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  • It ends badly for everyone involved (except Death), but Elisabeth refusing to go with Death at the end of "Elisabeth, mach auf mein Engel" can be this. Especially in the productions where it clearly isn't easy for Elisabeth to break free from his influence.
    • Some actors can make the line "Elisabeth... Elisabeth... ich liebe dich..." downright mesmerizing. Given the More Than Mind Control thing he has with Rudolf note , the fact that Elisabeth actually managed to snatch her hand back from Death's grip (after reaching out for him as he sings) is awesome, as well as her rebuttal for Death:
    Elisabeth: No, I want to live!
    I'm too young to give up.
    I know I can liberate myself.
    Now I use my beauty.
    Go!
    I don't want you!
    I don't need you!
    Go!
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  • "Ich gehör nur mir". Sophie has just tried to bully Elisabeth into submission, Franz Joseph has abandoned her, and Elisabeth is left alone on the stage. Instead of giving up, she sings about how she belongs to herself. It doesn't last long, but it's still awesome.
  • Mari Hanafusa's Elisabeth looking incredibly smug during "Watashi ga odoru toki" (Wenn ich tanzen will), for the entire song, rebuffing each and every threat from Death, who is clearly trying to reassert his control over her. At least for a little while, she is no longer a helpless pawn.
    • The Toho production makes it even more awesome with the inclusion of the Mind Manipulation subtext (see trope entry on the main page for details of Sisi's growth). As of this song, he has no hold over her.
      • Sadly, this turns into a Tear Jerker as the song immediately after that is "Mama, dokona no?" (Mama, wo bist du?). It's as if the production is telling the audience, "Sure, Sisi may no longer be a helpless pawn... but here, watch as her son falls into Death's thrall pretty much the moment they met." Props to Rudolf for still actively fighting Death (in both Yami ga hirogaru and Mayerling, also detailed on the main page), though.
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  • The recreation of the Sternkleid (Star Dress, the dress Elisabeth wore for her most famous portrait), right down to the pose, usually gets applause from the audience.
  • In the Korean version of "Wenn ich tanzen will", Sisi gets not just Death, but an entire squad of angels to back away from her, facing them down.

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