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* The Anti-Monitor, multiple times during the ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. After his fortress and army get destroyed, he decides it's time to take on all the heroes by himself at the dawn of time. When this partially fails, he gets so angry that he essentially forgets his goal of multiversal conquest and concentrates solely on destroying Earth, slowly and painfully. And when ''that'' fails, and the heroes think him defeated, he clings to life through sheer force of will, multiple times, finally fighting a one-on-one duel in a weakened state with the original {{Superman}}.

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* The Anti-Monitor, multiple times during the ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. After his fortress and army get destroyed, he decides it's time to take on all the heroes by himself at the dawn of time. When this partially fails, he gets so angry that he essentially forgets his goal of multiversal conquest and concentrates solely on destroying Earth, slowly and painfully. And when ''that'' fails, and the heroes think him defeated, he clings to life through sheer force of will, multiple times, finally fighting a one-on-one duel in a weakened state with the original {{Superman}}.Franchise/{{Superman}}.



* ''FanFic/TheEquestrianWindMage'' does this at the end of Season 2: [[ArcVillain Ganondorf's]] armies are crushed by the allied pony forces at the Battle of the Crystal Empire, his power is sufficiently drained by his own personal battle with the Princesses, and by this point the Mane Six and their allies have regathered all of the stolen Elements of Harmony (except Magic, which he's kept on himself), defeating all his Boss-level monsters in the process. So, he flees back to [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs occupied Canterlot]] in an attempt to regain his strength, only to be hunted down and confronted for the FinalBattle.

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* ''FanFic/TheEquestrianWindMage'' ''Fanfic/TheEquestrianWindMage'' does this at the end of Season 2: [[ArcVillain Ganondorf's]] armies are crushed by the allied pony forces at the Battle of the Crystal Empire, his power is sufficiently drained by his own personal battle with the Princesses, and by this point the Mane Six and their allies have regathered all of the stolen Elements of Harmony (except Magic, which he's kept on himself), defeating all his Boss-level monsters in the process. So, he flees back to [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs occupied Canterlot]] in an attempt to regain his strength, only to be hunted down and confronted for the FinalBattle.FinalBattle.
* ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'': At the end of "The Apokolips Agenda", ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}'s army has been routed, his universal domination ploy has been ruined, his fortress has been breached, and the heroes are closing in on him. So Darkseid decides to take all of them on. At once. And he almost ''succeeds''.

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** The FinalBoss battle with Maximillian from the original ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''. [[spoiler: The Valkof, the whole reason he invaded Gallia to begin with, is destroyed, the Marmota, while still operational, is severely damaged, and Faldio is off setting it to self-destruct, and while Maxmillian still has his artificial Valkyria setup, it only works as long as he's on the Marmota. Him showing up to kill Squad 7 is really just a last desperate bid to regain control of the situation.]]

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* This is [[BigBad Voldemort's]] situation in the climax of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. [[spoiler: His [[SoulJar horcruxes]] have all been destroyed, his best {{mooks}} are either dead or on the run, and the boy he thought he'd just killed is still alive and telling him that no matter what he does next, he's already lost. Naturally, he makes one last attempt to kill Harry -- which backfires, leaving him KilledOffForReal.]]


* Colonel Quaritch of J.C.'s 'Film/{{Avatar}}'.

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* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'': Colonel Quaritch of J.C.'s 'Film/{{Avatar}}'.Miles Quaritch. After Eywa's intervention turns the tide against him, he escapes from his burning aircraft in his AMP Suit and goes straight for Jake's human body.
-->'''Jake''': Give it up, Quaritch! It's over.
-->'''Quaritch''': Nothing's over while I'm breathing!


* In the finale ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist: Brotherhood'', after losing the godly power he had sought, an enraged [[BigBad Father]] decides to confront his enemies the Elrics in one final battle alongside everyone of their allies. Of course, even without the power of Truth, he was still extremely powerful, and nearly won in his one-humoncolus stand.

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* In the finale ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist: Brotherhood'', after losing the godly power he had sought, an enraged [[BigBad Father]] decides to confront his enemies the Elrics in one final battle alongside everyone every one of their allies. Of course, even without the power of Truth, he was still extremely powerful, and nearly won in his one-humoncolus stand.


* ''Manga/OnePiece'' does it relatively scarcely, since thwarting the BigBad's plan typically has Luffy pummeling them enough to kill a normal person…ten or a hundred times over. The first BigBad that actually does it is Gekko Moria of the Seven Warlords of the Sea (''Shichibukai'' in Japanese); Luffy and his crew have wrecked his base and have just defeated his most powerful monster, and he himself is rather the worse for wear. So, in order to avenge himself upon them, he assimilates the 1,000 shadows he has on the island into his own body, absorbing all of their power and growing into a giant monster. Even in spite of the reduction in speed it gives him, and the fact that it's hard for even him to control that many shadows, it's still an effective One-Winged Angel form considering that the Straw Hats were on the brink of exhaustion and he was just buying time for the sun to rise[[note]]Moria's Devil Fruit that allows him to steal the shadows of others also renders them unable to ever stand in direct sunlight again, or else they will disintegrate. By that point, he had stolen the shadows of four of the five top members of the crew, including Luffy, and previous actions had forced his massive ship Thriller Bark out of the giant fog that it normally operates in and into clear water. Moria's final gambit was to last long enough for the sun to rise and kill most of his remaining competition, automatically giving him the win[[/note]].

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' does it relatively scarcely, since thwarting the BigBad's plan typically has Luffy pummeling them enough to kill a normal person…ten or a hundred times over. The However, there have been cases:
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first BigBad that actually does it is Gekko Moria of the Seven Warlords of the Sea (''Shichibukai'' in Japanese); Luffy and his crew have wrecked his base and have just defeated his most powerful monster, and he himself is rather the worse for wear. So, in order to avenge himself upon them, he assimilates the 1,000 shadows he has on the island into his own body, absorbing all of their power and growing into a giant monster. Even in spite of the reduction in speed it gives him, and the fact that it's hard for even him to control that many shadows, it's still an effective One-Winged Angel form considering that the Straw Hats were on the brink of exhaustion and he was just buying time for the sun to rise[[note]]Moria's Devil Fruit that allows him to steal the shadows of others also renders them unable to ever stand in direct sunlight again, or else they will disintegrate. By that point, he had stolen the shadows of four of the five top members of the crew, including Luffy, and previous actions had forced his massive ship Thriller Bark out of the giant fog that it normally operates in and into clear water. Moria's final gambit was to last long enough for the sun to rise and kill most of his remaining competition, automatically giving him the win[[/note]].



* Pretty much each and every time in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' when Team Rocket's plans are uncovered, they'll attempt a Pokemon battle. The large majority of these are culminate in a ten second CurbstompBattle that sends them blasting off again, though even now and then they get in a NotSoHarmlessVillain offence....but still get sent blasting off again.

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* Pretty much each and every time in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' when Team Rocket's plans are uncovered, they'll attempt a Pokemon battle. The large majority of these are culminate in a ten second CurbstompBattle that sends them blasting off again, though even now and then they get in a NotSoHarmlessVillain offence....offense....but still get sent blasting off again.again.
* In the finale ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist: Brotherhood'', after losing the godly power he had sought, an enraged [[BigBad Father]] decides to confront his enemies the Elrics in one final battle alongside everyone of their allies. Of course, even without the power of Truth, he was still extremely powerful, and nearly won in his one-humoncolus stand.


Usually, this is a desperate play by the villain when he has nothing left to lose, has gone through a VillainousBreakdown, and all that he's driven by now is a mad thirst for {{revenge}} for the heroes thwarting his plans to rule [[WorldDomination the world]], [[GalacticConqueror the universe]], or [[VisionaryVillain whatever he was after.]] He may take things to such an extreme that he doesn't care what happens to him as long as he destroys the good guys. Also, he may be deluding himself with the thought that it's not all over and that he will win somehow and may even tell it to his enemies, even when its impossible to see how the tide can turn now. It usually ends with the villain being destroyed and the heroes coming out alive.

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Usually, this is a desperate play by the villain when he has nothing left to lose, has gone through a VillainousBreakdown, and all that he's driven by now is a mad thirst for {{revenge}} for the heroes thwarting his plans to rule [[WorldDomination [[TakeOverTheWorld the world]], [[GalacticConqueror the universe]], or [[VisionaryVillain whatever he was after.]] He may take things to such an extreme that he doesn't care what happens to him as long as he destroys the good guys. Also, he may be deluding himself with the thought that it's not all over and that he will win somehow and may even tell it to his enemies, even when its impossible to see how the tide can turn now. It usually ends with the villain being destroyed and the heroes coming out alive.


* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', Shan Yu does this twice: after losing most of his army, he and a small band of his most badass henchmen come very close to victory anyway, [[spoiler:and are prevented only by the [[CoolOldGuy Emperor's refusal to bow to him]] and Mulan's quick thinking.]] Following this, he tries to pull a TakingYouWithMe, and again comes very close to succeeding.

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* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', Shan Yu does this twice: after losing most of his army, he and a small band of his most badass henchmen [[XanatosSpeedChess come very close to victory anyway, anyway]], [[spoiler:and are prevented only by the [[CoolOldGuy Emperor's refusal to bow to him]] and Mulan's quick thinking.]] Following this, he tries to pull a TakingYouWithMe, and again comes very close to succeeding.


** ''VideoGame/MegaManX6'' is an odd example, with the FinalBoss being, of course, Sigma. Only Sigma wasn't involved at all in the plot of the game, only being around because BigBad Gate brought him back to life for some reason, and [[HijackedByGanon kills him when he tries to use him as]] ''his'' last resort. He's also in awful shape, [[CameBackWrong having been brought back before he fully recovered from his defeat in the last game]], and looks like a shambling zombie. The only reason he bothers to fight at all is because X and Zero sought him out, hoping to put him down again before he can regain his strength.



* ''VideoGame/MegaManX6'' is an odd example, with the FinalBoss being, of course, Sigma. Only Sigma wasn't involved at all in the plot of the game, only being around because BigBad Gate brought him back to life for some reason, and [[HijackedByGanon kills him when he tries to use him as]] ''his'' last resort. He's also in awful shape, [[CameBackWrong having been brought back before he fully recovered from his defeat in the last game]], and looks like a shambling zombie. The only reason he bothers to fight at all is because X and Zero sought him out, hoping to put him down again before he can regain his strength.

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* ''VideoGame/MegaManX6'' is an odd example, with the FinalBoss being, of course, Sigma. Only Sigma wasn't involved at all in the plot of the game, only being around because BigBad Gate brought him back to life for some reason, and [[HijackedByGanon kills him when he tries to use him as]] ''his'' last resort. He's also in awful shape, [[CameBackWrong having been brought back before he fully recovered from his defeat in the last game]], and looks like a shambling zombie. The only reason he bothers to fight at all is because X and Zero sought him out, hoping to put him down again before he can regain his strength.


** The last five episodes of ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' serve as one of these for BigBad [[DarkMessiah Paptimus Scirocco]] and the [[StateSec Titans]]. Outlawed by the Earth Federation, hunted by the AEUG, with their leadership in tatters and superweapons totalled, the Titans ally themselves with Haman Khan (TheBigBad of the next installment, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'') who is planning to use then discard them and throw themselves into one last battle with the pursuing AEUG. There is no question that, no matter the outcome of the battle, Scirocco and his followers are going down, whether at the hands of their enemies or their allies. The only question remaining is how many heroes are [[TakingYouWithMe going down with them]]? [[spoiler:Thanks to [[HeroKiller Yazan Gable]] the answer is "[[KillEmAll most of them]]."]]

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** The last five episodes of ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' serve as one of these for BigBad [[DarkMessiah Paptimus Scirocco]] and the [[StateSec Titans]]. Outlawed by the Earth Federation, hunted by the AEUG, with their leadership in tatters and superweapons totalled, the Titans ally themselves with Haman Khan (TheBigBad (the BigBad of the next installment, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'') who is planning to use then discard them and throw themselves into one last battle with the pursuing AEUG. There is no question that, no matter the outcome of the battle, Scirocco and his followers are going down, whether at the hands of their enemies or their allies. The only question remaining is how many heroes are [[TakingYouWithMe going down with them]]? [[spoiler:Thanks to [[HeroKiller Yazan Gable]] the answer is "[[KillEmAll most of them]]."]]

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* Pretty much each and every time in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' when Team Rocket's plans are uncovered, they'll attempt a Pokemon battle. The large majority of these are culminate in a ten second CurbstompBattle that sends them blasting off again, though even now and then they get in a NotSoHarmlessVillain offence....but still get sent blasting off again.


** ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'': Loki's entire plan is this; he already lost Asgard, the kingdom he actually wanted, in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', and so he tries to take the Earth instead, mainly to spite his brother. Before and during the final battle, [[Film/IronMan Tony Stark]] explains at length that "there is no version of this where you come out on top", Thor incredulously asks "You think this madness will end with your rule!?" and Loki doesn't refute what they say. He sees no other option but to keep going, because he is being threatened with a FateWorseThanDeath if he fails to deliver the Tesseract to [[spoiler:his mysterious benefactor, Thanos.]] His pride also won't let him surrender without trying every trick he can think of. It takes [[spoiler:[[CurbStompBattle a hilariously one-sided confrontation]] with Film/TheIncredibleHulk]] to convince him that he really can't win.


* Just about every villain in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' has one of these. In fact, the dub version of the episode where Piedmon, the literal MonsterClown, met his destruction was called "Piedmon's Last Jest". Of course, these examples could be considered inversions as they were able to successfully deal with the heroes only to be defeated when one of the members unlocked their digimon's newest evolution, thus giving them the strength to overpower the villains- in Piedmon's case, it was when Angemon was able to digivolve into MagnaAngemon.

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* Just about every villain in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' has one of these. In fact, the dub version of the episode where Piedmon, the literal MonsterClown, met his destruction was called "Piedmon's Last Jest". Of course, these examples could be considered inversions as they were able to successfully deal with the heroes only to be defeated when one of the members unlocked their digimon's newest evolution, thus giving them the strength to overpower the villains- in Piedmon's case, it was when Angemon was able to digivolve into MagnaAngemon.his Ultimate form.


* Just about every villain in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' has one of these. In fact, the dub version of the episode where Piedmon, the literal MonsterClown, met his destruction was called "Piedmon's Last Jest". Of course, these examples could be considered inversions as they were able to successfully deal with the heroes only to be defeated when one of the members unlocked their digimon's newest evolution, thus giving them the strength to overpower the villains.

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* Just about every villain in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' has one of these. In fact, the dub version of the episode where Piedmon, the literal MonsterClown, met his destruction was called "Piedmon's Last Jest". Of course, these examples could be considered inversions as they were able to successfully deal with the heroes only to be defeated when one of the members unlocked their digimon's newest evolution, thus giving them the strength to overpower the villains.villains- in Piedmon's case, it was when Angemon was able to digivolve into MagnaAngemon.

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