Game: Final Fantasy IV (1991)

Man. Final Fantasy IV is filled with so many character deaths there should have been a warning on the box. Perennial martial arts fave Yang locks himself in an exploding room. Palom and Porum turn themselves into stone. Cid hurls himself out of an airship. Tellah casts a self-deteriorating spell. Are you catching a theme? Self sacrifice is the name of the game here. Of course, most of these characters magically come back by the end of the game which sort of takes a bit of the sting out of their self-sacrificial luster. Hey, if it worked for Jesus.