->''"Brutus, why does this man follow such a profession?"''\\
''"For money, Caesar. He tells me he wants to die rich."''\\
''"And so he shall. Give him this sack of gold and then strangle him."''
-->-- ''Radio/TheGoonShow'', "The Histories of Pliny the Elder"

So, it's the end. Someone you know is about to bite it, having fought the good fight and, well, lost. But it's okay, you tell them; the battle's as good as won, the reinforcements will be here soon, and everything will be all right. And so they pass on happy, secure in the knowledge that everything's okay.

Well, that's a lie. There aren't reinforcements coming. In fact, you look pretty screwed. But, hey. At least your friend died happy, right?

Let Them Die Happy is what happens when one character gives another one last thing to hope for, even if said thing doesn't technically exist. Sure, they may be pissed off when they get to the afterlife (if there is such a thing in the setting), but at least they were happy in their darkest hour. Right?

Compare GoOutWithASmile, for when the dying character smiles for the sake of their surviving loved one, and ThePowerOfLegacy, where the lie is being told by another on behalf of the dead for the sake of the living. Not to be confused with DiedHappilyEverAfter, when a character is "released" and finally at peace after his death.

'''[++ As this is a Death Trope, spoilers will be unmarked.++]'''
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[[folder: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In Manga/AttackOnTitan, Levi at one point tells a dying soldier that he fought well and helped by time. This may or may not have been a lie, but the man seems to relax as he dies.
* ''Manga/DeathNote''. Light's father Soichiro, the lead Japanese investigator in the Kira case, [[spoiler:dies happily convinced that his son isn't Kira. He was wrong.]]
** However, in the live-action movies, [[spoiler:he lives to know the truth.]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Maya and Makoto meet their ends in "End of Evangelion" by bursting into LCL while being embraced by illusions of their unrequited crushes, Ritsuko and Misato, respectively.
* In ''WeissKreuz'', When Tot is stabbed to almost death by Farfarello and a grieving Nagi uses his telekinesis to crash the whole mansion where this happened, the Weiss guys look at their dying enemies sadly, link their hands together and leave. It later turns out they're not dead, but the others won't find out for a long time.
* ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind''. Nausicaa does this for a girl fatally injured when the airship on which she was a hostage is attacked by insects and crashes. The girl (a foreign princess) begs Nausicaa to make sure the cargo (a devastating weapon) is destroyed. Nausicaa assures her that everything is burning, nothing is left. The girl dies smiling, her last words, "Thank God."
** Perhaps not played entirely straight since Nausicaa did believe that everything was destroyed. She just doesn't find out until later that the cargo survived the fire.
* In ''CodeGeass'': Suzaku tells [[spoiler:Euphemia]] that her plan to give the Japanese their freedom was a success; what she doesn't remember is that [[spoiler: she was the victim of MindControl that made her go on a genocidal rampage against the people she had sought to help.]]
** In the second season, when the [[spoiler:Black Knights betray]] Lelouch, Rolo rescues him, using his [[spoiler:Geass]] so much that it overtaxes his body. As Rolo [[spoiler:dies, Lelouch asks why he did it, especially considering that Lelouch had raged at Rolo earlier for the events of the previous WhamEpisode; Rolo responds "I knew you were lying. You really do care about me, don't you Brother?" With a sad smile on his face, Lelouch says that he does, and Rolo dies.]]
*** Except there is a high chance that Lelouch was telling the truth. He's complicated like that.
** Averted with Deithard, as Lelouch coldly refuses the final request of a dying [[spoiler:Deithard]] who asks to experience the power of Lelouch's Geass, after Lelouch has his [[spoiler: Geassed half-brother Schneizel shoot point-blank his former number-one-fan.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Yamamoto promises Rukia before her execution that he will allow Ichigo and his friends to return home unharmed, when he actually has no intention of doing this. This is subverted: mere minutes later, Ichigo shows up and rescues her.
** In the movie ''Memories of Nobody'', as Senna is dying, she instructs Ichigo to take her to the graveyard in which she was buried to prove that she is actually a real person who was alive, and not just a collection of memories. Unable to see, she asks Ichigo to tell her if her name is written on the tombstone. The tombstone is so weathered the name can no longer be read, but Ichigo assures Senna that it's her name.
** Happens accidentally to Ulquiorra. During the Arrancar arcs, a large part of character development was spend on him questioning what emotions, or a heart, are. [[spoiler: His final moments after pretty much seeing his plan go to Hell are spent on him contemplating one of his more famous quotes. Reaching out to Orihime, he asks if she's afraid, and she replies that she isn't and reaches out to hold Ulquiorra's hand. There, it clicks and he realizes what a "heart" really is, and dies as happily as a SocialDarwinist ManipulativeBastard like him can.]]
** When Byakuya is dying, Ichigo rushes to his side and Byakuya asks if Renji and Rukia are alive. Ichigo says they are, but hides the fact they're in terrible condition. [[spoiler: subverted: Byakuya lapses into a coma but doesn't die.]]
* In the ''GetBackers'' anime, Ban Midou uses his Jagan on his StalkerWithACrush Takuma Fudou for the last time, giving Fudou the illusion that he and Ban are rapturously going at it, when in fact in reality Ban has actually already fatally wounded him and he's lying on the ground dying. The expression of sheer joy on his face when he finally dies (while he's still in the illusion) is akin to pure bliss.
** In the manga, one of the first chapters has Ban and Ginji accepting a job from a poor old man to rescue his daughter who was taken by the mafia. After reaching her, she reveals that she has come to like the rich lifestyle of the mafia and betrays the two. After fighting their way out, Ban and Ginji return to the old man to report their failure only to discover that he had been mugged and brutally beaten. As the old man lay dying, Ban uses his HypnoticEyes to give him the illusion that his daughter came back to him.
* Late in the first season of ''{{Gundam 00}}'', the Ptolemaios is destroyed while Lichty and Christina are inside. He shields her by embracing her, and as they float in the ruins of the ship, he dies happy, thinking that he protected her. After he dies, the camera pans to show a large piece of shrapnel embedded in Christina's spacesuit - she dies only moments later. It's important to note that this is an example because Christina assures him before hand that he succeeded. Not even the audience realizes the truth until the camera reveals she ''was'' already fatally wounded. Then, just to erase any doubt, the remains of the bridge explodes, consuming both of them.
* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', after he fatally injures Yumi, Shishio openly tells Kenshin that he understands her and has given her what she wanted (and Yumi herself confirms this, saying she ''knew'' this would happen but did so to stop being a mere NeutralFemale), then holds the dying Yumi in his arms as she expires declaring his loyalty and love for him. Technically subverted, since Shishio ''did'' care for Yumi... well, as much as a MagnificentBastard like him could, anyway. And they're later together in Hell, so.
* Used by ''IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'''s WorthyOpponent Dom towards Raalgon admiral Donan when later asks if the solar flare destroying his entire fleet got Tylor's ''Soyokaze'' as well. He tells him he got his revenge even though Tylor [[LuckyBastard of course]] survived.
* In Manga/{{Basilisk}}, Saemon allows the dying Hotarubi to die believing he's her dead husband Yashamaru. Even more meaningful because ''he'' is the one who fatally mutilated her, as they're {{Ninja}}s in a fatal feud and her clansmen were responsible for the loss of Saemon's little sister - and yet when the dying girl calls him by the name of her husband, he can't bring himself to say he's not the dead dude, and nods so she will die in peace.
* When John dies in ''GingaDensetsuWeed'', the group that finds him tells him that a thousand soldiers of Ohu have come to overpower Hougen's army. Hiro begs him to hang on for just five more minutes so that they can make Hougen bow down in submission at his paws. Unfortunately, John's [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold never liked waiting for anything]], death included.
* Subverted in ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': with the last bit of his strength, Roberto asks Johan to share with him the vision they have been working towards. Johan tells him that he can't see it. Ouch.
* ''ElfenLied'': During Bandou's final confrontation with Lucy in the manga, he ends up [[spoiler:torn in half, and doesn't see if his bullet manages to hit Lucy or not.]] He asks Nana and Mayu where she is - Nana is about to tell him the truth, but Mayu [[spoiler:interrupts and tells him he'd finally killed her. He ''seems'' to die smiling, but he later returns in the final chapter with a prosthetic overhaul.]]
* In ''OnePiece'' during Brook's flashback he first attempts to comfort his sick captain (who has ordered them to abandon him before more are infected) by promising that they'll meet again; Yorki does smile, but it's vague whether either of them believes it. Later Brook tells his mortally wounded crew that they don't have to die with regrets, his own power will revive him after he dies and he'll fulfill the promise they all made to return to their TeamPet. They die smiling. When Brook is revived, we see how unlikely a promise that really was.
* ''DragonBallZ'': When Vegeta is revived to fight Majin Buu, he is pissed at Goku for not using Super Saiyan 3 during their earlier fight, believing Goku to have been invoking this trope, tricking him into dying happy.
* ''LegendOfGalacticHeroes'': Schönkopf reassures the dying Blumhardt that Yang Wen-li, their leader whom Blumhardt was trying to protect, is alive and well. [[DyingAlone He isn't.]]
* At some point in ''TenkuuSenkiShurato'', Shurato and Co. find their ally Mayuri transformed into a HumanPincushion. Mayuri asks them about the well-being of his BattleCouple partner Saras... only that Saras has already died through TakingTheBullet for Shurato. Hyuuga doesn't have the heart to tell that to the dying Mayuri, though, and says Saras is wounded but will join them later; Mayuri smiles weakly and says "I-is that so...?" -- and dies few seconds afterwards.
* Used humorously in ''Anime/{{K}}'', with Kuroh Yatogami when he's out to get main character Yashiro. The first time he was willing to do Yashiro a last favor for the sake of his [[InventedIndividual ill little sister]] and the second time he was willing to make Yashiro a nice last meal.
* [[Main/SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''Literature/{{Another}}'': As [[spoiler:Izumi]] dies in [[spoiler:Kouichi]]'s arms, she asks him if he remembers the time they first met. [[Main/BrutalHonesty He responds with a flat "No."]] She even calls him out on this.
* In {{Itsuwaribito}} Utsuho tells the mortally wounded head of his orphanage that all the other orphans were safe and sound after a bandit attack and were waiting outside for him right now. The man passes away right after hearing this, with a large smile on his face. In truth, all of the orphans had been killed in the attack and Utsuho is lying because the truth would have devastated the man.
* In Manga/SnowWhiteAndSevenDwarfs, upon learning that Uzuki--an enemy--had been brainwashed into loyalty towards the BigBad via having her [[FakeMemories memories rewritten]] and realizing that, on her deathbed, her real memories were starting to conflict with her fake ones, [[TheHero Takeru]] reassures her that the BigBad is a great and amazing person so as to let her die fulfilled.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* At the end of the Marvel miniseries ''Wisdom'', Pete Wisdom's girlfriend has been turned into a living portal, bringing the Martians from ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' into modern-day London. Pete and his girlfriend try to find a way out of this that doesn't result in her death. Pete finally comes up with the idea that there may be something in the archives that helps them... and as Pete's girlfriend runs for the stairwell, happy that there might be a way out of this that doesn't involve anyone dying, Pete puts a bullet in the back of her head, closing the gate.
* In an early issue of ''[[Comicbook/TeenTitans New Teen Titans]]'', ComicBook/{{Raven}} does this for the villain, Grant Wilson; as he lies dying she shows him a false vision of the Titans' lifeless bodies, letting him think he'd fulfilled his mission to kill them.
* In the DC ''ComicBook/TheBooksOfMagic'' series evil Industrial Age reverend turned robot Slagginham dies and his chimney sweep former ward who was lost in another dimension turned into an ash monster assures that the person who killed Slagginham, main character Timothy Hunter, died as well. Said ward immediately tries to make said statement true. Though since Tim is basically an avatar of all the magic in the world, he has little luck and is later turned into a puppy. This was a ''really'' weird series. And Slagginham died because Tim's imaginary TV repair-man friend caused him to commit suicide by pointing out his plan to make himself happier by making other people more miserable and thus freeing up the world's supply of happy wouldn't work. No, I'm not making any of this up.
* Averted in ''SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'' (an {{Elseworld}}s story where characters age in real time): a dying Joker's final wish is to know Batman's true identity. Batman (who at this point is Bruce Wayne Jr.) refuses because, as he puts it, "You're the last person I'd want to see die happy."
* In the "Cursed Earth" epic storyline of ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', the alien Tweak gives punk biker Spikes Harvey Rotten the mineral rights to his home planet (as Tweak was its leader) just before the final battle. Spikes went into combat happy, knowing that he was (in theory) immensely rich. Tweak then admitted to Dredd that his precognitive powers had assured him that Spike would not live to claim his prize.
* In one tie-in prequel to the film ''Red''[[note]]loosely based on {{Red}}[[/note]], Frank gets assigned an inexperienced partner who screws up their mission. That evening, while they're walking along a bridge, Frank gets off the phone with their superiors and convinces his partner not to worry about his mistake, that it'll blow over. Of course, the call was actually an order to kill him, so as he relaxes and turns to admire the view, Frank shoots him in the back of the head and dumps his body into the water.
* In ''Comicbook/TheSandman'', Morpheus enlists [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]] in his quest to find his pouch of Dream Sand. They find out it is in the hands of one of John's ex-girlfriends, Rachel, who has been using it as a way to escape her worries -- with dire consequences. Her metabolism has been nearly destroyed by her use of the sand, and she's well on her way into a slow, ugly death. John furiously states that Morpheus cannot just leave her to suffer and die in pain. Morpheus complies, and uses the Sand to give the dying Rachel one last sweet dream: being reunited with John, whom she never stopped loving. She passes away in her sleep.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In Part 2 of ''FanFic/ClashOfTheElements'': In spite of everyone that he did to him, Gemini does this to [[spoiler: Smithy]] as he dies, assuring him that his dream of [[spoiler: a living weapon used for good]] had come true.
* In the ''Anime/CodeGeass''/''{{Gundam00}}'' crossover, ''FanFic/OneAndOnlySon'', [[spoiler: Euphemia is killed by Kinue and she is RewardedAsATraitorDeserves, killed by Luciano Bradley, but while she collapses, Luciano gives her a dose of refrain, and she dies having memories of her brother, Saji.]]
--> '''Luciano''': Accept this, the limit of the Vampire of Britannia's compassion.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10588283/53/Came-Out-of-the-Darkness Came Out of the Darkness]]'' Kreacher snatches the ring Horcrux to keep it away from Dumbledore. When Sirius treats Kreacher's impending death as if it were no big deal, Kreacher says that he wishes he was a Potter elf instead of a Black one because Harry and Hermione are much nicer. Hermione gives him a token to indicate acceptance of his services and for the last few minutes of his life he has his wish.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'': [[AlasPoorVillain Kadaj]] is about to die, in the last minute Aerith talks to him, pretending to be his "mother," so he can leave at peace, and dissolves in the Lifestream.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' the monsters are trapped on a ship thats about to self destruct and are saying goodbye to each other. B.O.B. misunderstands, and says he will see them tomorrow for lunch. They humor him and tell him that, yes we will have lunch tomorrow, with cake and balloons.
-->'''B.O.B''': I'll see you guys tomorrow. For lunch.
-->'''Dr.Cockroach''': That's right, Bob. There'll be candy, cake, balloons.
-->'''B.O.B.''': Cake and balloons for lunch? It's gonna be the best day ever! I love you guys.
* Happens in the Disney version of ''Disney/ThePrinceAndThePauper''. Mickey, disguised as the prince is summoned to the dying king's bedchamber. With his last words, the king asks Mickey to promise him that he will rule "justly and wisely." Mickey does.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/MyGiant'', the titular character, Maximus reveals to his friend, Sam (Billy Crystal), that he has spent the last decade pining after Liliana, a woman he had a minor fling with as a teenager. Max, it is discovered, only has a short time to live due to a heart condition, so Sam decides to go find this woman. Unfortunately, she very much does not share Max's feelings, and refuses to visit. Faced with breaking his dying friend's heart, Sam instead asks his wife to visit Max and pretend to be Liliana. She agrees, and tells Max that though she has married someone else, she still thinks fondly of him, and that he will always be "her Maximus," allowing him to die a happy man.
* ''Film/TaeGukGi'': When long-lost brothers Jin-Tae and Jin-Soek meet again on a battlefield during the Korean War, Jin-Tae tells his younger brother to save himself, and reassures him that they will meet again later. He even tells him where to wait. Jin-Tae then turns back into the fray, sacrificing himself to cover Jin-soek's escape. Jin-soek doesn't find out that his brother never made it out until decades later, when historians unearth his body.
* Near the end of ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'', Harry Luck, a money-hungry gunslinger, is fatally wounded. Although the Seven are only being paid $20 for their services, plus food and lodging during their stay, Harry is convinced that there ''must'' be some sort of secret wealth involved. With his dying breaths, he tells his friend Chris that he'd "hate to die a sucker" and asks one more time what the big secret was, prompting Chris to assure him that they were fighting for "Gold. Sacks of it."
-->'''Harry:''' I'll be damned. (''dies'')
-->'''Chris:''' Maybe you won't be.
* ''Film/TheLastStarfighter''. As the con-man Centauri lies dying:
-->'''Centauri:''' Does he have my money, Alex?
-->'''Grig:''' I have a fortune for you, Centauri.
-->'''Alex:''' It's here. It's all here. Piles and piles of it. All for you.
-->'''Centauri:''' Ah. At last.
** Unfortunately for all involved, [[spoiler:Centauri gets better]].
* The plotline in the third act of ''Film/TheInventionOfLying'' is set off when our hero does this to comfort his dying mother. What does he do? [[spoiler:He invents Heaven]].
* In keeping with the dark humor of ''Film/InBruges'', Harry Waters tries to do this for Ray Cranham before he orders him killed. Harry is affronted when it fails spectacularly. "What do you mean it's not really his thing? It's a fairytale town, isn't it? How's a fairytale town not somebody's fucking thing?"
* In a deleted scene from ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome'', Max carries the dying Gekko to the top of a sand dune and shows him the lights of Bartertown, saying that they've found Tomorrow-Morrow-Land.
* Subverted in ''Film/GoodbyeLenin''. After Alex stages an elaborate charade to keep his mother from finding out about German reunification and possibly dying from shock, his girlfriend secretly tells her everything. When his mother does die, she's pretending not to know for Alex's own happiness.
* As is the custom in Japan (according to this movie, anyway), Watanabe in ''Film/{{Ikiru}}'' is not told that he has a life-threatening illness for this reason. It fails utterly, since another patient warns him ahead of time that an overly rosy diagnosis means impending death.
* In ''Film/{{Highlander}}'', Connor [=MacLeod=] [[MayflyDecemberRomance watches his wife grow old and frail while he remains young due to his immortality]]. At the end she begs him to let her die in peace, so he begins telling her a comforting story. [[DistractedFromDeath She dies somewhere in the middle and he doesn't notice]] until he finishes and looks at her.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', minutes before a nuclear device is about to go off and take out all of Gotham, Blake tells a bunch of kids to stay in a bus on an adjacent bridge, telling them they'll be safe there, knowing that they can't escape the blast radius. Subverted in that [[spoiler:Batman successfully gets the bomb out of Gotham in time.]]
* In ''Film/TheGreenMile'', Paul and Brutal tell death row inmate Delacroix that they'll take his pet mouse Mr. Jingles to a place called Mouseville in Florida, where he'll become a circus mouse that people will pay to see perform. Cruelly subverted when Percy tells Delacroix that Mouseville isn't real moments before he sabotages his execution, forcing him to die a CruelAndUnusualDeath.
* In ''Film/TheMajestic'', Harry mistakes Peter for his son Luke (a local boy who died in the war), and Peter believes him for a while thanks to a case of EasyAmnesia. Peter recovers his memory just before Harry suffers a major heart attack and is rushed to the hospital. At his bedside, Peter almost confesses but decides to let him die thinking that his son truly came home.
* In ''Film/{{Rocky}} III'', Mickey has a heart attack just before Rocky and Clubber Lang's first match. As a result, he doesn't see Rocky get the tar beaten out of him, and is simply told that the match "ended in the second round with a knockout". While technically true, it wasn't Lang who got knocked out. However, Mickey interprets it as Rocky's win, and with that, he dies with a smile on his face.
* A variation in ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' as the titular spacecraft is finally about to re-enter the atmosphere after so much has gone wrong, mission control sees they are drifting off course.
--> '''RETRO:''' Flight, they're still shallowing a bit up there. Do you want to tell tell them?
--> '''Gene Krantz:''' Anything we can do about it?
--> '''RETRO:''' Not now, Flight.
--> '''Gene Krantz:''' Then they don't need to know, do they?
--> '''RETRO:''' Copy that.
* In ''Film/TheWolfman2010'', Lawrence dies in the end, but he stays alive for a few moments to reassure and thank Gwen for "setting him free." However, he dies before learning that he has bitten Aberline and cursed him as well. He could also be happy from realizing that since he was still alive to that point meant he had succeeded in defeating his father, meaning neither of them will hurt anyone again. However, this only makes the ending more tragic when we find out what becomes of Aberline.
* In ''{{Film/Ikiru}}'', this is attempted due to the paternalistic medicine being practiced (see RealLife) - but Watanabe is told how to interpret such news by another patient at the clinic, successfully deciphiring that the platitudes he was being fed meant he had cancer. Thankfully, [[EarnYourHappyEnding he managed to grant this trope to himself]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Fire Bringer'', when one of the Outriders is mortally wounded, Bandach responds to his despairing assertion that he's the last of the outriders by invoking this trope. "You're wrong, Salen. You're not the last of the Outriders. I saw Captain Brechin escape over the hills." Brechin was already dead and Bandach had seen it happen. Salen is described as giving a sigh of relief. "I knew it. They'll never take Brechin..."
* ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' ends with George comforting Lennie as best as he can, [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled then shooting him before the lynch mob can find him.]]
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheGreenMile'':
** The guards try to do this for Delacroix by telling him that they'll take his pet mouse, Mr. Jingles, to a mouse circus to entertain kids. Percy, however, can't resist very meanly bursting that bubble while Delacroix is sitting in the electric chair (after trying to burst it by ''killing the mouse,'' and would've been successful at this if not for John Coffey's healing touch). This, if anything, makes his actual execution, where he is quite literally fried alive because Percy had neglected to properly soak the sponge for proper electrical conduction as a means of "punishing" Del one last time, all the more horrific.
** Apart from Percy, this is a standard policy of the guards on Death Row. As Paul notes, keeping the inmates happy results in less muss and fuss when the day of execution finally arrives. The night before execution, Bitterbuck asks Paul if he feels that a man can enter Heaven if he truly feels sorry for what he's done; Paul replies in the affirmative, even though he's certain Bitterbuck is going to Hell for what he's done.
* In Fablehaven book 5,[[spoiler: Coulter]] is killed after returning from a visit to the past. after the battle has been won and the world saved from evil, Seth requests that someone go back in time and meet up with [[spoiler:Coulter]] to tell him that they win, so he can die in peace, knowing his sacrifice was not in vain.
* In ''Literature/WutheringHeights'', Edgar Linton is able to die happy surrounded by his family, completely unaware that [[spoiler:Heathcliff]] has control of his estate and is unabated in his quest to ruin the lives of Linton's family.
* In ''Literature/{{Lirael}}'', Lirael and Sam attempt to rescue a group of Southerlings being attacked by the dead. They fail, defeating the dead but not before every Southerling is killed. Lirael tells the only survivor that the others got away moments before he dies from his wounds.
* In ''Random Passage'', Ned and his son Isaac are attacked by a bear. By the time Ned's wife reaches them, Isaac is already dead and Ned is mortally wounded. Ned asks Mary if his son got away safely and she tells him that Isaac is just fine.
* [[CyranoDeBergerac Cyrano]] tells a dying Christan that Roxanne chose him.
* A very dark example from Mario Puzo's ''Literature/TheLastDon''. A dying Hollywood mogul imagines a devoted nurse trying desperately to resuscitate him. But he's seen too many of his own movies: in fact, she is dozing in the next room and didn't hear the alarm.
* In AndreNorton's ''The Crystal Gryphon'', [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Toross]] was mortally wounded rescuing Joisan from the Hounds of Alizon. She told him as he died that if she hadn't been engaged to someone else, she would've been glad to marry him. The truth is, she was fond of him, but "glad to marry him" was an exaggeration, despite Toross being [[ChickMagnet handsome, charming, etc]]. She just never really thought of him that way.
** Norton's ''Judgement on Janus'': it doesn't involve a spoken lie, but the main character begins the book by ''selling himself into slavery'' to buy hallucinogenic drugs so his dying mother will go in the midst of happy dreams.
* In one of ''LymondChronicles'' books by Dorothy Dunnett, Christian -- who is blind -- was mortally injured trying to smuggle back the papers that could prove Lymond's innocence. When he arrives, she excitedly hands them to him. He thanks her happily -- despite the fact that they're all blank.
* ''Literature/LesMiserables'':
** In her last moments, [[spoiler:Eponine]] asks for a kiss from [[spoiler:Marius]], with whom she has been silently and vainly in love for months. He obliges.
** Jean Valjean ''tries'' to let [[spoiler:Fantine die happy,]] but unlike in the more well-known stage version of the scene, [[spoiler:Javert]] arrives while [[spoiler:she is still alive]] and insists on telling her the truth. Valjean is not happy.
* In ''Literature/{{The Host}}'' by StephenieMeyer, an old man, [[spoiler:Walter]], is dying from cancer. Delirious, he believes Wanda, the main character, is his deceased wife, Gladys, despite the lack of any resemblance between the two women. She lets him believe this until his death, so he can die peacefully.
* In MarkTwain's "Was It Heaven? Or Hell?" the aunts of a woman dying of typhoid fever carry out an elaborate charade to convince her that her daughter, who's dying of the same disease is well and happy in quarantine, complete with forged notes.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* An episode of ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' has Danny posing as an ex-mobster's long lost son to get close to his swag. At the end of the episode, the ex-mobster has a fatal heart attack, and Danny gives up his chance to get at the swag to stand by the old man's side, making him glad that he found his son.
* The series finale of ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Illyria comforts a dying Wesley by taking on the appearance of Fred and telling him that everything will be all right. Both emphasized and slightly subverted by her first asking permission to lie to him; they'd earlier established that he couldn't ''live'' with her pretending to be Fred to him.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Nasty subversion of this at the end of the series. Spike is saving the day but also burning up in the sunlight. As he's dying, Buffy says she loves him. Spike responds, "No you don't, but thanks for saying it."
** Played heartbreakingly straight at the end of "I Was Made To Love You". As April, the abandoned robot girlfriend, slowly runs out of power, she tries to convince herself that Warren is coming back, and Buffy assures her that he will.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'':
** Kat stays behind in a radioactive region longer than is safe to make sure all the civilian ships get through. Afterwards, Adama visits her in sickbay and says that he's promoted her to CAG. She dies of radiation poisoning soon afterward, but for that brief time she was indeed officially CAG.
** On Kobol, Tyrol tells a mortally wounded Socinus the group is about to be rescued and he's going to be fine - while administering a lethal dose of morpha.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', a woman is dying of rabies. Foreman, who up until now has been cold toward her because personal issues prevent him from sympathizing with the homeless, comforts her pretending to be her husband. She's too sick to tell the difference. Making it even sadder, the reason her husband isn't there is because [[spoiler: he and their infant son are already dead. They died in a car accident -- and she was the driver. She had fallen apart from guilt and became homeless and destitute when she contracted rabies. Foreman helped absolve her of the guilt that had plagued her for years.]]
* In an odd subversion, an episode of ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' featured a client who sued to be ''put back'' into a coma where she had a husband and a family full of loving children and grandchildren -- none of which she had in her normal life.
* In ''Series/VeronicaMars'', Veronica tells the dying Abel Koontz that his daughter couldn't be by his side because she's climbing Mount Everest, and it would take days if not weeks to return. In truth, she had been murdered several days earlier.
* Averted, and then subverted in the ''Seriese/GreysAnatomy'' episode "Losing My Mind" for a truly heart-wrenching outcome.
* After much consternation, averted on ''Series/GeneralHospital'' when Robin opts to tell her days-away-from-death boyfriend that she did contract HIV from him. A conversation between Luke and Sonny later on actually debates whether Robin would have been better off letting him die believing that he did not give her the virus.
* Toshiko in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' does this for Owen, to the extent that he ''can'' die happy given the circumstances, by not telling him that she's dying too.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "A Good Man Goes To War", Lorna Bucket met the Doctor as a child, and has spent her whole life hoping to meet him again. She finally does on the Demon's Run asteroid, but the Doctor [[TimeyWimeyBall hasn't yet visited her]] and she's been mortally wounded. The Doctor pretends to remember her for her last moments, rather than let her die disappointed that the Doctor in front of her isn't ''her'' Doctor.
** Even sadder, it's left deliberately ambiguous whether the Doctor simply hasn't met her yet or whether he has and has simply forgotten her. Given that the rest of the episode is about the Doctor getting too big for his britches and losing sight of the impact he has on the people around him, the latter answer stands out as a very notable probability.
* Spoofed in ''[[Series/RedDwarf Red Dwarf X]]'' when Rimmer is talking to [[spoiler: his dying brother]] after an entire charade that he was a Captain to show off. Since [[spoiler: his brother]] has just told him [[spoiler: he wasn't in fact a Captain in the Space Corps, but a chicken soup machine repair man, same as Rimmer]]. Rimmer has a chance to redeem himself, but...
--> "Remember how I said I was a Captain in the space corp. with lots of girlfriends and two Aston Martins?"
--> "Yes?"
--> "Well... I lied... I've only got one"
--> ''[[spoiler:His brother]] dies.''
--> "I feel so much better after that."
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': When Daphne's gunshot wound turns septic, Matt gives her a dying dream where she recovers, decides to split with Matt and run to Paris, he eventually comes for her with his new power of flight, and the two share a flight over Paris. Slightly subverted in that Daphne figures out that she's dying, but goes through with the dream anyway.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'': Charlie fakes a cancer diagnosis in order to trick the Gang into fixing him up with the Waitress before he bites it. Slightly subverted in that the Waitress is unmoved, and refuses to have sex with him anyway. (And, of course, the obvious subversion--he's not actually dying.)
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** In an episode, Hotch tells a dying witness who was locked in a burning house that her family are fine, and waiting for her. In reality they died in the fire.
** There's also the episode where the team come across one of a pair of serial killers who is badly wounded. Because the man is already dying, Gideon tries to stop him moving to minimize the pain he's experiencing, and repeatedly tells him "it's okay, it's okay", rather than commenting on the wrongness of his actions. Gideon even calls him "son" a couple of times.
* In ''Series/ReGenesis'', Caroline's nephew Glenn gets one of these as, after being comatose for years and, when the NorBAC crew finally figure out how to communicate with him in hopes that it will lead to a remedy for his situation, he asks please be allowed to die. Caroline takes him on a mental run through a park, feeding him as much pleasant, invigorating imagery as possible and trying to inspire the euphoria of a real run as the doctors get ready to pull the plug. She breaks down mid-sentence as she hears him flatline.
* In ''Series/TwentyFour'', RedShirt A goes back to save another, wounded RedShirt against orders during a firefight, and is of course shot. RedShirt B is pulled back, but dies. Redshirt A is dying from his wounds, too, and asks Jack if Redshirt B survived. Jack looks to Cole, who shakes his head. Jack tells him that Redshirt B is going to be just fine.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'':
** In an episode, a man, dying and hallucinating, thinks Pratt is his estranged son and Pratt, who had never known his father, lets him believe so.
** Sadly averted in an earlier season episode. Dying from a combination of AIDS and a suicide attempt, a hallucinating woman keeps begging her husband to forgive her -- she cheated on him, contracted the virus, and passed it on to him and their daughter. However, her angry and unforgiving husband isn't even there, it's one of the doctors she's talking to. He is unable to bring himself to say "I forgive you", whether because he himself is disgusted at her actions or simply feels it's unethical to deceiver her.
** Another episode had Luka pretending to be a priest in order to hear a dying woman's confessions (a real one could not be located) and give her solace before she passed on.
* When Bosco is dying in ''Series/TheMentalist'', he finally tells Lisbon that [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove he loves her]]:
--->'''Bosco:''' I love you, Teresa.
--->'''Lisbon:''' I love you, too.
--->'''Bosco:''' No, I mean I ''love'' you.
--->'''Lisbon:''' I know what you mean, Sam.
** He dies knowing that the woman has always loved loves him as well.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'':
** There's an episode where a very wounded soldier wakes up and mistakes Nurse Kellye for his girlfriend. Kellye plays along and pretends to plan a picnic. Meanwhile, Hawkeye is watching and starts to realize how much Nurse Kellye does for the unit.
** In the episode where a group of school kids write to the 4077th, Margaret gets a letter wondering if she ever becomes friends with the patients. She recalled an incident where she lets a soldier talk to her about his future plans after the war, knowing full well that he is going to die in a matter of hours.
* Subverted and PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. A few years earlier, Barney's mother was very sick and the doctors thought she didn't have long to live. To make her happy, he hired an actress to pretend to be his fiancee and visit her in the hospital. She later recovered, so Barney had to MaintainTheLie by pretending to be married, then hiring a boy actor to play his "son".
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** When Garak's father lies dying, he asks Garak if a variety of enemies were dead. Garak lies and says all of his enemies are dead, to which his father says that's good, since a man shouldn't let his enemies outlive him. This may even be the truth, since in his previous appearance he wiped out everyone but Garak and his housekeeper that even knew who he was.
** In the episode "Treachery, Faith, and the Great River", a Vorta DefectorFromDecadence sacrifices himself to protect Odo, whom he still [[UnwantedFalseFaith considers to be a god]]. As he lies dying, he asks Odo for his blessing. Odo, who ''hates'' the fact that the Vorta worship his people, is reluctant at first but decides to say the words that the man needs to hear in order to die happy.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Resistance" Captain Janeway is sheltered by a mentally-disturbed man who believes Janeway is his daughter. Both his wife and daughter were killed years before by the dictatorship ruling the planet, after the man fled to save himself during a resistance operation. The inevitable RedemptionEqualsDeath occurs, and Janeway comforts the dying man by claiming that she rescued his wife, and his wife forgives him.
* StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan: A dying Preston looks up into Kirk's face and the following exchange takes place:
-->'''Preston''': Is the word given, Admiral?
-->'''Kirk''': The word is given. Warp speed.
-->'''Preston''': Aye... (dies)
* In episode ten of ''Series/DeathValley'', the episode closes with the revelation that Officer Brown has been infected by a zombie and has almost completely transformed. Captain Dashell takes a plastic trophy off one of the desks in the office and gives it to Brown, explaining that it is to commend and recognize his bravery and service with the Undead Task Force, placing it in Brown's hands before shooting him.
* In ''Chinese Paladin 3'', the hero's preincarnation Prince Longyang did this for his mother (whose death, due to plot incidents, has just doomed their kingdom). When she recalls that victory bells sounded when her son was born, he goes outside and rings the bells for her to hear as she dies.
* Subverted on an episode of ''Series/ThreesCompany''. Years ago, Jack's uncle was dying and had always wanted him to become a doctor. Jack told him he was a doctor so his last days would be happy - only for his uncle to make a miraculous recovery and leading Jack to go to great lengths in that episode (with help from Terri) to pretend he really is a doctor.
* In ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'', on the final episode, Bias is reduced to an aging old man who gets taken in by Gash, and as their ship blows up, Gash tells him that the sparks going around the ship are actually fireworks to celebrate Bias' reign, as if he actually won, and that the sounds they are hearing are the people hailing Bias. Viva Bias indeed.
* The first season finale of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' has Oliver (The Hood) let Tommy go out thinking his father, Malcolm Merlyn (The Dark Archer) is still alive. In reality Oliver had killed him earlier in the episode. This is ultimately subverted [[spoiler:because Malcolm somehow survived so Oliver is unknowingly telling the truth]].
-->'''Tommy:''' Did you kill my father?
-->'''Oliver:''' No.
* In the second episode of the first season of ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'', Jason and his friends are tasked by a dying elderly man with finding his missing daughter; who turns out to have been inducted into the cult of the Maenads. The gang knocks her out and drags her away, but after the High Priestess is killed, the girl poisons herself rather than return to Atlantis. Her final words are that her father is "dead to her." When everyone gets back to Atlantis, Jason is about to tell the truth but Medusa invokes this trope by telling the old man that his daughter is alive and happy and had eloped with a man she loved.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The song "At the Bottom of Everything" by Bright Eyes is about an elderly man telling a young woman that they're going to her birthday party, because everyone loves her very, very much. In reality, they're strangers on a plane that's about to crash.
* In the Music/{{Vocaloid}} song "Kept Waiting for a Response" by Music/{{Mothy}} (A non-canon Franchise/EvilliousChronicles song), an elderly nun's dying wish is to learn whether or not the letter she sent years ago was received and if she's been forgiven for her sins. When the orphans in her care learn that the recipient died a long time ago, they write a response in his stead and present it to the nun on her deathbed. She dies smiling, but it's implied that she knew the letter was a fake.
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* ''Theatre/LesMiserables'':
** Fantine dies peacefully and thinking of her daughter as Monsieur le Maire tells her he'll take care of Cosette for as long as he lives. He carefully neglects to mention that he just exposed himself as the parole-breaking convict Jean Valjean and that the police officer is right outside to arrest him.
** In the number "A Little Fall of Rain", Eponine dies in Marius's arms while he tells her that he loves her, she'll recover, and they'll be happy together for a long time. Audience blubbers.
* In ''Reefer Madness: The Musical'', a dying Mary asks Jimmy if Romeo and Juliet has the happy ending they dreamed it did. Mae and Jack inform Jimmy that it did not. He tells Mary that it did.
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* ''TheGoonShow'' - as in the above page quote:
-->''"Brutus, why does this man follow such a profession?"''\\
''"For money, Caesar. He tells me he wants to die rich."''\\
''"And so he shall. Give him this sack of gold and then strangle him."''
-->-- ''TheGoonShow'', "The Histories of Pliny the Elder"
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[[folder:Theater]]
* ''The Shadow Box'' is a play set in a hospice, where dying patients are being cared for by family members. All throughout the play, the daughter of one dying old woman reads letters from her absent sister, assuring the mother that she is on her way and will be arriving soon. Later in the play, the daughter reveals that the sister died years ago but the mother has rejected the knowledge in her senility. Unfortunately, the mother is clinging to life through sheer stubborn desire to see the absent daughter again, making it harder and harder for the daughter to keep up the charade.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Matthew Baker in ''VideoGame/BrothersInArms: Hell's Highway'' attempts to do this while Franky "Beans" LaRoche is dying, telling him the Dutch girl he tried to save escaped, but Franky manages to breathe out calling him a liar, which obviously means he knows she died. Then part of the ceiling collapses and crushes him. Well, Matt, you gave it your best shot.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', Lloyd tells a dying Governor-General Dorr that his daughter, Kilia (whom had been replaced by a Desian impostor who mentions that she is dead) is alive, and can choose whether to promise to save his wife, Clara so that his daughter won't be alone; whether Lloyd lives up to this promise is up to to the player, but he can save Clara in an optional side-quest.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'': Snake, Raidan and Otacon tell Emma that her virus worked fine when really they can't be certain yet. (It ''does'' work, actually, but with some... [[InterfaceScrew side effects]].) Moments later, with her last breath, she asks her step-brother, Otacon, to call her by her real name rather than by her childish nickname because she's in love with him, and wants to be seen "as a woman". He instead asks her what's wrong with the nickname, but she's gone before she can reply.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', the Protagonist can choose to give this to his friends, after they've all objected - allowing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt to be delayed a month and change, and to have his and his friends' memories of the Dark Hour erased, in order to die a carefree and painless death. This is the bad ending to the game, obviously.
** Even the good ending is kind of like this. For the sake of their friendship, Ryuji intends to let the party die fighting; which [[BloodKnight Akihiko and Ken]] at least would probably prefer. Of course, he didn't count on the power of the Infinity Arcana.
* Chapter 3 of ''FinalFantasyTactics'': Folmarv has revealed the truth about his Zodiac Stone, and wreaks havoc within Riovanes Castle. His son, Isilud, lies dying, savaged by his own father. Terrified, and desperate to spread the news about this diabolical power, he's found by Ramza's sister, Alma. She assures him that Ramza has slain the demon, and that everything is all right. Isilud is then able to die at peace, instants before Folmarv arrives to capture Alma.
* ''{{Tsukihime}}'' uses this in Arc's route, when Arc uses her Marble Phantasm to "defeat" Roa, who regenerates and slices her in half as she walks away. She's blinded from the pain, and Roa's still regenerating... so as she [[HighPressureBlood bleeds out]], Shiki comforts her and says that she finally did it, she finally killed Roa. Then she dies, and a [[UnstoppableRage very angry]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction Shiki]] gets up, gives a WorldOfCardboardSpeech, and promptly [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome utterly wtfpwns Roa.]]
* At the end of the Rank 2 fight in ''NoMoreHeroes'', Travis impales Bad Girl with his beam katana. Even bleeding profusely she refuses to give up and pins Travis to the ground before beating him furiously with her [[BatterUp baseball bat]] until Travis admits he lost. She promptly stops and manages to gasp "Yes! I won!" just before dying.
* ''{{Narcissu}}''. Setsumi's death, and probably the protagonist's death after the game.
* ''VideoGame/LegendOfLegaia'' subverts this one in a rather brutal fashion. [[LoveMakesYouEvil Lady Zora]] willingly fought the party with the belief that Cort loved her as they came to raid her floating castle. Once she loses, Songi shows up, blows open the door leading to the Mist Generator, and [[LoadBearingBoss nukes it as well]] before exposing the true nature of the castle - a gigantic DeathTrap for the party. Zora believed that Cort loved her to the end before Songi states otherwise and [[YouHaveFailedMe blows her up, too]].
* ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'': [[spoiler:Fun With Pestilence]] can play out like this, depending on player choice.
* If you take the easy option in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic 2'' and have Visas sacrifice herself in the duel with Darth Nihilus, the light-side option is to comfort her with the knowledge that her death meant something.
* Jorge in ''HaloReach'' tosses Noble Six out of a Covenant ship, sacrificing himself to blow it up, thinking he just saved Reach. Not ''thirty seconds later'', an entire Covenant fleet drops out of slipspace to finish the planet off.
* At the end of ''{{Planetarian}}'', the Junker (who is the main character) tells the eponymous RidiculouslyHumanRobot that he will get her to the service center, after an autonomous war machine blast her entire lower half (short story: it's a CrapsackWorld). [[DownerEnding No way in hell he can do that.]]
* Zigzagged in a manner in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''. When [[spoiler: Joker]] lays dying after inadvertently [[spoiler: knocking the cure from his hands and wasting it,]] Batman lets him know that he would have saved him if he could have, ostensibly to let him know he just screwed himself. [[spoiler: Being the Joker, he finds this funny and dies laughing.]]
* In Litchi's Story in ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift Continuum Shift]]'', Arakune offers to eat her memories about him so she wouldn't continue to expose herself to the Boundary. He believes that there's no way out of the corruption, so the least he can do is allow her to live the remainder of her life in peace. If she accepts, Litchi will live maybe another six months, with degenerating memories, bedridden and if she's unlucky, become another Arakune... but before that, she'll be content. [[DownerEnding Totally not bittersweet at all]]. [[note]]Her only other option was continue seeking the cure, but it would decrease her lifespan even more, and require joining forces with a {{Troll}} and debasing her otherwise spotless morality.[[/note]]
* ''ToTheMoon'' is based around this. The Sigmund Corporation alters the memories of near-death patients so that they can achieve their dreams and die happy. In the first episode, the wish is that of a man wants to go to the moon, even if he can't remember why.
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', Darth Vindican gets mortally wounded. Darth Malgus allows him to gaze upon his homeworld, Korriban, which he had not seen in his entire life, and tells him, "Welcome home!" before decapitating him.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'':
** At the end of the "Fate" route, Bedivere reassures [[spoiler:Saber]] that he has seen the same dream twice before, because she said she just had a beautiful dream and wanted to see it again.
** In the "Unlimited Blade Works" scenario, Illya seeks out Berserker because she needs to know they will win their fight against Gilgamesh. Berserker defies the laws of the world and stands there until she dies. The reason she thinks everything will be OK is because [[EyeScream her eyes were gouged out]], and she dies because Gilgamesh [[BeatStillMyHeart rips out her heart.]]
** Caster tries to do a HeroicSacrifice to protect her Master (Kuzuki-sensei) from Gilgamesh's Gate of Babylon. As she fades, he assures her that he'll be okay thanks to her intervention. He dies from his wounds immediately afterwards.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20071217.html This]] ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' strip. Subverted in that they ''don't'' all die, leading to much confusion and disappointment.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** The ghost of Lord Soon puts the best spin he can on Miko's disastrous final actions. This is a variation if not an outright subversion; his words are compassionate but also bluntly honest.
** Later, Therkla, the half-orc ninja with a massive unrequited crush on QuirkyBard Elan, is fatally poisoned by her employer after [[HeelFaceTurn switching sides]], and dies in Elan's arms. Cue the tears. But this is also a variation/subversion, because Elan can't bring himself to lie and tell her he'll dump Haley for her if she's raised. It's not so much not being able to bring himself as fearing the consequences if she ''did'' get raised.
* ''ComicBook/{{Buck Godot|Zap Gun for Hire}}:'' [[PhysicalGod The Prime Mover]] finds out that [[KnightTemplar his security chief]] has [[IDidWhatIHadToDo done terrible things]] (including [[MoralEventHorizon enslaving an entire species]] to be his spies) to [[TotalitarianUtilitarian maintain order on Gallimaufry Station]], which he has done very well for thousands of years. Rather than condemn him, the Prime Mover praises the Chief for his exemplary record, declaring that he will serve as a shining example for all who attempt to follow him... [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090528 and then "fires" him.]]
-->'''Prime Mover''': And [[ThePowerOfLegacy that's]] the story we're going to ''stick'' to.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague,'' Hawkgirl tells Solomon Grundy, who wanted his soul back (long story) and was mortally wounded in a HeroicSacrifice, that his soul will be waiting for him on the other side, even though she doesn't believe in such things.
* On ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', Squidward mistakenly believes [=SpongeBob=] is dying, and spends the day playing with and pretending to tolerate him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DeadSpaceAftermath'', after the interrogation of Alejandro Borges is complete, he's told that he'll be escorted to guest quarters for the remainder of the trip to The Sprawl, and after that, he'll be free to go home. While he's expressing his relief to the guards escorting him down the corridor, one shoots him in the back of the head. In a fine example of KarmicDeath, the interrogators themselves are shot from behind shortly after being congratulated by an Overseer on a job well done. Their last words consist of speculation about how they'll be rewarded. Unfortunately for them, the illusion is shattered at the last moment by the sound of the guards' guns warming up.
* On ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', in the episode ''A Million Little Fibers'', Oprah's minge convinces her asshole, which just took a bullet from a police sniper, that they've made it to Paris. Just your typical episode of [[RefugeInAudacity South Park]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra,'' Tarrlok reassures his brother Noatak that "it will be just like the good old days" before [[MurderSuicide igniting the fuel line of their boat.]] Judging by the SingleTear Noatak sheds, though, he was well aware his brother was lying.
** In Season 4, the heroes capture the [[BigBad Big Bad]] Kuvira's fiancee, and threaten to keep him away from her forever if he can't convince her to withdraw her [[HumongousMecha Colossus]]. When contacted by radio, Kuvira tells him that she loves him, and that military victory isn't as important as their relationship. Presumably, this was meant to be the last thing he heard before [[ShootTheHostage he and the rest of the building he was in was vaporized by the Colossus' weaponry.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Summerween", The Summerween Trickster turns out to be a monster born from the resentment of unwanted, uneaten "loser candy". When Soos eats its heart it dies happy, complete with TearsOfJoy, because Soos tells the Trickster that he tasted good, something other Trick-or-Treaters never did.
* In ''WesternAnimation/LibertysKids'', Sarah's cousin Tom, a British soldier, is dying after the first armed skirmish of the Revolutionary War. Tom dies believing that his death is justified in that this exchange of fire will make people see that war isn't the answer to the conflict between England and the colonies. As he dies, Sarah agrees with him and tells him that the conflict will stop when they see the reality of this short battle, but when she writes to her mother shortly after his death, she tells her that she is now even more sure that full-out war is inevitable.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* It's not uncommon for family or friends to tell someone who is dying something they would want to hear, even if it's not true, or it's about something that might happen but hasn't yet. ESPN recently did an Outside the Lines story on [[http://www.wkrn.com/Global/story.asp?S=13612522 Dylan Rebeor]], a high-school football player who discovered he had terminal colon cancer early in 2010. He served as an inspiration to his team, Central High School in Columbia, Tennessee, as they played through the 2010 season and state playoffs. He died the morning of the State Championship; his last words were to ask his mother if the team had won the title. She said they did, even though the game was that night. Fortunately, the team ''did'' win the state title.
* When Pan Am Flight 759 went down in Kenner, La., in 1982, 13-year-old Darren Jacobs was at the playground with his first girlfriend, 11-year-old Jennifer Schultz. Darren could see the jet's wing about to clip the swing set Jennifer was playing on, but didn't warn her. "I guess that I didn't yell because she didn't have a chance ... But Jenny, she was laughing, see, and..." The reporter finished the thought for him: "Since she didn't have a chance, why not let her die with a smile on her face?"
* In the age of paternalistic medicine (which ended around the 1970s with the adoption of the concept of "informed consent" as the basis for patient-physician interactions), doctors would quite often not tell the patient that he or she has a fatal disease. The doctor would inform the family members first, assuming that they would know how to break the news better, but quite often the family would not tell the patient either. This was done ostensibly done to not distress the patient; but unfortunately, being stuck in a limbo where everyone is lying to your face and whispering solomnly around your bed only made patients feel more afraid.
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