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27th Mar '18 2:00:47 PM fighwitt
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* In ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'', ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} jeopardizes a ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} undercover mission to save an innocent girl.
-->'''Dev-Em:''' Frab the innocent! You endangered us all with your actions, Kara. Me. Laurel. Cham. Dawnstar. Yourself. If I'd been a hair later with my pickups, we'd have had Ar-Ual and Adam to deal with, too. Plus all of Zerox. Think you could take on a planet of magicians? By yourself?\\
'''Kara:''' Listen, Dev, and listen damn good. I am not a spy. I'm a super-heroine, and a Legionnaire, and a human being. Do you think I could have let a little girl die, at the hands of my own clone? Do you think I could ever have lived with myself if that happened?\\
'''Laurel:''' Kara's right, Dev. We can't abandon people in danger just because of your mission. Even one like this.
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12th Jan '18 4:06:12 AM Cryoclaste
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* ''SailorMoon'': Especially prominent in the Anime (Usagi was willing to get [[GoodIsNotSoft a bit rougher]] in the Manga), but while SailorMoon is willing to perform HeroicSacrifice after Heroic Sacrifice herself, she's loath to see anyone ''else'' die to save the world. Despite [[FridgeLogic the would-be sacrifice often being every bit as willing and eager as she usually was]], ''and'' [[WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou when she knew full well that]] [[TemporalParadox Crystal Tokyo depended on her survival]].

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* ''SailorMoon'': ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': Especially prominent in the Anime (Usagi was willing to get [[GoodIsNotSoft a bit rougher]] in the Manga), but while SailorMoon Sailor Moon is willing to perform HeroicSacrifice after Heroic Sacrifice herself, she's loath to see anyone ''else'' die to save the world. Despite [[FridgeLogic the would-be sacrifice often being every bit as willing and eager as she usually was]], ''and'' [[WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou when she knew full well that]] [[TemporalParadox Crystal Tokyo depended on her survival]].
13th Nov '17 1:01:30 PM Drawxne
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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': Lloyd Irving would put saving a single innocent life above the overarching quest to save the world. He never looks the other way when he saw people suffering and his gentle idealism gave everyone the courage to [[TakeAThirdOption look for another way to save their world without having to sacrifice their dear friend]].
--> '''Lloyd''': How can we go on a quest to regenerate the world if we canít even save the people standing right in front of us?

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': Lloyd Irving would put saving a single innocent life above the overarching quest to save the world. He never looks looked the other way when he saw people suffering and his gentle idealism gave everyone the courage to [[TakeAThirdOption look for another way to save their world without having to sacrifice their dear friend]].
--> '''Lloyd''': How can we go on a quest to regenerate the world if we canít even save the people standing right in front of us?us?!
22nd Oct '17 4:50:26 PM Vilui
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender:'' Katara, as laid out in an early episode of Book 3. The Gaang stumbles across a small village in the Fire Nation who rely on the lake they live on, which has been polluted by the local factory. Despite them being crunched for time (or so [[ObsessedAreTheListmakers Sokka claims]]), Katara intentionally makes it so that they stay long enough for her to help them. Then the local military unit blame the villages for their supplies going missing, and their factory going up. Katara refuses to leave the villagers be, even when Sokka insists otherwise. Even before then, the heroes always assert that overthrowing the Fire Lord is just the start, a big aspect of their journey is about making a difference and building a better tomorrow.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender:'' Katara, as laid out in an early episode of Book 3. The Gaang stumbles across a small village in the Fire Nation who rely on the lake they live on, which has been polluted by the local factory. Despite them being crunched for time (or so [[ObsessedAreTheListmakers Sokka claims]]), Katara intentionally makes it so that they stay long enough for her to help them. Then the local military unit blame the villages for their supplies going missing, and their factory going up. Katara refuses to leave the villagers be, alone, even when Sokka insists otherwise. Even before then, the heroes always assert that overthrowing the Fire Lord is just the start, a big aspect of their journey is about making a difference and building a better tomorrow.
13th Oct '17 5:09:45 AM Gess
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* {{Film/Warlock}}: At one point the heroes pin down the Warlock and are about to incapacitate him, but the villain takes an opportunity to curse a [[HeroicBystander farmer]] who was helping them, and [[TheWitchHunter Redfrene]] resolves to save him, although it means letting the Warlock (who's aiming at destroying the world) escape. Redfrene admits that it was inexcusable of him, but he simply couln't let the man die.
30th Jun '17 11:44:54 AM Gitman
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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1:'' A SadisticChoice is given at the end of the "Bring Down the Sky" DLC, in which Batarian terrorist Balak seeks to reignite a war with humanity by crashing an asteroid into a human colony. The Renegade option is to pursue and kill him, in which case he blows up his hostages but will no longer be a threat. Paragon Shepard chooses a Small Steps option, rescuing the hostages but allowing Balak to escape and continue his terrorist activities. If you choose the latter, it pays off in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3,'' where you meet him again and a reputation check lets you talk him into supporting the war effort against the Reapers.
14th Jun '17 1:59:20 AM Baeraad555
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* One interpretation of the First Ideal of the Knights Radiant from ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''. Every Radiant swears "Journey Before Destination", and this is explained to mean that the Radiant must never use the ends to justify the means. What matters is not where you are trying to go, but where your journey actually takes you.

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* One This trope crops up in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' in a few different ways.
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interpretation of the First Ideal of the Knights Radiant from ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''.Radiant. Every Radiant swears "Journey Before Destination", and this is explained to mean that the Radiant must never use the ends to justify the means. What matters is not where you are trying to go, but where your journey actually takes you.you.
** On a more immediate level, [[KnightInSourArmor Kaladin]] is a determined Small Steps Hero, who thinks everyone should do the immediate right thing at every turn and damn the consequences. In the second book in the series, this puts him in frequent conflict with [[BigGood Dalinar]], who tends to take the long view and look at what is politically achievable, and with [[LovableRogue Shallan]], who is perfectly happy to lie, scheme and steal as long as it serves the greater good.
27th Apr '17 4:19:49 AM Baeraad555
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* Commander Sam Vimes muses in ''Literature/FeetOfClay'' that he, in contrast to his big-picture-seeing boss Vetinari, is essentially "a small-picture man" who would prefer to do what is immediately right rather than to look to the greater good. However, he's painfully aware that that way of doing things ultimately doesn't work, whereas Vetinari's ruthless pragmatism does.

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* Commander Sam Vimes muses in ''Literature/FeetOfClay'' ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' that he, in contrast to his big-picture-seeing boss Vetinari, is essentially "a small-picture man" who would prefer to do what is immediately right rather than to look to the greater good. However, he's painfully aware that that way of doing things ultimately doesn't work, whereas Vetinari's ruthless pragmatism does.
27th Apr '17 4:01:08 AM Baeraad555
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* Commander Sam Vimes muses in ''Literature/FeetOfClay'' that he, in contrast to his big-picture-seeing boss Vetinari, is essentially "a small-picture man" who would prefer to do what is immediately right rather than to look to the greater good. However, he's painfully aware that that way of doing things ultimately doesn't work, whereas Vetinari's ruthless pragmatism does.
5th Apr '17 8:02:38 AM LentilSandEater
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-->'''Aang:''' I will never turn my back on people who need me!

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-->'''Aang:''' -->'''Katara:''' I will never turn my back on people who need me!
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