The title is extremely vague, because this question contains HEAVY spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War, specifically the very last scenes of the movie. I can't reasonably put the entire question in spoiler tags, so consider this your warning.

At the end of the movie, Thanos pretty much wins. He gets all the Infinity Stones, Gamora and Vision have been brutally murdered, and the rest of the cast completely beaten. Nobody could stop him. So he executes his plan.

As far as I know (unless I missed something), his plan is to eradicate exactly half of all mortals in the universe, and from his own words, in a fair lottery (random chance), without taking into account a person's wealth, social status, or anything else. Pure chance decides whether you are sacrified for the greater good or live through this greater good (according to him).

During the movie, Thanos and one of his underling (Ebony Maw) say themselves that being sacrified is an honor and should be appreciated. As you would expect, most people do not appreciate being sacrified.

At the end of the movie, Thanos uses all 6 stones to do a finger snap, deleting half the universe.

The question is: Did he exclude himself from the targets? Was there a 50% chance that Thanos himself would disappear right there?

As far as I know, this is not explicitly answered in the movie itself. I am looking for similar situations in the comics (or in the movie if I happened to miss something) where you could know, or have an educated guess, as to Thanos being the kind of person who follows through to the end, even if it means dying, or the kind of person who gets scared of death when it comes down to it, and comes off as an hypocrite.

Some people also mentioned his "deal" with Strange would make him spare Tony from the snap too. I'm also wondering about that, if there is a link between the two, but it's not the focus of the question.

The reason I'm wondering is that Thanos seems to me like a very extreme utilitarist. Even though he might be wrong about the value of his plan (Do the remaining half really become happy?), in-universe it seemed successful at least once (Gamora's home planet), so his reasoning is not bad, even if the premise might be horribly flawed. Excluding himself from the snap would make it into a straight villain, while considering himself equal to the rest would make him into a wannabe hero with very very evil methods. This makes a huge difference in the interpretation of the movie and his character.

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    I would assume he excluded races he already culled, like Gamora's, and races that already been destroyed through the kind of things he wants to prevent, like his own (and thus himself) – Richie Frame Apr 30 '18 at 20:50
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    I came here because I misread as 'Theranos'... – smci Apr 30 '18 at 22:28
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    In the comics, he is not afraid of Death... rather the opposite. – Nacht Apr 30 '18 at 22:42
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    Related - 5 of the 6 Avengers on Thanos's home planet at the time end up getting disintegrated. And presumably it would have been 6 of 6 had Strange not made the deal for Stark's life. The odds of this happening by chance are low (not impossibly low, just low), so is it possible that Thanos allowed himself some personal discretion in directing who would (or would not) be killed? – aroth May 14 '18 at 3:01
  • To expand on @Nacht 's comment - in the comics, Thanos kills half the universe as a tribute to Death (the embodiment of the concept), whom he loves. So, there's no real need of fairness. In fact, as illustrated, we see Thanos with a starfield behind him; he snaps his fingers, and the starfield in the left half of the panel is gone. Later info does seem to indicate that some (but not all) super-heroes (mostly from Earth) have disappeared. – RDFozz Dec 3 '18 at 22:03

Let us consider the plan Thanos said or at-least what I heard:

He wanted to eradicate half of everyone from every planet.

Now let us consider Thanos himself... he is the last surviving Titan from the planet well Titan. So he can be justified for surviving since he is the last Titan and half of 1 rounding-off is well one...

From the director's surprise visit to Iowa City high school:

Thanos was apparently a part of selection and he happened to be in living end...

You can ask if he allowed himself to be apart of that random process. He does have a very interesting look on his face. When we come back to him after the snap before he disappears, a look of surprise.

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    I had understood that every mortal had 50% chance of being erased, without taking species or planet into account at all (many characters were not on their home planet during the snap, and several of them don't live on it anymore). If your interpretation is true, then every specie that already received the 50% execution manually in the past (Asgardians, Gamora's homeworld, etc) would have been immune to the snap? – Kaito Kid Apr 30 '18 at 14:52
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    @KaitoKid it's truly random per planet, is how I understood it. Each planet has half of its population destroyed. Otherwise, there's no telling whether some planets would have "benefited" from Thanos' actions or not. – Knetic Apr 30 '18 at 22:17
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    @AnthonyGrist Groot is the only one of his kind, too, as far as we know. (Even the Collector hadn't seen one like him before) – KSmarts May 9 '18 at 16:43
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    Also I suppose that for any species which reproduces sexually and which hasn't developed cloning technology yet it would have to leave at least two members alive. Or more if their reproduction is sufficiently similar to humans such that they require a certain number of breeding pairs to maintain a viably diverse gene-pool. – aroth May 14 '18 at 3:19
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    @KaitoKid I do need to confirm something about the outcome of Infinity War, [...] Are half the animals dead? Are half of the horses gone? Half of the ants? To which Kevin Feige responded : Yes! Yes. **All life**. – Shane Nov 17 '18 at 2:26

For a utilitarian, ensuring one's survival is often justifiable as a "altruistic" act; if one believes that one's morality is superior to others', then remaining alive to enact it is good.

It seems to me that there are two obvious questions that were never addressed in the film:

How does killing half the population address overpopulation? Eventually, the population will rebound. What then? Will Thanos just keep engaging in occasional cullings?

Given the vast power that the stones give him, does Thanos not have anything he can do to improve quality of life other than killing half the population?

Both of these questions touch on yours. If Thanos is planning on doing future cullings, then obviously he has to stay alive to do so. And if Thanos has some plan beyond the culling, then again he has to stay alive for that. Even if he doesn't have any further plan, he does have to worry about what will happen with the stones if he dies, so he can justify keeping himself alive to make sure the stones aren't "misused".

On top of that, as Thanos' justification was that there were too many people for the available resources, that doesn't apply to him; presumably with the stones, he can provide himself with whatever resources he needs without reducing the amount of resources available for others.

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    It should be taken into account that Thanos is immortal, so 'staying alive' is not particularly a big concern of his. – TylerH Apr 30 '18 at 19:37
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    @TylerH How is he immortal? I am aware that he is in the comics, but this is closely related to his storyline with Lady Death, which seems completely inexistent in the MCU so far, and nobody mentioned any sort of immortality of his. Thanos himself seems to believe that, had Thor aimed for the head, he would have been killed by the Stormbreaker. – Kaito Kid Apr 30 '18 at 19:45
  • Regarding the first question, I might be mis-remembering but I could have sworn Thanos said something about keeping at it as it is needed. – Marie Apr 30 '18 at 20:02
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    @KaitoKid Immortal people can still be injured and bleed, they just can't "die"; it's a grey area even in the comics where they are 'banned from Death's realm'. As for 'aiming for the head', that sounded more like an expression; if you are really thinking about it, Thor should have actually aimed for the arm; no armor preventing the axe from penetrating the flesh and it would have severed his connection to the gauntlet permanently as the gauntlet was left-handed. – TylerH Apr 30 '18 at 20:06
  • @KaitoKid I find this movie to be much more similar to the first time Thanos fought the Avengers, before he was resurrected by her. – Nacht Apr 30 '18 at 22:44

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