"Facing the Bullets" One-Liner
"My ancestors are smiling at me, Imperial. Can you say the same?"
Before a character dies, they fire off a line essentially saying "I'm going to die, but our fight goes on
," or otherwise demonstrating their continued defiance toward and disdain for their killers.
Can be the last line of an entire series if it's a Bolivian Army Ending
. The Doomed Moral Victor
is... fond of this trope. A specific take is Regret Eating Me
as well as See You in Hell
. Very very often a Moment Of Awesome
. Some do manage to live, but there's significant overlap with Famous Last Words
. A subtrope of Gallows Humor
See Face Death with Dignity
. Similar to Defiant to the End
, but employs humor rather than treating the situation with contempt or rage. See also Dying Declaration Of Hate
Since this is a Death Trope
, beware of unmarked Spoilers
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Anime and Manga
- In the Sin City book "The Hard Goodbye", Marv says "Is that the best you can do, you pansies?" while being executed by electric chair.
- These also may be the last words of Serial Killer Albert Fish.
- Toward the end of "That Yellow Bastard":
Hartigan: An old man dies, a young girl lives. Fair trade.
Hartigan: I love you, Nancy.
- A classic one at the end of RED.
Paul Moses: I'm the monster. Do your best.
- The second Blue Beetle gets one in Countdown to Final Crisis, where a villain has captured the Beetle, threatening to kill him unless he teams up with him. The Beetle's response? "Rot in hell, Max."
- The cover to the issue featuring the death of the third Blue Beetle has him echoing the line when placed in an identical situation by a different villain. he manages to survive it this time.
- In the Grendel Tales: Devil' Choices, main bad guy, captured and facing firing squad yells at the squad: "ATTENTION! As you were! That was lousy, soldiers. Next time it better be perfect. At-ten-tion! Aim! FIRE YOU FUCKS!
- In Daredevil, the Kingpin tracks down one of his lieutenants who had betrayed him. Knowing he's dead meat anyway, the underling proceeds to point out Kingpin's failings as a father and a husband before uttering his epic final words: "L'chaim, fat ass!"
- In Fantastic Four:
Johnny: A billion to one? You think I'm afraid of that? YOU THINK I'M AFRAID OF THAT?! FLAME ON!
- Lobster Random, as he is about to be executed at the beginning of the story, asks his executioners to hurry up as "[he's] got things to do, being dead and all." Luckily, he is rescued before the terminal regression fully takes effect.
- The first issue of Marvel Zombies has Magneto fighting an entire army of zombie superheroes. Just as he's cornered and the zombies are about to eat him Magneto yells: "I hope you choke on me!"
- "A ninja's duty in life... is death!" said in Usagi Yojimbo by Shingen of the Neko ninja clan, whose last chance to sabotage an armory is to light a pile of black powder while he and the corrupt government member he's shouting at are inside the building. Overlaps with Not Quite Dead and adds a hint of irony because that ninja had been struck down earlier.
- From Next Wave: "My name's Dirk Anger and I say ☠☠☠☠ all of you."
- In Batman's Detective Comics Issue #64, "The Joker Walks the Last Mile", the Clown Prince of Crime says this line to a cop who is leading him to his execution: "So this is the famous Last Mile, eh? Don't cry, boys...this will hurt me worse than it'll hurt you! Ha! Ha!" (He gets better a little later, though.)
- In the film, The Alamo, Davy Crockett is left the only survivor of the entire battle. Santa Anna offers him a chance to live by formally surrendering for his army, but Crockett rejects it and demands that Santa Ana's army surrender to him instead. Furious, the enemy commander orders him stabbed with bayonets, to which Davy's only reply is a warning that "I'm a screamer!"
- Two in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe:
- A talking fox to the White Witch, who has Edmund, one of the prophesied kings of Narnia, captive.
Fox: Forgive me, your majesty.
The Witch: Don't waste my time with flattery.
Fox: Not to seem rude, but I wasn't actually talking to you.
- Tumnus' last words before being turned into stone: "I believe in a free Narnia."
- Braveheart: FREEEEEEDOOOOOOOM!!!!!
- Inglourious Basterds: Say "Auf Wiedersehen" to your Nazi balls!
- Watkins in the Starship Troopers movie gets "Just trying to kill some bugs, sir!" before setting off a nuke to bring down as many bugs as he can (as he is too badly wounded to run with the main characters).
- Although really his last words are something along the lines of "want some? WANT SOME?" with added swearing and shooting thrown in (possibly as a nod to Aliens, see below), which might in fact be even better.
- Star Wars: "You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine."
- Private Hudson's death scene in Aliens. Even as the monsters are pulling him through the floor, he's firing and screaming "Come on! Let's go, yeah! YEAH! Come on! Come and get it, bastards! Come on, you too! Oh, you want some of this? Take it! Yeah, fuck you!"
- Not to mention Vasquez's "You always were an asshole, Gorman".
- In Alien³, Dillon gets the last laugh too. "Is that all you can do?"
- In the John Wayne movie The Cowboys, Jebediah Nightlinger (the inimitable Roscoe Lee Browne) is about to be lynched. He is granted permission to make his peace with God and says:
I regret trifling with married women. I'm thoroughly ashamed at cheating at cards. I deplore my occasional departures from the truth. Forgive me for taking your name in vain, my Saturday drunkenness, my Sunday sloth. Above all, forgive me for the men I've killed in anger ... and those I am about to.
- In the fantasy movie The Fall: "They'll pay you well for Darwin's hide".
- Breaker Morant: "Shoot straight, you bastards - don't make a mess of it!"
- There is speculation that the real quote was simply "Shoot straight" - that is, "tell the truth about why you're shooting us."
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: "For a moment there, I thought we were in trouble."
- The horror film Dog Soldiers features the dying words of Spoon to the werewolf about to eat him: "I hope I give you the shits, you fucking wimp."
- In V for Vendetta, V is facing down a squad of enemies:
Creedy: You've got nothing. Nothing but your bloody knives and your fancy karate gimmicks...we have guns!
V: No, what you have are bullets... and the hope that when your guns are empty I am no longer standing because if I am, you'll all be dead before you've reloaded.
- And when their guns were empty, he was still standing.
Hal Tucker: "Delmar, from me to you, you're an asshole."
Delmar: Yeah? And you're a loud-mouth punk slag, who's about to die."
- Sabretooth gets a good one in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as both Logan and Creed are facing a firing squad. Subverted in that he knows he isn't going to die, so it's more of a mocking one liner.
- Jurassic Park: Robert Muldoon gets one before being mauled by the "Big One."
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Of course, he escapes.
Irina Spalko: "Any defiant last words, Dr. Jones?"
- The Wicker Man: "Dear God, I humbly entreat thee for the soul of this thy servant, Neil Howie, who will today depart from this world. Do not deliver me into the enemy's hands or put me out of mind forever. Let me not undergo the real pains of hell, dear God, because I die unshriven. And establish me in that bliss which knows no ending, O Christ, Our Lord..."
- Day of the Dead. "Choke on 'em!"
- Repeated as a tribute on Dead Set, by Patrick.
- Bert's one badass moment in Cabin Fever; he's at death's door from the virus, and, right before being gooified by shotgun fire, barely conscious, he says, "Goodnight, fucker..."
- Saw VI has Josh telling William "When you're killing me you LOOK. AT. ME."
- In the beginning of The Battle of Algiers the random Algerian nationalist being executed gets this, thereby inspiring Ali La Pointe.
- In Red Dawn (1984), the executed civilians sing America the Beautiful just before being gunned down.
- In Disturbing Behavior, Mr. Newburry has this to say just before his Heroic Sacrifice:
- Dong-Soo in Friend, upon being ambushed and stabbed dozens of times by a young and seemingly terrified henchman of his arch-enemy:
Dong-Soo: You've stabbed me enough. You can go now.
- In The Prestige, one of the many dueling main characters is about to be hanged.
Guard: Any last words?
Alfred Borden: Abra Kadabra. *the trap door of the gallows opens*
- A villainous example: Apophis gets one in Stargate Continuum, shortly before being executed by supreme System Lord Ba'al:
Apophis: May your reign be measured in days, and your death in years.
- Ghostbusters: Ray and Peter have this little exchange right before they cross the streams in a desperate, almost certainly suicidal gambit to stop Gozer:
Peter Venkman: See you on the other side, Ray.
Ray Stantz: Nice working with you, Dr. Venkman.
- In another villanous example in the second movie, the Big Bad was quoted to have said "Death is but a door, time is but a window, I'll be back!" This just before he was brutally executed.
- Children of Men: Pull my finger.
- Valkyrie: LONG LIVE SACRED GERMANY!!!
- Abraham Whistler in Blade: Trinity.
SWAT Cop: Move a finger and you're dead!
- While a bit tricky on the heroic part, it's hard to fault that considering the nature of Full Metal Jacket. Namely, the drill sergeant staring down the barrel of a loaded M-14 being held by a visibly deranged recruit that had just that day gotten word that he made it through to proper infantry. He may have thought "Private Pyle" wasn't going to shoot at all, or that yelling him down would work as it always had, but you have to have a set in order to look your potential murderer in the eye and shout "What is your major malfunction, NUMBNUTS!?"
- In The Last Starfighter, from the villains:
Kodan Officer: We're locked into the moon's gravitational pull! What do we do?
Commander Kril: We die.
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country: General Chang (who has been endlessly quoting Shakespeare as his cloaked Bird of Prey hammers the Enterprise) realizes the end has come when the Enterpise fired a modified torpedo to home onto his ship's gas emissions, and sees it coming straight for the screen.
- Amon Goeth in Schindlers List at his hanging.
Goeth: Heil Hitler. <Thunk>
- The Lord of the Rings has Gandalf's last words : "Fly, you fools" before he falls to the abyss dragged by the balrog. The trope is subverted since Gandalf does not die right there and keeps on fighting but his fellowship and the audience doesn't learn that until much later.
- In Shaun of the Dead, Ed ends up in the basement of a bar that is burning down on top of him, mortally wounded by a zombie with only two bullets left in his gun. As Shaun and Liz make their tearful farewell...
Liz: Goodbye, Ed. Love you.
Shaun: I love you too, man.
- From Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage, just before Hans Scholl is beheaded.
Hans: Es lebe die Freiheit! (Long live freedom!)
- In Django Unchained, Dr. Schultz is bested and humiliated by Mr. Candie, only for Candie to demand he shake his hand like a partner lest everything be undone. Schultz, despite being in the room with an armed mook, instead opts to draw his gun, kill Candie, and shrug:
- In Prisoners, Holly Jones gives one to Detective Loki as he enters the room where she is about to murder Anna Dover.
- Downplayed in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, since Ron doesn't actually get killed, but near the end of the chess game, he had every reason to believe that he would be...
Live Action TV
- Paul Kellerman in Prison Break. When he is sitting in the prison van that "just happens to pull into the side of the road" he starts talking about how the French considered it an honour to face execution with a smile. Then the doors are opened by a masked man with with a sub-machine gun, and Kellerman says "Took you long enough?". Cue the gunfire, This is subverted when he wasn't the one who got shot.
- In "Prophecy Girl", the Buffy first-season finale, Buffy prepares to face her prophesied death and succumbs to her own Buffy Speak when trying to make up a noble last line: "When Giles wakes up, tell him ... oh, I don't know. Make up something cool, tell him I said it."
- Rome has something similar for Brutus' death. "Tell my mother...tell her something suitable."
- Doctor Who:
- In the story "Day of the Daleks", the Controller (the human leader of a Dalek puppet government who switched sides to aid the Doctor) says "Who knows? I may have helped to exterminate you," just before he gets, well, exterminated.
- Echoed in "Bad Wolf", after The Controller (the human controller of a Dalek puppet corporation who switched sides to aid the Doctor) says "Oh my masters! You can kill me, for I have brought your destruction!" just before she gets, well, destroyed.
- The Daleks elicit this type of reaction very, very often:
Jack Harkness: I kinda figured that!
- Before Danny was shot dead in Spooks, he went into a rant, calling his Iraqi captor a "death-worshipping fascist". Arguably a case of "provoking the bullets one-liner", as he went on the rant specifically in order to get shot dead and thus save his companion's life.
- In the Blackadder Goes Forth episode "Corporal Punishment", Blackadder comes up with some snappy one-liners when he's facing the firing squad ("This side of the wall or the other side?"). However, when it starts to look like his planned last-minute reprieve isn't going to happen, his nerve breaks and his actual last words (had the reprieve not happened anyway) would have been "Okay, something's gone badly wrong here. Baldrick, you're mincemeat!"
- Played straight in the final episode of the same series; just before Blackadder and his men go over the top, Baldrick comes up with a cunning plan to escape. Blackadder muses "Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would've noticed another madman around here?", followed by him wishing the others good luck - a surprisingly warm statement, coming from our favorite Magnificent Bastard.
- Subverted in Blackadder II; Percy says, regarding one of the day's executions:
Farrow was rather moving, my lord. A great strong man, he stood there gaunt and noble in the early morning mist, and in a loud clear voice he cried out, "My wife might have bloody well turned up."
- In The Avengers episode "The Living Dead", Steed is put up in front of a firing squad with (seemingly) no help coming:
Executioner: Do you have any last requests?
Steed: Yes, could you cancel my milk?
- Star Trek: Voyager: the Vidiians have invaded and captured the duplicate U.S.S. Voyager and burst in to take control. Captain Janeway turns to them, smiles pleasantly, and says, "Hello. I'm Captain Kathryn Janeway. Welcome to the bridge." Cue the autodestruct.
- LOST: Ben and a man pretending to be Locke have finally found Jacob. After Ben recites his list of grievances about how Jacob always ignored him even though Ben dutifully followed his orders, and that Ben has never been allowed to see him but Locke is marched straight to him, Ben asks "what about me?" Jacob replies "what ''about'' you?" Ben stabs him to death.
- Though these aren't actually his last words; those would be "they're coming" as he lies bleeding to death.
- Battlestar Galactica. When confronted by Cylon agent (and ex-lover) Gina, Admiral Cain's last words are short and rude, as befits her character.
Gina: Can you roll over, do tricks, beg?
- The Wire: Stringer Bell gets a matter-of-fact one of these as he is cornered by Brother Mouzone and Omar Little: "Well get ON with it, motherf-". This becomes a moment of Fridge Brilliance when you realise that Bunny Colvin utters the very same words as he feels the fallout over "Hamsterdam".
- Bodie also gets a good one: "This is MY corner! I ain't goin' NOWHERE!"
- Supernatural: In Season 5, Jo and Ellen die blowing up hellhounds with a homemade bomb—it was Jo's idea. Jo gets a Final Speech, while Ellen, right before she pushes the button, sneers at one of the hellhounds, "You can go straight back to Hell, you UGLY BITCH!!!"
- Angel has one as part of the Bolivian Army Ending. The heroes are facing an entire army of demons, including a dragon, and someone asks what the plan should be.
Angel: Well... I kind of want to slay the dragon.
- And the last words of the show: "Let's go to work."
- Stargate SG-1's most memorable example is when There But For the Grace of God, AU Sam is trying to prevent a Goa'uld invasion of Earth/the SGC. When some Jaffa corner her in the briefing room, she at first claims to surrender and that she has valuable technology she's willing to share with Apophis. They cautiously lower their weapons, expecting this weak human woman to show them the tech, giving her time to pull out a grenade and say "Thank you. I also wish to blow us all to hell." Cue massive explosion.
- Every free Jaffa: "I die free!"
- Colonel O'Neill has some good ones. One of my favorites: "Now what?" "Now we die." "Well, that's a bad plan."
- Hathor's last lines and O'Neill's response are pretty good. Colonel O'Neill grabs Hathor from behind.
Hathor: We will destroy you for this!
O'Neill: And we would just like you to go away!
- Ma'chello's very bitter sweet goodbye. "Thank you, for my holiday."
- A slight subversion, O'Neill THINKS he and Teal'c are about to bite the big one.
O'Neill: Mayday, mayday. We are so goin' in!
- Get Smart has plenty of these comebacks in the face of danger such as Smart saying "And loving it!" when told of the dangers he's face. One particularly good line is when he's told that if captured he'll be tortured. "Well, I can stand the pain if they can stand the screaming."
- Farscape: in The Peacekeeper Wars, Ka'Dargo finds himself mortally wounded by a Scarran attack, but true to his Luxan heritage, he opts to go down fighting. Crichton offers some words, "The first Scarran you see, you tell him who his daddy is!". As the Scarrans pour into the scene, he grimly says, "I'm your daddy!" before unloading with two plasma rifles, providing cover for the others to escape on Moya..
- Subverted in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. When Damar is about to be executed, he goes into the whole "you can't kill the movement" speech before a Jem'hadar cuts him off by saying that last words are not permitted. His final speech ends up consisting of "keep..."
- Person of Interest:
- Snow, strapped into a bomb vest he can't deactivate, decides to take Kara with him, and faces their imminent death with absolute calm.
Snow: You were right, Kara, about me being dead. I'm gonna be great at it.
- The Special Counsel in the season 2 finale is executed by his former subordinate after completely failing his task of protecting the Machine. His last words to his killer are an even "Fair enough."
- In the same episode, imprisoned mob boss Carl Elias is taken from the prison and driven out to the middle of nowhere by a pair of Dirty Cops. His first words when the bag is taken off his head?
- Scarface, right before a bomb goes off that will kill him and a bunch of Dominic's guys who were beating him to get to Elias:
Scarface: As the Romans said, morior invictusTranslation .
- Salem: True to life, Giles Corey merely says "More stones" when being pressed to death.
- American Horror Story: Coven: Myrtle in her final death by burning at the stake: "BALENCIAGAAA!"
- In Vocaloid's Daughter of Evil/ Servant of Evil, when Rin is at the guillotine, she looks to the crowd and says:
"Oh, it's time for tea."
- Then in Servant of Evil you learn that it was actually Len, Rin's servant and twin, up there, disguised as her, with Rin in the crowd, bawling her eyes out.
Mythology and Religion
- Older Than Feudalism: The Bible:
- When the crowd led by Judas comes to arrest Jesus, he says: "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me?" Later, he says "Into your hands I commend my spirit" and also "It is finished".
- When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar's golden idol, their response is "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."
- The Book of Deuteronomy is almost entirely comprised of Moses' last speech to the Israelites. He concludes with a blessing which ends "Thus Israel dwells in safety, untroubled is Jacob's abode, in a land of grain and wine, under heavens dripping dew. O happy Israel! Who is like you, a people delivered by the Lord, your protecting Shield, your Sword triumphant! your enemies shall come cringing before you, and you shall tread on their backs." There are no bullets, but Moses knows that he is about to die, and chooses to go out blessing the people who will enter the Promised Land without him.
- Zack in Crisis Core, facing down half the Shinra army on his own -
- ...plus, his war cry of 'IRASSHAIMASSE!'/COME AND GET IT! has the added connotation in Japanese of being shouted out by staff at every shop and restaurant, and would probably be better translated as 'COME GET SERVED!'
- Tidus in Final Fantasy X having his last battle after confessing he is about to desintegrate. "I know this is selfish... but this is my story!"
- Phantasy Star II has one for every single party member, except the protagonist who just strikes a cool pose in the Bolivian Army Ending.
- In the PS2 remake, Nei is similarly silent in the ending.
- Ogre Battle 64 has one with almost every stage boss who dies.
- Suikoden II: It took hundreds to kill me, but I killed humans by the thousands!
- Essentially every named character in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.
- Essentially every Fire Emblem character you bring into your final battle sequence delivers some kind of one liner.
- Tales of Vesperia: Yuri: "Heh... go ahead. Hope you choke... on my bones..."
- Most of the Player Character's companions in Planescape: Torment get to toss one off at the end game when facing the Physical God Big Bad.
- Mass Effect 3:
Emily Wong: You want to see how a human dies? At ramming speed.
- In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, a Stormcloak soldier in the opening cuts off his own last rites and defiantly steps up to the chopping block.
Stormcloak: My ancestors are smiling at me, Imperials! Can yours say the same?
- Ulfric himself gives one at the end of the Imperial route:
Ulfric: Let the Dragonborn be the one to [kill me]. It would make for a better song.
- In Crysis, Major Strickland has this to say on the Hunter bearing down on him:
"I'm a Marine, son! I'll walk on water if I have to! Now get off my fucking island while I draw its fire!"
- In Star Wars: The Old Republic, near the end of the first act of the Jedi Knight storyline, Darth Angral asks if Orgus Din has any last words. Din recites the final line of the Jedi Code ("There is no death, there is only the Force").
- World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria has the boss Xin the Weaponmaster, whose dying action is to hock a bloody loogie in the players' faces and say this:
"You call that a fight?"
- In the original Saints Row, the final mission ends with the Playa cornered on the yacht of Alderman Hughes, who proceeds to exposit on his Evil Plan to wipe out the Saints and gentrify Saints' Row, starting by killing the new boss, the Playa. Our anti-hero gives one of his few spoken lines in the game to tell Hughes "Can we hurry this shit up?! I wanna go to Freckle Bitch's!"
- In the last Ronin mission in Saints Row 2, Kazuo Akuji has just been impaled with his own katana by the Boss, onto the deck of a burning ship loaded with fireworks that are about to explode. Even as he bleeds out, Kazuo boasts "When I escape, the world will not be big enough for you to hide in!"
- In Prototype2, the last boss, Alex Mercer, gives this to the protagonist.
"Welcome to the top of the food chain."
- Mike in It's Walky!.
- He gets saved at the last second, but Belkar of The Order of the Stick spouts one when very recently Fallen Paladin Miko Miyazaki bears down on him.
Belkar: Funny. I always figured I'd be killed by a paladin.
- Lord Shojo delivers one to that same paladin right before being cut down for "treason".
Shojo: Everything I did, I did for my people.
- Even better are his actual last words after being mortally wounded, causing the gods to remove the paladin's powers for committing an evil act.
It appears...not everyone...agrees with your...analysis.
- In 8-Bit Theater, Thief's last line before being killed by Black Mage is "my only regret is that I didn't hate you more."
- In Ansem Retort, Zexion, after being cornered by two werepires, proudly declared to Sho that he banged the contessa, flipped them off, and said "I shall die as I lived: a complete and utter tool". Granted, Axel intervenes and Zexion survives, but still.
- Darths & Droids has one for Obiwan at the end of Episode 2. It links to this page .
Obi-Wan: You mean coup de grâce. Which is already French, you realize
- Croona Travoria from Dominic Deegan invokes this trope against Lord Siegfried, declaring that he 'Would not take her alive.' She was right.
- After Oran wipes the floor with his two Giant Mooks in Chapter 19 Act 3 of Broken Saints, Mars pulls a conspicuously long gun at the back of Oran's head. Oran, completely still, merely says, "I am waiting", and then begins to pray. Unlike more commercially-run series, Like You Would Really Do It doesn't apply in Broken Saints, so a lot of people thought Oran was gone when Mars pulled the trigger. But Kamimura, Badass Long Robe that he is, takes the opportunity to take Mars down before the trigger is pulled.
- In Doomsday Arcade, after Kratos stabs Bruce with his chained blades, Bruce draws him in and pulls the pin on his grenade heart, shouting "By the order of sweet mother Australia, I'm placing you under CARDIAC ARREST!"
- There Will Be Brawl: "Survive this day, and tell your brother that no one ever made a trophy of the king!"
- Survival of the Fittest; when Eve Walker-Luther is about to be killed by Sarah Atwell:
Eve Walker-Luther: "Come on! I deserve better than this! Kill me properly!"
- Red vs. Blue:
- Episode 9:
"Grif, I think this is it. Listen, there's something I always wanted to tell you"
"I have something I wanted to say to you too buddy"
"It was me that stole your identity and ran up all those credit card charges at all those pawnshops and peepshow... sorry"
- In the finale: "When it goes off, I'll be fine. It only affects computers, remember? And I, am a motherfucking ghost" for Church, and for Washington: "Emp? You have got to be fucking j-"
- When cornered by the Meta in the 16th episode, Simmons stated that he would die as he expected, "Under-equipped and surrounded by people I hate? Yeah, that's pretty much how I pictured it since I got assigned to this unit"
- Additionally 2 episodes later, Sarge told Grif about his measures in the event of his death, finishing with the words "-and always remember: Somebody hates you"
- In Worm, Regent's last words when facing Behemoth are "Hey, shitcrumb! Easy-"
- He does this in an attempt to direct Behemoth's attention away from his implied romantic interest Imp, and probably an intentional sacrifice. Just before this quote, he says "Fuck it" and marches into the open.
- In Beast Wars Transformers, as Ravage stared down the explosion that was about to consume him: "DECEPTICONS FOREVER!"
- Just about everything Dinobot says after the first act of "Code of Hero" qualifies:
Megatron: Hmm, my ears are burning, yessss. Why, Dinobot! What a delightful surprise! Let's see, where are we now? I have the Golden Disk. I have the power to change the future. And the only remaning obstacle in my path to unimaginable glory... is yourself. Exhausted. Damaged beyond recovery. DEFEATED.
Quickstrike: What's a warrior without his... weapons, eh?
Dinobot: A warrior still! (punches out Quickstrike)
- And finally:
Megatron: (laughs) What can you possibly do?
- In the classic Looney Tunes short The Great Piggy Bank Robbery, Daffy Duck is a detective, surrounded by dozens of Dick Tracy-esque goons. When all hope seems lost, he shouts at the top of his lungs, "YOU'RE ALL UNDER ARREST!" Eventually subverted; he won.
- Sheldon from The Replacements: "I'm in love with your mom!"
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Discord has a couple when confronting the ponies who wield the only artifacts that could seal him back.
- "You've clearly out-dueled me, and now it's time to meet my fate. I'm prepared to be defeated now, ladies. Fire when ready." Complete with him drawing a bullseye on his stomach. And because four of the ponies have been altered enough not to channel said artifacts, not to mention the fifth pony is absent, the artifacts don't work in sealing him.
- "Fine, go ahead, try and use your little Elements frenemies Just make it quick. (teleports to his throne) I'm missing some excellent chaos here!" Though this time, the Elements do work, and thus, he gets Taken for Granite.
- "For my planet's sake, I spit my last breath at thee!" You don't get too much more awesome than quoting Moby-Dick as you're about to ram your doomed homeworld into the Planet Eater's face.
- Justice League: "Gentlemen, it's been an honor." Spoken by Batman as he's manually piloting the Watchtower on a crash course with the Thanagarian hypergate during the series finale. Subverted in that Superman saves him at the last nanosecond (as usual), but though he claimed he "knew" Supes would pull through, he was obviously willing to go down with the ship to save Earth.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold: The Lighter and Softer Animated Adaptation of Emperor Joker has one. Batman is bound and dangling on a rope over an Acid Pool, Facing Death with Dignity, and the helpless, powerless Bat-Mite sadly apologizes to him, saying that he feels useless without his powers. The Dark Knight uses this one-liner as a response to try to encourage Bat-Mite: "The measure of a hero is his heart, not his POWERS!" As Batman is finishing his sentence, a blade cuts the rope, dropping him into the acid, where he gets Stripped to the Bone to Bat-Mite's horror. As the Joker laughs in glee on seeing this, he brings his nemesis back to life just to kill him all over again in a Death Montage.