* [[FistOfTheNorthStar Raoh's]] death. He sends his fist towards the heavens, says "I HAVE NO REGRETS!" and projects all his energy into the sky, bringing light to the desolate waste lands and becoming a statue in the process. He commits a HeroicSacrifice for the whole world. He becomes the [[Pantheon/LifeAndDeath God of it]]!
** Kaioh's death is nothing to scoff at either. He kills himself by standing in the middle of a volcano with his brother Hyo's corpse in his arms, says "Farewell" to Kenshiro and is engulfed by lava, turning them both into fossilised statues.
** And then there's Rei's death. While it is the most CruelAndUnusualDeath any of the heroes suffers in ''FistOfTheNorthStar'', inflicted as it was by Raoh and his Hokuto Shinken, his final three days on the planet were just enough for him to finally take down his longtime rival and nemesis Juda and pull one of the most awesome ScrewDestiny moments in the entire series on behalf of Mamiya, the only woman he's ever loved, giving his life so that the Star of Death (which is normally an inexorable PortentOfDoom for anyone who sees it in the ''Fist of the North Star'' universe) no longer appears for her.
* In ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' Marie's backstory is given all in one episode, explaining her amnesia, which had been brought up only a few episodes before to, in turn, explain her strange behavior. With the Valvraves pinned down and the heroes on the verge of being completely wiped out, she pilots Valvrave Unit 1 and kicks lots of ass-but the Valvrave is absorbing Runes from her in the form of information-her memories. By the time its over, her memories, and then her life have been completely drained.
** Kyuma Inuzuka who solos three advanced mechs with his machine being blown apart to save his friends in Episode 21, after being betrayed by their other friends who sold them out.
* In ''Manga/PandoraHearts'', two honorable mentions go to Elliot and Alice. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Elliot]] is mean and aloof to the main character, Oz, However, when Elliot has a TomatoInTheMirror moment where he realizes HE is the one who murdered his family and his chain controls him into murdering them, he realizes he has to do something, so he rejects Humpty Dumpty within him altogether, which eventually kills him. His last words are about his servant.
-->Elliot: [[SorryThatImDying "I'm sorry, Leo."]]
** [[{{Tsundere}} Alice]] is a girl/monster called [[HairRaisingHare B-rabbit]] who normally beats up on Oz and calls him her property -- [[spoiler:But when she was a human 100 years ago, her personality was entirely different. She was warm and loving to her [[AnimateInanimateObject rabbit doll Oz]] -- even though she [[ComedicSociopathy liked to beat him up and bite him]]. [[spoiler:So when her sister and her sister's crazy love interest plot to destroy the entire world using her beloved plush bunny and make him suffer, she is [[MamaBear not happy.]] She acts like her sister by putting on her dress and acting all innocent and then once she learns what Jack did, she reveals herself to him and laughs at him before pointing out that [[Tearjerker her friend Oz is crying and screaming about how he doesn't want to kill anymore. She cries when she hears him and puts her hands on over her ears because it's so heartbreaking.]] Jack pins her to the ground and starts screaming for her sister to enter her own body and not her. Her sister starts to tell her to back off and Alice [[YouShallNotPass tells her not to come]] and her sister says she'll force her to leave her own body. Alice stabs Jack's arm with a pair of scissors. She tells him he's a fool, then she thinks over what she has to do, then she looks over at [[ItMakesSenseInContext Oz (both the rabbit and the human who is watching)]] and tells him that she was happy to have him by their sides. "Oz, you've been with us since the very beginning. [[TrueCompanions Having you with me made me very happy... thank you.]] Don't worry, Alyss and I, we are one and the same, but [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome you are mine!]] [[MoralityPet I'll protect you with my own hands! I won't let anyone take away what's mine!]] [[spoiler:She then kills herself with a pair of scissors, thus preventing Jack's crazyness from winning over....oh, and then she fuses with Oz and steals his power from him in order to accommodate her dying soul.]]
* Almost all the deaths in ''GingaDensetsuWeed'' and ''GingaNagareboshiGin''-the dogs almost always DiedStandingUp in a way, at least the good ones, a few of them fulfilling the aforementioned trope very literally. Most of them die in some kind of kamikaze attack, flat out saying that they don't mind dying at all, so long as their enemies go down with them.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'''s main character Yusuke dies rescuing a child from being hit by a car (doesn't seem much on this page, but the Powers That Be were so ''completely'' thrown for a loop that he received the chance to be resurrected), Kuwabara fakes one in the Dark Tournament Saga, and then Yusuke takes one for the team in the Chapter Black arc. He gets better, but he didn't ''know'' that he would. Raizen's death is pretty cool too.
** Specifically Yusuke wasn't supposed to do anything AT ALL that first time. He actually defied fate to die helping the child [[SenselessSacrifice who would have been fine without his intervention]]...not that he knew any of that. In fact, his actions only served to make the accident worse and to give the child a bunch of scrapes from being pushed out of the way.
* Zabuza Momochi in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. His arms are useless, he's exhausted, and there's an army of mercenaries between him and his goal. What does he do? He takes a kunai in his teeth, cuts a path through the army while getting impaled, and proceeds to behead his target. ''With a kunai in his teeth.''
** Sarutobi Hiruzen, the Third Hokage died fighting the ressurected First Hokage, Hashirama, his younger brother and Second Hokage Tobirama, and their [[{{Necromancer}} summoner]] [[BigBad Orochimaru]]. And he won. While the battle appeared to have become OvershadowedByAwesome as the series progressed and fights got ever increasingly epic, [[spoiler: the [[CurbStompBattle fights]] [[ColonyDrop against]] the likewisely [[CameBackWrong revived]] [[GodModeSue Madara Uchiha]], who was supposedly ''AlwaysSecondBest'' to Hashirama (at least pre- edo tensei), and the one against the King-Gin brothers, who killed Tobirama, put that battle to a new perspective.]]
** Deidara used a jutsu which transformed him in a FantasticNuke in his fight with Sasuke, who had no intent to kill Deidara. Deidara didn't kill himself for a HeroicSacrifice or TakingYouWithMe, but to spite the Uchiha and make himself his final work of art.
** Kisame bit through his tongue, trapped himself in a water prison, and summoned three sharks which he let eat him alive so that he wouldn't divulge any information on Akatsuki to the good guys.
** Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage and his wife Kushina Uzumaki [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu sealing the Nine-Tailed Fox in Naruto]] ''and themselves'' into his seal. They do this ''after'' successfully [[spoiler: [[BattleCouple forcing Tobi and the Fox back]].]] And just to ensure their death was as spectacular as possible, the fatal wound wasn't any of the other crap that happened, but them willingly using their own bodies to slow and then ''catch'' the claw of the Nine-Tails, saving their son's life.
** [[DarkChick Konan]] being the first person since Minato to give Tobi a run for his money to the point that he has to bring out the [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique big guns]] just to insure she didn't blow him [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill TO BITS.]]
** Kakashi using the last bit of his chakra to stop Pain from killing Chouji. [[BackFromTheDead He gets better]] though
** Jiraiya managed to disable one of the paths of Pain and sent a dying message that was crucial to his defeat. Some of this occurred after he had already briefly died.
*** [[PragmaticAdaptation The Anime shows us how he did that]], he first pulls Animal Realm into his Barrier Toad's stomach, then while it's trying to escape the acid [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he swings in and nails a Rasengan powered by]] [[SuperMode Sage Chakra]] right into Animal Realm's gut, delivering the killing blow even though he only has one arm!
** Shikaku and Inoichi, knowing that [[spoiler:a blast from the Ten-Tails will kill them shortly]] are less afraid of death and more angry about not being able to do more. Even as the attack is closing in, they use their remaining time to forward their final strategy to the [[spoiler:Shinobi Alliance]].
** [[spoiler: Maito Gai, resident BunnyEarsLawyer BadassNormal of Konoha, has just opened the Eight Gates to fight Madara. We don't yet know how the fight will turn out, but the buildup alone ''already'' makes it one of these.]]
*** [[spoiler: What makes this all the more awesome is that, at the time, the only thing that could ''possibly'' hurt Madara was taijutsu, or physical attacks, and Maito Gai was the single greatest hand-to-hand fighter of them all.]]
*** [[spoiler: Turns out, Gai lost the fight, even though he came within inches of winning. This trope is subverted, however, in that he ''didn't'' die... Naruto saved him. Somehow.]]
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' does this four times. Once with [[TearJerker Kamina]], once with [[AnyoneCanDie half of Team Gurren]], once with [[RetIrony Kit]][[JustifiedTrope tan]], and finally with Lord Genome [[NighInvulnerability the second time.]] ALL of them go out with AT LEAST a smile, and up to maniacal laughter.
** Kamina gets bonus points for [[BeyondTheImpossible avenging his own death]] in the most awesome way possible. Oh, and it's [[UpToEleven even more epic]] in the manga.
** Kittan takes this even further, not only giving out a badass speech, but managing to pull off the spiral eye level of power (which only Lord Genome and Simon, at their heights, pull off otherwise) and the signature move of Gurren Lagann...with a broken drill.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Several of the Espada die in awesome ways. Barragan's death in particular would make [[TheStarscream Starscream]] himself shed a tear. In short, he throws his axe at his BigBad boss Aizen, while slowly disintegrating as a result of his own powers. He even manages to get Aizen to turn around and notice the attempted assassination, which is saying quite a bit. Ulquiorra probably counts as well, and Stark had a nice send off.
* Most of the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome crowning moments]] in ''DarkerThanBlack'' are these. For example, November 11 taking down a room full of heavily-armed guards with ''a bottle of brandy'' before succumbing to a bullet wound, Huang luring TheSyndicate enforcers chasing him into a car chase so he could blow them all up once he'd gotten the pursuit away from Hei, and Amber RetGone-ing herself to let Hei TakeAThirdOption and stop the genocide the villains were planning without erasing Japan from the map.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''
** [[MauveShirt Otto]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' does this on his final sortie [[spoiler:aboard Zechs' Tallgeese]]. Complete with declaration of UndyingLoyalty
-->'''Otto''':[[spoiler:[[FamousLastWords LONG LIVE KING ZECHS!]]]]
** Walker too gets one, despite being just the RedShirt of the day, he shows himself repeatedly to be an extremely honorable soldier. He even goes on fighting against Heavyarms without any chance of winning: "COME GET ME, YOU MONSTERRRRRRRR!!!!!"
** Amuro Ray in the ending sequence of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack''.
*** And in the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' the episode "Big Zam's Last Stand" serves as one for AntiVillain [[TheBrute Dozle]] [[GeniusBruiser Zabi]]. With TheFederation closing in, and his troops cornered, Dozle sorties in the Big Zam, goes OneManArmy on The Federation and buys his men time to escape. Then as the Gundam tears the Big Zam apart, he climbs out, pulls out an assault rifle and continues shooting at it until he's killed. DefiantToTheEnd indeed.
*** Not just Dozle Zabi, but a lot of characters in the original ''Gundam'' went out in blazes of glory. Dozle's little brother Garma was first, piloting a crashing Gaw in an attempt to destroy the White Base despite being drawn into a trap by Char. A wounded Ryu Jose slammed a Core Fighter into the Dopp of Crowley Hamon when she went on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge for Ramba Ral's death, Matilda Ajan knocking a Dom away to save Amuro and the rest of the White Base from the Black Tri-Stars, Sleggar Law damaging the Big Zam enough for Amuro to break through... there's plenty there.
** Mu La Flaga's HeroicSacrifice in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', blocking a ''[[WaveMotionGun positron cannon]]'' with his mobile suit in order to save the ''Archangel,'' and [[GoOutWithASmile laughing while he does it]]: "I knew I could [[CatchPhrase make the impossible possible]]..." (At least until the sequel spoiled it by bringing him back.)
*** Natarle smiled to her terrified BridgeBunnies as she sent them away from Azrael's madness, was shot ''4 times'' by him, and when then she wasn't able to stop Flaga's HeroicSacrifice, she still got Azrael trapped in the ''Dominion'' as Murrue finished both of them off.
*** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', the one who gets an awesome and heartwrenching send off is Lacus's BodyDouble Meer Campbell, who takes the bullet for her of and dies begging her to not forget her song.
** (The first) Lockon Stratos in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', you gotta love the way how with his dying breath, he looked at Earth and pointed his hand towards it like a gun, and declared that he hated it.
*** Graham Aker's Heroic Sacrifice, blowing open a way for Setsuna to end the conflict as well as his attitude about it.
-->'''Graham''': "Young man! The pilot to the future! I, Graham Aker, will gladly take on this task! This... is not death! It's for humankind to live on!"
*** Similarly, what got Andrei Smirnov RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap was pulling one of these in TheMovie.
-->'''Andrei''': "I'm a soldier! It's my mission to protect civilians!"
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7uCP9Fa0X8 Anavel Gato.]]
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', Commander Bruzar gets one in episode 3. Already badly injured and with the colony falling apart around him, Bruzar makes it to the emergency controls and turns the colony core loose. Unfortunately, it's jammed by wreckage. So Bruzar climbs into a spaceship and crashes himself into the wreckage, freeing the colony, and preventing protagonist Flit from having to risk his own life to do so. All this, despite dealing with a sucking chest wound from about five minutes it.
*** The next one is Don Boyage's in episode ten. He ends up doing a SelfDestructiveCharge right into the UE's battleship. Subverted in that it didn't even scratch the paint...then ''double subverted'' when it turns out his RousingSpeech galvanized the rest of the pilots fighting to the point where they won the battle.
*** Yurin L'Ciel has one in episode 14. After finally freeing her mobile suit from Desil's mind control, she sees Desil preparing the final blow against Flit. In what is quite possibly the most heroic [[TearJerker (and heartbreaking)]] scene in the series thus far, [[TakingTheBullet she takes the hit]] and saves Flit's life at the cost of her own.
*** Then there's BadassNormal Woolf Enneacle. Desil had just taken control of two Zedas Ms to hold the Gundam AGE-2 in place for a killing blow...when Woolf flies in, destroys both mobile suits, and knocks the AGE-2 out of the way. What results is one of the most [[TearJerker tear-jerking moments in the series]]...followed by [[MomentOfAwesome one of the most awesome]].
*** Even a minor villain gets one! Daz Roden, who had previously embarrassed himself in the eyes of the fans for [[EpicFail losing to three old men, a sprinkler, and a rocket launcher while in a Dorado]], proves that he wasn't harmless after all by overloading his mu-szell and ramming what was left of his Dorado L into the Gundam AGE-1. The Gundam survived, but it was severely crippled, and so Flit was taken out of the fight.
*** Two words: Obright Lorain. He kills Leil and then engages Fram, well aware that he's within the Digmazenon Cannon's line of fire, and that it'll be able to fire soon. He's doing this to buy time for the Gundams to escape. And as if that weren't awesome enough, he manages to ''defeat'' Fram ''after being mortally wounded'', by being quick on the uptake with a reverse-gripped beam saber. And finally, he [[GoOutWithASmile goes out with a smile]] as the Digmazenon Cannon envelops the two mobile suits.
** The crew of the Reinforce Jr. in ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'', all of them old men who know they are going to die anyway and, with their ship badly damaged, they decide to go out in a blaze of glory: armed with a damaged battleship and a damaged Gunblaster, they fight their way towards the Motorad Squad, telling the young ones to get out and live.
* Wizardmon's HeroicSacrifice in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''
** Only Wizardmon? Upon returning to the Digital World, the Digidestined found themselves up against all ''four'' Dark Masters at once. After a HeroicSacrifice by Chuumon buys them ''one'' free pass, there is seemingly no hope...until Piximon shows up, puts the Digidestined in a bubble and sends them flying as far away as possible, and performs a YouShallNotPass to prevent the Dark Masters from pursuing them. That's ''one'' Ultimate trying to hold off ''four'' Megas.
* Grani in ''Anime/DigimonTamers''. Originally a simple program made to transport the kids and their Digimon in the Digital World, he gained a new appearance and served as Gallantmon's steed when the conflict with the D-Reaper crossed over into the real world. When too badly damaged by the D-Reaper to continue, Grani reminds the protagonists that they're his friends, and deconstructs himself to enable Gallantmon to enter [[SuperMode Crimson Mode]].
-->'''Grani''': Do you want to fly? I will give you my wings.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': Spike Spiegel's one-man assault on the Red Dragon building and his final duel with Vicious, all the way to the end. "Bang." See you, space cowboy...
%%* Most of the deaths at the end of the first season of ''Anime/SailorMoon''. Special mention goes to Sailor Mars, though.
* Misato's death in ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'' wasn't the most dignified way to go, despite being heartbreaking. She gets a new, decidedly more awesome send-off in the manga adaptation: After sending Shinji off in the elevator with a heartfelt pep-talk, she waits calmly for SEELE's soldiers. When they break through the door Misato sealed off earlier, they prepare to fire, and Misato... [[GoOutWithASmile gives them a small smile,]] and [[TakingYouWithMe holds up a pinless grenade]].
** Also, special mention should go to Asuka's death, which occurs less than twenty minutes later. After her LastStand against the MP Evas, she finally runs out of power, gets stabbed through the skull, disemboweled, harpooned, dismembered, and finally eaten. The entire time, not only is she still alive, but she's still trying to fight back! This is either one of the most [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kick-ass moments in the series]] or one of the most disturbing... She gets better 'tho... If waking up in a ruined post-Apocalyptic world as one of possibly the only two people alive can be called "better".
** Kaji. [[FaceDeathWithDignity You're a little late, aren't you?]]
** Similiar to Misato, Ritsuko's death in the anime was even sadder and more undignified, because at least Misato accomplished something with her's. In the Manga, Gendo tells her that he really did love her before shooting her. It's revealed that she didn't die a few issues later and she manages to shoot him in the throat telling him that he never loved anyone before dying.
** Rei II death was awesome as well and [[TearJerker cute]] and quite disturbing all the same.
* Goku's [[DeathIsCheap deaths]] in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. His first death consists of him holding Raditz in order to make sure he doesn't dodge Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon. His second death is even better: With [[TakingYouWithMe Cell threatening to explode]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom and destroy the entire Earth]], Goku merely smiles to his friends hinting on what he plans to do, teleports to Cell, and says his last words to his son Gohan before disappearing to King Kai's planet where Cell explodes, killing him, King Kai [[AndZoidberg and his pets Bubbles and Gregory]].
** Vegeta's spectacular death scene during the Buu Saga, arguably the best part of the entire saga. Nearly completely breaking down from his back-to-back catastrophic losses, he reflects soberly on his life and, for the first time, hugs his son. He asks Piccolo if he'll meet Goku in the afterlife, and Piccolo candidly tells Vegeta that he will very likely not go to the same afterlife as the heroic and selfless Goku. Vegeta shrugs and sends his son away with Piccolo, gives a Big Scream, and consumes himself in an apocalyptic inferno (that can be seen from space) that reduces Buu to vapor.
*** Vegeta almost gets another one near the end. Kid Buu has just finished [[CurbStompBattle pounding Vegeta into the dirt]], Goku can barely hold his own, and no one else is powerful enough to even scratch Buu. Goku, the rival who Vegeta has been trying to prove is inferior for 200+ episodes, says he can win but he'll need an undistracted minute to gather power. "I've got it covered." "What?" "Your minute. I've got it covered." Vegeta steps back into the fight, knowing quite well he'll get his ass handed to him, just to buy time for the man he has finally admitted is the better fighter.
** Even in ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', Goku's death is awesome. Once his power runs out COMPLETELY, meaning he no longer has the ability to maintain his [=SSJ4=] form, let alone fuse back into Gogeta, Omega Shenron kills him. Goku stands up (still dead) and contacts King Kai to make the biggest [[CombinedEnergyAttack Spirit Bomb]] of all, one powered by the entire '''freaking''' '''''UNIVERSE'''''. Then Shenron carries him to Heaven. Even GT had it's CrowningMomentOfAwesome as a series.
** Android 16. [[DeathIsCheap Unlike]] the other characters in this series, this ginger had no soul, and almost certainly knew it. Yet his reassuring smile to Gohan never leaves his face even as Cell crushes him.
* In ''ShadowSkill'', Blackwing's last stand against [[TheGrimReaper Darkness]] is so impressive, he's actually posthumously [[{{knighting}} awarded]] the title of champion of his magical kingdom, which is the highest honor a warrior of his nationality can attain, which includes resurrection and transformation into an unkillable immortal.
* ''MahouSenseiNegima'': Jack Rakan managing to [[PowerFist hammer]] [[BigBad Fate Averruncus]] into a huge crater ''while being [[RealityWarper era]][[DeaderThanDead sed]] from existence''.
** Depending on your interpretation, it could be argued that he went out PUNCHING GOD IN THE FACE... And if Jack Rakan has to die, that's exactly how it should happen.
* ''{{Hellsing}}'': [[CowardlyLion Sir Penwood]] was already pretty cool for the line [[CowardlyLion "While I may be incompetent...I am no sneak, Integra."]] (Meaning he had remained loyal in spite of the offer of immortality.) Then, as the Nazi vampires kick down the door, he [[TakingYouWithMe blows them all to pieces with planted explosives]].
** Pip Bernadotte, [[EyepatchOfPower One-eyed]] [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Frenchman]] and BadassNormal, enabling your FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires to TakeALevelInBadass since 2006!!!
* ''SamuraiSeven'' loves to play this trope to the samurai. Gorobei dies from protecting the farmers, and when Kanbei asks if he fulfilled his task, he merely replies [[Anime/FamousLastWords "You gotta be kidding!"]]
** Also when Kikuchiyo holds the falling capital from crushing the village with only his BARE HANDS, he manages to stop the capital though it destroys his entire body in the process, leaving only his feet behind.
* ''OnePiece'': As of Chapter 576, Whitebeard. [[RasputinianDeath Despite being slashed and stabbed 267 times, shot by no less than 152 bullets, hit by 46 cannonballs, and having half his face melted off]], [[{{Determinator}} he held off and completely decimated the marines]], [[YouShallNotPass giving his crew a chance to escape with Luffy.]] He finally dies '''[[DiedStandingUp standing up]]''' after the Blackbeard Pirates empty an extra helping of metal into him, but not before giving the World Government a final 'Up yours' by confirming the existence of One Piece. As a final Crowning Moment of Awesome, when his BadassLongcoat falls to the ground, it was shown that throughout his life as a pirate, not a wound of retreat scarred his back, a symbol of his unrivaled pride.
** Another "person" was, strangely, the ''Going Merry''. After having its keel damaged beyond repair, dropped into the sea during a typhoon from several feet, and getting washed up onto the rocks, it still manages to show up to save all the heroes at Enies Lobby during the largest bombardment that is capable by the Marines, and sailing through about a dozen battleships, finally falling apart after getting the crew to safety. It manages to make the [[MercyKill following scene]] one of the biggest [[TearJerker tear jerkers]] in the series.
** The Pirate King, Gold Roger. The man spent the last few years of his pirating days with a terminal illness. Rather than letting the disease take its course, he finished exploring the Grand Line, and allowed himself to be captured by the World Government. Obviously, they sent him to be executed, publicly, with the spectacle transmitted to the entire world, just to warn aspiring pirates what awaits them. Roger took advantage of this, and the moment comes with his FamousLastWords, which turned his execution from a warning, to the moment that ''sparked the golden age of piracy''. And then, he simply laughed as they took his head.
---> "My wealth and treasures? If you want it, it's yours. I left everything I gathered in one place. But you'll have to search the ''entire world!''"
** Alot of the posthumous characters in the series get some heroic and/or heartwearming send offs. To name a few, Belle-mere takes her death with dignity as she tells Nami and Nojiko she loves them. Dr. Hiriluk gives a great speech about his view on life as he faces down Wapol's guards, before he suicides via an explosive elixir. And Brook's crew, including himself, spend their final moments singing their favorite song, ''Binks' Sake'', as they slowly die from poisoned arrows.
* Lucius Artorious Castas in ''VinlandSaga'', cuts off the head of King Sweyn then challenges the entire assembly of Viking nobles, is finally taken down after killing dozens of soldiers. As bloody as it was, it was also the first selfless act the man had ever committed in his life.
** Let's tell the whole story here! Sweyn was going to have Lucius, AKA: Askeladd's beloved homeland of Wales attacked as a diversion and blackmailed him with the offer: Kill Prince Canute or Wales is invaded. In front of EVERYONE, Askeladd draws his sword, declares his true name and beheads Sweyn. He only dies when he allows CANUTE to stab him, making Canute a respected king and saving his homeland at the same time, as he knows Canute will protect it. [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent!]]
* Wolfwood in the ''{{Trigun}}'' manga. After a massively badass fight against his former mentor and the ''triple-Punisher-wielding'' Livio/Razlo that forced him to chemically push his body past all limits, Wolfwood sees the children from the orphanage to safety, shares one last, quiet drink with Vash in the ruins of December and dies.
* ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003''
** Al's death. He sacrifices his own life and body (which is now a living Philosopher's Stone) to resurrect his brother.
** Ed possibly tops this when, just after being brought back, he makes the exact same sacrifice, reviving Al (and giving his brother his body back, no less)... ''without the use of a Philosopher's Stone.''
** Even Kimblee's (er, [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Kimbley's]]) death counts. Shortly after Scar ''blasts a fatal hole through his chest'', he grabs onto Al and turns him into a bomb. When an outraged Scar demands to know what he has done, Kimbley smiles maliciously and says "I want him to think about how useless his efforts have been," before dying.
** The death of Scar. At this point in the series, Scar's grand plan was to realize his revenge against the Amestrian military by turning the town of Liore into a Philosopher Stone transmutation circle, intending to use the soldiers as sacrifices for the stone. Before he is able to do so, Kimbley engages him, and blows off Scar's right arm. Scar still kills him, but as mentioned above, he turns Al's body into a bomb. Scar decides that the only way to save him is to transfer the tattoo on his arm to Al's body, not only making Al the recipient for the Philosopher Stone he intends to create, but destroying his OTHER ARM in the process. Shortly thereafter, he lures the military into the town by dropping Kimbley's body from the top of a building. Stop and think about that one for a second. Scar has NO ARMS, and managed to somehow bring Kimbley's body onto the ROOF OF A BUILDING and DROP HIM OFF IT. After sustaining gunshot wounds, he finally collapses on the gap between the lines of the transmutation circle he's carved, completing and activating the circle using his OWN BODY. In the end, Al becomes a Philosopher Stone, setting the rest of the plot into motion. Scar originally intended to use the Stone he created. But he still goes through with the plan even when it's clear he's not going to make it OUT OF PURE SPITE. And also to save Al, which is also pretty badass.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist: Brotherhood''
** Buccaneer and Fu's deaths, since they did wound Wrath for the first time.
** Lust also deserves a special mention here. She gets the most badass death out of the homunculi by sheer aesthetics, and her finger lance was just inches away from Roy's head. As she goes down, she just taunts him that there's going to be hell later.
** The Promised Day Arc was one for King Bradley. He manages to cause serious issues for the heroes, gets Father his last sacrifice by working with Pride (Utterly Curbstomping Mustang in the progress), and almost indirectly stopped Hohenhiem's SpannerInTheWorks (If he killed Scar, he wouldn't have been able to activate the reverse transmutation circle). All while taking increasingly savage injuries. By the time he fights Scar, he's half dead. ''And he manages to almost kill him despite Scar being at his best''. It culminates with him giving a near fatal wound to Scar after his arms were blown off (Using a sword held in his teeth no less!), before contemplating his life, getting one last laugh against Lan Fan, and GoOutWithASmile.
** Solf J. Kimblee, who had previously had his throat ripped out and the rest of him devoured by [[EldritchAbomination Pride]], calmly emerges from Pride's internal torrent of lost souls to interrupt the homunculus's GrandTheftMe on Ed, tells it off, and then strolls off into oblivion as Ed takes the opportunity to crush Pride's head. The man's got ''[[EvilIsCool class]].''
--->'''Pride''': No... There is no way anyone could maintain his sense of self in this typhoon of souls.\\
'''Kimblee''': Typhoon? Surely you jest. [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming Howls of anguish are like lullabies to my ears]]!
* Used ''repeatedly'' on ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', throughout the series, although obviously none of them stick (from the audience perspective anyways). Also used at least once in VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi with Rika in the Shion arc, though there even she wasn't expecting it to stick.
** Rena as well against the BigBad in one arc. She dies [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome laughing in their face.]]
** Rosa's stand against the army of Goatmen in the second arc. Made even more awesome in that anime by the fact that she wasn't forced to take a [[LastStand final stand]] (in the Visual Novel she broke her ankle and had to stay), but ''chose'' to.
* ''MiraiNikki'': There's no doubt about Akise's badass status when in chapter 51 despite having just been stabbed by Yuno and sliced across the throat, he gets back up out of sheer determination and texts an important message to Yukiteru even though Yuno ends up cutting off his head completely.
* In ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'', Kato gets '''two''' of these. ([[BackFromTheDead He got better after the first one.]])
* Captain Falcon in ''VideoGame/FZero: GP Legend'' ''definitely'' gets one of these. FALCON PUNCHHHHH!!!
* Joe "The Condor" Asakura in ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''. When told that thanks to a terminal sickness he had ten days left to live, he rushed into Galactor's HQ and fought them, ''then'' saved the world from destruction before he died at the feet of his teammates.
* ''SpeedGrapher:'' Despite being the BigBad, Suitengu goes out of his way to save the hero, then blows up the world economy.
* ''RahXephon'': Kunugi pulls this off in episode 23 against a dolem controlled by Kuki. He arms a device that can create a second Tokyo Jupiter around Nirai-Kanai.
-->'''Kunugi:''' The entertainment is yet to come, Colonel. ''(inputs a short command)''\\
'''Computer:''' Jupiter System activated. [[TechnoBabble T-T Converter energy level plus 280. Local Weyl Tensor System operational. Pulse gravity field capacitor peak level plus 2000. T-J field excitation system activated.]]\\
'''Kuki:''' [[OhCrap That is... it can't be... YOU WOULDN'T!]] ''([[GoOutWithASmile Kunugi makes a smug smile]])'' '''[[SayMyName KUUUNUUUGIIIIIIII!!!]]'''\\
''(cue SphereOfDestruction)''
* Kaiser's death in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. He quadruples the attack points of his greatest monster, and despite his losing the duel, snaps Protagonist Judai out of his HeroicBSOD, something that ''three'' other HeroicSacrifices had failed to do previously.
* Guld Goa-Bowman in ''MacrossPlus''. After realizing that he was the one who assaulted Myung, Guld sacrifices himself to stop the Ghost unmanned fighter, by cutting out the limiter on the YF-21 and ramming it at such speed that in the movie version, we see his ''head explode'' from the G-force.
* [[{{Macross 7}} "What is Diamond Force if I can't bring down one battleship?!... Here's your love heart!"]]
* Mikhail Blanche of ''MacrossFrontier'' went out like a man. In order to save the woman he loves from being killed while he was vulnerable he charged into the enemy Vajira and got impaled, he then proceeded to open up a Can of MoreDakka on the enemy while chocking on his own blood and was ''finally'' able to admit his feelings to the woman he loved before he succumbed to his wounds and was sucked out into open space.
* Kirschwasser gets one in the ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' anime, when she stays behind on the crashing space station Merkabah to make sure it falls apart and burns up in the atmosphere, preventing a global catastrophe. With a massive TearJerker song playing in the background. "Although the darkness may prevail..."
** Also, almost immediately thereafter, KOS-MOS subverts this trope ''beautifully'' by saving the heroes' spaceship from disintegration in a manner awesome enough for ten death scenes... and surviving. Which makes it even ''more'' awesome.
* After Shizuru takes out Yukino's Child in ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'', condemning Haruka to destruction, Haruka takes one last chance to headbutt her in the face for everything she's done.
** Natsuki goes fight Shizuru, gives her a CooldownHug, a kiss and a little speech that calms her down...and then commands her Child to destroy Shizuru's, fully knowing that since they're each other's Most Valuable Persons, they will go down together. [[TogetherInDeath They do.]]
* ''UchuuSenkanYamato''. In 'Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato', a giant space fortress assaults the surface of the Earth with ferocious energy blasts. With the Earth Defense Forces wiped out and most of Yamato's crew dead or evacuated, Kodai seeks advice from the spirit of Captain Okita and, surrounded by the spirits of the dead or still living crew, pilots the Yamato into a [[RammingAlwaysWorks collision course with the Comet Empire ship]] to end the movie.
** The recent live-action movie ends in an almost identical way: the WaveMotionGun's muzzle is jammed so firing it will blow up the Yamato. After evacuating the ship's remaining crew, Kodai stays behind on the bridge and does a SelfDestructiveCharge at the Gamilas Meteor Bomb, finally firing the WMG that blows them both out of the sky while the old Yamato Overture from the original anime's first season plays in the background.
** Saito goes out wielding a [[GunsAkimbo pair]] of machine guns and screaming his head off as he [[HoldTheLine keeps the bad guys off his companion]] while the latter is setting up the bomb for said bad guys. The next time we see him, his companion calls out to him a few times with no response... then [[DiedStandingUp Saito falls onto his back after a few seconds, revealing over a dozen holes all over his body]].
* In ''Anime/AngelBeats'' there are both humorous and dramatic examples.
** In Ep 2, TK holds off the DescendingCeiling so everyone can go through.
** Masami Iwasawa plays her last song, the summation of everything she ever wanted to say and do, and passes on in peace.
** And then there's how Otanashi died in real life. [[spoiler: A rather horrible train wreck leaves him and multiple other passengers trapped in a tunnel, and many are injured pretty badly. Despite having some serious internal injuries himself and severely limited resources, Otanashi, being fresh out of medical school, steps up and uses what he learned to keep the rest of the passengers alive for a week. Then, once he's reached his limit, he, as his final act, fills out a card to become an organ donor, in hopes that, should he not make it, he'd still be able to save someone's life, which inspires the others to do the same. When help finally arrives, he succumbs to his injuries and dies.]]
*** The Reveal at the end of the series turns this into one of the most powerful series-encompassing Dying Moment of Awesome. [[spoiler: "You gave me your heart."]] Which means that [[spoiler: after Otonashi's death, his harvested heart is what allowed Kanade aka "Angel" to live a little longer, then setting ''almost everything in the series'' since her Ghostly Goal was to find whoever did such a kind act for her...]] Also one of the biggest tearjerkers of all time.
* Musashi in ''GetterRobo'' gets one in every single alternate version he is. In the manga and in the beginning of Shin Getter VS Neo Getter, he pilots the Getter Robo in its three forms alone and fights the entire Dinosaur Army, and when the titular robot can no longer take it, he makes it pull out its reactor and make it blow up, pulverizing him and the rest of his enemies. In the 70's animated series, he pilots one of the aircrafts with a bomb strapped to it, and crash it in the core of the Dinosaur Army base. While sustaining heavy fire and piloting through narrower and narrower corridors.
* ''SaintSeiya'': All [[FiveManBand five of the main Bronze Saints]] get one throughout the Sanctuary arc, though Athena's divine power [[BackFromTheDead helps them all get better]] at the end of the war.
** [[ThePhoenix Phoenix Ikki]] cheats, because [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin he gets to die more than once]], and ''still'' makes ''every single one of his deaths'' a DyingMomentOfAwesome.
** Gold Saint Shaka of Virgo --having discovered the secret behind the Eighth Sense, the only way to enter Hades (the place) without falling under Hades' (the god) thrall, he allows himself to die at the hand of his Specters. It still took the combined might of [[PersonOfMassDestruction Gemini Saga, Capricorn Shura, and Aquarius Camus]] to kill him, and they had to resort to the [[GodzillaThreshold ultimate taboo]], the [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Athena Exclamation]].
** ''All'' of the Gold Saints receive a [[DyingMomentOfAwesome DMoA]] at the absolute furthest reaches of Hades, where the Wall of Lamentation --which separates Hades from Elysium-- lies. This indestructible wall, created by the gods themselves, can only be pierced by [[CueTheSun shining true sunlight]] in the depths of Hades. So all Gold Saints, living or dead, [[HeelFaceTurn villainous]] or [[IncorruptiblePurePureness noble]], congregate at the site and [[ArcWords burn their]] [[BattleAura Cosmo]] to levels UpToEleven... there's a flash of light that blinds Seiya and Shun... and then, the Wall is broken. And [[NoBodyLeftBehind all that remains]] of the [[HeroicSacrifice heroic Gold Saints]] is [[EmptyPilesOfClothing their Gold Cloths]], [[ManlyTears still shining silently in the sunlight of their creation]].
* ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'' has way too many to list, given [[KillEmAll its]] [[DoomedByCanon premise]]. All Gold Saints but [[SavedByCanon Shion and Dohko]] die in some form of HeroicSacrifice, or [[TakingYouWithMe take the enemy with them]]. Bonus points go to:
** [[ISeeDeadPeople Cancer Manigoldo]] and [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Pope Sage]] (not that [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope]]), who sacrifice themselves to seal [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Thanatos]], ''the god of death''.
** [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Capricorn El Cid]], who, [[AnArmAndALeg missing an arm]], manages to use Athena's arrow to mortally wound all [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu four Dream Gods]] at the same time, and takes Oneiros away long enough to ensure [[TakingTheBullet no one else dies]] [[SelfDestructiveCharge in the resulting explosion]].
** [[BadassGrandpa Altar Hakurei]], who [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices himself]] [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu to seal Hypnos.]] Even Hypnos himself was impressed.
** [[AnIcePerson Aquarius Degel]], who [[HumanPopsicle freezes himself and the entire city of Atlantis]] to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu prevent Poseidon's awakening]].
** [[ImplacableMan Wyvern Radamanthys]], who, after being [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe split in half by Alone]], still manages to save [[BrokenBird Pandora]] with [[VillainousValor the last of his strength]].
** [[TheAtoner Gemini Aspros]], who manages to defeat and seal the god of time who's been responsible for all the major events in the series, definitely earning his [[RedemptionEqualsDeath redemption.]]
* In ''TheTwelveKingdoms'' we have a teenage girl named Rangyaku huddled in a corner, shivering and crying TearsOfFear as she mentally begs her ActionGirl friend Youshi (actually the Queen of Kei, Youko, in disguise) to help the Kei kingdom before she's stabbed to death. Not very awesome, you say? Think twice. When Yoshi/Youko arrives and finds Rangyaku's lifeless body, she sees that Rangyaku hid something among her clothes... [[MacGuffin The Seal of Kei]], which is vital whenever Youko needs to show her authority. So the poor girl couldn't fight her killers back, but managed to protect something that the heroine of the story ''cannot'' act with in the end.
** We later meet another lady who died even more awesomely: Ribi, one of King Shoryuu's counselors. She and the "Sacred beast" Enki have been captured by the enemy and are forced to wear magical red cords that react to one another: if one tries to take their cord off, it'll create a fatal backlash that will kill him/her. For worse, Enki's cord actually [[PowerLimiter seals]] [[BroughtDownToNormal his beastly powers]], [[DistressedDude making him completely helpless.]] What does Ribi do? As soon as she and Enki are alone, she cuts off Enki's cord ''herself'', clearly knowing that ''she'' will be hit and killed by the backlash. And yup, Ribi has her head sliced in half and dies, but Enki is released and escapes from their prision.
* Kyoko of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'''s HeroicSacrifice taking down Oktavia/Sayaka and [[TakingYouWithMe dying with her]] so Sayaka wouldn't [[DyingAlone die alone]] ''and'' Kyoko would finally [[DeclarationOfProtection get to protect someone else.]]
* Future Bunmei defeating the alien invaders in ''SeikimatsuOccultGakuin''.
* In the last episode of ''{{Gungrave}}'' when the dying Brandon Heat and Harry Macdowell went into an all out fight with Millennion's forces. Even with the odds against them, they still put up a massive fight only for them to kill each other in the end.
* In the final episode of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch is killed by "Zero", impaled by a massive sword. He slides down the front of his parade vehicle, [[ZeroApprovalGambit as his subjects cheer over the death of Emperor Lelouch]]. Combined with intense music and Nunnaly's cries of realization, Lelouch's sacrifice is pretty [[TearJerker touching]].
** Also Rolo Lamperouge, who some episodes before that overexerts his Geass ''knowing'' it'd kill him, all to save Lelouch [[AlasPoorScrappy and redeem himself in the eyes of at least a part of the audience.]]
** Urabe sacrifices himself to save Lelouch (and from ''Rolo'', one may add.)
* ''ShinAngyoOnshi's'' protagonist Munsu has this at the very end. It really has to be seen to be believed. Missing an arm, he finally confronts the PhysicalGod BigBad Aji Tae. Aji Tae subsequently decides to take Munsus other arm and an eye. All ''that'' does is make Munsu taunt Aji Tae to try and crush his heart and ''continuing'' to walk towards him. Aji Tae, who was previously presented as by far the most powerful being in the story, ''nearly shits himself in fear'' until he notices Munsu has finally died. [[DiedStandingUp Still standing, staring at Aji Tae.]] The relief doesn't last long, as a very angry Sando attacks Aji Tae from behind. Now, Aji Tae would have vaporized her, except, ''the dead Munsu is standing on his cape'', preventing him from turning around fast enough.
** Ondal dies to stop a bullet, the awesome part is Ondal is not real.
* You know one of these is coming in ''GashBell'' when "[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Yasashii Kaze]]" starts to play.
* ''TransformersCybertron'' has [[TheDeterminator Starscream]], who goes down in a BattleAura enhanced PunchParry [[UpToEleven so massive it creates an explosion sufficient to destroy a small planet]] (and leaves a pretty big crater in the ''large'' planet they are actually on).
** [[OldMaster Vector Prime,]] who [[UpToEleven supercharges]] his [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique time powers]] with the [[CombinedEnergyAttack combined energy of three starships]], knowing it would kill him. It does. His death is one of the few emotional moments in a series otherwise riding the RuleOfCool.
* Jonathan Joestar from Part I of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is ultimately slain by Dio Brando, but he doesn't go down easily. After Dio pierces his throat, Jonathan uses the last faint Ripple in his body to cause the ship they are on to explode. Then he uses his own body to shield Erina from incoming shrapnel. Finally, when Dio desperately tries to claim Jonathan's body, Jonathan ''rips out shrapnel from his back'' and stabs Dio with it, giving Erina the opportunity to escape. He dies PeacefulInDeath, secure in the knowledge that Erina will survive while hugging Dio, whom he always considered a brother.
* Elder Jang-Il Jeong from the the Manhwa series, ''Manhwa/TheBreaker :New Waves'', he [[JumpingOnAGrenade shields the main character, Shi-Woon, from a bomb blast with his body]]. Elder Jeong is OnlyMostlyDead but everyone thinks he is prompting Shi-Woon to go into a UnstoppableRage while his own injuries get worst in the fighting. Just as Shi-Woon is close to killing himself against his opponent and no one can reach him, Elder Jeong springs up to restrain and talk him down and in the end impart the last of his strength so that Shi-Woon's body could recover from the damage he took in the fight knowing it was the only thing keeping him alive.
* ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'' has the Gosroth go down with all hands fighting against ten enemy spaceships of approximately the same class. They destroy [[HopeSpot nine of them]].
* In the {{x 1999}} TV series, we have [[spoiler: Sorata]] and then [[spoiler: [[TheHeroDies Kamui himself]].]] The first [[spoiler: manages to ''almost'' kill Fuuma via [[HalfTheManIUsedToBe almost destroying half of his body]] despite being beaten to death to protect Arashi, which prompts her to return to the Dragons of the Heaven.]] And the second [[spoiler: allows Fuuma to fatally strike him down... but not before using his LifeEnergy and his Wish to bring back his gentler self, entrust him with the safety of the Earth, ''and'' extend his ''kekkai'' through the whole world, protecting it from ever being destroyed.]]
* Early {{Outlaw Star}} we have Hilda: falling into a star with no hope of rescue, an enemy tries to pull a {{taking you with me}} on the rest of the heroes. Hilda's response is to attach a claw grabber thing to her enemy's leg so she can't get away then make one final transmission to Gene, "Just remember, outlaws never go down easy no matter what happens to them" she then bites down on what is apparently a trigger in her tooth before an explosion engulfs her and the enemy she was grappling