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Quotes: Heroic Sacrifice
"You say that your one life and the remaining tens of thousands of lives have equal worth?
Don't be so conceited, human.
One life has only the worth of that one life itself, and is no more or less than that."
Fuhrer President King Bradley, Fullmetal Alchemist

"Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the Gate:
"To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his Gods"
Thomas Babington Macaulay, Horatius

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known."
Sydney Carton, A Tale of Two Cities
— Alternatively, Kirk's second eulogy to Spock, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

"Trunks, Bulma. I do this for you. And yes, even for you, Kakarot."
Vegeta, Dragon Ball Z

Rita: Would you die for me?
Rita's Husband: Well, what are the circumstances? You mean like to save your life?
Rita: Yeah, exactly.
Rita's Husband: Well then I would yeah. But I'm not just going to die for your entertainment.
Just For Laughs

The Transcendent One: Does he really matter to you?
Annah: He matters to me more than life!
The Transcendent One: Then... die.

"It appears we will both be giving our lives for your people."
Mitth'ras'safis, Outbound Flight

Gav: Does it count as a selfless sacrifice if you clone yourself before your suicide mission?
Kevyn: I'm putting it on my resume and hoping nobody asks.

The Doctor: We beam all the people out of the data core, the computer will reset and stop the countdown. Difficult, Charlotte doesn't have enough memory space left to make the transfer. Easy! I'll hook myself up to the computer and she can borrow my memory space!
River Song: Difficult! It'll kill you stone dead!
The Doctor: Yeah, it's easy to criticise.
Doctor Who, "Forest of the Dead"

Spock: Do not grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh...
Kirk: The needs of the few.
Spock: Or the one.

Taurus Bulba: No doubt you keep such poor company to have someone to listen to your dismal diatribes and declarations. But tell me, are you willing to die for them?
Darkwing: Gladly.
Darkwing Duck, "The Duck Knight Returns"

"This is bullshit! Why did you die for me?"
Ragna the Bloodedge, about Lambda, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift

Freudia: (on self inflicted injuries) I seem to have overdone it a little, but I will be fine... Tia, you need to go after Iris!
Spiritia: But... I can't just leave you here. I have to release Karl, too.
Freudia: Leave Karl to me. I shall take care of everything here, so rest assured. I have no time to explain, but you are the only one who has a chance of defeating Iris.

"When it goes off, I'll be fine. It only affects AIs, right? And I am a motherfucking ghost."
Church, Red VS Blue

"Superman..."
The Iron Giant, The Iron Giant

"Death need not be the end of hope!"
Leonard, Drakengard

Schmendrick: Not all the magic in the world can help her now.
Molly: Then what is magic for?! What is the use of wizardry if it cannot save a unicorn?
Schmendrick: (sadly) That's what heroes are for.
Lir: Of course. That's exactly what heroes are for. (He runs out and Takes the Bullet for his love)

Peter Pettigrew: You donít understand! He would have killed me, Sirius!
Commander Shepard: I'm sorry.
Mordin Solus: I'm not. Had to be me. Someone else might have gotten it wrong.

Sometimes its about more than living to tomorrow. Sometimes you take a stand.
— Commander Shepard, Mass Effect 3

EDI: Shepard, I'm going to modify my self-preservation code now.
Commander Shepard: Why?
EDI: Because the Reapers are repulsive! They are devoted to nothing but self-preservation. I am different. When I think of Jeff, I think of the person who put his life in peril and freed me from a state of servitude. I would risk non-functionality for him, and my core programming should reflect that.

Victory. At any cost.
Tarquin Victus, Mass Effect 3

Lordgenome: My soul once drowned in a sea of despair and weariness, but has reawakened! If this body can create a tomorrow for all spiral life, I will gladly give it.
—Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Whatever happens to me...don't turn back!
Lin Beifong, The Legend of Korra

I like nothing more than a character sacrificing himself or herself for the sake of others. Thatís drama at its finest for me.
— Bryan Konietzko, co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra

Nostalgia Critic: ...the needs of the few.
Ma-Ti: Shut up, I'm talking.

Sherlock: If I were one hundred percent assured of your destruction, I would gladly accept my own.

"No. You take care of me, Simon. You've always taken care of me. My turn."
River Tam, Serenity

Captain Davian Thule: No! We cannot... fail...
Apothecary: The geneseed must be preserved. Get Captain Thule to the Thunderhawk.
Space Marine: Understood. Join them, brother Apothecary. We will cover your escape.
Apothecary: And you?
Space Marine: We cannot allow the enemy to claim our relics. This area must be cleansed with orbital fire.
Space Marine: There is no honour to be had in defeat. But, someone must deliver the targeting beacon.

BlackWarGreymon: No. My strength is my final gift to you, my friends. I will seal the Highton View Terrace gate with my own body.
WarGreymon: Don't do it!
BlackWarGreymon: I must!

"The Digimon Sovereigns are fighting the enemy in the Digital World, but the enemy's most evolved form has emerged here in the real world. Only you, the Tamers, can stop it by fighting as one with your Digimon. To aid you, I bring a gift from the Digimon Sovereigns. Remember, the fate of the world lies in your hands!"
Dobermon, Digimon Tamers

"What would you fall on your sword for? If not this, then what?"
The Hire, "Ticker"

Bartlet: "Forty-four people were killed a couple of hours ago at Kennison State University. Three swimmers from the men's team were killed and two others are in critical condition, when, after having heard the explosion from their practice facility, they ran into the fire to help get people out. Ran into the fire. The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels tonight."
The West Wing, "20 Hours In America, Part II"

"You are the fourth Kamen Rider!"
Kamen Rider V3, talking about Riderman's sacrifice. He Got Better.

"The city has enough food for two days. After that, nothing. The ice is still thin, and not very strong. But we cannot wait."
NKVD Officer to the first exploration/supply party to attempt crossing Lake Ladoga, November 1941note 

"Patchi, listen to me. Do not die in vain. If you want to die, die for something your father did. He died for you."
Alex, Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie

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