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->"This isn't over yet, ''I'm'' not finished."
-->Daniel Garner, after being offered a chance to meet his wife in Heaven. {{VideoGame/Painkiller}}


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->''"This isn't over yet, ''I'm'' not finished."''
-->-- '''Daniel Garner''', after being offered a chance to meet his wife in Heaven, ''{{VideoGame/Painkiller}}''

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->"This isn't over yet, ''I'm'' not finished."
-->Daniel Garner, after being offered a chance to meet his wife in Heaven. {{VideoGame/Painkiller}}


* At the end of ''Series/AshesToAshes'', Alex believes herself to still be alive and happily exclaims to Gene that she can now leave [[ItMakesSenseInContext his purgatory]] to go back to her daughter. Devastatingly, Alex reads from Gene's expression and through a hallucination that she is in fact dead and cannot go back.

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* At the end of ''Series/AshesToAshes'', ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'', Alex believes herself to still be alive and happily exclaims to Gene that she can now leave [[ItMakesSenseInContext his purgatory]] to go back to her daughter. Devastatingly, Alex reads from Gene's expression and through a hallucination that she is in fact dead and cannot go back.


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* According to ''[[Myth/IrishMythology The War of the Irish with the Foreigners]]'', the warrior Dunlang O'Hartigan (Dúnlaing Ó hArtagáin) was loved by a lady of the ''aes sídhe'' (a.k.a. fairies) who offered him immortality and eternal youth and bliss until the Day of Judgment and (this is explicitly included) entrance into Heaven after the Judgment, if he would stay with her. Dunlang however leaves her to aid his friend Murchadh, the son of Brian Boru, in the Battle of Clontarf, if only because he has promised Murchadh to fight by his side, and even though he knows by way of a prophecy that he will die in the battle. When Dunlang arrives just in time to join the battle, Murchadh, hearing his story, in turn mentions that the, too, has been hosted in "hills and fairy mansions" where similar offers were made to him, but he always refused because he would never abandon his country or relatives. True to the prophecy, both Dunlang and Murchadh die in the battle.

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* According to ''[[Myth/IrishMythology The War of the Irish with the Foreigners]]'', the warrior Dunlang O'Hartigan (Dúnlaing Ó hArtagáin) was loved by a lady of the ''aes sídhe'' (a.k.a. fairies) who offered him immortality and eternal youth and bliss until the Day of Judgment and (this is explicitly included) entrance into Heaven after the Judgment, if he would stay with her. Dunlang however leaves her to aid his friend Murchadh, the son of Brian Boru, in the Battle of Clontarf, if only because he has promised Murchadh to fight by his side, and even though he knows by way of a prophecy that he will die in the battle. When Dunlang arrives just in time to join the battle, Murchadh, hearing his story, in turn mentions that the, he, too, has been hosted in "hills and fairy mansions" where similar offers were made to him, but he always refused because he would never abandon his country or relatives. True to the prophecy, both Dunlang and Murchadh die in the battle.


* According to ''[[Myth/IrishMythology The War of the Irish with the Foreigners]]'', the warrior Dunlang O'Hartigan (Dúnlaing Ó hArtagáin) was loved by a lady of the ''aes sídhe'' (a.k.a. fairies) who offered him immortality and eternal youth and bliss until the Day of Judgment and (this is explicitly included) entrance into Heaven after the Judgment, if he would stay with her. Dunlang however leaves her to aid his friend Murchadh, the son of Brian Boru, in the Battle of Clontarf, if only because he has promised Murchadh to fight by his side, and even though he knows by way of a prophecy that he will die in the battle. When Dunlang arrives just in time to join the battle, Murchadh, hearing his story, in turn mentions that the, too, has been hosted in "hills and fairy mansions" where similar offers were made to him, but he always refused because he would never abandon his country or relatives.

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* According to ''[[Myth/IrishMythology The War of the Irish with the Foreigners]]'', the warrior Dunlang O'Hartigan (Dúnlaing Ó hArtagáin) was loved by a lady of the ''aes sídhe'' (a.k.a. fairies) who offered him immortality and eternal youth and bliss until the Day of Judgment and (this is explicitly included) entrance into Heaven after the Judgment, if he would stay with her. Dunlang however leaves her to aid his friend Murchadh, the son of Brian Boru, in the Battle of Clontarf, if only because he has promised Murchadh to fight by his side, and even though he knows by way of a prophecy that he will die in the battle. When Dunlang arrives just in time to join the battle, Murchadh, hearing his story, in turn mentions that the, too, has been hosted in "hills and fairy mansions" where similar offers were made to him, but he always refused because he would never abandon his country or relatives. True to the prophecy, both Dunlang and Murchadh die in the battle.

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* According to ''[[Myth/IrishMythology The War of the Irish with the Foreigners]]'', the warrior Dunlang O'Hartigan (Dúnlaing Ó hArtagáin) was loved by a lady of the ''aes sídhe'' (a.k.a. fairies) who offered him immortality and eternal youth and bliss until the Day of Judgment and (this is explicitly included) entrance into Heaven after the Judgment, if he would stay with her. Dunlang however leaves her to aid his friend Murchadh, the son of Brian Boru, in the Battle of Clontarf, if only because he has promised Murchadh to fight by his side, and even though he knows by way of a prophecy that he will die in the battle. When Dunlang arrives just in time to join the battle, Murchadh, hearing his story, in turn mentions that the, too, has been hosted in "hills and fairy mansions" where similar offers were made to him, but he always refused because he would never abandon his country or relatives.


* The story of Castor and Pollux in [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]]. Castor was the mortal son of Leda and her husband; Pollux was the demigod son of Leda and [[DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal Zeus, who had seduced her]] (and [[ReallyGetsAround a reputation for this sort of thing]]). It really didn't matter to them; the brothers were inseparable heroes. When they fell in battle, Pollux the demigod was whisked up to Olympus, and Castor was sent down to the Underworld with Hades. Cue Pollux getting infuriated and marching down to where Hades was [[BigBrotherInstinct keeping his brother]], [[YouAreWorthHell and refusing to leave.]] This forced the Olympians into a bit of a LogicBomb, as Pollux couldn't stay there and there was no way he was leaving without Castor. A compromise was reached, and they became the constellation Gemini.

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* The story of Castor and Pollux in [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]]. Castor was the mortal son of Leda and her husband; Pollux was the demigod son of Leda and [[DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal Zeus, who had seduced her]] (and (though Zeus had [[ReallyGetsAround a reputation for this sort of thing]]). It really didn't matter to them; the brothers were inseparable heroes. When they fell in battle, Pollux the demigod was whisked up to Olympus, and Castor was sent down to the Underworld with Hades. Cue Pollux getting infuriated and marching down to where Hades was [[BigBrotherInstinct keeping his brother]], [[YouAreWorthHell and refusing to leave.]] This forced the Olympians into a bit of a LogicBomb, as Pollux couldn't stay there and there was no way he was leaving without Castor. A compromise was reached, and they became the constellation Gemini.


* The story of Castor and Pollux in [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]]. Castor was the mortal son of Leda and her husband; Pollux was the demigod son of Leda and [[DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal Zeus, who had seduced her]] (and [[ReallyGetsAround a reputation for this sort of thing]]. It really didn't matter to them; the brothers were inseparable heroes. When they fell in battle, Pollux the demigod was whisked up to Olympus, and Castor was sent down to the Underworld with Hades. Cue Pollux getting infuriated and marching down to where Hades was [[BigBrotherInstinct keeping his brother]], [[YouAreWorthHell and refusing to leave.]] This forced the Olympians into a bit of a LogicBomb, as Pollux couldn't stay there and there was no way he was leaving without Castor. A compromise was reached, and they became the constellation Gemini.

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* The story of Castor and Pollux in [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]]. Castor was the mortal son of Leda and her husband; Pollux was the demigod son of Leda and [[DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal Zeus, who had seduced her]] (and [[ReallyGetsAround a reputation for this sort of thing]].thing]]). It really didn't matter to them; the brothers were inseparable heroes. When they fell in battle, Pollux the demigod was whisked up to Olympus, and Castor was sent down to the Underworld with Hades. Cue Pollux getting infuriated and marching down to where Hades was [[BigBrotherInstinct keeping his brother]], [[YouAreWorthHell and refusing to leave.]] This forced the Olympians into a bit of a LogicBomb, as Pollux couldn't stay there and there was no way he was leaving without Castor. A compromise was reached, and they became the constellation Gemini.


* The story of Castor and Pollux in Greek Mythology. Castor was the mortal son of Leda and her husband. Pollux was the result of Leda being [[DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal seduced by Zeus]]. It really didn't matter; the brothers were inseparable heroes. When they fell in battle, Pollux the demigod was whisked up to Olympus. But where was his brother? Being mortal, he was down with Hades. Cue Pollux getting infuriated and marching down to where Hades was [[BigBrotherInstinct keeping his brother]], [[YouAreWorthHell and refusing to leave.]] This forced the Olympians into a bit of a LogicBomb, as Pollux couldn't stay there and there was no way he was leaving without Castor. A compromise was reached and they became the constellation Gemini.

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* The story of Castor and Pollux in [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology. mythology]]. Castor was the mortal son of Leda and her husband. husband; Pollux was the result demigod son of Leda being and [[DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal Zeus, who had seduced by Zeus]]. her]] (and [[ReallyGetsAround a reputation for this sort of thing]]. It really didn't matter; matter to them; the brothers were inseparable heroes. When they fell in battle, Pollux the demigod was whisked up to Olympus. But where Olympus, and Castor was his brother? Being mortal, he was sent down to the Underworld with Hades. Cue Pollux getting infuriated and marching down to where Hades was [[BigBrotherInstinct keeping his brother]], [[YouAreWorthHell and refusing to leave.]] This forced the Olympians into a bit of a LogicBomb, as Pollux couldn't stay there and there was no way he was leaving without Castor. A compromise was reached reached, and they became the constellation Gemini.

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** Similarly, [[spoiler:Durkon tells Thor]] under no uncertain terms that he ''will'' return to the mortal plane to attend his own unfinished business ([[spoiler:i.e. ensuring that his son won't grow up without even knowing him]]), despite holding a rare ticket to the "good" afterlife. His resurrection is more prompt; his only regret is that he couldn't stay longer to ask more questions before returning.


* The story of Castor and Pollux in Greek Mythology. Castor was the mortal son of Leda and her husband. Pollux was the result of Leda being [[DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal seduced by Zues]]. It really didn't matter; the brothers were inseparable heroes. When they fell in battle, Pollux the demigod, was whisked up to Olympus. But where was his brother? Being mortal, he was down with Hades. Queue Pollux getting infuriated and marching down to where Hades was [[BigBrotherInstinct keeping his brother]], [[YouAreWorthHell and refusing to leave.]] This forced the Gods into a bit of a LogicBomb, as Pollux couldn't stay there and there was no way he was leaving without Castor. A compromise was reached and they became the constellation Gemini.

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* The story of Castor and Pollux in Greek Mythology. Castor was the mortal son of Leda and her husband. Pollux was the result of Leda being [[DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal seduced by Zues]].Zeus]]. It really didn't matter; the brothers were inseparable heroes. When they fell in battle, Pollux the demigod, demigod was whisked up to Olympus. But where was his brother? Being mortal, he was down with Hades. Queue Cue Pollux getting infuriated and marching down to where Hades was [[BigBrotherInstinct keeping his brother]], [[YouAreWorthHell and refusing to leave.]] This forced the Gods Olympians into a bit of a LogicBomb, as Pollux couldn't stay there and there was no way he was leaving without Castor. A compromise was reached and they became the constellation Gemini.


* Invoked in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/BlameItOnTheBrain''; after [[spoiler:defeating Onespawn, Fry uses his temporary connection to the fabric of reality to create a world where he and Leela are living happy lives in the twentieth century, with Bender and Scruffy operating a mechanic's, Fry's dog Seymour living happily with him and Leela, and Fry now actually smart after he restores his Delta Brainwave, but Leela convinces Fry that they have to accept reality, prompting him to rebuild history the way it was}}.

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* Invoked in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/BlameItOnTheBrain''; after [[spoiler:defeating Onespawn, Fry uses his temporary connection to the fabric of reality to create a world where he and Leela are living happy lives in the twentieth century, with Bender and Scruffy operating a mechanic's, mechanic's shop, Fry's dog Seymour living happily with him and Leela, and Fry now actually smart after he restores his Delta Brainwave, but Leela convinces Fry that they have to accept reality, prompting him to rebuild history the way it was}}.was]].


* ''ComicBook/Spawn'' plays with this one. Spawn, after saving all of existence from the Dark God Urizen, is offered a place in Heaven complete with a halo. However, after having fought Heaven's corrupt forces for over a hundred issues he wants nothing to do with them.

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* ''ComicBook/Spawn'' ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' plays with this one. Spawn, after saving all of existence from the Dark God Urizen, is offered a place in Heaven complete with a halo. However, after having fought Heaven's corrupt forces for over a hundred issues he wants nothing to do with them.



* A non-heroic example happens at the ''beginning'' of ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'', with the main character sneaking out of heaven despite the fact that he's warned that he can never return.

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* A non-heroic example happens at the ''beginning'' of ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'', with the main character sneaking out of heaven despite the fact that he's being warned that he can never return.



** Even after this, Alex still refuses to go to heaven as she wants to stay and help Gene. Gene convinces Alex that she has to go in, but that [[ItMakesSenseInContext he cannot]].

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** Even after this, Alex still refuses to go to heaven as she wants to stay and help Gene. Gene convinces Alex that she has to go in, go, but that [[ItMakesSenseInContext he cannot]].



* Dean in the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' Season 4 finale (as well as generally throughout season 5). It's more of a practical than a heroic decision, as paradise would require letting Dean's brother, Sam drink gallons of demon blood to release [[ArchangelLucifer Lucifer]], starting the apocalypse and becoming inhuman in the process, and offering possession to [[ArchangelMichael Michael]] (which would essentially lobotomize him) to kill Lucifer in Sam's body, while wiping out half the earth's population in the process. It's also unclear exactly what would be so good about the paradise that would follow, as the angels only wanted it because they were dicks who were tired of ruling the world in ''God'''s absence.

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* Dean in the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' Season 4 finale (as well as generally throughout season 5). It's more of a practical than a heroic decision, as paradise would require letting Dean's brother, Sam Sam, drink gallons of demon blood to release [[ArchangelLucifer Lucifer]], starting the apocalypse and becoming inhuman in the process, and offering possession to [[ArchangelMichael Michael]] (which would essentially lobotomize him) to kill Lucifer in Sam's body, while wiping out half the earth's population in the process. It's also unclear exactly what would be so good about the paradise that would follow, as the angels only wanted it because they were dicks who were tired of ruling the world in ''God'''s absence.

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