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September 16, 2006

The Stormtrooper Effect

The Wikipedia entry for the Stormtrooper effect explains everything.

"The Stormtrooper effect, also called Stormtrooper syndrome, is a cliché phenomenon in works of fiction where minor characters (cannon fodder) are unrealistically ineffective in combat against more important characters."


I HATE that. Whenever I encounter it, I feel the writer is asking me to suspend TOO much.

Is there also a name for the syndrome whereby major characters somehow manage to sustain a massive amount of physical damage and still function at peak combat effectiveness?