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->''"If I'm done for, then I'm gonna go out like a Badass!"''
-->-- '''[[KnifeNut A random survivor]]''', ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'' [[note]][[SubvertedTrope He fails to kill or even scratch any of the zombies who tear him to shreds]][[/note]]

To put it simply, when a character dies in a grand way. Though the plot may say that they have to die, the writer honors the character enough to not take them down like a nameless {{mook}}, but instead make their death something to be proud of. They don't run, they don't cry. [[FaceDeathWithDignity They die standing, and they go down swinging.]]

The polar opposite of DroppedABridgeOnHim, the Dying Moment of Awesome is a supertrope for:

* AlasPoorScrappy
* AlasPoorVillain
* AngstNuke (the non-survivable type)
* BerserkerTears
* DeathIsTheOnlyOption
* DefiantToTheEnd
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu (BringIt, squid.)
* DissonantSerenity (frequently seen in redeeming or willing deaths)
* DyingAsYourself
* DoNotGoGentle
* GoOutWithASmile
* HeroicRROD
* HeroicSacrifice
** HeroicSuicide
** JumpingOnAGrenade, a specific form of the HeroicSacrifice.
** TakingTheBullet, another form of the HeroicSacrifice
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner
* IDieFree
* ItHasBeenAnHonor
* TheLastDance
* LastStand
* ObiWanMoment
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* SacrificialRevivalSpell
* SelfDestructiveCharge
* ShapeShifterSwanSong
* TheSlowWalk
* StaringDownCthulhu (If the hero doesn't survive the staring contest.)
* SuperPowerMeltdown (When put to good use)
* OneWingedAngel
* TakingYouWithMe
* ThanatosGambit
* TranquilFury
* YouShallNotPass
* YouCannotKillAnIdea

If done well, this can be a real TearJerker. It can be undermined somewhat if the character later [[BackFromTheDead gets better]], but eh, what'cha gonna do...

Someone may note that it was a GreatWayToGo. OutWithABang is a rather more undignified way to die, but still enviable and cool in its own way.

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* DyingMomentOfAwesome/ComicBooks
* DyingMomentOfAwesome/FanWorks
* DyingMomentOfAwesome/{{Film}}
* DyingMomentOfAwesome/{{Literature}}
* DyingMomentOfAwesome/LiveActionTV
* DyingMomentOfAwesome/{{Music}}
* DyingMomentOfAwesome/{{Radio}}
* DyingMomentOfAwesome/TabletopGames
* DyingMomentOfAwesome/VideoGames
* DyingMomentOfAwesome/{{Webcomics}}
* DyingMomentOfAwesome/WebOriginal
* DyingMomentOfAwesome/WesternAnimation
* DyingMomentOfAwesome/RealLife