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->''"Stop that laughing! Have you forgotten what happened last time? If you don't stop that laughing, you're going to end up dead just like your idiot hyena cousins!"''
-->-- '''Judge Doom''', ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''

Sometimes when a character, especially a SadClown or PluckyComicRelief type, is facing death, they find the whole experience laugh-out-loud funny. Othertimes, [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning Their Death Is Just the Beginning]]. Or sometimes, the laughter itself is what kills them, especially if they've just been hit with ComedyAsAWeapon. Either way, that's where this trope comes in. Can also overlap with LaughingMad.

Compare GoOutWithASmile. Contrast LaughThemselvesSick, which doesn't (usually) involve any actual injury.

'''This is a death trope, so expect ''unmarked spoilers.'''''


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'':
** [[spoiler:Jougan and Balinbow]] make a HeroicSacrifice to save Gimmy and Darry, then they die laughing in the face of death... and take out an Anti-Spiral fleet with their death.
** [[spoiler:Kittan]] also does this, laughing about his new found Spiral power.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'': Rena dies laughing in the BigBad's face during one arc.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': When Shishio spontaneously combusts from his extreme body temperature, he dies, burning in flames, laughing to the end.
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', the Captain dies laughing (which Seras described "like a child") when he is killed by Pip.
* In the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' OVA "Bardock, Father of Goku", Bardock goes out this way when he realizes the prophecy he had of a Saiyan vanquishing Frieza wasn't of him, but [[IdenticalGrandson of his son, Goku.]]
* After [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Jessie]] ends up being incapable of restraining her amusement of Haunter's antics when the platform she and the rest of Team Rocket were on and lets go, Meowth comments while she is laughing that she's going to die laughing. Knowing these characters, they survive, albeit at the end of the episode, they [[TakenForGranite are encased in cement]].
* [[StarterVillain Devimon]] in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', after mocking what he thought was Angemon's SenselessSacrifice, manages one last EvilLaugh before he's gone.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/SinCity'', when Marv learns that his foe is Cardinal Roark, he realizes that it's going to kill him, whether he takes down Roark or not. Marv decides to press on: "Hell, dying will be nothing. I'll die laughing if I know I've done this one thing right." [[spoiler:And so he does.]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}}:
** Joker venom, starting with the very first Batman vs. ComicBook/TheJoker story. Victims die laughing with huge unnatural smiles on their faces.
** The Joker himself, after being crippled by Batman in ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', SNAPS HIS OWN NECK BY TWISTING IT AROUND to frame his nemesis, and then dies laughing.
** A refined version of Joker venom causes victims to laugh up their own intestines.
* In an ''Franchise/{{Archie|Comics}}'' story, Jughead is kidnapped in Mexico and Mr. Lodge is sent the ransom note. It's touch-and-go for a while, but Lodge pulls through.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness'', [[spoiler: Terry Boot]] goes out this way.
* In ''WebVideo/FinalFantasyVIIMachinabridged'', Biggs gives Cloud a message for Jessie (he thought her voice was hot [[spoiler:because it sounded like she was blowing him]]), which he gives her; she does this when she hears it (she found it funny [[spoiler:that he thought his dick was that big]]). Cloud laughs along with her, only to realize that she's gone before long.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/IceAge3DawnOfTheDinosaurs'', this is the fate of any who breathes in the gas in the Chasm of Death, though the furry heroes are saved by Ellie before they actually, you know, [[NeverSayDie die]].
-->'''Ellie:''' They're just laughing. What's so bad about that?\\
'''Buck:''' ''(pointing at dinosaur skeletons)'' They ''died'' laughing!
* In ''WesternAnimation/AChristmasCarol2009'', the Ghost of Christmas Present [[spoiler: dies by dissolving into a skeleton as midnight strikes. He continues to laugh when he is a skeleton, but dies quickly after.]]
* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:
** An alternative ending of ''Disney/TheLionKing'' plays it straight with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y14TwUGQ3xE Scar.]]
** As well as an alternate ending of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' with Gaston.
* In ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'', Ruber laughs as he is obliterated by accidentally stabbing Excalibur, which is forged with his arm, back into its stone.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'': All but one of the weasels die of laughing and become ghosts. Just like Doom warned them they would. (It is implied that this was a family aliment, as it also happened to their "idiot cousins", as Doom described them.)
-->'''Smart Ass''': Stop that laughin'! You know what happens when you can't stop laughin'?! [hits Psycho and Greasy with a plunger and then throws it at Stupid] One of these days, you're gonna ''die'' laughin'.
* Laughing gas was used as a weapon in ''Film/TheRadiolandMurders''.
* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', Vizzini drinks poisoned wine and then laughs maniacally, [[PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo thinking he'd outsmarted Westley]]. [[KilledMidSentence He literally keels over mid-laugh]].
* In ''Film/MaryPoppins'', the grumpy old banker Mr. Dawes Sr. dies laughing [[LateToThePunchline when he finally gets Mr. Banks's joke]].
* In ''Film/{{Batman}}'', the toxins Joker releases into various cosmetics causes the people who combine them to laugh uncontrollably and die with a Joker-esque smile. At the end, [[spoiler: after Joker falls from the cathedral, he's seen on the ground with a grin, laughing - only the laughing is just a looped recording playing over a tiny speaker]].
* El Guapo in the ''Film/ThreeAmigos'' "That was a good trick too. Hahaha....."
* The Joker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' laughs all the way down his seemingly fatal plunge off the skyscraper and would have died that way if Batman hadn't saved him.
* In ''Film/{{Predator}}'', the mortally wounded alien, rather than die from bleeding out, sets a suicide bomb and begins laughing maniacally.
* Jack Vincennes does this in ''Film/LAConfidential'', after using his carefully chosen [[FamousLastWords last words]] to set up a trap for the man who killed him.
* In ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart2'', President Snow laughs after Katniss fatally shoots President Coin. He's beaten to death by the district residents afterwards.
* John Geiger laughs after his plane crashes onto an oil tanker before exploding in the climax of ''Film/Speed2CruiseControl''.
* ''Film/TheAceOfHearts'': Farallone is part of a terrorist group, which has decided to kill Forrest and Lilith, defectors from the group. Farallone, determined to save Lilith, sneaks a bomb into his lap and activates it. While the bomb is ticking down the men of the brotherhood draw cards to see who will kill Farallone and Lilith. Farallone gets the job. He bursts out laughing, and he's still cackling with glee when the bomb goes off and kills all of them.

* The werewolf Gmork in ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'' is starving to death. Atreyu finds him and the two have a long winding conversation, neither realizing that they should be trying to kill each other. When Atreyu tells Gmork who he is, the werewolf laughs hauntingly and dies.
* In the backstory of ''Literature/TheChinatownDeathCloudPeril'', the comedian Ah Hoon was found murdered, with a laugh frozen on his face. As we find out at the very end, this was due to the great difficulty the killer had in reaching Ah Hoon: The killer looked ridiculous at the moment of the murder.
* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'':
** Cuthbert and Roland, the last gunslingers of Gilead, are pulling a SelfDestructiveCharge to take out as many of the enemy as possible. Cuthbert loses first one eye, then the other, to enemy projectiles. And he '''still keeps laughing''', right up to the moment he falls.
** A shapeshifting emotion vampire tries to kill Roland this way in the [[Literature/TheWindThroughTheKeyhole final novel]]. It's mentioned that this was a particularly effective method as Roland is normally rather humorless.
* Prak, near the end of ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'', tells "the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth" about the entire universe, and drives everyone who hears it mad. Prak himself dies after several days of uncontrollable laughter upon meeting Arthur Dent: he apparently found the "truth" about Arthur fatally hilarious.
* In ''Literature/{{Holes}}'', Katherine "Kissin' Kate" Barlow was found by her old enemy Charles "Trout" Walker, [[ImpoverishedPatrician who had become destitute]] when a drought gripped the lake town his family owned. He and his wife Linda try to torture Kate for information on where she hid her loot, as she'd robbed several banks during her tenure as an outlaw and they're very desperate. Before they can do anything to her, however, a Yellow Spotted Lizard bites her on the ankle, which is an automatic death sentence. As "there was nothing more they could do to her now", Trout and Linda demand the answer before she dies and Kate simply tells them to [[FamousLastWords "start digging"]] and dies laughing at them.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Sirius Black gets offed mid-laugh. His cousin and murderer, Bellatrix Lestrange, cops it exactly the same way from Molly Weasley.
** [[spoiler:Fred Weasley]] dies as he's laughing at a joke made by [[TheUnfavourite Percy]], who up to this point has displayed NoSenseOfHumor.
* In ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles'', a certain type of carnivorous plant in the Vineyard of Eyes emits a [[ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin euphoric gas]] that makes you laugh at ''everything'', rendering you helpless to the attacking vines.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' President Snow dies laughing after Katniss shoots Coin, having believed what he told her about Coin dropping the bombs that killed her little sister, Prim.
* ''Literature/HobsonsIsland'' has a pack of bio-weapon monkeys brought to the island that do this to people who touch them. [[spoiler:Everyone on the island falls victim to them. Only one guy survives.]] He goes insane, as it happened it the middle of his comedy show and he believes that he is responsible.
* Near the end of ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Cold Copper Tears]]'', Morley throws a stolen potion at one of the armored attackers. After a moment's exposure, the attacker starts laughing too much to fight; Crask takes the opportunity to kill him, only to start giggling himself from secondary exposure to the potion.
* ''Literature/TheLongShips'': Styrbjörn is killed at Uppsala by a spear through the neck just when he is laughing at the approaching Swedish army.
* Overlapping with LaughingMad: Thot Trom in the Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse. After learning that his peoples' plans across several novels form a StableTimeLoop, that his superiors' attempted recovery of a crashed Alternate Universe starship from Tirana III in ''Literature/StarTrekColdEquations'' - the failure of which led to his penetration of the alternate universe in ''Literature/StarTrekSection31Disavowed'' - was an effort to salvage a ship he would actually crash there himself, Trom is reduced to laughing madly as he plunges toward the planet.
* At the end of the first chapter of ''Literature/BrothersOfTheSnake'', one of the dark eldar raiders killed by Priad and Antoni on Baal Solock has the last laugh after realising that [[spoiler: the plan to lure a WAAAGH! using an Ork relic will succeed, despite the entire raiding party being wiped out.]]
* Cornell Woolrich's story "The Screaming Laugh" has this. [[spoiler: Turns out you ''can'' kill someone by TickleTorture.]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': This is the fate of whoever reads or hears the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gpjk_MaCGM Funniest Joke In The World,]] so lethal that it was translated into German and used as a weapon in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* ''Series/TheGoodies''. This is the fate of anyone who sees [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Bigfoot]] (Tim Brooke-Taylor with a foot that's swelled up to enormous size). Or at least one person who saw "Kung Fu Kapers" (see RealLife).
* On ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'', a man dies this way after several HOURS of nonstop laughter. It turns out, after you have been laughing nonstop for about 20 minutes, you literally cannot stop laughing. Eventually, he dies of a heart attack.
* The Cowboy Android in the self-titled episode of Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow.
* Akumaro in ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''. As he was already a HellSeeker, his reaction to being ''vertically bisected'' by a skyscraper-sized {{BFS}} is to laugh with delight at the pain.
* In ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'', [[spoiler:Solonius]] dies laughing after Spartacus, just before giving him the final stroke, confides in him that [[spoiler:he plans to kill Solonius's enemy Batiatus as well later on]].

* This was the fate of "Ali Baba's Camel" in a 1931 novelty song covered by the BonzoDogBand.

* Subverted in ''Pinball/{{Metallica}}'' -- Sparky is grinning as he's strapped into the electric chair, but he doesn't die from being electrocuted.

* "Literature/{{Krakumal}}": As Ragnar Lodbrok dies in a snake pit, he drives home that he has no need to feel sorry for his death, because he has lived a glorious life, and will be feasted in Odin's hall in the afterlife. In the very last line, he tops his death-defiance off by asserting that he will die laughing.
-->''On the high bench, boldly,\\
beer I'll drink with the Gods;\\
hope of life is lost now--\\
laughing shall I die!''

* In ''Theatre/CatOnAHotTinRoof'' Big Daddy explains to his son Brick that he wants to leave behind all of his riches to him and the rest of the family because his own father was a worthless old hobo. His only tie to glory was a worthless old uniform from his time served in the Military which he gave to Big Daddy, but despite his terrible situation he died laughing with his son by his side. Brick thinks that he died laughing the way he did because he was happy that he had his son by his side, and that he left behind many happy memories and love for his son the best way he knew how, Big Daddy is deeply moved by this perspective.
* In ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'', Orin the dentist goes out laughing by accidentally asphyxiating himself with nitrous oxide.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'': Jasper laughing hysterically as he burns alive, glad to have met "the Devil", followed by carving 17/21 into his own chest with a candlestick right before he dies.
* Father Grigori does this in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' if you allow him to be killed.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', [[spoiler:while Ghirahim is violently converted back to his master Demise's sword, he laughs maniacally, then falls limp when Demise pulls his sword out of Ghirahim's body. It's debatable whether this is an actual "death", but it meets most qualifications.]]
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' and ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins Arkham Origins]]'' the Joker's toxin causes this to happen.
** Speaking of which, at the end of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' an incredibly dark and twisted version happens [[spoiler:when ComicBook/TheJoker dies. Batman tells the Joker that if he hadn't stabbed him in the arm, causing him to drop the Titan antidote, he would have given it to him and saved his life. To which the Joker starts laughing hysterically while coughing uncontrollably and admits that it's ActuallyPrettyFunny. [[GoOutWithASmile He then dies with an enormous smile on his face.]]]]
* Another Joker example is in ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', where an alternate universe version of the Joker dies laughing as [[TheBadGuyWins he]] [[PayEvilUntoEvil gets]] [[FallenHero exactly]] [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis what]] [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope he]] [[BewareTheSuperman wanted]].
* In one of the cut endings of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic 2'', this is how [[spoiler: Atton dies, after fighting a futile battle against Darth Sion.]] The audio still exists in the game file, and it may be... [[TearJerker worth listening to.]]
* Suprisingly, [[MonsterClown Kefka]] [[LaughingMad Palazzo]] of ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVI'' didn't do this, instead dying in complete silence.[[note]]Probably the closest he can go to undergoing the trope is if the player is lucky enough to kill him either immediately after he starts charging Goner/Forsaken, since that's when his head with his laughing expression is displayed, or when the fourth stanza of Dancing Mad starts to loop.[[/note]] He did go out this way in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', with a sad, remorseful laugh rather than his trademark roaring cackle after Terra points out he only fought because death is the only thing that could make him truly happy.
** Gestahl does, however, refer to the trope when Kefka starts [[LaughingMad laughing for no apparent reason]] [[spoiler:when Gestahl attempts to kill him to prevent him from having the Warring Triad unleash their true power and cause the apocalypse]]. Subverted in that his spells [[spoiler:have absolutely no effect on Kefka due to being in the Warring Triad's energy field.]] It's even given a ContinuityNod in ''Dissidia Duodecim Final Fantasy'', from Sephiroth says the trope name word for word when about to fight Kefka.
--->''Final Fantasy VI:''\\
'''Gestahl:''' No hard feelings, now... I'm just going to use this power you've unleashed to put you to sleep.\\
''(Kefka starts laughing)''\\
'''Gestahl:''' What's so funny!? Very well... I suppose it's only fitting that you go out laughing.
--->''Dissidia 012:''\\
'''Sephiroth:''' ''(to Kefka)'' Die laughing.
* ''[[{{VideoGame/Onimusha}} Onimusha 3]]'': Gargant the Genma General is killed by Samanosuke in the intro video. He laughs as he explodes in light.
* [[spoiler:Sebastian [=LaCroix=]]] in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' dies laughing in the Anarch and Independent endings [[spoiler:if you hand him the sarcophagus key]]. The absurdity of the situation and the last-minute knowledge that he's been the UnwittingPawn probably had something to do with it. To clarify, he dies laughing because [[spoiler: he thought the sarcophagus had the corpse of an ancient vampire in it whose powers he could then steal, but it turns out that instead it's been rigged with explosives. Explosives that are ''about to go off in his face''.]]
* One of the various ways to die in ''VideoGame/TheSims4'', but your Sim has to be laughing really hard in order for that to happen.
* The FinalBoss of ''Gunhound EX'' goes out like this.
* ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'': The Ancestor implies this about the Jester whenever you recruit one.
-->'''Ancestor:''' He will be laughing still, at the end.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', if you're leveled up enough (or willing to pull an ISurrenderSuckers) to OneHitKill the WakeUpCallBoss, they'll die this way.
* ''Videogame/NeverwinterNights'': The [[AxCrazy Manic Psychotic]] voiceset, who's already LaughingMad as it is. Surprisingly enough, it takes the usually hilariously hammy screaming into slightly creepy territory.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' EP 4, during "The Sweet World of Witches" segment, Rosa laughs as MARIA repeatedly kills her.
* [[spoiler: Tony Redwood's]] final moments in ''VisualNovel/{{Policenauts}}'', [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled when he decides to throw himself off the stairway]] [[DisneyVillainDeath to his death]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The [[ManEatingPlant Nepenthes Dulcis]] found in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' incapacitates prey by inducing feelings of extreme happiness, letting it eat them while they're laughing all the way.
* In ''Webcomic/TheKamics'' this was a side effect of using the [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4806540/ Swiss Army Sword.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'', Lady Sylvia Lazarus laughs as she burns to death.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'': As in the comic, the Joker's gas causes its victims to die from uncontrolled laughter[[labelnote:*]]Unlike in ''Batman: The Animated Series'', they really were implied to be dead, not just unconscious. Wrath and Scorn even suffer DeathBySecretIdentity by Joker gas.[[/labelnote]].
* In the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes compilation movie ''Daffy Duck's Quackbusters'', Daffy Duck goes on a quest to become a dying millionaire's companion. He winds up the millionaire's jester, and the millionaire winds up laughing uproariously as he pelts Daffy with pies, right up to his death.
** That was the short subject "Daffy Dilly," with Daffy lamenting "It's a living" as the cartoon irises out. As ''Quackbusters'' reimagines the ending, Daffy becomes an heir to the late millionaire's fortune. He uses the money to open his ghostbusting business.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "''Scott Tenorman Must Die''", Kenny laughed himself to death after seeing Cartman's video. Like ''Who Framed Roger Rabbit'', Kenny's spirit came out of his body, still laughing (shown in later broadcasts).
* Joker venom is non-fatal in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''[[labelnote:*]]The creators of the series used The Joker's laughing gas a lot, explaining they had to fall back on something since the censors wouldn't let him shoot anyone. When they saw how the gas instead either left the victims frozen in place or laughing non-stop with their faces twisted into sick, frightening grins, they admitted, "Yeah, that's actually ''worse.''"[[/labelnote]], but in both ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'' and the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' three-parter "World's Finest", the Joker finds his own [[JokerImmunity supposedly certain]] death to be uproarously funny. Ironically, he doesn't laugh at all when he met his true end in the flashback in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', leading to his FamousLastWords:
--> ''That's not funny. That's not...''
* "Die Laughing" was the title of a ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' episode. In it, Baron Greenback sends the leaders of the world into fits of laughter with a gas treated with a laugh-inducing micro-organism.
* The Creator/TexAvery short "WesternAnimation/SymphonyInSlang" starts with a slang-heavy hipster meeting Noah Webster at Heaven's pearly gates. With many a VisualPun used to demonstrate his story, the hipster is revealed to have literally died from laughter.
* Nutty from ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' usually laughs insanely as he dies.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Alex Mitchell found ''Series/TheGoodies'' episode "Kung Fu Kapers" so funny he laughed non-stop for ''[[RealityIsUnrealistic 25 minutes straight]]''. The strain on his heart was such that he suffered a fatal heart attack. His widow sent the Goodies a letter thanking them for making his last moments so happy.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatal_hilarity#Modern_deaths_attributed_to_laughter Somebody literally died laughing]] while watching the scene in ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'' where Kevin Kline puts chips up Creator/MichaelPalin's nose.
* The Greek philosopher Chrysippus is said to have died laughing when he gave his donkey wine and then watched it drunkenly attempt to eat figs. Doubles as DeathByIrony, as the philosophy school he belonged to was Stoicism.
* Legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker died young, suffering from a lot of health issues, which led to him dying laughing while watching a juggling act on television.