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17th Aug '17 5:17:42 PM VelvetPierrot
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' [[spoiler:Judge Drace]] smiles as Gabranth kills her, because he's promised to take care of Larsa in her stead.

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* 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.
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In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' [[spoiler:Judge Drace]] smiles as Gabranth kills her, because he's promised to take care of Larsa in her stead.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]].



* 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.



** ''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..."'']]



** ''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]].



* ''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/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]].



* ''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..."'']]
15th Aug '17 11:24:12 PM Doug86
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*** It also occurs in the [[KyotoAnimation Kyo Ani]] adaptation, only subtler.

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*** It also occurs in the [[KyotoAnimation [[Creator/KyotoAnimation Kyo Ani]] adaptation, only subtler.
11th Aug '17 5:18:45 AM Sleeping_Beauty
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* ''Film/GoldenEye'':
** When Bond finds the Canadian admiral, he's in rigor mortis with a gigantic grin thanks to Creator/FamkeJanssen's MurderousThighs.

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* ''Film/GoldenEye'':
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** ''Film/GoldenEye'': When Bond finds the Canadian admiral, he's in rigor mortis with a gigantic grin thanks to Creator/FamkeJanssen's MurderousThighs.


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** Max Zorin in ''Film/AViewToAKill'' lets out a small laughter just before he does an OhCrap face as he falls to his death.
8th Aug '17 10:15:07 AM Cieloazul
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* Ancient Iberian always carried a phial of poison extracted from the plant ''Ranunculus Sardonia'' in order to commit suicide if they were captured by an enemy. This poison has the particularity of contracting the facial muscles upon dying, giving the corpse a creepy gaping grin. It naturally scared the shit out of the Romans, who believed the dead were laughing at them from the underworld.
23rd Jul '17 7:22:03 PM merotoker
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** [[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.]]]]

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** [[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.]]]]reality]]]].



* [[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).]]

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* [[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).]]brother)]].



* [[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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* [[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.]]
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.]] freedom]]. There was not one dry eye, man or woman, at that Anime Screening in 2003.



** Although his face can't be seen because of his helmet, [[spoiler:Mu La Flaga]] laughs during his HeroicSacrifice at the end of ''Gundam SEED'' [[spoiler: (although it turns out in ''Gundam SEED Destiny'' to have been a DisneyDeath).]]
*** Immediately following him, [[spoiler:Natarle Badgiruel]] smiles serenely as [[spoiler:the Archangel destroys the Dominion, content in the knowledge that she's taking Azrael out with her.]]

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** Although his face can't be seen because of his helmet, [[spoiler:Mu La Flaga]] laughs during his HeroicSacrifice at the end of ''Gundam SEED'' [[spoiler: (although it turns out in ''Gundam SEED Destiny'' to have been a DisneyDeath).]]
DisneyDeath)]].
*** Immediately following him, [[spoiler:Natarle Badgiruel]] smiles serenely as [[spoiler:the Archangel destroys the Dominion, content in the knowledge that she's taking Azrael out with her.]]her]].



*** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' did the same kind of thing with [[spoiler:Ginias Sakhalin, who goes out with a particularly creepy and detached PsychoticSmirk.]]
** In ''Gundam SEED C.E 73 Stargazer'', [[spoiler:[[WhatAnIdiot after ignoring orders to return and exhausting all his Gundam's energy]], Shams Couza smiles before he get shot to death by [[MechaMook DSSD Astrays]].]]

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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.]]
PsychoticSmirk]].
** In ''Gundam SEED C.E 73 Stargazer'', [[spoiler:[[WhatAnIdiot after ignoring orders to return and exhausting all his Gundam's energy]], Shams Couza smiles before he get shot to death by [[MechaMook DSSD Astrays]].]]Astrays]]]].



* 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.]]

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* 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.]]smile]].



* [[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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* [[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]]''. ]]villain]]'']].



** After [[spoiler:Koichi]] managed to figure out [[spoiler:Kira's]] identity, [[BreakingSpeech 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.]]

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** After [[spoiler:Koichi]] managed to figure out [[spoiler:Kira's]] identity, [[BreakingSpeech [[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.]]



* 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.

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* 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''.]] life'']]. Ouch.



** 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.

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** 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.]] wanted]]. In the end, it wasn't.



*** [[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.]]

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*** [[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.]]day]].



** 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.]]

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** 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.]]ahead]].



* In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' [[spoiler:Julia and Spike, although Spike's may be a dubious example as he [[DyingAlone dies alone]].]]

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* In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' [[spoiler:Julia and Spike, although Spike's may be a dubious example as he [[DyingAlone dies alone]].]]alone]]]].



** [[spoiler: And because he may or may not be dead. Word Of God is even he's not sure]].

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** [[spoiler: And because he may or may not be dead. Word Of God is even he's not sure]].sure.]]



** 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.]]

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** 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.]] 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.]]grave]].



* 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.]]

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* 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.]]peace]].



* 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.]]

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* 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.]]death]].



* 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.]]

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* 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.]]season]].



* 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.]]
* In Rukia's flashback in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', [[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 later manga reveals she survived.

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* 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.]]
Duel]].
* In Rukia's flashback in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', [[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.]]]]
her]]]].
** Despite hating her, [[spoiler:Loly turns to Orihime and gives her a warm smile right before Yammy smashes her.]] her]]. Subverted when the later manga reveals she survived.



* 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.]]

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* 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.]]words]].



* 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.]]

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* 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.]]Jose]].



** 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.]]

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** 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.]] again]].



* [[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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* [[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]].]]injuries]]]].



** 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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** 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.]]them]].



* 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.]]

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* 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.]]
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.]]series]].



* 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..]]]]

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* 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..]]]]]]]].



* In most {{Elseworld}}s stories that involve SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker dying, he does so with a smile. It's not like he had much choice.

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* In most {{Elseworld}}s stories that involve SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker dying, he does so with a smile. It's not like he had much choice.



* 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 esentially 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".

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* 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 esentially 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 ''Fanfic/{{Eugenesis}}'', this is how Doubleheader dies, [[spoiler:as he blows himself up in an attempt to kill Rodimus Prime.]]

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* In ''Fanfic/{{Eugenesis}}'', this is how Doubleheader dies, [[spoiler:as he blows himself up in an attempt to kill Rodimus Prime.]]Prime]].



* 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.]]
* Subverted in ''FanFic/TheSecondTry'' when [[spoiler: Asuka gave birth to Aki. She and Shinji thought she was suffering DeathByChildBirth, when in reality she just passed out.]]

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* 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.]]
willingly]].
* Subverted in ''FanFic/TheSecondTry'' when [[spoiler: Asuka gave birth to Aki. She and Shinji thought she was suffering DeathByChildBirth, when in reality she just passed out.]]out]].



* 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', when [[spoiler:Xibalba kills him. Manolo has a smile on his face, while he silently said Maria's name.]]
* In Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut,'' in the mind of Riley, [[spoiler: Bing Bong, Riley's imaginary friend, sacrifices himself to ensure that Joy lives to help Riley. When Joy discovers that Bing Bong is left behind, she's heartbroken but Bing Bong cheerfully waves at her, knowing that this was all for the better.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie'', this happens to [[spoiler:[=SpongeBob=] and Patrick when they [[DisneyDeath dry out]], knowing that even though they didn't get Neptune's crown, they at least made it to Shell City.]]
City]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', when [[spoiler:Xibalba kills him. Manolo has a smile on his face, while he silently said Maria's name.]]
name]].
* In Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut,'' in the mind of Riley, [[spoiler: Bing Bong, Riley's imaginary friend, sacrifices himself to ensure that Joy lives to help Riley. When Joy discovers that Bing Bong is left behind, she's heartbroken but Bing Bong cheerfully waves at her, knowing that this was all for the better.]]better]].



* In ''Film/EdWood'', the death of Bela Lugosi 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.

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* In ''Film/EdWood'', the death of Bela Lugosi 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.



--->'''[[http://www.empireonline.com/features/movie-finishing-moves/default.asp?m=12 Empire Magazine]]:''' There can't be too many gentlemen of a heterosexual persuasion who, if asked how they'd want to die, wouldn't tick the box marked "crushed to death between Famke Janssen's thighs".

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--->'''[[http://www.empireonline.com/features/movie-finishing-moves/default.asp?m=12 Empire Magazine]]:''' --->'''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".



** 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.

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** In [[Literature/RevengeOfTheSith the novelisation]] of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', EnsembleDarkHorse EnsembleDarkhorse Kit Fisto is said to have died at the hands of Darth Sidious with his trademark grin on his face.



* ''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]]

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* ''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]]sacrifice]].



** The ''creepy'' grin frozen on the Joker's face when he shatters all his bones on the pavement of Gotham, with an unnervingly funny laugh from a Laughing-Bag found by Commissioner Gordon on his corpse. In an early draft of the script, [[spoiler:his unnaturally frozen smile goes ''away'' as he dies.]]

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** The ''creepy'' grin frozen on the Joker's face when he shatters all his bones on the pavement of Gotham, with an unnervingly funny laugh from a Laughing-Bag found by Commissioner Gordon on his corpse. In an early draft of the script, [[spoiler:his unnaturally frozen smile goes ''away'' as he dies.]]dies]].



** ''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.]]

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** ''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.]]frustrating]].



* In the 2010 version of ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'', this happens when CynicalMentor Draco aids Perseus in his climactic battle with Medusa. He knowingly sacrifices himself to stall her by impaling her tail with a stalactite. As she turns her petrifying gaze towards him, he calmly tells the hero to tell all that "men did this," before smiling smugly as he is turned to stone. An enraged Medusa shatters his petrified form afterward.

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* In the 2010 version of ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'', ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans2010'', this happens when CynicalMentor Draco aids Perseus in his climactic battle with Medusa. He knowingly sacrifices himself to stall her by impaling her tail with a stalactite. As she turns her petrifying gaze towards him, he calmly tells the hero to tell all that "men did this," before smiling smugly as he is turned to stone. An enraged Medusa shatters his petrified form afterward.



* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', [[spoiler:the QuirkyMinibossSquad of [[WickedWeasel weasels]] are killed by laughter.]]
* In ''Film/HarryPotter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1'', Dobby goes out this way, [[TearJerker happy to be with his friends.]]

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* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', [[spoiler:the QuirkyMinibossSquad of [[WickedWeasel weasels]] are killed by laughter.]]
laughter]].
* In ''Film/HarryPotter and the Deathly Hallows ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Part 1'', Dobby goes out this way, [[TearJerker happy to be with his friends.]]



* 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.]]]]

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* 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.]]
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.]]]]viewer]]]].



* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', [[spoiler: Jonathan Kent smiles reassuringly at Clark just before the tornado takes him.]]

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* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', [[spoiler: Jonathan Kent smiles reassuringly at Clark just before the tornado takes him.]]him]].



* At the end of ''Film/WarForThePlanetOfTheApes'', [[spoiler: Caesar smiles as he succumbs to his wounds, knowing that he had brought his brethren to a bountiful new home, with Maurice assuring him that his son Cornelius will remember him and all that he stood for.]]

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* At the end of ''Film/WarForThePlanetOfTheApes'', [[spoiler: Caesar smiles as he succumbs to his wounds, knowing that he had brought his brethren to a bountiful new home, with Maurice assuring him that his son Cornelius will remember him and all that he stood for.]]for]].



* 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.]]

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* 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.]]fell]].



** In the last book, [[spoiler: Fred]] is crushed in a bomb-like explosion [[GoOutWithASmile laughing.]]

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** In the last book, [[spoiler: Fred]] is crushed in a bomb-like explosion [[GoOutWithASmile laughing.]]



* 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]]

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* 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]][[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]].



* In ''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]]...

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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', right ''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]]...



* 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.]]

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* Spike goes out like this in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' as he burns up from a magical sunlight creating amulet.
**
amulet. His mother too in the flashback[[spoiler: after Spike stakes her.]]her]].



* 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.]]

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* 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.]]him]].



* In the ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "Through the Looking Glass", [[spoiler: Charlie gives one last smile before he drowns.]]

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* In the ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "Through the Looking Glass", [[spoiler: Charlie gives one last smile before he drowns.]]drowns]].



* Narrowly {{averted|Trope}} in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' after Lancelot is captured and about to be executed after securing Guinevere's escape from a warlord's keep. When he's threatened with a slow and painful death, he only gives a beautific smile and tells them that because Guinevere is safe, he dies happy. Only for the men to drag a recaptured Guinevere back into the arena. But then Prince Arthur saves them both anyway.
** At the start of the fourth series Lancelot gets another chance to GoOutWithASmile, and manages it this time when he walks into the veil into the spirit world, thereby healing the rift between the worlds.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}''
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Narrowly {{averted|Trope}} in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' after Lancelot is captured and about to be executed after securing Guinevere's escape from a warlord's keep. When he's threatened with a slow and painful death, he only gives a beautific smile and tells them that because Guinevere is safe, he dies happy. Only for the men to drag a recaptured Guinevere back into the arena. But then Prince Arthur saves them both anyway.
** At the start of the fourth series Lancelot gets another chance to GoOutWithASmile, chance, and manages it this time when he walks into the veil into the spirit world, thereby healing the rift between the worlds.



* [[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.]]

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* [[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.]]blast]].



* [[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.]]

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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 before dying while Badfinger's [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Baby Blue]] plays in the background, signifying he's dying alongside his greatest love, his blue meth.]]meth]].



** 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.]]

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** 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.]]
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.]] 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.]]relief]].



** As well as [[spoiler:Shinji]], who, [[spoiler:while bleeding to death out of two point-blank gunshot wounds, not only sneers at his would-be killer, and asks why he looks so sad, since this is what he wanted, 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.

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** As well as [[spoiler:Shinji]], who, [[spoiler:while bleeding to death out of two point-blank gunshot wounds, not only sneers at his would-be killer, and asks why he looks so sad, since this is what he wanted, but stands up, walks a few feet, throws back his head, laughs, assures everyone that this is how it should be, and collapses.]] collapses]]. Much more of a tear-jerker than it sounds like.



* 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.]]

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* 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.]]Bros]].



* 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.]]]]

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* 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.]]]]him/her]]]].



* 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 the finale of ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', when King [[AFathertoHisMen [[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.]]



** 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.]]

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** 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.]]
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).]]
obvious)]].
** Several of [[spoiler: your squadmates]] do something like this if [[spoiler: they die during the suicide mission.]]mission]].



** 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.]]

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** 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.]]it]].



* The opening of ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Dark]] [[{{DLC}} 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''.
* [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Fire Emblem Awakening]] 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.)]]

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* The opening of ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Dark]] [[{{DLC}} [[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''.
* [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Fire Emblem Awakening]] ''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.)]]



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

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



* ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' plays it straight in [[spoiler:Hisui's True Ending with Akiha]]. It then completely subverts this when [[spoiler:Kohaku [[DrivenToSuicide kills herself]]; Kohaku dies smiling, but she just revealed that [[EmotionlessGirl she can't feel anything]].]]

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* ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' plays it straight in [[spoiler:Hisui's True Ending with Akiha]]. It then completely subverts this when [[spoiler:Kohaku [[DrivenToSuicide kills herself]]; Kohaku dies smiling, but she just revealed that [[EmotionlessGirl she can't feel anything]].]]anything]]]].



** [[spoiler:Junko Enoshima, or actually her body double, Mukuro Ikusaba]] has a confused and terrified smile when she realizes she's been impaled several times over by the mastermind, [[spoiler:the real Junko. Speaking of which, Junko herself is cheerfully [[CheshireCatGrin grinning from ear to ear]] while waving at the heroes right before being crushed by a giant block.]]

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** [[spoiler:Junko Enoshima, or actually her body double, Mukuro Ikusaba]] has a confused and terrified smile when she realizes she's been impaled several times over by the mastermind, [[spoiler:the real Junko. Speaking of which, Junko herself is cheerfully [[CheshireCatGrin grinning from ear to ear]] while waving at the heroes right before being crushed by a giant block.]]block]].



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

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



** Additional creepiness added from a previous comic, wherein [[spoiler: Equius' killer, Gamzee, mentions (before he went insane) that if he could make Equius smile, it would be the best miracle he was ever part of. He got his miracle.]]
** Later on, [[spoiler: Terezi offers John a weak, tired smile and a [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay Terminator-style thumbs up]] before succumbing to the catastrophic injuries she sustained during [S] Game Over.]]

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** Additional creepiness added from a previous comic, wherein [[spoiler: Equius' killer, Gamzee, mentions (before he went insane) that if he could make Equius smile, it would be the best miracle he was ever part of. He got his miracle.]]
miracle]].
** Later on, [[spoiler: Terezi offers John a weak, tired smile and a [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay Terminator-style thumbs up]] before succumbing to the catastrophic injuries she sustained during [S] Game Over.]]Over]].



* ''Series/{{Noob}}'' is set in a {{MMORPG}} and its finale includes a high-stakes battle between the three UltimateGamer386 characters. One of the two that lost and henced [[DeathIsCheap "died"]] [[spoiler:had never been beaten by another player before, had hinted to having a BlessedWithSuck view on this]] and reacted to the loss by having his avatar smile before it got destroyed.

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* ''Series/{{Noob}}'' is set in a {{MMORPG}} {{M|assivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame}}MORPG and its finale includes a high-stakes battle between the three UltimateGamer386 characters. One of the two that lost and henced hence [[DeathIsCheap "died"]] [[spoiler:had never been beaten by another player before, had hinted to having a BlessedWithSuck view on this]] and reacted to the loss by having his avatar smile before it got destroyed.



* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' in season 3 had [[spoiler:Sarah Lynn]]. After winning and Oscar and deciding to leave the fame to go to college and follow a childhood dream, [=BoJack=] takes them to the planetarium and cradles them until [[spoiler: she [[BigSleep dies in her sleep]].]] Doubles as HopeSpot.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' in season 3 had [[spoiler:Sarah Lynn]]. After winning and Oscar and deciding to leave the fame to go to college and follow a childhood dream, [=BoJack=] takes them to the planetarium and cradles them until [[spoiler: she [[BigSleep dies in her sleep]].]] sleep]]]]. Doubles as HopeSpot.



* [[spoiler: Antauri]] from ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' who sacrificed himself with the most adorable little smile so that [[spoiler: he could stop the Dark One Worm from destroying everything and everyone. Sure he came back two episodes later, but he didn't know he would at the time.]]

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* [[spoiler: Antauri]] from ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' who sacrificed himself with the most adorable little smile so that [[spoiler: he could stop the Dark One Worm from destroying everything and everyone. Sure he came back two episodes later, but he didn't know he would at the time.]]time]].



* A most famous real life example is of Shemp Howard, one of the Three Stooges. He died in the back of a taxi cab while lighting up a cigar and telling a joke after coming home from the boxing match. Knowing Shemp's personality, [[AGoodWayToDie he would be fine with that.]]

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* A most famous real life example is of Shemp Howard, one of the Three Stooges.Film/TheThreeStooges. He died in the back of a taxi cab while lighting up a cigar and telling a joke after coming home from the boxing match. Knowing Shemp's personality, [[AGoodWayToDie he would be fine with that.]]
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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 the fact that by this point [[spoiler:Isaac himself is slowly dying]] is left to interpretation.
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* At the end of ''Film/WarForThePlanetOfTheApes'', [[spoiler: Caesar smiles as he succumbs to his wounds, knowing that he had brought his brethren to a bountiful new home, with Maurice assuring him that his son Cornelius will remember him and all that he stood for.]]
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** 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.]]
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* In ''{{Holes}}'', Kathleen Barlow ("Kissin' Kate Barlow") is taken in for arrest, to be tortured for information. Before they can do anything to her, however, a Yellow Spotted Lizard bites her on the ankle, which causes a slow, painful death; and Kate dies laughing, as "there was nothing more they could do to her now", and the knowledge of the location of her loot would die with her.

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* In ''{{Holes}}'', ''Literature/{{Holes}}'', Kathleen Barlow ("Kissin' Kate Barlow") is taken in for arrest, to be tortured for information. Before they can do anything to her, however, a Yellow Spotted Lizard bites her on the ankle, which causes a slow, painful death; and Kate dies laughing, as "there was nothing more they could do to her now", and the knowledge of the location of her loot would die with her.
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** And in 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.]]

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** And in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 358/2 Days, Days]]'', [[spoiler:after Roxas defeats Xion in a boss battle, Xion smiles at Roxas one last time in his arms as she fades away.]]
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