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* This trope is clinically known as the "messiah complex". People with it feel the need to save the world around them in every way they possibly can. Some doctors are actually afflicted with this, along with law enforcement personnel.
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->''"Some doctors have the Messiah Complex - they '''need''' to save the world."''

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->''"Some doctors have the Messiah Complex - they Complex--they '''need''' to save the world."''



* Mytho in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' has not a great case of this. He literally loves everyone, and wants to protect them -- so much that he [[HeartTrauma shatters his heart]] to [[SealedEvilInACan seal away the Raven]]. After he does this, he's an [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless shell]] and an ExtremeDoormat, wandering lifelessly and completing any orders given to him... except when someone weak is in danger. Then he suddenly becomes the prince he once was and rushes to save them [[MartyrWithoutACause with no thought to his own safety]]. This includes jumping out of a window to save a baby bird and injuring his ankle to catch a clumsy girl who tripped.

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* Mytho in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' has not a great case of this. He literally loves everyone, and wants to protect them -- so them--so much that he [[HeartTrauma shatters his heart]] to [[SealedEvilInACan seal away the Raven]]. After he does this, he's an [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless shell]] and an ExtremeDoormat, wandering lifelessly and completing any orders given to him... except when someone weak is in danger. Then he suddenly becomes the prince he once was and rushes to save them [[MartyrWithoutACause with no thought to his own safety]]. This includes jumping out of a window to save a baby bird and injuring his ankle to catch a clumsy girl who tripped.



* Allen Walker from ''Manga/DGrayMan''. An AllLovingHero that wishes to save ''everyone'' -- humans and Akuma alike. If anyone is in danger while he's around, count on him to jump in and save them.

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* Allen Walker from ''Manga/DGrayMan''. An AllLovingHero that wishes to save ''everyone'' -- humans ''everyone''--humans and Akuma alike. If anyone is in danger while he's around, count on him to jump in and save them.



** Inuyasha doesn't always need Kagome to tell him to save people - he's saved everyone from two orphaned kids to his own romantic rival from whatever threat they were facing; in the first case the psychic demon he was fighting even commented on his heroic instinct. By the end of the series he's more distressed when he fails to save [[spoiler: Kohaku and Kikyou]] than when he's forced to save someone.

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** Inuyasha doesn't always need Kagome to tell him to save people - he's people--he's saved everyone from two orphaned kids to his own romantic rival from whatever threat they were facing; in the first case the psychic demon he was fighting even commented on his heroic instinct. By the end of the series he's more distressed when he fails to save [[spoiler: Kohaku and Kikyou]] than when he's forced to save someone.



-->'''Kaiki''': Sometimes love makes people stronger, and sometimes it makes them useless. Senjogahara has grown a bit stronger thanks to you, that's true, but if you continue to associate with [[spoiler:Sengoku]], she will become useless. You are not the right person to help her.

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-->'''Kaiki''': --->'''Kaiki:''' Sometimes love makes people stronger, and sometimes it makes them useless. Senjogahara has grown a bit stronger thanks to you, that's true, but if you continue to associate with [[spoiler:Sengoku]], she will become useless. You are not the right person to help her.



--> [[spoiler: [[NotSoStoic '''Homura''' (after Madoka nearly contracts for the third time)]]]]: (''in tears'') Why...Why must you always sacrifice yourself?

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--> [[spoiler: -->[[spoiler: [[NotSoStoic '''Homura''' (after '''Homura:''' ''[after Madoka nearly contracts for the third time)]]]]: (''in tears'') Why...time]'' ]]]] ''[in tears]'' Why... Why must you always sacrifice yourself?



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Naruto Uzumaki. If there's a cause, Naruto will fight for it. The guy refuses to give up his quest to save Sasuke, despite Sasuke stating he wants to ''kill'' him, was willing to forgive the man who killed the closest person he had to a father figure, [[spoiler:and -- fortunately for the Shinobi Alliance, as it turns out -- refuses to stay out of the war, despite being placed in hiding, because he can't bear the thought of his friends dying to protect him while he's hidden away in a safe place. Once on the battlefield, he sends clones to help ''every division'', despite the risks it presents to his health, and has basically taken it upon himself to win the Fourth Ninja War. Itachi calls him on this, telling him he should rely more on his friends. The advice seems to go unheeded up until Neji's death]].

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Naruto Uzumaki. If there's a cause, Naruto will fight for it. The guy refuses to give up his quest to save Sasuke, despite Sasuke stating he wants to ''kill'' him, was willing to forgive the man who killed the closest person he had to a father figure, [[spoiler:and -- fortunately [[spoiler:and--fortunately for the Shinobi Alliance, as it turns out -- refuses out--refuses to stay out of the war, despite being placed in hiding, because he can't bear the thought of his friends dying to protect him while he's hidden away in a safe place. Once on the battlefield, he sends clones to help ''every division'', despite the risks it presents to his health, and has basically taken it upon himself to win the Fourth Ninja War. Itachi calls him on this, telling him he should rely more on his friends. The advice seems to go unheeded up until Neji's death]].



* In ''X-Men Noir'', Thomas "The Angel" Halloway's entire life revolves around heroism -- to the point that Professor Xavier diagnoses him with a completely new type of pathology, "heropathy". This is illustrated in their first encounter; Xavier asks Halloway why he cares about the X-Men. Halloway tells him that a woman, Jean Grey, is dead, the police aren't investigating her murder because she was with the X-Men... and he can't live in a world where a killer isn't brought to justice.

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* In ''X-Men Noir'', Thomas "The Angel" Halloway's entire life revolves around heroism -- to heroism--to the point that Professor Xavier diagnoses him with a completely new type of pathology, "heropathy". This is illustrated in their first encounter; Xavier asks Halloway why he cares about the X-Men. Halloway tells him that a woman, Jean Grey, is dead, the police aren't investigating her murder because she was with the X-Men... and he can't live in a world where a killer isn't brought to justice.



** In fact it is ''because'' of this that things aren't as bad as they could be - Ichigo's helping hand has gathered an eclectic bunch of unlikely allies all who will follow him, [[TrueCompanions no]] [[ShipTease matter]] [[HoYay what]].

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** In fact it is ''because'' of this that things aren't as bad as they could be - Ichigo's be--Ichigo's helping hand has gathered an eclectic bunch of unlikely allies all who will follow him, [[TrueCompanions no]] [[ShipTease matter]] [[HoYay what]].



* In ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', Neville accuses Harry of having this. He admits it, saying "Every time someone cries out in prayer and I can't answer, I feel guilty about not being God." He says it's a problem and he's working on it -- but [[ExactWords doesn't mention]] that by "working on it" he means "trying to become God".

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* In ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', Neville accuses Harry of having this. He admits it, saying "Every time someone cries out in prayer and I can't answer, I feel guilty about not being God." He says it's a problem and he's working on it -- but it--but [[ExactWords doesn't mention]] that by "working on it" he means "trying to become God".



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* ''Film/KickAss'' not only has this -- watch the way he charges into a fight with three bigger, tougher guys to defend the guy they're beating up, despite having no training and no weapons besides a pair of sticks -- but he manages to justify this by shaming the thugs, the gawking bystanders and the audience for ''not'' having Chronic Hero Syndrome.
--> '''Thug''': What the fuck is wrong with you, man? You'd rather die for some piece of shit that you don't even fucking know?\\
'''Kick-Ass''': Three assholes laying into one guy while everyone else watches, and you wanna know what's wrong with '''me'''?! Yeah, I'd rather die! [[BringIt NOW BRING IT ON!]]

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* ''Film/KickAss'' not only has this -- watch this--watch the way he charges into a fight with three bigger, tougher guys to defend the guy they're beating up, despite having no training and no weapons besides a pair of sticks -- but sticks--but he manages to justify this by shaming the thugs, the gawking bystanders and the audience for ''not'' having Chronic Hero Syndrome.
--> '''Thug''': '''Thug:''' What the fuck is wrong with you, man? You'd rather die for some piece of shit that you don't even fucking know?\\
'''Kick-Ass''': '''Kick-Ass:''' Three assholes laying into one guy while everyone else watches, and you wanna know what's wrong with '''me'''?! Yeah, I'd rather die! [[BringIt NOW BRING IT ON!]]



* ''Franchise/DieHard'': John [=McClane=]'s tendency to be the RightManInTheWrongPlace leads to this - and this hurts, hurts, [[MadeOfIron hurts]]. He even discusses this in the fourth movie.

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* ''Franchise/DieHard'': John [=McClane=]'s tendency to be the RightManInTheWrongPlace leads to this - and this--and this hurts, hurts, [[MadeOfIron hurts]]. He even discusses this in the fourth movie.



--> '''Gordon''': Dent is in there with them! We have to save Dent! '''I''' have to save Dent!

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--> '''Gordon''': -->'''Gordon:''' Dent is in there with them! We have to save Dent! '''I''' have to save Dent!



* The ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series. Brianna, or "Breeze". She spends most of her time rushing off to impress people with her powers and will, whenever trouble arises, blindly try to take out the threat herself - which nearly gets her killed several times. This is deconstructed during her POV chapters in Fear; the "stain" means she will not be able to use her powers, and she's afraid of being a disappointment to Sam if she doesn't kill Drake before that happens.

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* The ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series. Brianna, or "Breeze". She spends most of her time rushing off to impress people with her powers and will, whenever trouble arises, blindly try to take out the threat herself - which herself--which nearly gets her killed several times. This is deconstructed during her POV chapters in Fear; the "stain" means she will not be able to use her powers, and she's afraid of being a disappointment to Sam if she doesn't kill Drake before that happens.



--->''"Neither of you understands Potter as I do. He does not need finding. Potter will come to me. I know his weakness, you see, his one great flaw. He will hate watching the others struck down around him, knowing that it is for him that it happens. He will want to stop it at any cost. He will come."''

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--->''"Neither --->'''Voldemort:''' Neither of you understands Potter as I do. He does not need finding. Potter will come to me. I know his weakness, you see, his one great flaw. He will hate watching the others struck down around him, knowing that it is for him that it happens. He will want to stop it at any cost. He will come."''



* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden. Dresden has it '''bad'''. And he's GenreSavvy enough to know and admit it -- and then still do it anyway. Just ask him about a DamselInDistress.
** In ''Grave Peril'', Harry attends a Villain Party and is given a very interesting party favor, a gravestone and perpetually open plot. The inscription on the stone reads [[LampshadeHanging "He died doing the right thing."]] [[spoiler:A few minutes later, he is given the choice between walking away and risking his life to save one innocent, which will ''also'' destabilize the vampire/wizard truce. The gravestone wasn't an insult, it was a ''hint''. He does it anyway, with repercussions still being felt ten books later.]] After suffering thoroughly and horribly for that bit of heroism, he is once again given the same choice: walk away, in which case the villain in question will allow him to live and Harry won't [[spoiler:start a war,]] or fight to force the villain to release [[spoiler:the newly half-turned Susan. He refuses to leave her]].
--> [[spoiler: Bianca]]: "You would flirt with chaos, destruction--with war. For the sake of ''this'' one wounded soul?"

--> I smote my staff on the floor, reaching deep for power. Deeper than I've ever reached before. Outside, in the gathering morning, the air crackled with thunder.

--> [[spoiler: Bianca]], even [[spoiler: Ortega]] looked abruptly uncertain, looking up and around, before focusing on me again.

--> "For the sake of one soul. For one loved one. For one life." I called power into my blasting rod, and its tip glowed incandescent white. "The way I see it, there's nothing else worth a war for."

** In ''Turn Coat'', [[spoiler:Lara]] can tell he is sheltering [[spoiler:Morgan]] because that's what Harry ''does'': people in trouble come to him, and he helps them.
** In the short story ''Warriors'' he attempts to bill an Archangel: even if he's working for Good, he's got to eat. He threatens to not come next time he hears the call. The Archangel immediately laughs at the implausibility of Harry turning away from those in need.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden. Dresden has it '''bad'''. And he's GenreSavvy enough to know and admit it -- and it--and then still do it anyway. Just ask him about a DamselInDistress.
** In ''Grave Peril'', ''Literature/GravePeril'', Harry attends a Villain Party and is given a very interesting party favor, a gravestone and perpetually open plot. The inscription on the stone reads [[LampshadeHanging "He died doing the right thing."]] [[spoiler:A few minutes later, he is given the choice between walking away and risking his life to save one innocent, which will ''also'' destabilize the vampire/wizard truce. The gravestone wasn't an insult, it was a ''hint''. He does it anyway, with repercussions still being felt ten books later.]] After suffering thoroughly and horribly for that bit of heroism, he is once again given the same choice: walk away, in which case the villain in question will allow him to live and Harry won't [[spoiler:start a war,]] war]], or fight to force the villain to release [[spoiler:the newly half-turned Susan. He refuses to leave her]].
--> [[spoiler: Bianca]]: --->[[spoiler:Bianca]]: "You would flirt with chaos, destruction--with war. For the sake of ''this'' one wounded soul?"

-->
soul?"\\
I smote my staff on the floor, reaching deep for power. Deeper than I've ever reached before. Outside, in the gathering morning, the air crackled with thunder.

--> [[spoiler: Bianca]],
thunder.\\
[[spoiler:Bianca]],
even [[spoiler: Ortega]] [[spoiler:Ortega]] looked abruptly uncertain, looking up and around, before focusing on me again.

-->
again.\\
"For the sake of one soul. For one loved one. For one life." I called power into my blasting rod, and its tip glowed incandescent white. "The way I see it, there's nothing else worth a war for."

"
** In ''Turn Coat'', ''Literature/TurnCoat'', [[spoiler:Lara]] can tell he is sheltering [[spoiler:Morgan]] because that's what Harry ''does'': people in trouble come to him, and he helps them.
** In the short story ''Warriors'' "Warriors" he attempts to bill an Archangel: even if he's working for Good, he's got to eat. He threatens to not come next time he hears the call. The Archangel immediately laughs at the implausibility of Harry turning away from those in need.



--> ''It.''
--> ''Wasn't.''
--> ''Right.''
--> No, it wasn't. But the world wasn't a fair place, was it? And I had more reason to know it than most people twice my age. The world wasn't nice, and it wasn't fair. People who didn't deserve it suffered and died every single day.
--> So what? ''So somebody ought to do something about it.''
* ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar''

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--> ''It.''
-->
--->''It.''\\
''Wasn't.''
-->
''\\
''Right.''
-->
''\\
No, it wasn't. But the world wasn't a fair place, was it? And I had more reason to know it than most people twice my age. The world wasn't nice, and it wasn't fair. People who didn't deserve it suffered and died every single day.
-->
day.\\
So what? ''So somebody ought to do something about it.''
* ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar''''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'':



* From ''Predator things of the Century'' by Strugatski Brothers: "I'll get crazy for this. So many people -- and I'm alone. I'm exactly like you, people -- except I want to help You, and You don't help me..."

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* From ''Predator things of the Century'' by Strugatski Brothers: "I'll get crazy for this. So many people -- and people--and I'm alone. I'm exactly like you, people -- except people--except I want to help You, and You don't help me..."



** In particular, ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' has Susan angrily call the protagonist "you... ''hero!''" for going back to help his wounded mentor rather than saving the world; he at first takes it as a compliment until he recognises her tone. It should be remembered that Discworld heroes aren't exactly the brightest of people -- many jokes are made throughout the series along those lines -- so Susan, a teacher and great believer in common sense, won't think highly of them.

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** In particular, ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' has Susan angrily call the protagonist "you... ''hero!''" for going back to help his wounded mentor rather than saving the world; he at first takes it as a compliment until he recognises her tone. It should be remembered that Discworld heroes aren't exactly the brightest of people -- many people--many jokes are made throughout the series along those lines -- so lines--so Susan, a teacher and great believer in common sense, won't think highly of them.



-->'''Vimes:''' Tell me while you helped Brick. Why should you care about a slushed-out gutter troll?
-->'''Mr. Shine:''' Why should you care about some dead dwarfs?
-->'''Vimes:''' Because someone has to!
-->'''Mr. Shine:''' Exactly.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward suffers from this, but he's smart about it most of the time. He deliberately goes to where a hero is needed, as he reasons that if he returns as war hero, the king will not be able to get rid of him so easily. He then travels through several villages that were destroyed by bandits, and solves all problems he encounters on the way. As the crimes are connected, this works to his advantage. [[spoiler: He puts himself at a disadvantage by rescuing some individuals, though - Bastilla, a slave he "saved" turns out to really be a slave, but one who is happy and likes inflicting pain on the enemies of her master. Unfortunately for Ward, he is a member of that group ...]]

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-->'''Vimes:''' --->'''Vimes:''' Tell me while you helped Brick. Why should you care about a slushed-out gutter troll?
-->'''Mr.
troll?\\
'''Mr.
Shine:''' Why should you care about some dead dwarfs?
-->'''Vimes:'''
dwarfs?\\
'''Vimes:'''
Because someone has to!
-->'''Mr.
to!\\
'''Mr.
Shine:''' Exactly.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward suffers from this, but he's smart about it most of the time. He deliberately goes to where a hero is needed, as he reasons that if he returns as war hero, the king will not be able to get rid of him so easily. He then travels through several villages that were destroyed by bandits, and solves all problems he encounters on the way. As the crimes are connected, this works to his advantage. [[spoiler: He puts himself at a disadvantage by rescuing some individuals, though - Bastilla, though--Bastilla, a slave he "saved" turns out to really be a slave, but one who is happy and likes inflicting pain on the enemies of her master. Unfortunately for Ward, he is a member of that group ...]]



* In the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology, Mara Jade accuses Luke Skywalker of occasionally suffering from this.
-->'''Mara Jade:''' You didn't think. You ''reacted'', eager to save the world and to do it alone.
::Later in the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' series, she goes out of her way to explain to Anakin Solo how Luke (now her husband) hasn't exactly outgrown the mentality and even infused it into many of his students.

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* Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
**
In the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology, Mara Jade accuses Luke Skywalker of occasionally suffering from this.
-->'''Mara --->'''Mara Jade:''' You didn't think. You ''reacted'', eager to save the world and to do it alone.
::Later ** Later in the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' series, she Mara goes out of her way to explain to Anakin Solo how Luke (now her husband) hasn't exactly outgrown the mentality and even infused it into many of his students.students.
** In ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'', Ben's mission is to watch over Luke Skywalker (still an infant at this point), but he can't help himself from getting involved in the problems he sees in front of him, to the point that he has trouble maintaining his anonymity. He eventually starts to think of Obi-Wan, the Jedi who needs to help people, and Ben, TheHermit who must stand apart, as two separate parts of himself.



-->''"Then what I ask," said the damsel, "is that your magnanimous person accompany me at once whither I will conduct you, and that you promise not to engage in any other adventure or quest until you have avenged me of a traitor who against all human and divine law, has usurped my kingdom."''

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-->''"Then -->"Then what I ask," said the damsel, "is that your magnanimous person accompany me at once whither I will conduct you, and that you promise not to engage in any other adventure or quest until you have avenged me of a traitor who against all human and divine law, has usurped my kingdom."''"



* Hope in Marion G. Harmon's ''Literature/WearingTheCape''. During the series, it is pointed out many times -- particularly when someone observes that she had her breakthrough (gained superpowers) not when she was trapped by falling concrete but several minutes later, when she realized that people needed to be rescued.

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* Hope in Marion G. Harmon's ''Literature/WearingTheCape''. During the series, it is pointed out many times -- particularly times--particularly when someone observes that she had her breakthrough (gained superpowers) not when she was trapped by falling concrete but several minutes later, when she realized that people needed to be rescued.



-->'''Tyr Anasazi''': I trust Dylan to be Dylan. When the universe collapses and dies, there will be three survivors: Tyr Anasazi, the cockroaches...and Dylan Hunt, trying to ''save'' the cockroaches.

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-->'''Tyr Anasazi''': Anasazi:''' I trust Dylan to be Dylan. When the universe collapses and dies, there will be three survivors: Tyr Anasazi, the cockroaches... and Dylan Hunt, trying to ''save'' the cockroaches.



---> '''Doctor''': [[MadnessMantra Not noticing, just going. Not noticing, just going. Not noticing, just going!]]... STOP IT! Am I noticing? No! I am not! What I am ''not'' doing is scanning around for electrical fluctuations. Oh shut up you! I'm just dropping in on a friend; the last thing I need right now is a Cortina full of teleport energy! I am going! Do you hear me, going! Not staying, going! I am ''through'' saving them! [[BlatantLies I am going away now!]]

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---> '''Doctor''': ---->'''The Doctor:''' [[MadnessMantra Not noticing, just going. Not noticing, just going. Not noticing, just going!]]... STOP IT! Am I noticing? No! I am not! What I am ''not'' doing is scanning around for electrical fluctuations. Oh shut up you! I'm just dropping in on a friend; the last thing I need right now is a Cortina full of teleport energy! I am going! Do you hear me, going! Not staying, going! I am ''through'' saving them! [[BlatantLies I am going away now!]]



** The Twelfth Doctor reaffirming his commitment to this trope despite the possibility/inevitability of problematic aftermaths to his rescues is key to his actions in Series 9. As well, his companion Clara Oswald adopts this trope as she becomes, effectively, his DistaffCounterpart -- which leads her to a tragic fate in "Face the Raven", the first episode of the three-part season finale. Making matters worse, the events of that episode are tied into a secondary arc involving the aftermath of the Doctor holding himself to the mark in [[spoiler: "The Girl Who Died"]]. Upon losing Clara and having ''more'' miseries heaped on him besides, he has a FreakOut, and in "Hell Bent" two episodes later is at the DespairEventHorizon, acting purely out of rage, anguish, and self-interest.

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** The Twelfth Doctor reaffirming his commitment to this trope despite the possibility/inevitability of problematic aftermaths to his rescues is key to his actions in Series 9. As well, his companion Clara Oswald adopts this trope as she becomes, effectively, his DistaffCounterpart -- which DistaffCounterpart--which leads her to a tragic fate in "Face the Raven", the first episode of the three-part season finale. Making matters worse, the events of that episode are tied into a secondary arc involving the aftermath of the Doctor holding himself to the mark in [[spoiler: "The Girl Who Died"]]. Upon losing Clara and having ''more'' miseries heaped on him besides, he has a FreakOut, and in "Hell Bent" two episodes later is at the DespairEventHorizon, acting purely out of rage, anguish, and self-interest.



*** Donna and the Tenth Doctor spend most of "The Fires of Pompeii" bickering about what to do about the fate of the people there -- he insists that it's a fixed point in history, and they can't do anything to stop it. She feels that they should save at least ''one'' person. [[spoiler:She finally convinces him to save a family of four.]] And down the line, [[spoiler: remembering this incident subconsciously will give the ''Twelfth'' Doctor the patriarch's face as a reminder of what he exists to be -- a man who saves people]].

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*** Donna and the Tenth Doctor spend most of "The Fires of Pompeii" bickering about what to do about the fate of the people there -- he there--he insists that it's a fixed point in history, and they can't do anything to stop it. She feels that they should save at least ''one'' person. [[spoiler:She finally convinces him to save a family of four.]] And down the line, [[spoiler: remembering this incident subconsciously will give the ''Twelfth'' Doctor the patriarch's face as a reminder of what he exists to be -- a be--a man who saves people]].



-->'''Gaius:''' ''(to Merlin)'' You know how I'm always telling you not to rescue people, but then you go ahead and rescue them anyway, behind my back? Seriously, don't do that this time.

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-->'''Gaius:''' ''(to Merlin)'' --->'''Gaius:''' ''[to Merlin]'' You know how I'm always telling you not to rescue people, but then you go ahead and rescue them anyway, behind my back? Seriously, don't do that this time.



--> '''Dwight''' ''(weeping due to a faulty can of pepper spray)'': Every day for 8 years, I have brought pepper spray into this office, to protect myself and my fellow employees. And everyday for 8 years, people have laughed at me. Well, who's laughing now?

-->''Jim and Pam come home and find Dwight and several renovators tearing their kitchen apart.''
-->'''Dwight''': I couldn't find your I-Pod.

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--> '''Dwight''' ''(weeping -->'''Dwight:''' ''[weeping due to a faulty can of pepper spray)'': spray]'' Every day for 8 years, I have brought pepper spray into this office, to protect myself and my fellow employees. And everyday for 8 years, people have laughed at me. Well, who's laughing now?

-->''Jim
now?\\\
''[Jim
and Pam come home and find Dwight and several renovators tearing their kitchen apart.''
-->'''Dwight''':
apart]''\\
'''Dwight:'''
I couldn't find your I-Pod.iPod.



** 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 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."



-->'''Lightning:''' But going out of his way to help someone? That's Snow all over.

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-->'''Lightning:''' --->'''Lightning:''' But going out of his way to help someone? That's Snow all over.



-->'''[[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe]]:''' [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 Mining is replaced by finding rare artifacts, that you overhear while you're on the Citadel.]] [[https://youtu.be/TFq531vkNOY?t=534 And, boy, is Shepard a nosy one.]]

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-->'''[[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow --->'''[[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe]]:''' [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 Mining is replaced by finding rare artifacts, that you overhear while you're on the Citadel.]] [[https://youtu.be/TFq531vkNOY?t=534 And, boy, is Shepard a nosy one.]]



* The title character of ''VideoGame/NieR'' may be TheUnfettered in his desire to keep Yonah safe, but that doesn't mean he won't stop to assist with such diverse problems as helping a merchant get started, a family get enough to eat, finding a lost dog, or getting a bartender rare supplies. Weiss snarks about it, but Nier says he can't afford to turn down any available odd job since it's what he and Yonah live on. Later, it's because it's what he's always done, and the occasional distraction keeps him sane - though one quest-giver opens up with (paraphrased) "Hey, you're that guy who'll do any job no matter how degrading, right?" It helps that Nier's usually not on a hard deadline for anything.

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* The title character of ''VideoGame/NieR'' may be TheUnfettered in his desire to keep Yonah safe, but that doesn't mean he won't stop to assist with such diverse problems as helping a merchant get started, a family get enough to eat, finding a lost dog, or getting a bartender rare supplies. Weiss snarks about it, but Nier says he can't afford to turn down any available odd job since it's what he and Yonah live on. Later, it's because it's what he's always done, and the occasional distraction keeps him sane - though sane--though one quest-giver opens up with (paraphrased) "Hey, you're that guy who'll do any job no matter how degrading, right?" It helps that Nier's usually not on a hard deadline for anything.



* Justified in the ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' series, as the protagonist's KarmaMeter not only sometimes determines whether he can complete the game, but often his power level as well. Since there's an emphasis on Humility, helping people with their personal lives is every bit as important as fighting the latest BigBad -- sometimes moreso.

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* Justified in the ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' series, as the protagonist's KarmaMeter not only sometimes determines whether he can complete the game, but often his power level as well. Since there's an emphasis on Humility, helping people with their personal lives is every bit as important as fighting the latest BigBad -- sometimes BigBad--sometimes moreso.



-->"This is the bizarre thing about being a superhero [[SaveTheVillain you've even got to save the bad guys]]."

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-->"This -->'''Captain Planet:''' This is the bizarre thing about being a superhero [[SaveTheVillain superhero--[[SaveTheVillain you've even got to save the bad guys]]."



* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': Jack who feels compelled to right wrongs at everywhere he goes. If he'd been able to kill Aku in episode one, then most of the wrongs he comes across would never have happened in the first place -- this drives him.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': Jack who feels compelled to right wrongs at everywhere he goes. If he'd been able to kill Aku in episode one, then most of the wrongs he comes across would never have happened in the first place -- this place--this drives him.



-->'''Batman:''' Perfect. Just '''perfect'''. ''(alters direction to save them)''

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-->'''Batman:''' Perfect. Just '''perfect'''. ''(alters ''[alters direction to save them)''them]''



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer Simpson is a ''very'' flawed person, but he is always willing to help his friends, close or not, if they are in trouble. In [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie the movie]], his selfishness overpowered his hero syndrome, but he ultimately did the right thing when he realized he was alienating his family by being selfish.
-->'''Grampa''': Homer? What the hell are you doing now?\\
'''Homer Simpson''': Risking my life to save people I hate for reasons I don't quite understand. Gotta go!

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer Simpson is a ''very'' flawed person, but he is always willing to help his friends, close or not, if they are in trouble. In [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie the movie]], his selfishness overpowered overpowers his hero syndrome, but he ultimately did does the right thing when he realized realizes he was is alienating his family by being selfish.
-->'''Grampa''': -->'''Grampa:''' Homer? What the hell are you doing now?\\
'''Homer Simpson''': Simpson:''' Risking my life to save people I hate for reasons I don't quite understand. Gotta go!
17th Jun '16 12:51:13 AM gewunomox
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** Asbel Lhant from ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' doesn't care who he helps; if you have a problem, he ''will'' help you. {{Amnesiac}} MysteriousWaif? Yup. His [[spoiler:now possessed]] childhood friend? Yup. His former knight captain? yup. [[spoiler: An EldritchAbomination bent on killing all humans?]] Oh yeah.

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** Asbel Lhant from ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' doesn't care who he helps; if you have a problem, he ''will'' help you. {{Amnesiac}} Amnesiac MysteriousWaif? Yup. His [[spoiler:now possessed]] childhood friend? Yup. His former knight captain? yup. [[spoiler: An EldritchAbomination bent on killing all humans?]] Oh yeah.
12th Jun '16 3:51:30 AM Andyroid
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* The titular Wander of ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' feels the need to help out aliens he meets on all the planets he and Sylvia visit. This turns out to be his downfall in "The Fugitives" when he and Sylvia are wanted fugitives on a planet; she wants to escape, but her plans keep getting botched when he [[JustForPun wanders]] off to help people. In "The Good Deed", all of his good deeds done to one person (or people) turn out to be the misfortune of others.

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* The titular Wander of ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' feels the need to help out aliens he meets on all the planets he and Sylvia visit. This turns out to be his downfall cause trouble in a few episodes:
** In
"The Fugitives" when Fugitives", he and Sylvia are wanted fugitives on a planet; she wants to escape, but her plans keep getting botched when he [[JustForPun wanders]] off to help people. Fortunately, in the end all the people Wander helped pay him back by helping him and Sylvia escape.
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In "The Good Deed", all of his Wander and Sylvia's good deeds done to one person (or people) turn out to be the [[DisasterDominoes keep accidentally causing misfortune for others]], to the point that Wander [[TenMinuteRetirement briefly sinks into despair]] when he accidentally provokes Lord Hater into trying to blow up a sun.
** In "The Nice Guy", Wander's perpetual helpfulness and niceness impede a simple attempt to buy Sylvia a bottle
of others.her favorite soft drink, to the point he ends up giving the last bottle of Thunder Blazz away to a little girl. [[spoiler: It turns out said little girl wanted to buy the soda so she could give it to Sylvia!]]
** In "The Helper", Wander [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything goes into outright withdrawal]] when he can't find anyone who actually needs his help.
25th May '16 9:08:15 PM ArcticYoshi45
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Chronic Hero Syndrome is an "affliction" of cleaner heroes where for them, every wrong within earshot ''must'' be righted, and everyone in need ''must'' be helped, preferablyh by Our Hero him- or herself.

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Chronic Hero Syndrome is an "affliction" of cleaner heroes where for them, every wrong within earshot ''must'' be righted, and everyone in need ''must'' be helped, preferablyh preferably by Our Hero him- or herself.
25th May '16 6:10:41 PM AtticusOmundson
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** Commander Shepard in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is also constantly being drawn in to other people's problems, and Paragon Shepard fulfills the trope by doing his or her best to help... although the player also has the opportunity, playing Shepard as a Renegade, to ignore them or make things ''worse''.

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** Commander Shepard in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is also constantly being drawn in to into other people's problems, and Paragon Shepard fulfills the trope by doing his or her best to help... although the player also has the opportunity, playing Shepard as a Renegade, to ignore them or make things ''worse''.''worse''.
-->'''[[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe]]:''' [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 Mining is replaced by finding rare artifacts, that you overhear while you're on the Citadel.]] [[https://youtu.be/TFq531vkNOY?t=534 And, boy, is Shepard a nosy one.]]
23rd May '16 3:37:19 PM SoItBegins
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Chronic Hero Syndrome is an "affliction" of cleaner heroes where for them, every wrong within earshot ''must'' be righted, and everyone in need ''must'' be helped, preferably by Our Hero him- or herself.

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Chronic Hero Syndrome is an "affliction" of cleaner heroes where for them, every wrong within earshot ''must'' be righted, and everyone in need ''must'' be helped, preferably preferablyh by Our Hero him- or herself.



* The titular main character of ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'' has a tendency to go out of her way to help or protect someone even when she doesn't have to or when others order her not to. It reaches the point where, in ''Shantae and the Pirate's Curse'', [[spoiler:Risky told Shantae to collect all the Dark Magic because she expected Shantae's heroic nature of doing good deeds for every hard luck case in the seven seas would turn it back to Light Magic, which is the [[KryptoniteFactor key]] to the Pirate Master's defeat]].

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* The titular main character of ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'' has a tendency to go out of her way to help or protect someone even when she doesn't have to or when others order her not to. It reaches the point where, in ''Shantae and the Pirate's Curse'', [[spoiler:Risky told Shantae to collect all the Dark Magic because she expected Shantae's heroic nature of doing "doing good deeds for every hard luck case in the seven seas seas" would turn it back to Light Magic, which is the [[KryptoniteFactor key]] to the Pirate Master's defeat]].
20th May '16 1:39:10 PM DrFraud
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* It's implied that Bent Svenson in ''A New Beginning'' used to exemplify this trope, until he woke up in a Marine hospital in Portland.[[labelnote:note]]Whether it's Portland Maine or Portland Oregon isn't specified.[[/labelnote]] His psychiatrist insists on making him repeat "I am not responsible for the whole world" when she gets the impression that he's backsliding.

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* It's implied that Bent Svenson in ''A New Beginning'' used to exemplify epitomize this trope, until he woke up in a Marine hospital in Portland.[[labelnote:note]]Whether it's Portland Maine or Portland Oregon isn't specified.[[/labelnote]] His psychiatrist insists on making him repeat repeating "I am not responsible for the whole world" when she gets the impression that he's backsliding.
18th May '16 2:17:23 PM DarkHunter
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* ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'' protagonist Kurou Daijuuji will help anyone, no matter the cost to himself. This is commented on several times, with many characters asking ''why'' Kurou goes to such lengths for people, even when they sometimes don't even want it themselves. His response is always a vague sentiment of "it would leave a bad aftertaste if I didn't". [[spoiler:It eventually turns out that, over hundreds of thousands of time loops, he has been steadily molded into "the perfect hero" by Nyarlathotep, who needs such a human in order to enact its plans. Unfortunately for the Crawling Chaos, it failed to consider that this means Kurou would eventually come to oppose ''it'' as well.]]

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* ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'' protagonist Kurou Daijuuji will help anyone, no matter the cost to himself. This is commented on several times, with many characters asking ''why'' Kurou goes to such lengths for people, even when they sometimes don't even want it themselves. His response is always a vague sentiment of "it would leave a bad aftertaste if I didn't". [[spoiler:It eventually turns out that, over hundreds of thousands of time loops, he has been steadily molded into "the perfect hero" by Nyarlathotep, who needs such a human in order to enact its plans. Unfortunately for the Crawling Chaos, it failed to consider that this means an unyielding heroic spirit won't yield even in the face of an Outer God, and Kurou would eventually come manages to oppose ''it'' as well.halt its plans.]]
17th May '16 4:37:33 AM DrFraud
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* It's implied that Bent Svenson in ''A New Beginning'' used to exemplify this trope, until he woke up in a Marine hospital in Portland.[[labelnote:note]]Whether it's Portland Maine or Portland Oregon isn't specified.[[/labelnote]] His psychiatrist insists on making him repeat "I am not responsible for the whole world" when she gets the impression that he's backsliding.
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