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* The Hork-Bajir war cry in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' is simple: "Free or dead!".

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* The Hork-Bajir war cry in In the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' is simple: series, the Hork-Bajir are a peaceful alien race who have been enslaved by the parasitic Yeerks and used as shocktroops. The small amount of freed Hork-Bajir have a simple rallying cry: "Free or dead!".


* In ''Literature/{{Beloved}}'', Sethe, an escaped slave, was prepared to kill her four children and herself rather than let them be dragged back to slavery. (She only kills one, her oldest daughter, before she's stopped.)

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* In ''Literature/{{Beloved}}'', Sethe, an escaped slave, was prepared to kill her four children and herself rather than let them be dragged back to slavery. (She only kills one, her oldest daughter, before she's stopped.)) Given what she endured prior to escaping, it's not exactly surprising.


* In ''Literature/{{Beloved}}'', Sethe, an escaped slave, was prepared to kill her four children and herself rather than let them be dragged back to slavery. She only kills one before she's stopped.

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* In ''Literature/{{Beloved}}'', Sethe, an escaped slave, was prepared to kill her four children and herself rather than let them be dragged back to slavery. She (She only kills one one, her oldest daughter, before she's stopped.)

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* In ''Literature/{{Beloved}}'', Sethe, an escaped slave, was prepared to kill her four children and herself rather than let them be dragged back to slavery. She only kills one before she's stopped.


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And be free."

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* The African-American spiritual song "Oh, Freedom" contains lyrics to this effect. Understandable, as it was written in the wake of the Civil War.
--> "And before I be a slave\\
I'll be buried in my grave\\
And go home to my lord\\
And be free.


* When Neji TakesTheBullet for Hinata (who was about to do so for Naruto) in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', his Caged Bird Seal (symbol of the branch Hyuga's servitude to the main branch) fades. Similar to his father, he willingly gave his life, not for his duty to his superiors, but out of love for his closest friends and family.

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* When Neji TakesTheBullet [[TakingTheBullet Takes The Bullet]] for Hinata (who was about to do so for Naruto) in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', his Caged Bird Seal (symbol of the branch Hyuga's servitude to the main branch) fades. Similar to his father, he willingly gave his life, not for his duty to his superiors, but out of love for his closest friends and family.


*** The Extended Cut brings the whole thing full circle with Shepard invoking this word for word in the Refusal ending.


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*** The Extended Cut, which revised the endgame content after fan backlash, allowed the player to [[TakeAThirdOption take a fourth option]] when presented with the Catalyst's three possible resolutions to the Reaper crisis: Refusing to activate the Crucible, or attempting to kill the Catalyst, will result in the galaxy being wiped out once again by the Reapers. Shepard invokes this trope directly in justifying this decision.


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* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'': Belial the Dragon outright asks Cornelius to kill him, due to a spell on his heart that the Three Wise Men use to keep him in line. Upon piercing his heart, Belial is freed from his slavery, a fact he reveals to Urzur [[TakingYouWithMe before devouring him whole.]]
--> '''Belial''': Your words mean nothing. My heart has been pierced, and your spell broken. [] Indeed. I have been freed just before I die. Sorcerer, your time is up. Our contract has ended.
* ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'': The Masked Servants of Zenon outright ask the party to kill them to free them of Zenon's seal. Upon their defeat, they note how they've been freed, and take this time to confess as to what they truly were.


--->'''Satsuki''': She was trapped, yet she had sacrificed, endured, lost, and promised so much and, in the end, she was free, like the caged bird that she was.

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--->'''Satsuki''': -->'''Satsuki''': She was trapped, yet she had sacrificed, endured, lost, and promised so much and, in the end, she was free, like the caged bird that she was.

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* In the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' series, this trope is the genesis of the Faceless Men. Centuries ago, a man realized that deep in the hellish mines of the Valyrian Freehold, slaves of all nationalities prayed for death to myriad deities as a way to free themselves from slavery. He started granting their wish and the cult of the Many-Faced God was born.


* In ''OnePiece'', a pirate attempts to commit suicide by biting his tongue as an alternative to being sold as a slave.

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* In ''OnePiece'', ''Manga/OnePiece'', a pirate attempts to commit suicide by biting his tongue as an alternative to being sold as a slave.slave for one of the [[AristocratsAreEvil World Nobles]].


* [[NationsAsPeople America]] in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5794130/3/ Every Generation]]'', ''moments'' after winning independence from England with Canada. [[AccidentalMurder It wasn't even intentional.]]

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* [[NationsAsPeople America]] in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5794130/3/ Every Generation]]'', ''moments'' after winning independence from England with Canada. [[AccidentalMurder It wasn't even intentional.]]


* [[NationsAsPeople America]] in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5794130/3/ Every Generation]]'', ''moments'' after winning independence from England with Canada. [[AccidentalMurder It wasn't even ''intentional''.]]

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* [[NationsAsPeople America]] in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5794130/3/ Every Generation]]'', ''moments'' after winning independence from England with Canada. [[AccidentalMurder It wasn't even ''intentional''.intentional.]]

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