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14th Feb '17 1:25:22 AM StClair
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--> '''Rogin *punches the Doctor out*:''' That's my job!

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--> '''Rogin '''Rogin:''' *punches the Doctor out*:''' out* That's my job!
12th Feb '17 1:42:58 AM Gess
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', Harry offers to make a blood offering instead of Dumbledore, only to be told "Your blood is is worth more than mine." Later, the last spell Dumbledore casts is an immobilization charm to keep Harry still under his invisibility cloak, and thus, unnoticed by the Death Eaters who were coming to kill Dumbledore, which made him unable to defend himself from them.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', Harry offers to make a blood offering instead of Dumbledore, only to be told "Your blood is is worth more than mine." Later, For the same reason Dumbledore drinks the poison instead of Harry, and the last spell Dumbledore casts is an immobilization charm to keep Harry still under his invisibility cloak, and thus, unnoticed by the Death Eaters who were coming to kill Dumbledore, which made him unable to defend himself from them.
1st Dec '16 8:20:23 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* The entire party in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' pull off this trope, [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne one by one in succession]] against the MalevolentArchitecture of the (presumably) final dungeon, to make sure [[MessianicArchetype Lloyd]] makes it to the (presumably) final fight with the game's BigBad -- ignoring the fact that this pits him single-handedly against a boss that could take on four of you about two scenes ago and that his messianic credo means he gets bad self-esteem for failing to protect them in the process. Never fear, though, they were only {{Disney Death}}s, and they're all back by the time of the actual confrontation for a ClimacticBattleResurrection.
** There is a little more logic to it than implied above: Lloyd is the only one who can properly wield the SwordOfPlotAdvancement that's needed to save the world, so if he died at any point in the process, nothing else anyone did would make any difference to the eventual outcome. Everyone's aware of this, which is why none of them hesitate to do everything necessary to make sure Lloyd is able to get through, no matter the price.

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* The entire party in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' pull off this trope, [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne one by one in succession]] against the MalevolentArchitecture of the (presumably) final dungeon, to make sure [[MessianicArchetype Lloyd]] makes it to the (presumably) final fight with the game's BigBad -- ignoring the fact that this pits him single-handedly against a boss that could take on four of you about two scenes ago and that his messianic credo means he gets bad self-esteem for failing to protect them in the process. Never fear, though, they were only {{Disney Death}}s, and they're all back by the time of the actual confrontation for a ClimacticBattleResurrection.
** There is a little more logic to it than implied above: Lloyd
BigBad. He is the only one who can properly wield the SwordOfPlotAdvancement that's needed to save the world, so if he died at any point in the process, nothing else anyone did would make any difference to the eventual outcome. Everyone's aware of this, which is why none of them hesitate to do everything necessary to make sure Lloyd is able to get through, no matter the price.



* Attempted in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 4}}'', when Raquel (with her IncurableCoughOfDeath) tries to order Arnaud to leave her behind when the pocket dimension they've been trapped in begins to collapse. Averted when Arnaud essentially says "Nuts to that!" and drags her with him anyway, both narrowly escaping in time.

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* Attempted in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 4}}'', when Raquel (with her IncurableCoughOfDeath) tries to order Arnaud to leave her behind when the pocket dimension they've been trapped in begins to collapse. Averted when Arnaud essentially says "Nuts to that!" [[DefiedTrope and drags her with him anyway, anyway]], both narrowly escaping in time.
25th Oct '16 10:51:04 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Subverted in Myth/ClassicalMythology. A Greek king, Admetus had a deal with Death: he could send someone else in his place when it was his time to die, provided the person went willingly. Admetus thought, well, no problem, I'm a beloved king with a devoted family and I'm an all-around nice guy. But when it comes time for him to die... no-one steps up to the plate. His elderly father won't do it, none of his subjects love their king enough to die for him, all across the board. So Admetus returns home to his palace, frustrated, only to find that his wife, Alcestis, has quietly gone down to Hades for him. So Admetus got to live, but with the knowledge that the one person who loved him enough to die for him was gone forever.
** It has a happy ending, though. Heracles heard of Alcestis' love and loyalty, and made a point of rescuing her next time he was sojourning in the Underworld.
** Some versions of this tale just have Hercules [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu beating the crap out of Death]] before it can takes Alcestis' soul.

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* Subverted in Myth/ClassicalMythology. A Greek king, Admetus had a deal with Death: he could send someone else in his place when it was his time to die, provided the person went willingly. Admetus thought, well, no problem, I'm a beloved king with a devoted family and I'm an all-around nice guy. But when it comes time for him to die... no-one steps up to the plate. His elderly father won't do it, none of his subjects love their king enough to die for him, all across the board. So Admetus returns home to his palace, frustrated, only to find that his wife, Alcestis, has quietly gone down to Hades for him. So Admetus got to live, but with the knowledge that the one person who loved him enough to die for him was gone forever.
** It
forever. (It has a happy ending, though. Heracles heard of Alcestis' love and loyalty, and made a point of rescuing her next time he was sojourning in the Underworld.
** Some versions of this tale just have
Underworld. Or in some versions, Hercules simply [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu beating beats the crap out of Death]] before it can takes Alcestis' soul.)
9th Sep '16 6:59:03 PM ZimFan89
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* In ''FanFic/TheUndesirables'', this is essentially the reason why Starlight Glimmer joins the team Luna puts together as an alternative to using the Elements of Harmony -- she feels that the Elements are too important to risk as a first response to every potential threat, but sees herself, [[TheAtoner due to her past actions]], as less important and okay to risk before the Mane Six.
7th Sep '16 3:19:13 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Played with in ''VideoGame/HaloWars'', when The BadassNormal [[TheHero Hero]] is rightfully far more expendable than the three {{Super Soldier}}s under his command, and in order for them to escape their present condition, SomeoneHasToDie.
* Inverted near the end of 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.]]

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* Played with in ''VideoGame/HaloWars'', when ''VideoGame/HaloWars''. The BadassNormal [[TheHero Hero]] Sergeant Forge is rightfully far more expendable than the three Spartan-II {{Super Soldier}}s under his command, and in order which comes into play for them the final mission; when SomeoneHasToDie, one of said Spartans volunteers to escape their present condition, SomeoneHasToDie.
sacrifice himself, but Forge decides to do it himself, citing this very trope:
-->'''Forge:''' Son, I've a feeling before this is over, we'll need every last Spartan in the fight. I can do this. Report back to the ship.
* Inverted near the end of VideoGame/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.]]
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.
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