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->''"There is nothing proper about what you are doing, soldier, but do try to kill me properly."''
-->-- Last words of '''Cicero''' (attributed)

Alice has gotten in over her head. She's made mistakes, powerful enemies, or otherwise bitten off more than she can chew, and they want their pound of flesh. Running will only make things worse for her and her loved ones, so faced with the alternatives... she chooses to face death with dignity. She turns herself in, doesn't put up a fight, and in so doing [[TheFettered takes responsibility]] for her actions and gains a measure of control in the only choice she had left.

This is a sad, meaningful fate reserved for only the most {{trag|edy}}ic of characters, for whom even RedemptionEqualsDeath is out of reach. The best they can hope for is to give their end some order or meaning. Rescue is not impossible, in fact the mere act of facing the music may be a cause for RedemptionEarnsLife and a chance to become TheAtoner, but it's a slim chance.

Another variant of this trope of a more [[MessianicArchetype messianic bent]] is when a character is offered a SadisticChoice to save the [[HostageForMacGuffin hostage and MacGuffin]] if she trades her life for it. This is a HeroicSacrifice with extensive premeditation, beyond merely being a MartyrWithoutACause to one with a very good one.

Of course villains who aren't LawfulEvil ''won't'' [[ILied hold their end of the bargain]], and the prospective martyr is usually savvy enough to tell this or is stopped. Expect the martyr to intone MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning in either case.

Compare BetterToDieThanBeKilled where you shoot yourself rather than be executed. In this trope, you choose execution. SayYourPrayers may also have some elements of this, (depending on the case) as characters may give up on taking any action and just say a final prayer while letting the inevitable happen. See also VillainsDyingGrace for a specific villainous version.

Contrast GetItOverWith which also faces death with open eyes, DefiantToTheEnd which a captive shows no respect to their captors and executioners toward the end, VillainousBreakdown where they'll completely lose their cool before possibly dying, and HesitantSacrifice when a heroic character breaks down in the face of their own impending death.

See also ObiWanMoment, FacingTheBulletsOneLiner, LeaveBehindAPistol. For women, it may involve a LipstickAndLoadMontage.

!!'''As a DeathTrope, many spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Iason Mink from ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction barely winces]] when [[AnArmAndALeg both his legs are cut off from above the knees]] as he was leaving a burning building, stoically waiting next to a door for either the pain and bleeding to take his life away or for the place to blow up.[[note]]Might be justidied by him being an ArtificialHuman, so he ''might'' not feel too much pain to start with.[[/note]] Comes to a circle when [[StarCrossedLovers his lover Riki]] [[TogetherinDeath comes to his side to die with him]], and they calmly share OneLastSmoke (doubling as {{Last|Kiss}} IndirectKiss).
* In ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'', [[spoiler:Ursula]] falsely confesses to assassinating King [[spoiler: Arnuwanda]], so that Kail has the grounds to call off Nakia's attempts to retrieve and frame Yuri for the murder. [[spoiler:She]] makes the entire confession very calmly and, when Nakia tries to still use the opportunity to blame Yuri ([[spoiler:Ursula being Yuri's maid and all]]), [[spoiler:Ursula]] immediately turns it around and pretends ''Nakia'' was the one who ordered the killing, forcing Nakia to abandon her attempts to pretend there was someone else behind the whole operation. [[spoiler:When Ursula's boyfriend Kash meets her in prison the night before her execution and offers her the chance to run away with him, she tells him that she's determined to stick to her guns, adds that she had hoped they could have long lives and a family together, and gives him her braid as a keepsake. [[PluckyGirl The entire time, she never breaks down. Even at the execution itself, she keeps a calm face]].]]
-->'''Executioner''': I take it then you have nothing to say?\\
'''[[spoiler:Ursula]]''': Nothing, sir. I am ready.\\
'''Executioner''': Very well.
* TheReveal of Otonashi's death in ''Anime/AngelBeats''. After [[spoiler: surviving a train crash underground, he spends days tending to the survivors' wounds until help arrives, despite his limited resources and all while suffering from some serious internal injuries.]] With his last ounces of strength, he doesn't cry nor he does contemplate his life, but he instead [[spoiler: fills out his insurance card to become an organ donor, ensuring he'll be able to help someone even after death.]]
* {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. Being [[EatenAlive eaten by a Titan]] is a ''horrible'' way to die, and everyone in this world knows it. Rarely does anyone have a calm, dignified response to their deaths, the majority of which are screaming, crying, and begging. Eren's mother Carla was initially relieved that at least both Eren and Mikasa would live, but changed her mind in the face of being eaten; she has to cover her mouth so her children won't hear her begging them to come back for her. [[spoiler:Mike]] intended to go down fighting but as soon as Titans charged from all directions, he died hysterically weeping and pleading for his life.
* Ciel Phantomhive in ''Manga/BlackButler'' qualifies as this since at the end of Episode 24 of Season 1, when Sebastian is about to devour his soul, he tells him to make the process as painful as possible when told by Sebastian that he would be as gentle as possible. Granted, he did not actually die but at the time, we didn't know that.
* Some of the pilots in ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' face their impending deaths this way. For example, before finishing off his opponent, Daiichi confirms that Koyemshi will fulfill his promise to hide his body, and makes a LastRequest to Ushiro to treat his younger sister Kana kindly.
** In the anime, Ushiro manages to comply to said request. Not only he has taken Kana's place in the group ([[ItMakesSenseInContext long story]]) so she doesn't have to fight, but after fighting ''for almost two days straight'' and winning, he calmly and briefly speaks about how relieved he feels about knowing his is Zearth's last fight ever.
** Heartbreakingly averted in the manga with Kana, who did fight a battle. The last time chronologically that we see her alive, she is sobbing knowing she is about to die.
* Oruha, Suu and Ran in ''Manga/{{Clover}}'', though primarily Oruha and Suu as while it is suggested that Ran will die in approximately five years it's never actually seen.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch orders his own assassination [[ThanatosGambit and uses it to his advantage.]]
** A few episodes before that, he mocks the people trying to kill him [[ShooTheDog to save the person in front of him]].
** In the Manga AU ''Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally'', Charles and Marianne handle being erased with far more dignity than in the anime.
* One of the defining characteristics of Spike from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' is his general unconcern towards death: The only character who seems to trigger anything resembling actual fear of death in him is [[PsychopathicManchild Tongpu]]. In "Wild Horses", when told that his deactivated ship is caught in Earth's gravitational pull and will burn up in the atmosphere in about five minutes, his only reaction is to fire up a cigarette and tell Jet where he kept the booze that he wants Jet to inherit. The "BANG!" scene in the final episode can be a very good example of this, depending on which side of the fence you sit.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', whether a character can do this depends on their moral fiber. Soichiro, the most moral figure in the series, goes out with the most, L and Watari, who are noticeably greyer, though still recognizably good, each die with some, and the VillainProtagonist, Light, dies crying, whining, and cursing.
* AntiVillain[[HarmlessLadyDisguise ous Crossdresser]] Seiji Asou/Narumi Asai in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' died while calmly playing the [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven "Moonlight Sonata"]] in his DisappearedDad's piano... in the middle of a burning house.
* [[DoubleAgent Ryoji Kaji]] of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' faces his impending assassination with a [[DeadpanSnarker sense of dry wit]]. Several other characters also go to their deaths in either a resigned, dignified manner, such as Gendo in ''End of Evangelion'', or as a full blown HeroicSacrifice in the case of [[http://www.evacommentary.org/episode-m25/m25_C643_col-disc.jpg Misato.]]
* ''Anime/DragonBall'' has various degrees of this. [[VillainousBreakdown Most of the villains goes down screaming in disbelief or cursing out the heroes]]. Only Kid Buu dies with any form of dignity. Although he did scream as he was atomized by the Spirit Bomb, he didn't pitch a fit like all the other villains. King Cold had the most cowardly death, begging for his life before Trunks killed him. The heroes often go out stoically or smiling, while others do scream in terror before dying. Krillin being killed by Frieza being the most standout example.
** Notably in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'''s Universe Survival Saga: [[spoiler: Sidra, Universe 9's God of Destruction]] handles being erased with grim acceptance, unlike the rest of his team who are [[FreakOut freaking out]]. In contrast, all of [[spoiler: Universe 10]] face their ends with sad, but calm serenity. Most of the other erased fighters and dieties share this with the former, except for [[spoiler: Quitela]].
* In the anime version of ''Manga/ElfenLied'', Lucy calmly goes to face a BolivianArmyEnding.
** [[spoiler:Though it's implied in the closing credits that she survived.]]
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' does this to many protagonists (due to its AnyoneCanDie nature) and villains who are {{Worthy Opponent}}s. For villains, it overlaps with RedemptionEqualsDeath.
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', Sir Penwood accepts he was a good-for-nothing for most of his life, and then realizes he can make a final difference in the midst of the immense SS Waffen vampire attack. After a [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] moment when he orders his men to leave, they [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments refuse to leave him alone]], but eventually, he's alone in his base, with everyone else dead. Then the vampires break down the walls to his sanctuary. He has a beautiful reminiscence of his first meeting with Integra... and whips out the detonator for the C4 charges he's planted across the building. Desperate, the vampires shoot him... [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome and he still presses the detonator]].
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'': Rika in ''Meakashi-hen''.
** Later in the same arc, Satoko:
--> "If stabbing me pleases you, then stab until your heart's content! But I will not cry! Never! Never!"
* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', the Chimera Ant King is poisoned by Netero's Rose bomb. When he realizes he is dying, he merely announces to Palm that humanity has defeated the Ants and asks her where Komugi is. When they are reunited, he warns her that he is dying and that if she remains close to him the poison will kill her too. She refuses to abandon him even then, so they spend their remaining moments happily playing games and die holding hands together.
* Hida Takahito from ''LightNovel/{{Katanagatari}}'' patiently awaits death in a burning castle after his rebellion fails. His last words are to tell his daughter he loves her, and politely greet his executioner.
* ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'' has Gen Shishio, who after being fatally wounded by [[AxCrazy Kaguro]], finally finds peace and goes out with a serene smile on his face.
** Princess and Byaku meet their end in this fashion as well when Kokuboro dissolves around them.
* Many, many characters in ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes''. Special mention goes to Paul von Oberstein who, as he lay dying from a mortal wound, told the doctors to refrain from making a futile attempt to save him, then left a short instruction concerning his dog and calmly passed away.
* Ren Kouen's execution in ''Anime/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'', saying goodbye non-maliciously to his estranged step-brother/the man who ordered him to be executed, Ren Hakuryuu.
* ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'': Sun openly accepts that she will have to die for saving Nagasumi and thus breaking TheMasquerade. Thankfully, her mom decides to TakeAThirdOption via ShotgunWedding.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', it is revealed that [[spoiler:Fugaku and Mikoto Uchiha decided to do this when their son Itachi came to kill them to prevent the coup d'etat by the Uchiha family. They didn't even fight back, and just calmly sat down in their living room while telling Itachi that they fully understood and accepted his decision, that they both still loved him, and that despite their differences in beliefs, [[SoProudOfYou they were proud of him]]; hell, they even encouraged him to do so because he was so broken up about it, and one of their last requests was that he take care of Sasuke. Itachi subsequently broke down in tears as he killed them.]]
** Years later, during the 4th War, after the [[EldritchAbomination Ten Tails]] matures, it fires off a barrage of long range attacks. The people at the Allied HQ realize that one is probably headed their way. Rather than evacuate, which would be futile at this point, Shikaku calmly orders Inoichi to telepathically contact the Allied soldiers, as he has one final strategy to stop the Ten Tails. It's not really clear whether they manage to send the strategy in time or not, but their kids on the battlefield are at least aware of them trying.
* Gold Roger from ''Manga/OnePiece''. In fact, it's said to be a trait with many people with the middle initial D in their name. Luffy even displayed it when it looked like Buggy was going to decapitate him.
** Similar with Whitebeard, as the character dies standing upright and without regrets.
** Heck many of the flashback characters.
*** Belle-mere said her final goodbyes with a smile to Nami and Nojiko before Arlong shot her.
*** Dr. Hiriluk expressed happiness that the doctors of Drum Island were fine even though facing down a firing squad and calmly drank an explosive potion after giving a speech.
*** Tom willingly let himself be arrested again to save his pupils even though it meant being transported to Impel Down.
*** The scholars of Ohara stayed within the Tree of Knowledge as it and their island was being burned to the ground by the Buster Call. Likewise Jaguar D. Saul smiled as Kuzan froze him.
*** And Brook (initially before his Devil Fruit power brought him back) and the remainder of the Rumbar Pirates, severely wounded and dying by poison arrows, spent their final moments singing their favorite song, ''Bink's Sake''.
** All Ds do this -- or at least those who truly inherited the mysterious "Will of D". In fact, one of the indications that Blackbeard ''isn't'' a true inheritor is that he ''doesn't'' face the prospect of his death with dignity. The moment he's in the slightest amount of danger, he starts begging for his life like the coward he is.
** Darkly deconstructed with the Vinsmoke brothers, [[spoiler: minus Sanji]]. When they realize that their alliance with Big Mom was a sham and they are about to be killed, Ichiji, Niiji, and Yonji just laugh it off the trap they've fallen in. Reiju notes that this is due to their father Judge removing their ability to feel emotions pre-birth. Reiju herself is a more straight example. She recognizes that her family is twisted and evil, and their demise is a KarmicDeath.
** Having secured his daughter Chiffon and friends' escape, Pound calmly straightens his tie and mentally congratulates her on her marriage right before Oven kills him.
* In ''Anime/PlasticMemories'', this is used several times in the first episode when retrieving Giftia, or androids from people as they near the end of their service life:
** Zack shows Tsukasa how it's done when they retrieve Edward from an elderly couple. They say their goodbyes and he erases the Giftia's memories prior to taking him back.
** Their second job ends up with the man attempting to run off with his Giftia to avoid having her taken away.
** Chizu is outright antagonistic towards the Tsukasa and Isla, and repeatedly turns them away. Nina is willing to allow herself to be deactivated and taken away from her adopted grandmother Chiku. The Giftia believes that losing her personality would hurt her adopted grandmother's happiness more, which finally convinces Chiku to reluctantly sign the release forms.
* In the climax of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} XYZ'', Clembot faces death with a dignity that would put most humans to shame. It calmly tells Clemont he has no choice but to sacrifice it to stop Lysandre's plans, and thanks Clemont for making it and allowing it to serve the Lumiose Gym.
* In the [[spoiler:first timeline]] of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica,'' Madoka willingly goes to fight and kill Walpurgisnacht in order to save Mitakihara City, knowing that she is going to die, even as Homura pleads with her to flee the city. Her last goodbye is a smile and a cheerful "Goodbye, Homura! Take care!"
** In Kyoko's final moments, she quietly prays to God for a happy dream before [[MercyKill mercy killing]] Witch!Sayaka, also destroying her own Soul Gem so Sayaka [[TogetherInDeath won't have to die alone.]]
* ''Anime/ReCreators'': [[MagicalGirl Mamika Kirameki]], having discovered [[BigBad Altair]]'s plans, goes out to confront her by herself. Knowing she will likely die, she spends her last moments with her friend [[KnightInShiningArmor Aliceteria]], thanking her for being her friend. [[spoiler:She survives the battle, but with horrible injuries and Aliceteria finds her before she dies in her arms.]]
* [[spoiler:Roy Fokker]] in ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''[=/=]''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' spends his last moments in the company of [[spoiler: his girlfriend Claudia]], and dies of combat related injuries while sitting on a sofa waiting for lunch. It's actually hinted that [[spoiler: Roy had already guessed he wouldn't live for long, so he deliberately bypassed any medical treatment to be able to die next to his girlfriend.]]
* Athena in ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' usually plays the role of BarrierMaiden, and puts her life on the line to buy the Saints enough time to deal with the problem at hand. However, in the Hades Chapter she offers her life to [[OmnicidalManiac Hades]] if he'll spare Earth from [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destruction]] (a gamble since he's not established to be an honorable fellow). He accepts, but she is stopped from going through with her offer when Hades threatens the Virgo Saint by catching his spear with her bare hands... and noticing her blood could exorcise him from the body he was possessing.
* From ''Manga/ShamanKing'', when Silva was about to die, he simply smiles and allows Yoh to deal the final blow.
* Suitengu in ''Anime/SpeedGrapher''. After springing his ultimate plan and [[PetTheDog saving Saiga's life]], he flies back to the Tennozu Tower, activates the self destruct for a massive reactor under it and calmly waits for the end, joined by his dedicated servant Tsujidou.
** It's also worth mentioning that he knew for quite a long time that his powers were killing him, and while he underwent procedures to combat the damage, at no point did he ever show fear or rage for his situation.
* Kayaba Akihiko of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' fought his last duel happy that someone would finally be able to defeat him and end the [[MostDangerousVideoGame death game]] he had created. Especially notable not only because he could have easily won the duel through cheating, but also [[spoiler:his plan from the very start was for the game to end with his death]]. He gets a surprising amount of respect both in and out of universe because of this, despite the fact that he indirectly murdered over four thousand people. Contrast with the villain of the second arc, who suffers a VillainousBreakdown when his GM privileges are taken away from him.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', Siphon manages to achieve this.
* Parodied in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and Cleopatra''; when Cleopatra thinks that the Gauls are trying to kill her, she launches into a grand speech on how a queen faces death with dignity, and Asterix has to interrupt her to explain himself.
** A similar incident happens in ''Asterix and the Belgians'' when the heroes corner Julius Caesar, who assumes his most regal expression and informs them that he intends to sell his distinguished life dearly.
* In [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham Underground]], the Penguin finds himself on the losing side of a war against Intergang, with his government contact dead, his [[TheDragon dragon]] having deserted him, and all his {{Mooks}} scared off. He's got the chance to flee the city, but instead becomes a BadassInANiceSuit, readies his best [[ParasolOfPain umbrella]], [[BenevolentBoss dismisses his employees with generous severance packages,]] and wills the Iceberg Lounge to the Riddler before settling down with a bottle of wine and the ol' tommygun umbrella to await his killers. [[BigDamnHeroes The Bat crew]] [[JokerImmunity save him]], but it's still classy.
** Also, in ''Detective Comics'' Issue #64 ("ComicBook/TheJoker Walks the Last Mile"), after turning himself in, confessing to a long list of crimes and getting the death sentence, the Joker walks to his execution, confident that he will make a fresh start once he pays the ultimate penalty with his life, and once his {{mooks}} follow through on his plan and bring him BackFromTheDead.
* In ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', an antimatter wave destroyes [[MirrorUniverse Earth-Three]]. Realising that his universe is doomed and nothing can stop it, [[EvilTwin Ultraman]] calmly declares "I fight to the very ''end''!" and flies directly into the wave, instantly ceasing to exist.
* In ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', Tawky Tawny is completely exhausted after [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome kicking Kalibak's ass]]. When Tawny sees Kalibak's tiger warriors surrounding him, he calmly states that he wishes he could have met them under better circumstances, straightens his bowtie, and shuts his eyes telling them to do their worst. Seconds later, when he realizes he isn't dead yet, he opens his eyes and sees the tiger warriors ''bowing down to him'' since they now consider him to be their leader.
* In the ''[[Franchise/GreenLantern Green Lantern: Lights Out]]'' series, [[BigBad Relic]] drains and destroys the Blue Centeral Power Battery. Brother Warth and the other Blue Lanterns use what's left of their rings' energy to help save Saint Walker and several other heroes. After this they sit down to meditate, with Warth stating their {{Catchphrase}}, "All will be well."
* In ''ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'' saga, Thanos has slaughtered countless beings - including many Marvel heroes. ComicBook/CaptainAmerica has just seen a number die with his own eyes and all were more powerful than he is. Cap knows he can't win, but rather than run, he walks right up to Thanos' face and looks him in the eye.
-->'''Captain America:''' As long as one man stands against you, you'll never claim victory.\\
'''Thanos:''' Noble sentiments from one who is about to die.\\
'''Captain America:''' I've lived my life by those words. They're well worth dying for.
* In ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'', probably the only non-AssholeVictim of Johnny (Edgar) dies like this, which confuses Johnny. When asked, Edgar explains that, despite his hardships, he will always have faith, saying that he will go to heaven and Johnny will go to hell, so he has nothing to fear.
-->'''Johnny:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner I envy you your conviction]]. *Turns on brutal killing machine*
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'':
** When Marv learns that the guy he's going up against is Cardinal Roark, he realizes that it's going to kill him, whether he takes down Roark or not. He decides to press on: "Hell, dying will be nothing. I'll die laughing if I know I've done this one thing right." And so he does.
** Also Hartigan's decision in ''That Yellow Bastard'' to kill himself to protect Nancy from Senator Roark's wrath.
--->'''Hartigan:''' An old man dies. A young woman lives. Fair trade. '''[[BoomHeadshot -BOOM-]]'''
** While it's difficult to talk about dignity in respect to an AxCrazy [[ImAHumanitarian cannibal]], Kevin meets his horrible end with commendable stoicism and ''a smile''.
** The woman in the short story "The Customer Is Always Right". Though not mentioned in the story itself, she breaks off a relationship with a gangster, who vows vengeance. Knowing she would die regardless, she hires "The Salesman" to give her a MercyKill.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'', Doll-Master is calm and accepting of his impending death when Mr. Rictus and his men come for him during their elimination of the American Fraternity chapter. All he asks of them is that they [[NotInTheFace leave his face intact]] for when his wife and children find him. When they reveal that they already killed his family beforehand, Doll-Master unleashes his dolls in retaliation.
* ''ComicBook/{{Shakara}}'': Dr. Procopio calmly accepts her execution at the hands of Shakara for her complicity in their genocide by engineering the virus that destroyed them.
* ComicBook/StarWarsDarthVader provides a master-class example in the form of the death scene of Inspector Thanoth, who goes to ''Darth Vader'' personally to tell him information Vader needs to know and would immediately kill him after due to HeKnowsTooMuch, rather than waste his time and resources with a manhunt that could be better served "rescuing the Empire from itself". Right before telling him said information, he graciously states ItHasBeenAnHonor, and braces himself for the end. This man knows how to face death with ''class''. Vader, for his part, ends his life quickly with his lightsaber rather than [[PsychicStrangle his usual execution method.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'' story "Truce Or Consequences" (Hanna-Barbera Fun-In #10, January 1972), had Yankee Doodle Pigeon being lured to the enemy's side during a 24-hour truce, where he's hypnotized and cajoled into posing for photos depicting him as a traitor. With thirty seconds left in the truce and finding himself AWOL, Yankee Doodle consigns himself to the ultimate journey. Suddenly subverted when his last words--"ABOUT FACE!"--cause Muttley to [[RuleOfFunny turn the cannon aimed at him towards Dastardly]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Raptors}}'': The old man who becomes Drago's first victim is very cordial towards his executioner, and they have a pleasant conversation beforehand. He even gives Drago his only picture of Drago's late mother, who he used to be in love with before she chose Drago's father.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/HsuAndChan'' #8 ''Tourists Trapped part 2'' spoofs this trope when the villain points a gun at Hsu, offering him a chance to die with dignity. Hsu's response:
-->'''Hsu:''' I'll do no such thing! In fact, I'm going to wet my pants in terror right now! *grunt*

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'', the Hermit of Hekima is unconditionally accepting of his death, knowing that it will happen.
-->'''Virusi:''' So you know why I'm here?
-->'''The Hermit of Hekima''': Of course. You want to kill me.
* Deconstructed in ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/109581/1/i-did-not-want-to-die/i-did-not-want-to-die I Did Not Want To Die.]]'' The protagonist embraces his death, but he is not at all happy about it.
* Deconstructed with Yuki in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' when the IDSE scheduled her deletion because she became a liability given she could go astray again. The concept of ''having a will to live'' was so alien to her she wasn't fazed with the IDSE's decision, to the point she tried to object Kyon's decision to call the SOS Brigade to help her (Yuki only informed Kyon because [[StayWithMeUntilIDie she wanted to be with him in her last moments]]).
* In L-Dog.Z's Marvel Evolution universe, only a small handful of characters have died, and most of them where in the future based arc. Those that have died in the present, however, have done so like this.
** In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution The Comic'', Bishop dives into the core of Bastion's NIMROD facility's power, absorbing the energy so that he can flash fry the entire place. Bastion tries to stop him, so Cable and Jean Grey hold him off until he's apparently down for the count. As the two are about to escape, Bastion returns, critically injuring Bishop. Before they can help, Bishop casts the two out of the base with his powers, before allowing himself to die so that he can release the large amount of pent up energy, destroying the base and taking down Bastion this time.
** In ''Franchise/SpiderMan Evolution'', at the end of the Silvermane arc, Kingpin orders all of Silvio's men dead, causing the Enforcers to fight for their lives. When they're nearly out of ammo, they make a break for Silvio's limo, only for Ox to get shot and the limo to not work. Fancy Dan, who's breaking down because of this and is promising to go straight if they make it out alive, spots a way out through a sewer entrance and leads Montana to it, only for him to realize that [[Creator/GrantMorrison the sadistic Kingpin mook Morrison]] is approaching fast with many others, and that they'll just catch up. Instead of running, he locks Montana on the other side by breaking off the handle, staring down Morrison as he shoots him at pointblank range.
* Calvin manages to do this at the end of "Our Solemn Hour" in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''. [[spoiler:[[DisneyDeath It doesn't last.]]]]
* ''Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows'' has Saruman, who goes out surprisingly gracefully, prophesying a warning then asking Harry to kill him. Wormtongue, as noted by Eirian, does not. And gets a FateWorseThanDeath.
* Subverted in ''FanFic/ACureForLove'':
-->'''[[Manga/DeathNote Light:]]''' I can die with dignity, or I can suffer abject humiliation. Or, in my case, both, but without the dignity.
* [[spoiler:Rarity]] gets this in ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'', showing her customary grace and resolve, reacting to the apocalypse by teleporting [[spoiler:Fluttershy and Angel]] away to safety before engaging a recording and calmly (as calmly as possible anyway) explaining just what the cloud of flesh melting gas that’s currently killing her is, and how to stop it.
** [[spoiler:Apple Bloom and Scootaloo]], despite both dying alone from slow radiation exposure in the ruins of their world, take comfort in their small victories and accept death with grace.
* ''The End of a Nightmare'' has [[spoiler:Rarity]] being hung. Before she dies she requests a brush.
* Technomad seems to like this trope: both [[Literature/TheTomorrowSeries Ellie Linton]] and [[Literature/BattleRoyale Mitsuko Souma]] were ShotAtDawn, in different fics, and both went out without blindfolds, defiant and unbowed.
* In the ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6272844/1/Refusal-to-Fall Refusal to Fall,]] [[spoiler:Ukraine]] dies refusing to bow to the Empire, [[spoiler:managing to shoot him before she goes]]. The end of the story has a history book suggest that [[spoiler:her sacrifice was the turning point for the war against the Empire.]]
* In the ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2188199/1/Sakura-s-Christmas-Surprise Sakura's Christmas Surprise,]]'' it's revealed that Syaoran's older sister Fanren has [[DreamingOfThingsToCome dreamed of her own death since she was four]], and that she will die [[HeroicSacrifice saving]] [[ChildrenAreInnocent an innocent little girl]] from an exploding bus. When a horrified Sakura objects, Fanren calmly tells her that she has [[YouCantFightFate accepted her fate]] and uses it as an opportunity to live her life to the fullest every day. Her demise occurs off-screen in chapter 7 of ''FanFic/ShadowOfTheDragon'', another fic set in the same continuity.
* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9855028/1/The-Warlord-Era-Internal-Perspectives The Warlord Era: Internal Perspectives]] by Blex Luthor begins with a dying Jeong Jeong forty years after the end of the Hundred Year War.
-->'''Jeong Jeong:''' Now at last we are sitting down. Death and I. Looking each other eye-to-eye before we walk off together.
* In ''Fanfic/TheWrongReflection'' Lieutenant Commander T'Var performs a HeroicSacrifice[=/=]TakingTheBullet to save a larger ship, her former commander, and a MineralMacGuffin, facing her death with calm Vulcan stoicism.
* A.I. Celestia in ''FanFic/TheConversionBureauWorldsWhereItWouldntWork'', only briefly tried to come up with a solution to stop Xlestia from [[spoiler: flinging the sun at both their worlds]], before realizing there is no course of action that will save her and deciding to spend her last few moments continuing to serve humanity.
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', when President Ellis finds himself confronted by [[TheDreaded the Winter Soldier]], sent to assassinate him, rather than cry or beg or try to flee, he merely stands tall and tells him to GetItOverWith. [[spoiler: Fortunately, the Soldier -- who has breaking free of his brainwashing for some time -- can't bring himself to shoot his Commander-In-Chief, and breaks free completely, sparing the President.]]
* ''Fanfic/RobbReturns'': [[spoiler: Lord Alster Dayne, who travels to King's Landing while suffering a deadly disease to deliver Dawn and much needed information to his only son.]]
** The last man to be beheaded by [[spoiler: Robert]] for taking bribes.
** Averted with [[spoiler: Janos Slynt]], who soils himself and is crying out and asking to be sent to the Wall the whole time.
* In ''Fanfic/AProtectorsPride'', upon realizing his death is inevitable, Barragan calmly admits his defeat and acknowledges his killer, [[spoiler:Orihime]], as a fellow god and warns them people will want to use them for their powers.
* Vegeta in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886818/1/Inheritance Inheritance]]'' decides to go out fighting against Piccolo, though he admits he'd be fleeing if he thought it would help.
* Explored from just about every possible angle on Laurel's death in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8793565/chapters/20159878 How the Light Gets In]]'', in ways that never come off as cowardly but as deeply human. Oliver recalls how when he was trying to get her to the hospital, she quietly begged "I don't want to go"; Dean recalls how in the hospital she put on a brave face to reassure those around her, but deep down she was terrified and probably knew she was about to die; and Laurel herself (upon her resurrection) worries that her killer forced her to beg for life, and hopes she was brave and did not, before deciding it doesn't really matter how she faced it. Also, she tries to run from Death and begs for more time, before realizing the inevitability of it. The following exchange says it all:
-->'''Laurel:''' I don't want to go.
-->'''Death:''' Very few people do.
-->'''Laurel:''' I thought I wouldn't be afraid.
-->'''Death:''' My dear, we're all afraid.
* A few examples in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'':
** In the main story, a trainer named Dan enters the Saffron Gym, and Sabrina warns him that if he doesn't prove himself worthy, he won't make it out alive. Despite facing the possibility of losing, he and all of his Pokémon decide to go down swinging. [[spoiler: As it turns out, he didn't have to ''[[ExactWords win]]'', just impress her.]]
** In the Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden, several soldiers who are facing against the title character's Gyarados army realize they're going to die, but decide to fight until the end and [[TakingYouWithMe take down as many as they can with them.]]


[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Animation/TheSnowQueen2012'', Vergard and Una embrace and say they love each other before the North Wind kills them.
* This also happens in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', when all the toys are about to fall into the incinerator. Fortunately, it isn't the end for them, thanks to the Squeeze Toy Aliens, who were presumed to be dead already, actually commandeered a claw machine to pull them out in the nick of time.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', Lord Shen reacts to the giant cannon about to crush him by calmly closing his eyes and accepting his fate, finally obtaining peace.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Several characters in the film ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve'' go out this way, realizing that there's nowhere to run when the whole world is essentially falling apart, so they meet their end as humbly and stoically as possible.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Anaconda}}''. The tied-up murderer Paul Sarone is about to be murdered by a vengeful Denise because he let the Anaconda eat her boyfriend, and he seems willing to accept his impending death and gives her some advice on never looking your victim in the eye. He's just using it to catch her off-guard and [[MurderousThighs strangle her with his thighs]].
* In ''Andersonville'', a prison gang called The Raiders was put down. The gang was given a trial, and six of their leaders were sentenced to death. Collins, the boss of The Raiders, walked to the gallows quietly and saluted before he was dropped. Contrast his weaselly second-in-command, who wept and tried to run away.
* Flint Sky in ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}'', after being bound and about to have his throat slit, simply looks at his son and tells him not to be afraid. ... Then refuses to so much as blink when his throat is cut. Damn.
* ''Film/TheATeam'': Brock Pike, for all his trigger-happy and treacherous tendencies, actually faces death with humor when he thinks it to be inevitable. In fact he takes it upon himself to "educate" the rogue CIA agents on how to properly execute him so that he doesn't suffer the embarrassment of dying by the hands of men [[JugglingLoadedGuns with an idiotic lack of firearm discipline]]. He doesn't know that events would conspire to give him a second chance.
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', Doc Brown when facing the terrorists.
* ''Film/BatmanBegins'': When Ducard realizes that the train he is on is about to crash, he closes his eyes and calmly waits for the end.
** But, can we really say that he died? [[MeaningfulEcho "Is Ra's al Ghul not immortal? Are his methods supernatural?"]]
* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', Jack, the Wayne Financial employee who dies in [[Film/ManOfSteel Zod's attack on Metropolis]] calmly crosses himself and says a last prayer asking for mercy on his soul when he realises the building he's in is about to be destroyed in the fight between Comicbook/{{Superman}} and Zod.
** At the end of the film, as Superman prepares for his HeroicSacrifice, he calmly tells [[Comicbook/LoisLane Lois]] that he loves her and that she is "his world", then grabs the Kryptonite spear and charges at [[TheJuggernaut Doomsday]]. Even when [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice stabbed throught the chest]] by one of Doomsday's SpikesOfVillainy, Clark just looks determined and pulls himself further towards the beast, making sure it goes down even at the cost of his own life.
* The two evil robot duplicates of ''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney'' are [[AffablyEvil cheerful throughout the movie, regardless of what they're doing]]. When their good counterparts bear down on them, they congratulate the real Bill and Ted, say goodbye and put their heads at the right angle for the good robots to knock them sky high. Assholes though they were, they had style!
* In ''Film/BladeRunner'', after spending the entire film looking for ways to extend his all-too brief life and finding out there's no way to do it (killing those responsible for his creation in the process) Roy Batty chooses to use his final moments to save the man sent to kill him, and then delivers a quiet monologue to Deckard about the transience of life.
-->'''Roy:''' I've... Seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched c-beams, glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those... Moments... Will be lost, in time. Like... Tears... In rain. Time... To die.
* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'':
** The Purifier acknowledges that he has betrayed his previous people's ways and converted to the Necromonger faith to serve the Lord Marshal. Afterwards he calmly walks into a scorching storm where he is incinerated.
** The Imam as well when he is cornered by a Necromonger soldier.
--->There will be an afterlife for me. Will there be for you?
* ''Film/DarkVictory'' is practically the TropeNamer.
-->'''Judith''': Is that you, Martha? I don't want to be disturbed.
* At the end of ''Film/DeathRace'' ''2'', after the BigBad has been cornered by an assassin, [[TheHero Lucas]] arranged to kill him, if he couldn't do it himself, he just takes a puff from his cigar and asks who sent him, then after being told, congratulates Lucas for getting the last laugh, before he is shot dead by the assassin.
* ''Film/DeathTakesAHoliday'': Grazia is in love with Death and decides to go with him to the beyond, meaning she has to die. This doesn't phase her.
* ''Film/DeepImpact'': Jason Lerner, when the tsunami is seconds away, hears his daughter Jenny (Tea Leoni) say "Daddy?" He holds her closer to his chest, raises his head, and closes his eyes.
* Defied in ''Film/DjangoUnchained''. Stephen probably intended to go out this way, [[IAmNotLeftHanded dropping his cane, revealing he never needed it]] and adjusting his suit. But Django wasn't having it, [[{{Kneecapping}} shooting Stephen in both knees]], leaving Stephen laying in a helpless heap on the floor, [[VillainousBreakdown screaming in pain and cursing Django with his last breaths]].
* In ''Film/EnemyAtTheGates'', when [[ColdSniper Major König]] realises that he has been caught in Zaitsev's trap, he calmly removes his cap, stands to attention, and waits for the gunshot.
* In ''Epoch Evolution'', Major Tower is shot twice in the abdomen by TheDragon, with his vest only stopping one bullet. Realizing they're too far from any medical help (being inside one of the Tori), he tells the protagonist to forget about trying to get him help and asks to be read the Bible one more time. He dies a few minutes later from blood loss, allowing the protagonist to continue.
* ''{{Film/Equilibrium}}''. Partridge is aware that he's been sense offending, carrying a Yeats book of poetry. [[DissonantSerenity He's cool, calm, composed. Constantly, even when faced with death. When Preston becomes suspicious and finds him in the church, he doesn't look up, doesn't bat an eyelid, totally aware that Preston is armed.]] He even goes so far as to ''read'' from one of Yeats' famous poems, 'The Cloths Of Heaven'. He looks up, questioning everything the system stands for, hoping to get Preston to at least understand what's going on before he dies. [[spoiler: We find out later from Mary that he was her lover and he secretly fought for the Resistance]]. The way he says the line below describes how resilient he is, because he doesn't do anything to prevent his own oncoming death despite knowing what was coming for him. He's going to die fighting for a cause and he wants it to stay that way. If it means dying for your beliefs, he's in no denial.
--> '''Partridge''': You always knew.
** Mary, too. Although she’s clearly afraid, she doesn’t cry or make a scene at her execution. Instead, she calmly steps inside [[CruelAndUnusualDeath the incinerator]] and, in her final moments, grips her robe to stop her hands from shaking.
* Salvatore "Sal" Tessio in ''Film/TheGodfather''. Surrounded by Corleone men, he understands what is going to happen next. He gives Tom a message to Michael that it was only business, makes a slow, token, halfhearted reach for his shoulder holster (which Willie Cicci takes away), and asks Tom to let him off the hook with a wry grin, as a final, very dark joke about his own demise.
* Matt Kowalski in ''Film/{{Gravity}}'' drifts away in space with no hope of rescue. He maintains radio contact long enough to guide another astronaut to safety, turns on his favorite music and admires his last sunrise as his radio signal fades away.
-->'''Kowalski''': "Oh my god. Wow. You should see the sun on the Ganges. It's amazing."
* ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'': When Professor Broom is cornered in his office by [[BigBad Rasputin]] and [[TheDragon Kroenen]], the former shows him a vision of the future that will result when Hellboy embraces [[TheAntichrist his destiny]] and brings about the end of the world, making it clear that he intends to have Kroenen kill Broom. Broom replies that no matter what, he will ''always'' see Hellboy as his son, and calmly accepts his demise; for his part, Rasputin ensures that Broom's death is quick and painless.
* Gangster Dutch Schultz (Tim Roth) in ''Film/{{Hoodlum}}''. He gets shot at a urinal (right after taking a piss) by a man he deemed as unimportant. While throughout the movie he had been emotional and a LargeHam, his reaction to what just happened is that of calm incredulity. He musters enough energy to walk out of the toilet, sit at a table, give his killer a look full of contempt, and die.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'':
** The German sergeant Werner Rachtman prepares to face death with dignity, rather than betray the location of his comrades, while Brad Pitt's Aldo Raine goes "Donny! We got us a German here wants to die for country. Oh-bliiige him." He is then beaten to death by Donny Donowitz, the Bear Jew.
** Later on in the film, a British spy behind German lines slips up badly when ordering three fingers of Scotch. Presented with a gun under the table for his mistake, and knowing he's not getting out alive, he calmly finishes his drink, with the line:
--> "There's a special circle in Hell for men who waste good Scotch."
* In ''Film/{{Ink}}'', the Storyteller faces down the Prince while meeting his eyes, with her expression filled with nothing but stoic defiance.
* In ''Film/KillBill'' [[spoiler:Bill reacts to Beatrix's Five-Point-Palm Exploding Heart Technique attack with resounding grace, at first expressing understated surprise that Pai Mei taught her the technique, then a lovingly insulting final exchange with Beatrix before voluntarily standing up and taking the requisite number of steps for the technique to kill him.]]
* At the beginning of ''Film/{{Killshot}}'', Mickey Rourke's character goes to assassinate an old crime boss. Wearing only a towel, the old man calmly asks if he can get dressed first. Being rather civil about it, the assassin agrees, and afterwards the man lies down on his bed in a fine suit and pulls the sheet up over his face before Rourke shoots him.
* ''Kill the Irishman'', when Danny Greene realizes he's about to be blown up by the car bomb next to his Cadillac, he sees Ray Ferrito driving by with the detonator in one hand and tipping his hat in farewell with the other. Accepting death, Greene pointed his finger like a gun just as the bomb kills him.
* In ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'', as the Christian Armies leave Jerusalem, Balian of Ibelin exchanges words with his friend the Hospitaller for the last time:
-->'''Balian of Ibelin:''' You go with the army?
-->'''Hospitaller:''' My order is with the army.
-->'''Balian of Ibelin:''' You go to certain death.
-->'''Hospitaller:''' All death is certain. I shall tell your father what I've seen you become.
-->[rides away]
* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', Galahad doesn't put up a struggle or protest when Valentine is poised to execute him. Later on, as Valentine's mortally wounded, all he calmly does is hope Eggsy won't give him a cheesy BondOneLiner, and [[GoOutWithASmile grins when Eggsy indulges him, anyway.]]
** In [[Film/KingsmanTheGoldenCircle the sequel]], Merlin goes out with total class. He takes Eggsy's place on top of a landmine, then attracts the attention of some of Poppy's {{Mooks}} (by singing a badass rendition of "[[Creator/JohnDenver Country Roads, Take Me Home]]"), and when they're close enough, steps off the mine and blows them all up.
* Commander Kril in ''Film/TheLastStarfighter''. Distinguished himself from his second-in-command by not panicking when facing imminent death.
-->'''Kodan 2nd''': She won't answer the helm! We're locked into the moon's gravitational pull! What do we do?!
-->'''Cmd. Kril''': (''calmly'') We die.
* At the end of ''Film/TheManWhoWouldBeKing'', facing certain death through his own stupidity, Daniel Dravot asks for (and receives) forgiveness from his best friend, then walks proudly to his death, singing.
** Billy Fish also qualifies, showing no fear, wishing his companions the best of luck before before charging head-on and being mobbed to death.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** ''Film/BlackPanther2018'':
*** Zuri takes responsibility for his role in N'Jobu's death and [[TakeMeInstead offers himself]] to Killmonger to keep him from murdering T'Challa. Unfortunately, Killmonger opts for killing them both instead.
*** Killmonger's death is a combination of this and DefiantToTheEnd. He's offered the chance to be healed by T'Challa, but refuses, saying that all that's left for him is life imprisonment, and pulls out the spear stuck in him. As he bleeds to death, he calmly asks to be buried in the ocean, just like the many slaves who'd jumped from the ships to choose death over a life of bondage.
*** Klaue subverts this hard, not by begging or getting afraid, but by simply cackling psychotically at this absurd turn of events.
** ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'': The people who [[spoiler: are disintegrated when Thanos snaps his fingers]] follow this trope to varying degrees. Some, like [[spoiler:Dr. Strange, who calmly maintains that this turn of events is necessary for Thanos' eventual defeat]], play this straight. On the other hand, it's soundly and [[TearJerker heartbreakingly]] averted with [[spoiler:Peter Parker, who dies in Tony's arms, utterly terrified in his final moments]].
* UsefulNotes/MaryOfScotland in ''Film/MaryQueenOfScots''
* In ''Film/{{Moon}}'', the fifth Sam Bell clone chooses to let the sixth clone go back to Earth in his place because he knows that he'll die soon, and wants to give the newer Sam a chance to see his daughter. He goes back to the crashed rover and spends his last moments watching Sam #6's shuttle launching towards Earth, knowing that he'll finally get to go home.
* When TheGreatFlood finally comes in ''Film/{{Noah}}'', Methuselah, who was not chosen to go into the Ark with his descendants, welcomes his fate with open arms and a [[GoOutWithASmile smile]]. [[RunningGag Plus, he got his berry.]]
* Dr. Ferreiro of ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' has quite a dignified death:
-->'''Dr Ferreiro''': "[[MercyKill It was the only thing I could do.]]"
-->'''[[BigBad Captain Vidal]]''': "No. You could have obeyed me."
-->'''Dr Ferreiro''': "I could have, but I didn't."
-->'''Captain Vidal''': "[[ImpliedDeathThreat It would have been better for you. You know that.]] [[EvilCannotComprehendGood I don't understand.]] Why did you disobey me?"
-->'''Dr Ferreiro''': "[[JustFollowingOrders To obey -- just like that -- for obedience's sake... without questioning...]] [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech That is something only men like you can do, Captain.]]"
** Captain Vidal himself tries this when the rebels overrun his command post and surround him, by calmly delivering his newborn son to their leaders and [[LastRequest requesting]] that they pass on his legacy to him. Because of all blood he shed and cruelty he meted out while creating that legacy, however, the rebels are in no mood to oblige him, and tell him straight up that his child won't even know his ''name'' before executing him like a dog.
* ''Film/PatriotGames''. After Irish terrorists rescue their cohort from the van transporting him to prison, they ask one of the guards if he has any last words. The man refuses to beg for his life and simply states:
--> "[[GetItOverWith Get on with it and be on your way]]"
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Jack Sparrow may be an ImmortalitySeeker and find any way he can to cheat death, but when he's trapped with no way out and he knows it, he doesn't face his end like a coward. Case in point: when he's at the Kraken's mercy near the end of ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', he simply quips "[[FacingTheBulletsOneLiner Hello, Beastie]]," and jumps right into its jaws, sword at the ready.
* One of the most iconic examples is in ''Film/ThePrideOfTheYankees'', as Lou Gehrig, who knows perfectly well that he is dying, gives a moving, optimistic speech. ("But today... today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.") Creator/GaryCooper's speech was condensed and rearranged from what the real Gehrig said, with the "luckiest man on the face of the Earth" line moved from the beginning to the end.
* ''Film/Ravenous1999'': Captain John Boyd. It's especially prominent, as for the whole film he was frantically trying to survive by all means possible.
* Blind Mag in ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera''. She knows she won't survive long after she leaves [=GeneCo=], so rather than waiting for Rotti to send a Repo Man to kill her and take her eyes, she plucks them both out on stage during her farewell performance. Rotti kills her by dropping her onto a wrought iron fence.
* ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' sees the double death ([[BolivianArmyEnding maybe]]) of Mr. White and Mr. Orange. The latter, having accomplished his mission, feels honor-bound to confess the truth of his betrayal to his protector, even if he knows it will probably get him killed. The former, meanwhile, feels obligated to off the traitor at the expense of his own life. It's subverted by the fact that neither death is particularly dignified; both characters are already severely wounded, Mr. Orange spends his last moments frantically apologising and begging for forgiveness, and Mr. White falls apart at the revelation and spends ''his'' last moments sobbing and screaming.
* ''Film/SchindlersList'': Depressingly, Amon Goeth goes out this way both in-film and in RealLife when he's hanged for his share of Nazi war crimes.
* Hans' wife faces her death with dignity in ''Film/SevenPsychopaths''.
* In ''Film/SixTheMarkUnleashed'', the inmates of the prison that have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior and that have refused the [[MarkOfTheBeast Holy Implant]] accept their fate, which is [[OffWithHisHead death by guillotine]], with dignity, including [[spoiler:Tom Newman]] at the end of the film.
* ''Film/{{Spectre}}'': After Lucia Sciarra attends her husband's funeral, she knows that his old associates will kill her because SheKnowsTooMuch. After getting home she walks into the mansion's courtyard and calmly prepares to be shot in the back by two assassins [[spoiler:before Bond saves her.]]
** At the end, when Bond has Blofeld cornered, he calmly states, "Finish it."
* [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Spock]], blinded and dying of radiation poisoning, pulls himself to his feet and takes a moment to straighten his uniform before speaking to his friend and captain.
* Spock, again, this time preparing to die in the reboot, does this in the opening of ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', after getting stranded in an active volcano and insisting that the ''Enterprise'' cannot violate the Prime Directive to save him. He's rather annoyed that they do anyway. This becomes a sore point with Uhura later.
** This is averted with both [[spoiler: Pike and Kirk]]. Spock, who was connected to him via mindmeld, says his last thought were of fear, confusion, and anger. The latter tearfully admits he is scared before dying.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Near the climax of ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Han Solo, whose earlier behavior bordered on that of a LovableCoward, chooses to go into the carbonite-freezing chamber this way. Though he punched the treacherous Lando Calrissian in the face and spoke sarcastically to him after his capture by Darth Vader, Han does a reasonably good job of keeping his emotions in check, even as Princess Leia looks frightened out of her wits for him. When she confesses "I love you!" just before the time arrives, all Han says is "I know." Then he [[DefiantToTheEnd sticks out his chin defiantly]] as he's lowered into the chamber and immediately turned into a carbonite block. True, Han doesn't die, but he spends an entire year in a weird state of semiconscious darkness, and is temporarily blind for a few hours after being freed.
** Towards the end of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Darth Vader turns back to the light side, accepting his old identity as Anakin Skywalker again, as he saves his son Luke from the Emperor's attack, which destroys his own life support systems.
-->'''Anakin:''' Now, go, my son. Leave me...
-->'''Luke:''' No, you're coming with me. I'll not leave you here, I have to save you.
-->'''Anakin:''' [[RedemptionEqualsDeath You already have, Luke.]] You were right. You were right about me. Tell your sister you were right...
** Most of the protagonists who die in ''Film/RogueOne''. Kaytoo battles to the last, bidding Cassian goodbye before collapsing. Chirrut dies in complete serenity in the arms of his closest friend (and [[HoYay quite possibly something more]]), convinced to the last that he will become one with the Force. Baze, in turn, wipes out an entire squad of EliteMooks while reciting Chirrut's SurvivalMantra, and dies looking back at the body of the person who meant the most to him. Cassian and Jyn are embracing on the beach while the shockwave from the Death Star's attack on the planet hits them; they knew, well in advance, that the shot was coming, and faced it down rather than panic uselessly.
** ''Film/TheLastJedi'' shows Cpt. Canady, commander of the First Order Dreadnaught ''Fulminatrix'', standing stoically on the bridge of his exploding ship as the rest of the crew is panicking. A surprisingly dignified showing for a Star Wars villain.
* Jor-El and Lara before Krypton blew up in ''{{Film/Superman}}''. [[spoiler:A MythologyGag with Lara in ''Film/ManOfSteel''.]]
* ''Film/ThirdStar'': For James this is the entire point of the trip to Barafundle Bay. He is in the last stages of cancer, and wants to choose the moment and manner of his death.
* In ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor'', when Joubert and his partner come across Janice after killing everyone else in the workplace:
-->'''Joubert:''' [[AffablyEvil Would you mind stepping away from the window, please]].
-->'''Janice:''' I won't scream.
-->'''Joubert:''' I know. (''his partner shoots her'')
* Many of the deaths in ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', especially during the scene when the quartet are playing "Nearer My God To Thee", as passengers and crew gradually realize that it's futile to fight for a place on a lifeboat.
** Captain Smith is depicted as retreating into the bridge as the ship sinks, dying when water bursts through the windows whilst clinging to the ship's wheel. It is actually unknown how he died.
** Thomas Andrews, as well. He is depicted during the sinking of the ship as standing next to the clock in the first-class smoking room, lamenting his failure to build a strong and safe ship. It is unknown how the real Andrews died, although the last place he was seen by any survivor was in that smoking room.
** TruthInTelevision: See RealLife below.
* Dennis Hopper's character in ''Film/TrueRomance'' on realizing he won't make it out alive.
* A morally ambiguous example would be Little Bill, staring down the barrel of a shotgun in ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}''.
-->Gentlemen, he's only got one barrel left and when he fires that I want you to take out your pistols and gun him down like the vermin he is.
* Fox in ''Film/{{Wanted}}'' fires one bullet, killing every other assassin in the room, before calmly stepping into its path. Made all the more [[SugarWiki/MomentofAwesome awesome]] by the fact that out of all of them, ''only one'' was badass enough to follow their own code.
* ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'':
** Once Victor arrives, Chris Bradley doesn't even flinch.
** John Wraith, upon being confronted by Sabertooth, refuses to be scared and attempts to fight him.
-->'''Wraith:''' I'm not Bradley, Victor. [[LampshadeHanging I'm not scared of your creepy black coat.]]
-->'''Creed:''' You should be. [[KickTheDog Dukes was]].

* Aslan in ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe]]'' in exchange for the Witch sparing Edmund's life. Although he knew that he would come back to life later, it still took an ''enormous'' amount of courage for him to do something so hard. But he made it through.
* There are many examples in {{Literature/Michael Vey}}, but one of the biggest is in the second book when the titular hero lets himself get captured for his TrueCompanions. He is then tortured for two days straight before he is told he will be eaten alive by rats. Even though he survives it is made clear from his narration that he expected to die and mentions that even though he had some regrets, he did everything he could and wouldn't give [[BigBad Hatch]] the satisfaction of seeing his fear. [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Was it mentioned that he was 15.]]
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/RoguesInTheHouse," Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian, assuming he sees his executioner, "surveyed him with interest."
* In ''Literature/CryTheBelovedCountry'', Absalom Kumalo admits guilt for the murder of Arthur Jarvis, after his two accomplices provide alibis. A death sentence ensues, as expected.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward's father grudgingly accepts his impending death, and gets his will written without complaining. He pretty much remains his usual self. (He knows he is dying because his ring -- which cannot be removed before death -- has been removed and given to Ward already.) An ally of Ward, who dies later in the book, smiles as he lies dying, and apologizes for messing up. [[spoiler: There is also Oreg, who faces his own HeroicSacrifice death with dignity -- the one who acts emotional about it is Ward, who has to kill him. Oreg has wanted to die for a long time, as he's a slave and can't be freed -- for him, it is better to have his life ended by Ward, who loves him dearly, than to see Ward die and become slave to a less gentle master.)]]
* Harry in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', after being captured by the newly resurrected Voldemort, he decides he'd rather die fighting than at Voldemort's feet. He confronts him, and this allows him to survive. Also in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', when he realizes he has to die to destroy the last Horcrux, which is inside him and prevents Voldemort from dying, he decides to go straight to Voldemort, and accept to be killed without putting up a fight. It turns out that the death of the Horcrux does not truly mean Harry's death.
** At the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', [[spoiler:[[BigGood Dumbledore]]]] seems to be asking [[spoiler:[[TheMole Severus Snape]]]] not to kill him, but Harry finds out later that, by saying [[spoiler: "please, Severus"]] he was actually asking him to [[spoiler:MercyKill him to fulfill a ThanatosGambit. Dying quickly to the Killing Curse was preferable to suffering under the painful curse he was currently suffering as well as the [[ColdBloodedTorture plans Voldemort likely had for him]]. Dying in this way also saved Snape's life and allowed him to continue spying on Voldemort, and also saved Draco crossing the MoralEventHorizon in killing Dumbledore on Voldemort's orders.]]
** ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows The Deathly Hallows]]'' has a villainous example. Dumbledore's [[spoiler: [[EvilFormerFriend old friend]] [[HoYay and crush]] [[PredecessorVillain Gellert Grindelwald]], [[ANaziByAnyOtherName of all people]]]], laughs at [[BigBad Voldemort]] and lies to his face rather than help him, telling him that he's NotAfraidToDie and that there are so many things that Voldemort doesn't understand. [[spoiler:Of course, after being locked up alone in his personal prison Nurmengard for fifty years, death was, in many ways, a relief to Grindelwald]].
** In "The Tale of the Three Brothers", the youngest of the three Peverell brothers, Ignotus. His two older brothers died rather ignoble deaths thanks to the "gifts" Death bequeathed them: Antioch, the eldest and first wielder of the Elder Wand, had his throat slit in his sleep by another wizard to claim the wand, while Cadmus, the middle brother and the first owner of the Resurrection Stone, committed suicide to join his deceased fiancée in the afterlife, since the stone failed to resurrect her as anything more than a shade, as the dead do not belong in the world of the living. Ignotus used his gift, the Cloak of Invisibility, to hide from Death, living a full and happy life, before passing the cloak down to his son and greeting Death "like an old friend".
*** Adding to that, the "Master of Death", one who gathers all three of the Deathly Hallows, does not become invincible, but rather accepts that death is inevitable. Doing so, they "master" death because they do not fear it, thus it has no control over them -- allowing them to face it with dignity.
* Like Nero Wolfe, Creator/AgathaChristie's Literature/HerculePoirot often leaves the option open for a criminal who's particularly likely to take it. It only backfired once, when a ruthless murderer's accomplice took the opportunity to off the two of them together.
* Happens to [[spoiler:Poirot himself]] in ''Literature/{{Curtain}}'': [[spoiler:by killing Stephen Norton in order to prevent him from committing any more murders-by-proxy, Poirot has become the murderer that he was always working to put behind bars, though it was for the benefit of others. In order to atone for the murder he had committed, rather than shoot himself, he has to take the slow, alternate way, as he is already dying of a terrible heart condition. He ceases taking the amyl nitrite pills as medication for his heart problems by putting them out of reach so that he can have a calm, dignified end with hours to spare. This is even lampshaded in the ''Series/{{Poirot}}'' adaptation, in which he says in [[DeadManWriting his final letter to Hastings]] that he (Poirot) will not try to save himself but will instead surrender his soul to God (which kinda sounds very Christ-figure-esque).]]
* General Macarthur in ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone''. When it becomes clear that there's a PoeticSerialKiller who plans to kill everyone on the island for crimes they committed, Macarthur confesses to Vera that he was indeed guilty of the death of his wife's lover and quietly waits outside to die.
* Not entirely uncommon in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', which is noteworthy since everyone who dies in the Games is between the ages 12 and 18.
* In the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' book series, this is common with Christian believers who become martyrs in the Tribulation, much to the irritation of Nicolae Carpathia and the GC forces.
* In ''Literature/TheLegendsongSaga'', this is the motivation behind (terminally ill) Dark Ember and her acceptance/worship of death.
* ''Literature/LesMiserables''
** Enjolras and Grantaire definitely do this, especially [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments when the latter chooses to die alongside the former.]] Also, they were truly DefiantToTheEnd-in a final act of defiance, Enjolras can be heard saying "Shoot me", followed by [[SourSupporter Grantaire]] declaring his allegiance to the Republic for the first time, right down to [[HoYay holding hands as they die]].
** Javert, who is exposed as a spy at the barricades, and accepts his impending execution at the hands of the Amis with calm stoicism. He is then saved from this fate by Valjean, who volunteers to be the one to do the deed but instead lets him free. He's DrivenToSuicide by this, but he does so with eerie tranquility after leaving behind a memorandum to reform the Conciergerie. Subverted in the musical, where Javert's actual death is [[TearJerker very, very emotional]] and [[ChewingTheScenery more than a little bit hammy.]]
* Depending on the performance, the titular character in ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' fits the trope to some degree. While he goes out and kills a whole army just to vent his rage, at the end he may give in quietly to Macduff. He may choose to futilely struggle to kill Macduff. The original had it off stage, so anything goes.
** The thane of Cawdor in the same.
--> '''Malcolm:''' Nothing in his life / Became him like the leaving it.
* ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord'' by Creator/RosemarySutcliff involves a tribe of Picts whose kings all die for the good of their people. One is said to "go out to meet his boar" to end a famine, most of their kings die in a staged duel to the man who will be king after them. The book ends with a brutal example of BecomingTheMask: The main character had been impersonating a king for most of the story, and in the end commits suicide to end a hostage situation.
* In ''Murder Must Advertise'', Literature/LordPeterWimsey convinces the murderer to do this; he's about to get caught if he doesn't, and it'll spare his family.
* This is the choice Literature/NeroWolfe offers quite a few times in the stories by Rex Stout. He tells the criminal that he knows they're guilty, tells them what evidence he has against them, and then tells them that he will be giving that evidence to the police ''tomorrow''. Fairly often, they kill themselves that night.
* Lirael of the ''Literature/OldKingdom'' trilogy goes to fight Orannis the Destroyer knowing that a death is necessary to complete the magic that will defeat it, and the sacrifice must be hers. [[spoiler:And then it isn't -- the Disreputable Dog saves her and dies in her place.]]
* In ''Literature/OnTheBeach'', this is the preferred option. Some decide to use the painless suicide pills distributed by the government, others choose such exits as competing in lethal car racing or being aboard a sinking submarine.
* Surprisingly, the later servants of the Old Ones do this in ''Literature/ThePowerOfFive''. This is probably to show the difference between the rather quaint [[spoiler: Lesser Malling folk]] and serious players like Nightrise Corp:
** [[spoiler: Father Gregory]] calmly walks out of a window when he is informed that he has failed the Old Ones by letting Scarlett escape.
** [[spoiler: The Chairman]] simply stands, sipping his fine cognac, watching his death coming all the while.
* {{Subverted}} in ''Literature/StarTrekFederation''. John Burke demands of [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Colonel Adrik Thorsen]] to give him back his cane so he can walk to his summary execution under his own power, which Thorsen grants. [[spoiler:The cane has a laser in it, which Burke uses to kill his executioners and perform a dramatic rescue of his daughter Monica and Zefram Cochrane.]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** Borsk Fey'lya, who decides to face up to his utter failure and imminent death with dignity, some fine liquor, [[TakingYouWithMe and a gigantic deadman bomb]].
** Yuuzhan Vong Supreme Commander Czulkang Lah, the Warmaster's aged and mostly retired father. After being called back into active duty at the request of his son, the formidable old man leads a fleet against the New Republic forces heavily entrenched on a planet. The galactic commanders create a plan to use the heavily damaged ''Lusankya'' as a battering ram to destroy the enemy worldship before withdrawing from the planet. After realizing too late what was coming and knowing that there was no way to avoid it, Czulkang contacts Tsavong Lah to tell him that he has failed and will soon be dead. He tells his son that his last words are for him alone, and betrays neither this promise nor any emotion as the end swiftly approaches.
** Also played straight at the end of ''Darksaber'' by Bevel Lemelisk, chief architect of the first Death Star. Having already been executed and resurrected countless times by Emperor Palpatine for various screw-ups, when told in no uncertain terms by Wedge Antilles that he faces execution for his crimes against galactic peace for his part in helping the Hutts build a deadly superweapon amongst other things, Bevel merely sighs and tells Wedge: "Ah, well. If you're going to kill me, at least make sure you get it right this time."
** In ''[[Literature/StarWarsBladeSquadron Blade Squadron]]'', Imperial Admiral Jhared Montferrat calmly accepts his death as his Star Destroyer explodes around him, not wanting to live after realizing that the Empire is losing the Battle of Endor.
** In ''Literature/{{Orientation}}'', Commandant Pell Baylo calmly accepts the fact his going to be executed after his plot to kill Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader is discovered and foiled.
* ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'': Sydney Carton [[HeroicSacrifice takes the place of a man he resembles on the Guillotine]] so that he can live out a happy life with his beloved. His dying words are possibly the most iconic dignified death in all of English literature.
--> '''Sydney Carton''': It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.
* DiscussedTrope in famous Creator/JackLondon short story "Literature/ToBuildAFire", when the man finally realizes that he is doomed to freeze to death, because his hands are too frozen to build a fire and the camp is too far away for him to walk to on his frozen legs.
--> "When he had recovered his breath and control, he sat up and entertained in his mind the conception of meeting death with dignity."
* In Vitaliy Zykov's ''Way Home'' (''Дорога домой'', Виталий Зыков): Tradition demands elven executioner squads to reveal themselves and present the victim a box with three items: a vial, a cord and a dagger. Vial - poison for a clean death, cord -- asphyxiation for a quick death, dagger -- fighting said squad to violent death. A [[FantasticRacism half-elf]] golem-maker charged for something outside his power ensures that his quarter-elf daughter will not be involved, takes the dagger, sics his golem gallery on the executioners and begins the hopeless fight.
* ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'': Skauras ab Nalajan, the wily Sapatishah-Governor of Shigek and the first major opponent of the Holy War, is defeated in battle and awaits his death by savoring his best wine and casually reflecting on the virtues of his failed strategy. When besieging soldiers finally break down his door, he stands, [[LastStand draws his sword, and gets promptly cut down]].
* In ''Literature/TheDiscreetPrincess'', when Rich-Craft captures Finette and intends to kill her by putting her in a barrel filled with blades and rolling it off a mountain. She acts so calm, in fact, that he loses all caution in anger, allowing her to push him in instead. He survives... for a few months, at least.
* ''Literature/TortillaSun'': A variant occurs when Izzy tells her grandmother that her grandmother's old friend, who is on her deathbed, should die in her own home instead of in the sterile, "colorless" hospital room.
* ''Literature/WetDesertTrackingDownATerroristOnTheColoradoRiver'': The bomber, upon seeing his plan of restoring the Colorado River delta completed, does let himself fall to death with a smile in his face.
* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (book two of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): After Szeth realizes that he ''isn't'' Truthless and truly accepts responsibility for all the death he has inflicted, he lets Kaladin kill him. Too bad for him that [[BackFromTheDead Nalan has other plans for him]].
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', while completely at the nonexistent mercy of Jack Slash, Theo tells him to his face that if he were to acquire powers and become a hero he would kill Jack. His audacity impresses Jack enough that he spares Theo to give him a chance to make good on it.
* In ''Literature/{{Gor}}'', this comes up again and again, and although not all Goreans go out this way, many of them do, including several of the alien Kurii:
** Rog (true name unpronounceable by humans) in ''Marauders of Gor'' applauds Tarl Cabot for being even more treacherous than he was, and admiringly calls him "Foe" as he dies with a knife in his heart.
** Half-Ear in ''Beasts of Gor'' shares a drink with Tarl, then presses the button to blow his secret Arctic base sky-high - but in deference to the remaining presence of some of his human servants, chooses a delayed detonation to spare their lives even though they are beneath Kur contempt, since "They were under my command". Already wounded, he warns Tarl that he will kill anyone who attempts to rescue him.
** A nameless Kur in ''Players of Gor'' not only refuses to run from the armed men about to kill him, but shows Tarl how to escape so that he can have his final doomed fight to himself. He puts up one ''hell'' of a fight considering his own people exiled him for being weak and effete.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/AceLightning'' pulls one during an episode when he and Ace have essentially been thrown to the wolves (or rather the giant killer bee), TheHero, Ace, gives up. The ButtMonkey, Mark, doesn't.
* In the season 3 finale of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', [[spoiler:Hive and Lincoln]] are trapped in a quinjet, floating outside of Earth's atmosphere with a warhead about to explode. Despite being enemies for the entire season, they acknowledge that their deaths are now inevitable and further fighting would be pointless. They simply admire the view of Earth from space and have a calm, polite conversation before exploding where [[spoiler:Hive laments that [[WellIntentionedExtremist he truly did want to make the world a better place]] and Lincoln believes him]].
** In the Season 4 finale, Holden Radcliffe is trapped inside the Framework, the virtual reality he created in an [[WellIntentionedExtremist attempt to create a perfect world]], while his [[TheStarscream treacherous]] former robot assistant AIDA is [[DreamApocalypse deleting it]]. Knowing there's no way for him to escape since his real-world body was killed, and lamenting that [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortality wouldn't be worth it anyway]] without his LostLenore, he settles down on a beach with a bottle of scotch, watching the sunset and quoting Creator/TSEliot while waiting to fade from existence. He is [[KilledMidSentence deleted mid-sentence]] before he even gets to enjoy any of that scotch he brought.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' Season 1, Episode 14, "I've Got You Under My Skin"
-->'''Ethros Demon''': I know you bring death; I do not fear it. The only thing I've ever feared is in that house.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Subverted in the Season 2 finale. The titular character attempts this, but is stopped by his team.
** Earlier in the season, Moira faces her execution at Slade's hands with total composure. He even admits to admiring her resolve.
* Subverted in ''{{Series/Andromeda}}''. Tyr does not intend to die gracefully, because he does not intend to die at all.
--> '''[[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Tyr]]''': So, don't you tell me that I'm going to die here today, because the sun has not yet risen on the day when Tyr Anasazi, out of Victoria by Barbarossa, will face death graciously. I will kick, and claw, and bite, and scratch, and spit my last breath in its face, and as long as you are with me, you will do the same.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Regent Virini.
---> "I have been many things in my life, Mollari. I have been silly. I have been quiet when I should have spoken. I have been foolish. And I have wasted far too much time. But I am still ''Centauri'', and I am not afraid."
** In the episode ''Passing Through Gethsemane'', we eventually learn that one of the friendly monks living on the station used to be a serial killer. He was caught years before the series started, his memories wiped by telepath(s) and given a new personality, essentially becoming a new person. Eventually he is tracked down by the friends and families of the people he murdered, who set up a complex plot to force him to remember his old personality. The monk eventually learns of his old persona and is horrified. He fully embraces his new life and knowing he is walking into a trap, he faces his tormentors. Needless to say, the monk dies at the hands of a friend of one of his victims, but not before knowing the answer to a question which cements his faith in Jesus. For full reference, look up the episode title mentioned above to soak in the full meaning. Facing death with dignity indeed.
** Londo Mollari welcomes mutual death at the hands of his [[EnemyMine beloved arch-nemesis G'Kar]] [[AndIMustScream as a release from the enslavement of a mind-controlling parasite.]]
** Urza Jaddo saved his family from disgrace and dissolution by challenging his good friend Londo Mollari to a duel to the death, [[ThanatosGambit with the intention of losing]]. He was willing to die so that Londo would be allowed to take over the Jaddo family, rendering it protected.
*** Londo knew it, as he admits to Vir that Urza could have struck him down any moment he wanted.
* Lampshaded and mocked in a conversation on ''Series/BarneyMiller'':
-->'''Dietrich:''' Personally, I admire the Oriental attitude toward Death. They show a serene acceptance.
-->'''Yemana (aside, to Wojciehowicz):''' I dunno about him, but I intend to go kicking and screaming every step of the way.
-->'''Wojciehowicz:''' Why don't you tell ''him'' that?
-->'''Yemana:''' I like my image.[[note]]Made poignant by the fact that Jack Soo would die shortly thereafter[[/note]]
* In the finale episode of ''[[Series/{{Blackadder}} Blackadder Goes Forth]]'', the titular character, having spent the entire series attempting multiple {{Zany Scheme}}s to get out of the trenches does this. Instead of doing what the Blackadders are famous for, he leads his men over the top and, along with the rest of the cast[[note]][[MyFriendsAndZoidberg except General Melchett]][[/note]], meets death with dignity.
--> '''Blackadder:''' Good luck, everyone. [blows whistle]
%% Provide evidence before re-adding. ** Subverted; [[WordofGod Word of God]] states that Blackadder pretended to be shot, then got up and walked away after the gunfire stopped.
* Mike Ehrmantraut in ''Series/BreakingBad''. After being fatally shot by Walter, he gets out of his car, crawls away and sits down near to a river. When Walt catches up with him and tries to apologize, Mike says "Shut the fuck up and let me die in peace." Soon after, he falls over, dead.
** Hank Schrader point blank refuses to let Walt beg for his life, and gives a final fuck you to Uncle Jack before he kills him.
** The last we see of Gus Fring, he walkes out of the room, ''where a bomb has just exploded'', calm and composed as ever, and adjusts his tie. You'd think he somehow miraculously survived the explosion, until the camera pans and shows that half of his head ''is a churned skull''.
* In the GrandFinale of ''Series/BurnNotice'', Madeline, Jesse, and Charlie are holed up in a safe house while Michael, Fiona, and Sam lead a probable suicide mission in hopes of defeating [[ArcVillain James Kendrick]]. The mission soon goes south, and Kendrick informs Michael that he's already sent men to the safe house to eliminate his mom and nephew, and the only way to avert this is to surrender himself and die. Michael readily agrees, asking only for the chance to say goodbye to his family. But when he calls, he discovers that Madeline's already seen the men heading towards the safe house and has decided that, rather than let herself be used as a pawn again, she'll set a trap to blow Kendrick's goons to hell and thus allow Jesse and Charlie the chance to escape. Sadly, this trap requires her to remain within the blast radius...
* In the ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "Still", Beckett accidentally steps on a pressure-plate, tripping a bomb that will go off in 30 minutes, or until she moves off the plate, whichever comes first. Ultimately she orders the bomb squad and Castle to leave, believing that there's no hope of defusing the bomb and not wanting anyone else to die, especially Castle. After [[DyingDeclarationOfLove Beckett tells Castle she loves him]], he reluctantly leaves...only to come back with the detonator, refusing to let Beckett die alone, especially if there was even a MillionToOneChance of saving her.
* A flashback to the victim's murder in an episode of ''Series/ColdCase'' has her killer demanding that she beg for her life. She irritably and dismissively tells him, barely even looking at him, "You don't exist."
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has many of the main characters ''almost'' do this, but they survive. They play it straight in "100", though, with Haley facing the Reaper and refusing to scream, run, or beg for her life. Foyet shoots her over the phone [[ForcedToWatch so Hotch can hear.]]
-->'''Hotch''': Haley? Show him no weakness, no fear.
-->'''Haley''': I know.
** Averted when Strauss has been fatally poisoned by The Replicator. She's terrified, crying about how she misses her children, and wishes The Replicator had just killed her instead of humiliating her first. Unusually, said aversion actually makes her ''more'' sympathetic and humane.
* Victor in Season 7 of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' is afraid, but not cowardly.
-->'''Victor Baskov''': Is there anything I can do to keep you from killing me?
-->'''Dexter Morgan''': No.
-->'''Victor Baskov''': Then get it over with.
-->'''Dexter Morgan''': I don't normally take requests, but in your case I'm prepared to make an exception.
* Narrowly averted in ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen'' in the episode "The Roaring Child": the old copper finds himself unarmed and faced with a crazed gunman. In an effort to protect the other hostage, he asks to be shot first, and then requests he be allowed to die with his helmet on (it was knocked off in an earlier struggle). Averted when he stoops to pick up the helmet and pulls the rug out from under the gunman.
* The minor ''Series/DoctorWho'' character Father Octavian in Season 5 sets a new standard for this trope. Knowing he will die any second, he expresses satisfaction that his courage has not deserted him. It becomes clear that his death cannot be averted any longer and, following on from the former page quote (see it on the quotes page),
-->'''The Doctor:''' I wish I could have got to know you better.
-->'''Father Octavian:''' I think, sir...you knew me at my very best.
-->'''The Doctor:''' Ready?
-->'''Father Octavian:''' Content.
** Depending on how we define 'death', several of the various incarnations of the Doctor as they face their regenerations would count here, but particular mention would go to the Fifth, who sacrificed a cure for the fatal poisoning he'd experienced in order to give the cure to his companion, and the Fourth and Ninth, both of whom calmly tried to reassure their companion(s) about what was happening.
*** Surprisingly averted with the Tenth Doctor, who fights to the end to survive, but ends up [[spoiler:making a HeroicSacrifice in order to save an old man, absorbing a lethal dose of radiation]]. Right before regenerating into the Eleventh Doctor, he almost whimpers "I don't want to go".
*** The Eleventh Doctor follows the examples of his previous lives, [[spoiler: giving his companion Clara [[GoOutWithASmile one final resigned smile]] after taking off his bowtie for the last time]].
*** Arguably the thematic heart of [[Recap/DoctorWho2017CSTwiceUponATime "Twice Upon a Time"]], the Twelfth Doctor's regeneration story. In the previous episode "The Doctor Falls" -- which ''was'' originally written to serve as the regeneration -- he nearly goes through with this trope in the sense of him dying ''permanently'' to [[spoiler: destroy the Cybermen on Floor 507]], a situation that arose from his efforts to [[spoiler: redeem Missy]] [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished going horribly awry]], but gets a reprieve via [[spoiler: the tears of the now-more-than-human Bill Potts]]. He becomes desperate to meet his final death, having become weary with his long lives, but the TARDIS takes him to meet '''his original self''' before he regenerated, who turns out to be afraid of what his future selves might be like and thus is also desperate to die instead of change. Over the course of the special, the First Doctor is convinced to regenerate and embrace his future and the good he can do, and the Twelfth Doctor decides that helping others is WorthLivingFor, both fulfilling this trope in the process. Twelve's FinalSpeech is to his own next self, urging them to be brave and kind, and his last words -- often seen as a repudiation of Ten's -- are "Doctor, I let you go." See below for a non-Doctor character in this story's relationship to this trope.
** Honorable mention to Jack Harkness, who first saves the Doctor and Rose from a bomb, only to find he's doomed himself in the process. His only response is to calmly wait for the end sipping a martini, but then the Doctor returns the favor. Later, he's cornered by a bunch of Daleks and responds to the usual "EXTERMINATE" with "I kind of figured that." This one doesn't stick either, after which he's made invulnerable.
** Another Dalek-related case: in "The Stolen Earth", Harriet Jones helps set up the network that will enable the Doctor's Companions to contact him, but in doing so reveals her location to the Daleks. Rather than breaking down or trying to escape, she calmly addresses them with the following exchange:
-->'''Harriet''': Harriet Jones, former Prime Minister.
-->'''Dalek''': [[PhraseCatcher Yes, we know who you are.]]
-->'''Harriet''': [[FacingTheBulletsOneLiner Oh, you know nothing of any human. And that will be your downfall]].
** John Maynard Jefferson, who takes up the rear guard as he, Toby, Danny and Rose escape through ventilation tunnels, pursued by the Ood. After running out of bullets, John is caught on the wrong side of the gate, and asks Zach to turn off the oxygen in the section, before the Ood can get to him. Especially harrowing, considering Jefferson was one of the toughest, hardest characters the series had seen.
** Although not technically "death", Yvonne Hartman faces her inevitable, painful conversion into a Cyber slave with nothing but dignity.
-->'''Yvonne''': I did my duty for Queen and country. I did my duty for Queen and country. Oh God, I did my duty for Queen and country.
*** Later she does go down fighting both her conversion and other Cybermen, still repeating the line.
** Doctor Who really likes this trope. Rita requests that the Doctor let her do this by not watching when the Minotaur comes for her. She then bravely faces her death, defying the Doctor's attempts to save her.
** The Controller in ''Day of the Daleks'' who triumphantly tells the Daleks [[TakingYouWithMe that his actions will mean the end of them.]]
** Adric went out like this in ''Earthshock'', pulling it off to such an extent that it was pretty much a posthumous RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap
--> '''Adric''': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn2W9vn2yjs Well now I'll never know if I was right]]
** The next regular companion to be killed on-screen, [[spoiler: Clara Oswald]], chose to stand and face the Raven, instead of running like all the others had, after first taking the time to make sure that the Doctor won't go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge on their behalf.
--> [[spoiler: '''Clara''']]: Let me be brave. Let me be brave.
** The Captain in "Twice Upon a Time" is caught in a World War I trench standoff with a German soldier when first seen. As neither speaks the other's language one is going to ''have'' to shoot the other dead despite not wanting to, and when the Captain is pulled out of time and learns that history records him as dying this day, he remains willing to face his death with dignity when he is returned there, [[HopeIsScary even with the hope that the Doctors might be able to help him being raised]]. In the end, he is returned and has his memory wiped of his experiences beyond the trenches, [[spoiler: but the Twelfth Doctor moved the standoff forward a few hours that it might be interrupted by the Real Life Christmas Truce, saving ''both'' men. Incidentally, this act creates a snowball effect that allows both Twelve and the First Doctor to meet this trope via regeneration]].
* ''Series/{{ER}}'''s Scott Anspaugh quietly tells Jeanie (who's been working as his personal physician assistant) that he doesn't want anymore chemotherapy after learning that the leukemia he's been battling has recurred.
* Although ultimately he doesn't die, Rygel the 16th from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' plays this well, at the series' climactic battle. [[spoiler: Zhaan also qualifies.]]
-->'''Rygel''': "If it is the largest black hole, then it's a death worthy of a Dominar."
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The finale of Season 5 gives us the death of [[spoiler:Stannis Baratheon]]. His army is defeated and he himself lies injured, but he faces his death with stubborn dignity all the same; he does not cry nor scream, and when asked by his executioner if he has any final words, all he has to say is: "go on, do your duty". This is perhaps the single most dignified death to appear on a show otherwise ''infamous'' for its number of deaths.
** Syrio Forel's YouShallNotPass stand to protect Arya, if, of course, he actually died. He faces off against five Lannister {{Mooks}} and Ser Meryn Trant with no fear and only a broken sword handle. Said sword is made of ''wood''.
--> '''Syrio:''' "The First Sword of Braavos does not run."
** Ned Stark closes his eyes and quietly embraces his impending death once he knows Arya will not see.
** Ygritte's only requests when she believes Jon is about to execute her are that he kill her clean and burn her body.
** Theon Greyjoy has every intention of going out in a blaze of glory, but his men don't give him the chance.
** The horse breeder the wildlings capture in "The Rains of Castamere" is granted permission to stand up for his execution.
** During his execution, Ser Rodrik Cassel shows absolutely no fear of death, calmly comforting the children who are begging and crying for him to be spared and giving Theon one last insult before his beheading.
** Robb Stark stands to deliver his FamousLastWords, which was calling out to Catelyn in a tone that suggests he's accepted his inevitable death and there's no point in fighting it, which was later confirmed to be intended by Richard Madden.
** Despite being killed while on the privy, Tywin Lannister shows great composure and remains as belligerent and arrogant as ever throughout the tense scene leading up to his death. Though he initially tries to talk his way out of death, he grimly accepts his fate after Tyrion fatally wounds him but not without cursing his son one last time, though Tyrion gets the last word in:
--> '''Tywin:''' You're no son of mine.
--> '''Tyrion:''' I am your son. I have always been your son.
** Mance Rayder walks to his execution with absolute composure and dignity. Even as he's being burned at the stake, he manages not to scream before Jon gives him a MercyKill.
** Septa Unella ''tries'' to go out like this, but eventually Subverted, and for good reason as it's made abundantly clear that '''Unella is going to be tortured and raped by a zombie until she dies'''.
** Sansa doesn't even flinch when Myranda is pointing an arrow at her face. Luckily, Theon gives Myranda a DisneyVillainDeath before the Myranda has chance to hurt her.
** Maester Luwin was very calm in his final hours.
** Olenna Tyrell goes out with all the [[CoolOldLady composure and grace]] we've come to expect from her -- she downs the poison offered to her, and spends her last minutes insulting Jamie and Cersei by extension, including revealing that she was the one who [[spoiler: killed Joffrey]]. All while maintaining perfect regal posture in her chair.
** Upon being surrounded by the Sons of the Harpy in the Great Pit of Daznak, Daenerys simply takes Missandei's hand and calmly closes her eyes. Luckily, that's when Drogon shows up.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** Isaac Mendez, an artist with the ability to paint the future, creates a series of paintings that show him being killed by Sylar. So what does he say when Sylar shows up at his door? "You're late." He continues to tell Sylar that neither of them [[YouCantFightFate can fight fate]], that he already saw Sylar being killed and is quite happy that he could be of use to the good guys after all the mistakes he made. He does so while having all his limbs impaled by ''paintbrushes''. That's right, Isaac Mendez is such a great artist, he can turn his own death into a Crowning Moment Of Awesome for himself.
--->'''Isaac''' (last words before having his skull opened): "I finally get to be a hero."
** In the first episode of Volume 2, Hiro's father Kaito is thrown off a building to his demise. Hiro tries to travel back in time to avert this, but when Kaito is told of his impending death, he doesn't want to be saved, telling Hiro that [[YouCantFightFate it's his fate]] and they can't use their powers to play God. Hiro is eventually convinced and allows the murder to play out, but nonetheless takes advantage of the opportunity to find out [[YouKilledMyFather who killed Kaito]].
* Parodied heavily in ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'' where [[spoiler: Nobuo Akagi reminds the kids to keep watching Super Sentai every Super Hero Time day before he and his time crash to the sun.]]
* In the episode "Retribution" of ''Series/HoratioHornblower'', [[spoiler:Captain Sawyer regains some of his lucidity and is matter-of-fact about his impending death--initially Wellard intends to kill Sawyer in the confusion of the prisoner uprising since he believes either Kennedy or Hornblower caused Sawyer's fall and Wellard refuses to let either man hang. Sawyer finally treats him with respect and even advises him on ''how to hold the pistol''. When the Spanish burst in, Sawyer stands side-by-side with Wellard and commends his bravery just before they're both shot]].
* Referred to by name and then {{subverted|Trope}} in the very first episode of ''Series/{{House}}''.
-->'''Rebecca''': I just want to die with a little dignity.
-->'''House''': There's no such thing! Our bodies break down, sometimes when we're 90, sometimes before we're even born, but it ''always'' happens and there's ''never'' any dignity in it. I don't care if you can walk, see, wipe your own ass. It's ''always'' ugly, ''always''! You can live with dignity; we can't die with it.
** James Wilson after his chemo doesn't work and his cancer becomes terminal, he decides to enjoy the five months he has left to live, rather than spend years wasting away in a hospital bed. [[spoiler: Last time we see him, he and House (who went FakingTheDeath) are riding together into the sunset in their motorbikes.]]
* Taken to ludicrous extremes in ''{{Series/TheITCrowd}}'', when Denholm, the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive CEO of Reynholm Industries]] is told in the middle of a board meeting that some policemen are in the building looking to ask him about irregularities in the pension fund. Denholm calmly tells his secretary to make them some tea, then steps out the window, leaving his stunned boardmembers gaping after him.
* PlayedForLaughs in the ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' episode [[Recap/LegendsOfTomorrowS2E5Compromised "Compromised"]], where Mick and [[Comicbook/TheAtom Ray Palmer]] are faced with a TimeBomb in the White House. With only seconds until detonation, Mick's reaction is simply to shrug, decide there's worse ways to go, and take a bite out of a stolen eclair. [[spoiler: Fortunatly, Ray is able to defuse the bomb JustInTime]].
* Li Tsung's (and to an extent, Creator/BruceLee's) philosophy when it comes to martial arts in ''Longstreet'', is this trope combined with GracefulLoser.
--> '''Li Tsung:''' Like everyone else, you want to learn the way to win, but never accept the way to lose. To accept defeat, to learn to die, is to be liberated from it. So when tomorrow comes, you must free your ambitious mind and learn the art of dying.
* Keeper in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'' inadvertently caused the extinction of the dinosaurs after sending a bomb to BigBad Sledge's ship and letting his asteroid collection loose. Keeper silently closes his eyes and let's the dust cloud overtake him. [[UnexplainedRecovery He gets better]] though.
* Winnie the Pooh, of all people, according to ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Meltdown," where he refuses the blindfold before facing a firing squad made up of Mussolini, Al Capone, Richard III, Napoleon and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking James Last.]] Badass, Mr. Sanders. Bad. Ass.
** Subverted in "Future Echoes." After learning that he's going to die in an explosion, Lister grabs a pipe to attack Death with, proclaiming "[[DefiantToTheEnd If he comes near me, I'll rip his nipples off!]]"
** Subverted once again during Rimmer's "death" in the eighth series finale: upon being approached by the Grim Reaper, Rimmer actually looked as though he might literally face death with dignity for a change... up until he's helped to his feet, whereupon he [[GroinAttack knees Death in the balls]] and runs away.
* ''Series/{{Rome}}'': Marcus Tullius Cicero, who goes so far as to rebuke a loyal slave trying to defend him for making a fool of himself.
** Extra points for being partly TruthInTelevision.
** Octavian and Pullo invoke this when interrogating the man they suspect to be Lucius's real father.
-->'''Octavian:''' Your life is over. You stand at Pluto's gate. Do you wish to sully his door with lies?
* A ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' episode has a "bubble" universe form around Quinn and Maggie about the life together they never had. Meanwhile, the real Quinn and Maggie are dying, as their life force is being drained by this new reality. A man arrives to help them and reveals he's the son of the Quinn and Maggie from the "bubble" universe. He takes the team to his universe and lets the two Quinns and Maggies interact. They reveal that they have chosen to restore the real Quinn and Maggie by unraveling their own reality, basically erasing their entire universe out of existence. Before the end, they thank their son for making this sacrifice (they themselves having lived a long and happy life together). Their son doesn't mind doing this and reads his father's favorite poem before the end.
* Several villainous examples show up in ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy''
** At the end of series 2, AJ Weston fits this trope to the point that you almost feel sorry for him, despite his being a white supremacist, rapist, and all around scum bag.
** In the last episode of season 3, the Sons assassinate the two antagonists of the season, Jimmy O'Phelan and ATF Agent June Stahl. Stahl breaks down crying and begs for her life, but Jimmy barely seems to care, even when his [[ArchEnemy mortal enemy]] pulls knives on him. Then again, as a crimelord and high ranking IRA officer, Jimmy had probably long ago made peace with the fact that he would not die a natural death.
** In Clay's final appearance, when he sees the corpses of the IRA guys who were supposed to take him to Belfast, he realises he won't be leaving the building alive. He calmly walks to a good spot for Jax to shoot him in the throat.
** In prison, the Triads order Juice to kill the leader of the Nazis. Since the Nazis had already arranged to kill Juice on behalf of the Sons and failing to do so would damage their relationship, Juice tells Tully what's going down and hands him the knife, asking only to finish his desert. In the end, after several series of running, cowardice, and betrayal, Juice stands firm as Tully stabs him to death.
** When Gemma confronts Jax for the last time, she walks out into her beloved childhood garden and asks Jax to end it quickly.
* Played with in the first season finale of ''Series/StargateSG1'':
-->'''[[TheHero O'Neill]]:''' So what do we do now?
-->'''[[CoolOldGuy Bra'tac]]:''' Now, we die.
-->'''O'Neill:''' Well that's a bad plan. Where's the glider bay?
** In another episode, Teal'c is captured by the Jaffa Trelak who tells Teal'c that, for his betrayal, Teal'c will die a slow death. Teal'c promises the Jaffa that he will die quickly. Naturally, at the end, Teal'c makes good on his promise. Just before expiring, the Jaffa calmly notes that Teal'c is a man of his word.
** Teal'c manages to pull it off in another episode where he has been put on trial by the inhabitants of a planet his former master had systematically terrorised. He admits his guilt and stoically accepts his execution for his role in the atrocities, even though he tried to use what little power he had to mitigate the terror inflicted. He offers no resistance at all and is ready to accept his punishment for what he did. He avoids his fate though when Apophis launches another attack on the village and he fights his former master off, protecting the villagers from him, before calmly taking his place to be executed. The man who had demanded the execution has a change of heart and lets Teal'c go.
* Crowley in the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "[[Recap/SupernaturalS07E01MeetTheNewBoss Meet the New Boss]]". When Castiel pays him a visit, Crowley know that the jig is up. He doesn't resist and prepares for the ensuing smiting. Subverted, as Castiel doesn't kill him, but orders Crowley to work for him instead.
* In "Yellow", one of the few episodes of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' not to feature any supernatural elements, a lieutenant (Eric Douglas) in the trenches in World War I is found guilty of cowardice in a court-martial after abandoning men under his command to die, and sentenced to death by firing squad. His father, a general (played by Douglas' real-life father, Kirk Douglas), tells him that he will order the guns loaded with blanks and leave a pack in the trench into which he should fall after being "shot" so that he can leave the army, as he wishes. He is therefore able to face his firing squad with quiet dignity. At least until he sees his father close his eyes and turn away on the word "Aim", and realizes a split second before the guns fire that they are actually loaded with live ammunition, and the "escape" plan was a ploy by his father to get him to face death with dignity in the only brave act of his life.
* Thomas More, Bishop Fisher, George and Anne Boleyn on ''Series/TheTudors''.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': [[spoiler: Merle]], having suffered a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown from [[BigBad the Governor]] and facing down his gun, merely [[FamousLastWords says]] that [[DefiantToTheEnd he isn't going to beg]].
* ''Series/TheWire'' features this with several characters, all of whom get some very impressive lines before they go:
-->'''Stringer''': Well, get on with it, motherfu- (Gets shot.)
-->'''Bodie''': Yo, this is my corner. I ain't runnin' nowhere!
-->'''Snoop''': How my hair look, Mike?
-->'''Michael''': You look good, girl. (Shoots.)
* Several characters in ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' have this happen; the series usually uses this trope in synonym with true moral goodness and/or spirituality, and occasionally DeathEqualsRedemption.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has a CharacterOfTheWeek, a terminally ill patient who's projected life expectancy was, at best, barely a full day. J.D. and Turk, the patient's attending physician and surgeon, are quickly reminded of their own mortality and fear death much like the patient. However, the three of them spend the last few hours having a quiet, philosophical conversation on the matter, ending with the patient rolling over to take a nap. This is after J.D. has informed him that his body will gradually become more fatigued until he falls asleep, never to wake up again. The patient is sober but extremely calm, even saying he'll see J.D. and Turk when he wakes up, even though all three of them know that's not going to happen.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Oz}}'' with Shirley Bellinger. When the time for her execution comes, she walks to it calm and dignified; but when she sees the noose, she (quite understandably) panics, tries to run, breaks down sobbing, and begs God for mercy and forgiveness. Far from being used to portray her as cowardly, it's a deeply human and tragic moment.
* ''Series/MillionYenWomen'': Minami is shown staying calm through being bound to a chair in a burning house.

* In [[Franchise/EvilliousChronicles "Daughter of Evil"]] by Music/{{Mothy}}, we have the Riliane's death. She doesn't put up a fight when she's captured, seems rather bored while waiting for it, and when the time does come, she calmly says, "Oh, it's tea time," right before they cut her head off. However, in the POVSequel "Servant of Evil," it's revealed that it wasn't the princess at all - it was her twin brother, Allen, the servant who vowed to protect her, which eventually involved such extremes as killing his own ''foster father''. Naturally, he saved her from death, too, by dressing in her clothes (because she and Allen have similar figures) and giving her his, [[TwinSwitch effectively reversing roles]].
* From Music/{{Vocaloid}} in general, Gakupo's cover of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UfytTsLpFM The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku]]'' is at a slower pace than the others who almost always sing the song extremely fast. The song is about a Vocaloid "being deleted," but unlike the other versions this one makes Gakupo sound rather calm about his fate.
* The folksong ''[=MacPherson=]'s Lament'' is all about this trope, and how death is better than life in a cell.
-->Farewell, ye dungeons dark and strong\\
A wretch's destinie!\\
[=MacPherson=]'s time will no' be long\\
On yonder gallows tree\\
So farewell, night, thou parting light,\\
And all beneath the sky,\\
May coward's shame disdain the name\\
O' the wretch that dares not die!
* Music/PeterSchilling's "Terra Titanic" has a metaphorical end-of-the-world scenario with this line "...while the captain adjusts his tuxedo a bit, with his glass raised up high as the ice water hits."
* Music/{{Queen}}'s swan song, "The Show Must Go On", is about facing death with dignity. Freddie Mercury sang this song as he was in the end stages of AIDS and was practically at death's door, [[DyingMomentOfAwesome but you'd never know it just by listening.]]
* The final Music/DavidBowie album, ''Music/{{Blackstar}}'', is essentially him taking his impending death and turning it into one final album in the only way he knew how: writing awesome music.
* The song "A Sovereign Act" by Music/{{Cormorant}} invokes this trope, as it is about the [[https://public.health.oregon.gov/ProviderPartnerResources/EvaluationResearch/DeathwithDignityAct/Pages/index.aspx Death With Dignity Act]].

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* OlderThanFeudalism, since Aslan's sacrifice was inspired by Jesus in Literature/TheBible.
* When the soldiers came to kill Jezebel, she faced them while wearing her full royal attire. The affect was sort of diminished after centuries of this being interpreted as her being a prostitute.
* ''Many'' of the Christian martyrs during the Roman persecutions faced public execution in arenas with quiet dignity and firm resolve. This turned out to have great proselytizing force: criminals normally begged and pleaded when they were put to death, but the dignity with which these Christians died for their beliefs was remarkable to the crowds, many of whom therefore started to wonder if there was something to this new religion.
* Rabbi Akiva. Even as the Romans were torturing him to death, he did not beg or plead. He simply recited the Shema, the last words a Jew is supposed to say before death.
* Creator/{{Socrates}} also managed to pull this off, at least if Creator/{{Plato}}'s accounts are to be believed.
* An awesome quote from [[TheStoic Epictetus]]: "I must die. But must I die bawling?"

* The famous 1938 ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' radio broadcast includes a scene where a radio reporter describes the Martian tripods advancing into New York City, gassing all the unfortunate humans in their path. He knows he's going to die ("This is the end, now"), but stays on the air until overcome by Martian poison gas.
* From ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' when Zaphod, Trillian and Marvin are being eaten by the Ravenous Bug Blatter Beast Of Traal:
-->'''Trillian:''' Arrrgghh, he's got us! If I ever survive this, I'll get a job as Moby Dick's dentist!\\
'''Zaphod:''' Can it Trillian, I'm trying to die with dignity.\\
'''Marvin:''' (''rather unimpresseively'') I'm just trying to die.

* In ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', the play begins in the aftermath of the defeat of an invasion of Scotland by forces from Norway and Ireland, joined by the rebel Scottish lord Macdonwald. Though he remains an off-screen character, Macdonwald is captured after the battle and executed. The messenger who reports his final moments is utterly moved by how dignified and accepting he was of his fate. [[spoiler: At the end of the play Macbeth himself realizes that he is going to die fighting Macduff, the result of an Exact Words prophecy -- but instead of begging or lamenting it, decides to die fighting with a sword in his hand.]]
* ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'': At first, when Calpurnia pleads with Caesar not to go out of his home because of an ominously superstitious nightmare, he decides to humor her and stay home. Moments later, Decius Brutus gives Caesar a flattering interpretation of the bloody fountain dream, which makes Caesar even more resolved to attend the Senate meeting, in spite of the dangers awaiting him.
** This is a crucial part of Julius Caesar's fearless, DefiantToTheEnd philosophy:
-->'''Caesar''': What can be avoided, whose end is purposed by the mighty gods?\\
Yet Caesar shall go forth; for these predictions are to the world in general as to Caesar.\\
'''Calpurnia''': When beggars die, there are no comets seen; the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.\\
'''Caesar''': Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.\\
Of all the wonders I have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear,\\
Seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come...\\
Caesar should be a beast without a heart if he should stay at home to-day for fear.\\
No, Caesar shall not; Danger knows full well that Caesar is more dangerous than he.\\
We are two lions littered in one day, And I the elder and more terrible,\\
And Caesar shall go forth.
* Antonio in ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', after he becomes determined to pay his "bond" to Shylock. [[spoiler: Subverted in that he doesn't die.]]
* In ''Theatre/TheLionInWinter'', as Henry II's sons are hiding in the cellar waiting for him to come and kill them, Richard the Lionheart says he won't go down hiding like a coward and will face their father when he arrives, knowing he will die. The cynical Geoffrey scoffs at this, asking what difference it makes what manner you die in. Richard counters that because you don't get to choose ''if'' you die, you only get to choose the manner you face it with, then yes, the manner is the only thing that matters.
* In ''Theatre/{{Finale}}'', the show ends with all the characters doing this, as they [[spoiler:walk into the burning sunset together, to their deaths]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'':
** Charles Lee, the BigBad of Connor's story, [[spoiler:waits in a tavern for Connor to catch up to him, as both are severely injured and unable to fight or, indeed, run. He calmly shares a drink with Connor before the latter finishes him off with a knife, leaving him to "die in retirement", as happened in real life.]]
** [[spoiler:Desmond calmly accepts the fate that will befall him when he chooses to save the world. His penultimate act is to send his friends away so that they, unlike him, will survive.]]
* Implied in case of [[spoiler:the Songbird]] in ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite''. [[spoiler:When Elizabeth transports it to Rapture, it first flails around violently, still trying to get to Elizabeth. But as it is crushed to death by the pressure of the ocean, its eyes switch from red to green and Songbird accepts its fate as Elizabeth comforts it in its final moments.]]
* [[spoiler: Mondo Oowada]] from ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}''. [[spoiler: While he ''did'' have a breakdown upon being found out and trialed, he recovered from that and remained stoic and quiet as he was subjected to a CruelAndUnusualDeath.]]
** Subverted by [[spoiler: Celestia "Celes" Ludenberg.]] [[spoiler: She makes no effort to escape her fate, in her case [[BurnTheWitch being burned at the stake.]] She stands still with her hands steepled and looking up dramatically as her romanticized death approaches... but since she ''wants'' to go out with dignity, Monokoma pulls a bait-and-switch just to be an asshole and rams a fire truck into her instead of letting her burn to death. The manga shows us her face as this happens -- [[OhCrap she's obviously unhappy]].]]
*** To say nothing of the creepy smile of [[spoiler: Junko Enoshima, the mastermind, during the Super Duper Nasty Torture. Up until almost the end, she was grinning.]]
** In the sequel, ''VisualNovel/{{Super Danganronpa 2}}'', the culprits of the Chapter 4 and Chapter [[spoiler:5]] murders, ([[spoiler: Gundam Tanaka]] and [[spoiler: Nanami Chiaki]], respectively) also go out this way. In [[spoiler: Gundam's]] case, it was because [[spoiler: he knew he was guilty, and only murdered mecha-Nidai to try to save the other students from starvation. He almost has a record for being one of the first to concede to his crimes after being found out--after all, that was his intention.]] In [[spoiler: Nanami's]] it was because [[spoiler: it was an accident, rigged by Komaeda during his almost-suicide, to try to get her to graduate; she just went along with her upcoming death, barely showing any emotions.]] In chapter [[spoiler: 5]], [[spoiler: Monomi]] was also executed and also barely cried for it.
** In ''VisualNovel/NewDanganronpaV3'', both the victim and culprit of Chapter 5, [[spoiler: Kokichi Oma]] and [[spoiler: Kaito Momota]], end up doing this. In a plan to [[spoiler: completely ruin the killing game]], [[spoiler: Kokichi]] willingly dies by [[spoiler: Kaito]]'s hand after [[spoiler: he's poisoned by Maki, which would make Kaito Kokichi's true killer instead of her]]. They also did this because [[spoiler: Kaito was SecretlyDying, so he really had nothing to lose]], and in the end, [[spoiler: managed to not only save Maki's life ''and'' achieve his dream of finally travelling to space, but he died a peaceful death from illness mid-way through his execution.]]
* A nameless engineer or technician of some kind gets this in spades in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2.'' After being badly injured, he leaves a recording that shows him demonstrating how to use kinesis to tear blades off of dead necromorphs and impale others with them. He then says that he's going to bleed out soon, but he hopes that whoever sees his recording finds it useful.
* Multiple examples in ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series:
** If you decide to execute [[AntiVillain Teyrn Loghain]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' after defeating him in a duel of honor, he'll spend his last moments saying goodbye to his daughter and says that he can die in peace knowing that the Grey Warden is up to the task of stopping the Blight.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', if you kill [[spoiler: Anders after he blows up the Chantry, he quietly and calmly accepts it. If you romanced him, he will even say "I'm glad it's you."]]
** In ''Origins'', Wynne has good reasons to believe that her health is rapidly deteriorating and it is unlikely that she'll survive much longer than the defeat of the Darkspawn horde. If the Warden asks her why she's spending her last days traveling and fighting, her response is: "I will not lie motionless in a bed with coverlets up to my chin, waiting for death to claim me." And indeed, she doesn't. [[spoiler:In ''Literature/{{Asunder}}'', she finally dies after accomplishing what is declared impossible by the rules of the universe: bringing a dead person (namely, her estranged son's love interest) back to life]].
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
*** A House Redoran quest has you convincing another member of the house to do this via a duel to the death in the arena. He will almost certainly die (unless you aid him from a distance.)
*** In the ''Tribunal'' expansion, [[spoiler:[[PhysicalGod Tribunal deity]] Sotha Sil did this, according to [[BigBad Almalexia's]] rant]]:
--> ''"And Sotha Sil...he always thought himself our better, shunning us, locking himself in this hole. He spoke not a word as he died. Not a whisper. Even in death, he mocked me with his silence!"''
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'': At the beginning of the game, Emperor Uriel Septim VII who from the intro knows his death is coming. Even as his guards try to smuggle him out and save him, he knows they [[YouCantFightFate Can't Fight Fate]], so his last moments are spent giving instructions to the PC so that he might avert the consequences his death will have.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''
*** When you encounter [[spoiler:Emperor Titus Mede II]] in the finale of the Dark Brotherhood quest, he tells you that he's long since accepted his fate, talks to you in a calm and friendly manner and is completely unimpressed by you trying to intimidate him. The only thing he asks of you is to kill the person who ordered the contract on him and he only asks you to merely consider it. Of course, this scene is something of a callback to the one from Oblivion above.
*** Also from ''Skyrim'', there's this gem, [[spoiler:from [[RebelLeader Ulfric Stormcloak]]]]:
--> "Let the Dragonborn be the one to do it. [[DyingMomentOfAwesome It would make for a better song]]."
*** Happens at the very beginning of the game. During the public execution, as the priest prays for the Stormcloaks, one of them just forces his way to the front of the execution line and demands that they shut up and get on with it, because he hasn't got all day.
--> "My ancestors are smiling at me, Imperial. Can you say the same?"
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'':
** Dick Richardson, president of the [[TheRemnant Enclave]] and NonActionBigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', is utterly devoted to his mission of wiping out every mutant (read: anyone who's not the Enclave) in the Wasteland so the "pure" Americans can retake America, and he'll tell a PowerArmor-wearing [[TheChosenOne Chosen One]] wielding a gatling laser right to their face that he's perfectly willing to die for his cause.
** In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', Benny despite being a [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder backstabbing sleaze ball]] the entire game, if he escapes the Tops after you confront him and is captured by The Legion and left completely at your mercy, he'll keep his cool the entire time, even chuckling at the {{irony}} if you decide to execute him with his own gun, [[KarmicDeath just like he tried to do to you when you first met him in the opening cut scene]]. He's also thrilled if you choose to face him the Legion's arena; House explains that before he "civilized" the Boot Rider tribe into becoming the Chairmen we know today, they would fight each other in honor [[DuelToTheDeath duels to the death]] to resolve disputes over things like leadership, which is how Benny became Chief.
** In his bad ending, [[ColdSniper Boone]], one of your companions chooses go on a suicidal RoaringRampageOfRevenge on the [[TheEmpire The Legion]], where he [[OneManArmy single handily kills so many soldiers]], he impresses [[BigBad Caesar]] himself, who personally appears before Boone, just before his execution by crucifixion. Boone's response? ''Spit tobacco'' in Caesar's eye without saying another word.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', when Brotherhood of Steel Paladin [[spoiler:Danse]] discovers that he is a synth, an android that the Brotherhood is dedicated to eradicating, he willingly allows himself to be executed by you or Elder Maxson, so that the Commonwealth can be a safer place (At least in the Brotherhood's eyes.). Though if you don't want to let him die, [[VideoGameCaringPotential you can convince him to stand up for his right to live]].
* In the Unlimited Blade Works route of ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/stay night]]'', the final choice is between this, mixed with TakingYouWithMe, and desperately struggling like a frightened animal in a cage. You die and the game itself openly ([[HaveANiceDeath and hilariously]]) insults you if you choose to go with this trope.
** Assassin is a big-time believer in this trope, even stating outright that the best thing you can do when you're dying anyway is to be dignified about it.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. Rufus Shinra as he stands atop the Shinra tower, seeing lethal blasts from Diamond Weapon headed his direction. He does not so much as flinch, calmly awaiting his end.
** Though it turns out in ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'' [[spoiler:he actually survived, making him even more badass than he was.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', Judge Drace accepts her condemnation, knowing that Gabranth will take care of Larsa in her stead.
* In all routes of ''VideoGame/{{Hakuouki}}'' that get that far, Kondou Isami surrenders himself to the Imperial Army to allow his subordinate Hijikata to escape with the rest of the Shinsengumi. Hijikata tries to get him freed, but fails, and recounts to the other characters how Kondou asked for the right to commit {{seppuku}}, was rudely denied that right by his captors who refused to recognize him as a samurai, and responded by politely asking to at least be allowed to shave and going to his beheading with all possible dignity.
* In ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami'' and ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami2WrongNumber'' [[spoiler:Richter]] faces both their potential and actual death peacefully.
** In ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami'', [[spoiler:he calmly tells Jacket, whose girlfriend he was forced to kill, that he won't beg for his life, and instead [[PleaseKillMeIfItSatisfiesYou awaits Jacket's decision]]. Canonically, Jacket spares him]].
** In ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami2WrongNumber'', [[spoiler:he greets Richard, who [[MindScrew may be]] the GrimReaper, very calmly, and when told he is about to die, accepts his impending fate without complaint or fear]].
* Throughout ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'', a primary antagonist has been opposing you at every turn, working towards bringing Zophar back into power. However, in your final encounter with him, you learn that he's secretly been opposing Zophar, who literally is supplying him with his life, and once he knows that the world of Lunar is in good hands with Hiro and company, he willingly accepts his death, fading from existence unmourned.
--> '''[[spoiler:Ghaleon:]]''' Are you watching in secret, [[spoiler:Dyne]]? These children ''shine'' with your light...
* Happens all the time in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. Right from the beginning things are looking really bleak and though preparations are running at high speed to attempt the use of an ancient super weapon, chances that the Reapers can be stopped are growing lower every hour. Complete annihilation of all spacefaring species appears inevitable, but everyone is taking it surprisingly well, keeping calm and doing whatever they can to slow down the Reaper advance as much as they can.
** [[spoiler:Mordin goes into a collapsing tower in order to cure the Genophage.]]
-->'''Shepard:''' I am sorry.
-->'''[[spoiler:Mordin]]:''' [[HeroicSacrifice I'm not. Had to be me. Someone else might have gotten it wrong.]]
*** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] if Shepard shoots him. His death has... ''less'' dignity.
** Thane Krios was already terminally ill in the second game and if he survived he's nearing his end by now. [[spoiler:When Kai Leng attempts to assassinate the salarian councilor, he shows up and gets into an amazing swordfight. Because of his illness, the stab wound he receives is fatal, but he lives long enough for Shepard to visit him in the hospital as he dies in his typical calm manner, saying a prayer for Shepard with his last breaths.]]
** The Krogans are undergoing quite a substantial amount of CharacterDevelopment, to a great deal thanks to this trope. In the first two games they appear almost entirely as {{Blood Knight}}s who would rather die in battle than see their race succumbing to the long-term effects of a bio-weapon. Any battle would do. But faced with an enemy they can actually fight, they are much more disciplined and charge into entire swarms of Husks without hesitation or concern for their own safety, as long as it helps protecting their world.
** [[spoiler:Even the Catalyst, the BiggerBad of the entire series responsible for the Reaper Cycle, calmly accepts that Shepard has all but won at that point, and simply tells him his options.]] [[EpilepticTrees Maybe.]]
* Averted in ''[[VideoGame/{{Oddworld}} Oddworld: New n Tasty]]'' at the end of the game. [[spoiler: When Abe is about to be executed via meat grinder for his actions during the game, instead of being dignified or defiant, he instead thrashes against his restraints while crying and begging the Big Bad for mercy.]]
* While FacelessMooks simply fall over and die, there is no InstantDeathBullet for bosses in the ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series. While some chose to go out with a bang, many other decide to face their final moments with dignity, making for some of the most memorable death scenes in video games. It also fits the series' highly pacifistic tone.
** Probably the greatest example is [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater The Boss]], who is essentially taking this attitude for the whole game. She knows that she has to die, and it has to be at the hands of her favorite student and [[ParentalSubstitute almost-son]]. Not once does she ever break down over this, and at the end of their final fight, she peacefully hands her gun to Snake and, almost comfortingly, tells him to finish his mission.
* The fate of the Barrier Trio in ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'':
--> The Barrier Trio strikes one final Barrier Pose! \\
It was spectacular.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Narcissu}}'' is mainly about the terminally ill Setsumi's wish to give her death meaning by dying somewhere other than the hospice or at home.
* John Marston in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption''. After buying his family time to escape from government soldiers coming to kill John for his 'crimes', John takes shelter in the family barn before facing down a platoon of US soldiers and two Government agents, knowing full well he will be torn to pieces. [[DyingMomentOfAwesome But that's not to say he]] [[DoNotGoGentle went peacefully]].
* Discussed in ''VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate''; after she saves him from being killed by [[spoiler: Lagerfeld]], Leanne [[AngerBornOfWorry tearfully berates]] Zephyr for [[DeathSeeker wanting to die]], telling him that if he ''is'' going to die, he should at least "die with courage."
* Eileen from ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'' walks steadily to her death towards the Giant Machine of Doom in the final battle against [[AxCrazy Walter]], but she's technically possessed. In the third game, Claudia goes willingly to her death, even though she's absolutely certain she's going to Hell.
* In ''VideoGame/TouhouMother'', [[PlayerPunch YOU]] have to do this at the end of the game, when you are robotocised by [[KarmaHoudini Porkey]] and the rest of [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Gensokyo]] attack you, thinking you are the last remaining enemies. [[TearJerker It is quite possibly the saddest moment in any fangame ever]].
* Episode 6 of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has a surprising one in [[spoiler: Furudo Erika]]. Previously the perfect example of SmugSnake, DefectiveDetective and LackOfEmpathy, by the end of the story she's been shot, is dying, and knows it. So she gets up [[spoiler: and challenges Beatrice and Battler one last time despite knowing she's going to lose and be erased, saying that as a villain she needs to die to the heroes dramatically.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfileCovenantOfThePlume'', rebellion leader Natalia turns herself in toward the beginning for execution, so that her troops will be spared. No matter which version of the chapter you're playing in, they end up being killed anyway, and her ally tries to rescue her. Whose side you picked determines whether he's successful or not.
* In the BadEnding of ''VideoGame/WingCommander IV: The Price of Freedom'', Colonel Blair is taken to his execution by firing squad.
--> '''Squad captain:''' "Blindfold?"
--> '''Blair:''' No.
** This is a running theme in ''Wing Commander:'' The good guys fight like hell to live but if they lose, they face their death with a stoic's resolve; the bad guys beg, plead, or if they can't escape, [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled take matters into their own hands]]. Chris Roberts definitely seems to approve of facing death with dignity.
* In the DownerBeginning of ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'', if you choose [[ViolentGlaswegian Fergus]] in the SadisticChoice, he's all over this trope. [[spoiler:It turns out later on that he didn't actually die, [[FateWorseThanDeath but his brain was preserved by Deathshead to be used in a combat robot which serves as the game's pen-ultimate boss]].]]
-->''"It's okay, Blazko. [[WarIsHell It's war]]. People die. My time's up, is all."''
* A rare {{mook}} example in ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' is the Thin Man interrogation scene. While all other aliens freak out in containment, to the point of trying to attack the robotic arms used in the procedure, this dude simply sneers contemptuously and approaches the glass, as if to say something. Then, the metal panel closes.
* ''VideoGame/TheTalosPrinciple'': [[spoiler:The entire human race, or at least those working and communicating with the EL project. Unlike most apocalyptic stories there is no mention of riots or the collapse of civilization. Whatever plague was killing humanity did so at a rate where basic services and food were still available for a while and the internet was still functional. Once it became clear that the human race was going extinct, the logs of the project team are filled with stories of love, of what they'll miss, and the hopes of what might come of the project. One even comments on how in the last days the entire world effectively joined online to send as much data as they could to the Archive to preserve as much knowledge as possible for whoever found it. When communications did start breaking down, the logs turned into goodbyes as staff members either committed suicide peacefully, left the facility to be with their loved ones in their last days, or in Alexandra's case [[HeroicSacrifice died at her workstation trying to complete the Talos project]]]].
* In ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'', the FinalBoss has a OneHitKill that never fails, but which it will only use twice - and [[SadisticChoice you get to choose which hero it takes]]. Each hero will get a unique line when selected, and several of them fall under this trope. (Others, not so much.)
-->'''Leper:''' [[HeroicSacrifice Spare the others. I am ready.]]\\
'''Houndmaster:''' Steady, girl. If we're called, we answer.\\
'''Musketeer:''' All for one, and one for all!\\
'''Man-at-Arms:''' I go with a clear conscience. I've given my all.\\
'''Occultist:''' Finally, the face of my tormentor. Come, then.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Actually ''subverted'' in ''{{VisualNovel/Danganronpa}}'' with [[spoiler:Celeste]], who calmly bids the remaining students farewell and prepares to die a romanticized death by burning at the stake... but since that's how she wants to go out, [[spoiler: Monokoma pulls a bait-and-switch and rams a fire truck into her instead of letting her burn to death]].
* In ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoRakuen'', when told to chase down [[spoiler:Amane]] to preserve the secret of [[spoiler:the bus crash group's cannibalism]] and then to kill [[spoiler:Kazuki]] for the same reason, Sakuma just gives up and says no. She's not going to do it. For her refusal, she's stabbed by Sakashita, but even then she just quietly repeats that they've done enough and to just let it go.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Boris tries to do this in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' when he is caught trying to betray the Jagers, whom he believes are being manipulated by the BigBad. The reason he only tries is that they don't want to kill him, since their [[JerkassFacade reputation]] as [[BloodKnight bloodthirsty killers]] is, in part, ObfuscatingStupidity and his evidence that they are being used is far more interesting to the Jager Generals than keeping up appearances.
* Part of the reason that even many ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' fans who disliked AntiVillain Miko Miyazaki were saddened by her death was that she faced it with dignity, even though her attempt at HeroicSacrifice inadvertently caused Xykon's victory and, even while dying, she refused to admit that she had ever done wrong.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Blog/AskSeriousRainbow'' Rainbow Flash did this after [[spoiler: Twilight]] tortured her and left her to bleed to death, leaving her final words on a tape recording and absolving her friends of any role in her murder, before asking [[spoiler: Pinkie]] to MercyKill her. This impressed a god enough that he gives Rainbow Flash a new chance at life as Rainbow Dash, who eventually becomes Serious Rainbow.
* ''WebVideo/CarmillaTheSeries'' shows Danny, having been just backstabbed by SmugSnake Theo, spending her last moments trying to comfort a distraught Laura who, falsely believing Carmilla has abandoned her, is in the process of crossing a DespairEventHorizon.
* Donnie [=DuPre=] from WebVideo/DemoReel dies alone, scared, humiliated and tearful, but calls out everything wrong with his ending by making sure his author knows how what an awful writer he is for this.
** For their part, Tacoma, Quinn, Karl and Rebecca lie-reassure him that they'll be fine and he'll see them again before fading away into nothing.
* In Creator/FreddieWong's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXRX47L_3yE Medal of Honor Cat]], the titular character manages this, despite being a ''cat''. He stares directly into the scope of the sniper that's about to shoot him, with a look that [[SeeYouInHell promises the gunner a much less one-sided rematch in the afterlife]].
* The choose-your-own-adventure zombie game ''The Sagittarian 2'' has one ending in which you're bitten and immediately confronted by another survivor. Your two options are to allow him to kill you or to try to fight for survival. Both come to the same ending, but one allows you to face it with dignity.
* ''{{WebVideo/Tabletop}}'' had an episode where Wil and friends play the [[Tabletop/DragonAge Dragon Age tabletop RPG]], with a scenario involving a mysterious ghost tower. The group concludes that the tower came from [[SpiritWorld the Fade]] and then ponder about what would happen if the tower goes ''back'' to the Fade. Wil suggests that if they are destined to, they shall go with the Fade... [[{{Subverted}} Cue his party immediately rejecting that idea]].
* Not all of them actually die, but everyone in WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee. The reviewers go [[spoiler: into the PlotHole]] talking about their first reviews, the villains end up quoting Shakespeare, and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic [[spoiler: makes a PeacefulInDeath HeroicSacrifice]].
** He got saved both times, but Critic tried for the trope even earlier in WebVideo/SuburbanKnights, when he was all-too-willing to get stabbed in the neck or beheaded by the pitiful Jaffers.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** During ''The Chorus Trilogy'', the [[CowardlyLion normally cowardly General Doyle]] decides to perform a HeroicSacrifice to save the rest off the army by attaching an explosive charge [[NukeEm to their base's nuclear reactor]] to wipe out a good portion of the enemies army and to buy his comrades time to regroup, while calmly telling his former enemy Kimball that [[MoreExpendableThanYou she is the better leader for their people.]]
** [[ArtificialIntelligence Epsilon/Church]] allows his consciousness to be once again broken into the A.I. Fragments, so they could better power the team's equipment and at least give his friends a fighting chance during their LastStand. In his last moment, [[TearJerker he depressingly leaves a final message for his friends, saying that he will die not even knowing]] if his [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice]] even made a difference, but does it anyway.
* Played for laughs in episode two of ''WebAnimation/CampCamp'':
** When a wild platypus corners Nikki and the rest of the kids on the pier, (ItMakesSenseInContext) Nikki declares:
--> '''Nikki:''' "I want a Viking funeral! Light me up!"
** Earlier in the same episode, when Max is convinced [[AmbiguouslyEvil The Quartermaster]] is going to kill him:
--> '''Max:''' (Gets ready to die) Well, I guess Nikki was right. Enjoy wearing my skin!
** Luckily, neither of these instantses resulted in death... not counting small animals.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Admiral Zhao chose to die with dignity rather try to let Zuko save him as the Ocean Spirit dragged him down to his watery grave. Subverted in that being killed by the partner of the spirit he failed to kill is a pretty undignified death, but Zhao's pride makes him incapable of realizing that to the bitter end.
** To make matters worse, he didn't die. He was instead thrown into the Fog of Lost Souls, [[FateWorseThanDeath where he will wander forever, driven to insanity hunting an Avatar he cannot find.]]
* Dinobot in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars,'' by virtue of a HeelFaceTurn from the Predacons, is in no danger from their meddling time travel ways and didn't need to fight them all in single combat with no support and damaged beyond repair systems. In fact, a good deal of his troubles would be dealt with if he did nothing about it. But then there's what he could have done, and [[CrowningMomentofAwesome what he did.]]
* In the most [[MomentOfAwesome badass instance]] ever in his animated filmography, DonaldDuck does this with great patriotism and pride in the short "Commando Duck".
* [[AnyoneCanDie Quite a few]] characters in ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Road To Las Vegas" revolves around Stewie using an experimental teleporter to take himself and Brian to Las Vegas for a Music/CelineDion concert. Unbeknownst to them, the teleporter actually creates a set of copies which are sent to Vegas, while the originals remain behind and are forced to use air travel to Vegas, thinking that the teleporter didnt work. The original Stewie and Brian have an increasingly miserable time until they find themselves in debt to a loanshark with no means of paying him back and decide to face death on their own terms and commit suicide. However, Stewie wusses out at the last moment, leading to only Brian dying. Meanwhile, the copies have a very successfull Vegas trip, until Stewie is murdered by the loanshark the originals hired, with only Brian surviving. He ends up reuniting with Stewie at a bus terminal where they figure out what actually happened.
* Kinda adverted, but in the series finale of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', the reporter Shandra Jimenez [[spoiler: broke into Bill Cipher's lair, and when she was being turned into stone by an eyebat, she just accepts it, probably knowing that it would happen eventually.]] This is later adverted again with [[spoiler: Bill who ''freaks out'' when he is being erased from inside Stan's mind]]
* A variation on this in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':[[spoiler: [[DefiantToTheEnd Lin defies Amon to the very end]] and suffers what is, for many benders, AFateWorseThanDeath. Unlike every other victim of Amon's, she doesn't beg or plead, she just calmly closes her eyes and accepts it.]]
* Canard Thunderbeak from ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'', when it looked like the team was going to all be eaten alive by a giant energy absorbing monster. He decided to give the thing something else to eat, [[spoiler:himself]].
* Happens twice with [[spoiler:Mike Chilton]] in the ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}'' finale. First when he's falling from a building [[spoiler:after Kane tosses him]], we see him shut his eyes calmly [[spoiler:before he's rescued by the Duke of Detroit]]. The second is a subversion though as he [[spoiler:appears to self-destruct Mutt with himself inside to blow up Kane's machine, although he manages to escape with [[CoolBike Chopper-Mutt]] as planned]].
-->[[spoiler:Mike: *to his dog bobble-head*]] "Sorry girl, we had a real good ride though, didn't we?"
* Sheriff Silverstar in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. When out of ammunition (pies) and faced with a charging Buffalo chief, he just takes off his hat and closes his eyes. He is saved by a fellow townspony, but still counts.
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain's'' The Brain's left defeated, picking garbage out for his meals, after outright ''losing''--not just failing to take over the world, but ''losing'' it--to an EvilCounterpart. He's then greeted by a pack of alley cats. His intended last words, from inside a cat's mouth: "Go on, end it now!" The cats decline, and when he finds he's alive, he finally gets into the third act to save his world.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': In the series finale, [[BigBad Aku]] finally captures [[TheHero Jack]] and plans to execute him in front of the entire world. Every single ally and friend Jack has made over the course of the series goes out to save him, knowing full well they are signing their collective death warrants by opposing Aku. [[spoiler:Many of them die in the battle but they give Jack enough time to finally return to the past and destroy Aku, preventing his dark future from existing in the first place.]]
** His closest friend The Scotsman gets this a few episodes earlier when, in his late 80's-early 90's, he and his many daughters joint an assault on Aku's house, this being [[InvincibleVillain Aku]] he {{CurbStomp|Battle}}'s the rest of the army and then sets his sights on his daughters, so [[PapaWolf The Scotsman]] rolls right up to him in his wheelchair and [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu calls him out on how he's hiding out in his home because he's scared of Jack and knows he will inevitably come and kill him.]] [[spoiler:The Scotsman is of course blown to bits by Aku's EyeBeams but he dose it looking absolutely miserable, then in the finale [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome his ghost leads his daughters into the final battle.]]]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' short "The Duck Doctor" has it happening to Tom. Having no hope to escape a falling anvil, Tom dug himself a grave, blindfolded himself and had a last smoke. Then the anvil hit him on the head, making him fall inside his grave, which made the dug Earth jump onto him, completing the burial and then the anvil fell in a position to serve as a tombstone.
* In the Season 6 premiere episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros'', Jonas Venture Jr., already dying of cancer, and General Treister go out in a blaze of glory, moving the reactor core of ''Gargantua-2'' to a safe distance before meltdown. Jonas says one last goodbye to his brother Rusty (making the trademark "Go Team Venture" gesture) and calmly shuts his eyes as the end draws near. Treister rides the space station into the wild yonder, exulting in the fact that cancer isn't what's going to kill him.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* There is an old saying: "If you have to die, at least do it with some dignity"
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_rose White Rose]] was a non-violent/intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany, consisting of students from the University of Munich and their philosophy professor. The group became known for an anonymous leaflet campaign, lasting from June 1942 until February 1943, that called for active opposition to dictator Adolf Hitler's regime. The six core members of the group were arrested by the Gestapo and they were executed by decapitation in 1943. One of them, Sophie Scholl's, last words (aged only 21) were:
--->"How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause. Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us [[YouCannotKillAnIdea thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action]]?"
* UsefulNotes/MarieAntoinette. Her last words were, "Pardon me sir, I did not mean to do it," to her executioner after she accidentally stepped on his foot as she ascended the scaffold.
* [[AncientRome How defeated Romans were supposed to die. Many did.]]
** UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar pulled his toga over his face as he lay on the floor of Pompey's Theater.
** In the resulting civil wars when Mark Antony sent assassins to execute Cicero, they caught up with him before he could escape, the pro-Senate faction was losing, he was already an old man, and he realized all was lost. Therefore when they arrived Cicero made no desperate last attempt to run, but calmly said to his assassin: "There is nothing proper about what you are doing, soldier, but do try to kill me properly". He then willingly bent his head down and presented his neck, a gladiatorial gesture that he would not resist being beheaded. Unfortunately, his assassin did not return his gracious gesture: he stabbed him to death first so he would suffer, ''then'' beheaded him.
* The sinking of ''UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic'' provides a whole wealth of examples. For a comprehensive list, see the Useful Notes page for Titanic.
* When the RMS ''Lusitania'' was torpedoed and sank in 1915, wealthy businessman Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt [[HeroicSacrifice gave up his life jacket]] to a woman with a baby, and was last seen buckling her into it. He did this knowing that he could not swim and would surely die.
* This was one reason UsefulNotes/CharlesI attracted such acclaim after his execution, with the pamphlets that came out almost immediately only increasing the effect. He was mostly unimpressive physically and mentally unexceptional, and he had a perpetual nervous stammer. Until, that is, his trial, where he conducted himself with more assurance and dignity his opponents had expected and lost his stammer, and on his execution day met his fate stoically, even asking for an extra shirt so that people would not mistake his shivering at the cold for fear.
* Most accounts claim that Sir Thomas More died this way. Anne Boleyn as well.
* Emperor Maximilian of Mexico pulled this trope off as well. After refusing to flee his adopted country with the retreating French, knowing full well that he'd be captured and probably executed by the Republicans, Maximilian's last words were a public forgiveness of his executioners and the cry of "Viva Mexico, viva la independencia!" The two generals executed with him also got in on this, shouting "Long live the Emperor!" before being shot.
** Those two generals were Tomás Mejía and conservative president Miguel Miramón (Mexico had a hobby in the 19th century of having two presidents: one "legal" and one opposing his government). Miramón was the youngest president (even if not recognized as one) Mexico ever had and was a veteran of the Battle of Chapultepec (yes, ''that'' battle). The real last words of Max were "¡Mexicanos! Muero por una causa justa: la de la independencia y libertad de México. ¡Ojalá que mi sangre selle las desgracias de mi nueva patria! ¡Viva México! (Mexicans! I die for a just cause: the independence and liberty of Mexico. I hope my blood seals forever the misfortunes of my new motherland. Long live Mexico!)". Miramóns words were "Mexicanos: en el Consejo, mis defensores quisieron salvar mi vida; aquí pronto a perderla, y cuando voy a comparecer delante de Dios, protesto contra la mancha de traidor que se ha querido arrojarme para cubrir mi sacrificio. Muero inocente de ese crimen, y perdono a sus autores, esperando que Dios me perdone, y que mis compatriotas aparten tan fea mancha de mis hijos, haciéndome justicia. ¡Viva México! (Mexicans in the Council, my supporters wanted to save my life; here soon to lose it, and when I stand before God, I protest against the stain of 'traitor' that was thrown upon me to cover my sacrifice. I die innocent of that crime, and forgive the perpetrators, hoping that God will forgive me, and that my compatriots depart such ugly stain from my children, making justice to me. Long live Mexico!)". Mejía said nothing and the three were executed, not before Maximilian paid his executors with a golden imperial coin each and asking them to shoot him in the heart so his mother could recognize him in heaven.
* In the Salem Witch Trials, Giles Corey was tortured for not offering a plea before his trial for witchcraft. English law at the time determined that a person could not be tried if they did not enter a plea, so they began pressing him (stacking stones onto his body) to get a plea out of him. Every time they asked, he simply responded "more weight." This went on for two days without, according to reports, him uttering a single pained sound. Finally he cried out "More weight!" and died. Since he couldn't be found guilty, his entire estate passed on to his sons rather than being seized by the government.
* Nathan Hale. While "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country" might be apocryphal, all involved in his hanging reported that he said ''something'' awesome before he died.
* John Andrè, a British soldier and agent who served as Benedict Arnold's contact as he prepared to join the Loyalists and who was also sentenced to death for spying when caught by the Continentals. Although his request to be executed by firing squad was denied, all present at his execution agreed he conducted himself with gentlemanly conduct, refusing a blindfold and placing the noose around his neck himself. When compared to Benedict Arnold, most Americans agreed that the wrong man had been executed.
* Marshal Michel Ney, 1st Duke of Elchinger and 1st Prince of Moscow, who was sentenced to death at the end of UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars, requested to ''command his own firing squad''. His last order: "Soldiers, when I give the command to fire, fire straight at my heart. Wait for the order. It will be my last to you. I protest against my condemnation. I have fought a hundred battles for France, and not one against her ... Soldiers, Fire!"
* Marshal Murat said, "Soldiers! Do your duty! Straight to the heart ({{beat}}) but [[NotInTheFace spare the face]]. Fire!"
* Admiral John Byng, who faced a probably undeserved YouHaveFailedMe from King George II, was noted for his great dignity as he knelt on his own quarterdeck and was shot.
* Lawrence "Titus" Oates, a polar explorer on Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, was suffering from illness and realized that [[IWillOnlySlowYouDown he was slowing his companions down]]. In hopes of saving their lives by allowing them to travel faster and reach the next food depot, he walked off into the Antarctic storm to his death, saying, "I am just going outside and may be some time." Though his companions later froze to death, Oates' actions were recorded in Scott's diary and he has since been held up as a paragon of personal sacrifice and dignity in death.
* Women from {{Samurai}} clans would sometimes kill themselves (by slitting their throats, in a somewhat lighter version of {{Seppuku}} known as ''jigai''), if defeated (usually to prevent [[RapePillageAndBurn being raped by the enemy]]). They would tie their legs together so as not to convulse into an undignified spread-eagle position.
* Thich Quang Duc, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, famously set himself on fire in protest of the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government. Despite the fact that he was being burned to death, he remained completely calm and in a state of deep meditation.
* Mentioned above in fictionalised form, Marcus Tullius Cicero, is recorded as being caught in his palanquin by the man sent to kill him, extending his neck out to give him a better angle to strike at and saying "There is nothing proper about what you are doing, soldier, but do try to kill me properly."
* The great film critic Creator/RogerEbert decided to face his terminal cancer and his physical decline from it openly an with considerable grace. This included appearing an ''Esquire'' cover story showing with his jaw removed and having the director of the {{Documentary}} about himself, ''Life Itself'', depict in his full undaunted decrepitude.
* Sirik Matak, Prime Minister of Cambodia, was executed by the Communists when they took over the country in 1975 after the United States abandoned Indochina. At the end, the United States offered to bring Matak to America. He refused. The courtesy and dignity of his refusal make it all the more harrowing, to the point where it doubles as a TheReasonYouSuck speech to the entire United States:
-->I thank you very sincerely for your letter and for your offer to transport me towards freedom. I cannot, alas, leave in such a cowardly fashion. As for you and in particular for your great country, I never believed for a moment that you would have this sentiment of abandoning a people which has chosen liberty. You have refused us your protection and we can do nothing about it. You leave us and it is my wish that you and your country will find happiness under the sky. But mark it well that, if I shall die here on the spot and in my country that I love, it is too bad because we are all born and must die one day. I have only committed the mistake of believing in you, the Americans. Please accept, Excellency, my dear friend, my faithful and friendly sentiments.
* Sir Terry Pratchett, author of ''Series/{{Discworld}}'', refused to let an Alzheimer's diagnosis slow him down. He continued writing and appearing at conventions through the last few years of his life and became an outspoken advocate of the "Death With Dignity" movement, saying he'd rather end his life on his own terms than have his mind and body degenerate until he lost his identity. Eventually, he died peacefully of natural causes.

-->Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night. The End.
* Famed anime director Creator/SatoshiKon, famous for such works as ''Anime/PerfectBlue'', was diagnosed in the terminal stages of pancreatic cancer. In a bit of an unusual move in terms of Japanese culture, Kon approached the situation with candor, choosing to maintain an open conversation in his blog about his condition until just before he died.
* House cats will often find some nook to hide in if they know they're going to die soon.
* This [[http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/27/health/girl-chooses-heaven-over-hospital-part-1/ 5-year-old girl]] suffering from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease decides to die peacefully in her home over prolonged hospital treatment.
* On 25 September 1957, Karl P. Schmidt received a bite from a venomous boomslang snake while trying to identify it. Recording his symptoms hour-by-hour, Schmidt catalogs pain, fatigue, and bleeding from gums and nose as he returns home for his final night of life. The following morning he ate breakfast, returned to work at the Field Museum and worked until just before his death around 1:30 PM (approximately 24 hours following his bite).
* Creator/PatrickSwayze kept working despite fighting pancreatic cancer. When asked why he stayed signed on to the TV series ''Series/TheBeast'', he answered, "How do you nurture a positive attitude when all the statistics say you're a dead man? You go to work."
* Richard Feynman was not at all keen on the idea of dying (when told he was suffering from two independent cancers he remarked "I would hate to die twice, it's such a bore"), but with his strength fading and the end obviously approaching fast, he choose to spend his last few days playing the bongos and singing silly songs about orange juice [[note]]This may have also been a subtle dig at the people who offered endless "helpful" advice about ways he could change his diet to cure himself[[/note]]. There is some [[https://youtu.be/HKTSaezB4p8 video footage]] of his performance and you can see that he's clearly a man with few regrets and at peace with his coming end.
* Maximilian Kolbe was a Catholic priest condemned to Auschwitz. After an alleged escape [[note]]The "escapee" was later found to have drowned while still in the camp's confines[[/note]], the Nazis ordered ten men to be starved to death to discourage any further escapes. One of the men, a Polish Army sergeant, lamented that he had a wife and child. Thereupon, Kolbe went to the officer who had passed sentence at great personal risk of being shot to death on the spot and told him "This man has a wife and child. I am a Catholic priest, and have neither. [[HeroicSacrifice Take me instead.]]" In the starvation bunker, Kolbe led the other prisoners in prayer to keep their spirits up and ministered to them as they died. He was the last one left after three weeks, and the Nazis, fed up with his refusal to die, injected him with poison. His last breath was spent offering forgiveness to his executioners. The man whom he saved survived to be liberated by the Soviets [[note]] Kolbe died in August, 1941, which meant that other man lived for ''three and a half years'' in Auschwitz[[/note]] and lived long enough to be an honored guest at Kolbe's canonization in 1982.
* During his trial and execution, Henry Rinnan, a Norwegian [[LesCollaborateurs Gestapo agent]] who was responsible for the deaths of at least thirteen Norwegian civilians and rebel agents, was reported to have faced his fate [[GoOutWithASmile with a chilling smile]].
* Facing execution during the Irish Civil War, Robert Erskine Childers shook hands with the members of the firing squad that was about to execute him. His last words were "Take a step or two forward, lads, it will be easier that way."