->''"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. Compare ApocalypticLog and ThatWasTheLastEntry for the initial ''discovery'' of records left by doomed informants.



[[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:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** 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.]]
** ''Film/RogueOne'' shows that the first Death Star's plans were also costly to get, with all of the eponymous team giving their lives to give it to the rebellion, as well as all of Blue Squadron and a chunk of the rebel fleet.
* 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 ''Film/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. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for everyone involved, it ends up an AbortedArc.]]
-->'''Tali:''' That damn data had better be worth it.
* Invoked in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', in which several Qunari soldiers die protecting what some thieves ''think'' is the formula for their explosive powder, simply to sell the illusion. The Arishok explains that the Qunari would fight to the last man to protect the real deal.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* 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 recognize 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.