->''"Many Bothans died to bring us this information."''
-->-- '''Mon Mothma''', ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''

The importance of a piece of new information is underscored by relating the loss of life incurred to bring it to light.



[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In ''DC Special'' #29, the origin of the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica, a British agent tells [[UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt the President]]: "We have received information--very ''reliable information'', obtained at the cost of many lives--and it is now ''clear'' that [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]] plans to ''invade England''--within weeks!"


[[folder: Film: Live Action ]]

* The page quote comes from ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', when Rebel leader Mon Mothma points out many Bothan spies had died to bring the information during the briefing for the Battle of Endor. [[spoiler:And only succeeded because the Emperor allowed it, or so he says.]]
** In ''Film/RogueOne'', [[spoiler:it is revealed that the plans for the first Death Star got to Princess Leia with the cost of the lives of everybody involved in the mission to steal them.]]
* In ''Film/TheRocketeer'', when Howard Hughes shows Cliff the Nazi propaganda film, he says "Keep watching, kid. It cost a man's life to get this out of Germany."
* Happens in ''TheRightStuff'', while the two White House staffers are showing the film of the Soviet space program.
-->'''White House Staffer #1:''' This footage was assembled from souces operating under cover at great risk.
-->'''White House Staffer #2:''' ''Very'' great.
-->'''White House Staffer #1:''' We're fortunate this material didn't perish... with a couple of men.
* Christopher Walken's butt-smuggled wristwatch from ''Film/PulpFiction''.
* The crew of a hovercraft, the ''Osiris'', dies in a HeroicSacrifice to warn of an impending Machine invasion against Zion in "Final Flight of the Osiris," a digitally animated short story from ''Anime/TheAnimatrix''. This adventure is canonically noted at the start of ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' when Niobe, a hovercraft captain, presents the ''Osiris's'' information for all to see at a captain's meeting.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* {{Invoked}} in ''Series/BabylonFive'': Sheridan orders the Rangers to leak some information to the Shadows. However he is concerned that they won't believe it unless someone was...
-->'''Sheridan:''' "...willing to fight for it, willing to..." (he can't bring himself to say "die" in front of the very man he is ordering to his death)
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Sisko and Garak hatch a plan to bring the Romulans into the war against the Dominion. One of Garak's contacts forges a data rod showing the Dominion leaders planning to invade Romulus, and Garak suggests Sisko tell the ambassador people died retrieving the data. [[spoiler: The ambassador sees through the forgery, but Garak assassinates him and implicates the Dominion, which was his back-up plan the whole time.]]


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Shepard recruits Tali in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' after rescuing her from an important surveying mission gone south. Tali's entire squad (aside from herself and possibly one other soldier) is lost getting the data, which concerns a star destabilizing much faster than it ought to be.
-->'''Tali:''' That damn data had better be worth it. [[spoiler: ([[AbortedArc It wasn't]])]].


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Parodied in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' when Mon Mothma (who is a ValleyGirl for some reason) says "Our best spy, Wedge, died to bring us this information". Wedge points out that actually, he didn't and she replies "Oh! Wedge, I totally didn't recognise you. Love your hair."


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* While not exactly information useful at the time, [[http://www.strangemilitary.com/images/content/128148.jpg this image]] was taken when a Japanese bomb hit the deck of the USS Enterprise (CV-6). The Navy Photographer that took the photo was killed in the explosion, but the camera and film survived, and can now be seen in many history books on UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, particularly during the Battle of the Solomons.