->''"It's easy to find something worth dying for. [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Do you have anything worth living for?]]"''
-->--'''Lorien''', ''Series/BabylonFive''

Worth Living For is when a character realizes he has something [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin worth]] ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin living]]'' [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin for]], be it a loved one, a new-found opportunity, or whatever have you. Will usually inspire new-found [[{{Determinator}} determination]] that might verge on making them a OneManArmy. HopeIsScary may hit first, but be overcome.

This trope can be the end of a DeathSeeker's search in the non-lethal fashion, or simply someone deciding that it's time to stop merely plodding through life and actually ''live''.

Not to be confused with HesitantSacrifice, where a character breaks down in the face of their own HeroicSacrifice.

When the DeathSeeker character actually answers this with great confidence or profound sense of hope, expect a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and/or CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

Compare WorldOfCardboardSpeech, may often lead to a SurvivalMantra. Compare LivingIsMoreThanSurviving.

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* PlayedForLaughs in a current TV ad from Phillips 66 -- a woman is sitting at her husband's bedside in a hospital, and between her sobs says that she never had a chance to tell him that he'd won free gasoline for life (a promotion run by that company). He immediately sits up, yanks his life support equipment off, announces that he has something to live for, and charges out of the hospital room.

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[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* Happens to Nico Robin in ''OnePiece''. Robin was on the verge of giving up on her life, and Luffy was the light at the end of the tunnel. Her time with the crew was the happiest she had ever been -- and she cared for them so much that she willingly turned herself in in order to save their lives from the Buster Call. The Straw Hats come to rescue her from being executed, and refuse to abandon her just because she had the entire world as her enemy. Just to prove their point, they '''''declared war on the entire world''''' for her sake. It was only then that Robin realized that she had finally found her place.
** When Luffy nearly passed the DespairEventHorizon [[spoiler:over the death of Ace]], he remembered that he still had his crew. It was only because of them and the fact that [[spoiler:Ace]] would have wanted him to move on that Luffy bothers continuing to live anymore.
** Ace had tons of angst over his bloodline, to the point that the question he spent his entire life searching the answer for... was whether he not he deserved to be born. Living only stopped being so painful when Luffy, and eventually, the Whitebeard Pirates, came into his life, having finally found the answer to that one question. [[spoiler:All of it only serves to make his death more tragic.]]
* In the ''{{X1999}}'' anime, Kamui falls [[AchillesInHisTent catatonic]] after [[SacrificialLamb Kotori]]'s death, but Subaru manages to convince him that his life is still worth living, if only to save Kamui's best-friend-turned-evil (and Kotori's brother) Fuuma. Much later in the series, Kakyo and Subaru's ghostly sister do this for Subaru himself (who falls catatonic after [[spoiler:killing Seishirou]]), just in time for him to save Kamui ''again''.
* ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'': ''Awfully'' subverted. TheHero Akira Fudo merged with a demon to fight other demons and protect humankind. However he is finding HumansAreTheRealMonsters and they are just as bad as demons. He is feeling his resolve to fight is wavering when he remembers he has something worth to fight for: [[LoveInterest Miki]]. He rushes towards her home [[spoiler:only to see the place burning down. A mob had chopped Miki and her whole family up in pieces and had set their home on fire.]] Grief-stricken, he thought he had nothing left to protect... but he would keep fighting if only to stick it to {{Satan}}.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': In one episode, secondary character [[BrokenBird Erika]] asks Kouji why he goes so far to fight Dr. Hell, no matter how much he suffers or how many times he gets hurt. Kouji tells her it hurt a lot when his grandfather got murdered by Dr. Hell, and he wants nobody else to go through that. And if Dr. Hell conquers the world, that is exactly what will happen to millions of people, who will lose their families and will be enslaved. It is because of them that he is fighting, not only for revenge.
* ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'': One character asks the main character why he wants to keep fighting. Yaiba answers his dream is becoming the world's best samurai. When that character notes he will be fighting countless battles and asks what if he fails, Yaiba smilingly replies that he will look for another dream.
* In ''{{Claymore}}'', when Teresa is sentenced to be executed, she refuses because she has found something worth living for in Claire.
* One of the major aesops in ''{{Anime/Monster}}''. What would stop someone from being a monster and start being a human?
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Madoka is Homura's reason to keep going and keep fighting [[spoiler:even after Madoka has [[AbstractApotheosis become a cosmic principle]]]].
--> [[DesolationShot Don't forget]].
--> [[AndTheAdventureContinues Always, somewhere]],
--> [[KnightInSourArmor someone is fighting for you]]
--> [[RetGone As long as you remember her]],
--> [[BittersweetEnding you're not alone]].
** At the same time, the anime shows Homura is willing to sacrifice herself for Madoka's sake. And in ''PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' [[spoiler: Homura decides that Madoka isn't just worth living and dying for - she's also worth becoming a monster for.]]
* While it was his aim to survive in the first place, Guts from ''{{Berserk}}'' stopped wasting his life away for the purpose of revenge and stopped acting so sociopathic when he realized how the end of his life would ultimately mean the end of Casca, his ill-fated lover, as well. His current mission is trying to [[FindTheCure find a cure]] for her insanity.
* Because of this, by Episode 24 of ''LightNovel/{{Gosick}}'' Victorique finally fears death.
* In ''Anime/{{Simoun}}'', [[spoiler:Rodoreamon]] is shown in the DistantFinale living in her life in honour of [[spoiler:Mamiina and her sacrifice, combining this trope with TheMourningAfter]].
* Climax of ''{{Anime/Noir}}'' has Mireille holding onto Kirika via one arm over a LavaPit. Kirika is pretty much content to die; especially since [[spoiler: as a TykeBomb she had killed Mireille's parents]]; Mireille; crying; begs her to live. Kirika looks up; sees that Mireille is the one person who gives a damn about her; cries as well and lets Mireille pull her up.

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* In ''YTheLastMan'', Yorick Brown, the last man on Earth after a {{Gendercide}}, repeatedly throws himself into harm's way due to his overwhelming survivor's guilt, until a suicide intervention sets him straight. This gives him an epiphany, showing him the one thing he thinks is worth living for. At the end of the series we find out that it was [[spoiler:his bodyguard, Agent 355]].
* A villainous example shows up in ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''. [[spoiler:Overlord]] still hasn't recovered from his VillainousBreakdown in ''[[spoiler:ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers]]''. The moment he learns that [[spoiler:Megatron is alive]], [[OhCrap he regains his fighting spirit]].
* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', Doctor Manhattan spends most of the story in a state of detachment since his skewed perception of time makes him think that everything is set in stone no matter what he or anyone else does. The combination of a tachyon swarm disrupting his ability to see anything but the present and [[spoiler:the revelation that Laurie is the Comedian's daughter]] trigger an epiphany. Doctor Manhattan ponders the multitude of coincidences that resulted in Laurie's existence, realizes that ''everyone'' alive is just as miraculous, and finally feels the urge to do, well, ''anything'' again.

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* As several characters in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' are explicitly or not-so-explicitly immortal, some FanFic writers explore the reason they keep pushing forward despite the obvious existential {{angst}}. This trope is commonly brought into the story for Mokou and Eirin, with Keine and Kaguya as their respective reason to live. Note that Keine isn't immortal despite having a very long lifespan; it takes Mokou serious courage to forge a bond with her.

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* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'': PlayedForLaughs. Kaylee's reason to fight and live? Simon [[CantSpitItOut finally]] admitted that he is interested in her.
-->'''Kaylee:''' ''You mean to say... as in sex?''
-->'''Simon:''' ''I mean to say.''
-->'''Kaylee:''' ''To Hell with this. '''I'm gonna live!'''''
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Igor}}'', Scampers is an immortal rabbit with no will to live, and makes several humorous suicide attempts throughout the movie. Eventually he finds friends, which gives him the will to start living. However, this causes problems when he's on a ConveyorBeltOfDoom towards a raging inferno and is concerned that this might actually kill him.
** It's more fortunate for Igor and Brian that he wanted to live; otherwise, he might have just elected to go through with it.
* In the ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Part II'' trailer:
-->'''Voldemort''': Why do you live?
-->'''Harry''': Because I have something worth living for.
* ''Film/DesertHeat'': Eddie Lomax finds Rhonda to be his reason to live.
* ''Film/{{Gravity}}'': The borderline depressive Dr. Stone realizes that life itself is worth living for, after finding herself desperately fighting for survival and [[spoiler:Kowalski sacrificing his life for hers]]. Not only does she find the will to live again, but she also re-discovers the dignity and resilience to withstand and overcome the hardships life throws at her.

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* Happens in ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Brisingr]]'' after Eragon almost drains himself of life-force [[CastFromHitpoints casting powerful spells]]. A bumblebee lands in front of his nose, where he can contemplate it in detail from a couple inches away, and he realizes that a world that can produce something [[TheWorldIsJustAwesome so vibrantly alive]] as that bee is one he wants to live in.
* In ''Literature/ThoseThatWake'' and its sequel, Laura and Mal are this to each other, as are Tommy and Annie.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Stephen Franklin, having been stabbed, and after being berated by a hallucination of himself giving him a potent TheReasonYouSuckSpeech [[spoiler:which turns into a sort of RousingSpeech]], realizes that he wants to ''live'', and is willing to fight to survive, even if it means making all of the same mistakes all over again.
** After Sheridan's [[spoiler:death at Z'Ha'Dum]], he is challenged by [[TheObiWan Lorien]] to find something worth ''living'' for, rather than merely finding something worth ''dying'' for. For Sheridan, it turns out that the one thing in his life worth living for is [[spoiler:[[LadyOfWar Delenn]]]]. This helps him persevere towards the end of the fourth season after [[spoiler:he is captured and subjected to ColdBloodedTorture.]]
** Before Lorien, this had been brought up by Garibaldi in the episode "Infection":
-->"I know a lot of guys who came out of the war changed. Some came out better; some came out worse. A lot of them had this problem. The war gave them definition, direction, purpose. Without it they don't know how to fit in anymore, so they keep looking for ways to go out in a blaze of glory. Some people call that being a hero, maybe so. I don't know. I've never been one. Me, I think they're looking for something worth dying for because it's easier than finding something worth living for."
* Cain's arc in ''{{Series/TinMan}}''. He was dead-set on killing Zero to avenge his family, then dying. But then his former boss appeals to his honorable streak and forces him to promise that he'll guard [=DG=] [[spoiler:the lost princess of Oz]] "at any cost." Cain is still LawfulGood enough to not turn down the Mystic Man's LastRequest. Between this and learning [[spoiler:his family survived]], he's got enough HeroicWillpower to fend off a bullet and hypothermia.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E4PlanetOfTheDaleks Planet of the Daleks]]'', one Thal is afraid, having found in Jo Grant a reason to live, that he will fail in their SuicideMission. (He doesn't, they don't die, but Jo turns him down.)
** Discussed at the end of "The Doctor's Daughter". The Doctor spends the episode coming to terms with the presence of OppositeSexClone Jenny, only for her to be shot. She "regenerates" (sort of), but the main cast leave before it kicks in.
--> '''Martha:''' All those things you've been ready to die for... I thought, for a moment there, you'd found finally found something worth living for.
--> '''Doctor:''' Oh, there's always something worth living for, Martha.
* Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, for each other, on ''TheInspectorLynleyMysteries''. At one particularly low point in Lynley's storyline, he shows up at Barbara's flat in the middle of the night and point-blank asks her how she manages to keep going, living all alone as she is. She gently tells him that you have to find something worth getting up for. There's a reason this is the show's FanPreferredCouple...
-->'''Lynley''': How do you do it? Living alone.
-->'''Havers''': Oh... you get used to it. I've never been married, never had anything you could call a relationship. So you get to a point where you just have to accept what you are, what you have. And then you find something else, and that gives you the reason to get up in the morning. And I have that, don't I.
-->'''Lynley''': We both do.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000: [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E19RedZoneCuba Red Zone Cuba]]''. Doctor Forrester gets beaten into a pulp by a mob enforcer at the beginning of the episode. Later, he appears to die in his hospital bed, only to suddenly wake up and declare that he has too much to live for. He climbs out of his hospital bed, stumbles out of the room... and immediately gets beaten again by the same mob enforcer.

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* Land of Confusion by Genesis/Disturbed:
--> This is the world we live in
--> And these are the hands we're given
--> Use them and let's start trying
--> To make it a place worth living in
* This is the main idea of ''Manga/{{Kotoura-san}}'''s EndingTheme ''Flower of Hope''.
-->That day you taught me the meaning of life,
-->and gave me the strength to live on
-->and I embrace it with all my heart

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* In the backstory of ''[[Pinball/WHODunnit WHO dunnit]]'', Tex survives a flaming car crash because of the love for his daughter, Trixie.

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* Solid Snake decides this in a long speech at the end of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' after learning he has been infected with a disease that he thinks will suddenly stop his heart without warning. The difference is that instead of being a DeathSeeker, Snake has focused entirely on survival rather than on enjoying life.
** Then played touchingly straight at the end of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', where Snake knows his time is drawing near, but is now content to see it out peacefully in retirement. He even quits smoking, saying to Otacon "those things will kill ya."
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': All Carth was living for was the chance to destroy Saul Karath and die in the process. But by the time [[spoiler:Saul is killed by the party]], he's come to find more than simple revenge to live for. Protecting the PlayerCharacter from themselves and the DarkSide has become his reason to keep going.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Thane Krios if female [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] decides to romance him. Which is difficult, since his DeathSeeker status was due to terminal illness...
** Throughout the series, it's been theorized that a lot of the vicious infighting and turmoil among the krogan is due to them not having any hope for the future, thanks to [[DepopulationBomb the genophage]]: without any hope for the next generation, there's no incentive for them to work together or... do anything but fight, drink, and make money, really. In ''Mass Effect 3'', Wrex demands a cure for the genophage in exchange for krogan help with the war effort, hoping that it will re-inspire the krogan species.
* The immortal Zasalamel in the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' initially wanted to use Soul Calibur and Soul Edge to remove his immortality because he was weary of the endless and painful cycle of death and rebirth. During the ritual that would make him mortal again, Zasalamel saw a vision of humanity's future. He was so amazed by it that he interrupted the ritual, having regained the will to live.

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* GirlsLove VisualNovel ''AkaiIto'': Oh Sakuya... [[spoiler:She's what happens when a TimeAbyss is subjected to HumansAreBastards. It took Kei's grandmother to bring her life back on the track, but it took Kei to believe that her life is actually worth living]].
* ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'': Oh, Tomoya... One of the BGM is even titled "[[{{Anvilicious}} Worth Living]]".
* In ''{{Tsukihime}}'', [[spoiler:Shiki lets himself be killed by vampire Yumizuka Satsuki due to his promise to her earlier]] in Akiha's route unless you answered earlier in a fashion that makes him realize he has to live for Akiha.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Hakuouki}}'', Chizuru provides Hijikata, Okita, and Toudou each a new reason to live during their respective routes, after everything else they've believed in and worked for has been systematically destroyed during the [[EndOfAnAge fall of the shogunate and the obsolescence of the samurai class]].
* In ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', this is arguably the whole point of the game: [[spoiler:that is, showing Riki and Rin that even if their friends all die, they can still pick themselves up and have a reason to keep on living. It's most obvious in Riki's arc, where he realises after the other Little Busters died that it was his parents' death originally that closed his heart up, but that because of the efforts of his friends and everything he and Rin had done together over the game he could now accept the bad things that had happened and understand that having been born itself was a wonderful enough reason to keep living.]]
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