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[[caption-width-right:290:[-"Do you remember the night Mom died?"\\
"How can you even ask me that?"-] ]]

->'''Sam''': How many dying wishes are you going to get?\\
'''Dean''': As many as I can squeeze out.
-->-- ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', "The Kids Are Alright"

Something you request right before you die. Sometimes offered to you by your executioner, in which case you might ask for something seemingly innocuous, but pivotal to your narrow escape [[ClearMyName stratagem]] or even ThanatosGambit. You might also be offered one last choice of dish which isn't good for escape but at least you die full. And you might ask them to GetItOverWith, which tends to be not what they expect. A common comedy version is asking to not be killed.

See also OneLastSmoke for a character indulging a charming partiality one last time.

You can also transfer your responsibilities to someone else with your last breath. Asking someone to take care of your family, [[BringNewsBack deliver a message]], [[BestServedCold avenge you]], or generally [[TakeUpMySword keep up the good fight]] is almost playing low though, as a deathbed promise, even by request, is very hard to refuse and nearly [[IGaveMyWord unbreakable]] -- even if [[WhatYouAreInTheDark no one would ever know]]. (Though if you are DyingAsYourself, you may have no choice.) You can even do it with your enemies if they accept a DyingTruce. This can be made especially touching with added PietaPlagiarism, or even CradlingYourKill.

Occasionally a character will pretend to be at death's door, in order to get someone to agree to something; most often played for comedy.

Of course, this trope only tends to work if you're dying slowly enough. Since this is a death trope, expect '''spoilers''' below.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* A famous campaign for Tombstone pizza featured a man (always the same one) about to be executed by some method; his executioner asked him "What do you want on your tombstone?" to which he'd reply "Pepperoni and cheese" or some other pizza topping. The executioner always complied.
* In Brazil, a sweets brand named "Mirabel" had an ad featuring a man sentenced to death. As his last request, he asked "Que as balas sejam Mirabel." Everyone laughed. "Bala" can mean either "sweet" (noun) or "bullet". The man asked that the bullets/sweets were Mirabels.
* The Alec Baldwin Capital One credit card ad, where Baldwin starts out having the guy wipe out his flight record,then has him press a button that gets him knocked out,so Baldwin can escape.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Belphegor offers this to Rudolf in ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi''. He asks for a [[TenPacesAndTurn duel]]. [[spoiler:He wins]].
* Gren from ''Anime/CowboyBebop''. He knows he'll be dead by before the end of the episode, so he asks Spike to fulfill his dying wish by towing his ship into orbit and letting him float off in the direction of Titan, the moon he wished to see one last time.
-->"I won't be able to make it anyway. I figure dying on the way there would be the next best thing."
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** A dying Hisana Kuchiki asks her husband Byakuya to find her sister Rukia and adopt her into his family 50 years before the story begins. She had abandoned Rukia due to being unable to care for her in Inuzuri, but after marrying Byakuya, spent the last five years of her life searching for Rukia.
** Tousen, having regained his sight at the end of his life, asks his faithful lieutenant, Hisagi, to show him his face before he dies.
* In a late episode of ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'', Ennil El pretends that Dr. Tex Farzenberg is her lover and ask their captors for one last moment of intimacy. When she unzips her shirt, it reveals a set of flashbang grenades, which they use to escape.
* In one timeline in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[spoiler:Madoka's soul gem is depleted to the point of where she will inevitably will become a witch. Her last request is for Homura to mercy kill her before that happens.]]
** In the ending, [[spoiler:Sayaka, before ascending with Madoka, asks to hear Kyosuke's last concert.]]
* Done cruelly in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''. [[spoiler:Tenchi's mom, a horrible prankster, demanded Katsuhito and Noboyuki, when Tenchi asked for why his mom died, to read off a script of how she died before saying the real thing.]] Tenchi didn't take it too well.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', there are a few.
** Zabuza's last request is for Kakashi to bring him over to Haku's body.
** Chiyo's last request, while sacrificing her life to resurrect Gaara, is for Naruto, the only one who truly understands Gaara as a fellow Jinchuuriki, to stay close to him.
** Asuma asked Shikamaru to relay a message to Kurenai, entrusted their unborn child to him. With his last words he also asked for OneLastSmoke.
* At the beginning of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', when Germany captures Italy and Italy thinks he's going to be executed, he begins to cry and begs to be allowed to eat pasta before dying. (Keep in mind that Germany never showed any serious inclination to execute him)
* On ''Manga/SailorMoon'', the dying Zoicite tells Kunzite that he wants to "die beautifully". Kunzite conjures up a garden of flowers for him.
* In ''Manga/{{xxxHOLiC}}'', Watanuki pleads to a vanishing [[spoiler: Yuuko]] that she can't go because he hasn't fulfilled his promise to grant her a wish yet. [[spoiler: Yuuko]] replies that the only thing she wants is for him to continue existing.
* In ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', the pilots sometimes make one before they die.
** Chizu asks that her body be hidden in one of the holes within Zearth.
** Daiichi also asks for his body to be hidden in Zearth, and before he dies, asks Ushiro to be kind to his younger sister, Kana. The latter request is especially significant because Daiichi looked after his younger siblings after his father left.
** Moji asks that he be transported to the hospital so that his heart can be transplanted into his best friend.
** In the manga, Kirie asks that his cousin be told about him if a time comes when it is possible to do so.
* In ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'', when Kai is MistakenForDying, he says as his last request to have a final duel with Nagasumi for Sun's hand in marriage. Kai says he knows it will be meaningless if he wins because he would die anyway, but that he needs to settle the score and go out fighting. Unfortunately, Kai humiliates himself because his depression and panic over "dying" causes him to swing his sword around like a child throwing a tantrum instead of like a trained swordsman, allowing Nagasumi to beat him down easily. He's humiliated again when everybody finds out he isn't dying.
* In ''LightNovel/HagureYuushaNoEstetica'', when Akatsuki defeated the Demon King, with his last breaths, the King begged Akatsuki to take care of his daughter Myuu. Akatsuki found this odd, but honored his foe's request, taking Myuu under his protection.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* On her deathbed, [[spoiler: Kathy]] in ''ShadeTheChangingMan'' [[spoiler: makes Shade promise to care for their baby]].
* ''Adventures Of The Rifle Brigade''. One of the privates has the hots for his commanding officer and takes advantage of each minor bump and wound. One time it was a request for a handjob like 'Nanna used to do'. Nanna did no such thing.
* ''NickFury'' fufills one of his dying men's request to watch out for his kid. Said kid is a simpleton who, despite supervision, keeps injuring himself. Nick almost shoots the boy to put him out of his seeming misery.
* In ''SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'', a dying Joker asks Franchise/{{Batman}} to reveal his identity to "confirm a suspicion" (namely that [[LegacyImmortality he's not the first Batman]]; Joker's right, this Batman is Dick Grayson). Batman refuses, saying "You're the '''last''' person I'd want to see die happy!"
* In ''MonicasGang'', there was a story where Franklin, Maggy, Smudge and Jimmy were about to be killed by an alien who allowed them to say their last words. Franklin wished he'd not be eliminated; Maggy said she was hungry; Smudge cheered for his favorite soccer team (Corinthians); and Jimmy shouted "Golducha"! Hearing someone call her "fat", Monica threw her fluffy bunny, hitting the alien and saving the kids.
* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries'' Issue #2: [[spoiler:"Tell Tank to polish my trophies every year on my birthday and never forget me. Never... forget..."]]
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[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In ''Literature/{{Donkeyskin}}'', ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/65allerleirauh.html All Kinds Of Fur]]'', ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/donkeyskin/stories/shebear.html The She-Bear]]'', and many of their variants, the dying queen asks the king never to marry a woman not so beautiful as she is, and it turns out only their daughter qualifies.
** Alternatively, as in ''[[http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/pt1/pt118.htm The King Who Wished to Marry His Own Daughter]]'', it's to one who can not wear an article of her clothing.
* In ''[[http://www.online-literature.com/andrew_lang/green-fairy-book/22/ Prince Fickle and Fair Helena]]'', the titular prince's father, on his deathbed, requests that his son marry a certain princess. Though the prince is already betrothed to Fair Helena, his grief over the death of his father makes him forget this, and he agrees.
* In many fairy tales, if a magical animal owned by the heroine is to be killed (usually by a jealous parent), the animal will beg the protagonist to perform some ritual with a part of their body, usually along the lines of burying their heart in a certain location, or eating an odd part of the flesh. Doing this will give the protagonist some good fortune, either with an ability of some sort, or (in the case of burying a body part) causing something like a magic tree to spring up.
* In ''Literature/TheBlackThiefAndTheKnightOfTheGlen'', the queen has the king promise to keep their three sons in a tower, to keep them safe from a WickedStepmother.
* [[spoiler: Luke Castellan's]] in the fifth and last Percy Jackson novel (before the spin-offs were spawned) was "Not to let it happen again.", by which he means demigods betraying the Gods to fight for the Titans. Sadly, this is how he lived his life, and this is responsible for his death.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''Roleplay/DCNation'': When it seemed that Roy Harper wasn't going to survive the Olympics, he had three. The most serious one was asking his family (Titans and Arrows) to raise Lian. The other two were to will the recently-divorced Flash his PornStash, and to request his ashes be shot out of a cannon ala Hunter S. Thompson.
* In ''[[FanFic/YuGiOhTheThousandYearDoor Yu-Gi-Oh! The Thousand Year Door Redux]]''. Andy, Stan, and Franesca encounter the Queen after she finds out they know most of her backstory. She agrees to tell them how she gained her power and immortality (the part they don't know), but it counts as their last request should they be defeated. [[spoiler:She changes her mind about that later, after Andy's defeat, saying they'll get three days to live and conjugal visits if they want; likely, however, this change of heart is due to her desire to intimidate her subjects by executing her enemies publicly when she's ready to address them in person.]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** In ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', Bond has a cigarette that fires a rocket when lighted. While Blofeld holds him captive (and threatens him with death), Bond asks to be able to smoke, and Blofeld orders a guard to give him his cigarettes. Bond uses the explosion as a distraction to open the false crater and allow the {{NINJA}} army to enter.
** ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''. Major Amasova has promised to kill Bond after the mission is over to avenge Bond's killing of her boyfriend. He asks to make a last request - for them to "get out of these wet things". Since he's Bond, it works and she forgives him.
** In the original ''[[Film/{{Casino Royale 1967}} Casino Royale]]'' Jimmy Bond (Woody Allen) is in front of a firing squad, and requests a last cigarette, which is a bomb he throws at the firing squad. This distracts them which allows him to climb over the wall behind him. Of course, behind that wall is another firing squad performing another execution at that very moment.
* Subverted in ''Film/WildWildWest''. When Artemus Gordon is about to be executed, he asks to be shot in the heart because he's secretly wearing a bulletproof vest. The DiabolicalMastermind calmly orders that he be shot in the head.
* Rick O'Connell to a nameless guard in the 1999 version of ''[[Film/TheMummy1999 The Mummy]]''.
-->Any last requests?
-->Yeah, loosen the rope and let me go.
** Hilariously, the executioner isn't sure if he should honor the request or not.
* ''Film/TheMask''. As Tina is about to be blown up by her former boyfriend (who is wearing the title item), she asks him to take it off for a LastKiss. She then kicks the mask out of his hand after he complies, giving Stanley a chance to take it back.
* ''Film/{{Vibes}}''. TheDragon Carl is holding Nick at gunpoint in Ecuador.
-->'''Carl:''' I'll give you a break. Where wouldn't you like to be shot?
-->'''Nick:''' South America.
* In the first ''Film/TheNakedGun'' movie, Frank Drebin is being held at gunpoint. The gunman asks if he has any last requests.
-->'''Frank:''' Can I... have the gun?
-->'''Villain:''' Oh, no; I'm not falling for ''that'' one!
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. Before injecting James Brown with a MindControl drug, Mr. Feather asks him if he has any last request.
* Near the end of ''Film/IndependenceDay'', when Russell is about to perform a HeroicSacrifice he asks an officer to tell his children that he loves them.
-->'''Russell:''' Please do me a favor, tell my children I love them very much.
* ''Film/FlashGordon''. When Klytus visits Flash in his cell before his execution he asks him if he has "any final requests". Flash asks to see Dale Arden.
* "[[Film/{{Spiderman}} Peter, Don't tell Harry]]."
* In ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' the title character asks an angry biker gang for a last request before they kill him. They agree, and he uses a jukebox to perform his signature dance. This impresses the gang so much, that they not only decide to let him live, but help him out.
* In ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', [[spoiler:Captain Stacy]] tells Peter that as his superhero life is dangerous, he should keep his distance from [[spoiler:his daughter Gwen]] in order to spare [[spoiler:her]] from danger.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''. Eddie Valiant asks Judge Doom to grant one to Roger before "dipping" him. Doom agrees, and Eddie gives Roger a double shot of bourbon. This causes Roger to do his "steam whistle" impersonation, which distracts Doom and the weasels enough for Eddie and Roger to escape.
* ''Film/{{Tron}}'': Ram's FamousLastWords. "Flynn, help Tron..."
* In ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'', [=McClane=] asks Gruber if he has any aspirin. This doesn't help [=McClane=] escape his predicament, but it does give them a lead on where to find Gruber later.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'' ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' Qui-Gon asked Obi-Wan to train Anakin into a Jedi Knight.
** And in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', a dying Anakin tells Luke, "You were right. You were right about me. Tell your sister, you were right..."
* In the 1962 JidaiGeki film ''Harakiri'' (aka ''Seppuku''), a {{ronin}}[[note]]warrior without a lord[[/note]] arrives at the Ii clan's castle and humbly asks to be allowed to commit honorable suicide on their grounds. As a final request he asks for a major retainer of the clan to assist his suicide. Oh no, that retainer has called in sick. Another named retainer, perhaps? Same thing there. When the ronin asks for a third retainer who happens to be absent that day, the clan lord senses something is wrong. [[spoiler:The ronin's real business is revenge for the Ii forcing his son-in-law to painfully kill himself with a bamboo sword. He has already defeated and disgraced the three retainers, and wearing his suicide robe proceeds to wreak RoaringRampageOfRevenge on the Ii until gunned down.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the FramingDevice for ''Literature/ArabianNights'', the Last Request that Scheherezade makes to Shahryar (which he grants) is an important factor in [[ScheherezadeGambit the gambit named after her]]; she asks to see her sister one last time, and while visiting the sister asks her to tell a story. Being both a gifted storyteller and rather clever, Scheherezade leaves the story unfinished and promises to relate the ending the following night. The sultan delays the execution so his wife can finish the story, but that night and every night thereafter, Scheherezade finishes the previous story, begins a new one, but ends the evening on a cliffhanger so the sultan will spare her life another day. By the time she runs out of stories, he's fallen deeply in love with her (and she's borne him three children) so he pardons her completely.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/TheBrokenSword'', the dying hero's last request is for a LastKiss.
* In Creator/BenCounter's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/GreyKnights'' novel ''Grey Knights'', when the daemon declares it has defeated Alaric, Alaric declares he wishes to go out with defiant last words. [[spoiler:He actually uses its True Name against it, which doesn't kill it, but so binds it that the brunt of actually killing can be carried out by the Imperial Guard.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Allegiance}}'', Mara Jade's ally Tannis tells her, while dying of burns, to bury him out in space. She does.
* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'': The Opal Deception. Right before Julius dies he tells Holly something about saving Artemis, and you know what? He dies, and Holly goes to save Artemis.
* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Eponine asks Marius to kiss her on the forehead after she's dead. He obliges.
* In Suzanne Collins's ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Rue asks Katniss to sing for her. Despite not singing for years, Katniss comes through.
* In the opening chapter of the first book of Literature/TheStormlightArchive, King Gavilar gives his assassin a dark-glowing sphere of unknown origin and nature, to keep away from "them", and a cryptic message for his brother. The assassin obliges in taking the sphere and leaving the message because he believes the last wishes of the dying are sacred.
* "Look at me..." [[spoiler: Snape]]'s LastWords to [[Literature/HarryPotter Harry]], he wants Lily's eyes to be the last thing he sees.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', [[spoiler:Cedric Diggory]] asks Harry to bring his body back to his parents. [[spoiler:An unusual variant, in that the last request comes after the requester has already died.]]
* In JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'', it turns out that Phaethon is suing to have his father declared dead after his father had died to save him and been revived from a noumenal recording, not becuase he is an UngratefulBastard but to carry out his father's Last Request.
* In ''[[TheRoyalDiaries Kristina, The Girl King]]'' her Aunt Katrina's last wish is for her to marry her cousin Karl.
* In ''The Heaven Tree'' by Edith Pargeter (better known as Creator/EllisPeters of ''Literature/BrotherCadfael'' fame), the protagonist Harry has defied his patron's orders, because he felt he had to do the right thing (the order was to hang a child, Harry instead saved the child and brought him back to his father). The patron cannot forgive him this and will have him executed. The patron's wife, who is in love with Harry, manoevres the patron into acknowledging that a last request must be granted. Harry's last request? To have the wife as his bedfellow on his last night. (It's not what you think - they just talk, but it's a magnificent TakeThat.)
* In Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/LoveAndFreindship'', Sophia urges Laura to profit from her example and not go in for {{Fainting}}.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' King Robert asked his friend Ned to assume the regency because his [[spoiler: step]]son isn't old enough to rule. [[spoiler: What is not known is that all his offspring is the product of queen's Twincest]] , and Ned took advantage of a quibble prepared by himself [[spoiler:to prevent [[BastardBastard the illegitimate son]] [[TheCaligula Joffrey]] to ascend the throne. He fails in this.]]
** Jeor Mormont [[spoiler: asks Sam to tell his son to take the black to atone for his crime.]]
** [[PosthumousCharacter Lyanna Stark]] dying asks something to her brother Ned...[[spoiler: probably to raise her son.]]
* In ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'' Arra Sails' dying request to her old "mate" Mr. Crepsley (Darren's ParentalSubstitute BadassTeacher) was to swore he wouldn't let the Princes to execute Darren for his earlier failures.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', [[spoiler:Fred's last request is that lover Wesley tell her parents that she was brave when she died.]] Or possibly averted since in a very uncharacteristic move: he forgot.
** Well, he did try, but telling her parents that Fred died bravely involved telling them that Fred, you know, died. It seems like he was just at the point in their conversation where he was summoning up the nerve to tell them that (since, presumably, he wanted to do it face to face) when Illyria walked in pretending to be Fred, which gave Wesley just enough of a reason to chicken out.
** Later on [[spoiler:Wesley's last request is for Illyria to shapeshift and pretend to be the deceased Fred]], and it (she?) complies.
* In the last episode of ''FlightOfTheConchords'', the ImagineSpot song features three Russians played by Bret, [[StalkerWithACrush Mel]] and her husband stranded on a small boat, with the Bret character continuously being asked for his LastRequest before the others [[ImAHumanitarian eat him]]. He keeps asking them to sing and dance in the hopes of exhausting them too much to do it. It doesn't work.
* One episode of ''{{Reno 911}}'' featured a injured and bleeding Junior being held by the new recruit while they await an ambulance. He seems like he's dying so she agrees to sleep with him if he pulls through. They keep talking and realize they are, in fact, cousins. As the ambulance arrives, Junior hops to his feet (not nearly as injured as he was leading on) and she finds herself shocked and disgusted that he intends to hold her to agreeing to have sex with him.
* In ''Series/TinMan'', the Mystic Man's direct order to Cain to protect DG "at any cost" becomes this.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' TOS episode "The Obsolete Man". The title character is about to be executed by the State for having an obsolete job: being a librarian. He is allowed to choose the method of his execution, which he takes advantage of to show how cowardly and weak the State is.
* More than one episode of ''Series/GetSmart'' had Agent 99 get the better of her captor by way of a seemingly innocent last request. Eventually, a defeated Siegfried declared, "From now on, no more last requests!"
** In one episode, Max is headed out to face off with some KAOS agents...
-->'''Max''': 99? If anything should happen to me...take care of the Chief?
-->'''99''': [she and the Chief look worried] Of course, Max.
-->'''Max''': [heading out the door] Oh, and 99? Take care of Fang.
-->'''99''': [gently] I will, Max.
-->'''Max''': [poking his head back in] ...and my plants should be watered about once a week...
-->'''Chief''': MAX!!

* On ''Series/LasVegas'', Cooper and Piper's BackStory involves her father, his best friend and war buddy, requesting him to look after his recently-born daughter (Piper) just before he died in the conflict they were involved in.
* On ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', [[spoiler:Ianto asks Jack not to forget him, and Jack tells him he never could.]] Still up in the air as to whether Jack keeps his promise.
** Jack's speech to Angelo in Miracle Day seems to imply he will be keeping his promise.
* On ''TheVicarOfDibley'', Letitia requests that Geraldine take over her role as the easter bunny, secretly delivering chocolate eggs to people on the night before Easter, dressed in a rabbit suit. On her way around the village, Geraldine [[spoiler: is surprised to run into another easter bunny, quickly converses with him and arranges to do different parts of the village, before running into a veritable throng of people in rabbit suits whom Letitia has pulled one final prank upon.]]
* In the ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "For Him The Bell Tolls", Aphrodite puts a spell on Joxer that turns him into a {{Badass}} fighter whenever he hears a bell and revert when he hears it again. When he gets arrested and sentenced to death, he says as his last request to ring a bell. His captors, who were unaware of his secret, decide to be dicks and deny his request. Xena and Gabrielle save him.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Ryan's last request was to spend his last day with Clark.
* When Caradoc!Alex is about to be executed for treason in ''Series/MythQuest'', he requests that he be killed by the man who challenged him to the beheading game, rather than by King Arthur. This ends up saving his life, because they see his actions as being guided by honor in a difficult situation, rather than treachery, and let him off.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In the Music/DavidBowie song "Space Oddity", Major Tom's space capsule has a serious mechanical failure. He is, apparently, slowly dying. His last request:
--> Tell my wife I love her very much.
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[[folder:Role-Playing Games]]
* In Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG, J.D.'s final request was that Minerva used his prototype Maelstrom cure to save Zach.
** Although he did not die, [[spoiler:Wallace Bishop's]] Last Request before [[spoiler:his self-induced lobotomy]] was that [[spoiler:Frank Einstein]] [[TakeCareOfTheKids take care of his family]].
** [[spoiler:Amanda Claw's]] Last Request was that Rex find a way to defeat Dr. Rex, since that would bring an end to the Dino Attack and all the death - including [[spoiler:her]] own - that it brought about.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''IntoTheWoods,'' [[spoiler: Jack's Mother]], right before dying, requests that the Baker protect [[spoiler: Jack from the giant. And the Baker obliges to the best of his ability.]]
* Audrey gets one in ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'', which proves to be a very dark variant, as her misguided dying wish ultimately dooms the human race to extinction: [[spoiler:"Give me to the plant, so it can live to bring you all the wonderful things you deserve."]]
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'' Geralt uses this as part of a BatmanGambit to escape [[spoiler: Princess Adda]].
* In ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight'', after you defeat [[FinalBoss Wolfgario]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Ravager]] in [[spoiler: Raizze]]'s Route, he'll tell in his dying breath to [[spoiler: his daughter Raizze]], who witnessed the scene and tried in vain [[StandingBetweenTheEnemies stand between them]], to "live, as an ordinary [[spoiler: woman]]". These last words later become crucial in convincing [[spoiler: Raizze]] not to suicide after [[spoiler: she's defeated by you in the duel she asked you [[YouKilledMyFather for avenging her father]]]].
* In ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', the dying [[spoiler: king asks Etna to raise his son to become the next overlord.]]
** After TakingTheBullet for Valvatorez in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4| A Promise Unforgotten}}'', [[spoiler:Fenrich]] begs [[VegetarianVampire Valvatorez]] to drink [[spoiler:his]] blood despite his HeroicVow so that he can regain his power as Tyrant. [[spoiler:Valvatorez refuses... so Fenrich gives up on the whole "dying" act, annoyed, and admits he was just faking the whole thing in hopes that he could get Val to break that stupid promise of not drinking blood. [[WhatTheHellHero The rest of the team is not amused.]]]]
* Governor Dorr of Palmacosta in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' extracts a promise from you as he lies dying to save his transformed-into-a-monster wife and return her to human. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential You can say no]][[labelnote:*]]in which Lloyd insists that he keep on living for that sake, in a quasi-DareToBeBadass moment[[/labelnote]], which affects RelationshipValues in the party.
* In the finale of the Dark Brotherhood questline of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', [[spoiler:Emperor Titus Mede II asks you to consider killing the man who contracted the hit on him in the first place. It's more an optional objective than anything.]]
** If you side with the Legion, [[spoiler:Ulfric Stormcloak's last request is that he wants the Dragonborn to be his executioner because it would be a better song that way.]]
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsiVOblivion Oblivion]]'' begins with the dying emperor giving a quest to the player to find his lost son.
* After asserting ItHasBeenAnHonor, [[spoiler:Damas]]'s last request to Jak is to find [[spoiler:his son, Mar]] at the end of ''Jak3Wastelander''. [[spoiler:Sadly he dies before Jak can tell him that he ''is'' Mar.]]
* Provides a puzzle in ''VideoGame/ZorkZero'', where an execution-happy religion offers all of their victims a last request. If the request can be granted on the spot, they're hanged; if not, they're beheaded. The solution is to LogicBomb the executioner by requesting to be beheaded.
* ''{{Final Fantasy XIII-2}}'': An odd example, in that the character is already dead by this point; Serah reappears to Lightning, who has just discovered that she has died, and makes a final request of her - to promise she'll remember her - before her soul completely vanishes.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* {{Pibgorn}} [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2003/10/23/ Have you any last requests?]]
* In ''NipAndTuck'', the ShowWithinAShow ''Rebel Cry'' has [[http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/00678.html our hero get a free meal per the last wishes of the founder]].
* In ''{{Erstwhile}}'', [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/allfur-01/#.T2-1_dm6SuJ the dying queen asks for a promise not to marry anyone less beautiful than she is, and gets it.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0772.html Haley's dead mother]] asked her and her father to be better than the WretchedHive city they lived in as her last words.
** Done again with [[spoiler: Durkon]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0877.html here.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' Commander Badass claims that ''Film/TheExpendables'' is the result of his own last request and time travel.
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* Mario's dying request in the season 2 finale of "WebAnimation/{{Sonic for Hire}}":
--> "If you see the princess... tell her... she's a bitch."
** Sonic actually fullfils this request in season 3.
* Chief asks Arbiter to [[spoiler:wait at the gate of the Afterlife for him so they can go in together and "fuck shit up"]], in "Machinima/{{Arby N The Chief}}".
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* ''{{Birdman}}'' episode "Meet Birdgirl". After Birdgirl captures him and imprisons him in darkness (which drains his power), Birdman makes a last request - to see the sun again. She agrees and takes him into the sunlight, where he recharges his power and escapes. [[StarWars She was far too trusting]]...
* In one [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Bugs Bunny short]] Bugs was given a right to a last request before his execution (ItMakesSenseInContext). As he begins to voice it, the scene cuts, and we see him not only free, but setting up a [[{{Blackface}} minstrel band]] with the execution squad (said ending is [[ValuesDissonance usually cut these days.]])
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' when Brock non-fatally stabs a Guild Henchman. The Henchman still thinks he's going to die and requests Brock sing to him the technotronic song "Move This".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' used this in "Cape Feare": to stall for time, Bart's last request to Sideshow Bob is to perform the entire score of ''Theatre/HMSPinafore''. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny He does]], and it works.
* In the series finale of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Superman gets subdued with kryptonite and red sunlight and gets captured. On the verge of getting executed, Superman asks for a last request. Lex Luthor leans forward and asks what it is, and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Superman punches him out]]. [[BondOneLiner "Thank you."]] Lois Lane breaks in and saves him.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo and the Amazon Women'': Johnny was about to be thrown at a volcano and he asked for a last wish. He was told he'd get nothing and to be grateful for that.
* In the Season 3 finale of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' Ahsoka is kidnapped by Trandoshan sporthunters as prey. She winds up with a group of Jedi younglings led by Kalifa, who have also been kidnapped. Upon her death, Kalifa asked Ahsoka to take care of the others.
* Done in the tv movie "Abra-Catastrophie" of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' where after Crocker is about to kill Timmy, the latter asks to have a moment with his parents. Crocker is skeptical about this until Timmy lampshades the fact that all great evil villains grant last requests.
* An episode of {{Popeye}} had Bluto about to make Popeye walk the plank. Popeye's last request is to eat some spinach. You can guess what happened after that.
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[[folder:Other]]
* Mentioned on the EvilOverlordList as one of those things ''not'' to do. As in not letting the Heroes get one.
* ''On the 20th Century'', Oscar pretends to be dying to get Lily to sign a contract.
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