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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''.
15th Apr '17 6:23:53 PM nombretomado
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* In ''SoundHorizon'''s ''Moira'', fed up with the way Moira torments and manipulates people in life, Thanatos concocts a plan to confront and overthrow her - a plan which involves tormenting and manipulating a man all through his life. [[spoiler:The final two tracks of the album imply that not only did this plan fail, but that Thanatos has since been futilely attempting this plan [[HereWeGoAgain over and over again]] for gods knows how long.]]

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* In ''SoundHorizon'''s Music/SoundHorizon's ''Moira'', fed up with the way Moira torments and manipulates people in life, Thanatos concocts a plan to confront and overthrow her - a plan which involves tormenting and manipulating a man all through his life. [[spoiler:The final two tracks of the album imply that not only did this plan fail, but that Thanatos has since been futilely attempting this plan [[HereWeGoAgain over and over again]] for gods knows how long.]]
14th Apr '17 10:45:45 AM ChaoticNovelist
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*''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': The Spanish sect of the Assassin Brotherhood is very upfront to new initiates that they will likely be asked to take one for the team. In fact, the entire team might have to do so as well. When the alternative is the Templar Order mind controlling the rest of humanity into eternal slavery, the initiates agree. Maria, in particular, is insistent that Aguilar sacrifice her if it is necessary.
15th Feb '17 4:42:04 PM infernape612
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* In ''Literature/EnchantressFromTheStars'', if a Federation agent is captured, and it stands to reason that he or she will cannot prevent divulging the information about TheFederation, the agent is supposed to commit suicide. Of course Elana, the main protagonist is only told this ''after'' she is captured during the action which she probably wouldn't undertake had she known this beforehand.
** And since her father doesn't quite trusts her to commit suicide he [[spoiler: secretly sends her fiance to either free ''or'' kill her, only stopping the plan at the last second. Double facepalm since earlier he explicitly declined giving her the ''order'' to die]]
*** Of course, Elana, after encountering the way TheEmpire treats its captives, actually finds the idea attractive.

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* In ''Literature/EnchantressFromTheStars'', if a Federation agent is captured, and it stands to reason that he or she will cannot prevent divulging the divulging information about TheFederation, the agent is supposed to commit suicide. Of course Elana, the main protagonist is only told this ''after'' she is captured during the action which she probably wouldn't undertake undertaken had she known this beforehand.
** And since her father doesn't quite trusts trust her to commit suicide he [[spoiler: secretly sends her fiance to either free ''or'' kill her, only stopping the plan at the last second. Double facepalm since earlier he explicitly declined giving her the ''order'' to die]]
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*** Of course, Elana, after encountering discovering the way TheEmpire treats its captives, actually finds the idea attractive.



* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "In The Pale Moonlight" [[RetiredMonster Garak]] kills a bunch of people for [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans the greater good]], and then, when [[TheCaptain The Sisko]] objects, gives this little speech:

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* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "In The Pale Moonlight" [[RetiredMonster Garak]] kills a bunch of people for [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans the greater good]], and then, when [[TheCaptain The Sisko]] objects, gives this little speech:



* In ''SoundHorizon'''s ''Moira'', fed up with the way Moira torments and manipulates people in life, Thanatos concocts a plan to confront and overthrow her - A plan which involves tormenting and manipulating a man all through his life. [[spoiler:The final two tracks of the album imply that not only did this plan fail, but that Thanatos has since been futilely attempting this plan [[HereWeGoAgain over and over again]] for gods knows how long.]]

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* In ''SoundHorizon'''s ''Moira'', fed up with the way Moira torments and manipulates people in life, Thanatos concocts a plan to confront and overthrow her - A a plan which involves tormenting and manipulating a man all through his life. [[spoiler:The final two tracks of the album imply that not only did this plan fail, but that Thanatos has since been futilely attempting this plan [[HereWeGoAgain over and over again]] for gods knows how long.]]
15th Feb '17 4:35:23 PM infernape612
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* In ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'', the protagonist is told that he should allow the writer to kill him off, as the contribution to the world's literature as a whole is more important than his own life. It's implied that he [[spoiler: ultimately decides to sacrifice himself, not to for literature's sake, but to save a little boy. This ends up prompting the writer to rethink her whole approach.]]

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* In ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'', the protagonist is told that he should allow the writer to kill him off, as the contribution to the world's literature as a whole is more important than his own life. It's implied that he [[spoiler: ultimately decides to sacrifice himself, not to for literature's sake, but to save a little boy. This ends up prompting the writer to rethink her whole approach.]]
15th Feb '17 4:25:51 PM infernape612
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Compare AMillionIsAStatistic, TheNeedsOfTheMany, PoweredByAForsakenChild and WhatYouAreInTheDark

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Compare AMillionIsAStatistic, TheNeedsOfTheMany, PoweredByAForsakenChild and WhatYouAreInTheDarkWhatYouAreInTheDark.
12th Jan '17 12:53:14 AM PaulA
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* Invoked twice in ''Film/FlashGordon'': first by Zarkoff and then by Flash himself, when faced with the prospect of having to sacrifice themselves to save the Earth. "It's not madness, it's a rational transaction: one life in exchange for millions."

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* Invoked twice in ''Film/FlashGordon'': ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'': first by Zarkoff Zarkov and then by Flash himself, when faced with the prospect of having to sacrifice themselves to save the Earth. "It's not madness, it's a rational transaction: one life in exchange for millions."
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