Whenever the hero or his allies are under great odds, even seeming doomed to be destroyed by a single foe, army, or unstoppable force of nature, there's the chance that one of the main characters will give a speech or word that'll conjure the power of either an unseen choir, instrumental band or actually a character in the scene that'll rally their spirits to face their death and carry on with dignity and valor.
The heroes don't necessarily have to succeed- strictly speaking they don't even have to live past the endeavor, but the Song of Courage at least makes them look cool
as they fall. The Song isn't about not going gentle into that good night- it's about triumph against the fear of death, and the people singing it may simply be awaiting their imminent deaths, knowing that trying to fight it won't help.
The Song of Courage can either be heard by the characters, or it could just be ambience for the sake of the audience.
Sister trope of The Song Before The Storm
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Anime & Manga
- The Pied Piper plays one (crossed with The Power of Rock) in the "Countdown" arc, using Queen's "The Show Must Go On," a song that probably qualifies for the trope all by itself given the fact that Freddie Mercury was dying of AIDS-related complications at the time it was recorded.
Live Action TV
- "Walk Through the Fire" from Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Musical Episode, "Once More, With Feeling".
- "Yo Way Oh" from Lexx, also known as "The Fight Song of the Brunnen-G". The lyrics are in in the (fictional) language of the (fictional) Brunnen-G, but a translation exists and it basically amounts to a call to battle, a declaration of what is worth fighting for (one's home and heart), and a vow to win or die but always as a Warrior Poet. Traditionally sung before (or during) a hopeless battle or Heroic Sacrifice.
- Game of Thrones. Sansa leads the women of the Red Keep in a song during the Battle of Blackwater when Stannis Baratheon's army is battering down the city gates and the Queen Regent walks out on them.
- The Bard class in Dungeons & Dragons and other games, often singing songs that make his allies litterally immune to fear.
- Theme to Fire Emblem.
- Several songs from Final Fantasy 9, such as Those Whom I Must Protect and You Are Not Alone.
- GONG from Super Robot Wars Alpha 3. The song that gives our heroes the courage to stand up against the LITERAL God of Death and is sung by EVERY SINGLE MECHA PILOT FROM EVERY SINGLE SIGNIFICANT MECHA SERIES IN THE HISTORY OF ANIME. Yeah, it is that badass
- The Microwave Scene in Metal Gear Solid 4 can be seen in here , Tear Jerker included.