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20th Apr '16 9:01:37 AM Piando
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* Frieza's last shot at Goku, in ''DragonBallZ'', certainly counts. Frieza had lost all his minions, failed to obtain immortality, had been demonstrated as not being the strongest in the universe, had even been cut in half ([[HoistByHisOwnPetard by his own attack, no less]]), and was only alive because he begged his enemy to give him enough energy to survive his injuries. Instead of using that energy to try to escape Namek before it exploded, he tries to kill Goku one last time, only for Goku to blast that energy right back in his face.

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* Frieza's last shot at Goku, in ''DragonBallZ'', ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', certainly counts. Frieza had lost all his minions, failed to obtain immortality, had been demonstrated as not being the strongest in the universe, had even been cut in half ([[HoistByHisOwnPetard by his own attack, no less]]), and was only alive because he begged his enemy to give him enough energy to survive his injuries. Instead of using that energy to try to escape Namek before it exploded, he tries to kill Goku one last time, only for Goku to blast that energy right back in his face.



* An interesting case in ''BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''; after the Joker's KillSat control console is sabotaged, reprogrammed to destroy the lair where he and Terry (Batman II) were presently, he attempts a VillainExitStageLeft. Terry, however, doesn't allow it, and locks the door out to force him into one of these.

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* An interesting case in ''BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''; ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''; after the Joker's KillSat control console is sabotaged, reprogrammed to destroy the lair where he and Terry (Batman II) were presently, he attempts a VillainExitStageLeft. Terry, however, doesn't allow it, and locks the door out to force him into one of these.
8th Apr '16 3:43:08 PM Eddy1215
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* In the climax of ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', after the ants chase off his grasshoppers, Hooper decides to get revenge on Flick by kidnapping him as a rain storm is starting, leading to him being pursued by Princess Atta and the circus bugs. After Atta saves Flick, Hopper pursues them, ultimately cornering Flick, saying that he hasn't won as he'll recruit a new army of grasshoppers to get his revenge on the ants, but not before he kills Flick. However, Hopper realizes too late that Flick [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath had led him to a bird's nest]].
11th Mar '16 8:39:53 AM erforce
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* In the climax of ''[[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze]]'', the Shredder, defeated and humiliated for the second time, drinks the last vial of mutagen, mutating himself into what Donatello calls a "Super-Shredder", an ogre-sized monster blinded by rage. Determined to crush his foes [[TakingYouWithMe even if he goes with them]] he tears the entire pier they're under apart until it collapses; fortunately, the Turtles are able to bail out and survive, [[spoiler:and while it looks like the Shredder might make it out too at the end, he does not.]]

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* In the climax of ''[[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze]]'', ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze'', the Shredder, defeated and humiliated for the second time, drinks the last vial of mutagen, mutating himself into what Donatello calls a "Super-Shredder", an ogre-sized monster blinded by rage. Determined to crush his foes [[TakingYouWithMe even if he goes with them]] he tears the entire pier they're under apart until it collapses; fortunately, the Turtles are able to bail out and survive, [[spoiler:and while it looks like the Shredder might make it out too at the end, he does not.]]
21st Feb '16 11:07:55 AM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/TheAvengers'', it becomes clear that Loki's entire plan is this to some extent; he already lost Asgard, the kingdom he actually wanted, in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', and so he tries to take the Earth instead, mainly to spite his brother. Before and during the final battle, [[Film/IronMan Tony Stark]] explains at some length that "there is no version of this where you come out on top", Thor incredulously asks "You think this madness will end with your rule!?" and Loki doesn't actually refute what they say. On the contrary, there are several points throughout the film where it's made very clear that he sees no other option but to keep going, and the audience knows that he is being threatened with a FateWorseThanDeath if he fails to deliver the Tesseract to [[spoiler: [[BiggerBad his mysterious benefactor, Thanos]].]] Essentially, he knows that he'll almost certainly fail, but his pride won't let him surrender without trying every trick he can think of and it takes [[spoiler: [[CurbStompBattle a hilariously one-sided confrontation]] with TheIncredibleHulk]] to convince him that he really can't win.

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* In ''Film/TheAvengers'', ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', it becomes clear that Loki's entire plan is this to some extent; he already lost Asgard, the kingdom he actually wanted, in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', and so he tries to take the Earth instead, mainly to spite his brother. Before and during the final battle, [[Film/IronMan Tony Stark]] explains at some length that "there is no version of this where you come out on top", Thor incredulously asks "You think this madness will end with your rule!?" and Loki doesn't actually refute what they say. On the contrary, there are several points throughout the film where it's made very clear that he sees no other option but to keep going, and the audience knows that he is being threatened with a FateWorseThanDeath if he fails to deliver the Tesseract to [[spoiler: [[BiggerBad his mysterious benefactor, Thanos]].]] Essentially, he knows that he'll almost certainly fail, but his pride won't let him surrender without trying every trick he can think of and it takes [[spoiler: [[CurbStompBattle a hilariously one-sided confrontation]] with TheIncredibleHulk]] to convince him that he really can't win.
28th Jan '16 11:07:49 AM Eddy1215
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** In ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'', after Trakeena loses her entire army (though that was because she had them [[SuicideAttack perform kamikaze tactics]]), her ship is destroyed, and all her minions are gone, she enters the cocoon her father made for her to take on the OneWingedAngel form she was destined for and in an act of pure desperation, powers up the remains of the Terra Venture and attempts to crash it into the planet Mirinoi where the colony had flown to in an attempt to destroy them and the Power Rangers. Either she overlooked the fact that she would die too if she succeeded, she felt she was powerful enough to survive the crash, or she was just trying to pull a TakingYouWithMe.

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** In ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'', after Trakeena [[MookDepletion loses her entire army army]] (though that was because she had them [[SuicideAttack perform kamikaze tactics]]), her ship is destroyed, and all her minions are gone, she enters the cocoon her father made for her to take on the OneWingedAngel form she was destined for and in an act of pure desperation, powers up the remains of the Terra Venture and attempts to crash it into the planet Mirinoi where the colony had flown to in an attempt to destroy them and the Power Rangers. Either she overlooked the fact that she would die too if she succeeded, she felt she was powerful enough to survive the crash, or she was just trying to pull a TakingYouWithMe.
25th Jan '16 11:27:18 PM Philweasel
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*** This is actually a rather interesting example, because at this point he's actually won. He chooses a LastVillainStand because his mission is complete and he's now just a old soldier, looking for a worthy final battle (and believes the same is true for Snake).
25th Jan '16 11:14:27 PM reebty
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** In the season 3 premiere, kills a vampire who he then realises was Elisabeth, who, with her boyfriend James, were friends with Angelus and Darla for a time. James decides he has nothing left to live for other than revenge against Angel and undergoes an operation in which his heart is removed, guaranteeing he will die in 24 hours, but rendering him invulnerable until then.
11th Nov '15 6:01:54 PM MyTimingIsOff
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%%* [[spoiler:The Elder]] Princess Shroob in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time]]''.

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%%* * [[spoiler:The Elder]] Princess Shroob in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'', after the Shroobs are defeated and [[PostClimaxConfrontation the game is seemingly over]], fuses with Bowser in a last-ditch attempt to kill the Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time]]''.Bros. and their baby selves.
11th Nov '15 3:00:52 PM MyTimingIsOff
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A Last Villain Stand is usually where the BigBad has lost his army, his plan has been ruined, and decides to fight the heroes on his own. Usually he uses AppliedPhlebotinum or a MacGuffin to take on a OneWingedAngel form and becomes more powerful than ever before.

Usually, this is a desperate play by the villain when he has nothing left to lose, has gone through a VillainousBreakdown, and all that he's driven by now is a mad thirst for revenge for the heroes thwarting his plans to rule [[WorldDomination the world,]] [[GalacticConqueror the universe,]] or [[VisionaryVillain whatever he was after.]] He may take things to such an extreme that he doesn't care what happens to him as long as he destroys the good guys. It usually ends with the BigBad being destroyed and the heroes coming out alive.

There are some cases where this trope is inverted when the BigBad is a OneManArmy, his one man stand is not so desperate and he's still able to carry out his diabolical plans on his own. If this is the case, the villain is usually defeated when [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands a miracle happens and the heroes gain the power needed to defeat him]]. This requires a certain amount of VillainousValor, and if played correctly it may shift the audience's sympathy a bit more toward him.

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A Last Villain Stand is usually where the BigBad villain has lost his army, army (if he had one), his plan has been ruined, and he decides to fight the heroes on his own. Usually he uses AppliedPhlebotinum or a MacGuffin PlotCoupon to take on a OneWingedAngel form and becomes more powerful than ever before.

Usually, this is a desperate play by the villain when he has nothing left to lose, has gone through a VillainousBreakdown, and all that he's driven by now is a mad thirst for revenge {{revenge}} for the heroes thwarting his plans to rule [[WorldDomination the world,]] [[GalacticConqueror the universe,]] or [[VisionaryVillain whatever he was after.]] He may take things to such an extreme that he doesn't care what happens to him as long as he destroys the good guys. It usually ends with the BigBad villain being destroyed and the heroes coming out alive.

There are some cases where this trope is inverted when the BigBad villain is a OneManArmy, his one man stand is not so desperate and he's still able to carry out his diabolical plans on his own. If this is the case, the villain is usually defeated when [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands a miracle happens and the heroes gain the power needed to defeat him]]. This requires a certain amount of VillainousValor, and if played correctly it may shift the audience's sympathy a bit more toward him.
10th Nov '15 7:23:09 PM Eddy1215
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This is where the BigBad has lost his army, his plan has been ruined, and decides to fight the heroes on his own. Usually he uses AppliedPhlebotinum or a MacGuffin to take on a OneWingedAngel form and becomes more powerful than ever before.

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This A Last Villain Stand is usually where the BigBad has lost his army, his plan has been ruined, and decides to fight the heroes on his own. Usually he uses AppliedPhlebotinum or a MacGuffin to take on a OneWingedAngel form and becomes more powerful than ever before.
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