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15th Jul '16 6:39:23 AM Willbyr
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* The title character from ''KimbaTheWhiteLion'' started out as this [[CharacterDevelopment before becoming a]] MartialPacifist.

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* The title character from ''KimbaTheWhiteLion'' ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' started out as this [[CharacterDevelopment before becoming a]] MartialPacifist.
17th Jun '16 10:36:29 PM DoctorCooper
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* UsefulNotes/MohandasGandhi has this reputation, [[SubvertedTrope but the reality is much more complicated.]] While he stopped the first Indo-Pakistan war by going on hunger-strike and successfully helped to end British imperialism in India non-violently, his non-violence was more of a tactic than an ethos. In the case of Britain, it was more that he was never capable of acquiring the weapons necessary for the revolution through force that he initially wanted, so a peaceful one was the next-best thing for him. Philosophically, he leaned towards the MartialPacifist, and considered violence preferable to passive acceptance.[[note]]Gandhi's philosophy of non-violent civil disobedience is frequently mistranslated as "passive resistance," but is more accurately rendered "militant non-violence."[[/note]]. His ''ahimsa'' demanded that its followers actively work to counteract violence, and espoused the use of force in the immediate defense of others.

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* UsefulNotes/MohandasGandhi UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi has this reputation, [[SubvertedTrope but the reality is much more complicated.]] complicated. While he stopped the first Indo-Pakistan war by going on hunger-strike and successfully helped to end British imperialism in India non-violently, his non-violence was more of a tactic than an ethos. In the case of Britain, it was more that he was never capable of acquiring the weapons necessary for the revolution through force that he initially wanted, so a peaceful one was the next-best thing for him. Philosophically, he leaned towards the MartialPacifist, and considered violence preferable to passive acceptance.[[note]]Gandhi's philosophy of non-violent civil disobedience is frequently mistranslated as "passive resistance," but is more accurately rendered "militant non-violence."[[/note]]. His ''ahimsa'' demanded that its followers actively work to counteract violence, and espoused the use of force in the immediate defense of others.
11th Jun '16 5:20:40 PM Doug86
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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''''VideoGame/FireEmblem''
11th Jun '16 5:25:03 AM CelPrevXXVI
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*** The original Heero Yuy (not to be confused with the pilot named after him) actually created the "Total Pacifism" philosophy; people like Relena's father King Peacecraft and Quatre's father Zayeed Winner adopted it themselves. Tellingly, all three were assassinated and their deaths led to more death as others sought to avenge them.

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*** The original Heero Yuy (not to be confused with the pilot named after him) actually created the "Total Pacifism" philosophy; people like Relena's father King Peacecraft [[AllThereInTheManual Marticius]] Peacecraft, and Quatre's father Zayeed Winner adopted it themselves. Tellingly, all three were assassinated and their deaths led to more death as others sought to avenge them.
2nd Jun '16 9:35:08 AM lavendermintrose
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* Yashiro Isana from ''Anime/{{K}}''. In a series known for it's gorgeously animated fight scenes, you wouldn't expect to see a character who not only doesn't fight (even though he ''can'' [[spoiler: as a King, since WordOfGod says that any fight between a King and non-King will be a CurbStompBattle in the King's favor]]), but also tends to solve the cast's problems with plans that involve getting ''himself'' blown to bits. [[spoiler: [[FromASingleCell Good thing he's immortal]].]]
30th May '16 5:22:31 PM Someoneman
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* Amusingly used in the French comic ''CaptainBiceps'': the hero Pacific Man is incapable of doing any harm to another person/animal/object (including the bad guys, yogurt and ''his own tooth cavities''), but when he goes into his wimpy SecretIdentity, he is held up by the Terminator, starts giving him the nonviolent speech, then realizes what he's saying and suddenly ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome punches out the goddamn Terminator in a single blow]]'' before running away. Then he says "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Whew! I barely escaped being recognized there]]!"

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* Amusingly used in the French comic ''CaptainBiceps'': the hero Pacific Man is incapable of doing any harm to another person/animal/object (including the bad guys, yogurt and ''his own tooth cavities''), but when he goes into his wimpy SecretIdentity, he is held up by the Terminator, starts giving him the nonviolent speech, then realizes what he's saying and suddenly ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome punches ''punches out the goddamn Terminator in a single blow]]'' blow'' before running away. Then he says "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Whew! I barely escaped being recognized there]]!"



* Franchise/ProfessorLayton fits the description since, although the games show him to be an excellent fencer and in overall remarkably good shape for an academic, he firmly espouses the mindset that "a gentleman does not seek violence." He's only willing to get into a fight if he doesn't have much of a choice, either to defend his own well-being or that of someone else, and on those occasions when he ''does'' fight he does so as non-lethally as possible. [[spoiler:In the swordfight from the second game, he only crosses blades to defend himself, and stops as soon as his opponent shows signs of failing strength. In the third game, his response to being shot at is to [[CrazyAwesome rig together a machine gun made out of a slot machine]], and use it to shoot his antagonists with coins!]]

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* Franchise/ProfessorLayton fits the description since, although the games show him to be an excellent fencer and in overall remarkably good shape for an academic, he firmly espouses the mindset that "a gentleman does not seek violence." He's only willing to get into a fight if he doesn't have much of a choice, either to defend his own well-being or that of someone else, and on those occasions when he ''does'' fight he does so as non-lethally as possible. [[spoiler:In the swordfight from the second game, he only crosses blades to defend himself, and stops as soon as his opponent shows signs of failing strength. In the third game, his response to being shot at is to [[CrazyAwesome rig together a machine gun made out of a slot machine]], machine, and use it to shoot his antagonists with coins!]]
29th May '16 4:55:19 AM harostar
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* Ikuma Momochi, from the ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' light novels. A Ghoul RaisedByMuggles, he is a pacifist that has spent his life satisfying his HorrorHunger through scavenging from corpses. Even this causes him considerable remorse, and he wishes for the chance to talk down the suicides that make up his primary food source....even knowing that doing so would cause him to starve. When forced into confrontation with [[BloodKnight Tsukiyama]], he would rather flee or use himself as a living shield to protect others. Fortunately for him, others are always there to rescue him from danger.
15th May '16 12:33:14 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* The portagonist of the ''Series/{{Oshin}} series is this, after her friendship with the ex-soldier Shusaku [[spoiler: and its tragic end.]] Not only she's increasingly disturbed as ImperialJapan becomes more militarized, when [[spoiler: her son Yuu is drafted into the military itself, she breaks down in tears.]]
17th Apr '16 2:33:31 PM SoapheadChurch
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* Mohandas Gandhi has this reputation, [[SubvertedTrope but the reality is much more complicated.]] While he stopped the first Indo-Pakistan war by going on hunger-strike and successfully helped to end British imperialism in India non-violently, his non-violence was more of a tactic than an ethos. In the case of Britain, it was more that he was never capable of acquiring the weapons necessary for the revolution through force that he initially wanted, so a peaceful one was the next-best thing for him. Philosophically, he leaned towards the MartialPacifist, and considered violence preferable to passive acceptance.[[note]][[Gandhi's philosophy of non-violent civil disobedience is frequently mistranslated as "passive resistance," but is more accurately rendered "militant non-violence."]][[/note]]. His ''ahimsa'' demanded that its followers actively work to counteract violence, and espoused the use of force in the immediate defense of others. He is, however, on record stating that he firmly believed [[SuicidalPacifism the Allies should have surrendered to the Germans rather than allow WWII to happen and that the Jews should have committed suicide instead of "allowing themselves" to be taken prisoner.]] However, this may have been because he, like many others, overestimated Hitler's humanity, and assumed that WWII was another senseless conflict between world powers like WWI.

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* Mohandas Gandhi UsefulNotes/MohandasGandhi has this reputation, [[SubvertedTrope but the reality is much more complicated.]] While he stopped the first Indo-Pakistan war by going on hunger-strike and successfully helped to end British imperialism in India non-violently, his non-violence was more of a tactic than an ethos. In the case of Britain, it was more that he was never capable of acquiring the weapons necessary for the revolution through force that he initially wanted, so a peaceful one was the next-best thing for him. Philosophically, he leaned towards the MartialPacifist, and considered violence preferable to passive acceptance.[[note]][[Gandhi's [[note]]Gandhi's philosophy of non-violent civil disobedience is frequently mistranslated as "passive resistance," but is more accurately rendered "militant non-violence."]][[/note]]."[[/note]]. His ''ahimsa'' demanded that its followers actively work to counteract violence, and espoused the use of force in the immediate defense of others. He is, however, on record stating that he firmly believed [[SuicidalPacifism the Allies should have surrendered to the Germans rather than allow WWII to happen and that the Jews should have committed suicide instead of "allowing themselves" to be taken prisoner.]] However, this may have been because he, like many others, overestimated Hitler's humanity, and assumed that WWII was another senseless conflict between world powers like WWI.
9th Apr '16 5:10:13 PM eroock
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* In ''Film/AngelAndTheBadman'' (1947) Quirt Evans (JohnWayne) falls in love with Quaker Prudence Worth (Gail Russel) and foreswears his violent ways and quest to avenge the murder of his adoptive father. He almost backslides, but in the final confrontation with the man responsible, Laredo Stevens, Prudence convinces Quirt to lay down his gun. [[spoiler: Stevens then attempts to shoot Evans, who would have been killed if not for the timely intervention of the sheriff (Harry Carey, Sr.).]] Some critics say that here Prudence Worth succeeded where her coreligionist Amy Kane (Creator/GraceKelly) would fail in ''HighNoon''. The pacifist theme this Western is a bit unexpected given John Wayne's popular image, but he not only played the lead, but also produced it.

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* In ''Film/AngelAndTheBadman'' (1947) Quirt Evans (JohnWayne) falls in love with Quaker Prudence Worth (Gail Russel) and foreswears his violent ways and quest to avenge the murder of his adoptive father. He almost backslides, but in the final confrontation with the man responsible, Laredo Stevens, Prudence convinces Quirt to lay down his gun. [[spoiler: Stevens then attempts to shoot Evans, who would have been killed if not for the timely intervention of the sheriff (Harry Carey, Sr.).]] Some critics say that here Prudence Worth succeeded where her coreligionist Amy Kane (Creator/GraceKelly) would fail in ''HighNoon''.''Film/HighNoon''. The pacifist theme this Western is a bit unexpected given John Wayne's popular image, but he not only played the lead, but also produced it.



* In ''HighNoon'' (1952), the marshall (Gary Cooper) has just retired and married a pacifist Quaker (Grace Kelly) -- which is sort of a problem 'cause a gang of indignant baddies has just come back to town and they want revenge. [[spoiler: This makes for extra drama when his Quaker bride, after protesting his heroics and leaving him because of his choice to stay and fight, comes back just in time and kills a man to save her man]].
* Terrence Mann in ''FieldOfDreams''. When he's reminded so by Ray, he stops short of "beat[ing Ray] with a crowbar until you go away" and drops the crowbar.

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* In ''HighNoon'' ''Film/HighNoon'' (1952), the marshall (Gary Cooper) has just retired and married a pacifist Quaker (Grace Kelly) -- which is sort of a problem 'cause a gang of indignant baddies has just come back to town and they want revenge. [[spoiler: This makes for extra drama when his Quaker bride, after protesting his heroics and leaving him because of his choice to stay and fight, comes back just in time and kills a man to save her man]].
* Terrence Mann in ''FieldOfDreams''.''Film/FieldOfDreams''. When he's reminded so by Ray, he stops short of "beat[ing Ray] with a crowbar until you go away" and drops the crowbar.
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