->''"The children cannot go without me, and I will not go without the King, and the King will never leave his country."''
-->--'''[[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother]]''', at the height of the [[TheHomeFront London Blitz]]

The capital is about to be overwhelmed and the leader is fighting in the battle. His duty to land, life, or people dictates that he must [[LaResistance organize the resistance]] or [[GovernmentInExile go abroad to find allies]], but he won't budge until this battle has been won.

Sometimes even the most ReasonableAuthorityFigure puts HonorBeforeReason. Sometimes, he can be convinced to leave. Sometimes, force is needed; sometimes, he dies in the ruins of the castle, making a LastStand, usually with his personal guard. When he does leave, he is often the last one to do so.

Note that you really have to get killed to pull this one off properly. Captivity ruins a lot of the effect, especially if you are used against your own forces.

He may [[MoreHeroThanThou have his heir sent off, by force if needed]]. Can lead to [[AChildShallLeadThem A Child Shall Lead]] LaResistance or the RightfulKingReturns.

Compare TheMenFirst; the military commander may refuse to leave troops behind, but will go with them if they can be gotten out.

If the king is supposed to ''return'' In Its Hour Of Need (but is otherwise dead or [[SealedGoodInACan canned]]), that's the KingInTheMountain. If your ''allies'' are supposed to come help your nation in its hour of need, that's GondorCallsForAid.

See also StandYourGround.


[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* ''FanFic/WorldwarWarOfEquals'': Pope Benedict XVI refuses to evacuate the Vatican, despite constant bombings by the Race, in order to keep human (not just Catholic, but ''human'') morale alive during the war.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In Creator/SandyMitchell's Literature/CiaphasCain [[note]] HERO OF THE IMPERIUM! [[/note]] novel ''Cain's Last Stand'', Cain goes to rescue the governor when Varan's attack is about to overthrow the capital, and persuades him that it is his duty, it will tell the people that he is organizing resistance elsewhere. Alas, the governor is seriously wounded and can not be removed. [[spoiler: Worse, Varan can take over his mind and have him broadcast on his side.]]
* In John Barnes's ''Literature/OneForTheMorningGlory'', Prince Amatus has to be carried out the ruined capital by force. And his father King Boniface stays and dies.
* In Creator/LloydAlexander's ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain The High King]]'', Math the High King stays in the attacked city and dies.
* In ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', Queen Elizabeth II follows her father's example (referenced below) and stays in Windsor Castle "for the duration" of the titular ZombieApocalypse. She also lets any and all citizens into the Royal estates who are willing to help with the defense.
* In Creator/BenCounter's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''[[Literature/SoulDrinkers Hellforged]]'', Queen Dyrmida's attitude.
* Turgon, King of Gondolin in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', remains in his city as it falls to the forces of Morgoth, while his son-in-law Tuor and daughter Idril lead the remnants of his people to "safety".
* In Creator/JerryPournelle's ''[[Literature/CoDominium Prince of Sparta]]'', upheld in that King Alexander leads the final charge of his palace guard vs. the revolutionary Helots. Subverted in that he was a sick old man with an entirely healthy son, who was at that point safely ensconced in the planet's military command center and running the war.
* In Creator/TomClancy's ''[[Literature/JackRyan The Bear and the Dragon]]'', President Jack Ryan is given the chance to leave Washington when the Chinese launch a Pyrrhic nuclear strike (the one missile left after a commando raid takes out the others). He instead elects to stay aboard a nearby naval vessel that he had earlier ordered placed nearby with a special battery of [=SAMs=] possibly capable of intercepting an ICBM, knowing that if it fails he'll die along with the city. His Secret Service detail is not amused.
* In Creator/JohnHemry's Literature/TheLostFleet novel ''Invincible'', Geary reflects on how Syndicate Worlds [[OneNationUnderCopyright Planetary CEO]] Gwen Iceni remains on her world when it is threatened with attack, despite ample opportunity to evacuate. Having little to go by to judge her character, he takes it as evidence she's not all bad. [[Literature/TheLostStars The spin-off series]] set during and after Iceni's coup d'etat against the Syndicate Worlds shows he's mostly right.
* In Creator/JasperFforde's ''Literature/TheLastDragonslayer'', the Duke of Brecon is convinced his duchy will have a LastStand after the last dragon dies. He personally intends to die with the soldiers.
* In Creator/DavidWeber's ''[[Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes Heirs of Empire]]'', the heroes discover there may be a conspiracy to blow up the planet Birhat, their seat of government. The emperor gets his wife to go "vacation" on Earth--though he only gets away with it because she's pregnant--but flatly refuses to go anywhere himself. Even when they locate the planetcracker bomb, determine that it's armed, and start the evacuation, his military officers have to threaten to physically drag him onto a ship before he'll leave.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/TheWestWing'':
** In an episode, when it looks like there might be a terrorist attack on the White House, President Bartlet rejects the idea of going to the bunker, saying that when he got out he wouldn't be able to give orders to any of the people who weren't in the bunker and he likes doing that. Leo points out that the Secret Service can take him by force, if it comes to that; Bartlet responds that they better bring more than a couple of guys.
** There's also the early episode "The Crackpots and These Women," where Josh finds out that as the deputy chief of staff, he's one of the only people who would be protected by the NSC in the event of a nuclear attack. He's very distressed by this and in the end decides to give up the privilege, because he'd feel guilty working with his friends every day knowing that if nuclear war broke out, he'd be safe and they'd be left to fend for themselves. There are any number of smaller examples with this show, but few of them deal with the actual possibility of death.
** A more definite example is the president of [[FictionalCountry Kundu]], who is told while in the U.S. asking for AIDS money that there's been a coup in his absence, flies home anyway and is immediately shot at the airport.
* After the constant invasions and disasters that have plagued Britain on Christmas in the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}, the only people that seem to be staying in London during the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Voyage of the Damned" are the Queen and Wilfred Mott ([[ChekhovsGunman who'd turn out to be very important later on]]).
* In ''Series/TheBorgias'', Pope Alexander VI stays in the Vatican as the French are about to arrive, despite all advice from his cardinals and the fact that they're all leaving. This does ''not'' work out as well for the cardinals as for the Pope, because he's able to convince the French king to go through Rome without attacking, then [[HumiliationConga humiliates the cardinals]] for deserting Rome.
* {{Subverted}} in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' at the end of series four, when Morgana attacks and overwhelms Camelot. Knowing that KingArthur won't leave his kingdom under any circumstances, Merlin casts a spell on him to remove his free will and reduce him to a "simpleton" that complacently lets himself be carried away. One can't help but think that the writers didn't really think through the implications of this one...
* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', President Henry Hayes is advised to flee to the Alpha Site once Anubis starts curb stomping the U.S. military. He decides instead to remain in the White House and give a speech to the world about the invasion. He even remains in the Oval Office instead of going to the bunker beneath the building. Of course, that's merely pragmatism since the Goa'uld ships' weapons are nuclear grade and a few dozen feet of ground wouldn't make much of a difference if one fired on Washington.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0467.html Hinjo does not want to leave Azure City in its hour of need]]. It takes four separate appeals to persuade him. (And then Belkar gets into the act, just to get a chance to insult him.)
-->'''Haley''': ''And second, Azure City's hour of need was, like, three hours ago, and you were there for that.''
* ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}'': After a HeelRealization, Slately decides that he can not leave the city before his son leads the attack; his son must leave before he leads the attack.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington was famous for riding around at the front of the lines during battles in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution. His overwhelmingly positive reputation among the soldiers helped cement the decision to make him the first President... and helped stave off riots when those hungry soldiers marched on the capital to demand their overdue pay.
* A few decades later, UsefulNotes/JamesMadison stayed in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC until the last possible moment (and personally commanded an artillery battery) during the British attack on the city in the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812. Madison--and the rest of the garrison--eventually did flee, but not a moment before the situation became hopeless.
* And UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson likewise refused to leave Richmond as Governor of Virginia until British commander Banastre Tarleton was almost upon the city.
* UsefulNotes/JosefStalin did not leave Moscow when it was besieged by Nazis. He was right; the city did not fall, but if he ran away, the defenders would be demoralized and the city lost. He even ordered that the annual parade commemorating the Revolution in Red Square take place to give the people hope. Creator/GeorgeOrwell, as a consequence, had a scene in ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' where everyone was frightened by an explosion, ducking in fear, and decided to ensure that Napoleon had been there and stood firm because with all his faults, Stalin's courage could not be impugned.\\
Some historians have even pegged Stalin's decision to stay as the key turning point of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the moment when any chance of a Nazi triumph ended. Had Moscow fallen, it's much more likely that the rest of the Soviet Union would have followed...and Japan might have seen it as enough of a sign of weakness that the advocates of the western strategy (war against the Soviets) might have won out against the advocates of the ultimately disastrous eastern strategy (war against America).
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII examples:
** King George VI was repeatedly urged, during the war, to leave Britain and seek the relative safety of another part of the British Empire, such as Canada. He refused. Queen Elizabeth was asked why they did not at least send the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret away, and she replied, "The children cannot go without me, and I will not go without the King, and the King will never leave his country." The royal family's determination to remain throughout the war earned them the lasting affection of their people.
** WinstonChurchill stayed in London during TheBlitz. However, he was very concerned for the safety of King George VI as the king decided to stay in Buckingham Palace, and the best pilots of the Luftwaffe had maps telling them where to bomb it. He was actually very close to invoking his executive powers and having George forcibly taken from Buckingham Palace to the Cabinet War Rooms. Churchill had this turned against him later in the war. In the run up to D-Day he was giving [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Eisenhower]] heartburn by regularly stating that he intended to watch the landings from the fleet. Ike mentioned the problem to King George at a luncheon meeting and the King informed Churchill that he thought this was a magnificent idea and would join him with the fleet-the King had served in the Royal Navy before his coronation, after all. Churchill was appalled at the idea of needlessly putting the King in danger and sulkily backed down.
** The Queen Mother, on the bombing of Buckingham Palace: "Finally. Now I can look the East End in the face."[[note]]The East End was the most heavily targeted area during the Blitz, and was also the poorest and most heavily populated part of London as well.[[/note]]
** Many monarchs of the countries overrun by the Nazis during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII did leave their countries and were still remembered fondly for being symbols of resistance. Those who did stay behind have mixed reputations. King Leopold III of Belgium is not remembered too fondly, especially since he did get too friendly with the Germans (and was suspected of downright collaboration), and had to abdicate with the Belgian public bitterly divided over his return. King Christian X of Denmark is fondly remembered, on the other hand, for helping to keep the country together under Nazi occupation.
** Danish king Christian X, being stuck in his Copenhagen palace for the entire war and under nazi occupation, was actually the ''brother'' of Norwegian (Danish-born) king Haakon VII, who decided to leave Norway with his government in 1940, to become a lasting symbol of Norwegian resistance. It is said that Haakon was present at his brother´s funeral, and the eulogy stated that "the king remained with his people InItsHourOfNeed". King Haakon took this pretty hard, and never set foot in Denmark again.
* Alfred the Great, instead of leaving his kingdom, ''hid in a swamp'' until he could gather enough force to return and have an AwesomeMomentOfCrowning.
* Martin Clemens, governor of Guadalcanal in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, when the Japanese first landed, stayed with the local natives to help organize LaResistance.