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22nd Aug '16 2:10:44 AM SparkyLurkdragon
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* DefiedTrope in ''Videogame/MetroidFusion'', where Samus is ready to make a HeroicSacrifice to defeat the X-Parasite that threatens the galaxy, but is called out on it by "Adam", her A.I. commanding officer.

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* DefiedTrope in ''Videogame/MetroidFusion'', where Samus is ready to make a HeroicSacrifice to defeat the X-Parasite X Parasites that threatens threaten the galaxy, but is called out on it by "Adam", her A.I. commanding officer.
6th Aug '16 3:22:47 PM nombretomado
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* [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family]] also exhibited this trope. After the character was bought by DC Comics and folded into the DCUniverse, he became a more extreme version of this to even Superman. The best way to sum it up is that unlike Captain Marvel, Superman had the added pressure of being the world's most famous and most beloved superhero. People looked up to him and always came to him for help, and thus he had more incentive to find a solution--''any'' solution. Captain Marvel, on the other hand, did what he felt was right no matter what, even if it meant risking complete failure.

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* [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family]] also exhibited this trope. After the character was bought by DC Comics and folded into the DCUniverse, Franchise/DCUniverse, he became a more extreme version of this to even Superman. The best way to sum it up is that unlike Captain Marvel, Superman had the added pressure of being the world's most famous and most beloved superhero. People looked up to him and always came to him for help, and thus he had more incentive to find a solution--''any'' solution. Captain Marvel, on the other hand, did what he felt was right no matter what, even if it meant risking complete failure.
7th Jul '16 7:46:36 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* Leon Kennedy of ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series establishes himself to be this multiple times, willing to put the very fate of the world on the back-burner if it means helping someone in a bind. For instance, when Leon and his partner cross paths with a man looking for his daughter in the middle of a zombie outbreak:
-->'''Helena:''' "Leon, we don't have time for th--"
-->'''Leon:''' "Then we're ''making'' the time."
4th Jul '16 10:58:28 AM DrImpossible
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* WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack suffers from ChronicHeroSyndrome and will always stop to help anyone in need, even if it means sacrificing [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption yet another chance]] to achieve his ultimate goal of going back to the past and [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong preventing Aku from taking over the world]]. The worst part is that if he actually ''did'' go back to the past and defeat Aku, it's highly likely that in a future without Aku in charge, none of those people would have even needed Jack's help in the first place. Of course, they're suffering ''right now'', while his defeating Aku is in the future; he trusts that, no matter how many chances he loses, at some point destiny will bring him back to the past.

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* WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack suffers from ChronicHeroSyndrome and will always stop to help anyone in need, even if it means sacrificing [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption yet another chance]] to achieve his ultimate goal of going back to the past and [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong preventing Aku from taking over the world]]. The worst part is that if he actually ''did'' go back to the past and defeat Aku, it's highly likely that in a future without Aku in charge, none of those people would have even needed Jack's help in the first place. Of course, they're suffering ''right now'', while his defeating Aku is in the his future; he trusts that, no matter how many chances he loses, at some point destiny will bring him back to the past.
4th Jul '16 10:53:14 AM DrImpossible
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', this is a big part of how Harry Dresden's ChronicHeroSyndrome manifests itself and gets him in trouble, to the point his enemy mockingly gives him a gravestone with the epitaph reading "He died doing the right thing." It's most noticeable in [[Literature/GravePeril the third book]], when he was given said gravestone by the big bad, when he's forced into a SadisticChoice between stopping a vampire from sacrificing an innocent girl that would also [[spoiler:unmake a holy sword that contains one of the nails that pierced Christ and once given the name ''Excalibur'']] and starting an all-out war between two of the most powerful magical factions on earth. He chooses to save the girl, and the resulting war is a central plot element for the next eight books in the series.

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', this is a big part of how Harry Dresden's ChronicHeroSyndrome manifests itself and gets him in trouble, to the point his enemy mockingly gives him a gravestone with the epitaph reading "He died doing the right thing." It's most noticeable in [[Literature/GravePeril the third book]], when he was given said gravestone by the big bad, when he's forced into a SadisticChoice between stopping a vampire from sacrificing an innocent girl that would also [[spoiler:unmake a holy sword that contains one of the nails that pierced Christ and once given the name ''Excalibur'']] and not starting an all-out war between two of the most powerful magical factions on earth. He chooses to save the girl, and the resulting war is a central plot element for the next eight books in the series.
4th Jul '16 10:51:59 AM DrImpossible
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* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Clark ''refuses'' to not help people, even if it [[DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp means blowing his secret]]. Though he agrees with his father that keeping his secret is ForTheGreaterGood, he will risk it for something as "small" as stopping a drunk from leching an unwilling woman.
** This continues in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', though there the issue becomes him doing good at ''all'', given the potential political and social ramifications of his action and very existence now that he's gone public. In the end though, he decides that not saving people will cause at least as much harm, so on balance, he should continue to help.

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* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Clark ''refuses'' to not help people, even if it [[DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp means blowing his secret]]. Though he agrees with his father that keeping his secret is ForTheGreaterGood, he will risk it for something as "small" as stopping a drunk from leching an unwilling woman.
** This continues in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', though there the issue becomes him doing good at ''all'', given the potential political and social ramifications of his action and very existence now that he's gone public. In the end though, he decides that not saving people will cause at least as much harm, so on balance, he should continue to help.
4th Jul '16 10:50:25 AM DrImpossible
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** Almost let said Nazi get away with the SuperSerum that created him, just to save that child from drowning. Subverted when the child yells, "I can swim! Go get 'im!"

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** Almost let said Nazi get away with the SuperSerum that created him, just to save that child from drowning. Subverted when Luckily the child yells, "I can swim! Go get 'im!"
4th Jul '16 10:49:11 AM DrImpossible
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* ''Comicbook/{{Shazam}}:'' Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family also exhibited this trope. After the character was bought by DC Comics and folded into the DCUniverse, he became a more extreme version of this to even Superman. The best way to sum it up is that unlike Captain Marvel, Superman had the added pressure of being the world's most famous and most beloved superhero. People looked up to him and always came to him for help, and thus he had more incentive to find a solution--''any'' solution. Captain Marvel, on the other hand, did what he felt was right no matter what, even if it meant risking complete failure.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Shazam}}:'' [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family Family]] also exhibited this trope. After the character was bought by DC Comics and folded into the DCUniverse, he became a more extreme version of this to even Superman. The best way to sum it up is that unlike Captain Marvel, Superman had the added pressure of being the world's most famous and most beloved superhero. People looked up to him and always came to him for help, and thus he had more incentive to find a solution--''any'' solution. Captain Marvel, on the other hand, did what he felt was right no matter what, even if it meant risking complete failure.



* DC's [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] is most definitely this. He does his best to save as many people as he can, but doesn't impose his will on the world. He's seen the dangers of what happens when someone like Black Adam loses touch with their humanity and starts acting like a god. This was especially made evident in the animated WesternAnimation/SupermanShazamTheReturnOfBlackAdam . When Adam has a hostage, Cap is willing to turn back into his moral form if Adam will spare her life, knowing that doing so will mean his own death. Unfortunately, Adam tries to kill Billy and the hostage, but luckily Superman makes the save. Unluckily for Black Adam, [[BewareTheNiceOnes that also made Billy angry]]. [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown It didn't end well for Adam]].
* Invoked by Marvel comic book villain, [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} the Kingpin]]. He has a pattern of paying some costumed supervillain to menace the citizens in Location A, while a much more low-key operative undertook a theft from Location B. The heroes have become aware of the pattern, but aside from teaming up more frequently to 'be in two places at once' they've found it a hard move to counter.

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* DC's [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] is most definitely this. He does his best to save as many people as he can, but doesn't impose his will on the world. He's seen the dangers of what happens when someone like Black Adam loses touch with their humanity and starts acting like a god. This was especially made evident in the animated WesternAnimation/SupermanShazamTheReturnOfBlackAdam . When Adam has a hostage, Cap is willing to turn back into his moral form if Adam will spare her life, knowing that doing so will mean his own death. Unfortunately, Adam tries to kill Billy and the hostage, but luckily Superman makes the save. Unluckily for Black Adam, [[BewareTheNiceOnes that also made Billy angry]]. [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown It didn't end well for Adam]].
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Utilised by Marvel comic book villain, [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} the Kingpin]]. He has a pattern of paying some costumed supervillain to menace the citizens in Location A, while a much more low-key operative undertook a theft from Location B. The heroes have become aware of the pattern, but aside from teaming up more frequently to 'be in two places at once' they've found it a hard move to counter.
4th Jul '16 10:44:03 AM DrImpossible
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** In Creator/FrankMiller's ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'', Superman actually ''rejects'' this philosophy in the end, accepting that pretending to be a man is wrong when it's ''clear'' you aren't one, and that with great power... [[ComesGreatResponsibility yadda yadda]].

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** In Creator/FrankMiller's ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'', Superman actually supposedly ''rejects'' this philosophy in the end, accepting believing that pretending him "pretending" to be a man is wrong when it's ''clear'' you aren't one, wrong, and that with great power... [[ComesGreatResponsibility yadda yadda]].he is not really one... somehow.



** In the animated adaptation it becomes a chilling case of OOCIsSeriousBusiness. Superman rescues a cat from a tree as per usual but proceeds to deliver an ominous almost threatening lecture about how he can't be wasting his time with little things like this. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. It was an evil clone.]]

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** In the animated adaptation it the aversion of this trope by [[spoiler: an evil clone of]] Superman becomes a chilling case of OOCIsSeriousBusiness. Superman rescues a cat from a tree as per usual but proceeds to deliver an ominous almost threatening lecture about how he can't be wasting his time with little things like this. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. It was an evil clone.]]
4th Jul '16 10:38:41 AM DrImpossible
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* In a CrapsackWorld, the FailureHero [[NiceJobBreakingItHero dooms a greater number of people than they saved]] or the good they did is [[ShaggyDogStory immediately undone by the evil they left alone.]] Even worse, they may cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished -- looks like somebody should have paid more attention to their [[GenreBlind genre.]]

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* In a CrapsackWorld, the FailureHero [[NiceJobBreakingItHero dooms a greater number of people than they saved]] or the good they did is [[ShaggyDogStory immediately undone by the evil they left alone.]] Even worse, they may cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished -- looks like somebody should have paid more attention to their [[GenreBlind genre.]]NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished.
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