"If you don't come back alive, I'll kill you!"Guy falls while Taking the Bullet for the Damsel in Distress. It's not Only a Flesh Wound, nope, he looks dead. Enough to be Left for Dead by the villain. Possibly invoking Pietà Plagiarism, the damsel cries over, but curses the guy. She may even feebly beat up his dead body, admonishing him for:
— Cid, Final Fantasy IV Advance
- Leaving her alone (either "alone in the world" or just "alone with the guy who shot you").
- Coming back to save her and dying in her place.
- Not keeping his promise to always be there, or to survive to the end.
- (Irrational blubbering)
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- In Vinland Saga brooding avenger Thorfinn has this exact reaction when Askeladd is fatally stabbed.
Thorfinn: I'll never forgive you! How dare you die on me like this!? Get up! Let's properly finish this once and for all! I was supposed to be the one to kill you!
Askeladd: Geez... It's time for you to stop being a kid...
- A very emotional scene in the first episode of YuYu Hakusho, with Kuwabara barging into Yusuke's funeral demanding a fight with him. This might be considered an adult version of Please Wake Up. This is also a case of The Only One Allowed to Defeat You as this establishes that Kuwabara considers Yusuke a rival who challenges him and betters him the more they fight against each other.
- Parodied in the Abridged series "You better come back to life or I'll kill you!"
- Yusuke's mother Atsuko also gets one, in a drunken rage after the wake - "I didn't give you permission to die!"
- Light from Death Note screams "Come on, Damn it!" "Don't you die on me you idiot!", at his father when he dies. It is debatable whether Light truly is mourning his father's death or is just acting to fool the other Kira investigation team members or outraged that he didn't at least kill Mello.
- In Black Butler, Ciel does this to Sebastian when the latter is discovered dead. It's a particularly Tear Jerker moment, with Ciel straddling Sebastian's dead body and repeatedly slapping him, all the while yelling that he didn't allow him to die, that he was supposed to be with him until the end. It was all an act, but it didn't make the scene any less heart-wrenching.
- Mazinger Z: In episode 52, Kouji gets brutally hurt during a fight and falls unconscious. When he does not move or reacts, Sayaka gets grief-stricken. She kneels by his side, and she starts crying as holding him in arms. She pleads him not dying and not leaving her alone, and even makes an Anguished Declaration of Love. Then Kouji opens his eyes and he announces he is not getting married to a tomboy. Cue Sayaka wanting killing him for real.
- In the final chapter of Ranma ½, Ranma cradles Akane's inert body after she has seemingly died after the battle with Saffron. He berates her for being a dummy (and hits himself for it).
- In the ice-skating arc, Ranma takes a blow for Akane strong enough to crush all the bones in a man's body. When he doesn't respond to her, she assumes he's dead, then starts crying on his chest and calls him a fool. That's when he sits up, insulted that she wasn't more grateful for his sacrifice, and lets her know he was faking it. (He actually is hurt at that point, but he's a Badass, so he walks it off.)
- Lupin III: always happens when Zenigata is in mourning for Lupin.
- The Lupin III (Red Jacket) episode, "Lupin the Interred," had Lupin assassinated by a paid mercenary. Zenigata insists it's a trick, while Jigen and Goemon destroy their surroundings since they can't kill Lupin.
- In The Castle of Cagliostro, Zenigata sees Lupin's gang escaping from him and the Count, and Lupin himself is gravely injured. Pops shouts, "Lupin! You'd better not die before I get to arrest you!"
- Code Geass got this as a Tear Jerker moment when Shirley bleeds to death in Lelouch's arms, promising to love him even if she's reincarnated, and Lelouch desperately and futilely trying to use his Geass to save her.
- Not to mention in the final episode, when Lelouch dies. The juxtaposition of the scene is pretty striking, with the crowds celebrating his death and chanting the name of his assassin, and his sister Nunnally sobbing inconsolably over his body.
- In K, Misaki and Kusanagi both say this about Totsuka.
- When he dies in Misaki's arms, Misaki gives the incoherent blubbering version.
- Just after that flashback, when Kusanagi is in his bar, looking at all of the stuff Totsuka left behind from his expensive hobbies, he gives a remark like this - though it's more serious and forward-looking, considering that Mikoto, for whom Totsuka was a Morality Chain, is preparing himself for a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the killer that might just take the whole city down with him...
- Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z was extremely distraught after Goku's death during the Cell Games, which was seemingly permanent because he'd never have a chance to defeat him. So much that he vowed to never fight again. The seven-year Time Skip shows that he got better.
- Zoro from One Piece does this around the end of his flashback in the manga when his childhood friend Kuina died falling down the staircase and broke her neck. The anime version of the story tends to displace the original manga, but trust me, he was absolutely pissed at her for leaving him as well as saddened.
- This becomes depressing when you consider that he apparently still considers her his best friend. The poor guy can never catch a break.
- He was pissed because she was the only person he could not defeat, which was the reason why he took up swordfighting in the first place. He was pissed because she died before he can get the chance to defeat her, and saddened because both of them considered each other as rivals, intent on being the world's strongest swordsman in the future.
- And because the universe has a twisted sense of humor, Zoro meets a Marine swordswoman named Tashigi who looks extremely similar to Kuina.
- Crocodile is furious after Whitebeard is stabbed by a misguided ally (even though he didn't actually die from the attack). This is because he knew that Whitebeard should've been able to dodge that attack — an indication that Whitebeard had become weaker in the time since he defeated Crocodile.
- Upon finding his True Companion motionless on the ground in a fight against the Big Bad, Inuyasha cries out "Miroku! Don't you dare die!". The hitting happens after he wakes up, unscratched.
- He uses the same sentence on Sango later on, after she betrayed them and got severely hurt for her efforts.
- Played straight by Kagome after the fight against the Peach Man. Inuyasha has fallen off a 20-floor cliff, badly injured and in human form. The others can't find his body, but assume he must be dead. When Miroku remarks that "Inuyasha probably died without regrets, for even as he sacrificed his life, he knew that he was saving yours", Kagome cries out that she didn't want him to and that he is an idiot. Miroku and Shippo join in, saying he was indeed a fool. Of course, Inuyasha is Right Behind Them, and not pleased to be called an idiot.
- Near the end, Inuyasha has a similar moment when Sesshoumaru is severely wounded and crushed by Magatsuhi, after delivering a strike to Magatsuhi's true self. Believing he was dead/dying, Inuyasha tries desperately to free him, shouting "I'm not gonna let you die like this!"
- This occurs in Fushigi Yuugi when Nuriko dies. It happens again with Hotohori's death. Miaka screams that he had lied when he promised to stay alive until his wife, Houki, gives birth to his son.
- In the feudal arc of Air, Ryuuya is badly injured defending Kanna and doesn't seem as though he's going to make it. He's told her that as he's her servant, he'll do anything she says, so she orders him not to die. He doesn't... she does, though.
- In Count Cain - Godchild Cain yells at an unconscious Riff after he's been poisoned basically telling him he's not allowed to die.
- Inverted in Higurashi: When They Cry. Being that Hanyuu is a ghost she cannot interact with anyone except a select few people who are born every once in a while. She becomes frustrated when Rika says she wants to not repeat the cycle again. Of course she didn't stay to her word.
- Played straight in the last episode of Minagoroshi-hen. It seems as if fate is about to be beaten, and all is well... until Keiichi is shot by the Big Bad. As he dies, Mion yells "No! This cannot be! This cannot be!" until she is forced to flee.
- In Black Lagoon, a small time crime boss hires some Mooks to take out the Lagoon Company for not playing exclusively for him. Naturally, they all die. Just before Balalaika pays him a visit, he's heard ranting about how the mook he hired completely screwed him over by dying.
- In Bleach, Ichigo is killed by Ulquiorra and Orihime indicates this trope by repeating his name for several minutes. It works, he's not dead anymore.
- Also invoked by Tsukishima, who flips out when he learns that Ginjou is dying.
- After Zaraki impales Unohana in the throat in their fight to the death, it takes him a second or two to process what just happened. He doesn't take it well.
- In Berserk, Guts gets bashed around by the apostle Wyald to the point where he is believed to be dead. Casca, now his lover, slaps him around in a fit of anger and tears as she tells the unconscious Guts that he couldn't be dead because he promised to take her on his travels with him. He eventually comes around, though to the sound of Casca's screams as Wyald apprehends her and tries to make her feel like a virgin again.
- Happens afterwards, but in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: after Kamina dies, Yoko is in the shower and says to herself: "You said you would return that kiss a ten times over! Kamina, you jerk!"
- Fullmetal Alchemist mixes it up with Pietà Plagiarism near the end of the series, when Hawkeye gets her throat slashed and nearly bleeds to death. Mustang, panicked and on the verge of Manly Tears, does a lot of screaming at her to "Open your eyes!" and "Get it together!" It's cranked Up to Eleven in the English dub of Brotherhood, in which he says, "Don't you dare die! Stay with me, Lieutenant!"
"General! Dammit, Roy Mustang, talk to me!"
- And in the 2003 anime version, you have Hawkeye arriving too late to protect Mustang from Archer. She finds him shot in the face and lying motionless in a pool of his own blood.
- In Tiger & Bunny, while Kotetsu note dies in Barnaby's arms ;
Barnaby: (Sobbing) Shut up! Don't talk like you're about to die!! You're not that kind of person! Your enthusiasm is your only strong point, isn't it!? I've been learning to make fried rice...so you have to try it someday! Kotetsu!
- xxxHOLiC: How Watanuki reacts when Yuuko's vanishing from the universe so it will be as if she'd died when she was supposed to. He's in tears, pleading to her "Please tell me this is all a dream!" and "You can't go!"
- Tokyo Ghoul: As Shirazu lay dying Urie screams "DON'T YOU FUCKING DIE ON ME!" in a rather Tear Jerker scene.
- Another gender-flipped version in Runaways, when Gert convinces 80's!Geoffrey Wilder that Chase isn't innocent enough to make a satisfactory sacrifice to the Gibborim and ends up getting killed instead. Chase promptly has a Freak Out and spends most of the next six issues trying to bring her back...using the Gibborim. The others convince him that it's not what she would've wanted, though, and he is finally convinced to let her remain dead.
- In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, Sonic's girlfriend, Princess Sally, was devastated seeing Sonic "die" in an explosion after destroying a deadly alien weapon, not knowing that he was actually thrown halfway across the universe. A year later, Sonic returned, and the two kissed and continued their relationship. A following mission, however, reminded Sally again of how easy it was to almost lose a loved one, and she begged that Sonic would step down from his role as a hero. He reluctantly declined because of the Eggman threat. She then slapped him in front of their family and friends and they argued on the bigger priority, love or duty. A break-up followed.
- A darker, creepier example of this trope occurred in the aftermath of The Death of Superman: Lex Luthor is anguished by Superman's death, but not because of any secret love for him or anything like that; he's furious because he had an "I am The Only One Allowed to Defeat You" mentality towards Superman. At one point, Lex, alone in his office, curses Doomsday for killing Superman before he could and shrieks, "I WAS ROBBED!!!"
- In issue 2 of Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy, X-23 has a bit of this towards Wolverine. Laura tells Kitty after an outburst in the Danger Room that she feels angry because she thought of Logan as immortal and unkillable, and because he promised to always be there for her if she needed him. His death leaves her feeling as if that was a lie, and leads her to question her own life. By the end of the issue she ultimately comes to terms with this and has moved on to feeling sad over his passing, but also pride in the example he set.
- This line from the Tamers Forever Series:
Rika: "Damn you, Takato… I have cried more in these last few days than in my entire lifetime, and it's all your fault!"
- In Learning To Swim, this is Rain's response after she saves Cats from drowning, as he's ingested a dangerous amount of water. (There's an element of guilt in her anger, as it's partly her fault that he tried to swim in the first place.)
I grasped his thin shoulders and shook him. “Don’t you die on me, don’t you dare fucking die! You stupid little baby!”Suddenly, Cats gasped and coughed up enough water to have bathed in. I pushed him to his side so he could spew without getting more of it on me. “I’m not a little baby,” he gasped leaning on his elbow. His eyelids were still a frightening purplish color. “Why Rain gotta be so mean all the time?”
- In the RWBY fic It's Time To Say Goodbye Nora endures Ren's death by vacillating between dissonant apathy and blind fury. During one scene, she vents this fury by shouting at his grave.
"You know, it was really dumb for you to jump out in front of the claw like that."I looked at his picture. It was still there. I wasn’t sure if someone was supposed to take it home or something."You didn’t have to do that. It was really dumb."He didn’t answer me. It was like he was being quiet, waiting for me to stop talking so he could try and comfort me."No, no, no, I know what you’re trying to do and I’m not going to let you. You’re the reason I’m so alone right now. This is your fault, not mine! You jumped in the way! NOT ME! DO YOU HEAR ME?! THIS IS YOUR FAULT!"
- Played for Laughs in the Troll Fic Finding Love in the Fire. Eragon trips and falls, impaling himself on Brisingr. Saphira's reaction to this is somewhere between this trope and shocked denial.
It couldn't be happening.We'd gone over this so many times.The strategy was perfect.He was going to kill Murtagh.HOW IN THE HELL DID THE WORLD'S LAST HOPE FOR PEACE DIE IN SUCH A STUPID WAY?THAT MORON!
- In Being Dead Ain't Easy, Seto Kaiba is not happy at all that Joey dies in his arms and tries insulting him to make him stay awake. It doesn't work.
Films — Animation
- Subverted in WALL•E, when WALL•E's memory appears to be wiped, after trying various tricks to restore it, EVE vigorously shakes WALL-E with an angry expression in an attempt to "wake him up", but then resigns and mournfully "kisses" WALL•E.
- Monsters vs. Aliens, when Insectisaurus is shot down, Link shouts at him, "Don't you dare close your eyes!" He becomes a butterfly.
- Littlefoot in The Land Before Time tearfully says that his mother should've known better than to take on a Sharptooth and that it's all her fault that she died. The elderly dinosaur he's talking to comforts Littlefoot and tells him that it's nobody's fault that she died.
- In Home, a major turning point in Tip and Oh's uneasy alliance comes when Oh dives underwater for a couple of hours and she kicks him and rants about him letting her think he'd died.
- Briefly in Disney's Tarzan, when Terk is pulling unconscious kid Tarzan out of the water: "C'mon, don't die on me... don't die on me, you weren't supposed to do it—!"
Films — Live-Action
- In Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Watson to Holmes, while trying to artificially resuscitate him.
- Happens twice in The Abyss, first when Lindsey Brigman has drowned and her ex-husband Virgil "Bud" Brigman yells at her while performing CPR to try to bring her back. Later on in the movie, when Bud faces death thousands of feet below her, Lindsey returns the favor.
Bud: Goddamn it, you bitch! You never backed away from anything in your life!...Fight, goddamn it! FIGHT!
Lindsey: Bud, please! Listen to me, please! Goddamn it!...You dragged me back from the bottomless pit! You can't leave me here alone now! Please. Oh, God, Virgil, please.
- The Matrix franchise:
Trinity: Neo, I'm not afraid anymore. The Oracle told me that I would fall in love, and that man, the man who I loved would be The One. And so you see, you can't be dead. You can't be, because I love you. You hear me? I love you.... Now *get up*.
- Happens in The Matrix. This works because the kiss Trinity administers along with those words makes Neo realize he isn't actually dead (only virtually dead and "Your Mind Makes It Real") so he revives. In other words, the input from the Matrix told his brain he was dead but the input from the real world trumped it.
- ...and in The Matrix Reloaded:
Morpheus: Trinity, don't you quit on me now.
Trinity: I'm sorry.
Neo: Trinity. Trinity, I know you can hear me. I'm not letting go. I can't. I love you too damn much.
- Happens in Lethal Weapon 3 film as part of Murtaugh's Heroic B.S.O.D. after having to gun down one of his son's friends in a shootout.
- Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia had Tom Cruise's character doing this to his estranged father, in sort of a verbal Slap-Slap-Kiss.
- The Terminator had Sarah Connor trying to motivate a mortally wounded Reese (showing signs of the leader she's supposed to become):
Sarah: Move it, Reese! On your feet, soldier! On your feet!
- In Pitch Black, this is Riddick's response when Carolyn Fry is dragged away and killed by the monsters. Immediately beforehand, this was also the motivation used to get him up after he was bleeding intensely and in a state of panic, just having been nearly killed by the creatures.
- In the film Flatliners, David Labraccio (Kevin Bacon) is determined to resuscitate Nelson (Kiefer Sutherland), and continues even after it's clear that Nelson is gone, going so far as to hit him in the chest to try to get his heart going again and saying "Come on, Nelson!".
- Happens at the end of Ong Bak, Humlae dies and Muay spends her last lines of the movie cursing him for dying.
- In The Long Kiss Goodnight, Samantha/Charly gets one of these from her eight-year-old daughter, combined with Worst Aid.
- Done comically in The Wrong Box - Morris and John Finsbury (Peter Cook and Dudley Moore) are taking their uncle Joseph on a train trip on the news that a relative's imminent death will net them a fat inheritance - after the train crashes, Morris finds a dead body he thinks is Joseph's, and tearfully curses him for selfishly dying and leaving two helpless orphans destitute.
- Sort of subverted in Young Frankenstein. After it appears Frankenstein has failed to bring a corpse back to life, he begins to strangle the dead body claiming he has ruined him. Of course his two assistants attempt to pull him off for fear that he'll kill him.
- In the beginning of Ever After, Danielle's father suffers a heart attack, and Rodmilla, his new wife, starts wailing "You cannot leave me here!" as he dies. Never mind, you know, his kid standing right there. She's not very nice.
- Twice in Red Tails:
- Deacon has been badly wounded, and is suffering from both serious bleeding and a head wound. He fades out of consciousness, his plane sliding into a dive, as Easy screams helplessly at him to wake up and pull up. He wakes up, regains control of the plane, and crashes on landing. Despite being doused in gasoline before the plane caught fire, he is pulled out and survives.
- Easy finds himself in a similar situation with Lightning towards the end of the film. Lightning's plane plows into the ground and explodes.
- The Avengers:
- He doesn't directly address Coulson or his corpse, but after Coulson is killed by Loki while trying to defend Thor, Tony Stark angrily calls him an idiot while clearly holding back tears when Steve finds Tony brooding at the spot where Coulson died a half an hour or so after his death.
- Nick Fury is the first to find him as he's dying, and reacts similarly.
Fury: Just stay awake. Eyes on me!
Coulson: No, I'm clocking out here.
Fury: Not an option!
- Katniss does this with Peeta in The Hunger Games.
- In The Edge, Charles pulls this on Bob.
- Jurassic Park III: After Paul Kirby narrowly averts a Heroic Sacrifice to save his wife and son from the Spinosaurus, the crying Amanda calls him an asshole and begs him not to leave them alone. Then he reveals that he survived the scuffle and they're reunited again.
- The Hunger Games: Katniss has a rather distressed reaction when she thought Peeta consumed the nightlock berries.
Katniss: Damn you Peeta, damn you!
- Robin Hood Czwarta Strzala parodies this mercilessly - Marion has the Merry Men take shifts telling Robin not to die. He still does.
- In Empire LRP there is a skill called Stay With Me that stops someone dying and gives them a hit back. It works exactly like this Trope. It has a counterpart of Rousing Speech to heal someone even more via Dramatic Shouting.
- Arya Stark does quite a bit of this in A Song of Ice and Fire, angry at the adults who keep failing to protect her.
- Also played with when Cersei demands that Lord Giles be told, "He does not have my leave to die."
- Hogfather: Susan gets this when the Hogfather dies and she can't even figure out why.
- In Dragon Bones, Ward is very, very angry at Oreg, for not only making a Heroic Sacrifice, but manipulating him into doing the killing.
- The Outsiders: Right before and right after Johnny's death, his big brother figure Dallas curses him and Ponyboy for being stupid and naive enough for getting into the things that lead to his death, completely loses it, and ultimately commits Suicide by Cop.
- The Redwall book series, by Brian Jacques. Two instances. One is after a character is found in the woods badly wounded and is told "If you die, I'll kill you!". Another version is in a separate book where a character that's been unconscious is told by a friend that if he dies, the other character will never speak to him again. This is lampshaded by the now-conscious character remarking that it'd be interesting to see that.
- Nynaeve does this to a wounded Aiel Maiden in Book Three of The Wheel of Time. On purpose, though: it helps her to get angry enough to channel and heal her.
- A variation occurs in I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream— the sadistic supercomputer AM is enraged when all of the human characters die except one, not because he cared about them, but because he can no longer use them as outlets for his hatred of humanity. In revenge, he turns his torments on the sole human character remaining, Ted— whose eventual fate is, incidentally, where the title comes from.
- In Labyrinths of Echo by Max Frei the protagonist once accidentally cured a wounded man suffering from magical compulsion by wishing aloud his "patient" would be okay. And later discovered that while his own domination spell is dangerous, ordering its victims to recover may fix even terminal disease or otherwise incurable insanity.
- Variation: In the book The Princess Bride, after being stabbed by the six-fingered man, Inigo has a vision of his father:
Inigo: ...sorry, Father... I'm sorry...Domingo: I don't want your "sorry"! My name is Domingo Montoya and I died for that sword and you can keep your "sorry". If you were going to fail, why didn't you die years ago and let me rest in peace?
- In Gene Stratton-Porter's Freckles, Angel, having dug up Freckles's family, is annoyed that he is still near Death by Despair.
YOU JUST TRY DYING AND YOU'LL GET A GOOD SLAP!
- Katniss with Peeta in The Hunger Games. It actually happens more than once but the most prominent example is probably when his heart stops after hitting the force field in Catching Fire.
- In The Dragon and the George when Daffyd has been bitten/poisoned by harpies, Danielle responds by telling him she loves him and ordering him not to die. Daffyd is implied to fight off the poison by sheer Heroic Willpower.
- Wuthering Heights: Heathcliff's "May she wake in torment!" speech upon receiving the news of Cathy's death. A portrait of a man so enraged at his dead beloved for leaving him that he wishes torment on her immortal soul.
- Auria with David in Those Who Cry Green Tears after she tries to save him after he stayed behind to save her.
- In Midnight's Children, Ahmed reacts badly to the death of his friend Doctor Narlikar. He calls it a "betrayal" on account of the fact that Ahmed couldn't actually attach his name to Narlikar's business due to religious persecution, and was thus totally dependent on Narlikar to give him the profits.
- In the Gaunt's Ghosts novel Straight Silver, the sniper Jessi Banda is stabbed through the lungs during a particularly brutal trench fight on the frontline. Her squad commander, the normally rude and dismissive Major Rawne, cradles her (while badly wounded himself - his torso is nearly pulped) while ordering her to stay alive.
Rawne: Don't you die on me. I fething order you to be okay.
Live Action TV
- In Babylon 5, Ivanova's emotional reaction after Marcus uses an alien life transfer machine to save her life, nearly at the cost of his own.
- In the Doctor Who episode "Last of the Time Lords", the Doctor almost demands that the Master not die on him. Made all the worse by the fact that the Master actually could save himself from death if he chose to. He's simply dying to spite the Doctor.
The Master: Dying in your arms. Happy now?
The Doctor: You're not dying, don't be stupid. It's only a bullet. Just regenerate.
The Master: No.
The Doctor: One little bullet. C'mon.
The Master: I guess you don't know me so well. I refuse.
Doctor: "Come on, come on, Rory, not like this, not today!"
- Also this exchange between the Doctor and Wilf in The End of Time Part 1:
The Doctor: [bluntly] I'm going to die.
Wilfred: Well, so am I one day.
The Doctor: Don't you dare!
Wilfred: Alright, I'll try not to!
- And River, in her first-last appearance about the Doctor- "If he dies, I'll kill him!"
- Who likes this one, they do it again in series six.
- Gene Hunt gets one of these in Ashes to Ashes after Alex passes out from hypothermia.
- Also when she was drugged by Summers and when she mysteriously stops breathing after being chloroformed
Gene: Do you know how much paperwork there is for suicides?!
- Also arguably when he drags her out of the road in the first episode
- Also when she was drugged by Summers and when she mysteriously stops breathing after being chloroformed
- In "Jaynestown", when one of the mudders dives in front of a shotgun blast intended for Jayne, even when it's been proved Jayne isn't the hero the village thought him to be, Jayne goes ballistic. Afterwards, he's really shaken up by the incident, not comprehending why the mudder had saved his life at the expense of his own. "Don't make no sense...".
- in "War Stories", when Niska resuscitates Mal after having tortured him to death "Mr. Reynolds...? You died, Mr. Reynolds. If you die, I can't hurt you any more."
- A "near death" version on The Closer after Sanchez takes three shots to save Provenza:
Chief Johnson: Detective Sanchez, listen to me! I'm issuing you a direct order. Keep breathing! Do you hear me? Keep breathing!
- Gibbs orders his subordinates not to die on a regular basis, and it seems to work. This occurs notably in SWAK, when Tony has the plague.
- Ziva does this with the man who killed her father and Jackie Vance when he eats a cyanide-laced cigarette—not out of any affection, but because they want to bring him in alive to find out who hired him.
- M*A*S*H may very well have been the first to popularlize the surgeon's "Live, Dammit, live!" line, with Hawkeye and his obsessive drive to prevent death in a line of work that's just crawling with it. No wonder he nearly cracks in the last episode.
- "C'mon... live, dammit, live! Don't let the bastard win!!""Live, that's an order!"
- On The Mentalist, Lisbon keeps telling Sam Bosco that it'll be OK, that he can't let a little lead stop him. Heartbreaking.
- Charmed had Piper screaming and breaking down at her older sister Prue's grave, managing to be incredibly heartbreaking. Piper only did this after Paige told her it was okay to be mad at Prue for dying, and that Paige herself was angry at her parents for dying.
- Wilhelmina in Ugly Betty yells this hysterically as Daniel's dad dies.
- Happens in season 4 of Angel, when Gunn is momentarily killed and brought back by an electric shock and acts cavalier about it - Fred breaks down in tears and starts screaming "You died and left me all alone!"
- One of the first scenes of the first episode of Red Dwarf involves a welcome back party for a dead crewman who has been resurrected as a hologram. During his toast, he says the following:
- "As you know, Holly's only capable of sustaining one hologram, so my advice to anyone more vital to the mission than me is, if you die, I'll kill you."
- In a first season episode of Gilmore Girls, Emily freaks out in the hospital when Richard has a mild heart attack, and berates him for it (although he actually survives).
Richard: Emily, listen. If I die...Emily: No!Richard: Emily...Emily: Richard Gilmore, there may be many things happening in this hospital tonight, but your dying is not one of them.Richard: But—Emily: No! I did not sign on to your dying. And it is not going to happen. Not tonight, not for a very long time. In fact, I demand to go first. Do I make myself clear?Richard: Yes, Emily. You may go first.
- An odd version in Castle when Beckett desperately tries to resuscitate a murderer who she's just shot, calling for him to stay with her because he's the man who killed her mother and the only lead to why she was murdered.
- "Pretty Angry" by Blues Traveler. John Popper wrote this song expressing his sadness over the death of his bandmate/best friend Bobby Sheehan.
And I wanna shout from my guitar
Come out, come out wherever you are
The joke is over, open your eyes
A heart like yours, it never dies
And I found your keys behind your chair
I still can see you sitting there
This isn't funny; don't fool around
You let me go... you let me down
- "Dark Wings" by Within Temptation includes the lyrics "Don't you die on me/You haven't made your peace/Live life, breathe, breathe".
- Leæther Strip almost invokes the trope name with "Don't You Dare Die On Me".
- The small time West Virginia rock band The Weber Brothers has a song called Don't You Die on me, which includes the lines "Don't you die on me! If you do, I'm never gonna forgive you. Don't you die on me! Such an underhanded thing to do!"
- SCP Foundation, SCP-1417-J ("Passive-Aggressive Meteorite"). During Emergency Procedure 1634-Broadway Kemal pretends to have been electrocuted and Anderson pretends to perform CPR on him.
Anderson: Don't you die on me, you son of a bitch! You've never given up on anything before! Don't you give up on me now!
- The play Our Country's Good has Duckling pleading with a dying Harry to not die. When he dies anyway, without ever waking up, she lets out an anguished "I hate you. No, I love you. How could you do this to me?!"
- RENT combined it with the Ironic Echo:
Who do you think you are / leaving me alone with my guitar?
- In Next To Normal, Dan resents Diana, in part, because he's afraid she'll hurt herself again. Also, this trope is the underlying reason everyone resents Gabe so much.
"You're going to abandon me, like my mother did? I didn't give you permission! Is this what you call love? If it is, then I'll never believe in love! Ever!"
- In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, the gender-reversed variation happens when Flonne accepts to be killed by the Seraph in order to prevent him from punishing the entire group. Once Laharl realizes that she really is gone, he goes utterly apeshit.
- Disgaea 3 has something quite similar, where Mao laments the death of Almaz, claiming that he did not give his servants permission to die on him (all while trying his darndest not to admit that he actually cares about Almaz's fate.)
- Subverted in the bad ending path, where he's painfully honest about not caring.
- Jaheira to her husband Khalid in Baldur's Gate: "You die on me and I swear you'll never hear the end of it!" When he's killed in the sequel, It's Personal.
- From Odin Sphere:
Mercedes: Ingway... is that you? You lied to me! You said we'd meet again!
- From Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days we have this line:
Roxas: Xion! Who else am I going to eat ice cream with?
- Tales of Symphonia has one for five characters out of the six character-team during that point of the game. Idiot Hero Lloyd gets angry at everyone for dying at a critical point of the game. Subverted when, about 10 game minutes later, you find out that every one of them was a Disney Death
- Some companion battle cries for a fallen Hawke in Dragon Age II fit this trope: A shocked Anders shouts "No! Don't you dare!", while Aveline takes it personally: "Not today Hawke. Not while I am here!". Similar for Carver ("Don't you die on me. Not after all this."), Fenris ("No! I will not allow it!"), and Isabela ("Don't you die on me!").
- A very sad example from Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits: When a Darc is finally reunited with a mother he has grown up assuming betrayed him and his demon father, he is first furious at her. Then she takes a soldier's bullet intended for him, causing him to yell at her, "No dying, you hear me?!? You can't die until I've killed you properly! Mother? Mother!?"
- In Dragon's Dogma, your Pawns, while supposedly emotionless, seem pretty distressed when you die in a game over, often demanding that you "OPEN YOUR EYES!"
- Faris and Krile both say variants of this when Galuf is dying after his battle with Exdeath. Faris yells at him to "get up, you old bat! Quit playing around, this isn't funny!" while Krile simply begs him not to die over and over. Meanwhile they're dousing him with every healing spell and item in the menu, but none of it works.
- In Sands of Destruction, Kyrie asks Naja to kill him because his Power Incontinence puts Morte (And the Rest of the world) in danger. While Morte is too stunned to react as he lies dying in her arms, she later berates him for it after he's resurrected at the Temple of Light.
Morte: Did I ask you to die for me!?
- Umineko: When They Cry has a particularly heartbreaking example in Episode 5 when Beatrice thinks Battler, impaled on a red sword, is dead and gives up, apologizing. When Battler understands the truth and wakes up, only her empty shell remains, crumbling when he tries to hold it.
Battler: Even though I finally understood... why did you give up before me?!
- From the Homestar Runner cartoon "Army": "Don't you die on me, Bennedetto! Not on my watch! You never gave me the five bucks...!" ("Bennedetto" is an inanimate popcorn popper.)
- He then tearfully informs the microwave of her son's death.
- In The Dreamer Bea tells a feverish and unconsious Alan "Don't you dare leave me here without you." on this page
- As seen above, in Girl Genius Agatha flips out and, by yelling at her Love Interest dying of (essentially) a lifeforce leak manages to stabilize him. Possibly a case of The Power of Love or Compelling Voice, or as hypothesized by another character in the novelization version of the scene, the target simply enjoys a good argument.
- In Something*Positive, Davan tries to insult his friend Scotty out of his overdose-induced coma. Scotty flatlined. At the open casket funeral, Davan is so furious that Scotty committed suicide instead of coming to his friends and family with his problems that he throttles Scotty's corpse.
- In Naruto The Abridged Series, Orochimaru does this to the third hokage. What makes it funny that he had just spent an entire episode trying to kill the third, and failed. The third beats him by giving up his life to seal away Orochimaru's arms and Orochimaru's exact words are "Sarutobi, don't you die on me! Give me back my arms, then die on me!"
- In Worm, Imp has this reaction to Regent pulling a Heroic Sacrifice to save her from Behemoth.
- In Gargoyles, as Magus lays dying, Princess Katherine says "Ye can nae leave me now!"
- On South Park, when Kenny died in the episode "Rainforest Schmainforest". Kelly tried to give him CPR saying "Breathe! Breathe! BREATHE, YOU SON OF A BITCH!" He survived.
- A similar event occurred in the Imaginationland story arc when Cartman, of all people, managed to bring Kyle back from the brink of death after being injured by the portal to Imaginationland. It's hard to say whether this was a case of Antagonist in Mourning or Cartman just wanted Kyle to live long enough to fulfill his part of the bet,
- In The Ripping Friends, Rip says something like this to a dehyrdated Chunk when he was attacked by The Indigestible Wad.
- Dr. Holiday does this in the Generator Rex episode "A Family Holiday", when it looks like Agent Six is dead.
Dr. Holiday: Don't you do this to me! I will hate you forever!
- In Evil Con Carne when Hector's detached stomach starts dying on him.
Hector: You're a disgrace to the uniform! You make me sick. (sadly) I command you... to live!
- The Family Guy episode "Life of Brian" has Stewie doing this when Brian is on his deathbed.
Stewie: Dammit, Brian, you can't die! We were gonna do so many things together! We were gonna become windsurfers; I was gonna be a little better than you, but we were both gonna be good!