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7th Dec '16 8:33:51 PM DustSnitch
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* [[http://www.cracked.com/article/197_the-7-most-badass-last-stands-in-history-battle/ This article]], as the title implies, chronicles some of the most BadAss one man last stands in history.

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* [[http://www.cracked.com/article/197_the-7-most-badass-last-stands-in-history-battle/ This article]], as the title implies, chronicles some of the most BadAss badass one man last stands in history.



* [[http://www.ww2f.com/eastern-europe/13579-pavlovs-house.html#post164521 Sergeant Yakov Pavlov and his platoon, trapped behind enemy lines in a half-collapsed apartment building in Stalingrad,]] [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18550_5-true-war-stories-that-put-every-action-movie-to-shame.html constantly beating the crap out of attacking German troops]] ''for 59 days''. BadAss...

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* [[http://www.ww2f.com/eastern-europe/13579-pavlovs-house.html#post164521 Sergeant Yakov Pavlov and his platoon, trapped behind enemy lines in a half-collapsed apartment building in Stalingrad,]] [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18550_5-true-war-stories-that-put-every-action-movie-to-shame.html constantly beating the crap out of attacking German troops]] ''for 59 days''. BadAss...Badass...



* The Shangani Patrol during the First Matabele War. British Major Allan Wilson let a group of 37 hastily assembled scouts, including two Americans (the well known American adventurer Frederick Burnham was one of them) and an Australian. The small group came upon 3,000 strong Matabele warriors. Going into BadAss mode, the 37 men killed several hundred warriors before running low on ammo, Major Wilson ordered Burnham to break out with two other troopers and bring back help. Burnham and the two others broke through the lines but reinforcements did not arrive in time as Wilson fought to his very last bullet, at which point, the few remaining British stood, sang "God Save the Queen", and shook hands with one another preparing for death. Wilson and his second in command Henry Borrow were the last killed.

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* The Shangani Patrol during the First Matabele War. British Major Allan Wilson let a group of 37 hastily assembled scouts, including two Americans (the well known American adventurer Frederick Burnham was one of them) and an Australian. The small group came upon 3,000 strong Matabele warriors. Going into BadAss badass mode, the 37 men killed several hundred warriors before running low on ammo, Major Wilson ordered Burnham to break out with two other troopers and bring back help. Burnham and the two others broke through the lines but reinforcements did not arrive in time as Wilson fought to his very last bullet, at which point, the few remaining British stood, sang "God Save the Queen", and shook hands with one another preparing for death. Wilson and his second in command Henry Borrow were the last killed.
6th Dec '16 11:44:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' [[spoiler: Tallahassee goes into the booth at Pacific Playland, surrounded by zombies on all sides. It has all the makings of a LastStand, complete with dramatic music as he empties round after round into the zombies, but when it cuts back to him later he's revealed to be completely unharmed, [[BadAss surrounded by a mass of zombie corpses.]]]]

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* Subverted in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' [[spoiler: Tallahassee goes into the booth at Pacific Playland, surrounded by zombies on all sides. It has all the makings of a LastStand, complete with dramatic music as he empties round after round into the zombies, but when it cuts back to him later he's revealed to be completely unharmed, [[BadAss surrounded by a mass of zombie corpses.]]]]]]
6th Dec '16 3:21:38 AM __Vano
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_Brest_Fortress The Brest Fortress]]. On June 22, 1941, Brest Fortress was one of the first Soviet defenses to be attacked by German troops. Surrounded, a few defenders continued fighting for more than a month, facing overwhelming German troops and heavy artillery. The last defender of the Brest Fortress, Major Pyotr Gavrilov was taken prisoner on July 23, unable to fight any longer due to starvation and exhaustion. Apocryphal stories extend the resistance well into August and claim it only ended when Germans were forced to [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill flood the fort's basements using the local river]] in view of an impending visit of Hitler and Mussolini to the city.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_Brest_Fortress The Brest Fortress]]. On June 22, 1941, Brest Fortress was one of the first Soviet defenses to be attacked by German troops. Surrounded, a few defenders continued fighting for more than a month, facing overwhelming German troops and heavy artillery. The last defender of the Brest Fortress, Major Pyotr Gavrilov was taken prisoner on July 23, unable to fight any longer due to starvation and exhaustion. Apocryphal stories extend the resistance well into August and claim it only ended when Germans were forced to [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill flood the fort's basements using the local river]] in view of an impending visit of by Hitler and Mussolini to the city.
6th Dec '16 3:12:08 AM __Vano
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_Brest_Fortress The Brest Fortress]]. On June 22, 1941, Brest Fortress was one of the first Soviet defenses to be attacked by German troops. Surrounded, a few defenders continued fighting for more than a month, facing overwhelming German troops and heavy artillery. The last defender of the Brest Fortress, Major Pyotr Gavrilov was taken prisoner on July 23, unable to fight any longer due to starvation and exhaustion. Apocryphal stories extend the resistance well into August and claim it only ended when Germans were forced to [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill flood the fort's basements using the local river]] in view of an impending arrive of Hitler and Mussolini to the city.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_Brest_Fortress The Brest Fortress]]. On June 22, 1941, Brest Fortress was one of the first Soviet defenses to be attacked by German troops. Surrounded, a few defenders continued fighting for more than a month, facing overwhelming German troops and heavy artillery. The last defender of the Brest Fortress, Major Pyotr Gavrilov was taken prisoner on July 23, unable to fight any longer due to starvation and exhaustion. Apocryphal stories extend the resistance well into August and claim it only ended when Germans were forced to [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill flood the fort's basements using the local river]] in view of an impending arrive visit of Hitler and Mussolini to the city.
6th Dec '16 3:06:55 AM __Vano
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_Brest_Fortress The Brest Fortress]]. On June 22, 1941, Brest Fortress was one of the first Soviet defenses to be attacked by German troops. Surrounded, a few defenders continued fighting for more than a month, facing overwhelming German troops and heavy artillery. The last defender of the Brest Fortress, Major Pyotr Gavrilov was taken prisoner on July 23, unable to fight any longer due to starvation and exhaustion.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_Brest_Fortress The Brest Fortress]]. On June 22, 1941, Brest Fortress was one of the first Soviet defenses to be attacked by German troops. Surrounded, a few defenders continued fighting for more than a month, facing overwhelming German troops and heavy artillery. The last defender of the Brest Fortress, Major Pyotr Gavrilov was taken prisoner on July 23, unable to fight any longer due to starvation and exhaustion. Apocryphal stories extend the resistance well into August and claim it only ended when Germans were forced to [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill flood the fort's basements using the local river]] in view of an impending arrive of Hitler and Mussolini to the city.
6th Dec '16 12:58:53 AM __Vano
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* Battle of Thermopylae. Note that Spartan law forbade them to retreat; hence, the page quote.

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* Battle of Thermopylae. Note that Spartan law forbade them to retreat; hence, retreat.
-->''"Go tell
the page quote.Spartans, passer-by, that here, by Spartan law, we lie."''
--->-- '''Simonides''', epitaph for the Spartan dead at the Battle of Thermopylae
5th Dec '16 3:56:09 PM __Vano
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Sometimes, TheCavalry or the BigDamnHeroes ''do'' show up. Sometimes, the enemy will run out of supplies, victuals or ammunition, or decide a PyrrhicVictory is not worth the effort, and leave the battlefield. Sometimes, the dogged opposition causes the enemy forces to decide to take an end-run about you. Sometimes, the news of newly-made peace will reach both the defenders and attackers and resolve the situation without fight. In very rare cases, the defenders even manage to impress the attackers so much that they offer them extremily favorable surrending terms that are not only perfectly acceptable but can be considered a victory in and of itself. More usually this trope is a set up for a DownerEnding, perhaps [[BittersweetEnding sweetened]] by [[SoleSurvivor one or two survivors]] LeftForDead, or sent away to BringNewsBack or the loyalty, {{f|ireForgedFriends}}riendship, and unyielding honor of the doomed forces, leading to ItHasBeenAnHonor -- and the DyingMomentOfAwesome.

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Sometimes, TheCavalry or the BigDamnHeroes ''do'' show up. Sometimes, the enemy will run out of supplies, victuals or ammunition, or decide a PyrrhicVictory is not worth the effort, and leave the battlefield. Sometimes, the dogged opposition causes the enemy forces to decide to take an end-run about you. Sometimes, the news of newly-made peace will reach both the defenders and attackers and resolve the situation without fight. In very rare cases, the defenders even manage to impress the attackers so much that they offer them extremily favorable surrending terms that are not only perfectly acceptable but can be considered a victory in and of itself. More usually though, this trope is a set up for a DownerEnding, perhaps [[BittersweetEnding sweetened]] by [[SoleSurvivor one or two survivors]] LeftForDead, or sent away to BringNewsBack or of the loyalty, {{f|ireForgedFriends}}riendship, and unyielding honor of the doomed forces, leading to ItHasBeenAnHonor -- and the DyingMomentOfAwesome.
5th Dec '16 3:53:24 PM __Vano
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Sometimes, TheCavalry or the BigDamnHeroes ''do'' show up. Sometimes, the enemy will run out of supplies, victuals or ammunition, or decide a PyrrhicVictory is not worth the effort, and leave the battlefield. Sometimes, the dogged opposition causes the enemy forces to decide to take an end-run about you. Sometimes, the news of newly-made peace will reach both the defenders and attackers and resolve the situation without fight. More usually this trope is a set up for a DownerEnding, perhaps [[BittersweetEnding sweetened]] by [[SoleSurvivor one or two survivors]] LeftForDead, or sent away to BringNewsBack or the loyalty, {{f|ireForgedFriends}}riendship, and unyielding honor of the doomed forces, leading to ItHasBeenAnHonor -- and the DyingMomentOfAwesome.

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Sometimes, TheCavalry or the BigDamnHeroes ''do'' show up. Sometimes, the enemy will run out of supplies, victuals or ammunition, or decide a PyrrhicVictory is not worth the effort, and leave the battlefield. Sometimes, the dogged opposition causes the enemy forces to decide to take an end-run about you. Sometimes, the news of newly-made peace will reach both the defenders and attackers and resolve the situation without fight. In very rare cases, the defenders even manage to impress the attackers so much that they offer them extremily favorable surrending terms that are not only perfectly acceptable but can be considered a victory in and of itself. More usually this trope is a set up for a DownerEnding, perhaps [[BittersweetEnding sweetened]] by [[SoleSurvivor one or two survivors]] LeftForDead, or sent away to BringNewsBack or the loyalty, {{f|ireForgedFriends}}riendship, and unyielding honor of the doomed forces, leading to ItHasBeenAnHonor -- and the DyingMomentOfAwesome.
29th Nov '16 7:50:32 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''ConanTheBarbarian'' story "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn", the fate of the palace guard.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''ConanTheBarbarian'' ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn", the fate of the palace guard.
22nd Nov '16 7:19:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Cynian army make a last stand against the Burgid horde in ''Literature/AnArmyOfTheDead''. They are killed to a man. [[spoiler:The entire army then gets [[AnimateDead resurrected]] as an army of [[ArmyOfTheDead unstoppable undead]] and proceed to CurbStomp their opponents.]]

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* The Cynian army make a last stand against the Burgid horde in ''Literature/AnArmyOfTheDead''. They are killed to a man. [[spoiler:The entire army then gets [[AnimateDead resurrected]] as an army of [[ArmyOfTheDead [[NightOfTheLivingMooks unstoppable undead]] and proceed to CurbStomp their opponents.]]
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