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1st May '16 5:27:53 AM erforce
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* ''Film/TheTerminator'': kill Sarah Connor, and her son will never grow up to lead the human resistance and defeat Skynet.

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* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''
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''Film/TheTerminator'': kill Sarah Connor, and her son will never grow up to lead the human resistance and defeat Skynet.
19th Mar '16 3:30:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* As mentioned above, John Connor in ''TheSarahConnorChronicles''.

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* As mentioned above, John Connor in ''TheSarahConnorChronicles''.''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''.
20th Dec '15 8:19:55 PM Discar
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Basically, this is what happens when the MacGuffinGirl meets the ButterflyOfDoom, without necessarily having the fantastic, world-shaping elements that those plots usually require. The reason the character is important may be relatively mundane, emotional, and/or circumstantial in nature. They need not be [[TykeBomb a self-contained weapon]], a CosmicKeystone, [[MacGuffinGirl an artefact disguised as a living being]], TheChosenOne, MessianicArchetype, or a BarrierMaiden; they may not even have any special abilities to speak of (though that depends on the genre of the story). In some cases, they may have a [[MoralityPet strong emotional]] [[PluckyComicRelief connection and relevance]] to the cast, so their death or even injury would result in the cast going off the rails somehow.

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Basically, this is what happens when the MacGuffinGirl LivingMacGuffin meets the ButterflyOfDoom, without necessarily having the fantastic, world-shaping elements that those plots usually require. The reason the character is important may be relatively mundane, emotional, and/or circumstantial in nature. They need not be [[TykeBomb a self-contained weapon]], a CosmicKeystone, [[MacGuffinGirl [[MacGuffinTurnedHuman an artefact disguised as a living being]], TheChosenOne, MessianicArchetype, or a BarrierMaiden; they may not even have any special abilities to speak of (though that depends on the genre of the story). In some cases, they may have a [[MoralityPet strong emotional]] [[PluckyComicRelief connection and relevance]] to the cast, so their death or even injury would result in the cast going off the rails somehow.
16th Dec '15 6:22:34 PM Berrenta
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Compare with MacGuffinGirl, BarrierMaiden and ApocalypseMaiden. When the hero's relationship with the person in question is the one that decides the world's fate, you get SekaikeiGenre. Sometimes subject to ProphecyTwist, in which case compare NoManOfWomanBorn.

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Compare with MacGuffinGirl, LivingMacGuffin, BarrierMaiden and ApocalypseMaiden. When the hero's relationship with the person in question is the one that decides the world's fate, you get SekaikeiGenre. Sometimes subject to ProphecyTwist, in which case compare NoManOfWomanBorn.
16th Dec '15 12:04:07 PM FF32
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* ''VideoGame/DubiousCompany'''s pirates saving [[TheChosenOne High Priestess Sal]] seems like this at first, until she reveals that she is not what [[YouFailReligiousStudiesForever Kreedor]] thinks [[BarrierMaiden she is]] and [[spoiler: [[FiveBadBand Kreedor's Elites]] know this]]. However, by that point it had become [[MisfitMobilizationMoment more]] [[TrueCompanions personal]].

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* ''VideoGame/DubiousCompany'''s pirates saving [[TheChosenOne High Priestess Sal]] seems like this at first, until she reveals that she is not what [[YouFailReligiousStudiesForever [[ArtisticLicenseReligion Kreedor]] thinks [[BarrierMaiden she is]] and [[spoiler: [[FiveBadBand Kreedor's Elites]] know this]]. However, by that point it had become [[MisfitMobilizationMoment more]] [[TrueCompanions personal]].
20th Oct '15 4:23:45 PM infernape612
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** If the above person dies, then all of humanity's hopes rest on [[spoiler:Keisuke]]'s shoulders, as his demise causes a broken [[spoiler:Atsuro]] to abandon his plan to solve the lockdown crisis, leaving you completely stuck on the option that causes the DownerEnding.



* In "The End: Part One" of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', the Titans use this sort of logic when they decide to protect Raven to try to prevent Trigon from turning her into a portal and coming to earth. [[spoiler: It doesn't work. Otherwise it [[YouCantThwartStageOne wouldn't be called The End Part One]]]]

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* In "The End: Part One" of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', the Titans use this sort of logic when they decide to protect Raven to try to prevent Trigon from turning her into a portal and coming to earth. [[spoiler: It doesn't work. Otherwise it [[YouCantThwartStageOne wouldn't be called The End Part One]]]]One]].]]
4th Oct '15 4:55:08 PM nombretomado
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* Baby Eve from ''Series/BeingHuman'' is [[spoiler:an inversion of]] this. All of the good guys protect her, because she's the War Child, who prophecy says will kill all of the vampires, which means all of the vampires are trying to kill her. [[spoiler:Then, it turns out that she has to ''die'' to bring about the death of all vampires, meaning that the protagonists who want to keep her alive are inadvertently screwing the world over. It's never really explained how Eve living would cause the vampires to win, but it's theorized that as long as she was alive, humans would stay lazy and expect her to be the one to save them.]]

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* Baby Eve from ''Series/BeingHuman'' ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'' is [[spoiler:an inversion of]] this. All of the good guys protect her, because she's the War Child, who prophecy says will kill all of the vampires, which means all of the vampires are trying to kill her. [[spoiler:Then, it turns out that she has to ''die'' to bring about the death of all vampires, meaning that the protagonists who want to keep her alive are inadvertently screwing the world over. It's never really explained how Eve living would cause the vampires to win, but it's theorized that as long as she was alive, humans would stay lazy and expect her to be the one to save them.]]
17th Sep '15 8:20:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''AWindInTheDoor'', Charles Wallace is the only person in any significant, physical danger. But his survival at this point in time is key to the continued existence of the universe as a whole. It's explained that this is the case because he has an important role to play in the future, and if he dies ''now'' the bad guys (who want to unmake EVERYTHING) will have a guaranteed win shortly down the line.

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* In ''AWindInTheDoor'', ''Literature/AWindInTheDoor'', Charles Wallace is the only person in any significant, physical danger. But his survival at this point in time is key to the continued existence of the universe as a whole. It's explained that this is the case because he has an important role to play in the future, and if he dies ''now'' the bad guys (who want to unmake EVERYTHING) will have a guaranteed win shortly down the line.
17th Jul '15 11:21:50 AM Dravencour
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* In ''Manga/DragonBall Z'': During the ''Android Saga'', Trunks goes back in time to give Goku the antidote to a heart virus he had originally died from to hopefully save the world from the androids. Goku still ends up dying, but the world is saved this time.

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* In ''Manga/DragonBall Z'': During the ''Android Saga'', Trunks Trunks, who comes from a BadFuture, goes back in time to give Goku the antidote to a heart virus from Planet Yadrat that he had originally died from to hopefully save the world from the androids. Androids. Goku still ends up dying, dying (though to a HeroicSacrifice rather than succumbing to the virus), but the world is saved this time.
1st Jul '15 8:40:51 PM nombretomado
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* Hera, the half-human, half-Cylon child on ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined''. Throughout the series, it's implied that she is the future of both races. [[spoiler:It's revealed in the finale that all modern humans are descended from her.]]

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* Hera, the half-human, half-Cylon child on ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined''.''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. Throughout the series, it's implied that she is the future of both races. [[spoiler:It's revealed in the finale that all modern humans are descended from her.]]
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