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* Following Yugoslavia's signing of the Tripartite Pact (and immediately prior, and precipitating, the coup d'etat that invalidated that signing) mobs of protesters flooded the streets of Belgrade chanting "Better a grave than a slave; better a war than the pact."

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* ''Fanfic/ANewHopeDanganronpa'': The reason that [[spoiler:Peko]] [[FaceDeathWithDignity accepts her execution]] is that she is going to die not as [[spoiler:a tool or a servant, but as Peko Pekoyama]].

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** Herne's words after [[spoiler:Robin]] dies say the same of him.
---> '''Herne:''' "So he is free."


* When Neji [[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.

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When Neji [[TakingTheBullet Takes The Bullet]] takes the bullet for Hinata (who was about to do so for Naruto) in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Hinata, 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.



* Geena, TragicVillain of ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'': even after she has a HeelFaceTurn, she'd rather die that take orders from a "biologic":
-->'''Geena: '''"[[TearJerker I've proven...I'm not...an obedient machine...]]"
* In, of all places, Creator/ArchieComics' ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' #49: Dr. Light rebuilt the Robot Masters from VideoGame/MegaMan2 and VideoGame/MegaMan3, the same way he did the original set. Half of them [[note]]Quick Man, Heat Man, Metal Man, Crash Man, Magnet Man, Needle Man, Gemini Man and Top Man[[/note]] refuse to be reprogrammed, arguing they were too combat-specialized to do civilian work (some of them even took offense at the idea of being used for MundaneUtility, as they saw their combat-robot status as a badge of pride), and if they accepted reprogramming, it wouldn't be "them" anymore. Dr. Light tells them, point blank, that he was allowed to rebuild them on the condition that they could be re-purposed, and they'd have to be deactivated if that couldn't be done. Despite Rock/Mega Man's pleas for them to reconsider, [[DownerEnding they chose deactivation.]]

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* Geena, TragicVillain of ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'': even [[TragicVillain Geena]]. Even after she has a HeelFaceTurn, she'd rather die that take orders from a "biologic":
-->'''Geena: '''"[[TearJerker I've -->'''Geena:''' "I've proven...I'm not...an obedient machine...]]"
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* In, of all places, Creator/ArchieComics' ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' #49: Dr. Light rebuilt the Robot Masters from VideoGame/MegaMan2 ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'' and VideoGame/MegaMan3, ''VideoGame/MegaMan3'', the same way he did the original set. Half of them [[note]]Quick Man, Heat Man, Metal Man, Crash Man, Magnet Man, Needle Man, Gemini Man and Top Man[[/note]] refuse to be reprogrammed, arguing they were too combat-specialized to do civilian work (some of them even took offense at the idea of being used for MundaneUtility, as they saw their combat-robot status as a badge of pride), and if they accepted reprogramming, it wouldn't be "them" anymore. Dr. Light tells them, point blank, that he was allowed to rebuild them on the condition that they could be re-purposed, and they'd have to be deactivated if that couldn't be done. Despite Rock/Mega Man's pleas for them to reconsider, [[DownerEnding they chose deactivation.]]



* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story ''ComicBook/TheKryptonChronicles'', slave Val-Lor chooses to speak up against his oppressors and get killed off rather than pretend he is happy to become their ownership.



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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.

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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.surprising that she would think they'd be better off dead.

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* Nana, from ''Webcomic/NanasEverydayLife'', spends most of her life as an experimental guinea pig, a sex slave, or at least a prisoner. When her half dead body is eventually jettisoned off an oil rig (along with some biohazardous waste), she is naturally presumed dead. However, she somehow manages to survive until she washes up on shore, although she nonetheless dies shortly thereafter. As she lies on her deathbed, she watches the clouds move across the sky, and her last words are "Oh... Oh well... It's... okay... like this... It's okay."


* In, of all places, Franchise/ArchieComics' ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' #49: Dr. Light rebuilt the Robot Masters from VideoGame/MegaMan2 and VideoGame/MegaMan3, the same way he did the original set. Half of them [[note]]Quick Man, Heat Man, Metal Man, Crash Man, Magnet Man, Needle Man, Gemini Man and Top Man[[/note]] refuse to be reprogrammed, arguing they were too combat-specialized to do civilian work (some of them even took offense at the idea of being used for MundaneUtility, as they saw their combat-robot status as a badge of pride), and if they accepted reprogramming, it wouldn't be "them" anymore. Dr. Light tells them, point blank, that he was allowed to rebuild them on the condition that they could be re-purposed, and they'd have to be deactivated if that couldn't be done. Despite Rock/Mega Man's pleas for them to reconsider, [[DownerEnding they chose deactivation.]]

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* In, of all places, Franchise/ArchieComics' Creator/ArchieComics' ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' #49: Dr. Light rebuilt the Robot Masters from VideoGame/MegaMan2 and VideoGame/MegaMan3, the same way he did the original set. Half of them [[note]]Quick Man, Heat Man, Metal Man, Crash Man, Magnet Man, Needle Man, Gemini Man and Top Man[[/note]] refuse to be reprogrammed, arguing they were too combat-specialized to do civilian work (some of them even took offense at the idea of being used for MundaneUtility, as they saw their combat-robot status as a badge of pride), and if they accepted reprogramming, it wouldn't be "them" anymore. Dr. Light tells them, point blank, that he was allowed to rebuild them on the condition that they could be re-purposed, and they'd have to be deactivated if that couldn't be done. Despite Rock/Mega Man's pleas for them to reconsider, [[DownerEnding they chose deactivation.]]


* The dark science-fiction world of ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' has various villains, as well [[UnscrupulousHero the heroes]], enslaving their enemies. Among the victims are the Azanians, a race of lesbian Amazons [[HomosexualReproduction enabled by technology]] who are [[MonsterSobStory heartbreakingly terrified]] of being forced to submit to a man. When they are finally defeated after a no-holds-barred total war against the protagonists, some are taken alive, and [[MadeASlave made wives or slaves]], but others prefer to adhere to this.

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* The dark science-fiction world of ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' has various villains, as well [[UnscrupulousHero the heroes]], enslaving their enemies. Among the victims are the Azanians, a race of lesbian Amazons [[HomosexualReproduction enabled by technology]] who are [[MonsterSobStory heartbreakingly terrified]] terrified of being forced to submit to a man. When they are finally defeated after a no-holds-barred total war against the protagonists, some are taken alive, and [[MadeASlave made wives or slaves]], but others prefer to adhere to this.


* In ''VideoGame/Persona5Royal'', Akechi tells Joker that despite being brought back to life as a result of a LotusEaterMachine, he wants to carve his own path and accept the choice he made in their last meeting, and that he refuses to embrace a false reality while being under the control of someone else.

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* In ''VideoGame/Persona5Royal'', ''VideoGame/Persona5'' ''[[UpdatedRerelease Royal]]'', Akechi tells Joker that despite being brought back to life as a result of a LotusEaterMachine, he wants to carve his own path and accept the choice he made in their last meeting, and that he refuses to embrace a false reality while being under the control of someone else.


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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': After being mortally wounded while fighting alongside the Rebellion in the GrandFinale, Gregor uses his last words to thank Rex and the Rebels for giving him a chance to fight for a cause he actually believed in for once, rather than one he was programmed to serve.
-->"It was an honor to serve with you, Rex. It was an honor to fight with you for something that we ''chose'' to believe in."


* In, of all places, Franchise/ArchieComics' ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' #49: Dr. Light rebuilt the Robot Masters from VideoGame/MegaMan2 and VideoGame/MegaMan3, the same way he did the original set. Half of them [[note]]Quick Man, Heat Man, Metal Man, Crash Man, Magnet Man, Needle Man, Gemini Man and Top Man[[/note]] refuse to be reprogrammed, arguing they were too combat-specialized to do civilian work and if they accepted reprogramming, it wouldn't be "them" anymore. Dr. Light tells them, point blank, that he was allowed to rebuild them on the condition that they could be re-purposed, and they'd have to be deactivated if that couldn't be done. Despite Rock/Mega Man's pleas for them to reconsider, [[DownerEnding they chose deactivation.]]

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* In, of all places, Franchise/ArchieComics' ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' #49: Dr. Light rebuilt the Robot Masters from VideoGame/MegaMan2 and VideoGame/MegaMan3, the same way he did the original set. Half of them [[note]]Quick Man, Heat Man, Metal Man, Crash Man, Magnet Man, Needle Man, Gemini Man and Top Man[[/note]] refuse to be reprogrammed, arguing they were too combat-specialized to do civilian work (some of them even took offense at the idea of being used for MundaneUtility, as they saw their combat-robot status as a badge of pride), and if they accepted reprogramming, it wouldn't be "them" anymore. Dr. Light tells them, point blank, that he was allowed to rebuild them on the condition that they could be re-purposed, and they'd have to be deactivated if that couldn't be done. Despite Rock/Mega Man's pleas for them to reconsider, [[DownerEnding they chose deactivation.]]


* In ''VideoGame/Persona5Royal'', Akechi tells Joker that despite being brought back to life as a result of a LotusEaterMachine, he wants to carve his own path and accept the choice he made in their last meeting, and that he refuses to embrace a false reality while being under the control of someone else.



** ''Blood Omen'': "We shall die today as heroes, lest we live tomorrow as slaves!"
** And in the first ''Soul Reaver'', Melchiah is openly relieved that, with his death, he is no longer trapped in his rotting carcass of a body. ("I am released...")

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** ''Blood Omen'': ''[[VideoGame/BloodOmenLegacyOfKain Blood Omen]]'': "We shall die today as heroes, lest we live tomorrow as slaves!"
** And in the first ''Soul Reaver'', ''[[VideoGame/LegacyOfKainSoulReaver Soul Reaver]]'', Melchiah is openly relieved that, with his death, he is no longer trapped in his rotting carcass of a body. ("I am released...")



* Before entering his final battle in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: VideoGame/CrisisCore'' Zack utters: "The price of freedom sure is steep". It was that or be killed by the army.

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* Before entering his final battle in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: VideoGame/CrisisCore'' ''VideoGame/CrisisCoreFinalFantasyVII'', Zack utters: "The price of freedom sure is steep". It was that or be killed by the army.



* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Borderlands2}} Borderlands 2]]'', Angel [[MercyKill asks the player character(s) to end her suffering]] as her own father has kept her imprisoned as a living power source to charge a key necessary to unlock a superweapon. She is so desperate to be free of her situation that ''she sends the protagonist(s) extra ammo as they destroy the systems keeping her alive.''

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* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Borderlands2}} Borderlands 2]]'', ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'', Angel [[MercyKill asks the player character(s) to end her suffering]] as her own father has kept her imprisoned as a living power source to charge a key necessary to unlock a superweapon. She is so desperate to be free of her situation that ''she sends the protagonist(s) extra ammo as they destroy the systems keeping her alive.''



* In ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'', in the prelude to the true ending, the Arisen player ends up as [[AGodIsYou Seneschal]]. If they decide to stay in the Seneschal Chamber, they can observe the now peaceful world but as a result are perpetuating the [[ViciousCycle wicked cycle]] the game's universe is trapped in. The true ending has the Arisen [[HeroicSuicide end their own life]], so they and the world may be free from the cycle.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'': In ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'', in the prelude to the true ending, the Arisen player ends up as [[AGodIsYou Seneschal]]. If they decide to stay in the Seneschal Chamber, they can observe the now peaceful world but as a result are perpetuating the [[ViciousCycle wicked cycle]] the game's universe is trapped in. The true ending has the Arisen [[HeroicSuicide end their own life]], so they and the world may be free from the cycle.



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* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', a lava monster turns out to be a Viking trapped in a rock by Aku, unable to die. After Jack kills him, he's taken up into Valhalla, and Jack respectfully carves the word on the runestone.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', a lava monster turns out to be a Viking trapped in a rock by Aku, unable to die. After Jack kills him, he's taken up into Valhalla, and Jack respectfully carves the word his final moments on the runestone.


* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' has an odd example of this trope. A {{golem}} who has been active for so long that it counts as 'alive enough' is destroyed and its spirit finds its way to the place between life and afterlife. [[TheGrimReaper Death]] tells it that by moving on it will reach the afterlife, but the Golem is content to simply sit down in the boundary and stay there. Death asks it why, since there is nothing to do here. The golem simply replies that makes it perfect. With there being nothing there, there are no orders, no commands, no imperatives, and nothing to do. In other words, a state of perfect freedom.

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* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' ''Literature/GoingPostal'' has an odd example of this trope. A {{golem}} who has been active for so long that it counts as 'alive enough' is destroyed and its spirit finds its way to the place between life and afterlife. [[TheGrimReaper Death]] tells it that by moving on it will reach the afterlife, but the Golem is content to simply sit down in the boundary and stay there. Death asks it why, since there is nothing to do here. The golem simply replies that makes it perfect. With there being nothing there, there are no orders, no commands, no imperatives, and nothing to do. In other words, a state of perfect freedom.

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