Dying Declaration Of Hate

"To the last I grapple with thee; from hellís heart I stab at thee; for hateís sake I spit my last breath at thee."
Captain Ahab, Moby-Dick

Knowing that you're about to die can certainly have a liberating effect on people, as suddenly all the constraining rules of etiquette and having to play nice suddenly don't seem so important anymore. For example, sometimes it lets people get past hangups like Cannot Spit It Out and make a final, tragic statement of love... and sometimes it lets you tell someone you loathe, especially you've had to put up with because they're part of your social circle or someone with power over you like a boss, just what a Jerk Ass they are.

This can be played either for laughs or drama. Either way counts as being related to "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner, while the more dramatic version tends to overlap with tropes such as Dying Curse and Defiant to the End. Inversions include Dying Declaration of Love and It Has Been an Honor.

Naturally, if the character do wind up living through whatever they're experiencing, this can cause quite a bit of embarrassment and trouble for them...

Compare See You in Hell. See also Last Breath Bullet.

As a Death Trope there may well be unmarked spoilers! Proceed at your own risk!


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Evil Matriarch Precia Testarossa in the original Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series confesses her hatred for Fate, though neither is dying at that point. Later on, when Precia is falling to her death, Fate tries to save her but she rejects her again.
  • In Umineko: When They Cry, Eva declares her hatred of her niece Ange a few minutes before she dies. Ange hardly seems surprised and retorts that it's mutual.
  • Naruto makes it one its biggest Tear Jerkers in the Gaara flashback, when Yashamaru says to Gaara that he never loved him, nor did Gaara's own mother (who died giving him birth), before making himself explode. And it's revealed much later that neither declaration was even true: Karura died blessing Gaara and promising to protect him, and Yashamaru did care for him but was forced to both lie and kill himself by Gaara's Archnemesis Dad aka the Kazekage.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, before Roy finishes off the last remaining Ishbalan, his victim calmly says "I... will never forgive you."
  • In a flashback in Fruits Basket, Tohru's mother Kyoko tells Kyo "I'll never forgive you," as she lies dying after being hit by a car that he could have saved her from but didn't due to fear of revealing his curse. A later flashback reveals that this is actually a subversion: Kyoko was trying to tell Kyo that she'd never forgive him if he didn't keep his promise to look out for Tohru. Her intended last words were "If you don't protect Tohru, or I'll never forgive you"

  • In Click, the protagonist does this momentarily but changes his mind. While dying, he makes amends with his family & flips off his ex-wife's husband but he then gestures that he was just kidding & gives him a thumbs up.
  • The Emperor's New Groove: Right after Pacha rescues Kuzco from the panthers, they end up tied to a log. Pacha insists he can think of a way out; the log then cracks, leaving just enough time for Kuzco to say "I hate you", before they plummet into the chasm below.
  • Aliens has an unusual variation. When Vasquez and Ensign Newbie Gorman get ready to kill themselves and some nearby aliens with a grenade, Vazquez says "You always were an asshole, Gorman." The unusual thing is that she means it, referring to Gorman's incompetence as an officer and such, but there's also a twinge of respect because Gorman showed in courage in trying to come back to save her.
  • In Revenge of the Sith, after Obi-Wan defeats Anakin in a duel (cutting off Anakin's legs and non-cybernetic arm and leaving him very close to a large pool of lava), Anakin's reaction to Obi-Wan's lecture about his failures as The Chosen One is the enraged scream "I HATE YOU!"
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: Khan borrowed Ahab's parting words as his final declaration of hatred for Admiral Kirk.
  • In Starship Troopers, a human soldier about to be killed by a "brain bug" which controls the seemingly mindless insects in the Bug War uses his last words to tell it "One day, someone like me is gonna kill you... and your whole fucking race!"
  • In Dumb and Dumber, as the duo accidentally feed Mental rat poison thinking it's his ulcer medicine, he shouts at Harry "You... son of a bitch!" He's visibly depressed later. ("But he blamed me. You heard him. Those were his last words." "Not if you count the gurgling sound.")

  • Moby-Dick gives us one of the most famous of all time, as seen on the page quote.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire
    • Tywin Lannister never made it secret that he loathed his son Tyrion, but he still grudgingly acknowledged that Tyrion was still his son. When said son finally gets fed up with all of Tywin's abuse and murders him in the privy, Tywin's last words are "you are not my son".
    • When Robb Stark has to execute one of his bannermen for a treasonous act, he asks him if he has any last words. The man spits at him, "Kill me and be done with it. You are no king of mine."

    Live Action TV 
  • In the Parks and Recreation episode "Ron and Tammy", Ron muses on this trope:
    "On my deathbed, my final wish is to have my ex-wives rush to my side so I can use my dying breath to tell them both to go to hell one last time."
  • In 24, Tony Almeida gets this from his long-time collaborator David Emerson after betraying him.

  • There is a joke (told in several variants) about a man who, while on deathbed, asks his wife to marry a certain person after his death. She agrees, and then says "I thought you hated him". With his last breath, the husband says "hell yes I do".

  • In Red vs. Blue Church uses his dying words to say that he always hated Tucker most.
    • Also, during Recreation, when Grif thought they were going to die he used the time to call out Sarge and tell Sarge what he really thought of him.

  • Romeo and Juliet has the last words of Mercutio (whose death changes the tone of the play completely), where he says this not just of Tybalt (who actually killed him) but Romeo (who tried to stop the fight, yet only managed to get Mercutio killed) and everyone in the families whose feud lead to his death.
    A Plague on Both Your Houses! They have made worms' meat of me. I have it, And soundly too. Your houses!
  • Many productions of Peter Pan have Hook take a moment to tell Peter just how much he loathes Pan immediately before falling to the croc.

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  • Towards the end of 8-Bit Theater, Black Mage starts using power that essentially make him a Humanoid Abomination and killing off the other main cast members. Thief attempts to backstab Black Mage, but it does no harm at all. Thief's last words:
    "My only regret is I didn't hate you more."
  • In one strip of Beaver and Steve, the two title characters are cornered by monsters in an alley. When Beaver asks Steve if there's anything he wants to say before they die, he replies "I've always secretly hated you."
  • As Redcloak's brother Right-eye is dying at the end of The Order of the Stick prequel Start of Darkness, he refers to his brother as "Redcloak", a name he basically considers a demeaning slave name, for the first time.

    Web Original 
  • In Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Guldo, the Butt Monkey from the Ginyu Force, often tried to reach out and be friendly to Vegeta, only for Vegeta to abuse him in return. In particular, Vegeta had a fondness for throwing doggie treats at Guldo's head, which Guldo found especially demeaning. When Guldo is fighting Gohan and Krillin, he gets mortally wounded by a sneak attack by Vegeta, and begins pondering the afterlife... and Vegeta breaks it up by throwing a dog biscuit at his head.
  • In a deleted scene from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series episode 46, Marik and Florence get a Dying Declaration of Hate as they are about to be killed by Melvin. ...a moment which is quickly killed by Marik insisting he's straight.
    Bakura: Marik, I... I hate you. I hate you with all my heart. I hate you more than I've ever hated anybody. I hate you so much I can barely take it. In fact, I want to go on hating you for the rest of my life. And if our world is destroyed, well, I won't be able to hate you anymore.
    Marik: Oh, Bakura! I had no idea you felt that way about me! I-if it makes you feel any better, I hate you too. I think I hated you from the moment I first met you.
    Bakura: In that case Marik, if we win this duel, let us go and make sweet hatred together. Just you and me. Hating each other. All night long.
    Marik: Yes! Wait a second, are you coming on to me? I already told you, Bakura, I'm not gay!

    Western Animation 
  • A villain on villain example combining with "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: In Megas XLR a couple Glorft mooks look out the window to see Megas seconds away from crashing into the mothership, right where they stand. One turns to the other and says, "I've always hated you." Cue explosion.
  • In Metalocalypse, Toki and Skwisgaar get one of these moments when they believe they're about to be killed. Of course, considering the band is made up entirely of Heroic Comedic Sociopaths, it may be more of an Insult of Endearment.
    Toki: *facing certain death* I hates you, Squisgar.
    Squisgar: I knows.
  • In Family Guy, when a very drunk Peter accidentally causes his father's death, Francis asks Peter to come closer to listen to what he has to say. His last words were "You're a fat, stinking drunk!" Francis "loved" Peter like a son, but he never LIKED him. Peter soon realized afterward that Francis wasn't even his biological father in the first place, which may have had something to do with Francis dislike. His father was actually an Irish town drunk named Mikey Mcfinnigan.
  • In the Futurama episode "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles", Professor Farnsworth (who's drowning) curses Zoidberg (not for any related reason, everyone just hates him). Definitely a parody of the Dying Curse trope.
    Fansworth: With my last breath, I curse Zoidberg!
  • From the 1949 Looney Tunes "High Diving Hare," after being tricked by Bugs Bunny for the third time, Yosemite Sam unfalls to glare at his adversary long enough to say, "Ah hate you." Sam then resumes plummeting to his doom.
  • When Bolin is forced to save Corrupt Corporate Executive/Mad Scientist Varrick in the fourth season of The Legend of Korra from a situation likely to kill them both that had been engineered by Varrick, he makes sure to tell Varrick how much he hates the guy just before making a desperate attempt to survive.

    Real Life 
  • There is a story (not a mainstream one) that the Prophet Muhammad died 632 AD from the complications of eating poisoned mutton in 629 AD. The poisoneress was Zainab bat el-Harith, a Jewish woman whose family Muhammad had slaughtered and whom herself he had taken as a concubine/sex slave. Muhammad, as his last words, cursed the Jews and Christians as they had built synagogues and churches on prophets' graves. This story is doubted by most scholars, with the traditional tale (that Muhammad's last words were "Rather, on to God Most High") being more considered more credible.