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Basic Trope: Someone who has made a terrible mistake that caused the heroes' problem in the first place or worked for the villains realizes their mistake and sacrifices their life to redeem themselves.

  • Straight: General Drake has done horrible things during his time serving Emperor Evulz, but comes to regret his actions and chooses to sacrifice himself to help the heroes stop his master.
  • Exaggerated: Drake keeps seeking out the heroes and trying to get himself killed.
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  • Downplayed: Redemption Equals Affliction
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Drake makes a suicidal charge at Emperor Evulz, sustaining only a wound in the process.
  • Double Subverted: He dies from the wound after the heroes get him out of there.
  • Parodied:
    • Drake is unrepentantly evil, but he accidentally killed himself and happened to stop Evulz's plan... and is hailed as a hero.
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    • Drake has only committed laughably petty misdeeds, but he's so remorseful that he gets himself killed in order to atone for his sins.
  • Zig Zagged: Many mooks have been killed immediately when they saw the light. But later, the Quirky Miniboss Squad switches sides and lives. Then Drake sees the light and dies.
  • Averted:
    • Drake makes a simple Heel–Face Turn and joins the final battle alongside the heroes, but survives it or he simply does not turn at all.
    • Drakes tries to sacrifice himself, but the heroes stop him, stating that if he truly wants to atone, he'll do it by helping them defeat Evulz and surviving to make things right in the aftermath.
  • Enforced:
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  • Lampshaded: "Drake sacrificed himself to save us. It was all he could do to atone for the things he'd done."
  • Invoked: "Better I die for my crimes than you die needlessly."
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Drake chooses to live with his crimes.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Here comes Drake's Darth Vader moment."
  • Deconstructed: Drake's suicide charge was a Senseless Sacrifice. Alternately, he may have died with honor and taken out Evulz, but the heroes are going to have their hands full cleaning up after Drake's mistakes and feel obligated to do so because of his sacrifice.
  • Reconstructed: But considering Drake was only slightly less of a monster than Evulz, it's probably for the best that he died. His victims would be waiting with Torches and Pitchforks if he survived, anyway.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: Drake turns out to be one of the most popular characters in the series and killing him off destroys any chance at developing his character further.

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