|On January 4, 2015, I will be shutting down the server that hosts The TV IV website. It has been a very long time since I've been able to put any decent amount of time into the site, and ad revenue is plummeting. I think it is time to shut it down or hand it off to someone who can keep it going properly. If you are interested in taking over the site's code and data, contact administrators at tviv.org. --CygnusTMtalk|
A red shirt is a minor character, irrelevant to the overall series, who can easily be killed off.
The term is a reference to the away teams on the original Star Trek, which often consisted of Kirk (in yellow), McCoy and Spock (in blue), and an ensign (in red). If anything went wrong, the red-shirted ensign would be the one who died.
See also character shield.