Spidey is the Marvel personification of heroic spirit and being the main face of the company you gotta make expectations meet. Some might say even his Butt-Monkey status is actually enhancing him to make his determination powers stronger.
One very early example was the very first Spider-Man Annual which introduced the Sinister Six. Spider-Man lost his powers and then still went to face the six most dangerous villains he had ever fought one after another because it was his responsibility. He got his powers back after the first fight.
Pictured on this page is an early example from the "Master Planner" storyline in Amazing Spider-Man #33. After Doctor Octopus stole medicine that had been meant for his Aunt, Spidey tore the entire city apart trying to find him before confronting the villain in his underwater lair, only to have half the complex fall on him; as an omen of his terrible luck, the canister was just out of his reach, as if some higher power was cruelly taunting him. He metaphorically told said higher power to go to hell, and somehow managed to lift several tons of concrete and steel off his back in order to recover it.
Spidey even surpasses Captain America in Determination and never calling it quits. There is not a single major villain in his roster that isn't at least half again as powerful as Spidey. This is what he does.
For one of the best examples, check out Amazing Spider-Man #229-230, where Spidey tries to stop the Juggernaut, and succeeds by steering him into a recently poured foundation of wet cement, where his own weight pulls him under like quicksand! Oh, the Juggernaut eventually breaks free, but not until long after the battle is over..
Or for that matter, Amazing Spider-Man #270, where Spider-Man stops Firelord, leaving the full roster of active Avengers that were riding in as the cavalry to stand around with their mouths agape. When Captain America is impressed, you are officially impressive.
Once he kept A WHOLE, TALL BUILDING from falling, on his shoulders, allowing everyone to escape. Should be noted that, despite him having super-strength, that's WAY beyond what his powers should allow him, so it almost killed him. And he did it WHILE INJURED.
Another time, he single-handedly defeated Thermite, Blitz, Eel, Vanisher, Plant Man, Tangle, the Super-Adaptoid, Dreadnought and Dragon Man. Sure, most of them are losers, but it's impressive if you consider that with the heavy hitters Super-Adaptoid, Dreadnought or Dragon Man backing them up, such a team would usually require a whole team of Avengers to be stopped.
After an exhausting several-hour fight with a fellow Determinator, Morlun, Spidey eventually stops him by injecting himself with a near lethal amount of radiation, a deadly energy for the life-draining villain.
In the story arc "Revelations", which features the end of the infamous Clone Saga and the return of Norman Osborn, the following exchange takes place between Osborn and Parker:
Green Goblin: No. No! I kill your true love, you fall in love with someone else. I destroy your life and you build another! Why won't you fall down and die?! Spider-Man: Because then, Norman, you would win. And I will never give you the satisfaction.
In Spider-Man: The Other, thanks to some mystical Spider-virus, Spider-Man is at his deathbed. Weakened, he still does his best to take on Morlun, who promptly proceeds to beat the ever-living daylight out of the guy. He leaves, and Spider-Man is rushed to the hospital, with his face so badly bruised that his own wife couldn't recognize him. Morlun shows up, and when his wife defends him, he promptly breaks her arm and comments on how he might eat her as a snack before he moves onto the main course: Spider-Man. Spidey, bruised, beaten and barely conscious, overhears this, and promptly gets out of his deathbed, beats Morlun into the ground, and stabs him through the heart. You do not mess with Spider-Man's family.
In Ultimate Spider-Man, the Clone Saga. He convinces Nick Fury, the guy whose job it is to prepare for the least likely scenarios imaginable, that he will not go insane, and that he will in fact grow up to be the greatest hero of all time.
Ever so nicely summed up in this quote: "...he does it and he keeps his ideals doing it and he keeps fighting when any sane man would just lay down and die."
In "The Death of Spider-Man" story line, Spidey not only saves Captain Fucking America from a sniper's bullet by taking the bullet for Cap, he also manages to find the strength to fight off the Sinister Six make that "Five"..., defeating them all. Yes, Peter ultimately succumbs to his gunshot wounds, but that's the mother of all Spider-Man Determinator moments.
In a What If Story where Scarlet Witch, instead of saying No More mutants, said No More Powers, Peter is depowered along with everyone else, and relishes his loss of responsibility. Later, when The Red Skull kills all of the X-men, all the Fantastic Four except Sue, who was not there, and all the Avengers except Iron Man, all of who had suits or alien weapons, Peter stops the Red Skull using just his web shooters, his will, and a speech that inspired all the regular people of New York.
In the Spider-Man spin-off of Fear Itself, Spider-Man has to deal with an entire city going crazy with fear, and has to not only save them, but save himself from Vermin, and stop a possessed Ben Grimm. He wants to give in to his fears, but he doesn't, staying up for days on end to comfort people.
In one of his biggest feats, In Avengers vs. X-men #9, Spider-Man takes on both Colossus and his sister Magik, while both have the powers of the Phoenix. He's so outclassed, but he beats them, by tricking them into taking each other out. The Phoenix force is a universal force, stronger than almost every other being in the universe. Sure, the power was split between four people at the time, but the two would have had more power than any villain (excluding the Tri-sentinel) he has ever faced. He not only survived, but beat two of the most powerful beings ever.
A similar situation and dialogue occurs in The Thing: Last Line Of Defense, which takes place when Sue Richards is pregnant with her and Reed's first kid, Franklin. Bad guy Blastaar beats Ben Grimm to a pulp, and proceeds to attack Sue. She's unconscious and is about to be killed when the half-dead Grimm gets back in the fight with:
The Thing: If that girl or her baby is hurt, you won't be leavin' this room alive. Blastaar: Bold talk from a man who can barely stand. And you still make threats. The Thing: Not a threat. A promise.
And again when he fought The Champion:
The Thing: Hold it! This fight ain't over yet... not by a long shot! Ya only won on a technicality! Ya didn't really beat me! Ya'll never beat me! I'm just too stupid... and ugly... ta know when to quit! The Champion: No, I could never defeat you. I could crush your bones and break your body, but I could never break your spirit.
Also, say what you like about Doctor Doom, but his obsessive, all-consuming hatred of Reed Richards never, ever, ever dies, and he will keep living, and fighting, and plotting Richards' ultimate and final defeat until one of them is dead. And even then he will not give up.
Hell, in Marvel Zombies, Doctor Doom is the one of only two characters to resist the zombie hunger! even when CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR and the THING, heroes who are renowned for their Heroic Willpower give in, Doom doesn't. The only other person to resist the change, at least for a time, is Spider-Man.
Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? portrayed the fact that Batman died in every incarnation because he refused to give up. Ever. It didn't matter if he was saving a little girl or taking on an impossible foe. He would die trying to save people and/or come out on top.
Lampshaded in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies where the two heroes are standing in the Mall in Washington D.C., surrounded by an obscene number of supervillains.
Superman: They're all around us, you know. Batman: Do you think we can take them? I think we can take them. Superman: You always think we can take them. (Spoiler alert: turns out they can take them.)
All of the Batfamily probably counts, but Jason Todd gets a special mention. In one issue, he's hanging far above the ground, hunted by a tentacled monster as Gotham burns around them.
Tentacle Monster: Is that your super-power, boy? Too stupid to ever give up? Jason: heh ... Maybe it is.
In Batman: The Cult, he also argues with Batman when Batman, having been tortured and had his will broken by the leader of a cult, wants to give up on Gotham, and he's the one who finally persuades him to go back on his decision. At the end of the series, he also saves Batman's life after dragging himself through the sewers with a bullet in his leg.
Stephanie Brown (Batgirl IV), in spades. Her dad was the third-rate villain the Cluemaster, her mother was an addict, she took up crime-fighting to get back at her father, and she basically spent the next several years being strongly discouraged and occasionally tolerated by Batman. Then he made her Robin, then he fired her, and then she was tortured half to death. So she faked her death which added to Tim Drake's angst, but later came back to Gotham City, safe and sound, and eventually wound up as the current Batgirl. She is currently kicking ass under the full approval of Batman.
Nightwing has the nasty habit of not letting his wounds heal. Alfred once told Oracle he would understand if she had to pump him full of tranquilizers to keep him still. Alfred has also threatened to knee-cap Nightwing's good leg to keep him for running back into battle with a leg injury.
In Who Is Donna Troy? there were FIVE times Dick could have stopped, decided that they had enough details, and nobody would have criticized him at all. And yet, he continued until he had found all the facts and tracked down Donna's birth mother. In fact, Donna Troy had already given up at the first difficulty.
Red Robin drags himself and a wounded League of Assassins member to a jeep, drives across a desert, drags them into a hotel room and provides first aid for them both before passing out after being stabbed through the torso with a wound that's implied to have possibly killed him since he wakes up next to a Lazarus Pit. Earlier as Robin Tim showed signs of this trait already, at one point when badly burned on the back of his head and neck he still insisted on going out to help deal with a gang war. At another point he continued to fight rather than escape after being hit by a weapon that left him bleeding from the ears, nose, mouth and nailbeds. Prior to that he suited up and took to the roofs while recovering from the Clench even though he was severely weakened and exhausted.
Out of Batman's rogues gallery, Bane is probably the supreme example of this trope. His backstory includes growing up in a prison right from his birth. For several years he was held to solitary confinement, which there meant a barred off pit where all he could eat was rats, and the tides would cause it to flood twice a day. Instead of going insane or dying, it only made him stronger. The warden tried to get rid of Bane by putting him up as a test subject of an experimental drug called Venom, which had killed all the previous subjects. It made him stronger. Once Batman manages to put Bane into prison he decides that reliance on Venom has made him soft, and he kills another inmate because he wants to be sent to solitary so he can purge his addiction by going cold turkey and train to build his body back up without distractions. It worked exactly as planned.
In Kryptonite Nevermore, Superman makes clear that he doesn't give up when a power-stealing criminal attacks him.
Nyxly: Surrender, Superman! Superman: Maybe I will... Ten minutes after I'm dead! Not a second before!
In Emperor Joker, Batman is broken by having himself killed, night after night after night. Only Superman's selfless offer to take those memories (thanks to Mxyzptlk and the Spectre) enables him to go on. Superman is also seen in the John Byrne reboot boosting the willpower of a group of Green Lanterns' rings. He beat Doomsday after the JLA had been crushed, the story frequently describing him as never giving up.
Superman: "Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. And on my soul I swear... until my dream of a world where dignity, honor and justice becomes the reality we all share... I'll never stop fighting. Ever."
In Superman: Brainiac Pa Kent reveals that he spent almost six months looking for a baseball batted by his son when Clark was a kid.
In an issue of Grant Morrison's JLA, Superman, at the time with his electric powers, goes toe-to-toe with Azmodel, leader of a rogue group of Heaven's angels. Two words (and a very awed Wally West) sums up Superman's Determinator status.
Azmodel:YIELD! Superman:NEVER! Flash:This is the guy who said he couldn't live up to his myth... He's wrestling an angel.
Supergirl never quits. Never. Not even when she's poisoned with Kryptonite, her body is getting stolen by an alien abomination, and her heart has stopped. Even so, she'll keep fighting.
In Supergirl Volume 2 #20, super-villain Parasite depowers Supergirl and seals her in a metal coffin that is floating a mile above solid ground. And she will run out of air within less than four minutes. So... what does she do? Relax, breathe shallowly and think of a plan. She breaks out, uses her cloak to glide downwards, and fights Parasite again.
Supergirl: But then I thought of mother. I remembered all I had to live up to. A daughter of the House of El never quits. I wasn't about to be the first.
In War World, Supergirl proves to be a bigger determinator than her cousin. As Superman is wondering whether they have some chance to defeat Mongul, Supergirl encourages him to fight, declaring that they will definitely try.
In Bizarrogirl, Lana Lang tells Kara she cannot become a member of her family if she will not stop whining and try to help. Langs don't quit.
Lana: Your choice, Kara, but you might ask yourself, what would your people want you want to do? Linda: It's Linda. Lana: If you're going to keep pretending you don't care about people, no, it's not. We're supposed to be fighters, not sit-around-and-mope-ers.
Last Daughter Of Krypton: Supergirl faces four Worldkillers in the final battle. On top of being exhausted, weakened, outnumbered and overpowered she has to be careful about protecting civilians since they are fighting in New York. Kara is getting her butt handed to her, but she refuses to give up, so she keeps fighting on until she finds a way to win against all odds.
Reign: Only a Worldkiller can defeat another Worldkiller. Why continue a fight you cannot win? Supergirl: "I guess... It's like my father always said..." (smashing Reign with a car) "I'm stubborn."
Captain Marvel just doesn't know when to quit. Even with attributes like the Stamina of Atlas, it's ultimately the heart of Billy Batson that makes him such a beloved and admired hero.
During a JSA story, the Ultra-Humanite uses the powers of the Thunderbolt to fight against an army of heroes. He unleashes a storm of magical energy that would annihilate most heroes. Cap not only powered through the waves of energy, he launched the attack that ultimately brought the villain down.
During Underworld Unleashed, Cap is part of a Justice League that descend into Hell itself to try and save Superman, believing that the demon Neron has his soul. Even when the other heroes are prepared to give up, even when Hell itself is trying to tempt him into abandoning his mission, Billy keeps pushing forward, eventually leading the charge into Neron's throne room to demand Superman's freedom. At which point Neron reveals that it wasn't Superman that he wanted, but Captain Marvel. Neron then corrupts the Justice League, whom then attack the Captain, which Neron hopes will force Billy to kill in self defense. Cap refuses to kill, and not only fights them off, but works with the Trickster to pull a fast one on Neron, saving all of Earth. Did I mention Cap did all of this with a broken arm?
It wasn't the only time Captain Marvel went into Hell to save someone he cared about. When Shazam was imprisoned by the demon Blaze, Cap basically fought his way through Hell, his arm STILL broken, and rescued the Wizard from an eternity of suffering.
During Day of Vengeance, Captain Marvel has to delay the Spectre for as long as possible. The Spectre is the literal Wrath of God, and Cap has virtually no chance against him. Cap fights him anyway, and no matter how badly the Spectre beats him down, Cap just keeps getting back up to continue the fight. The Blue Devil, who witnesses the battle, is basically awestruck by his heroism.
Blue Devil: Want to see real bravery? Take a look at this guy. He calls himself Captain Marvel, the Earth's Mightiest Mortal. Who knows? Maybe he is. Now he's in the middle of a one-on-one throwdown with the Spectre — an immortal being so incalculably powerful that our Mightiest Mortal's like a paraplegic child taking on a heavyweight prize fighter. From what I understand, Captain Marvel can survive only so long as his magical power source holds out. But the Spectre is bleeding it dry so quickly, Marvel's continued life span can be measured in a matter of seconds, double digits at most. And every one of those precious seconds will be spent in indescribable agony. Regardless, Marvel fights on. Take a note, boys and girls: that's what real bravery looks like.
Tony Stark's whole story is about determination. After being injured and kidnapped by terrorists, Tony Stark survives his injuries with the help of Yinsen to invent a powered suit of armor that would help him escape...all while under the terrorists' noses. Since then, Stark has survived shrapnel to the heart, faced numerous enemies that threaten himself and/or the world, stopped countless attempts to steal his technology, confronted his troubles with alcoholism, and whenever beaten, will do whatever upgrades it takes to come out on top again. It's no mistake that his latest company is called "Stark Resilient."
Not to mention his approach to Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard. No matter how unbeatable the odds are, no matter how hopeless the situation, no matter how difficult the challenge, he will find some way to figure out how to defeat the villain/save people in danger/escape/survive/put a dent in the opposition.
The Mighty Thor: Even when reduced to a pile of flesh from slaying a monster prophesied to kill him, Thor was able to control The Destroyer and threaten Hela into giving him his body back.
Thor (2014): Jane Foster wielded the Hammer knowing that becoming Thor will kill her because of her cancer and she knows that if others found out, they would try to stop her. But she won't back down. There must always be a Thor, even if she must and if she has to die to do so.]]
The Mask: Walter. He never stops, and appears to be the only being on the planet the mask Just. Can. Not. Kill. (and not for lack of trying, either).
Basically every main character in Sin City: Hartigan, Marv, Dwight, Wallace... some of the predicaments that these characters find themselves in are flabbergasting, yet they never show more than the slightest notion of fear in their endeavors.
The very first Sin City yarn is a prime example of this trope. A Hooker with a Heart of Gold named Goldie was killed, and Marv survived multiple injuries (he had to get himself bandaged up at least twice), including gunshots, being hit by a car and being hit in the head with a sledgehammer, to avenge her death because she slept with him (and took his virginity), even though in all likelihood she was just using him for protection and felt nothing for him (though her twin sister Wendy, Marv's companion, did come to care for him). Even when he's on Death Row and they execute him at the electric chair, it takes two tries to finish him.
The graphic novel 300 (and really, the real life battle that it it based on) makes a note of showing that all of the 300 Spartans (particularly King Leonidas) are some of the most badass determinators imaginable.
It's also important to note, in final day of the real life battle, the Thespians (from Thermopylae not the other kind) who also stayed with the Spartans to the end to protect the allied retreat. The Thebians, on the other hand... not so much (they eventually surrendered).
The to be-Saint of Killers from Preacher managed to retain his mind even in death by pure hatred of the two men who he had swore vengeance on. And then he became invincible, and unstoppable, and the world trembled at the thunder of his guns.
In the Marvel G.I. Joe continuity, Snake-Eyes has just been in a helicopter crash, his crush is badly injured, and his head and throat have been burned and implanted with shrapnel-like shards of glass. Ordered to stand down, he writers two letters in the sand, with his blood: C M. Continue Mission. Then, he all but single-handedly pulls the mission off.
Or this time, where, in fact, all he could do was provide moral support:
Elsie Dee: The detonation pwogwam is too compwex to overwide! There's nothing you can do! Wolverine: You're wrong, lil' darlin'. There's something I can do real good. The real thing I do best ... I don't give up. Ever. I'm expectin' you not to give up, either.
Colossus is the good-guy equivalent to The Juggernaut once he gets going. He once scaled a demonically-possessed Empire State Building, which had grown to several times its normal height with his bare (steel) hands. Just to free his friends from the demonic influences coming from it (which he happened to be immune to).
Captain America defeats superpowered opponents with both his incredible fighting skills... and the fact that he just won't quit!
Cap: This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — "No, you move."
One of the best examples is in Avengers #335. The genocidal Brethren have invaded Earth, hoping the legendary planet that held off Galactus can give them a good fight. Unfortunately, they're so powerful that even the Avengers are hopelessly outmatched. Cap is no exception, but he still takes on their leader, Thane Ector... and just keeps on coming at him. He loses the fight badly, but wins Ector's respect, which later proves essential.
In Jim Starlin's The Infinity Gauntlet miniseries, Cap refused to surrender to an omnipowered Thanos, even when the Mad Titan had already defeated all the other heroes who were opposing him.
The Green Lantern Corps is full of Determinators, with Hal Jordan being a big one. Seeing as their rings are fueled by will power, this is probably a given.
In Len Wein and Joe Staton's "Krona War" story arc in Tales of the Green Lantern Corps the GL's Central Battery is destroyed, and their rings have a mere hours' worth of charge left. While the others bow their heads and concede defeat, Hal Jordan declares that he will not "meet death on his knees" before hurling himself back into battle. Inspired by his tenacity, the rest of the Corps rallies behind him.
Hal Jordan is not the biggest Determinator among the Lanterns, just (possibly) the best of the Lanterns. Guy Gardner, for all his faults, smugness, and jerkassery, is said to have a willpower so strong that the Green Lantern rings are actually unable to contain it. He has used a red, yellow, and green ring in the past, and his will is so strong that his rings constantly emit power—even if he's just standing still, doing nothing whatsoever, his ring will spark and flash. That's right, folks. Guy Gardner's willpower is actually too strong. Which is awesome.
John Stewart also deserves a special mention. His willpower is so great, it overloaded his ring. In one issue, he tried to re-create an entire planet and would have succeeded if his ring hadn't crapped out on him due to overloading.
Kyle Rayner, without his ring, only holding an iron bar, refused to give up when he faced a fully powered Hal/Parallax, who took Kyle's ring previously. When Hal asked him why, Kyle answered that he was a hero and heroes fight for what's right, no matter how hard the situation is. Touched by Kyle's words, Hal returns him the ring and flies away.
Bouncing Boy was rejected by the team five times before they let him in the sixth time. After later becoming semi-retired and becoming a reserve member, he eventually became a mentor to younger members and an occasional leader.
No superhero has ever wanted something more than Polar Boy wanted to be a member of the team. He actually slept outside the entrance so he could be the first to apply! Being turned down because he couldnt control his powers was, to him, a lifelong dream being crushed, but he kept his chin up and formed the Legion of Substitute Heroes with some other rejected applicants, eventually learning to control his powers, and after he and he Subs defeated (and humiliated) an army of duplicates of Computo the Conqueror, he not only made it to the true Legion (who waived the age limit rules simply to admit him), but became the leader of it.
In the Marvel G1Transformers comics, Grimlock's early hot-headed temper and stoneheaded stubbornness were revealed to be evidence of a greater quality: that of being unwilling or unable to consider giving up. He engaged in forbidden science to bring back his troops, attacked Unicron willingly, and even after the Decepticons had cut them down to five, as he explained to Prowl, post-eviscerating a Decepticon ambush: "Thatwhat we do, Prowl. We fight."
Zone from Special Forces, a severe autistic cajoled into the military by a desperate recruiting officer. He follows a list for his daily activities, and if it's on the list, it gets done. When his squad's first mission goes sour and only he and Felony are alive, he adamantly refuses to stay down; the mission was on the list, and he's not going to stop until it's completed or he's dead. Later, when he's captured, the enemy leader remarks that "Long have I heard tales of the indomitable will of the American fighting man... this one is something else. Superhuman! It's as if he could not feel pain!" Zone would eventually ride a motorcycle up a giant sword to jump into a helicopter carrying his quarry, and sacrifice himself at Felony's behest for the sake of the mission.
In the seventh issue of the original Daredevil series (wherein he changes from the yellow costume to his more familiar all-red ensemble), Daredevil alone faces off against the Sub-Mariner in a desperate bid to keep him from demolishing Manhattan in a fit of rage. Broken and beaten to a pulp, he still tries to stand and challenge Namor; this feat of courage and determination is so moving to him that he immediately leaves for Atlantis out of respect. Hard. Core. Namor even remarks that he has faced off against many very powerful enemies, from the Fantastic Four to the Avengers, but never had he seen such bravery, and from the most vulnerable challenger of all.
In the aptly-named "Hardcore" arc, Daredevil gets burned alive by Typhoid Mary (luckily for him Luke Cage is in the neighborhood). BUT, later that night, he fights off Bullseye, and then goes directly to stomp the Kingpin's ass!
Followed up by taking on some 200-odd Yakuza thugs in "King of Hells Kitchen." As Matt Murdock, presumably with just a regular cane (as he's retired from being Daredevil at the time). He's badly injured in the process, but he gives as good as he gets until the FBI provides a distraction for him to escape.
Friday in Rogue Trooper, when he crosses two hundred miles in a few days to take down Highsight while being occasionally attacked by rogue grunts.
The original Rogue tracks the Traitor General across Nu Earth to avenge his comrades.
Red has Paul Moses, although this is more because despite the fact that he's an old man and retired, several teams of professional killers sent after him and an entire building full of soldiers he has to fight through do not deter him in the slightest. They send wave after wave of men at him and he slaughters all of them without so much as a scratch.
Judge Dredd. With no means of transportation left to him, he travels through Death Valley on foot to deliver a plague vaccine to a desperate Mega City Two ("The Cursed Earth"). With Mega City One left defenseless and completely open to saturation bombing and invasion, he refuses to surrender his city to East Meg One ("Apocalypse War"). With his eyes ripped out, he still blindly runs a gauntlet against a psychic mutant monstrosity that can remodel the world around him ("City of the Damned"). There's just no stopping the guy.
In Necropolis, the Dark Judges burnt his face off, threw him into an acid river and left him for dead in the radioactive wilderness. Big mistake..
Surprisingly enough, Empowered is one if you think about it. Setting aside the fact that a sane person would have hung up the hypermembrane a long time ago rather than put up with the constant humiliation at the hands of almost everybody, her boyfriend once had to shred said suit in order to keep her from responding to an alert, concerning a local "Heavy Hitter" on the move, when she was so sick she could barely stand (then heanswered said summonswith nothing more than a sniper rifle). In later volumes, Emp demonstrates that suit or no suit, if she's mad enough, she is unstoppable. "This... is... what... I... AM!"
To be honest, it was hardly "just" a sniper rifle.
Smiley Bone from Bone shows elements of this from time to time, either because he's stupid or insanely optimistic.
His ancestor Big Johnson Bone (from the prequel Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails) lives and breathes the trope.
And possibly for the same reason as Smiley; as he seems to have a severe lack of intelligence and reason. He believes, among other things, that he has been dead before and came back to life, that he lost his sanity and found it again, caught five hundred muskrats with a single raisin, and that he encountered an Ace of Spades playing card in some extremely intricate scenario that takes a whole day just to describe and somehow involves a competition, a stuffed possum, and a massive explosion. Though, his Determinator mindset is a little more justified in that he's strong enough to kill a BEAR when he was just a newborninfant.
This is the Hulk to a T, especially when his loved ones are in danger. Regular Bruce Banner as well, he tries to save the day even when he can't turn into the Hulk. With just his brain and his wits.
The Blue Knight of Astro City, who once hunted a small-time crook over several months for the crime of unloading stolen merchandise.
After his brother tells him that he's discovered the person who killed their parents twenty years ago, Charles Williams embarks on a years-long pursuit for vengeance.
The Fabulous Frog-Man is a doughy young man in a frog suit that he doesn't know how to use. But when faced with a villain, no matter how horribly outmatched he may be, he'll never stop bouncing back to give it another go. Captain America lauds this irrepressible perseverance, but also notes that this can be very bad, saying Frog-Man is the type that makes him fear another Stamford.
During the "In The Beginning" arc of The Punisher MAX, a psychotic Mafia enforcer named Pittsy quickly becomes the subject of Frank Castle's ire. After the Punisher bashes his head and injures his eye in an earlier fight, Pittsy sneaks into Castle's armory and continues their battle. Castle beats him, stabs him and gouges his eye, all the while Pittsy is screaming vulgarities and continuing to attack. Castle finally throws the gangster out a window, where he lands on and is impaled by a wrought-iron fence. He tries to pull himself off it, only to have The Punisher leap out the window and land with his entire weight on him. Later, when Castle is engaging other gangsters outside, he is shocked to see Pittsy still alive, walking with a portion of the fence still impaled through his body and still madly desiring to kill Castle. The Punisher shoots him the face with a shotgun, but the gangster still manages to walk a few more steps after that before falling. Castle tries to convince himself these last few steps were just a reflex from a dying body.
The titular Ax-CrazyHate Plague infectees in Crossed. When they set their minds to committing some sort of atrocity, nothing will deter them. In Crossed 3D, there's a recurring exchange (first seen when the protagonists watch a horde of Crossed topple a skyscraper with nothing more than torches and melee weapons) that goes like this: [character]: "How the hell did the Crossed manage to [improbable achievement]?" [other character]: "Tenacity."
The Kraken in The Umbrella Academy. Despite having the near-useless power to breathe underwater, he's one tough mother, and probably the most formidable and successful crime-fighter on the team.
Doctor Strange has been in too many situations to count where, if he had given up, he would be dead. In one memorable story he faced D'Spayre, the personification of the Despair Event Horizon, and still managed to dredge up the scrap of hope needed to defeat him.
This is -THE- essence of Donald Duck, the ultimate everyman. Life is grim, he rarely triumphs, when he does his victories tend to be hollow, no one gives him a break...and yet, he'll always keep on trying. There will be no job he won't tackle, no task he'll turn down if the thinks he can succeed at it, despite every single thing going against him.
At one point in his Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog spin-off series, Knuckles is at the mercy of the powerful demigod Enerjak, who tries all sorts of things to break Knuckles' spirits, from teleporting him to the moon, to the bottom of the ocean, to dropping him from 30,000meters in the air, but Knuckles will not break.
So long as something existed to menace Mobius, Sonic would never give up. Best exemplified by the speech he gives to Robotnik when the latter has absorbed the power of the Chaos emeralds to attain reality warping powers, while they're fighting through a series of increasingly bizarre scenarios.
Sonic: Change reality any way you like, Robotnik! Whatever you do I'll still fight you, and somehow I'll win! Because no matter how ridiculous the situation, I'll never give up, Robotnik! I'll never give up!
In one story, Sonic fights a robot that can predict his every move and counteract it. So Sonic gives up. Since the robot was programmed to believe that this circumstance would never happen, it malfunctions and blows up, which is exactly what Sonic intended.
In My Little Pony Micro Series Issue #2 Rainbow's refusal to give up is specifically mentioned by a pony reporter at the end of the comic.
Amanda Waller of DC Comics, the director of Project Cadmus and the leader of the Suicide Squad. Had the tenacity to pick up a handgun and shoot DARKSEID.
Huntress, the Helena Bertinelli version, is made of this trope. At one point, the Joker shot her three times at point blank range, and she still refused to give up and let him into a building where dozens of defenseless people were being housed. Another time she fought Lady Shiva in hand-to-hand combat to save Black Canary's life, and did so knowing she stood no chance and would be killed. Despite this, she threw her own blood in Shiva's face to blind her, and managed to actually knock Shiva down. After the fight gets cancelled, Shiva dubbed her the "Iron Owl" and asked for the honor of helping her to her feet.
Wonder Woman (1942): Oscar Sweetgulper once peddled his bicycle non-stop from Washington D.C. to Texas when he thought his sweetheart Etta Candy was being conned by one of the Candy Ranch farm hands. He even managed to get there in time to help rescue her and the Candy family horses from the criminal.
Wonder Woman definitely counts. Batman's plan to neutralize her during JLA: Tower of Babel was basically to trick her into believing that she was fighting an opponent equally as powerful as she was. Because she'd never give up a fight, she'd eventually drop dead from exhaustion. On a more general note, Wonder Woman possesses an incredible amount of durability and her Amazonian training gives her an immense pain tolerance. Make of that what you will.
Perhaps the only real power Kick-Ass possesses is the fact that he never, ever gives up. Even when he gets strapped to a chair and gets his testicles electrocuted for half an hour, his plan for getting out of it is to get the mobsters to punch him until the chair breaks. Then he gets right back up and tells them to bring it. They do, but luckily Hit Girl returns just in time to eviscerate them all. Which is either pretty solid deconstruction or straightforward badass. The fact he keeps at the whole superhero thing even when he knows full well that the world's not worth saving is supposed to be a gut-wrenching demonstration of the kind of depths of despair and nihilism he's fallen to, but it reads more like a very well written Moment of Badass.
Loki, at least in their Loki: Agent of Asgard incarnation. They've gone too far, sacrificed too much, did unforgivable things for a chance to Screw Destiny. And. They. Won't. Stop. Now. Lampshaded by Odin of all people.
Freya: He will come to his senses in time.
Odin: No. Not that one. He'll not go quietly into any box you build for him.
The Transformers (IDW) has pre-Matrix Orion Pax, who after learning just how corrupt the Senate is, through narrowly surviving an attempt on his life, marches all the way from his police station to the Senate Chambers, carrying their reluctant minion Whirl on his back, then ploughs through their security, later established to be a hundred-strong army of trigger-happy Triple-Changers, and immediately after taking the floor begins lecturing the Senate on how much they suck, even as some of their goons start dragging him out.
He's usually an idiot, but when Rat-Man gets properly motivated nothing can stop him. Early in his career, he fought Manga characters in an arena, always losing, and always coming back for new battles, even after getting a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown by Kenshiro. His last fight in the arena was against Il Drago (that's Italian for "The Dragon"), a Son GokuExpy that nobody had ever scored a hit against, let alone defeated, yet not only he did not ask for mercy when the stone Il Drago was beating him with did, he socked him on the nose. In one occasion he fought a cyborg (later revealed to be a Brainwashed and CrazyThing), and no matter how many times he got punched, he always got back up and, in the end, won. For a brief period he had been paraplegic, and somehow he managed to jump on a demonically possessed foe while still on a wheelchair. And when The Shadow made him fight his own shadow, a fight all other superheroes had failed, he won, because he just wouldn't lose his hope to meet his late love Thea again. Then tearfullySubverted when the Shadow shows him that the one world where Thea would still be alive would be the one where they never met.
In Violine, Muller, the Greater-Scope Villain, keeps pursuing Violine and her father, even after apparently being killed by crocodiles — twice. He also expresses his determination to never give up on finding them.
Paulie from Circles is very determined and tries to get as much done as possible. He wants to live life to the fullest and as a result, he lived and prospered much longer than other HIV positive patients. He was suffering from aches and pains and kept quiet about it until his conditioned worsened. Even on his deathbed, he fought to stay alive to say his goodbyes to everyone he loves and all who loved him.
Kenton of White Sand. While he points out himself that determination is no substitute for ability he lacks, he manages to climb to the highest rank of Sand Masters by sheer stubborness, then survives being buried under a metre of sand with sheer willpower and protects his remaining people with little more than zeal.
Ultimate Vision: Vision has been warning worlds about Gah Lak Tus since half a billion years. Nobody ever survived, but she continues all the same.
Simon Wiesenthal in Simon Says Nazi Hunter is determined to bring down all the Nazis in the Third Reich, and he won't let anything stop him, from being told to stop because people are losing interest, to a lack of evidence to convict them.
Code Name: Gravedigger: Nothing will stop Ulysses Hazard (code name: Gravedigger) from accomplishing a goal once he puts his mind to it. When he was young he suffered from childhood Polio and spent years struggling to overcome this crippling disease. He pressed himself beyond limits just to walk like a normal human being. With time and perseverance, he conquered these restrictions and trained himself to the peak of physical perfection. Later he would apply this same determination to overcome the limitations of serving in a segregated army, and taking the fight directly into the heart of Nazi Germany.