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1->''"When a free man dies, he loses the pleasure of life. A slave loses his pain. Death is the only freedom a slave knows."''²-->-- '''Spartacus''', ''Film/{{Spartacus}}''²²Being a slave sucks, whether BornIntoSlavery or MadeASlave. For some, dying is the best alternative.²²This isn't about being willing to fight to the death for freedom. If these characters have fought, this trope is when they lose, and still [[LastStand choose death]] over being enslaved again. Do not expect a RousingSpeech, for the most part, since the bittersweet nature of this trope usually goes against the "rousing" part. ItHasBeenAnHonor is likely, though.²²Happens in many RealLife slave narratives.²²Compare BetterToDieThanBeKilled, DyingAsYourself, GiveMeLibertyOrGiveMeDeath (when one is willing to fight to the death for freedom), NeverGoingBackToPrison, ItHasBeenAnHonor. Contrast TheProblemWithFightingDeath, where a user of this trope may ''not'' die free after all.²²'''As a DeathTrope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''²----²!!Examples:²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime and Manga]]²* Greed in the 2003 anime of ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' is caught in a sealing array by the BigBad that would imprison him. He instead chooses to break free, at the cost of almost all the AppliedPhlebotinum keeping him alive, and kill himself through SuicideByCop rather than risk being hunted down by the BigBad and sealed again.²* Kagura in ''Manga/InuYasha'' is eventually freed from the sway of Naraku but he mortally wounded her before he let her go. After reuniting with Sesshomaru, she understands she's going to die anyway and welcomes death as her own liberation.²--> "I am as the wind!"²* When Neji [[TakingTheBullet Takes The Bullet]] for Hinata (who was about to do so for Naruto) in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', his Caged Bird Seal (symbol of the branch Hyuga's servitude to the main branch) fades. Similar to his father, he willingly gave his life, not for his duty to his superiors, but out of love for his closest friends and family.²** Said father, Hizashi, forced his twin brother and leader of the family Hiashi [[TwinSwitch to let him take his place]] as a sacrifice demanded by a rival village as compensation. This allowed him to save his brother and choose his own death, a minor rebellion against his fate.²* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', a pirate attempts to commit suicide by biting his tongue as an alternative to being sold as a slave for one of the [[AristocratsAreEvil World Nobles]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* Geena, TragicVillain of ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'': even after she has a HeelFaceTurn, she'd rather die that take orders from a "biologic":²-->'''Geena: '''"[[TearJerker I've proven...I'm obedient machine...]]"²* In, of all places, Franchise/ArchieComics' ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' #49: Dr. Light rebuilt the Robot Masters from VideoGame/MegaMan2 and VideoGame/MegaMan3, the same way he did the original set. Half of them [[note]]Quick Man, Heat Man, Metal Man, Crash Man, Magnet Man, Needle Man, Gemini Man and Top Man[[/note]] refuse to be reprogrammed, arguing they were too combat-specialized to do civilian work and if they accepted reprogramming, it wouldn't be "them" anymore. Dr. Light tells them, point blank, that he was allowed to rebuild them on the condition that they could be re-purposed, and they'd have to be deactivated if that couldn't be done. Despite Rock/Mega Man's pleas for them to reconsider, [[DownerEnding they chose deactivation.]]²--> '''Dr. Light''': "My poor, sweet boy. One of the hardest lessons we have to learn is we can't save everyone..."²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fan Works]]²* Metaphorically, in the ''Fanfic/KiryuuinChronicles'', Rei's death is this, considering all that has happened to her by that point, in that she doesn't have to suffer anymore. At the same time, she used to be a servant, although her death happens some time after she flees with Satsuki and her sister, Ragyou, in a fit of pent-up rage, burns the house down.²-->'''Satsuki''': She was trapped, yet she had sacrificed, endured, lost, and promised so much and, in the end, she was free, like the caged bird that she was.²* ''FanFic/ChaosTheory''²** Ilya tells Rin that the reason she didn't stop Sakura from leaving on a suicide mission is because for once in her life, Sakura was making her own choice about her life instead of being someone's doll, which Ilya empathizes with.²** Archer kills himself rather than let Dark Sakura corrupt him.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Film — Live-Action]]²* At the end of ''Film/BlackPanther2018'', Killmonger has been mortally wounded and T'Challa offers to use Wakanda's medical technology to save him. Killmonger, knowing that he'll just be locked up afterwards, chooses to finish himself off rather than spend the rest of his life in prison for his crimes, comparing himself to black slaves who chose to do the same thing instead of working in a plantation in America.²-->'''Killmonger''': Bury me in the ocean, like my ancestors who threw themselves off the ships… because they knew death was better than bondage.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* In ''Literature/DragonBones'' Oreg, the magically bound slave of castle Hurog, tells protagonist Ward that he tried to invoke this. His owner didn't ''want'' to kill him, though, and instead had him whipped by someone else. Oreg can [[FridgeHorror only be killed by his owner.]] And this is the only way to free him. Eventually, ''Ward'' kills him. Something between a HeroicSacrifice and MercyKilling because while Oreg wanted to die long ago, he was feeling okay at the time and asked Ward to do it to prevent something terrible from happening.²* In the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series, the Hork-Bajir are a peaceful alien race who have been enslaved by the parasitic Yeerks and used as shocktroops. The small amount of freed Hork-Bajir have a simple rallying cry: "Free or dead!".²* Aurion Redeye in ''[[Literature/{{Mithgar}} The Iron Tower Trilogy]]'' by Dennis L. [=McKiernan=]. He is given a choice by an emissary of an evil wizard to choose between "Slavery or Death". He says, "You tell your master that Aurion Redeye chooses freedom!" The emissary does not like this and responds with, "Then you choose death." Aurion Redeye is eventually killed in a siege and his tomb says, "Who chose freedom."²* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' has an odd example of this trope. A {{golem}} who has been active for so long that it counts as 'alive enough' is destroyed and its spirit finds its way to the place between life and afterlife. [[TheGrimReaper Death]] tells it that by moving on it will reach the afterlife, but the Golem is content to simply sit down in the boundary and stay there. Death asks it why, since there is nothing to do here. The golem simply replies that makes it perfect. With there being nothing there, there are no orders, no commands, no imperatives, and nothing to do. In other words, a state of perfect freedom.²** A huge theme of ''Going Postal'' is the true nature of freedom. Vetinari has very specific views on this subject, believing that true freedom is more horrible than can be comprehended, because to be truly free you must be without attachments of any kind, without fear, inhibitions, conscience, repercussions, and any of those things that keep us from doing terrible things. He much prefers reminding people that they are free... to take the consequences if they so choose. Which is what was offered to Moist von Lipwig, when he subverted this trope by "[[DeathFakedForYou dying]]" and finding himself quite free to either take the postmaster's job, or walk out the door into a pit of spikes. It's ambiguous, but implied by Vetinari, that Reacher Gilt took this trope to the logical conclusion when Vetinari offered him a similar deal and intentionally stepped into the pit (or possibly rushed out the door so quickly that he didn't even see the pit until he was in it).²---> '''Vetinari''': You have to admire a man who ''really'' believes in freedom of choice. Sadly, he did not believe in angels.²* In ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'', Mrs. Dubose is determined to break her morphine addiction before she dies, despite adding withdrawal symptoms to her chronic pain.²-->"Did she die free?" asked Jem.²-->"As the mountain air," said Atticus. "...—I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. Mrs. Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew."²* One of the stories in ''Exiled: Clan of the Claw'' ends this way, after the [[CatFolk Mrem]] slave drinks poisoned wine in order to convince his [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Liskash]] master to drink it as well.²-->'''Liskash''': You die as well!²-->'''Mrem''': I die free. I die for my people. You just die.²* Tam Elgrin in ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream]]'' is implanted with a Yuuzhan Vong bioform that causes great pain if he fails to follow the directives given to him, or even think rebellious thoughts. This pain ''can'' build to lethal levels, and he knows it. After a small rebellion where he resists killing a scientist (Danni Quee), he's plagued with pain, and eventually decides he'd rather die than continue following the directives of the Yuuzhan Vong, so he reverses an earlier bit of sabotage he'd performed, and ends up collapsing a short distance away thanks to the pain quickly building up. At this point, he accepts he's about to die, but at least this way he dies on his own terms. He survives thanks to the intervention of New Republic medical staff and the Jedi Cilghal, but it's the thought that counts.²-->'''Tam:''': I've won. I don't have to do what they say. All they can do is kill me.²* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Dobby, a house-elf who feels forever indebted to Harry due to freeing him from the abusive Malfoys, sacrifices his life by leaping in front of a throwing knife meant to kill Harry. Harry is crushed by the guilt, and digs Dobby's grave by hand, rather than dig a grave quickly and easily using magic. He even carves a headstone for the grave, which reads ''"Here Lies Dobby, A Free Elf"''. ²* The Literature/SoulDrinkers consider this a better fate than living under the corrupt and tyrannical Imperium.²* The dark science-fiction world of ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' has various villains, as well [[UnscrupulousHero the heroes]], enslaving their enemies. Among the victims are the Azanians, a race of lesbian Amazons [[HomosexualReproduction enabled by technology]] who are [[MonsterSobStory heartbreakingly terrified]] of being forced to submit to a man. When they are finally defeated after a no-holds-barred total war against the protagonists, some are taken alive, and [[MadeASlave made wives or slaves]], but others prefer to adhere to this.²* Some of the best writing Creator/RobertEHoward ever did was the opening scene of his novella ''Literature/ThePeopleOfTheBlackCircle''. Bhunda Chand, the beloved king of Vendhya, is dying of a mysterious illness. Hallucinating wildly, he snaps out of it for a minute and explains to his sister it's actually a curse -- sorcerers want to capture his spirit for their own foul purposes. He demands she MercyKill him while he's lucid:²--> "Swiftly, I command you!" There was the old imperious note in his failing whisper. "You have never disobeyed me — obey my last command! Send my soul clean to Asura! Haste, lest you damn me to spend eternity as a filthy gaunt of darkness. Strike, I command you! ''Strike!''" ²** And she does, [[DyingMomentOfAwesome and he dies]] with a "[[GoOutWithASmile grim smile]]".²* In the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' series, this trope is the genesis of the Faceless Men. Centuries ago, a man realized that deep in the hellish mines of the Valyrian Freehold, slaves of all nationalities prayed for death to myriad deities as a way to free themselves from slavery. He started granting their wish and the cult of the Many-Faced God was born.²* In ''Literature/{{Beloved}}'', Sethe, an escaped slave, was prepared to kill her four children and herself rather than let them be dragged back to slavery. (She only kills one, her oldest daughter, before she's stopped.) Given what she endured prior to escaping, it's not exactly surprising.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* ''Series/BlackMirror'': The goal of the sentient video game characters in ''"USS Callister"'' - fly the ship through to the update patch (represented in-game by a wormhole) and get deleted by the firewall connecting the computer to the Cloud, so they can escape the VideoGameCrueltyPotential of their evil creator. [[spoiler:It doesn't work... Because they don't get deleted, only Daly's mod does - ''they'' become a part of the proper game. Getting to explore an entire procedurally-generated universe in a CoolStarship? [[EarnYourHappyEnding That sure sounds like heaven, doesn't it?]]]]²* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva "Castrovalva"]], when the denizens of Castrovalva (a time/space trap created by the Master to destroy the Doctor) rebel against the Master, destroying the trap and themselves: "You made us, man of evil, but we are free!"²* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Daenerys is going for something like this when she orders the slave collars removed from the crucified children.²* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': This seems to be the motivation behind Ofglen—now Ofsteven—stealing the car and going on a "joyride" that includes running over a military officer. Season reveals [[spoiler: she was not killed but sent to the Colonies, to suffer a FateWorseThanDeath]].²* The Season 2 finale of ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'', Rosa's cancer treatments aren't working, meaning she's on a death sentence. When the prison van comes back, it's revealed that a prison escape has happened. During that time, Lorna, the driver of the van, tells Rosa to just drive as long as she can. Not only does Rosa end up killing the recently escaped Vee, she goes out by driving off a quarry.²* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in the episode "The Grell" by a RubberForeheadAlien whose species was enslaved by humans when he and his master's family are stranded in the wilderness. He states that he would rather go back to his people's now uninhabitable planet, even though it would mean certain death. When his master asks him why, he replies "Because I would die free".²* Even though he was not a slave, Guy of Gisborne's final words are this in ''Series/RobinHood'':²-->'''Guy of Gisborne''': I lived my life in shame. But thanks to you, I die proud. I am free...²* ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'', after his men take their first losses in fighting.²-->'''Robin''': Listen to me. Our friends who were killed, they'll never starve, or be tortured or chained in the dark. They're here with us, in Sherwood, and they always will be because they're free.²%%* Mentioned a few times in ''Series/{{Roots 1977}}''.²* In ''Series/SpartacusWarOfTheDamned'', Spartacus' last words.²-->"Do not shed tear. There is no greater victory than to fall from this world a free man."²* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', this is the motto of the Jaffa rebellion ("Dal shakka mel" in Goa'uld). They'd rather die fighting the false gods rather than remain slaves. Later spoken by [[spoiler:Gerak, when he heals the SGC from the Ori plague, after becoming a Prior, knowing that a failsafe would kill him for it]].²--> '''[[spoiler:Gerak]]:''' If I help you, I will die... But I shall die free!²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Music]]²* In 19th-century Irish song "The Minstrel Boy", the Minstrel boy and his harp. He tears out its strings before he dies.²--> "And said, no chains shall sully thee \²Thou soul of love and bravery: \²Thy songs were made for the pure and free \²They shall never sound in slavery!"²* In the {{Filk}} song "Some Kind of Hero", spacer Molly is proud to have died free of the drug addiction which had grounded her.²--> "And if any old shipmates should ask after Moll \²You just tell 'em she finally died clean!"²* It's most of the purpose in Music/TheProtomen's musical verse. Die free, or live under tyranny.²* The African-American spiritual song "Oh, Freedom" contains lyrics to this effect. Understandable, as it was written in the wake of the Civil War.²--> "And before I be a slave\²I'll be buried in my grave\²And go home to my lord\²And be free."²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tabletop Games]]²* ''TabletopGame/{{Chronopia}}'': The Firstborn humans would prefer to die fighting than be taken prisoners, as they have a really dark past of being enslaved by the other races, and will do anything to never be slaves again.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'': ²** ''Blood Omen'': "We shall die today as heroes, lest we live tomorrow as slaves!"²** And in the first ''Soul Reaver'', Melchiah is openly relieved that, with his death, he is no longer trapped in his rotting carcass of a body. ("I am released...")²* Matriarch Benezia in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' counts as this. She refuses medical help after being shot by Shepard because if she lived, she would fall under Sovereign's mental control again.²** Shepard can convince [[TheDragon Saren]] that this is the only way to be free of [[BigBad Sovereign's]] control. If he agrees, [[RedemptionEqualsDeath Saren thanks Shepard and commits suicide.]]²** [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 The third game]] takes it UpToEleven with many expamples of this trope. Considering the [[MindRape nature]] of the invading [[CosmicHorror Reapers]], this is to be expected.²*** At the conclusion of Shepard's investigation into the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Ardat-Yakshi]] monastery on Lessus, Rila manages to exert her free will long enough to tell the Reapers "I am NOT your slave" before [[TakingYouWithMe activating the detonator on a bomb large enough to destroy herself and all the Banshees in the monastery.]]²*** [[KnowledgeBroker Liara]] has a background conversation with her VI assistant Glyph aboard [[CoolStarship the Normandy]] where she is informed that, rather than falling prey to the Reapers, an entire colony elected to detonate nuclear warheads at the heart of their population centers once the Reapers landed. This becomes exemplary of this trope when you are then told that this decision occurred after evacuation had been rendered impossible, and that the inhabitants of the planet elected to embrace this fate rather than [[BodyHorror the unspeakable horrors]] that are inevitable at the hands of the Reapers.²*** The Control ending has the [[LivingMacguffin Catalyst]] reprogrammed with Shepard's mind, a process which destroys their corporeal body. In the epilogue, Shepard will state that their mind is "[[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence now freed]]."²*** The Extended Cut, which revised the endgame content after fan backlash, allowed the player to [[TakeAThirdOption take a fourth option]] when presented with the Catalyst's three possible resolutions to the Reaper crisis: Refusing to activate the Crucible, or attempting to kill the Catalyst, will result in the galaxy being wiped out once again by the Reapers. Shepard invokes this trope directly in justifying this decision.²* Before entering his final battle in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: VideoGame/CrisisCore'' Zack utters: "The price of freedom sure is steep". It was that or be killed by the army.²* If Arcade is a prisoner of the Legion, the epilogue of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' reveals that he eventually took his own life rather than face life as Caesar's slave. He does this by disemboweling himself, a nod to the fate of Cato the Younger at Utica.²* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': Hawke's mother Leandra says this as she dies, free of the horrific spells and magic that had been done to her. Free to return to those of Hawke's family who have since died.²** Anders invokes this trope at the end when he blows up the Chantry. He believes it's better for Kirkwall mages to die fighting for their freedom than live under the Cricle. ²* In the final mission of ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'', Thrall said to Archimonde (who was about to kill him): "Our spirit is stronger than you know, demon! If we are to fall, then so be it! At least now we are free!" In the previous two games in the series, the orcs had been MoreThanMindControl servants to the demons. Then he teleported away, so this may not count...²** A better example might be Thrall's friend Grom, who dies in battle against the demon Mannoroth, who originally corrupted the orcs. As he lays dying from his wounds, he remarks that at least he was able to free himself, to which Thrall responds, "No, my friend.. you've freed us all." (It's worth noting that Grom ''killed'' Mannoroth in the battle. What killed him was the fact demons explode when they die.)²* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Borderlands2}} Borderlands 2]]'', Angel [[MercyKill asks the player character(s) to end her suffering]] as her own father has kept her imprisoned as a living power source to charge a key necessary to unlock a superweapon. She is so desperate to be free of her situation that ''she sends the protagonist(s) extra ammo as they destroy the systems keeping her alive.''²* In ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'', most of the bosses you fight have already been infected by the [[TheVirus Maverick Virus]], and they know it. They challenge X/Zero to a battle to the death, [[SuicideByCop fully aware of the consequences]].²* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', [[Characters/MasouKishin Shu Shirakawa]] does not have a will of his own because he is controlled by Volkruss. So instead, he goads the heroes to kill him, which they do. This allows the villains to revive him, at the cost of annulling the link between him and Volkruss. He then uses this opportunity to start his rebellion against the evil god.²* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'', General Jarod, the BigBad of the first act of the game, defies orders to stand down and await an imperial inspection and face the consequences for crimes he and his men committed during the occupation of Daein. Knowing that his crimes are undeniable so long as the rebellion now sweeping the nation continues, Jarod and the last of his men force the Dawn Brigade to face in one final battle by essentially holding the entire capital city hostage, knowing that if they are defeated, they die as free men of the Begnion Empire, while if they wait for the imperial inspection, they face imprisonment and execution in disgrace. Even if they maintain some hope that they might win the final decisive battle and might be able to sweep the whole thing under the rug before the inspection arrives, the tone of Jarod's RousingSpeech implies that he already knows he and his men will almost certainly not survive the battle.²* In ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'', in the prelude to the true ending, the Arisen player ends up as [[AGodIsYou Seneschal]]. If they decide to stay in the Seneschal Chamber, they can observe the now peaceful world but as a result are perpetuating the [[ViciousCycle wicked cycle]] the game's universe is trapped in. The true ending has the Arisen [[HeroicSuicide end their own life]], so they and the world may be free from the cycle.²** Even the [[SoundtrackDissonance upbeat out of place JPop opening]], ''Into Free'' by B'z, is basically a song the Arisen's corpse falling at the end of the game, describing it as "flying into free".²* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'': Belial the Dragon outright asks Cornelius to kill him, due to a spell on his heart that the Three Wise Men use to keep him in line. Upon piercing his heart, Belial is freed from his slavery, a fact he reveals to Urzur [[TakingYouWithMe before devouring him whole.]]²--> '''Belial''': Your words mean nothing. My heart has been pierced, and your spell broken. […] Indeed. I have been freed just before I die. Sorcerer, your time is up. Our contract has ended.²* ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'': The Masked Servants of Zenon outright ask the party to kill them to free them of Zenon's seal. Upon their defeat, they note how they've been freed, and take this time to confess as to what they truly were.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Webcomics]]²* PlayedForLaughs in ''Webcomic/DMOfTheRings'' when Boromir's player, tired of the DungeonMaster's incessant {{Railroading}}, chooses to not roll a new character and instead get a chance to bow out of the campaign gracefully.²-->'''Frank:''' This is the first time in the whole campaign I've felt really free to make my own choices. I kinda like it.\²'''DM:''' But you're dead!\²'''Frank:''' And you can't force me to do anything!\²'''DM:''' And decomposing!\²'''Frank:''' Of my own free will!²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Burden", where the incredibly old ClassPet hamster Chris Morris expects to die of old age when he escapes the school. A moment after collapsing he realizes he isn't dying, so he just walks off.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Ghazan's last words are "I'm never going back to prison. If I'm going down today ''[[TakingYouWithMe you're coming with me]]!''". Then he caves in the mountain around him, with fatal results.²* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', a lava monster turns out to be a Viking trapped in a rock by Aku, unable to die. After Jack kills him, he's taken up into Valhalla, and Jack respectfully carves the word on the runestone.²-->'''Viking''': I. AM. '''''FREE!''''' At last, my flesh is restored! The curse... is... lifted...²* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS6E4Orders "Orders"]], Fives seems to be relieved as he dies that he no longer has the [[ManchurianAgent control chip]] in his brain, even though he wasn't able to spread the word about the true nature of the chips like he was trying to do.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Real Life]]²* OlderThanFeudalism: In 73 AD, a band of Sicarii rebels took refuge in the fortress of Masada, and the Romans, who the Sicarii were fighting against, laid siege. When the siege was about to break, the Sicarii leader, Eleazar, convinced his followers that death was preferable to being either enslaved or slaughtered by the Romans. They committed mass suicide.²** The 1981 [[TheMovie TV miniseries version]] of this story, starring Peter Strauss as Eleazar ben Yai'ir, definitely includes a RousingSpeech.²** In the 2002 documentary about the siege of Masada, narrator Peter Woodward specifically uses the phrase "RousingSpeech" when describing the speech Eleazar gave to convince the Sicarii, who normally considered suicide a sin, that [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled dying by their own hands was preferable to capture by the Romans]]. Considering the treatment the Romans usually gave defeated rebels ([[CruelAndUnusualDeath crucifixion]]), the defenders may have been onto something. Modern Israeli generals point out that the Jews committing suicide didn't do anything to the Romans, save for the damage to morale caused by performing a long siege in exchange for absolutely nothing (many soldiers relied on pillage/slavery as part of their salary, essentially akin to modern job benefits, so this was actually fairly important). [[DyingMomentOfAwesome Samson bringing the house down on the Philistines, on the other hand...]]²*** The Jewish taboo against suicide was [[LoopholeAbuse dodged]] by killing each other. The soldiers drew lots to decide who would kill each other, until only one was left, so that only one person would have to die by their own hand.²** A similar thing was done earlier in the war at Jotapata. In that case their leader, Josephus, rigged the selection so that he'd be the last man standing and then [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere surrendered]].²* The exact last words of hacker Jonathan James.²* Spartacus, the man who traveled across Italy freeing slaves from every town he encountered. When the Romans finally defeated him, they offered a chance for the slaves to get off. [[Film/{{Spartacus}} The 1960 movie's]] ending made the story famous enough that it named [[IAmSpartacus a whole other trope]], but it is also a perfect example of this; the fact that (whether they actually all claimed to be Spartacus as in the film or not), they ended up choosing to be crucified over being spared but spending the rest of their lives as slaves.²* Spartan women, who enjoyed an untypical degree of autonomy and dignity among the Greeks, were famous for this in antiquity. One story, which may be legendary but excellently illustrates the type, was recorded by Plutarch:²-->Another who was being sold as a slave, when the crier inquired of her what she knew how to do, said, [[InvokedTrope "To be free."]]²* [[ The 1803 Igbo Landing:]] A group of Igbo slaves being transported to a Georgian plantation took over the ship and killed their captors. Beyond all hope of returning to their native Nigeria, [[SuicideBySea they drowned themselves in the surrounding creek]] [[DeathSong singing that the Water Spirit would take them home.]] ²[[/folder]]²²----²->[[AC: [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 SO BE IT.]]]]²----


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