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Original post by Charlie Jane Anders on io9

What's the most pointless self-sacrifice of all time?

What's the most pointless self-sacrifice of all time?

Sometimes, a hero has to give his or her life for a greater cause. And sometimes, a hero's sacrifice is utterly pointless and in vain. What's the most utterly pointless self-sacrifice of all time?

Please include a picture or clip of this needless moment of self-abnegation. And let us know the title of the movie, book, comic or TV show in question, and why it was so pointless. Thanks!

Top image: The Man of Steel, Jonathan "Pa" Kent saving a dog.

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