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    Mythic Guide to Heroes & Villains — Sacrificial Heroes
    by Antonio del Drago


    This is Part 4 of the Mythic Guide to Heroes & Villains.

    As mentioned in Part 3 of this series, a hero is capable of experience fear, but moves forward regardless. He knows that his course could mean the death of him. In some cases, this truth is grimly ever present. And grimmer still, sometimes this fate does in fact befall the hero.

    Not every hero survives the villain’s wrath. But their death is not in vain.

    In some cases, the hero perishes in a battle that claims the life of both himself and the villain. Such a fate befell Sherlock Holmes in his final battle against Professor Moriarty in The Final Problem. Sherlock's fate would later be changed due to obsessive demands from fans and publishers. At the time of the story's original publication, however, Sherlock had genuinely died.

    Similarly in Le Morte d'Arthur, the protagonist — King Arthur Pendragon, — dies in battle against his evil son Mordred, killing Mordred in the process. King Arthur's sacrificial death was powerfully depicted in the film Excalibur.

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