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One of the most important aspects of this trope, it only works if the person ''volunteers''. If anyone is ordered to be the sacrifice, then either someone's a villain or you're watching a dark comedy. Occasionally, [[MartyrWithoutACause a hero will volunteer]] and someone [[MoreExpendableThanYou more expendable]] will stop them.

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One of the most important aspects of this trope, trope: it only works if the person ''volunteers''. If anyone is ordered to be the sacrifice, then either someone's a villain or you're watching a dark comedy. Occasionally, [[MartyrWithoutACause a hero will volunteer]] and someone [[MoreExpendableThanYou more expendable]] will stop them.



** Ferro Lad sacrificed himself to destroy the Sun-Eater. This happened in both in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} comic book and the animated series; he also attempted it in the post-Zero Hour continuity but was intercepted.

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** Ferro Lad sacrificed himself to destroy the Sun-Eater. This happened in both in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} comic book and [[WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes the animated series; series]]; he also attempted it in the post-Zero Hour continuity but was intercepted.



* ''Comicbook/XMen''
** When Beast of the discovered the cure to the Legacy Virus, for some reason the first person to take it would die, but then it would spread throughout the world via air. Colossus took it and died. Don't worry, he got better.
** The Phoenix storyline started out with Jean Grey volunteering to get the X-Men back to earth by piloting an unshielded space shuttle through a lethal solar flare. What happened at that point is [[RetCon subject to debate]], but it's fair to say only a miracle kept her alive.

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* ''Comicbook/XMen''
''Comicbook/XMen'':
** When Beast of the discovered the cure to the Legacy Virus, for some reason the first person to take it would die, but then it would spread throughout the world via air. Colossus ComicBook/{{Colossus}} took it and died. Don't worry, he got better.
** The Phoenix storyline started out with Jean Grey ComicBook/JeanGrey volunteering to get the X-Men back to earth Earth by piloting an unshielded space shuttle through a lethal solar flare. What happened at that point is [[RetCon subject to debate]], but it's fair to say only a miracle kept her alive.



** Subverted and combined with Tonight Someone Dies in ComicBook/XStatix. The Anarchist chooses to stay behind on a shuttle (because only two people could escape from it) by using his sweat to manipulate a die roll. The subversion comes when they rescue him anyway. [[spoiler: Then The Spike and U-Go Girl die anyway]].
* An unusual villainous example: the alien Grandmaster once played a game (involving hero proxies fighting it out) with the incarnation of Death in order to bring his fellow Elder of the Universe, the Collector, back to life. Death didn't bother to inform him until the contest was over that the method involved required the Grandmaster to [[BalancingDeathsBooks die in his place]]. Being the universe's ultimate game addict (and a pretty good friend of the Collector), the Grandmaster went through with it.
* The whole deal was (or was later retconned into being anyway) part of a plan on The Grandmaster's part to ultimately [[spoiler: obtain true immortality for all of the Elders]].

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** Subverted and combined with Tonight Someone Dies in ComicBook/XStatix. The Anarchist chooses to stay behind on a shuttle (because only two people could escape from it) by using his sweat to manipulate a die roll. The subversion comes when they rescue him anyway. [[spoiler: Then The Spike and U-Go Girl die anyway]].
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* An unusual villainous example: example in ''ComicBook/ContestOfChampions'': the alien Grandmaster once played a game (involving hero proxies fighting it out) with the incarnation of Death in order to bring his fellow Elder of the Universe, the Collector, back to life. Death didn't bother to inform him until the contest was over that the method involved required the Grandmaster to [[BalancingDeathsBooks die in his place]]. Being the universe's ultimate game addict (and a pretty good friend of the Collector), the Grandmaster went through with it.
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it. The whole deal was (or was later retconned into being anyway) part of a plan on The Grandmaster's part to ultimately [[spoiler: obtain true immortality for all of the Elders]].



* Kinda subverted in the unpublished ending to ''[[{{Transformers}} Transformer: Universe, Featuring the Wreckers]].'' When their ship has been shot and is going down, Rodimus tells everyone to get out while he takes the controls. He gets knocked out by Skywarp, who then takes the controls instead while everyone else gets out. When the ship crashes they mourn the now dead Skywarp[[spoiler:...only for him appear behind them because he teleported out.]]

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* Kinda subverted in the unpublished ending to ''[[{{Transformers}} Transformer: Universe, Featuring the Wreckers]].'' When their ship has been shot and is going down, Rodimus tells everyone to get out while he takes the controls. He gets knocked out by Skywarp, who then takes the controls instead while everyone else gets out. When the ship crashes they mourn the now dead Skywarp[[spoiler:...only for him appear behind them because he teleported out.]]out]].



* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' - Spock's FinalSpeech comes after he saves the day, but he knew going into the radiation flooded engine room was certain death.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
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''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' - Spock's FinalSpeech comes after he saves the day, but he knew going into the radiation flooded engine room was certain death.



* In ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', [[spoiler: Nux ends up being the one to make a HeroicSacrifice to kill [[TheDragon Rictus]] and block the pass, trapping Joe's army in the process.]]

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* In ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', [[spoiler: Nux ends up being the one to make a HeroicSacrifice to kill [[TheDragon Rictus]] and block the pass, trapping Joe's army in the process.]]process]].



* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'': Harry learns that in order to defeat [[BigBad Voldemort]] he has to [[spoiler: sacrifice himself, as he has part of Voldemort's soul in him, and if he does not die then Voldemort will never be truly gone.]] Subverted in that he manages to do this but [[spoiler: [[NotQuiteDead doesn't stay dead]]]].

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* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'': Harry learns that in order to defeat [[BigBad Voldemort]] he has to [[spoiler: sacrifice himself, as he has part of Voldemort's soul in him, and if he does not die then Voldemort will never be truly gone.]] gone]]. Subverted in that he manages to do this but [[spoiler: [[NotQuiteDead doesn't stay dead]]]].



** In fact the first book explains that defeating [[{{Satan}} The Lone Power]] is perfectly possible but most of the time, SomeoneHasToDie (although sometimes it is in fact a different variation of HeroicSacrifice involved, one death is inevitable when you oppose the Lone Power).

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** In fact the first book explains that defeating [[{{Satan}} The Lone Power]] is perfectly possible but most of the time, SomeoneHasToDie someone has to die (although sometimes it is in fact a different variation of HeroicSacrifice involved, one death is inevitable when you oppose the Lone Power).



* The ''ComicBook/XMen[=/=]SpiderMan'' crossover novel series ''Time's Arrow'' resulted in an interesting double SomeoneHasToDie. At the beginning of the series, Cable is searching the timelines for his wife, dead in his own timeline, to have survived in a timeline where he didn't, so they can be together. He finally finds one. When the time comes to do the SomeoneHasToDie thing, he volunteers. His wife, of course, is the last to go, wanting a private moment...and then knocks him out, noting quietly how he never knew she was a "coward" who would take the easy way out in such a situation.

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* The ''ComicBook/XMen[=/=]SpiderMan'' ''ComicBook/XMen[=/=]Franchise/SpiderMan'' crossover novel series ''Time's Arrow'' resulted in an interesting double SomeoneHasToDie. example. At the beginning of the series, Cable ComicBook/{{Cable}} is searching the timelines for his wife, dead in his own timeline, to have survived in a timeline where he didn't, so they can be together. He finally finds one. When the time comes to do the SomeoneHasToDie thing, fulfill this trope, he volunteers. His wife, of course, is the last to go, wanting a private moment...and then knocks him out, noting quietly how he never knew she was a "coward" who would take the easy way out in such a situation.



* At the end of ''Literature/TheAtrocityArchive, someone has to stay behind to blow up the nuke manually [[spoiler:and cause a "fizzle"]]. [[spoiler:At the end of the book, he's suffering the effects of radiation poisoning and the outlook is not the best, but then ''The Jennifer Morgue'' confirms he survived; he shows up again as the leader of TheCavalry after the cat dies. Lampshaded in the RPG, where Bob notes that there had to be some potent magic involved to keep him alive, and wonders just what the cost was...]]

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* At the end of ''Literature/TheAtrocityArchive, ''Literature/TheAtrocityArchive'', someone has to stay behind to blow up the nuke manually [[spoiler:and cause a "fizzle"]]. [[spoiler:At "fizzle". At the end of the book, he's suffering the effects of radiation poisoning and the outlook is not the best, but then ''The Jennifer Morgue'' then]] ''Literature/TheJenniferMorgue'' confirms he survived; he shows up again as the leader of TheCavalry after the cat dies. Lampshaded in the RPG, where Bob notes that there had to be some potent magic involved to keep him alive, and wonders just what the cost was...]]



* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Has this big in their series finale. [[spoiler: Finch volunteers to do this to take out Samaritan, but is unknowingly directed to the wrong location, so that Reese can do it instead]].

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Has this big in their series finale. [[spoiler: Finch volunteers to do this to take out Samaritan, but is unknowingly directed to the wrong location, so that Reese can do it instead]].instead.]]



** In Season 7 it's less about someone having to die and more of someone having to go insane, but [[spoiler: Castiel finds out that Sam is too far gone for his powers to heal, so instead transfers Sam's insanity onto himself.]]

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** In Season 7 it's less about someone having to die and more of someone having to go insane, but [[spoiler: Castiel finds out that Sam is too far gone for his powers to heal, so instead transfers Sam's insanity onto himself.]]himself]].



* In an early episode of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', Hera binds Prometheus to a rock (apparently, in this reality, that didn't happen to him already) which robs humanity of the gifts he gave them, including fire and the ability to heal themselves (meaning even a wound as small as a paper cut could be deadly). Xena gets ahold of a sword capable of severing the chains, but then [[Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Hercules]] suddenly shows up to try to stop her, insisting on doing it himself. Gabriel and Iolaus think at first that the two are trying to show each other up, but then the true reason comes out: If the sword strikes something forged by Hephaestus, like the chains binding Prometheus, the one striking it is burned to ashes, meaning it can't be done without someone sacrificing himself. Xena is willing to knock Hercules out to prevent him from doing it, as she sees herself as more expendable, but [[spoiler:they are able to do it without either of them actually holding the sword, because ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks; well, actually, the only reason they managed to do it that way was because Hera sent some flying monsters to try to stop them, the fight giving them the right angle, so NiceJobFixingItVillain.]]

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* In an early episode of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', Hera binds Prometheus to a rock (apparently, in this reality, that didn't happen to him already) which robs humanity of the gifts he gave them, including fire and the ability to heal themselves (meaning even a wound as small as a paper cut could be deadly). Xena gets ahold of a sword capable of severing the chains, but then [[Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Hercules]] suddenly shows up to try to stop her, insisting on doing it himself. Gabriel and Iolaus think at first that the two are trying to show each other up, but then the true reason comes out: If the sword strikes something forged by Hephaestus, like the chains binding Prometheus, the one striking it is burned to ashes, meaning it can't be done without someone sacrificing himself. Xena is willing to knock Hercules out to prevent him from doing it, as she sees herself as more expendable, but [[spoiler:they are able to do it without either of them actually holding the sword, because ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks; well, actually, the only reason they managed to do it that way was because Hera sent some flying monsters to try to stop them, the fight giving them the right angle, so NiceJobFixingItVillain.]] NiceJobFixingItVillain]].



* In Season 4 of ''Series/BabylonFive'' Sheridan comes up with a way to draw the Shadows and the Vorlons into the same place, forcing a final confrontation between them (which would allow him to start another chain of events to end the war by TakingAThirdOption). The crux of the matter is luring the Shadows into the same place as the Vorlons. He needs a bait, and that would require someone to be destroyed while carrying fake plans to lure the Shadows. Thankfully, the Rangers fully understand the concept of sacrifice for the greater good, and one ship volunteers for the mission. They're allowed to put their affairs in order, and they carry out the mission exactly as planned, and the ruse works.

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* In Season 4 of ''Series/BabylonFive'' Sheridan comes up with a way to draw the Shadows and the Vorlons into the same place, forcing a final confrontation between them (which would allow him to start another chain of events to end the war by TakingAThirdOption).[[TakeAThirdOption taking a third option]]). The crux of the matter is luring the Shadows into the same place as the Vorlons. He needs a bait, and that would require someone to be destroyed while carrying fake plans to lure the Shadows. Thankfully, the Rangers fully understand the concept of sacrifice for the greater good, and one ship volunteers for the mission. They're allowed to put their affairs in order, and they carry out the mission exactly as planned, and the ruse works.



*** [[DoctorWhoS31E05FleshAndStone Later/earlier]], they both try to out-sacrifice each other before they [[TakeAThirdoption find a third option]].

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*** [[DoctorWhoS31E05FleshAndStone Later/earlier]], they both try to out-sacrifice each other before they [[TakeAThirdoption [[TakeAThirdOption find a third option]].



* Literature/TheBible: Jesus had to die and suffer punishment for mankind's sins, in order to make it possible for people to be saved and not have to suffer punishment for their own sins. [[BackFromTheDead His resurrection]] is proof that his sacrifice was sufficient.

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* Literature/TheBible: Jesus UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} had to die and suffer punishment for mankind's sins, in order to make it possible for people to be saved and not have to suffer punishment for their own sins. [[BackFromTheDead His resurrection]] is proof that his sacrifice was sufficient.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' drives most of its entire plot on this trope. Even though every member of the party (minus [[{{Undead}} Auron]]) volunteers to become the Final Aeon, Yuna won't let any of them die, and they end up killing [[{{Undead}} Yunalesca]], who offers this, along with the MacGuffin. Zig-zagged at the end of the game: [[spoiler:permanently putting an end to Sin means putting the fayth to rest, including not only the ones who create the aeons but also the multitude of fayth whose dreams create the illusory Zanarkand which Jecht and Tidus came from. This causes Tidus to disappear after the final battle, a fate he accepts.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' drives most of its entire plot on this trope. Even though every member of the party (minus [[{{Undead}} [[TheUndead Auron]]) volunteers to become the Final Aeon, Yuna won't let any of them die, and they end up killing [[{{Undead}} Yunalesca]], who offers this, along with the MacGuffin. Zig-zagged at the end of the game: [[spoiler:permanently putting an end to Sin means putting the fayth to rest, including not only the ones who create the aeons but also the multitude of fayth whose dreams create the illusory Zanarkand which Jecht and Tidus came from. This causes Tidus to disappear after the final battle, a fate he accepts.]]accepts]].



* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'', [[spoiler:Xion is sapping LifeEnergy from Roxas (through no fault of her own, it's because she's his OppositeSexClone) and if it continues he'll die. She ends up committing SuicideByCop to save him.]] Later, in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', [[spoiler:Roxas has to [[SplitPersonalityMerge merge]] with Sora so Sora can wake up from his year-long sleep. In this case it isn't really death, exactly, but he still treats it like one.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'', [[spoiler:Xion is sapping LifeEnergy from Roxas (through no fault of her own, it's because she's his OppositeSexClone) and if it continues he'll die. She ends up committing SuicideByCop to save him.]] him]]. Later, in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', [[spoiler:Roxas has to [[SplitPersonalityMerge merge]] with Sora so Sora can wake up from his year-long sleep. In this case it isn't really death, exactly, but he still treats it like one.]]one]].



** And in the prologue of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon]]'', you have to sacrifice one of your units to [[YouShallNotPass decoy Jiol away from Marth.]] [[spoiler: However, the sequel reveals this was actually {{subverted|Trope}}: Frey (who was the canon sacrifice) was attacked and LeftForDead, but survived and was rescued by nearby villagers. [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration Which explains why you couldn't revive him with Aum staff.]]]]

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** And in the prologue of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon]]'', you have to sacrifice one of your units to [[YouShallNotPass decoy Jiol away from Marth.]] [[spoiler: However, the sequel reveals this was actually {{subverted|Trope}}: Frey (who was the canon sacrifice) was attacked and LeftForDead, but survived and was rescued by nearby villagers. [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration [[SlidingScaleOfGameplayAndStoryIntegration Which explains why you couldn't revive him with Aum staff.]]]]



** You can also TakeAThirdOption by impregnating Morrigan, who can transfer the soul (cleansed of the taint) into her unborn child. Provided you trust the the shifty, unscrupulous witch with raising a baby god, this choice ranging from a no-brainer if you're already romancing her to a PlayerPunch if you're a female romancing Alistair (who'll have to be the father).

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** You can also TakeAThirdOption by impregnating Morrigan, who can transfer the soul (cleansed of the taint) into her unborn child. Provided you trust the the shifty, unscrupulous witch with raising a baby god, this choice ranging from a no-brainer if you're already romancing her to a PlayerPunch if you're a female romancing Alistair (who'll have to be the father).



** In ''VideoGame/HaloWars'', the ''[[CoolStarship Spirit of Fire]]'' finds itself inside a Forerunner shield world. In order for them to prevent the Covenant from using the shield world's advanced technology to destroy humanity, someone from the crew has to take the ship's {{FTL}} Drive and use it to destroy the planet's artificial sun. This is combined with MoreExpendableThanYou when [[SergeantRock Sergeant Forge]] tells Spartan-II Jerome that humanity will need every [[SuperSoldier Spartan]] they can get to fight the war and so decides to take the latter's place.
** Happens again in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', also involving an {{FTL}} drive turned into a bomb. In this case it's the "damaged detonator" scenario, leaving Jorge to toss the player character out of the ship they were trying to teleport to oblivion so he can detonate it himself.

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** In ''VideoGame/HaloWars'', the ''[[CoolStarship Spirit of Fire]]'' finds itself inside a Forerunner shield world. In order for them to prevent the Covenant from using the shield world's advanced technology to destroy humanity, someone from the crew has to take the ship's {{FTL}} {{F|asterThanLightTravel}}TL Drive and use it to destroy the planet's artificial sun. This is combined with MoreExpendableThanYou when [[SergeantRock Sergeant Forge]] tells Spartan-II Jerome that humanity will need every [[SuperSoldier Spartan]] they can get to fight the war and so decides to take the latter's place.
** Happens again in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', also involving an {{FTL}} FTL drive turned into a bomb. In this case it's the "damaged detonator" scenario, leaving Jorge to toss the player character out of the ship they were trying to teleport to oblivion so he can detonate it himself.



** It is then [[spoiler: averted when it turns out [[MillionToOneChance that she survived]] - but as she, along with everyone else in the Silo, believed that she would die it still qualifies.]]

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** It is then [[spoiler: averted when it turns out [[MillionToOneChance that she survived]] - but as she, along with everyone else in the Silo, believed that she would die it still qualifies.]]qualifies]].



* In the original ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' finale, "Starcrossed", the League decides to [[ColonyDrop drop the Watchtower on top of the enemy's main base]] and Franchise/{{Batman}} realizes that without manual steering, the station would miss the target. Instead of telling this to [[ComicBook/TheFlash Flash]] and [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter J'onn]], he jettisons them in an escape pod and takes over the controls himself (FridgeBrilliance: [[TheCaptain he is the creator]] [[GoingDownWithTheShip of the Watchtower]]). He doesn't die, as he is bailed out by Franchise/{{Superman}} just moments before the impact.
* Name any variation of Optimus Prime/Primal from ''{{Transformers}}''. Chances are he's offered himself up to die.
** A case could also be made for [[spoiler: Dinobot in "Code of Hero". He goes into the battle knowing he won't survive.]]

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* In the original ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' finale, "Starcrossed", the League decides to [[ColonyDrop drop the Watchtower on top of the enemy's main base]] and Franchise/{{Batman}} realizes that without manual steering, the station would miss the target. Instead of telling this to [[ComicBook/TheFlash [[Franchise/TheFlash Flash]] and [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter J'onn]], he jettisons them in an escape pod and takes over the controls himself (FridgeBrilliance: [[TheCaptain he is the creator]] [[GoingDownWithTheShip of the Watchtower]]). He doesn't die, as he is bailed out by Franchise/{{Superman}} just moments before the impact.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''
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Name any variation of Optimus Prime/Primal from ''{{Transformers}}''.Prime/Primal. Chances are he's offered himself up to die.
** A case could also be made for [[spoiler: Dinobot in "Code of Hero". He goes into the battle knowing he won't survive.]]survive]].



* In the WesternAnimation/AdventureTime episode "James", the titular character, Jake, Finn and Princess Bubblegum get trapped in a broken ship and surrounded by zombies. PB purposely sabotages multiple escape attempts, realizing they were doomed to get everyone killed, and instead realizes that one crew member must act as a suicidal distraction. She asks James to do it (knocking Finn and Jake out so they wouldn't protest), and he agrees. Although [[spoiler: she makes a memory-less clone of James]], neither Jake nor Finn are sure how to feel about this pragmatism.

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* In the WesternAnimation/AdventureTime ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "James", the titular character, Jake, Finn and Princess Bubblegum get trapped in a broken ship and surrounded by zombies. PB purposely sabotages multiple escape attempts, realizing they were doomed to get everyone killed, and instead realizes that one crew member must act as a suicidal distraction. She asks James to do it (knocking Finn and Jake out so they wouldn't protest), and he agrees. Although [[spoiler: she makes a memory-less clone of James]], neither Jake nor Finn are sure how to feel about this pragmatism.
31st Mar '18 12:58:33 PM nombretomado
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* In ''FatalFrame'', every 10 years a young woman is brutally killed in order to seal a gate to Hell. While the victim has no choice in the matter, refusing to accept their fate results in the seal being too weak to hold the gate shut.
** The HeroicSacrifice of Kyrie at the end qualifies too.

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* In ''FatalFrame'', every ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'':
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10 years a young woman is brutally killed in order to seal a gate to Hell. While the victim has no choice in the matter, refusing to accept their fate results in the seal being too weak to hold the gate shut.
** The HeroicSacrifice of Kyrie at the end qualifies too.end.
29th Mar '18 2:24:21 PM JoieDeCombat
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' drives most of its entire plot on this trope. Even though every member of the party (minus [[{{Undead}} Auron]]) volunteers to become the Final Aeon, Yuna won't let any of them die, and they end up killing [[{{Undead}} Yunalesca]], who offers this, along with the MacGuffin. Zig-zagged at the end of the game: [[spoiler:permanently putting an end to Sin means putting the fayth to rest, including not only the ones who create the [[SummonCreatures aeons]] but also the multitude of fayth whose dreams create the illusory Zanarkand which Jecht and Tidus came from. This causes Tidus to disappear after the final battle, a fate he accepts.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' drives most of its entire plot on this trope. Even though every member of the party (minus [[{{Undead}} Auron]]) volunteers to become the Final Aeon, Yuna won't let any of them die, and they end up killing [[{{Undead}} Yunalesca]], who offers this, along with the MacGuffin. Zig-zagged at the end of the game: [[spoiler:permanently putting an end to Sin means putting the fayth to rest, including not only the ones who create the [[SummonCreatures aeons]] aeons but also the multitude of fayth whose dreams create the illusory Zanarkand which Jecht and Tidus came from. This causes Tidus to disappear after the final battle, a fate he accepts.]]
29th Mar '18 2:23:32 PM JoieDeCombat
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' drives most of its entire plot on this trope, but subverts it. Even though every member of the party (minus [[{{Undead}} Auron]]) volunteers to become the Final Aeon, Yuna won't let any of them die, and they end up killing [[{{Undead}} Yunalesca]], who offers this, along with the MacGuffin. But at the very end of the game, [[spoiler: the Fayth that dreamed Zanarkand can finally go to rest, which in turn dooms Jecht and Tidus, as they are part of that dream.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' drives most of its entire plot on this trope, but subverts it.trope. Even though every member of the party (minus [[{{Undead}} Auron]]) volunteers to become the Final Aeon, Yuna won't let any of them die, and they end up killing [[{{Undead}} Yunalesca]], who offers this, along with the MacGuffin. But Zig-zagged at the very end of the game, [[spoiler: game: [[spoiler:permanently putting an end to Sin means putting the Fayth that dreamed fayth to rest, including not only the ones who create the [[SummonCreatures aeons]] but also the multitude of fayth whose dreams create the illusory Zanarkand can finally go to rest, which in turn dooms Jecht and Tidus, as they are part of that dream.Tidus came from. This causes Tidus to disappear after the final battle, a fate he accepts.]]
29th Mar '18 2:14:31 PM JoieDeCombat
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* Amazingly, this was the case in a Disney movie, the DarkerAndEdgier ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', to be precise. The only way to destroy the evil magic possessed by the ArtifactOfDoom the movie is named after was for a living being to ''willingly'' climb into the Cauldron, but whoever did so would sacrifice his life in the process. (Which the three witches who give it to the heroes [[EvilGloating gleefully tell them.]]) At first, none of the heroes were willing to do so - or demand such a sacrifice of anyone else - but when the [[BigBad Horned King]] unleashes its power, Taran tries to do so, but Gugri stops him, and does it himself. [[spoiler:The movie has a happy ending however; when the three witches reclaim the now-worthless Cauldron, Fflewddur goads them into demonstrating their power, and SwissArmyTears are able to revive Gugri.]]

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* Amazingly, this was the case in a Disney movie, the DarkerAndEdgier ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', to be precise. The only way to destroy the evil magic possessed by the ArtifactOfDoom the movie is named after was for a living being to ''willingly'' climb into the Cauldron, but whoever did so would sacrifice his life in the process. (Which the three witches who give it to the heroes [[EvilGloating gleefully tell them.]]) At first, none of the heroes were willing to do so - or demand such a sacrifice of anyone else - but when the [[BigBad Horned King]] unleashes its power, Taran tries to do so, but Gugri Gurgi stops him, and does it himself. [[spoiler:The movie has a happy ending however; when the three witches reclaim the now-worthless Cauldron, Fflewddur goads them into demonstrating their power, and SwissArmyTears are able to revive Gugri.Gurgi.]]
14th Feb '18 5:48:04 PM ReaderAt2046
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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering:'' The Trial Of Ambition on the plane of Amonkhet is built around this trope, as fits the ideology of its patron God. Each challenge in the trial is designed such that one or more of the initates ''must'' die if the rest of the Crop is to advance, and the final trial requires each initiate to bring Bhontu the heart of one of their fellows if they wish to receive her cartouche.
31st Dec '17 1:39:40 AM Xtifr
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* At the end of ''Literature/TheAtrocityArchive, someone has to stay behind to blow up the nuke manually [[spoiler:and cause a "fizzle"]]. [[spoiler:At the end of the book, he's suffering the effects of radiation poisoning and the outlook is not the best, but then ''The Jennifer Morgue'' confirms he survived; he shows up again as the leader of TheCavalry after the cat dies. Lampshaded in the RPG, where Bob notes that there had to be some potent magic involved to keep him alive, and wonders just what the cost was...]]
26th Dec '17 12:01:12 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''Manga/MiraiNikki'', Yukiteru and [[{{Yandere}} Yuno]] combine this with StarCrossedLovers, as they are two contestants in a survival game in which twelve people attempt to kill each other in order to ascend to the throne of God, using future-telling diaries. There can only be one winner and if a winner isn't decided by the time the current God dies (in a few months), the universe will destroy itself. The wrench in those works is that the two of them form an attraction to each other and begin dating, knowing full well that it could very well (and does) come down to one of them needing to kill the other and that there was no way they could really end up together.

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* ''Manga/MiraiNikki'', ''Manga/FutureDiary'', Yukiteru and [[{{Yandere}} Yuno]] combine this with StarCrossedLovers, as they are two contestants in a survival game in which twelve people attempt to kill each other in order to ascend to the throne of God, using future-telling diaries. There can only be one winner and if a winner isn't decided by the time the current God dies (in a few months), the universe will destroy itself. The wrench in those works is that the two of them form an attraction to each other and begin dating, knowing full well that it could very well (and does) come down to one of them needing to kill the other and that there was no way they could really end up together.
12th Dec '17 12:17:27 PM SeptimusHeap
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* ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}''

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* The ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}[=/=]SpiderMan'' crossover novel series ''Time's Arrow'' resulted in an interesting double SomeoneHasToDie. At the beginning of the series, Cable is searching the timelines for his wife, dead in his own timeline, to have survived in a timeline where he didn't, so they can be together. He finally finds one. When the time comes to do the SomeoneHasToDie thing, he volunteers. His wife, of course, is the last to go, wanting a private moment...and then knocks him out, noting quietly how he never knew she was a "coward" who would take the easy way out in such a situation.

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* The ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}[=/=]SpiderMan'' ''ComicBook/XMen[=/=]SpiderMan'' crossover novel series ''Time's Arrow'' resulted in an interesting double SomeoneHasToDie. At the beginning of the series, Cable is searching the timelines for his wife, dead in his own timeline, to have survived in a timeline where he didn't, so they can be together. He finally finds one. When the time comes to do the SomeoneHasToDie thing, he volunteers. His wife, of course, is the last to go, wanting a private moment...and then knocks him out, noting quietly how he never knew she was a "coward" who would take the easy way out in such a situation.
21st Nov '17 9:04:21 PM TitaniumDragon
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** Or in Season 3 when Zhaan chooses to board the doomed Pathfinder ship, knowing that it will die with everybody on board, as she is already dying and will not allow Crichton to sacrifice himself. This is made even more heroic since there was a planet nearby where she could have healed, though she denies it would have worked, this was likely an attempt to make them feel better. (Best Death Scene ever as well.)

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** Or in Season 3 when Zhaan chooses to board the doomed Pathfinder ship, knowing that it will die with everybody on board, as she is already dying and will not allow Crichton to sacrifice himself. This is made even more heroic since there was a planet nearby where she could have healed, though she denies it would have worked, this was likely an attempt to make them feel better. (Best Death Scene ever as well.)
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