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* Also, tardigrades. Dehydrate them and they'll curl up into a small shape called the "Tun state". Then you can chill 'em, zap 'em, stick 'em in the ''hard fucking vacuum of outer fucking space''... and after you rehydrate them, they'll just uncurl from their Tun state and say "I'm still alive, motherfucker!" For example, the European Space Agency decided to stress-test these half-a-millimeter-long water bears by, and I kid you not, virtually spacing the "poor, helpless creatures" by opening the airlock they were in! 2/3 of them survived, came down to Earth, and the pregnant females gave birth to viable embryos. The experiment was called "Tardigrades In Space". Sound not clever at all? Let me rephrase that. "''TARD''igrades ''I''n ''S''pace." That's right - they abbreviated it as ''TARDIS''.

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* Also, tardigrades. Dehydrate them and they'll curl up into a small shape called the "Tun state". Then you can chill 'em, zap 'em, stick 'em in the ''hard fucking vacuum of outer fucking space''... and after you rehydrate them, they'll just uncurl from their Tun state and say "I'm still alive, motherfucker!" For example, the European Space Agency decided to stress-test these half-a-millimeter-long water bears by, and I kid you not, virtually spacing the "poor, helpless creatures" by opening the airlock they were in! 2/3 of them survived, came down to Earth, and the pregnant females gave birth to viable embryos. The experiment was called "Tardigrades In Space". Sound not clever at all? Let me rephrase that. "''TARD''igrades ''I''n ''S''pace." That's right - they abbreviated it as ''TARDIS''.


* Squirrels that raid birdfeeders. Capsaicin powder in the seed, slinkies on the poles, greased poles, and a hundred other ploys will not keep these from the birdseed for long. It gets really aggravating. You can buy birdfeeders that '''[[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spin]]''' and they still hold on for dear life, and try again. You would think they would get the message, considering how smart they supposedly are. People who want the birds to have a chance have produced the aforementioned contrivances and more. "Sorry, squirrel, this feeder's inaccessib- OhCrap. Maybe ''this'' will work..."

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* Squirrels that raid birdfeeders. Capsaicin powder in the seed, slinkies on the poles, greased poles, and a hundred other ploys will not keep these from the birdseed for long. It gets really aggravating. You can buy birdfeeders that '''[[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spin]]''' [[SpectacularSpinning spin]] and they still hold on for dear life, and try again. You would think they would get the message, considering how smart they supposedly are. People who want the birds to have a chance have produced the aforementioned contrivances and more. "Sorry, squirrel, this feeder's inaccessib- OhCrap. Maybe ''this'' will work..."


*** During the Second Punic War, the ''coloniae'' (essentially, city-sized fortified outposts in recently conquered territory built to show the new subjects how good it was to be Romans and, if necessary, serve as advanced bases to quell any rebellion) of Cremona and Placentia found themselves isolated when the Gauls of Northern Italy rose to support Hannibal. [[TheSiege Placentia resisted for eighteen years before being destroyed]], ''after'' Hannibal had already left Italy and been defeated at Zama, while [[InvincibleLittleVillage Cremona resisted long enough to see the entirety of the Roman military crush the Gaulish revolt under her walls]].

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*** During the Second Punic War, the ''coloniae'' (essentially, city-sized fortified outposts in recently conquered territory built to show the new subjects how good it was to be Romans and, if necessary, serve as advanced bases to quell any rebellion) of Cremona and Placentia found themselves isolated when the Gauls of Northern Italy rose to support Hannibal. [[TheSiege Placentia resisted for eighteen years before being destroyed]], ''after'' Hannibal had already left Italy and been defeated at Zama, while [[InvincibleLittleVillage Cremona resisted long enough to see the entirety of the Roman military crush the Gaulish revolt under her walls]].walls.


* Manchester United in 1999 Champions League Final. Bayern led 1-0 first with Basler's goal in 6th minute. When did United reverse 2-1? In 90+1 and 90+3 minute.

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* Manchester United in the 1999 Champions League Final. Bayern led 1-0 first with Basler's goal Munich took the lead in the 6th minute. When did United reverse score their goals to win the match 2-1? In the 90+1 and 90+3 minute.minutes.
** Manchester United did this kind of thing ''so often'' under manager Alex Ferguson that commentators coined the phrase "Fergie Time" to describe how they always seemed to mount a last-minute comeback. In the aforementioned Champions League Final, commentator Clive Tyldesley reacted to a late United attack with, "They must score! They always score!" - and then they scored their equaliser.
* During the 1976 UsefulNotes/FormulaOne season, Niki Lauda was the reigning champion and one of the two main challengers for the title, along with James Hunt. Then at the German Grand Prix, Lauda suffered a horrific crash in which he sustained severe facial burns, as well as lung damage from toxic fumes. His injuries were so severe that he was read the last rites... and yet he was back racing just ''six weeks later'', with his head swathed in bloody bandages, ''and came fourth''. He did, admittedly, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere pull out of the season-ending Japanese GP due to inclement weather conditions]], allowing Hunt to win the title by a single point... but then he returned for 1977 and won his second world title with ease.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isner–Mahut_match_at_the_2010_Wimbledon_Championships John Isner and Nicolas Mahut.]] Let's play tennis in an official, sanctioned match in the historic Wimbledon tournament... for eleven hours. Granted, it was spread over three days, but to put things in perspective, the previous record for a match was 6 hours, 33 minutes. The 5th set? '''Eight hours, and 11 minutes.'''. Nearly every record in the history book for number of X in a single match and set was '''''shattered'''''. Neither side wanted to go down, and both of them played like they were playing to win it all, including at one point where Mahut threw his racket in a desperation attempt to return a volley. Isner even fell to the ground in celebration when he finally won. But after all that, instead of simply shaking Mahut's hand, he gave him a hug. And perhaps in the best follow up of all time, at the 2011 tourney, they drew each other '''again''' to meet in the first round. Fittingly enough, it was decided in straight sets with Isner once again defeating Mahut.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isner–Mahut_match_at_the_2010_Wimbledon_Championships John Isner and Nicolas Mahut.]] Let's play tennis in an official, sanctioned match in the historic Wimbledon tournament... for eleven hours. Granted, it was spread over three days, but to put things in perspective, the previous record for a match was 6 hours, 33 minutes. The 5th set? '''Eight hours, and 11 minutes.'''. Nearly every record in the history book for number of X in a single match and set was '''''shattered'''''. Neither side wanted to go down, and both of them played like they were playing to win it all, including at one point where Mahut threw his racket in a desperation desperate attempt to return a volley. Isner even fell to the ground in celebration when he finally won. But after all that, instead of simply shaking Mahut's hand, he gave him a hug. And perhaps in the best follow up follow-up of all time, at the 2011 tourney, they drew each other '''again''' to meet in the first round. Fittingly enough, it was decided in straight sets with Isner once again defeating Mahut.


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* Andy Murray ended 2016 as the number-1 tennis player in the world, having spent the majority of his career in the shadows of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. [[YankTheDogsChain Then in 2017, he began suffering from a recurring hip injury that curtailed his career]] until just before the 2019 Australian Open, he called a tearful press conference in which he described the chronic pain his injury was causing him - he struggled to even ''get dressed'' - and admitted the Australian Open might be his last tournament. He was knocked out in the first round of that tournament... in a five-set match that lasted ''four hours''. Instead of retiring, Murray had an operation to resurface his hip, and not only did he become the first player ''ever'' to have such an operation and carry on playing professionally, he proceeded to win the European Open just months after making his singles comeback and despite losing the first set of the final 6-3.


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** That first comeback was thanks to Steven Gerrard, who was named Man of the Match. Gerrard made a career out of this sort of thing; the man just ''did not know when to give up''. One year after the "Miracle in Istabul", Liverpool were 3-2 down in the FA Cup Final with only injury time to go. Liverpool had played ''63 games'' that year, with Gerrard appearing in 53 of them, and the whole team was visibly tiring. Even Gerrard looked to have run out of steam... and then, out of absolutely nowhere, he did ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uVF74OqZDY this]]''. Liverpool went on to win on penalties.


* A very, very dark example reared its head in the German cities of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst at the turn of the millennium. Craving the respect and admiration of his peers, intensive care nurse [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niels_Hogel]] concluded that the best way to achieve this was to poison a patient under his care and then revive them in a heroic display of medical skill. Things went south and the patient died. Not about to be dissuaded from his quest by such a minor setback, Högel tried again. And again. And again. And again and again and again until five years later, in 2005, over '''100 patients''' had paid with their life for Högel's determination... and that's just the confirmed cases, with as many as 300 possible victims attributed to this insanity. A final trial in 2019 eventually sentenced him to life in prison for the murder of at least 85 people, and although Högel's hero fantasies never played out the way he wanted, he immortalized himself as the most prolific serial killer in German post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII history, and the country's worst mass murderer in peacetime.

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* A very, very dark example reared its head in the German cities of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst at the turn of the millennium. Craving the respect and admiration of his peers, intensive care nurse [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niels_Hogel]] org/wiki/Niels_Hogel Niels Hogel]] concluded that the best way to achieve this was to poison a patient under his care and then revive them in a heroic display of medical skill. Things went south and the patient died. Not about to be dissuaded from his quest by such a minor setback, Högel tried again. And again. And again. And again and again and again until five years later, in 2005, over '''100 patients''' had paid with their life for Högel's determination... and that's just the confirmed cases, with as many as 300 possible victims attributed to this insanity. A final trial in 2019 eventually sentenced him to life in prison for the murder of at least 85 people, and although Högel's hero fantasies never played out the way he wanted, he immortalized himself as the most prolific serial killer in German post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII history, and the country's worst mass murderer in peacetime.


* A very, very dark example reared its head in the German cities of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst at the turn of the millennium. Craving the respect and admiration of his peers, intensive care nurse [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niels_H%C3%B6gel Niels Högel]] concluded that the best way to achieve this was to poison a patient under his care and then revive them in a heroic display of medical skill. Things went south and the patient died. Not about to be dissuaded from his quest by such a minor setback, Högel tried again. And again. And again. And again and again and again until five years later, in 2005, over '''100 patients''' had paid with their life for Högel's determination... and that's just the confirmed cases, with as many as 300 possible victims attributed to this insanity. A final trial in 2019 eventually sentenced him to life in prison for the murder of at least 85 people, and although Högel's hero fantasies never played out the way he wanted, he immortalized himself as the most prolific serial killer in German post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII history, and the country's worst mass murderer in peacetime.

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* A very, very dark example reared its head in the German cities of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst at the turn of the millennium. Craving the respect and admiration of his peers, intensive care nurse [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niels_H%C3%B6gel Niels Högel]] org/wiki/Niels_Hogel]] concluded that the best way to achieve this was to poison a patient under his care and then revive them in a heroic display of medical skill. Things went south and the patient died. Not about to be dissuaded from his quest by such a minor setback, Högel tried again. And again. And again. And again and again and again until five years later, in 2005, over '''100 patients''' had paid with their life for Högel's determination... and that's just the confirmed cases, with as many as 300 possible victims attributed to this insanity. A final trial in 2019 eventually sentenced him to life in prison for the murder of at least 85 people, and although Högel's hero fantasies never played out the way he wanted, he immortalized himself as the most prolific serial killer in German post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII history, and the country's worst mass murderer in peacetime.


* Chris Ryan (pseudonym), the SAS member that during the First Gulf War walked over 200 miles in the Iraqi desert over 8 days with no supplies, evaded detection and capture, survived the weather and even drinking water contaminated with nuclear waste in what is by far "the longest escape and evasion" by any soldier to date.

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* Chris Ryan (pseudonym), Creator/ChrisRyan, the SAS member that during the First Gulf War walked over 200 miles in the Iraqi desert over 8 days with no supplies, evaded detection and capture, survived the weather and even drinking water contaminated with nuclear waste in what is by far "the longest escape and evasion" by any soldier to date.


* In the ''Series/BattleBots'' competition, Duck has had surprising success in spite of its crude design by being a determinator. It has perhaps the weakest weapon in the history of the show, a simple flipper with almost no lift velocity. Beyond that, it has only its own ruggedness. In a typical match, Duck will toss itself into the opposing bot's weapon and absorb its best shots until the enemy simply damages ''itself'' with its own offense enough to disable it. Its entire strategy is simply outlasting opponents.

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* In the ''Series/BattleBots'' competition, Duck has had surprising success in spite of its crude design by being a determinator. It has perhaps the weakest weapon in the history of the show, a simple flipper with almost no lift velocity. Beyond that, it has only its own ruggedness. In a typical match, Duck will toss itself into the opposing bot's weapon and absorb its best shots until the enemy simply damages ''itself'' with its own offense enough to disable it. Its Duck's entire strategy is simply outlasting opponents.


* Georg Elser, a fairly talented but ordinary German craftsman in the 1930s. He began to fear the possibility of a destructive war in Europe, and, sometimes around 1933, had an epiphany that Germany's new Chancellor, Adolf Hitler, would probably be the catalyst and that he would kill this Hitler fellow. While he engaged in minor acts of defiance and talked to some communists, he kept his later self-described obsession about killing Hitler mostly to himself. Over the next few years, he continued to work in various factories and trades while he thought about this plan and quietly learned about explosives and timing mechanisms. In 1938 he decided that the perfect time to strike would during an annual speech that Hitler always performed at the same time and place as his first failed Putsch years ago. He quietly took measurements of the public beer hall and spent the months as the war broke out getting jobs at mines and explosive factories in order to steal explosives and parts to build a powerful working bomb with an accurate enough timer. After months of work, he finally was able to design, build and test a sufficiently accurate and reliable detonator, pretending to be just an ordinary eccentric tinkerer to anyone who asked about his strange technical drawings all over his place. Building a detonator that could be set days in advance and go off at a precise time within a few minutes was something that was a challenge for even the best professional engineers in the day with the full resources of government r&d, much less a guy stuck in one of the most repressive police states on earth. Georg moved to Munich where the bell was in late 1939 and established himself as a "regular" at the restaurant attached to the hall, just so he could hide in it as it closed and would work all night hollowing out a pillar with just hand tools because he could not make any noise, while then hiding his work before it opened the next day. During the day he would continue designing his bomb until he could return the following night, sleeping mostly in a hiding spot in the hall after he finished his nightly work. Eventually, a few days before the speech, he installed the bomb overcoming many unforeseen last-minute technical problems that would make this entry even longer and sealed it in the pillar with the timer set to go off in the pillar near where Hitler would be standing at the evening the speech was going to happen. Finally, days later, Hitler gave his speech but was unexpectedly cut short and had to leave to deal with other matters. About ten minutes later, a massive explosion collapsed the hall, killing 7 instantly and injuring dozens more. Sadly, Hitler was not among them. Georg was caught days later trying to cross into Switzerland with a picture of the stage and some drawings of clocks. Eventually, it was put together that he was the man responsible. Despite his conviction, he managed to survive in a concentration camp until 1944 until he was sadly shot days before British forces stormed the camp where he died.



* The unofficial motto of the postal service is: [[UnstoppableMailman "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."]] Only a few times has the US Postal Service had to suspend service in areas, such as parts of the Midwest during the 2019 polar vortex.
** This was taken from the motto of the couriers' service of the Achaemenid Empire, which Western audiences might remember from their appearance in ''Film/ThreeHundred''. [[HollywoodHistory They weren't like that.]]
* The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity was intended to last 90 martian days. It ended up lasting ''eight Earth years'', and it's ''still ticking''.
** Its sister unit Spirit lasted several years past the 90 days.
** [[SubvertedTrope Unfortunately, Opportunity was finally declared "dead" on the 13th of February this year.]] It lasted for 15 years and holds the record for the longest distance driven by an earth vehicle off the planet

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* The unofficial motto of the postal service is: [[UnstoppableMailman "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."]] Only a few times has the US Postal Service had to suspend service in areas, such as parts of the Midwest during the 2019 polar vortex.
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vortex. This was taken from the motto of the couriers' service of the Achaemenid Empire, which Western audiences might remember from their appearance in ''Film/ThreeHundred''. [[HollywoodHistory They weren't like that.]]
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* The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity was intended to last 90 martian days. It ended up lasting ''eight Earth years'', and it's ''still ticking''.
** Its sister unit Spirit lasted several years past the 90 days.
** [[SubvertedTrope Unfortunately, Opportunity was finally declared "dead" on the 13th of February this year.]] It lasted
for 15 years and holds the record for the longest distance driven by an earth vehicle off the planet



* Since we're talking space exploration, how about the astronauts and ground crew of Apollo 13? So many things went wrong, down to the point where they had to duct-tape together a kludged up air filter just so they could continue to breathe for the remainder of the trip home, but still, 3 guys in a space capsule, 200,000+ miles from earth, managed to make it back alive and relatively unscathed. "Failure is NOT an option!"
* A relatively mild example, but no less impressive. Early in the 2013 season of Australia's Got Talent, a duo performing a roller-skate dance routine was doing great before the guy lost his balance and his partner hit the floor head-first. It must not have been as hard an impact as it looked and sounded, because she was back on her feet in moments saying that she was fine and wanted to try the last part again, even joking that "[she's] given birth to two kids, that was nothing." The judges let them do the last part they messed up again and they got through to the next round.

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* Since we're talking space exploration, how about the The astronauts and ground crew of Apollo 13? So many things went wrong, down to the point where they had to duct-tape together a kludged up air filter just so they could continue to breathe for the remainder of the trip home, but still, 3 guys in a space capsule, 200,000+ miles from earth, managed to make it back alive and relatively unscathed. "Failure is NOT an option!"
* A relatively mild example, but no less impressive. Early in the 2013 season of Australia's Got Talent, a duo performing a roller-skate dance routine was doing great before the guy lost his balance and his partner hit the floor head-first. It must not have been as hard an impact as it looked and sounded, because she was back on her feet in moments saying that she was fine and wanted to try the last part again, even joking that "[she's] given she's "given birth to two kids, that kids. That was nothing." The judges let them do the last part they messed up again and they got through to the next round.



* The mob of over 50,000 viewers in the {{LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemon}} channel playing together a modified version of [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Pokemon Red]], struggling for control over the main character and somehow managing to ''beat the game''.

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* In the ''Series/BattleBots'' competition, Duck has had surprising success in spite of its crude design by being a determinator. It has perhaps the weakest weapon in the history of the show, a simple flipper with almost no lift velocity. Beyond that, it has only its own ruggedness. In a typical match, Duck will toss itself into the opposing bot's weapon and absorb its best shots until the enemy simply damages ''itself'' with its own offense enough to disable it. Its entire strategy is simply outlasting opponents.






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* '''You'''. The average human being will go through emotional pain, from the heartbreak of betrayal to the agony of losing a loved one, physical trauma, be it a debilitating disease or a horrendous injury, and sometimes even torture; see any cases of child abuse, big or small. Chances are ''you'' have at some point gone through at least one of these horrific occurrences, and yet here you read, my friend. We are one of the few species who can feel a colossal range of emotion, a species who regularly fill our environment with hundreds of thousands of tonnes of speeding steel and iron, not to mention our passion for killing each other, and we '''[[HumansAreSurvivors keep]] [[LastStand on going]]'''.
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* Perhaps only rivalled by Wrestling/KazushiSakuraba's epic 90-minute fight with Helio's son, Royce Gracie in the PRIDE FC. Sakuraba is the Determinator here, as shortly after that fight he showed up for the next one, against the 50 lbs heavier, much better rested, and feared striker Igor Vovchanchyn (pretty much his worst nightmare if you would choose one)''and went the distance for another 20 minutes'' - fighting well enough for the match to be considered a draw. His corner decided to throw in the towel at this point before the extra round was on, just as Royce's corner had done earlier.

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* Perhaps only rivalled by Wrestling/KazushiSakuraba's epic 90-minute fight with Helio's son, Wrestling/KazushiSakuraba fought Royce Gracie in the a PRIDE FC. FC tournament under special rules that allowed for unlimited 15-minute rounds. By comparison, modern championship fights last only five 5-minute rounds. Sakuraba is fought Gracie for six rounds, a total of 90 minutes, before Gracie conceded defeat. Even more amazingly, Sakuraba fought again on the Determinator here, as shortly after that fight he showed up for the next one, very same night against the 50 lbs heavier, much better rested, and Igor Vovchanchyn, a feared striker Igor who was much better rested and outweighed Sakuraba by 50 lbs. Even ''more'' amazingly, he fought Vovchanchyn (pretty much his worst nightmare if you would choose one)''and went the distance for another 20 minutes'' - to a draw over their scheduled 15-minute fight. Only after fighting well enough for a total of 105 minutes in a single event did Sakuraba concede the match and decline to be considered enter a draw. His corner decided to throw in the towel at this point before the extra round was on, just as Royce's corner had done earlier.tiebreaker round.



* Johnny Hoogerland. During the 9th stage of the 2011 UsefulNotes/TourDeFrance, he was in a 5-man breakaway five minutes ahead of the main field. Due to his performance in said breakaway, he had regained the King of the Mountains jersey that he had lost the day before and it waited for him at the end of the stage. However, another rider in the breakaway (Juan Antonio Flecha) was sideswiped by a TV car. Fletcha slammed into Hoogerland, sending him flying... '''''into a barbed-wire fence. At 30 miles per hour.''''' The fence destroyed his shorts and left him with multiple deep lacerations on his thighs. What did this man do? He got bandaged up by medical, found a new pair of shorts, got back on his bike, and finished the stage. He finished nearly fifteen minutes behind the main field and was in visibly excruciating pain as he stood on the podium to accept his [=KotM=] jersey. After the ceremony, he finally went to the hospital and ended up requiring ''33 stitches'' to close the gashes on his legs. Two days later, he gets back on his bike and manages to complete the race. '''''Badass.'''''
** Flecha also deserves mentioning here. he wasn't treated like a human chopping block, but cartwheeling at 30 mph has to hurt. Still, he climbed back on his bike and finished as well.
** The race itself has a determinator-award, which is given by a jury. Hoogerland and Flecha shared the award for the stage mentioned. Neither rider won it for the entire race that year.
* UFC fighter Chris Leben is this trope cranked up to 11. He's not very fast, he's not very coordinated, and he has the defensive skills of a man with a magnetic hat in a knife store, but somehow, some way, he gets you. He has shrugged off blows that looked like they would have killed the average man and has more than once gone into a "zombie mode" wherein he was most likely completely unconscious and still punching.

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* Johnny Hoogerland. During the 9th stage of the 2011 UsefulNotes/TourDeFrance, he was in a 5-man breakaway five minutes ahead of the main field. Due to his performance in said breakaway, he had regained the King of the Mountains jersey that he had lost the day before and it waited for him at the end of the stage. However, another rider in the breakaway (Juan Antonio Flecha) was sideswiped by a TV car. Fletcha slammed into Hoogerland, sending him flying... '''''into into a barbed-wire fence. At 30 miles per hour.''''' The fence destroyed his shorts and left him with multiple deep lacerations on his thighs. What did this man do? He got bandaged up by medical, found a new pair of shorts, got back on his bike, and finished the stage. He finished nearly fifteen minutes behind the main field and was in visibly excruciating pain as he stood on the podium to accept his [=KotM=] jersey. After the ceremony, he finally went to the hospital and ended up requiring ''33 stitches'' to close the gashes on his legs. Two days later, he gets back on his bike and manages to complete the race. '''''Badass.'''''
** Flecha also deserves mentioning here. he wasn't treated like a human chopping block, but cartwheeling at 30 mph has to hurt. Still, he climbed back on his bike and finished as well.
** The race itself has a determinator-award, which is given by a jury. Hoogerland and Flecha shared the award for the stage mentioned. Neither rider won it for the entire race that year.
* UFC fighter Chris Leben is this trope cranked up to 11. He's not very fast, he's not very coordinated, and he has the defensive skills of a man with a magnetic hat in a knife store, but somehow, some way, he gets you. He has shrugged off blows that looked like they would have killed the average man and has more than once gone into a "zombie mode" wherein he was most likely completely unconscious and still punching.



** 44 years later, fellow German Bastian Schweinsteiger remained on the field despite becoming TheChewToy of the opposing Argentina team: Schweinsteiger was felled 7 times, including a punch to the face that required some stitches.

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** 44 years later, fellow * German Bastian Schweinsteiger remained on the field despite becoming TheChewToy of the opposing Argentina team: Schweinsteiger was felled 7 times, including a punch to the face that required some stitches.



* French Savateur Gilles Le Duigou. In a match against a Japanese fighter, he had both his arms broken, but fought on, and ended up winning. Could someone please tell me why the French are known as CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys again?

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* French Savateur Gilles Le Duigou. In a match against a Japanese fighter, he had both his arms broken, but fought on, and ended up winning. Could someone please tell me why the French are known as CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys again?



* Basketball player Magic Johnson contracted HIV in 1991. '''23 years''' later, he's still been able to live with the disease that at the time usually claimed lives in a few months.
* Bodybuilder Creator/LouFerrigno, better known as the live-action Incredible Hulk (and occasional voice of Hulk in animated or CGI appearances), was born with an 80% hearing loss and grew up with a cynical police officer father who was verbally and emotionally abusive towards him because his father believed Lou could never amount to anything due to his hearing problems and was constantly ragging on him, always telling him that he should just give up and accept the fact that he would never be successful at anything due to his hearing loss and that he should never even bother trying to better himself (which only fueled Lou's drive to become a bodybuilder). And when Lou won the Mr. Universe title his father still criticized him, calling him a misfit who didn't deserve the title while claiming he should have gotten it instead of Lou. Lou would continue to rebel against his father's negativity and continued to pursue his goals, eventually becoming one of the most famous bodybuilders of his time and achieving cult fame for TV's ''The Incredible Hulk''.



* Chicago Cubs fans. Despite having the longest streak without a World Series win (or even a ''chance'' to fight for the title), their fans stayed loyal. Their determination and loyalty finally paid off in 2016 when the Cubs win their first World Series in over a century.
** Hell, the 2016 World Series was essentially the Cubs and the Cleveland Indians out-Determinating each other. After dropping three of the first four games of the World Series, the Cubs faced elimination in the three remaining games and won every time. And Game 7 deserves special mention. The Cubs got out to an early lead, but some mind-numbingly idiotic pitching decisions helped the Indians get back into the game, and tie it with a soul-crushing two-run homer in the ninth. Unfazed, the Cubs scored two runs in the tenth in the grittiest, most old-school baseball way possible. Even then, the Indians got a run through and put the winning run at the plate before the Cubs were able to close things down.


* A very, very dark example reared its head in the German cities of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst at the turn of the millennium. Craving the respect and admiration of his peers, intensive care nurse [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niels_H%C3%B6gel Niels Högel]] concluded that the best way to achieve this was to poison a patient under his care and then revive them in a heroic display of medical skill. Things went south and the patient died. Not about to be dissuaded from his quest by such a minor setback, Högel tried again. And again. And again. And again and again and again until five years later, in 2005, over '''100 patients''' had paid with their life for Högel's determination... and that's just the confirmed cases, with as many as 300 possible victims attributed to this insanity. A final trial in 2019 eventually sentenced him to life in prison for the murder of at least 85 people, and although Högel's hero fantasies never played out the way he wanted, he immortalized himself as the worst serial killer in German post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII history, and the country's worst mass murder in peacetime.

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* A very, very dark example reared its head in the German cities of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst at the turn of the millennium. Craving the respect and admiration of his peers, intensive care nurse [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niels_H%C3%B6gel Niels Högel]] concluded that the best way to achieve this was to poison a patient under his care and then revive them in a heroic display of medical skill. Things went south and the patient died. Not about to be dissuaded from his quest by such a minor setback, Högel tried again. And again. And again. And again and again and again until five years later, in 2005, over '''100 patients''' had paid with their life for Högel's determination... and that's just the confirmed cases, with as many as 300 possible victims attributed to this insanity. A final trial in 2019 eventually sentenced him to life in prison for the murder of at least 85 people, and although Högel's hero fantasies never played out the way he wanted, he immortalized himself as the worst most prolific serial killer in German post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII history, and the country's worst mass murder murderer in peacetime.


** He achieves this through German tax-loopholes that reward investments in the film. Any investors can write off the investment as a tax deduction, and only pay taxes on the profits made by the move. So basically, if the movie doesn't break even, the investor gets a tax write-off.

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** He achieves this through German tax-loopholes that reward investments in the film. Any investors can write off the investment as a tax deduction, and only pay taxes on the profits made by the move.movie. So basically, if the movie doesn't break even, the investor gets a tax write-off.




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* A very, very dark example reared its head in the German cities of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst at the turn of the millennium. Craving the respect and admiration of his peers, intensive care nurse [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niels_H%C3%B6gel Niels Högel]] concluded that the best way to achieve this was to poison a patient under his care and then revive them in a heroic display of medical skill. Things went south and the patient died. Not about to be dissuaded from his quest by such a minor setback, Högel tried again. And again. And again. And again and again and again until five years later, in 2005, over '''100 patients''' had paid with their life for Högel's determination... and that's just the confirmed cases, with as many as 300 possible victims attributed to this insanity. A final trial in 2019 eventually sentenced him to life in prison for the murder of at least 85 people, and although Högel's hero fantasies never played out the way he wanted, he immortalized himself as the worst serial killer in German post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII history, and the country's worst mass murder in peacetime.


* The [[GreasySpoon Waffle House]] restaurant chain in America are famous for being open day or night, rain or shine. As long as the building has the resources to keep selling food (even if with a limited menu) and isn't in ''immediate'' danger of being destroyed, they're open to serve hungry customers. FEMA even has an informal metric scale known as the "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waffle_House_Index Waffle House Index]]" which they can use to judge just how much disaster assistance will be needed judging by how the local Waffle Houses are preparing. Travelers in America beware, if you see a Waffle House boarding up its doors, its time to ''leave.''

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* The [[GreasySpoon Waffle House]] restaurant chain in America are famous for being open day or night, rain or shine. As long as the building has the resources to keep selling food (even if with a limited menu) and isn't in ''immediate'' danger of being destroyed, they're open to serve hungry customers. FEMA even has an informal metric scale known as the "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waffle_House_Index Waffle House Index]]" which they can use to judge just how much disaster assistance will be needed judging by observing how the local Waffle Houses are preparing. Travelers in America beware, if you see a Waffle House boarding up its doors, its time to ''leave.''

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