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7th Dec '16 12:10:57 AM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': It seems like having this trope is a prerequisite to work at Nelson & Murdock. To varying degrees Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson and Karen Page all feel obligated to right wrongs and protect the weak and the abused, even at the risk of their own safety and well-being.

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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': It seems like having this trope is a prerequisite to work at Nelson & Murdock. To varying degrees Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson Murdock and Karen Page Page, and to a lesser extent Foggy Nelson, all feel obligated to right wrongs and protect the weak and the abused, even at the risk of their own safety and well-being.
10th Nov '16 4:25:44 AM cherrychels
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* In ''A Dance with Dragons'' from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Tyrion suggests that Danaerys has this. Consequently he recommends that [[spoiler:Aegon, instead of showing up on her doorstep asking her to marry him, invade Westeros. He can't ''win'', so she'll have to go to rescue him. This would not only put her own indefinitely delayed invasion plans back on track, but is also more likely to make a good first impression]].
** Jon Snow definitely has a case of this as well, especially [[spoiler:after he is elected Lord Commander of the Night's Watch]]. He repeatedly goes out of his way trying to save everyone, no matter how unlikely the chances of it working are. He justifies it in several cases as being pragmatic though: the more who die beyond the Wall, the more undead join the approaching Other army. Frustratingly, none of his fellow leaders see this side of it.

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* In ''A Dance with Dragons'' from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Tyrion suggests that Danaerys has this. Consequently Consequently, he recommends that [[spoiler:Aegon, instead of showing up on her doorstep asking her to marry him, invade Westeros. He can't ''win'', so she'll have to go to rescue him. This would not only put her own indefinitely delayed invasion plans back on track, but is also more likely to make a good first impression]].
** Jon Snow definitely has a case of this as well, especially [[spoiler:after he is elected Lord Commander of the Night's Watch]]. He repeatedly goes out of his way trying to save everyone, no matter how unlikely the chances of it working are. He In addition to his humanitarian reasons, he justifies it in several cases as also being pragmatic though: pragmatic: the more who die beyond the Wall, the more undead join the [[GreaterScopeVillain approaching Other army. Frustratingly, army]] -- but he only uses this argument once. Still and quite frustratingly, none of his fellow leaders see this side of it.
9th Nov '16 1:02:31 PM DustSnitch
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** We find that it's been going on a long time, too--both the Syndrome and his being {{Badass}} enough to act on it. When Reese is in disguise as a police officer, he's asked by the psychologist he's been ordered to see if he was bullied as a child, as that might've led to his 'hero complex.' What is his answer? "There were no bullies at my school. I kept them in line."

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** We find that it's been going on a long time, too--both the Syndrome and his being {{Badass}} badass enough to act on it. When Reese is in disguise as a police officer, he's asked by the psychologist he's been ordered to see if he was bullied as a child, as that might've led to his 'hero complex.' What is his answer? "There were no bullies at my school. I kept them in line."
9th Nov '16 12:37:58 PM Tron80
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** This tendency almost got him killed the day before his wedding with Lois when he decided to stop a few crooks in an alley. Normally, this would be an incredibly easy feat for him, but at the time, he had completely lost his powers.

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** This tendency almost got him killed the day before ''[[ComicBook/SupermanTheWeddingAlbum his wedding with Lois Lois]]'' when he decided to stop a few crooks in an alley. Normally, this would be an incredibly easy feat for him, but at the time, he had completely lost his powers.
9th Nov '16 12:32:40 PM Tron80
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** In ''Supergirl vol 2 #1'', she feels guilty because she needs to give herself space to be "Linda Danvers" rather than "Supergirl". In the same scene she admits she would interrupt a date with Robert Redford to rescue a kitten from a tree.

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** In ''Supergirl vol 2 her ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1972}} first solo book]]'', Linda/Kara saves people from drowning, tries to cure degenerative diseases, saves cars from falling off cliffs, stops gang wars... Her drive to help people clashes with her desire to be a normal woman and have a decent dating life.
** In ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1982}} Supergirl Vol 2]]
#1'', she feels guilty because she needs to give herself space to be "Linda Danvers" rather than "Supergirl". In the same scene she admits she would interrupt a date with Robert Redford to rescue a kitten from a tree.
9th Nov '16 8:57:22 AM MoPete
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* ViedoGame/FreedomPlanet has Lilac, who suffers a case of this. So much so that her friend Carol calls her "Little Miss Heropants."
28th Oct '16 12:11:28 PM sgamer82
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* ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'': Merlin Athrawes of the series has a severe case of Chronic Hero Syndrome, which is subsequently lampshaded. Merlin himself notes that it tends to cause more problems than it solves. In particular, [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Merlin's]] actions have the potential to catastrophically effect his efforts to [[MedievalStasis brig technology back to Safehold]] because the far above-average abilities he uses to enact his rescues can be interpreted by foes as demonic involvement.

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* ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'': Merlin Athrawes of the series has a severe case of Chronic Hero Syndrome, which is subsequently lampshaded. Merlin himself notes that it tends to cause more problems than it solves. In particular, [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Merlin's]] actions have the potential to catastrophically effect his efforts to [[MedievalStasis brig bring technology back to Safehold]] because the far above-average abilities he uses to enact his rescues do things like wrestle the biggest sea predators the planet bare handed to save random children can be interpreted by foes as demonic involvement.involvement. Fortunately for Merlin, because he acts to save people at these times, it only confirms his allies' trust in him.
27th Oct '16 10:51:06 AM sgamer82
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* Paladins in the ''Literature/SpellsSwordsAndStealth'' universe absolutely ''can not run'' when faced with evil or the knowledge that innocents are in danger, essentially making this trope a requirement. Since Thistle is paladin to Grumble, the god of the minions, he briefly wonders if that rule might be more lenient in his case, since minions are not known for their courage. Thistle gets proven wrong when he's pinned to a street in the town of Briarwillow for several hours until he promises to find out what's behind the evil presence there that's made the townsfolk vanish. The tabletop players in the first book prevented Tim from making a paladin precisely because this trait would interfere with their preferred playstyle of threatening, killing, and/or looting everything they came across.
20th Oct '16 10:35:31 AM lordlundar
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** Taken to it's logical conclusion in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXIV'' with the Warriors of Darkness. Revealed in patch 3.4 that the Warriors of Darkness were originally [[spoiler: the Heroes of Light from another world, fighting the encroaching darkness. They were so effective in doing good and vanquishing the darkness of their world that the light ended up taking over and is threatening to destroy the world as well. It is presented as a warning to the player character to not blindly fight for good and light because the result will be the same as if they did nothing.]]
19th Oct '16 4:50:25 PM comicwriter
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* [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]] in the [[MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] suffers from this. ''Film/IronMan3'' ended with Tony destroying all of his armors and vowing to spend more time with his girlfriend Pepper, yet inexplicably, he's back to being Iron Man in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' with zero explanation. ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' reveals that he broke his promise to Pepper because deep down, he doesn't really ''want'' to stop being Iron Man, which has caused their relationship to deteriorate.
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