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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E8TheImpossiblePlanet "The Impossible Planet"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E9TheSatanPit "The Satan Pit"]]: There are two base personnel who have no names or lines at all. Unsurprisingly, both of them die.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E8TheImpossiblePlanet "The Impossible Planet"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E9TheSatanPit "The Satan Pit"]]: There We are introduced to Jefferson, a 'Head of Security' who jokes that there is not much to keep secure due to the remote nature of their mission. This makes it all the more blatant that his staff of two base personnel who armed security guards are there for no reason other than to die horribly. They have no names or lines at all. Unsurprisingly, both names, no lines, are never directly acknowledged by any characters other than Jefferson, and are not even named in the list of them die.the dead that the episode ends with, again especially blatant due to the inclusion of the SlaveRace Ood, normally not even considered people, in the roll call.

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** Hell, the idea of NPC redshirts is even a thematic element of the ''Videogame/CallofDuty'' franchise as the massive amounts of friendly [=NPCs=] are meant to reinforce that the player is simply one among many thousands of soldiers engaged in real battles, as a contrast to the Main/OneManArmy that the player character inhabits in other war [=FPSes=]. Gradually, this element diminished as the series went on, with the nameless cannon-fodder [=NPCs=] being there to make you feel comparatively more awesome.

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* Foot soldiers in ''Fanfic/FarceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' are usually referred to as "redshirts." Their survival rate is... poor.

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** [[ThoseTwoGuys Biggs and Wedge]] are a rare ''recurring'' example, thanks to having multiple instances throughout the series. Which tend to not survive showing up onscreen, most notably in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'' (died protecting Ceodore), ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' (died trying to capture an Esper), and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' (died when Shinra dropped the Midgar plate,

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* In ''Manga/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaiba'', the lower ranked Slayers are easily disposable and they die frequently, the setting doesnít even bother stating an exact count of how many active Demon Slayers exists within the Corps, only the elite, the Hashira, are accounted for to be nine members at most when the roster is complete, because even the elite arenít immune to dying, they just donít die frequently.


* Stackpole's ''Comicbook/XWingSeries'' novels tend to use this rather heavily. Any number of members of Rogue Squadron have few lines and no impact on the plot, and quickly get themselves killed in dogfights. Some of them stick around for a surprisingly long time, but they always get killed sooner or later; the characters will mourn and forget about it in about four pages. Notably in ''Isard's Revenge'' the only pilots who actually got killed were the ones who had been introduced specifically for that book. Novels by Creator/AaronAllston in that same series avert this by use of CastOfSnowflakes and MauveShirt.

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* Stackpole's ''Comicbook/XWingSeries'' ''Literature/XWingSeries'' novels tend to use this rather heavily. Any number of members of Rogue Squadron have few lines and no impact on the plot, and quickly get themselves killed in dogfights. Some of them stick around for a surprisingly long time, but they always get killed sooner or later; the characters will mourn and forget about it in about four pages. Notably in ''Isard's Revenge'' the only pilots who actually got killed were the ones who had been introduced specifically for that book. Novels by Creator/AaronAllston in that same series avert this by use of CastOfSnowflakes and MauveShirt.


* The ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' comics started to display this later on. There were complaints after the first several arcs that, while people quit or transferred out, no-one ever died. Promptly someone who'd been there since the beginning and one who'd been around for an arc got killed in ''Requiem for a Rogue'', and in the arc after ''that'' four new pilots were introduced. One instantly immersed himself in a subplot, another took equally little time to establish her status as part of a rather pragmatic {{Proud Warrior Race|Guy}}. The other two failed to do anything but sort of hang around in the background, and by the end of the book those two had been shot down and killed within two pages of each other.

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* The ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' ''ComicBook/XWingRogueSquadron'' comics started to display this later on. There were complaints after the first several arcs that, while people quit or transferred out, no-one ever died. Promptly someone who'd been there since the beginning and one who'd been around for an arc got killed in ''Requiem for a Rogue'', and in the arc after ''that'' four new pilots were introduced. One instantly immersed himself in a subplot, another took equally little time to establish her status as part of a rather pragmatic {{Proud Warrior Race|Guy}}. The other two failed to do anything but sort of hang around in the background, and by the end of the book those two had been shot down and killed within two pages of each other.

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* In ''[[Literature/ChaosSeeds The Land: Forging]]'', a literal example is seen. A wood sprite joins Richter to fight at his side - with specific attention called to his red shirt - only to be killed moments later.


** Faries also play with this a bit in that they can't actually die permanently, making sending them into otherwise suicidal situations feasible. Otherwise, they're at the bottom of the [[FoodChainOfEvil cosmic food chain]], bellow even humans, of which both are targets of [[ToServeMan being eaten]] by youkai.

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** Faries also play with this a bit in that they can't actually die permanently, making sending them into otherwise suicidal situations feasible. Otherwise, they're at the bottom of the [[FoodChainOfEvil cosmic food chain]], bellow below even humans, of which both are targets of [[ToServeMan being eaten]] by youkai.


Contrast PlotArmor.

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PlotArmor and RedHerringShirt.

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': From Season 2 onward, any SHIELD agent not part of the main or recurring cast (and even some who were) doesn't have a very long life expectancy. Even a MauveShirt whose survivability is a RunningGag finally bites it in Season 6!

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* Parodied and averted with Red Five in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersCyberverse''. He has the same design as the generic Autobot soldier, but with a bright red paint job. He's introduced suddenly in "Escape From Earth" with no build up and his starfighter is destroyed shortly after the mission begins. As the mission continues, named character's fighters are destroyed and it's revealed that the starships were unmanned. The whole operation being a distraction and everyone is fine.


* All D-class personnel of the Wiki/SCPFoundation are this. Class D is the designation given to those who handle the more dangerous SCP items, and they tend to be brutally killed en masse. And if they survive to the end of the month, they're supposedly executed anyway[[note]] Though since this is unusually wasteful for the Foundation, it's possible researchers are just told this so that they treat them as expendable[[/note]]. Some of the potential guilt over sacrificing so many people is mitigated by the fact that D-class personnel are either death-row convicts (meaning they are marked for death anyway and probably deserve it) or personnel who screwed up so badly that they got demoted to Class D (meaning a massive breach of ethics and/or causing a containment breach). Needless to say, it gets lampshaded ''a lot''. One of the things that Dr. Bright is no longer allowed to do at the Foundation is swap out D-Class uniforms with red leotards.
-->[[CrossesTheLineTwice "This base was constructed after expending massive amounts of resources and D-Class personnel"]]

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All D-class personnel of the Wiki/SCPFoundation are this. Class D is the designation given to those who handle the more dangerous SCP items, and they tend to be brutally killed en masse. And if they survive to the end of the month, they're supposedly executed anyway[[note]] Though since this is unusually wasteful for the Foundation, it's possible researchers are just told this so that they treat them as expendable[[/note]]. Some of the potential guilt over sacrificing so many people is mitigated by the fact that D-class personnel are either death-row convicts (meaning they are marked for death anyway and probably deserve it) or personnel who screwed up so badly that they got demoted to Class D (meaning a massive breach of ethics and/or causing a containment breach). Needless to say, it gets lampshaded ''a lot''. One of the things that Dr. Bright is no longer allowed to do at the Foundation is swap out D-Class uniforms with red leotards.
** One of the SCPs is a PortalPool that cycles through its destinations whenever someone goes through it. Unfortunately, several of those destinations are near-instantly fatal (several of them are in ''space''), so several D-Class personnel are deliberately sacrificed to send people where they need to go (although they do give the D-Class poison so they won't have to wait ''too'' long).
-->[[CrossesTheLineTwice "This base was constructed after expending massive amounts destination is on a relatively flat section of resources the Sea of Rains on the lunar surface. Through vast expenditure of money and D-Class personnel"]]D-class personnel, a small outpost has been established there, and is considered one of the Foundationís safest locations."]].


This is the [[EvilCounterpart Good Counterpart]] of EvilMinions and {{Mooks}} -- set filler for our heroes' side. Their purpose is almost exclusively to give the writers someone to kill [[SortingAlgorithmOfMortality who isn't a main character]], although they can also serve as [[SpearCarrier Spear Carriers]]. In a series where TheMainCharactersDoEverything, if you suddenly see someone else who you've never seen before involved in the main story, they are probably Redshirts.

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This is the [[EvilCounterpart Good Counterpart]] of EvilMinions and {{Mooks}} -- ó set filler for our heroes' side. Their purpose is almost exclusively to give the writers someone to kill [[SortingAlgorithmOfMortality who isn't a main character]], although they can also serve as [[SpearCarrier Spear Carriers]].{{Spear Carrier}}s. In a series where TheMainCharactersDoEverything, if you suddenly see someone else who you've never seen before involved in the main story, they are probably Redshirts.






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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "Planet of the Dead"]]: The bus driver. The Doctor simply telling the others that they can't go back through the wormhole unprotected wouldn't have the same impact without someone dying to demonstrate it.



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* ''CpmicBook/HuntersHellcats'' would occasionally feature additional, previously unseen, members of the squad who would die during the opening scenes to show how dangerous the current mission was.

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* ''CpmicBook/HuntersHellcats'' ''ComicBook/HuntersHellcats'' would occasionally feature additional, previously unseen, members of the squad who would die during the opening scenes to show how dangerous the current mission was.

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