Created By: ForWashuu on January 22, 2012 Last Edited By: ForWashuu on April 23, 2012

Bringing it all down with me

The desperate hero destroys the evil artifact building of doom by taking it down on his head.

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Okay, so it's the climax of the plot, and most of the good guys and bad guys are either gone or dead. The hero is stuck in the villain's base/superweapon-to-kill-all-mankind, and he can't find the Big Bad to defeat him. So he decided he's just going to TAKE THE WHOLE BUILDING DOWN, even though he know he'll probably die in the ensuing collapse or (more likely) explosion. Very similar to "Taking You with Me", but with a building or ship or spacecraft or... just some sort of massive thing that spells doom for all. And a badass hero gone berserk, because he isn't willing to let mankind die, dying epicly as he madly hacks and slashes (or shoots a la 'more dakka') destroying until the doomsday weapon is destroyed.
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  • January 22, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    The Ur example being Sampson pulling down the pillars of the temple, making this Older Than Feudalism, if not Older Than Dirt

  • January 23, 2012
    ForWashuu
    Well put! Also, Max at the end of "Shining Force" basically does this at the end of the game when he traps himself while killing Dark Dragon. Everybody else gets out safely, but the whole fortress, Max included, sink to the ocean floor.
  • January 23, 2012
    ginsengaddict2
    Compare Taking You With Me.. if this isn't already covered by that trope.
  • January 23, 2012
    Stratadrake
  • January 23, 2012
    somerandomdude
    ....uh, this is a trope about killing someone by collapsing a building on them. How is this Taking You With Me again?

    OP went off on a bit of a tangent, but the trope is still waaaay distinct.
  • January 23, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Is it possible to call it "Bringing Down The House"? Hm, apparently not, name of a film.

    Regarding similarity: Taking You With Me is about a character doing something suicidal not because it will kill them, but because it will kill whomever they're trying to take down. Or maybe I'm missing an ingredient....
  • January 23, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    The villanous version is Load Bearing Boss
  • January 23, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Sort of. Often, the reason for the lair collapsing after you defeat a Load Bearing Boss isn't explicit, it just happens and you deal with it.
  • January 23, 2012
    ForWashuu
    Thanks for the input. And yes, Load Bearing Boss is fairly similar, but it doesn't have that whole "NO!" aspect. More of an "I die, so you do too" scenario. This trope would be a very fatalistic action for the hero.

    In "Final Fantasy - Legend of the Crystals" OVA ep. 2, Pritz's interior bombing of Rouge Island after everyone else evacuates is similar to this trope, but lacks the berserker/denial/refusal/climax aspect. Also, the ending battle of "Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou" is very close to this trope. However, even it is more of a final confrontation than a crazes refusal of predicted fate. Think "Love Hina Again OVA", and imagine if Naru had been unable to overcome the Annex and either she and/or Keitaro went berserk and ripped apart the whole stinkin' place with their bare hands. THAT is very much what this trope would be like
  • January 24, 2012
    Stratadrake
    "If I'm dying, I'm Taking You With Me" has a lot of overlap here.
  • January 24, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    In one Spider-man X-factor crossover comic, Juggernaut tried to kill them by collapsing one of WTC towers on them. D Idn't work. Obviously, Juggernout wasn't hurt either.
  • April 22, 2012
    SingingRain
    Avatar The Last Airbender "The Library", Wan Shi Tong sinks his library and presumably takes it back to the Spirit World.
  • April 22, 2012
    nman
    I like that Bringing Down The House suggestion. It's a pre-existing phrase, the name is clear, and that movie only has 13 wicks, so it can be easily be moved to the Film/ namespace.

    Besides, all the other suggestions are lines of dialogue.
  • April 22, 2012
    Astaroth
    I think this happens in one of the possible endings of Deus Ex Human Revolution (need someone else to confirm it)
  • April 23, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    • John Carpenter's The Thing. At the end of the movie the remaining humans decide to use dynamite to destroy their Antarctic base to kill the Thing(s) that have been trying to Kill And Replace them.
    MacReady: We gotta bring this whole place right down into the ice.
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