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22nd Mar '16 1:09:35 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', Peter, Ray, and Winston use a device to go to the Netherworld to rescue Egon from a demon named Tolay; while searching the demon's dungeon complex, they meet another prisoner, an alchemist named Heironymus who has been there since 1690. Heironymus offers to help them find Egon and escape, but he has a condition - he wants to go with them. This becomes a problem when they manage to bust Egon out, because the device they used can only transport four people back to Earth (no more, no less). Unwilling to break their promise, the four heroes start a four-way argument like this (not the best time, as a demonic army is closing in) but Heironymus then says he prefers to stay, saying that from what they've told him about how Earth has changed, he'd be even more out of place there. (They give him a proton pack before leaving to give him a fighting chance.)
5th Mar '16 3:59:22 PM nombretomado
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* IronMan does this for CaptainAmerica, at one point asphyxiating himself in the process of (successfully) [[CPRCleanPrettyReliable giving CPR]]. That time his reasoning is explicitly, 'He's more important', although he's tried to kill himself to save Cap several times.

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* IronMan ComicBook/IronMan does this for CaptainAmerica, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, at one point asphyxiating himself in the process of (successfully) [[CPRCleanPrettyReliable giving CPR]]. That time his reasoning is explicitly, 'He's more important', although he's tried to kill himself to save Cap several times.
3rd Mar '16 10:58:21 PM FordPrefect
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** An inversion occurs in End of Time when the Doctor sacrifices himself for Wilf, a minor recurring character who happens to be pushing eighty. Wilf even begs him not to do it, basically citing this trope.

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** An inversion occurs in "The End of Time Time" when the Doctor sacrifices himself for Wilf, a minor recurring character who happens to be pushing eighty. Wilf even begs him not to do it, basically citing this trope.
21st Jan '16 2:12:03 AM Wookiee
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* In ''{{Anime/Pokemon 2000}}'', Team Rocket, of all people, pull one of these. Lugia is flying over the ocean while trying to calm down the world-threatening fighting of Moltres, Zapdos, and Articuno, but is being weighed down by Jessie, James, and Meowth clinging to his leg after he rescued them. They realize this, and knowing that Lugia is the only one who can save the world, they let go, plummeting into the ocean with the full expectation that they're going to die. (They don't). Best of all, it's Jessie, the most mean-spirited and selfish of the three, who suggests it.
** In ''Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew'': Ash and Lucario at first both seem to cooperate in sacrificing themselves to power up a suicidal aura move to heal Mew and save the Tree of Beginning. However, as Ash's life force drains away and he begins to die, Lucario forcibly shoves him away and finishes the healing himself, and dies from it. It's strongly implied, from his body language and previous moments of foreshadowing, that he wants to spare Pikachu the same grief of losing a trainer that he suffered.
** In ''Anime/PokemonRangerAndTheTempleOfTheSea'' Ash and May are both trying and failing to repair the Sea Crown without being drowned in the flooding temple, until Ash finally tricks May into getting into an airtight emergency capsule ahead of him and locks her inside, explaining that she has to take care of Manaphy and Pikachu, and dives back into the depths of the temple alone to finish the repairs himself (as he expected, he winds up drowning in the attempt, although he is revived).
19th Dec '15 2:40:50 PM Adept
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* Played with in ''[[DragonLance The Siege of Mount Nevermind]]'' where in a cruel joke, some gnome soldiers tell the gully dwarves under their command that "expendable" means "brave". Later, when one of the gully dwarves with the protagonists gets sucked up an aqueduct, his brother prepares to rescue him, claiming he's the most expendable. The gnomes try to tell him that no one is expendable, but he simply shouts "Ragg as expendable as a lion!" and jumps in the aqueduct.

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* Played with in ''[[DragonLance ''[[Literature/DragonLance The Siege of Mount Nevermind]]'' where in a cruel joke, some gnome soldiers tell the gully dwarves under their command that "expendable" means "brave". Later, when one of the gully dwarves with the protagonists gets sucked up an aqueduct, his brother prepares to rescue him, claiming he's the most expendable. The gnomes try to tell him that no one is expendable, but he simply shouts "Ragg as expendable as a lion!" and jumps in the aqueduct.



* In ''HalfPrince'', when preparing to compete in a melee battle, the members choose the person most likely to survive and decide to protect Doll at all costs so they can win. When they later decide to split into groups of two to escape more easily, they're divided so one of them can sacrifice the other if they have to.

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* In ''HalfPrince'', ''Literature/HalfPrince'', when preparing to compete in a melee battle, the members choose the person most likely to survive and decide to protect Doll at all costs so they can win. When they later decide to split into groups of two to escape more easily, they're divided so one of them can sacrifice the other if they have to.
8th Dec '15 10:53:59 AM H.TorranceGriffin
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* ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'': When given the choice between using a single-use, low "bandwidth" teleportation device to escape a [[ColonyDrop crippled space station]] as a colleague with a deep-space capable alien battlesuit flushed herself out the airlock to try gliding to safety or insuring her own death by [[PeoplePuppets hijacking said colleague's limbs and forcing ''her'' to teleport out]]; the telepath Mindf**k cited this trope when picking the latter.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'': When given the choice between using a single-use, low "bandwidth" teleportation device to escape a [[ColonyDrop crippled space station]] as a colleague with a deep-space capable alien battlesuit flushed herself out the airlock to try gliding to safety or insuring her own death by [[PeoplePuppets hijacking said colleague's limbs limbs]] and forcing ''her'' to teleport out]]; out; the telepath Mindf**k cited this trope when picking the latter.
8th Dec '15 10:52:22 AM H.TorranceGriffin
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* ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'': When given the choice between using a single-use, low "bandwidth" teleportation device to escape a [[ColonyDrop crippled space station]] as a colleague with a deep-space capable alien battlesuit flushed herself out the airlock to try gliding to safety or insuring her own death by [[PeoplePuppets hijacking said colleague's limbs and forcing ''her'' to teleport out]]; the telepath Mindf**k cited this trope when picking the latter.
15th Nov '15 12:50:35 PM nombretomado
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* The end of the first season of ''RoninWarriors'' has this happen when each of the main characters sacrifices themselves to save Ryo until only Ryo is left to face Talpa.

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* The end of the first season of ''RoninWarriors'' ''Anime/RoninWarriors'' has this happen when each of the main characters sacrifices themselves to save Ryo until only Ryo is left to face Talpa.
15th Nov '15 10:51:25 AM nombretomado
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* ''SaGa3'' One of the underlings of the BigBad is defending the barrier machine that prevents the heroes from traveling to the Mt. Goht, the heroes try using the Mystic Swords that would kill the beast, but the barrier prevents even that from occuring, A bomb was planted in Dion in case of an emergency and he charges the machine and destroys it. Allowing the Heroes to defeat the enemy and advance. He is brought back to life through biomedical cloning at the end of the game.

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* ''SaGa3'' ''VideoGame/SaGa3'' One of the underlings of the BigBad is defending the barrier machine that prevents the heroes from traveling to the Mt. Goht, the heroes try using the Mystic Swords that would kill the beast, but the barrier prevents even that from occuring, A bomb was planted in Dion in case of an emergency and he charges the machine and destroys it. Allowing the Heroes to defeat the enemy and advance. He is brought back to life through biomedical cloning at the end of the game.
14th Nov '15 4:21:44 AM StarTropes
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* In a Shadow Game on ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Yugi and his friends (who have all been turned into monster cards) are facing Bakura's Man-Eater Bug, which will destroy whoever attacks it. Tristan's ready to [[HeroicSacrifice take the hit for his friends]], but Joey [[PercussivePrevention gut-checks him]] and launches the attack instead.


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* When our heroes on ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' find the [[EarthShatteringKaboom Xindi superweapon]], they come up with a plan to destroy it--but doing so would be a SuicideMission. Trip and Travis each argue to be the one to go on the mission, but Archer chooses himself, deciding that, after [[IDidWhatIHadToDo everything he's done in the Expanse]], he won't order anyone else to die.
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