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24th Feb '17 2:35:41 PM CountDorku
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** ''[[CerebusSyndrome Much]]'' less comically, [[spoiler:Angel]] goes to some pretty impressive lengths to ensure you are not only in a position to kill her but have plenty of ammunition with which to do it. [[spoiler:More specifically, she wants a) to be free and b) to stop Handsome Jack. It's just that she can't be freed without dying due to her eridium dependency, and Jack's plans require a Siren, like her, under his control, in order to charge the Vault Key. So she arranges for the Vault Hunters to [[StormingTheCastle storm the bunker she's kept in]] and [[AttackItsWeakPoint destroy the pipes feeding in the eridium]].]]
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** The rigidity of Dwarfs' honour codes results in Troll Slayers, unfortunate Dwarfs who have failed at some task or are unable to fulfill an oath, for which death is their only solace. ''However'', it's dishonorable for a Dwarf to just off himself, so they dye their hair, cut it into an intimidating shape, and go into battle unarmored against the biggest, meanest opponent they can find. If they can't find a troll nasty enough to kill them, they graduate to become Giant Slayers, then Dragon Slayers, then Daemon Slayers. In some army lists, the Dwarf player gets almost as many victory points from getting his troops killed by monsters than his opponent does for killing them.

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** Troll Slayers:
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The rigidity of Dwarfs' honour codes results in Troll Slayers, unfortunate Dwarfs who have failed at some task or are unable to fulfill an oath, for which death is their only solace. ''However'', it's dishonorable for a Dwarf to just off himself, so they dye their hair, cut it into an intimidating shape, and go into battle unarmored against the biggest, meanest opponent they can find. If they can't find a troll nasty enough to kill them, they graduate to become Giant Slayers, then Dragon Slayers, then Daemon Slayers. In some army lists, the Dwarf player gets almost as many victory points from getting his troops killed by monsters than his opponent does for killing them.
14th Feb '17 9:47:50 AM Theriocephalus
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy'', Count Mordred the Damned is a Chaos Champion who is cursed to [[BodyHorror forever constantly mutate]] within his armour and will always be brought BackFromTheDead by the Chaos Gods if he should fall in battle. As such, he doesn't have much of a chance of ever finding real rest in death, [[WhoWantsToLiveForever but it's what he hopes for against all hope]].

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Count Mordred the Damned is a Chaos Champion who is cursed to [[BodyHorror forever constantly mutate]] within his armour and will always be brought BackFromTheDead by the Chaos Gods if he should fall in battle. As such, he doesn't have much of a chance of ever finding real rest in death, [[WhoWantsToLiveForever but it's what he hopes for against all hope]].



** The ''Literature/GotrekAndFelix'' novels, in particular, tell the story of Felix Jaeger, a young poet who finds himself honor bound to accompany a Slayer and record his heroic doom. Unfortunately for Felix, Gotrek Grunnisson just happens to be the worst Slayer in history, on account of him being the most badass Dwarf, if not being, on the planet. He has killed everything from incarnations of rage and blood to dragons the length of football fields. Even if anything ''could'' kill Gotrek, Felix has no illusions about the fact that it would kill him soon after.
** Troll Slayers are a player career path in ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'', though after advancing through the Giant and Daemon Slayer stages their only exit career is "Glorious Death," so a note advises players to "think it over carefully" before picking the class. The class evades GameBreaker status because anyone playing a slayer is expected to act like one; you are supposed to pick fights even when the odds aren't good, sleep deprivation, mental instability and rampant alcoholism is the best way to spend your downtime, and armour is for people without a death wish (i.e. people who are not you). Your impressive combat prowess is there to make the party want to hang out with you anyway. Their only non-combat abilities are limited to "resistance to getting drunk" and "scaring people," so the only thing a Slayer is good for outside of a fight is ''starting'' one.

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** *** The ''Literature/GotrekAndFelix'' novels, in particular, tell the story of Felix Jaeger, a young poet who finds himself honor bound to accompany a Slayer and record his heroic doom. Unfortunately for Felix, Gotrek Grunnisson just happens to be the worst Slayer in history, on account of him being the most badass Dwarf, if not being, on the planet. He has killed everything from incarnations of rage and blood to dragons the length of football fields. Even if anything ''could'' kill Gotrek, Felix has no illusions about the fact that it would kill him soon after.
** *** Troll Slayers are a player career path in ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'', though after advancing through the Giant and Daemon Slayer stages their only exit career is "Glorious Death," so a note advises players to "think it over carefully" before picking the class. The class evades GameBreaker status because anyone playing a slayer is expected to act like one; you are supposed to pick fights even when the odds aren't good, sleep deprivation, mental instability and rampant alcoholism is the best way to spend your downtime, and armour is for people without a death wish (i.e. people who are not you). Your impressive combat prowess is there to make the party want to hang out with you anyway. Their only non-combat abilities are limited to "resistance to getting drunk" and "scaring people," so the only thing a Slayer is good for outside of a fight is ''starting'' one.



* The Blood Angels chapter of [[SuperSoldier Space Marines]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' have the GeneticMemory of their Primarch's death built into their blood, a curse they call the Black Rage. This manifests in occasional outbreaks of UnstoppableRage, but in its worst form the Space Marine goes almost completely berserk, hallucinating the last moments of their Primarch and forgetting their own identities. Such unfortunates are grouped into the Death Company and thrown into near-hopeless battles in search of death, and any who survive are given the [[MercyKill Emperor's Peace]] afterward.

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The Blood Angels chapter of [[SuperSoldier Space Marines]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' have the GeneticMemory of their Primarch's death built into their blood, a curse they call the Black Rage. This manifests in occasional outbreaks of UnstoppableRage, but in its worst form the Space Marine goes almost completely berserk, hallucinating the last moments of their Primarch and forgetting their own identities. Such unfortunates are grouped into the Death Company and thrown into near-hopeless battles in search of death, and any who survive are given the [[MercyKill Emperor's Peace]] afterward.



** ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising]]'' does a particularly good job of representing this. Chaos Dreadnoughts repeatedly beg the player to let them die (when their dialogue is even intelligible). When a Chaos Dreadnought dies, the announcer informs the player, "One of your Dreadnoughts has escaped in death."
** Played with the Dark Eldar. The Haemonculi have mastered the art of resurrection to explain how they keep up usable numbers with the all [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder backstabbing]] going on. Some Dark Eldar actually have become addicted to dying, constantly trying to find new and interesting ways to kick the bucket.

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** ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II: Chaos Rising]]'' Rising'' does a particularly good job of representing this. Chaos Dreadnoughts repeatedly beg the player to let them die (when their dialogue is even intelligible). When a Chaos Dreadnought dies, the announcer informs the player, "One of your Dreadnoughts has escaped in death."
** Played with with the Dark Eldar. The Haemonculi have mastered the art of resurrection to explain how they keep up usable numbers with the all [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder backstabbing]] going on. Some Dark Eldar actually have become addicted to dying, constantly trying to find new and interesting ways to kick the bucket.






* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' featured a Norseman who was cursed with eternal life by the BigBad. He set himself up behind an elaborate death course to weed out anyone who had no chance of ever defeating him, and waited for someone to bring him death. As in the Colbey example, he had to fight all-out to get the afterlife he desired...but Jack did manage to best him.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' featured a Norseman who was cursed with eternal life by the BigBad. He set himself up behind an elaborate death course to weed out anyone who had no chance of ever defeating him, and waited for someone to bring him death. As in the Colbey example, he had to fight all-out to get the afterlife he desired... but Jack did manage to best him.



* The Knights of St. Lazarus. It was a military order for knights who had caught leprosy. Since leprosy is a fatal disease and knights were professional soldiers and it was a [[ChurchMilitant monastic order]]...[[HeavenSeeker you do the math]].
* Several religious groups have elements of this, particularly at the fringes. Radical Islamists for one are often cited with the words "We love death more than you love life".

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* The Knights of St. Lazarus. It was a military order for knights who had caught leprosy. Since leprosy is a fatal disease and knights were professional soldiers and it was a [[ChurchMilitant monastic order]]... [[HeavenSeeker you do the math]].
* Several religious groups have elements of this, particularly at the fringes. Radical Islamists for one are often cited with the words "We "we love death more than you love life".
8th Feb '17 4:51:26 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Gen in ''StreetFighter Alpha'' suffers from an incurable disease and is looking for a worthy opponent to die against. In ''Alpha 3'' he eventually finds Akuma. They fight, but Akuma bails because fighting a sick man is against his code of honor. Gen shows up in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', so I guess he found something worth living for.
** Also Akuma. He and Ryu fought once, and he spared Ryu's life because he saw that he was a person who, with training, could plausibly defeat him, which is what he wants.
** [[spoiler:In the comics from UDON, Gen gets his wish and Akuma kills him. This happens shortly before the events of ''Street Fighter II''.]]

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* Gen in ''StreetFighter Alpha'' suffers from an incurable disease and is looking for a worthy opponent to die against. In ''Alpha 3'' he eventually finds Akuma. They fight, but Akuma bails because fighting a sick man is against his code of honor. Gen shows up alive in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', so I guess he found something worth living for.
[[spoiler: but Akuma's Story Mode in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'' states that they fought again and this time Gen got his death wish fulfilled, using his FamousLastWords to [[FaceDeathWithDignity verbally spit on Akuma's face]].]]
** Also Akuma. He and Ryu fought once, and he spared Ryu's life because he saw that he was a person who, with training, could plausibly defeat him, which is what he wants.
** [[spoiler:In the comics from UDON, Gen gets his wish and Akuma kills him. This happens shortly before the events of ''Street Fighter II''.]]
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* [[spoiler: Kratos]] from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' is eventually revealed to be a Death Seeker and has singled out Lloyd as the one who'll finally kill him -- [[spoiler: which he'll have to do because Kratos' lifeforce keeps a seal on the CosmicKeystone]]. Fails miserably, after Lloyd [[TakeAThirdOption merely beats]] ''[[TakeAThirdOption six]]'' [[TakeAThirdOption shades of hell out of him]] during their final encounter, [[spoiler:undoing the seal]], and then proceeds to chew out his NotQuiteDead opponent over being so incredibly ''stupid'' in trying to throw his life away. Similarly, [[spoiler: Zelos]] spends a good part of the game with a death wish, [[spoiler: his HandsomeLech personality for the most part [[StepfordSmiler an act]]]]. Whether he succeeds or not is up to the player.
** The sequel then gives us [[spoiler:Emil]]. Once he realizes that he is [[spoiler:The Summon Spirit Ratatosk, and responsible for the death of Aster]] he plans to atone by [[spoiler:faking possession by his SuperpoweredEvilSide]] and having the rest of the party kill him [[spoiler:so that he can become a core to seal the door to Niflheim]].

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[[spoiler: Kratos]] from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' Kratos Aurion]] is eventually revealed to be a Death Seeker and has singled out Lloyd as the one who'll finally kill him -- [[spoiler: which he'll have to do because Kratos' lifeforce keeps a seal on the CosmicKeystone]]. Fails miserably, after Lloyd [[TakeAThirdOption merely beats]] ''[[TakeAThirdOption six]]'' [[TakeAThirdOption shades of hell out of him]] during their final encounter, [[spoiler:undoing the seal]], and then proceeds to chew out his NotQuiteDead opponent over being so incredibly ''stupid'' in trying to throw his life away. Similarly,
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[[spoiler: Zelos]] Zelos Wilder]] spends a good part of the game with a death wish, [[spoiler: his HandsomeLech personality for the most part [[StepfordSmiler an act]]]]. Whether he succeeds or not is up to the player.
** The sequel then gives us [[spoiler:Emil]].has [[spoiler:Emil Castagnier]]. Once he realizes that he is [[spoiler:The Summon Spirit Ratatosk, and responsible for the death of Aster]] he plans to atone by [[spoiler:faking possession by his SuperpoweredEvilSide]] and having the rest of the party kill him [[spoiler:so that he can become a core to seal the door to Niflheim]].



* [[spoiler:Lehran]] from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'' was like this, but when he couldn't find any way to die, he resorted to [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds trying to bring a goddess's judgment on the entire continent, wiping out himself and everyone else.]] His last words are "I'm dying...at last."
** In ''Path of Radiance'' both Haar and Tauroneo, thoroughly disappointed by the turns their lives have taken are like this before you recruit them. And then there's [[TheBrute General Bertram]], one of Daien's Four Riders. Drugged up on PsychoSerum and barely coherent, Bertram spends most of [[SnakeTalk rasping]] about how the other players are going going to "Perisssshhh," and "Me...kill..." Right up until you face him with Ike, that is, when his refrain becomes "Kill...me....KILL...M-ME..." Ike does his best to oblige.
** Harken from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'' is a BrokenAce who became this after [[spoiler: seeing his liege lord and his comrades get killed by the Black Fang]]. He throws himself at your party in order to get killed, though some characters can talk him out of it and he can eventually got better.

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* [[spoiler:Lehran]] [[spoiler:Lehran/Sephiran]] from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'' was like this, but when he couldn't find any way to die, he resorted to [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds trying to bring a goddess's judgment on the entire continent, wiping out himself and everyone else.]] His last words are "I'm dying...at last."
** In ''Path of Radiance'' both Haar and Tauroneo, thoroughly disappointed by the turns their lives have taken taken, are like this before you recruit them. And then there's [[TheBrute General Bertram]], one of Daien's Four Riders. Drugged up on PsychoSerum and barely coherent, Bertram spends most of [[SnakeTalk rasping]] about how the other players are going going to "Perisssshhh," and "Me...kill..." Right up until you face him with Ike, that is, when his refrain becomes "Kill...me....KILL...M-ME..." Ike does his best to oblige.
** Harken from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'' is a BrokenAce who became this after [[spoiler: seeing his liege lord and his comrades get killed by the Black Fang]]. He throws himself at your the party in order to get killed, though some characters can talk him out of it and he can eventually got better.



** A secret character in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'', [[spoiler:the DiscOneFinalBoss King Gangrel]], has become this by the time he's recruited, only joining the army so he can throw his life away against the BigBad. If a Female Avatar marries him, she gives him the motivation and will to keep on living; otherwise, in his character ending he gets his wish.

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** A secret character in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'', [[spoiler:the DiscOneFinalBoss King Gangrel]], has become this by the time he's recruited, only joining the army so he can throw his life away against the BigBad. If a Female Avatar marries him, [[LoveRedeems she gives him the motivation and will to keep on living; living]]; otherwise, in his character ending he gets his wish.



** Xander becomes this in ''Birthright'' [[spoiler: after accidentally killing Elise when he tries to kill the Avatar. He gets so emotionally destroyed by the accidental murder of his little sister that he has the Avatar kill him in his duel with them via SuicideByCop]].

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** Xander becomes this in ''Birthright'' [[spoiler: after accidentally killing Elise when he tries to kill the Avatar.Avatar and she goes TakingTheBullet. He gets so emotionally destroyed by the accidental murder of his little sister that he has the Avatar kill him in his duel with them via SuicideByCop]]. Even more, it's implied that [[spoiler: he has ''already'' planned to fight the Avatar and his/her army to the death, and Elise's death only strengthened this decision]].
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* A rare dark humor-based example of this trope (crashing right into SuicideAsComedy) is Face Mcshooty of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}''. He is a Psycho in Thousand Cuts who runs around screaming at people and begging to be shot in the face, doing nothing else in terms of aggression or even provocation. His only calling in life is to get a bullet in the face. There's no given reason why he doesn't simply acquire any of the numerous discarded VendorTrash guns laying around and do it himself, but he simply asks that one of the Vault Hunters give him what he wants. He actually thanks you after you shoot him in the face, and somehow gives you money before he perishes. Definitely one of the game's weirder side quests.

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A rare dark humor-based example of this trope (crashing right into SuicideAsComedy) is Face Mcshooty of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}''.Mcshooty. He is a Psycho in Thousand Cuts who runs around screaming at people and begging to be shot in the face, doing nothing else in terms of aggression or even provocation. His only calling in life is to get a bullet in the face. There's no given reason why he doesn't simply acquire any of the numerous discarded VendorTrash guns laying around and do it himself, but he simply asks that one of the Vault Hunters give him what he wants. He actually thanks you after you shoot him in the face, and somehow gives you money before he perishes. Definitely one of the game's weirder side quests.
6th Feb '17 9:48:17 PM CountDorku
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** Playable (with the right DLC) Psycho Krieg hints at this with several of his quotes upon reviving a teammate, most notably "YOU'RE IN MY SPOT!" and "I WANNA DIE HERE! ME!" His more rational inner voice prefers "I deserve this", a line he drops periodically when Krieg catches fire or bashes himself in the face with his axe.
5th Feb '17 12:04:21 AM R.G.
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* Rossiu from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' plans to commit suicide after everything he did almost ended in Humanity's extinction, it takes [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan punch from Simon]] to prevent this.

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* Rossiu from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' plans [[DrivenToSuicide to commit suicide suicide]] after everything he did almost ended in Humanity's extinction, it takes a [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan punch from Simon]] to prevent this.
5th Feb '17 12:01:57 AM R.G.
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* Rossiu from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' plans to commit suicide after everything he did almost ended in Humanity's extinction, it takes [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan punch from Simon]] to prevent this.
3rd Feb '17 8:28:25 AM JustSomeGuy732
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* Rachel Gardner is this in VideoGame/AngelsOfDeath. In fact, it serves as one of the overarching plot of the game, where she made a freaking ''serial murderer'' to swear an oath under God that he'll kill her once she proved her usefulness to him. She's ''that'' desperate.
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* Dr. Luis, central antagonist of ''VideoGame/SouthOfReal'', wants to die for his horrible, horrible crimes by the time [[TheHero Alex]] finally runs into him. Considering those crimes involved [[spoiler:experimenting on his own adopted children, Alex included, in a vain and badly planned attempt to stop the end of the world,]] the only thing stopping the player from offing him might be the worry that it could affect the ending. [[spoiler:It doesn't.]]

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Dr. Luis, the central antagonist of ''VideoGame/SouthOfReal'', antagonist, wants to die for his horrible, horrible crimes by the time [[TheHero Alex]] finally runs into him. Considering those crimes involved [[spoiler:experimenting on his own adopted children, Alex included, in a vain and badly planned attempt to stop the end of the world,]] the only thing stopping the player from offing him might be the worry that it could affect the ending. [[spoiler:It doesn't.]]
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