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4th May '17 7:23:23 AM BluBeriPi
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* Roy Focker in the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''. As a BigBrotherMentor who was still able to fight, he had to die so that Hikaru could take over command of Skull Squadron.

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* Roy Focker in the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''. As a BigBrotherMentor who was still able to fight, he had to die so that Hikaru could take over command of Skull Squadron. Plus, his macho personality, something Macross makes a point of deconstructing, is what gets him killed.
2nd May '17 1:14:17 AM shadowmanwkp
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* ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars: Days of Ruin'' features the grizzled, experienced, charismatic, and tirelessly selfless Captain Brenner, the undisputed commander of his unit of heroic soldiers, and, for all intents and purposes, the protagonist of the first half of the game. Since the younger, far more {{Bishonen}} WideEyedIdealist newcomer Will has to have some plausible reason to take the mantle from Brenner....

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* ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars: Days of Ruin'' features the grizzled, experienced, charismatic, and tirelessly selfless Captain Brenner, the undisputed commander of his unit of heroic soldiers, and, for all intents and purposes, the protagonist of the first half of the game. Since the younger, far more {{Bishonen}} WideEyedIdealist newcomer Will has to have some plausible reason to take the mantle from Brenner....Brenner, [[spoiler: he pulls a HeroicSacrifice by holding a bridge and telling Will and the others to run. He eventually takes a nuke to the face.]]
** In the same game we also have Forsythe, a revered CO from Lazuria. A father to his men, and despises dirty tactics, telling Caulder straight to his face he won't endanger his men by using dangerous experimental superweapons. He even called in a cease-fire while fighting Brenner's father in order to bury the dead. In fact, when you face him, he's gone out of retirement just to defend his country. How does this cool old guy meet his death? [[spoiler: Peacefully surrendering to Rubinelle, only to get killed on the spot.]]
25th Mar '17 11:02:29 PM justanid
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This is what happens when somebody is Too Cool to Live. This character is often relegated by ThePlotReaper to the job of being a HeroicSacrifice, or the SixthRanger. Many a [[MentorOccupationalHazard wise and awesome mentor has fallen victim to this trope]]. Depending on how it happens, such a death can be a severe example of TheWorfEffect.

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This is what happens when somebody is Too Cool to Live. This character is often relegated by ThePlotReaper to the job of being a HeroicSacrifice, or the SixthRanger. Many a wise and awesome [[TheMentor mentor]] has [[MentorOccupationalHazard wise and awesome mentor has fallen victim victim]] to this trope]].trope. Depending on how it happens, such a death can be a severe example of TheWorfEffect.



It may be justified as it allows the next generation, mainly the hero, to [[TookALevelInBadass improve greatly]] to make up for the loss of this person.

See also TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth - a character who is just too gentle to stay in the story and TooPowerfulToLive - a villain who is just too dangerous thanks to his StoryBreakerPower. Also tends to cross over with TheMentor. Many {{Crutch Character}}s in video games channel this trope. Compare TooHappyToLive.

Compare DyingMomentOfAwesome.

Being Too Cool to Live can be very subjective, so please try not to Administrivia/EditWar. Also: [[SpoileredRotten since this is a]] [[DeathTropes death-related trope]], '''Here There Be {{Spoiler}}s'''. [[Administrivia/HandlingSpoilers You have been warned]].

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It may be justified as it allows the next generation, mainly the hero, to [[TookALevelInBadass improve greatly]] to make up for the loss of this person.

See also TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth - a character who is just too gentle to stay
person. Many {{Crutch Character}}s in the story video games channel this trope.

Compare DyingMomentOfAwesome;
and TooPowerfulToLive - TooPowerfulToLive, a villain who is just too dangerous thanks to his StoryBreakerPower. Also tends See also TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth, a character who is just too gentle to cross over with TheMentor. Many {{Crutch Character}}s stay in video games channel this trope. Compare the story; and TooHappyToLive.

Compare DyingMomentOfAwesome.

Being Too Cool to Live can be very subjective, so please try not to Administrivia/EditWar. Also: [[SpoileredRotten since Since this is a]] a [[DeathTropes death-related trope]], '''Here There Be {{Spoiler}}s'''. [[Administrivia/HandlingSpoilers You have been warned]].
warned.]]
12th Mar '17 8:34:17 AM NightShade96
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17th Feb '17 2:27:27 AM Bat178
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* [[spoiler:[[AwesomeAussie Deke]]]] from ''VideoGame/FearEffect''. [[spoiler: Thankfully, he [[UnexplainedRecovery gets better]] in the best ending]].
16th Feb '17 8:58:04 AM SilverFang
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* [[TricksterMentor Cross]] Marian in ''Manga/DGrayMan'' necessitated a hunt across half of Asia by the Black Order, then sauntered in and saved Allen's ass on the Ark. His superiors at the Black Order were not amused by his tendency to go truant and put him under house arrest, and he spent quite a while lounging around headquarters, [[ChivalrousPervert seducing women]], racking up insane amounts of debt on the Order's tab, and [[CoolMask completely]] [[BadassLongcoat outshining]] [[NiceHat every]] [[TheGunslinger damn]] [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority person]] [[RevolversAreJustBetter in the]] [[FourStarBadass whole]] place, as was aptly demonstrated when [[spoiler:Lulu Bell attacked.]] He was attacked at HQ, with his gun, and mask left at the scene. Komui exams the bullet hole in his mask, and tells other generals that all the blood belonged to Cross and that the wound would have been fatal. [[spoiler: However, it's been revealed that he survived the shot to his head, but has only been placed in a ConvenientComa because of it. Road reveals it when she states she wants him to keep sleeping, in chapter 222]]
** Although [[spoiler:because he was apparently shot in the head in a way that [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat nothing human could have survived]], and all the blood found at the scene was confirmed to be his, chances are he's either genuinely dead, or not human]].

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* [[TricksterMentor Cross]] Marian in ''Manga/DGrayMan'' necessitated a hunt across half of Asia by the Black Order, then sauntered in and saved Allen's ass on the Ark. His superiors at the Black Order were not amused by his tendency to go truant and put him under house arrest, and he spent quite a while lounging around headquarters, [[ChivalrousPervert seducing women]], racking up insane amounts of debt on the Order's tab, and [[CoolMask completely]] [[BadassLongcoat outshining]] [[NiceHat every]] [[TheGunslinger damn]] [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority person]] [[RevolversAreJustBetter in the]] [[FourStarBadass whole]] place, as was aptly demonstrated when [[spoiler:Lulu Bell attacked.]] He was attacked at HQ, and appeared to be dead, but his body disappeared, with his gun, and mask left at the scene. Komui exams the bullet hole in his mask, and tells other generals that all the blood belonged to Cross and that the a wound of such magnitude would have been fatal. [[spoiler: However, it's been revealed that he survived the shot to his head, but has only been placed in a ConvenientComa because of it. Road reveals it when she states she wants him to keep sleeping, in chapter 222]]
** Although [[spoiler:because he was apparently shot in the head in a way that [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat nothing human could have survived]], and all the blood found at the scene was confirmed to be his, chances are he's either genuinely dead, or not human]].
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16th Feb '17 8:54:32 AM SilverFang
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* [[TricksterMentor Cross]] Marian in ''Manga/DGrayMan'' necessitated a hunt across half of Asia by the Black Order, then sauntered in and saved Allen's ass on the Ark. His superiors at the Black Order were not amused by his tendency to go truant and put him under house arrest, and he spent quite a while lounging around headquarters, [[TheCasanova seducing women]], racking up insane amounts of debt on the Order's tab, and [[CoolMask completely]] [[BadassLongcoat outshining]] [[NiceHat every]] [[TheGunslinger damn]] [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority person]] [[RevolversAreJustBetter in the]] [[FourStarBadass whole]] place, as was aptly demonstrated when [[spoiler:Lulu Bell attacked.]] But then, he suddenly, mysteriously disappeared with very little evidence how; they NeverFoundTheBody, and it's undoubtedly going to factor into the plot later, as it's well established that he's hard to take down.

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* [[TricksterMentor Cross]] Marian in ''Manga/DGrayMan'' necessitated a hunt across half of Asia by the Black Order, then sauntered in and saved Allen's ass on the Ark. His superiors at the Black Order were not amused by his tendency to go truant and put him under house arrest, and he spent quite a while lounging around headquarters, [[TheCasanova [[ChivalrousPervert seducing women]], racking up insane amounts of debt on the Order's tab, and [[CoolMask completely]] [[BadassLongcoat outshining]] [[NiceHat every]] [[TheGunslinger damn]] [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority person]] [[RevolversAreJustBetter in the]] [[FourStarBadass whole]] place, as was aptly demonstrated when [[spoiler:Lulu Bell attacked.]] But then, he suddenly, mysteriously disappeared He was attacked at HQ, with very little evidence how; they NeverFoundTheBody, his gun, and mask left at the scene. Komui exams the bullet hole in his mask, and tells other generals that all the blood belonged to Cross and that the wound would have been fatal. [[spoiler: However, it's undoubtedly going to factor into the plot later, as it's well established been revealed that he's hard he survived the shot to take down.his head, but has only been placed in a ConvenientComa because of it. Road reveals it when she states she wants him to keep sleeping, in chapter 222]]
26th Jan '17 11:27:42 AM Wyldchyld
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' got a rare female example in [[FetishFuelStationAttendant Oerba]] Yun [[LauncherOfAThousandShips Fang]]. Her Australian accent in the English dub only increased her already considerable badass quotient. Fortunately for the shippers, she only goes into crystal stasis. FixFic here we come!.

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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' got a rare female example in [[FetishFuelStationAttendant Oerba]] Oerba Yun [[LauncherOfAThousandShips Fang]]. Her Australian accent in the English dub only increased her already considerable badass quotient. Fortunately for the shippers, she only goes into crystal stasis. FixFic here we come!.
20th Jan '17 6:50:02 AM luord
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** Galahad, the suave, lion-hearted, polite and soft-spoken asskicker, who sadly meets his fate. Though [[http://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/colin-firth-kingsman-secret-service-sequel/ Matthew Vaughn hopes his actor can come back for a sequel.]]
** Gazelle.

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** Galahad, the suave, lion-hearted, polite and soft-spoken asskicker, who sadly meets his fate. Though [[http://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/colin-firth-kingsman-secret-service-sequel/ Matthew Vaughn hopes his actor can come [[spoiler:Colin Firth will be back for a sequel.]]
the sequel, but it's not yet known in what capacity]].
** Gazelle.[[HandicappedBadass Gazelle]], the CrazyAwesome, lethal DarkActionGirl.
15th Jan '17 1:58:15 PM DustSnitch
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* Balgus from ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne''. Sure, he was the mentor to TheHero until this point, but he was a giant of a man with BadAss scars who [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome took out an enemy mecha on foot]] with a BFS on a show where this sort of thing generally doesn't happen.

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* Balgus from ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne''. Sure, he was the mentor to TheHero until this point, but he was a giant of a man with BadAss badass scars who [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome took out an enemy mecha on foot]] with a BFS on a show where this sort of thing generally doesn't happen.



* Ken from ''Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar''. What can go wrong with a {{Badass}} pilot who has a NinjaPirateZombieRobot for a mecha? Obviously, they had to take him out. Unless he's in the VideoGame/SuperRobotWars universe.

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* Ken from ''Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar''. What can go wrong with a {{Badass}} badass pilot who has a NinjaPirateZombieRobot for a mecha? Obviously, they had to take him out. Unless he's in the VideoGame/SuperRobotWars universe.



* [[TricksterMentor Cross]] Marian in ''Manga/DGrayMan'' necessitated a hunt across half of Asia by the Black Order, then sauntered in and saved Allen's ass on the Ark. His superiors at the Black Order were not amused by his tendency to go truant and put him under house arrest, and he spent quite a while lounging around headquarters, [[TheCasanova seducing women]], racking up insane amounts of debt on the Order's tab, and [[CoolMask completely]] [[BadassLongcoat outshining]] [[NiceHat every]] [[TheGunslinger damn]] [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority person]] [[RevolversAreJustBetter in the]] [[FourStarBadass whole]] place, as was aptly demonstrated when [[spoiler:Lulu Bell attacked.]] But then, he suddenly, mysteriously disappeared with very little evidence how; they NeverFoundTheBody, and it's undoubtedly going to factor into the plot later, as it's well established that he's [[BadAss hard to take down]].

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* [[TricksterMentor Cross]] Marian in ''Manga/DGrayMan'' necessitated a hunt across half of Asia by the Black Order, then sauntered in and saved Allen's ass on the Ark. His superiors at the Black Order were not amused by his tendency to go truant and put him under house arrest, and he spent quite a while lounging around headquarters, [[TheCasanova seducing women]], racking up insane amounts of debt on the Order's tab, and [[CoolMask completely]] [[BadassLongcoat outshining]] [[NiceHat every]] [[TheGunslinger damn]] [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority person]] [[RevolversAreJustBetter in the]] [[FourStarBadass whole]] place, as was aptly demonstrated when [[spoiler:Lulu Bell attacked.]] But then, he suddenly, mysteriously disappeared with very little evidence how; they NeverFoundTheBody, and it's undoubtedly going to factor into the plot later, as it's well established that he's [[BadAss hard to take down]].down.



** A character who is the [[LargeAndInCharge strongest]], [[PersonOfMassDestruction most powerful]], [[TestosteronePoisoning most awesomely manly]], and all-around [[BadAss most utterly badass]] character in a WorldOfBadass. He dies at the end of the arc in which he finally gets to fight. His name: [[spoiler: Whitebeard]].

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** A character who is the [[LargeAndInCharge strongest]], [[PersonOfMassDestruction most powerful]], [[TestosteronePoisoning most awesomely manly]], and all-around [[BadAss most utterly badass]] badass character in a WorldOfBadass. He dies at the end of the arc in which he finally gets to fight. His name: [[spoiler: Whitebeard]].



* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' being a WorldOfBadass, pretty much any death gets this trope; but [[BunnyEarsLawyer Maes]] [[BadassNormal Hughes]], [[MadBomber Kimblee]], [[{{Badass}} Wrath]], and [[HeroicSacrifice Greed]] in particular stand out.

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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' being a WorldOfBadass, pretty much any death gets this trope; but [[BunnyEarsLawyer Maes]] [[BadassNormal Hughes]], [[MadBomber Kimblee]], [[{{Badass}} Wrath]], Wrath, and [[HeroicSacrifice Greed]] in particular stand out.



** And Blink, especially considering very shortly after her death, an incredibly BadAss alternate reality version of her was depicted in significant detail.

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** And Blink, especially considering very shortly after her death, an incredibly BadAss badass alternate reality version of her was depicted in significant detail.



* Col. Gondoh in ''Film/GodzillaVsBiollante''. Needless to say, he gets an absolutely BadAss final scene.

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* Col. Gondoh in ''Film/GodzillaVsBiollante''. Needless to say, he gets an absolutely BadAss badass final scene.



* Subverted in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' when it looks like resident BadAss Tallahasse is going to be killed off during the shootout at Pacific Playland. Instead, he's too cool to be too cool to live. His coolness wraps around itself to defy trope conventions.

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* Subverted in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' when it looks like resident BadAss badass Tallahasse is going to be killed off during the shootout at Pacific Playland. Instead, he's too cool to be too cool to live. His coolness wraps around itself to defy trope conventions.



* Parodied in ''Film/TheOtherGuys'', where Danson and Highsmith, two {{Badass}} policemen, deliberately jumped off a tall building while chasing jewelry robbers in the hopes they would land in the bushes. [[RealityEnsues They didn't survive]].

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* Parodied in ''Film/TheOtherGuys'', where Danson and Highsmith, two {{Badass}} badass policemen, deliberately jumped off a tall building while chasing jewelry robbers in the hopes they would land in the bushes. [[RealityEnsues They didn't survive]].



** [[spoiler:Robb Stark]] and [[spoiler: {{badass}} wolf Grey Wind]].

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** [[spoiler:Robb Stark]] and [[spoiler: {{badass}} badass wolf Grey Wind]].



** ''Fatal Frame IV'' the ex-police officer turned detective Choushiro Kirishima. He's the one who discovered the kidnapped girls on Rougetsu Island and has been spending his entire time finding and bringing You Haibara to justice. {{Badass}} is the simplest way to describe this guy, for all the things he does. [[spoiler: Turns out, he's been dead for years and his ghost is what's been doing all that work.]]

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** ''Fatal Frame IV'' the ex-police officer turned detective Choushiro Kirishima. He's the one who discovered the kidnapped girls on Rougetsu Island and has been spending his entire time finding and bringing You Haibara to justice. {{Badass}} Badass is the simplest way to describe this guy, for all the things he does. [[spoiler: Turns out, he's been dead for years and his ghost is what's been doing all that work.]]



** Same goes for The Boss in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''. [[{{Badass}} She could just stand there and look at her enemies, and every soldier would throw away his weapon and surrender.]]

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** Same goes for The Boss in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''. [[{{Badass}} She could just stand there and look at her enemies, and every soldier would throw away his weapon and surrender.]]



** [[BadAss Judge Magister]] [[OneSceneWonder Drace]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' got a rare female example in [[FetishFuelStationAttendant Oerba]] Yun [[LauncherOfAThousandShips Fang]]. Her Australian accent in the English dub only increased her already considerable BadAss quotient. Fortunately for the shippers, she only goes into crystal stasis. FixFic here we come!.
** Come now, this trope has been in ''Final Fantasy'' since the early days. Tellah from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', Galuf from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', General Leo (and possibly Shadow) from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''... but the champion of this is ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII''. Scott, Josef, Minwu, and Richard Highwind... so BadAss, they made a bonus mode starring them in the afterlife!

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** [[BadAss Judge Magister]] Magister [[OneSceneWonder Drace]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' got a rare female example in [[FetishFuelStationAttendant Oerba]] Yun [[LauncherOfAThousandShips Fang]]. Her Australian accent in the English dub only increased her already considerable BadAss badass quotient. Fortunately for the shippers, she only goes into crystal stasis. FixFic here we come!.
** Come now, this trope has been in ''Final Fantasy'' since the early days. Tellah from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', Galuf from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', General Leo (and possibly Shadow) from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''... but the champion of this is ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII''. Scott, Josef, Minwu, and Richard Highwind... so BadAss, badass, they made a bonus mode starring them in the afterlife!



* Nihlus Kryik from the first ''VideoGame/{{Mass Effect|1}}''. BadAss Spectre, intrigued by the potential of the human race, clearly established as a mentor for Shepard, dies thirty minutes into the game. Samara (from the second game) describes how he outwitted her after a ''two week'' game of cat and mouse: namely, turning her own Code against her. Bear in mind that Samara is a thousand year old asari [[WarriorMonk Justicar]] that started fighting injustice around the same time Napoleon was marching on Moscow.

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* Nihlus Kryik from the first ''VideoGame/{{Mass Effect|1}}''. BadAss Spectre, intrigued by the potential of the human race, clearly established as a mentor for Shepard, dies thirty minutes into the game. Samara (from the second game) describes how he outwitted her after a ''two week'' game of cat and mouse: namely, turning her own Code against her. Bear in mind that Samara is a thousand year old asari [[WarriorMonk Justicar]] that started fighting injustice around the same time Napoleon was marching on Moscow.



* Pankraz from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV''. Since he's never actually player-controlled, the game only gives brief glimpses of how {{badass}} he is, but it's more than enough to show he would've been a top-tier party member all the way to the end of the game. Especially given his unique ability to attack twice every turn.

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* Pankraz from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV''. Since he's never actually player-controlled, the game only gives brief glimpses of how {{badass}} badass he is, but it's more than enough to show he would've been a top-tier party member all the way to the end of the game. Especially given his unique ability to attack twice every turn.



* In ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos Origins'', [[spoiler:party member Guillo is a total {{Badass}}, a hilarious DeadpanSnarker, a big GameBreaker in combat, and has a compelling backstory. It sacrifices itself almost immediately after the final boss to save Sagi from a malfunctioning machina.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos Origins'', [[spoiler:party member Guillo is a total {{Badass}}, badass, a hilarious DeadpanSnarker, a big GameBreaker in combat, and has a compelling backstory. It sacrifices itself almost immediately after the final boss to save Sagi from a malfunctioning machina.]]



* The first major character that was KilledOffForReal in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' also happened to be one of the biggest {{badass}}es in the entire series: [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bro]] (who, appropriately enough, is a retroactive [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]] {{Expy}}). At the time of death, he and [[FutureBadass Davesprite]] were duelling [[DiscOneFinalBoss Jack]] [[OneManArmy Noir]] and could feasibly have defeated him if [[PhysicalGod he hadn't gained First Guardian powers from Becquerel's prototyping midway through the fight]]; earlier, Bro alone [[DuelBoss successfully duelled him]] on even ground to a standstill.

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* The first major character that was KilledOffForReal in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' also happened to be one of the biggest {{badass}}es badasses in the entire series: [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bro]] (who, appropriately enough, is a retroactive [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]] {{Expy}}). At the time of death, he and [[FutureBadass Davesprite]] were duelling [[DiscOneFinalBoss Jack]] [[OneManArmy Noir]] and could feasibly have defeated him if [[PhysicalGod he hadn't gained First Guardian powers from Becquerel's prototyping midway through the fight]]; earlier, Bro alone [[DuelBoss successfully duelled him]] on even ground to a standstill.



* Max aka [=HandofBlood=] in TubeClash, a german Website/YouTube series, where animated versions of german Youtubers team up and fight each other to survive, {{Battle Royale}} style. The aforementioned Max makes it all the way to the penultimate epsiode, by now qualifying as the greatest {{badass}} of the remaining three, having defeated a giant serpent all by himself earlier and using a gigantic Samurai sword as his weapon of choice. Despite his physical superiority over the others however, he chooses to instead sacrifice himself to allow the remaining two to move on. May also qualify as {{Heroic Sacrifice}}.

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* Max aka [=HandofBlood=] in TubeClash, a german Website/YouTube series, where animated versions of german Youtubers team up and fight each other to survive, {{Battle Royale}} style. The aforementioned Max makes it all the way to the penultimate epsiode, by now qualifying as the greatest {{badass}} badass of the remaining three, having defeated a giant serpent all by himself earlier and using a gigantic Samurai sword as his weapon of choice. Despite his physical superiority over the others however, he chooses to instead sacrifice himself to allow the remaining two to move on. May also qualify as {{Heroic Sacrifice}}.
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