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Analysis: Small Steps Hero
To this hero, either doing good is always morally justified, even if you can't see the benefit, or there IS no moral truth, so your actions are what count. Similarly, this hero may be Vitriolic Best Buds with the Heroic Neutral. The two of them will agree to Always Save the Girl, but only if the girl is someone they know. The Heroic Neutral only helps people out of personal loyalty, but the Small Steps Hero feels the same loyalty, but to anyone in immediate danger. Usually because he or she is virtue-driven.

Sometimes, this leads to the hero's angst, since they had to sacrifice so many for a few. But not uncommonly, this hero is very confident in their principles and tends not to blame themselves over their decision. If the time they spend saving one Innocent Bystander allows the bad guy to kill a Bus Full of Innocents, the person they blame is the antagonist that forced their hand. Once that innocent is safe, however, the next step is to bring that Omnicidal Maniac to justice and make sure they never hurt anyone again.

The reasons they act this way vary. The hero may be too stupid or too incompetent to do anything else, they may be tied to a personal code or sense of honor, they may be too cynical to believe in a greater good, they may be unable to cope with the guilt of directly watching someone die, or they may be under the belief that they will become a Well-Intentioned Extremist if they ignore an innocent (any innocent) For The Greater Good. A Martyr Without a Cause may reason this way, being willing to sacrifice themselves to save one person while ignoring the fact it would leave no one around to stop the villain. If the Dangerously Genre Savvy villain catches on, they can easily keep the Small Steps Hero at bay in this way by having no end of kittens to threaten whenever they're going to get caught.

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