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25th May '17 12:43:54 PM BattleMaster
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Pyrrha goes to fight [[spoiler: Cinder Falls]] after the latter attacks the school and [[spoiler: steals the power of the Fall Maiden]]. The school's been evacuated (so there's no one left who needs rescue) and Pyrrha knows she's not a match for the powered-up villain, but she still fights her and gets killed, accomplishing nothing besides causing extra emotional harm to her friends.
24th May '17 9:23:00 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/HarryHarrison's ''The Daleth Effect'', and Israeli scientist figures out the secret to AntiGravity. Fearful of others using this knowledge for war, he flees his wartorn country to Denmark of all places, believing this peaceful country will protect the knowledge and use it for good. Mind you, this is in the middle of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. Why neither super-power tries anything earlier is a mystery. In the end, they build the first interplanetary cruise liner and launch it. While en route, the ship is attacked by two separate teams: one American, one Soviet, both seeking the device. TheCaptain gleefully reveals that the ship is equipped with bombs set to go off in the event of just such an attack to keep the secret. The bombs go off, killing most of the named characters, including the inventor, and hundreds of innocent passengers. The widow of the captain (who was partly responsible for the Americans sneaking onboard) then finds out that 4 countries (including US and USSR) have already figured out AntiGravity but kept it a secret out of national security concerns. Furthermore, they have already filed for patents, while Denmark has never done that. BittersweetEnding indeed (the "sweet" part comes from humans getting the means to go into space).
19th May '17 8:23:29 PM Az_Tech341
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** By the end of the game, you must step into a radiation-filled chamber and sacrifice yourself to complete the project your father started to bring clean water to the wasteland. If you're a [[KarmaMeter Evil player]], you can opt to convince Sarah Lyons to go in and kill herself instead. You can't, however, send in any of your followers which include: a Super Mutant who is immune to radiation, a robot who is also immune to radiation, your slave who is forced to obey your every whim lest you detonate her explosive collar (although that would be something of a MortonsFork), and a ghoul who is ''healed'' by radiation and is ''also'' your slave forced to obey your every whim (in his case through extensive brainwashing instead of a collar, so he is literally ''incapable'' of refusing your commands, except in this one particular instance for some reason). [[GameplayAndStorySegregation Your rad-resistant armor fails, your anti-rad meds do crap.]] You or Sarah ''have'' to go in and die horribly of radiation poisoning. [[RuleOfDrama It's just more dramatic this way, you see]].\\\

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** By the end of the game, you must step into a radiation-filled chamber and sacrifice yourself to complete the project your father started to bring clean water to the wasteland. If you're a an [[KarmaMeter Evil player]], you can opt to convince Sarah Lyons to go in and kill herself instead. You can't, however, send in any of your followers which include: a Super Mutant who is immune to radiation, a robot who is also immune to radiation, your slave who is forced to obey your every whim lest you detonate her explosive collar (although that would be something of a MortonsFork), and a ghoul who is ''healed'' by radiation and is ''also'' your slave forced to obey your every whim (in his case through extensive brainwashing instead of a collar, so he is literally ''incapable'' of refusing your commands, except in this one particular instance for some reason). [[GameplayAndStorySegregation Your rad-resistant armor fails, your anti-rad meds do crap.]] You or Sarah ''have'' to go in and die horribly of radiation poisoning. [[RuleOfDrama It's just more dramatic this way, you see]].\\\
19th May '17 4:54:31 PM Zaptech
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** The worst part is that the soldiers ''knew'' the alien had some sort of mind powers, yet all they came up with was a detector that blinked whenever someone in the vicinity was not "himself". They also knew that the only living things on this base were aliens. So why not just throw a grenade or two before entering any room? Or just blow the base to hell from the outside. It wasn't alien-built, after all (a secret Nazi submarine pen in the far North).
19th May '17 4:52:27 PM Zaptech
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* In the Tyranid ending of ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'', it's revealed that the Blood Ravens defended their recruiting worlds to the last against the horde and ended up eaten to the last, refusing to retreat. Losing one's homeworld is far from an unknown fate among Space Marine Chapters (and the Blood Ravens were mostly fleet-based already), so while packing up and leaving would have been a logistical nightmare, it would have been better than to deny the 'nids a sizeable amout of biomass ''and'' a large amount of loyalist Astartes.
** I believe it was stated that Blood Ravens made a stand [[HeroicSacrifice to buy time for sector evacuation.]]
19th May '17 7:56:26 AM TheCuza
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** By the end of the game, you must step into a radiation-filled chamber and sacrifice yourself to complete the project your father started to bring clean water to the wasteland. If you're a [[KarmaMeter Evil player]], you can opt to convince Sarah Lyons to go in and kill herself instead. You can't, however, send in any of your followers which include a Super Mutant who is immune to radiation, a robot who is also immune to radiation, your slave who is forced to obey your every whim lest you detonate her explosive collar (although that would be something of a MortonsFork), and a ghoul who is ''healed'' by radiation and is ''also'' your slave forced to obey your every whim (in his case through extensive brainwashing instead of a collar, so he is literally ''incapable'' of refusing your commands, except in this one particular instance for some reason). [[GameplayAndStorySegregation Your rad-resistant armor fails, your anti-rad meds do crap.]] You or Sarah ''have'' to go in and die horribly of radiation poisoning. [[RuleOfDrama It's just more dramatic this way, you see]].\\\

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** By the end of the game, you must step into a radiation-filled chamber and sacrifice yourself to complete the project your father started to bring clean water to the wasteland. If you're a [[KarmaMeter Evil player]], you can opt to convince Sarah Lyons to go in and kill herself instead. You can't, however, send in any of your followers which include include: a Super Mutant who is immune to radiation, a robot who is also immune to radiation, your slave who is forced to obey your every whim lest you detonate her explosive collar (although that would be something of a MortonsFork), and a ghoul who is ''healed'' by radiation and is ''also'' your slave forced to obey your every whim (in his case through extensive brainwashing instead of a collar, so he is literally ''incapable'' of refusing your commands, except in this one particular instance for some reason). [[GameplayAndStorySegregation Your rad-resistant armor fails, your anti-rad meds do crap.]] You or Sarah ''have'' to go in and die horribly of radiation poisoning. [[RuleOfDrama It's just more dramatic this way, you see]].\\\
19th May '17 7:55:59 AM TheCuza
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** By the end of the game, you (or a teammate) are asked to step into a chamber to complete the project your father started to bring clean water to the wasteland. Thing is, the chamber is bathed in radiation. You can't send in the rad-resistant Super Mutant, the Ghoul who is ''healed'' by radiation, the robot that is completely unaffected by radiation, or a slave with an explosive collar around her neck that is completely subservient to your whim in every other way, and no reason is given in any case. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation Your rad-resistant armor fails, your anti-rad meds do crap.]] You (or the likewise unprotected team mate)'' have'' to go in and die horribly of radiation poisoning. [[RuleOfDrama It's just more dramatic this way, you see.]]\\\

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** By the end of the game, you (or a teammate) are asked to must step into a radiation-filled chamber and sacrifice yourself to complete the project your father started to bring clean water to the wasteland. Thing is, the chamber is bathed If you're a [[KarmaMeter Evil player]], you can opt to convince Sarah Lyons to go in radiation. and kill herself instead. You can't can't, however, send in the rad-resistant any of your followers which include a Super Mutant, the Ghoul Mutant who is immune to radiation, a robot who is also immune to radiation, your slave who is forced to obey your every whim lest you detonate her explosive collar (although that would be something of a MortonsFork), and a ghoul who is ''healed'' by radiation, the robot that radiation and is completely unaffected by radiation, or a ''also'' your slave with an explosive collar around her neck that is completely subservient forced to obey your whim in every other way, and no reason whim (in his case through extensive brainwashing instead of a collar, so he is given literally ''incapable'' of refusing your commands, except in any case.this one particular instance for some reason). [[GameplayAndStorySegregation Your rad-resistant armor fails, your anti-rad meds do crap.]] You (or the likewise unprotected team mate)'' have'' or Sarah ''have'' to go in and die horribly of radiation poisoning. [[RuleOfDrama It's just more dramatic this way, you see.]]\\\see]].\\\



** The Lone Wanderer's dad's HeroicSacrifice could also be this, as he lets out radiation into said chamber to keep the Enclave from using it and buy his son/daughter and the rest of the science team time to escape, when, by that time, the Lone Wanderer may have enough skill, weapons, and decent armor that he could wipe out the Enclave so his dad wouldn't have to do it.

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** The Lone Wanderer's dad's HeroicSacrifice could also be this, as he lets out radiation into said chamber to keep the Enclave from using it and buy his son/daughter and the rest of the science team time to escape, when, by that time, the Lone Wanderer may have enough skill, weapons, and decent armor that he could wipe out the Enclave so his his/her dad wouldn't have to do it.
4th May '17 3:14:50 PM Az_Tech341
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** In ''Anime/DragonballZ'', when Cell self destructs, Goku teleports him away to King Kai's planet and dies when Cell blows up, despite the fact that he could have just teleported back to Earth before that happened, preferably with King Kai and his two companions. It is implied that Goku probably allowed this to happen as he states he wants to stay dead so people that come after him won't target the Earth. But out of all villains that attacked Earth at this point (Piccolo, his son, Saiyans, Frieza and his father, Gero's androids, Cell) only Frieza and Gero were seeking revenge on him and both were dead, both of them also wanted to conquer Earth anyway, and everyone else was stopped because of him, so if anything Earth was ''less'' safe without him.
*** Actually, Piccolo would never have even been a problem if it weren't for Pilaf being driven to desperation by his defeats by Goku, Piccolo Junior ''definitely'' wanted revenge on Goku, the Saiyans (or rather, Raditz) only showed up on Earth at all to collect him, and Cell, of course, was a Gero creation that wouldn't have existed at all without Goku. ''Every'' threat to Earth between the Red Ribbon Army and Buu is linked to Goku somehow, which makes his sacrifice much less stupid. Granted, Babidi showing up seven years later proves Goku wrong on this, but that just makes it more a {{Senseless Sacrifice}} than this trope.

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** In ''Anime/DragonballZ'', when Cell self destructs, Goku teleports him away to King Kai's planet and dies when Cell blows up, despite the fact that he could have just teleported back to Earth before that happened, preferably with King Kai and his two companions. It is implied that Goku probably allowed this to happen as he states he wants to stay dead so people that come after him won't target the Earth. But out of all the villains that attacked Earth at this point (Piccolo, his son, Saiyans, Frieza and his father, Gero's androids, Cell) only Frieza and Gero were seeking revenge on him him, and both were dead, dead; both of them also wanted to conquer Earth anyway, and everyone else was stopped because of him, so if anything Earth was ''less'' safe without him.
*** Actually, Piccolo would never have even been a problem if it weren't for Pilaf being driven to desperation by his defeats by Goku, Piccolo Junior ''definitely'' wanted revenge on Goku, the Saiyans (or rather, Raditz) only showed up on Earth at all to collect him, and Cell, of course, was a Gero creation that wouldn't have existed at all without Goku. ''Every'' threat to Earth between the Red Ribbon Army and Buu is linked to Goku somehow, which makes his sacrifice much less stupid. Granted, Babidi showing up seven years later proves Goku wrong on this, but that just makes it more a {{Senseless Sacrifice}} than this trope.
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** Also, the page image? Not the first time that happens. At the end of the 1941 [[MadScientist Scientists of Sudden Death]] arc in the newspaper comics, {{Big Bad}} Ralph Roland attempts to [[ShootingSuperman shoot Superman]]. We say "attempt" because {{Femme Fatale}} Lil Danvers jumps in the way and dies. This sacrifice is made ''extra'' stupid because Lil had, on prior occasions, seen Superman get dumped in vat of chemicals, stabbed, and repeatedly ''blown up'', and the worst that happens is he's a little woozy from the explosions.

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** Also, the page image? Not the first time that happens. At Previously, at the end of the 1941 [[MadScientist Scientists of Sudden Death]] arc in the newspaper comics, {{Big Bad}} [[BigBad Ralph Roland Roland]] attempts to [[ShootingSuperman shoot Superman]]. We say "attempt" He fails because {{Femme Fatale}} [[FemmeFatale Lil Danvers Danvers]] jumps in the way and dies. This sacrifice is made ''extra'' stupid because lacks [[JustifiedTrope justification]], as Lil had, on prior occasions, seen Superman get dumped in a vat of chemicals, stabbed, and repeatedly ''blown up'', and the worst that happens is he's a little woozy from the explosions.get caught in explostions.
4th May '17 12:08:13 PM CV12Hornet
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** In ''Anime/DragonballZ'', when Cell self destructs, Goku teleports him away to King Kai's planet and dies when Cell blows up, despite the fact that he could have just teleported back to Earth before that happened, preferably with King Kai and his two companions. It is implied that Goku probably allowed this to happen as he states he wants to stay dead so people that come after him won't target the Earth. But out of all villains that attacked Earth at this point (Piccollo, his son, saiyans, Frieza and his father, Gero's androids, Cell) only Frieza and Gero were seeking revenge on him and both were dead, both of them also wanted to conquer Earth anyway, and everyone else was stopped because of him, so if anything Earth was ''less'' safe without him.

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** In ''Anime/DragonballZ'', when Cell self destructs, Goku teleports him away to King Kai's planet and dies when Cell blows up, despite the fact that he could have just teleported back to Earth before that happened, preferably with King Kai and his two companions. It is implied that Goku probably allowed this to happen as he states he wants to stay dead so people that come after him won't target the Earth. But out of all villains that attacked Earth at this point (Piccollo, (Piccolo, his son, saiyans, Saiyans, Frieza and his father, Gero's androids, Cell) only Frieza and Gero were seeking revenge on him and both were dead, both of them also wanted to conquer Earth anyway, and everyone else was stopped because of him, so if anything Earth was ''less'' safe without him.him.
*** Actually, Piccolo would never have even been a problem if it weren't for Pilaf being driven to desperation by his defeats by Goku, Piccolo Junior ''definitely'' wanted revenge on Goku, the Saiyans (or rather, Raditz) only showed up on Earth at all to collect him, and Cell, of course, was a Gero creation that wouldn't have existed at all without Goku. ''Every'' threat to Earth between the Red Ribbon Army and Buu is linked to Goku somehow, which makes his sacrifice much less stupid. Granted, Babidi showing up seven years later proves Goku wrong on this, but that just makes it more a {{Senseless Sacrifice}} than this trope.
4th May '17 11:58:06 AM CV12Hornet
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** Also, the page image? Not the first time that happens. At the end of the 1941 [[MadScientist Scientists of Sudden Death]] arc in the newspaper comics, {{Big Bad}} Ralph Roland attempts to [[ShootingSuperman shoot Superman]]. We say "attempt" because {{Femme Fatale}} Lil Danvers jumps in the way and dies. This sacrifice is made ''extra'' stupid because Lil had, on prior occasions, seen Superman get dumped in vat of chemicals, stabbed, and repeatedly ''blown up'', and the worst that happens is he's a little woozy from the explosions.
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