Zapp: (After steering the ship towards a black hole) Don't blame yourself, Kif. We were doomed from the start. Nothing remains now but for the captain to go down with the ship.
Kif: Why, that's surprisingly noble of you, sir!
Zapp: No, it's noble of you, Kif! As of now, you're in command. (Rips insignia off his arm and sticks it on Kif) Congratulations, Captain.
"This isn't the ancient sea, Mal, you don't have to go down with the ship!"
— Inara Serra, Firefly, "Out of Gas"
Peter Pan: You know the rules, Hook: a good captain always goes down with his ship.
"To take your chance in the thick of a rush, with firing all about,
Is nothing so bad when you've cover to 'and, an' leave an' likin' to shout;
But to stand an' be still to the Birken'ead drill
is a damn tough bullet to chew,
An' they done it, the Jollies — 'Er Majesty's Jollies —
soldier an' sailor too!
Their work was done when it 'adn't begun; they was younger nor me an' you;
Their choice it was plain between drownin' in 'eaps
an' bein' mopped by the screw,
So they stood an' was still to the Birken'ead drill, soldier an' sailor too!"
— Rudyard Kipling, "Soldier an' Sailor Too"
Captain Marko Ramius: You'll go with the crew. The officers and I will submerge beneath you, and scuttle the ship.
Dr. Yevgeniy Petrov: You'll receive the Order of Lenin for this, Captain!
Fanshaw: What's more, you are the captain of the space station!
Carstairs: What's that got to do with it?
Fanshaw: By tradition the captain goes down with the ship.
Cunliffe: In your case you can stay up with it.
"There are three things to remember about being a starship captain: keep your shirt tucked in, go down with the ship, and never abandon a member of your crew."
— Captain Kathryn Janeway to Naomi Wildman, Star Trek: Voyager
"No ship should go down without her captain."
— John Harrison, Star Trek Into Darkness, as he beams Captain Kirk back to the Enterprise right before launching an all-out attack.