->'''Llewelyn''': If I don't come back, tell mother I love her.\\
'''Carla Jean''': Your mother's dead, Llewelyn.\\
'''Llewelyn''': Well then I'll tell her myself.
-->-- ''NoCountryForOldMen''

The hero is about to undertake something that [[ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself he must do on his own]], leaving his {{Sidekick}} or support team behind. He plans to return in a certain period of time, but the contingency instructions are given to those left behind in case [[AnyoneCanDie the unthinkable]] happens and he cannot come back to them. Usually he'll tell them to go on without him, or go for help. Occasionally, the hero will say "Tell my LoveInterest I love him/her" and the {{Sidekick}} will reply "Tell him/her yourself."

Phrasing may vary along the lines of "If I do not return," or "If I don't make it back", of course.

In comedic situations, the hero will say "keep waiting" or "come rescue me" instead of "go on without me". In another [[GallowsHumor semi-comedic]] variant, the hero's instructions may be something frivolous - willing a personal possession which is usually somehow comical to the other character, or telling them not to mess with the hero's stuff. If the hero doesn't say this, it may lead to IfYouDieICallYourStuff anyway.

May also lead to a VideoWill firing off if the hero does not return. See also WaitHere and DeadManWriting. Occasionally this line follows or leads into MoreHeroThanThou or MoreExpendableThanYou (particularly if the sidekick or anti-villian ally feels the call of RedemptionEqualsDeath)
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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' - Roy Mustang is entering Central Command to confide in a high-ranking general about what he's learned regarding the plot. He tells his right-hand woman/bodyguard Riza Hawkeye to wait for him, but that if anything goes wrong, she should get herself out. (She refuses, of course.)
** Not only does she refuse to get herself out - [[HeartwarmingMoments she refuses to even let him go until he promises that he]] ''[[HeartwarmingMoments will]]'' [[HeartwarmingMoments come back alive.]]
** When Buccaneer and a squad of Briggs soldiers are investigating the tunnel built by Sloth, they arrange for the tunnel to be sealed off after a set time, whether they come back or not (if they don't come back by then, they most likely got killed). They do manage to return to the tunnel entrance after an encounter with Pride, but after the agreed time, and are certain that [[IceQueen Oliver]] has sealed off the tunnel. To their surprise, the entrance is still open. When they question the guard at the entrance after exiting, he tells them that their time hasn't expired, and shows them the broken watch Olivier gave him to prove it.
* Done in ''Anime/MonsterRancher'', as Genki tasks Mocchi with finding the Phoenix should Pixie capture him along with the others.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''HotShotsPartDeux:''
-->"If I'm not back in fifteen minutes, you know what to do."\\
"Go on without you?" \\
"No. Wait another fifteen minutes!"
* "...call the Pope!" (''JesusChristVampireHunter'')
* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'':
-->'''Jack Burton''': Okay. You people sit tight, hold the fort and keep the home fires burning. And if we're not back by dawn... call the President.
* ''AceVentura'' also did the "... just wait longer" line. Of course, Ace wasn't really going into dangerous territory. He was going down into an emptied dolphin tank to look around.
* ''Film/MissionToMars'' did it straight, although obviously the guy disobeyed the order or we'd get a DownerEnding where they're stuck on Mars with no way out. In retrospect, it seems like they should have been asking the alien to hurry up the holographic history lesson since they gave the guy such a short time limit.
* ''Film/IAmLegend'': "If I'm not back by dark... just... just go." And he's saying this to his ''dog''.
** To maintain his sanity; he's been totally alone for three years, save for the dog.
** And some traitorous mannequins.
* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. Kirk and company are trapped in an asteroid.
-->'''Kirk:''' Captain Spock. If you don't hear from us within one hour, your orders are to restore what power you can, take the ''Enterprise'' to the nearest starbase and alert Starfleet Command when out of jamming range.
-->'''Uhura:''' Sir, we won't leave you behind!\\
'''Kirk:''' Uhura, if you don't hear from us, there won't ''be'' anybody behind.
** However subverted in that Kirk was talking in code (hours meaning days) because he suspected Khan was tapping into the signal.
** ''Film/StarTrek''
-->'''Spock:''' Jim. The statistical likelihood that our plan will succeed is less than 4.3%.\\
'''Kirk:''' It'll work.\\
'''Spock:''' In the event that I am unsuccessful, please tell Lieutenant Uhura--\\
'''Kirk:''' Spock. It'll ''work''.
** Also in the very beginning, when Captain Robau speaks with George Kirk before going to the ''Narada''.
-->'''Robau:''' If I don't report in 15 minutes, evacuate the crew.
-->'''Kirk:''' Sir, we could issue...
-->'''Robau:''' There isn't any help for us out here. Use autopilot, and get off the ship.
-->'''Kirk:''' Aye, Captain.
-->'''Robau:''' [[YouAreInCommandNow You're Captain now, Mr. Kirk.]]
* Subtly alluded to in ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl''. When Gibbs asks Jack Sparrow what they should do if Sparrow and Will Turner don't return, Jack's only reply is "Keep to the Code", meaning "if we don't come back, go on without us". Or thereabouts, they're more like guidelines anyway.
* Hilarious subversion in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'':
-->'''Mal''': Zoe, ship is yours. Remember. If anything happens to me, or if you don't hear from me within the hour, you take this ship... and ''you come and rescue me''.\\
'''Zoe''': What, and risk my ship?\\
'''Mal''': I mean it. It's cold out there. And I don't wanna get left.
* In ''Film/SkyHigh'' Will and Ron Wilson, bus driver, have this exchange:
-->'''Will:''' If I'm not back in 30 minutes...\\
'''Ron:''' Come in after you!\\
'''Will:''' ...I was gonna say "get help".\\
'''Ron:''' [crestfallen] Get help. Right.
* ''Film/DieHard''. John [=McClane=] is talking to his friend Sgt. Al Powell on the radio during the siege:
-->'''[=McClane=]:''' Listen, I'm starting to get a bad feeling up here. I want you to do something for me. I want you to find my wife. Don't ask me how. By then you'll know how. I want you to tell her that...Tell her it took me a while to figure out...what a jerk I've been...that when things started to pan out for her...I shoulda been more supportive. And I just should have been behind her more. Tell her that she's the best thing that ever happened to a bum like me. She's heard me say "I love you" a thousand times. She never heard me say "I'm sorry". I want you to tell her that, Al. Tell her that John said that he was sorry.\\
'''Powell:''' But you can [[StockPhrases tell her that yourself]]. You just watch your ass and you'll make it out. You hear me?\\
'''[=McClane=]:''' I guess that's up to the man upstairs.\\
[Note: Holly Gennaro ([=McClane=]'s wife) was one of the hostages at the time.]
* ''Film/{{Outbreak}}'': Sam is racing against time to find and stop TheVirus and knows the odds are against him. He stops to warn his almost ex-wife that the military is making troubling decisions.
-->'''Sam Daniels''': If I'm not back by 1800 hours, and you're not symptomatic -- ''leave''.\\
'''Robby Daniels''': Wh-what? \\
'''Sam Daniels''': ''Leave. Town.''
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'', before the titular character goes to [[spoiler:rescue 7 and 8 from The Seamstress]].
-->'''9:''' If I don't come back...destroy [[AIIsACrapshoot it]].
* ''MonstersVsAliens'': "I'll try to come back for you if I can. If I don't, it means I am dead... or late."
* ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen''.
-->'''Llewelyn''': If I don't come back, tell mother I love her.\\
'''Carla Jean''': Your mother's dead, Llewelyn.\\
'''Llewelyn''': Well then I'll tell her myself.
* ''Beethoven'' has this kind of quote when the father goes and check inside the lab, he tells his wife and kids to call the police if he doesn't come back in 15 minutes. His wife later followed him and tells the kids almost the same thing.
* ''Film/ToBeOrNotToBe (1983)'': Subverted when actor Frederick, disguised as Professor Siletski, has to go to Gestapo Headquarters in a suicide mission and talks to his wife maybe for the last time:
--> '''Frederick Bronski:''' ''Listen, sweetheart, if I don't come back, then I forgive you for anything that happened between you and Lt. Sobinski.''
--> [He opens the door to leave, but turns back]
--> '''Frederick Bronski:''' ''But if I'' do ''come back,'' you're in a lot of trouble!
* Parodied in ''Film/{{Gozu}}'', where one Yakuza is brother giving this speech in a overly dramatic manner.
* ''Film/TheNegotiator''. When things are going badly and Danny Roman believes that he will soon be killed by the corrupt cops, he asks Maggie for a favor.
-->Will you tell my wife something for me? Tell her I was trying to keep my promise.
* ''Film/ProWrestlersVsZombies'' features a scene where Shane Douglas and Wrestler/HacksawJimDuggan extract promises from each other that, should they die, they need the other to tell their family they died well. [[spoiler:Then Douglas purposefully traps Duggan in a room full of zombies ForTheEvulz]].
* Somewhat subverted in ''Film/{{Dredd}}'': "If I don't make it back, you might not want to be taken alive. Your call."
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/{{Eisenhorn}} novel ''Xenos'', Eisenhorn goes out scouting and tells his retinue that he should be back within a couple of hours. When he is captured, one leaves after this time; which is why the [[BigDamnHeroes navy]] arrives to save them from the Chaos cult.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'', where the commander Johnny Rico tells his second in command as they're about to go out on a mission, "Have fun, and remember, if I buy it, you're the boss."
* In ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'', [[DemBones Skulduggery]] has pulled this on [[KidSidekick Stephanie]], asking her amongst other things to not fiddle with the radio because he's just got it set right.
* In ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', Nathaniel tells Bartimaeus to say hi to [[LoveInterest Kitty]] for him, which is as close as he'll get to a confession of love. Of course, there's not much of and "if" involved here.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' episode "The Box"
-->'''Michael Vaughn:''' If I'm not back in a couple of hours, I'm probably dead.
* ''OneTreeHill'' episode "Every Night Is Another Story"
-->'''Haley James:''' I saw a gas station about a mile down the road, if I'm not back in an hour, tell my mom I loved her.
* ''SantaClausConquersTheMartians'' on ''MST3K'':
-->'''Voldar:''' Now, if we're not back in three hours, you know what to do.\\
'''Tom Servo:''' Go ahead and order without us.
* ''{{Bones}}'': Brennan wants to have a baby, and has asked Booth to donate the sperm for artificial insemination. He's ambivalent about it, and eventually says he doesn't want to donate if he won't be involved in raising the child; but when he goes in for Serious Brain Surgery he tells her "If I don't make it, I want you to have my stuff."
* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** Daniel does this in the première episode.
** Jack also does it in "The Other Guys", but stops himself before saying exactly what they should do.
-->If we're not back in five minutes... *shrugs*
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''
** Garak has fun with this in the episode "Improbable Cause":
-->'''Garak''': If you go into my quarters, and examine the bulkhead next to the replicator, you'll notice there's a false panel. Behind that panel is a compartment containing an isolinear rod. If I'm not back in seventy-eight hours, I want you to take that rod... and ''eat it''.\\
'''Bashir''': Eat it? You're joking. \\
'''Garak''': Yes, Doctor. I am.
** Played straight in the episode "Visionary". When O'Brien undergoes a potentially fatal time-travel experiment, he tells Bashir that he recorded a message for his wife Keiko if anything should happen.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. In one episode Gwen, thinking she's about to die, turns to Ianto and says "Tell Jack I l-" only to be cut off when rescue arrives. The only problem is that Ianto is Jack's boyfriend.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}''. The first part of the series finale, "Mr. Monk and The End", [[spoiler:shows Monk opening the final Christmas gift Trudy gave him; it's revealed that it's an "If I don't come back" tape that could have helped him solve her murder within days of her death.]]
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Satan Pit", the Doctor - while hanging from a wire in a possibly fathomless chasm and planning to cut himself loose - asks Ida to tell Rose... "...Oh, she knows."
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''
** From the episode "[[EvilTwin The Enemy]] [[ShirtlessScene Within]]":
-->'''Kirk:''' "Spock, if this doesn't work..." [beat]\\
'''Spock:''' [nods once, his eyes downcast] "Understood."
** In "The Tholian Web", Spock and [=McCoy=] view the [[VideoWill message]] Kirk left behind for this contingency when Kirk is lost and presumed dead.
* In ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' Day 8, a suicide bomber says "Tell my mother that I'm sorry." before he explodes.
* In ''Series/{{Blackadder}} the Third'' "Nob and Nobility", Edmund, supposedly on his way to [[TheFrenchRevolution Revolutionary France]], leaves Prince George with this touching message:
-->'''Blackadder''': "If I don't make it back, please write to my mother and tell her that I've been alive all the time, it's just that I couldn't be bothered to get in touch with the old bat."
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' episode "T*R*A*S*H" had the following conversation:
-->'''Griff''': "If I don't make it, would you look up my ex-wife and..."\\
'''Al''': "And tell her that you love her?"\\
'''Griff''': "No, tell her that she's a bitch!"
* Zoe uses a serious version in ''{{Series/Firefly}}'': when Mal and Wash are kidnapped, she instructs the crew to get out of the quadrant should she not return from her rescue effort after a reasonable amount of time.
** ''Mal'', on the other hand...
-->'''Mal''': "Remember, if anything happens to me, or you don't hear from me within the hour... you take this ship and you come and you rescue me. ... I mean it. It's cold out there, I don't wanna get left."
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Tyrion asks CampFollower Shae to shed a few tears for him if he's killed in today's battle. Shae asks how would he know if she wept for him if he was dead.
* On the first Christmas episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Hawkeye (dressed as Santa) has to take a chopper to where a wounded soldier waits to be treated in the middle of gunfire. His exchange with Trapper:
-->'''Hawkeye''': If I don't come back...Merry Christmas.
-->'''Trapper''': Tell me when you get back.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Rejected by macho Dean when his little brother tries to get all soppy on him.
-->'''Sam:''' Dean, if this doesn't go the way we want, I want you to know that--
-->'''Dean:''' Oh no no no.
-->'''Sam:''' No what?
-->'''Dean:''' You're not going to bust out the misty-eyed goodbye speech, OK? I mean if this is going to be my last day on Earth, I do not want it to be socially awkward.
* ''Series/TheUnit'' has a more cold depiction. Searching for his daughter, a US soldier kidnapped in Iraq, Jonas Blane walks into a mosque, explosives strapped to his chest, and calmly informs the occupants that he will count to three. If they do not help him, he will kill himself and everyone inside. He then tells his comrades to leave, and find his daughter for him.
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[[folder:Music]]
* "Bohemian Rhapsody", by {{Queen}}.
-->''If I'm not back again this time tomorrow, carry on, carry on.''
* From "Rael" by TheWho:
-->'''Narrator:'''
-->If a yellow flag is fluttering
-->Sickly herald against the morn
-->Then you'll know my courage has ended
-->And you'll send your boat ashore
-->But if a red flag is flying
-->Brazen bold against the blue
-->Then you'll know that I am staying
-->And my yacht belongs to you
-->'''Captain:'''
-->He's crazy if he thinks we're coming back again
-->He's crazy if he thinks we're coming back again
-->He's crazy if he thinks we're coming back again
-->He's crazy, anyway
* "Die With Honor" by {{Manowar}}.
-->If I do not return\\
Bring my body on my shield\\
Tell my son I chose to die\\
[[LastStand I chose to die than yield]]
* "Warriors of the World" By {{Manowar}}.
-->If I should fall in battle, my brothers who fight by my side
-->Gather my horse and weapons, tell my family how I died
* In "If I Don't Make It Back" by Tracy Lawrence, a man makes requests of what he wants his friends to do in his honor should he not return from battle. [[spoiler:He doesn't]].
-->Have a beer for me, don't waste no tears on me
-->On Friday night, sit on the visitors' side and cheer for the home team
-->Drive my Camaro 90 miles an hour down Red Rock Road
-->With 'Born to Run' blastin' on the radio
-->And find someone good enough for Amy, who'll love her like I would have
-->If I don't make it back"
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Zelda: The Wand Of Gamelon]]:'' "[[MemeticMutation If you don't hear from me in a month, send Link!]]"
* ''{{Metro 2033}}'': "If I am not back in three days, come to Polis station."
* Graffiti in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'''s "The Passing" is a ShoutOut to the 2004 ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'':
** "Went to save my dog. If I'm not back in fifteen minutes, Everyone drop everything and come save me. Nicole."
* ''ImpossibleCreatures'':
-->'''[[AwesomeMcCoolName Rex Chance]]:''' "If I'm not out in five minutes, save yourself and leave the island. No! Wait, that's silly. If I'm not out in five minutes, come and make sure I haven't locked myself in or something."
* If you shot down a air-to-air refuelling tanker in ''Strike Commander'', the pilot would say [[YouBastard "Tell my wife I--"]]
* VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines gives us a nice little gem in the tutorial.
--> '''Jack:''' Go on through there, and I'll meet you later.
--> '''PlayerCharacter:''' If I'm not back in fifteen minutes, [[Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina call the president]].
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[[folder:Web Comic]]
* Baam from ''TowerOfGod'' and the 2nd Floor Guardian had agreed upon a special condition for the test the team should take. If he were to die, [[spoiler: the rest would pass if Rachel still made it]]. [[spoiler: And then Rachel goes and kills him when nobody's looking.]]
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* Played for comedy in {{Manwhores}} when Randy is about to go on his mission to Dead Man's Cove he says to Greg "If I don't come back, there's a load gun under the pillow. Kill yourself." after [[GroinAttack kneeing Greg in the crotch]] during a FinalSpeech.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubzero''
--->'''Batman:''' If I'm not back in time go without me.\\
'''Robin:''' '''''[[BigWhat WHAT!?]]'''''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}:'' If I'm not back in five minutes...''keep waiting''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In the episode when Homer starts bootlegging beer during Prohibition he starts telling Marge "If we're not back, avenge our deaths" when he and Bart go out to deliver their brew. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Marge agrees to do so.]]
** In another episode, Homer's father needed a kidney and Homer agreed to donate one. Out of fear he wouldn't survive the operation, Homer asked Marge to destroy the hospital if he didn't survive.
* ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddparents''
** In one episode Timmy tells Cosmo and Wanda, "If I don't make it...tell my dad...he's weird."
** In "The Gland Plan", Cosmo and Anti-Cosmo needed each other's fa giggly gland. Cosmo said that, if he doesn't surive, Anti-Cosmo must stay away from Cosmo's wife. Anti-Cosmo said that if he survives, Cosmo can keep ''his''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': After getting shot, Stan says, "Tell [[AlienAmongUs Roger]]... he's annoying."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'''s Neutral Commander: "If I don't make it, tell my wife I said... hello."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': Chuckie was about to do something scary and said, "If anything happens to me, Tommy, I want you to have my potty."
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': "Chip, if I don't come back...take care of Gary." ("Chip" is a potato chip he befriended when a severe injury left him afraid to go outside. When he left, Gary ate Chip.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'''s "The Road Worrier", Daria is quietly mortified that she is forced to get out of the van and pee in the woods because of them being stuck in heavy traffic. "If I'm not back in 10 minutes... Don't. Send. Help."
* From one episode of the original ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'':
-->'''Lion-O:''' (''to Tygra'') If I do not come back, you are the new lord of the [=ThunderCats=].
* ''WesternAnimation/TopCat and the Beverly Hills Cats'' has this during the scene where they rescue Benny from the dog pound, but argue over gets to go:
-->'''Top Cat''': "Never mind, I'll go, but if I'm not back in 10 minutes, take off without me."
* In ''A [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldSpecials Garfield]] [[ChristmasSpecial Christmas]]'', when Jon gets Garfield to put the star on top of the Christmas tree and Garfield accepts, he says, "If I'm not back in an hour, send a banana cream pie after me."
* In the 1987 ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' episode "Turtlemania":
-->'''April:''' If I'm not back in 10 minutes...\\
'''Irma:''' Can I have your blue sweater?\\
'''April:''' Call the Turtles.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MightyB'':
--> Bessie: (about to use a Taffy puller (ItMakesSenseInContext)) Happy, if anything happens to me, I bequeath to you the hive. (Beat; to her brother) You can have my shoes.

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