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25th Aug '16 8:11:54 AM Greenygal
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** [[spoiler:King Bradley/Wrath]] plays this trope very well, admitting aloud that he's lead a long, pleasant life as he is dying. This is almost ironic, as this man is singlehandedly responsible for the genocide of a race of people, as well as the death of 3 main characters, the slaughter of a sleugh of supporting characters, and the horrific crippling of another. With all this blood on his hands, and without sounding the slightest bit evil or sadistic, he goes out genuinely happy for the fulfilling life he's had.

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** [[spoiler:King Bradley/Wrath]] plays this trope very well, admitting aloud that he's lead a long, pleasant life as he is dying. This is almost ironic, as this man is singlehandedly responsible for the genocide of a race of people, as well as the death of 3 main characters, the slaughter of a sleugh slew of supporting characters, and the horrific crippling of another. With all this blood on his hands, and without sounding the slightest bit evil or sadistic, he goes out genuinely happy for the fulfilling life he's had.



* Done heartbreakingly in Villains United:

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* Done heartbreakingly in ''[[Comicbook/SecretSix Villains United:United]]'':
13th Aug '16 12:11:37 PM rjd1922
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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'', [[spoiler:Sakura Oogami commits suicide to save her family's dojo by fulfilling Monobear's order to kill someone, and to restore trust among the remaining students. So confident is she that this was the right choice that]] there's a smile on [[spoiler:her]] lips when the others discover the body.

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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'', [[spoiler:Sakura Oogami commits suicide to save her family's dojo by fulfilling Monobear's order to kill someone, and to restore trust among the remaining students. So confident is she that this was the right choice that]] there's a smile on [[spoiler:her]] lips when the others discover the body. Also, the mastermind is cheerfully [[CheshireCatGrin grinning from ear to ear]] while waving at the heroes right before being crushed by a giant block.
3rd Aug '16 9:36:58 AM Iriasu
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* At the end of ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty'' [[spoiler:Ikaros dies due to a self-destruct sequence. Moments before her body completely disintegrates, she realises that she loves Tomoki and shows him her true smile for the first time in the series.]]
** [[spoiler:She did technically smile before, but that was because she covered her face in glue, fixing the expression in place.]]
2nd Aug '16 10:35:52 AM Mr.Bubbles
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** In the sequel, ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2'', [[spoiler: Gundham Tanaka]] smiles [[spoiler: to his four hamsters as he lays dying following his execution]].
23rd Jul '16 6:00:42 AM Arcana4th
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* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' in season 3 had [[spoiler:Sarah Lynn]]. After winning and Oscar and deciding to leave the fame to go to college and follow a childhood dream, [=BoJack=] takes them to the planetarium and cradles them until [[spoiler: she [[BigSleep dies in her sleep]].]] Doubles as HopeSpot.
17th Jul '16 7:07:18 PM PaulA
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* In the 2010 version of ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'', this happens when CynicalMentor Draco aids Perseus in his climactic battle with Medusa. He knowingly sacrifices himself to stall her by impaling her tail with a stalactite. As she turns her petrifying gaze towards him, he calmly tells the hero to tell all that "men did this," before smiling smugly as he is turned to stone. An enraged Medusa shatters his petrified form afterward.

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* In the 2010 version of ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'', ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'', this happens when CynicalMentor Draco aids Perseus in his climactic battle with Medusa. He knowingly sacrifices himself to stall her by impaling her tail with a stalactite. As she turns her petrifying gaze towards him, he calmly tells the hero to tell all that "men did this," before smiling smugly as he is turned to stone. An enraged Medusa shatters his petrified form afterward.
1st Jul '16 6:36:23 PM eroock
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* In ''Film/IRememberMama'', Uncle Chris dies peacefully in his bed after a final drink. Lampshaded by Mama when she urges Katrin to go and see the dead uncle for his happy look.
23rd Jun '16 9:47:12 AM I_love_dragons
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23rd Jun '16 8:00:37 AM catmuto
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* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' has this occur with some of the deaths.
** In the Team Winter flashback, turns out that [[spoiler:Fuyuhi]] died while last smiling at [[spoiler:Aramaki]]. [[MindScrew Kind of]]. [[spoiler:The Fuyuhi that had been following Aramaki since Mitsuru's death was a grieving delusion of his, where he projected his lost friend onto a dog that he had rescued earlier. Nonetheless, the dog-Fuyuhi-illusion smiles before Aramaki realizes what was going on.]]
** During the ''Hail of Corn'' arc, [[spoiler:Mayu and Hyo]] manage this. Despite being trapped under rocks from a cave-in and slowly dying from their sustained injuries, they both smile when realizing that, while they aren't going to make it to the future, Koruri will make it just as they hoped she would.
** The ''Ryugu Shelter'' arc reveals that Hana's mother, Miho, died while smiling. A bout of attempted sabotage in the food storage results in the area beginning to be flooded and Miho notices that one of the doors is not shutting properly, so she [[HeroicSacrifice chooses to push the door closed, to save the rest of the shelter inhabitants]]. She is last seen smiling at her husband on the other side, while drowning in the flooded storage.
23rd Jun '16 4:57:00 AM StFan
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-->-- ''Literature/SherlockHolmes, Literature/AStudyInScarlet''

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-->-- ''Literature/SherlockHolmes, Literature/AStudyInScarlet''
'''Literature/SherlockHolmes''', ''Literature/AStudyInScarlet''



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--> Greedling: "That's [[spoiler:Wrath!]] ...I see, so we finally got him...*sigh* Bastard dies with that peaceful look on his face...pisses me off."

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--> Greedling: "That's -->'''Greedling:''' That's [[spoiler:Wrath!]] ...I see, so we finally got him...*sigh* Bastard dies with that peaceful look on his face... pisses me off."



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* In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]'']] [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]], Lilith dies happy--[[BeautyEqualsGoodness her horrible looks gone]] and her [[HeroicSacrifice last act]] ending the Reaper War.

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* In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', ''Fanfic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]'']] [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]], Lilith dies happy--[[BeautyEqualsGoodness her horrible looks gone]] and her [[HeroicSacrifice last act]] ending the Reaper War.



* FanFic/AGrowingAffection has Karin die happy after she convinces Sasuke to give her one LastKiss.
* In Fanfic/TheLegacyOfTheBloodRavens, the [[spoiler: Force Commander Aramus]] dies smiling at the night sky in a rare moment of peace in his violent life. He had just singlehandedly defeated the Greater Daemon Ulkair and was left dying from his wounds and the Unclean One's Curse.
* In Fanfic/NationalAnthem, [[spoiler:Pit gives Toon Link a dying smile]] to try to make his victory in the DeadlyGame version of ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'' easier on him.
* In Fanfic/{{Eugenesis}}, this is how Doubleheader dies, [[spoiler:as he blows himself up in an attempt to kill Rodimus Prime.]]

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* FanFic/AGrowingAffection ''FanFic/AGrowingAffection'' has Karin die happy after she convinces Sasuke to give her one LastKiss.
* In Fanfic/TheLegacyOfTheBloodRavens, ''Fanfic/TheLegacyOfTheBloodRavens'', the [[spoiler: Force Commander Aramus]] dies smiling at the night sky in a rare moment of peace in his violent life. He had just singlehandedly defeated the Greater Daemon Ulkair and was left dying from his wounds and the Unclean One's Curse.
* In Fanfic/NationalAnthem, ''Fanfic/NationalAnthem'', [[spoiler:Pit gives Toon Link a dying smile]] to try to make his victory in the DeadlyGame version of ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'' easier on him.
* In Fanfic/{{Eugenesis}}, ''Fanfic/{{Eugenesis}}'', this is how Doubleheader dies, [[spoiler:as he blows himself up in an attempt to kill Rodimus Prime.]]



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* Surprisingly averted in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''. Not only does SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker not smile during his death but he even says "That's not funny. That's n-" before keeling over.
** Probably because the Joker isn't necessarily fond of [[MoralMyopia being the butt of a joke]] (his DCAU version especially not so).
** In the censored version, Joker dies via electrocution, and it's mentioned that he did indeed have a smile on his face.
** On the other hand he does laugh hysterically when the titular character of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'' prevents his escaping a massive explosion. He survives, thanks to JokerImmunity, but at the moment it didn't seem like he had any means to get out alive.
*** His victims all die with a smile, although none of them had much of a choice.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie'', this happens to [[spoiler:[=SpongeBob=] and Patrick when they [[DisneyDeath dry out]], knowing that even though they didn't get Neptune's crown, they at least made it to Shell City.]]

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* Surprisingly averted in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''. Not only does SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker not smile during his death but he even says "That's not funny. That's n-" n--" before keeling over.
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over. Probably because the Joker isn't necessarily fond of [[MoralMyopia being the butt of a joke]] (his DCAU version especially not so).
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so). In the censored version, Joker dies via electrocution, and it's mentioned that he did indeed have a smile on his face.
** * On the other hand he hand, The Joker does laugh hysterically when the titular title character of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'' prevents his escaping a massive explosion. He survives, thanks to JokerImmunity, but at the moment it didn't seem like he had any means to get out alive.
*** His victims all die with a smile, although none of them had much of a choice.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'', this happens to [[spoiler:[=SpongeBob=] and Patrick when they [[DisneyDeath dry out]], knowing that even though they didn't get Neptune's crown, they at least made it to Shell City.]]



* In Pixar's ''{{WesternAnimation/Inside Out}},'' in the mind of Riley, [[spoiler: Bing Bong, Riley's imaginary friend, sacrifices himself to ensure that Joy lives to help Riley. When Joy discovers that Bing Bong is left behind, she's heartbroken but Bing Bong cheerfully waves at her, knowing that this was all for the better.]]

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* In Pixar's ''{{WesternAnimation/Inside Out}},'' ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut,'' in the mind of Riley, [[spoiler: Bing Bong, Riley's imaginary friend, sacrifices himself to ensure that Joy lives to help Riley. When Joy discovers that Bing Bong is left behind, she's heartbroken but Bing Bong cheerfully waves at her, knowing that this was all for the better.]]



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* ''Film/GoldenEye''. When Bond finds the Canadian admiral, he's in rigor mortis with a gigantic grin thanks to Creator/FamkeJanssen's MurderousThighs.
-->'''[[http://www.empireonline.com/features/movie-finishing-moves/default.asp?m=12 Empire Magazine]]''': There can't be too many gentlemen of a heterosexual persuasion who, if asked how they'd want to die, wouldn't tick the box marked 'crushed to death between Famke Janssen's thighs'.

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* ''Film/GoldenEye''. ''Film/GoldenEye'':
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When Bond finds the Canadian admiral, he's in rigor mortis with a gigantic grin thanks to Creator/FamkeJanssen's MurderousThighs.
-->'''[[http://www.--->'''[[http://www.empireonline.com/features/movie-finishing-moves/default.asp?m=12 Empire Magazine]]''': Magazine]]:''' There can't be too many gentlemen of a heterosexual persuasion who, if asked how they'd want to die, wouldn't tick the box marked 'crushed "crushed to death between Famke Janssen's thighs'.thighs".



* In ''VideoGame/MadMaxFuryRoad'', [[spoiler:the Vuvalini elder]] does this after getting mortally wounded, but realising that their [[{{Pun}} mad plan]] will succeed.

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* In ''VideoGame/MadMaxFuryRoad'', ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', [[spoiler:the Vuvalini elder]] does this after getting mortally wounded, but realising realizing that their [[{{Pun}} mad plan]] will succeed.



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* Some versions of the Myth/JohnHenry story have him smiling right before dying from overwork after winning a race to see who can cover a length of track the fastest.
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* In ''VideoGame/BackToTheFutureTheGame'', after [[spoiler:Citizen Brown was run over by Edna Strickland, he asks Marty to see the 1986 newspaper - and sees that their changes to the timeline have resulted in him becoming a respected scientist like he dreamed when he was younger. He smiles as he fades out of the restored timeline.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/BackToTheFutureTheGame'', after [[spoiler:Citizen Brown was run over by Edna Strickland, he asks Marty to see the 1986 newspaper - -- and sees that their changes to the timeline have resulted in him becoming a respected scientist like he dreamed when he was younger. He smiles as he fades out of the restored timeline.]]



* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Lord Shojo dies smiling, when Miko Miyazaki [[FallenHero Falls]] as a result of fatally wounding him and he takes this as a sign that the gods approve of what he's done. He resisted resurrection in a later strip, indicating he was not too sorry to be dead.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
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Lord Shojo dies smiling, when Miko Miyazaki [[FallenHero Falls]] as a result of fatally wounding him and he takes this as a sign that the gods approve of what he's done. He resisted resurrection in a later strip, indicating he was not too sorry to be dead.



** [[spoiler: Therkla. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0593.html Here.]]]] [[TearJerker I've got something in my eye...]]
** [[spoiler: Durkon, with a TearfulSmile. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0877.html ...I get ta go home.]]]]

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** [[spoiler: Therkla.[[spoiler:Therkla. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0593.html Here.]]]] [[TearJerker I've got something in my eye...]]
** [[spoiler: Durkon, [[spoiler:Durkon, with a TearfulSmile. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0877.html ...I get ta go home.]]]]



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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} was left to die on an exploding asteroid after being beaten by Superman. Darkseid's only reaction to his impending death? Sneer and mock Superman's failure to kill him personally.
-->'''Darkseid''': Heh. ''Loser''.
** [[DarkMessiah Despero]] was crucified and pulled into the ground by the spreading roots and branches of Pytar. His last words are spoken in whispered euphoria as he smiles serenely.
--->'''Despero''': Oh Pytar. Now I see... ''paradise''.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} was ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} is
left to die on an exploding asteroid after being beaten by Superman. Darkseid's only reaction to his impending death? Sneer and mock Superman's failure to kill him personally.
-->'''Darkseid''': --->'''Darkseid:''' Heh. ''Loser''.
** [[DarkMessiah Despero]] was is crucified and pulled into the ground by the spreading roots and branches of Pytar. His last words are spoken in whispered euphoria as he smiles serenely.
--->'''Despero''': --->'''Despero:''' Oh Pytar. Now I see... ''paradise''.



* When ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' [[spoiler: Starscream]] does his death monologue with a sword through his chest, he's got a heartbreakingly peaceful smile on his face--the first he's had in the entire series.

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* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
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When ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' [[spoiler: Starscream]] [[spoiler:Starscream]] does his death monologue with a sword through his chest, he's got a heartbreakingly peaceful smile on his face--the face -- the first he's had in the entire series.



*** Cue [[TearJerker crying]] ''everyone''.



* The last we see of [[spoiler: Jet]] in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is him smiling at the Gaang (mainly Katara) and assuring them that "I'll be fine." [[spoiler: [[TearJerker He's lying]].]]

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* ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
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The last we see of [[spoiler: Jet]] in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is him smiling at the Gaang (mainly Katara) and assuring them that "I'll be fine." [[spoiler: [[TearJerker He's lying]].]]



* Some versions of the JohnHenry story have him smiling right before dying from overwork after winning a race to see who can cover a length of track the fastest.
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