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* ''Film/TheBeastmaster''. Koto the ferret sees the evil and wounded wizard Maax sneak up on Dar in an attempt to finish him off. Koto leaps onto Maax and both fall into a fire pit.

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* ''Film/TheBeastmaster''. Koto Kodo the ferret sees the evil and wounded wizard Maax sneak up on Dar in an attempt to finish him off. Koto Kodo leaps onto Maax and both fall into a fire pit.
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* ''Film/TheBeastmaster''. Koto the ferret sees the evil and wounded wizard Maax sneak up on Dar in an attempt to finish him off. Koto leaps into Maax and both fall into a fire pit.

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* ''Film/TheBeastmaster''. Koto the ferret sees the evil and wounded wizard Maax sneak up on Dar in an attempt to finish him off. Koto leaps into onto Maax and both fall into a fire pit.
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* ''Film/TheBeastmaster''. Koto the ferret sees the evil and wounded wizard Maax sneak up on Dar in an attempt to finish him off. Koto leaps into Maax and both fall into a fire pit.
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* In the climax of ''Film/IndependenceDay'', Russell pilots his plane straight into the weak point of the alien mothership to destroy it.
-->Hello boys! I'm baaaaaaaaaaack!!
* ''{{Film/Armageddon}}'': Harry kicks AJ back inside the shuttle to go back to Earth and marry Grace while he sticks around for the necessary manual detonation.
* ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'': Data, homaging Spock's {{heroic sacrifice}} in ''Wrath of Khan''.
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* In ''Disney/{{Bambi}} II'', a doe gets trapped in a hunting snare as vicious hounds close in. She begs Bambi to run and save himself, though accidentally [[MeaningfulEcho chooses the same words his mother gave before her iconic end in the first film]], triggering Bambi and leading him to lead the dogs away from her. Obviously due to the ForegoneConclusion from being an {{Interquel}}, Bambi suffers only a DisneyDeath.
13th May '17 7:54:17 AM Dark_Lord_
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'': [[spoiler: [[TearJerker Su...per...man...]] He gets better, though]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'': [[spoiler: [[TearJerker Su...per...man...]] When the military accidentally fire an atomic bomb at a populated village, the titular character flies off into space to intercept the bomb. He gets better, though]].



** In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'', Po tries to send Kai back to the Spirit Realm by doing the Wuxi finger hold on him, but it doesn't work because it only works on mortals. What does he do? [[spoiler: He holds onto Kai and does the hold on ''himself'' so that they'll both be sent to the realm.]]

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** * In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'', Po tries to send Kai back to the Spirit Realm by doing the Wuxi finger hold on him, but it doesn't work because it only works on mortals. What does he do? [[spoiler: He holds onto Kai and does the hold on ''himself'' so that they'll both be sent to the realm.]]
12th May '17 3:46:15 AM Vir
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*** In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'', [[spoiler:Yondu stays behind to save Star-Lord following Ego's destruction and gives him the forcefield spacesuit previously given to him by Rocket. Yondu [[SpaceIsCold freezes to death]], and is later incinerated and his ashes are blown into space.]]

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*** In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'', [[spoiler:Yondu stays behind to save Star-Lord following Ego's destruction and gives him the forcefield spacesuit previously given to him by Rocket. Yondu [[SpaceIsCold freezes to death]], and is later incinerated and his ashes are blown into space. Overlaps with RedemptionEqualsDeath.]]
9th May '17 11:14:33 PM karategal
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* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', when Ronan's ship goes into freefall, Groot creates a shield around his comrades, knowing full well that he could die in the process. When the ship crashes, all Rocket can find of him was a single twig. [[spoiler:Groot ultimately subverts this trope, though, as he can recover FromASingleCell: the twig that Rocket finds is placed in a flower pot and grows into a little Grootling, which will mature into another Groot in due time.]]
** In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'', [[spoiler:Yondu stays behind to save Star-Lord following Ego's destruction and gives him the forcefield spacesuit previously given to him by Rocket. Yondu [[SpaceIsCold freezes to death]], and is later incinerated and his ashes are blown into space.]]



** ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'': Eddie saves Nick, Sarah and Malcolm from falling off a cliff by securing a cable to the sliding trailer and throwing a rope to the others. [[spoiler: As he tries to pull the trailer back up with his SUV, the two T Rex that pushed the trailer in the first place come back and start to attack him. Despite the car being torn apart around him, he still keeps his foot on the accelerator trying to save the others. Ultimately though, he is plucked from the car and killed.]]
** In the [[Film/JurassicPark first film]], Malcolm very nearly makes one distracting the T-Rex with a flare to try and save Hammond's grandchildren. The thing rams him through an outhouse and breaks his leg, but he ultimately survives, so arguably it's still a non-lethal sacrifice.

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** ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'': Eddie saves Nick, Sarah and Malcolm from falling off a cliff by securing a cable to the sliding trailer and throwing a rope to the others. [[spoiler: As he tries to pull the trailer back up with his SUV, the two T Rex ''T. rex'' that pushed the trailer in the first place come back and start to attack him. Despite the car being torn apart around him, he still keeps his foot on the accelerator trying to save the others. Ultimately though, he is plucked from the car and killed.]]
** In the [[Film/JurassicPark first film]], Malcolm very nearly makes one distracting the T-Rex ''T. rex'' with a flare to try and save Hammond's grandchildren. The thing rams him through an outhouse and breaks his leg, but he ultimately survives, so arguably it's still a non-lethal sacrifice.


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** In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', when Ronan's ship goes into freefall, Groot creates a shield around his comrades, knowing full well that he could die in the process. When the ship crashes, all Rocket can find of him was a single twig. [[spoiler:Groot ultimately subverts this trope, though, as he can recover FromASingleCell: the twig that Rocket finds is placed in a flower pot and grows into a little Grootling, which will mature into another Groot in due time.]]
*** In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'', [[spoiler:Yondu stays behind to save Star-Lord following Ego's destruction and gives him the forcefield spacesuit previously given to him by Rocket. Yondu [[SpaceIsCold freezes to death]], and is later incinerated and his ashes are blown into space.]]
9th May '17 11:11:49 PM karategal
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* The thirteen samurai who accept the suicide mission of assassinating Lord Naritsugu in ''Film/ThirteenAssassins''. The chances of survival are almost nil and they know this going in--they fight not for money or fame, but to kill a monster who is a threat to all of Japan.
* In ''Film/AirForceOne'', an F-16 pilot interposes his plane between a missile fired at the titular plane by a [=MiG=]. Apparently, he needed to stay to the end to ensure success.
* The two main characters Chris and Theta in ''Film/AlienCargo'', who choose to remain in their dying spaceship to prevent a dangerous virus from reaching civilization.



* ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' is a disaster film where anything that can possibly go wrong does. At the end of the movie, in order to detonate a nuke that will destroy a meteor headed for Earth, one person has to stay back and manually detonate it because the remote detonator was broken. They draw straws and AJ drew the shortest stick. However, as he leaves the ship to fulfill his duty, Stamper cuts off AJ's oxygen supply and locks him inside the ship, taking his place and sacrificing himself to save all of humanity and the Earth.
* In the ''Series/BabylonFive'' made-for-TV movie ''ACallToArms'', Captain Anderson [[RammingAlwaysWorks rams]] the IAS ''Victory'' into the control node of the [[AbusivePrecursors Shadow]] Planetkiller, saving Earth from destruction. As usual, this is preceded by a clenched fist and the phrase "Ramming speed!"



* ''Film/BattleInOuterSpace''. Iwomura feels guilty over blowing up one of the two Earth rocket ships while under Natalian MindControl. He gives his life fighting off the attacking Natalian saucers so the remaining Earth ship can escape.



* ''Film/{{Constantine}}'': Unable to stop [[spoiler: Gabriel]] from [[spoiler: unleashing Hell on Earth]], John Constantine brings the plan to Satan's attention by committing suicide. After setting everything right, Satan offers John a life extension as a reward for his assistance. Already dying from lung cancer, Constantine declines, instead asking that the soul of [[spoiler: Isabel Dodson]] be allowed to return to Heaven instead. In doing so, he earns his way into God's good graces, who prevents Satan from taking John to Hell. As his body rises to the heavens - while [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu giving the Devil the finger]] no less - the now angered Satan rips the cancer from Constantine's body, restoring him to full health. He does so in order to give John another chance to prove that his soul belongs in Hell, not Heaven.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' Gromit lets go of the rope that kept him in the air while riding a plane from a dogfight ride and starts plummering downwards. The were-rabbit [[spoiler:(Wallace)]], holding on to the flagpole on top of a building, sees this and jumps down to catch him, cushioning his fall. The drop is seemingly fatal, [[spoiler:but he gets better.]]

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* In ''Film/BloodDiamond'' Danny Archer allows Soloman to escape with the diamond, he makes a final stand against the approaching soldiers.
* ''Film/ChildsPlay3'': Whitehurst jumps on a live grenade to save his friends.
* ''Film/{{Constantine}}'': Unable to stop [[spoiler: Gabriel]] from [[spoiler: unleashing Hell on Earth]], John Constantine brings the plan to Satan's attention by committing suicide. After setting everything right, Satan offers John a life extension as a reward for his assistance. Already dying from lung cancer, Constantine declines, instead asking that the soul of [[spoiler: Isabel Dodson]] be allowed to return to Heaven instead. In doing so, he earns his way into God's good graces, who prevents Satan from taking John to Hell. As his body rises to the heavens - -- while [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu giving the Devil the finger]] no less - -- the now angered Satan rips the cancer from Constantine's body, restoring him to full health. He does so in order to give John another chance to prove that his soul belongs in Hell, not Heaven.
* In the climax of ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'', [[spoiler: Ella]] went into the core of the aliens' spaceship and activated the bracelet's self-destruct bomb, knowing there's only a couple of seconds for the bomb to go off.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' Gromit lets go of the rope that kept him in the air while riding a plane from a dogfight ride and starts plummering plummeting downwards. The were-rabbit [[spoiler:(Wallace)]], holding on to the flagpole on top of a building, sees this and jumps down to catch him, cushioning his fall. The drop is seemingly fatal, [[spoiler:but he gets better.]]



* {{Implied}} in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' with the nuclear flash, mushroom cloud, and the characters mourning [[spoiler:at Bruce's grave. Later subverted. While Batman is believed to have perished in his epic attempt to detonate the nuclear bomb away in the ocean with the Bat, Alfred sees [[EarnYourHappyEnding Bruce Wayne alive and happy on a date with Selina]] in his annual vacation to Italy.]]



* ''Film/DeepImpact'', a [[DuelingMovies similar movie]] to ''Armageddon'' has the entire shuttle crew with the nukes sacrifice themselves on the same mission.
* A funny and mild version in ''Film/DirtyWork'':
-->'''[[Creator/NormMacDonald Mitch]]''': So, who's with me?
-->''dead silence''
-->'''Mitch''': Alright, who's with me on the understanding that if this plan fails, you all get to beat the crap out of me?
-->''crowd becomes very enthusiastic''
* ''Film/{{District 9}}'': Through his HeelFaceTurn, Wikus ultimately decides to help Christopher get to the dropship, even if it means he himself will either die or live [[spoiler:and transform completely]].








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\n\n\n\n* ''Film/TheExorcist'': [[spoiler: Father Karras, in a flight of rage in the very end of the film, tackles the possessed Regan, demanding that the creature take his body instead. It does so, freeing Regan, and in a struggle between himself and it, the Father throws himself out of the bedroom window, killing himself in the fall down the stairs, thus preventing it from getting to Regan (and hopefully anyone else) again.]]
* ''Film/FemaleAgents'': Jeanne shoots a random German soldier to create a diversion to Louise can complete the mission. [[spoiler: She was sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp, and hanged.]]
* Two deaths in ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' films come from heroic sacrifices;
** ''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'' has Duke handcuffing himself to Jason to buy more time for the protagonists to stop him. He dies in the attempt.
** Sgt. Brodski in ''Film/JasonX'' catches Uber Jason in the vacuum of space and drags him into Earth Two's atmosphere, burning them both up.



* ''Film/HaloNightfall'': When Locke, Macer, and Aiken pick beads to determine who will be left behind to manually detonate the bomb, Aiken says the one who draws the red bead will stay behind. Aiken had Locke and Macer pick first, but there in fact ''was'' no red bead -- they were all white. Never mind the moral question of letting the OldSoldier die to save the young, [[JustifiedTrope it's a good decision on purely practical terms]] because, as a [[DePower former]] [[SuperSoldier SPARTAN-II]], Aiken has the strength and stamina necessary to hand-carry the bomb to the detonation site.
-->'''Aiken:''' As it should be.
* Near the end of the hospital battle in ''Film/HardBoiled'', two of the SWAT team officers charged with getting the newborns safely out of the building use their kevlar vests to protect the babies. Immediately after securing the infants inside of the vests, they're riddled with bullets that they might otherwise have survived.
* {{Film/Hellboy}}: In the 2nd movie, the Elf siblings Nuada and Nuala both share the same lifeforce. [[spoiler: Even after being defeated by Hellboy, Nuada vows to continue his RoaringRampageOfRevenge against humans. So Nuala kills herself to stop him.]]
* In ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', [[TeamPet Anty]] sacrifices himself to save the kids from a scorpion.



* Subverted in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober.'' As the Soviet sub is being evacuated following the [[spoiler: false]] reactor accident, Captain Ramius tells the ship's doctor to go with the crew in the life rafts while Ramius and the officers submerge and "scuttle the ship" (to which the doctor replies that Ramius will "receive the Order of Lenin"). Unbeknownst to the doctor and crew, Ramius intends to [[spoiler: meet up with an American sub to defect and hand over the Red October]]. The crew is rescued by a U.S. destroyer, upon whose deck they see the surface elements of an undersea battle, culminating in an explosion which they believe destroys the Red October.
** Played straight during the same fight when [[spoiler: Captain Second Rank Borodin, Ramius's first officer, spots the hidden GRU agent aiming his gun at Ramius and shoves Ramius out of the way, taking a bullet for him.]]
* In the final cut of the ''Film/IAmLegend'' movie, [[spoiler:Will Smith's character]] blows himself up with a bunch of zombies in the end so that the woman and her child can escape with the vaccine that would cure the zombies.







* In ''Film/LazerTeam'', [[spoiler:Adam]] allows himself to be killed by the Worg warrior to show the team how the dark matter cannon works. Made worse by the fact that [[spoiler:he previously tried to explain to them how to use the weapon, but they ignored his explanation]].



* ''Mad Max''
** In ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', [[spoiler: Nux sacrifices himself to flip over and crash the Rig in order to block the canyon pass to prevent the rest of [[BigBad Joe's]] War Boys from pursuing the group as well as [[TakingYouWithMe take Rictus with him]] while Max, Furiosa, and the Wives escape on Joe's car.]]
** Goin' way back to ''Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior'', the whole FinalBattle is this, with Max himself [[spoiler:unwittingly performing a non-lethal one. He was led to believe that he was driving the real fuel tanker, but it's revealed in the end that he was driving a decoy filled with sand, and all the fuel was really in the vehicles with the fleeing community, who were able to escape while the Vermin were occupied with the rig Max was driving. Possibly played straighter with the rest of the defenders on the rig, as none of them survived the battle and maybe even were in on the plot all along]].
** Also in ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome'', [[spoiler: Max buys Jedediah and the kids some time to take off in the plane while Max uses a vehicle to crash into Aunty's army, causing a huge crash in the process.]]
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'':
** [[spoiler:Jonathan Kent dies just to protect Clark's secret. Although this traumatizes Clark.]]
** [[spoiler:Col. Hardy and Dr. Hamilton go down to ensure the Kryptonians are sent back to the Phantom Zone.]]
* The ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'' uses this trope more than once:
** Yinsen sacrificing himself to buy Tony time in ''Film/IronMan1''.
** In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', [[spoiler: Tony]] sacrifices himself by catching the nuke headed for Manhattan and flying it out into space through the wormhole, fully expecting to be trapped there and die, after Steve warned him it was a [[SuicideMission "one-way trip"]]. He survives, but only due to luck he loses consciousness and plummets back through the wormhole just before it closes. Also a CallBack to his argument with Steve earlier in the film, when the latter accused him of being incapable of sacrificing himself for someone else.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'': [[spoiler: Captain America stays aboard the [[CoolPlane Valkyrie]] to intentionally crash it rather than risk the lives of a thousands of people, setting the stage for him to become a FishOutOfTemporalWater.]]
*** Earlier in the movie, Steve, prior to being turned into Captain America, [[spoiler:jumped on what he thought was a live grenade while the rest of his unit scrambled for cover. That's right. The little asthmatic weakling almost no one thought should have been there was willing to die to save others. It was this event that finally swayed Phillips to choose Steve to be the first Super Soldier.]]
** In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', [[spoiler:Frigga held her ground against Malekith while the latter wanted Jane and the Aether.]]
** In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', [[spoiler: Quicksilver [[TakingTheBullet takes a bunch of bullets]] from an Ultron-commandeered quinjet to save Hawkeye and a little boy.]]



* Discussed in ''Film/TheMummyReturns'', during the attack of the pygmy creatures. Like so:
-->'''Hafez''' [to the two guards behind him]: "The two of you must... sacrifice yourselves... for me." ::turns and runs:: "''You shall be rewarded in heaven!''"
** The two guards look at one another, mentally say "Screw that!", and try to run away, only to be jumped and killed, anyways.
* [[spoiler: Subverted]] in ''Film/MysteryTeam'' with [[spoiler: Jason]] getting shot trying to calm down his friends and convincing the shooter to let them go.
* ''Film/PacificRim'': [[spoiler: As a last ditch effort to clear a path for the Gipsy Danger, Pentecost and Chuck detonate the nuke strapped to the Striker Eureka just as two Kaiju collide into it.]]
** [[spoiler: Pentecost simply going on this mission in the first place also qualifies, as he'd been told that getting into a Jaeger would kill him after the neural load from piloting Coyote Tango solo almost did him in. He does it anyways, deciding that he would die from the Kaiju that would attack if the mission failed, and he might as well die fighting.]]
* In the movie ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise'', the first song is about a singer who kills himself to get the money for his sisters life saving operation. Later Winslow sacrafices himself to save Phoenix.





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\n* In ''Film/TheProfessional'', [[spoiler: after Leon is mortally wounded, [[DyingMomentOfAwesome he blows himself up using one of his grenades]] to [[TakingYouWithMe take Stansfield with him]].]]
* In ''Film/ResidentEvilExtinction'', Betty sacrifices herself by trapping herself in a bus with a horde of undead ravens and blowing up the bus. Later in the film, [[spoiler:Carlos does the same thing. He rigs his truck with explosives and suicide bombs himself into a horde of the undead.]]
** ''Film/ResidentEvilRetribution'': [[spoiler: Barry Burton holds off the Umbrella commandos so that the others can get in the elevator out.]]
* Buck the silverback gorilla in ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes''. When the helicopter starts shooting down the apes, Buck knocks Caesar out of the line of fire and leaps at the aircraft, taking multiple and fatal gunshot wounds but succeeding in destroying it.
* ''Film/TheRunningMan''. Laughlin shoves Richards out of the way and is mortally wounded by Buzzsaw's attack.
-->'''Richards:''' He saved my life. It should be me down there.



* At the end of ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', Moriarty tells Holmes that he will kill Watson and his wife for Holmes' destroying Moriarty's plans. With Holmes too injured to fight, [[spoiler:he bear hugs Moriarty and forces them both over the Reichenbach Falls, saving his friend from Moriarty's wrath. Holmes survives the fall, though.]]



* In ''Film/StarshipTroopers'', while escaping the Bug hive, [[spoiler:Watkins]] is severely wounded and unable to move. He convinces Rico to leave a grenade/nuke with him so he can make a LastStand and kill as many Bugs as possible before dying, giving Rico and the rest of the team time to escape.



** In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', [[spoiler:Kirk attempts to sacrifice himself to save the ''Enterprise''. His death is only temporary]].



* In ''Film/StrangerThanFiction,'' Harold Crick discovers from his author that his fate is to [[spoiler: die by pushing a child out of the way of a bus, taking his place and forming a DyingMomentOfAwesome for Karen Eiffel's novel. Accepting it as a good way to die, he does so. Subverted in that he survives the collision because Eiffel rewrites the ending.]]
* ''Film/SuckerPunch'' has two heroic sacrifices [[spoiler:Babydoll and Rocket sacrifice themselves for Sweet Pea, who had the best odds in the real world.]]
* In ''Film/{{Suffragette}}'', Emmeline Pankhurst admits to and goes to prison for the destruction of an (empty) manor house by the group of suffragists the protagonist Maud belongs to. It is not clear whether she was involved in planning the attack, but it is obvious that she was not involved in carrying it out. The government officials complain about not being able to arrest the real culprits.
* ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'': During the FinalBattle, [[spoiler: El Diablo]] and [[spoiler: Lt. Edwards]] both do this in order to take out [[TheDragon Incubus]] -- the former fights him and holds him in place long enough for the latter to set off a bomb that kills all three of them.
* In ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'', physicist Capa -- and arguably Cassie -- sacrifice themselves to ensure the bomb successfully detonates.
** Nearly the entire cast dies in separate heroic sacrifices: Kaneda gets obliterated by the sun repairing the solar shield, Mace dies of hypothermia repairing the mainframe, and Searle stays behind on the Icarus I in order to operate the airlock (even though he then commits suicide by subjecting himself to 100% exposure to the sun, he was only hastening his inevitable death). Even Trey arguably sacrifices himself by suicide, so the rest of the crew has enough air to survive.
* At the end of ''Film/{{Tamara}}'', [[spoiler:Bill, realizing that [[{{Determinator}} Tamara can't be physically stopped]] [[ClingyJealousGirl until she has him]], decides that the only way to break her curse and stop her rampage is to kill himself. That way, Tamara can only have him in death.]]



* At the end of the classic giant-ant movie ''Film/{{Them}}'', trooper Ben Peterson sacrifices himself to save two young boys.
* At the end of ''Film/TheyLive'', [[spoiler:Nada destroys the alien transmitter to free mankind, knowing full well that he'll be shot and killed by the aliens in response.]]



* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'': Jack allows Rose all the room on the floating door leaving most of Jack's body dangling in the freezing water which leads to his death.



* ''Tron'' films:
** In ''Film/{{Tron}}'', Flynn decides to jump into the Master Control's matrix to act as a distraction and save Tron after getting a LastKiss from Yori. Luckily, that ends up not only working, but also shoves him back into the analog world.
** In Film/TronLegacy, however, Tron's LastStand against Clu's guards turns out to be a SenselessSacrifice [[spoiler: made all the worse by Clu "repurposing" him into Rinzler]]. "Rinzler" ends up with a HeroicSacrifice of the RedemptionEqualsDeath variety as he [[spoiler: remembers his original Tron programming]] and fends off Clu's forces, only to get a DisneyVillainDeath. And then, Flynn makes a ''second'' HeroicSacrifice to [[spoiler: [[KillUsBoth re-integrate himself with Clu]], destroying the reign of terror over the system, and insuring Sam and Quorra's safety at the cost of his own life]].
* During the FinalBattle in ''Film/TurboKid'', the Kid uses his Turbo Glove to blow up [[BigBad Zeus]] with the Turbo Mega Blaster and [[spoiler: [[ActionGirl Apple]] shields the Kid from the blast.]]
* ''Film/VerticalLimit'' has several, starting with the main characters' father. Another one combines this with TakingYouWithMe, leading to the [[KarmicDeath death]] of the main antagonist.



* Subverted in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober.'' As the Soviet sub is being evacuated following the [[spoiler: false]] reactor accident, Captain Ramius tells the ship's doctor to go with the crew in the life rafts while Ramius and the officers submerge and "scuttle the ship" (to which the doctor replies that Ramius will "receive the Order of Lenin"). Unbeknownst to the doctor and crew, Ramius intends to [[spoiler: meet up with an American sub to defect and hand over the Red October]]. The crew is rescued by a U.S. destroyer, upon whose deck they see the surface elements of an undersea battle, culminating in an explosion which they believe destroys the Red October.
** Played straight during the same fight when [[spoiler: Captain Second Rank Borodin, Ramius's first officer, spots the hidden GRU agent aiming his gun at Ramius and shoves Ramius out of the way, taking a bullet for him.]]

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* Subverted in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober.'' As In the Soviet sub is being evacuated following the [[spoiler: false]] reactor accident, Captain Ramius tells the ship's doctor to go with the crew Hungarian animated film ''Vuk'' aka ''Animation/VukTheLittleFox'' or Vic's (as he's known in the life rafts while Ramius and the officers submerge and "scuttle the ship" (to which the doctor replies that Ramius will "receive the Order of Lenin"). Unbeknownst to the doctor and crew, Ramius intends to [[spoiler: meet up with an American sub to defect and hand over the Red October]]. The crew is rescued by a U.S. destroyer, upon whose deck they see dub) uncle Karrack gives his life to save him and his mate Foxy from a hunter's bullet.
* Subverted than reverted in "When
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** Played straight during
Shinsengumi's final stand, after the same fight when Emperor's forces have arrived[[spoiler: Yoshimura draws his katana and wakizashi, makes a bad-ass final speech, then charges at the lines of riflemen, who open fire on him.]] Due to a particularly thick fog of war, Saito never sees what becomes of Yoshimura, and assumes [[spoiler: Captain Second Rank Borodin, Ramius's first officer, spots he is dead]]. That is, until years later when he meets [[spoiler: the hidden GRU agent aiming his gun at Ramius son of Yoshimura's best friend who tells him Yoshimura somehow survived the charge (though he is terribly wounded) and shoves Ramius out of was later forced to commit seppuku when the way, taking a bullet for him.Imperial forces threatened to suppress any clan who gave aid to rebel soldiers.]]







* In the final cut of the ''Film/IAmLegend'' movie, [[spoiler:Will Smith's character]] blows himself up with a bunch of zombies in the end so that the woman and her child can escape with the vaccine that would cure the zombies.
* In ''Film/ResidentEvilExtinction'', Betty sacrifices herself by trapping herself in a bus with a horde of undead ravens and blowing up the bus. Later in the film, [[spoiler:Carlos does the same thing. He rigs his truck with explosives and suicide bombs himself into a horde of the undead.]]
** ''Film/ResidentEvilRetribution'': [[spoiler: Barry Burton holds off the Umbrella commandos so that the others can get in the elevator out.]]
* In ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'', physicist Capa - and arguably Cassie - sacrifice themselves to ensure the bomb successfully detonates.
** Nearly the entire cast dies in separate heroic sacrifices: Kaneda gets obliterated by the sun repairing the solar shield, Mace dies of hypothermia repairing the mainframe, and Searle stays behind on the Icarus I in order to operate the airlock (even though he then commits suicide by subjecting himself to 100% exposure to the sun, he was only hastening his inevitable death). Even Trey arguably sacrifices himself by suicide, so the rest of the crew has enough air to survive.
* ''Film/{{District 9}}'': Through his HeelFaceTurn, Wikus ultimately decides to help Christopher get to the dropship, even if it means he himself will either die or live [[spoiler:and transform completely]].
* ''Film/TheRunningMan''. Laughlin shoves Richards out of the way and is mortally wounded by Buzzsaw's attack.
-->'''Richards:''' He saved my life. It should be me down there.
* At the end of the classic giant-ant movie ''Film/{{Them}}'', trooper Ben Peterson sacrifices himself to save two young boys.
* ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' is a disaster film where anything that can possibly go wrong does. At the end of the movie, in order to detonate a nuke that will destroy a meteor headed for Earth, one person has to stay back and manually detonate it because the remote detonator was broken. They draw straws and AJ drew the shortest stick. However, as he leaves the ship to fulfill his duty, Stamper cuts off AJ's oxygen supply and locks him inside the ship, taking his place and sacrificing himself to save all of humanity and the Earth.
* ''Film/DeepImpact'', a [[DuelingMovies similar movie]] to ''Armageddon'' has the entire shuttle crew with the nukes sacrifice themselves on the same mission.
* In ''Film/AirForceOne'', an F-16 pilot interposes his plane between a missile fired at the titular plane by a [=MiG=]. Apparently, he needed to stay to the end to ensure success.
* In the ''Series/BabylonFive'' made-for-TV movie ''ACallToArms'', Captain Anderson [[RammingAlwaysWorks rams]] the IAS ''Victory'' into the control node of the [[AbusivePrecursors Shadow]] Planetkiller, saving Earth from destruction. As usual, this is preceded by a clenched fist and the phrase "Ramming speed!"
* In the Hungarian animated film ''Vuk'' aka ''Animation/VukTheLittleFox'' or Vic's (as he's known in the U.S. dub) uncle Karrack gives his life to save him and his mate Foxy from a hunter's bullet.
* ''Film/ChildsPlay3'': Whitehurst jumps on a live grenade to save his friends.
* Creator/UweBoll seems to have an obsession with this trope...particularly when it's [[StupidSacrifice completely unnecessary for the "hero" to sacrifice him or herself]].
* ''Film/TheExorcist'': [[spoiler: Father Karras, in a flight of rage in the very end of the film, tackles the possessed Regan, demanding that the creature take his body instead. It does so, freeing Regan, and in a struggle between himself and it, the Father throws himself out of the bedroom window, killing himself in the fall down the stairs, thus preventing it from getting to Regan (and hopefully anyone else) again.]]
* ''Tron'' films:
** In ''Film/{{Tron}}'', Flynn decides to jump into the Master Control's matrix to act as a distraction and save Tron after getting a LastKiss from Yori. Luckily, that ends up not only working, but also shoves him back into the analog world.
** In Film/TronLegacy, however, Tron's LastStand against Clu's guards turns out to be a SenselessSacrifice [[spoiler: made all the worse by Clu "repurposing" him into Rinzler]]. "Rinzler" ends up with a HeroicSacrifice of the RedemptionEqualsDeath variety as he [[spoiler: remembers his original Tron programming]] and fends off Clu's forces, only to get a DisneyVillainDeath. And then, Flynn makes a ''second'' HeroicSacrifice to [[spoiler: [[KillUsBoth re-integrate himself with Clu]], destroying the reign of terror over the system, and insuring Sam and Quorra's safety at the cost of his own life]].
* Two deaths in ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' films come from heroic sacrifices;
** ''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'' has Duke handcuffing himself to Jason to buy more time for the protagonists to stop him. He dies in the attempt.
** Sgt. Brodski in ''Film/JasonX'' catches Uber Jason in the vacuum of space and drags him into Earth Two's atmosphere, burning them both up.
* A funny and mild version in ''Film/DirtyWork'':
-->'''[[Creator/NormMacDonald Mitch]]''': So, who's with me?
-->''dead silence''
-->'''Mitch''': Alright, who's with me on the understanding that if this plan fails, you all get to beat the crap out of me?
-->''crowd becomes very enthusiastic''
* Near the end of the hospital battle in ''Film/HardBoiled'', two of the SWAT team officers charged with getting the newborns safely out of the building use their kevlar vests to protect the babies. Immediately after securing the infants inside of the vests, they're riddled with bullets that they might otherwise have survived.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'': [[spoiler: Captain America stays aboard the [[CoolPlane Valkyrie]] to intentionally crash it rather than risk the lives of a thousands of people, setting the stage for him to become a FishOutOfTemporalWater.]]
** Earlier in the movie, Steve, prior to being turned into Captain America, [[spoiler:jumped on what he thought was a live grenade while the rest of his unit scrambled for cover. That's right. The little asthmatic weakling almost no one thought should have been there was willing to die to save others. It was this event that finally swayed Phillips to choose Steve to be the first Super Soldier.]]
* [[spoiler: Subverted]] in ''Film/MysteryTeam'' with [[spoiler: Jason]] getting shot trying to calm down his friends and convincing the shooter to let them go.
* Buck the silverback gorilla in ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes''. When the helicopter starts shooting down the apes, Buck knocks Caesar out of the line of fire and leaps at the aircraft, taking multiple and fatal gunshot wounds but succeeding in destroying it.
* In the movie ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise'', the first song is about a singer who kills himself to get the money for his sisters life saving operation. Later Winslow sacrafices himself to save Phoenix.
* The two main characters Chris and Theta in ''Film/AlienCargo'', who choose to remain in their dying spaceship to prevent a dangerous virus from reaching civilization.
* ''Film/VerticalLimit'' has several, starting with the main characters' father. Another one combines this with TakingYouWithMe, leading to the [[KarmicDeath death]] of the main antagonist.
* In the climax of ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'', [[spoiler: Ella]] went into the core of the aliens' spaceship and activated the bracelet's self-destruct bomb, knowing theres only a couple of seconds for the bomb to go off.
* In ''Film/StrangerThanFiction,'' Harold Crick discovers from his author that his fate is to [[spoiler: die by pushing a child out of the way of a bus, taking his place and forming a DyingMomentOfAwesome for Karen Eiffel's novel. Accepting it as a good way to die, he does so. Subverted in that he survives the collision because Eiffel rewrites the ending.]]
* At the end of ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', Moriarty tells Holmes that he will kill Watson and his wife for Holmes' destroying Moriarty's plans. With Holmes too injured to fight, [[spoiler:he bear hugs Moriarty and forces them both over the Reichenbach Falls, saving his friend from Moriarty's wrath. Holmes survives the fall, though.]]
* ''Film/SuckerPunch'' has two heroic sacrifices [[spoiler:Babydoll and Rocket sacrifice themselves for Sweet Pea, who had the best odds in the real world.]]
* The thirteen samurai who accept the suicide mission of assassinating Lord Naritsugu in ''Film/ThirteenAssassins''. The chances of survival are almost nil and they know this going in--they fight not for money or fame, but to kill a monster who is a threat to all of Japan.
* The ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'' uses this trope more than once:
** Yinsen sacrificing himself to buy Tony time in ''Film/IronMan1''.
** In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', [[spoiler: Tony]] sacrifices himself by catching the nuke headed for Manhattan and flying it out into space through the wormhole, fully expecting to be trapped there and die, after Steve warned him it was a [[SuicideMission "one-way trip"]]. He survives, but only due to luck he loses consciousness and plummets back through the wormhole just before it closes. Also a CallBack to his argument with Steve earlier in the film, when the latter accused him of being incapable of sacrificing himself for someone else.
** In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', [[spoiler:Frigga held her ground against Malekith while the latter wanted Jane and the Aether.]]
** In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', [[spoiler: Quicksilver [[TakingTheBullet takes a bunch of bullets]] from an Ultron-commandeered quinjet to save Hawkeye and a little boy.]]
* In ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', [[TeamPet Anty]] sacrifices himself to save the kids from a scorpion.
* {{Implied}} in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' with the nuclear flash, mushroom cloud, and the characters mourning [[spoiler:at Bruce's grave. Later subverted. While Batman is believed to have perished in his epic attempt to detonate the nuclear bomb away in the ocean with the Bat, Alfred sees [[EarnYourHappyEnding Bruce Wayne alive and happy on a date with Selina]] in his annual vacation to Italy.]]
* ''Film/BattleInOuterSpace''. Iwomura feels guilty over blowing up one of the two Earth rocket ships while under Natalian MindControl. He gives his life fighting off the attacking Natalian saucers so the remaining Earth ship can escape.
* ''Film/Bait3D''. When an exposed power cord is threatening to almost electrocute everyone if it comes in contact with the water, Jessup sacrifices himself to shut off the power.
* ''By Dawn's Early Light''--[[spoiler: the flight crew of Air Force One turn their plane so that the pursuing Looking Glass plane can [[RammingAlwaysWorks ram them]], to prevent the nuclear submarine fleet from receiving orders from a [[UnexpectedSuccessor rogue President]] that would [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt catastrophically escalate the nuclear war]] in progress. The movie ends right before the impending collision.]]
* In ''Film/BloodDiamond'' Danny Archer allows Soloman to escape with the diamond, he makes a final stand against the approaching soldiers.
* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'': Jack allows Rose all the room on the floating door leaving most of Jack's body dangling in the freezing water which leads to his death.
* At the end of ''Film/{{Tamara}}'', [[spoiler:Bill, realizing that [[{{Determinator}} Tamara can't be physically stopped]] [[ClingyJealousGirl until she has him]], decides that the only way to break her curse and stop her rampage is to kill himself. That way, Tamara can only have him in death.]]
* At the end of ''Film/TheyLive'', [[spoiler:Nada destroys the alien transmitter to free mankind, knowing full well that he'll be shot and killed by the aliens in response.]]
* Subverted than reverted in "When the Last Sword is Drawn": During the Shinsengumi's final stand, after the Emperor's forces have arrived[[spoiler: Yoshimura draws his katana and wakizashi, makes a bad-ass final speech, then charges at the lines of riflemen, who open fire on him.]] Due to a particularly thick fog of war, Saito never sees what becomes of Yoshimura, and assumes [[spoiler: he is dead]]. That is, until years later when he meets [[spoiler: the son of Yoshimura's best friend who tells him Yoshimura somehow survived the charge (though he is terribly wounded) and was later forced to commit seppuku when the Imperial forces threatened to suppress any clan who gave aid to rebel soldiers.]]
* [[spoiler: Duke sacrifices himself to save Flint]] in ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation''.
* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', [[spoiler:Kirk attempts to sacrifice himself to save the ''Enterprise''. His death is only temporary]].
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'':
** [[spoiler:Jonathan Kent dies just to protect Clark's secret. Although this traumatizes Clark.]]
** [[spoiler:Col. Hardy and Dr. Hamilton go down to ensure the Kryptonians are sent back to the Phantom Zone.]]
* ''Film/PacificRim'': [[spoiler: As a last ditch effort to clear a path for the Gipsy Danger, Pentecost and Chuck detonate the nuke strapped to the Striker Eureka just as two Kaiju collide into it.]]
** [[spoiler: Pentecost simply going on this mission in the first place also qualifies, as he'd been told that getting into a Jaeger would kill him after the neural load from piloting Coyote Tango solo almost did him in. He does it anyway, deciding that he would die anyway from the Kaiju that would attack if the mission failed, and he might as well die fighting.]]
* ''Mad Max''
** In ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', [[spoiler: Nux sacrifices himself to flip over and crash the Rig in order to block the canyon pass to prevent the rest of [[BigBad Joe's]] War Boys from pursuing the group as well as [[TakingYouWithMe take Rictus with him]] while Max, Furiosa, and the Wives escape on Joe's car.]]
** Goin' way back to ''Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior'', the whole FinalBattle is this, with Max himself [[spoiler:unwittingly performing a non-lethal one. He was led to believe that he was driving the real fuel tanker, but it's revealed in the end that he was driving a decoy filled with sand, and all the fuel was really in the vehicles with the fleeing community, who were able to escape while the Vermin were occupied with the rig Max was driving. Possibly played straighter with the rest of the defenders on the rig, as none of them survived the battle and maybe even were in on the plot all along]].
** Also in ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome'', [[spoiler: Max buys Jedediah and the kids some time to take off in the plane while Max uses a vehicle to crash into Aunty's army, causing a huge crash in the process.]]
* ''Film/BloodLakeAttackOfTheKillerLampreys'': Will sacrifices himself to lure the lampreys to where they can be killed.
* ''Film/HaloNightfall'': When Locke, Macer, and Aiken pick beads to determine who will be left behind to manually detonate the bomb, Aiken says the one who draws the red bead will stay behind. Aiken had Locke and Macer pick first, but there in fact ''was'' no red bead--they were all white. Never mind the moral question of letting the OldSoldier die to save the young, [[JustifiedTrope it's a good decision on purely practical terms]] because, as a [[DePower former]] [[SuperSoldier SPARTAN-II]], Aiken has the strength and stamina necessary to hand-carry the bomb to the detonation site.
-->'''Aiken:''' As it should be.
* In ''Film/TheProfessional'', [[spoiler: after Leon is mortally wounded, [[DyingMomentOfAwesome he blows himself up using one of his grenades]] to [[TakingYouWithMe take Stansfield with him]].]]
* In ''Film/LazerTeam'', [[spoiler:Adam]] allows himself to be killed by the Worg warrior to show the team how the dark matter cannon works. Made worse by the fact that [[spoiler:he previously tried to explain to them how to use the weapon, but they ignored his explanation]].
* In ''Film/StarshipTroopers'', while escaping the Bug hive, [[spoiler:Watkins]] is severely wounded and unable to move. He convinces Rico to leave a grenade/nuke with him so he can make a LastStand and kill as many Bugs as possible before dying, giving Rico and the rest of the team time to escape.
* During the FinalBattle in ''Film/TurboKid'', the Kid uses his Turbo Glove to blow up [[BigBad Zeus]] with the Turbo Mega Blaster and [[spoiler: [[ActionGirl Apple]] shields the Kid from the blast.]]
* In ''Film/{{Suffragette}}'', Emmeline Pankhurst admits to and goes to prison for the destruction of an (empty) manor house by the group of suffragists the protagonist Maud belongs to. It is not clear whether she was involved in planning the attack, but it is obvious that she was not involved in carrying it out. The government officials complain about not being able to arrest the real culprits.
* ''Film/FemaleAgents'': Jeanne shoots a random German soldier to create a diversion to Louise can complete the mission. [[spoiler: She was sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp, and hanged.]]
* Discussed in ''Film/TheMummyReturns'', during the attack of the pygmy creatures. Like so:
-->'''Hafez''' [to the two guards behind him]: "The two of you must... sacrifice yourselves... for me." ::turns and runs:: "''You shall be rewarded in heaven!''"
** The two guards look at one another, mentally say "Screw that!", and try to run away, only to be jumped and killed anyway.
* ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'': During the FinalBattle, [[spoiler: El Diablo]] and [[spoiler: Lt. Edwards]] both do this in order to take out [[TheDragon Incubus]] -- the former fights him and holds him in place long enough for the latter to set off a bomb that kills all three of them.
* {{Film/Hellboy}}: In the 2nd movie, the Elf siblings Nuada and Nuala both share the same lifeforce. [[spoiler: Even after being defeated by Hellboy, Nuada vows to continue his RoaringRampageOfRevenge against humans. So Nuala kills herself to stop him.]]
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* In the 2005 film ''Disney/MulanII'', Shang does this. The princesses can also be seen as performing this, as they risk their happiness for political alliance.
* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', [[spoiler:Flynn is mortally wounded by Mother Gothel. Rapunzel offers a heroic sacrifice (of the non-fatal variety) by promising to stay with Mother Gothel forever if Gothel will only let Rapunzel heal Flynn with her magic hair. Unwilling to allow Rapunzel to be imprisoned forever because of him (since he knows that she will never break her word), [[MoreHeroThanThou and because telling her not to doesn't work,]] Flynn performs a heroic sacrifice of his own by cutting Rapunzel's hair with a shard of glass before the healing incantation can be sung. Yes, he got better, but he didn't know that he would at the time.]]
* In ''{{Disney/Brother Bear}}'', Sitka [[TakingYouWithMe dislodges a glacier]] to save his brothers while fighting against [[spoiler: Koda's mother]]. He dies and is given a funeral pyre, but she survives, prompting Kenai to avenge Sitka by killing her, which in turn prompts his ghost by [[KarmicTransformation turning Kenai into a bear as punishment.]]
* In ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' (pictured above), [[spoiler: Anna forgoes a kiss from Kristoff to thaw her frozen heart and allows herself to freeze to death to prevent Hans from murdering her sister Elsa. This is the "ActOfTrueLove" that saves her, several seconds later.]]
* ''{{Disney/Pinocchio}}'' [[spoiler: gave up his life to save Geppetto from Monstro when he began to sink into the sea despite [[IWillOnlySlowYouDown Geppetto's plea to swim to shore and save himself]]. It was this act of bravery and unselfishness that allowed Pinocchio become a real boy.]]
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Ralph pulls this off to [[spoiler:set off a volcano of Mentos and Diet Cola to act as a beacon to lure away the Cy-Bugs invading the ''Sugar Rush'' game, also taking out King Candy/Turbo in the process. Of course, he didn't expect Vanellope to quickly master her glitching to use it as a TeleportSpam to rescue the big guy in the end.]]

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* In the 2005 film ''Disney/MulanII'', Shang does this. The princesses can also be seen as performing this, as they risk their happiness for political alliance.
* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', [[spoiler:Flynn is mortally wounded by Mother Gothel. Rapunzel offers a heroic sacrifice (of the non-fatal variety) by promising to stay with Mother Gothel forever if Gothel will only let Rapunzel heal Flynn with her magic hair. Unwilling to allow Rapunzel to be imprisoned forever because of him (since he knows that she will never break her word), [[MoreHeroThanThou and because telling her not to doesn't work,]] Flynn performs a heroic sacrifice of his own by cutting Rapunzel's hair with a shard of glass before the healing incantation can be sung. Yes, he got better, but he didn't know that he would at the time.]]
* In ''{{Disney/Brother Bear}}'', Sitka [[TakingYouWithMe dislodges a glacier]] to save his brothers while fighting against
''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'', [[spoiler: Koda's mother]]. He dies and is given a funeral pyre, but she survives, prompting Kenai 9]] attempts to avenge Sitka by killing her, which do this in turn prompts his ghost by [[KarmicTransformation turning Kenai into a bear as punishment.]]
* In ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' (pictured above),
order for [[spoiler: Anna forgoes a kiss 7 to take the talisman from Kristoff to thaw her frozen heart the Fabrication Machine and allows herself to freeze to death to prevent Hans from murdering her sister Elsa. This is the "ActOfTrueLove" that saves her, several seconds later.]]
* ''{{Disney/Pinocchio}}''
therefore destroy it]], but [[spoiler: gave up 1 pushes him out of the way at the last second and is killed in his life to save Geppetto from Monstro when he began to sink into place]].
** [[spoiler:[[MeaningfulEcho "Sometimes, 1 must be sacrificed for
the sea despite [[IWillOnlySlowYouDown Geppetto's plea to swim to shore and save himself]]. It was this act good of bravery and unselfishness that allowed Pinocchio become a real boy.]]
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Ralph pulls this off to [[spoiler:set off a volcano of Mentos and Diet Cola to act as a beacon to lure away the Cy-Bugs invading the ''Sugar Rush'' game, also taking out King Candy/Turbo in the process. Of course, he didn't expect Vanellope to quickly master her glitching to use it as a TeleportSpam to rescue the big guy in the end.]]
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* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', a large part of the plot is about Po trying to find out what happened to his real parents. Near the end, he finally remembers that [[spoiler: his mother [[MosesInTheBulrushes hid him in a basket of radishes]], then sacrificed herself to draw away the wolves that had destroyed their village.]]
** In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'', Po tries to send Kai back to the Spirit Realm by doing the Wuxi finger hold on him, but it doesn't work because it only works on mortals. What does he do? [[spoiler: He holds onto Kai and does the hold on ''himself'' so that they'll both be sent to the realm.]]
* This forms part of [[spoiler:Jack's backstory]] in ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians''. [[spoiler:Back when Jack was human, he and his little sister were out on a frozen lake when the ice began to crack beneath her feet. Jack then used his staff to swap their positions, getting his sister out of danger, and falling through the ice himself. The selfless act was witnessed by the Moon King who resurrected Jack as a Guardian Spirit with ice powers.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', a large part of ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'':
** Carlos Sanchez sacrifices himself to buy some time so
the plot is about Po trying children can run to find out what happened to his real parents. Near the end, he finally remembers warn General Posada that [[spoiler: his mother [[MosesInTheBulrushes hid him in Chakal is coming for San Angel.
** After being [[spoiler:resurrected,]] Manolo traps himself and Chakal [[spoiler:under
a basket church bell with a lit pack of radishes]], then sacrificed herself dynamite to draw away save San Angel from the wolves that had destroyed their village.subsequent explosion.]]
** In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'', Po tries to send Kai back to Just before this, Joaquin secretly gives Manolo [[spoiler:the Medal of Everlasting Life so he can survive the Spirit Realm by doing battle and marry Maria. Without protection, he loses an eye in the Wuxi finger hold on him, but it doesn't work because it only works on mortals. What does explosion. He expected to perform a real heroic sacrifice, too - he do? [[spoiler: He holds onto Kai and does clearly didn't expect Manolo to shove him out of the hold on ''himself'' so that they'll both be sent to the realm.danger zone.]]
* This forms part of [[spoiler:Jack's backstory]] in ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians''. [[spoiler:Back when Jack was human, he In ''{{Disney/Brother Bear}}'', Sitka [[TakingYouWithMe dislodges a glacier]] to save his brothers while fighting against [[spoiler: Koda's mother]]. He dies and is given a funeral pyre, but she survives, prompting Kenai to avenge Sitka by killing her, which in turn prompts his little sister were out on a frozen lake when the ice began to crack beneath her feet. Jack then used his staff to swap their positions, getting his sister out of danger, and falling through the ice himself. The selfless act was witnessed ghost by the Moon King who resurrected Jack [[KarmicTransformation turning Kenai into a bear as a Guardian Spirit with ice powers.punishment.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', [[spoiler: Emmet, realizing that he is attached to the Think Tank's Self-Destruct Mechanism's power source, hurls himself into the [[OurWormholesAreDifferent Infinite Abyss of Nothingness]] to save Wyldstyle and the Master Builders. After a brief voyage into the [[RealWorldEpisode Real World]], he comes back swinging.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' (pictured above), [[spoiler: Emmet, realizing Anna forgoes a kiss from Kristoff to thaw her frozen heart and allows herself to freeze to death to prevent Hans from murdering her sister Elsa. This is the "ActOfTrueLove" that he saves her, several seconds later.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'', this
is attached to the Think Tank's Self-Destruct Mechanism's power source, hurls himself into the [[OurWormholesAreDifferent Infinite Abyss of Nothingness]] [[spoiler:attempted by Oh, to save Wyldstyle and the Master Builders. After a brief voyage into Gorg pod when he was about to be crushed by the [[RealWorldEpisode Real World]], mothership. He throws the pod to Tip since he comes back swinging.]]wouldn't be able to escape it]].



* ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'': Joy & Bing Bong wind up getting trapped inside the memory dump, the part of Riley's mind that forgets and erases old memories. They try using Bing Bong's rocket to escape, but there just isn't enough power to get the two of them out. [[spoiler: Bing Bong bails during the last attempt and lightens the load enough for Joy to escape. Bing Bong is erased because of this and is ultimately forgotten by Riley]].
-->[[spoiler: [[TearJerker/InsideOut Take her to the moon for me, okay?]]]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'': [[spoiler: [[TearJerker Su...per...man...]] He gets better, though]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', a large part of the plot is about Po trying to find out what happened to his real parents. Near the end, he finally remembers that [[spoiler: his mother [[MosesInTheBulrushes hid him in a basket of radishes]], then sacrificed herself to draw away the wolves that had destroyed their village.]]
** In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'', Po tries to send Kai back to the Spirit Realm by doing the Wuxi finger hold on him, but it doesn't work because it only works on mortals. What does he do? [[spoiler: He holds onto Kai and does the hold on ''himself'' so that they'll both be sent to the realm.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'', [[spoiler: 9]] attempts to do this in order for [[spoiler: 7 to take the talisman from the Fabrication Machine and therefore destroy it]], but [[spoiler: 1 pushes him out of the way at the last second and is killed in his place]].
** [[spoiler:[[MeaningfulEcho "Sometimes, 1 must be sacrificed for the good of many."]]]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'': [[spoiler: [[TearJerker Su...per...man...]] He gets better though]]

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* Used twice in ''Animation/LeafieAHenIntoTheWild'':
** The first happens when Wanderer dies protecting his unhatched son from the one-eyed weasel.
** The second happens at the end when [[spoiler:Leafie allows herself to be eaten by the one-eyed weasel so she can produce enough milk to feed her kits]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', [[spoiler: 9]] attempts Emmet, realizing that he is attached to do this in order the Think Tank's Self-Destruct Mechanism's power source, hurls himself into the [[OurWormholesAreDifferent Infinite Abyss of Nothingness]] to save Wyldstyle and the Master Builders. After a brief voyage into the [[RealWorldEpisode Real World]], he comes back swinging.]]
* In the 2005 film ''Disney/MulanII'', Shang does this. The princesses can also be seen as performing this, as they risk their happiness
for political alliance.
* ''{{Disney/Pinocchio}}''
[[spoiler: 7 gave up his life to take the talisman save Geppetto from Monstro when he began to sink into the Fabrication Machine sea despite [[IWillOnlySlowYouDown Geppetto's plea to swim to shore and therefore destroy it]], but [[spoiler: 1 pushes him save himself]]. It was this act of bravery and unselfishness that allowed Pinocchio become a real boy.]]
* This forms part of [[spoiler:Jack's backstory]] in ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians''. [[spoiler:Back when Jack was human, he and his little sister were out on a frozen lake when the ice began to crack beneath her feet. Jack then used his staff to swap their positions, getting his sister
out of danger, and falling through the way at ice himself. The selfless act was witnessed by the last second and is killed in his place]].
** [[spoiler:[[MeaningfulEcho "Sometimes, 1 must be sacrificed for the good of many."]]]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'': [[spoiler: [[TearJerker Su...per...man...]] He gets better though]]
Moon King who resurrected Jack as a Guardian Spirit with ice powers.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'':
** Carlos Sanchez sacrifices himself to buy some time so the children can run to warn General Posada that Chakal is coming for San Angel.
** After being [[spoiler:resurrected,]] Manolo traps himself and Chakal [[spoiler:under a church bell with a lit pack of dynamite to save San Angel from the subsequent explosion.]]
** Just before this, Joaquin secretly gives Manolo [[spoiler:the Medal of Everlasting Life so he can survive the battle and marry Maria. Without protection, he loses an eye in the explosion. He expected to perform a real heroic sacrifice, too - he clearly didn't expect Manolo to shove him out of the danger zone.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'': [[spoiler: The Bog King]] sacrifices himself by holding up a falling building long enough for everyone else to get away. [[spoiler: He survives.]]
* In ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', Kerchak rushes to Tarzan to protect him from Clayton after he shoots Tarzan in the arm.



* ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'': Joy & Bing Bong wind up getting trapped inside the memory dump, the part of Riley's mind that forgets and erases old memories. They try using Bing Bong's rocket to escape, but there just isn't enough power to get the two of them out. [[spoiler: Bing Bong bails during the last attempt and lightens the load enough for Joy to escape. Bing Bong is erased because of this and is ultimately forgotten by Riley]].
-->[[spoiler: [[TearJerker/InsideOut Take her to the moon for me, okay?]]]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'', this is [[spoiler:attempted by Oh, to save the Gorg pod when he was about to be crushed by the mothership. He throws the pod to Tip since he wouldn't be able to escape it]].
* Used twice in ''Animation/LeafieAHenIntoTheWild'':
** The first happens when Wanderer dies protecting his unhatched son from the one-eyed weasel.
** The second happens at the end when [[spoiler:Leafie allows herself to be eaten by the one-eyed weasel so she can produce enough milk to feed her kits]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'': Joy & Bing Bong wind up getting trapped inside the memory dump, the part of Riley's mind that forgets and erases old memories. They try using Bing Bong's rocket to escape, but there just isn't enough power to get the two of them out. ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'': [[spoiler: Bing Bong bails during the last attempt and lightens the load The Bog King]] sacrifices himself by holding up a falling building long enough for Joy everyone else to escape. Bing Bong get away. [[spoiler: He survives.]]
* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', [[spoiler:Flynn
is erased mortally wounded by Mother Gothel. Rapunzel offers a heroic sacrifice (of the non-fatal variety) by promising to stay with Mother Gothel forever if Gothel will only let Rapunzel heal Flynn with her magic hair. Unwilling to allow Rapunzel to be imprisoned forever because of this him (since he knows that she will never break her word), [[MoreHeroThanThou and is ultimately forgotten by Riley]].
-->[[spoiler: [[TearJerker/InsideOut Take
because telling her not to doesn't work,]] Flynn performs a heroic sacrifice of his own by cutting Rapunzel's hair with a shard of glass before the moon for me, okay?]]]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'', this is [[spoiler:attempted by Oh, to save the Gorg pod when
healing incantation can be sung. Yes, he was about to be crushed by the mothership. He throws the pod to Tip since got better, but he wouldn't be able to escape it]].
* Used twice in ''Animation/LeafieAHenIntoTheWild'':
** The first happens when Wanderer dies protecting his unhatched son from the one-eyed weasel.
** The second happens
didn't know that he would at the end when [[spoiler:Leafie allows herself time.]]
* In ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', Kerchak rushes
to be eaten by Tarzan to protect him from Clayton after he shoots Tarzan in the one-eyed weasel so she can produce enough milk arm.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Ralph pulls this off
to feed [[spoiler:set off a volcano of Mentos and Diet Cola to act as a beacon to lure away the Cy-Bugs invading the ''Sugar Rush'' game, also taking out King Candy/Turbo in the process. Of course, he didn't expect Vanellope to quickly master her kits]].
glitching to use it as a TeleportSpam to rescue the big guy in the end.]]



* ''Film/GranTorino'': [[spoiler:Walt Kowalski.]]
* Clarence in ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'':
** Clarence does this in order to stop George from throwing himself off the bridge.
** George turns out to do this a lot in his life, starting with sacrificing his hearing in one ear to save his brother, then sacrificing college and any number of opportunities to leave Bedford Falls to keep his father's company afloat, helping people get into their own homes.



* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'': Doc distracts the terrorists to give Marty time to run. They gun him down.
* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', [[spoiler: Superman]]. He [[spoiler: grabs a [[KryptoniteFactor Kryptonite spear]] and charges at [[TheJuggernaut Doomsday]], knowing full well that either the Kryptonite or Doomsday will be the end of him. When Doomsday [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impales]] him through the chest with a bone spike, [[HeroicResolve Clark simply pulls himself further onto it]] to allow him to drive the spear deeper into Doomsday, stopping the beast at the cost of his own life]].
* A non-lethal example in ''Film/BigGame'' -- Moore stands in Morris' way so that infuriated man would beat the crap out of him, not the thirteen-year-old boy he was going for.
* ''Film/{{Constantine}}'': Unable to stop [[spoiler: Gabriel]] from [[spoiler: unleashing Hell on Earth]], John Constantine brings the plan to Satan's attention by committing suicide. After setting everything right, Satan offers John a life extension as a reward for his assistance. Already dying from lung cancer, Constantine declines, instead asking that the soul of [[spoiler: Isabel Dodson]] be allowed to return to Heaven instead. In doing so, he earns his way into God's good graces, who prevents Satan from taking John to Hell. As his body rises to the heavens - while [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu giving the Devil the finger]] no less - the now angered Satan rips the cancer from Constantine's body, restoring him to full health. He does so in order to give John another chance to prove that his soul belongs in Hell, not Heaven.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' Gromit lets go of the rope that kept him in the air while riding a plane from a dogfight ride and starts plummering downwards. The were-rabbit [[spoiler:(Wallace)]], holding on to the flagpole on top of a building, sees this and jumps down to catch him, cushioning his fall. The drop is seemingly fatal, [[spoiler:but he gets better.]]
* Nearly EVERYBODY in ''Film/{{Damnatus}}''. Injured Oktavian stays behind and [[TakingYouWithMe blows himself up]] when discovered. Adeodatus grenades himself to both try and destroy the daemon and prevent his own possession ([[spoiler:he only succeeds on the second count]]). Von Remus pulls a YouShallNotPass to let Nira escape. Nira herself then dies trying to banish G'guor. Farseer Phaer makes one, too... from [[SoulJar beyond the grave!]]
--> "In this universe, one is either sacrificed or sacrifices themself." ArcWords indeed.
* [[spoiler:[[BreakTheCutie Selma]]]] in ''Film/DancerInTheDark.'' In the latter half of the film, [[spoiler:Selma]] is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. [[spoiler:She]] meets with a new lawyer who says [[spoiler:her]] previous lawyer was incompetent and new evidence has been brought forth that could save [[spoiler:her]] from death. The only way to pay for this new attorney is to use the money that [[spoiler:Selma had been saving for her son to get a surgery that would cure his hereditary degenerative blindness]]. Believing that it is important for [[spoiler:her son to be able to see his own grandchildren some day]], [[spoiler:Selma]] chooses to die. [[spoiler:Just before Selma is hanged, her close friend tells her that the surgery was a success.]]



* In the 1998 adaptation of ''Film/TheThinRedLine'' [[spoiler:Witt]] draws the attention of an approaching Japanese column to buy time for the rest of his unit to escape, only to get surrounded and gunned down.
** In the 1964 adaptation of the same book, [[spoiler:Welsh]] [[TakingTheBullet takes the bullet]] for one of his men.
** It should be noted that neither of those examples come from the book.
* A non-lethal example in ''Film/BigGame'' - Moore stands in Morris' way so that infuriated man would beat the crap out of him, not the thirteen-year-old boy he was going for.
* ''Film/{{Constantine}}'': Unable to stop [[spoiler: Gabriel]] from [[spoiler: unleashing Hell on Earth]], John Constantine brings the plan to Satan's attention by committing suicide. After setting everything right, Satan offers John a life extension as a reward for his assistance. Already dying from lung cancer, Constantine declines, instead asking that the soul of [[spoiler: Isabel Dodson]] be allowed to return to Heaven instead. In doing so, he earns his way into God's good graces, who prevents Satan from taking John to Hell. As his body rises to the heavens - while [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu giving the Devil the finger]] no less - the now angered Satan rips the cancer from Constantine's body, restoring him to full health. He does so in order to give John another chance to prove that his soul belongs in Hell, not Heaven.
* [[spoiler:[[BreakTheCutie Selma]]]] in ''Film/DancerInTheDark.'' In the latter half of the film, [[spoiler:Selma]] is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. [[spoiler:She]] meets with a new lawyer who says [[spoiler:her]] previous lawyer was incompetent and new evidence has been brought forth that could save [[spoiler:her]] from death. The only way to pay for this new attorney is to use the money that [[spoiler:Selma had been saving for her son to get a surgery that would cure his hereditary degenerative blindness]]. Believing that it is important for [[spoiler:her son to be able to see his own grandchildren some day]], [[spoiler:Selma]] chooses to die. [[spoiler:Just before Selma is hanged, her close friend tells her that the surgery was a success.]]

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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Batman confesses to the 1998 adaptation killing of ''Film/TheThinRedLine'' [[spoiler:Witt]] draws the attention all of an approaching Japanese column to buy time for the rest of his unit to escape, only to get surrounded Harvey "Two Face" Dent's victims and gunned down.
** In the 1964 adaptation of the same book, [[spoiler:Welsh]] [[TakingTheBullet
takes the bullet]] for one of his men.
** It should be noted that neither of those examples come from the book.
* A non-lethal example in ''Film/BigGame'' - Moore stands in Morris' way so that infuriated man would beat the crap out of him, not the thirteen-year-old boy he was going for.
* ''Film/{{Constantine}}'': Unable to stop [[spoiler: Gabriel]] from [[spoiler: unleashing Hell on Earth]], John Constantine brings the plan to Satan's attention by committing suicide. After setting everything right, Satan offers John a life extension as a reward for his assistance. Already dying from lung cancer, Constantine declines, instead asking that the soul of [[spoiler: Isabel Dodson]] be allowed to return to Heaven instead. In doing so, he earns his way into God's good graces, who prevents Satan from taking John to Hell. As his body rises to the heavens - while [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu giving the Devil the finger]] no less - the now angered Satan rips the cancer from Constantine's body, restoring him to full health. He does so
fall in order to give John another chance to prove that his soul belongs in Hell, not Heaven.
* [[spoiler:[[BreakTheCutie Selma]]]] in ''Film/DancerInTheDark.'' In
protect Dent's image as the latter half of the film, [[spoiler:Selma]] is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. [[spoiler:She]] meets with a new lawyer who says [[spoiler:her]] previous lawyer was incompetent and new evidence has been brought forth that could save [[spoiler:her]] from death. The only way to pay for this new attorney is to use the money that [[spoiler:Selma had been saving for her son to get a surgery that would cure his hereditary degenerative blindness]]. Believing that it is important for [[spoiler:her son to be able to see his own grandchildren some day]], [[spoiler:Selma]] chooses to die. [[spoiler:Just before Selma is hanged, her close friend tells her 'good guy' that the surgery was city needs. He becomes a success.]]fugitive from this point on, even though he did not kill Dent's victims.



* ''Film/EagleEye'': Towards the end of the film, [[spoiler: Jerry]] fires a gun up in the air during a children's concert at the White House, knowing full well the Secret Service will react to that by shooting first and asking questions later. The reason this is a heroic sacrifice is that [[spoiler: one of the instruments have been altered to act as a detonator for a bomb once a [[MusicalTrigger certain note is reached]], so the concert has to be stopped ''now'' or else they're all going to die, president and children included]]. The reason it's not a stupid sacrifice is that this is only done after shouting, waving and trying to get to security has been tried and failed. [[spoiler: Jerry actually ''survives'' being shot by the Secret Service, and appears to have been exonerated once it was revealed why he'd done what he did]].
* ''Film/{{Elysium}}'': [[spoiler:Max knows the data in his head will kill him if it's removed, but lets Spider do it so Frey's daughter will survive.]]
* ''Film/EndersGame'': At the start of the film, the fighter that crashes into the Formic's MotherShip seems to have done this. [[spoiler:Subverted in that the pilot, Mazer Rackham, ejected in time. But it was cut in the propaganda narrative to invoke ThePowerOfLegacy.]] At the end of the film, [[spoiler:the entire human fleet follows Ender's orders to go for a Hail Mary attack against the Formic homeworld, knowing full well that the Formic armada would tear them to pieces. They all die, but not before they obliterate the Formic planet. When Ender finds out it wasn't a simulation, he has a HeroicBSOD]].



* ''Film/JamesBond''
** ''Film/AViewToAKill''. [[spoiler: After the [[BigBad Zorin]] double-crosses his men, including May-Day (his [[TheDragon Dragon]] ''and'' lover) she tries to help Bond move the detonator he intended to use to set off the explosives that would destroy Silicon Valley out of the mine; when it gets stuck, May-Day leaps onto it and manually moves it out of the mine, dying when it explodes. Her last words to Bond: "Get Zorin for me!"]]
** ''Film/{{Thunderball}}''. Bond's fellow agent Paula is kidnapped by a couple of Largo's thugs and taken to be tortured for information. Bond goes to Largo's estate to rescue her but arrives too late. Paula has taken a CyanidePill and killed herself so she can't be made to betray Bond and the operation.










* ''Film/GranTorino'': [[spoiler:Walt Kowalski.]]



* [[spoiler:Ken]] of ''Film/InBruges'' [[spoiler:sacrifices himself in the name of Ray's redemption by jumping from the Bruges belfry and splattering on the cobblestone pavement below. The original intention was to deliver a gun to Ray and warn him so that he could defend himself from Harry, but the gun was crushed under his massive body, so he was only able to give the warning. Ken even prepares for the event by putting on a black suit, leaving his will tucked away on the hotel dresser, and displaying an almost stoic attitude towards his boss (but getting shot in the leg and neck still hurts like a bitch).]]



* Clarence in ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'':
** Clarence does this in order to stop George from throwing himself off the bridge.
** George turns out to do this a lot in his life, starting with sacrificing his hearing in one ear to save his brother, then sacrificing college and any number of opportunities to leave Bedford Falls to keep his father's company afloat, helping people get into their own homes.
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** ''Film/AViewToAKill''. [[spoiler: After the [[BigBad Zorin]] double-crosses his men, including May-Day (his [[TheDragon Dragon]] ''and'' lover) she tries to help Bond move the detonator he intended to use to set off the explosives that would destroy Silicon Valley out of the mine; when it gets stuck, May-Day leaps onto it and manually moves it out of the mine, dying when it explodes. Her last words to Bond: "Get Zorin for me!"]]
** ''Film/{{Thunderball}}''. Bond's fellow agent Paula is kidnapped by a couple of Largo's thugs and taken to be tortured for information. Bond goes to Largo's estate to rescue her but arrives too late. Paula has taken a CyanidePill and killed herself so she can't be made to betray Bond and the operation.
* ''Franchise/JurassicPark''
** ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'': Eddie saves Nick, Sarah and Malcolm from falling off a cliff by securing a cable to the sliding trailer and throwing a rope to the others. [[spoiler: As he tries to pull the trailer back up with his SUV, the two T Rex that pushed the trailer in the first place come back and start to attack him. Despite the car being torn apart around him, he still keeps his foot on the accelerator trying to save the others. Ultimately though, he is plucked from the car and killed.]]
** In the [[Film/JurassicPark first film]], Malcolm very nearly makes one distracting the T-Rex with a flare to try and save Hammond's grandchildren. The thing rams him through an outhouse and breaks his leg, but he ultimately survives, so arguably it's still a non-lethal sacrifice.







%%* Used in the first two ''[[Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]'' films ''several'' times.

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%%* Used * ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'' with [[spoiler:Centauri as he defends Alex from the hitman.]] Also it's a case of an inverted trope as at the end of the movie [[spoiler:Centauri comes back.]]
* From ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': [[YouShallNotPass "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!"]]
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix''
** Subverted
in the [[Film/TheMatrix first two ''[[Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]'' films ''several'' times.film]] with Morpheus. He attacked Agent Smith with the full knowledge that he wasn't going to win/escape. When the surviving crew members contemplate whether or not to pull the connection on him to prevent the Agents from obtaining the access codes for Zion, the last human city, Neo instead takes [[TakeAThirdOption an alternative option]]; to simply go back in and [[BigDamnHeroes rescue]] their leader. Several [[MoreDakka gun fights]] later, he succeeds with a GunShipRescue.
** In the climatic battle at the end of ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'', Neo jacks himself into the virtual world once more, but not before making a deal with the Machines: [[spoiler:Destroy the rogue agent Smith and the Machines will establish peace with the humans. Powered by the code of the Matrix's "mother", The Oracle, Smith is too strong for Neo, but Neo realizes he must lose himself to win and lets Smith assimilate him. Smith gets promptly deleted by the Machines when they're able to use Neo's avatar to excise Smith's code from the Matrix once and for all.]]



* The ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'' films
** In ''Film/{{Predator}}'', [[spoiler:Billy]] makes a last stand on a log bridge to give the rest of the team time to escape.
** In ''Film/{{Predator 2}}'', [[spoiler:Jerry Lambert]] blocks the Predator from following the fleeing subway passengers and pays for it with his life.




* From ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': [[YouShallNotPass "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!"]]

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* From ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': [[YouShallNotPass "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!"]]In the 1998 adaptation of ''Film/TheThinRedLine'' [[spoiler:Witt]] draws the attention of an approaching Japanese column to buy time for the rest of his unit to escape, only to get surrounded and gunned down.
** In the 1964 adaptation of the same book, [[spoiler:Welsh]] [[TakingTheBullet takes the bullet]] for one of his men.
** It should be noted that neither of those examples come from the book.



* [[spoiler:Ken]] of ''Film/InBruges'' [[spoiler:sacrifices himself in the name of Ray's redemption by jumping from the Bruges belfry and splattering on the cobblestone pavement below. The original intention was to deliver a gun to Ray and warn him so that he could defend himself from Harry, but the gun was crushed under his massive body, so he was only able to give the warning. Ken even prepares for the event by putting on a black suit, leaving his will tucked away on the hotel dresser, and displaying an almost stoic attitude towards his boss (but getting shot in the leg and neck still hurts like a bitch).]]
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Batman confesses to the killing of all of Harvey "Two Face" Dent's victims and takes the fall in order to protect Dent's image as the 'good guy' that the city needs. He becomes a fugitive from this point on, even though he did not kill Dent's victims.
* Nearly EVERYBODY in ''Film/{{Damnatus}}''. Injured Oktavian stays behind and [[TakingYouWithMe blows himself up]] when discovered. Adeodatus grenades himself to both try and destroy the daemon and prevent his own possession ([[spoiler:he only succeeds on the second count]]). Von Remus pulls a YouShallNotPass to let Nira escape. Nira herself then dies trying to banish G'guor. Farseer Phaer makes one too...from [[SoulJar beyond the grave!]]
--> "In this universe, one is either sacrificed or sacrifices themself." ArcWords indeed.

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* [[spoiler:Ken]] of ''Film/InBruges'' [[spoiler:sacrifices himself ''Film/XMen'':
** [[spoiler:Jean Grey]] accomplishes this
in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', when the name of Ray's redemption by jumping Blackbird is frozen at Alkali Lake with the dam about to burst in mere minutes, [[spoiler:Jean]] steps off the jet and uses her now heightened telekinesis to break the ice and allow the jet to lift off, at the same time psychically restraining her teammates to keep them from stopping her. [[spoiler:She frees the Bruges belfry and splattering on the cobblestone pavement below. The original intention was to deliver a gun to Ray and warn him so that he could defend himself from Harry, but the gun was jet seconds before she is seemingly crushed under his massive body, so he was only able to give the warning. Ken even prepares for the event by putting on a black suit, leaving his will tucked away on the hotel dresser, and displaying an almost stoic attitude towards his boss (but getting shot in the leg and neck still hurts like a bitch).beneath tons of rushing water.]]
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Batman confesses to the killing of all of Harvey "Two Face" Dent's victims and takes the fall in order to protect Dent's image as the 'good guy' that the city needs. He becomes a fugitive from *** Having survived this point on, even though he did not in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' but also becoming the [[spoiler:Dark Phoenix, Jean]] twice regains her sanity long enough to beg [[spoiler:Logan/Wolverine to kill Dent's victims.
* Nearly EVERYBODY in ''Film/{{Damnatus}}''. Injured Oktavian stays behind
her]] so she won't kill anyone else. He finally relents at the movie's climax and [[TakingYouWithMe blows [[spoiler:impales her on his claws.]]
** Near ''Film/TheWolverine'''s end, [[spoiler: Wolverine sets
himself up]] when discovered. Adeodatus grenades himself to both try and destroy up for one during his battle with Ichirō (who was piloting the daemon and prevent his own possession ([[spoiler:he Silver Samurai armor), only succeeds on the second count]]). Von Remus pulls a YouShallNotPass for Harada to let Nira escape. Nira herself then dies trying step in and distract Yashida long enough for Logan to banish G'guor. Farseer Phaer makes one too...from [[SoulJar beyond the grave!]]
--> "In this universe, one is either sacrificed or sacrifices themself." ArcWords indeed.
get his bearings. The distraction gets Harada impaled onto a massive heated sword.]]







* ''Franchise/JurassicPark''
** ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'': Eddie saves Nick, Sarah and Malcolm from falling off a cliff by securing a cable to the sliding trailer and throwing a rope to the others. [[spoiler: As he tries to pull the trailer back up with his SUV, the two T Rex that pushed the trailer in the first place come back and start to attack him. Despite the car being torn apart around him, he still keeps his foot on the accelerator trying to save the others. Ultimately though, he is plucked from the car and killed.]]
** In the [[Film/JurassicPark first film]], Malcolm very nearly makes one distracting the T-Rex with a flare to try and save Hammond's grandchildren. The thing rams him through an outhouse and breaks his leg, but he ultimately survives, so arguably it's still a non-lethal sacrifice.



* ''Film/XMen'':
** [[spoiler:Jean Grey]] accomplishes this in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', when the Blackbird is frozen at Alkali Lake with the dam about to burst in mere minutes, [[spoiler:Jean]] steps off the jet and uses her now heightened telekinesis to break the ice and allow the jet to lift off, at the same time psychically restraining her teammates to keep them from stopping her. [[spoiler:She frees the jet seconds before she is seemingly crushed beneath tons of rushing water.]]
*** Having survived this in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' but also becoming the [[spoiler:Dark Phoenix, Jean]] twice regains her sanity long enough to beg [[spoiler:Logan/Wolverine to kill her]] so she won't kill anyone else. He finally relents at the movie's climax and [[spoiler:impales her on his claws.]]
** Near ''Film/TheWolverine'''s end, [[spoiler: Wolverine sets himself up for one during his battle with Ichirō (who was piloting the Silver Samurai armor), only for Harada to step in and distract Yashida long enough for Logan to get his bearings. The distraction gets Harada impaled onto a massive heated sword.]]
* ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'' with [[spoiler:Centauri as he defends Alex from the hitman.]] Also it's a case of an inverted trope as at the end of the movie [[spoiler:Centauri comes back.]]
* ''Franchisr/TheMatrix''
** Subverted in the [[Film/TheMatrix first film]] with Morpheus. He attacked Agent Smith with the full knowledge that he wasn't going to win/escape. When the surviving crew members contemplate whether or not to pull the connection on him to prevent the Agents from obtaining the access codes for Zion, the last human city, Neo instead takes [[TakeAThirdOption an alternative option]]; to simply go back in and [[BigDamnHeroes rescue]] their leader. Several [[MoreDakka gun fights]] later, he succeeds with a GunShipRescue.
** In the climatic battle at the end of ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'', Neo jacks himself into the virtual world once more, but not before making a deal with the Machines: [[spoiler:Destroy the rogue agent Smith and the Machines will establish peace with the humans. Powered by the code of the Matrix's "mother", The Oracle, Smith is too strong for Neo, but Neo realizes he must lose himself to win and lets Smith assimilate him. Smith gets promptly deleted by the Machines when they're able to use Neo's avatar to excise Smith's code from the Matrix once and for all.]]



* The ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'' films
** In ''Film/{{Predator}}'', [[spoiler:Billy]] makes a last stand on a log bridge to give the rest of the team time to escape.
** In ''Film/{{Predator 2}}'', [[spoiler:Jerry Lambert]] blocks the Predator from following the fleeing subway passengers and pays for it with his life.



* ''Film/{{Elysium}}'': [[spoiler:Max knows the data in his head will kill him if it's removed, but lets Spider do it so Frey's daughter will survive.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' Gromit lets go of the rope that kept him in the air while riding a plane from a dogfight ride and starts plummering downwards. The were-rabbit [[spoiler:(Wallace)]], holding on to the flagpole on top of a building, sees this and jumps down to catch him, cushioning his fall. The drop is seemingly fatal, [[spoiler:but he gets better.]]
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'': Doc distracts the terrorists to give Marty time to run. They gun him down.
* ''Film/EndersGame'': At the start of the film, the fighter that crashes into the Formic's MotherShip seems to have done this. [[spoiler:Subverted in that the pilot, Mazer Rackham, ejected in time. But it was cut in the propaganda narrative to invoke ThePowerOfLegacy.]] At the end of the film, [[spoiler:the entire human fleet follows Ender's orders to go for a Hail Mary attack against the Formic homeworld, knowing full well that the Formic armada would tear them to pieces. They all die, but not before they obliterate the Formic planet. When Ender finds out it wasn't a simulation, he has a HeroicBSOD]].
* ''Film/EagleEye'': Towards the end of the film, [[spoiler: Jerry]] fires a gun up in the air during a children's concert at the White House, knowing full well the Secret Service will react to that by shooting first and asking questions later. The reason this is a heroic sacrifice is that [[spoiler: one of the instruments have been altered to act as a detonator for a bomb once a [[MusicalTrigger certain note is reached]], so the concert has to be stopped ''now'' or else they're all going to die, president and children included]]. The reason it's not a stupid sacrifice is that this is only done after shouting, waving and trying to get to security has been tried and failed. [[spoiler: Jerry actually ''survives'' being shot by the Secret Service, and appears to have been exonerated once it was revealed why he'd done what he did]].



* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', [[spoiler: Superman]]. He [[spoiler: grabs a [[KryptoniteFactor Kryptonite spear]] and charges at [[TheJuggernaut Doomsday]], knowing full well that either the Kryptonite or Doomsday will be the end of him. When Doomsday [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impales]] him through the chest with a bone spike, [[HeroicResolve Clark simply pulls himself further onto it]] to allow him to drive the spear deeper into Doomsday, stopping the beast at the cost of his own life]].

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* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', [[spoiler: Superman]]. He [[spoiler: grabs a [[KryptoniteFactor Kryptonite spear]] and charges at [[TheJuggernaut Doomsday]], knowing full well that either the Kryptonite or Doomsday will be the end of him. When Doomsday [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impales]] him through the chest with a bone spike, [[HeroicResolve Clark simply pulls himself further onto it]] to allow him to drive the spear deeper into Doomsday, stopping the beast at the cost of his own life]].
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