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15th Oct '17 6:26:14 AM Malady
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* ''Anime/DaiGuard'': Akagi Shunsuke's salaryman ethos extends to piloting [[HumongousMecha Dai-Guard]]: during the competition with [[{{JSDF}} Kokubogar]], he's the only one even trying despite being delirious with fever. He's also willing to tear his robot apart for impromptu "rocket punches" when nothing else seems to be working.

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* ''Anime/DaiGuard'': Akagi Shunsuke's salaryman ethos extends to piloting [[HumongousMecha Dai-Guard]]: during the competition with [[{{JSDF}} [[UsefulNotes/{{JSDF}} Kokubogar]], he's the only one even trying despite being delirious with fever. He's also willing to tear his robot apart for impromptu "rocket punches" when nothing else seems to be working.
29th Sep '17 12:37:48 PM marcoasalazarm
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* And by ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' Stark points out to Steve that he's not going against the Sokovia Accords because he fears that they will be used against the Avengers and they will risk having bad people being their overseers and thus they will turn into tools of opression, but because that means he will have less fights to throw himself at hoping to martirize himself.
21st Sep '17 8:15:46 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** The Tenth Doctor does this the most, [[spoiler: daring the Daleks to go ahead and kill him]] in ''Evolution of the Daleks'' after they [[spoiler: impassively murder a man who made an honest heartfelt plead for mercy]]. He also does this in ''The Poison Sky'', when he is prepared to [[spoiler: destroy an entire Sontaran Fleet, which is about ready to end all human life. But being so determined to give his enemies a chance to make a better choice, he insists that he goes up with the bomb to give the Sontarans a chance to surrender.]]

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** The Tenth Doctor does this the most, [[spoiler: daring the Daleks to go ahead and kill him]] in ''Evolution of the Daleks'' after they [[spoiler: impassively murder a man who made an honest heartfelt plead for mercy]]. He also does this in ''The Poison Sky'', when he is prepared to [[spoiler: destroy an entire Sontaran Fleet, which is about ready to end all human life. But being so determined to give his enemies a chance to make a better choice, he insists that he goes up with the bomb to give the Sontarans a chance to surrender. The Sontarans themselves point out how stupid this is.]]
20th Sep '17 6:49:29 PM eroock
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-->--'''Megatron''', ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''

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1st Sep '17 10:40:47 AM Dravencour
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* It's hard to say which of the Bronze Saints in ''Anime/SaintSeiya'' suffers the most from this. There's Shiryu, who blinded himself to save his friends; there's Hyoga, who allowed a ForgottenChildhoodFriend to [[EyeScream injure one of his eyes]] to settle a score; then there's Shun, who takes self-sacrifice to such an extreme that ''Shiryu himself'' [[LampshadeHanging commented on it]].

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* It's hard to say which of the Bronze Saints in ''Anime/SaintSeiya'' suffers the most from this. There's Shiryu, who blinded himself to save his friends; there's Hyoga, who allowed a ForgottenChildhoodFriend to [[EyeScream injure one of his eyes]] to settle a score; then there's Shun, who takes self-sacrifice to such an extreme that even ''Shiryu himself'' [[LampshadeHanging commented on it]].
23rd Aug '17 6:41:09 PM creader
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-->-- '''Megatron''', ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''

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** IDW Optimus is a lot better about this in the Death of Optimus Prime oneshot, where he symbolically dies (i.e. gives up the name Optimus Prime) so his Autobots can remain on a restored Cybertron while he is exiled for being a living symbol of the now-ended war. He takes his old name of Orion Pax and immediately begins wandering space, doing good wherever he can like a knight errant. He's actually quite happy, since he is no longer weighed down by the ChainsOfCommanding.

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** IDW Optimus is a lot better about this in the Death of Optimus Prime oneshot, where he symbolically dies (i.e. gives up the name Optimus Prime) so his Autobots can remain on a restored Cybertron while he is exiled for being a living symbol of the now-ended war. He takes his old name of Orion Pax and immediately begins wandering space, doing good wherever he can like a knight errant. He's actually quite happy, since he is no longer weighed down by the ChainsOfCommanding.TheChainsOfCommanding.
27th Jun '17 9:56:50 AM KOeiginalAddict
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*Castiel displayed this as well through his whole stay on the show, made worse the more he sees himself as expandable and thinks risking his life, dying, [[spoiler:Being possessed by Lucifer on season 11]] are the only ways to help and make himself worthy because he is [[spoiler:not as powerful as he used to be after metatron took his grace and damaged it.]] On season 12 [[spoiler:He deemed that giving the Winchesters 3 minutes of distracting Lucifer by offering himself to be beaten up then killed is a fair enough sacrifice.]]
25th Jun '17 10:02:26 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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See HonorBeforeReason for the idea behind this trope, and compare SuicidalPacifism. For the more depressing and less heroic version of this, see DeathSeeker. This may be the fate of a SmallStepsHero if they can't rescue an innocent without sacrificing themselves.

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See HonorBeforeReason for the idea behind this trope, and compare SuicidalPacifism. For the more depressing and less heroic version of this, see DeathSeeker. Characters like this with combat skills may also be TheBerserker. This may be the fate of a SmallStepsHero if they can't rescue an innocent without sacrificing themselves.
30th May '17 9:52:27 PM nombretomado
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* In Robert Jordan's ''WheelOfTime'', Rand al'Thor suffers badly from this, at least if it's a woman on the line. He {{wangst}}s on endlessly if even a single woman is killed and he is sort of to blame -- regardless of whether said woman was trying to kill him and everyone else around him. This is much to the reader's chagrin, since most women in ''Wheel of Time'' are {{jerkass}}es [[StrawFeminist whom no reader would miss]].

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* In Robert Jordan's ''WheelOfTime'', ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Rand al'Thor suffers badly from this, at least if it's a woman on the line. He {{wangst}}s on endlessly if even a single woman is killed and he is sort of to blame -- regardless of whether said woman was trying to kill him and everyone else around him. This is much to the reader's chagrin, since most women in ''Wheel of Time'' are {{jerkass}}es [[StrawFeminist whom no reader would miss]].
15th May '17 12:13:51 AM Arha
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* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' has Koyomi Araragi, who nearly gets himself killed saving Kanbaru Suruga. It wouldn't be too bad, except there were alternative solutions which the other characters (Kanbaru Suruga included) were fully willing to go with.

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* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' has In ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'', Koyomi Araragi, who Araragi's defining flaw is a hidden lack of self worth, which leads him to always try to sacrifice himself, even when he doesn't have to or it would even make things worse.
** In Kizumonogatari, the chronologically first story, he becomes a vampire because he knowingly chose to die for a complete stranger simply because he believes it's a virtue to die for someone else. It only occurred to him much later that ''vampires eat people'' and what he did was insane. His first instinct is to try to die again.
** When it comes to Hanekawa's issues, before he thinks of anything else, he comes up with a plan that depends on her ripping him in two and accidentally touching the sword he hid inside his body. It works, but
nearly gets himself her killed saving and requires someone else to bail them both out. Even if it had worked, he completely fails to realize the effect his death would have everyone.
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Kanbaru Suruga. It wouldn't Suruga, he goes into a fight he has no real chance of winning believing that if he just dies everyone else will be too bad, except there were alternative solutions happy. He survives, but in the process he convinces her that deep down she's a murderer who only avoided killing someone because of blind luck, which leaves her mentally scarred for some time.
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the other characters (Kanbaru Suruga included) were fully willing end, it's when he ''averts'' this trope that he has the greatest success with helping people: He brought Senjogahara to go with.a genuine specialist, he decided to risk his life for his sister because he genuinely loves her and does not care [[spoiler:that she's some kind of body hopping parasite spirit]] and when he chose to talk things out with a con man rather than doing anything stupid.
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