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30th May '16 8:49:31 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** This was [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] in the text story ''Prime Spark'', where, after dying in the show, [[TransformersArmada Armada]][[CharacterizationTags !]]Prime meets the ghosts of his ''[[TransformersGeneration1 Generation 1]]'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' counterparts; both tell him that it's more important for a leader to lead his troops than to sacrifice himself for some perceived mistake.

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** This was [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] in the text story ''Prime Spark'', where, after dying in the show, [[TransformersArmada [[Anime/TransformersArmada Armada]][[CharacterizationTags !]]Prime meets the ghosts of his ''[[TransformersGeneration1 Generation 1]]'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' counterparts; both tell him that it's more important for a leader to lead his troops than to sacrifice himself for some perceived mistake.
30th May '16 5:01:12 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* All ''TamoraPierce'' heroines have this as a defining quality, to the exasperation of their various comrades.

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* All ''TamoraPierce'' ''Creator/TamoraPierce'' heroines have this as a defining quality, to the exasperation of their various comrades.
22nd Apr '16 9:58:52 AM pinkdalek
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* Lenna in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' will commit any act of self-poisoning or self-injury on herself in order to help dragons, even when it's unclear why hurting herself will help them. This is taken to extremes that even Bartz finds himself rolling his eyes about. Very late in the game, when obtaining the Phoenix Summon, the player will discover that this is caused by extreme guilt over an abortive attempt to kill the last dragon.
11th Mar '16 10:02:24 PM GrammarNavi
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* One episode of ''ThisIsWonderland'' involved an ex-cop, played by Ron White, who was caught in a self-destructive cycle after someone shot a gun at his face. The gun didn't go off, but he seems to have felt that it should have.

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* One episode of ''ThisIsWonderland'' ''Series/ThisIsWonderland'' involved an ex-cop, played by Ron White, who was caught in a self-destructive cycle after someone shot a gun at his face. The gun didn't go off, but he seems to have felt that it should have.
28th Jan '16 2:06:59 PM Ohio9
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* Chrono from ''VideoGame//ChronoCrusade'' '''constantly''' feels the need to do this. Almost every time there's an attack on his group, he'll push away his comrades and jump in front of the attack. Arguably this is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] since Chrono is a demon with the ability to heal himself, but he still seems almost ridiculously obsessed with being the only one to take any damage.

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* Chrono from ''VideoGame//ChronoCrusade'' ''Anime/ChronoCrusade'' '''constantly''' feels the need to do this. Almost every time there's an attack on his group, he'll push away his comrades and jump in front of the attack. Arguably this is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] since Chrono is a demon with the ability to heal himself, but he still seems almost ridiculously obsessed with being the only one to take any damage.
21st Jan '16 10:34:44 AM Wookiee
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* Ash from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has a major habit of doing this as one of his first options rather than a last resort, usually to protect pokemon. Examples include, but are in no way limited to: throwing himself between the death blows of Mew and Mewtwo to stop the life-threatening fighting going on between all the pokemon in the ring; trying to make his pokemon go into their balls to protect them from the cold while stranded in a blizzard and leave him to freeze to death outside without the protection of their body heat; and leaping off the roof of a skyscraper after Pikachu is knocked off it, catching Pikachu in mid-air, and then trying to put himself beneath Pikachu to shield him from the impact with the ground. In skirmishes outside of formal battles, he will also often block attacks on his pokemon with his own body, even though pokemon are almost invariably tougher and less hurt by physical attacks than humans are.
14th Jan '16 11:04:42 PM Elvandin
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* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' has Koyomi Araragi, who nearly gets himself killed saving Sugura. It wouldn't be too bad, except there were other solutions.

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* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' has Koyomi Araragi, who nearly gets himself killed saving Sugura. Kanbaru Suruga. It wouldn't be too bad, except there were alternative solutions which the other solutions. characters (Kanbaru Suruga included) were fully willing to go with.
12th Jan '16 7:51:21 AM sgamer82
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* ''Manga/DetectiveConan's'' Ai Haibara will repeatedly put herself in harm's way if she feels it will protect someone she cares for. Early on, she was prepared to remain on an exploding bus because she felt she was endangering those around her because of the organization hunting her. CharacterDevelopment helps with the worst of this but still shows itself when, during the Mystery Train arc, she is so confident she will die she resolves to do so only after temporarily undoing her FountainOfYouth so her grade school friends won't kick up enough of a fuss at her death to catch the organization's eye.
1st Jan '16 7:32:22 PM NativeJovian
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Transformers}}''. Optimus Prime (in various incarnations) has heroically sacrificed himself [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/The_Many_Deaths_of_Optimus_Prime so many times]], it's become a running joke. Of course, given that he's guaranteed to come BackFromTheDead it may be some sort of GenreSavvy.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Transformers}}''. Optimus Prime (in various incarnations) has heroically sacrificed himself [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/The_Many_Deaths_of_Optimus_Prime net/wiki/The_many_deaths_of_Optimus_Prime so many times]], it's become a running joke. Of course, given that he's guaranteed to come BackFromTheDead it may be some sort of GenreSavvy.
19th Nov '15 4:11:58 PM WM-R
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** In the Japanese exclusive series ''The Headmasters'', Optimus sacrifices himself to bring a berserk Vector Sigma (the supercomputer at the heart of their home planet of Cybertron) back under control. Again, this situation was an aversion, as throughout the episode the Autobots are desperately trying to bring him the Matrix of Leadership so he won't have to use his own lifeforce (Optimus is TouchedByVorlons from carrying the Matrix for years, and so his lifeforce can act as a key to Vector Sigma). It unfortunately fails due to Decepticon interference: despite the Autobots successfully bringing him the Matrix, Vector Sigma begins to go nova before he can actually use it and Optimus is forced to sacrifice himself once again.
** This is played with in the IDW comics. Optimus is a lot more pragmatic there (to the point where the destruction of planets during battles with Decepticons is chalked up as acceptable collateral damage), but is still prone to doing things like throwing himself at the biggest, baddest threat on the battlefield. It turns out that he was once a super cop and did that sort of thing anyway, since he really could handle just about any situation. When he's depressed or despondent (e.g. after the All Hail Megatron storyline) he acts like this, giving himself up to the humans in the hopes they'll forgive the other Cybertronians for the Decepticon invasion.
** 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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