->''"Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings."''
-->-- '''Ed Gardner'''

A major character doesn't just [[InstantDeathBullet get killed straight away]]. [[DeathIsDramatic Oh, no.]] They've got to deliver a speech before dying. It can run the full gamut from {{Narm}} to some of the most [[TearJerker touching]] and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming memorable]] scenes in media.

This speech usually goes along the lines of the following:
* [[DyingDeclarationOfLove "Tell Agnes I love her..."]] The dying man's friend will often respond with "Tell her yourself!" (See OtherStockPhrases.)
* "Hey, we did good, didn't we? [[ItHasBeenAnHonor Nice knowing you, pal]]." (See FamousLastWords)
* Related to the above two: "I always loved you, Carol... ''[[IncurableCoughOfDeath (cough)]]'' Steve, [[IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer you'd better take care of her]]..." (See also CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds.)
* [[Film/TheHuntForRedOctober "I would like to have seen Montana."]] (See {{Retirony}}.)
* "Manchester... you've got to go to Manchester. That's where you'll find the truth..." (See also AlmostDeadGuy.)
* [[HisNameIs "The secret that you've been desperately trying to find out is...."]] ''(dies)'' (See also TheUnreveal and KilledMidSentence.)
* Seemingly random non-sequitur [[DyingClue that the heroes need to decode]]. Classic examples are ''Film/CitizenKane'''s "[[ItWasHisSled Rosebud]]" and [[StarWars Star War's "There is another Sky... walk... er..."]]
* A lamentation of death, such as: "Courage man, the hurt can not be much." "'Twill serve. [[IncrediblyLamePun Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man]]. A plague o' both your houses. They have made worms meat of me. A plague on both your houses! Why the devil did you come between us? I was hurt under your arm." "I thought all for the best." "A Plague o' both your houses."
* "Everything's goin' dark..." (A favorite of WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, and it's been used elsewhere too, in which the dying person remarks how dark everything's getting.)
* A, final, casual conversation between friends: "See you tomorrow, bud..." "Yeah... see you tomorrow." (See PlanningForTheFutureBeforeTheEnd)
* Some characters may use this a chance for them to give TheReasonYouSuckSpeech if they're dying as the results of another character, bonus, if it's involved a long standing vendetta between them.

In RealLife, as long as the heart, lungs, major arteries and brain remain inviolate a person is well more than capable of carrying on a conversation. However, given that losing a certain amount of blood causes the mind to be flooded with first a sense of panic and doom, then confusion and fear, and finally lethargy, these conversations aren't exceptionally enlightening or deep. They do tend to ask for water a lot. Dying makes you thirsty.

FamousLastWords is where they keep it brief. KilledMidSentence is the ultimate inversion, and DistractedFromDeath is usually an aversion where the person dies and someone who is right near them or was just with them doesn't notice.

This is a '''DeathTrope'''. Expect unmarked spoilers ahead.



* Mew Ichigo's StalkerWithACrush in ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' is killed by her BrainwashedAndCrazy boyfriend and tells her he really did love her... of course, upon coming BackFromTheDead, he's back to his perverted ways. (It's at least partially a redemption for Quiche, anyway, but he could have at least apologized for ''trying to kill her friends and forcing her to watch.'')
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': As with many other things, this trope is taken to extremes. [[spoiler:The Spiral King, Lord Genome]] gives his final speech with a basketball-sized hole in his chest, while [[spoiler: the Anti-Spiral]] delivers his with a hole in him that's wider than he is.
** "Believe in yourself. Not you, who believes in me. Not me who believes in you. Believe in you, who believes in yourself!" [[spoiler: ~Kamina to Simon shortly before he kicks uber ass, then dies.]]
*** Gently parodied here, in that [[spoiler: Kamina gives his final speech in an ObiWanMoment... followed by an InTheNameOfTheMoon speech... followed by some HotBlooded shouting... followed by a ''second'' ObiWanMoment... followed by [[CallingYourAttacks screaming the name]] of his [[FinishingMove signature move]]... followed by whispering "Farewell, my friends" as he dies in the cockpit. He really milks the final speech for all it's worth, but considering this is [[LargeHam Kamina]] we're talking about, that should come as no surprise.]]
*** He really does become more powerful than anyone could ever imagine, [[spoiler: through Simon.]]
*** Kamina actually [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] the trope in that [[spoiler: his final speech [[BackFromTheDead wasn't all that final]] and he gets another one(complete with [[BigDamnHeroes appearing dramatically from nowhere with his characteristic ham,]],[[WhatTheHellHero calling Simon out on his pathetic acceptance of the fake reality]], [[ObiWanMoment and reminding Simon where his drill really is]]) from beyond the grave.]] After which of course [[spoiler: [[TooCoolToLive he returns to the afterlife surrounded by all of Team Gurren who have died.]]]]
* In ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'',[[spoiler: Chikane's death speech makes up all of the last episode. AFTER having been run through by a katana.]] Really.
* The Asgardian God Warriors of ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' already peppered their duels with the heroes with angry, melancholy, or simply expository monologues of [[FreudianExcuse their life's stories]] (several of them depicting quite the BreakTheCutie processes), but they saved the longest (and most dramatic) bits for their dying moments.
* [[spoiler:Asakura Ryoko]] dying at Yuki's hands in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. While slowly being disintegrated, she delivers this speech:
-->"I lost. It's great that you can survive. But you'd better be careful. The Data Overmind isn't as united as you think; there are quite a number like me with dissenting opinions. It's just like humans. There will be extremists like me next time. And who knows, even those who control Nagato-san might change their thinking and turn to kill you instead."
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Dr. Hiluluk combined a CrowningMomentOfAwesome with a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming in his Final Speech.
-->"When does a man die? When he is hit by a bullet? No. When he suffers a disease? No. When he ate a soup made out of a poisonous mushroom? No! A man dies when he is forgotten! Even if I die, my dream will come true. The people's hearts will be cured!"
** Done by Portgas D. Ace and Whitebeard, Ace his entire torso, inside and out, was burnt by Admiral Akainu's magma yet he was still able to tell everyone on the battlefield that he was grateful for being loved by them. Whitebeard had been slashed 267 times, was hit by 152 bullets, withstood 46 cannonballs, had been in bad health for quite a while and had half his face blown off by Akainu (seeing a pattern here?). Despite all this, he was still able to shout his last words across the entire island loud enough that it was broadcast over the entire world.
*** Ace points out late in his speech that he knows his voice is going and his words won't be able to reach anyone except Luffy. In the anime, he's talking as loudly as he can for his final declaration of gratitude toward those who loved him, and it's still not as loud as his normal speaking voice.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Subverted with [[spoiler:Kariya]] in the Bount Arc: He starts up a speech but turns into a cloud of dust after letting out about a sentence and a half.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' [[LampshadeHanging hung a big lampshade]] on this trope - when Haruhi was kidnapped by the Zuka club and roped into taking part in their SchoolPlay, Benibara's character gave a long speech while he lay dying in the arms of Haruhi's character. Haruhi spent the entire time wondering why somebody who was supposed to be dying could carry on for so long, and whether it might make more sense to call for a doctor or something.
* [[spoiler:Hansel]] in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' delivers a truly epically creepy dying speech, bleeding away on the pavement of Roanapur. Not only is the content truly AxCrazy, [[spoiler:but midway in, the voice starts switching from Hansel to Gretel... and finally to both speaking in chorus with each other.]] The speech's response is a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech cold-blooded dismissal of all the dying person stands for]] by [[spoiler:Balalaika]].
* In ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5 TheMovie'', [[spoiler:Dark Dream]] [[IronicEcho echoes]] the "it's because I love" speech that converted her to the side of good, showing that [[RedemptionEqualsDeath redemption really does equal death]].
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' Has one of the most [[TearJerker heart-rending]] final speeches in all of anime, delivered by [[spoiler: Wolfwood. As a confession]]. Part of the reason it's so memorable is that the tone of it shifts back and forth from happy to delirious to optimistic to desperate. And it ends on ''desperate''.
-->[[spoiler:'''Wolfwood''': "I hope you don't mind me barging in like this. In spite of the profession I've chosen, I've never actually made a confession before. "It's these times we live in. I did what it took to protect the children at any cost." That's how I always justified my actions. I took many people's lives. All that time believing there was no other way. My sins are so heavy. Too heavy. Too heavy to ever atone for. And yet, somehow I feel happy. At peace with myself today. It really can be done! Once you stop to think about it, there are plenty of ways to save everyone! Why didn't I ever listen to him? Why didn't I see that before it was too late ...]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Wolfwood:''' ''lighting a cigarette, inhaling once. '' "That tastes good".]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Millie:''' ''In a flashback. '' "You know cigarettes are bad for the baby, darling."]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Wolfwood''': "I'm sorry, honey." ''the cigarette falls from his mouth'']]\\
[[spoiler:'''Wolfwood''': "If I'm reincarnated, I'd like to live somewhere where life is easier. Somewhere with nothing but peaceful days...somewhere with no stealing. And no killing. Eden. In Eden, I could live happily with him and the girls...I'm not ready yet! There's still so much left to be done! I want to stay with them! I don't want to die!"]]\\
[[spoiler: "I'm a man. Was everything I did in my life a mistake? Would I be wrong now, to ask for your forgiveness?"]]\\
[[spoiler:"...I did not want to die this way!"]]
* [[spoiler:Shirley]] from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has one of these after [[spoiler:being shot point blank by Rolo]]:
-->[[spoiler:'''Shirley''': "You know... When my memories came back, I was so scared... a fake teacher... friends with no memories... Everyone was... lying to me. It was if... the whole world was watching me. Lulu, you've been fighting all by yourself... against this world. So that's why... I wanted... to become the one thing truthful to you."]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Lelouch''': "...Shirley."]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Shirley''': "I love you, Lulu. Even when I knew you killed my father... I couldn't... bring myself to hate you. Even when you tried to make me forget everything... I still fell... in love with you again. Even my memories were altered... I still fell in love again."]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Lelouch''': ''activates his geass'' "No! Don't die Shirley!"]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Shirley''': "No matter how many times I'm reborn... I'm sure... I'll fall in love with you again, Lulu. This is... fate, right?"]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Lelouch''': "Don't die, Shirley! Don't die! Don't die!"]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Shirley''': "So it's okay, right, Lulu? That I fall in love with you again when I'm reborn? No matter... how many times... I'll... fall in love... with you."]]
** Lelouch himself gets one as the Zero Requiem comes to pass and whispers one to Suzaku after the latter stabs him.
** Before either of these, Urabe gives one to Zero right before attempting a TakingYouWithMe on Rolo to allow his comrades an opportunity to escape.
* In ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' episode 5, Sylvie manages to give a final speech after falling out of the mecha she was killed in. Especially silly since the plot is that she has to be dead before the mecha would even stop.
* Lampshaded by Sebastian in episode 12 of ''[[Manga/BlackButler Black Butler II]]'', upon [[spoiler:Claude]]'s death.
--> '''Sebastian''': I'm impressed that you're so talkative with a fatal wound like this.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[spoiler:Madoka managed this every time she made a HeroicSacrifice, also double as TearJerker.]]
-->[[spoiler:"Despite that, I'm a MagicalGirl. I must protect everybody. Homura-chan, I'm so happy to become friends with you. Even now, I'm so proud of saving you from a witch just on time that day. Therefore, I'm so glad I had became a magical girl. Farewell, Homura-chan. Take care."]]
-->[[spoiler:"May I ask you once more? I don't want to become a witch. Although awful and sad things happened, there are still countless things I want to protect on this world. Homura-chan, you finally call my first name! I'm so happy."]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Katanagatari}}''. [[spoiler:Togame]] takes a good fifteen minutes to finally die. Her killer admits that he deliberately missed her vitals specifically for this reason.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. Kisame's last words are one whole DyingMomentOfAwesome
-->'''Kisame''': Itachi..... It looks like I'm not such a bad person, after all.
** ''Naruto'' loves this trope. When we flash back to [[spoiler: Kushina and Minato's death]], the former gives a freaking ''monologue'' of advice for her son -- all ranging from mundane tasks to what woman to marry -- and then lampshades it with "Sorry I'm such a chatterbox." The latter's FinalSpeech is much shorter: "Yeah, everything she said."
* In ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', [[spoiler: after [[YoungConqueror Reinhard von Lohengramm]]'s fleets completely surrounded the Alliance fleet led by [[CoolOldGuy Alexandre Bewcock]] during the [[LastStand Battle of Mar-Adetta]], he ordered a temporary ceasefire to give Bewcock a chance to surrender.]] The latter refused politely and gave a FinalSpeech instead.
** And of course, [[spoiler: Yang Wenli]] died of blood loss after being shot in the leg, [[TearJerker alone.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Yang''']]: [[spoiler:''I didn't know it'd shed this much blood, but of course, it's tiny compared to the amount of blood I've made people shed up to now. In a place like this… I feel pathetic myself. It’s strange. (limping forward) If the blood flows out this much, my body weight is supposed to become lighter, but… why is my body so heavy? (collapse) Well, this doesn’t look good. Oh dear, Miracle Yang became Bloody Yang. I’m sorry, Fredrica. I’m sorry, Julian. I’m sorry, everyone.'']]
* ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'' ''loves'' this trope. Pretty much every character who dies on screen gets some variant of this, whether it's [[spoiler: the heroes]] or the [[IllGirl Ill Boy]].
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' provides one of the most memorable and iconic final speeches through Android 16, which achieves being a TearJerker, CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, CrowningMomentOfAwesome '''and''' DyingMomentOfAwesome:
-->'''Android 16''': Gohan... let it go. It is not a sin to fight for the right cause. There are those who words alone will not reach, Cell is such a being. You are gentle, you do not like to hurt. I know because I too have learned these feelings, but it is because you cherish life that you must protect it. Please, drop your restraints, protect the life I loved, you have the power, my scanners sensed it, just... let it go
* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Anime/Hellsing/ Anime/Hellsing]] has an amazing one for The Major. On the ground, missing his left arm and leg, faced by Sir Integra and Seras, he still manages to give a speech both entirely true and giving The Major the [[spoiler: moral high ground when facing the protagonists of the story. keep in mind, he's a Nazi, so that is saying something.]]
-->[[spoiler: The Major: Deny it all you want. My humanity is not in question. I still have that one trait that puts us in ascendance even above the angels. It is my will that drives me. The vampires that you were so happy to keep in your employ...without the life blood of others to keep them going, they would shamble to a halt. If it's a monster you want, look no further than Alucard , and this little one, playing at immortality. Don't mention me in the same breath as that fraud. The moment I am propelled by my own unadulterated will, I become heir to something Alucard can only steal. Even if I were reduced to nothing more than a brain in a jar, synapses firing in a sea of pure thought... I am human just like you are. Within me rests a human soul...and a human's will, precious beyond all worth. He smiles at you in the form of a young girl, or pulls at your heartstrings in the form of a weary veteran. So many faces a monster has, and all of them stolen, all of them lies. I despise him. Every cell in my body called for his annihilation. So I destroyed his kingdom and cast him down into the dust. Fitting that it took a man with the trappings of a monster, to slay a monster with the trappings of a man. He was a casualty to my will. 'My enemy is not human. My enemy is less than a human.' Since the earliest dawning of mankind, this is the battlecry...it just happened to be more literal in my case. That battlecry...those thoughts are running through your thoughts right now, aren't they? I planted the seeds of this war half a century ago...now, show me what has blossomed.]]

* In ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', issue #168, Antoine's father dies, but gets to tell ''mon fils''[[note]]Translation: "my son"[[/note]] how proud he is of him, and also urges him to stay together with Bunnie.
** In issue #18, this happens to Sally's mentor, Julayla.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/FromFakeDreams'', a ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' fanfic, Gilgamesh gives one before he lets himself fade away.

* Roy Batty in ''Film/BladeRunner'', who uses his last operative moments to deliver one of film's (and cinema's) most defining {{Tear Jerker}}s.
-->'''Roy Batty:''' I've... Seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams... Glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those... Moments will be lost in time, like... Tears... In rain. Time... to die.
* In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', a dying [[spoiler:Shepherd]] says to Mal, "Hey. I don't care what you believe. Just believe it. Whatever you..."
* ''Film/TheCore'' had a self-sacrificing character making a final speech into a recorder, stop, then begin laughing at himself because ''no one would ever hear it''.
-->[[spoiler:'''Zimsky''']]: ...What the [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] am I doing?
* ''[[Film/TheMatrix The Matrix: Revolutions]]''
** After being massively lacerated by attacking Sentinels, Captain Mifune lives long enough to tell the Kid to open the gate so the Hammer can enter the Dock.
** In spite of the fact that she's been impaled, Trinity manages to keep talking... and talking... and talking... and talking. Mostly about how she's really glad she gets to give a speech ''this'' time. Half the speech is lead-up to TheReveal that she is impaled (Neo [[spoiler:being blind]], he didn't notice at first).
* In ''LordOfTheRings'', while both Boromir and Theoden had some last dying words in the book, they really spice it up in the films, especially with Boromir's last line to Aragorn: My brother, my captain, my king.
* In ''Film/{{Signs}}'', the wife offers advice for her husband, children, and brother-in-law. That advice turns out to be prophetic.
* In ''Film/DancerInTheDark'', shortly after getting hung, Selma sings a Final Song, which is cut short when the executioner pulls the gallows' lever.
* ''LAConfidential'': Jack Vincennes' last words are "Rollo Tomasi", and his killer winds up outing himself by repeating them. Jack has remarkable presence of mind in his last moments.
* Parodied in ''Film/TheMask'', where after a shootout, The Mask stumbles over to the man that shot him, and dramatically enacts several death scenes one after another, while the shooter blubbers.
-->'''The Mask:''' Hold me closer Ed, it's getting dark... Tell [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Auntie Em]] to let ''Literature/OldYeller'' out... *cough cough*, tell [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Tiny Tim]] I won't be coming home this Christmas... tell [[GoneWithTheWind Scarlett]] I ''do'' give a damn...
** Then, the silhouette of an audience suddenly appears to gives a standing ovation, and the Mask immediately gets up to accept an acting award handed from out of frame ("You love me! You really love me!") and the bad guys surrounding him are at loss at what is going on. At least one of them actually starts ''applauding''.
* In ''Film/TheBourneIdentity'' movie, after the Professor has been mortally wounded, he ponders the meaning of what he was doing in the first place with Bourne, exchanges notes on their condition, and ends with a lament.
-->'''Professor:''' Do you get headaches? I get these massive headaches. ...look at this. Look at what they make you give...
** Bourne himself paraphrases this in the third film [[spoiler:which prompts the other Treadstone/Blackbriar 'asset' to let him go]].
* In ''Film/ThePrestige'', when [[spoiler:Angier]] is shot by [[spoiler:Borden]], he stays around long enough to have a looooong conversation, just long enough to have ''TheReveal'' thoroughly explained to him before finally dying.
* ''Film/VForVendetta'': [[spoiler: The man known as V]], despite being riddled with bullets, actually manages to walk for several minutes in order to give one of these. (In the graphic novel, he manages [[spoiler:to get back to his lair]], but is dead by the time [[spoiler:Evie arrives.) Of course, it's implied he's not exactly limited to human norms...]]
* ''Film/TheManWhoWouldBeKing'': [[spoiler: Sean Connery's Daniel Dravott,]] having posed as a god, is condemned to walk out to the middle of the bridge built in his own honor, and wait while it is cut, as his last friend watches. He goes out onto the bridge, stands there a moment looking out to the horizon, then yells to his captors, "Can't you ------s cut?!" Then, to pass the time, he sings "The Minstrel Boy," paired with the [[http://www.lutheran-hymnal.com/lyrics/tlh452.htm words of a Protestant hymn.]] Peachey joins him from the cliff's side in song, their voices combining into a ballad of courage and faith. And then the bridge is cut, and "like a penny-whirligig... it took him half an hour to fall."
* In ''Film/HeavensGate,'' a character trapped in a burning cabin writes a letter explaining that he was trapped in a burning cabin and giving farewells. He then puts the letter in his pocket and runs out of the cabin, where he meets his end.
* The ''StarWars'' series has a couple, played mostly straight.
** ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' shows Qui-Gon Jinn pleading with Obi-Wan to train Anakin, no matter what the Jedi Council says, as he is certain Anakin is the prophesied Chosen One will bring balance.
*** This is, of course, after surviving through several minutes of Darth Maul Vs. Obi-Wan
** Subverted in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''--after Zam Wesell is hit by a saber dart loaded with an exceptionally virulent poison that will kill her in seconds, she isn't even able to intelligibly finish her sentence which would have informed the heroes who TheDragon of the man in front of [[TheManBehindTheMan the man ]]''[[TheManBehindTheMan behind ]]''[[TheManBehindTheMan the man]] was (get all that?)...though to her credit, she tries.
*** In the same film, Shimi's last words sort of play with this trope: She does manage to say a few things to Anakin, but she eventually [[KilledMidSentence dies mid-phrase]] as she's saying "Anakin, I lo--".
** Padme, in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', doesn't get much of one, just saying her children's names before she kicks off from being killed by the plot/script.
*** That, and that there's still some good in Anakin.
** Episode IV gives Obi-Wan a rare ''post-death'' Final Speech: "Run, [[strike:Forrest]] Luke! Run!"
** As mentioned above, in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Yoda tells Luke that death is the way of all things, confirms that Vader is his father, that he won't be a Jedi until he defeats Vader, and that he has a long-lost family member (but by that point is too weak to say what kind or who it is). Cheery. This is somewhat more believable in that he's dying of old age, not an injury. Also, Darth Vader, after his suit is damaged to the point it can't sustain him anymore, asks Luke to take his helmet off so he can look on his son's face with his own eyes, then tells him to leave him behind. ([[NoOneGetsLeftBehind Luke doesn't]].) At Luke's protestations, Anakin tells him that he's already ''been'' saved, and he should tell his sister he was right--that there was ''some'' good left.
--> "You already...have, Luke. You were ''right''. You were right about me. Tell your sister...you were ''right''..."
* Subverted in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', where [[spoiler:Rachel Dawes]] is killed about [[KilledMidSentence half a word into hers]].
** Listen... somewh* CHOOM!*
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': [[spoiler:Talia al Ghul taunts the heroes with her dying words.]] A terser final speech from [[spoiler:Batman himself, reminding Catwoman and Gordon of their inner morality before flying a bomb away from the city to his death.]] [[spoiler:Presumably.]]
* In the original ''[[Film/TheWickerMan1973 Wicker Man]]'', [[spoiler: Sgt. Howie gives an absolutely badass one, predicting divine punishment for the villagers, singing a bit of the 23rd Psalm, and finally reciting the last words of Walter Raleigh.]] Oddly enough, it's justified - [[spoiler:he's being burned alive in the Wicker Man, so until the fire gets to him he has ''plenty'' of time to talk.]]
* In the movie adaptation of ''Film/BattleRoyale'', characters occasionally get in last words before dying. There are quite a few, but what's most memorable is when [[spoiler: Kitano was shot several times by Shuya,]] and is apparently dead, until his phone rings. Then, he picks himself up like nothing happened, talks on the phone, yells at his daughter, shoots the phone with the actual gun he had with him, then gives his last words, [[spoiler: complimenting Noriko on the cookies she made]]. Keep in mind that this scene was original to the movie, as the character's counterpart in the novel was simply [[spoiler: stabbed in the throat with a pencil,]] so giving a final speech would be a little more difficult for him.
* Subverted in ''Barnyard'' [[spoiler:Ben]] appears as if he's going to say something to Otis, but dies before actually saying anything.
* Spock in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' gets a dying dialogue with Kirk after receiving a fatal dose of radiation while fixing the Enterprise's engines.
-->'''Spock:''' Don't grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh...\\
'''Kirk:''' The needs of the few...\\
'''Spock:''' ...or the one. I never took The Kobayashi Maru until now. What do you think of my solution?\\
'''Kirk:''' ...\\
'''Spock:''' I have been, and always shall be your friend. Live long... and prosper.\\
'''Kirk:''' ...[[LittleNo No]]...
** And Khan gets one too, as he watches the crippled Enterprise try to flee [[spoiler:the coming detonation of the Genesis Device.]]
-->'''Khan:''' No! No, you ''can't get away!'' To the last I grapple with thee...from Hell's heart I stab at thee...for hate's sake I spit my last ''breath'' at thee...
** Inverted in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', where it's Kirk who is irradiated while saving the ship ([[spoiler:Like Spock in the above example, he gets better]]).
---> '''Kirk:''' How's our ship?
---> '''Spock:''' Out of danger.
---> '''Kirk:''' Good...
---> '''Spock:''' You saved the crew.
---> '''Kirk:''' You used what he wanted against him. That's a nice move.
---> '''Spock:''' It is what you would have done.
---> '''Kirk:''' And this... this is what you would have done. It was only logical. I'm scared, Spock. Help me not be. How do you choose not to feel?
---> '''Spock:''' I do not know. Right now, I am failing.
---> '''Kirk:''' I want you to know why I couldn't let you die... why I went back for you...
---> '''Spock:''' Because you are my friend. [''Kirk places his hand against the glass and gives the Vulcan Salute as he dies''] \\[[spoiler:KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!]]
* ''Film/KungPowEnterTheFist'': "Watch out for his song about big butts... he beats you up while he plays it!"
* ''Film/TheLastStarfighter''. Centauri's big death scene.
* ''Series/DansUneGalaxiePresDeChezVous'' plays it straight in the movie with Flavien's death scene. "It was fun, the mission. But it was over so quickly", * thud* . Doubles as a TearJerker.
* ''Film/TheLastHurrah'': Defeated mayoral candidate Frank Skeffington more-or-less reconciles with the Roman Catholic Cardinal on his deathbed. As Skeffington fades off into death, Roger Sugrue (a longtime nemesis of Skeffington and [[MoralGuardian self-appointed arbiter]] of acceptable Roman Catholic behavior) suggests that Skeffington would do everything differently, if he had it to do over again. Skeffington then [[AlmostDeadGuy summons the energy]] to say one last thing before he dies: "''Like hell I would!''" Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* In ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', as they are falling to their death in a car, one Illinois Nazi says to the other (the leader), "I've always loved you."
* Subverted in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', when after [[spoiler:Dr. Erskine is fatally wounded by an assassin]], he is unable to draw up enough strength to speak. Instead, he points to Cap's heart, recalling a conversation the day before when he had told him, "No matter what happens, stay who you are. Not a perfect soldier... but a good man."
* Subverted in ''Film/TheWayOfTheGun'', where a dying man delivers a tedious final speech and refuses to die on cue, to the obvious frustration of his partner, who wants to continue his mission. Eventually the dying man says that he'd rather be alone anyway and lets his partner go.
* In ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', Shaun's stepfather Philip, dying of a zombie bite, tells Shaun that he always loved him, and to look after his mother.
* In ''Film/{{Star Trek VI|The Undiscovered Country}}'', the dying Gorkon begs Kirk to save the peace process. This convinces Kirk that Gorkon's desire for peace was genuine, and he spends the rest of the movie honoring Gorkon's dying wish.
* Parodied in ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'' - SMERSH agent Mimi, after her HeelFaceTurn, gets a little bit of shrapnel in the chest and coughs out a big impassioned goodbye to Sir James, followed by a big kiss.
--->'''Sir James''': Madam! Are you ''quite'' sure you're dying?
--->'''Mimi''': Not dying...but moving on to a better place. ...there's a convent over the next hill!
* In ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' the final words of soldier Bill Carson provide The Ugly with the cemetery's location and The Good with the name on the tombstone (each individually) where $200,000 is buried. This forces the two to work together and sets up the rest of the movie.
** The film in general contains a handful of final speeches of otherwise unimportant soldiers of the American Civil War. [[note]]The films plot of buried treasure runs parallel to the civil war, and the meaningless deaths of young soldiers, imprisonment in a POW camp, showdown in a military cemetery and other plot points symbolise death in all its forms[[/note]] Being a Western, the speeches are often very short and contain more body language than words.
* The villain in ''Film/BenHur'' gives one.
* Played for BlackComedy in ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}''. Barbados gives Z a speech on how blindly following orders will only lead to trouble after ''[[LosingYourHead being decapitated]]''.
* ''Film/MenInBlack''. After his MobileSuitHuman is "killed", the Arquillian prince manages to live long enough to pass on vital (though somewhat misleading) information to J before dying.

* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', ''Hirac delest'' is an Andalite term for one's last thoughts or final words. It is a fairly common practice among Andalite warriors to record it just before their demise. ''The Andalite Chronicles'' takes this concept UpToEleven, as the ''entire text'' actually serves as Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul's ''hirac delest''.
* ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'' takes the page quote and runs with it. The villain reveals that he absolutely hates opera. After being stabbed [[spoiler:by a fake sword, no less, on an opera stage - this being Discworld, NarrativeCausality determines that he dies anyway]] he spends a good two pages ranting about how terrible opera is, including how long!!!! people!!!! take!!!! to!!!!! die.
* ''Creator/DaveBarry Does Japan'' describes a visit to a Japanese opera. The main character has lost the Sacred Incense Burner (don't ask). Deciding that suicide is the best option, he stabs himself and sings about it. For ''fifteen'' minutes. As Dave puts it, "I would have shouted 'Somebody stab him again!' if I knew how in Japanese."
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': Most main characters that get [[AnyoneCanDie killed off]]. The award goes to [[spoiler:Bluestar]], who speaks to Firestar for about ''four pages'' before she dies.
* ''Literature/TheIliad'': Sarpedon and Patroclus both get rather lengthy ones. When the latter kills the former, he politely waits for him to finish his speech before [[LudicrousGibs pulling his lungs out with a spear.]]
* [[spoiler: Thorin]] in ''Literature/TheHobbit''.
--> "There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage, and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. But sad or merry, I must leave it now. Farewell."
* In ''Literature/{{Taiko}}'', UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi's advisor Hanbei, knowing that he's about to die of illness, gives him a long DareToBeBadass speech, telling him that he, [[UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga Nobunaga]], and [[UsefulNotes/TokugawaIeyasu Ieyasu]] all have their seperate roles to play in bringing unity to Japan.
* Tennyson intended [[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Crossing_the_Bar "Crossing The Bar"]] to be one of these, although it was written approximately three years before he died. The poem acknowledges his impending death and tells his loved ones not to mourn for him because he's going on a peaceful journey to meet his Pilot (a metaphor for God). Tennyson told his son that he wanted people to put "Crossing The Bar" at the end of all collections of his poetry.
* Literature/TheSongOfRoland takes this UpToEleven. While secondary characters just get cleaved in two and drop dead, mortally wounded heroes will have time to say goodbye to their comrades, deliver final monologues, pray God for forgiveness and arrange themselves in aesthetically pleasing positions before finally dying. Archbishop Turpin also takes the time to bless the corpses of the previously fallen. And all that, of course, only comes after they did [[DoNotGoGentle one or two final charges]] against the enemy to [[TakingYouWithMe take as many of them with them]] as possible... while already mortally wounded.

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* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' had a great one, when Cooper ''thought'' he was dying:
-->''"At a time like this, curiously, you begin to think of the things you regret, or the things you might miss. I would like in general to treat people with much more care and respect. I would like to climb a tall hill, but not too tall, sit in the cool grass, but not too cool, and feel the sun on my face. I wish I could have cracked the Lindbergh kidnapping case. I would very much like to make love to a beautiful woman who I had a genuine affection for. And of course it goes without saying that I would like to visit Tibet. I wish that the Tibetan government would allow the Dalai Lama to return to his native land. Oh, I would like that very much."''
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Satan Pit", one character gets a FinalSpeech version of a FacingTheBulletsOneLiner.
** Likewise, the Eleventh Doctor closes out with one before regenerating.
-->"We all change, when you think about it. We're all different people, all through our lives. And that's okay, that's good - you've got to keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day...I swear. I will always remember...when the Doctor was me."
** Nine also got to say goodbye before regenerating into Ten:
--> '''Rose:''' Can't you do something?
--> '''The Doctor:''' Yeah. I'm doing it now! Time Lords have this little trick. It's sort of a way of cheating death. Except... it means I'm going to change. And I'm not going to see you again. Not like this. Not with this daft old face. And before I go--
--> '''Rose:''' Don't say that!
--> '''The Doctor:''' Rose, before I go, I just want to tell you you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And do you know what? So was I! [''The Doctor regenerates.'']
** He also has a pre-recorded one, just in case he is forced to send Rose and the TARDIS away:
--> '''The Doctor:''' [''as a hologram''] This is Emergency Programme One. Rose, now listen. This is important. If this message is activated, then it can only mean one thing. We must be in danger, and I mean fatal. I'm dead, or about to die any second with no chance of escape. And that's okay. Hope it's a good death. But I promised to look after you, and that's what I'm doing. The TARDIS is taking you home. [''Rose protests''] And I bet you're fussing and moaning now. Typical! But hold on and just listen a bit more. The TARDIS can never return for me. Emergency Programme One means I'm facing an enemy that should never get their hands on this machine. So this is what you should do: let the TARDIS die. Just let this old box gather dust. No one can open it. No one will even notice it. Let it become a strange little thing standing on a street corner. And over the years, the world will move on and the box will be buried. And if you wanna remember me, then you can do one thing, that's all, one thing. [''turns to Rose, his voice no longer sounding projected''] Have a good life. Do that for me, Rose. Have a ''fantastic'' life.
* During a host segment of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000: [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E19RedZoneCuba Red Zone Cuba]]'', Dr. Forrester is at death's door. He says, "Frank, I'm... dead... No, wait, ''now'' I'm dead... No... now..." And then he decides he wants to live after all, gets up, and starts walking around.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Funnily enough, when Damar died, the original script had him die without saying anything. The writers decided that he was important enough to get a final "speech", which consisted of "Keep..."
** In context, he was probably trying to tell Garak to "keep going", leave him behind and accomplish the mission.
*** Actually credit goes to Casey Biggs, who played Damar, and lobbied not to go down without a word. So they gave him approval to ad lib something. He admits that he has no idea how he would have finished the line.
** Keevan in the episode "The Magnificent Ferengi" gets a short and quite funny one after being shot by Quark's cousin: "I ''hate'' Ferengi."
* Captain Freedom, the costumed vigilante in the second season of ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' gets a very nice exit speech.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Played with in the Season 5 finale. Buffy whispers her FinalSpeech into Dawn's ear before jumping into the portal. We hear it as a voiceover accompanying the visuals of Buffy's HeroicSacrifice.
* Half the fun of ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' fights are the monsters' dramatic orations made after the FinishingMove but before [[MadeOfExplodium going spoom]].
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': Captain Archer gets one when he flies off to destroy the Xindi superweapon, knowing he'll most likely die in the attempt.
-->'''Archer''': I'm going to ask all of you to think back to the day when this ship was first launched. We were explorers then. When all this is over, when Earth is safe, I want you to get back to that job. There are four hundred billion stars in our galaxy ? we've only explored a tiny fraction. You have a lot of work to do. Of all the captains who will sit in this chair, I can't imagine any of them being more proud than I am right now.
* Subverted in ''Series/TheCape'' where Max gives the traditional inspiring speech given by any [[MentorOccupationalHazard mentor]] who just got killed helping out the middle-class white dude he met earlier that episode - then realizes he's not dying, laments wasting a good speech, and gets up.
* Well deserved ending for such a beloved character, but Zhaan's final speech in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' is surprisingly lengthy, especially considering that she's about to perform a time-sensitive HeroicSacrifice.
-->'''Zhaan''': No - no more. If I am so needed - and so valued - and so wise. Then you will honor my words. You will obey me. For the longest time I feared physical demise - because my spiritual essence was suspect. But now I know I'm worthy. Now I know the transgressions have melted from my soul. Now I know I shall meet my Goddess, and be accepted to her bosom. Sensitive D'Argo - Exuberant Chiana- Wise Rygel - Selfless Aeryn - Innocent Crichton - My children. My teachers. My loves. There is no guilt. There is no blame. Only what is meant to be. Grow through your mistakes, and know that if patient, redemption will find you.
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'': Has several rather poignant moments when important characters are dying.
** When Mr NiceGuy Clayton is on his deathbed, he's [[ImSorryThatImDying Sorry That He's Dying]], and his world goes black. He asks Horatio whether it's evening.
** When Lt. Eccleston dies after they've successfully boarded and taken a French ship, he gives Horatio a command over another midshipman who was Horatio's senior, but not officially assigned as the ''Indefatigable'''s officer. Moreover, a few moments ago, Horatio accused him of attempted murder, and Eccleston has reasons to trust Hornblower over Simpson. Eccleston asks Horatio to take the ship and crew safely to the ''Indy''.
** Finch was a lower-deck character who once saved Horatio's life. When he's dying, he has a fever. He keeps asking whether they are in England yet, despite the fact that their ship was not headed there. Poor man.
** Mr Wellard has a sad dying scene when he's shot by the Spaniards who have taken ''Renown''. He's a young PluckyMiddie, nearly [[BreakTheCutie broken in spirit]]. He tells Gunner Hobbs that his Captain, who died before him, assured him that he was brave. Hobbs reassures him as well
* Several characters get this in the GrandFinale of ''Series/RobinHood'':
** Guy of Gisborne after being stabbed by his sister:
--> '''Guy of Gisborne:''' [''dying''] Is this the end?
--> '''Robin Hood:''' [''having been fatally poisoned''] For you and me both, my friend.
--> '''Guy of Gisborne:''' I'm sorry. At least you have someone waiting for you...Marian. The love of my life, but she was always yours. I've lived in shame, but because of you, I die proud. I am free. [''dies'']
** Robin himself, after being poisoned, says goodbye to his best friend before going off to die in the woods:
--> '''Much:''' What am I going to be without you?
--> '''Robin Hood:''' [''Places his hands around Much's neck''] You are already more of a man than I will ever be. [''Removes Much's cap''] Much...and you are my best friend. [''An emotional, long hug'']

* Jacques Brel’s ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h02pNUKInBo Le moribond]]'' [[PlayedForLaughs plays this]] for [[BlackComedy dark]] [[GallowsHumor humour]]. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WM-jihTpYM Hebrew version]] keeps the original tone; the original English version by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaBO7JqynUw the Kingston Trio]] is more ambiguous; and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tPcc1ftj8E Terry Jacks’]] version is clearly PlayedForDrama.
* "If I Burn" by Music/EmilieAutumn. The narrator tells her murderer that if she's going to die, she will return from [[GhostlyGoals beyond the grave]] to seek her revenge.
-->Doesn't matter where you go or what you do\\
'Cause if I burn, so will you!

* Myth/GreekMythology: Literal speeches by some who died in Literature/TheIliad, particularly Hector. Hilariously parodied in [[http://l--piratequeen--l.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=24#/doxou7 this fanart]].

* Masterfully parodied by Lill Lindfors in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBmE_t72A24 Operadöden]] (Opera Death). Sung in German, with comments and some translation to Swedish.
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's plays have several.
** ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''.
** Including, ridiculously, ''Othello'' in which Desdemona gets a final speech after her ''death by asphyxiation.'' This gets left out of adaptations a lot, understandably -- but in the operatic adaptation by Giuseppe Verdi and Arrigo Boïto, what's remarkable is that it ''doesn't'' go on longer. (After all, Verdi gave the title character of ''Macbeth'' an entire aria to sing as he lies mortally wounded.)
** Pyramus's death scene in "[[ShowWithinAShow Pyramus and Thisbe]]" in ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' must be seen, or at least heard, to be appreciated.
** Parodied in the ''Beyond The Fringe'' sketch when Jonathan Miller [[OverlyLongGag took forever to die]]: [[OhCrap "Now is steel twixt gut and bladder interposed!"]]
** Antonio gets one in ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' as he prepares to face Shylock's knife. Subverted in that he doesn't end up dying at all.
* [[spoiler: Bobby Strong]] from ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}}'' gets a whole song for his FinalSpeech, called ''Tell Her I Love Her''
** Though it's delivered by another character, and partly delirious, and Lampshaded: "He started fading in and out for a while. It was a miracle he was alive at all..."
* Tristan does this for almost an entire act: "Ohhh, Im dying... where is Isolde? Meanwhile, Random Feverish Hallucinations... where is that woman? Still not here... Okay, hallucinating a bit more... hey, Kurwenal, do you think the traffic is that bad on the Channel?"
* Edgar, in Lucia di Lammermoor, stabs himself, then sings happily for another five minutes.
* The commander in ''Theatre/DonGiovanni''. [[FridgeLogic Perhaps this explains why Leporello wasn't sure whether it was the old man or Giovanni who got killed]].
* Violetta from ''Theatre/LaTraviata'' may be dying from consumption, but this doesn't stop her singing the entire final act.
* Siegfried. Stabbed in the back, still going strong... reliving how he Got The Girl definitely isn't bad.
* In ''Theater/IlTrovatore'', Leonora, while dying, sings the same melody over and over and over again. Can feel really long. Then subverted -- Manrico is dragged out and decapitated before he could sing an aria. Poor Luna must've been really pissed off.
* Marquis of Posa from ''Don Carlo'' has a big, heroic aria about a better future and freedom and that kind of stuff, while dying from a bullet in the lungs...
* Justified, at least partly, as Paolo Albiani deliberately chose a slow-acting poison, but the titular character in ''Theatre/SimonBoccanegra'' breaks records, righting the wrongs for almost two acts while dying. Among other things, he finally [[NiceJobFixingItVillain sends Albiani to the gallows]].
* Subverted in verismo operas that strived towards realism. In ''Theatre/{{Tosca}}'', the only one to sing after getting killed is [[BigBad Scarpia]], and it's not so much of a speech as cries for help.
* In the musical version of ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', Eponine gets a whole damn song with Marius after getting shot.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Mekton}}'': Operation Rimfire has an exaggerated version of this trope. The villain says a twenty-seven line speech before he dies, while his enemies, about ten or so mecha armed to the teeth surrounding him just standing still as he delivers it. [[{{Railroading}} And no, you can't pull a]] ShutUpHannibal, [[{{Railroading}} it goes against the rails]].
* ''TabletopGame/TimeLord'' RPG (based on ''Series/DoctorWho''), supplement ''Journies''. A PlayerCharacter can use "The Li H’sen Chang Effect" to make a mortally wounded NonPlayerCharacter live long enough to pass on an important message.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'': Subverted: an assassin/organ dealer attempts to deliver a final speech, only to have his killer yell, "Trying to die in style?" "Give me a break you sick old man!" and shoots the lever to a nearby machine that eviscerates the assassin, cutting the speech short.
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series.
** Upon a successful assassination in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'', the game fades to the surreal Animus background while the victim gives an implausibly long death speech. Since the frame narrative is Desmond reliving his ancestor's memories through an admittedly not perfect machine, [[note]] it is kind of stated that the Animus can not show every possible detail [[/note]], the implication is that the final speeches Desmond/the player encounters are really conversations Altaïr had with his victims after cornering them and before delivering the killing blow.
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' does away with these. While the screen still falls away to the Animus background after a kill, the scenes within said background are ''much'' shorter, usually only enough time for Ezio to deliver final rites, a PostMortemOneLiner, or for the assassinated to say one or two sentences, and make for much more believable death scenes. One early target even lampshades the speeches in the first game; when Ezio asks him what he's up to and what his group is doing, the guy wimpily says "What were you expecting, a confession?" and promptly dies. The in-universe reason for the differences is that Rebecca Crane's Animus (A.K.A. "Baby") is better than Abstergo's.
** The other games play around with the concept, sometimes using it to full effect, sometimes not. As a game mechanic, they've never been taken out, and even got a kind of resurgence in length during ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII''.
* Mikau's death in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. A guitarist of a popular band, he explains the situation and what he wants the player to do for him by hopping up, going into a song and dance routine, and when he finishes, immediately flopping right back down, to die soon after.
* Claves' death in ''VideoGame/EternalSonata''. It takes ten minutes, during which she monologues and flashes back to a conversation ''she just had half a minute ago''.
* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', if the player is bored by Zeeairee's long ominous final speech, he can snap her neck to skip it.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'': Ash gives a long speech in preparation for his HeroicSacrifice. [[spoiler: Walnut cuts him off, and sacrifices himself in Ash's place.]]
* Nearly every names character in ''FireEmblem''. They range from something as as short as another character's name to a full paragraph in size.
** This was actually subverted at one point in ''Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance''. When Ilyana dies, all that comes up in the text box is VisibleSilence. In the sequel, ''Radiant Dawn'', she has a more standard death quote.
* Used so often, so lengthily and so absolutely ludicrously in the ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series that it became a trademark of the series that all the bosses tell their entire life story before dying, and everyone complained when the enemies in the third game merely repeated their codenames a few times and then exploded.
** The fourth game has it both ways. Upon defeating the Beauty and the Beast Corps, they shed their armor, and freak out at you before you shoot'em dead. Then a supporting character calls you up and tells you their (invariably horrific) life stories.
** All the way back in ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', when ice-skater-Secret Service-defector-bodyguard (yes, really) Natasha Markova is ''hit with a missile'' and still finds time to deliver lines like:
-->'''Natasha''': Me, I could only walk over ice. I only skated... I never walked.
** Perhaps the worst example in the entire series though comes from the first ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' where Sniper Wolf specifically tells you that she was just shot in the lung, and then delivers the longest ''Final Speech'' out of the entire Mini-boss Squad.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' [[spoiler:Big Boss]] has one of the longest death speeches of any character clocking in at over ten minutes.
** The only game in the series to ''mostly'' avert this is ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''. All the bosses hardly get more than a sentence or two before [[DefeatEqualsExplosion exploding for no valid reason]]. [[spoiler:Played ''[[TearJerker painfully straight]]'' with The Boss, on the other hand.]]
* In ''VideoGame/JediAcademy'', one mission has you meeting with an informant on the Sith cult. Before you can do anything, he's shot by a sniper, and gurgles out "Cult...must..." before expiring.
* In the ''Film/BladeRunner'' game, the {{expy}} of Roy Batty can be found lying on his cot, and greets the player with his Final Speech - quoting William Blake, about the only time any of the poems he's been spouting fits the context. The player can purposely [[SubvertedTrope subvert this by having Ray shoot him]], to which Ray would remark [[BondOneLiner "I never did like poetry."]]
* The {{Big Bad}}s of both ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' games deliver {{Final Speech}}es after the PlayerCharacter defeats them. Darth Malak makes some rather somber observations about Revan before his death, but it's Kreia who really wins the prize, relating to the Jedi Exile the futures of most of the main cast and the various planets visited over the course of the game, and making several other observations regarding the Exile and the game's plot, before she finally kicks off.
** Saul Karath, Malak's more competent [[TheDragon Dragon]] gets a particularly nasty one, especially considering who it's directed to and what's it's regarding.
--->'''Saul:"''' You didn't know, did you? *cough* Ha-ha-ha. Remember my dying words. Remember them whenever... whenever you look at those you thought were your friends!
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' does this with the ''Lair of the Shadow Broker'' DLC. Apparently, rogue Spectre Tela Vasir's own self-righteousness is enough to keep her alive long enough to chastise Commander Shepard for working with Cerberus, a terrorist organisation, before telling Shepard not to judge her. This is after a high-speed car crash and being shot several hundred times.
---> '''Vasir''': "You want to judge me? Look in the mirror! Kidnapping kids for biotic death camps! Hell, ''your own unit'' on Akuze! And you're with them! Don't you ''dare'' judge me! Don't you..."
* Zero's best moment in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' are his final words, a KirkSummation, WorldOfCardboardSpeech and sum up exactly what he really was to the world: [[spoiler:A true hero]], showing exactly ''what he's fighting for''. All rolled into these 4 sentences:
-->'''Zero:''' "I never cared about justice and I don't recall ever calling myself a hero... I have always only fought for the people I believe in. I won't hesitate... If an enemy appears in front of me, I will destroy it!"
** Here's another from the series:
-->'''[[spoiler:VideoGame/MegaManX]]:''' Can you hear me, Zero? My energy is almost all spent. I can't... stay in this world... much longer... Zero... I want to leave this world in your care. The threat Weil represents has not left this world. I want you...to protect humans and Reploids. Ze...ro... You can do it... You...can...
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'', Magma Dragoon gets special mention here for being the ''only'' animal Maverick that does this. Granted, he does tell his reasons why he betrayed the hunters [[spoiler: by joining Sigma and [[ColonyDrop bringing down]] the [[FloatingContinent Sky Lagoon]].]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** As far back as ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' for the NES, a dying prince manages a straightforward "Tell her I love her" to the party -- then recants and orders them to not say anything. She's still young, tying her to a dead man would be no kindness.
** [[BraggartBoss Gilgamesh]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' gets one heck of a speech when he comes in to perform HeroicSacrifice for the heroes. He first tells a character that her grandfather was "a pretty strong guy" as a compliment, then tells the cross-dressing pirate to "[[YouNeedToGetLaid fall in love, or something]]". Then he tells the PrincessClassic to keep her pure spirit and the main hero that [[WorthyOpponent he'd have liked to fight him one more time]]. When the enemy boss standing three feet away, listening to the whole spectacle, tells it's time for him to die, Gilgamesh snorts and exclaims "I think that's my line!" before self-detonating. [[EnsembleDarkhorse He will be missed dearly.]]
** Averted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. Really, Aeris had the perfect opportunity for one, and think of everything she could have said... and then be thankful she didn't, because it probably wouldn't have been half as dramatic as it ended up being.
* Subverted heavily in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara II'' in Nobunaga's campaign, where Hideyoshi attempts to make a final speech. While he's doing so, Nobunaga calmly walks up to him and finishes him off with a slash, preventing him from finishing.
* [[spoiler:Raziel]] from ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' gives one before he [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice is absorbed by the Reaver.]]]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Crusader}}'', after you kill Doctor Gregor Hoffman, he gets off a speech in classic MadScientist LargeHam style. It's really quite entertaining.
* In ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', if you go talk to Professor Booster after he falls down the pit in the labyrinth, he gives a speech, hands you an item, and dies. [[SchrodingersGun If you don't go talk to him, then he lives and escapes.]] While there are some plausible explanations for why this happens, the funniest is that Booster ''couldn't'' die until he delivered his dying speech--so with no audience at all, he survived long enough to recover.
* In the first ''Yakuza'' game, Fuma gives one to Kazuma as he is dying. Despite being hit by a damn grenade, he finds the strength to reveal several important plot details to Kazuma, then, just before dying, revealing that he was the one who killed his parents.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', one scenario has Annette Birkin lament that she was a poor mother after being mortally wounded.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Season 1'' with [[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain Max's fake death speech]] after [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten Sam pretends to shoot him]]:
-->'''Max:''' Mother of mercy! Is this the end of little Maxie? Oh Death, where is that guy, Sting? *collapses*\\
'''Villain:''' Very g--\\
'''Max:''' Arghh! The pain! The pain! [[{{Retirony}} And only two days to retirement!]] [[ThePromise You gotta promise... to... Tivo the Dukes of Hazzard for me! Promise me!]] *collapses*\\
'''Villain:''' Ok. So --\\
'''Max:''' [[Theatre/JuliusCaesar For cowards die a thousand deaths, while heroes die but once]]... [[MediumAwareness Unless they're playing video games, in which case heroes die a lot, too.]] [[{{Hamlet}} So goodnight]] [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Fresh Prince!]] [[{{Hamlet}} And may]] Series/CharliesAngels [[{{Hamlet}} sing thee to thy rest.]] *collapses*\\
'''Villain:''' ...Right. Well --\\
'''Max:''' [[ImColdSoCold So... Cold! Why am I... So cold?]]
* In ''VideoGame/FableII'', [[spoiler: Lucien]] delivers one of these while chastising you for interfering with his WellIntentionedExtremist-ism. However, considering that this man is [[spoiler: responsible for every bad thing that's happened to you over your whole life]], it's better to JustShootHim, before [[spoiler: Reaver]] beats you to the punch.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', [[spoiler:Axel]] delivers one of these to Sora after his HeroicSacrifice.
* Early in Earthbound, when Buzz Buzz dies, it tells a long story instructing Ness what to do. Furthermore asking if you need it repeated.
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar II'', [[spoiler:Athena]] manages to keep talking for a good few minutes after Kratos [[spoiler:accidentally stabbed her]]. Subverted in all three games by [[DeathIsCheap Kratos]] himself: The first time, he doesn't have the strength to talk before he kicks it (of course, there was no one around to talk to), the second, he gets out a single sentence (and it sounds like he struggled to get out that much), and the third [[spoiler: and possibly final]] time, he doesn't say anything at all.
* In ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'', [[spoiler:Fenrich]] has quite a long, emotional conversation with Valvatorez after TakingTheBullet for him, pleading for the vampire to drink his blood to restore his power.[[spoiler:.. And then when Valvatorez refuses, he gets right back up, dusts himself off, and admits he was just faking in hopes of getting Val to break his vow of [[VegetarianVampire blood abstinence]]. [[WhatTheHellHero The rest of the party is not amused.]]]]
* Professor Gerald Robotnik gives one to Gun (Which is later shown on the airwaves to all of humanity in a cutscene in the "Last Story") prior to being execution in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' which outlines the ColonyDrop and pointing out his DisproportionateRetribution (If Maria's death has any indication).
* In ''VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery'', the dying sage Khelavaster blocks the stairs down from floor 16 of the main dungeon, forcing you to hear his speech about the source of TheCorruption plaguing the game's world before you can continue. [[spoiler: You can give him an [[AutoRevive Amulet of Life Saving]] first, in which case he will reward you with several goodies. This is required to achieve an [[GoldenEnding ultra ending]].]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has a few of these, such as the holotape to Sydney from her DisappearedDad, and Marcella's final instructions to the player in ''Point Lookout''.
* [[spoiler:Kyrie]] gives quite a long one in ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'' while [[DiedInYourArmsTonight lying in Morte's arms]]. It's one-half WorldOfCardboardSpeech and one-half DyingDeclarationOfLove, and 100% proof that he's NotQuiteHuman: Naja just ''punched his claws through his chest'' ([[ICanNotSelfTerminate at his request, of course]]), so his heart and lungs should really look like sloppy joes and make saying ''anything'' really difficult - but he manages to get out several sentences before he finally DisappearsIntoLight.

[[folder: Visual Novels ]]
* In ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' in Mayucchi's route [[spoiler: Matsukaze "dies"]], though she uses the speech as an opportunity to [[spoiler: finally accept another part of herself]].
* Kayto gives a lengthy one at the end of ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}} Liberation Day'' as he prepares to [[spoiler:ram the crippled Sunrider into the Alliance flagship to stop them from destroying his home planet Cera]]. [[spoiler:Subverted, as he loses consciousness after delivering the speech and is dragged to an escape pod by Lynn.]]
->'''Kayto:''' All hands, this is Captain Kayto Shields of the assault carrier Sunrider. Last surviving vessel of the Cera Space Force. We travelled the stars, finding allies across the galaxy, with the hope of liberating our home world. It was a long journey, filled with adventure. At times, we felt sorrow. At times, we celebrated our triumphs. Throughout, we were hopelessly outnumbered. Our mission was nothing but a long shot, a gamble against impossible odds. Finally, we are here, at our home’s doorsteps. Let it be remembered. On this day, we did not abandon Cera to fend for herself! [''[[ManlyTears Kayto begins crying]]''] On this day, the Sunrider stood her ground! We did not run, but protected all those we hold dear until we fell into the black night! We did not falter in our defense of our family! Today, we perished to save our home! [''an apparition of his dead sister Maray appears before him''] THE SUNRIDER… AS HER FINAL ACT… WILL SAVE EVERYONE!!!! MARAY…!!!! I’M COMING HOME…!!!!

* Endlessly parodied in ''Webcomic/TheChosenFour'', where it seems like even the most minute enemies relates their tearful life story after getting beat up by the heroes.
* ''Webcomic/NatureOfNaturesArt''. Every single antagonist in Lycosa.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
** Parodied. Haley is about to declare her love for Elan as she dies, only for a cleric to show up and cast Cure Serious Wounds. She's incredibly embarrassed.
** Redcloak and Xykon are having one of these when [[LeeroyJenkins Miko]] destroys the gate, causing the happy force spirit paladins to lose the ability to kill them.
* Played straight in ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' with Pauline, in the loving way she does: "Fix this world (Julie) or else I'll beat your ass when we do meet again."
* Done with [[spoiler:Honest Stu]] in [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=060226 this]] ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' strip. Being ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', however, the FinalSpeech ends up being more of a Final Pun.
* ''Webcomic/{{Strays}}''. The man Feral was hunted knows Meela from the past -- which she was too young to remember -- and tells her to flee Feral.
* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] and PlayedForLaughs by those pesky [[WhiteMagic healers]] in [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2006-11-28 this]] Webcomic/DominicDeegan comic.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* In ''WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}'', [[spoiler:Bree]] leaves one of these as a voicemail message.
* A whole lot of characters in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest''. Specifically, [[spoiler: v1 runner-up]] Jack O'Connor manages one despite having been shot in the chest several times, and [[spoiler: Bobby Jacks]] rants to the cameras before [[DrivenToSuicide he commits suicide.]]
** More in tune with the speech nature, Sarah Atwell lets loose with one after being mortally wounded:
--> "It's dark now isn't it? Can't you turn on the light mum? Why won't you turn on the light mum?" Mum. Why won't you hold me mum? Why aren't you here? Mum. Do you remember the day my cat died? Mum? There was this pain in my heart that day that I had never felt before. Remember. The vet let me hold her before they pressed the needle in. When I left her she gave me this look of profound betrayal as if I had been the one to kill her. I couldn't go back in. Promise me mum. Promise me you won't leave me like that. Don't let me go."
* ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedSeries'' gives us this when [[spoiler: Sasuke 'dies'.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Sasuke''']]: Tell my fangirls...I'm...Not...Gay.... bleh.
-->Later, after [[spoiler:Sasuke]] [[UnexplainedRecovery comes back]]:
-->[[spoiler: '''Sasuke''']]: Just because I said 'bleh' doesn't mean I'm dead!
* Yamauchi-sensei's last words in ''Literature/GreekNinja'', were the reason Sasha set off on a dangerous journey to Delphi and ultimately, the start of the story.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony''
** This is discussed this in "The Cheesen One". Rainbow Dash claims that her mom had some profound words for her, but Twilight doesn't believe the story.
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Let me tell you something my mother used to say to me.\\
'''Twilight:''' [[DeathByChildbirth Your mother died giving birth to you!]]\\
'''Rainbow:''' So I'll tell you what she said.\\
'''Twilight:''' Unless she said, "Guys, I think I might be dying, I think I'm dying, oh god I'm actually dying, I'm dying, ''I'm dead''," I won't believe you.\\
'''Rainbow:''' She said life is like a wheel of cheese...\\
'''Twilight:''' I don't believe you.\\
'''Rainbow:''' ...and you have to eat the cheese before it gets moldy.
** In "The Best Episode Ever", the cast put on a play, complete with a dramatic scene of three characters about to die together:
-->'''[[UnfortunateName Flying Monkey Crap]]:''' [[HiddenDepths Forsooth! What great tragedy that lays its hands towards our ungainly demise! Fie and folly! I let out my final breath, and draw nearer to sweetest death.]]\\
'''Chancellor Councilor's assistant:''' [[MomentKiller You're absolutely right, Flying Monkey Crap. This does suck balls.]]\\
'''Clover:''' [[BadBadActing Oh no! I die. Aaaaah...]]
* In ''WebOriginal/{{Aventures}}'',when Seb's character, Shin, is gravely wounded he acts as he is making this with ac tually good roleplaying, then the whole group decides to milk it for all it's worth and tries to cram as many cliché they can find.
-->'''[[AlmostDeadGuy Shin]]''': My friends... [[DyingClue The blood... the blood from his body...]] Look how bizarrely it reacts... You must deal with it.
-->'''[[DiedInYourArmsTonight Grunlek]]''' (''as Krayn begins to crack up''): [[ManlyTears Hold on, Shin, don't die!]] [[SoProudOfYou Look, we won!]]
-->'''Seb''' (''ChewingTheScenery''): Did we win? [[NotSoStoic I want to go home!]] [[DyingDeclarationOfLove I want to see Martha again]], [[MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes in the pretty Sunday dress I gave her for the church services.]] (''[[GameMaster Mahyar]] starts facepalming'') [[PlanningForTheFutureBeforeTheEnd We will go to church again, won't we?]]
-->'''Fred''': [[RousingSpeech And Lady Liberty...]]
-->'''Bob''': [[WellDoneSonGuy Tell my father I didn't die a coward.]]
-->'''Seb''': [[LastRequest And a last, fresh Coca Cola drink.]]

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''
** There is a death speech in the episode "The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck". This jaunt into the future has Darkwing telling a slightly exaggerated tale of his origins to a couple of kids from the future, and involves a Passing The Torch moment from the Mysterious Masked Avenger of Evil after she dies from [[AchillesHeel falling into a soda vat]]. Avenger (played by Gosalyn) gives a long speech about how Darkwing should take up the mantle of fighting Evil, then falls silent. Then gasps and says more, then falls silent. Then gives one last monologue.
-->'''Darkwing''': She's gone.
-->'''Launchpad''': Ya sure?
** In "Dead Duck", Darkwing is killed when he drives into a wall [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin without wearing his helmet.]] He manages to [[ChessWithDeath get one more hour]] to say goodbye to his family before going to the afterlife. [[spoiler: It was AllJustADream.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** Parodied. When His Neutralness (the king of a PlanetOfHats whose "hat" is [[TrueNeutral absolute neutrality]]) says "If I don't make it, tell my wife 'hello.'"
** Also parodied when the cast fake gender-swapped Bender's soap-opera-style death in order to get her out of marrying Calculon: "Coilette" gives a very long speech before finally "dying."
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft", where Randy's character is attacked by the griefer the boys are in battle with just after delivering the InfinityPlusOneSword they need to finish him. Despite Randy's character being low level enough that it should have died instantly, it survives long enough for the boys to take the guy down just so Randy can give an in-character one of these to Stan afterwards. For added fun, at the very end it shifts to Randy's POV, showing him perfectly fine at a computer [[LargeHam groaning his "dying breaths" into his headset.]]
* It's common for WesternAnimation/BugsBunny to give a fake FinalSpeech after Elmer Fudd supposedly shoots him, like the one from his first official short ''WesternAnimation/AWildHare''.
* Very nearly done straight (it is, at any rate, a "final" speech) in the last episode of the '90s ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series, where a mortally wounded Professor Xavier - just recently brought out of a coma as a side effect of trying to contact an alien race that might still be able to help him - delivers an individual poignant goodbye to every one of the X-Men present from what appears to be his deathbed.