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27th Apr '18 7:11:25 AM Wildstar93
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* ''WesternAnimation/IsleOfDogs'': One of the dogs on Trash Island, Gondo, says that he and his pack have a choice: either eat a comatose dog to survive or starve to death. They end up eating said comatose dog, and even though Gondo says that they did what they had to in order to survive, he still feels ashamed of doing it.
31st Mar '18 8:09:19 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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* Hermione [[spoiler: cut off Snape's hand]] in ''Fanfic/TheParselmouthOfGryffindor''. She had a good reason, and it was ultimately to protect him, but [[CaptainObvious not everyone sees it that way]].
27th Mar '18 12:53:40 PM fighwitt
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* In ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'', ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} and two fellow [[ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} Legionnaires]] argue with Dev-Em after they blow up an undercover mission to save a little girl. Dev argues back he was forced in the past to sacrifice one person to save thousands. HE didn't like it, but he had to do it.
-->'''Laurel Kent:''' Dev, just listen to me for a moment. Could you sacrifice the life of another, so easily, just to complete a mission... even one as big as this?\\
'''Dev-Em:''' I have.\\
(silence)\\
'''Dev:''' It was an inforunning operation out of a Dark Circle world. My contact was a man in deep cover. Their cointelpro caught up to us just after an information drop. We had made arrangements on what to do if such a thing happened. I exposed him as a traitor. My cover held. He was taken away, tortured, and killed. I got the package through. Later, I saw to it that his torturers got theirs. No, I didn't do it personally... but I made sure it was done. That's how it is in my world. Not pretty, but we get the job done.\\
'''Kara:''' ...\\
'''Dev:''' No, don't think I enjoyed it. Rolg's face still comes to me in a particularly juicy nightmare every now and then. But he has to wait his time in line. And you know what he tells me? He tells me about the people of that world who were liberated, in time, with the information I got through. He tells me that I did the right thing.
26th Feb '18 7:49:25 AM infernape612
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* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Discussed. Daniel discusses Shinji's actions during the Bardiel battle with him and tells Shinji that even if it was a terrible thing to do, Gendo had no option but activating the dummy plug since Shinji would not fight -he would not even lift a finger to try to rescue the pilot- and they could not let Bardiel reach Lilith, not matter what. He also examines Shinji's actions during the coup against Winthrop (refusing fighting in the middle of Berlin out of fear to hurt civilians) and pointed out that: Shinji nearly got Asuka and himself killed; and if they had not risked to accidentally kill people, plenty more people would have assuredly died if they did not stop Winthrop. Then he explains that sometimes it is regrettably necessary endangering innocent lives to save a greater number of people, and Shinji has to agree he was going to let a lot of people die so that his conscience remained clean.

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* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Discussed. Daniel discusses Shinji's actions during the Bardiel battle with him and tells Shinji that even if it was a terrible thing to do, Gendo had no option but activating the dummy plug since Shinji would not fight -he would not even lift a finger to try to rescue the pilot- and they could not let Bardiel reach Lilith, not matter what. He also examines Shinji's actions during the coup against Winthrop (refusing fighting in the middle of Berlin out of fear to hurt civilians) and pointed out that: Shinji nearly got Asuka and himself killed; and if they had not risked to accidentally kill killing people, plenty more people would have assuredly died if they did not stop Winthrop. Then he explains that sometimes it is regrettably necessary endangering innocent lives to save a greater number of people, and Shinji has to agree he was going to let a lot of people die so that his conscience remained clean.



* ''Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi'' features this a few times, when Ami has to make hard moral calls, usualy involveing a cost/benefit tradeoff of some kind. She ''is'' (technically) a designated villain, after all. Some of her minions are more willing to take the risk on her behalf, instead.

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* ''Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi'' features this a few times, when Ami has to make hard moral calls, usualy involveing usually involving a cost/benefit tradeoff of some kind. She ''is'' (technically) a designated villain, after all. Some of her minions are more willing to take the risk on her behalf, instead.
2nd Feb '18 10:49:51 AM woerer1
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*** It's kind of worth noting here that the Tau A) do resort to similar methods as the Imperium (keep the knowledge of Chaos from the common people, whatever methods are necessary) and B) are about as warp-sensitive as a particularly dull rock, meaning the risk of Chaos corrupting a Tau is somewhere roughly between zero and none. Additionally, the Imperium's brutal methods are at least arguably justified in-universe by the fact that they've seen the result of what happens when Chaos goes unchecked time and time again, and the harsh methods of the Inquisition has kept the Imperium together for ten thousand years. Finally, the Interex and their supposed success at combating Chaos is not only the exception to the rule, but also dubious considering the fact that they were closely allied with xenos that produced weapons dedicated to the powers of Chaos.

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*** It's kind of worth noting here that the Tau A) do resort to similar methods as the Imperium (keep the knowledge of Chaos from the common people, whatever methods are necessary) and B) are about as warp-sensitive as a particularly dull rock, meaning the risk of Chaos corrupting a Tau is somewhere roughly between zero and none. Additionally, the Imperium's brutal methods are at least arguably justified in-universe by the fact that they've seen the result of what happens when Chaos goes unchecked time and time again, and the harsh methods of the Inquisition has kept the Imperium together for ten thousand years. Finally, the Interex and their supposed success at combating Chaos is not only the exception to the rule, but also dubious considering the fact that they were closely allied with xenos that produced weapons dedicated to the powers of Chaos and how easily they were manipulated into a war they couldn't win by ''one'' agent of Chaos.
28th Jan '18 9:23:52 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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In The Pantheon/TropePantheon, this trope is represented by [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} The Immortal God-Emperor of Mankind]] from the tabletop game ''Warhammer 40000''.
28th Jan '18 9:16:26 AM MysticStarLover1221
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In The Pantheon/TropePantheon, this trope is represented by [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} The Immortal God-Emperor of Mankind]] from the tabletop game ''Warhammer 40000''.
14th Jan '18 2:26:16 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'', this is Twilight's justification to the rest of the Mane 6 for [[spoiler: attempting to steal the hippogriffs' Pearl of Transformation -- every attempt at using the power of friendship outside of Equestria so far [[NiceJobBreakingItHero has only gotten the ponies in more trouble]], so she decided to forgo it entirely. [[WhatTheHellHero This]] [[RageBreakingPoint backfires]] [[PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure horribly]].]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'', this is Twilight's justification to the rest of the Mane 6 for [[spoiler: attempting to steal the hippogriffs' Pearl of Transformation -- every attempt at using the power of friendship outside of Equestria so far [[NiceJobBreakingItHero has only gotten the ponies in more trouble]], so she decided to forgo it entirely. [[WhatTheHellHero This]] [[RageBreakingPoint backfires]] [[PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure This backfires horribly]].]]



** Inverted in the first Film/ResidentEvil movie. The infectee even receives the cure... and still turns into a zombie at THE WORST POSSIBLE MOMENT.

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** Inverted in the first Film/ResidentEvil ''Film/ResidentEvil'' movie. The infectee even receives the cure... and still turns into a zombie at THE WORST POSSIBLE MOMENT.
14th Jan '18 2:18:45 PM bwburke94
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* ''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.
** Later, Khepri tells Contessa that, while she would have taken other actions given the choice, she does not regret what she's done.
13th Jan '18 4:26:27 AM Rhivana
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Generally associated with OOCIsSeriousBusiness. Compare WellIntentionedExtremist and ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime. When the character's motivation is her responsibility to those under her command, see TheChainsOfCommanding. If the consequences shown actually ''justify'' the action, then that's TheExtremistWasRight. A character growing too comfortable with 'doing what I had to do' is guilty of a ReverseSlipperySlopeFallacy. Can be a MoralEventHorizon if it was particularly cruel or if they're particularly callous and nonchalant about it when confronted. If invoked large-scale by a visionary villain, it's UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.

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Generally associated with OOCIsSeriousBusiness. Compare WellIntentionedExtremist and ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime. When the character's motivation is her responsibility to those under her command, see TheChainsOfCommanding. If the consequences shown actually ''justify'' the action, then that's TheExtremistWasRight. A character growing too comfortable with 'doing what I had to do' is guilty of a ReverseSlipperySlopeFallacy. Can be a MoralEventHorizon if it was particularly cruel or if they're particularly callous and nonchalant about it when confronted. If invoked large-scale by a visionary villain, VisionaryVillain, it's UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.
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