History Main / HeroicSuicide

20th Jun '17 8:38:38 PM Fireblood
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* In the season 1 finale of ''Series/TheFlash2014'', [[spoiler: Eddie shoots himself, which negates the existence of Eobard Thawne, his multiple-times great grandson and the Reverse-Flash, who was in the process of killing Barry and promised to then kill all of Barry's family and loved ones.]] Also, in the season 2 finale, [[spoiler:Barry's time remnant runs past his body's limits and disintegrates, knowing that the energy released will stop Zoom's plan to destroy TheMultiverse. Barry and the others treat his sacrifice with due respect rather than that of an ExpendableClone]].

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* In the season 1 finale of ''Series/TheFlash2014'', [[spoiler: Eddie shoots himself, which negates the existence of Eobard Thawne, his multiple-times great grandson and the Reverse-Flash, who was in the process of killing Barry and promised to then kill all of Barry's family and loved ones.]] Also, in the season 2 finale, [[spoiler:Barry's time remnant runs past his body's limits and disintegrates, knowing that the energy released will stop Zoom's plan to destroy TheMultiverse. Barry and the others treat his sacrifice with due respect rather than that of an ExpendableClone]].]]
11th Jun '17 9:38:51 PM Fireblood
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** Kahlan lets herself fall when she's left hanging from Richard after she slips when going up a cliff, so he can take the Stone of Tears off to stop the Keeper in "Eternity". Luckily it turns out to be just a magical illusion and she's unharmed.
11th Jun '17 9:35:44 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaBloodAndChrome'': The ''Osiris'' {{suicide attack}} on a Cylon basestar.



* ''Series/FallingSkies'': Alexis pilots the beamer right into the Espheni Power Station, destroying it and being killed in the process.



** In the Earth-Minbari War, some humans rammed their ships into the Minbari vessels to protect Earth.
*** During the Battle of the Line, Jeffrey Sinclair attempted a kamikaze run on a Minbari ship after his Starfury was damaged. Obviously, it ended differently than he expected it to.



** '''3.10 "Severed Dreams"''': The EAS ''Churchill'' was already critically disabled up from damage taken, so it rammed a hostile Earth Alliance Ship to take it out as well.
** '''3.22 "Z'ha'dum"''': Sheridan took a one-way trip to Z'ha'dum, home of the Shadows, hoping that it will end the war sooner and prevent the destruction of Centauri Prime. Since he figured it was a trap, he took along some bombs as well, enabling him to destroy their capital city. This one is seemingly subverted in the following episode, but then turned back around with the reveal that when he came back to life, he could only be given twenty more years. He accepted this, but some of his loved ones weren't happy about it.
** '''4.05 "The Long Night"''': A Ranger ship went on a suicide mission solely to give the Shadows information that would get them where the good guys wanted them, without their becoming suspicious.
** '''4.06 "Into the Fire"''': The one on Centauri Prime. A few Centauri remained on the island the Shadows were using as a base to keep up appearances when Londo set up his gambit to get rid of Shadow influence before the Vorlons came to destroy them. He wasn't able to convince the Shadows to leave, so instead he put nukes in place without them noticing, and those citizens were killed in the process.''
*** Also from "Into the Fire"''': The one by Coriana VI. A number of ships take one for the team as part of their collective "screw you" to the Vorlons and Shadows at the final battle, when they are trying to destroy Sheridan's ship but the others fly in front of the missiles.
** '''4.14 "Moments of Transition"''': Delenn was willing to do this as part of an ancient ritual, with the hope that it would mend the rift between the Minbari castes and end their civil war. In the end, Neroon pulls her out of the circle before it activates, and dies in her place, so there is still a sacrifice, just not the one initially expected. It helps that, in his final moments, he converts to the Religious caste, thus signifying their moral victory.



* ''Series/{{Killjoys}}'':
** Weymer Simms triggers the explosive to destroy the virus which is killing his family, dying in the process. He was already infected himself.
** Khlyen infects himself with a toxin that poisons the source of the green plasma to stop the Sixes in the Quad, dying in the process.



* ''{{Series/Humans}}'': Mia triggers a device which will destroy Hester, knowing it would do the same to her since she's in range. Thankfully she can be revived before it's too late.



* {{UsefulNotes/Christianity}} generally treats suicide as a sin. However, some have argued that Jesus' death is also a suicide (in the same manner as the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' [[MessianicArchetype example above]]). Being God, Jesus obviously could have saved himself from crucifixion, yet this was also necessary in Christian belief for humans' salvation. A form of heroic {{suicide by cop}}, arguably. For some it's not the act of killing oneself that is the sin but the despair that leads to it. Despair is a sin to them because it denies the goodness of God. Logically then somebody who dies not in despair but to save another, preserve the time line, protect the Earth, etc. has not sinned. However, many (for instance Catholicism) recognize that illnesses such as clinical depression can cause a despair that is not under someone's control and thus lessens or perhaps expunges any moral responsibility for suicide. By this logic, suicide to save someone's life (or some other examples listed on this page) that isn't done out of despair is not sinful. In a more minor Biblical example, Samson pulled down the temple on top of the Philistines (also a {{suicide attack}}), killing himself in the process. This is treated as nothing but heroic.

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* {{UsefulNotes/Christianity}} generally treats suicide as a sin. However, some have argued that Jesus' death is also a suicide (in the same manner as the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' [[MessianicArchetype example above]]). Being God, Jesus obviously could have saved himself from crucifixion, yet this was also necessary in Christian belief for humans' salvation. A form of heroic {{suicide by cop}}, arguably. For some it's not the act of killing oneself that is the sin but the despair that leads to it. Despair is a sin to them because it denies the goodness of God. Logically then somebody who dies not in despair but to save another, preserve the time line, protect the Earth, etc. has not sinned. However, many (for instance Catholicism) recognize that illnesses such as clinical depression can cause a despair that is not under someone's control and thus lessens or perhaps expunges any moral responsibility for suicide. By this logic, suicide to save someone's life (or some other examples listed on this page) that isn't done out of despair is not sinful. In a more minor Biblical example, Samson pulled down the temple on top of the Philistines (also a {{suicide attack}}), killing himself in the process. This is treated as nothing but heroic.
11th Jun '17 9:25:14 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/{{Killjoys}}'': Weymer Simms triggers the explosive to destroy the virus which is killing his family, dying in the process. He was already infected himself.
* ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'': Data, homaging Spock's {{heroic sacrifice}} in ''Wrath of Khan''.
11th Jun '17 9:21:39 PM Fireblood
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* In the climax of ''Film/IndependenceDay'', Russell pilots his plane straight into the weak point of the alien mothership to destroy it.
-->Hello boys! I'm baaaaaaaaaaack!!
* ''{{Film/Armageddon}}'': Harry kicks AJ back inside the shuttle to go back to Earth and marry Grace while he sticks around for the necessary manual detonation.
31st May '17 6:33:48 PM Fireblood
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* ''{{Series/Travelers}}'': Gleason attempts what seems like one from his perspective, trying to shoot himself so he is not taken over and forced to set a bomb off. [[spoiler: It's actually powering a device which will save the world from disaster, but he does not know that.]] He's out of bullets though, so this fails.
26th May '17 1:54:08 AM KingClark
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' this is one way of reaching God Tier, which is the highest level a player can reach. For a player to achieve God Tier, they must [[spoiler:die on their quest bed]]. Obviously, a player usually chooses to reach god tier in pursuit of a heroic goal, and since this is one of the ways to go about it, it counts as a Heroic Suicide. It's implied that it's meant to test the player by challenging them to accept and overcome the fear of their own demise. So far, the only character we've seen knowingly attempt this is [[spoiler:Dave Strider.]] However, [[spoiler:he finds himself unable to go through with it]]

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' this is one way of reaching God Tier, which is the highest level a player can reach. For a player to achieve God Tier, they must [[spoiler:die on their quest bed]]. Obviously, a player usually chooses to reach god tier in pursuit of a heroic goal, and since this is one of the ways to go about it, it counts as a Heroic Suicide. It's implied that it's meant to test the player by challenging them to accept and overcome the fear of their own demise. So far, the only character we've seen knowingly attempt this is [[spoiler:Dave Strider.]] However, [[spoiler:he finds himself unable to go through with it]]it]].
24th May '17 2:48:24 PM NNinja
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* Defied in ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma''. [[spoiler: When Phi gets infected with [[ThePlague Radical-6]] she demands to be killed and her body burned to make sure the virus won't get out. Diana then tazes her and gets her and Sigma out]] which leads to the events of ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward''.
19th May '17 11:33:08 PM GrammarNavi
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* ''Film/TheExorcist'': Father Karras kills himself to save Regan and get rid of Pazuzu, after getting the demon to go into him. HarsherInHindsight if you accept ''Film/ExorcistIII'' as canon.

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* ''Film/TheExorcist'': Father Karras kills himself to save Regan and get rid of Pazuzu, after getting the demon to go into him. HarsherInHindsight if you accept ''Film/ExorcistIII'' ''Film/TheExorcistIII'' as canon.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': An ObviousRulesPatch prevents the [[ThePoliticalOfficer Commissar]] from executing ''himself'', [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing despite the undoubtedly positive effect this would have on the men's morale.]]

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': An ObviousRulesPatch ObviousRulePatch prevents the [[ThePoliticalOfficer Commissar]] from executing ''himself'', [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing despite the undoubtedly positive effect this would have on the men's morale.]]



* In ''Webcomic/{{TheBeastLegion}}'' Njora sacrifices [[http://www.thebeastlegion.com/issue-09-page-20-a-heros-fall/ himself to his serpent transformed daughter]] so that Xeus can concentrate on saving Fyre.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{TheBeastLegion}}'' ''Webcomic/TheBeastLegion'' Njora sacrifices [[http://www.thebeastlegion.com/issue-09-page-20-a-heros-fall/ himself to his serpent transformed daughter]] so that Xeus can concentrate on saving Fyre.
19th May '17 8:46:45 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/GuardiansOfTheFlame'': Chak performs a {{suicide attack}} to detonate the enemy's powder store during a battle.
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