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26th Apr '17 7:56:40 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''The Damned'', every soldier in [[TheAlliance the Weave]] is this. Most of the Weave races abhor even the thought of violence, and the ones that can bring themselves to fight do so with much distaste. Their foes, the psychic influence-wielding [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Amplitur]], do not like to fight either, but their fanatical belief in uniting all species beneath the banner of "The Purpose" drives them to do so, and they don't hesitate in genetically modifying species under their rule in order to make them better fighters. The only species that enjoys fighting is [[HumansAreWarriors humanity]]. The Weave manages to recruit humankind, and the only thing that frightens them more than having humans as allies is the possibility of humans falling under the Amplitur's control.

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* In Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''The Damned'', ''Literature/TheDamned'', every soldier in [[TheAlliance the Weave]] is this. Most of the Weave races abhor even the thought of violence, and the ones that can bring themselves to fight do so with much distaste. Their foes, the psychic influence-wielding [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Amplitur]], do not like to fight either, but their fanatical belief in uniting all species beneath the banner of "The Purpose" drives them to do so, and they don't hesitate in genetically modifying species under their rule in order to make them better fighters. The only species that enjoys fighting is [[HumansAreWarriors humanity]]. The Weave manages to recruit humankind, and the only thing that frightens them more than having humans as allies is the possibility of humans falling under the Amplitur's control.
16th Mar '17 2:24:31 PM ANTMuddle
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A lot of [[TechnicalPacifist heroes fight for peace]], [[ThePowerOfLove love]], [[TrueCompanions friendship]], justice and all that sort of stuff. Occasionally they believe in [[GodzillaThreshold violence as a last resort]] and as DirtyBusiness, following the path of the MartialPacifist and falling back on their prodigious martial training only as the very last resort while avoiding unnecessary deaths. The Reluctant Warrior isn't quite so blessed, he lacks the ImprobableAimingSkills that could make his [[CouldHaveBeenMessy dealing with them bloodlessly possible]]. What's more, he will find himself constantly facing enemies who mean to hurt or kill him and his friends, and who won't pick up a VillainBall and [[SelfDisposingVillain dispose of themselves]].

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A lot of [[TechnicalPacifist heroes fight for peace]], [[ThePowerOfLove love]], [[TrueCompanions friendship]], justice and all that sort of stuff. Occasionally they believe in [[GodzillaThreshold violence as a last resort]] and as DirtyBusiness, following the path of the MartialPacifist and falling back on their prodigious martial training only as the very last resort while avoiding unnecessary deaths. The Reluctant Warrior isn't quite so blessed, he lacks the ImprobableAimingSkills that could make his [[CouldHaveBeenMessy dealing with them bloodlessly possible]]. What's more, he will find himself constantly facing enemies who mean to hurt or kill him and his friends, and who won't are savvy enough to not pick up a VillainBall and [[SelfDisposingVillain dispose of themselves]].
3rd Mar '17 6:37:43 PM LadyNorbert
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* Mahanon, in ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]'', falls under this trope. Prior to the Divine's Conclave, he was a hunter - he only killed in order to feed his clan, and while he's certainly very ''good'' at fighting the Inquisition's enemies, he only does it because it's part of the territory.



* Brother Gilbert in ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' had a minor dose of this trope. He agreed to fight against Einon because he was so evil, but kept his shots non-fatal. Then, when he was presented with Einon himself as a target, he drew a bead on the tyrant's heart but hesitated while growling out "Thou... shalt... not... kill..."

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* Brother Gilbert in ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' had has a minor dose of this trope. trope, which makes sense since he's a monk. He agreed agrees to fight against Einon because he was he's so evil, but kept keeps his shots non-fatal. Then, when he was presented with Einon himself as a target, he drew draws a bead on the tyrant's heart but hesitated hesitates while growling out "Thou... shalt... not... kill..."



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** Luke in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' becomes one of these as one of the earliest stages of his rather extensive CharacterDevelopment. At first he's [[HeroicBSOD downright traumatised]] by the experience of killing a fellow human being in self-defense. It's only when his hesitation puts [[RecklessPacifist himself and his companions in danger]] that he begins to accept that it is kill or be killed on the battlefield. And while he does eventually learn to let go of his reluctance and face his enemies without hesitation or regret, it's stated that even then he's still toubled enough by it that he's left lying awake shaking at night.

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** Luke in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' becomes one of these as one of the earliest stages of his rather extensive CharacterDevelopment. At first he's [[HeroicBSOD downright traumatised]] by the experience of killing a fellow human being in self-defense. It's only when his hesitation puts [[RecklessPacifist himself and his companions in danger]] that he begins to accept that it is kill or be killed on the battlefield. And while he does eventually learn to let go of his reluctance and face his enemies without hesitation or regret, it's stated that even then he's still toubled troubled enough by it that he's left lying awake shaking at night.



* Hawke in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' with a sarcastic personality definitely can come off as this, just wanting to live a quiet life, provide for their family and not deal with all the insane politics in Kirkwall.

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* Hawke in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' with a diplomatic or sarcastic personality definitely can come off as this, just wanting to live a quiet life, provide for their family and not deal with all the insane politics in Kirkwall.
20th Nov '16 4:12:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* Camaris in ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'', a classic KnightInShiningArmor and one of the [[{{Badass}} greatest heroes]] the land of Osten Ard has ever known, hates battle, fights only when compelled, and prays for the souls of his vanquished foes. It helps that he's such a [[ShroudedInMyth fearsome warrior]] that no sane enemy would take the field against him. This duality leads him to copious amounts of angst, including a full-scale HeroicBSOD; once he snaps out of it (twenty years later), he becomes a ShellShockedVeteran, but no less of a {{Badass}}.

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* Camaris in ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'', a classic KnightInShiningArmor and one of the [[{{Badass}} greatest heroes]] heroes the land of Osten Ard has ever known, hates battle, fights only when compelled, and prays for the souls of his vanquished foes. It helps that he's such a [[ShroudedInMyth fearsome warrior]] that no sane enemy would take the field against him. This duality leads him to copious amounts of angst, including a full-scale HeroicBSOD; once he snaps out of it (twenty years later), he becomes a ShellShockedVeteran, but no less of a {{Badass}}.badass.
9th Nov '16 7:23:16 AM Nekuro
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* Bowbaq, from the "Cycle of Ji" series by french novelist Pierre Grimbert, is an ActualPacifist who has to take up arms when a bunch of fanatical killer priests are sent to kill his family, his friends and himself. This might have to do with him being able to mentally communicate with animals (with restrictions on the species of animals he can communicate with).
25th Oct '16 9:41:00 AM Gemser
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* In the original script of ''Film/GameOfDeath'', Hai Tien (Bruce Lee) initially refuses to take part in the "game of death" and only does so after his family is kidnapped by the Korean mafia.

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* In the original script of ''Film/GameOfDeath'', Hai Tien (Bruce Lee) initially refuses to take part in the "game of death" and only does so after his family is kidnapped by the Korean mafia.

22nd Oct '16 7:22:29 AM Gemser
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* In the original script of ''Film/GameOfDeath'', Hai Tien (Bruce Lee) initially refuses to take part in the "game of death" and only does so after his family is kidnapped by the Korean mafia.
16th Oct '16 6:16:08 PM nombretomado
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* Eliwood from ''[[FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem]]'': "Iíve no love for war. If I concentrate on the foe before me, Iím fine. If I picture families, innocents caught up in our foolish politics? If I imagine themÖ All I can do is pray for a way to solve things peacefully."

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* Eliwood from ''[[FireEmblemElibe ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem]]'': "Iíve no love for war. If I concentrate on the foe before me, Iím fine. If I picture families, innocents caught up in our foolish politics? If I imagine themÖ All I can do is pray for a way to solve things peacefully."
1st Oct '16 10:10:55 AM Jake18
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* Goku from ''Manga/DragonBall'' grow up to be this (especially the horrible judge of character part) seeing as how he loves to fight but never sets out to kill, even when he is forced to. He actually has the lowest body count in the series, on ''important'' characters at least, as child he wasn't too concerned about it, an example is the time he went on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge and destroyed the entire Red Ribbon Army when he was a kid (though they DID piss him off really badly by killing Upa's dad, among other deeds) and also the killing of demon king piccolo and his minions. And of course, he kills plenty of people in the movies, though those aren't canon.

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* Goku from ''Manga/DragonBall'' grow up to be this (especially the horrible judge of character part) seeing as how he loves to fight but never sets out to kill, even when he is forced to. He actually has the lowest body count in the series, on ''important'' characters at least, as child he wasn't too concerned about it, an example is the time he went on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge and destroyed the entire Red Ribbon Army when he was a kid (though they DID piss him off really badly by killing Upa's dad, among other deeds) and also the killing of demon king piccolo Demon King Piccolo and his minions. And of course, he kills plenty of people in the movies, though those aren't canon.
9th Sep '16 11:07:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''OverTheWineDarkSea'': Menedemos and Sostratos; while they constantly have to defend themselves against pirates, warlords, and assorted blackguards they prefer to avoid a fight. In their case it is less from idealism and more because it interferes with their [[MoneyDearBoy primary mission]]

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* ''OverTheWineDarkSea'': ''Literature/OverTheWineDarkSea'': Menedemos and Sostratos; while they constantly have to defend themselves against pirates, warlords, and assorted blackguards they prefer to avoid a fight. In their case it is less from idealism and more because it interferes with their [[MoneyDearBoy primary mission]]
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