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* In ''[[LordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]'' Frodo's only concern is that they have enough supplies to reach Mount Doom. Samwise mutters that they might be wanting to make it back as well. Sam slowly realizes that they almost definitely won't make it back.

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* In ''[[LordOfTheRings ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]'' Frodo's only concern is that they have enough supplies to reach Mount Doom. Samwise mutters that they might be wanting to make it back as well. Sam slowly realizes that they almost definitely won't make it back.


* In ''[[LordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]'' Frodo's only concern is that they have enough supplies to reach Mount Doom. Samwise mutters that they might be wanting to make it back as well.

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* In ''[[LordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]'' Frodo's only concern is that they have enough supplies to reach Mount Doom. Samwise mutters that they might be wanting to make it back as well. Sam slowly realizes that they almost definitely won't make it back.


* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': In the episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E15YesterdaysEnterprise Yesterday's Enterprise]]" the Enterprise-C was on a mission to rescue a Klingon outpost from a surprise Romulan attack. They fell through a rip in space and time and came out over 20 years in the future in another sector. The Federation is now in a losing war against the Klingon Empire, when they should be allies. Captain Garret is informed by this version of Picard, after much consideration, they could SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, go back though crippled, and die against the Romulan attack. This one action by a then-loathed enemy could change the perception of the whole Klingon Empire about the Federation. That they would give their lives for Klingon would move the two groups towards peace not the war that has come to them. After talking it over with her surviving crew, Garret chooses to go back.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': In the episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E15YesterdaysEnterprise Yesterday's Enterprise]]" the Enterprise-C ''Enterprise''-C was on a mission to rescue a Klingon outpost from a surprise Romulan attack. They fell through a rip in space and time and came out over 20 years in the future in another sector. The Federation is now in a losing war against the Klingon Empire, when they should be allies. ''Enterprise''-C's Captain Garret is informed by this version of Picard, after much consideration, they could SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, go back though crippled, and die against the Romulan attack.attack trying to protect Klingon lives. This one action by a then-loathed enemy could change the perception of the whole Klingon Empire about the Federation. That they would give their lives for Klingon would move the two groups towards peace peace, not the war that has come to them. After talking it over with her surviving crew, Garret chooses to go back.


** In "The Doctor Dances", Jack Harkness leaves Earth with a bomb about to go off, only to discover he has no EscapePod and can't jettison it. Then the Doctor and Rose rescue him with the TARDIS.

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** In "The Doctor Dances", Jack Harkness leaves Earth with a bomb about to go off, only to discover he has no EscapePod and can't cannot jettison it. Then it. He prepares himself for death, ordering the computer to make him a martini. As he sips and contemplates his previous time facing imminent execution, the Doctor and Rose rescue him with the TARDIS.



-->'''Amy:''' River. Tell me he comes back too.\\

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': In the episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E15YesterdaysEnterprise Yesterday's Enterprise]]" the Enterprise-C was on a mission to rescue a Klingon outpost from a surprise Romulan attack. They fell through a rip in space and time and came out over 20 years in the future in another sector. The Federation is now in a losing war against the Klingon Empire, when they should be allies. Captain Garret is informed by this version of Picard, after much consideration, they could SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, go back though crippled, and die against the Romulan attack. This one action by a then-loathed enemy could change the perception of the whole Klingon Empire about the Federation. That they would give their lives for Klingon would move the two groups towards peace not the war that has come to them. After talking it over with her surviving crew, Garret chooses to go back.


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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', the central mission involves going through a mass relay that no one's ever gone through and come back from. Everyone on the team goes into it knowing there may be no coming back, although several of them believe you can pull off a miracle. After the jump, AnyoneCanDie, and the OneWayTrip nature of the mission hits home when the ''Normandy'' is disabled in battle and crash lands on the Collector base.

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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', the central mission involves going through a mass relay that no one's ever gone through and come back from. Everyone on the team goes into it knowing there may be no coming back, although several of them believe you can pull off a miracle. After the jump, AnyoneCanDie, and the OneWayTrip nature of the mission hits home when the ''Normandy'' is disabled in battle and crash lands on the Collector base.



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* Tecna of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' decides to enter the Omega Portal and close it the only way she can—from the inside—to save Andros from exploding, though she knows that she will most likely never be able to survive there with all the escaped convicts around, much less ever be found [[spoiler:Timmy manages to find her by building a super computer linked to her]]


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* Virtually all (unmanned!) space missions follow this, with the spacecraft (or at least most of it) not designed to come back to Earth after having completed its mission. On manned space exploration, it's often considered that the first manned mission to Mars (''if we ever go there'') will be an one-way trip, with the astronauts remaining there preparing the ground for subsequent missions while being supplied from our planet.

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* Virtually all (unmanned!) space missions follow this, with the spacecraft (or at least most of it) not designed to come back to Earth after having completed its mission. On manned space exploration, it's often considered that the first manned mission to Mars (''if we ever go there'') will be an one-way trip, with the astronauts remaining there preparing the ground for subsequent missions while being supplied from our planet.planet.
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* Cold War novel ''Literature/HulloRussiaGoodbyeEngland'' is based on this. The RAF pilots who will deliver British retaliation in the event of nuclear war know that by the time they're in the air, there will, in all probability, not be a Britain to return to. American pilots who will operate from Britain and do a similar job know this too. Much very black humour is derived from this, especially the attitude of a veteran pilot who started out bombing Germany in WW2 and was at least assured of a country to fly back to.

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* Cold War novel ''Literature/HulloRussiaGoodbyeEngland'' is based on this. The RAF pilots who will deliver British retaliation in the event of nuclear war know that by the time they're in the air, there will, in all probability, not be a Britain to return to. American pilots who will operate from Britain and do a similar job know this too. Much very black humour is derived from this, especially the attitude of a veteran pilot who started out bombing Germany in WW2 World War II and was at least assured of a country to fly back to.
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* Virtually all (unmanned!) space missions follow this, with the spacecraft (or at least the entire spacecraft) not designed to come back to Earth after having completed their objectives. On manned space exploration, it's often considered that the first manned mission to Mars (if we ''even'' go there) will be an one-way trip, with the astronauts remaining there preparing the ground for subsequent missions while being supplied from our planet.

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* Virtually all (unmanned!) space missions follow this, with the spacecraft (or at least the entire spacecraft) most of it) not designed to come back to Earth after having completed their objectives. its mission. On manned space exploration, it's often considered that the first manned mission to Mars (if (''if we ''even'' ever go there) there'') will be an one-way trip, with the astronauts remaining there preparing the ground for subsequent missions while being supplied from our planet.


* This happens on ''Series/DoctorWho'' all the time. An example from the new series would be: In The Doctor Dances, Jack leaves earth with the bomb expecting it to go off in his spaceship, he can't escape before it detonates. Then The Doctor and Rose rescue him with the TARDIS.

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* This happens on ''Series/DoctorWho'' all the time. An example from the new series would be: :
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In The "The Doctor Dances, Dances", Jack Harkness leaves earth Earth with the a bomb expecting it about to go off in his spaceship, off, only to discover he has no EscapePod and can't escape before it detonates. jettison it. Then The the Doctor and Rose rescue him with the TARDIS.



--> '''Amy:''' River. Tell me he comes back too.
--> '''River:''' The Doctor will be at the heart of the explosion.
--> '''Amy:''' So?
--> '''River:''' So all the cracks in time will close. But he'll be on the wrong side.

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too.\\
'''River:''' The Doctor will be at the heart of the explosion.
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explosion.\\
'''Amy:''' So?
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So?\\
'''River:''' So all the cracks in time will close. But he'll be on the wrong side.



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* Cold War novel ''Literature/HulloRussiaGoodbyeEngland'' is based on this. The RAF pilots who will deliver British retaliation in the event of nuclear war know that by the time they're in the air, there will, in all probability, not be a Britain to return to. American pilots who will operate from Britain and do a similar job know this too. Much very black humour is derived from this, especially the attitude of a veteran pilot who started out bombing Germany in WW2 and was at least assured of a country to fly back to.


** The [[AirstrikeImpossible Doolittle Raid]] in WorldWarII wasn't ''strictly'' supposed to be this, with the plan being for very stripped-down US Army B-25 Mitchell medium bombers carrying extra fuel to launch from Navy aircraft carriers, bomb targets in Japan, and then land at friendly airfields in China. The Navy task force was discovered a day before they planned to launch, forcing the Army bombers to launch several hundred miles farther away from Japan than they intended, and most of their intended airfields in China were captured by the Japanese. Several bombers ended up crash landing in the sea or in China, and one managed to make it to the neutral Soviet Union[[note]]Though the Russians were fighting the Germans alongside the Americans and British, they were neutral in the war with Japan.[[/note]], where the crew was interred for some time. The motivation for this raid? The Americans badly needed a victory to rally morale, due to a string of losses in the first few months of the war. As a side benefit, the Japanese, thinking the Americans had a land base within range of the Home Islands, ended up diverting considerable resources to their defense, [[ParanoiaGambit years before the Americans would be able to launch any]] ''real'' attacks.

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** The [[AirstrikeImpossible Doolittle Raid]] in WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII wasn't ''strictly'' supposed to be this, with the plan being for very stripped-down US Army B-25 Mitchell medium bombers carrying extra fuel to launch from Navy aircraft carriers, bomb targets in Japan, and then land at friendly airfields in China. The Navy task force was discovered a day before they planned to launch, forcing the Army bombers to launch several hundred miles farther away from Japan than they intended, and most of their intended airfields in China were captured by the Japanese. Several bombers ended up crash landing in the sea or in China, and one managed to make it to the neutral Soviet Union[[note]]Though the Russians were fighting the Germans alongside the Americans and British, they were neutral in the war with Japan.[[/note]], where the crew was interred for some time. The motivation for this raid? The Americans badly needed a victory to rally morale, due to a string of losses in the first few months of the war. As a side benefit, the Japanese, thinking the Americans had a land base within range of the Home Islands, ended up diverting considerable resources to their defense, [[ParanoiaGambit years before the Americans would be able to launch any]] ''real'' attacks.


* All (unmanned!) space missions follow this, with the spacecraft not designed to come back (or at least not all of them) after having completed their objectives. On manned space exploration, it's often considered that the first manned mission to Mars (if we ''even'' go there) will be an one-way trip, with the astronauts remaining there preparing the ground for subsequent journeys.

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* All Virtually all (unmanned!) space missions follow this, with the spacecraft (or at least the entire spacecraft) not designed to come back (or at least not all of them) to Earth after having completed their objectives. On manned space exploration, it's often considered that the first manned mission to Mars (if we ''even'' go there) will be an one-way trip, with the astronauts remaining there preparing the ground for subsequent journeys.missions while being supplied from our planet.


*** Furthermore, if by any chance one survived that part of a full-scale nuclear exchange, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt one will wish one hadn't.]]

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*** Furthermore, if by any chance one survived that part of a full-scale nuclear exchange, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt one will wish one hadn't.]]]]
* All (unmanned!) space missions follow this, with the spacecraft not designed to come back (or at least not all of them) after having completed their objectives. On manned space exploration, it's often considered that the first manned mission to Mars (if we ''even'' go there) will be an one-way trip, with the astronauts remaining there preparing the ground for subsequent journeys.

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** When the Doctor pilots the Pandorica into the exploding TARDIS in order to reboot the universe.
--> '''Amy:''' River. Tell me he comes back too.
--> '''River:''' The Doctor will be at the heart of the explosion.
--> '''Amy:''' So?
--> '''River:''' So all the cracks in time will close. But he'll be on the wrong side.


* In the book ''AngelsAndDemons'', when the camerlengo boards the helicopter with the antimatter bomb, Langdon follows him aboard, expecting him to drop the bomb where it can explode safely (such as in a quarry, or far out to sea). Unfortunately, it turns out that the camerlengo is going nowhere except straight up -- and there's only one parachute...
** [[spoiler: However, as the camerlengo is the big bad, he jumps out with the parachute leaving Langdon to explode with the antimatter. Langdon prefers to jump without a chute. He makes it.]]

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* In the book ''AngelsAndDemons'', when ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'': When the camerlengo boards the helicopter with the antimatter bomb, Langdon follows him aboard, expecting him to drop the bomb where it can explode safely (such as in a quarry, or far out to sea). Unfortunately, it turns out that the camerlengo is going nowhere except straight up -- and there's only one parachute...
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parachute...[[spoiler: However, however, as the camerlengo is the big bad, he jumps out with the parachute leaving Langdon to explode with the antimatter. Langdon prefers to jump without a chute. He makes it.]]]]


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* In ''BusouRenkin'', Kazuki [[spoiler: punts himself and Victor to the Moon, in the knowledge that there will be no rescue]].

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* In ''BusouRenkin'', ''Manga/BusouRenkin'', Kazuki [[spoiler: punts himself and Victor to the Moon, in the knowledge that there will be no rescue]].




* Done subtly in ''CodeGeass''.

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\n* Done subtly in ''CodeGeass''.''Anime/CodeGeass''.

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