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* Just about ''everyone'' in ''Literature/TheOverstory'', but especially Patricia Westerford, who becomes convinced that humanity won't be able to save the trees. but devotes herself to trying anyways. Despite her Not Good with People tendencies, she deeply admires humanity because of this trope.

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* Soldiers with the Hard Luck personality in ''VideoGame/{{XCOM 2}}''. It's clear they don't really believe they can [[LaResistance liberate]] the VichyEarth. They still fight as hard as any other soldier.
--> '''"One down, thousands to go."'''


* Wrestling/JimCornette was a SourSupporter in Global Force Wrestling, both the original incarnation and the Anthem owned version, publicly stating Wrestling/JeffJarrett was crazy for starting another pro wrestling promotion but that he was going to pull for it anyway. In fact, this is has been Cornette's attitude ever since Wrestling/SmokeyMountainWrestling failed to get a television deal, believing there simply weren't enough people in the know to save pro wrestling, which was destined to fall to the level roller derby had, and that he himself wasn't the kind of booker who would be necessary to turn it around. Nonetheless, he won't give up the fight, which is what lead him to Wrestling/{{TNA}} and Wrestling/RingOfHonor in the first place, as well as publicly endorsing Lucha Libre USA, saying it was much better than Wrestling/{{WCW}} but wouldn't be as successful due to a lack of network penetration.

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* Wrestling/JimCornette was a SourSupporter in Global Force Wrestling, both the original incarnation and the Anthem owned version, publicly stating Wrestling/JeffJarrett was crazy for starting another pro wrestling promotion but that he was going to pull for it anyway. In fact, this is has been Cornette's attitude ever since Wrestling/SmokeyMountainWrestling Wrestling/{{SMW}} failed to get a television deal, believing there simply weren't enough people in the know to save pro wrestling, which was destined to fall to the level roller derby had, and that he himself wasn't the kind of booker who would be necessary to turn it around. Nonetheless, he won't give up the fight, which is what lead him to Wrestling/{{TNA}} and Wrestling/RingOfHonor in the first place, as well as publicly endorsing Lucha Libre USA, saying it was much better than Wrestling/{{WCW}} but wouldn't be as successful due to a lack of network penetration.

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* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'': [[spoiler:Cauldron]] fully expect to fail in their mission to save humanity from [[spoiler:Scion]]. They just don't want to stand there at the end wondering if they could have done something to stop it.


->''"Certainty of death? ''Small'' chance of success? ...What are we waiting for?"''

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->''"Certainty of death? death. ''Small'' chance of success? ...success. What are we waiting for?"''

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* In ''Fanfic/AllThatGlitters'', Anna puts a lot of effort into a plan which banks on Hans saving her life after she willingly ingests poison. Yet it's implied she doesn't actually expect this to work, [[OpenMouthInsertFoot blurting during an argument]]: "At least when I poison myself, I'll finally be taking myself out of a world with you in it!"

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* The [[IndenturedServitude Wage]] SlaveRace known as the Solaris are this in ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}''. They realize that they, and often their families, are damned to a lifetime of hard labor and unending debts to the greedy and amoral [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corpus]]. In spite of this, they refuse to take it lying down and continue to press on, both to avoid the dreaded [[AndIMustScream brain-shelving]] punishment and to provide a cover for [[LaResistance Solaris United]] operations.


* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings,'' King Theoden has this exchange:
-->'''Gamling:''' ''Too few have come. We cannot defeat the armies of Mordor.''
-->'''Theoden:''' ''No, we cannot. But we will meet them in battle, nonetheless.''



-->'''Gile:s''' ''We few, we happy few...''\\

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* In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar,'' Loki swears fealty to Thanos whom he failed and left years ago and tried to lure into a trap ''moments ago,'' gets close and then attacks the towering purple giant who has two Infinity Stones with an ordinary dagger. He is frightened and fully aware that his chances are next to none. But he does it anyway because he has nothing left to lose. [[spoiler: Thanos doesn't fall for his pretend devotion, easily thwarts his attack and kills him.]]

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* In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar,'' Loki swears fealty to Thanos whom he failed and left years ago and tried to lure into a trap ''moments ago,'' gets close and then attacks the towering purple giant who has two Infinity Stones [[UnderequippedCharge with an ordinary dagger.dagger]]. He is frightened and fully aware that his chances are next to none. But he does it anyway because he has nothing left to lose. [[spoiler: Thanos doesn't fall for his pretend devotion, easily thwarts his attack and kills him.]]


* Crowley in ''Literature/GoodOmens''. At one point, when Aziraphale has gone missing, the Apocalypse is beginning, and it looks as if there's no hope, Crowley thinks he might as well drink himself into a stupor while he waits for the world to end. Instead, he drives at top speed to Tadfield to avert the Apocalypse, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome holding his burning car together through sheer force of will]].

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* Crowley in ''Literature/GoodOmens''. At one point, when Aziraphale has gone missing, the Apocalypse is beginning, and it looks as if there's no hope, Crowley thinks he might as well drink himself into a stupor while he waits for the world to end. Instead, he drives at top speed to Tadfield to avert the Apocalypse, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome holding his burning car together through sheer force of will]].


Also compare CowardlyLion and TheAntiNihilist. May overlap with IronWoobie, as they keep going no matter how many times they get hurt or discouraged. If they refuse to let an innocent die even when there's a low chance of success, they are almost certainly a SmallStepsHero. When it's time to [[RousingSpeech motivate the troops]], the best they can come up with might be "TryNotToDie". Contrast DoomedDefeatist, who gives up all hope and does not survive in this kind of situation.

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Also compare CowardlyLion and TheAntiNihilist. May overlap with IronWoobie, as they keep going no matter how many times they get hurt or discouraged. If they refuse to let an innocent die even when there's a low chance of success, they are almost certainly a SmallStepsHero. When it's time to [[RousingSpeech motivate the troops]], the best they can come up with might be "TryNotToDie". If they do die, may overlap with DoomedMoralVictor. Contrast DoomedDefeatist, who gives up all hope and does not survive in this kind of situation.


* In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar,'' Loki swears fealty to Thanos whom he failed and left years ago and tried to lure into a trap ''moments ago,'' gets close and then attacks the towering purple giant who has two Infinity Stones with an ordinary dagger. He is frightened and fully aware that his chances are next to none. But he does it anyway because he has nothing left to lose. [[spoiler: Thanos kills him.]]

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* In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar,'' Loki swears fealty to Thanos whom he failed and left years ago and tried to lure into a trap ''moments ago,'' gets close and then attacks the towering purple giant who has two Infinity Stones with an ordinary dagger. He is frightened and fully aware that his chances are next to none. But he does it anyway because he has nothing left to lose. [[spoiler: Thanos doesn't fall for his pretend devotion, easily thwarts his attack and kills him.]]


* In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar,'' Loki swears fealty to Thanos whom he failed and left years ago and tried to lure into a trap ''moments ago,'' and then attacks the towering purple giant who has two Infinity Stones with an ordinary dagger. He is frightened and fully aware that his chances are next to none. But he does it anyway because he has nothing left to lose. [[spoiler: Then Thanos kills him.]]

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* In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar,'' Loki swears fealty to Thanos whom he failed and left years ago and tried to lure into a trap ''moments ago,'' gets close and then attacks the towering purple giant who has two Infinity Stones with an ordinary dagger. He is frightened and fully aware that his chances are next to none. But he does it anyway because he has nothing left to lose. [[spoiler: Then Thanos kills him.]]

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* In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar,'' Loki swears fealty to Thanos whom he failed and left years ago and tried to lure into a trap ''moments ago,'' and then attacks the towering purple giant who has two Infinity Stones with an ordinary dagger. He is frightened and fully aware that his chances are next to none. But he does it anyway because he has nothing left to lose. [[spoiler: Then Thanos kills him.]]


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-->'''Mumen Rider:''' Nobody expects much from me. They think a C-class hero won't be much help. I know that better than anyone! I ''know'' I'm not good enough for B-class...I'm weak, I know that much. No one has to tell me I have no chance of beating you. I already know that! And yet, ''I must try''."

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-->'''Mumen Rider:''' Nobody expects much from me. They think a C-class hero won't be much help. I know that better than anyone! I ''know'' I'm not good enough for B-class... I'm weak, I know that much. No one No-one has to tell me I have no chance of beating you. I already know that! And yet, ''I must try''."

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* In ''Film/SixteenBlocks'' Jack Mosely fully expects to be killed along the way but he is determined to get the witness to the courthouse to testify. Even if he succeeds the witness's testimony will incriminate Jack as a DirtyCop and send him to jail. His only real chance to walk away from the whole mess is to let the witness be killed but that is the one thing Jack is determined will not happen.
* ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' has the title character realizing that he will fail the fight against Apollo, but decides that he will go the distance so he would not be seen as a bum. Also helps that he's just a flat out {{Determinator}}.
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* Strongly reflecting something written years earlier by Creator/CSLewis - one of the lines of the epynomous devil from ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters:''

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* Strongly reflecting something written years earlier by Creator/CSLewis - -- one of the lines of the epynomous eponymous devil from ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters:''



* Rincewind in the later ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels, in particular ''Discworld/TheLastHero''.

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* %%* Rincewind in the later ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels, in particular ''Discworld/TheLastHero''.



-->[[JustBeforeTheEnd Till shade is gone, till water is gone,]]
-->[[DoNotGoGentle Into the Shadow with teeth bared,]]
-->[[DoNotGoGentle Screaming defiance with the last breath,]]
-->To spit in [[{{Satan}} Sightblinder's]] eye on the [[FinalBattle Last Day.]]

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* In ''Film/SixteenBlocks'' Jack Mosely fully expects to be killed along the way but he is determined to get the witness to the courthouse to testify. Even if he succeeds the witness's testimony will incriminate Jack as a DirtyCop and send him to jail. His only real chance to walk away from the whole mess is to let the witness be killed but that is the one thing Jack is determined will not happen.
* ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' has the title character realizing that he will fail the fight against Apollo, but decides that he will go the distance so he would not be seen as a bum. Also helps that he's just a flat out {{Determinator}}.

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-->'''Giles''': ''We few, we happy few...''
-->'''Spike''': ''...We band of buggered!''

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* In ''{{Series/Lexx}}'', a number of the Brunnen-G decide to stand and fight against [[BigBad His Divine Shadow]], fully aware that they have no chance of success. An in-show musical touches on this a bit more, and even inspires the protagonists to take on a similar attitude.

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* In ''{{Series/Lexx}}'', ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', a number of the Brunnen-G decide to stand and fight against [[BigBad His Divine Shadow]], fully aware that they have no chance of success. An in-show musical touches on this a bit more, and even inspires the protagonists to take on a similar attitude.



* [[Series/DoctorWho The Twelfth Doctor]] has this attitude in his more pessimistic moments.

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* [[Series/DoctorWho ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Twelfth Doctor]] Doctor has this attitude in his more pessimistic moments.




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--> I'll survive in this nothing, leading nowhere
--> I'll survive feeling strong for how much longer?

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-->(''The doctor'') said "Rocky, you've met your match,"
-->Rocky said "Doc, it's only a scratch,
-->And I'll better, I'll better, Doc, just as soon as I am able."

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--> Kine dies, kin dies, you yourself will die.
--> One thing I know that never dies, the story of dead men's deeds.
* UsefulNotes/Christianity traditionally had this as a center of struggle especially Calvinism and Roman Catholicism before Vatican II. Enough that even the doubt of God's salvation was a serious question, the most devout Christians believed even if you're guaranteed a place in hell you should still live life by Christian virtues. Because God already made the greatest sacrifice by giving his son up for our sins, we have no right to complain other wise and its our duty as the baptised to attempt to live by God's rules no matter how unguaranteed salvation is.

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--> Kine -->''Kine dies, kin dies, you yourself will die.
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One thing I know that never dies, the story of dead men's deeds.
deeds.''
* UsefulNotes/Christianity traditionally had this as a center of struggle struggle, especially Calvinism and Roman Catholicism before Vatican II. Enough that even the doubt of God's salvation was a serious question, the most devout Christians believed even if you're guaranteed a place in hell you should still live life by Christian virtues. Because God already made the greatest sacrifice by giving his son up for our sins, we have no right to complain other wise otherwise and its it's our duty as the baptised baptized to attempt to live by God's rules no matter how unguaranteed salvation is.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': The [[OurElvesAreBetter Craftworld Eldar]] take this to the point where it's their [[PlanetOfHats racial hat]], that and being {{Magnificent Bastard}}s. Their species is [[DyingRace staring extinction right in the face]], and yet they continue to fight tooth and nail in a galaxy where they are hopelessly outnumbered by [[HumansAreBastards dogmatic and xenophobic humans]], [[AxCrazy murderously psychotic Orks]] and [[BugWar planet-eating Tyranids]], while also being hunted relentlessly by a GodOfEvil who is out for their souls.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
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* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': In 'Store Story', Candle charges headfirst into battle when he sees Robber Eel stealing from his store... but is beaten instantly.
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* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': In 'Store Story', Candle charges headfirst into battle when he sees Robber Eel stealing from his store...but is beaten instantly.

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-->"We're Americans! We don't quit just because we're wrong. We just keep doing the wrong thing until it turns out right!''

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-->"We're -->'''Ed Wuncler:''' We're Americans! We don't quit just because we're wrong. We just keep doing the wrong thing until it turns out right!''


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