Why Can't You Say Good Night?

Parting words, coming after drugging someone but before the victim hits the ground. May take the form of a Preemptive Apology. A kind of Pre-Mortem One-Liner without the actual, y'know, death. The last words from the guy they drugged are Parting-from-Consciousness Words.

Trope name comes from Tony Basil's "Mickey".


  • Hudson Hawk.
    Hudson Hawk: Hey, this doesn't taste like cappuccino.
    Anna: Oh. I guess I put too much ethyl chloride in it.
    Hudson Hawk: [collapses]
  • Mystery Men: Right after Captain Amazing asks whether what he just picked up is not evidence, it shoots out a cloud of pink smoke:
    Casanova Frankenstein: "It's a chloroform-deploying portable enticement snare."
    Captain Amazing: "... - Ah, dang!"
  • Sherlock Holmes
    Irene: I told you to let it breathe.

Live-Action TV
  • Dexter: Debra's new fiancee explains how ashamed he was at accidentally leaving one piece of evidence as the Ice Truck Killer.
    • And, of course, Dexter himself often whispers a one-liner to his victims right after he slips them the needle.
  • Played with on Lost. Juliet was handed what was told to her to be a glass full of tranquilizers.
    Ethan: "You... probably shouldn't have drank that so fast..."
  • Heroes: Mohinder to Sylar
    Mohinder: "I already have you, Mr. Sylar."
  • Blackadder:
    The Baby-Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells: Drugged! By God!
    Blackadder: By Baldrick, actually, but the effect is much the same.
  • After getting a new job on The A-Team, Hannibal discusses it with B.A.
    B.A. Baracus: "We're flying this time, aren't we?"
    Hannibal: "Yes, we are."
    B.A. Baracus: "You're not going to drug me this time. I'm going to keep my eye on you."
    Hannibal: "In that case, do you want the last swallow of your milk?"
    [B.A. realizes he's been had, raises his fist and then collapses]
    Hannibal: "Guess not."

Manga and Anime

Video Games
  • Mona Sax, right after drugging Max Payne:
    "Nothing personal. Can't risk you going berserk and getting Lisa killed."

Web Comics
  • After Jordi is drugged in Cuanta Vida:
    Anton: T-tut mir leid. ("I'm sorry.")
  • In Girl Genius:
    Lucrezia: Not poison, silly. I'm one of the good guys now, remember?

Western Animation
  • The Venture Bros.:
    "You'd be surprised at the amount of chemicals the average cigarette contains."
  • After a certain mercenary tranquilizes Wolverine in Hulk Vs. Wolverine...
    "Logan, buddy! It's me, Deadpool! I shot you."
  • In The Batman, after the Riddler sprays Batman with knockout gas:
    "Tell me, Batman... What question can you never answer "yes" to? Are you asleep?"