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* The reason Literature/SherlockHolmes ends up fighting Moriarty near a Swiss cataract is because Holmes' plan involved taking out all Moriarty's operation in a single stroke, even anticipating Moriarty following him to gain personal revenge.
28th Oct '17 3:45:25 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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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 an old soldier, looking for a worthy final battle (and believes the same is true for Snake).

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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 an old soldier, looking for a worthy final battle (and believes the same is true for Snake).
28th Oct '17 3:44:16 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** One could argue that the last five episodes of ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' serve as one of these for BigBad [[DarkMessiah Paptimus Scirocco]] and the [[StateSec Titans]] as a whole. Outlawed by the Earth Federation, and hunted by the AEUG, with their leadership in tatters, and their superweapons totalled, the Titans ally themselves with Haman Khan (TheBigBad of the next installment, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'', who is planning to use and then discard the Titans) and throw themselves into one last battle with the pursuing AEUG. There is no question in the viewers or the characters' minds at this point that, no matter the outcome of the battle, Scirocco and his followers are going down, whether at the hands of their enemies or their allies. The only question remaining is how many heroes are [[TakingYouWithMe going down with them]]? [[spoiler:Thanks to [[HeroKiller Yazan Gable]] the answer is "[[KillEmAll most of them]]."]]

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** One could argue that the The last five episodes of ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' serve as one of these for BigBad [[DarkMessiah Paptimus Scirocco]] and the [[StateSec Titans]] as a whole. Titans]]. Outlawed by the Earth Federation, and hunted by the AEUG, with their leadership in tatters, tatters and their superweapons totalled, the Titans ally themselves with Haman Khan (TheBigBad of the next installment, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'') who is planning to use and then discard the Titans) them and throw themselves into one last battle with the pursuing AEUG. There is no question in the viewers or the characters' minds at this point that, no matter the outcome of the battle, Scirocco and his followers are going down, whether at the hands of their enemies or their allies. The only question remaining is how many heroes are [[TakingYouWithMe going down with them]]? [[spoiler:Thanks to [[HeroKiller Yazan Gable]] the answer is "[[KillEmAll most of them]]."]]
28th Oct '17 3:39:52 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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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. Also, he may be deluding himself with the thought that it's not all over and that he will win somehow and may even tell it to his enemies, even when its impossible to see how the tide can turn now. It usually ends with the villain being destroyed and the heroes coming out alive.

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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,]] world]], [[GalacticConqueror the universe,]] 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. Also, he may be deluding himself with the thought that it's not all over and that he will win somehow and may even tell it to his enemies, even when its impossible to see how the tide can turn now. It usually ends with the villain being destroyed and the heroes coming out alive.
28th Oct '17 3:32:47 PM Actua11y
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A Last Villain Stand is where the villain [[MookDepletion has lost his 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 PlotCoupon to take on a OneWingedAngel form (or at least [[MakeMyMonsterGrow grow to]] [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever giant size]]) 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. Also he may be deluding himself with the thought that its not all over and that he will win somehow and may even tell it to his enemies, even when its impossible to see how the tide can turn now. It usually ends with the villain being destroyed and the heroes coming out alive.

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A Last Villain Stand is where the villain [[MookDepletion has lost his army]] (if he had one), his plan has been ruined, and he decides to fight the heroes on his own. Usually Usually, he uses AppliedPhlebotinum or a PlotCoupon to take on a OneWingedAngel form (or at least [[MakeMyMonsterGrow grow to]] [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever giant size]]) 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. Also Also, he may be deluding himself with the thought that its it's not all over and that he will win somehow and may even tell it to his enemies, even when its impossible to see how the tide can turn now. It usually ends with the villain being destroyed and the heroes coming out alive.



* During the battle of Narita in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Viceroy Cornelia is cornered by the [[LaResistance Black Knights]], and opts to pull one of these rather than surrender and be taken prisoner, complete with appropriate last words. [[spoiler: This is [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when Suzaku shows up in his SuperPrototype just in time to pull a VillainousRescue.]]
* During his final battle against [[spoiler: Ichigo]] in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', [[spoiler: Grimmjow is sliced twice in the torso and stabbed in the heart]] but refuses to go down until [[spoiler: he is sneak-attacked by Nnoitra]]

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* During the battle of Narita in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Viceroy Cornelia is cornered by the [[LaResistance Black Knights]], Knights]] and opts to pull one of these rather than surrender and be taken prisoner, complete with appropriate last words. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This is [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when Suzaku shows up in his SuperPrototype just in time to pull a VillainousRescue.]]
* During his final battle against [[spoiler: Ichigo]] [[spoiler:Ichigo]] in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', [[spoiler: Grimmjow [[spoiler:Grimmjow is sliced twice in the torso and stabbed in the heart]] but refuses to go down until [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he is sneak-attacked by Nnoitra]]



* In the prologue of Crossgen's ''ComicBook/{{Sojourn}}'', EvilOverlord Mordath's armies and even his entire fortress have all fallen before the hero Ayden and his alliance. Mordath rises up from the rubble wielding his battleaxe demanding that Ayden face him. At this point he knows he has no chance of winning anymore. He just wants to meet the person responsible for his downfall face to face so he can have one good crack at him.

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* In the prologue of Crossgen's ''ComicBook/{{Sojourn}}'', EvilOverlord Mordath's armies and even his entire fortress have all fallen before the hero Ayden and his alliance. Mordath rises up from the rubble wielding his battleaxe demanding that Ayden face him. At this point point, he knows he has no chance of winning anymore. He just wants to meet the person responsible for his downfall face to face so he can have one good crack at him.



* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has this happen with [[GeneralRipper General-Admiral Makarov]]/[[spoiler: [[HumanoidAbomination The Shadow of Chernobull]]]], the BigBad of the Shining Armor Arc. Over the course of that arc's FinalBattle, all of Makarov's superweapons are destroyed, while his army starts being forced back by Equestria and its allies, all throwing his "[[RealityWarper script]]" off the rails. Finally, due to the interference of Shining Armor and his squad mates, he finds himself facing down [[ClockRoaches the Blank Wolf]], which seeks to [[RetGone erase him]]; this makes him [[VillainousBreakdown break completely]], and he ends up fighting like a cornered animal, desperate to stay alive. [[spoiler: He loses.]]

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* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has this happen with [[GeneralRipper General-Admiral Makarov]]/[[spoiler: [[HumanoidAbomination Makarov]]/[[spoiler:[[HumanoidAbomination The Shadow of Chernobull]]]], the BigBad of the Shining Armor Arc. Over the course of that arc's FinalBattle, all of Makarov's superweapons are destroyed, while his army starts being forced back by Equestria and its allies, all throwing his "[[RealityWarper script]]" off the rails. Finally, due to the interference of Shining Armor and his squad mates, he finds himself facing down [[ClockRoaches the Blank Wolf]], which seeks to [[RetGone erase him]]; this makes him [[VillainousBreakdown break completely]], and he ends up fighting like a cornered animal, desperate to stay alive. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He loses.]]



** He in fact does this twice: after losing most of his army, he and a small band of his most badass henchmen come very close to victory anyway, [[spoiler: and are prevented only by the [[BadassGrandpa Emperor's refusal to bow to him]] and Mulan's quick thinking.]] Following this, he tries to pull a TakingYouWithMe, and again comes very close to succeeding.

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** He in fact does this twice: after losing most of his army, he and a small band of his most badass henchmen come very close to victory anyway, [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and are prevented only by the [[BadassGrandpa Emperor's refusal to bow to him]] and Mulan's quick thinking.]] Following this, he tries to pull a TakingYouWithMe, and again comes very close to succeeding.



* In the climax of ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', after the ants chase off his grasshoppers, Hooper decides to get revenge on Flik by kidnapping him as a rain storm is starting, leading to him being pursued by Princess Atta and the circus bugs. After Atta saves Flik, Hopper pursues them, ultimately cornering Flik, 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 Flik. However, Hopper realizes too late that Flik [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath had led him to a bird's nest]].

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* In the climax of ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', after the ants chase off his grasshoppers, Hooper decides to get revenge on Flik by kidnapping him as a rain storm rainstorm is starting, leading to him being pursued by Princess Atta and the circus bugs. After Atta saves Flik, Hopper pursues them, ultimately cornering Flik, 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 Flik. However, Hopper realizes too late that Flik [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath had led him to a bird's nest]].



** His Stealth Yacht was burning but Elliot Carver from ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' still had a backup plan. Unfortunately after kicking Bond in the balls and holding him at gunpoint, he felt the need to explain this backup plan, giving Bond time to push him into the path of a [[BuffySpeak whirling propellor thing]].
* In ''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: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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** His Stealth Yacht was burning but Elliot Carver from ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' still had a backup plan. Unfortunately Unfortunately, after kicking Bond in the balls and holding him at gunpoint, he felt the need to explain this backup plan, giving Bond time to push him into the path of a [[BuffySpeak whirling propellor thing]].
* In ''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: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 [[spoiler:[[CurbStompBattle a hilariously one-sided confrontation]] with TheIncredibleHulk]] to convince him that he really can't win.



* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Zod does this when [[spoiler: his entire army is sealed in the Phantom Zone with his ship and all of his weapons. He even masters a full set of Kryptonian powers for the fight.]]

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* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Zod does this when [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his entire army is sealed in the Phantom Zone with his ship and all of his weapons. He even masters a full set of Kryptonian powers for the fight.]]



* In ''Film/TheWolverine'', Shingen’s battle with Logan could be interpreted as this, as he has lost everything by that point, and he just throws himself in a battle he can't win.

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* In ''Film/TheWolverine'', Shingen’s battle with Logan could be interpreted as this, as he has lost everything by that point, and he just throws himself in into a battle he can't win.



** ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' has Ransik taking a last stand as well. [[spoiler: It is inverted when he nearly wipes out the Rangers single-handed - he gets his visor blown off, but it ends up with just him and a demorphed, barely-standing Jen. He's only "defeated" when he attacks his own daughter by mistake, at which point he realizes that being so obsessed with his hatred almost cost him the only one he loved. After that, he surrenders.]]

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** ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' has Ransik taking a last stand as well. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It is inverted when he nearly wipes out the Rangers single-handed - he gets his visor blown off, but it ends up with just him and a demorphed, barely-standing Jen. He's only "defeated" when he attacks his own daughter by mistake, at which point he realizes that being so obsessed with his hatred almost cost him the only one he loved. After that, he surrenders.]]



** In ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', Emperor Gruumm ultimately takes a last stand as well. [[spoiler:After his army is destroyed and Omni has fallen, Gruumm erupts from the rubble of Omni's mechnical body and challenges his nemesis Doggie Cruger to one last battle. When Doggie wins, Gruumm orders him to end it, but Doggie refuses, instead cutting his other horn off and arresting him.]]

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** In ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', Emperor Gruumm ultimately takes a last stand as well. [[spoiler:After his army is destroyed and Omni has fallen, Gruumm erupts from the rubble of Omni's mechnical mechanical body and challenges his nemesis Doggie Cruger to one last battle. When Doggie wins, Gruumm orders him to end it, but Doggie refuses, instead cutting his other horn off and arresting him.]]



* On ''Series/{{Angel}}'' after her brainwashing powers are lost, Jasmine declares that if she can't rule the world she's going to destroy it. She shrugs off everything Angel tries to throw at her, but we don't get to see how she actually intends to accomplish her new goal because [[spoiler: Connor, whose [[NotBrainwashed immunity to her powers]] apparently stretched to ignoring her invulnerability, shows up and kills her]].
** 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.
* The 9th season finale of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has Preacher Justin Mills do this against the FBI and the local police. [[spoiler:It's actually invoked by the DirtyCops in order to set him up as the killer, but by this point the BAU has deduced he's being set up.]]

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* On ''Series/{{Angel}}'' after her brainwashing powers are lost, Jasmine declares that if she can't rule the world she's going to destroy it. She shrugs off everything Angel tries to throw at her, but we don't get to see how she actually intends to accomplish her new goal because [[spoiler: Connor, [[spoiler:Connor, whose [[NotBrainwashed immunity to her powers]] apparently stretched to ignoring her invulnerability, shows up and kills her]].
** In the season 3 premiere, kills a vampire who he then realises realizes 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.
* The 9th season finale of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has Preacher Justin Mills do this against the FBI and the local police. [[spoiler:It's actually invoked by the DirtyCops in order to set him up as the killer, but by this point point, the BAU has deduced he's being set up.]]



* Mook example: Behemoth Kings in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' start off pretty strong, and when their HP gets down to half, they [[TurnsRed stand up.]] But it's when they're at under 10% HP that they're at their most dangerous: they'll start spamming [[ThatOneAttack Sunder]] ''every few seconds''! If you're not prepared for it, this ''will'' kill you then and there. (At this point it's easily enough to one-shot your Medic, and the battle is pretty much Unwinnable from there.)

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* Mook example: Behemoth Kings in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' start off pretty strong, and when their HP gets down to half, they [[TurnsRed stand up.]] But it's when they're at under 10% HP that they're at their most dangerous: they'll start spamming [[ThatOneAttack Sunder]] ''every few seconds''! If you're not prepared for it, this ''will'' kill you then and there. (At this point it's easily easy enough to one-shot your Medic, and the battle is pretty much Unwinnable from there.)



*** 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).
** Liquid in VideoGame/MetalGearSolid is another great example. After losing his standing army, all his allies, and Metal Gear, with no hope of attaining any of his initial objectives, he survives getting a missile to the face (the very same missile that ruined the super weapon on him). Assuming they are going to be hit by an air strike and die anyway, he decides to take out the frustration on Snake. He sets up an elaborate death trap to kill Snake's girlfriend involving a piece of dynamite, then has a fist fight on top of the super weapon with Snake to prove his superiority (even though, as previously stated, he took a missile to the face, said missile was also strong enough to knock out Snake; the one who fired it). After Snake defeats him, he seemingly falls to his death, yet still manages to chase them in a machine gun car fight. Then, after surviving a car crash, he still crawls after Snake, ready for murder. Only then does he finally die from a virus he received upon first coming into contact with Snake, meaning his entire encounter was one last stand even before losing everything else.

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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 an old soldier, looking for a worthy final battle (and believes the same is true for Snake).
** Liquid in VideoGame/MetalGearSolid is another great example. After losing his standing army, all his allies, and Metal Gear, with no hope of attaining any of his initial objectives, he survives getting a missile to the face (the very same missile that ruined the super weapon superweapon on him). Assuming they are going to be hit by an air strike and die anyway, he decides to take out the frustration on Snake. He sets up an elaborate death trap to kill Snake's girlfriend involving a piece of dynamite, then has a fist fight on top of the super weapon superweapon with Snake to prove his superiority (even though, as previously stated, he took a missile to the face, said missile was also strong enough to knock out Snake; the one who fired it). After Snake defeats him, he seemingly falls to his death, yet still manages to chase them in a machine gun car fight. Then, after surviving a car crash, he still crawls after Snake, ready for murder. Only then does he finally die from a virus he received upon first coming into contact with Snake, meaning his entire encounter was one last stand even before losing everything else.



* In ''Videogame/ForHonor'', this is how Seijuro plans to go out during the Samurai campaign, exhorting to his few followers that they will die like warriors when Ayu and her army shows up to take the Imperial Palace, which is the final obstacle to reuniting the Dawn Empire after a brief civil war erupts over the previous Emperor's death. Ultimately, it is [[spoiler: averted; while Seijuro's guards are defeated by Ayu and [[PlayerCharacter the Orochi]], the Orochi ends up sparing Seijuro because [[CantKillYouStillNeedYou his skills as a general are needed for the war with the Blackstone Legion]].]]

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* In ''Videogame/ForHonor'', this is how Seijuro plans to go out during the Samurai campaign, exhorting to his few followers that they will die like warriors when Ayu and her army shows up to take the Imperial Palace, which is the final obstacle to reuniting the Dawn Empire after a brief civil war erupts over the previous Emperor's death. Ultimately, it is [[spoiler: averted; [[spoiler:averted; while Seijuro's guards are defeated by Ayu and [[PlayerCharacter the Orochi]], the Orochi ends up sparing Seijuro because [[CantKillYouStillNeedYou his skills as a general are needed for the war with the Blackstone Legion]].]]



* Kuvira in the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' (which is appropriately titled "The Last Stand"). She keeps fighting even after losing her [[spoiler: HumongousMecha]], and only relents after [[spoiler: Korra saves her life.]]

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* Kuvira in the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' (which is appropriately titled "The Last Stand"). She keeps fighting even after losing her [[spoiler: HumongousMecha]], [[spoiler:HumongousMecha]], and only relents after [[spoiler: Korra [[spoiler:Korra saves her life.]]
28th Sep '17 8:21:44 PM Eddy1215
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* Dahau in ''VideoGAme/ValkyriaChroniclesIII''. He refuses to obey the peace treaty, and with what remains of his troops, he activates a Valkyrian superweapon. In fact, in this battle, he ''can't'' die, even if you sic your Valkyria at him; you must deactivate the superweapon.

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* Dahau in ''VideoGAme/ValkyriaChroniclesIII''.''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII''. He refuses to obey the peace treaty, and with what remains of his troops, he activates a Valkyrian superweapon. In fact, in this battle, he ''can't'' die, even if you sic your Valkyria at him; you must deactivate the superweapon.



* In ''Videogame/ResidentEvil5'', Albert Wesker has lost practically everything by the end. He's killed off and betrayed all of his allies, his resources are gone, and the heroes have just managed to crash his plane robbing him of his only chance to unleash his bioweapon upon the world. All he has left is a single canister of the bioweapon. Wesker refuses to surrender and [[OneWingedAngel exposes himself to the bioweapon]] (which WordOfGod confirms would have eventually consumed him). All for one last chance to finally kill his hated ArchEnemy Chris Redfield.

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* In ''Videogame/ResidentEvil5'', ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', Albert Wesker has lost practically everything by the end. He's killed off and betrayed all of his allies, his resources are gone, and the heroes have just managed to crash his plane robbing him of his only chance to unleash his bioweapon upon the world. All he has left is a single canister of the bioweapon. Wesker refuses to surrender and [[OneWingedAngel exposes himself to the bioweapon]] (which WordOfGod confirms would have eventually consumed him). All for one last chance to finally kill his hated ArchEnemy Chris Redfield.
28th Sep '17 7:00:34 PM Zaptech
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* In ''Videogame/ForHonor'', this is how Seijuro plans to go out during the Samurai campaign, exhorting to his few followers that they will die like warriors when Ayu and her army shows up to take the Imperial Palace, which is the final obstacle to reuniting the Dawn Empire after a brief civil war erupts over the previous Emperor's death. Ultimately, it is [[spoiler: averted; while Seijuro's guards are defeated by Ayu and [[PlayerCharacter the Orochi]], the Orochi ends up sparing Seijuro because [[CantKillYouStillNeedYou his skills as a general are needed for the war with the Blackstone Legion]].]]
** The game's BigBad, Apollyon, ends up in one of these when the reformed Iron Legion and the Dawn Empire lay siege to her fortress. Ultimately, she ends up in a protracted, brutal final duel with the Orochi, which ends with her [[MotiveRant explaining her motivations as she is dying]], and the Orochi [[WorthyOpponent allowing her the time to say her final words before her death]].
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'', Princess Zelda says that [[spoiler:Calamity Ganon's final transformation into Dark Beast Ganon is a last ditch effort to kill Link and destroy Hyrule]].
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* In ''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: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/{{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:his mysterious benefactor, Thanos]]. 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.
4th Jun '17 10:35:38 AM Prometheus117
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* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' [[spoiler:Lord Shen has his entire army destroyed, has killed his own [[TheDragon Dragon]], and lost ''everything''. When Po finds him on the wreckage of his flagship in the middle of a VillainousBreakdown and offers him a LastSecondChance, Shen rejects it and does the one thing he'd been running from the entire film, fight Po himself in a final showdown. But as Shen attacks, he [[HoistByHisOwnPetard accidentally slashes the ropes holding up his destroyed cannon, causing it to fall and crush him to death]]]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' [[spoiler:Lord Shen has his entire army destroyed, has killed his own [[TheDragon Dragon]], and lost ''everything''. When Po finds him on the wreckage of his flagship in the middle of a VillainousBreakdown and offers him a LastSecondChance, Shen rejects it and does the one thing he'd been running from the entire film, fight Po himself in a final showdown. But as Shen attacks, he [[HoistByHisOwnPetard accidentally slashes the ropes holding up his destroyed cannon, causing it to fall and crush him to death]]]].death]]. Despite his initial shock, however, [[FaceDeathWithDignity he simply closes his eyes and waits for it to drop]]]].
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