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* 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.

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* 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.
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* ''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.

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* ''Franchise/{{Predator}}''.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.
* ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'':
** ''Film/{{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}} ''Film/{{Predators}}'' did the same with notably better results, although not really for him personally.



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* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar:'' Heroes' determination coupled with desperation leads to acts that can be viewed as a demonstration of their extreme courage, extreme stupidity, or both:

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* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar:'' ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'': Heroes' determination coupled with desperation leads to acts that can be viewed as a demonstration of their extreme courage, extreme stupidity, or both:



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* 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.]]

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* In ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', 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.]]


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. This trope is used to demonstrate that the character values whatever they are fighting higher than their health and survival, since they are willing to bet both for it against overwhelming odds.

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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. This trope is used to demonstrate that the character values whatever they are fighting for higher than their health and survival, since they are willing to bet both for it against overwhelming odds.


* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar:'' Heroes' determinism coupled with desperation leads to acts that can be viewed as a demonstration of their extreme courage, extreme stupidity, or both:

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* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar:'' Heroes' determinism determination coupled with desperation leads to acts that can be viewed as a demonstration of their extreme courage, extreme stupidity, or both:



** Having run out of options, [[spoiler:Loki]] attacks the Mad Titan with an ordinary dagger. The scene with Thanos towering over him invokes the DavidVersusGoliath imagery, [[spoiler:except Goliath non-nonchalantly strangles David.]]

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** Having run out of options, [[spoiler:Loki]] attacks the Mad Titan with an ordinary dagger. The scene with Thanos towering over him invokes the DavidVersusGoliath imagery, [[spoiler:except Goliath non-nonchalantly strangles David.]]


** Having run out of options, [[spoiler:Loki]] attacks the Mad Titan with an ordinary dagger. The scene with Thanos towering over him invokes the DavidVsGoliath imagery, [[spoiler:except the Goliath non-nonchalantly strangles David.]]

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** Having run out of options, [[spoiler:Loki]] attacks the Mad Titan with an ordinary dagger. The scene with Thanos towering over him invokes the DavidVsGoliath DavidVersusGoliath imagery, [[spoiler:except the Goliath non-nonchalantly strangles David.]]

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* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar:'' Heroes' determinism coupled with desperation leads to acts that can be viewed as a demonstration of their extreme courage, extreme stupidity, or both:
** After Thanos has beaten the crap out of [[spoiler:the Hulk]], badly injured Thor charges at him with a short metal rod he has just picked up. Thanos barely notices his attack, and Ebony Maw immediately subdues Thor after that.
** Having run out of options, [[spoiler:Loki]] attacks the Mad Titan with an ordinary dagger. The scene with Thanos towering over him invokes the DavidVsGoliath imagery, [[spoiler:except the Goliath non-nonchalantly strangles David.]]
** As Thanos slowly walks [[spoiler:towards Vision and Wanda]], Cap and Okoye can at least rely on their [[{{Unobtanium}} vibranium]] shield and spear, but Natasha rushes at him with ''a taser.''


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.

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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.
EmergencyWeapon. This trope is used to demonstrate that the character values whatever they are fighting higher than their health and survival, since they are willing to bet both for it against overwhelming odds.


* In the YuriGenre manga ''Fusoroi no Renri'' by Mikanuji, after Minami is kidnapped by her abusive {{delinquent}} ex-GF, her current girlfriend Iori -- a meek OfficeLady -- shows up at their doorstep, awkwardly holding a baseball bat, ready to get her ass kicked in an attempt to save Minami. Luckily for her, Minami manages to convince her ex to let her go and meets Iori outside.

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* In the YuriGenre manga ''Fusoroi no Renri'' by Mikanuji, after Minami is kidnapped by her abusive {{delinquent}} ex-GF, her current girlfriend Iori -- a meek an ineffectual OfficeLady -- shows up at their doorstep, awkwardly holding a baseball bat, ready to get her ass kicked in an attempt to save Minami. Luckily for her, Minami manages to convince her ex to let her go and meets Iori outside.


* 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]].

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* 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 to retrieve his comrade's comrades' 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 landslide to bury the entire town]].

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* In the YuriGenre manga ''Fusoroi no Renri'' by Mikanuji, after Minami is kidnapped by her abusive {{delinquent}} ex-GF, her current girlfriend Iori -- a meek OfficeLady -- shows up at their doorstep, awkwardly holding a baseball bat, ready to get her ass kicked in an attempt to save Minami. Luckily for her, Minami manages to convince her ex to let her go and meets Iori outside.
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* That story about cavalry charging tanks you might have heard is actually not an example, in case you wondered.

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* Cavalry charges in [=WWII=]:
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That story about Polish cavalry charging German tanks you might have heard is actually not an example, in case you wondered.wondered, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charge_at_Krojanty because it didn't happen]]. It would belong into Fan Fiction, as it was a piece of German propaganda.
** And then, played straight: That story about [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charge_of_the_Savoia_Cavalleria_at_Izbushensky Italan cavalry charging Russian guns]] ''and winning'' [[MemeticMutation that you most likely didn't heard]] ''is'' actually an example, in case you wondered, because it happened when a crack cavalry unit sent to reinforce the Italian infantry in the Russian front got itself surrounded by [[MoreDakka numerically superior Rusian infantry and artillery]] and was left with no other option than charging (or be wiped out in place).


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.

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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.

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* [[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''.
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* Due to their LeeroyJenkins personality, most No,-player characters in [[VideoGame/TheElderScrolls Skyrim]] (unless under the effect of a fear spell) will recklessly charge at ennemies as powerful as giants or dragons (or a [[MookHorrorShow high-level Dragonborn]]), even if they are equipped with no more than an iron dagger, or their bare fists.

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