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22nd May '18 2:18:32 PM TheIllusiveMonster
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* The final boss battle of ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' turns out to be this for [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/DarkSoulsI Gwyn, Lord of Cinder]]. Resurrected as the Soul of Cinder, fighting along with every damned soul ever to link the First Flame, desperate to buy what remains of humanity even a little time more by protecting the Flame to the last, Gwyn returns to give the Unkindled One the fight of their life... even if it means losing everything. In a meta sense, the second phase of the Soul's battle, where Gwyn starts busting out his old tricks, is a last dance for the ''[[UpToEleven entire franchise]]'': the FinalBoss of the first game, often derided as being unsatisfying, returning to challenge players one last time, at the end of the Souls series.]]
18th May '18 4:11:57 AM WillyFourEyes
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* In ''Manga/AshitaNoJoe'' this is why Joe fights his last fight: he knows he's going to have to retire soon due advanced punch drunkness and [[spoiler:having gone blind into an eye]], so he may well have that title shot against an invincible boxer and fight him so hard that [[LockedIntoStrangeness the champ's hair turns white from the battle]] and [[spoiler:[[HeroicRROD kill himself through sheer exhaustion]]]].

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* In ''Manga/AshitaNoJoe'' this is why Joe fights his last fight: he knows he's going to have to retire soon due to advanced punch drunkness punch-drunkenness and [[spoiler:having gone blind into an in one eye]], so he may well have that title shot against an invincible boxer and fight him so hard that [[LockedIntoStrangeness the champ's hair turns white from the battle]] and [[spoiler:[[HeroicRROD kill himself through sheer exhaustion]]]].
28th Apr '18 10:14:24 AM GEPFC
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* Roman Empire had three punitive sentences for the arena: ''damnatio ad bestias'', ''damnatio ad ludii'' and ''damnatio ad gladium''. The first was an outright death sentence by being tied to a pole and torn to pieces by beasts while the second was being sentenced to GladiatorGames, with hope of ''missio'', being freed after two years or surviving five fights. But the last was literally being "sentenced to sword", being sentenced to gladiator games with ''no hope of liberation whatsoever'': they were forced to fight until they were killed. They basically had nothing to lose, and they were claimed to be the the most dangerous opponents, even if they had little fighting skills, because of their desperate situation.

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* Roman Empire had three punitive sentences for the arena: ''damnatio ad bestias'', ''damnatio ad ludii'' and ''damnatio ad gladium''. The first was an outright death sentence by being tied to a pole and torn to pieces by beasts while the second was being sentenced to GladiatorGames, with hope of ''missio'', being freed after two years or surviving five fights. But the last was literally being "sentenced to sword", being sentenced to gladiator games with ''no hope of liberation whatsoever'': they were forced to fight until they were killed. They basically had nothing to lose, and they were claimed to be the the most dangerous opponents, even if they had little fighting skills, because of their desperate situation.
15th Apr '18 2:15:28 PM Minni128
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%%* The entire plot of ''[[FanFic/TamersForeverSeries Silent Sorrow]]'' is one epic Last Dance for Takato.



* As we find out ''Paper Cranes'', Satsuki's reasons for doing many of things documented (i.e going on trips, folding the titular paper cranes, taking photos, etc) was because she was dying of [[spoiler: heart failure]] and she wanted to have fun with (and [[SecretlyDying distract]]) Ryuuko one last time. This is more obvious in chapter 9 when she asks Ryuuko to take her outside to look at the cherry blossoms, which the latter does, and the excitement at seeing them lands her in the hospital, which she didn't mind.

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* As we find out ''Paper Cranes'', Satsuki's reasons for doing many of things documented (i.e going on trips, folding the titular paper cranes, taking photos, etc) was because she was dying of [[spoiler: heart failure]] and she wanted to have fun with (and [[SecretlyDying distract]]) Ryuuko one last time. This is more obvious in chapter 9 when she asks Ryuuko to take her outside to look at the cherry blossoms, which the latter does, and the excitement at seeing them then lands her in the hospital, which she didn't mind.mind, as she's dying anyway.
14th Apr '18 6:53:51 AM Minni128
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**Discussed in Satsuki's narration of ''Snowflakes'', when a sick Ryuuko escapes the hospital because she wanted to play in the snow, even if the cold could complicate her illness or kill her.
-->'''Satsuki''' (narrating): She had risked death from illness and cold to do something she loved. In a way, thinking back on that night, she wanted to make what could've been her last moments happy and was even happier that someone shared that happiness with her.


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*As we find out ''Paper Cranes'', Satsuki's reasons for doing many of things documented (i.e going on trips, folding the titular paper cranes, taking photos, etc) was because she was dying of [[spoiler: heart failure]] and she wanted to have fun with (and [[SecretlyDying distract]]) Ryuuko one last time. This is more obvious in chapter 9 when she asks Ryuuko to take her outside to look at the cherry blossoms, which the latter does, and the excitement at seeing them lands her in the hospital, which she didn't mind.
24th Mar '18 12:26:20 AM EDP
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* In ''Manga/AshitaNoJoe'' this is why Joe fights his last fight: he knows he's going to have to retire soon due advanced punch drunkness and [[spoiler:having gone blind into an eye]], so he may well have that title shot against an invincible boxer and fight him so hard that [[LockedIntoStrangeness the champ's hair turns white from the battle]] and [[spoiler:[[HeroicRROD kill himself through sheer exhaustion]]]].
6th Mar '18 3:40:18 PM eroock
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This trope gives a writer a lot of flexibility in writing for a character. Heroes can become villains, villains can try for redemption, utterly minor characters can [[ADeathInTheLimelight step into the spotlight]], sane characters can go AxCrazy or turn into TheUnfettered, {{Power Limiter}}s are removed, {{Thanatos Gambit}}s are prepared, characters are [[IAmNotLeftHanded suddenly not left handed]], and no one is HoldingBackThePhlebotinum. Dancing The Last Dance can have lasting repercussions for a show, changing the dynamic.

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This trope gives a writer a lot of flexibility in writing for a character. Heroes can become villains, villains can try for redemption, utterly minor characters can [[ADeathInTheLimelight step into the spotlight]], sane characters can go AxCrazy or turn into TheUnfettered, {{Power Limiter}}s are removed, {{Thanatos Gambit}}s are prepared, characters are [[IAmNotLeftHanded suddenly not left handed]], and no one is HoldingBackThePhlebotinum. Dancing The the Last Dance can have lasting repercussions for a show, changing the dynamic.
28th Feb '18 7:24:50 PM Yukianesa
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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheTwoTowers'': When marching against Isengard, Treebeard calls the attack "the last march of the ents", believing he and his brothers are going pull a TakingYouWithMe against a 10,000 strong army of orc {{Super Soldier}}s. He wasn't aware that the army had already departed for Helm's Deep and only a tiny force of ordinary orcs remained to defend the place. If you're familiar with the story, you already know [[GaiasVengeance the real result of this]] [[CurbStompBattle "battle".]]
27th Feb '18 5:10:34 AM JoshCarter85
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* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', [[spoiler:Harry kills the basilisk AND Tom Riddle with the basilisk poison flowing through his body.]] [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt He gets better.]]
15th Feb '18 10:30:09 AM Codefreak5
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* ''VideoGame/Payday2'' has the "Swan Song" skill, which, when aced, allows for 9 seconds of infinite ammo with a bottomless clip (Yes, even for double barrel shotguns, though the RPG and similar one-shot instakill weapons are excluded) once you go down. Granted, you do move ''very'' slowly, and you can't heal yourself or make any attempt to delay your fate, but whether you're mowing through high level enemies firing high-tier power weapons as fast as you can fire without a care for ammo, or busting out Inspire Aced and reviving like a maniac to save your team from a wipeout, those 9 seconds can definitely be a last dance your team will appreciate.
** However, due to a GameBreaker glitch in the Skill Revamp Beta, a player could actually abuse the "Uppers" skill to give themselves an automatic revive once their 9 seconds were up, essentially being able to go down with infinite ammo 14 times before they actually had to worry.

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* ''VideoGame/Payday2'' has the "Swan Song" skill, which, when aced, allows for 9 6 seconds of infinite ammo with a bottomless clip (Yes, even for double barrel shotguns, though the RPG and similar one-shot instakill weapons are excluded) once you go down. Granted, you do move ''very'' slowly, and you can't heal yourself or make any attempt to delay your fate, but whether you're mowing through high level enemies firing high-tier power weapons as fast as you can fire without a care for ammo, or busting out Inspire Aced and reviving like a maniac to save your team from a wipeout, those 9 6 seconds can definitely be a last dance your team will appreciate.
** However, due to a GameBreaker glitch in the Skill Revamp Beta, a player could actually abuse the "Uppers" skill to give themselves an automatic revive once their 9 seconds were up, essentially being able to go down with infinite ammo 14 times before they actually had to worry.
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