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29th Jul '17 10:17:59 AM BlackSunNocturne
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benkei Saito Musashibo Benkei]] is said to have died this way, [[UrExample 900 years ago]]. After fighting to buy time for his lord [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled to commit]] {{Seppuku}}, none of the enemy wanted to test his wrath, believing him to be ''a demon from hell''. Medically speaking, it's believed that the lactic acid his muscles produced from the fighting caused a sudden onset of rigor mortis, causing his body to "Lock up" while still standing [[RuleOfCool and holding his spear]]. He has a small shrine today where this happened- see ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' above, where it becomes a plot point, and ''many'' characters in Japanese media [[FountainOfExpies have deaths based on his death]].

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benkei Saito Musashibo Benkei]] no]] UsefulNotes/MusashiboBenkei is said to have died this way, [[UrExample 900 years ago]]. After fighting to buy time for his lord [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled to commit]] {{Seppuku}}, none of the enemy wanted to test his wrath, believing him to be ''a demon from hell''. Medically speaking, it's believed that the lactic acid his muscles produced from the fighting caused a sudden onset of rigor mortis, causing his body to "Lock up" while still standing [[RuleOfCool and holding his spear]]. He has a small shrine today where this happened- see ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' above, where it becomes a plot point, and ''many'' characters in Japanese media [[FountainOfExpies have deaths based on his death]].
29th Jul '17 10:17:03 AM BlackSunNocturne
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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' Whitebeard dies standing, [[http://img13.deviantart.net/390e/i/2010/065/6/8/one_piece__death_of_whitebeard_by_sprky2008.jpg after going through a downright insane]] RasputinianDeath and proclaiming to the entire world that the One Piece exists (and thus giving a gigantic middle finger to the World Government). Considering how he was probably the most badass character to ever ''exist'', he clearly could not have died any other way. As a kicker, his BadAssLongcoat falls off immediately after, revealing that despite being shot, stabbed, slashed, and blown to hell pretty much everywhere else, his back didn't have so much as a scar[[note]]Minus one that was the result of a sword coming from the front THROUGH his back[[/note]]; in his ''entire life'', he ''never retreated from an enemy, not even'' '''[[TheJuggernaut One. Single. Time.]]'''

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' Whitebeard dies standing, [[http://img13.deviantart.net/390e/i/2010/065/6/8/one_piece__death_of_whitebeard_by_sprky2008.jpg after going through a downright insane]] RasputinianDeath and proclaiming to the entire world that the One Piece exists (and thus giving a gigantic middle finger to the World Government). Considering how he was probably the most badass character to ever ''exist'', ''exist'' in One Piece, he clearly could not have died any other way. As a kicker, his BadAssLongcoat falls off immediately after, revealing that despite being shot, stabbed, slashed, and blown to hell pretty much everywhere else, his back didn't have so much as a scar[[note]]Minus one that was the result of a sword coming from the front THROUGH his back[[/note]]; in his ''entire life'', he ''never retreated from an enemy, not even'' '''[[TheJuggernaut One. Single. Time.]]''']]''' Additionally, Whitebeard's death, [[RasputinianDeath including how much punishment he took before dying]], seems to be based on Benkei's death (see below), right down to still holding his weapon (bonus points on Whitebeard also wielding a polearm/spear-type weapon).



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benkei Saito Musashibo Benkei]] is said to have died this way, [[UrExample 900 years ago]]. After fighting to buy time for his lord [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled to commit]] {{Seppuku}}, none of the enemy wanted to test his wrath, believing him to be ''a demon from hell''. Medically speaking, it's believed that the lactic acid his muscles produced from the fighting caused a sudden onset of rigor mortis, causing his body to "Lock up" while still standing [[RuleOfCool and holding his spear]]. He has a small shrine today where this happened- see ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' above, where it becomes a plot point.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benkei Saito Musashibo Benkei]] is said to have died this way, [[UrExample 900 years ago]]. After fighting to buy time for his lord [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled to commit]] {{Seppuku}}, none of the enemy wanted to test his wrath, believing him to be ''a demon from hell''. Medically speaking, it's believed that the lactic acid his muscles produced from the fighting caused a sudden onset of rigor mortis, causing his body to "Lock up" while still standing [[RuleOfCool and holding his spear]]. He has a small shrine today where this happened- see ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' above, where it becomes a plot point.point, and ''many'' characters in Japanese media [[FountainOfExpies have deaths based on his death]].
27th Jun '17 5:42:49 PM nombretomado
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* Rigor mortis is incredibly unlikely to cause these situations. Rigor mortis is caused by muscles not having the energy to come ''relax'', and while the person may die, their cells take quite a while to get the idea and use up all their energy stores. Muscles work by expending energy to separate two proteins which ''really'' want to associate and then cocking one like stretched spring. Then they reunite, the cocked protein pulls hard and the two proteins stick. The combined action of countless of these proteins causes the muscle to contract. When the cell is out of energy, the muscle locks up - it can't separate these proteins to continue the cycle and therefore can't move. Unless the body is propped up somehow, gravity wins. TheOtherWiki has good discussions on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myosin how this works]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rigor_mortis rigor mortis]]. The observant may notice a few links to some other post-death funny business; neither of these are anywhere near coordinated enough to keep someone standing. If a body could somehow just happen to be supported for many hours...well, maybe. Barring bizarre alien biology, handwaving this trope with rigor mortis is more likely to be an AssPull and is probably not better than letting it slide on RuleOfCool.

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* Rigor mortis is incredibly unlikely to cause these situations. Rigor mortis is caused by muscles not having the energy to come ''relax'', and while the person may die, their cells take quite a while to get the idea and use up all their energy stores. Muscles work by expending energy to separate two proteins which ''really'' want to associate and then cocking one like stretched spring. Then they reunite, the cocked protein pulls hard and the two proteins stick. The combined action of countless of these proteins causes the muscle to contract. When the cell is out of energy, the muscle locks up - it can't separate these proteins to continue the cycle and therefore can't move. Unless the body is propped up somehow, gravity wins. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has good discussions on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myosin how this works]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rigor_mortis rigor mortis]]. The observant may notice a few links to some other post-death funny business; neither of these are anywhere near coordinated enough to keep someone standing. If a body could somehow just happen to be supported for many hours...well, maybe. Barring bizarre alien biology, handwaving this trope with rigor mortis is more likely to be an AssPull and is probably not better than letting it slide on RuleOfCool.
17th May '17 12:19:57 PM Generality
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* Subverted by execution or suicide by hanging. The person in question will die in upright position, but not quite standing on his/her own feet.
17th May '17 12:50:17 AM morane
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* Subverted by execution or suicide by hanging. The person in question will die in upright position, but not quite standing on his/her own feet.
14th May '17 8:58:41 PM nombretomado
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* Wolfwood barely managed a variant of this in the ''{{Trigun}}'' anime. He knelt in front of an altar to beg forgiveness and died in that position, propped up by his cross.

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* Wolfwood barely managed a variant of this in the ''{{Trigun}}'' ''Anime/{{Trigun}}'' anime. He knelt in front of an altar to beg forgiveness and died in that position, propped up by his cross.
18th Apr '17 9:42:35 PM ultimomant
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* In ''LightNovel/LordMarksmanAndVanadis'', Roland is murdered when he is trapped in a room with a swarm of bees. Later, after clearing the bees away, his killers comment on how Roland's body didn't fall over.



* In ''Film/FinalDestination1'', Billy gets his head taken off in midrant by a piece of shrapnel kicked up by the passing train that just took out Carter's car, and he stays on his feet for a {{beat}} before keeling over.

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* In ''Film/FinalDestination1'', Billy gets his head taken off in midrant mid-rant by a piece of shrapnel kicked up by the passing train that just took out Carter's car, and he stays on his feet for a {{beat}} before keeling over.



* In the Film/JamesBond film ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', Bond contact Henderson is standing by a wall telling him what he knows about missing Russian and American space missions when he just suddenly stops talking. Bond grabs him, to find him stabbed in the back through the thin Japanese paper wall. It was like the knife through the wall was holding his dead body up. Counts also as DiesWideOpen, since it looks like he was just turned off.

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* In the Film/JamesBond film ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', Bond Bond's contact Henderson is standing by a wall telling him what he knows about missing Russian and American space missions when he just suddenly stops talking. Bond grabs him, to find him stabbed in the back through the thin Japanese paper wall. It was like the knife through the wall was holding his dead body up. Counts also as DiesWideOpen, since it looks like he was just turned off.
10th Apr '17 11:58:57 AM eroock
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->''To each of us falls a task. All the [[GodEmperor Emperor]] asks of us [[RedShirtArmy guard]][[BadassNormal smen]], is that we [[HoldTheLine hold the line]] and die fighting. It's what we do best: we die standing.''

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->''To ->''"To each of us falls a task. All the [[GodEmperor Emperor]] asks of us [[RedShirtArmy guard]][[BadassNormal smen]], is that we [[HoldTheLine hold the line]] and die fighting. It's what we do best: we die standing.''"''
2nd Apr '17 10:12:48 PM LinTaylor
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* A HumongousMecha variation occurs in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': [[spoiler:In the final episode, Mikazuki takes major damage (to his Gundam and himself) while fighting Gjallarhorn. Finally, charges Julietta's Reginlaze and she does everything she can to stop him before he gets to her; when he gets within melee range, her sword rips off the Barbatos' cockpit hatch...and she realizes he passed out from blood loss mid-charge, and dies soon after.]]
12th Jan '17 2:09:46 PM DustSnitch
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* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'''s hellish Eclipse arc, Guts runs up to resident BadAss Pippin, thinking he's still alive. The next panel reveals his corpse has actually been hollowed out from the back.

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* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'''s hellish Eclipse arc, Guts runs up to resident BadAss badass Pippin, thinking he's still alive. The next panel reveals his corpse has actually been hollowed out from the back.
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