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[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[PleaseWakeUp Don't do this to me, baby. Don't do this to me baby girl, come on...No, no...Oh no, no, no... Please, please, don't do this]]...!"'']]

->''"Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight\\
It must have been something you said"''
-->-- '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZIOkbrX_uU Cutting Crew]]''', "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"

DeathIsDramatic, depressing, and emotional enough, but sometimes, just for the extra emotional kick-in-the-gut TearJerker, the author will make a character die in the arms of a helpless onlooker. As the onlooker (usually one of the dying character's TrueCompanions) holds them dearly, the dying may [[GoOutWithASmile flash them a smile]] or [[FamousLastWords make a final dramatic statement]] before finally [[BigSleep closing their eyes]] and succumbing to their fate.

If this is done on an AnyoneCanDie show, expect the character to be KilledOffForReal ([[DeathIsCheap usually]]). Can turn into ItsPersonal for the witness, and very often overlaps with HowDareYouDieOnMe and DyingDeclarationOfLove. May be an extension of [[StayWithMeUntilIDie the refusal to let your loved one]] [[DyingAlone Die Alone]].

Compare with PietaPlagiarism, the pose characters generally find themselves in, CradlingYourKill, when a character dies in their killer's arms, and DeadlyHug, where the victim is killed ''during'' the embrace. Contrast IntimateHealing, where a wounded or ill character is ''less likely'' to die while in a loved one's arms. At least, not ''literally''. (Though strangely enough, ''intimacy'' is [[GetTheeToANunnery exactly what's being referenced]] by the Cutting Crew song.) May overlap with CradleOfLoneliness, especially if the body of a loved one is cradled long after their death.

This is a DeathTrope, so be warned that '''UNMARKED SPOILERS''' abound.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Perhaps the most tear-jerking of them all is [[ItWasHisSled Misuzu dying in Haruko's arms]] in ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}''. The kicker? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMJ84qtMu4E It plays to the most heart-wrenching award bait song EVER.]]
* In ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' prince Zen's first friend, an archer near his age working at the castle, died in his arms after [[spoiler: revealing himself as a FalseFriend that was part of a plot to assassinate Zen in retaliation for the way his elder brother had removed an earl and his family from power]].
* In ''Anime/AngelBeats'', [[spoiler: Kanade Tachibana aka Angel]] finally manages to pass on in [[spoiler: Otonashi]]'s arms.
* In ''Manga/ArataKangatari'', [[spoiler: Akachi]] dies in Kannagi's arms after the former submits to him, complete with Kannagi not letting go of [[spoiler: Akachi]] until Homura's flames have completely burned [[spoiler: Akachi's]] body away.
* In ''Manga/BattleRoyale'' [[spoiler:Yutaka is shot by Kiriyama while he's in Mimura's arms during their emotional embrace after Shinji accidentally shot Keita]].
** Earlier, [[spoiler: Takako dies in Sugimura's arms, who had been trying to find her the entire time]].
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': Judeau dies in Casca's arms (sort of) after shielding her from a demon attack during the Eclipse. Made even worse by two additional heart-wrenching factors: his love was unrequited, and ''she didn't even know how he felt''. Worse, in the manga, the poor guy [[CannotSpitItOut doesn't even succeed in spitting it out before he dies]].
** Also, Gaston, Guts' second in command, died in his arms and was the last of the Hawks to die. [[YourHeadASplode He didn't go out as kindly as Judeau did]], though.
* In ''Manga/BlackCat'', [[DisposableWoman Saya]] died in Train's arms.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** When Hisana is bedridden with sickness, Byakuya is at her bedside clinging to her hand as she dies.
** After failing to defeat Aizen to obtain [[BestServedCold revenge]] for something Aizen did to his ChildhoodFriend Rangiku, Gin dies with Rangiku almost sprawled over his broken body, crying helplessly.
* In Manga/{{Bokurano}}, [[spoiler: Anko]] dies in either [[spoiler: Kanji]]'s arms or [[spoiler: her dad]]'s, depending if you're following the anime or the manga.
* In the manga version of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', Rosette does this in Chrono's arms. ''Twice''.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'': [[spoiler: Ushio]] dies in Tomoya's arms.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** [[spoiler: Shirley]] in Lelouch's arms.
** And then there's [[spoiler: Lelouch]], who was in Suzaku's arms for a while, but died in Nunnally's in the end.
** [[spoiler: Rolo]] in Lelouch's arms, [[spoiler: Euphemia]] in Suzaku's arms, Marianne in Nunnally's arms in the past, and C.C. in Lelouch's arms in the beginning, though she recovered.
* The climax of ''Manga/CountCain'' takes this and applies RuleOfThree: First, [[spoiler: [[MadDoctor Jizabel]] [[AlasPoorVillain Disraeli]]]], already dying of a gunshot wound, slits his throat in [[spoiler: Cassian]]'s arms; second, [[spoiler: [[BigBad Alexis]]]] succumbs to poison while being cradled by [[spoiler: his [[TheDragon dragon]], Ida]], and finally [[spoiler: Cain refuses to save himself alone, preferring to be crushed by rubble [[TogetherInDeath to stay alongside Riff]]]].
* [[spoiler:Julia]] dies in Spike's arms in the last episode of ''Anime/CowboyBebop''. Her death scene is iconic as well as [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] (until [[spoiler:Julia]] [[CrossesTheLineTwice was made to sing "(I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight"]] in one of the WebVideo/AMVHell compilations).
* The ending of ''Anime/TheDaggerOfKamui'' features, among other things, the death of [[spoiler: Oyuki]], who eventually dies in Jiro's arms after making a last stand against Tenkai, her caregiver-turned-enemy.
* L in Light's in ''Manga/DeathNote'', although Light cradling L in his arms as he dies is actually just an act; when Light thinks nobody but L can see his face, he flashes a smugly victorious SlasherSmile at L just before L expires. However, if you ask the shippers...
* In the anime of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', [[spoiler: Ai's older sister Akemi Miyano]] bleeds to death in the arms of Conan Edogawa himself. And much later, we find out that decades ago, [[spoiler: Matsumoto's partner Morimura died in Matsumoto's arms.]]
* Near the end of the Vamdemon arc of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', Wizardmon died in Gatomon's arms after TakingTheBullet for her and Hikari. Then we have Wormmon in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', who died in Ken's arms to kick-start his HeelFaceTurn. [[BackFromTheDead Wormmon got better]]... [[KilledOffForReal Wizardmon didn't]].
* In the ''Manga/DragonBallZ'' special, ''[[Anime/DragonBallZBardockTheFatherOfGoku Bardock - The Father of Goku]]'', Bardock finds his entire team dead save for [[AlmostDeadGuy Tora]], whom he picks up and is told by him that Freeza is afraid of him and plans to [[KillThemAll kill the entire saiyan race]]. He shortly died in Bardock's arms afterward.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged the TFS abridged parody]].
---> '''Bardock:''' My best friend just died in my arms. Didn't he?
* Alfeegi in Dragon Knights dies in his friend's arms after he was stabbed [[spoiler:by the main character, who later cut off his own head]].
* Though it's not shown in the final version, in an [[WhatCouldHaveBeen early script]] of ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa'' [[spoiler:Izumi]] died in Wrath's arms, complete with [[GoOutWithASmile going out with a smile]].
* Nuriko of ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' dies in Tamahome's arms, as does Tamahome's little sister Yuiren. Soi dies in Nakago's.
** In the ''Suzaku Hi Den'' novel and third OVA, [[spoiler: Shu Tendo dies in ''both'' Hotohori and You Houki's arms after Hotohori tells him they can fix the Konan nation.]]
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'' has Takiko [[GoOutWithASmile Going Out With A Smile]] in Uruki's arms, after summoning Genbu and being killed by her father [[MercyKill to prevent her from being devoured by Genbu]].
* In ''Anime/FutureWar198X'' Michael frantically searches for [[spoiler:Marina]] after a fight breaks out in Neinberg, only to find her crushed under the rubble of a building. He pulls her out and she dies in his arms.
* Another instance of this trope occurs in ''{{Manga/Gantz}}'', where the protagonist's girlfriend Tae Kojima dies in his arms after being hunted down and murdered.
* In the ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' manga, [[spoiler:Weed's oldest friend GB who's been a coward all his life finally finds his courage when they're fighting a giant hybrid bear and ferociously attacks it, only to suffer fatal wounds in the attempt. Upon dying, GB cries and asks Weed to hug him, and (as much as it's possible for a dog to hug someone) Weed concedes while crying heavily himself, and he keeps holding onto him until GB suffers death cramps and dies completely.]]
* GB towards the end of the Hybrid Bear Arc of the ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' manga.
* [[spoiler:Hare, while being eaten alive by the Apocalypse Virus,]] dies this way in ''Anime/GuiltyCrown''. [[spoiler:Averted, she was already dead, but her body shattered in Shu's arms.]]
* In ''Anime/{{Gungrave}}'' episode 24, Sherry ended up taking a bullet meant for Harry when he was attacked by an assassin. Harry screamed her name while he clutched her to his chest.
* Pip Bernadotte in Seras' in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. Though technically he was just absorbed.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'': [[spoiler:Meruem beautifully dies in Komugi's arms after he converses with her until his last breath, asking if she was there with him. [[TogetherInDeath Komugi dies soon after]].]].
* In ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'', Kikyou dies in the title character's arms for the final time, after a LastKiss.
* {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' during ''Phantom Blood's'' (the first part of the Manga) ending, where [[spoiler:Jonathan Joestar]] dies while holding [[spoiler:Dio Brando's severed, but quite alive, head]] in his arms.
** It's also played straight at some points too, like earlier on when [[spoiler:George Joestar, Jonathan's father, dies in his arms after being stabbed by Dio]].
* Happens twice in ''Anime/{{K}}''. In the flashback in episode 6, Totsuka dies in Yata's arms after being shot, and later [[spoiler: Mikoto dies while slumped into Munakata's arms.]]
* In ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'', [[spoiler:Ayumi]] dies in Ren's arms.
* In [[DownerBeginning the first episode of]] ''Anime/KotetsuJeeg'', Dr. Shiba arrives home gravely wounded after [[BigBad Queen Himika]] tried to silence him. He ends up dying in the arms of his estranged son Hiroshi, TheHero and the titular Jeeg.
* [[LotusEaterMachine Dream!Alicia]] [[DisappearsIntoLight Disappeared into Light]] during her FinalFirstHug with Fate in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[spoiler: Emily Sevensheep]] dies ([[spoiler:or better said, was ''written out of reality'']]) in the arms of Yue Ayase.
** Also a SenselessSacrifice, as she died making a DivingSave, against a projectile which wouldn't have even harmed the intended recipient. She had no way of knowing that... [[spoiler: and later, she was brought back by Asuna's WorldHealingWave.]]
* Happens twice in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'': when [[spoiler: Gentle Chapman]] loses to Domon and collapses, he dies in his wife's arms (though [[spoiler: he [[CameBackWrong Comes Back Wrong]] later]]), while [[spoiler: Master Asia]] dies in Domon's arms after their final battle.
* Meer Campbell in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' dies in the hands of Lacus Clyne after TakingTheBullet for her. For an extra kick, Meer is Lacus' BodyDouble and her once biggest {{fangirl}}, now ridden by a volatile mix of jealousy, admiration, and the [[WellDoneSonGuy wish to be noticed by her]].
** Also, Stellar Louissier dies in Shinn Asuka's arms.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing [[HowWeGotHere Episode Zero]]'', Wufei's wife Meiran dies in his arms after she tried to save her space colony.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', both [[DarkActionGirl Four]] and [[LadyOfWar Emma]] die in the arms of Kamille. Whereas [[TeamDad Blex Forer]] dies in [[BigBrotherMentor Quattro's]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Sasuke appears to die in Naruto's arms in the very first arc, after stands in front of about twenty senbon heading for Naruto. Since Haku's attacks weren't intended to be fatal, he lives.
** During the Fourth Shinobi World War, [[spoiler:Neji]] really does die in Naruto's arms.
* Kagero dies in Jubei's arms in ''Anime/NinjaScroll''. [[spoiler:They kiss just before she dies, which, thanks to Kagero's PoisonousPerson nature, provides the antidote to the poison in Jubei.]]
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** [[spoiler:Ace]] [[TakingTheBullet shields]] Luffy from a killing blow, and he dies while Luffy holds him in his arms. This trope contributes to the [[TearJerker sheer emotional impact this death has on both Luffy and the viewer]].
** In a flashback of the Dressrosa arc, [[spoiler:Scarlett died in her husband Kyros' arms]]. This one is especially cruel since [[spoiler:Kyros had been turned into a LivingToy by Sugar, everyone had forgotten about him, which means Scarlett died not even remembering she had a husband, let alone knowing he was holding her. And Kyros ''couldn't even feel the warmth of her dying body'']]. ''Holy crap''.
* [[spoiler:Xerxes Break]] dies in the arms of the two people he loves: [[spoiler: Sharon and Reim]] in ''Manga/PandoraHearts''.
* [[spoiler:Romeo]] dies in Juliet's arms, in ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'', after being ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice.
** Technically, in the manga [[spoiler:they die at the same time]].
** Same goes to [[spoiler: Lord Montague]], who perishes in the arms of ''both'' Romeo and Juliet.
* Happens in ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' on two separate occasions. First, [[spoiler:Souseiseki dies in Suiseiseki's hands after a futile attempt at taking on Suigintou, made especially heartwrenching because Suiseiseki had desperately tried to convince her not to do it up to that point]]. In the very next episode, [[spoiler:Hinaichigo slowly unwinds during the course of the episode and finally in the hands of Tomoe]].
* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', [[spoiler:Tomoe]] died in Kenshin's arms after he accidentally attacked her with his katana. [[spoiler:In the OVA, this is when she decides to add the other stroke of his cross-scar (in the original, the scar happened accidentally).]]
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'':
** [[spoiler:Sailor Mars]] dies in Sailor Moon's arms in the climax of ''Sailor Stars''.
** [[spoiler: Prince Diamond]] dies in Sailor Moon's arms as well.
** Mamoru, in his first death.
** [[spoiler:Nephrite]] and [[spoiler:Blue Saphir]], whose RedemptionEqualsDeath demises happen while in Naru's and both Moon and Tuxedo Kamen's arms, respectively.
** [[spoiler:Kakyuu]] dies in the arms of the three Starlights. In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], it was [[spoiler:Kakyuu]] in the arms of Sailor Moon.
** [[spoiler:Zoisite]] in Kunzite's arms.
* In the final episode of ''Manga/SchoolLive'' [[spoiler:TeamPet Taroumaru]] died in Miki's lap. [[spoiler:He had turned into a zombie and was given an anti-zombie vaccine. However it was too late and he died quickly after getting the vaccine, though [[DyingAsYourself at least he didn't die a zombie puppy]].]]
* In ''Anime/SCryed'', Ayase dies in Kazuma's arms when she loses the will to live. It sounds a bit idiotic, but it's {{justified|Trope}} in that being refined weakened her body severely, so the only thing she was living for was her brother. When he died, that was it.
* In the ''Manga/SoulEater'' anime, Crona appears to die in Maka's arms. Zhe gets better.
* In episode 14 of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', [[spoiler:Asuna]] does this to Kirito after [[TakingTheBullet taking an attack meant for him]]. [[spoiler:Thankfully, Kayaba put her in the waiting room rather than having her [[MostDangerousVideogame brain fried]] immediately, so when Kirito won the game a minute or so later, she was able to survive]]. Also in the last chapter of the second season of the anime [[spoiler: Yuuki dies peacefully in Asuna's arms]]
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', the end of episode 24 has a scene that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWizW_6AgQY#t=1m35s looks like]] a classic example (which all the characters believed it to be), but this was subverted as of ep. 25.
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul[=:Re=]'', the blood flows freely.
** Shirazu is mortally wounded saving his squad from [[ImplacableMan Noro]] and ends up bleeding to death. After spending the entire series [[TheRival manipulating and plotting against him]], Urie is the one that ends up comforting Shirazu in his final moments. Afterwards, he stays with the body and refuses to let go until medics come to retrieve it.
** At the conclusion of their climatic battle, Arima commits suicide and dies in Kaneki's arms, confessing his many secrets. The chapter ends with a shot of Kaneki cradling his body in his arms, [[DeathWail screaming]] in grief.
* ''LightNovel/TokyoRavens'': Twice, [[TheHero Harutora]] cradles [[KillTheCutie Hokuto]] and later [[HeroicSacrifice Natsume]] as they make their DyingDeclarationOfLove.
* ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'': [[spoiler: IllBoy Seishuu]] dies in Youko's arms, and [[spoiler: Ikuya Asano]] perishes in Shoukei's.
* ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' gets some mileage out of this one: Aya gets to both Asami and Sena ''just'' in time for this, Sister Ruth dies in the arms of both Ken ''and'' Omi, Nagi catches Tot as Fafarello stabs her (she recovers) and has a nice FreakOut, and, most dramatically of all, Ouka Sakaki is shot as Omi embraces her, telling her [[TemptingFate they'll always be together]]...
* In ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' [[spoiler: Seishirou dies in Subaru's arms at the Rainbow Bridge.]] Made all the more ironic since we also learn that [[spoiler: when Seishirou killed Subaru's twin Hokuto... [[CradlingYourKill she died in his arms as well]]. (There was a famous ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'' picture featuring that moment already, but only then we see the details.)]]
** Also potentially subverted when [[spoiler: Kotori is killed, and once everything has [[JustForPun died down]], Kamui cradles ''[[AlasPoorYorick her severed head]]'' while the Seals look on in horror and sadness.]] It's played straight in the anime series, however, [[spoiler: since [[{{bowdlerize}} she still dies but doesn't get dismembered]], letting Kamui hold her entire body]] -- and later, [[spoiler: Karen dies in Aoki's arms]], while [[spoiler: Hinoto dies in Kamui's]] and later [[spoiler: Sorata perishes in Arashi's]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' '''LOVES''' this trope:
** ''Yu-Gi-Oh'' Season 4: Joey dies in Mai's arms (it turns out to be of the [[DeathIsCheap undoable kind]]).
** ''Yu-Gi-Oh'' Season 5: Kisara dies in Priest Seto's arms.
** ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'': Carly dies in Jack's arms (undone at the end of the season).
*** In the same season, Kiryu dies in Yusei's arms, complete with HoYay shoujo sparkles.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Comic book covers in general, especially in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} and UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}}, absolutely loved this trope. Almost always accompanied by a TonightSomeoneDies.
* ComicBook/{{Elektra}} had her first death in ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}''. After taking a vicious curbstomping from Bullseye that ends in her throat getting slashed by a thrown card and then her getting impaled on her own sai, Elektra crawls out from the parking lot they were fighting in. She stays alive long enough to crawl to Matt's house and call out to him, before dying in his arms
* Franchise/{{Superman}} died in ComicBook/LoisLane's arms in ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman''.
* In both the comic and [[Film/VForVendetta movie versions]] of ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', V dies in Evey's arms after being shot.
* Happens twice in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''. [[TimeTravel To the same person]]. Both times are with the same guy, too.
* On one occasion, it was a BerserkButton for [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]] that entirely too many people over the years had died in his arms after TakingTheBullet for him, and the latest one didn't even get to speak any LastWords.
* After [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing himself]] to [[TakingYouWithMe kill Kang]], [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] dies in [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Steve Roger's]] arms. ''[[http://i45.tinypic.com/1t4kgg.png Very dramatically]]''.
** [[http://i49.tinypic.com/25573h4.png Tony almost dies in Steve's arms here]], too. Luckily, he recovers ''before'' dying this time.
* While he was technically already dead, Jason Todd (Robin II) was held in the arms of Franchise/{{Batman}} during ''ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily''.
* In "The House That Haunted Batman", one of the many tortures that Dr. Tzin-Tzin uses on Batman is a simulation of Robin/Dick Grayson aging into dust as he holds him.
* Troia died in Nightwing's arms in ''Graduation Day''. As they were each other's closest friends and LikeBrotherAndSister, it really messed him up.
* Done, by all people, Wolverine in a ''ComicBook/WhatIf?'' comic. Granted, he had [[spoiler: just killed his son Daken and was moments away from [[DriventoSuicide killing himself]]]] but it doesn't make it any less sad.
* The [[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan Ultimate universe's]] version of Peter Parker ended up dying in Mary Jane Watson's arms, after succumbing to wounds he received after TakingTheBullet for Captain America and fighting the Green Goblin and (what was left) of the Sinister Six to protect her, Aunt May and Gwen.
** And in the Amazing Spider-Man comic, Spider-Man cradles Gwen's body in his arms as he cries out that the Green Goblin will pay in the end of ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied.
* In the Belgian comic ''Papyrus'', the issue [[spoiler: ''Tears of the Giants'']] finishes with Papyrus cradling [[BridalCarry and later carrying]] the lifeless body of [[spoiler: a Hitite princess who loved him but couldn't spit it out since she was to marry the Pharaoh aka Papyrus's boss, and could only tell him [[DyingDeclarationOfLove as she lay dying in his arms]].]]
* In ''ComicBook/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', Renee Montoya takes an enormous dose of a special durability pill, hoping to take down Superman once and for all. After a brief fight, however, she suffers a massive heart attack, and Superman holds her in his arms as she dies.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* {{Shipp|ing}}ers in general are quite fond of this.
* In ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'', Haiba's cousin, Binamu --[[KissingCousins whom he unknowingly had an incestuous relationship with]] -- tragically dies in his embrace.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** Done brilliantly in ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/72998/last-one-standing Last One Standing]]''. Twilight Sparkle dies tucked under Celestia's wing.
** In ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons'', the first-person protagonist Blackjack dies under Glory's wing from [[RasputinianDeath a combination of cancer, mutation, multiple limb amputation, blood loss, pneumonia and finally, heart failure.]]
** The absolutely heartbreaking moment in ''[[Fanfic/AceCombatEquestriaChronicles Ace Combat: The Equestrian War]]'' when [[spoiler:Carrot Top]] [[TearJerker dies in Derpy's arms]].
** ''Fanfic/FriendshipIsMagicTheAdventuresOfSpike'': [[spoiler: Celestia]], after being mortally wounded by Chrysalis, dies in Spike's arms.
** In ''Fanfic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic'', Twilight dies in Lightning's arms.
** [[spoiler: Silver Spoon]] dies that way in ''Fanfic/{{Sleepless}}''.
* Done twice in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' fanfic ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'': [[KidSidekick Kit]] dies in [[TheProtagonist Vale's]] arms after being mortally wounded by a mutt, and much later, [[spoiler: [[TheHeroDies Vale herself]] ]] dies in the arms of [[spoiler: Obsidian]].
* ''Fanfic/AllInTheFamily'': [[spoiler: The Mistress]], after being mortally wounded by the recoil of her weapon, dies in Warden's arms in Chapter 19.
* Though the fanfic video has not been released yet, it's confirmed that [[spoiler: [[Film/TronLegacy Rinzler]] dies in [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts Sora's]] arms]] in ''[[Fanfic/BadAlertTheExtreme The Return of Bad Alert]]''.
* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fanfic ''FanFic/MemoriesBornOfFire'', Christine Chapel holds Spock as he dies from self-inflicted stab wounds. However, it was AllJustADream.
* [[spoiler:Hermione]] in Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' fanfic ''Asshai's Flames'', High Priestess Joanna dies in her sort-of granddaughter Arkhia's arms after revealing that it was her younger daughter and Arkhia's aunt, Selye who poisoned her.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice Flynn dies]]]] in Rapunzel's arms. Thanks to a teardrop and the healing incantation, [[spoiler: he gets better.]] The position of the characters in this scene is [[ShoutOut very reminiscent of]]...
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': Beast dies in Belle's arms. Thanks to Belle's timely, spell-breaking "I love you," he recovers.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'', [[spoiler:Queen Tara dies in Ronin's, much to his chagrin]].
* [[EnsembleDarkhorse Christophe/Ze Mole]] in ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' died in Kyle's arms after failing to free Terence and Phillip. The two then take part in ''La Resistance's'' DarkReprise duet. [[ShippingGoggles Cue the shipping.]]
* In ''Anime/LittleNemoAdventuresInSlumberland'', the title character doesn't die in Princess Camille's arms, per say, for he's incapacitated beforehand after the knockback from shooting the Morning Rod at Nightmare King forces him off his flying bed and lands his head on a rock. When Princess Camille, Professor Genius, and Flip regain consciousness, Camille discovers Nemo, rushes to his side, and cradles him, pleading for him to wake up until she bursts into tears. Of course, it's not long before King Morpheus awakens him with the Morning Rod.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/WildAtHeart'': Sailor and Lula kneel beside a dying car crash victim as she coughs up blood and mutters nonsense.
* ''Film/BladeII'' - Nyssa disintegrates in the sunlight while Blade cradles her.
* Fiamma dies in Miss. G's arms in ''Film/{{Cracks}}''. Subverted in the fact that Miss. G is killing Fiamma by withholding her inhaler while she has an asthmatic attack.
* [[RedemptionEqualsDeath Nathan]] in Shilo's arms in ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera''.
* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', Quellek gets shot by one of Saris' minions after he and Alexander Dane free some Thermians from certain death. Before dying in his arms, Quellek tells Alexander that he (in the persona of "Dr. Lazarus," his character on the ShowWithinAShow) was like a father to him. Alexander quotes his character's famous line seriously for the first time in the film before rushing and attacking the minion, who's having some gun jamming issues.
* In ''Film/{{Hook}}'', Rufio dies in Peter Pan/Banning's arms.
-->'''Rufio''': "[[TearJerker I wish I had a dad... like you.]]"
* Subverted in Creator/JohnWoo's ''Film/TheKiller'' when the title character dies. He and his love interest Jenny miss each other as they grope for each other on the ground near the burning church due to both of them being blind at this moment, Jenny due to the tragic mistake that kicked off the whole thing, and Ah Jong due to getting shot in the eyes by Wong Hoi. The reason the scene came out like it did was because Chow Yun-Fat and Sally Yeh, the actors of the two in question, could only be scheduled to shoot on different days.
* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings,'' King Théoden dies in Éowyn's arms during the battle of the Pelennor Fields.
* Morgan Earp dies in his brother Wyatt's arms in ''Film/{{Tombstone}}''.
-->'''Morgan Earp''': Remember what I said about [[GoIntoTheLight people seein' a bright light]] before they die? It ain't true. I can't see a damn thing.
* ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' ends with Mr White cradling the mortally-wounded Mr Orange and [[DownerEnding finishing him off after the latter confesses he was the rat]].
** Maybe. It's actually pretty ambiguous on whether White shot Orange or if the cops just started shooting at him before he would have the chance. This is Tarantino we're talking about here, so this is probably completely intentional.
* The original ending to ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'' has Audrey dying in Seymour's arms after the plant, Audrey II, tried to eat her.
* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'': Shepherd Book dies in Mal's arms after the Alliance attacks Haven.
* In ''Music/RobZombie's Film/HalloweenII2009'', Annie dies in Laurie's arms.
* ''Film/MoulinRouge'': Satine, in Christian's.
* ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' ends with Qui-Gon Jinn dying in Obi-Wan's arms. (This seems to happen to Creator/EwanMcGregor a lot - and also to the character of Obi Wan, who never had an official love interest in the movies, but he has several in the Star Wars EU and they all seem to go out this way.)
** Darth Vader dies in Luke's arms in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
** Likewise, Shmi DiesWideOpen in Anakin's arms in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''.
* In ''Film/{{Onmyoji}}'', Hiromasa dies in Seimei's arms. However, he gets better.
* The LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/DeathNote'' had [[spoiler:Light dying in his father's arms (made all the more poignant on Soichiro's part by the fact that Light tried to kill him only minutes before).]]
* There is a variation of this trope at the end of ''Film/TheBoondockSaints''. [[DeadSidekick Rocco]] is shot while tied to a chair, which is knocked down by the force of the shot. [[SiblingTeam Connor and]] [[VigilanteMan Murphy]] are tied to chairs on either side of him, and Murphy falls to the ground beside him, taking his chair with him. While there can be no arms involved (because they are all tied), Rocco dies with Murphy's head [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments buried in his shoulder]] while the brothers [[ManlyTears scream with grief]]. [[TearJerker It is a very touching scene]], and conveys the general emotion of this trope, complete with Rocco's FamousLastWords.
--> '''Rocco''': [[{{Determinator}} You can't stop]]. [[ItHasBeenAnHonor You get out of here]]. [[VigilanteMan Don't ever stop]].
* Adam Sandler's character in ''Film/{{Click}}'' dies in the arms of his son. However, it turns out to be a dream of sorts.
* Harry Osborn in ''Film/SpiderMan3''. The light in his eyes fades away in the arms of Mary Jane Watson and Peter Parker: [[RedemptionEqualsDeath just after he finally forgives Peter and helps him defeat Sandman]].
* In ''Film/PansLabyrinth'', [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth Ofelia]] dies in [[ParentalSubstitute Mercedes']] arms, while Mercedes [[TearJerker hums a lullaby to her, trying (and failing) not to cry]].
* Romeo dies in Juliet's arms in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of ''Film/RomeoAndJuliet'', in which he takes the poison right when Juliet awakens. Earlier, Mercutio dies in Romeo's arms.
* In ''Film/TestPilot'' Gunner dies in Jim's arms after Jim pulls him out of the plane they just crashed together.
* Matthew Cuthbert dies in Anne's arms in the 1985 film of ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' after suffering a HollywoodHeartAttack.
* In ''Film/{{Cimarron}}'', after not seeing her husband Yancey for at least 12 years, Sabra discovers him just as he's been mortally injured in an oil rig accident. She cradles him as he dies.
* A version in ''Film/{{Inception}}'': Mal is already a PosthumousCharacter, but she "dies" one last time in Cobb's arms when Ariadne shoots her in Limbo, where Cobb is finally able to make peace with her death and let her go.
* ''Film/FourteenOhEight'': [[EldritchLocation Room 1408]] gives Enslin has a vision of his already dead daughter. She dies in his arms, and then her body crumbles into ash. ''And the room keeps going''.
* Parodied in the first ending of ''Film/WaynesWorld''.
** And on ''Film/TheMask''.
* [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]] in his brother [[Characters/MCUThor Thor]]'s arms in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''. However, it turns out that he was FakingTheDead...
* In ''Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire'', Peeta cradles the District 6 morphling as she dies from the monkey-mutt bite.
* In ''Film/{{Camille}}'', Marguerite dies in Armand's arms in the very last scene. The 1982 film version of ''[[{{Film/Annie1982}} Annie]]'', which has the titular character attend the film at the cinemas, includes this scene, making it a case of ItWasHisSled.
* In ''Film/{{Stitches 2012}}'', the titular villain holds Bulger in his arms after removing his brain with an ice-cream scoop.
* In ''Film/TheWolfman2010'', after Gwen's ShootTheDog moment, Lawrence [[ThisWasHisTrueForm returns to human form]] and spends his last moments of life in Gwen's arms before he appropriately dies at the end.
* ''Film/TheLastDaysOnMars'' (2013) shows the problems of doing this trope with a ZombieInfectee; notably being attacked at close quarters after they've died.
* Sam dies in Molly's arms in ''Film/{{Ghost}}''.
* Bubba in ''Film/ForrestGump''.
* The little boy who survived the Persian Immortals sacking his village in ''Film/ThreeHundred'' survived long enough to die in Leonidas' arms.
* In ''Film/TheUntouchables'', Malone dies in Ness' arms after Nitti ambushes him with a Tommy Gun, but not before passing on vital information about the bookkeeper whose testimony can bring Capone down.
--> '''[[FinalWords Malone]]''': [[PunctuatedForEmphasis WHAT...ARE YOU...PREPARED...TO...DO???]].
* In ''Film/TheWagesOfFear'', Jo dies in Mario's arms just before they would have arrived at their destination.
* Cathy dies in Heathcliff's arms in the 1939 film version of ''Literature/WutheringHeights'', though not in the novel or most other adaptations.
* Inverted in ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}'', when the King dies with Kit in his arms.
* ''Film/FaustLoveOfTheDamned'': John Jaspers manages to destroy Mephistopheles after he is released from his contract, but he then dies in Jade's arms as the only thing keeping him alive were his hellgiven powers.
* In ''Film/{{Purgatory}}'', Dolly Stone dies in Sonny's arms, which is why he's so adamant on who she is when she turns up in Refuge.
* Like the animated version, ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017'' has the Beast die in Belle's arms at the climax; so does Plumette in Lumiere's arms (this really does happen to Creator/EwanMcGregor a lot!) as [[AdaptationExpansion the end of the curse]] [[DarkerAndEdgier changes all the Enchanted Objects into ordinary inanimate objects]]. Of course when the spell breaks, everyone comes back to life.

* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward has to kill [[GeniusLoci Oreg]], his [[AWizardDidIt immortal slave]], whom he inherited, and whose life is bound to castle Hurog, in order to make the castle collapse and stop the villains. Oreg has wanted to die for a long time, so it is a mixture of MercyKill and HeroicSacrifice. Ward holds him as he drives a dagger into his brain, a method that he supposes "is painless. At least for Oreg."
* In Creator/WilliamShakespeare's "Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing", Benedick swears to Beatrice that he will die in her arms. Typically for Shakespeare, however, it's a DoubleEntendre; yes, he is swearing to be with her forever, but he's also using "Die" as a euphemism for achieving sexual release...
* Furthermore, in Creator/WilliamShakespeare's other play, Hamlet, Hamlet dies in Horatio's arms. Hamlet had been poisoned by Laertes during their duel. Upon realizing he was dying, Hamlet stabbed his Uncle, the king, who was technically also Hamlet's father because he married Hamlet's mother. Hamlet's mother had already died because she drank from a poisoned cup that the king had meant for Hamlet. Anyways, everyone's pretty much dead except Hamlet, Horatio, and Osric by this point. Hamlet lies dying in Horatio's arms, telling Horatio to live and "report [him] and [his] cause aright to the unsatisfied." Horatio offers to die with Hamlet by drinking from the poisoned cup, but Hamlet tells him to continue living "to tell [his] story."
* In ''Literature/CaptainCorellisMandolin'', Carlo holds Francesco when he dies, telling him that he always loved him.
* In ''The Song of Roland'' Roland's best friend Olivier dies in his arms while [[HoYay Roland weeps]].
* In ''Wolf Hall'', Cromwell's youngest daughter dies in his arms. It's done very, very well.
* Ralph dies in Isabel's arms in ''Literature/PortraitOfALady''.
* Dobby dies this way in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Harry's]] arms. [[spoiler:Later, so does Snape.]]
* In ''Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie'', by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline tracks Gabriel from Canada to Louisiana only to find him moments before his death.
* Hank Rearden picks up the Wet Nurse and carries him until after his death in ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''.
* An interesting example occurs in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': [[spoiler: Joffrey Baratheon]] dies in the arms of his helpless, grief-stricken [[spoiler: mother Cersei.]] To a person who doesn't know the series, the scene could definitely be considered tragic. But since the two characters are generally considered villainous-- [[spoiler: [[RoyalBrat Joffrey]]]] in particular-- by those who read the books, it's not very sad and can even count as a KarmicDeath for [[spoiler: Joffrey]].
** This is also how [[spoiler: Ygritte]] dies. Her boyfriend, [[spoiler: Jon Snow]], holds her and gives a rather desperate PlanningForTheFutureBeforeTheEnd speech, to which she responds sadly, [[spoiler: [[ArcWords "You know nothing, Jon Snow."]]]]
** In the prequel ''[[Literature/ArchmaesterGyldaynsHistories The Princess and the Queen]]'', [[spoiler: Joffrey Valeryon]] falls from the back of a dragon onto the city streets below. Witnesses claim a commoner girl held him while he died, but Archmaester Gyldayn believes that part was just a folktale.
** Lyanna Stark when her brother Ned found her.
* Subverted in Literature/ArtemisFowl when [[spoiler: Artemis sacrifices himself to bring down Opal Koboi. He is dead before Butler can catch him.]]
* In ''Literature/ColdMountain'', Inman dies in Aida's arms after being shot by the Home Guards.
* No character ever dies alone in ''Literature/{{Percy Jackson and the Olympians}}''. All deaths are slow, and many in the arms of a significant other, platonically or otherwise;
** Zoe Nightshade dies in the arms of her beloved goddess Artemis from internal bleeding.
** Silena Bauregard dies in the arms of her unlikely friend Clarisse La Rue.
** Luke Castellan dies in the arms of his former adoptive little sister Annabeth.
* The anarchist murdered at the start of ''Death at Victoria Dock'' dies in Literature/PhryneFisher's arms.
* At the end of ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheLion'' trilogy, [[spoiler:Julia dies in her brother’s arms]] after making peace with [[spoiler:Rapha/Hadassah]]. Given the context and her [[BreakTheCutie history]], it doubles as a TearJerker and a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}.
* ''Franchise/LesMiserables'': Éponine dies in Marius's arms. In the movie musical, we also see other students dying in their friend's arms. And in the stage musical, Fantine dies in Valjean's.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Rue dies in Katniss's arms after being hit by a spear.
** In the second book, an old recording about Haymitch's game reveals that he cradled his district tribute, Maysilee, as she was dying.
* In ''Literature/TheSunneInSplendour'', Anne died in Richard's arm. No, Richard did not poison her as portrayed in ''Theatre/RichardIII''.
** Any novel that portrayed Richard III sympathetically described Anne's death as this. In reality, although it's unlikely that Richard poisoned her, she probably [[DyingAlone died alone]] due to protocols of the time.
** Another example from the same book: the death of Edmund, Earl of Rutland. Though he didn't get the chance to say anything after being wounded, his friend Rob Apsall was cradling (or trying to cradle) him as he died, and kept trying to save him [[TearJerker "long after he knew Edmund was dead"]]. When all else fails, Rob just sits there holding him and weeping.
* Happens on occasion in ''{{Literature/TheElenium}}''. Notable examples:
** Sparhawk cradles Sir Parasim as he dies during his first battle.
** Kring cradles a dying Peloi after the battle with the Dawn Men.
** Sephrenia gives [[spoiler:Martel]] her blessing one last time before he dies.
** Subverted with Ehlana. Sparhawk cradles her immediately after she is cured of poison.
* In ''Literature/TheMazeRunner'', Chuck dies in Thomas' arms.
* In ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'', Maia remembers the story of Hanevis Athmaza, who was horribly injured in protecting the emperor Beltanthiar III against Orava the Usurper, and died in his emperor's arms. Disturbingly enough, this story is implied to have inspired Maia to want to become one of the four ''nohecharei'' who are sworn to ''die'' before they would allow harm to come to the emperor. As unloved son, he saw this as a chance to win his father's (the emperor's) love.
* At the end of the ''Literature/SixOfCrows'' duology, Matthias dies in Nina's arms after being shot.
* ''Literature/ADogsPurpose'':
** Bailey is put down in the arms of his owner, Ethan, who sobs into his fur.
** At the end of the book, [[spoiler:the now old Ethan]] suffers a stroke and dies craddling Buddy, [[spoiler:a reincarnation of Bailey]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'': The Evil Queen dies in Virginia's arms after trying to kill her and being hoist on her own petard. As she dies, the memories of her past life come flooding back and she caresses Virginia's cheek whispering "My little girl - I gave away my soul."
* ''Series/TwentyFour'': Although they're already dead by the time they find them, both Jack Bauer and Tony Almeida respectively cradle their wives' bodies when they're killed in the first and fifth seasons (in Tony's case he isn't given much time to mourn since he gets caught in an explosion that nearly kills him too). It's played straighter later on in season five when Tony dies with Jack holding onto him. [[spoiler: Of course, in Tony's case, [[UnexplainedRecovery he recovers]].]]
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'': [[spoiler:Misty Day]] dies in a sobbing Cordelia's arms after she [[spoiler: gets stuck in hell while performing Descensum]] during the Seven Wonders test. Her body [[TearJerker turns into dust in her embrace.]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Fred in Wesley's arms before her soul is consumed by Illyria. A few episodes later, Wesley dies in Illyria's arms while Illyria takes the form of Fred.
-->'''Illyria''': Would you like me to lie to you now?
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Happens twice in "This Is Your Sword". In the flashback, Akio dies in Tatsu's arms after contracting Shrieve's virus. In the present day storyline, [[spoiler:Maseo]] dies in Tatsu's arms after she stabs him.
* ''Series/AshesToAshes'': Gene Hunt holds Sally (the prostitute from Hyde in 2.1), Supermac and Martin Summers in his arms as they die. This is much more allegorical than what is presented on the surface, because as is revealed in the GrandFinale, [[spoiler: Gene Hunt's abilities as a psychopomp include being able to transfer a persons soul to the afterlife by holding the dying person in his arms. In Season 3 the word "soul" is also [[MoodMotif vaguely whispered]] when this occurs.]]
** However,[[spoiler: this can only work if the dying person had a soul, i.e. if they are real as opposed to being collective constructs or creations to help the protagonists with their indvidual journeys. (Which Sally and Mac likely are.)]]
** Jim Keats in the same show, who holds both Louise (the undercover police officer) and Viv in his arms. It later emerges that [[spoiler: at least in Viv's case, they probably went to hell as Keats was the devil.]]
*** Gene Hunt also held Viv, however, [[spoiler:meaning that Viv might have gone to heaven (as indicated by the accompanied whisper.) However, if Chris's dream later in the series is correct, Viv is indeed in hell.)]]
-->'''Gene:''' I'll take him.
-->'''Keats:''' It's too late, Gene.
-->'''Gene:''' I'LL TAKE HIM!
* ''Series/BloodTies'': Mike dies in Vicki's arms after being shot, but Henry hits the ResetButton on the GroundhogDayLoop and he's fine.
* ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'': Virtually every episode where a [[CartrightCurse Cartwright has a girlfriend]]; the girl will end up being shot to death, poisoned or whatever, and the appropriate Cartwright will be there to hold his girlfriend as she whispers her last words before losing consciousness. This even happened to Candy in one episode. This was so common that by the late 1960s, these intended [[TearJerker tearjerkers]] became the legend of {{Narm}}.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': SubvertedTrope; [[spoiler:Tara]] is dead before she hits the floor, but [[spoiler:Willow]] [[TearJerker still holds out hope]].
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': In the first part season three finale, Chuck cradles his father Stephen as he dies after being shot by Shaw.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has Strauss dying in the arms of Hotch in the 8th season finale after the Replicator drugged her.
* ''Series/CoronationStreet'': Hayley Cropper dies with Roy by her side on their bed. Anna and Carla come in to discover her in Roy's arms.
** Mike Baldwin died in 2006 in his son Danny's arms.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': Warrick in Grissom's arms, in which we later learn Grissom was [[ParentalSubstitute like a father to him]]. Grissom goes on to solve Warrick's murder.
* ''Series/DarkAngel'': Max dies in Logan's arms after being shot in the season 1 finale. [[BackFromTheDead She gets better.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Master (in ''Last of the Time Lords'') and [[DisneyDeath Jenny]] (in ''The Doctor’s Daughter'') both die in the Doctor’s arms. [[spoiler: Both get better.]] %%% Do not pothole to I Got Better. The Master's revival in this instance is not an Unexplained Recovery.
** Also, in the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse, [[spoiler:his daughter Miranda.]]
** At the end of ''The Pandorica Opens'', [[spoiler:Rory is last seen cradling the body of Amy, half-fallen away from him after he accidentally shot her. Don't worry, she gets better too]]. %%Likewise.
** Also, ''Amy's Choice''. In the world in which Amy and Rory are married and have settled down, [[spoiler:Rory disintegrates [[DeathIsDramatic slowly and dramatically]] in Amy's arms. Only in an alternate dream world, though.]]
** Again with Rory in ''The Curse of the Black Spot'', when Amy has to resuscitate a drowning Rory [[spoiler:and thinks she failed.]]
** In ''The Doctor’s Wife'', Idris’ human form gives out while being cradled by Rory. [[spoiler: But since she’s actually the TARDIS, all her energy and consciousness goes back into the TARDIS itself and normalcy is restored. But the interaction between her and the Doctor in this scene is still quite the TearJerker.]]
** Promotional art and sneak-peek photos for the upcoming season 7 appear to feature, among much other Pond-centered angst and drama, Amy dying in the Doctor’s arms.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** King Renly Baratheon collapses into Brienne of Tarth's arms after he is stabbed through the heart by a LivingShadow, and she holds him for a moment before he dies. Brienne later tells Catelyn that [[AllLoveIsUnrequited this was the only time she was ever able to hold him]].
** Subverted with Talisa, as by the time Robb Stark cradles her during the Red Wedding shortly before being killed himself, she is already dead.
** Jon Snow holds his [[StarCrossedLovers ex-lover]] Ygritte as she dies, as in the novels.
** Jaime also tells Bronn that dying in the arms of the woman he loves is how he wants to go.
** King Joffrey Baratheon's wedding feast happens on a bright morning and everything seems fine until Joffrey's IncurableCoughOfDeath at which point Jaime and Cersei rush to his side only for him to gasp his final breath in his mother's arms.
** Pyp dies in Sam's arms in "The Watchers on the Wall".
** Lyanna dies in Ned's arms.
** Heartbreakingly, and like her older brother, Myrcella ends up getting poisoned and collapses and dies in Jaime's arms after they have a first and sweet father-daughter conversation. Jaime can only hold her and helplessly call her name as she succumbs to her death.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': One of the two John Crichtons (long story) dies in Aeryn's arms of [[HeroicSacrifice radiation poisoning]].
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'': During Gilgamesh's ritual to raise Dahok, he throws the sacrificial dagger at Nebula. Iolaus [[BigNo yells]] and [[HeroicSacrifice dives in front of her]], taking it in the chest. He dies shortly afterwards in Hercules' arms. He later [[CameBackWrong is possessed]] and [[BackFromTheDead gets better]]. Also, Iolaus had died twice in Hercules' arms previously.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Nathan Petrelli dies in Peter's arms in the second season (though he gets better); Daphne Millbrook dies in Matt's in the third season. Also, Claire Bennett dies in her mother's arms in one of her [[HealingFactor many]], [[GoodThingYouCanHeal many]] deaths in the first season.
* ''Series/{{Hex}}'': Thelma is stabbed by Azazel when she tries to [[HeroicSacrifice save Cassie]] and falls into her arms. She [[BackFromTheDead got better...]] [[SpiritAdvisor sort of.]]
* ''Series/LosHombresDePaco'': After getting gut-shot on her friggin' ''wedding day'', [[BuryYourGays Silvia]] spends the rest of the two-hour season finale suffering until she finally dies in the arms of her new wife and her father. In the same finale, Kiki died in Paco's arms and Rita was in Montoya's arms when he died. There wasn't anything the rest of the team could do except sing to the ones dying because cell phone service was cut off by the ones shooting the people at the wedding. [[TearJerker Kleenex please.]]
* ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'': Kai's second death occurs this way, after he is badly burned during the 2nd destruction of Dora Talos. Losing her son a second time causes Bandora to shed a tear, robbing her of her witch powers.
* ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters'' [[PlayedForLaughs plays this for laughs]] in the alternate universe of ''Bestial Battery Go-Busters'', introducing a new character who's TheAce and killing him off within less than two minutes. The death is played as over the top as possible, including this trope.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': Alex "died" in Olivia's arms.
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': Several episodes has this happen. The most notable example was Season 7's "Sylvia," where in the final scene where Sylvia pledges her forever love for Albert, he holds her as they have one last kiss … after which she loses consciousness and dies.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Sawyer holds Juliet as she dies in the final season opener.
** Also, Sayid holds Shannon in his arms after she is mistakenly shot by a paranoid Ana Lucia.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': The groundbreaking episode "Sometimes You Hear The Bullet," in which Hawkeye's friend (author of a book he was writing under the episode title) dies on the operating table. Hawkeye asks why he weeps for his friend and not the kids who have died before, and Henry rationalizes only this:
-->'''Henry:''' All I know is what they told me at medical school. Rule one: Young men die. Rule two: Doctors can't change rule one.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': Merlin has had a fair few people die in his arms. In series two, his girlfriend Freya and father Balinor both ended up dying in his arms. In the show's final episode, ''The Diamond of the Day Part II'', it was [[spoiler:Arthur]] who died in his arms from the wounds inflicted by [[spoiler:Mordred]]. Also in the final episode, [[spoiler:Gwaine]] dies in Percival's arms after being horrifically tortured for Arthur's whereabouts by Morgana.
* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'': Future!Simon dies in Alisha's arms after taking a bullet for her. And then in season three, ALISHA dies in SIMON'S arms. It's that sort of a show.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': In "Mr. Monk and Mrs. Monk", Monk holds onto a woman who looks just like his late wife as she dies. This sends Monk, who's been finally starting to recover from his phobias after they went [[UpToEleven overboard]] after his wife's death, into a horrible relapse.
* ''Series/MorkAndMindy'': In the episode "Mork In Wonderland", Mindy's alternate universe counterpart, Mandy, dies in Mork's arms, telling him that Mindy is a lucky woman.
* ''Series/MrShow'': Terry sells Ronnie Dobbs' story to the movies, which features a movie version of Ronnie and Terry. [[spoiler:This happens to the movie version of Ronnie Dobbs, as he's held by the movie version of Terry]].
* ''Series/TheOC'': The Season 3 finale "The Graduates": due to a car-crash, Marissa dies in Ryan's arms.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': The episode "Corner of the Eye'': Two best friends successfully foil an alien invasion, then one dies of his injuries in the other's arms.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': [[spoiler: Neal]] dies in Emma's arms after separating from his father along with a very tearful goodbye to both of them.
** [[spoiler: In the midseason finale of Season 5, Hook also dies in Emma's arms after she reluctantly stabs him with Excalibur to stop the Dark Ones.]]
* ''Series/{{Revenge}}'': In Season 2 [[spoiler:Amanda]] dies in Emily's arms on a sinking life raft in the middle of the ocean after their poignantly named boat, ''The Amanda'', explodes and sinks.
** In Season 4 [[spoiler:Daniel]] dies in Emily's arms at Grayson Manor after taking two bullets for her. As he dies Emily confesses to him that her [[HoneyTrap initial romance]] with him wasn't all a lie.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': In the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E20TheDarkTower season one finale]], Nora Clayton dies in Miles Matheson's arms. What really drives it in home is the fact that they were trying to get to a nearby infirmary in an attempt to save her, and she died before they could even get there. Also, you get to see a closeup view of Miles's face, showing that he is very unhappy with her death.
* ''Series/RobinHood'': [[spoiler:Marian]] dies in Robin's arms at the end of season two, surviving a fatal sword wound just long enough for them to [[spoiler: finish their wedding vows]].
* ''Series/{{Sharpe}}'': Poor young Perkins dies in Harper's arms, surrounded by the other two supporting members of TheSquad, after being gutstabbed.
* ''Series/{{Skins}}'': Chris dies in Cassie's arms.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** [[spoiler:Kyla]] dying in Clark's arms played it dead straight. [[spoiler:Alicia]] is already dead when he held her in his arms, he didn't quite hold [[spoiler:Evan]] in his arms, [[spoiler:Chloe]] in "Arrival" didn't [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt manage to die]], but the dialogue just before almost have you worried. [[spoiler:Chloe]] in "Labyrinth" also dies in Clark's arms after being shot in the chest. [[spoiler:But AllJustADream. A really horrible one at that.]]
** In "Phantom" and the next episode, "Bizarro", [[spoiler:Chloe and Lois]] manages to die in each other's arms, separately. [[spoiler:Lois is stabbed, Chloe arrives and weeps over her body, which heals Lois but instead kills Chloe.]]
** In "Fracture", [[spoiler:Chloe dies ([[ResurrectiveImmortality again]])]] in Lionel's arms.
** In "Odyssey", [[spoiler:Clark ([[NotQuiteDead almost]]) dies in Chloe's arms. Extra emotional impact comes from that ComicBook/GreenArrow [[BrainwashedAndCrazy shot him]] and Chloe tries and fails to heal him.]]
** In "Bride", [[spoiler:Jimmy almost dies in Chloe's arms, ''right after they get married''. He died for real in Chloe's arms in "Doomsday", complete with DyingDeclarationOfLove.]]
** In "Injustice", [[spoiler:Chloe]] dies in Clark's arms, but in another twist, [[spoiler:it is actually [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Eva in disguise]].]]
** In "Kandor", [[spoiler:clone Jor-El]] dies in Clark's arms.
* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'': Sura dies in Spartacus's arms.
* ''Series/{{Spooks}}'': [[spoiler:Fiona]] dies in the arms of [[spoiler:her husband Adam]] after being shot by [[spoiler:her ex-husband who had come BackFromTheDead]]. Her dying wishes that he look after [[spoiler:their son Wes]] made it even sadder.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Weyoun 6 dies in Odo's arms after activating his [[CyanidePill termination implant]]. ("Treachery, Faith, and the Great River") His last request is that Odo, whom his species regards as a god, perform a blessing.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Sam is stabbed in the back severing his spinal cord as he and Dean are reunited at the end of the penultimate episode of season 2. Sam dies in his arms, but Dean makes a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with a demon]] to [[BackFromTheDead bring Sam back]].
** Actually subverts the usual form of this trope in that Sam doesn't get a chance to say goodbye or really anything at all--he just gets stabbed in the back, falls down, looks vaguely unfocused and dies. He barely seems to register Dean's presence.
** As a result, at the end of season 3, Dean dies in Sam's arms. Dean dies in Sam's arms three, no, six times [[TheyKilledKennyAgain (at least)]] in [[GroundhogDayLoop "Mystery Spot"]].
** Jo dies in her mother's arms. Made even more tearjerkier when Ellen makes a HeroicSacrifice shortly after.
*** This is even sadder when you remember the reason Ellen stayed behind was so that Jo wouldn't [[DyingAlone die alone]], but Ellen still [[OutlivingOnesOffspring ends up watching her die]] before she sets off the explosion.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'': Allison dies in Scott's arms after being [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice stabbed through the stomach with one of the Oni's swords]]
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'': This is how Charley Dixon's wife dies, with Charley holding her and sobbing. [[TearJerker He's not the only one.]]
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': In order of death: Estelle, Tosh, and Ianto in Jack’s arms.
* ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'': A few of Andrew's assignments die in his arms, such as in the season five episode, "The Peacemaker".
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': Xena and Gabrielle have each died in the other's arms more than once. [[BackFromTheDead They got better.]]
* A RunningGag in ''{{Series/Danger 5}}'' involving Pierre cradling a dying friend or enemy, who'd use their dying breath to pass on the ingredients of a perfect cocktail they'd invented.

* "Run, Joey, Run" by David Geddes, where Julie, a teenaged girl who had become pregnant by her boyfriend, is accidentally shot by her father. When he realizes what he's done, he rushes to her and holds her in his arms as she whispers her last words:
--> Daddy please don't\\
It wasn't his fault\\
He means so much to me\\
Daddy please don't\\
We're gonna get married...\\
* "Arms Tonite" by MotherMother.
-->I died in your arms tonight,\\
I slipped through into the afterlife,\\
It was nice.
* "This is because I can spell confusion with a K and I can like it/It's to dying in another's arms and why I had to try it..." ''Konstantine'', Something Corporate.
* "My Last Breath" by Music/{{Evanescence}}. The narrator in the song is dying, and singing the song to her lover.
--> Can you feel me in your arms?
* ''Naked as We Came'' by Music/IronAndWine.
--> I lay smiling like our sleeping children / One of us will die inside these arms.
* "Sons of Fate" by Music/TheProtomen.
* Concrete Blonde's 'The Sky Is a Poisonous Garden'.
* J. Frank Wilson's ''Last Kiss'' (The Music/PearlJam version is a [[CoveredUp cover]].):
-->But somehow I found my baby that night\\
I lifted her head, she looked at me and said,\\
"Hold me, darling, just a little while."\\
I held her close, I kissed her our last kiss;\\
I found the love that I knew I had missed.\\
Well, now she's gone, even though I hold her tight.\\
I lost my love, my life, that night.
* The album titled "My Arms, Your Hearse" by Music/{{Opeth}}.
* The song "El Paso" from ''Music/GunfighterBalladsAndTrailSongs'' by Music/MartyRobbins, told in PosthumousNarration, ends with the cowboy dying in the arms of his SpicyLatina lover Feleena after being fatally shot down by a posse for killing a guy who tried to rape her. The song's sequel confirms this, as his death also [[DrivenToSuicide drives her to suicide]].
* "The Ghost of You" by Music/MyChemicalRomance makes mention of it.
-->At the top of my lungs, in my arms, she dies.
* "Last Dance" by Covenant:
-->My heart is blackened\\
I am dying in your arms
* "In Your Arms" by Magenta:
-->I just wanna die in your arms\\
Found I had lost my chance\\
I just wanna die in your arms\\
I just wanna die tonight
* "Annie's Song" by John Denver:
-->Let me drown in your laughter\\
Let me die in your arms.


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* In ''ComicStrip/TerryAndThePirates'', Raven Sherman dies in Dude Hennick's arms after Captain Judas shoves her out of the back of a moving truck.

* Both Christian and Cyrano in Roxanne's arms, in ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac''.
* Rodrigo in Schiller's and Verdi's ''Theatre/{{Don Carlo}}s'' dies in the title character's arms.
* Verdi LOVED this trope actually. Here's a list of characters of his that die in the arms of others:
** ''Theatre/{{Rigoletto}}'': Gilda, in her fathers' arms.
** ''Theatre/IlTrovatore'': Leonora, in Manrico's.
** ''Theatre/LaTraviata'': Violetta, in Alfredo's.
** ''Aida'': Aida and Radames, in each other's (see also the Elton John/Tim Rice musical).
** ''La forza del destino'': another Leonora, in Alvaro's.
** ''Simon Boccanegra'': Simon, in his daughter's and Fiesco's.
** ''Ernani'': Ernani to Elvira...
** ''Un ballo in maschera'': Gustav (Richard) to Amelia.
* [[TristanAndIsolde Tristan to Isolde]].
* The title character, Kim, of ''Theatre/MissSaigon''. She dies in the arms of Chris after shooting herself.
* Eponine in Marius's, after being shot returning to the barricades in "Theatre/LesMiserables".
* Audrey in Seymour's in ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors''.
* In most ''Walküre'' stagings, Siegmund to Wotan.
* ''Theatre/AntonyAndCleopatra'': Mark Antony with Cleopatra.
* Theatre/{{Hamlet}} in Horatio's.
** In some adaptations, Gertrude in Claudius's.
* In many if not most productions, Hotspur in Prince Hal's (also a case of CradlingYourKill, with a dose of FoeYay).
* Schiller's ''Kabale und Liebe'': Luisa to Ferdinand.
* Mimì in Rodolfo's arms in ''Theatre/LaBoheme'' by Puccini; subverted in the modern musical ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'', where Mimi has a new lease of life.
** Then played straight in ''Rent'', when Angel dies in Collins' arms.
* Many, many operas and ballets based on Abbé Prévost's character Manon, who dies in the arms of her lover Des Grieux.
* In the famous dramatization of ''East Lynne'', Lady Isabel, disguised as Madam Vine, takes her son William into her arms in his dying moments, and asks him to call her his mother. He does so, and dies. Isabel's ensuing lament that her child died without knowing she was his mother is famous although [[BeamMeUpScotty invariably misquoted]].
* In ''Theatre/{{Aida}}'' there are two examples:
** The titular character's former servant Mereb dies in her arms, fatally injured trying to protect her and her father.
** Aida and Radames die in each other's arms in the tomb.
* In ''bare: a pop opera'', Jason dies in Peter's arms.
* In ''Theatre/LoveNeverDies'', Christine dies in the Phantom's arms.
* ''Theatre/KingLear'': "Enter Lear, with Cordelia dead in his arms."
* In ''Theatre/DreamGirl'', in the DreamSequence where Georgina becomes a fallen woman, she takes a lethal dose of poison and melodramatically collapses into the arms of the brother-in-law she used to love.
* Creator/HenrikIbsen used this in his early plays. Thus, Theatre/{{Catilina}} dies in the arms of Furia in his very first play, and Sigurd dies in the arms of Hjørdis in Theatre/TheWarriorsAtHelgeland. Both also doubles as CradlingYourKill. Further, Theatre/PeerGynt arguably dies in the arms of Solveig. After that, Ibsen seems to have discarded the trope. Although this may be a possible position for Oswald and his mother in Theatre/{{Ghosts}}
* In ''Theatre/WestSideStory'', Maria cradles Tony in her arms as he dies.
* In ''{{Hamilton}}'', Philip dies in his parents' arms.
* As written, the musical of ''Literature/LittleWomen'' has Beth die offstage, but some productions have her die in Jo's arms at the end of their duet "Some Things Are Meant To Be" instead. See, for example, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcCOlF2YvSc this video.]]

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* In the final photo memory of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', [[spoiler:Zelda unleashes a burst of holy energy to protect Link from an attacking Guardian, incapacitating said Guardian. However, Link still collapses from the mortal wounds he took fighting the other Guardians earlier and promptly takes his last breath in a tearful Zelda's arms. Thankfully, he gets better.]]
* The first ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' game has [[spoiler:Xehla]] die in [[spoiler:Kalas]]'s arms after you beat the final BigBad.
* Arcueid dies in Shiki's arms in the end of her route of ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}.'' [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope She gets better.]] DoubleSubverted in the True Ending, where she decides she can't stay with Shiki.]]
* [[spoiler:Nanami]] in Riou's in ''VideoGame/SuikodenII''. [[spoiler:She gets better if you collected all 108 stars before this scene.]]
* Steve Burnside's in Claire Redfield's in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica''. Alfred's just a bit too [[{{Rimshot}} late]] for him and Alexia to do this in the same game, also Luis to Leon in ''4'' to a lesser extent.
** Subverted by Ada in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', who [[DisneyDeath gets better]].
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'', [[spoiler: Ninian]] is seen in [[spoiler: Eliwood]]'s arms in the CG that follows her death scene.
*** In another CG, [[spoiler: Archsage Athos]] dies in [[spoiler: Hector]]'s arms. 20 years later, according to ''Fuuin no Tsurugi'', [[spoiler: Hector]] himself would perish in the arms of [[spoiler: Roy]].
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'', if the player chooses Eirika's path, the first CG in the epilogue shows her holding the dying [[spoiler: Queen Ismaire]] in her arms.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', if the player chooses the ''Birthright'' path, later in the story [[spoiler:Elise dies in her brother Xander's arms after she takes a hit from him that was meant for the Avatar. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Xander does not take it well]]]].
*** Before the route split, [[spoiler:the Avatar's mother, Queen Mikoto, also [[TakingTheBullet takes an attack meant for them]] and expires in their arms shortly after. [[TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening They don't take it well, either]].]]
*** Subverted with [[spoiler:Azura]], also on ''Birthright''. [[spoiler:As she dies, she makes a motion that looks like she planned to crawl towards the Avatar's arms, but she [[DisappearsIntoLight evaporates into water]] before she can reach them.]]
** Almost at the end of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemEchoesShadowsOfValentia'', [[spoiler: Alm's group finds a mortally wounded [[UpperClassTwit Fernand]]. He dies in the arms of his once-best friend, [[SupportingLeader Clive]].]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/RivalSchools Project Justice]]'''s [[spoiler: Taiyo High]] ending, [[spoiler: Hyo]] dies in [[spoiler: his brother Kyousuke]]'s arms.
* ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days]]'' has [[spoiler: Xion's death, or rather Xion's individuality as a separate being. As it wasn't depressing enough already imagine dying in the arms of someone who's forgetting you even as he tries to hold on.]]
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' almost did this when Kairi is revived and Sora has stabbed himself with the Keyblade of People's Hearts. Sora falls backwards, Kairi goes to catch him, and...he disappears, sparkling out of existence. Yes, folks, this is when Roxas was born.
** Ditto in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', as [[spoiler: Master Eraqus]] dies in [[AntiHero Terra's]] arms.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManX 4'', if you choose to play as Zero, after you defeat [[spoiler: Zero's love interest, Iris]], Zero cradles [[spoiler: her]] in his arms until [[spoiler: she]] "dies". A rather touching scene, if you can get past the bad voice acting.
** Similarly in [[VideoGame/MegaManMaverickHunterX the remake of the first game]], [[spoiler: Zero's death scene is redone to have Zero die in X's arms.]]
* A few ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''/''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' endings have a character's love interest dying like this. In at least one case, it's because the player killed him.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', [[spoiler: Claus dies in his brother Lucas' arms]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', during the October Full Moon operation, [[spoiler:Shinjiro is shot to death by the leader of Strega. His childhood friend Akihiko is the one who holds him as he passes away and and the others grieve.]] Also, at the very end of the game, during graduation day, [[spoiler:a weary protagonist, having used all of his (or her, if the player chooses a female protagonist for the Playstation Portable version of the game) power to seal away the harbinger of death, falls asleep and dies in [[RobotGirl Aigis']] arms.]]
** As an another addition, ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} Portable'''s ending on a NewGamePlus gives the protagonist the choice to meet whomever he/she maxed a Social Link with romantically to die in their arms. For the female protagonist, this includes [[spoiler: Shinjiro Aragaki, who merely woke up from a coma three days before.]]
** Many are AnguishedDeclarationOfLove and DeclarationOfProtection. [[spoiler: Ken has PleaseDontLeaveMe (well, [[YouKilledMyFather he's been "left behind" before]]), Akihiko's is a straight up love declaration, and Shinjiro is [[ThinkHappyThoughts still as upbeat as always]]: "I'm glad I met you."]]
** [[spoiler: Chidori romantically dies in Junpei's arms after performing a HeroicSacrifice to save him from dying of a bullet wound by infusing him with her Persona's power. In P3 FES, she can get better if the player fulfilled certain requirements before the scene.]]
* And in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}: Innocent Sin'''s ending, [[spoiler:Maya]] dies in [[spoiler:Tatsuya]]'s arms.
* A couple of examples of this in the ''.hack'' series:
** [[spoiler:Mia]] dies in Elk's arms after the party defeats her true form [[spoiler:Macha the Temptress, the sixth phase of the wave. She gets better.]].
** [[spoiler:Alkaid]] gets data-drained by an AIDA and "dies" in Haseo's arms, providing one of the saddest cutscenes in the G.U. games.
* [[spoiler:Shauna]] dies in [[spoiler:Trish]]'s arms in ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters''.
* The absolutely heartbreaking death of [[spoiler:Isara]] in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''.
** The death of [[spoiler:Gusurg]] in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII''.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 4: The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood'', [[spoiler:Guybrush finds Morgan [=LeFlay=] mortally wounded by her own Blade of Dragotta and runs to her side, holding her in his arms (or rather with his hook hand) as she slowly dies after telling him about the incident in the Marquis De Singe's lab.]]
** [[spoiler:Also, Elaine holds Guybrush in her arms as he is slowly dying from his wounds inflicted by [=LeChuck=]'s Cutlass of Kaflu, and after [[TearJerker she tearfully makes her promise to stop [=LeChuck=] for him]], Guybrush slumps down to the ground as he dies while still in her arms. (He gets better later in Chapter 5.)]]
* Depending on your choices throughout the game, any of your team members in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' can die in Shepard's arms during the assault on [[spoiler: the Collector Base]]
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' this can happen with [[spoiler:Conrad Verner]] in one of the ways his story is resolved. [[spoiler: Also hilariously subverted, as depending on your actions, Conrad has the touching death scene with Shepard... only for another of Shepard's old acquaintances, Jenna, to reveal that she sabotaged the gun and that Conrad was ''never'' shot at all.]]
** [[spoiler:Miranda]] if you don't complete certain prerequisites.
* Bioware does it again in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': [[spoiler: Hawke's mother dies this way.]]
* ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'' Trilogy:
** ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'': [[spoiler:June dies in Junpei's arms in the "safe" and "submarine" endings.]]
** ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'':
*** [[spoiler: Luna's ending]] ends with this between [[spoiler: Sigma and Luna]]. [[ImpliedTrope Possibly]] doubles as FinalFirstHug.
*** Phi and Sigma will die hugging each other if [[spoiler: you fail to defuse the bombs]].
** ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'':
*** [[spoiler: Sigma in Diana's arms]] in the ending where [[spoiler: Diana didn't push the blue button]].
*** Inverted in [[spoiler: Monty Hall]] segment if [[spoiler: you get the answer right. While the room is filled with carbon dioxyde you'll get a gas mask but only one. Junpei will give it to already nearly passed out Akane]] and she'll be held in his arms while ''he'' dies.
-->[[spoiler:'''Junpei''']]: [[TearJerker I'm glad... i got to hear your voice one last time...]]
*** [[spoiler: Getting the wrong answer]] leads to straighter example, except they ''both'' die.
* In a discarded storyboard for VideoGame/TeamFortress2 promotional video Meet The Medic, a BLU Sniper dies dramatically in the arms of a BLU Soldier. Cue BigNo...and then [[MoodWhiplash both of them get run over by an incoming train]].
* ''VideoGame/{{NieR}}'''s third ending has [[spoiler: Kainé]] dying in your character's arms after [[spoiler:you're forced to kill her when the Shade inside her takes control.]] There's also [[spoiler: Fyra in the King's arms, and Devola in Popola's arms.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'': [[spoiler:At the end, [[PowerDegeneration Serah has her final vision]], and as she collapses, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Noel pulls her into a hug to hold her upright]]. After a few seconds, Serah dies, and both of them fall to the ground together, still embracing. When Hope arrives a few minutes later, Noel is [[TearJerker still cradling Serah's body against his chest]].]]
** [[spoiler:Yeul is shown dying several times throughout the story]]; on at least two of these occasions, she is cradled in either [[spoiler:Noel or Caius']] arms.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander'' [[spoiler:Damas]] dies in Jak's arms after he is crushed beneath a vehicle.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** In ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', Kat dies in Six's arms after being headshot by a sniper, and is cradled in PietaPlagiarism fashion.
** Sgt. Johnson in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', while being held by Master Chief.
* Happens to [[spoiler:Grovyle and Celebi]] in ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon''. Except it isn't just one of them. It's ''both'' of them that disappear.
* Both [[spoiler: General Frings and Ion]] die in Luke's arms in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss.'' [[BreakTheHaughty Can't catch a break, can he?]]
* Pictured above: In Videogame/TheLastOfUs, a ZombieApocalypse breaks out, and when trying to carry his daughter Sarah to safety, Joel runs into a soldier who's ordered to shoot them both. He mortally wounds Sarah, who dies in Joel's arms while he pleads for her not to leave him. It got to the point the voice actors/motion capture performers themselves cried.
* In ''VideoGame/ProjectFirestart'', if Mary dies while following Jon, the player gets a short {{cutscene}} of her last moments while cradled in Jon's arms.
* In ''Thor: God of Thunder'', a game set before the events of ''{{Film/Thor}}'', Sif becomes dead for a short time. She pushes another Asgardian out of danger, is impaled, and dies in Thor's arms, causing him to be enraged and seek vengeance for her death.
--> '''Thor:''' Sif...
--> '''Sif:''' ''Stupid.'' I should've seen it coming.
* Happens quite a few times in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'':
** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', [[spoiler:it happens in a strange way: when Hugo Strange is stabbed by Ra's al Ghul, Batman cradles the dying doctor in his arms while sharply arguing with Ra's. But by then, the doctor initiates Protocol 11 before dying in Batman's arms, seconds before Batman quickly lets go of him and escapes from the exploding tower along with Ra's.]]
*** [[spoiler:And near the end, Talia al Ghul gets shot InTheBack by the real Joker after falling for the "fake Joker gag" and falls into Batman's arms before dying.]]
** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'', [[spoiler:Alfred Pennyworth sadly dies in Batman's embrace right after being rescued in the damaged Batcave. Only temporarily, though, as the former is OnlyMostlyDead and can be revived by Batman and the power of Electrocutioner's MagicalDefibrillator Shock Gloves.]]
** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', [[spoiler: Poison Ivy collapses in [[ShipTease Batman's arms]] after using the last of her strength to disperse [[BigBad Scarecrow's]] fear gas spread by the Cloudburst. After muttering, "[[FamousLastWords Nature always wins]]," [[RedemptionEqualsDeath she dies]] and her body [[NoBodyLeftBehind disintegrates into pollen]]]].
* In ''VideoGame/NiNoKuni'', when the party [[TimeyWimeyBall suddenly ends up back in time,]] they meet the Emperor of Hamelin, whom they [[ForegoneConclusion already know]] [[OhAndXDies died fifteen years ago.]] [[spoiler: He dies being cradled by Swaine, whom he knows perfectly well [[WellDoneSonGuy is his son from the future.]] The elder Swaine has just had to watch his younger self run away from home, fully believing [[TheUnfavorite his father only loves his younger brother.]] The elder only realizes how wrong this is as he embraces his father one last time.]] This naturally leads to [[BigNo a hugely, giganticly, screen-shaking "NOOO!"]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Galerians}}'' series has one of these per game, involving the same characters, though they trade places. In the denouement of the first game, Lilia holds Rion as his brain shuts down from [[DeadlyUpgrade psychic overstress]]. As the second game approaches its finale, Rion holds Lilia as her body shuts down from radiation poisoning.
* ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'' features two, one which happens during play and one which is only told about through FlashBack:
** In the Valley of Dragons, [[spoiler:a very desperate Kyrie]] asks Naja to kill him. Naja obliges, but it's Morte who holds him as he makes his FinalSpeech before he DisappearsIntoLight.
** In the Cave of Memories, Taupy is forced to recall [[spoiler:killing his best friend, Ace]], and mentions that he held him as he died.
* ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' does this three times over the course of its two games. In the first game, [[spoiler:Jinana and Lupa]] die in the arms of, respectively, [[spoiler:Argilla and Gale]]. In the second game, [[spoiler:Angel and Gale are ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice by one another and die in an embrace.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Snatcher}}'', [[spoiler:Harry]] dies in Gillian's arms.
* In the ''Anime/CodeGeass'' DatingSim ''Lost Colors'', there are two {{downer ending}}s in which the PlayerCharacter dies in the arms of either [[spoiler: Kallen Kouzuki]] or [[spoiler: Nagisa Chiba]]
* ''VideoGame/MinecraftStoryMode'': [[spoiler: Either Ellegaard or Magnus will give you their armor before the confrontation with the Wither Storm and will end up being fatally wounded in the ensuing chaos. After the Wither Storm is defeated, you find Soren cradling his dying friend.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}} Liberation Day'', [[spoiler:Chigara, who had just been mind-controlled by the BigBad into kicking off the [[WhamEpisode Liberation Day massacre]], gets shot by Veniczar Fontana mere seconds after kicking the BigBad’s spirit out of her body. As Kayto cradles her in his arms, she apologizes that they won’t be able to open their bakery and dies.]]
* After the climactic battle with the ClimaxBoss of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel II'', [[spoiler: Crow dies after performing a HeroicSacrifice]] in Rean's arms to the latter's regret.
* In the opening level of ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', [[TheHighQueen Empress Jessamine]] dies in her [[BodyguardCrush bodyguard]] [[PlayerCharacter Corvo]]'s arms after a supernatural assassin runs her through.

* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': in one of the latest acts, [[spoiler:Rose dies in Roxy's arms. Made all the more poignant because Rose got stabbed trying to avenge her girlfriend, and because both girls had only just met each other after years of eagerly waiting for it, especially since [[ItMakesSenseInContext they are each other's mother in two different realities]].]]
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20061215 Lars in Agatha's.]]
** It seems to be happening with [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101018 Zeetha]], but she got better.
* Therkla in Elan's in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. To make matters worse, despite the fact that resurrection is relatively easy for an adventuring party...
-->'''Therkla''': "I'll take my chances that the Afterlife won't have any punishment worse than not being with you."
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0184.html Cut short earlier in the series]].
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0301.html Milk dudes in Soda's arms]]
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0472.html Daigo in Kazumi's arms]] - averted at the last minute.
* Zoë from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' was last seen cradled in Riff's arms, although no one knows if she's really dead or not.
** It still counts because Riff believes she died. [[spoiler:She didn't. [[FateWorseThanDeath It was actually far, far worse. Until it wasn't.]]]]
* Growp from ''Spacetrawler'', in the process of being disintergrated, is caught in the arms of Emily before confessing his love. He proceeds to break up into small pieces.
* ''TAL'' has [[spoiler:Hiljo's]] death in Chapter [[spoiler:47]], in which he dies in Yu Jin's arms. Doubles as TearJerker when [[spoiler:Haje and Jenna, who he raised from their childhoods, show up; Jenna panics, noting that Hiljo isn't moving or breathing, and asks Haje what they should do... Haje, being mute, can do nothing but cry.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' has this played out word-for-word. After Gordito kills the zombified Ben Franklin, Doc accusingly says "You just killed my mentor. He died in my arms." Gordito reprimands him by saying "It must have been something you said," and reminds him they still have work to do and don't have time to mourn.

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* [[spoiler:Ma-Ti]] in WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's arms at the end of ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights''.
* [[DarkActionGirl Clio Gabriella]] died this way in v4 of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', in the arms of her boyfriend Simon Telamon. She [[AlasPoorVillain even begged for him to help her.]]
* In the 10th season Machinima/RedVsBlue [[spoiler:CT]] in the arms of [[spoiler:The Insurrection Leader]] after being mortally wounded by [[spoiler:Tex]]
* In the penultimate chapter of ''Literature/ThePiratesCoveredInFur'', [[spoiler:Tully]] dies in [[spoiler:Michum's]] arms after being fatally wounded in the swordfight against Lyle Krinkor.
* At the climatic ending to the Reflection arc of ''Roleplay/{{AJCO}}'', the Doctor perishes in the re-education chamber and A_J gathers her corpse up in her arms while the others watch on, horrified at what they had just done.
* A fan's take on a ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' "Meet the Spy" animation has the Spy [[ChewingTheScenery over-selling]] his "death" to an Engineer who just shot him, collapsing dramatically into the Engineer's arms (complete with PietaPlagiarism), [[spoiler:so he can have a point blank shot to the Engineer's head, just as planned]]. (See it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdZE59eJdEw here]].)

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', [[spoiler: IdiotHero Sadlygrove dies in the arms of his LoveInterest, Evangelyne. Luckily, he gets better and returns early into the following season]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'': Silverbolt ''thinks'' this happens with Blackarachnia (complete with BigNo). Rattrap and Rhinox let him get it out of his system, before mockingly pointing out that she's merely in [[OnlyMostlyDead Stasis Lock.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' [[spoiler:Aang]] dies in Katara's arms in the season two finale. He got better with the assistance of the spirit water and Katara's healing powers, though [[spoiler: he can't access the Avatar State until the final battle against Ozai]].
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' has TheHero Lion-O doing this twice:
** In "Omens Part Two" he holds his father King Claudus as he dies having been stabbed InTheBack by the series BigBad, and Claudus has just enough time to tell Lion-O he's SoProudOfYou.
** In "Song of the Petalars" Lion-O holds his {{Lilliputian|s}} PlantPerson friend Emrick in the palms of his hands, as Emrick dies of old age, due to his race's [[RapidAging one-day]] lifespan. Lion-O grieves that Emrick hasn't achieved all his goals, but Emrick, who by his [[TimeDissonance reckoning]] has led a rich, [[WeAreAsMayflies fulll lifetime]], assures him that ItsTheJourneyThatCounts.
* Yakko Warner cradles his sister Dot as she dies near the end of ''WesternAnimation/WakkosWish'', breaking down in tears as she makes him tell her special story "one last time." We see later [[spoiler:she, and arguably he, were just acting]] but it's no less [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] to watch.
* Used on the odd occasion in ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'', notably after Christopher Walken enters a psychotic rage and crushes Gary Oldman's head, he then snaps out of it and cradles his opponent in his arms.
** Also during Nick Diamond's version of Moses leading his people out of Egypt, Moses loses to Rhameses the Pharaoh, but the fight is interrupted by Harrison Ford, who holds Moses in his arms before he dies and agrees to lead the Israelites out in his place.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} gets pushed off a building by Scarecrow. She just happens to ([[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence graphically]]) fall on her father's police car and dies in his arms. This causes Gordon to blame Franchise/{{Batman}} and try to capture him. The episode was thankfully AllJustADream and Barbara is alive and well decades later in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
* In the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', [[spoiler:Ashi [[RetGone fades from existence]] in Jack's arms. On their wedding day, to boot]].
* The first WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon, ''WesternAnimation/AWildHare'', has Bugs stage a fake death scene in Elmer's arms.