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* ''Fanfic/FrankieRules'': Despite any past crimes, any imaginary friend that come to Foster's is welcome.


* The version of William Laurence leading the ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/BlackWingsBlackSails'' is majorly [[TheUnfettered Unfettered]] as a result of several events in the backstory souring the guy to the whole concept of duty to king and country that he takes so seriously in canon. Still, when Laurence is ordered by the Tswana to attack Capetown, he waits outside the town for a whole week before attacking, allowing an entire family of Africans to be burned alive by slavers simply because he wants to give the ''Allegiance'' (and subsequently Temeraire) time to leave before he attacks the town, unaware that the ''Allegiance'' was waiting for Laurence to attack first so it could take him down for good. Like canon!Laurence's many attempts at this, it blows up in his face, placing him in disgrace with the Tswana, and then the Tswana takes the ''Allegiance'' prisoner anyways.

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* The version of William Laurence leading the ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/BlackWingsBlackSails'' is majorly [[TheUnfettered Unfettered]] as a result of several events in the backstory souring the guy to the whole concept of duty to king and country that he takes so seriously in canon. Still, when Laurence is ordered by the Tswana to attack Capetown, he waits outside the town for a whole week before attacking, allowing an entire family of Africans to be burned alive by slavers simply because he wants to give the ''Allegiance'' (and subsequently Temeraire) time to leave before he attacks the town, unaware that the ''Allegiance'' was waiting for Laurence to attack first so it could take him down for good. Like canon!Laurence's his canon counterpart's many attempts at this, it blows up in his face, placing him in disgrace with the Tswana, and then the Tswana takes the ''Allegiance'' prisoner anyways.


An especially poignant situation is TurnTheOtherCheek. Often, and perhaps running counter to the theme of honor besting all, the hero has to be aided by [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork Big Damn Villains, who are able to cross that final line that their integrity would not allow.]]

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An especially poignant situation is TurnTheOtherCheek. Often, and perhaps running counter to the theme of honor besting all, the hero has to be aided by [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork Big Damn Villains, who are able to cross that final line that their integrity would not allow.]]
allow]].



* Yoda suffers a near fatal heart attack in ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/10129274/chapters/22767356#workskin Back From the Future]]'', only surviving because Luke arrived in time to heal him. While believing Mace Windu was the one to heal him[[note]]only one of Yoda's former padawan could and Mace is the only one still alive and not a Sith[[/note]], Yoda's very first thoughts are how he plans to scold Mace for having an attachment to him. At no point does Yoda even consider being grateful that he's still alive.
** Shaak-ti follows protocol so rigidly that even being shown that the Clone Troopers have chips in their heads that can force them to attack fellow Jedi won't make her act on her own. She continues to insist they bring the matter to the Jedi Council first, even while Plo Koon (having given up trying to convince her) aided Luke in removing the chips from the clones.
** In a later chapter [[TechnicalPacifist Duchess Satine]] is outraged when she thinks Obi-wan (actually Luke) is using a lightsaber to fight off people trying to assassinate her. Even the idea of someone bringing a lethal weapon to her planet infuriates her. Satine only relents when she realizes Luke was using a stun staff.



* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', several of the Avengers chew out [[BadassNormal Black Widow]] for "letting [Alex Harris] go" despite Alex having beaten Ms. Marvel, Iron Man, and Wonder Man quite easily. Combining this with the fact that Alex shrugs off Hulkbuster bullets, Natasha [[DeadpanSnarker asks if they expected her to beat Alex by breaking some of her bones on the girl]].
* ''FanFic/ATeachersGlory''
** Kin refuses to wear her deceased teammate's clothes, despite having been stripped naked and left to fend for herself in the forest of death. Also, Sasuke finds himself obliged to take Ino on a date because [[IGaveMyWord he said he would]], no matter how easily he could duck out of it, because the Uchiha Head keeps his promises.
** Team 7 decides that this does not apply in the Chunin exams when Naruto gets injured. Rather than give him what treatment they can scrape up while looking for a scroll, they know that the exams are not a once-in-a-lifetime chance, and opt to get him professional medical attention even at the cost of failing.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7892592/1/Sekirei-Guardian-of-the-North Sekirei: Guardian of the North]]'', Minato refuses to use the MBI cards with no spending limit because of how much he hates MBI. Likewise, he won't let the girls do any chores or get jobs to help out because it's his job to support them all. This leaves Minato trying to support several women and himself on just his wages as a construction worker.
* In ''Fanfic/YuGiOhTheThousandYearDoor'', there's a situation similar to the one mention in the anime section. Maria demands a duel against Francesca by using the whole town of Keelhaul Key as a hostage. Maria cheats during most of the duel, using an enchanted eyepatch to view Francesca hand, until her mother appears in a hologram of her true, intimidating form of [[EvilSorceress the Shadow Queen]] (the first time the protagonists have seen her as such) to disqualify her and scold her for the action. (While Fran's defeat is essential to her plans, cheating isn't allowed due to magical constraints.) However, Fran interrupts, saying she'll forgive the offense and let the duel continue if Maria simply stops doing so. This, despite the [[DeadlyGame terms of the contest]] that she and the others were pretty much conned into accepting. Both Maria and Queen think she's a fool, but the duel does continue and she wins anyway. (In the rebooted version, Fran presses her luck further, sympathizing with Maria and telling the Queen - to her face, with witnesses - [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that the biggest reason she turned out bad was because she had bad parents.]] Maria and her other siblings seem to take this to heart later.)

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* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', several of the Avengers chew out [[BadassNormal Black Widow]] for "letting [Alex Harris] go" ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': Ryoma chooses to accept Xander's request to single combat, despite Alex having beaten Ms. Marvel, Iron Man, out-numbering and Wonder Man quite easily. Combining this with out-gunning the fact that Alex shrugs off Hulkbuster bullets, Natasha [[DeadpanSnarker asks Nohrian army. His ninja retainers are able to mitigate the damage but if they expected her to beat Alex by breaking some of her bones on the girl]].
* ''FanFic/ATeachersGlory''
** Kin refuses to wear her deceased teammate's clothes, despite having
hadn't, Nohr's conquest would have been stripped naked a ''lot'' shorter.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''/''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheVampireOfSteel'' [[BigBad Zol-Am]]'s demon army is about to overwhelm Supergirl, Buffy
and left to fend for herself in the forest of death. Also, Sasuke finds himself obliged to take Ino on Scooby Gang when Kara demands a date personal duel with Zol-Am. Zol-Am accepts because [[IGaveMyWord it's Kryptonian law, and he said he would]], no matter how easily he could duck out even incinerates one of it, because the Uchiha Head keeps his promises.
** Team 7 decides that this does not apply in the Chunin exams
soldiers when Naruto gets injured. Rather than give him what treatment they can scrape up while looking for a scroll, they know that the exams are not a once-in-a-lifetime chance, and opt he tries to get him professional medical attention even at the cost of failing.
interfere.
* In Samurai in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7892592/1/Sekirei-Guardian-of-the-North Sekirei: Guardian of net/s/11803928/2/ Challenger]]'' considers using [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Super Effective]] moves in Pokemon battles to be dishonorable. Naturally he loses quickly when Ash's Sandile uses [[PlayingWithFire Fire Fang]] against his [[BigCreepyCrawlies Pinsir]]. Though, given that Samurai also blamed the North]]'', Minato refuses to use the MBI cards with no spending limit because of how much Sandile for attacking him when he hates MBI. Likewise, he won't let the girls do any chores or get jobs to help out because drew a sword on Ash, it's his job to support them all. This leaves Minato trying to support several women and himself on likely he's just his wages as being a construction worker.
{{Scrub}}.
* In ''Fanfic/YuGiOhTheThousandYearDoor'', there's a situation similar to the one mention in the anime section. Maria demands a duel against Francesca by using the whole town of Keelhaul Key as a hostage. Maria cheats ''Fanfic/DeadOrAlive4TheDevilFactor'', during most of the duel, using an enchanted eyepatch their battle, Dante manages to view Francesca hand, until her mother appears in a hologram of her true, intimidating form of [[EvilSorceress the Shadow Queen]] (the first time the protagonists have seen her as such) to disqualify her and scold her for the action. (While Fran's defeat is essential to her plans, cheating isn't allowed due to magical constraints.) However, Fran interrupts, saying she'll forgive the offense and let the duel continue if Maria simply stops doing so. This, despite the [[DeadlyGame terms of the contest]] that she and the others were pretty much conned into accepting. Both Maria and Queen think she's a fool, steal Hayate's sword, but the duel returns it to him after a few exchanges. Later, when Dante's gun Ebony is at Hayate's feet, he asks Hayate to return it, citing how he earlier returned his sword. Despite Jann Lee begging Hayate not to, he returns it, though he does continue and she wins anyway. (In try to attack Dante while he's distracted picking up the rebooted version, Fran presses her luck further, sympathizing with Maria and telling the Queen - to her face, with witnesses - [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that the biggest reason she turned out bad was because she had bad parents.]] Maria and her other siblings seem to take this to heart later.)gun.



* In one of the many [[FandomSpecificPlot Slytherin Harry]] stories, Harry retrieves his egg by using illusions and a disillusionment charm to sneak past the hydra guarding it. Dumbledore gives him a two because Harry's method wasn't "brave or noble".
* In ''Fanfic/DeadOrAlive4TheDevilFactor'', during their battle, Dante manages to steal Hayate's sword, but returns it to him after a few exchanges. Later, when Dante's gun Ebony is at Hayate's feet, he asks Hayate to return it, citing how he earlier returned his sword. Despite Jann Lee begging Hayate not to, he returns it, though he does try to attack Dante while he's distracted picking up the gun.
* Played straight and subverted at different points in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9421918/6/ Soldier of Zero]]''. Played straight when Prince Wales wishes to martyr himself and die alongside his men even after Saito tries to convince him that it's far more important that he live. Subverted when Saito sneaks into the Reconquista camp by [[MuggedForDisguise stealing someone's uniform]] and is leery of killing a soldier of the right size as the man is currently having sex, but decides to anyway as war is no place for such things. He also prevents Wales' death and brings him back to Princess Henrietta alive, though injured. Apparently, Wales tried to throw Saito out a window for it afterward.
* Choji in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9948266/1/Team-7-s-Ascension-Blood-Wings Team 7's Ascension: Blood Wings]]'' holds very firmly to his policy of ThouShallNotKill during the Chunin Exams after he (accidentally) kills an enemy, while the other members of the Konoha 12 hold to the declared "No Survivors" policy as there's several alliances bigger than their own. This comes back to bite him when an enemy he knocked out gets back up, kills Akamaru, severs Shino's arm, and leaves Ino temporarily crippled. Ino later gives him a WhatTheHellHero for sparing an enemy at the expense of his comrades.
* ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': Ryoma chooses to accept Xander's request to single combat, despite out-numbering and out-gunning the Nohrian army. His ninja retainers are able to mitigate the damage but if they hadn't, Nohr's conquest would have been a ''lot'' shorter.
* Some of Victoria's more compassionate judgments are viewed this way in ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]''. It eventually reaches a point where it's questioned whether she should be allowed to continue to sit in judgment.
* ''Fanfic/TheLunarRebellion'':
** This appears to be something of a recurring flaw for the pegasi, who value their martial and ethical honor so highly that they will always choose what they perceive as the more honorable path in a given matter, even if their other, less honorable options were objectively smarter, less costly or otherwise more expedient. Itís mentioned at one point that their tradition of never surrendering their city to outsiders and fighting to the last has resulted in a long history of needless {{Last Stand}}s that got a lot of ponies killed for the sake of pride.
** This is specifically something of an issue with Shadow herself. A good example would be how, when seeking allies against Duke Polaris (a self-centered noble who had been given full command of the armed forces despite being highly unqualified for the role), she persistently refused to ally with Sunbeam Sparkle, whom she saw as distasteful and dishonorable, despite it being her only realistic choice for gaining useful allies, with the avenues she pursued instead gaining her little beyond lost time that allowed Polaris to cement his position.

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* In one of Lampshaded by T'Challa in ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/9681983/chapters/23726166#workskin Enough Rope]]'' that by promising to sanctuary to Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes without adding any extra stipulations, he's required by the many [[FandomSpecificPlot Slytherin Harry]] stories, Harry retrieves his egg by using illusions and a disillusionment charm to sneak past the hydra guarding it. Dumbledore panther spirit that gives him a two because Harry's method wasn't "brave or noble".
* In ''Fanfic/DeadOrAlive4TheDevilFactor'', during their battle, Dante manages to steal Hayate's sword, but returns it to him after a few exchanges. Later, when Dante's gun Ebony is at Hayate's feet, he asks Hayate to return it, citing how he earlier returned
his sword. Despite Jann Lee begging Hayate not to, he returns it, though he does try powers to honor his promise unless they attack Dante while he's distracted picking up the gun.
* Played straight and subverted at different points in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9421918/6/ Soldier of Zero]]''. Played straight when Prince Wales wishes to martyr himself and die alongside
him or someone else under his men even after Saito tries to convince him that it's far more important that he live. Subverted when Saito sneaks into the Reconquista camp by [[MuggedForDisguise stealing someone's uniform]] and is leery of killing a soldier of the right size as the man is currently having sex, but decides to anyway as war is no place for such things. He also prevents Wales' death and brings him back to Princess Henrietta alive, though injured. Apparently, Wales tried to throw Saito out a window for it afterward.
* Choji in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9948266/1/Team-7-s-Ascension-Blood-Wings Team 7's Ascension: Blood Wings]]'' holds very firmly to his policy of ThouShallNotKill during the Chunin Exams after he (accidentally) kills an enemy, while the other members of the Konoha 12 hold to the declared "No Survivors" policy as there's several alliances bigger than their own. This comes back to bite him when an enemy he knocked out gets back up, kills Akamaru, severs Shino's arm, and leaves Ino temporarily crippled. Ino later gives him a WhatTheHellHero for sparing an enemy at the expense of his comrades.
* ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': Ryoma chooses to accept Xander's request to single combat, despite out-numbering and out-gunning the Nohrian army. His ninja retainers are able to mitigate the damage but if they hadn't, Nohr's conquest would have been a ''lot'' shorter.
* Some of Victoria's more compassionate judgments are viewed this way in ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]''. It eventually reaches a point where it's questioned whether she should be allowed to continue to sit in judgment.
* ''Fanfic/TheLunarRebellion'':
** This appears to be something of a recurring flaw for the pegasi, who value their martial and ethical honor so highly that they will always choose what they perceive as the more honorable path in a given matter, even if their other, less honorable options were objectively smarter, less costly or otherwise more expedient. Itís mentioned at one point that their tradition of never surrendering their city to outsiders and fighting to the last has resulted in a long history of needless {{Last Stand}}s that got a lot of ponies killed for the sake of pride.
** This is specifically something of an issue with Shadow herself. A good example would be how, when seeking allies against Duke Polaris (a self-centered noble who had been given full command of the armed forces despite being highly unqualified for the role), she persistently refused to ally with Sunbeam Sparkle, whom she saw as distasteful and dishonorable, despite it being her only realistic choice for gaining useful allies, with the avenues she pursued instead gaining her little beyond lost time that allowed Polaris to cement his position.
protection.



* Samurai in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11803928/2/ Challenger]]'' considers using [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Super Effective]] moves in Pokemon battles to be dishonorable. Naturally he loses quickly when Ash's Sandile uses [[PlayingWithFire Fire Fang]] against his [[BigCreepyCrawlies Pinsir]]. Though, given that Samurai also blamed the Sandile for attacking him when he drew a sword on Ash, it's likely he's just being a {{Scrub}}.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''/''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheVampireOfSteel'' [[BigBad Zol-Am]]'s demon army is about to overwhelm Supergirl, Buffy and the Scooby Gang when Kara demands a personal duel with Zol-Am. Zol-Am accepts because it's Kryptonian law, and he even incinerates one of his soldiers when he tries to interfere.

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* Samurai in In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11803928/2/ Challenger]]'' considers using [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Super Effective]] moves in Pokemon battles to be dishonorable. Naturally he loses quickly when Ash's Sandile uses [[PlayingWithFire Fire Fang]] against his [[BigCreepyCrawlies Pinsir]]. Though, given that Samurai also blamed net/s/12662796/10/The-Fourth-Council-Race The Fourth Council Race]]'', the Sandile for attacking him when he drew a sword governments of the Systems Alliance continue playing political games while Shanxi is under attack from the turians. The Chinese refuse to let anyone else reinforce the forces on Ash, Shanxi as it's likely he's just being a {{Scrub}}.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''/''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheVampireOfSteel'' [[BigBad Zol-Am]]'s demon army is about to overwhelm Supergirl, Buffy
Chinese colony and they don't want "interference from western imperialists" while the Scooby Gang when Kara demands a personal duel with Zol-Am. Zol-Am accepts United States won't spend the political capital to force the issue because it's Kryptonian law, they're certain China will fail so waiting will make the US look better and he even incinerates one of his soldiers when he their main rivals look worse.
** Once the Systems Alliance wins the space battle above Shanxi, the leader of the turian ground forces
tries to interfere.continue fighting regardless, insisting she will not be responsible for the turians' first defeat in over a thousand years. Upon realizing it, her second in command genuinely regrets that (unlike humanity) the turians have no latitude towards bad orders or officers placing themselves above their soldiers, leaving him unable to relieve her of command.
* ''Fanfic/TheLunarRebellion'':
** This appears to be something of a recurring flaw for the pegasi, who value their martial and ethical honor so highly that they will always choose what they perceive as the more honorable path in a given matter, even if their other, less honorable options were objectively smarter, less costly or otherwise more expedient. Itís mentioned at one point that their tradition of never surrendering their city to outsiders and fighting to the last has resulted in a long history of needless {{Last Stand}}s that got a lot of ponies killed for the sake of pride.
** This is specifically something of an issue with Shadow herself. A good example would be how, when seeking allies against Duke Polaris (a self-centered noble who had been given full command of the armed forces despite being highly unqualified for the role), she persistently refused to ally with Sunbeam Sparkle, whom she saw as distasteful and dishonorable, despite it being her only realistic choice for gaining useful allies, with the avenues she pursued instead gaining her little beyond lost time that allowed Polaris to cement his position.
* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', several of the Avengers chew out [[BadassNormal Black Widow]] for "letting [Alex Harris] go" despite Alex having beaten Ms. Marvel, Iron Man, and Wonder Man quite easily. Combining this with the fact that Alex shrugs off Hulkbuster bullets, Natasha [[DeadpanSnarker asks if they expected her to beat Alex by breaking some of her bones on the girl]].



** Heart Bloodliners are able to MindControl any Pokémon at least partially their type, but from the Pokémon's perspective, [[AndIMustScream this isn't a pleasant experience.]] Iris always knew she could do it but refused to use it in her family of Dragon types, and after learning from her Goldeen how it felt, Misty also refuses to use it ever again, even when it would give her an advantage.

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** Heart Bloodliners are able to MindControl any Pokémon at least partially their type, but from the Pokémon's perspective, [[AndIMustScream this isn't a pleasant experience.]] experience]]. Iris always knew she could do it but refused to use it in her family of Dragon types, and after learning from her Goldeen how it felt, Misty also refuses to use it ever again, even when it would give her an advantage.



* Yoda suffers a near fatal heart attack in ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/10129274/chapters/22767356#workskin Back From the Future]]'', only surviving because Luke arrived in time to heal him. While believing Mace Windu was the one to heal him[[note]]only one of Yoda's former padawan could and Mace is the only one still alive and not a Sith[[/note]], Yoda's very first thoughts are how he plans to scold Mace for having an attachment to him. At no point does Yoda even consider being grateful that he's still alive.
** Shaak-ti follows protocol so rigidly that even being shown that the Clone Troopers have chips in their heads that can force them to attack fellow Jedi won't make her act on her own. She continues to insist they bring the matter to the Jedi Council first, even while Plo Koon (having given up trying to convince her) aided Luke in removing the chips from the clones.
** In a later chapter [[TechnicalPacifist Duchess Satine]] is outraged when she thinks Obi-wan (actually Luke) is using a lightsaber to fight off people trying to assassinate her. Even the idea of someone bringing a lethal weapon to her planet infuriates her. Satine only relents when she realizes Luke was using a stun staff.
* Lampshaded by T'Challa in ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/9681983/chapters/23726166#workskin Enough Rope]]'' that by promising to sanctuary to Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes without adding any extra stipulations, he's required by the panther spirit that gives him his powers to honor his promise unless they attack him or someone else under his protection.



* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12662796/10/The-Fourth-Council-Race The Fourth Council Race]]'', the governments of the Systems Alliance continue playing political games while Shanxi is under attack from the turians. The Chinese refuse to let anyone else reinforce the forces on Shanxi as it's a Chinese colony and they don't want "interference from western imperialists" while the United States won't spend the political capital to force the issue because they're certain China will fail so waiting will make the US look better and one of their main rivals look worse.
** Once the Systems Alliance wins the space battle above Shanxi, the leader of the turian ground forces tries to continue fighting regardless, insisting she will not be responsible for the turians' first defeat in over a thousand years. Upon realizing it, her second in command genuinely regrets that (unlike humanity) the turians have no latitude towards bad orders or officers placing themselves above their soldiers, leaving him unable to relieve her of command.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12662796/10/The-Fourth-Council-Race The Fourth Council Race]]'', the governments net/s/7892592/1/Sekirei-Guardian-of-the-North Sekirei: Guardian of the Systems Alliance continue playing political games while Shanxi is under attack from North]]'', Minato refuses to use the turians. The Chinese refuse to let anyone else reinforce the forces on Shanxi as it's a Chinese colony and they don't want "interference from western imperialists" while the United States MBI cards with no spending limit because of how much he hates MBI. Likewise, he won't spend let the political capital girls do any chores or get jobs to force the issue help out because they're certain China will fail so waiting will make the US look better it's his job to support them all. This leaves Minato trying to support several women and himself on just his wages as a construction worker.
* In
one of their main rivals look worse.
** Once
the Systems Alliance wins many [[FandomSpecificPlot Slytherin Harry]] stories, Harry retrieves his egg by using illusions and a disillusionment charm to sneak past the space battle above Shanxi, the leader hydra guarding it. Dumbledore gives him a two because Harry's method wasn't "brave or noble."
* Played straight and subverted at different points in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9421918/6/ Soldier
of the turian ground forces Zero]]''. Played straight when Prince Wales wishes to martyr himself and die alongside his men even after Saito tries to continue fighting regardless, insisting she will not be responsible for the turians' first defeat in over a thousand years. Upon realizing it, her second in command genuinely regrets convince him that (unlike humanity) it's far more important that he live. Subverted when Saito sneaks into the turians have Reconquista camp by [[MuggedForDisguise stealing someone's uniform]] and is leery of killing a soldier of the right size as the man is currently having sex, but decides to anyway as war is no latitude towards bad orders or officers placing themselves above place for such things. He also prevents Wales' death and brings him back to Princess Henrietta alive, though injured. Apparently, Wales tried to throw Saito out a window for it afterward.
* ''FanFic/ATeachersGlory''
** Kin refuses to wear her deceased teammate's clothes, despite having been stripped naked and left to fend for herself in the forest of death. Also, Sasuke finds himself obliged to take Ino on a date because [[IGaveMyWord he said he would]], no matter how easily he could duck out of it, because the Uchiha Head keeps his promises.
** Team 7 decides that this does not apply in the Chunin exams when Naruto gets injured. Rather than give him what treatment they can scrape up while looking for a scroll, they know that the exams are not a once-in-a-lifetime chance, and opt to get him professional medical attention even at the cost of failing.
* Choji in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9948266/1/Team-7-s-Ascension-Blood-Wings Team 7's Ascension: Blood Wings]]'' holds very firmly to his policy of ThouShallNotKill during the Chunin Exams after he (accidentally) kills an enemy, while the other members of the Konoha 12 hold to the declared "No Survivors" policy as there's several alliances bigger than
their soldiers, leaving own. This comes back to bite him unable to relieve her when an enemy he knocked out gets back up, kills Akamaru, severs Shino's arm, and leaves Ino temporarily crippled. Ino later gives him a WhatTheHellHero for sparing an enemy at the expense of command.his comrades.


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* ''Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge'': Some of Victoria's more compassionate judgments are viewed this way in ''All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]''. It eventually reaches a point where it's questioned whether she should be allowed to continue to sit in judgment.
* In ''Fanfic/YuGiOhTheThousandYearDoor'', there's a situation similar to the one mention in the anime section. Maria demands a duel against Francesca by using the whole town of Keelhaul Key as a hostage. Maria cheats during most of the duel, using an enchanted eyepatch to view Francesca hand, until her mother appears in a hologram of her true, intimidating form of [[EvilSorceress the Shadow Queen]] (the first time the protagonists have seen her as such) to disqualify her and scold her for the action. (While Fran's defeat is essential to her plans, cheating isn't allowed due to magical constraints.) However, Fran interrupts, saying she'll forgive the offense and let the duel continue if Maria simply stops doing so. This, despite the [[DeadlyGame terms of the contest]] that she and the others were pretty much conned into accepting. Both Maria and Queen think she's a fool, but the duel does continue and she wins anyway. (In the rebooted version, Fran presses her luck further, sympathizing with Maria and telling the Queen - to her face, with witnesses - [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that the biggest reason she turned out bad was because she had bad parents]]. Maria and her other siblings seem to take this to heart later.)



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* The version of William Laurence leading the ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/BlackWingsBlackSails'' is majorly [[TheUnfettered Unfettered]] as a result of several events in the backstory souring the guy to the whole concept of duty to king and country that he takes so seriously in canon. Still, when Laurence is ordered by the Tswana to attack Capetown, he waits outside the town for a whole week before attacking, allowing an entire family of Africans to be burned alive by slavers simply because he wants to give the ''Allegiance'' (and subsequently Temeraire) time to leave before he attacks the town, unaware that the ''Allegiance'' was waiting for Laurence to attack first so it could take him down for good. Like canon!Laurence's many attempts at this, it blows up in his face, placing him in disgrace with the Tswana, and then the Tswana takes the ''Allegiance'' prisoner anyways.



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** Once the Systems Alliance wins the space battle above Shanxi, the leader of the turian ground forces tries to continue fighting regardless, insisting she will not be responsible for the turians' first defeat in over a thousand years. Upon realizing it, her second in command genuinely regrets that (unlike humanity) the turians have no latitude towards bad orders or officers placing themselves above their soldiers, leaving him unable to relieve her of command.



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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12662796/10/The-Fourth-Council-Race The Fourth Council Race]]'', the governments of the Systems Alliance continue playing political games while Shanxi is under attack from the turians. The Chinese refuse to let anyone else reinforce the forces on Shanxi as it's a Chinese colony and they don't want "interference from western imperialists" while the United States won't spend the political capital to force the issue because they're certain China will fail so waiting will make the US look better and one of their main rivals look worse.



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* Lampshaded by T'Challa in ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/9681983/chapters/23726166#workskin Enough Rope]]'' that by promising to sanctuary to Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes without adding any extra stipulations, he's required by the panther spirit that gives him his powers to honor his promise unless they attack him or someone else under his protection.
* ''Fanfic/PrincessOfTheBlacks'':
** Despite completing the first task the fastest ''and'' being one of the only ones to do so without injury, Leroux only ties for second place because he "didn't follow the spirit of the challenge" by simply using a summoning charm on the golden egg.
** Averted when Jen specifically tells Fudge that she was kidnapped by "someone ''claiming'' to be Voldemort" because it'd be easier for him to buy that a pretender was trying to restart the war than Voldemort returning to life.
*** Played straight with Dumbledore who hates that Jen didn't insist it was Voldemort, claiming that "a little discomfort or ridicule now" would be worth people being ready.
** One of Danny's grievances against Jen was that she "cowardly cursed him in the back instead of attacking honorably" during one of the tasks of the Triwizard Tournament. Later during the final task, he accuses her of cheating for attacking him while he's distracted.
*** Several other Light wizards have shown contempt for attacking someone with their back turned.
** Averted with Scrimgeour when he hears Jen apparated without a license during her fight with Voldemort. He understands that in a situation like that, pretty much every rule goes out the window.


** In a later chapter [[TechnicalPacifist Duchess Sabine]] is outraged when she thinks Obi-wan (actually Luke) is using a lightsaber to fight off people trying to assassinate her. Even the idea of someone bringing a lethal weapon to her planet infuriates her. Satine only relents when she realizes Luke was using a stun staff.

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** Shaak-ti follows protocol so rigidly that even being shown that the Clone Troopers have chips in their heads that can force them to attack fellow Jedi won't make her act on her own. She continues to insist they bring the matter to the Jedi Council first, even while Plo Koon (having given up trying to convince her) aided Luke in removing the chips from the clones.
** In a later chapter [[TechnicalPacifist Duchess Sabine]] Satine]] is outraged when she thinks Obi-wan (actually Luke) is using a lightsaber to fight off people trying to assassinate her. Even the idea of someone bringing a lethal weapon to her planet infuriates her. Satine only relents when she realizes Luke was using a stun staff.


ShootTheDog is this trope's opposite: Reason Before Honor. ''Usually'' not a trait of a CombatPragmatist due to their [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty approach to fighting]].

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ShootTheDog is this trope's opposite: Reason Before Honor. ''Usually'' not a trait of a CombatPragmatist due to their [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty dirty approach to fighting]].
fighting often being seen as dishonorable.



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** In a later chapter [[TechnicalPacifist Duchess Sabine]] is outraged when she thinks Obi-wan (actually Luke) is using a lightsaber to fight off people trying to assassinate her. Even the idea of someone bringing a lethal weapon to her planet infuriates her. Satine only relents when she realizes Luke was using a stun staff.



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* Yoda suffers a near fatal heart attack in ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/10129274/chapters/22767356#workskin Back From the Future]]'', only surviving because Luke arrived in time to heal him. While believing Mace Windu was the one to heal him[[note]]only one of Yoda's former padawan could and Mace is the only one still alive and not a Sith[[/note]], Yoda's very first thoughts are how he plans to scold Mace for having an attachment to him. At no point does Yoda even consider being grateful that he's still alive.


* ''[[Fanfic/TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony The Lunar Rebellion]]'':

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* ''[[Fanfic/TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony The Lunar Rebellion]]'':''Fanfic/TheLunarRebellion'':


* In ''Fanfiction/YuGiOhTheThousandYearDoor'', there's a situation similar to the one mention in the anime section. Maria demands a duel against Francesca by using the whole town of Keelhaul Key as a hostage. Maria cheats during most of the duel, using an enchanted eyepatch to view Francesca hand, until her mother appears in a hologram of her true, intimidating form of [[EvilSorceress the Shadow Queen]] (the first time the protagonists have seen her as such) to disqualify her and scold her for the action. (While Fran's defeat is essential to her plans, cheating isn't allowed due to magical constraints.) However, Fran interrupts, saying she'll forgive the offense and let the duel continue if Maria simply stops doing so. This, despite the [[DeadlyGame terms of the contest]] that she and the others were pretty much conned into accepting. Both Maria and Queen think she's a fool, but the duel does continue and she wins anyway. (In the rebooted version, Fran presses her luck further, sympathizing with Maria and telling the Queen - to her face, with witnesses - [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that the biggest reason she turned out bad was because she had bad parents.]] Maria and her other siblings seem to take this to heart later.)

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* In ''Fanfiction/YuGiOhTheThousandYearDoor'', ''Fanfic/YuGiOhTheThousandYearDoor'', there's a situation similar to the one mention in the anime section. Maria demands a duel against Francesca by using the whole town of Keelhaul Key as a hostage. Maria cheats during most of the duel, using an enchanted eyepatch to view Francesca hand, until her mother appears in a hologram of her true, intimidating form of [[EvilSorceress the Shadow Queen]] (the first time the protagonists have seen her as such) to disqualify her and scold her for the action. (While Fran's defeat is essential to her plans, cheating isn't allowed due to magical constraints.) However, Fran interrupts, saying she'll forgive the offense and let the duel continue if Maria simply stops doing so. This, despite the [[DeadlyGame terms of the contest]] that she and the others were pretty much conned into accepting. Both Maria and Queen think she's a fool, but the duel does continue and she wins anyway. (In the rebooted version, Fran presses her luck further, sympathizing with Maria and telling the Queen - to her face, with witnesses - [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that the biggest reason she turned out bad was because she had bad parents.]] Maria and her other siblings seem to take this to heart later.)


Characters who adhere to this trope are generally [[TheFettered more committed to a their code of ethics]] than to their own self-preservation. They believe in a pre-defined set of rules which universally apply, and will not break them, even if their own death results from adhering to them in one particular instance. For them, acting dishonorably is a AFateWorseThanDeath.

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Characters who adhere to this trope are generally [[TheFettered more committed to a their code of ethics]] than to their own self-preservation. They believe in a pre-defined set of rules which universally apply, and will not break them, even if their own death results from adhering to them in one particular instance. For them, acting dishonorably is a AFateWorseThanDeath.


Heroes who abide by this trope more often than not act in a manner that, although morally sound and honorable, is far from the most practical solution.[[note]]Except in cases where it is. That said, it isn't always easy to determine what's practical and what's not, either; see also [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindsight_bias hindsight bias]].[[/note]] Quite often this kind of decent, chivalrous behavior will come at [[HeroicSacrifice a great cost to the hero's happiness, kill them outright, or similarly leave them a destroyed human being]]. A villain [[GenreSavvy aware]] of such a gallant hero is bound to use FlawExploitation against them as well.

Put another way, a character who adheres to this trope is someone who is [[TheFettered more committed to a particular code of abstract ethics]] than to their own self-preservation[[note]]In some cases, however, the character will try to be equally committed to both. They may be more willing to follow the rules, but that doesn't mean they are stupid, after all.[[/note]]. They believe in a pre-defined set of rules which universally apply, and will not break said rules, even if their own death results from adhering to them in one particular instance. These types will usually justify this by claiming that living with the shame that results from having broken said rules is AFateWorseThanDeath.

In other words, [[WhatYouAreInTheDark they have character]].

In stories on the idealistic end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, the more the insistence of honorable behavior seems impractical, or even insane, the greater the chance that it becomes the thing that turns a hopeless situation into victory. As a result, the honorable hero is vindicated and the cynics are left completely stunned at what happened.

In stories on the cynical end, this trope will overlap with TooDumbToLive.

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Heroes who abide by this trope more often than not act in a manner that, although morally sound and honorable, is far from the most practical solution.[[note]]Except in cases where it is. That said, it isn't always easy to determine what's practical and what's not, either; see also [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindsight_bias hindsight bias]].[[/note]] Quite often this kind of decent, chivalrous behavior will come at [[HeroicSacrifice a great cost to the hero's happiness, kill them outright, or similarly leave them a destroyed human being]]. A villain [[GenreSavvy aware]] aware of such a gallant hero is bound to use FlawExploitation against them as well.

Put another way, a character Characters who adheres adhere to this trope is someone who is are generally [[TheFettered more committed to a particular their code of abstract ethics]] than to their own self-preservation[[note]]In some cases, however, the character will try to be equally committed to both. They may be more willing to follow the rules, but that doesn't mean they are stupid, after all.[[/note]]. self-preservation. They believe in a pre-defined set of rules which universally apply, and will not break said rules, them, even if their own death results from adhering to them in one particular instance. These types will usually justify this by claiming that living with the shame that results from having broken said rules For them, acting dishonorably is a AFateWorseThanDeath.

In other words, [[WhatYouAreInTheDark they have character]].

In stories on the idealistic end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, the more the insistence of honorable behavior seems impractical, or even insane, the greater the chance that it becomes the thing that turns a hopeless situation into victory. As a result, the honorable hero is vindicated and the cynics are left completely stunned at what happened.

In stories on the cynical end, however, this trope will overlap with TooDumbToLive.



* [[TheScrappy Samurai]] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11803928/2/ Challenger]]'' considers using [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Super Effective]] moves in Pokemon battles to be dishonorable. Naturally he loses quickly when Ash's Sandile uses [[PlayingWithFire Fire Fang]] against his [[BigCreepyCrawlies Pinsir]]. Though, given that Samurai also blamed said Sandile for attacking him when he drew a sword on Ash, it's likely he's just being a {{Scrub}}.

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* [[TheScrappy Samurai]] Samurai in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11803928/2/ Challenger]]'' considers using [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Super Effective]] moves in Pokemon battles to be dishonorable. Naturally he loses quickly when Ash's Sandile uses [[PlayingWithFire Fire Fang]] against his [[BigCreepyCrawlies Pinsir]]. Though, given that Samurai also blamed said the Sandile for attacking him when he drew a sword on Ash, it's likely he's just being a {{Scrub}}.

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