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22nd Jun '17 11:59:18 PM ex_ottoyuhr
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While this ''seems'' to be [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism strictly idealistic]], get an AntiHero against the ropes, and the same spirit will show up, even if manifested in different forms.

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While If all this ''seems'' to be sounds implausible or [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism strictly excessively idealistic]], get an AntiHero against remember that it's not just the ropes, and the same spirit will show up, even if manifested in different forms.
good guys who can think like this.



* Samwise Gamgee in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** This is a trait of many characters, including Frodo and Aragorn. Even Gollum shows this at times.

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* Samwise Gamgee in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
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This is a trait of many characters, including common virtue in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Sam Gamgee is the most conspicuous and memorable example, but Frodo and Aragorn. Even Gollum shows Aragorn are quite similar; so is Gollum, in his better moments.
** But there's no trace of
this way of thinking in Mordor. Sauron sitting in his [[http://www.thelandofshadow.com/professor-tolkiens-dark-tower-of-mordor/ drab brick fortress]] was thinking in bureaucratic, impersonal, decidedly modern terms; when he died, his armies just kind of gave up, and didn't organize any sort of effective resistance. Look at times.the appendixes: Gondor's armies, which Aragorn judged completely inadequate to fight Sauron, were more than enough to conquer most of Near Harad and campaign with impunity in Rhun once Sauron's government was out of the picture. (The aftermath of ''The Lord of the Rings'' was a heroic version of the Fall of Rome; the total number of barbarians who conquered the Roman Empire was smaller than the population of the city of Rome itself.)



* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 3.5's Iron Heart Surge is a manifestation of such, but due to poor wording it is able to stop the sun's heat (because it is an effect under the rules for a desert) or the sun's light (as it lowers the accuracy of some races) forever as they are effects effecting you that are not instantaneous. Conversely, it is useless against most incapacitating conditions - if you're mind-controlled, stunned or nauseated, you can't take the standard action to use the maneuver.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 3.5's Iron Heart Surge is a manifestation of such, but due to poor wording the rules for it is able to stop are pretty bad. It requires a standard action, so it's useless against mind control, stunning, nausea, and other incapacitating conditions; but, since the sun's heat (because it is an effect under the rules for a desert) or desert rules, and the sun's light (as it lowers the accuracy of for some races) forever as they are races, you can use an Iron Heart Surge to stop the sun from shining. ([[Series/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic The night will last forever]], too, since the sun's effects effecting affect you that and are not instantaneous. Conversely, it is useless against most incapacitating conditions - if you're mind-controlled, stunned or nauseated, you can't take the standard action to use the maneuver.instantaneous.)


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** Link isn't the only one with this outlook in this setting. Ganondorf is little affected by being repeatedly sealed away and having been killed outright at least once; his confidence that he was right broke down in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'' (which would be a very interesting game to have a sequel to), but his determination to do what he has resolved to do is pretty much unbreakable. And, unlike Sauron, he has followers who share his determination and can act pretty effectively on their own.


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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': The series doesn't dwell on it, but there are moments when you notice the immense strength of Sunset Shimmer's resolve. She's been through several situations and sudden challenges that an ordinary person might not even live through, but they barely even slow her down.
9th May '17 5:12:28 AM CountDorku
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* In ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'', ''all'' heroes benefit from this. Heroes who run out of HP don't die; they simply become "incapacitated", meaning they can't play hero cards or use their default side's powers - but they ''can'' use one of the three effects listed on the reverse side of their card, allowing them to support their allies even when barely holding on to consciousness. Some of these options can be game-breakingly powerful - one version of Tempest, for example, has an incapacitated option that renders the remaining heroes impervious to one kind of damage (out of eleven), which can lead to a very, ''very'' hard day for bosses like Iron Legacy (who mostly rely on melee damage to actually do anything).
9th Apr '17 5:18:03 PM nombretomado
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* Pegasus Seiya from ''SaintSeiya'' has this. Though he is a lowly Bronze Saint, when his life is on the line, Princess Saori's life, or the fate of the world and loved ones is at stake, Seiya will do just about everything in his power, even go beyond limits to bring justice and save the day, even if he gets beaten black and blue by Saints way above his power level.

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* Pegasus Seiya from ''SaintSeiya'' ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' has this. Though he is a lowly Bronze Saint, when his life is on the line, Princess Saori's life, or the fate of the world and loved ones is at stake, Seiya will do just about everything in his power, even go beyond limits to bring justice and save the day, even if he gets beaten black and blue by Saints way above his power level.
21st Dec '16 10:44:06 AM Tron80
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21st Dec '16 10:41:22 AM Tron80
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** As is Franchise/{{Batman}}. Most of the time, nothing will keep him down. It's notable that part of Bane's plan to actually defeat Batman involved running him completely ragged by basically hurling his ''entire Rogue's gallery'' at him all at once, ''while he was sick.'' And even so, Batman ''still'' put up a half-decent fight when he was ambushed at his ''civilian'' home. In many AlternateUniverse stories where the writers want to make the good guys bad, they will explicitly break Superman's spirit, and if there ''is'' a truly good guy left in that world, it's usually Batman.

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** * Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} never quits... ''ever''. Even if she has been beaten, depowered, weakened, captured... by enemies that outnumber her, overpower her, or outsmart her, she will fight on until winning or dying.
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As is Franchise/{{Batman}}. Most of the time, nothing will keep him down. It's notable that part of Bane's plan to actually defeat Batman involved running him completely ragged by basically hurling his ''entire Rogue's gallery'' at him all at once, ''while he was sick.'' And even so, Batman ''still'' put up a half-decent fight when he was ambushed at his ''civilian'' home. In many AlternateUniverse stories where the writers want to make the good guys bad, they will explicitly break Superman's spirit, and if there ''is'' a truly good guy left in that world, it's usually Batman.
12th Nov '16 12:54:30 PM Musicoftheage
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->''"It's not in the circuitry is it? It's not the machine the resists you. It's me. My spirit. And that's the part you can't break."''

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->''"It's not in the circuitry is it? It's not the machine the that resists you. It's me. My spirit. And that's the part you can't break."''
19th Oct '16 11:14:27 PM Galacton
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The spirit of a true hero is an awesome thing. The heroes can do anything if they are driven enough. They will not surrender, they will not stay down. Death, TheVirus, [[InjuryTropes Broken Bones]], they are all to be shrugged off when the chips are down. No DespairEventHorizon for them.

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The spirit of a true hero is an awesome thing. The heroes Heroes can do anything if they are driven enough. They will not surrender, they will not stay down. Death, TheVirus, [[InjuryTropes Broken Bones]], TheVirus, Death, they are all to be shrugged off when the chips are down. No DespairEventHorizon for them.
20th Sep '16 9:43:39 AM Vardinator
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* Captain Malcolm Reynolds in ''{{Series/Firefly}}'', starting with his very first scene in the pilot, showing his refusal to lay down arms when he's caught on the losing side of the battle of Serenity Valley, and reiterated often after that. Played up more than ever in the BigDamnMovie. Ditto Simon Tam- a mild-mannered DeadpanSnarker FishOutOfWater who isn't much good at fighting, but will go to ''any'' lengths to [[PapaBear protect his baby sister]]. Including [[spoiler: offering to be burned at the stake with her when their present company decides she's a witch. (Luckily for them, the rest of the crew arrived just in time to rescue them.)]].

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* Captain Malcolm Reynolds in ''{{Series/Firefly}}'', starting with his very first scene in the pilot, showing his refusal to lay down arms when he's caught on the losing side of the battle of Serenity Valley, and reiterated often after that. Played up more than ever in the BigDamnMovie. Ditto Simon Tam- a mild-mannered DeadpanSnarker FishOutOfWater who isn't much good at fighting, but will go to ''any'' lengths to [[PapaBear protect his baby sister]]. Including [[spoiler: offering to be burned at the stake with her when their present company decides she's a witch. (Luckily for them, the rest of the crew [[BigDamnHeroes arrived just in time to rescue them.)]].]])]].
30th Jul '16 4:47:46 PM nombretomado
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** ''DarkSun'' dwarves have "focus", their current obsessively followed major goal. Game mechanics gives bonuses to save and skill checks while performing tasks leading directly toward this goal.

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** ''DarkSun'' ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'' dwarves have "focus", their current obsessively followed major goal. Game mechanics gives bonuses to save and skill checks while performing tasks leading directly toward this goal.



* ''{{Exalted}}'' has Willpower, which can be spent to throw off mental influence, or to enhance ability rolls. Channel one of your Virtues for the latter use, and the action is all but guaranteed to succeed if that Virtue is high enough. So, basically, by being a heroic person, you can channel the raw PowerOfLove (Compassion), [[TheFettered level-headedness and discipline]] (Temperance), {{Hot Blooded}}ness (Valor), or sheer [[{{Determinator}} determination]] (Conviction).

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* ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has Willpower, which can be spent to throw off mental influence, or to enhance ability rolls. Channel one of your Virtues for the latter use, and the action is all but guaranteed to succeed if that Virtue is high enough. So, basically, by being a heroic person, you can channel the raw PowerOfLove (Compassion), [[TheFettered level-headedness and discipline]] (Temperance), {{Hot Blooded}}ness (Valor), or sheer [[{{Determinator}} determination]] (Conviction).
10th Jul '16 9:38:39 AM Hero2014
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Roman Torchwick attempts to deconstruct Ruby Rose's attitude as a part of his BreakingSpeech, claiming that that sort of attitude don't fly in this world and that if she wants to be a hero, then she should just be like every other Huntsman in history and just die while he gloats that he'll keep going by lying, cheating, stealing and, ultimately, surviving. [[spoiler:He's, then, ate by a Grimm.]]

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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Roman Torchwick attempts to deconstruct Ruby Rose's attitude as a part of his BreakingSpeech, claiming that that sort of attitude don't fly in this world and that if she wants to be a hero, then she should just be like every other Huntsman in history and just die while he gloats that he'll keep going by lying, cheating, stealing and, ultimately, surviving. [[spoiler:He's, then, ate [[spoiler:He's then eaten by a Grimm.]]
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