History HeroicSacrifice / Literature

7th May '17 4:39:30 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Starcraft}}: Speed of Darkness'', the remaining SpaceMarines willingly activate the psi-emitter to lure the Zerg to their bunker in order to buy precious time for the shuttles sent by the [[LaResistance Sons of Korhal]] to evacuate Mar Sara City (as shown in the game). None of the marines survive.

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* In ''{{Starcraft}}: ''VideoGame/StarCraft: Speed of Darkness'', the remaining SpaceMarines willingly activate the psi-emitter to lure the Zerg to their bunker in order to buy precious time for the shuttles sent by the [[LaResistance Sons of Korhal]] to evacuate Mar Sara City (as shown in the game). None of the marines survive.
4th May '17 2:03:28 PM Hyrin
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* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', when badgers attack Thunderclan's camp, Cinderpelt, a Medicine Cat with a crippled leg, fights a badger one on one to protect the newborn kittens and their equally defenseless birthing mother in the nursery. While the badger ends up killing her, she delays it long enough for 2 Warriors to arrive and drive it away.
26th Apr '17 4:30:43 AM Arivne
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* ''Dragontales'', a collection of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''-related stories. In "The Wizards Are Dying", a cleric named Diehm goes into the area where the godling lich Xanthak [[SealedEvilInACan had been imprisoned]] in order to lure the lich inside. Once he does so his friends close the door and seal it again, leaving him trapped inside with an angry, insanely powerful monster. His friends hope he dies quickly.

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* ''Dragontales'', a collection of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''-related stories. In "The Wizards Are Dying", a cleric named Diehm goes into the area where the godling lich Xanthak [[SealedEvilInACan had been imprisoned]] in order to lure the lich inside. Once he does so so, his friends close the door and seal it again, leaving him trapped inside with an angry, insanely powerful monster. His friends hope he dies quickly.
26th Apr '17 4:29:54 AM Arivne
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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's short story "The Green Hills of Earth". While "Blind" Rhysling is a passenger on a spaceship he goes to the power room to visit with the Chief Jetman, an old friend of his. A sudden blast of radiation from the reactor kills his friend and endangers the ship. Instead of fleeing, Rhysling repairs the damaged reactor while taking a lethal dose of radiation, thus saving the ship, the crew and the passengers at the cost of his own life.

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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's short story "The Green Hills of Earth". While "Blind" Rhysling is a passenger on a spaceship spaceship, he goes to the power room to visit with the Chief Jetman, an old friend of his. A sudden blast of radiation from the reactor kills his friend and endangers the ship. Instead of fleeing, Rhysling repairs the damaged reactor while taking a lethal dose of radiation, thus saving the ship, the crew and the passengers at the cost of his own life.
26th Apr '17 4:28:51 AM Arivne
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* Bess in the poem ''The Highwayman'' by Alfred Noyes. She is taken prisoner by the British Army troops who want to capture her lover the highwayman. They tie her up and bind a loaded musket to her with the mouth of the barrel against her chest. When the highwayman arrives she pulls the musket's trigger, killing herself and warning the highwayman to flee.

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* Bess in the poem ''The Highwayman'' "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes. She is taken prisoner by the British Army troops who want to capture her lover the highwayman. They tie her up and bind a loaded musket to her with the mouth of the barrel against her chest. When the highwayman arrives she pulls the musket's trigger, killing herself and warning the highwayman to flee.
26th Apr '17 4:23:33 AM Arivne
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* The sacrifice of the HMS Thunderchild in HG Wells' ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds''. In a CrowningMomentOfAwesome the torpedo ram destroys two Martian vessels at the cost of itself and her crew, allowing a fleet of refugee vessels to escape. Although London has fallen to the Martians, this victory and the ambush and destruction of a Martian tripod by a hidden artillery battery at Shepparton show that they're not invincible.

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* The sacrifice of the HMS Thunderchild ''Thunderchild'' in HG Wells' ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds''. In a CrowningMomentOfAwesome the torpedo ram destroys two Martian vessels at the cost of itself and her crew, allowing a fleet of refugee vessels to escape. Although London has fallen to the Martians, this victory and the ambush and destruction of a Martian tripod by a hidden artillery battery at Shepparton show that they're not invincible.
15th Mar '17 7:48:47 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Kaladin attempts one [[spoiler:to prevent Elkohar from dying at Moash's hands. This ends up being just what Kaladin needs to redeem himself and regain his powers, so he survives]].
4th Mar '17 5:37:14 PM eowynjedi
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* The ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' novel ''Ship of the Line'' ends with Hornblower taking the ''Sutherland'' into a battle against four French ones, because the rest of his squadron is becalmed and he can't allow the French to break the blockade. He knows it's a doomed battle, but he manages to cripple all but one of the French before he is finally forced to surrender with his ship sinking from under him, half his crew dead (including the PluckyMiddie he'd grown fond of) and his NumberTwo, Bush, losing his foot.
12th Jan '17 3:09:09 PM SimiOfDoom
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* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen''

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** K'rul surrendered practically all his power when he cursed the tyrant king Kallor on Jacuruku. Interestingly, he originally planned to just stop Kallor with the help of his brethren, but when it became obvious that Kallor anticipated their arrival and dealt with his entire population the [[TheCaligula Caligula-way]], he cursed him instead, unaware that the death of an entire population could power Kallor's retaliation well enough that he himself would be cursed to fade from public memory.
17th Dec '16 4:31:31 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', Prudentia sacrifices herself to provide the Red Knight with enough power (drawn from her soul) to let him fight [[TheDragon Thorn]] on even terms.
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