Created By: Maxaxle on November 15, 2011 Last Edited By: TheWanderer on February 6, 2014
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Dying Declaration Of Hate

Upon realizing their doom, a character confesses their hatred of another character, especially if the second character is present.

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Knowing that you're about to die can certainly have a liberating effect on people, as suddenly all the constraining rules of etiquette and having to play nice suddenly don't seem so important anymore. For example, sometimes it lets people get past hangups like Cannot Spit It Out and make a final, tragic statement of love... and sometimes it lets you tell someone you loathe, especially you've had to put up with because they're part of your social circle or someone with power over you like a boss, just what a Jerk Ass they are.

This can be played either for laughs or drama. Either way counts as being related to "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner, while the more dramatic version tends to overlap with tropes such as Dying Curse and Defiant to the End. Inversions include Dying Declaration of Love and It Has Been an Honor.

Compare See You in Hell.

Anime and Manga
  • Evil Matriarch Precia Testarossa in the original Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series confesses her hatred for Fate, though neither is dying at that point. Later on, when Precia is falling to her death, Fate tries to save her but she rejects her again.
  • In Umineko: When They Cry, Eva declares her hatred of her niece Ange a few minutes before she dies. Ange hardly seems surprised and retorts that it's mutual.
  • Naruto makes it one its biggest Tear Jerkers in the Gaara flashback, when Yashamaru says to Gaara that he never loved him, nor did Gaara's own mother (who died giving him birth), before making himself explode. And it's revealed much later that it wasn't even the truth.

Film
  • The Emperor's New Groove: Right after Pacha rescues Kuzco from the panthers, they end up tied to a log. Pacha insists he can think of a way out; the log then cracks, leaving just enough time for Kuzco to say "I hate you", before they plummet into the chasm below.
  • Aliens has an unusual variation. When Vazquez and Ensign Newbie Gorman get ready to kill themselves and some nearby aliens with a grenade, Vazquez says "You always were an asshole, Gorman." The unusual thing is that she means it, referring to Gorman's incompetence as an officer and such, but there's also a twinge of respect because Gorman showed in courage in trying to come back to save her.

Live Action TV
  • In the Parks and Recreation episode "Ron and Tammy", Ron muses on this trope:
    "On my deathbed, my final wish is to have my ex-wives rush to my side so I can use my dying breath to tell them both to go to hell one last time."

Machinima
  • In Red vs. Blue Church uses his dying words to say that he always hated Tucker most.
    • Also, during Recreation, when Grif thought they were going to die he used the time to call out Sarge and tell Sarge what he really thought of him.

Theatre
  • Romeo and Juliet has the last words of Mercutio (who's death changes the tone of the play completely), where he says this not just of Tybalt (who actually killed him) but Romeo and everyone in the families who's feud lead to his death.
    A Plague on Both Your Houses! They have made worms' meat of me. I have it, And soundly too. Your houses!
  • Many productions of Peter Pan have Hook take a moment to tell Peter just how much he loathes Pan immediately before falling to the croc.

Video Games

Web Comics
  • Towards the end of 8-Bit Theater, Black Mage starts using power that essentially make him a Humanoid Abomination and killing off the other main cast members. Thief attempts to backstab Black Mage, but it does no harm at all. Thief's "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner is "My only regret is not hating you more."
  • In one strip of Beaver and Steve, the two title characters are cornered by monsters in an alley. When Beaver asks Steve if there's anything he wants to say before they die, he replies "I've always secretly hated you."
  • As Redcloak's brother Right-eye is dying at the end of Order Of The Stick prequel Start of Darkness, he refers to his brother as "Red-cloak", a name he basically considers a demeaning slave name, for the first time.

Web Original
  • In Dragon Ball Abridged, Guldo, the Butt Monkey from the Ginyu Force, often tried to reach out and be friendly to Vegeta, only for Vegeta to abuse him in return. In particular, Vegeta had a fondness for throwing doggie treats at Guldo's head, which Guldo found especially demeaning. When Guldo is fighting Gohan and Krillin, he gets mortally wounded by a sneak attack by Vegeta, and begins pondering the afterlife... and Vegeta breaks ir up by throwing a dog biscuit at his head.
    Guldo: (while the theme from American Beauty plays) This is the end of the road. The end for me. I... I wonder... will I dream?
Vegeta: [Hits Guldo in the face with a thrown dog biscuit] Guldo: I fucking hate you. Vegeta: I know. (Calmly finishes Guldo off)

Western Animation
  • A villain on villain example combining with "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: In Megas XLR a couple Glorft mooks look out the window to see Megas seconds away from crashing into the mothership, right where they stand. One turns to the other and says, "I've always hated you." Cue explosion.
  • In Metalocalypse, Toki and Skwisgaar get one of these moments when they believe they're about to be killed.
  • In Family Guy, when a very drunk Peter accidentally causes his father's death, Francis asks Peter to come closer to listen to what he has to say. His last words were "You're a fat, stinking drunk!" Francis "loved" Peter like a son, but he never LIKED him. Peter soon realized afterward that Francis wasn't even his biological father in the first place.
  • In the Futurama episode "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles", Professor Farnsworth (who's drowning) curses Zoidberg (not for any related reason, everyone just hates him). Definitely a parody of the Dying Curse trope.
    Fansworth: With my last breath, I curse Zoidberg!
  • From the 1949 Looney Tunes "High Diving Hare," after being tricked by Bugs Bunny for the third time, Yosemite Sam unfalls to glare at his adversary long enough to say, "Ah hate you." Sam then resumes plummeting to his doom.
Community Feedback Replies: 35
  • November 15, 2011
    Floria
  • November 15, 2011
    archie
    • The Emperors New Groove: Right after Pacha rescues Kuzco from the panthers, they end up tied to a log. Pacha insists he can think of a way out; the log then cracks, leaving just enough time for Kuzco to say "I hate you", before they plummet into the chasm below.
    • In one strip of Beaver And Steve, the two title characters are cornered by monsters in an alley. When Beaver asks Steve if there's anything he wants to say before they die, he replies "I've always secretly hated you."
  • November 15, 2011
    genewitch
    In Red Vs Blue Church always hated Tucker the most, or so he said as his dying words.
  • November 16, 2011
    Koveras
    Needs a title that doesn't sound like a Stock Phrase.
  • November 16, 2011
    PaulA
    Subversion of Dying Declaration Of Love; not sure it counts as a separate trope.
  • November 16, 2011
    Arivne
  • November 16, 2011
    TheWanderer
    • Towards the end of 8-bit Theater, Black Mage starts using power that essentially make him a Humanoid Abomination and killing off the other main cast members. Thief attempts to backstab Black Mage, but it does no harm at all. Thief's Facing The Bullets One Liner is "My only regret is not hating you more."
  • November 16, 2011
    Koveras
    • Evil Matriarch Precia Testarossa in the original Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series confesses her hatred for Fate, though neither is dying at that point. Later on, when Precia is falling to her death, Fate tries to save her but she rejects her again.
  • November 16, 2011
    morgulknight1
    Would, "You always were and asshole, Gorman." from "Aliens" count?
  • November 16, 2011
    Maxaxle
    "Needs a title that doesn't sound like a Stock Phrase." Hm, maybe. "Subversion of Dying Declaration Of Love; not sure it counts as a separate trope." I've heard it so many times that I think it might count as its own trope. "Dying Confession Of Hatred?" Sure, why not?

  • November 16, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    there are some examples on It Has Been An Honour listed as subversions that would fit this.
  • November 16, 2011
    AP
    Can it be villain/hero examples?

    • In the stage version of Peter Pan, Captain Hook expresses his utter contempt for Peter Pan just before falling into the croc's mouth.
  • November 16, 2011
    TheWanderer
    In Umineko When They Cry, Eva declares her hatred of her niece Ange a few minutes before she dies. Ange hardly seems surprised and retorts that it's mutual.
  • November 16, 2011
    wanderlustwarrior
    I thought I'd already said this, but consider Defiant To The End, which is what villain/hero examples would be.
  • November 17, 2011
    randomsurfer
    See You In Hell is related.
  • November 18, 2011
    Maxaxle
    Indeed, but See You In Hell is about one character causing the death of another, where the death of one character and the death of the other are not necessarily mutual.

    EDIT: Changed the title as requested.
  • November 18, 2011
    darkapothem2000
    In the Parks And Recreation episode "Ron and Tammy", Ron muses on this trope:
    "On my deathbed, my final wish is to have my ex-wives rush to my side so I can use my dying breath to tell them both to go to hell one last time."
  • November 19, 2011
    Arutema
  • November 19, 2011
    Lyendith
    • Naruto makes it one its biggest Tear Jerkers in the Gaara flashback, when Yashamaru says to Gaara that he never loved him, nor did Gaara's own mother (who died giving him birth), before making himself explode. And it's revealed much later that it wasn't even the truth.
  • November 20, 2011
    Omeganian
    There is a joke (told in several variants) about a man who, while on deathbed, asks his wife to marry a certain person after his death. She agrees, and then says "I thought you hated him". With his last breath, the husband says "hell yes I do".
  • December 8, 2011
    darkapothem2000
    Bump
  • December 8, 2011
    sliz225
    An absolutely hilarious example at the end of the Bartimaeus Trilogy. Nathaniel and Bartimaeus are sharing a body, and about to launch a heroic sacrifice. Nathaniel begins what the snarky Bartimaeus thinks is going to be an absolutely maudlin speech. Bartimaeus even begins boredly playing along ("Well, you've dandy too) . . . only for Nathaniel to interrupt him to begin reminding him how many times he's screwed up. Subverted in that Nathaniel is only using this an excuse to dismiss Bartimaeus from his body before they'd both die ("you'd only screw things up!") while maintaining his Jerkass Facade.
  • January 23, 2013
    TheWanderer
    • In Dragon Ball Abridged, Guldo, the Butt Monkey from the Ginyu Force, often tried to reach out and be friendly to Vegeta, only for Vegeta to abuse him in return. In particular, Vegeta had a fondness for throwing doggie treats at Guldo's head, which Guldo found especially demeaning. When Guldo is fighting Gohan and Krillin, he gets mortally wounded by a sneak attack by Vegeta, and begins pondering the afterlife... and Vegeta breaks ir up by throwing a dog biscuit at his head.
      Guldo: (while the theme from American Beauty plays) This is the end of the road. The end for me. I... I wonder... will I dream? Vegeta: [Hits Guldo in the face with a thrown dog biscuit] Guldo: I fucking hate you. Vegeta: I know. (Calmly finishes Guldo off)
  • January 23, 2013
    Dragonmaw
    I think "I Always Hated You" works better as a title, personally. It's a common phrase used in this trope and is instantly recognizable.
  • January 23, 2013
    DRCEQ
    • In Family Guy, when a very drunk Peter accidentally causes his father's death, Francis asks Peter to come closer to listen to what he has to say. His last words were "You're a fat, stinking drunk!" Francis "loved" Peter like a son, but he never LIKED him. Peter soon realized afterward that Francis wasn't even his biological father in the first place.
  • January 23, 2013
    Bisected8
    • In the Futurama episode "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles", Professor Farnsworth (who's drowning) curses Zoidberg (not for any related reason, everyone just hates him).
      Fansworth: With my last breath, I curse Zoidberg!

    • Romeo And Juliet has the last words of Mercutio (who's death changes the tone of the play completely), where he says this not just of Tybalt (who actually killed him) but Romeo and everyone in the families who's feud lead to his death.
      A Plague On Both Your Houses! They have made worms' meat of me. I have it, And soundly too. Your houses!

    Speaking of which;

    Compare Dying Curse, where the dying person wishes ill fortune (in a setting where it's possible or not) on their killers.
  • January 24, 2013
    Arivne
    ^^^ I Always Hated You sounds like a line of dialog (thus violating No New Stock Phrases), and will get this trope sent to the Cut List instantly as soon as it's launched.

    Check out Fast Eddie's warning in the We Have Come For Your Chocolate YKTTW proposal if you don't believe me.
  • January 24, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    From the 1949 Looney Tunes "High Diving Hare," after being tricked by Bugs Bunny for the third time, Yosemite Sam unfalls to glare at his adversary long enough to say, "Ah hate you." Sam then resumes plummeting to his doom.
  • January 24, 2013
    cygnavamp
  • January 24, 2013
    toadking07
    Usually a villain thing to do, or someone with an uneasy alliance. Though every now and then it's a loved one or bitter father figure. I feel like the latter is half used for comedy and half used for drama, depends on the show/movie/game/etc
  • January 25, 2013
    Talvieno
    The title is a little ambiguous - it could be taken as either comedy or drama, and I'd like to suggest it might possibly be better written as such... In a drama or action movie, if a character says something along these lines, they're generally a little more likely to come back from the dead, seeking vengeance. I unfortunately can't come up with any examples of this off the top of my head, though.

    An edit: On the comedy side: In Malcolm in the Middle, there's a scene where Hal and Lois do the Arson Murder And Jaywalking trope, increasing their "hatred" incrementally until it's pretty serious. This is the episode where Reese gets drugged and steals a horse.
  • January 25, 2013
    DRCEQ
    Someone organize all the examples and I'll give it the final hat needed to launch.
  • July 25, 2013
    313Bluestreak
    Would this count?

    • In the last story of Sonic Adventure 2, it was found out after Dr. Eggman gathered all of the Chaos Emeralds to power up the Eclipse Cannon, a screen of Prof. Gerald Robotnik gave out a speech declaring his hatred for humanity for the murder of Maria minutes before he was executed:
      "All of you ungrateful humans, who took everything away from me, will feel my loss and despair!"
  • July 25, 2013
    DRCEQ
    ^ that depends. Was he saying as he was already dieing? Or did he say it, not expecting to die afterwards?
  • July 25, 2013
    313Bluestreak
    ^He knew he was going to be executed because his experiments from the ARK were dangerous.
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