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* In ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarLostParadise'', after Jagi's finally disposed of and Airi freed from his influence, Rei chooses to leave Eden with his sister in tow, since there's no further reason for him to stay around. This turned out to be a wise decision, as [[HeroKiller R]][[TheDreaded a]][[WorthyOpponent o]][[MightMakesRight h]] shows up soon afterwards, right before the final chapter.

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* In ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarLostParadise'', after Jagi's finally disposed of and Airi freed from his influence, Rei chooses to leave Eden with his sister in tow, since there's no further reason for him to stay around. This turned out to be a wise decision, as [[HeroKiller R]][[TheDreaded a]][[WorthyOpponent o]][[MightMakesRight h]] shows up soon afterwards, right before the final chapter.chapter[[spoiler:(s)]].


* Princess Vivi of ''OnePiece'' wanted to join the Straw Hat pirates permanently, but Opted Out when she decided her responsibilities to her country of Alabasta were more important.

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Princess Vivi of ''OnePiece'' wanted to join the Straw Hat pirates permanently, but Opted Out when she decided her responsibilities to her country of Alabasta were more important.


* This is what [[spoiler:Wave and Kurome of the Jaegers]] in ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' ultimately choose to do after their final battle with Night Raid. [[spoiler:Despite the fact Wave managed to [[DualWielding combine his Teigu with that of his best friend Run]], [[TookALevelInBadass fight Tatsumi to a draw]]]], and realize just how corrupt the Empire he serves really is, he refuses to side with the Rebellion when offered the chance so as [[IGaveMyWord to avoid breaking his promise to the man who saved his life]] and to take care of [[spoiler:[[LoveInterest Kur]][[IllGirl ome]]. Kurome originally refuses, but after Wave [[BigDamnKiss returns her feelings]] and [[WreckedWeapon destroys Yatsufusa]] she agrees to go with him]]. Night Raid lets them go [[spoiler:both for the fact that Wave was the TokenGoodTeammate of the Jaegers and because it meant Akame wouldn't have to worry about [[KillTheOnesYouLove killing her little sister]], something that she had been dreading for the entire story]].

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* This is what [[spoiler:Wave and Kurome of the Jaegers]] in ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' ultimately choose to do after their final battle with Night Raid. [[spoiler:Despite the fact Wave managed to [[DualWielding combine his Teigu with that of his best friend Run]], [[TookALevelInBadass fight Tatsumi to a draw]]]], and realize just how corrupt the Empire he serves really is, he refuses to side with the Rebellion when offered the chance so as [[IGaveMyWord to avoid breaking his promise to the man who saved his life]] and to take care of [[spoiler:[[LoveInterest Kur]][[IllGirl ome]]. Kurome originally refuses, but after Wave [[BigDamnKiss [[TheBigDamnKiss returns her feelings]] and [[WreckedWeapon destroys Yatsufusa]] she agrees to go with him]]. Night Raid lets them go [[spoiler:both for the fact that Wave was the TokenGoodTeammate of the Jaegers and because it meant Akame wouldn't have to worry about [[KillTheOnesYouLove killing her little sister]], something that she had been dreading for the entire story]].

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* PlayedForLaughs towards the end of ''Film/{{Deadpool}}''. Wade is tooling up to face the villain holding his ex-girlfriend hostage. [[NonActionGuy Weasel]] helps him gather his guns then solemnly tells Wade that he'd go with him....he just doesn't ''want'' to. Wade accepts this and goes to recruit some X-Men for back-up instead.


* An odd example of this in the ''main character'' is Son Goku in ''[[{{Dragonball}} Dragonball Z]].'' At the end of the Cell Saga, Goku intentionally gave up his fight with Cell to let Gohan take the spotlight. When, at the end of it all, Goku was dead, he just as deliberately opted to ''not'' be revived with the Dragon Balls, for fear of attracting more trouble to Earth. Other examples are Chiaozu, who Tienshinhan made opt out of the fight with the Androids, and Yajirobe, who ''tried'' to do this in the Saiyan Saga but wound up getting caught up in things anyway.

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* An odd example of this in the ''main character'' is Son Goku in ''[[{{Dragonball}} Dragonball Z]].''Anime/DragonballZ.'' At the end of the Cell Saga, Goku intentionally gave up his fight with Cell to let Gohan take the spotlight. When, at the end of it all, Goku was dead, he just as deliberately opted to ''not'' be revived with the Dragon Balls, for fear of attracting more trouble to Earth. Other examples are Chiaozu, who Tienshinhan made opt out of the fight with the Androids, and Yajirobe, who ''tried'' to do this in the Saiyan Saga but wound up getting caught up in things anyway.


* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo'' has an instance of this when Bucciarati draws a LineInTheSand and [[spoiler:breaks ties with Diavolo]], Fugo, unable to bring himself to join one side or the other, walks out. The out-of-universe reason for this is because Araki realized that Fugo's Purple Haze was a ridiculously strong StoryBreakerPower and needed a way to maintain dramatic tension.

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo'' ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo'' has an instance of this when Bucciarati draws a LineInTheSand and [[spoiler:breaks ties with Diavolo]], Fugo, unable to bring himself to join one side or the other, walks out. The out-of-universe reason for this is because Araki realized that Fugo's Purple Haze was a ridiculously strong StoryBreakerPower and needed a way to maintain dramatic tension.


* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has an instance of this in ''Vento Aureo''. When Buccellati draws a LineInTheSand and [[spoiler:breaks ties with Diavolo]], Fugo, unable to bring himself to join one side or the other, walks out. The out-of-universe reason for this is because Araki realized that Fugo's Purple Haze was a ridiculously strong StoryBreakerPower and needed a way to maintain dramatic tension.

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo'' has an instance of this in ''Vento Aureo''. When Buccellati when Bucciarati draws a LineInTheSand and [[spoiler:breaks ties with Diavolo]], Fugo, unable to bring himself to join one side or the other, walks out. The out-of-universe reason for this is because Araki realized that Fugo's Purple Haze was a ridiculously strong StoryBreakerPower and needed a way to maintain dramatic tension.


* Manga/{{Naruto}}'s Danzo gets alot of guff for choosing to avoid [[SenselessSacrifice senselessly throwing his life away]] by charging in headfirst when current BigBad Pain attacks Konoha. He not only avoided fighting Pain but actually attempted to prevent Naruto from returning as well, on the (totally accurate) basis that Naruto would be unable to stop Pain.

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* Manga/{{Naruto}}'s ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s Danzo gets alot of guff for choosing to avoid [[SenselessSacrifice senselessly throwing his life away]] by charging in headfirst when current BigBad Pain attacks Konoha. He not only avoided fighting Pain but actually attempted to prevent Naruto from returning as well, on the (totally accurate) basis that Naruto would be unable to stop Pain.


* In ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarLostParadise'', after Jagi's finally disposed of and Airi freed from his influence, Rei chooses to leave Eden with his sister in tow, since there's no further reason for him to stay around. This turned out to be a wise decision, as [[HeroKiller R]] [[TheDreaded a]] [[WorthyOpponent o]] [[MightMakesRight h]] shows up soon afterwards, right before the final chapter.

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* In ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarLostParadise'', after Jagi's finally disposed of and Airi freed from his influence, Rei chooses to leave Eden with his sister in tow, since there's no further reason for him to stay around. This turned out to be a wise decision, as [[HeroKiller R]] [[TheDreaded a]] [[WorthyOpponent o]] [[MightMakesRight R]][[TheDreaded a]][[WorthyOpponent o]][[MightMakesRight h]] shows up soon afterwards, right before the final chapter.


* In ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarLostParadise'', after Jagi's finally disposed of and Airi freed from his influence, Rei chooses to leave Eden with his sister in tow, since there's no further reason for him to stay around. This turned out to be a wise decision, as [[HeroKiller Raoh]] shows up soon afterwards, right before the final chapter.

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* In ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarLostParadise'', after Jagi's finally disposed of and Airi freed from his influence, Rei chooses to leave Eden with his sister in tow, since there's no further reason for him to stay around. This turned out to be a wise decision, as [[HeroKiller Raoh]] R]] [[TheDreaded a]] [[WorthyOpponent o]] [[MightMakesRight h]] shows up soon afterwards, right before the final chapter.

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* In ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarLostParadise'', after Jagi's finally disposed of and Airi freed from his influence, Rei chooses to leave Eden with his sister in tow, since there's no further reason for him to stay around. This turned out to be a wise decision, as [[HeroKiller Raoh]] shows up soon afterwards, right before the final chapter.


** In the backstory, twenty kings banded together to form the World Government. Those kings went on to take their families and live in the Holy Land Mariejois, but one family opted out of that part of the plan and stayed in their own lands. The 19 other families went on to become the Celestial Dragons, one of the most stellar examples of AristocratsAreEvil in fiction. The one family that opted out [[spoiler:continues to rule the kingdom of Alabasta]] to this day. Naturally, it is the only one that is genuinely kind.

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** In the backstory, twenty kings banded together to form the World Government. Those kings went on to take their families and live in the Holy Land Mariejois, but one family opted out of that part of the plan and stayed in their own lands. The 19 other families went on to become the Celestial Dragons, one of the most stellar [[StealthPun stellar]] examples of AristocratsAreEvil in fiction. The one family that opted out [[spoiler:continues to rule the kingdom of Alabasta]] to this day. Naturally, it is the only one that is genuinely kind.


* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/IronMan3'' when a random henchman, after seeing Iron Man destroy the rest of his team, [[KnowsWhenToFoldEm simply throws his gun down and leaves]], declaring that he always hated his job anyways.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/IronMan3'' when a random henchman, after seeing Iron Man destroy the rest of his team, [[KnowsWhenToFoldEm [[KnowWhenToFoldEm simply throws his gun down and leaves]], declaring that he always hated his job anyways.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/IronMan3'' when a random henchman, after seeing Iron Man destroy the rest of his team, [[KnowsWhenToFoldEm simply throws his gun down and leaves]], declaring that he always hated his job anyways.

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