"I want to be drunk, and happy, and then I want to explode."
— Jeremy Clarkson
A character died.
Time for some traditional funeral
? Eh... someone's not feeling that serious, be it writers or characters—heck, maybe the character who died would be insulted
by anything so somber. So what's a writer to do? Have someone say what a great time it must've been!
If it's not lampshaded with the trope name itself, then chances are it will be something along the lines of "That's how I wanna go." Someone will
say this about Out with a Bang
a good amount of the time, regardless of whether it's true.
Dying in their lover's arms, especially after not having having seen the other for years, might
also qualify, simply due to the over the top Crowning Moment of Heartwarming
aspect. But see below.
Compare A Good Way to Die
If no one says anything, it doesn't count. This is not about a character's Crowning Moment of Awesome
intersecting with their death—that's Dying Moment of Awesome
. This is about a character in-story acknowledging this, ironically or not. By the same token, a character going out quietly in their sleep after spending the most wonderful time with their family still
isn't this unless someone says or does something in-story to acknowledge it.
- In the Sandman mini-series, Death: The Time of Your Life, Barry reflects upon the death of Larry:
Barry: Considering the damage he must have done to that body —- thirty years of every drug a man could snort, sniff or shoot, and the last ten years as a practicing health-freak and gourmand... it's a blessing he got as long as he did. Probably how he would have wanted to go. Me, I want to be squashed by a bull elephant at the moment of orgasm while sandwiched ecstatically between two or three agile greased Nubian virgins.
- It also plays as a Brick Joke later in the series.
- A Rip Hunter short story by Jeff Lemire imagines Hunter getting his time machine destroyed while trapped in the past. He is visited by several future versions of himself who explain that the only way for him to get out is if one of them gives him their time machine and agrees to stay behind. Finally, he meets an elderly version of himself who's ready to die.
Rip Hunter: Did I ever wonder how I wanted to die? No. Ever since the second grade I knew how I wanted to go: Eaten by a dinosaur.
- One person explains that a family member Died Laughing in Mary Poppins. Another expresses sympathy, which he brushes off, saying it was a good way to go. It remains one of the best ways Disney handled a non villain death ever:
Mr. Dawes Jr: Ah, there you are, Banks. I want to congratulate you. Capital bit of humor, wooden leg named Smith! [pauses, looks a bit confused] Or, Jones, whatever it was. Father died laughing!
George Banks: Oh, I'm so sorry, sir!
Mr. Dawes Jr: Oh no, nonsense, nothing to be sorry about! Never seen him happier in his life.
- Secondhand Lions refers to this as "going out with your boots on". The uncles themselves earn this distinction at the end of the movie.
- Basic Instinct: A detective, when discussing a murder victim he's standing next to.
- In Cabin Fever one of the teens is convinced the deadly disease that's been going around will infect her soon enough. She copes with this idea surprisingly calmly:
Marcy: It's like being on a plane when you know it's going to crash. Everybody is screaming "We're going down! We're going down!" And all you want to do is grab the person next to you and fu*k the sh*t out of them, because you know you just gonna die soon, anyway.
- She proceeds to do just that, throwing the random dude who happened to be beside her at the time down on the bed and going at it like a wild cowgirl. She wasn't even patient enough to use a condom, which turned out to be bad news for the guy, because she was already infected and didn't even know it.
- From Bash Org, there's this quote:
<Cliff> man, the way I wanna die is as an old man getting a heart attack from the excitement of having two 18-year olds riding me
<Zael> wtf man, might as well go with 14 year olds. you're gunna die anyway!
- Parodied once on the Family Guy episode "Long John Peter" when Peter's parrot died.
Dr. Jewish: Mister Griffin, I'm afraid that your Parrot is dead.
Peter: Noooo! Did he at least die with dignity?
Dr. Jewish: Well, he convulsed a lot and fell off the operating table. Then he flopped around a little on the floor, then a passing nurse accidentally stepped on him and kicked him into a puddle of urine, which must have frightened him because his bowels released all over himself. I tried to pick him up, but then, I got angry because some of it got on my thumb. So I threw him against the wall, and that's where he died.
Peter: That's the way I wanna go.
- Several times on Futurama:
- "Amazon Women In The Mood" has a non-verbal variant where Fry and Zapp go between properly terrified and excited. Verbally, there's:
(after being sentenced to death by "snu-snu"
I never thought I would die this way. [brightens]
But I've always really, really hoped.
- "A Pharaoh To Remember":
Dearly Beloved, we are here today to remember Bender, taken from us in the prime of life; when he was crushed by a runaway semi, driven by The Incredible Hulk
Bender: Aww, you knew my favorite cause of death.
- "A Clockwork Origin":
Fry: (carried away by a robot pterodactyl) This is a cool way to die!
- A rather demented example was Darkwing Duck foe Splatter Phoenix, a Mad Artist who died when she was splashed with turpentine. (Apparently, she was, like many of her creations, a being made of paint.) As she melted away, she mused "Oh well, at least my work will be worth more when I'm gone..."
- Tommy Cooper. You know it's true. His death (heart attack while performing on live television) is constantly referred to as an artist's dream come true, or at least a generally good way to go.
- Further to that, comedian Dick Shawn had a heart attack and died in the middle of his routine in front of his favorite audience (college students).
- It is said Moliere died during the applauses after one of his performances.
- While watching The Goodies, Alex Mitchell found one episode — "Kung Fu Kapers" — so funny he laughed for nearly a half-hour straight. Only someone in peak physical condition could survive that kind of exertion for so long. He didn't, literally dying of laughter. His wife wrote The Goodies a letter, thanking them for making her husband's last half-hour of life so happy.
- Organ virtuoso and composer Louis Vierne went to give a performance at Notre Dame Cathedral, claimed to be his 1,750th organ recital and scheduled shortly after the clergy had announced that thereafter the organ would only be played during Mass, not for special recitals. He told his assistant, fellow organ virtuoso and composer Maurice Duruflé, "I think I'll die tonight." He gave a masterful performance, with some in his audience saying that it was the best he'd ever done. Going back to the console for his third(!) encore, an improvisation on a theme submitted by the audience, he collapsed, suffering a massive stroke and dying, surrounded by 3,000 adoring fans, in the middle of Notre Dame, at the height of his musical prowess. What a way to go.
- There is a legend that Genghis Khan died because of the exhaustion of having fought a battle in the morning, going and fighting two duels and lastly bedding a captured princess when he gave out on climax.
- In the reality he died by falling off his horse while riding blind drunk. He was 71. That could also qualify.