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->''"To the last, I grapple with thee; From Hell's heart, I stab at thee; For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee."''
-->-- '''Captain Ahab''', ''Literature/MobyDick''

The story's over. The BigBad is defeated. The [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt end of the world]] has been prevented. The heroes are victorious.


From nowhere, a bullet rips through one of the heroes, killing them almost instantly. It turns out that the villain, or possibly a random {{mook}}, was NotQuiteDead. Having shot the hero, he then collapses on the floor, dead.

The above is the most common form of this trope, but a) it does not necessarily have to be a bullet; b) the villain does not have to die immediately afterward; and c) the scenario may just have been added [[RuleofDrama for the dramatic effect]] and the hero could [[NotQuiteDead pull through in the end]] ([[HealingHands likely]] [[SupportPartyMember due]] [[CombatMedic to]] [[TheRedMage aid]] [[TheMedic from]] [[WhiteMage a]] [[HealingShiv teammate]]). However, it is usually the last we ever see of the villain. This can also take the villainous form of a TakingYouWithMe depending on the circumstances.

When the villain does this, it can be a form of the DownerEnding, and a DiabolusExMachina. However, it is also it is also possible for a dying character to save the hero's life this way or even defeat the big bad with their last shot, which may make it their MomentOfAwesome. Occurs most frequently in action films. Can overlap with TakingYouWithMe, and/or with LoadBearingBoss. Compare with LastVillainStand, TakeAMomentToCatchYourDeath, and DeadManSwitch.

'''As a DeathTrope and EndingTrope, unmarked spoilers are abound.'''


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' when Cell is seemingly defeated after [[spoiler:Goku instant transmissions him to King Kai's planet right before he self-destructs]] a laser comes out of nowhere and kills [[spoiler:Future Trunks]] and reveals that Cell regenerated and they continue combat until [[spoiler: Gohan kills him.]]
** When BigBad Frieza is thought to be dead after being hit with a spirit bomb, he emerges behind the heroes and [[spoiler:shoots an instant death beam at Goku. Piccolo shoves him out of the way and takes the hit; Goku tries to get his remaining friends to escape but Frieza blows up Krillin with telekinesis as another act of spite. Goku's newfound rage at seeing his friends die causes him to go Super Saiyan for the first time. Piccolo survives[[note]]Either because the beam didn't hit him in the head (he's a good 7 inches taller than Goku) or because [[BizarreAlienBiology Namekians]] with their [[PlantAliens plant-like biology]] don't have the same vital organs as humans and Saiyans[[/note]], but he's knocked unconscious and removed from the fight.]]
* Used in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' when after Leomon takes a fatal blow [[HeroicSacrifice for Mimi]], and Zudomon cracks [=MetalEtemon=]'s chest by [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks throwing a hammer at it]], Leomon gets up and impales that crack... then collapses and dies.
* Subverted in ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'', where Zaied unexpectedly still had enough life to be able to aim his gun at Sousuke and tell Sousuke that the person who has remaining ammunition is the winner. Sousuke is shown wincing and waiting for the impact, but instead, Zaied lifted the gun and shot the remaining ammunition into the sky before dying. It's left ambiguous whether he deliberately spared his old friend, or just didn't have the energy left to aim properly.
** Played straight in the novel ''Approaching Nick of Time'' when [[spoiler:a dying Kurz manages to snipe his villainous former mentor Casper (breaking Casper's record in the process) after Casper emerges from his Arm Slave to apprehend Sousuke, Lemon, and Tessa. The trio escape and hastily withdraw, but are unable to recover Kurz, who would've needed immediate medical attention to survive.]]
* This happens to [[spoiler:Meer, the fake Lacus]] in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny''. In this case, it overlaps with [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice and TakingTheBullet, as the bullet was meant for the real Lacus.]]
** In the ''Gundam'' side story "Space, To The End Of A Flash", the Gundam Unit 5 and its pilot are shot and killed by a Gelgoog and its pilot using the last of their strength for one last spite shot.
* In ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'', a scene at the end [[spoiler:in which Moro's head bites off Lady Eboshi's arm after she's killed the Forest God]] embodies the spirit of this trope pretty well. It's not a bullet...more of a Last Breath Bite.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' when [[spoiler:[[ManipulativeBastard Gin]] had all but killed ''[[BigBad Aizen]]''. To elaborate further, Gin had held Aizen's sword before he could activate [[MasterOfIllusion Kyoka Suigetsu]], then used his Bankai to stab him, and place a shard in his body, which emitted a poison ''breaking down his his cells'', before stealing the Hogyouku he merged with and running with it. To Gin's ([[AssPull and the reader's]]) surprise, Aizen had came back [[OneWingedAngel in a new form]], and proceeds to kill Gin]].
* The villain themselves doesn't die but in one episode of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', Togusa intervenes when a young man is attacking a young woman. Said young man turns out to be a cyborg and switches off his pain sensors, forcing Togusa to shoot out all his limbs. However, when he turns around to help the victim up the cyborg shoots her (having been able to level his gun using just his elbow) out of spite.
* In ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', [[spoiler: Oriko]] uses the last of her strength to hurl [[spoiler: a shard of Kirika's witch body through the barrier, which pierces Madoka's chest and kills her, forcing Homura to restart the timeline once again.]]
* In the third episode of ''Anime/KantaiCollection'' anime, as the Abyssal Fleet is falling back from the battle, [[spoiler:the last critically damaged scout left manages to drop a bomb at Kisaragi right before blowing up, sinking her.]]
* In the [[AlternateContinuity manga version]] of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', [[spoiler: Ritsuko]] takes out [[spoiler: Gendo]] this way.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ending of ''Messiah [=CompleX=]'' in ''ComicBook/XMen'' vol. 2 #207: Cable manages to play off Predator X and Bishop against each other, resulting in the latter losing an arm. The X-Men defeat the Marauders, and afterwards Cable, Cyclops and Professor X hash out what to do with Hope, the Messiah Baby. Then, just as Cable disappears into the future carrying Hope, Bishop suddenly appears and fires his gun. He is too late to hit the time-travelling Cable and Hope, but Professor Xavier is hit in the head and critically injured before Cyclops can take Bishop out with his eye-blast.
* Done in ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies'' with the Red Skull, during the battle against the now Power Cosmic-enhanced zombie heroes. In his last moments, The Red Skull manages to tear out Colonel America's brain, effectively killing him, just before the other zombies vaporize him in retaliation. His final words?
--> '''Red Skull:''' [[WorthIt It was worth it, all of it, just for this...]]
* ''ComicBook/JonahHex'': In #10 of the original series, {{Bandito}} chief el Papagayo is about to shoot Jonah having just [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness disposed of most of his men]] when his mistress Estrillita throws a knife into his back. As Estrillita flings herself into Jonah's arms, a shot rings out from the ground as el Papagayo's last breath bullet hits her in the back and she slumps dead in Jonah's arm.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'': At the end of "Fraser's Story", Mary uses Fraser's Borgia ring to kill Randle--the man who had abducted her, brainwashed her, and made her a traitor to her country and his mistress--by injecting him with a lethal dose of cyanide. He falls to the ground but uses his dying breath to draw a gun and shoot her.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Spoofed in ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice''.
* In ''Film/TheSecretOfNIMH'' Jenner gets a dagger thrown to his back courtesy of Sullivan, as payback for mortally wounding him earlier.
* A villain vs. villain example: In ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', BigBad Rourke betrays his right hand, Helga, and knocks her off his hot air getaway balloon. Right before she dies, she fires a FlareGun at the balloon in revenge igniting it and causing it to fall back to the ground, presumably crushing Helga in the process.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Fellowship of the Ring]], just when the Gandalf and the Fellowship believe that the [[EldritchAbomination Balrog]] is falling to its doom, it goes and pulls a Last Breath ''Whip'' and drags Gandalf along with it.
* Khan in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', activating the Genesis Device.
** [[WickedCultured Quoting]] ''Literature/MobyDick'' [[WickedCultured as he does it]], no less.
* In ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'', [[spoiler:Zoller guns down Shoshanna as she [[IdiotBall checks to see if he's still alive]]. Don't worry - the plan still works.]]
* A heroic version in ''Film/{{Hidalgo}}''. After Aziz shoots Jaffa and prepares to kill Jazira, Jaffa manages to hurl his sword into Aziz's back, then collapse in death.
* ''Film/ThreeAmigos!'': After the good guys use a creative method to defeat El Guapo, El Guapo tells them it was a good trick, shoots at one of them in the foot, and says that that was a good trick too. (He doesn't actually kill them but does die laughing).
* Played straight in Lucio Fulci's ''Film/{{Contraband}}'', where one of the main villains gets a bullet to the throat courtesy of one of the good guys, who was machine-gunned by his henchmen a few moments earlier.
* Zukovsky does a variant in ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', albeit without directly killing anyone; instead, he fires his cane-gun at the manacles securing Bond to Elektra's torture chair. Elektra assumes Zukovsky was trying to kill Bond and missed, remarking that "he must have really hated you," but the impact of the bullet enables Bond to break free - almost certainly Zukovsky's intention, given that he realized immediately previous that Elektra had killed his nephew.
* In ''Film/SevenSamurai'', all but two of the bandits are dead, and while the remaining samurai are trying to ascertain if there are any left, the BigBad manages to shoot and kill two of the remaining heroes before being killed himself.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}''. The villain makes a last request that the hero allow him to die with his prized gun in his hand, claiming that it is unloaded. The hero gives him the gun and he tries to pull one of these, but is so deep in his death throes that he is unable to pull the trigger.
* Also subverted a la ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'' in the 1949 version of ''Whispering Smith''. [[spoiler: Especially shocking in that it's the hero's former best friend gone bad who's trying to [[TakingYouWithMe take him with him]].]]
* Subverted in ''Film/TheDeparted'': [[spoiler:Costello misses, but then Sullivan isn't exactly the hero.]]
* Last minute subversion in ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''. After being beaten to [[QuickDraw the draw]] by [[spoiler:Blondie]], a dying [[spoiler:Angel Eyes]] tries to recover and shoot back. [[spoiler:Blondie]] just calmly shoots him again before he can manage.
* Subverted in ''Film/BatmanReturns''. With Batman distracted with the [[spoiler:death of Max Shreck and the disapperance of Catwoman]], the Penguin rises from the sewer water and [[spoiler:tries to shoot Batman.]] Fortunately, he "picked the cute one," [[spoiler:and dies.]]
** "I'll murder you momentarily. But first, I need a cool drink... of ice...water..."
* A flying dagger through [[spoiler:Empress Wan]] at the end of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Banquet_%282006_film%29 The Banquet]]''.
* In ''Film/ManOnFire'', during Pita's abduction, Denzel Washington's character is seriously wounded by a guy who has already been shot and looks like he has only moments left to live.
* ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 The Avengers]]'' has a heroic example, [[spoiler: Coulson]] gets one of these in on Loki after being stabbed through the chest.
* In ''Film/HotShotsPartDeux'', a dying mook musters his last strength to shoot at the heroes and hits Ramada but her PocketProtector locket saves her.

* The Balrog does it to Gandalf in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' by dragging him down into the underground.
* [[spoiler:Eddie]] is killed this way in the [[Literature/TheDarkTower last book]] of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series.
* A heroic version of this occurs in the shootout with the Masadan terrorists on the Wages of Sin in ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington Crown Of Slaves]]'' when Berry and Ruth's bodyguards have all been killed and as the Masadans are gloating one of them regainds consciousness just long enough to nail the leader.
* In a sense, the wizard's Death Curse acts as one of these in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. [[spoiler:Dresden himself is the target of one when he kills the sorcerer Quintus Cassius.]]
* The mutual death of two minor villains in the Literature/{{Redwall}} book ''Pearls of Lutra'' had a water rat named Sagitar stab a traitorous comrade with her trident as she lies dying on the ground from a stab wound.
* In Richard Hughes' novel ''In Hazard,'' the [[AssPull plot itself]] seems to pull one of these, when, after the ship has come through a terrible storm, [[spoiler: the hero randomly falls overboard and drowns.]]
* Another heroic version in the climax of Dennis L. [=McKiernan's=] ''[[Literature/{{Mithgar}} The Iron Tower]]'' trilogy, with the words, "Danner Bramblethorn had fired his last arrow." But that arrow was crucial to getting the fortress gates open.
* One of these stops the ProfessionalKiller during the Luisa Rey segment of ''Literature/CloudAtlas''. It's shown from the perspective of the one firing it as he lies bleeding out on the floor, and his hand feels like it takes years to reach the gun.
* First Mate Cox tries this at the end of ''Literature/{{Nation}}'', but it's [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when the [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks sharks]] get to him first.
* The Melconian sniper who shoots [[spoiler: Maneka Trevor]] in [[Literature/{{Bolo}} Old Soldiers]] is more of a Last Man Bullet than Last Breath Bullet, but he's the sole survivor of the Melconian heavy division that the Bolo has [[CurbStompBattle just finished slaughtering]], and doesn't last long afterwards.
* Froggy Benson tries to do this to the ManWithNoName at the end of ''Literature/TheMillionDollarBloodhunt''. [[spoiler: He hits Pachuco instead.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' season 1 finale, Sylar appears to be dead, but then gets up to telekinetically throw Hiro at a building, before falling unconscious. Hiro is able to send himself back in time before he smashes against the wall though.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', episode "Utopia", [[TheNthDoctor the previous Master]] was killed by his assistant, whom he'd fatally wounded and left for dead.
** This also happens to [[spoiler:Rory]] in "Cold Blood" by the GeneralRipper.
** And in some respects, [[spoiler:Amy, right after it looked like she'd stopped him turning into an Auton]] in "The Pandorica Opens".
** In "The Doctor Falls", Missy stabs the Master, which will trigger his next regeneration. He retaliates by shooting her in the back with his laser screwdriver, telling her she will not regenerate. Both laugh over the irony of their mutual betrayal before the Master departs.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. Owen dies this way; unfortunately he's brought back to 'life'.
* "[[http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/80842012/ "Dear Sister"]], a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' short. Six characters, 24 shots fired, all except 2 fired by the dead and dying. We don't know who the villain is, but assuming there is at least one this probably counts.
* In ''Series/TheGoodies'' episode "Bunfight at the OK Tearooms" (a parody of just about every {{Western}} trope ever), a dying Bill gets off a final squirt of his sauce bottle just as Graeme's girl flings herself into his arm. The sauce misses Graeme but gets the girl.
** And then, filled with grief, Graeme squirts sauce at himself.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Prince James (Charming's EvilTwin) kills a warlord to prove himself. As the prince follows up with a motivational speech, the warlord impales James before succumbing to his wounds.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Copper}}''. After a shootout, one of the bank robbers is still alive and tries to lift his gun to shoot a detective in the back. However, the detective is fully aware of this and simply draws his gun and finishes off the robber with a single shot.
* A heroic example in season 5 of ''Series/TwentyFour'': After taking a bullet, Aaron Pierce saves the lives of three major characters by killing the last of the gunmen before collapsing, although his wound was not fatal.
** In season 7, Jack delivers a mook an InstantDeathBullet as he's about to shoot his hostage, but he reflexively pulls the trigger and shoots the hostage in the chest. [[spoiler:The hostage survives]].
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': After being shot by the White Rat in "To Catch a Rat", Gunner struggles to his feet long enough to shoot the Rat as he was about to shoot Purdey.

* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll'' features a subverted example: [[spoiler: Dr. Turner Gray gets stabbed in the chest by his former nurse Mimi Miney, but survives long enough to pull out his gun and shoot her, but misses. She then takes the the gun from him to finish him off.]]
* While Handsome Jack isn't the target of the [[spoiler: Angel Core]] boss fight in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', he still shows up to [[spoiler:shoot Roland in the back]] before promising to murder everyone the Vault Hunters have ever spoken to in retribution.
* Andross in ''VideoGame/StarFox 64'': "If I go down, I'm TakingYouWithMe!"
* In ''VideoGame/QuakeII'', the Guards will sometimes get up for two shots (or bursts of varied length, in the MG Guard's case) aimed right in front of them, and the Enforcers [[DeadMansTriggerFinger may have a muscle spasm that has it let off about ten rounds in a blind burst that starts in front of them and moves upwards as it falls on its back]].
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'': Stupid Last Stand perk...
** Martyrdom is even worse as it gives players last breath ''grenades''.
*** Last Stand in the hands of a skilled player is far more dangerous than the single grenade. You last quite a long time, if you are in a hardcore server you often only need a couple of pistol shots to kill someone, and can rack up 3 or 4 extra kills if players don't realise you are there.
*** Last Stand is a yellow perk. Martyrdom is a deathstreak. You can equip both at the same time. Meaning the guy who just took half a minute and three of your teammates to bleed out [[OhCrap left a little present behind when he did.]]
** Subverted in the ending of ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare''. [[spoiler:Soap lives]].
* It happens in ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man X}}5'', in the ending: [[spoiler:Sigma starts it by shooting X and Zero at the same time with a back attack. Zero has enough power left to give a parting counterattack as he fades away, finishing Sigma off.]]
** In ''X8'', where [[spoiler: Lumine]] hits Axl with a tentacle from his wrecked body before Zero cuts it and X blasts [[spoiler: Lumine]] to smithereens.
* After Killer is defeated in ''VideoGame/ShadowHeartsFromTheNewWorld'', he manages to attack protagonist Johnny. [[spoiler:Johnny is killed, but his special circumstance revives him. Killer also escapes to be defeated again later.]]
* Outlaw's ending in ''VideoGame/TwistedMetalBlack'' - Just after killing the terrorist, and getting confirmation that he was down, we hear "Target is still hot! Repeat, target is STILL HOT!" right before PinkMist gets splattered everywhere.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Related to]] the ending of ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarez'' - [[spoiler:the final boss gets up after being shot to try to stab Young Protagonist, and the player has to fire off the Old Protagonist's Last Breath Bullet to stop it.]]
* This is how ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfileCovenantOfThePlume'' starts. Wylfred and Ancel have killed some random monsters, but one of them gets back up and attacks Wylfred. He gets better, but only because he makes a DealWithTheDevil.
* Played perfectly straight during the Leon A scenario in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2''. [[spoiler: Annette Birkin, despite apparently having no vital signs when Leon checks her not-quite-dead body, has enough stamina left to shoot Ada Wong from behind before finally dying.]]
* In the after-credits epilogue of ''VideoGame/SyphonFilterLogansShadow'', DarkChick Trinidad guns down Logan, Teresa, and Mujari, but Logan kills her before passing out. It is unknown whether he is KilledOffForReal or not.
* In ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar 2: The Last Stand'' the Ork Mekboy can equip a piece of wargear that creates a large explosion when he dies.
* Done in a completely TearJerker way in the middle of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''. [[spoiler:The battle is over, all enemies are killed or have fled, and the squad is gathering around the tank for some after battle bantering and discussing the next operation. And all of a sudden a single sniper shot has cute little TeamPet and tank driver Isara fall dead where she stands. The one single character who is 100% protected from bullets during battles!]]
* A weird arguably-non-villainous example occurs in chapter 5 of ''Videogame/TheWay''; [[spoiler:Slade stabs Cetsa]], who was trying to save his life (and did not injure him), as his last act before dying. [[spoiler:Since Rhue was nowhere nearby she stayed dead in chapter 6 when other dead people started seemingly coming back]].
* Fairly common in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games, where enemies will cast a particularly devastating attack as a scripted counter when their HP drops to zero, but before their death animation occurs. If the party bites it due to this attack, it still counts as a game over.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'': The Magi Master atop the Fanatics' Tower will only cast Ultima (a defense-ignoring spell that performs 9999 damage, so it might as well be an instant-kill) when defeated. The only way to survive it is to have Reraise active (so the spell hits, kills the character, and then he or she is revived automatically) or to be outside the battlefield altogether by summoning the Esper Quetzalli.
*** Well, you can also [[NoSell no sell]] the attack by being extremely overleveled.
*** Though the most common method of avoiding this is simply to drain all the magi's MP away. Which prevents the casting of this spell and conveniently kills him as well.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': This is the purpose of the Final Attack materia, allowing the character to perform the attached action (usually the Phoenix summon) when killed.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'': An otherwise inconsequential Esthar cyborg solder manages to hit both Kiros and Ward with a [[HpToOne devastating]] attack just before dying. This is unavoidable and is used as an alternative to a HopelessBossFight to justify Laguna's team being nearly defeated after the fight is over. Considering how weak the Esthar solders have been up to this point, however, it feels a little forced - especially since it's possible for either or both characters to avoid having their HP reduced if they happened to be summoning a Guardian Force at the time.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Behemoths cast the massively damaging, enemy-only spell Meteor.
* This can happen in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' if you fail to pass all the checks required to keep Miranda alive through the Sanctuary mission. Shepard convinces Henry Lawson to let Oriana go, and he demands freedom in return. Miranda refuses and hits him with a biotic punch that sends him flying through a window, but in the last moment before he goes crashing to his death he fires a bullet that hits Miranda and kills her.
* You can pull this off in ''VideoGame/NightStriker'' when [[GameOver your car is defeated]], as there is a short time where you can still fire shots at the enemies before going down. It's still a loss for you, though.
* Enemy mooks in ''Franchise/JamesBond: VideoGame/EverythingOrNothing'' will often fire off one last shot before falling dead.
* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'''s mooks sometimes do this.
* Jericho does this to Tanner at the end of ''{{Driver}} 3'', putting him into a coma.
* On later loops in many ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'' games, bosses fire out aimed shots at the player during their death throes, and the player is ''not'' invincible during this.
* In certain games in the ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}}'' series, you can beat down enemy mooks until delivering a fatal blow, complete with them doing a death scream, and yet they may still find the energy to make a last lunge at you anyway. More common on higher difficulty levels.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' series:
** ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne'' [[HowWeGotHere starts somewhere in the middle]], with Max in a hospital after being shot and nearly killed. Later on, a cut scene reveals that he shot [[spoiler:Valerie Winterson]], who managed to get a shot off before Max could flee the scene.
** ''VideoGame/MaxPayne3'' has a "Last Man Standing" mechanic, where if Max is critically injured but still has painkillers in his inventory, he gets a last chance to take out the enemy and recover, at the cost of his BulletTime energy. "[[HarderThanHard Old School]]" difficulty disables this feature.
* The krall from [[VideoGame/UnrealI Unreal]] often try to get off one last shot before they die, usually while attempting to crawl towards you.
* [[spoiler:Forcystus]] pulls this in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. The target doesn't die, but points for trying.
* The tree enemies in ''VideoGame/Mother3'' will cause an explosion when defeated. It deals about 200 damage, & you'll likely have about 175 when you first encounter them. The rolling HP mechanic is the only reason you'll survive at that point, but you'll still take at least 10 damage during the transition to the victory text.
* ''VideoGame/TheVisitor'': In the KillEmAll [[MultipleEndings ending]], if you use the ElectrifiedBathtub strategy on the alien, it gets fried, but then uses his tongue to decapitate the remaining human survivor as this before dying.
* In the ''VideoGame/SeriousSam'' games, a dying Biomechanoid will reflexively fire off one last laser bolt (minor) or rocket (major) as it slumps to the ground.

* ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' contains a heroic example: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=4&p=000997 Zombie Hired Muscle saves Problem Sleuth from the last of the Cultural Rainbow mob.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Done in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', in the last moments of [[spoiler:Batgirl's Scarecrow-induced nightmare]], Bane, having been fatally electrocuted by Batman, uses the last of his strength to throw the Batsignal at Batman and Jim Gordon, knocking the two off the roof to their deaths.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* When Israel reunited Jerusalem at the end of the Six Day War, two paratroopers were killed by Arab holdouts atop the Knight's Palace Hotel after the rest of the Old City was recaptured. Fortunately, the five enemy troops were quickly killed by paratroopers running up to the roof and Israeli snipers from the New City.
* This is how bank robber Baby Face Nelson died on November 27, 1934. He was cornered in a shootout wtih FBI Special Agents Samuel P. Cowley and Herman Hollis (Cowley was the Chicago FBI office's agent-in-charge). In the process, the two sides killed each other - Nelson put a bullet in Hollis's head and two bullets in Cowley's chest. In return, during the exchange of fire, Hollis put five pellet wounds into each of Nelson's legs with a shotgun, while Cowley put seven bullets into Nelson's chest with a Thompson submachine gun. Hollis died at the scene, while Cowley died in the hospital at 2:00 AM the next morning. Nelson died about three hours after the shootout at a safe house in suburban Chicago. Police in Niles Center (modern day Skokie) found his body in a ditch the morning after the shooting.
** His film portrayal in ''Film/PublicEnemies'' has him get shot in a field by Special Agent Melvin Purvis (Cowley's SAC predecessor). He fires his Thompson submachine gun up until the very end, as Purvis fires a pistol at him.
* In the failed assassination attempt on President UsefulNotes/HarryTruman (Nov. 1, 1950), White House policeman Leslie Coffelt was shot three times but still managed to shoot would-be assassin Griselio Torresola through the head, killing him. Coffelt died at the hospital shortly thereafter.
* The Memoirs of General Thiébault feature a duel that ends like this: two officers were fighting, one fell mortally wounded by the first shot; but he gathered his strength and stood up, shouting to the other who thought that the fight was over: "En garde! I still have one minute to live, and that is enough to take my revenge." Indeed, he shot, killing the other on the spot, and then died.