History HeroicSacrifice / Literature

20th Nov '16 7:29:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler: Robyn]] does this at the climax of the third book of TheTomorrowSeries, ''A Killing Frost.''

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* [[spoiler: Robyn]] does this at the climax of the third book of TheTomorrowSeries, Literature/TheTomorrowSeries, ''A Killing Frost.''
9th Nov '16 6:56:52 PM nombretomado
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* In the BackStory of JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'', Helion had sacrificed himself in a solar storm, especially to save [[PapaWolf his son]]. During the course of the novel, Phaethon believes that the whole civilization lies in danger, and opens his memories, knowing it will mean exile.

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* In the BackStory of JohnCWright's Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'', Helion had sacrificed himself in a solar storm, especially to save [[PapaWolf his son]]. During the course of the novel, Phaethon believes that the whole civilization lies in danger, and opens his memories, knowing it will mean exile.
2nd Nov '16 4:18:57 PM nombretomado
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* In the final book of the HisDarkMaterials trilogy, [[spoiler: Lord Asriel and Marisa Coulter willingly consign themselves to [[FateWorseThanDeath the Abyss]] by dragging down [[BigBad Metatron]] with them in order to save the world and give their daughter a chance to live]]

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* In the final book of the HisDarkMaterials ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' trilogy, [[spoiler: Lord Asriel and Marisa Coulter willingly consign themselves to [[FateWorseThanDeath the Abyss]] by dragging down [[BigBad Metatron]] with them in order to save the world and give their daughter a chance to live]]
30th Oct '16 3:24:48 PM nombretomado
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* [[spoiler: Vanyel Ashkevron]] of Mercedes Lackey's HeraldsOfValdemar. Facing his greatest fear, one that has been hounding him since childhood, he [[spoiler: calls down a Final Strike killing himself and his enemy]] and saving the kingdom.

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* [[spoiler: Vanyel Ashkevron]] of Mercedes Lackey's HeraldsOfValdemar.''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar''. Facing his greatest fear, one that has been hounding him since childhood, he [[spoiler: calls down a Final Strike killing himself and his enemy]] and saving the kingdom.
24th Oct '16 6:06:03 AM SimiOfDoom
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* In ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', [[spoiler: Anomander Rake sacrifices himself to get Mother Dark to return to her people.]] This is the equivalent of a religious leader sacrificing himself to bring back a god who abandoned people.

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* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen''
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In ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', ''Literature/TollTheHounds'' [[spoiler: Anomander Rake sacrifices himself to get Mother Dark to return to her people.]] This is the equivalent of a religious leader sacrificing himself to bring back a god who abandoned people.people.
** Also in ''Literature/TollTheHounds'' and related to the above: Spinnock breaks down injured and exhausted when he feels [[spoiler: Rake's death]] after stalling Kallor for a whole night for him. [[spoiler: Averted in that Korlat sweeps in with a healing draught to tide him over until he can recuperate at home.]]
23rd Oct '16 5:07:24 AM SimiOfDoom
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* Two characters sacrifice themselves in the ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDrowSeries''. Wulfgar, in the grip of a monster that is threatening his friends, [[TakingYouWithMe causes an avalanche that buries them both]]. Shortly afterwards, Drizzt attempts a heroic sacrifice after concluding that his presence in Mithral Hall is putting those around him in danger from future drow attacks targeting him. He decides to leave and return to Menzoberranzan, allowing the drow to have him in order to spare those dear to him. After he's taken captive, however, Drizzt learns that the drow are intent on attacking Mithral Hall whether he's there or not, and that turning himself in didn't accomplish anything.

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* ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'':
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Two characters sacrifice themselves in the ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDrowSeries''. Wulfgar, in the grip of a monster that is threatening his friends, [[TakingYouWithMe causes an avalanche that buries them both]]. Shortly afterwards, Drizzt attempts a heroic sacrifice after concluding that his presence in Mithral Hall is putting those around him in danger from future drow attacks targeting him. He decides to leave and return to Menzoberranzan, allowing the drow to have him in order to spare those dear to him. After he's taken captive, however, Drizzt learns that the drow are intent on attacking Mithral Hall whether he's there or not, and that turning himself in didn't accomplish anything.anything.
**Drizzt tries one in ''Literature/PathsOfDarkness'' while bleeding out from Le'lorinel's potion. The companions can only save one of the two, so he tells them to save Le'lorinel, whom he recognized as the elven child he rescued on his surface raid in ''Homeland''. Naturally, his friends will hear nothing of it and save him, damning Le'lorinel to bleed out.
24th Aug '16 9:19:32 PM nombretomado
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* King Haarahld at the end of Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' book, ''Off Armageddon Reef.'' Haarahld, needing their victory to be as complete as possible, tried to intercept the last of their enemy fleet only for the enemy flagship's crew to board the King's in a suicide attack. Haarahld ended up fighting alongside an eleven-year-old midshipman, who threw himself between his king and an attacker with an arbalest. Immediately upon realizing what the boy was doing, Haarahld threw him aside and took the arabalest bolt in his leg, ultimately causing him to die of blood loss. This act, combined with his last words and his gallantry at sea, make King Haarahld a hero among his people.
** Also, one that's arguably easy to miss, given that it involves the main character, is the sacrifice of the original Nimue Alban. Nimue ''knowingly'' volunteered for what was a hopeless suicide battle not only to help get the last survivors of humanity to safety, but also to enact ThePlan to ensure its success.
** also in the fifth book, Prince Nahrmahn [[JumpingOnAGrenade throws himself between a bomb and his wife]] to save her life.
* A non-fatal version in ''Annals of the BlackCompany'': [[spoiler: The Lady]] chooses to give up her powers and live as a mortal rather than allow an even greater evil than herself to take over the world.

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* Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'':
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King Haarahld at the end of Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' book, ''Off Armageddon Reef.'' Haarahld, Reef'': needing their victory to be as complete as possible, he tried to intercept the last of their enemy fleet only for the enemy flagship's crew to board the King's in a suicide attack. Haarahld ended up fighting alongside an eleven-year-old midshipman, who threw himself between his king and an attacker with an arbalest. Immediately upon realizing what the boy was doing, Haarahld threw him aside and took the arabalest bolt in his leg, ultimately causing him to die of blood loss. This act, combined with his last words and his gallantry at sea, make King Haarahld a hero among his people.
** Also, one that's arguably easy to miss, given that it involves the main character, is the The sacrifice of the original Nimue Alban. Nimue ''knowingly'' volunteered for what was a hopeless suicide battle not only to help get the last survivors of humanity to safety, but also to enact ThePlan to ensure its success.
** also in In the fifth book, Prince Nahrmahn [[JumpingOnAGrenade throws himself between a bomb and his wife]] to save her life.
* A non-fatal version in ''Annals of the BlackCompany'': Literature/TheBlackCompany'': [[spoiler: The Lady]] chooses to give up her powers and live as a mortal rather than allow an even greater evil than herself to take over the world.
10th Aug '16 5:23:27 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** [[spoiler:Kurt]] also goes out with a literal bang in ''VideoGame/HaloGhostsOfOnyx'' - badly wounded, he stays behind and delays a Covenant army as the rest of the cast escape through the slipspace portal. He then sets off a dozen nukes, taking the Covenant with him and simultaneously generating both the book's biggest CrowningMomentOfAwesome and TearJerker moment. Just before that, he updates his status to MIA, which is standard for all Spartans.

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** [[spoiler:Kurt]] also goes out with a literal bang in ''VideoGame/HaloGhostsOfOnyx'' ''Literature/HaloGhostsOfOnyx'' - badly wounded, he stays behind and delays a Covenant army as the rest of the cast escape through the slipspace portal. He then sets off a dozen nukes, taking the Covenant with him and simultaneously generating both the book's biggest CrowningMomentOfAwesome and TearJerker moment. Just before that, he updates his status to MIA, which is standard for all Spartans.
9th Aug '16 11:00:12 PM PaulA
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* Every single Dzur in any of Brust's {{Dragaera}} books will insist to be the one making any heroic sacrifices required, despite the fact that none have actually become necessary. (No, [[spoiler:Zivra/Zerika jumping off Deathsgate Falls does not count as a heroic sacrifice]])

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* Every single Dzur in any of Brust's {{Dragaera}} Literature/{{Dragaera}} books will insist to be the one making any heroic sacrifices required, despite the fact that none have actually become necessary. (No, [[spoiler:Zivra/Zerika jumping off Deathsgate Falls does not count as a heroic sacrifice]])sacrifice]].)
7th Aug '16 8:08:37 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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