When a character is so fearless or determined that, instead of fleeing, he attacks an overpowering enemy with a laughably underpowered weapon, such as charging a tank with a knife. This is often seen from soldiers (since they usually carry knives in addition to firearms), wherein upon facing an enemy way out of their league and possibly running out of ammo, they pull out their trusty melee EmergencyWeapon.

Of course, unless TheCavalry enters the fray in that very moment (which it often does), it might very well cue a DyingMomentOfAwesome. In some cases, it may lead to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu an incredible victory instead.]]

Contrast NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight and NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight. May be the mark of a ProudWarriorRaceGuy or a {{Determinator}} of any kind. May take the form of AttackAttackRetreatRetreat if PlayedForLaughs. Compare NoGearLevel, when a game forces you to undertake a challenge under or unequipped, and can be done intentionally by gamers as a SelfImposedChallenge.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In one issue of the ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' IDW comics, Jack's sword gets broken, and all of its power goes away. Naturally, [[BigBad Aku]] exploits this, and swoops down on him as soon as he finds him - whereupon Jack, who up until this point was constantly on the run, accepts his fate and attacks Aku with his ''bare hands''.

* Carmen pulls a knife at a Brain Bug during the climax of ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' and actually manages to fend it off until Rico's squad arrives to extract her.
* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Colonel Hardy wastes his ammo [[ShootingSuperman shooting Faora]], then proceeds to pull out a knife and charge her in melee, thus becoming the only human who [[VillainRespect earns her respect]]. Of course, Supes saves him just in time to avert his inevitable death at her hands.
* Sergeant Calhoun in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' runs out of bullets in both her guns, covering the Sugar Rush inhabitants' escape, and is fully prepared to fight [[BigCreepyCrawlies Cy-Bugs]] with her knife to prevent them from escaping that world.
* ''Franchise/{{Predator}}''. The MagicalNativeAmerican Billy throws down his assault rifle and pulls out a really big knife to fight the title monster in a YouShallNotPass. It ends badly for him.
** The Yakuza guy in {{Film/Predators}} did the same with notably better results, although not really for him personally.
* Near the end of ''Film/WhenTheLastSwordIsDrawn'' Yoshimura Kanichiro charges a company of musket-armed troops with only his katana and wakizashi. His last words before charging?
--> "My honor compels me to fight!"
* In the {{Biopic}} ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055070/ Lafayette]]'' about the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution US Revolutionary War]] general [[UsefulNotes/MarquisdeLaFayette of the same name]], he rallies his troops (who, due to supply shortages, are only given six bullets per soldier) with the following short speech:
-->You only have six cartridges, but I have only my sword! Follow me!
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', Captain Jack Sparrow, after being [[spoiler: handcuffed to the ship the crew was abandoning by Elizabeth Swan]], decided that he wouldn't be killed by the Kraken without a fight and choose to charge the behemoth with nothing but his cutlass. [[spoiler: It didn't end well for him, but he returned from the dead in the sequel]].
* A little more than midway through ''Film/TheLastSamurai'', Nobutada stays behind and to cover the retreat of his father Katsumoto and after running out of arrows, draws his swords and charges at his rifle-wielding enemies. He's repeatedly shot before he makes it close.
* Seen at the end of ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', when lacking anything better to do facing a German tank, Tom Hanks' character draws a pistol and starts shooting at it.
* ''Film/PacificRim'': When an EMP blast completely disables the mecha ''Striker Eureka'', the pilots Herc and Chuck Hansen decide to keep fighting until the bitter end. They climb out of the cockpit and shoot at the kaiju Leatherback with flare guns.

* ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' series. The title character once charged a [[BigRedDevil daemon of Khorne]] with nothing but a rusty bayonet and a vial of holy water (presumably people were watching, forcing him into '''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM''' mode, or the alternative was worse). Also invoked, in that his reputation is such that (in his own words) when he asks something of someone, "they'd rather take on a [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/File:Carnifex.jpg Carnifex]] with a broken chair leg than feel they'd let me down".
* ''The Charge Of The Light Brigade'', by Creator/AlfredLordTennyson, an fictionalized account of an actual battle in which a small cavalry detachment attempted to make a break in a line of heavy artillery, with devastating results.
* In ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', Sam attacks [[GiantSpider Shelob]], the daughter of a monster even Sauron's former boss Morgoth had trouble handling, with a knife. The book itself points out how outmatched he is, but [[UndyingLoyalty Sam]] is so furious that she dared to lay a claw on [[TheNotLoveInterest his beloved master]] that he [[RoaringRampageOfRescue runs at her without even thinking about it]]. Against all odds, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu he wins.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the season finale of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', Tyr and Harper are trapped in a room with Magog bearing down on them. Tyr fires his final shot at one then throws the gun at them and pulls out a large knife. He gives Harper one too, and together they prepare to face the Magog horde.
* In the ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' episode "Born to be King", Richard IV is believed lost in battle after he charged a Turkish army, on his own, armed only with a small fruit knife. Between ConservationOfNinjutsu, RuleOfFunny, and the fact that he's played by Creator/BrianBlessed, he triumphed "thanks to his trusty fruit knife".

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Republic players in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' can meet Sergeant Jolis on Balmorra: a SoleSurvivor of a fighter squadron who is now determined to come back and retrieve his comrade's black boxes from the overwhelming Imperial presence even though he basically needs instructions from his astromech droid on how to operate his blaster rifle properly.
* Subverted by a [[BadassNormal warrior or rogue]] [[PlayerCharacter Inquisitor]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', who pulls a dagger at the nigh indestructible, magic-slinging BigBad during [[spoiler:the latter's [[DoomedHometown attack on Haven]]]]. While it looks like the Inquisitor will charge next, they instead lunge sideways to [[spoiler:activate a trebuchet they prepared earlier to fire at the mountainside and cause a slide to bury the entire town]].
* In Act III of ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'', Geralt finds Carmen, the resident HookerWithAHeartOfGold, out in the swamps, mustering courage to cross them in an attempt to reach the druids' hideout. When Geralt points out that a frail city girl like her won't have a chance against the high-level monsters roaming the swamps, she says she's got a dagger and will make it somehow, because the druids ''may'' have a cure for her TrueLove's lycanthropy.

* On [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0542.html at least]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0659.html two occasions]], O-Chul from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has attempted to attack the lich Xykon with nothing but his fists.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[TheCaptain Shining Armor]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has nothing more than the standard unicorn load-out: a basic horn blast and one spell related to his talent ([[BarrierWarrior raising shields and barriers]]). This doesn't stop him from taking on King Sombra and the tag-team of Discord and Tirek, knowing he doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell. ''Alone''.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In May 2004, during the early days of the war in Iraq, a detachment from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders responded to a distress call from 8 British soldiers near Al Amara. But it was an ambush, and the 30 or so men were soon surrounded by more than 150 Iraqi militiamen. After three hours of fighting, their ammunition running low, the commander of the Scottish troops ordered his men to fix bayonets and charge the enemy positions. The Iraqis were completely taken by surprise; 28 were killed and the rest fled with the loss of only 2 Highlanders.
* That story about cavalry charging tanks you might have heard is actually not an example, in case you wondered.
* Say what one may about the Soviet during the early stage of World War 2, but it took brave men to charge head on towards the well-trained, well-armed, superior enemy forces.