Nerding out: Trivializing Death and Sacrifices make me ANGRY
That's all well and good, but then we've got a trend of reversing these deaths. Undoing the nobility of the sacrifice.
I highly recommend anyone unfamiliar with what I'm talking about check out this video.
Now, in order to grow out of the mentor's shadow most heroes have to do one of two things, part ways with the mentor or watch the mentor die -- this was the second of the two.
The problem with this is that Zero's sacrifice was reversed. Not once in the X series, but twice!
For some Japanese cartoons the return from ultimate sacrifice is par for the course, Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z for example you just have to accept they are coming back to life. So, lets look at something that hits home the entire series, if you die in the game you die for real:
Sword Art Online had Kiritio's love, Asuna die before his very eyes; she sacrificed herself to protect him. He flipped out and suicided on the villain's sword only to come back to life and kill the villain then have the two lovers magically appear at the world's end together and not-dead. Doing this ANY other way would result in a tragedy, I understand that, but really the whole scene was rushed and the entire story arc needed more time.
I think an American source would be good: Star Trek Nemesis. The death of Data, the beloved android whom had been with the Next Generation since 1987. The villain's death machine neared full power and Data fired his phaser directly into the core moments after force-teleporting Patrick Stewart away.
A Bad ass sacrifice that
I was pissed off about at first, but I accepted. Then moments later I was pissed off about something else, B4, the android they had been used by the villain as a plot device. I realized at that moment that the villain really could have used anything but this was used to cheat data's death. Honestly, the gory of his sacrifice was visibly diminished as they have another version of Data ready to plot-twist into getting his memories back.
The basic premise is to have your cake and eat it too. Through the ultimate sacrifice nothing has to change, everything can return to normal. No, that's just unacceptable and pisses me off.
By Zaric Zhakaron at 6/16/2014