|“||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|
Heroic Sacrifice is a common theme for certain heroes and is linked to The Noble Choice, Facing the Enemy, and Negativity turned Positivity - it is reserved for heroic or supporting characters who embrace their last moments with acts of honour or morality (usually to show they are willing to redeem themselves or undo their wrongdoings they indirectly caused). However, it wasn't always the case.
While some examples of The Noble Choice are non-fatal, ALL examples of Heroic Sacrifice are lethal, by its very definition - also many heroes who died with honor are directly responsible for their own demise (for example a character may know they are about to die, as their last action was one of nobility or kindness - thus making them an example of this theme). In rare case, sometimes they revived, either by certain circumstances (like unintentionally awoke their dormant power like Eren) or by others.
However this does not always apply to only heroes who sacrificed their lives; it also applies to those who nearly died in saving others.
There are essentially three kinds of Heroic Sacrifice:
- The one at the beginning of the story, which sets the tone for the rest of the tale/movie/series.
- The one in the middle of the story, wherein the Heroic Sacrifice leads to new heights of being the most dangerous character, or new depths of depression, in the characters who are affected by it (depending on the story.) Sometimes both.
- The one at the end of the story which serves as a most memorable aspect. Often, these ones dies in a heroic sacrifice at the end.
Heroic Sacrifice is essentially equivalent with act of playing Goodness Zone, as this involves act that cements the protagonist as an endearing and redeemable protagonist truly worth caring about and rooting for. But once again, unlike act of playing Goodness Zone, act of Heroic Sacrifice often costs protagonist their lives due to being lethal.
As a bonus, Heroes will become Saved Souls after death.
- A very unusual version of this happens in A Series of Unfortunate Events. Even though Count Olaf is normally a villain, he does somewhat redeem himself in the very last book, and ends up curing himself of the poisonous fungus to save Kit Snicket and ensure her child is born safely, which happens. As his last act is one of kindness and nobility, it could be assumed Olaf finally redeems himself despite all his many evils. However, it could be argued he redeemed himself in the penultimate book by accepting it is futile to kill the Baudelaires.
- In the Harry Potter Series:
- Lily Potter sacrifices her life to protect her infant son, Harry, from being killed by Lord Voldemort after her husband James Potter sacrificed himself to save both of them.
- Ron Weasley sacrifices himself in the underground chess game to ensue Harry being able to go on and stop Quirrel from reaching the Sorcerer's Stone.
- In The Power of Five series by Anthony Horowitz, this happens tonnes of times. Horowitz even says the end will not make it without sacrifice:
- Matthew Freeman sacrifices himself in the final Power of Five novel Oblivion. He deliberately walks up to the Old Ones and meets Scott Tyler, who was previously one of the Five and an ally. However, Matthew has been to the Dreamworld and read the biography of his life, apparently written by himself before he was born. (I know, get your head round that one.) Anyway, Matthew meets Scott and deliberately lets Scott sell him to the Old Ones, who torture him, and flay Matthew's skin off while he is on a crucifix like Jesus. When Richard Cole is bought in to witness, Richard is so disgusted and angry he does the only thing he can think of which is to stab Matthew in a peaceful death to end his pain.
- Richard Cole does this, as aforementioned, by sacrificing Matthew, one of his only friends, by stabbing him to death with an ancient Incan knife to spare him from further pain and humiliation.
- Scott Tyler, in another example of an unusual anti-heroic sacrifice, chooses to redeem himself after betraying Matthew and Richard to the Old Ones. Upon wondering what exactly he had gained from the treachery, as the Old Ones, instead of rewarding Scott, played mind games with him, torturing him, Scott could not stand it and opened the interdimensional door in Oblivion's palace, electrocuting himself to death in front of Scarlett and Pedro, yet at the same time opening the doors for the Five to use.
- In a minor case of this, Lieutenant Gregson is eaten by the Giant Condor (one of the Old Ones) in an apparent act of sacrifice upon getting Matt to the bay he wanted to go to.
- In Lord of the Rings:
- Though not killed by his heroic but somewhat suicidal quest to detroyed One Ring, Frodo ultimately cannot heal himself from both spiritual and physical wounds that he sustained from the said mission so he goes with the Elves to Valinor to find true medicine.
- Samwise, after having a family and living after Frodo's departure, also follows his master to Valinor as he also involved with the said mission.
- Again, Samwise apparently sacrifices Frodo to take the Ring on to Mordor at Cirith Ungol before he realizes Frodo was alive after all.
- Though not killed by his heroic but somewhat suicidal quest to detroyed One Ring, Frodo ultimately cannot heal himself from both spiritual and physical wounds that he sustained from the said mission so he goes with the Elves to Valinor to find true medicine.
Gandalf's entire life is an act of sacrifice, as he is an angel sent to destroy Sauron. Gandalf said he was too afraid of Sauron so he'd be useless but the Archangels said that was all the more reason to go. Gandalf's first sacrifice comes in Moria when he apparently dies fighting a Balrog, only for later revived as the new White Wizard.
- In Romance of the Three Kingdoms:
- Guan Yu sacrifices himself in the battle of Fan Castle against the Wu army.
- Russell Casse (Independence Day): As the invaders threaten Area 51 Russell Case charged his F-18 into the alien destroyers weapon destroying it thus saving his friends and family at the cost of his life. His actions even reveals the alien destroyer ship's achilles' heel, allowed his allies to swiftly destroyed the rest of other alien destroyer ships
- Halo 2 (Air Force One): When a missile threatens Air Force One one of the F-15 pilots used his jet to block the missile from destroying Air Force one at the cost of his life.
- Batman (The Dark Knight Rises): He sacrifice himself to save Gotham from a bomb that was rigged to blow. leaving everyone to believe he is dead.
- In Piranha 3D, Jake Forester is in love with Kelly, but because of numerous misadventures including the attacking Piranhas, Jake sacrifices his lust for Kelly until the finale. Also, Laura Forrester sacrifices her lust for her brother Zane as well as her eagerness to cause havoc in order to save everyone.
- In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Will Decker sacrifice himself to save all biological life on Earth and merged with V'ger.
- In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Spock sacrifices himself for Captain Kirk and his crew by exposing himself to radiation to repair the USS Enterprise's warp drive to save them.
- In Fast & Furious 6, when one of Owen Shaw's henchmen was about to kill Han, Gisele lets go of Han, she quickly used her gun to shoot one of Shaw's crew members a few times before falling to her death.
- In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, a mortally wounded Jetfire sacrifices himself by tearing out his spark in order for Optimus Prime to use his parts to defeat The Fallen.
- In 28 Weeks Later, Tammy Harris and Andy Harris sacrifice the life they once lived as well as their home and their entire family to simply survive the Infection. Tammy sacrifices her nobility by having to kill her infected father.
- Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars): Sacrifices himself in his final battle with Darth Vader on the Death Star, so Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie and the droids can escape.
- Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars): As Darth Vader, he sacrificed himself to save his son, Luke from Emperor Darth Sidious in Return of the Jedi. This ultimately allow him to redeem himself from his MEH deeds.
- Larry Purvis (Alien: Resurrection): Realizing that he would die due to chestburster inside his body would erupts and Call and her friend are under Dr. Wren's Mercy, he rushes toward him in fit of rage inspite of the evil scientist are armed and dangerous. While Wren has shots him several times, this not enough for stopping him, as Purvis retaliates by disarming him and presses the evil scientists' head on his chest just as the chestburster inside emerges and impale Wren's head as the finishing blow, killing both of them.
- V (V for Vendetta): Getting himself mortally wounded by Party Leader Creedy and his Fingermen, sacrificing himself for the revolution.
- Jack Dawson (Titanic): Sacrifices himself to save Rose Dewitt Bukatter from freezing to death in the cold ocean water.
- Nux (Mad Max: Fury Road): Sacrifices himself to block the canyon pass by crashing the War Rig and kill Rictus and the remaining War Boys while the rest of the group escape on the Gigahorse.
- Groot (Guardians of the Galaxy): He builds a huge wall around Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, and Rocket to protect them from the exploding ship. Before giving up his life for his friends, he says solemnly, "We are Groot." Although, it's later revealed that was still alive albeit only in form of a small fragments in his body discovered by Rocket and is still regenerating.
- Sugar Watkins (Starship Troopers): Sacrifices himself to blow up the bug hole after mortally wounded by a warrior bug while rescuing Carmen.
- Frank Harris (The Day After Tomorrow): Sacrifices himself to save Jack Hall and Jason Evans from falling ib by cutting the rope he's holding to prevent the glass beneath them from cracking.
- Admiral Amilyn Holdo (Star Wars): Sacrifice herself to save the remaining fleeing Resistance fighters by jumping the Raddus into lightspeed causing a very heavily devastating loses to the First Order fleet and cutting the Supremacy in two and also saving Finn and Rose Tico from getting executed by Phasma and her troops in the process.
- Yondu (Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2): Sacrifices himself to save Peter after destruction of planet Ego.
- Daito (Ready Player One): Sacrifices himself to buy his brother Sho and his friends Parzival and Art3mis enough time to get away from Sorrento's Mechagodzilla before being zeroed out.
- Aech (Ready Player One): As The Iron Giant, she uses herself as a bridge for Parzival, Art3mis, and Sho before falling into the lava river due to i-R0k blasting its fingers off. As it melts, it does a thumbs up similar to when T-800 is lowered into the molten steel and bids farewell to John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
- Ellen Ripley: Sacrifice herself to kill the Xenomorph Queen by throwing herself into the furnace.
- Thomas Whitmore (Independence Day: Resurgence): Sacrifices himself to save not just the planet, but his daughter Patricia. Whitmore volunteers in a plan to destroy the Alien Queen.
- Iron Man (Avengers: Endgame): Sacrifices himself to take a snap from 6 Infinity Stones as a mortal one, to erase the immortal Thanos and his army.
- Black Widow (Avengers: Endgame): Sacrifices herself on the planet Vormir to get Soul Stone meant for the Infinity Gauntlet to reverse Thanos' snap.
- Dr. Daisuke Serizawa (Godzilla; 1954): Sacrifices himself by detonating his Oxygen Destroyer in order to kill Godzilla, which also takes his life away.
- Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (Godzilla: King of the Monsters): Sacrifices himself by volunteering to manually detonate a nuclear weapon close to Godzilla in order to speed up his healing process.
- Mothra (Godzilla: King of the Monsters): As a badly-injured Godzilla lies weakened after being dropped from the sky by King Ghidorah, Mothra, herself severely wounded by Rodan, makes one final attempt to defend Godzilla before being vaporized by Ghidorah's Gravity Beams. However, as she dies, she releases a radioactive cloud that settles upon Godzilla, reviving him and granting him his fire form.
- Emma Russell (Godzilla: King of the Monsters): Lures Ghidorah away from her family with the Orca which gets her killed by either her truck crashing, the falling rubble, or Godzilla in his empowered, radioactive state while he was vaporizing Ghidorah.
- Peter Joseph (White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf): Distracts the miner sent to kill Henry and White Fang and gets himself shot in the process.
- Two Socks (Dances with Wolves): Sacrifices himself to the Union soldiers to save the Sioux tribe from getting caught.
- Porro (Perri): Sacrifices himself by distracting the marten to save Perri's life.
- Lee Abbott (A Quiet Place): Sacrifices himself by yelling out to get the monster's attention, giving his children the chance they need to escape, but dies in the process.
Cartoon and Animated Films
- Terra (Teen Titans 2003 TV Series): She chose to stay and sacrifice her life to save the city from an erupting volcano.
- Baymax (Big Hero 6): He ignites his rocket fist to send Hiro and Abigail back to safety while he is left stranded within the portal, which eventually explodes, thus trapping the robot's remains inside. It's later revealed that in his last moments, Baymax has silently given his original healthcare programming chip so Hiro could revived him with a new body later on, led to their reunion.
- Darkwing Duck (Darkwing Duck): He chose to let himself get pulled into Paddywhack's evil Jack-in-the-box, sacrificing himself to save his daughter Gosalyn; fortunately,
- John Smith: He saved Chief Powhatan from getting shot by Governor Ratcliffe, and is sent back to England for medical treatment.
- Iron Giant: He decided to save Rockwell and die with the missile. However he turns out to have survived and is now reassembling himself in Langjökull Glacier, Iceland.
- Nelly(Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale): pushes La Petite Ballerina and Jerry out of they way of a falling wall, taking the impact herself. She dies of her injuries as Jerry, Tuffy and the toys weep and mourn for her brave sacrifice, but she is revived by magic, thus allowing her to talk on her own without having to have her string pulled
- Quicks (Speckles The Tarbosaurus): In the movie, Quicks sacrificed himself to save his little brother, Speckles from a dinosaur stampede caused by One-Eye.
- 1 (9): Realized his error while questioning his goal to end the Fabrication Machine's rampage and its suffering, and sacrificed and redeemed himself by allowing the Fabrication Machine to drain his soul so that 9 could remove the Talisman and destroy the Machine.
- Spike (Rugrats): saves the Rugrats from a vicious wolf; the fight ending with both of them him falling off the bridge and over a waterfall; fortunately Spike manages to survive by landing at the bottom of the bridge.
- Ben (Barnyard): Battles Dag & his vicious Coyote pack while protecting the chickens, before dying of wounds from the attack.
- Kerchak (Disney's Tarzan): Steps in between Clayton's gun and Tarzan and is shot. In his dying breath, Kerchak apologizes to Tarzan for not approving him then finally accepts him as his son.
- Megara (Disney's Hercules): She pushes Hercules out of the way of a falling pillar, taking the impact herself. She dies of injuries, but Hercules retrieves her soul from the Underworld--nearly sacrificing his own life--thus re-earning his Godhood that previously destroyed by Hades through help of Pain and Panic previously.
- Stoick the Vast (How to Train Your Dragon): He rushes to save Hiccup and is killed by Drago Bludvist through crazed Toothless, leading him to give up his life for his son. His sacrifice also proved that Hiccup's attempt to convince Drago was proved to be fatal mistake, as this led Drago to caused every single adult dragons to turned against Berk.
- Private (Penguins of Madagascar): In the movie, Private straps himself to the laser and uses it on the penguins, thus he can turn them back in normal. The effects cause Private to be encased in chrysalis.
- Princess Anna (Frozen): She rushes to save her older sister, Elsa from Hans for being killed.
- Charlie Barkin (All Dogs Go to Heaven): When Charlie's life watch was sinking in the water, Charlie manages to get Anne Marie to safety. But when he dives down to retrieve the watch, it fills up with water and stops working, as this led to Charlie dying in the process.
- Stewie Griffin (Family Guy): In a Christmas Special, he time travels back when Brian Griffin was hit and killed by a car. He saves Brian and in the process, rewrites the entire timeline, causing Stewie to cease to exist, so Brian and the Stewie in the new timeline can remain friends.
- Gurgi (Disney's The Black Cauldron): After Gurgi rescues his friends, Taran attempts to stop the black cauldron's power by jumping into it. But Gurgi didn't want to let Taran die for the sake of his friends and decides to sacrifice himself by jumping into the cauldron.
- Jean-Bob: Jean-Bob sacrificed himself to save Prince Derek from Clavius.
- Scully: Scully sacrificed himself to save Princess Odette and Alise from the Forbidden Arts, thus destroying them for good.
- Ashi (Samurai Jack): Ashi sacrificed her existence by using her time portal powers to bring Jack back to the past, destroy Aku, and undo the horrific future he's created, which caused her to fade away during her wedding with Jack.
- Crysta: Sacrifices herself like Magi did by allowing Hexxus to devour her in one bite, and uses her powers from inside him to grow a seed she had with her to again imprison Hexxus (together with The Leveler) inside a new tree. She emerges, unharmed and alive.
- King Triton: He takes Ariel's place as Ursula's prisoner to atone from his violent outburst of destroying his daughter's grotto, and transforms into a polyp. Fortunately, after Ursula is killed and the magic-binding contract is nullified, King Triton reverts back to his normal self.
- Rose Quartz/Pink Diamond sacrificed herself to give birth to her son Steven Universe.
- Skyfire: Sacrifices himself to be buried beneath the ice again to stop the Decepticons' plans. Wheeljack and Sideswipe returned later to dig him up when the Autobots needed a ride down to South America.
- Wreck-It Ralph: Ralph almost sacrificing himself by plummeting to Diet Cola Mountain. The impact of his fall sends the entire crater of Mentos barreling down into the lava until Vanellope rescued him.
- Emmet Brickowski: Sacrifices himself to save his friends from being terminated.
- Twilight Sparkle: Sacrifices herself to save her friends from the Storm King.
- Oh (Home): Sacrificing himself for Tip while showing Gorg his missing rock.
- Tempest Shadow sacrifices to save the Mane Six from The Storm King.
- Eugene Fitzherbet: After being stabbed by Mother Gothel, Eugene refuses to have Rapunzel heal him and let her continue being Gothel's slave so he cuts Rapunzel's magic hair so she can be free from Gothel.
- The Tod: Distracts the army to give Rowf and Snitter time to escape to the sea on a train. He gets wounded by the army dogs in the process and sacrifices himself to the army.
- Sir Lionel: Sacrifices himself to save King Arthur from the attack of Ruber, who wants to take the throne. He is the first to step in the defense of the king during the battle where he is struck with a fatal blow from Ruber's mace and dies shortly after Ruber is exiled from Camelot.
Anime and Manga
- Pokemon Anime:
- Ash Ketchum (Pokémon): In Pokémon THe First Movie, he sacrificed his own life to end the battle and save the Pokémon, dies as he is hit by Mew and Mewtwo's attacks. He is then revived by Pokémon tears.
- Lucario (Lucario and the mystery of Mew): Used his aura to save the tree of beginning from dying but it cost him his life.
- Clembot: He sacrifices himself to destroy Xerosic's Mega Evolution energy machine in order to free Zygarde (Z-2) from its mind-control.
- Latios: In Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias, He sacrifices his life to save the entire Alto Mare from the the disastrous gigantic waves, causing himself to demise and then to no longer be brought back to life, and then leaving Latias as his surviving sister.
- Sailor Moon Crystal:
- Tuxedo Mask: Sacrificed himself to shield Sailor Moon and the Inner Senshi from Kunzite's attack.
- Sailor Mercury: Sacrificed herself to awaken Sailor Moon, giving up her life force. She was revived by Sailor Moon.
- Sailor Mars: Sacrificed herself to awaken Sailor Moon, giving up her life force. She was revived by Sailor Moon.
- Sailor Jupiter: Sacrificed herself to awaken Sailor Moon, giving up her life force. She was revived by Sailor Moon.
- Sailor Venus: Sacrificed herself to awaken Sailor Moon, giving up her life force. She was revived by Sailor Moon.
- Sailor Pluto: Sacrificed herself by using Time Stop to stop Prince Demande from touching two Silver Crystal to one another to destroy the space-time continuum.
- Sailor Moon: Plunged herself right into the core of Pharaoh 90. She emerged from Pharaoh 90, alive and unscathed
- Sailor Saturn: Sacrificed herself to send Pharaoh 90 back to the Tau Nebula. She reborn as a baby.
- Jonathan Joestar (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure): Sacrificing himself to save Erina Pendleton and a 2-month old baby named Lisa.
- Eren Yeager (SNK/Attack on Titan): Sacrificing himself to save Armin Arlert at his seemingly dying moment due to his injuries by letting himself devoured by a soulless titan, but survives due to ended up awakened his dormant Titan Shifting powers.
- Yugi Muto (Yu-Gi-Oh!): He sacrificed himself to save Yami Yugi from being captured by Dartz.
- Minato Namikaze (Naruto): He sacrificed his life to seal the Nine-Tails into his newborn son, Naruto Uzumaki to save Konoha.
- Joey Wheeler (Yu-Gi-Oh!):
- Piccolo (Dragon Ball Z): He decided to stay on Earth and die in order to permanently destroy the Black-Star Dragonballs.
- Wizardmon (Digimon Adventure 1): he sacrifices his own life to save Kari kamiya and Gatomon from Myotismon's attacks, and dies as he is struck by Myotismon's Grisly Wing, but not before telling Gatomon how grateful he is that they are friends
- Wormmon (Digimon Adventure 2): he sacrifices himself to help Davis defeat Chimeramon in hopes to save Ken Ichijouji from himself
- Cosmo the Seedrian (Sonic X): She sacrificed herself to help Super Sonic and Super Shadow, defeat the Meterex and save the galaxy.
- Tristan Taylor (Yu-Gi-Oh!): he sacrifices his own Deck Master, to save Serenity Wheeler from losing the duel against Nesbitt of the Big Five
- Maria Robotnik: She sacrificed herself to save her friend, Shadow the Hedgehog from the solders who shot her in Sonic X. Her incarnations in Shadow the Hedgehog. Video games and comic book also did similar thing.
- Goku (Dragon Ball Z): He sacrificed his life to defeat his evil brother, [[w:c:villains:Raditz Raditz], by keeping him immobile so his former enemy, Piccolo, could use his deadly new attack to impale both of them. Many years later, after having been wished back to life, he sacrified his life a second time to keep Cell from self-destructing on Earth by transporting both of them to King Kai's planet (Though as a consequence, King Kai and his two pets, Bubbles and Gregory died with Goku).
- Yusuke Urameshi (Yu Yu Hakusho): he sacrifices his own life to save a little boy from getting hit by a car, which led to both his resurrection and his adventures.
- Elpeo Ple (Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ) : She sacrifices her life when she protect Judau Ashta from Ple Two Pysco Gundam Mark II
- Lockon Stratos/Neil Dylandy (Mobile Suit Gundam 00) :Sacrifices himself when he protect Tieria Erde from Patrick Colasour attack, and suffer fatal injured by him, especially his right-eyes.
- Tieria Erde (Mobile Suit Gundam 00): Sacrifices himself when he protect the rest meisters who evacuate comatose Setsuna from ELS . But Tieria success to escape from the chaos when he self-destruct Raphael-Gundam and transfer his mind back to VEDA again.
- Portgas D. Ace (One Piece): He sacrificed his life to shield his brother Luffy from Akainu.
- Commander Robinson (Voltes V): Sacrifices himself to save his daughter Jamie from the beast fighter.
- Beth Greene (The Walking Dead): Sacrificed herself so that her friend Noah and the residents of Grady Memorial Hospital could be free from their corrupt leader.
- Stefan Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries): In the second season, he sacrificed himself by handing himself over to Klaus in order to get the cure for Damon when he is dying from a fatal werewolf bite.
- Sam Winchester (Supernatural): While possessed by Lucifer, when he found the strength to regain control over his body after nearly beating Dean Winchester to a pulp, he used the Four Horsemen's rings to reopen Lucifer's cage, and threw himself and Michael, with Lucifer inside Sam, into Hell to stop the Apocalypse once and for all. Castiel resurrected Sam however, albeit initially with his soul missing.
- Stephen Hart (Primeval): Locked himself in Oliver Leek's cage with his creature army to be devoured, both to stop the creatures escaping into the world and to stop Nick Cutter from being the one to sacrifice himself.
- Zeratul of Legacy of the void he saved Artanis who was corrupted by Amon and did it by severing his nerve cords but died doing so.
- Galuf of Final Fantasy V deserves special mention as he subverts normal RPG rules and summons the courage and will-power to fight past 0-HP to defeat X-Death to save his friends, he pays the price though as his HP was apparently so far into the negatives when his will to fight left him after battle that no amount of Raise!s or Phoenix Downs could revive him.
- In Lollipop Chainsaw, Junji Morikawa, Juliett's mentor, sacrifices himself so that he can attack the Dark Purveyors who have just been summoned. Morikawa tries to blast them but then Zed strikes Morikawa and mortally wounds him. Morikawa lives to see Zed defeated and dies shortly after.
- Jeanne (Bayonetta 2): In Prologue, she sacrifices herself to save Cereza from Gomorrah that went out of control, but fortunately survives and Cereza saves her at the end Chapter XI.
- Cortana (Halo 4): She blows up along with Infinity with Master Chief surviving the explosion
- Tess (The Last of Us):
- Sora (Kingdom Hearts): He stabs himself with Ansem's Keyblade in order to release Kairi and the rest of the princesses' hearts.
- Baby Metroid (Super Metroid): During the final battle between Samus Aran and Mother Brain, the Baby attacks Mother Brain and sucks out her life force before she can release a finishing blow on Samus. As the Baby recharges Samus' health, Mother Brain resurrects herself and attacks, but the Baby jumps in the way and is killed. However, this allows Samus to obtain the Hyper Beam to obliterate Mother Brain.
- Peppy Hare (Star Fox Assault): When the Star Fox Team arrived at the Aparoid Homeworld, a shield is generated to keep them out, so Peppy tries to fire at the shields from aboard the Great Fox but to no avail, so he goes a step farther by ramming the mothership into the shield, effectively shattering it despite the protests of the Star Fox group, so they went without him. After the Aparoid Queen's death and the planet's destruction, the team mourned for those who presumably lost their lives, until they find out that Peppy and ROB 64 survived as they used an escape pod, much to their joy.
- Princess Brittany: When Chaos Lord Alteon, in his madness, unwillingly attempts to kill the hero, Princess Victoria, Princess Tara and Lord Brentan after the hero has freed Tara from the control of Chaos, Brittany leaps in the way of her father's laser and takes the hit for them, dying at the hands of her own father as a result, which leaves her Corrupted father in deep remorse and despair.
- Alister Azimuth (Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time): Alister sacrificing himself to stop the out of control Orvis Chamber at The Great Clock and saying a final good-bye to Ratchet.
- Asher Forrester / Rodrik Forrester (Telltale Games: Game of Thrones): In the episode 5 ending, Asher and his crew are almost to Ironrath, but they anticipate a fight when they arrive in the harbor to find it empty. Asher finds Rodrik, but the reunion is short-lived as a Whitehill soldier runs for the gate to cut Rodrik and Asher off from most of their men. Rodrik and Asher will run to the gate and try to open it but upon realizing that it is stuck, Whitehill soldiers will advance on the duo. Rodrik states that one has to stay to let the other out. How who survived, that's the player's choice.
- John Black from Age of Empires III: Sacrifice himself to destroy the Circle of Ossus and killing General Warwick by causing an avalanche.
- Sonya Blade (Mortal Kombat): Sacrifices herself to ensure the Netherrealm Palace controlled by 2 ruling Revenants Lui Kang and Kitana is destroyed.
- Austin Bradley: Sacrificed himself by throwing himself into the lake along with The Creature.
- The Derelict: Rips out own eyeball to free himself from the monster's clutches, only for him to wind up killed.