I did. I just think its an awkward fit, at absolute best. The 'idol', by description:
''Something the hero has quested for intently is now within his grasp.
It could be a valuable treasure, personal knowledge about his unknown past, a chance to avenge an old wrong, or maybe the very thing needed to finally get off the island and negate Failure Is the Only Option
But at the same time, a friend or ally who has helped him is lying unconscious on the floor, about to be crushed by a collapsing ceiling, eaten by monsters, or murdered by the Big Bad
and his minions.
There's only enough time to save one — which one is it going to be?''
They share a sudden Sadistic Choice
, but the similarities start breaking apart from there. To the extent that a human being can be the 'idol', the human being would have to have some greater meaning to the character, such as the genius artist who is kind of a prick shown in the example you cite. Unless the character has explicitly been questing for ages to save bunches of random people, it isn't a match.
Yet even there, its clumsy. The description given suggests that the 'idol' will be the
cure for their perceived problems: they'll finally have their vengeance, they'll at last have the MacGuffin
, they will after ages of searching discover the truth about their past. Then they give it up for the sake of their friends. Unless saving this
bunch of strangers gives them what they've always wanted, I don't think it works.
In accordance with the definition as you've stated, I think:
- 1 and 2 aren't needed. Gender doesn't matter and a female character can just as easily do this for a male character, a female character for a female character, male for male, and so on. I've noted a number of people expliciting citing examples as Gender Inverted
when it would probably be better if gender just wasn't a factor.
- I still contend 3 works fine just so long as the character is a loved one, regardless of whether its a Love Interest
. So I vote 3 stays, but with the change from Loved Interest
to loved one.
- 4 stays unchanged, or perhaps just edited for wording with the core meaning unchanged.
- 5 and 6 aren't needed.