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* Heavily deconstructed in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6225805/1/The_Measure_of_a_Guard The Measure of a Guard]]'', a short story set in the world of ''VideoGame/FallFromHeaven'', where the ''protagonist'' himself is a mook.
* Kyon averts this trope in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero''. Before fighting 24 {{Mooks}} with Yuki's help he asks her not kill any of them and/after the fight, worried about the battle aftermath on them, he asked her how much they were injured.
* The VillainProtagonist of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' fanfic ''The Council Era'', Tyrin Lieph, completely disregards his own Mooks as expendable. While this is reasonable when it only refers to his Mecha Mooks, later within the storyline, (i.e. The second part, The Krogan Rebellions, tenuously scheduled to start in summer of 2011) [[spoiler: he has completely disregarded the value of the lives of his dezban militia, the Krogan Resistance Movement, and his own devoted Soldiers of Salvation.]]

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* Heavily deconstructed ''Fanfic/FFSIBelieveInYou'': Analyzed and PlayedForDrama. Over the course of his travels, Link cut down hordes of lizalfos, bokoblins and assorted {{Mooks}} with very little thought, assuming them to simply be puppets of the Calamity and little more than animals. Learning that lizalfos are intelligent beings, with their own language, society, personalities and foibles, casts this in a new light and induces feelings of doubt and guilt as he starts to ask himself how accurate his internal categories of "person" and "monster" are, whether any of the other monster races are actually intelligent beings as well, and how much any of this matters when they all try to kill him on sight anyway.
-->''As the Hero, he was supposed to protect the denizens of Hyrule. He thought he knew which races fell into that category. Which ones got saved. Which ones were just monsters. Servants of Ganon. Now, watching Gravelly laughing at whatever High-pitch had said...\\
''He wasn't sure.''
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''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6225805/1/The_Measure_of_a_Guard The Measure of a Guard]]'', a short story set in the world of ''VideoGame/FallFromHeaven'', where Guard]]'': Heavily deconstructed, as the ''protagonist'' himself is a mook.
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* Kyon averts this trope in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero''. ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'': Before fighting 24 {{Mooks}} with Yuki's help he help, Kyon defies this trope and asks her not kill any of them and/after them. After the fight, worried about the battle aftermath on them, he asked asks her how much they were injured.
* ''Fanfic/TheCouncilEra'': The VillainProtagonist of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' fanfic ''The Council Era'', VillainProtagonist, Tyrin Lieph, completely disregards his own Mooks as expendable. While this is reasonable when it only refers to his Mecha Mooks, later within the storyline, (i.e. The second part, The Krogan Rebellions, tenuously scheduled to start in summer of 2011) [[spoiler: he has completely disregarded the value of the lives of his dezban militia, the Krogan Resistance Movement, and his own devoted Soldiers of Salvation.]]

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* In ''WebAnimation/RWBY'', during the train battle in Volume 2, team RWBY happily kills at least a dozen members of the White Fang. Bear in mind: Team RWBY is all under 18 and have presumably never killed sentient beings at this point in time, and the White Fang are a group of Fanaus formed to combat [[FantasticRacism against their kind.]] And Blake [[HeelFaceTurn used to be a member.]] The only other time the heroes unambiguously kill a villain, [[spoiler: Adam, the man behind the White Fang's turn to terrorism, in Volume 6,]] it's taken very seriously and treated as a major point in their character development.

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* Touched on in the Blog/AskBenSolo blog with "[[https://askbensolo.tumblr.com/tagged/stormtrooper-remembrance-day Stormtrooper Remembrance Day]]."


However, there are exceptions that can save a mook. If the mooks [[MookFaceTurn switch sides]] (a rare event), they usually get the benefit of RedemptionEarnsLife; additionally, if they were GoodAllAlong and only doing evil because they had no choice, they have a shot. Also, some works of (generally kid-friendly) fiction explain the heroes used a NonLethalKO on their foes.

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However, there are exceptions that can save a mook. If the mooks [[MookFaceTurn switch sides]] (a rare event), they usually get the benefit of RedemptionEarnsLife; additionally, if they were GoodAllAlong and only doing evil [[PunchClockVillain because they had no choice, choice]], they have a shot. Also, some works of (generally kid-friendly) fiction explain the heroes used a NonLethalKO on their foes.


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Why? Because {{Red Shirt}}s and {{Mooks}} are not generally [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman seen as people]]. After all, they [[NominalImportance lack a name]] and other [[WhatMeasureIsANonUnique distinguishing characteristics]] (sometimes they [[FacelessGoons don't even get a face]]), so they also have [[EmptyShell no identity or soul]].

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Why? Because {{Red Shirt}}s and {{Mooks}} are not generally [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman seen as people]]. After all, they [[NominalImportance lack a name]] and other [[WhatMeasureIsANonUnique distinguishing characteristics]] (sometimes they [[FacelessGoons don't even get a face]]), face]]) as a result of the LawOfConservationOfDetail, so they also have [[EmptyShell no identity or soul]].


Subtrope of ProtagonistCenteredMorality. Compare WhatMeasureIsANonSuper, WhatMeasureIsANonUnique, and WhatMeasureIsANonHuman AMillionIsAStatistic can be this when applied to mooks in large numbers. Contrast ImmortalLifeIsCheap. PayEvilUntoEvil normally goes hand-in-hand with all this mookocide, often with sneers about the way mooks ''will'' go around JustFollowingOrders. BreakoutMookCharacter may be a subversion. See also: SparingTheAces.

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Subtrope of ProtagonistCenteredMorality. Compare WhatMeasureIsANonSuper, WhatMeasureIsANonUnique, and WhatMeasureIsANonHuman WhatMeasureIsANonHuman, the last of which frequently overlaps with this trope. AMillionIsAStatistic can be this when applied to mooks in large numbers. Contrast ImmortalLifeIsCheap. PayEvilUntoEvil normally goes hand-in-hand with all this mookocide, often with sneers about the way mooks ''will'' go around JustFollowingOrders. BreakoutMookCharacter may be a subversion. See also: SparingTheAces.


* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2SpecialEdition'' reveals that one of the {{powerup}}s from Oil Ocean Zone was sapient. His name was Failure Cresh, and he had a thorough backstory involving being born with a ten-ring monitor for a head, and a HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood resulting from this. When the player destroys the monitor, the video pauses for a moment of silence--but it's obvious that the player himself is completely oblivious to the fact that he just killed a person.

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* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2SpecialEdition'' ''WebVideo/SonicTheHedgehog2SpecialEdition'' reveals that one of the {{powerup}}s from Oil Ocean Zone was sapient. His name was Failure Cresh, and he had a thorough backstory involving being born with a ten-ring monitor for a head, and a HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood resulting from this. When the player destroys the monitor, the video pauses for a moment of silence--but it's obvious that the player himself is completely oblivious to the fact that he just killed a person.

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* This trope gets played with in ''Fanfic/RemnantInferisDOOM''. The major villains get no mercy from the Doom Slayer and just as often the mooks are treated the same way (particularly demons and the White Fang), but things start getting dicey later throughout the story in this regard.
** When the Slayer killed several [[spoiler:SDC officers complicate with the company's experiments]], one of them calls out to her children as she dies from being sliced in half. This shocked him to the point [[MercyKill where he shoots her in the head to give her a quick and painless death]].
** While Team RWBY avoids killing many of the guards, Ruby lethally wounds one in a way that horrifies her teammates, and Catrice desperately tries to seal the man's wound closed. Ruby, however, doesn't care. Though after everything settles down and she sees what she did, she breaks down and apologizes for her actions.
** Imps actually subject themselves to this trope. We see in the POV of one that they view their lives as insignificant and that their only purpose for existing is to live and die for the will of the Shadow Lords of Hell.



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* In ''ComicBook/{{Battle}}'', most of enemy soldiers are merely unnamed canon fodder, but some of the Germans get characterisation from early on. The most notable instances occur when Charley goes up against a German platoon while working as a sniper. One guy is even waiting on the news of the birth of his son. They even fraternise during an unofficial Christmas truce.
* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' storyline ''ComicBook/{{Crucible}}'', ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'s team show little concern for the lives of [[TheDragon Roho]]'s villain squad during their second engagement: Comet telekinetically explodes Vax's head, and Maxima kicks an energy knife through Rendll's throat. No one comments on it, not even Supergirl, who should have a big issue with her teammates killing at the drop of hat.
* ''ComicBook/DarkSoulsAgeOfFire'': The entire series leads up to Arkon just being one of many foes the Chosen Undead kills without learning anything about him.

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* ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets'': Joan D'Arcy's bodyguards get a few pages of sympathetic characterization (Lyle is worried about his kids as a result of gang violence, Coop has lung cancer and [[HiredHelpAsFamily gets treated like a relative by Joan]], Lou's quit smoking after Coop got sick and is trying to be supportive of him through his illness), before Remi cuts his way through them to try and kill Joan, failing thanks to their efforts.


A common way to play this for BlackComedy is for the minion/monster to say 'Living is fun!' before the hero runs in and stabs them.

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* [[http://www.maniacworld.com/taming-a-nazi-sniper-with-a-trumpet.html This]].

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* When it comes to state repression, arresting or killing a well-known opposition leader often provokes much more international anger than arresting individual activists, dissidents, and protestors. Keeping some high-level dissidents out of prison also helps the government’s legitimacy by creating an illusion of tolerance. In some authoritarian countries, being a dissident leader is actually safer than being an average person who just happens to disagree with the government.

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