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20th Feb '17 2:44:37 PM Lloigor
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* The Sentinels were first invented ''way'' back in 1964 in ''Uncanny X-Men #14'' by a man named Bolivar Trask, one of the first humans to believe mutants were a threat to humanity - at least, he did at first. A HeelRealization after reading Beasts mind and discovering the X-Men's heroic intensions led him to destroy the Sentinels' base, at the cost of his own life. Sadly, his death was for nothing, as his son would continue his research, and in the years that followed up to the present, the Sentinels would practically become symbolic for anti-mutant hate. Even worse, Trask was resurrected relatively recently by Bastion, who hoped to make him part of a new anti-mutant team, and learned, to his horror, that his creations had since caused the deaths of ''16 million'' mutants, a revelation that drove him to suicide.

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* The Sentinels were first invented ''way'' back in 1964 in ''Uncanny X-Men #14'' by a man named Bolivar Trask, one of the first humans to believe mutants were a threat to humanity - at least, he did at first. A HeelRealization after reading Beasts Beast's mind and discovering the X-Men's heroic intensions intentions led him to destroy the Sentinels' base, at the cost of his own life. Sadly, his death was for nothing, as his son would continue his research, and in the years that followed up to the present, the Sentinels would practically become symbolic for anti-mutant hate. Even worse, Trask was resurrected relatively recently by Bastion, who hoped to make him part of a new anti-mutant team, and learned, to his horror, that his creations had since caused the deaths of ''16 million'' mutants, a revelation that drove him to suicide.
16th Feb '17 12:16:56 PM rafi
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* In ''Manga/ShamanKing'' a trio of X LAWS sacrifice themselves to tell their comrades the weakness of the BigBad, Hao. Before they die and reveal Hao's weakness, Hao himself reveals his secret shocking everybody.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' double-subverts this with the death of Fu. After Wrath wounds him and he realizes that he cannot fight him for much longer, he rips off his shirt to reveal four explosives and lunges at Wrath to kill them both... but Wrath just slices the fuses off of the explosives with his sword, rendering them harmless and slicing open Fu's belly in the process. Buccaneer, who had already been fatally wounded, seizes the opportunity and stabs Wrath ''through'' Fu, taking advantage of the one blind spot in Wrath's otherwise perfect vision to seriously injure him.
** This occurs earlier, when Roa and Dolcetto [[YouShallNotPass attempt to hold off Wrath so Greed can escape]]. They're cut down instantly, and Wrath moves on to Greed.
** In the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]], a similar event occurs, though they are trying to hold off Lust and Gluttony. The end result is the same, though, and they are subsequently eaten by Gluttony.
* Batist in ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' dramatically sets his M9 for a ten second self destruct to take down Gauron, makes a heroic speech, and immediately charges and tries to grapple him... only for Gauron to shoot his AS in half at the last second and teleport away, well outside the blast radius.
* Kouki in ''Anime/StarshipOperators''.

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* In ''Manga/ShamanKing'' a trio Deconstructed in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. While the story acknowledges that sometimes one person's death can save many lives, it also tears into the idea of X LAWS self-sacrifice as ennobling someone at all. There is no such thing as a dignified death (because being eaten by a Titan is an utterly nightmarish way to die), and anyone who tries to sacrifice themselves to tell their comrades for the weakness sake of others gets quickly outed as a narcissistic wastrel: essentially, they want to be remembered as brave heroes while taking the coward's way out.
** A rare inversion occurs in chapter 50 where Hannes protects Eren and Mikasa and dies in the process, but his death is the main catalyst for the activation of Eren's new power.
*** The very existence
of the BigBad, Hao. Before Survey Corps is a subversion. Yes, excursions are basically throwing mud at the wall and hoping something sticks with every throw costing about a hundred lives, but even before wall Maria was breached humanity's prospects were so bad getting a hundred people killed on the off chance they die get a hold of something important was worth it. Best case, they find something to stop the titans, worst case, fewer mouths to feed.
* During the Eclipse in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', both Pippin
and reveal Hao's weakness, Hao himself reveals his secret shocking everybody.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' double-subverts this
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.
* In the second episode of ''Anime/CodeGeass R2'', Urabe [[SelfDestructMechanism self-destructs]] his [[HumongousMecha Knightmare Frame]] in order to defeat the seemingly-invincible opponent Knightmare (or, at the very least, to buy time for Zero and Kallen to get away from it). Unfortunately, Urabe had no way of knowing that his opponent possessed a power which lets him (subjectively) [[TimeStandsStill stop time]], allowing him to avoid the brunt of the explosion.
* 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.
* A borderline case happens to Ran in a ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' movie where her, Conan, the Shonen Tantei, and other kids are trapped in a virtual world in 19th century London. Any one who get mortally wounded in game are deleted and the only ones left are Conan, Ran, and a random rich kid. Ran has just been captured by the in game Big Bad and a showdown between him and Conan begins on top of a moving train that is going out of control. Ran, remembering Shin'ichi words, decides to save the two boys by jumping off the train into the abyss, deleting herself and taking the big bad with her. Unfortunately, she inadvertently caused ''Conan'' to fall into a {{Heroic BSOD}} and took away the only means to save them and beat the game (They needed her extra strength to take out the bolt connecting the cars so that the car they were on slows down while the rest ends in oblivion.) It takes a DeusExMachina / ChekhovsGun to snap Conan out of it and save the day.
* [[BigBad Apocalymon]] from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' ''tries'' to pull a TakingYouWithMe to destroy both worlds with him but the Digivices manage to contain the explosion, meaning the only thing he accomplished was killing himself.
* The
death of Fu. After Wrath wounds him and [=BlackWarGreymon=] towards the end of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' partially counts as this; sure he realizes managed to protect Cody's grandfather, but then he attempted to use his body to stop Myotismon from entering the Digital World again. Too bad that's exactly what happened a few episodes later. To make matters worse, the gate he did manage to seal is one that he cannot fight him would have been useful for much longer, he rips off his shirt to reveal four explosives and lunges at Wrath to kill them both... but Wrath just slices the fuses off of the explosives with his sword, rendering them harmless and slicing heroes to have open Fu's belly in the process. Buccaneer, who had already been fatally wounded, seizes the opportunity and stabs Wrath ''through'' Fu, taking advantage of the one blind spot in Wrath's otherwise perfect vision to seriously injure him.
** This occurs earlier, when Roa and Dolcetto [[YouShallNotPass attempt to hold off Wrath so Greed can escape]]. They're cut down instantly, and Wrath moves on to Greed.
** In the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]], a similar event occurs, though they are trying to hold off Lust and Gluttony. The end result is the same, though, and they are subsequently eaten by Gluttony.
* Batist in ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' dramatically sets his M9 for a ten second self destruct to take down Gauron, makes a heroic speech, and immediately charges and tries to grapple him... only for Gauron to shoot his AS in half at the last second and teleport away, well outside the blast radius.
* Kouki in ''Anime/StarshipOperators''.
once that happened!



* In the manga version of ''Manga/ElfenLied'', doomed clumsy girl Kisaragi is informed by Kurama that she must be sacrificed in order to kill Lucy, who has taken her hostage. She agrees to this readily, owing to her deep feelings for her boss. Arguably, the anime, wherein Lucy simply kills her ASAP, leaving a dumb look on the poor girl's floating severed head, owns the shock value. But when Lucy is able to use her hostage's death to confuse things just enough to help ensure her escape, she does not hesitate to taunt the hell out of Kurama, stating 'Her Death Was Useless!'.
** Though Kisaragi's death ''does'' inspire Kurama not to try sacrifice anyone else to stop Lucy. This ends up saving Nana's life later.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', legendary [[AnIcePerson ice mage]] Ur sacrifices her life (sort of) to seal the demon Deliora in unbreakable, unmeltable ice for eternity. Since Deliora was a rampaging beast of destruction, that seems awfully noble of her--until you recall that the ''reason'' she did this was to snap one of her two pupils out of his RevengeBeforeReason obsession. It worked--only for the ''other'' pupil to head down a similarly destructive path after her sacrifice.
** Many, ''many'' chapters later, it actually helps out. Ultear, her true daughter, finds out that her mother has become one with the ice and can reconcile with her due to being separated for genetic experiments and the scientists lying to Ur's face that her daughter was dead.
* Happens several times in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', most notably when Rei attempts a HeroicSacrifice against [[BigBad Raoh]], only to have him counter it in a laughably easy way. Juza also tries to give his life to break Raoh's arm, only to have it completely fail. Raoh seems to enjoy evoking this trope.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''
** Double-subverted with the death of Fu. After Wrath wounds him and he realizes that he cannot fight him for much longer, he rips off his shirt to reveal four explosives and lunges at Wrath to kill them both... but Wrath just slices the fuses off of the explosives with his sword, rendering them harmless and slicing open Fu's belly in the process. Buccaneer, who had already been fatally wounded, seizes the opportunity and stabs Wrath ''through'' Fu, taking advantage of the one blind spot in Wrath's otherwise perfect vision to seriously injure him.
** This occurs earlier, when Roa and Dolcetto [[YouShallNotPass attempt to hold off Wrath so Greed can escape]]. They're cut down instantly, and Wrath moves on to Greed.
** In the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]], a similar event occurs, though they are trying to hold off Lust and Gluttony. The end result is the same, though, and they are subsequently eaten by Gluttony.
* Batist in ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' dramatically sets his M9 for a ten second self destruct to take down Gauron, makes a heroic speech, and immediately charges and tries to grapple him... only for Gauron to shoot his AS in half at the last second and teleport away, well outside the blast radius.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' has a huge TearJerker in the form of the death of Nuriko. Rather than simply wait for Mitsukake, who could have cleared up his injuries with a touch, he decides to use the last of his strength to move a huge boulder, and dies of the strain. The reason it's a SenselessSacrifice? ''The boulder isn't actually blocking the cave entrance it's in front of''. There's enough room to just ''walk around it''. There are even skeletons already ''inside'' the cave when the rest of the Seishi finally get in!



* Happens several times in ''FistOfTheNorthStar'', most notably when Rei attempts a HeroicSacrifice against [[BigBad Raoh]], only to have him counter it in a laughably easy way. Juza also tries to give his life to break Raoh's arm, only to have it completely fail. Raoh seems to enjoy evoking this trope.
* Miyuki/Rapier in ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'' self-destructed to try to take out Sword, Lance, and Axe. It didn't work, although she ''did'' force them to retreat, so it's only a partial example.
* 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.
* The death of [=BlackWarGreymon=] towards the end of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' partially counts as this; sure he managed to protect Cody's grandfather, but then he attempted to use his body to stop Myotismon from entering the Digital World again. Too bad that's exactly what happened a few episodes later.
** To make matters worse, the gate he did manage to seal is one that would have been useful for the heroes to have open once that happened!
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. In the series, there's Rei II's death, although "[[WeHaveReserves if she died, she could be replaced!]]" thanks to cloning. Aside from that, SenselessSacrifice basically sums up the entire plot of ''End Of Evangelion'': so many sacrifice so much to prevent Instrumentality, and it happens anyway. On the other hand, Gendo has made countless sacrifices to achieve Instrumentality, only for his son to reject it, and there's still the possibility the rest of humanity will as well, so maybe it's a SenselessSacrifice all around.
** At least Rei destroyed an Angel and saved Shinji. That has to count for something.
** In the very first episode:
--->'''General 1:''' We sacrificed a whole city for nothing...
--->'''General 3:''' Damned monster!

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* Happens several times Smith's sacrifice for Weed in ''FistOfTheNorthStar'', most notably ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' (protecting him from P4 until they get buried under a rockslide) becomes nothing when Rei attempts a HeroicSacrifice against [[BigBad Raoh]], only to have him counter it in a laughably easy way. Juza also tries to give his life to break Raoh's arm, only to have it completely fail. Raoh seems to enjoy evoking this trope.
* Miyuki/Rapier in ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'' self-destructed to try to take out Sword, Lance, and Axe. It didn't work, although she ''did'' force them to retreat, so it's only a partial example.
* At
P4 shows up before the end of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade''--the ''anime'' adaptation--Chrono and Rosette die peacefully from injuries they received in a fight other dogs with Aion. But they won the battle, so this is just [[NoSell barely 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.
scratch]].
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** But he DID fail to take over the planet, and to assassinate John Paul II.
*
The death of [=BlackWarGreymon=] towards Norris Packard in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam''. He dies destroying the end Guntanks being escorted by the 08th Team, clearing an escape path for a ship full of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' partially counts as this; sure he managed wounded soldiers. Unfortunately, Ginias decides to protect Cody's grandfather, but then he attempted to use punctuate his body decent into madness by violating a temporary ceasefire, so the Federation retaliates by shooting down the ship with a sniper MS.
** In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'', Henken uses the battleship ''Radish'' as a shield in an attempt
to stop Myotismon save Emma and the Gundam Mk-II from entering the Digital World again. Too bad that's exactly what happened Yazan and his Hambrabi. Yazan kills him and later kills Emma.
** In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'' there are
a few episodes later.
** To make matters worse,
examples but the gate he most egregious by far is [[TeamDad Oliver Inoue]]'s, who manages to destroy a [[MidSeasonUpgrade V2 Gundam]] to deal negligible damage to the enemy, leaving behind a pregnant wife.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'', season one. Neil Dylandy, the original Lockon Stratos, combines this with essentially his CrowningMomentOfAwesome. It was tough to swallow, but forgivable... until Ali Al-Saachez returns in season two, with no preamble, and more sadistic than ever.
*** Even if it didn't finish him off, it
did manage to seal is one that would have been useful take him out for the heroes to have open once that happened!
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. In
rest of the series, there's Rei II's death, although "[[WeHaveReserves if she died, she could be replaced!]]" thanks to cloning. Aside from that, SenselessSacrifice basically sums up season, which in turn allowed the entire plot rest of ''End Of Evangelion'': so many sacrifice so much Celestial Being to prevent Instrumentality, and it happens anyway. survive the final battle. On the other hand, Gendo has made countless sacrifices to achieve Instrumentality, only for his son to reject it, and there's still the possibility the rest of humanity will as well, so maybe it's a SenselessSacrifice all around.
** At least Rei destroyed an Angel and
hand if Lockon had saved Shinji. That has to count for something.
** In
himself he might have lived a few more days but with Ali's help the very first episode:
--->'''General 1:''' We sacrificed a whole city for nothing...
--->'''General 3:''' Damned monster!
UN forces would have exterminated Celestial Being and everyone would have died anyway.
*** A second example comes in the form of Lichtendal who dies trying to save Christina when the Ptolemaios blows up. It's too bad Christina's injuries are too severe and she ends up dying moments after anyways. [[LetThemDieHappy She lets Lichty think he succeeded, and manages to hold on long enough that she dies after he does.]]
* Jonathan Joestar's sacrifice in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 1 becomes moot when Dio possesses his body and returns as the BigBad of Part 3 anyway. However, this did save his unborn son, starting the [=JoJo=] legacy capable of defeating Dio.
* In ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', both Blumehart and Patorichev die trying to protect Yang Wen-Li. Despite their efforts, Yang is shot and bleeds out before help arrives.



* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'', Henken uses the battleship ''Radish'' as a shield in an attempt to save Emma and the Gundam Mk-II from Yazan and his Hambrabi. Yazan kills him and later kills Emma.
* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'' there are a few examples but the most egregious by far is [[TeamDad Oliver Inoue]]'s, who manages to destroy a [[MidSeasonUpgrade V2 Gundam]] to deal negligible damage to the enemy, leaving behind a pregnant wife.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'', season one. Neil Dylandy, the original Lockon Stratos, combines this with essentially his CrowningMomentOfAwesome. It was tough to swallow, but forgivable... until Ali Al-Saachez returns in season two, with no preamble, and more sadistic than ever.
** Even if it didn't finish him off, it did take him out for the rest of the season, which in turn allowed the rest of Celestial Being to survive the final battle. On the other hand if Lockon had saved himself he might have lived a few more days but with Ali's help the UN forces would have exterminated Celestial Being and everyone would have died anyway.
** A second example comes in the form of Lichtendal who dies trying to save Christina when the Ptolemaios blows up. It's too bad Christina's injuries are too severe and she ends up dying moments after anyways. [[LetThemDieHappy She lets Lichty think he succeeded, and manages to hold on long enough that she dies after he does.]]
* ''FushigiYuugi'' has a huge TearJerker in the form of the death of Nuriko. Rather than simply wait for Mitsukake, who could have cleared up his injuries with a touch, he decides to use the last of his strength to move a huge boulder, and dies of the strain. The reason it's a SenselessSacrifice? ''The boulder isn't actually blocking the cave entrance it's in front of''. There's enough room to just ''walk around it''. There are even skeletons already ''inside'' the cave when the rest of the Seishi finally get in!
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' opens with a senseless sacrifice by the main character. It appears as though he saved a child from being run over, but the GrimReaper later remarks that the car would have veered out of the way if not for the confusion of Yusuke jumping into the street to push the child out of the way.
** To add insult to injury, the child actually took more damage from being pushed onto the ground than he would have taken otherwise. NiceJobBreakingItHero.
--->'''Botan:''' "The kid would've survived without a scratch without your intervention, but thanks to your meddling, the kid gets scraped up, and you ''die.'' Haha, way to go, moron!"
*** Subverted however, in that while the sacrifice was useless in its intended purpose, it ultimately allowed Yusuke to turn his life around (once he got it ''[[BackFromTheDead back]],'' of course).
*** It also gave him the opportunity to come back in the first place. The powers that be never expected someone like Yusuke to save a kid at the cost of his own life, so he wasn't supposed to die at that time. It's the only reason Yusuke was given the chance to earn a resurrection.
* In the manga version of ''Manga/ElfenLied'', doomed clumsy girl Kisaragi is informed by Kurama that she must be sacrificed in order to kill Lucy, who has taken her hostage. She agrees to this readily, owing to her deep feelings for her boss. Arguably, the anime, wherein Lucy simply kills her ASAP, leaving a dumb look on the poor girl's floating severed head, owns the shock value. But when Lucy is able to use her hostage's death to confuse things just enough to help ensure her escape, she does not hesitate to taunt the hell out of Kurama, stating 'Her Death Was Useless!'.
** Though Kisaragi's death ''does'' inspire Kurama not to try sacrifice anyone else to stop Lucy. This ends up saving Nana's life later.
* Jim Crocodile Cook in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. It's not ''entirely'' pointless, but it only reveals the strengths and weaknesses of Haou, Judai's super powered evil side so that O'Brien can make a proper heroic sacrifice.
* The death of Norris Packard in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam''. He dies destroying the Guntanks being escorted by the 08th Team, clearing an escape path for a ship full of wounded soldiers. Unfortunately, Ginias decides to punctuate his decent into madness by violating a temporary ceasefire, so the Federation retaliates by shooting down the ship with a sniper MS.
* A borderline case happens to Ran in a ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' movie where her, Conan, the Shonen Tantei, and other kids are trapped in a virtual world in 19th century London. Any one who get mortally wounded in game are deleted and the only ones left are Conan, Ran, and a random rich kid. Ran has just been captured by the in game Big Bad and a showdown between him and Conan begins on top of a moving train that is going out of control. Ran, remembering Shin'ichi words, decides to save the two boys by jumping off the train into the abyss, deleting herself and taking the big bad with her. Unfortunately, she inadvertently caused ''Conan'' to fall into a {{Heroic BSOD}} and took away the only means to save them and beat the game (They needed her extra strength to take out the bolt connecting the cars so that the car they were on slows down while the rest ends in oblivion.) It takes a DeusExMachina / ChekhovsGun to snap Conan out of it and save the day.
* In ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', both Blumehart and Patorichev die trying to protect Yang Wen-Li. Despite their efforts, Yang is shot and bleeds out before help arrives.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', legendary [[AnIcePerson ice mage]] Ur sacrifices her life (sort of) to seal the demon Deliora in unbreakable, unmeltable ice for eternity. Since Deliora was a rampaging beast of destruction, that seems awfully noble of her--until you recall that the ''reason'' she did this was to snap one of her two pupils out of his RevengeBeforeReason obsession. It worked--only for the ''other'' pupil to head down a similarly destructive path after her sacrifice.
** Many, ''many'' chapters later, it actually helps out. Ultear, her true daughter, finds out that her mother has become one with the ice and can reconcile with her due to being separated for genetic experiments and the scientists lying to Ur's face that her daughter was dead.
* In ''OnePiece'' this is performed by the elite guards of Arabasta who drank the ''hero water'' (a drink that makes you incredible powerful at cost of killing you in 5 minutes) just to save the princess from the BigBad. He just stood on the rooftop of palace and waited until they died, unwilling to fight against them just because they did it.
** A non-lethal, comical variant, where if Luffy fell into the water, Chopper, followed by Brook, would jump in to rescue him, forgetting that they are also Devil Fruit users and cannot swim either. Zoro or another crewmate usually saves them each time.
* In the second episode of ''CodeGeass R2'', Urabe [[SelfDestructMechanism self-destructs]] his [[HumongousMecha Knightmare Frame]] in order to defeat the seemingly-invincible opponent Knightmare (or, at the very least, to buy time for Zero and Kallen to get away from it). Unfortunately, Urabe had no way of knowing that his opponent possessed a power which lets him (subjectively) [[TimeStandsStill stop time]], allowing him to avoid the brunt of the explosion.
* [[BigBad Apocalymon]] from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' ''tries'' to pull a TakingYouWithMe to destroy both worlds with him but the Digivices manage to contain the explosion, meaning the only thing he accomplished was killing himself.
* 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.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Kyoko sacrifices herself so that Sayaka, who had transformed into the witch Oktavia von Seckendorff, would not die alone. The original plan was to try and get Sayaka to revert back to herself by using Madoka, her best friend. They quickly find out that no, Sayaka isn't in that monster and starts attacking them. Kyoko sacrifices herself so that Madoka and Homura can escape. We later find out that this plan was set in motion by Kyubey, who [[CannotTellALie cunningly employed half-truths]] to let Kyoko believe that Sayaka could be saved (which, in actuality, was hopeless). Now that all of the other magical girls are dead, Homura is the only one who can fight [[BigBad Walpurgis Night,]] the ultimate witch who cannot be defeated by a single magical girl. And so now, what will Madoka have to do that Homura has been trying to prevent the whole series in order to save her home? Become a magical girl, of course. JustAsPlanned.

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* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'', Henken uses PlayedForLaughs during the battleship ''Radish'' as a shield Sky Dodge game in an attempt ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaInnocent''. Ouchama attempts to save Emma and [[TakingTheBullet block the Gundam Mk-II from Yazan and his Hambrabi. Yazan kills him and later kills Emma.
* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'' there are a few examples but the most egregious by far is [[TeamDad Oliver Inoue]]'s, who manages to destroy a [[MidSeasonUpgrade V2 Gundam]] to deal negligible damage to the enemy, leaving behind a pregnant wife.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'', season one. Neil Dylandy, the original Lockon Stratos, combines this with essentially his CrowningMomentOfAwesome. It was tough to swallow, but forgivable... until Ali Al-Saachez returns in season two, with no preamble, and more sadistic than ever.
** Even if it didn't finish him off, it did take him out
dodge ball heading]] for the rest of the season, which in turn allowed the rest of Celestial Being to survive the final battle. On the other hand if Lockon had saved himself he might have lived a few more days but defenseless Levi with Ali's help the UN forces would have exterminated Celestial Being and everyone would have died anyway.
** A second example comes in the form of Lichtendal who dies trying to save Christina when the Ptolemaios blows up. It's too bad Christina's injuries are too severe and she ends up dying moments after anyways. [[LetThemDieHappy She lets Lichty think he succeeded, and manages to hold on long enough that she dies after he does.]]
* ''FushigiYuugi'' has a huge TearJerker in the form of the death of Nuriko. Rather than simply wait for Mitsukake, who could have cleared up his injuries with a touch, he decides to use the last of his strength to move a huge boulder, and dies of the strain. The reason it's a SenselessSacrifice? ''The boulder isn't actually blocking the cave entrance it's in front of''. There's enough room to just ''walk around it''. There are even skeletons already ''inside'' the cave when the rest of the Seishi finally get in!
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' opens with a senseless sacrifice by the main character. It appears as though he saved a child from being run over, but the GrimReaper later remarks that the car would have veered out of the way if not for the confusion of Yusuke jumping into the street to push the child out of the way.
** To add insult to injury, the child actually took more damage from being pushed onto the ground than he would have taken otherwise. NiceJobBreakingItHero.
--->'''Botan:''' "The kid would've survived without a scratch without your intervention, but thanks to your meddling, the kid gets scraped up, and you ''die.'' Haha, way to go, moron!"
*** Subverted however, in that while the sacrifice was useless in its intended purpose, it ultimately allowed Yusuke to turn his life around (once he got it ''[[BackFromTheDead back]],'' of course).
*** It also gave him the opportunity to come back in the first place. The powers that be never expected someone like Yusuke to save a kid at the cost of his own life, so he wasn't supposed to die at that time. It's the only reason Yusuke was given the chance to earn a resurrection.
* In the manga version of ''Manga/ElfenLied'', doomed clumsy girl Kisaragi is informed by Kurama that she must be sacrificed in order to kill Lucy, who has taken
her hostage. She agrees to this readily, owing to her deep feelings for her boss. Arguably, the anime, wherein Lucy simply kills her ASAP, leaving a dumb look on the poor girl's floating severed head, owns the shock value. But when Lucy is able to use her hostage's death to confuse things just enough to help ensure her escape, she does not hesitate to taunt the hell out of Kurama, stating 'Her Death Was Useless!'.
** Though Kisaragi's death ''does'' inspire Kurama not to try sacrifice anyone else to stop Lucy. This ends up saving Nana's life later.
* Jim Crocodile Cook in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. It's not ''entirely'' pointless, but it only reveals the strengths and weaknesses of Haou, Judai's super powered evil side so that O'Brien can make a proper heroic sacrifice.
* The death of Norris Packard in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam''. He dies destroying the Guntanks being escorted by the 08th Team, clearing an escape path for a ship full of wounded soldiers. Unfortunately, Ginias decides to punctuate his decent into madness by violating a temporary ceasefire, so the Federation retaliates by shooting down the ship with a sniper MS.
* A borderline case happens to Ran in a ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' movie where her, Conan, the Shonen Tantei, and other kids are trapped in a virtual world in 19th century London. Any one who get mortally wounded in game are deleted and the only ones left are Conan, Ran, and a random rich kid. Ran has just been captured by the in game Big Bad and a showdown between him and Conan begins on top of a moving train that is going out of control. Ran, remembering Shin'ichi words, decides to save the two boys by jumping off the train into the abyss, deleting herself and taking the big bad with her. Unfortunately, she inadvertently caused ''Conan'' to fall into a {{Heroic BSOD}} and took away the only means to save them and beat the game (They needed her extra strength to take out the bolt connecting the cars so that the car they were on slows down while the rest ends in oblivion.) It takes a DeusExMachina / ChekhovsGun to snap Conan out of it and save the day.
* In ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', both Blumehart and Patorichev die trying to protect Yang Wen-Li. Despite their efforts, Yang is shot and bleeds out before help arrives.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', legendary [[AnIcePerson ice mage]] Ur sacrifices her life (sort of) to seal the demon Deliora in unbreakable, unmeltable ice for eternity. Since Deliora was a rampaging beast of destruction, that seems awfully noble of her--until you recall that the ''reason'' she did this was to snap one of her two pupils out of his RevengeBeforeReason obsession. It worked--only for the ''other'' pupil to head down a similarly destructive path after her sacrifice.
** Many, ''many'' chapters later, it actually helps out. Ultear, her true daughter, finds out that her mother has become one
body, with the ice and can reconcile with her due to being separated for genetic experiments and scene playing out in dramatic fashion... except [[SuperDeformed Ouchama's body]] is roughly around the scientists lying to Ur's face that her daughter was dead.
* In ''OnePiece'' this is performed by the elite guards of Arabasta who drank the ''hero water'' (a drink that makes you incredible powerful at cost of killing you in 5 minutes) just to save the princess from the BigBad. He just stood on the rooftop of palace and waited until they died, unwilling to fight against them just because they did it.
** A non-lethal, comical variant, where if Luffy fell into the water, Chopper, followed by Brook, would jump in to rescue him, forgetting that they are also Devil Fruit users and cannot swim either. Zoro or another crewmate usually saves them each time.
* In the second episode of ''CodeGeass R2'', Urabe [[SelfDestructMechanism self-destructs]] his [[HumongousMecha Knightmare Frame]] in order to defeat the seemingly-invincible opponent Knightmare (or, at the very least, to buy time for Zero and Kallen to get away from it). Unfortunately, Urabe had no way of knowing that his opponent possessed a power which lets him (subjectively) [[TimeStandsStill stop time]], allowing him to avoid the brunt
size of the explosion.
* [[BigBad Apocalymon]] from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' ''tries''
super-charged ball so the ball comically smacks her away with barely any momentum loss, leading to pull a TakingYouWithMe to destroy both worlds with him but the Digivices manage to contain the explosion, meaning the only thing he accomplished was killing himself.
* During the Eclipse in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', both Pippin and Judeau make {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s to save Casca from
of them getting killed and eaten by the ravening demons after Griffith marks them and everyone else with the Brand eliminated.
-->'''Levi''': Say it ain't so, Ouchama~!
* Weiss Winterprison
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.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Kyoko
''LightNovel/MagicalGirlRaisingProject'' sacrifices herself so that Sayaka, who had transformed into the witch Oktavia von Seckendorff, would not die alone. The original plan was to try and get Sayaka to revert back to let Sister Nana escape. One episode later, Nana hangs herself with Winterprison's own scarf, too broken by using Madoka, her best friend. They quickly find lover's death.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', several secondary characters end up TakingTheBullet for Negi's class during Cosmo Entelecheia's attack at the ball, getting wiped from existence for their troubles. Then it turns
out that no, Sayaka isn't the girls weren't in that monster and starts attacking them. Kyoko sacrifices herself so that Madoka and Homura can escape. We later find out that this plan was set in motion by Kyubey, who [[CannotTellALie cunningly employed half-truths]] to let Kyoko believe that Sayaka could be saved (which, in actuality, was hopeless). Now that all any danger, since the attacks only work on natives of the other magical girls are dead, Homura Magical World. The worst, by far, is Emily protecting Yue. She ends up getting grazed by an attack while pushing Yue out of the way, only one who can fight [[BigBad Walpurgis Night,]] for another attacker to shoot straight through Yue to get to her. [[spoiler: Fortunately, they all get better when Asuna uses the ultimate witch who cannot be defeated by a single magical girl. And so now, what will Madoka have to do that Homura has been trying to prevent Code of the whole series in order to save her home? Become a magical girl, of course. JustAsPlanned.Lifemaker.]]



* Deconstructed in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. While the story acknowledges that sometimes one person's death can save many lives, it also tears into the idea of self-sacrifice as ennobling someone at all. There is no such thing as a dignified death (because being eaten by a Titan is an utterly nightmarish way to die), and anyone who tries to sacrifice themselves for the sake of others gets quickly outed as a narcissistic wastrel: essentially, they want to be remembered as brave heroes while taking the coward's way out.
** A rare inversion occurs in chapter 50 where Hannes protects Eren and Mikasa and dies in the process, but his death is the main catalyst for the activation of Eren's new power.
*** The very existence of the Survey Corps is a subversion. Yes, excursions are basically throwing mud at the wall and hoping something sticks with every throw costing about a hundred lives, but even before wall Maria was breached humanity's prospects were so bad getting a hundred people killed on the off chance they get a hold of something important was worth it. Best case, they find something to stop the titans, worst case, fewer mouths to feed.
* While the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross'' anime ends with a HeroicSacrifice that leads to a rather [[GainaxEnding ambiguous ending,]] its American incarnation as the middle segment of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' turns this into a straight-up tragic failure which only helps the Invid locate Earth that much faster.
* The death of Domel in ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199''. He blows himself up to take down the ''Yamato'' for the purpose of giving his men's deaths a sense... And the ''Yamato'' manages to reactivate the [[DeflectorShields wave motion shields]] just in time, surviving the explosion with a scratched paintjob.
* Smith's sacrifice for Weed in ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' (protecting him from P4 until they get buried under a rockslide) becomes nothing when P4 shows up before the other dogs with [[NoSell barely a scratch]].

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* Deconstructed in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. While ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** In
the story acknowledges that sometimes one person's death can save series, there's Rei II's death, although "[[WeHaveReserves if she died, she could be replaced!]]" thanks to cloning. Aside from that, SenselessSacrifice basically sums up the entire plot of ''End Of Evangelion'': so many lives, it also tears into the idea of self-sacrifice as ennobling someone at all. There is no such thing as a dignified death (because being eaten by a Titan is an utterly nightmarish way to die), and anyone who tries to sacrifice themselves so much to prevent Instrumentality, and it happens anyway. On the other hand, Gendo has made countless sacrifices to achieve Instrumentality, only for his son to reject it, and there's still the sake of others gets quickly outed as a narcissistic wastrel: essentially, they want to be remembered as brave heroes while taking possibility the coward's way out.
** A rare inversion occurs in chapter 50 where Hannes protects Eren
rest of humanity will as well, so maybe it's a SenselessSacrifice all around.
*** At least Rei destroyed an Angel
and Mikasa and dies in saved Shinji. That has to count for something.
** In
the process, but his death is the main catalyst for the activation of Eren's new power.
*** The
very existence of first episode:
--->'''General 1:''' We sacrificed a whole city for nothing...
--->'''General 3:''' Damned monster!
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** This is performed by
the Survey Corps is a subversion. Yes, excursions are basically throwing mud at elite guards of Arabasta who drank the wall and hoping something sticks with every throw costing about a hundred lives, but even before wall Maria was breached humanity's prospects were so bad getting a hundred people killed ''hero water'' (a drink that makes you incredible powerful at cost of killing you in 5 minutes) just to save the princess from the BigBad. He just stood on the off chance they get a hold rooftop of something important was worth it. Best case, they find something to stop the titans, worst case, fewer mouths to feed.
* While the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross'' anime ends with a HeroicSacrifice that leads to a rather [[GainaxEnding ambiguous ending,]] its American incarnation as the middle segment of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' turns this into a straight-up tragic failure which only helps the Invid locate Earth that much faster.
* The death of Domel in ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199''. He blows himself up to take down the ''Yamato'' for the purpose of giving his men's deaths a sense... And the ''Yamato'' manages to reactivate the [[DeflectorShields wave motion shields]] just in time, surviving the explosion with a scratched paintjob.
* Smith's sacrifice for Weed in ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' (protecting him from P4
palace and waited until they get buried under a rockslide) becomes nothing when P4 shows up before died, unwilling to fight against them just because they did it.
** A non-lethal, comical variant, where if Luffy fell into
the other dogs with [[NoSell barely a scratch]].water, Chopper, followed by Brook, would jump in to rescue him, forgetting that they are also Devil Fruit users and cannot swim either. Zoro or another crewmate usually saves them each time.



* Jonathan Joestar's sacrifice in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 1 becomes moot when Dio possesses his body and returns as the BigBad of Part 3 anyway. However, this did save his unborn son, starting the [=JoJo=] legacy capable of defeating Dio.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', several secondary characters end up TakingTheBullet for Negi's class during Cosmo Entelecheia's attack at the ball, getting wiped from existence for their troubles. Then it turns out that the girls weren't in any danger, since the attacks only work on natives of the Magical World. The worst, by far, is Emily protecting Yue. She ends up getting grazed by an attack while pushing Yue out of the way, only for another attacker to shoot straight through Yue to get to her. [[spoiler: Fortunately, they all get better when Asuna uses the Code of the Lifemaker.]]
* PlayedForLaughs during the Sky Dodge game in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaInnocent''. Ouchama attempts to [[TakingTheBullet block the dodge ball heading]] for the defenseless Levi with her body, with the scene playing out in dramatic fashion... except [[SuperDeformed Ouchama's body]] is roughly around the size of the super-charged ball so the ball comically smacks her away with barely any momentum loss, leading to both of them getting eliminated.
-->'''Levi''': Say it ain't so, Ouchama~!
* Weiss Winterprison of ''LightNovel/MagicalGirlRaisingProject'' sacrifices herself to let Sister Nana escape. One episode later, Nana hangs herself with Winterprison's own scarf, too broken by her lover's death.

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* Jonathan Joestar's sacrifice in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 1 becomes moot when Dio possesses his body and returns as the BigBad of Part 3 anyway. However, this did save his unborn son, starting the [=JoJo=] legacy capable of defeating Dio.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', several secondary characters end up TakingTheBullet for Negi's class during Cosmo Entelecheia's attack at the ball, getting wiped from existence for their troubles. Then it turns out that the girls weren't in any danger, since the attacks only work on natives of the Magical World. The worst, by far, is Emily protecting Yue. She ends up getting grazed by an attack while pushing Yue out of the way, only for another attacker to shoot straight through Yue to get to her. [[spoiler: Fortunately, they all get better when Asuna uses the Code of the Lifemaker.]]
* PlayedForLaughs during the Sky Dodge game in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaInnocent''. Ouchama attempts to [[TakingTheBullet block the dodge ball heading]] for the defenseless Levi with her body, with the scene playing out in dramatic fashion... except [[SuperDeformed Ouchama's body]] is roughly around the size of the super-charged ball so the ball comically smacks her away with barely any momentum loss, leading to both of them getting eliminated.
-->'''Levi''': Say it ain't so, Ouchama~!
* Weiss Winterprison of ''LightNovel/MagicalGirlRaisingProject''
''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Kyoko sacrifices herself so that Sayaka, who had transformed into the witch Oktavia von Seckendorff, would not die alone. The original plan was to let Sister Nana try and get Sayaka to revert back to herself by using Madoka, her best friend. They quickly find out that no, Sayaka isn't in that monster and starts attacking them. Kyoko sacrifices herself so that Madoka and Homura can escape. One episode later, Nana hangs herself with Winterprison's own scarf, too broken We later find out that this plan was set in motion by Kyubey, who [[CannotTellALie cunningly employed half-truths]] to let Kyoko believe that Sayaka could be saved (which, in actuality, was hopeless). Now that all of the other magical girls are dead, Homura is the only one who can fight [[BigBad Walpurgis Night,]] the ultimate witch who cannot be defeated by a single magical girl. And so now, what will Madoka have to do that Homura has been trying to prevent the whole series in order to save her lover's death.home? Become a magical girl, of course. JustAsPlanned.


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* In ''Manga/ShamanKing'' a trio of X LAWS sacrifice themselves to tell their comrades the weakness of the BigBad, Hao. Before they die and reveal Hao's weakness, Hao himself reveals his secret shocking everybody.
* The death of Domel in ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199''. He blows himself up to take down the ''Yamato'' for the purpose of giving his men's deaths a sense... And the ''Yamato'' manages to reactivate the [[DeflectorShields wave motion shields]] just in time, surviving the explosion with a scratched paintjob.
%%* Kouki in ''Anime/StarshipOperators''.
* While the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross'' anime ends with a HeroicSacrifice that leads to a rather [[GainaxEnding ambiguous ending,]] its American incarnation as the middle segment of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' turns this into a straight-up tragic failure which only helps the Invid locate Earth that much faster.
* Miyuki/Rapier in ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'' self-destructed to try to take out Sword, Lance, and Axe. It didn't work, although she ''did'' force them to retreat, so it's only a partial example.
* Jim Crocodile Cook in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. It's not ''entirely'' pointless, but it only reveals the strengths and weaknesses of Haou, Judai's super powered evil side so that O'Brien can make a proper heroic sacrifice.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' opens with a senseless sacrifice by the main character. It appears as though he saved a child from being run over, but the GrimReaper later remarks that the car would have veered out of the way if not for the confusion of Yusuke jumping into the street to push the child out of the way. To add insult to injury, the child actually took more damage from being pushed onto the ground than he would have taken otherwise. NiceJobBreakingItHero.
--->'''Botan:''' "The kid would've survived without a scratch without your intervention, but thanks to your meddling, the kid gets scraped up, and you ''die.'' Haha, way to go, moron!"
** Subverted however, in that while the sacrifice was useless in its intended purpose, it ultimately allowed Yusuke to turn his life around (once he got it ''[[BackFromTheDead back]],'' of course). It also gave him the opportunity to come back in the first place. The powers that be never expected someone like Yusuke to save a kid at the cost of his own life, so he wasn't supposed to die at that time. It's the only reason Yusuke was given the chance to earn a resurrection.
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* Happens '''all''' the time in ''Franchise/DragonBall'': Mutenroshi (Who later in the Saiyan arc openly admits that such losses are both senseless and tragic) and Chiaotzu against King Piccolo, Chiaotzu ''again'' and Tenshinhan against Nappa, Vegeta against Majin Buu, and Krillin against Majin Buu. Of course, [[DeathIsCheap it's Dragon Ball]], so they all get better, but still.
** Android 16 didn't, sadly. His plan to bear hug Cell and just blow the living daylights out of him failed when it was revealed that his self-destruct mechanism was removed when Bulma reconstructed him. And by the look on Cell's eyes, it might, ''might'' have worked had he pulled it off. Although future developments (ie. Cell regenerating from a planet-destroying blast and coming back even stronger) suggest that this attempt was, sadly, ''very'' likely to have failed anyway.

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* Happens '''all''' the time in ''Franchise/DragonBall'': Mutenroshi (Who later (who later, in the Saiyan arc arc, openly admits that such losses are both senseless and tragic) and Chiaotzu against King Piccolo, Chiaotzu ''again'' and Tenshinhan against Nappa, Vegeta against Majin Buu, and Krillin against Majin Buu. Of course, [[DeathIsCheap it's Dragon Ball]], so they all get better, but still.
** Android 16 didn't, sadly. His plan to bear hug Cell and just blow the living daylights out of him failed when it was revealed that his self-destruct mechanism was removed when Bulma reconstructed him. And by the look on Cell's eyes, it might, ''might'' have worked had he pulled it off. Although future developments (ie.(i.e. Cell regenerating from a planet-destroying blast and coming back even stronger) suggest that this attempt was, sadly, ''very'' likely to have failed anyway.
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* In ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'', Denzel Liones sacrifices all of his life energy to summon the goddess Nerobasta in a last ditch attempt to defeat the demons of the Ten Commandments. Unfortunately, when she arrives, she doesn't care about the humans and [[DirtyCoward attempts to escape]] when confronted by the demons, only to be quickly killed.
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* In Creator/RobinJarvis' ''[[Literature/DeptfordMice Deptford Mouselets]]'' book ''Whortle's Hope'', Virianna offers her own life to the evil rat goddess Mabb in exchange for her sparing Captain Fenny. Mabb agrees to take only one life... though [[ExactWords she doesn't specify whose]] and so tricks Virianna. Fenny dies anyway, and by Virianna's own hand, no less, as she unwittingly allowed Mabb to take control of her body. When Fenny's corpse is discovered by the woodlanders with the possessed Virianna dancing about it madly, they [[BurnTheWitch burn her as a witch]] in retribution for the crime she has seemingly committed.
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* ''FanFic/{{Fade}}'': [[spoiler:Rem dies for protecting Misa from a criminal. Except that criminal was being controlled by the Death Note and thus could not have harmed (seriously) harmed Misa, let alone kill her at any point -- it was a plot by L and Light to get rid of Rem. To drive the nail in further, Misa dies anyway, at the hands of L]].
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** A second example: Dies-Horribly accepts a DealWithTheDevil, trading his soul to the demon who guards the Orb of bloodlight so that Duv can have the orb and no more of her slaves will need to suffer. Turns out, the Demon's promise relied on ExactWords, and all he gets for his soul is a worthless ball of blue stone. At least he got his soul and life back after the demon realized that Die's arm had a soul of it's own, thus meaning it had breached their contract.

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** A second example: Dies-Horribly accepts a DealWithTheDevil, trading his soul to the demon who guards the Orb of bloodlight so that Duv can have the orb and no more of her slaves will need to suffer. Turns out, suffer... but the Demon's demon's promise relied on of "one soul for one orb" exploits ExactWords, and all he gets for his soul is a worthless ball of blue stone. At least [[spoiler:And then he got gets his soul and life back after when it's revealed that his living-metal arm has a soul of its own, meaning the demon realized that Die's arm had a soul of it's own, thus meaning it had breached their contract.has inadvertently violated its own promise.]]
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* When the Russian terrorists first hijack ''Film/AirForceOne'', it's pilots do everything in their power to land the plane at Ramstein Air Base.Even after the terrorists break into the cabin, execute the pilot for not following their instructions and put a gun to the co-pilot's head, [[DefiantToTheEnd the co-pilot never breaks and continues the landing sequence, getting himself killed as well]]. Despite this, they still almost manage to ruin the terrorists' plan before it could even really begin, since they had the plane grounded and slowing, but unfortunately, the terrorists had brought their own pilot, who, with some difficulty, is able to get the plane off the ground again and escape Ramstein air space, letting them resume their hijacking.

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* When the Russian terrorists first hijack ''Film/AirForceOne'', it's pilots do everything in their power to land the plane at Ramstein Air Base. Even after the terrorists break into the cabin, execute the pilot for not following their instructions and put a gun to the co-pilot's head, [[DefiantToTheEnd the co-pilot never breaks and continues the landing sequence, getting himself killed as well]]. Despite this, they still almost manage to ruin the terrorists' plan before it could even really begin, since they had the plane grounded and slowing, but unfortunately, the terrorists had brought their own pilot, who, with some difficulty, is able to get the plane off the ground again and escape Ramstein air space, letting them resume their hijacking.
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* In ''EternalDarkness,'' most of the chapters apparently end with this. It seems like a bunch of ShootTheShaggyDog stories, even the [[DownerEnding ending]]. That is until the third playthough. Mantorok the corpse god set up a 2000 year {{plan}} to defeat the other 3 gods, but it had to be done in three [[AlternateUniverse parallel realities]]. So when the player beats the game for the third time, it is revealed that with each god weakened in one timeline, it's rival can kill it, but because all 3 are weakened, they kill each other simultaneously!

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* In ''EternalDarkness,'' ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness,'' most of the chapters apparently end with this. It seems like a bunch of ShootTheShaggyDog stories, even the [[DownerEnding ending]]. That is until the third playthough. Mantorok the corpse god set up a 2000 year {{plan}} to defeat the other 3 gods, but it had to be done in three [[AlternateUniverse parallel realities]]. So when the player beats the game for the third time, it is revealed that with each god weakened in one timeline, it's rival can kill it, but because all 3 are weakened, they kill each other simultaneously!
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* One issue of Marvel's ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' series had Scrap Iron fire a missile at a wrecked car with people inside. The Soft Master (who was trying to save the trapped people) intercepts the missile and gets blown up himself. Unfortunately, Scrap Iron has a second missile which he uses.

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* One issue of Marvel's ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' series had Scrap Iron fire a missile at a wrecked car with people inside. The inside, in order to get the Soft Master[[note]]Storm Shadow's uncle, who was attempting to escape the Cobra-controlled town of Springfield after having learned the truth about the murder of his brother the Hard Master (who was trying years earlier[[/note]], who had stopped to attempt to save the trapped people) intercepts the missile and gets blown up himself. Unfortunately, people. Having eliminated his primary target, Scrap Iron has a fired his second missile which he uses.on the car anyway, after Firefly confirmed there should be no witnesses.
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