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30th Apr '17 2:28:29 PM dasuberkaiser
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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': After losing everything (his friends, his allies, his [[TheConfidant confidant]], both his family, and as a result, [[DespairEventHorizon his hope]]), [[spoiler:Lelouch]] decides to pull out all the stops in order to defeat his enemy. This includes violating his own code of ethics and [[spoiler:using his hypnotic ability to make people his slaves, then marching into the mystical realm where his father is preparing to enact his plans ''and destroying the only exit''.]]

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': After losing everything (his friends, his allies, his [[TheConfidant confidant]], both his family, and as a result, [[DespairEventHorizon his hope]]), hope]], [[spoiler:Lelouch]] decides to pull out all the stops in order to defeat his enemy. This includes violating his own code of ethics and [[spoiler:using his hypnotic ability to make people his slaves, then marching into the mystical realm where his father is preparing to enact his plans ''and destroying the only exit''.]]
24th Apr '17 11:07:08 PM LBHills
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* [[BigBookOfWar Sun Tzu]] actually advises commanders who are in truly bad straits to convince their soldiers that they are all going to die. He argues that what soldiers will do as a last dance will go far beyond what they would be capable of if they had just the slightest glimmer of hope. He advises placing troops where they have no line of retreat for this exact reason. For that matter, he advises never putting the enemy in such a position.

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* [[BigBookOfWar Sun Tzu]] actually advises commanders who are in truly bad straits a dire situation to convince inform their soldiers men that they are all going to die. He argues With no hope, he states that what soldiers will do as a last dance will go far beyond what they would be capable of if they had just the slightest glimmer of hope. He advises placing troops where they have no line of retreat for their ability. For this exact reason. For that matter, he advises never putting reason, it can be advantageous to cut one's own forces off from any escape. And - with the foresight you might expect, he sternly warns against cutting an enemy in such a position.off from all possibility of escape.
12th Apr '17 4:35:18 PM bt8257
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[[YourDaysAreNumbered Facing death]] [[DeathIsDramatic is a big,]] ''[[DeathIsDramatic big]]'' [[RuleofThree moment.]] As Rimmer in ''Series/RedDwarf'' once stated, "All most of us get is 'Mind that bus, what bus, [[LookBothWays splat]]!'" This trope describes those who have some lead time, have some time to tidy our affairs, get our house in order, say our final goodbyes.

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[[YourDaysAreNumbered Facing death]] [[DeathIsDramatic is a big,]] ''[[DeathIsDramatic big]]'' [[RuleofThree [[RuleOfThree moment.]] As Rimmer in ''Series/RedDwarf'' once stated, "All most of us get is 'Mind that bus, what bus, [[LookBothWays splat]]!'" This trope describes those who have some lead time, have some time to tidy our affairs, get our house in order, say our final goodbyes.
25th Mar '17 3:50:15 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''; Before the Broken Shore, both armies make quite a few preparations, and along with the usual (inspecting armor, honing skills and the like) a banquet-quality spread is provided to all the soldiers, including your character, with the same purpose as a last meal for a condemned man. ''That'' is how certain they are of a high casualty count in a battle against the Burning Legion. [[spoiler:(And they're right, casualties of the battle include [[AnyoneCanDie Varian, Vol'jin, and Tirion.]])]]
23rd Mar '17 7:09:01 PM jtierney50
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* Happens quite a bit in ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}''.
** Hamilton himself wants to go out in a blaze of glory, as noted with some worry by Washington and his wife Eliza. He's given an opportunity in ''Yorktown'', where he says that he "imagines death so much it feels more like a memory" and wonders if this is how he'll go. In a moment of CharacterDevelopment, remembers his pregnant wife and decides instead to do his part to win the battle.
** Before his duel with Burr, Hamilton takes time to write a letter to his wife and share a last, touching moment with her, seemingly knowledgeable of the outcome of the duel.
** Burr subverts the trope just before his duel by saying that "this man [Hamilton] will not make an orphan of my daughter".
** Hamilton invokes this trope hard as the bullet travels towards him. He first echoes the above words from ''Yorktown'', makes peace with Burr, and sees who's waiting for him "on the other side": his mother, who died when Hamilton was a teenager, his friend John Laurens, who was killed in a needless battle after the ending of the Revolutionary War, Washington, who had died some years earlier, and Philip, his son who was killed in a duel defending Hamilton's honor. Hamilton then thinks of Eliza, and tells her that he'll see her on the other side. His last words echo the FriendshipSong ''The Story of Tonight'' that he had sung at the beginning of the show. Then the bullet strikes him, and he dies.
* ''The Final Battle'' in ''Theatre/LesMiserables''. It shortly follows the death of TeamPet Gavroche, and an unseen army officer tells to surrender and avoid any further bloodshed. Instead, Enjolras and the revolutionaries give a rousing speech to fight to the last man, take down as many as they can, and avenge the deaths of Gavroche and Eponine, knowing that the people of Paris will rise to take their place until they have succeeded. [[DownerEnding (Ultimately, it doesn't work, the people of Paris abandon them, and as Grantaire pointed out earlier, their deaths are largely pointless.)]]

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4th Mar '17 9:42:14 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* George Jetson thinks he's dying after a doctor's erroneous diagnosis, so he eagerly accepts Mr. Spacely's offer to test a high-tech safety jacket that can protect the wearer from anything. He's put through a lot of tests with potentially deadly situations (like a room with crushing walls and a large rotary saw) and thankfully, the jacket holds. The cruelest part comes right before the final test (where he is to be propelled into the air with anti-aircraft missiles shot at him) and the doctor shows up to give him the ''right'' diagnosis. (Thankfully, the jacket, again, holds up.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''; George Jetson thinks he's dying after a doctor's erroneous diagnosis, so he eagerly accepts Mr. Spacely's offer to test a high-tech safety jacket that can protect the wearer from anything. He's put through a lot of tests with potentially deadly situations (like a room with crushing walls and a large rotary saw) and thankfully, the jacket holds. The cruelest part comes right before the final test (where he is to be propelled into the air with anti-aircraft missiles shot at him) and the doctor shows up to give him the ''right'' diagnosis. (Thankfully, the jacket, again, holds up.)
4th Mar '17 9:41:21 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'', the Smurfs overhear Papa Smurf say what they think is him mourning over Lazy's illness and doubt of him surviving. (He's actually talking about Vanity's houseplant.) When Lazy finds out that they think this, he starts to think so, and decides to do everything he had been too lazy to do his whole life, like climb mountains and tame wild beasts. Unfortunately, all this is rather dangerous and HilarityEnsues as the other Smurfs try to stop him from getting into more trouble.
* George Jetson thinks he's dying after a doctor's erroneous diagnosis, so he eagerly accepts Mr. Spacely's offer to test a high-tech safety jacket that can protect the wearer from anything. He's put through a lot of tests with potentially deadly situations (like a room with crushing walls and a large rotary saw) and thankfully, the jacket holds. The cruelest part comes right before the final test (where he is to be propelled into the air with anti-aircraft missiles shot at him) and the doctor shows up to give him the ''right'' diagnosis. (Thankfully, the jacket, again, holds up.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'', Donatello invents a device that can give a medical physical in less than a minute. While he, Mikey, and Leo are shown to be in perfect health, it gives Raphael a really bad diagnosis, which is not helped when he overhears Mikey and Don lamenting about what might happen to him. (In truth, they're talking about a ruined pizza.) Raph decides to go buy a superhero costume and do very public and dangerous heroics, including recovering a defoliant that a MadScientist throws into a volcano in an act of eco-terrorism. Of course, Don's machine was defective, and they have to help him before he ''really'' gets killed.
15th Jan '17 5:04:13 PM defender2222
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-->"When you are an old mare, with grandfoals of your own, and they ask you who taught you your spells… tell them ‘he who held the line’. And… let that be enough. Let this be enough.”
15th Jan '17 4:59:30 PM defender2222
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* The Tydal vs. Tirek arc in ''Fanfic/TheGodSquad''. Tydal knew the moment Discord sent the mystical call for help that he was going to die. He spends his last few hours ensuring his kingdom and subjects are safe, finding Shining Armor, and then setting Chrysalis up to protect Sunset Shimmer. He then marches to his death knowing that he must hold the line for Twilight and her friends.
30th Nov '16 6:21:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TheReplacements'': Expertly invoked and exploited in a RousingSpeech by Coach [=McGinty=] in the last game the Washington replacement roster of has-beens and could-of-beens play before the players' strike ends - the opposing Dallas team is made up of regular pros who had crossed the picket line early.

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* ''Film/TheReplacements'': ''Film/TheReplacements2000'': Expertly invoked and exploited in a RousingSpeech by Coach [=McGinty=] in the last game the Washington replacement roster of has-beens and could-of-beens play before the players' strike ends - the opposing Dallas team is made up of regular pros who had crossed the picket line early.
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