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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]]
die.]]
*** 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."
16th Sep '16 2:37:43 PM Grug
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* This is the ultimate purpose of The ''Film/CabinInTheWoods'', as it is necessary for a small group of people to be sacrificed in a highly ritualized way to prevent the apocalypse. Worse, it's revealed that there are multiple rituals happening all around the world, and only one actually needs to succeed to keep the world safe. It just so happens that all but the protagonists' had failed already, with zero casualties.

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* This is the ultimate purpose of The ''Film/CabinInTheWoods'', ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'', as it is necessary for a small group of people to be sacrificed in a highly ritualized way to prevent the apocalypse. Worse, it's revealed that there are multiple rituals happening all around the world, and only one actually needs to succeed to keep the world safe. It just so happens that all but the protagonists' had failed already, with zero casualties.
16th Sep '16 2:37:10 PM Grug
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* This is the ultimate purpose of The ''Film/CabinInTheWoods'', as it is necessary for a small group of people to be sacrificed in a highly ritualized way to prevent the apocalypse. Worse, it's revealed that there are multiple rituals happening all around the world, and only one actually needs to succeed to keep the world safe. It just so happens that all but the protagonists' had failed already, with zero casualties.
20th Jul '16 10:56:37 PM CLT009
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* ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'': All over the place, since the only thing keeping the each HellGate from opening and causing HellOnEarth is a HumanSacrifice killed in some [[CruelAndUnusualDeath horrifying way]]. Every single game is the result of [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight someone rejecting this system]] and the Hell Gate opening to consume the surrounding area with [[TheCorruption Malice]] and transforming the would-be BarrierMaiden into a PersonOfMassDestruction while condemning every human unfortunate enough to be in the blast radius to a FateWorseThanDeath. WasItReallyWorthIt [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nope.]]
5th Apr '16 1:28:41 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Babylon 5'' this is invoked to G'Kar by Ambassador Kosh (appearing as G'Kar's father, "Some must be sacrificed so that all may be saved." The encounter changes G'Kar from a revenge-driven Narn patriot into a self-sacrifical warrior. [[spoiler:However, G'Kar later realizes this isn't a statement about the future but explanation of not revealing the Shadows were helping the Centauri. This is because while there are millions of Narns dead now after the war, had the Shadows been outed during or before the side of Good was ready, billions of Narns would be dead.]]

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* In ''Babylon 5'' ''Series/BabylonFive'' this is invoked to G'Kar by Ambassador Kosh (appearing as G'Kar's father, "Some must be sacrificed so that all may be saved." The encounter changes G'Kar from a revenge-driven Narn patriot into a self-sacrifical warrior. [[spoiler:However, G'Kar later realizes this isn't a statement about the future but explanation of not revealing the Shadows were helping the Centauri. This is because while there are millions of Narns dead now after the war, had the Shadows been outed during or before the side of Good was ready, billions of Narns would be dead.]]
19th Jan '16 5:55:23 AM SolidSonicTH
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Fry was originally frozen so he'd survive long enough to save the universe in the year 3000, but because [[spoiler:the Nibblonians]] were afraid he'd say "no", they never gave him a choice in the matter.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Fry was originally frozen so he'd survive long enough to save the universe in the year 3000, but because [[spoiler:the Nibblonians]] were afraid he'd say "no", they never gave him a choice in the matter. Fry himself says he likes the future but hates being used as an expendable life without consenting.
10th Oct '15 12:08:01 PM nombretomado
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** The next time was when [[NewGods Mister Miracle's]] friend Oberon was kidnapped by Granny Goodness and Miracle asked help from the League. J'onn refused because it would only help to put order into Apokolips, thus risking them turning their attention to Earth. Apparently he thought Flash wasn't looking at the big picture when he wanted to help. Flash thought the league was all about helping.

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** The next time was when [[NewGods [[ComicBook/NewGods Mister Miracle's]] friend Oberon was kidnapped by Granny Goodness and Miracle asked help from the League. J'onn refused because it would only help to put order into Apokolips, thus risking them turning their attention to Earth. Apparently he thought Flash wasn't looking at the big picture when he wanted to help. Flash thought the league was all about helping.
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