Created By: youngcosetteJanuary 25, 2011 Last Edited By: youngcosetteApril 8, 2011
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I Dont Want To Die

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When the hero is forced to make a great sacrifice for the greater good, just before he does he suddenly realizes "Wait, I Dont Want To Die". It might be a Chosen One wondering why he specifically has to be the one to die and nobody else. This scenario is usually used to show a very human side of the hero and also making the scene more dramatic. It is characterized by very unheroic responses and actions where he loses bravery, resolve, consideration of the greater good and sometimes dignity. It is likely that the hero will have to have someone help them calm down if he doesn't end up doing so himself to Face Death With Dignity. There's also the possibility that this will end up being his Despair Event Horizon and might try to Screw Destiny by running away.

Unlike an HBSOD or Heroic Safe Mode, this realization is very emotional often met with the Five Stages Of Grief.

DEATH RELATED TROPE. There will be spoilers. Read at your own risk.


Examples:

  • In the Doctor Who episode The Family of Blood, John Smith learns that he is actually an amnesiac human version of the Doctor and that he has to turn back into the Doctor to save the day. He is extremely reluctant because this would mean that he essentially dies and not be able to be with the love of his life. The pure raw anguish and fear make this scene a particularly strong Tear Jerker.
  • One Piece: In the Ennis Lobby Arc, Neco Robin tried to sacrifice herself to keep her crewmates from being arrested (and later executed) alongside her. When they risk their lives just to get within shouting distance of her and ask if she really wants to make a Heroic Sacrifice, she breaks down and begs them to save her. Asskicking ensues.
  • Jesus, in Gethsemane, asks God if there was any third option that would avoid His own death. There wasn't.
  • Fate Stay Night: In the Normal Ending of Heaven's Feel route Shirou's mind is already dead, when he goes to destroy Holy Grail. And his last thoughts, was about how he doesn't want to do this and how he wants to live, even for a one day.
  • In the Downer Ending of Chrono Crusade, Rosette, who has spent all her remaining life force battling the Big Bad, seems ready to Face Death With Dignity but just minutes before the time comes, she breaks down and starts crying how she doesn't want to die and lists all the things she still wants to do in her life... Well, you've read the "Downer Ending" part above.
  • Discussed in Tales Of The Abyss, when Luke discovers he's dying because the fonons that make up his body are separating. At first, he's terrified, but eventually goes on to Face Death With Dignity and might have made a Heroic Sacrifice, depending on the player's interpretation of the ending.
  • Buffy in the first season's finale of Buffy The Vampire Slayer has to face The Master and is prophesied to sacrifice herself to defeat him. She tells Giles, her Watcher, that she's only sixteen and that she doesn't want to die.
  • Parodied in way too many episodes of The Mighty Boosh to count- Howard Moon faces nearly every death threat with sudden tears and the words "Don't kill me, I have so much to give!"
  • Tearfully said word for word by the Kid in The Quick And The Dead, after he's been gut-shot by Harod and is dying in the dirt. He dies mere seconds later.
  • Ryan Chappelle in the third season of 24.
  • Super Street Fighter IV has an occurrence of this during the Rival Battle between Guy and Rose. Rose (despite a) being the good half of Bison's soul, b) having failed on several previous occasions to kill Bison because their power is equal but opposite, and c) acknowledging herself that she is merely The Obi Wan to Ryu, the true character destined to finally vanquish Bison) is dead-set on stopping her mortal enemy, even if it requires her going down with him. Guy, in a revisitation of Street Fighter Alpha 3, is wholly devoted to stopping Rose from proceeding with what is essentially a suicide mission. He questions Rose's methodology with the words "Being prepared to die in battle is not the same as offering yourself to death willingly." Cue a very somber battle with much reluctance from both sides. One of Rose's remarks during the battle is this trope word for word, and when the two aren't beating the tar out of one another, Guy is constantly urging Rose to reconsider her plans.
Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • January 26, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    In another Doctor Who Example, The End Of Time has the Doctor have this reaction again. Five words: I don't want to go.
  • January 27, 2011
    brogaglas
    I like this. I feel like we have it, somewhere, but if we don't then we need it.

    - One Piece: In the Ennis Lobby Arc, Neco Robin tried to sacrifice herself to keep her crewmates from being arrested (and later executed) alongside her. When they risk their lives just to get within shouting distance of her and ask if she really wants to make a Heroic Sacrifice, she breaks down and begs them to save her. Asskicking ensues.

    -Jesus, in Gethsemane, asks God if there was any third option that would avoid His own death. There wasn't.
  • January 27, 2011
    AlexTrusk
    In the Normal Ending of Heaven's Feel route Shirou's mind is already dead, when he goes to destroy Holy Grail. And his last thoughts, was about how he doesn't want to do this and how he wants to live, even for a one day.
  • February 1, 2011
    Koveras
    ^Just in case not everyone on this wiki is familiar with Nasuverse, that example comes from Fate Stay Night.

    • In the Downer Ending of Chrono Crusade, Rosette, who has spent all her remaining life force battling the Big Bad, seems ready to Face Death With Dignity but just minutes before the time comes, she breaks down and starts crying how she doesn't want to die and lists all the things she still wants to do in her life... Well, you've read the "Downer Ending" part above.
  • February 1, 2011
    UnluckyNormalcyCLO
    Discussed in Tales Of The Abyss, when Luke discovers he's dying because the fonons that make up his body are separating. At first, he's terrified, but eventually goes on to Face Death With Dignity and might have made a Heroic Sacrifice, depending on the player's interpretation of the ending. Considering this is a death related trope, maybe there should be a warning for spoilers in the description.
  • February 1, 2011
    Grain
    Reluctant Sacrifice or Hesitant Sacrifice are more descriptive titles. If you want to be really specific, Reluctant Self Sacrifice. It's better to avoid using the annoying apostrophe.
  • February 1, 2011
    zerky
    Sorry... Saw the typoed redlink at the top and impulsively had to correct it...

    And more on topic,

    • Buffy in the first season's finale of Buffy The Vampire Slayer has to face The Master and is prophesied to sacrifice herself to defeat him. She tells Giles, her Watcher, that she's only sixteen and that she doesn't want to die.
  • February 2, 2011
    youngcosette
    Reluctant Sacrifice or Hesitant Sacrifice could work. Anybody have any thoughts?
  • February 2, 2011
    MeganPhntmGrl
    Parodied in way too many episodes of The Mighty Boosh to count- Howard Moon faces nearly every death threat with sudden tears and the words "Don't kill me, I have so much to give!"
  • February 2, 2011
    Worldmaker
    Tearfully said word for word by the Kid in The Quick And The Dead, after he's been gut-shot by Harod and is dying in the dirt. He dies mere seconds later.
  • February 2, 2011
    GameChainsaw
  • February 2, 2011
    sainatsukino
    Page quote should be the very hilarious Brad from the Quebecer show "Dans une galaxie pres de chez vous": I don't wanna die! It pinches!
  • February 4, 2011
    Worldmaker
    All these examples with spoiler tags in them... they do know that the moment it hits the actual trope pages, they go away because there are no spoiler tags when it comes to Death Tropes, right?
  • February 4, 2011
    AlexTrusk
    I like this name! I think, that it will be better to leave "I dont want to die"... It's a good name.
  • February 4, 2011
    brogaglas
    I think I Dont Want To Die is just fine, even with the incompatible contraction.
  • February 4, 2011
    rage24
    Ryan Chappelle in the third season of 24.
  • February 5, 2011
    youngcosette
    @Worldmaker: I didn't have the warning on at first.
  • February 5, 2011
    youngcosette
    I took off the spoiler tags so I wouldn't forget to do that when I launch.
  • February 6, 2011
    melloncollie
    Just to clarify, this is specifically about heroic sacrifices and not just any death, right?

    • Romeo X Juliet: Romeo tries very hard to get Juliet to give up on her duty as a Capulet to sacrifice herself to the Escalus tree, and she eventually does... once she's already in Ophelia's clutches.
  • February 16, 2011
    Grain
  • March 3, 2011
    youngcosette
    Bump
  • April 8, 2011
    Rolf
    Add media sorting of some form, then Just Launch It Already
  • April 8, 2011
    neoYTPism
    • Idea for page quotation:
    General Rogard: ... we're going to die, Mansley, for our country.
    Agent Mansley: Screw our country, I wanna live!
  • April 8, 2011
    X2X
  • April 8, 2011
    azul120
    Wolfwood from Trigun.

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