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24th Mar '17 7:06:10 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'': Wizard's Life Fire can be this, when done to protect another person. It requires that a wizard [[CastFromHitPoints put all of his life force]] into a spell that consumes everything surrounding them in a last act that also kills him. In the first book, Kahlan's former wizard does this to ensure that Darken Rahl cannot [[spoiler: use magic to learn who has made off with a Box of Orden]]. Zedd tastes the ashes left on the wall and notes that they are sweet, the sign that it was done to protect another person. [[spoiler: This is also the first indication they have that he was acting on some greater plan, rather than just abandoning Kahlan for the money and power of his new post.]] Zedd later attempts it to stop the chimes, but survives and is revived by Richard. In the prequel book ''Warheart'', Barracus uses Subtractive Magic to insure a war wizard will be born when a dream walker is and counter it, then kills himself to keep the secret.

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* ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'': Wizard's Life Fire can be this, when done to protect another person. It requires that a wizard [[CastFromHitPoints put all of his life force]] into a spell that consumes everything surrounding them in a last act that also kills him. In the first book, Kahlan's former wizard does this to ensure that Darken Rahl cannot [[spoiler: use magic to learn who has made off with a Box of Orden]]. Zedd tastes the ashes left on the wall and notes that they are sweet, the sign that it was done to protect another person. [[spoiler: This is also the first indication they have that he was acting on some greater plan, rather than just abandoning Kahlan for the money and power of his new post.]] Zedd later attempts it to stop the chimes, but survives and is revived by Richard. In the prequel book ''Warheart'', Barracus uses Subtractive Magic to insure a war wizard will be born when a dream walker is and counter it, then kills himself to keep the secret. In ''The Pillars of Creation'' Althea poisons herself to prevent not only her husband's suicide out of grief if he found her brutally murdered instead, but chose death to begin with rather than living when this would mean the Keeper winning.
24th Mar '17 6:02:37 PM Fireblood
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* ''{{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.
21st Mar '17 10:52:15 PM Fireblood
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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. Actually it's not the act of killing oneself that is the sin but the despair that leads to it. Despair is a sin against the Holy Ghost 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. 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. Actually 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 against the Holy Ghost 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.
21st Mar '17 10:49:07 PM Fireblood
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* ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga --- Jean Grey kills herself to prevent becoming Dark Phoenix again, and to stop the Shiar from destroying the world (it depends on the interpretation of the story -- retcons make this story a mess).

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* ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga --- ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga: Jean Grey kills herself to prevent becoming Dark Phoenix again, and to stop the Shiar from destroying the world (it depends on the interpretation of the story -- retcons make this story a mess).


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* ''{{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.
20th Mar '17 12:15:33 PM liberame
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* ''VideoGame/TreeOfSavior'': In Kalejimas Prison, you find that Zanas [[spoiler: willingly killed himself so he can continue to protect the Revelation as a spirit.]]
25th Feb '17 12:51:08 PM Itasio
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* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' ends with its immortal protagonist [[KilledOffForReal killing himself permanently]] because every time he "dies" and comes back to life, someone else dies in his place (and the spirits of the people who've died for him stalk and torment him).

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* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' ends with its [[spoiler:its immortal protagonist [[KilledOffForReal killing himself permanently]] because every time he "dies" and comes back to life, someone else dies in his place (and the spirits of the people who've died for him stalk and torment him).]]
2nd Feb '17 1:35:46 PM rjd1922
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* This is how [[spoiler: Sakura Ogami]] from ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' died. [[spoiler: She chose committing suicide instead of murdering other students (which would emotionally wreck her as she's very lawful and honorable ''and'' one of the students is her best friend Aoi) or letting her beloved dojo be destroyed (since Monobear is forcing her to be TheMole upon threatening said dojo).]]

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* This is how [[spoiler: Sakura Ogami]] from ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' died. [[spoiler: She chose committing suicide instead of murdering other students (which would emotionally wreck her as she's very lawful and honorable ''and'' one of the students is her best friend Aoi) or letting her beloved dojo be destroyed (since Monobear Monokuma is forcing her to be TheMole upon threatening said dojo).]]
23rd Jan '17 9:43:46 AM Dark_Lord_
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* [[spoiler: The PlayerCharacter]] ultimately does this in the true ending of ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma''. It turns out there is a cycle going on in the gameworld. It basically is that the Seneschal (this game's equivalent to God) wants to quit with his job and needs to find a successor. To find someone worthy of such a position, the Seneschal sends down a huge dragon to terrorize the land. The one who manages to slay it is worthy to become the new Seneschal. It turns out that the previous Seneschals were all humans once, who walked the same path. After [[spoiler:the PlayerCharacter]] becomes the new Seneschal, he kills himself, breaking the cycle and freeing humanity from the dragons.
4th Dec '16 12:57:32 PM deezee
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* In ''Literature/FromTheNewWorld'', a character tell the story of Izumi Kutegawa, a sweet and kind young girl [[spoiler: whose Cantus goes out of control and causes fatal mutations in everything around her. The village leaders give her a batch of pills, telling her they will cure her condition. However, she soon realizes they are actually poison - but takes them anyway, since she is too dangerous to remain alive. Shun ultimately faces the same fate, except he develops an immunity to poison and apparently kills himself using his Cantus]].
23rd Nov '16 9:10:41 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy'': Pulled off by Zaknafein in order to spare Drizzt's life in ''Homeland'', and again in ''Exile'' when Matron Malice tries to possess him by [[MoreThanMindControl removing his soul from his dead body.]]
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