* [[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]] by Kalash93 revolves around this trope, and it is simultaneously badass and heartbreaking.
* Auggie says this to a Behemoth to protect [[spoiler: an unconscious Luso]] in FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire. He got interrupted by it's attack [[spoiler: but succeeds anyway]].
* ''FanFic/InnerDemons'': When Rarity, Apple Bloom, and Spike are attempting to escape from the castle, they're confronted by [[TheDragon Trixie]], who attempts to take them back into custody. Rarity tells the others to run and holds off Trixie in an attempt to buy them time to escape, [[HeroicSacrifice despite knowing full well that she can't take Trixie in a fight]]. [[spoiler: Despite a power up from the Element of Generosity, Rarity is defeated and recaptured, but Spike and Apple Bloom escape.]]
** During the FinalBattle, the [[TheCavalry Royal Guard]] -- led by Shining Armor and Cadence -- fight any of [[BigBad Queen!Twilight]]'s forces that make it out of the Gates of Tartarus, keeping them from attacking Ponyville.
* Mimic's DyingMomentOfAwesome in the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' is built around this. During the "[[{{Prequel}} Origins]]" arc, it's shown that after Celestia and Luna first attempt to defeat Discord ended with him shattering the Rainbow of Light and killing Galaxia, Mimic held him off long enough for [[MamaBear her daughters]] and their allies to escape. Naturally she dies, but in addition to ensuring their safety, she also becomes the first mortal to ''ever'' injure Discord in a fight.
** The [[BadFuture Dark World arc]] reveals that [[HeroAntagonist Queen Cadence's]] LastStand occurred when she decided to take on Discord and his enforcers -- the [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Discorded Mane Six]] -- all at once in order to buy time for her changeling subjects to escape. Like Mimic, this leads to her death, but she goes out [[DyingMomentOfAwesome with a bang]].
* TheHillOfSwords has Shirou pulling these a couple of times. First against the 70,000 strong army of Albion, then against Myoznitnirn, her army of Alvises and Jomungard.
* ''FanFic/FriendshipIsAura'': When Lucario and Luna enter the underworld to [[spoiler: rescue Celestia]], the Mane Six use the Elements of Harmony to raise a barrier around the Gates to prevent any more of [[BigBad Tartarus]]' {{Mooks}} from being released to wreck havoc.
* ''FanFic/TheGodEmpressOfPonykind'': [[spoiler: Icewind]] holds off Sombra's army long enough for [[spoiler: Fell-Hoof]] to escape back to friendly territory. He gets killed in the process, [[DyingMomentOfAwesome but takes dozens of Sombra's minions with him]].
* In the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'' Beelzemon, [=MegaGargomon=] and [=SaberLeomon=] and [=SlashAngemon=] try to hold off [[spoiler: Daemon]] while [[spoiler: Rika, Renamon and the dying Takato escape to the Digital World]].