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31st Aug '16 5:53:25 PM The_Nemesis
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* An episode of TheTransformers touched on this. The 3rd season episode "The Burden Hardest to Bear" sees Rodimus Prime grow increasingly sick of the mantle of leading the Autobots and all the responsibilities that come with it. This leads him to basically abandon his post and ditch the Matrix of Leadership so he can revert back to his youthful and carefree Hot Rod persona. Kup explained Rodimus' grief to one of the group's human allies using the concept of ''Giri'' (his translation of which becomes the episode's title) and discusses that Optimus and other prior leaders learned how to integrate the duty into their lives and their leadership. By the episode's end, Hot Rod learns a similar lesson while taking refuge at a Kendo dojo (the episode taking place in Japan) and respects the responsibility he has to the other Autobots while re-assuming his leadership position. Somewhat ironically, this episode about the perpetually anxious and self-doubting Rodimus finally embracing his position as the Autobot leader was the last episode to air before the writers resurrected Optimus Prime and thrust him back into the spotlight and Autobot Commander role, making the entire moral/character growth pretty much unnecessary.
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22nd Aug '16 6:43:21 AM JamesAustin
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->''Duty is heavier than a mountain; death is lighter than a feather.\\
-- '''Proverb from [[NewerThanTheyThink the Imperial Rescript to Soldiers and Sailors (1882)]] [[ArcWords quoted to death]] by [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Rand al'Thor]]'''

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'''Proverb from [[NewerThanTheyThink the Imperial Rescript to Soldiers and Sailors (1882)]] [[ArcWords quoted to death]] by [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Rand al'Thor]]'''
28th Jun '16 7:25:03 AM Valiona
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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Mest, one of the candidates for Fairy Tail's annual S-Class Exam, [[ManipulativeBastard takes advantage of]] ''On'' when he asks Wendy to be his partner, saying that he was a disciple of Mystogan, the person who took Wendy in when she was young and brought her to Cait Shelter. Wendy accepts, in spite of the fact that there's no benefit for her (only the candidate can be promoted) and her best friend Carla's opposition to it (since Carla's suspicious of Mest and thinks the exam is dangerous for Wendy). Carla argues that because Wendy helped Mystogan in Edolas, she should consider the debt repaid, but Wendy doesn't agree, though, and [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness becomes stubborn enough that she doesn't talk to Carla for a week]]. Unfortunately for Wendy, it turns out that Mest is lying(Mystogan only showed up to take jobs and put everyone else to sleep while he did) manipulate her into getting him on the island so that he can investigate it for the Council.
15th Nov '15 5:51:54 PM nombretomado
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Understanding the Pillars can often help clarify the motivations and drives of {{anime}} characters, and can sometimes explain significant differences in audience reaction in Japan vs. in 'The West'. In particular, Western audiences may find the emphasis on carefully tracking debts and obligations and putting societal obligations above personal fulfilment a jarring contrast to the Western love of spontaneity and cult of the individual. Dissonance can also come from the other direction: some Japanese authors, including RumikoTakahashi, are surprised by their [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff series' international popularity]] as they assumed the underlying values to be uniquely Japanese with no parallel in other societies.

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Understanding the Pillars can often help clarify the motivations and drives of {{anime}} characters, and can sometimes explain significant differences in audience reaction in Japan vs. in 'The West'. In particular, Western audiences may find the emphasis on carefully tracking debts and obligations and putting societal obligations above personal fulfilment a jarring contrast to the Western love of spontaneity and cult of the individual. Dissonance can also come from the other direction: some Japanese authors, including RumikoTakahashi, Creator/RumikoTakahashi, are surprised by their [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff series' international popularity]] as they assumed the underlying values to be uniquely Japanese with no parallel in other societies.
20th Sep '15 8:04:01 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* In the 1990s, the top stars of Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, Genichiro Tenryu, Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi and Akira Taue were [[FanNickname nicknamed]] "The Four Pillars" due to them all being hardworking, self sacrificing, honorable baby {{face}}s standing against an ever constant tide of {{evil foreigner}}s.[[/folder]]

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* In the 1990s, the top stars of Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, Genichiro Tenryu, Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi Toshiaki Kawada, Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa, Wrestling/KentaKobashi and Akira Taue were [[FanNickname nicknamed]] "The Four Pillars" due to them all being hardworking, self sacrificing, honorable baby {{face}}s standing against an ever constant tide of {{evil foreigner}}s.[[/folder]]
25th May '15 1:49:58 AM Laura
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* Other than the DependingOnTheWriter bouts of madness with the Phoenix Force, ComicBook/JeanGrey can be a pretty decent person for the most part. She is usually presented as one of the more compassionate members of the X-Men as seen when she helped raise ComicBook/{{Cable}} to be more of a good man than [[BadFuture he would have been]], and comforting Jubilee after Illyana dies.
* ComicBook/KittyPryde gave The Beyonder a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, which was pretty much the Crowning Moment of Awesome for the entire Franchise/MarvelUniverse. This is what allowed her to use the N-word uncensored in ''ComicBook/GodLovesManKills''. It would have just been too offensive coming from anyone else.
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Other than the DependingOnTheWriter bouts of madness with the Phoenix Force, ComicBook/JeanGrey can be a pretty decent person for the most part. She is usually presented as one of the more compassionate members of the X-Men as seen when she helped raise ComicBook/{{Cable}} to be more of a good man than [[BadFuture he would have been]], and comforting Jubilee after Illyana dies.
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7th May '15 9:24:32 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* In the 1990s, the top stars of Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, Genichiro Tenryu, Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi and Akira Taue were [[FanNickname nicknamed]] "The Four Pillars" due to them all being hardworking, self sacrificing, honorable baby {{face}}s standing against an ever constant tide of {{evil foreigner}}s.[[/folder]]
26th Dec '14 11:58:55 AM TheUnsquished
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* In ''BattleTech'', the Draconis Combine emphasizes the ''Five Pillars'', especially ''giri'' and ''ninjo''. Fitting with the entire FeudalFuture and the Dracs pretending to be FeudalJapan [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]]. Their CulturePolice are even called the Order of the Five Pillars.

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* In ''BattleTech'', ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', the Draconis Combine emphasizes the ''Five Pillars'', especially ''giri'' and ''ninjo''. Fitting with the entire FeudalFuture and the Dracs pretending to be FeudalJapan [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]]. Their CulturePolice are even called the Order of the Five Pillars.
24th Dec '14 9:15:23 PM Phoenixion
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* ComicBook/KittyPryde gave The Beyonder a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, which was pretty much the Crowning Moment of Awesome for the entire Franchise/MarvelUniverse. This is what allowed her to use the N-word uncensored in ''ComicBook/GodLovesManKills''. It would have just been too offensive coming from anyone else.
22nd Dec '14 9:14:38 AM Phoenixion
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* Other than the DependingOnTheWriter bouts of madness with the Phoenix Force, ComicBook/JeanGrey can be a pretty decent person for the most part. She is usually presented as one of the more compassionate members of the X-Men as seen when she helped raise ComicBook/{{Cable}} to be more of a good man than [[BadFuture he would have been]], and comforting Jubilee after Illyana dies.
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