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13th Mar '17 2:30:20 AM Vampireandthen
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*** The Soviets were over 10 kilometers from the city center. The Germans who were on the frontlines had been soldiers from the Eastern Front, and been given a hammering the whole time they were retreating. Even if the Red Army couldn't send troops in, they could have at least been more giving in sending the resistance air support and supplies. However, Stalin was not interested in Poland having it's old government back at all. The fact he directly ordered the Red Army to halt before Warsaw after being informed of the plans for the Uprising tells you exactly what he wanted in the long run.

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*** The Soviets were over 10 kilometers from the city center. The Germans who were on the frontlines had been soldiers from the Eastern Front, and been given a hammering the whole time they were retreating. Even if the Red Army couldn't send troops in, they could have at least been more giving in sending the resistance air support and supplies. However, Stalin was not interested in Poland having it's old government back at all. The fact he directly ordered the Red Army to halt before Warsaw after being informed of the plans for the Uprising tells you exactly what he wanted in the long run. Declassified Soviet documents actually show Stalin ordered the Red Army to prevent outside help from getting to the Uprising.
13th Mar '17 2:27:56 AM Vampireandthen
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*** The Soviets were over 10 kilometers from the city center. The Germans who were on the frontlines had been soldiers from the Eastern Front, and been given a hammering the whole time they were retreating. Even if the Red Army couldn't send troops in, they could have at least been more giving in sending the resistance air support and supplies. However, Stalin was not interested in Poland having it's old government back at all. The fact he directly ordered the Red Army to halt before Warsaw after being informed of the plans for the Uprising tells you exactly what he wanted in the long run.
11th Mar '17 7:51:23 AM Melancholeric
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** Although, they never intended to hold out indefinitely. They expected the Red Army (which was approaching at a blistering pace) to relieve them, but apparently didn't understand that the Red Army's latest offensive had neither planned to nor was capable of maintaining a(n unplanned-for, and therefore having been assigned neither sufficient troops nor supplies to succesfully do this upon demand!) bridgehead over the Vistula so close to Warsaw, a then-improvised but strongly-held lynchpin of the Germans' defensive line there. The Poles had already rebelled when the the mobile (exploitation-)force that got closest to Warsaw (as little as 10km, apparently) had to halt for fear of a German counter-attack while they were still nearly out of ammunition and fuel and their men were fainting with hunger and exhaustion. While it ''might've'' been possible for the Red Army to execute an improvised offensive within the 60 days of the uprising to take ''and hold'' Warsaw in the face of fierce German resistance and counter-attacks, it wouldn't have had the numbers or ammunition for it to be anything but an extremely costly endeavor which would've meant at least a few tens of thousands dead/crippled/captured and a lot of prime war material put out of action - not to mention the huge problems this would cause the entire logistics chain[[note]] Especially given the frantic preparations for the upcoming Iassy-Kishinev offensive against Rumania and the need to exert pressure on Army Group North in the Baltic to keep it from escaping to Germany by sea[[/note]] given that they hadn't planned on launching the damned thing until just a month ago!
*** However, given that the blood-price Stalin was willing to pay for an independant Poland was precisely zero, the possibly and the costs are moot points.

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** Although, they never intended to hold out indefinitely. They expected the Red Army (which was approaching at a blistering pace) to relieve them, but apparently didn't understand that the Red Army's latest offensive had neither planned to nor was capable of maintaining a(n unplanned-for, and therefore having been assigned neither sufficient troops nor supplies to succesfully do this upon demand!) a bridgehead over the Vistula so close to Warsaw, a then-improvised but strongly-held lynchpin of the Germans' defensive line there. The Poles had already rebelled when the the mobile (exploitation-)force that got force closest to Warsaw (as little as 10km, apparently) had to halt for fear of a German counter-attack while they were still nearly out of ammunition and fuel and their men were fainting with hunger and exhaustion. While it ''might've'' been possible for the it Red Army to execute ''might'' have executed an improvised offensive within the 60 days of the uprising to take ''and hold'' ''and'' taken Warsaw in the face of fierce German resistance and counter-attacks, it they wouldn't have had the numbers or ammunition for it to be anything but an extremely costly endeavor which would've meant at least a few tens act of thousands dead/crippled/captured and a lot of prime war material put out of action - not to mention the huge problems this would cause the entire logistics chain[[note]] suicide.[[note]] Especially given the frantic preparations for the upcoming Iassy-Kishinev offensive against Rumania and the need to exert pressure on Army Group North in the Baltic to keep it from escaping to Germany by sea[[/note]] given that they hadn't planned on launching Thus, the damned thing until just a month ago!
*** However, given that the blood-price Stalin was willing to pay for an independant Poland was precisely zero, the possibly and the costs are moot points.
uprising of ''Armia Krajowa'', although valorous, achieved [[SenselessSacrifice much, ''much'' less than it potentially could]].
19th Feb '17 12:41:23 PM BlackSunNocturne
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* Music/{{Sabaton}}'s latest album ''The Last Stand'' is all about this and HoldTheLine with songs about the Spartans at Thermopylae, the Lost Battalion, the Swiss Guard in 1527, Rorkes Drift and the Samurai at Shiroyama.

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* Music/{{Sabaton}}'s latest eighth album ''The Last Stand'' is all a ConceptAlbum about this and HoldTheLine with songs about the Spartans at Thermopylae, the Lost Battalion, the Swiss Guard in 1527, Rorkes Rorke's Drift and the Samurai {{Samurai}} at Shiroyama.
10th Feb '17 2:02:18 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Yoren refuses to surrender his charges even in the face of certain death.
** In the backstory of Robert's Rebellion, the Kingsguard at the Tower of Joy was the last stand of the Targaryen forces who refused to surrender. Ned Stark managed to slay them and then found out they were protecting Rhaegar Targaryen's last surviving son.
27th Jan '17 3:10:05 PM ClownZephyr302
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6V_7QYKBGI&t=31 couch gag]] where the [[AttackOfTheKillerWhatever couches come to life and start killing people]], [[TheBartender Moe]] [[OneLastSmoke downs an entire bottle of (presumably) quality liquor]] before taking his shotgun and firing at all of the bar stools and booths that had come to life. It cuts to the next scene before showing what happened in the end.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6V_7QYKBGI&t=31 com/watch?v=U6V_7QYKBGI couch gag]] where the [[AttackOfTheKillerWhatever couches come to life and start killing people]], [[TheBartender Moe]] [[OneLastSmoke downs an entire bottle of (presumably) quality liquor]] before taking his shotgun and firing at all of the bar stools and booths that had come to life. It cuts to the next scene before showing what happened in the end.
27th Jan '17 3:09:14 PM ClownZephyr302
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6V_7QYKBGI&t=31 couch gag]] where the [[AttackOfTheKillerWhatever couches come to life and start killing people]], [[TheBartender Moe]] [[OneLastSmoke downs an entire bottle of (presumably) quality liquor]] before taking his shotgun and firing at all of the bar stools and booths that had come to life. It cuts to the next scene before showing what happened in the end.
22nd Jan '17 1:45:25 PM StFan
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* The last few episodes of both seasons of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. [[spoiler:The first by a Narc Hit squad, of all things, and the second by a proper [[FalseFlagOperation False Flag]] operating [[WarForFunAndProfit military industrial complex]] JSDF.]]
** Eventually subverted in the first one, as Section 9 retreats and is later captured.

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* The last few episodes of both seasons of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. [[spoiler:The first by a Narc Hit squad, of all things, and the second by a proper [[FalseFlagOperation False Flag]] operating [[WarForFunAndProfit military industrial complex]] JSDF.]]
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]] Eventually subverted in the first one, as Section 9 retreats and is later captured.



* ''Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer'' is also a proper example, [[spoiler:particularly the last half]]: 12 fleets of the Earth Sphere Federation's Space force, an old spacecraft meant for deep space travel (outfitted with a WaveMotionGun), and another Spaceship belonging to [[NGOSuperpower the paramilitary organization]] [[LaResistance which fought against them before]]... [[spoiler:against God-Knows-How-Many alien shapeshifters.]] Lots of FromBadToWorse moments, [[spoiler:until a MessianicArchetype of the series arrived in his new Gundam... Just to initiate the final phase of [[BigGood the organization's founder]]'s larger plan - [[FirstContact the dialogues to come]].]]
** In the end the humans had a somewhat narrow victory, after having more than 70% of the fleet [[FateWorseThanDeath "assimilated"]].

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* ''Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer'' is also a proper example, [[spoiler:particularly the last half]]: 12 fleets of the Earth Sphere Federation's Space force, an old spacecraft meant for deep space travel (outfitted with a WaveMotionGun), and another Spaceship belonging to [[NGOSuperpower the paramilitary organization]] [[LaResistance which fought against them before]]... [[spoiler:against God-Knows-How-Many alien shapeshifters.]] Lots of FromBadToWorse moments, [[spoiler:until a MessianicArchetype of the series arrived in his new Gundam... Just to initiate the final phase of [[BigGood the organization's founder]]'s larger plan - [[FirstContact the dialogues to come]].]]
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]] In the end the humans had a somewhat narrow victory, after having more than 70% of the fleet [[FateWorseThanDeath "assimilated"]].



-->'''Mike''': We will have lost only the moment humans give up fighting.

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-->'''Mike''': -->'''Mike:''' We will have lost only the moment humans give up fighting.



* One ''StarWars'' story portrays the [[{{Mooks}} Imperial stormtroopers]] as simply men, rather than faceless villains, and, in a deliberate homage to ''Film/{{Zulu}}'', they struggle to hold a small outpost against an overwhelming force of tribal natives.
* The last fortress guarding a magical portal in ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}''. Only so many could leave so the commander had the women, children and non-human sentients go first. The rest of the spaces were done by lottery. Well known characters, such as Robin Hood and Friar Tuck make their last stand, taking as many of the bastards as with them as possible. This barely even -works-, fortunately the Nine Crow brothers (down to seven) were flying aerial support. Four more die allowing the refugees to escape to Earth.

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* One ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' story portrays the [[{{Mooks}} Imperial stormtroopers]] as simply men, rather than faceless villains, and, in a deliberate homage to ''Film/{{Zulu}}'', they struggle to hold a small outpost against an overwhelming force of tribal natives.
* The last fortress guarding a magical portal in ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}''.''ComicBook/{{Fables}}''. Only so many could leave so the commander had the women, children and non-human sentients go first. The rest of the spaces were done by lottery. Well known characters, such as Robin Hood and Friar Tuck make their last stand, taking as many of the bastards as with them as possible. This barely even -works-, fortunately the Nine Crow brothers (down to seven) were flying aerial support. Four more die allowing the refugees to escape to Earth.



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* [[spoiler:Renust Nju]] talks about these when he fights Padmé in the ''FanFic/JediPadmeTrilogy''.

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* [[spoiler:Renust Nju]] talks about these when he fights Padmé in the ''FanFic/JediPadmeTrilogy''.''Fanfic/JediPadmeTrilogy''.



* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': The [[FinalBattle Battle of the Everfree]] is an interesting play on this trope. By this point, [[BigBad Titan]] has lost all of his top lieutenants and his ability to create [[{{Mooks}} Puppets]], and the [[LaResistance Loyalists]] are [[StormingTheCastle assaulting his Citadel]]. However, he still controls the monsters of the forest, which all combined vastly outnumber the decimated Loyalists. On top of that, he's preparing to enact a spell that will [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill strip the world of its free will]], so Twilight and the others know that they have to finish the war with this last battle, or they lose everything. So really, in a way it's a Last Stand for ''both'' sides.

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* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': ''Fanfic/TheImmortalGame'': The [[FinalBattle Battle of the Everfree]] is an interesting play on this trope. By this point, [[BigBad Titan]] has lost all of his top lieutenants and his ability to create [[{{Mooks}} Puppets]], and the [[LaResistance Loyalists]] are [[StormingTheCastle assaulting his Citadel]]. However, he still controls the monsters of the forest, which all combined vastly outnumber the decimated Loyalists. On top of that, he's preparing to enact a spell that will [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill strip the world of its free will]], so Twilight and the others know that they have to finish the war with this last battle, or they lose everything. So really, in a way it's a Last Stand for ''both'' sides.



* Happens all the time in ''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.
--> Och, I dinnae lads, do ye think we can take him?

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* ''LetsPlay/AScotsmanInEgypt'':
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Happens all the time in ''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 Then the Scottish commander rides up with his army and bodyguard.
--> Och, --->"Och, I dinnae lads, do ye think we can take him?him?"



* ''Fanfic/TheShapeOfTheNightmareToCome'', a fan-created theory of what the Fifty-first Millennium of the Warhammer 40,000 universe might look like, has a few of these; the Adeptus Custodes and Gray Knights on Titan and the Imperial Fists on Terra and later all across the Galaxy are most notable. Almost all of the Orkish race makes a final stand against the New Devourer in the largest battle the galaxy has ever seen. And they lose.



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-->'''Stoick''': Gobber, go with the men.\\
'''Gobber''': I think I'll stay, just in case you're thinking of doing something crazy.\\
'''Stoick''': I can buy them a few minutes if I give that thing something to hunt!\\
'''Gobber''': Then I can double that time.
* {{Invoked|Trope}} by StoicWoobie Blackavar the rabbit in ''WesternAnimation/WatershipDown'' when it seems their GreatEscape has been cut off. Foreshadowing the bloodiest death in the movie, when [[spoiler:Blackavar]] goes on a DyingMomentOfAwesome by staying behind and [[SelfDestructiveCharge attacking General Woundwort]] (that wasn't in the book.)
--> It nearly came off... We'll take one or two of them with us before the end!

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-->'''Stoick''': -->'''Stoick:''' Gobber, go with the men.\\
'''Gobber''': '''Gobber:''' I think I'll stay, just in case you're thinking of doing something crazy.\\
'''Stoick''': '''Stoick:''' I can buy them a few minutes if I give that thing something to hunt!\\
'''Gobber''': '''Gobber:''' Then I can double that time.
* {{Invoked|Trope}} by StoicWoobie Blackavar the rabbit in ''WesternAnimation/WatershipDown'' when it seems their GreatEscape has been cut off. Foreshadowing the bloodiest death in the movie, when [[spoiler:Blackavar]] Blackavar goes on a DyingMomentOfAwesome by staying behind and [[SelfDestructiveCharge attacking General Woundwort]] (that wasn't in the book.)
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-->'''Blackavar:'''
It nearly came off... We'll take one or two of them with us before the end!



* ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'': Toni Montana goes on a drug-fueled killing spree against the assassins sent to execute him, gunning down nearly a dozen of them before being shredded by a hail of gunfire.

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* ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'': ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}'': Toni Montana goes on a drug-fueled killing spree against the assassins sent to execute him, gunning down nearly a dozen of them before being shredded by a hail of gunfire.



%%* ''FortApache''.



* ''Film/TheGrey''. [[spoiler:Ottway stumbles into the wolves' den and, knowing he's going to die anyway, decides to go out fighting.]]
** The after-credits scene shows [[spoiler:both Ottway and the alpha-wolf dead]].
* In ''Literature/ForWhomTheBellTolls'' (and the novel) wounded Robert Jordan stays behind with a machine gun to hold off the advancing troops so the others (and the woman he loves) can escape.

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* ''Film/TheGrey''. [[spoiler:Ottway stumbles into the wolves' den and, knowing he's going to die anyway, decides to go out fighting.]]
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]] The after-credits scene shows [[spoiler:both Ottway and the alpha-wolf dead]].
* ''Literature/ForWhomTheBellTolls'':
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In ''Literature/ForWhomTheBellTolls'' the film (and the novel) novel), wounded Robert Jordan stays behind with a machine gun to hold off the advancing troops so the others (and the woman he loves) can escape.



--> "I've never believed in the End Times. We are [[HumanityIsSuperior mankind]]. Our ''footprints'' are on the moon. [[Literature/TheBible When the last trumpet sounds and the Beast rises from the pit]] -- we will '''[[BadassBoast kill]]''' it."

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--> "I've -->'''Stacker Pentecost:''' I've never believed in the End Times. We are [[HumanityIsSuperior mankind]]. Our ''footprints'' are on the moon. [[Literature/TheBible When the last trumpet sounds and the Beast rises from the pit]] -- we will '''[[BadassBoast kill]]''' it."



* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Literature/GreyKnights'', Justicar Alaric and a small team of his Grey Knights were about to face one of the most terrible daemons in the galaxy. In fact, it was one so terrible that it once massacred over 300 Grey Knights in one battle. To inspire his men:
-->''We do not know what our chances of survival are, so we fight as if they were zero. We do not know what we are facing, so we fight as if it was the dark gods themselves. [[WhatYouAreInTheDark No one will remember us now]] and [[DueToTheDead we may never be buried beneath Titan, so we will build our own memorial here]]. The Chapter might lose us and the Imperium might never know we existed, but the Enemy - the Enemy will know. The Enemy will remember. We will hurt it so badly that it will never forget us until the stars burn out and the Emperor vanquishes it at the end of time. When Chaos is dying, its last thought will be of us. That is our memorial -carved into the heart of Chaos. We cannot lose, Grey Knights. We have already won.''
* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Sabbat Martyr'', one squad of Ghosts return too late and see the gates closing on them. Their leader gives order to fight. They kill over a hundred enemy before their deaths, even though [[WhatYouAreInTheDark no one will ever know]].

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
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In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Literature/GreyKnights'', Justicar Alaric and a small team of his Grey Knights were about to face one of the most terrible daemons in the galaxy. In fact, it was one so terrible that it once massacred over 300 Grey Knights in one battle. To inspire his men:
-->''We do not know what our chances of survival are, so we fight as if they were zero. We do not know what we are facing, so we fight as if it was the dark gods themselves. [[WhatYouAreInTheDark No one will remember us now]] and [[DueToTheDead we may never be buried beneath Titan, so we will build our own memorial here]]. The Chapter might lose us and the Imperium might never know we existed, but the Enemy - -- the Enemy will know. The Enemy will remember. We will hurt it so badly that it will never forget us until the stars burn out and the Emperor vanquishes it at the end of time. When Chaos is dying, its last thought will be of us. That is our memorial -carved -- carved into the heart of Chaos. We cannot lose, Grey Knights. We have already won.''
* ** In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Sabbat Martyr'', one squad of Ghosts return too late and see the gates closing on them. Their leader gives order to fight. They kill over a hundred enemy before their deaths, even though [[WhatYouAreInTheDark no one will ever know]].



* In Creator/JamesSwallow's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''[[Literature/BloodAngels Deus Encarmine]]'', in the opening, the Blood Angels are convinced after the death of their captain that they are fighting a last stand. A brief surcease is followed by an even more devastating attack; they must give up the port they were defending, and one is so dispirited that only the suggestion that he [[DrivenToSuicide kill himself]] stiffens his resolve to fight on.

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* ** In Creator/JamesSwallow's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''[[Literature/BloodAngels Deus Encarmine]]'', in the opening, the Blood Angels are convinced after the death of their captain that they are fighting a last stand. A brief surcease is followed by an even more devastating attack; they must give up the port they were defending, and one is so dispirited that only the suggestion that he [[DrivenToSuicide kill himself]] stiffens his resolve to fight on.



* In Chris Roberson's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/BloodRavens'' novel ''Dawn of War II'', the defense against the tyrannids looks like a Last Stand by the end [[spoiler:and to nearly the very end when TheCavalry arrives]].
* In Creator/BenCounter's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' story "Words of Blood", Athellenas orders repeated retreats and has to threaten Valerian who objects to the dishonor, preferring a Last Stand. [[spoiler:Turns about that Athellenas had worked out how to provoke an EnemyCivilWar.]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Imperial Guard novel ''Cadian Blood'', the Cadian forces are unimpressed by the Last Stand of some NewMeat: they can tell by where the bodies fell. [[spoiler:Later, Seth makes a more impressive Last Stand in the BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind, and though the daemon kills him, he dies laughing and saying the look at the daemon's face made the fight worth it.]]
* In Henry Zhou's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''The Emperor's Mercy'', Imperial Guardsmen are surrounded by Chaos forces and are fighting on, despite dying of hunger and disease. Roth tells Celemine that they had no choice but to stay with them. The commander hears and instantly wants to fight a last charge: they can get them to their ship and [[YouShallNotPass hold off the enemy]] -- and that way, they can [[FamedInStory be remembered]]. (They are. In fact, their eighteen minutes defense of the ship is immortalized in a mural ''on Terra''.)

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* ** In Chris Roberson's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/BloodRavens'' ''Literature/BloodRavens'' novel ''Dawn of War II'', the defense against the tyrannids looks like a Last Stand by the end [[spoiler:and to nearly the very end when TheCavalry arrives]].
* ** In Creator/BenCounter's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' story "Words of Blood", Athellenas orders repeated retreats and has to threaten Valerian who objects to the dishonor, preferring a Last Stand. [[spoiler:Turns about that Athellenas had worked out how to provoke an EnemyCivilWar.]]
* ** In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Imperial Guard novel ''Cadian Blood'', the Cadian forces are unimpressed by the Last Stand of some NewMeat: they can tell by where the bodies fell. [[spoiler:Later, Seth makes a more impressive Last Stand in the BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind, and though the daemon kills him, he dies laughing and saying the look at the daemon's face made the fight worth it.]]
* ** In Henry Zhou's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''The Emperor's Mercy'', Imperial Guardsmen are surrounded by Chaos forces and are fighting on, despite dying of hunger and disease. Roth tells Celemine that they had no choice but to stay with them. The commander hears and instantly wants to fight a last charge: they can get them to their ship and [[YouShallNotPass hold off the enemy]] -- and that way, they can [[FamedInStory be remembered]]. (They are. In fact, their eighteen minutes defense of the ship is immortalized in a mural ''on Terra''.)



* There are several in Creator/JRRTolkien's [[Literature/LordOfTheRings ''Lord of the Rings''.]]

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* There are several in Creator/JRRTolkien's [[Literature/LordOfTheRings ''Lord of the Rings''.]]''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.



* The ''[[{{Mithgar}} Iron Tower trilogy]]'' gives us the Battle of Challerain Keep, the ripoff of the Battle of Pelennor Fields from ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', in which almost all of the good guys are massacred trying to hold the city built up on a hill. About four important characters escape to make the Sauron-ripoff regret messing with them.

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* The ''[[{{Mithgar}} Iron Tower trilogy]]'' gives us the Battle of Challerain Keep, the ripoff of the Battle of Pelennor Fields from ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', ''The Lord of the Rings'', in which almost all of the good guys are massacred trying to hold the city built up on a hill. About four important characters escape to make the Sauron-ripoff regret messing with them.






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---> '''O'Neill:''' What now?\\

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---> '''O'Neill:''' --->'''O'Neill:''' What now?\\



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* In ''PunchOut'' for the Wii, there's a mode called Mac's Last Stand, where you have to fight random Title Defense opponents. If you lose three times, that's it. GAME OVER. Mac retires and the Career mode is locked. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It really is Mac's Last Stand]].
** Fortunately, a locked Career Mode simply means the "story mode" of that profile is over. You're still able to fight anyone anytime in Exhibition Mode (and Last Stand only unlocks after you've beaten all of the regular fighters in both their modes, so you have the run of them). The main goals of the Last Stand are to unlock [[NintendoHard Champion's Mode]] (where every hit on you is a OneHitKO), and fight the GuestFighter, which in turn adds him to the Exhibition roster.

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* In ''PunchOut'' ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' for the Wii, there's a mode called Mac's Last Stand, where you have to fight random Title Defense opponents. If you lose three times, that's it. GAME OVER. Mac retires and the Career mode is locked. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It really is Mac's Last Stand]].
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Stand]]. Fortunately, a locked Career Mode simply means the "story mode" of that profile is over. You're still able to fight anyone anytime in Exhibition Mode (and Last Stand only unlocks after you've beaten all of the regular fighters in both their modes, so you have the run of them). The main goals of the Last Stand are to unlock [[NintendoHard Champion's Mode]] (where every hit on you is a OneHitKO), and fight the GuestFighter, which in turn adds him to the Exhibition roster.



* A substantial part of the premise of the ''IronGrip'' games, especially the second installment (which is basically a blend of tactical TowerDefense and War FPS).
* [[spoiler: Zack Fair]] from ''CrisisCore'', you can't help but he awed by this guy's desperate struggle against such overwhelming numbers.

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* A substantial part of the premise of the ''IronGrip'' ''VideoGame/IronGrip'' games, especially the second installment (which is basically a blend of tactical TowerDefense and War FPS).
* [[spoiler: Zack Fair]] from ''CrisisCore'', ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', you can't help but he awed by this guy's desperate struggle against such overwhelming numbers.



* In ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II'''s campaign, the final mission turns into this after you successfully complete your objectives only to have your evac craft shot down. Your units resign themselves to heroic deaths, [[spoiler:[[TheCavalry and then Captain Angelos arrives with reinforcements]], joining your side while [[ItsRainingMen allied drop pods rain upon the battlezone]]]].

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* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWarII'':
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In ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II'''s the campaign, the final mission turns into this after you successfully complete your objectives only to have your evac craft shot down. Your units resign themselves to heroic deaths, [[spoiler:[[TheCavalry and then Captain Angelos arrives with reinforcements]], joining your side while [[ItsRainingMen allied drop pods rain upon the battlezone]]]].



-->''[[SuperSoldier Blood Raven]] losses: Total... They refused to retreat.''

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-->''[[SuperSoldier --->''[[SuperSoldier Blood Raven]] losses: Total... They refused to retreat.''



** A meta-example from ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'': After Microsoft shut down the X-Box Live servers for the game, [[http://kotaku.com/5525837/fourteen-halo-2-fans-refuse-to-let-it-die the "Noble Fourteen" were players who simply refused to log off]] and stayed in the game, continuing the game's final deathmatch. At one point, [[http://kotaku.com/5528475/halo-2-diehards-lured-with-halo-reach-beta-codes Bungie tried to bribe them]] with ''Halo Reach'' beta codes, but twelve remained. [[http://kotaku.com/5535672/the-last-man-to-play-halo-2-on-xbox-live The last of them was disconnected (involuntarily) on May 10th]], more than a month after the official shutdown date.

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** A meta-example from ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'': ''VideoGame/Halo2'': After Microsoft shut down the X-Box Live servers for the game, [[http://kotaku.com/5525837/fourteen-halo-2-fans-refuse-to-let-it-die the "Noble Fourteen" were players who simply refused to log off]] and stayed in the game, continuing the game's final deathmatch. At one point, [[http://kotaku.com/5528475/halo-2-diehards-lured-with-halo-reach-beta-codes Bungie tried to bribe them]] with ''Halo Reach'' beta codes, but twelve remained. [[http://kotaku.com/5535672/the-last-man-to-play-halo-2-on-xbox-live The last of them was disconnected (involuntarily) on May 10th]], more than a month after the official shutdown date.



* ''LastScenario'' features [[spoiler: Felgorn, an [[TheAtoner Atoner]] for the other side who demonstrates [[HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifice]] and [[OneManArmy One Man Army]] during his last stand against two-hundred soldiers that ended in a tie.]]

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* ''LastScenario'' ''VideoGame/LastScenario'' features [[spoiler: Felgorn, an [[TheAtoner Atoner]] for the other side who demonstrates [[HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifice]] and [[OneManArmy One Man Army]] during his last stand against two-hundred soldiers that ended in a tie.]]



* In ''VideoGame/DeadLock'', the human faction is mainly known for its prowess in the [[HumansAreDiplomats realms of trade and diplomacy]] - greatly suited for winning the game in peaceful ways. But if they're forced into a fight, they have a special weapon too - all Human Infantry can use the 'Berserk' command in battle, injecting themselves with SuperSerum that [[TheBerserker whips them into a frenzy, granting them the incredible strength and durability they need to take on vastly more powerful alien foes]]. Unfortunately, any survivors will either be killed or crippled for life by the drug's body altering effects. Even the '''[[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Tarth]]''' find this fanatical dedication to be downright disturbing.

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* In ''VideoGame/DeadLock'', the human faction is mainly known for its prowess in the [[HumansAreDiplomats realms of trade and diplomacy]] - -- greatly suited for winning the game in peaceful ways. But if they're forced into a fight, they have a special weapon too - -- all Human Infantry can use the 'Berserk' command in battle, injecting themselves with SuperSerum that [[TheBerserker whips them into a frenzy, granting them the incredible strength and durability they need to take on vastly more powerful alien foes]]. Unfortunately, any survivors will either be killed or crippled for life by the drug's body altering effects. Even the '''[[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Tarth]]''' find this fanatical dedication to be downright disturbing.



* The Advent Rebel's ''Eradica'' Titan in SinsOfASolarEmpire has it's ultimate ability which makes it more powerful the more damage it takes and when it's health finally runs out it gets 2 minutes of invulnerability before being destroyed.

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* The Advent Rebel's ''Eradica'' Titan in SinsOfASolarEmpire ''VideoGame/SinsOfASolarEmpire'' has it's its ultimate ability which makes it more powerful the more damage it takes and when it's health finally runs out it gets 2 minutes of invulnerability before being destroyed.



* [[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.]]

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* [[spoiler: Mission 45]] in [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain MGSV The Phantom Pain]].''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain''. 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.]]



* First half of the ''Webcomic/ErfWorld'' is this. Stanley's side is desperate enough to summon a "perfect" warlord. Unfortunately, this person is Parson.

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* ''Webcomic/ErfWorld'':
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First half of the ''Webcomic/ErfWorld'' comic is this. Stanley's side is desperate enough to summon a "perfect" warlord. Unfortunately, this person is Parson.



-->'''Parson''': "So this'll be the last of the last stands..."
-->''Enemies start pouring in instead of waiting for reinforcements''
-->'''Parson''': "All right, boop this. Wanda! Fall back to the Portal Room and tighten the perimeter until it holds! Call it the last - of the last of the last stands."
* ''Webcomic/{{Bug|Martini}}'' [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/scarface/ deconstructs]] this trope.

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-->'''Parson''': "So --->'''Parson:''' So this'll be the last of the last stands..."
-->''Enemies
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''[enemies
start pouring in instead of waiting for reinforcements''
-->'''Parson''': "All
reinforcements]''\\
'''Parson:''' All
right, boop this. Wanda! Fall back to the Portal Room and tighten the perimeter until it holds! Call it the last - -- of the last of the last stands."
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stands.
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''Webcomic/{{Bug|Martini}}'' [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/scarface/ deconstructs]] this trope.



* Happens to Nahman, member of the GIProz during the Mount And Blade video. He is one of the few remaining members of the Austrian military who try holding out against Freikorps that are storming their hill.
* '' TheShapeOfTheNightmareToCome'', a fan created theory of what the Fifty-first Millennium of the Warhammer 40,000 universe might look like, has a few of these; the Adeptus Custodes and Gray Knights on Titan and the Imperial Fists on Terra and later all across the Galaxy are most notable. Almost all of the Orkish race makes a final stand against the New Devourer in the largest battle the galaxy has ever seen. And they lose.
* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' had one near the end of version three, during [[spoiler:the escape attempt]]. While the majority of the students went to the coast (where [[spoiler:the escape boats were waiting]]), one group [[YouShallNotPass stayed behind to buy time for the others]], fighting [[spoiler:the platoon of Danya's soldiers sent to stop them]]. [[spoiler:Only two of them - [[ShellShockedVeteran Adam Dodd]] and [[TheHero Neil Sinclair]] - made it out alive, but the others not only succeeded in delaying the soldiers, they ''wiped out the platoon'' by blowing up the armory.]]

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* Happens to Nahman, member of the GIProz LetsPlay/GIProz during the Mount And Blade "Mount and Blade" video. He is one of the few remaining members of the Austrian military who try holding out against Freikorps that are storming their hill.
* '' TheShapeOfTheNightmareToCome'', a fan created theory of what the Fifty-first Millennium of the Warhammer 40,000 universe might look like, has a few of these; the Adeptus Custodes and Gray Knights on Titan and the Imperial Fists on Terra and later all across the Galaxy are most notable. Almost all of the Orkish race makes a final stand against the New Devourer in the largest battle the galaxy has ever seen. And they lose.
* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest''
''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' had one near the end of version three, during [[spoiler:the escape attempt]]. While the majority of the students went to the coast (where [[spoiler:the escape boats were waiting]]), one group [[YouShallNotPass stayed behind to buy time for the others]], fighting [[spoiler:the platoon of Danya's soldiers sent to stop them]]. [[spoiler:Only two of them - [[ShellShockedVeteran Adam Dodd]] and [[TheHero Neil Sinclair]] - made it out alive, but the others not only succeeded in delaying the soldiers, they ''wiped out the platoon'' by blowing up the armory.]]



* TheLastAngel involves quite many, the pacification of Varissha and the battle of Earth stand out in particular.

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* TheLastAngel ''Literature/TheLastAngel'' involves quite many, the pacification of Varissha and the battle of Earth stand out in particular.



* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'':
** Dinobot's last stand against the Predacons in ''Code of Hero'' is probably ''the'' CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the entire [[{{Transformers}} franchise]].
** And of course, Optimus Prime himself is no stranger to this trope, having done it twice in two separate movies. And both were also pretty darn awesome.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Transformers: Prime'']] starts with [[SacrificialLion Cliffjumper's]] last stand... and he does ''not'' go quietly.

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* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
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''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'':
** *** Dinobot's last stand against the Predacons in ''Code of Hero'' is probably ''the'' CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the entire [[{{Transformers}} [[ franchise]].
** *** And of course, Optimus Prime himself is no stranger to this trope, having done it twice in two separate movies. And both were also pretty darn awesome.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Transformers: Prime'']] ** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'':
** It
starts with [[SacrificialLion Cliffjumper's]] last stand... and he does ''not'' go quietly.



-->'''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...."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers'' episode "Armada", the Crown Forces vastly outnumbered the League's and were pretty much ready to steamroll Earth. [[DaChief Commander Walsh]] even invoked the trope. It was only at the last minute that [[TheCavalry Shane and Niko arrived]], exposing a critical flaw in the Crown's experimental engine design.

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-->'''Megatron''':"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...."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers'' ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' episode "Armada", the Crown Forces vastly outnumbered the League's and were pretty much ready to steamroll Earth. [[DaChief Commander Walsh]] even invoked the trope. It was only at the last minute that [[TheCavalry Shane and Niko arrived]], exposing a critical flaw in the Crown's experimental engine design.



* ''WesternAnimation/RoughnecksStarshipTroopersChronicles'' featured [[EnsembleDarkhorse C.H.A.S.]] rescue Higgins from a minefield by stepping on the mine [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman him/itself]]. As the bugs swarm in C.H.A.S. opens up with every gun he has to buy the others time to get away. Notable in that he gets two [[PreMortemOneLiner Pre-Mortem One Liners]].
** The first is [[PreAsskickingMutter "I am out of ammunition"]] so he starts [[MeetMyGoodFriendsLeftyAndRighty punching bugs to death]]. When that fails he lets the bugs crowd in close and...
*** ...[[TakingYouWithMe Takes his foot off the mine.]] [[DefiantToTheEnd "ROUGHNECKS, HO!"]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/RoughnecksStarshipTroopersChronicles'' featured [[EnsembleDarkhorse C.H.A.S.]] rescue Higgins from a minefield by stepping on the mine [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman him/itself]]. As the bugs swarm in C.H.A.S. opens up with every gun he has to buy the others time to get away. Notable in that he gets two [[PreMortemOneLiner Pre-Mortem One Liners]].
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Liners]]. The first is [[PreAsskickingMutter "I am out of ammunition"]] so he starts [[MeetMyGoodFriendsLeftyAndRighty punching bugs to death]]. When that fails he lets the bugs crowd in close and...
*** ...[[TakingYouWithMe
and... [TakingYouWithMe Takes his foot off the mine.]] [[DefiantToTheEnd "ROUGHNECKS, HO!"]]



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* Literature/MaleRising has a last stand during the Great War at [[Saragarhi, where Ibrahim Abacar was stationed]].

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* Literature/MaleRising ''Literature/MaleRising'' has a last stand during the Great War at [[Saragarhi, [[spoiler:Saragarhi, where Ibrahim Abacar was stationed]].
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* Literature/MaleRising has a last stand during the Great War at [[Saragarhi, where Ibrahim Abacar was stationed]].
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