"A small team of ethnically-diverse archaeologists who all seem to be wearing digital clocks on their heads counting down to the point where they are unwittingly made part of someone elses' character development."
"The Mobile Infantry is a group of jarheads who wear plastic armor with morale that would shatter if they saw the Sharks from West Side Story approaching."
"Now you men will only be risking your lives, whilst I will be risking an almost certain Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor."
— Hedley Lamaar, Blazing Saddles
To each of us falls a task, and all the Emperor requires of us Guardsmen is that we stand the line, and we die fighting. It is what we do best: We die standing.
— General Sturnn, Dawn of War: Winter Assault
All of the worlds of the Imperium shall look to their own defense. They shall also look to the defense of the Imperium, and the prosecution of such wars as the Emperor in His wisdom shall decree, according to such requirements as shall be imposed by the Administratum.
To this end, each populated planet shall raise and maintain forces for its defense, and and from its ranks, it shall provide the best of its troops for recruitment into the largest of the Imperium's armies - the Imperial Guard.
— Codex Imperialis, Warhammer 40,000
No-one can fault their bravery. Only their results.
"Observe their troops. Thin fabrics. Exposed skin. Feeble weapons. These are toy soldiers. The playthings of children!"
Last time I had a hot meal was five days ago. Since then my entire platoon has been wiped out. That's why you're here. You're just a bunch of guys in line to get shot so they can bring in a bunch of other guys. See how that works?
— Sgt. David Manning, When Trumpets Fade
You see, the Killbots have a preset kill limit. Knowing this, I sent wave after wave of my own men at them, until they reached their limit and shut down. Kif, show them the medal I won.
— Zapp Brannigan, Futurama
Men, you're lucky men. Soon, you'll all be fighting for your planet. Many of you will be dying for your planet. A few of you will be put through a fine mesh screen for your planet. They will be the luckiest of all.
— Zapp Brannigan, Futurama
"The goal of the Imperial Guard is to clog the enemy's barrels with dead bodies."
— Anonymous IG Player, at the Newcastle Games Workshop establishment, while painting a Sentinel.
Magnus: You're the only member of Palutena's army who can carry his own weight. Don't even get me started on the centurions. Yeah, there's a ton of them, but they're all pretty flimsy.
Pit: They're grunts. What do you expect? There's no incentive for them to toughen up — they get revived when they die.
Mercenary #1: Why did s/he say "Slow him/her down"? We're allowed to kill Shepard if we have to, right?
Mercenary #2: S/He said slow him/her down because s/he thinks we're cannon fodder.
Mercenary #1: Oh. Well, shit.
—Mass Effect 3, Citadel DLC