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24th Jul '16 4:44:43 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted somewhat in the manga finale for ''ChronoCrusade''. There are several important battles and victories leading up to [[spoiler:Chrono and Aion's fight]] in the final two volumes--which covers just two consecutive days. However, when the time comes for the final battle, the perspective cuts away right before the first blows are exchanged, and we're never fully given the details of what happened.

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* Subverted somewhat in the manga finale for ''ChronoCrusade''.''Manga/ChronoCrusade''. There are several important battles and victories leading up to [[spoiler:Chrono and Aion's fight]] in the final two volumes--which covers just two consecutive days. However, when the time comes for the final battle, the perspective cuts away right before the first blows are exchanged, and we're never fully given the details of what happened.
21st Jul '16 3:30:59 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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The FightScene [[UpToEleven on steroids]], and the perfect climax to the [[ActionAdventureTropes Action Story]]: The forces of Good and the forces of Evil lock swords one last time. Everything the heroes have fought for hangs on the outcome of this fight. Consequently, the heroes (and [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy sometimes]] the villains) throw everything they have into winning the Final Battle.

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The FightScene [[UpToEleven on steroids]], and the perfect climax to the [[ActionAdventureTropes Action Story]]: The forces of Good and the forces of Evil lock swords one last time. Everything the heroes have fought for hangs on the outcome of this fight. Consequently, the heroes (and [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy sometimes]] sometimes the villains) throw everything they have into winning the Final Battle.



** The Shining Armor Arc has Shining -- backed by [[TrueCompanions Misfit Actual]] and [[EleventhHourRanger Gilda]] -- confronting [[BigBad Makarov]] one last time in the middle of a BigBadassBattleSequence between their [[TheAlliance respective]] [[TheEmpire forces]] for the sake of the world. And since Makarov is a GenreSavvy LargeHam RealityWarper, the whole thing plays out like a FinalBoss battle in a videogame.

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** The Shining Armor Arc has Shining -- backed by [[TrueCompanions Misfit Actual]] and [[EleventhHourRanger Gilda]] -- confronting [[BigBad Makarov]] one last time in the middle of a BigBadassBattleSequence between their [[TheAlliance respective]] [[TheEmpire forces]] for the sake of the world. And since Makarov is a GenreSavvy LargeHam RealityWarper, the whole thing plays out like a FinalBoss battle in a videogame.



* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Aragorn leads Gondor, Rohan, and their [[GondorCallsForAid allies]] to fight the armies of Mordor at the Black Gate. [[SupportingLeader Aragorn and the other commanders]] [[GenreSavvy know full well]] that they have a very slim chance of actually defeating Sauron's army, and that their actual purpose is to distract Sauron so Frodo can do his job. Once the ring is destroyed, Sauron's will will be broken and his armies will be ''much'' easier to defeat.

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* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Aragorn leads Gondor, Rohan, and their [[GondorCallsForAid allies]] to fight the armies of Mordor at the Black Gate. [[SupportingLeader Aragorn and the other commanders]] [[GenreSavvy know full well]] well that they have a very slim chance of actually defeating Sauron's army, and that their actual purpose is to distract Sauron so Frodo can do his job. Once the ring is destroyed, Sauron's will will be broken and his armies will be ''much'' easier to defeat.
14th Jul '16 8:27:01 AM EricW
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* ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' ends with a climatic brawl in Metropolis between all the villains and all the heroes.


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* ''Fanfic/YoungJusticeDarknessFalls'' features one with the entire league and team fighting across the earth (and beyond) to save the world from Darkseid and [[spoiler: Klarion]].


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* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' features the battle of Pride Rock, with Scar and his Hyenas fighting a pitched battle against Simba and his allies.
* ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' has the pitched jungle fight between Clayton and his forces against Tarzan and his allies.
5th Jul '16 5:04:22 PM nombretomado
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* While [[WarOf1812 the War of 1812]] was already ''technically'' over, due to a peace accord having been signed between Great Britain and the United States, the news hadn't reached either the American or British armies at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_New_Orleans New Orleans by the time the British launched their attack]]. It was a fitting final battle (at least for the Americans, anyway) as less than 5,000 American soldiers managed to crush a British force twice their size, saving New Orleans and catapulting General [[AndrewJackson Andrew Jackson]] to national prominence; in fact, had the peace news come in time to prevent the battle, it is likely Jackson would never have become President of the United States.

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* While [[WarOf1812 the War of 1812]] was already ''technically'' over, due to a peace accord having been signed between Great Britain and the United States, the news hadn't reached either the American or British armies at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_New_Orleans New Orleans by the time the British launched their attack]]. It was a fitting final battle (at least for the Americans, anyway) as less than 5,000 American soldiers managed to crush a British force twice their size, saving New Orleans and catapulting General [[AndrewJackson Andrew Jackson]] UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson to national prominence; in fact, had the peace news come in time to prevent the battle, it is likely Jackson would never have become President of the United States.
30th Jun '16 7:37:30 PM nombretomado
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* The 2008 ''{{Bionicle}}'' storyline was marketed like this, even being referred to as such in-universe:

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* The 2008 ''{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' storyline was marketed like this, even being referred to as such in-universe:
22nd Jun '16 8:58:00 PM contrafanxxx
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* The GrandFinale of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', [[Recap/PersonOfInterestS5EP13 "return 0"]], shows Team Machine's LastStand against Samaritan and its men.

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* The GrandFinale of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', [[Recap/PersonOfInterestS5EP13 [[Recap/PersonOfInterestS05EP13 "return 0"]], shows Team Machine's LastStand against Samaritan and its men.
22nd Jun '16 8:57:32 PM contrafanxxx
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* The GrandFinale of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', [[Recap/PersonOfInterestS5EP13 "return 0"]], shows Team Machine's LastStand against Samaritan and its men.
13th Jun '16 3:32:53 PM Az_Tech341
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*** Roman history was rife with these, however, the best examples come from the Third Servile War and the [[UsefulNotes/PunicWars Second Punic War]]. In the former, Spartacus had been chased to Rhegium (The "toe" of Italy's "boot") and cut off from supplies. Cornered by Crassus, they made one final stand at the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Siler_River Battle of the Siler River]]. Despite the fact that much of Spartacus' army was comprised of slaves who knew little of fighting, they still brought their full force against Crassus, seeing no alternative. In the end, they lost, but it was a narrow defeat and had Spartacus won, he likely could have led his people to freedom.

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*** Roman history was rife with these, however, the these. The best examples come from the Third Servile War and the [[UsefulNotes/PunicWars Second Punic War]]. In the former, Spartacus had been chased to Rhegium (The "toe" of Italy's "boot") and cut off from supplies. Cornered by Crassus, they made one final stand at the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Siler_River Battle of the Siler River]]. Despite the fact that much of Spartacus' army was comprised of slaves who knew little of fighting, they still brought their full force against Crassus, seeing no alternative. In the end, they lost, but it was a narrow defeat and had Spartacus won, he likely could have led his people to freedom.
13th Jun '16 11:46:19 AM DoktorSoviet
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*** Roman history was rife with these, however, the best examples come from the Third Servile War and the {{UsefulNotes/PunicWars Second Punic War}}. In the former, Spartacus had been chased to Rhegium (The "toe" of Italy's "boot") and cut off from supplies. Cornered by Crassus, they made one final stand at the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Siler_River Battle of the Siler River]]. Despite the fact that much of Spartacus' army was comprised of slaves who knew little of fighting, they still brought their full force against Crassus, seeing no alternative. In the end, they lost, but it was a narrow defeat and had Spartacus won, he likely could have led his people to freedom.
*** As nearly 17 years of war drew to a close, Carthage opted to make a final stand in the {{UsefulNotes/PunicWars Second Punic War}}. They had already sued for peace with Rome, having lost their lucrative Spanish colonies while Hannibal campaign in Italy, but the Romans demanded outrageous terms and so the Carthaginians rebuffed them and recalled Hannibal and his army to Africa. This truly was the final battle in many ways. On one side you had Hannibal, one of the most brilliant leaders in history, marshaling out with a force of veteran mercenaries, monstrous war elephants, and a massive levy of troops to help bolster his numbers. On the other side was Scipio Africanus, son of a wealthy Roman stateman, marching with a force of elite Roman infantry. Scipio was also a brilliant general, and he had fought Hannibal's forces before early into the war, in a battle that almost got his father killed. In the end, the battle was pivotal for many reasons, not the least of which revolved around Hannibal. Hannibal himself had won three crushing victories against the Roman Republic at Trebia, Trasimene, and Cannae. This made him the most feared enemy the Romans had ever encountered. In the end, Hannibal was decisively defeated at the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Zama Battle of Zama]], mostly because Scipio had adapted to Hannibal's tactics of using light cavalry as flankers, and against his elephant charge, which the Romans swiftly brought down with the use of pilum. In the end, the fate of the Mediterranean was decided at that battle, and it was one of the largest territorial gains for the Republic, as well as a huge boon to Scipio's reputation.

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*** Roman history was rife with these, however, the best examples come from the Third Servile War and the {{UsefulNotes/PunicWars [[UsefulNotes/PunicWars Second Punic War}}.War]]. In the former, Spartacus had been chased to Rhegium (The "toe" of Italy's "boot") and cut off from supplies. Cornered by Crassus, they made one final stand at the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Siler_River Battle of the Siler River]]. Despite the fact that much of Spartacus' army was comprised of slaves who knew little of fighting, they still brought their full force against Crassus, seeing no alternative. In the end, they lost, but it was a narrow defeat and had Spartacus won, he likely could have led his people to freedom.
*** As nearly 17 years of war drew to a close, Carthage opted to make a final stand in the {{UsefulNotes/PunicWars [[UsefulNotes/PunicWars Second Punic War}}.War]]. They had already sued for peace with Rome, having lost their lucrative Spanish colonies while Hannibal campaign in Italy, but the Romans demanded outrageous terms and so the Carthaginians rebuffed them and recalled Hannibal and his army to Africa. This truly was the final battle in many ways. On one side you had Hannibal, one of the most brilliant leaders in history, marshaling out with a force of veteran mercenaries, monstrous war elephants, and a massive levy of troops to help bolster his numbers. On the other side was Scipio Africanus, son of a wealthy Roman stateman, marching with a force of elite Roman infantry. Scipio was also a brilliant general, and he had fought Hannibal's forces before early into the war, in a battle that almost got his father killed. In the end, the battle was pivotal for many reasons, not the least of which revolved around Hannibal. Hannibal himself had won three crushing victories against the Roman Republic at Trebia, Trasimene, and Cannae. This made him the most feared enemy the Romans had ever encountered. In the end, Hannibal was decisively defeated at the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Zama Battle of Zama]], mostly because Scipio had adapted to Hannibal's tactics of using light cavalry as flankers, and against his elephant charge, which the Romans swiftly brought down with the use of pilum. In the end, the fate of the Mediterranean was decided at that battle, and it was one of the largest territorial gains for the Republic, as well as a huge boon to Scipio's reputation.
13th Jun '16 11:45:36 AM DoktorSoviet
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*** Also: The Battle of Phillipi was the last hurrah for the Optimate faction. Brutus and Cassius versus Antony and Octavian. This was Antony's CrowningMomentOfAwesome. He managed to beat both Cassius and Brutus, while Octavian's forces were overrun by Brutus's in the first phase of the battle.
** Still, the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII battle for Berlin]] was sufficiently epic, bloody, stubborn, featured in a Very Special Final City and signified the downfall of the Nazi regime, so all in all it definitely counts. Although the FinalBoss was an [[AnticlimaxBoss anticlimactic one]]. One would expect [[VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D power armor and miniguns]] or terrible occult powers or something, but [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler the bastard]] simply shot himself! What a spoilsport. [[TheWarOnTerror Hussein]] was much more diligent on that account.
** Salamis, Hastings, half the battles in the Hundred Year War, virtually every naval battle in the Imjin War. Basically, any battle containing either a national leader or a 'lynchpin' commander.

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*** ** Also: The Battle of Phillipi was the last hurrah for the Optimate faction. Brutus and Cassius versus Antony and Octavian. This was Antony's CrowningMomentOfAwesome. He managed to beat both Cassius and Brutus, while Octavian's forces were overrun by Brutus's in the first phase of the battle.
** Still, *** Roman history was rife with these, however, the best examples come from the Third Servile War and the {{UsefulNotes/PunicWars Second Punic War}}. In the former, Spartacus had been chased to Rhegium (The "toe" of Italy's "boot") and cut off from supplies. Cornered by Crassus, they made one final stand at the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Siler_River Battle of the Siler River]]. Despite the fact that much of Spartacus' army was comprised of slaves who knew little of fighting, they still brought their full force against Crassus, seeing no alternative. In the end, they lost, but it was a narrow defeat and had Spartacus won, he likely could have led his people to freedom.
*** As nearly 17 years of war drew to a close, Carthage opted to make a final stand in the {{UsefulNotes/PunicWars Second Punic War}}. They had already sued for peace with Rome, having lost their lucrative Spanish colonies while Hannibal campaign in Italy, but the Romans demanded outrageous terms and so the Carthaginians rebuffed them and recalled Hannibal and his army to Africa. This truly was the final battle in many ways. On one side you had Hannibal, one of the most brilliant leaders in history, marshaling out with a force of veteran mercenaries, monstrous war elephants, and a massive levy of troops to help bolster his numbers. On the other side was Scipio Africanus, son of a wealthy Roman stateman, marching with a force of elite Roman infantry. Scipio was also a brilliant general, and he had fought Hannibal's forces before early into the war, in a battle that almost got his father killed. In the end, the battle was pivotal for many reasons, not the least of which revolved around Hannibal. Hannibal himself had won three crushing victories against the Roman Republic at Trebia, Trasimene, and Cannae. This made him the most feared enemy the Romans had ever encountered. In the end, Hannibal was decisively defeated at the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Zama Battle of Zama]], mostly because Scipio had adapted to Hannibal's tactics of using light cavalry as flankers, and against his elephant charge, which the Romans swiftly brought down with the use of pilum. In the end, the fate of the Mediterranean was decided at that battle, and it was one of the largest territorial gains for the Republic, as well as a huge boon to Scipio's reputation.
* The
[[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII battle for Berlin]] was sufficiently epic, bloody, stubborn, featured in a Very Special Final City and signified the downfall of the Nazi regime, so all in all it definitely counts. Although the FinalBoss was an [[AnticlimaxBoss anticlimactic one]]. One would expect [[VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D power armor and miniguns]] or terrible occult powers or something, but [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler the bastard]] simply shot himself! What a spoilsport. [[TheWarOnTerror Hussein]] was much more diligent on that account.
** * Salamis, Hastings, half the battles in the Hundred Year War, virtually every naval battle in the Imjin War. Basically, any battle containing either a national leader or a 'lynchpin' commander.
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