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8th Feb '16 5:18:33 AM IkariLoona
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FFXI has a more recent example
* Done a few times in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI''. [[spoiler: Raogrimm]] holds off the Ark Angels [[spoiler: after you defeat him as the Shadowlord]] [[RedemptionEqualsDeath to let the party escape]]. Aphmau's Blue Mage bodyguard protects the party from an oncoming wave of Mamool Ja, likely casting Self Destruct. [[spoiler:Lehko Habhoka]] in Wings of the Goddess does the same, having hidden his mortal wound from the previous fight.
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* Done a few times in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI''. [[spoiler: Raogrimm]] holds off the Ark Angels [[spoiler: after you defeat him as the Shadowlord]] [[RedemptionEqualsDeath to let the party escape]]. Aphmau's Blue Mage bodyguard protects the party from an oncoming wave of Mamool Ja, likely casting Self Destruct. [[spoiler:Lehko Habhoka]] in Wings of the Goddess does the same, having hidden his mortal wound from the previous fight. And in Rhapsodies of Vana'diel you see the biggest gathering of FFXI characters ever as [[spoiler:the Cloud of Darkness attacks the last remaining place in Vana'diel, the far eastern island of Reisenjima]].
8th Feb '16 3:44:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* Sun Tzu's military treatise, ''TheArtOfWar'', descibes the actual military implications of a last stand situation, or as he put it 'being on deadly ground'. He states this can actually be an advantage to a trapped or hopeless army, as they're given only two options: fight harder than they've ever fought in their lives, or die. This means that an army will typically fight at its absolute hardest when they're making a last stand. As a result, he advises against putting an enemy in this position. Rather, one should always give the enemy the opportunity to run away.
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* Sun Tzu's military treatise, ''TheArtOfWar'', ''Literature/TheArtOfWar'', descibes the actual military implications of a last stand situation, or as he put it 'being on deadly ground'. He states this can actually be an advantage to a trapped or hopeless army, as they're given only two options: fight harder than they've ever fought in their lives, or die. This means that an army will typically fight at its absolute hardest when they're making a last stand. As a result, he advises against putting an enemy in this position. Rather, one should always give the enemy the opportunity to run away.
4th Feb '16 3:47:58 PM Ohio9
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* In ''Film/BlackHawkDown'', Delta Force snipers Gary Gordon and Randy Shughart fight to the death to defend the second Blackhawk crash site, shooting on until they are down to their final few pistol rounds before they are overwhelmed.
1st Feb '16 7:50:23 PM 99-cells
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** 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...."]]
1st Feb '16 7:30:30 PM 99-cells
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* [[spoiler: Mission 45]] in [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain MGSV The Phantom Pain]]. Everything about this basically screams 'your last stand [[spoiler:together]]'; the opposition against you, the BGM that plays during so, but most predominant of all: [[spoiler:the inevitable, heartbreaking departure of your deadliest ally.]]
12th Jan '16 2:14:05 PM StFan
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* Happens all the time in ''FanFic/AScotsmanInEgypt'' - to Scotland's enemies. Due to the AI behaving the same way every time, a besieged city will end up with its walls breached and its army retreating to the city square for its last, ineffective, stand. And in one instance, the surviving army consisted of one spearman. The the Scottish commander rides up with his army and bodyguard.
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* Happens all the time in ''FanFic/AScotsmanInEgypt'' ''LetsPlay/AScotsmanInEgypt'' - to Scotland's enemies. Due to the AI behaving the same way every time, a besieged city will end up with its walls breached and its army retreating to the city square for its last, ineffective, stand. And in one instance, the surviving army consisted of one spearman. The the Scottish commander rides up with his army and bodyguard.
21st Dec '15 3:31:55 PM Prfnoff
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* Richard Grenville sailed his one ship against a whole Spanish fleet, as narrated in Tennyson's poem "The Revenge: A Ballad of the Fleet," and inflicted incredibly disproportionate damage before finally being forced to surrender by his crew...after he'd been mortally wounded. The Spaniards were so [[WorthyOpponent awed]] that they promised to release the English sailors who survived.
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* Richard Grenville sailed his one ship against a whole Spanish fleet, as narrated in Tennyson's Creator/AlfredLordTennyson's poem "The Revenge: A Ballad of the Fleet," and inflicted incredibly disproportionate damage before finally being forced to surrender by his crew...after he'd been mortally wounded. The Spaniards were so [[WorthyOpponent awed]] that they promised to release the English sailors who survived.

* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benkei Saito Musashibo Benkei]] deserves special mention, despite being listed in the first Website/{{Cracked}} article, as he DiedStandingUp while enforcing this. 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'', as he'd killed 300 soldiers that had tried to cross. It was only after a long while that they realized he had died, due to their fear to approach. 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 halberd]]. He has a small shrine today where this happened.
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benkei Saito Musashibo Benkei]] UsefulNotes/MusashiboBenkei deserves special mention, despite being listed in the first Website/{{Cracked}} article, as he DiedStandingUp while enforcing this. 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'', as he'd killed 300 soldiers that had tried to cross. It was only after a long while that they realized he had died, due to their fear to approach. 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 halberd]]. He has a small shrine today where this happened.
21st Dec '15 3:26:22 PM Prfnoff
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_off_Samar The Battle Off Samar]], a part of the massive naval Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1945. The Japanese battle plan for Leyte Gulf was to send its carrier forces north, to draw the US Navy's battle fleet northward and expose the Leyte landings to annihilation by the still-powerful Japanese battleship fleet. This actually worked - Admiral Halsey, in charge of the extremely powerful US Third Fleet and believing the surface battle was essentially over, took all his forces northward while failing to notify anyone at Leyte that he was no longer defending nor even monitoring their northern flank. Admiral Kurita slipped through the San Bernadino Straight with the the Imperial Japanese Navy's Center Force, consisting of the superbattleship ''Yamato'', three additional battleships, six heavy and two light cruisers, plus eleven destroyers. With Third Fleet hundreds of miles away on Halsey's snipe hunt, Kurita's force was poised to steam directly for the Leyte landings and unleash an unsurvivable naval barrage agains the defenseless beacheads and the tens of thousands of Marines and sailors occupying them.
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_off_Samar The Battle Off Samar]], a part of the massive naval Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1945.1944. The Japanese battle plan for Leyte Gulf was to send its carrier forces north, to draw the US Navy's battle fleet northward and expose the Leyte landings to annihilation by the still-powerful Japanese battleship fleet. This actually worked - Admiral Halsey, in charge of the extremely powerful US Third Fleet and believing the surface battle was essentially over, took all his forces northward while failing to notify anyone at Leyte that he was no longer defending nor even monitoring their northern flank. Admiral Kurita slipped through the San Bernadino Straight with the the Imperial Japanese Navy's Center Force, consisting of the superbattleship ''Yamato'', three additional battleships, six heavy and two light cruisers, plus eleven destroyers. With Third Fleet hundreds of miles away on Halsey's snipe hunt, Kurita's force was poised to steam directly for the Leyte landings and unleash an unsurvivable naval barrage agains the defenseless beacheads and the tens of thousands of Marines and sailors occupying them.
20th Dec '15 4:16:16 PM nombretomado
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** In ''TheSilmarillion'', Húrin makes his Last Stand at the Battle of Unnumbered Tears. Out of the bodyguard of Gothmog, Lord of the Balrogs, 70 trolls were killed by Húrin before he was overborne by an endless supply of cheaper orcs and taken away to a FateWorseThanDeath.
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** In ''TheSilmarillion'', ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Húrin makes his Last Stand at the Battle of Unnumbered Tears. Out of the bodyguard of Gothmog, Lord of the Balrogs, 70 trolls were killed by Húrin before he was overborne by an endless supply of cheaper orcs and taken away to a FateWorseThanDeath.
13th Dec '15 5:48:14 AM Grudgeal
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' movie ''In the Beginning'' has two such speeches, in regards to [[HopelessWar the war between humanity and the Minbari Federation]]: ** The [[http://youtu.be/DeNBJ5o-b7s?t=1m19s first]] comes from a voiceover by Londo Mollari: --->The War. The humans, I think, knew they were doomed. Where another race would surrender to despair, the humans fought back with greater strength. They made the Minbari fight for every inch of space. In my life, I have never seen anything like it; They would weep, they would pray, they would say goodbye to their loved ones, and then throw themselves without fear or hesitation at the very face of death itself, never surrendering. No one who saw them fighting against the inevitable could help but be moved to tears by their courage. Their stubborn nobility. When they ran out of ships, they used guns, when they ran out guns they used knives and sticks and bare hands. They were magnificent. I only hope that when it is my time, I may die with half as much dignity as I saw in their eyes in the end. They did this for ''two years''; they never ran out of courage. But in the end, they ran out of ''time''. ** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbBRrK9Q-rw second speech]] was delivered by the Earth Alliance president in the final hours of the conflict: --->'''Madam President:''' Are we on? This is... this is the President. I have just been informed that the midrange military bases at Beta Durani and Proxima 3 have fallen to the Minbari advance. We've lost contact with Io and must conclude that they too have fallen to an advance force. Our Military Intelligence believes that the Minbari intend to bypass Mars and hit Earth directly and the attack could come at any time. We have continued to broadcast our surrender and a plea for mercy and they have not responded. Therefore we can only conclude that we stand at the twilight of the human race. In order to buy time for our evacuation transports to leave Earth, we ask for the support of every ship capable of fighting to take part in a last defense of our home world. We will not lie to you, we do not believe that survival is a possibility. We believe that anyone who joins this battle will never come home. But for every ten minutes we can delay the military advance, several hundred more civilians may have a chance to escape to neutral territory. Though Earth may fall, the human race must have a chance to continue elsewhere. No greater sacrifice has ever been asked of a people. But I ask you now to step forward one last time, one last battle to hold the line against the night. May God go with you all.
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' movie ''In ''Series/BabylonFive'''s backstory has The Battle of the Beginning'' has two such speeches, in regards to [[HopelessWar Line, the war between last stand of humanity and against the Minbari Federation]]: ** The [[http://youtu.be/DeNBJ5o-b7s?t=1m19s first]] comes from a voiceover by Londo Mollari: --->The War. The humans, I think, knew they were doomed. Where another race would surrender to despair, in the humans fought back with greater strength. They made hope of getting as many refugees off Earth and into neutral territory as possible before the Minbari fight [[DeathFromAbove glassed the planet]]. Humanity suffered 90% casualties while inflicting minimal losses and were about to break when the Minbari, mysteriously, withdrew and sued for every inch of space. In my life, I have never seen anything like it; They would weep, peace. Why they would pray, they would say goodbye to their loved ones, and then throw themselves without fear or hesitation at the very face of death itself, never surrendering. No one who saw them fighting against the inevitable could help but be moved to tears by their courage. Their stubborn nobility. When they ran out of ships, they used guns, when they ran out guns they used knives and sticks and bare hands. They were magnificent. I only hope that when did it is my time, I may die with half as much dignity as I saw in their eyes in the end. They did this for ''two years''; they never ran out of courage. But in the end, they ran out of ''time''. ** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbBRrK9Q-rw second speech]] was delivered by the Earth Alliance president in the final hours of the conflict: --->'''Madam President:''' Are we on? This is... this is the President. I have just been informed that the midrange military bases at Beta Durani and Proxima 3 have fallen to the Minbari advance. We've lost contact with Io and must conclude that they too have fallen to an advance force. Our Military Intelligence believes that the Minbari intend to bypass Mars and hit Earth directly and the attack could come at any time. We have continued to broadcast our surrender and a plea for mercy and they have not responded. Therefore we can only conclude that we stand at the twilight of the human race. In order to buy time for our evacuation transports to leave Earth, we ask recurring mystery for the support of every ship capable of fighting to take part in a last defense of our home world. We will not lie to you, we do not believe that survival is a possibility. We believe that anyone who joins this battle will never come home. But for every ten minutes we can delay the military advance, several hundred more civilians may have a chance to escape to neutral territory. Though Earth may fall, the human race must have a chance to continue elsewhere. No greater sacrifice has ever been asked of a people. But I ask you now to step forward one last time, one last battle to hold the line against the night. May God go with you all.series' first season.
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