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->''"To the last, I grapple with thee; from hell's heart, I stab at thee; for hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee."''
-->-- '''Captain Ahab''', ''Literature/MobyDick'' [[note]]or '''Khan''' from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''.[[/note]]
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You're ''really'' in trouble now. You've been defeated, captured or otherwise humiliated by your enemies, and are now at their mercy. But you've got one last ace up your sleeve. The only problem is, this final attack is going to spell death for you as well as your enemies. But hey, you're going to die anyway! [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled Might as well]] [[SuicideAttack try to take some of them down with you]].

Cue EarthShatteringKaboom via a SuperpowerMeltdown by using a DangerousForbiddenTechnique involving a PainfulTransformation into a OneWingedAngel, or anything that suits your tastes, really. Don't forget, however, to growl in a menacing tone: "If I'm going to die, I'm Taking You With Me," or perhaps "SeeYouInHell."

When this trope is invoked, the hero usually survives, and the villain nearly always dies, regardless of who is trying to take who with them. If it's the villain trying to take the hero, the attempt inevitably fails. If it's the hero trying to take the villain, the attempt inevitably succeeds, and it's likely (but not certain) that the hero will find a way to come out of it alive. (Exception: If the hero is a [[HeelFaceTurn redeemed bad guy]], the attempt inevitably succeeds and [[RedemptionEqualsDeath kills both of them]].)

One form of TakingYouWithMe is when a villain deliberately sets up a LoadBearingBoss situation, hoping to collapse his lair on the victorious heroes (over cries of "You'll kill us both\all!"). When cornered, one might decide that it's BetterToDieThanBeKilled, and take a CyanidePill; too bad that those don't bring down the opponent with you. Alternatively, the ''threat'' of taking an attacker down with you can allow you to achieve a VictoryThroughIntimidation. If this action is taken by a usually stoic villain, may have been preceded by a VillainousBreakdown. If [[ApocalypseHow all of the universe/reality]] is included with "you", this becomes a SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum.

A LastStand is a prolonged version of this, involving more characters. It may, in fact, have several TakingYouWithMe incidents in it. This trope often goes hand-in-hand with DoNotGoGentle.

See also SealedEvilInADuel, SelfDestructiveCharge, MutualKill, and HeroicSacrifice. The DoubleKnockout is a nonlethal cousin of this trope. May be the purpose of some variants of a [[DeadManSwitch Deadman's Switch]]. Compare LastDitchMove for (not necessarily lethal or even offensive) scripted final actions. A SoreLoser might resort to this if they're upset enough. Contrast VillainsDyingGrace. Not to be confused with [[ImTakingHerHomeWithMe Taking Them Home With Me]]. It also should not be confused with BackstabBackfire, where the death of the person trying to do a last ditch effort in killing his enemy did not plan the possibility of death when attempting to backstab them after being defeated.

!!'''As a DeathTrope, all spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''
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!!Examples

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* Done several times in ''GingaNagareboshiGin''.
** The Iga dogs seem somewhat fond of this: both Tsukikage and Hayato meet their makers this way.
** Ben attempts to do this with Sniper. ''Both'' of them survive, though.
** Benizakura kills Mosa in this fashion.
** Akakabuto ''rises from the dead'' to take Gohei, Riki and Gin with him. Thanks to Gin, though, he doesn't succeed. [[spoiler:At least not entirely, as he ''did'' manage to kill Riki.]]
** In the wolf arc of the manga, Thunder Wolf manages to render Mukonga's front paws, his most effective weapons, useless. In response to this Mukonga ''tears his nonfunctional paw off and skewers Thunder Wolf with the bone of his leg'' before succumbing to his own wounds shortly after.
* Sir Penwood from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' was presented as being mostly an incompetent ModernMajorGeneral at best. But then, after nearly being assualted by Millennium infiltrators, he reveals himself as a CowardlyLion and offers to remain behind in the complex the SS Waffen vampires were bound to attack to give time for the rest of the staff to flee. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Nobody takes him up on this offer; they all stay behind with him]]. After the attack has killed everybody, he waits until the vampires are too deep into the complex to escape, and pulls out a thin cylinder. He laughs at the enemy commander in his face...and reveals the stacks of C4 he'd wired into the building. He gets shot. Twice. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And he still presses the detonator.]]
* Hilda from ''OutlawStar'', upon realizing she's caught in a star's gravity pull and that there was no way her crew could save her, decides to go down like the badass she is, grabbing one of the BigBad's [[TheDragon Dragons]] with a metal clamp and blowing up the both of them with the explosive equivalent of a CyanidePill.
* Jin from ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' has a specific technique, handed down from his sensei, for taking down an opponent who completely outclasses him: he [[DeliberateInjuryGambit creates an intentional opening in his defense, and fatally strikes the opponent once he's fully committed to his attack]]. The technique generally leads to the death of both the user and the opponent, and Jin is lucky to make it out with only a grievous but non-fatal wound.
** Likewise, after Mugen slays his brothers and fails to die to a gunshot, Toube waits until just before Mugen staggers to him before detonating a cache of explosives hidden in his wheelchair. Mugen survives this too, because [[MadeOfIron he's invincible]].
* Occurs several times in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', with most attempts being unsuccessful (since success would instantly remove a major villain or hero from the story). We start off with Goku holding Raditz in place for Piccolo to blast them both away (which was actually successful). Then there's the Saibaman who blows up Yamcha, Chiaotzu who tries it against Nappa, Android 16 who tried it against Cell, Cell who attempts to blow himself up along with the Earth after being beaten by Gohan, Vegeta who blows himself up in an attempt to kill Buu, then Buu who blows himself up trying to kill Gohan (though Buu is able to regenerate and it's later revealed he was only trying to buy time). Somewhat subverted with Frieza who tries to blow up Namek, seemingly to take Goku with him, but he then says that he's able to survive in space while he knows Goku cannot.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': In the first case, Ikki uses this to defeat [[EyesAlwaysShut Virgo Shaka]], but WorthyOpponent Shaka is so impressed by his courage that with the help of Aries Mu, he brings Ikki back to the Sanctuary and does a HeelFaceTurn. On the other hand, both Shiryu and Siegfried from the Asgard Saga try this on Capricorn Shura and Siren Sorrento, respectively, by holding them and ascending to space with them. The latter fails since Sorrento survives, and the former succeeds (but ultimately [[BackFromTheDead returns]]). Gemini Kanon takes it one step further on Wyrvern Radamantys by ascending to space AND using his Galaxian Explosion at the same time.
** Many instances in ''SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'' from both Saints and Specters alike, with varying degrees of success. Special mention goes to [[SacrificialLion Pisces Albafica]] and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Cancer Manigoldo]].
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'': Sailor Jupiter [[TearJerker does this]] near the end of the first season, [[HeroicSacrifice electrocuting herself]] along with the DD Girl who captured her. Sailor Venus takes out another in a similar way, with a powerful kamikaze overload of her Crescent Beam attack, and Sailor Mars [[KillItWithFire completely immolates]] the last with the remainder of her power. "Fire...'''SOUL!'''" They all got a DyingMomentOfAwesome.
** Sailor Moon herself does so in the first series's finale, overloading the Silver Crystal and unleashing its full powers to destroy the enemy despite knowing that it will kill her.
** In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], as Prince [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Diamond]] has a VillainousBreakdown possibly from getting kicked out of the position as the BigBad when [[BigBadDuumvirate Black Lady and Wiseman]] show up AND having had to kill his brother Sapphire, he snaps and tries to [[EarthShatteringKaboom put the two Silver Imperium Crystals together]], which would [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt undo time itself]]. Unfortunately for him and luckily for the rest of the universe Pluto reacts faster than he does, [[HeroicSacrifice breaks a taboo, and stops time]].
** Back to the anime, Berthier/Birdy of the Weird Sisters in ''Sailor Moon R'' tried to pull this, intending on freezing herself and Sailor Mercury via a game of chess.
* ''{{X1999}}'' has Karen Kasumi do this with a combination of this and a straightforward HeroicSacrifice, complete with explosive SuperpowerMeltdown.
** TheMovie takes it a step further: nearly half of the heroic Dragons of Heaven perform {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s to kill the villainous Dragons of Earth. This would be a better plan if it weren't for the fact that [[IdiotPlot the Dragons of Earth are specifically out to destroy the mystical barriers guarded by the Dragons of Heaven, which collapse catastrophically when the Dragons of Heaven generating them are killed]]. It's difficult to tell in many cases just who sacrificed him/herself to kill whom, given the way the movie keeps throwing out such moment over and over and over again. The first combatants on either side die mere moments after the opening credits.
*** The abovementioned Karen and Shogo Asagi in TheMovie deserve special mention: Shogo hits Karen with a ''train''. And pays for it dearly, since Karen meets it with a fireball massive enough to blow herself, Shogo, ''and'' the train all to kingdom come.
*** Seiichiro Aoki's death also specifically invokes this: he grabs onto Nataku and uses his wind powers to accelerate them straight downward from a considerable height into the pavement, with the following FamousLastWords:
--->'''Aoki:''' "Maybe you're right. Yes, maybe the Earth should be destroyed. But even then, I will protect those that I love, and that's why I'll defeat you at the cost of my life!"
* Speaking of Clamp, in ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'': Near the end of the Celes arc, Fai tries to kill Ashura and himself with an explosion of killer magic, but both survive (for the moment). (If you've read ''all'' of the Celes arc, then you see why Fai didn't just do it from a distance, so it's more of a Broken Character Wants To Die And Save His Friends via This Trope.)
* ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'': The second-to-last episode has Natsuki [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing herself]] against her [[PsychoLesbian love-crazed best friend Shizuru]] by blasting Shizuru's CHILD (Kiyohime) while her own CHILD (Duran) is in Kiyohime's clutches, which destroys both [=CHILDs=] and kills them both. To further [[TearJerker drive the point home]], Natsuki tells Mai ahead of time that she knows she's not going to make it, and when she actually [[ShootTheDog does so]], hugs Shizuru for the first (and last) time as they both disappear, taking Shizuru with her (though they ultimately [[DisneyDeath get better]]).
* ''HunterXHunter'': President Netero, nuking himself along with the Chimera Ant King.
* Dewey from ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' has a dead mans switch embedded in his chest that will activate the necklaces that Anemone and Eureka wear to prevent them from becoming the next Coralian hive mind. Fortunately for them, it doesn't work too well, and they both survive, if in a very bad way immediately afterwards.
* ''ZetaGundam'': [[DarkMessiah Paptimus Scirocco]] does this, in a rare villainous example that works. When his mobile suit is impaled by the Zeta Gundam, he gets the lower half of his torso crushed by the Zeta itself. With his dying breath, he curses his killer, [[TheHero Kamille Bidan]], and using his [[PsychicPowers newtype abilities]], [[MindRape mentally lobotomizes]] Kamille. His mobile suit then explodes, and Kamille is left blabbering like a five-year old. [[DownerEnding This is how the series ENDS.]] It takes Kamille almost the whole sequel, ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'', to start getting better.
** In TheMovie, this doesn't happen. Kamille not only doesn't get mind-fried, but he [[EarnYourHappyEnding is perfectly okay in the end and reunites with his girlfriend Fa and his friends]].
** Attempted and failed by Duo Maxwell in ''GundamWing'', when surrounded by OZ mecha and his Gundam is badly damaged. He even gets a SeeYouInHell ("Tag along...on my journey to hell!"), but the SelfDestructMechanism fails due to the damage and he gets captured, which results in him getting his MidSeasonUpgrade.
* This trope is one of the many reasons why ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' ends as a {{Tragedy}}.
* [[NightOfTheLivingMooks The Mariages]] of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [=StrikerS=] [[AllThereInTheManual Sound Stage X]]'' will [[ShapeshifterWeapon liquify its entire body]] into a combustible liquid that will turn the area they're in into a raging inferno in an attempt to incinerate their enemy together with them if they've been subdued and unable to retaliate in any other way.
* Non-fatal version in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', where C.C. uses the Gawain, running low on power, to grapple Jeremiah and his Siegfried and forces both of them to the bottom of the ocean. Non-fatal since C.C. is immortal while Jeremiah, who was altered by Britannia in an attempt to recreate C.C., is insanely tough; both characters return for the second season.
** In the episode before, Nina tried to use a Sakuradite-bomb to blow up the whole Tokyo settlement as an attempt [[spoiler:to kill Zero to avenge Euphemia's death at the hands of Zero]].
** In the same episode, Lelouch straps a liquid sakuradite to his chest and threatens Suzaku that if he shoots it, they, along with Kallen, will die. Suzaku manages to get it off him without it detonating.
** Some episodes earlier, Suzaku turns the tables on Zero and holds him in headlock, awaiting Schneizel's command to take out the both of them. Considering Suzaku's [[DeathSeeker death wish]], this would kill two birds with one stone. Lelouch, being fully aware of this, gets out of this situation by placing a "Live!" command on him.
** At the start of the second season, one of the Four Holy Swords tries to take down Rolo this way. Even though it violates internal consistency somewhat, Rolo's Geass allows him to escape death.
** In the second season, Lelouch goes into the Sword of Akasha after his father, then destroys the gateway from the inside, effectively trapping them forever. He even gets to say SeeYouInHell:
--->"Now, let us suffer together in this eternal repentance!"
*** Considering Lelouch wasn't a code bearer and the emperor was, Lelouch would eventually die of thirst if things had gone according to plan. TheEmperor [[AndIMustScream wouldn't have been so fortunate.]]
*** Ultimately subverted. While it implicitly would have trapped them both, it couldn't stop C.C. from moving to and from the other world at will, so Lelouch had to finish the job anyway.
* In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', Apocalimon was willing to kill himself and destroy everything in the process.
** This trope was also evidenced during the final fight on Infinity Mountain, where Angemon fought Devimon.
** In ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'', Beelzebumon pulled this on Lilithmon.
* In ''YuGiOh5Ds'', after his defeat at Yusei's hands, Rudger detonates his [[ArtificialLimb robotic arm]], destroying the bridge they were duelling on, and sending Yusei plummeting into the depths of Old Momentum. Sore loser.
** The dub, HAS to change this as Rudger/Roman's arm detonation is technically suicide. It's changed so that Earthbound God Uru's destruction blows up the bridge.
** This trope is also invoked during Jack's duel with D-Carly. Jack plans to activate a trap that will [[TogetherInDeath take them both down at once]]. This is however foiled by Carly, who manages to gain control of herself at the last minute and knocks her own life points down to zero in order to save Jack's life.
** In the previous series, Professor Satou tried to do this in his duel with Judai, using his Scar Knight's effect, which would have ended the duel in a draw and possibly killed them both due to their D-Belts. However, Judai used a card to protect himself, and only Satou took the damage. [[spoiler:And then fell into a crevise when his D-Belt activated; he was presumed to have died in the fall.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/RobotechTheShadowChronicles'' Alex Romero dies this way taking many of enemy fighters with him.
* ''MacrossPlus'' has Guld going up against the [[AttackDrone Ghost X-9]] alone. Despite his SuperPrototype CoolPlane, he's clearly outmatched... until [[LimitBreak he switches his plane to]] HeroicRROD and [[RammingAlwaysWorks rams the sucker into the Ghost]]. In the [=OVAs=], they both explode on impact; in the movie, Guld's fighter survives but he's [[NauseaFuel plastered]] [[EyeScream all over]] [[BloodFromTheMouth the cockpit]] due to [[RealityEnsues G-forces]].
* In ''DeadmanWonderland'', Nagi does this with Genkaku, holding him down so that Ganta can kill him. His words: "I'm your guide to hell." Genkaku really doesn't seem to mind, and appears pretty happy.
* In the season 1 finale of ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', Gauron attempts to do this to Sousuke while they're in their HumongousMecha. He sets his AS to self destruct in 2 minutes, and pins Sousuke down. Right before the dramatic explosion, he takes the opportunity to [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove confess his love for Sousuke]], which sort of [[MomentKiller falls flat]] when Sousuke blasts him off the ship they're on so only Gauron's AS explodes. In season 3, Gauron lives up to his legend of [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat being impossible to kill]] by showing up alive again.
* In the middle of the Konan/Kutou war in ''FushigiYuugi'', Tamahome tells Miaka, "If I die, I'm taking them with me, but I ''won't'' let you die!"
** Played tragically straight with Chiriko's death, a case in which the hero ''does'' take the villain with him at the cost of his own life.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': [[BadassGrandpa Fu]] and [[BadassBeard Captain Buccaneer]], who was the temporary leader of the [[BadAssCrew Brigg's Fortress]] at the time, tried to sacrifice themselves to take down King Bradley before their deaths.
---> "[[BadAssGrandpa Old Man]], we'll walk him down the path to Hell together."
---> "Yes, thank you."
** A particularly unique example (shown above), as Fu intended to blow up himself and Wrath, but Wrath just cut the fuses off the bombs strapped to his chest. Captain Buccaneer arrived to help avoid a SenselessSacrifice.
** In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], "[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Kimbley]]" turns Al into a bomb shortly before he dies from the mortal wound Scar inflicted on him. Unfortunately for him, Scar manages to deactivate the bomb by giving Al his right arm, turning him into the new Philosopher's Stone and saving his life.
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', Naraku ''orders'' Kanna to do this, after she sustains heavy damage from protecting her Mirror-Demon. Although Kanna fails to take anyone with her, in her final moments, she {{Heel Face Turn}}s slightly, and manages to tell Kagome how to defeat Naraku. In the anime it is shown quite clearly that Kanna completely refuse to do this.
** Naraku himself also tried this when his time came, to the point that he was willing to subject himself to a FateWorseThanDeath if that meant that the protagonist's girlfriend [[SealedEvilInADuel comes with him.]]
*** After being fatally injured by her lover, InuYasha, the priestess Kikyou attempts to take him with her with her last breath. She had softened at this point, though, and used a sealing spell that freezes him in time so he would never decompose or age instead of killing him.
* ''DarkerThanBlack''. Huang deliberately got into a car chase with Syndicate agents so he could lure them off and ''blow them up'' with a bomb he'd planted in his car. And November 11 took down his boss and a roomful of bodyguards (probably even more, since he made it out of the building before the bullet wound got to him). And he did it with a bottle of bourbon.
* Either inverted or subverted in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', depending on how you look at it. A dying Jonathan, the hero of the first arc, attempts to take Dio, the closest thing the series has to a central antagonist, with him. It does appear to be played somewhat straight for a while, until Dio returns in the third arc.
** There was one particular stand that only manifested after its user died. The catch? The only way to surely end a stand is to kill the user, and as in this particular case he was already dead, it was ''completely unstoppable'', and was hunting the heroes relentlessly in revenge. The fact it was a BlobMonster powered by BodyHorror and corrupting everything around it to absorb it did ''not'' help.
* Johan of ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', in a non-literal, very extreme variation of the trope. He knows he has to die, and he's going to take everyone with him.
** [[{{MW}} Michio]] [[strike:follows]] [[{{Expy}} sets the example.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}} Shippuden'' Deidara fights Sasuke, and when he loses use of his legs and realizes his opponent can [[ElementalRockPaperScissors cancel out the effect of his Earth-based attack with lightning]] he opts to swallow the exploding clay and set it off inside himself (where it can't be rendered useless) [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled so he wouldn't be taken alive]]. It didn't work due to [[spoiler:[[{{Asspull}} the infamous Great Snake Escape]]]].
** At the end of the Rescue Gaara arc, after losing both of his arms Deidara exploited this trope by replacing himself with an explosive clone. The Konoha shinobi assumed he had really blown himself up in an attempt to take them out with him, while Deidara himself escaped to fight another day.
** Sasuke himself attempts this when the Raikage is about to crush him and he makes a fire shield, but Gaara stops them both.
** Danzo attempts this on both [[spoiler:Obito]] and Sasuke using a sealing techniques, but they both managed to avoid it. However, the threat of it did give him enough time to destroy the eyes of his which Madara was after.
** In the original series, Zabuza also attempts this on Gato during the Land of Waves arc.
*** Anko attempted that too right about after Orochimaru appears.
** The Third Hokage's Reaper Death Seal was intended to be this to Orochimaru, as the seal kills the caster without exception, unfortunately the Third was too weak from the fight and too old to fully complete the jutsu, and only managed to seal away Orochimaru's arms (which he later healed anyway, making it largely a SenselessSacrifice).
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Yamamoto - the last captain standing - tries to do this to Aizen in an extreme example that would not only take out them, but EVERYONE ELSE in the area. [[ChessMaster Naturally, it fails]], as Aizen [[CrazyPrepared made one of his minions specifically able to]] [[PowerNullifier cancel]] that ability. Sort of justified, because as {{pride}}ful as Aizen is, he even outright admits that Yamamoto would beat him in a fair fight. Then a severely wounded Yamamoto tries it ''again'' when Aizen moves to finish him off, casting the high-level kido "Single Blade Cremation", which uses his own body as a catalyst.
** Baraggan tried and failed to do this to Aizen as he was [[HoistByHisOwnPetard dying from his own power]].
* Yusuke tries this a couple times in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', but it's subverted both times. His first usage of this is when he uses almost all of his life energy to kill Suzaku, and is revived by Kuwabara before the rest of his life fades away. The second time is in his fight against Jin, where Yusuke was about to fire a Spirit Gun into a point-blank Tornado Fist, which would have created a tornado of spirit energy that would kill both of them. Luckily, Jin noticed this and decided to dodge instead.
** One fight later after the Yusuke/Jin battle the exact same thing happens: a heavily wounded and near exhausted Kuwabara attempts to do this while fighting against Risho to allow one final win for his allies in the current round of the Dark Tournament. He even says the line, "It doesn't matter if I die, as long as I take you with me!" Like in Yusuke's case it gets completely subverted: Yukina happens to show up in the audience and thanks to ThePowerOfLove he has for her, Kuwabara instantly regains all his energy and defeats Risho in one hit.
** Kuwabara is perhaps the first character in the series to attempt this, during the Saint Beasts arc. [[spoiler: Upon noticing Byakko's destroyed every platform in the Room of Hell he could jump to, Kuwabara leaps for the one Byakko is on and uses his Spirit Sword as a pole-vault. This gives him the leverage and momentum needed to land a huge flying punch on Byakko, sending him plummeting into the boiling acid pool underneath, with Kuwabara falling behind him. Luckily, one of his bandages snags on a crack in the platform... And ''Byakko [[MadeOfIron survives the bath]]'', albeith heavily wounded.]]
* In the Festival Arc of ''MahouSenseiNegima'', [[ColdSniper Mana]] goes around sniping people with bullets that send whatever they hit three hours into the future, so that they cannot interfere with Chao's plan, as she would have already won. When she shoots Kaede, Kaede manages to grab her, warping her three hours into the future as well and neutralizing her for the rest of the battle.
* Hilarious subversion: A Heterodyne tried to do this in ''{{Dai-Guard}}'' while it was falling into the ocean by grabbing the titular robot's arm, so Akagi just detaches it.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' shows this during the flashback to the fight with an Angel in the previous episode (the first, to be precise). After Unit 01 goes berserk and beats the crap out of the Angel, the Angel latches onto it, and blows itself up. While this damages the Eva, it doesn't kill it.
** Rei Ayanami also does this to take out the 16th Angel and save Shinji, and [[BloodKnight Mari]] does this in RebuildOfEvangelion to take out the 3rd Angel. Whilst Mari survives, her Eva certainly doesn't.
** The manga version of [[spoiler: the invasion of [=NERV=] features a wounded Misato waiting with a primed grenade for the soldiers tracking her]].
* ''RahXephon'' has Kuki cornering Kunugi in TERRA's control center. Kunugi is heavily injured, his opponent is inside a huge, invincible Dolem that just laid waste to the entire island. His solution? Activate a failsafe in the teleporter between the control center and the Xephon's holding pen that causes the entire island to erupt into a second [[SphereOfDestruction Tokyo Jupiter]]. Cue Kuki going OhCrap when he sees his opponent's half-smile that just reeks of saying "Checkmate, sucker."
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[MercyKill Kyoko does this to Sayaka,]] [[FateWorseThanDeath to save both of them]] [[DyingAlone and to make sure she doesn't die alone.]]
* The first ''[[TenchiMuyo Tenchi]]'' [[TheMovie movie]], ''Tenchi Muyo In Love'': villain Kain, while being sucked into an alternate dimension, exclaims "If I have to go... I won't go alone!" and grabs the hero's parents. He tries it again near the end, attempting to keep Tenchi's mom in the alternate universe when the reality-destroying cannon is set to fire.
* During the Enies Lobby Arc of ''OnePiece'', Franky subverts this by saying he's going to blow himself up, taking Enies Lobby and everyone else in a three-kilometer-wide explosion with him. While all of the Marines are trying to escape he grabs Robin and [[{{Fartillery}} explosively farts]] his way out of the building, in an attempt to escape.
** After the TimeSkip, Brook, now a famous rock star, tells his managers that he plans to return to his pirate life. It doesn't take long for the Navy to show up.
-->'''Manager:''' Your popularity is still on the rise! We could've made a fortune off you! But you betrayed us! Our company is dissolved! Let's all die together, Soul King!
** Another example occurred way back on Drum Island when Dalton planned on stopping Wapol doing this, via going into Wapol's castle with a load of dynamite strapped to him. However, he never gets the chance to try, as Luffy had already forcibly banished Wapol by the time he arrived.
** [[spoiler:Caesar Clown, having been defeated by Luffy and on the verge of death, attempts to do this with Smoker by killing his heart, which was given to him by Law. The issue is that it wasn't Smoker's heart that Law gave him. It was his secretary Monet's, who was planning a similar attempt in destroying the entire island. Needless to say, she doesn't get the chance.]]
* MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro: The titular character takes down the [[KillAllHumans Big Bad]] because he wants to protect his food supply, even if he ends up dying. The logic is a typical {{Mindscrew}} but he IS a demon. [[spoiler:Subverted when [[UnexplainedRecovery he gets better.]]]]
* In the fourth season of ''{{Bakugan}}'', [[spoiler:[[BigBad Mag Mel]] tries this after being beaten by Dan and Drago, revealing that all the energy he's absorbed means his death will result in it all being released in a massive explosion, which he attempts to use to kill them all. They survive though.]]
* In most continuities, this is how [[GetterRobo Musashi Tomoe]] goes out, detonating the Getter Core and eradicating the Dinosaur Empire.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': When opium dealer Kanryuu Takeda was caught by the police and knew there was no way he could avoid death penalty, he tried to exact revenge on Megumi Takani, who made opium for him until she decided to leave his service, by denouncing her as a member of his drug ring but Kenshin told the police she was an innocent whose medical knowledge led Takeda to try to force her to make opium.
* The BiggerBad of ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'' attempts this by grabbing Cure Egret and Cure Bloom and trying to pull them into the attack that's destroying him. However, Michiru and Kaoru grab them and keep them out, breaking the villain's last hopes and allowing himself to be destroyed.
* In the eleventh volume of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', Shalba Beelzebub was getting curb stomped badly by [[TheHero Issei]] that he had to resort to use a poison specifically effective for dragons. End result, while Shalba does die, he does have the honor of [[OurHeroIsDead killing the main protagonist]]. [[DeathIsCheap Sadly for him though, it just doesn't stick.]]
* ''{{Mirai Nikki}}'': After having a hand blown off, being shot in the gut, and lost ''a lot'' of blood as a result, [[MadBomber Minene]] reveals she has a heartbeat bomb on her person, and [[HeroicWillpower heroically]] ([[BlackAndGreyMorality for this series anyway]]) [[HeroicWillpower wills]] herself to stay alive long enough so it can be used to blow the door to Eleven's vault/hiding place, so Yukiteru can kill him.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': The Tartarus arc begins with one of these in the form of [[spoiler: Tempesta, blowing himself up into a deadly and rapidly-spreading cloud of poisonous particles after his defeat at the hands of Laxus and the Raijinshuu. In a desperate bid to save the lives of the citizens of Hargeon, Laxus makes a HeroicSacrifice by inhaling as much of the poison as possible as his Dragon Slayer powers enable him to do. [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat He and his team all survived]], albeit with a strong possibility of being permanently weakened, and Tempesta's poison still managed to kill over a hundred Hargeon inhabitants.]]
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[[folder: Card Games]]
* ''Doomtown'' has a card called Take Ya With Me. Which was part of a cheesy strategy dubbed "lose to win" (use it with a {{mook}} to give your opponent a PyrrhicVictory, maybe healing the mook afterward to add insult to injury) until it received [[RetCon errata]] that you can only target someone who's more of a mook than one of your dudes getting killed.
* ''NuclearWar'' has the "Retaliatory Strike" rule where a player who has lost the last of his population may immediately launch all of his missles and warheads at whomever he likes. If one of his targets is eliminated in the process, then that nation may make a retaliatory strike of his own. It's possible to launch the unique 100 Megaton warhead in the hopes of getting a lucky roll and destroying the world in the process.
* In ''MagicTheGathering'' any spell that deals damage to both you and an opponent such as [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=190551 Earthquake]] or [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=21149 Pestilence]] can be used for this.
** There are also creatures that can kill themselves to take out other creatures, or which hurl damage or direct creature killing around when they die.
* ''Poo: the card game'' (a game based around monkeys throwing you-can-guess-what at each other) contains two copies of a card called Blaze of Glory, which allows a player, when eliminated, to fling all the poop he currently has at whoever he chooses. This tends to be hoarded along with all the really good poop, and has been known to produce a game which nobody wins thanks to chain reactions.
* There are several cards that invoke this in the YuGiOhTCG. An obvious one is Self Destruct Button, which kills both players if there is a 7000 Life Point difference between players. A couple more would be [[EarthShatteringKaBoom Ring of Destruction]] (a card which dealt damage to both players equal to the targeted monster's attack, now Forbidden) and [[{{Troll}} Morphing Jar]] (if a player flips it when both players have less than five cards in their deck.) On a smaller scale, there are some Monster Cards that can either destroy the card that destroyed them or a completely different card depending on their effect; the best example is Man Eater Bug, best-played face-down to trick someone to attack with their own monster and then use the otherwise pathetic Man Eater Bug to destroy their biggest monster and there’s (usually) nothing that the opponent can do about it.
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/ThePunisher''
** In the ''Comicbook/SuicideRun'' storyline, the Punisher has just finished killing all the heads of the big Mafia families from around the world (again). He is helped by the fact he's carrying a dead man's trigger in his left hand, connected to a huge bomb in the otherwise empty building. But wait... there's one guy left. A jerk-ass nobody who runs some gangs out of New York. The punk points out it's just him and the Punisher and maybe both could walk away. Nope. No deal. BOOM.
** In [[ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX the MAX series]] arc "Six Hours to Kill", Punisher is poisoned and told to kill someone to get the antidote. Instead, he kills the person who poisoned him and pulls out his list of scumbags, going through the methodically before the poison kills him. He actually runs out of targets before he runs out of time.
* The end of ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' has the Anti-Monitor coming after Superman of Earth-2 one last time, with the words "Superman... I will not die... unless you die with me!"
* In the Archie ''[[Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' series -- technically, the side-sides starring Knuckles the Echidna -- Tobor (a former Guardian who was unknowingly replaced by a member of the Dark Legion thanks to an accident during battle) emerged from the Legion's former prison with Kragog back into the real world and proceeded to slam themselves into an energy cannon being used by the Legion. This turns into a StupidSacrifice when you realize that the energy cannon was being used to ''rescue'' the trapped citizens of Echindaopolis on Knuckles' orders.
* The Joker is often so AxeCrazy that he's willing to include himself among his victims if that will get his point across. In the ''Spider-Man/Batman'' crossover, for example, he couldn't bear the thought of [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou Carnage killing Batman]], and threatened to spring a lethal virus that would have likely killed everyone in the city - himself included - unless Carnage backed off. (And neither Batman nor Spider-Man thought for a second that he was bluffing.)
* In ''BlackestNight'', this is how Kyle Rayner takes out the Black Lanterns assaulting the GreenLantern Central Power Battery-- he traps them in a forcefield with him and an Alpha Lantern Battery on the verge of GoingCritical.
** And in the ''Adventure Comics'' tie-in, Superboy-Prime decides that if he's going to be killed by Black Lanterns, he's going to [[RageAgainstTheAuthor kill everybody at DC Comics first.]]
** In the following saga ''BrightestDay'', MartianManhunter does this to evil green Martian D'Kay. Fortunately, the white battery makes him get better.
* ''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}''-the original Eastman and Laird series is far more brutal than the cartoons or movies made in its name. In its climactic Turtles vs Foot Clan scene, the Foot Clan is slashed to pieces (with blood and severed limbs all about) and Shredder beaten to a gasping pulp. Leonardo offers him a dagger with which to perform seppuku, so he could go out like the samurai he dresses like. Instead, Shredder pulls out a grenade and attempts to perform this trope.
* In ''FinalCrisis'', Batman, about to be hit with {{Darkseid}}'s [[FateWorseThanDeath Omega Sanction]], shoots the literal GodOfEvil with a radion bullet, killing his physical body, starting the process of his final defeat.
** The actual story of ''Final Crisis'' is Darkseid attempting to do this ''to all of reality.''
* In ''ComicBook/XMen'', at the end of the Inferno arc, Madelyne Pryor tries to trap Jean in her dying mind and thus take her with her, recreating the incident that awakened Jean's powers in the first place (Jean nearly died inside the mind of her friend Annie, who was run over - Madelyne was given this memory by Sinister). Madelyne would succeed if it weren't for the Phoenix Force offering Jean the opportunity to live if she absorbs both Phoenix and Madelyne's personalities.
* Creator/WarrenEllis and JuanJoseRyp's ''ComicBook/BlackSummer'' has Tom Noir use his old girlfriend's gun to blow up a cemetery, taking both John Horus and Frank Blacksmith with him, thus taking out the main people behind the whole situation.
* From ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', Brother Eye, after being attacked and its stabilizing unit sent hurling down to earth, activated its defense systems on the satellite to bring down its creator Franchise/{{Batman}} with it as well.
* In the prologue to ''ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier'', John Cloud jumps into the mouth of the Tyrannosaurus Rex that killed the rest of his unit while holding two live grenades. It's currently the Page Image for DyingMomentOfAwesome. King Faraday takes his place in the AnimatedAdaptation.
* In the ''SpiderMan'' storyline, ''ComicBook/EndsOfTheEarth'', the Rhino, [[DespairEventHorizon unable to live on after the new Rhino murdered his wife]], ends up pinning Silver Sable to the floor of a flooding floor, the two seemingly drowning as Spidey makes the tough decision to face down Doctor Octopus. (He may not have been successful, however. The seer Madame Webb later told Spider-Man that Sable survived. She may have been lying - she has decieved Spider-Man to manipulate him before - but if it was the truth and Sable ''did'' escape, then it is possible that the Rhino did too.)
** Speaking of Doc Ock, this was his plan all along - he plotted to flash fry the Earth with the exception of a VERY small fraction of the human race left alive to rebuild and remember him as the greatest monster to have ever lived. However, Spidey [[SpannerInTheWorks throws a wrench in that]] when he reveals that, even if those people lived, they'd be brain dead. [[VillainousBreakdown Ock doesn't take that well.]]
** Another storyline, Morlun's introduction, had Spidey inject himself with radioactive material so that if he died from Morlun's feeding, Morlun would suffer a lethal dose of radiation.
* From ''ComicBook/TheDarkness'':
-->'''Jackie:''' I don't suppose you'd let me have OneLastSmoke... [[StuffBlowingUp Say, do you smell gasoline?]]
* In ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', ComicBook/LexLuthor isn't dying any time soon, but the realization that he's aging normally and his ArchEnemy [[TheAgeless isn't]] is what drives him to finally "get serious about killing Superman."
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'': With both of them fighting over a lake of molten lava in an alternate dimension, Calvin and Holographic Retro manage to do this to ''each other'' as they both go over the edge, ending the season on a {{cliffhanger}}.
* [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]]: [[spoiler: Luna's]] entire reasoning behind [[spoiler: the Battle of the Everfree Fields.]] After learning that her war was practically lost, she gathered all her remaining forces for [[LastStand one last stand]]; to wipe out as many Celestia's forces as she could. The only main difference between this and most of the other examples on this page was that [[spoiler: Luna chose to sit this battle out, waiting for Celestia to confront her herself.]]
* ''FanFic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'': After [[BigBad Checker Monarch]] is [[OutGambitted tricked]] into an EngineeredPublicConfession that will result in her going to jail, she has a VillainousBreakdown and knocks out Trixie and the Mane Six before using a highly-illegal [[DreamWeaver dream infiltration]] spell to enter their minds in an attempt to kill them all with their worst nightmares, regardless of what happens to her afterwards. [[spoiler: She fails completely.]]
* In FanFic/AGrowingAffection, [[spoiler: the last fight between Gai and Kisame has this. After Kisame breaks out his Tailed Beast cloak, Gai opens the Eighth gate to counter, allowing him to kill Kisame at the cost of his own life.]]
* In [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/109581/1/i-did-not-want-to-die/i-did-not-want-to-die I Did Not Want To Die,]] the protagonist reaches for the last grenade at the very end.
* ''FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'':
** ''Mare of Steel'': During the final fight between Supermare and [[DiscOneFinalBoss General Zod]], Zod ultimately realizes that he can't beat her, so he decides to overload his magic and blow both of them -- and Canterlot -- to kingdom come. She responds by flying him into space and letting him detonate harmlessly [[spoiler: although she gets caught in the blast and [[DisneyDeath badly injured]]]].
** ''The Princess of Themyscira'': During the FinalBattle, [[WonderWoman Diana]] destroys the [[ArtifactOfDoom Alicorn Amulet]], thus closing the portal that [[BigBad Ares]] was using to unleash the demons of Tartarus on Equestria. When Ares' [[VillainousBreakdown desperate]] attempts to keep it open [[HoistByHisOwnPetard result]] in him starting to be dragged into it himself, he grabs Diana and tries to drag her in with him, only to be stopped by Soarin's [[BigDamnHeroes timely intervention]].
* [[{{Warhammer40000}} The Eldar]] do this at the end of their LastStand against [[Franchise/MassEffect the Reapers]] in the crossover ''FanFic/TheMissionStaysTheSame''; they pour their psychic energy into their homeworld's star, causing it to go nova and vaporize most of the invading fleet, along with all remaining traces of the Eldar race.
* In the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'' Gallantmon Crimson Mode uses up his remaining life to unleash a massive explosion that wipes out Daemon.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManRecut'', Ice Man tries this to both Wily and Mega Man, though he fails. It gets him killed.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', Metal Man tries to do this to [=ProtoMan=] in episode 9.
** Splash Woman blows up her underwater hideout after losing, saying that if she can't have Mega Man no one will.
* ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'':
** At the climax of ''Friends to the End'', Simba and [[ArchEnemy Hago]] end up dangling off of Pride Rock, hanging over the burning inferno below, with Hago trying to drag Simba down with him. He nearly succeeds, but the pain from the heat below causes him to let go and [[DisneyVillainDeath fall in]].
** In ''The End'', Simba ends his FinalBattle with [[spoiler: [[UltimateEvil The Writer]]]] by grabbing him and jumping off of Pride Rock, mortally wounding them both. [[spoiler: Fortunately, the Writer dies first, and his death reboots the universe, restoring Simba along with his friends.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Advent Children]]'', this happens when Loz and Yazoo shoot Cloud through the back whilst he's having a RedemptionInTheRain moment, before making a huge explosion. It partly works, killing themselves, but only sending Cloud to TheLifestream for a couple of minutes.
** Having been somehow formed almost exclusively by Jenova, they were actively dissolving in the purifying rain--explosion unrelated. Still, the were avenging Sephiroth, Jenova, and Kadaj by killing Cloud even as they went down, so it still counts. Only Cloud had a Get Out of Death Free card for world-saving, apparently.
* At the end of ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', just before [[BigBad Jafar]] gets sucked into a lamp after being tricked into becoming a genie, he grabs Iago the parrot by the tail feathers and pulls him into said lamp along with him.
** It should be noted Iago was actually his ally.
* Just before the end of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', [[spoiler: [[BigBad Lotso]]]], after [[TheDragon Big Baby]] throws him into a dumpster, actually grabs Woody by the leg and pulls him, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of Andy's toys into said dumpster, just as the garbage truck comes to take them all to the dump.
* Sitka's method of dispatching the bear that was attacking Kenai (after Kenai [[TooDumbToLive went after said bear alone]] for reasons explained earlier) in ''BrotherBear''; they're on top of a glacier, and Sitka drives his spear into the ice, causing a huge block of the glacier to break off and fall into the river below, taking the bear with him. Sitka dies but the bear survives, motivating Kenai to once again track the bear down and slay it in an act of revenge, which in turn invokes the wrath of the Great Spirits and kicks off the rest of the plot.
* In the climax of ''TheGreatMouseDetective'' Basil manages to defeat Ratigan by activating the chimes on the Big Ben clock tower, the resulting shockwave sends Ratigan falling from the tower he grabs a hold of Basil and takes him with him, Basil manages to survive by grabbing a part of the blimp he was hanging onto and using it like a propeller.
* Original production materials for ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' indicated that Gaston killing the Beast before falling off the castle was actually closer to this trope than the final version's BackstabBackfire.
* At the end of ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'', as the Carnotaurus is about to fall into the ravine, he immediately bites onto Aladar's leg, but the Iguanodon manages to shake him off before climbing back up.
* In ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheGuardiansTheOwlsOfGaHoole'', Kludd tries to do this with Soren by dragging him down into a fire in the forest. However, while he's holding onto a branch, he lets go of Soren for a bit...[[TooDumbToLive grabs onto the branch he was holding to]] (thanks to a broken wing) and falls into the fire below. [[SarcasmMode Sorry it didn't work out for you, Kludd]].
* In the MadeForTVMovie ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheWitchsGhost'', when Thorn traps the ghost of Sarah Ravencroft back inside her (Sarah's) own spellbook, she takes her great-great-great-grandson Ben with her.
-->''"I'M NOT GOING BACK ALONE!!!"''
* WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm: Batman has reached his DespairEventHorizon and [[ItMakesSenseInContext grabs on to the Joker's escape jetpack as an abandoned amusement park is exploding.]]
-->'''Joker''': I'm your only chance to get out of here! Let me go or we'll both die!
-->'''Batman''': Whatever it takes!
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AlienNation'': When George Francisco is raiding the club where the [[BigBad alien drug dealer]] with his horrible drug was hiding, he held a plastique explosive charge in his hand (minions of the said dealer wanted to wire it to his partners car earlier) and declared, that taking out the dealer and his drug is even worth dying for... Considering the side effects and the use of the drug back in his slave time, this is understandable.
* The final four survivors in John Carpenter's ''Film/TheThing1982'' [[spoiler:realize they have no hope of winning against the alien organism in their camp, and to allow it to retreat as it tries to would mean the end of the world (and presumably every other world it plans to infect). [=MacReady=] tells the remaining survivors that none of them are going to make it out of this alive, but "neither is that thing." They decide to blow up their entire camp, ensuring their own deaths in a last-ditch attempt to kill it before it can freeze itself back into the ice until it can infect the incoming rescue team, which would then infect them and everything they come into contact with afterward without anyone's knowledge. After [=MacReady=] detonates the cave [=The Thing=] is hiding in with a CrowningMomentofAwesome "Yeah, fuck you too!" The two survive the blast itself, but as one character says in the final scene as they realize they're no longer in any shape to fight, the fires are going to go out eventually, and so there's no ambiguity that they'll eventually freeze to death long before the rescue team arrives. Finally, because they both realize that it's still possible one of them is infected, they agree that it's for the best that they both die with it, to make sure that it's truly dead.]]
* Shredder, at the end of the second ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' movie, drank the mutagen, which [[OneWingedAngel transformed him into Super Shredder]], and attempted to destroy the Turtles along with himself by bringing the pier down on their heads.
* In the 2007 film version of ''Film/IAmLegend'', Neville sets off a grenade that kills himself and a horde of invading infected.
* Film/HoboWithAShotgun ends with the Hobo poised to be fired upon by every cop in the city as he stands over the corrupt crime lord who put the city through Hell. He pumps his shotgun and blows him away, letting the dirty cops kill him as well.
-->"We're taking a car ride to Hell, '''AND YOU'RE RIDING SHOTGUN.'''"
* ''Bangkok Dangerous'' has Joe committing suicide to kill his target, Surat, by putting their heads together.
* ''Leon: Film/TheProfessional'' has its title character doing this to Stansfield in the climax: "This is from... Mathilda." BOOM!
* In ''Film/TheGeneralsDaughter'', the killer deliberately steps on a landmine in an attempt to blow up Brenner and Sunhill along with himself. [[spoiler:He's the only one caught in the blast]].
* ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'':
** Lieutenant Gorman and Private Vasquez in ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.
** When an infant xenomorph queen started to hatch from Ellen Ripley's chest at the end of ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'', Ripley took a swan-dive into a vat full of molten metal and took the queen with her.
** An alien-infested guy named Purvis in ''Film/AlienResurrection'' kills the CorruptCorporateExecutive of the episode Dr. Wren, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome by pressing the latter's head to his chest as the alien inside him is about to hatch so that it hatches through Wren's head]].
* The end of the ''Film/WildWildWest'' movie has Arliss Loveless in a position where he could very well survive along ''with'' the hero, but also has the option of pulling this on him, leaving him feeling genuinely conflicted about the issue.
-->''"I'm facing a very difficult problem here. On the one hand, I have [[{{Narcissist}} an overwhelming love for myself]]... and on the other, the raw, seething '''hatred''' that I have for you. I could kill you very easily, Mr. West, just by pulling on this lever. But I would die along with you, hence my conflict."''
** West makes the choice for him, pulling the lever and sending both down into a very deep chasm. Only West has the option of grabbing a chain.
* At the end of ''[[Film/FourteenOhEight 1408]]'', Mike Enslin is [[EvilPhone informed]] that his only way out of the evil room is suicide, and helpfully provided with a noose. Deciding he'd rather go out on his own terms, he makes a Molotov Cocktail out of a bottle of [[ChekhovsGun cognac]], sets the bed on fire, then - with some appropriate final words - smashes the window, causing a backdraft to destroy the room. (Whether or not Enslin himself survives depends which ending you're watching.)
* ''Film/{{Predator}}''. One of the key things about the creature is that it has a nuclear bomb in its watch thing, which it activates if it thinks it's near death.
** In ''Film/{{Predators}}'', Nikolai takes the pin off a mine while facing a Predator to blow up both of them. While telling it it's an ugly bastard.
** Going back to the nuclear bomb, the Predator initiates in ''Film/AlienVsPredator'' used this to destroy their Xenomorph quarry in the event of an unsuccessful hunt.
* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', the villianous Balrog takes Gandalf down with him. Since Gandalf is one of the good guys, he comes back
** Saruman also threatens a version of this when Gandalf tries to break the wizard's hold on King Théoden: "If I go, Théoden dies." It's a bluff.
* ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' has the T-850 destroying the T-X by removing his "fuel cell" (which gets unstable and explodes outside his body) and putting it in her mouth ("[[PreMortemOneLiner You are terminated!]]"). Apparently [[ICannotSelfTerminate self-termination is only possible]] by employing this.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' has a defeated Khan use Ahab's lines as he attempts to destroy ''Enterprise'' along with himself.
** ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'':
*** Kruge attempts to do this to Kirk in , but "I... have had... enough of YOU!"
*** Kirk ''himself'' pulls a variant before this: With ''Enterprise'' disabled after a lucky hit knocks out the automation running the ship and leaving her dead in space, he activates the ship's auto-destruct to ensure that the Klingons who board her are killed as well. Kirk and crew beamed down to the surface of Genesis first, and Kruge didn't join the boarding party as Kirk hoped.
* ''Film/{{Stealth}}'' employed this. The AI plane used this as the Last Act of Sacrifice against a North Korean helicopter. Immediately charged up to hypersonic and boom goes the helicopter. Final words: "Good bye."
* Russell Casse from the movie ''Film/IndependenceDay'' pulls one of these with his fighter on an alien ship's core after his missile failed to fire, and proceeds to take the entire ship [[HeroicSacrifice with him.]] By hitting the ship's charging weapon ForMassiveDamage. "Hello, boys! I'm ''baacck!''".
* ''Film/DemonKnight'', a movie produced under the ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' banner. A seriously maimed mother type and the deputy who loves her decide to go out big-grenade style in order to destroy many of the monster's minions.
* The film ''Film/{{Dragonslayer}}'' has sacrifice as the way to, well, slay the dragon.
* [[TheDragon Richter]] from the original ''Film/TotalRecall1990'' tries to pull one of these on Quaid. Come to think of it, a ''taxicab'' tries to pull it on him, too. Neither works.
* ''Film/DeepImpact'' and ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' did this to a ''meteorite''.
* ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', the second one. This trope is invoked (by none other than Jack, naturally). It doesn't exactly go off as planned (because this is [=PotC=]).
* In ''DrStrangelove'', the the Soviets build a cobalt bomb capable of annihilating all life on Earth. It will be set off automatically if anyone makes a nuclear attack on the USSR.
* In ''The Wrath of God'', one of the [[BoxedCrook "heroes"]] is mortally wounded but grapples his killer -- then brings up one hand holding a grenade. Grinning into the other man's horrified face (at about four inches), he says, "Life is just full of surprises!" before pulling the pin with his teeth and holding the grenade alongside their heads. Boom.
* In John Wayne's film version of the Battle of the Alamo, the hero manages to touch off the fort's powder storage, annihilating the victorious Mexican troops. In the real battle, a soldier tried this, but was killed in the attempt.
* In ''Film/ShanghaiKnights'', Chon Wang is clearly outmatched by Lord Rathbone, so he cuts the ropes supporting the platform they are both standing on and sends both of them through the glass face of Big Ben. Chon is caught by Roy O'Bannon, who was knocked through the same glass a little earlier.
* In ''Film/TheWraith'', the title character actually allows his own car to be struck and blown up 3 times. He also drives it into the chop shop and blows the place sky-high with it. Packard was also worried that he was trying to do this by firing his shotgun inside the chop shop, mentioning that it was full of volatile chemical fumes. At the end of the movie, Packard tries unsuccessfully to do this to the Wraith.
* Film/{{Christine}} is capable of self-restoration, and thus damages herself multiple times while killing Buddy's gang. Most noticably is when she blows up the gas station while she's inside, effectively turning herself into a driving fireball.
* A version of this occurs at the end of ''Film/StargateContinuum'' when Teal'c is mortally wounded during the final battle and primes a grenade as his opponents stand over him gloating.
-->'''Teal'c:''' I think not, Quetesh... I die free!
* In ''LakePlacid3'', Reba kills the croc that kills her...with a '''hunting knife'''. As if she wasn't Badass enough as it was.
* Happens near the end of the otherwise subpar ''Film/{{Soulkeeper}}'' (2001). One of the protagonists while trapped in the grip of the demonic BigBad sets off a bomb ''right in its face'', killing them both.
* TheDevil in the form of the Antichrist Franco Maccalusso in the ''Film/{{Apocalypse}}'' film series knows [[YouCantFightFate he's doomed]] [[ForegoneConclusion for the Lake Of Fire]], and so decides to take as many souls with him in the Tribulation through the MarkOfTheBeast.
* Attempted as a last-ditched effort to buy Han Solo some time by Lando Calrissian in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' once the second Death Star is revealed to be "fully armed and operational":
-->'''Lando''': Yes, I said ''closer''! Move as close as you can, and engage those Star Destroyers at point blank range!
-->'''Admiral Ackbar''': At that close range we won't last long against those Star Destroyers!
-->'''Lando''': We'll last longer than we will against that Death Star! And we might just take a few of them with us!
** Arvel Crynyd ([[RammingAlwaysWorks the doomed A-Wing pilot]]) in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
** In ''Literature/DeathStar'', TIE pilot Vil Dance calls it the WBD -- We Both Die.
** In the game ''RogueSquadron II'', you can do the same to the Star Destroyer on Razor Rendezvous; due to a glitch, you don't lose a life from it.
* Adapting actual legend, the ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'' movie has a dramatic scene where Arthur successfully runs Mordren through, and Mordred ''leans forward and pulls the sword deeper as he dies'' to get close enough to stab Arthur back. Then they both die. This has been said to have happened to Arthur since the seventh century, before he was even consistently called Arthur. He and Mordred mutual killed before there was Camelot, or Guinevere, or even ''Merlin''.
* In the film of ''DoubleIndemnity'', after being shot by Phyllis, Neff kills her before going to record his confession.
* In ''[[Film/SherlockHolmes Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows]]'', as Holmes and Moriarty prepare to fight each other atop Reichenbach Falls, they both use AwesomenessByAnalysis to calculate their strategies in the upcoming fight, and both conclude that a victory for Moriarty is almost inevitable due to Holmes suffering a crippling shoulder wound. Upon realising this, Holmes pulls the [[HeroicSacrifice one move]] [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Moriarty didn't anticipate]]: blowing pipe ash in Moriarty's face to distract him, then dragging both of them over the edge of the falls.
* Cato in the climax to the film adaptation to ''Film/TheHungerGames'' does a variation of the trope. [[spoiler:During the final battle between him, Peeta, and Katniss, Cato attempts to use Peeta as a HumanShield against Katniss, and is trying to goad her into shooting him, implying that by that point, he doesn't really care anymore if he survives the games or not.]]
* ''Film/HarryPotter'':
** In the film version of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Harry is dying from the Basilisk venom, but realizes that the memory of Riddle is linked to the diary that is on the ground next to Ginny's body. Before Riddle realizes it, Harry stumbles over and stabs the diary with one of the Basilisk fangs, destroying the image of Riddle.
** In the film version of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Harry attempts this at one point during the final battle, attempting to throw himself and Voldemort off of a rampart to their death.
---> '''Harry''': Come on, Tom. Lets finish this the way we started... ''together!''
* Toward the end of ''Film/NightOfTheDemon'', Holden catches up with Karswell in a train compartment. Convinced by this point that Karswell has summoned a demon to destroy him in a matter of minutes, he declares that he wants Karswell close by to be sure whatever happens does so to both of them.
* Near the end of ''[[LeftBehind Left Behind: World At War]]'', President Gerald Fitzhugh attempts to take down Nicolae Carpathia by having a missile being fired directly toward him while he was meeting Carpathia in his office. Unfortunately, Carpathia survives.
* Subverted in the B-movie ''Anacondas: Trail of Blood'', when a Mook faced with a nigh-unstoppable giant snake pulls the pins from his grenade-belt and waits for it to swallow him, so they'll blow up together. Hot on the scent-trail of someone else, the snake slithers right past the guy, who's so dumbfounded that [[TooDumbToLive he forgets to throw the grenades away]] and blows ''himself'' up.
* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' - when Charles Deetz ineffectually tries to stand up to wife Delia's decorating plans, she vows, voice rising to a psychotic shriek, that if she can't gut the house and make it her own, "I will ''go insane, AND I WILL TAKE YOU WITH ME!!!''"
* ''Film/TheGodfather Part II'' has a scene where Michael Corleone realizes that investing in Cuba may not be such a good idea...
-->'''Michael''': I saw an interesting thing happen today. A rebel was being arrested by the military police, and rather than be taken alive, he exploded a grenade he had hidden in his jacket. He killed himself, and took a captain of the command with him. Right Johnny.\\
'''Johnny Ola''': Those rebels, you know, they're lunatics.\\
'''Michael''': Maybe so -- but it occurred to me. The soldiers are paid to fight -- the rebels aren't.\\
'''Hyman Roth''': What does that tell you?\\
'''Michael''': They can win.
* ''Film/ScannersIITheNewOrder''. After Commander Forrester's plan is definitively foiled, he makes one last attempt to kill David by grabbing one of the police officer's shotguns. David stops him with his powers and nearly kills him in return.
* In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', Silva tries to get [[spoiler: a dying M]] to shoot them both through the head, but [[spoiler: Bond intervenes by killing Silva with a throwing knife]].
* ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}''. Jack Harper [[spoiler: (actually his clone)]] and Malcolm Beech smuggle the nuclear bomb to the Tet, blowing it up and dying in the process. However, their sacrifice saves what is left of humanity.
* In ''Film/IronMan2'' [[spoiler:upon his defeat, Whiplash's armor's chestpiece begins blinking red, as do the ones on all the Hammer Drones. Granted, Tony and Rhodey get out in time but the ensuing explosions destroy most of Flushing Meadows.]]
* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', [[spoiler:with his crew apparently dead and the ''Vengeance'' in no shape to escape or fight, Harrison decides to just ram the thing into Starfleet headquarters. Fortunately for Starfleet, the engine cuts out early and Harrison merely wipes out a small selection of buildings along the coast. Harrison also survived thanks to his enhancements, but Spock was GenreSavvy enough to know he would]].
* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', [[spoiler:Colonel Nathan Hardy [[RammingAlwaysWorks crashes the airplane carrying Kal-El's ship onto the Kryptonian one]]. Double as Faora was just about to attack him - [[IronicEcho and he says the very same]] PreMortemOneLiner told by her earlier.]]
* ''Film/PacificRim'':
** When the {{Kaiju}} decompose on death, they release an agent called "Kaiju Blue" which emits toxic vapors capable of leaving an entire city uninhabitable. This appears to be AlienBlood mixed with an aversion of NoBiochemicalBarriers instead of a deliberate attack.
** [[spoiler: With Striker Eureka crippled and the bomb release damaged, Pentecost and Chuck Hansen bait two kaiju towards them and then detonate their nuke.]]
** [[spoiler:While its pilots escape, Gipsy Danger is sacrificed to blow up the rift and the Kaiju's creators.]]
* In ''Film/{{Elysium}}'' [[spoiler: Kruger tries to blow himself and Max up with a grenade at the end of their fight. It doesn't work out as he intended.]]
* Subverted in ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods''. A security officer blows himself up with a hand grenade as he's being gutted by ScaryScarecrows, but the blast stuns a nearby colleague armed with a submachine gun, leaving him helpless against a monster that crawls slowly towards him.
* Near the end of ''Film/KissTheGirls'', Casanova attacks Kate in her own house and tries to rape her, but she successfully fights him off. He tears out the gas tubes in her kitchen and grabs a lighter so he can off them both, [[spoiler:but Cross arrives on the scene and manages to distract Casanova long enough to kill him safely]].
* In ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'' the protagonist, William Cage, observes a soldier strapping a Claymore to his chest while suiting up for battle, presumably to do just this if necessary. The soldier dies without getting the chance, but Cage is able to grab the Claymore and does it himself just as he is charged by one of the aliens. His success gets him 'infected' with the alien's time-resetting power. The Claymore then reappears in the final battle, on the same soldier. This time he successfully uses it to stop a charging wave of aliens.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'':
*** What Bob Hendry tries to do with Shaw with a grenade. [[spoiler:He doesn't know about Shaw's mutation and what he can do with all of that energy.]]
*** Beast uses this against Azazel when he tries his TeleFrag trick, grabbing hold of him so they'll die together if Azazel doesn't teleport to safety.
** Implied with Bishop in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', while reaching critical mass when he rises to his feet and reaches outward, directing his explosion towards the three Sentinels that 'killed' him.
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* Literature/SherlockHolmes practically invented this trope by going down with Moriarty, and successfully pulling this trope twice in one shot! Not only did he drag his arch-nemesis off the edge, but in a CrowningMomentOFAwesome he also took his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with him. Doyle's reputation was ruined for trying to kill the greatest literary character of all time, so much so that he was [[AuthorsSavingThrow forced to bring Holmes back to life]] in order to save it.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' [[spoiler:David]] attempts this in ''The Solution'', attempting to trap Rachel in the cage with him. Naturally, the attempt fails.
* In one of Literature/AesopsFables, a wasp lands on a snake's head and amuses itself by tormenting and stinging the poor snake. The snake eventually can't take it any more, so it crawls over to the side of a road and places its head underneath the wheels of a travelling cart, killing both itself and the wasp.
* In Literature/TheBible, [[Literature/SamsonAndDelilah Judge Samson]] is captured by the Philistines and blinded, then put on public display in the temple. After praying to God to give him back his strength for a last time so [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled he can go down honorably]], he proceeds to tear down the pillars of said temple with his hands, crushing both himself and the Philistines and making this OlderThanFeudalism (this being Literature/TheBible), as well as his CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'':
** Averted. Hazel and Frank are afraid Percy’s done this to get rid of the Roman shades in Alcyoneus’s lair, but the readers know he’s fine because his water gifts will protect him from the fall.
** Played straight during Hazel's ''first'' life, when she discovers she was being manipulated by Gaia into reviving Alcyoneus, the giant. She uses her powers as a daughter of Pluto to bring down the cave where the giant was forming, killing herself, her mother and effectively delaying the giant's revival for several decades.
** Arachne.
* The protagonist in the short story version of ''Literature/TheRunningMan''.
* Agrajag attempts this in Douglas Adams' ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'', despite having found out that Arthur Dent can't be killed yet. Result: Arthur survives, and Agrajag is dead again.
* Happens in book 18 of Creator/KAApplegate's ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''.
** And in the last book, on Jake's orders, and possibly in the [[BolivianArmyEnding last sentence.]]
*** Which is an IronicEcho to ''The Andalite Chronicles'' where Elfangor pulls the same stunt on Visser Three (although both survive).
* In Literature/DaleBrown's ''Fatal Terrain'' Brad Elliot crashes the crippled Megafortress into a Chinese ICBM site.
** In ''Storming Heaven'' a pilot crashes his F-16 into a 747 that was heading for Washington DC and aiming itself at the White House.
* Wizards of Jim Butcher's ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden Files]]'' universe have this as one of their powers. Their death curse, cast using their life's energy in their final moments, is a significant threat that keeps most supernaturals from taking them on directly. The most worried option is the one cursed will be killed and the curse can be spread among a large number of people, say a small army. There are other options, such as one female wizard used her death curse to make a powerful vampire unable to feed. It's not unavoidable, as sufficient preparation, such as a sniper rifle, can kill a wizard before they know what's happening and, thus, can not bring out the curse. Someone of significant power can also repel a death curse. And if the wizard died in a moment of confusion, they wouldn't have time to focus.
* In the Literature/EoinColfer novel ''Literature/TheSupernaturalist,'' a hero, Stefan Bashkir, after being mortally wounded at the end of the book, attempts to drag villain Ellen Faustino to a fiery death in a literal dead man's grip. Subverted in that Bashkir dies and Faustino survives (albeit horribly disfigured) to continue her evil plan.
* In Frank Herbert's ''Literature/{{Dune}},'' Doctor Yueh gives Leto a fake tooth filled with DeadlyGas with which to try to assassinate Baron Harkonnen. Leto breaks the tooth and exhales, but the Baron is able to move away just in time thanks to his personal shield, leaving Piter de Vries to take a big whiff and drop dead.
** In the prequels, ''a Harkonnen'' does this to eliminate an extremely influential politician who was also DrunkWithPower.
** The witches of Rossak employ this tactic, by using their immense psychic powers to fry all organic brains within a large radius, cyborg and human alike.
* In the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series, the Badger Lords of Salamandastron frequently invoke this trope. The Badger Lords usually ''do'' die along with whatever villain they are trying to kill.
** Typically they use this as their CrowningMomentOfAwesome. One Badger Lord essentially pile-drives a foe ''off a mountain''. While already dying.
* In Robert Jordan's ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', there is a technique wherein you allow your defenses open so your opponent stabs their weapon into your body. Thus hindered, you then counterattack, killing them but likely dying in the process. The protagonist using it doesn't die.
** Neither does the antagonist at that time. When the BigBad can move dead souls into new bodies that doesn't mean much, but the protagonist fights the antagonist who inhabits the same body later in the series. Neither of them die in the first duel, but both are grievously wounded.
** Another character does this same thing in the final book to a different villain. The hero is a master swordsman, but the villain is slightly better. When the villain tells him that he can't win, he replies "I didn't come here to win. I came here to kill you" - and deliberately allows himself to be stabbed, intending to perform a MutualKill. [[spoiler: The villain dies, but the hero is rescued and magically healed.]]
* Mages can do this in Creator/MercedesLackey's Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar novels, overloading themselves past survivable limits to deliver a final blow to their enemy or their surroundings in a technique known as a Final Strike. Herald-Mage Vanyel finishes the ''Last Herald-Mage'' trilogy in this way, combining his own stored-away energy and his Companion Yfandes's to take out an enemy mage, immolate his army, and glass the entire valley they were attacking through.
** In ''Brightly Burning'' Lavan does something similar after his Companion is killed, destroying the entire invading army, and shattering stone with the heat of his fire. Since she was the control mechanism for his power, it's expected.
* The villainess from Creator/CSLewis's ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia The Silver Chair]]'' [[LoadBearingBoss enchants her kingdom to self-destruct]] after her death specifically for this purpose.
* ''Literature/MobyDick'', as quoted above.
* Used in the final battle against the Cannibal Welfare Mutants in Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle's ''Literature/LucifersHammer''. "At the Academy, they taught us there was one sure way not to miss..."
* Creator/GarthNix's ''Literature/{{Sabriel}}''. The bell Astarael sends all who hear it deep into Death. Very much a last resort for the necromancer or Abhorsen who uses it, such as Sabriel's father, cornered by Kerrigor and hordes of Dead in the palace reservoir. Sabriel and Touchstone narrowly escape. In this series, though, dying isn't necessarily more than a minor obstacle.
** Because [[DeathIsCheap death is relatively cheap]] in this series, the idea behind Astarael is to send anyone who hear it deep enough into death that they can't make it back. [[TheWorfBarrage It speaks toward Kerrigor's power]] that he was able to stop himself before reaching the point of no return.
* In Creator/NickPerumov's Ordered Universe, a wizard's sacrifice gives him enormous powers at this moment, allowing to take down enemies far stronger than he is.
* In ''Literature/SnowCrash'', the BadassBiker has a ''hydrogen bomb'' on his motorcycle, rigged to explode if he dies. It doesn't go off during the book.
* [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Balrog attempts this against Gandalf.]] Gandalf makes it mutual. Both "succeed", such as it is: Gandalf slays the Balrog, but succumbs to his wounds. Later, he returns.
** Apparently this is the only way to kill a Balrog. In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', two Balrogs die at the siege of [[HiddenElfVillage Gondolin]], but so do their opponents: Ecthelion dies of his wounds, and Glorfindel kills a Balrog by knocking them both off a cliff.[[note]]Glorfindel, at least, gets better, and appears later during ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.[[/note]]
* ''[[Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo 1633]]'' has two such moments, sort of, in a single battle. First, Eddie Cantrell (accidentally) rams his crippled speedboat into a Danish warship, followed by Hans Richter, wounded and knowing he can't make it to a safe landing, flying his plane into another warship. Hans is immortalized as a war hero. Eddie, surviving by sheer luck, is captured by the Danes, but he eventually hooks up with the Danish king's daughter and gets made an Imperial count, so he wins.
* In ''Literature/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', Adrian Rubisnky, the former leader of the formerly independent planet Phezzan, dying of a brain tumor, had had a brain wave monitor implanted to his brain that would cause a shitload of explosives to detonate in the event of his death. As the city in question to be blown up was the capital of the former Alliance, the interference of the cultist faction bent on destroying both the Alliance and the Empire is a given.
* In a metaphorical sense, oil tycoon Ellis Wyatt from ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'', when he sets his oil fields ablaze in response to laws aimed at draining him dry. He even says the trope name in almost so many words beforehand, as foreshadowing.
* In ''[[Literature/SwordOfTruth Wizard's First Rule]]'', there's a spell mentioned called "Wizard's Life Fire." A wizard who knows this spell can sacrifice his life and go out in one big fireball.
* In Stephen R. Donaldson's [[Literature/TheGapCycle Gap Cycle]], Ciro implodes a singularity grenade to destroy the Amnion warship.
* In the short story "Above It All", some kind of creepy presence possesses the Mir space station and makes a cosmonaut kill himself. An American astronaut gets sent up to recover the cosmonaut's body and the presence gives him a mental HannibalLecture and prevents him from reaching the escape capsule. He fires the station's control jets, sending himself, the presence, and the station falling into the atmosphere, where they all burn up.
* In ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', this is how Vin kills [[BigBad Ruin]]. In fact, this is implied to have been the ''only'' way Ruin could have died, as Vin had recently become a god and Ruin's opposite. Because their powers were equal, only complete self-sacrifice on Vin's part would be able to destroy her opponent's consciousness. As such, both characters die.
* In the ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars]]'' book ''Literature/DarkRendezvous'', Count Dooku plans one of these by aiming a missile at his mansion, in case Yoda turned him to the light side. Naturally, Yoda stops the missile from hitting, by pushing it off course.
** Likewise in ''The Cestus Deception'' ARC Captain Nate having discovered his own sense of individuality and a life and family outside of being a soldier in the GAR, commits both TYWM and Heroic Sacrifice by ordering an orbital bombardment down on his own coordinates to ensure Cestus's corrupt leaders don't escape the planet. Some compensation in his romantic interest is revealed to be pregnant with his child at epilogue.
* Many Sith and Dark Jedi in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse have [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_side_burst a power]] that lets them violently [[DefeatEqualsExplosion explode]] upon being mortally wounded, like the Emperor did in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi]]. It's strong enough to be very dangerous at close range - unfortunately for the Dark Jedi and Sith, in all of the books where this happens the people who kill them are also canny enough to get out of the way.
* In ''The Coming of the White Worm'' by Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith Evagh's slaying of Rlim Shaikorth also means his own death, but he was doomed anyway.
** In a partial example, the main character's releasing the narcotic gas in ''Vulthoom'' also by Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith means that he and his friend are going to die from dehydration in their drugged sleep, but the bad guys are only going to sleep a thousand years.
* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Marius threatens the enemy with this when he arrives on the barricade. He has a powder keg. The National Guard leave ''very quickly''. Unfortunately, they return later...
* In the Creator/TomClancy novel ''Literature/RedStormRising'', the readers (and a Soviet general) are shown the end result of a NATO fighter that crashed into the anti-aircraft mount that shot it down.
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'' has Agnes Nutter, a 17th century witch who managed to take out the ''entire village'' who lynched her. Protip: Don't [[BurnTheWitch burn someone at the stake]] until you've [[StuffBlowingUp checked their pockets for gunpowder]] [[FlechetteStorm and nails]].
* One of the stories in ''Literature/AssassinFantastic'' involves someone trying to do this to his world [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning after his death]]. It's countered by sending an assassin after him to [[DeaderThanDead snuff out his soul]].
* The ''Literature/NightWatch'' series features an uber-spell called "The sarcophagus of times". When used it's supposed to seal both the caster and the victim inside the said sarcophagus till the end of the Universe.
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Desperation}}'', the defeat of Tak.
* In ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'', the Other enacts its final bit of revenge against the villains who tormented it by [[DeathFromAbove crashing the satellite in which it is housed into the headquarters of J Corp]], committing suicide in the most dramatic and spectacular way possible.
* Robyn goes out this way in ''Literature/TheTomorrowSeries'', taking out a traitorious Australian.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian novel ''The Hour of the Dragon'', when Valerius realizes he will never control his kingdom, he decides to ruin all his fellow conspirators in his fall.
* In the [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfAncientDarkness Chronicles of Ancient Darkness]], it's necessary, to disable a shard of the fire-opal, to "give" it a human life, which calls for a "taking-*it*-with-me".
* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'':
** In ''Physik'', Queen Etheldredda unsucessfully tries to do this with Jenna.
** In ''Darke'', [[spoiler: Tertius Fume takes Alther's ghost with him as Marcia banishes him to the Darke Halls]].
* In Creator/GuyGavrielKay's ''Literature/TheFionavarTapestry'', [[spoiler: Diarmuid]] duels the captain of the evil army, Uathach, but is unable to hurt the monster because Uathach gigantic sword keeps him too far away. He only manages to kill Uathach by letting the gigantic sword stab him full through the left half of his torso, at which point he stabs the evil captain in the face.
* ''Literature/CodexAlera'' has two of these. [[spoiler: The first is Kalarus rigging the volcano that his city resides on to blow if he dies, by sealing the great fury inhabiting the volcano to him. This will kill not only his city, but any of Alera's Legions in the region. Gaius Sextus proceeds to prematurely detonate the volcano, destroying the city before his Legions could arrive. Sextus gets his own moment when the Vord are assaulting Alera Imperia, and he destroys himself about 90% of their army by detonating another volcano on them.]]
* In Creator/JamesHSchmitz's novel ''Literature/TheDemonBreed'', invading aliens have captured Ticos Cay, a research biologist. Knowing that they'll execute him sooner or later, he manages to stock his prison[=/=]laboratory with a large number of innocuous-looking biological specimens -- which, given the correct stimulus, aren't innocuous at all.
* In Creator/JackCampbell's [[Literature/TheLostFleet Lost Fleet]] novel ''Invincible'', two different alien species go in for suicide attacks.
* In the Literature/{{Chalion}} trilogy this is how a [[InsistentTerminology Death Miracle]] works: one prays to the Bastard, who sends a demon for the soul of the target. However, the demon must take two souls before it can return, so it takes the soul of the person who asked for the miracle as well.
* In Vadim Panov's ''Literature/SecretCity'':
** The death of a Tat' Divine Lord triggers an explosion on the geologic scale - the last known location where a Tat' Lord was killed on land became the Grand Canyon.
** Marina remains in the melee during the battle in Galla's temple with a primed grenade in her hands. She sends Sant'yaga away and simply points to the body of her fallen lover and protector Sergey.
* In Vadim Panov's ''Enclaves'':
** A high-standing member of the "42" movement, suffering from a DeadlyUpgrade, pulls this on the movement's leader, claiming that he betrayed their goals.
** Kirill calmly finishes sculpting a new altar from a holy stone and sends his helpers away with the altar, then simply waits for a rival practitioner to arrive. He then proceeds to explain the situation as the now defunct temple [[DeaderThanDead drops from reality]].
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Cato invokes this with Peeta in a headlock to get Katniss not to shoot him and send them both down to the awaiting wolf-mutts. But thanks to [[spoiler: an arrow to the ''hand'', it doesn't work, and only he goes down.]]
* In the ''Literature/SecretHistories'' novel ''Casino Infernale'', the plot revolves around the search for the mysterious Crow Lee inheritance. Eddie Drood finally finds it, only to discover that it is an artificial black hole set to activate when a member of the Drood family touches it. Fortunately for Eddie, SufficientlyAdvancedAliens have given him a DeusExMachina.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', this is what the Ents ''intend'' when they march [[GaiasVengeance to punish Saruman for his transgressions against nature.]] Being normally peaceful, they have no expectation of victory, and on their self-proclaimed Last March, they chant "To Isengard we come. To Doom we come. With Doom we come." What they don't realise is that Saruman has just sent the entirety of his vast army to Rohan, and is completely unprepared for an attack by [[WhenTreesAttack ambulatory trees]]. The result is a CurbStompBattle with only one stated casualty on the Ent side.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'': In the series finale, a mortally wounded Jack takes the now-immortal Sloane with him by blowing himself up. While Sloane doesn't die (see: immortal), he's trapped under an immovable mound of rocks in a secluded mountain, which means [[BuriedAlive he isn't going anywhere for a while]].
* ''AshesToAshes'': Done particularly viciously in the season finale, when the car bomb that killed Alex's parents turns out to have been planted by her father, who'd suffered a psychotic break after his wife cheated on him; it was originally intended to take out ''all three'' of them, and ten-year-old Alex only escaped by accident, having gotten out of the car at the last moment to chase after a lost balloon. And Future!Alex gets there ''just'' in time to see it all happen.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Captain John Sheridan, on the Shadow planet of Z'Ha'Dum. Though he is later revived.
** Also Jeffrey Sinclair at the Battle of the Line ("In the Beginning", "And the Sky Full of Stars"), declaring "I'm taking you bastards with me!" as he prepares to ram a Minbari ship. Instead, his fighter is stopped by a Minbari tractor ray and he is taken captive.
** When Babylon 5 is attacked by President Clark's forces in "Severed Dreams", one of the Omega destroyers that has arrived to help defend the station is so heavily damaged that her crew cannot even get to the life pods. Her captain (who, somewhat ironically, happens to be of Japanese descent) decides to [[RammingAlwaysWorks take one of the opposing destroyers with her]].
** All of them are easily one-upped by Earth President Clark, who, when facing arrest for his innumerable crimes, overrides the Earth defence grid to obliterate all life on the planet and then shoots himself.
** During one of the first battles of the Earth-Minbari War, the Minbari attacked the Vega colony. At this time, 5 ''Nova-X'' prototypes (which would later become the ''Omega'' class) were being tested. They were drafted into the defense fleet. All defense ships but one were eliminated by the first Minbari volley. The remaining ship, a ''Nova-X'' manages to ram a Minbari ''Sharlin''-class warcruiser, destroying both.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'':
** A particularly nasty version occurs in one early episode, where a model Five Cylon acts as a suicide bomb. Cylons being Cylons, ''this didn't kill him permanently''.
** BSG ''loves'' this trope; most spectacularly, the ''entire'' third season comes about as a direct result of a suicidal Cylon nuking herself and the ship she was on, thus causing an anomalous radiation signature which led the Cylons straight to the humans' hiding place.
*** Much of season 3's beginning was concerned with Colonials suicide bombing their Cylon occupiers.
* ''Series/BeingHuman'': Herrick is about to be ripped apart by George. He is reconciled to his fate because he believes that, by killing him, George will lose his last shred of humanity. If Herrick's going to Hell, he's taking George with him.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'':
** In the final episode, we are told that Jenna blew her ship up and took a considerable number of Federation ships with her.
** In addition to this at the series finale: After every single living character has seemingly just been killed off, Avon levels his weapon at the Federation troops holding him at gunpoint. He grins, and the screen turns black. The last thing the audience hear is apparently him opening fire and then being gunned down himself.
* ''Boot Camp'': This was how eliminations worked in this short-lived reality show. After a recruit was voted out, they would then choose another recruit to eliminate as well.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': This is referenced in the Season One Finale "Prophecy Girl." When Buffy goes to confront the Master, knowing there is a prophecy she will die, she explicitly states 'maybe he'll kill me, but I'm betting I can take him with me.'
* ''CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'': Jeniffer "Pilot" Chase, alone and mortally wounded against the army of Biodreads storming the Powerbase, waits for the [[TheJuggernaut nigh-unstoppable]] Blastarr to come right up to her before detonating the base's reactor. "Go to Hell," indeed.
* ''Series/ColdCase'': This exchange from the episode ''Knuckle Up'': "If you do this... you're going down." "Then you're coming with me." This is followed by the confession that implicated the one making the threat.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': The initial suspect for a series of arson murders turns out to be innocent, but knows who isn't. He lures the guy to a benzene-contaminated warehouse that's going to be converted into an elementary school on the promise they'll burn it down, in the full knowledge the guy intends to kill him. (He's already dying of leukemia.) On being asked how he's planning to get out, he smiles and says "I'm not". The OhCrap look on the arsonist's face before the guy flicks open a lighter is ''beautiful''.
* ''{{CSI NY}}'': Variation during the third season. Mac had been forced to arrest a DirtyCop and as a result, several cases, including a serial killer's were overturned. The killer claims another victim, and Mac chases him up to a rooftop. He does get the guy cuffed, but then the guy jumps over the edge to his death. He wasn't trying to kill Mac, but he wanted to take him with metaphorically-he hoped the suicide would look like Mac had gotten angry and pushed him over, ruining his career and possibly sending him to prison. Naturally, Mac gets his named cleared, although he annoys the heck out of his bosses in the process when he starts thinking they're railroading him to make themselves look good.
* ''DeadSet'': Kelly decides to try and kill as many zombies as she can before dying with a single hand axe. This obviously ends with her becoming very, very dead.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** A variant occurs in the episode "Bad Wolf". The Gamemaster is teleported aboard a hidden Dalek ship, after bringing the Doctor on board the Gamestation and giving him a clue to reveal their location. Her last words before being exterminated are:
--> '''The Gamemaster:''' My masters... you can kill me, for I have brought your destruction.
** This almost happens (in both directions) in The End of Time, when The Doctor sends the Time Lords back to Gallifrey. Rassilon informs the Doctor that he will die with the Time Lords, to which the Doctor says simply "I know". Luckily, The Master has other plans.
** SubvertedTrope in "The Satan Pit", when the Doctor decides to send the [[BigBad Beast]] into a black hole. Before [[CrowningMomentofAwesome the TARDIS can appear and save him]], he proclaims that:
--> '''The Doctor:''' This is your freedom. Free to die. You're going into the black hole and I'm riding with you.
** A Dalek tries to do this to the Doctor in "Asylum of the Daleks" using its self-destruct, but only manages to blow up a roomful of other Daleks instead.
** A variant also appears in the 10th doctor story "The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky" where Luke Rattigan uses the Sontaran teleporter to swich places with the Doctor to blow up the Sontaran ship and return the atomsphere back to normal.
** This turns out to be The Great Intelligence's plan in ''The Name of the Doctor'', to enter the Doctor's timestream so he can torment him throughout his entire life, even at the cost of his own.
-->'''Doctor:''' It will destroy you!\\
'''The Great Intelligence:''' Not at all. It will kill me. It will destroy ''you.''
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'':
** In the three-part story occurring just before the series finale, Crichton builds a ''nuclear bomb'', wearing it on his belt ([[TheSimpsons which was the style at the time...]]) and linking its trigger to about two dozen different signs of life (body temperature, heart rate, etc.), including some even ''he'' wasn't aware of, before crashing a conference attended by his two biggest enemies. It goes off, but not while it's attached to him; still, the threat is definitely there.
** In [[Series/{{Farscape}} The Peacekeeper Wars]], a wounded D'Argo stays behind to show the bad guys "who their daddy is!" to cover his friends' escape.
** Played completely straight in the third season finale. In order to stop the Peacekeeper's wormhole project, Crais and Talyn initiate starburst while still inside the command carrier. The resulting energy dispersion causes the carrier to implode, but tears Talyn to pieces with Crais onboard.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': InvokedTrope by Chandler and Monica in one episode, Chandler reveals Monica's embarassing secret, Monica retaliates by revealing his and Chandler throws in Joey's as well, yelling "If I'm going down I'm taking everybody with me!" Referring to comedy rather than killing though.
* ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'': From the episode "Death with Father":
-->'''Cliff Morgan:''' You're coming with me.\\
'''Tom Morgan:''' ''(the final line of the episode)'' No. You're coming with '''me.''' ''(blows them both up)''
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Matt Parkman gets possessed by Sylar, who is going to use Matt's powerful psychic abilities to get his bloody revenge on everybody who tried to erase his memories in the previous season finale. But Matt pulls one last psychic gambit, and forces his own SuicideByCop to try and kill Sylar once and for all. It's a shame he's in a series where DeathIsCheap, or it might have actually worked.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': In the third season finale, Mikhail is impaled on a spear, but turns out to be NotQuiteDead and [[ActionBomb blows himself up]], indirectly taking Charlie with him.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Agent Snow is locked into a bomb vest by Kara, who uses the threat of detonating it to make him work for her. Ultimately she starts the timer anyway, thinking he'll try to have it deactivated. Instead Snow hides in her car so that he can take her down with him.
-->'''Snow''': You were right, Kara, about [[CallBack me being dead]]. I'm gonna be great at it. ''[explodes]''
* ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'': In the finale, [[TheStarscream Darkonda]] stabs [[BigBad Dark Specter]] in the figurative back with a planet-destroying missile, twice, since Dark Specter is just that powerful. Dark Specter pulls this on Darkonda, swallowing him just as he's exploding. An odd case where both killed were irredeemably evil villains.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'': With typical inhumanity, the ''immediate'' response of a Rogue Simulant commander on hearing that the Dwarfers have managed to cripple his ship with a fluke hit, and weapons are down, is "Take them with us!"
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'':
** Happens in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E11TheStand episode 11]] of the first season: Danny decides he doesn't want to be TheLoad anymore and blows up the Monroe Republic chopper that was carrying the amplifier, which due to the nature of the setting meant that their other chopper instantly lost power and began to fall out of the sky. Before it crashes, however, its crew discharge multiple rounds of high-powered artillery into Danny, killing him. Goes against the usual nature of the trope--not only did the heroic character die, but the villain that took him with them was a nameless {{mook}}.
** Attempted and subverted in the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E19ChildrenOfMen penultimate episode]] of the season, as Rachel -- wanting revenge for Danny's death -- sneaks into [[BigBad Monroe's]] camp, enters his tent, and pulls the pin out of a grenade she's holding. Unfortunately, as the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E20TheDarkTower first season finale]] shows, Monroe's bodyguards manage to tackle her and toss the grenade outside, where it goes off without killing anyone.
* ''RizzoliAndIsles'': In the episode "Remember Me" [[AxCrazy Hoyt]] attempts to kill both Jane and Maura saying that he'll be lonely if he goes to hell alone so he's taking them with him. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Jane kills him in response and says "You're going to hell alone!"]]
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
** This constitutes Watson's plan to defeat Moriarty in the season 1 finale. It doesn't work.
** Moriarty also does this in ''The Reichenbach Fall'', hiring assassins to kill Sherlock's friends unless he commits suicide, which works well, [[OhCrap until Sherlock figures out that Moriarty can still call the assassins off, and threatens Moriarty that he will make him talk,]] at which point Moriarty [[AteHisGun pulls out a gun and shoots himself]], forcing Sherlock to (ostensibly) kill himself to save his friends.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** The alternate Sam Carter, from the episode "There But for the Grace of God." This move (luring her attackers in with an offer of valuable information, then revealing the live grenade in her hand) was a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** Apparently, this is the preferred way for alternate Carters to go. Another version, in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'''s "The Last Man", manages to take three whole hive ships with her.
** Also attempted by [[BaldOfAwesome General Hammond]] in the ''Prometheus'' during Anubis's attack on Earth. After exhausting all missiles and with shields nearly exhausted, Hammond orders the pilot to set a [[RammingAlwaysWorks collision course]] for Anubis's mothership. While the collision is averted by said mothership being destroyed by other means, Hammond's line describes this trope perfectly.
--> '''George Hammond''': If we go, they go.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** This was a common tactics of Jem'Haddar - [[RammingAlwaysWorks their ships crashed into their enemies ships and self-destructed, taking both]].
** When in one episode ''Defiant'' is captured, Sisko rigs it so when the occupants enter warp, the ship will blow, killing everyone on board.
*** Sisko later kills Dukat in that manner, though he ascends as an apparent reward for his vigilance.
** One of Riker's plans to defeat the Borg after Picard's assimilation was to crash the ''Enterprise'' into the cube.
** In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', said ship once self-destructed, taking a Vidian ship with it--the episode had created a "copy" of the ship. At the end of "Year Of Hell", Janeway took ''Voyager'' and rammed a Timeship, destroying both--and activating a ResetButton.
** In the series finale, Admiral Janeway (from an alternate future) sacrifices herself to infect the Borg with a virus that destroys the Transwarp Hub.
*** And in one novel Admiral Janeway, assimilated by another Borg group, sabotages their firewall, allowing another virus to work.
** In one episode, Chakotay beams down to a planet with a photon torpedo rigged to detonate, killing him...and all the aliens who had been plaguing the ship with narcolepsy.
** In fact, let's just say that ramming a ship into another seems to be the primary method in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' in general to give MutuallyAssuredDestruction. Far too often, this seems like it's also the only weapon the Federation has that's actually effective. And it's ''always'' effective.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Midway through the fifth season, Jo is mortally injured by Hellhounds and offers to stay behind to blow them up with improvised explosives, in order to buy the others time to go after Lucifer. Her mother, Ellen, stays behind with her, and is the one who ends up setting the explosives off.
** In the climax of the fifth season, Sam manages to take himself, Lucifer, Michael and Adam all into a cage of Hell to avert the apocalypse.
** In the eighth season, Prometheus, having just been shot with a permenantly fatal arrow from Artemis, manages to push the arrow further through his chest, thus killing Zeus, who was using him as a human shield.
* In "Battleground", the first episode of the miniseries ''Nightmares and Dreamscapes'', based on StephenKing short stories, a hitman's apartment becomes the scene of a bloody battle between himself and a set of living toy soldiers. After killing all the regular soldiers, he battles a previously unseen commando in the elevator and eventually crushes him between the doors. However, moments later something falls out of the commando's hand and an explosion follows. It then cuts to the box the soldiers came in and we see that it contains two bonus items: "1 Commando, 1 Tactical Nuclear Explosive".
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[[folder:Music]]
* Rob Dougan's ''Left Me For Dead'' features this as the last line before the final refrain.
-->''I wanted to say\\
To say that your shot proved the death of me\\
'Cause now I've reached a dead end\\
And I can't go back\\
But if I'm going down you'll come with me''
* Twista's ''Kill Us All''
* Averted by EmilieAutumn in her song 'Let The Record Show'
-->"If I'm going down, than I'm going down good"
* Similar in spirit, but lacking an actual enemy, in Voltaire's "The Ship's Going Down". The ship is utterly destroyed, and the captain takes a small bit of solace in the fact that his crew is going down with him and he's not dying alone. Then he spots the guy no one likes trying to make a getaway on a raft; not having that, he lances a fish-gig into Seaman Shaft's eye.
* The DixieChicks song ''If I Fall You're Going down with me'' is an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of this trope since the song is actually about falling in love as opposed to dying.

-->''We're hanging right on the edge now baby\\
The wind is getting stronger\\
We're hanging on by a thread now honey\\
We can't hold on much longer\\
It's a long way down but it's too late''

-->''If I fall you're going down with me\\
You're going down with me baby if I fall\\
You can't take back every little chill you give me\\
You're going down with me baby heart and all ooh yeah''
* Five Finger Death Punch's ''If I Fall.'' Especially the ending.
--> ''If I fall,''\\
''Fuck You All.''\\
''I'm taking everybody out.''\\
''If I fall I will take everybody down.''\\
''If I fall I will.''
* The Music/MarilynManson song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE1Mh8SxYvE The Minute Of Decay]] has this refrain:
-->''I'm on my way down now, I'd like to take you with me...''
* In the full video for Music/TheDecemberists' "O Valencia!", Colin Meloy's character meets at a diner with the man who betrayed him and poisons his drink. The man stabs him in the neck just before he dies.
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* The Russian ''bylina'' tales tell of Chuds, when cornered, digging up dungeons, going there with their valuables, women and children, taking their last stand there and then collapsing them, killing themselves along with their enemies. Several such sites have actually been found.
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[[folder:Stand Up Comedy]]
* Creator/DenisLeary, in one of his '90s routines, had a bit [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj5aCtrj-J8 (here, starting around 3:00)]] that could ''at best'' be described as "offensively sacrilegious". If the audience's net reaction is even ''somewhat'' positive, he adds a denouement, the implication that taking them with him will soften the sting a bit:
-->"--I'm goin' to Hell for that bit. And ''you're all comin' with me!'' 'We didn't laugh at that bit Jesus, pleeeaase!' 'Shut up! Get on the bus with Leary and [[Creator/MartinScorsese Scorcese]]; you're goin' right to fuckin' Hell!' "
* GeorgeCarlin: On wrathful gods: "If there is a God, IF there is... may he strike this audience dead. See? Nothing happened. Okay, if there is a God, may he strike ME dead. Still nothing." On terrorism: "I think just the concept that a man can blow up a bomb in a crowded market and kill a couple hundred people is exciting and stimulating and I see it as a form of entertainment. I have always been willing to put myself at great personal risk for the sake of entertainment. I'm also willing to put YOU at great personal risk for the same reason."
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[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* Quite a lot of beings in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' tend to follow this trope: The prime culprit in the tabletop game itself is possibly the Eversor assassin, whose [[ExplosiveOverclocking gene-boosted]] body ''explodes'' upon suffering sufficient physical trauma, usually taking with him whatever he was fighting at the time.
** No, the real killers are the Super-heavy units in the mass-combat expansion ''Apocalypse''. They'll often take out entire squads if they explode, even if the squad(s) in question wasn't even in close combat with it. [[HumongousMecha Titans]] have a special rule called "reactor meltdown" which causes them to explode with an even bigger blast that's also strength D (auto wound or penetrating hit on anything in range). An exploding Titan can take every unit on the board with it!
** The Brass Scorpion, a Chaos superheavy walker gets + 2 on the table that determines the size of the explosion as the daemon controlling it is driven to spill as much blood as possible, even in death.
** There is also an ability for the Imperial Guard in the upcoming ''Apocalypse'' books called "Fire on my coordinates!" Any Imperial Guard soldier with a radio can roll for a leadership test. If he succeeds, an orbital bombardment is dropped right on top of his own position - assuredly killing himself (and his squad) along with any nearby enemies in the process. For the Imperial Guard - who are renowned for their ability to stoically take massive casualties - this is simply a ''badass'' way to go.
** The larger ships in Battlefleet Gothic have a chance of opening a portal to hell when their reactors blow, sucking everything nearby in along with it.
** The Tau leaders are sometimes given a bomb so they can blow themselves up, if they have to, this is viewed as "the greatest expression of the Greater Good one can make" it's only a matter of time until they start using waves of suicide bombers.
** After losing one of his two hearts, Space Wolf character Lukas the Trickster had it replaced with a stasis bomb. If he's ever killed in combat, there's a chance his opponent will be trapped in a stasis field with him for eternity.
*** Taken UpToEleven in that Lukas's stasis bomb can one-shot an [[HumongousMecha Imperator Titan]]!
** Tends to be averted by the Eldar, who see this tactic as an act of barbaric cowardice. They also dislike it because they're already on the verge of extinction themselves, even though they believe that their racial demise will awaken the death god Ynnead, who will destroy Chaos forever and play this trope straight.
** The Grey Knight codex gives us the Brotherhood Champion, an exemplary swordsman of the Chapter capable of going toe to toe with the best fighters of chaos and standing a decent chance of winning. But even when killed, he draws upon all his psychic might and delivers a mutual deathstroke to his foe. [[spoiler: this has a fifty fifty chance of succeeding, and it kills anything, even [[MadeOfIron Eternal Warriors]] and PhysicalGods.]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has the ''staves of power'', minor artifacts that are a great boon for any spellcaster wielding one of them. In dire straits, their wielder can also break the staff they have... resulting in a retributive strike, which does vast amounts of damage to almost anything capable of threatening them.
** There's a possible side-effect of a retributive strike that subverts the trope: A 50% chance of the strike opening a rift and casting you into the astral plane...where a thousand years will pass with you only aging a single day.
** The Draconians in the old ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' setting were evil creatures magically created by evil clerics from the eggs of metallic (good) dragons to fight in the ''War of the Lance''. When mortally wounded, depending on the type, they tended to go up in flames, emit poisonous gas, trap the killing weapon by turning to stone, explode, go berserk and ''then'' explode...
** [[DemBones Lich]] is not killed permanently until someone destroyed its phylactery, which is supposed to explode immediately.
*** A campaign run by [[http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?cat=1 Shamus Young]] has a [[http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/artifacts/orb.html lich's phylactery]] cursed and trapped so while it might be ''possible'' to destroy it with ordinary means, it would kill everyone within a 100 mile radius.
** When a balor dies, at least in 3.5, it explodes in a ball of fire that deals 100 points of damage.
*** Which was made even better because it happened instantaneously, as soon as they dropped to 'dead' (-10) hit points. So if you didn't kill the sucker from afar, you were face with a Total Party Kill '''anyway''' (if everybody's still clear of 100 HP after a fight with a Balor, you've probably passed the level at which Balors are meant to be sufficient challenges)
*** Or someone [[http://www.d20srd.org/srd/spells/protectionFromEnergy.htm cast a spell]].
** The balor is topped by the nuclear elemental from d20 Modern, which exploded for 400 points of untyped damage in a 400 feet radius, and 100 points of untyped damage to those farther than 400 feet away but within a one mile radius. (Reflex save for half). That, and it also makes a highly radioactive crater.
*** Barring special rules, the Reflex Save for half allows anyone with Evasion to dodge the blast entirely.
** ''ForgottenRealms'' dragonmagic includes "death matrix". Needs to be cast only once, after this the dragon's body will explode upon death, unless disintegrated or something like. As an implanted magic ability, it can't be detected or dispelled like normal waiting enchantments.
*** Red Wizards' "spell lash". It's a spell that kills the caster and makes body explode. Invented during Red Wizards' [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized independence war]] with Mulhorand theocracy (the experimental variant "mark of Gur", naturally, was castable on another guy).
*** Long before this was "blood dragon", a spell castable only by an elf (not even half-elf): caster cuts down him- or her- self, then the eponymous magical construct rises from the spilt blood and attacks the target. If it as much as touches, it dissolves the target's flesh. They were rather vengeful bunch, those elves.
** 3.5 edition [[http://index.rpg.net/display-entry.phtml?mainid=5582 Complete Scoundrel]] has "fatal flame" spell which, should its target die before it expires, explode the body in a fireball of power proportional to the target's level. Naturally, can be used on ally or foe alike.
** In 4th Edition, there is the low-level Boneshard Skeleton that has an absolutely brutal blast for its level that goes off both when bloodied ''and'' when reduced to 0 hit points. Worse, if you have a group of them, it's possible that their blast can cause chain reactions with other Boneshard Skeletons caught in the area, with one blast triggering another.
** In almost any edition, it's become a RunningGag for a person's dying words to be "[[SpeakOfTheDevil Hastur, Hastur, Hastur]]". Canonically, Hastur will then pay a quick visit that results in a good-sized crater where the PC, their party, and whatever they were fighting used to be.
* The Swedish RPG Chronopia allowed its mages to perform such a manoeuvre. By expending all their remaining Wisdom points (the mana of the game)(which is instant death by itself), they get to spend half their maximum Wisdom points ''as well'', using it ''all'' to power a ''single'' spell without the usual skill penalties for using high level magic. While it's still possible to fumble the skill throw and not all spells are suitable for a suicide casting like this, a spell like ''Explosion'' is sure to cause some ''severe'' damage to the topography and anyone unlucky enough to be caught within the blast radius...
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' anyone who kills a Tomb King is attacked by voracious beetles. The Heart of Woe also explodes if the wearer is killed, causing a great deal of damage to anyone in range.
** And Dwarfs have the option to put selfdestruct runes on their war machines.
** An orc and goblins war machine specifically fires goblins at the enemy, goblins line up for the chance to go out in a blaze of glory as living ammunition. Night Gobbins too have their fanatics, almost certainly a death sentence but nothing is more inspiring and magnificent than a tiny goblin whirling a huge ball and chain around its head.
** There's also a special Orcish amulet that explodes when the bearer dies. However, it's usually given to goblins, whose default reaction is "Dat wuz nice o' da boss ter give me dis shiny fing, but why's 'e sendin' me orf alone on dis wolf?"
*** This would be the heart of woe - the orc's magic item section includes several items looted from other armies, though only one is called by its proper name.
* More complex versions of the party game ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mafia_(party_game) Mafia]]'' (as well as its variations, like ''Werewolf'') will often include a "killing role" character, such as Hunter or Rambo. Rules for these characters vary, but their usual role is to take a set number of other players down with them when they're killed.
* Dragon-Bloods in ''{{Exalted}}'' have access to a series of Charms with the Martyr keyword, which become significantly more terrifying when they're used by a dying man, many of which are combat effects. The most notorious is the Essence 7 elemental nuke called As In The Beginning, so a dying DB gets to take ''entire battlefields'' with him.
* An optional rule in ''{{Earthdawn}}'' allows players to do a "dying act." The character is allowed to spend all of their karma dice on a single roll, after which he or she is [[DeaderThanDead dead beyond the reach of any resurrection magic.]] If the roll in question is a damage roll, it becomes this trope.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' encourages this, even above and beyond survival (because clones mean DeathIsCheap anyway): "What's more important-- that you survive, or that your enemy gets his?"
** Especially if you're on your last clone anyway, and thus (at least personally) have nothing left to lose: "Friend Computer, I wish to make a full confession. All the charges leveled against me are true. And all the ''other'' charges that Suck-R knows about and hasn't mentioned yet are true. And all the vidtape footage that Gone-R collected and hid in his locker is accurate..."
* Memetic ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' player character [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Old_Man_Henderson Old Man Henderson]], upon finally being targeted personally by the Hastur cultists with a siege of zombies and shoggoths, holed up with his allies in a skating rink and rigged it with "enough explosives to make Michael Bay blush", thus taking the cultists, monsters, allies, [[spoiler: and the ''[[LoopholeAbuse Yellow King himself]]'']] with him in a literal blaze of glory.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Camille Saint-Saëns's opera ''Samson et Dalila'' ends the same way as the Biblical legend, with Samson bringing down the temple on himself and the entire Philistine cast.
* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', [=MechaMew2=] tries to do this to Giovanni; sadly, the Rocket boss escapes before it blows up.
* ''Theatre/JekyllAndHyde'': During "Confrontation", Jekyll threatens Hyde with this [[spoiler: and follows through at the end of the show]].
-->'''Jekyll''': If I die, you die too.
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[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* In ''Ride/TransformersTheRide'', when Megatron is about to fall off a building to his doom, he pulls the riders down them with him, though Bumblebee saves them at the last second.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Brigadier General Selvaria Bles pulls one on the Gallian army after her capture, effectively taking out the majority of Gallia's army at Ghirlandaio with her 'Valkyria's Final Flame', an ability that allows a Valkyria to turn themselves into a nuclear bomb.
* The Harkonnen Devastator in ''DuneII'' is a [[TankGoodness large nuclear powered tank]] which can be ordered to self destruct, potentially taking out nearby enemies. It will also do so automatically once critically damaged.
* Both players and Grunts in Franchise/{{Halo}} will do this. The Grunts light up two plasma grenades and then run at you. You need to kill them before they get to you, as they will not explode unless they get near you. In Halo 3's matchmaking, people who get stuck will try this, and some even stick themselves if there is a large enough group for it to be worthwile and in the situation [[HalfLifeFullLifeConsequences bullets are too slow]].
** Halo: Reach has a heroic version in the form of Emile, who after being stabbed from behind by an Elite Zealot whips out his knife and jams it in the Elite's throat, taking the Elite down with him. His last words, "I'm ready! HOW BOUT YOU!", are a great example of what one might say in a Taking You With Me situation or a TheLastDance situation.
*** Noble Six has a similar experience. During his/her LastStand on Reach, you fight against a small army of Covenant forces; when you finally fail, he/she kills at least half of the dozen or so Elites that finally bring him down.
*** Carter also deserves a mention. With his Pelican about to fall apart, he deliberately [[RammingAlwaysWorks rams]] his ship into a Covenant mobile assault platform. This tactic is also present in ''HaloWars'' for the Covenant Banshees.
*** There's also an easy to miss special case near the ending. After Doctor Halsey hands them the package with the vital data she discovered, that could save humanity and destroy the Covenant, Carter orders Jun to escort her to saftey. Halsey says that she does not need an escort, to which Carter only replies by reminding Jun that "'''nothing''' must fall into enemy hands".
* Every time you kill any enemy in recent MechWarrior games, their fusion reactor goes nuclear and does extreme damage to anything near it. Cue players running at each other when their armor is gone, to try and kill the other player when they go nuclear. Taken UpToEleven in the Crysis mod ''MechWarrior Living Legends'' where the explosion from a damaged reactor is the size of a small nuke, though whether a destroyed 'Mech goes boom largely random.
* Andross in ''VideoGame/StarFox64''. ''Word for word.'' But only if you approach Venom from the hard direction - approaching it from the easy one leads to you [[ActuallyADoombot fighting his robotic decoy instead]]. You still escape his exploding lair in a cutscene, but it's because the decoy is a LoadBearingBoss rather than the real Andross trying to kill you in a last act of spite.
* Giacimo's HeroicSacrifice in the climactic cutscene of the ''RiseOfLegends'' campaign is preceded by the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Cuotl]] boss trying to drag him into a random bottomless pit with him.
* It's possible to perform a [[http://www.ssbwiki.com/Sacrificial_KO Sacrificial KO]] in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series in any of a number of ways. A method usable by any character is to jump off the stage in order to deliver a finishing blow to a returning opponent, even if it makes you plummet to your own demise afterward.
** In the first game, DK can do this with his forward throw by simply jumping off a cliff while he's carrying an opponent and falling to a point where neither of you will be able to get back to the stage from. Kirby can also simply inhale someone while he's over a bottomless pit.
** Kirby gets multiple additions to his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phVFKAxETlg suicide attack arsenal]] in ''Melee'' in the form of his forward, backward, and downwards throws, which will all send him and his opponent flying off a cliff if he's too close to the edge. He can also walk after he inhales a target, which makes the aforementioned [[FanNickname "Kirbycide"]] technique easier to pull off.
** Ganondorf and Bowser get suicide attacks of their own in ''Brawl'' with their new side specials, the former grabbing his opponent and diving off a cliff with them if it's performed in midair with no footing below, and the latter grabbing them and performing a flying body slam that can be directed off a cliff if you ([[AttackBackfire Or your opponent]]) desire it.
*** Galeom also does this to Lucas and Pokémon Trainer after their fight, trying to take them all out in a self-destruction form of a Subspace Bomb.
** Generally, when someone on their last life does this to an opponent also on their last life, the person doing the attack wins. In tournaments, if the attacker isn't declared winner in-game (very possible in ''Brawl''), [[HouseRules the tournament rules override the the in-game result]].
* The climax of ''VideoGame/TheGetaway'' centers around this after the BigBad has a VillainousBreakdown.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' franchise in general have monsters with the "Self Destruct" ability.
** High level Behemoth-type monsters tend to have final attacks involving Comet or Meteor spells, meaning that when you kill them, you had better have enough health to survive or its game-over anyways.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' even had the "Final Attack" materia that cast whatever spell it was linked too when that character hit 0 hp. It could be used to immediately revive them (and any other fallen allies) with the right materia combo, but it could also be used to launch any of dozens of devastating attacks to invoke this trope.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', Tellah's short [[CutsceneBoss battle]] against Golbez, which he tops off with [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Meteor]] despite Cecil's and Yang's objections. Tellah [[KilledOffForReal dies]] while Golbez [[OnlyAFleshWound walks away]].
** Two Elemental Fiends do this. Scarmiglione comes back from the dead for a second (and harder) round of the boss battle. Cagnazzo uses his last power in attempt to squish you to death by trapping you in a small room with moving walls.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', when you win the battle against Kuja he casts Ultima to kill off your party, but that leaves him drained off and almost dead -- something he probably knows. He didn't succeed, but hey, it's the thought that counts.
** Kuja's ultimate motivation is that, having discovered that his lifespan is limited and he's going to die soon, he decides to take two whole worlds with him and erase all of existence if he can last long enough.
** Several other enemies in the series have a tradition of casting that one last spell or ability just before they expire. The Brachiosaurs and the Magi-Master in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' also cast Ultima when they're defeated.
*** In the FinalBattle of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', all of the individual components of Kefka's demonic melange perform a dangerous, if not outright lethal attack upon defeat. For instance, defeating Rest at the top tier of the monstrosity will make him doublecast the unblockable (but dodgeable) instant kill spell "Repose."
*** There's also this one monster called Humbaba in X-2, which is blocking off the Thunder Plains for the concert or trying to eat Cid or something. Anyway, upon killing it, it got off a Meteor spell and flattened everyone except the [[GameBreaker Dark Knight]].
*** This is the signature ability of the Bomb-class enemies (Bombs, Grenades, Balloons, et al.) They tend to Self-Destruct when damaged, usually with enough force to kill at least one party member. In recent entries, each physical strike that connects with them will cause them to swell up, and swell up, and swell up, until they're gigantic and on the verge of bursting violently, forcing you to kill them in as few hits as possible or use magic.
** One example is Gilgamesh from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', the one man GoldfishPoopGang (with ''awesome'' theme music) who redeems himself of both villainy and goofiness by switching sides and self-destructing to take out the second to last boss, Necrophobe, if you take too long in your fight with him.
*** He somehow survives the ForbiddenDangerousTechnique.
** Zack charges at an army ''and takes most of them down'' before being [[DoomedByCanon shot to death]] in ''CrisisCore''.
** This is also the way Cloud kills Sephiroth the first time, at least in CrisisCore--specifically, he grabs the sword sticking through him, shoves it further to get a good grip, and throws its wielder into the reactor by it. Sephiroth is too startled to let go.
** From ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', a fatally-wounded Vayne is so poisoned with the power of his own Nethicite that he laments not being able to fulfill Venat's goals. Unwilling to let him suffer alone, after all they've been through, Venat surrenders its power to Vayne: even if he can't realize his ultimate ambition anymore, [[OneWingedAngel he will inflict as much suffering as possible on those responsible]].
** Its implied that Kefka intended to do this in the ending of Final Fantasy VI with Terra Branford, most specifically, after he was defeated, given that he had absorbed the essence of magic and killing him would make Espers cease to exist, which would have included those with Esper heritage. That's also not getting into Kefka's tower threatening to collapse on the Returners as they escape.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', Axel does this when he, Sora, Donald and Goofy are [[HeroicSacrifice about to get swamped by Nobodies]].
** And in the prequel, ''ChainOfMemories'', Lexaeus does this after being defeated by Riku. Although, in the UpdatedRerelease, the manner of his death is changed...
* This is the entire point of the Destiny Bond, Self-Destruct and Explosion moves in the ''Frnachise/{{Pokemon}}'' games.
** Fittingly, Self-Destruct and Explosion are the two most powerful attacks in the game, and that's ''before'' you factor in that, before the moves were {{nerf}}ed in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', they '''[[ChunkySalsaRule halved the target's defense]]'''.
** The entire practice of this type of move in random encounters is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d and {{justified|Trope}} in [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/20020306.html this]] ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' comic.
** The ability Aftermath can work like this, as when a Pokémon with said ability is defeated, it damages its attacker for 1/4 of their total health.
** It's also the point of the attack Perish Song, which [=KOs=] all Pokémon on the field in exactly three turns. Useful if used with a move or ability to stop the opponent Pokémon from switching out/running from battle. Annoying when it's used by a wild Pokémon you're trying to catch.
** ''Black and White'' added a move called Final Gambit, which hits the user and the target for an amount of damage equal to the HP the user has left. Amusingly, it can be used by Shedinja, which is a OneHitPointWonder.
* At the end of ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising]]'', BigBad Sturm tries to pull this on the heroes. His [[TheDragon second-in-command]], Hawke, not wanting to die with his boss, shoots him before he can activate his doomsday device.
* Enemies in ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden II'' who lose their legs to Ryu [[SelfDestructiveCharge will attempt to crawl up, grab Ryu]] and pull out an explosive to blow themselves up with.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 3'', after you beat Flash Man, he uses the "Shining Browser Crusher" on Mega Man. Sometime in the next chapter, Mega Man's connection to his Operator is suddenly cut by the [[ChekhovsGun delayed effects of the attack]], robbing you of your ability to leave the Net immediately and limiting you to the pathetic default weapon. Ironically, you might be attacked by Flash Man's stronger, RandomEncounter ghost on your way back to the exit point while in this weakened state.
** Well actually, you would have to be stupid to go down the dead end path that he is on, when this happens.
** Though at the end of the game you find a suspiciously not-dead Flashman (along with a few other "dead" navis) just in time for the BossRush.
* After defeating [[BigBad Sigma]] in ''VideoGame/MegaManX3'', he becomes his true form and tries to take over your body while lava is flooding the place.
** Also, in ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'', after you defeat his final form, he tries to take Zero down with him, which he does, in a way.
* Phantom does the KaizoTrap variation the second time you defeat him in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'', radiating little explosion bubbles about halfway across the screen in both directions. It does moderate damage, but as long as you're attentive the bubbles can be jumped. It also won't hit you if he's killed in a corner and you stand on the opposite side. Copy X does the same thing (in the same level, no less), only his version is scripted for you to escape automatically.
** At the end of the fourth game, Dr. Weil, having failed to destroy the refugee settlement Area Zero with his orbital laser cannon, decides to use it for a ColonyDrop instead, which requires him to remain on the ark personally. Zero, in turn, remains on board to defeat Dr. Weil and deaddetonate the ark before impact, knowing he would not be able to escape.
* After defeating the Egg Viper in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', the player is given a few seconds' warning by Tikal before it makes one last attempt to blow up the player in a fiery kamikaze.
** Needless to say that if you survive, Dr. Eggman (Or Robotnik), who was controlling the machine, apparently survives the attack. Then again, in the Genesis-era and Advance-style games, he showed signs of being burned, and subsequently, somehow, healed as he flies away to the next stage.
** At the end of E-102 "Gamma"'s game, Gamma defeats E-101 "Beta" mk. II and makes the mistake of making sure he is defeated by approaching him. Beta's final act is to fire its arm cannons point blank at Gamma.
* The final battle between Martin and Mehrunes Dagon in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' could be considered this, although neither really dies -- Dagon is only [[SealedEvilInACan sent back to his own realm]], and Martin inexplicably became a dragon statue.
** Clarification: Martin, as the last Imperial descendant of Emperor Talos, destroys the Amulet of Kings containing the blood of Akatosh, Dragon-God of Time. This transforms Martin into an avatar of Akatosh's power, allowing him to destroy the physical manifestation of the daedric prince Mehrunes Dagon and kick his titanic ass back to Oblivion. Martin doesn't survive the fight and his massive, petrified dragon-shaped remains are left as an eternal statue... right in the courtyard of the Imperial Temple to Akatosh. Although Dagon is still very much alive, Martin's sacrifice restored the barrier between both planes of existence, which has severely weakened daedric influence on Nirn.
** Also, the Shambles enemy from The Shivering Isles expansion, which upon defeat releases a burst of frost magic in an attempt to kill the player.
* In ''The HouseOfTheDead 4'', James Taylor defeats The World by setting his PDA to self-destruct and throwing it up at The World, killing both of them.
* ''VideoGame/TotalAnnihilation'' uses this to great extent. Every single thing in the game, buildings and units both, can self-destruct with a simple key command, allowing the player to surrender in epic form by causing his entire armada to explode. Exploding units also deal damage in a radius whenever they self-destruct or are destroyed-an exploding Commander can clear half a screen.
** One particular third party unit had more hit points than the game had set for its Self Destruct self-damage. This unit was capable of TakingYouWithMe TWICE before it actually died.
** Also the whole point of the first expansion's campaign in which the Core reveals that their plan if they were to lose the great war was to reach an alien artifact, and convert it into an implosion bomb that would destroy the galaxy
** Both sides also had suicide bomber K-bots (GiantMecha, but relatively small compared to most units in the game). This is their only form of attack, naturally.
* Most bosses in ''Dracula X'' do this, although their efforts aren't usually instantly lethal unless you have little HP remaining to begin with and aren't sure how to dodge their final attack.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' has this played straight in a flashback showing the final moments of first great war between the humans and winglies. Kanzas confronts an enormous Virage and latches himself on to his head with the quote "Not bad! I'm taking you with me!" Before blowing himself up, and taking the Virage, and a good chunk of a Wingly city with him.
** Precedes two other examples of this trope by SECONDS, in which Shirley dies to kill the Virage that killed Belzac, and Melbu Frahma petrifies Zieg as he "dies."
** Also is used by Melbu Frahma AGAIN at the end of the game, where he self destructs to try and kill your party. This is the first time in the game that it actually fails (but STILL manages to kill Rose and the resurrected Zieg)
*** Although Rose and Zieg were intending to die there.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' series, some enemies will self-destruct upon defeat; the most well-known example being the notorious [[DemonicSpider Territorial Oaks]]. However, damage works differently in this series starting from the second game onward; a character's HP, when reduced, slowly drops down instead of instantly taking up its new value. Additionally, from the second game onward, these self-destructs are often ridiculously powerful, to the point of being able to deal mortal blows to full-HP party members. So once the enemy self-destructs, it's a race to go through the remaining lines of text and finish the battle before your HP ticks down to zero... assuming you were wise enough to save the self-destructing enemy for last, that is.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 1}}'', [[GuestStarPartyMember the robot EVE]] is [[ATasteOfPower far more powerful than any of the standard party members can be]] and is able to easily wipe out every enemy in the second half of the final dungeon with a single attack... save for one, the third incarnation of a killer robot that wiped out the party not long before ([[HopelessBossFight and will wipe the party out again, this time with a Game Over, if EVE is not with the party]]). EVE is not able to deal significant damage to this enemy, but it will protect the party from tremendous blows in return. After a few turns, EVE will explode, but will take down the opponent along with it. In EVE's wreckage, the [[SoundStone seventh melody]] can be found, confirming the musical prophecy that the player may have heard in Magicant that foretells EVE's necessary demise.
** This is played with in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' with the Barrier Trio. You beat it and it goes in a death sequence that takes five turns to finish. On the second turn, it uses PK Starstorm.
** The kicker is that, in ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', one of these enemies RandomlyDrops the ultimate weapon that one of your party members can equip, and another enemy that drops one for another character is frequently paired up with a self destructing enemy, and the percentage chance that you actually win it is '''ridiculously''' low. [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Have fun grinding for it.]]
*** If you want an idea of how low it is, Mother commonly uses a number, 128, for rare drops. The 128 meaning 1 out of 128. And this number is calculated when you touch the enemy. So for those who use emulators, if you didn't save before you touched that Starman, who may or may not contain a DX, the one version of Starman who has that weapon, ''tough luck''. Oh, and after you beat the next boss, Lost. Forever. Don't you love old [[EasternRPG JRPGs]]?
* Some enemies in ''Persona [[VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} 3]]'' and [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} 4]] can do this with ''Last Resort'', a powerful Almighty-elemental attack that they'll use if they're near-death or even if they are at anything ''but'' full health. Most of the time it only takes off a large chunk of your health and there's nothing a little healing won't cure.
** In ''{{Persona 3}}'', in the final night at the top of Tartarus, [[spoiler:a wounded, but still alive Jin chooses to let you go, and instead faces the hordes of Shadows climbing up the tower with several grenades in his hands...]]
* ''GearsOfWar 2'': in the multiplayer, if you have your grenades equipped, and you are downed - by pulling the right trigger you can try to take them with you. Great against players who try to perform [[FinishingMove executions]], want a body shield, or an objective. Unfortunately rather unavoidable if a person holding a grenade was downed in a match using Execution rules (downed players may stand back up after some time if not finished off in close-range, though may only stand up again twice).
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4'' does it twice; once with the aptly-named Martyrdom perk, and twice with the Misery Loves Company challenge, which requires that you kill yourself and an enemy by cooking a grenade and keeping hold of it until it detonates. Downed but not quite dead enemies will also sometimes pull out a grenade to take you with them.
* ''EternalDarkness'' reveals at the end of the game that your three playthroughs, each against a [[BigBad different ancient]], have allowed Mantorok to drag all three of the elder gods it guards against into a temporal web that lets it destroy all three of them. Mantorok is already dying - in each timeline, Pious Augustus performs a lethal ritual on it - but it's managed to take out all the gods it was supposed to keep in check as it dies.
* In ''StarCraft'', the Zerg love this trope so much, they evolved the Scourges and the Infested Terrans, which are suicide bombers. "Sacrifice me" indeed.
** And in the end of the first installment Tassadar crashes his ship on Overmind, finishing it off - in a manner that probably wouldn't make it to shelves after September 11th...or would it?
* ''CityOfHeroes'' offers an ExpansionPack which includes the ability for any character to obtain a [[SelfDestructMechanism self-destruction power]]. Although intended to be used as [[TakingYouWithMe this trope]] or a SuicideAttack, in game it is more frequently used as a kind of RocketJump in order to [[WarpZone quickly travel across the zone]] (to the hospital) or to the character's supergroup base.
** That's mostly because it's not TakingYouWithMe if [[UselessUsefulSpell the blast misses half it's targets and barely dents the HP of the rest.]]
*** Those it ''does'' hit tend to take rather devastating amounts of damage (500+ at level 50, enough to wipe out any minions unfortunate enough to be caught in the blast and severely wound any Lieutenants similarly caught)
* ''TheKingOfFighters'' has a number of [[SNKBoss bosses]] who try this.
** Rugal LOVES to pull this off and has attempted it at least 3 times: Once in 94, once in 98 and again in 2002 Unlimited Match
** in 2000, Zero attempts to blow up his hideout (Where you are) with his [[KillSat Zero Cannon]]. Shame it got busted earlier.
** 2001 has Igniz combine this trope with ColonyDrop. The ColonyDrop part fails miserably, but your allies are saved by an unknown group.
* The end of the losing mission path in ''VideoGame/WingCommander III'' features this, courtesy of Eisen demonstrating that RammingAlwaysWorks with the TCS ''Victory''.
** A rather important plot point of the second ''Wing Commander'' game, Mariko Tanaka's decade long lost fiance is held hostage on a space station. After her bomber is crippled take a wild guess at what the Japanese pilot does.
* Freeware game ''AnUntitledStory'' has the final boss do this. In this final phase of the battle, instead of doing damage to him like every other boss of the game and every form of the boss before this, you simply have to survive his bullet and laser patterns for an arbitrary time limit (1 minute 15 seconds on Normal). Strangely enough, the main character could just as well do a heroic sacrifice and still succeed, but that would imply that he doesn't hook up with the pink female bird on the ending screen. You can't save after you beat the final boss.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 1'' and ''4'' have the Shadows and the Blitzes, respectively (going by designer notes, the latter was modeled intentionally on the former, and it shows). Once you hurt a Shadow enough, it turns red and uses its last few seconds of life in an attempt to do this to you. And a Blitz is almost the same way. That, plus how powerful both of these enemies were puts them somewhere between DemonicSpiders and ThatOneBoss (That One Miniboss, maybe?)
** Though for skilled enough players with built-up characters, "Shadow hunting" could become something like a fun hobby in the original Devil May Cry.
* In some versions of NetHack, the player can "apply" a magic wand to break it. This results in an area-effect magic blast that inflicts the wand's effect on a 3x3 area centered on the player. Now, to apply this Wand of Death... (It ''is'' possible to survive the blast, though. At least if you have a cloak of magic resistance.)
* Fawful attempts this in ''MarioandLuigiBowsersInsideStory''. Ironically, his self-destruct ended up ''saving'' everyone by blasting them out of Bowser's belly.
** The Dark Star plays this straight, with it's final attack being a black hole/vortex that Mario and Luigi have to quickly run from to dodge (does about 500 odd damage if they get sucked into it).
** In VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam, the Somnom Woods boss Pi'illodium starts a self destruct timer when it gets low on health, exploding and causing massive damage to Mario and Luigi if it hits zero. Interestingly, there's actually an on screen timer with the real time going down in seconds, despite the fact it's a turn based game.
* [[ZombieApocalypse The state of Manhattan]] in VideoGame/{{Prototype}} was caused prior to the events of the game by the real Alex Mercer. When Blackwatch cornered him in Penn Station, he released the Blacklight virus into the busiest transit station in the U.S. before being shot to death. Since he designed that particular strain of Blacklight, he knew full well what would happen -- and apparently considered his own sister (who lives in the city) an acceptable loss. It really says something about a guy when the [[LovecraftianSuperpower Lovecraftian]], [[ImAHumanitarian man-eating]] [[TheVirus viral mutant]] that replaces him is still not as much of a dick as the original.
* The unique monsters in ''[[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Diablo II]]'' that are Cold and/or Fire Enchanted. Nasty cold nova and fire+physical damage effect upon monster death.
** Undead Fetishes. One of the game's more infamous DemonicSpiders that reward you with a face full of shrapnel if they die in close proximity to you.
** Enforced with the Suicide Minions of Act 5.
** Also, some Uniques have a trait that makes them explode upon dying, and some undead emit a cloud of poison when downed.
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' also has certain elite enemies that explode upon death.
* Seen in the end of ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'', as the final bosses merge together after defeated into a giant dragon, even though they know that they'll be unable to live for a long time after the battle due to the massive amount of energy.
* Throughout the MetroidPrime trilogy, Space Pirates with jetpacks will kamikaze into you upon defeat. Complete with a [[NightmareFuel scream of agony.]]
* In ''StarControl II'', Shofixti's preferred weapon is a self-destruct switch (promptly called Glory Device). Moreover, when faced with overwhelming odds, they ''made their own star go supernova'' just to obliterate a part of enemy armada.
* ''VideoGame/{{Sonic Rush|Series}}'' had Eggman/Eggman Nega's giant robot. Upon reducing it to its last hit point, Eggman/Nega would ram the robot's shoulder spikes into the stage. If you don't hit him quickly enough after he hits the stage a third time, the stage falls apart, leading you to [[OneHitKill fall to your death]]. Not sure if the spikes themselves can kill, but it's a possibility.
** In the sequel, Captain whisker (piloting the last giant machine of doom)will fire two lasers on both sides that slowly close in on you. This is clearly overpowering the machine (what with it exploding and being forced to lower itself). The lasers are impossible to dodge, and you have to hit the weak point when it's close enough to not get killed in the process. Obviously, it's debatable if Captain whiskers would of survived if he succeeded, but the machine probably would of blown up anyways.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' gives the Soldier a suicidal grenade taunt that is apparently meant to evoke this, although like all fatal taunts it is unlikely to actually kill anyone unless you sneak up on them first, in which case [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim you might as well just shoot them]]. It occasionally works -- and evokes the trope more directly -- during humiliation, though, if it's activated just before the victors rush in for their free kills.
** Also a vital part of the Pyro--you even get an achievement for causing an enemy to burn to death after you yourself are already waiting to respawn. If you manage to ignite a large group of enemies before you die and no enemy Medics are present, expect most of them to go down pretty soon after you die if there are few medpacks in the area. Assuming you did a fair amount of damage to them before getting killed, that is.
** It is fairly common for Soldiers and Demomen to blow themselves as well as the enemy up when they use their explosive weapons against enemies very close to them. In fact, the Demoman has a melee weapon -- the Ullapool Caber -- that's meant to be used either as this or to make him an ActionBomb.
** This can be turned back around on launcher-weilding Soldiers and Demomen by players who are out of long-range ammo, by purposely rushing them. Many will keep on firing, too caught up in the moment to remember the dangers of aiming at such a close target.
* The third boss of the LightGun arcade shooter ''RazingStorm'' is a SpiderTank that constantly pesters you throughout the level. When finally defeated, it [[MacrossMissileMassacre fires out a TON of missiles]] into the air. The missiles ain't for you- rather, [[ExactlyWhatIAimedAt they're for the skyscraper connector you're precariously standing on in midair]]. If you fail to shoot enough of them down in time, your platform goes bye bye, and [[DownerEnding you and your squad fall to your deaths]].
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestII'', the final spell learned by the Prince of Cannock is called Sacrifice, which instantly kills both him and the entire enemy party with a 100% success rate. Since he's the only party member with a revive spell, it's mostly a last resort. Unfortunately, there are also enemies who know this spell, and it works just as well for them. Instant, unavoidable, TotalPartyKill from a RandomEncounter = NintendoHard.
* There are many examples of this in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' -- however, many are ''involuntary''. For instance, El Gigante will crush you as he falls over dead if you get too close, and Del Lago's corpse will drag you to the bottom of the lake via a rope that gets wrapped around your leg unless you act fast. A genuine example would be tricking an El Gigante into falling into a lava pit, who will grab and pull you into the lava if you get too close to the pit.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', Wesker says this to Chris and Sheva as they make a three human chain dangling out the back of an assault bomber. It does him little good, because Sheva then [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome shoots him in the face.]] Too bad [[GoodThingYouCanHeal he can heal.]]
** He also does it again when he falls into a lava pit, while mutating from Uroboros. He uses his Uroboros arms to pull the anti-bioterrorism team's chopper in close with the obvious intention of forcing them into a lavabath with him. Chris and Sheva managed to finish him off with two RPG-7s to the head before he could succeed.
** The ending of DLC, ''Lost in Nightmares'', has Jill doing this to Wesker. [[spoiler:Sadly, it fails.]]
* Sho Minamimoto of ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' uses a self-destruct technique upon defeat. It's called something like "Level ''i'' Flare," with ''i'' being an imaginary number, meaning the blast obliterates ''everything'' in proximity. The trigger? [[MadMathematician Reciting]] [[MouthfulOfPi pi.]] [[CrazyAwesome One hundred and fifty digits of it.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'', upon death the Master self destructs and activates a nuclear bomb.
** Frank Horrigan in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' attempts to stall the player from escaping an oil rig about to go down in a nuclear explosion.
** And in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', a delayed detonation in the form of a bloodbath that engulfs New Vegas if Caesar dies and his successor rules...
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': Calo Nord tried this unsuccessfully, in a ShoutOut to the scene in Return of the Jedi with Bouush's thermal detonator.
* Another one from BioWare was Sagacious Zu making his HeroicSacrifice against Death's Hand in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', using the pillars supporting the room to make the roof collapse on both of them while buying the PlayerCharacter and companion time to escape.
** Horse Demons also explode upon death. This is a particularly annoying one, since they explode immediately upon death; unless you're using one of the few ranged styles you will be hit by this.
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'', destroying the physical body of Mem Aleph reduces her to an embryonic, so-called "empty" state, in which she's nothing but ''raw, naked power''. But since she can't take control of the Schwarzwelt in this form, nor create a new future for herself and the Schwarzwelt's demons, [[OneWingedAngel she turns on you]] and exhausts all that power into ''destroying you'' before vanishing.
* In VideoGame/FreeSpace, that kind of stuff happens alot, especially with capital ships. In a general way, they tend to explode in a mega-blast when dying - which can be considered as a way to take the fighters/bombers down.
** Canonically, the Colossus. It takes down the Sathanas then get ambushed by a second - and try to take it down as almost all hope of survival is lost. Seems more like a Last Stand though.
** In "Feint, Parry, Ripost!" - Admiral Koth, the NTD Repulse commanding officer, Attempts to crash his ship into the Colossus. "I have no intention of escaping, Colossus, nor will I surrender. Even if I send my crew to hell with you, this monstruosity will be destroyed! [...] The tyranny of your regime is finished! Admiral Koth Out!"
** During FreeSpace 1, the Hammer of Light tend to kamikaze countless times, either fighters or capital ships. Not like this had any effect most of times.
** In VideoGame/BluePlanet War In Heaven - the opening cutscene - the [=UEFg=] Nelson orders other ships to clear a path to one of the enemy capital ships, in order to ram it. This is part of You Shall Not Pass - as they have to defend Artemis Station while evacuated.
*** Another variation, in the last mission, Delenda Est. In the end, the [=UEFg=] Yangtze get hit badly and cannot withdraw. They then turn back and attack from front.... obviously getting destroyed in a few seconds.
* Several creatures in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' do this. The batriders in Zul'Gurub would explode when at low health, requiring anyone near them to back away or suffer massive damage. There's a specific variety of undead horror in Icecrown Citadel and the Pit of Saron that channel a "blight bomb" when at low health, and players must kill them before they finish casting. There are also a number of bosses that drop clouds of poisonous gas on death, causing careless players to kill themselves looting it.
** Vanessa [=VanCleef=] does this at the end of Heroic Deadmines, utterng this phrase in the process. In the original version of the encounter, she would detonate one last set of explosives, forcing players to swing on ropes away from it, but a later patch had her detonating explosives on herself, forcing players to walk away from her.
** Razorgore the Untamed in Blackwing Lair has this as a fight mechanic, in that if he is slain before someone can force him to destroy all of the black dragon eggs in the chamber the remaining eggs will detonate, killing everyone in the raid regardless of level and current health.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', Checco Orsi stabs Ezio in the stomach when he is fatally wounded by the latter.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' has a villain version. After you finally find and mortally wound Kravchenko, he reveals that he is wearing a suicide grenade belt and pulls the pin, intending to take you down with him. Woods then makes a HeroicSacrifice and tackles Kravchecko through a window just before the grenades go off, saving Mason.
** [[spoiler: It’s actually a subversion; in ''Black Ops II'', it’s revealed that both Woods and Kravchenko survived the explosion and both of them reappear during the campaign, though only Woods is alive in the present day of 2025.]]
** In ''Black Ops II'', Raul Menendez attempts one of these during his first encounter with Alex Mason, pulling the pin on a grenade and attempting to kill Mason and several other soldiers in the room. It quickly turns into a life-or-death struggle between the two when Mason makes Menendez drop the grenade, leading to a couple of soldiers pulling a HeroicSacrifice by throwing themselves on top of the grenade to try and contain the explosion.
*** There’s an attempted example, though a rather unusual one: after [[spoiler: Admiral Briggs]] is taken hostage by [[spoiler: Menendez]], he tells his soldiers to shoot ''through'' him to kill [[spoiler: Menendez. It doesn’t work out like he wanted]].
* Done twice in a row by Daos at the end of ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals''; first using the last of the energy of the Four Man Band bad guy squad to attempt to destroy the world, then by using the last of his own enmity to crash the floating island in which the last battle takes place on Maxim and Selan's hometown. Made even more powerful in the ending in that no one except Maxim knew about the second effort, and he dies in the process knowing no one ever would. Also accompanied by possibly the [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome best music]] in the game.
* Yoshimitsu from the ''SoulCalibur'' series has some unblockable suicide moves that deal a lot of damage if he hits his opponent with one of these moves. The emphasis is on "if", however, as most of them have short reach. BTW, Yoshimitsu himself suffers about just as much damage from executing these moves, whether they connect with his opponent or not.
* Franchise/MetalGear has this trope a few times.
** In the original Metal Gear, Big Boss utters these words when he learns that his plans failed just before fighting Snake.
** In Portable Ops, Cunningham utters these words shortly after he was defeated by Big Boss (and what he means by that is using the Soviet-made Davy Crockett to destroy Big Boss and the silo, if not the peninsula.)
** Peace Walker also has one: The sphere like device on Peace Walker was a hydrogen bomb whose explosive yield surpasses even that of the Tsar Bomba (which was the largest Nuclear Bomb ever built). The reason why it has it is so that, if its mission requires it to go into a country, it can waltz in and blow the country away to kingdom come.
*** Kazuhira Miller, in the same game, almost did this to Big Boss when his mercenary unit was wiped out by Big Boss's Militaires Sans Frontieres, by drawing Big Boss close and intending to blow himself and Big Boss up by using a grenade concealed in his hand, but Big Boss quickly disarmed him before he could remove the pin, and instead suggested he join the Militaires Sans Frontieres.
* One interpretation for the finale of ''RuleOfRose'' focuses on this trope quite tragically: after losing everything to her own jealousy, Wendy brings the serial killer Stray Dog to the orphanage to kill everybody, herself included. She's the closest thing the game has for a villain and the act is incredibly spiteful and selfish, but somehow you still end up feeling sorry for her.
* ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'': Bomb + Rock results in a stick of dynamite that hurts Kirby if he doesn't cover himself with his helmet.
** Snow + Bomb turns Kirby into a walking snowman suicide bomber (though in that case, the explosion doesn't hurt Kirby).
* In ''[[DawnOfWar Dawn of War: Dark Crusade]]'', a lot of the races are notoriously poor losers when you beat their home province. The Orks [[StuffBlowingUp spring a massive series of explosions all over their base]]. The Imperial Guard [[ExplosiveOverclocking overload the core]] of the weapon they were defending. The Space Marines [[KillSat shoot their own home base from orbit]], and (though the bomb was ''your'' idea) the bomb that collapses the Necrons' home base also [[BuriedAlive kills every one of your units that was deployed...]] [[PlotArmor except your commander.]] Frankly, given all the do-or-die orders that get issued in [[CrapsackWorld this universe]], it's probably simpler to list ''[[AvertedTrope aversions]]''.
** Shown in [[DawnOfWar Dawn of War II]] with a skill on Dreadnought Thule that blows it up violently whenever it gets incapacitated. Also using Cyrus' Proximity Mines ''without'' [[GameBreaker the skill that lets him plant bombs without breaking infiltration]]. In fact, any time a friend-or-foe indiscriminate area of effect attack is used anywhere near your own units.
** If Jonah Orion is the traitor in ''Chaos Rising'', the daemon possessing Jonah will try to repair his body, but Jonah makes one last ditch effort to stop the daemon from healing him.
* ''AceCombat X - Skies of Deception'': after you finish attacking the flying fortress "Gleipnir", destroying it's air-to-air weaponry, the Gleipnir's captain ''flips the plane upside down'' to try and use it's air-to ground weaponry, telling the crew trying to physically restrain him "we're gonna die anyway!" Then when you destroy the Shock Cannon, he steers it into Santa Elva, a civilian city, while MissionControl pleads with him not to.
-->'''Captain''': I will deliver one final blow to the enemy, as commander of the Gleipnir. '''AM I TO BE DENIED EVEN THAT?!!!'''
* RuneScape has a variation with the Retribution prayer: If you have it active and are killed, you deal damage to all surrounding enemies (assuming there are any).
** There are also some monsters in the Void Knights minigame whose entire gimmick is to walk up to the doors and self-destruct at them.
* {{Brink}} has this as a gameplay mechanic. Operatives can use a bomb inside their heads, called a Cortex Bomb, to blow themselves up when they are incapacitated.
* The Saga of {{Ryzom}} has a group of creatures called Yelks, which are like giant turtles with mushrooms for shells. If you kill one, it will release noxious vapours for a few seconds that do quite a bit of damage, so it's recommended that you kill them at range and wait a while to loot the corpse.
* Done by Captain Foster in ''{{Starlancer}}'' when the ''Reliant'' is cornered by the Coalition forces and is heavily damaged. After launching the fighters and evacuating the crew, Foster sets a [[RammingAlwaysWorks collision course]] for the enemy flagship and engages full burn. The Coalition ship tries to get out of the way and shoot down the ''Reliant'', but Foster still manages to hit it, taking out his rival in the process.
* ''Game/ImpossibleMission II'' has Suicide Bots, who leap into BottomlessPits with their victim.
* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', [[spoiler:Nightwolf]] makes a last stand against [[spoiler:Sindel]], killing them both.
** In a normal versus match that has nothing to do with the story, Cyber Zub-Zero's rather unique initial fatality involves him activating some kind of self-destruct mechanism on his arm, and then leaping onto his dazed opponent and exploding, with both him and his opponent immediately exploding into fragments of ice. He doesn't really need to do this, though, since you have to win the match completely to have the opportunity to do it at all, and there's no reason whatsoever at that point for him to self-destruct. But whether you do it or not, it still counts as a win.
* Endtrails in ''VideoGame/{{Turok}} 2'' blow themselves up when critically injured.
* Killian in ''PerfectDark Zero'' attempts to crash his gunship into you after you defeat him.
* In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', this is how the boss fight against [[spoiler: Barrett ends - he pulls the pins on the grenades still strapped to his body while trying to pull Jensen close enough to take him out too]].
** This is also an option [[spoiler:to end the game. Instead of telling the world the truth ([[FromACertainPointOfView well, one of them]]) about the events of the game, you can opt to kill all the leaders of involved parties, including yourself, and leave the rest of the world to figure out everything for themselves.]]
* During Cornelius's epilogue in ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'', the Pooka prince's blade inflicts mortal injuries to the dragon Belial[[spoiler:; releasing him from Urzur's control was a side-effect. When Urzur attempts to take control of the situation, Belial acts in full defiance before carrying him to the Netherworld... ''[[GoryDiscretionShot in his mouth]]'']].
* This trope works great against [[ChestBurster Tentaculats]] in ''{{X-COM}}: Terror From The Deep''. Just make sure that all your soldiers always carry two primed grenades in their inventory. If a Tentaculat turns one of your soldiers into a zombie, he will drop the grenades which will then immediately go off. The first grenade kills the attacking Tentaculat and the second one takes out the new Tentaculat that bursts out of the zombified soldier.
* Conversed in ''[[JakAndDaxter Jak X: Combat Racing]]''. During a TV interview Jak is asked if the death threats he's receiving bother him. He replies that he's probably dead already, "But that doesn't mean I can't take a few scumbags with me."
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' Ganondorf does this to you: once you defeat him at the top of his castle, he attempts to use the last of his strength to destroy the castle and crush you and Princess Zelda under it. [[spoiler: All three of you, including Ganondorf, survive.]]
* A few champions in ''LeagueOfLegends'' have abilities that lend themselves to this:
** Karthus remains able to cast spells in place for a few seconds after he dies, thanks to his passive "Death Defied". This allows him to blast nearby enemies, or channel his ultimate (which damages all enemy champions on the field) without risk of interruption.
** Kog'maw's passive "Icathian Surprise" allows him to keep living for a few seconds after he dies and increases his movement speed, so he can get close enough to enemies before he [[ActionBomb explodes for massive damage]].
** Yorick's ultimate ability "Omen of Death" will temporarily revive a champion if they die, allowing them a chance to revenge themselves on their killer (or someone else.)
** Zyra's passive "Rise of the Thorns" transforms her into a great plant upon death, and she has one shot to deal a large amount of true damage to her enemies.
* In ''{{Evolva}}'', Flame Parasites catch fire, and explode after a few seconds, when they're killed.
* Taqu'il jumps into the mouth of the [[BigCreepyCrawlies giant ant baby]] while holding a bomb in a possible ShoutOut to either ''ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier'' or ''Franchise/JurassicPark''. [[SubvertedTrope The bomb doesn't go off.]]
-->'''Killface''': We're gonna die!
-->'''Taqu'il''': No, fuck that! I got this!
-->[[{{beat}} nothing happens]]
-->'''Killface''': What do you think his overall plan was?
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' - Upon discovery, an illegal A.I. decides to self-destruct and take some organics with it; even if Shepard tries to reason with it, [[JustAMachine anti-synthetic prejudice]] is so ingrained in society it refuses to believe them.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'':
** [[IntrepidReporter Emily Wong]] [[RammingAlwaysWorks rams her skyvan]] into a Reaper.
-->'''Emily Wong:''' [[http://twitter.com/#!/AllianceNewsNet/status/176874800814370819 You want to see how a human dies? At ramming speed.]]
** Rila detonates a bomb after a Banshee stabs her in the stomach.
-->'''Rila''': [[DefiantToTheEnd We are not your slaves]].
** [[spoiler: Shepard in the Destroy Ending, if your Effective Military Strength is low enough - otherwise Shepard is shown breathing in the rubble.]]
* A guide book for ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} [=II=]'' noted that a rocket launcher should only be used in close quarters if it was "your last great act of defiance".
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', this is revealed to be the only way the Grey Wardens can defeat an Archdemon. If slain by anyone else, it will simply [[BodySurf possess]] the nearest soulless Darkspawn in the vicinity, rendering it effectively immortal. Being slain by a Grey Warden on the other hand, will force it to possess them instead, which because of their already present soul, ends up destroying them both.
** [[spoiler: Although Morrigan offers the Warden a way to avert this]].
* A ''double'' TakingYouWithMe in the next-to-last scene of ''VideoGame/{{Nier}}''. After defeating [[spoiler:the Twins, Devola and Popola]] for a second and final time, [[spoiler:Popola]] goes absolutely ''insane'' with grief at [[spoiler:Devola's death]], and, while dying, [[spoiler:she immediately attempts to pull Nier and his friends into a field of dark magic and crush them within]]. The second one comes when [[spoiler:Emil chooses to let her catch him so Nier and Kaine can escape. His magical force field withstands the horrible pressure for a while, but when it finally cracks and collapses, the so-called Ultimate Weapon lives up to his name by disintegrating everything in range in a SphereOfDestruction, Popola included]].
** And, shortly thereafter, [[spoiler:Grimoire Weiss, who is already "dying" due to spending all his energy defeating Grimoire Noir, goes and sacrifices his very existence in order to seal the Shadowlord and pin him in place for Nier to attack]].
* The creepers in {{Minecraft}}, which explode if you get too close. Though experienced players can get around them with bows and arrows, the strength of their explosions drive beginners insane and make miners paranoid.
* In Chapter 6 of ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission'', Incentas rigs his base with explosives and sets up a barrier so that the heroes can't escape. Before Incentas makes his own escape, Spider tackles him, drags him over to the barrier and uses an exploding card to destroy the barrier and kill himself and Incentas in one fell swoop, [[HeroicSacrifice so that the others can escape.]]
* ''{{VideoGame/Marathon}} 2'' has Durandal in his single stolen Pfhor corvette, vs Admiral T'Fear's entire battlegroup, one of the most feared branches of the Pfhor military. Not even Durandal can beat those odds, and he knows it. So he makes sure to go down fighting, and manages to take half the enemy fleet with him. [[spoiler:Durandal being [[MagnificentBastard Durandal]], though, he finds a way to survive and turn the tables.]]
* ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' ''V'' ends with a duel between the series' longstanding BigGood Corak and BigBad Sheltem. Sheltem gains the upper hand...
-->'''Sheltem''': Admit your defeat, Corak!
-->'''Corak''': I do. Initiate self-destruct. Code 0-0-1.
-->'''Sheltem''': What? No...[[BigNo Noooo!!!]]
* Krieg of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' has two variations of this. The ''Pull the Pin'' skill lets him drop a grenade when he dies, gaining double XP if it scores a kill. ''Light the Fuses'' turns him into a Suicide Psycho when his HP reaches zero, where he'll start running around tossing dynamite as well as being able to suicide-bomb enemies. However, if he scores a kill in this mode he'll actually get a Second Wind.
* Chaos Gamma in ''VideoGame/{{Sonic Battle}}''. Whenever he's K.O.'d in a fight he promptly states "Initiate recovery mode.", and then explodes, sending anyone close to him flying, and [[ThatOneAttack knocking off a potentially-fatal chunk of health]]. Keep in mind that in a fight you ususally have to K.O. Chaos Gamma five times ''at least''.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', as with the aforementioned ''Franchise/StarTrek'' examples, lets you pull this off at high levels when your ship has very low health - one skill will let you ram an enemy ship, while another will blow your warp core to try to kill an enemy with the blast. If you survive the first, use the second. It helps that warp drives are powered by controlled matter/antimatter reactions, and the biggest threat to a ship's integrity is said reaction going out of control. A warp core going up can make a nuke look tame.
** Destroyed ships also have a post-death detonation as their warp core destabilizes normally. If you're too close, such a final death can take a fair chunk of your ship's health. Vessels like Borg cubes or their super-massive boss ships have a rather larger and more potent core breach radius, which can kill you after a hard fight.
* In VideoGame/{{Luftrausers}}, one of the ship options is the [[NukeEm Nuke]] body, which detonates when the player's rauser dies.
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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'':
** The final choice you make in Unlimited Blade Works route is as follows: After beating the BigBad up, a sphere of nothingness begins to swallow him up. He throws out a chain and grabs Shirou; the choices are "try and break free" or "take him down with me". Picking the second one leads to a Bad End. This choice is so ''obviously'' dumb that once the [[HaveANiceDeath Tiger Dojo]] starts up, it begins with Taiga beating a SuperDeformed Shirou. They then use it to hint towards a way to get the [[MultipleEndings Good End of the route,]] due to them likely assuming that since the right decision is so obvious that the only reasons someone would do the wrong is is curiosity after beating the route.
** Also in Unlimited Blade Works, Lancer [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kills Kotomine, stabs Shinji, frees Rin and sets fire to the castle]] even after being stabbed by Gae Bolg. Justified, because one of his abilities is called Battle Continuation; [[{{Determinator}} it allows the user to continue fighting even at the verge of death]].
** Heavens Feel has one too in Shirou's fight with Saber Alter, if you don't bring Rider along. Shirou kills himself to stop her, to let Tohsaka proceed without interference. Taiga and Ilya in the Dojo are a bit troubled because they can't really call it a bad end due to beating Saber in a one on one fight, which is pretty damn badass.
** And in the manual on [[{{Tsukihime}} The Dead Apostle Ancestors]], El Nahat seems to have this as his shtick. Blowing himself up to kill an enemy. The Church has captured him and turned his stomach into a weapon.
* ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' has Cookie, the robot, who gets ensnared in several ropes against class S in the Kawakami War. As a last ditch move, he releases his remaining energy to shock the students holding the ropes, then shuts down.
* The Safe Ending in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' features [[spoiler:Snake taking SIX bullets from Ace while the incinerator they are trapped in is about to burn them all to death. He STILL has enough strength to keep Ace inside while the others get away...]]
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[BigBad Damien]] from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' tries to do one of these to [[CuteMonsterGirl Grace]] when he realizes he might not [[AGodAmI be a god]]. It doesn't work though, partly because Grace is fireproof, but mostly due to some good ol' DeusExMachina.
* In the "Oceans Unmoving" arc of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Bun-bun pulls this against his nemesis Blacksoul (who's trying to capture him for an unknown purpose), detonating a grenade that launches them both into the timeless waters below into what everyone knows means certain doom. [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=060119 "You're not taking me with you, I'm taking you with me."]]
* [[TheBeastmaster Ren]] from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' sent the [[SuperPersistentPredator "Bull"]] after Baam after Yuri has him beaten to death.
* The Crap Golems of {{Erfworld}} seem to be [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/erf0139.html designed]] for this kind of tactic, accompanied by what can only be described as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome in {{Unsound Effect}}s.
** In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/erf0144.html this recent strip]], Bogroll seems to be pulling this on ''Ansom''.
*** Bogroll succeeds so amazingly that he levels. Twice. Before being killed so hard that even Wanda and an Arkentool can't bring him back.
* Sepulchritude, ''ProblemSleuth'''s ultimate attack in ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'', which is deployed to take out the [[OneWingedAngel Demonhead]] [[SequentialBoss Mobster]] [[MarathonBoss Kingpin]]. Problem Sleuth lives.
* ''{{Sinfest}}''. The embodiment of 2010. [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3771 To Death himself]].
* Played for laughs in DubiousCompany. Tiren, the heroes' [[TheBigGirl only fighter]], is being beaten by [[TheBigGuy Marty]]. Walter grabs him and jumps off the airship. Tiren and Sue both jump after their respective [[ShesNotMyGirlfriend definitely not boyfriend]]. [[spoiler: Tiren forgot Walter can fly, he grabs her. Sue's sister ends up saving the other two.]] The rest of the cast are stunned by the stupidity, except [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Sal]].
* K'seliss in {{Goblins}}, having been cursed with a disease that rots his flesh, [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/06032011/ bites through the neck]] of the EldritchAbomination that cursed him in his final moments.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Zola [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101013 invokes it]] while dosing herself with the [[PowerAtAPrice extra-strength]] [[SuperSerum stimulant cocktail]], Movit [[UpToEleven #11]].
* ''[[Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella Wonderella]]'' is planning to do this to ''everyone'', by arranging to have sarin gas pumped into the room where her VideoWill is viewed, as seen in [[http://nonadventures.com/2009/08/08/big-will-style/ this strip]]. (Fortunately, at least Rita, who records it, now knows not to show up.)
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The EvilOverlordList advises '''against''' doing this.
* ''WebVideo/KateModern: Precious Blood'': "If it's the end for me, I hope you realise I'm the kind of vindictive bastard that's gonna take as many people with him as I can."
* ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' at the end of his Crazy Castle review. WoodyWoodpecker intends to blow the Nerd up with a bomb, but the Nerd grabs him and holds him in place.
** "I don't give a fuck, I'm taking you with me! So you like to play with bombs, huh? Well, BOMBS AWAY YOU WOODY BUNNY FUCKING PECKER PIECE OF SHIT!"
* Premier Jacade in ''DarwinsSoldiers: Card of Ten'' blows up Planet Gaman and everyone on it (including himself) to stop the rebels from taking power from him.
* Melina Frost from ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' kills Beth Vanallen this way. After the latter stabbed another almost fatally and left her to die in quicksand, the former grabbed hold of her hair in her last act and dragged Beth under with her, killing them both.
* Parodied in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', when WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic makes clear early on that if the others try to overthrow him, he'll blow up Kickassia and everyone in it (including himself) with twenty tons of dynamite, then later on tries to do just that. Pity that WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob disconnected the dynamite when he got exiled.
* In the finale of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue: Revelation'', as the Meta is being dragged to his death by a Warthog jeep over a cliff, he grabs Grif along the way down. Sarge starts [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat delivering a eulogy]] even after Tucker suggests that maybe Grif [[LiteralCliffHanger caught a branch on the way down]]. He did.
* In [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony's]] review of the failed 70s ''CaptainAmerica'' pilot, he sent a copy to WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic (who hanged himself) and invited [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] on the show just to waste his time.
-->''"If I have to suffer, I'm taking every one of you bastards with me."''
* The character Riot Breaker in The Guildhall D&D podcast. Notably, he's used this strategy ''twice'', somehow managing to survive both attempts. The first time was against a robotic dragon that, if not for his (attempted) HeroicSacrifice would have killed the party almost definitely. The second time, a dawning realization of just how badly he'd messed up pushed him beyond the DespairEventHorizon, and as a result he intended to drag the villain into the murky depths with him.
* In LookToTheWest, [[spoiler: Fox does this to Hoche.]]
* Lord Slug tells Goku this in ''[[WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged Lord Slug Abridged]]''.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[GadgeteerGenius Armsmaster]] attempts this against the serial killer [[WasOnceAMan Mannequin]], reasoning that while [[FallenHero he doesn't deserve to live]], Mannequin will kill hundreds more if he is allowed to escape. It doesn't take and Mannequin simply beats Armsmaster to within an inch of his life before leaving a mocking message.
** Later, the supervillain Blasto is trapped in a sealed room with Bonesaw and Defiant. Bonesaw has modified herself so that if she dies, her body will release hundreds of deadly plagues. While the room is hermetically sealed and Defiant is armored, Blasto is not, but he resigns himself to his fate if it means that Bonesaw will die. [[spoiler: it doesn't take and Blasto ends up as Bonesaw's slave.]]
** In 22.4, Skitter does this to Tagg. [[spoiler:It took this time. On Tagg, at least.]]
-->"I had only the chance to think of how they’d just signed Tagg’s death warrant, that my power would work while I was unconscious. I could have rescinded the order in the last moments. I didn’t."
''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': This is the reason for the Star Stalker's creation, on a cosmic scale: if the invading Elder Gods couldn't be stopped, the Destroyer's mission was to destroy '''everything''', in all dimensions, everywhere. Sara has refrained from explaining this to Billie for the sake of her sanity.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' played with this trope and subverted it and eventually pretended it never happened. BigBad Megabyte is trapped in a {{Room101}} by Bob in an early episode (though Bob later becomes retconned into a TechnicalPacifist), and so Megs uses the last of his strength to self destruct himself using a panel on his forearm that appears to be a ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Predator}}''. His chamber of doom is ejected into orbit to keep him from destroying everything. Even though Bob would never do something like this later in the series, and Megabyte turned a sickly black blotch as he prepared to kaboom, the chamber lands on the outskirts of Mainframe and we see Megabyte's fist punch through the chamber door in a FingerTwitchingRevival (well, by his standards).
** The supervirus Daemon has this as her entire purpose. She infects the entire Net and once her personal clock runs out she self-destructs and in sixty seconds everything infected by her gets destroyed as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': "The Boiling Rock" has the warden telling the guards to cut the gondola our heroes are using to escape, [[KillUsBoth with him still in it]]. Seems he's really ''that'' obsessed with keeping a no-escape record.
** At least some of the TechnicalPacifist Air Nomads fought back against the [[HourOfPower super-powered]] [[ANaziByAnyOtherName firebenders]] before the genocide was completed. Aang finds the skeleton of his mentor Gyatso next to a ''pile'' of enemy corpses.
* The SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' had Lin Bei Fong attempt this in [[Recap/TheLegendOfKorraS1E10TurningTheTides Turning The Tides]], when she ordered Tenzin to go on without her as she attacked the airships, leaving her to go down with them. In a double subversion, she fails to take down the second one, although she manages to stop their pursuit of Tenzin and his family.
** In the last episode of season 3, Ghazan chooses this over going back to prison - and collapses a cave on himself, Bolin and Mako. They make it out, he doesn't.
* Done interestingly in ''Anime/TransformersArmada''. In Armada Megatron, knowing that if he and Optimus Prime both live the war will restart and Unicron will be revived. He ends their final battle by allowing himself to be sucked into the space vortex, even shiving Optimus' hand when he tries to stop his fall.
* The two-part premiere of ''Transformers: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' had Megatron transforming to robot mode and risking fatal Energon exposure, in order to blow up Optimus Primal. [[LateArrivalSpoiler Yeah, neither dies.]]
--> For if I must die, I shall take you with me.
** Depth Charge [[spoiler: goes out this way, taking Rampage with him by stabbing the crab with a spike of raw energon.]]
** However, in the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', Optimus grabs Megatron and jumps into a device that turns all of Cybertron into a technorganic paradise, reviving all the sparks Megatron took. Both die, although Optimus's spark appears once to pass the torch to Cheetor before joining the Matrix.
* In the ''[[ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier Justice League: The New Frontier]]'' DVD, Agent Faraday has just enough strength to grab and unpin two grenades before the monster swallows him. The Martian Manhunter is moved by his HeroicSacrifice and subsequently [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge goes on a nice little rampage]].
** In the comic the film is based on, the action was done by John Cloud instead. While it was insanely awesome, the subplot had little to do with the plot, so it was cut, and the moment was integrated into Faraday's HeroicSacrifice.
* In the straight-to-DVD ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' movie, Bender's Big Score Lars, knowing that he's doomed to die eventually, presses Nudar and himself to the duplicate Bender, which was about to self-destruct. His video will reveals that he was actually a duplicate Fry, and wanted to die doing something useful (neatly wrapping up all the movie's loose ends) instead of causing Leela the pain of dying unexpectedly.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', this is quite possibly the only CrowningMomentOfAwesome ever awarded to a {{mook}}.
--> Battle Droid: (after critically wounding a Clone Trooper)) Do we take prisoners?
--> Heavy (Clone Trooper): I don't (cue explosion.).
* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' episode "Smuggler's Gauntlet." The antagonist of the episode stole some high-end PsychoSerum, and the Rangers are sent out to retrieve it. They break into the antagonist's hideout and are surrounded by mooks. Queue Zachary activating a neuron bomb capable of wiping out ''all life'' in a city block's radius and threatening to detonate it unless the antagonist backs down. Goose may have the CowboyCop reputation, but push Zach, and he proves to be crazier.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Harlinquinade" the Joker plots to level Gotham City with a nuclear bomb. When it's clear that his plan is going to fail due to Batman's interference, he aims the gun turret of the plane he planned to escape with on the bomb, vowing that, "That bomb's going to go off even if I go with it!" Fortunately, he doesn't succeed.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'': The turtles' Triceraton ally Zog does this to the Shredder by keeping him immobile inside an exploding ship. While he succeeds in his intention of giving the turtles enough time to escape, the Shredder survives, while he himself...doesn't.
** Villainous example: 2K3 Shredder in ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' made up his mind to end it this way by ending all of existence if only so he could destroy [[spoiler:the [=TMNTs=] from Turtle Prime/the original Mirage comic.]]
* Demona and Macbath from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' had a curse placed on them that made them both immortal. The only way either one can die is through the use of this trope, i.e. one must kill the other, which will result in both of their deaths.
* Captain Marcus tries to do this in episode 11 of ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'', after his attempt to liberate Earth results in catastrophic defeat. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that he fails: the ''Resolute'' is destroyed before it can ram Phaeton's flagship.
* An episode of ''TaleSpin'' has Rebecca tell Baloo, "I'm going insane! And I'm taking you with me!".
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' episode, "The Alien Costume, Part 3," Spider-Man tries to defeat Venom by luring him to the launch site of a NASA rocket. He intends to use the roar of the rocket to force the symbiote off Eddie Brock and then to web the symbiote to the rocket. The plan works perfectly, but Spidey was prepared to go this way if it didn't.
-->"Hope this launch doesn't fry my molecules, but if I'm gonna go, at least I'll take him with me."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' episode "Metalhead Rewired", [[spoiler:Metalhead]] does this. After holding a [[spoiler:portal open in order to allow all the mutants to escape (turtles included), Metalhead lets the Kraang all pile onto him, and then self-destructs by exploding.]]
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* Many small animals are highly poisonous or make very loud noises or even start to glow brightly when attacked by a predator to [[SummonBiggerFish attract even more predators.]] While this doesn't really do anything to save themselves specifically, it teaches the predator species to leave their kind alone in the future.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camponotus_saundersi Exploding ants]].
** Honey bees have barbs on their stingers, which lodge in the body of their target and are ripped out of the abdomen of the bee while continueing to pump venom. Unfortunately for the honey bee, the injury caused by doing this is fatal and they die soon afterwards.
*** It is a rather sad subversion actually. A bee can sting another insect and kill it without any harm to itself, but to a bigger animal its [[LastBreathBullet Last Breath Sting]] will most likely not be lethal.
** Many an animal mortally wounded by a hunter has had time enough to return the favor (or attempt to) before finally succumbing.
*** Brown Bears and African Cape Buffalo are both particularly infamous for this.
*** This is the reason [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boar_spear boar spears]] have the lugs at the head.
* Fighter pilots often [[RammingAlwaysWorks crashed their crippled planes into their intended target]]. The Japanese ''kamikaze'' intentionally set out to do this, flying planes packed with explosives specifically for that purpose.
** Eventually, tactics were developed so that the ramming attack doesn't necessarily kill the pilot who attempts it. One Soviet pilot, Boris Kobzan, actually managed to do it four times.
** One German fighter group, the ''Sonderkommando Elbe'', tried out a slightly less suicidal version against massed American bomber raids. Instead of ramming a ship with a bomb-laden plane, they'd use their craft to deal enough damage to a bomber to knock it out of the sky--along with their own craft--hopefully bailing out just before or after impact. Aside from a few notable instances, it was not effective at all--only the fact that decent German fighter pilots were far rarer than a German fighter plane by that point in the war made this tactic have any degree of practicality whatsoever.
** British reports from the Battle of Britain tell that some Polish fighter pilots, [[FightingForAHomeland in an apparent nationalistic rage against their Nazi combatants,]] intentionally rammed their planes into the German bombers.
* The Hashashin, from whom we've derived the term "assassin," were known for attacking targets with ritual daggers, usually in a suicidal assault, to ensure that their victims would not escape.
** It's also possible that instead of their suicidal attacks to ensure the victim dies, it's to ensure that the killer also dies, seeing as how their suicidal attacks show how dedicated to the cause the Hashashin is.
*** And it likewise ensures they'd never be interrogated, to the benefit of their superiors whose secrets would be protected, and possibly to themselves if interrogation entailed torture.
*** It also makes the assassination plan much simpler and more effective: The hardest part of most assassination plans is the assassin's escape afterwards, and it is also the part most likely to cause the kill to not happen.
* The entire Philippine campaign in 1941 from the American point of view. American contingency plans, despite fifty years of preparation for war with Japan, couldn't figure out how to prevent the Philipines from being captured. Yet no one could abandon them as, if one is going to be an imperialist, one [[HonorBeforeReason should at least]] protect one's charges from other imperialists. In a strange sort of way it was an American version of Bushido. Be that as it may the Philipines took a long time and [[SpannerInTheWorks interfered with the Japanese schedule considerably]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_van_Speyk Jan van Speyk]] was a Dutch naval commander, who fought against the Belgian Revolution. In 1831, Belgians captured his boat, and demanded him take the Dutch flag down. He said "Rather to blow up then!" and fired a pistol into a barrel of gunpowder, destroying his boat, and killing dozens (including most of his own crew).
* The British destroyer ''Glowworm'' rammed the German heavy cruiser ''Admiral Hipper'' in WWII, heavily damaging the German ship. The commander of the ''Glowworm'' was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross, partly due to the recommendation of the German captain of the ''Hipper'', who wrote of the incident to the British authorities via the Red Cross.
* Kashmir seperatists and Pakistani Taliban often launch suicidal attacks, with 'fedayeen' fighters, a small unit of 5-10 soldiers sent deep into enemy territory and attack targets with abandon until stopped and killed by the response.
* There have been all too many reported cases of murder-suicides involving "average folk" to name any specific examples.
* The strategy of "mutually assured destruction" (a.k.a. [[FunWithAcronyms MAD]]).
** The Russians' 'Dead Hand' system was the best example of this: it made certain that in the event of a catastrophic attack crippling the government, nukes would be automatically fired at the United States and its allies. [[spoiler: It's most probably still in place today.]] Interestingly, the system was apparently set in the first place as a ''safety'' device so that uppity Soviet generals didn't fire off a rocket over a false alarm: the system will only go off after a ''confirmed'' nuclear detonation ''and'' the chain of command has been cut.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_of_Moscow_(1812) The Fire of Moscow.]]
* Sir Creator/TerryPratchett has stated that he plans on doing this to his Alzheimers. It isn't a joke; he's lobbying to get assisted suicide panels in the UK.
-->"I decided that I was going to make Alzheimer's sorry it had caught me."
* Spetsnaz, the Russian special forces soldiers, always keep at least one grenade on them for this exact purpose in combat.
* The Samurai had an expression for doing just this: "Taking a souvenir to Hell."
* The Russian folk hero [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Susanin Ivan Susanin]] ostensibly lured a squad of Polish soldiers into the thickets of the forest never to be heard about again, after they hired him to guide them to the residense of the Russian tsar they intended to assassinate. During World War 2 the deed was reenacted by another peasant, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matvey_Kuzmin Matvey Kuzmin]]. The Nazi who occupied his village wanted him to help them bypass the Soviet defences. He agreed but then sent his grandson to warn the nearby Soviet troops, and then led the Nazis straight into the ambush. The Nazi were slaughtered or captured, but not before their officer shot Matvey. He was buried with military honors and became the oldest holder of the Hero of the Soviet Union order.
* This happened unintentionally during an attack on the convoy SC 107 during WWII. The German submarine U-132 torpedoed the British freighter SS Hatimura, setting off a cargo of ammunition, and sank after getting pelted with debris.
* The Israeli "Samson Option"- if all hope is lost and Israel is about to be defeated, launch nukes at the responsible party or parties.
** Which includes anyone perceived to be hostile, whether or not they're actually attacking. After all, if you're going down in a blaze of spiteful glory, you might as well take revenge for thousands of years of persecution and pogroms. Among notable targets is Moscow, which is liable to trigger the [[ApocalypseHow Perimetyr system and cause a Global Thermonuclear War.]]
*** http://quivive09.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/creveld.jpg?w=450
* Has happened to several families in the wake of the recession. For example, a Seattle woman, Chhouy Harm, shot and killed her son-in-law and two of her granddaughters before taking her own life. In many cases, including this one, the killer was already depressed and/or mentally ill, and the economic crisis was the last straw.
* Inversion. Western Allies often regarded this as [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife senseless spite]] in Germans and Japanese toward the end of the war. This is MoralMyopia as they found it easier to understand in those times when their own team did such things earlier in the war. Though they could at least say that the war wasn't so obviously lost for them at the time and in that context it [[CombatPragmatist served a purpose]] in weakening the enemy for future campaigns, putting a kink in his time schedule and so forth; and was therefore not ''just'' HonorBeforeReason , though the latter motive was not unknown among them either. Allies attributed it to fascist indoctrination(with a considerable degree of truth) when their enemies did it, though it can sound slightly ungracious from the comfortable context of peace. They did have a point; everyone wanted to go home to their families by then after all. In any case it was another excuse to be angry at their enemies so no one seemed to mind. Considering this the influence of ThoseWackyNazis was not illogical in Germany at least. Before WorldWarII German soldiers were brave enough, but their governments were more willing to make terms, soldiers didn't fight any longer then [[GoodOldWays tradition demanded]], and [[HonorBeforeReason honor did not abolish reason]] . Furthermore a number of [[GoodOldWays old-school German soldiers]] really preferred it this way even during WorldWarII and were motivated by the Party's idea of [[IHaveYourWife encouragement]] to fight longer then they would otherwise have. In any case it is less heroic when one considers that it was often more at the orders of people living in luxury who mainly wished to delay their appointment with the hangman, then at the will of those who were actually fighting.
** One of Hitler's last orders was to bomb '''Germany''', in an attempt to take the entire nation with him and to punish them for [[YouHaveFailedMe failing him]] when it became obvious even to him that the war was lost. The German air force ignored it.
* Related to the above example is the thesis of the book Empire by Niall Ferguson, which argues that [[WinstonChurchill Churchill's]] entire strategy in [[WorldWar2 WWII]] was a kind of national self-sacrifice which involved exhausting the British Empire and probably causing its breakup, if only to deny the far more atrocious imperial powers of Japan and [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi Germany]] an ultimate victory. In short, [[YouShallNotPass 400 years of the British Empire was expended in a last great hurrah to destroy perhaps the greatest evil the world has ever known.]] The Realm Abides.
* School shootings. They are usually committed by boys who have been bullied beyond the DespairEventHorizon and who see the whole of humankind as their enemies. School shootings are not mere expanded suicides; they are a similar reaction to a cornered rat who has no other escape but attacking anyone in the vicinity.
* If the Sun dies in about 5 billion years, its transformation into a red giant will actually destroy a large portion of our Solar System.
* Several examples can be found in sports, one would be the final round of the [[TheBeautifulGame Danish Superliga]], where one of the matches were between Randers and Esbjerg in Randers, two teams struggling against relegation. Randers had originally said that they would not bring scores from other matches over the speakers, but when Lyngby got a 2-0 lead against Odense in the 80th minute (a result that meant Esbjerg were relegated for sure), Randers were leading 2-1 and the stadium speaker said what the score was in the other match. [[LaserGuidedKarma Tim Janssen, Dutch Esbjerg striker, scored in the 89th minute, relegating both teams]].
* SunTzu also talked this on the flip side of ToWinWithoutFighting. "If you're surrounded with no hope of victory, cut off your escape routes to encourage your men to fight to the death."
** Conversely, he advised against cutting off the opponent's line of retreat. If his only option is to fight, you have no idea what he might do when he starts losing.
*** Mongols were adept at exploiting this. In several battles (e.g. Battle of Sajo River), Mongols deliberately opened up what seemed to be a possible escape route for their enemies, only to have those escape routes turn into traps once their losing adversaries took to flight in disarray.
** Sun Tzu sought victory, not death. When confronted by superior opposition, moving to ground that offered no escape wasn't meant to invoke this trope. It was meant to make it clear to your subordinates there was no way out but through, making them absolute hellions in defense. If there is no retreat, rout is impossible, and the enemy encountering your own unbreakable troops might well panic.
* Even your own body cells exhibit this trope. Post-apoptosis, dying neutrophils can release their DNA and chromatin to entrap bacteria as a final attack to protect the body.
** Neutrophils are also full of enzymes and reactive compounds that damage both animal cells and bacteria. When killed, these enzymes can leak and non-specifically start tearing apart everything in the area. Additionally, leaked cellular communication molecules called cytokines can leak and lead to significant inflammation. This process creates a lined cavity called an abscess which is filled with liquified tissue and bacteria, aka pus.
** Any cell infected with a virus or which has lost control of its own reproduction (I.E. risks becoming part of a tumor) has a good chance to commit programmed cell death, or apoptosis, in order to cease being a virus/tumor factory. At other times, cells combine this with SuicideByCop, as they change their surface markers to mark themselves for destruction by the immune system (TheNeedsOfTheMany, of course). The mechanisms are quite complex.
* Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen was fired from Rabobank in 2007. Come 2013, he's taking his former team to court with a claim that the team shouldn't have fired him, because they knew exactly what he was doing and that he was doping.
** Furthermore, he's now working with several anti-doping organizations, telling them everything he knows.
* Had the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis escalated into general war and the US launched an invasion of Cuba, Fidel Castro stated in a 1992 interview that he would have recommended to the Soviet advisors the use of some 100 tactical warheads (that ''US intelligence did not know about'') against the invasion, knowing that doing so would result in the destruction of Cuba and the likely deaths of some 100 million civilians each in the US and Soviet Union from the massive nuclear exchange that would follow.
* [[http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/10/1006_051006_pythoneatsgator.html In 2005, a python ate an alligator and then exploded.]]
* A man found a mouse in his home and threw it out on his burn pile. The terrified [[ManOnFire flaming mouse]] survived long enough to run back inside the house [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4593682.stm and burn the entire thing to the ground]].
* The Flight 93 passengers [[HeroicSacrifice knew what they to do to save Washington, D.C. from a group of terrorists]], but they also had this response to the terrorists when the passengers attacked them. [[ThisIsGonnaSuck They knew it'll end badly]] but they didn't care because they were bringing the terrorists with them.
* A western spy in the Soviet Union nearly did this when, after being captured, he used his suicide capsule. Not only did the pill kill him, fumes from it nearly killed the doctors trying to save him.
* After cutting off a cobra's head to cook the rest of it, [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2732523/Chef-dies-spitting-cobra-cooking-bit-hand-20-minutes-cut-head-off.html a Chinese Chef gets bitten by the severed head and dies from the venom]].
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