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9th Nov '16 10:19:37 PM NickFalcon
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* This is one of the key elements of Franchise/SpiderMan. Our friendly neighborhood superhero never congratulates himself on the fact that he saves 99% of the people who fall into danger, but he always blames himself for that 1% he ''couldn't'' save.
6th Nov '16 6:23:53 PM ultimomant
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* Franchise/{{Batman}}. It's his shtick; he wasn't able to save his family as a child, leading him to become the criminal-pulping badass he is today. All in the name of trying to make sure no eight-year-old boy every has his parents taken away by a punk with a gun, ever again. This is a highly unlikely event that he'll succeed, but we still love the journey.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}}. It's his shtick; he wasn't able to save his family as a child, leading him to become the criminal-pulping badass he is today. All in the name of trying to make sure no eight-year-old boy every ever has his parents taken away by a punk with a gun, ever again. This is a highly unlikely event that he'll succeed, but we still love the journey.



* In Supernatural, Sam, Dean, Bobby, and Castiel...hell, all the good guys (or semi-good) have this problem. They save a lot of people, but never the "ones they needed to" or "the ones they should have". Dean almost goes into HeroicBSOD after failing to save Sam from the trials without [[spoiler: allowing an evil angel to possess him and heal him from the inside, and then kill Kevin Tran, who Dean felt was his responsibility]].

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* In Supernatural, ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Sam, Dean, Bobby, and Castiel...hell, all the good guys (or semi-good) have this problem. They save a lot of people, but never the "ones they needed to" or "the ones they should have". Dean almost goes into HeroicBSOD after failing to save Sam from the trials without [[spoiler: allowing an evil angel to possess him and heal him from the inside, and then kill Kevin Tran, who Dean felt was his responsibility]].
3rd Jun '16 3:49:02 PM mzytryck01
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* In ''Series/Elementary'', Sherlock actually ''encourages'' this mindset in his proteges; if they screw things up and apologise, he usually replies with "Don't be sorry, be better." In his view, being sorry leads to wallowing in guilt and self-recrimination which does nobody any good, and it's much more useful to make sure the mistake is not repeated in the future. He tries to hold himself to the same standards, and doesn't object when the same proteges call him out if he goes into a HeroicBSOD after mistakes of his own.

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* In ''Series/Elementary'', ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', Sherlock actually ''encourages'' this mindset in his proteges; if they screw things up and apologise, he usually replies with "Don't be sorry, be better." In his view, being sorry leads to wallowing in guilt and self-recrimination which does nobody any good, and it's much more useful to make sure the mistake is not repeated in the future. He tries to hold himself to the same standards, and doesn't object when the same proteges call him out if he goes into a HeroicBSOD after mistakes of his own.
3rd Jun '16 3:39:29 PM mzytryck01
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* In ''Series/Elementary'', Sherlock actually ''encourages'' this mindset in his proteges; if they screw things up and apologise, he usually replies with "Don't be sorry, be better." In his view, being sorry leads to wallowing in guilt and self-recrimination which does nobody any good, and it's much more useful to make sure the mistake is not repeated in the future. He tries to hold himself to the same standards, and doesn't object when the same proteges call him out if he goes into a HeroicBSOD after mistakes of his own.
12th Apr '16 1:30:07 PM Morgenthaler
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* Happens to Indiana Jones at the end of IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade. Elsa Schneider sets off an earthquake by taking the holy grail past the temple’s seal. Indiana manages to grab her just before she falls in a crevasse and is about to pull her up to safety. But Elsa, consumed by greed, uses her free hand to reach for the grail below her. Indiana struggles to hold her because the leather glove on her hand is too slippery. He desperately tries to get through to her, but she’s too obsessed with the grail. The glove finally slips off and she falls to her death. Afterwards, he looks back at the collapsed temple with regret that he couldn’t save her.

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* Happens to Indiana Jones at the end of IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade.''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. Elsa Schneider sets off an earthquake by taking the holy grail past the temple’s seal. Indiana manages to grab her just before she falls in a crevasse and is about to pull her up to safety. But Elsa, consumed by greed, uses her free hand to reach for the grail below her. Indiana struggles to hold her because the leather glove on her hand is too slippery. He desperately tries to get through to her, but she’s too obsessed with the grail. The glove finally slips off and she falls to her death. Afterwards, he looks back at the collapsed temple with regret that he couldn’t save her.
4th Dec '15 8:42:37 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/MarvelComics, this is the cause of TheSentry's mental problems. He has the power of a million exploding suns, but whom does he choose to save and whom to let die?

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* In Creator/MarvelComics, this is the cause of TheSentry's ComicBook/TheSentry's mental problems. He has the power of a million exploding suns, but whom does he choose to save and whom to let die?
12th Sep '15 7:29:13 AM sarantha
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* In Supernatural, Sam, Dean, Bobby, and Castiel...hell, all the good guys (or semi-good) have this problem. They save a lot of people, but never the "ones they needed to" or "the ones they should have". Dean almost goes into HeroicBSOD after failing to save Sam from the trials without [[spoiler: allowing an evil angel to possess him and heal him from the inside, and then kill Kevin Tran, who Dean felt was his responsibility]].
24th Aug '15 5:47:49 PM Rjinswand
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* Negi Springfield of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' gets like this should one of his students suffer so much as a ''scratch''. His response is TrainingFromHell. Of course, his response to ''everything'' is TrainingFromHell ([[MemeticSexGod or kissing]]).

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* Negi Springfield of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' gets like this should one of his students suffer so much as a ''scratch''. His response is TrainingFromHell. Of course, his response to ''everything'' is TrainingFromHell ([[MemeticSexGod or kissing]]).(or kissing).
7th Jun '15 10:57:31 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Jon laments that his mission to Hardhome was a failure because he did not save enough people. Sam consoles him by pointing to the people he ''did'' save.
1st May '15 4:08:36 PM DaibhidC
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//Unfortunately, later events suggest that "MORE POWER!" was ''not'' the right lesson to learn from that situation.
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