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7th Apr '18 12:59:37 AM iroanxi
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* ''AllGuardsmenParty: [[spoiler:Crisp]] laughs [[spoiler:as his flamer tank is detonated]], killing him and his squad's current nemesis.
** [[spoiler:Cutter]] revels in the joy of battle and good combat-drugs as his enemy self-destructs.
31st Mar '18 4:01:21 AM Snowy66
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** Yui smiles sweetly as she gets deleted by Cardinal, telling Asuna to smile too and continue inspiring hope for all the other players. Fortunately, she isn't gone for good thanks to Kirito using his hacking skills save her data as an in-game item.
30th Mar '18 11:45:15 PM OrangenChan
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* ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars: Dual Strike]]'' has a minor one with [[spoiler:Andy's clone]] near the end of the game. [[spoiler:All of the clones in this game apparently suffer from rapid degeneration that causes them to die after their featured mission. However, the Andy clone hangs on long enough to ask everyone what the real Andy is like, and hearing them praise his original allows him to die happy.]]



* ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars: Dual Strike]]'' has a minor one with [[spoiler:Andy's clone]] near the end of the game. [[spoiler:All of the clones in this game apparently suffer from rapid degeneration that causes them to die after their featured mission. However, the Andy clone hangs on long enough to ask everyone what the real Andy is like, and hearing them praise his original allows him to die happy.]]
30th Mar '18 11:42:09 PM OrangenChan
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** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance]]'', Volke tells Ike his mother died smiling as she freed Greil from his [[PowerIncontinence berserker rage]]. From the same game, this is also how Rajaion dies.
** Also used in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade]]''. In the last chapter you have to [[BossRush fight the morphs of major bosses]] from earlier in the game. Their faces relax into relieved smiles as you kill them.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance]]'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'', Volke tells Ike his mother died smiling as she freed Greil from his [[PowerIncontinence berserker rage]]. From the same game, this is also how Rajaion dies.
** Also used in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade]]''.''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade''. In the last chapter you have to [[BossRush fight the morphs of major bosses]] from earlier in the game. Their faces relax into relieved smiles as you kill them.



** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has a potential example with [[spoiler:Kaze]] in the ''Birthright'' route. [[spoiler:Should you not get him up to an A-Support with Corrin before Chapter 15, Kaze will save them from falling off a cliff, only to end up falling off it himself. His final line features him smiling in relief that he was able to save them.]]
*** There's also something of an ''inverted'' example at the very end of ''Birthright''. [[spoiler:Azura's the one dying, and she asks Corrin to smile for her, so the last thing she can see is them smiling instead of crying.]]



* The final stages of both ''VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan'' games are both a world-threatening disaster - a meteorite in the first, and the Sun freezing over in the second. Unlike most continue screens in the game, which show the person you were helping on a SupplicationStance over their failure, the screens for these stages show the Ouendan cheerleaders smiling together, having failed to stop the world ending. To make it even more pronounced, in the first game the lighting on this screen creates the strong impression that this was the moment before they themselves were about to die.

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* The final stages of both ''VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan'' games are both a world-threatening disaster - a meteorite in the first, and the Sun freezing over in the second. Unlike most continue screens in the game, which show the person you were helping on a SupplicationStance PoseOfSupplication over their failure, the screens for these stages show the Ouendan cheerleaders smiling together, having failed to stop the world ending. To make it even more pronounced, in the first game the lighting on this screen creates the strong impression that this was the moment before they themselves were about to die.


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* ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars: Dual Strike]]'' has a minor one with [[spoiler:Andy's clone]] near the end of the game. [[spoiler:All of the clones in this game apparently suffer from rapid degeneration that causes them to die after their featured mission. However, the Andy clone hangs on long enough to ask everyone what the real Andy is like, and hearing them praise his original allows him to die happy.]]
26th Mar '18 9:49:40 PM Snowy66
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* Sachi from ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' does this right before she's killed. Her death really troubles Kirito, as he was unable to save his four guild members from the obvious trap/ambush room they entered. And even when he found an item to resurrect players, it was useless to him, as it had to be used within ten seconds of a player's death, but by the time he got the item, Sachi had already been dead for six months.

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* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'',
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Sachi from ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' does this right before she's killed. Her death really troubles Kirito, as he was unable to save his four guild members from the obvious trap/ambush room they entered. And even when he found an item to resurrect players, it was useless to him, as it had to be used within ten seconds of a player's death, but by the time he got the item, Sachi had already been dead for six months.months.
** Asuna does this as she pulls a BeyondTheImpossible HeroicSacrifice, [[TakingTheBullet jumping in the path of a blade meant for]] Kirito. She smiles sweetly as she fades away in Kirito's arms and a player's death animation plays. Granted Asuna [[NotQuiteDead didn't actually die]] thanks to Kirito clearing the game before her real life body was killed by the Nerve Gear, but everyone (herself included) thought she had passed away so the tropes still comes into play.
** Yuuki, having finally succumbed to her [=AIDs=], in her final moments [[PassingTheTorch passes on her OSS to Asuna]], tells Asuna that she loved her, and that in the virtual world she truly lived. She then dies peacefully in Asuna's arms, smiling as she does so.
26th Mar '18 12:18:34 AM Randomfan11
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* This is how Iason dies in ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' after his feelings were finally reciprocated.
* Done brutally in ''Manga/AliveTheFinalEvolution'', when victims of the 'suicide virus' gleefully kill themselves, sometimes relenting long enough to do something important to them or encourage others to do the same. Those who are infected with the virus but have yet to succumb to it, and witness the suicides aren't sure whether to be terrified or be jealous.



* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', anybody who has the "Will of D." (as exposed by having D. as their middle initial) is guilty of this.
** The main reason for this it seems concerning those with the "Will of D.", is that they live their lives with absolutely no regrets, and most times die for what they lived for. When you lived your entire life as you wanted, at the end, what is there left to do but smile?
** Gold Roger, shown in the flashback that starts every one of the first hundred episodes or so.
** Ace's mother, Portgas D. Rouge, died giving birth while smiling and entrusting her child to Garp.
** Jaguar D. Saul tells a young, terrified Nico Robin to smile and laugh no matter how grim things get, just before Aokiji freezes him solid; the last thing we see before the ice statue of him is shattered is his still-beaming face.
** The image up top shows this one: In Loguetown, when Luffy himself is about to get his head chopped off (on the same platform where Roger was executed), he grins hugely as the sword's coming down and says "Sorry guys, but... I'm dead." Though Luffy doesn't actually get head-chopped, characters note the similarity between him and Roger.
*** In fact, it was this moment that caused Smoker to chase after Luffy -- he saw the similarities with Roger and became the first character to realize how much of a threat Luffy was going to become.
** During Ace's fight with Blackbeard, he gets close to death, but on his last attempt at overcoming Blackbeard, he smirks and calmly states his intents to make Whitebeard the Pirate King. While he didn't actually die, he showed the D.'s willingness to smile at death.
** [[spoiler:Ace fit in naturally during his ''actual'' death, when he dies from his injuries from TakingTheBullet to protect Luffy, and after his FamousLastWords to those around him, he collapses with a smile knowing that despite having the blood of a "demon" in his veins, despite being a "good-for-nothing," he was truly loved.]]
** An aversion is Blackbeard when he sees himself in danger of death at the hands of Whitebeard, resulting in Whitebeard saying he doesn't carry the will of Roger. He's too much of a cowardly asshole to be a real carrier of the "Will of D".
** [[spoiler:The newly revealed addition to the 'Will of D', Trafalgar D. Water Law,]] gets a non-fatal one when Doflamingo, rather than killing him outright, [[SarcasmMode graciously offers to make his death worth something]] and offers to fulfill one last wish in exchange for [[spoiler:having the ultimate ability of Law's Op-Op fruit performed on him: immortality]]. He agrees, but only if Doflamingo brings Corazon back to life and licks the ass of every Dressrosan citizen he's wronged. He flips him off with a huge grin on his face, taunting him even ''further'', before finally being shot.
** Aside from the D. family, there is also the death of Belle-mere, and especially her last words to Nojiko and Nami.
** Dr. Hiriluk toasted to his wonderful life before drinking a concoction that blew himself up. He also got a great speech about how he would never truly die as long as his dream was seen through.
** Later on, in Brook's flashback, we see the final on-screen moments of Captain Yorki of the Rumbar Pirates. It was only briefly implied in the manga, but the anime version of that scene went for the gold. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IihaX89WUUA His crew soon follows suit]], when they [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htF1kxwdez4 play their favorite song as they die]], so that a recording of it could reach their beloved TeamPet.
** Fisher Tiger died with a smile after being reassured that after he had freed the slaves from Mariejois and the legends of his adventures, he was a hero of the Fishman Island.
** Also Queen Otohime after her oldest son Fukaboshi promises her that they will protect Shirahoshi and collect all the signatures that she had long fought for to get from her people so that her dream of co-existing peacefully with humans can be fulfilled.
** Until the very end, the smile doesn't burn off the face of the Going Merry. [[spoiler: Her last words are thanking the crew for taking care of her, and that no matter what, she was happy during her time with them.]]
** The aforementioned Corazon died smiling [[spoiler:knowing that Law would be free of Doflamingo]].
** All the G5 Marines who were trapped inside a hallway filled with deadly gas were seen by their comrades striking various thumbs-up poses, content that they managed to save [[SubordinateExcuse Tashigi]]. [[spoiler:Though it's ultimately subverted since they're all saved at the end of the arc.]]
* Most of the characters in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' die smiling; this is explained by the fact that all vampires (and a werewolf), as immortal beings, held only one desire: to die.
** [[spoiler:Alucard]] gives his sanest, most sincere smile in the entire series [[spoiler:as he fades away after absorbing Schrodinger]].
** [[spoiler:The Major]] dies this way as well, [[spoiler:believing that, even though he ultimately lost in the end, [[BloodKnight he had made his dream of the ultimate war a reality]]]].
*** It's not just them. Almost [[spoiler:''every'' monster - the Nazis, the Captain, Anderson, Walter - go out with a smile.]]
** The exceptions are Luke Valentine ([[spoiler:the first time around]]), Tublacain Alhabra, Rip Van Winkle, Zorin Blitz, Enrico Maxwell, and the Doctor.
* [[spoiler: Gai Daigouji]] from ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' is shot just as he's about to put stickers from his favorite cartoon on his HumongousMecha to celebrate his victory from earlier in the episode... which in [[FridgeHorror hindsight]] is really, heartbreakingly [[TearJerker sad]].
* Creator/KeyVisualArts loves this stuff.
** [[spoiler:Misuzu Kamio]] of ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}''. Her final smile [[spoiler:for her true mother Haruko]] is so full of love and so darned ''adorable''.
** Similarly, [[spoiler:Nagisa]]'s farewell to [[spoiler:Tomoya]] in the ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' movie and the Bad Ending route of the original visual novel, dying after giving birth, was a heartwarming smile of how glad she was to meet her daughter and to have met the love of her life.
*** It also occurs in the [[Creator/KyotoAnimation Kyo Ani]] adaptation, only subtler.
** [[spoiler:Makoto]] in ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', as well as [[spoiler:Ayu]], although the latter was NotQuiteDead after all.
*** [[spoiler:Neither is Makoto]], though only in the 2006 anime.
* Izumi Kanata, Konata's mother in ''Manga/LuckyStar'', is shown in the manga to bear an angelic smile when she passed on to the next world.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** Goku faces death with a smile every time for the people he loves.
** Goku's father, Bardock, who tried to kill Frieza to save the Saiyan race. He failed, and just as he was about to die, he saw a vision of his son fighting Frieza and avenging the deaths of their race.
** Piccolo smiles after his HeroicSacrifice to save Gohan from Nappa.
** Vegeta smiles just before his SenselessSacrifice against Majin Buu.
** Android 16's death. His last words were to encourage one of his creator's nemeses to protect the planet, something which he had grown to love of his own volition. Of all the deaths in the series, his stands alone, as he was purely mechanical and thus had no afterlife to go to/return from. Poignantly, in a series where DeathIsCheap, Android 16's is one of the few [[KilledOffForReal which stuck]]. Still he died smiling.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', anybody who has the "Will of D." (as exposed by having D. as their middle initial) is guilty of this.
** The main reason for
[[spoiler:Joe Yabuki]] goes out this it seems concerning those with the "Will of D.", is that they live their lives with absolutely no regrets, and most times die for what they lived for. When you lived your entire life as you wanted, at the end, what is there left to do but smile?
** Gold Roger, shown
way in the flashback that starts every one of the first hundred episodes or so.
** Ace's mother, Portgas D. Rouge, died giving birth while smiling and entrusting her child to Garp.
** Jaguar D. Saul tells a young, terrified Nico Robin to smile and laugh no matter how grim things get, just before Aokiji freezes him solid; the
''Manga/AshitaNoJoe'' [[spoiler:after his last thing we see before the ice statue of him is shattered is his still-beaming face.
** The image up top shows this one: In Loguetown, when Luffy himself is about to get his head chopped off (on the same platform where Roger was executed), he grins hugely as the sword's coming down and says "Sorry guys, but... I'm dead." Though Luffy doesn't actually get head-chopped, characters note the similarity between him and Roger.
*** In fact, it was this moment that caused Smoker to chase after Luffy -- he saw the similarities with Roger and became the first character to realize how much of a threat Luffy was going to become.
** During Ace's
fight with Blackbeard, Jose Mendoza as he gets close awaits for the results, [[CasualtyInTheRing dying of his injuries]]]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** In Rukia's flashback, [[spoiler:Kaien smiles in her arms after being [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice run through by her sword]], saying that he's [[TearJerker glad that he can leave his heart there with her]]]].
** Despite hating her, [[spoiler:Loly turns
to death, but on Orihime and gives her a warm smile right before Yammy smashes her.]] Subverted when the manga later reveals she survived.
** In
his last attempt at overcoming Blackbeard, he smirks and calmly states his intents to make Whitebeard the Pirate King. While he moments, [[spoiler:Ulquiorra, who didn't actually die, he showed the D.'s willingness to smile at death.
** [[spoiler:Ace fit in naturally
so much as [[TheStoic crack an expression]] during his ''actual'' death, when the whole arc he dies from his injuries from TakingTheBullet to protect Luffy, and after his FamousLastWords to those around him, he collapses with appeared in, gives a tiny smile knowing that despite to Orihime when she tries to reach his hand as he disintegrates]].
** Similarly, when [[spoiler: Charlotte Cuulhorne]] loses his fight against [[spoiler: Yumichika]], he [[FaceDeathWithDignity simply says "You're a piece of work" and smiles a little]] as his body becomes dust.
** [[spoiler:Unohana]] smiles as she dies,
having fought the blood greatest battle in her life and pleased that [[spoiler:Kenpachi is finally worthy of a "demon" in his veins, despite being title]].
** In the Bount filler arc of the anime, both [[spoiler:Yoshino and Kariya]] smile before they die.
* In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' [[spoiler:Julia and Spike, although Spike's may be
a "good-for-nothing," dubious example as he was truly loved.[[DyingAlone dies alone]]]].
** [[FamousLastwords Bang]]. [[spoiler:Then again, given that Vicious, the man who'd been tormenting his past, is now dead, that last word implies he's going without regrets and could well be smiling.
]]
** An aversion is Blackbeard when he sees himself in danger of death at the hands of Whitebeard, resulting in Whitebeard saying he doesn't carry the will of Roger. He's too much of a cowardly asshole to be a real carrier of the "Will of D".
** [[spoiler:The newly revealed addition to the 'Will of D', Trafalgar D. Water Law,]] gets a non-fatal one when Doflamingo, rather than killing him outright, [[SarcasmMode graciously offers to make his death worth something]] and offers to fulfill one last wish in exchange for [[spoiler:having the ultimate ability of Law's Op-Op fruit performed on him: immortality]]. He agrees, but only if Doflamingo brings Corazon back to life and licks the ass of every Dressrosan citizen he's wronged. He flips him off with a huge grin on his face, taunting him even ''further'', before finally being shot.
** Aside from the D. family, there is also the death of Belle-mere, and especially her last words to Nojiko and Nami.
** Dr. Hiriluk toasted to his wonderful life before drinking a concoction that blew himself up. He also got a great speech about how he would never truly die as long as his dream was seen through.
** Later on, in Brook's flashback, we see the final on-screen moments of Captain Yorki of the Rumbar Pirates. It was only briefly implied in the manga, but the anime version of that scene went for the gold. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IihaX89WUUA His crew soon follows suit]], when they [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htF1kxwdez4 play their favorite song as they die]], so that a recording of it could reach their beloved TeamPet.
** Fisher Tiger died with a smile after being reassured that after he had freed the slaves from Mariejois and the legends of his adventures, he was a hero of the Fishman Island.
** Also Queen Otohime after her oldest son Fukaboshi promises her that they will protect Shirahoshi and collect all the signatures that she had long fought for to get from her people so that her dream of co-existing peacefully with humans can be fulfilled.
** Until the very end, the smile doesn't burn off the face of the Going Merry.
[[spoiler: Her last words are thanking the crew for taking care of her, and that no matter what, she was happy during her time with them.And because he may or may not be dead. Word Of God is even he's not sure.]]
** The aforementioned Corazon died smiling [[spoiler:knowing that Law would be free * Both versions of Doflamingo]].
** All
''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' do this, but in separate ways. In the G5 Marines who were trapped inside manga [[spoiler:Rosette gives Chrono a hallway filled smile as she tries to reattach his horns with deadly gas were seen by their comrades striking various thumbs-up poses, content that they managed her last breath. But later she [[NotQuiteDead comes back to save [[SubordinateExcuse Tashigi]]. [[spoiler:Though life]] through sheer force of will.]] The scene is particularly haunting because [[spoiler: Mary Magdalene smiled at the same character before her death, as well]]. Also, although it's ultimately subverted since they're all saved at the end not shown, [[spoiler: Rosette's later death is implied to have happened in a similar manner: one of the arc.characters say she looked "peaceful" when they found her.]] In the anime, they use this for their TearJerker ending: [[spoiler: Chrono and Rosette are found dead, sitting together on a bench swing with their hands clasped, smiling peacefully.]]
* Most of the characters in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' die smiling; this is explained by the fact that all vampires (and a werewolf), as immortal beings, held only one desire: to die.
** [[spoiler:Alucard]] gives his sanest, most sincere smile in the entire series [[spoiler:as he fades away after absorbing Schrodinger]].
** [[spoiler:The Major]] dies this way as well, [[spoiler:believing that, even though he ultimately lost in the end, [[BloodKnight he had made his dream of the ultimate war a reality]]]].
*** It's not just them. Almost [[spoiler:''every'' monster - the Nazis, the Captain, Anderson, Walter - go out with a smile.]]
** The exceptions are Luke Valentine ([[spoiler:the first time around]]), Tublacain Alhabra, Rip Van Winkle, Zorin Blitz, Enrico Maxwell, and the Doctor.
*
In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', both [[spoiler: Gai Daigouji]] from ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' Euphemia li Britannia, Lelouch's loving, sweet half-sister]], and [[spoiler: Shirley Fenette, his head-over-heels in love primary romance interest]] die with smiles on their faces.
** Slightly subverted in the GrandFinale: [[spoiler: Right before Lelouch
is shot just as stabbed by the new Zero (Suzaku), he smiles. But when he's actually dying in Nunally's arms, he has no expression on his face at all (he probably didn't want to look like he planned anything)]].
** Also mentioned (but not actually performed) [[spoiler: when C.C. tells Lelouch that her wish is to die. Charles is
about to put stickers steal her "code", making her mortal again, but when Lelouch sees the worried look on her face he yells at her that she should at least die with a smile if this was really what she wanted]]. In the end, it wasn't.
* Keisei in ''Manga/CorpsePrincess''; if he didn't, he'd have turned into an undead monster.
* Misty Honey
from ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' does after delivering a cheering speech to the main heroine.
* In ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', [[spoiler: Wizarmon may always have
his favorite cartoon on his HumongousMecha to celebrate his victory from earlier in the episode... which in [[FridgeHorror hindsight]] is really, heartbreakingly mouth covered, but while he's dying after taking a fatal attack for Gatomon, it's very obvious he's [[TearJerker sad]].
* Creator/KeyVisualArts loves this stuff.
** [[spoiler:Misuzu Kamio]] of ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}''. Her final smile [[spoiler:for
smiling up at her true mother Haruko]] is so full of love and so darned ''adorable''.
** Similarly, [[spoiler:Nagisa]]'s farewell to [[spoiler:Tomoya]] in the ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' movie and the Bad Ending route of the original visual novel, dying after giving birth, was a heartwarming smile of how glad she was to meet
behind his cloak as he thanks her daughter and to have met the love of for her life.
friendship]]]].
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has a lot of those:
*** It also occurs in the [[Creator/KyotoAnimation Kyo Ani]] adaptation, only subtler.
** [[spoiler:Makoto]] in ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', as well as [[spoiler:Ayu]], although the latter was NotQuiteDead after all.
*** [[spoiler:Neither is Makoto]], though only in the 2006 anime.
* Izumi Kanata, Konata's mother in ''Manga/LuckyStar'', is shown in the manga to bear an angelic smile when she passed on to the next world.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
**
Goku faces death with a smile every time for the people he loves.
** *** Goku's father, Bardock, who tried to kill Frieza to save the Saiyan race. He failed, and just as he was about to die, he saw a vision of his son fighting Frieza and avenging the deaths of their race.
** *** Piccolo smiles after his HeroicSacrifice to save Gohan from Nappa.
** *** Vegeta smiles just before his SenselessSacrifice against Majin Buu.
** *** Android 16's death. His last words were to encourage one of his creator's nemeses to protect the planet, something which he had grown to love of his own volition. Of all the deaths in the series, his stands alone, as he was purely mechanical and thus had no afterlife to go to/return from. Poignantly, in a series where DeathIsCheap, Android 16's is one of the few [[KilledOffForReal which stuck]]. Still he died smiling.



* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', a fatally wounded [[spoiler: Kagura]] smiles at Sesshomaru as she dissolves into wind. Same goes to [[spoiler: Kikyou]], dying in [[spoiler:InuYasha's]] arms as he kisses her for the last time.
* [[spoiler:The first Reinforce]] in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', who smiles at the crying [[spoiler: Hayate]] and tries to comfort her before finishing her HeroicSacrifice.
** [[spoiler: Zest also does this for Agito]] in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]'', smiling and telling her that their time together was enjoyable before passing away.
* [[spoiler: Legato Bluesummers]] from the ''Manga/TriGun'' anime is seen smiling when he dies, both because he caused [[spoiler: Vash]] (his killer) to experience "eternal pain and suffering" by [[spoiler: making him break his [[TechnicalPacifist code of pacifism]], and because he died for the sake of his master, Knives (Vash's brother)]].
** Both versions of [[spoiler: Wolfwood]] apparently do this, although he has the variation of taking battle damage and then expiring slowly. The anime version goes out kneeling in a church and thinking about his friends. The manga version is sitting on a sofa in a trashed orphanage while the kids he grew up with throw confetti out of an airship to show that they care, and he and Vash share a final drink. The smile doesn't help much with the frustration about his death, since in both cases it could have been avoided.
* [[spoiler:Kagero]] of ''Anime/NinjaScroll'' smiled with warm happiness as [[spoiler:Jubei let her experience True Love at last... before expiring from the treacherous wounds inflicted by Genma]].
* In the 40th Episode of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', [[spoiler:King Izumi Athha detonated his Country's Military Silo to preserve his country's neutrality in a genocidal race war and to buy his daughter, [[RebelliousPrincess Princess Cagalli]], time to escape to space. The trouble is, he has to be there to throw the switch himself. Even after he reveals to her that she is in fact adopted, he tells her with a warm and loving smile ''"I'm so glad to have been your father"'' before closing the airlock and spiriting her off to freedom]]. There was not one dry eye, man or woman, at that Anime Screening in 2003.

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* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** This happens near the end with [[spoiler:Buccaneer]].
** [[spoiler:King Bradley/Wrath]] plays this trope very well, admitting aloud that he's lead
a fatally wounded [[spoiler: Kagura]] smiles at Sesshomaru long, pleasant life as she 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 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.
-->'''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.
** [[spoiler:Greed]] turns this trope UpToEleven by laughing maniacally while being ''rendered down to a [[spoiler:Philosopher's Stone]].''
*** Later played again by [[spoiler:the second Greed when Father destroys him]]. As he
dissolves into wind. Same goes to [[spoiler: Kikyou]], dying in [[spoiler:InuYasha's]] arms as air and sees [[spoiler:that all of his comrades truly were his friends, he kisses her for the realizes his desires are finally complete]]. His last time.
* [[spoiler:The first Reinforce]] in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', who smiles at the crying [[spoiler: Hayate]] and tries to comfort her
expression before finishing her HeroicSacrifice.
dying is a small, content smile.
** [[spoiler: Zest also does this for Agito]] in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]'', smiling Then we have [[spoiler:shadow Kimblee]], who fades into nothingness after [[spoiler:helping Edward, laying the verbal smackdown on Pride, smiling, and telling her that their time together was enjoyable before passing away.
* [[spoiler: Legato Bluesummers]] from
doffing his cap one final time]]. Easily his CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** Also, [[spoiler:Hohenheim returns to Resembool after
the ''Manga/TriGun'' anime is seen smiling when he dies, both because he caused [[spoiler: Vash]] (his killer) to experience "eternal pain and suffering" by [[spoiler: making him break his [[TechnicalPacifist code of pacifism]], and because he died for the sake of his master, Knives (Vash's brother)]].
** Both versions of [[spoiler: Wolfwood]] apparently do this, although he has the variation of taking
final battle damage with Father and then expiring slowly. The anime version goes out dies kneeling in a church and thinking about his friends. The manga version is sitting on a sofa in a trashed orphanage while the kids he grew up front of Trisha's grave]].
*** Pinako outright says so.
---> Spotting him at [[spoiler:Trisha]]'s grave. [[spoiler:"...Silly old fool. Well, at least you died
with throw confetti out of an airship to show that they care, and he and Vash share a final drink. The smile doesn't help on your face, my friend."]]
** Lust also [[DyingMomentOfAwesome goes out with this way]].
** Played with in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] with [[spoiler:Greed]]. After committing SuicideByCop, he smiles with a peaceful expression. However, [[spoiler:his body then contorts in agony before dissolving]].
* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''... well, it's not so
much touching, but [[spoiler: Gauron]] did die with the frustration about a ''very'' happy smile on his death, since in both cases it could have been avoided.
* [[spoiler:Kagero]] of ''Anime/NinjaScroll'' smiled with warm
face. It was actually genuine, though, and [[SlasherSmile not very pretty]]. Apparently his happiness came from causing as [[spoiler:Jubei let her experience True Love much pain as he could to [[TheMasochismTango the one he loves]].
* In flashbacks, Shoyou-sensei in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' smiles his calm, warm smile
at last... Gintoki right before expiring [[spoiler:Gintoki is forced to behead his beloved teacher in exchange for his friends' lives]].
** [[spoiler:She did technically smile before, but that was because she covered her face in glue, fixing the expression in place.]]
* Even for a trope noted for being sad, ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' manages to put out a particularly gut-wrenching example with Setsuko's death. She died with a smile on her face... because by that point she was suffering
from the treacherous wounds inflicted by Genma]].
such horrible malnutrition that she was delirious and reduced to eating dirt, thinking it was food.
* From ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
**
In the 40th Episode of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', [[spoiler:King Izumi Athha detonated his Country's Military Silo to preserve his country's neutrality in a genocidal race war and to buy his daughter, [[RebelliousPrincess Princess Cagalli]], time to escape to space. The trouble is, he has to be there to throw the switch himself. Even after he reveals to her that she is in fact adopted, he tells her with a warm and loving smile ''"I'm so glad to have been your father"'' before closing the airlock and spiriting her off to freedom]]. There was not one dry eye, man or woman, at that Anime Screening in 2003.



*** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' did the same kind of thing with [[spoiler:Ginias Sakhalin, who goes out with a particularly creepy and detached PsychoticSmirk]].

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*** ** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' did the same kind of thing with [[spoiler:Ginias Sakhalin, who goes out with a particularly creepy and detached PsychoticSmirk]].



* In ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', Schwarz Brudder and [[spoiler:Domon's brother Kyouji, who he is robot replica of,]] smile as Domon destroys the core of the Devil Gundam.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'', [[spoiler:Daguza Mackle enacts a plan that traps the Sinanju and gives Banagher an opportunity to activate the [=NT-D=]. After successfully trapping it in with Banagher (if only for a short while) and damaging its Search Eye, Full Frontal retaliates with a his shield-mounted beam saber, and Daguza uses what time he has left to turn to Banagher with a salute and a smile]].
* This is how Iason dies in ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' after his feelings were finally reciprocated.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge'', [[spoiler: Yurin]] bears a [[TearJerker heartbreaking smile]] as she died.
** And lest we forget, [[spoiler: Woolf]] in the Second Generation and [[spoiler:Lu]] in the Third Generation did this as well.
* [[spoiler:Jonathan Joestar]] of Part I of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' goes out with a triple TearJerker: [[spoiler: his serene smile is intended for his wife, the readers/viewers, and ''[[FoeYay the villain]]'']].

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* ** In ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', Schwarz Brudder and [[spoiler:Domon's brother Kyouji, who he is robot replica of,]] smile as Domon destroys the core of the Devil Gundam.
* ** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'', [[spoiler:Daguza Mackle enacts a plan that traps the Sinanju and gives Banagher an opportunity to activate the [=NT-D=]. After successfully trapping it in with Banagher (if only for a short while) and damaging its Search Eye, Full Frontal retaliates with a his shield-mounted beam saber, and Daguza uses what time he has left to turn to Banagher with a salute and a smile]].
* This is how Iason dies in ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' after his feelings were finally reciprocated.
*
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge'', [[spoiler: Yurin]] bears a [[TearJerker heartbreaking smile]] as she died.
** *** And lest we forget, [[spoiler: Woolf]] in the Second Generation and [[spoiler:Lu]] in the Third Generation did this as well.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' anime [[spoiler: Brandon/Grave and Harry [=McDowell=] both die with a smile. Mika doesn't get to Grave in time to see him die, but she realizes that although Grave is gone from her life, her memory of him and the thought that they'll always be "family" no matter what allows her to smile because she realized that Grave finally found his peace]].
-->[[spoiler: '''Grave''' (to Harry)]]: "Let's go home."
-->[[spoiler: '''Mika''']]: * smiling through [[spoiler: her]] tears* "I know now...that we're a family...and always will be, forever, and ever."
* A chilling version in ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Brainwashed cyborg [[spoiler:Henrietta has a smile on her face as she's lying dead after carrying out her SuicidePact with her beloved handler Jose]].
* [[spoiler:Ryoko Asakura]] of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', who despite her [[spoiler:evil intentions of slicing Kyon to bits with a knife]] maintains a smile throughout most of her battle with Yuki and keeps a smiling face as she is being dissolved by Yuki. That just makes her ''more'' frightening.
** Actually, she doesn't really see the importance of death. In her ImageSong, she even states that ''heartbeats are nothing more than trivial, wave-like patterns''.
* 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]].
* Most of the characters in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' die smiling; this is explained by the fact that all vampires (and a werewolf), as immortal beings, held only one desire: to die.
** [[spoiler:Alucard]] gives his sanest, most sincere smile in the entire series [[spoiler:as he fades away after absorbing Schrodinger]].
** [[spoiler:The Major]] dies this way as well, [[spoiler:believing that, even though he ultimately lost in the end, [[BloodKnight he had made his dream of the ultimate war a reality]]]].
*** It's not just them. Almost [[spoiler:''every'' monster - the Nazis, the Captain, Anderson, Walter - go out with a smile.]]
** The exceptions are Luke Valentine ([[spoiler:the first time around]]), Tublacain Alhabra, Rip Van Winkle, Zorin Blitz, Enrico Maxwell, and the Doctor.
* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', this is both played straight and subverted. [[spoiler:Shion smiles (a sad one albeit) in Meakashi-hen when she is falling to her death and mentally promising to not repeat her mistakes; however, it quickly turned into shock when she neared the ground.]] Played straight with [[spoiler:Rena in Onikakushi-hen. She tries to give a delusional and paranoid Keiichi a [[CooldownHug hug]], but is beaten to death]].
* ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'' - Parodied by Ami when she has to leave for an interview and left her sister to take care of finding out who stole the [[ItMakesSenseInContext pudding from the freezer.]]
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', a fatally wounded [[spoiler: Kagura]] smiles at Sesshomaru as she dissolves into wind. Same goes to [[spoiler: Kikyou]], dying in [[spoiler:InuYasha's]] arms as he kisses her for the last time.
* The head of an orphanage in ''Manga/{{Itsuwaribito}}'' dies smiling after hearing all the orphans had survived the attack by bandits.[[spoiler: This is sadly a LetThemDieHappy envoked by the main character, who couldn't stand telling the man all the orphans had in fact been killed in the attack, because doing so would have made the head die experiencing soul-crushing regret.]]
* ''Manhwa/IWish'' has Jay. He's part of a race that dies when they become too happy... as K points out, this is good as they would die happy and with a smile on their face.
* From ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
**
[[spoiler:Jonathan Joestar]] of Part I of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' goes out with a triple TearJerker: [[spoiler: his serene smile is intended for his wife, the readers/viewers, and ''[[FoeYay the villain]]'']].



** [[spoiler:Jolyne]] from Part 6 smiles at Emporio before she faces off against Pucci one last time so Emporio can escape. [[spoiler: Then a page and a half later, [[CurbStompBattle you see her getting ripped apart like tissue paper by Pucci's stand]]. All that remains is her stand's sunglasses, which quickly disintegrate under accelerated time.]]
** After [[spoiler:Koichi]] managed to figure out [[spoiler:Kira's]] identity, [[BreakThemByTalking he taunts him, that even if he kills him now, he will have to live with a fact, that simple school student managed to figure him out]], making him lose composure and deal the final blow. [[spoiler:Koichi]] calmly smiles at him, as he gets [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaled on a fist]] of [[spoiler:Kira's]] stand. [[spoiler:Luckily, Josuke managed to heal him in time.]]
** There's also [[spoiler:Ringo Roadagain]] in part 7. [[spoiler: He's smiling because he was able to awaken Gyro from being a conformist for society's ideals, to a pursuer of the "True Man's World"? The very thing Ringo was trying to get through his duels. [[FridgeBrilliance Maybe getting Gyro to wake up to the True Man's World was how Ringo accessed the same?]] ]]
* [[spoiler:Nia]]'s death in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
** Same for [[spoiler:Kamina]], though true to his values and personality, his dying smile is manly and powerful rather than sweet and cute. And hence, the phrase 'Manly tears were shed.'
** In fact, almost every member of Team Dai-Gurren casualty goes out with either a smile or laughing in the face of utter destruction. [[spoiler:Jogan and Balinbow were even laughing maniacally while their mecha was exploding, and Kittan grinned at how awesome his final act was.]]
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'''s first-season finale, a ghostly form of [[spoiler:Edel]] smiles and requests a couple to dance together for her one last time, [[spoiler:even as ''her body is burning as a fire to warm someone back to life'']]. Ouch.
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'': At the end of season 1 of the anime, [[spoiler:Sailor Jupiter gives Moon a comforting smile as she dies]], telling her not to be sad.
* [[spoiler:Mamiina]] in ''Anime/{{Simoun}}''.
* Both versions of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' do this, but in separate ways. In the manga [[spoiler:Rosette gives Chrono a smile as she tries to reattach his horns with her last breath. But later she [[NotQuiteDead comes back to life]] through sheer force of will.]] The scene is particularly haunting because [[spoiler: Mary Magdalene smiled at the same character before her death, as well]]. Also, although it's not shown, [[spoiler: Rosette's later death is implied to have happened in a similar manner: one of the characters say she looked "peaceful" when they found her.]] In the anime, they use this for their TearJerker ending: [[spoiler: Chrono and Rosette are found dead, sitting together on a bench swing with their hands clasped, smiling peacefully.]]
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', both [[spoiler: Euphemia li Britannia, Lelouch's loving, sweet half-sister]], and [[spoiler: Shirley Fenette, his head-over-heels in love primary romance interest]] die with smiles on their faces.
** Slightly subverted in the GrandFinale: [[spoiler: Right before Lelouch is stabbed by the new Zero (Suzaku), he smiles. But when he's actually dying in Nunally's arms, he has no expression on his face at all (he probably didn't want to look like he planned anything)]].
** Also mentioned (but not actually performed) [[spoiler: when C.C. tells Lelouch that her wish is to die. Charles is about to steal her "code", making her mortal again, but when Lelouch sees the worried look on her face he yells at her that she should at least die with a smile if this was really what she wanted]]. In the end, it wasn't.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Done by Kakashi before being sliced up, only to reveal that it was just [[NinjaLog a log he substituted in place of himself]].
** The same thing happened when Naruto took out Itachi with a giant Rasengan, but he smiled because that wasn't Itachi, just a duplicate with a fraction of his power.
** Played straight then with [[spoiler: Itachi's actual]] death. As he smiles at Sasuke following their fight he says that there won't be a next time and collapses.
*** This is particularly effective because when it happened, viewers didn't have the context to understand it, and had to join Sasuke in [=WTFing=] and feeling that something, somewhere had GoneHorriblyWrong. Then a few chapters later it retroactively became a TearJerker.
** Also [[spoiler: The Third Hokage dies with a smile on his face]], because he believes despite his death, Konoha will be fine as long as the villagers have the 'Will of Fire'.
** [[spoiler: Jiraiya and Nagato]] died smiling. Kishimoto likes to have the good guys deaths softened in the knowledge they died at peace, most bad guys don't get such a luxury.
*** [[spoiler: Hidan]] being the exception laughing hard [[spoiler: while the rocks are piling on top of him, out of conviction that he'll escape one day]].
*** He's ''still not dead''. Only member of Akatsuki not resurrected as an Edo Tensei confetti zombie.
*** [[spoiler:Kisame]] is also an exception, as he [[FakingTheDead appeared to die]] then he [[AlasPoorVillain really died]] sporting a psychopathic grin ''both'' times (especially the second).
** In [[AdaptationExpansion the anime]], Hinata, after being [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beaten up and thrown around by Pain]], gives one last smile to Naruto before the fatal blow is dealt. [[spoiler:Sakura heals her after Pain and the [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge now-Kyuubified]] Naruto leave the village though. Naruto also gets better.]]
** The Fourth Hokage [[spoiler: Minato and Uzumaki Kushina, die smiling. It's more bittersweet than usual in that they know they've basically doomed their son to a life of pain and woe, but are comforted in the fact that they'll be able to help him when the time comes, and have given him the means to overcome the trials that lie ahead]].
** As of chapter 614, it would seem that [[spoiler:Neji]] now fits this trope too.
** In chapter 687, [[spoiler: Obito]] goes out with a smile.
* ''Anime/SonicX'':
** The revolutionary Molly does this, smiling at Shadow through her windshield before piloting her ship directly into the metarex fleet. Also a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** Cosmo also smiles throughout her death scene, as does Maria Robotnik.
* [[spoiler:Ryoko Asakura]] of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', who despite her [[spoiler:evil intentions of slicing Kyon to bits with a knife]] maintains a smile throughout most of her battle with Yuki and keeps a smiling face as she is being dissolved by Yuki. That just makes her ''more'' frightening.
** Actually, she doesn't really see the importance of death. In her ImageSong, she even states that ''heartbeats are nothing more than trivial, wave-like patterns''.
* In ''Anime/MaiHime'', [[spoiler: Takumi Tokiha, Haruka Suzushiro and Yuuichi Tate]] smile as they die as results of the [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne HiME Carnival]].
* Done brutally in ''Manga/AliveTheFinalEvolution'', when victims of the 'suicide virus' gleefully kill themselves, sometimes relenting long enough to do something important to them or encourage others to do the same. Those who are infected with the virus but have yet to succumb to it, and witness the suicides aren't sure whether to be terrified or be jealous.

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** In Part 4, after [[spoiler:Koichi]] managed to figure out [[spoiler:Kira's]] identity, [[BreakThemByTalking he taunts him that even if he kills him now, he will have to live with the fact that a simple high school student managed to figure him out]], making him lose composure and deal the final blow. [[spoiler:Koichi]] calmly smiles at him, as he gets [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaled on a fist]] of [[spoiler:Kira's]] stand. [[spoiler:Luckily, Josuke managed to heal him in time.]]
** [[spoiler:Jolyne]] from Part 6 smiles at Emporio before she faces off against Pucci one last time so Emporio can escape. [[spoiler: Then a page and a half later, [[CurbStompBattle you see her getting ripped apart like tissue paper by Pucci's stand]]. All that remains is her stand's sunglasses, which quickly disintegrate under accelerated time.]]
** After [[spoiler:Koichi]] managed to figure out [[spoiler:Kira's]] identity, [[BreakThemByTalking he taunts him, that even if he kills him now, he will have to live with a fact, that simple school student managed to figure him out]], making him lose composure and deal the final blow. [[spoiler:Koichi]] calmly smiles at him, as he gets [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaled on a fist]] of [[spoiler:Kira's]] stand. [[spoiler:Luckily, Josuke managed to heal him in time.
]]
** There's also [[spoiler:Ringo Roadagain]] in part 7. [[spoiler: He's smiling because he was able to awaken Gyro from being a conformist for society's ideals, to a pursuer of the "True Man's World"? The very thing Ringo was trying to get through his duels. [[FridgeBrilliance Maybe getting Gyro to wake up to the True Man's World was how Ringo accessed the same?]] ]]
same?]]]]
* [[spoiler:Nia]]'s death in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
** Same for [[spoiler:Kamina]], though true to his values and personality, his
In ''Anime/{{K}}'', Totsuka smiles while dying smile is manly and powerful rather than sweet and cute. And hence, the phrase 'Manly tears were shed.'
** In fact, almost every member of Team Dai-Gurren casualty goes
[[DiedInYourArmsTonight in Misaki's arms]].
--> '''Totsuka:''' "Don't... sweat it... It'll all... work
out with either a smile or laughing in the face of utter destruction. [[spoiler:Jogan end."
** Later [[spoiler: the Red King [[DeathSeeker Mikoto]] holds out his arms
and Balinbow were even laughing maniacally while their mecha smiles as [[FoeRomanceSubtext Munakata]] is forced to run him through to prevent his powers from destroying everything around them]].
* In ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'', [[spoiler: Gen]] dies like this after realizing [[spoiler: Kaguro's swords suppressed his regeneration]]. [[spoiler: It
was exploding, the only time Yoshimori and Kittan grinned at how awesome his final act was.Tokine saw him smile.]]
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'''s first-season finale, a ghostly form Creator/KeyVisualArts loves this stuff.
** [[spoiler:Misuzu Kamio]]
of [[spoiler:Edel]] smiles ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}''. Her final smile [[spoiler:for her true mother Haruko]] is so full of love and requests a couple so darned ''adorable''.
** Similarly, [[spoiler:Nagisa]]'s farewell
to dance together for her one last time, [[spoiler:even as ''her body is burning as a fire to warm someone back to life'']]. Ouch.
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'': At
[[spoiler:Tomoya]] in the end of season 1 ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' movie and the Bad Ending route of the anime, [[spoiler:Sailor Jupiter gives Moon original visual novel, dying after giving birth, was a comforting heartwarming smile as of how glad she dies]], telling was to meet her not daughter and to be sad.
* [[spoiler:Mamiina]]
have met the love of her life.
*** It also occurs
in ''Anime/{{Simoun}}''.
* Both versions of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' do this, but
the [[Creator/KyotoAnimation Kyo Ani]] adaptation, only subtler.
** [[spoiler:Makoto]]
in separate ways. ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', as well as [[spoiler:Ayu]], although the latter was NotQuiteDead after all.
*** [[spoiler:Neither is Makoto]], though only in the 2006 anime.
* ''Anime/KowarekakeNoOrgel'': Flower goes out with a song.
*
In the manga [[spoiler:Rosette gives Chrono final episode of ''Anime/LastExile'', [[spoiler:Alex Rowe dies with a smile as she tries to reattach after finally carrying out his horns with her last breath. But later she [[NotQuiteDead comes back to life]] through sheer force of will.]] The scene is particularly haunting because long-sought vengeance against Maestro Delphine]].
* In ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'',
[[spoiler: Mary Magdalene smiled at Walter von Schönkopf]] passed away with a smile after being fatally wounded during [[spoiler:the boarding operation against the same character before her death, as well]]. Also, although it's not shown, Imperial supreme flagship ''Brünhild'' in episode 108]].
* Izumi Kanata, Konata's mother in ''Manga/LuckyStar'', is shown in the manga to bear an angelic smile when she passed on to the next world.
* ''Anime/LupinIIIIslandOfAssassins'': Done by both Bomber and
[[spoiler: Rosette's later death is implied [[GirlOfTheWeek Ellen]]]]:
** After being [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice fatally wounded]] by Gordeau, Bomber manages
to have happened in flash a similar manner: one of grin at Jigen and gives him a thumbs up, before activating the characters say she looked "peaceful" when they found her.]] In the anime, they use this for their TearJerker ending: [[spoiler: Chrono and Rosette are found dead, sitting together on a bench swing bomb he had hidden under his vest in an attempt to [[TakingYouWithMe take Gordeau with their hands clasped, smiling peacefully.him.]]
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', both [[spoiler: Euphemia li Britannia, Lelouch's loving, sweet half-sister]], and [[spoiler: Shirley Fenette, his head-over-heels in love primary romance interest]] die with smiles on their faces.
** Slightly subverted in the GrandFinale: [[spoiler: Right before Lelouch is stabbed by the new Zero (Suzaku), he smiles. But when he's actually dying in Nunally's arms, he has no expression on his face at all (he probably didn't want to look like he planned anything)]].
** Also mentioned (but not actually performed) [[spoiler: when C.C. tells Lelouch that her wish is to die. Charles is about to steal her "code", making her mortal again, but when Lelouch sees the worried look on her face he yells at her that she should at least die with a smile if this was really what she wanted]]. In the end, it wasn't.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Done by Kakashi before being sliced up, only to reveal that it was just [[NinjaLog a log he substituted in place of himself]].
** The same thing happened when Naruto took out Itachi with a giant Rasengan, but he smiled because that wasn't Itachi, just a duplicate with a fraction of his power.
** Played straight then with [[spoiler: Itachi's actual]] death. As he smiles at Sasuke following their fight he says that there won't be a next time and collapses.
*** This is particularly effective because when it happened, viewers didn't have the context to understand it, and had to join Sasuke in [=WTFing=] and feeling that something, somewhere had GoneHorriblyWrong. Then a few chapters later it retroactively became a TearJerker.
** Also [[spoiler: The Third Hokage dies with a smile on his face]], because he believes despite his death, Konoha will be fine as long as the villagers have the 'Will of Fire'.
** [[spoiler: Jiraiya and Nagato]] died smiling. Kishimoto likes to have Ellen]]'s comes near the good guys deaths softened in the knowledge they died at peace, most bad guys don't get such a luxury.
*** [[spoiler: Hidan]] being the exception laughing hard [[spoiler: while the rocks are piling on top of him, out of conviction that he'll escape one day]].
*** He's ''still not dead''. Only member of Akatsuki not resurrected as an Edo Tensei confetti zombie.
*** [[spoiler:Kisame]] is also an exception, as he [[FakingTheDead appeared to die]] then he [[AlasPoorVillain really died]] sporting a psychopathic grin ''both'' times (especially the second).
** In [[AdaptationExpansion the anime]], Hinata,
end, after being [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beaten up and thrown around by Pain]], gives one last smile [[TakingTheBullet taking a bullet]] to Naruto before save Lupin, who cradles her during her LastWords. She thanks him for the fatal blow is dealt. [[spoiler:Sakura heals her after Pain and the [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge now-Kyuubified]] Naruto leave the village though. Naruto also gets better.]]
** The Fourth Hokage [[spoiler: Minato and Uzumaki Kushina, die smiling. It's more bittersweet than usual in that
brief moment they know they've basically doomed their son to a life of pain shared off the island and woe, but are comforted in the fact that they'll be able to help him when the time comes, and have given him the means to overcome the trials that lie ahead]].
** As of chapter 614, it would seem that [[spoiler:Neji]] now fits this trope too.
** In chapter 687, [[spoiler: Obito]]
said she'd never forget it... then goes out limp in his arms, with a smile.
* ''Anime/SonicX'':
** The revolutionary Molly does this, smiling at Shadow through her windshield before piloting her ship directly into the metarex fleet. Also a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** Cosmo also smiles throughout her death scene, as does Maria Robotnik.
* [[spoiler:Ryoko Asakura]] of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', who despite her [[spoiler:evil intentions of slicing Kyon to bits with a knife]] maintains a smile throughout most of her battle with Yuki and keeps a smiling face as she is being dissolved by Yuki. That just makes her ''more'' frightening.
** Actually, she doesn't really see the importance of death. In her ImageSong, she even states that ''heartbeats are nothing more than trivial, wave-like patterns''.
* In ''Anime/MaiHime'', [[spoiler: Takumi Tokiha, Haruka Suzushiro and Yuuichi Tate]] smile as they die as results of the [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne HiME Carnival]].
* Done brutally in ''Manga/AliveTheFinalEvolution'', when victims of the 'suicide virus' gleefully kill themselves, sometimes relenting long enough to do something important to them or encourage others to do the same. Those who are infected with the virus but have yet to succumb to it, and witness the suicides aren't sure whether to be terrified or be jealous.
faint smile.



* In ''Manga/SomedaysDreamersIISora'', Sora dies smiling in the arms of her mother, after finally fulfilling her late father's request.
* In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' [[spoiler:Julia and Spike, although Spike's may be a dubious example as he [[DyingAlone dies alone]]]].
** Bang. [[spoiler:Then again, given that Vicious, the man who'd been tormenting his past, is now dead, that last word implies he's going without regrets and could well be smiling.]]
** [[spoiler: And because he may or may not be dead. Word Of God is even he's not sure.]]
* ''Anime/LupinIIIIslandOfAssassins'': Done by both Bomber and [[spoiler: [[GirlOfTheWeek Ellen]]]]:
** After being [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice fatally wounded]] by Gordeau, Bomber manages to flash a grin at Jigen and gives him a thumbs up, before activating the bomb he had hidden under his vest in an attempt to [[TakingYouWithMe take Gordeau with him.]]
** [[spoiler: Ellen]]'s comes near the end, after [[TakingTheBullet taking a bullet]] to save Lupin, who cradles her during her LastWords. She thanks him for the brief moment they shared off the island and said she'd never forget it... then goes limp in his arms, with a faint smile.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', [[spoiler: Misato]] does this. Whilst she actually dies alone, bleeding out on the floor until someone blows up the level she's on, she sends off the last person to see her alive by pushing him into an elevator, with her giving him a genuinely loving smile before the doors shut between them and she collapses to the floor.
** Done with a different yet slightly more badass approach in the manga. After [[spoiler: sending Shinji off, two soldiers find Misato waiting with a smile and live grenade]].
** [[spoiler:Kaji]] went out much the same, but with an added [[spoiler:[[FacingTheBulletsOneLiner "What took you so long?"]]]].
** GN Rei in ''End of Evangelion'' does this.
** [[spoiler:Rei 2]] as well in the series. Just as [[spoiler:her Eva]] is about to detonate, she hallucinates a smiling Gendo and tearfully smiles back before the kaboom.
** [[spoiler:[[WomanScorned Ritsuko]]]], whose plan to commit a murder-suicide with Gendo goes up in smoke when [[AIIsACrapshoot Casper disobeys her]]. Gendo pulls a gun on her and tells her [[TheUnreveal something we don't get to hear]]. Her response is a bitter smile and calling him a liar before he pulls the trigger.
** The last shot of Kaworu in the anime is of him smiling and thanking the boy who both gave his life meaning and must kill him.
* Misty Honey from ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' does after delivering a cheering speech to the main heroine
* Keisei in ''Manga/CorpsePrincess''; if he didn't, he'd have turned into an undead monster.

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* In ''Manga/SomedaysDreamersIISora'', Sora dies [[spoiler:The first Reinforce]] in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', who smiles at the crying [[spoiler: Hayate]] and tries to comfort her before finishing her HeroicSacrifice.
** [[spoiler: Zest also does this for Agito]] in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]'',
smiling in the arms of and telling her mother, that their time together was enjoyable before passing away.
* In Chapter 278 of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[spoiler:[[CrazyAwesome Jack Rakan]],
after finally fulfilling her late father's request.
* In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' [[spoiler:Julia
delivering a powerful blow to Fate, begins to dissolve into sakura petals just like everyone else hit by Fate's attacks, and Spike, although Spike's may be he, of all people, combines this with [[ObiWanMoment a dubious example rather calm, relaxed attitude]] as he [[DyingAlone dies alone]]]].
** Bang. [[spoiler:Then again, given that Vicious, the man who'd been tormenting
passes on his past, is now dead, that last word implies he's going without regrets words]].
-->[[spoiler:Rakan (''to Negi''): So... yeah. I wanted to take responsibility for my generation
and could well be smiling.clean up these last bits of shit for you...but I guess you're gonna have to deal with it after all.]]
** [[spoiler: And because he may or may not -->[[spoiler:Negi: Ra...kan...san?]]
-->[[spoiler:Rakan: Sorry. (''a few panels later'') Ah, well. I'm sure you'll
be dead. Word Of God is even he's not sure.able to handle it.]]
* ''Anime/LupinIIIIslandOfAssassins'': Done by both Bomber ** And then he revives for a moment and [[spoiler: [[GirlOfTheWeek Ellen]]]]:
** After being [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice fatally wounded]]
does it again.
-->[[spoiler:Rakan (''to Negi''): Heh... See ya around, kid. Don't get consumed
by Gordeau, Bomber manages to flash a grin at Jigen and gives him a thumbs up, before activating the bomb he had hidden under his vest in an attempt to [[TakingYouWithMe take Gordeau with him.darkness.]]
-->[[spoiler:Negi: Rakan-san!]]
-->[[spoiler:Rakan: Don't look back. Keep on moving forward. When a guy keeps his gaze fixed right in front of him...]]
-->[[spoiler:Negi: RAKAN-SAN!]]
-->[[spoiler:Rakan: The world smiles on him...]]
-->[[spoiler:Negi: Raka...n...san...]]
** [[spoiler: Ellen]]'s comes near the end, Tosaka]] did it too, after [[TakingTheBullet taking a bullet]] to save Lupin, who cradles her during her LastWords. She thanks him hit meant for Ako Izumi.
-->[[spoiler:Tosaka: ...Hah... Are you kidding me? Am I dying to protect some useless little former slave of a girl? I guess I really goddamn well am just... a side character... to
the brief moment they shared off the island and said she'd never forget it... then goes limp in his arms, with a faint smile.
end...]]
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''Anime/MaiHime'', [[spoiler: Misato]] does this. Whilst she actually dies alone, bleeding out on the floor until someone blows up the level she's on, she sends off the last person to see her alive by pushing him into an elevator, with her giving him a genuinely loving Takumi Tokiha, Haruka Suzushiro and Yuuichi Tate]] smile before as they die as results of the doors shut between them and she collapses to the floor.
** Done with a different yet slightly more badass approach in the manga. After [[spoiler: sending Shinji off, two soldiers find Misato waiting with a smile and live grenade]].
** [[spoiler:Kaji]] went out much the same, but with an added [[spoiler:[[FacingTheBulletsOneLiner "What took you so long?"]]]].
** GN Rei in ''End of Evangelion'' does this.
** [[spoiler:Rei 2]] as well in the series. Just as [[spoiler:her Eva]] is about to detonate, she hallucinates a smiling Gendo and tearfully smiles back before the kaboom.
** [[spoiler:[[WomanScorned Ritsuko]]]], whose plan to commit a murder-suicide with Gendo goes up in smoke when [[AIIsACrapshoot Casper disobeys her]]. Gendo pulls a gun on her and tells her [[TheUnreveal something we don't get to hear]]. Her response is a bitter smile and calling him a liar before he pulls the trigger.
** The last shot of Kaworu in the anime is of him smiling and thanking the boy who both gave his life meaning and must kill him.
* Misty Honey from ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' does after delivering a cheering speech to the main heroine
* Keisei in ''Manga/CorpsePrincess''; if he didn't, he'd have turned into an undead monster.
[[ThereCanBeOnlyOne HiME Carnival]].



* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', this happens near the end with [[spoiler:Buccaneer]].
** [[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 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.
-->'''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.
** [[spoiler:Greed]] turns this trope UpToEleven by laughing maniacally while being ''rendered down to a [[spoiler:Philosopher's Stone]].''
*** Later played again by [[spoiler:the second Greed when Father destroys him]]. As he dissolves into air and sees [[spoiler:that all of his comrades truly were his friends, he realizes his desires are finally complete]]. His last expression before dying is a small, content smile.
** Then we have [[spoiler:shadow Kimblee]], who fades into nothingness after [[spoiler:helping Edward, laying the verbal smackdown on Pride, smiling, and doffing his cap one final time]]. Easily his CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** Also, [[spoiler:Hohenheim returns to Resembool after the final battle with Father and dies kneeling in front of Trisha's grave]].
*** Pinako outright says so.
---> Spotting him at [[spoiler:Trisha]]'s grave. [[spoiler:"...Silly old fool. Well, at least you died with a smile on your face, my friend."]]
** Lust also [[DyingMomentOfAwesome goes out with this way]].
** Played with in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] with [[spoiler:Greed]]. After committing SuicideByCop, he smiles with a peaceful expression. However, [[spoiler:his body then contorts in agony before dissolving]].
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' anime [[spoiler: Brandon/Grave and Harry [=McDowell=] both die with a smile. Mika doesn't get to Grave in time to see him die, but she realizes that although Grave is gone from her life, her memory of him and the thought that they'll always be "family" no matter what allows her to smile because she realized that Grave finally found his peace]].
-->[[spoiler: '''Grave''' (to Harry)]]: "Let's go home."
-->[[spoiler: '''Mika''']]: * smiling through [[spoiler: her]] tears* "I know now...that we're a family...and always will be, forever, and ever."
* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''... well, it's not so much touching, but [[spoiler: Gauron]] did die with a ''very'' happy smile on his face. It was actually genuine, though, and [[SlasherSmile not very pretty]]. Apparently his happiness came from causing as much pain as he could to [[TheMasochismTango the one he loves]].
* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', this is both played straight and subverted. [[spoiler:Shion smiles (a sad one albeit) in Meakashi-hen when she is falling to her death and mentally promising to not repeat her mistakes; however, it quickly turned into shock when she neared the ground.]] Played straight with [[spoiler:Rena in Onikakushi-hen. She tries to give a delusional and paranoid Keiichi a [[CooldownHug hug]], but is beaten to death]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Following her HeroicSacrifice, Kisara smiles as she [[DiedInYourArmsTonight is cradled in Seto's arms]] and reaches up to tenderly touch his face, just before falling limp.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' [[spoiler:Carly, after her transformation to a Dark Signer]], loses the Duel of Darkness against [[spoiler: Jack Atlas. She charges him to save the world, smiling as she tells him she'll be cheering for him, and confesses her love as she crumbles into dust. Fortunately, [[BackFromTheDead she gets better]] due to a DeusExMachina at the end of the season]].
** [[spoiler:Bruno isn't so lucky. Having declared that the loser of his duel against Yusei will disappear, he pushes his Delta Eagle to its limits just to get Yusei out the Black Hole they're in and back to the Arc Cradle. While Yusei calls out to him and reaches out, Bruno just smiles in the last shot we get of him.]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'', [[spoiler:the last thing Yusho does before he is carded by Yuri is to smile to Yuya, hoping he'll be able to smile in the face of adversity. This is deconstructed; Yusho's carding results in Yuya going into a [[UnstoppableRage blinding rage]], breaking free from the Swords of Binding Impact, and angrily confront Yuri in a Duel]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** In Rukia's flashback, [[spoiler:Kaien smiles in her arms after being [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice run through by her sword]], saying that he's [[TearJerker glad that he can leave his heart there with her]]]].
** Despite hating her, [[spoiler:Loly turns to Orihime and gives her a warm smile right before Yammy smashes her.]] Subverted when the manga later reveals she survived.
** In his last moments, [[spoiler:Ulquiorra, who didn't so much as [[TheStoic crack an expression]] during the whole arc he appeared in, gives a tiny smile to Orihime when she tries to reach his hand as he disintegrates]].
** Similarly, when [[spoiler: Charlotte Cuulhorne]] loses his fight against [[spoiler: Yumichika]], he [[FaceDeathWithDignity simply says "You're a piece of work" and smiles a little]] as his body becomes dust.
** [[spoiler:Unohana]] smiles as she dies, having fought the greatest battle in her life and pleased that [[spoiler:Kenpachi is finally worthy of his title]].
** In the Bount filler arc of the anime, both [[spoiler:Yoshino and Kariya]] smile before they die.
* In ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', [[spoiler: Wizarmon may always have his mouth covered, but while he's dying after taking a fatal attack for Gatomon, it's very obvious he's [[TearJerker smiling up at her behind his cloak as he thanks her for her friendship]]]].
* [[spoiler: Ambertwo]]'s death in ''Radio/PokemonTheBirthOfMewtwo''
* In Chapter 278 of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[spoiler:[[CrazyAwesome Jack Rakan]], after delivering a powerful blow to Fate, begins to dissolve into sakura petals just like everyone else hit by Fate's attacks, and he, of all people, combines this with [[ObiWanMoment a rather calm, relaxed attitude]] as he passes on his last words]].
-->[[spoiler:Rakan (''to Negi''): So... yeah. I wanted to take responsibility for my generation and clean up these last bits of shit for you...but I guess you're gonna have to deal with it after all.]]
-->[[spoiler:Negi: Ra...kan...san?]]
-->[[spoiler:Rakan: Sorry. (''a few panels later'') Ah, well. I'm sure you'll be able to handle it.]]
** And then he revives for a moment and does it again.
-->[[spoiler:Rakan (''to Negi''): Heh... See ya around, kid. Don't get consumed by the darkness.]]
-->[[spoiler:Negi: Rakan-san!]]
-->[[spoiler:Rakan: Don't look back. Keep on moving forward. When a guy keeps his gaze fixed right in front of him...]]
-->[[spoiler:Negi: RAKAN-SAN!]]
-->[[spoiler:Rakan: The world smiles on him...]]
-->[[spoiler:Negi: Raka...n...san...]]
** [[spoiler: Tosaka]] did it too, after taking a hit meant for Ako Izumi.
-->[[spoiler:Tosaka: ...Hah... Are you kidding me? Am I dying to protect some useless little former slave of a girl? I guess I really goddamn well am just... a side character... to the end...]]
* In the final episode of ''Anime/LastExile'', [[spoiler:Alex Rowe dies with a smile after finally carrying out his long-sought vengeance against Maestro Delphine]].
* In ''Manga/TowardTheTerra'', [[spoiler:Jonah Matsuka]] initially seems to have died with a look of numb, [[DiesWideOpen wide-eyed]] surprise, but actually manages to cling to life long enough to [[spoiler:telepathically draw Keith, who he was protecting, back from the brink of death]] before finally expiring with a {{Tender Tear|s}} and a peaceful smile.
* Ikuya Asano in ''Anime/TheTwelveKingdoms''. His childhood friend Youko visits his bier to confirm this after seeing a vision of it in her sword, having feared the smile was just her own wishful thinking. Youko is calmed by the sight, though Asano's smile is probably ironic- he spent the entire series [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife trying to find a purpose to play in the plot]], [[ShaggyDogStory only to die before completing the one important task he was given.]]
* One of the few instances of actual facial expression in ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' comes in the form of Vector Prime's final smile as he sacrifices himself to save his friends.
* Subverted in ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'', when TheStoic Meia performs her HeroicSacrifice to save Ezra's baby daughter, she smiles (a very rare event!) as she throws herself out of an airlock into space. It turns out, however, that their escape pod has just been picked up by the ship, but she didn't know that.
* ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'': Kanan smiles as she kills herself in front of Gonou (Hakkai), she was trying to smile for his benefit presumably. Yaone would have done exactly the same thing if she'd gone through with it. Hakkai himself when he thinks he's going to be killed smiles, very creepily, as he [[EyeScream pulls out his own eye]]
* In ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'', [[spoiler: Gen]] dies like this after realizing [[spoiler: Kaguro's swords suppressed his regeneration]]. [[spoiler: It was the only time Yoshimori and Tokine saw him smile.]]
* ''Anime/KowarekakeNoOrgel'': Flower goes out with a song.
* A chilling version in ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Brainwashed cyborg [[spoiler:Henrietta has a smile on her face as she's lying dead after carrying out her SuicidePact with her beloved handler Jose]].
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Before Akane's eyes close completely, signifying her death, she smiles at Ranma, then lets herself go. It's followed shortly by an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove from Ranma. [[DisneyDeath She wakes up 5 minutes later, but...]]
* ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'' - Parodied by Ami when she has to leave for an interview and left her sister to take care of finding out who stole the [[ItMakesSenseInContext pudding from the freezer.]]
* [[spoiler: Yusuke's second death]] in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. It was more than touching...
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** Near the end of the anime, [[spoiler:Crona]], after TakingTheBullet for Maka, dies smiling in her arms, glad that they were finally able to help her. [[spoiler: They came back later, but it's the thought that counts.]]
** At the end of the manga, [[spoiler:Crona seals away Asura on the moon, but Asura keeps a tremendous SlasherSmile the whole time, as he remained confident he'll get out again]].
** Subverted/played with in the very next scene: [[spoiler:[[BumblingDad Spirit]], who seems doomed to be killed by the sealing because he was also on the moon, just looks up at Maka and grins while giving her a thumbs-up.]] He was actually saved at the last second and, more to the point, it's made clear that once [[spoiler:Maka couldn't see him]] but he still thought he was going to die, he ''stopped smiling'' and started recoiling in fear and regret.
* [[spoiler:Joe Yabuki]] goes out this way in ''Manga/AshitaNoJoe'' [[spoiler:after his last fight with Jose Mendoza as he awaits for the results, [[CasualtyInTheRing dying of his injuries]]]].

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', this happens near the end with [[spoiler:Buccaneer]].
** [[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 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.
-->'''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.
** [[spoiler:Greed]] turns this trope UpToEleven by laughing maniacally while being ''rendered down to a [[spoiler:Philosopher's Stone]].''
*** Later played again by [[spoiler:the second Greed when Father destroys him]]. As he dissolves into air and sees [[spoiler:that all of his comrades truly were his friends, he realizes his desires are finally complete]]. His last expression before dying is a small, content smile.
** Then we have [[spoiler:shadow Kimblee]], who fades into nothingness after [[spoiler:helping Edward, laying the verbal smackdown on Pride, smiling, and doffing his cap one final time]]. Easily his CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** Also, [[spoiler:Hohenheim returns to Resembool after the final battle with Father and dies kneeling in front of Trisha's grave]].
*** Pinako outright says so.
---> Spotting him at [[spoiler:Trisha]]'s grave. [[spoiler:"...Silly old fool. Well, at least you died with a smile on your face, my friend."]]
** Lust also [[DyingMomentOfAwesome goes out with this way]].
** Played with in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] with [[spoiler:Greed]]. After committing SuicideByCop, he smiles with a peaceful expression. However, [[spoiler:his body then contorts in agony before dissolving]].
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' anime
[[spoiler: Brandon/Grave and Harry [=McDowell=] both die with a smile. Mika doesn't get to Grave in time to see him die, but she realizes that although Grave is gone Gai Daigouji]] from her life, her memory of him and the thought that they'll always be "family" no matter what allows her to smile because she realized that Grave finally found his peace]].
-->[[spoiler: '''Grave''' (to Harry)]]: "Let's go home."
-->[[spoiler: '''Mika''']]: * smiling through [[spoiler: her]] tears* "I know now...that we're a family...and always will be, forever, and ever."
* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''... well, it's not so much touching, but [[spoiler: Gauron]] did die with a ''very'' happy smile on his face. It was actually genuine, though, and [[SlasherSmile not very pretty]]. Apparently his happiness came from causing as much pain as he could to [[TheMasochismTango the one he loves]].
* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', this
''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' is both played straight and subverted. [[spoiler:Shion smiles (a sad one albeit) in Meakashi-hen when she is falling to her death and mentally promising to not repeat her mistakes; however, it quickly turned into shock when she neared the ground.]] Played straight with [[spoiler:Rena in Onikakushi-hen. She tries to give a delusional and paranoid Keiichi a [[CooldownHug hug]], but is beaten to death]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Following her HeroicSacrifice, Kisara smiles as she [[DiedInYourArmsTonight is cradled in Seto's arms]] and reaches up to tenderly touch his face,
shot just before falling limp.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' [[spoiler:Carly, after her transformation to a Dark Signer]], loses the Duel of Darkness against [[spoiler: Jack Atlas. She charges him to save the world, smiling
as she tells him she'll be cheering for him, and confesses her love as she crumbles into dust. Fortunately, [[BackFromTheDead she gets better]] due to a DeusExMachina at the end of the season]].
** [[spoiler:Bruno isn't so lucky. Having declared that the loser of his duel against Yusei will disappear, he pushes his Delta Eagle to its limits just to get Yusei out the Black Hole they're in and back to the Arc Cradle. While Yusei calls out to him and reaches out, Bruno just smiles in the last shot we get of him.]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'', [[spoiler:the last thing Yusho does before he is carded by Yuri is to smile to Yuya, hoping he'll be able to smile in the face of adversity. This is deconstructed; Yusho's carding results in Yuya going into a [[UnstoppableRage blinding rage]], breaking free from the Swords of Binding Impact, and angrily confront Yuri in a Duel]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** In Rukia's flashback, [[spoiler:Kaien smiles in her arms after being [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice run through by her sword]], saying that
he's about to put stickers from his favorite cartoon on his HumongousMecha to celebrate his victory from earlier in the episode... which in [[FridgeHorror hindsight]] is really, heartbreakingly [[TearJerker glad that he can leave his heart there with her]]]].
** Despite hating her, [[spoiler:Loly turns to Orihime and gives her a warm smile right before Yammy smashes her.]] Subverted when the manga later reveals she survived.
** In his last moments, [[spoiler:Ulquiorra, who didn't so much as [[TheStoic crack an expression]] during the whole arc he appeared in, gives a tiny smile to Orihime when she tries to reach his hand as he disintegrates]].
** Similarly, when [[spoiler: Charlotte Cuulhorne]] loses his fight against [[spoiler: Yumichika]], he [[FaceDeathWithDignity simply says "You're a piece of work" and smiles a little]] as his body becomes dust.
** [[spoiler:Unohana]] smiles as she dies, having fought the greatest battle in her life and pleased that [[spoiler:Kenpachi is finally worthy of his title]].
** In the Bount filler arc of the anime, both [[spoiler:Yoshino and Kariya]] smile before they die.
* In ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', [[spoiler: Wizarmon may always have his mouth covered, but while he's dying after taking a fatal attack for Gatomon, it's very obvious he's [[TearJerker smiling up at her behind his cloak as he thanks her for her friendship]]]].
* [[spoiler: Ambertwo]]'s death in ''Radio/PokemonTheBirthOfMewtwo''
* In Chapter 278 of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[spoiler:[[CrazyAwesome Jack Rakan]], after delivering a powerful blow to Fate, begins to dissolve into sakura petals just like everyone else hit by Fate's attacks, and he, of all people, combines this with [[ObiWanMoment a rather calm, relaxed attitude]] as he passes on his last words]].
-->[[spoiler:Rakan (''to Negi''): So... yeah. I wanted to take responsibility for my generation and clean up these last bits of shit for you...but I guess you're gonna have to deal with it after all.]]
-->[[spoiler:Negi: Ra...kan...san?]]
-->[[spoiler:Rakan: Sorry. (''a few panels later'') Ah, well. I'm sure you'll be able to handle it.]]
** And then he revives for a moment and does it again.
-->[[spoiler:Rakan (''to Negi''): Heh... See ya around, kid. Don't get consumed by the darkness.]]
-->[[spoiler:Negi: Rakan-san!]]
-->[[spoiler:Rakan: Don't look back. Keep on moving forward. When a guy keeps his gaze fixed right in front of him...]]
-->[[spoiler:Negi: RAKAN-SAN!]]
-->[[spoiler:Rakan: The world smiles on him...]]
-->[[spoiler:Negi: Raka...n...san...]]
** [[spoiler: Tosaka]] did it too, after taking a hit meant for Ako Izumi.
-->[[spoiler:Tosaka: ...Hah... Are you kidding me? Am I dying to protect some useless little former slave of a girl? I guess I really goddamn well am just... a side character... to the end...]]
* In the final episode of ''Anime/LastExile'', [[spoiler:Alex Rowe dies with a smile after finally carrying out his long-sought vengeance against Maestro Delphine]].
* In ''Manga/TowardTheTerra'', [[spoiler:Jonah Matsuka]] initially seems to have died with a look of numb, [[DiesWideOpen wide-eyed]] surprise, but actually manages to cling to life long enough to [[spoiler:telepathically draw Keith, who he was protecting, back from the brink of death]] before finally expiring with a {{Tender Tear|s}} and a peaceful smile.
* Ikuya Asano in ''Anime/TheTwelveKingdoms''. His childhood friend Youko visits his bier to confirm this after seeing a vision of it in her sword, having feared the smile was just her own wishful thinking. Youko is calmed by the sight, though Asano's smile is probably ironic- he spent the entire series [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife trying to find a purpose to play in the plot]], [[ShaggyDogStory only to die before completing the one important task he was given.]]
* One of the few instances of actual facial expression in ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' comes in the form of Vector Prime's final smile as he sacrifices himself to save his friends.
* Subverted in ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'', when TheStoic Meia performs her HeroicSacrifice to save Ezra's baby daughter, she smiles (a very rare event!) as she throws herself out of an airlock into space. It turns out, however, that their escape pod has just been picked up by the ship, but she didn't know that.
* ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'': Kanan smiles as she kills herself in front of Gonou (Hakkai), she was trying to smile for his benefit presumably. Yaone would have done exactly the same thing if she'd gone through with it. Hakkai himself when he thinks he's going to be killed smiles, very creepily, as he [[EyeScream pulls out his own eye]]
* In ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'', [[spoiler: Gen]] dies like this after realizing [[spoiler: Kaguro's swords suppressed his regeneration]]. [[spoiler: It was the only time Yoshimori and Tokine saw him smile.]]
* ''Anime/KowarekakeNoOrgel'': Flower goes out with a song.
* A chilling version in ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Brainwashed cyborg [[spoiler:Henrietta has a smile on her face as she's lying dead after carrying out her SuicidePact with her beloved handler Jose]].
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Before Akane's eyes close completely, signifying her death, she smiles at Ranma, then lets herself go. It's followed shortly by an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove from Ranma. [[DisneyDeath She wakes up 5 minutes later, but...]]
* ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'' - Parodied by Ami when she has to leave for an interview and left her sister to take care of finding out who stole the [[ItMakesSenseInContext pudding from the freezer.]]
* [[spoiler: Yusuke's second death]] in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. It was more than touching...
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** Near the end of the anime, [[spoiler:Crona]], after TakingTheBullet for Maka, dies smiling in her arms, glad that they were finally able to help her. [[spoiler: They came back later, but it's the thought that counts.]]
** At the end of the manga, [[spoiler:Crona seals away Asura on the moon, but Asura keeps a tremendous SlasherSmile the whole time, as he remained confident he'll get out again]].
** Subverted/played with in the very next scene: [[spoiler:[[BumblingDad Spirit]], who seems doomed to be killed by the sealing because he was also on the moon, just looks up at Maka and grins while giving her a thumbs-up.]] He was actually saved at the last second and, more to the point, it's made clear that once [[spoiler:Maka couldn't see him]] but he still thought he was going to die, he ''stopped smiling'' and started recoiling in fear and regret.
* [[spoiler:Joe Yabuki]] goes out this way in ''Manga/AshitaNoJoe'' [[spoiler:after his last fight with Jose Mendoza as he awaits for the results, [[CasualtyInTheRing dying of his injuries]]]].
sad]].



* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', the very serious and moody-looking Sir Nighteye suffers fatal wounds beyond anyone's ability to heal. As he's dying in his hospital bed, he encourages everyone present to inspire laughter and positive energy in the people they're sworn to protect. He then gives the first real smile he's been seen to make as he passes away.
* From ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Done by Kakashi before being sliced up, only to reveal that it was just [[NinjaLog a log he substituted in place of himself]].
** The same thing happened when Naruto took out Itachi with a giant Rasengan, but he smiled because that wasn't Itachi, just a duplicate with a fraction of his power.
** Played straight then with [[spoiler: Itachi's actual]] death. As he smiles at Sasuke following their fight he says that there won't be a next time and collapses.
*** This is particularly effective because when it happened, viewers didn't have the context to understand it, and had to join Sasuke in [=WTFing=] and feeling that something, somewhere had GoneHorriblyWrong. Then a few chapters later it retroactively became a TearJerker.
** Also [[spoiler: The Third Hokage dies with a smile on his face]], because he believes despite his death, Konoha will be fine as long as the villagers have the 'Will of Fire'.
** [[spoiler: Jiraiya and Nagato]] died smiling. Kishimoto likes to have the good guys deaths softened in the knowledge they died at peace, most bad guys don't get such a luxury.
*** [[spoiler: Hidan]] being the exception laughing hard [[spoiler: while the rocks are piling on top of him, out of conviction that he'll escape one day]].
*** He's ''still not dead''. Only member of Akatsuki not resurrected as an Edo Tensei confetti zombie.
*** [[spoiler:Kisame]] is also an exception, as he [[FakingTheDead appeared to die]] then he [[AlasPoorVillain really died]] sporting a psychopathic grin ''both'' times (especially the second).
** In [[AdaptationExpansion the anime]], Hinata, after being [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beaten up and thrown around by Pain]], gives one last smile to Naruto before the fatal blow is dealt. [[spoiler:Sakura heals her after Pain and the [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge now-Kyuubified]] Naruto leave the village though. Naruto also gets better.]]
** The Fourth Hokage [[spoiler: Minato and Uzumaki Kushina, die smiling. It's more bittersweet than usual in that they know they've basically doomed their son to a life of pain and woe, but are comforted in the fact that they'll be able to help him when the time comes, and have given him the means to overcome the trials that lie ahead]].
** As of chapter 614, it would seem that [[spoiler:Neji]] now fits this trope too.
** In chapter 687, [[spoiler: Obito]] goes out with a smile.
* From ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** [[spoiler: Misato]] does this. Whilst she actually dies alone, bleeding out on the floor until someone blows up the level she's on, she sends off the last person to see her alive by pushing him into an elevator, with her giving him a genuinely loving smile before the doors shut between them and she collapses to the floor.
** Done with a different yet slightly more badass approach in the manga. After [[spoiler: sending Shinji off, two soldiers find Misato waiting with a smile and live grenade]].
** [[spoiler:Kaji]] went out much the same, but with an added [[spoiler:[[FacingTheBulletsOneLiner "What took you so long?"]]]].
** GN Rei in ''End of Evangelion'' does this.
** [[spoiler:Rei 2]] as well in the series. Just as [[spoiler:her Eva]] is about to detonate, she hallucinates a smiling Gendo and tearfully smiles back before the kaboom.
** [[spoiler:[[WomanScorned Ritsuko]]]], whose plan to commit a murder-suicide with Gendo goes up in smoke when [[AIIsACrapshoot Casper disobeys her]]. Gendo pulls a gun on her and tells her [[TheUnreveal something we don't get to hear]]. Her response is a bitter smile and calling him a liar before he pulls the trigger.
** The last shot of Kaworu in the anime is of him smiling and thanking the boy who both gave his life meaning and must kill him.
* [[spoiler:Kagero]] of ''Anime/NinjaScroll'' smiled with warm happiness as [[spoiler:Jubei let her experience True Love at last... before expiring from the treacherous wounds inflicted by Genma]].
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', anybody who has the "Will of D." (as exposed by having D. as their middle initial) is guilty of this.
** The main reason for this it seems concerning those with the "Will of D.", is that they live their lives with absolutely no regrets, and most times die for what they lived for. When you lived your entire life as you wanted, at the end, what is there left to do but smile?
** Gold Roger, shown in the flashback that starts every one of the first hundred episodes or so.
** Ace's mother, Portgas D. Rouge, died giving birth while smiling and entrusting her child to Garp.
** Jaguar D. Saul tells a young, terrified Nico Robin to smile and laugh no matter how grim things get, just before Aokiji freezes him solid; the last thing we see before the ice statue of him is shattered is his still-beaming face.
** The image up top shows this one: In Loguetown, when Luffy himself is about to get his head chopped off (on the same platform where Roger was executed), he grins hugely as the sword's coming down and says "Sorry guys, but... I'm dead." Though Luffy doesn't actually get head-chopped, characters note the similarity between him and Roger.
*** In fact, it was this moment that caused Smoker to chase after Luffy -- he saw the similarities with Roger and became the first character to realize how much of a threat Luffy was going to become.
** During Ace's fight with Blackbeard, he gets close to death, but on his last attempt at overcoming Blackbeard, he smirks and calmly states his intents to make Whitebeard the Pirate King. While he didn't actually die, he showed the D.'s willingness to smile at death.
** [[spoiler:Ace fit in naturally during his ''actual'' death, when he dies from his injuries from TakingTheBullet to protect Luffy, and after his FamousLastWords to those around him, he collapses with a smile knowing that despite having the blood of a "demon" in his veins, despite being a "good-for-nothing," he was truly loved.]]
** An aversion is Blackbeard when he sees himself in danger of death at the hands of Whitebeard, resulting in Whitebeard saying he doesn't carry the will of Roger. He's too much of a cowardly asshole to be a real carrier of the "Will of D".
** [[spoiler:The newly revealed addition to the 'Will of D', Trafalgar D. Water Law,]] gets a non-fatal one when Doflamingo, rather than killing him outright, [[SarcasmMode graciously offers to make his death worth something]] and offers to fulfill one last wish in exchange for [[spoiler:having the ultimate ability of Law's Op-Op fruit performed on him: immortality]]. He agrees, but only if Doflamingo brings Corazon back to life and licks the ass of every Dressrosan citizen he's wronged. He flips him off with a huge grin on his face, taunting him even ''further'', before finally being shot.
** Aside from the D. family, there is also the death of Belle-mere, and especially her last words to Nojiko and Nami.
** Dr. Hiriluk toasted to his wonderful life before drinking a concoction that blew himself up. He also got a great speech about how he would never truly die as long as his dream was seen through.
** Later on, in Brook's flashback, we see the final on-screen moments of Captain Yorki of the Rumbar Pirates. It was only briefly implied in the manga, but the anime version of that scene went for the gold. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IihaX89WUUA His crew soon follows suit]], when they [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htF1kxwdez4 play their favorite song as they die]], so that a recording of it could reach their beloved TeamPet.
** Fisher Tiger died with a smile after being reassured that after he had freed the slaves from Mariejois and the legends of his adventures, he was a hero of the Fishman Island.
** Also Queen Otohime after her oldest son Fukaboshi promises her that they will protect Shirahoshi and collect all the signatures that she had long fought for to get from her people so that her dream of co-existing peacefully with humans can be fulfilled.
** Until the very end, the smile doesn't burn off the face of the Going Merry. [[spoiler: Her last words are thanking the crew for taking care of her, and that no matter what, she was happy during her time with them.]]
** The aforementioned Corazon died smiling [[spoiler:knowing that Law would be free of Doflamingo]].
** All the G5 Marines who were trapped inside a hallway filled with deadly gas were seen by their comrades striking various thumbs-up poses, content that they managed to save [[SubordinateExcuse Tashigi]]. [[spoiler:Though it's ultimately subverted since they're all saved at the end of the arc.]]
* [[spoiler: Ambertwo]]'s death in ''Radio/PokemonTheBirthOfMewtwo''.
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'''s first-season finale, a ghostly form of [[spoiler:Edel]] smiles and requests a couple to dance together for her one last time, [[spoiler:even as ''her body is burning as a fire to warm someone back to life'']]. Ouch.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Before Akane's eyes close completely, signifying her death, she smiles at Ranma, then lets herself go. It's followed shortly by an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove from Ranma. [[DisneyDeath She wakes up 5 minutes later, but...]]
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'': At the end of season 1 of the anime, [[spoiler:Sailor Jupiter gives Moon a comforting smile as she dies]], telling her not to be sad.
* ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'': Kanan smiles as she kills herself in front of Gonou (Hakkai), she was trying to smile for his benefit presumably. Yaone would have done exactly the same thing if she'd gone through with it. Hakkai himself when he thinks he's going to be killed smiles, very creepily, as he [[EyeScream pulls out his own eye]]
* [[spoiler:Mamiina]] in ''Anime/{{Simoun}}''.
* In ''Manga/SomedaysDreamersIISora'', Sora dies smiling in the arms of her mother, after finally fulfilling her late father's request.
* ''Anime/SonicX'':
** The revolutionary Molly does this, smiling at Shadow through her windshield before piloting her ship directly into the Metarex fleet. Also a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** Cosmo also smiles throughout her death scene in the Metarex arc, performing a HeroicSacrifice by turning herself into a gigantic tree to immobilize the arc's BigBad so Tails could shoot him, knowing that she'll be taken as well.
** So does Maria Robotnik in X's adaptation of ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', after being shot by G.U.N.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** Near the end of the anime, [[spoiler:Crona]], after TakingTheBullet for Maka, dies smiling in her arms, glad that they were finally able to help her. [[spoiler: They came back later, but it's the thought that counts.]]
** At the end of the manga, [[spoiler:Crona seals away Asura on the moon, but Asura keeps a tremendous SlasherSmile the whole time, as he remained confident he'll get out again]].
** Subverted/played with in the very next scene: [[spoiler:[[BumblingDad Spirit]], who seems doomed to be killed by the sealing because he was also on the moon, just looks up at Maka and grins while giving her a thumbs-up.]] He was actually saved at the last second and, more to the point, it's made clear that once [[spoiler:Maka couldn't see him]] but he still thought he was going to die, he ''stopped smiling'' and started recoiling in fear and regret.



* In ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', [[spoiler: Walter von Schönkopf]] passed away with a smile after being fatally wounded during [[spoiler:the boarding operation against the Imperial supreme flagship ''Brünhild'' in episode 108]].
* The head of an orphanage in ''Manga/{{Itsuwaribito}}'' dies smiling after hearing all the orphans had survived the attack by bandits.[[spoiler: This is sadly a LetThemDieHappy envoked by the main character, who couldn't stand telling the man all the orphans had in fact been killed in the attack, because doing so would have made the head die experiencing soul crushing regret.]]
* ''Manhwa/IWish'' has Jay. He's part of a race that dies when they become too happy... as K points out, this is good as they would die happy and with a smile on their face.



* In ''Anime/{{K}}'', Totsuka smiles while dying [[DiedInYourArmsTonight in Misaki's arms]].
--> '''Totsuka:''' "Don't... sweat it... It'll all... work out in the end."
** Later [[spoiler: the Red King [[DeathSeeker Mikoto]] holds out his arms and smiles as [[FoeRomanceSubtext Munakata]] is forced to run him through to prevent his powers from destroying everything around them]].

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* [[spoiler:Nia]]'s death in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
** Same for [[spoiler:Kamina]], though true to his values and personality, his dying smile is manly and powerful rather than sweet and cute. And hence, the phrase 'Manly tears were shed.'
** In fact, almost every member of Team Dai-Gurren casualty goes out with either a smile or laughing in the face of utter destruction. [[spoiler:Jogan and Balinbow were even laughing maniacally while their mecha was exploding, and Kittan grinned at how awesome his final act was.]]
* In ''Anime/{{K}}'', Totsuka ''Manga/TowardTheTerra'', [[spoiler:Jonah Matsuka]] initially seems to have died with a look of numb, [[DiesWideOpen wide-eyed]] surprise, but actually manages to cling to life long enough to [[spoiler:telepathically draw Keith, who he was protecting, back from the brink of death]] before finally expiring with a {{Tender Tear|s}} and a peaceful smile.
* One of the few instances of actual facial expression in ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' comes in the form of Vector Prime's final smile as he sacrifices himself to save his friends.
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'':
** [[spoiler: Legato Bluesummers]] is seen smiling when he dies, both because he caused [[spoiler: Vash]] (his killer) to experience "eternal pain and suffering" by [[spoiler: making him break his [[TechnicalPacifist code of pacifism]], and because he died for the sake of his master, Knives (Vash's brother)]].
** Both versions of [[spoiler: Wolfwood]] apparently do this, although he has the variation of taking battle damage and then expiring slowly. The anime version goes out kneeling in a church and thinking about his friends. The manga version is sitting on a sofa in a trashed orphanage while the kids he grew up with throw confetti out of an airship to show that they care, and he and Vash share a final drink. The smile doesn't help much with the frustration about his death, since in both cases it could have been avoided.
* Ikuya Asano in ''Anime/TheTwelveKingdoms''. His childhood friend Youko visits his bier to confirm this after seeing a vision of it in her sword, having feared the smile was just her own wishful thinking. Youko is calmed by the sight, though Asano's smile is probably ironic- he spent the entire series [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife trying to find a purpose to play in the plot]], [[ShaggyDogStory only to die before completing the one important task he was given.]]
* Subverted in ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'', when TheStoic Meia performs her HeroicSacrifice to save Ezra's baby daughter, she
smiles while dying (a very rare event!) as she throws herself out of an airlock into space. It turns out, however, that their escape pod has just been picked up by the ship, but she didn't know that.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Following her HeroicSacrifice, Kisara smiles as she
[[DiedInYourArmsTonight is cradled in Misaki's arms]].
--> '''Totsuka:''' "Don't... sweat it... It'll all... work out in
Seto's arms]] and reaches up to tenderly touch his face, just before falling limp.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' [[spoiler:Carly, after her transformation to a Dark Signer]], loses
the end."
** Later
Duel of Darkness against [[spoiler: Jack Atlas. She charges him to save the Red King [[DeathSeeker Mikoto]] holds world, smiling as she tells him she'll be cheering for him, and confesses her love as she crumbles into dust. Fortunately, [[BackFromTheDead she gets better]] due to a DeusExMachina at the end of the season]].
** [[spoiler:Bruno isn't so lucky. Having declared that the loser of his duel against Yusei will disappear, he pushes his Delta Eagle to its limits just to get Yusei
out his arms the Black Hole they're in and back to the Arc Cradle. While Yusei calls out to him and reaches out, Bruno just smiles as [[FoeRomanceSubtext Munakata]] in the last shot we get of him.]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'', [[spoiler:the last thing Yusho does before he
is forced carded by Yuri is to run him through smile to prevent his powers Yuya, hoping he'll be able to smile in the face of adversity. This is deconstructed; Yusho's carding results in Yuya going into a [[UnstoppableRage blinding rage]], breaking free from destroying everything around them]].the Swords of Binding Impact, and angrily confront Yuri in a Duel]].



* Even for a trope noted for being sad, ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' manages to put out a particularly gut-wrenching example with Setsuko's death. She died with a smile on her face... because by that point she was suffering from such horrible malnutrition that she was delirious and reduced to eating dirt, thinking it was food.
* In flashbacks, Shoyou-sensei in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' smiles his calm, warm smile at Gintoki right before [[spoiler:Gintoki is forced to behead his beloved teacher in exchange for his friends' lives]].
* 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.]]
* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', the very serious and moody looking Sir Nighteye suffers fatal wounds beyond anyone's ability to heal. As he's dying in his hospital bed, he encourages everyone present to inspire laughter and positive energy in the people they're sworn to protect. He then gives the first real smile he's been seen to make as he passes away.

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* Even for a trope noted for being sad, ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' manages to put out a particularly gut-wrenching example with Setsuko's death. She died with a smile on her face... because by that point she [[spoiler: Yusuke's second death]] in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. It was suffering from such horrible malnutrition that she was delirious and reduced to eating dirt, thinking it was food.
* In flashbacks, Shoyou-sensei in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' smiles his calm, warm smile at Gintoki right before [[spoiler:Gintoki is forced to behead his beloved teacher in exchange for his friends' lives]].
* 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.]]
* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', the very serious and moody looking Sir Nighteye suffers fatal wounds beyond anyone's ability to heal. As he's dying in his hospital bed, he encourages everyone present to inspire laughter and positive energy in the people they're sworn to protect. He then gives the first real smile he's been seen to make as he passes away.
more than touching...



* During the ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' storyline in ''Franchise/GreenLantern'', the [[DeathSeeker Cyborg Superman]] wanted to die so that he could be with his dead wife. He does die and is happy, but then the Manhunters [[UnwantedRevival bring him back... and he cries]].
* Franchise/{{Batman}}, after shooting {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} to poison him (which started the process of Darkseid's defeat) and just before being struck by the Omega Sanction in Comicbook/FinalCrisis.
* In ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'': [[spoiler: Batman manages to defeat the Joker, leaving him physically paralyzed. The Joker mocks Batman one last time and proceeds to snap his own neck while laughing. When Batman incinerates the body, the Joker's smouldering corpse is still [[NightmareFuel grinning..]]]].
-->'''Batman''':"Stop Laughing"

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* During the ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' storyline in ''Franchise/GreenLantern'', the [[DeathSeeker Cyborg Superman]] wanted to die so that he could be with his dead wife. He does die and is happy, but then the Manhunters [[UnwantedRevival bring him back... and he cries]].
* Franchise/{{Batman}}, after shooting {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} to poison him (which started the process of Darkseid's defeat) and just before being struck by the Omega Sanction in Comicbook/FinalCrisis.
* In ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'': [[spoiler: Batman manages to defeat the Joker, leaving him physically paralyzed. The Joker mocks Batman one last time and proceeds to snap his own neck while laughing. When Batman incinerates the body, the Joker's smouldering smoldering corpse is still [[NightmareFuel grinning..]]]].
-->'''Batman''':"Stop Laughing"
grinning]]]]...
-->'''Batman''': Stop Laughing.
* In ''ComicBook/CableAndDeadpool'', this is how [[spoiler:Cable]] goes out.



* In ''ComicBook/CableAndDeadpool'', this is how [[spoiler:Cable]] goes out.

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* In ''ComicBook/CableAndDeadpool'', this is how [[spoiler:Cable]] goes out.Franchise/{{Batman}}, after shooting {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} to poison him (which started the process of Darkseid's defeat) and just before being struck by the Omega Sanction in ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis''.
* The [[FanNickname luvcats]] from ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' are so naturally cheerful and full of love that they don't get any less happy even when [[EmotionEater the changelings]] invade their cute little village and start draining them. At one point a changeling commander remarks about "still having plenty of these guys left" while holding one of the leftover luvcats who, despite being essentially kept as a food reserve, still smiles joyfully. Even the luvcat that was apparently [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath murdered off-frame]] by Queen Chrysalis just kept sitting happily in his last seconds while holding a heart-shaped card that said "Love conquers all".



* During the ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' storyline in ''Franchise/GreenLantern'', the [[DeathSeeker Cyborg Superman]] wanted to die so that he could be with his dead wife. He does die and is happy, but then the Manhunters [[UnwantedRevival bring him back... and he cries]].
* In ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'', Frenzy goes out [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Frenzy_%28G1%29#Marvel_Generation_2_comic grinning maniacally]] while trying to generate enough sonic energy to repulse [[HordeOfAlienLocusts the Swarm]]. Unfortunately, [[ExplosiveOverclocking his supercharged sonic generators]] were too much for his body to handle and Frenzy died the way he'd lived--loud, obnoxious, and shaking everything around him to pieces, including himself.



* The [[FanNickname luvcats]] from ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' are so naturally cheerful and full of love that they don't get any less happy even when [[EmotionEater the changelings]] invade their cute little village and start draining them. At one point a changeling commander remarks about "still having plenty of these guys left" while holding one of the leftover luvcats who, despite being essentially kept as a food reserve, still smiles joyfully. Even the luvcat that was apparently [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath murdered off-frame]] by Queen Chrysalis just kept sitting happily in his last seconds while holding a heart-shaped card that said "Love conquers all".
* In ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'', Frenzy goes out [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Frenzy_%28G1%29#Marvel_Generation_2_comic grinning maniacally]] while trying to generate enough sonic energy to repulse [[HordeOfAlienLocusts the Swarm]]. Unfortunately, [[ExplosiveOverclocking his supercharged sonic generators]] were too much for his body to handle and Frenzy died the way he'd lived--loud, obnoxious, and shaking everything around him to pieces, including himself.



* This is what happens to [[spoiler:[[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]]]] in ''[[FanFic/ThatGuyWithTheGlassesInSpace I Have Heard the Voices Dying]]''.
* Happens in a truly badass fashion at the end of ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/109581/1/i-did-not-want-to-die/i-did-not-want-to-die I Did Not Want To Die.]]''
* 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.



* Claire's mother in ''FanFic/TheNewRetcons'' died like this, found dead with a smile on her face when waiting to go Christmas shopping with Claire. Particularly heartbreaking in that [[spoiler: having found her biological mother Elly Patterson and finding out how dysfunctional her half-siblings are, she was going to make sure the mother that raised her knew how much Claire appreciated it]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheNorthRemembers'', Jorah Mormont dies after being wounded by Daario. But in his final moments, he cites the Night's Watch oath along with Tyrion, and uses the Valyrian horn that he took from Victarion to bring the dragons back under Daenerys's control. When Daenerys finds him, dying, she screams and runs over to his side, [[DiedInYourArmsTonight cradling him in her arms]]. He then goes out smiling, thanking her for letting him be her loyal knight.

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* Claire's mother in ''FanFic/TheNewRetcons'' died like this, found dead with a smile on ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': Grand King Ghidorah smiles right before he is finally killed by [[spoiler:Godzilla Junior, Xenilla, and [[BackupFromOtherworld Godzilla Senior]]]], as he believes he has finally achieved his dream of [[spoiler:finding beings who are powerful enough to kill his enemy Bagan.]]
* In ''FanFic/DespairsLastResort'', this is how [[spoiler: Shizuka Matsuki]] dies during
her face when waiting to go Christmas shopping with Claire. Particularly heartbreaking execution. Justified in the fact that [[spoiler: having found she wanted to be caught for her biological mother Elly Patterson crime and finding out how dysfunctional her half-siblings are, she was going to make sure the mother that raised her knew how much Claire appreciated it]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheNorthRemembers'', Jorah Mormont dies
die. Especially after some of her memories returned and she remembered someone who she had a close bond with. She's told that said person is already dead, leaving her no regrets. Upon realizing she murdered, she accepted her fate and decided to go willingly]].
* In ''Fanfic/{{Eugenesis}}'', this is how Doubleheader dies, [[spoiler:as he blows himself up in an attempt to kill Rodimus Prime]].
* 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.
* Prince Miko Shotoku in ''FanFic/GameOfTouhou'', she's been a DeathSeeker after her city was plundered and she realized that the royalist forces would face inevitable defeat, and she's finally granted her wish at the hands of Ser Elly Kazami. Her smiles comes from her death wish
being wounded by Daario. But in his final moments, he cites the Night's Watch oath along with Tyrion, and uses the Valyrian horn that he took from Victarion to bring the dragons back under Daenerys's control. When Daenerys finds him, dying, she screams and runs over to his side, [[DiedInYourArmsTonight cradling him in her arms]]. He then goes out smiling, thanking her for letting him be her loyal knight.fulfilled.



* This is what happens to [[spoiler:[[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]]]] in ''[[FanFic/ThatGuyWithTheGlassesInSpace I Have Heard the Voices Dying]]''.
* Happens in a truly badass fashion at the end of ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/109581/1/i-did-not-want-to-die/i-did-not-want-to-die I Did Not Want To Die.]]''



* In ''Fanfic/{{Eugenesis}}'', this is how Doubleheader dies, [[spoiler:as he blows himself up in an attempt to kill Rodimus Prime]].
* Prince Miko Shotoku in ''FanFic/GameOfTouhou'', she's been a DeathSeeker after her city was plundered and she realized that the royalist forces would face inevitable defeat, and she's finally granted her wish at the hands of Ser Elly Kazami. Her smiles comes from her death wish being fulfilled.

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* Claire's mother in ''FanFic/TheNewRetcons'' died like this, found dead with a smile on her face when waiting to go Christmas shopping with Claire. Particularly heartbreaking in that [[spoiler: having found her biological mother Elly Patterson and finding out how dysfunctional her half-siblings are, she was going to make sure the mother that raised her knew how much Claire appreciated it]]
* In ''Fanfic/{{Eugenesis}}'', this is how Doubleheader dies, [[spoiler:as he blows himself up in an attempt to kill Rodimus Prime]].
* Prince Miko Shotoku in ''FanFic/GameOfTouhou'', she's been a DeathSeeker
''Fanfic/TheNorthRemembers'', Jorah Mormont dies after her city was plundered being wounded by Daario. But in his final moments, he cites the Night's Watch oath along with Tyrion, and she realized uses the Valyrian horn that he took from Victarion to bring the royalist forces would face inevitable defeat, dragons back under Daenerys's control. When Daenerys finds him, dying, she screams and she's finally granted runs over to his side, [[DiedInYourArmsTonight cradling him in her wish at arms]]. He then goes out smiling, thanking her for letting him be her loyal knight.
* ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'': In
the hands of Ser Elly Kazami. Her sidestory "Twenty Gyarados", Bill Gaiden, after being fatally wounded by a [[BeamOWar Hyper Beam collision]], he smiles comes from her death wish being fulfilled.in triumph along with his Mega Gyarados, as he succeeded in ensuring that nobody will ''ever'' laugh at him again.



* In ''FanFic/DespairsLastResort'', this is how [[spoiler: Shizuka Matsuki]] dies during her execution. Justified in the fact that [[spoiler: she wanted to be caught for her crime and die. Especially after some of her memories returned and she remembered someone who she had a close bond with. She's told that said person is already dead, leaving her no regrets. Upon realizing she murdered, she accepted her fate and decided to go willingly]].



* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': Grand King Ghidorah smiles right before he is finally killed by [[spoiler:Godzilla Junior, Xenilla, and [[BackupFromOtherworld Godzilla Senior]]]], as he believes he has finally achieved his dream of [[spoiler:finding beings who are powerful enough to kill his enemy Bagan.]]
* ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'': In the sidestory Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden, after being fatally wounded by a [[BeamOWar Hyper Beam collision]], the title character smiles in triumph along with his Mega Gyarados, as he succeeded in ensuring that nobody will ''ever'' laugh at him again.



* [[spoiler:Ray the firefly]] in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.
* Surprisingly perhaps, the titular individual in ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' qualifies. Although it turns out he is [[NotQuiteDead able to reassemble himself]].



* 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]].



* ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'': In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POiuesibKH4&feature=relmfu original version]], [[TheUnfavourite Nuka]] dies with a smile on his face, pleased that [[WellDoneSonGuy he finally got Zira's attention]].

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* ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'': In Surprisingly perhaps, the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POiuesibKH4&feature=relmfu original version]], [[TheUnfavourite Nuka]] dies with a smile on his face, pleased that [[WellDoneSonGuy titular individual in ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' qualifies. Although it turns out he finally got Zira's attention]].is [[NotQuiteDead able to reassemble himself]].



* ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'': In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POiuesibKH4&feature=relmfu original version]], [[TheUnfavourite Nuka]] dies with a smile on his face, pleased that [[WellDoneSonGuy he finally got Zira's attention]].
* [[spoiler:Ray the firefly]] in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.
* 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]].



* In ''Film/EdWood'', the death of Creator/BelaLugosi is obviously upsetting to both the viewer and to Ed himself. However, just before the scene in which he is revealed to have passed away, Bela is having a conversation with Ed thanking him for helping Bela turn his life around and give him something to be passionate about again. He may have died, but he died at peace.
* In ''Film/HeWhoGetsSlapped'' the title character, a clown who is slapped as part of his routine, smiles while dying in the arms of a women he loves.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** ''Film/GoldenEye'': When Bond finds the Canadian admiral, he's in rigor mortis with a gigantic grin thanks to Creator/FamkeJanssen's MurderousThighs.
--->'''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".
** Boris gets literally frozen with a smile on his face, since the icy gas comes too quickly for him to realize he's not [[FunnyForeigner "eenveenceeble"]] after all.
** Max Zorin in ''Film/AViewToAKill'' lets out a small laughter just before he does an OhCrap face as he falls to his death.
* In ''Film/SinCity'', while Kevin is being cut up and fed, he's still smiling. That's not a tear jerker, though, that's just ''intensely fucking creepy''.
* In ''Film/KillTheIrishman'', when Danny Greene realizes he's about to be blow up by the car bomb next to his Cadillac, he sees Ray Ferrito driving by with the detonator in one hand and tipping his hat in farewell with the other. [[FaceDeathWithDignity Accepting death]], Greene pointed his finger like a gun just as the bomb kills him.
* The titular BigBad of ''Film/KillBill'', in the final moments of his life, not only forgives his murderer (who had all the reason in the world to be pissed at him, and he admits it), but assures her that she is ''still'' the love of his life with a gentlemanly smile and by telling her she is a wonderful person. [[TearJerker If that is not a man, I don't know what is]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Darth Vader could barely move, so horribly did Emperor Palpatine's lightning burn through his heart in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. Yet he implores Luke Skywalker to take off the mask that was his soul's coffin, so that he could look at his son and smile at him just ''once'' [[DyingAsYourself as Anakin before passing on]]. AlasPoorVillain indeed.
** In [[Literature/RevengeOfTheSith the novelisation]] of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', EnsembleDarkhorse Kit Fisto is said to have died at the hands of Darth Sidious with his trademark grin on his face.
** ''Film/ANewHope'': Obi-Wan Kenobi gives Luke one last knowing smile before [[ObiWanMoment willingly becoming one with the Force]]. Via lightsaber.
** ''Film/TheLastJedi'': [[spoiler:Luke becomes one with the Force, content with his life and legacy after stalling the First Order and making amends with Leia, spending his last moments looking at the twin suns of Ahch-To with a smile on his face and tears in his eyes]].
* The Terminator of ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' is a variation of this trope. Although he could not cry for the boy that he has come to love but must leave, his "thumbs up" to encourage John to courageously go on living is no less touching than the above examples.
-->'''T-800:''' I know now why you cry. But it is something I can never do.

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* In ''Film/EdWood'', the death of Creator/BelaLugosi is obviously upsetting to both the viewer and to Ed himself. However, just before the scene in which he is revealed to have passed away, Bela is having a conversation ''Film/{{Alien}}'', Ash goes out with Ed thanking him for helping Bela turn his life around and give him something to be passionate about again. He may have died, but he died at peace.
* In ''Film/HeWhoGetsSlapped''
the title character, a clown who is slapped as part of his routine, smiles while dying in the arms of a women he loves.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** ''Film/GoldenEye'': When Bond finds the Canadian admiral, he's in rigor mortis with a gigantic grin thanks to Creator/FamkeJanssen's MurderousThighs.
--->'''Empire Magazine:''' There
infamous line [[EvilGloating ''I can't be too many gentlemen of a heterosexual persuasion who, if asked how they'd want lie to die, wouldn't tick the box marked "crushed to death between Famke Janssen's thighs".
** Boris gets literally frozen
you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies'']] and signs off with a smile on his face, since smug smile.
* Lester,
the icy gas comes too quickly for him to realize he's not [[FunnyForeigner "eenveenceeble"]] after all.
** Max Zorin in ''Film/AViewToAKill'' lets out a small laughter just before he does an OhCrap face as he falls to his death.
* In ''Film/SinCity'', while Kevin is being cut up and fed, he's still smiling. That's not a tear jerker, though, that's just ''intensely fucking creepy''.
* In ''Film/KillTheIrishman'', when Danny Greene realizes he's about to be blow up by
protagonist of ''Film/AmericanBeauty'', spends the car bomb next to his Cadillac, he sees Ray Ferrito driving by with the detonator in one hand and tipping his hat in farewell with the other. [[FaceDeathWithDignity Accepting death]], Greene pointed his finger like a gun just as the bomb kills him.
* The titular BigBad of ''Film/KillBill'', in the final moments of his life, not only forgives his murderer (who had all the reason in the world to be pissed at him, and he admits it), but assures her that she is ''still'' the love
last minutes of his life with looking at pictures of his family, remembering how happy they used to be. His CharacterDevelopment finally complete, on his way to finding happiness, Lester smiles, murmuring, "Man, oh, man..." as he looks at a gentlemanly smile and by telling her picture of his wife... not even noticing the gun to the back of his head. [[GoryDiscretionShot BANG.]]
* In ''Film/BlackSwan'', [[spoiler: Nina dies from an earlier self-inflicted stab wound, overjoyed that
she is finally gave a wonderful person. [[TearJerker If that is "perfect" performance]]. Whether or not a man, I don't know what is]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Darth Vader could barely move, so horribly did Emperor Palpatine's lightning burn through his heart in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. Yet he implores Luke Skywalker
she dies, however, [[BolivianArmyEnding is meant to take off be up to the mask that was his soul's coffin, so that he could look at his son and smile at him just ''once'' [[DyingAsYourself as Anakin before passing on]]. AlasPoorVillain indeed.
** In [[Literature/RevengeOfTheSith the novelisation]] of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', EnsembleDarkhorse Kit Fisto is said to have died at the hands of Darth Sidious with his trademark grin on his face.
** ''Film/ANewHope'': Obi-Wan Kenobi gives Luke one last knowing smile before [[ObiWanMoment willingly becoming one with the Force]]. Via lightsaber.
** ''Film/TheLastJedi'': [[spoiler:Luke becomes one with the Force, content with his life and legacy after stalling the First Order and making amends with Leia, spending his last moments looking at the twin suns of Ahch-To with a smile on his face and tears in his eyes]].
* The Terminator of ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' is a variation of this trope. Although he could not cry for the boy that he has come to love but must leave, his "thumbs up" to encourage John to courageously go on living is no less touching than the above examples.
-->'''T-800:''' I know now why you cry. But it is something I can never do.
viewer]]]].



* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' has Russell Casse grinning and cackling like a loon as he [[spoiler: flies his fighter in a kamikaze attack to take out the alien superweapon in a heroic sacrifice]].
-->'''Russell Casse''': Hello boys! I'm ''''''BAAAAACK!'''''



* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''
** ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': the Joker laughs hysterically [[spoiler:when Batman throws him off a building. Subverted in that Batman saves him before he hits the ground, which he actually seems to find frustrating]].
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': [[spoiler:Talia. "My... father's... work... is complete."]]

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* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''
** ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': the Joker laughs hysterically [[spoiler:when Batman throws him off a building. Subverted in that Batman saves him before he hits the ground, which he actually seems
In ''Literature/BattleRoyale'', [[spoiler: Shogo's motivation for returning to another Battle Royale is to find frustrating]].
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': [[spoiler:Talia. "My... father's... work...
out why Keiko was smiling when he killed her]].
* In the 1962 movie version of ''Literature/BillyBudd'', you get this for the villain, but it's definitely not the "sniff sniff" version. The SOB dies with ''a smile of victory'', knowing the hero who pwn'd him
is complete."]]doomed. Add that said character is played by Robert Ryan. The guy was really creepy.



* To an extent this applies to Katsumoto from ''Film/TheLastSamurai''. He is smiling just before sustaining his final wound, and dies reflecting upon the beauty of the cherry blossoms he is seeing. "Perfect. They are ''all'' perfect."
* Not technically dying, but close enough: In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', as Frodo's getting on the boat to the Undying Lands, he turns and gives his friends who are staying behind one last smile.
** Théoden manages a smile to Éowyn before he dies.
* ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'':
** Xavier gives Wolverine one last smile before he gets ''disintegrated''. This is made all the more [[TearJerker emotional]] since the last time the two really talked, they were arguing.
** Done one more time in the movie by Jean. Coincidentally, Wolverine happens to be at this scene too. When Jean briefly stops her violent rampaging, she implores him to save her from her Phoenix side by destroying her. [[ShootTheDog He responds with his admantium claws in her gut, and she goes out with a relieved smile.]]
* In Creator/IanMcKellen's 1995 version of ''Film/RichardIII'', the villainous King Richard falls into a gulf of flames with a huge grin, as ''I'm Sitting on Top of the World'' plays.

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* To an extent this applies to Katsumoto from ''Film/TheLastSamurai''. He is smiling just Twice in ''Film/BubbaHoTep''.
** "Kemosabe was dead of a ruptured heart valve
before sustaining his final wound, and dies reflecting upon he hit the beauty of the cherry blossoms he is seeing. "Perfect. They are ''all'' perfect.floor. He went out with guns blazing. Soul intact."
** [[spoiler: '''Elvis:''']] "Thank you. Thank you very much..."
* Not technically dying, but close enough: In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', as Frodo's getting on Played for laughs in ''Film/CannibalTheMusical''. One character is fatally shot while singing a song. Later, another character remarks how {{peaceful|InDeath}} he looks. The camera cuts to a shot of the boat to the Undying Lands, he turns and gives his friends who are staying behind one last smile.
** Théoden manages a smile to Éowyn before he dies.
* ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'':
** Xavier gives Wolverine one last smile before he gets ''disintegrated''. This is made all the more [[TearJerker emotional]] since the last time the two really talked, they were arguing.
** Done one more time in the movie by Jean. Coincidentally, Wolverine happens to be at this scene too. When Jean briefly stops her violent rampaging, she implores him to save her from her Phoenix side by destroying her. [[ShootTheDog He responds with his admantium claws in her gut, and she goes out
corpse with a relieved smile.]]
* In Creator/IanMcKellen's 1995 version of ''Film/RichardIII'', the villainous King Richard falls into a gulf of flames with a huge grin, as ''I'm Sitting on Top of the World'' plays.
giant, goofy grin.



* In the 1962 movie version of ''Literature/BillyBudd'', you get this for the villain, but it's definitely not the "sniff sniff" version. The SOB dies with ''a smile of victory'', knowing the hero who pwn'd him is doomed. Add that said character is played by Robert Ryan. The guy was really creepy.



* In ''Film/TheTallBlondManWithOneBlackShoe'', government intelligence high-up Bernard Milan gets shot along with a bunch of operatives - when he finds out the title character everyone was shooting each other over was [[spoiler: just a decoy set up by his long-time agency rival]], he manages to laugh about it as he's dying.
* ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'': "It was... ''fun.'' Oh my..."

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* In ''Film/TheTallBlondManWithOneBlackShoe'', government intelligence high-up Bernard Milan gets shot along with a bunch of operatives - when he finds out the The title character everyone was shooting each other over was [[spoiler: in ''Film/CoolHandLuke.''
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''
** ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': the Joker laughs hysterically [[spoiler:when Batman throws him off a building. Subverted in that Batman saves him before he hits the ground, which he actually seems to find frustrating]].
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': [[spoiler:Talia. "My... father's... work... is complete."]]
* ''Film/DonnieDarko'' dies at the end while laughing hysterically, presumably out of relief that he has fulfilled his role as the Living Receiver.
* In ''Film/EdWood'', the death of Creator/BelaLugosi is obviously upsetting to both the viewer and to Ed himself. However,
just before the scene in which he is revealed to have passed away, Bela is having a decoy set up by conversation with Ed thanking him for helping Bela turn his long-time agency rival]], he manages life around and give him something to laugh be passionate about it as he's dying.
again. He may have died, but he died at peace.
* ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'': "It was... ''fun.'' Oh my..."In ''Film/FieldOfDreams,'' Dr. "Moonlight" Graham does this twice for Ray's benefit, along with saying a CatchPhrase. There is one twist: [[spoiler:he's already dead]].
* ''Film/TheFinalGirls'': Nancy smiles through her HeroicSacrifice to save Max, even after she realises Billy is beginning to close in on her.



* ''Film/{{Tron}}'': When the dying Ram realizes that Flynn is a User, and there to help - thus validating the belief he was persecuted for by the MCP.
* Played for laughs in ''Film/CannibalTheMusical''. One character is fatally shot while singing a song. Later, another character remarks how {{peaceful|InDeath}} he looks. The camera cuts to a shot of the corpse with a giant, goofy grin.
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', [[spoiler:the QuirkyMinibossSquad of [[WickedWeasel weasels]] are killed by laughter]].

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* ''Film/{{Tron}}'': When the dying Ram realizes that Flynn is a User, and there to help - thus validating the belief he was persecuted for by the MCP.
* Played for laughs in ''Film/CannibalTheMusical''. One character is fatally shot while singing a song. Later, another character remarks how {{peaceful|InDeath}} he looks. The camera cuts to a shot of the corpse with a giant, goofy grin.
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', ''Film/GhostDogTheWayOfTheSamurai'', [[spoiler:the QuirkyMinibossSquad titular character Ghost Dog, having already stoically [[FaceDeathWithDignity Faced Death With Dignity]] is lying in the street after having been shot several times. One of [[WickedWeasel weasels]] are killed by laughter]].his trained pigeons flies down next to him, which causes him to smile in simple pleasure just before he dies]].
* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', Sandra Brody goes out with a tearstained and strained smile.



* In ''Film/HeWhoGetsSlapped'' the title character, a clown who is slapped as part of his routine, smiles while dying in the arms of a women he loves.
* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' has Russell Casse grinning and cackling like a loon as he [[spoiler: flies his fighter in a kamikaze attack to take out the alien superweapon in a heroic sacrifice]].
-->'''Russell Casse''': Hello boys! I'm ''''''BAAAAACK!'''''
* 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.



* In ''Literature/BattleRoyale'', [[spoiler: Shogo's motivation for returning to another Battle Royale is to find out why Keiko was smiling when he killed her]].
* In ''Film/BlackSwan'', [[spoiler: Nina dies from an earlier self-inflicted stab wound, overjoyed that she finally gave a [[TearJerker "perfect" performance]]. Whether or not she dies, however, [[BolivianArmyEnding is meant to be up to the viewer]]]].
* In ''Film/GhostDogTheWayOfTheSamurai'', [[spoiler:the titular character Ghost Dog, having already stoically [[FaceDeathWithDignity Faced Death With Dignity]] is lying in the street after having been shot several times. One of his trained pigeons flies down next to him, which causes him to smile in simple pleasure just before he dies]].
* In ''Film/FieldOfDreams,'' Dr. "Moonlight" Graham does this twice for Ray's benefit, along with saying a CatchPhrase. There is one twist: [[spoiler:he's already dead]].
* The title character in ''Film/CoolHandLuke.''
* Twice in ''Film/BubbaHoTep''.
** "Kemosabe was dead of a ruptured heart valve before he hit the floor. He went out with guns blazing. Soul intact."
** [[spoiler: '''Elvis:''']] "Thank you. Thank you very much..."
* In ''Film/{{Alien}}'', Ash goes out with the infamous line [[EvilGloating ''I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies'']] and signs off with a smug smile.
* [[spoiler: Mr. Dawes Sr]] at the end of ''Film/MaryPoppins''. After exposure to the Man-With-A-Wooden-Leg-Named-Smith joke, he spends a few minutes mulling the punchline over before starting to laugh riotlessly. While his son was initially shocked, he would later admit it was a GreatWayToGo. "Never seen him happier in his life."
* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', [[spoiler: Jonathan Kent smiles reassuringly at Clark just before the tornado takes him]].
* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', Sandra Brody goes out with a tearstained and strained smile.

to:

* In ''Literature/BattleRoyale'', [[spoiler: Shogo's motivation ''Film/JamesBond'':
** ''Film/GoldenEye'': When Bond finds the Canadian admiral, he's in rigor mortis with a gigantic grin thanks to Creator/FamkeJanssen's MurderousThighs.
--->'''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".
** Boris gets literally frozen with a smile on his face, since the icy gas comes too quickly
for returning him to another Battle Royale is to find realize he's not [[FunnyForeigner "eenveenceeble"]] after all.
** Max Zorin in ''Film/AViewToAKill'' lets
out why Keiko was smiling when a small laughter just before he killed her]].
* In ''Film/BlackSwan'', [[spoiler: Nina dies from
does an earlier self-inflicted stab wound, overjoyed OhCrap face as he falls to his death.
* The titular BigBad of ''Film/KillBill'', in the final moments of his life, not only forgives his murderer (who had all the reason in the world to be pissed at him, and he admits it), but assures her
that she finally gave is ''still'' the love of his life with a [[TearJerker "perfect" performance]]. Whether or not gentlemanly smile and by telling her she dies, however, [[BolivianArmyEnding is meant a wonderful person.
* In ''Film/KillTheIrishman'', when Danny Greene realizes he's about
to be blow up to by the viewer]]]].
* In ''Film/GhostDogTheWayOfTheSamurai'', [[spoiler:the titular character Ghost Dog, having already stoically
car bomb next to his Cadillac, he sees Ray Ferrito driving by with the detonator in one hand and tipping his hat in farewell with the other. [[FaceDeathWithDignity Faced Death With Dignity]] is lying in the street after having been shot several times. One of Accepting death]], Greene pointed his trained pigeons flies down next to him, which causes him to smile in simple pleasure finger like a gun just before he dies]].
* In ''Film/FieldOfDreams,'' Dr. "Moonlight" Graham does this twice for Ray's benefit, along with saying a CatchPhrase. There is one twist: [[spoiler:he's already dead]].
* The title character in ''Film/CoolHandLuke.''
* Twice in ''Film/BubbaHoTep''.
** "Kemosabe was dead of a ruptured heart valve before he hit
as the floor. He went out with guns blazing. Soul intact."
** [[spoiler: '''Elvis:''']] "Thank you. Thank you very much..."
* In ''Film/{{Alien}}'', Ash goes out with the infamous line [[EvilGloating ''I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies'']] and signs off with a smug smile.
* [[spoiler: Mr. Dawes Sr]] at the end of ''Film/MaryPoppins''. After exposure to the Man-With-A-Wooden-Leg-Named-Smith joke, he spends a few minutes mulling the punchline over before starting to laugh riotlessly. While his son was initially shocked, he would later admit it was a GreatWayToGo. "Never seen him happier in his life."
* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', [[spoiler: Jonathan Kent smiles reassuringly at Clark just before the tornado takes him]].
* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', Sandra Brody goes out with a tearstained and strained smile.
bomb kills him.



* To an extent this applies to Katsumoto from ''Film/TheLastSamurai''. He is smiling just before sustaining his final wound, and dies reflecting upon the beauty of the cherry blossoms he is seeing. "Perfect. They are ''all'' perfect."
* Not technically dying, but close enough: In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', as Frodo's getting on the boat to the Undying Lands, he turns and gives his friends who are staying behind one last smile.
** Théoden manages a smile to Éowyn before he dies.



* Lester, the protagonist of ''Film/AmericanBeauty'', spends the last minutes of his life looking at pictures of his family, remembering how happy they used to be. His CharacterDevelopment finally complete, on his way to finding happiness, Lester smiles, murmuring, "Man, oh, man..." as he looks at a picture of his wife... not even noticing the gun to the back of his head. [[GoryDiscretionShot BANG.]]

to:

* Lester, In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', [[spoiler: Jonathan Kent smiles reassuringly at Clark just before the protagonist tornado takes him]].
* [[spoiler: Mr. Dawes Sr]] at the end
of ''Film/AmericanBeauty'', ''Film/MaryPoppins''. After exposure to the Man-With-A-Wooden-Leg-Named-Smith joke, he spends the last a few minutes of mulling the punchline over before starting to laugh riotlessly. While his life looking at pictures of son was initially shocked, he would later admit it was a GreatWayToGo. "Never seen him happier in his family, remembering how happy they used to be. His CharacterDevelopment finally complete, on his way to finding happiness, Lester smiles, murmuring, "Man, oh, man..." as he looks at a picture of his wife... not even noticing the gun to the back of his head. [[GoryDiscretionShot BANG.]]life."



* 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.
* ''Film/TheFinalGirls'': Nancy smiles through her HeroicSacrifice to save Max, even after she realises Billy is beginning to close in on her.
* ''Film/DonnieDarko'' dies at the end while laughing hysterically, presumably out of relief that he has fulfilled his role as the Living Receiver.

to:

* In ''Film/IRememberMama'', Uncle Chris dies peacefully in his bed after Creator/IanMcKellen's 1995 version of ''Film/RichardIII'', the villainous King Richard falls into a final drink. Lampshaded by Mama when she urges Katrin to go gulf of flames with a huge grin, as ''I'm Sitting on Top of the World'' plays.
* In ''Film/SinCity'', while Kevin is being cut up
and see the dead uncle for his happy look.
fed, he's still smiling. That's not a tear jerker, though, that's just ''intensely fucking creepy''.
* ''Film/TheFinalGirls'': Nancy smiles ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'': "It was... ''fun.'' Oh my..."
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Darth Vader could barely move, so horribly did Emperor Palpatine's lightning burn
through her HeroicSacrifice his heart in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. Yet he implores Luke Skywalker to save Max, even after she realises Billy take off the mask that was his soul's coffin, so that he could look at his son and smile at him just ''once'' [[DyingAsYourself as Anakin before passing on]]. AlasPoorVillain indeed.
** In [[Literature/RevengeOfTheSith the novelisation]] of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', EnsembleDarkhorse Kit Fisto
is beginning said to close in on her.
* ''Film/DonnieDarko'' dies
have died at the end while laughing hysterically, presumably out hands of relief Darth Sidious with his trademark grin on his face.
** ''Film/ANewHope'': Obi-Wan Kenobi gives Luke one last knowing smile before [[ObiWanMoment willingly becoming one with the Force]]. Via lightsaber.
** ''Film/TheLastJedi'': [[spoiler:Luke becomes one with the Force, content with his life and legacy after stalling the First Order and making amends with Leia, spending his last moments looking at the twin suns of Ahch-To with a smile on his face and tears in his eyes]].
* The Terminator of ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' is a variation of this trope. Although he could not cry for the boy
that he has fulfilled come to love but must leave, his role as "thumbs up" to encourage John to courageously go on living is no less touching.
-->'''T-800:''' I know now why you cry. But it is something I can never do.
* In ''Film/TheTallBlondManWithOneBlackShoe'', government intelligence high-up Bernard Milan gets shot along with a bunch of operatives - when he finds out
the Living Receiver.title character everyone was shooting each other over was [[spoiler: just a decoy set up by his long-time agency rival]], he manages to laugh about it as he's dying.
* ''Film/{{Tron}}'': When the dying Ram realizes that Flynn is a User, and there to help - thus validating the belief he was persecuted for by the MCP.



* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', [[spoiler:the QuirkyMinibossSquad of [[WickedWeasel weasels]] are killed by laughter]].
* ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'':
** Xavier gives Wolverine one last smile before he gets ''disintegrated''. This is made all the more [[TearJerker emotional]] since the last time the two really talked, they were arguing.
** Done one more time in the movie by Jean. Coincidentally, Wolverine happens to be at this scene too. When Jean briefly stops her violent rampaging, she implores him to save her from her Phoenix side by destroying her. [[ShootTheDog He responds with his admantium claws in her gut, and she goes out with a relieved smile.]]



* In ''Literature/TheOutsiders'', [[spoiler:Dally does this after [[TearJerker Johnny dies]]. He robs a store and pulls out an unloaded gun on the cops so that they would shoot him. Ponyboy says he had a look of grim satisfaction as he fell]].
* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Enjolras gives one of these to Grantaire before they are killed.
* In ''Literature/LoveStory'', Jenny retains her trademark sarcastic wit even when she's dying of her illness.
* In Wilfred Owen's poem, "S.I.W." (stands for "self-inflicted wound") a soldier kills himself to escape an [[WarIsHell incomprehensible hell]]. His comrades bury the gun with him, and all they tell his mother is that he died smiling - which is true.

to:

* [[spoiler:Rachel]] in the final ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' book.
* [[spoiler: Julius Root]] in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'''': The Opal Deception''
* In ''Literature/TheOutsiders'', [[spoiler:Dally does this after [[TearJerker Johnny dies]]. He robs a store and pulls out an unloaded gun on the cops so that they would shoot him. Ponyboy says he had a look of grim satisfaction as he fell]].
* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Enjolras gives one of these to Grantaire before they are killed.
* In ''Literature/LoveStory'', Jenny retains her trademark sarcastic wit even
short story "Call me Joe", when she's a man is dying (after dumping most of her illness.
his mind into an artificial body, similar to the ending of the ''Film/{{Avatar}}''), the doctor remarks that he saw many people who didn't want to live, but this is the first one to smile until the last moment.
* In Wilfred Owen's poem, "S.I.W." (stands for "self-inflicted wound") Found in ''Literature/CatsCradle''. [[spoiler:In the final sentence of his book, Bokonon proposes taking a soldier kills handful of ice-nine and freezing himself to escape an [[WarIsHell incomprehensible hell]]. His comrades bury the gun with him, a grin on his face, simultaneously thumbing his nose at "You Know Who."]]
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/{{Ultramarines}} novel ''Dead Sky Black Sun'', Larana Utorian, dying
and all they tell deranged by her suffering at the hands of the Chaos forces, nevertheless manages to collect her wits and smile at the dying [[spoiler:Leonid]], thus giving him the courage to [[spoiler:set off a grenade, [[HeroicSacrifice killing them]] and the Chaos forces that could have pursued those of their party who could escape]].
* In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', the mad golem king smiles the instant before it is fatally punched by Dorfl.
* In ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', every vampire that gets killed leaves a smiling corpse, with the implication that their vampiric nature was a curse they're glad to be free of. (Even Dracula himself, in the moment between
his mother is death and his body crumbling to dust.) Van Helsing stated that this was the main reason he was able to keep executing the helpless brides -- because he was saving their souls by doing so. [[spoiler: Quincy Morris died this way as well after taking down Dracula and saving Mina's soul from his taint.]]
-->[[spoiler: "And, to our bitter grief, with a smile and in silence, he died, a gallant gentleman."]]
** In Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''Literature/TheDraculaTape'', the Count hangs a somewhat cynical lampshade on this by observing that nothing seems to make a vampire look more 'at peace' to breathing humans than the knowledge
that he died smiling - which or she is true.finally safely dead.
* In the ''Literature/DreambloodDuology'', Gatherers generally facilitate it for their clients to go peacefully by [[DreamWeaver weaving pleasant dreams]] for those who are about to depart to [[DreamLand Ina-Karekh]] for good. It's the only way to gain the dying person's agreement to gather their dreamblood.



* A variant: At the end of ''[[Literature/HisDarkMaterials The Amber Spyglass]],'' as Will is about to seal off the window between his and Lyra's world, sundering them forever (and as Will thinks [[TearJerker "Being cheerful starts]] ''[[TearJerker now]]''"), they take one last look at each other, and Lyra smiles through her tears. They share their LastKiss at this moment, and then, Will closes the window.



* ''Literature/PeterPan'' sort of fits into this trope: at one point, Peter has saved Tiger Lily but thinks he is going to drown. At first he is scared, but then he stands up, grins, and says "To die would be a very big adventure." However, the only person around to hear him is the reader. He lives through this.
* [[RedemptionEqualsDeath Sydney Carton]] from Creator/CharlesDickens's ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'': "I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord?"
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/{{Ultramarines}} novel ''Dead Sky Black Sun'', Larana Utorian, dying and deranged by her suffering at the hands of the Chaos forces, nevertheless manages to collect her wits and smile at the dying [[spoiler:Leonid]], thus giving him the courage to [[spoiler:set off a grenade, [[HeroicSacrifice killing them]] and the Chaos forces that could have pursued those of their party who could escape]].
* In ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', every vampire that gets killed leaves a smiling corpse, with the implication that their vampiric nature was a curse they're glad to be free of. (Even Dracula himself, in the moment between his death and his body crumbling to dust.) Van Helsing stated that this was the main reason he was able to keep executing the helpless brides -- because he was saving their souls by doing so. [[spoiler: Quincy Morris died this way as well after taking down Dracula and saving Mina's soul from his taint.]]
-->[[spoiler: "And, to our bitter grief, with a smile and in silence, he died, a gallant gentleman."]]
** In Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''Literature/TheDraculaTape'', the Count hangs a somewhat cynical lampshade on this by observing that nothing seems to make a vampire look more 'at peace' to breathing humans than the knowledge that he or she is finally safely dead.



* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Thrawn]], after he is finally defeated and then [[BodyguardBetrayal stabbed by his bodyguard]], smiles and tells Pellaeon "[[FamousLastWords But... it was so artistically done,]]" before [[EyeLightsOut his eyes go out]].
** [[spoiler: Jedi Knight Jai Maruk]] in ''Yoda: Literature/DarkRendezvous''. Frustrated by how his skill and the light side of the Force are not enough to overcome Asajj Ventress, he nearly gives in to the dark side, but resists, and finds it within himself to redouble his efforts, holding his foe off for that much longer. It's enough to put a smile on his grim face when he finally falls.
* [[spoiler: Jim Gardener]] in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheTommyknockers'' dies smiling, because, as he lays dying, he has a happy dream.

to:

* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Thrawn]], after he
A variant: At the end of ''[[Literature/HisDarkMaterials The Amber Spyglass]],'' as Will is finally defeated about to seal off the window between his and then [[BodyguardBetrayal stabbed by his bodyguard]], Lyra's world, sundering them forever (and as Will thinks [[TearJerker "Being cheerful starts]] ''[[TearJerker now]]''"), they take one last look at each other, and Lyra smiles through her tears. They share their LastKiss at this moment, and tells Pellaeon "[[FamousLastWords But... it was so artistically done,]]" before [[EyeLightsOut his eyes go out]].
** [[spoiler: Jedi Knight Jai Maruk]] in ''Yoda: Literature/DarkRendezvous''. Frustrated by how his skill and
then, Will closes the light side of the Force are not enough to overcome Asajj Ventress, he nearly gives in to the dark side, but resists, and finds it within himself to redouble his efforts, holding his foe off for that much longer. It's enough to put a smile on his grim face when he finally falls.
* [[spoiler: Jim Gardener]] in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheTommyknockers'' dies smiling, because, as he lays dying, he has a happy dream.
window.



* Rue from ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. [[spoiler:Katniss sings to her as she dies, and she smiles at Katniss.]]
* In ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', Malcolm, after chapter upon chapter of getting angry at Hammond's ignorance and scientists in general, dies with a smile. [[spoiler:He gets better, though.]]
* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Enjolras gives one of these to Grantaire before they are killed.
* ''Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl'' has the titular character freezing to death in the cold streets with a smile on her face, as she was able to join her grandmother in heaven.
* From ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''
-->Boromir smiled... But Boromir did not speak again.
* In ''Literature/LoveStory'', Jenny retains her trademark sarcastic wit even when she's dying of her illness.
* In ''Literature/TheNeverwinterSaga'', [[spoiler: Bruenor]] dies peacefully and happily in the final battle of ''Gauntlgrym'' after a long, fullfilled life, having rediscovered ''two'' mythic ancestral homelands and saving the continent from [[spoiler: further destruction by a fire primordial]].
* In ''Literature/TheOutsiders'', [[spoiler:Dally does this after [[TearJerker Johnny dies]]. He robs a store and pulls out an unloaded gun on the cops so that they would shoot him. Ponyboy says he had a look of grim satisfaction as he fell]].
* In Wilfred Owen's poem, "S.I.W." (stands for "self-inflicted wound") a soldier kills himself to escape an [[WarIsHell incomprehensible hell]]. His comrades bury the gun with him, and all they tell his mother is that he died smiling - which is true.



* [[spoiler:Rachel]] in the final ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' book.
* [[spoiler: Julius Root]] in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'''': The Opal Deception''
* In ''Literature/TheyShootHorsesDontThey'', Gloria often tells her only friend, Robert that she wishes she were dead, and finally [[ICannotSelfTerminate asks him to shoot her, because she doesn't have the courage to kill herself]]. He obliges, and [[InMediasRes at the beginning of the book]], recalls her expression as she died: "She was relaxed and comfortable and she was smiling. It was the first time I had ever seen her smile." (She is similarly serene in death in the [[Film/TheyShootHorsesDontThey 1969 film adaptation.]])
* In the short story "Call me Joe", when a man is dying (after dumping most of his mind into an artificial body, similar to the ending of the ''Film/{{Avatar}}''), the doctor remarks that he saw many people who didn't want to live, but this is the first one to smile until the last moment.

to:

* [[spoiler:Rachel]] in the final ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' book.
* [[spoiler: Julius Root]] in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'''': The Opal Deception''
* In ''Literature/TheyShootHorsesDontThey'', Gloria often tells her only friend, Robert that she wishes she were dead, and finally [[ICannotSelfTerminate asks him
''Literature/PeterPan'' sort of fits into this trope: at one point, Peter has saved Tiger Lily but thinks he is going to shoot her, because she doesn't have the courage to kill herself]]. He obliges, and [[InMediasRes at the beginning of the book]], recalls her expression as she died: "She was relaxed and comfortable and she was smiling. It was the drown. At first time I had ever seen her smile.he is scared, but then he stands up, grins, and says "To die would be a very big adventure." (She is similarly serene in death in However, the [[Film/TheyShootHorsesDontThey 1969 film adaptation.]])
* In the short story "Call me Joe", when a man is dying (after dumping most of his mind into an artificial body, similar
only person around to the ending of the ''Film/{{Avatar}}''), the doctor remarks that he saw many people who didn't want to live, but this hear him is the first one to smile until reader. He lives through this.
* Felldoh
the last moment.squirrel from the ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'' book ''Martin The Warrior'' dies this way.



* "Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl"

to:

* "Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl"In ''Literature/SmallerAndSmallerCircles'', [[spoiler:Alex Carlos manages this as the police mow him down, perhaps the only time in his sad life he could afford one.]]
-->'''Jerome''': He smiled, Gus. Smiled before he died.



* In ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', Malcolm, after chapter upon chapter of getting angry at Hammond's ignorance and scientists in general, dies with a smile. [[spoiler:He gets better, though.]]
* In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', the mad golem king smiles the instant before it is fatally punched by Dorfl.
* From ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''
-->Boromir smiled... But Boromir did not speak again.
* Felldoh the squirrel from the ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'' book ''Martin The Warrior'' dies this way.
* Rue from ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. [[spoiler:Katniss sings to her as she dies, and she smiles at Katniss.]]
* In ''Literature/TheNeverwinterSaga'' [[spoiler: Bruenor]] dies peacefully and happily in the final battle of ''Gauntlgrym'' after a long, fullfilled life, having rediscovered ''two'' mythic ancestral homelands and saving the continent from [[spoiler: further destruction by a fire primordial]].
* In the ''Literature/DreambloodDuology'', Gatherers generally facilitate it for their clients to go peacefully by [[DreamWeaver weaving pleasant dreams]] for those who are about to depart to [[DreamLand Ina-Karekh]] for good. It's the only way to gain the dying person's agreement to gather their dreamblood.
* Found in ''Literature/CatsCradle''. [[spoiler:In the final sentence of his book, Bokonon proposes taking a handful of ice-nine and freezing himself with a grin on his face, simultaneously thumbing his nose at "You Know Who."]]
* In ''Literature/SmallerAndSmallerCircles'', [[spoiler:Alex Carlos manages this as the police mow him down, perhaps the only time in his sad life he could afford one.]]
-->'''Jerome''': He smiled, Gus. Smiled before he died.

to:

* In ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', Malcolm, ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Thrawn]],
after chapter upon chapter of getting angry at Hammond's ignorance he is finally defeated and scientists in general, dies with a smile. [[spoiler:He gets better, though.]]
* In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', the mad golem king
then [[BodyguardBetrayal stabbed by his bodyguard]], smiles the instant and tells Pellaeon "[[FamousLastWords But... it was so artistically done,]]" before it is fatally punched by Dorfl.
* From ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''
-->Boromir smiled... But Boromir did not speak again.
* Felldoh the squirrel from the ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'' book ''Martin The Warrior'' dies this way.
* Rue from ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. [[spoiler:Katniss sings to her as she dies, and she smiles at Katniss.]]
* In ''Literature/TheNeverwinterSaga''
[[EyeLightsOut his eyes go out]].
**
[[spoiler: Bruenor]] dies peacefully Jedi Knight Jai Maruk]] in ''Yoda: Literature/DarkRendezvous''. Frustrated by how his skill and happily the light side of the Force are not enough to overcome Asajj Ventress, he nearly gives in to the dark side, but resists, and finds it within himself to redouble his efforts, holding his foe off for that much longer. It's enough to put a smile on his grim face when he finally falls.
* [[RedemptionEqualsDeath Sydney Carton]] from Creator/CharlesDickens's ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'': "I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord?"
* In ''Literature/TheyShootHorsesDontThey'', Gloria often tells her only friend, Robert that she wishes she were dead, and finally [[ICannotSelfTerminate asks him to shoot her, because she doesn't have the courage to kill herself]]. He obliges, and [[InMediasRes at the beginning of the book]], recalls her expression as she died: "She was relaxed and comfortable and she was smiling. It was the first time I had ever seen her smile." (She is similarly serene in death
in the final battle of ''Gauntlgrym'' after a long, fullfilled life, having rediscovered ''two'' mythic ancestral homelands and saving the continent from [[Film/TheyShootHorsesDontThey 1969 film adaptation.]])
*
[[spoiler: further destruction by a fire primordial]].
* In the ''Literature/DreambloodDuology'', Gatherers generally facilitate it for their clients to go peacefully by [[DreamWeaver weaving pleasant dreams]] for those who are about to depart to [[DreamLand Ina-Karekh]] for good. It's the only way to gain the dying person's agreement to gather their dreamblood.
* Found
Jim Gardener]] in ''Literature/CatsCradle''. [[spoiler:In the final sentence of his book, Bokonon proposes taking a handful of ice-nine and freezing himself with a grin on his face, simultaneously thumbing his nose at "You Know Who."]]
* In ''Literature/SmallerAndSmallerCircles'', [[spoiler:Alex Carlos manages this
Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheTommyknockers'' dies smiling, because, as the police mow him down, perhaps the only time in his sad life he could afford one.]]
-->'''Jerome''': He smiled, Gus. Smiled before
lays dying, he died.has a happy dream.



* In ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' [[spoiler:s05e03 Opie, just before receiving a fatal blow to the head from a lead pipe, delivered by a member of a rival gang]]. Also, [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]].
* Subverted in the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "No Rest For The Wicked". Dean might have smiled at his crying brother but it's one of those smiles that you do when you're trying to be brave, trying not to throw up from fear and trying not to cry yourself. And then he sees the Hellhound come to kill him, freaks and runs into another room with Sam and Ruby, and is torn apart in there a few minutes later while Sam watches helplessly.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Right before Jonathan Kent succumbs to his heart attack, he attempts to smile one last time to his family and tell them "I love you." [[TearJerker Oh geeze]]...
** After a brutal fight with Clark, [[Characters/SmallvillePhantomZone Titan]] realizes he has been fatally impaled by his own arm-spike. He smiles while stating "[[WorthyOpponent Good fight]]" and drops dead.

to:

* In ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' [[spoiler:s05e03 Opie, just On the end of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Wesley dies that way while Illyria's "lying to him" and taking Fred's appearance.
* [[spoiler:Walter White]] of ''Series/BreakingBad'' [[spoiler:dies of a gunshot wound from his M60 after using it, and some ricin, to wipe out all of his enemies, getting Skyler a deal for the DEA, leaving money behind for his children and, unexpectedly even to him, eventually saving Jesse, all in one final, brilliant gambit. The final scene has him walking through the meth lab, nostalgically and lovingly
before receiving a fatal blow to the head from a lead pipe, delivered by a member of a rival gang]]. Also, [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]].
* Subverted
dying while Badfinger's [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Baby Blue]] plays in the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "No Rest For The Wicked". Dean might have smiled at background, signifying he's dying alongside his crying brother but it's one of those smiles that you do when you're trying to be brave, trying not to throw greatest love, his blue meth]].
* Spike goes out like this in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' as he burns
up from fear and trying not to cry yourself. And then he sees a magical sunlight-creating amulet. His mother too, in the Hellhound come to kill him, freaks and runs into another room with Sam and Ruby, and is torn apart flashback[[spoiler: after Spike stakes her]].
* Used quite a lot
in there a few minutes later while Sam watches helplessly.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Right before Jonathan Kent succumbs to his heart attack, he attempts to smile one last time to his family and tell them "I love you." [[TearJerker Oh geeze]]...
** After a brutal fight with Clark, [[Characters/SmallvillePhantomZone Titan]] realizes he has been fatally impaled by his own arm-spike. He
''Series/ChinesePaladin'', Yue'Ru smiles while stating "[[WorthyOpponent Good fight]]" and drops dead.briefly at her friends as she throws them to safety prior to her HeroicSacrifice. Elder Shi smiles as he tells his son [[SoProudOfYou how much he loves him]]. Jinyuan manages a pained smile as he gives the heroes critical information on the last move of his XanatosSpeedChess.



* Spike goes out like this in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' as he burns up from a magical sunlight creating amulet. His mother too in the flashback[[spoiler: after Spike stakes her]].
* On the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' end, Wesley dies that way while Illyria's "lying to him" and taking Fred's appearance.
* In the second season finale of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', [[spoiler:Tosh has been gut-shot by Jack's brother. As she's lying on the floor, bleeding out, Jack and Gwen find her. You think for a second that they made it just in time to save her, but when Tosh looks at Jack with a smile on her face, Jack gives her a pained smile back and she dies looking at him]].
* [[Series/OneThousandWaysToDie Both Ichiboned and Premature Endings are this, both for being this trope]] [[BookEnds and for being both numbers 1 and 1000.]]

to:

* Spike goes out like this [[spoiler: Nathan Stark]] in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' smiles as he burns up from a magical sunlight creating amulet. His mother too in sacrifices his life to save the flashback[[spoiler: after Spike stakes her]].
* On the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' end, Wesley dies
universe. He's frozen in that way while Illyria's "lying to him" and taking Fred's appearance.
* In the second season finale of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', [[spoiler:Tosh has been gut-shot by Jack's brother. As she's lying on the floor, bleeding out, Jack and Gwen find her. You think
position for a second before disintegrating.
* Beautifully done in ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. After absorbing a lethal amount of radiation, the clone of John Crichton smiles at Aeryn Sun and delivers one of the most heartbreaking lines in the series. "Don't worry about me, I've never felt better."
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Aemon Targaryen dies peacefully of old age, while hallucinating
that they made it just he's a young boy playing with his little brother.
-->'''Aemon''': [[FamousLastWords Egg, I dreamed I was old]].
** Ygritte dies
in time to save her, Jon's arms with a faint smile and one last utterance of her catchphrase. It's still visible on her face even as Jon lights her funeral pyre.
* Archie Kennedy in the sixth installment of the ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' mini-series, after saving Horatio's life and career. Albeit something of a tearful-looking smile (and largely there for Horatio's sake),
but when Tosh looks at Jack still one that could light up a room.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'' has [[spoiler:Johnny Crowder]]. About to be executed by his cousin, he lives long enough to watch the latter's goons screw up a drug transaction and dies laughing about it.
* In ''The Death of Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' David has a smile on his face while dying as himself after a fall out of a helicopter, because the pain of his dual existence is finally over.
* [[spoiler: Philip]] in ''Series/KamenRiderDouble''. Large portions of the episode are devoted to the characters wanting to make sure he does so, rather than go out in pain.
* In ''{{Series/Lexx}}'', [[spoiler:the original Zev and the resurrected Kai]] die
with a smile on her face, Jack gives her a pained smile back and she dies looking at him]].
* [[Series/OneThousandWaysToDie Both Ichiboned and Premature Endings are this, both for being this trope]] [[BookEnds and for being both numbers 1 and 1000.]]
a laugh, respectively.



* The first episode of ''Series/{{Rome}}'' depicts Caesar's daughter Julia dying in childbirth with a disheveled and heartbroken Pompey at her side. She [[ValuesDissonance asks his forgiveness for having a stillborn baby]], tells him to kiss her, and then dies giggling at his messy hair.
* In ''{{Series/Lexx}}'', [[spoiler:the original Zev and the resurrected Kai]] die with a smile and a laugh, respectively.
* In ''Series/RobinHood'', Marian dies with a smile on her face as she finally marries Robin (despite the sword impaling her stomach).



** [[spoiler: Arthur does this in the GrandFinale as Camelot has won the battle of Camlann and the threat of Morgana is eliminated, courtesy of Merlin]]
* Beautifully done in ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. After absorbing a lethal amount of radiation the clone of John Crichton smiles at Aeryn Sun and delivers one of the most heartbreaking lines in the series. "Don't worry about me, I've never felt better."
* Archie Kennedy in the sixth installment of the ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' mini-series, after saving Horatio's life and career. Albeit something of a tearful-looking smile (and largely there for Horatio's sake), but still one that could light up a room.

to:

** [[spoiler: Arthur does this in the GrandFinale as Camelot has won the battle of Camlann and the threat of Morgana is eliminated, courtesy of Merlin]]
Merlin]].
* Beautifully done in ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. After absorbing a lethal amount of radiation the clone of John Crichton smiles at Aeryn Sun [[Series/OneThousandWaysToDie Both Ichiboned and delivers one of the most heartbreaking lines Premature Endings are this, both for being this trope]] [[BookEnds and for being both numbers 1 and 1000.]]
* ''Series/{{Poirot}}'': [[spoiler:The killer, Stephen Norton,]] wakes up and gives off a SlasherSmile before dying [[spoiler:in a {{Pretty Little Headshot|s}} from Literature/HerculePoirot]]
in the series. "Don't worry about me, I've never felt better."
* Archie Kennedy in the sixth installment of the ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' mini-series, after saving Horatio's life and career. Albeit something of a tearful-looking smile (and largely there for Horatio's sake), but still one that could light up a room.
final episode called "Literature/{{Curtain}}".



* [[spoiler: Philip]] in ''Series/KamenRiderDouble''. Large portions of the episode are devoted to the characters wanting to make sure he does so, rather than go out in pain.
* [[spoiler: H.G. Wells]] in ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' does this for [[spoiler: Myka after safely sealing her and Pete and Artie in a force field to protect them from an impending explosion but leaves her unprotected to be hit full force by the blast]].
* [[spoiler: Nathan Stark]] in ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' smiles as he sacrifices his life to save the universe. He's frozen in that position for a second before disintegrating.
* [[spoiler: Paul Kellerman]] in ''Series/PrisonBreak'' tells the cops in the van that the French considered it honourable to smile before being executed by firing squad. He then smiles as a group of armed masked men open the door and says "took you long enough".
* Used quite a lot in ''Series/ChinesePaladin'', Yue'Ru smiles briefly at her friends as she throws them to safety prior to her HeroicSacrifice. Elder Shi smiles as he tells his son [[SoProudOfYou how much he loves him]]. Jinyuan manages a pained smile as he gives the heroes critical information on the last move of his XanatosSpeedChess.
* [[spoiler:Henrietta "Etta" Bishop]] in Season Five of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' when Olivia tells her that she loves her.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "The Unnatural", Josh Exley is a gray alien shapeshifter who has disguised himself as an African-American minor league baseball player in the 1940s. When his secret is discovered, he explains that his race doesn't understand fun and don't have a word for laughter, and he needed to pretend to be human for that. [[spoiler: When he is ultimately killed by the relentless alien bounty hunter, [[BecomeARealBoy he inexplicably bleeds red human blood]]. He stares at it in surprise for a moment, then smiles, laughs, and dies.]]

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* [[spoiler: Philip]] in ''Series/KamenRiderDouble''. Large portions of the episode are devoted to the characters wanting to make sure he does so, rather than go out in pain.
* [[spoiler: H.G. Wells]] in ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' does this for [[spoiler: Myka after safely sealing her and Pete and Artie in a force field to protect them from an impending explosion but leaves her unprotected to be hit full force by the blast]].
* [[spoiler: Nathan Stark]] in ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' smiles as he sacrifices his life to save the universe. He's frozen in that position for a second before disintegrating.
* [[spoiler: Paul Kellerman]] in ''Series/PrisonBreak'' tells the cops in the van that the French considered it honourable honorable to smile before being executed by firing squad. He then smiles as a group of armed masked men open the door and says "took you long enough".
* Used quite In ''Series/RobinHood'', Marian dies with a lot in ''Series/ChinesePaladin'', Yue'Ru smiles briefly at smile on her friends face as she throws them to safety prior to finally marries Robin (despite the sword impaling her HeroicSacrifice. Elder Shi smiles as he tells his son [[SoProudOfYou how much he loves him]]. Jinyuan manages a pained smile as he gives the heroes critical information on the last move of his XanatosSpeedChess.
stomach).
* [[spoiler:Henrietta "Etta" Bishop]] in Season Five of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' when Olivia tells her that she loves her.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles''
The first episode "The Unnatural", Josh Exley is a gray alien shapeshifter who has disguised himself as an African-American minor league baseball player of ''Series/{{Rome}}'' depicts Caesar's daughter Julia dying in the 1940s. When childbirth with a disheveled and heartbroken Pompey at her side. She [[ValuesDissonance asks his secret is discovered, he explains that his race doesn't understand fun forgiveness for having a stillborn baby]], tells him to kiss her, and don't have a word for laughter, and he needed to pretend to be human for that. [[spoiler: When he is ultimately killed by the relentless alien bounty hunter, [[BecomeARealBoy he inexplicably bleeds red human blood]]. He stares at it in surprise for a moment, then smiles, laughs, and dies.]]dies giggling at his messy hair.



* [[spoiler:Walter White]] of ''Series/BreakingBad'' [[spoiler:dies of a gunshot wound from his M60 after using it, and some ricin, to wipe out all of his enemies, getting Skyler a deal for the DEA, leaving money behind for his children and, unexpectedly even to him, eventually saving Jesse, all in one final, brilliant gambit. The final scene has him walking through the meth lab, nostalgically and lovingly before dying while Badfinger's [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Baby Blue]] plays in the background, signifying he's dying alongside his greatest love, his blue meth]].
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'' has [[spoiler:Johnny Crowder]]. About to be executed by his cousin, he lives long enough to watch the latter's goons screw up a drug transaction and dies laughing about it.
* ''Series/{{Poirot}}'': [[spoiler:The killer, Stephen Norton,]] wakes up and gives off a SlasherSmile before dying [[spoiler:in a {{Pretty Little Headshot|s}} from Literature/HerculePoirot]] in the final episode called "Literature/{{Curtain}}".
* In ''The Death of Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' David has a smile on his face while dying as himself after a fall out of a helicopter, because the pain of his dual existence is finally over.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Aemon Targaryen dies peacefully of old age, while hallucinating that he's a young boy playing with his little brother.
-->'''Aemon''': [[FamousLastWords Egg, I dreamed I was old]].
** Ygritte dies in Jon's arms with a faint smile and one last utterance of her catch phrase. It's still visible on her face even as Jon lights her funeral pyre.

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* [[spoiler:Walter White]] of ''Series/BreakingBad'' [[spoiler:dies of a gunshot wound from his M60 after using it, and some ricin, to wipe out all of his enemies, getting Skyler a deal for the DEA, leaving money behind for his children and, unexpectedly even to him, eventually saving Jesse, all in one final, brilliant gambit. The final scene has him walking through the meth lab, nostalgically and lovingly ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Right
before dying Jonathan Kent succumbs to his heart attack, he attempts to smile one last time to his family and tell them "I love you." [[TearJerker Oh geez]]...
** After a brutal fight with Clark, [[Characters/SmallvillePhantomZone Titan]] realizes he has been fatally impaled by his own arm-spike. He smiles
while Badfinger's [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Baby Blue]] plays stating "[[WorthyOpponent Good fight]]" and drops dead.
* In ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' [[spoiler:s05e03 Opie, just before receiving a fatal blow to the head from a lead pipe, delivered by a member of a rival gang]]. Also, [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]].
* Subverted
in the background, signifying he's dying alongside his greatest love, his blue meth]].
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'' has [[spoiler:Johnny Crowder]]. About to be executed by his cousin, he lives long enough to watch the latter's goons screw up a drug transaction and dies laughing about it.
* ''Series/{{Poirot}}'': [[spoiler:The killer, Stephen Norton,]] wakes up and gives off a SlasherSmile before dying [[spoiler:in a {{Pretty Little Headshot|s}} from Literature/HerculePoirot]] in the final
''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode called "Literature/{{Curtain}}".
"No Rest For The Wicked". Dean might have smiled at his crying brother but it's one of those smiles that you do when you're trying to be brave, trying not to throw up from fear and trying not to cry yourself. And then he sees the Hellhound come to kill him, freaks and runs into another room with Sam and Ruby, and is torn apart in there a few minutes later while Sam watches helplessly.
* In ''The Death the second season finale of Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' David ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', [[spoiler:Tosh has been gut-shot by Jack's brother. As she's lying on the floor, bleeding out, Jack and Gwen find her. You think for a second that they made it just in time to save her, but when Tosh looks at Jack with a smile on his face while dying as her face, Jack gives her a pained smile back and she dies looking at him]].
* [[spoiler: H.G. Wells]] in ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' does this for [[spoiler: Myka after safely sealing her and Pete and Artie in a force field to protect them from an impending explosion but leaves her unprotected to be hit full force by the blast]].
* [[spoiler:Henrietta "Etta" Bishop]] in Season Five of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' when Olivia tells her that she loves her.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "The Unnatural", Josh Exley is a gray alien shapeshifter who has disguised
himself after a fall out of a helicopter, because as an African-American minor league baseball player in the pain of 1940s. When his dual existence secret is finally over.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Aemon Targaryen dies peacefully of old age, while hallucinating
discovered, he explains that he's a young boy playing with his little brother.
-->'''Aemon''': [[FamousLastWords Egg, I dreamed I was old]].
** Ygritte dies in Jon's arms with a faint smile
race doesn't understand fun and one last utterance of her catch phrase. It's still visible on her face even as Jon lights her funeral pyre.don't have a word for laughter, and he needed to pretend to be human for that. [[spoiler: When he is ultimately killed by the relentless alien bounty hunter, [[BecomeARealBoy he inexplicably bleeds red human blood]]. He stares at it in surprise for a moment, then smiles, laughs, and dies.]]



* In Vocaloid Kagamine Len's ''Servant of Evil'' (and Meiko's Daughter of Vengeance), [[spoiler:he smiles as he stands at the guillotine.]]

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* In Vocaloid Kagamine Len's ''Servant of Evil'' (and Meiko's Daughter of Vengeance), [[spoiler:he smiles as he stands at Played with in the guillotine.]]record "You gotta face disaster with a smile" by Count Jim Moriarty in Radio/TheGoonShow.



* From Music/{{Nightwish}}:



* This trope underlies the World War 1 British song "Pack Up Your Troubles in an Old Kit-Bag (and Smile, Smile, Smile)".



* Played with in the record "You gotta face disaster with a smile" by [[Radio/TheGoonShow Count Jim Moriarty]].
* Underlying the World War 1 British song "Pack Up Your Troubles in an Old Kit-Bag (and Smile, Smile, Smile)".

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* Played with in the record "You gotta face disaster with a smile" by [[Radio/TheGoonShow Count Jim Moriarty]].
* Underlying the World War 1 British song "Pack Up Your Troubles in an Old Kit-Bag
From ''Music/Vocaloid'', we have Kagamine Len's ''Servant of Evil'' (and Smile, Smile, Smile)".Meiko's Daughter of Vengeance), [[spoiler:he smiles as he stands at the guillotine.]]



* Several examples in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Though it probably wasn't intentional (as WordOfGod states she was ''not'' making a HeroicSacrifice) Aerith's final sweet smile before her death in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' broke the hearts of thousands of gamers.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' [[spoiler:Judge Drace]] smiles as Gabranth kills her, because he's promised to take care of Larsa in her stead.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'', [[spoiler: the Yeul of [=200AF=] (the one who likes to pick flowers)]] dies smiling after seeing a vision of [[spoiler: a happy version of Academia in 400AF, where there is no proto Fal'cie]].
* Considering he's a flaming skeleton, you better believe Xan of ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' did this...but then he got better.
* In ''[[VisualNovel/FantasiaOtomeGameSeries Fantasia - Requiem of the Abyss]]'', Valen gives Shea one final smile as a LastRequest before the latter dies.
** As did Zack's in the ending of ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', even though [[ForegoneConclusion everyone already knew he]] [[DoomedByCanon was going to die]].
* Used cynically by Geese Howard at Terry or Andy's ending of ''Real Bout VideoGame/FatalFury''. As he pushes himself out of either Bogard's grip, Geese Howard grins and laughs maniacally during the fall to his death, saddling Terry (if you play with him) with the guilt of having orphaned Geese's son Rock (much the same way he orphaned Terry and Andy).
* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'', Volke tells Ike his mother died smiling as she freed Greil from his [[PowerIncontinence berserker rage]].
** This is also how Rajaion dies.
** Also used in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe The Blazing Sword]]''. In the last chapter you have to [[BossRush fight the morphs of major bosses]] from earlier in the game. Their faces relax into relieved smiles as you kill them.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' does this [[spoiler:with your avatar should you choose to deal the finishing blow to Grima. Before your avatar fades away, s/he turns to Chrom and bids him farewell with a final wave. Along with a unique voice clip, your avatar is seen with a cheerful expression. (Subverted in that the Avatar is later found, alive.)]]
--> '''[[spoiler:Robin]]:''' [[spoiler:''"May we meet again, in a better life..."'']]
* Iris in ''VideoGame/MegaManX4''. Unfortunately, in the US version, this is also one of the most infamous {{Narm}} moments.



* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', when Colette is sacrificing herself as part of the World Regeneration, just before her soul would [[AndIMustScream be sealed into her Cruxis Crystal]], so her body could be used for Martel Yggdrasill's resurrection, she smiles and tells her beloved Lloyd how happy he made her then after a goodbye, her soul is lost. However, Colette doesn't actually die, and is restored to her normal, non-dog-kicking, non-horrific-eyed self not too long after this event.
** In the OVA, the previous event eventually sends Lloyd into a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, when he kills Remiel, the deceptuous [[WingedHumanoid Angel]] responsible for causing Colette's presumed death. While this occurs in the game, it is nowhere near as awesome.
** This sort of applies to [[spoiler: Zelos, if you kill him.]] When you strike the final blow in the boss battle, he laughs, and keeps chuckling all through his dying cutscene. Considering he's a DeathSeeker, it makes a lot of [[TearJerker horrible sense.]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has a subtle version after [[spoiler: Asch's]] YouShallNotPass moment turns into a HeroicSacrifice. [[spoiler: He has a ''very'' faint smile on his face as he entrusts the future to Luke and passes on his own power to him to aid in that.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', Isara Gunther gets shot down, out of the blue, by an Imperial sniper. As she lies dying, she says that she failed to make her brother's dream- to fly- a reality. When Welkin says that she, in fact, has made it such, she dies with a smile.
** BigBad Dahau also does it at the end of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'', the soul of his wife, or a hallucination of her, telling him that now he can rest. Earlier on, [[spoiler:your comrade turned traitor Gusurg]] also dies smiling in your arm after you send kill him in battle. On the other hand, [[AxCrazy Lydia]] dies ''laughing'', saying that this war isn't entirely bad.
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'', Alice hides the fact that she will soon die from a curse from Yuri and goes on cheerfully, dying in her sleep with a smile in the bad ending. In Covenant, when the attempt to resurrect her fails, she opens her eyes, smiles, and tells Yuri she loves him right before her body disintegrates.
* Content cut from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' gives Atton a TearJerker of an exit should he die fighting Darth Sion: "...hurts when I laugh... hurts..."
* Sora from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' smiled, before he stabbed himself with Xehanort's dark keyblade to free Kairi.
** Axel also smiles before fading away into nothingness after his suicide attack on the Dusks in the sequel.
** And in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 358/2 Days]]'', [[spoiler:after Roxas defeats Xion in a boss battle, Xion smiles at Roxas one last time in his arms as she fades away]].
* [[spoiler:Daniella]] from ''VideoGame/HauntingGround'' smiles [[spoiler: after a shard of glass impales her from above. When you examine her body, Fiona mentions that, after [[DissonantSerenity she had shown no emotions]] [[SlasherSmile save for]] [[AxCrazy homicidal fury]], she was now grinning from ear to ear]]. Although there's no direct explanation given, fans speculate that either [[spoiler: Daniella felt the sensation of pain for the first time, something that she (being a [[ArtificialHuman homunculus]]) could not ordinarily experience, or that she hated herself and that dying was a relief]].
* [[spoiler:The Main Character]] in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' reaches up to dry [[spoiler:Aigis]]'s tears and gives her a heartfelt smile before falling asleep for eternity.
** As well as [[spoiler:Shinji]], who, [[spoiler:while bleeding to death out of two point-blank gunshot wounds, not only attempts to comfort his would-be killer, but stands up, walks a few feet, throws back his head, laughs, assures everyone that this is how it should be, and collapses]]. Much more of a tear-jerker than it sounds like.
*** Made even worse in the PSP remake, where [[spoiler: Shinji and everyone else thinks he's dying after he takes two gunshots to the chest, and he tells the [=FeMC=] (if you chose her) not to cry because it was supposed to be this way TearJerker.]]
** In the final scenes of the game, [[spoiler:the sociopath Takaya limps up to the top of Tartarus to laugh in the party's face as, despite all their efforts, Nyx is still coming to end all life. Even though the heroes ''hadn't'' injured him fatally, he collapses on his back and smiles to welcome the end, thinking of his (dead) partner Jin, implying that he ''willed'' himself to die as reward for fulfilling their plans]].
* [[spoiler: Sota]] from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' appears to smile, before [[spoiler:he is erased, shortly after Nao's erasure]].
* The ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series has [[spoiler:Dimentio]] and [[spoiler:Fawful]], from ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' and ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'', respectively, as each [[spoiler: has a final plan to eliminate the Mario Bros]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' plays it straight with [[spoiler:[[StoicWoobie Jin]]]] as he finds peace in his final moments saying: [[spoiler:"''[[FamousLastWords It's quiet now]]. I don't think it's ever been this quiet before in my whole life. [[TheAtoner This is]] [[DeathSeeker what I sought]]. And yet, now that the time has finally come, I long for the noise of the past. I long for those hectic and chaotic days that once were. But this too,[[PeacefulInDeath is pleasant]], [[BigSleep in an odd sort of way"]]'']]
** Cue the [[TearJerker waterworks...]]
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' has [[spoiler:[[TheStarscream Byrne/Staven]] who, in the final battle against [[BigBad Malladus]] and [[TheDragon Chancellor Cole]], his former masters, conjures a forcefield that lets Zelda reclaim her body. As a result of this, he is killed with a spell that ''completely and utterly destroys him''. His last words to Zelda are a laugh and [[TearJerker "Didn't you say you wanted words with me?"]]]]
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has a twisted variation with [[spoiler:Ghirahim. He laughs maniacally as Demise forcibly turns him into the anti-Master Sword]].
*** Another variation is made with [[spoiler:Zelda. A variation in the fact that she doesn't die, but she locks herself in a crystal to fall into a deep sleep for thousands of years, to keep [[BigBad Demise]] at bay - which could be considered similar to death. After Link promises to wake her up, you can see her [[TearfulSmile tearfully smile]] behind the crystal just before she falls asleep. She does, however, wake up later in the game]].
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' [[spoiler:Leandra, [[PlayerCharacter Hawke]]'s mother, dies smiling in her child's arms after telling him/her [[SoProudOfYou how proud she is of him/her]]]].
* Just before being [[RetGone erased out of existence]], [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Ash Crimson]] smiles one last time for his childhood friend Elizabeth.
--> ''"Sorry Betty. I'm out of ti-"''
* Although he doesn't die, [[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Sergeant Cyrus]] believes in this. As he knows that he will die one day in battle, regardless of his skill or experience, he's come to realize that death is not exactly the best thing to do. When Sergeant Thaddeus asks him, Cyrus merely tells him to save some of the victory feelings he gets when he has beaten a very tough opponent, so that when the end does come, you can remember the feeling you got when you won and not have bad things to consider.
* In the True Ending of ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'', [[spoiler:just as Hazama is about to deliver the killing blow to Ragna, Lambda teleports in front of Ragna and [[TakingTheBullet takes the blow for him]]. She dies peacefully in Ragna's arms while telling him how much she loves him and how happy she was to sacrifice herself for him]].
** And the last game ''[[BlazBlueCentralFiction Central Fiction]]'' is full of these.
*** [[spoiler: Hazama jumps into the cauldron with a smile. Subverted, as the assumption is he'll end up in Naoto's world]].
*** [[spoiler: Terumi dies laughing and cursing Ragna after Ragna delivered the final blow]].
*** [[spoiler: Ragna smiles just before he erases himself. Possibly subverted, as we don't know his true final fate.]]



* In the finale of ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', when King [[AFatherToHisMen Volechek]] [[HeroicSacrifice gives his life]] to end the Grave Eclipse, the player is treated to one final look at his character portrait, closing its eyes with a smile as the screen [[FadetoWhite fades to white.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/BackToTheFutureTheGame'', after [[spoiler:Citizen Brown was run over by Edna Strickland, he asks Marty to see the finale of ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', 1986 newspaper -- and sees that their changes to the timeline have resulted in him becoming a respected scientist like he dreamed when King [[AFatherToHisMen Volechek]] [[HeroicSacrifice gives his life]] to end the Grave Eclipse, the player is treated to one final look at his character portrait, closing its eyes with a smile he was younger. He smiles as the screen [[FadetoWhite he fades to white.]]out of the restored timeline]].



* Several people in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' go out like this: If you convince [[spoiler: Saren]] to off himself, [[spoiler: he whispers "thank you,"]] and his face looks, if not smiling, then at least calm [[spoiler: (he is a turian, whose facial anatomy doesn't exactly make smiling like a human particularly easy or obvious)]].
** Several of [[spoiler: your squadmates]] do something like this if [[spoiler: they die during the suicide mission]].
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'':
--> '''Shepard:''' ''"I'm sorry."''
--> '''[[spoiler:Mordin]]:''' ''"I'm not. Had to be me. Someone else might have gotten it wrong."''
** Also in ''Mass Effect 3'': [[spoiler:Anderson dies with a peaceful smile after telling Shepard how proud he is of her/him. Shepard seems ready to do the same before a call from Hackett and an intervention from the Catalyst pull her/him out of it]].
** While he can't physically smile, Legion's dialogue gives this vibe if peace is achieved between the geth and quarians.
--> '''Tali:''' The answer to your question[[note]][[ArmorPiercingQuestion Does this unit have a soul?]][[/note]], is yes.\\
'''Legion:''' I know Tali, but thank you. Keelah se'lai.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'', Grom Hellscream suffers mortal injuries slaying the demon that corrupted him and his entire race via a DealWithTheDevil. As he lies dying, he offers Thrall a smile and tells him that he can feel the corruption leaving his body (shown by his eyes no longer glowing with demonic flame), and dies satisfied that he freed himself.

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* Several people In ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' against the [[MirrorMatch Isaac]] boss, the third form has him smile widely as he grows angelic wings. What this means in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' go out like this: If you convince conjunction to the fact that by this point [[spoiler:Isaac himself is slowly dying]] is left to interpretation.
* From ''Franchise/BlazBlue'':
** In the True Ending of ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'', [[spoiler:just as Hazama is about to deliver the killing blow to Ragna, Lambda teleports in front of Ragna and [[TakingTheBullet takes the blow for him]]. She dies peacefully in Ragna's arms while telling him how much she loves him and how happy she was to sacrifice herself for him]].
** And the last game ''[[BlazBlueCentralFiction Central Fiction]]'' is full of these.
***
[[spoiler: Saren]] to off himself, Hazama jumps into the cauldron with a smile. Subverted, as the assumption is he'll end up in Naoto's world]].
***
[[spoiler: he whispers "thank you,"]] Terumi dies laughing and his face looks, if not smiling, then at least calm cursing Ragna after Ragna delivered the final blow]].
***
[[spoiler: (he is a turian, whose facial anatomy Ragna smiles just before he erases himself. Possibly subverted, as we don't know his true final fate.]]
* Although he
doesn't die, Sergeant Cyrus from ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' believes in this. As he knows that he will die one day in battle, regardless of his skill or experience, he's come to realize that death is not exactly make smiling like a human particularly easy or obvious)]].
** Several of [[spoiler: your squadmates]] do something like this if [[spoiler: they die during
the suicide mission]].
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'':
--> '''Shepard:''' ''"I'm sorry."''
--> '''[[spoiler:Mordin]]:''' ''"I'm not. Had
best thing to be me. Someone else might have gotten it wrong."''
** Also in ''Mass Effect 3'': [[spoiler:Anderson dies with a peaceful smile after telling Shepard how proud he is of her/him. Shepard seems ready to do the same before a call from Hackett and an intervention from the Catalyst pull her/him out of it]].
** While he can't physically smile, Legion's dialogue gives this vibe if peace is achieved between the geth and quarians.
--> '''Tali:''' The answer to your question[[note]][[ArmorPiercingQuestion Does this unit have a soul?]][[/note]], is yes.\\
'''Legion:''' I know Tali, but thank you. Keelah se'lai.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'', Grom Hellscream suffers mortal injuries slaying the demon that corrupted him and his entire race via a DealWithTheDevil. As he lies dying, he offers Thrall a smile and
do. When Sergeant Thaddeus asks him, Cyrus merely tells him to save some of the victory feelings he gets when he has beaten a very tough opponent, so that he when the end does come, you can feel remember the corruption leaving his body (shown by his eyes no longer glowing with demonic flame), feeling you got when you won and dies satisfied that he freed himself.not have bad things to consider.



* The opening of ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Dark]] [[DownloadableContent Prison]]'' shows [[Characters/MasouKishin Shu Shirakawa]] smiling inside his Neo Granzon when Masaki in his Cybuster impales him, at the climax of ''Original Generation Gaiden''.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Gaiden'', this is the expression of the FinalBoss, [[Characters/MasouKishin Shu Shirakawa]], makes after the playable characters defeat him. How he looks like in his final moments before coming BackFromTheDead is shown in detail during the prologue of ''[[GaidenGame Dark Prison]]'' where Shu Shirakawa is the headlining protagonist.

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* The opening of ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Dark]] [[DownloadableContent Prison]]'' shows [[Characters/MasouKishin Shu Shirakawa]] In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' [[spoiler:Leandra, [[PlayerCharacter Hawke]]'s mother, dies smiling inside his Neo Granzon when Masaki in his Cybuster impales him, at the climax her child's arms after telling him/her [[SoProudOfYou how proud she is of ''Original Generation Gaiden''.
him/her]]]].
* Considering he's a flaming skeleton, you better believe Xan of ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' did this...but then he got better.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Gaiden'', this is the expression ''[[VisualNovel/FantasiaOtomeGameSeries Fantasia - Requiem of the FinalBoss, [[Characters/MasouKishin Shu Shirakawa]], makes after the playable characters defeat him. How he looks like in his Abyss]]'', Valen gives Shea one final moments smile as a LastRequest before coming BackFromTheDead is shown in detail the latter dies.
* Used cynically by Geese Howard at Terry or Andy's ending of ''Real Bout VideoGame/FatalFury''. As he pushes himself out of either Bogard's grip, Geese Howard grins and laughs maniacally
during the prologue fall to his death, saddling Terry (if you play with him) with the guilt of ''[[GaidenGame Dark Prison]]'' having orphaned Geese's son Rock (much the same way he orphaned Terry and Andy).
* Several examples in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Though it probably wasn't intentional (as WordOfGod states she was ''not'' making a HeroicSacrifice) Aerith's final sweet smile before her death in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' broke the hearts of thousands of gamers.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' [[spoiler:Judge Drace]] smiles as Gabranth kills her, because he's promised to take care of Larsa in her stead.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'', [[spoiler: the Yeul of [=200AF=] (the one who likes to pick flowers)]] dies smiling after seeing a vision of [[spoiler: a happy version of Academia in 400AF,
where Shu Shirakawa there is no proto Fal'cie]].
** As did Zack in
the headlining protagonist.ending of ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', even though [[ForegoneConclusion everyone already knew he]] [[DoomedByCanon was going to die]].
* From ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance]]'', Volke tells Ike his mother died smiling as she freed Greil from his [[PowerIncontinence berserker rage]]. From the same game, this is also how Rajaion dies.
** Also used in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade]]''. In the last chapter you have to [[BossRush fight the morphs of major bosses]] from earlier in the game. Their faces relax into relieved smiles as you kill them.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' does this [[spoiler:with your avatar should you choose to deal the finishing blow to Grima. Before your avatar fades away, s/he turns to Chrom and bids him farewell with a final wave. Along with a unique voice clip, your avatar is seen with a cheerful expression. (Subverted in that the Avatar is later found, alive.)]]
--> '''[[spoiler:Robin]]:''' [[spoiler:''"May we meet again, in a better life..."'']]
* In the finale of ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', when King [[AFatherToHisMen Volechek]] [[HeroicSacrifice gives his life]] to end the Grave Eclipse, the player is treated to one final look at his character portrait, closing its eyes with a smile as the screen [[FadetoWhite fades to white.]]
* [[spoiler:Daniella]] from ''VideoGame/HauntingGround'' smiles [[spoiler: after a shard of glass impales her from above. When you examine her body, Fiona mentions that, after [[DissonantSerenity she had shown no emotions]] [[SlasherSmile save for]] [[AxCrazy homicidal fury]], she was now grinning from ear to ear]]. Although there's no direct explanation given, fans speculate that either [[spoiler: Daniella felt the sensation of pain for the first time, something that she (being a [[ArtificialHuman homunculus]]) could not ordinarily experience, or that she hated herself and that dying was a relief]].
*From ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** Sora from ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'' smiled, before he stabbed himself with Xehanort's dark keyblade to free Kairi. [[spoiler:It just turns him into a Heartless]].
** Axel also smiles before fading away into nothingness after his suicide attack on the Dusks in the sequel, ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories''.
** And in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 358/2 Days]]'', [[spoiler:after Roxas defeats Xion in a boss battle, Xion smiles at Roxas one last time in his arms as she fades away]].
* Just before being [[RetGone erased out of existence]], [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Ash Crimson]] smiles one last time for his childhood friend Elizabeth.
--> ''"Sorry Betty. I'm out of ti-"''
* Content cut from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' gives Atton a TearJerker of an exit should he die fighting Darth Sion: "...hurts when I laugh... hurts..."
* From ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' has [[spoiler:[[TheStarscream Byrne/Staven]] who, in the final battle against [[BigBad Malladus]] and [[TheDragon Chancellor Cole]], his former masters, conjures a forcefield that lets Zelda reclaim her body. As a result of this, he is killed with a spell that ''completely and utterly destroys him''. His last words to Zelda are a laugh and [[TearJerker "Didn't you say you wanted words with me?"]]]]
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has a twisted variation with [[spoiler:Ghirahim. He laughs maniacally as Demise forcibly turns him into the anti-Master Sword]].
*** Another variation is made with [[spoiler:Zelda. A variation in the fact that she doesn't die, but she locks herself in a crystal to fall into a deep sleep for thousands of years, to keep [[BigBad Demise]] at bay - which could be considered similar to death. After Link promises to wake her up, you can see her [[TearfulSmile tearfully smile]] behind the crystal just before she falls asleep. She does, however, wake up later in the game]].
* Several people in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' go out like this: If you convince [[spoiler: Saren]] to off himself, [[spoiler: he whispers "thank you,"]] and his face looks, if not smiling, then at least calm [[spoiler: (he is a turian, whose facial anatomy doesn't exactly make smiling like a human particularly easy or obvious)]].
** Several of [[spoiler: your squadmates]] do something like this if [[spoiler: they die during the suicide mission]].
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'':
--> '''Shepard:''' ''"I'm sorry."''
--> '''[[spoiler:Mordin]]:''' ''"I'm not. Had to be me. Someone else might have gotten it wrong."''
** Also in ''Mass Effect 3'': [[spoiler:Anderson dies with a peaceful smile after telling Shepard how proud he is of her/him. Shepard seems ready to do the same before a call from Hackett and an intervention from the Catalyst pull her/him out of it]].
** While he can't physically smile, Legion's dialogue gives this vibe if peace is achieved between the geth and quarians.
--> '''Tali:''' The answer to your question[[note]][[ArmorPiercingQuestion Does this unit have a soul?]][[/note]], is yes.\\
'''Legion:''' I know Tali, but thank you. Keelah se'lai.
* Iris in ''VideoGame/MegaManX4''. Unfortunately, in the US version, this is also one of the most infamous {{Narm}} moments.
* [[spoiler:The Main Character]] in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' reaches up to dry [[spoiler:Aigis]]'s tears and gives her a heartfelt smile before falling asleep for eternity.
** As well as [[spoiler:Shinji]], who, [[spoiler:while bleeding to death out of two point-blank gunshot wounds, not only attempts to comfort his would-be killer, but stands up, walks a few feet, throws back his head, laughs, assures everyone that this is how it should be, and collapses]]. Much more of a tear-jerker than it sounds like.
*** Made even worse in the PSP remake, where [[spoiler: Shinji and everyone else thinks he's dying after he takes two gunshots to the chest, and he tells the [=FeMC=] (if you chose her) not to cry because it was supposed to be this way TearJerker.]]
** In the final scenes of the game, [[spoiler:the sociopath Takaya limps up to the top of Tartarus to laugh in the party's face as, despite all their efforts, Nyx is still coming to end all life. Even though the heroes ''hadn't'' injured him fatally, he collapses on his back and smiles to welcome the end, thinking of his (dead) partner Jin, implying that he ''willed'' himself to die as reward for fulfilling their plans]].



* 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]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'':
** Sans literally [[PerpetualSmiler never stops smiling]] the entire game, even as he bleeds to death at the end of the [[KillEmAll Genocide]] route. It's plausible the reason is because [[spoiler:he's aware of the player's ability to reset the game]], meaning nothing that happens, good or bad, is necessarily permanent and everything will most likely return to normal.
** Papyrus, like Sans, is a [[DemBones perpetually grinning skeleton]], but his fixed grin does fit the tone of both ways he can be killed - on a Neutral run, he'll pipe that at least his head's still intact after the body the player cuts it off of disintegrates (his head, too, [[BlackComedy disintegrates right afterwards]]); and on a No Mercy run, he'll assure the player that he knows there's still good in them despite the situation.
** Undyne, [[spoiler:after assuming her [[HeroicSecondWind Undying]] [[OneWingedAngel form]]]] in the Genocide route. [[DefiantToTheEnd She grins proudly as she tells the protagonist that she won't give up hope.]]
** Mettaton does this if he's killed on any playthrough - he goes out with a bittersweet smile and a surprisingly graceful losing speech on a Neutral run, and he smirks through his pain to give either a last dry one-liner or a KirkSummation on a No Mercy run.
** [[spoiler:[[{{Jerkass}} Flowey]] flashes a triumphant SlasherSmile should you kill him at the end of your first run as you, by doing so, [[NotSoDifferent have validated his ideology]]: In this world, it's KILL or BE KILLED.]] It's ''very'' effective at [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame making the bile rise in your throat.]]
** A small one for Toriel--if you kill her during a Neutral run, she implores you to keep going and not let your SOUL be claimed by Asgore. She then dies with a small smile and a final TearJerker MeaningfulEcho:
-->"...Be good, won't you?" \\
"''My child''."



* In ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' against the [[MirrorMatch Isaac]] boss, the third form has him smile widely as he grows angelic wings. What this means in conjunction to the fact that by this point [[spoiler:Isaac himself is slowly dying]] is left to interpretation.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' against the [[MirrorMatch Isaac]] boss, the third form has him smile widely as he grows angelic wings. What this means in conjunction to ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'', Alice hides the fact that by she will soon die from a curse from Yuri and goes on cheerfully, dying in her sleep with a smile in the bad ending. In Covenant, when the attempt to resurrect her fails, she opens her eyes, smiles, and tells Yuri she loves him right before her body disintegrates.
* The ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series has [[spoiler:Dimentio]] and [[spoiler:Fawful]], from ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' and ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'', respectively, as each [[spoiler: has a final plan to eliminate the Mario Bros]].
* The opening of ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Dark]] [[DownloadableContent Prison]]'' shows [[Characters/MasouKishin Shu Shirakawa]] smiling inside his Neo Granzon when Masaki in his Cybuster impales him, at the climax of ''Original Generation Gaiden''.
* In ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Gaiden]]'',
this point [[spoiler:Isaac himself is slowly dying]] the expression of the FinalBoss, [[Characters/MasouKishin Shu Shirakawa]], makes after the playable characters defeat him. How he looks like in his final moments before coming BackFromTheDead is left shown in detail during the prologue of ''[[GaidenGame Dark Prison]]'' where Shu Shirakawa is the headlining protagonist.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', when Colette is sacrificing herself as part of the World Regeneration, just before her soul would [[AndIMustScream be sealed into her Cruxis Crystal]], so her body could be used for Martel Yggdrasill's resurrection, she smiles and tells her beloved Lloyd how happy he made her then after a goodbye, her soul is lost. However, Colette doesn't actually die, and is restored
to interpretation. her normal, non-dog-kicking, non-horrific-eyed self not too long after this event.
** In the OVA, the previous event eventually sends Lloyd into a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, when he kills Remiel, the deceptuous [[WingedHumanoid Angel]] responsible for causing Colette's presumed death. While this occurs in the game, it is nowhere near as awesome.
** This sort of applies to [[spoiler: Zelos, if you kill him.]] When you strike the final blow in the boss battle, he laughs, and keeps chuckling all through his dying cutscene. Considering he's a DeathSeeker, it makes a lot of [[TearJerker horrible sense.]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has a subtle version after [[spoiler: Asch's]] YouShallNotPass moment turns into a HeroicSacrifice. [[spoiler: He has a ''very'' faint smile on his face as he entrusts the future to Luke and passes on his own power to him to aid in that.]]
* From ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'':
** The first game has Isara Gunther getting shot down, out of the blue, by an Imperial sniper. As she lies dying, she says that she failed to make her brother's dream (to fly) a reality. When Welkin says that she, in fact, has made it such, she dies with a smile.
** BigBad Dahau also does it at the end of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'', the soul of his wife, or a hallucination of her, telling him that now he can rest. Earlier on, [[spoiler:your comrade-turned-traitor Gusurg]] also dies smiling in your arm after you send kill him in battle. On the other hand, [[AxCrazy Lydia]] dies ''laughing'', saying that this war isn't entirely bad.
* [[spoiler: Sota]] from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' appears to smile, before [[spoiler:he is erased, shortly after Nao's erasure]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'', Grom Hellscream suffers mortal injuries slaying the demon that corrupted him and his entire race via a DealWithTheDevil. As he lies dying, he offers Thrall a smile and tells him that he can feel the corruption leaving his body (shown by his eyes no longer glowing with demonic flame), and dies satisfied that he freed himself.
* In ''VideoGame/AWayOut'', this happens to [[spoiler:either Leo or Vincent, should you choose to fatally shoot one of them]] in the climatic battle. [[spoiler:If Vincent is shot, he requests that Leo give his wife Carol his apology letter; Leo agrees, and Vincent dies smiling. If Leo is shot, Vincent takes pity on him and decides to stay by Leo's side and hold his hand, out of respect towards their former friendship, which comforts Leo enough that he dies with a smile on his face]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' plays it straight with [[spoiler:[[StoicWoobie Jin]]]] as he finds peace in his final moments saying: [[spoiler:"''[[FamousLastWords It's quiet now]]. I don't think it's ever been this quiet before in my whole life. [[TheAtoner This is]] [[DeathSeeker what I sought]]. And yet, now that the time has finally come, I long for the noise of the past. I long for those hectic and chaotic days that once were. But this too,[[PeacefulInDeath is pleasant]], [[BigSleep in an odd sort of way"]]'']]
** Cue the [[TearJerker waterworks...]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'':
** Sans literally [[PerpetualSmiler never stops smiling]] the entire game, even as he bleeds to death at the end of the [[KillEmAll Genocide]] route. It's plausible the reason is because [[spoiler:he's aware of the player's ability to reset the game]], meaning nothing that happens, good or bad, is necessarily permanent and everything will most likely return to normal.
** Papyrus, like Sans, is a [[DemBones perpetually grinning skeleton]], but his fixed grin does fit the tone of both ways he can be killed - on a Neutral run, he'll pipe that at least his head's still intact after the body the player cuts it off of disintegrates (his head, too, [[BlackComedy disintegrates right afterwards]]); and on a No Mercy run, he'll assure the player that he knows there's still good in them despite the situation.
** Undyne, [[spoiler:after assuming her [[HeroicSecondWind Undying]] [[OneWingedAngel form]]]] in the Genocide route. [[DefiantToTheEnd She grins proudly as she tells the protagonist that she won't give up hope.]]
** Mettaton does this if he's killed on any playthrough - he goes out with a bittersweet smile and a surprisingly graceful losing speech on a Neutral run, and he smirks through his pain to give either a last dry one-liner or a KirkSummation on a No Mercy run.
** [[spoiler:[[{{Jerkass}} Flowey]] flashes a triumphant SlasherSmile should you kill him at the end of your first run as you, by doing so, [[NotSoDifferent have validated his ideology]]: In this world, it's KILL or BE KILLED.]] It's ''very'' effective at [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame making the bile rise in your throat.]]
** A small one for Toriel--if you kill her during a Neutral run, she implores you to keep going and not let your SOUL be claimed by Asgore. She then dies with a small smile and a final TearJerker MeaningfulEcho:
-->"...Be good, won't you?" \\
"''My child''."
15th Mar '18 6:54:45 AM Killerweinerdog
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** BigBad Dahau also does it at the end of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'', the soul of his wife telling him that now he can rest. (Possibly just a hallucination.) Earlier on, [[spoiler:your comrade turned traitor Gusurg]] also dies smiling in your arm after you send kill him in battle. On the other hand, [[AxCrazy Lydia]] dies ''laughing'', saying that this war isn't entirely bad.

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** BigBad Dahau also does it at the end of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'', the soul of his wife wife, or a hallucination of her, telling him that now he can rest. (Possibly just a hallucination.) Earlier on, [[spoiler:your comrade turned traitor Gusurg]] also dies smiling in your arm after you send kill him in battle. On the other hand, [[AxCrazy Lydia]] dies ''laughing'', saying that this war isn't entirely bad.
8th Mar '18 12:32:21 AM RanveerSidhu
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** ''Film/TheLastJedi'': [[spoiler:Luke becomes one with the Force with a huge smile on his face]].

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** ''Film/TheLastJedi'': [[spoiler:Luke becomes one with the Force Force, content with his life and legacy after stalling the First Order and making amends with Leia, spending his last moments looking at the twin suns of Ahch-To with a huge smile on his face]].face and tears in his eyes]].
19th Feb '18 1:37:33 PM Yukianesa
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** Android 16's death. His last words were to encourage one of his creator's nemeses to protect the planet, something which he had grown to love of his own volition. Of all the deaths in the series, his stands alone, as he was purely mechanical and thus had no afterlife to go to/return from. Still he died smiling.

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** Android 16's death. His last words were to encourage one of his creator's nemeses to protect the planet, something which he had grown to love of his own volition. Of all the deaths in the series, his stands alone, as he was purely mechanical and thus had no afterlife to go to/return from. Poignantly, in a series where DeathIsCheap, Android 16's is one of the few [[KilledOffForReal which stuck]]. Still he died smiling.
19th Feb '18 11:43:15 AM Daefaroth
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** Not always true: a terminal illness is not a temporary problem, and death could very well be a proper solution. As for depression, if the condition can't be effectively treated then perhaps death would be better from the point of view of the sufferer.
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