Playing With: Heroic Sacrifice

Basic Trope: A heroic character gives up their life so that others can live.
  • Straight: In the final battle with Emperor Evulz, Alice sacrifices herself to momentarily stun the Emperor, allowing her teammates to deliver the final blow.
  • Exaggerated: Each member of the Five-Man Band has to sacrifice themselves to stun the Emperor, leaving only one or two people.
  • Downplayed: Alice catches six-year-old Bob as he falls off of his bunkbed, breaking her leg in the process.
  • Justified:
    • It's literally the only way that they can attack him - someone's gotta die.
    • Alice is already mortally wounded so she has no reason not to use the guaranteed fatal Dangerous Forbidden Technique.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • first, anyway.
    • Alternatively: The plan failed so Alice ends up having to sacrifice herself anyway.
    • Or Alice was close to death—and sorry, no medical attention for miles.
  • Parodied: The Smart Guy comes up with a valid strategy that doesn't involve anyone dying. Alice rejects it anyway because she says that someone always has to die in big battles.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice plans to sacrifice herself, but the group comes up with another way. However, the plan fails so Alice ends up having to sacrifice herself anyway. But at the last minute, The Cavalry shows up and fights off Emperor Evulz, sparing Alice.
  • Averted: No one sacrifices themselves.
  • Enforced: "We need to show that The Hero will go all out. Let's have her off herself!"
  • Lampshaded: "I may be dying, but I die so that millions will live!"
  • Invoked: Alice learns an attack that costs her life.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Alice refuses to utilize an attack that costs her life, because she wants to live to see the future.
    • Alternatively, Alice doesn't sacrifice herself because she knows her friends need her, and doesn't want to abandon them like that.
  • Discussed: "She's...she's really gonna do it? Alice!"
  • Conversed: "Oh wow, another Heroic Sacrifice."
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed: The sacrifice works and even though the rest of the team is in mourning, they get over it and defeat Emperor Evulz.

...Fear fellow tropers...I'll give my life so that you may continue on...if you'd like to continue my legacy, go to Heroic Sacrifice.