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8th Feb '16 5:34:27 PM TheMoccasinKing
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** 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.
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** 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.
3rd Jan '16 4:10:56 AM Servbot
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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'', [[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'', [[Risky [[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]].
3rd Jan '16 4:10:06 AM Servbot
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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'', [[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]].
2nd Jan '16 2:55:32 PM pinkdalek
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** In ''Lightning Returns'', Lightning hits this trope ''hard''. One NPC even lampshades it by asking why she's so interested in his problems and if she's a social worker.

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** Cloud from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is really reasonable by ''Final Fantasy'' standards, but even he's not above things like going on a quest to seek three bizarre and far-flung artefacts which involve killing the most ridiculously powerful monsters on the Planet so that a man can go on a religious pilgrimage to say goodbye to the souls of his dead friends, or beating a video game so a man who can't can see the ending. And he ends up infiltrating a sex mansion dressed as a woman entirely because he can't decide between protecting Aeris and protecting Tifa, even though both are really good at taking care of themselves. And at one point the entire party leave Cloud with the thankless task of infiltrating Upper Junon simply because 'it would have to be [him]'.
1st Jan '16 2:01:50 PM storyyeller
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* ''Series/TiereBisUntersDach'': Greta and Nellie can't help but try to save any animal they suspect of being mistreated. Occasionally, this bites back, such as when Greta is suspected of stealing a pig that went missing.
14th Dec '15 1:34:30 AM MachRider1985
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* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': Shinji feels so guilty for letting everyone die in the original timeline than back in the past he spends the whole time trying to help other people. It gets so bad that Misato has to tell him stopping that "everyone must be happy" mindset and thinking a little of himself, too.
8th Dec '15 6:13:15 PM ThallianGold
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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 moreso.
8th Dec '15 6:08:42 PM ThallianGold
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Dean is determined to save as many people as he possibly can. HIs brother Sam Winchester also has this whenever he's [[DespairEventHorizon not]] [[PsychoSerum otherwise]] [[ILetGwenStacyDie occupied]].
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Dean is determined to save as many people as he possibly can. HIs His brother Sam Winchester also has this whenever he's [[DespairEventHorizon not]] [[PsychoSerum otherwise]] [[ILetGwenStacyDie occupied]].
3rd Dec '15 8:20:43 AM merotoker
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* Shirou Emiya from ''[[VisualNovel/FateStaynight Fate/Stay night]]'' is extremely [[TheIdealist idealistic]] and [[MartyrWithoutACause selfless to the point of being near suicidal]]. He constantly tries to fight every battle on his own for fear that if he allowed anyone to help, they may get hurt on his behalf. This is especially prominent in Saber's route, where even though she was summoned with the express purpose of protecting him, he will always try his damndest to take the hits for her, and will often not even call upon her to help unless his life is in immediate, and we mean ''immediate'' peril. Though, this does eventually earn him the perk of [[spoiler:[[DoggedNiceGuy winning Saber's heart]] by the end of it, at least.]]
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* Shirou Emiya from ''[[VisualNovel/FateStaynight Fate/Stay night]]'' is extremely [[TheIdealist idealistic]] and [[MartyrWithoutACause selfless to the point of being near suicidal]]. He constantly tries to fight every battle on his own for fear that if he allowed anyone to help, they may get hurt on his behalf. This is especially prominent in Saber's route, where even though she was summoned with the express purpose of protecting him, he will always try his damndest to take the hits for her, and will often not even call upon her to help unless his life is in immediate, and we mean ''immediate'' peril. Though, this does eventually earn him the perk of [[spoiler:[[DoggedNiceGuy winning Saber's heart]] by the end of it, at least.]]least]].

* Dr. Tenma in ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' will ''not'' ignore any chance he sees to apply his medical skills for another's benefit, even if he's a fugitive on a manhunt. To the point where in the end [[spoiler:he saves the life of the man he's been trying to kill for the entire series. This is the SECOND time he's saved his life, the first time being his first encounter with Johann and the reason he felt he had a duty to kill him.]]
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* Dr. Tenma in ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' will ''not'' ignore any chance he sees to apply his medical skills for another's benefit, even if he's a fugitive on a manhunt. To the point where in the end [[spoiler:he saves the life of the man he's been trying to kill for the entire series. This is the SECOND time he's saved his life, the first time being his first encounter with Johann and the reason he felt he had a duty to kill him.]]him]].

** In a bit of FridgeBrilliance, after the first book/arc Touma [[spoiler: loses his memory and the only thing he knows is that he saved this girl.]] Then in the next book/arc he has to save another girl and just figures that this was a common occurrence before he [[spoiler: lost his memories.]]
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** In a bit of FridgeBrilliance, after the first book/arc Touma [[spoiler: loses his memory and the only thing he knows is that he saved this girl.]] girl]]. Then in the next book/arc he has to save another girl and just figures that this was a common occurrence before he [[spoiler: lost his memories.]]memories]].

** Misaka Mikoto is also a sufferer of Chronic Heroine Syndrome. [[spoiler:{{Deconstructed}} on a personal level-- when it's her who ''really'' needs Chronic Heroes to solve her situation (such as during Sisters arc), [[ItsPersonal she won't let anyone jump into it]]]]. A more mundane example is her friend Saten Ruiko, who is Chronic {{Muggle}} Heroine.
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** Misaka Mikoto is also a sufferer of Chronic Heroine Syndrome. [[spoiler:{{Deconstructed}} on a personal level-- when it's her who ''really'' needs Chronic Heroes to solve her situation (such as during Sisters arc), [[ItsPersonal she won't let anyone jump into it]]]]. it.]]]] A more mundane example is her friend Saten Ruiko, who is Chronic {{Muggle}} {{Muggle|s}} Heroine.

* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'':

** 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 [[ChronicHeroSyndrome 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 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 [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Kikyou]]]] Kikyou]] than when he's forced to save someone.

* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' has Taiki Kudou, who tends to overexert himself while helping out random clubs. When the story starts, this compulsion has reached a point where his friend Akari follows him around with a bag full of energy drinks and [[CrazyPrepared a cushion for him to land on when he faints from exhaustion]]. Later on it's revealed that this compulsion stems from an incident in his childhood where [[spoiler:he offered help to a boy who was sitting on the side of the street and cradling his head, but was rebuffed. After Taiki took that at face value, it turned out that the boy had been injured in a football game and had to be hospitalised for half a year.]] His catchphrase, "I just can't turn my back on him/her!" (or ''Hottokenai!'') is based from this personality, and that even other people and Digimon (Wisemon and [[spoiler:Nene]]) soon caught it.
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* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' has Taiki Kudou, who tends to overexert himself while helping out random clubs. When the story starts, this compulsion has reached a point where his friend Akari follows him around with a bag full of energy drinks and [[CrazyPrepared a cushion for him to land on when he faints from exhaustion]]. Later on it's revealed that this compulsion stems from an incident in his childhood where [[spoiler:he offered help to a boy who was sitting on the side of the street and cradling his head, but was rebuffed. After Taiki took that at face value, it turned out that the boy had been injured in a football game and had to be hospitalised for half a year.]] year]]. His catchphrase, "I just can't turn my back on him/her!" (or ''Hottokenai!'') is based from this personality, and that even other people and Digimon (Wisemon and [[spoiler:Nene]]) soon caught it.

* ''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 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.]]death]].

* In ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' America is obsessed with being TheHero in ''every'' situation, in accordance to AmericaSavesTheDay.
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* In ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' America is obsessed with being TheHero in ''every'' situation, in accordance to AmericaSavesTheDay.

** Mary Jane showed a bit of this too, even against supervillains she would try to disrupt, derail or delay their plans, if not as a SpannerIntheWorks at least a fly in their ointment, relying on her charm and wit to protect her until a superhero (usually Spidey) could take over. If those all failed her, she still never regretted trying.
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** Mary Jane showed a bit of this too, even against supervillains she would try to disrupt, derail or delay their plans, if not as a SpannerIntheWorks SpannerInTheWorks at least a fly in their ointment, relying on her charm and wit to protect her until a superhero (usually Spidey) could take over. If those all failed her, she still never regretted trying.

* TheFlash also has this problem pretty badly. He is convinced that with his speed, it should be possible to be literally everywhere at once, and fix every problem he encounters. When a fire breaks out and cripples a woman in Keystone City, Flash is so disturbed by this that he goes to fellow speeder Johnny Quick to obtain Johnny's source of speed upgrade. The results are pretty predictable, and lessons are learned by all.
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* TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash also has this problem pretty badly. He is convinced that with his speed, it should be possible to be literally everywhere at once, and fix every problem he encounters. When a fire breaks out and cripples a woman in Keystone City, Flash is so disturbed by this that he goes to fellow speeder Johnny Quick to obtain Johnny's source of speed upgrade. The results are pretty predictable, and lessons are learned by all.

*** It also played a role in the follow up Knightsend when Batman's successor went crazy. Send Robin and Nightwing after him? Call in the ComicBook/JusticeLeague? No. Clearly the only option is to physically rehabilitate after using surgery to recover from months of partial paralysis and retrain his body and skills with the help of one of his deadliest enemies, Shiva, so that he could take down the new Batman himself.
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*** It also played a role in the follow up Knightsend when Batman's successor went crazy. Send Robin and Nightwing after him? Call in the ComicBook/JusticeLeague? Franchise/JusticeLeague? No. Clearly the only option is to physically rehabilitate after using surgery to recover from months of partial paralysis and retrain his body and skills with the help of one of his deadliest enemies, Shiva, so that he could take down the new Batman himself.

** Shinji and Asuka were at their lowest when Daniel showed up and offered to help them and give back everything that was taken from them. At the beginnning they were hesitant but he proved that his offer was genuine and well-meaning, and they learnt that he and his family are fully committed to help as many people as possible, even visiting other timelines and dimensions... and it actually saddens him that he can not help everyone in everywhere. Later Asuka asks him why he does it and he answers: "How might I do otherwise? Seeing people in need and choosing not helping them is actively holding back from making the right right. I could never do that."
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** Shinji and Asuka were at their lowest when Daniel showed up and offered to help them and give back everything that was taken from them. At the beginnning beginning they were hesitant but he proved that his offer was genuine and well-meaning, and they learnt that he and his family are fully committed to help as many people as possible, even visiting other timelines and dimensions... and it actually saddens him that he can not help everyone in everywhere. Later Asuka asks him why he does it and he answers: "How might I do otherwise? Seeing people in need and choosing not helping them is actively holding back from making the right right. I could never do that."

* [[FanFic/UltimateSpiderWoman Mary Jane Watson]] simply can't help herself from trying to fight supervillains and protect innocent bystanders as Spider-Woman. The problem with this is that Mary Jane pushes herself too hard as a TripleShifter, and always ends up feeling extremely guilty whenever she feels like she's neglecting some of her responsibilities...even if it was because she was tied up dealing with something else. It's no wonder she eventually suffers a stress-induced HeroicBSOD when everything comes crashing down. * [[FanFic/UltimateSleepwalker Sleepwalker]] is a subversion. Fighting evil and protecting the innocent is his race's whole reason for ''existing''. His life would be completely meaningless if he couldn't do it.
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* [[FanFic/UltimateSpiderWoman ''FanFic/UltimateSpiderWoman'': Mary Jane Watson]] Watson simply can't help herself from trying to fight supervillains and protect innocent bystanders as Spider-Woman. The problem with this is that Mary Jane pushes herself too hard as a TripleShifter, and always ends up feeling extremely guilty whenever she feels like she's neglecting some of her responsibilities...even if it was because she was tied up dealing with something else. It's no wonder she eventually suffers a stress-induced HeroicBSOD when everything comes crashing down. * [[FanFic/UltimateSleepwalker Sleepwalker]] ''FanFic/UltimateSleepwalker'': Sleepwalker is a subversion. Fighting evil and protecting the innocent is his race's whole reason for ''existing''. His life would be completely meaningless if he couldn't do it.

* In the fanfic ''Fanfic/TailsOfTheOldRepublic'', a crossover/ FusionFic between ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' and the videogame ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', this is Tails' perennial MO. It very nearly gets him killed in Chapter 029, [[spoiler:where he gets ripped to shreds by a [[WakeUpCallBoss rakghoul swarm]] trying to save some Outcasts,]] and Tails laments his inability to help everyone on Planet Taris, what with needing to [[SaveTheWorld Save The Galaxy]] and all that.
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* In the fanfic ''Fanfic/TailsOfTheOldRepublic'', a crossover/ FusionFic between ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' and the videogame ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', this is Tails' perennial MO. It very nearly gets him killed in Chapter 029, [[spoiler:where he gets ripped to shreds by a [[WakeUpCallBoss rakghoul swarm]] trying to save some Outcasts,]] and Tails laments his inability to help everyone on Planet Taris, what with needing to [[SaveTheWorld [[SavingTheWorld Save The Galaxy]] and all that.

* Mr. Incredible from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. The fact that he's [[SuperRegistrationAct forbidden by law]] from engaging in vigilante heroism is a major source of stress for him. His desire to go help a mugging victim eventually leads to a disastrous confrontation with his boss at Insuricare. In the DVD special features, the National Super Agency's file on Mr. Incredible lists this as one of his weaknesses. In the opening scene, as he rushes to his own wedding he has to stop to help in a police chase, then while on his way to do that he stops to help a woman get her cat out of a tree. Fortunately, [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome said tree also came in VERY handy in stopping the car the criminals involved in said police chase were driving!]] His hero syndrome even shines through as an insurance worker. He is as helpful as possible to clients when company policy demands that he be as ''unhelpful'' as possible.
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* Mr. Incredible from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. The fact that he's [[SuperRegistrationAct forbidden by law]] from engaging in vigilante heroism is a major source of stress for him. His desire to go help a mugging victim eventually leads to a disastrous confrontation with his boss at Insuricare. In the DVD special features, the National Super Agency's file on Mr. Incredible lists this as one of his weaknesses. In the opening scene, as he rushes to his own wedding he has to stop to help in a police chase, then while on his way to do that he stops to help a woman get her cat out of a tree. Fortunately, [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome [[Awesome/TheIncredibles said tree also came in VERY handy in stopping the car the criminals involved in said police chase were driving!]] His hero syndrome even shines through as an insurance worker. He is as helpful as possible to clients when company policy demands that he be as ''unhelpful'' as possible.

* This is the fatal flaw of Daniel Rigg, the protagonist of ''Film/SawIV''. In fact, his tests are designed explicitly to try and cure this. The first of them tells him to walk away from a woman in a trap, only for his attempting to save her anyway to, first, ''start the trap'', then upon freeing her, she attempts to kill him because ''her'' instructions were that the police officer who tried to save her would put her in prison for the rest of her life. His ultimate test goes so far as to ''invert'' JustInTime, [[spoiler:in that busting in at the last second BigDamnHeroes style was the absolute worst thing he could've done.]]
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* This is the fatal flaw of Daniel Rigg, the protagonist of ''Film/SawIV''. In fact, his tests are designed explicitly to try and cure this. The first of them tells him to walk away from a woman in a trap, only for his attempting to save her anyway to, first, ''start the trap'', then upon freeing her, she attempts to kill him because ''her'' instructions were that the police officer who tried to save her would put her in prison for the rest of her life. His ultimate test goes so far as to ''invert'' JustInTime, [[spoiler:in that busting in at the last second BigDamnHeroes style was the absolute worst thing he could've done.]]done]].

* {{Played straight}} and then {{averted}} with CommissionerGordon in the third act of ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. He slowly begins to slip into this trope after TheJoker [[spoiler:takes over Gotham, even beginning to ignore ComicBook/{{Batman}}'s advice for the first time in the series,]] but quickly snaps out of it when [[spoiler:he finds out that Harvey Dent has become ComicBook/TwoFace and is holding his family hostage.]]
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* {{Played straight}} [[PlayingWithATrope Played straight]] and then {{averted}} {{averted|Trope}} with CommissionerGordon in the third act of ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. He slowly begins to slip into this trope after TheJoker [[spoiler:takes over Gotham, even beginning to ignore ComicBook/{{Batman}}'s advice for the first time in the series,]] but quickly snaps out of it when [[spoiler:he finds out that Harvey Dent has become ComicBook/TwoFace and is holding his family hostage.]]hostage]].

** It's significant character development in ''Deathly Hallows'' when Harry knows exactly what Voldemort is up to and where he's going--and for once deliberately ''doesn't'' move to stop him, despite Voldemort gaining a valuable magical artifact in the process. (It works out for Harry in the end.) Also, Voldemort is right about Harry sacrificing himself, but he's [[RightForTheWrongReasons not entirely correct about Harry's motivations]]. Harry has motives other than simple altruism: [[spoiler:Harry himself has a fragment of Voldemort's soul within him, making Harry a ''de facto'' Horcrux. He ''is'' making the sacrifice to protect his friends, though--[[CallBack the same way]] [[GenerationXerox his mother protected]] ''[[ChekhovsGun him]]''.]]
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** It's significant character development in ''Deathly Hallows'' when Harry knows exactly what Voldemort is up to and where he's going--and for once deliberately ''doesn't'' move to stop him, despite Voldemort gaining a valuable magical artifact in the process. (It works out for Harry in the end.) Also, Voldemort is right about Harry sacrificing himself, but he's [[RightForTheWrongReasons not entirely correct about Harry's motivations]]. Harry has motives other than simple altruism: [[spoiler:Harry himself has a fragment of Voldemort's soul within him, making Harry a ''de facto'' Horcrux. He ''is'' making the sacrifice to protect his friends, though--[[CallBack the same way]] [[GenerationXerox his mother protected]] ''[[ChekhovsGun him]]''.]]him]]'']].

** 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.]]
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** 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.]]her]].

** Deconstructed in Creator/MercedesLackey's world of Valdemar with the magical sword [[EmpathicWeapon Need]] [[spoiler:before she awakens to full sentience.]] Nasty things happen because the stupid bloody thing will NOT allow its wielder to let a woman come to harm, no matter what. Nasty for the wielder, because the sword has no concept of things like "impossible odds" (or "paying job"); occasionally nasty for the rescuees because it has no concept of "disproportionate response." And also that "no matter what" includes enemy women who have their own swords and are busily trying to hack Need's current wielder into pieces.
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** Deconstructed in Creator/MercedesLackey's world of Valdemar with the magical sword [[EmpathicWeapon Need]] [[spoiler:before she awakens to full sentience.]] sentience]]. Nasty things happen because the stupid bloody thing will NOT allow its wielder to let a woman come to harm, no matter what. Nasty for the wielder, because the sword has no concept of things like "impossible odds" (or "paying job"); occasionally nasty for the rescuees because it has no concept of "disproportionate response." And also that "no matter what" includes enemy women who have their own swords and are busily trying to hack Need's current wielder into pieces.

* In the ''HandOfThrawn'' duology, Mara Jade accuses Luke Skywalker of occasionally suffering from this.
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* In the ''HandOfThrawn'' ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology, Mara Jade accuses Luke Skywalker of occasionally suffering from this.

* 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.
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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.]] impression]]. ** Jon Snow definitely has a case of this as well, especially [[spoiler:after he is elected Lord Commander of the Night's Watch.]] Watch]]. He repeatedly goes out of his way trying to save everyone, no matter how unlikely the chances of it working are.

* Witt in ''Film/TheThinRedLine'' volunteers for each and every available mission, because he believes that his presence may may a difference for the better.
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* Witt in ''Film/TheThinRedLine'' volunteers for each and every available mission, because he believes that his presence may may make a difference for the better.

* The Literature/JourneyToTheWest would not have taken nearly so long if Xuanzang didn't insist on helping everyone they met along the way. [[spoiler: Although we find out at the end that the Buddha commands that they go through one more trial before reaching true enlightenment because they were one shy of the true ordained number]].
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* The Literature/JourneyToTheWest would not have taken nearly so long if Xuanzang didn't insist on helping everyone they met along the way. [[spoiler: Although we find out at the end that the Buddha commands that they go through one more trial before reaching true enlightenment because they were one shy of the true ordained number]].number.]]

** Will Herondale. According to Jessamine, Will thinks he's [[KingArthur Galahad]]. And it's true.
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** Will Herondale. According to Jessamine, Will thinks he's [[KingArthur [[Myth/KingArthur Galahad]]. And it's true.

* Annie from MagicTreeHouse suffers from this for people and animals alike. Her brother lampshaded it as early as ''Lions Before Lunchtime''-- "You can't help EVERY animal in Africa!" Not that she didn't try.
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* Annie from MagicTreeHouse ''Literature/TheMagicTreeHouse'' suffers from this for people and animals alike. Her brother lampshaded it as early as ''Lions Before Lunchtime''-- "You can't help EVERY animal in Africa!" Not that she didn't try.

*** 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 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.]]people]].

** In "Ariel" Simon, who until becoming a fugitive with his sister was a brilliant surgeon, goes to save a dying man while in the middle of the heist in a busy hospital, paying no mind to the risks of recognition and capture. He has a "save lives first, ask questions later" mentality that he also displays in "Bushwhacked" and "Safe". You can see him visibly suppressing it in the pilot when he [[spoiler:refuses to treat Kaylee unless Mal runs.]] He would have helped that man regardless of whether River was screaming or not.
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** In "Ariel" Simon, who until becoming a fugitive with his sister was a brilliant surgeon, goes to save a dying man while in the middle of the heist in a busy hospital, paying no mind to the risks of recognition and capture. He has a "save lives first, ask questions later" mentality that he also displays in "Bushwhacked" and "Safe". You can see him visibly suppressing it in the pilot when he [[spoiler:refuses to treat Kaylee unless Mal runs.]] runs]]. He would have helped that man regardless of whether River was screaming or not.

** In "Ariel" Simon, who until becoming * ''Series/{{Knightmare}}'' featured Sir Hugh de Witless, a fugitive with his sister was knight under a brilliant surgeon, goes to save a dying man while in the middle of the heist in a busy hospital, paying no mind to the risks of recognition and capture. He has a "save lives first, ask questions later" mentality wizard's curse that he also displays in "Bushwhacked" and "Safe". You can see compels him visibly suppressing it in the pilot when to rescue everyone he [[spoiler:refuses to treat Kaylee unless Mal runs.]] He would have helped that man meets, regardless of whether River was screaming they need or not.want rescuing.

* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Jack. This is a big plot point in the later seasons where Jack's "think first, ask questions later" brand of heroism eventually leads to many people being worse off than they were before they were "saved". ** This is even his EstablishingCharacterMoment in the pilot, coming onto the beach in a daze from the crash and ''immediately'' rushing to help every single person in need. Only after everyone else is safe, does he go to treat himself for his own injuries, revealing to Kate that he's had a bit of shrapnel in his back the ''entire'' time. * ''Series/{{Mash}}'':
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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Jack. This is a big plot point in the later seasons where Jack's "think first, ask questions later" brand of heroism eventually leads to many people being worse off than they were before they were "saved". ** "saved". This is even his EstablishingCharacterMoment in the pilot, coming onto the beach in a daze from the crash and ''immediately'' rushing to help every single person in need. Only after everyone else is safe, does he go to treat himself for his own injuries, revealing to Kate that he's had a bit of shrapnel in his back the ''entire'' time. * ''Series/{{Mash}}'':''Series/{{MASH}}'':

* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':
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* Dwight Schrute from ''TheOffice'' is a particularly aggressive example, bringing pepper spray and assorted ninja weapons to work. Usually whenever Jim, Pam or someone else needs Dwight's help, he manages to create a new problem:
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* Dwight Schrute from ''TheOffice'' ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' is a particularly aggressive example, bringing pepper spray and assorted ninja weapons to work. Usually whenever Jim, Pam or someone else needs Dwight's help, he manages to create a new problem:

* ''Series/{{Primeval}}'': Nick Cutter [[spoiler: runs into a burning building to rescue his wife Helen. Not so unusual, but the building is on fire because she blew it up in an attempt to kill him and everyone else. He saves her after all that, and then she kills him.]]
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* ''Series/{{Primeval}}'': Nick Cutter [[spoiler: runs into a burning building to rescue his wife Helen. Not so unusual, but the building is on fire because she blew it up in an attempt to kill him and everyone else. He saves her after all that, and then she kills him.]]him]].

* ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'': In the 2013 incarnation, Stephen Jameson seems to have this. He tries to help everyone, even if it could [[TheMasquerade expose]] [[PsychicPowers his people.]] * In ''TwentyFour,'' where do we find Jack at the beginning of "Live Another Day?" Despite everything he's been through, everything he's lost, and the fact that the authorities (and the Russians) would still love to see him in a cell, we find him trying to stop another terrorist threat, working in secret with some others, and he resurfaces when he needs the authorities' help to do it. It's not been his job in ages, it's not been in his best interests in longer... but Jack just can't stop knowing bad guys are still out there. It's not like one of his old {{Big Bad}}s resurfaced; he ''has'' to watch for trouble and take action when it shows up; it's just who he is.
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* ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'': In the 2013 incarnation, Stephen Jameson seems to have this. He tries to help everyone, even if it could [[TheMasquerade [[{{Masquerade}} expose]] [[PsychicPowers his people.]] * In ''TwentyFour,'' ''Series/TwentyFour,'' where do we find Jack at the beginning of "Live Another Day?" Despite everything he's been through, everything he's lost, and the fact that the authorities (and the Russians) would still love to see him in a cell, we find him trying to stop another terrorist threat, working in secret with some others, and he resurfaces when he needs the authorities' help to do it. It's not been his job in ages, it's not been in his best interests in longer... but Jack just can't stop knowing bad guys are still out there. It's not like one of his old {{Big Bad}}s resurfaced; he ''has'' to watch for trouble and take action when it shows up; it's just who he is.

* ''{{Knightmare}}'' featured Sir Hugh de Witless, a knight under a wizard's curse that compels him to rescue everyone he meets, regardless of whether they need or want rescuing.

* Every single knight in [[KingArthur the Arthurian myths]] seem to suffer this. "Questing" was all about going out and looking for trouble. ** For example, at one point the knight Yvain has to be at a very specific location tomorrow in order to rescue a damsel, Lunete, from being burned at the stake. With plenty of time, he stays at a castle the night before, only to discover that the castle is being held to ransom by a giant; if no one can slay the giant, the next morning he will kill all the lord's remaining sons and have his minions rape the lord's daughter in front of everyone. Yvain ''tries'' to say "look, I do have this prior appointment and an innocent will die if I don't get there, so I'm afraid this isn't my problem"... but he turns back out of guilt, kills the giant, doesn't stay for congratulations, and runs off just in time to save Lunete... effectively pulling off ''two'' last minute BigDamnHeroes moments in a row. * Every knight errant ever created from King Arthur on down. In a variety of ContractualGenreBlindness, Knights errant were ''bound'' to WalkTheEarth until they found a worthy quest to devote themselves to.
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* Every single knight in [[KingArthur [[Myth/KingArthur the Arthurian myths]] seem to suffer this. "Questing" was all about going out and looking for trouble. ** trouble. For example, at one point the knight Yvain has to be at a very specific location tomorrow in order to rescue a damsel, Lunete, from being burned at the stake. With plenty of time, he stays at a castle the night before, only to discover that the castle is being held to ransom by a giant; if no one can slay the giant, the next morning he will kill all the lord's remaining sons and have his minions rape the lord's daughter in front of everyone. Yvain ''tries'' to say "look, I do have this prior appointment and an innocent will die if I don't get there, so I'm afraid this isn't my problem"... but he turns back out of guilt, kills the giant, doesn't stay for congratulations, and runs off just in time to save Lunete... effectively pulling off ''two'' last minute BigDamnHeroes moments in a row. * Every knight errant ever created from King Arthur on down. In a variety of ContractualGenreBlindness, Knights errant were ''bound'' to WalkTheEarth WalkingTheEarth until they found a worthy quest to devote themselves to.

* MagicTheGathering's Elspeth Tiriel has this, in a flavour similar to DesperatelySeekingAPurposeInLife. After her [[BornIntoSlavery early life on a Phyrexian plane]] was cut short by her Planeswalker's Spark igniting, she spent her formative years as a knight in training on [[{{Arcadia}} Bant]], until she left after the [[Literature/AlaraUnbroken Conflux wars]]. After a TenMinuteRetirement in [[AfterTheEnd Urborg]] she heads off to [[EternalEngine Mirrodin]] to fight the [[TheCorruption Phyrexians]], which ends badly. Afterwards, she ends up becoming the Champion of the Gods on [[AncientGrome Theros]], where she [[spoiler: succeeds in saving the Plane from the MadGod Xenagos, but is killed by [[LightIsNotGood Heliod]]]].
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* MagicTheGathering's ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'''s Elspeth Tiriel has this, in a flavour similar to DesperatelySeekingAPurposeInLife. After her [[BornIntoSlavery early life on a Phyrexian plane]] was cut short by her Planeswalker's Spark igniting, she spent her formative years as a knight in training on [[{{Arcadia}} Bant]], until she left after the [[Literature/AlaraUnbroken Conflux wars]]. After a TenMinuteRetirement in [[AfterTheEnd Urborg]] she heads off to [[EternalEngine Mirrodin]] to fight the [[TheCorruption Phyrexians]], which ends badly. Afterwards, she ends up becoming the Champion of the Gods on [[AncientGrome Theros]], where she [[spoiler: succeeds in saving the Plane from the MadGod Xenagos, but is killed by [[LightIsNotGood Heliod]]]].

* [[Theatre/{{Wicked}} Elphaba]], initially. [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished It never works out for her]], and she eventually realizes that she simply cannot win the approval of the world.
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* [[Theatre/{{Wicked}} Elphaba]], ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'': Elphaba, initially. [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished It never works out for her]], and she eventually realizes that she simply cannot win the approval of the world.

** Locke Cole of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' is a Chronic Hero to every distressed damsel he meets, largely because of his [[spoiler:[[ILetGwenStacyDie dead girlfriend issues]].]]
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** Locke Cole of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' is a Chronic Hero to every distressed damsel he meets, largely because of his [[spoiler:[[ILetGwenStacyDie dead girlfriend issues]].]]issues]]]].

* Samus Aran from ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'', particularly in the Prime series. Outside of the Prime series, though, she's usually working for the government, which probably helps how she never has time to bounty-hunt.
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* Samus Aran from ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'', ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'', particularly in the Prime series. Outside of the Prime series, though, she's usually working for the government, which probably helps how she never has time to bounty-hunt.

** Sety. In his own words, he simply cannot turn away when he sees someone in trouble, and boy does he get in problems due to it. And for better/worse, when Celice helps him whack the DistressBall away in Chapter 8, he beats himself up due to not being able to rescue all the kids caught in [[spoiler: the child hunts.]] "I'm no hero, sir. I'm a coward, if anything".
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** Sety. In his own words, he simply cannot turn away when he sees someone in trouble, and boy does he get in problems due to it. And for better/worse, when Celice helps him whack the DistressBall away in Chapter 8, he beats himself up due to not being able to rescue all the kids caught in [[spoiler: the child hunts.]] hunts]]. "I'm no hero, sir. I'm a coward, if anything".

* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'''s John Marston can be this if going for high honour. The game even keeps track of how many people you help. Everything from rescuing women and stopping thieves to stopping a carriage robbery in between trying to capture his former outlaw brethren. In fact, a late-game mission plays with this; [[spoiler:during the Beecher's Hope ranching section of the game, while John is busy tending his new herd of cattle, a train races by under attack by outlaws, and John must choose whether or not to stay with the herd or intervene.]]
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* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'''s John Marston can be this if going for high honour. The game even keeps track of how many people you help. Everything from rescuing women and stopping thieves to stopping a carriage robbery in between trying to capture his former outlaw brethren. In fact, a late-game mission plays with this; [[spoiler:during the Beecher's Hope ranching section of the game, while John is busy tending his new herd of cattle, a train races by under attack by outlaws, and John must choose whether or not to stay with the herd or intervene.]]intervene]].

* The heroes of the {{Nasuverse}} tend to have this very, very badly.
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* The heroes of the {{Nasuverse}} Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} tend to have this very, very badly.

* Tiffany Winters from ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'' and ''Webcomic/MagickChicks''. She's an IdiotHero who [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} fails to notice the obvious]] and got convinced it's her duty to stake vampires and burn witches despite evidence for this being rather shaky, and [[VanHelsingHateCrimes the evidence for necessity of such behaviour being absent]]... except that's not what really happens. She's driven to help people and [[spoiler:saves a vampire girl from MirrorMonster. Then becomes the best friend of another vampire girl. Then saves a witch from her SmugSuper schoolmate, and for a good measure befriends her too, ignoring the glaring evidence of her being a witch. Then saves said schoolmate from [[TooDumbToLive fatal consequences]] of her own smugness.]]
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* Tiffany Winters from ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'' and ''Webcomic/MagickChicks''. She's an IdiotHero who [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} fails to notice the obvious]] and got convinced it's her duty to stake vampires and burn witches despite evidence for this being rather shaky, and [[VanHelsingHateCrimes the evidence for necessity of such behaviour being absent]]... except that's not what really happens. She's driven to help people and [[spoiler:saves a vampire girl from MirrorMonster. Then becomes the best friend of another vampire girl. Then saves a witch from her SmugSuper schoolmate, and for a good measure befriends her too, ignoring the glaring evidence of her being a witch. Then saves said schoolmate from [[TooDumbToLive fatal consequences]] of her own smugness.]]smugness]].

* Harv from ''WarriorU''. * Sebastian of ''TrueVillains'' suffers from this, and a sense of honor. He's a villain now, so it's rather... superfluous.
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* Harv from ''WarriorU''.''Webcomic/WarriorU''. * Sebastian of ''TrueVillains'' ''Webcomic/TrueVillains'' suffers from this, and a sense of honor. He's a villain now, so it's rather... superfluous.

* Edith of ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'' jumps to Anpu's aid the moment she sees him in trouble, even though at this point she doesn't know who Anpu is and why it's so important for him to escape the Blacksmith. She doesn't hesitate to defend him even after she finds out [[EliteMook just who]] the Blacksmith is.
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* Edith of ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'' jumps to Anpu's aid the moment she sees him in trouble, even though at this point she doesn't know who Anpu is and why it's so important for him to escape the Blacksmith. She doesn't hesitate to defend him even after she finds out [[EliteMook [[EliteMooks just who]] the Blacksmith is.

** At one point, school headmistress [[BigGood Lady Astarte]] points out that ''all'' Exemplars (those whose mutations have 'improved' their bodies and minds to fit a personal idealized form) have some degree of either 'Galahad Syndrome'(obsessive fixations on their goals, which in heroes often becomes ChronicHeroSyndrome) or 'Hercules Syndrome' (a tendency towards uncontrolled and often violent emotional outbursts), or ''both''. She even points out that she's had problems with both throughout her own career. * Skitter in ''Literature/{{Worm}}''. She tries to save people, even when it means going up against a gang leader who can literally turn into a dragon. She keeps this trait even after [[spoiler: she becomes a supervillain.]] Scion spends all his time doing nothing ''but'' this, mostly because [[spoiler: he's literally got nothing better to do and is following Kevin Norton's orders while trying to figure out his purpose]]. Eidolon also suffers from this, saying outright that "I live for this." In his case, though, the eventual [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realization]] that [[spoiler: he may be (unconsciously) responsible for the creation of the Endbringers, which have killed hundreds of millions of humans over the last couple of decades]] hits him so hard he's left in a HeroicBSOD that he never recovers from. * ''[[Webcomic/GodOfHighSchool God of High School's]]'' Jin Mo-Ri has a tendency to go after small-time crooks and break the rules to save people even when it inconveniences him. This habit is what gets him into most of his problems such as nearly being disqualified from the competition and [[spoiler:getting himself trapped in the Sage Realm.]]
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** At one point, school headmistress [[BigGood Lady Astarte]] points out that ''all'' Exemplars (those whose mutations have 'improved' their bodies and minds to fit a personal idealized form) have some degree of either 'Galahad Syndrome'(obsessive fixations on their goals, which in heroes often becomes ChronicHeroSyndrome) this) or 'Hercules Syndrome' (a tendency towards uncontrolled and often violent emotional outbursts), or ''both''. She even points out that she's had problems with both throughout her own career. * Skitter in ''Literature/{{Worm}}''. She tries to save people, even when it means going up against a gang leader who can literally turn into a dragon. She keeps this trait even after [[spoiler: she becomes a supervillain.]] supervillain]]. Scion spends all his time doing nothing ''but'' this, mostly because [[spoiler: he's literally got nothing better to do and is following Kevin Norton's orders while trying to figure out his purpose]]. Eidolon also suffers from this, saying outright that "I live for this." In his case, though, the eventual [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realization]] that [[spoiler: he may be (unconsciously) responsible for the creation of the Endbringers, which have killed hundreds of millions of humans over the last couple of decades]] hits him so hard he's left in a HeroicBSOD that he never recovers from. * ''[[Webcomic/GodOfHighSchool God of High School's]]'' Jin Mo-Ri has a tendency to go after small-time crooks and break the rules to save people even when it inconveniences him. This habit is what gets him into most of his problems such as nearly being disqualified from the competition and [[spoiler:getting himself trapped in the Sage Realm.]]Realm]].

* The title character from Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', especially in [[WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries the animated show]], where characters, often Iago, [[BatmanGambit are able to use the knowledge that he'll always help people in need to get him to go along with things]]. Lampshaded by Genie: "Saving people that you might not like. It's a good guy thing!" At the time, he was saying it about himself, not Aladdin, but lampshading things is what Genie does.
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* The title character from Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Disney/{{Aladdin}}, especially in [[WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries the animated show]], where characters, often Iago, [[BatmanGambit are able to use the knowledge that he'll always help people in need to get him to go along with things]]. Lampshaded by Genie: "Saving people that you might not like. It's a good guy thing!" At the time, he was saying it about himself, not Aladdin, but lampshading things is what Genie does.

* [[HeroAntagonist Dib]] from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', who will constantly battle with Zim (and investigate any other paranormal threats that may present themselves) despite the fact that [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer his classmates and family won't show any appreciation for it]]. One episode has him almost choose to ''let'' Zim subject his whole class to a horrible fate, even though he would suffer too; this is presented as the ''better'' option in some ways, though he decides against it in the end. It's [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation hard to tell]] whether his primary motivation is love of humanity or hatred of Zim.
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* [[HeroAntagonist Dib]] from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', who will constantly battle with Zim (and investigate any other paranormal threats that may present themselves) despite the fact that [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer his classmates and family won't show any appreciation for it]]. One episode has him almost choose to ''let'' Zim subject his whole class to a horrible fate, even though he would suffer too; this is presented as the ''better'' option in some ways, though he decides against it in the end. It's [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation hard to tell]] whether his primary motivation is love of humanity or hatred of Zim.

* While [[WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} Ben Tennyson]] has been portrayed with different attitudes in his various series, this remains his most definite trait: Ben has a strong desire to help everyone in need, to the point it was the very first thing he thought about when getting the Omnitrix. * [[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.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'': While [[WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} Ben Tennyson]] Tennyson has been portrayed with different attitudes in his various series, this remains his most definite trait: Ben has a strong desire to help everyone in need, to the point it was the very first thing he thought about when getting the Omnitrix. * [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer Simpson]] 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.

* 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 personel. [[/folder]]
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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 personel. personnel. [[/folder]]
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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 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 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.]]
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*** Donna and the Tenth Doctor spend most of ''The "The Fires of Pompeii'' 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.]] *** See above for how this trope affects Eleven/Twelve's companion Clara Oswald...
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