History YouShallNotPass / Literature

27th May '16 11:21:48 AM NativeJovian
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* In the original ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' book, Duncan Idaho sacrifices himself to hold off a flood of Imperial Sardaukar elite troopers, while Paul Atreides makes good his escape. In the sequel, it's revealed that while he did, indeed, die, the surviving Sardaukar were so impressed with his ImplausibleFencingPowers that they preserved his body, later having it resurrected as a "[[CloningBlues Ghola]]"... and that, as it turns out, has some [[ForWantOfANail extremely far-reaching effects]] on the ''Dune'' universe.

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* In the original ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' book, Duncan Idaho sacrifices himself to hold off a flood of Imperial Sardaukar elite troopers, while Paul Atreides makes good his escape. In the sequel, it's revealed that while he did, indeed, die, the surviving Sardaukar were so impressed with his ImplausibleFencingPowers MasterSwordsman skills that they preserved his body, later having it resurrected as a "[[CloningBlues Ghola]]"... and that, as it turns out, has some [[ForWantOfANail extremely far-reaching effects]] on the ''Dune'' universe.
12th Mar '16 12:56:01 PM Andygal
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** There is a specific spell called ''Final Strike'' which any magic-user, even an apprentice can use which sucks in all the ambient magical energy of the area and channels it through the spell-wielder's body; it [i]will[/i] fry you, but the resultant explosion will [[TakingYouWithMe take your opponent with you]]--and, depending on how big the explosion, anything within a certain radius. The higher-level magic user you are, the bigger the explosion.

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** There is a specific spell called ''Final Strike'' which any magic-user, even an apprentice can use which sucks in all the ambient magical energy of the area and channels it through the spell-wielder's body; it [i]will[/i] ''will'' fry you, but the resultant explosion will [[TakingYouWithMe take your opponent with you]]--and, depending on how big the explosion, anything within a certain radius. The higher-level magic user you are, the bigger the explosion.
12th Mar '16 12:54:55 PM Andygal
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*** The song "Demonsbane" is about Vanyel doing this to protect some Hardornen farmers. The line "You shall not pass" is used twice in the song.



** There is a specific spell called ''Final Strike'' which any magic-user, even an apprentice can use which sucks in all the ambient magical energy of the area and channels it through the spell-wielder's body; it [i]will[/i] fry you, but the resultant explosion will take your opponent with you--and, depending on how big the explosion, anything within a certain radius. The higher-level magic user you are, the bigger the explosion.

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** There is a specific spell called ''Final Strike'' which any magic-user, even an apprentice can use which sucks in all the ambient magical energy of the area and channels it through the spell-wielder's body; it [i]will[/i] fry you, but the resultant explosion will [[TakingYouWithMe take your opponent with you--and, you]]--and, depending on how big the explosion, anything within a certain radius. The higher-level magic user you are, the bigger the explosion.
20th Dec '15 4:17:35 PM nombretomado
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** There are so many instances of this in ''TheSilmarillion'' that one can safely conclude Tolkien loved this trope.

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** There are so many instances of this in ''TheSilmarillion'' ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' that one can safely conclude Tolkien loved this trope.
30th Oct '15 10:03:34 AM igordebraga
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* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': This trope is named for Gandalf's big scene against the Balrog (no, not [[StreetFighter THAT]] Balrog, or [[VideoGame/CaveStory THAT]] Balrog) of Moria. Technically [[BeamMeUpScotty Gandalf's line was "You cannot pass"]]. Thus, if you want to get technical, the movie adapation is the trope namer.

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* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': This trope is named for Gandalf's big scene against the Balrog (no, not [[StreetFighter THAT]] Balrog, or [[VideoGame/CaveStory THAT]] Balrog) of Moria. Technically Technically, in the novel [[BeamMeUpScotty Gandalf's line was "You cannot pass"]]. Thus, if you want to get technical, But in the movie adapation is the trope namer. it's that way, and PunctuatedForEmphasis ("You! Shall not! PASSSSSSS!").
19th Oct '15 7:10:46 AM Morgenthaler
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*** Húrin, the father of [[{{Badass}} Túrin Turambar]], pulls this off against ''the entire army of Morgoth'' alone so his allies can escape. He fights to the point where his axe melts on his hands and even then does not give up. All the while shouting: [[CrowningMomentofAwesome "Day shall come again."]]

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*** Húrin, the father of [[{{Badass}} Túrin Turambar]], Turambar, pulls this off against ''the entire army of Morgoth'' alone so his allies can escape. He fights to the point where his axe melts on his hands and even then does not give up. All the while shouting: [[CrowningMomentofAwesome "Day shall come again."]]



** Parodied in ''BoredOfTheRings'' when the Fellowship actively chop down the rope bridge with Goodgulf and the Ballhog on it.
* The event referenced in one of the [[{{Dragaera}} Vlad Taltos]] books where Sethra Lavode compares the tactics of defense to being a real estate agent (i.e. get as high a price as possible for any ground lost) to her apprentice, Sethra the Younger. In a battle a few days later, Sethra the Younger offers to retreat from her strategically-important pass if the enemy commander will send a third of his force, unarmed, through to the prison camps behind her lines. He refuses, and gets his behind handed to him in the ensuing assault.
* In RobertJordan's ''[[WheelOfTime The Great Hunt]]'', [[spoiler:Ingtar, having been revealed as a Darkfriend, redeems himself by holding off the advancing Seanchan at the cost of his life, allowing Rand and his compatriots to escape]].

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** * Parodied in ''BoredOfTheRings'' ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'' when the Fellowship actively chop down the rope bridge with Goodgulf and the Ballhog on it.
* The event referenced in one of the [[{{Dragaera}} [[Literature/{{Dragaera}} Vlad Taltos]] books where Sethra Lavode compares the tactics of defense to being a real estate agent (i.e. get as high a price as possible for any ground lost) to her apprentice, Sethra the Younger. In a battle a few days later, Sethra the Younger offers to retreat from her strategically-important pass if the enemy commander will send a third of his force, unarmed, through to the prison camps behind her lines. He refuses, and gets his behind handed to him in the ensuing assault.
* In RobertJordan's ''[[WheelOfTime Creator/RobertJordan's ''[[Literature/WheelOfTime The Great Hunt]]'', [[spoiler:Ingtar, having been revealed as a Darkfriend, redeems himself by holding off the advancing Seanchan at the cost of his life, allowing Rand and his compatriots to escape]].



* In MercedesLackey's and James Mallory's ''Literature/TheObsidianTrilogy'', and specifically the first book, ''The Outstretched Shadow'', Jermayan tells Kellen the story of five scouts from the last war with the Endarkened, who held an entire demon army in a narrow pass for three days, buying time for the allied armies to gather. "History" lost their names (even though there are elves living who are so old they are no more than two generations from the time of the last war, thousands of years ago), and it's not known how they did it, but their sacrifice is remembered.

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* In MercedesLackey's Creator/MercedesLackey's and James Mallory's ''Literature/TheObsidianTrilogy'', and specifically the first book, ''The Outstretched Shadow'', Jermayan tells Kellen the story of five scouts from the last war with the Endarkened, who held an entire demon army in a narrow pass for three days, buying time for the allied armies to gather. "History" lost their names (even though there are elves living who are so old they are no more than two generations from the time of the last war, thousands of years ago), and it's not known how they did it, but their sacrifice is remembered.



* The ''{{Redwall}}'' series

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* The ''{{Redwall}}'' ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series



* In Raymond Feist's ''[[TheRiftwarCycle Darkness at Sethanon]]'', [[spoiler: Laurie's friend Roald]] holds off approaching [[OurElvesAreDifferent Dark Elves]] after he breaks his leg in a fall. He tells his friend to "[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Make a song about me, Make it a good one]]", before he gives a decent accounting of himself, allowing his friends to escape.
* ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''

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* In Raymond Feist's ''[[TheRiftwarCycle ''[[Literature/TheRiftwarCycle Darkness at Sethanon]]'', [[spoiler: Laurie's friend Roald]] holds off approaching [[OurElvesAreDifferent Dark Elves]] after he breaks his leg in a fall. He tells his friend to "[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Make "Make a song about me, Make it a good one]]", one", before he gives a decent accounting of himself, allowing his friends to escape.
* ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''



* Bigwig in ''WatershipDown'' has [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome one of the best Shall Not Pass moments]] in literature.

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* Bigwig in ''WatershipDown'' ''Literature/WatershipDown'' has [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome one of the best Shall Not Pass moments]] in literature.



* In Toby Frosts third SpaceCaptainSmith book, ''Wrath of the Lemming men'', Agshad nine-swords single-handedly wins the battle of Tam Valley, defending the bridge from an army of bloodthirsy Yullian soldiers using only his broom before he is finally felled by a sneak attack from Colonel Vok.
* Done twice in the web original ''TheSalvationWar''. The first, in Armaggeddon??? has a group of retired Chinese soldiers using bolt action rifles and then bayonets, to hold off a demon from slaughtering the women and children of their town. The second is in Pantheocide when a Palestinian suicide bomber [[spoiler: takes his jeep full of explosives to attack The Scarlet Beast and the Whore of Babylon as they ravage Jerusalem. Limited in its success, it's still the first thing that actually hurts them... When he arrives in Hell (everyone goes there), several women offer themselves to him.]]

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* In Toby Frosts third SpaceCaptainSmith Literature/SpaceCaptainSmith book, ''Wrath of the Lemming men'', Agshad nine-swords single-handedly wins the battle of Tam Valley, defending the bridge from an army of bloodthirsy Yullian soldiers using only his broom before he is finally felled by a sneak attack from Colonel Vok.
* Done twice in the web original ''TheSalvationWar''.''Literature/TheSalvationWar''. The first, in Armaggeddon??? has a group of retired Chinese soldiers using bolt action rifles and then bayonets, to hold off a demon from slaughtering the women and children of their town. The second is in Pantheocide when a Palestinian suicide bomber [[spoiler: takes his jeep full of explosives to attack The Scarlet Beast and the Whore of Babylon as they ravage Jerusalem. Limited in its success, it's still the first thing that actually hurts them... When he arrives in Hell (everyone goes there), several women offer themselves to him.]]



* A bit of BackStory in one of AndreNorton's AlternateHistory books, ''The Crossroads of Time'', mentions that after WorldWarII went really, really bad for the Allies, and "Japs exploded all over the Pacific," the last word the U.S. got from Australia was that "they were still fighting a desperate rear guard action along the salt deserts there...." That was in late 1940 or early '41; the hero gets this information something like ten or fifteen years later.

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* A bit of BackStory in one of AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's AlternateHistory books, ''The Crossroads of Time'', mentions that after WorldWarII went really, really bad for the Allies, and "Japs exploded all over the Pacific," the last word the U.S. got from Australia was that "they were still fighting a desperate rear guard action along the salt deserts there...." That was in late 1940 or early '41; the hero gets this information something like ten or fifteen years later.



** Almost all of Jair's companions in ''TheWishsongOfShannara'' die this way, staying behind one or two at a time to delay the Gnomes and other enemies that are chasing them.

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** Almost all of Jair's companions in ''TheWishsongOfShannara'' ''Literature/TheWishsongOfShannara'' die this way, staying behind one or two at a time to delay the Gnomes and other enemies that are chasing them.
28th Sep '15 11:17:15 AM bravo104
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** ''Literature/AStormOfSwords'' has Squire Dalbridge pull this on the Wildings to help Stonesnake, Ebben, Jon Snow and Qhorin Halfhand escape.
4th Sep '15 10:17:25 PM devilledeyecandy
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* In the third book of the ''{{Literature/Inda}}'' series, the Venn are invading and the king's armies are not yet in position, due to several key messages about the enemies' whereabouts being intercepted. This leaves a little under two hundred women and girls to defend Castle Andahi, which covers the only passage through the mountains. They hold it against several thousand Venn for almost three full days.
13th Jul '15 10:03:18 PM erforce
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* In ''WorldWarZ'', a man relates the story of how the zombie war went down in Paris, including how his brother's unit attempted to contain the inmates of an insane asylum that had been zombified:

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* In ''WorldWarZ'', ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', a man relates the story of how the zombie war went down in Paris, including how his brother's unit attempted to contain the inmates of an insane asylum that had been zombified:
13th Jul '15 12:03:48 PM Kakai
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* In ''[[Literature/SpaceMarineBattles Fall of Damnos]]'', Largo and Brakkius do this to the Necrons, deciding to sacrifice themself to cover the retreat of the rest of their squad. [[spoiler:Subverted when Tigurius jumps in and blows the Flayed ones to the Warp and beyond.]]
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