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19th Apr '17 11:44:49 PM superkeijikun
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': [[spoiler:Link's final memory shows him in a desperate last stand against a pack of Guardians. He fights to protect Zelda, but is badly wounded and his Master Sword is dull and rusty from overuse. He collapses from his wounds, and he and Zelda would've died if she hadn't awakened to her latent power which shut down the Guardians, giving her time to have Link taken to the Shrine of Resurrection to recover so he can continue the fight against Calamity Ganon later.]]
16th Apr '17 3:27:30 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted [[SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus Vengeance]]: After fighting their way through a forest Spartacus, Mira, Naevia, and Nasir finally make it to Mount Vesuvius, only to hear an army approach them from behind. Nasir is too wounded to fight and Naevia is too [[BrokenBird traumatized]], so Spartacus tells Mira to take them and run. She refuses to abandon him, and the two prepare to make their final stand, only for the approaching forces to be revealed to be their own.

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* Subverted [[SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus Vengeance]]: ''Series/SpartacusVengeance'': After fighting their way through a forest Spartacus, Mira, Naevia, and Nasir finally make it to Mount Vesuvius, only to hear an army approach them from behind. Nasir is too wounded to fight and Naevia is too [[BrokenBird traumatized]], so Spartacus tells Mira to take them and run. She refuses to abandon him, and the two prepare to make their final stand, only for the approaching forces to be revealed to be their own.
14th Apr '17 5:26:05 AM Opalure
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** In the ''Legion'' expansion, during the [[spoiler:attack on the Exodar]], you have [[spoiler:Nobundo's]] Last Stand, a quest where you and several NPCs hold the line against seemingly-endless waves of demons while the demon commander gloats between throwing increasingly-strong waves of troops at you.
2nd Apr '17 6:58:19 AM Aravagantos
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* The Battle of Camerone in which 65 officers and men of [[LegionOfLostSouls the French Foreign Legion]] held off a Mexican force of approximately 2,000 for ten hours. When first asked to surrender, Capitaine Jean Danjou replied simply with, ''"We have munitions. We will not surrender."'' The last two men on their feet were finally persuaded to surrender on terms. The nineteen surviving legionaires had their wounds tended and were repatriated along with their arms and the bodies of their fallen comrades. Camerone is commemorated annually by the Foreign Legion to this day.

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* The Battle of Camerone in which 65 officers and men of [[LegionOfLostSouls the French Foreign Legion]] held off a Mexican force of approximately 2,000 for ten hours. When first asked to surrender, Capitaine Jean Danjou replied simply with, ''"We have munitions. We will not surrender."'' The battle ended with a five-man, zero-ammo bayonet charge against the mexicans, after which the last two men on their feet were finally persuaded to surrender on terms. The nineteen surviving legionaires had their wounds tended and were repatriated along with their arms and the bodies of their fallen comrades. Camerone is commemorated annually by the Foreign Legion to this day.
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.
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