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3rd Dec '16 3:16:12 AM Morgenthaler
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This is a device used when a character is so utterly {{Badass}} that even in death they refuse to accept utter defeat. The body continues to strive for victory even when its driving will has been extinguished. This goes hand in hand with a BadassNormal or any other absurdly strong character, especially one with a CharlesAtlasSuperpower. It may be mixed with TakenForGranite, when a villain's magical body has NoOntologicalInertia and turns to stone at the moment of death. Despite the description above, this can happen to both heroic and villainous characters. In addition, this trope for some reason often tends to be paired with OffWithHisHead, and scenes where the body waves its arms around looking for the head, or walks around for a while before collapsing are common.

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This is a device used when a character is so utterly {{Badass}} badass that even in death they refuse to accept utter defeat. The body continues to strive for victory even when its driving will has been extinguished. This goes hand in hand with a BadassNormal or any other absurdly strong character, especially one with a CharlesAtlasSuperpower. It may be mixed with TakenForGranite, when a villain's magical body has NoOntologicalInertia and turns to stone at the moment of death. Despite the description above, this can happen to both heroic and villainous characters. In addition, this trope for some reason often tends to be paired with OffWithHisHead, and scenes where the body waves its arms around looking for the head, or walks around for a while before collapsing are common.
24th Nov '16 12:05:36 PM Seanette
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* Happens to [[spoiler: Margaret White]] in ''Film/{{Carie}}'' after she is [[spoiler: stabbed several times by Carrie.]]

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* Happens to [[spoiler: Margaret White]] in ''Film/{{Carie}}'' ''Film/{{Carrie}}'' after she is [[spoiler: stabbed several times by Carrie.]]
20th Nov '16 9:18:10 AM LordGro
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* ''Literature/TheSagaOfTheFaroeIslanders'': As Sigurd Thorlaksson tries to get away from the ambush on Skufoy, Leif Ossurson reaches him and gives him a wound in the vitals, yet Sigurd jumps into the boat and escapes. Thord asks Sigurd whether his wound is serious, but Sigurd does not give a clear answer. When they reach Streymoy, Sigurd leans against the boatshed wall and keeps standing there while his companions clear the boat. When they are finished, they notice that Sigurd is dead and stiff, still leaning against the boatshed wall.
18th Oct '16 7:08:04 AM AgProv
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* In the British Armed forces, depending on your regimental prejudices, Guardsmen/Paratroopers/Royal Marines are thought of as so dense that being killed in action simply won't register; they have to be ''told'' they're dead and have permission to fall over....

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* In the British Armed forces, Forces, depending on your regimental prejudices, Guardsmen/Paratroopers/Royal Marines are thought of as so dense that being killed in action simply won't register; they have to be ''told'' they're dead and have permission to fall over....over...
* And while the people concerned may not have ''died'' standing up, in the mediaeval and following periods of British history there are many cases of religiously-inclined people stipulating on being buried in the upright position, so that they can answer the call more swiftly on Judgement Day without having to waste God's time by standing up. However, Elixabethan playwright Ben Jonson asked to be buried standing up, on the grounds that a burial plot eighteen inches square would cost less than the usual six-foot-by-three.
17th Oct '16 4:59:57 PM Valiona
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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', [[spoiler:Makarov]] remains standing in place after performing a HeroicSacrifice for the sake of his allies, by [[spoiler:casting Fairy Law, a spell that is CastFromLifespan, against an enormous enemy army- since Makarov was already a very old man and the cost varied based on how many targets were affected, he used up the rest of his life and died]].
5th Oct '16 9:59:25 PM jayharrison
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* In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', this happens to Sarah Connor. Soon after a giant atomic bomb drops nearby, the power of the flames tears the skin and muscle off her bones as she grasps onto a chain-link fence. Fortunately for her, [[AllJustADream this is all just a nightmare]].
21st Sep '16 1:44:28 PM Shishkahuben
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* Happens to [[spoiler: Margaret White]] in ''Film/{{Carrie}}'' after she is [[spoiler: stabbed several times by Carrie.]]

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* Happens to [[spoiler: Margaret White]] in ''Film/{{Carrie}}'' ''Film/{{Carie}}'' after she is [[spoiler: stabbed several times by Carrie.]]]]
* One of the teenage victims in ''Film/JeepersCreepers2'' goes out this way. A tense moment after a wing of the [[PlayingPossum seemingly dead]] Creeper falls limp, the one sent to investigate finds himself trapped in the wing, struggling to free himself. When the wing retracts, the [[OffWithHisHead headless body]] continues flailing around for a hot second before dropping to the ground.
20th Sep '16 7:13:45 PM CaptEquinox
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* Greek vocal actress Maria Callas used to shock audiences with this for the death of Violetta in the {{Opera}} ''Theatre/LaTraviata''. Violetta suddenly feels better (a common sign of imminent death in tuberculosis), thinks she's ''getting'' better, says ''O gioia!'' (Oh joy) and drops dead. Callas would rise from her chair and belt out ''O gioi --'' and freeze, still standing, [[DiesWideOpen eyes wide open]] and [[NightmareFuel staring straight into the audience]].

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* Greek vocal actress Maria Callas used to shock audiences with this for the death of Violetta in the {{Opera}} ''Theatre/LaTraviata''. Violetta suddenly feels better (a common sign of imminent death in tuberculosis), thinks she's ''getting'' better, says ''O gioia!'' (Oh joy) and drops dead. Callas would rise from her chair and belt out ''O ''[[KilledMidSentence O gioi --'' --]]'' and freeze, still standing, [[DiesWideOpen eyes wide open]] and [[NightmareFuel staring straight into the audience]].
20th Sep '16 8:36:21 AM Willbyr
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* [[spoiler: [[BadassNormal Akise Aru]]]] of ''Manga/MiraiNikki'' shows how much of a {{Determinator}} he is when, even after [[spoiler: [[OffWithHisHead he's decapitated]]]], he keeps walking towards Yukiteru with his final message about the truth of his murderer. He remains standing the for the short remainder of the episode and outlasts the concrete that [[GoryDiscretionShot obscures above his chest, the screen going black as it finally collapses]].

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* [[spoiler: [[BadassNormal Akise Aru]]]] of ''Manga/MiraiNikki'' ''Manga/FutureDiary'' shows how much of a {{Determinator}} he is when, even after [[spoiler: [[OffWithHisHead he's decapitated]]]], he keeps walking towards Yukiteru with his final message about the truth of his murderer. He remains standing the for the short remainder of the episode and outlasts the concrete that [[GoryDiscretionShot obscures above his chest, the screen going black as it finally collapses]].



* In ''Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato'', this is how [[spoiler: Hajime Saitou]] dies. His friends even call out to the guy as they see him on his feet, believing he's still alive, and then he falls on his back...

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* In ''Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato'', ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'', this is how [[spoiler: Hajime Saitou]] dies. His friends even call out to the guy as they see him on his feet, believing he's still alive, and then he falls on his back...
8th Sep '16 4:57:31 PM CaptEquinox
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* Greek vocal actress Maria Callas used to shock audiences with this for the death of Violetta in the {{Opera}} ''Theatre/LaTraviata''. Violetta suddenly feels better (a common sign of imminent death in tuberculosis), thinks she's ''getting'' better, says ''O gioia!'' (Oh joy) and drops dead. Callas would rise from her chair and belt out ''O gioi --'' and freeze, still standing, [[DiedWideOpen eyes wide open]] and [[NightmareFuel staring straight into the audience]].

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* Greek vocal actress Maria Callas used to shock audiences with this for the death of Violetta in the {{Opera}} ''Theatre/LaTraviata''. Violetta suddenly feels better (a common sign of imminent death in tuberculosis), thinks she's ''getting'' better, says ''O gioia!'' (Oh joy) and drops dead. Callas would rise from her chair and belt out ''O gioi --'' and freeze, still standing, [[DiedWideOpen [[DiesWideOpen eyes wide open]] and [[NightmareFuel staring straight into the audience]].
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