->''"...The threat of the {{Eldr|itchAbomination}}azi presented a simple choice: lay down your weapons and die for nothing, or hold them fast and die for something."''
-->-- '''''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', card [[FlavorText "Time of Heroes"]]'''

The notion of not giving in to despair, in the face of death or other hopeless situations and keeping up the fight with all one has left until death finally stakes his claim. A common phrase for this trope is to "go out with a bang", or "go out in a blaze of glory". Death need not be an absolute certainty, but may be seen as inevitable.

It comes in two forms:
# Death seems certain for a character, and they [[DespairEventHorizon are going to just lie down and take it]]. Someone may admonish them for that, and they [[ThePowerOfFriendship decide to get up]] and [[LastStand fight with all their might]]. May overlap with RousingSpeech. Also may manifest as a mental process, in defense of a loved one, or a rush of HeroicSpirit. Expect them to be outnumbered and out-gunned. Sometimes a hero or villain will decide to take out as many enemies as they can before their death. If a hero is doing this, it will (sadly) most likely end in a HeroicSacrifice.
# Death is certain for a character, and they need encouragement to live the last of their time to the fullest. Their death is normally caused by cancer or [[IncurableCoughOfDeath other serious health problems]]. A family member or friend will help them with accomplishing a certain goal or advancing a cause that is important to them.

Either way, the character performs as their last act a deed of great significance to those around them, be it their family, friends, a community, even the entire world. The character basically wants to say that if they do die here and now, people ''will'' remember it. The character ''does not'' die quietly. For heroes, this usually involves righting or avenging some wrong, but can be just a matter of personal pride to make the enemy, or the world, feel their presence one last time. Villains can have their own version, usually in the form of inflicting TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt out of pure spite or sheer hubris.

Regardless, their end is worthy of great stories and legend, but this is done intentionally by the character's own will and not by happenstance. Others may push the character toward it, but the character still has the option of going gently into that good night.

Compare TheLastDance, ItHasBeenAnHonor, LastStand, HeroicSpirit.

Contrast DespairEventHorizon (losing all hope), IDieFree (embracing death as an alternative to slavery).

Named after the [[Literature/DoNotGoGentleIntoThatGoodNight poem]] by Creator/DylanThomas, written to his father.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' was quite fond of this.
-->'''Pip Bernadotte''': [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Let us die]] [[DyingMomentOfAwesome like mangy dogs!]]
* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' has an example in [[spoiler:Sheryl Nome]], who is given an opportunity to save the fleet [[spoiler:because while her illness means [[YourDaysAreNumbered her days are numbered]], it also means she can affect the Vajra with her song, which may be crucial to Frontier's survival in the FinalBattle. Sheryl goes into the last battle expecting to be dead by the end of it, by her infection if not by gunshot.]]
** Something similar happens in the first movie, where Sheryl's farewell concert is interrupted by a Vajra attack, and she goes on singing to bring hope to the soldiers, even if it means attracting the Vajras' attention and getting killed.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'':
** We have General Revil's famous "Zeon is exhausted" speech, mentioned in the backstory but not shown in the anime (it does, however, appear in the novelization). In the first week of the war, TheFederation suffered devastating losses to Zeon's [[HumongousMecha mobile suits]], Sydney was reduced to a gigantic crater by a ColonyDrop, and General Revil was captured. Just when the Feds were preparing to sign the surrender agreement, Revil was rescued by a Federation commando team and made a speech announcing that Zeon had depleted its fighting strength as well and encouraged the Feds not to give up. The speech worked, and the Federation ended up winning the war by [[{{Determinator}} hanging on against overwhelming odds]] until they could develop MS of their own.
** Dozle Zabi also goes out this way, when his Big Zam is disabled by the Gundam, he gets out and starts shooting a machine gun at it. He never expected this to have any effect, but it is widely regarded as his DyingMomentOfAwesome both in and out of universe. In fact, his defiant spirit is so strong that Amuro's Newtype powers pick it up as a great demonic shadow rising out of Dozle, giving Amuro quite the scare despite his victory.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has Zabuza in a perfect, shining example of this trope, no RousingSpeech needed.
** In the face of the overwhelming power of [[spoiler: Obito and the God-Tree and his ability to instantly consume all the chakra in the planet]], the entire shinobi army was morally broken, including Naruto. Then [[spoiler: a panel later Sasuke cut said tree with Susano's black flames and taunted Naruto, Obito and Madara's resolve, [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech implying that they were cowards who couldn't face reality]] and that he will destroy said tree alone if he had to, which snapped Naruto out of his fear]]. This allowed the rest of the army to regain the will to fight and die to the bitter end [[spoiler: by watching Naruto and Hashirama's memories and sincere hope for humanity]].
** Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage and [[spoiler: his wife, Uzumaki Kushina]], give up their life while saving the Konoha village from the Kyuubi's attack, but also take steps to ensure that the BigBad would be eventually defeated, by sealing the Kyuubi inside Naruto. Minato even adds ''[[CrazyPrepared two]]'' fail-safe mechanisms into the seal just in case things go wrong.
** [[spoiler: Jiraiya]] dies while fighting against Pain, but ''temporarily comes back from death through sheer willpower'' only to leave behind enough information to help someone else defeat Pain.
* Subverted in KoihimeMusou. Kannu and Chouun are cut off from all reinforcements and facing an entire bandit gang in their own lair armed only with whatever they could take off their defeated enemies. They exchange true names as people facing death together and decide to go out fighting. [[spoiler: They not only live, they managed to wipe out the entire gang between them denying Kousonsan any chance of glory.]]
* In a non-death example (though it may seem like death since American football is SeriousBusiness) in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', after [[spoiler: Kid and Tetsuma]] are benched due to injuries and the team is painfully aware that they don't have a chance and losing by a large amount of points, [[spoiler: Riku]] refused to let the team throw the game and continued to play against [[spoiler: Gao]] until he dropped.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** The Pirate King Gold Roger was dying from an incurable disease. He then conquered the Grand Line, became known throughout the world as the Pirate King, [[spoiler:found a lover and had a kid with her]], and then turned himself in. Then, at his execution, which the World Government intended to use as a warning to all pirates for what awaits them, turned it into the moment that started ''the Golden Age of Piracy''. Then he laughed, smiling as they lopped off his head.
-->"My wealth and treasures? If you want it, it's yours. I left everything I gathered in one place. But you'll have to search the ''entire world!''"
** Similarly, [[spoiler:his FriendlyEnemy Whitebeard did the same thing at his own death. As a marine victory was poised to snuff out the Golden Age of Piracy, Whitebeard shouted out his FamousLastWords, reigniting the idea once again, and started an entirely new age of piracy. Those words?]]
-->'''[[spoiler:"ONE PIECE EXISTS!"]]'''
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** Acqua of the Back loses the will to live when he loses his powers. Shiage Hamazura convinces him to stand up and keep fighting.
** Kakine Teitoku tells Accelerator and Shizuri Mugino that their struggle is pointless, because they will go to Hell no matter what they do. Mugino says maybe that's true, but if it is, they might as well kick some ass before they go.
* Jun Misugi from ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' has a heart disease. but he ''loves'' soccer, and is willing to die playing it. [[CharacterDevelopment He tones this attitude down as he grows up]], still he wants to play whenever he can.
* In ''Manga/SnowWhiteAndSevenDwarfs'', Souichi and Souji suffer from [[FountainOfYouth rapid de-aging]]/RapidAging, respectively, thanks to the experimentation that was forced on them, and therefore don't have much longer left to live. Rather than sit around, feeling sorry for themselves, they've decided to stick it to the government that did this to them in the first place before they kick the bucket.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}} gives one of these speeches to his fellow {{JLA}} members, TheFlash and Comicbook/GreenLantern (Kyle Rayner) at a time when all hope seems lost and he himself is lying in bed with a dangerously high fever.
--> "Death is powerless against you if you leave a legacy of good behind. Death is powerless against you if you do your job. My father saved the lives of over four thousand people, one at a time, with his bare hands and his mind. Death was with him the entire time."
* When faced with the imminent heat death of the universe, Galan of Taa refused to accept death quietly. Instead, he and a few others flew straight into the center of the Big Crunch. The others perished, but the newborn Power Cosmic merged with Galan. Thus was {{Galactus}} born. When Galactus was briefly depowered by the ComicBook/FantasticFour and reverted to Galan, he was initially fatalistic about becoming Galactus again. Seeing the people of New York City struggling to survive no matter the odds reminded Galan of the man he once was. At the end of the story, he teleported himself to another dimension in an attempt to hide from the Power Cosmic a little longer. Before departing, he thanked the Four for reminding him of how important it is for people to never stop fighting against the inevitable.
* ''ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard:'' Facing the imminent end of all existence in [[ComicBook/SecretWars2015 The Final Incursion]], the Asgardians notice an arrival of an army of the dead pouring forth from Hel, and that [[spoiler:Old King Loki]] has killed [[spoiler:Balder]], meaning all hope seems lost. At which point the Allfather and Allmother arrive, bearing gifts. In the form of [[spoiler:a magically enhanced pair of machineguns and a minigun]]. As the Allmother puts it:
--->'''FOR ASGARD, WE DIE LIKE GODS!'''
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* In Chapter 12 of ''Fate/Stay Night'' fanfic ''Fanfic/NerveDamage'', Archer Napoleon Bonaparte refuses to kneel before a stronger enemy Servant, and maintains that it would be unfitting of a Heroic Spirit to do anything less than meet his death standing. [[spoiler: Impressed by his bravado, Gilgamesh lets him go.]]
--->"This is a good death. I will not bend my knee. No hero will bend his knee to a threat." A chuckle. "A good run I suppose, short as it is. I, a hero with a legend barely two hundred years old, to one whose own spans four thousand years back. Perhaps it was hopeless in the beginning, but I matched your power until the very end, and in death, I will meet the standard. I will die standing."
* In ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', Strife's VillainSong, "Your Last Stand", actually encourages her opponents to fight back as long as possible and die with honor, despite knowing her victory is inevitable.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The film ''Film/LastHoliday'' and its remake.
* ''Film/TheLastSamurai''. Algren persuades Katsumoto to go down fighting instead of committing Seppuku or bowing down to Omura and the forces of corporate Japan and fading into obscurity. What ensues is the last [[CherryBlossoms flowering]] of the Samurai.
* ''Film/TheBucketList'' is all about this trope. Two men, both with terminal diseases, see how many dreams they can fulfill for themselves before they kick the bucket.
* A memorable recitation of the {{Trope Namer|s}} poem takes place at the end of ''Film/DangerousMinds'', just as the protagonist teacher is about to give up, feeling overwhelmed and impotent to make a difference. Not exactly life or death in that situation, but facing the prospect of being a dedicated, caring teacher for one of the roughest public schools around is pretty daunting too. When her friend asks her why she decided to stay, she answers only "they called me their light..."
* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' had the President using this argument as the cornerstone of his RousingSpeech. If the human race is to be wiped out, then they will make certain the aliens remember them. In fact, he almost uses the trope name word-for-word during his speech:
--> "We will not go quietly into the night, we will not vanish without a fight..."
* ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'': Mifune's speech to the defenders of Zion just before the Machines invade may qualify:
--> "All right! This is it! Now you all know me, so I'm gonna say this as simply as I can. If it's our time to die, it's our time. All I ask is, if we have to give these bastards our lives...'''''[[HotBlooded we give 'em hell before we do!]]'''''"
* DJ Grant Mazzy signing off in ''Film/{{Pontypool}}''. With his recording booth besieged by zombies ''and'' a trigger-happy military, there's only one thing left to say:
-->"This is Grant Mazzy for CSLY Radio Nowhere. ...And ''I'm still here, you cocksuckers''."
* The protagonists of ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', and not just the immediate fight after a RousingSpeech. Pirates as a whole were phasing out as well. Fighting that one, last hopeless battle to the death might well have been the send-off of their way of life altogether.
-->'''Elizabeth Swann:''' "You will listen to me...LISTEN! The Brethren will still be looking here to us, to the Black Pearl to lead, and what will they see? Frightened bilge rats aboard a derelict ship? No... No, they will see FREE MEN! AND FREEDOM! And what the enemy will see is THE FLASH OF OUR CANNONS! THEY WILL HEAR THE RING OF OUR SWORDS AND THEY WILL KNOW WHAT WE CAN DO! By the sweat of our brows, and the strength of our backs, and the courage of our hearts! Gentlemen... Hoist the colors!"
** Blackbeard says something to this effect toward the end of ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides On Stranger Tides]]'' when he comes face to face with the man fated to kill him:
-->'''Blackbeard:''' Be that the cold breath of fate I feel down my nape? But... I'll have one last fight, by God. [[KillEmAll KILL 'EM ALL!!!]]
* In ''Film/PacificRim'', the {{Kaiju}} and their creators were ''not'' expecting humanity to fight back as hard as they do against extinction. Special mention also has to go to the [[AwesomeAussie Hansens]] who, when they have a disabled Jaegar and no other options, start telling Leatherback to "come get some" and fire flares that are about as effective as SpitefulSpit instead of giving up.
* This is how Tony Stark gets his call in ''Film/{{Iron Man|1}}'': captured in a cave, shrapnel climbing to his heart, and little hope of rescue. His fellow captive convinces him to fight, and the rest is history.
-->'''Yinsen:''' Is that how you want to go out? Is this the last act of defiance of the great Tony Stark!? Or are you going to do something about-?\\
'''Tony Stark:''' -Why should I do anything? They're gonna kill me, you... Either way, if they don't, I'll probably be dead in a week.\\
'''Yinsen:''' Well then... this is a very important week for you, isn't it?
* Preston in ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'', after learning revolution was a trick of the authority to [[HopeSpot trap him]], decides not to give in easily, and manages to win.
* Buliwyf from ''Film/TheThirteenthWarrior'' is poisoned and so fatally sick that he can hardly stand, but when the battle starts he's there with his sword and his dog because that's just how Vikings do it.
* The original poem (or at least parts of it) is recited several times in ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'', with a big part of the plot being [[spoiler:saving mankind from the eventual slow extinction]].
* The entire plot of ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' is driven by the fact that [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Rotti Largo]] knows that he's dying, and wants to enact one last EvilPlan to make everyone he hates suffer. [[spoiler: [[TheBadGuyWins He pulls it off]].]]
-->'''Rotti''': It seems the man who cured the globe can't stop his own extinction. But I can still go out with a bang!
* The main theme of ''Film/TheWhalesOfAugust'', which is about two elderly sisters living together. Sarah is concerned that Libby is talking so much about death. Libby for her part doesn't see why people as old as they are should bother to do anything new like install a picture window. Libby eventually comes around, seeming to resolve to make the most out of what time she has left.
--> '''Libby''': [last lines of the movie, as they look for the whales] Can you see them?\\
'''Sarah''': The whales have all gone.\\
'''Libby''': You can never tell. You can never tell.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Rachel from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** The mindset of the entire cast of heroes. Of course, Plan A is that Frodo destroys the One Ring, but everyone is well aware that the chances of this being successful are slim.
** In ''The Two Towers'' when what's left of the Helm's Deep garrison sallies into Saruman's army [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome purely in the name of glory]]. (And to give the people of Rohan time to retreat into the Glittering Caves)
* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', this is the attitude of most Men, since unlike the Elves they can't wait around for eternity in magically-hidden cities in the hope a miracle will happen.
--> '''Turin:''' Though mortal men have little life beside the span of the Elves, they would rather spend it in battle then fly or submit... though Morgoth slay the doer he cannot make the deed not have been.
* A textbook example of how to do it right can be found at the end of ''Literature/{{Legend}}'' by Creator/DavidGemmell.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' gives us Lord Mhoram's Victory. Revelstone is besieged, its supplies dwindling, everyone rapidly approaching the DespairEventHorizon, and Lord Mhoram decides that instead of sitting around waiting for hunger and despair to let Lord Foul's minions just walk in without a fight, all the remaining forces ride out in one final fight. Though almost a last stand, a combination of the surprise of their attack, and other factors happening at the same time cause the siege to be broken.
* ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'': All of the patrons give an epic one to Tom Hauptmann at the end of "The Time Traveller", persuading him that life is worth living.
* ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series gives us the defeat of Alyksberg. With no chance to defend besieged city from the onrushing Dolahran Army, Siddarmarkians pull back, leaving behind the crippled and wounded, who proceed to ''blow up the [[UpToEleven entire city]]'', [[TakingYouWithMe taking]] at least a quarter of attackers with them.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'' there is a variant: The protagonists sit all huddled on a hill overseeing their castle, which is just being invaded by the enemy army. [[spoiler: Oreg points out that the villains will find the dragon bones, and that will have terrible consequences for everyone in the world. He reminds Ward, that there is a way to stop them. Said way is to kill [[GeniusLoci Oreg]]. He can persuade Ward to do it, and as soon as Ward drives his dagger into Oreg's brain (the most painless way to kill he knows), the walls of castle Hurog crumble and fall, and the villains are buried under tons of stone.]]
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Harry Dresden, repeatedly and with intent to cause severe property damage. He keeps taking on things fifty times his size and refuses to back down... it's a good thing there are so many [[TheCavalry badasses watching his back.]]
-->If I was to die, I was not going to go out in a gibbering heap of terror. If I was to die, it wouldn't happen because I was half crippled with fear and Sight trauma.\\
If I was to die, it was going to be a bloody and spectacular mess.
** More generally, this is the exact attitude a large number of wizards take with their [[CastFromHitPoints Death Curses]]. Of particular note is Simon Pietrovich, who didn't take his death lying down - instead he made sure he had a lot of company at the Gates.
* River Marked, in the ''Literature/MercyThompson'' series, has [[spoiler:the various Native American Spirits]] fight as hard as they can while knowing that defeat is inevitable.
* One of the themes of the final book in the ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' series. Runaway princess Thayet describes how when faced with a life of imprisonment, her mother's final act was to become a martyr to inspire and protect her people. Alanna feels that this was a useless act, thinking it's always better to live to fight another day. By the end of the book, she understands the importance of this trope, after [[spoiler: Liam undergoes a HeroicSacrifice of this nature to save the kingdom.]]
* A running theme throughout ''Literature/TheStoneAngel'', by Creator/MargaretLaurence. The main character, Hagar Shipley, is over ninety and dying, but she's not prepared to go just yet. Sections of the Trope Namer poem are quoted in the text.
* Averted in ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', where the protagonist, upon being told that he's [[YourDaysAreNumbered fated to die soon]] by a [[RiddlingSphinx sphinx]], decides to try to do as much good as he can in the time he has left and sets out to slay a bound demon that's in danger of breaking free-only for the demon to eat him, and in the process make him an {{Unperson}}, to the extent that even the sphinx's RippleEffectProofMemory can't remember his name.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* D'Argo from ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. The last time you ever see him, he has been fatally wounded and is holding back a group of super soldiers with two rapid fire energy weapons while telling them exactly who their daddy is.
** 3 of the final episodes are called "We're So Screwed". They don't go gentle, they go awesomely.
* The GrandFinale of ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Angel and the rest of his crew decide to assassinate the Circle of the Black Thorn and, at least temporarily, sever the Senior Partners' connections on Earth, and not one of them expect to survive the Partners' inevitable retribution. Of course, as revealed in the canonical comic continuations, they not only survive, but go on to fight another day.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** There's a villain's version of this. [[spoiler:With Sheridan's rebellion on the verge of success, President Clark programs the automated defense satellites of Earth to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt turn their guns on Earth itself]], then kills himself.]]
** Another version is [[spoiler:the speech G'Kar gets during his Dust-induced hallucinations, by a nameless Narn who is later revealed to be Kosh]].
--->'''Narn:''' If we are a dying people, then let us die with honour by helping the others like no one else can.
** Londo noted how the humans, during the Earth-Minbari war, knew they were doomed because of their lesser technology, but where other races would fall into despair humanity fought back even more strongly after every defeat (as he narrated we are shown a few examples of this, including a man trying to stand back up and fight ''after being knifed to death''). He was quite impressed and moved to tears even. After two years of constant fighting, of trying to hold back the advance, with the Minbari force on Earth's and humanity would muster what military it had to HoldTheLine as civilians tried escaping. Ironically, humanity was saved when The Minbari surrendered, which baffled everyone ([[spoiler: they had discovered that each race was carrying some of the other's DNA--their races had crossed 1,000 years ago, as is revealed in season 3]]).
-->'''Londo Mollari:''' The humans, I think, knew they were doomed. But where another race would surrender to despair, the humans fought back with even greater strength. They made the Minbari fight for every inch of space. In my life, I have never seen anything like it. They would weep, they would pray, they would say goodbye to their loved ones and then throw themselves without fear or hesitation at the very face of death itself. Never surrendering. No one who saw them fighting against the inevitable could help but be moved to tears by their courage... their stubborn nobility. When they ran out of ships, they used guns. When they ran out of guns, they used knives and sticks and bare hands. They were magnificent. I only hope, that when it is my time, I may die with half as much dignity as I saw in their eyes at the end. They did this for two years. They never ran out of courage. But in the end... they ran out of time.
** In season 2, Sheridan insists Kosh teach him how to fight the Shadows so he can one day take the fight to them. Kosh warns, "If you go to Z'ha'dum, you will die." But Sheridan invokes the trope and stands firm, "Then I die, but I will not go down easily and I will not go down alone." Fast-forward to the final episode of season 3. He's on the Shadow's homeworld and, having run out of room for negotiation, proves he's ready to keep the promise he made to Kosh. [[spoiler:He has his spaceship crash into their largest city and detonate bombs with a combined force of ''one gigaton'' of TNT. [[DefiantToTheEnd All that's left later is a crater.]] He ''does'' die eventually...[[UnexplainedRecovery and then gets better]].]]
* The re-imagined series of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', in the finale [[spoiler:the titular ship can't last longer in space, so rather than going to be scavenged for parts, Adama decides to bring her in a final ultimate full-on assault on the Cylon's frakking headquarter with the sole mission objective of saving a little girl. [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome It worked]]]].
* The Brunnen-G of ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' were doomed to die at the hands of His Divine Shadow. While the older generation of Brunnen-G welcomed their inevitable death due to being weary of their immortal existence, a few of the younger ones led by Kai refused to die lying down. Their brave but futile assault is shown in the very beginning of the series and is later re-enacted in the MusicalEpisode "Brigadoom".
--->'''Master of Ceremonies:''' The half a dozen little craft went forth against the might power of the Divine Order. Not really believing that they would win, for the Prophecy had told them that they would not, but knowing that they would die well!
* In the last episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'' the Asgard accept their demise as a species and rather than slowly fading out of existence they finally grant the Tauri the entirety of their knowledge and equip the human ships with the pinnacle of Asgard technology as their legacy. After that they self-destruct what remains of their once great people, timing the explosion to take out a few last Ori warships.
---> '''Daniel Jackson''': "I mean, all they wanted to do was live a little longer. We're no different. Sequence DNA. Cure diseases. One fatal mistake, and they doom their entire race. I guess no matter what you do, at the end of the day... [[TearJerker life is too short]]."
* In ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' Christina gives one of these in the Season Eight Finale.
* In a parody of this [[UsefulNotes/AustralianPolitics Prime Minister Julia Gillard]] appeared on the [[Creator/TheABC Triple J TV]] show for a very tongue in cheek [[MayanDoomsday end of the world]] speech.
--> '''[[UsefulNotes/AustralianPolitics Julia]]''': Whether the final blow comes from [[ZombieApocalypse flesh-eating zombies]], [[HellOnEarth demonic hell-beasts]] or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking from the total triumph]] of [[KoreanPopMusic K-Pop]], if you know one thing about me it is this - I will always fight for you to the very end.
* The fourth episode of ''Series/{{ER}}'' was titled "Into That Good Night" and the key plot was that of a man who would die before the day was out if he did not receive a heart transplant. Throughout the day, the doctors did everything possible to keep him alive while frantically searching for a donor. . .all to no avail.
* ''Series/TheSingOff'' invokes this trope via the "Swan Song" -- each group has a song prepared to sing if they get eliminated, and they give it their all despite knowing that they won't be winning the prize.
* A lot of the third season of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' is essentially Dean pulling one of these after a [[spoiler: DealWithTheDevil]] leaves him with a year to live.
--> "What do you say we kill some evil sons of bitches and we raise a little hell?"
* In the prologue to the 2008 ''Series/{{Poirot}}'' adaptation of ''Literature/CatAmongThePigeons'', during the Ramat revolution, Bob Rawlinson and Prince Ali Yusuf are being cornered in a shootout and wounded, and after locking themselves in the royal bedroom, the pair decide to go all-out in a blaze of glory. As soon as the rebels bust down the door, tragedy ensues.
* The ''StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Yesterday's Enterprise". The warp core is about to overload, the Enterprise is all but defeated, and the Klingons hail for their surrender. Picard's response? Keep firing.
--> '''Picard''': "Let us make sure that history never forgets the name... ''Enterprise''."
** Ronald D. Moore, one of the writers of this episode, became lead writer for ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', while Ira Steven Behr became the lead writer for ''StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In Music/AmonAmarth's song "Across the Rainbow Bridge" an old viking decides that he wants to gain entry into Valhalla so he goes on a rampage to be killed in battle.
* The Music/GarthBrooks song "Ireland" is about soldiers about to die in battle in the morning, and they decide to fight it right then, rather than wait to be overrun.
* Music/{{Manowar}}: "Tonight we strike! There is thunder in the sky! Together we'll fight, and some of us will die! But they'll always remember that we made a stand! And many will die by my hand!"
* Music/{{Fireaxe}}'s album ''Music/FoodForTheGods'' has a few of these, most notably the ending where after [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the apocalypse]] the inhabitants of {{hell}}, rather than resigning themselves to an eternity of torment, [[RageAgainstTheHeavens storm the pearly gates]] in an angry rage and attempt to kill God.
* Hammerfall's ''At the End of the Rainbow''. The most common interpretation is that the warriors have already died and this is their heaven.
* The {{Trope Namer|s}} poem is quoted in Brave Saint Saturn's ''Two-Twenty Nine'', which is largely themed on the Challenger disaster.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** The Imperium of Man is dying. Culturally and technologically stagnant, their GodEmperor is on a life support machine that is in serious need of a good fix, and beset on all sides by xenos and horrors such as [[RobotWar ageless and soulless killers]], [[HordeOfAlienLocusts impossibly vast planet-consuming swathes of monsters]] and [[TheFairFolk rape-happy evil space elves]], while also attacked from within by traitors and heretics. The entire human race is making a LastStand, and while it will take millennia for the end to come due to the sheer size of the Imperium, they will fight tooth and nail for every world and failing that [[TakingYouWithMe drag their enemies kicking and screaming down with them]]. For the Emperor!
** The Craftworld Eldar were driven to the brink of extinction by a great tragedy, and now exist as scattered survivalists seeking refuge among the stars. All their gods save three are dead, slain by a [[EldritchAbomination Chaos God]] of their own creation, who is now hunting their race down with the intent to consume their souls. Not only that, but their most ancient and powerful foes are rising from their tombs. Beset by enemies on all sides just like the Imperium and crippled by a low birth-rate, [[DyingRace they are doomed in the long run]] and very unlikely to succeed in these goals, [[DeterminedDefeatist and they know it]]. However, they hope that they can deliver a final end to their ancient foes and use their souls to create a god of death which will curbstomp said Chaos God and free them from their curse. Until that goal is realized, they will keep fighting to the bitter end.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': In Second Edition this (crossed with {{Tired of Running}}) is how [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent Lunars]] are made. Take a [[BadassNormal Heroic Mortal]], put them in a situation where they're either dancing on the edge of or have crossed the {{Despair Event Horizon}}, and then they [[HeroicSpirit choose to get up and keep going]]. At which point they [[GodMode Exalt]], and [[PhysicalGod Luna]] shows up and tells them to go kick ass in her name.
* TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu: in the story of FanFic/OldManHenderson, the CrazyAwesome [[OffTheRails plot derailer]], this trope rears its head. After a while of crazy gaming, a few cults have cottoned on to the fact that Old Man Henderson tricked them into fighting each other with [[NoodleImplements a penthouse suite, a helicopter, and a yacht]], and began chasing him with lesser horrors from the beyond. Realizing that he's going to die anyways, Henderson goes out with a blaze of glory, rigging an ice-rink full of explosives, and [[RulesLawyer using a bit of obscure mythos lore]] to [[spoiler: '''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu KILL HASTUR]]. [[KilledOffForReal PERMANENTLY.]]''']] After this, the DM flipped the table over in anger.
* The ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' story arc of "Rise of the Eldrazi" depicted a horribly outclassed humanity fighting against [[EldritchAbomination plane eating elder gods]] called the Eldrazi. One card in particular, "Time Of Heroes", sums up this idea in its flavor text: "...The threat of the Eldrazi presented a simple choice: lay down your weapons and die for nothing, or [[HeroicSpirit hold them fast and die for something]]."
* ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'': it's right there in the game's tagline.
-->''Extinction is approaching.'' '''Fight it.'''
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft II}}'' has [[spoiler:the last mission of the Protoss mini-campaign]]. Achievements are awarded based on how many enemies you take down [[spoiler:before you are wiped out]]. In multiplayer matches continuing to fight once it's hopeless is generally considered very poor etiquette and angers opponents.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', depending on what you did, [[spoiler:has Alistair wishing to do this by killing the [[BigBad Archdemon]] as his first and ''final'' act as King of Ferelden so he could be remembered as one of the good ones.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', when [[spoiler:leaving Kaidan or Ashley behind]] one of dialog options is "Fight hard, die proud".
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has an assassin named Thane Krios who, upon finding out that [[YourDaysAreNumbered his days are numbered]], goes on a personal quest to kill some of the more prominent crime lords in the galaxy before dying. He joins Shepard's team after his last job for the same reason.
** From the 'Arrival' DownloadableContent:
-->'''Shepard''': ''Maybe you're right. Maybe we can't win this. But we'll fight you regardless... However insignificant we may be, [[LastStand we will fight, we will sacrifice]], and we will find a way. [[HumansAreSpecial That is what humans do]].''
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' is about the entire galaxy pulling one of these against the Reapers. A lot of fan-favorite side characters die this way off-screen.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' is all about this.
** The game pretty much opens with explaining that [[CloneDegeneration Snake's body is failing]] and that he will most likely die within months. While often near the point of giving up, he gets a grip on himself and gives everything to stop Liquid Ocelot.
** [[NeverMessWithGranny "I only get off my bike when I fall in love. ...or fall dead."]] [[spoiler:Big Mama's resistance is uncovered and she doesn't have much hope of any of [[TykeBomb her men]] to see the next morning. But that doesn't mean she won't fight Ocelot until the very end.]]
** And then there's the entire final act of the game, and also the entire series. There's really not much the recruits on the Missouri can do against [[spoiler:Outer Haven]], but with only a few hours left before Ocelot's [[TakeOverTheWorld rule over the world]] becomes perfect and being the last military unit not under his complete control, [[BadassBookworm Mei Ling]] leads them into a full out attack anyway.
** [[spoiler:In a way Big Boss and Zero also count, as their entire lives works were based on their anger about soldiers being considered disposable and they would not have that.]]
* The ending of the prequel game ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' was a forgone conclusion, given that the Fall of Reach was a major plot point in the game universe's storyline, and Master Chief is explicitly known as the [[LastOfHisKind Last Spartan]]. Nonetheless, the final level of the game shows that the second-to-last Spartan definitely Did Not Go Gently.
* This choice actually [[MultipleEndings determines what ending]] you get in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''. Go quietly into TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, [[spoiler: and you will die, unaware of what happened to you.]] Choose to fight against all hope, [[spoiler: and you will die, albeit by a HeroicSacrifice in order to SealedEvilInACan so everyone else will live.]]
* In the final boss battle of ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', [[spoiler:dialogue during the battle suggests that Shadow's overuse of his SuperMode would cause him to die, but he continues to fight on anyway and help Sonic execute a powerful Chaos Control that prevents the ARK's ColonyDrop, in doing so falling into the planet's atmosphere. Later averted, when he appears alive and well in ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes''.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', one of the pre-recorded messages of Cave Johnson, deathly ill and bankrupt at that point in his life, is a rant about what you do WhenLifeGivesYouLemons. You don't go making lemonade. You make life take lemons back. [[AxCrazy You get mad.]] [[KillItWithFire You burn life's house down.]] [[CrazyAwesome With the lemons.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'', [[AFatherToHisMen Commander Gore]] begs you to please follow this, resist the temptation of power, and save the world, combined with DareToBeBadass. [[MultipleEndings Should you accept]], he thanks you, tells you ItHasBeenAnHonor and finally leaves to the greater beyond...
* This is the premise behind Creator/{{Imageepoch}}'s dungeon RPG ''VideoGame/FinalPromiseStory'', where the main characters have 24 hours before their country is overrun and annihilated by ominous steel monsters.
* In ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 2'', an achievement included with the Dark Corners map pack is "Did Not Go Gentle". The rest of the quote is implied due to the map related to the achievement being set at night.
* The ExcusePlot of ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War II: The Last Stand]]''.
** The Blood Ravens after [[spoiler:delivering the poison to the hive fleet, but getting their extraction ship shot down and leaving them stranded behind Tyranid lines]], and again when [[spoiler:([[NoCanonForTheWicked if]]) the Tyranids win the ''Retribution'' campaign]].
* The Multiplayer game Zombie Overrun in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' is Do Not Go Gentle TheGame! You are told that you are going to die and instructed to take as many Zombies as you can with you.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Marathon}} 2'', Durandal is at one point cornered above a planet with his single corvette, and an entire Pfhor fleet bearing down on him. Even with the upgrades he's made to the ship, he knows he can't win. He fights regardless, and takes half the Pfhor fleet down with him.
-->'''Durandal''': I've lost, and ''Boomer'' is going down in flames. However, the Pfhor will not soon forget the "Humbling of Battle Group 7", in which half their attacking force was taken down by a single corvette. I suspect this will be written into the list of great defeats that all Pfhor commanders must memorize in their training."
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'':
** In ''Blood Omen'', both Moebius and Mortanius acknowledge that [[BecauseDestinySaysSo they are destined to die at Kain's hands]] and have [[YouCantFightFate accepted that]], but they both still refuse to make it easy for Kain, with neither going down without a fight.
** In ''Defiance'', in an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome, Vorador is captured by Moebius and his mercenary army, but not without "a considerable price in blood."
* A non-lethal variation would be the ending of Little Mac's career in the Wii remake of ''VideoGame/PunchOut'', in which in the post-Title Defense matches, Little Mac resigns after three losses. See the Fridge page of ''Fridge/PunchOut'' for more details.
* VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2 subverts this with the execution of [[spoiler: Pekoyama]], who tries to go down swinging against an army of robots until [[spoiler: she accidentally injures and almost kills Kuzuryuu, her childhood friend/superior, who rushed in to try and save her, allowing the robot army to finish her off while she's having a "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" moment]].
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' has the mission "Do Not Go Gently..." in which [[spoiler: Blackbeard and company are ambushed by the British and he dies fighting them off.]]
* [[TheReptilians Azala]] of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', being a supreme [[TheFatalist fatalist]], acknowledges before her last stand that it is probably her and her species' fate to lose to the humans but refuses to go down without a fight.
-->'''Azala: (SNES version)''' Though it may be our fate to perish, we will not simply hand this world over to you!\\
'''Azala: (DS version)''' Even should it prove our fate to die, we will not relinquish this world to the likes of you!
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[CowboyCop Zeke Strahm]] eventually gets one of these in ''Blog/SeekingTruth''. He's hoping to survive, but considering that [[TheSlenderManMythos his opponent]] is a thus-far [[TheBadGuyWins undefeated]] EldritchAbomination...
* RedVsBlue has this in Episode 18 of Revelation. Sarge gives this, surprisingly, stating that even though they have no chance of surviving (according to Simmons), they should go out and fight anyway. And the most surprising part is that even the coward Grif does just that.
* The protagonists of ''Blog/SevenshotKid'' know that they aren't ready or capable of dealing with a [[SlenderManMythos tall, dark stranger]] but they know they're the only ones that can possibly hope to improve their situation.
* Mat-Ti in ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'' is driven to one of these after being sent on one too many snipe hunts by the Channel Awesome crew. He goes right up to the Big Bad Malecite's face and declares he's going to fight even though he knows he's totally screwed. [[spoiler:Fortunately, his "Heart" ring is actually Aeon's Ring, the one thing that can stop Malecite, and Mat-Ti defeats him. Unfortunately, Mat-Ti still dies in the process.]]
* A slight inversion in ''Roleplay/{{AJCO}}'' with Egg, who has accepted that she will die and begs ''the others'' to not go gently in her last speech rather than the other way around.
--> '''''' I’m begging you – fight.\\
'''''' Fight for your right to be free from monsters like her.\\
'''''' Fight the lies and the torture and the treachery.\\
'''''' F-Fight to see the days that… I’m not going to be able to\\
'''''' …otherwise your entire life will be for nothing.
** It has an immediate effect on the person responsible for her [[spoiler: apparent]] death in the first place, who promptly runs out out into a landscape that she believes to be highly toxic [[WorthyOpponent after the girl]].
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the Undersiders decide to do this after [[spoiler:failing to stop the end of the world.]] They talk over their priorities a little first.
-->'''[[spoiler:Canary]]''': This is us? We're whiling away the time until [[spoiler:the world ends?]] Giving up like everyone else?\\
'''Tattletale''': What? No. Fuck no.\\
'''Imp''': No. Wait, did anyone think that? Because I was thinking this was more us trying to decide what the hell we need to do before we throw ourselves into one final, suicidally reckless attack.\\
'''Taylor''': Basically. Minus the suicidally reckless part. There's other stuff we can try first. But yeah. I think we're mostly on the same page here.\\
'''Bitch''': Go out fighting.\\
'''Tattletale''': Go out fighting.\\
'''Taylor''': Nothing held back. Right. I'll need my stuff.
** On the villain side of things, [[EnfantTerrible Bonesaw]] has herself rigged with horrific [[SyntheticPlague Tinker-made plagues]] ready to be [[DeadManSwitch deployed upon her death]].
*** [[MadBomber Bakuda]] similarly maintains has rigged bombs to do much the same in the event of her death, though on a smaller scale than Bonesaw.
*** Also, in Arc 26, when Jack Slash [[spoiler:is [[FateWorseThanDeath caught in Grey Boy's time loops]] his last act is to convince [[BigGood Scion]] to give up good deeds and [[OmnicidalManiac find his purpose in the destruction instead]].]]
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* A two-part episode of ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' features Baloo and Louie being set upon by a veritable army of giant bugs, backed into a corner. Baloo insists that he "ain't gonna play no swan song without a duzzle!" Fortunately, they find a way out without having to fight (and/or die).
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'':
** The final stand of Dinobot in the episode "Code of Hero". After momentarily reflecting on his decision to fight, he singlehandedly defeats all the Predacons, who were destroying a valley where the first humans were living, and with the last of his strength destroyed the Golden Disk, ruining Megatron's plans. He even fights Megatron with a rock on a stick and makes it look good.
--> '''Megatron''': What could you possibly do? (''aims his tail gun at Dinobot'')
--> '''Dinobot''': ''Improvise!'' (''whacks stick onto a rock, smashes his new-formed stone hammer into Megatron, grabs the Golden Disc, and obliterates it with an eye-laser that takes the last out of him'')
** His replacement Depth Charge does something similar during his final battle with Rampage.
* This is a common trend in the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise/. In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersArmada'', the Armada version of [[spoiler:Starscream]] went out similarly to the aforementioned Dinobot, with a lot more shouting.
* From ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', this is definitely the opinion of Princess Bubblegum when it comes to protecting her friends and her kingdom. She even says the trope title directly, at one point!
* Zuko, from ''AvatarTheLastAirbender''. He takes everything the world can throw at him and keeps coming back, because of one simple piece of advice his uncle sent to him, engraved on a knife: ''never give up without a fight.''
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Stars go generally this way. First ballooning up into a red giant and then blowing up as supernova or planetary nebula.
* This is the manifesto of various {{transhuman}}ist movements whose goal, among other improvements to the human condition, [[LivingForeverIsAwesome is to make death of old age and associated diseases optional]] through advancement of technology.
* Gavrilo Princip personally accepted the mission to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand because he was dying of tuberculosis and wanted to do something significant while he was still alive. [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI By all accounts, he succeeded at his goal.]]
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