Created By: TTedJanuary 10, 2013 Last Edited By: ArivneJanuary 16, 2013

Not right. Necessary.

A trope where a murder occurs, and the victim agrees that they need to die.

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The murder could come from the keeping of a secret, their continued living might otherwise compromise a community or society, or their death could bring about something better for the society.

As this is a Death Trope, expect unmarked spoilers ahead.


Examples

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  • The title comes from what was said by Joseph Cotten's character in the movie Soylent Green, just before his assassination for knowing about the origin of the title substance.
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  • January 10, 2013
    Chernoskill
    • In Sin City: That Yellow Bastard, Hartigan comes to accept the fact that he needs to die in order to protect Nancy's identity. Heck, he even shoots himself in the head!
  • January 10, 2013
    Arivne
    ^ According to the description this is limited to murders, so suicide wouldn't count.

    Personally I would expand this to include suicide as well, to avoid Missing Supertrope Syndrome.
  • January 10, 2013
    TheHandle
    ^Well said. In that case, any Tanathos Gambit would be a subtrope, no? Or at least, there would be some overlap.
  • January 10, 2013
    noobdood
    In Doctor Who: Series 6, The Wedding of River Song, the Doctor knows that he must be killed by River Song to prevent the complete disintegration of time so that the universe may continue to exist
  • January 10, 2013
    DRCEQ
    related to Suicide By Cop
  • January 10, 2013
    Astaroth
    Expect them to Face Death With Dignity. Compare Death Seeker
  • January 10, 2013
    TTed
    I suppose that a suicide could count as well as a murder, as long as it fits the bottom half of the description. Any kind of killing will do. Remember, this trope is in progress.
  • January 10, 2013
    KingZeal
    • In The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Paarthurnax, the dragon that pulled a Heel Face Turn and sided with mankind against his own species thousands of years ago takes the role of mentor to the Dragonborn. A group of dragon-hunters demands that Paarthurnax dies for the atrocities he committed ages ago, and if you tell Paarthurnax that you've been ordered to kill him, Paarthurnax agrees that killing a dragon is always the wisest and safest option.
      "I can be trusted. I know this. But they do not. Onikaan ni ov dovah. It is always wise to mistrust a dovah."
    • Jesus, and virtually any version of The Messiah in fiction.
  • January 10, 2013
    robinjohnson
    Please don't open the trope description with an unmarked spoiler!
  • January 11, 2013
    Arivne
    Added a "Death Trope = unmarked spoilers" warning in the OP.
  • January 11, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Usually happens when a character says My God What Have I Done. This happens in Battle Royale. The Big Bad tells the students to shoot him.
  • January 11, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Can be a form of Heroic Sacrifice.
  • January 12, 2013
    peccantis
    If it's restricted to murders, the title should reflect it.
  • January 12, 2013
    StarSword
    Title violates No New Stock Phrases. I think.

    Compare Thanatos Gambit, where the character's death fulfills his plan.
  • January 13, 2013
    robinjohnson
    ^^^^^ Yes, but the warning comes after an unmarked spoiler.

    Anyway,
    • Bill seems to accept what's coming to him at the end of Kill Bill.
  • January 14, 2013
    Arivne
    ^ "Yes, but the warning comes after an unmarked spoiler."

    That's because the original poster included an example in the description when it should have been part of a separate example section.

    I have edited the original post to correct this.
  • January 14, 2013
    TrustBen
    In Jorge Luis Borges' story "The Theme of the Hero and Traitor", an Irish revolutionary collaborates with the English, but agrees to be murdered in order to discredit them. Bernardo Bertolucci filmed the story with a Setting Update as The Spiders Stratagem.
  • January 14, 2013
    DracMonster
    This would be a subtrope of Death Equals Redemption and Villains Dying Grace.

    Accepting His Death Sentence

    Knew He Deserved Death

    Hmm... difficult to title succinctly...
  • January 15, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Arguably Rorshach's death in Watchmen. He announces that he's going to tell the world of Ozymanius' plan and only his death will stop him. Implied that he's asking Dr. Manhattan to kill him because deep down he knows that it'd be better for the world if he doesn't tell, but his character is such that he can't not tell.
  • January 16, 2013
    Chernoskill
    Arguably indeed. It's up for interpretation wether Roschach truly believes that the world would bet better without knowing the truth. Judging by his characterization earlier in the movie, he could be viewed more like a no compromise guy that will only accept full disclosure.
  • January 16, 2013
    randomsurfer
    I don't remember which season or character, but in Twenty Four there was a man (security operative) who terrorists demanded that Jack kill or else they would...I don't remember, probably blow a nuke or something. The man was resigned to his fate, and Jack killed him.

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