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12th Nov '16 12:24:46 PM nombretomado
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* JohnnyCash's "Give My Love To Rose" is about this.
* YUP's ToppatakkejaJaToledonTerasta has a song Pää Puhuu (The Head Talks) where severed, but living head records important evidence on a cassette.

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* JohnnyCash's Music/JohnnyCash's "Give My Love To Rose" is about this.
* YUP's ToppatakkejaJaToledonTerasta has a song Pää "Pää Puhuu (The Head Talks) Talks)" where severed, but living head records important evidence on a cassette.
28th Oct '16 7:25:46 AM billybobfred
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* The Severe Bluejacket in ''Videogame/FallenLondon'', who infamously clung to life for several months to give out new Exceptional Stories.
16th Oct '16 10:47:31 AM Jake18
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', just before the emotional ([[DeathIsCheap first]]) death of Vegeta, he tells his rival Goku of Frieza's ruthlessness, by telling him the history of his manipulation and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness extermination]] of the Saiyans, and pleaded he kill him with whatever it takes.

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', just before the emotional ([[DeathIsCheap first]]) death of Vegeta, he tells his rival Goku of Frieza's ruthlessness, by telling him the history of his manipulation and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness extermination]] of the Saiyans, and pleaded he kill him with whatever it takes.takes-all right after being blasted through the heart.
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]]...
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