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13th Jul '17 1:27:36 PM ironballs16
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* ''Film/TheDescentPart2'': [[spoiler:Greg]] tackles one of the Crawlers into a chasm to give [[spoiler:Cath]] a chance to get to the other side whereupon she's killed by a Crawler on the other side. Admittedly, he was probably dying at the time due to having had the side of his neck torn out.

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* ''Film/TheDescentPart2'': [[spoiler:Greg]] tackles one of the Crawlers into a chasm to give [[spoiler:Cath]] a chance to get to the other side whereupon she's killed by a Crawler on the other side. Admittedly, he was probably dying at the time due to having had the side of his neck torn out.out, so it doubled as TakingYouWithMe.
29th Jun '17 4:47:44 PM Eagal
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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' Sarutobi Hiruzen sacrificed his soul to stop then-current BigBad Orochimaru. While this did bring his immediate plans to a halt, it didn't actually do anything to hinder Orochimaru in the long run, apart from forcing him to switch bodies before Sasuke could arrive at his base, and even if he had succeeded it's been established that he can completely resurrect from any of his subordinates' cursed seals, so basically Hiruzen killed himself to kill Orochimaru and utterly failed in every respect. Taken even further in a later chapter when Orochimaru cuts open the death god freeing the Hokages' souls and his arms, restoring his ability to perform jutsu. Hiruzen even complains that his sacrifice was rendered useless. Subverted in that while it didn't do anything to stop Orochimaru, it did have the unintended benefit of preventing [[DragonAscendant Kabuto]] from reviving the other three Hokages to use in the war, which would have made things WAAAY more difficult for Team Good Guy.

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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' Sarutobi Hiruzen sacrificed his soul to stop then-current BigBad Orochimaru. While this did bring his immediate plans to a halt, it didn't actually do anything to hinder Orochimaru in the long run, apart from forcing him to switch bodies before Sasuke could arrive at his base, and even if he had succeeded it's been established that he can completely resurrect from any of his subordinates' cursed seals, so basically Hiruzen killed himself to kill Orochimaru and utterly failed in every respect. Taken even further in a later chapter when Orochimaru cuts open the death god freeing the Hokages' souls and his arms, restoring his ability to perform jutsu. Hiruzen even complains that his sacrifice was rendered useless. Subverted in that while it didn't do anything to stop Orochimaru, it did have the unintended benefit of preventing [[DragonAscendant Kabuto]] from reviving the other three Hokages to use in the war, which would have made things WAAAY more difficult for Team Good Guy.who each could individually curbstomp most, if not all of the Grand Ninja Alliance.
26th Jun '17 1:19:06 PM superkeijikun
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* ''VideoGame/PapersPlease'': Late in the game, if you are aiding EZIC, you'll receive a message instructing you to kill the "man in red" ([[NoticeThis who is clearly visible in the line]]), an individual who EZIC considers dangerous, when one of their agents provides a distraction by jumping the border wall. If you assassinate the "man in red", you will be arrested and imprisoned, and EZIC's operations will be halted due to your replacement thwarting their efforts, making both your sacrifice and that of the decoy pointless. At least EZIC helps get your family out of the country as recompense...
24th Jun '17 5:11:12 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* During the Eclipse in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', both Pippin and Judeau make {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s to save Casca from getting killed and eaten by the ravening demons after Griffith marks them and everyone else with the Brand of Sacrifice. While Casca does escape a CruelAndUnusualDeath at the hands of the demons and ends up one of the only two survivors thanks to their heroic efforts, she [[FateWorseThanDeath ends up suffering]] an [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty equally]] [[RapeAsDrama horrific]] [[ColdBloodedTorture ordeal]] when Femto, Griffith reborn as the fifth member of the Godhand, gets his hands on her, ultimately resulting in her [[GoMadFromTheRevelation losing her mind]] (as well as having the child that she made with Guts prior to the Eclipse corrupted by Femto's rape) despite Guts' best efforts to save her.
* Jushiro Ukitake in [[Bleach]] is one of the oldest Captains in the story, having been around for centuries (for scale, he was a Captain in the days of George Washington!). One of his defining characteristics is his chronic lung disease that prevents him from doing much most of the time. This prevents what would otherwise be one of the strongest characters in the whole series from ever having a serious one-on-one fight through the whole series. It turns out that all of his time as a Shinigami was borrowed time. He should have died when he was three years old, but his parents made a deal with a deity that also happened to be the right hand of the Soul King. The deity, Mimihagi, would keep his disease at bay and thus him alive, but in exchange, he would one day give his life to Mimihagi. When Ichigo unintentionally kills the Soul King, reality itself starts to collapse. Ukitake, knowing it is time, invokes the ritual to release Mimihagi, intending to become the new Soul King. He manages to buy everyone about 10 seconds of stability before Ywhach assimilates Mimihagi, becoming the Soul King himself and killing Ukitake in the process.

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* During the Eclipse in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', both Pippin and Judeau make {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s to save Casca from getting killed and eaten by the ravening demons after Griffith marks them and everyone else with the Brand of Sacrifice. While Casca does escape a CruelAndUnusualDeath at the hands of the demons and ends up one of the only two survivors thanks to their heroic efforts, she [[FateWorseThanDeath ends up suffering]] an [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty equally]] [[RapeAsDrama horrific]] [[ColdBloodedTorture equally horrific ordeal]] when Femto, Griffith reborn as the fifth member of the Godhand, gets his hands on her, ultimately resulting in her [[GoMadFromTheRevelation losing her mind]] (as well as having the child that she made with Guts prior to the Eclipse corrupted by Femto's rape) despite Guts' best efforts to save her.
* Jushiro Ukitake in [[Bleach]] ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is one of the oldest Captains in the story, having been around for centuries (for scale, he was a Captain in the days of George Washington!). One of his defining characteristics is his chronic lung disease that prevents him from doing much most of the time. This prevents what would otherwise be one of the strongest characters in the whole series from ever having a serious one-on-one fight through the whole series. It turns out that all of his time as a Shinigami was borrowed time. He should have died when he was three years old, but his parents made a deal with a deity that also happened to be the right hand of the Soul King. The deity, Mimihagi, would keep his disease at bay and thus him alive, but in exchange, he would one day give his life to Mimihagi. When Ichigo unintentionally kills the Soul King, reality itself starts to collapse. Ukitake, knowing it is time, invokes the ritual to release Mimihagi, intending to become the new Soul King. He manages to buy everyone about 10 seconds of stability before Ywhach assimilates Mimihagi, becoming the Soul King himself and killing Ukitake in the process.



* At the end of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade''--the ''anime'' adaptation--Chrono and Rosette die peacefully from injuries they received in a fight with Aion. But they won the battle, so this is just a HeroicSacrifice, right? Wrong. Aion [[KarmaHoudini comes]] BackFromTheDead, revived by [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil the hatred of humanity]], and then goes on to assassinate the Pope in the final scene of the series. The series is infamous for its DownerEnding among those who have seen it. But he DID fail to take over the planet, and to assassinate John Paul II.

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* At the end of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade''--the ''anime'' adaptation--Chrono and Rosette die peacefully from injuries they received in a fight with Aion. But they won the battle, so this is just a HeroicSacrifice, right? Wrong. Aion [[KarmaHoudini comes]] comes BackFromTheDead, revived by [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil the hatred of humanity]], and then goes on to assassinate the Pope in the final scene of the series. The series is infamous for its DownerEnding among those who have seen it. But he DID fail to take over the planet, and to assassinate John Paul II.
24th Jun '17 5:08:04 PM Vir
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* In the second season premiere of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', when the Turtles [[NiceJobBreakingItHero accidentally drop the Kraang's shipment of mutagen all over New York]], April is mesmerized by the falling canisters and almost gets hit by one before Kirby rushes in to save her and ends up getting hit with it himself, becoming the show's incarnation of Wingnut. April is immune to the mutagen's effects, though Kirby didn't know that.

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* In the second season premiere of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', when the Turtles [[NiceJobBreakingItHero accidentally drop the Kraang's shipment of mutagen all over New York]], April is mesmerized by the falling canisters and almost gets hit by one before Kirby rushes in to save her and ends up getting hit with it himself, becoming the show's first incarnation of Wingnut. What makes this senseless is that it later turns out April is was immune to the mutagen's effects, though Kirby didn't know that.effects anyway.
20th Jun '17 12:14:06 PM Nadim
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* On ''Series/{{Best Friends Whenever}}'', Shelby and Cyd sacrifice their powers to stop Janet Smythe from getting it. However, Janet instead kidnaps Barry and Naldo and confiscates their lab equipment to have them recreate time travel for her. She even berates the girls for their stupidity as they are now {{Useless Without Powers}}.
18th Jun '17 1:20:02 AM dRoy
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* In 1993, during the Battle of Mogadishu (which was dramatized in the above-mentioned ''Film/BlackHawkDown''), Delta Force snipers Gary Gordon and Randy Shughart voluntarily dropped into a dangerous combat zone to protect the wounded crewmen of a downed Black Hawk helicopter. Unfortunately, after they were overrun and killed by the attacking Somalis, Mike Durant, one of the crew members, and apparently, SoleSurvivor of the crash, was captured by the Somali militia anyway.
10th Jun '17 3:16:20 PM nombretomado
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** As is the entire theatre of battle, let alone [[WorldWarOne the entire war]] this film is about. You could say the SenselessSacrifice in the film is a microcosm of the whole.

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** As is the entire theatre of battle, let alone [[WorldWarOne [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI the entire war]] this film is about. You could say the SenselessSacrifice in the film is a microcosm of the whole.
8th Jun '17 7:25:48 PM TheHawk
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* Jushiro Ukitake in [[Bleach]] is one of the oldest Captains in the story, having been around for centuries (for scale, he was a Captain in the days of George Washington!). One of his defining characteristics is his chronic lung disease that prevents him from doing much most of the time. This prevents what would otherwise be one of the strongest characters in the whole series from ever having a serious one-on-one fight through the whole series. It turns out that all of his time as a Shinigami was borrowed time. He should have died when he was three years old, but his parents made a deal with a deity that also happened to be the right hand of the Soul King. The deity, Mimihagi, would keep his disease at bay and thus him alive, but in exchange, he would one day give his life to Mimihagi. When Ichigo unintentionally kills the Soul King, reality itself starts to collapse. Ukitake, knowing it is time, invokes the ritual to release Mimihagi, intending to become the new Soul King. He manages to buy everyone about 10 seconds of stability before Ywhach assimilates Mimihagi, becoming the Soul King himself and killing Ukitake in the process.
30th May '17 10:28:12 AM Pichu-kun
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* At the end of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade''--the ''anime'' adaptation--Chrono and Rosette die peacefully from injuries they received in a fight with Aion. But they won the battle, so this is just a HeroicSacrifice, right? Wrong. Aion [[KarmaHoudini comes]] BackFromTheDead, revived by [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil the hatred of humanity]], and then goes on to assassinate the Pope in the final scene of the series. The series is infamous for its DownerEnding among those who have seen it.
** But he DID fail to take over the planet, and to assassinate John Paul II.

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* At the end of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade''--the ''anime'' adaptation--Chrono and Rosette die peacefully from injuries they received in a fight with Aion. But they won the battle, so this is just a HeroicSacrifice, right? Wrong. Aion [[KarmaHoudini comes]] BackFromTheDead, revived by [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil the hatred of humanity]], and then goes on to assassinate the Pope in the final scene of the series. The series is infamous for its DownerEnding among those who have seen it.
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it. But he DID fail to take over the planet, and to assassinate John Paul II.



* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' Sarutobi Hiruzen sacrificed his soul to stop then-current BigBad Orochimaru. While this did bring his immediate plans to a halt, it didn't actually do anything to hinder Orochimaru in the long run, apart from forcing him to switch bodies before Sasuke could arrive at his base, and even if he had succeeded it's been established that he can completely resurrect from any of his subordinates' cursed seals, so basically Hiruzen killed himself to kill Orochimaru and utterly failed in every respect. Taken even further in a later chapter when Orochimaru cuts open the death god freeing the Hokages' souls and his arms, restoring his ability to perform jutsu. Hiruzen even complains that his sacrifice was rendered useless.
** Subverted in that while it didn't do anything to stop Orochimaru, it did have the unintended benefit of preventing [[DragonAscendant Kabuto]] from reviving the other three Hokages to use in the war, which would have made things WAAAY more difficult for Team Good Guy.

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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' Sarutobi Hiruzen sacrificed his soul to stop then-current BigBad Orochimaru. While this did bring his immediate plans to a halt, it didn't actually do anything to hinder Orochimaru in the long run, apart from forcing him to switch bodies before Sasuke could arrive at his base, and even if he had succeeded it's been established that he can completely resurrect from any of his subordinates' cursed seals, so basically Hiruzen killed himself to kill Orochimaru and utterly failed in every respect. Taken even further in a later chapter when Orochimaru cuts open the death god freeing the Hokages' souls and his arms, restoring his ability to perform jutsu. Hiruzen even complains that his sacrifice was rendered useless.
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useless. Subverted in that while it didn't do anything to stop Orochimaru, it did have the unintended benefit of preventing [[DragonAscendant Kabuto]] from reviving the other three Hokages to use in the war, which would have made things WAAAY more difficult for Team Good Guy.



* In ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'', Tobor, a former Guardian who was replaced by a member of the Dark Legion, finally reemerges from the zone he and former DL leader Kragog were trapped in and find Angel Island being ready to be fired on by a massive ship. Tobor decides the only way to solve things is to take Kragog and slam the both of them into the cannon, destroying it. Pity he had no idea that the weapon was being used to ''restore'' other trapped Echidnas on Knuckles' orders, forcing the powered up Guardian to become a RealityWarper.

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* In ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'', ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', Tobor, a former Guardian who was replaced by a member of the Dark Legion, finally reemerges from the zone he and former DL leader Kragog were trapped in and find Angel Island being ready to be fired on by a massive ship. Tobor decides the only way to solve things is to take Kragog and slam the both of them into the cannon, destroying it. Pity he had no idea that the weapon was being used to ''restore'' other trapped Echidnas on Knuckles' orders, forcing the powered up Guardian to become a RealityWarper.



* In the [[LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]] fanfic Fanfic/MaterialDays, the appearance of the Materials, formed out of the remnants of the Book of Darkness, effectively shows that Reinforce's HeroicSacrifice accomplished nothing, greatly upsetting those closest to her.

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* In the [[LyricalNanoha [[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]] fanfic Fanfic/MaterialDays, the appearance of the Materials, formed out of the remnants of the Book of Darkness, effectively shows that Reinforce's HeroicSacrifice accomplished nothing, greatly upsetting those closest to her.



* Implied in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' drabble ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/546/the-cough The Cough]]''. There is [[ThePlague a uncurable plague]] going around. As a result, ponies are forced to kill those who show any signs of the illness. While the Mane Six are hiding in a dark shelter somepony coughs. Fluttershy ends up saying it was her and her fillyfriend Rainbow Dash ends up [[KillTheOnesYouLove killing her]]. At the end of the fic, somepony coughs, implying that Fluttershy sacrificed herself so one of her friends wouldn't die. However, since anypony who shows signs of the plague must die, all her sacrifice did was give another pony a tiny bit more time and could have caused the death of all her friends if they hadn't coughed again.



* In ''Disney/BigHero6'', [[spoiler:Hiro's big brother Tadashi runs into a burning building to try to save Professor Callaghan. He doesn't make it, and it's assumed Callaghan died too. It turns out Callaghan was the one who started the fire to cover his theft of Hiro's microbots, and he escaped unharmed. Hiro does NOT take it well upon finding out his brother died for nothing.]]

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* In ''Disney/BigHero6'', [[spoiler:Hiro's big brother Tadashi Tadashi]] runs into a burning building to try to save Professor Callaghan. [[spoiler:Professor Callaghan]]. He doesn't make it, and it's assumed Callaghan [[spoiler:Callaghan]] died too. It turns out Callaghan [[spoiler:Callaghan was the one who started the fire to cover his theft of Hiro's microbots, microbots]], and he escaped unharmed. Hiro unharmed]]. [[spoiler:Hiro]] does NOT take it well upon finding out his brother [[spoiler:his brother]] died for nothing.]]
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