Nightfall Series: The small group of surviving humans fighting against the vampire oppressors even calls itself 'The Resistance.'
Subverted with the Brotherhood in Nineteen Eighty Four, in that it is implied to be a trap set by the Party to capture dissidents.
The titular characters of Animorphs are this, most obviously when the Yeerks find out about their true identities.
The Bible features many stories in the Old Testament of Hebrew resistance fighters throwing off conquering invaders. It's what the book of Judges is about, making this trope Older Than Feudalism. And in the Book of Revelation, Satan mounts a resistance force against "the beloved city" at the end of the Millennium, which ends up being smoked by God.
In Timothy Zahn's largely-unknown Blackcollar series, humanity has been curbstomped by the Ryqril, a very aggressive race whose idea of a war is to bomb entire worlds if that's what's needed to subjugate their enemies. Even the elite of the elite, the genetically-enhanced Blackcollar warriors, couldn't stop the massacre. But when defeat is officially signed the Blackcollars don't take it very well, declare themselves La Résistance and embark in a long guerilla-like battle against their conquerors. They are ultimately forced to face the futility of their actions on the grand scale of things, and they more or less surrender and turn to a pathetic, sad life of drunkenly remembering the good old days. This is, of course, merely a ruse to throw their enemies off their tracks; when the opportunity presents itself they go back to their former selves, and epic asskicking results. By themselves, they know they're no match for the Ryqril Empire, but they discover the existence of a secret stash of Nova-class cruisers in a system's asteroid belt, originally placed there in order to strike at the enemy's rear. They manage to recover the cruisers, with some help from a race of aliens currently fighting a losing war against the Ryqril. The combination of the cruisers and the fact that their primary forces are currently busy at the front lines forces the Ryqril to give in to the fairly reasonable demands of the resistance. When one member questions the need to keep the demands reasonable, someone wiser points out that the Ryqril could easily curb-stomp their tiny fleet if they prove too much of a nuisance, even if it delays their next conquest by a short while.
In the Bolo novel The Road to Damascus, a resistance against a corrupt planetary government is put up against a Bolo, faring better against it than one would expect, due in part to the wife of the Bolo's former commander advising them on how to conduct guerilla warfare against a supertank that nominally requires another supertank to stop.
The Crimson Shadow: Starting from a small band of rebels led by Luthien, and then growing into a whole army which fights for Eriador's freedom.
The revolutionary cell "The Red Army" in Terry Pratchett's Interesting Times is far too polite to do anything other than put up slightly incendiary posters. Rincewind, the erstwhile hero, subverts the "Hero becomes its champion" aspect: not only does he make it clear he wants nothing to do with them, he points out how they're far more likely to get themselves killed than they are to change anything and that a coup isn't going to affect the life of the average peasant, anyways. It probably counts as a subversion, since it is organized by the main villain. He discovers this is harder than it sounds.
Night Watch contains a very interesting take on La Résistance - initially it's pretty standard, with a small portion of the city taking up arms and building barricades against the corrupt government. But as the barricades expand, a character brings up the interesting point of what would happen should the barricades and the ranks of La Résistance expand until they contained a larger portion of the city than the entrenched government. It never quite happens, but it's still an intriguing thought.
Steven Brust's Teckla and Phoenix have Cawti involved in a resistance movement of the lower classes. In fact, Dragaeran society, which goes through a pre-determined cycle of leadership, is designed to have a period of time in which the peasant Tecklas rise up and convert the Empire into a Republic. Vlad is upset because this particular resistance movement isn't occuring during the correct time in the cycle, and thus he believes it is doomed to fail.
In Dragon Blood, there is a kind of conspiracy against high king Jakoven. The book starts with Tisala being tortured for information by the king's torturer (yes, this is apparently a respectable office). As heroes usually do, she escapes, and collects allies for the revolution ... or rather, meets people who hate Jakoven just as much as she does. After she strikes a deal with the protagonists to get the Hidden Backup Prince out of the mental asylum where he's unjustly imprisoned, things happen rather quickly. In the end, the revolution is a relatively unbloody one, in which only Jakoven, his Axe-Crazy court magician and some guards are killed. The aftermath is not described, but it can be assumed that, with Jakoven death, most people will just accept his brother as rightful heir to the throne.
Dragonlance. In Dragons of the Hourglass MageRaistlin works with a secretive group within Neraka working to bring down the Dark Queen Takhisis, called the Hidden Light.
In 1636: The Saxon Uprising, the usurper Axel Oxenstierna tries to create this as an excuse for cracking down on uptimer-inspired political movements threatening the status quo from prior to Grantville's arrival. However, the heroes see his goal and foil it by obeying the law, and keeping unrest to a minimum. This steals all of the usurper's thunder and neatly deprives him of a causus belli to seize power.
In Harry Potter, we have the Order of the Phoenix, La Résistance group against Voldemort, and Dumbledore's Army, the student group created againstUmbridge originally to study Defence Against the Dark Arts, which later becomes a true resistance group against the Death Eaters that control Hogwarts.
Subverted and deconstructed to hell and back in Honor Harrington. The Havenite Revolutions, Civil Wars, Resistance Movements (please note that is plural on purpose) are based on the French Revolution, and if you have even the tiniest bit of knowledge about that era of European history you should be able to guess that things get very ugly and very bloody very quickly. The closest thing this series has to this trope being played straight is Haven's April Tribunal, a cell of the otherwise-bloody Citizens' Rights Union which scrupulously avoided civilian casualties. The Tribunal ultimately succeeds entirely when one of its former brigade commanders becomes President of the restored Republic, but even then, it takes a lot of bloodshed to make it happen.
In Andy Hoare's White Scars novel Hunt for Voldorius, on Quintus.
The Varden in Eragon. Then again, the entire story is Star Wars re-recycled in a fantasy setting, so that wasn't much of a surprise.
In It Can't Happen Here, Trowbridge leads a resistance movement against the Windrip regime after fleeing to Canada. Lorinda, Doremus, and several members of the Jessop household disseminate forbidden news that they receive from Canada. At the end of the novel, a full-blown rebellion against the now-Haik regime has erupted across the country.
The Tribulation Force in the Left Behind book series becomes this as they oppose Nicolae Carpathia and his Global Community during the Tribulation, earning the perjorative "Judah-ite" once the converted rabbi Tsion Ben-Judah becomes the main mouthpiece of the resistance.
In the Legacy of the Force series, the galactic government that replaced The Empirenote Well, the Spiritual Successor of the government that replaced The Empire, but let's not quibble. Much. has become another The Empire, complete with another Vader. The inevitable result is a fresh La Résistance, with plenty of reference made to the circularity. (Especially because the new La Résistance has many of the same central people as the original.)
In Dark Lord—The Rise of Darth Vader, the Wookiees of Kashyyyk are well aware of the nature of The Empire, and equally aware that they will be targeted sooner or later. When the Empire does appear (using a fugitive group of Jedi as a scapegoat), the Wookiees immediately flee into the dense forests, ready to organize into guerrilla groups and outlast the Empire on their own turf.
In Les Misérables, Les Amis de l'ABC (whose name has "the friends of the downtrodden" as a second meaning).
Some of the characters in Rutherfurd's London get involved in this trope in the years following the Norman Conquest, trying to foment unrest that will leave it open to another Danish invasion and put a second King Canute on the British throne. True to history, they fail miserably.
In Crossed (the sequel to Matched), the Rising is a resistance against The Society that runs the country.
Many of the colonies in Harry Harrison's Starworld decide they've had enough of Earth's tyrannical rule. They band together, along with a number of fleet officers. In fact, the admirals commanding both fleets in the key space battle used to be good friends. It ends up being a Curb-Stomp Battle, in which the rebels obliterate Earth's fleet using a new weapon (mass drivers). Then they attack Earth's orbital defenses, while Israeli forces storm the Mojave spaceport in a well-coordinated attack.
The very originally named Resistance in The Bartimaeus Trilogy. A slight subversion, as it turns out that, despite being an annoyance to the government, there are only a dozen of them and they're defeated rather easily when confronting a real danger. Not to mention that while one of the viewpoint characters is a member, another is a government magician hunting them down.
In The Ganymede Takeover by Philip K. Dick and Ray Nelson, the last-remaining resistance to the alien occupiers consists of a Black Muslim guerrilla movement in the hills of Tennessee, and a secret organisation operating under the auspices of the World Psychiatric Association.
Katniss Everdeen and a group of teens in The Hunger Games turn into this by the end of Catching Fire and most of Mockingjay along with District 13, with Katniss ending up the mouthpiece of the rebellion.
Played straight as an arrow by Robert A. Heinlein in The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. The protagonist joins an ragtag resistance movement big on talk and small on action. He helps reorganize it along rational lines. A revolution is then planned, plotted, fought and won, all without any significant internal splintering, and Luna gains independence from the evil Earthling overlords. The End. (It does help that the sentient central computer that controls Luna's entire infrastructure sides with La Resistance).
Played with in The Poisonwood Bible: Anatole, now the husband of Leah, becomes a part of the anti-Mobutu resistance, and is portrayed as heroic for it. It's made clear, however, that not everyone in La Résistance is so heroic; for example, a more violent faction of it kills Pascal.
The commoners during the French Revolution were essentially a massive version of this... and in this way, they're the bad guys in The Scarlet Pimpernel.
The main protagonists of The Tripods are this, there's a group in the White Mountains of Switzerland and one mentioned as being in the Rockies in the US.
The undertreated members in This Perfect Day quickly discard the notion of actually trying to overthrow the oppressive supercomputer that runs their society, and content themselves with smoking and having illicit sex in empty museums in the middle of the night. The islanders occasionally send terrorist strike teams to attack UNICOMP, but these all fail thanks to an extensive system of shepherds who join all such strike teams and ensure they get caught. Our hero, Chip, eventually gets suborned into the secret ruling circle, and forms a one-man La Resistance inside their circle of power, finally managing to destroy the computer and free mankind.
In Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts novel Traitor General, Gaunt and his team join with the Gereon resistance to carry out their mission and, because of their sacrifices, stay to help reorganize and strengthen them after it is done. They are briefly reunited in The Armor of Contempt, but the Inquisition comes down hard on the resistance, and they vanish. Gaunt declares he will not help them find them again.
The Nightgane partisans are a double example. They are descendants of Gereon colonists who rebelled against the Imperial rule and waged guerrilla war for centuries before the Chaos invasion. They eventually merge with the loyalist resistance in fight against the occupying forces.
The backstory of Barrayar includes occupation by The Cetegandan Empire, with General Count Piotr Vorkosigan as a resistance leader and hero. In one book Miles discovers a collection of Cetegandan scalps presented to the General by his men. "Can't throw them away: they're presents".
The Vorkosigans slipped straight back into La Résistance mode during the early stages of Vordarian's Pretendership.
In the short story "The Borders of Infinity", Miles has been dropped into a Cetagandan POW camp in order to find the man who, in his boss's words, is just the right person to give La Résistance of the Cetaganda-occupied Marilac "a shot in the arm." Unfortunately, he finds the man just in time for him to die. So he breaks out the entire prison camp en masse. Ten thousand new recruits with plenty of reason to hate the oppressors? That'll do. We learn in a later book that Cetaganda pulled out of Marilac entirely.
Eric Frank Russell's novel Wasp involves a man named James Mowry being sent to a hostile alien world in order to cause dissent and chaos and prepare it for an imminent invasion by Terran forces. Mowry's primary task is to make it appear as if La Résistance exists in the form of Dirac Angestun Gesept (the Sirian Freedom Party) in order to distract the government and the State Sec with fighting a nonexistent enemy. This involves planting stickers with propaganda, spreading rumor, taking out government and Kaitempi officials followed by sending threatening letters signed by the D.A.G., and placing fake wire taps on government buildings to build up paranoia. By this point, the Kaitempi is convinced La Resistance is real and a major threat to Imperial stability.
In the Dale Brown novel Wings of Fire, the Night Stalkers receive help from the Sanusi Brotherhood, led by usurped Libyan king Sayyid Muhammad ibn al-Hasan as-Sanusi and fighting against the current Libyan dictator.
The Daughter of the Lioness books in the Tortall Universe focus on the native resistance group in the Copper Isles, who are also waiting for favorable conditions from The Prophecy and their patron god to overthrow the oppressive luarin government.
The cast of The Hour Before Morning are involved in a particularly scattered version, local groups in for the long haul, fighting against a vast and well-established empire.
The French novella Le Silence de la Mer, which was written in 1942 by a member of the Trope Namer. At the end of the story, the niece joins the French Resistance.
In Christian Nation, the Secular Bloc States, which were formed in protest of the United States President Steve Jordan enforcing the Fifty Blessings to be the law of the land, were this right up to the Civil War. After that, it's the Free Minds movement, the only Hope Spot left for the return of democracy and freedom.
In The Osmerian Conflict, the Iron Wing is the name given to the Generian Resistance that is fighting against the UTSF.
Villainous example: the Sons of the Harpy in A Song of Ice and Fire are a group of thugs who make life difficult for Daenarys and her army of freed slaves in Meereen, much like their historical inspiration, the Ku Klux Klan,
The Kzarchians and the UF Marines make up the forces working against the pirates, who have staged an Invasion of Kzarch.
In the Sonmi-451 storyline of Cloud Atlas, the corpocratic nation of Nea So Copros (formerly Korea) is opposed by a rebellion called Union. Toyed with, in that Union is actually an arm of Unanimity, the Nea So Copros goverment. Union was established to attract people who would want to rebel against Unanimity, so they could be discretely die in the line of duty, as well as provide a faceless enemy for Unanimity to blame for every problem the people may have.
The band of Barahir, being the last remnant of the Dorthonion chiefdom.
The band of Androg, in time led by Túrin, who also stirs up the slaves of Dor-Lómin (who wow to fight on).
At the end of the first age, it seems the remnants of the fallen elven kingdoms all go into full La Résistance mode under the leadership of Cirdan and Eärendil (the elven band of Annael, who fosters Tuor, also counts here).
During the Second Age, the "elf-friends" of Númenor gradually got more and more resistance-like, until Sauron arrived, and the house of Amandil and his son Elendil, with followers, followed the pattern to a T.
In The Lord of the Rings, Passive resistance is in place all over the Shire during the reign of Saruman, and pockets of active resistance are mentioned: Fredegar Bolger led a band of resistance hobbits until they were taken, and Paladin Took fortified the whole of Tookland against the ruffians. When Frodo and friends arrived, the oppression was finally toppled.
Safehold has the Fist of God, also known as Helm Cleaver, which operates in Zion and employs assassination to bring corrupt and depraved vicats to justice.
In This Immortal, Radpol used to be this when it was founded and led by Konstantin Karaghiosis. Their aim was to prevent the Earth government from selling Earth's entire habitable area to the Vegans for resort building, to regain Earth's autonomy and to incite the humans living on Taler to return and help rebuild Earth — something that came to be called the Returnist movement. They were, however, not above using heavy artillery and even nukes to achieve that goal.
The Silerian Trilogy: The Alliance is explicitly this, while the Honored Society resists the Valdani for selfish reasons, the shallaheen rebels also qualifying. Things get fractious when they attempt to resist the Valdani together, and even worse after they leave.
The History of the Galaxy has the Free Colonies doing their damndest to keep the Earth Alliance from subjugating them in order to offload the excess population from the overcrowded homeworld (mainly the undesirables, whom the colonists wouldn't be willing to accept under normal circumstances). The Alliance has a powerful war machine with advanced technology, while the colonists have only relatively recently rediscovered one another and have only been boldened by the Alliance's Orbital Bombardment of the planet Dabog, which continues to stand as the silent, radioactive symbol of defiance. A good number of books are dedicated to the war, which lasts for half a century, and the technical advanced brought about because of it. By the end of the war, the Alliance is defeated, the core colonies become industrial and scientific powerhouses and form the Confederacy of Suns. Centuries later, Earth is largely abandoned, home to only a few million people, and the once-urbanized landscape is a lush jungle.
In Dark Skies, an alien race called the Dromi captures three remote human colonies. With the Earth Federation busy fighting a desperate war against the very same vastly more numerous enemy, it takes two years before a task force can be dispatched to try to retake the strategically-unimportant planets. Intelligence about the number of alien occupiers turns out to be incorrect, and the task force is wiped out, with only a single survivor making it to the surface of the planet T'har (he's actually from that planet). Badly hurt, he's recovered by the planet's resistance forces, who heal him and explain what's been happening on the planet for the past two years. Many humans were killed either during the initial attack or during the attempt to round up the survivors, with the rest (those not still free) rounded up and used as slave labor. The resistance is based in two old mines far to the north of the main habitable zone (being cold-blooded, the Dromi don't like to venture there), making regular attacks against patrol squads, hoping to bleed the occupiers until they leave. The task force survivor explains that the Dromi don't think like that. To them, the soldiers they kill are Cannon Fodder, beneath notice. Besides, Dromi are Explosive Breeders and can quickly replenish their numbers. He tries to equip them better by locating and opening the Arsenal, an old cache of military-grade equipment (e.g. weapons, transportation, rations, robots), in order to prepare the resistance for a single strike against the enemy base on this planet. The strike succeeds only partly. The resistance manages to rescue the captives, but the attempt to kill the Dromi Patriarch doesn't have the desired effect. The only thing that saves them is The Cavalry.
The Stolen Throne takes place a few decades prior to Dragon Age: Origins, set during the Orlesian occupation of Ferelden. The rebels are led by Queen Moira Theirin, the rightful ruler of Ferelden, after her father was forced to abdicate to Meghren, the usurper king. The novel starts with Moira being ambushed and killed by nobles seeking to curry favor with the usurper, with her young son Maric barely escaping with his life. After a short while, Maric manages to meet up with a boy named Loghain Mac Tir, whose father performs a Heroic Sacrifice to save Maric's life, still loyal to the Theirin line. Eventually, the two grow closer as friends, with Loghain becoming one of the generals of the growing rebel army. Unfortunately, the army is nearly wiped out thanks to a traitor, but the rebellion succeeds in the end, pushing the Orlesians out. Maric is crowned king, and he grants Loghain the noble title of Teyrn.