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23rd May '16 6:45:06 AM PaulA
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* Creator/DavidGemmell's novel ''Legend'' features an army of 10,000 half- as a trained peasants and outlaws attempting to hold a six walled city while being attacked by a professional army of 500,000. If they can hold out for three months, the kingdom may be saved from the enemy. The names of the six walls pretty much tells the tale. "Exultation," "Despair," "Renewed Hope," "Desperation," "Serenity," and "Death."
* In Creator/CSLewis's ''TheLastBattle'', the protagonists prefer this to the Calormene offer of slavery for some and HumanSacrifice for others.
** In ''TheHorseAndHisBoy'' when the Narnians discuss escaping the city, the [[CleverCrows raven]] says that these sound all very well in story but in reality, after the first attacks are repulsed, the enemy sets fire to the house.

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* Creator/DavidGemmell's novel ''Legend'' ''Literature/{{Legend}}'' features an army of 10,000 half- as a trained half-trained peasants and outlaws attempting to hold a six walled six-walled city while being attacked by a professional army of 500,000. If they can hold out for three months, the kingdom may be saved from the enemy. The names of the six walls pretty much tells the tale. "Exultation," "Despair," tale: "Exultation", "Despair", "Renewed Hope," "Desperation," "Serenity," Hope", "Desperation", "Serenity", and "Death."
"Death".
* In Creator/CSLewis's ''TheLastBattle'', ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':
** In ''Literature/TheLastBattle'',
the protagonists prefer this to the Calormene offer of slavery for some and HumanSacrifice for others.
** In ''TheHorseAndHisBoy'' ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'', when the Narnians discuss escaping the city, the [[CleverCrows raven]] says that these sound all very well in story but in reality, after the first attacks are repulsed, the enemy sets fire to the house.
21st May '16 2:16:22 AM DavidCowie
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* Not present in ''Mankind's Last Stand,'' but the more accurate title ''Mankind's Small But Significant Battle'' would be less exciting. (A neglected outpost stumbles across, and defeats, a plot to re-supply the remnants of the alien invasion).
13th May '16 10:41:18 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The [[TheYugoslavWars Battle of Vukovar]] featured a force of around 2,200 Croatian infantry (with next to no armor, air support or artillery) fighting against a much larger Serbian force that had significant armor and air support. Despite being horribly outmatched and surrounded, the Croats held out for 87 days and inflicted heavy casualties on their enemies in brutal street-to-street fighting.

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* The [[TheYugoslavWars [[UsefulNotes/TheYugoslavWars Battle of Vukovar]] featured a force of around 2,200 Croatian infantry (with next to no armor, air support or artillery) fighting against a much larger Serbian force that had significant armor and air support. Despite being horribly outmatched and surrounded, the Croats held out for 87 days and inflicted heavy casualties on their enemies in brutal street-to-street fighting.
5th May '16 2:40:35 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Episode 2. Rosa's DyingMomentOfAwesome. Proof that she does care for her daughter, despite everything.

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* VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry Episode 2. Rosa's DyingMomentOfAwesome. Proof that she does care for her daughter, despite everything.
3rd May '16 8:49:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* One ''StarWars'' story portrays the [[{{Mooks}} Imperial stormtroopers]] as simply men, rather than faceless villains, and, in a deliberate homage to ''{{Zulu}}'', they struggle to hold a small outpost against an overwhelming force of tribal natives.

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* One ''StarWars'' story portrays the [[{{Mooks}} Imperial stormtroopers]] as simply men, rather than faceless villains, and, in a deliberate homage to ''{{Zulu}}'', ''Film/{{Zulu}}'', they struggle to hold a small outpost against an overwhelming force of tribal natives.



* {{Superman}} a number of times. The first was ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'' then there was ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman.''

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* {{Superman}} ComicBook/{{Superman}} a number of times. The first was ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'' then there was ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman.''



* In the ''GreenLantern'' BatFamilyCrossover ''ComicBook/LightsOut'', Relic's invasion of Oa is so fierce, the Lanterns have to [[spoiler:evacuate Oa before it explodes]]. The chapter the invasion take's place is even called "Oa's Last Stand".

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* In the ''GreenLantern'' ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' BatFamilyCrossover ''ComicBook/LightsOut'', Relic's invasion of Oa is so fierce, the Lanterns have to [[spoiler:evacuate Oa before it explodes]]. The chapter the invasion take's place is even called "Oa's Last Stand".
25th Apr '16 9:25:14 PM TSBasilisk
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** Then in ''[[VideoGame/StarCraftII Wings of Liberty]]'', [[spoiler:the last protoss mini-campaign mission is set in the BadFuture where Kerrigan was killed, resulting in the Fallen One using hybrids to enslave the zerg and annihilate the terrans. The mission is a last stand mission where you fight until the very last protoss in existence dies]].

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** Then in ''[[VideoGame/StarCraftII Wings of Liberty]]'', [[spoiler:the the last protoss mini-campaign mission is set in the BadFuture where Kerrigan [[spoiler:Kerrigan was killed, killed]], resulting in the Fallen One using hybrids Hybrids to enslave the zerg Zerg and annihilate the terrans. Terrans. The mission is a last stand mission where you fight until the very last protoss Protoss in existence dies]].dies.


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** Kilrogg Deadeye has a special mechanic "Vision of Death" which causes players to witness the moment of their death: A hopeless last stand against the Burning Legion as Azeroth burns. Each demon killed grants a stacking buff; after killing 20 demons or dying the player returns to the battle.
*** Kilrogg himself is making a last stand as years ago he saw the vision of his death. He knows he is destined to die against the players but won't make it easy for them.
18th Apr '16 1:21:35 AM Doug86
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* The Theban Sacred Band (a [[BadassGay homosexual warrior fraternity]]) at the Battle of Chaeronea did ''even better'' then the Spartans and Thespiae at Thermopylae. Not "just" guarding a mountain pass they stood in the open field and thumbed their collective noses at AlexanderTheGreat himself. Unlike the Spartans however, their cause [[DoomedMoralVictor died]] [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife with them.]]

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* The Theban Sacred Band (a [[BadassGay homosexual warrior fraternity]]) at the Battle of Chaeronea did ''even better'' then the Spartans and Thespiae at Thermopylae. Not "just" guarding a mountain pass they stood in the open field and thumbed their collective noses at AlexanderTheGreat UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat himself. Unlike the Spartans however, their cause [[DoomedMoralVictor died]] [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife with them.]]
8th Apr '16 8:00:18 PM Stealth
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* The battle of Raseiniai in UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 was an utter catastrophe for the Soviet Union--it lost the vast majority of its 750 tanks, while German losses were fairly light. However, when dawn rose on June 24th, 1941, a lone KV-2 heavy tank was seen parked in front of the crossroads in front of the city of Raseiniai...where it proceeded to hold off ''the entire 6th Panzer Division'' by itself for ''an entire day''. The KV-2 {{No Sell}}ed German fire for hours, destroyed a half-dozen anti-tank guns, burned supply convoys, and sent [=Pz35s=] scuttling for cover. The Germans didn't actually kill the tank directly; the KV-2 inevitably ran out of ammunition for its [[{{BFG}} 152mm howitzer]] and took hits that put holes its armor without damaging components or injuring the crew. The tank itself simply could not be destroyed with the materiel the Germans could throw at it--the only way that the Germans managed to knock it out was [[InsertGrenadeHere throwing a grenade through one of the previously made holes into the crew compartment]]. The Germans so [[WorthyOpponent admired the incredible tenacity of the KV-2's unknown crew]] that they [[DueToTheDead respectfully buried the fallen Soviet tank crew rather than abandoning their bodies in the tank]].
13th Mar '16 9:50:06 PM Chris116
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* ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Transformers: Prime'' starts with [[SacrificialLion Cliffjumper's]] last stand... and he does ''not'' go quietly.

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Transformers: Prime'' Prime'']] starts with [[SacrificialLion Cliffjumper's]] last stand... and he does ''not'' go quietly.
13th Mar '16 9:49:27 PM Chris116
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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' basically starts with [[SacrificialLion Cliffjumper's]] last stand... and he does ''not'' go quietly.
** But what goes around comes around for at the end of[[spoiler: the episode Synthesis, Megatron quickly learned that Ratchet still functional when the now uncloaked warship was coming under attack.]] Needless to say Megatron gleefully accepted the situation to make things more pragmatic.
*** Megatron: [[spoiler:"If Optimus wishes to wage a battle, for the fate of both Earth and Cybertron, then I shall oblige him. This will be our last stand...."]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' basically ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Transformers: Prime'' starts with [[SacrificialLion Cliffjumper's]] last stand... and he does ''not'' go quietly.
** But what goes around comes around for at the end of[[spoiler: of the penultimate episode Synthesis, of the series, the odds have never been more in the Autobots' favor when they attack the ''Nemesis'': [[spoiler: The Decepticons have lost the [[EliteMooks Insecticons]], most of their bog-standard Vehicons, and their juggernaut Predaking, and their only assets at this point are the Dark Star Saber and Soundwave. Shockwave, Knock Out, Starscream, and Megatron quickly learned that Ratchet still functional when are all easy prey for at least one of the now uncloaked warship was coming under attack.incoming Autobots (Megs being no match for the upgraded Optimus).]] Needless to say Megatron gleefully accepted the situation to make things more pragmatic.
*** Megatron: [[spoiler:"If -->'''Megatron''':"If Optimus wishes to wage a battle, for the fate of both Earth and Cybertron, then I shall oblige him. This will be our last stand...."]]"
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