Created By: fleb on September 23, 2008

Last Request

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How Did We Miss This One?...? Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Something you request right before you die. Sometimes offered to you by your executioner, in which case you might ask for something seemingly innocuous, but pivotal to your narrow escape (or Clear My Name stratagem).

Tends to be called a Dying Wish if you're lying around and dying slowly.
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  • September 23, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Mentioned on the Evil Overlord List as one of those things not to do.
  • September 23, 2008
    No. Letting the Heroes get one is a no-no. It says nothing about if the overlord is offered one. Heck, if done right, it would be a Xanatos Funeral.
  • September 23, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Occasionally a near-death scene will be faked, in order to get someone to agree to something; most often played for comedy.
    • On the 20th Century, Oscar pretends to be dying to get Lily to sign a contract.
  • September 23, 2008
    I Tried to launch something like this called the One Last Smoke, but I'm lacking examples.

    Mine was more linked to actual deaths. This seems more escape oriented.
  • September 24, 2008
    James Bond movie You Only Live Twice. Bond has a cigarette that fires a rocket when lighted. While Blofeld holds him captive (and threatens him with death), Bond asks to be able to smoke, and Blofeld orders a guard to give him his cigarettes. Bond uses the explosion as a distraction to open the false crater and allow the NINJA army to enter.

    Subverted in the 1999 The Wild Wild West movie. When Artemus Gordon is about to be executed, he asks to be shot in the heart because he's secretly wearing a bulletproof vest. The Diabolical Mastermind calmly orders that he be shot in the head.
  • January 10, 2009
    This should probably become the escaped cousin of One Last Smoke now.

    Is fleb still around?
  • January 10, 2009
    "Any last requests?"

    "Yeah, loosen the rope and let me go."

    Rick o'Connell to a nameless guard in the recent version of The Mummy.