Quotes / Heroic Sacrifice

Magellan: Do you have any last words?

"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

"Maria... This is what you wanted, right? This is my promise I made to you..."
Shadow the Hedgehog, falling from orbit after saving the world from a Colony Drop.

"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

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

And so one of the Earth's greatest warriors has vanished in a blinding flash of light, having made the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of his loved ones. His name was Vegeta, a proud Saiyan prince.
Narrator, Dragonball 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

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 don’t 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

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.

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. That’s 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.

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"

"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."
Bartlet, 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

"Sometimes a hero has to do something else besides beat the villains and come home covered in glory. Sometimes, he has to make a sacrifice so that a lot of people, people he's never met before and who don't know his name, can live."

"He lived a warrior... and died a hero. Let his spark join the Matrix with the greatest of Cybertron."
Optimus Primal's eulogy for Dinobot, Beast Wars

Look at me. I've become like all of you: savage, fear-ridden, selfish. A town of formerly good citizens turned into heartless freaks, bent on their own self preservation. We've become alienated from eachother, each one of us an island onto themself, concerned only for ourselves. And in the name of all fish-hood, I am not about to let this happen. And so, if a sacrifice is needed to restore Bikini Bottom to its former glory, then I am willing to take one for the team."

"When the countdown gets to zero, you have to be on that elevator! Someone's got to stay, Leon. Besides... I'm kinda enjoying myself!"
Barry Burton, Resident Evil: Retribution

"Hello, boys! I'm baaaaaack!"
Russell Casse, Independence Day

"No objections... Right, Lady?"
Adam Malkovich, Metroid: Other M

"We win, Gracie!"
Harry Stamper, Armageddon

"Witness me."

There’s so many stories where some brave hero decides to give their life to save the day. And because of their sacrifice, the good guys win, the survivors all cheer, and everybody lives happily ever after. But the hero… never gets to see that ending. They’ll never know if their sacrifice actually made a difference. They’ll never know if the day was really saved. In the end… they just have to have faith. Ain’t that a bitch…."
Epsilon, Red vs. Blue

Takua: I'm supposed to make the sacrifice!
Jaller: No... the duty was mine.
BIONICLE: Mask of Light

Stoick: Gobber, go with the men!
Gobber: I think I'll stay, just in case you're thinking of doing something crazy.
Stoick: I can buy them a few minutes if I give that thing something to hunt!
Gobber: [takes his hand] Then I can double that time.

There are no heroes in a world where heroes can’t die.
Travis Beacham, writer of Pacific Rim

You didn't see that coming...?
Quicksilver, Avengers: Age of Ultron

Release the restrain device. Using the released power may result the possibility of destruction of the ship. You did your best. Was I helpful to you? I am deeply grateful to you.

My life for Aiur.

Oh, dear God. Did my death mean anything? Did I help them save the world?
No. I can't think that way. Even if all my death means is I've delayed theirs, I still have to save them.

Sora: Axel, what we're you trying to do?
Axel: I wanted to see Roxas. He... was the only one I liked... He made me feel... like I had a heart. It's kind of... funny... You make me feel... the same... Kairi's in the castle dungeon. Now go.

Alistor: Your sacrifice will be remembered forever brother. There will be feasts in your honour Vormays, this I promise you, on my life and the honour of the Fire Beasts.
Vormays: That is of little comfort to me at all, Alistor. I’m not particularly fond of any of you. Try not to squander the death I will spare you today. Vormays out.

Firebrand: The military exists so you can ignore the harsh reality of the world.
Sweetie Bloom: What reality?
Firebrand: We're all going to die. Every day we desensitize ourselves with our YouTube, Anime, video games, books, all to do our best not to think about the ultimate truth that everyone spends their entire lives trying to ignore. The fact that everyone is suffering and everyone is going to die. It doesn't matter who you are or what you do. You and I have a 100% mortality rate. And war, it makes death happen much earlier than we want, which is why we hate it so much. It makes the reality of our limited lives become harder to ignore. No one wants to think about those things; everyone's natural instinct when confronted with danger or suffering is to run away. However, those who join the military, they have to run towards chaos and evil. They have to reject the illusion of safety and put themselves in danger to maintain our wistful fantasies of peace. They are required to embrace these worries and fears so you don't have to. They are forced to leave their families and travel to hostile lands thousands of miles away and fight the worst of humanity, just so you can pretend you're safe. That's the reason people in the military get so stressed and depressed, because they have to confront reality on a daily basis. That's why they deserve our respect. The military looks for those who are mentally and physically tough, strong of character, and show values of honor, courage, and commitment. Because of this, this is a job that not everyone can do, and not everyone should do. Freedom doesn't come free and never came free, and these are people who pay for that freedom with their minds, limbs, futures, and even their lives. This is a group whose actions have continuously extended far past the grave and affected all of us today, and I'm nothing if not proud to be a part of that legacy!

The most important qualification for being a superhero is the spirit of self-sacrifice.
All Might, My Hero Academia

Rocket: No, Groot! You can't! You'll die! Why are you doing this!? Why?
Groot: We are Groot.

The essence of heroism is to die so others can live.