
** Cuddy from Men-At-Arms was shaping up to be a pretty good character, and then, WHAM.
** In Discworld/TheLightFantastic, some mercenaries are introduced with a note stating that they are of NominalImportance and will likely [[RedShirt die as soon as they see action,]] so their names are not given. [[ParodiedTrope Needless to say]], they live quite a while.
* The crew of Bridge Four in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''. Thanks to Kaladin, they manage a higher survival rate that [[RedShirt most bridgemen crews]], but that doesn't change the fact that a couple of them will die nearly every bridge run.
* Most of the Spartan soldiers other than Master Chief in ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike''.
* In ''Literature/{{Redshirts}}'', it is pointed out that, In-Universe, the main characters are these, that is random extras who are given backgrounds and a bit of character development in order to make their deaths hit the audience harder.
* [[spoiler:Oberyn Martell]] from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' only becomes prominent halfway through the third book and does little more than die. He leaves a big impression on the reader, and his death has huge ramifications, but he was personable enough to regularly top favorite character lists.
* [[spoiler:Wes]] from ''Literature/TheHost''.
* ''Literature/AdventureHunters'': Claude has enough characterization to be the fourth member of the hero team. [[spoiler: This is why his suicide is a shock.]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Mad-Eye Moody in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows the seventh book]]. His death comes as a surprise considering how CrazyAwesome he is.
* Creator/DavidWeber's standard procedure for the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novel series is to create a dozen or so new characters a book, make the reader love them, and then kill about half of them off in brutal, graphic, and sometimes senseless fashion. His explicit reason for doing this is that military fiction where only the bad guys die "isn't military ''fiction'', it's military ''pornography''." WarIsHell, and Weber wants his readers to know it. And also to make them cry.
* This is SOP in the books of Brandon Mull, which can come as a shock, considering that [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids they're children's books.]] [[WordOfGod His reasoning]] is much the same as David Weber's, I.E. the situations he writes are dangerous and scary, and realistically, not everyone would survive them. They tend to teeter the line between this and AnyoneCanDie.
* Halloween's lieutenant Jasmine in ''{{Literature/Idlewild}}'', who comes back from the dead. Twice.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'':
** There have been quite a few characters who end up as this, largely due in part to the writer's need to kill them off to establish the AnyoneCanDie mentality, or to build up the next BigBad. The most notable examples include:
** Agent Aaron Pierce, who starts out as the mostly-silent bodyguard of Senator David Palmer and stays in this role for most of the first four seasons. He earned some fan support by being the only guy who stayed loyal to Palmer after he got thrown out by his own cabinet in the second season, but otherwise, he didn't make much of a wave. Cue the fifth season, where he suddenly starts gaining more prominence (he refuses a ''direct order from the President'' to stop Jack Bauer's attack on Walt Cummings, and he saves Martha Logan and the Russian President from a terrorist attack). It was assumed that his time was coming to an end, and he ends up disappearing for several episodes before it's revealed that he was placed under arrest by [[spoiler:Charles Logan]]. The writers had intended to kill him off at this point, but Pierce's actor (Glenn Morshower) made such a strong impression with his performance that they hastily rewrote the story to keep him alive. As of the eighth season, he is one of the scant few characters from the first season that ''hasn't'' died during the series, and he's been a major player in the later seasons (he helps Jack take out [[spoiler:General Juma and the surviving commandoes after Bill Buchanan sacrifices himself]]).
** In season 1, DEA Agent Krugman. He is part of a drug-busting team that raids a house where Kim Bauer is confronting Rick (the man who ended up helping her escape from Ira Gaines), and is the one to arrest Kim and put her in a holding cell. Krugman eventually releases her when he finds out who she is, and seems to show some genuine empathy once he realizes what had happened to her (the kidnapping incident) earlier in the day...until the car he and Kim are driving in is blindsided by Victor Drazen's men. While his fate remains unclear in the TV series, the novel ''24: The House Special Subcommittee's Findings at CTU'' reveals that Krugman indeed survived.
** In season 2, a computer tech (played by ''Rosanne'''s Sarah Gilbert) joins CTU, and is set up to be a major character. She lasts for three episodes, then is crushed by a falling pillar during the CTU bombing. She holds on for long enough to talk Tony Almeida and Michelle Dessler through getting their systems up and running, then dies anticlimatically.
** In season 3, Claudia (Jack Bauer's Mexican girlfriend). She shows up in half the season's episodes with her family, talking about her past relationship and the need to escape the Salazar brothers' influence. She ends up being the one to rescue Chase Edmunds after he is captured in Mexico, but takes a bullet for her troubles (off-camera) when the pair escape from the Salazars in the back of her father's truck.
** In season 4, CTU field operative Lee Castle. He is introduced in the ninth episode butting heads with [[spoiler:Tony Almeida]], but then quickly establishes himself as the most competent CTU member in a ''long time''. He helps Jack out on several missions, and is even the one to rescue him when he gets kidnapped by Marwan. In the second-last episode of the season, though, he and [[spoiler:Tony]] get captured trying to find Mandy the assassin, and he is shot to death while on his knees. He almost made it to the end of the season, too.
*** There's also Paul Raines, Audrey's estranged husband. After learning that he's unintentionally made a deal with Big Bad Habib Marwan, he accompanies Jack to another company that's recently had ties with Marwan which he also had some involvement with to uncover more information... which leads to the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive heads in charge]] to try to eliminate them. By the end of it Paul is wounded, and later on in the season after seemingly being stabilized has to go back into surgery. But there's only one doctor on call working on him and Jack barges in needing treatment for a wounded suspect who's the only lead on Marwan, thus forcing him to save the suspect over Paul, who despite Jack trying to keep him alive dies from his wounds.
** Played with during the nerve gas attack in season 5. A security guard named Harry (trapped in a holding cell with the acting CTU Director [Lynn [=McGill=]] after the attack) takes the time to show [=McGill=] pictures of his young daughter, and complains to Jack Bauer that he doesn't deserve to die. Of course, he ends up dying after [=McGill=] runs out of the holding cell to filter the gas out of the building, and lets the gas into their saferoom.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'':
** The re-imagined series loved this trope. The show had a huge cast of minor recurring characters - reporters, pilots, mechanics, marines, almost all of who had names, and, sometimes, personalities. Of course, in a show which really liked AnyoneCanDie, this wasn't exactly a good thing... [[spoiler:RIP, Gunny Matthias, Jammer, Racetrack, Skulls...]]
** The extremes of this would be Kat & Sam on one side with Helo & Hot Dog on the other- Kat and Hot Dog were both "nuggets" (new pilots trained during the series), whereas Helo and Sam were guest stars for the pilot and in Season 2, respectively. Kat committed HeroicSacrifice, whereas Hot Dog survived to the end. Helo was a Mauve shirt who's actor was so well liked that while he was left to die in the pilot, (and meant to die), a major arc of the first season (some would say the show) was written in to get him back. Sam was a love interest for a main character [[spoiler:yet comes back, joins the main cast, and survives to the finale- to pilot the fleet into the sun]].
*** Admittedly, Sam's story was changed significantly when the actor was seriously injured.
** Brutally gets a LampshadeHanging when a new pilot is moving into his bearth and all is jovial. Then he asks about who this guy was the others kept referencing. Cue another pilot ripping the tape with a name on it off the new pilot's bearth and slapping it on his chest.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': One episode attempts to achieve this in five minutes -- Sweets meets a kid on a subway who tells him that he's returning from a doctor, who has just given him the news that his cancer's in remission. He talks about how he's going to take this as a sign to live his life to the fullest -- until the subway crashes, he hits his head on a pole, and is instantly killed, sending Sweets into HeroicBSOD for the rest of the episode.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Kendra, since she died in her third appearance.
** Principal Flutie wasn't introduced in The Pack; he was in the first four episodes. Thus his death has more impact than previous ones.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** Has "Anderson", an FBI agent from the central office who's only had significant screentime twice in the series. He gets a name (or half of one, anyway) because both appearances were memorable, though short.
** Also, Sheriff Eva Ruiz from "Rite Of Passage", who unluckily [[spoiler: gets killed by Deputy Sheriff Ronald Boyd, aka Santa Muerte, the serial killer the team was after]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Makes this a SubvertedTrope with Private Ross Jenkins. He gets a name, a bit of a personality in "The Sontaran Strategem". He is killed in the second part, "The Poison Sky". He managed to get a rather large following on [[Website/OutpostGallifrey The Doctor Who Forum]] and a fan club there: Private Ross Jenkins' Widows. The Doctor even shouts about his death angrily, which is more than some of his old companions got when they left the show alive.
** In the new series of ''Doctor Who'', nearly any person who is given a name and a bit of sympathy for the Doctor and his companions dies. [[spoiler: Davros]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}s this in ''Journey's End''.
--> '''[[spoiler: Davros]]''': How many more are there, Doctor? How many have died in your name?
** It's also important to note that anybody who gets asked to travel on the TARDIS ''before'' the end of the episode will die. See: Lynda-with-a-y, Jenny, Astrid and Rita.
** This is used for the Doctor's character development, as he eventually notices this trend and stops inviting people altogether...only to realise that he really, really needs a MoralityChain.
** Played straight, however, in the old series with Sgt Benton. He showed up as a Corporal in the first UNIT story, then slowly made his way up the ranks, becoming one of the UNIT regulars (and arguably a companion). He became UNIT's Regimental Sergeant Major before disappearing from the show.
* ''Series/FallingSkies'': Has quite a few mauve shirts: Jamil, Dai, Mike, Anthony, Lyle--the list goes on. But as of Season 2, the show has been trying to establish that AnyoneCanDie. By the end of the second season finale, ''several'' of these characters have been killed off.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Braca at first appeared to be just another mook, until the first season finale when Big Bad Scorpius tells him "I believe your star is on the rise," a signal to the viewers that he actually is going to be important and they should pay attention to him. He ends up surviving the whole show, along with his boss. The was an AvertedTrope because Braca was originally slated to get killed off but managed to survive due to David Franklin's incredible ability to emote. Braca also managed to go from red-shirt to having a first name and command of his own ship, so kudos that mook.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Jory is archetypical. The head of the Starks' personal guard, he has a name, gets a few lines, follows people around a lot, and gets killed halfway through with little fanfare. If such a thing as red or mauve shirts can even be said to exist [[AnyoneCanDie in this setting.]]
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'':
** Plays this one quite straight. In last season, there was a merge between hospitals, and new characters appeared out of the blue. They didn't receive much attention, but they were not kicked out quickly. Nevertheless, when a shooter appeared and someone needed to die... guess who did die.
** Granted, only half (two) of the new characters were killed, and it was only them because their characters became obsolete when Katherine Heigl left the show. Of the other two, Avery became quite popular, and Kepner had a short arc just after her introduction, and then played a major supporting role in the finale.
** In season 2, episodes 17 part 1 and 2, Dylan Young has a mauve flack jacket. Not really, but [[spoiler: he gets built up as a empathetic character with all this flirty nonsense, but we never find out if he has a family, or a significant other, or even a cat. He has many of the symptoms of a red shirt, yet catches more screen time then most ever do. Because of his unexpected death (and so invocation of Anyone Can Die) he has a mauve flack jacket (or shirt, but you can't see it under the flack jacket.)]]
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Jason Tiner, the Admiral's yeoman.
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'': During the first decade of this show, the only police character other than the regulars to be given any character development at all was Detective Tony Profaci, whose job it was to pop into the office, or even into the crime scene, to provide some sort of crucial new information or lab results, crack a few jokes, and leave. In the first nine seasons, Profaci appeared in 53 episodes. Unfortunately, his mauve shirt status was not sufficient to save him when, in the made-for-TV movie ''Exiled'', he was [[spoiler:found to be on the take from TheMafia and forced to resign in disgrace]]. After that, the attempt to give airtime and development to non-regular police characters was largely abandoned. Detective Moe Lamott, a burly and fairhaired cop once used to infiltrate a neo-Nazi group, was a rare exception. Only for a couple of seasons, though.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': This show is much better at establishing a large and rotating cast of Mauve Shirts. They always deal with the same internal affairs officer, the same TARU techie, the same CSU techie(s) [[spoiler:until they were killed off]], the same half-dozen rotating judges and defense attorneys... and, most notably, the same psychiatrist and the same M.E., both of whom got a PromotionToOpeningTitles.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** Has done this not once, but several times. Some of these characters are annoying and die ironic deaths; another trend involves a second in command villainous character who dies at the end of the season:
** In season 1, Leslie Arzt appears as a (seemingly) knowledgeable science teacher who accompanies the BigDamnHeroes to the ''Black Rock'' to help them properly handle the dynamite. Of course, as Arzt is in the middle of a lecture about dynamite safety, the stick he's holding explodes.
** Season 2 introduced the [[spoiler:tail-section survivors]], who looked like they were going to become major characters, but all of them except [[spoiler:Bernard, who was pretty minor anyway,]] ended up getting killed quickly. Even [[spoiler:Mr. Eko]], who was supposed to be in the show until at least the 5th season, [[McLeaned ended up dying part-way through the 3rd; but that was because his actor ''had recently lost his parents and returned to England''.]]
** Season 3 has Danny Pickett and Ryan Pryce, two security guard-like Others. Pickett has a short plotline in which his wife is killed and he takes it out on Sawyer; Pryce serves no purpose but being a villain. Picket is [[spoiler:shot by Juliet]] and Pryce is [[spoiler:run over by Hurley in a DHARMA van]].
** Season 4 brings Keamy's right hand man Omar. He gets [[spoiler:blown up by a grenade Keamy accidentally kicks to him]].
** In season 5, Neil "Frogurt" is introduced as an irritating, neurotic man who is literally wearing a red shirt and is constantly complaining about the others' inability to make fire. Cue a fire arrow straight through his chest.
*** Frogurt even gets an onscreen promotion to RedShirt from mauve, moments before his death.
-->'''Sawyer''':[Holds up a literal red shirt] Whose shirt is this?
-->'''Frogurt''':Oh, that's mine.
** Additionally, a random DHARMA Initiative security drone named Phil starts making frequent appearances in the latter half of season 5. His increasingly annoying behavior--culminating with [[KickTheDog punching Juliet]] and Sawyer's vow to kill him in the penultimate episode of the season--seemed to indicate that he will be killed in the cataclysmic finale. [[spoiler:He isn't killed by Sawyer, but from shrapnel caused by the magnetism of the Hatch's site]].
** One of the Ajira Flight 316 survivors steps forward and appears to be both the leader and really important. He has a lot of mystery about him, making you think he'll last for a while as he's clearly a big player...then he's abruptly shot by Ben, and second-in-command Ilana steps forward as the one who's really important (so much so that [[spoiler:she's a regular in season six]]).
*** And yet even she [[spoiler:gets her ass blown to hell in Arztian fashion after doing little]].
** Season 5/6 has Ilana's henchman Bram, who, after seemingly being important, [[spoiler:gets impaled on a wooden stake by the smoke monster]] in the 6th season premiere.
** Season 6's "annoying mauve shirt villain" is Zoe, henchwoman of [[spoiler:Widmore]]. In the penultimate episode [[spoiler:Smokey slashes her throat]].
** Pretty much [[spoiler:''everyone'' introduced in season six is this trope]]
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': Has Sir Leon, a previously unnamed knight who was given lines of exposition on behalf of Camelot's RedShirt Army. He proved [[EnsembleDarkhorse/LiveActionTV so popular]] that when the writers tried to kill him off at the end of season 2, fan outrage ensured that he got better and returned with an even larger role in season 3. In the DVDCommentary for ''The Tears of Uther Pendragon'', Bradley James comments that the biggest cheer they got at the screening was when the audience realized that Sir Leon was still alive. And then he ends up being one of only [[spoiler:five regular characters to survive the KillEmAll GrandFinale]].
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': In the penultimate episode of the seventh season, Monk's nebbish neighbor Kevin Dorfman is killed in the episode's beginning. He had been in a few episodes prior to this and had something of a fan following, so this was quite a shock to the viewers.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': A number of characters do get lines, names, and roles...but it doesn't save them from death. "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E9Kashmir Kashmir]]" had [[spoiler: Ashley]] get killed off, despite having a name, some lines, and a role. "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E13TheSongRemainsTheSame The Song Remains The Same]]" had [[spoiler: Nicholas]] killed off, despite having a name, a number of lines, and role in the episodes "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E3NoQuarter No Quarter]]", "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E11TheStand The Stand]]", and "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E12Ghosts Ghosts]]". "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E18Clue Clue]]" had [[spoiler: Commander Wayne Ramsey and Jim Hudson]] killed off, despite having names, lines, and roles.
* ''Series/TheShield'': Detective Ronnie Gardocki had no dialogue in the series pilot, and the actor who portrays him went uncredited. He appeared in about half of the episodes in the first season, and was a "recurring character" up through season four. According to ThatOtherWiki, fans originally suspected he would become a redshirt, and the series writers even toyed with this idea in season 2. However, he survived and graduated to a regular cast member in the last three seasons, becoming increasingly important as the series went on.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** Major Lorne. Not one of the main cast, but a member of the security team who avoided death for five seasons. It doesn't help that Lorne usually leads the squad that gets killed, captured or fed upon.
** Dr. Kate Heightmeyer, Atlantis's psychologist on staff, was a recurring character for 3 seasons until dying early in the fourth in an almost to-the-letter following of the trope.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Almost every single Tau'ri who captains an Earth-built starship on this show and related shows. They're all given names and a little bit of backstory/personality, but only one survived more than a few episodes (Pendergast). One, a long-running secondary character, was killed ''the very episode he took command of his vessel''.
** Chuck the Gate Tech might also qualify for this. His predecessor was also a Mauve Shirt who was killed off for dramatic effect in the first season finale.
** What about Caldwell, he appears repeatedly in 4 seasons of SG:A?
*** HeroOfAnotherStory, from a franchise loaded with such characters.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration: The ship's original security chief, Tasha Yar, was introduced with oodles of backstory and a wide skillset. Unfortunately, the show had far too many cast members, and Tasha was relegated to a BridgeBunny and sometimes-DamselInDistress. Denise Crosby was released from the show soon thereafter, killed the titular "Skin of Evil." The only reason she doesn't qualify as Dead Star Walking is that she lasted almost a season.
-->'''''{{Cracked}}''''': Her death was a huge deal in ''Star Trek'', the first time that someone beyond some random redshirt died, and it was a major character! Unfortunately, her needless death wasn't to save the captain and the entire planet of Romulus, or to save Kirk and stop the Genesis Project, or even to show how vile Gul Dukaat could be. She just got killed by a tar monster.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Introduced Enrique Muniz, who had a strong aura of RedShirt about him, being a previously unknown crew member in a highly dangerous situation. He survived, and recurred in a couple more episodes [[spoiler:until finally being killed off early in season 5.]]
** ''Deep Space Nine'' also had Commander Eddington, who [[spoiler: [[FaceHeelTurn turns out to be a Maquis terrorist.]]]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Had Gold Shirt (the red and gold colors got switched in the 24th century), Irish, curly haired transporter operator from the earliest days of its premiere. That operator eventually got a name and rank, Chief Miles O'Brien, and went on to be a semi-regular character with a family and interacted regularly with the main cast. He went even further to be a starring character in the next Trek iteration, ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. Miles O'Brien is the embodiment of a character working up from the RedShirtArmy to donning fullblown PlotArmor.
** He's proud to be a Mauve Shirt. Unlike almost every other Star Trek main character, [[DontCallMeSir he is NOT an officer]] ([[Series/StarTrekVoyager nor commissioned as one]]) [[note]]Though there is some confusion, as his rank was not firmly established early on--his costume and some dialogue seemed to indicate that he was a full lieutenant at various points in the show's run.[[/note]] But he has served a soldier.
** The ''Deep Space Nine'' writers made sure to remind the impudent social climber of his [[TheWoobie unfortunate Red Shirt heritage at least once a season]].
** Lieutenant Hawk in ''[[Film/StarTrekFirstContact First Contact]]'', the Enterprise's new Conn Officer after Worf was transferred to [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]''. He's [[spoiler: assimilated and killed]] a little more than halfway through the movie, but until then they did a pretty good job of keeping him involved with the action, rather than just brushing him aside the second Worf came back on board.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
** Even the {{Trope Maker|s}} for the RedShirt, had one bonafide Mauve Shirt - Lieutenant Kyle, who appeared in more episodes than [[BridgeBunny Yeoman Rand]], always had dialogue, even if it was just a MandatoryLine, and holds the distinction of being the ''only'' RedShirt to have a consistent position on the ''Enterprise'': Transporter Chief. (Yes, ''Kyle'' was the transporter chief, [[BeamMeUpScotty not Scotty]]). He even got to help save the day a couple of times (most notably in "The Doomsday Machine" and "Mirror, Mirror"). He also has a knack for appearing in good episodes, and even made [[TheCameo a cameo]] in the best of the ''movies'' (that's him as the Communications Officer onboard ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Reliant]]'').
** Lt. Leslie is also a good example. He also has the distinction of being killed and restored to life thanks to 23rd century medicine. This happened in the vampire cloud episode ''Obsession''. He was seen alive and well in the background after his death and fans often attribute this to the show's tendency to keep a cadre of recurring extras on hand instead of going through the tedious paperwork of hiring new background actors for every episode. In truth, dialogue that was deleted from the script before shooting confirmed that Leslie was revived. And he would go on to appear as Leslie until the actor chose to leave the series.
** One of the ironies of this trope; while the Blue Shirts and Gold Shirts, as mentioned at the start of the page, had a lower casualty rate in [=TOS=], they were actually the first crew members we saw killed; the first actual RedShirt death didn't happen until the 7th episode.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
** VOY attempted this in the early seasons, giving goldshirts slated to be killed off a few episodes of screentime. This ended during around Season 3, and they starting bumping off ensigns by the shuttleload.
** Lieutenant Joe Carey, who was tipped to be the new Chief Engineer before B'Elanna stole his thunder early in the series. He makes a number of appearances in the first and seconds seasons, and is then absent for the remainder of the series, except for time travel episodes that return to the timeframe of those early seasons. He finally makes a return appearance in the present day during season 7, four episodes from the end of the series, and is killed off by the episode's villain in an attempt to show that he's DeadSerious.
** Voyager also had Lieutenant Ayala, who kept such a low profile he survived through the entire show!
** Hogan is a straight example. Recurred a few times, then died in the Season 2 finale to establish how dangerous the planet they were stranded on was. [[spoiler:Then his remains were discovered late in season 3, which is far more thought given to the OntologicalInertia of security personnel's corpses than usual.]]
* ''Series/TopGear'': Steve, who is ostensibly the director of the "Top Gear Technology Centre." He was featured prominently in an episode in which the presenters need a racing car and a pit crew to compete in the Britcar 24-hour endurance race at Silverstone -- and was honored afterward by appearing in the studio when the film aired to receive the audience's applause. Has appeared only once or twice since.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Because of how much the creators love the AnyoneCanDie trope, this trope abounds.
* Carter in ''Series/RobinHood'' shows up in a total of 2 episodes, but shows himself to be a competent warrior, nearly equal to Robin in his skills with a bow. In his second appearance, he has become a close adviser to King Richard himself. [[spoiler:Then he, apparently, forgets all his combat skills and runs blindly into a building straight onto the Sheriff's sword]].
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* [[ComicStrip/KrazyKat Ignatz the Mouse]] and Happy Hooligan gradually evolved into these in ''SamsStrip''
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* Pro Wrestling has its own equivalent of this - the "jobber-to-the-stars". Unlike pure jobbers, the jobber-to-the-stars usually has a defined character, a theme song, and is allowed to get offense in during his matches. He may even get wins over pure jobbers and other jobbers-to-the-stars in order to establish him as something more than a jobber. However, his primary role in the business is to make the higher ranked wrestlers look good. Jobbers-to-the-stars are usually either newer wrestlers who are scheduled to get pushed in the future[[note]]for example, Chuck Palumbo early in his WCW career while using his jungle gimmick[[/note]], or older wrestlers who can still put on good matches but who management has no interest in continuing to push [[note]]Val Venis for the last few years of his WWE contract was one of these[[/note]].
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* ''VideoGame/CompanyOfHeroes''' opening cutscene for the Invasion of Normandy campaign (which is a ShoutOut of the opening scene in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' itself) shows a cinematic beginning of the first boats going on the beach, with a particular shot toward one. It has a sergeant in the boat state their orders and speaks some encouragement to the other men in the boat with him. They soon all die attempting to reach the safe(ish) mound of dirt in front of the German-entrenched hills. The game then cuts to another boat, turning the cinematic graphics to the actual in-game graphics, showing you the troops you will first command in the campaign
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' may be the supreme overlord of this trope, with nearly every character in the game being one, due to the fact that the only characters that cannot be KilledOffForReal are [[WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou the Lords]]. The greatest example? The [[MemeticBadass almighty]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse 3-13]] archer of course.
* In the real-time strategy game ''VideoGame/{{Myth}}: The Fallen Lords'', all of the player's units could be considered mauve shirts, since the game tries to get you emotionally attached to them by giving the otherwise-identical units unique names and calling out "Casualty" in a grim voice whenever one of them dies.
** Same thing for ''Cannon Fodder'', of course.
** There's also the fact that they gain experience with each kill, and that when they die they aren't replaced until the beginning of the next level.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife1: Blue Shift'''s Barney Calhoun, who is a redshirt security guard, frequent ally and friendly casualty to Gordon Freeman... He survives the events of his own story and reappears in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', transitioning completely from a minor character to a central one. Arguably, Adrian Shephard from ''Opposing Force'' manages this too, being an HECU grunt (mainstay of the game's human enemies). Unfortunately for him, as of yet, he hasn't appeared in another game.
** Barney is something beyond this, as he's basically Fan Mandated. 'Barney' is a FanNickname, this character in the original Half-Life, a guard that both looks and sounds exactly the same as every other guard, tells you to remind him to buy you that beer. That is your entire interaction with this character. Everything about him, including Blue Shift, is because of fandom.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars OriginalGeneration'' adds a number of Mauve Shirts to fill out the Heroes' roster. So far, they've proven surprisingly durable, and even include a few {{Badass Normal}}s (which, for a mecha show, means they pilot the grunt suits).
** In most ''SRW'' games, certain series allow you to switch pilots freely within their own series, so some of the lesser characters get a chance to shine (putting Boss into a spare Anime/MazingerZ when Kouji gets his Mazinkaiser is popular). In OG, this applies to every character and every mecha, so if you like a side character better than a "main" one using an appropriate robot, go for it. Just be aware that certain chapters will assert mecha ownership, especially if it's an ATX or SRX mecha in question.
* In ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'', Carmine ([[MeaningfulName whose name]] is [[LampshadeHanging a shade of red]]) was a {{faceless|Goons}} RedShirt squad member, the only man on the team to wear a [[ArmorIsUseless helmet]] and [[GasMaskMooks mask]] (in fact his character model was identical to the baseline COG soldier) who has a handful of lines but dies after the first couple of levels to show that the situation is [[DeadSerious serious]] (he's 1 of 2 onscreen-named characters in the entire game to die). Due to being [[EnsembleDarkhorse "a weird fan favorite"]], he unofficially returned in ''Gears of War 2'' in the form of his brother, Ben Carmine, the next of the 4 Carmine brothers[[note]]"Well... 3, now."[[/note]]. With the extra screen time he received compared to his brother (surviving to the second act) and given more time to grow on you as a character, he was a true Mauve Shirt.
** In ''Gears of War 3'' the tradition continued with Clay Carmine, where the fanbase actually had control over his fate through an Xbox Live Marketplace charity drive (buy one of two shirts saying "Carmine Lives!" or "Carmine Must Die!"). As such the game made a RunningGag over his expendable nature, such as almost getting crushed by a thrown car[[note]]"That was close!"[[/note]] or sniped by a idiotic civilian[[note]]"Good thing I wear a helmet."[[/note]]. In the end, [[spoiler: he gets shot down in a helicopter and after a brief fake-out with his [[DeadHatShot discarded helmet]], you see him putting it back on, triumphantly subverting the trope and surviving the events of the game]].
* ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance'' is a fantastic example of this. Even though you can replace the occasional dead merc with relative ease (and in fact, the penalties for getting them killed are often lighter than those for firing them), they're all given names, personalities, and back-stories, making you feel like scum when they die. (Note however that other would-be contractors may notice a trend…) Except for Reuben, the remorseless mass-murderer. Die, bastard!
* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2: Echoes'' features several Galactic Federation troopers. While they're all [[PosthumousCharacter dead on arrival]], scanning their corpses reveals their logs, a portion of their character, and their lives and interactions before their deaths--there's the one who's gone crazy, there's the cynical snarker, there's the StrawFeminist type who idolizes Samus, etc.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' has Ivan Raidenovich Raikov. His design is a DiscontinuityNod, his name is a [[MeaningfulName cruel pun]], and his roles are that of a MoralityPet to the BigBad, and of a hapless victim for the player to take out their frustrations with the series' [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] upon. Due to becoming a bit of a [[MrFanservice favourite]] in the fanbase for [[FanService a]] [[ShirtlessScene few]] [[HoYay complicated]] reasons, he made a cameo in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps Portable Ops]]'', despite the fact that he can be killed in ''3'' without causing a [[TemporalParadox TIME PARADOX]], where he got a little scene with some characterisation (vain, aggressive, fierce, and a little sociopathic, but mostly amiable).
** Jonathan in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'' exists for three reasons. The first one is to provide a sympathetic villainous point of view, so you understand why the Russian soldiers have decided to hook up with a crazy American anarchist with a CompellingVoice. The second reason is to be your first non-Snake character, so you can learn how the soldier system works, and he gives HeKnowsAboutTimedHits tutorials to you. The third reason is to [[TakingTheBullet take a bullet]] intended for Big Boss during Gene's MoralEventHorizon, and provide a PlayerPunch. For the last reason, he and Snake cannot suffer permadeath in online play.
*** Also, Johnny, the character who survives all the way through the main series by being that one incompetent guard that you just can't shoot. By ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4 4]]'', he's on your side.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has [[ShoutOut Biggs]] and [[Franchise/StarWars Wedge]]. They are a couple of reoccurring enemies, in mook uniform, who aren't distinguished from the other mooks very much, besides having names and slightly better stats. You fight them several times, and watch them rise and fall through ranks. They eventually just give up.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has its incarnations of Biggs and Wedge, along with Jessie, as members of [[LaResistance Avalanche]] handling technical tasks while your player characters do the fighting. They are each developed enough to serve as {{Sacrificial Lamb}}s when [[spoiler:Shinra drops the Sector 7 plate of Midgar on the slums beneath it.]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has lots of named {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs with just enough background and emotional value, but the one that sticks out is Botta, the second in command of [[LaResistance the Renegades]]. He starts out one of the first villain characters you see, interestingly, but the plot twists around so far that when he makes a HeroicSacrifice to save the party, many players find it to be a genuine TearJerker.
* ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'' has [[spoiler:your second wingman]] PJ; after [[spoiler:Pixy goes AWOL]], he goes from Crow Team ButtMonkey to [[spoiler:the second Galm 2]], continuing to retain his Gameplay Immortality and now actually able to (very infrequently) help you. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:his GenreBlindness catches up to him when immediately after the Avalon attack he declares that he's going to propose to his girlfriend back at the base... "I even bought flowers!" Then you see a light in the distance, headed your way...]]
* A common occurrance in squad-based tactical combat games like VideoGame/XCom. Players often get quite attached to soldiers who've survived a few encounters (especially in impressive ways or against the odds) and been given names and nice equipment... but of course, they're not that much more robust than a rookie and die all too easily when things go pear-shaped.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', the ''Normandy'' crew are nameless and voiceless, save for Joker, Pressly, Chakwas and Adams. Come ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Pressly is killed in the Collector's attack and is referenced several times by Shepard and other characters. Meanwhile, several members of the ''Normandy'' SR-2's crew are given names and personalities: Ken, Gabby, Gardner, Hawthorne, Patel, Rolston, Goldstein, Hadley and Matthews (as well as Joker and Dr. Chakwas returning from the first game). Every one of them aside from Joker can die in the Suicide Mission, but if some survive you can wander the ''Normandy'' and listen to them mourning the loss of their friends.
** [[spoiler:Kal'Reegar]] in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' gets killed off-screen. This took a great many fans by surprise, as he was a rather popular and well-liked character. However, this was apparently due to [[spoiler: Creator/AdamBaldwin]] being [[RealLifeWritesThePlot unable to reprise the role]].
** The N7 personnel you play as during multiplayer missions are easy to get attached to and start coming up with names and backstories for, despite the fact that they're technically random side persons with nothing but a name who can and will die frequently when you miss an extraction shuttle.
* Daveth and Ser Jory in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. Mhairi in ''[[ExpansionPack Awakening]]''. And depending on choices made, Bethany/Carver in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''.
* [[spoiler: Every hero not named Johnny, Sonya, or Raiden]] in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''.
* Hadrin in Gauldoth's campaign in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic 4''. Gauldoth, a necromancer, kills him and resurrects him as a zombie to act as an emissary during negotiations with a vampire warlord. While Gauldoth initially intended for him to be disposable, when Hadrin returns from negotiations missing an arm but with tactical information on the vampire, Gauldoth takes the trouble to learn his name and employs him as a bodyguard.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', Mike the helicopter pilot. He was named as Mike, Leon seemed pretty beat up about his death, and he was actually effective air support. Of course, he did [[IfWeGetThroughThis make the dreaded promise of going to get drinks]].
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has marines Chips Dubbo and Pete Stacker, the former being extremely recognizable by his Australian accent, who both survive to the ending of ''Halo 3''. Not to mention BadassNormal Sergeant Johnson, who in the first game was likely meant to be a RedShirt. Then Bungie realized [[EnsembleDarkhorse how much people liked him]], and a {{Retcon}} in the sequel novel ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'' got him off Halo.
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* Wonderfully used in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0472.html this]] ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' comic, where two soldiers save themselves from dying as part of the city's RedshirtArmy by [[NominalImportance saying their names]]. One of them even keeps his ''last'' name in reserve to potentially save himself from another life-threatening situation. In fact, the two of them later become major supporting characters.
** Also, in the same battle, the remaining members of the Sapphire Guard become Mauve Shirts, particularly Lien and O-Chul, while the rest are wiped out.
** In Haley's [[LaResistance Resistance group]], Thanh, Isamu, and Niu were introduced and developed slightly. Isamu ended up (un)dying, and Thanh and Niu now lead the Resistance.
*** [[spoiler: And now Niu's the SoleSurvivor of the wiped-out Resistance, which included not only Thanh, but also a bunch of Elven characters who fell just short of the requirements for this trope (they died before getting names, making them {{Red Shirt}}s instead).]]
** Some people on the Giant's forums have attempted to make their own: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0432.html That Guy with a Halberd]].
** Subverted with a one Solt Lorkyurg who was a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0539.html gnome traveler in comic 539]] who met Haley and the group when traveling to Azure City. He's dead to show Belkar's impulsiveness and cruelty.
** On the villain's side there's [[MookLieutenant Jirix]] one of the only Hobgoblins to get a proper name and some characterization. [[spoiler: He's also the only member of the team who was introduced outside StartOfDarkness to still be alive in the present]]. He's able to distinguish himself from the other Hobgoblin clerics with his different colored uniform.
* As the body count rises during the siege of Gobwin Knob in ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'', Dora, and then Webinar are quickly added to the list. Misty, the Lookamancer who helped Parson with one of his plans, and Jaclyn, the only named Archon, both end up [[NeverSayDie croaked]].
* Nick and Shep in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' are {{lampshade|Hanging}}d as {{Red Shirt}}s by the narrator in their first appearance, and quickly prove the narrator wrong, followed by becoming ThoseTwoGuys in the mercenary unit. Shep even lasts to reach a successful retirement.
** Not to mention John ''[[SdrawkcabName Der Trihs]]'', wearing a red shirt per his rank Lieutenant/Lieutenant commander, often getting shot/blown/cut up but still surviving.
** The company's first doctor isn't so lucky, and so fits right in here. Ironically, just a few strips before his death he was lampshading Nick and Shep's red shirt status.
** Shv'uu may also qualify, I don't think he ever quite got gold-shirt status, but he was well into the mauve.
* Bert from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' was originally a one-off gag character, but was given a larger role during the "[[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=000626 KITTEN]]" storyline. Of the dozen plus supporting characters in that StoryArc, he was one of only four to survive. He went on to become a recurring character ... until "[[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=021021 KITTEN II]]" finished what the original couldn't. He did get to [[BackFromTheDead come back]] as a [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=030226 ghost]], though.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' offers Sergeant Scorp of the Baron's Vespiary Squad, a CoolOldGuy in every sense of the term and possibly the least [[MadScientist mad]] character in the entire series.
* Goldie from ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes''. Most of one chapter involves Jane Mighty explaining how Goldie was her [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=124081 mentor]], [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=132973 teammate]], and [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=136045 all-around bff]]. Then, just as the readers get to know her, she gets StuffedIntoTheFridge by their [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder backstabbing boss]], which resulting in a MistreatmentInducedBetrayal.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', the survivors of the fight in Brassmoon City. Namely, the hobgoblin (Scrole), the kobold (Takn), the ogre-kobold duo (Pan & Yala) and that female creature that's creature type is yet unknown (fan-named Dorky or Undorky).
* Webcomic/BobAndGeorge [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/050102c Poor Mike.]] The title character doesn't want to risk his life for some piddling secondary character and is unmoved by tears.
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* Most of the recurring public domain characters in ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' are this. Examples are Neville Ivers, Cobalt Squad, Wayne Anthony, PFC Reynolds...
* Steven from ''AudioPlay/WereAlive'' stepped out of the background to become something of a RedHerring for TheMole in season 2 only to be killed off with the rest of the [[RedShirt Red Shirts]] in "The Harder They Fall"
* ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' caused this to happen to Phelous due to, of all things, a conflict of interest. He acted in the belief that {{Red Shirt}}s were important, a la ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' while Paw believes that Red Shirts are...Red Shirts. Turns out they're ''both'' right. Phelous does die, but keeps coming back to life due to the conflicting beliefs. Eventually, he just learns to dodge everything trying to kill him.
* The radio station in ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' employs interns who are [[RedShirt usually introduced and killed off (or permanently disappeared) within a single episode]]. The longest-surviving intern to date is [[ActionGirl Dana]] (or her doppelganger), who survives the sandstorm by killing her double, then goes on to survive entering the forbidden Dog Park (and narrating her deeds to Cecil), although she suffers from hunger after becoming trapped within.
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* Deconstructed and [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' Two of the Monarch's {{Mooks}}, #21 and #24, become {{Red Herring Shirt}}s due to their continued survival and regular appearances. After scores of {{Red Shirt}}s have died around them, they start to get GenreSavvy and assume that they've got as much PlotArmor as the main characters. In the third season finale, however, [[spoiler:#24 dies in an explosion, causing his scorched skull to land in 21's arms. His burning skull now carries his soul. #21 vows revenge and eventually becomes the #1 mook, but out of respect to his friend, he demands to keep his number as #21. [[CharacterDevelopment Much later down the line]], #21 survives the series long enough to pull a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* Most of the Klokateers on ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' die brutal deaths the moment we see them on screens. It doesn't help that they are FacelessGoons and look identical. There is one exception though, a midget Klokateer who won Murderface's diamond encrusted codpiece during employee appreciation day. This Klokateer is often seen in later episodes, sporting his prized codpiece.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'''s ''Franchise/StarTrek'' [[WhereNoParodyHasGoneBefore parody]] episode, "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E11WhereNoFanHasGoneBefore Where No Fan Has Gone Before]]". When the crew meets the cast of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', they are introduced to 'Welshie', a guy who joined the cast in the twenty-two hundreds. He is almost immediately killed off. On the other hand, the ''[[RealitySubtext real]]'' reason he was there was James Doohan having refused to take part in the episode. It's also made funnier by the fact that even dead, Welshie is still the target of rage-induced killing mind-blasts.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' Helen's friend (and former pilot) Snog was originally going to be the pilot of the plane to Syndrome's island and was to have been killed when it was shot down (in the commentary, Brad Bird even said that they needed to have a character who had enough characterisation for the audience to sympathise with who could then be killed off to show the seriousness of the situation), but it was ultimately decided the scene would be better if Helen was the pilot. At least partially because they realized the fact that Syndrome was ready, willing, and able to destroy a plane that carried ''children'' more or less drove it home that the situation was grim.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'': The unnamed Clone commander, he's always distinguishable by wearing red (He's on the show's page image). [[AllThereInTheManual The manual]] lists his name as Fordo.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': Any Clonetrooper given a name other than Captain Rex or Commander Cody who survives more than one minute on-screen.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' has Jean and Paul, the [[ManlyGay gay couple]] (as of season 2, they're married). They were StarCrossedLovers [[Theatre/WestSideStory from rival gangs]] who terrorized Superjail for years. Their tryst united the two gangs and brought peace to Superjail, so the balance of prison society hangs on their relationship. Their survival is also ensured because they're the former leaders of the two most brutal gangs in Superjail means that the inmates wouldn't dare fuck with them.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'': There are numerous unimportant heroes and villains who appear, and have some lines in every episode. [[spoiler: Many of the villainous ones, like Shade, Weather Wizard, and Copperhead were killed when Killer Frost froze them and Darkseid blew them up.]] Characters like Evil Star, Atomic Skull and Heatwave barely did anything until the final episodes where they are [[spoiler:some of the few villains to survive Darkseid.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Kent Nelson in the first season and [[spoiler: Aquagirl]] and [[spoiler: Marie Logan]] in the second season. Got about an episode's worth of character development-- just enough to give their deaths an impact, especially in a low-death setting.
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'': Captain Calan is the most prominent, usually informing the protagonists, carrying out the missions, and leading TheCavalry, even in season 3 [[spoiler: he's still around, serving as a mole in Providence for the heroes when they defect.]] The Second most common is Beasly, a providence agent who's appeared thrice and his partner Wade, who only appeared twice. Kenwyn and several other unmasked providence agents also share this role. On the Villains side there's I-Bol and the Bouncer, two recurring non-speaking EVO creatures who usually serve some purpose, whether to hack/monitor or guard.
* Westernanimation/TheLegendOfKorra: Officer Song, one of the few Metalbending officers who's named in story. He's known for getting slammed into a wall Korra made of Ice, and tackled by Bolin. Other than that he often appears in the background of most scenes, from press conferences, to Equalist confrontations, to being present with Lin and Raiko [[spoiler:when the Unaloq Vaatu creature attacks]].
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* Parodied by Ed The Bit Part Demon ''Franchise/EvilDead: TheMusical''.
-->'''Ed:''' I'm that guy you see in every horror flick/You probably don't remember me, I come and go too quick
-->'''Linda (a main character):''' We've listened to you talk for the past two minutes! You said a whole lot just now, just you! Aw, you're not a bit part demon any more, you're a lead player! A ''star!''
-->'''Ed:''' You're right! Now I see that this thread has been disrupted/I've said more than five words without being inturrupted/I'm a bit part no more, my character's had a swing/Now it's time for this demon to sing, sing, ''singgggggggggggg, I''
-->* gunshot*
-->'''Ash:''' Now you'll have a bit part, in hell!
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* UsefulNotes/SanadaYukimura. He starts out as a normal soldier, pretty much someone [[{{Mooks}} you'd expect to die sooner]]. But he proves to be tougher than expected, surviving lots and lots of dangerous battles, and eventually at the end of the Siege of Osaka, performs a FoeTossingCharge, killing many soldiers with just a few helpers but being heavily wounded and finally declaring to supposedly a random mook... "I am Sanada Yukimura, no doubt an adversary quite worthy of yourselves, but I am too tired to fight any longer. Go on, take my head as your trophy." It's no wonder that due to his record and his [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome charge]], Ieyasu honors him as ''Japan's Number One Soldier''.
** According to one source, he performed the foe-tossing charge many times, getting pushed back at the last possible second, almost getting to UsefulNotes/TokugawaIeyasu's face.
** It was the final charge that was his most successful. In the final charge, he and his bodyguards made it all the way to Ieyasu's basecamp, where Yukimura was able to wound Tokugawa right above his kidney with his spear. Had Yukimura's spear been an inch or so down, the trauma to Ieyasu's kidney would have caused the Shogun to hemorrhage to death, which might have changed the course of Japanese history as we know it.
* Crispus Attucks, the first man to be killed in the Boston Massacre. He became a martyr of the American Revolution and later on (due to his mixed-race heritage) an icon of Abolitionism. (And the god of ''VideoGame/BarkleyShutUpAndJamGaiden''.)
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