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29th Mar '17 3:17:59 PM 44ever
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* Again, in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', Optimus says this when he finally realizes that the war will never end until he kills Megatron. Since it's Optimus, [[spoiler: he obviously doesn't go through with it. He get's interrupted when the literal Transformer Devil wakes up]]

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* Again, in Rocky Hauler (AKA Rhino Dump Truck) from ''WesternAnimation/MatchboxHeroCity'' after realizing that Bobby and Buzz left decided to help clean up Rocket Park for the city even if it meant getting dirty.
* In
''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', Optimus says this when he finally realizes that the war will never end until he kills Megatron. Since it's Optimus, [[spoiler: he obviously doesn't go through with it. He get's interrupted when the literal Transformer Devil wakes up]]
25th Mar '17 11:35:32 PM infernape612
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-->-- '''[[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]]''' in ''ComicBook/CivilWar''

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-->-- '''[[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]]''' in Stark]]''', ''ComicBook/CivilWar''
25th Mar '17 11:34:36 PM infernape612
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-->-- [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] in ''ComicBook/CivilWar''

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-->-- [[ComicBook/IronMan '''[[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] Stark]]''' in ''ComicBook/CivilWar''
13th Mar '17 5:00:22 PM Lanthorn
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* While not on the same level as wars and battles, in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' Annie has succeeded in a dangerous plan that involved a bunch of her friends but nearly got them killed. One of them, Red, a fairy who became a human who isn't known for [[BlueAndOrangeMorality caring about consequences]], has had time to think about exactly what Annie got her and her friends into and is [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech laying into Annie's decisions]]. Annie has such a bad track record of defending herself (either making up a lie that makes her look worse or having her reasoning be revealed as incredibly lame when spoken out loud), and the plan so dangerous that going it alone wasn't an option either that ''Red says this for her'':
-->'''Red''': Well you did what you had to do, I guess.
** Ironically Red's two main complaints are that Annie forced/manipulated her friends into danger and that she put everyone at risk when it was ''Red'' who chose to join the team because she wanted to be with her friend, a fellow ex-fairy who was recruited for her MasterOfIllusion and EmotionControl powers (Red, on the other hand, has never displayed any special powers and apparently had no role in Annie's plan other than perhaps "emotional support" for her friend) and it was ''Red'' who put everyone at risk because she was distracting her. [[JerkassHasAPoint This doesn't make Red's observations any less true]].
4th Mar '17 2:21:01 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Season Nine'': [[spoiler:Buffy repeatedly justifies her destroying the source of Earth's magic to stop Twilight the previous season this way. However, Willow insists that she will eventually have to deal with the consequences, but Buffy dismisses it; naturally, Willow turns out to be right when Dawn falls ill and starts to die without magic]].

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Season Nine'': [[spoiler:Buffy repeatedly justifies her destroying the source of Earth's magic to stop Twilight the previous season this way. However, Willow insists that she will eventually have to deal with the consequences, but Buffy dismisses it; naturally, Willow turns out to be right when Dawn falls ill and starts to die without magic]].



* MarvelComics's ComicBook/{{Cable}} might as well have this monogrammed on his towels as as often as he says it in his early appearances.

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* MarvelComics's Creator/MarvelComics' ComicBook/{{Cable}} might as well have this monogrammed on his towels as as often as he says it in his early appearances.
15th Feb '17 10:06:40 AM IndustriousArc
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* ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': Garon, being unpossessed and in full control of himself, shows himself to be a leader subscribing to this philosophy, willing to go to extreme lengths in the hopes of somehow improving the [[CrapsackWorld apocalypticly poor standards of living his country has.]] [[TheExtremistWasRight Most of the time, it's actually pretty hard to argue with him.]]
26th Jan '17 6:19:42 PM Wyldchyld
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** When Ichigo tries to confront Ukitake and Byakuya at Rukia's prison, Yoruichi intervenes and stabs her hand into Ichigo's wounds to insert a [[InstantSedation tranquilizer]] into his body so she can carry him away from the location as quickly as possible. When Ichigo comes round and demands to know why she did that and why she didn't try to save Rukia, Ganju or Hanatarou, she explains that she had to do it this way because Byakuya was too strong for Ichigo to fight and too fast for Yoruichi to be able to escape if carrying more than one person. She also knew [[FatherToHisMen Ukitake]] would protect the others from any consequences of being associated with Ichigo.
** Mayuri has a confrontation with Yamamoto over taking a very important decision without first consulting Yamamoto and his response is that he had to do what was necessary because the problem required an immediate response and couldn't afford to be tied up by CelestialBureaucracy. [[spoiler:The decision concerned was to kill twenty-eight thousand residents of Soul Society to stabilize the cosmic balance of souls that exist to prevent the universe from breaking]] .
** Katagiri was asked to keep a secret but felt forced to reveal it because she believed the secret would threaten the Ishida family's future. [[spoiler:The secret was that Masaki had saved a shinigami, but Katagiri noticed Masaki received a Hollow-tainted wound. She acted based on Ryuuken's earlier statement to her that the future of the family depended on their bloodline remaining untainted. Katagiri's decision was the correct one, as Masaki's tainted wound would have destroyed her had she not received treatment in time]].

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** When Ichigo tries to confront Ukitake and Byakuya at Rukia's prison, Yoruichi intervenes and stabs her hand into Ichigo's wounds to insert a [[InstantSedation tranquilizer]] tranquilliser]] into his body so she can carry him away from the location as quickly as possible. When Ichigo comes round and demands to know why she did that and why she didn't try to save Rukia, Ganju or Hanatarou, she explains that she had to do it this way because Byakuya was too strong for Ichigo to fight and too fast for Yoruichi to be able to escape if carrying more than one person. She also knew [[FatherToHisMen Ukitake]] would protect the others from any consequences of being associated with Ichigo.
** Mayuri has a confrontation with Yamamoto over taking a very important decision without first consulting Yamamoto and his response is that he had to do what was necessary because the problem required an immediate response and couldn't afford to be tied up by CelestialBureaucracy. [[spoiler:The decision concerned was to kill twenty-eight thousand residents of Soul Society to stabilize the cosmic balance of souls that exist to prevent the universe from breaking]] .
breaking.]]
** Katagiri was asked to keep a secret but felt forced to reveal it because she believed the secret would threaten the Ishida family's future. [[spoiler:The secret was that Masaki had saved a shinigami, Soul Reaper, but Katagiri noticed Masaki received a Hollow-tainted wound. She acted based on Ryuuken's earlier statement to her that the future of the family depended on their bloodline remaining untainted. Katagiri's decision was the correct one, as Masaki's tainted wound would have destroyed her had she not received treatment in time]].time.]]
31st Dec '16 8:02:22 PM nombretomado
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* The 6th episode of the TVTropes original webseries ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'' has Tom claim that, when he dumped his [[PsychoExGirlfriend ex-girlfriend]], he was just doing what he had to do. [[spoiler: For once, it seems like [[{{Jerkass}} he]]'s [[AssholeVictim telling]] [[UnreliableNarrator the]] [[JerkassHasAPoint truth]].]]

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* The 6th episode of the TVTropes Wiki/TVTropes original webseries ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'' has Tom claim that, when he dumped his [[PsychoExGirlfriend ex-girlfriend]], he was just doing what he had to do. [[spoiler: For once, it seems like [[{{Jerkass}} he]]'s [[AssholeVictim telling]] [[UnreliableNarrator the]] [[JerkassHasAPoint truth]].]]



* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' villain Bobby Jacks' entire justification for 'playing the game'. (The full statement being: 'I did what I had to do to survive')

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* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' villain Bobby Jacks' entire justification for 'playing the game'. (The full statement being: 'I did what I had to do to survive')



* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', Alexandria justifies abducting innocents from other worlds, most of whom were about to die, and then experimenting on them in order to better develop Cauldron's super serum with this.

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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', ''Literature/{{Worm}}'':
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Alexandria justifies abducting innocents from other worlds, most of whom were about to die, and then experimenting on them in order to better develop Cauldron's super serum with this.



* In ''FriendshipIsWitchcraft'', Applejack apparently committed one or more war crimes [[GreatOffscreenWar during the backstory]]. Applejack insists, "I did what I had to to protect the Apple family!"

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* In ''FriendshipIsWitchcraft'', ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'', Applejack apparently committed one or more war crimes [[GreatOffscreenWar during the backstory]]. Applejack insists, "I did what I had to to protect the Apple family!"
11th Dec '16 10:11:59 AM LBHills
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Sometimes good people have to do bad things because if they don't, worse things will happen. At its heart, this is a post-facto justification for [[NecessarilyEvil morally questionable]] [[ShootTheDog actions]] presented to those who would question the necessity or ''rightness'' of said actions. Perhaps TheHero has [[SaveTheVillain saved the villain]], or [[HostageForMcGuffin surrendered the MacGuffin to save a hostage]], or abandoned innocents/friends to their fate [[SadisticChoice to save others]]. Or the NobleDemon has saved TheHero while [[IWasJustPassingThrough just passing through]]. Or the AntiHero (usually a PragmaticHero) has [[ShootTheDog shot the dog]]. Their comrades (particularly TheHeart) are baffled, stunned, and angered. They ask ''"WhatWereYouThinking"'', and exclaim ''"WhatTheHellHero"''

The questioned character turns to them and says point blank: "I did what I had to do." And, more often than not, nothing else.

The character may later be somewhat humanized by showing that they regard it as DirtyBusiness, or giving them BadDreams, or DrowningMySorrows, but they may not, and other shows of guilt, grief, or weakness are very unlikely. (Nastier sorts may express such sentiment only [[ItsAllAboutMe in the context of self-pity]]: their grief is that they were the ones who had to do such horrible things, or that no one else understands why it was necessary.)

This is also used sometimes as an explanation for LawfulNeutral or LawfulStupid actions. Compare WellIntentionedExtremist. Contrast ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime, which does the same as in this case, but for ChaoticNeutral or ChaoticStupid actions. Often a plays a part in the weight of TheChainsOfCommanding. If we get to see the consequences, and it actually ''works'', then that's TheExtremistWasRight ("and it worked").

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Sometimes good people have a decent person has to do bad things something bad, because if they don't, worse things will happen. At its heart, this it is a post-facto the only way to prevent something ''worse'' from happening. 'I Did What I Had To Do' generally involves an after-the-fact justification for [[NecessarilyEvil morally questionable]] [[ShootTheDog actions]] presented to those who would question the necessity actions.]] The culprit presents this statement when he's confronted with a "WhatWereYouThinking" or ''rightness'' of said actions. Perhaps TheHero has [[SaveTheVillain saved the villain]], or [[HostageForMcGuffin surrendered the MacGuffin to save a hostage]], or abandoned innocents/friends to their fate [[SadisticChoice to save others]]. Or the NobleDemon has saved TheHero while [[IWasJustPassingThrough just passing through]]. Or the AntiHero (usually a PragmaticHero) has [[ShootTheDog shot the dog]]. Their comrades "WhatTheHellHero" reaction from someone (particularly TheHeart) are baffled, stunned, and angered. They ask ''"WhatWereYouThinking"'', and exclaim ''"WhatTheHellHero"''

to whom he owes an explanation.

The questioned character turns to them and says point blank: will generally say, "I did what I had to do." And, more often than not, nothing else.

The consequences of such an action vary, of course, depending on the work's place in the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism. A character may later be somewhat humanized by showing that they who sincerely regrets the 'necessary' action is likely to regard it as DirtyBusiness, or giving them suffer BadDreams, or DrowningMySorrows, but [[DrowningMySorrows try to forget through chemical means.]] Someone who realizes they don't feel all that bad about the 'necessity' may not, and other shows of guilt, grief, or weakness are very unlikely. (Nastier sorts may express such sentiment be suffering from StartOfDarkness. A character who was already rather amoral might say this only because [[ItsAllAboutMe in the context of self-pity]]: their grief is they're upset that they were the ones who had to do such horrible things, or that no one else understands why it was necessary.)

This is also used sometimes as an explanation for LawfulNeutral or LawfulStupid actions.
get their hands dirty]].

Generally associated with OOCIsSeriousBusiness.
Compare WellIntentionedExtremist. Contrast ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime, which does WellIntentionedExtremist and ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime. When the same as in this case, but for ChaoticNeutral or ChaoticStupid actions. Often a plays a part in the weight of character's motivation is her responsibility to those under her command, see TheChainsOfCommanding. If we get to see the consequences, and it consequences shown actually ''works'', ''justify'' the action, then that's TheExtremistWasRight ("and it worked").
TheExtremistWasRight. A character growing too comfortable with 'doing what I had to do' is guilty of a ReverseSlipperySlopeFallacy.
24th Nov '16 12:05:17 PM nombretomado
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* This is Felicity Shagwell's excuse for sleeping with Fat Bastard in the second ''AustinPowers'' movie. However, Austin's not so much bothered about the ethics as the ''[[{{squick}} physics]]''.

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* This is Felicity Shagwell's excuse for sleeping with Fat Bastard in the second ''AustinPowers'' movie.''Film/AustinPowersTheSpyWhoShaggedMe''. However, Austin's not so much bothered about the ethics as the ''[[{{squick}} physics]]''.
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