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"In America, you destroy life. In Soviet Russia, life destroys you."
In a given work of fiction featuring one or two token Russians, the Russians tend to get the short end of the stick. Whenever there's suffering to be had, they take the larger ration. Quite often, this isn't played too seriously, but sometimes it can be. They also have a tendency to be The Eeyore, especially in combination with these other elements.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_3'); })The reasons for this trope may originate from what most Westerners assume actual Russians have been through, having lived under an Evil Empirenote in practice it can be even two Evil Empires: both the Tsarist Russia and the USSR are subject to Broken Base among both Russian and Western scholars, but while the former was just a monarchy similar to those in the West that attempted to reform into a democracy (but failed to do this quickly enough to avoid the revolution), the latter was a leftist dictatorship that exploited the monarchy's weakness to seize power; even a third Evil Empire when counting the 1237-1480 Mongol Conquest; thus, any fictional suffering they might endure can't compare to what they've gotten in real life. In short, they're Acceptable Targets through being "overqualified".
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_2'); })Another reason for the trope's popularity in the West is some Russian classical works, particularly Fyodor Dostoevsky, who remains the best-known Russian author among Westerners, and who was really fond of religious traditionalism and the Orthodoxy-inspired idea of "redemption through suffering and penance". Other well-known writers don't exactly break the stereotype either, with works from many late-Tsarist writers (such as Nikolai Gogol or Anton Chekhov) frequently including some mixture of both Tragedy and Black Comedy. However, since collapse of the Soviet state in the 1990s (although the first years after the collapse of the USSR were not happy either), and especially with the emergence of globalization and the digital age the trend seems to be drastically changing: today's Russians have little interest in enduring hardships, preferring to enjoy the luxuries of the global world. Therefore the trope is on its way to becoming a discredited one.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_1'); })It doesn't matter if the given Russian is a hero or a villain - if the plot causes them to suffer more often than not, they are an example. Russian characteristics, if not an explicit Russian background, can also merit inclusion in this trope.
However, this can end up a life's equivalent of The Spartan Way, meaning Mother Russia Makes You Strong.
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In 2012 there are several Russian characters. Let's just say the trope is played straight here. To clarify, there are 5 major Russian characters. Of them, only the two children survive, but they watch their father fall to his death.
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In The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Illya Kuryakin tends to spend a lot of time chained up and tortured. However, in the fourth season it's downplayed as his American partner Napoleon gets tortured more instead. Hell, in one episode it's inverted: an in disguise Illya, in order to maintain his cover, has to torture Napoleon. Fanfiction revolving around this scene still tends to play it straight too.
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The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series...three games about sad Russians being shot to death or turning into mutants, and every ending involves you getting a Hope Spot then dying horribly. Great advertising for the tourist industry!
Technically the game takes place in the Ukraine, not Russia, but it's a meta-assumption by the player much larger than STALKER itself. The Chernobyl Disaster, and nuclear horror in general, is so synonymous with the Soviet Union that most people outside the former Eastern Bloc have no idea that Pripyat isn't actually in Russia.
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StarCraft: Alexei Stukov is the only explicitly Russian character among the Terrans, and yep, he has the worst luck. As he puts it:
However, he eventually gets to be the one to kill Duran/Narud, the being who caused everything bad in his life.
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Iosif Nichayko, head of the Russian counterpart to the B.P.R.D., the Special Science Srvices, has it bad even for a cast facing The End of the World as We Know It. Iosif was a Soviet soldier in 1946 who hoped to get married someday and have kids and grand kids. Instead he died after the submarine he was on sank and he got resurrected as a mindless zombie, guarding a magical suit of armor until his corpse is dragged by to headquarters. He regains his intelligence, imprisons his boss (a malevolent demon) in a bell jar, and takes of the SSS. Then the apocalypse happens, and he has to protect Russia from giant monsters while he former boss taunts him with threats of horrible suffering if she escapes. All the poor guy wants is to finally die but he knows he can't until Russia is safe.
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None of the X-Men have it easy, but Colossus seems to get the shaft even more often than most. Between having each member of his family die horribly one by one, falling in love with an alien woman who sacrificed herself to save him, getting his brother back only to see him sentence himself to eternity in a parallel dimension to protect him from their psychotic ancestor, and seeing the love of his life put herself on a giant space bullet days after they finally consummated their relationship... There's also the time he died, but was then brought back to life so he could be experimented on for two years by a fanatic Blood Knight alien who thought Colossus was going to destroy his planet (which turned out to be a scheme implanted by ANOTHER insane alien who WANTED Colossus to destroy the planet because it was full of Ax-Crazy Absolute Xenophobe types who said second alien felt DESERVED to die, ergo Colossus suffered for the sake of being a pawn). At least he got his girlfriend back...only for her to break up with him because he accepted the powers of the Juggernaut during Fear Itself. Yeah, it sucks to be Colossus...but considering he was a superstrong mutant who ALSO possessed the literal Juggernaut powers, it sucked even MORE for whoever was in front of him should he snap. And then finding out that his little sister intentionally manipulated him into accepting the power of the Juggernaut, just to make him a monster. It's a wonder the "Gentle" part stays with this Gentle Giant at all.
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This is played for laughs in Wristcutters: A Love Story. The second main protagonist, Eugene, is a Russian man who is already suffering in the limbo of the afterlife from having committed suicide. But it turns out that his entire family lives (in a house) with him, meaning every member of his family has offed him or herself. It is implied in the film that this is the only case of an entire family having committed suicide. Yes, the Russian guy suffers most.
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Olga Gurlukovich in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. In Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, the two members of the Cobra Unit - sans of course The Boss - with the most fleshed out and tragic backstories are The Sorrow and The Fury. Guess what nationality both those men have in common?
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While Croatian rather than Russian, a surgical intern in the Scrubs episode 'My Perspective' was a fully qualified surgeon in his home country, but had to start from the bottom as a resident on American soil. He talked of the tragic circumstances in which some of the surgeries he had to perform back in his war torn home took place, which Turk envied for the experience.
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At WrestleMania VI, the Bolsheviks (Volkoff and Boris Zhukov) faced the Hart Foundation. Volkoff started to sing the anthem and the Harts interrupted him and hit him with the Hart Attack for the pin in 19 seconds.
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Pushed to a horrific degree in The Anglo/American – Nazi War . The convergence point in this alternate timeline is Hitler deciding against deploying the Afrika Korps and instead sending the troops and material to Stalingrad, and while this does leave Britain in much better shape, it also results in Stalingrad ending with a Nazi victory; this breaks Russia's back and leads to their defeat by 1943. Most of the Russian population are either exterminated outright or sent into forced labour to slave away in appalling conditions for the Nazi industrial machine, and this fate really isn't very far from what the Nazis planned for the defeated Russians in Real Life. And then once the Allies win the war, things get even worse for the surviving Russians as their country fractures into several warring factions due to the Nazis decapitating their leadership.
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In Cyborg 009, the Russian Ivan/001 has one of the most dramatic backstories from the series. By extension, the same happens to a guy whose country was in the Easten Bloc: Albert/004 who's from East Germany. Disturbingly, they are also the only ones even slightly justifiable in that Black Ghost saved both of their lives. 001 is a baby who never knew life outside of constant experimentation (by his own father, prior to the team's escape. 004... hard to know where to start with him.
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Tezz Volitov of Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 got stuck on a Red Sentient Moon when he was nine years old and was in his late teens by the time he was able to return to Earth. He spent the duration of his ordeal barely scraping by, if his emaciated look is anything to go by.
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Axis Powers Hetalia: Russia himself spends almost all his time tormenting his neighbors and showing Comedic Sociopathy, but a few strips show this is thanks to his brutal history, such as the building of the White Sea Canal and Bloody Sunday.
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Investigator Arkady Renko in the Gorky Park series of books. His first wife cheats on him. He falls in love with a political dissident, ends up fleeing the country to protect her and eventually marries her, only for her to catch a bridge due to a documented penicillin allergy that the nurse at their clinic was too lazy to notice in her records. When he finally decides to end it all, he is interrupted by a would-be hitman sent to kill him and ends up using his instrument of suicide to kill the hitman in self-defense. Dude can't even catch a break when he tries to off himself. This is in addition to the various times he's been arrested, beaten, stabbed, shot at, or nearly frozen to death (more than once!).
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In the thoroughly-scripted XCOM: Enemy Unknown Tutorial Mission, you have a squad of an Argentinian, an American, a Japanese and a Russian. By the end of the mission, you lose everyone except the Argentinian—but the first one to go? The Russian dude. With a point-blank shotgun blast to the chest and a grenade for a good measure.
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In season 3 of Beyblade, Yuriy takes a real beating, worse than any other character besides Kai.
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In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Chekov gets arrested by law enforcement in 1986, and suffers a near-fatal concussion while attempting to escape.
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Dimitri Belikov in the Vampire Academy series. Nothing goes right for him at any point in the plot and even when it does, there's always something negative about the situation to focus on.
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In The Cloverfield Paradox, the most gruesome death is reserved for Russian crewmember Volkov, who gets the space station's almost head-sized gyroscope and a whole tankful of wormsnote grown aboard as a protein source teleported into his body when the Alternate Universe jump happens. He doesn't notice at first, but when he does it's anything but pretty... but very final.
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Played for laughs in an episode of Not Going Out (albeit not technically with a Russian) where the main female character plans to marry an Eastern European car mechanic being threatened with deportation to his conflict wracked native land so he can stay in England. The woman's family and friends strenuously warn her against it but are won over by the mechanic's stories of the suffering (including his family surviving on the milk of a lactating cat when they couldn't afford a pig and his grandma being burnt alive when the fire she fuelled with her wooden leg got out of control). Even the main character and woman's flatmate Lee who has a thing for her and has been working hard to ensure she didn't go through with the marriage is moved to tears and sets up a plan B marrying the mechanic to his accident prone and incompetent cleaner (on the grounds that the mechanic is obviously used to everything he owns being destroyed)
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Armageddon features a Russian cosmonaut who has spent so much time in space alone that he has gone rather mad.
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In From Russia with Love, James Bond is of the opinion that the Russian national character is basically masochistic: "They love the knout. That's why they were so happy under Stalin."
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Pacific Rim: The Russian Jaeger pilots of Cherno Alpha, Aleksis and Sasha Kaidanovsky. While Crimson Typhoon and Striker Eureka have a quick head crush and explosion respectively, the Russian pilots are shown screaming and drowning as two Kaiju tear the Jaeger apart.
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WWE's Aksana is, legitimately, Lithuanian, but, she seems to qualify for this as well. She doesn't win too many matches. There was a 7-on-7 WWE Divas Elimination Match on the November 25, 2013 Raw. Aksana suffered a Wardrobe Malfunction, which WWE was able to keep from airing, and was the first Diva to be eliminated from the match.
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The default Prodigy in Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine is a teenage Russian girl who spent her childhood in Training from Hell, and earns emotion XP by being a Stoic Woobie. Of course, the Russian version is only one option, and it's quite possible to run the Prodigy as "French Vampire Princess Suffers Most" or "Luchador Superhero Suffers Most".
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Seraph of the End: Poor, poor, Mika...
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On Stargate SG-1, most Russians don't end up so well. When SG-1 went on a mission with four Russians, just one of them survived — The Final Girl.
Colonel Chekov suffers the same fate. In its first engagement, Russia's only battle cruiser, commanded by him, gets destroyed by the Ori.
Nearly an entire Russian base is wiped out by sentient water. You're not going to see that happen at the SGC.
And the entirety of the all-Russian SG-4 gets killed in "Metamorphosis."
In "Absolute Power", a power-crazed Daniel has Moscow nuked in what turns out to be a Dream Sequence.
In "Lockdown," Russia tries to pressure newly-promoted O'Neill to let a highly decorated Russian colonel join SG-1. The colonel ends up dying after being possessed by Anubis.
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We don't really see the rest of the world, but the inhabitants of Metro 2033 certainly don't have it easy.
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'Beat me once, shame on me. Beat me twice, also shame on me. Beat me three times? I am sent to my death.'
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In Paladins' champion teasers, Viktor the Russian soldier tends to be killed or seriously injured when he shows up, more than any other champion. He dies so often that fans are surprised when he doesn't die in a teaser.
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In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Chekov's hand gets electrocuted by an exploding console. An early draft had him dying from this. Thankfully, they dropped that.
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Zangief in Street Fighter works hard and enthusiastically and he doesn't even get paid, then subverts it by getting a Heel Realization, switching sides, saving the heroes, and being the only one of M. Bison's Mooks not to be dead, arrested, or on the run.
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It isn't really apparent in the Command & Conquer: Red Alert Series but the Soviets have become something of a Jerkass Woobie lately. Yes they start the wars but even their attitude in doing so is fatalistic. As the Uprising manual explains, their defeat in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 popularised a phrase that amounts to "Hey, we tried". And can you blame them? Between corrupt leaders suffering from Chronic Backstabbing Disorder and getting their asses handed to them by the Allies, they don't really have it easy.
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Mikhail of Lost was beaten up every time he appeared, but always seemed to survive until he was shot with a harpoon and blown up with a grenade. Must've been the Eyepatch of Power.
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In BattleTech, the Tikonov Commonality (and later the Sarna March) is home to a significant percentage of the setting's Russian-descended individuals. To say that this part of space gets the short end of several sticks would be an understatement, due to its largely central location in space between numerous bitter foes. At one point, law and order broke down so badly that it got called the Chaos March instead for almost a decade...and then the Word of Blake Jihad happened, whereupon everything got even worse.
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CollegeHumor made a video, exaggerating the trope. Look at one of the lines below.
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Boris in Balto as the long-suffering sidekick to the eponymous wolf-dog. Lampshaded at one point:
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Walter Koenig called Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan "Star Trek II: Chekov Screams Again", as Chekov gets a Puppeteer Parasite inserted into his ear by Khan.
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Implied in World of Tanks with the food item consumable that improves morale, raising the skill level of the tank crew when used. Other countries get regionally appropriate field luxuries: a case of cola for American crews, chocolate bars for Germans, puddings and tea for the British, good coffee for the French, and so on. What do the Russians get? Extra battlefield rations, depicted as a can of Eastern Front-vintage MREs, notorious for being both unappetizing and in short supply. Even the Chinese at least get improved rations (depicted as potstickers), but the Russians don't get better food, they just get more of what they're already eating. It's still enough to motivate Russian crews to perform even better, and considering circumstances on the Eastern Front, just having more food probably counts as a luxury.
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Snatch. has Boris the Blade, an Uzbekistanian who's captured, run over, and takes an entire Desert Eagle clip to be killed.
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In the first part of season 1 of Daredevil (2015), Russian mobsters Anatoly and Vladimir Ranskahov catch very few breathers. Their efforts to deal with Matt Murdock going after them ends up causing them to unintentionally piss off Wilson Fisk when they intrude on his private life. Fisk personally kills Anatoly by beating him unconscious then decapitating him with a car door, while Vladimir dies a slow Rasputinian Death that ends with him getting shot to death in a blaze of bullets by a corrupt ESU team.
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Similarly, Chekov of Star Trek: The Original Series gets injured. A lot.
In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Chekov's hand gets electrocuted by an exploding console. An early draft had him dying from this. Thankfully, they dropped that.
Walter Koenig called Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan "Star Trek II: Chekov Screams Again", as Chekov gets a Puppeteer Parasite inserted into his ear by Khan.
In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Chekov gets arrested by law enforcement in 1986, and suffers a near-fatal concussion while attempting to escape.
In "The Deadly Years", Chekov is the only one of the landing party who doesn't fall prey to the aging disease, which would seem to be a good thing. However, what it really means is that he's forced to go through numerous painful and annoying tests so McCoy can figure out why he wasn't affected.
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Russia is statistically the second-most likely power to be eliminated in Diplomacy, despite (or more probably because of) starting the game with one more unit than anyone else.
They get it coming and going. They're often targetted because they start with four units, but their position is actually weak becasue their Baltic fleet and Black Sea fleet are separated and completely unable to support each other, which is why they get four units.
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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol: the Russians get hit really hard when the Kremlin was destroyed, while later the team was able to stop a nuclear attack on San Francisco. In the meantime, the Russian agents after Ethan get their butts kicked by him, until they realize they're on the same side at the end.
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The recurring character of Olya Povlatsky on Saturday Night Live, played by Kate McKinnon as a Russian peasant woman who, among other things, has compared District 12 to her village's wealthy neighborhood and has described her World War III drill as running out into a field and begging for the bomb to kill her.
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In Empire: Total War, this is the national trait for Generals in the Russian faction.
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Subverted in Twilight of the Red Tsar. While the USSR does go down the toilet under a paralyzed and senile Joseph Stalin, China under Mao Zedong suffers even more. First when an earlier Sino-Soviet split pushes Mao into jump starting an earlier Great Leap Forward, causing widespread famine, and later, when a war breaks out between Russia and China, with the former unleashing bio-weapons, nukes, and massacres on the latter. Life in Russia's satellite states gets so bad, that armed revolts break out in the years after Stalin's death.
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Dawn of the Dead (2004): Luda is a Russian woman in the middle of the zombie apocalypse while pregnant no less. No points for guessing what happens to her: she gets bitten by a zombie, dies in labor and both her and her child turn into zombies, with the others being forced to put them down. She practically has an "imminent misery" sign written on her.
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He had turned face in 1990, significantly over a year before the fall of the Soviet Union, and stayed that way until he left in 1992. He came back in 1994, and it was explained that he was low on money due to the collapse of the Soviet Union and thus he had to become "The Million-Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase's "property."
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In the Metal Gear Solid 3 Fan Webcomic The Cobra Days, though there are three Russians, the Sorrow, who speaks broken English for the first story arc and is most obviously Russian, suffers at the hands of the series creator who admitted herself that she enjoys seeing him get hurt. In almost every strip, he is either hurt or sporting an injury from a previous strip. This was even going to continue past where the series stopped, and during her finale video, she showed an image where the Fear had been beaten for being a Catholic Gypsy. The soldiers in the background were holding a badly-injured Sorrow, and the creator said that she couldn't remember why they'd beaten the Sorrow but assumed it was just for fun.
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Unintentionally evoked by Russia's 2010(?) entry to the Eurovision Song Contest by Peter Nalitch and Friends: Lost and Forgotten, an anthem of Russian melancholy and despair.
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Warhammer 40,000, unsurprisingly, turns this up to 11 with Russian Army Suffers Most. The force based on the Red Army is notable for its love of human wave attacks, mine clearance by infantry advance, and generalised pointless slaughter, even by the standards of the setting.
That does apply for Valhalla in general, although in another way in general, since these tactics are the ones favored by Commander Chenkov of the Tundra Wolves regiment, who is notorious for these tactics. This trope in general more applies to Valhallans when on the defense (which they specialize in, pretty much), due to their unwavering stoicism and the fact that they can take even the most traumatizing losses without breaking. Indeed, they rarely ever surrender a position, and it is noted in the Imperial Guard codex that the enemy often has to wipe out the defending Valhallan forces completely in order to assure victory.
This reputation is lifted straight from the Real Life (and not exactly justified) reputation of the Red Army in the WWII. Valhallan 597'th made a lot to change it, though.
Other Russian-based regiments, such as Vostroyan Firstborn, show different approaches to the army's character, but no one ever loses its main side — the everlasting stoicism.
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Both played straight and subverted in Chernobyl. As in real life, it's the Soviet Union and there are plenty of Russians around who are dying of radiation poisoning, but the Chernobyl power station is actually in the Ukraine and there are people involved from all over Eastern Europe.
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In Warhammer, the fantasy counterpart culture of medieval Russia - the Kislevites - seem to suffer the worst of all the Old World nations when the Hordes of Chaos decide to launch one of their regular apocalyptic invasions. This is in no small part because the Hordes of Chaos normally reside to the far north of the Old World, and Kislev is the first human nation in their way as they travel south. The last Great War Against Chaos, in the early 2300s, saw the Kislevite city of Praag obliterated, its site forever after tainted, and pretty much the entire country turned into a bloody wasteland for several years. The final battle, at the gates of the capital, saw the embittered remnants of Kislev's fighting forces team up with Imperial, Dwarf and Elf armies to end the war, the Tzar of Kislev proving stoical and unwavering to the end.
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Team Fortress 2: Everybody's first instinct is to shoot at the Heavy... but he can take it. Shoot the Medic First, you idiots!
Every Valve 'Meet The Team' video except his own includes poor Heavy getting it from the featured class. Headshots, facestabs, Sticky-bombs, sentry guns, mugged for his lunch... The BLU Heavy, anyway. When the RED Heavy takes center stagenote  Meet the Heavy, Meet the Sandvich, Meet the Medic everyone else suffers.
In Meet the Medic, the RED Heavy does have to endure a full-awake operation that includes having the Medic's pet dove inside his organs (and the Medic telling said dove to not do that because it's filthy in there), having his extracted heart explode because it couldn't stand the ubercharge, having said heart replaced with a Mega Baboon heart and accidentally breaking off a piece of rib while keeping his ribcage open (though the results of the operation seem to have been worth it).
Heck, there's even an achievement for getting hurt a whole lot in one life as a Heavy (and using medkits to heal), and one for being hurt in almost every way it is ''possible'' to be hurt in one life.
'Beat me once, shame on me. Beat me twice, also shame on me. Beat me three times? I am sent to my death.'
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The Punisher (2004): The Russian, endures quite the fight with the hero. The whole fight is essentially a curb stomp battle with the Russian winning. He DOES take a few hits, including a stab, but nothing fazes him until he is burned with boiling hot water and tackled down a flight of stairs.
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Redshirts has Lieutenant Anatoly Kerensky, a transparent Pavel Chekov expy who has suffered seventeen major traumas in the past three years. Oh, and caught three STDs, a fact that is brought up when one character suggests she might consider dating him.
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Virtually every character in Singularity is Russian, and from all the tapes and audio logs and other files we find, they really get put through the wringer.
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JAG: In "Cowboys and Cossacks", the Russian captain of a soon-to-be-scrapped destroyer decides to attack a U.S. destroyer in a final blaze of glory. Meanwhile, the gloomy crew indulge in drinking vodka and smoking cigarettes.
In a later season, Harm's Russian half-brother ends up as a POW in Chechnya.
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Stormwatch: Unlike most of his comrades, Nikolas Andreyvitch Kamarov aka Winter, did survive the Xenomorph-invasion of Skywatch but shortly afterwards suffered a horrible Fate Worse than Death after piloting the Xenomorph-infested Skywatch-station into the sun.
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Bro Team Pill's review of Singularity says you can tell it's a good game because it's Russian, then followed by
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Yakitate!! Japan a bunch of Russian bakers get chewed out a lot by Pierrot, because their breads are considered incomplete.
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Nikolai Volkoff, who is actually Croatian but played a Russian character, twice on PPV got Squashed either after singing the Soviet National Anthem or when he was attempting to sing it.
At WWE's The Wrestling Classic PPV, which was a tournament with a Hogan-Piper match thrown in, he faced the Dynamite Kid in the first round. Volkoff sang the anthem, and Dynamite came off the top with a missile dropkick and pinned Volkoff in 8 seconds.
At WrestleMania VI, the Bolsheviks (Volkoff and Boris Zhukov) faced the Hart Foundation. Volkoff started to sing the anthem and the Harts interrupted him and hit him with the Hart Attack for the pin in 19 seconds.
He had turned face in 1990, significantly over a year before the fall of the Soviet Union, and stayed that way until he left in 1992. He came back in 1994, and it was explained that he was low on money due to the collapse of the Soviet Union and thus he had to become "The Million-Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase's "property."
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In Unsong, Russia gets invaded by a giant army of demons after a portal to Hell appears under lake Baikal, in Siberia.
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Dhomochevsky from Blame!, while not actually Russian, his obviously Eastern European based name coupled with the fact that he suffers... quite a bit during his arc certainly qualifies him.
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Dr. Cossack in Mega Man 4 goes through a lot of horrible moments during the game, when you think about it. His daughter is kidnapped by Dr. Wily and he's forced to take credit for his crimes, converting his own robots for combat purposes and/or build new ones in an attempt to destroy Mega Man. Then he watches as Mega Man destroys all of his robots. Finally, he's forced to fight Mega Man himself. It's telling that when the battle with Dr. Cossack starts, there's actually a few seconds where he stands idle not doing anything, suggesting that Dr. Cossack doesn't want to go through with this. The Mega Man Battle Network version of Dr. Cossack, who appears in Battle Network 3, apparently lost his entire career over an experimental fully-autonomous Net Navigator that apparently went AWOL and fled containment with serious collateral damage to Sci Lab. Years later, Cossack is still struggling to restore his own good name in the software development community. His creation was Bass.EXE.
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Bad Machinery: Mrs. Biscuits, an old woman that Mr. Kropotkin is trying to force out of her home to build a football stadium on the site, and also Mr. Kropotkin, a mining oligarch.
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Digimon Savers has a Quirky Miniboss Squad made up of a Blood Knight who wants to kill The Hero, an Elegant Gothic Lolita teen super-genius who wants to rule the universe with The Lancer, and a Punch-Clock Villain who subjected himself to medical experiments and commits daily genocide to support his dozen siblings, and a never-gonna-be-reciprocated-in-snowy-hell crush on the Team Mom of the group, Yoshino. The last guy's name? Ivan.
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The film version of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'s Illya has the most tragic backstory of the protagonists (father was arrested and sent to a gulag, mother...got friendly with dad's old friends), gets his father's watch stolen, and watches the woman he fell in love with betray him and Napoleon to fascists. And even when he finds out Gaby was actually a double agent and Good All Along, he's given orders to get sensitive information at any cost, even if it means killing Napoleon, a man he's come to respect. When Napoleon gives Illya back the stolen watch (that he found on a mook), they decide to burn the information together and join U.N.C.L.E.
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The Russian enforcer in Righteous Kill, whose survival sets up the climax of the movie. Quoth the doctor: "I pulled three bullets out of him from the attack, and three more that were already in there!"
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Taken to hilarious extremes with the two Russian goons in RocknRolla. A whole scene is devoted to their hideous Scar Survey. The main character shows his utter disbelief at their seeming indifference to massive physical damage.
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That's not exactly it, of course... Kinda worse. The line, "kakoy tankista byl konets", is, very literally, "what was the tankman's end". So naturally it's about a manner of one's death. However, "konets" is also sometimes used for the meaning mentioned above (picture the end of the rope), in which case "what" would likely indeed mean size... Right, even Russian Double Entendre parallels cock with life's finale.
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Necro and Decapre from Street Fighter are both Russian and are victims of experimentation. Decayer's Ultra Street Fighter IV ending, despite being non-canon, implies she's very close to the brink of death.
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Though everyone in Mobile Fighter G Gundam had it quite hard in their backstories, Neo-Russian Argo Gulskii stands out for being an ex Gentleman Space Pirate, now Boxed Crook with a bomb strapped to his chest, who's forced to fight by his government in exchange for his and his companions's freedom. That said, he gets a happy ending despite not being the final victor; the bomb is removed and deactivated, his crew is freed by his handler, and said handler joins him as a pirate. Played straight with Mobile Suit Gundam 00's Sergei Smirnov. Seriously, the man lost his wife and his son Andrei blames him for it. And then it got worse.
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Alexi and her brother Isaac from Parallel Dementia, including both believing the other one is dead.
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Dr. Jumba Jookiba of Lilo & Stitch is one of a Butt-Monkey duo. While an alien, he is nonetheless Russian-accented. With the voice of Cogsworth, and many many more, such as Pocahontas' Radcliffe, and his sidekick Wiggims, no less. This is also Jumba's Crowning Moment of Funny:
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In Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, both of Carlos's teammates, Nicholai and Mikhail, are Russian - the first of the two turns out to be a sociopath persistent enough to survive a small explosion and can finally either be blown up again in a helicopter or punched full of holes by Nemesis's Combat Tentacles and the second is first encountered half dead in a makeshift safehouse, finally dying via Heroic Sacrifice. Carlos lives to the end of the game without having to go through too much. However, Nicholai canonically survives, escaping in his chopper while Jill was trying to negotiate with him.
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Soviet Creepypasta pretty much took the "can't compare to what they've suffered through in real life" part of this trope and ran with it. An American would pick up and look through that stack of creepy photographs that kills you by the time you reach the last photo, while a Soviet Russian wouldn't even bother taking a glance at them, he'd just burn them for warmth. Or perhaps the American might get freaked out and wonder who was phone, while the Russian would be more concerned about being arrested and sent to a work camp just for owning the phone in the first place. Not that any of this suffering actually bothers the Russians in the slightest, though. Mother Russia Makes You Strong, after all.
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Susan Ivanova of Babylon 5. To the point where the creator had to specify that she has NO MORE FAMILY TO KILL OFF! So after she gets involved with Talia Winters and then finds out she's a Manchurian Candidate for the PsyCorps, she gets together with Marcus! Oops, that didn't work out so well after all. On a lighter note, she also seems to be the station's go-to person for receiving Too Much Information.
In-universe, Ivanova is perfectly aware of the trope, and has the attitude to match. She compliments people on "thinking like a Russian" when they express something pessimistic, and Sheridan refers to his becoming more and more jaded as "taking Ivanova lessons".
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Surviving Mars lets you add a host of optional modifiers during game creation that increase or decrease the baseline 100% challenge by a certain percentagenote for instance, activating immortal settlers or infinite resources makes the game much easier while permanently setting all natural disaster to their maximum strength naturally makes it harder. The "No Pain, No Gain" achievement (which just happens to be the only challenge-based achievement in the game) requires reaching five hundred colonists with at least 500% challenge rating while playing as, you guessed it, Russia.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Worf, Trope Namer of The Worf Effect, was raised by Russian Slavs.
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