"I'm not even supposed to be here. I'm just 'Crewman Number Six'. I'm expendable. I'm the guy in the episode who dies to prove how serious the situation is! I've gotta get outta here!"
— Guy Fleegman, Galaxy Quest
I sense something... As if a bit part cried out in terror and was suddenly silenced.
— SFDebris, Star Trek: First Contact
"An Imperial Stormtrooper fired at a Redshirt. He missed, and the Redshirt died anyway"
— Old internet joke
Um... Kirk? Not to bother you with trivial details or anything, but do you remember those two Redshirts still on Troyaikman? You know, the ones you tried to beam up when you didn't know the ship had left orbit? Just out of curiosity, any plans to go back for them anytime soon? No? Oh well. I guess it's all in a day's work when you're a Redshirt.
—The Agony Booth, "And the Children Shall Lead..."
And you always knew, if any of the main cast beamed down, they were all coming back. But if there was a new bloke beaming down with them... you got really worried about the new bloke. Especially if he was wearing a red jumper...
He's courageous, brave, and dangerously strong! / But he won't be around for very long! / 'cause his platoon gets blown away! / So let us pray for Soldier A!
Felger: You are not going to die, Coombs.
Coombs: Oh, come on, Felger! We might as well be wearing red shirts!
—Stargate SG-1, "The Other Guys"
"Aliens take over facility. Marines get sent in to take care of it in the same way that bits of bread get sent into ponds to take care of the ducks."
—Yahtzee Croshaw, Zero Punctuation
"I often think about how people like us always tend to be weak foils to stars like you in fiction. Whenever the supernatural protagonist appeared, we'd always be lying in a puddle of blood, just to emphasize the strength of the opponent. That's fine. It just goes to show how powerful people think we are. It's staged, so there's not much we can do."
—Kinnosuke Kuzuhara, Durarara!!
Ensign Newbie: Star Command says it's my lucky red shirt!
Computer: I see they've also given you brown pants to go with that red shirt.
Computer: Just gratuitous foreshadowing...
— Alien Adventure by John Freda.
Boone: You ever watch Star Trek?
Locke: Not really.
Boone: The crew guys that would go down to the planet with the main guys — the captain and the guy with the pointy ears? They always wore red shirts and they always got killed.
Locke: Sounds like a piss-poor captain.
Under no circumstances are you to jeopardize your life or your ship. The life of your companion, however, is absolutely and thoroughly expendable.
"They wouldn't characterize this many NPCs if they weren't gonna pick them off like After Eight mints."
—Yahtzee Croshaw, Zero Punctuation
"Working for the Field
Projects Division is messy business. It isn’t pleasant, and
it’s very easy to get dead. Hence, the conspiracy requires
quite a lot of cannon fodder—it may seem cliché, but not
everybody is expected to return, and Cheiron prepares for
that inevitability by stocking its FPD cells with a high volume
"You'll be expendable
You will wear red and be expendable
For getting dead, you are dependable
In fact you are the perfect guy
If shields are down or we blow a warp core
It's almost guaranteed you're gonna fry!
I was killed by Gary Mitchell with his psychic powers
I was eaten by a salt vampire
I was pushed over a cliff by an enormous, ugly android
I was killed by a creature called a Gorn
The bridge crew is invincible
But I'm not impervious
To the deadly creatures we meet out there
— "Red Shirt's Lament", No-Win Scenario
"Everyone makes it to cover but the redshirt. Ouch. I mean, death by replicated shooty ball thing. What a way to go."
Ironfist: It was never gonna be Perceptor, was it? Or Springer or Impactor or Kup, if they were here. No, it was always going to be one of us-the second stringers.
Pyro: Yeah, just because we're not famous-not Ark-worthy-one of us has to bite the bullet...
"When did you transfer into Science out of Security?"
"I didn't. I just started taking blue uniforms from the laundry."
"Trust me, kid. The red shirts will get you killed every time."
— This Ain't Star Trek XXX 3
Dalek Sec: Which of you is least important?
Rose: What's that supposed to mean?
Sec: Which of you is least important?
Rose: No, we don't work like that. None of us.
Sec: Designate the least important!
— Doctor Who, "Doomsday"
Please don't beam me down with Kirk, McCoy and Spock
'Cause if you do, I know that I'll be dead by 1 o'clock
Maybe I'll be vaporized or crushed beneath some granite
Bones will look at Jim and say "I'm just a doctor, dammit."
I'm an extra - on Star Trek
It's my break - on TV
The fourth man in the landing crew
It's the last you'll see of me
— "He's Dead Jim", M.O.D.
Run, minor character, run! Not that it'll do you any good!
Carmen, Spy Kids books, watching a monster movie