What's the term for people who cause accidents so that they can step in, save the day and look like a hero?
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It's Münchausen Hero syndrome. A person with this disorder will put another in a dangerous situation so that he/she can then "save" them.
(Münchausen by Proxy is generally used to refer to a parent or guardian who knowingly and willfully harms their child or another in their care in order to garner sympathy and attention.)