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->'''Wrestling/BobbyHeenan:''' Well that's all fine but wait till you're healthy, wait till you're 100%!\\
'''David [=McLane=]:''' Well... you're right.\\
'''Bobby Heenan:''' Of course I'm right, I'm the brain!
-->-- ''W.O.W. Unleashed''

An injured character refuses to stay in bed, despite medical advice. And though he ''says'' it's OnlyAFleshWound, we know better. Sometimes the injured party might go to great lengths to hide his injuries from the other characters, knowing that he will get taken off the field. Other times, the character is mortally wounded and fights on regardless.

In military situations, often indicates strong ''esprit de corps'' or desperate danger, or both. Frustration with his ignorance -- he doesn't know what is happening on the field, to his comrades, or what danger he is in -- may come into play. It may also indicate that the character has been taunted by another and is desperate to prove himself.

Packing off the injured to safety may have to override this impulse, and doesn't always work. On the other hand, despite the danger, this can be survived, sometimes -- but the very fact that the story shows real injuries shows also that they can lead to the logical denouement. [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife Particularly likely if the character is trying to prove something.]] Even in milder cases, when victory is achieved, PostVictoryCollapse is likely to result.

He may use BottledHeroicResolve to keep going. This attitude is one way to become an AnnoyingPatient. If the escape attempt has success, it's a case of ThePatientHasLeftTheBuilding.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Negi Springfield of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' seems to fit this trope pretty well, much to the pain of his friends and family. Sure, he's only ten years old but that doesn't mean few injuries will stop him. Impale him on a stone spear? He'll just use it to bash you in the head with. Cut off his right arm? In his own words "I still have my left!". And you manage to leave a massive hole in his gut, doing so much damage to the rest of the body that it [[TearsOfBlood causes blood to pour from his eye sockets]] and [[BloodFromTheMouth causes him to vomit a pint or two of blood]]? Eh, you're still not gonna win.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'', Lt Burning uses his cane to shatter the cast on his leg so he can be a [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Hero]] and save the Gundam in battle.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' does this a lot. Rock Lee, too, from the same show.
** Naruto is justified in doing it most of the time though, considering he heals from injuries far faster than anyone else, and the doctors are holding him back just to be safe, which is usually just an excuse to have him be PutOnABus for a few episodes.
** Used twice by Hinata in the Three-Tails filler arc. The first time, she gets injured fighting Nurari, and after she tells Kakashi she can still move, Kakashi says the mission is still in effect. Two episodes later, after surviving being crystallized by [[FillerVillain Guren]], Sakura suggests that she shouldn't force herself just yet, and has her stay behind until she recovers.
** Special credit has to go to Onoki, who gets hit by [[spoiler:a fucking ''meteor'']] and still insists on fighting. Bonus points for Onoki already being an old man with a bad back ''before'' the injury.
* Ryu in the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''.
* Likewise Lockon Stratos in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' refuses treatment which will take three weeks instead going out to fight despite being blind in his right eye, [[spoiler:it gets him killed]].
* Scar from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' absolutely ''refuses'' to stay in the refugee camp for Ishvalans, despite the fact that he might not even be able to walk properly at any one point he's there. In his defense, he's also trying to protect them from being punished for harboring him.
** Also, Edward Elric insists on automail surgery so that he can join the state military only ''days'' after losing two of his limbs. It takes a year for him to actually recover and join though (regular automail surgery and therapy would require three years).
** There's also Izumi, who is [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow missing nearly half her internal organs]] and frequently coughs up blood due to that fact, and continues to fight despite it. A couple of characters, including [[WrenchWench Winry Rockbell]] have commented on this, Winry in particular stressing the need for her to go to a hospital that could take better care of her. Of course, a hospital can't do much for the fact ''that she's downright '''missing''' several of her organs.''
** Then there's Lan Fan, who, despite not having a left arm anymore and severely weakened, still wants to go back and [[BodyguardCrush "protect the young lord."]] Doctor Knox manages to talk her out of it, though.
** [[http://mangafox.me/manga/fullmetal_alchemist/v24/c097/41.html Said word by word by Captain Buccaneer even after he got one of his arms scrapped the hell out of him.]]
** Last, but definitely not least... [[spoiler:Colonel Roy Mustang keeps on fighting even when he is ''blind.'']]
* Faust VIII from ''Manga/ShamanKing'' regularly does excruciatingly painful things to himself that no sane doctor would do. Then again, LoveMakesYouCrazy... It might also be justified in that he's implied to be a morphine addict. From Wiki/TheOtherWiki: "When Yoh broke his leg during their fight. Faust tore the broken bone right out of his leg and had Eliza bring him another similar in size, reasoning that replacing the broken bone was faster than letting it heal."
** When he and the other candidates are [[ItMakesSenseInContext dropped from a great height]], it is assumed they will use their powers to land safely. Faust? He does nothing. He reasons the morphine he is constantly hopped up on will leave him conscious after landing, and then he can use Eliza (who is a trained nurse) as his hands to stitch himself together afterwards. Basically, Faust VIII treats his ''own body'' as WeHaveReserves.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has this a lot, especially with, Ichigo, who just never seems to sit still when injured.
** Ganju's fist says "No, no you can't."
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** Nanoha and Vita's injuries at the end of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' were revealed in [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials]] to both be serious enough that the doctors told them to take things easy from now on and that they'll need to go through some rehabilitation, especially Nanoha, whose overuse of [[DeadlyUpgrade Blaster System]] had taken enough of a toll on her that her [[PowerLevel Magic Levels]] had gone down by 10%. Naturally, the both of them were the first ones to return to service on the aftermath of the incident, filling their schedules with many strenuous tasks like nothing happened.
** Also before the final battle of the third season, Zafira and Vice. Especially Zafira, who fights despite being covered in bandages, [[spoiler:managing to capture Otto]] with Shamal, finally turning the tide of the battle against the Numbers.
** And before either of these, in the second episode of ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]'', Raising Heart, badly damaged, assures Nanoha it can be fired. "It's alright."
*** I Can Be Shot
** ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' has [[PureMagicBeing Signum]] getting slashed multiple times and getting stabbed through the spine by an AntiMagic weapon. After surviving that, she takes a few months of rest to recover then goes back to service as soon as she can despite the complaints of Agito.
--> "My bones and guts are still inside me. I can't stay put any longer in this situation".
* Although a football game isn't as life-or-death as some of the other examples, Hiruma in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' returns to the game (over Mamori's objections) after Gaoh breaks his throwing arm. He makes his re-entrance more dramatic by using ketchup to make his face look like a bloody mess.
** The title character also chooses to stay in the game after hitting 40 yards in 4.2 seconds in the Bando match, not wanting to miss out on their victory (or failure, as it had been last time after hitting 4.2.).
* During the Team Masho fight during the Dark Tournament arc of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Team Urameshi only has three usable fighters: Kurama, Yusuke, and a brutally-injured Kuwabara. (One of the corrupt rules board members has tricked their other two fighters into being unavailable.) The first two are taken out (Kurama with grievous injuries and Yusuke by a rules loophole). Masho has one fighter left... so Kuwabara forces himself into the ring to avoid the team being disqualified, even though he can't use his spirit energy due to his injuries. He wins thanks to some [[ThePowerOfLove timely encouragement from his love interest]] tripping a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has had this tons of times with just about every seriously-taken character. Zoro is famous for this, though more or less because of OnlyAFleshWound as Zoro has been sliced and diced and is able to fight later. In one instance, Zoro had been severely cut down the chest and had very little medical help. Despite this, he was able to fight an octopus-man using six swords.
** Brook, having already been heavily injured from his fight with Ryuuma, is sent away due to his injuries, and is absent from much of the early battle with Oz. He returns with salt to help the Straw Hats, claiming to have recovered by drinking milk. However, as he doubles over in pain, it's clear that he hasn't fully healed yet.
** Wiper continues to fight in the Survival Game despite severe injuries, and manages to somehow survive using the extremely powerful Reject Dial three times in one day.
** Luffy is defined by this trope. He [[spoiler:beats Crocodile after dying twice, beats the embodiment of lightning with, literally, a ton of gold fused to his hand, and he climbs up a thousand feet of mountain carrying one person on his back and one person in his ''teeth'' after fighting bear sized rabbits.]] Talk about never surrender.
* Toudou during ''Anime/CodeGeass'''s finale insists this, but Chiba stops him. He actually does this twice in the same battle. After having a mountain explode under him he still kept trying to fight in his sparking crippled personal mecha until he was shot down and then after being recovered and half treated he brushes off further medical aid and tries to get back into the fight in a mook mecha. However he passes out from his injuries before he's even able to get into the cockpit, proving Chiba correct.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', Soichiro Yagami sneaks out of his hospital room, where he was recovering from a (normal) heart attack in order to break into Sakura TV and recover the Second Kira's tapes. At one point, he claims he's never felt more alive.
** Incidentally, he 'broke in' by ''driving an armored truck through the front wall''. Because the second Kira was killing aybody she saw try to enter from her vantage point outside the building.
* Done somewhat humorously with Vegeta in ''Anime/DragonballZ'' who always wants to fight; even death only slows him down slightly.
** He's not the only one. Goku has more than once had an argument with his doctors and his wife over whether or not he could leave his bed.
*** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as any Saiyan that says this and actually gets up [[BetterThanNew usually gets a huge power boost]]. Almost expected of the protagonists due to their supply of [[HealingPotion senzu beans]].
* Van Fanel in ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'': neither the near-complete destruction of his mech nor his own dangerously serious injuries are enough to dissuade him from trying to rush straight to the battlefield on foot (or rather [[spoiler:[[WingPull by wing]]]]) while screaming that he can still fight.
* In the ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' anime, Date Masamune, recovering from a gunshot wound and significant blood loss, gets up and starts to go after his men who were taken hostage. [[BattleButler Kojuurou]] knows he's in no shape to be going anywhere and eventually has to challenge his master to a fight, which he wins by only attacking from his blind side, (gently) punching him in his injury and then (carefully) knocking him out with a blow to the head. Masamune later has another episode of ICanStillFight (due to the same injury) against Nobunaga.
* In episode 49 of the first season of ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'' Ray is directly attacked by Bryan's bit-beast Falborg's wind attacks. After winning the second match and tying the score, Ray blacks out. His teammates worry about him and try to talk him out of going back out there for the third match, but Ray doesn't listen. Ray is almost killed during the third match, but his bit-beast Driger saves him and Ray manages to win the battle.
* Cruely subverted AND played straight in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' in the battle with Asuka and the Mass Production Evas. While the Mass Production Evas get their limbs ripped off, get ripped in half, have spikes launched through their skulls, and have their brains bashed out, they still come back to life every single time. On the other hand, [[spoiler: Asuka gets impaled through the skull, then pinned to the ground, and then suffers as the MP Evas all feast upon her Eva's organs, while she suffers the same injuries as Unit-02. And yet, after being skewered, she still struggles to fight. Her dying words are literally "I'll kill you."]] This also counts as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, debatably.
* Done nicely in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' in the Benizakura storyline. Otae is in charge of keeping the heavily injured Gintoki from returning to the fight against Benizakura. She breaks his sword and threatens even more bodily harm to him until he finally agrees to stay put. [[spoiler: As soon as her back is turned, he's off, but Otae knew that was coming too. Not only does she have all his clothes laid out for him to leave, she's left her umbrella for him to borrow as he heads out in the rain, with a note requesting its safe return.]]
* Tsuna from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' essentially "powers up" based on this trope...as well as only being able to win because of it most of the time...in fact he [[spoiler: only won against Byakuran in the future arc in episode 203 because he has a habit of this.]] this is almost the basis of the "dying will" concept itself.
* Crow Hogan takes on this trope in the World Racing Grand Prix Arc of ''Anime/Yugioh5Ds''. After his replacement team member Akiza also gets attacked, Crow decides to duel against the nasty Team Catastrophe that injured them both. [[spoiler: [[TheDeterminator With a half-broken arm, he manages to beat an enemy duelist all while figuring out then dodging their insanely cheap trick that makes motorcycles crash.]]]]
* After being beaten into a coma in the twelfth episode of ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', [[spoiler:Kotetsu]] wakes up the next day and insists on joining in on the mission to take Sternbild back from Ouroboros, despite the debilitating pain he experiences from just trying to get out of the bed. While Blue Rose manages to talk him out of it, [[spoiler:he ends up doing it ''again'', this time to save Barnaby, after he gets it in his head that his [[HourOfPower Hundred Power]] could probably work as a makeshift HealingFactor]].
* Joe Asakura, in the last episodes of the first ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' series: he suffers headaches, numbness in one hand, and is rattled by blinding flashes of light. He refuses to tell anyone what is happening to him, and then goes off to find Galactor headquarters. Once there, he gets bent, folded, spindled, and shot up -- even while killing goons. [[spoiler: He finally dies from his injuries -- but not before saying goodbye to his comrades.]]
* ''Manga/InuYasha''
** Even after getting stabbed, blown up, poisoned, [[BroughtDownToNormal turned human]] and/or smacked by his own signature attack, Manga/{{Inuyasha}} will not stay down. Nor can his friends make him.
** Likewise, his [[HandicappedBadass one-armed]] brother will not let others protect him during battle or move him off the battlefield even when that sole arm is ripped to shreds, disarming him in a truly unfunny way.
* Happens with growing frequency in ''Manga/YuGiOh'''s last arc, Millennium World, when stakes are upped to include more frequent injury (through the characters' life energy running out when their monster familiars are destroyed). The Pharaoh has his ka Slifer nearly destroyed in battle but refuses to give in, eventually using it as a decoy. He also is knocked off a cliff by Bakura, and returns wounded but insisting that they chase Bakura before the city is targeted again. In both cases, the priest [[DoggedNiceGuy Shada]] tries to reason with him, to limited success.
* Nobody in ''Manga/FairyTail'' ever stays down; when the person really is too injured/suicidal to fight, [[TheHero Natsu]] knocks them out and takes their place.
* Most exorcists in ''Manga/DGrayman'' are like this, but Allen Walker really takes the cake. There was that one time he was pulling off a rescue mission with one arm falling apart and his other hand broken in half while being continuously electrocuted. Allen asked the man he was rescuing to bite down on his broken hand so he could lift him because it couldn't function well enough to lift him on its own. The best example is probably when he gets thrown into a wall so hard it leaves a large crater and his resulting injuries are so severe he can't move anymore. He lets his sentient Innocence weapon take control of his body so he can still fight. Allen Walker. Is. Fantastic.
* Played for laughs in ''Anime/KillLaKill'' - As both a BloodKnight and {{Determinator}}, Uzu Sanageyama insists on continuing a fight even after he's been thoroughly defeated. The problem with this is that, since combatants are almost invariably defeated by [[ClothingDamage destroying their]] [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Goku uniform]], this means that he insists on carrying on with the battle [[FullFrontalAssault completely naked]]. [[PleasePutSomeClothesOn Gamagoori does not approve.]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': A standard for Ash's Pokemon, and Ash himself. Even Team Rocket have had their moments, most notably in buying time for their Weezing and Arbok to escape a powerful poacher.

* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': On more than one occasion during the Mega Epics, Dredd has simply refused medical care after being badly injured because he ''cannot'' abandon his post for any length of time with the city on the verge of destruction.

* ''FanFic/YouObey'' (''Franchise/MyLittlePony''): Shadowfax [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/119688/1/you-obey/the-interrogation refuses to break,]] no matter how [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique harsh]] the [[ColdBloodedTorture interrogation]] methods her captors use.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' fanfic ''FanFic/{{Insontis}}'', [=McCoy=] insists on running after Kirk when he escapes from his kidnapper, even though he's barely recovered from being drugged half-conscious.
* Another 'refusal to break' one is Han Solo in the ''Film/StarWars'' fic "[[https://m.fanfiction.net/s/2696712/1/Important-Information Important Information]]". He endures beating, burning, whipping, rape, bugs called blood parasites burrowing into his flesh, and a force mind probe. He admits to Leia later that he came close to breaking, but managed not to reveal anything more than the person who told him the stuff (during the probe). And on top of that,driven by adrenaline and Luke lending him strength through the force, he stands up while the RoaringRampageOfRescue is going on, not caring that both his arms and a number of other bones are broken, and manages to take out two Stormtroopers and the guy who originally set the whole thing up. He takes out one trooper, then confronts the mastermind. The guy starts choking him while he's dealing with a trooper that Luke warns him is sneaking up behind him, but after blasting the trooper, Han manages to turn his blaster backward,shove it into the guy's chest, and pull the trigger before collapsing from his injuries.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' ExpandedUniverse of Creator/AAPessimal, pugnacious Assassin Johanna Smith-Rhodes is a repeated annoyance to Matron Igorina, repeatedly going against Igor advice that, for instance, a broken arm or very advanced pregnancy means she should retire honourably from combat. Igorina is less than enchanted in fiction '''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11536013/1/Hyperemesis-gravidarum Hyperemesis Gravidarum]]''' to realise Johanna's younger sister (a student Assassin) shares this family trait.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In an alternate ending of Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'' film, Robin is in bed with an injury suffered rescuing Maid Marian from the sheriff. A rider is coming and Robin insists on dressing and getting up.
* Said almost verbatim in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', only replace "fight" with "race". One car gets totalled so badly... well, [[http://www.pixar-planet.fr/psd/capture_perso/cars/armstrong2.jpg see for yourself.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the original version of ''Film/TheAlamo'', Jim Bowie was no doubt the ''worest'' patient amoung the fort's defenders. Often yelling loudly at those who tried to get him out of harms way whenever he became injured.
* Happens to the main character in the movie ''Film/{{Click}}'', so he could tell his son that "family comes first" and make up for never being at home thanks to the fast-forward on the remote. He dies, but [[spoiler: It was AllJustADream]].
* The entire second half of ''Film/TheWrestler'' is based on this trope.
* ''Film/BestOfTheBest''. Eric Roberts gets his shoulder severely injured, and should on all normal accounts be taken out of the karate tournament, but persuades the coach to finish his match for the good of the team.
* Literal scene in ''Film/BlackHawkDown'', but it takes some conditioning from officer in charge to have severely wounded soldier eek out "I'm still in the fight". [[IronicEcho Repeated]] in the aftermath scenes with the same soldier telling the same officer "Don't go back out there without me. I can still do my job". In the epitaph, we'll learn said soldier actually died from his wounds.
* ''Film/The13thWarrior'': "Lo there do I see my father. Lo there do I see my mother and my sisters and my brothers..."
* In ''Film/ThreeHundred'', this seems to be more or less expected of the soldiers.
-->'''Leonidas:''' I trust [[EyeScream that scratch]] hasn't made you useless.
-->'''Dilios:''' It's [[EyepatchOfPower only an eye]], my lord. The gods saw fit to grace me [[OnlyAFleshWound with a spare]].
* Humorously by the Black Knight in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail.'' Even with all his limbs get hacked off he insists he can still fight.
* Time and time again in ''Film/{{Zulu}}''.

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', one of the princesses refuses to stay out of combat: "We had to all but sit on her to keep her where things are safer."
* Near the end of the ''{{Franchise/Star Wars|Expanded Universe}}'' EU novel ''Literature/{{Shatterpoint}}'', Depa Billaba (suffering from a combination of mental and Force breakdown) invokes this trope verbatim: "I can fight. I can ''always'' fight." She eventually goes on to defeat Mace Windu in single combat.
** Another ''Star Wars'' [=EU=] story has the ARC Trooper Alpha, pretty much the badass among badasses of the clone troopers, get crippled from the waist down when General Grievous impales his spine on a pair of lightsabers. When Obi-Wan Kenobi calls for medics, Alpha instead insists that he just give him a blaster. After all, his arms and eyes are still fully functional, so he can still shoot.
* In Creator/SandyMitchell's ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novel ''Duty Calls'', Cain refuses to stay in bed longer than three days despite his concussion (and he does not have a HardHead). Of course, he was afraid that the enemy were too close and he might die in his bed.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Honour Guard'', Corbec and other injured Ghosts, order to evacuate, instead desert to join the Ghosts in their honour guard duties.
** In ''Ghostmaker'', when Dorden and other Ghosts were trying to protect injured soldiers in a field hospital, Culcis, one of the wounded men, led several of them out to help: they were capable of shooting, though not all of them could stand.
** In ''Only In Death'', Tona Criid, suffering a concussion, had to be argued with -- and finally given a flat order -- to get on the plane for evacuation.
** In ''Straight Silver'', Rawne and Barda leave their beds -- though frustration with ignorance had more to do with it than desire to fight.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels, Sam Vimes the workaholic Watch Commander does this all the time. The people who know him mostly give up after a token protest and wait in patience until he falls over.
* Merric insists on joining Kel's other friends in the fourth ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' even though he's still weak from bloodloss. So [[CombatMedic Neal]] and the others come up with a solution, to Kel's displeasure.
--> '''Kel:''' You had to tie him to his horse to get him this far!\\
'''Merric:''' But I'm ''really well'' tied.
* Urthstripe the badger in the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' novel ''Salamandastron''. In this case, he's delirious as well as severely injured. The hares tried to keep him down by tying him into bed. [[TheDeterminator He gets up]] [[UnstoppableRage to fight anyway.]]
* Starting in about the third book and continuing from there, [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] tends to be beat to hell and back before the final showdown, and heads into battle when in any other circumstances he'd be in too much pain to go on.
* Used now and again in the ''Literature/XWingSeries'', when pilots in their snubfighters are badly damaged and have to keep flying. Lara Notsil is fully aware that "No, I'm good to fly" is the pilot's "automatic response, whether Imperial or New Republic, whether truth or self-delusion".
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novels:
** In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' novel ''Legion'', Mu checks this with Soneka: should he really be up? He assures her that the medical papers were just to convince the authorities that his erratic behavior had been combat fatigue.
** In Creator/JamesSwallow's ''The Flight of the Eisenstein'', after Garro loses his leg, he still hobbles into the fight, with help from another Death Guard, who tells him he's in no condition to fight.
--->''As long as a Death Guard draws breath, he's in a condition to fight!''
** In another Creator/JamesSwallow novel, ''Faith & Fire'', Isabel is dragging one leg, but in answer to "Can you fight?" says "Need you ask?" Made all the more impressive because this is a well trained normal rather then a super soldier.
** In Lee Lightner's Literature/SpaceWolf novel ''Sons of Fenris'', when Jeremiah [[BottledHeroicResolve revives]] his fellow Dark Angels, he asks Nathaniel how his wounds are; Nathaniel answers, "I can fight."
** Another novel, ''Legion of the Damned'', has [[NewMeat Scout Omar]] mauled by a cultist mob, [[UnfriendlyFire stabbed through the chest]], then [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe he gets his legs eaten by a daemon]]. He demands to rejoin his battle brothers on the front lines three days later (he ends up spotting for a sniper, then later picking up the rifle himself).
* This is the climax to ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}''. Nobody will fight for Rebecca [[spoiler: except for Brian [=DuBois=]-Guilbert; the Templars, knowing that, have tapped to be their champion against her]], but Ivanhoe, still suffering from the side wound that has kept him unconscious for most of the book, shows up to defend her, still barely able to keep on his horse. In the book, [[spoiler: he wins by virtue of [=DuBois=] Guilbert's guilty conscience-induced heart attack]], while the movies play it much more straight.
* Éowyn tries to pull this in Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. They drag in Faramir to stop her; he points out that the army has gone too far and she can't catch up, and if the battle does come to them, she would be better able to fight if she rested now.
* Much of the cast of the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series have done this at some point or another... Harry especially, obviously, because the kid was practically marked at birth. A humorous example from HBP was when Harry had been arguing with an annoying Quidditch teammate (Cormac [=McLaggen=]) during a match, who was trying to show another player how to do their job during a match. When Harry tells Cormac to get back to his own position, Cormac accidentally knocks Harry unconscious and, for the umpteenth time, he finds himself in a hospital bed, remarking furiously to Madame Pomfrey,
--->"I don't want to stay here overnight. I want to find [=McLaggen=] and kill him."\\
"I'm afraid that would come under the heading of 'overexertion'."
* ''Every single character'' in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has pulled this at least once. Every main male character except for Mat has pulled this at least five times. The record probably goes to Rand, especially as he has another character with an empathic bond with him nearby at almost all times shocked at how he endures the pain of his unhealed wounds.
* Literature/HonorHarrington at the end of ''Flag In Exile''. Honor has: been called a whore for most of the book, [[spoiler:blamed herself for an industrial accident which killed a group of schoolchildren, learned that the "accident" was sabotage, had her armoured shuttle shot down so thoroughly it blew up, and saved from a point-blank assassination when ''Grayson's spiritual leader'' [[HeroicSacrifice threw himself in front of her]], and generally [[{{Hamlet}} suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.]] She finally gets to the Council Chamber, battered, bruised, limping and exhausted, presents her evidence, and names the man who's been orchestrating all of this...who promptly claims a traditional form of justice and demands to face the Protector's Champion in trial by sword combat. And guess who that is? The Protector, seeing that she's in no shape to fight, begins to back off from his proclamation (which will undermine his authority for all time), but she cuts him off:]]
--> '''Honor''': Your Grace, I have only one question. [[spoiler:Do you wish this man [[Awesome/HonorHarrington crippled, or dead?]]]]
** After [[spoiler:disemboweling and decapitating her opponent on the floor of the Council Chamber]], she then goes on to design a strategy to allow the Grayson navy to fight [[spoiler:and win a space battle in which they were outnumbered about three to one without getting any sleep for the day or so after the swordfight as that would hurt morale.]] After coming up with the battle plan, she delegates the actual execution to her flag captain. He hadn't been blown up recently, had had a good night's sleep, and generally in better condition to judge when the best time to start each stage of the plan was.
** Practically anytime one of the competent admirals, captains, or XOs is injured, they are going back to their bridge as soon as they regain consciousness regardless of what the doctor thinks unless they are physically unable to move themselves there or there's someone above them to order them back to bed.
* In the Literature/{{Everworld}} book ''Enter the Enchanted'', Galahad managed to get out of his tent and stand to provide moral support, after he was wounded in a way that would have fatal in his time, but he managed to pull through after stitches and a blood transfusion. [[spoiler:Then, in the process of blocking an attack, his stitches burst and he bled to death anyway.]]
* In ''The Man In The Iron Mask'', the final installment of Alexandre Dumas's ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' saga, Raoul, the son of Athos, combines this with DeathSeeker at the Battle of Gigelli. Despite being wounded, Raoul continues trying to fight, helping to encourage and rally the faltering French assault. The French win, but Raoul dies.
* In ''Literature/RachelGriffin'', Rachel takes quite a beating during the final battle but refuses to follow advice or orders to stay in the infirmary, since she can still help save others.
* Simona Ahrnstedt gives us a moment of this in her debut novel ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}''. When female protagonist Beatrice falls off a horse and gets injured, she still wants to get up, despite being adviced not to do so by Seth, her love interest.
* ''[[Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles Gregor and the Code of Claw]]'' has everyone doing this.
* In ''Redemption Ark'', a ''Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries'' novel, Ilia Volyova demands control of a militarized freighter and a portion of the [[DoomsdayDevice Hell-Class weapons]] to hold off [[spoiler: the Inhibitors, after she receives a terminal dose of radiation during the battle between the the ''Nostalgia For Infinity'' and ''Zodiacal Light'' [[MileLongShip lighthuggers]]]].
* Between the ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' novels ''The Commodore'' and ''Lord Hornblower,'' Hornblower spends a year on medical leave for the case of typhus that nearly killed him during Napoleon's attempt to invade Russia. When he's put in charge of a squadron again, Bush (who as his longtime NumberTwo knows that Hornblower routinely pushes himself to the limits of endurance ''anyway'') suggests that he ought to take it easy because, again, a year's medical leave from an almost fatal case of typhus. Hornblower gets quite angry at him for hinting that he might be less than fit for duty. Then he feels ashamed of himself for snapping at an old friend who's just worried about his health and apologizes... though he still doesn't take it easy.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Subverted in ''Series/TheATeam'' episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS2E21DeadlyManuevers Deadly Manuevers]]". Hannibal tries to struggle back to his feet to go after the villains who kidnapped the rest of the team not long after he's awakened after being dosed with [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink spiked milk]]. However, the fact that he's so in pain he can't even stand up and Dr. Sullivan's advice that he's going to have to wait longer before he can be back to normal make him lie down again.
* Happens a LOT on ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
** In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Deadly Years", while suffering from a disease that causes accelerated aging, Captain Kirk wants to go to the bridge and take command to fight the Romulans even though he's in no condition to do so (worse, his mental deterioration has made him [[IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance unaware of how unfit he really is]]).
** In "Journey To Babel", Kirk pretends to be recovered from a stab wound and returns to the bridge so that Spock will step down and provide a needed blood transfusion for his father Sarek. He intends to return to Sick Bay as soon as this is accomplished, but the enemy attacks at just the wrong time.
** On ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', while imprisoned by the Dominion, Worf is made to fight against increasingly experienced Jem'Hadar soldiers. He [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy continues to fight]] despite his constantly worsening injuries, even past the point where [[HonorBeforeReason he clearly has no chance of winning]]. His determination does, however, earn him the respect of his final opponent [[spoiler:who refuses to kill him. It gets him executed.]]
** Janeway in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' does this several times, as does Tuvok (he continues performing his duties after being blinded by a Krenim torpedo in "Year of Hell").
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'', "There's No Place Like Home, Part 1": Jack rushes off after the mercenaries' helicopter hours after an appendectomy.
* Tony on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' returns to work shortly after having the pneumonic plague, looking peaky and pale. He still manages to outrun an exploding car, albeit not as quickly as he might have if healthy. Of course, all is forgotten during the next episode (the third season premiere) even though the timeline has only advanced a few hours.
** Actually, the timeline advances 1-2 days from the car bombing until the finale proper. And another 1-2 days (at least) from Kate's Death to Ziva's introduction. And it is implied that he had been on sick leave for a period of time before all this started. Still fits the trope though.
* ''BandOfBrothers'' has a few instances of soldiers returning to the frontline before being released as fit by the military hospital, to the extent that one soldier gets scorned by Easy Company for ''not'' returning to the field as soon as he was able.
** This is a common phenomenon with soldiers in any war. They would rather be with their troops and fight than leave them. Whether their doctors allow them to do so is another matter. There is also the factor that when released from the hospital a soldier would often end up reassigned to whatever unit was needing replacement rather then their original units. There is a strong desire to go back to fight with your friends then a bunch of guys you've never met.
** Frequently, the soldier has to ''escape'' from the hospital.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers,'' every time anyone has ''ever'' gotten hurt, it seems.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'': Chris, frequently. [[spoiler:It didn't work so well for him]].
* Reid's drug problem in Season Two of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' is the result of a lot of factors coming together, but this trope is definitely one of them. Being kidnapped and tortured left him traumatized and in no shape to spend all day looking at photos of bloody crime scenes. However, by the very next episode, he's back at work doing exactly that, and overreacting to the point of paranoia at any tiny suggestion on his coworker's parts that he might not be ready to do so yet. Instead of taking the time to cope with his issues in a healthy way, he starts using Dilaudid, which, if it doesn't make his trauma go away, at least lets him forget about it long enough to kind-of-sort-of do his job.
* Sheppard in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' is crushed when a booby-trapped building collapses and a metal rod pierces his side. When he is saved Dr. Keller tells him he needs a transfusion and surgery immediately, but he insists on a quick patch job so he can lead the mission to rescue Teyla. Ridiculously, both the doctor and the expedition leader decide to allow this.
* Booth on ''Series/{{Bones}}'' in the episode "Two Bodies in the Lab". He got blown up by a bomb, was barely able to stay on his feet, and still signed himself out of the hospital to go with Hodgins, then insisted on going in to save Brennan.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E22AllHellBreaksLoosePartTwo "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part Two" (S02, Ep22)]], Sam still grimaces and winces when he moves, but insists on pursuing the Yellow-Eyed Demon.
-->'''Dean:''' Whoa, whoa, whoa. Stop, Sam, stop! Damn it. You almost died in there. I mean, what would I 've can't you just take care of yourself for a little bit, huh? Just for a little bit?
-->'''Sam:''' I'm sorry. No.
* In the series finale of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Gunn is wounded really badly and losing blood fast, but he still insists he can continue to fight in the incoming (and seemingly endless) battle.

[[folder:Myth And Legend]]
* A commonplace version of the legend of RobinHood is that he sat up in his sickbed to shoot off an arrow and directed Little John to bury him where it hit. Then he died.
** There is a joke, stating that, because of this, Robin Hood was buried in his wardrobe.
*** Referenced in the erotic webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' -- the arrow lands in a man's butt. The not-quite-dead man's response? ''"What, again!?"''

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* After missing out on a title match against Fantasia and being regulated to managerial duty at the 2004 GLORY convention, Lexie Fyfe decided to defy doctors orders when she saw then Wrestling/{{TNA}} wrestler Desire was set to appear at Spinebuster Championship Wrestling and no opponent had been booked. Fyfe ended up hurting herself more than Desire did through [[DamnYouMuscleMemory accidental]] use of her injured arm.
* Wrestling/SamoaJoe was't medically clear for ''Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH The Final Showdown'' on account of his broken ribs, but insisted on entering into a four way dance with Jack Evans, [[Wrestling/HunterJohnston Delirious]] and Ebetaroh anyway, saying that if any of them could pin him he'd give them the Pure Wrestling Title belt.
* Just as ROH was finally convincing Joe to stay out of the ring, his protege Wrestling/JayLethal claimed as much at ''Nowhere To Run'' when it was announced his doctor had said he may never be able to return to the ring after Wrestling/LowKi and Homicide gave him a Ghetto Stomp and Cop Killer at the same time.
* {{Enforced|Trope}} in Wrestling/RingOfHonor after Lacey sees Wrestling/AustinAries refuse to let her throw in the towel for him. Wrestling/JimmyJacobs, by contrast, very much wanted [[Wrestling/SethRollins Tyler Black]] to throw in the towel and end their "[[GimmickMatches I Quit]]" match but Lacey forced Black to let it play out to the end.
* Before ''Supercard Of Honor VII'', Jay Briscoe received the first injury of his then thirteen year career after being gored by Wrestling/{{Rh|yno}}ino of SCUM. His doctor suggested Jay get surgery but Briscoe refused because that would mean he would miss the pay per view where he would be getting a title shot at SCUM leader Wrestling/KevinSteen. When the doctor said he'd have to miss the event whether he opted for surgery or not Jay just blew him off and went anyway...and won the belt, leading to SCUM's gradual decline. But before that happened, SCUM attacked Briscoe again after he defeated their new leader, Wrestling/MattHardy, injuring Jay's shoulder once again and forcing him to vacate the belt...or rather forcing matchmaker Wrestling/NigelMcGuinness to vacate the belt since Jay refused to stop defending it even with his arm in a sling.
* Fire Ant prevented the referee from calling a disqualification at EVOLVE 30 after Moose interrupted an [[Wrestling/DragonGate Open The United Gate]] match between the Bravado Brothers and The Colony, caught Fire Ant while he was doing a plancha and rammed him into the ring post.
* While listing the wrestlers not medically cleared for SHINE 24, Lexie Fyfe dryly noted [[Wrestling/BlackRose La Rosa Negra]] had been begging and pleading for another shot at Taylor Made, who gave her [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown a brass knuckle beating]] and didn't do worse only because of Wrestling/IvelisseVelez, who was banned for other reasons.
* After SHINE 28, La Rosa Negra would demand a rematch, in text, after an assault on her throat from Malia Hosaka and Leilani Kai left her unable to speak. On the same show, Velez returned from injury, possibly too soon, and had a fit when her title match vs Santana Garrett was ended due to referee stoppage, even though it was clear she ''couldn't'' fight at that point.
* After being being forced out of the ring due to a shoulder injury in 2016, Wrestling/HiroshiTanahashi admitted that he had been getting advice to quit and rehab his shoulder before he'd be forced out by it and concluded this attitude was his biggest weakness.
* In October 2015, Wrestling/NigelMcGuinness removed Steve Corino from his commentary position for putting his hands on a wrestler, BJ Whimter, but understanding why, given Whitmer had {{brainwashed}} Corino's son, reinstated him back on the active roster. This lead to Corino saying goodbye from ROH, since he had a doctor's note saying he could no longer wrestle. However, Whitmer was so persistent in his antagonism of Corino and his friend [[CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown Mr. Wrestling III]] throughout 2016, [[AndYourLittleDogToo even threatening to bring Corino's wife into the equation]] that Corino ended up going against doctor's orders and vowing to be ready for a [[NoHoldsBarredContest fight without honor]] by July.
* Vélez herself became the poster girl for it in SHINE when she wasn't able to capitalize on a title shot she earned due to breaking her ankle at a Wrestling/LuchaUnderground event. About seven months later Vélez returned to SHINE with much fanfare to challenge reigning champion Santana Garrett... who retained when the referee stopped the match out of concern for Vélez's ankle. Ivelisse [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge started building a Valkyrie like power stable]] in retaliation to this "screw job" only to miss more SHINE shows when her ankle was broken again on another Lucha Underground event. Still, Vélez returned from injury much quicker, and seemingly much stronger than she had from the first, successfully winning the SHINE title...only to be forced to vacate it when her doctor disputed the notion Vélez was medically clear.

* In the final scene of ''Theatre/ManOfLaMancha'':
--> '''Quixote''': Not well? What is sickness to the body of a knight-errant? What matter wounds? For each time he falls, he will rise again, and woe to the wicked! Sancho!
--> '''Sancho''': Here, Your Grace!
--> '''Quixote''': My armor! My sword!
* The Theatre/MrsHawking play series: Despite her injury in the first scene of ''[[http://www.mrshawking.com/?page_id=1913 Base Instruments]]'' and Mary and Nathaniel's concern, Mrs. Hawking insists on going about her usual business as a society avenger.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Done as a game mechanic in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII''. Sometimes when a character loses all their HP, they will get back up and regain a small sliver of health.
* This happens to no less than three characters in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''. First is Edward, who was [[SquishyWizard squishy to start with]] (and not much good in a fight anyway, come to that), who remained bedridden for a good chunk of the game after a shipwreck. Then there's Cid, whose injury was [[spoiler:riding a ''nuclear bomb'' to close the hole linking the surface to the underworld]], who ignores the medical advice and fixes your airship before passing out again. Finally is Yang, who [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice stopped the Tower of Babil's cannon from firing]]]], and after you revive him via FryingPanOfDoom was told by the Sylphs to stay in bed.
* Galuf, from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' would kindly like to remind you that he can still fight. On 0 hp. Simultaniously the[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Best]] and the[[TearJerker Saddest]] moment of the entire game.
* In ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', [[RobotBuddy Thursday]] tanks an attack from the ghost of Don Joaquin that was meant to strike down a recently disgraced Gordon. It isn't until the battle afterwards that it is discovered his memory circuit took gratuitous damage and could trigger complete memory loss. He chooses to go on fighting anyway, and starts breaking down once Laharl defeats Don Joaquin in combat. Moved by the concern Gordon and Jennifer have for Thursday, he restores Thursday to functionality, his last act as Defender of Earth.
* In ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'', Fayt Leingod will invoke this trope verbatim (quite doggedly to boot) if his hp is knocked into the redzone from taking massive damage.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'', Ragna says this word-for-word, albeit with pauses between, after you beat him in Hakumen's Arcade Mode path. Tager also says this verbatim as one of his Quick Tech quotes.
** Just the once? Please. Besides the aforementioned encounter with Hakumen, he also did it with [[AxCrazy Nu]] at the end of the first game, against [[BigBad Hazama]] at the end of the second game, and against [[PersonOfMassDestruction Azrael]] in the third game. Fighting on with grim determination when he realistically has no chance of winning is pretty much Ragna's entire thing.
** Jin is just as stubborn - bonus points for parachuting out of an airship despite his injuries and having the balls to fight Hazama in his bad state. Hazama even lampshades this in ''Slight Hope''.
---> ''"We set you up all nice and comfy in the NOL medical ward, and you just hobble off? Not gonna lie, it smacks of ingratitude..."''
* After a vicious fight with [[TheDragon Rance]] in ''VideoGame/TargetEarth'', Rance's Assault Suit is badly damaged, and Rance himself is bloodied and burned. Rex (the hero), says "It's over," to which Rance shouts, "Not while I live! I can still--" [[KilledMidsentence Cue Assault Suit explosion.]]
* In ''Call of Duty 4: VideoGame/ModernWarfare'', you rescue an informant named Nikolai from a brutal imprisonment. Nikolai is handed a weapon and quotes this trope word-for-word.
* Villainous example: In ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', Ramsus tries for this after getting the crap beaten out of him by [[spoiler: Fei's alter ego, Id]], only for his partner Miang to fly him out of the battle. Technically, it was only his [[HumongousMecha Gear]] that was damaged, not him, but [[CurbStompBattle the way that battle was going]], he still wouldn't have lasted much longer.
--> '''Ramsus:''' Don't do anything rash, Miang! [[WhatAnIdiot I still have one arm left!]]
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven 2'', a large number of Raimon soccer club members gets hurt, sent to hospital, and is never used again during the main game. [[spoiler: Someoka]] is injured during one point, and the first thing Coach Hitomiko does is sacking him off the team.
* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', Dwarves have been known to keep fighting until they pass out from pain. Then again, so does everything else.
** Inverted on occasion, too--sometimes, cuts or fevers can send them to the hospital, unable to fight, work, spar, or [[TooDumbToLive feed themselves]] until the chief medical dwarf checks them over and fixes their boo-boo if possible. This may be justified, however; small cuts often lead to deadly infections, and fevers may come from forgotten beast or similar syndromes which may also cause such effects as massive bleeding or [[BodyHorror necrosis of the skin]] or Armok ''knows'' what.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'''s "Overlord" DLC, there's a minor example of this: a [[{{Mook}} security mech]] tries to shoot Shepard and gets shot. Acting like nothing happened, it tries to shoot them again and gets its arm blown off. Undeterred, it tries to shoot them with its remaining arm, and gets ''that'' shot off. At that point, it [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere gives up and runs.]]
** With the extended cut in VideoGame/MassEffect3, several of your squadmates will pull this during [[spoiler: the evac scene before Shepard goes up the conduit, insisting they stay with Shepard despite needing the other squaddie to hold them up. James Vega and Javik will actually say "I can still fight."]]
* In ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', several characters have dying animations that consist of them struggling to stand up or acting like nothing happened to them before collapsing on the ground.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', if Leon is killed by an attack that makes him lie face-down on the ground, he'll try to push himself back up before collapsing.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' has the dying mechanic. If you're hit by an overwhelmingly powerful attack or run out of health, the character starts limping slowly and clutching his chest while his vision blurs. If help gets to you in time or if you manage to tap the button fast enough, you'll recover with a sliver of health.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' also has this same mechanic, but you're reduced to slowly crawling on your back until you recover. At least you can still shoot while you're dying this time.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration 2'', [[{{Determinator}} Kyouske]] insists on getting back into the fight despite [[TheRival Axel]] sending him to the ICU a few scenarios earlier. By the next mission, he's rolled out his MidSeasonUpgrade and hell bent on [[spoiler: Rescuing his partner, whose also his ''Girlfriend'' mind you, from the hands of the Einst.]] Tweeked a bit in the anime where he's forced to play a sideline role using a customized Mook unit until the repairs on his machine can be completed.
* Said by Elena every time she loses a unit in ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'''s PSP port. Subverted in that she doesn't take any damage herself until she's the last unit, but she still insists on fighting even if it's just her against four dragon riders.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}'', wounded soldiers can be sent on missions, as long as they're not ''too'' wounded. Their wounds have little impact on their performance anyway (especially because of the current [[Main/GoodBadBugs Good Bad Bug]] that makes it possible to instantly heal these injuries with a simple medikit).
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'' has this as a game mechanic. As long as Travis is still on his feet when he loses all his health, the player can [[SmashingSurvival furiously waggle the sticks]] to make him regain a bit of health and keep fighting. It can be done up to [[UpToEleven four times.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', Akihiko gets himself injured in combat the first time one of the giant Shadows appears, and spends the following month driving Mitsuru up the walls with his repeated attempts to get back into training before he's fully recovered.
* Said word-for-word by [[Franchise/DevilMayCry Dante]] in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' when defeated with a light attack.
* ''VideoGame/HolyUmbrella'':
-->'''Viper''': Alright then. ''[Starts to leave]''\\
'''Princess''': Viper! You're too weak to move!\\
'''Viper''': Sorry, but I really gotta dash. Gotta act before the Princess loses her strength.
* Done as a tragic example in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' in a flashback. [[spoiler: 100 years prior, Calamity Ganon broke free and corrupted the ancient battle machines, the Guardians and the Divine Beasts. Link and Zelda are caught by the Guardians and with nowhere else to run, Link decides to hold his ground to protect Zelda and [[OneManArmy fight them all head on]]. Link collapses to his knees and struggles to stand as another Guardian closes in while ignoring Zelda's pleas to run away after having sustained mortal injuries. Zelda's powers awakens and she obliterates the rest of the Guardians herself while Link collapses and falls unconscious. Link would have died on the spot if Zelda hadn't given the Sheikah orders to have Link be put in the Shrine of Resurrection.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Shiki from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' and Shirou from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' are both grade-A perpetrators of this trope, refusing to stay in bed even when crippled, sick, recovering (or suffering) from DemonicPossession, energy drained or recently come BackFromTheDead. Also in the Fate route, Saber gives this line when severe exhaustion leaves her unable to even arm herself. She tries to pull a HeroicSacrifice, distracting Berserker while Shirou and Tohsaka escape, but ''that'' little honor goes to Archer.
** It's justified in Shirou's case, due to [[spoiler:having Saber's sheathe inside his body, giving him super regenerative powers.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Hakuouki}}'', "I can still fight!" is practically Okita Souji's SurvivalMantra after his [[IncurableCoughOfDeath tuberculosis]] starts to get the better of him. In all routes but Okita's own, Hijikata refuses to hear of it and flatly forbids Okita from going anywhere near action; in [[TheAnimeOfTheGame the anime adaptation]], however, Okita manages to pull a LastStand, burning himself out in combat.
** Hijikata himself proves to be an even worse case: after taking severe injuries during the battle at Utsunomiya Castle, he's all set to drag himself out to the front lines in Aizu, and it's only via a very pointed and physical smackdown from Saito that he's convinced to stay behind and recuperate properly.

* [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Baron Wulfenbach]] of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' constructs a HumongousMecha so he could walk around without technically leaving his bed.
** And his son toughs out a bullet wound long enough to give the impression that he's NighInvulnerable.
*** Twice. [[spoiler:''And'' wrestles down a HumongousMecha after the second one.]]
** And then Tarvek convinces his NinjaMaid to drug him with enough [[BottledHeroicResolve stimulants]] that he can escape from his hospital prison bed and charge into a maze of death traps. Of course, the drugs wear off pretty quickly after he goes for a rodeo ride on a [[HumongousMecha devil dog]], and he's in [[HeroicRROD worse shape than ever]].
* Agent Ben Preston from ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'' gets shot in the shoulder and hospitalized. Both his boss and his doctor insist that he needs rest. Preston then successfully talks his boss into letting him resume the case.
* Antimony from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' gets a knock on the head, blacks out, and wakes up in the infirmary. She's told to stay in bed, but she sneaks off to find Reynardine.
* In ''Webcomic/TheBeastLegion'', after [[http://www.thebeastlegion.com/issue-05-page-28-unimpressed/ Xeus gets a thrashing from Ginta]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Dawson in ''Literature/GreekNinja''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': "I can breathe . . . '''I CAN FIGHT!'''"
** Part of a RunningGag. ItMakesSenseInContext, suffice to say he was a skeleton a moment before.
* ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'' featured a battle between a human and "alien" fleet. The JerkAss captain of the human flagship, with his ship crippled, says, "If she can fly, she can fight!" He then performs a HeroicSacrifice, resulting in AlasPoorScrappy.
* Suberted in a ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode. After Robin has his arm broken, back at the Tower, the Titans are prepared to force him to relax instead of going after the criminal, knowing full well his obsessive personality. So Robin...just goes and watches TV. Huh.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Jim Bowie (of Bowie Knife fame) at the Alamo, fighting literally from his sickbed, first with a multi-barrel musket, then with a pair of guns, then throwing his eponymous knives, until finally overwhelmed by the sheer number of Mexican soldiers coming into his bedroom after him.
* UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat once had to ride around in front of his army with a punctured lung to show the troops that he wasn't that badly hurt.
* UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionheart got various forms of diarrheal diseases while on crusade, and had the butt cut off his suit of armor so he could relieve himself in the middle of battle without having to take off the whole armor.
* An Australian soldier in the battle of the [[CrowningMoment/WorldWarTwo Kokoda Trail]] was wounded in the chest with three machine gun rounds. Unable to be evacuated to the rear, he fought on for nearly a month from his stretcher, continuing to man a heavy machine gun, despite pink froth coming out of his three sucking chest wounds the entire time and no painkillers available.
* Major Robert Cain got blinded, deafened and all-round mauled by German tanks in [=WW2=]. Bastard still kept on hunting tanks. In a three-day period he destroyed ''six goddamned tanks''.
* Several American pilots during the Battle of Guadalcanal continued to fly missions despite bad malarial fevers.
* The American general who commanded forces in the Philippines after [=MacArthur=] escaped, and who spent the rest of the war in a Japanese prison camp, was so weakened by malnutrition and disease that he could barely stand, but he stood proud to sign the Japanese surrender documents on behalf of the Americans at the end of the war. Admiral John Sidney [=McCain=] also was at that ceremony, despite being so sick that he died only a few days later.
* An American sailor on one of the destroyers at the [[CrowningMoment/WorldWarTwo Battle Off Samar]] was split open crotch to throat by a Japanese shell splinter, but still lay on the deck next to his gun mount, shouting encouragement to his fellow crewmen and begging someone to keep firing the gun.
** That sailor was Paul Carr, crew chief of his gun.
** Let's not forget the rest of Taffy 3 especially Captain Earnest Evans and the destroyer Johnston. During the battle the bridge of the Johnston was hit and while wounded Captain Evans steered the ship from the rear steering station of the vessel. His ship now having only one functioning engine then saw a Japanese Cruiser and destroyer squadron doing a torpedo run on the carriers and rushed in to engage. Evans didn't get a Medal of Honor for nothing!
* Ronald Reagan famously refused to stay in his wheelchair when released from the hospital following the 1981 assassination attempt, as he felt it necessary to show America that he had not been incapacitated.
* And then there was [[http://www.cracked.com/article_17019_5-real-life-soldiers-who-make-rambo-look-like-pussy.html this one guy from India]]...
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Cornwell Jack Cornwell]], a sixteen-year-old sailor in World War One, fought in the Battle of Jutland aboard the HMS Chester. Even though huge pieces of steel shrapnel were embedded in his chest, he remained at his gun sight and waited for orders. He died two days later.
* Cervantes (the author of ''Literature/DonQuixote'') was in bed with a high fever when the Holy League's navy shipped out for the Battle of Lepanto, but insisted on coming along. He was wounded three times, including losing a hand.
* Gustavus II Adolphus, King of Sweden and one of the major players in the early UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar had a musket ball lodged in his neck that prevented him from wearing armour, since a cuirass pressing on the ball caused excruciating pain. He led cavalry charges wearing a [[HellBentForLeather leather jacket]] instead.
* Gustav´s Danish contemporary Christian IV suffered the loss of an eye during ''his'' campaign in the Thirty years war. His response? "I Still Live!" His response, and attitude, was rendered so badass, the whole incident became the central tbeme of the Danish royal hymn.
* Nusaybah bint Kaab was a female warrior who fought in the armies of the Prophet Muhammad in the early days of Islam's expansion. During the battle of Uhud in the 7th century, she was nearly killed defending Muhammad. Lying near death the day after the battle, she heard the Prophet call for reinforcements and got up to answer to call, at which point she keeled over from blood loss. She eventually recovered.
* The sports world is full of this; especially UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball, where the ability to play through pain is considered to be a job requirement. One particularly famous example is when [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague San Francisco 49ers]] safety Ronnie Lott, a player noted for hitting opponents so hard that he sometimes knocked himself out, was to be held inactive for the SuperBowl due to a broken finger; he instead asked doctors to amputate it so that he could compete.
** Another typical example: in one of the early Arena Football League championship games, a quarterback suffered a knee injury, and could be heard to say, "I heard it pop". Torn ligaments typically require surgery, and as much as a year and a half of rehabilitation, and many players report that the most difficult part of rehabilitation is the psychological aspect of learning to put trust in that damaged knee again. This player demanded to return to the game, and was effective, despite reinjuring the knee.
* In the boxing world, Smoking Joe Frazier EMBODIES this trope. The man would quite literally never stop coming forward giving him his nickname as he resembled a continuous train on its tracks. All of his losses either came from a decision or otherwise the fight was stopped. Hell, after being knocked down at lest seven times in two rounds, he STILL kept coming forward against Foreman and would have got up against Ali in the thriller in Manilla had it not been for his manager. Plus he had a cataract in one of his eyes meaning he fought many fights of his career partially blind. The man always could carrying on fighting and most likely would keep on doing so until he keeled over and died. Demonstrated here: http://youtu.be/x9l_RrjjTMc
* Gary Gordon and Randy Shughart, two Delta Operators who fought and died during the Battle of Mogadishu. If anyone know's who I'm talking about, these TWO men single handedly heald of hordes of Somalis, killing 24 before they were overrun themselves... And to make it even more interesting, there's unofficially 1000 of equally well trained men like these two. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Gordon Just]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Shughart Sayin'...]]
** Also see ''Film/BlackHawkDown'' movie entry above.
* In Easy Company, of the 101st Airborne during World War II, if you didn't duck out of hospital as soon as you were able, the rest of the squad wouldn't be all that happy about having you back, figuring that you would rather spend time laid up than fighting alongside your fellow troopers. This was actually relatively common in World War II among injured troops, who would sneak out of the hospital in an attempt to get back to their units, as official Army policy was to assign them to the nearest shorthanded unit rather than their former group.
* Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (yes, the son of ''that'' UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt) suffered from arthritis (which forced him to walk with a cane) and heart disease, but that still didn't stop him from personally leading his troops ashore on Utah Beach at Normandy on D-Day, an action which won him the Congressional Medal of Honor. He died of a heart attack just over a month later on July 12, 1944. Badass runs [[BadAssFamily in the family]].
* Before the [[UsefulNotes/GrecoPersianWars climax of the Battle of Thermopylae]], two of the 300 Spartans named Eurytus and Aristodemus were allowed to go home after they were stricken by eye inflammations. Eurytus stayed even though he was practically blind, and died together with the rest of the 300. Aristodemus went home and was shunned by Spartan society for being a coward, and this only stopped when he also died in battle.
* The German 70th Infantry Division in WWII was known as "the stomach division", and was comprised of soldiers who had minor illnesses (such as stomach upset and diarrhea) which would not prevent them fighting should the need become desperate enough, as it did for Germany during the Battle of the Bulge.
* USS Yorktown (CV-5) was seriously damaged at the Battle of the Coral Sea in World War 2, to the point that the Japanese assumed she must have sunk. Upon Yorktown's return to Pearl Harbor, it was initially estimated that it would take two weeks to fully repair her. A mere ''48 hours'' later, she was underway again, patched up enough to lend needed support to a task force headed to reinforce Midway ahead of an impending Japanese attack. In spite of her partially-repaired state, it still took a RasputinianDeath of torpedoes and bombs over three days before she finally sank, and her planes helped take down two enemy carriers, including the one whose own planes mortally wounded Yorktown.