Created By: Gemmifer on January 24, 2008
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The Braveheart

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A hero who refuses to be back down against the Evil Overlord and bites the dust with fighting spirit intact, if nothing else. Might manage to motivate others to resist, though one has to wonder: Why does his dying a miserable death after losing everything he ever had encourage anyone to get on this villain's bad side? Actually it's a whole stock plot. Examples (I think those are examples, I haven't watched them attentively): Gladiator, Braveheart. Are there others?
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  • January 25, 2008
    VampireBuddha
    I think the motivation comes from the fact that no matter how evil the Big Bad is, it's still possible to resist him/her/it. Maybe one person can't defeat them, but an army can.
  • January 25, 2008
    fleb
    It's like a movie-long Heroic Sacrifice where what's gained in exchange for the sacrifice is... oh, the Heroic Sacrifice is a publicity stunt!
  • January 25, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Dr Dedman: Spartacus is the classic example (predating Braveheart in both senses). There are plenty of "heroic failure" stories. Les Miserables would be another. Japanese literature is chock-full of them.

    Better name might be something like "Moral Victor". Problem is sometimes it's very hard to spin out a "victory" of any sort. For example Antarctic exploration: The Endurance Story lends itself to a positive light, Terra Nova (Scott's 2nd) really doesn't.

  • January 25, 2008
    Roland
    Les Miserables isn't REALLY an example of this trope, is it? The emuete is viewed as a noble cause but a doomed and foolish one.
  • January 25, 2008
    Narvi
    Side-effect of being a Tragic Hero.
  • January 29, 2008
    Gemmifer
  • January 29, 2008
    Iphigenia
    What about just Moral Victory?
  • January 29, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    There's Prometheus.
  • January 30, 2008
    Arivne
    In Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Robin Hood's father Lord Locksley charges out of his castle and attacks the Sheriff of Nottingham's men, dying in the process. This motivates Robin to oppose the Sheriff.
  • January 30, 2008
    Fanra
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