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30th May '16 8:46:26 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Although it's not a literal rope, this is basically how ''TransformersArmada'' ends, in a rare case of it happening between enemies: Optimus Prime and Galvatron are about to be devoured by Unicron, and Optimus is the one clinging to a ledge with one and and holding Galvatron up with the other. Galvatron stabs Optimus' hand, forcing it to let go and plunging himself into Unicron; then, evidently, without Galvatron around, Unicron doesn't have enough evil to feed off of, so he disappears as well. Yes, ''Galvatron saved the universe.''

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* Although it's not a literal rope, this is basically how ''TransformersArmada'' ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' ends, in a rare case of it happening between enemies: Optimus Prime and Galvatron are about to be devoured by Unicron, and Optimus is the one clinging to a ledge with one and and holding Galvatron up with the other. Galvatron stabs Optimus' hand, forcing it to let go and plunging himself into Unicron; then, evidently, without Galvatron around, Unicron doesn't have enough evil to feed off of, so he disappears as well. Yes, ''Galvatron saved the universe.''
5th Apr '16 6:25:32 AM LongLiveHumour
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* ''Recap/TintinTintinInTibet'': Captain Haddock attempts this, but drops his pocket knife. Tharkey, who has walked out, catches up to them and makes his presence known, before saving them off-page.

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* ''Recap/TintinTintinInTibet'': ''Franchise/{{Tintin}} [[Recap/TintinTintinInTibet in Tibet]]'': Captain Haddock attempts this, but drops his pocket knife. Tharkey, who has walked out, catches up to them and makes his presence known, before saving them off-page.
3rd Apr '16 11:26:32 PM jameygamer
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* Disney/BigHero6 includes a climatic moment that messes with this trope in an interesting way. After his suit is destroyed after passing through the warp hole, Baymax sacrifices himself for Hiro by shooting Hiro back to earth through the warp hole. By effectively cutting his safety cord, Baymax sends both himself and Hiro into a fall--one to safety and one to death.

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* Disney/BigHero6 ''Disney/BigHero6'' includes a climatic moment that messes with this trope in an interesting way. After his suit is destroyed after passing through the warp hole, Baymax sacrifices himself for Hiro by shooting Hiro back to earth through the warp hole. By effectively cutting his safety cord, Baymax sends both himself and Hiro into a fall--one to safety and one to death.
21st Nov '15 12:50:31 PM R1ck
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A common version of this is to have the characters holding hands, so that the faller must simply relax their hand to sacrifice themselves. If a character does fall in such a manner and doesn't appear onscreen as dead, they probably aren't.

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A common version of this is to have the characters holding hands, so that the faller must simply relax their hand to sacrifice themselves. If a character does fall in such a manner and doesn't appear onscreen as dead, [[NeverFoundTheBody they probably aren't.
aren't]], except in a DwindlingParty situation.
15th Nov '15 4:50:58 AM DavidCowie
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* ''Film/TheGuardian'' featured this in its climax. After Ben (played by Kevin Costner) rescues Jake (played by Ashton Kutcher) on the ship in the middle of the storm, they take the safety rope up to the helicopter together. But the rope is not designed for their combined weight and begins to break. Ben decides to sacrifice himself to save Jake. However, instead of cutting his part of the rope, he simply unstraps the glove that Jake is holding onto, falling into the water from a fatal height. Though, if the end of the movie it to be believed, Ben may be NotQuiteDead, simply AscendingToAHigherPlaneOfExistence.
* Actually the rescue cable on an HH-60 is designed to lift three people at once if necessary. It appeared to have been frayed some time prior.

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* ''Film/TheGuardian'' featured this in its climax. After Ben (played by Kevin Costner) rescues Jake (played by Ashton Kutcher) on the ship in the middle of the storm, they take the safety rope up to the helicopter together. But the rope is not designed for their combined weight and begins to break. [[note]] The rescue cable on an HH-60 is designed to lift three people at once if necessary. It appeared to have been frayed some time prior [[/note]] Ben decides to sacrifice himself to save Jake. However, instead of cutting his part of the rope, he simply unstraps the glove that Jake is holding onto, falling into the water from a fatal height. Though, if the end of the movie it to be believed, Ben may be NotQuiteDead, simply AscendingToAHigherPlaneOfExistence.
* Actually the rescue cable on an HH-60 is designed to lift three people at once if necessary. It appeared to have been frayed some time prior.
AscendingToAHigherPlaneOfExistence..
24th Sep '15 4:37:44 PM storykind
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** In the manga adaptation, Tadashi and Hiro are both at the site of the portal when it malfunctions. Hiro manages to grab onto Tadashi, who, after giving his brother some parting words, willingly lets go and gets sucked into the portal.
15th Jul '15 10:06:49 AM Sidewinder
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* In ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands,'' [[PlayerCharacter Rhys]] and Shasha end up hanging from some partially collapsed walkways high above groud. Sasha is holding onto Rhys' legs while he tries to pull them both up, but she realizes that the structure is rapidly falling apart, and that Rhys won't be able to pull them up in time. [[HeroicSacrifice She tells him she will let go.]] [[VideoGameCaringPotential Rhys can either tell her not to,]] [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential or say he understands.]] Regardless of what you pick, [[spoiler:she lets go. Turns out that the walkway had lowered so much that they were just a few feet off the ground. She knew that, Rhys (and the player) didn't.]]
7th Jul '15 4:14:28 PM nombretomado
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* This is how Juliet from ''{{Lost}}'' dies. She falls over the edge, only to be grabbed by her boyfriend Sawyer. Unfortunately, Sawyer begins to slip, so she lets go to save him.

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* This is how Juliet from ''{{Lost}}'' ''Series/{{Lost}}'' dies. She falls over the edge, only to be grabbed by her boyfriend Sawyer. Unfortunately, Sawyer begins to slip, so she lets go to save him.
5th Jul '15 3:57:41 PM DameKellen
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A common version of this is to have the characters holding hands, so that in order to sacrifice themselves, the faller must simply relax their hand to sacrifice themselves. If a character does fall in such a manner and doesn't appear onscreen as dead, they probably aren't.

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A common version of this is to have the characters holding hands, so that in order to sacrifice themselves, the faller must simply relax their hand to sacrifice themselves. If a character does fall in such a manner and doesn't appear onscreen as dead, they probably aren't.
28th Jun '15 4:30:22 AM Morgenthaler
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** Somewhat justified: the acid blinded Christie so he would've just slowed the group down. Letting him stay behind would've resulted in [[FateWorseThanDeath being captured and implanted]].
** Except it becomes a senseless sacrifice when you realize the Xenomorph died and he fell two feet into a pool of water with nothing to harm him or stop him from climbing back up, like the girl who also fell in did, and she also got shot...
** And even moreso when you realize that, given the grip the Xenomorph had on his foot, one good strong twitch would have dislodged it.
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