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23rd Aug '16 12:58:49 PM Gamermaster
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** Touma has defeated Fiamma of the Right, a extremely powerful magician thas has become an enemy of the entire world, and the two of them are stuck in Fiamma's flying fortress, which is falling towards the ground. Fiamma accepts his loss and prepares himself for his death, but he's surprised when Touma helps him up and starts carrying him to the last escape pod. Fiamma questions his actions and points out out that the pod is only capable of saving one of them, and Touma replies without pause that then Fiamma needs to escape. Fiamma is left dumbfounded when he realizes Touma is completely serious, even when he could return home as the hero who defeated the [[BigBad mastermind]] that instigated [[WorldWarIII World War III]] and nobody would criticize him for leaving him behind, instad very likely being praised for finishing him off. This and Touma's actions during their previous fight [[HeelFaceTurn completely change Fiamma's outlook]], motivating him to fight to protect the world he had tried to forcibly purify before and granting him a newfound respect towards Touma's way of saving people he had previously mocked.

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** Touma has defeated Fiamma of the Right, a extremely powerful magician thas has become an enemy of the entire world, and the two of them are stuck in Fiamma's flying fortress, which is falling towards the ground. Fiamma accepts his loss and prepares himself for his death, but he's surprised when Touma helps him up and starts carrying him to the last escape pod. Fiamma questions his actions and points out out that the pod is only capable of saving one of them, and Touma replies without pause that then Fiamma needs to escape. Fiamma is left dumbfounded when he realizes Touma is completely serious, even when he could return home as the hero who defeated the [[BigBad mastermind]] that instigated [[WorldWarIII World War III]] and nobody would criticize him for leaving him behind, instad instead very likely being praised for finishing him off. This and Touma's actions during their previous fight [[HeelFaceTurn completely change Fiamma's outlook]], motivating him to fight to protect the world he had tried to forcibly purify before and granting him a newfound respect towards Touma's way of saving people he had previously mocked.
22nd Aug '16 1:13:36 PM TheSinful
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* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUlg8Y_mLfA&index=8 The Reward: Tales of Alethrion]]'' ends with the titular character [[SealedEvilInACan sealing away a demonic version of himself]] at the cost of his life with no one, including his LoveInterest ever learning he was anything but a heartless mercenary OnlyInItForTheMoney.
13th Aug '16 6:16:17 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/TerryPratchett uses this several times in ''{{Discworld}}'':

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* Creator/TerryPratchett uses this several times in ''{{Discworld}}'':''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
11th Aug '16 10:21:15 PM PaulA
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** In ''Memory'', Miles Vorkosigan is asked why he did not accept a bribe, and part of the question is that it was almost certain that no one would have realized it. Miles [[ThinkNothingOfIt modestly disclaims it]] on the grounds three would have known: him, the man who offered it, and the man he would have sacrificed by taking it. Only when it is pointed out that he would have outlived them does he admit that accepting the offer would have changed him irrevocably.
--->'''Miles''': "The one thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart."
** Later, in ''A Civil Campaign'', Miles's father tells him the difference between reputation and honour: "Reputation is what other people know about you. Honour is what you know about yourself."

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** In ''Memory'', ''Literature/{{Memory}}'', Miles Vorkosigan is asked why he did not accept a bribe, and part of the question is that it was almost certain that no one would have realized it. Miles [[ThinkNothingOfIt modestly disclaims it]] on the grounds three would have known: him, the man who offered it, and the man he would have sacrificed by taking it. Only when it is pointed out that he would have outlived them does he admit that accepting the offer would have changed him irrevocably.
--->'''Miles''': "The --->'''Miles:''' The one thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart."
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** Later, in ''A Civil Campaign'', ''Literature/ACivilCampaign'', Miles's father tells him the difference between reputation and honour: "Reputation is what other people know about you. Honour is what you know about yourself."
5th Aug '16 5:08:17 AM Aesop
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* In ''File/BatmanBegins'', during the movie's dramatic action climax [[spoiler:aboard the train, shortly before it's about to crash and explode, Batman manages to knock his former mentor Ra's al Ghul down to the ground during their fight]]. The trope begins when [[spoiler:Batman has the chance to escape and survive the crash]]. Nobody will know what happens here, and he chooses to [[spoiler:take his revenge by simply allowing the baddie to stay and die, while Batman escapes]]. In Batman's words: "[[spoiler:I won't kill you, but I don't have to save you.]]".
3rd Aug '16 4:04:51 PM MsZephy7
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* In the 2015 anime/manga of ''Literature/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'', when the group was separated and chased by Lusitanians, Gieve spotted Arslan and Elam being attacked. At this point in time, Gieve was NotInThisForYourRevolution and could have pretended he didn't see them or even helped the Lusitanians claim the hefty reward on Arslan's head. Instead, he came to their rescue and repeatedly protected them throughout the rest of the journey.
25th Jul '16 2:15:57 PM WillKeaton
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** Belkar Bitterleaf sort of has one of these [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0435.html here]]. He saved Hinjo in the end, but only because he might not be able to kill people later otherwise. This nets him good karma as he soon gets a horde of goblins to murdalize.

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** Belkar Bitterleaf sort of has one of these [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0435.html here]]. here.]] He saved Hinjo in the end, but only because he might not be able to kill people later otherwise. This nets him good karma as he soon gets a horde of goblins to murdalize.
25th Jul '16 2:11:42 PM WillKeaton
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** Played subtly straight and strongly backwards in the episode "The Zeppo", while the rest of the Scooby Gang is busy taking care of [[NoodleIncident a huge, horrific, wide-scale, apocalyptic, personally heartwrenching catastrophe]], an undead delinquent jock who runs into Xander decides to blow up the high school for kicks. This would kill the Scooby Gang, and leave the Hellmouth open ending the world. Xander, not wanting to risk getting the world destroyed by distracting his more powerful friends from their own disaster, decides to take care of the problem instead, after Faith screws his brains out he singlehandedly chases down and corners the jock; and by refusing to be swayed in the face of near-certain death, intimidates him into backing down. Afterwards, even though most of the episode revolved around Xander's feelings of inferiority, he feels no need to mention the escapade to his friends or stand up to [[AlphaBitch Cordelia]] to prove his badassery, as it's enough that ''he'' knows what he did.

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** Played subtly straight and strongly backwards in the episode "The Zeppo", while the rest of the Scooby Gang is busy taking care of [[NoodleIncident a huge, horrific, wide-scale, apocalyptic, personally heartwrenching catastrophe]], an undead delinquent jock who runs into Xander decides to blow up the high school for kicks. This would kill the Scooby Gang, and leave the Hellmouth open open, ending the world. Xander, not wanting to risk getting the world destroyed by distracting his more powerful friends from their own disaster, decides to take care of the problem instead, after Faith screws his brains out he singlehandedly chases down and corners the jock; and by refusing to be swayed in the face of near-certain death, intimidates him into backing down. Afterwards, even though most of the episode revolved around Xander's feelings of inferiority, he feels no need to mention the escapade to his friends or stand up to [[AlphaBitch Cordelia]] to prove his badassery, as it's enough that ''he'' knows what he did.
25th Jul '16 2:10:06 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':

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* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':''StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]]:
12th Jul '16 10:53:54 PM smalltime
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/GoodVibes'' episode "Floatopia" Mondo declines sex with Jeena when she's too drunk to properly consent.
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