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21st Jul '17 9:26:54 PM TheSinful
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* ''Film/DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes'': Say what you will about Koba, but [[spoiler: he charges a tank while unarmored and on horseback...and wins]]. Had he retreated or given up, that might have been the end of the ape civilization.
9th Jul '17 10:49:36 AM nombretomado
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* An episode of the classic WorldWarTwo series ''Series/{{Combat}}'' called "The Cossack" had the most tenacious German soldier of all time. In the teaser, he fails to blow up a strategically important bridge during the German retreat, and tries to complete the task before the rest of the American army comes through. He infiltrates the local Church and disguises himself as the town priest. He manages to keep his disguise with all the Americans around him, making up cover stories for his German accent ("I'm Swiss.") and being near the bridge ("I'm going fishing.") on the fly, even managing to get away with killing the young Catholic GI who sees through him without anyone seeing. It was almost disappointing to see him fail in the end, he'd worked so hard up to that point.

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* An episode of the classic WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII series ''Series/{{Combat}}'' called "The Cossack" had the most tenacious German soldier of all time. In the teaser, he fails to blow up a strategically important bridge during the German retreat, and tries to complete the task before the rest of the American army comes through. He infiltrates the local Church and disguises himself as the town priest. He manages to keep his disguise with all the Americans around him, making up cover stories for his German accent ("I'm Swiss.") and being near the bridge ("I'm going fishing.") on the fly, even managing to get away with killing the young Catholic GI who sees through him without anyone seeing. It was almost disappointing to see him fail in the end, he'd worked so hard up to that point.
17th Jun '17 11:58:18 PM infernape612
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** Cellshows this from time to time, as he's pitted against near impossible odds, yet finds ways to still outsmart his opponents. When he finally reaches perfection and realizes he's no longer the underdog, he gives the heroes more time to prepare as a concession that someone may prove to be a WorthyOpponent. It's later subverted when Cell breaks down and runs out of all his tricks but [[TakingYouWithMe one to defeat Gohan]].

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** Cellshows Cell shows this from time to time, as he's pitted against near impossible odds, yet finds ways to still outsmart his opponents. When he finally reaches perfection and realizes he's no longer the underdog, he gives the heroes more time to prepare as a concession that someone may prove to be a WorthyOpponent. It's later subverted when Cell breaks down and runs out of all his tricks but [[TakingYouWithMe one to defeat Gohan]].
6th Jun '17 6:24:41 PM chopshop
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* James Roberts and John Barber's {{Franchise/Transformers}} run has several examples:
** Overlord's [[TheDragon Dragon]] Stalker is a brutal sadist who horrifically tortures one of the Wreckers... but when he's wounded and outnumbered by the heroes, he goes down defiantly fighting through a mixture of courage, anger, and sheer insanity. He dies, but manages to kill Wreckers' mole who sold him out before he does. Considering how the rest of Overlord's henchmen flee or beg for mercy the second things go south, it's pretty impressive.
** When the Lost Light crew corners Pharma and First Aid aims a huge freaking gun at him, Pharma shows remarkable courage, mocking First Aid and practically ''daring'' him to go through with it. [[spoiler: His jabs hit their mark and First Aid shoots him dead.]]
** An EvilVersusEvil example is Blip. He's just normal guy who's deluded himself into thinking he's a monster, but when the Decepticon Justice Division finds and horribly tortures him, he [[DefiantToTheEnd stands up to them]] and calls out Tarn as the hypocrite he is. Especially impressive as the previous victim of the DJD, Black Shadow, died pathetically begging for his life despite being far more powerful than Blip.
** When Galvatron is cornered by Optimus and his team, he immediately takes them on despite being badly outgunned. [[spoiler: Subverted/deconstructed, as he only did so because he thought he could make a bargain with them. The second he realizes that Optimus is just going to kill him then and there, he breaks down into terrified begging for mercy.]]



* ''{{FanFic/Eugenesis}}'': When Siren and Death's Head corner [[TheDragon Haxian]] to [[spoiler: retrieve the Matrix]], he seemingly shoots himself rather than fight them. Than they go to get [[spoiler: the Matrix]] and Haxian's body violently explodes, mortally wounding Siren; Haxian had known he was done for and [[HeroicSacrifice rigged himself to explode in a desperate attempt to keep the Autobots from stopping his leader]].



* In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Kylo Ren treats the Dark Side like a knight's code of honor (he actually [[SurrogateSoliloquy worries aloud at one point]] that he's being corrupted by the Light Side, then [[spoiler:follows through with a [[TearJerker horrifying interpretation]] of HonorBeforeReason when he tries to prevent this by putting the Dark Side before his family]]). His {{Determinator}} attitude when [[spoiler:starting and eventually losing his duel with Finn and Rey, even after being shot by Chewbacca]] also smacks of this.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Jango Fett in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''. Despite having nothing but good training and his own quick wits, he takes on space warriors with effectively magical powers who usually cut through enemies like himself in an instant. That takes guts, especially in the finale when he fights Mace Windu, one of the most powerful Jedi in the Order, in the middle of a massive, chaotic firefight and manages to hold his own, at least for a bit.
** Captain Needa in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. After he botches his job and the ''Falcon'' escapes, he realizes that [[YouHaveFailedMe Darth Vader will almost certainly kill someone for this colossal failure]]. Needa's response? Take responsibility for the screw up and apologize to Vader personally, because if he does than [[AFatherToHisMen Vader won't kill the men under Needa's command]]. Even Vader sounds somewhat impressed when he inevitably executes the captain. "Apology accepted" indeed.
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In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Kylo Ren treats the Dark Side like a knight's code of honor (he actually [[SurrogateSoliloquy worries aloud at one point]] that he's being corrupted by the Light Side, then [[spoiler:follows through with a [[TearJerker horrifying interpretation]] of HonorBeforeReason when he tries to prevent this by putting the Dark Side before his family]]). His {{Determinator}} attitude when [[spoiler:starting and eventually losing his duel with Finn and Rey, even after being shot by Chewbacca]] also smacks of this.this.
** The same film has the random riot control trooper who, upon seeing [[DefectorFromDecadence Finn]] wielding ''Luke fricking Skywalker's lightsaber'', responds by whipping out a shock baton and dueling Finn one on one with it! And ''[[BadassNormal he almost wins]]'', only failing to kill Finn because Chewbacca and Han intervene.
1st Jun '17 1:57:01 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ramsay in the show is even ''more'' dangerous than the Ramsay of the books, as he has not only butchered his way through Yara's fifty best ironborn reavers, leading from the front without a stitching of clothing protecting his vital organs but also runs roughshod over Stannis's admittedly demoralised and outnumbered army and all without a single scratch on his person to show for it.
21st May '17 2:31:49 PM fredhot16
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[[caption-width-right:350:Being trapped helpless in hell? Just a minor inconvenience for Dr. Doom]]

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DR. DOOM!]]
4th May '17 2:39:09 PM Gregzilla
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* In the freeware RPG ''VideoGame/LastScenario'', the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Omega Team]] does this twice in quick succession. First, after the heroes ''defeat the BigBad'', they rally to defend him and fight as a full team for the first time, resulting in a BossFight many times more difficult than their leader. They manage to escape after losing, but the weight of their unconscious leader allows the heroes to catch up before long. [[spoiler:So the alleged "ReliableTraitor" Helio stops to perform a HeroicSacrifice, using a PsychoSerum that he knows will only allow him to stall the heroes while his comrades escape, and will kill him even if he wins. But not before delivering a combination between VillainousBreakdown and WorldOfCardboardSpeech proving his unwavering loyalty to his team and their leader.]]

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* In the freeware RPG ''VideoGame/LastScenario'', the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Omega Team]] does this twice in quick succession. First, after the heroes ''defeat the BigBad'', they rally to defend him and fight as a full team for the first time, resulting in a BossFight many times more difficult than their leader. They manage to escape after losing, but the weight of their unconscious leader allows the heroes to catch up before long. [[spoiler:So the alleged "ReliableTraitor" traitor Helio stops to perform a HeroicSacrifice, using a PsychoSerum that he knows will only allow him to stall the heroes while his comrades escape, and will kill him even if he wins. But not before delivering a combination between VillainousBreakdown and WorldOfCardboardSpeech proving his unwavering loyalty to his team and their leader.]]
29th Apr '17 10:54:46 PM Xtifr
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* Elizabeth Bear's ''All The Windwracked Stars'': "... The heroic old woman in her frayed brown sweater, indomitable, uncowed before the armored witch on her iron beast of Hel." Guess which one's the hero.

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* Elizabeth Creator/Elizabeth Bear's ''All The Windwracked Stars'': "... The heroic old woman in her frayed brown sweater, indomitable, uncowed before the armored witch on her iron beast of Hel." Guess which one's the hero.
27th Apr '17 6:02:02 AM Baeraad555
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* The final act of ''Literature/ABoxOfNothing'' by Creator/PeterDickinson involves the heroes trying to catch up to an expedition sent into the desert by the BigBad to search for a "black hole" that will let whomever reaches it first define the shape of a new universe. As the heroes close in, they find the corpses of more and more mooks who have succumbed to the harsh journey. Finally, they come within sight of the black hole and see a last surviving mook trudging towards it, more dead than alive. The mook spots them, and starts sprinting for the black hole, forcing the heroes into a final, desperate race to beat him to it. The main protagonist expresses a sort of horrified awe at the [[DeTerminator sheer strength of will]] displayed, musing that the BigBad has done nothing to deserve minions as brave and loyal as this simple, nameless soldier.
26th Apr '17 11:13:27 AM Nintendoman01
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* Cell from ''Anime/DragonballZ'' shows this from time to time, as he's pitted against near impossible odds, yet finds ways to still outsmart his opponents. When he finally reaches perfection and realizes he's no longer the underdog, he gives the heroes more time to prepare as a concession that someone may prove to be a WorthyOpponent. It's later subverted when Cell breaks down and runs out of all his tricks but [[TakingYouWithMe one to defeat Gohan]].

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* Cell from ''Anime/DragonballZ'' shows ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** Cellshows
this from time to time, as he's pitted against near impossible odds, yet finds ways to still outsmart his opponents. When he finally reaches perfection and realizes he's no longer the underdog, he gives the heroes more time to prepare as a concession that someone may prove to be a WorthyOpponent. It's later subverted when Cell breaks down and runs out of all his tricks but [[TakingYouWithMe one to defeat Gohan]].


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** Deconstructed with Frieza. While Frieza is a true {{Determinator}}, refusing to give up and continuing to try to fight Goku even after being dismembered by his own attack, his defeat is ultimately brought about ''because'' of his inability to KnowWhenToFoldEm.
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