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27th Jun '17 2:59:39 PM comicwriter
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** In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', knocking out Phoenix with the super meter at [[MemeticMutation le-le-le-le-MAXIMUM]] fully heals her, turns her into Dark Phoenix, and provides her an enhanced moveset. This health is meant to be balanced, as: Phoenix and Dark Phoenix each have 420,000 hp (the lowest for any other character, including resident GlassCannon Akuma, is 800,000); the pair have pitiful defense; and Dark Phoenix's health drains constantly (though it alone can't knock her out). The two of them do have a Healing Field super, but it's very short-ranged and so either powerful or punishable.

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** In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', knocking out Phoenix [[Comicbook/JeanGrey Phoenix]] with the super meter at [[MemeticMutation le-le-le-le-MAXIMUM]] fully heals her, turns her into Dark Phoenix, and provides her an enhanced moveset. This health is meant to be balanced, as: Phoenix and Dark Phoenix each have 420,000 hp (the lowest for any other character, including resident GlassCannon Akuma, is 800,000); the pair have pitiful defense; and Dark Phoenix's health drains constantly (though it alone can't knock her out). The two of them do have a Healing Field super, but it's very short-ranged and so either powerful or punishable.
27th Jun '17 5:52:33 AM Dravencour
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Unfortunately, this does not make for good storytelling, so when the heroes in most media start losing, that's generally because [[HeroicSecondWind they're about to come back from behind]] and win the fight in the end. After all, it wouldn't be very interesting if [[CurbStompBattle they just stomped the baddies without even trying]], and [[DownerEnding it wouldn't be very satisfying if they lost]].

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Unfortunately, this does not make for good storytelling, so when the heroes in most media start losing, that's generally because [[HeroicSecondWind they're about to come back from behind]] and win the fight in the end. After all, it wouldn't be very interesting if [[CurbStompBattle they just stomped the baddies without even trying]], and [[DownerEnding it wouldn't be very satisfying if they lost]].
got stomped without being able to make some kind of comeback]].
18th Jun '17 7:57:27 PM Exusia
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** On hard mode, all of the fortress bosses in ''VideoGame/Rockman4MinusInfinity'', with the exceptions of [[spoiler:Super Shadow Man, the Optical Capsule and the Petit Robot Masters]] have a special attack they unleash once their health is depleted.

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** On hard mode, all of the fortress bosses in ''VideoGame/Rockman4MinusInfinity'', with the exceptions of [[spoiler:Super Shadow Man, the Man]], [[spoiler:the Optical Capsule Capsule]] and the [[spoiler:the Petit Robot Masters]] have a special attack they unleash once their health is depleted.
18th Jun '17 3:35:09 PM NightShade96
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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} 3'' map ''DefenseOfTheAncients'' (later remade as ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}''), Terrorblade the Soul Keeper has the Sunder move that swaps his health percentage with a target's, naturally becoming stronger as he gets weaker.

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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} 3'' map ''DefenseOfTheAncients'' ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' (later remade as ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}''), 2}}''):
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Terrorblade the Soul Keeper has the Sunder move that swaps his health percentage with a target's, naturally becoming stronger as he gets weaker.



*** Huskar is basically DesperationAttack: The Hero, as his Inner Vitality skill grants regeneration to any ally that increses if they're below a certain health threshold, and his other abilities are CastFromHitPoints.

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*** Huskar is basically DesperationAttack: The Hero, as his Inner Vitality skill grants regeneration to any ally that increses increases if they're below a certain health threshold, and his other abilities are CastFromHitPoints.






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* ''BreathOfFire'' has your characters attack faster when their health points are dwindling.

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* ''BreathOfFire'' ''VideoGame/BreathOfFire'' has your characters attack faster when their health points are dwindling.






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* In [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Subterranean Animism]], the game throws a full powerup at you to boost your shot power to maximum as soon as you're on your last life.

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* In [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Subterranean Animism]], Animism]]'', the game throws a full powerup power-up at you to boost your shot power to maximum as soon as you're on your last life.
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* In Literature/TheArtOfWar, Sun Tzu warns against a combination of this and LastStand. "Throw the troops into a position from which there is no escape, and even when faced with death they will not flee." In actuality, Sun Tzu was warning against this because desperation attacks can still be pretty effective even if the enemy dies while doing it; that is, if someone dies but takes out a decent chunk of your infantry while doing so, they've still won since you need time and man power to replenish and must potentially stop your forward progress. His answer was to always leave an escape route for the enemy, thus allowing them to rout, making them easy targets... and allowing them to run into the ambush you set up on the escape route so you could take them out there.

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* In Literature/TheArtOfWar, ''In Literature/TheArtOfWar'', Sun Tzu warns against a combination of this and LastStand. "Throw the troops into a position from which there is no escape, and even when faced with death they will not flee." In actuality, Sun Tzu was warning against this because desperation attacks can still be pretty effective even if the enemy dies while doing it; that is, if someone dies but takes out a decent chunk of your infantry while doing so, they've still won since you need time and man power to replenish and must potentially stop your forward progress. His answer was to always leave an escape route for the enemy, thus allowing them to rout, making them easy targets... and allowing them to run into the ambush you set up on the escape route so you could take them out there.






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9th Jun '17 6:05:09 PM Exusia
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** On hard mode, all of the fortress bosses in ''VideoGame/Rockman4MinusInfinity'', with the exceptions of [[spoiler:Super Shadow Man, the Optical Capsule and the Petit Robot Masters]] have a special attack they unleash once their health is depleted.
8th Jun '17 8:57:03 PM nombretomado
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* DungeonFighterOnline's Asura's have the Deadly Enticer skill. While the requirement doesn't specify that they must be at low health, they have to have taken a certain amount of hits, and the most practical application is to use it when caught in an opponents SpamAttack which is usually going to be lethal

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* DungeonFighterOnline's ''VideoGame/DungeonFighterOnline'''s Asura's have the Deadly Enticer skill. While the requirement doesn't specify that they must be at low health, they have to have taken a certain amount of hits, and the most practical application is to use it when caught in an opponents SpamAttack which is usually going to be lethal
3rd Jun '17 1:14:35 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' on the {{Wii}} gives [[FinalBoss Mr. Sandman]] a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imDTsu5TA90&feature=youtu.be&t=5m50s brutal desperation attack]] when he's on the cusp of losing the match. He roars with anger, huffs with exhaustion and wipes sweat between attacks, and surviving long enough to land a counter-attack is the ''only'' time the game gives you a free star... and landing that star punch will knock Mr. Sandman out.

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* ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' on the {{Wii}} UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} gives [[FinalBoss Mr. Sandman]] a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imDTsu5TA90&feature=youtu.be&t=5m50s brutal desperation attack]] when he's on the cusp of losing the match. He roars with anger, huffs with exhaustion and wipes sweat between attacks, and surviving long enough to land a counter-attack is the ''only'' time the game gives you a free star... and landing that star punch will knock Mr. Sandman out.
29th May '17 5:57:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* When the battle became desperate for [[ImperialJapan Japanese]] fighters in WWII, [[HonorBeforeReason rather than surrender]], [[SuicideAttack they would fly their own planes]] into opposing [[TheAlliance Allied]] ships.

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* When the battle became desperate for [[ImperialJapan [[UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan Japanese]] fighters in WWII, [[HonorBeforeReason rather than surrender]], [[SuicideAttack they would fly their own planes]] into opposing [[TheAlliance Allied]] ships.
21st Apr '17 11:30:33 AM Abodos
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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the mini-Guardians you fight in the Test of Strength shrines start to fire off charged salvos of explosive lasers, similar to the regular Guardian's laser attack, when their health is low.
17th Mar '17 1:51:39 AM infernape612
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', Papyrus will skip right to his final attack of his HP is low enough.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', Papyrus will skip right to his final attack of if his HP is low enough.
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