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16th Dec '17 4:34:17 PM nombretomado
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* ''HalfLifeFullLifeConsequences'': John Freeman claims he [[RougeAnglesOfSatin "MUST DO WHAT HAS TOBE DONE"]],

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John Freeman claims he [[RougeAnglesOfSatin "MUST DO WHAT HAS TOBE DONE"]],
14th Dec '17 7:22:40 PM Zazie122
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*** [[spoiler:Reiner Braun]] is also of this philosophy, as both of them [[spoiler:(and Annie) are part of the Kingdom of Marley's TykeBomb ChildSoldier training program in which they, along with Marcel, were sent on a mission to Paradis Island in order to retrieve the Founding Titan from within its walls]]. After [[spoiler:Reiner meets up with Eren for the first time in four years, Eren uses this trope ''against'' Reiner, saying [[NotSoDifferent "I'm just like you"]] and that he's simply playing his role in life just as Reiner, Bertolt and Annie were playing theirs]]. He then [[spoiler:turns into his Titan form and kills Willy Tybur, the true ruler of Marley]].
8th Dec '17 5:44:42 PM Storygirl000
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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]].]]
1st Dec '17 2:09:31 PM breakinglight11
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* The ''Theatre/MrsHawking'' play series: In ''Gilded Cages'', Reginald Hawking feels badly about his part in putting down the desperate Indian Rebellion of 1858, but accepts it as a terrible part of the duty he owes to the British Empire.
1st Dec '17 7:25:36 AM wingedcatgirl
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* [[ObfuscatingStupidity Lord Shojo]] from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' had a choice words to say when his ruse was found out by his underlings.
-->''Shojo:'' "Oh grow up Hinjo! I don't have the luxury of putting Soon Kim's obsolete morality ahead of the safety of this city. It's all well and good for you paladins to stick to your convictions, but if ''I'' make a mistake, half a million citizens pay for it."

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* [[ObfuscatingStupidity ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
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Lord Shojo]] from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' Shojo had a some choice words to say when his ObfuscatingStupidity ruse was found out by his underlings.
-->''Shojo:'' --->''Shojo:'' "Oh grow up Hinjo! I don't have the luxury of putting Soon Kim's obsolete morality ahead of the safety of this city. It's all well and good for you paladins to stick to your convictions, but if ''I'' make a mistake, half a million citizens pay for it.""
** {{Defied|Trope}} by the fiends offering Vaarsuvius a DealWithTheDevil. They tell V about an alternative to their offer, ''specifically'' in response to V claiming this, to ensure that V knows they truly accepted the deal out of pure {{Pride}}.
24th Nov '17 4:28:36 PM StarSong212
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* In ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', [[MagnificentBastard Vriska Serket]] justifies [[spoiler: mind-controlling an army of ghosts and sending them all to the [[CessationOfExistence post-death slaughter]]]] because the threat of [[BigBad Lord English]] is far bigger in the grand scheme of things than her actions. Of course, her own ego might also be a factor in this. Recently, Aranea Serket [[spoiler: decides to steal John's ring and come back to life in order to stop English before he could ever become a threat in the first place]], which involves her lying, stealing and potentially dooming the timeline and herself if her plan doesn't work; all of which she justifies this way as well.

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* In ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', [[MagnificentBastard Vriska Serket]] justifies [[spoiler: mind-controlling an army of ghosts and sending them all to the [[CessationOfExistence post-death slaughter]]]] because the threat of [[BigBad Lord English]] is far bigger in the grand scheme of things than her actions. Of course, her own ego might also be a factor in this. Recently, Aranea Serket [[spoiler: decides to steal John's ring and come back to life in order to stop English before he could ever become a threat in the first place]], which involves her lying, stealing and potentially dooming the timeline and herself if her plan doesn't work; all of which she justifies this way as well. While it's never quite explicitly stated, Kanaya seems to generally operate on this principle too. [[spoiler: That's why she can cut off Tavros's paralyzed legs so Equius can replace them with robotic prosthetics without batting an eye, and why she's more than willing to kill Gamzee after he goes mad (and actually does kill Eridan when he turns traitor) to keep the rest of the team safe.]]
15th Oct '17 7:18:03 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* Deconstructed in ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide''. [[BigBad Gendo]] labeled any atrocity he committed as “necessary sacrifice”. His second-in-command Fuyutsuki called his reasoning “bad excuse”.

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* Deconstructed in ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide''. [[BigBad Gendo]] labeled any atrocity he committed as “necessary sacrifice”. a "necessary sacrifice". His second-in-command Fuyutsuki called his calls this reasoning “bad excuse”.a "bad excuse".
22nd Aug '17 9:12:14 AM JJHIL325
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*** This gets deconstructed when Applejack points out that this trope sounds pretty extreme. Celestia agrees that it's a slippery slope and that way too many abuse it as an excuse for their actions. She and Luna proceed to explain that while leaders [[ShootTheDog sometimes had to get their hands dirty when it comes to tough decisions]], it's easy to become a monster when you think certain actions (such as murder, kidnapping, and theft) are justified, and even the best-intentioned actions can have unintended side-effects. That's why you had to use the "I did what I had to do" excuse as an absolutely last resort.

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*** This gets deconstructed discussed when Applejack points out that this trope sounds pretty extreme. Celestia agrees that it's a slippery slope and that way too many abuse it as an excuse for their actions. She and Luna proceed to explain that while leaders [[ShootTheDog sometimes had to get their hands dirty when it comes to tough decisions]], it's easy to become a monster when you think certain actions (such as murder, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and theft) are justified, and even the best-intentioned actions can have unintended side-effects. That's why you had to use the "I did what I had to do" excuse as an absolutely last resort.
22nd Aug '17 9:09:31 AM JJHIL325
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** Inverted, as Celestia assures Twilight that [[spoiler: [[{{Retgone}} retgoning]] the adult Starlight and changing the timeline by adopting the filly Starlight out of her OrphanageOfFear without knowing the full consequences]], while dangerous, was necessary and that she had no other choice. When Applejack points out that this trope sounds dangerous, Celestia admits that it's a slippery slope and that way too many abuse it as an excuse for their actions.

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** Inverted, as Celestia assures Twilight that [[spoiler: [[{{Retgone}} retgoning]] the adult Starlight and changing the timeline by adopting the filly Starlight out of her OrphanageOfFear without knowing the full consequences]], while dangerous, was necessary [[ShootTheDog and that she had no other choice. When choice]].
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Applejack points out that this trope sounds dangerous, pretty extreme. Celestia admits agrees that it's a slippery slope and that way too many abuse it as an excuse for their actions. She and Luna proceed to explain that while leaders [[ShootTheDog sometimes had to get their hands dirty when it comes to tough decisions]], it's easy to become a monster when you think certain actions (such as murder, kidnapping, and theft) are justified, and even the best-intentioned actions can have unintended side-effects. That's why you had to use the "I did what I had to do" excuse as an absolutely last resort.
22nd Aug '17 8:59:56 AM JJHIL325
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* ''[[Fanfic/AftermathOfTheGames Integration]]'':
** Inverted, as Celestia assures Twilight that [[spoiler: [[{{Retgone}} retgoning]] the adult Starlight and changing the timeline by adopting the filly Starlight out of her OrphanageOfFear without knowing the full consequences]], while dangerous, was necessary and that she had no other choice. When Applejack points out that this trope sounds dangerous, Celestia admits that it's a slippery slope and that way too many abuse it as an excuse for their actions.
** Played straight when Human Rainbow Dash kicks one of the Changelings [[GroinAttack below the belt]] to save [[spoiler: Sci-Twi]], an action that [[RealityEnsues ended up with him needing immediate medical attention]]. Apple Bloom is shocked when she heard about it, since her dad taught her it was ''never'' okay to do something like that to a guy. Dash proceeds to explain to the younger girl that in a dangerous situation, you sometimes have to resort to dirty tactics to survive and that if she ''didn't'' do it, Rainbow probably would have gotten stabbed and [[spoiler: the kidnappers would have suceeded in taking away Sci-Twi]].
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