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3rd Aug '16 7:41:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}: Escape 2 Africa'' with Melman also going to jump into a volcano. Also never sick.

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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}: Escape 2 Africa'' ''WesternAnimation/MadagascarEscape2Africa'' with Melman also going to jump into a volcano. Also never sick.
3rd Aug '16 7:40:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* There's an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' with Raphael as the one who heads inside a volcano to keep a bomb from being set off in it while (falsely) believing himself to be dying. More than likely as a ShoutOut to ''Film/JoeVersusTheVolcano''; the title of the episode is "Raphael Versus The Volcano."

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* There's an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' with Raphael as the one who heads inside a volcano to keep a bomb from being set off in it while (falsely) believing himself to be dying. More than likely as a ShoutOut to ''Film/JoeVersusTheVolcano''; the title of the episode is "Raphael Versus The Volcano.""

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28th May '16 8:39:40 PM Doug86
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* Early in the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' comics, Professor Xavier died. Then he returned. It was explained via flashback that a terminally ill mutant scallywag calling himself the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Changeling]] offered to [[RedemptionEqualsDeath pose]] as Xavier so the Prof could prepare for an imminent invasion. Jean knew, so as to help the shape-shifter better pass off as the X-Men's mentor.

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* Early in the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' comics, Professor Xavier died. Then he returned. It was explained via flashback that a terminally ill mutant scallywag calling himself the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Changeling]] offered to [[RedemptionEqualsDeath pose]] as Xavier so the Prof could prepare for an imminent invasion. Jean knew, so as to help the shape-shifter better pass off as the X-Men's mentor.
11th Apr '16 9:52:00 AM ObsidianFire
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* Another example where readers find out after the fact: In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' (''Literature/DeathMasks''), Harry is being held in a completely inescapable position by the DangerouslyGenreSavvy Nicodemus, who offers him a choice between joining him or being killed. That's when [[ThePaladin Shiro]] barges in and [[HeroicSacrifice offers himself in Harry's place]], letting the Denarians torture him to death. A couple weeks after everything goes down, Harry gets a letter in the mail: Shiro had terminal cancer and only a few months to live.

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* Another example where readers find out after the fact: In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' (''Literature/DeathMasks''), Harry is being held in a completely inescapable position by the DangerouslyGenreSavvy Nicodemus, who offers him a choice between joining him or being killed. That's when [[ThePaladin Shiro]] barges in and [[HeroicSacrifice offers himself in Harry's place]], letting the Denarians torture him to death. A couple weeks after everything goes down, Harry gets a letter in the mail: Shiro had terminal cancer and only a few months to live.



* Played for as much TearJerker potential as possible by ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', where Snake's terminal illness and IncurableCoughOfDeath makes him reckless, self-destructive and occasionally outright suicidal, dead set on performing a StupidSacrifice. It's also made painful by the fact that his terminal illness means that even if he does survive all the stupid things he keeps doing to his body - which of course [[GenreSavvy he knows he will]] - the beloved character himself is not getting out alive.

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* Played for as much TearJerker potential as possible by ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', where Snake's terminal illness and IncurableCoughOfDeath makes him reckless, self-destructive and occasionally outright suicidal, dead set on performing a StupidSacrifice. It's also made painful by the fact that his terminal illness means that even if he does survive all the stupid things he keeps doing to his body - which of course [[GenreSavvy he knows he will]] will - the beloved character himself is not getting out alive.



* There's an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' with Raphael as the one who heads inside a volcano to keep a bomb from being set off in it while (falsely) believing himself to be dying. More than likely as a ShoutOut to ''Film/JoeVersusTheVolcano''; the title of the episode is "Raphael Versus The Volcano."

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* There's an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' with Raphael as the one who heads inside a volcano to keep a bomb from being set off in it while (falsely) believing himself to be dying. More than likely as a ShoutOut to ''Film/JoeVersusTheVolcano''; the title of the episode is "Raphael Versus The Volcano."

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11th Jun '15 5:06:56 AM SomeMeddlingKid
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* In the series finale of ''{{Series/Revenge}}'', [[spoiler: Emily is framed for murder by Victoria and forced to flee the police. After Victoria siccs her henchman on Emily's lover Jack, Emily becomes determined to end their cycle of retribution by killing Victoria once and for all. She corners Victoria in her hiding place and is about to pull the trigger, despite the presence of cameras which will incriminate her for real. However, her father David sacrifices himself by killing Victoria himself, reasoning that he is already dying from terminal lymphoma. He ends up getting compassionate release on account of this and gets to die as a free man.]]

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* In the series finale of ''{{Series/Revenge}}'', [[spoiler: Emily is framed for murder by Victoria and forced to flee the police. After Victoria siccs her henchman on Emily's lover Jack, Emily becomes determined to end their cycle of retribution by killing Victoria once and for all. She corners Victoria in her hiding place and is about to pull the trigger, despite the presence of cameras which will incriminate her for real. However, However her father David sacrifices himself by killing Victoria himself, reasoning that instead, as he is already dying from terminal lymphoma. He ends up getting compassionate release on account of this and gets to die as a free man.]]
11th Jun '15 4:58:09 AM SomeMeddlingKid
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* In the final season of ''{{Series/Revenge}}'', [[spoiler: Emily is framed for murder by Victoria and forced to flee the police. After Victoria siccs her henchman on Emily's lover Jack, Emily becomes determined to end their cycle of retribution by killing Victoria once and for all. She corners Victoria in her hiding place and is about to pull the trigger, despite the presence of cameras which will incriminate her for real. However, her father David sacrifices himself by killing Victoria himself, reasoning that he is already dying from terminal lymphoma. He ends up getting compassionate release on account of this and gets to die as a free man.]]

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* In the final season series finale of ''{{Series/Revenge}}'', [[spoiler: Emily is framed for murder by Victoria and forced to flee the police. After Victoria siccs her henchman on Emily's lover Jack, Emily becomes determined to end their cycle of retribution by killing Victoria once and for all. She corners Victoria in her hiding place and is about to pull the trigger, despite the presence of cameras which will incriminate her for real. However, her father David sacrifices himself by killing Victoria himself, reasoning that he is already dying from terminal lymphoma. He ends up getting compassionate release on account of this and gets to die as a free man.]]
11th Jun '15 4:57:06 AM SomeMeddlingKid
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* In the final season of ''{{Series/Revenge}}'', [[spoiler: Emily is framed for murder by Victoria and forced to flee the police. After Victoria siccs her henchman on Emily's lover Jack, Emily becomes determined to end their cycle of retribution by killing Victoria once and for all. She corners Victoria in her hiding place and is about to pull the trigger, despite the presence of cameras which will incriminate her for real. However, her father David sacrifices himself by killing Victoria himself, reasoning that he is already dying from terminal lymphoma. He ends up getting compassionate release on account of this and gets to die as a free man.]]
19th Mar '15 9:36:23 PM jormis29
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** In ''The Conqueror of Shamballa,'' TheMovie of [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime]], Hohenheim does this incomprehensibly.

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** In ''The Conqueror of Shamballa,'' TheMovie of [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime]], ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa'', Hohenheim does this incomprehensibly.
4th Jan '15 9:54:34 AM aurast
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* In ''Film/{{Red}}'', Joe volunteers to be the distraction for the protagonists to escape from a house which is surrounded by the CIA. He mentions earlier in the film that he's 80 years old and has stage 4 Liver Cancer, so he chooses to make "the hard choice".
13th Oct '14 3:06:51 PM Angeldeb82
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So something bad is about to happen; a nuclear weapon is about to go off, or an asteroid is about to impact the planet and the only way to avoid this is if [[SomeoneHasToDie someone stays behind]] and [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices themselves to stop it.]] But who will go? All of these characters are life long friends. There's no easy way to decide. Or is there? One of the characters has an IncurableCoughOfDeath and only a few months to live. He'll do it - after all, he's dying anyway, and in a [[DeathIsDramatic far less dramatic and spectacular way]].

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So something bad is about to happen; a nuclear weapon is about to go off, or an asteroid is about to impact the planet and the only way to avoid this is if [[SomeoneHasToDie someone stays behind]] and [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices themselves to stop it.]] it]]. But who will go? All of these characters are life long friends. There's no easy way to decide. Or is there? One of the characters has an IncurableCoughOfDeath and only a few months to live. He'll do it - after all, he's dying anyway, and in a [[DeathIsDramatic far less dramatic and spectacular way]].



* In the novel ''Literature//TheWishsongOfShannara'', the Borderman Helt is attacked by a huge bat creature that scratches his face. He insists that he's okay, but not long afterward, he [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices]] himself to buy time for his comrades to escape from a horde of enemy Gnomes. Garet Jax later explains that Helt had been poisoned by the bat creature and knew he was dying.

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* In the novel ''Literature//TheWishsongOfShannara'', ''Literature/TheWishsongOfShannara'', the Borderman Helt is attacked by a huge bat creature that scratches his face. He insists that he's okay, but not long afterward, he [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices]] himself to buy time for his comrades to escape from a horde of enemy Gnomes. Garet Jax later explains that Helt had been poisoned by the bat creature and knew he was dying.
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