Does someone sacrifice themselves?

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Scenes where characters sacrifice themselves for another character, i.e. by staying behind to keep the monsters off or jumping in the line of fire to protect another character. These are often times incredibly sad and for people with anxiety, or people who has had a close one die from a similar scenario, this can be extremely hard to watch.
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Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
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howdywrites
Technically yes, a line cook does
TV Show • 2023 Report
Yes
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cetacn
episode two: [ spoiler ] tess sacrifices herself in order to save joel and ellie. she sets fire to the capitol building to eliminate the infected. she is inside when this happens. it happens at around 50:00.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
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KamiSteele
There is a scene where two elderly folks ritualistically jump off a cliff, with one not dying on impact and needing to be euthanized with a mallet. The context is that, past a certain age, traditionally villagers opt to die for religious reasons. There's a later scene with two villagers volunteering to be ritualistically sacrificed via immolation as part of their culture's traditions, but later shots imply they regretted their decision before death.
TV Show • 2022 Report
Yes
93
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Anonymous
they don't die, but wednesday is shot with an arrow to protect someone
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
70
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KARINdipity
[SPOILERS]

I saw the ending as the main character sacrificing herself so she doesn’t hurt another character
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
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biirthdaybread
It's debated whether it was suicide or a sacrifice
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
61
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TV Show • 2016 Report
Yes
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Mike attempts to sacrifice himself to save Dustin but is saved
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
46
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Vitya
S6
 E6
This is Supernatural, someone always sacrifices themself
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
45
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25
2
Invalidbeast
Multiple times
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
45
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0
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Kiki_the_cat
The main character sacrifices themselves to safe the city
TV Show • 2020 Report
Yes
39
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MaskedCorvid
S3
 E3
There's only one time where a character sacrifices themself and dies, Season 3 episode 1

There's also several scenes where a character tries to sacrifice themselves: the last 2 episodes of season 1, Season 2 Episode 7, Season 2 episode 19, and Season 2 episode 21.


Movie • 2018 Report
Yes
39
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Everyman
SPOILERS: One character asks another to set fire to an artifact which they believe will save the family. The second character refuses, and the first burns the artifact, inadvertently killing the other.
TV Show • 2010 Report
Yes
38
No
15
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Anonymous
a character who is already terminally bit allows himself to be eaten alive to buy another character time
Video Game Report
Yes
36
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fadedecho
ranboo in hitting on sixteen, tommy in his finale streams
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During a flashback, Uncle Aaron sacrifices himself for Miles after he spares him. In addition it’s also implied that in the final sequences of the movie, Jefferson died protecting his family in an alternate universe.
Yes
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Pantalones
There are two separate instances of self-sacrifice.

The first is Harry's parents dying to protect him from Voldemort.

The second is during a life-sized game of chess, a character sacrifices himself so his friends can win the game. He is knocked out but not killed.
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
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malovela
Not completely. Two persons try to rescue someone else, knowing that they're risking their own life to a greater or lesser extent: one of them by going back into a terrifying and dangerous place after escaping; the other by helping someone to escape, thus slowing themselves down somewhat. Neither dies as a direct result of their semi-sacrifice.
Movie • 1997 Report
Yes
35
No
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saste12
In a way, yes. Some characters choose to embrace death and just drown rather than try to get on the life boats.
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TBN1994
I’d classify it as no. All the deaths are violent and not voluntary, at best some characters resign themselves to their fate rather than sacrifice
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
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icallitjustice
Actually, yes. The young boy clearly throws himself at both his mum and his older sister to save his younger sister, which consequentially leads to him being killed instead of the little sister.
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
33
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howdywrites
SPOILER: one of the dads does
YouTube • 2023 Report
Yes
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Coffeey1412
It's a quite common occurrence. People often will throw themselves in danger to protect their fellow friends and eggs from The Federation and The Codes.
Podcast Report
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Kriz
Multiple characters sacrifices themselves or others, as well as the topic offhandedly mentioned throughout the story
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
30
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2
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
29
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Pantalones
At the hotel in Osaka, many people sacrifice themselves to try and keep assassins from finding John Wick. One is John's old friend, and he keeps fighting even while injured to buy time.
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
29
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1
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cjamie71
in one of the early seasons, a character sacrifices himself to save someone else from being hit by a bus
Movie Report
Yes
29
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Rlyxpop
A child caught in the trap attempts to sacrifice himself to relieve another's suffering but the other person refuses to let them
Movie • 2004 Report
Yes
28
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petezaparti
A character sacrifices one of his legs for his family by sawing it off but his fate isn't revealed until the sequel