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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.
2nd Apr '17 10:13:09 PM mouschilight
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* The title character of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' leans in this direction occasionally, especially during the Pain arc, telling everyone else to stay the hell away. When one of them doesn't, [[BerserkButton gets hurt]] and, well, [[SuperpoweredEvilSide it's not pretty.]] He is better most of the time though, trusting his teammates, but he'd rather fight the most dangerous enemies himself.

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* The title character of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' leans in this direction occasionally, especially during the Pain arc, telling everyone else to stay the hell away. When one [[spoiler:[[LivingEmotionalCrutch Hinata]]]] doesn't and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice almost gets killed]] [[ForcedToWatch right in front of them doesn't, Naruto]]... [[BerserkButton gets hurt]] and, well, needless to say]], [[SuperpoweredEvilSide it's not pretty.]] He is better most of the time though, trusting his teammates, but he'd rather fight the most dangerous enemies himself.
2nd Apr '17 7:30:13 PM eroock
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Compare InspirationalMartyr when they do have a clear cause.

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Compare InspirationalMartyr when they do have a clear cause.
cause. Also compare SenselessSacrifice.
30th Mar '17 1:13:43 AM OrangenChan
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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' Asama accuses [[spoiler: his propect girlfriend Effie]] of being this in their [[spoiler: ''Invisible Kingdom'']] supports. It's not helped by how they met when she shielded him from a enemy attack so [[AfterActionPatchUp he has to heal her]], and in their A support [[spoiler: protects an ''enemy'' almost at the cost of her own life, after she realised he was a very young kid who had been borderline ForcedIntoEvil.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' Asama Azama accuses [[spoiler: his propect potential girlfriend Effie]] of being this in their [[spoiler: ''Invisible Kingdom'']] [[spoiler:''Revelation'']] supports. It's not helped by how they met when she shielded him from a enemy attack so [[AfterActionPatchUp he has to heal her]], and in their A support [[spoiler: protects an ''enemy'' almost at the cost of her own life, after she realised he was a very young kid who had been borderline ForcedIntoEvil.]]
15th Mar '17 8:14:52 PM Fireblood
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* In ''Film/SecondhandLions'', Hub [=McCann=] expresses little interest in waiting to die of old age, and it is strongly implied that he possesses a severe deathwish, as his only love died years before. However, he is old and retired to a ranch with his brother, and those impulses cause him to risk his life for no reason.

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* In ''Film/SecondhandLions'', Hub [=McCann=] expresses little interest in waiting to die of old age, and it is strongly implied that he possesses a severe deathwish, death wish, as his only love died years before.before [[DeathByChildBirth while giving birth]]. However, he is old and retired to a ranch with his brother, and those impulses cause him to risk his life for no reason. [[spoiler: Eventually he gets his wish, dying with his brother in a reckless plane crash.]]



* PlayedForLaughs with ''Film/ForrestGump'''s lieutenant. One of Lieutenant Dan's relatives died in each war since the American Revolution and he wants to live up to that. [[spoiler: He doesn't. Die, that is. When he meets Forrest again after the war he's extremely bitter about it]]. Although, in the original book's sequel ''Gump and Co.'', [[spoiler: he gets killed by friendly fire in the first Gulf War]].

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* PlayedForLaughs with ''Film/ForrestGump'''s lieutenant. One of Lieutenant Dan's relatives died in each war since the American Revolution and he wants to live up to that. [[spoiler: He doesn't. Die, that is. When he meets Forrest again after the war he's extremely bitter about it]].it, though he eventually gets better]]. Although, in the original book's sequel ''Gump and Co.'', [[spoiler: he gets killed by friendly fire in the first Gulf War]].
17th Feb '17 5:33:32 PM sgamer82
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* The title character from ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' does have the tendency to put the deaths of his friends right on his own head.
** In fact, he's explicitly told that is his fatal flaw, that he will always do anything to save a friend. Percy doesn't get how that's a flaw.

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* The title character from ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' does have the tendency to put the deaths of his friends right on his own head.
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head. In fact, he's explicitly told that is his fatal flaw, that he will always do anything to save a friend. Percy doesn't get how that's a flaw.flaw.
* Timuscor of ''Literature/SpellsSwordsAndStealth'' desires above all else to be a paladin and strives to live as one would, even if no gods will accept him as theirs. To this end, he is very quick to risk or even sacrifice his life for the greater good or to protect his friends, as he views the act of HeroicSacrifice the highest calling of a paladin. In the third book, it is implied that he may yet have hope for becoming a paladin, but not before he realizes this ''isn't'' the way to go about it.
7th Jan '17 7:53:43 AM Daefos
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** Much of this is due to Rand's growing insanity over the course of the series; once he [[BoredWithInsanity clears that up,]] he stops discriminating by sex and becomes much more pragmatic, although he still insists on focusing as much risk onto himself as possible to keep others safe. It isn't until [[spoiler: Egwene's dying spirit]] convinces him that this is selfish that he finally relents.
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