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The following is a list of last words attributed to various fictional characters.

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Characters are listed according to source (i.e. the originating book, television program, etc), then the name of character the quote is attributed to (in case of more than one quote per source). Where quotes come from a series of texts, they are organized in the order of the texts they appeared in (for example, quotes from the first book in the Harry Potter series appear before quotes from the second book, and so on). Where possible, for the purposes of clarification, further explanatory notes have been presented. Additionally, if a character's final words consist of a dialogue with the other characters, the other character's speech may be included for contextual purposes; for example, if one character asks a question that the one who is about to die answers.

Some characters may have more than one "death," in instances such as being resurrected, or existing temporarily as an undead being. In some of those instances, their last words from each "death" may be added if they are significant. Additionally, significant last words from deaths that are merely assumed to have happened or are non-canon are included. Additionally, in instances where there are multiple outcomes, or in media with alternate timelines, the character's last words will be featured.

In songs[edit]

  • I... I did it... for Johnny!
    • Who: Debbie
    • Source: The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun by Julie Brown.
    • Note: Debbie, the homecoming queen, was asked why she went on a shooting rampage at the prom; her answer was unenlightening, as the narrator has no idea who "Johnny" was.
  • I'm sick of niggas lyin', I'm sick of bitches hawkin', matter of fact, I'm sick of talkin'.
  • Don't take your guns to town, son, leave your guns at home, Bill. Don't take your guns to town.
    • Who: Billy Joe
    • Source: Johnny Cash in "Don't Take Your Guns to Town"
    • Note: Billy Joe was a cowboy who decided to go to town, his mother asks him not to take his guns, and her phrase haunts him throughout the day. He later at a bar is shot and killed, and mutters his mother's phrase before passing.
  • I...am...loved.
    • Who: Dying Man
    • Source: Relient K "Deathbed"
    • Note: As the man is being taken up to heaven by Jesus, he mutters these final words.
  • Well, gotta go, I'm almost at the [end of the] bridge now... / Oh shit, I forgot, how'm I supposed to send this shit out?
    • Who: Stan
    • Source: Stan by Eminem
    • Note: After the title character believes that his hero, Eminem, has rejected his messages, the former takes down all of the posters of the latter off the wall of his room, kidnaps his pregnant girlfriend, stuffs her in the trunk of the car, and drives off with her, as he is drunk and on drugs and sending an audiotaped message about why he is driving drunk and angry, hoping that his "hero" will regret the day he "rejected" Stan. At the end, the title character realizes too late that he will be unable to send the tape to Eminem as he drives off the bridge and into the river, killing himself and his girlfriend.
  • My lifeblood... spills over...
    • Who: The Protagonist
    • Source: 2112 by Rush
    • Note: After having his presentation of the guitar to the Priests of the Temple of Syrinx rejected, the Protagonist realizes that, without these things making life beautiful, life is therefore meaningless. He exiles himself to a cave and, in a soliloquy, he imagines "what my life might be in a world like I have seen", and now considers life under the Federation "cold and empty", with his spirits "low in the depths of despair". He resolves that, in order to "pass into the world of my dream, and know peace at last", he must take his own life. Shortly after, beings known as the Elder Race, who ruled the planet and allowed for creativity and inspiration to flourish, return to take back the planet.

In videogames[edit]

  • I may actually make it home from this lousy war.

In musicals[edit]

  • I am not a boy....I'm an animal
    • Who: Bat Boy (Edgar)
    • Source: Bat Boy the Musical
    • Note: Character dies after being stabbed in the back.
  • My mind is in darkness. / God, God, I'm sick. I've been used. / And you knew all the time. / God! I'll never ever know why you chose me for your crime... / For your foul, bloody crime! / You have murdered me! / Have murdered me! / Murdered me! / Murdered me! / Murdered me! / Murdered me! / Murdered me! / Murdered--!
    • Who: Judas Iscariot
    • Source: Jesus Christ Superstar
    • Note: Character realizes he did what Jesus wanted him to do (i.e., betray him) despite said character's warning him about what is to come, which turns out to be all planned; in the end, Judas hangs himself after realizing what he'd done.
  • My love... is yours eternally... My hand... is nice and warm... I love...
    • Who: Mimi
    • Source: La Boheme (translated from Italian)
    • Note: Character died of tuberculosis in the arms of Radolfo, her love and protagonist of the story.
  • Are you satisfied? I've laughed myself to...
    • Who: Dr. Orin Scrivello
    • Source: Little Shop of Horrors
    • Note: Character asphyxiates self with a mask pumping laughing gas. Seymour, who had been afraid to shoot him, chooses to not help him take the stuck mask off, letting him die. Seymour finishes Orin's unfinished sentence by asking, "death?"
  • The choice was mine, and mine completely. / I could have any prize that I desired. / I could burn with the splendor of the brightest fire, / Or else... or else I could choose time. / Remember, I was very young then, / And a year was forever and a day. / So what use could fifty, sixty, seventy be? / I saw the lights and I was on my way. / And how I lived, how they shone, / But how soon the lights were gone.
    • Who: Eva Perón
    • Source: Evita
    • Note: Eva sings these words before dying of cancer.
  • I'm not sorreeeee...
    • Who: Caldwell B. Cladwell
    • Source: Urinetown
    • Note: Character has been hurled from the roof of a tall building, from which he had previously had people thrown.
  • Do you think-a you're smart? / You foolish-a boy, / tomorrow you'll start / in my-a employ. / You under-a-stand? / You like-a my plan?
    • Who: Daniel O'Higgins, a.k.a. Adolfo Pirelli
    • Source: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    • Note: Character, an employee of Sweeney who remembers his true identity as Benjamin Barker, attempts to blackmail Todd in exchange for silence; Todd slashes his throat with a razor.
  • Well, sir, I take that very kindly.
  • Hey...don't I...know you...mister?...
    • Who: The Beggar Woman/Lucy Barker
    • Source: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    • Note: Character wanders into Todd's barbershop in an attempt to warn him of Mrs. Lovett's evil schemes; fearing that the Beggar Woman will ruin his plans, Todd hurriedly kills her. He later discovers that the Beggar Woman was actually his wife Lucy, who he thought dead, explaining why she recognized him.
  • BENJAMIN BARKER?!
    • Who: Judge Turpin
    • Source: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    • Note: Todd had just revealed his true identity as Benjamin Barker to Judge Turpin in a slow, torturous way; upon realizing the truth, the Judge panics and screams Barker's name as the barber kills him.
  • So let's keep living it! / Just keep living it! / Really living it!
    • Who: Nellie Lovett
    • Source: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    • Note: Character was singing and waltzing with Todd, who had claimed he forgives her for hiding the truth about his wife Lucy's survival in an attempt to win his love; as they dance, Todd steers Mrs. Lovett close to her pie shop's oven and throws her into it, where she burns to death.
  • There was a barber and his wife, / and she was beautiful. / A foolish barber and his wife. / She was his reason and his life, / and she was beautiful, / and she was virtuous. / And he was... / naive...
    • Who: Sweeney Todd/Benjamin Barker
    • Source: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    • Note: Character sings this song, a reprise of one of the musical's very first songs, as he is holding the body of his wife, who he unknowingly killed because he did not know that she was still alive. He is killed by having his throat slashed with his own razor by Tobias Ragg shortly afterward.

Cannibal! The Musical[edit]

  • [sung] We can make him tall or we can make him not so tall!
    • Who: Israel Swan
    • Note: After wandering the Colorado Rockies for days the group asks what they should do and Swan begins to sing "Let's Build a Snowman" for the second time. Fed up with his singing, Bell shoots him in the head.
  • He killed Swan. It's only fair.
    • Who: James Humphrey (Matt Stone)
    • Note: The group discusses who they should kill first and James suggest Bell. Packer returns to the camp and finds Humphrey, Miller and Noon all killed by Bell.
  • We can't do it, Packer. We can't even stand up.
    • Who: George "California" Noon
    • Note: The group discusses who they should kill first and James suggest Bell. Packer returns to the camp and finds Humphrey, Miller and Noon all killed by Bell.
  • [sung] That's all we're asking for.
    • Who: Frank Miller
    • Note: The group discusses who they should kill first and James suggest Bell. Packer returns to the camp and finds Humphrey, Miller and Noon all killed by Bell.
  • Hey, you can't do that, jerky!
    • Who: Frenchy Cabazon
    • Note: After Polly announced that Packer was innocent (and therefore, did not have to be hanged), Frenchie rushed the hanging post out of anger and tried to hang Packer himself. The Ute chief rescues Packer and chops off Frenchie's head.

Les Miserables: The Musical[edit]

  • And tell Cosette I love her...and I'll see her when I wake...
    • Who: Fantine
    • Notes: Fantine was dying of Tuberculosis. Her last words, spoken to Jean Valjean, were directed to her daughter.
  • And you will keep me safe...and you will keep me close...and rain...will make the flowers...[grow]
    • Who: Eponine
    • Notes: Eponine, shot, dies in the arms of the man she has always unrequitedly loved, Marius.
  • We fight like...like twenty...armies and we...we won't give up...so you'd bet...better run for...for cover...when the pup...grows...[up]
    • Who: Gavroche
    • Notes: Gavroche, no older than ten, is trying to collect ammunition for the resistance movement when he is shot by the enemy and dies.
  • Let others rise to take our place, until the Earth is free!
    • Who: Enjolras
    • Notes: This is the final speech Enjolras gives to the students before they make their last stand at the barricade (and die).
  • I'll escape now from that world...from the world of Jean Valjean...there is nowhere I can go...there is no way to go on!
    • Who: Javert
    • Notes: Javert ruled his life by a black-and-white sense of good and evil. Once Valjean, a criminal, spares him, his ideal world is shattered. Unable to cope, he hurls himself into the Seine River (and drowns).
  • And remember, a truth that once was spoken-to love another person is to see the face of God...
    • Who: Jean Valjean
    • Notes: Valjean had lived a long, hard life. He finally feels ready to die once Cosette is married. He leaves behind the story of his life, and, escorted by Fantine and Eponine's ghosts, joins the souls of the others who died in Heaven.

Into the Woods[edit]

  • The better to EAT you with, my dear!
    • Who: The Wolf
    • Notes: Character had disguised himself as Little Red Riding Hood's Grandmother in order to eat the child. Though he succeeded, the Baker happened to be walking by at the time, and slit the Wolf's stomach, killing him.
  • I'm not the lad!
    • Who: The Narrator
    • Notes: Character served as the narrator of the tale. When a fierce giantess apppeared in the land, she demanded to find Jack, who had killed her husband. The Witch sacrifices the Narrator to trick the giantess, but she sees through the ruse and drops him; the impact kills him.
  • Promise me...you won't let her get Jack. Promise...as I stand here at death's door. Promise. PROMISE!...Jack!...Jack...Jack...
    • Who: Jack's Mother
    • Notes: The other fairy tale characters were divided on the subject of sacrificing Jack to the giantess. His mother defended him fiercely, and angered the giantess with her cries. Cinderella's Steward struck Jack's Mother over the head with his lance to silence her, and the blow proved fatal.
  • And now, because of the way you treated me, I'll never be happy!
    • Who: Rapunzel
    • Notes: Character, facing severe depression after bearing twins, was screaming at her mother, the Witch. Later, she stumbled upon the giantess and the others; she panicked and ran directly into the monstrous giantess's path. She was crushed beneath her foot.
  • Let the moment go...don't forget it for a moment, though./Just remembering you've had an 'an' when you're back to 'or'.../makes the 'or' mean more than it did before.../Now I understand...and it's time to leave the woods!
    • Who: The Baker's Wife
    • Notes: Character had had a tryst with Cinderella's Prince in the woods. While contemplating the situation, she began to wander around the forest. The giantess arrived nearby, and her mighty steps shook a tree, which fell and crushed the Baker's Wife.
  • All right Mother, when?/Lost the beans again!/Punish me the way you did then!/Give me claws and a hunch/just away from this bunch/and the gloom!/and the doom!/and the boom...CRRRRUUNNNNNCHH!
    • Character: The Witch
    • Notes: Character had listened to Cinderella, Jack, Little Red, and the Baker accuse each other of the giantess's appearance. She revealed that all were responsible, and so scattered the magic beans that had grown into beanstalks. Upon doing so, she disappeared in a puff of smoke.
  • Son, son! All is repaired!
  • Like father...like son...
    • Who: The Mysterious Man
    • Notes: First line occurs at the end of Act One, when the breaking of the spell that kept the Baker's Wife childless was broken. In Act Two, he became a spirit, and confronted his son-the Baker-when he tried to leave his own infant son. He told the dangers of running away, and disappeared into the forest forever.
  • Thank you. Now justice will be served, and I will leave your kingdom.
    • Who: The Giantess
    • Notes: Cinderella, Little Red, Jack, and the Baker used their collective experiences to outwit the giantess. Cinderella and Little Red directed her toward Jack's hiding place, while he and the Baker waited with clubs. She fell into their trap and perished.

Titanic: A New Musical[edit]

  • At least we aren't makin' any widows, are we?
    • Who: Barrett
    • Notes: He is the ship's stoker. As others head onto the lifeboats when the ship sinks, he was left behind from rowing the boats and substituted for Sean Farrell. He says this quote to another passenger Charles before the scene they are in cuts. He dies when the ship sinks, although he was actually among the Titanic survivors in real life.
  • I declare this ship lost! From now on, it's every man for himself!
    • Who: Captain E.J. Smith
    • Notes: As the ship is sinking, he issues out this warning as many try to evacuate the ship. He drowns with the ship.
  • Mr. Andrews? Shouldn't you be getting a move on? Mr. Andrews?!!
    • Who: Bellboy
    • Note: Sees Andrews as many are trying to escape from the ship, and asks Andrews if he is going to leave. When Andrews fails to respond, the bellboy leaves him, and eventually dies as the Titanic sinks completely.
  • (sung) And I will love you... still!
    • Who: Isa and Isador Strauss
    • Notes: The two were first class passengers on the Titanic who decided to stay together even if the ship was going to sink. After finishing these lines from the song "Still", it must be noted that they drowned when the ship sunk.
  • (sung) Autumn, shall we meet in the autumn? Shall we meet in the autumn?
    • Who: Thomas Andrews (the Titanic's builder)
    • Notes: As many are trying to escape from the sinking ship, Williams stays behind. He is shocked with the fact that the ship couldn't be able to survive the iceberg, and tries to reconstruct his designs for the ship to find a design that could have prevented the ship from hitting the iceberg. After completing his final song, the musical cuts to the finale, which takes place after those who failed to escape drowned (Andrews included).

Original video animation[edit]

  • Doctor Hell... I have failed you...
    • Who: Baron Ashura
    • Source: Mazinkaiser
    • Notes: Drawn and quartered by Mazinkaiser's Kaiser Blade while fused to the monster King Hell Gorgon.

Plays[edit]

  • My white plume.
    • Who: Cyrano de Bergerac
    • Source: Cyrano de Bergerac
    • Notes: Roxane asks him to further explain what he meant after he says "For there is one thing I have left, void of smear or stain, and I take it with me despite you." He presumably dies shortly after speaking this line due to the massive open wound on his skull.
  • Cyrano has something important to tell you.
    • Who: Christian de Neuvillette
    • Source: Cyrano de Bergerac
    • Notes: Christian was speaking to Roxane, and he learned that she would love him even if he were ugly, because he is so verbose and romantic with his letters. The dramatic irony is that the audience knows that Cyrano is the one with the brilliant mind, and that Cyrano has been writing the letters the entire time. Christian relays this information to Cyrano, and tells him to tell her that it was him she was really in love with. Shortly after speaking this line, he exits and dies amidst gunfire.

Others[edit]

  • I'm sorry I couldn't protect you...
    • Who: Rei Hino
    • Source: Sailor Moon Stars.
  • Fire...soul.. (Point-blank range attack to a nigh-invincible foe, killing them both.)
  • Sister...
    • Who: Yurito Morimiya
    • Notes: When Aono, Yurito's sister, attempted to kill Matsuri with a katana, Yurito stood in the path of her blade. Yurito is slain and his illusionary form (he was a fake substitute created by Aono through Yaka powers) dissolved back into a sea of papers.
  • (Steven: So you might as well put that gun down, and surrender!) Never! I'll take this necklace, sell it for a fortune and move wealthfully to another country! (Lady Margeret: Curse you, Stanley Grimes!) There's no such thing as a curse! (clutches heart) Oh! Oh! Oh!
  • Who: Stanley Grimes/Dr. Rex Forbes (a character in the fictious play, "Murder Most Foul")
    • Source: Play On! (a little-known dramedy play)
    • Notes: The "character" is a fictious villain in the play posing as a scientist, who killed a archeologist named Sir Percival, for a necklace known mostly as the Darjeeling Diamond. But when a friend of one of the "characters", Steven Sellers, tips him off, Stanley Grimes is exposed as the murderer. When the police arrives as he holds the people inside the mansion he is in hostage, Grimes starts to have convulsions due to the diamond's curse and dies. Due to there being problems with during the progress on rehersals (then the play itself) with the dialougue, the death is made even more hilarious with the lines being flubbed, especially near the end of the play, when the "characters" exclaim the curse is from the three different names of the diamond and the "character" Lord Dudley shouts "All of them!" to try to get the play moving along. (Please note that when the word character was in quotation marks, I mean the roles the actual characters, which are the actors, and not the figures like Stanley Grimes or Steven Sellers, played).
  • You are no son of mine
  • Who: Tywin Lannister
    • A Storm of Swords
  • Cold.
  • Who: Renly Baratheon
    • A Clash of Kings
  • The woods... the barns... the gas tanks of automobiles... it's spreading everywhere. It's coming this way. About twenty yards to my right-- [abrupt silence]
    • Who: Carl Phillips
    • Source: The War of the Worlds (1939 radio play)
    • Note: It can be inferred that Carl Phillips was burned to death by the alien's heat ray; an announcer later advised that his "charred body" was identified at a Trenton hospital.
  • Well Gosh.
  • Who: Mayor Wilkins
    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Old man... everyone... and Luffy... I know all my life, I've been worthless, and I know that I have this demon's blood flowing through me... but... thank you for loving me!
  • Who: Portgas D. Ace
    • One Piece
    • Note- Character dies in the arms of his brother, Luffy.
  • Oh, fu-
  • Who: Vampire Willow Rosenberg, returning to her own reality only to be killed within seconds.
    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Gazpacho soup!
  • Who: Arnold Judas Rimmer
    • Red Dwarf

Batman[edit]

See Last words in Batman media

Films[edit]

Batman (1989)[edit]

  • Jack, listen. Maybe we can cut a deal.
    • Who: Carl Grissom
    • Note: Character pleads to Jack Napier to spare him. This is when Jack reveals himself as the Joker. The Joker then shoots Grissom, killing him.
  • What if we say no?
    • Who: Antoine Rotelli
    • Note: After refusing to work with the Joker, who is currently disguised as Jack Napier, Rotelli is convinced by him to shake hands to end the negotiation peacefully. However, the Joker is revealed to be wearing a lethal Joy Buzzer and uses it to burn Rotelli alive when he returns the handshake.
  • Sometimes I just kill myself.
    • Who: The Joker
    • Note: Shortly afterwards, as he tried to escape via a rope ladder thrown from a helicopter, the Joker was tied to a nearby gargoyle by Batman's grapple gun. The additional weight slowly dragged Joker off the ladder, causing him to plummet to his death far below.

Batman Returns (1992)[edit]

  • Go ahead, hit me.
    • Who: Red Triangle Circus Strongman
    • Note: After confronting Batman in an alley, the Strongman dares him to hit him. After Batman quickly punches him and leaves the Strongman seemingly unaffected, he laughs at the attack- however, it is revealed to be a diversion when he notices that a Bomb has been stuffed down his pants by Batman. The Strongman is then thrown down an open manhole, moments before the Bomb detonates and kills him.
  • She let me go. I think 'cause I reasoned with her, girl to girl.
    • Who: Ice Princess
    • Note: After Penguin and Catwoman had earlier kidnapped the Ice Princess, Catwoman takes her to the top of a tall building. After Batman arrives, he finds the Ice Princess placed precariously on the edge of the building. As he moves over to help her, Penguin appears and uses a trick umbrella full of bats to swarm her, causing her to panic and fall off the side of the building to her death, successfully framing Batman for the deed.
  • One way to find out.
    • Who: Max Shreck
    • Note: Max Shreck had a gun and attempted to take out Catwoman's "nine lives", but ran out of bullets with two left. Catwoman then kisses Shreck with a taser and a high-voltage cable from a nearby air conditioning unit, electrocuting him. Batman finds Shreck's charred corpse in the remains of Penguin's lair.
  • This heat's getting to me...I'll murder you momentarily. But first, I need a cool drink...of iced...water.
    • Who: The Penguin
    • Note: Penguin had earlier fallen through a glass skylight into a pool of toxic water, but emerged to try to kill Batman, without success. He collapses face first and dies of his injuries right afterwards, and is dragged into the water by a group of King Penguins.

Batman Forever (1995)[edit]

  • Why yes, of course- you're right, Bruce. Emotion is always the enemy of true justice. Thank you. You've always been a good friend.
    • Who: Harvey "Two-Face" Dent
    • Note: Two-Face encountered Batman, Robin and Chase Meridian below Riddler's lair, and was about to shoot them when Batman reminded Harvey that he needed to flip his coin first. After thanking him, Harvey flips the coin, but Batman throws decoy replicas of his coin toward him. Harvey loses track of which coin is his, which causes him to panic and fall off the support structure he was standing on, plunging to his death into a half-submerged bed of spikes far below. His real coin falls into the palm of his hand as his body sinks.

Batman & Robin (1997)[edit]

  • Dr... Isley? Pamela?(!) You look great... especially for a dead woman!
    • Who: Dr. Jason Woodrue
    • Notes: Having supposedly murdered his former co-worker Pamela Isley, Woodrue witnesses her rebirth as Poison Ivy before his very eyes. Instantly and completely smitten with her newfound irresistible beauty, he quickly succumbs to her seductive advances and indulges in a long, passionate kiss initiated by her. However, he is then gleefully informed by her that as result of her resurrection, her lips were now deadly poisonous. Dr. Woodrue is instantly overcome by the poison and chokes to death.
  • [Poison Ivy: We give you life... and we can take it way just as easily!] Right! Whatever! (chuckle dismissively) [I really am to die for...]
    • Who: Mr. Freeze's posted guards in Arkham Asylum
    • Notes: Poison Ivy, having infiltrated Arkham Asylum under guise as Freeze's "sister", seduced his guards into a love-drunk stupor using plant pheromones- insinuating that while [Mother Nature] can grant life to mankind, [she] can "take it away just as easily". She then kisses them both with her poisonous lips, quickly and painfully killing both men.

Batman Begins (2005)[edit]

  • Thomas!
    • Who: Martha Wayne
    • Notes: Said after her husband, Thomas Wayne, has been shot. She is then shot immediately afterwards.
  • Bruce. It's okay. Don’t be afraid.
    • Who: Thomas Wayne
    • Notes: Character, Bruce Wayne's father, is dying of a gunshot wound after being mugged. They had stepped out of a theater when Bruce had been frightened by a performance.
  • What the hell is this?
    • Who: Carl Finch
    • Notes: Finch, Gotham's District Attorney, is assassinated after saying this because he discovers a machine that is part of the League of Shadows plan to destroy Gotham.
  • Have you finally learned to do what is necessary?
    • Who: Ra's Al Ghul
    • Notes: Batman had saved the character earlier in the film, thinking that he was not Ra's Al Ghul himself. Batman responds to Ra's Al Ghul's last words by saying that although he will not kill Ra's, he "doesn't have to save him", and escapes. Ra's then accepts his fate, and proceeds to calmly meditate just before the monorail train he is in derails and crashes.

The Dark Knight (2008)[edit]

  • Nah, I'm done here.
    • Who: Dopey
    • Note: Character is a member of a group of bank robbers. He is assigned with shutting down the alarm. The Joker, however, ordered Happy, another member of the gang, to shoot Dopey after this. Happy complied.
  • On the ground! Stay on the ground! Nobody make a move! Nobody! Stay down!
    • Who: Unnamed bank robber
    • Note: Character is a member of a group of bank robbers. He is in charge of "giving the stick up" while the other members do their jobs, but the manager of the bank, who works for the mafia, and had armed himself with a shotgun, shoots him dead after Happy breaks open the lock on the bank vault and the Joker and Grumpy finish tying everyone in the bank up.
  • What? No, NO!
    • Who: Happy
    • Note: Character is a member of a group of bank robbers. He opens the vault. The Joker ordered Grumpy, another member of the gang to shoot Happy when this was done. Grumpy asked Happy where Dopey went. Happy complied that the Joker ordered him to kill Dopey when he had shut off the alarm. Grumpy said that the Joker told [him] something similar, before shooting Happy to death.
  • Bus driver? What bus driver?
    • Who: Grumpy
    • Note: Character is a member of a group of bank robbers. He asks another one of the members (the Joker in disguise) if he had been ordered to kill him when the robbery was complete (because he was ordered to kill Happy (which he did) who killed Dopey and had correctly assumed he was next). The Joker then replies that "[he will] kill the bus driver". Grumpy is then killed by a school bus that drives through the wall behind him. The driver in question (another member of the gang) is then murdered by the Joker himself.
  • What happened to the rest of the guys?
    • Who: Chuckles
    • Note: Character is a member of a group of bank robbers. He arrives via a school bus and accidently runs over grumpy in the process. Not knowing that all of the other bank robbers have been killed by each other, (except for one unnamed one who was killed in self defense by the bank manager) he is killed by the Joker after saying the line.
  • So, dead? That's five-hundred.
    • Who: Gambol
    • Note: Gambol is the head of an African American mob who had put a bounty on the joker "500$ Dead one million alive so i can teach him some manners". He is approached by three men who claim to have killed him. Said before the Joker grabs him and slices his left cheek open.
  • How'd they get my DNA?
    • Who: Commissioner Loeb
    • Note: Said when Gordon says his DNA was found, making him a target of the Joker, before drinking poisoned scotch.
  • Is that a phone?
    • Who: Police officer
    • Note: Said when he sees a cell phone planted by the Joker glowing inside one of his henchmen, which then explodes.
  • It's okay, Harvey. It's all right. Listen... some--
    • Who: Rachel Dawes
    • Note: Character is trying to tell Harvey Dent over the phone that someone will rescue her before a large bomb in the room goes off. The bomb explodes and she is killed before the police can reach her.
  • [The Joker: All you care about is money. This town deserves a better class of criminal, and I'm gonna give it to them. Tell your men they work for me now. This is my city.] They won't work for a freak!
    • Who: The Chechen
    • Note:The Chechen is a mob boss who had just been betrayed by the Joker. Said to the Joker, after he tells him to tell his men they work for him now. The Joker then suggests chopping him up and feeding him to his dogs to "see how loyal a hungry dog really is," and he is dragged away by two thugs and killed off screen .
  • [Two Face: You're a lucky man. But he's not.] Who? [Your driver.]
    • Who: Salvatore Maroni
    • Note: Two-Face shoots his driver in the head, causing the car to crash.
  • Tell your son it'll be all right, Gordon. Lie... like I lied.
    • Who: Harvey Dent/Two-Face
    • Note: Character is taunting James Gordon while holding his son hostage. He is referring to earlier in the film, when he tried to comfort Rachel Dawes. Before he can catch the deciding coin flip, Batman tackles him over the side of the building, where he breaks his neck upon impact with the ground.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)[edit]

  • Sir?
    • Who: CIA Agent
    • Note: Says to the interrogating CIA Agent when he notices their plane beginning to shake. Is later killed when Bane's reinforcements crash the plane.
  • Have we started a fire?
    • Who: Bane's Henchman
    • Note: About to escape from CIA custody with Bane when the latter informs him that one of them must stay behind in the plane as 'they expect one of us in the wreckage'. He asks this question, to which Bane replies that they have, before staying behind to die in the crash.
  • Well congratulations, you got yourself caught. Now what's the next step of your master plan?
    • Who: Interrogating CIA Agent
    • Note: Dies when Bane destroys the plane both of them are on, before Bane escapes with Dr. Leonid Pavel.
  • You're pure evil. [Bane: I'm necessary evil.]
    • Who: John Daggett
    • Note: Says this to Bane before his neck is snapped by Bane.
  • A training exercise, that’s all. If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got tickets to watch our boys thrash Rapid City.
    • Who: Mayor Garcia
    • Note: Says this to a reporter who questions the masses of cops going underground to get Bane, before attending a football game that is attacked by a series' of explosions from Bane and his men, killed by one that goes off in his viewing box.
  • Only me.
    • Who: Dr. Leonid Pavel
    • Note: Said in response to Bane asking him who can defuse the nuclear bomb just activated in front of the entire Gotham City football field, before Bane snaps his neck.
  • Has anyone ever made it?
    • Who: Stryver
    • Note: Asks Bane's mercenaries this upon being sentenced to 'exile' by walking across thin ice in the Gotham City river, falling in and drowning shortly after walking out.
  • I'll die before I talk.
    • Who: Undercover cop
    • Note: Mortally wounded by Bane's mercenaries before Bane corners him, at which point he says this before Bane crushes his windpipe with his knee.
  • Keep moving forward! Flank them at the stairs!
    • Who: Peter Foley
    • Note: Shouts to the 3,000 cops with him to move forward in attacking Bane's mercenaries, and is later killed by Talia Al Ghul in command of one of the stolen Tumblers.
  • We both know that I have to kill you now. You'll just have to imagine the fire.
    • Who: Bane
    • Note: Bane is taunting Batman as he prepares to execute him with a shotgun. Just as he prepares to do so, Selina Kyle suddenly appears on a Batpod, and, using a cannon, shoots Bane, killing him instantly.
  • Fox showed me how to override the reactor...including the emergency flood. There's no way this bomb will be stopped. Prepare yourselves. My father's work is done.
    • Who: Talia al Ghul
    • Note: Despite Batman forcing her truck off the road with a bomb set to go off and being mortally wounded, Talia believes she has fulfilled her father's mission of destroying Gotham City, but Batman manages to move the bomb over Gotham Bay, seeming to sacrifice himself in the process.

Animation[edit]

  • (Suprised) You're ....Bruce....Wayne...
  • Who: Dracula
    • Source: The Batman vs. Dracula (2005)
    • Note: Dracula, about to be killed by Wayne Industries' solar absorbing machine, is shocked to realise Batman's true identity.
  • [about the Joker] He's got us running around, ripping out a lot of geek junk, but no cash! He won't tell us what his plan is, even if he has one! I want out! [Joker: If you insist.] Hey, man, take it easy! I-I was, I was just kidding!
  • Who: Bonk
    • Source: Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
    • Note: Character becomes defective to the Joker and says he wants out of the team. In response the Joker pulls out the gun and points it at him. In the original, uncut version, he pulls the trigger and the "Bang!" flag pops up, and he says, "So was I!" before the flag spear is fired at the character's chest, killing him; the Joker quickly adds, "Oops! No, I wasn't!" In the edited version, however, he just fires the laughing gas gun at the character, making him laugh to death.
  • That's not funny. That's not... (gasp)... (uncut)
  • Make him one of us. (edited)
  • Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Come on, McGinnis! Laugh it up now, you miserable little punk! Laugh! [sing-song tone] I can't hear yooouuu! [Terry: Ha...Ha.]
    • Who: The Joker
    • Source: Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
    • Notes: Character technically dies twice in this story, but one of the scenes was edited, hence three quotes:
      • The first occurs after being shot in the chest by Robin (Tim Drake) with a Spear Gun. Robin had been brainwashed into becoming the Joker's "son", and had a gun pointed at Batman (Bruce Wayne) before he finally rebelled.
      • This scene is altered in the edited version. The Joker's gun in this version shoots laughing gas, and Robin throws the gun away and tackles the Joker into a vat of liquid instead of shooting him- this leads up to a scene where the Joker gets tangled up in cables and electrocuted off-screen.
      • The Joker later returns using Tim Drake's body and, at the end, is strangling Batman (Terry McGinnis), who has driven him over the edge by mocking him. Batman manages to electrocute him using a lethal joy buzzer (one of the Joker's favorite weapons) and destroy the DNA chip he had been using to control Tim, permanently killing him and saving Drake.
  • [David Endocrine: So you think the Batman's the real sicko here.] Without a doubt. He's an obsessive-compulsive, narcissistic hero-complexed sociopath. I would love a shot at him as a patient.
    • Who: Dr. Bartholomew Wolpert
    • Source: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (2012-13)
    • Notes: During an interview, character claims that the Joker is not responsible for the murders, that he's only a victim of Batman's psychotic obsession, and that Batman is the real sociopath. The Joker grabs a coffee mug and asks David Endocrine if he can keep it. After David complies, the Joker then smashes the mug and slits character's throat with its remnants.
  • [Joker: Well, do guests get to keep these?] Heh. Sure, you do whatever you want with it. We got a closet full of them.
    • Who: David Endochrine
    • Source: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (2012-13)
    • Notes: The Joker, annoyed by Dr. Wolpert's claims about Batman, asks character if he can keep the coffee mug. After character complies, the Clown Prince of Crime breaks the mug and slits Dr. Wolpert's throat with its remnants before adding, "So long as you won't miss it." Immediately after that, two Joker toxin mannequins crash into the talk show and spray the toxic gas that kills character and everyone in the audience except the Joker, who just smiles unflinched.
  • You're in trouble now... Go ahead. Say this has never happened to you before. [Batman: Shut up!] Make me! Come on! Finish me! … Ah, doesn't matter. I win. I made you lose control... Heh-heh-ha, and they'll kill you for it. Eh-heh-heh! See you... in hell! Ah-ha-ha-ha!
    • Who: The Joker
    • Source: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (2012-13)
    • Notes: Just like in the comic book, Batman slightly breaks character's neck, paralyzing him in front of two witnesses who think Batman has killed him before they run away. Meanwhile, character urges Batman to finish him off, but Batman refuses. After character sees the witnesses run away, he declares that he has won, that he made the Dark Knight lose control, and that the latter will be branded as a murderer, just seconds before said character commits suicide by fully breaking his own neck, finishing the job himself. Afterward, Batman spits on the character's body before incinerating him to ashes.
  • Go ahead... Finish me... You were trained to kill your enemies, weren't you?... It's what you want... It's what I would do... It's what your grandfather would do... Well, do it!
    • Who: Deathstroke
    • Source: Son of Batman (2014)
    • Note: Character says these words to Robin/Damian Wayne, who has defeated him after tricking him into damaging an acid glass, leaving him burnt and wounded, before Damian declines: "No. I'm my father's son too. I'm Robin," and leaves him behind as Deathstroke sinks in the seas along with his destroyed factory, presumably dying in the progress.
  • You're lying. You would not take all of this trouble just to kill us.
    • Who: KGBeast
    • Source: Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)
    • Note: After Waller warns the Suicide Squad that the chips in their necks are nanotech explosives which will blow their heads off if they disobey any orders from her, KGBeast says these words before she offers him to leave. He does so, but only to have his head blown off by the explosive as a sample of what will happen to the others if they do the same.
  • Err...Guys...
    • Who: King Shark
    • Source: Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)
    • Note: Said after the nanotech bomb in his neck, which could not be defused by Riddler with electroshock because his skin was too thick, is detonated by a furious Amanda Waller, instantly blowing his head into pieces.
  • Outta my way, Loser!
    • Who: Killer Frost
    • Source: Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)
    • Note: Said to Captain Boomerang while trying to escape the chaotic battle in Arkham in a police car, only to a newly released Bane, however, grab it and throw it away with her, causing it to explode and apparently killing her.
  • Motherf--!
    • Who: Amanda Waller
    • Source: Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)
    • Note: Noticing a laser dot in her chest and later in her head from Deadshot's snipergun, though the scene ends before Deadshot pulls the trigger and after he says "bang", it can be possible that Waller gets assassinated.
  • Why won't you listen?! Why won't you understand?! I love them! I love them! I... (Robin: Shut up, damn you! Or I'll tear your heart out! Do you hear me?! I'll tear it out! (pauses and spares him) Justice, not vengeance.)
    • Who: Anton Schott/The Dollmaker
    • Source: Batman vs. Robin (2015)
    • Note: A strong man who was a near-victim of his serial killer father in childhood, Schott wears a broken doll mask and kidnaps children from Gotham City, turning them into cyborg dolls (with modifications like chainsaws implanted on their arms) in an abandoned toy factory. Schott claims that this way, they can never be hurt again. After fighting against Robin, he says these words before Damian threatens to kill him for what Schott had done, but only to spare his life. However, Schott is suddenly killed by Talon, who empales his Gauntlet Claws in his back and rips his heart out.
  • Talon, my darling, Forget them. The two of us can...
    • Who: Samantha Vanaver (Court of Owls Grandmaster)
    • Source: Batman vs. Robin (2015)
    • Note: After Talon turns against the Court of Owls, murdering as most of the members in his way, Samantha attempts to runs away, but only to Talon catch up with her and claim that he never really was nor will ever be like the other members. Samantha tries to calm him down, saying these words before they share a kiss, but only to Talon empale her stomach with his gauntlet's claws, saying: "Be honest. You would've done the same." and killing her.
  • Don't doubt your instincts.
    • Who: Talon
    • Source: Batman vs. Robin (2015)
    • Note: After Damian defeats Talon, holding a sai to his throat, and claims that Batman could never be replaced because he is his father, Talon says these words before he commits suicide by forcing Damian's sai through his neck, leaving Damian stunned and confused.

Comic books[edit]

  • ...What's wrong?
    • Who: Jason Todd (Robin)
    • Source: Batman: A Death in the Family
    • Note: After the Joker has beaten the character to a bloody pulp and left him and his mother, Sheila Haywood, in the warehouse with a ticking time bomb, she tries getting them both out, only for Jason to ask her what is happening and for her to discover that the door has been locked as the time bomb explodes. At this point, the comic ended with a chance for fans to vote by each 1-900 number on whether Jason should live or die. Since the "death" votes from the fans (5,343) overpowered their "life" votes (5,271) by 72, these are now Jason's final words.
  • ...Such a... good boy... ...must have... really... loved his... mother... ...His... his... ugh...
    • Who: Sheila Haywood
    • Source: Batman: A Death in the Family
    • Note: Character is found fatally injured from the time bomb explosion by Batman. In her final words, she reveals that her son Jason tried shielding her from the blast of the bomb set up by the Joker and ended up taking the full force of the blast before dying. But all too soon his sacrifice for her is in vain, as she dies shortly after speaking these final words. Batman feels that she is now gone and that "The pain is all behind her."
  • To the Roman!
    • Who: The Irish
    • Source: Batman: The Long Halloween
    • Note: A group of five Irish mob crooks who were celebrating being released after confessing to bombing Harvey Dent's house. After making a toast, they are all shot to death by Holiday.
  • This is about Falcone. You gotta get the Roman before he gets you.
    • Who: Luigi "Big Lou" Maroni
    • Source: Batman: The Long Halloween
    • Note: Sal Maroni's father. After saying the line to him, he is shot and killed by Holiday.
  • Dent? Comin' after me? Is that why you're moving me? Let him come, that rat bast-
  • I'll burn it all down before I let a freak have it!
    • Who: Carmine Falcone
    • Source: Batman: The Long Halloween
    • Note: This character makes this remark in regards to his fear of costumed criminals, in particular Two-Face, rising to power within Gotham City. In an ensuing fight between Batman and his rogues gallery, Falcone is shot in the head by Two-Face.
  • Please don't kill me, Mr. Dent...
    • Who: Vernon
    • Source: Batman: The Long Halloween
    • Note: Last words before Two-Face (Harvey Dent) flips his coin and shoots him to death.
  • (weakly) I am not my father. I just want to live.
    • Who: Alberto "Holiday" Falcone
    • Source: Batman: Dark Victory
    • Note: Character, having been shot, is talking to his sister Sofia, who compares his inability to take a bullet to his father's ability to take five. His sister then strangles him, revealing (to the reader) her identity as an elusive serial killer.
  • You still protect him?! He betrayed you and this city. Everything you say you believe in.
    • Who: Sofia Falcone Gigante
    • Source: Batman: Dark Victory
    • Note: Character is talking to Batman about Harvey Dent, the former DA who had recently become the villain Two-Face. Character performed a year long serial killing spree, which would have ultimately ended with the death of Dent, who killed her father. She is interrupted by Batman as she attempts to kill Dent, who shot her in the head while she and Batman fought.
  • (weakly) Ack... Can't breathe... [Robin: You're fakin' it. Get up!] Not... Get... Help... Bad Ticker... You... want me... alive... I... know... things... I can give ya the Arkham job... Last...Last October... It was me... and the Maroni brothers... the rats... lissen... Maronis don't work for... Falcones... [Batman: Who do they work for, Zucco?] ...Promise... Keep me alive..? [Batman: I'll do what I can.] Okay... see... they're not just brothers... twins...
    • Who: Tony Zucco
    • Source: Batman: Dark Victory
    • Note: After being chased down by Dick Grayson (soon to be Robin), Zucco suffers from a heart attack and, as he lays dying, confesses to various crimes and gives information that may connect the Maroni brothers to Two-Face.
  • I'm really... very disappointed with you, my sweet. The moment was perfect... and you... didn't have the nerve. Paralysis... really... Just an ounce or two more of pressure.. and... do I hear sirens? Yes, coming close... you won't get far... But then... it doesn't matter if you do, they'll kill you for this. And they'll never know that you didn't have the nerve. I'll see you in hell...
    • Who: The Joker
    • Source: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
    • Upon realizing that many lives could have been saved by hurting and killing this character, early on. Batman breaks his neck and paralyzes him. The Joker then proceeds to commit suicide by twisting his own neck until it snaps, giving the police the impression that Batman had hurt and killed him by strangling him.
  • There will always be a Joker. Because there is no cure for him. No cure at all...just a Batman.
    • Who: Johnny Frost
    • Source: Joker
    • The final inner monologue of the character, before he falls off a bridge after having been shot in the throat by Joker. The story had been told from his perspective, and the character had frequent monologues throughout it to tell about himself and his views.
  • [Ernest: Try my sock drawer. I bought some of those comedian stamps.] Perfect for you, Ernie.
    • Who: Phyllis Kelleher
    • Source: The Joker: Devil's Advocate
    • Character asks her husband Ernest where her stamps are because she wants to send a thank you note to his cousin Clarice. He tells Phyllis that the stamps are in the sock drawer, and she leaves. Minutes later, when he searches for her, he finds her dead. When he is later found, he confesses that he killed her along with many others by poisoning the stamps with Joker Venom out of envy because she wouldn't stop nagging about his being late. Afterward, he would cover up his real motive by lying to news reporters and pin the blame on the Joker for the stamp murders.
  • Rules are rules. The house always wins. The Black Glove always wins.
    • Who: Dr. Simon Hurt
    • Source: Batman R.I.P.
    • While attempting to excape in a helicopter, this character threatens to release information presented Bruce Wayne's deceased parents as degenerates. Batman jumps onto the helicopter, causing it to crash into a body of water.

Television[edit]

  • NOOOOOO!!! I've taken a... life! I've killed a man! My city! My people! WHAT HAVE I DONE?! - NOOOOOOOO!!!
    • Who: The Bat-Duplicate
    • Source: Batman: The Animated Series
    • Notes: Character thought that he had unknowingly killed the real Batman by causing him to fall off a cliff in the Batcave, leaving a piece of his cape. He begins to destroy the Bat-computer where HARDAC is about to be loaded, causing both it and the Bat-duplicate to be destroyed. The real Batman survives by hanging on a cliff.
  • You know what I'd have given for a death scene like this? Too bad I won't get to read the notices. (acting)
  • Curtain's going down... (apparent)
    • Who: Clayface
    • Source: Batman: The Animated Series.
    • Note: Clayface had a tendency to die at the end of his episodes. At the end of his first it was revealed he faked his death, and at the end of the second he was presumed dead until the producers revived the character when they recreated the show into Batman: Gotham Knights.
  • You're pretty strong... for some clown who thinks he's Batman.
    • Who: Mr. Fixx
    • Source: Batman Beyond
    • Character is battling Terry McGinnis, the new Batman, in a submarine. Terry responds with "I am Batman!" before pushing him into a control pad to stun him. The sub soon goes critical and sinks, taking Mr. Fixx with it.
  • Believe me, you're the only one who cares.
    • Who: Mr. Freeze
    • Source: Batman Beyond
    • Character has just been urged by Terry to get out of a collapsing building.
  • PAAAXTOOON!!! (apparent)
    • Who: Derek Powers, a.k.a. Blight
    • Source: Batman Beyond
    • He was betrayed by his own son, Paxton, who tried to overtake his business empire. Angry to the point of insanity, the radioactive villain unleashed so much radiation that he sunk a submarine and possibly killed himself, though his body was never found (he would return in the accompanying comic book series).
  • WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME?! (apparent)
    • Who: Dr. Abel Cuvier
    • Source: Batman Beyond
    • Character had spliced animal genes into himself, becoming a hybrid creature to fight Batman. Batman injected more and more samples into him, and the changes grew out of control. Eventually an explosion was triggered, destroying the warehouse and apparently Cuvier with it (although he would return in the accompanying comic book series).


The Lord of the Rings[edit]

See Last words in Lord of the Rings media

Star Wars[edit]

See Fictional last words in Star Wars media.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace[edit]

  • Captain, look!
    • Who: Lieutenant Williams
    • Note: Spoken to Maori Madakor a moment before their ship is destroyed by a Trade Federation laser cannon.
  • Shields up!
    • Who: Maori Madakor
    • Note: Said to Lieutenant Williams after he says his last words.
  • D'oh!
    • Who: Trade Federation droid Army B1 battle droid
    • Notes: Force Pushed by Qui-Gon Jinn. Destroyed later. A reference to The Simpsons.
  • Impossible! Nothing can get through our shields!
    • Who: Daultay Dofine
    • Notes: Said aboard the Droid Control Ship, moments before it's brought down by Anakin Skywalker.
  • He... is the chosen one. He... will bring balance. Train him...
    • Who: Qui-Gon Jinn
    • Note: Character is dying of a wound inflicted by Darth Maul. The line is spoken to Obi-Wan Kenobi in reference to Anakin Skywalker.
    • Note: In Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Qui-Gon Jinn's voice can be heard in the scene of the transition between Anakin killing the Sand People (using the dark side of the Force). He says "Anakin! Anakin! No!".

Transformers[edit]

See Last words in Transformers media

The Swan Princess[edit]

See Fictional last words in The Swan Princess media'.

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