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* 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.


* 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 executed anyway. 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.

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* All D-class personnel of the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' 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.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.


* In honor of the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie, a company released a [[http://www.amazon.com/Star-Trek-Red-Shirt-Cologne/dp/B002E1EAU4 Red Shirt cologne]]. The slogan? "Because Tomorrow May Never Come." The packaging features a red-shirted officer in a set of crosshairs, and a Starfleet security badge with a bullet hole next to it.

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* In honor of the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' ''[[Film/StarTrek2009 Star Trek]]'' movie, a company released a [[http://www.amazon.com/Star-Trek-Red-Shirt-Cologne/dp/B002E1EAU4 Red Shirt cologne]]. The slogan? "Because Tomorrow May Never Come." The packaging features a red-shirted officer in a set of crosshairs, and a Starfleet security badge with a bullet hole next to it.



* Averted in the IDW comic continuation from Film/StarTrek2009, where the Enterprise crew has almost no casualties ever, up until ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''.

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* Averted in the IDW comic continuation from Film/StarTrek2009, ''Film/StarTrek2009'', where the Enterprise crew has almost no casualties ever, up until ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''.



** In the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie, Kirk (in blue) and Sulu (in gold) are accompanied on a drop mission to take out a planetary drill by gung-ho Olson (in red). Guess which one of the trio dies? At first it seems to be a subversion, as he survives [[spoiler:what seems to be the obvious fate of missing the platform and falling to his death from the upper atmosphere of a planet]]. Unfortunately for the poor guy, it's a DoubleSubversion; his final fate actually manages to be fairly spectacular. [[spoiler:His parachute catches on the platform, and he gets vaporized by the drill.]] Of course, [[TooDumbToLive it was his own fault]]. Plus as he was the Chief engineer, he had to die so Scotty could become the Chief Engineer. This was completely intentional, according to the commentary -- Abrams and the writers called this their "red shirt moment".

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** In the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie, ''Film/StarTrek2009'', Kirk (in blue) and Sulu (in gold) are accompanied on a drop mission to take out a planetary drill by gung-ho Olson (in red). Guess which one of the trio dies? At first it seems to be a subversion, as he survives [[spoiler:what seems to be the obvious fate of missing the platform and falling to his death from the upper atmosphere of a planet]]. Unfortunately for the poor guy, it's a DoubleSubversion; his final fate actually manages to be fairly spectacular. [[spoiler:His parachute catches on the platform, and he gets vaporized by the drill.]] Of course, [[TooDumbToLive it was his own fault]]. Plus as he was the Chief engineer, he had to die so Scotty could become the Chief Engineer. This was completely intentional, according to the commentary -- Abrams and the writers called this their "red shirt moment".



** A final point of irony in this quote comes from the fact that J.J. Abrams (the show's co-creator) went on to direct and produce the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie (see above).

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** A final point of irony in this quote comes from the fact that J.J. Abrams Creator/JJAbrams (the show's co-creator) went on to direct and produce the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie ''Film/StarTrek2009'' (see above).



* ''Series/TheOrville'': As it's a SpiritualAdaptation of Franchise/StarTrek (if not a Trek show with SerialNumbersFiledOff), this trope shows up. The Security and Engineering departments wear red, and the first on-screen crewman fatality is one of the engineers. However, the show plays with the trope by actually showing the crewman's funeral, having a scene where TheCaptain is trying to figure out what to say in the letter to the man's next of kin, and the Security Chief [[spoiler:is so shaken by her failure to save him that she purposefully puts herself through a NightmareFuel scenario so that she will be better able to save others later]]; this after making several references to the fact the character had family who were grieving him.

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* ''Series/TheOrville'': As it's a SpiritualAdaptation of Franchise/StarTrek ''Franchise/StarTrek'' (if not a Trek ''Trek'' show with SerialNumbersFiledOff), this trope shows up. The Security and Engineering departments wear red, and the first on-screen crewman fatality is one of the engineers. However, the show plays with the trope by actually showing the crewman's funeral, having a scene where TheCaptain is trying to figure out what to say in the letter to the man's next of kin, and the Security Chief [[spoiler:is so shaken by her failure to save him that she purposefully puts herself through a NightmareFuel scenario so that she will be better able to save others later]]; this after making several references to the fact the character had family who were grieving him.



* ''StarTrekEliteForce'': The game lampshades this by giving the "Redshirt Award" to whoever died the most in a holomatch.

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* ''StarTrekEliteForce'': ''VideoGame/StarTrekEliteForce'': The game lampshades this by giving the "Redshirt Award" to whoever died the most in a holomatch.

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**In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' Generic AL Bheds tend to die en masse at points in the game. Starting with Operation Mi'hen.


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* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Trouble with Trillions", where a man in Moe's we've hardly ever seen before is arrested for admitting to being part of a [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic militia]] which plans to beat up US government officials. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the DVDCommentary.

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* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Trouble with Trillions", where a man in Moe's we've hardly ever Homer's rarely seen before co-worker Charlie is arrested for admitting to being part of a [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic militia]] which plans to beat up US government officials. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the DVDCommentary.



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** The [[GloriousMotherRussia Rocket Red Brigade]] flip back and forth between this and {{Mooks}}, depending on the story. Generally, there's one Rocket Red at a given time [[MauveShirt who has a name and a personality]], and all the others get wiped out en masse. Even the named one has [[CListFodder a good chance of biting it.]] And yes, [[ColorCharacter the name's indicative]]; they wear red and white PowerArmor.

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** The [[GloriousMotherRussia Rocket Red Brigade]] flip back and forth between this and {{Mooks}}, depending on the story. Generally, there's one Rocket Red at a given time [[MauveShirt who has a name and a personality]], and all the others get wiped out en masse. Even the named one has [[CListFodder a good chance of biting it.]] And yes, [[ColorCharacter the name's indicative]]; they wear red and white PowerArmor.PoweredArmor.



** Another IDW ''Star Trek'' comic [[LowerDeckEpisode told from the perspective of a security officer]] justified the trope by observing that more officers in Starfleet wore red uniforms(for engineering, security and ships operations) than both gold(command) and blue(sciences) combined. So statistically the Red Shirts are more likely to die during Starfleet missions.

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** Another IDW ''Star Trek'' comic [[LowerDeckEpisode told from the perspective of a security officer]] justified the trope by observing that more officers in Starfleet wore red uniforms(for uniforms (for engineering, security and ships operations) than both gold(command) and blue(sciences) combined. So statistically the Red Shirts are more likely to die during Starfleet missions.



** ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'': The whole mini-series is basically a ''Transformers'' story told from the viewpoint of a bunch of Red Shirt second stringers. In fact a large part of the characters's portrayals are built around the fact that this trope applies. Pyro fears that he'll die a meaningless death so he's spent most of his life trying to plan the perfect death. Ironfist is basically in complete denial about his role as a Red Shirt until later in the story where he seems to almost quietly accept his perceived unavoidable death. It helps to mention the writers openly referenced the story as "Last Stand of the Wreckers is a story about redshirts." on one of the opening pages of the Hardback copy.

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** ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'': The whole mini-series is basically a ''Transformers'' story told from the viewpoint of a bunch of Red Shirt second stringers. In fact a large part of the characters's characters' portrayals are built around the fact that this trope applies. Pyro fears that he'll die a meaningless death so he's spent most of his life trying to plan the perfect death. Ironfist is basically in complete denial about his role as a Red Shirt until later in the story where he seems to almost quietly accept his perceived unavoidable death. It helps to mention the writers openly referenced the story as "Last Stand of the Wreckers is a story about redshirts." on one of the opening pages of the Hardback copy.



* In the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, we have Comicbook/{{SHIELD}} agents. Pretty much anytime you see one that's not a named character from the comics (Comicbook/NickFury, Comicbook/BlackWidow, Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}}, ect.), there's a good chance they're about to go bye-bye. Even as far back as ''Film/{{Iron Man|1}}'', we had S.H.I.E.L.D. agents getting squished and battered to death by Stane. This is actually a plot point. In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Fury specifically says he created the team because S.H.I.E.L.D. was "Hopeless, hilariously" outgunned by the new wave of superhuman threats.

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* In the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, we have Comicbook/{{SHIELD}} agents. Pretty much anytime you see one that's not a named character from the comics (Comicbook/NickFury, Comicbook/BlackWidow, Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}}, ect.etc.), there's a good chance they're about to go bye-bye. Even as far back as ''Film/{{Iron Man|1}}'', we had S.H.I.E.L.D. agents getting squished and battered to death by Stane. This is actually a plot point. In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Fury specifically says he created the team because S.H.I.E.L.D. was "Hopeless, hilariously" outgunned by the new wave of superhuman threats.



* ''Film/TheMummy1999''. In the end, [[spoiler:the only people who make it out are the four protagonists.]] Jonathan even lampshades this when recruiting an admittedly death-seeking Winston: "Well, everyone else we've bumped into has died, why not you?"

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* ''Film/TheMummy1999''. In the end, [[spoiler:the only people who make it out are the four protagonists.]] protagonists]]. Jonathan even lampshades this when recruiting an admittedly death-seeking Winston: "Well, everyone else we've bumped into has died, why not you?"



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* ProfessionalWrestling: 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?



* 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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* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' when they're planning to break into a museum and after Bojack says one of them might die, the camera pans to Alan the cable guy (who happened to be wearing a red shirt), who they then forced to come along. After being told repeatedly that he's definitely going to die, he's then shot by the police when Creator/MargoMartindale uses him as a human shield but his phone blocked the bullet.


Also note that while this trope was true in a strictly numerical sense (25 crew member died with red shirts on, 10 with gold, and 8 with blue), it is not true in terms of the percentage of red shirts shown. In percentages to total crew, 10 percent of red shirts died, against 18 percent of gold shirts.

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Also note that while this trope was true in a strictly numerical sense for the original Star Trek series (25 crew member died with red shirts on, 10 with gold, and 8 with blue), it is not true in terms of the percentage of red shirts shown. In percentages to total crew, 10 percent of red shirts died, against 18 percent of gold shirts.

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Also note that while this trope was true in a strictly numerical sense (25 crew member died with red shirts on, 10 with gold, and 8 with blue), it is not true in terms of the percentage of red shirts shown. In percentages to total crew, 10 percent of red shirts died, against 18 percent of gold shirts.


* Lampshaded endlessly in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', where MauveShirt Henchmen #21 and #24 repeatedly taunt the previously unseen Henchman #1 for his red shirt status. By the end of the episode, [[spoiler:#1 is beaten to death by Brock Samson, as the GenreSavvy #21 and #24 miraculously escape harm]]. Although, bizarrely enough, [[spoiler:it later turned out that #1 [[NotQuiteDead Wasn't Quite Dead]] after all..]].

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* Lampshaded endlessly in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', where MauveShirt Henchmen #21 and #24 repeatedly taunt the previously unseen Henchman #1 for his red shirt status. By the end of the episode, [[spoiler:#1 #1 is seemingly beaten to death by Brock Samson, as the GenreSavvy #21 and #24 miraculously escape harm]]. Although, bizarrely enough, [[spoiler:it later turned out that #1 [[NotQuiteDead Wasn't Quite Dead]] harm. He's shown to have survived, and tries to make it as a villain on his own under the name Zero, [[spoiler:but fails to escape his red shirt status as his neck is snapped by Brock on Gargantua-2 three seasons after all..]].their previous encounter]].


* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse:'' Rubies are part of the FantasticCasteSystem - HiveCasteSystem that [[TheEmpire the Gem Homeworld]] has for every type of Gem, and their roles are [[LiteralMetaphor LITERAL Red Shirts]], since Rubies are classified as common, disposable soldiers that can be shattered and replaced on a whim.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse:'' Rubies are part of the FantasticCasteSystem - HiveCasteSystem that [[TheEmpire the Gem Homeworld]] has for every type of Gem, and their roles are [[LiteralMetaphor LITERAL Red Shirts]], since Rubies are classified as role is common, disposable soldiers that can be shattered and replaced on a whim.whim. They're even [[LiteralMetaphor literally red]] (as are their shirts).

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** Another IDW ''Star Trek'' comic [[LowerDeckEpisode told from the perspective of a security officer]] justified the trope by observing that more officers in Starfleet wore red uniforms(for engineering, security and ships operations) than both gold(command) and blue(sciences) combined. So statistically the Red Shirts are more likely to die during Starfleet missions.

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