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--->'''Superman:''' I can't let that happen! If worst comes to worst, I'll have to defy Harker — and take the consequences! Because there's a moral law that's above some man-made laws! I've fought tyrants before... thought it meant defying their inhuman decrees!

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--->'''Superman:''' --->'''Superman''': I can't let that happen! If worst comes to worst, I'll have to defy Harker — and take the consequences! Because there's a moral law that's above some man-made laws! I've fought tyrants before... thought it meant defying their inhuman decrees!



-->''Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world -- [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome "No, YOU move."]]''

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-->''Doesn't -->''"Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world -- [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome "No, 'No, YOU move."]]''']]"''



--->'''Elwar:''' I know damn well what the official story said, Corporal, and as far as I care Starfleet Command can ''piss up a rope''. They’re not ''my'' boss and they'd bloody better find Commander Kojami a medal before I break protocol and name her to the Order of the Five Moons.

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--->'''Elwar:''' --->'''Elwar''': I know damn well what the official story said, Corporal, and as far as I care Starfleet Command can ''piss up a rope''. They’re not ''my'' boss and they'd bloody better find Commander Kojami a medal before I break protocol and name her to the Order of the Five Moons.



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-->'''Shang:''' A life for a life. My debt is repaid.

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-->'''Shang:''' -->'''Shang''': A life for a life. My debt is repaid.



-->'''Phoebus:''' [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Consider it my highest honor, sir.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'', Harold decides to go back on his promise to the Fairy Godmother after seeing that Fiona will not change her mind about Shrek and will never be with Charming on her own free will. He decides last minute not to give her a cup of tea laced with love potion so not to violate her free will. [[/folder]]

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-->'''Phoebus:''' -->'''Phoebus''': [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Consider it my highest honor, sir.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'', Harold decides to go back on his promise to the Fairy Godmother after seeing that Fiona will not change her mind about Shrek and will never be with Charming on her own free will. He decides last minute not to give her a cup of tea laced with love potion so not to violate her free will. will.
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-->''It's the end, the war has been lost\\

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-->''It's -->''"It's the end, the war has been lost\\



"Hurry up, we're waiting for you"\\

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"Hurry 'Hurry up, we're waiting for you"\\you'\\



Dispossessed, surrendering to the West''

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Dispossessed, surrendering to the West''West"''



--> '''Jesus:''' [[ArmorPiercingQuestion I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?]]

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--> '''Jesus:''' ---> '''Jesus''': [[ArmorPiercingQuestion I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?]]



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-->'''Joe:''' [[LetsGetDangerous Let's waste this dick.]]

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-->'''Joe:''' -->'''Joe''': [[LetsGetDangerous Let's waste this dick.]]


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** And in "Thanksgiving", a flashback shows Joe chasing a homeless man who stole some food, but he lets the guy off the hook when he sees he stole it to feed his starving family.

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** And in "Thanksgiving", a flashback shows Joe chasing a homeless man who stole some food, but he lets the guy off the hook when he sees he stole it to feed his starving family. This even, in turn, inspired Joe's son, Kevin, an Iraq War veteran, to abandon the war effort.


* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'' one episode has a prospector stake a claim on Star Peak after he finds the Kerium deposits under the mountain. Tex Hex attempts to steal the claim for himself and evict Shaman who lives on the land. Bravestarr is torn between the law and his friendship to Shaman, and eventually quits as marshal. To help Bravestarr, Shaman reminds him of a time as a child when he got into trouble for swimming in a lake sacred to the tribe. Young Bravestarr states he wasn't swimming for fun, he saw a young bird had been injured and was drowning and swam in to save it, even questioning if a life is more important then the tribes rules. Shaman tells the adult Bravestarr to think again about if the rules are more important than a drowning bird.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'' one episode has a prospector stake a claim on Star Peak after he finds the Kerium deposits under the mountain. Tex Hex attempts to steal the claim for himself and evict Shaman who lives on the land. Bravestarr is torn between the law and his friendship to Shaman, and eventually quits as marshal. To help Bravestarr, Shaman reminds him of a time as a child when he got into trouble for swimming in a lake sacred to the tribe. Young Bravestarr states he wasn't swimming for fun, he saw a young bird had been injured and was drowning and swam in to save it, even questioning if a life is more important then than the tribes rules. Shaman tells the adult Bravestarr to think again about if the rules are more important than a drowning bird.


* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'' one episode has a prospector stake a claim on Star Peak after he finds the Kerium deposits under the mountain. Tex Hex attempts to steal the claim for himself and evict Shaman who lives on the land. Bravestarr is torn between the law and his friendship to Shaman, and eventually quits as marshal. To help Bravestarr, Shaman reminds him of a time as a child when he got into trouble for swimming in a lake sacred to the tribe. Young Bravestarr states he wasn't swimming for fun, he saw a young bird had been injured and was drowning and swam in to save it, even questioning if a life is more important then the tribes rules. Shaman tells the adult Bravestarr to think again about if the rules are more important then a drowning bird.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'' one episode has a prospector stake a claim on Star Peak after he finds the Kerium deposits under the mountain. Tex Hex attempts to steal the claim for himself and evict Shaman who lives on the land. Bravestarr is torn between the law and his friendship to Shaman, and eventually quits as marshal. To help Bravestarr, Shaman reminds him of a time as a child when he got into trouble for swimming in a lake sacred to the tribe. Young Bravestarr states he wasn't swimming for fun, he saw a young bird had been injured and was drowning and swam in to save it, even questioning if a life is more important then the tribes rules. Shaman tells the adult Bravestarr to think again about if the rules are more important then than a drowning bird.


* In Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Frollo orders Captain Phoebus to burn down a windmill -- with a couple and their two children locked inside of it. Phoebus objects, saying that he was not trained to murder innocent civilians, to which Frollo replies, "But you were trained to follow orders". Phoebus then put out the torch that he was given by dunking it into a barrel of water. After that happens, Frollo starts the fire himself. Phoebus promptly breaks into the windmill to get the family out safely, and is arrested immediately afterward. Frollo comments on how he expected better from such a decorated officer.

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* In Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Frollo orders Captain Phoebus to burn down a windmill -- with a couple and their two children locked inside of it. Phoebus objects, saying that he was not trained to murder innocent civilians, to which Frollo replies, "But you were trained to follow orders". Phoebus then put out the torch that he was given by dunking it into a barrel of water. After that happens, Frollo accuses him of cowardice and starts the fire himself. Phoebus promptly breaks into the windmill to get the family out safely, and is arrested immediately afterward. Frollo comments on how he expected better from such a decorated officer. Needless to say, Phoebus is now branded a traitor.


-->'''Phoebus:''' [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Consider it my highest honor.]]

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-->'''Phoebus:''' [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Consider it my highest honor.honor, sir.]]


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* This trope is pretty much the point of a lot of Greek tragedies, making this trope OlderThanDirt. A good example is Sophocles' ''Antigone'': shall she bury the body of his brother, as divine laws prescribe, or leave him unburied (and as such cursed to a miserable afterlife) as [[TheCreon King Creon]] ordered? She does [[ThePowerOfLove what she feels is right]]. [[DespairEventHorizon Tragedy ensues]].
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* ''ComicBook/NewAvengers2015'': Hacktivist Rick Jones blew the whistle on SHIELD's increasingly shady operations, which led to him getting detained by them. He sent an SOS out to A.I.M., a villainous organisation that was bought out by ComicBook/{{Sunspot}} and restructured into the Avengers science division. If Sunspot and his New Avengers helped Rick, then they would be branded international terrorists and enemies of SHIELD. Sunspot takes a vote, which is unanimously for saving Rick, and then teleports out the dissenters so they don't get in trouble with the rest of A.I.M.. As he says, 'a call for help is a call for help'.


** Jesus himself fits this trope in many respects, blatantly altering or disregarding then-common interpretations of Mosaic law when he felt the rules had gotten in the way of doing what was right. (But since he's God made manifest in the flesh, he does have authority to interpret the laws as he sees fit to do so.) A prominent example is in Luke 6:6-10, when he calls the Pharisees out for not helping the man with his right hand withered during the Sabbath and heals the man afterward.

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** Jesus himself fits this trope in many respects, blatantly altering or disregarding then-common interpretations of Mosaic law when he felt the rules had gotten in the way of doing what was right. (But since (If you believe he's God made manifest in the flesh, he does seem to have the authority to interpret the laws as he sees fit to do so.) A prominent example is in Luke 6:6-10, when he calls the Pharisees out for not helping the man with his right hand withered during the Sabbath and heals the man afterward.

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* ''Fanfic/CrimsonAndEmerald'': The police try to have Hawks take sole credit for taking down Stain to not embarrass the police and Hosu pros that they were outdone by three high-schoolers. Hawks refuses for three reasons. One, it would imply that Hawks abandoned his intern in the middle of a battlefield. Two, the public will find out the truth eventually due to Stain's fanatical fanbase. Three, Hawks had his office give the news a press release already.


-->''Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world -- [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "No, YOU move."]]''

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-->''Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world -- [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome "No, YOU move."]]''



-->'''Phoebus:''' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Consider it my highest honor.]]

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-->'''Phoebus:''' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Consider it my highest honor.]]

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* ''Fanfic/ThePowerOfSeven'': The only way to save Harry's life and destroy the horcrux in him without just killing him is through a complex ritual that involves Harry bonding himself to seven different witches through a sex ritual. Technically, the magic involved in such a ritual is illegal in magical Britain, but so far only Hermione, Susan and Dumbledore have explicitly acknowledged the illegality of it, and while [[spoiler:Dumbledore believes this thus ensures nobody will use it, Hermione and Susan have explicitly stated that they don't care about the legality of it so long as Harry's life is saved]].

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