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Please Don't Leave Me
Scarlett: Rhett! Rhett, where are you going?
Rhett: I'm going to Charleston, back where I belong.
Scarlett: Please, please take me with you!
Rhett: No, I'm through with everything here. I want peace. I want to see if somewhere there isn't something left in life of charm and grace. Do you know what I'm talking about?
Scarlett: No! I only know that I love you.
Rhett: That's your misfortune. (turns to walk down the stairs)
Scarlett: Oh, Rhett! (watches Rhett walk to the door) Rhett! (runs down the stairs after him) Rhett, Rhett! Rhett, Rhett... Rhett, if you go, where shall I go? What shall I do?
Rhett: Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

A Stock Phrase said by one character desperate for another not to leave. Often said by a very lonely character, or maybe a young character with no one else to look after them. Said by a love interest frequently as well.

May be accompanied by a Caught the Heart on His Sleeve moment. Many many variations exist, such as "Don't leave me alone again!" "Don't abandon me!" or "You can't go!"

If the person being addressed has to go on alone regardless for whatever reason, expect a Tear Jerker moment, especially when done coldly, such as with a Little "No". This is also quite common when the person being addressed is dying, in which case this becomes How Dare You Die on Me!. Can also be a plea to prevent Dying Alone. To turn this trope into an instant Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, just add one You Are Not Alone. Contrast with Please Dump Me. Compare Please Wake Up.

Examples:

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     Anime and Manga 
  • In Ai Yori Aoshi, Mayu does this to keep Kaoru from going home.
  • In Naruto, Sakura says this to Sasuke right before his Face-Heel Turn.
  • In Fruits Basket, Akito says this after Kureno's curse breaks.
  • Spike and Faye's final conversation in Cowboy Bebop, before Spike goes off to fight Vicious after Julia dies, has serious elements of this. An example of How Dare You Die on Me!. IF he did!
  • In Junjo Romantica, Nowaki's about to leave, thinking Hiroki doesn't want him there, when Hiroki stops him by putting his hand on the door from behind Nowaki and holding it shut.
  • Spice and Wolf. Holo's character is based around this. Although she tries to hide it, she's terrified of being alone.
    Holo: "I don't ever want to wake up alone again! I'm tired of being alone. Being alone is cold. Being alone... is lonely."
    Holo: "Solitude is an affliction as grave as death."
    • Lawrence experiences this midway through the anime/at end of the first book. Afraid that Holo will leave anyway if he asks her not to (it's a long story), he instead demands that she stick around to pay for the clothes she ruined. It works.
  • Gungrave, episode 24: Grave is about to leave Mika permanently because his necro-rise is wearing off with no hope of getting a transfusion, and since Mika's become rather attached to him, naturally she pleads with him to not leave her alone.
    Mika: Let's go far away, just the two of us! No matter how hard it gets I'll never give up! I'll survive on bread and water if I have to! I'll study hard and learn bio-mechanics and take care of you like Mr. Tokioka! (breaks into tears) So please...Grave, just don't go, oh please...don't go!
  • Game X Rush has Miyuki give the tearful, desperate version to Yuuki-whom-she-thinks-is-Memori, shortly after the real Memori gives the angry "I'll kick your ass if you try to leave, so stay here with me!" version to Yuuki. Neither speech is romantic. We think.
  • Ouran High School Host Club manga chapter 80 has this. While in the car on the way to the airport to see his mother after three years, Tamaki grabs Haruhi's hand and says, "Please stay with me until the end," after she tells him she'll wait in the car with Kyouya.
  • In episode 91 of Ranma ˝, Ryoga proposes to Akane, after being possessed by Maomolin, the Giant Ghost Cat. The actual phrase isn't spoken until later on in the episode, when Ranma dreams of Ryoga and Akane marrying.
    • In the manga, Ranma thinks this when he believes that Akane is dead.
    • Happens again when Ranma dreams that Akane is leaving him forever. He says this to her, wondering why she's crying and telling him goodbye, before realizing that it's because he has turned into a frog.
    • Done for comical effect, when Ukyo tries to give Ryoga and Akane some time alone together. He's petrified of the idea, because he doesn't know what to do in that sort of situation. Cue Ryoga clinging to her, begging her not to leave him, while she whacks him with her oversized spatula.
    • In the manga, Ranma has an amusing Imagine Spot about Akane being very distressed over him leaving the Tendo household to go stay with his mother. She clings to his leg, begging him not to leave, while Ranma is equally dramatic and tells her that it's hurting him too. The real Akane notices Ranma acting out his fantasy and interrupts by popping a balloon right next to his head.
  • Shinji says this to Asuka at one point in The End Of Evangelion. This being Evangelion, it should come as no surprise that it doesn't end well.
  • Sunao to Sora in Sukisho.
  • Kaede attempts one of these moments with Rin in SHUFFLE! by getting in bed next to him while naked, and trying to give him a kiss at the same time. Instead of working, it freaks him out, causes him to leave the room, and later decide to move out of her house.
  • Alois to his butler Claude in the first episode of the second season of Black Butler.
    • He also says it to his little brother Luca when he finds him dead and to Claude in episode 8 shortly before Claude kills him.
    • Ciel's breakdown over Sebastian's "death" in the murder mystery arc can be considered this, although later on this is subverted, as they were just acting.
  • Kaoru to Kenshin in Rurouni Kenshin, when he's about to leave for Kyoto. He gives her a hug and gently thanks her for all that she has done for him, but he leaves anyway. After recovering from the ensuing Heroic BSOD, she goes after him with Yahiko.
  • Done without words at the start of Chobits. Hideki finds Chii in the garbage, but when she can't talk, he considers walking away from her. Before he can start, she grabs his arm and stares at him in desperation. He promptly reconsiders.
  • Tenshi Ni Narumon: Mikael says something to that effect to Raphael at the very end of the series when it looks like Raphael is leaving him behind. Turns out Raphael was only pretending and he eventually takes Mikael with him back to Heaven.
    • Also, Natsumi said this to her brother, Fuyuki who is technically Raphael, but in this case he did leave her behind. Tells you a lot about Raphael's preferences, I guess.
  • In the last episode of Angel Beats!, Otonashi asks Kanade to stay with him. However, it turns out that she was there because she wanted to thank him for his heart donations. Massive Tear Jerker ensues when Kanade thanks him but Otonashi hugs her, screaming to not to say it and stay with him, but eventually she disappears, leaving Otonashi who proceeds to scream her name out loud...
  • In the last volume of Hellsing, when Alucard's disappearing after absorbing Schrodinger, Integra orders him not to. It doesn't work.
  • Yuma of Puella Magi Oriko Magica really, really doesn't want Kyouko to leave her.
  • Roy to Riza in Fullmetal Alchemist. Riza gets her throat slit, Roy screams his lungs out at her to not die from where he's being held down by ninja old men. When the old men are finally dealt with, and Roy can reach Riza (who by the way is on the verge of unconsciousness/death), he begs her not to die and leave him. Complete with hug when she is healed, and the fandom squealed their hearts out. The trope is even more present in the anime, when Roy - holding her in Pietŕ Plagiarism style - specifically pleads, "Don't you dare die! ''Stay with me'', Lieutenant!"
  • Axis Powers Hetalia has a few.
    • Colonial America to England when England has to go back to Europe. America is lonely without his Big Brother Mentor. The American Revolution has overtones of this going the other way around, but the words aren't actually said.
    • Chibitalia to the Holy Roman Empire, as Holy Roman Empire goes off to fight in the Napoleonic Wars. They swear they'll see one another again, but the Holy Roman Empire is defeated and dissolved by Napoleonic France. Both a CMOH and Tear Jerker.
    • Italy to Germany, sometimes with no impetus at all (he's insecure like that), but most notably after Germany and Russia sign their non-aggression pact and Italy is afraid he's being replaced.
  • In Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Sakura says this to C!Syaoran when he is about to defect from the group in the Tokyo arc.
  • Although the romanticism is questionable, Nagi uses this in typical tsundere method in Hayate the Combat Butler by implying that Maria and Hayate will eventually leave her (presumably for romantic relationships), and after convincing attempts are made by Hayate, she 'allows' him to continue working as her butler.
  • A particularly heartbreaking instance of this occurs in chapter 42 of Sasameki Koto. Ushio tells her best friend Sumika that she has to move away to take care of her grandmother, eliciting a long-awaited and tearful Anguished Declaration of Love from Sumika as she clutches Ushio against her and begs her not to go. Ushio reciprocates . . . but says that she's sorry, insisting that she has to.
  • Mashiro plays with this trope towards Sorata in episode 4 of Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo. When Sorata looks at the manga Mashiro was making, he finds out its about his situation with her, except with the gender roles reversed. The editor tells him that the ending where the girl leaves is depressing, and suggested Mashiro revise it. When he goes to her room later, he finds her napping after working on a revised ending, where the girl decides that she wants to stay, and he begins to realize that he doesn't want to leave Sakura Hall after all.
  • A Cruel God Reigns: Ian repeatedly begs Jeremy not to leave England, comes up with a lot of conditions to prevent Jeremy from leaving.
    • Sandra pleading with Jeremy to stay with her also qualifies as this.
  • In Kotoura-san, Haruka begs this of her mother in the first episode, but she ends up leaving anyway. In fact Haruka falls into both "very lonely character" and " young character with no one else to look after them" categories—at the point she said this, she was a child who was socially shunned due to her telepathic powers.
  • Berserk does this canonically and non-canonically. The canonical examples comes after the horrible Eclipse, when Guts has a dream where the Band of the Hawk are riding off into the distance, leaving Guts behind. It symbolically represented their deaths during the Eclipse. The non-canonical example comes in the Sega Dreamcast video game Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage, when Casca becomes sane from the effects of the mandragora plant, which makes normal people crazy but crazy people normal. However, despite Guts' efforts at keeping Casca conscious, the effect begins to wear off and Guts and Casca only have a few moments together before she becomes insane again. All Guts can do is cradle her, crying, "My love... come back."
  • In Attack on Titan, Carla Jaegar's last words are a plea to not be left alone, which she keeps as quiet as possible so her children, whom she'd just been demanding to flee without her, won't hear and try to come back.
  • In Bleach, Mareyo Oomaeda tells this to her older brother Marechiyo in 548.
  • In Ring Ni Kakero, when Kiku and Ryuuji pretty much run away to Tokyo, their mother Chiyo begs them not to go. As the kids hae already boarded their train, they can't return so they promise to come back for her later. Chiyo watches them leave and promises "I Will Wait for You!"
  • In Kimi ni Todoke, Chizu does not take the news that Ryu is going away to university very well, and begs him not to go at one point (although she quickly rights herself, not wanting to hold him back).

     Comic Books 
  • Issue Seven of the third Blue Beetle has a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming. Jamie, having vanished for a year, has his family not exactly accepting of him, and so he explains what's happened, eventually reliving a moment when he cries out "Don't let me die alone!". Which is when they go to him.
  • Issue Eleven of The Maxx by Sam Kieth. Julie and Maxx are sitting on a rooftop, where Julie is struggling to find the words to explain to him why she has to move away, with little success. While Maxx stares stoically off into the distance, The sky around him is literally comprised entirely of the words "please please please please...don't leave."
  • When Jon Osterman is trapped in a lab device that will, as far as he knows, kill him in a few seconds when it switches on, he breaks down and begs Janey Slater not to leave him. She does, though - she says that she can't stand to watch.
  • At the end of Innocence Lost, X-23 kills her mother in a chemically-induced berserker rage, just as they destroy and escape the Facility that bred her. As Sarah Kinney dies and tells Laura that she loves her, for a moment she stops being a weapon and is just a little girl again, hopelessly begging, "please don't leave me."

     Fan Fiction 
  • In A Pikachu in Love Pichi says this to an unconcious and near death Pikachu after he risked his life to save her from an Ursaring. It really hits home with her because she feels it was her wacky and carefree antics that caused this to happen in the first place.
    Pichi continued to weep, and she whispered into Pikachu’s ear, knowing he could not hear her, "<Please be all right. Please…you have to be okay! I…I want us to be friends forever…I want Faith to meet you…I…I’m in love with you…>"
  • In Ace Combat The Equestrian War, Derpy, in probably the biggest Tear Jerker in the whole story says this in chapter 15 to Carrot Top while gagging on tears:
    Derpy: Carrot... Please... Please, don’t die... Don’t leave me... Don’t leave me all alone!
  • In the Fullmetal Alchemist fanfic "Brilliancy," Riza is kidnapped and possibly dead. After she's recovered alive:
    Roy: Don't ever leave me again.
    Riza: I'll do my best, sir.
  • In the Harry Potter fanfic "Fire Burns," Katherine is sick and on the verge of death, as well as having constant nightmares. When Severus is visiting, there is the following exchange:
    Katherine: Don't leave me...(falls asleep)
    Severus: I won't. And don't even think about leaving me.

     Film - Animated 
  • Dory to Marlin in Finding Nemo.
    Dory: "No. No, you can't...Stop! Please don't go away. Please? No one's ever stuck with me for so long before. And if you leave...if you leave...I just, I remember things better with you. I do, look; P...Sherman, forty...two...forty-two...I remember it, I do. It's there, I know it is, because when I look at you, I can feel it. When I look at you...I'm home. Please, I don't want that to go away. I don't want to forget."
  • Coraline had a nightmarish version.
  • Belle to the Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
  • In Tangled, after Eugene has cut her hair and is dying of a stab wound, Rapunzel begs him not to leave her.
  • In the final scene of Kung Fu Panda, Po says this to Shifu when he thinks that he's succumbing to Mentor Occupational Hazard. Hilarity Ensues.
    Po: Don't die Shifu, don't die...
    Shifu I'M NOT DYING YOU IDIOT! (beat) Dragon... Warrior...
  • At the conclusion of Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope hugs Ralph, and with tears in her eyes, tells Ralph he could stay in her castle with his own wing where he'd be appreciated as where he wasn't in his own game.
  • In FernGully, Crysta says this to her mentor, Magi, who is about to essentially die.

     Film - Live Action 
  • Gone with the Wind. See the title quote.
  • Randal to Dante in Clerks II.
  • Mr. Orange to Mr. White in Reservoir Dogs.
  • Gong-gil pretty desperately to Jaeng-sang in The King and the Clown.
  • Adam to Lawrence at the end of Saw.
  • Elinor to Marianne in Sense and Sensibility.
  • Robert to Giselle in Enchanted, in what is almost certainly a Shout-Out to the aforementioned Beauty and the Beast.
  • John to Elizabeth in 9 1/2 Weeks just after she walks out.
  • A Face In The Crowd has Andy Griffith's character screaming "Don't leave me, Marcia", long after his girlfriend had left, even after she'd admitted she'd been the one to sabotage his career, over frustration with his raging ego.
  • In the little-known film Nocturna, Tim says this to the Cat Shepherd after the latter dies.
  • The Israeli film Ushpizin, when Moshe runs after his wife, begging her not to leave him.
  • Inverted in Return of the Jedi: as he lies dying, Anakin/Vader tells Luke to leave him (which Luke initially refuses to do).
  • Ever After: Rodmilla does one of these to Auguste as he lays dying of a heart attack, but it's more selfish than loving, since she's wailing that he "cannot leave [her] here" while basically ignoring his heartbroken young daughter kneeling beside him; after he does die, Rodmilla proceeds to be horrible to Danielle for the next ten years.
  • In Far and Away, Shannon says this to Joseph, after his Dying Declaration of Love.
    Shannon: Joseph. Joseph, please. Please don't leave me. Please don't leave me alone...
  • An especially wrenching version in the film Open Water, where the female lead tearfully screams at her husband, who's dying from the wounds sustained in a shark attack, to "hang on! Don't you leave me out all by myself!" Sadly, it proves useless. He dies and the heartbroken woman finally gives up hope of rescue and kills herself
  • In The Return of the King, Sam, cradling Frodo's unconscious body, begs him, "Don't leave me here alone. Don't go where I can't follow."
    • Also, near the end of the film when the hobbits are gathered at the shore, and Frodo must say goodbye to Sam. This also counts as a tear-jerker. He realises Frodo intends to leave and not come back.
    Frodo: We set out to save the Shire, Sam. And it has been saved. But not for me.
    Sam: You don't mean that. You can't leave.'''
  • John Reed to Louise Bryant in Reds.

    Live Action TV 
  • In Smallville:
    • Clark and the women in his life (Clark and Lana, Clark and Chloe, and Clark and Lois) do this. A lot. Whenever one of them get one of their many deaths or near-deaths, trust the other to exclaim this.
    • In Reckoning, this happens with Clark and Martha saying this to Jonathan after his heart attack.
    • Phantom, Chloe to Lois as the latter dies. She gets better.
  • In Leverage, Hardison has been captured, and buried alive. Parker is holding up pretty well, but as things heat up, she begins to lose it.
    "Don't leave me, Alec!"
  • In Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, Justin loses his memory, resulting in Alex desperately begging him not to leave her, after she starts crying and telling him that he is everything that she has ever wanted to be.
  • Doctor Who's recurring villian coaxes one of these out of the Doctor:
    Master: [Do you think I would want to] spend the rest of my life, imprisoned with you!?
    Doctor: You've got to, come on. It can't end like this. You and me, all the things we've done? Axxons, remember the Axxons? And the Daleks. We're the only two left. I've no one else. REGENERATE!
    • Done again in "The Angels Take Manhattan," when the Doctor breaks down and full-out begs Amy not to let an Angel touch her and send her back in time to Rory in a section of spacetime that the TARDIS can't go to without ripping a hole in the universe. She refuses him. The fact that it's played as being incredibly pathetic and selfish on the Doctor's part makes his utterly honest, tear-choked "I will never see you again!" and his shriek of anguish as he falls face-down on the ground in grief when Amy vanishes even more heartbreaking.
    • Clara tries her best to stay composed while the Eleventh's reaching his very end, but when he begins regenerating, she breaks down into tears and begs him in a hushed voice to not change.
  • During the first two seasons of Punky Brewster, Allen Anderson was usually the addled tag-along chum. In season three's "Divorce Anderson Style," Allen is consigned to moving away with his mom to another city. As he says his goodbyes, Henry, Mrs. Garrett and Cherie hold up just fine. Punky is another story: when Allen gets to her, she loses it. As Allen leaves, Punky collapses into Cherie's arms, crying her eyes out.
  • Friends: After pretending he and Monica had got divorced, Chandler says this to her.
    Chandler: "You know what the worst part was? I got to see what my life would be like without you...please promise that you will never leave me, that we will grow old together, and be with each other for the rest of our lives."
    Monica: "I promise."
  • House
    • House does this to Cuddy in the episode "Bombshells." It's completely heartwrenching.
    • Wilson to Amber in the season four finale. It's even more of a Tear Jerker.
    • House to Wilson when Wilson decides to give up a part of his liver for a patient. "If you die, I'm alone."
  • Criminal Minds: The UnSub of "The Uncanny Valley" says it to a victim that's trying to escape. It manages to be both a Tear Jerker and the stuff of nightmares.
  • Torchwood: Children of Earth.
    Jack: Ianto? Ianto? Don't leave me, please. Please.
  • Claire more than once in season 6 of LOST.
  • An episode of Xena: Warrior Princess that added much fuel to the Les Yay fire had Xena screaming, "Don't you leave me!" while trying to resuscitate a not-breathing Gabrielle.
  • Effectively said by Dean in Supernatural when his brother is dying in his arms at the end of the first part of season two's two-part finale.
  • The Top Gear Bolivia features a terrifying drive along the cliff-filled Death Road. Afraid of heights and stuck with a car with no headlights, presenter James May begs this, word for word, of his Vitriolic Best Bud Richard Hammond, whose car does have functioning lights. In a Friendship Moment, Hammond remains.
  • Branson to Sybil in Downton Abbey.
  • In General Hospital, Tracy Quartermaine is talking to her father who is dying, and says "Please, don't go!"
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. After Angelus murders his Love Interest Jenny Calender, Buffy's Watcher goes on a Suicide Mission to kill Angelus, only to be saved at the last minute by Buffy. Giles rages at her that this wasn't her fight; Buffy slugs him, then gives Giles a Cooldown Hug, crying and saying "You can't leave me. I can't do this alone."
    • In spinoff Angel, Wesley holds Fred as she dies and begs her to hold on. When she dies, he is so distraught that all he can choke out is a repeated "Please."
  • In the season 3 finale of The OC, when Marissa and Ryan get in a car accident, a dying Marissa begs Ryan to stay when he says he needs to go get help. This leads to [1].

    Literature 
  • Brekke, in the second Dragonriders of Pern novel, pleads with F'nor to not die after he is severely injured during a dangerous scouting mission to the Red Star. Her anguish is so amplified by dragon minds that pretty nearly the entire planet hears it and gives F'nor and his dragon the willpower to teleport back home.
    Brekke: Don't leave me alone!
  • In the Darkest Powers series, Chloe has an unvoiced one when Derek admits that he often believes that he should leave the group, because he endangers them due to being a werewolf. (Not because he might hurt them, but because staying puts them in the line of fire of the numerous people trying to kill him.)
    Chloe: I need you. I didn't say that, of course. How could I, without it sounding weird? But I felt it, heart hammering against my ribs, and it wasn't some romantic I can't bear to be without you nonsense. It was something deeper, more desperate.
    When I thought of Derek leaving, the ground seemed to slide under my feet. I needed something to hold on to, something solid and real when everything around me was changing so fast. Even if there were times when I thought it would be easier without Derek there, ready to tear a strip off me at every misstep, in some ways I relied on that—someone to keep me thinking, keep me striving to do better, keep me from burying my head and praying that it all worked out.
  • All over the place in the Twilight saga.
  • Scout, in Yoda: Dark Rendezvous, was grudgingly taken on as a Padawan by a Jedi who didn't want to like her, since he thought she'd wind up killed. Her previous Master, just before she became his padawan, had been killed in the Clone Wars, and this one was mortally wounded in an ambush.
    He was smiling. She didn't think she'd ever seen him smile before. Tears welled up inside Scout. "Don't try to talk. It will be all right, Master. Master Yoda will be here soon to take care of you." Tears dropped from her eyes onto his shattered chest. There was a long hitch in his breathing. His eyes closed. "Master Maruk? Master Maruk! Don't go," Scout cried. "Don't leave me!"
    His eyes opened, and he smiled again. "Never...," he whispered. "... my Padawan."
    His eyes closed, and he was gone.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, from Sam to Frodo: "Don't go! Don't go where I can't follow!"
  • "Stay With Me" "Always"
    • Also when Clove takes a fatal blow to the head with a rock and Cato begs her to stay with him.
  • Karl Oskar does this with Kristina in The Emigrants. Twice. First when she's sick with scurvy on the journey across the Atlantic, then again when she's sick after a miscarriage.
  • In A Fightingman of Mars the titular hero, Tan Hadron, having been betrayed by the woman he (supposedly) loves realizes while he can cope with that he could never survive betrayal by his 'friend' Tavia and begs her never to leave him.
  • It's not said out loud on-page in Dr Franklins Island, but as Miranda progresses much faster through changes, and is more subject to The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body than her friend Semi, it weighs very heavily on Semi's mind, and she often thinks of Miranda as leaving her behind.

    Music 
  • P!nk's "Don't Leave Me". Goes straight to Nightmare Fuel if you watch the music video or listen closely.
    You're my perfect little punching bag.
  • "Don't Ever Leave Me" from the musical Sweet Adeline.
  • City And Colour's "Constant Knot" and "Weightless".
  • Dusty Springfield's "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" is a song about a woman begging her beloved to stay with her, they don't have to admit their love for each other, because just being with her is enough. The fact that Dusty was a bisexual seems to add an extra layer of potential sadness to the song.
  • In Fairy Tales, by Eric Lane Barnes, the song "A Humming Bird" is about a man desperately pleading for his dying lover to cheer up and get well again, because he doesn't know how he could possibly live without him.
  • Jacques Brel's "Ne Me Quitte Pas."note 
  • Supertramp's "Don't Leave Me Now."
  • Pink Floyd has a much darker song also called "Don't Leave Me Now," in which the narrator begs his wife to stay with him because he's dependent on abusing her.
  • Get Set Go has the song "Please Destroy Me", where the narrator makes a long list of things they will allow the lover to do ("choke me, bleed me" and "murder everything I am" among others) just so long as the lover will stay with him.
  • The subject of Ane Brun's "Don't Leave" requests this of the narrator, who assures the subject that this was never their intention.
  • Michael Jackson's "Don't walk away."
  • "Mother" by John Lennon, which has him wailing "mama don't go, daddy come home" at the end.
  • VNV Nation has a song "Illusion" where the chorus is this trope said a different way.
  • Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now".

    Theatre 
  • In Follies, in the Pensieve Flashback of Ben breaking up with Sally, Young Sally says, "Don't leave me, Ben. I'll kill myself, I'll die!" Ben doesn't take her suicide threat seriously at the time.

    Video Games 
  • In Fatal Frame 2, Mayu says this to Mio when she is locked in the repentance cell. She will also say it if Mio runs too far ahead of her.
  • In Heavy Rain, Ethan tearfully uses a variation of this when his attempt at CPR on his son seems to fail.
  • Many comedic examples from Guilt-Based Gaming. Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri uses the phrase: "Please don't go! The drones need you! They look up to you!"
    • Similarly, although somewhat more meta, the final confirmation for canceling a World of Warcraft subscription is accompanied by a picture of an orc with a tear rolling down its face, while the form chides you for "making the peons cry".
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus has Calliope using this on Kratos, when he's forced to leave her forever in order to become the Ghost of Sparta again so he can defeat Persephone. The game even twists the knife by making his pushing her away into a button-mashing minigame!
  • Visas' dialogue if you walk away after her possible Heroic Sacrifice during the duel with Nihilus in Knights of the Old Republic.
  • In BioShock, one of the female splicers (the young one in the cocktail dress, not the old one or the one with the coral on her face) shouts, "Wait! Don't goooooo-o-o-o!!" if you try to run from a fight.
  • The end of Half-Life 2: Episode Two where Eli is killed. Alyx cries over his body and says "Don't leave me...".
  • This is inverted in Dead Space 2 when Isaac in a bid to save Ellie, activates the ship that she was investigating so she could get to safety, as Isaac admits that he just wants her to live and where they were would likely end in their deaths. Ellie tearfully responds:
    Ellie:"...You bastard...."
  • In Final Fantasy V, Krile says this to her grandfather Galuf or rather, his spirit after his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • In Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, it turns out that Layton's girlfriend is alive. It was thought that she died in a time machine experiment ten years before, but the machine worked for a split second and sent her to the present day. Unfortunately, her body can't hold and she has to go back to that time, where she'll die in the explosion after all. Professor Layton begins yelling "I don't want to say goodbye again! I can't! I won't!"
  • In Yo-Jin-Bo, this is the usual course of action in the Bad endings. The pendant pulls Sayori away from her chosen man, and leaves them both crying for the other to not leave.
  • Persona 3 Portable: In a New Game+ you can pick a love interest to spend your last moments with. Out of all the love interests only Ken Amada seems to realize that the protagonist performed a Heroic Sacrifice and asks her to stay with him. Granted he lost his mom but some of the others have missing parents and Dead Little Sisters too. Children Are Observant? Actually yes. Fridge Brilliance reminds us that Justice sometimes represents clarity and that is Ken's arcana.
  • In Mitsumete Knight, Linda says this sentence almost word for word in her Ending:
    "Don't go... I don't want to lose you... I don't want money nor fame anymore... I just don't want to lose you... All I am now is a woman without merit who has fallen in poverty, but I'd wish to stay by your side... Please... Don't abandon me..."
  • In Ōkami, after you free Kaguya from the prison, she says that she feels that she must go to the bamboo field in Sasa Sanctuary, as though being driven by an unseen force. When she gets there, she meets her adoptive grandfather, Mr. Bamboo. She says that it would have been better if they didn't meet before she left, and you help her unearth a rocket. Mr. Bamboo reveals that he always knew the rocket was there, but it quickly turns into a desperate plea for his precious granddaughter to not leave him alone. When she leaves, the rocket becomes a Twinkle In The Sky, and a Single Tear escapes Mr. Bamboo's eyes... which is a hell of a lot less than what will come out of yours.
  • Odd example in Pokémon Black and White in one of the ferris wheel cutscenes, the girl you're riding with goes over to your side and desperately wants you to hold her until it's over. Afraid of heights, or...
  • Chie says this almost verbatim towards the end of Persona 4 when you've died and are getting encouragement from every character with whom you've maxed out your Social Link.
  • In Fable II when you are about the leave the "perfect world" your sister Rose begs you not to leave. "Don't go! I don't want to be on my own again." The heartwrenching Noooooo! she gives out as you do leave almost makes you cry.
  • In Tsugumi's Good Ending in Ever17, Tsugumi says this to Takeshi as he's pulling off his Heroic Sacrifice. Made even more potent by the fact that Tsugumi's always insisted on being alone up until now.
  • Albedo from Xenosaga. When he first finds out that his brothers aren't immortal like he is, he breaks down crying, begging Rubedo not to die and leave him alone.
  • Mass Effect 3 has Tali (if romanced) tearfully begging a male Shepard in the most heart-breaking voice ever to let her come with him as he airlifts her off Earth.
  • Ike says this to his father in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance after witnessing the latter's fatal battle with the Black Knight.
  • In Fire Emblem Awakening, Henry tells this to Panne in their supports, after he explains his Dark and Troubled Past to her and few later he begs her not to leave him alone.
    Henry: "Geez, Panne. What WILL convince you to let me stick around? You remind me of the fuzzy animals that raised me, and they all died, and now I... Come on, Panne. Please don't abandon me like my parents did. I'll do anything you want. A-n-y-t-h-i-n-g! Enemies? Gone! Rivals? Kaput!"
    • Also present in some of Noire's talks, specially the event tile one with her neglectful mother Tharja, her Love Confession to a male Avatar and her death quote in The Future Past DLC..
    Noire (in her Confession): "You fill me with the strength that I never thought I would have. Please stay with me always."
    Noire (as her Famous Last Words in The Future Past): " Father, Mother... Come for me... I d-don't want to die...alone."
  • Trish in Devil May Cry when Dante is leaving her behind after he is angry at her for betraying him over to Mundus.

    Web Comics 
  • Lucy of Bittersweet Candy Bowl is terrified of Mike leaving her forever, and reacts poorly when she thinks that, after Mike has rejected her, that Paulo wants nothing to do with her as well.

    Web Original 
  • In the Ask Jappleack blog (A spin off of the Pony Dot Mov series) Jappleack would regularly abuse her sister Apple Bloom for various reasons. One reader finally demanded that she stop mistreating Apple Blooom and love her, dammit! Jappleack ponders for a minute, then yells for Apple Bloom. She stares down at Apple Bloom, who's clearly expecting another beating. Instead, she wraps her arms around her neck and says "Don't you leave me. Don't you dare fucking leave me." Confused, Apple Bloom tells her that she loves her too. Jappleack herself seems relieved that she's finally been nice to her sister. Naturally, Apple Bloom is crushed by Discord in SHED.MOV almost immediately after.
  • Done through song in The Nostalgia Chick's date with The Nostalgia Critic. After it dies a crashing death with Critic having a Am I Just a Toy to You? breakdown and both of them running offscreen, you'd think the ship had sunk if it weren't for the chorus of "Baby Come Back" playing over the ending credits.

    Western Animation 
  • Bugs Bunny does this in "A Wild Hare" during his "death" scene, which makes Elmer Fudd wallow in self-pity after Bugs "dies."
  • In the Oscars Oasis episode Lost, Harchi does this to Oscar when he gets separated from his friends.
  • Played for laughs in the Danger Mouse episode "Mechanised Mayhem." As Greenback's transport, the Frog's Head Flyer, is rebelling against him and Stiletto kicking down the door of their hideout, Stiletto issues an S.O.S. which DM retrieves. As DM and Penfold prepare to backtrack to London:
    Stiletto: Oh, don'a leave me! Wha'm I gonna do?!
    DM: Just keep your beak crossed and hope the Flyer gets cramp before the door gives in.
  • In Justice League Unlimited, Ace begs Batman to stay with her in her final moments before the same condition that gave her powers ultimately kills her. He does.
  • In Adventure Time, we have Betty's heartbroken reaction as her fiancee, Simon Petrikov (who would later become the Ice King) goes insane due to the influence of the crown he's wearing:

    Real Life 
  • As Alexander Graham Bell lay dying, his wife signed, "Please don't leave me." Bell signed the word "No" and died.
  • Supposedly, "Please don't leave me" were Chris Farley's last words to a prostitute that was with him during his fatal drug overdose.
  • Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller's teacher and lifelong guide, was reportedly haunted by the memory of these words from her tubercular brother James, who was shut up with her in the county poorhouse and died at the age of eight.
  • The last known person to see Layne Staley alive was former bandmate Mike Starr. According to him, about a week and a half before Layne's corpse was discovered, he visited with him briefly and saw that he was deathly ill. He urged Layne to call 911, but he refused, threatening to break off their friendship. This led to an argument, and Mike stormed out. Mike later stated that as he was leaving, he heard Layne calling after him "Not like this! Don't leave like this!" He is believed to have died that same night or the day after.


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