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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!
13th Feb '17 8:40:32 AM Aribter-Nelson
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* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' we have Back Alley Brawler, a SuperCop/RetiredBadass who has punched out giant robots, traveled to other dimensions and is a veteran in that whole alien invasion thing that happened a few years back. Despite all this, he stepped down from his official station with the Freedom Phalanx and plies his time as a ByTheBookCop, stopping break-ins, car-jackings, arson, and purse-snatchers. He deliberately ignores the big crazy crimes now to help with everyday crimes because A. He has BigDamnHeroes on speed-dial anyway, B. It is good training for fledgling heroes and C. It is '''''really''''' easy for high-level supers to just ignore miss Daisy being robbed for the tenth time that day when they are off to stop doctor Insano from blowing up the world, so someone has to.

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* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' we have Back Alley Brawler, a SuperCop/RetiredBadass SuperCop / RetiredBadass who has punched out giant robots, traveled to other dimensions and is a veteran in that whole alien invasion thing that happened a few years back. Despite all this, he stepped down from his official station with the Freedom Phalanx and plies his time as a ByTheBookCop, stopping break-ins, car-jackings, arson, and purse-snatchers. He deliberately ignores the big crazy crimes now to help with everyday crimes because A. He has BigDamnHeroes on speed-dial anyway, B. It is good training for fledgling heroes and C. It is '''''really''''' easy for high-level supers to just ignore miss Daisy being robbed for the tenth time that day when they are off to stop doctor Insano from blowing up the world, so someone has to.
13th Feb '17 8:39:41 AM Aribter-Nelson
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* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' we have Back Alley Brawler, a SuperCop/RetiredBadass who has punched out giant robots, traveled to other dimensions and is a veteran in that whole alien invasion thing that happened a few years back. Despite all this, he stepped down from his official station with the Freedom Phalanx and plies his time as a ByTheBookCop, stopping break-ins, car-jackings, arson, and purse-snatchers. He deliberately ignores the big crazy crimes now to help with everyday crimes because A. He has BigDamnHeroes on speed-dial anyway, B. It is good training for fledgling heroes and C. It is '''''really''''' easy for high-level supers to just ignore miss Daisy being robbed for the tenth time that day when they are off to stop doctor Insano from blowing up the world, so someone has to.
23rd Jan '17 1:54:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* Sergeant Slaughter advocates this in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie'', where he refuses to leave a comrade behind even if it means he or the rest of the team will all die.
-->'''Sergeant Slaughter:''' We all go home, or ''NOBODY'' goes home!

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* Sergeant Slaughter advocates this in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie'', where he refuses to leave a comrade behind even if it means he or the rest of the team will all die.
-->'''Sergeant Slaughter:''' We all go home, or ''NOBODY'' goes home!
8th Jan '17 3:41:51 PM nombretomado
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* ComicBook/SpiderMan is usually this. An example comes in ''{{Ultimatum}}'', where ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan stays behind in Manhattan, rescuing any civilians drowning from the flooding of New York. Virtually every other hero quickly left New York to fight Magneto and Doctor Doom and save the world. Spider-Man was diving fathoms deep into the flooded streets of New York just to find one person to save and then diving right back down to find another. Watching Spider-Man do this is what finally convinces Ultimate Jameson that Spider-Man truly is a hero.

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* ComicBook/SpiderMan is usually this. An example comes in ''{{Ultimatum}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}'', where ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan stays behind in Manhattan, rescuing any civilians drowning from the flooding of New York. Virtually every other hero quickly left New York to fight Magneto and Doctor Doom and save the world. Spider-Man was diving fathoms deep into the flooded streets of New York just to find one person to save and then diving right back down to find another. Watching Spider-Man do this is what finally convinces Ultimate Jameson that Spider-Man truly is a hero.
21st Dec '16 6:51:46 PM H2SO4
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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.

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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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