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* In [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels Star Wars Rebels]], ''Twin Suns'', Maul attacks Kenobi, but is struck down. Kenobi catches Maul as he collapses. Maul asks if the person Kenobi was guarding was TheChosenOne. Kenobi confirms this to which Maul's last words are "He will avenge us."
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* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Makoto Shishio stabs through Yumi Komagata when she gets between him and Kenshin during their fight. Then, since they're absolute MadLove, he cradles and keeps her company as she dies. And a few minutes later, he loses ''and'' dies too.
** In the same series, Kenshin holds his first wife Tomoe's lifeless body when he accidentally kills her.

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* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Makoto Shishio stabs through Yumi Komagata when she gets between Guts from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' is sent by Griffith to assassinate Lord Julius, the King's brother and the man responsible for a failed attempt on Griffith's life. Moments after completing the task, he notices a figure in the shadows of the doorway and lunges towards it, impaling it with his sword. Then he realizes that he just killed Julius' son, a thirteen year old boy with whom Guts felt a small measure of empathy. He holds Adonis' hand as he dies, but can't do a thing to help him and Kenshin during their fight. Then, since they're absolute MadLove, he is visibly distraught. The only thing that prevents him from going all [[HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath HBSD]] is the timely arrival of a pair of guards.
* Kenpachi
cradles [[spoiler:Unohana]] in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' after delivering a fatal wound, [[HowDareYouDieOnMe pleading with her to stay and keeps her company as she dies. And fight him a few minutes later, he loses ''and'' dies too.
** In the same series, Kenshin
little longer]].
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Suzaku
holds his first wife Tomoe's lifeless body when he accidentally kills her.Lelouch after impaling him with a sword at the very end.



* In ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'', Greed Ling kills a lizard Chimera he used to know. He feels [[WhatHaveIDone some sort of remorse]] for killing him and cradles his body in his arms, screaming in anguish when his old memories come back to him.
* Suzaku with Lelouch in the very end of ''Anime/CodeGeass''

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* In ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'', ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist: Brotherhood'', Greed Ling kills a lizard Chimera he used to know. He feels [[WhatHaveIDone some sort of remorse]] for killing him and cradles his body in his arms, screaming in anguish when his old memories come back to him.
* Suzaku with Lelouch Another particularly heartbreaking example happens in the very end of ''Anime/CodeGeass''''Anime/GaReiZero'' after Kagura killed Yomi, Yomi told Kagura how much she loves her.



* A particularly heartbreaking example happens in ''Anime/KannazukiNoMiko'', in which the full extent of Chikane's {{plan}} was only revealed after Himeko killed her, thus fulfilling the sacrificial ritual to destroy {{Orochi}}. [[UnexplainedRecovery They got better]].



* Guts from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' is sent by Griffith to assassinate Lord Julius, the King's brother and the man responsible for a failed attempt on Griffith's life. Moments after completing the task, he notices a figure in the shadows of the doorway and lunges towards it, impaling it with his sword. Then he realizes that he just killed Julius' son, a thirteen year old boy with whom Guts felt a small measure of empathy. He holds Adonis' hand as he dies, but can't do a thing to help him and is visibly distraught. The only thing that prevents him from going all [[HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath HBSD]] is the timely arrival of a pair of guards.
* A particularly heartbreaking example happens in ''Anime/KannazukiNoMiko'', in which the full extent of Chikane's {{plan}} was only revealed after Himeko killed her, thus fulfilling the sacrificial ritual to destroy {{Orochi}}. [[UnexplainedRecovery They got better]].
* Another particularly heartbreaking example happens in ''Anime/GaReiZero'' after Kagura killed Yomi, Yomi told Kagura how much she loves her.

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* Guts from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' is sent by Griffith to assassinate Lord Julius, the King's brother and the man responsible for a failed attempt on Griffith's life. Moments after completing the task, he notices a figure in the shadows of the doorway and lunges towards it, impaling it with his sword. Then he realizes that he just killed Julius' son, a thirteen year old boy with whom Guts felt a small measure of empathy. He holds Adonis' hand as he dies, but can't do a thing to help In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Makoto Shishio stabs through Yumi Komagata when she gets between him and is visibly distraught. Kenshin during their fight. Then, since they're absolute MadLove, he cradles and keeps her company as she dies. And a few minutes later, he loses ''and'' dies too.
** In the same series, Kenshin holds his first wife Tomoe's lifeless body when he accidentally kills her.
*
The only thing ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' manga ''Bloody Angel'' has Mitsunari stab his beloved master Hanbe and hold him as he dies. Subverted in that prevents Hanbe had asked him from going all [[HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath HBSD]] is the timely arrival of a pair of guards.
* A particularly heartbreaking example happens in ''Anime/KannazukiNoMiko'', in which the full extent of Chikane's {{plan}} was only revealed after Himeko killed her, thus fulfilling the sacrificial ritual
to destroy {{Orochi}}. [[UnexplainedRecovery They got better]].
* Another particularly heartbreaking example happens in ''Anime/GaReiZero'' after Kagura killed Yomi, Yomi told Kagura how much she loves her.
ShootTheHostage if such an event ever occurred.



* Kenpachi cradles [[spoiler:Unohana]] in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' after delivering a fatal wound, [[HowDareYouDieOnMe pleading with her to stay and fight him a little longer]].
* The ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' manga ''Bloody Angel'' has Mitsunari stab his beloved master Hanbe and hold him as he dies. Subverted in that Hanbe had asked him to ShootTheHostage if such an event ever occurred.



* The opening vignette of ''Film/SinCity'', in which the Salesman does this to his mark, shown at the top of this page. WordOfGod states that the victim actually hired the assassin, and requested that he comfort her in her dying moments.
* Featured in the conclusion of ''Film/SleepawayCamp''. The killer, who turns out to be Angela, cradles Paul's severed head and strokes his hair.
* In ''Film/SmokinAces'', Pasquale cradles Bill after stabbing him in the lungs. Pasquale gives him a beautiful, tormented and ''sincere'' send off... while Bill is too in shock to be anywhere near clever.



* ''Film/{{Blade}}'' film series:
** In ''Film/BladeII'', Blade carries Nyssa (who was infected with the Reaper virus) outside at sunrise to [[SuicideBySunlight honor her last wish to see the sunlight, and die as a vampire.]]
** In ''Film/BladeTrinity'', Danica Talos is laying on the floor hugging Hannibal King and whispering lovingly in his ear, while strangling him. He escapes as she dies so I'm not sure if this is an averted or a defied trope.
* In ''Film/TheDevilsBackbone'' Jaciento stabs Conchita while holding her in a tight embrace and cradles her against him before letting her fall to the ground.
* In the film of ''Film/{{Dune}}'', Baron Harkonnen takes a slave, and pulls his heart plug, while holding him close. It has too much {{Squick}} to properly explain.



* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' showcases the stealth version early on. Later, there's an exceedingly odd variation: Cobb cradles his projected image of his dead wife as she dies a second time.
* Film/JamesBond comes close to doing this with Elektra King after he shoots her in ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''.
* ''Film/TheMask'' parodies PietaPlagiarism and this trope when Jim Carrey/The Mask is shot by Darien's goons and collapses into one of the stunned henchman's arms. Carrey coughs out, "Hold me closer, Ed, it's getting dark," and rambles on until he appears to have died. The henchman, moved, starts weeping. The movie then BreaksTheFourthWall as an audience appears in the foreground. Carrey cries, "You love me, you really love me!" and [[AwardBait accepts an Oscar award]] as the villains in the shot look on self-consciously and smooth their hair. Of course, Carrey is unharmed and escapes moments later.
* In ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster'', this is [[FauxAffablyEvil mocked by Freddy Krueger]] after he guts one of his victims with his claw. After [[GiveMyRegardsInTheNextWorld wishing the victim off to the afterlife]], he holds him in his arms and pats him on the back of his head.
* In ''Film/TheRaid2Berandal'', [[spoiler:Rama does this to both [[TheDragon the Assassin]] and [[FaceHeelTurn Uco]] upon killing them.]]



* In ''Film/TheDevilsBackbone'' Jaciento stabs Conchita while holding her in a tight embrace and cradles her against him before letting her fall to the ground.
* The ending of ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', in which Sweeney discovers that the beggar woman whose throat he just slit is his long lost wife.
* ''Film/TheMask'' parodies PietaPlagiarism and this trope when Jim Carrey/The Mask is shot by Darien's goons and collapses into one of the stunned henchman's arms. Carrey coughs out, "Hold me closer, Ed, it's getting dark," and rambles on until he appears to have died. The henchman, moved, starts weeping. The movie then BreaksTheFourthWall as an audience appears in the foreground. Carrey cries, "You love me, you really love me!" and [[AwardBait accepts an Oscar award]] as the villains in the shot look on self-consciously and smooth their hair. Of course, Carrey is unharmed and escapes moments later.



* In ''Run All Night'', after [[spoiler: [[Creator/LiamNeeson Jimmy Conlon]] kills [[BigBad Shawn Maguire]] in a running gunfight across the train tracks, Jimmy lets Shawn bleed out in his arms.]]
* In ''Film/TheSacrament'', Caroline does this as she kills her brother.
* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'': The German soldier who pins Mellish to the ground and drives a bayonet into his chest whispers something along the lines of "stop resisting, it will be over quickly, you will see" to him, and leans in almost close enough to kiss him, making shushing noises as Mellish's life fades away. [[NightmareFuel It's intensely creepy]].
* The opening vignette of ''Film/SinCity'', in which the Salesman does this to his mark, shown at the top of this page. WordOfGod states that the victim actually hired the assassin, and requested that he comfort her in her dying moments.
* Featured in the conclusion of ''Film/SleepawayCamp''. The killer, who turns out to be Angela, cradles Paul's severed head and strokes his hair.
* In ''Film/SmokinAces'', Pasquale cradles Bill after stabbing him in the lungs. Pasquale gives him a beautiful, tormented and ''sincere'' send off... while Bill is too in shock to be anywhere near clever.
* The ending of ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', in which Sweeney discovers that the beggar woman whose throat he just slit is his long lost wife.



** The also happened in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' when Wolverine was forced to gut Jean Grey. He grabs her, gives an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove, guts her, holds her as she dies, and gives a SkywardScream. [[spoiler: Seeing this in Logan's memories makes Charles realize Logan is a JerkassWoobie in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''.]]
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' showcases the stealth version early on. Later, there's an exceedingly odd variation: Cobb cradles his projected image of his dead wife as she dies a second time.
* Film/JamesBond comes close to doing this with Elektra King after he shoots her in ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''.
* In Asian martial arts films there's a rather nasty move usually exercised by villains in which they cradle their opponent and proceed to break their spine (either over their knee or, alternately as seen in a Creator/BruceLee film) but simply crushing them.
* In the film of ''Film/{{Dune}}'', Baron Harkonnen takes a slave, and pulls his heart plug, while holding him close. It has too much {{Squick}} to properly explain.
* ''Film/{{Blade}}'' film series:
** In ''Film/BladeII'', Blade carries Nyssa (who was infected with the Reaper virus) outside at sunrise to [[SuicideBySunlight honor her last wish to see the sunlight, and die as a vampire.]]
** In ''Film/BladeTrinity'', Danica Talos is laying on the floor hugging Hannibal King and whispering lovingly in his ear, while strangling him. He escapes as she dies so I'm not sure if this is an averted or a defied trope.
* In ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster'', this is [[FauxAffablyEvil mocked by Freddy Krueger]] after he guts one of his victims with his claw. After [[GiveMyRegardsInTheNextWorld wishing the victim off to the afterlife]], he holds him in his arms and pats him on the back of his head.
* In ''Film/TheSacrament'', Caroline does this as she kills her brother.
* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'': The German soldier who pins Mellish to the ground and drives a bayonet into his chest whispers something along the lines of "stop resisting, it will be over quickly, you will see" to him, and leans in almost close enough to kiss him, making shushing noises as Mellish's life fades away. [[NightmareFuel It's intensely creepy]].
* In ''Film/TheRaid2Berandal'', [[spoiler: Rama does this to both [[TheDragon the Assassin]] and [[FaceHeelTurn Uco]] upon killing them.]]
* In ''Run All Night'', after [[spoiler: [[Creator/LiamNeeson Jimmy Conlon]] kills [[BigBad Shawn Maguire]] in a running gunfight across the train tracks, Jimmy lets Shawn bleed out in his arms.]]

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** The also happened in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' when Wolverine was forced to gut Jean Grey. He grabs her, gives an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove, guts her, holds her as she dies, and gives a SkywardScream. [[spoiler: Seeing [[spoiler:Seeing this in Logan's memories makes Charles realize Logan is a JerkassWoobie in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''.]]
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' showcases the stealth version early on. Later, there's an exceedingly odd variation: Cobb cradles his projected image of his dead wife as she dies a second time.
* Film/JamesBond comes close to doing this with Elektra King after he shoots her in ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''.
* In Asian martial arts films there's a rather nasty move usually exercised by villains in which they cradle their opponent and proceed to break their spine (either over their knee or, alternately as seen in a Creator/BruceLee film) but simply crushing them.
* In the film of ''Film/{{Dune}}'', Baron Harkonnen takes a slave, and pulls his heart plug, while holding him close. It has too much {{Squick}} to properly explain.
* ''Film/{{Blade}}'' film series:
** In ''Film/BladeII'', Blade carries Nyssa (who was infected with the Reaper virus) outside at sunrise to [[SuicideBySunlight honor her last wish to see the sunlight, and die as a vampire.]]
** In ''Film/BladeTrinity'', Danica Talos is laying on the floor hugging Hannibal King and whispering lovingly in his ear, while strangling him. He escapes as she dies so I'm not sure if this is an averted or a defied trope.
* In ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster'', this is [[FauxAffablyEvil mocked by Freddy Krueger]] after he guts one of his victims with his claw. After [[GiveMyRegardsInTheNextWorld wishing the victim off to the afterlife]], he holds him in his arms and pats him on the back of his head.
* In ''Film/TheSacrament'', Caroline does this as she kills her brother.
* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'': The German soldier who pins Mellish to the ground and drives a bayonet into his chest whispers something along the lines of "stop resisting, it will be over quickly, you will see" to him, and leans in almost close enough to kiss him, making shushing noises as Mellish's life fades away. [[NightmareFuel It's intensely creepy]].
* In ''Film/TheRaid2Berandal'', [[spoiler: Rama does this to both [[TheDragon the Assassin]] and [[FaceHeelTurn Uco]] upon killing them.]]
* In ''Run All Night'', after [[spoiler: [[Creator/LiamNeeson Jimmy Conlon]] kills [[BigBad Shawn Maguire]] in a running gunfight across the train tracks, Jimmy lets Shawn bleed out in his arms.]]
]]



* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward has to kill [[GeniusLoci Oreg]], his [[AWizardDidIt immortal slave]], whom he inherited, and whose life is bound to castle Hurog, in order to make the castle collapse and stop the villains. Oreg has wanted to die for a long time, so it is a mixture of MercyKill and HeroicSacrifice. Ward holds him as he drives a dagger into his brain, a method that he supposes "is painless. At least for Oreg."



* Invoked in one of ''Literature/TheWitcher's'' short stories, as a LastRequest of the killed. Subverted in that it is only to get the killer [[TakingYouWithMe close enough]].
** Also subverted in that Geralt wasn't foolish enough to grant the request and kept his distance.
* In Robert Browning's poem "Porphyria's Lover" the disturbed viewpoint character describes how he gently strangles his love with her own hair and cradles her corpse all night long, to ensure she will be with him forever.



* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward has to kill [[GeniusLoci Oreg]], his [[AWizardDidIt immortal slave]], whom he inherited, and whose life is bound to castle Hurog, in order to make the castle collapse and stop the villains. Oreg has wanted to die for a long time, so it is a mixture of MercyKill and HeroicSacrifice. Ward holds him as he drives a dagger into his brain, a method that he supposes "is painless. At least for Oreg."
* In Robert Browning's poem "Porphyria's Lover" the disturbed viewpoint character describes how he gently strangles his love with her own hair and cradles her corpse all night long, to ensure she will be with him forever.
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfThePeopleOfLaxardal'': On the urging of his wife Gudrun and her brothers, Bolli finally participates in an ambush on Kjartan, his own cousin, foster-brother, and formerly closest friend. Bolli is still unwilling to fight Kjartan, but when the attackers cannot get the better of him despite their superior numbers, Bolli himself has to deal Kjartan the death blow. Then he "took up his body and held him in his arms when he died."



* ''Literature/TheSagaOfThePeopleOfLaxardal'': On the urging of his wife Gudrun and her brothers, Bolli finally participates in an ambush on Kjartan, his own cousin, foster-brother, and formerly closest friend. Bolli is still unwilling to fight Kjartan, but when the attackers cannot get the better of him despite their superior numbers, Bolli himself has to deal Kjartan the death blow. Then he "took up his body and held him in his arms when he died."

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* ''Literature/TheSagaOfThePeopleOfLaxardal'': On Invoked in one of ''Literature/TheWitcher's'' short stories, as a LastRequest of the urging of his wife Gudrun and her brothers, Bolli finally participates killed. Subverted in an ambush on Kjartan, his own cousin, foster-brother, and formerly closest friend. Bolli that it is still unwilling only to fight Kjartan, but when the attackers cannot get the better of him despite their superior numbers, Bolli himself has killer [[TakingYouWithMe close enough]].
** Also subverted in that Geralt wasn't foolish enough
to deal Kjartan grant the death blow. Then he "took up request and kept his body and held him in his arms when he died."distance.



* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', "Sacrifice", Zod does this with Faora.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Day of the Dove", Kirk cradles Chekov as he takes him to sick bay, lamenting how he was driven to beat him senseless.
* On ''Series/{{Jekyll}}'', Mr. Hyde does this mockingly with his first kill.
* Wayne Brady's infamous skit from ''Series/ChappellesShow'' has him do this to a police officer whose neck he snapped.

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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', "Sacrifice", Zod ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Tatsu does this with Faora.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Day of the Dove", Kirk cradles Chekov as he takes
to [[spoiler:Maseo]] after she stabs him to sick bay, lamenting how he was driven to beat him senseless.
* On ''Series/{{Jekyll}}'', Mr. Hyde does this mockingly with his first kill.
* Wayne Brady's infamous skit from ''Series/ChappellesShow'' has him do this to a police officer whose neck he snapped.
in "This Is Your Sword".



* In the third season of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', Saul Tigh is convinced that his wife, Ellen, has betrayed the human resistance movement by collaborating with the Cylons. The resistance leaders agree that she must be punished by death, so Saul volunteers to do the deed himself. He poisons her drink, and holds her as her last breath slowly slips away. This does his psychological state no favors.
* Avon does this with [[spoiler:Anna Grant]], in one of the sadder moments of ''Series/BlakesSeven''.
* Wayne Brady's infamous skit from ''Series/ChappellesShow'' has him do this to a police officer whose neck he snapped.
* A RunningGag in ''{{Series/Danger 5}}'' involving Pierre cradling a dying friend or enemy, who'd use their dying breath to pass on the ingredients of a perfect cocktail they'd invented.



* In the third season of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', Saul Tigh is convinced that his wife, Ellen, has betrayed the human resistance movement by collaborating with the Cylons. The resistance leaders agree that she must be punished by death, so Saul volunteers to do the deed himself. He poisons her drink, and holds her as her last breath slowly slips away. This does his psychological state no favors.
* ''Series/StargateSG1's'' Sam Carter does this to Martouf after she is forced to kill him to foil his brainwashing-induced assassination attempt on the US President.
* In the ''Series/OnceUponATime'' episode ''Swan Song'', [[spoiler: Emma [[DiedInYourArmsTonight cradles Hook]] after she stabs him to end the darkness and the Dark Ones.]]
* Series/{{Merlin}} does this to Morgana near the end of season 2 after he poisons her. He's the protagonist and he's only trying to save all of Camelot, so his reason for cradling her while [[TheWoobie crying his heart out]] is probably guilt and heartbreak. He DID just try to kill one of his best friends. Though it should be noted that he's cradling his "kill," but [[UnexplainedRecovery she doesn't actually end up dying.]]
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': Elliot Stabler does this in the final episode of season 12 when he is forced to shoot a sixteen-year-old girl who has gone on a shooting rampage in the precinct, killing a social worker and wounding the men responsible for her mother's rape/murder. A devoted family man with a daughter of his own, Elliot rushes to her side and holds her as she dies. He is utterly heartbroken and retires.



* ''Series/TrueBlood'': After Eric seduces and murders Russell Edgington's lover Talbot, an [[VillainousBreakdown increasingly insane]] Russell goes out and finds a male prostitute who resembles Talbot, puts a stake through his heart, and while the man dies says the heartfelt goodbye that he never got to say to Talbot. At the end, he cuddles with the body of the now dead man.

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* ''Series/TrueBlood'': After Eric seduces On ''Series/{{Jekyll}}'', Mr. Hyde does this mockingly with his first kill.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': Elliot Stabler does this in the final episode of season 12 when he is forced to shoot a sixteen-year-old girl who has gone on a shooting rampage in the precinct, killing a social worker
and murders Russell Edgington's lover Talbot, an [[VillainousBreakdown increasingly insane]] Russell goes out wounding the men responsible for her mother's rape/murder. A devoted family man with a daughter of his own, Elliot rushes to her side and finds a male prostitute who resembles Talbot, puts a stake through holds her as she dies. He is utterly heartbroken and retires.
* Series/{{Merlin}} does this to Morgana near the end of season 2 after he poisons her. He's the protagonist and he's only trying to save all of Camelot, so
his heart, and reason for cradling her while the man dies says the heartfelt goodbye [[TheWoobie crying his heart out]] is probably guilt and heartbreak. He DID just try to kill one of his best friends. Though it should be noted that he never got to say to Talbot. At the end, he cuddles with the body of the now dead man.he's cradling his "kill," but [[UnexplainedRecovery she doesn't actually end up dying.]]



* A RunningGag in ''{{Series/Danger 5}}'' involving Pierre cradling a dying friend or enemy, who'd use their dying breath to pass on the ingredients of a perfect cocktail they'd invented.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Tatsu does this to [[spoiler:Maseo]] after she stabs him in "This Is Your Sword".
* Avon does this with [[spoiler: Anna Grant]], in one of the sadder moments of ''Series/BlakesSeven''.

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* A RunningGag in ''{{Series/Danger 5}}'' involving Pierre cradling a dying friend or enemy, who'd use their dying breath to pass on In the ingredients of a perfect cocktail they'd invented.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Tatsu does this to [[spoiler:Maseo]]
''Series/OnceUponATime'' episode ''Swan Song'', [[spoiler: Emma [[DiedInYourArmsTonight cradles Hook]] after she stabs him in "This Is Your Sword".
to end the darkness and the Dark Ones.]]
* Avon In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', "Sacrifice", Zod does this with [[spoiler: Anna Grant]], in one Faora.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Day
of the sadder moments Dove", Kirk cradles Chekov as he takes him to sick bay, lamenting how he was driven to beat him senseless.
* ''Series/StargateSG1's'' Sam Carter does this to Martouf after she is forced to kill him to foil his brainwashing-induced assassination attempt on the US President.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'': After Eric seduces and murders Russell Edgington's lover Talbot, an [[VillainousBreakdown increasingly insane]] Russell goes out and finds a male prostitute who resembles Talbot, puts a stake through his heart, and while the man dies says the heartfelt goodbye that he never got to say to Talbot. At the end, he cuddles with the body
of ''Series/BlakesSeven''.the now dead man.



* [[CulturedWarrior Thane Krios]] does this in his introduction scene in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', shooting his target at point blank range, then gently arranging her body into a peaceful repose as she dies.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsThreeFiveEightDaysOverTwo'', Roxas gets to do this with Xion. Even worse, she was one of his only two friends and the only person he could still trust.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' uses this a few times, notably with Ort-Meyer's death in ''[[VideoGame/HitmanCodename47 Codename 47]]''.
* The trailer for ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' had James carrying Mary down a long hallway, Pieta-style, after having killed her.



* At the end of ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou]]'', [[spoiler:Saya embraces Hina's upper remnants as the latter dies after defeating her.]] [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil This was also the Limited Edition's cover art.]]



* The ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' achievement [[http://www.wowhead.com/achievement=247/make-love-not-warcraft Make Love, Not Warcraft]] also qualifies.
* One ending of ''VideoGame/{{NieR}}'' has your character kill Kainé after the Shade possessing her takes full control, and sadly cradling her body and kissing her before she fades away.
* At the end of ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou]]'', [[spoiler: Saya embraces Hina's upper remnants as the latter dies after defeating her.]] [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil This was also the Limited Edition's cover art.]]
* In a flashback in ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'', it's revealed that Taupy held his best friend in his arms after defeating him in a duel-by-proxy. They had each taken a contract for an opposing nobleman, unbeknownst to the other until the time of the duel. Both [[HonorBeforeReason had too much honor]] to think of backing out, and so they fought to the death.

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* The ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' achievement [[http://www.wowhead.com/achievement=247/make-love-not-warcraft Make Love, Not Warcraft]] also qualifies.
''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' uses this a few times, notably with Ort-Meyer's death in ''[[VideoGame/HitmanCodename47 Codename 47]]''.
* One ending In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsThreeFiveEightDaysOverTwo'', Roxas gets to do this with Xion. Even worse, she was one of ''VideoGame/{{NieR}}'' has your character kill Kainé after his only two friends and the Shade possessing her takes full control, and sadly cradling only person he could still trust.
* [[CulturedWarrior Thane Krios]] does this in his introduction scene in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', shooting his target at point blank range, then gently arranging
her body and kissing her before into a peaceful repose as she fades away.
* At the end of ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou]]'', [[spoiler: Saya embraces Hina's upper remnants as the latter dies after defeating her.]] [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil This was also the Limited Edition's cover art.]]
* In a flashback in ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'', it's revealed that Taupy held his best friend in his arms after defeating him in a duel-by-proxy. They had each taken a contract for an opposing nobleman, unbeknownst to the other until the time of the duel. Both [[HonorBeforeReason had too much honor]] to think of backing out, and so they fought to the death.
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* One ending of ''VideoGame/{{NieR}}'' has your character kill Kainé after the Shade possessing her takes full control, and sadly cradling her body and kissing her before she fades away.


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* In a flashback in ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'', it's revealed that Taupy held his best friend in his arms after defeating him in a duel-by-proxy. They had each taken a contract for an opposing nobleman, unbeknownst to the other until the time of the duel. Both [[HonorBeforeReason had too much honor]] to think of backing out, and so they fought to the death.
* The trailer for ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' had James carrying Mary down a long hallway, Pieta-style, after having killed her.
* The ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' achievement [[http://www.wowhead.com/achievement=247/make-love-not-warcraft Make Love, Not Warcraft]] also qualifies.
18th Jan '17 3:57:54 PM Xtifr
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* The SufjanStevens song "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." describes the actions of the titular serial killer:

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* The SufjanStevens Music/SufjanStevens song "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." describes the actions of the titular serial killer:
10th Oct '16 12:50:16 PM LordGro
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* Depicted in Ilya Repin's painting [[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:REPIN_Ivan_Terrible%26Ivan.jpg "Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan"]].
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* According to Myth/ClassicalMythology, Achilles regretted the killing of the Amazon Penthesilea in UsefulNotes/{{the Trojan War}} immediately after the deed. The geographer Pausanias describes a painting by Panaenus (5th century BCE) in the temple of Zeus at Olympia which showed Achilles supporting Penthesilea as she died.

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* Depicted in Ilya Repin's painting [[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:REPIN_Ivan_Terrible%26Ivan.jpg "Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan"]].
* According to Myth/ClassicalMythology, Achilles regretted the killing of the Amazon Penthesilea in UsefulNotes/{{the Trojan War}} immediately after the deed. The geographer Pausanias describes a painting by Panaenus (5th century BCE) seen in the temple of Zeus at Olympia which showed Achilles supporting Penthesilea as she died.
10th Oct '16 12:48:36 PM LordGro
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* According to Myth/ClassicalMythology, Achilles regretted the killing of the Amazon Penthesilea in UsefulNotes/{{the Trojan War}} immediately after the deed. The geographer Pausanias describes a painting by Panaenus (5th century BCE) in the temple of Zeus at Olympia which showed Achilles supporting Penthesilea as she died.
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* OlderThanFeudalism: In ''Literature/TheIliad'', when Achilles kills Penthesilea, he realizes at the last moment that he loves her, and cradles her body.
2nd Oct '16 9:04:29 PM nombretomado
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* ''ErrantStory'' has a good example, as Sarine [[http://www.errantstory.com/2009-06-12/4169 does this]] [[http://www.errantstory.com/2009-06-17/4218 at length]] with the remains of her oldest friend Sarna, whom she has just killed in a fight (not exactly a [[DueltotheDeath Duel to the Death]], but close enough) she really, ''really'' didn't want to have.

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* ''ErrantStory'' ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'' has a good example, as Sarine [[http://www.errantstory.com/2009-06-12/4169 does this]] [[http://www.errantstory.com/2009-06-17/4218 at length]] with the remains of her oldest friend Sarna, whom she has just killed in a fight (not exactly a [[DueltotheDeath Duel to the Death]], but close enough) she really, ''really'' didn't want to have.
24th Sep '16 9:36:44 AM nombretomado
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* In Asian martial arts films there's a rather nasty move usually exercised by villains in which they cradle their opponent and proceed to break their spine (either over their knee or, alternately as seen in a BruceLee film) but simply crushing them.

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* In Asian martial arts films there's a rather nasty move usually exercised by villains in which they cradle their opponent and proceed to break their spine (either over their knee or, alternately as seen in a BruceLee Creator/BruceLee film) but simply crushing them.
26th Aug '16 12:47:30 AM LordGro
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* Invoked in one of ''TheWitcher's'' short stories, as a LastRequest of the killed. Subverted in that it is only to get the killer [[TakingYouWithMe close enough]].

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* Invoked in one of ''TheWitcher's'' ''Literature/TheWitcher's'' short stories, as a LastRequest of the killed. Subverted in that it is only to get the killer [[TakingYouWithMe close enough]].



* In ''[[HenryIV Henry IV, Part I]]'', many productions have Prince Hal holding Hotspur (who he's just fatally wounded) as the latter dies.


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26th Aug '16 12:42:34 AM LordGro
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* ''Literature/TheSagaOfThePeopleOfLaxardal'': On the urging of his wife Gudrun and her brothers, Bolli finally participates in an ambush on Kjartan, his own cousin, foster-brother, and formerly closest friend. Bolli is still unwilling to fight Kjartan, but when the attackers cannot get the better of him despite their superior numbers, Bolli himself has to deal Kjartan the death blow. Then he "took up his body and held him in his arms when he died."
28th Jul '16 8:29:38 AM Willbyr
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* In ''FistOfTheNorthStar'', Rei's battle with Juda ends this way- Juda may have been a bastard, but hearing how his descent into madness was sparked by being unable to accept that Rei was the more talented and beautiful fighter, admiring him to the point of jealousy, perhaps even to the point where it seems Yuda might actually have been ''in love'' with Rei, is sobering. His final request is to die in Rei's arms. Even Rei is saddened by this revelation and outcome, and he doesn't deny Juda's request.

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* In ''FistOfTheNorthStar'', ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', Rei's battle with Juda ends this way- Juda may have been a bastard, but hearing how his descent into madness was sparked by being unable to accept that Rei was the more talented and beautiful fighter, admiring him to the point of jealousy, perhaps even to the point where it seems Yuda might actually have been ''in love'' with Rei, is sobering. His final request is to die in Rei's arms. Even Rei is saddened by this revelation and outcome, and he doesn't deny Juda's request.



* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [=StrikerS=]'', [[SpacePolice Signum]] does this to Zest Grangaitz after the latter performs a SuicideByCop through her. As the latter lies dying in Signum's arms, [[LastRequest he asks for her to take care of his charges and]] [[FallenHero to continue watching over the worlds that he and Regius had sworn to protect]].

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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [=StrikerS=]'', ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', [[SpacePolice Signum]] does this to Zest Grangaitz after the latter performs a SuicideByCop through her. As the latter lies dying in Signum's arms, [[LastRequest he asks for her to take care of his charges and]] [[FallenHero to continue watching over the worlds that he and Regius had sworn to protect]].
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