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* Parodied in a ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' [[http://www.foxtrot.com/2010/12/12192010/ strip]]:

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** The sequel, ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' has Chekov moved to the position of chief engineer of the ''Enterprise'' due to Scotty's resignation prior to their mission. [[OhCrap The look on his face]] and dramatic music when Kirk tells him to put on a red shirt is a ''priceless'' example of LeaningOnTheFourthWall. [[spoiler:[[RedHerringShirt He doesn't die, but still]]]]. In fact, this trope was {{defied|Trope}} in this film, when Kirk ordered two nameless crewmen to take off their red shirts and change into casual gear for their mission to apprehend John Harrison on Qo'noS. [[spoiler:Both survived an ensuing firefight with Klingons and successfully apprehended Harrison.]]
*** [[FunnyAneurysmMoment Sadly, Anton Yelchin, the actor who played Chekov in the reboot films, died in a car crash]] a month before the release of ''Film/StarTrekBeyond''.

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** The sequel, ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' has Chekov moved to the position of chief engineer of the ''Enterprise'' due to Scotty's resignation prior to their mission. [[OhCrap The look on his face]] and dramatic music when Kirk tells him to put on a red shirt is a ''priceless'' example of LeaningOnTheFourthWall. [[spoiler:[[RedHerringShirt He doesn't die, but still]]]]. In fact, this trope was {{defied|Trope}} in this film, when Kirk ordered two nameless crewmen to take off their red shirts and change into casual gear for their mission to apprehend John Harrison on Qo'noS. [[spoiler:Both survived an ensuing firefight with Klingons and successfully apprehended Harrison.]]
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]] [[FunnyAneurysmMoment Sadly, Anton Yelchin, the actor who played Chekov in the reboot films, died in a car crash]] a month before the release of ''Film/StarTrekBeyond''.



** All in all, Star Trek being the {{Trope Namer|s}} makes this an UnbuiltTrope: Despite some showings of HollywoodTactics, the Federation's [[SpaceMarine land-based military forces are repeatedly shown to be highly competent,]] and rarely are deaths of any magnitude simply [[ForgottenFallenFriend forgotten,]] or simply considered unimportant to the plot. As [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJzQmh9TuqM these]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-_lrf44Gw0 scenes]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIZ3EuvTXFc demonstrate,]] later shows had the nameless background characters averting HollywoodTactics and demonstrating great combat skill and effectiveness, even when very poorly supplied and heavily understaffed.

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** All in all, Star Trek being the {{Trope Namer|s}} makes this an UnbuiltTrope: Despite some showings of HollywoodTactics, the Federation's [[SpaceMarine land-based military forces are repeatedly shown to be highly competent,]] and rarely are deaths of any magnitude simply [[ForgottenFallenFriend forgotten,]] {{forgotten|FallenFriend}}, or simply considered unimportant to the plot. As [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJzQmh9TuqM these]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-_lrf44Gw0 scenes]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIZ3EuvTXFc demonstrate,]] later shows had the nameless background characters averting HollywoodTactics and demonstrating great combat skill and effectiveness, even when very poorly supplied and heavily understaffed.



* ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'':

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* ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'':''Series/Supergirl2015'':



* Wrestling/{{Armageddon}} 2000, Hell in a Cell. Wrestling/TheUndertaker vs. [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] vs. Wrestling/KurtAngle vs. Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin vs. Wrestling/TripleH vs… Wrestling/{{Rikishi}}. Guess who gets chucked off the cell into a flatbed truck?

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* Wrestling/{{Armageddon}} Wrestling/{{Armageddon|Wrestling}} 2000, Hell in a Cell. Wrestling/TheUndertaker vs. [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] vs. Wrestling/KurtAngle vs. Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin vs. Wrestling/TripleH vs… Wrestling/{{Rikishi}}. Guess who gets chucked off the cell into a flatbed truck?



** Anthony Carmine (whose name is a shade of red) is a rookie squadmember who is the only main character to wear a helmet which covers his face. He's also the first squad member to die in the game (and actually one of the only two characters who die), shot in the head by a sniper after the first couple of levels. His Redshirt status was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in "Gears of War 2" by a conversation between Ben Carmine and Dom.

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** Anthony Carmine (whose name is a shade of red) is a rookie squadmember who is the only main character to wear a helmet which covers his face. He's also the first squad member to die in the game (and actually one of the only two characters who die), shot in the head by a sniper after the first couple of levels. His Redshirt status was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in "Gears ''Gears of War 2" 2'' by a conversation between Ben Carmine and Dom.



* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II'': The first two games use a squad system, where your heroes will always be the last of the three or four Space Marines in the squad to die, losses being replenished at a teleporter. The third goes back to individual heroes, though these can be exhanged for EliteMooks that cost nothing to replace at a teleporter.

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* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II'': The first two games use a squad system, where your heroes will always be the last of the three or four Space Marines in the squad to die, losses being replenished at a teleporter. The third goes back to individual heroes, though these can be exhanged exchanged for EliteMooks that cost nothing to replace at a teleporter.



* ''Webcomic/CoffinComics'': [[http://http://coffin-comics.jesterbrand.com/2007/02/27/red-shirt/ The first comic]] uses this as an example of a Warcraft dungeon party gone wrong.

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* ''Webcomic/CoffinComics'': [[http://http://coffin-comics.[[http://coffin-comics.jesterbrand.com/2007/02/27/red-shirt/ The first comic]] uses this as an example of a Warcraft dungeon party gone wrong.



* ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'' [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20081228 strip]] on "[[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering Weatherlight]]" Saga has "Snapper" [=McFipt=]:

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* ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'' [[http://www.[[http://web.archive.org/web/20150428205728/http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20081228 strip]] on "[[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering Weatherlight]]" Saga has "Snapper" [=McFipt=]:



* [[http://www.glarkware.com/adult/expendable This shirt, too.]]



* Parodied [[http://chzsetphaserstolol.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/sci-fi-fantasy-untitled8.jpg in this image caption]].
* The ''Website/CollegeHumor'' short ''Jurassic Park Character's Awful Realization'' is explicitly about this, wherein the main cast are arguing over who should distract the ''T. rex'' with a flare. Gennaro (played by the original actor) is elected for this, and accuses the others, "I'm only here to die, aren't I?" The other characters fail to reassure him ("[[BlatantLies You're a very important character!]]") and an argument ensues wherein GenreSavvy Gennaro insists it's unfair to ask the most obviously doomed character to go out there, saying Grant and Ellie are both needed experts, Malcolm is the tension-relieving comic relief, and Tim and Lex [[InfantImmortality are kids]], and he's simply "[[AcceptableTargets the lawyer]]." The others try and convince him maybe he's a MauveShirt instead. [[spoiler:Malcolm ultimately [[KickTheDog tosses him out of the Explorer]] and after a failed attempt to persuade the ''T. rex'' he's plot relevant by saying [[BlatantLies he's Tim and Lex's real father]], he gets nommed.]]

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* Parodied [[http://chzsetphaserstolol.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/sci-fi-fantasy-untitled8.jpg in this image caption]].
* The ''Website/CollegeHumor'' short ''Jurassic Park Character's Awful Realization'' is explicitly about this, wherein the main cast are arguing over who should distract the ''T. rex'' with a flare. Gennaro (played by the original actor) is elected for this, and accuses the others, "I'm only here to die, aren't I?" The other characters fail to reassure him ("[[BlatantLies You're a very important character!]]") and an argument ensues wherein GenreSavvy Gennaro insists it's unfair to ask the most obviously doomed character to go out there, saying Grant and Ellie are both needed experts, Malcolm is the tension-relieving comic relief, and Tim and Lex [[InfantImmortality [[ImprobableInfantSurvival are kids]], and he's simply "[[AcceptableTargets the lawyer]]." The others try and convince him maybe he's a MauveShirt instead. [[spoiler:Malcolm ultimately [[KickTheDog tosses him out of the Explorer]] and after a failed attempt to persuade the ''T. rex'' he's plot relevant by saying [[BlatantLies he's Tim and Lex's real father]], he gets nommed.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''
** The Redshirt gets his revenge in a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' sketch. When the crew teleported down to a planet to survive the ''Enterprise'' exploding, the crew reasons that to survive [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty one of them must be sacrificed as food]]. [[http://video.adultswim.com/robot-chicken/no-power.html Obviously they choose the Red Shirt first]], but the Redshirt tells them off by saying "On behalf of all the redshirts that fell before me, it makes me very very proud to speak the following sentence... I'm the only one that brought a gun." He proceeds to kill and eat them all.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''
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** The Redshirt gets his revenge in a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' sketch. When the crew teleported down to a planet to survive the ''Enterprise'' exploding, the crew reasons that to survive [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty one of them must be sacrificed as food]]. [[http://video.adultswim.com/robot-chicken/no-power.html [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruwxZfiC9dI Obviously they choose the Red Shirt first]], but the Redshirt tells them off by saying "On behalf of all the redshirts that fell before me, it makes me very very proud to speak the following sentence... I'm the only one that brought a gun." He proceeds to kill and eat them all.


** The Commissar's memetic execution ability (shooting a Guardsman for showing cowardice in front of the enemy, refusing to carry out a suicidal order, or commenting that their battle plan suck grox bal-*BLAM*) is used on any member of the squad, targeting Guardsmen without special weapons first, officers and specialists second, [[ObviousRulesPatch and himself never]] despite the undeniable boost in morale this would cause.

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** The Commissar's memetic execution ability (shooting a Guardsman for showing cowardice in front of the enemy, refusing to carry out a suicidal order, or commenting that their battle plan suck grox bal-*BLAM*) is used on any member of the squad, targeting Guardsmen without special weapons first, officers and specialists second, [[ObviousRulesPatch [[ObviousRulePatch and himself never]] despite the undeniable boost in morale this would cause.


* Also, if someone has a [[RedShirtArmy "security team,"]] they will invariably get run over by their protectee's nemesis. The team will similarly be made up of local wrestlers.


* Also, if someone has a "security team," they will invariably get run over by their protectee's nemesis. The team will similarly be made up of local wrestlers.

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* Also, if someone has a [[RedShirtArmy "security team," team,"]] they will invariably get run over by their protectee's nemesis. The team will similarly be made up of local wrestlers.

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* Also, if someone has a "security team," they will invariably get run over by their protectee's nemesis. The team will similarly be made up of local wrestlers.

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* Cliffjumper in ''Film/{{Bumblebee}}'' is a literal example, due to his red color. His only notable scene in the film is being killed at the hands of the movie's main villains, Shatter and Dropkick.


* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': ''There was a guy named Joel]]...Just another face in a ''red'' jumpsuit...They shot him into space!''

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': ''There was a guy named Joel]]...Joel...Just another face in a ''red'' jumpsuit...They shot him into space!''



** This actually gets Deconstructed in a ''Next Generation'' "The Bonding." It begins standardly for a ''Trek'' episode, with an away team exploring mysterious alien ruins, when a booby-trap goes and kills an officer who had just been introduced that episode....then spends most of the remainder of the episode exploring the reactions of the people who knew her, particularly her now orphaned son, and Worf, who led the mission and thus feels responsible. We even get a fascinating bit of philosophy from Data, who questions why people grieve more strongly for those they were close to than those they weren't, pointing out how nobody is grieving ''as'' strongly as when Tasha died. It borders on fourth-wall breaking.

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** This actually One of the reasons a sense of red shirts constantly dying began to accumulate came from certain faces reappearing as extras in the landing parties and seemingly dying over and over again, the most famous for this being [[https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Eddie_Paskey Eddie Paskey]] (Lt. Leslie).
** The trope
gets Deconstructed in a ''Next Generation'' "The Bonding." It begins standardly for a ''Trek'' episode, with an away team exploring mysterious alien ruins, when a booby-trap goes and kills an officer who had just been introduced that episode....then spends most of the remainder of the episode exploring the reactions of the people who knew her, particularly her now orphaned son, and Worf, who led the mission and thus feels responsible. We even get a fascinating bit of philosophy from Data, who questions why people grieve more strongly for those they were close to than those they weren't, pointing out how nobody is grieving ''as'' strongly as when Tasha died. It borders on fourth-wall breaking.


** [[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.



*** Done for shock value when recurring gate-technician, [[spoiler:Peter Grodin]] unexpectedly dies at the end of season one, performing a HeroicSacrifice by remaining behind on the Ancient satellite weapon and taking down a Wraith Hive Ship as [[DyingMomentOfAwesome his final act]].

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*** Done for shock value when recurring gate-technician, gate-technician [[spoiler:Peter Grodin]] unexpectedly dies at the end of season one, performing a HeroicSacrifice by remaining behind on the Ancient satellite weapon and taking down a Wraith Hive Ship as [[DyingMomentOfAwesome his final act]].



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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Soldiers, guardsmen, and warriors on all sides are all either this or {{Mooks}} depending on SympatheticPOV. When Tyrion blows up Davos' crew, are they redshirts or mooks?
** Torrhen Karstark gets no characterization before being killed.
** The poor wildling bastards who head out with ''Film/TheExpendables'' of Westeros (Jon 'the bastard king' Snow, Tormund 'Bear-fucker' Giantsbane, Lord Beric Dondarrion, Thoros of Myr, Jorah 'Lord Friendzone' Mormont, and last but not least, Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane). One of them is killed by a wight Bear, the others torn to shreds by undead soldiers. We raise a glass to you, Wildling Redshirts. We did not know your names, but we will remember your sacrifice.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': Despite it being the {{Trope Namer|s}}, quite a few of the characters that die in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' are blue shirts or gold shirts. The first broadcast episode of the original series ("The Man Trap") has a body count of four minor crewmen, most of whom of course become monster chow shortly after beaming down to the planet. Ironically, the casualties are two blues, a gold and one unknown wearing a hazmat suit. In fact, no red shirt deaths occur until the seventh episode. The dubious honor goes to Crewman Mathews, who is pushed into a bottomless pit in "What Are Little Girls Made Of?". In addition, [[AvertedTrope this trope is completely averted]] in "A Taste of Armageddon": Kirk, Spock, and three redshirts beam down to Eminiar VII where, upon landing, they are sent to be killed. ''All'' of them survive.
** Scotty is one of the few characters to wear a red shirt in the original series, and he's one of the few characters to survive into "Next Generation." He ''does'' get killed once, but [[OnlyMostlyDead he gets better]].
** As Creator/NichelleNichols points out in one of her Creator/MeTV promos, she wore red all the way through the series -- "guess I just wore it better!"
** According to [[http://youtu.be/GRp92HXDlgY?t=1m50s this set of statistics about Star Trek deaths]], red shirt deaths actually ''only'' make up 58% of the deaths. However, since there are so many red shirts, their ''mortality rate'' is actually lower than the yellow shirts' (25 of 239 (about 10.5%) compared to 10 of 55 (about 18%)). In fact, even if you go by 43 being the number of red shirt deaths, the yellow shirts ''still'' have a slightly higher mortality rate.
** All in all, Star Trek being the {{Trope Namer|s}} makes this an UnbuiltTrope: Despite some showings of HollywoodTactics, the Federation's [[SpaceMarine land-based military forces are repeatedly shown to be highly competent,]] and rarely are deaths of any magnitude simply [[ForgottenFallenFriend forgotten,]] or simply considered unimportant to the plot. As [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJzQmh9TuqM these]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-_lrf44Gw0 scenes]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIZ3EuvTXFc demonstrate,]] later shows had the nameless background characters averting HollywoodTactics and demonstrating great combat skill and effectiveness, even when very poorly supplied and heavily understaffed.
** This actually gets Deconstructed in a ''Next Generation'' "The Bonding." It begins standardly for a ''Trek'' episode, with an away team exploring mysterious alien ruins, when a booby-trap goes and kills an officer who had just been introduced that episode....then spends most of the remainder of the episode exploring the reactions of the people who knew her, particularly her now orphaned son, and Worf, who led the mission and thus feels responsible. We even get a fascinating bit of philosophy from Data, who questions why people grieve more strongly for those they were close to than those they weren't, pointing out how nobody is grieving ''as'' strongly as when Tasha died. It borders on fourth-wall breaking.
** Subverted in the episode "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad" in ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' when Harry Mudd [[spoiler:once again takes control of the Discovery]], and shows off some experimental weaponized dark matter while he lists his demands. He warns no one to attempt to become a hero, as an unnamed officer attempts to tackle him. Harry sees it coming however and talks him down, calling him "random communications officer man". While Mudd was about to demonstrate the dark matter on this officer, he instead demonstrates it on Lieutenant Tyler.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Soldiers, guardsmen, and warriors on all sides are all either this or {{Mooks}} depending on SympatheticPOV. When Tyrion blows up Davos' crew, are they redshirts or mooks?
** Torrhen Karstark gets no characterization
CrimeAndPunishmentSeries: The newly deceased Redshirt often only has [[{{Retirony}} one week left to go before being killed.
** The poor wildling bastards who head out with ''Film/TheExpendables'' of Westeros (Jon 'the bastard king' Snow, Tormund 'Bear-fucker' Giantsbane, Lord Beric Dondarrion, Thoros of Myr, Jorah 'Lord Friendzone' Mormont, and last but not least, Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane). One of them is killed by a wight Bear,
retirement]]. At the others torn to shreds by undead soldiers. We raise opposite end of a glass to you, Wildling Redshirts. We did not know your names, but we will remember your sacrifice.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': Despite it being
career-span, the {{Trope Namer|s}}, quite a few of the characters that die in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' are blue shirts or gold shirts. The first broadcast ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode of the original series ("The Man Trap") has a body count of four minor crewmen, most of whom of course become monster chow shortly after beaming down to the planet. Ironically, the casualties are two blues, a gold and one unknown wearing a hazmat suit. In fact, no red shirt deaths occur until the seventh episode. The dubious honor goes to Crewman Mathews, who is pushed into a bottomless pit in "What Are Little Girls Made Of?". In addition, [[AvertedTrope this trope is completely averted]] in "A Taste of Armageddon": Kirk, Spock, and three redshirts beam down to Eminiar VII where, upon landing, they are sent to be killed. ''All'' of them survive.
** Scotty is one of the few characters to wear a red shirt in the original series, and he's one of the few characters to survive into "Next Generation." He ''does'' get killed once, but [[OnlyMostlyDead he gets better]].
** As Creator/NichelleNichols points out in one of her Creator/MeTV promos, she wore red all the way through the series -- "guess I just wore it better!"
** According to [[http://youtu.be/GRp92HXDlgY?t=1m50s this set of statistics about Star Trek deaths]], red shirt deaths actually ''only'' make up 58% of the deaths. However, since there are so many red shirts, their ''mortality rate'' is actually lower than the yellow shirts' (25 of 239 (about 10.5%) compared to 10 of 55 (about 18%)). In fact, even if you go by 43 being the number of red shirt deaths, the yellow shirts ''still'' have a slightly higher mortality rate.
** All in all, Star Trek being the {{Trope Namer|s}} makes this an UnbuiltTrope: Despite some showings of HollywoodTactics, the Federation's [[SpaceMarine land-based military forces are repeatedly shown to be highly competent,]] and rarely are deaths of any magnitude simply [[ForgottenFallenFriend forgotten,]] or simply considered unimportant to the plot. As [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJzQmh9TuqM these]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-_lrf44Gw0 scenes]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIZ3EuvTXFc demonstrate,]] later shows
had the nameless background characters averting HollywoodTactics and demonstrating great combat skill and effectiveness, even when very poorly supplied and heavily understaffed.
** This actually gets Deconstructed in
a ''Next Generation'' "The Bonding." It begins standardly for a ''Trek'' episode, with an away team exploring mysterious alien ruins, when a booby-trap goes and kills an officer Redshirt who had just only been introduced that episode....then spends most of on the remainder of the episode exploring the reactions of the people who knew her, particularly her now orphaned son, and Worf, who led the mission and thus feels responsible. We even get a fascinating bit of philosophy from Data, who questions why people grieve more strongly job for those they were close to than those they weren't, pointing out how nobody is grieving ''as'' strongly as when Tasha died. It borders on fourth-wall breaking.
** Subverted
a week (also done in the episode "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad" in ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' when Harry Mudd [[spoiler:once again takes control of the Discovery]], and shows off some experimental weaponized dark matter while he lists his demands. He warns no one to attempt to become a hero, as an unnamed officer attempts to tackle him. Harry sees it coming however and talks him down, calling him "random communications officer man". While Mudd was about to demonstrate the dark matter on this officer, he instead demonstrates it on Lieutenant Tyler.''Series/TheBill'').
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* CrimeAndPunishmentSeries: The newly deceased Redshirt often only has [[{{Retirony}} one week left to go before retirement]]. At the opposite end of a career-span, the first ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode had a Redshirt who had only been on the job for a week (also done in ''Series/TheBill'').



** In the episode "Resurrection of the Daleks", the two who die in the Daleks' first assault have red hats.
** In "Victory of the Daleks", new Daleks are created with colours according to their rank. Those with the rank of 'Drone' are red. We don't know if this was intentional.

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** In the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E4ResurrectionOfTheDaleks "Resurrection of the Daleks", Daleks"]], the two who die in the Daleks' first assault have red hats.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks", Daleks"]], new Daleks are created with colours according to their rank. Those with the rank of 'Drone' "Drone" are red. We don't know if this was intentional.



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Soldiers, guardsmen, and warriors on all sides are all either this or {{Mooks}} depending on SympatheticPOV. When Tyrion blows up Davos' crew, are they redshirts or mooks?
** Torrhen Karstark gets no characterization before being killed.
** The poor wildling bastards who head out with ''Film/TheExpendables'' of Westeros (Jon 'the bastard king' Snow, Tormund 'Bear-fucker' Giantsbane, Lord Beric Dondarrion, Thoros of Myr, Jorah 'Lord Friendzone' Mormont, and last but not least, Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane). One of them is killed by a wight Bear, the others torn to shreds by undead soldiers. We raise a glass to you, Wildling Redshirts. We did not know your names, but we will remember your sacrifice.



* ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 There was a guy named Joel]]...Just another face in a ''red'' jumpsuit...They shot him into space!''

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* ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 There ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': ''There was a guy named Joel]]...Just another face in a ''red'' jumpsuit...They shot him into space!''



* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Any character who makes their first appearance just as something is discovered is destined to meet a quick demise. The Red shirt du jour is introduced that episode, often by name. As the series' regulars investigate new technology or a recent discovery the newly introduced Red shirts keeping watch get toasted/Wraith-ed/introduced to the MonsterOfTheWeek.
** Averted in "Duet", where Cadman at first ''looks'' like she's going to be set up for this when she gets beamed up by a Wraith along with Rodney. Luckily for her, they manage to shoot the Dart down before it escape through the Stargate. Unluckily for her, their attempt to rematerialise her from the damaged Dart leaves her consciousness ends up trapped [[SplitPersonalityTakeover inside of Rodney]] for most of the episode, before they manage to separate them.
** Done for shock value when recurring gate-technician, [[spoiler:Peter Grodin]] unexpectedly dies at the end of season one, performing a HeroicSacrifice by remaining behind on the Ancient satellite weapon and taking down a Wraith Hive Ship as [[DyingMomentOfAwesome his final act]].
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Several other SG teams were this, particularly SG-11 who were wiped out at least ''twice''.
** This was lampshaded in an episode where a couple of {{Mauve Shirt}}s are trying to rescue SG-1, and one of them says they might as well be wearing red shirts.
** Lt/Capt Laurence Conner is a mixture of this and a DoomMagnet. Whilst serving in SG-9, his commanding officer went insane, proclaimed himself [[AGodAmI a God]] and executed the rest of his team for "heresy". After becoming the leader of SG-11, he was captured along with the rest of his team by the shape-shifting aliens protecting the Salish tribe, while his second mission ended with his entire team being executed by Apophis.
* ''[[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody The Suite Life on Deck]]'': Parodies this in the episode "[[RecycledInSpace Starship Tipton]]". Marcus says something along the lines of "Why do we have to wear these outfits? And the guys in red always get killed." Then a guy in a red shirt opens a hatch and gets sucked into space. Marcus replies "See?"
* ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'':
** The Season 2 episode 9 episode "Supergirl Lives", one of the main characters Winn is on the moon and Winn beats the an alien with a rock and exclaims "I'm not the red shirt! I'm not the red shirt! You're the red shirt!". This references Winn's love for Sci-Fi.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** The Season 5 episode "Good God, Y'All" has a whole ''town'' full of them [[spoiler:divided into thinking that the other side are demons so that Sam and Dean can figure it out and meet War, the Apocalyptic Horseman]].
** In season 6, [[spoiler:Sam]] is called out for using [[spoiler:the sheriff]] who fitted the monsters M.O. as bait to lure out the monster, and lead it back to its nest. In fact the trope was called by name.
** Most episodes start with an until-then-unseen character being killed by the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* ''Series/ToddAndTheBookOfPureEvil'': The student body of Crowley High frequently serves as victims of the user of the Book of Pure Evil (often another Crowley student). {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when [[spoiler:the bodies of three students flayed alive]] are identified using the school's own set of dental records (created for such an occasion).
* ''Series/{{Tremors}}'': In the TV adaptation, nearly every episode starts off with some random construction worker/tourist/passer by getting brutally killed by some monster.
* In ''Series/UltramanLeo'', defense team MAC is this. Whereas most Ultra Series maintain the members of defense teams introduced in the first episode for the entirety of the series, the MAC crew is pretty much nameless and mostly serves to get killed by the MonsterOfTheWeek. Instead, the series focus is placed almost entirely on [[TheHero Gen]], [[TheMentor Dan]], and [[TagalongKid Tohru]].
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Introduces many characters only for them to be killed off by vampires. Often overlaps with BlackDudeDiesFirst, especially in the case of the black boy introduced to Bonnie as a crush, who is promptly killed off.



* ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'':
** ''Series/StargateSG1'':
*** Several other SG teams were this, particularly SG-11 who were wiped out at least ''twice''.
*** This was lampshaded in an episode where a couple of {{Mauve Shirt}}s are trying to rescue SG-1, and one of them says they might as well be wearing red shirts.
*** Lt/Capt Laurence Conner is a mixture of this and a DoomMagnet. Whilst serving in SG-9, his commanding officer went insane, proclaimed himself [[AGodAmI a God]] and executed the rest of his team for "heresy". After becoming the leader of SG-11, he was captured along with the rest of his team by the shape-shifting aliens protecting the Salish tribe, while his second mission ended with his entire team being executed by Apophis.
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Any character who makes their first appearance just as something is discovered is destined to meet a quick demise. The Red shirt du jour is introduced that episode, often by name. As the series' regulars investigate new technology or a recent discovery the newly introduced Red shirts keeping watch get toasted/Wraith-ed/introduced to the MonsterOfTheWeek.
*** Averted in "Duet", where Cadman at first ''looks'' like she's going to be set up for this when she gets beamed up by a Wraith along with Rodney. Luckily for her, they manage to shoot the Dart down before it escape through the Stargate. Unluckily for her, their attempt to rematerialise her from the damaged Dart leaves her consciousness ends up trapped [[SplitPersonalityTakeover inside of Rodney]] for most of the episode, before they manage to separate them.
*** Done for shock value when recurring gate-technician, [[spoiler:Peter Grodin]] unexpectedly dies at the end of season one, performing a HeroicSacrifice by remaining behind on the Ancient satellite weapon and taking down a Wraith Hive Ship as [[DyingMomentOfAwesome his final act]].
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': Despite it being the {{Trope Namer|s}}, quite a few of the characters that die in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' are blue shirts or gold shirts. The first broadcast episode of the original series ("The Man Trap") has a body count of four minor crewmen, most of whom of course become monster chow shortly after beaming down to the planet. Ironically, the casualties are two blues, a gold and one unknown wearing a hazmat suit. In fact, no red shirt deaths occur until the seventh episode. The dubious honor goes to Crewman Mathews, who is pushed into a bottomless pit in "What Are Little Girls Made Of?". In addition, [[AvertedTrope this trope is completely averted]] in "A Taste of Armageddon": Kirk, Spock, and three redshirts beam down to Eminiar VII where, upon landing, they are sent to be killed. ''All'' of them survive.
** Scotty is one of the few characters to wear a red shirt in the original series, and he's one of the few characters to survive into "Next Generation." He ''does'' get killed once, but [[OnlyMostlyDead he gets better]].
** As Creator/NichelleNichols points out in one of her Creator/MeTV promos, she wore red all the way through the series -- "guess I just wore it better!"
** According to [[http://youtu.be/GRp92HXDlgY?t=1m50s this set of statistics about Star Trek deaths]], red shirt deaths actually ''only'' make up 58% of the deaths. However, since there are so many red shirts, their ''mortality rate'' is actually lower than the yellow shirts' (25 of 239 (about 10.5%) compared to 10 of 55 (about 18%)). In fact, even if you go by 43 being the number of red shirt deaths, the yellow shirts ''still'' have a slightly higher mortality rate.
** All in all, Star Trek being the {{Trope Namer|s}} makes this an UnbuiltTrope: Despite some showings of HollywoodTactics, the Federation's [[SpaceMarine land-based military forces are repeatedly shown to be highly competent,]] and rarely are deaths of any magnitude simply [[ForgottenFallenFriend forgotten,]] or simply considered unimportant to the plot. As [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJzQmh9TuqM these]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-_lrf44Gw0 scenes]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIZ3EuvTXFc demonstrate,]] later shows had the nameless background characters averting HollywoodTactics and demonstrating great combat skill and effectiveness, even when very poorly supplied and heavily understaffed.
** This actually gets Deconstructed in a ''Next Generation'' "The Bonding." It begins standardly for a ''Trek'' episode, with an away team exploring mysterious alien ruins, when a booby-trap goes and kills an officer who had just been introduced that episode....then spends most of the remainder of the episode exploring the reactions of the people who knew her, particularly her now orphaned son, and Worf, who led the mission and thus feels responsible. We even get a fascinating bit of philosophy from Data, who questions why people grieve more strongly for those they were close to than those they weren't, pointing out how nobody is grieving ''as'' strongly as when Tasha died. It borders on fourth-wall breaking.
** Subverted in the episode "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad" in ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' when Harry Mudd [[spoiler:once again takes control of the Discovery]], and shows off some experimental weaponized dark matter while he lists his demands. He warns no one to attempt to become a hero, as an unnamed officer attempts to tackle him. Harry sees it coming however and talks him down, calling him "random communications officer man". While Mudd was about to demonstrate the dark matter on this officer, he instead demonstrates it on Lieutenant Tyler.
* ''[[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody The Suite Life on Deck]]'': Parodies this in the episode "[[RecycledInSpace Starship Tipton]]". Marcus says something along the lines of "Why do we have to wear these outfits? And the guys in red always get killed." Then a guy in a red shirt opens a hatch and gets sucked into space. Marcus replies "See?"
* ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'':
** In "Supergirl Lives", one of the main characters, Winn, is on the Moon, and he beats an alien with a rock and exclaims "I'm not the red shirt! I'm not the red shirt! You're the red shirt!" This references Winn's love for Sci-Fi.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** The Season 5 episode "Good God, Y'All" has a whole ''town'' full of them [[spoiler:divided into thinking that the other side are demons so that Sam and Dean can figure it out and meet War, the Apocalyptic Horseman]].
** In season 6, [[spoiler:Sam]] is called out for using [[spoiler:the sheriff]] who fitted the monsters M.O. as bait to lure out the monster, and lead it back to its nest. In fact the trope was called by name.
** Most episodes start with an until-then-unseen character being killed by the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* ''Series/ToddAndTheBookOfPureEvil'': The student body of Crowley High frequently serves as victims of the user of the Book of Pure Evil (often another Crowley student). {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when [[spoiler:the bodies of three students flayed alive]] are identified using the school's own set of dental records (created for such an occasion).
* ''Series/{{Tremors}}'': In the TV adaptation, nearly every episode starts off with some random construction worker/tourist/passer by getting brutally killed by some monster.
* In ''Series/UltramanLeo'', defense team MAC is this. Whereas most Ultra Series maintain the members of defense teams introduced in the first episode for the entirety of the series, the MAC crew is pretty much nameless and mostly serves to get killed by the MonsterOfTheWeek. Instead, the series focus is placed almost entirely on [[TheHero Gen]], [[TheMentor Dan]], and [[TagalongKid Tohru]].
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Introduces many characters only for them to be killed off by vampires. Often overlaps with BlackDudeDiesFirst, especially in the case of the black boy introduced to Bonnie as a crush, who is promptly killed off.



* There is an obscure German rpg based on this trope ''Die unglaubliche Robert Redshirt RPG Show'' (translated: The Incredible Robert Redshirt RPG Show. In it, the players play the production crew of a TV station producing a show (pure fiction or sripted realiy) featuring an actor called Rbert Redshirt. The crew tries to create dangerous situations for RR and then save hin from mortal danger, all in order to increase their viewer ratings.

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* There is an obscure German rpg based on this trope ''Die unglaubliche Robert Redshirt RPG Show'' (translated: The Incredible Robert Redshirt RPG Show. Show). In it, the players play the production crew of a TV station producing a show (pure fiction or sripted realiy) featuring an actor called Rbert Robert Redshirt. The crew tries to create dangerous situations for RR and then save hin from mortal danger, all in order to increase their viewer ratings.



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* A minor setting in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is Kill Team, where a squad of highly trained specialists go up against countless enemies, and they can purchase upgrades. The most useful: Red Shirt, a minor character who, according to the other Kill Team members, is probably going to get killed in a variety of gory ways. Can be averted in that if the Red Shirt survives, [[MauveShirt he becomes a member of the Team]], and upgraded accordingly.

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* A minor setting in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is Kill Team, where a squad of highly trained specialists go up against countless enemies, and they can purchase upgrades. The most useful: Red Shirt, a minor character who, according to the other Kill Team members, is probably going to get killed in a variety of gory ways. Can be averted in that if the Red Shirt survives, [[MauveShirt he becomes a member of the Team]], and upgraded accordingly.


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** A in the SpinOff ''[[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000KillTeam Kill Team]]'', where a squad of highly trained specialists go up against countless enemies, and they can purchase upgrades. The most useful: Red Shirt, a minor character who, according to the other Kill Team members, is probably going to get killed in a variety of gory ways. Can be averted in that if the Red Shirt survives, [[MauveShirt he becomes a member of the Team]], and upgraded accordingly.

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* ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'':
** The Season 2 episode 9 episode "Supergirl Lives", one of the main characters Winn is on the moon and Winn beats the an alien with a rock and exclaims "I'm not the red shirt! I'm not the red shirt! You're the red shirt!". This references Winn's love for Sci-Fi.


* Obviously used in ''Literature/{{Redshirts}}'', as the author named the book itself after this very trope page, though it is deconstructed and subverted all to hell and back.


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* Parodied in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', when Molly is fighting a [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind psychic battle]]. Her Headquarters for the fight is a copy of the classic ''Enterprise'', complete with Kirk!Molly, Spock!Molly, Scotty!Molly, and a (construct) Redshirt!Molly who dies at the first real trouble. Harry is just miffed that she didn't use ''Star Wars''.

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* ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 There was a guy named Joel]]...Just another face in a ''red'' jumpsuit...They shot him into space!''


** According to Wiki/TFWikiDotNet, this happens with Transformers characters that don't have toys in the toyline, in order to [[MerchandiseDriven keep selling toys of the characters that have]]. Though the [[ComicBook/TheTransformers Marvel series]] did subvert this once with the Seacons, the most recent [[CombiningMecha combiner team]], getting introduced and killed off in a span of four issues, even though they were still on the toy shelves.

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** According to Wiki/TFWikiDotNet, across all Transformers media, this happens with Transformers characters that don't have toys in the toyline, in order to [[MerchandiseDriven keep selling toys of the characters that have]]. Though the [[ComicBook/TheTransformers Marvel series]] did subvert this once with the Seacons, the most recent [[CombiningMecha combiner team]], getting introduced and killed off in a span of four issues, even though they were still on the toy shelves.

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