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24th May '16 7:50:45 PM manofwarb
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** The last ever HoldTheLine mission of the trilogy is a particularly difficult mission, that has you holding firm against waves of [[TheBrute Brutes]], [[BossInMooksClothing Banshees]], assorted Reaper husk forces and a [[HumongousMecha Reaper destroyer]] targeting you with its [[WaveMotionGun Thannix cannon]], while EDI upgrades a pair of missiles to strike a killing blow on that destroyer.


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** VideGame/Fallout4 has you doing this with the [[WeHelpTheHelpless Minutemen]] a lot! Two instances are awesome - one has you holding your castle against waves of synths teleporting in, the other has you holding against a [[HellishCopter Vertibird]] air assault by troops wearing PowerArmor, a mere minute after you downed their airship headquarters with an artillery bombardment. The other HoldTheLine missions are [[ScrappyMechanic repeating radiant quests in which you must personally defend a random settlement from attack. Even if you have set up strong defenses for that settlement, these missions will fail, with loss of life and expensive property damage unless you are physically present while the last attacker goes down]].
23rd May '16 6:14:53 PM WoodenTable
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--> '''General Sturnn''': To each of us falls a task. And all the Emperor requires of us Guardsmen is that we stand in line, and we die fighting. It is what we do best: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKIAMAqGNIY we die standing.]]

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--> '''General Sturnn''': To each of us falls a task. And all the Emperor requires of us Guardsmen is that we stand in the line, and we die fighting. It is what we do best: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKIAMAqGNIY we die standing.]]
23rd May '16 6:18:50 AM PaulA
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* Creator/DavidGemmell's first novel, ''Literature/{{Legend}}'', is one big case of holding the line, as an undermanned and undertrained garrison attempts to hold a pass against an invading horde that massively outnumbers them, in the hope of slowing the horde down long enough for reinforcements to arrive. [[spoiler:They don't, but they do delay the horde just barely long enough for internal strife to force the horde to turn around and go home.]] A prequel, ''Literature/TheFirstChroniclesOfDrussTheLegend'' also features a hold the line action in its last act, with a FantasyCounterpartCulture version of the Spartans holding the line at Thermopylae.
6th May '16 3:14:18 PM StFan
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* The entirety of ''{{X-Com}}: UFO Defense'' is a Hold The Line mission. Every alien ship and base the player destroys only serves to hinder the aliens' progress until the player has the knowledge and technology to attack the alien home base. No matter how many weapons the player builds and no matter how many aliens he successfully destroys, the Earth will slowly but surely fall into alien hands unless the final mission is carried out.

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* The entirety of ''{{X-Com}}: ''VideoGame/XCom: UFO Defense'' is a Hold The Line mission. Every alien ship and base the player destroys only serves to hinder the aliens' progress until the player has the knowledge and technology to attack the alien home base. No matter how many weapons the player builds and no matter how many aliens he successfully destroys, the Earth will slowly but surely fall into alien hands unless the final mission is carried out.



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* In ''[[Film/SeventyOne '71]]'' the soldiers have to hold back an angry mob while the police [[PoliceBrutality search houses for guns.]]

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* In ''[[Film/SeventyOne '71]]'' ''Film/SeventyOne'' the soldiers have to hold back an angry mob while the police [[PoliceBrutality search houses for guns.]]



* In ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', Wolverine says this trope almost word for word as he commands the X-Men to stand their ground and protect Leech, the source of the cure at Alcatraz.

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* ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'': When it becomes clear that Team Iron Man is too powerful to take down, [[spoiler:Falcon, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and Giant-Man choose to stay behind and hold them off long enough for Cap and Bucky to escape in the Quinjet]].



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11th Apr '16 1:06:23 PM towercurator
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* In ''Literature/VoidDomain'', the climax of book three ends up with two separate HoldTheLine events at the same time, perpetrated by two separate organizations, splitting the protagonists' attentions between the locations.
2nd Apr '16 9:16:28 AM Tron80
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* At several points in DragonBallZ the Z-fighters' strategy was basically "Hold out until Goku gets back." After meeting the Saiyans, everyone else realizes they have little chance of actually damaging the threats and basically decides to simply keep them occupied away from civilians while trying not to die themselves as long as possible.

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* At several points in DragonBallZ ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' the Z-fighters' strategy was basically "Hold out until Goku gets back." After meeting the Saiyans, everyone else realizes they have little chance of actually damaging the threats and basically decides to simply keep them occupied away from civilians while trying not to die themselves as long as possible.


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* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'', when [[spoiler:the army was invading [[HomeBase NERV]],]] Shinji ordered [[spoiler:his [[SpaceMarine Rubric Marines]]]] to hold the tunnels while he [[spoiler:rescued Misato.]]
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1st Apr '16 5:46:13 PM TechPriest90
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* {{VideoGame/Verdun}} is all about this. Justified, since you're fighting in trenches and the setting is WorldWarOne.
31st Mar '16 3:55:10 AM Orca1_9904
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* in ''[[Film/SeventyOne '71]]'' the soldiers have to hold back an angry mob while the police [[PoliceBrutality search houses for guns.]]

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* At the climax of ''Film/TearsOfTheSun'', a Navy [=SEAL=] team make a last stand against a far larger enemy force in a desperate attempt to buy time for a group of refugees to reach safety, the team leader [[Creator/BruceWillis Lt. A.K. Waters]] even invoking the trope by name.
20th Mar '16 3:10:12 PM uhema
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* Music/{{Beatles}}, "Revolution 9": "Hold that line! Block that kick!"
5th Mar '16 8:29:17 PM JM1982
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* The Mexican victory at Puebla on UsefulNotes/CincoDeMayo during France's invasion in the 1860s delayed the French advance on Mexico City for over a year. This gave Mexican President [[BadassNative Benito]] [[MagnificentBastard Juarez]] time to organize a GovernmentInExile and LaResistance before fleeing, it also prevented the French from linking up with the Confederates in the UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar and gave the Union time to turn the tables on the Confederates.
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