History Main / AlmostDeadGuy

26th Aug '16 1:50:49 PM jakobitis
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* Parodied in ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', where the villain, who hates opera, makes an [[OverlyLongGag extended complaint]] about everything opera-related after being stabbed. His final complaint? [[HypocriticalHumor How everyone takes so long to die]].

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* Parodied in ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', where the villain, who hates opera, makes an [[OverlyLongGag extended complaint]] about everything opera-related after being stabbed.stabbed, apparently dying only to return to life several times in as many minutes. His final complaint? [[HypocriticalHumor How everyone takes so long to die]].
25th Aug '16 1:12:35 AM LordGro
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* ''Literature/TheSagaOfThePeopleOfVatnsdal'': Thorstein Ketilsson stabs the highwayman Jokul with a sword, so the sword gets stuck in the bed under Jokul. Nevertheless Jokul manages to tell Thorstein his own name and family and instructs him to bring the news of his death to his parents. Only then he tells Thorstein to pull out the sword, upon which he dies.
24th Aug '16 6:32:51 PM PaulA
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* Referenced by Creator/AgathaChristie in the ''Partners in Crime'' collection of ''Literature/TommyAndTuppence'' stories ''Partners in Crime''. Tuppence, discussing her readiness to [[JumpedAtTheCall Jump At The Call]], wishes a dead man would stagger into the room and say something enigmatic. Her husband responds "Tuppence, what ''have'' you been reading?"
** Speaking of Creator/AgathaChristie, this trope was used as the plot starting device of her novel "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" - the protagonist suddenly sees an Almost Dead Guy who, before dying, utters the title sentence, and the protagonist decides to solve this mystery.
* Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''[[Literature/TheDalemarkQuartet Cart and Cwidder]]'': Clennen is dying from stab wounds, but he has just enough time to tell Moril that the magical cwidder is now his responsibility. Incidentally, that cwidder playing is what keeps Clennen alive so long.

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* Creator/AgathaChristie:
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Referenced by Creator/AgathaChristie in the ''Partners in Crime'' collection of ''Literature/TommyAndTuppence'' stories ''Partners in Crime''.stories. Tuppence, discussing her readiness to [[JumpedAtTheCall Jump At The Call]], wishes a dead man would stagger into the room and say something enigmatic. Her husband responds "Tuppence, what ''have'' you been reading?"
** Speaking of Creator/AgathaChristie, this trope was used as the The plot starting device of her novel "Why ''Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" - the Evans?''. The protagonist suddenly sees an Almost Dead Guy who, before dying, utters the title sentence, and the protagonist decides to solve this mystery.
* Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''[[Literature/TheDalemarkQuartet Cart and Cwidder]]'': ''Literature/CartAndCwidder'': Clennen is dying from stab wounds, but he has just enough time to tell Moril that the magical cwidder is now his responsibility. Incidentally, Moril later realizes that the cwidder playing is what keeps Clennen alive so long.



* ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'' had a scene ending with the line:

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* Parodied in ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'' had with a scene ending where a dying man gasps out an important piece of information to Arthur Dent -- which Arthur keeps asking him to repeat because he missed a bit or because he wants to make sure he has all the details written down correctly. It ends with the line:



* From ''HisDarkMaterials'': the angel Baruch manages to get to Lord Asriel's tower and deliver his message - only semi-coherently, amid distracted rambling that reveal his origins and his once-blood relationship with the Metatron - before a ''gust of wind'' dissolves him into Dust.
* In Creator/SandyMitchell's ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novel ''Cain's Last Stand'', a scrivener survived a tyranid attack -- apparently for days -- just long enough to fill in Cain; then the tyranids kill him. Except it was really ''necrons'' who attacked the place, the tyranids had only just shown up. The man dies before explaining ''what'' attacked and only one odd comment (he was hiding in air ducts? From tyranids?) serves as an indication of what really happened.

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* From ''HisDarkMaterials'': ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'': the angel Baruch manages to get to Lord Asriel's tower and deliver his message - only semi-coherently, amid distracted rambling that reveal his origins and his once-blood relationship with the Metatron - before a ''gust of wind'' dissolves him into Dust.
* In Creator/SandyMitchell's ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novel series:
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''Cain's Last Stand'', a scrivener survived a tyranid attack -- apparently for days -- just long enough to fill in Cain; then the tyranids kill him. Except it was really ''necrons'' who attacked the place, the tyranids had only just shown up. The man dies before explaining ''what'' attacked and only one odd comment (he was hiding in air ducts? From tyranids?) serves as an indication of what really happened.
1st Aug '16 2:15:53 PM Willbyr
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* Teoro of ''{{Utawarerumono}}'' manages to get his message to Hakuoro so that he can prepare for a surprise attack. Nobody actually realizes his almost dead status despite the fact that when they're gone he leaves a huge bloody stain everywhere. That's right, his message was so important it stopped blood from soaking his clothes.

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* Teoro of ''{{Utawarerumono}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}'' manages to get his message to Hakuoro so that he can prepare for a surprise attack. Nobody actually realizes his almost dead status despite the fact that when they're gone he leaves a huge bloody stain everywhere. That's right, his message was so important it stopped blood from soaking his clothes.
30th Jul '16 2:31:35 PM freesefan
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* ''Film/HeartsOfTheWorld'': [[NoNameGiven The Girl and the Boy]] grapple with a German soldier in an upstairs room at the inn, stabbing him in the back and shooting him. He collapses and appears to be dead. However, later he struggles back to his feet and staggers downstairs, alerting Von Strohm to the Boy and Girl upstairs before he collapses and dies for real.
15th Jul '16 6:07:47 PM JackG
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* A problem arises with this trope in ''Series/AgentCarter'' because the man in question can't talk due to a laryngectomy and his voice synthesizer is broken. Instead he draws a clue in the dirt next to him.
12th Jul '16 7:31:24 AM Hjortron18
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* The German Comedy ''Neues vom Wixxer'' has the eponymous serial killer shooting up the office of Scotland Yard's Commissioner from a safe distance via sniper rifle. During the shootout, a random bobby happens to walk in and exclaim, "Good news, Sir John! [The doctor says] [[TemptingFate I don't have cancer after all]]!". Then... well, [[BoomHeadshot you know]]...

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* The German Comedy ''Neues ''[[Film/DerWixxer Neues vom Wixxer'' Wixxer]]'' has the eponymous serial killer shooting up the office of Scotland Yard's Commissioner from a safe distance via sniper rifle. During the shootout, a random bobby happens to walk in and exclaim, "Good news, Sir John! [The doctor says] [[TemptingFate I don't have cancer after all]]!". Then... well, [[BoomHeadshot you know]]...
25th Jun '16 4:07:34 PM nombretomado
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* An unnamed Ta-Matoran serves this role for the Toa Inika in ''{{Bionicle}}'', as he briefly tells them about Mahri Nui before dying.

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* An unnamed Ta-Matoran serves this role for the Toa Inika in ''{{Bionicle}}'', ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', as he briefly tells them about Mahri Nui before dying.
14th May '16 9:22:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied and played straight at the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'', where the King (who is a frog) 'dies' and revives multiple times during his FinalSpeech before actually dying. Particularly funny when a fly crawls out of his mouth and starts to fly away, only to have the King's tongue snap out and catch it before he continues.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' has a messenger who's been shot with many arrows crawl back to the Golden City and cough "One-Eye!" to the king before he dies.
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* Yoda's final function in ''ReturnOfTheJedi'' -- "There is...an...other...Sky...walk...errrrr."
** Also happens in ''AttackOfTheClones'', where Anakin's mom survives a long period of time enslaved by Sand People, only to die in Anakin's arms once rescued. Given Padme, it is clear prequel women have a strange sense of deciding when to die.

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* Yoda's final function in ''ReturnOfTheJedi'' ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' -- "There is...an...other...Sky...walk...errrrr."
** * Also happens in ''AttackOfTheClones'', ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', where Anakin's mom survives a long period of time enslaved by Sand People, only to die in Anakin's arms once rescued. Given Padme, it is clear prequel women have a strange sense of deciding when to die.



* Satine in ''MoulinRouge'', who holds on just long enough to say her goodbyes AND THEN SOME.

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* Satine in ''MoulinRouge'', ''Film/MoulinRouge'', who holds on just long enough to say her goodbyes AND THEN SOME.



* Parodied repeatedly in the Jet Li movie ''LastHeroInChina''. After discovering the plot, a secondary character is warned that "once a seriously injured person tells a secret, they die after telling the secret.". Further attempts to reveal the secret see him wounded throughout the film. At the end of the movie, he staggers up to tell Jet Li's character who simply turns and walks away while the other characters groan and chastise him yet again.

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* Parodied repeatedly in the Jet Li movie ''LastHeroInChina''.''Film/LastHeroInChina''. After discovering the plot, a secondary character is warned that "once a seriously injured person tells a secret, they die after telling the secret.". Further attempts to reveal the secret see him wounded throughout the film. At the end of the movie, he staggers up to tell Jet Li's character who simply turns and walks away while the other characters groan and chastise him yet again.



* Parodied and played straight at the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'', where the King (who is a frog) 'dies' and revives multiple times during his FinalSpeech before actually dying. Particularly funny when a fly crawls out of his mouth and starts to fly away, only to have the King's tongue snap out and catch it before he continues.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' has a messenger who's been shot with many arrows crawl back to the Golden City and cough "One-Eye!" to the king before he dies.
14th May '16 9:20:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', where Joseph of Aramathea ''carves'' "He who is valiant and pure of spirit may find the holy grail in the Castle of ''Aaarrrggghhh''" on a cave wall with his dying breath. The appearance of the Castle of Aaarrrggghhh a few scenes later may be a DoubleSubversion, or just plain silly.
** Though the way it's said, it might be a case of the guy doing the ''voiceover'' dying just before he could say the name of the castle. Not too hard to believe in a movie where a monster can be defeated by the animator for it suffering a fatal heart attack.
** Another case from ''Holy Grail'':

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* Parodied in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', where ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'':
** Parodied.
Joseph of Aramathea ''carves'' "He who is valiant and pure of spirit may find the holy grail in the Castle of ''Aaarrrggghhh''" on a cave wall with his dying breath. The appearance of the Castle of Aaarrrggghhh a few scenes later may be a DoubleSubversion, or just plain silly.
** Though the way it's said, it might be a case of the guy doing the ''voiceover'' dying just before he could say the name of the castle. Not too hard to believe in a movie where a monster can be defeated by the animator for it suffering a fatal heart attack.
** Another case from ''Holy Grail'':case:



*** Subverted, because he didn't actually die. He made a point of repeatedly telling Lancelot that he was going to be okay.
*** Other 'not quite dead' characters include the old man about to be put on the cart and 'the dead prince'. They just didn't seem to quite grasp the concept of 'dead' back then...
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