History YouShallNotPass / Literature

13th Dec '16 8:20:16 AM Doug86
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* A bit of BackStory in one of 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.

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* A bit of BackStory in one of Creator/AndreNorton's AlternateHistory books, ''The Crossroads of Time'', mentions that after WorldWarII UsefulNotes/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.
4th Dec '16 10:24:48 AM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "Beyond the Black River," Balthus sends off the settlers and realizes the Picts will catch them. He invokes this trope [[spoiler:and dies]].

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Beyond the Black River," "Literature/BeyondTheBlackRiver," Balthus sends off the settlers and realizes the Picts will catch them. He invokes this trope [[spoiler:and dies]].
9th Nov '16 5:30:29 PM nombretomado
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* The BackStory of JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'': Helion sacrificed himself on the Solar Array to contain a solar storm. [[spoiler: As he thought. It was actually an attack.]]

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* The BackStory of JohnCWright's Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'': Helion sacrificed himself on the Solar Array to contain a solar storm. [[spoiler: As he thought. It was actually an attack.]]
5th Nov '16 9:38:59 AM dlchen145
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** A massive invading army of eight-foot-tall berserker ''wolf-men'', which simply adds a whole 'nother level of [[BadAss badassery]] to the act.

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** A massive invading army of eight-foot-tall berserker ''wolf-men'', which simply adds a whole 'nother level of [[BadAss badassery]] badassery to the act.
23rd Sep '16 9:05:26 PM StarSword
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* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'': Basilard pulls this in the Yacian Caverns in order to enable his students and client to escape a pack of Xethras. [[spoiler: He survives, barely, because Aio pulled him to Nolien, TheMedic. Then Tasio reveals that neither one of them were in true danger beacuse it was AllAccordingToPlan.]]

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* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'': ''Literature/AMagesPower'': Basilard pulls this in the Yacian Caverns in order to enable his students and client to escape a pack of Xethras. [[spoiler: He survives, barely, because Aio pulled him to Nolien, TheMedic. Then Tasio reveals that neither one of them were in true danger beacuse it was AllAccordingToPlan.]]


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* ''Literature/AlexisCarew: The Little Ships'': Faced with a Hanoverian frigate blowing up the eponymous unarmed evacuation ships, Alexis plants her horribly outmatched barque ''Belial'' in its path and provokes it by signaling that the captain is a coward and an ''arschficker''[[note]][[ForeignCussWord "ass-fucker" in German]][[/note]]. In the ensuing broadside duel her ship is damaged beyond repair and most of the crew and passengers are killed, but the other ships get away, and purely by chance she manages to kill the enemy captain and first lieutenant, and the frigate ends up surrendering to ''her'' instead!
28th Aug '16 8:30:50 AM SwampAdder
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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, in the novel [[BeamMeUpScotty Gandalf's line was "You cannot pass"]]. But in the movie it's that way, and PunctuatedForEmphasis ("You! Shall not! PASSSSSSS!").

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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, in the novel [[BeamMeUpScotty Gandalf's line was "You cannot pass"]]. But in the movie it's that way, and PunctuatedForEmphasis ("You! Shall not! PASSSSSSS!").
28th Aug '16 8:27:58 AM SwampAdder
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*** Amusingly, in the first draft of Gandalf's confrontation with the Witch-king, he actually says "You cannot pass" (the same thing he said to the Balrog); but Tolkien changed it to "You cannot enter here", presumably to avoid being too obviously repetitive.
27th Aug '16 5:19:05 AM valar55
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*** "For living or dark undead I will smite you if you touch him!"

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*** "For living or dark undead undead, I will smite you you, if you touch him!"



*** Húrin, the father of 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 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 in his hands and even then does not give up. All the while shouting: [[CrowningMomentofAwesome "Day shall come again."]]
5th Jun '16 1:25:48 PM MrThorfan64
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** ''Literature/AGameOfThrones''. Syrio Forel holds off five Lannister guardsmen and a knight of the Kingsguard with only a wooden sword to buy time for Arya to flee. He actually kills the lightly armored Lannister guards, and is only defeated by the knight in heavy armor and full helmet.

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** ''Literature/AGameOfThrones''. Syrio Forel holds off five Lannister guardsmen and a knight of the Kingsguard with only a wooden sword to buy time for Arya Stark to flee. He actually kills the lightly armored Lannister guards, and is only defeated by the knight in heavy armor and full helmet.


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** Moat Cailin and the Crannogmen play this role to the North, being located in the Neck, which separates the North from the Southron Kingdoms. Moat Cailin is on the only safe path through the Neck, and can be easily held by a small force against a much larger army from the south, having never fallen to the Southron forces.
** The fight at the Tower of Joy consisted of this. Ned Stark and six companions went to the Tower of Joy to rescue Ned's sister Lyanna, who had been kidnapped (allegedly) by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, but found the Tower guarded by three of the Kingsguard. In the battle all were killed save Ned and his bannerman Howland Reed. Exactly why the Kingsguard remained guarding Lyanna is unclear, considering Rhaegar and his father King Aerys II were dead. [[spoiler:It is widely believed by the fandom Lyanna was pregnant with Rhaegar's child, and the Kingsguard were guarding the future Prince.]]
** The Night's Watch mans the Wall which separates the Seven Kingdoms from the Northernmost part of Westeros, the Lands-beyond-the-Wall. They were apparently formed 8000 years ago when the Wall was built, to defend the realms against the [[HumanoidAbomination White Walkers]], though have spent most of their time fighting the Wildlings (people who live North-of-the-Wall), and are seen as a glorified PenalColony by much of Westeros.
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.
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