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There are as many replacements as we want. If we lose them, we can just make new ones.
Russian military never was too sentimental about spending lives. I'm not too sentimental either.
They're mortals. Got to die sometime.
"How tragic! Oh, well— There's more where they came from!"
You're to find Volos in his personal office around the council meeting room. And then, when he is attacked, you are to throw yourself at the enemy in a desperate bid for time so that Volos can escape at the insignificant cost of your lives.
It's standing Nod policy that if a Brother or Sister is wounded in battle, we leave them be until we can recover them safely. No heroics. It'll simply cost us more men trying to recover the wounded in battle, and we've got the manpower to replace the injured if they die in the meantime. If there's three things the Brotherhood has in plentiful supply, those are Tiberium
, and manpower.
Film - Animated
Some of you may die, but it's a sacrifice... I am willing to make.
— Lord Farquadd
addresses his troops, Shrek
Film - Live-Action
Lt. Gonville Bromhead:
Sixty! We've dropped at least sixty! Lt. Josef Adendorff
: That leaves only 3,940.
You are in Wakanda now. Thanos will have nothing but dust, and blood. Proxima Midnight
: We have blood to spare.
Thanos: (being crushed by Scarlet Witch)
Rain fire! Corvus Glaive:
But sire, our troops! Thanos: Just do it!
: Your friends... the others, I apologize, I tried to keep them alive. Riot
: There are more of us. Millions more. They will follow wherever I lead. Drake
: ...Wherever we
: Yes, we
. But first, we must retrieve him.
"We must grind them down. You see, our population is greater than theirs, and their losses are greater than ours. In the end, they will have 5,000 men left and we shall have 10,000 and we shall have won."
It's all a matter of ratios.
— Supreme Commander Savil Fep Lyntor-Sewq
of the Aexe Alliance Forces, reviewing casualty lists, Straight Silver
I don't care who you are. I don't care if you're the Warmaster himself. This is the Imperium of Mankind. We're all of us disposable commodities.
He doesn't care about losses. He'll pile his soldiers against your walls, then walk over their corpses to reach you. They'll come and come and come again and wear you down.
An army is composed of disposable, completely replaceable parts. That is the lesson of the Levenbrech
[Angel and Doyle discuss the Scourge
: An army of pureblooded demons. They have a big hate-on for us mixed heritage types. Very into pedigree. They hunt us down like animals. Angel
: No one fights back? Doyle
: Sure they do. All the time. You can kill them, but these guys believe in what they're doing. They're ready to die for the cause. Angel
: Hard to fight fanatics. Doyle
: More like impossible.
You killed him right and proper. Terrible loss. This man was my good right arm. 'Course, it don't pain me too much; don't need an arm. Got an army.
The guards must hold the tower to the last man. Guard:
We are outnumbered. Unless you aid us we shall all be killed! Aukon:
Then die. That is the purpose
: We're too far from their gates. Their fire... their archers... hundreds will die! Stannis Baratheon
Our best hope is that the enemy kills so many of us, they become slightly depressed.
Here's to the soldiers that march to the wars,
With lovely tin hats, and long woolen drawers
The Colonel says, "Right, lads, over the top,"
Then stands back to watch while the poor buggers drop!
— Alistair Hulett, "Buy Us a Drink"
Some folks inherit star spangled eyes,
Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord,
And when you ask them, "How much should we give?"
Ooh, they only answer More! more! more! yoh.
What a lovely day, yeah we won the war.
May have lost a million men, but we got a million more.
Back to the front.
You will do what I say, when I say
Back to the front.
You will die when I say, you must die
Back to the front.
You coward, you servant, you blind man
"Forward", he cried from the rear
And the front flank died
And the general sat, as the lines on the map
Moved from side to side
What is the greatest weapon that mankind has? The Tank? The Gun? The Fist? No! It is will and will alone that has taken me to this desolate place and it is by my will that this place will be cleansed. It matters not how. If needs must, then we will drown them in our blood. We will crush them beneath the weight of our dead.
What? Don't tell me how many millions we have lost. Tell me what ground we have gained. This is a crucible of attrition, we are forging a new world on the anvil of battle. Send in more men! More Tanks!
Preservation of life for its own sake is not to be commended where sacrifice offers a reasonable chance of gain. Non the less, the purposeless waste of life is equally to be avoided. The loss of trained personnel implies the loss of resources, equipment and knowledge. A true warrior does not belittle his value as a resource. The duty of the commander is to judge what means should be undertaken to achieve each objective. He must be aware of what is to be gained and what may be lost. A commander who places his troops in a position where he may likely lose more than he may likely gain risks more than the lives of his men. He risks far more: he risks failure. Loss is acceptable, failure is not.
[...]Those worthless grunts just haaad to ruin everything. Those sons of glitches had no business draining that water. It's so weaksauce. Protip: These expendable types of lackeys aren't worth the trouble. Cuz then I
have to be the guy to punish them. It's a drag... Gunvolt: You're...! Do human lives mean nothing to you?! Merak:
Whoa man, take a chill pill. You are like, the lamest of the lame... with extra lame on top. Worry about human lives? I can't be bothered with that drivel. All I want is a maxin' relaxin' life. Is that too much to ask for? Gunvolt: ......If that's what you want, allow my lightning to help you with that.
My best men will gladly meet you there, Vault Hunter, to boil you in the juices of their skill! Pickle:
You're creepy, mister! I thought the last ones we killed were your best men! The Bosun:
Nah. We've got more.
These are potatoes Comrade Commissar - why are we using potatoes instead of real grenades? Commissar Letlev:
Because real grenades are valuable! In fact, they are worth a lot more than you!
Pay no heed to casualties, Comrade-Commander; for every Conscript that dies in this glorious crusade, there are a thousand more eager to replace him.
He's unstoppable! No mortal could slaughter our brethren with such ease! Maghda:
Then die well. Lord Belial will reward your sacrifice.
Destroy this one, I'll make MORE! Jin Sakai
: You sent our men to die. Lord Shimura
: They are soldiers.
Hear me, my hordes! The spell is nearly complete! The Demon King returns! Until then, you WILL keep that whelp from interfering with my ritual! I don't care if the lot of you get lodged on the end of his blade! You will buy me the time I need! Do not fear him... Fear my wrath if you fail me!
I say let us carry the genophage with us. Let a thousand children die for every one that lives. We will climb to victory atop a mountain of our dead for that is the krogan way.
: We don't know what will happen. Remember last time- Liquid Ocelot
: I'm willing to make a few sacrifices.
Every problem can be solved with more manpower...
: You recognize any of them Dutch? Dutch Van Der Linde
: Of course not. Colm doesn't give a damn about his men. All he cares about is numbers. If you can shoot a gun, ride a horse, and kill without thought, youre in.
: Sir, how much longer do we have to put up with these amateurs? Blackwatch Officer
: Since your brain can't fathom why the Marines are here, I'll lay it bare. The old man brought them in for two reasons: they're the shock troops, they move in, take the losses, point out the enemy, and we do the cleanup. Second, they're the public face of this occupation. When the city's burned to the ground, they take the fall.
Ever get the feeling you're expendable?
Do the deaths of your soldiers mean so little to you? Are you that mad? Brother-Captain Davian Thule:
Do the deaths of yours mean so much to you, alien? Are you that weak?
One down, thousands
— XCOM Rebel with the "Hard Luck" attitude, upon killing an ADVENT trooper, XCOM 2
If we sacrificed every minion we had, we might take out one
of them. Gil:
That's a terrible plan! Minion:
Thank you, sir! Gil:
There are another twenty
of them! We don't have enough minions! Minion:
"The rest of you without powers or even like modest combat ability? Just- I dunno. Throw your damn torso at the guy. For real, every individual flailing and screaming body is gonna count for something in this goddamn mess." "Sacrificing minions, is there any problem it can't solve?"
[They're] kinda killin' our guys. Freeza:
Oh, we have more of those things back at the ship. It's not like we're losing anything valuable.
Aah! We go through soldiers like copy paper.
Sometimes espatiers will enter hostile spacecraft by way of a Boarding Pod
. This is sort of the ship-to-ship version of a Dropship
. You stuff one or more espatiers into a hollow missile with an armor-piercing nose and shoot it at the enemy ship. Boarding pods are usually guided, except in 40,000 AD
where life is cheap.
— Project RHO
Fire Nation General
: But the 41st is entirely new recruits. How do you expect them to defeat a powerful Earth Kingdom Battalion? Jerkass Fire Nation General
: I don't. They'll be used as a distraction while we'll mount an attack from the rear. What better to use as bait than fresh meat
, you may lead. Inferno:
Royalty, why was I not chosen? Megatron:
, when expecting booby traps... (Quickstrike gets smashed by a trap
) always send the boob in first.
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: We made it through, Kif. How many men did we lose?
Kif: (checks monitor) All of them.
Well, at least they won't have to mourn each other.
You cannot stop me, I spend 30,000 lives a month.
Quantity has a quality of its own.
To keep you is no benefit, to destroy you is no loss.
In [Gen. Alexander] Haig's presence, [Sec. State Henry] Kissinger referred pointedly to military men as "dumb, stupid animals to be used" as pawns for foreign policy... Once when the Air Force was authorized to resume bombing of North Vietnam
, the planes did not fly on certain days because of bad weather. Kissinger assailed Haig. He complained bitterly that the generals had been screaming for the limits to be taken off but that now their pilots were afraid to go up in a little fog.
— Bob Woodward, The Final Days
Russians have a curious but ultimately effective warfare tactic, which is "fuck you, we don't give a shit. CHOKE ON THE BONES OF OUR DEAD."
People who try to commit suicide don't attempt to save them! ...China is such a populous nation, it is not as if we cannot do without a few people.