The guards in Bond movies
...get such a raw deal. Here's some minimum-wage schmo that answers a help wanted ad for "night shift security guard" from some reputable-sounding company (Auric Enterprises, SPECTRE Corp, Carver Media, etc).
He's working one night when an alarm goes off and some guy in a tux goes running by, chased by Fred and Tom from the loading dock. So the new guard gives chase, only to be thrown in a piece of machinery while tux guy makes some cute quip?
Who's gonna take care of the guy's wife and kids?
January 30th, 2006 10:15am
Also see: Austin Powers movies.
They're the spy equivalent of Star Trek's Red Shirts.
"Spock, Chekov, and I will investigate the ancient alien artifact. Crewmen Smith, Roberts, and Meecham, you stay here and guard the beam-down point. And puh-lease try and not to get eaten by something this time, OK?"
January 30th, 2006 11:32am
Yeah, or those disposable ninjas in 80's action movies.
I like how they explain it in the Metal Gear games - they're all clones of... you, or your twin brother. Either way, you find out that all the people you killed were your brothers. And in the third metal gear game, they have you face every single person you killed as a ghost. If you killed 400 people, you have to face 400 ghosts, and they share attributes with the real people you killed - uniforms, if they were eaten by vultures the ghost appears with a vultue, etc.
January 30th, 2006 12:41pm