- Paul in the New Testament practically exhorts all Christians to be determinators, especially in the face of persecution and/or death.
In a certain town there was a judge who feared neither God nor man. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, "Grant me justice against my adversary." For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, "Even though I fear neither God nor man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually come and attack me!"
- Paul was quite the Determinator himself: in response to critics claiming he wasn't a "good enough servant of Christ," he once listed off his own sufferings: "far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one [the maximum punishment the Jews were allowed to hand out under Roman law]. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure." Yet he kept on going. The man just could not be stopped.
- The widow in the Parable of the Unjust Judge.
- The Old Testament had plenty of determinators too.
- Jacob, who wrestled an avatar of ''God'' to a standstill and wouldn't release his submission hold until he got a blessing.
- And before that, when Jacob worked for 7 years without pay for Rachel's father so he could marry the woman he loved, got cheated out of it by a sister-switcheroo, and after waking up with her sister Leah, worked another 7 years to finally get Rachel.
- Joseph (of Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat fame), who was ostracized by his brothers, thrown naked into a pit in the desert, sold into slavery, had his master's wife try to seduce him, thrown into prison on false charges of attempted rape, and left to rot in said prison by his buddies who promised to totally put in a good word for him and get him outta there (and promptly forgot all about him). Finally, God used Joseph to solve a problem even the Pharaoh and all the Steves in his IT department couldn't handle, and Joseph became the vizier of Egypt, second only to the Pharaoh himself, saved the known world from a 7-year famine, and reunited with his brothers that sold him as a slave in the first place.
- Jesus took on the guilt for every sin in cosmic history to redeem humanity. In the Garden of Gesthemane, there was a moment where He struggled (because He was still human)—after that He faced death with so much dignity that even the soldiers who came to arrest Him balked twice.
- And while nailed on the cross, after the assembled crowd chose to free a murderer instead of Him, He said "Father forgive them."
- Odysseus and his wife Penelope, sticking through twenty years of painful separation...well, mostly Penelope. Odysseus...well, at least he did keep trying to get home through impossible odds.
- When an Immortal wants to go to bed with you(and when your trap on an island and that immortal can turn your men into animals), it's neither easy nor safe to say no. It's also a cultural thing; it was fine for Greek men to sleep with other women. Women, not so much.
- Rostam in the The Shahnameh undertakes seven labors to liberate his king and the Persian army, namely:
- Travels two days distance in one and his horse kills a lion.
- Endures extended dehydration and desert heat.
- Slices a dragon in two, with some help from his horse.
- Slices a seductive witch in two. More of a moral test than a physical one.
- Kills multiple warriors and captures their chieftain.
- Tears off a demon's head with his bare hands.
- Kills a cave-dwelling albino demon in a long and bloody fight.
- Heracles: Hera made his life was a living hell because of something that was never his fault (she took her anger out on him because he was the son of her philandering husband) and while some of his heroic deeds were easy (he was able to use his brains to clean the Augean stables in only a day) some of them required Nerves of Steel. When he collected the cattle of Geryon, Hera sent a gadfly to sting them, causing them to scatter; it took him a whole year to find them all and finish the task. Not to mention, the curses set upon him killed almost all his loved ones, some via his own hands through cursed rage. Still, never once did he consider giving up and when his time to die came, it was by his clothes (smeared with centaur blood) burning his skin, which he only noticed when pointed out to him, at which point he left the temple he was in, built his own funeral pyre, gave his bow to his friend Philoctetes and with orders to shoot him when he gets to the top and climbed it himself. No wonder he ascended to godhood.
- A staple of Norse Mythology. Odin dedicates his entire life to preventing or postphoning, through any means necessary, the apocalyptic events that will transpire come Ragnarok for as long as possble, even through he knows for a fact that all his efforts will ultimately amount to naught. Thor went to extreme lengths to get back his hammer when it was stolen, and Loki was chained to a rock being tortured by a snake for generations until he broke free to start Ragnarok. Everyone who dies in Ragnarok, dies in battle and make sure that when they're dead, they can have their grave stone say "You should've seen the other guy" with an arrow pointing to the other guy's tomb stone next to them.
- Xingtian, a diety from Chinese Mythology, was beheaded after an attempt to overthrow the Supreme Divinity. The Tr guy still kept at it with his rebellion, using his nipples and belly-button as eyes and mouths respectively, and running around with his axe and shield as if nothing happened.
- Jingwei / Nuwa, also from Chinese Mythology. After she drowned when playing in the Eastern Sea, she metamorphosed into a bird called Jingwei. Her goal? To fill up the sea by carrying a pebble or twig in her mouth and drops it into the Eastern Sea so others won't die like she did. The Chinese idiom "Jingwei Tries to Fill the Sea" is an allusion to her determination.
- In the Nart Sagas, nothing will stop Warzameg from rescuing Psatina, be it his family's worries, an old sorceress who threatens to eat him, or a scaly giant who rides a monstrous horse.
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