Downer counterpart to a Heroic Sacrifice
. Usually happens to anyone who isn't The Hero
or The Messiah
while attempting a Heroic Sacrifice. May serve as fuel for Heroic Resolve
and/or an Unstoppable Rage
. Might trigger What a Senseless Waste of Human Life
. Typically, the Red Shirt Army charging like boars
will have this happen.
If you really
want to mess with the hero and audience, the villain reveals
that his Self-Destructive Charge
was merely tilting at windmills, it was just a diversionary tactic designed to exploit his martyr complex.