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->''"In reality, when you have once devoted your life to your enterprises, you are no longer the equal of other men, or, rather, other men are no longer your equals, and whosoever has taken this resolution, feels his strength and resources doubled."''
-->-- '''Creator/AlexandreDumas''', ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo''

A character -- good or evil, male or female, young or old -- who never gives up. ''Ever''. No matter what.

There is no stopping the Determinator. They do not understand tact. They do not KnowWhenToFoldEm, and it's a waste of time to [[NeverTellMeTheOdds tell them the odds]]. No one can reason with them. They'll [[IDidWhatIHadToDo do whatever they have to]] without question. [[IHaveComeTooFar No price is too great]] to pay for success, up to and including their own life. Do not expect them to realize they might be better off letting it go, even if [[YouCanBarelyStand they can barely stand]]. If you're ever kidnapped or lost with no hope of rescue, they'll be the one [[IWillFindYou who will find you]]. Their adversaries will shout, in exasperated rage, [[WhyWontYouDie "Why Won't You Die?!"]]. For them, there is no line between "perseverance" and "insanity."

[[TheFettered The nobility of their goal]] is ''not'' necessarily proportionate to their persistence. This is just as often an obsessive rival with a grudge as it is a hero on a chivalrous quest, and where their willpower ultimately leads them will depend both on their role and on where the work stands on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism. Heroes -- especially {{Badass Normal}}s with a ScrewDestiny attitude -- will defeat villains by virtue of being too stubborn to stay down. {{Anti Hero}}es will [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope Jump Off The Slippery Slope]], forsake The Powers of [[ThePowerOfLove Love]] and [[ThePowerOfFriendship Friendship]], [[HeWhoFightsMonsters become like that which they fight]], and walk the thin line between victory and tragedy. Villains will refuse to admit defeat, [[NoOneShouldSurviveThat resist seemingly fatal punishment]], [[SuperPersistentPredator hunt their prey tirelessly]] [[ImplacableMan and relentlessly]], and let the heroes know that WeWillMeetAgain. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And]] mailmen will [[UnstoppableMailman always get your mail to you.]]

{{Shonen}} anime and manga ''love'' this trope, such that it is quite rare to find a protagonist of these works who ''isn't'' a Determinator and is guaranteed where [[HotBlooded super-heated blood]] is involved.

Compare and contrast with ImplacableMan -- while a Determinator pursues his goal through sheer willpower, the ImplacableMan is driven by artificial, unnatural, or magical means, and often suffers no apparent damage at all.

Compare SuicidalOverconfidence, a common feature of many {{Video Game}} genres where enemies will always, blindly, and relentlessly be at your throat with no regard for how horribly you are massacring them (though this is more due to [[NecessaryWeasel genre requirements]] than characterization). Compare TragicDream, where becoming a '''Determinator''' can only end in tears. Can be identified by their trademark DeterminedExpression.

See also HeroicResolve, HeroicSpirit, PluckyGirl, NonGivingUpSchoolGuy, TheUnfettered, TheFettered, UnconsciousObjector, and StiffUpperLip.


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