Created By: Specialist290 on August 11, 2009

Deathbed Confession

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Did a Google search for this one, and while I found a lot of references to the phrase on other pages, I couldn't find any tropes covering this.

In essence, a character who is about to die reveals an important secret to his friends in his final breaths.

Seen It a Million Times, but I'll be darned if I can remember a specific instance.
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  • August 11, 2009
    It appears to be covered by Final Speech, but could easily be split off. Some of the examples on that page can be moved over to this one when it's launched.

    If we have it as a separate trope it should be listed under Last Words, but it doesn't look like it's there.

    • Judge Dredd. After Judge Fargo is mortally wounded, he confesses to the title character that both Dredd and Rico were genetically engineered and are actually brothers (of a sort).
    • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Just before he dies, Yoda tells Luke that he must confront Darth Vader before he can become a Jedi and that there is another Skywalker.
  • August 11, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    this is so well established, it even has a variant: the "they're dying, so i'll put words in their mouth to further my own ends" deathbed confession / final speech
  • August 11, 2009
    Lee M
    There's the old joke about the guy who confesses on his deathbed to his wife/business partner that he embezzled their life savings/pension fund. His wife/partner replies, "It's OK, dear/pal, I already knew that. That's why I poisoned you."
  • August 11, 2009
    Mocked on Frasier when Martin pretends to give one regarding some stolen money he recovered on a bust (i think), but "dies" mid-sentence - Niels was recording a video for future generations.
  • August 11, 2009
    If we decide to launch it--being a lumper by nature, I'm content to leave it under Last Words--I have a great quote.

    They say, the tongues of dying men,
    Enforce attention, like deep harmony:
    Where words are scarce, they are seldom spent in vain.
    Richard II by William Shakespeare, Act II, Scene i.

    Edit: Gah. Last Words is an index. Silly me. I meant Famous Last Words, or possibly Final Speech.
  • August 11, 2009
    Reg Shoe
    Judge Fargo also has (a much better) Deathbed Confession in the comic. In this he tells Dredd that he was wrong to create the Justice System and that he felt that he had killed America.
  • August 11, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In the Doctor Who episode New Earth (I think it's New Earth? the series 3 episode not the series 2 one) The Face of Boe tells the doctor "You Are Not Alone" [[spoiler: in reference to The Master still existing trillions of years into the future as Professor Yana]
  • August 11, 2009
    In HBO's Rome Gaia confesses to Pullo on her deathbed that she killed Eirene to be with him. Pullo is not amused and strangles her to death.