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15th Jan '17 11:50:59 AM WaterBlap
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* Myth/GreekMythology has the story of Admetus and Alcestis. Admetus is a beloved king; and, when he is due to die, Death agrees to allow him to live if he can find another willing to die in his stead. However, he is unable to find anyone - for all that his subjects love him, they don't love him enough to die for him, with even his father refusing to do it. Finally, believing himself doomed, he returns to his room - to find that his wife, Alcestis, has already agreed to die in his place, and promptly expires. Admetus lives - but in the knowledge that he has lost the one person who loved him enough to die for him. Then, in a surprise twist happy ending, Heracles arrives and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punches out Death to save Alcestis]].

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* Myth/GreekMythology Myth/ClassicalMythology has the story of Admetus and Alcestis. Admetus is a beloved king; and, when he is due to die, Death agrees to allow him to live if he can find another willing to die in his stead. However, he is unable to find anyone - for all that his subjects love him, they don't love him enough to die for him, with even his father refusing to do it. Finally, believing himself doomed, he returns to his room - to find that his wife, Alcestis, has already agreed to die in his place, and promptly expires. Admetus lives - but in the knowledge that he has lost the one person who loved him enough to die for him. Then, in a surprise twist happy ending, Heracles arrives and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punches out Death to save Alcestis]].
7th Dec '16 3:24:33 AM iroanxi
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* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', To compensate for Robb's return, [[spoiler: the Old Gods arrange Ramsay's particularly brutal death to a raven and a wolf.]]

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* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', To to compensate for Robb's return, [[spoiler: the Old Gods arrange Ramsay's particularly brutal death to a raven and a wolf.]]
7th Dec '16 3:24:28 AM iroanxi
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* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', To compensate for Robb's return, [[spoiler: the Old Gods arrange Ramsay's particularly brutal death to a raven and a wolf.]]
9th Oct '16 9:14:35 PM Dingbot
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* This is common with the [[GrimReaper Black Racer]], the death of the ComicBook/NewGods. A person may substitute himself, or even someone else, for the one meant to die and the Racer won't make a fuss about it. This was used in ComicBook/FinalCrisis, when Comicbook/TheFlash lead the Racer to collect ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} instead of himself, as [[RasputinianDeath part of the ploy to defeat the villain]]. The Racer seems rather laid back about that issue, despite representing the inevitability of death.

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* This is common with the [[GrimReaper Black Racer]], the death of the ComicBook/NewGods. A person may substitute himself, or even someone else, for the one meant to die and the Racer won't make a fuss about it. This was used in ComicBook/FinalCrisis, when Comicbook/TheFlash lead led the Racer to collect ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} instead of himself, as [[RasputinianDeath part of the ploy to defeat the villain]]. The Racer seems rather laid back about that issue, despite representing the inevitability of death.
15th Aug '16 12:01:12 AM MiriOhki
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* As in the below-mentioned ''Hellraiser'' example, Ruskbyte's ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2452681/1/Evil-Be-Thou-My-Good "Evil Be Thou My Good"]]'' has Harry opening the Lament Configuration upon Voldemort's orders, offering him and his Death Eaters up in exchange for letting Harry and the previously-believed dead Sirius go. Pinhead was going to refuse, but when Harry tells him they fancy themselves [[EvilerThanThou connoisseurs of pain]], Pinhead agrees. [[FateWorseThanDeath Unfortunately for Voldemort and his henchmen...]]
9th Aug '16 4:16:55 PM nombretomado
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* In order to release Camber's soul from stasis in ''[[{{Deryni}} The Harrowing of Gwynedd]]'', his daughter Evaine voluntarily gives her life in a ritual.

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* In order to release Camber's soul from stasis in ''[[{{Deryni}} ''[[Literature/{{Deryni}} The Harrowing of Gwynedd]]'', his daughter Evaine voluntarily gives her life in a ritual.
25th Jul '16 12:12:33 AM PaulA
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* ''The Curse of Literature/{{Chalion}}'' by LoisMcMasterBujold:
** It's possible to perform a "death magic" ritual that will cause a demon to kill anyone you name. The catch is, the demon has buckets for two souls, and can't return to the netherworld until both are full--so performing the ritual is thought to be inevitably fatal. The protagonist ends up surviving performing the ritual; through a miracle, the demon as well as the soul of the man he wanted dead are trapped inside his stomach tumor; when he gets stabbed through the tumor, the demon takes the soul of the person stabbing him.

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* ''The Curse of Literature/{{Chalion}}'' ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion'' by LoisMcMasterBujold:
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** It's possible to perform a "death magic" ritual that will cause a demon to kill anyone you name. The catch is, the demon has buckets for two souls, and can't return to the netherworld until both are full--so performing the ritual is thought to be inevitably fatal. The [[spoiler:The protagonist ends up surviving performing the ritual; through a miracle, the demon as well as the soul of the man he wanted dead are trapped inside his stomach tumor; when he gets stabbed through the tumor, the demon takes the soul of the person stabbing him.]]
7th Jul '16 3:43:38 AM rafi
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** The Death as father and rotating the bed probably came from a [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Brothers Grimm]] FairyTale named "Gevatter Tod" ("Godfather Death"). In the fairy tale, the doctor does not sacrifice himself willingly, but tricks Death - twice - and is killed the second time.



* The Death as father and rotating the bed probably came from a [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Brothers Grimm]] FairyTale named "Gevatter Tod" ("Godfather Death"). In the fairy tale, the doctor does not sacrifice himself willingly, but tricks Death - twice - and is killed the second time.
7th May '16 9:05:10 AM M84
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* Dark Eldar in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' have made it their raison d'etre to stave off their inevitable deaths by regularly throwing the figurative Reaper (the chaos god Slaanesh) fresh souls to keep it from taking theirs instead. Pretty much any sentient being's soul will do and the older the Dark Eldar is the more often will souls have to be sacrificed in their place; this has much the expected result on the species' moral compass.

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* Dark Eldar in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' have made it their raison d'etre to stave off their inevitable deaths by regularly throwing the figurative Reaper (the chaos god Slaanesh) fresh souls to keep it from taking theirs instead. Pretty much any sentient being's soul will do and the older the Dark Eldar is the more often will souls have to be sacrificed in their place; this has much the expected result on the species' moral compass. Not that they had much of a moral compass in the first place -- the entire reason they need to do this while other Eldar do not is because the Dark Eldar refuse to stop indulging in the depraved hedonism that spawned Slaanesh. The Thirst gradually fades if a Dark Eldar rejects that lifestyle.
6th May '16 9:59:42 AM Jhamin
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** In an unusual variation on this trope, Death says she isn't interested in someone else dying to balance the scale. She needs something else. She points out that every living thing will die eventually, so someone else "dying so their beloved will live" just hastens the schedule, and she isn't in a hurry.
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