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* In ''Anime/AngelBeats'' there are both humorous and dramatic examples.
** In Ep 2, TK holds off the DescendingCeiling so everyone can go through.
** Masami Iwasawa plays her last song, the summation of everything she ever wanted to say and do, and passes on in peace.
** And then there's how Otanashi died in real life. [[spoiler: A rather horrible train wreck leaves him and multiple other passengers trapped in a tunnel, and many are injured pretty badly. Despite having some serious internal injuries himself and severely limited resources, Otanashi, on his way to enterance exams for med school, uses what he studied to keep the rest of the passengers alive for a week. Then, once he's reached his limit, he, as his final act, fills out a card to become an organ donor, in hopes that, should he not make it, he'd still be able to save someone's life, which inspires the others to do the same. When help finally arrives, he succumbs to his injuries and dies.]] To recap, [[spoiler: an aspiring med student with no training beyond independent study saves the lives of all but two people and gives them all hope that their lives can save someone else's]]. Dying Moment of Awesome indeed.
*** The Reveal at the end of the series turns this into one of the most powerful series-encompassing Dying Moment of Awesome. [[spoiler: "You gave me your heart."]] Which means that [[spoiler: after Otonashi's death, his harvested heart is what allowed Kanade aka "Angel" to live a little longer, then setting ''almost everything in the series'' since her Ghostly Goal was to find whoever did such a kind act for her...]] Also one of the biggest tearjerkers of all time.
* In ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'', Kato gets '''two''' of these. ([[BackFromTheDead He got better after the first one.]])



* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Several of the Espada die in awesome ways. Barragan's death in particular would make [[TheStarscream Starscream]] himself shed a tear. In short, he throws his axe at his BigBad boss Aizen, while slowly disintegrating as a result of his own powers. He even manages to get Aizen to turn around and notice the attempted assassination, which is saying quite a bit. Ulquiorra probably counts as well, and Stark had a nice send off.
* Elder Jang-Il Jeong from the the Manhwa series, ''Manhwa/TheBreaker :New Waves'', he [[JumpingOnAGrenade shields the main character, Shi-Woon, from a bomb blast with his body]]. Elder Jeong is OnlyMostlyDead but everyone thinks he is prompting Shi-Woon to go into a UnstoppableRage while his own injuries get worst in the fighting. Just as Shi-Woon is close to killing himself against his opponent and no one can reach him, Elder Jeong springs up to restrain and talk him down and in the end impart the last of his strength so that Shi-Woon's body could recover from the damage he took in the fight knowing it was the only thing keeping him alive.
* In the final episode of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch is killed by "Zero", impaled by a massive sword. He slides down the front of his parade vehicle, [[ZeroApprovalGambit as his subjects cheer over the death of Emperor Lelouch]]. Combined with intense music and Nunnaly's cries of realization, Lelouch's sacrifice is pretty [[TearJerker touching]].
** Also Rolo Lamperouge, who some episodes before that overexerts his Geass ''knowing'' it'd kill him, all to save Lelouch [[AlasPoorScrappy and redeem himself in the eyes of at least a part of the audience.]]
** Urabe sacrifices himself to save Lelouch (and from ''Rolo'', one may add.)
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': Spike Spiegel's one-man assault on the Red Dragon building and his final duel with Vicious, all the way to the end. "Bang." See you, space cowboy...
* ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'' has the Gosroth go down with all hands fighting against ten enemy spaceships of approximately the same class. They destroy [[HopeSpot nine of them]].
* [[spoiler:Juzo Sakakura's]] death in Anime/DanganRonpa3. [[spoiler: He dies after shutting off all the power in the facility, thereby destroying the videos that made the previous victims commit suicide, and removing the character's bracelets, essentially ending the game in its entirety.]]
** Not to mention that they did all of the above after [[spoiler:being impaled by a HotBlade and cutting off his own arm in order to remove his bracelet without activating its poison countermeasure]].
* Most of the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome crowning moments]] in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' are these. For example, November 11 taking down a room full of heavily-armed guards with ''a bottle of brandy'' before succumbing to a bullet wound, Huang luring TheSyndicate enforcers chasing him into a car chase so he could blow them all up once he'd gotten the pursuit away from Hei, and Amber RetGone-ing herself to let Hei TakeAThirdOption and stop the genocide the villains were planning without erasing Japan from the map.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'':
** Wizardmon's HeroicSacrifice.
** Upon returning to the Digital World, the Digidestined found themselves up against all ''four'' Dark Masters at once. After a HeroicSacrifice by Chuumon buys them ''one'' free pass, there is seemingly no hope...until Piximon shows up, puts the Digidestined in a bubble and sends them flying as far away as possible, and performs a YouShallNotPass to prevent the Dark Masters from pursuing them. That's ''one'' Ultimate trying to hold off ''four'' Megas.
* Grani in ''Anime/DigimonTamers''. Originally a simple program made to transport the kids and their Digimon in the Digital World, he gained a new appearance and served as Gallantmon's steed when the conflict with the D-Reaper crossed over into the real world. When too badly damaged by the D-Reaper to continue, Grani reminds the protagonists that they're his friends, and deconstructs himself to enable Gallantmon to enter [[SuperMode Crimson Mode]].
-->'''Grani''': Do you want to fly? I will give you my wings.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** Goku's [[DeathIsCheap deaths]]. His first death consists of him holding Raditz in order to make sure he doesn't dodge Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon. His second death is even better: With [[TakingYouWithMe Cell threatening to explode]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom and destroy the entire Earth]], Goku merely smiles to his friends hinting on what he plans to do, teleports to Cell, and says his last words to his son Gohan before disappearing to King Kai's planet where Cell explodes, killing him, King Kai [[AndZoidberg and his pets Bubbles and Gregory]]. YMMV on that one since, as many have pointed out, Cell didn't ''immediately'' explode and there should have been no reason Goku couldn't teleport back.
** Vegeta's spectacular death scene during the Buu Saga, arguably the best part of the entire saga. Nearly completely breaking down from his back-to-back catastrophic losses, he reflects soberly on his life and, for the first time, hugs his son. He asks Piccolo if he'll meet Goku in the afterlife, and Piccolo candidly tells Vegeta that he will very likely not go to the same afterlife as the heroic and selfless Goku. Vegeta shrugs and sends his son away with Piccolo, gives a Big Scream, and consumes himself in an apocalyptic inferno (that can be seen from space) that reduces Buu to vapor.
*** Vegeta almost gets another one near the end. Kid Buu has just finished [[CurbStompBattle pounding Vegeta into the dirt]], Goku can barely hold his own, and no one else is powerful enough to even scratch Buu. Goku, the rival who Vegeta has been trying to prove is inferior for 200+ episodes, says he can win but he'll need an undistracted minute to gather power. "I've got it covered." "What?" "Your minute. I've got it covered." Vegeta steps back into the fight, knowing quite well he'll get his ass handed to him, just to buy time for the man he has finally admitted is the better fighter.
** Even in ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', Goku's death is awesome. Once his power runs out COMPLETELY, meaning he no longer has the ability to maintain his [=SSJ4=] form, let alone fuse back into Gogeta, Omega Shenron kills him. Goku stands up (still dead) and contacts King Kai to make the biggest [[CombinedEnergyAttack Spirit Bomb]] of all, one powered by the entire '''freaking''' '''''UNIVERSE'''''. Then Shenron carries him to Heaven. Even GT had it's CrowningMomentOfAwesome as a series.
** Android 16. [[DeathIsCheap Unlike]] the other characters in this series, this ginger had no soul, and almost certainly knew it. Yet his reassuring smile to Gohan never leaves his face even as Cell crushes him.
** Piccolo spent the last two arcs of Dragon Ball as the main villain, slaughtering thousands, including quite a few main characters. But his first death in Dragon Ball Z has him [[TakingTheBullet throw himself in front of Gohan to block a blast from Nappa.]] Extra points for surviving the blast in one piece and remaining on his feet for a few seconds just to stick it to Nappa, and then spending his last minutes telling [[MoralityPet Gohan]] [[LickedByTheDog how he changed his (Piccolo's) life for the best]].
* Captain Falcon in ''VideoGame/FZero: GP Legend'' ''definitely'' gets one of these. FALCON PUNCHHHHH!!!



* In ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' Marie's backstory is given all in one episode, explaining her amnesia, which had been brought up only a few episodes before to, in turn, explain her strange behavior. With the Valvraves pinned down and the heroes on the verge of being completely wiped out, she pilots Valvrave Unit 1 and kicks lots of ass-but the Valvrave is absorbing Runes from her in the form of information-her memories. By the time its over, her memories, and then her life have been completely drained.
** Kyuma Inuzuka who solos three advanced mechs with his machine being blown apart to save his friends in Episode 21, after being betrayed by their other friends who sold them out.
* In ''Manga/PandoraHearts'', two honorable mentions go to Elliot and Alice. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Elliot]] is mean and aloof to the main character, Oz, However, when Elliot has a TomatoInTheMirror moment where he realizes HE is the one who murdered his family and his chain controls him into murdering them, he realizes he has to do something, so he rejects Humpty Dumpty within him altogether, which eventually kills him. His last words are about his servant.
-->'''Elliot''': [[SorryThatImDying "I'm sorry, Leo."]]
** [[{{Tsundere}} Alice]] is a girl/monster called [[HairRaisingHare B-rabbit]] who normally beats up on Oz and calls him her property -- [[spoiler:But when she was a human 100 years ago, her personality was entirely different. She was warm and loving to her [[AnimateInanimateObject rabbit doll Oz]] -- even though she [[ComedicSociopathy liked to beat him up and bite him]]. So when her sister and her sister's crazy love interest plot to destroy the entire world using her beloved plush bunny and make him suffer, she is [[MamaBear not happy.]] She acts like her sister by putting on her dress and acting all innocent and then once she learns what Jack did, she reveals herself to him and laughs at him before pointing out that [[TearJerker her friend Oz is crying and screaming about how he doesn't want to kill anymore. She cries when she hears him and puts her hands on over her ears because it's so heartbreaking.]] Jack pins her to the ground and starts screaming for her sister to enter her own body and not her. Her sister starts to tell her to back off and Alice [[YouShallNotPass tells her not to come]] and her sister says she'll force her to leave her own body. Alice stabs Jack's arm with a pair of scissors. She tells him he's a fool, then she thinks over what she has to do, then she looks over at [[ItMakesSenseInContext Oz (both the rabbit and the human who is watching)]] and tells him that she was happy to have him by their sides. "Oz, you've been with us since the very beginning. [[TrueCompanions Having you with me made me very happy... thank you.]] Don't worry, Alyss and I, we are one and the same, but [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome you are mine!]] [[MoralityPet I'll protect you with my own hands! I won't let anyone take away what's mine!]] She then kills herself with a pair of scissors, thus preventing Jack's crazyness from winning over....oh, and then she fuses with Oz and steals his power from him in order to accommodate her dying soul.]]

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* In ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' Marie's backstory ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003''
** Al's death. He sacrifices his own life and body (which
is given all in one episode, explaining her amnesia, which had been now a living Philosopher's Stone) to resurrect his brother.
** Ed possibly tops this when, just after being
brought up only back, he makes the exact same sacrifice, reviving Al (and giving his brother his body back, no less)... ''without the use of a few episodes Philosopher's Stone.''
** Even [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Kimbley's]] death counts. Shortly after Scar ''blasts a fatal hole through his chest'', he grabs onto Al and turns him into a bomb. When an outraged Scar demands to know what he has done, Kimbley smiles maliciously and says "I want him to think about how useless his efforts have been,"
before to, dying.
** The death of Scar. At this point
in turn, explain her strange behavior. With the Valvraves pinned down series, Scar's grand plan was to realize his revenge against the Amestrian military by turning the town of Liore into a Philosopher Stone transmutation circle, intending to use the soldiers as sacrifices for the stone. Before he is able to do so, Kimbley engages him, and blows off Scar's right arm. Scar still kills him, but as mentioned above, he turns Al's body into a bomb. Scar decides that the heroes only way to save him is to transfer the tattoo on his arm to Al's body, not only making Al the recipient for the Philosopher Stone he intends to create, but destroying his OTHER ARM in the process. Shortly thereafter, he lures the military into the town by dropping Kimbley's body from the top of a building. Stop and think about that one for a second. Scar has NO ARMS, and managed to somehow bring Kimbley's body onto the ROOF OF A BUILDING and DROP HIM OFF IT. After sustaining gunshot wounds (which he received while protecting Lust), he finally collapses on the verge gap between the lines of being completely wiped out, she pilots Valvrave Unit 1 the transmutation circle he's carved, completing and kicks lots of ass-but activating the Valvrave circle using his OWN BODY. In the end, Al becomes a Philosopher Stone, setting the rest of the plot into motion. Scar originally intended to use the Stone he created. But he still goes through with the plan even when it's clear he's not going to make it OUT OF PURE SPITE. And also to save Al, which is absorbing Runes also pretty badass.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist: Brotherhood''
** Buccaneer and Fu's deaths, since they did wound Wrath for the first time.
** Lust also deserves a special mention here. She gets the most badass death out of the homunculi by sheer aesthetics, and her finger lance wasn't even an inch away
from her Roy's head. As she goes down, she just taunts him that there's going to be hell later.
** The Promised Day Arc was one for King Bradley. He manages to cause serious issues for the heroes, gets Father his last sacrifice by working with Pride (Utterly Curbstomping Mustang
in the form of information-her memories. progress), and almost indirectly stopped Hohenhiem's SpannerInTheWorks (If he killed Scar, he wouldn't have been able to activate the reverse transmutation circle). All while taking increasingly savage injuries. By the time its over, her memories, he fights Scar, he's half dead. ''And he manages to almost kill him despite Scar being at his best''. It culminates with him giving a near fatal wound to Scar after his arms were blown off (Using a sword held in his teeth no less!), before contemplating his life, getting one last laugh against Lan Fan, and GoOutWithASmile.
** Solf J. Kimblee, who had previously had his throat ripped out and the rest of him devoured by [[EldritchAbomination Pride]], calmly emerges from Pride's internal torrent of lost souls to interrupt the homunculus's GrandTheftMe on Ed, tells it off,
and then her life have been completely drained.
** Kyuma Inuzuka who solos three advanced mechs with his machine being blown apart to save his friends in Episode 21, after being betrayed by their other friends who sold them out.
* In ''Manga/PandoraHearts'', two honorable mentions go to Elliot and Alice. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Elliot]] is mean and aloof to the main character, Oz, However, when Elliot has a TomatoInTheMirror moment where he realizes HE is the one who murdered his family and his chain controls him
strolls off into murdering them, oblivion as Ed takes the opportunity to crush Pride's head. The man's got ''[[EvilIsCool class]].''
--->'''Pride''': No... There is no way anyone could maintain his sense of self in this typhoon of souls.\\
'''Kimblee''': Typhoon? Surely you jest. [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming Howls of anguish are like lullabies to my ears]]!
** The Second Greed's death; [[BigBad Father]], undergoing a SuperpowerMeltdown due to using up too much of his Philosopher Stone, decides to recall Greed and use his Stone as a replacement. Greed goes willingly (as doing otherwise would kill his host, Ling), and then reverses his Ultimate Shield to turn Father's body into frail carbon. Father destroys Greed for this, but his sacrifice weakens Father enough for Edward to punch a hole through Father's torso and release the souls
he realizes he still has to do something, so he rejects Humpty Dumpty within him altogether, which eventually kills him. His last words are control over.
* ''Manga/FutureDiary'': There's no doubt
about his servant.
-->'''Elliot''': [[SorryThatImDying "I'm sorry, Leo."]]
** [[{{Tsundere}} Alice]] is a girl/monster called [[HairRaisingHare B-rabbit]] who normally beats up on Oz and calls him her property -- [[spoiler:But
Akise's badass status when she was a human 100 years ago, her personality was entirely different. She was warm in chapter 51 despite having just been stabbed by Yuno and loving sliced across the throat, he gets back up out of sheer determination and texts an important message to her [[AnimateInanimateObject rabbit doll Oz]] -- Yukiteru even though she [[ComedicSociopathy liked to beat him Yuno ends up cutting off his head completely.
* Musashi Tomoe in ''Manga/GetterRobo'' gets one in every single alternate version he is. In the manga
and bite him]]. So when her sister in the beginning of Shin Getter VS Neo Getter, he pilots the Getter Robo in its three forms alone and her sister's crazy love interest plot to destroy fights the entire world using her beloved plush bunny Dinosaur Army, and when the titular robot can no longer take it, he makes it pull out its reactor and make him suffer, she is [[MamaBear not happy.]] She acts like her sister by putting on her dress and acting all innocent and then once she learns what Jack did, she reveals herself to it blow up, pulverizing him and laughs at him before pointing out that [[TearJerker her friend Oz is crying and screaming about how he doesn't want to kill anymore. She cries when she hears him and puts her hands on over her ears because it's so heartbreaking.]] Jack pins her to the ground and starts screaming for her sister to enter her own body and not her. Her sister starts to tell her to back off and Alice [[YouShallNotPass tells her not to come]] and her sister says she'll force her to leave her own body. Alice stabs Jack's arm rest of his enemies. In the 70's animated series, he pilots one of the aircrafts with a pair of scissors. She tells him he's a fool, then she thinks over what she has bomb strapped to do, then she looks over at [[ItMakesSenseInContext Oz (both it, and crash it in the rabbit core of the Dinosaur Army base. While sustaining heavy fire and the human who is watching)]] piloting through narrower and tells him that she was happy to have him by their sides. "Oz, you've been with us since the very beginning. [[TrueCompanions Having you with me made me very happy... thank you.]] Don't worry, Alyss and I, we are one and the same, but [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome you are mine!]] [[MoralityPet I'll protect you with my own hands! I won't let anyone take away what's mine!]] She then kills herself with a pair of scissors, thus preventing Jack's crazyness from winning over....oh, and then she fuses with Oz and steals his power from him in order to accommodate her dying soul.]]narrower corridors.



* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'''s main character Yusuke dies rescuing a child from being hit by a car (doesn't seem much on this page, but the Powers That Be were so ''completely'' thrown for a loop that he received the chance to be resurrected), Kuwabara fakes one in the Dark Tournament Saga, and then Yusuke takes one for the team in the Chapter Black arc. He gets better, but he didn't ''know'' that he would. Raizen's death is pretty cool too.
** Specifically Yusuke wasn't supposed to do anything AT ALL that first time. He actually defied fate to die helping the child [[SenselessSacrifice who would have been fine without his intervention]]...not that he knew any of that. In fact, his actions only served to make the accident worse and to give the child a bunch of scrapes from being pushed out of the way.
* Zabuza Momochi in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. His arms are useless, he's exhausted, and there's an army of mercenaries between him and his goal. What does he do? He takes a kunai in his teeth, cuts a path through the army while getting impaled, and proceeds to behead his target. ''With a kunai in his teeth.''
** Sarutobi Hiruzen, the Third Hokage died fighting the ressurected First Hokage, Hashirama, his younger brother and Second Hokage Tobirama, and their [[{{Necromancer}} summoner]] [[BigBad Orochimaru]]. And he won. While the battle appeared to have become OvershadowedByAwesome as the series progressed and fights got ever increasingly epic, [[spoiler: the [[CurbStompBattle fights]] [[ColonyDrop against]] the likewisely [[CameBackWrong revived]] [[WorldsStrongestMan Madara Uchiha]], who was supposedly ''AlwaysSecondBest'' to Hashirama (at least pre- edo tensei), and the one against the Kin-Gin brothers, who killed Tobirama, put that battle to a new perspective.]]
** Deidara used a jutsu which transformed him in a FantasticNuke in his fight with Sasuke, who had no intent to kill Deidara. Deidara didn't kill himself for a HeroicSacrifice or TakingYouWithMe, but to spite the Uchiha and make himself his final work of art.
** Kisame bit through his tongue, trapped himself in a water prison, and summoned three sharks which he let eat him alive so that he wouldn't divulge any information on Akatsuki to the good guys.
** Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage and his wife Kushina Uzumaki [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu sealing the Nine-Tailed Fox in Naruto]] ''and themselves'' into his seal. They do this ''after'' successfully [[spoiler: [[BattleCouple forcing Tobi and the Fox back]].]] And just to ensure their death was as spectacular as possible, the fatal wound wasn't any of the other crap that happened, but them willingly using their own bodies to slow and then ''catch'' the claw of the Nine-Tails, saving their son's life.
** [[DarkChick Konan]] being the first person since Minato to give Tobi a run for his money to the point that he has to bring out the [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique big guns]] just to insure she didn't blow him [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill TO BITS.]]
** Kakashi using the last bit of his chakra to stop Pain from killing Chouji. [[BackFromTheDead He gets better]] though
** Jiraiya managed to disable one of the paths of Pain and sent a dying message that was crucial to his defeat. Some of this occurred after he had already briefly died.
*** [[PragmaticAdaptation The Anime shows us how he did that]], he first pulls Animal Realm into his Barrier Toad's stomach, then while it's trying to escape the acid [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he swings in and nails a Rasengan powered by]] [[SuperMode Sage Chakra]] right into Animal Realm's gut, delivering the killing blow even though he only has one arm!
** It's unknown exactly how he died but the third Raikage [[YouShallNotPass held off an army of 10,000 by himself]].
** Shikaku and Inoichi, knowing that [[spoiler:a blast from the Ten-Tails will kill them shortly]] are less afraid of death and more angry about not being able to do more. Even as the attack is closing in, they use their remaining time to forward their final strategy to the [[spoiler:Shinobi Alliance]].
** [[spoiler:Might Guy, resident BunnyEarsLawyer BadassNormal of Konoha, opened the Eight Gates to fight Madara and fought with him to the point where even such a smug asshole like [[WorldsStrongestMan Madara Uchiha]] acknowledged him as a WorthyOpponent, even though Madara was at the pinnacle of his strength after becoming the Ten-Tails' Jinchuuriki. Actually Guy lost the fight only because he ran out of time, even though he came within inches of winning. This trope is subverted, however, in that he didn't die... he would've if Naruto hadn't saved him, using his Yin-Yang nature to revitalize his life force (though there was too much damage to his leg).]]
** [[spoiler:Obito Uchiha commits HeroicSacrifice for the sake of Naruto and Kakashi. Why this moment of awesome? Nearly any blow which this son of a bitch has suffered in the series were either [[NoSell no selled]] like it was nothing or he managed to survive through due to its [[{{Determinator}} determination]], or having a back up plan and the fact it took a one-hit kill from '''goddess''', to finish him for good should speak for itself. Also before as crumble into dust he gives Naruto inspiring speech and [[GoOutWithASmile dies with a smile on his face]]. But the best part even no in this: After his death he just to TELEPORT OUT THE AFTERLIFE temporarily and passes his chakra to Kakashi to give him Mangekyo Sharingan what ultimately allows Team 7 to get an opening on Kaguya and seal her again.]]
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' does this four times. Once with Kamina, once with [[AnyoneCanDie half of Team Gurren]], once with [[RetIrony Kit]][[JustifiedTrope tan]], and finally with Lord Genome [[NighInvulnerability the second time.]] ALL of them go out with AT LEAST a smile, and up to maniacal laughter.
** Kamina gets bonus points for [[BeyondTheImpossible avenging his own death]] in the most awesome way possible. Oh, and it's [[UpToEleven even more epic]] in the manga.
** Kittan takes this even further, not only giving out a badass speech, but managing to pull off the spiral eye level of power (which only Lord Genome and Simon, at their heights, pull off otherwise) and the signature move of Gurren Lagann...with a broken drill.
** In a meta sense, the whole anime is kind of this way for ''Creator/StudioGainax''. It was one of their last animes ever made and their last mecha anime. It's also a culmination of everything they made up to that point (from ''Anime/{{GunBuster}}' s'' Homage style and [[RuleOfCool over-]][[SerialEscalation the-]][[{{Troperrific}} topness]], ''Anime/{{NeonGenesisEvangelion}}'s '' {{Deconstruction}} and themes of TheAntiNihilist and BeYourself and ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'s'' sheer insanity.)
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Several of the Espada die in awesome ways. Barragan's death in particular would make [[TheStarscream Starscream]] himself shed a tear. In short, he throws his axe at his BigBad boss Aizen, while slowly disintegrating as a result of his own powers. He even manages to get Aizen to turn around and notice the attempted assassination, which is saying quite a bit. Ulquiorra probably counts as well, and Stark had a nice send off.
* Most of the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome crowning moments]] in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' are these. For example, November 11 taking down a room full of heavily-armed guards with ''a bottle of brandy'' before succumbing to a bullet wound, Huang luring TheSyndicate enforcers chasing him into a car chase so he could blow them all up once he'd gotten the pursuit away from Hei, and Amber RetGone-ing herself to let Hei TakeAThirdOption and stop the genocide the villains were planning without erasing Japan from the map.



* Wizardmon's HeroicSacrifice in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''
** Only Wizardmon? Upon returning to the Digital World, the Digidestined found themselves up against all ''four'' Dark Masters at once. After a HeroicSacrifice by Chuumon buys them ''one'' free pass, there is seemingly no hope...until Piximon shows up, puts the Digidestined in a bubble and sends them flying as far away as possible, and performs a YouShallNotPass to prevent the Dark Masters from pursuing them. That's ''one'' Ultimate trying to hold off ''four'' Megas.
* Grani in ''Anime/DigimonTamers''. Originally a simple program made to transport the kids and their Digimon in the Digital World, he gained a new appearance and served as Gallantmon's steed when the conflict with the D-Reaper crossed over into the real world. When too badly damaged by the D-Reaper to continue, Grani reminds the protagonists that they're his friends, and deconstructs himself to enable Gallantmon to enter [[SuperMode Crimson Mode]].
-->'''Grani''': Do you want to fly? I will give you my wings.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': Spike Spiegel's one-man assault on the Red Dragon building and his final duel with Vicious, all the way to the end. "Bang." See you, space cowboy...
%%* Most of the deaths at the end of the first season of ''Anime/SailorMoon''. Special mention goes to Sailor Mars, though.
* Misato's death in ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'' wasn't the most dignified way to go, despite being heartbreaking. She gets a new, decidedly more awesome send-off in the manga adaptation: After sending Shinji off in the elevator with a heartfelt pep-talk, she waits calmly for SEELE's soldiers. When they break through the door Misato sealed off earlier, they prepare to fire, and Misato... [[GoOutWithASmile gives them a small smile,]] and [[TakingYouWithMe holds up a pinless grenade]].
** Also, special mention should go to Asuka's death, which occurs less than twenty minutes later. After her LastStand against the MP Evas, she finally runs out of power, gets stabbed through the skull, disemboweled, harpooned, dismembered, and finally eaten. The entire time, not only is she still alive, but she's still trying to fight back! This is either one of the most [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kick-ass moments in the series]] or one of the most disturbing... She gets better 'tho... If waking up in a ruined post-Apocalyptic world as one of possibly the only two people alive can be called "better". Oh, and the other person is ''trying to strangle you to death''.
** Kaji. [[FaceDeathWithDignity You're a little late, aren't you?]]
** Similiar to Misato, Ritsuko's death in the anime was even sadder and more undignified, because at least Misato accomplished something with her's. In the Manga, Gendo tells her that he really did love her before shooting her. It's revealed that she didn't die a few issues later and she manages to shoot him in the throat telling him that he never loved anyone before dying.
** Rei II death was awesome as well and [[TearJerker cute]] and quite disturbing all the same.
* Goku's [[DeathIsCheap deaths]] in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. His first death consists of him holding Raditz in order to make sure he doesn't dodge Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon. His second death is even better: With [[TakingYouWithMe Cell threatening to explode]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom and destroy the entire Earth]], Goku merely smiles to his friends hinting on what he plans to do, teleports to Cell, and says his last words to his son Gohan before disappearing to King Kai's planet where Cell explodes, killing him, King Kai [[AndZoidberg and his pets Bubbles and Gregory]]. YMMV on that one since, as many have pointed out, Cell didn't ''immediately'' explode and there should have been no reason Goku couldn't teleport back.
** Vegeta's spectacular death scene during the Buu Saga, arguably the best part of the entire saga. Nearly completely breaking down from his back-to-back catastrophic losses, he reflects soberly on his life and, for the first time, hugs his son. He asks Piccolo if he'll meet Goku in the afterlife, and Piccolo candidly tells Vegeta that he will very likely not go to the same afterlife as the heroic and selfless Goku. Vegeta shrugs and sends his son away with Piccolo, gives a Big Scream, and consumes himself in an apocalyptic inferno (that can be seen from space) that reduces Buu to vapor.
*** Vegeta almost gets another one near the end. Kid Buu has just finished [[CurbStompBattle pounding Vegeta into the dirt]], Goku can barely hold his own, and no one else is powerful enough to even scratch Buu. Goku, the rival who Vegeta has been trying to prove is inferior for 200+ episodes, says he can win but he'll need an undistracted minute to gather power. "I've got it covered." "What?" "Your minute. I've got it covered." Vegeta steps back into the fight, knowing quite well he'll get his ass handed to him, just to buy time for the man he has finally admitted is the better fighter.
** Even in ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', Goku's death is awesome. Once his power runs out COMPLETELY, meaning he no longer has the ability to maintain his [=SSJ4=] form, let alone fuse back into Gogeta, Omega Shenron kills him. Goku stands up (still dead) and contacts King Kai to make the biggest [[CombinedEnergyAttack Spirit Bomb]] of all, one powered by the entire '''freaking''' '''''UNIVERSE'''''. Then Shenron carries him to Heaven. Even GT had it's CrowningMomentOfAwesome as a series.
** Android 16. [[DeathIsCheap Unlike]] the other characters in this series, this ginger had no soul, and almost certainly knew it. Yet his reassuring smile to Gohan never leaves his face even as Cell crushes him.
** Piccolo spent the last two arcs of Dragon Ball as the main villain, slaughtering thousands, including quite a few main characters. But his first death in Dragon Ball Z has him [[TakingTheBullet throw himself in front of Gohan to block a blast from Nappa.]] Extra points for surviving the blast in one piece and remaining on his feet for a few seconds just to stick it to Nappa, and then spending his last minutes telling [[MoralityPet Gohan]] [[LickedByTheDog how he changed his (Piccolo's) life for the best]].
* In ''Anime/ShadowSkill'', Blackwing's last stand against [[TheGrimReaper Darkness]] is so impressive, he's actually posthumously [[{{knighting}} awarded]] the title of champion of his magical kingdom, which is the highest honor a warrior of his nationality can attain, which includes resurrection and transformation into an unkillable immortal.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Jack Rakan managing to [[PowerFist hammer]] [[BigBad Fate Averruncus]] into a huge crater ''while being erased from existence''. Depending on the reader's interpretation, it could be argued that he went out PUNCHING GOD IN THE FACE... And if Jack Rakan has to die, that's exactly how it should happen.

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* Wizardmon's HeroicSacrifice in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''
** Only Wizardmon? Upon returning to
In the Digital World, the Digidestined found themselves up against all ''four'' Dark Masters at once. After a HeroicSacrifice by Chuumon buys them ''one'' free pass, there is seemingly no hope...until Piximon shows up, puts the Digidestined in a bubble and sends them flying as far away as possible, and performs a YouShallNotPass to prevent the Dark Masters from pursuing them. That's ''one'' Ultimate trying to hold off ''four'' Megas.
* Grani in ''Anime/DigimonTamers''. Originally a simple program made to transport the kids and their Digimon in the Digital World, he gained a new appearance and served as Gallantmon's steed
last episode of ''{{Gungrave}}'' when the conflict dying Brandon Heat and Harry Macdowell went into an all out fight with Millennion's forces. Even with the D-Reaper crossed over into the real world. When too badly damaged by the D-Reaper to continue, Grani reminds the protagonists that they're his friends, and deconstructs himself to enable Gallantmon to enter [[SuperMode Crimson Mode]].
-->'''Grani''': Do you want to fly? I will give you my wings.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': Spike Spiegel's one-man assault on the Red Dragon building and his final duel with Vicious, all the way to the end. "Bang." See you, space cowboy...
%%* Most of the deaths at the end of the first season of ''Anime/SailorMoon''. Special mention goes to Sailor Mars, though.
* Misato's death in ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'' wasn't the most dignified way to go, despite being heartbreaking. She gets a new, decidedly more awesome send-off in the manga adaptation: After sending Shinji off in the elevator with a heartfelt pep-talk, she waits calmly for SEELE's soldiers. When they break through the door Misato sealed off earlier, they prepare to fire, and Misato... [[GoOutWithASmile gives them a small smile,]] and [[TakingYouWithMe holds up a pinless grenade]].
** Also, special mention should go to Asuka's death, which occurs less than twenty minutes later. After her LastStand
odds against the MP Evas, she finally runs out of power, gets stabbed through the skull, disemboweled, harpooned, dismembered, and finally eaten. The entire time, not only is she them, they still alive, but she's still trying to put up a massive fight back! This is either one of the most [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kick-ass moments only for them to kill each other in the series]] or one of the most disturbing... She gets better 'tho... If waking up in a ruined post-Apocalyptic world as one of possibly the only two people alive can be called "better". Oh, and the other person is ''trying to strangle you to death''.
** Kaji. [[FaceDeathWithDignity You're a little late, aren't you?]]
** Similiar to Misato, Ritsuko's death in the anime was even sadder and more undignified, because at least Misato accomplished something with her's. In the Manga, Gendo tells her that he really did love her before shooting her. It's revealed that she didn't die a few issues later and she manages to shoot him in the throat telling him that he never loved anyone before dying.
** Rei II death was awesome as well and [[TearJerker cute]] and quite disturbing all the same.
* Goku's [[DeathIsCheap deaths]] in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. His first death consists of him holding Raditz in order to make sure he doesn't dodge Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon. His second death is even better: With [[TakingYouWithMe Cell threatening to explode]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom and destroy the entire Earth]], Goku merely smiles to his friends hinting on what he plans to do, teleports to Cell, and says his last words to his son Gohan before disappearing to King Kai's planet where Cell explodes, killing him, King Kai [[AndZoidberg and his pets Bubbles and Gregory]]. YMMV on that one since, as many have pointed out, Cell didn't ''immediately'' explode and there should have been no reason Goku couldn't teleport back.
** Vegeta's spectacular death scene during the Buu Saga, arguably the best part of the entire saga. Nearly completely breaking down from his back-to-back catastrophic losses, he reflects soberly on his life and, for the first time, hugs his son. He asks Piccolo if he'll meet Goku in the afterlife, and Piccolo candidly tells Vegeta that he will very likely not go to the same afterlife as the heroic and selfless Goku. Vegeta shrugs and sends his son away with Piccolo, gives a Big Scream, and consumes himself in an apocalyptic inferno (that can be seen from space) that reduces Buu to vapor.
*** Vegeta almost gets another one near the end. Kid Buu has just finished [[CurbStompBattle pounding Vegeta into the dirt]], Goku can barely hold his own, and no one else is powerful enough to even scratch Buu. Goku, the rival who Vegeta has been trying to prove is inferior for 200+ episodes, says he can win but he'll need an undistracted minute to gather power. "I've got it covered." "What?" "Your minute. I've got it covered." Vegeta steps back into the fight, knowing quite well he'll get his ass handed to him, just to buy time for the man he has finally admitted is the better fighter.
** Even in ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', Goku's death is awesome. Once his power runs out COMPLETELY, meaning he no longer has the ability to maintain his [=SSJ4=] form, let alone fuse back into Gogeta, Omega Shenron kills him. Goku stands up (still dead) and contacts King Kai to make the biggest [[CombinedEnergyAttack Spirit Bomb]] of all, one powered by the entire '''freaking''' '''''UNIVERSE'''''. Then Shenron carries him to Heaven. Even GT had it's CrowningMomentOfAwesome as a series.
** Android 16. [[DeathIsCheap Unlike]] the other characters in this series, this ginger had no soul, and almost certainly knew it. Yet his reassuring smile to Gohan never leaves his face even as Cell crushes him.
** Piccolo spent the last two arcs of Dragon Ball as the main villain, slaughtering thousands, including quite a few main characters. But his first death in Dragon Ball Z has him [[TakingTheBullet throw himself in front of Gohan to block a blast from Nappa.]] Extra points for surviving the blast in one piece and remaining on his feet for a few seconds just to stick it to Nappa, and then spending his last minutes telling [[MoralityPet Gohan]] [[LickedByTheDog how he changed his (Piccolo's) life for the best]].
* In ''Anime/ShadowSkill'', Blackwing's last stand against [[TheGrimReaper Darkness]] is so impressive, he's actually posthumously [[{{knighting}} awarded]] the title of champion of his magical kingdom, which is the highest honor a warrior of his nationality can attain, which includes resurrection and transformation into an unkillable immortal.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Jack Rakan managing to [[PowerFist hammer]] [[BigBad Fate Averruncus]] into a huge crater ''while being erased from existence''. Depending on the reader's interpretation, it could be argued that he went out PUNCHING GOD IN THE FACE... And if Jack Rakan has to die, that's exactly how it should happen.
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* ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' loves to play this trope to the samurai. Gorobei dies from protecting the farmers, and when Kanbei asks if he fulfilled his task, he merely replies [[Anime/FamousLastWords "You gotta be kidding!"]]
** Also when Kikuchiyo holds the falling capital from crushing the village with only his BARE HANDS, he manages to stop the capital though it destroys his entire body in the process, leaving only his feet behind.

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* ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' loves to play this trope to Jonathan Joestar from Part I of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is ultimately slain by Dio Brando, but he doesn't go down easily. After Dio pierces his throat, Jonathan uses the samurai. Gorobei last faint Ripple in his body to cause the ship they are on to explode. Then he uses his own body to shield Erina from incoming shrapnel. Finally, when Dio desperately tries to claim Jonathan's body, Jonathan ''rips out shrapnel from his back'' and stabs Dio with it, giving Erina the opportunity to escape. He dies from protecting PeacefulInDeath, secure in the farmers, and when Kanbei asks if knowledge that Erina will survive while hugging Dio, whom he fulfilled his task, always considered a brother.
* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
** Guld Goa-Bowman in ''Anime/MacrossPlus''. After realizing that
he merely replies [[Anime/FamousLastWords "You gotta be kidding!"]]
** Also when Kikuchiyo holds
was the falling capital from crushing the village with only his BARE HANDS, he manages one who assaulted Myung, Guld sacrifices himself to stop the capital Ghost unmanned fighter, by cutting out the limiter on the YF-21 and ramming it at such speed that in the movie version, we see his ''head explode'' from the G-force.
** ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'': "What is Diamond Force if I can't bring down one battleship?!... Here's your love heart!"
** Mikhail Blanc of ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' went out like a man. In order to save the woman he loves from being killed while she was vulnerable, he charged into the enemy Vajira and got impaled, then proceeded to open up a Can of MoreDakka on the enemy while choking on his own blood and was ''finally'' able to admit his feelings to the woman he loved before succumbing to his wounds and being sucked out into open space.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Jack Rakan managing to [[PowerFist hammer]] [[BigBad Fate Averruncus]] into a huge crater ''while being erased from existence''. Depending on the reader's interpretation, it could be argued that he went out PUNCHING GOD IN THE FACE... And if Jack Rakan has to die, that's exactly how it should happen.
* After Shizuru takes out Yukino's Child in ''Anime/MaiHime'', condemning Haruka to destruction, Haruka takes one last chance to headbutt her in the face for everything she's done.
** Natsuki goes to fight Shizuru, gives her a CooldownHug, a kiss and a little speech that calms her down...and then commands her Child to destroy Shizuru's, fully knowing that since they're each other's Most Valuable Persons, they will go down together. [[TogetherInDeath They do.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** Zabuza Momochi. His arms are useless, he's exhausted, and there's an army of mercenaries between him and his goal. What does he do? He takes a kunai in his teeth, cuts a path through the army while getting impaled, and proceeds to behead his target. ''With a kunai in his teeth.''
** Sarutobi Hiruzen, the Third Hokage died fighting the ressurected First Hokage, Hashirama, his younger brother and Second Hokage Tobirama, and their [[{{Necromancer}} summoner]] [[BigBad Orochimaru]]. And he won. While the battle appeared to have become OvershadowedByAwesome as the series progressed and fights got ever increasingly epic, [[spoiler: the [[CurbStompBattle fights]] [[ColonyDrop against]] the likewisely [[CameBackWrong revived]] [[WorldsStrongestMan Madara Uchiha]], who was supposedly ''AlwaysSecondBest'' to Hashirama (at least pre- edo tensei), and the one against the Kin-Gin brothers, who killed Tobirama, put that battle to a new perspective.]]
** Deidara used a jutsu which transformed him in a FantasticNuke in his fight with Sasuke, who had no intent to kill Deidara. Deidara didn't kill himself for a HeroicSacrifice or TakingYouWithMe, but to spite the Uchiha and make himself his final work of art.
** Kisame bit through his tongue, trapped himself in a water prison, and summoned three sharks which he let eat him alive so that he wouldn't divulge any information on Akatsuki to the good guys.
** Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage and his wife Kushina Uzumaki [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu sealing the Nine-Tailed Fox in Naruto]] ''and themselves'' into his seal. They do this ''after'' successfully [[spoiler: [[BattleCouple forcing Tobi and the Fox back]].]] And just to ensure their death was as spectacular as possible, the fatal wound wasn't any of the other crap that happened, but them willingly using their own bodies to slow and then ''catch'' the claw of the Nine-Tails, saving their son's life.
** [[DarkChick Konan]] being the first person since Minato to give Tobi a run for his money to the point that he has to bring out the [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique big guns]] just to insure she didn't blow him [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill TO BITS.]]
** Kakashi using the last bit of his chakra to stop Pain from killing Chouji. [[BackFromTheDead He gets better]] though
** Jiraiya managed to disable one of the paths of Pain and sent a dying message that was crucial to his defeat. Some of this occurred after he had already briefly died.
*** [[PragmaticAdaptation The Anime shows us how he did that]], he first pulls Animal Realm into his Barrier Toad's stomach, then while it's trying to escape the acid [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he swings in and nails a Rasengan powered by]] [[SuperMode Sage Chakra]] right into Animal Realm's gut, delivering the killing blow even
though it destroys he only has one arm!
** It's unknown exactly how he died but the third Raikage [[YouShallNotPass held off an army of 10,000 by himself]].
** Shikaku and Inoichi, knowing that [[spoiler:a blast from the Ten-Tails will kill them shortly]] are less afraid of death and more angry about not being able to do more. Even as the attack is closing in, they use their remaining time to forward their final strategy to the [[spoiler:Shinobi Alliance]].
** [[spoiler:Might Guy, resident BunnyEarsLawyer BadassNormal of Konoha, opened the Eight Gates to fight Madara and fought with him to the point where even such a smug asshole like [[WorldsStrongestMan Madara Uchiha]] acknowledged him as a WorthyOpponent, even though Madara was at the pinnacle of
his strength after becoming the Ten-Tails' Jinchuuriki. Actually Guy lost the fight only because he ran out of time, even though he came within inches of winning. This trope is subverted, however, in that he didn't die... he would've if Naruto hadn't saved him, using his Yin-Yang nature to revitalize his life force (though there was too much damage to his leg).]]
** [[spoiler:Obito Uchiha commits HeroicSacrifice for the sake of Naruto and Kakashi. Why this moment of awesome? Nearly any blow which this son of a bitch has suffered in the series were either [[NoSell no selled]] like it was nothing or he managed to survive through due to its [[{{Determinator}} determination]], or having a back up plan and the fact it took a one-hit kill from '''goddess''', to finish him for good should speak for itself. Also before as crumble into dust he gives Naruto inspiring speech and [[GoOutWithASmile dies with a smile on his face]]. But the best part even no in this: After his death he just to TELEPORT OUT THE AFTERLIFE temporarily and passes his chakra to Kakashi to give him Mangekyo Sharingan what ultimately allows Team 7 to get an opening on Kaguya and seal her again.]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Misato's death in ''End of Evangelion'' wasn't the most dignified way to go, despite being heartbreaking. She gets a new, decidedly more awesome send-off in the manga adaptation: After sending Shinji off in the elevator with a heartfelt pep-talk, she waits calmly for SEELE's soldiers. When they break through the door Misato sealed off earlier, they prepare to fire, and Misato... [[GoOutWithASmile gives them a small smile,]] and [[TakingYouWithMe holds up a pinless grenade]].
** Also, special mention should go to Asuka's death, which occurs less than twenty minutes later. After her LastStand against the MP Evas, she finally runs out of power, gets stabbed through the skull, disemboweled, harpooned, dismembered, and finally eaten. The
entire body time, not only is she still alive, but she's still trying to fight back! This is either one of the most [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kick-ass moments in the process, leaving series]] or one of the most disturbing... She gets better 'tho... If waking up in a ruined post-Apocalyptic world as one of possibly the only his feet behind.two people alive can be called "better". Oh, and the other person is ''trying to strangle you to death''.
** Kaji. [[FaceDeathWithDignity You're a little late, aren't you?]]
** Similiar to Misato, Ritsuko's death in the anime was even sadder and more undignified, because at least Misato accomplished something with her's. In the Manga, Gendo tells her that he really did love her before shooting her. It's revealed that she didn't die a few issues later and she manages to shoot him in the throat telling him that he never loved anyone before dying.
** Rei II death was awesome as well and [[TearJerker cute]] and quite disturbing all the same.
* Future Bunmei defeating the alien invaders in ''Anime/OccultAcademy''.



* Lucius Artorious Castas in ''Manga/VinlandSaga'', cuts off the head of King Sweyn then challenges the entire assembly of Viking nobles, is finally taken down after killing dozens of soldiers. As bloody as it was, it was also the first selfless act the man had ever committed in his life.
** Let's tell the whole story here! Sweyn was going to have Lucius, AKA: Askeladd's beloved homeland of Wales attacked as a diversion and blackmailed him with the offer: Kill Prince Canute or Wales is invaded. In front of EVERYONE, Askeladd draws his sword, declares his true name and beheads Sweyn. He only dies when he allows CANUTE to stab him, making Canute a respected king and saving his homeland at the same time, as he knows Canute will protect it. [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent!]]
* Wolfwood in the ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' manga. After a massively badass fight against his former mentor and the ''triple-Punisher-wielding'' Livio/Razlo that forced him to chemically push his body past all limits, Wolfwood sees the children from the orphanage to safety, shares one last, quiet drink with Vash in the ruins of December and dies.
* ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003''
** Al's death. He sacrifices his own life and body (which is now a living Philosopher's Stone) to resurrect his brother.
** Ed possibly tops this when, just after being brought back, he makes the exact same sacrifice, reviving Al (and giving his brother his body back, no less)... ''without the use of a Philosopher's Stone.''
** Even [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Kimbley's]] death counts. Shortly after Scar ''blasts a fatal hole through his chest'', he grabs onto Al and turns him into a bomb. When an outraged Scar demands to know what he has done, Kimbley smiles maliciously and says "I want him to think about how useless his efforts have been," before dying.
** The death of Scar. At this point in the series, Scar's grand plan was to realize his revenge against the Amestrian military by turning the town of Liore into a Philosopher Stone transmutation circle, intending to use the soldiers as sacrifices for the stone. Before he is able to do so, Kimbley engages him, and blows off Scar's right arm. Scar still kills him, but as mentioned above, he turns Al's body into a bomb. Scar decides that the only way to save him is to transfer the tattoo on his arm to Al's body, not only making Al the recipient for the Philosopher Stone he intends to create, but destroying his OTHER ARM in the process. Shortly thereafter, he lures the military into the town by dropping Kimbley's body from the top of a building. Stop and think about that one for a second. Scar has NO ARMS, and managed to somehow bring Kimbley's body onto the ROOF OF A BUILDING and DROP HIM OFF IT. After sustaining gunshot wounds (which he received while protecting Lust), he finally collapses on the gap between the lines of the transmutation circle he's carved, completing and activating the circle using his OWN BODY. In the end, Al becomes a Philosopher Stone, setting the rest of the plot into motion. Scar originally intended to use the Stone he created. But he still goes through with the plan even when it's clear he's not going to make it OUT OF PURE SPITE. And also to save Al, which is also pretty badass.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist: Brotherhood''
** Buccaneer and Fu's deaths, since they did wound Wrath for the first time.
** Lust also deserves a special mention here. She gets the most badass death out of the homunculi by sheer aesthetics, and her finger lance wasn't even an inch away from Roy's head. As she goes down, she just taunts him that there's going to be hell later.
** The Promised Day Arc was one for King Bradley. He manages to cause serious issues for the heroes, gets Father his last sacrifice by working with Pride (Utterly Curbstomping Mustang in the progress), and almost indirectly stopped Hohenhiem's SpannerInTheWorks (If he killed Scar, he wouldn't have been able to activate the reverse transmutation circle). All while taking increasingly savage injuries. By the time he fights Scar, he's half dead. ''And he manages to almost kill him despite Scar being at his best''. It culminates with him giving a near fatal wound to Scar after his arms were blown off (Using a sword held in his teeth no less!), before contemplating his life, getting one last laugh against Lan Fan, and GoOutWithASmile.
** Solf J. Kimblee, who had previously had his throat ripped out and the rest of him devoured by [[EldritchAbomination Pride]], calmly emerges from Pride's internal torrent of lost souls to interrupt the homunculus's GrandTheftMe on Ed, tells it off, and then strolls off into oblivion as Ed takes the opportunity to crush Pride's head. The man's got ''[[EvilIsCool class]].''
--->'''Pride''': No... There is no way anyone could maintain his sense of self in this typhoon of souls.\\
'''Kimblee''': Typhoon? Surely you jest. [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming Howls of anguish are like lullabies to my ears]]!
** The Second Greed's death; [[BigBad Father]], undergoing a SuperpowerMeltdown due to using up too much of his Philosopher Stone, decides to recall Greed and use his Stone as a replacement. Greed goes willingly (as doing otherwise would kill his host, Ling), and then reverses his Ultimate Shield to turn Father's body into frail carbon. Father destroys Greed for this, but his sacrifice weakens Father enough for Edward to punch a hole through Father's torso and release the souls he still has control over.
* Used ''repeatedly'' on ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', throughout the series, although obviously none of them stick (from the audience perspective anyways). Also used at least once in VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry with Rika in the Shion arc, though there even she wasn't expecting it to stick.
** Rena as well against the BigBad in one arc. She dies [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome laughing in their face.]]
** Rosa's stand against the army of Goatmen in the second arc. Made even more awesome in that anime by the fact that she wasn't forced to take a [[LastStand final stand]] (in the Visual Novel she broke her ankle and had to stay), but ''chose'' to.
* ''Manga/FutureDiary'': There's no doubt about Akise's badass status when in chapter 51 despite having just been stabbed by Yuno and sliced across the throat, he gets back up out of sheer determination and texts an important message to Yukiteru even though Yuno ends up cutting off his head completely.
* In ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'', Kato gets '''two''' of these. ([[BackFromTheDead He got better after the first one.]])
* Captain Falcon in ''VideoGame/FZero: GP Legend'' ''definitely'' gets one of these. FALCON PUNCHHHHH!!!
* Joe "The Condor" Asakura in ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''. When told that thanks to a terminal sickness he had ten days left to live, he rushed into Galactor's HQ and fought them, ''then'' saved the world from destruction before he died at the feet of his teammates.
* ''Anime/SpeedGrapher:'' Despite being the BigBad, Suitengu goes out of his way to save the hero, then blows up the world economy.

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* Lucius Artorious Castas in ''Manga/VinlandSaga'', cuts off In ''Manga/PandoraHearts'', two honorable mentions go to Elliot and Alice. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Elliot]] is mean and aloof to the head of King Sweyn then challenges main character, Oz, However, when Elliot has a TomatoInTheMirror moment where he realizes HE is the one who murdered his family and his chain controls him into murdering them, he realizes he has to do something, so he rejects Humpty Dumpty within him altogether, which eventually kills him. His last words are about his servant.
-->'''Elliot''': [[SorryThatImDying "I'm sorry, Leo."]]
** [[{{Tsundere}} Alice]] is a girl/monster called [[HairRaisingHare B-rabbit]] who normally beats up on Oz and calls him her property -- [[spoiler:But when she was a human 100 years ago, her personality was entirely different. She was warm and loving to her [[AnimateInanimateObject rabbit doll Oz]] -- even though she [[ComedicSociopathy liked to beat him up and bite him]]. So when her sister and her sister's crazy love interest plot to destroy
the entire assembly of Viking nobles, is finally taken down after killing dozens of soldiers. As bloody as it was, it was also the first selfless act the man had ever committed in his life.
** Let's tell the whole story here! Sweyn was going to have Lucius, AKA: Askeladd's
world using her beloved homeland of Wales attacked as a diversion plush bunny and blackmailed make him with the offer: Kill Prince Canute or Wales suffer, she is invaded. In front of EVERYONE, Askeladd draws his sword, declares his true name [[MamaBear not happy.]] She acts like her sister by putting on her dress and beheads Sweyn. He only dies when he allows CANUTE to stab him, making Canute a respected king acting all innocent and saving his homeland at the same time, as he knows Canute will protect it. [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent!]]
* Wolfwood in the ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' manga. After a massively badass fight against his former mentor
then once she learns what Jack did, she reveals herself to him and the ''triple-Punisher-wielding'' Livio/Razlo laughs at him before pointing out that forced him to chemically push his body past all limits, Wolfwood sees the children from the orphanage to safety, shares one last, quiet drink with Vash in the ruins of December [[TearJerker her friend Oz is crying and dies.
* ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003''
** Al's death. He sacrifices his own life and body (which is now a living Philosopher's Stone) to resurrect his brother.
** Ed possibly tops this when, just after being brought back, he makes the exact same sacrifice, reviving Al (and giving his brother his body back, no less)... ''without the use of a Philosopher's Stone.''
** Even [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Kimbley's]] death counts. Shortly after Scar ''blasts a fatal hole through his chest'', he grabs onto Al and turns him into a bomb. When an outraged Scar demands to know what he has done, Kimbley smiles maliciously and says "I want him to think
screaming about how useless his efforts have been," before dying.
** The death of Scar. At this point in
he doesn't want to kill anymore. She cries when she hears him and puts her hands on over her ears because it's so heartbreaking.]] Jack pins her to the series, Scar's grand plan was to realize his revenge against the Amestrian military by turning the town of Liore into a Philosopher Stone transmutation circle, intending to use the soldiers as sacrifices ground and starts screaming for the stone. Before he is able her sister to do so, Kimbley engages him, and blows off Scar's right arm. Scar still kills him, but as mentioned above, he turns Al's enter her own body into a bomb. Scar decides that the only way and not her. Her sister starts to save tell her to back off and Alice [[YouShallNotPass tells her not to come]] and her sister says she'll force her to leave her own body. Alice stabs Jack's arm with a pair of scissors. She tells him is to transfer the tattoo on his arm to Al's body, not only making Al the recipient for the Philosopher Stone he intends to create, but destroying his OTHER ARM in the process. Shortly thereafter, he lures the military into the town by dropping Kimbley's body from the top of a building. Stop and think about that one for a second. Scar has NO ARMS, and managed to somehow bring Kimbley's body onto the ROOF OF A BUILDING and DROP HIM OFF IT. After sustaining gunshot wounds (which he received while protecting Lust), he finally collapses on the gap between the lines of the transmutation circle he's carved, completing a fool, then she thinks over what she has to do, then she looks over at [[ItMakesSenseInContext Oz (both the rabbit and activating the circle using his OWN BODY. In the end, Al becomes a Philosopher Stone, setting the rest of the plot into motion. Scar originally intended to use the Stone he created. But he still goes through with the plan even when it's clear he's not going to make it OUT OF PURE SPITE. And also to save Al, which human who is also pretty badass.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist: Brotherhood''
** Buccaneer
watching)]] and Fu's deaths, since they did wound Wrath for the first time.
** Lust also deserves a special mention here. She gets the most badass death out of the homunculi by sheer aesthetics, and her finger lance wasn't even an inch away from Roy's head. As she goes down, she just taunts
tells him that there's going to be hell later.
** The Promised Day Arc
she was one for King Bradley. He manages happy to cause serious issues for the heroes, gets Father his last sacrifice have him by working their sides. "Oz, you've been with Pride (Utterly Curbstomping Mustang in us since the progress), and almost indirectly stopped Hohenhiem's SpannerInTheWorks (If he killed Scar, he wouldn't have been able to activate the reverse transmutation circle). All while taking increasingly savage injuries. By the time he fights Scar, he's half dead. ''And he manages to almost kill him despite Scar being at his best''. It culminates very beginning. [[TrueCompanions Having you with him giving a near fatal wound to Scar after his arms were blown off (Using a sword held in his teeth no less!), before contemplating his life, getting me made me very happy... thank you.]] Don't worry, Alyss and I, we are one last laugh against Lan Fan, and GoOutWithASmile.
** Solf J. Kimblee, who had previously had his throat ripped out
and the rest of him devoured by [[EldritchAbomination Pride]], calmly emerges from Pride's internal torrent of lost souls to interrupt the homunculus's GrandTheftMe on Ed, tells it off, and then strolls off into oblivion as Ed takes the opportunity to crush Pride's head. The man's got ''[[EvilIsCool class]].''
--->'''Pride''': No... There is no way anyone could maintain his sense of self in this typhoon of souls.\\
'''Kimblee''': Typhoon? Surely you jest. [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming Howls of anguish are like lullabies to my ears]]!
** The Second Greed's death; [[BigBad Father]], undergoing a SuperpowerMeltdown due to using up too much of his Philosopher Stone, decides to recall Greed and use his Stone as a replacement. Greed goes willingly (as doing otherwise would kill his host, Ling), and then reverses his Ultimate Shield to turn Father's body into frail carbon. Father destroys Greed for this,
same, but his sacrifice weakens Father enough for Edward to punch a hole through Father's torso and release the souls he still has control over.
* Used ''repeatedly'' on ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', throughout the series, although obviously none of them stick (from the audience perspective anyways). Also used at least once in VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry with Rika in the Shion arc, though there even she wasn't expecting it to stick.
** Rena as well against the BigBad in one arc. She dies
[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome laughing you are mine!]] [[MoralityPet I'll protect you with my own hands! I won't let anyone take away what's mine!]] She then kills herself with a pair of scissors, thus preventing Jack's crazyness from winning over....oh, and then she fuses with Oz and steals his power from him in their face.order to accommodate her dying soul.]]
** Rosa's stand against the army * Kyoko of Goatmen in the second arc. Made even more awesome in that anime by the fact that she wasn't forced to take a [[LastStand final stand]] (in the Visual Novel she broke her ankle ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'''s HeroicSacrifice taking down Oktavia/Sayaka and had [[TakingYouWithMe dying with her]] so Sayaka wouldn't [[DyingAlone die alone]] ''and'' Kyoko would finally [[DeclarationOfProtection get to stay), but ''chose'' to.
* ''Manga/FutureDiary'': There's no doubt about Akise's badass status when in chapter 51 despite having just been stabbed by Yuno and sliced across the throat, he gets back up out of sheer determination and texts an important message to Yukiteru even though Yuno ends up cutting off his head completely.
* In ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'', Kato gets '''two''' of these. ([[BackFromTheDead He got better after the first one.]])
* Captain Falcon in ''VideoGame/FZero: GP Legend'' ''definitely'' gets one of these. FALCON PUNCHHHHH!!!
* Joe "The Condor" Asakura in ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''. When told that thanks to a terminal sickness he had ten days left to live, he rushed into Galactor's HQ and fought them, ''then'' saved the world from destruction before he died at the feet of his teammates.
* ''Anime/SpeedGrapher:'' Despite being the BigBad, Suitengu goes out of his way to save the hero, then blows up the world economy.
protect someone else.]]



* Kaiser's death in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. He quadruples the attack points of his greatest monster, and despite his losing the duel, snaps Protagonist Judai out of his HeroicBSOD, something that ''three'' other HeroicSacrifices had failed to do previously.
* Atem's death in ''Anime/YuGiOh''. It happens offscreen and before the series even starts, but he manages to seal the evil of the shadow realm and the power of Zorc Necrophades inside the Millennium Items whilst using his soul and name to maintain the seal, destroying his body and his identity in the process. The seal stands for 3,000 years until the protagonist [[NiceJobBreakingItHero solves the Millennium Puzzle]].
* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
** Guld Goa-Bowman in ''Anime/MacrossPlus''. After realizing that he was the one who assaulted Myung, Guld sacrifices himself to stop the Ghost unmanned fighter, by cutting out the limiter on the YF-21 and ramming it at such speed that in the movie version, we see his ''head explode'' from the G-force.
** ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'': "What is Diamond Force if I can't bring down one battleship?!... Here's your love heart!"
** Mikhail Blanc of ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' went out like a man. In order to save the woman he loves from being killed while she was vulnerable, he charged into the enemy Vajira and got impaled, then proceeded to open up a Can of MoreDakka on the enemy while choking on his own blood and was ''finally'' able to admit his feelings to the woman he loved before succumbing to his wounds and being sucked out into open space.
* Kirschwasser gets one in the ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' anime, when she stays behind on the crashing space station Merkabah to make sure it falls apart and burns up in the atmosphere, preventing a global catastrophe. With a massive TearJerker song playing in the background. "Although the darkness may prevail..."
** Also, almost immediately thereafter, KOS-MOS subverts this trope ''beautifully'' by saving the heroes' spaceship from disintegration in a manner awesome enough for ten death scenes... and surviving. Which makes it even ''more'' awesome.
* After Shizuru takes out Yukino's Child in ''Anime/MaiHime'', condemning Haruka to destruction, Haruka takes one last chance to headbutt her in the face for everything she's done.
** Natsuki goes to fight Shizuru, gives her a CooldownHug, a kiss and a little speech that calms her down...and then commands her Child to destroy Shizuru's, fully knowing that since they're each other's Most Valuable Persons, they will go down together. [[TogetherInDeath They do.]]
* ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato''. In "Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato", a giant space fortress assaults the surface of the Earth with ferocious energy blasts. With the Earth Defense Forces wiped out and most of Yamato's crew dead or evacuated, Kodai seeks advice from the spirit of Captain Okita and, surrounded by the spirits of the dead or still living crew, pilots the Yamato into a [[RammingAlwaysWorks collision course with the Comet Empire ship]] to end the movie.
** The recent live-action movie ends in an almost identical way: the WaveMotionGun's muzzle is jammed so firing it will blow up the Yamato. After evacuating the ship's remaining crew, Kodai stays behind on the bridge and does a SelfDestructiveCharge at the Gamilas Meteor Bomb, finally firing the WMG that blows them both out of the sky while the old Yamato Overture from the original anime's first season plays in the background.
** Saito goes out wielding a [[GunsAkimbo pair]] of machine guns and screaming his head off as he [[HoldTheLine keeps the bad guys off his companion]] while the latter is setting up the bomb for said bad guys. The next time we see him, his companion calls out to him a few times with no response... then [[DiedStandingUp Saito falls onto his back after a few seconds, revealing over a dozen holes all over his body]].
* In ''Anime/AngelBeats'' there are both humorous and dramatic examples.
** In Ep 2, TK holds off the DescendingCeiling so everyone can go through.
** Masami Iwasawa plays her last song, the summation of everything she ever wanted to say and do, and passes on in peace.
** And then there's how Otanashi died in real life. [[spoiler: A rather horrible train wreck leaves him and multiple other passengers trapped in a tunnel, and many are injured pretty badly. Despite having some serious internal injuries himself and severely limited resources, Otanashi, on his way to enterance exams for med school, uses what he studied to keep the rest of the passengers alive for a week. Then, once he's reached his limit, he, as his final act, fills out a card to become an organ donor, in hopes that, should he not make it, he'd still be able to save someone's life, which inspires the others to do the same. When help finally arrives, he succumbs to his injuries and dies.]] To recap, [[spoiler: an aspiring med student with no training beyond independent study saves the lives of all but two people and gives them all hope that their lives can save someone else's]]. Dying Moment of Awesome indeed.
*** The Reveal at the end of the series turns this into one of the most powerful series-encompassing Dying Moment of Awesome. [[spoiler: "You gave me your heart."]] Which means that [[spoiler: after Otonashi's death, his harvested heart is what allowed Kanade aka "Angel" to live a little longer, then setting ''almost everything in the series'' since her Ghostly Goal was to find whoever did such a kind act for her...]] Also one of the biggest tearjerkers of all time.
* Musashi Tomoe in ''Manga/GetterRobo'' gets one in every single alternate version he is. In the manga and in the beginning of Shin Getter VS Neo Getter, he pilots the Getter Robo in its three forms alone and fights the entire Dinosaur Army, and when the titular robot can no longer take it, he makes it pull out its reactor and make it blow up, pulverizing him and the rest of his enemies. In the 70's animated series, he pilots one of the aircrafts with a bomb strapped to it, and crash it in the core of the Dinosaur Army base. While sustaining heavy fire and piloting through narrower and narrower corridors.

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* Kaiser's death [[spoiler:Orson]] in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. He quadruples the attack points anime adaptation of his greatest monster, and despite his losing the duel, snaps Protagonist Judai out of his HeroicBSOD, ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' always was something that ''three'' other HeroicSacrifices had failed to do previously.
* Atem's death in ''Anime/YuGiOh''. It happens offscreen
of a badass and before so gets a suitably epic death. [[spoiler:He takes back the series even starts, but he manages Spirit of Anger and unleashes his [[TheBerserker berserker]] side to seal save Shiris. Despite being impaled multiple times by the evil of elven necromancer's skeleton warriors, he trashes them all, then runs up to the shadow realm DarkActionGirl Amazon warrior who beat Shiris, shatters her swords with a single strike and impales her through the power of Zorc Necrophades inside the Millennium Items whilst using his soul and name to maintain the seal, destroying his body and his identity in the process. The seal stands for 3,000 years until the protagonist [[NiceJobBreakingItHero solves the Millennium Puzzle]].
* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
** Guld Goa-Bowman in ''Anime/MacrossPlus''. After realizing
chest with such force that he was the one who assaulted Myung, Guld sacrifices himself to stop the Ghost unmanned fighter, by cutting out the limiter on the YF-21 picks her up and ramming it at such speed that in the movie version, we see his ''head explode'' from the G-force.
** ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'': "What is Diamond Force if I can't bring down one battleship?!... Here's your love heart!"
** Mikhail Blanc of ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' went out like a man. In order to save the woman he loves from being killed while she was vulnerable, he charged
rams her into a boulder, and finally he rushes the necromancer and slices him clean in two. With every enemy Vajira dead, Orson walks over to Shiris and got impaled, then proceeded to open up a Can of MoreDakka on the enemy while choking on his own blood and was ''finally'' able to admit his feelings to the woman he loved before succumbing to his wounds and being sucked out into open space.
* Kirschwasser gets one in the ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' anime, when she stays behind on the crashing space station Merkabah to make sure it falls apart and burns up in the atmosphere, preventing a global catastrophe. With a massive TearJerker song playing in the background. "Although the darkness may prevail..."
** Also, almost immediately thereafter, KOS-MOS subverts this trope ''beautifully'' by saving the heroes' spaceship from disintegration in a manner awesome enough for ten death scenes... and surviving. Which makes it even ''more'' awesome.
* After Shizuru takes out Yukino's Child in ''Anime/MaiHime'', condemning Haruka to destruction, Haruka takes one last chance to headbutt her in the face for everything she's done.
** Natsuki goes to fight Shizuru, gives her a CooldownHug, a kiss and a little speech that calms her down...and then commands her Child to destroy Shizuru's, fully knowing that since they're each other's Most Valuable Persons, they will go down together. [[TogetherInDeath They do.
collapses dead.]]
* ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato''. In "Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato", a giant space fortress assaults the surface of the Earth with ferocious energy blasts. With the Earth Defense Forces wiped out and most of Yamato's crew dead or evacuated, Kodai seeks advice from the spirit of Captain Okita and, surrounded by the spirits of the dead or still living crew, pilots the Yamato into a [[RammingAlwaysWorks collision course with the Comet Empire ship]] to end the movie.
** The recent live-action movie ends in an almost identical way: the WaveMotionGun's muzzle is jammed so firing it will blow up the Yamato. After evacuating the ship's remaining crew, Kodai stays behind on the bridge and does a SelfDestructiveCharge at the Gamilas Meteor Bomb, finally firing the WMG that blows them both out of the sky while the old Yamato Overture from the original anime's first season plays in the background.
** Saito goes out wielding a [[GunsAkimbo pair]] of machine guns and screaming his head off as he [[HoldTheLine keeps the bad guys off his companion]] while the latter is setting up the bomb for said bad guys. The next time we see him, his companion calls out to him a few times with no response... then [[DiedStandingUp Saito falls onto his back after a few seconds, revealing over a dozen holes all over his body]].
* In ''Anime/AngelBeats'' there are both humorous and dramatic examples.
** In Ep 2, TK holds off the DescendingCeiling so everyone can go through.
** Masami Iwasawa plays her last song, the summation of everything she ever wanted to say and do, and passes on in peace.
** And then there's how Otanashi died in real life. [[spoiler: A rather horrible train wreck leaves him and multiple other passengers trapped in a tunnel, and many are injured pretty badly. Despite having some serious internal injuries himself and severely limited resources, Otanashi, on his way to enterance exams for med school, uses what he studied to keep the rest of the passengers alive for a week. Then, once he's reached his limit, he, as his final act, fills out a card to become an organ donor, in hopes that, should he not make it, he'd still be able to save someone's life, which inspires the others to do the same. When help finally arrives, he succumbs to his injuries and dies.]] To recap, [[spoiler: an aspiring med student with no training beyond independent study saves the lives of all
''Manga/SailorMoon'' has many, but two people and gives them stand above all hope that their lives can save someone else's]]. Dying Moment of Awesome indeed.
*** The Reveal at
the others:
** At
the end of the series turns this first season of the original anime, the deaths of the Sailor Senshi against the DD Girls, the strongest Youma around: Jupiter summoned a lightning that ''pulverized'' two of them and killed her; Mercury, who didn't have any offensive ability, walked into certain death to destroy the source of the illusions that made them almost invincible; Venus survived the DD Girls' strongest attack and replied with one that killed her but ''also'' disintegrated one of them, the most powerful series-encompassing Dying Moment of Awesome. last part taking place only because [[OhCrap the other two ran in terror]] [[TheDreaded when they saw Venus was still alive]], and Mars burned down one, was left for death from their combined attack, and then burned down the last own before dying by ''exhaustion'' and from the injuries she had already sustained.
** In ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', Ace's death in an ActOfTrueLove:
[[spoiler: "You gave me your heart."]] Which means knowing that [[spoiler: after Otonashi's death, his harvested heart is what allowed Kanade aka "Angel" to live Sailor Venus, [[ReincarnationRomance who he loved from their past lives]], [[MarriedToTheJob would always choose duty over love]] and fearing she'd suffer more than necessary from it and even die should she find out at a little longer, bad moment, he joined the Dark Kingdom, discovered that Venus had reincarnated as Minako, set up a situation in which Minako would fall for him, and then setting ''almost everything in the series'' since her Ghostly Goal was to find whoever did such a kind act for her...]] Also one of the biggest tearjerkers of all time.
* Musashi Tomoe in ''Manga/GetterRobo'' gets one in every single alternate version he is. In the manga
reveal his role as Kunzite's {{Dragon}} and fight her, so she could realize it early and in the beginning of Shin Getter VS Neo Getter, a controlled situation by ''killing him'', and, mortally wounded, [[GoOutWithASmile he pilots the Getter Robo in its three forms alone smiled]] before explaining what he had done]]. [[BrokenBird She suffered from it]], [[PluckyGirl but still lived and fights the entire Dinosaur Army, triumphed]], got over that pain, and when the titular robot can no longer take it, he makes it pull out its reactor and make it blow up, pulverizing him and the rest of his enemies. In the 70's animated series, he pilots one of the aircrafts with a bomb strapped to it, and crash it in the core of the Dinosaur Army base. While sustaining heavy fire and piloting through narrower and narrower corridors.ultimately [[EarnYourHappyEnding got her happy ending.]]



* In ''TheTwelveKingdoms'' we have a teenage girl named Rangyaku huddled in a corner, shivering and crying TearsOfFear as she mentally begs her ActionGirl friend Youshi (actually the Queen of Kei, Youko, in disguise) to help the Kei kingdom before she's stabbed to death. Not very awesome, you say? Think twice. When Yoshi/Youko arrives and finds Rangyaku's lifeless body, she sees that Rangyaku hid something among her clothes... [[MacGuffin The Seal of Kei]], which is vital whenever Youko needs to show her authority. So the poor girl couldn't fight her killers back, but managed to protect something that the heroine of the story ''cannot'' act with in the end.
** We later meet another lady who died even more awesomely: Ribi, one of King Shoryuu's counselors. She and the "Sacred beast" Enki have been captured by the enemy and are forced to wear magical red cords that react to one another: if one tries to take their cord off, it'll create a fatal backlash that will kill him/her. For worse, Enki's cord actually [[PowerLimiter seals]] [[BroughtDownToNormal his beastly powers]], [[DistressedDude making him completely helpless.]] What does Ribi do? As soon as she and Enki are alone, she cuts off Enki's cord ''herself'', clearly knowing that ''she'' will be hit and killed by the backlash. And yup, Ribi has her head sliced in half and dies, but Enki is released and escapes from their prision.
* Kyoko of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'''s HeroicSacrifice taking down Oktavia/Sayaka and [[TakingYouWithMe dying with her]] so Sayaka wouldn't [[DyingAlone die alone]] ''and'' Kyoko would finally [[DeclarationOfProtection get to protect someone else.]]
* Future Bunmei defeating the alien invaders in ''Anime/OccultAcademy''.
* In the last episode of ''{{Gungrave}}'' when the dying Brandon Heat and Harry Macdowell went into an all out fight with Millennion's forces. Even with the odds against them, they still put up a massive fight only for them to kill each other in the end.
* In the final episode of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch is killed by "Zero", impaled by a massive sword. He slides down the front of his parade vehicle, [[ZeroApprovalGambit as his subjects cheer over the death of Emperor Lelouch]]. Combined with intense music and Nunnaly's cries of realization, Lelouch's sacrifice is pretty [[TearJerker touching]].
** Also Rolo Lamperouge, who some episodes before that overexerts his Geass ''knowing'' it'd kill him, all to save Lelouch [[AlasPoorScrappy and redeem himself in the eyes of at least a part of the audience.]]
** Urabe sacrifices himself to save Lelouch (and from ''Rolo'', one may add.)

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* In ''TheTwelveKingdoms'' we have a teenage girl named Rangyaku huddled in a corner, shivering ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' loves to play this trope to the samurai. Gorobei dies from protecting the farmers, and crying TearsOfFear as she mentally begs her ActionGirl friend Youshi (actually when Kanbei asks if he fulfilled his task, he merely replies [[Anime/FamousLastWords "You gotta be kidding!"]]
** Also when Kikuchiyo holds
the Queen of Kei, Youko, in disguise) to help falling capital from crushing the Kei kingdom village with only his BARE HANDS, he manages to stop the capital though it destroys his entire body in the process, leaving only his feet behind.
* Joe "The Condor" Asakura in ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''. When told that thanks to a terminal sickness he had ten days left to live, he rushed into Galactor's HQ and fought them, ''then'' saved the world from destruction
before she's stabbed to death. Not very awesome, you say? Think twice. When Yoshi/Youko arrives and finds Rangyaku's lifeless body, she sees that Rangyaku hid something among her clothes... [[MacGuffin The Seal he died at the feet of Kei]], his teammates.
* In ''Anime/ShadowSkill'', Blackwing's last stand against [[TheGrimReaper Darkness]] is so impressive, he's actually posthumously [[{{knighting}} awarded]] the title of champion of his magical kingdom,
which is vital whenever Youko needs to show her authority. So the poor girl couldn't fight her killers back, but managed to protect something that the heroine highest honor a warrior of the story ''cannot'' act with in the end.
** We later meet another lady who died even more awesomely: Ribi, one of King Shoryuu's counselors. She
his nationality can attain, which includes resurrection and the "Sacred beast" Enki have been captured by the enemy and are forced to wear magical red cords that react to one another: if one tries to take their cord off, it'll create a fatal backlash that will kill him/her. For worse, Enki's cord actually [[PowerLimiter seals]] [[BroughtDownToNormal his beastly powers]], [[DistressedDude making him completely helpless.]] What does Ribi do? As soon as she and Enki are alone, she cuts off Enki's cord ''herself'', clearly knowing that ''she'' will be hit and killed by the backlash. And yup, Ribi has her head sliced in half and dies, but Enki is released and escapes from their prision.
* Kyoko of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'''s HeroicSacrifice taking down Oktavia/Sayaka and [[TakingYouWithMe dying with her]] so Sayaka wouldn't [[DyingAlone die alone]] ''and'' Kyoko would finally [[DeclarationOfProtection get to protect someone else.]]
* Future Bunmei defeating the alien invaders in ''Anime/OccultAcademy''.
* In the last episode of ''{{Gungrave}}'' when the dying Brandon Heat and Harry Macdowell went
transformation into an all out fight with Millennion's forces. Even with the odds against them, they still put up a massive fight only for them to kill each other in the end.
* In the final episode of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch is killed by "Zero", impaled by a massive sword. He slides down the front of his parade vehicle, [[ZeroApprovalGambit as his subjects cheer over the death of Emperor Lelouch]]. Combined with intense music and Nunnaly's cries of realization, Lelouch's sacrifice is pretty [[TearJerker touching]].
** Also Rolo Lamperouge, who some episodes before that overexerts his Geass ''knowing'' it'd kill him, all to save Lelouch [[AlasPoorScrappy and redeem himself in the eyes of at least a part of the audience.]]
** Urabe sacrifices himself to save Lelouch (and from ''Rolo'', one may add.)
unkillable immortal.



* You know one of these is coming in ''Manga/ZatchBell'' when "[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Yasashii Kaze]]" starts to play.

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* You know ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato''. In "Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato", a giant space fortress assaults the surface of the Earth with ferocious energy blasts. With the Earth Defense Forces wiped out and most of Yamato's crew dead or evacuated, Kodai seeks advice from the spirit of Captain Okita and, surrounded by the spirits of the dead or still living crew, pilots the Yamato into a [[RammingAlwaysWorks collision course with the Comet Empire ship]] to end the movie.
** The recent live-action movie ends in an almost identical way: the WaveMotionGun's muzzle is jammed so firing it will blow up the Yamato. After evacuating the ship's remaining crew, Kodai stays behind on the bridge and does a SelfDestructiveCharge at the Gamilas Meteor Bomb, finally firing the WMG that blows them both out of the sky while the old Yamato Overture from the original anime's first season plays in the background.
** Saito goes out wielding a [[GunsAkimbo pair]] of machine guns and screaming his head off as he [[HoldTheLine keeps the bad guys off his companion]] while the latter is setting up the bomb for said bad guys. The next time we see him, his companion calls out to him a few times with no response... then [[DiedStandingUp Saito falls onto his back after a few seconds, revealing over a dozen holes all over his body]].
* ''Anime/SpeedGrapher:'' Despite being the BigBad, Suitengu goes out of his way to save the hero, then blows up the world economy.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' does this four times. Once with Kamina, once with [[AnyoneCanDie half of Team Gurren]], once with [[RetIrony Kit]][[JustifiedTrope tan]], and finally with Lord Genome [[NighInvulnerability the second time.]] ALL of them go out with AT LEAST a smile, and up to maniacal laughter.
** Kamina gets bonus points for [[BeyondTheImpossible avenging his own death]] in the most awesome way possible. Oh, and it's [[UpToEleven even more epic]] in the manga.
** Kittan takes this even further, not only giving out a badass speech, but managing to pull off the spiral eye level of power (which only Lord Genome and Simon, at their heights, pull off otherwise) and the signature move of Gurren Lagann...with a broken drill.
** In a meta sense, the whole anime is kind of this way for ''Creator/StudioGainax''. It was
one of these is coming in ''Manga/ZatchBell'' when "[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Yasashii Kaze]]" starts their last animes ever made and their last mecha anime. It's also a culmination of everything they made up to play.that point (from ''Anime/{{GunBuster}}' s'' Homage style and [[RuleOfCool over-]][[SerialEscalation the-]][[{{Troperrific}} topness]], ''Anime/{{NeonGenesisEvangelion}}'s '' {{Deconstruction}} and themes of TheAntiNihilist and BeYourself and ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'s'' sheer insanity.)



* Jonathan Joestar from Part I of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is ultimately slain by Dio Brando, but he doesn't go down easily. After Dio pierces his throat, Jonathan uses the last faint Ripple in his body to cause the ship they are on to explode. Then he uses his own body to shield Erina from incoming shrapnel. Finally, when Dio desperately tries to claim Jonathan's body, Jonathan ''rips out shrapnel from his back'' and stabs Dio with it, giving Erina the opportunity to escape. He dies PeacefulInDeath, secure in the knowledge that Erina will survive while hugging Dio, whom he always considered a brother.
* Elder Jang-Il Jeong from the the Manhwa series, ''Manhwa/TheBreaker :New Waves'', he [[JumpingOnAGrenade shields the main character, Shi-Woon, from a bomb blast with his body]]. Elder Jeong is OnlyMostlyDead but everyone thinks he is prompting Shi-Woon to go into a UnstoppableRage while his own injuries get worst in the fighting. Just as Shi-Woon is close to killing himself against his opponent and no one can reach him, Elder Jeong springs up to restrain and talk him down and in the end impart the last of his strength so that Shi-Woon's body could recover from the damage he took in the fight knowing it was the only thing keeping him alive.
* ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'' has the Gosroth go down with all hands fighting against ten enemy spaceships of approximately the same class. They destroy [[HopeSpot nine of them]].

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* Jonathan Joestar from Part I of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is ultimately slain by Dio Brando, but he doesn't go down easily. After Dio pierces his throat, Jonathan uses the last faint Ripple in his body to cause the ship they are on to explode. Then he uses his own body to shield Erina from incoming shrapnel. Finally, when Dio desperately tries to claim Jonathan's body, Jonathan ''rips out shrapnel from his back'' and stabs Dio with it, giving Erina the opportunity to escape. He dies PeacefulInDeath, secure Wolfwood in the knowledge that Erina will survive while hugging Dio, whom he always considered ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' manga. After a brother.
* Elder Jang-Il Jeong from the the Manhwa series, ''Manhwa/TheBreaker :New Waves'', he [[JumpingOnAGrenade shields the main character, Shi-Woon, from a bomb blast with his body]]. Elder Jeong is OnlyMostlyDead but everyone thinks he is prompting Shi-Woon to go into a UnstoppableRage while his own injuries get worst in the fighting. Just as Shi-Woon is close to killing himself
massively badass fight against his opponent former mentor and no the ''triple-Punisher-wielding'' Livio/Razlo that forced him to chemically push his body past all limits, Wolfwood sees the children from the orphanage to safety, shares one can reach him, Elder Jeong springs up to restrain last, quiet drink with Vash in the ruins of December and talk dies.
* In ''TheTwelveKingdoms'' we have a teenage girl named Rangyaku huddled in a corner, shivering and crying TearsOfFear as she mentally begs her ActionGirl friend Youshi (actually the Queen of Kei, Youko, in disguise) to help the Kei kingdom before she's stabbed to death. Not very awesome, you say? Think twice. When Yoshi/Youko arrives and finds Rangyaku's lifeless body, she sees that Rangyaku hid something among her clothes... [[MacGuffin The Seal of Kei]], which is vital whenever Youko needs to show her authority. So the poor girl couldn't fight her killers back, but managed to protect something that the heroine of the story ''cannot'' act with in the end.
** We later meet another lady who died even more awesomely: Ribi, one of King Shoryuu's counselors. She and the "Sacred beast" Enki have been captured by the enemy and are forced to wear magical red cords that react to one another: if one tries to take their cord off, it'll create a fatal backlash that will kill him/her. For worse, Enki's cord actually [[PowerLimiter seals]] [[BroughtDownToNormal his beastly powers]], [[DistressedDude making
him completely helpless.]] What does Ribi do? As soon as she and Enki are alone, she cuts off Enki's cord ''herself'', clearly knowing that ''she'' will be hit and killed by the backlash. And yup, Ribi has her head sliced in half and dies, but Enki is released and escapes from their prision.
* Used ''repeatedly'' on ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', throughout the series, although obviously none of them stick (from the audience perspective anyways). Also used at least once in VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry with Rika in the Shion arc, though there even she wasn't expecting it to stick.
** Rena as well against the BigBad in one arc. She dies [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome laughing in their face.]]
** Rosa's stand against the army of Goatmen in the second arc. Made even more awesome in that anime by the fact that she wasn't forced to take a [[LastStand final stand]] (in the Visual Novel she broke her ankle and had to stay), but ''chose'' to.
* In ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' Marie's backstory is given all in one episode, explaining her amnesia, which had been brought up only a few episodes before to, in turn, explain her strange behavior. With the Valvraves pinned
down and the heroes on the verge of being completely wiped out, she pilots Valvrave Unit 1 and kicks lots of ass-but the Valvrave is absorbing Runes from her in the end impart form of information-her memories. By the last of time its over, her memories, and then her life have been completely drained.
** Kyuma Inuzuka who solos three advanced mechs with
his strength so that Shi-Woon's body could recover from machine being blown apart to save his friends in Episode 21, after being betrayed by their other friends who sold them out.
* Lucius Artorious Castas in ''Manga/VinlandSaga'', cuts off
the damage he took in head of King Sweyn then challenges the fight knowing entire assembly of Viking nobles, is finally taken down after killing dozens of soldiers. As bloody as it was, it was also the first selfless act the man had ever committed in his life.
** Let's tell the whole story here! Sweyn was going to have Lucius, AKA: Askeladd's beloved homeland of Wales attacked as a diversion and blackmailed him with the offer: Kill Prince Canute or Wales is invaded. In front of EVERYONE, Askeladd draws his sword, declares his true name and beheads Sweyn. He
only thing keeping him alive.
* ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'' has the Gosroth go down with all hands fighting against ten enemy spaceships of approximately
dies when he allows CANUTE to stab him, making Canute a respected king and saving his homeland at the same class. They destroy [[HopeSpot nine of them]].time, as he knows Canute will protect it. [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent!]]



* [[spoiler:Orson]] in the anime adaptation of ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' always was something of a badass and so gets a suitably epic death. [[spoiler:He takes back the Spirit of Anger and unleashes his [[TheBerserker berserker]] side to save Shiris. Despite being impaled multiple times by the elven necromancer's skeleton warriors, he trashes them all, then runs up to the DarkActionGirl Amazon warrior who beat Shiris, shatters her swords with a single strike and impales her through the chest with such force that he picks her up and rams her into a boulder, and finally he rushes the necromancer and slices him clean in two. With every enemy dead, Orson walks over to Shiris and collapses dead.]]
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'' has many, but two stand above all the others:
** At the end of the first season of the original anime, the deaths of the Sailor Senshi against the DD Girls, the strongest Youma around: Jupiter summoned a lightning that ''pulverized'' two of them and killed her; Mercury, who didn't have any offensive ability, walked into certain death to destroy the source of the illusions that made them almost invincible; Venus survived the DD Girls' strongest attack and replied with one that killed her but ''also'' disintegrated one of them, the last part taking place only because [[OhCrap the other two ran in terror]] [[TheDreaded when they saw Venus was still alive]], and Mars burned down one, was left for death from their combined attack, and then burned down the last own before dying by ''exhaustion'' and from the injuries she had already sustained.
** In ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', Ace's death in an ActOfTrueLove: [[spoiler: knowing that Sailor Venus, [[ReincarnationRomance who he loved from their past lives]], [[MarriedToTheJob would always choose duty over love]] and fearing she'd suffer more than necessary from it and even die should she find out at a bad moment, he joined the Dark Kingdom, discovered that Venus had reincarnated as Minako, set up a situation in which Minako would fall for him, and then reveal his role as Kunzite's {{Dragon}} and fight her, so she could realize it early and in a controlled situation by ''killing him'', and, mortally wounded, [[GoOutWithASmile he smiled]] before explaining what he had done]]. [[BrokenBird She suffered from it]], [[PluckyGirl but still lived and triumphed]], got over that pain, and ultimately [[EarnYourHappyEnding got her happy ending.]]
* [[spoiler:Juzo Sakakura's]] death in Anime/DanganRonpa3. [[spoiler: He dies after shutting off all the power in the facility, thereby destroying the videos that made the previous victims commit suicide, and removing the character's bracelets, essentially ending the game in its entirety.]]
** Not to mention that they did all of the above after [[spoiler:being impaled by a HotBlade and cutting off his own arm in order to remove his bracelet without activating its poison countermeasure]].

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* [[spoiler:Orson]] Kirschwasser gets one in the anime adaptation ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' anime, when she stays behind on the crashing space station Merkabah to make sure it falls apart and burns up in the atmosphere, preventing a global catastrophe. With a massive TearJerker song playing in the background. "Although the darkness may prevail..."
** Also, almost immediately thereafter, KOS-MOS subverts this trope ''beautifully'' by saving the heroes' spaceship from disintegration in a manner awesome enough for ten death scenes... and surviving. Which makes it even ''more'' awesome.
* Atem's death in ''Anime/YuGiOh''. It happens offscreen and before the series even starts, but he manages to seal the evil
of ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' always was the shadow realm and the power of Zorc Necrophades inside the Millennium Items whilst using his soul and name to maintain the seal, destroying his body and his identity in the process. The seal stands for 3,000 years until the protagonist [[NiceJobBreakingItHero solves the Millennium Puzzle]].
* Kaiser's death in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. He quadruples the attack points of his greatest monster, and despite his losing the duel, snaps Protagonist Judai out of his HeroicBSOD,
something of a badass and so gets a suitably epic death. [[spoiler:He takes back the Spirit of Anger and unleashes his [[TheBerserker berserker]] side that ''three'' other HeroicSacrifices had failed to save Shiris. Despite do previously.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'''s main character Yusuke dies rescuing a child from
being impaled multiple times hit by a car (doesn't seem much on this page, but the elven necromancer's skeleton warriors, he trashes them all, then runs up to the DarkActionGirl Amazon warrior who beat Shiris, shatters her swords with Powers That Be were so ''completely'' thrown for a single strike and impales her through the chest with such force loop that he picks her up received the chance to be resurrected), Kuwabara fakes one in the Dark Tournament Saga, and rams her into a boulder, and finally he rushes then Yusuke takes one for the necromancer and slices him clean team in two. With every enemy dead, Orson walks over to Shiris and collapses dead.]]
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'' has many,
the Chapter Black arc. He gets better, but two stand above all the others:
** At the end of the first season of the original anime, the deaths of the Sailor Senshi against the DD Girls, the strongest Youma around: Jupiter summoned a lightning that ''pulverized'' two of them and killed her; Mercury, who
he didn't have any offensive ability, walked into certain ''know'' that he would. Raizen's death is pretty cool too.
** Specifically Yusuke wasn't supposed
to destroy the source of the illusions do anything AT ALL that made them almost invincible; Venus survived first time. He actually defied fate to die helping the DD Girls' strongest attack and replied with one that killed her but ''also'' disintegrated one of them, the last part taking place only because [[OhCrap the other two ran in terror]] [[TheDreaded when they saw Venus was still alive]], and Mars burned down one, was left for death from their combined attack, and then burned down the last own before dying by ''exhaustion'' and from the injuries she had already sustained.
** In ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', Ace's death in an ActOfTrueLove: [[spoiler: knowing that Sailor Venus, [[ReincarnationRomance
child [[SenselessSacrifice who he loved from their past lives]], [[MarriedToTheJob would always choose duty over love]] and fearing she'd suffer more than necessary from it and even die should she find out at a bad moment, he joined the Dark Kingdom, discovered that Venus had reincarnated as Minako, set up a situation in which Minako would fall for him, and then reveal his role as Kunzite's {{Dragon}} and fight her, so she could realize it early and in a controlled situation by ''killing him'', and, mortally wounded, [[GoOutWithASmile he smiled]] before explaining what he had done]]. [[BrokenBird She suffered from it]], [[PluckyGirl but still lived and triumphed]], got over that pain, and ultimately [[EarnYourHappyEnding got her happy ending.]]
* [[spoiler:Juzo Sakakura's]] death in Anime/DanganRonpa3. [[spoiler: He dies after shutting off all the power in the facility, thereby destroying the videos that made the previous victims commit suicide, and removing the character's bracelets, essentially ending the game in its entirety.]]
** Not to mention that they did all of the above after [[spoiler:being impaled by a HotBlade and cutting off his own arm in order to remove his bracelet
have been fine without activating its poison countermeasure]].his intervention]]...not that he knew any of that. In fact, his actions only served to make the accident worse and to give the child a bunch of scrapes from being pushed out of the way.
* You know one of these is coming in ''Manga/ZatchBell'' when "[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Yasashii Kaze]]" starts to play.
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* [[spoiler:Orson]] in the anime adaptation of ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' always was something of a {{Badass}} and so gets a suitably epic death. [[spoiler:He takes back the Spirit of Anger and unleashes his [[TheBerserker berserker]] side to save Shiris. Despite being impaled multiple times by the elven necromancer's skeleton warriors, he trashes them all, then runs up to the DarkActionGirl Amazon warrior who beat Shiris, shatters her swords with a single strike and impales her through the chest with such force that he picks her up and rams her into a boulder, and finally he rushes the necromancer and slices him clean in two. With every enemy dead, Orson walks over to Shiris and collapses dead.]]

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* [[spoiler:Orson]] in the anime adaptation of ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' always was something of a {{Badass}} badass and so gets a suitably epic death. [[spoiler:He takes back the Spirit of Anger and unleashes his [[TheBerserker berserker]] side to save Shiris. Despite being impaled multiple times by the elven necromancer's skeleton warriors, he trashes them all, then runs up to the DarkActionGirl Amazon warrior who beat Shiris, shatters her swords with a single strike and impales her through the chest with such force that he picks her up and rams her into a boulder, and finally he rushes the necromancer and slices him clean in two. With every enemy dead, Orson walks over to Shiris and collapses dead.]]
14th Dec '16 9:38:37 AM Knightofbalance
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** In a meta sense, the whole anime is kind of this way for ''Creator/StudioGainax''. It was one of their last animes ever made and their last mecha anime. It's also a culmination of everything they made up to that point (from ''Anime/{{GunBuster}}' s'' Homage style and [[RuleOfCool over-]][[SerialEscalation the-]][[{{Troperrific}} topness]], ''Anime/{{NeonGenesisEvangelion}}'s '' {{Deconstruction}} and themes of TheAntiNihilist and BeYourself and ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'s'' sheer insanity.)
26th Nov '16 5:25:09 PM LaszloZapacik
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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** Ian Dietrich's last act is to dive into a Titan's open mouth to pull another soldier from it.
** Erwin Smith and the Survey Corps recruits, who mount a suicide charge against the Beast Titan to distract him from Captain Levi's effort to kill him from behind. The Beast Titan fires fistfuls of small stones at the recruits to shred them to pieces. Erwin is killed by the first stone volley, but the remaining soldiers - who are not experienced soldiers but fresh, terrified new recruits - continue the charge until they are all dead anyway.
*** Special mention to Marlowe Freudenberg, who despite being a naive new recruit, briefly assumes charge of the charging soldiers for a matter of seconds after Erwin is killed, during which he rallies the remaining troops and commands them to continue the attack. He is killed by the next volley of stones.
*** After the second volley only three (visibly terrified) soldiers are left. They continue the charge anyway, and are all killed by a third volley.
** Mobilt Berner. When the equivalent of a minor nuclear bomb is fired on the battlefield, Berner's last act is to save his comrade Hange from the blast by pushing her into a well.
7th Nov '16 9:08:02 AM WillBGood
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* [[Anime/TegenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina's]] death oozes this. After seeing his bro kick the bucket, Simon starts charging towards a volcano in his grief stricken state. Upon hearing about this, Kamina returns from the dead and comments how a guy can't get any sleep. He then proceeds to snap Simon out of for the second time, preventing his demise and unites with him one more time as Gurren Lagann. The following battle is a CurbStompBattle of epic proportions, culmating with Kamina performing the series' signature [[FinishingMove Giga Drill Break]], avenge his own death while leaving behind words of advice and wisedom to his little brother that serve as the catalyst for Simon's CharacterDevelopment. And according to WordOfGod, he had a paltry amount of Spiral Power. Meaning he did this without the series' DeusExMachina. {{Badass}}.
31st Oct '16 10:12:34 AM flodoris
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** [[spoiler: Might Guy, resident BunnyEarsLawyer BadassNormal of Konoha, has just opened the Eight Gates to fight Madara. We don't yet know how the fight will turn out, but the buildup alone ''already'' makes it one of these.]]
*** [[spoiler: What makes this all the more awesome is that, at the time, the only thing that could ''possibly'' hurt Madara was taijutsu/physical attacks or Sage chakra enhanced attacks, and Might Guy was the single greatest hand-to-hand fighter of them all.]]
*** [[spoiler: Turns out, Guy lost the fight only because he ran out of time, even though he came within inches of winning. This trope is subverted, however, in that he ''didn't'' die... he ''would've'' if Naruto hadn't saved him, using his Yin-Yang nature to revitalize his life force (though there was too much damage to his leg)]].

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** [[spoiler: Might [[spoiler:Might Guy, resident BunnyEarsLawyer BadassNormal of Konoha, has just opened the Eight Gates to fight Madara. We don't yet know how Madara and fought with him to the point where even such a smug asshole like [[WorldsStrongestMan Madara Uchiha]] acknowledged him as a WorthyOpponent, even though Madara was at the pinnacle of his strength after becoming the Ten-Tails' Jinchuuriki. Actually Guy lost the fight will turn out, but the buildup alone ''already'' makes it one only because he ran out of these.time, even though he came within inches of winning. This trope is subverted, however, in that he didn't die... he would've if Naruto hadn't saved him, using his Yin-Yang nature to revitalize his life force (though there was too much damage to his leg).]]
*** [[spoiler: What makes ** [[spoiler:Obito Uchiha commits HeroicSacrifice for the sake of Naruto and Kakashi. Why this all moment of awesome? Nearly any blow which this son of a bitch has suffered in the more awesome is that, at series were either [[NoSell no selled]] like it was nothing or he managed to survive through due to its [[{{Determinator}} determination]], or having a back up plan and the time, fact it took a one-hit kill from '''goddess''', to finish him for good should speak for itself. Also before as crumble into dust he gives Naruto inspiring speech and [[GoOutWithASmile dies with a smile on his face]]. But the only thing that could ''possibly'' hurt Madara was taijutsu/physical attacks or Sage best part even no in this: After his death he just to TELEPORT OUT THE AFTERLIFE temporarily and passes his chakra enhanced attacks, to Kakashi to give him Mangekyo Sharingan what ultimately allows Team 7 to get an opening on Kaguya and Might Guy was the single greatest hand-to-hand fighter of them all.]]
*** [[spoiler: Turns out, Guy lost the fight only because he ran out of time, even though he came within inches of winning. This trope is subverted, however, in that he ''didn't'' die... he ''would've'' if Naruto hadn't saved him, using his Yin-Yang nature to revitalize his life force (though there was too much damage to his leg)]].
seal her again.]]
31st Oct '16 3:01:15 AM omegafire17
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** Sarutobi Hiruzen, the Third Hokage died fighting the ressurected First Hokage, Hashirama, his younger brother and Second Hokage Tobirama, and their [[{{Necromancer}} summoner]] [[BigBad Orochimaru]]. And he won. While the battle appeared to have become OvershadowedByAwesome as the series progressed and fights got ever increasingly epic, [[spoiler: the [[CurbStompBattle fights]] [[ColonyDrop against]] the likewisely [[CameBackWrong revived]] [[GodModeSue Madara Uchiha]], who was supposedly ''AlwaysSecondBest'' to Hashirama (at least pre- edo tensei), and the one against the Kin-Gin brothers, who killed Tobirama, put that battle to a new perspective.]]

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** Sarutobi Hiruzen, the Third Hokage died fighting the ressurected First Hokage, Hashirama, his younger brother and Second Hokage Tobirama, and their [[{{Necromancer}} summoner]] [[BigBad Orochimaru]]. And he won. While the battle appeared to have become OvershadowedByAwesome as the series progressed and fights got ever increasingly epic, [[spoiler: the [[CurbStompBattle fights]] [[ColonyDrop against]] the likewisely [[CameBackWrong revived]] [[GodModeSue [[WorldsStrongestMan Madara Uchiha]], who was supposedly ''AlwaysSecondBest'' to Hashirama (at least pre- edo tensei), and the one against the Kin-Gin brothers, who killed Tobirama, put that battle to a new perspective.]]



** [[spoiler: Maito Gai, resident BunnyEarsLawyer BadassNormal of Konoha, has just opened the Eight Gates to fight Madara. We don't yet know how the fight will turn out, but the buildup alone ''already'' makes it one of these.]]
*** [[spoiler: What makes this all the more awesome is that, at the time, the only thing that could ''possibly'' hurt Madara was taijutsu/physical attacks or Sage chakra enhanced attacks, and Maito Gai was the single greatest hand-to-hand fighter of them all.]]
*** [[spoiler: Turns out, Gai lost the fight only because he ran out of time, even though he came within inches of winning. This trope is subverted, however, in that he ''didn't'' die... Naruto saved him. [[AssPull Somehow.]]]]

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** [[spoiler: Maito Gai, Might Guy, resident BunnyEarsLawyer BadassNormal of Konoha, has just opened the Eight Gates to fight Madara. We don't yet know how the fight will turn out, but the buildup alone ''already'' makes it one of these.]]
*** [[spoiler: What makes this all the more awesome is that, at the time, the only thing that could ''possibly'' hurt Madara was taijutsu/physical attacks or Sage chakra enhanced attacks, and Maito Gai Might Guy was the single greatest hand-to-hand fighter of them all.]]
*** [[spoiler: Turns out, Gai Guy lost the fight only because he ran out of time, even though he came within inches of winning. This trope is subverted, however, in that he ''didn't'' die... he ''would've'' if Naruto hadn't saved him. [[AssPull Somehow.]]]]him, using his Yin-Yang nature to revitalize his life force (though there was too much damage to his leg)]].
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** The Second Greed's death; [[BigBad Father]], undergoing a SuperpowerMeltdown due to using up too much of his Philosopher Stone, decides to recall Greed and use his Stone as a replacement. Greed goes willingly (as doing otherwise would kill his host, Ling), and then reverses his Ultimate Shield to turn Father's body into frail carbon. Father destroys Greed for this, but his sacrifice weakens Father enough for Edward to punch a hole through Father's torso and release the souls he still has control over.
20th Sep '16 1:40:07 PM Zoriax91
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* [[spoiler:Juzo Sakakura's]] death in Anime/DanganRonpa3. [[spoiler: He dies after shutting off all the power in the facility, thereby destroying the videos that made the previous victims commit suicide, and removing the character's bracelets, essentially ending the game in its entirety.]]

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* [[spoiler:Juzo Sakakura's]] death in Anime/DanganRonpa3. [[spoiler: He dies after shutting off all the power in the facility, thereby destroying the videos that made the previous victims commit suicide, and removing the character's bracelets, essentially ending the game in its entirety.]]]]
** Not to mention that they did all of the above after [[spoiler:being impaled by a HotBlade and cutting off his own arm in order to remove his bracelet without activating its poison countermeasure]].
20th Sep '16 12:27:14 PM TaylorHyuuga
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* [[Anime/TegenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina's]] death oozes this. After seeing his bro kick the bucket, Simon starts charging towards a volcano in his grief stricken state. Upon hearing about this, Kamina returns from the dead and comments how a guy can't get any sleep. He then proceeds to snap Simon out of for the second time, preventing his demise and unites with him one more time as Gurren Lagann. The following battle is a CurbStompBattle of epic proportions, culmating with Kamina performing the series' signature [[FinishingMove Giga Drill Break]], avenge his own death while leaving behind words of advice and wisedom to his little brother that serve as the catalyst for Simon's CharacterDevelopment. And according to WordOfGod, he had a paltry amount of Spiral Power. Meaning he did this without the series' DeusExMachina. {{Badass}}.

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* [[Anime/TegenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina's]] death oozes this. After seeing his bro kick the bucket, Simon starts charging towards a volcano in his grief stricken state. Upon hearing about this, Kamina returns from the dead and comments how a guy can't get any sleep. He then proceeds to snap Simon out of for the second time, preventing his demise and unites with him one more time as Gurren Lagann. The following battle is a CurbStompBattle of epic proportions, culmating with Kamina performing the series' signature [[FinishingMove Giga Drill Break]], avenge his own death while leaving behind words of advice and wisedom to his little brother that serve as the catalyst for Simon's CharacterDevelopment. And according to WordOfGod, he had a paltry amount of Spiral Power. Meaning he did this without the series' DeusExMachina. {{Badass}}.{{Badass}}.
* [[spoiler:Juzo Sakakura's]] death in Anime/DanganRonpa3. [[spoiler: He dies after shutting off all the power in the facility, thereby destroying the videos that made the previous victims commit suicide, and removing the character's bracelets, essentially ending the game in its entirety.]]
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