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My soul once drowned in a sea of despair and weariness, but has reawakened! If this body can create a tomorrow for all spiral life, I will gladly give it.

Magellan: Do you have any last words?

"Sacrificing myself for others... I kind of like how human that is."
Android #17, Dragon Ball Super

"Trunks, Bulma. I do this for you. And yes, even for you, Kakarot."
Vegeta, Dragonball Z

And so one of the Earth's greatest warriors has vanished in a blinding flash of light, having made the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of his loved ones. His name was Vegeta, a proud Saiyan prince.
Narrator, Dragonball Z

BlackWarGreymon: No. My strength is my final gift to you, my friends. I will seal the Highton View Terrace gate with my own body.
WarGreymon: Don't do it!
BlackWarGreymon: I must!

"The Digimon Sovereigns are fighting the enemy in the Digital World, but the enemy's most evolved form has emerged here in the real world. Only you, the Tamers, can stop it by fighting as one with your Digimon. To aid you, I bring a gift from the Digimon Sovereigns. Remember, the fate of the world lies in your hands!"
Dobermon, Digimon Tamers

The most important qualification for being a superhero is the spirit of self-sacrifice.
All Might, My Hero Academia

    Comic Books 
Taurus Bulba: No doubt you keep such poor company to have someone to listen to your dismal diatribes and declarations. But tell me, are you willing to die for them?
Darkwing: Gladly.
Darkwing Duck, "The Duck Knight Returns"

Oh, dear God. Did my death mean anything? Did I help them save the world?
No. I can't think that way. Even if all my death means is I've delayed theirs, I still have to save them.

    Fan Works 
Alistor: Your sacrifice will be remembered forever brother. There will be feasts in your honour Vormays, this I promise you, on my life and the honour of the Fire Beasts.
Vormays: That is of little comfort to me at all, Alistor. I'm not particularly fond of any of you. Try not to squander the death I will spare you today. Vormays out.

Ruby: I'll find them. I'll find Jaune and Pyrrha and bring them back.
Weiss: Are you out of your mind, Ruby? That's suicide! If you go back there, you—
Ruby: I'm sorry I wasn't a better leader, Weiss. Blake and Yang... they're really going to need you after this. A dependable leader, like you.
Weiss: Ruby, what are you saying?
Ruby: Take care of Yang for me.

Kara: "I'm not giving them a choice. I'm going to launch the World Engine and jump us to another system. Zod and the others will follow us and we can lead them on a war-kite chase until we find a suitable planet for terraforming."
Kal: (frowning) "And then what? Bygones become bygones and we all become one happy family with Zod?"
Kara: "No... I expect Zod will execute us both. This is the only way our people can begin anew and not at the humans' expense. I'm willing to give my life for that. Are you?"
Kal: "If it means Earth stays safe then yes."

    Film — Animated 
Stoick: Gobber, go with the men!
Gobber: I think I'll stay, just in case you're thinking of doing something crazy.
Stoick: I can buy them a few minutes if I give that thing something to hunt!
Gobber: [takes his hand] Then I can double that time.

"Look at me. I've become like all of you: savage, fear-ridden, selfish. A town of formerly good citizens turned into heartless freaks, bent on their own self preservation. We've become alienated from eachother, each one of us an island onto themself, concerned only for ourselves. And in the name of all fish-hood, I am not about to let this happen. And so, if a sacrifice is needed to restore Bikini Bottom to its former glory, then I am willing to take one for the team."

Anna: Olaf, you're melting!
Olaf: Some people are worth melting for. Just maybe not right this second.

Elsa: You sacrificed yourself for me?
Anna: I love you.

Schmendrick: Not all the magic in the world can help her now.
Molly: Then what is magic for?! What is the use of wizardry if it cannot save a unicorn?
Schmendrick: (sadly) That's what heroes are for.
Lir: Of course. That's exactly what heroes are for. (He runs out and Takes The Bullet for his love)

Ursula: You see? The contract's legal, binding and completely unbreakable, even for you! Of course, I always was a girl with an eye for a bargain. The daughter of the great sea-king is a very precious commodity. But... I might be willing to make an exchange for someone even better. [...] Now, do we have a deal?
Ursula: Ha! It's done then! (laughs evilly)
(Ariel is released from her power; she helplessly watches as her father transformed into a rather sad-looking polyp)
Sebastian: (solemnly) Your majesty...

    Film — Live-Action 
If I were one hundred percent assured of your destruction, I would gladly accept my own.

"No. You take care of me, Simon. You've always taken care of me. My turn."
River Tam, Serenity

Spock: Do not grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh...
Kirk: The needs of the few.
Spock: Or the one.

Rocket: No, Groot! You can't! You'll die! Why are you doing this!? Why?
Groot: We are Groot.

"When the countdown gets to zero, you have to be on that elevator! Someone's got to stay, Leon. Besides... I'm kinda enjoying myself!"
Barry Burton, Resident Evil: Retribution

"Hello, boys! I'm baaaaaack!"
Russell Casse, Independence Day

"We win, Gracie!"
Harry Stamper, Armageddon

"Witness me."

There are no heroes in a world where heroes can’t die.
Travis Beacham, writer of Pacific Rim

You didn't see that coming...?
Quicksilver, Avengers: Age of Ultron

"An old man dies. A young woman lives. A fair trade. I love you, Nancy."
John Hartigan, Sin City

"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known."
Sydney Carton, A Tale of Two Cities

"It appears we will both be giving our lives for your people."
Mitth'ras'safis, Outbound Flight

    Live-Action TV 
The essence of heroism is to die so others can live.

Monitor: He fought to the last breath, knowing every moment was another life saved.
Supergirl: "Saved"?
Monitor: Your universe is no more. Of 7.53 billion, 3 billion souls made it to Earth-1 on the armada of ships. I calculate 1 billion souls survived due to his noble sacrifice.

Kara: Why did he give everyone else a second chance, but not himself?
Dig: Maybe this was the only way, Kara. Maybe his sacrifice made all of this possible. Him for us.

The Doctor: We beam all the people out of the data core, the computer will reset and stop the countdown. Difficult, Charlotte doesn't have enough memory space left to make the transfer. Easy! I'll hook myself up to the computer and she can borrow my memory space!
River Song: Difficult! It'll kill you stone dead!
The Doctor: Yeah, it's easy to criticise.
Doctor Who, "Forest of the Dead"

"Forty-four people were killed a couple of hours ago at Kennison State University. Three swimmers from the men's team were killed and two others are in critical condition, when, after having heard the explosion from their practice facility, they ran into the fire to help get people out. Ran into the fire. The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels tonight."
Bartlet, The West Wing, "20 Hours In America, Part II"

"You are the fourth Kamen Rider!"
Kamen Rider V3, talking about Riderman's sacrifice. He got better.

As you file to your escape pods
I'll distract the alien hordes
And as I stare death in the face
I know my sins will take me to hell!
The Lonely Island, "Space Olympics"

But when the crew was all assembled
And the gig prepared for sea
'Twas seen there were but eighteen places to be manned
Nineteen mortal souls were we
But cries the Captain "Now do not delay
Nor do ye spare a thought for me
My duty is to save you all now, if I can
See ye return as quick as can be."
Stan Rogers, "Flowers of Bermuda"

    Video Games 
The Transcendent One: Does he really matter to you?
Annah: He matters to me more than life!
The Transcendent One: Then... die.

"This is bullshit! Why did you die for me?"
Ragna the Bloodedge, about Lambda, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift

Freudia: (on self inflicted injuries) I seem to have overdone it a little, but I will be fine... Tia, you need to go after Iris!
Spiritia: But... I can't just leave you here. I have to release Karl, too.
Freudia: Leave Karl to me. I shall take care of everything here, so rest assured. I have no time to explain, but you are the only one who has a chance of defeating Iris.

"Death need not be the end of hope!"
Leonard, Drakengard

Commander Shepard: I'm sorry.
Mordin Solus: I'm not. Had to be me. Someone else might have gotten it wrong.

Sometimes its about more than living to tomorrow. Sometimes you take a stand.
Commander Shepard, Mass Effect 3

EDI: Shepard, I'm going to modify my self-preservation code now.
Commander Shepard: Why?
EDI: Because the Reapers are repulsive! They are devoted to nothing but self-preservation. I am different. When I think of Jeff, I think of the person who put his life in peril and freed me from a state of servitude. I would risk non-functionality for him, and my core programming should reflect that.

Victory. At any cost.
Tarquin Victus, Mass Effect 3

"Grampypon though self-destruct was hero's most daring and noble act."
Tora on Poppi's self-destruct function, Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Grima: ...NNGH...AAAAUGHHH...
Chrom: Now, Avatar! This is our chance! I'm going to finish it!
[the Avatar prepares to attack]
Chrom: ...Avatar?! Wait, what—
Avatar: For once, I'm glad you and I are the same. Now I can give my life to protect those I care for...
Avatar: I would and I will. The evils you would visit on this world are unthinkable... In some way, I—we share the blame. It's only right we meet our end together!
Grima: ...NOOOOOOO! [Grima vanishes; the Avatar begins to fade away]
Chrom: Avatar! No!
Avatar: Thank you, Chrom. For...everything... Tell the last thoughts were of them... May we meet again, in a better life... [dissipates]
Chrom: Avatar! No! Ah gods, NO!
Fire Emblem Awakening (When the Avatar chooses to finish off Grima for good by landing the final blow instead of Chrom. They come Back from the Dead afterwards.)

O sacred Lord. O radiant Lord who bestowed wisdom, sanctity, and strength upon me. I call upon thee to witness my heart, my thoughts, and everything I've achieved. Now, creator of the moon and stars. Behold my deeds, my death, and the Spenta Armaiti which I must carry out. After I unleash this last arrow with all my strength - Even my iron body shall shatter, and annihilate me where I stand! Lone Meteor, STELLA!

Goetia: Just die. I will send you to your death with your own Noble Phantasm.
Solomon: That's the plan. I will be extinguished by my own Noble Phantasm. This is the end of King Solomon.

Mithra: Wait! If you kill (Chakravartin), all the Mantra will be lost! Without Mantra, you cannot survive—
Asura: But... You will still live!

I would die nyine times to keep Amy safe!
Jibanyan, Yo-kai Watch 2

"No objections... Right, Lady?"
Adam Malkovich, Metroid: Other M

Release the restrain device. Using the released power may result the possibility of destruction of the ship. You did your best. Was I helpful to you? I am deeply grateful to you.

My life for Aiur.

Sora: Axel, what we're you trying to do?
Axel: I wanted to see Roxas. He... was the only one I liked... He made me feel... like I had a heart. It's kind of... funny... You make me feel... the same... Kairi's in the castle dungeon. Now go.

Spare the others. I am ready.
The Leper, Darkest Dungeon

You're clear!
B.J. Blazkowics giving the signal to nuke Deathshead's compound while trapped inside, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Captain Davian Thule: No! We cannot... fail...
Apothecary: The geneseed must be preserved. Get Captain Thule to the Thunderhawk.
Space Marine: Understood. Join them, brother Apothecary. We will cover your escape.
Apothecary: And you?
Space Marine: We cannot allow the enemy to claim our relics. This area must be cleansed with orbital fire.
Apothecary: The Chapter will honour you, brother.
Space Marine: There is no honour to be had in defeat. But, someone must deliver the targeting beacon.

Jorge: Bad news is, timer's fried. I'm gonna have to fire it manually.
Noble Six: That's a one way trip.
Jorge: We all make it sooner or later.

    Web Original 
"What would you fall on your sword for? If not this, then what?"
The Hire, "Ticker"

My name is Mettaton,
so, let no one say
I was a coward
and I didn't save the day.
I'll sacrifice my life,
but I am doing what's right.
Every second that I'm here,
we've saved another life!
Mettaton, Undertale the Musical Genocide Package, "Power of NEO"

Firebrand: The military exists so you can ignore the harsh reality of the world.
Sweetie Bloom: What reality?
Firebrand: We're all going to die. Every day we desensitize ourselves with our YouTube, Anime, video games, books, all to do our best not to think about the ultimate truth that everyone spends their entire lives trying to ignore. The fact that everyone is suffering and everyone is going to die. It doesn't matter who you are or what you do. You and I have a 100% mortality rate. And war, it makes death happen much earlier than we want, which is why we hate it so much. It makes the reality of our limited lives become harder to ignore. No one wants to think about those things; everyone's natural instinct when confronted with danger or suffering is to run away. However, those who join the military, they have to run towards chaos and evil. They have to reject the illusion of safety and put themselves in danger to maintain our wistful fantasies of peace. They are required to embrace these worries and fears so you don't have to. They are forced to leave their families and travel to hostile lands thousands of miles away and fight the worst of humanity, just so you can pretend you're safe. That's the reason people in the military get so stressed and depressed, because they have to confront reality on a daily basis. That's why they deserve our respect. The military looks for those who are mentally and physically tough, strong of character, and show values of honor, courage, and commitment. Because of this, this is a job that not everyone can do, and not everyone should do. Freedom doesn't come free and never came free, and these are people who pay for that freedom with their minds, limbs, futures, and even their lives. This is a group whose actions have continuously extended far past the grave and affected all of us today, and I'm nothing if not proud to be a part of that legacy!

Ma-Ti: [dying] The needs of the many... outweigh...
Nostalgia Critic: ...the needs of the few.
Ma-Ti: Shut up, I'm talking.

There's so many stories where some brave hero decides to give their life to save the day. And because of their sacrifice, the good guys win, the survivors all cheer, and everybody lives happily ever after. But the hero... never gets to see that ending. They’ll never know if their sacrifice actually made a difference. They’ll never know if the day was really saved. In the end... they just have to have faith. Ain't that a bitch?
Epsilon, Red vs. Blue

Gav: Does it count as a selfless sacrifice if you clone yourself before your suicide mission?
Kevyn: I'm putting it on my resume and hoping nobody asks.

    Western Animation 
Do you want to know a secret? I am a coward. I've always been the queen who stays behind. Micah was the brave one. And then Glimmer. Oh, Glimmer, so much like her father. Once again, I stayed behind, letting her make the hard choices. Letting her be brave for me. I told myself I was being responsible. But Adora, I was just scared. And then, I met you. You inspired us. You inspired me. Not because it was your destiny, but because you never let fear stop you. And now, I choose to be brave.
Queen Angella, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, "The Portal"

"He lived a warrior... and died a hero. Let his spark join the Matrix with the greatest of Cybertron."
Optimus Primal's eulogy for Dinobot, Beast Wars

Whatever happens to me...don't turn back!
Lin Beifong, The Legend of Korra

I like nothing more than a character sacrificing himself or herself for the sake of others. That’s drama at its finest for me.
Bryan Konietzko, co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra

    Real Life 
"The city has enough food for two days. After that, nothing. The ice is still thin, and not very strong. But we cannot wait."
NKVD Officer to the first exploration/supply party to attempt crossing Lake Ladoga, November 1941note 


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