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- In Henry V by William Shakespeare, Harry overhears some of his men doing this.
- Shows up in The Iliad several times.
- Both Safehold and Honor Harrington by David Weber couldn't be complete without main (or just POV) characters exchanging some banter before the battle. There's enough of those in the former to support a drinking game.
Film - Live Action
- In Star Wars - A New Hope, Luke Skywalker tries to persuade Han Solo to help in the upcoming battle and also exchanges words with friends from Tatooine before going into battle.
- Independence Day.
Captain Wilder: You scared, man?
- During the briefing before the first attack on one of the invaders' ships, Marine pilots Wilder and Hiller joke around.
Captain Hiller: No. You?
Captain Wilder: No. (mock fear) Hold me!
Captain Hiller: Hey, pay attention!
Captain Wilder: Let's kick the tires and light the fires, big daddy!
- Later on, when they're at the flight line Captain Wilder continues.
Captain Wilder: As the Good Reverend would say: [switches to Southern preacher voice] Why we are on this particular mission, we'll never know. But I do know, here today, that the Black Knights will emerge victorious once again.
- Aliens during the Drop Ship landing sequence.
Hudson: Ready to get it on? You know it! I'm ready, man! Ready to get it on! We're on an express elevator to hell! Going down!
- Hudson starts things off.
Ripley: How many drops is this for you, Lieutenant?
- Ripley asks some pointed questions.
Lt. Gorman: Thirty-eight... simulated.
Pvt. Vasquez: How many combat drops?
Lt. Gorman: Uh, two... including this one.
Other Marines: [roll their eyes]
Frost: I got a bad feeling about this drop.
- Frost and Crowe discuss their feelings.
Crowe: You always say "I got a bad feeling about this drop".
Frost: Okay, okay. When we get back without you, I'll call your folks.
- The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers. The scenes before the Battle of Helm's Deep, in which the men from about age 14 to 60 are equipped with musty old armour and weapons, provoking comments from the heroes, nervous chattering among the fighters, and a general air of grim anticipation.
Gimli: Most have seen too many winters.
Legolas: Or too few. Look at them. They're frightened. I can see it in their eyes.
- Lampooned in Hot Shots! Part Deux: before they parachute into enemy territory, Rabinowitz tells Topper what he's going to do when the mission is over
- A standout example is found in Saving Private Ryan with the conversations of the soldiers waiting for the German attack on their bridge.
- The conversation between Lafayette and Hamilton just before the eponymous battle in "Yorktown" is remarkably calm, considering the fact that this is Hamilton's first time leading troops.
- "Drink With Me" in Les MisÚrables is the revolutionaries getting one last bittersweet hurrah before they are slaughtered by the French army the next morning. The majority of it is lighthearted banter and reminiscing until Grantaire reminds them that, not only will they likely die, there deaths will be pointless.
- In Mass Effect 3, there's a scene just before the final push where Shepard can share banter with just about anyone who's still alive. Much of it overlaps with It Has Been an Honor.
- The Suikoden games show montages of the various characters in conversation the night before the anticipated big battle.'
- Fire Emblem
- There's quite a few ribbings to be had in the early pre-battle segments of Fire Emblem Awakening, both hero and villain alike. Anything to do with villains Victor and Vincent, for example, has a fair deal of banter before the battle actually commences.