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13th Aug '16 11:56:13 AM nombretomado
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* At one point in DGrayMan, most of the cast is packed aboard a ship that is only kept afloat by Miranda's power, which keeps everything in a [[TimeStandsStill stopped-time state]] from before the damage was incurred. When the ship is attacked, several crewmembers fling themselves in the way of deadly attacks to protect her, on the reasoning that they've already taken mortal wounds and will die as soon as the spell is released anyway, but if Miranda dies, then ''everyone dies.''

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* At one point in DGrayMan, ''Manga/DGrayMan'', most of the cast is packed aboard a ship that is only kept afloat by Miranda's power, which keeps everything in a [[TimeStandsStill stopped-time state]] from before the damage was incurred. When the ship is attacked, several crewmembers fling themselves in the way of deadly attacks to protect her, on the reasoning that they've already taken mortal wounds and will die as soon as the spell is released anyway, but if Miranda dies, then ''everyone dies.''
31st Jul '16 4:54:10 AM redqueen
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* In ''Film/TheYoungVictoria'', Albert takes a bullet that was meant for Victoria. When she later asks him why he did it, he says "I am replaceable and you are not".
30th Jul '16 3:45:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''PhantomBrave'', Ash is prepared to perform a HeroicSacrifice to prevent [[BigBad Sulphur]] from entering Ivoire. Walnut shoves him aside and does it instead.
* In order to get the plot-necessary magic power "Anfini" in ''BreathOfFireII'', Ryu is told he must sacrifice the life of one of his friends. Naturally, everyone volunteers (after all, they're trying to save the world). As it turns out, you have to ''refuse'' to sacrifice anyone, since Anfini is ThePowerOfFriendship and cannot be given to anyone who would sacrifice a friend in return for power.

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* In ''PhantomBrave'', ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'', Ash is prepared to perform a HeroicSacrifice to prevent [[BigBad Sulphur]] from entering Ivoire. Walnut shoves him aside and does it instead.
* In order to get the plot-necessary magic power "Anfini" in ''BreathOfFireII'', ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'', Ryu is told he must sacrifice the life of one of his friends. Naturally, everyone volunteers (after all, they're trying to save the world). As it turns out, you have to ''refuse'' to sacrifice anyone, since Anfini is ThePowerOfFriendship and cannot be given to anyone who would sacrifice a friend in return for power.



* Inverted near the end of TheSaboteur. Vittore volunteers to race his car (which will be rigged to explode after driving it in to the winner's podium) in the Paris-wide race the Nazis are planning. Sean promptly knocks Vittore out and takes his place instead. [[spoiler: Ironically, after the race, it is Vittore who ends up dying, and not Sean.]]
* At the end of ''UltimaVIIPartII: Serpent Isle'', a life must be sacrificed to restore the Chaos Serpent. [[PlayerCharacter The Avatar]] draws the short straw, but his companion Dupre dives into the crematorium in his stead.
* In ''MetroidOtherM'', Adam disables Samus with his ice gun, and specifically says "I'm no galactic savior" to her before going on to sacrifice himself in the destruction of Sector 0 and its invincible Metroids.

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* Inverted near the end of TheSaboteur.VideoGame/TheSaboteur. Vittore volunteers to race his car (which will be rigged to explode after driving it in to the winner's podium) in the Paris-wide race the Nazis are planning. Sean promptly knocks Vittore out and takes his place instead. [[spoiler: Ironically, after the race, it is Vittore who ends up dying, and not Sean.]]
* At the end of ''UltimaVIIPartII: ''VideoGame/UltimaVIIPartII: Serpent Isle'', a life must be sacrificed to restore the Chaos Serpent. [[PlayerCharacter The Avatar]] draws the short straw, but his companion Dupre dives into the crematorium in his stead.
* In ''MetroidOtherM'', ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'', Adam disables Samus with his ice gun, and specifically says "I'm no galactic savior" to her before going on to sacrifice himself in the destruction of Sector 0 and its invincible Metroids.
20th Jul '16 8:05:53 AM DaibhidC
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* In ''[[Literature/MythAdventures M.Y.T.H. Inc in Action]]'', all of Skeeve's gang have reasons why ''they'' should be the one to kill the Queen. Big Julie cuts through it all by saying that as an old man he's the most expendable; the fact nobody would survive an assassination attempt on the Queen being the one thing that was going unmentioned, although it was the real reason none of them wanted to let someone else do it. As it turns out [[spoiler: everyone sneaks off to do it in order to spare everyone else, but Skeeve turns up and resolves things without bloodshed]].



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Inverted in "Princess Twilight Part 2". When the Mane Six and Spike venture into the dangerous Everfree Forest to investigate why it's expanding uncontrollably, they are attacked by a Cragodile. After defeating it, Applejack suggests (and the other ponies agree) that Twilight should [[YouCanTurnBack go back to Ponyville]] and let the others continue the mission without her, because[[spoiler: she is the only princess left in Equestria at the moment and]] they can't afford to lose her.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Inverted in In "Princess Twilight Part 2". When 2", when the Mane Six and Spike venture into the dangerous Everfree Forest to investigate why it's expanding uncontrollably, they are attacked by a Cragodile. After defeating it, Applejack suggests (and the other ponies agree) that Twilight should [[YouCanTurnBack go back to Ponyville]] and let the others continue the mission without her, because[[spoiler: she is the only princess left in Equestria at the moment and]] they can't afford to lose her.
18th Jun '16 1:18:23 AM Mavado
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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''LightNovel/IsekaiDeKuroNoIyashiTeTteYobareteimasu''. Since [[HealingMagicIsTheHardest healing magic is so rare]], Cyan tells Renee that she simply cannot ''allow'' herself to die and that she ''must'' be prepared to let people die so that she can [[TheNeedsOfTheMany save more people in the future]].
17th Jun '16 6:32:47 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In the first ''Franchise/MassEffect'' game, on Virmire, [[spoiler: Ashley will try to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope by telling Shepard to save Kaidan over her because he outranks her. It's up to Shepard whether to agree with her [[SubvertedTrope or not,]] though.]]

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* In the first ''Franchise/MassEffect'' game, on Virmire, [[spoiler: Ashley will try to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope by telling Shepard to save Kaidan over her because he outranks her. Unfortunately, [[SadisticChoice Kaiden makes the same plea]], not wanting one of his soldiers to die because of him. It's up to Shepard whether to decide who to agree with her [[SubvertedTrope or not,]] though.with, but [[MortonsFork neither is a desirable choice]].]]
30th Apr '16 11:12:20 PM StClair
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** It is later revealed that no one else would've likely survived the upload, as Jack is actually the most advanced human on Earth, from an evolutionary point of view, possessing the Ancient gene and having intuitive control over their technology.

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** It is later revealed that no one else would've likely survived the upload, as Jack is actually ''is'' the most advanced human on Earth, from an evolutionary point of view, possessing the Ancient gene and having intuitive control over their technology.



** This plotline HeroicSacrifice was made for production reasons. Actress Virginia Hey, who played Zhaan, had been suffering allergic reactions to her extensive makeup. For some time, she was given limited face time to limit her exposure to the irritating cosmetics, but ultimately they decided to write her out of the show and chose this as the point to let her go out heroically.

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** This plotline HeroicSacrifice was made [[RealLifeWritesThePlot for production reasons.reasons]]. Actress Virginia Hey, who played Zhaan, had been suffering allergic reactions to her extensive makeup. For some time, she was given limited face time to limit her exposure to the irritating cosmetics, but ultimately they decided to write her out of the show and chose this as the point to let her go out heroically.
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.
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