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25th Jul '16 2:26:43 AM PaulA
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** Cazaril of ''The Curse of Chalion'' knows he's dying ([[spoiler:of a ''haunted'' abdominal tumor, no less]]) by about halfway through the book, but continues to take on missions for his liege lady regardless up to and including [[spoiler:negotiating a royal marriage and smuggling the groom past a hostile border]]. It's pointed out that a dying man makes the perfect representative: he can't be bribed, as he won't live long enough to enjoy anything he could be given, and since he knows he'll be meeting the gods soon he'll do his best to serve with honor.

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** Cazaril of ''The Curse of Chalion'' ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion'' knows he's dying ([[spoiler:of a ''haunted'' abdominal tumor, no less]]) by about halfway through the book, but continues to take on missions for his liege lady regardless up to and including [[spoiler:negotiating a royal marriage and smuggling the groom past a hostile border]]. It's pointed out that a dying man makes the perfect representative: he can't be bribed, as he won't live long enough to enjoy anything he could be given, and since he knows he'll be meeting the gods soon he'll do his best to serve with honor.



** This is played with (and arguably trumped) in the sequel ''Paladin of Souls'' when Arhys dy Lutez rides [[spoiler:against an army led by sorcerers a couple of months ''after'' he died (although for most of that time he didn't know he was dead, as his young bride had reanimated him by stealing life energy from his brother).]].

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** This is played with (and arguably trumped) in the sequel ''Paladin of Souls'' ''Literature/PaladinOfSouls'' when Arhys dy Lutez rides [[spoiler:against an army led by sorcerers a couple of months ''after'' he died (although for most of that time he didn't know he was dead, as his young bride had reanimated him by stealing life energy from his brother).]].brother)]].
22nd Jul '16 9:58:48 PM Codefreak5
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** A recurring theme in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' is that Commander Shepard will either destroy the Reapers or take them down with them.
** It's quite possible to recruit every space-faring race in the galaxy [[spoiler: including two previously extinct ones]] to join Shepard and the Alliance an a final, glorious battle against the Reapers.



* A recurring theme in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' is that Commander Shepard will either destroy the Reapers or take them down with them.
** It's quite possible to recruit every space-faring race in the galaxy [[spoiler: including two previously extinct ones]] to join Shepard and the Alliance an a final, glorious battle against the Reapers.
20th Jul '16 5:24:47 AM StFan
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* In SpiderMan, the Vulture stops holding back when he finds out he has cancer.
* A Senate Guard in StarWars named Venco Autem was fired for blatant corruption. After years of wandering the galaxy, immersed in shady dealings, he learned that he had a terminal illness. Autem undergoes a change of heart and wants to die having done some good in his life. He believes that, as the Galactic Republic is hopelessly corrupt and evil, [[WellIntentionedExtremist that the best he could do is help bring it down]].
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is told he has cancer. Granted, the doctor was lying but what does he do? Start a CrisisCrossover fittingly called [[ComicBook/JokersLastLaugh The Last Laugh]]. Franchise/{{Batman}} has even said Joker is much more dangerous when backed into a corner.

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* In SpiderMan, the ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** The
Vulture stops holding back when he finds out he has cancer.
** The plot of the storyline "ComicBook/EndsOfTheEarth" is one for [[spoiler:Dr. Octopus]].
* A Senate Guard in StarWars ''Franchise/StarWars'' named Venco Autem was fired for blatant corruption. After years of wandering the galaxy, immersed in shady dealings, he learned that he had a terminal illness. Autem undergoes a change of heart and wants to die having done some good in his life. He believes that, as the Galactic Republic is hopelessly corrupt and evil, [[WellIntentionedExtremist that the best he could do is help bring it down]].
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** ComicBook/TheJoker
is told he has cancer. Granted, the doctor was lying but what does he do? Start a CrisisCrossover fittingly called [[ComicBook/JokersLastLaugh ''[[ComicBook/JokersLastLaugh The Last Laugh]]. Franchise/{{Batman}} Laugh]]''. Batman has even said Joker is much more dangerous when backed into a corner.



* In Walt Simonson's run on ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor'', Skurge the Executioner does this, [[YouShallNotPass defending the bridge at Gjallerbru]] so Thor, Balder and their allies can make their escape.

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* In Walt Simonson's run on ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor'', ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'', Skurge the Executioner does this, [[YouShallNotPass defending the bridge at Gjallerbru]] so Thor, Balder and their allies can make their escape.



* The plot of Creator/KevinSmith’s ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' story ''Guardian Devil'' turned out to be the work of [[spoiler:a terminally ill Mysterio]].
* The plot of the ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' storyline "ComicBook/EndsOfTheEarth" is one for [[spoiler:Dr. Octopus]].
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange's old foe, [[EvilSorcerer Baron Mordo]], was the center of a desperately sad arc when he contracted terminal cancer and began a period of confession and meditation to atone for his evil life. His [[DaddysLittleVillain daughter Astrid]] transferred all the cancer to Strange instead, forcing Mordo to take it all back and deal with Astrid. Then, as he lay dying, he wondered if it had been ''enough''...

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* The plot of Creator/KevinSmith’s ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'' story ''Guardian Devil'' turned "Guardian Devil" turns out to be the work of [[spoiler:a terminally ill Mysterio]].
* The plot of the ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' storyline "ComicBook/EndsOfTheEarth" is one for [[spoiler:Dr. Octopus]].
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange's
ComicBook/DoctorStrange's old foe, [[EvilSorcerer Baron Mordo]], was the center of a desperately sad arc when he contracted terminal cancer and began a period of confession and meditation to atone for his evil life. His [[DaddysLittleVillain daughter Astrid]] transferred all the cancer to Strange instead, forcing Mordo to take it all back and deal with Astrid. Then, as he lay dying, he wondered if it had been ''enough''...



* In the New 52's ''ComicBook/{{Earth 2}}'' comic, the first issue details the end of the Apokolips war. Many superheros and gods are dead, but Batman has a plan to upload a virus that will kill all of the parademons that have already destroyed or enslaved most of the world. It's DC's Holy Trinity having a no holds barred battle to kill as many of the invaders as possible until Batman can upload the virus. Wonder Woman and Superman both die holding off hordes of parademons, and Batman uploads the virus, fully knowing that the control tower would self-destruct once he did...and he didn't mention it to his closest friends, or his daughter, until the bitter end. Notable in that all three of them knew they were probably going to die, and that the city they were fighting in (Metropolis) was already dead, along with most of their friends and family. This wasn't just a "save the world" mission, it was them taking out their rage on the invaders.

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* In the New 52's ''ComicBook/{{Earth 2}}'' ''ComicBook/Earth2'' comic, the first issue details the end of the Apokolips war. Many superheros and gods are dead, but Batman has a plan to upload a virus that will kill all of the parademons that have already destroyed or enslaved most of the world. It's DC's Holy Trinity having a no holds barred battle to kill as many of the invaders as possible until Batman can upload the virus. Wonder Woman and Superman both die holding off hordes of parademons, and Batman uploads the virus, fully knowing that the control tower would self-destruct once he did...and he didn't mention it to his closest friends, or his daughter, until the bitter end. Notable in that all three of them knew they were probably going to die, and that the city they were fighting in (Metropolis) was already dead, along with most of their friends and family. This wasn't just a "save the world" mission, it was them taking out their rage on the invaders.



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* In ''[[FanFic/TheDarknessSeries Harry Potter and the Descent Into Darkness]]'' after Harry has been forsaken by everyone and he's ''sure'' that the Tri-Wizard Tournament is going to kill him he [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope slowly allows himself to be corrupted]] by the DarkSide.
* In [[Gensokyo20XX Gensokyo 20XXV]], chapter 101, Reimu seems to have this mentality, despite not being terminally ill or anything of the sort (although she is mentally and frequently ill), which seems to explain her behavior, especially when she challenged someone to kill her, stating that she "is a little girl with nothing left to lose".
* From Fanfic/KillLaKillAU, a frequently ill Ryuuko has his mentality and she counts how much time she might have left or the fact that she seems be so broken by being an IllGirl, that she does consider death to be a release. She's nine by the way.
--->'''Ryuuko''':[...] like living attached to an hourglass, where the sand runs out, and you can't do jackshit about it.

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* In ''[[FanFic/TheDarknessSeries Harry Potter and the Descent Into into Darkness]]'' after Harry has been forsaken by everyone and he's ''sure'' that the Tri-Wizard Tournament is going to kill him he [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope slowly allows himself to be corrupted]] by the DarkSide.
* In [[Gensokyo20XX Gensokyo 20XXV]], ''Fanfic/{{Gensokyo 20XX}}V'', chapter 101, Reimu seems to have this mentality, despite not being terminally ill or anything of the sort (although she is mentally and frequently ill), which seems to explain her behavior, especially when she challenged someone to kill her, stating that she "is a little girl with nothing left to lose".
* From Fanfic/KillLaKillAU, ''Fanfic/KillLaKillAU'', a frequently ill Ryuuko has his mentality and she counts how much time she might have left or the fact that she seems be so broken by being an IllGirl, that she does consider death to be a release. She's nine by the way.
--->'''Ryuuko''':[...-->'''Ryuuko:''' [...] like living attached to an hourglass, where the sand runs out, and you can't do jackshit about it.



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** ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' directly references this scene.
--->'''Shinzon:''' I'm glad we're together now --our destiny is complete.

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** * ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' directly references this the above scene.
--->'''Shinzon:''' -->'''Shinzon:''' I'm glad we're together now --our -- our destiny is complete.



-->''"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the TannhauserGate. All those ... ''moments'' will be lost in time, like tears...in rain.\\
\\
Time to die."''
** Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Rutger Hauer, who ad-libbed the "like tears in the rain" part of the line.
*** Actually, that speech isn't indicative of The Last Dance for Roy. It's the cat and mouse game ''preceding'' his death.
---->'''Roy:''' You better get it up, or I'm gonna have to kill ya. Unless you're alive, you can't play, and if you don't play...
---->''(later)''
---->'''Roy:''' ''(after Deckard clubs him with a spiked board)'' '''''That's the spirit!'''''
* Ripley in ''Film/{{Alien 3}}''. "You've been in my life so long, I can't remember anything else."

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-->''"I've -->'''Roy:''' I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the TannhauserGate. All those ... ''moments'' will be lost in time, like tears... in rain.\\
Time to die.
:: Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Rutger Hauer, who ad-libbed the "like tears in the rain" part of the line. Though that speech isn't indicative of The Last Dance for Roy -- it's the cat and mouse game ''preceding'' his death.
-->'''Roy:''' You better get it up, or I'm gonna have to kill ya. Unless you're alive, you can't play, and if you don't play...
\\
Time to die."''
** Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Rutger Hauer, who ad-libbed the "like tears in the rain" part of the line.
*** Actually, that speech isn't indicative of The Last Dance for Roy. It's the cat and mouse game ''preceding'' his death.
---->'''Roy:''' You better get it up, or I'm gonna have to kill ya. Unless you're alive, you can't play, and if you don't play...
---->''(later)''
---->'''Roy:''' ''(after
''[later]''\\
'''Roy:''' ''[after
Deckard clubs him with a spiked board)'' board]'' '''''That's the spirit!'''''
* ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'':
**
Ripley in ''Film/{{Alien 3}}''.''Film/Alien3''. "You've been in my life so long, I can't remember anything else."



* ''Film/JoeVersusTheVolcano''. The reason Joe agrees to jump into a live volcano - he'll die as a man rather than from dying from a brain disease.

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* ''Film/JoeVersusTheVolcano''. The reason Joe agrees to jump into a live volcano - -- he'll die as a man rather than from dying from a brain disease.



--> '''Rosalini:''' She's beginning her Death Dance... Well, many Native American tribes, before a big battle, would perform a ritual. They'd paint their faces, put on ceremonial robes, and dance all night. Sometimes till dawn. That one night, they would live life to the fullest.
--> '''Tony:''' Maybe they figured their last night on Earth ought to be their best.
--> '''Rosalini:''' If it's their last night.

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--> '''Rosalini:''' She's beginning her Death Dance... Well, many Native American tribes, before a big battle, would perform a ritual. They'd paint their faces, put on ceremonial robes, and dance all night. Sometimes till dawn. That one night, they would live life to the fullest.
-->
fullest.\\
'''Tony:''' Maybe they figured their last night on Earth ought to be their best.
-->
best.\\
'''Rosalini:''' If it's their last night.



** [[spoiler: Pentecost is dying of radiation-induced cancer, so him piloting Striker Eureka is his last hurrah. Also because if he's exposed to more radiation, he ''will'' die.]]

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** [[spoiler: Pentecost [[spoiler:Pentecost is dying of radiation-induced cancer, so him piloting Striker Eureka is his last hurrah. Also because if he's exposed to more radiation, he ''will'' die.]]



-->'''[=McGinty=]''': Listen up! This time tomorrow, the strike will be officially over. Now Dallas has made a big mistake out there tonight - they haven't been afraid of you. And they should be, because you have a powerful weapon working for you: there ''is'' no tomorrow for you. And that makes you all '''very'''. '''Dangerous'''. '''People'''!

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-->'''[=McGinty=]''': -->'''[=McGinty=]:''' Listen up! This time tomorrow, the strike will be officially over. Now Dallas has made a big mistake out there tonight - they haven't been afraid of you. And they should be, because you have a powerful weapon working for you: there ''is'' no tomorrow for you. And that makes you all '''very'''. '''Dangerous'''. '''People'''!



* A woman learns she has a terrible illness, and breaks the news to her friends over lunch, with her daughter at her side. She emotionally tells them how she is dying from AIDS. On the way home, her daughter says "Mom, it's your show - but you have incurable ''cancer''. Why did you say AIDS?" The mother replied "I don't want any of those bitches thinking they have a shot at your Dad."

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* A woman learns she has a terrible illness, and breaks the news to her friends over lunch, with her daughter at her side. She emotionally tells them how she is dying from AIDS. On the way home, her daughter says "Mom, it's your show - -- but you have incurable ''cancer''. Why did you say AIDS?" The mother replied "I don't want any of those bitches thinking they have a shot at your Dad."



-->Under the spreading chestnut tree
-->I sold you and you sold me

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-->Under -->''Under the spreading chestnut tree
-->I
tree\\
I
sold you and you sold meme''



--->''It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew - and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents - that there was all the difference in the world.''
* The TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} fantasy novel ''Fell Cargo'' has this with [[spoiler: the captain of the Lightning Tree. He's originally heading for peaceful retirement, but joins in the fray one more time to help defeat the Butcher.]]

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--->''It -->''It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew - -- and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents - -- that there was all the difference in the world.''
* The TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' fantasy novel ''Fell Cargo'' has this with [[spoiler: the captain of the Lightning Tree. He's originally heading for peaceful retirement, but joins in the fray one more time to help defeat the Butcher.]]



* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''The Last Hero'', Cohen and his Silver Horde decide to go on one last adventure, [[RageAgainstTheHeavens returning fire to the Gods]], [[StuffBlowingUp with interest]], as revenge for letting them grow old.
** Also in the Discworld, wizards and witches have it as a perk that they know beforehand when they're going to die (as well as having Death show up for them personally). It's mentioned that many a wizard has died drinking the last of his good wine while incidentally owing large sums of money to loan sharks. (Witches tend to be a bit more conscientious and set their affairs in order so their successor can get on with it.) Also, in ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', the rest of the wizards throw a going away party for a wizard slated to die, which goes awry when the [[TheGrimReaper guest of honor]] doesn't show up.
* Cazaril of ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} The Curse of Chalion]]'' knows he's dying ([[spoiler:of a ''haunted'' abdominal tumor, no less]]) by about halfway through the book, but continues to take on missions for his liege lady regardless up to and including [[spoiler:negotiating a royal marriage and smuggling the groom past a hostile border]].
** And it's pointed out that a dying man makes the perfect representative: he can't be bribed, as he won't live long enough to enjoy anything he could be given, and since he knows he'll be meeting the gods soon he'll do his best to serve with honor.
---> '''Cazaril:''' She will give me an estate in Chalion that will suit my needs perfectly. [[GallowsHumour One pace wide and two paces long, to be mine in perpetuity.]]

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
**
In the Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''The Last Hero'', ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', Cohen and his Silver Horde decide to go on one last adventure, [[RageAgainstTheHeavens returning fire to the Gods]], [[StuffBlowingUp with interest]], as revenge for letting them grow old.
** Also in the Discworld, wizards Wizards and witches have it as a perk that they know beforehand when they're going to die (as well as having Death show up for them personally). It's mentioned that many a wizard has died drinking the last of his good wine while incidentally owing large sums of money to loan sharks. (Witches tend to be a bit more conscientious and set their affairs in order so their successor can get on with it.) Also, in ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', the rest of the wizards throw a going away party for a wizard slated to die, which goes awry when the [[TheGrimReaper guest of honor]] doesn't show up.
* ''Literature/{{Chalion}}'':
**
Cazaril of ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} The ''The Curse of Chalion]]'' Chalion'' knows he's dying ([[spoiler:of a ''haunted'' abdominal tumor, no less]]) by about halfway through the book, but continues to take on missions for his liege lady regardless up to and including [[spoiler:negotiating a royal marriage and smuggling the groom past a hostile border]].
** And it's
border]]. It's pointed out that a dying man makes the perfect representative: he can't be bribed, as he won't live long enough to enjoy anything he could be given, and since he knows he'll be meeting the gods soon he'll do his best to serve with honor.
---> '''Cazaril:''' --->'''Cazaril:''' She will give me an estate in Chalion that will suit my needs perfectly. [[GallowsHumour One pace wide and two paces long, to be mine in perpetuity.]]



--> '''Illvin''': Arhys, no, this is too fey!
--> '''Arhys''': Fey? Fey is a man who [[DeathSeeker looks forward to death]]. [[spoiler:[[DeadAllAlong I look back on mine.]] [...] ]] If this dy Lutez manages to die well tonight, let it complete the set so long left undone, and be you healed of the long wound another dy Lutez dealt you.
* Goes back as far as Literature/TheBible, in which King Hezekiah once got prideful and showed ambassadors from Babylon all the treasures of Judah. NiceJobBreakingItHero, said God through the prophet Isaiah; you didn't tell them it was my favour that got you all that stuff. Now they'll come back to take it all, and your children too. Incredibly, Hezekiah was fine with this, thinking "After all, it won't happen in my lifetime." (And he was one of the good kings of Judah. See why God discouraged setting up a monarchy?) Note that this is the 2 Kings 20 account; the version in Chronicles is a bit different.
** Note that there's an AlternateCharacterInterpretation here- he's not fine with it, but he's grateful that at least, his good acts earlier in his reign were enough for God not to have it happen now, and instead give Judah more time.

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--> '''Illvin''': --->'''Illvin:''' Arhys, no, this is too fey!
--> '''Arhys''':
fey!\\
'''Arhys:'''
Fey? Fey is a man who [[DeathSeeker looks forward to death]]. [[spoiler:[[DeadAllAlong I look back on mine.]] [...] ]] If this dy Lutez manages to die well tonight, let it complete the set so long left undone, and be you healed of the long wound another dy Lutez dealt you.
* Goes back as far as Literature/TheBible, in which King Hezekiah once got gets prideful and showed shows ambassadors from Babylon all the treasures of Judah. NiceJobBreakingItHero, said says God through the prophet Isaiah; you didn't tell them it was my favour that got you all that stuff. Now they'll come back to take it all, and your children too. Incredibly, Hezekiah was is fine with this, thinking "After all, it won't happen in my lifetime." (And he was one of the good kings of Judah. See why God discouraged setting up a monarchy?) Note that this is the 2 Kings 20 account; the version in Chronicles is a bit different.
** Note
different. Also note that there's an AlternateCharacterInterpretation here- here -- he's not fine with it, but he's grateful that at least, his good acts earlier in his reign were enough for God not to have it happen now, and instead give Judah more time.



-->[[RecurringRiff Commala-come]]-ki,
-->There's a time to live and one to die.
-->With your back against the final wall
-->Ya gotta let the bullets fly.

-->Commala-come-ki!
-->Let the bullets fly!
-->Don't'ee mourn for me, my lads
-->When it come my day to die.

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-->[[RecurringRiff Commala-come]]-ki,
-->There's
-->''[[RecurringRiff Commala-come]]-ki,\\
There's
a time to live and one to die.
-->With
die.\\
With
your back against the final wall
-->Ya
wall\\
Ya
gotta let the bullets fly.

-->Commala-come-ki!
-->Let
fly.\\\
Commala-come-ki!\\
Let
the bullets fly!
-->Don't'ee
fly!\\
Don't'ee
mourn for me, my lads
-->When
lads\\
When
it come my day to die.''



* [[Literature/{{Bolo}} 23-B-0075-NKE's]] [[http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/22-MissionofHonorCD/MissionofHonorCD/Bolo/Bolo!.htm death charge]] in ''Miles To Go'' against a mercenary company wiping out the population of Santa Cruz's capital city [[BolivianArmyEnding Ciudad Bolivar]], after being infected by a fatal computer virus (triggered by refusing an illegal order to let the civilians die). [[TearJerker She goes out quoting poetry]], [[TakingYouWithMe and kills every last mercenary (or at least enough to guarantee her allies' victory)]].
* [[WheelOfTime Rand Al'Thor]] only truly becomes the [[spoiler:Dragon Reborn]] when he fully accepts that he's got to lead the world to the Last Battle, where it's prophesied that his blood will be on the rocks. In a deconstruction, it also leads to his depression, descent into madness, and HeroicBSOD over time.

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* [[Literature/{{Bolo}} 23-B-0075-NKE's]] ''Literature/{{Bolo}}'': [[http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/22-MissionofHonorCD/MissionofHonorCD/Bolo/Bolo!.htm 23-B-0075-NKE's death charge]] in ''Miles To to Go'' against a mercenary company wiping out the population of Santa Cruz's capital city [[BolivianArmyEnding Ciudad Bolivar]], after being infected by a fatal computer virus (triggered by refusing an illegal order to let the civilians die). [[TearJerker She goes out quoting poetry]], [[TakingYouWithMe and kills every last mercenary (or at least enough to guarantee her allies' victory)]].
* [[WheelOfTime '' Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
**
Rand Al'Thor]] Al'Thor only truly becomes the [[spoiler:Dragon Reborn]] when he fully accepts that he's got to lead the world to the Last Battle, where it's prophesied that his blood will be on the rocks. In a deconstruction, it also leads to his depression, descent into madness, and HeroicBSOD over time.



* In the Literature/SwordOfTruth, there's a group of warriors whose sole job is to place their prophesied savior into a last dance, whereupon his need and his magic will give him access to magical power through a certain magical sword. The name of the skill is called [[InvokedTrope The Dance with Death]] and is one of the three potential meanings of Richard's title in prophecy.

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* In the Literature/SwordOfTruth, ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'', there's a group of warriors whose sole job is to place their prophesied savior into a last dance, whereupon his need and his magic will give him access to magical power through a certain magical sword. The name of the skill is called [[InvokedTrope The Dance with Death]] and is one of the three potential meanings of Richard's title in prophecy.



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* After [[spoiler: George Mason inhales lethal amounts of powdered plutonium]] in the second season of ''Series/TwentyFour'', he returns to work despite the danger of a nuclear weapon in Los Angeles, and eventually [[spoiler:pilots a plane on a kamikaze course to keep the bomb from going off in populated areas]].

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* ''Series/TwentyFour'':
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After [[spoiler: George [[spoiler:George Mason inhales lethal amounts of powdered plutonium]] in the second season of ''Series/TwentyFour'', season, he returns to work despite the danger of a nuclear weapon in Los Angeles, and eventually [[spoiler:pilots a plane on a kamikaze course to keep the bomb from going off in populated areas]].



* In the first season of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' [[spoiler:Buffy's death at the hands of the Master is foretold in prophecy; this results in her deciding that she won't fight, but after seeing more people die she changes her mind.]] Of course it was much more complicated but a complete rundown of the episode would go way off topic.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
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In the first season of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' season, [[spoiler:Buffy's death at the hands of the Master is foretold in prophecy; this results in her deciding that she won't fight, but after seeing more people die she changes her mind.]] Of course it was much more complicated but a complete rundown of the episode would go way off topic.



* The TV series ''Series/BreakingBad'' is entirely based on this trope: A struggling high school chemistry teacher with a teenage son who has cerebral palsy and a pregnant wife. When he is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, he breaks down and turns to a life of crime, and starts producing and selling methamphetamine. He rather quickly gets in too deep to get back out gracefully, [[spoiler:even when he later finds out that his cancer has gone into remission.]]

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* ''Series/BreakingBad'':
**
The TV series ''Series/BreakingBad'' is entirely based on this trope: A a struggling high school high-school chemistry teacher with a teenage son who has cerebral palsy and a pregnant wife. When he is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, he breaks down and turns to a life of crime, and starts producing and selling methamphetamine. He rather quickly gets in too deep to get back out gracefully, [[spoiler:even when he later finds out that his cancer has gone into remission.]]



* Subverted in ''Series/BabylonFive'': Humans bring out every combat-capable ship they've got to the Battle of the Line, but at the hour of their triumph, the genocidal Minbari simply stop and surrender. Figuring out why is one of the major {{Story Arc}}s of the first season.
** The Earth president's speech just prior to the battle acknowledges that virtually everyone involved will die but that doing so will give humanity some tiny chance to continue. Her stoicism cracks during the speech, and her tearful, halting delivery combines with the wordless images of the pilots suiting up to create an epic TearJerker.

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* Subverted in ''Series/BabylonFive'': Humans bring out every combat-capable ship they've got to the Battle of the Line, but at the hour of their triumph, the genocidal Minbari simply stop and surrender. Figuring out why is one of the major {{Story Arc}}s of the first season.
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season. The Earth president's speech just prior to the battle acknowledges that virtually everyone involved will die but that doing so will give humanity some tiny chance to continue. Her stoicism cracks during the speech, and her tearful, halting delivery combines with the wordless images of the pilots suiting up to create an epic TearJerker.



* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', [[spoiler:Hiro decides to go back on his self-imposed "never change the past" rule when he discovers he's dying.]]
** Of course, [[spoiler:he's better now.]]

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* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', [[spoiler:Hiro decides to go back on his self-imposed "never change the past" rule when he discovers he's dying.]]
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]] Of course, [[spoiler:he's better now.]]



** In ''The End Of Time'', [[spoiler: after receiving a fatal dose of radiation, the Doctor spends his last hours visiting the people he'd cared about during his tenth life and... well, not so much saying goodbye as helping them out from a distance and then staring sadly at them before wandering off. Except for Rose, whom [[TimeyWimeyBall he meets before she met him]] to have one last conversation with her. ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' says he visited every companion from all his incarnations.]]

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** In ''The "The End Of Time'', [[spoiler: after of Time", [[spoiler:after receiving a fatal dose of radiation, the Doctor spends his last hours visiting the people he'd cared about during his tenth life and... well, not so much saying goodbye as helping them out from a distance and then staring sadly at them before wandering off. Except for Rose, whom [[TimeyWimeyBall he meets before she met him]] to have one last conversation with her. ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' says he visited every companion from all his incarnations.]]



** The proper start of Series 9, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice "The Magician's Apprentice"]] reveals that the example above is because someone ''else'' is having their own Last Dance -- after centuries of keeping himself alive artificially, [[spoiler: Davros]] is finally dying. So, he engineers to have one final confrontation with the Doctor before he goes. The Doctor is aware that this is a trap, but is so guilt-ridden for [[spoiler: leaving Davros to die as a child]] that he doesn't outright try to avoid it, he just has the Last Dance listed above before facing the music.

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** The proper start of Series 9, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice The Magician's Apprentice"]] Apprentice]]" reveals that the example above is because someone ''else'' is having their own Last Dance -- after centuries of keeping himself alive artificially, [[spoiler: Davros]] is finally dying. So, he engineers to have one final confrontation with the Doctor before he goes. The Doctor is aware that this is a trap, but is so guilt-ridden for [[spoiler: leaving Davros to die as a child]] that he doesn't outright try to avoid it, he just has the Last Dance listed above before facing the music.



* Jenny Shepard in ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. She was slowly dying of a degenerative disease, and an old skeleton out her and Gibbs' closet had come back out, so she went down fighting in an abandoned diner in the southwest, taking four bad guys down with her.

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Jenny Shepard in ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.Shepard. She was slowly dying of a degenerative disease, and an old skeleton out her and Gibbs' closet had come back out, so she went down fighting in an abandoned diner in the southwest, taking four bad guys down with her.



* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has this for the whole of season 3: Having made a deal with a demon to save Sam at the end of the last season and has one year to live. The trope is deconstructed as while at first Dean tries to live it up as they get closer to the deadline he becomes genuinely afraid and hopes that Sam can find a way to save him before going on a suicide mission to kill Lilith with his final hours.
** Gets lampshaded as they try to put to rest one of the most haunted houses in America (where the haunting only happens on leap years) with Dean getting irritated mocking Sam for saying that it's "[their] version of the Grand Canyon".

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has this for the whole of season 3: Having made a deal with a demon to save Sam at the end of the last season and has one year to live. The trope is deconstructed as while at first Dean tries to live it up as they get closer to the deadline he becomes genuinely afraid and hopes that Sam can find a way to save him before going on a suicide mission to kill Lilith with his final hours.
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hours. Gets lampshaded as they try to put to rest one of the most haunted houses in America (where the haunting only happens on leap years) with Dean getting irritated mocking Sam for saying that it's "[their] version of the Grand Canyon".



* "No Fear The Setting Sun" by AmonAmarth, about an epic final battle.
* {{Covenant}} has a song titled "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Last Dance]]", which appropriately sounds like material for [[WhileRomeBurns an End of the World party]].

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* "No Fear The Setting Sun" by AmonAmarth, Music/AmonAmarth, about an epic final battle.
* {{Covenant}} Music/{{Covenant}} has a song titled "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Last Dance]]", which appropriately sounds like material for [[WhileRomeBurns an End of the World party]].



* TheLastWaltz, TheBand's last concert, came with the song ''The Last Waltz.'' It's about how the last waltz is finished, but that doesn't mean the dance is over. Probably better if you forget [[RealitySubtext what happened next]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK1lXSxZbHw One Last Drink]], by EnterTheHaggis, about an old man deciding to throw one last big party for himself and all his friends before he dies.
* {{Music/Alestorm}}'s ''Sunset on the Golden Age'' is all about this.

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* TheLastWaltz, TheBand's ''Music/TheLastWaltz'', Music/TheBand's last concert, came with the song ''The "The Last Waltz.'' Waltz". It's about how the last waltz is finished, but that doesn't mean the dance is over. Probably better if you forget [[RealitySubtext what happened next]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK1lXSxZbHw One Last Drink]], by EnterTheHaggis, Music/EnterTheHaggis, about an old man deciding to throw one last big party for himself and all his friends before he dies.
* {{Music/Alestorm}}'s Music/{{Alestorm}}'s ''Sunset on the Golden Age'' is all about this.



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* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' features this prominently due to the nature of characters death being announced, letting the player choose exactly how they want their character's last dance to be played.

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* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' features this prominently due to the nature of characters death being announced, letting the player choose exactly how they want their character's last dance to be played.



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* ''{{Claymore}}'' has [[TragicMonster Cassandra]]. After the TraumaCongaLine [[TheDreaded of]] [[LonelyAtTheTop her]] [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer life]], her failed RoaringRampageOfRevenge in response to the brutal murder of her only friend that ended with her RasputinianDeath, and then being brought BackFromTheDead by a MadScientist who ''knew'' that she would [[CameBackWrong Come Back Wrong]] and almost immediately transform into an [[OneWingedAngel Awakened]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Being]], and then being [[YouWillBeAssimilated assimilated]] by the BigBad, Cassandra is ''finally'' [[ThrowTheDogABone thrown a bone]] when Teresa -- the [[WorldsBestWarrior most powerful Number One warrior of any generation]] -- is also brought back from the dead. When Teresa [[RousingSpeech calls out to Cassandra's pride]] as a former Number One, Cassandra [[HeroicWillpower finds the strength]] to tear away from the BigBad for one last battle, Number One to Number One. When Teresa proves unquestionably superior, Cassandra states that she had fun being finally able to go all-out against an opponent, and requests a MercyKill so that she can [[DyingAsYourself die as herself]]. Teresa [[ItHasBeenAnHonor obliges]].

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* ''{{Claymore}}'' ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' has [[TragicMonster Cassandra]]. After the TraumaCongaLine [[TheDreaded of]] [[LonelyAtTheTop her]] [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer life]], her failed RoaringRampageOfRevenge in response to the brutal murder of her only friend that ended with her RasputinianDeath, and then being brought BackFromTheDead by a MadScientist who ''knew'' that she would [[CameBackWrong Come Back Wrong]] and almost immediately transform into an [[OneWingedAngel Awakened]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Being]], and then being [[YouWillBeAssimilated assimilated]] by the BigBad, Cassandra is ''finally'' [[ThrowTheDogABone thrown a bone]] when Teresa -- the [[WorldsBestWarrior most powerful Number One warrior of any generation]] -- is also brought back from the dead. When Teresa [[RousingSpeech calls out to Cassandra's pride]] as a former Number One, Cassandra [[HeroicWillpower finds the strength]] to tear away from the BigBad for one last battle, Number One to Number One. When Teresa proves unquestionably superior, Cassandra states that she had fun being finally able to go all-out against an opponent, and requests a MercyKill so that she can [[DyingAsYourself die as herself]]. Teresa [[ItHasBeenAnHonor obliges]].
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* SeekingAFriendForTheEndOfTheWorld is a black comedy which takes place in the last weeks before Earth gets hit with a life-destroying asteroid, so pretty much everyone is doing a Last Dance of their own devising. ApocalypseAnarchy? Oh, you bet.

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* SeekingAFriendForTheEndOfTheWorld ''Film/SeekingAFriendForTheEndOfTheWorld'' is a black comedy which takes place in the last weeks before Earth gets hit with a life-destroying asteroid, so pretty much everyone is doing a Last Dance of their own devising. ApocalypseAnarchy? Oh, you bet.
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* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'': In season 1 the BigBad Precia Testarossa is desperate for the Jewel Seeds because she's dying and she doesn't have long before she has to complete her EvilPlan.

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* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'': ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'': In season 1 the BigBad Precia Testarossa is desperate for the Jewel Seeds because she's dying and she doesn't have long before she has to complete her EvilPlan.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', during one of his many schemes to catch Jerry, Tom consults a self-help book that states that "[[BlatantLies A cornered mouse never fights.]]" Three guesses as to what happens when he has Jerry cornered.
-->'''Tom''': (''severely beaten up and addressing the audience'') ''Don't you believe it...''
13th Jun '16 1:29:29 PM lady_peaseblossom
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', during one of his many schemes to catch Jerry, Tom consults a self-help book that states that "[[BlatantLies A cornered mouse never fights.]]" Three guesses as to what happens when he has Jerry cornered.
-->'''Tom''': (''severely beaten up and addressing the audience'') ''Don't you believe it...''
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* In the SwordOfTruth, there's a group of warriors whose sole job is to place their prophesied savior into a last dance, whereupon his need and his magic will give him access to magical power through a certain magical sword. The name of the skill is called [[InvokedTrope The Dance with Death]] and is one of the three potential meanings of Richard's title in prophecy.

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* In the SwordOfTruth, Literature/SwordOfTruth, there's a group of warriors whose sole job is to place their prophesied savior into a last dance, whereupon his need and his magic will give him access to magical power through a certain magical sword. The name of the skill is called [[InvokedTrope The Dance with Death]] and is one of the three potential meanings of Richard's title in prophecy.
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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' there's Kimimaro, the most loyal of Orochimaru's servants, who admires Orochimaru so much that he is willing to be his next [[GrandTheftMe vessel]]. However, due to his [[BloodFromTheMouth disease]], he can't, and so decides to help bring the only other worthy vessel to Orochimaru in his ''literal'' final ''hours''.[[spoiler: To do so he just had to defeat two of the main characters including ''the'' main character without breaking a sweat while enduring incredible pain, and then almost defeat Gaara, twice surviving an attack that uses sand to completely crush someone and make a RainOfBlood out of it/them (that never before failed) and being ''buried'' only to be stopped by is own disease killing him. Made all the more tragic by his last words in which he declares that [[TearJerker only Orochimaru ever understood him]]....and cut to Orochimaru saying that Kimmimaro does'nt matter. Bonus points in the fact that he actually calls his attacks "dances", so it makes this trope a little more accurate in that part.]]

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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' there's Kimimaro, the most loyal of Orochimaru's servants, who admires Orochimaru so much that he is willing to be his next [[GrandTheftMe vessel]]. However, due to his [[BloodFromTheMouth disease]], he can't, and so decides to help bring the only other worthy vessel to Orochimaru in his ''literal'' final ''hours''.[[spoiler: To do so he just had to defeat two of the main characters including ''the'' main character without breaking a sweat while enduring incredible pain, and then almost defeat Gaara, twice surviving an attack that uses sand to completely crush someone and make a RainOfBlood out of it/them (that never before failed) and being ''buried'' only to be stopped by is own disease killing him. Made all the more tragic by his last words in which he declares that [[TearJerker only Orochimaru ever understood him]]....and cut to Orochimaru saying that Kimmimaro does'nt doesn't matter. Bonus points in the fact that he actually calls his attacks "dances", so it makes this trope a little more accurate in that part.]]
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