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* ''VideoGame/TrinityUniverse'' has a male example in Shuten, Kanata's father and the current Demon God Gem. His role is to keep random space junk from hitting Empyria, but it comes at the cost of his life. A plot point is that Kanata was next in line to become a new Demon God Gem after Shuten's disappearance, but thanks to Tsubaki, the ritual is sabotaged. [[spoiler: Kanata can choose to become the new Demon God Gem in one ending.]]


* [[spoiler: The protagonist]] of ''VideoGame/Persona3'' is one of these, holding back [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination Nyx]], the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Death - interesting justification for WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou. His HeroicSacrifice makes the seal permanent]].
** [[spoiler: He was not only just holding back Nyx, but also Erebus, who is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of humanity's anguish and wishes for death. If Erebus and Nyx made contact, then the world would end. The protagonist becomes a wall (sealed in stone and stuck to it, no less), destined to stand between the two cosmic horrors forever, or at least until humanity as a whole is changed and stops subconsciously wishing for death. This could mean that he's there to stay but his former companions resolve to do what they can to change the world. Considering three of them could live indefinitely - Aigis being a robot, and Elizabeth being...whatever Elizabeth is - it could be possible in the long run.]]
** The PSP portable version adds [[spoiler: a female protagonist. Despite how she and the male MC aren't exactly the same characterization-wise, she fulfills the same role in-story -- and it includes becoming the local BarrierMaiden, too. For better or worse, she can ''fall in love with the Appriser of Nyx'', Ryouji Mochizuki, which adds a StarCrossedLovers element here. And here we have three possible companions that could potentially survive until the day she's released: Aigis, Elizabeth, ''and'' Elizabeth's younger brother Theodore.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/Persona2: Innocent Sin'', it is said in a prophecy that if a "Mayan Maiden" is sacrificed, it will bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. The maiden turns out to be [[spoiler:Maya Amano, who's death via being [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaled]] by the [[PublicDomianArtifact Spear of Longinus]] kickstarts the apocalypse]].
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[[spoiler: The protagonist]] of ''VideoGame/Persona3'' is one of these, holding back [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination Nyx]], the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Death - interesting justification for WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou. His HeroicSacrifice makes the seal permanent]].
** *** [[spoiler: He was not only just holding back Nyx, but also Erebus, who is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of humanity's anguish and wishes for death. If Erebus and Nyx made contact, then the world would end. The protagonist becomes a wall (sealed in stone and stuck to it, no less), destined to stand between the two cosmic horrors forever, or at least until humanity as a whole is changed and stops subconsciously wishing for death. This could mean that he's there to stay but his former companions resolve to do what they can to change the world. Considering three of them could live indefinitely - Aigis being a robot, and Elizabeth being...whatever Elizabeth is - it could be possible in the long run.]]
** *** The PSP portable version adds [[spoiler: a female protagonist. Despite how she and the male MC aren't exactly the same characterization-wise, she fulfills the same role in-story -- and it includes becoming the local BarrierMaiden, too. For better or worse, she can ''fall in love with the Appriser of Nyx'', Ryouji Mochizuki, which adds a StarCrossedLovers element here. And here we have three possible companions that could potentially survive until the day she's released: Aigis, Elizabeth, ''and'' Elizabeth's younger brother Theodore.]]

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* ''VideoGame/HollowKnight'' has the three Dreamers: Herrah the Beast, Lurien the Watcher, and Monomon the Teacher. The Knight has to hunt them down and absorb their essence to unlock the Black Egg Temple and defeat the final boss.


* It's revealed in ''Series/Theflash2014'' that, without a speedster to keep its power in check (a role unwillingly fullfilled by season 3's BigBad Savitar) the sentient pocket dimension the Speed Force starts to implode and collapse around itself, which also threatens to affect TheMultiverse. Barry decides to take Savitar's (who suffered a CessationOfExistence) place in order to atone for his actions in the season.

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* It's *It's revealed in ''Series/Theflash2014'' ''Series/TheFlash2014'' that, without a speedster to keep its power in check (a role unwillingly fullfilled by season 3's BigBad Savitar) the sentient pocket dimension the Speed Force starts to implode and collapse around itself, which also threatens to affect TheMultiverse. Barry decides to take Savitar's (who suffered a CessationOfExistence) place in order to atone for his actions in the season.

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*It's revealed in ''Series/Theflash2014'' that, without a speedster to keep its power in check (a role unwillingly fullfilled by season 3's BigBad Savitar) the sentient pocket dimension the Speed Force starts to implode and collapse around itself, which also threatens to affect TheMultiverse. Barry decides to take Savitar's (who suffered a CessationOfExistence) place in order to atone for his actions in the season.


** Hakurei Reimu is of a lineage of human [[{{Miko}} shrine maidens]] whose duty is to maintain peace in Gensokyo and to maintain the barrier - the Great Hakurei Border. While she is not directly stated to the reason the Great Border exists, her death is something that would begin its inevitable collapse.

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** Reimu Hakurei Reimu is of a lineage of human [[{{Miko}} shrine maidens]] whose duty is to maintain peace in Gensokyo and to maintain the barrier - the Great Hakurei Border. While she is not directly stated to the reason the Great Border exists, her death is something that would begin its inevitable collapse.



** In the game ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'', [[CuteGhostGirl Saigyouji Yuyuko]] wants to help a poor spirit that is trapped inside a seal that is keeping the power of a rather malevolent {{youkai}} cherry tree Saigyou Ayakashi dormant, and she believes making the tree bloom will break the seal. In the end, the seal weakens enough to reveal that [[TomatoInTheMirror Yuyuko is the person who was buried under the Ayakashi]] and her remains are also a visceral component to that seal that she was trying to break.

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** In the game ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'', [[CuteGhostGirl Saigyouji Yuyuko]] Yuyuko Saigyouji]] wants to help a poor spirit that is trapped inside a seal that is keeping the power of a rather malevolent {{youkai}} cherry tree Saigyou Ayakashi Saigyou dormant, and she believes making the tree bloom will break the seal. In the end, the seal weakens enough to reveal that [[TomatoInTheMirror Yuyuko is the person who was buried under the Ayakashi]] and her remains are also a visceral component to that seal that she was trying to break.

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* It's revealed in ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' that Bulma bribes [[DestroyerDeity Beerus]] and [[AllPowerfulBystander Whis]] with food to keep them from destroying Earth.


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* In the series finale of CarBoys, Griffin and Nick are condemned to an eternity of falling through the Time Ring in order to prevent The Blob from destroying all creation.

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* In the series finale of CarBoys, ''WebVideo/CarBoys'', Griffin and Nick are condemned to an eternity of falling through the Time Ring in order to prevent The Blob from destroying all creation.


** In the game ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'', [[{{CuteGhostGirl}} Saigyouji Yuyuko]] wants to help a poor spirit that is trapped inside a seal that is keeping the power of a rather malevolent {{youkai}} cherry tree Saigyou Ayakashi dormant, and she believes making the tree bloom will break the seal. In the end, the seal weakens enough to reveal that [[TomatoInTheMirror Yuyuko is the person who was buried under the Ayakashi]] and her remains are also a visceral component to that seal that she was trying to break.

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** In the game ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'', [[{{CuteGhostGirl}} [[CuteGhostGirl Saigyouji Yuyuko]] wants to help a poor spirit that is trapped inside a seal that is keeping the power of a rather malevolent {{youkai}} cherry tree Saigyou Ayakashi dormant, and she believes making the tree bloom will break the seal. In the end, the seal weakens enough to reveal that [[TomatoInTheMirror Yuyuko is the person who was buried under the Ayakashi]] and her remains are also a visceral component to that seal that she was trying to break.



** The Lokomo of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Spirit Tracks]]'' are charged by the Spirits of Good with keeping the Demon King Malladus sealed inside his prison. Unlike most examples, the Lokomo are mostly elderly males.

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** The Lokomo of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]'' are charged by the Spirits of Good with keeping the Demon King Malladus sealed inside his prison. Unlike most examples, the Lokomo are mostly elderly males.


** [[spoiler: There is a bit of a subversion here, as the solution to the problem is in fact [[WhamEpisode killing the barrier maiden. She summoned the heroes intending that they should kill her. The whole thing is deconstructed - being the one who sustains the world with sheer force of will means you can do pretty much nothing else with your life. Simply ''wanting something more'' constitutes enough distraction to start the world's descent into disarry. Since it can only be passed down by the death of the old pillar, and her protection spell comes with the loophole that she cannot be slain by any hand ''from Cephiro,'' it turns out our heroes are summoned from Earth to put her out of her misery so another can become Pillar and save the world. Most "villains" were actually trying to SaveThePrincess.]]]]

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** [[spoiler: There is a bit of a subversion here, as the solution to the problem is in fact [[WhamEpisode killing the barrier maiden. ]] She summoned the heroes intending that they should kill her. The whole thing is deconstructed - being the one who sustains the world with sheer force of will means you can do pretty much nothing else with your life. Simply ''wanting something more'' constitutes enough distraction to start the world's descent into disarry. Since it can only be passed down by the death of the old pillar, and her protection spell comes with the loophole that she cannot be slain by any hand ''from Cephiro,'' it turns out our heroes are summoned from Earth to put her out of her misery so another can become Pillar and save the world. Most "villains" were actually trying to SaveThePrincess.]]]]


* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' The Seven Princesses of Heart collectively have the power to reveal the keyhole necessary to get to Kingdom Hearts, the origin of life in the universe and a recurring MacGuffin. The bad guys do all they can to find the missing Princesses so they can fully take over.

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* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'' The Seven Princesses of Heart collectively have the power to reveal the keyhole necessary to get to Kingdom Hearts, the origin of life in the universe and a recurring MacGuffin. The bad guys do all they can to find the missing Princesses so they can fully take over.

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* ''Fanfic/TheWeaverOption'': After recovering [[spoiler:one of Sanguinius' Baal Rubies]], Taylor becomes this for [[spoiler:all the Ninth Legion's Successor Chapters, as she is now protecting them from the Black Rage]]. They immediately organize an honor guard to protect her.


* ''{{Nostalgia}}'' has one in Fiona. [[spoiler: She is the only one who can touch the tablet fragments, thus preventing the bad guys from collecting them without her. She also has to die to seal the BigBad away.]]

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* ''{{Nostalgia}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Nostalgia}}'' has one in Fiona. [[spoiler: She is the only one who can touch the tablet fragments, thus preventing the bad guys from collecting them without her. She also has to die to seal the BigBad away.]]


** The game takes place inside a PocketDimension called the Embryo, which reflects the dreams and idealised world of [[RealityWarper the Successor of the Azure]]. Killing the Successor, therefore, would cause the Embryo to disappear along with everyone inside it. Too bad (for the villains) she now has AbsoluteImmortality.

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** The game takes place inside a PocketDimension called the Embryo, which reflects the dreams and idealised world of [[RealityWarper the Successor of the Azure]]. Killing the Successor, therefore, would cause the Embryo to disappear along with everyone inside it. Too bad (for the villains) she now has AbsoluteImmortality.CompleteImmortality.

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* ''VideoGame/BlazblueCentralFiction'' has two:
** The titular Central Fiction is a person whose existence is critical in the stability and progress of the world, but not for the usual reasons. Rather than Terrible Things Will Happen On Their Death, it's a case of God Would Rewrite The Entire Universe To Prevent This Person Dying. This is less of a DeusExMachina than it sounds, although it is exactly as much of a MindScrew.
** The game takes place inside a PocketDimension called the Embryo, which reflects the dreams and idealised world of [[RealityWarper the Successor of the Azure]]. Killing the Successor, therefore, would cause the Embryo to disappear along with everyone inside it. Too bad (for the villains) she now has AbsoluteImmortality.

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