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Many fall in the face of chaos... but not this one! Not today!
The Ancestor, Darkest Dungeon, on a hero becoming Stalwart

Bogey: Get up, Radd. You will win.
Radd: But...He's like a thousand times more powerful than me.
Bogey: Only temporarily. Quick, pick an epiphany.
Radd: Pick a what?
Bogey: Epiphany. After the hero gets his ass kicked, he or she has a defining moment, which somehow makes him a bajillion times stronger.

"Hello! My Name Is Inigo Montoya. You Killed My Father. Prepare to Die."
Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride, right after getting stabbed (three times), then standing back up.

"Is something wrong, Goshinki? I thought that you could read my mind."
Inuyasha's evil side, after getting back up from literally fatal wounds and unleashing a can of whoop ass on a psychic demon.

"You didn't let me die, Ollie. You fought to save me. Because that's what you do, what you have always done: you fight to survive. I know I called you a murderer, but you are not. You are a hero. You beat the island, you beat my father. So fight, Oliver. Get up, and fight. Back."
Arrow, right after Oliver gets tossed around by a enhanced soldier.

"It's one of those super hero tropes, right? The villain gets the better for a bit, knocks you around some because she's the one willing to break all the rules. But you stand your ground. Figure out a way to regroup and come away the winner. Though I'm beginning to think that tide-turning bit is a lot harder when working solo."
Jessica Drew, Spider-Woman (2014), Issue #8

I don't know. I can't say for sure. I was too near death myself. But... something was definitely there. Something, or someone, who gave me just what I needed when I needed it. I probably would have died if I hadn't gotten that bit of inspiration, just when I needed it.

Supergirl grabbed Satan Girl by the legs, added her own momentum to the force of Satan Girl's super-throw, whirled them around several times like two partners on a trapeze bar, and flung her enemy down towards the thrusting fingers of the solar prominence.
The worst part of it was seeing the grin of determination on Kara's bloodied face as she threw her.


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