* The finale of ''TokyoMewMew'' had Ichigo's team [[WeAreTeamCannonFodder expend themselves]] so she could face off with Deep Blue.
* Likewise, the finale of the first season of ''SailorMoon'' has each Senshi holding off a group of youma to give Usagi a chance to face the BigBad. Their deaths were rather gruesome, and censored from the English dub, which took out half the two-part episode -- the remainder was merged into one.
* Deliberately pushed to ridiculous extremes in the ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' episode "Menchi's Great Adventure", where the members of Menchi's group rapidly sacrifice themselves in succession until only Menchi is left.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': It happened fairly often:
** An example taken from the original manga. Kouji has been cornered by several [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]], but Sayaka shows up with Aphrodite-A to give him time to reach Mazinger-Z: [[http://www.mangareader.net/735-34820-64/mazinger-z/chapter-2.html]]
** Episode 6: A Mechanical Beast is trashing one city to keep Mazinger-Z and Aphrodite-A busy as a second Beast and a squad of [[{{Mook}} Iron Masks]] take over the [[HomeBase Photon Atomic Research Institute]]. Kouji tells he will deal with the first Beast to let Sayaka go to protect the Institute.
** Another example taken from episode 74: A Mechanical Beast was completely trashing Mazinger-Z around. Sayaka -as piloting Aphrodite-A- stepped between both and stood in the way of the Beast to protect Kouji, receiving all its attacks to prevent it from killing Kouji and destroying Mazinger-Z even though it meant [[spoiler:Aphrodite-A was destroyed for good.]]
** Episode 92: Kouji is hurt and can not fight, so [[spoiler:Boss knocks him out,]] and he and Sayaka deploy their HumongousMecha to try to hold back the Mykene Warrior Beasts marching towards the Institute. [[spoiler:They fail badly.]]
** Chapter 6 from ''ShinMazingerZero'': Three assassins [[RobotGirl Robot Girls]] -Gamia Q1, Q2 and Q3- are attempting to get Kouji murdered, but Sayaka and Boss to step in the way to protect him: [[http://www.mangareader.net/930-37872-3/shin-mazinger-zero/chapter-6.html]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Shikamaru does earlier on when he plays decoy in order to let Naruto and Sakura catch up with Sasuke and Gaara. When he suggested the idea to Naruto and Sakura the expressions alone showed that it was a suicide mission. [[SubvertedTrope He just happened to be saved by Asuma before he could be killed.]]
** Each member of the Sound 5 drops behind to stop or slow down the Sasuke retrieval team. The retrieval team in turn leaves a single member to fight the Sound ninja while the rest carry on; at the end only Naruto is left to chase Sasuke.
** It was shown in a flashback that a team led by [[spoiler:the Second Hokage]] was surrounded by an [[spoiler:elite group of shinobi]] in a dangerous mission. Deciding that his charges are too young to die and they could lead the village on without him, he chose to be a decoy to let them escape and die in battle, but not before [[spoiler:[[YouAreInCommandNow appointing Hiruzen Sarutobi as the Third Hokage.]]]]
* Saito single handedly takes on an entire army of swordsmen, archers, mages, dragons, and whatnot at the end of the second season of ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima''. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And wins.]] Before the second season was adapted from the novels, an [[ImageMacro image macro]] floating on the Internet depicted this using an army scene from ''{{Utawarerumono}}'', with the caption: "[[MemeticBadass Saito]]: Proving that one ''can'' simply [[MemeticMutation walk into Mordor]]".
** Not wins as much as succeeds. Sure, the YouShallNotPass worked perfectly, delaying the entire army of 70,000 for days, easily long enough for the retreating forces to escape. However, he also [[spoiler: [[DyingMomentOfAwesome dies in the attempt]], if only for a short while.]]
* In ''GashBell'', [[{{Badass}} Won Lei]] does this against the massively more powerful than him Unko Tintin during the Faudo Arc.
* Both exemplified and inverted in ''SaintSeiya''. Not only are the Gold Saints tasked with barring the heroes' progress through the Sanctuary's Twelve Zodiac Houses, but whenever two or more of said heroes arrive at each House, one of them will invariably stay and fight to let the other one (usually Seiya) press onwards instead of fighting the single enemy as a team. During the Hades story arc, when the Gold Saints are allies to the heroes, they repeat their feat by holding back the spectral forces of the dead, risen to invade the Sanctuary and kill Athena. Taurus Gold Saint Aldebaran takes this to the extreme, with his body continuing to protect his House long after he has been killed.
* In a parody of the above, the first ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' movie presents the Seven Lucky Gods of Martial Arts blocking the title hero's advance in exactly the same fashion, until one of his allies (or, at one point, an entire crowd of them) arrives to take over the fight for him.
** This is actually a repeat of an earlier gag in the anime, where Natsu, Take and Ume, the three elders of the [[MartialArtsAndCrafts Daimonji School of Martial Arts Tea Ceremony]] (and anime-only characters) try to bar the desperate charge of Akane, who is attempting to save Ranma from being "sacrificed", only to be knocked out of the way by the FoeTossingCharge of her uncontrolled horse.
* C.C. pulls this in the first season finale of ''CodeGeass'', sacrificing herself to deal with the [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul disoriented and crazed]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse Jeremiah Gottwald]] in the nigh-invincible HumongousMecha, dragging said mecha and her own mecha into the ocean so Lelouch can hurry on ahead to rescue his sister. Since C.C. has already proven herself immortal (surviving a headshot in the ''first episode''), however, the element of danger and loss is lessened.
** In R2 Episode 2, Urabe of the Four Holy Swords pulls a TakingYouWithMe with his Knightmare's SelfDestructMechanism to hold off the seemingly invincible Vincent KMF. When Lelouch tries to stop him by saying that he can't build the future on the bodies of the fallen, Urabe goes ahead with it but tells Kallen to stick with Lelouch, since that the response just proves he's a man worth following. [[SenselessSacrifice Sadly, the Vincent is completely unharmed.]]
** In R2 Episode 10, Li Xingke says this to Zero, who had [[spoiler:kidnapped the Tian Zi to stop the marriage between her and Odysseus.]]
* Villain example: Cinque performs this against a [[UnstoppableRage berserk Subaru]] to allow her sisters to escape with their captive in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''. She barely survives the beatdown, but she is effectively out of commission for the rest of the season.
** Also, to note, indeed, "You shall not pass!" is also what she says to Subaru before her final attempt at killing her... and it also counts as practically the last thing Cinque says all season.
* [[spoiler: Haji]] pulls this one in the finale of ''[[BloodPlus Blood+ ]]'', holding back a rampaging [[spoiler: Amshel]] long enough for the rest of the motley band to escape. Military forces arrive seconds later and bomb the building, collapsing it and burying both of them under several tons of rubble. [[spoiler: However, it is very heavily hinted in the final episode that Haji managed to survive]].
** Previous to that, Haji does his damnedest to perform a YouShallNotPass in episode 21 against the [[SecretProjectRefugeeFamily Schiff]] -- ''all'' of them. It doesn't quite work, but it's still pretty {{BadAss}}.
* Tasuki attempts one of these in ''FushigiYuugi''. His fight with brainwashed Tamahome is already [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown rapidly going downhill]] when Nakago arrives to finish things. At this point, having already suffered a savage beating from Tamahome and barely able to stand up straight, Tasuki continues to throw himself into battle against both men, hoping to keep them preoccupied long enough for Chichiri and Miaka to get to safety. Definitely his [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMoA]].
* Inverted in a recent chapter of ''Manga/OnePiece'', when a ''villain'' pulls this against a rampaging ''hero.'' He even gets in a good BreakingSpeech about why the hero's actions might not be for the greater good, and may in fact put the world in greater peril.
** Interestingly, an inversion of this is given moments later by an extremelly pissed off Magellan, who delivers a You Shall Not ''Leave'' after he finds his bruised and battered subordinate. Magellan becomes a AdvancingWallOfDoom after delivering a shout so epic that it's heard several floors above him, and makes all the escaping inmates freak the hell out.
---> '''Warden Magellan:''' '''''STRAW HAAAAT!!''' I WILL NEVER LET YOU GET OUT OF THIS PRISON!''
** Also pulled by Luffy in his fight against Rob Lucci, in a way, as this trope was pretty much the entire point behind their fight, as Luffy could not let him leave his sight, as he'd go on to kill his Nakama.
*** In fact, ''both'' sides were pulling this trope in that fight. Lucci's reason for fighting Luffy(aside from being a BloodKnight) was to prevent Luffy from going after Spandam and Robin to [[RescueArc rescue the latter.]] Lampshaded at the beginning of the fight, with Lucci's fairly casual line after Luffy tries to avoid the fight by simply rushing past and Lucci [[BadAss easily intercepts him and hurls him back.]]
---->'''Rob Lucci''': "I can't let you pass." At least let me say that.
** Happens again, with another villain, when [[spoiler:Vice-Admiral John Giant (whose last name [[MeaningfulName means exactly what you'd think]]) stands in the way of Whitebeard, and utters the exact line. It becomes a subversion when despite his colossal strength he's unable to even slow Whitebeard down.]]
** Beautifully done by Whitebeard in a slightly later chapter. Nothing says "You Shall Not Pass!!!" quite like [[spoiler: splitting the '''entire flipping island''' in half with a giant chasm.]]
* Happened to Jubei in ''{{Yaiba}}'' during their quest for the Orb of the Dragon God, taking down thousands of mummies with him.
* Maggie does this to hold back Wong in the climax of the Dokusensha arc of ''RODTheTVSeries''. She even cuts down a bridge to cause him to fall down. You'd think she'd have read ''Literature/{{The Lord of the Rings}}'' and be expecting the paper whip slap up to pull her down after him.
* This trope is arguably the whole point of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': the Evas are trying to hold back the Angels from reaching Terminal Dogma and initiating Third Impact. And no, not all of their superiors expect the pilots to come back alive and unharmed.
** The three pilots are expected to do this against Bardiel, but things get... really messy.
** Asuka [[NoSell unsuccessfully]] tries to pull one against [[TheJuggernaut Zeruel]]. Mari does the same in ''RebuildOfEvangelion 2.0'', with a bit more success: she still fails but she lasts quite a few minutes longer. Earlier in the movie, Mari also tried it against the yet-unnamed Third Angel and succeeded, albeit not without destroying her Eva in the process.
* ''TheEndOfEvangelion'' has Misato doing this...and blowing herself up so they don't pass.
* [[spoiler:Atori]] from ''{{Noein}}'', who uses his body to block the portal through which the forces of Shangri'La are attempting to invade.
* In ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' Sorcerymon does this to hold off the bad guys giving the kids just enough time to escape.
** Piximon did the same thing in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' against the Dark Masters. [[DyingMomentOfAwesome Yes, all four Dark Masters at once.]]
* Team Rocket of ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' has an impressive one in the ''Pokémon: Advanced'' episode "A Poached Ego." In it, they go up against a ''Tyranitar'' - BAREHANDED - in order to [[spoiler: give their Arbok and Weezing a chance to escape into the wild with a herd of Ekans and Koffing.]]
** [[PokemonMewtwoReturns Mewtwo Returns]]: Misty, Brock and the superclones face off Giovanni so Ash can deliver Mewtwo to the spring. We sadly don't get to see the battle ever start.
** As part of WeNeedADistraction, Brock and Misty tried to buy Ash enough time to reach his mother as they battled Molly's Pokemon avatars, despite her Pokemon being unrealistically powerful and [[CurbStompBattle thrashing any Pokemon that Brock and Misty used.]]
* Subverted in ''{{Berserk}}''. When Guts and Casca are seperated from the Band of the Hawk and surrounded by 100 enemy mercs, Guts tells Casca to run and bring back help while he deals with them. Everything about this scene would suggest a heroic sacrifice, and Casca knows it, but can do nothing but try to get back with help as fast as she can. When she does arrive with the rest of the band, all they can hope for is that somehow Guts has managed to hold on, and it's a slim hope at best. And then they arrive, [[spoiler: and to their utter shock see 100 corpses on the ground, and a wounded Guts passed out against a tree.]]
* Even though Shoichi Irie from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' wasn't one of the good guys at the time, he really put up a fight against Tsuna when Tsuna is on the way to the laboratory. Some traps on the side and the final obstacle of the strange-eyebrow Genkishi was tough enough for Tsuna, but Shoichi attempt to stop Tsuna failed. [[spoiler: They forgave each other later and became best friends by the end of the arc. :-)]]
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' has a couple of notable examples of this trope, only that it is the ''antagonists'' who are doing it:
** The ''MobileSuitGundam'' episode ''Big Zam's Last Stand'' is one giant YouShallNotPass on the part of AntiVillain [[OneManArmy Dozle Zabi]], who holds TheFederation back long enough with the titular [[WeaponOfMassDestruction Big Zam]] for his troops to escape. He even takes on the Gundam after the Big Zam got destroyed, using nothing but an ''assault rifle''.
** The sight of Dozle fighting even with only a rifle was enough to make his delayed last stand surprisingly effective, and would of lasted if the Big Zam didn't blow up from under him!
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam The 08th MS Team]]'' OVA featured a pair of such instances (although the alignment of the antagonists is quite debated due to the show's GreyAndGrayMorality): first with a few members of a squad sacrificing themselves to save the rest, and then with [[spoiler:Norris Packard]] sacrificing himself to give the ''Kergeren'' time to escape. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, both of them end up as {{Senseless Sacrifice}}s thanks to the Federation's GeneralRipper.]]
* ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': [[spoiler:Lordgenome's HeroicSacrifice. "[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome You shall not]] [[CallingYourAttacks Infinity Big Bang Storm! LAZENGAAAAN... OVERLOAAAAAAD!]]".]]
* In ''TheLegendOfTheLegendaryHeroes'', when [[spoiler:Tiir]] begins to massacre his troops and manages to severely injure him, Claugh orders his troops to retreat, intending to "hold him off as long as [he] can" to cover their escape. However, out of loyalty to their commander, they refuse and cover ''his'' retreat, with another soldier picking him up and carrying him away against his wishes.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime
** Subverted in episode 36. After Ganju grabs Hanataro and escapes, Ichigo tells Kenpachi Zaraki that he can't let him pass through to pursue them. Kenpachi tells him that he's not interested in the others: he's just there to fight Ichigo. And what a battle it is.
** In episode 54 Ichigo faces off against three Soul Reaper lieutenants and Captain Kuchiki so Renji can get away with Rukia.
** In episode 154 the Arrancar Dordonii repays a debt of honor to Ichigo by fighting Rudbornn Chelute and the Exequias to give Ichigo and Nel time to escape.
** In episode 319 Yoruichi holds off the Reigei so Ichigo and Rukia can escape through the Senkaimon gate.
* Tien does it against Semi-Perfect Cell in ''{{Dragonball Z}}'' by spamming his [[CastFromHP life-draining]] Neo Tri-Beam to allow Android 18 to escape and therefore prevent the seemingly unstoppable Cell from achieving his perfect form. The attacks didn't hurt Cell (who was probably thousands of times more powerful than Tien), but they kept him pinned down, and considering that Tien had been OvershadowedByAwesome, it was both very unexpected and very [[CrowningMomentofAwesome Awesome.]] Cell was going to kill him for his interference, but Goku intervened.
* This happens near the end of Minagoroshi-Hen in ''{{Higurashi no Naku Koro ni}}''. [[spoiler: Like, three times in a row. First Mion, then Rena, and then Shion.]]
* ''Kimblee'' of all people pulls this in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Just as [[spoiler:Pride begins consuming Ed's body, Kimblee emerges from the maelstrom of souls within Pride and gives him a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech verbal lashing]] for being so cowardly. His interference delays Pride long enough that Ed was able to defeat him]].
** [[spoiler:Greedling holding the line against the soldiers in Central also counts.]]
* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', Kaede, Kotarou, Asakura, Makie and Yue all attempt to stop [[ShockAndAwe Quintum]] from reaching Natsumi, Nodoka and Great Grandmaster's Key. [[HopelessBossFight They]] [[CurbStompBattle don't]] [[TotalPartyKill succeed]], but stall him long enough for [[TheDragon Tertium]]'s VillainousRescue.
* ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' combines this with LetsGetDangerous, when [[SiblingYinYang Karen, Noel]] and Coco finally get to do something for once!
* ''[[{{Eyeshield21}} Eyeshield 21]]'' plays this straight with Banba. It was due to his efforts that his quarterback is the first (and only) quarterback to survive the onslaught from the beastly Gaou.
* Senji does this in the end of Chapter 47 of ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' [[spoiler:to prevent Hagire from overriding Ganta's memories to live on in his body.]]
--->"My apologies, but this passage is closed."
* In ''Anime/MaiOtome'', when Shizuru and Natsuki lose their access to their Otome powers during Nagi's coup, Shizuru, over Natsuki's objections, decides to hold off the invading forces herself while Natsuki escapes to gather help to reclaim Windbloom and Garderobe.
* How [[spoiler:Jolyne]] dies in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 6 - After roping Emporio to a dolphin, she holds off Pucci just long enough for Emporio to travel out of Pucci's reach.
* [[TheMillstone Kikuchiyo]] from ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' hits this trope on the head in the final episode, when he stops a ''battleship''. [[spoiler: It becomes a HeroicSacrifice, made all the more Badass by the fact that after the battle his ''boots'' are left firmly planted into the ground.]]
* ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199'' transforms Kodai's death in this. In the [[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato original series]] he did it out of HonorBeforeReason, but here he does it to cover Okita's retreat (as he was a war hero whose death would have been a devastating hit to the morale and was slated to command the titular ship), so he [[DyingMomentOfAwesome charges at the Gamilas ship firing like a madman, torpedoing an enemy ship and making the others hit each other, dissolving their formation and getting them out of position to chase Okita before a lucky shot gets his ship as he was turning for another passage]].
* ''YugiohZexal'' has various allies pull this against the Seven Barian Emperors in order to protect Yuma.
* In the final episode of ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Miho is leading Maho further into the city, aiming to face her one on one. Naturally, Maho is followed by every single remaining Kuromorimine tank, save those distracted by Duck. She reaches her target and lures Maho in. Maho's team is on the verge of flooding in after her, when Leopon moves their Tiger(P) across the entrance and opens fire. What follows, albeit mostly [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome off-screen]], is the Porsche tanking round after round from several late-war German tanks and tank destroyers and absolutely refusing to budge or move a fraction of an inch from the entrance of the Nishizumis' makeshift arena. When it does go down, it goes down firing, taking a number of enemy tanks with it, and the Automobile Club having nothing to say to their adversaries but lighthearted taunts. [[note]]Bonus point for Leopon team for having [[AwesomeByAnalysis angled their hull to improve armor deflection]] and for taking the tanks to their left and right first to [[HumanShield use them as cover]], both things showing they were ''not'' MistakenForBadass[[/note]]