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8th Jun '17 11:11:22 AM TaylorHyuuga
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* Brick from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' believed highly in his code as a cadet. So strong was his honor, that he sacrificed winning a challenge for his team to save the lives of Mike, Zoey, and Cameron, who were on the ''other'' team. [[spoiler: This resulted in his elimination, but those he saved saluted him good-bye.]]* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Brian Goes Back To College", Brian goes on a guilt trip after Stewie convinces him to cheat on a test and pass. After some internal conflict, Brian decides not to cheat on his final exam and he fails, but at least he feels good for being honest. The Griffins all say he should have cheated.

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* Brick from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' believed highly in his code as a cadet. So strong was his honor, that he sacrificed winning a challenge for his team to save the lives of Mike, Zoey, and Cameron, who were on the ''other'' team. [[spoiler: This resulted in his elimination, but those he saved saluted him good-bye.]]* ]]
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In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Brian Goes Back To College", Brian goes on a guilt trip after Stewie convinces him to cheat on a test and pass. After some internal conflict, Brian decides not to cheat on his final exam and he fails, but at least he feels good for being honest. The Griffins all say he should have cheated.
24th Apr '17 9:19:16 AM Silverblade2
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--> '''[[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs Actor!Zuko]]''': Honourrrrr!\\

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--> '''[[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs Actor!Zuko]]''': Honourrrrr!\\Honourrrrr!



*** In [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderAvatarDay the season two episode "Avatar Day"]], Aang insists on undergoing an unfair trial by the Avatar-hating Chin Village for something he did in a former life.

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*** ** In [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderAvatarDay [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderAvatarDay the season two episode "Avatar Day"]], Aang insists on undergoing an unfair trial by the Avatar-hating Chin Village for something he did in a former life.
21st Apr '17 2:24:06 PM AthenaBlue
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* Zeta from ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'' is like this once he's grown a conscience and done a HeelFaceTurn against his creators. Ro notes that it would easier for him to escape the NSA's agents tailing him if he'd fight back, but his code of nonviolence is not negotiable for him. And on the odd occasions he ''will'' fight, he won't kill. Ever. The weird thing is that all of this actively goes against his programming and nature, unlike many of the examples on this page.

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* Zeta Finn from ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'' is like this once he's grown ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' occasionally falls into this. He nearly has a conscience nervous breakdown in "Memories of Boom-Boom Mountain" trying to make everyone happy because he made a vow to always help someone in trouble, and done a HeelFaceTurn against his creators. Ro notes that it would easier for him to escape in "Videomakers" he insists on [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil obeying the NSA's agents tailing him if he'd fight back, but his code of nonviolence is not negotiable for him. And FBI warnings]] on the odd occasions he ''will'' fight, he won't kill. Ever. The weird thing is that all of this actively goes against his programming and nature, unlike many of the examples on this page.their pre-Mushroom War video tapes.






* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Korra publicly challenges Amon to a one-on-one duel, alone; [[MagnificentBastard Amon]] does not have the same moral qualms. And yet...
** A weakened Korra challenges Kuvira but refuses to go into [[SuperMode the Avatar State]] from the start, allowing the more highly-skilled and experienced Metalbender Kuvira to dominate the fight. By the time Korra finally relents and goes full Avatar, her EnemyWithin rears up and [[DiabolusExMachina forces her back to normal.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' insists on defending others from evil, even when it means passing up a chance to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong return to the past]] and undo the original ''cause'' of the evil.

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* Alissa from ''WesternAnimation/DeadSpaceDownfall'' was more worried about helping the survivors (whom might already be infected) then quarantining the ship. Her captain might have been nuts, but he actually made SOME sense. Could also be a case of Compassion Before Reason.
** You have to be dead in order to be infected, but still there was at most ''20 people out of 2000'' left alive and going crazy.
*** You don't have to be dead for the marker to drive you batshit insane though.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Korra publicly challenges Amon to a one-on-one duel, alone; [[MagnificentBastard Amon]] does not have the same moral qualms. And yet...
** A weakened Korra challenges Kuvira but refuses to go into [[SuperMode
''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' movie ''Into the Avatar State]] from Wild Green Yonder'', the start, allowing last Encycolopod tries (albeit reluctantly) to preserve the more highly-skilled and experienced Metalbender Kuvira to dominate the fight. By the time Korra finally relents and goes full Avatar, her EnemyWithin rears up and [[DiabolusExMachina forces her back to normal.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' insists on defending others from evil, even when it means passing up a chance to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong return to the past]] and undo the original ''cause''
genetic material of the evil.recently deceased last Dark One. The Encyclopod preserves extinct species by carrying recreations of them on its back using genetic material. The Dark Ones have been trying to exterminate the Encyclopods ever since the two species existed. [[spoiler:If the Dark One's remains hadn't been completely destroyed before the Encyclopod could reach them]], the Encyclopod's honor would have forced it to carry its own mortal enemy on its back.



* Optimus Prime in ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' always was an honorable fighter. Particularly in the episode "Heavy Metal War", when Megatron challenged Prime to single combat. Megatron, of course, cheated by transferring all of the special abilities of the Deceptions to himself. Even though Megatron was ''clearly'' doing things he could not possibly do (teleport, fire null rays, etc.) Prime accepted defeat. At least, until Teletraan-1 pointed out what a cheating bastard Megatron was.
** Many of the older comics and some of the new ones use this to mark the difference between Optimus Prime and other Autobot leaders such as Grimlock, who's not as honor bound, more ruthless and willing to do whatever is necessary for a victory. Yet that same honor, similar to Captain Carrot (see Literature, above) is what allows Prime to make things work that others simply wouldn't. Through patience, a few [[PatrickStewartSpeech Peter Cullen Speeches]], and honorable behavior throughout, Prime manages to convince a Decepticon commander that his surrender to the Earthbound Deceptions is ''not'' a sign that the "great Optimus Prime" actually is and always was a coward or a weakling, but rather that he genuinely believes that only by uniting can they stop a greater threat.
* {{ZigZagged}} in ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}''. Enzo has returned home to Mainframe, all grown up, big, strong and gunning for Megabyte, both literally and figuratively. When confronted by Enzo's gun, Megabyte taunts him into fighting like a "real sprite". Enzo puts away his gun...but then proceeds to send Megabyte flying with a punch hard enough to dent his chest, ''before'' Megabyte has a chance to prepare. And he then proceeds to do it ''again'' while Megabyte is still recovering from the first attack. When Megabyte inevitably cheats, he takes him on with a spear, then at the end of the fight, spares Megabyte... despite Megabyte enslaving the population of Mainframe, torturing his friends, and killing countless binomes.
* Alissa from ''WesternAnimation/DeadSpaceDownfall'' was more so worried about helping the survivors (whom might already be infected) then quarantining the ship. Her captain might have been nuts but he actually made SOME sense. Could also be a case of Compassion Before Reason.
** You have to be dead in order to be infected, but still there was at most ''20 people out of 2000'' left alive and going crazy.
*** You don't have to be dead for the marker to drive you batshit insane though.

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* Optimus Prime in ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' always was an honorable fighter. Particularly in In the two-part ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' episode "Heavy Metal War", when Megatron challenged Prime "The Synthoid Conspiracy", Cobra Commander got a little tired of Destro's complaints, and in an attempt to single combat. Megatron, put him in his place, made a Synthoid of course, cheated by transferring all of the special abilities of the Deceptions Destro, simply to himself. Even though Megatron was ''clearly'' doing things prove to him that he could not possibly do (teleport, fire null rays, etc.) Prime accepted defeat. At least, until Teletraan-1 pointed out what a cheating bastard Megatron was.
** Many
be replaced. Destro would have none of that, and to show the older comics and some of the new ones use this to mark the difference between Optimus Prime and other Autobot leaders such as Grimlock, who's not as honor bound, more ruthless and willing to do whatever is necessary for a victory. Yet that same honor, similar to Captain Carrot (see Literature, above) is what allows Prime to make things work that others simply wouldn't. Through patience, a few [[PatrickStewartSpeech Peter Cullen Speeches]], and honorable behavior throughout, Prime manages to convince a Decepticon commander that his surrender to the Earthbound Deceptions is Commander he did ''not'' a sign that like being insulted, betrayed the "great Optimus Prime" actually is plans to the heroes (who were floundering and always was almost beaten at the moment; if this had not happened, Cobra likely would have won).
* In ''WesternAnimation/HellboyAnimated: Sword of Storms'',
a coward or a weakling, but Japanese daimyo kills his own daughter, rather that than breaking a promise. A promise he genuinely believes that only by uniting can they stop a greater threat.
* {{ZigZagged}} in ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}''. Enzo has returned home to Mainframe, all grown up, big, strong and gunning for Megabyte, both literally and figuratively. When confronted by Enzo's gun, Megabyte taunts him into fighting like a "real sprite". Enzo puts away his gun...but then proceeds to send Megabyte flying with a punch hard enough to dent his chest, ''before'' Megabyte has a chance to prepare. And he then proceeds to do it ''again'' while Megabyte is still recovering from the first attack. When Megabyte inevitably cheats, he takes him on with a spear, then at the end of the fight, spares Megabyte... despite Megabyte enslaving the population of Mainframe, torturing his friends, and killing countless binomes.
* Alissa from ''WesternAnimation/DeadSpaceDownfall'' was more so worried about helping the survivors (whom might already be infected) then quarantining the ship. Her captain might have been nuts but he actually
made SOME sense. Could also be a case of Compassion Before Reason.
** You have
to be dead in order to be infected, but still there was at most ''20 people out of 2000'' left alive and going crazy.
*** You don't have to be dead for the marker to drive you batshit insane though.
demons.



* The Comicbook/DoomPatrol in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' are made of this trope; so much so that they come across as arrogant when they refuse to let the title characters join them on a potential suicide mission. This trope is also subverted in that the Teen Titans end up undoing all the {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s the Doom Patrol made offscreen.
* Omi in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' actually pulls a FaceHeelTurn ''because of this trope.'' Omi lost his good side temporarily becoming evil. The main villain of the season then had Omi pledge loyalty to him. After he returned to normal, Omi decided to stay with the villain SOLELY to keep a promise he made when he wasn't in his right mind.
** Another is when Omi doesn't look up the secret to destroying all evil.... because he promised not to. And actually it's worse than that, because he DOES break the promise and looks it up... but now to feebly try to keep the now BROKEN promise he refuses to USE the secret. Sure, things work out in the better in the end, but it's still horrific use of this trope since as far as Omi was concerned, he was playing it painfully straight. [[spoiler: Though it turns out the secret was really the secret to destroy all good. Chase gives up that little tidbit. Omi then uses Chase's own words against him.]]

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* The Comicbook/DoomPatrol in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' are made of this trope; so much so that they come across as arrogant when they refuse to let ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''
** During
the title characters join them on a potential suicide mission. This trope is also subverted in that the Teen Titans end up undoing all the {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s the Doom Patrol made offscreen.
* Omi in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' actually pulls a FaceHeelTurn ''because of this trope.'' Omi lost his good side temporarily becoming evil. The main villain of the season then had Omi pledge loyalty to him. After he returned to normal, Omi decided to stay with the villain SOLELY to keep a promise he made when he wasn't in his right mind.
** Another is when Omi doesn't look up the secret to destroying all evil.... because he promised not to. And actually
Justice Lords arc, it's worse pointed out that the Lords are every bit as smart, strong, fast, and skilled as the League, except that they're willing to KILL. Superman insists that he won't cross that line, to which Batman replies they'll have to cross SOME kind of line. So they end up getting [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork Lex Luthor's]] help.
** ComicBook/WonderWoman is banished by her mother from [[LadyLand Themyscira]] for bringing men to the island and breaking the law. If she hadn't worked with the HostageForMcGuffin scenario, the Amazons would [[TakenForGranite remain in stone]]. If she hadn't received help from her teammates, Hades could have taken over. ComicBook/TheFlash points out this is ridiculous since she risked her life to save everyone. When the Gods have her return in "The Balance", she says she should leave after completing the task. Hippolyta asks her to stay and when she points out her exile, her mother explains that the Gods will have to deal with her if they have a problem with that. One wonders why she didn't say this the first time other
than that, because he DOES break to have a BittersweetEnding.
** Because she was too stubborn. In
the promise first episode, she even told Diana they shouldn't be concerned about the alien invasion. Or it could be that the 'no men' law was laid down by the Greek gods, and looks it up... they don't ''like'' being disobeyed.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', [[DarkActionGirl Shego's]] brother [[GoodisDumb Hego]] is this in the ep where it's revealed she used to be a hero. For example: His letting the enemy strike first and revealing their presence became too much for his sister, and became one of the many reasons, if not '''THE''' reason for her FaceHeelTurn.
--> '''Shego''': (Annoyed) Why do you think I left?!
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Korra publicly challenges Amon to a one-on-one duel, alone; [[MagnificentBastard Amon]] does not have the same moral qualms. And yet...
** A weakened Korra challenges Kuvira
but now to feebly try to keep the now BROKEN promise he refuses to USE go into [[SuperMode the secret. Sure, Avatar State]] from the start, allowing the more highly-skilled and experienced Metalbender Kuvira to dominate the fight. By the time Korra finally relents and goes full Avatar, her EnemyWithin rears up and [[DiabolusExMachina forces her back to normal.]]
* WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: Applejack.
** Particularly in the episode "Applebuck Season", where she promises to do a few too many
things while ''also'' harvesting her family's entire apple orchard by herself. It takes most of the episode, severe sleep deprivation and overwork, and accidentally causing several disasters to finally convince her that maybe she should admit she's overextended herself and ask for some help.
** She does it again in "The Last Roundup," where her failure to win a contest whose prize she had promised to donate to Ponyville led her to ''run away from home and go out West'' intending to
work out off the debt. She was too ashamed to face her friends and family, despite the fact that nobody ''else'' actually blamed her for losing the contest.
* In "[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Phineas and Ferb]]'s Quantum Boogaloo", when Doofenshmirtz took over the Tri-State Area
in the better in BadFuture, he got everyone (including the end, but it's still horrific use of this trope since as far as Omi O.W.C.A.) to swear obedience to him. All he had to do to stop whatever plans they had to dethrone him was concerned, he was playing it painfully straight. [[spoiler: Though it turns out reminding them of the secret was really the secret to destroy all good. Chase gives up that little tidbit. Omi then uses Chase's own words against him.]]oath.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Lisa turning down a fortune after finding out what Mr Burns had turned the recycling company he and Lisa had started into. What she could've done with twelve million.

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* {{ZigZagged}} in ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}''. Enzo has returned home to Mainframe, all grown up, big, strong and gunning for Megabyte, both literally and figuratively. When confronted by Enzo's gun, Megabyte taunts him into fighting like a "real sprite". Enzo puts away his gun...but then proceeds to send Megabyte flying with a punch hard enough to dent his chest, ''before'' Megabyte has a chance to prepare. And he then proceeds to do it ''again'' while Megabyte is still recovering from the first attack. When Megabyte inevitably cheats, he takes him on with a spear, then at the end of the fight, spares Megabyte... despite Megabyte enslaving the population of Mainframe, torturing his friends, and killing countless binomes.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' insists on defending others from evil, even when it means passing up a chance to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong return to the past]] and undo the original ''cause'' of the evil.
* The 2013 ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' video feature "WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooStageFright" has [[spoiler: Fred and Daphne winning the top prize on a show called "Talent Star" via popular vote. However, they deliberately throw the contest so Emma Gale, a sweet little girl who was a contestant on the show, could win the prize and save her family's farm.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Lisa turning down a fortune after finding out what Mr Mr. Burns had turned the recycling company he and Lisa had started into. What she could've done with twelve million.



* In the two-part ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' episode "The Synthoid Conspiracy", Cobra Commander got a little tired of Destro's complaints, and in an attempt to put him in his place, made a Synthoid of Destro, simply to prove to him that he could be replaced. Destro would have none of that, and to show the Commander he did ''not'' like being insulted, betrayed the plans to the heroes (who were floundering and almost beaten at the moment; if this had not happened, Cobra likely would have won).
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''
** During the Justice Lords arc, it's pointed out that the Lords are every bit as smart, strong, fast, and skilled as the League, except that they're willing to KILL. Superman insists that he won't cross that line, to which Batman replies they'll have to cross SOME kind of line. So they end up getting [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork Lex Luthor's]] help.
** WonderWoman is banished by her mother from [[LadyLand Themyscira]] for bringing men to the island and breaking the law. If she hadn't worked with the HostageForMcGuffin scenario, the Amazons would [[TakenForGranite remain in stone]]. If she hadn't received help from her teammates, Hades could have taken over. TheFlash points out this is ridiculous since she risked her life to save everyone. When the Gods have her return in "The Balance", she says she should leave after completing the task. Hippolyta asks her to stay and when she points out her exile, her mother explains that the Gods will have to deal with her if they have a problem with that. One wonders why she didn't say this the first time other than to have a BittersweetEnding.
** Because she was too stubborn. In the first episode, she even told Diana they shouldn't be concern about the alien invasion. Or it could be that the 'no men' law was laid down by the Greek gods, and they don't ''like'' being disobeyed.
* WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: Applejack.
** Particularly in the episode "Applebuck Season", where she promises to do a few too many things while ''also'' harvesting her family's entire apple orchard by herself. It takes most of the episode, severe sleep deprivation and overwork, and accidentally causing several disasters to finally convince her that maybe she should admit she's overextended herself and ask for some help.
** She does it again in "The Last Roundup," where her failure to win a contest whose prize she had promised to donate to Ponyville led her to ''run away from home and go out West'' intending to work off the debt. She was too ashamed to face her friends and family, despite the fact that nobody ''else'' actually blamed her for losing the contest.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', [[DarkActionGirl Shego's]] brother [[GoodisDumb Hego]] is this in the ep where it's revealed she used to be a hero. For example: His letting the enemy strike first and revealing their presence became too much for his sister, and became one of the many reasons, if not '''THE''' reason for her FaceHeelTurn.
--> '''Shego''': (Annoyed) Why do you think I left?!
* Brick from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' believed highly in his code as a cadet. So strong was his honor, that he sacrificed winning a challenge for his team to save the lives of Mike, Zoey, and Cameron, who were on the ''other'' team. [[spoiler: This resulted in his elimination, but those he saved saluted him good-bye.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Brian Goes Back To College", Brian goes on a guilt trip after Stewie convinces him to cheat on a test and pass. After some internal conflict, Brian decides not to cheat on his final exam and he fails, but at least he feels good for being honest. The Griffins all say he should have cheated.
-->'''Chris:''' I HATE YOU!!!
* In ''WesternAnimation/HellboyAnimated: Sword of Storms'', a Japanese daimyo kills his own daughter, rather than breaking a promise. A promise he made to demons.

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* In the two-part ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' episode ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': Appropriately enough, [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E15TheHonorableOnes "The Synthoid Conspiracy", Cobra Commander got a little tired of Destro's complaints, and in an attempt Honourable Ones"]] features this. After getting stranded with his {{archenemy}}, who's injured, Zeb has no real reason to put let him in his place, made a Synthoid of Destro, simply to prove to him that he could be replaced. Destro would have none of that, and to show the Commander he did ''not'' like being insulted, betrayed the plans to the heroes (who were floundering and almost beaten at the moment; if this had not happened, Cobra likely would have won).
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''
** During the Justice Lords arc, it's pointed out that the Lords are every bit as smart, strong, fast, and skilled as the League,
live -- except that Zeb would much rather beat Kallus in a fair fight instead of killing him out of hand. [[spoiler:Kallus then ends up reciprocating it by saving Zeb's life when they're willing to KILL. Superman insists that he won't cross that line, to which Batman replies they'll have to cross SOME kind of line. So they end up getting [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork Lex Luthor's]] help.
** WonderWoman is banished by her mother from [[LadyLand Themyscira]] for bringing men to the island and breaking the law. If she hadn't worked with the HostageForMcGuffin scenario, the Amazons would [[TakenForGranite remain in stone]]. If she hadn't received help from her teammates, Hades could have taken over. TheFlash points
out this is ridiculous since she risked her life to save everyone. When the Gods have her return in "The Balance", she says she should leave after completing the task. Hippolyta asks her to stay and when she points out her exile, her mother explains that the Gods will have to deal with her if they have a problem with that. One wonders why she didn't say this the first time other than to have a BittersweetEnding.
** Because she was too stubborn. In the first episode, she even told Diana they shouldn't be concern about the alien invasion. Or it could be that the 'no men' law was laid down by the Greek gods, and they don't ''like'' being disobeyed.
* WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: Applejack.
** Particularly in the episode "Applebuck Season", where she promises to do a few too many things while ''also'' harvesting her family's entire apple orchard by herself. It takes most
of the episode, severe sleep deprivation and overwork, and accidentally causing several disasters ice cave, by choosing to finally convince her that maybe she should admit she's overextended herself and ask for some help.
** She does it again in "The Last Roundup," where her failure to win a contest whose prize she had promised to donate to Ponyville led her to ''run away from home and go out West'' intending to work off
shoot the debt. She was too ashamed to face her friends and family, despite the fact that nobody ''else'' actually blamed her for losing the contest.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', [[DarkActionGirl Shego's]] brother [[GoodisDumb Hego]] is this in the ep where it's revealed she used to be a hero. For example: His letting the enemy strike first and revealing their presence became too much for his sister, and became one
creature attacking Zeb instead of the many reasons, if not '''THE''' reason for her FaceHeelTurn.
--> '''Shego''': (Annoyed) Why do you think I left?!
* Brick from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' believed highly in his code as a cadet. So strong was his honor, that he sacrificed winning a challenge for his team to save the lives of Mike, Zoey, and Cameron, who were on the ''other'' team. [[spoiler: This resulted in his elimination, but those he saved saluted him good-bye.
him.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Brian Goes Back To College", Brian goes on a guilt trip after Stewie convinces him to cheat on a test and pass. After some internal conflict, Brian third season finale of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', the Shredder decides not that the perfect time to cheat take revenge on his final exam Splinter is [[spoiler:seconds before [[{{ItMakesSenseInContext}} an army of extradimensional Tricertops]] [[{{EarthShatteringKaboom}} destroy the Earth]] in order to prevent the Kraang from using it as a foothold in the show's main universe]].
* The Comicbook/DoomPatrol in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' are made of this trope; so much so that they come across as arrogant when they refuse to let the title characters join them on a potential suicide mission. This trope is also subverted in that the Teen Titans end up undoing all the {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s the Doom Patrol made offscreen.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' has gained a heavy case of this in later seasons. While usually hard working
and loyal, he fails, but at least will very quickly disobey an order or ignore duties if he feels good believes someone else is remotely unhappy or needs help. He is usually reprimanded for being honest. The Griffins all say he should have cheated.
-->'''Chris:''' I HATE YOU!!!
* In ''WesternAnimation/HellboyAnimated: Sword of Storms'', a Japanese daimyo kills his own daughter,
this, though the Fat Controller occasionally lets it slide if it truly is for the better rather than breaking a promise. A promise he made to demons.just causing confusion and delay. Other engines occasionally have bouts of this too.



* Finn from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' occasionally falls into this. He nearly has a nervous breakdown in "Memories of Boom-Boom Mountain" trying to make everyone happy because he made a vow to always help someone in trouble, and in "Videomakers" he insists on [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil obeying the FBI warnings]] on all their pre-Mushroom War video tapes.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' movie ''Into the Wild Green Yonder'', the last Encycolopod tries (albeit reluctantly) to preserve the genetic material of the recently deceased last Dark One. The Encyclopod preserves extinct species by carrying recreations of them on its back using genetic material. The Dark Ones have been trying to exterminate the Encyclopods ever since the two species existed. [[spoiler:If the Dark One's remains hadn't been completely destroyed before the Encyclopod could reach them]], the Encyclopod's honor would have forced it to carry its own mortal enemy on its back.
* In "[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Phineas and Ferb]]'s Quantum Boogaloo", when Doofenshmirtz took over the Tri-State Area in the BadFuture, he got everyone (including the O.W.C.A.) to swear obedience to him. All he had to do to stop whatever plans they had to dethrone him was reminding them of the oath.
* The 2013 ''ScoobyDoo'' video feature "WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooStageFright" has [[spoiler: Fred and Daphne winning the top prize on a show called "Talent Star" via popular vote. However, they deliberately throw the contest so Emma Gale, a sweet little girl who was a contestant on the show, could win the prize and save her family's farm.]]
* ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' has gained a heavy case of this in later seasons. While usually hard working and loyal, he will very quickly disobey an order or ignore duties if he believes someone else is remotely unhappy or needs help. He is usually reprimanded for this, though the Fat Controller occasionally lets it slide if it truly is for the better rather than just causing confusion and delay. Other engines occasionally have bouts of this too.
* In the third season finale of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', the Shredder decides that the perfect time to take revenge on Splinter is [[spoiler:seconds before [[{{ItMakesSenseInContext}} an army of extradimensional Tricertops]] [[{{EarthShatteringKaboom}} destroy the Earth]] in order to prevent the Kraang from using it as a foothold in the show's main universe]].
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' runs on this trope, with a typical episode revolving around its IdealHero's [[ChronicHeroSyndrome inability to stop doing minor good deeds for random passerby despite the fact that he and his friend are being hunted down by the villain's henchman]], or his need to venture on an increasingly complicated and dangerous quest in the hope of ''personally'' returning a lost sock to its owner rather than risk leaving it in the lost and found.

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* Finn Brick from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' occasionally falls into this. He nearly has a nervous breakdown ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' believed highly in "Memories his code as a cadet. So strong was his honor, that he sacrificed winning a challenge for his team to save the lives of Boom-Boom Mountain" trying Mike, Zoey, and Cameron, who were on the ''other'' team. [[spoiler: This resulted in his elimination, but those he saved saluted him good-bye.]]* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Brian Goes Back To College", Brian goes on a guilt trip after Stewie convinces him to cheat on a test and pass. After some internal conflict, Brian decides not to cheat on his final exam and he fails, but at least he feels good for being honest. The Griffins all say he should have cheated.
-->'''Chris:''' I HATE YOU!!!
* Optimus Prime in ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' always was an honorable fighter. Particularly in the episode "Heavy Metal War", when Megatron challenged Prime to single combat. Megatron, of course, cheated by transferring all of the special abilities of the Deceptions to himself. Even though Megatron was ''clearly'' doing things he could not possibly do (teleport, fire null rays, etc.) Prime accepted defeat. At least, until Teletraan-1 pointed out what a cheating bastard Megatron was.
** Many of the older comics and some of the new ones use this to mark the difference between Optimus Prime and other Autobot leaders such as Grimlock, who's not as honor bound, more ruthless and willing to do whatever is necessary for a victory. Yet that same honor, similar to Captain Carrot (see Literature, above) is what allows Prime
to make everyone happy things work that others simply wouldn't. Through patience, a few [[PatrickStewartSpeech Peter Cullen Speeches]], and honorable behavior throughout, Prime manages to convince a Decepticon commander that his surrender to the Earthbound Deceptions is ''not'' a sign that the "great Optimus Prime" actually is and always was a coward or a weakling, but rather that he genuinely believes that only by uniting can they stop a greater threat.
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' runs on this trope, with a typical episode revolving around its IdealHero's [[ChronicHeroSyndrome inability to stop doing minor good deeds for random passerby despite the fact that he and his friend are being hunted down by the villain's henchman]], or his need to venture on an increasingly complicated and dangerous quest in the hope of ''personally'' returning a lost sock to its owner rather than risk leaving it in the lost and found.
* Omi in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' actually pulls a FaceHeelTurn ''because of this trope.'' Omi lost his good side temporarily becoming evil. The main villain of the season then had Omi pledge loyalty to him. After he returned to normal, Omi decided to stay with the villain SOLELY to keep a promise he made when he wasn't in his right mind.
** Another is when Omi doesn't look up the secret to destroying all evil....
because he made a vow to always help someone in trouble, promised not to. And actually it's worse than that, because he DOES break the promise and in "Videomakers" he insists on [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil obeying looks it up... but now to feebly try to keep the FBI warnings]] on all their pre-Mushroom War video tapes.
* In
now BROKEN promise he refuses to USE the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' movie ''Into the Wild Green Yonder'', the last Encycolopod tries (albeit reluctantly) to preserve the genetic material of the recently deceased last Dark One. The Encyclopod preserves extinct species by carrying recreations of them on its back using genetic material. The Dark Ones have been trying to exterminate the Encyclopods ever since the two species existed. [[spoiler:If the Dark One's remains hadn't been completely destroyed before the Encyclopod could reach them]], the Encyclopod's honor would have forced it to carry its own mortal enemy on its back.
* In "[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Phineas and Ferb]]'s Quantum Boogaloo", when Doofenshmirtz took over the Tri-State Area
secret. Sure, things work out in the BadFuture, he got everyone (including better in the O.W.C.A.) to swear obedience to him. All he had to do to stop whatever plans they had to dethrone him end, but it's still horrific use of this trope since as far as Omi was reminding them of the oath.
* The 2013 ''ScoobyDoo'' video feature "WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooStageFright" has
concerned, he was playing it painfully straight. [[spoiler: Fred and Daphne winning Though it turns out the top prize on a show called "Talent Star" via popular vote. However, they deliberately throw secret was really the contest so Emma Gale, a sweet secret to destroy all good. Chase gives up that little girl who was a contestant on the show, could win the prize and save her family's farm.tidbit. Omi then uses Chase's own words against him.]]
* ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' has gained Zeta from ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'' is like this once he's grown a heavy case conscience and done a HeelFaceTurn against his creators. Ro notes that it would easier for him to escape the NSA's agents tailing him if he'd fight back, but his code of nonviolence is not negotiable for him. And on the odd occasions he ''will'' fight, he won't kill. Ever. The weird thing is that all of this in later seasons. While usually hard working actively goes against his programming and loyal, he will very quickly disobey an order or ignore duties if he believes someone else is remotely unhappy or needs help. He is usually reprimanded for this, though nature, unlike many of the Fat Controller occasionally lets it slide if it truly is for the better rather than just causing confusion and delay. Other engines occasionally have bouts of this too.
* In the third season finale of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', the Shredder decides that the perfect time to take revenge on Splinter is [[spoiler:seconds before [[{{ItMakesSenseInContext}} an army of extradimensional Tricertops]] [[{{EarthShatteringKaboom}} destroy the Earth]] in order to prevent the Kraang from using it as a foothold in the show's main universe]].
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' runs
examples on this trope, with a typical episode revolving around its IdealHero's [[ChronicHeroSyndrome inability to stop doing minor good deeds for random passerby despite the fact that he and his friend are being hunted down by the villain's henchman]], or his need to venture on an increasingly complicated and dangerous quest in the hope of ''personally'' returning a lost sock to its owner rather than risk leaving it in the lost and found.page.

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13th Jul '16 6:34:34 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' had this during the Justice Lords arc. It's pointed out that the Lords are every bit as smart, strong, fast, and skilled as the League, except that they're willing to KILL. Superman insists that he won't cross that line, to which Batman replies they'll have to cross SOME kind of line. So they end up getting [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork Lex Luthor's]] help.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' had In the two-part ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' episode "The Synthoid Conspiracy", Cobra Commander got a little tired of Destro's complaints, and in an attempt to put him in his place, made a Synthoid of Destro, simply to prove to him that he could be replaced. Destro would have none of that, and to show the Commander he did ''not'' like being insulted, betrayed the plans to the heroes (who were floundering and almost beaten at the moment; if this during had not happened, Cobra likely would have won).
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''
** During
the Justice Lords arc. It's arc, it's pointed out that the Lords are every bit as smart, strong, fast, and skilled as the League, except that they're willing to KILL. Superman insists that he won't cross that line, to which Batman replies they'll have to cross SOME kind of line. So they end up getting [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork Lex Luthor's]] help.
11th May '16 5:45:49 PM KimiFW
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* Brick from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' believed highly in his code as a cadet. So strong was his honor, that he sacrificed winning a challenge for his team to save the lives of Mike, Zoey, and Cameron, who were on the ''other'' team. [[spoiler: This resulted in his elimination, but those he saved saluted him good-bye.]]

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* Brick from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' believed highly in his code as a cadet. So strong was his honor, that he sacrificed winning a challenge for his team to save the lives of Mike, Zoey, and Cameron, who were on the ''other'' team. [[spoiler: This resulted in his elimination, but those he saved saluted him good-bye.]]
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* AntiVillain Prince Zuko's catchphrase in ''[[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar: The Last Airbender]]''; he begins the series believing he's a disgrace and only his father can restore his honour, with his rightful place, but his desperation puts his crew and him at risk. His tendency to put his quest for honour over his safety culminates with [[AndThenWhat AndThenWhat]]. The second and third seasons feature [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor much internal conflict]] about what the nature of honour is, [[spoiler:culminating in a HeelFaceTurn for good,]] but he arguably never loses his focus on honour itself at any cost.
--> '''[[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs Actor!Zuko]]''': Honorrrrr!\\

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* AntiVillain Prince Zuko's catchphrase Zuko in ''[[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar: The Last Airbender]]''; he Airbender]]'' begins the series believing he's a disgrace and only his father can restore his honour, with his rightful place, but his desperation puts and his crew and him at risk. His tendency to put his quest for redemption above all else puts he and his crew at risk. He ends the series by wanting to restore honour over his safety culminates with [[AndThenWhat AndThenWhat]]. The second and third seasons feature [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor much internal conflict]] about what of the nature of honour is, [[spoiler:culminating in a HeelFaceTurn for good,]] but he arguably never loses his focus on honour itself at any cost.
entire Fire Nation. 'Kay.
--> '''[[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs Actor!Zuko]]''': Honorrrrr!\\Honourrrrr!\\
29th Jan '16 6:08:18 AM acidxbel
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* AntiVillain Prince Zuko of ''[[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar: The Last Airbender]]'' desperately wants the "honor" he believes only his father can restore to him, and when the SnipeHunt he was sent on turns into an actual hunt for TheHero, Zuko becomes [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain something of]] a {{Determinator}}, and does a great many [[AndThenWhat foolish and ill-thought-out things]]. The second and third seasons feature [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor much internal conflict]] about what the nature of honor is, [[spoiler:culminating in a HeelFaceTurn for good,]] but he arguably never loses his focus on honor itself at any cost.

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* AntiVillain Prince Zuko of Zuko's catchphrase in ''[[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar: The Last Airbender]]'' desperately wants Airbender]]''; he begins the "honor" he believes series believing he's a disgrace and only his father can restore to him, his honour, with his rightful place, but his desperation puts his crew and when the SnipeHunt he was sent on turns into an actual hunt him at risk. His tendency to put his quest for TheHero, Zuko becomes [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain something of]] a {{Determinator}}, and does a great many honour over his safety culminates with [[AndThenWhat foolish and ill-thought-out things]]. AndThenWhat]]. The second and third seasons feature [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor much internal conflict]] about what the nature of honor honour is, [[spoiler:culminating in a HeelFaceTurn for good,]] but he arguably never loses his focus on honor honour itself at any cost.



'''[[spoiler:Fire Lord]] Zuko''': I promised [[ParentalSubstitute my uncle]] that I would restore the honor of the Fire Nation, and I will.
** Aang at the end of the series as he is about to fight the Fire Lord. He's unwilling to kill Ozai despite Ozai fully willing to kill him in return. Everyone, including his past lifes telling him that killing him is the only way to end the conflict for good. [[spoiler:He eventually finds a way [[TakeAThirdOption out of this though]]]]
*** Earlier on, in [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderAvatarDay the season two episode "Avatar Day"]], Aang persist in staying in the psychotic Chin Village because they hate the Avatar due to Kyoshi, Aang's incarnation from almost 500 years ago, supposedly murdering "Chin the Great". This is despite the fact that they have much bigger concerns and, as becomes increasingly clear, the whole process is blatantly unfair. Not to mention how ridiculous the whole "crime" is. [[spoiler:Aang is able to happily resolve everything once his sentence of being boiled in oil gets commuted to "community service."]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Korra has this in the 4th episode when she publicly challenges Amon to a one-on-one duel, alone. [[MagnificentBastard Amon,]] however, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy does not fall victim to this]] and when the time for the duel comes, has ''dozens'' of his [[EliteMooks chi-blockers]] attack her at once, subduing her in seconds.
** She does it again in Season 4, when she challenges Kuvira, despite the fact that she's not at 100%. She refuses to go into [[SuperMode the Avatar State]] from the start, allowing the more highly-skilled and experienced Metalbender Kuvira to dominate the fight. By the time Korra finally relents and goes full Avatar, her EnemyWithin rears up and [[DiabolusExMachina forces her back to normal.]]

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'''[[spoiler:Fire Lord]] Zuko''': I promised [[ParentalSubstitute my uncle]] that I would restore the honor of the Fire Nation, and I will.
** Aang at the end of the series as he is about to fight the Fire Lord. He's unwilling to outright kill Ozai Firelord Ozai, despite Ozai fully willing to kill him in return. Everyone, everyone, including his past lifes lives, telling him that killing him is it's the only way to end the conflict for good. [[spoiler:He eventually finds a way way. [[spoiler:Plot twist: [[TakeAThirdOption out of this though]]]]
Lion turtle.]]]]
*** Earlier on, in In [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderAvatarDay the season two episode "Avatar Day"]], Aang persist in staying in insists on undergoing an unfair trial by the psychotic Avatar-hating Chin Village because they hate the Avatar due to Kyoshi, Aang's incarnation from almost 500 years ago, supposedly murdering "Chin the Great". This is despite the fact that they have much bigger concerns and, as becomes increasingly clear, the whole process is blatantly unfair. Not to mention how ridiculous the whole "crime" is. [[spoiler:Aang is able to happily resolve everything once his sentence of being boiled for something he did in oil gets commuted to "community service."]]
a former life.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Korra has this in the 4th episode when she publicly challenges Amon to a one-on-one duel, alone. alone; [[MagnificentBastard Amon,]] however, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Amon]] does not fall victim to this]] and when have the time for the duel comes, has ''dozens'' of his [[EliteMooks chi-blockers]] attack her at once, subduing her in seconds.
same moral qualms. And yet...
** She does it again in Season 4, when she A weakened Korra challenges Kuvira, despite the fact that she's not at 100%. She Kuvira but refuses to go into [[SuperMode the Avatar State]] from the start, allowing the more highly-skilled and experienced Metalbender Kuvira to dominate the fight. By the time Korra finally relents and goes full Avatar, her EnemyWithin rears up and [[DiabolusExMachina forces her back to normal.]]
29th Jan '16 5:47:40 AM acidxbel
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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' Honorable: Refusing to sign [[CelebrityIsOverrated a lucrative advertising contract]] after overhearing the advertisers insulting you behind your back. Reasonable: Refusing to sign... while exposing their misdeeds so that you won't be branded an idiot for not signing.
** Actually, many of the "morals" in ''HeyArnold'' are Honor Before Reason tropes. Willing to have an incident Arnold didn't do go in his permanent record just to perpetuate the "stick up for your friends!" moral? The fact that the show constantly makes these morals very preachy calls into question why, considering how the vast majority of said morals falling into HonorBeforeReason territory.
22nd Jan '16 8:51:50 AM LancelotG
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* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' runs on this trope, with a typical episode revolving around its IdealHero's [[ChronicHeroSyndrome inability to stop doing minor good deeds for random passerby despite the fact that he and his friend are being hunted down by the villain's henchman]], or going on an increasingly complicated and heroic quest in the hope of ''personally'' returning a lost sock to its owner rather than risk leaving it in the lost and found.

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* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' runs on this trope, with a typical episode revolving around its IdealHero's [[ChronicHeroSyndrome inability to stop doing minor good deeds for random passerby despite the fact that he and his friend are being hunted down by the villain's henchman]], or going his need to venture on an increasingly complicated and heroic dangerous quest in the hope of ''personally'' returning a lost sock to its owner rather than risk leaving it in the lost and found.
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