A character, often (but not always) a [[IllGirl sickly child]], knows she is about to die and asks another, usually an adult, to stay with them until the time comes. Very commonly, this invitation is reserved for someone special to her. As mentioned already, it is not ''just'' about dying children, but children make it more heart-wrenching, since it's plain wrong for them to die before the adults around them.

SubTrope of PleaseDontLeaveMe. {{Defi|edTrope}}ance of DyingAlone. Related to YouAreNotAlone. Pretty much guaranteed to be a TearJerker. An excellent way to give TheStoic a PetTheDog moment, since it doesn't require them to actually show any emotion - just being there at all demonstrates kindness. See also MayflyDecemberRomance.

A cruel subversion may occur if the person being asked to stay becomes DistractedFromDeath. Sometimes, this is why you DontFearTheReaper, Death him/her/itself gives you company.

DeathTrope. Expect spoilers.

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!!Examples (remember, this is a DeathTrope!):

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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* Averted in ''{{Vandread}}''. On one planet, the main cast are helping out the sickly people. Bart befriends the IllGirl Shirley and tells her about adventures they've been through. She begins to make a small doll of Bart as a memento to remember her by, when the alien Harvesters attack. He promises to protect her from it, and Shirley asks that he return to her afterwards. While Bart is up there, having a spectacular BigDamnHeroes moment for her entire planet, poor Shirley [[TearJerker succumbs to her disease]]. As for the doll, she never finishes sewing the hair onto it, so Bart [[ImportantHaircut shaves off his hair]] [[BaldOfAwesome completely]] to match it instead.
* In ''HunterXHunter'', the Chimera Ant King Meryem is fatally poisoned by Netero's suicidal Rose Bomb attack. He faces his death with dignity and seeks out Komugi so he can play a few more games of gungi with her. He warns her that the poison inside him is contagious and that she will die if she stays near him. She refuses to abandon him since knowing him allowed her to feel true happiness. After a few games (in which she remains undefeated), Meryem finally succumbs to the poison and asks Komugi to stay with him until the end. [[TogetherInDeath Komugi holds his hand as she too succumbs to the poison.]]
* Somewhat displayed in [[TheObiWan Kakashi's]] death in ''{{Naruto}}''. At first it appears that he dies alone, but he gets an internal dying dream sequence where [[DontFearTheReaper his dead friends, teacher and father]] all greet him. Although it's clear he dies, it's unclear at what point he actually ''dies'' - is it right away? Is it gradual? Is it when he sees his father? [[spoiler: Further subverted in that [[BackFromTheDead the death doesn't stick]].]]
* In ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', as Tabitha lies dying of her wounds, her last request is for her [[LesYay beloved]] captain Miria to hold her hand--which Miria fulfills, [[AMotherToHerMen of course]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX'' story arc "Man of Stone", Frank was just beginning to like a woman who is his female counterpart when she steps on an old mine in Afghanistan. She has two requests for him, one of which was to hold her until she died.
* In the "Wolf at the Door" arc of ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'', Reed tries to talk a man out of committing suicide - only to learn that he's terminally ill and is terrified of DyingAlone in a hospital bed. Reed gives him a number to call when the time comes, promising that he'll be there even if he's fighting DoctorDoom when he gets the call.
* Optimus Prime, as the BigGood of the Franchise/TheTransformers, has done this for more than a few characters in the comics. Notably, in at least two instances, he has unhestatingly abandoned his weapons and stayed with a fatally injured ''Decepticon'', taking genuine pity even on the likes of [[Comicbook/TheTransformers Scorponok]] and [[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Iguanus]], staying with both until they died of their wounds. In spite of trying to kill Optimus for the better part of several million years in their respective stories, both Decepticons in both continuties are comforted by Optmius being the last person there with them.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', Yuki invoked this trope by calling Kyon after she learns the IDSE scheduled her deletion. She didn't die though, because she never considered Kyon would react by using his TrustPassword on Haruhi.
* In {{Fanfic/Uplifted}} Admiral Jalina'Calis watching the sunset over the North African desert with Erwin Rommel promising her that the desert would be her people's new home.... It was just... D'awwwww
* The ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' story, ''[[Fanfic/LegacyTotalDrama Legacy]]'' features an inversion. The dying contestant is unconscious and so can't ask, but Chef Hatchet stays with her of his own accord because he thinks it important that she not [[DyingAlone die alone]].
* In ''Fanfic/FragileThread'', we have this with Mako, when she summons Ryuko to be by her side as [[spoiler: she commits suicide]],however, she did tell her she was free to go if that was too much.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/RoboCop2''. The boy Hob is mortally wounded by Cain's attack. [=RoboCop=] finds him and says he's going to call for medical help, but:
-->'''Hob''': Don't leave me.
-->'''[=RoboCop=]''': I won't leave you. ''[takes Hob's hand]''
* In ''Film/XMen1'', Storm does this for [[spoiler: the artificially mutated]] Senator Kelly.
* In ''Film/{{Heat}}'', Al Pacino's character, the cop, shoots Robert De Niro's character, then stays with him out of NotSoDifferent companionship.
** ''Film/RighteousKill'' has this in the end except Al is the one asking Robert for this moment.
* ''Film/{{Collateral}}'''s ending when Vincent (played by Tom Cruise) dies and asks Max (Jamie Fox) is this moment.
* In ''Film/TheSisterhoodOfTheTravelingPants'', Tibby spends the night with [[spoiler:Bailey]] in the hospital before she dies after ending her cancer treatment.
* In ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', Film/JamesBond stays with a mortally wounded Mathis and comforts him. [[MoodWhiplash Much to Camille's shock]], as soon as Mathis dies, Bond steals his wallet and throws his body into a dumpster. Bond merely comments that "He [Mathis] wouldn't care."
* Not a word is spoken by either character, but near the end of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' Blondie encounters a mortally wounded young soldier and, knowing the kid won't make it, Blondie covers the him with a makeshift blanket (his duster) and offers the dying boy one last smoke before death takes him.
* Izzy tries to get Tom to do this in ''Film/TheFountain''. Considering the fact that the message of the movie is that death should be accepted gracefully rather than fought desperately, it can be argued that this trope is a central motif to the film. [[spoiler:In his head at least, Tom does get to do this for her in the end of his story]].
** One of the tracks for the film is "Stay With Me" by Clint Mansell.
* At the climax of ''Film/TheProposition'', Charlie shoots his [[CainAndAbel villainous brother]] Arthur, who then hobbles outside to die. But since they're still brothers, Charlie goes out too and they [[WatchingTheSunset watch the sunset]] together.
* Subverted in ''Film/WayOfTheGun'' when Sarno discovers the mortally wounded Abner. Sarno is clearly anxious to resume the hunt, but feels too guilty to leave Abner before he dies. Abner isn't actually that close to death, so he just keeps rambling on his final words, occasionally pausing just long enough for Sarno to think that he's finally died before resuming. Finally Abner tells Sarno that he'd prefer to die alone, so Sarno awkwardly but gratefully takes his exit.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Gafinilan and Mertil from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''.
* Snowden from ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo''.
* In the first IncarnationsOfImmortality book, mistakes occasionally bring Thanatos to the side of dying people who don't actually need him to judge them. He stays with them anyway.
* In the ''Literature/AlexRider'' books [[spoiler: Yassen Gregorovich]] asks Alex to stay with him.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Katniss stays with Rue and sings to her as she dies.
* In ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'', [[spoiler: Turnball Root]] willingly does this with his wife as she heads into certain death at the bottom of the ocean.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', the resurrected forms of James, Lily, Sirius, and Remus stay with Harry as he walks to meet Voldemort in the forest, prepared to sacrifice himself.
--->'''Harry''': You'll stay with me?
--->'''James''': Until the very end.
* [[Literature/TheBible When Jesus was being crucified]] most of his followers had fled, but His mother, John and a couple of other women stood by the cross until He died.
** This is more of a subversion as at the Last Supper Jesus actually predicted that his followers would betray him. The episode in Gethsemane, where Jesus asks his disciples to stay with him while he wrestles with his impending death and they all instead fall asleep comes very close to this trope, though.
* Defied in ''TheChildrenOfHurin'', where Gwindor begs Túrin to leave him as he's dying to go save the woman they both love.
* Invoked in ''Literature/{{Beastly}}''. After [[spoiler:Kyle is shot]], Lindsy wants to go get help for him. [[spoiler:He has a vision of DyingAlone in an ambulance, and begs her to stay with him, since he'd rather die with her with him.]]
* The eponymous hero of Creator/RudyardKipling's ''The Miracle of Purun Bhagat'' in ''[[Literature/TheJungleBook The Second Jungle Book]]'', a Hindu holy man who is supported by an animal companion:
--> Purun Bhagat dropped fainting by his side, for the chill of the rain and that fierce climb were killing him; but first he called to the scattered torches ahead, 'Stay and count your numbers'; then, whispering to the deer as he saw the lights gather in a cluster: 'Stay with me, Brother. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Stay - till - I - go]]!'
** Also in ''The Second Jungle Book'', Akela's death in ''Red Dog''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Rest Calm, by Music/{{Nightwish}}.
--> You are the moon pulling my black waters\\
You are the land in my dark closet\\
Stay by my side until it all goes dark forever\\
When silent, the silence comes closer
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* On ''Series/DoctorWho'', Rose got the Doctor to take her back to the day her father died (hit by a car), because in the original history he died alone which was a regret of her mother's. Rose held his hand as he died. (She did try to save him at ''first,'' but doing that [[spoiler: broke reality because they'd been to that time before and interfering with your ''own interfering'' is ''bad''.]])
** In "Blink", Sally Sparrow stays with [[spoiler:Old!Billy]] "until the rain stops."
* Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}} does this for the {{sexbot}} April, when the latter breaks down and runs out of gas.
** Ironically this causes Buffy to lose an opportunity to save her mother's life, or at least be there when she died.
* In ''Series/CriminalMinds'', the killer from "[[spoiler: Pleasure Is My Business]]" asks for Hotch to do this. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments He does]]. "You're the first man who didn't let me down."
** Gideon did it more than once also, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments of his own accord]], memorably for [[spoiler: one of the unsubs in "Open Season"]].
** Garcia does this for a victim in [[spoiler: "Exit Wounds"]]. When Morgan asks her why (as she'd run directly towards the killer), she told him that when she was shot, the only thing she was thinking was that the last thing she was going to see was her shooter's face and she couldn't let the victim die like that.
** The whole team gets in on this. There's a woman trapped in her car, which she thinks is going to explode. While they're frantically trying to defuse the bomb, Morgan insists on staying with her at her request. [[TrueCompanions The others are, understandably, distraught at this choice.]] Later, Prentiss tries to defy this trope, but he insists on staying with her while she's [[spoiler: [[DeathFakedForYou "dying"]].]]
* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', the Doctor is told "if you stay with me, I won't be scared" by [[spoiler: his dying holographic "daughter"]].
** Another one in which Tuvok agreed to stay with a little girl [[OlderThanTheyLook who is really an old woman]] so that she won't be afraid.
* In ''PrisonBreak'', Michael stays with [[spoiler: Roland]] until he takes his last breath. Luckily, he goes quickly as sirens can be heard in the distance.
* Happens word-for-word in ''Series/GreysAnatomy''.
** Cruelly subverted with Denny. After Izzy spends weeks by his side, falling in love with him, she's not there when he dies.
* In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' ("Poisoning the Well"), the dying scientist Perna asks Dr. Beckett to stay with her. He then [[LastKiss kisses her forehead]].
* In an episode of ''TouchedByAnAngel'', a young prostitute is brutally beaten by her customer. As she lies dying in an alleyway, Andrew, the Angel of Death approaches. Not realizing who he is and assuming he's just a random pedestrian, she begs him to stay with her, never knowing that he's come to do exactly that.
* In the two-part {{NCIS}} episode ''Engaged'', Gibbs and Zivz travel to the Middle East to rescue a captive Marine. While there, Ziva bonds with the Marine's commanding officer Captain Quincy. He is shot in the neck during the rescue, and despite being surrounded by both his squad and the Corpsman, he asks Ziva to stay with him. She does.
* Cruelly subverted in in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. Kira Nerys' father Kira Taban was shot by the Cardassians. Although she was by his side for most of it, she left with the rest of her resistance cell to the kill those responsible despite him begging her to stay. [[TearJerker Her father died alone, calling out her name]], and she only missed it by a matter of hours. It haunted her for the rest of her life.
** The episode that reveals this, "Ties Of Blood and Water", also has a Cardassian who became a surrogate father-figure to her dying. After learning of something he did during the Occupation she storms off, only to be convinced to return as "he doesn't deserve to die alone." She returns and stays with him until he dies, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and then buries him next to her father.]]
* Inverted in chinese drama ''Sword and Fairy'': a [[BloodFromTheMouth mortally-wounded]] Ling'er spends her last moments assuring her husband that [[YouAreNotAlone he is not alone]] and that she will never leave him.
* In the finale of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', a dying Arthur asks Merlin to hold him as he dies.
---> 'Just - just - just hold me. [[TearJerker Please]].'
* The last shot of the series finale of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' is a bird's eye view of a mortally wounded [[spoiler:Jack Shephard]] stumbling along and eventually falling over on his back. As he lies there dying, Vincent the Labrador walks up and lies down beside him so he doesn't have to die alone.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with ''Series/BreakingBad''; [[spoiler:Mike]]'s last words are basically demanding that Walt leave him alone and in peace as he dies.
* In the last episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Wesley is mortally wounded by Cyvus Vail. Illyria asks him if he would like her to lie to him now. Hours ago Wesley refused to ask Illyria to spend the day with him as Fred, claiming it would be a lie. This time he gratefully accepts her offer. "Fred" holds Wesley's hand, reassuring him that they will be together soon. Wesley dies peacefully in the arms of the girl he loved.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', the dying Fantine sings "For God's sake, please stay til I am sleeping" to Valjean.
** Also, Eponine stops Marius from getting help for her, saying it's too late and that she just wants him with her as she dies.
* Theatre/{{Hamlet}} doesn't ask, but Horatio stays with him until he dies, bidding him farewell with the famous line "Goodnight, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest." Many directors have Horatio cradle Hamlet's head in his lap, or something similar.
* The play ''Touch'' invokes this trope off-stage. The murdered wife apparently asked one of her kidnappers to do this. The moment of peace just before she died left a smile on her face, which, ironically enough, causes more anguish for her family and friends when they find out about the smile and what happened to her.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the end of ''VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney'', Zoe actually has to [[spoiler:talk her long-lost little sister Faith into dying]] and all she asks in return is to play with her for a while.
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic 2'', you can talk Visas into killing herself in order to weaken a major boss. If she agrees, she then asks the Exile to stay with her until she passes away. You can agree or take TheDarkSide path.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 4: The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood'', [[spoiler:after Guybrush is stabbed in the chest by [=LeChuck=]'s Cutlass of Kaflu, Elaine becomes distressed and runs to Guybrush's side, cradles him and stays with him until [[DiedInYourArmsTonight he breathes his last]], even going so far as to reject [=LeChuck=]'s advances and watch him regain his voodoo powers from La Esponja Grande and become the demon pirate once again. (Funny thing is that Guybrush never asks her to stay with him until the end, though she tries reviving him and he barely regains consciousness as he mumbles [[NonSequiturThud "Is that you, mother? I washed my hands..."]] and later asks her in his final words to destroy [=LeChuck=] for him, [[TearJerker a vow she tearfully accepts]].)]]
* [[spoiler: Kleine]] from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem: Shin Monshou no Nazo]]'' asks her stepsister [[spoiler: Katarina]] to stay with her during her last moments. She does so.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'': After Axel's [[HeroicSacrifice suicide attack]], Sora stays by him as he's fading away. Axel doesn't ask him to; he just does.
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' also has a ''negative'' example of this trope, as [[spoiler: Young Xehanort stays with Sora and gives out his NewEraSpeech as the latter [[KillTheCutie dies]] from a broken heart. Allowing Sora to die alone would be much kinder]].
* ''[[VideoGame/FatalFrame Project Zero 2]]: [[VideoGameRemake Wii Edition]]'': In the [[MultipleEndings Shadow Festival ending]], Mio stays with Mayu as [[LegionsOfHell the Repentance]] engulfs them both. The game closes with their bodies shown TogetherInDeath.
* A rather haunting example occurs in ''MajorasMask'' if you save Romani Ranch and speak to Romani and Cremia on the last day. Cremia, apparently realising that even the ranch is not safe from the impending apocalypse, asks Romani to sleep with her in her bed tonight, knowing that neither of them will be alive by the next day...
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[[folder: Web Comics]]
* In [[http://goblinscomic.com/11202012/ this page]] of ''{{Webcomic/Goblins}}'', all the mortally wounded [[spoiler: creature Klik]] wants is a hug from his friend [[spoiler: Dies Horribly]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* When [[spoiler: DarkMagicalGirl Ace]] is about to die in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' episode "Epilogue," she asks Franchise/{{Batman}} to stay with her until she passes away, and he agrees to do so. His presence allows her to die in peace, [[spoiler:preventing her from psychically blowing up the city with her death agony]].
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