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* ''Film/ThorRagnarok'': At the end, when Thor and [[spoiler:the refugees]] watch [[spoiler:Asgard burn]], Thor whispers "What have I done?", but Heimdall assures him that he [[spoiler:saved Asgard from extinction.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Near the end of "Boss Mabel", Mabel [[RageBreakingPoint finally loses her temper]] and starts barking orders like Stan.
-->'''Mabel:''' [[WhatHaveIBecome What have I become?!]]\\
'''Dipper:''' What you had to, Mabel. What you had to.


* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Yukari has this opinion about Miho's decision to [[spoiler:abandon the flag tank in the finals of the last tankery tournament to save the crew of another one from drowning]], resulting in [[spoiler:her old school being defeated for the first time in a decade]], and her decision to transfer and give up tankery. She says that [[spoiler:the teammates Miho saved are]] likely grateful for Miho's decision, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments and she is proven correct]].

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* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Yukari has this opinion about Miho's decision to [[spoiler:abandon the flag tank in the finals of the last tankery tournament to save the crew of another one from drowning]], resulting in [[spoiler:her old school being defeated for the first time in a decade]], and her decision to transfer and give up tankery. She says that [[spoiler:the teammates Miho saved are]] likely grateful for Miho's decision, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments and she is proven correct]].correct.


A common subversion is to have the speech od this type, then have the hero say, "I was out of bullets," or other conveyance that he was un''able'', rather than un''willing'', to kill.

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A common subversion is to have the speech od of this type, then have the hero say, "I was out of bullets," or other conveyance that he was un''able'', rather than un''willing'', to kill.


* ''Literature/TheMartian'': When Commander Lewis first contacts Watney after learning he was still alive on Mars, she took responsibility for his being stranded, and promised to buy him a beer if he got back to Earth. Watney's reply:

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* ''Literature/TheMartian'': When Commander Lewis first contacts contacted Watney after learning he was still alive on Mars, she took responsibility for his being stranded, and promised to buy him a beer if he got back to Earth. Watney's reply:


* ''Literature/TheMartian': When Commander Lewis first contacts Watney after learning he was still alive on Mars, she took responsibility for his being stranded, and promised to buy him a beer if he got back to Earth. Watney's reply:

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* ''Literature/TheMartian': ''Literature/TheMartian'': When Commander Lewis first contacts Watney after learning he was still alive on Mars, she took responsibility for his being stranded, and promised to buy him a beer if he got back to Earth. Watney's reply:


-->''Commander, pure bad luck is responsible for my situation, not you. You made the right call and saved everyone else. I know it must have been a tough decision, but any analysis of that day will show that it was the right one. Get everyone else home and I'll be happy.\\
I will take you up on that beer, though.\\
- Watney''

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-->''Commander, pure bad luck is responsible for my situation, not you. You made the right call and saved everyone else. I know it must have been a tough decision, but any analysis of that day will show that it was the right one. Get everyone else home and I'll be happy.\\
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* ''Literature/TheMartian': When Commander Lewis first contacts Watney after learning he was still alive on Mars, she took responsibility for his being stranded, and promised to buy him a beer if he got back to Earth. Watney's reply:
-->''Commander, pure bad luck is responsible for my situation, not you. You made the right call and saved everyone else. I know it must have been a tough decision, but any analysis of that day will show that it was the right one. Get everyone else home and I'll be happy.\\
I will take you up on that beer, though.\\
- Watney


* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'', you're given a SadisticChoice as Farid. [[spoiler:Either you shoot Harper to maintain Farid's cover, or attempt to shoot Menendez and get shot to death for trying.]] Choosing the former will have Mason tell Farid that he had no choice. Farid, still [[HeroicBSOD in shock]], is then led away by Salazar.

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* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'', ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOpsII'', you're given a SadisticChoice as Farid. [[spoiler:Either you shoot Harper to maintain Farid's cover, or attempt to shoot Menendez and get shot to death for trying.]] Choosing the former will have Mason tell Farid that he had no choice. Farid, still [[HeroicBSOD in shock]], is then led away by Salazar.


->'''Kirk''': ''(watching the ''Enterprise'' burning as it falls across the sky)'' My God, Bones... What have I done?\\
'''[=McCoy=]''': What you had to do. What you always do. Turn death into a fighting chance to live.

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->'''Kirk''': ''(watching ->'''Kirk:''' ''[watching the ''Enterprise'' burning as it falls across the sky)'' sky]'' My God, Bones... What have I done?\\
'''[=McCoy=]''': '''[=McCoy=]:''' What you had to do. What you always do. Turn death into a fighting chance to live.


* An interesting case occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fic ''Fanfic/HowIBecameYours''. Katara gets this after bloodbending [[spoiler:Mai]] to death. From the author's perspective, it is the right course of action. Many viewers, however, disagree, as bloodbending, the primary function of which is to control the victim's actions, could have been used to merely incapacitate the victim, and it doesn't help that the victim was [[UnintentionallySympathetic more sympathetic]] [[DieForOurShip than the]] [[RonTheDeathEater author intended]].

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* An interesting case occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fic ''Fanfic/HowIBecameYours''.''Webcomic/HowIBecameYours''. Katara gets this after bloodbending [[spoiler:Mai]] to death. From the author's perspective, it is the right course of action. Many viewers, however, disagree, as bloodbending, the primary function of which is to control the victim's actions, could have been used to merely incapacitate the victim, and it doesn't help that the victim was [[UnintentionallySympathetic more sympathetic]] [[DieForOurShip than the]] [[RonTheDeathEater author intended]].


-->--''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock''

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-->--''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock''
-->-- ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock''

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* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode "Bouncing Back", both Coulson and Simmons try to assure Fitz that he did the right thing in destroying Will once it was revealed he was a walking corpse possessed by Hive.
-->'''Coulson''': You did what you had to do. We both did. Sometimes there's no choice but the hard choice. That's the job.
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-->'''Simmons''': [[HeroicSacrifice Will died saving me.]] What you did was kill a thing, a monster. You've been nothing less than extraordinary this whole time.

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