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25th Apr '18 6:33:03 PM -space-
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* ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' has a few examples.
** In SDR2's final trial, [[spoiler:the survivors have to decide whether to sacrifice themselves to keep Junko Enoshima trapped, or get out of the simulation but cause the world to end all over again.]]
** In NDRV3's 2nd trial, [[spoiler: Kirumi's motive boils down to this. What are the lives of 14 high school students, even talented ones, against the lives of every citizen of Japan?]]
23rd Apr '18 8:40:35 PM yautl
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* Used near the end of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', but with a twist: Avatar is perfectly fine with the idea of sacrificing [=him/herself=] to [[spoiler:kill the Fell Dragon Grima for good instead of temporarily sealing him]]. It's their best friend (or husband) Chrom who opposes this idea, and the Avatar quotes this trope to try convincing him that this is the right decision - though in the end, it's up to player to decide.[[spoiler:Though even if the player decides to sacrifice themselves, the ending cutscene shows that they survive through [[ThePowerOfLove the magic of friendship]] anyways.]]

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* Used near the end of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', but with a twist: Avatar is perfectly fine with the idea of sacrificing [=him/herself=] to [[spoiler:kill the Fell Dragon Grima for good instead of temporarily sealing him]]. It's their best friend (or husband) Chrom who opposes this idea, and the Avatar quotes this trope to try convincing him that this is the right decision - though in the end, it's up to player to decide. [[spoiler:Though even if the player decides to sacrifice themselves, the ending post-credits cutscene shows that they survive through [[ThePowerOfLove the magic of friendship]] anyways.]]
23rd Apr '18 8:32:49 PM yautl
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* Used near the end of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', but with a twist: Avatar is perfectly fine with the idea of sacrificing [=him/herself=] to [[spoiler:kill the Fell Dragon Grima for good instead of temporarily sealing him]]. It's their best friend (or husband) Chrom who opposes this idea, and the Avatar quotes this trope to try convincing him that this is the right decision - though in the end, it's up to player to decide.

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* Used near the end of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', but with a twist: Avatar is perfectly fine with the idea of sacrificing [=him/herself=] to [[spoiler:kill the Fell Dragon Grima for good instead of temporarily sealing him]]. It's their best friend (or husband) Chrom who opposes this idea, and the Avatar quotes this trope to try convincing him that this is the right decision - though in the end, it's up to player to decide.[[spoiler:Though even if the player decides to sacrifice themselves, the ending cutscene shows that they survive through [[ThePowerOfLove the magic of friendship]] anyways.]]
15th Dec '17 5:30:14 AM JackG
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* ''The Tango Briefing'' by Adam Hall. British spy Literature/{{Quiller}} has to parachute in with a backpack nuke to destroy a crashed plane filled with canisters of nerve gas. But the detonator is smashed and there's no time to parachute in another one. Realising he's going to have to detonate the bomb manually, Quiller asks [[TheHandler Loman]] to spell out exactly what his HeroicSacrifice will achieve. Loman does so, and Quiller sardonically lampshades the trope in his thoughts. [[MyCountryRightOrWrong There's no question of him refusing however.]]

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* ''The Tango Briefing'' by Adam Hall. British spy Literature/{{Quiller}} has to parachute in with a backpack nuke to destroy a crashed plane filled with canisters of nerve gas. But the detonator is smashed and there's no time to parachute in another one. Realising he's going to have to [[UnplannedManualDetonation detonate the bomb manually, manually]], Quiller asks [[TheHandler Loman]] to spell out exactly what his HeroicSacrifice will achieve. Loman does so, and Quiller sardonically lampshades the trope in his thoughts. [[MyCountryRightOrWrong There's no question of him refusing however.]]
15th Dec '17 5:16:20 AM JackG
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* ''The Tango Briefing'' by Adam Hall. British spy Literature/{{Quiller}} has to parachute in with a backpack nuke to destroy a crashed plane filled with canisters of nerve gas. But the detonator is smashed and there's no time to parachute in another one. Realising he's going to have to detonate the bomb manually, Quiller asks [[TheHandler Loman]] to spell out exactly what his HeroicSacrifice will achieve. Loman does so, and Quiller sardonically lampshades the trope in his thoughts. [[MyCountryRightOrWrong There's no question of him refusing however.]]
16th Nov '17 8:48:08 PM MasterN
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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[spoiler: Kyubey has this mindset, which is pretty much a requirement when it's your job to harvest the despair of those that become Witches in order to save the rest of the universe from entropy. In fact it can't think any other way: it has no emotions, and therefore sees everything through logic and reason. Sacrificing one life for the good of many others is a ''logical'' (if not always moral) thing to do, so naturally it views this as acceptable. Kyubey cannot even ''comprehend'' why humans value one life when there's six billion of them and growing.]]

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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[spoiler: Kyubey [[BigBad Kyubey]] has this mindset, which is pretty much a requirement when it's your job to harvest the despair of [[TragicMonster those that become Witches become]] [[EldritchAbomination Witches]] because of the deal that [[DealWithTheDevil you made with them]] in order to [[PoweredByAForsakenChild save the rest of the universe from entropy. entropy.]] In fact it can't think any other way: [[TheStoic it has no emotions, emotions]], and therefore [[TheSpock sees everything through logic and reason. reason.]] [[TheNeedsOfTheMany Sacrificing one life for the good of many others others]] is a ''logical'' (if ''[[StrawVulcan logical]]'' ([[MoralSociopathy if not always moral) moral]]) thing to do, so naturally it views this as acceptable. Kyubey cannot even ''comprehend'' ''[[EvilCannotComprehendGood comprehend]]'' why humans value one life [[WeHaveReserves when there's six billion of them and growing.]]]]]]
1st Sep '17 3:49:18 AM M84
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* In ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "The Sentence", Dr. Henson tries to claim that the potential benefits of his LotusEaterMachine virtual prison would far outweigh the unfortunate death of a young innocent man (the machine wasn't designed to accomodate innocent people and the stress of the experience killed him). No one else agrees and he is sentenced to twenty years in prison with no chance of parole. Near the end of his sentence, Dr. Henson confesses to the prison's therapist that he was wrong to think this way, asking himself "what's one life?" again before breaking down in tears. [[spoiler:The twist is that his entire sentence was actually a simulation fed into his mind by his machine. He had actually succeeded in rescuing the young man, but he was unable to leave the machine in time, forcing him to go through an entire virtual sentence. The horror of his ordeal convinces Dr. Henson that his virtual prison is a bad idea...too bad the previously skeptical Senator now thinks it's just what the country needs.]]
24th Aug '17 11:17:54 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', Meridia, a [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] whose sphere is obscured to mortals, but is associated with LifeEnergy, [[LightIsNotGood Light]], and [[ProudBeauty Beauty]], is a ''big'' believer in this trope. She will sacrifice innocent lives, even those of her loyal followers, in an instant if it means achieving a greater good (at least in her opinion). She has an extreme hatred of anything undead, which can quickly put her into full-blown KnightTemplar mode toward wiping out any undead. This, and the belief among most mortals that she is one of the "good" (if [[GoodIsNotNice not always nice]]) Daedra can drive her into TautologicalTemplar territory. That means that she feels ''any'' action she takes is therefore good, and anyone who opposes or abandons her is evil. [[DisproportionateRetribution She will thus deal with them appropriately]].
30th May '17 3:34:39 AM OldBen
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* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Fire Emblem: Awakening]]'' puts this trope's words in [[spoiler:the Avatar's]] mouth near the end, to [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments powerful]] [[TearJerker effect]].

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* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Fire Emblem: Awakening]]'' puts this trope's words in [[spoiler:the Avatar's]] mouth Used near the end of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', but with a twist: Avatar is perfectly fine with the idea of sacrificing [=him/herself=] to [[spoiler:kill the Fell Dragon Grima for good instead of temporarily sealing him]]. It's their best friend (or husband) Chrom who opposes this idea, and the Avatar quotes this trope to try convincing him that this is the right decision - though in the end, it's up to [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments powerful]] [[TearJerker effect]].player to decide.
2nd May '17 1:23:13 PM kome360
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* ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'': Forge says a life can be worth more than the world, which is worth nothing if the 'greater good' burns it to ash. Spender thinks it's worth less than a town of ten thousand, which is about taking responsibility for your actions, not regretting the things you've done to protect others.
-->Forge: For you, good is a rational act. It's rules, it's calculations, it's your choices plugged into a grand equation, added up, up into evils vanquished. Ideals upheld. ''Civilizations'' saved. How the worth of a few lives pales before such greater goods! What is three, two lives, one life weighed against the world? The world is nothing! ''Nothing''!! Why couldn't we see this, you and I?! We burn the present for the sake of a brighter future and act surprised when all it holds is ash! No, if our minds decide the sum of small evils is a ''greater good'', then it is our ''hearts'' that are rational.
-->Spender:''Please''. Did your ''heart'' tell you to ''scrape open the length of the ghost train?''. It seems to me a bit more calculation ''then'' would have prevented the mistake you're so desperate to make ''my'' responsibility. But I suppose you were too focused on the immediate good of... what, mangling a spirit? Escaping from me? You're selfish. You don't care about the future, you just want to feel good about your actions in the ''present''. Well that's not who ''I'' am. Mayview is my greater good. It's every person I love and have loved plus ten thousand more, and protecting its future is my purpose. Everything else is secondary. [...] I like to keep my hands clean, but if reality ''insists'', I won't let shortsighted morality trump ''practical solutions''.
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