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3rd Jan '18 5:24:38 PM SirBob42
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* According to one tale from UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, a line of sailors were waiting in the "geedunk" line (American fighting men were famous for their sweet tooth). Two Ensigns shoved their way to the front. Then they heard a [[FatherNeptune salty voice]] shouting "get back where you belong!" (with a number of sailorly words no doubt). The two ensigns turned to see the impertinent bluejacket who dared insult their exalted status. And it turned out to be [[FourStarBadass Admiral Halsey]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome waiting patiently in line with everyone else]].

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* According to one tale from UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, a line of sailors were waiting in the "geedunk" "geedunk"[[note]]ice cream[[/note]] line (American fighting men were famous for their sweet tooth). Two Ensigns shoved their way to the front. Then they heard a [[FatherNeptune salty voice]] shouting "get back where you belong!" (with a number of sailorly words no doubt). The two ensigns turned to see the impertinent bluejacket who dared insult their exalted status. And it turned out to be [[FourStarBadass Admiral Halsey]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome waiting patiently in line with everyone else]].
24th Dec '17 6:34:50 PM JackG
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* Averted in Italian-Soviet film ''The Red Tent'' (1969). Umberto Nobile is the first to be evacuated from the survivors of the airship crash at the North Pole. The film deals with his guilt over this act, as he faces an imaginary court of colleagues involved in the disaster.
23rd Dec '17 5:50:44 PM nombretomado
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--> -- '''[[BritsWithBattleships Field Marshal Sir William Slim]]'''

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--> -- '''[[BritsWithBattleships '''[[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Field Marshal Sir William Slim]]'''
30th Sep '17 2:00:20 PM lillolillo
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* Hilariously parodied in ''OnePiece'' with Captain T-Bone.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
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Hilariously parodied in ''OnePiece'' with Captain T-Bone.



* Many version of Optimus from ''{{Transformers}}'' share this philosophy.
* Referenced in ''{{Hellsing}}'' during the second attack on the manor. After the outer defenses are breached, one of Pip's men says that in the movies, this is the traditional time for the captain to make a HeroicSacrifice so that his men can escape. Pip replies that there's no point: none of them are going to make it through the night alive no matter what they do. [[spoiler:Since only three of his men (Two in the OVA) survive, Pip not being among them, he was probably right.]]

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* Many version of Optimus from ''{{Transformers}}'' ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' share this philosophy.
* Referenced in ''{{Hellsing}}'' ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' during the second attack on the manor. After the outer defenses are breached, one of Pip's men says that in the movies, this is the traditional time for the captain to make a HeroicSacrifice so that his men can escape. Pip replies that there's no point: none of them are going to make it through the night alive no matter what they do. [[spoiler:Since only three of his men (Two in the OVA) survive, Pip not being among them, he was probably right.]]
11th Sep '17 9:46:37 PM Mullane
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** As the evacuation proceeded, it came under heavy fire. A Coast Guardsmen put his boat in between the men evacuating and the enemy. The captain was killed in action, but received the Medal of Honor.

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** As the evacuation proceeded, it came under heavy fire. A Coast Guardsmen Guardsman, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Albert_Munro Douglas Munro]], put his boat in between the men evacuating and the enemy. The captain enemy. He was killed in action, but received the Medal of Honor.Honor, the only Coast Guardsman ever to do so.
11th Sep '17 4:37:14 PM RebelliousWaffleWarrior
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*In World War 2, Marine General "Chesty" Puller demanded that his troops in the Philippines be evacuated after a Japanese counter-attack cut off his men. He flagged down a destroyer and began to evacuate the men.
** As the evacuation proceeded, it came under heavy fire. A Coast Guardsmen put his boat in between the men evacuating and the enemy. The captain was killed in action, but received the Medal of Honor.
27th Jul '17 9:35:45 AM nighttrainfm
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** This is part of Ashley's family history. Her grandfather fought in the brief First Contact War, and surrendered to the turians to protect civilians and his (starving) troops. Unfortunately, the Alliance brass didn't see it that way, and unofficially blacklisted his entire family.
27th Jul '17 9:32:00 AM nighttrainfm
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** The Warden may opt to do this at one point in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. When the party [[spoiler:goes to rescue Queen Anora from Arl Howe's estate, they are confronted by TheDragon, Ser Cauthrien, and a very large contingent of soldiers.]] All of the options boil down to either fighting or surrendering. The battle is very arduous, especially on higher difficulty settings, and so the player may have the Warden surrender peacefully rather than risk their friends. TheDragon is actually impressed by the tactic, and lets everyone else in the party go free (although if Alistair is present, he insists on staying with the Warden).

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** The Warden may opt to do this at one point in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. When the party [[spoiler:goes to rescue Queen Anora from Arl Howe's estate, they are confronted by TheDragon, Ser Cauthrien, and a very large contingent of soldiers.]] All of the options boil down to either fighting or surrendering. The battle is very arduous, especially on higher difficulty settings, and so the player may have the Warden surrender peacefully rather than risk their friends. TheDragon is actually impressed by the tactic, and lets everyone else in the party go free (although if Alistair is present, he insists on staying with the Warden). [[spoiler: This allows Anora to sneak out right under their noses, which was the whole point.]]
27th Jul '17 9:31:18 AM nighttrainfm
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** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Admiral Zaal'Korris vas Qwib-Qwib insists that you rescue his stranded crew and leave him to the geth after he crashes on [[spoiler:Rannoch]]. Incidentally, rescuing the crew is the 'wrong' choice; you need Korris alive to avoid a GenocideDilemma in a later mission. If you decide to abandon his men and rescue him instead, he is at first extremely angry, but later agrees that it was probably the right decision in the long run after he sees the situation back home.

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** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Admiral Zaal'Korris Zaal'Koris vas Qwib-Qwib insists that you rescue his stranded crew and leave him to the geth after he crashes on [[spoiler:Rannoch]]. [[spoiler:Rannoch.]] Incidentally, rescuing the crew is the 'wrong' choice; you need Korris Koris alive to avoid a GenocideDilemma in a later mission. If you decide to abandon his men and rescue him instead, he is at first extremely angry, depressed, but later agrees that it was probably the right decision in the long run after he sees the situation back home.
27th Jul '17 9:30:06 AM nighttrainfm
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* A [[Franchise/MassEffect Paragon Shepard]] can be like this - especially at the end of ''Mass Effect 2'' where [[spoiler:you go after your captured crew and, if the right choices are made, you can save them all and have your whole squad survive the mission. Though its possible for a renegade Shepard to do so, its not exactly in character to do so.]]

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A [[Franchise/MassEffect Paragon Shepard]] Shepard can be like this - especially at the end of ''Mass Effect 2'' 2'', where [[spoiler:you go after your captured crew and, if the right choices are made, you can save them all and have your whole squad survive the mission. Though its It's equally possible for a renegade Renegade Shepard to do so, its save everyone, they just make it clear it's not exactly in character to do so.''necessary''.]]



* The Warden may opt to do this at one point in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. When the party [[spoiler:goes to rescue Queen Anora from Arl Howe's estate, they are confronted by TheDragon, Ser Cauthrien, and a very large contingent of soldiers.]] All of the options boil down to either fighting or surrendering. The battle is very arduous, especially on higher difficulty settings, and so the player may have the Warden surrender peacefully rather than risk their friends. TheDragon is actually impressed by the tactic, and lets everyone else in the party go free (although if Alistair is present, he insists on staying with the Warden).

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The Warden may opt to do this at one point in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. When the party [[spoiler:goes to rescue Queen Anora from Arl Howe's estate, they are confronted by TheDragon, Ser Cauthrien, and a very large contingent of soldiers.]] All of the options boil down to either fighting or surrendering. The battle is very arduous, especially on higher difficulty settings, and so the player may have the Warden surrender peacefully rather than risk their friends. TheDragon is actually impressed by the tactic, and lets everyone else in the party go free (although if Alistair is present, he insists on staying with the Warden).


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** During the battle at Adamant, the Inquisitor can either have guest-star [[spoiler: Hawke]] stick with them at all times or briefly send them off to help the ordinary soldiers. Nothing much comes of it either way, it's just a minor touch.
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