An old and well-used Stock Phrase
, most frequently used by villains who have seen a Made of Iron
hero calmly walk through Death Traps
, fought their way out of a carefully laid ambush
, Outrun the Fireball
from an explosion, or pull a Scope Snipe
on their highly paid killers
. And really, at that point, can you blame them?
Variations: "What does it take to kill you?", "How Many Times Must I Kill You?", and "Why won't you STAY dead?!!", which are generally reserved for when the hero comes Back from the Dead
, or returns after a No One Could Survive That
and/or Never Found the Body
Although it's far more common for the villains to say it, it's not exclusive to them. If it's a good guy saying it, it will most commonly come from a Muggle
type of hero or character about some supernatural or Implacable Man
villain, or by someone who is closer to the Anti-Hero
side of the Morality Axis
than to Ideal Hero
and is getting frustrated with their enemy seeming to have Joker Immunity
. Subtrope of Staying Alive
. Contrast Dead to Begin With
See also Healing Factor
and Pulling Themselves Together
for reasons that these people/things will not stay dead. Also Prepare to Die
and You Have No Chance to Survive
for what this trope defies. For Video Game Boss Battle
equivalents that can provoke this reaction in players, see Marathon Boss
, Sequential Boss
and Damage-Sponge Boss
This trope is about when the phrase (or something similar) is said in the story
. For dead characters whose deaths never seem to "stick," see Death Is Cheap
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- Deathstroke asks this◊ of an alternate version of himself that really doesn't at all look like Deadpool.
- Doctor Doom is flabbergasted by Reed Richards' perseverance to the point of expressing this trope word-for-word in ALL CAPS ON MANY DIFFERENT OCCASIONS. Special props to Fantastic Four #200, after Reed escapes from a sealed incinerator by squeezing through the tiny pipeline leading from a jet blasting poisonous chlorine gas into his face.
- In an issue of Adam Warren's Dirty Pair, Kei, fighting an artificially created "warbeast", starts unloading into its head at zero range with a gun capable of stopping a Power Suit with one shot.
"*BANG* DIE! *BANG* DIE! *BANG* WILL YOU @&$(# DIE!?"
- In the Seed of Destruction storyline, Hellboy shoots Rasputin in the head...
Hellboy: Hey, fall down, man!
- Scud The Disposable Assassin shouts this or something similar at a zombified Tyrannosaurus Rex, after emptying a combat shotgun into its face. Destroying the brain is a lot harder when said brain is the size of a pea.
- The Joker says this in his very first appearance◊ in Batman #1. Ironic, given Joker's later ability.
- In his first adventure, Popeye was shot 16 times and still continued to fight.
- A variation appears in 52, during the climactic battle between Lex Luthor (armed with all the powers of Superman) and Steel (armed with basically some armour and a big hammer). After Steel responds to the predictable Curb-Stomp Battle that ensues by continuing to keep getting up no matter how hard Luthor hits him, Luthor — after first mocking the increasing number of injuries that Steel is racking up — bellows "Are you still getting up? Lie down and die!"
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- One of the oldest examples in film can be found at the end of Alexander Dovzhenko's Arsenal (1928): "Fall, damn you, FALL! Are you wearing armor or something?" (go to about 1.20, is where it starts)
- Austin Powers says this in his second movie to Robin Swallows, who inexplicably survives being shot, stabbed, falling from a building, being blown up, and quite a few other things.
- That joke was an intentional satire of one of the supposed rules of Bond. The joke was lost when James Bond killed a woman in cold blood the same year as this film came out, and indeed, James Bond had previously killed at least two other women before that point (Xenia Onatopp in Goldeneye, as well as another woman in The Spy Who Loved Me, as well as pushing a woman into the line of fire of one of her henchmen).
- Two-Face and The Riddler say this to Batman in Batman Forever:
Two-Face: Why can't you just DIE?!
- Ironically, he then unleashes an attack that's perhaps the closest either of them comes to actually killing him.
- And then, later:
The Riddler: Why? Why can't I kill you?
- In Big Trouble in Little China, the villainous, and now exasperated, Lo Pan expresses a similar sentiment to his underling when he finds that Jack Burton has cheated death yet again...
Lo Pan: Is it too much to ask, Thunder?!? Kill him! For me!
- Used in the movie version of The Crow where Funboy shoots the hero several times, only to watch in horror as the hero's Healing Factor kicks in and closes the wounds right before his eyes, leading him to cry "Don't you ever fuckin' die?"
- Frequently said by foes of Die Hard's John McClane.
- In Freddy vs. Jason, a frustrated Freddy Krueger asks Jason Voorhees "Why won't you DIE?!" Freddy is an undead ghost, and Jason an undead zombie. Irony that thick could only have been intentional.
- In the 2000 movie Gladiator, Emperor Commodus says a variant of this to Maximus, after the latter has just won a match that was blatantly rigged against him.
Commodus: What am I going to do with you? You simply won't... die.
- In Heroic Trio, the main characters have a brief discussion about this concerning The Dragon who doesn't even seem to feel pain. After that, the fight the Big Bad who goes through about three fake-out deaths before finally going down.
- James Bond
Janus: Why can't you just be a good boy and die?
Bond: You first. (gestures to Xenia) You, second.
Hugo Drax: Mr. Bond, you persist in defying my efforts to provide an amusing death for you.
- In similarly erudite manner by Kamal Khan in Octopussy:
Kamal: You have a nasty habit of surviving.
Bond: Well, you know what they say about the fittest.
- By the end of the The Lone Ranger, Cavendish (and Cole) become very frustrated about the Lone Ranger and Tonto's refusal to die.
Butch Cavendish: These two have a hard time stayin' dead!
- In the movie Me, Myself, and Irene, in one scene a cow refuses to die after having a gun fired until it's empty on it, and was wrestled to death, and beaten with the gun, and left there to die. It apparently was injured, though.
- Parodied in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, where King Arthur maims the Black Knight, who continues to try fighting even after losing his arm... and his other arm... and his leg... and his other leg. He decides to call it a draw at this point, until Arthur starts to leave, at which points the Black Knight declares he'll bite his legs off.
- Averted in The Princess Bride where, rather than raging at Westley's unexpected return from the dead, Humperdinck calmly says "I killed you too quickly last time, a mistake I don't intend to duplicate tonight".
- Ivan Drago has one in Rocky IV. "He is not a man. He is a piece of iron."
- In The Sea Hawk (1940), the evil Lord Wolfingham (Henry Daniell) greets the hero, Geoffrey Thorpe (Errol Flynn) who has escaped from numerous perils, with the words, "Have you nine lives, Captain Thorpe? Surely most of them must be used up by now." Cue Flynning.
- In The 6th Day , Arnold Schwarzenegger's character gets annoyed that the Quirky Miniboss Squad keeps cloning themselves.
- Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004). Sky Captain says "Why won't you die?" to the Robot Girl just before he finishes her off for good.
- One of the many things that gangster Bullet Tooth Tony from Snatch is infamous for is surviving being shot 6 times by an enemy. A flashback to that event shows the guy shooting Tony screaming "Why won't you fucking die?!!" just before he runs out of bullets.
- Tony himself has this moment later with Boris "The Bullet Dodger", who takes an entire
clip magazine from Tony's Desert Eagle before he finally dies.
- Mrs. Lovett of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street shouts this at Judge Turpin, still partially alive and clinging to her dress after Sweeney Todd did him in.
- In the original live-action Transformers movie, while trying to take down a particularly well-armoured Decepticon with a tank for a vehicle mode, one whose name is either "Brawl" or "Devastator" depending on who you ask, Captain William Lennox watches the robot shrug off a severed limb, several disabled weapons systems, and constant fire from Lennox and his marines, and says in disbelief, "These things just don't die!"
- The V for Vendetta movie has a terrified Creedy asking V "Why won't you die! Why won't you die!" after V massacres his men despite having been shot dozens of times.
- At the end of White Heat, a police marksman repeatedly nails Cody Jarrett with a sniper rifle, eventually muttering between reloads, "What's keeping him up?!"
- In X-Men, as Storm flies out of the elevator shaft, Toad complains "Don't you people ever die?" (in a possible reference to how Death Is Cheap in the comics)
- In a borderline case of Beam Me Up, Scotty!, Lord Voldemort does this with Harry Potter only in the trailer for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows film(s).
Lord Voldemort:"Why do you live?"
Harry Potter:"Because I have something worth living for."
- In the film proper, he has this reaction when his killing curse fails to kill Harry for the second time. While he doesn't say anything, his look of disbelief, followed by angry explosions, which is then followed by physically attacking Harry shows it.
- In Sharknado, Nova screams this to an attacking shark that she stabs repeatedly. After a few more stabs, it does eventually die.
- Walker, Texas Ranger: The 1998 episode "Warriors" had an instance of this, where Walker tried to kill the enforcer of a supremacist group, whose ringleader was attempting to create an army of genetically superior, undefeatable soldiers to aid in his ultimate goal of world domination. The trope comes into play when Walker and Trivette were attempting to stop the group from kidnapping a genetic researcher. After Trivette is roughed up by the unbeatable enforcer and about to be killed, Walker shows up and attempts to shoot the enforcer ... emptying his gun while shooting him in the head and chest. The enforcer merely absorbed the bullets as a dumbfounded Walker tried to reload his gun, before Walker was also beaten up. After the villains leave, the dazed Walker and Trivette try to figure out why they couldn't even so much as make the enforcer flinch, despite following procedures and aiming at vital areas. (Not to worry: In the end, Walker – with some help – does figure out a way to beat the enforcer.)
- Super powers and super power-related phlebotenum allowed several characters from Heroes to cheat death. Claire (and Adam Monroe, later Sylar and Arthur Petrelli, and sometimes Peter) can't die; Claire's father Noah can survive being Moe Greened by Suresh thanks to Claire's blood; Peter bounces back from a shotgun blast thanks to a boy's power of healing; characters have also died in timelines that were subsequently kyboshed.
- A slight variation: the Doctor Who episode "Dalek" has the Doctor yelling, "Why don't you just die!" to the title monster in a death machine. Counts, though, because he went to a lot of effort to wipe out their race at the cost of his own, and isn't happy this one slipped through the cracks.
- "I CANNOT DIE!!! I!!! AM!!! DAVROS!!!"
- Averted by the Master after shooting the unkillable Jack with his laser screwdriver: "And the best part is, he's not dead for long! I GET TO KILL HIM AGAIN!"
- Anticipated by the Twelfth Doctor as a problem, should they try to shoot him — because right now he's not sure, but he might just keep regenerating forever, and that would take a while.
- Speaking of Jack, on Torchwood, his enemies (particuarly John Hart when they're first reunited) are a little bit annoyed that they can't permanently get rid of him.
- Psych episode "American Duos" Zapato Dulce: "You ruined everything! Why won't you die?"
- The main characters of Stargate SG-1 do this in speaking about archenemy Apophis.
Teal'c: Apophis must have transported off of Sokar's ship before it exploded.
Col. O'Neill: Somebody's got to teach that guy how to die.
- Also implied about Dr. Daniel Jackson more than once... But then he DID come back from deadly situations more than once.
- Star Trek: Enterprise: The evil Mirror Universe version of Dr. Phlox, frustrated at how long the Tholian captive he's been ordered to eliminate is managing to cling to life (especially since it's transmitting a short-range distress signal to all the other Tholians in the area, and they're rapidly closing in on the I.S.S. Enterprise), growls "Will you kindly die!?"
- Used ironically on The Colbert Report, during a period where Colbert was taking any excuse, however flimsy, to repeatedly show a clip of controversial pastor Jeremiah Wright:
Colbert: (grinning) Why won't that story die?
- Parodied in an episode of Bottom: On getting a whiff of the lethal alcoholic mixture Eddie carries around in his hip flask, Richie inquires 'How are you alive?'. Eddie grins, taps the side of his nose, and cheerfully replies 'I may very well not be.'
- In the 8th season of Scrubs, there is briefly a new Chief of Medicine, Dr Taylor Maddox. Despite her very friendly and personable attitude toward her co-workers, she has a very cold-blooded and by the book approach to taking care of patients, which leads Cloudcuckoolander J.D. to do an Imagine Spot of her trying to smother a patient with a pillow after the patient's insurance coverage has run out. When he survives the first round of this, she tries again while shouting "Why won't you die?!!"
- In the first season finale of Leverage, there is a mundane example. An opponent growls at a badly-beaten Eliot Spencer: "Why won't you go down?" Eliot laughs.
- Variation in Angel, where Angel is fighting a demon and decapitates it. The demon's body stirs.
Angel: Come on! I'm holding your head!
- The demon needed to be killed a certain number of times before it died.
- There's a more typical one on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer end, with Buffy going "WHY...WON'T...YOU...DIE?" as she's pounding.
- Tina Greer asks this in the Smallville episode "Visage", as her Super Strength is not nearly enough to defeat Clark Kent.
- Brad Willis from Neighbours: He was shot by Bob Landers, attacked by a shark, saved Beth and Hannah from a burning cottage... and none of it killed him.
- Not to mention the various attempts on Paul Robinson's life. He has been pushed off a cliff (twice), sent poisoned letters, almost strangled to death, shot in the chest by his own son, kidnapped and mind-tortured, suffered from a life-threatening brain tumor, and pushed off the mezzanine of a building. Even he has expressed surprise over not being dead yet.
- Top Gear once tried to destroy a Toyota Hilux by having it suffering a series of increasingly terrible accidents. Driving down stairs, driving into a tree, leaving it at the beach at low-tide, driving through a hut, dropping a caravan on it, and bashing it with a wrecking ball didn't kill it. So they set it on fire. That's didn't work either. So they tried again in a later episode and cranked it Up to Eleven.
- Scorpius in Farscape is really bad at staying dead through a combination of Made of Iron, really excellent planning, and some impressive body armor.
: Kryptonite? Silver bullets? ...Buffy?
What's it gonna take to keep you in the grave?
- Morriseys song "Margaret on the Guillotine"; asks this question in regards to Margaret Thatcher.
- the Eminem song Go to Sleep features a variation. Namely, "why are you still alive!?"
- The Goons' song, "Bluebottle Blues", is a duet between the usually-heroic Neddy Seagoon and perpetual Butt Monkey Bluebottle, in which the former does his best to kill the latter. Finding Bluebottle still bemoaning his lot after one particularly nasty attempt, Seagoon comments irritably, "...still ALIVE?"
- The reaction of many a Killer DM upon facing down a player Barbarian in Dungeons & Dragons. Dropped to 0 HP? Activates a death-ignoring ability, keeps fighting, is healed to above 0, ending the power effect. Dropped to 0 HP again? Activates the second ability, keeps fighting, is healed to above 0, ending the power effect. Dropped to 0 HP again? Activates another ability, keeps fighting. Built in such a way, a Barbarian can and, frequently, will keep fighting until he dies on his feet or kills the entire enemy group.
- Same as the above often goes for Lunars, who pack massive damage absorption, lots of health levels, regeneration and top it off with ability to outright not die when killed so long as they have Essence to spare.
- Alchemicals have a couple similar abilities - getting massive layers of armour installed and getting (a limited amount of times) after getting killed.
- In general, any Exalt can stay invulnerable for some time by using perfect defences to evade attacks, but it's mainly the above that may roll with taking them and just keeping going despite the damage.
- In Magic: The Gathering, New Phyrexia will continue whenever a drop of Phyrexian oil remains. Also, Squee, Goblin Nabob returns to your hand when he would otherwise go to the graveyard. There's also Platinum Angel, which makes it so you can't lose.
- Warhammer 40,000
- What many player say when facing a Necron army. Almost all Necron infantry has a rule that gives a slain soldier a chance to stand back up —previously called "We'll be back!" with certain stipulations, then called simply "reanimation protocols" with different stipulations. Furthermore, the Necron player can give his units an even greater chance to get back up. And as if that weren't enough, Necron vehicles all trade the ability to reanimate with simply being nearly impossible to take down in the first place.
- The same thing applies to the "Feel No Pain" rule, which gives models a 33% chance to ignore any wounds that don't cause an instant kill.
- Not to mention the "It Will Not Die" rule that grants models the ability to regenerate.
- Often heard as a traditional response to any player forced to oppose a BattleMech classified as a 'zombie flashbulb' in BattleTech. 'Zombie' means that the 'Mech is designed with thick armor, hardy physical construction, and will generally keep fighting short of shooting out the fusion engine or the cockpit, and 'flashbulb' means that the 'Mech carries an arsenal designed solely around energy weapons, which have no volatile ammunition to detonate and no limit on how many shots they can fire beyond the risk of overheating. This translates into a BattleMech that can be reduced to a head perched precariously atop an engine with two legs attached that might still be attacking. Few BattleMechs are naturally that tenacious, but there are designs which take Made of Iron to a very literal extreme.
- Taken Up to Eleven by the Archangel in 4 of its 6 variants (the other 2 heavy explosive components). It's 100 tons (as heavy as mechs get), and has max armor (307), so combined with internal structure it can feasibly absorb over 400 damage and keep fighting. If that wasn't enough, it's got a Compact Engine and Gyro, cutting the chance of engine or gyro hits in half, from 6/12 and 4/12 to 3/12 and 2/12. Oh, and it carries several Head and Center torso mounted weapons.
- Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops. Null: "Why won't you die, Snake?"
- Master Li says something along these lines when you succeed on breaking free of the cage he wove for you from your own doubts at the end of Jade Empire.
- Vladimir Zakarov says this to Tequila at one point during the Penthouse stage in the John Woo game Stranglehold.
Vlad: Dammit! What do I have to do to make you die?!
- Mission Vao in Knights of the Old Republic has an exasperated "Just Die Already!" as a Battle Cry. Other than that, this trope is conspicuously absent, while people will constantly comment on characters surviving situations where No One Could Survive That, they rarely seem to be angry or frustrated about this. They seem pretty willing to chalk it up to the Force... and who you were in a past life.
- In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, hostile NPCs will sometimes shout "Why! Won't! You! Die!?" as a battle drags on.
- Interestingly, in one of the expansion packs, the enemies won't die, prompting one soldier to loudly scream "Why! Won't! You! Stay! DEAD?!"
- Max Payne
- Nicole Horne issues this message to her men:
Horne: What do you mean, "he's unstoppable?" You are superior to him in every way that counts. You are better trained, better equipped. You outnumber him at least twenty to one. Do... your... job!
- A similar message is issued to a group of mooks earlier on in the game, with the inclusion of the phrase "He's just one lousy cop!"
Goon: Boss... Gognitti... it's Max Payne... he came and... started cappin' us... He killed... ugh...
Gognitti: Are you freakin' kidding me? He's just one lousy cop! You'd better be freakin' kiddin' me! Whack him! What's the freakin' problem?! Hello? Answer me! Hello?!
- Vlad gives a much more explicit version of this near the end of Max Payne 2.
Vlad: What the fuck is wrong with you Max? Why don't you just die? You hate life, you're miserable all the time, afraid to enjoy yourself even a little. Face it, you might as well be dead already. Do yourself a favor, give up!
- At a certain point in Half-Life 2, a frustrated Dr. Breen has this to say to the soldiers that Gordon Freeman's been killing for a while now:
Dr. Breen: How could one man have slipped through your force's fingers time and time again? How is it possible? This is not some agent provocateur or highly trained assassin we are discussing. Gordon Freeman is a theoretical physicist who had hardly earned the distinction of his Ph.D. at the time of the Black Mesa Incident. I have good reason to believe that in the intervening years, he was in a state that precluded further development of covert skills. The man you have consistently failed to slow, let alone capture, is by all standards simply that — an ordinary man. How can you have failed to apprehend him?
- The trailer for LucasArts' canceled sequel to Sam and Max Hit the Road has Max yelling "Why! Won't! You! Just! Die!" at a foiled carjacker while jumping up and down on his stomach. Later given a Mythology Gag in the Telltale Games series, made by the same people who were on the Lucas project.
- In Tales of Monkey Island, while LeChuck continuously beats up Guybrush near the end of Chapter 5, the villain at one time says, "How I can't WAIT for you to give up and just... GO AWAY!"
- Final Fantasy V
- In BioShock, Andrew Ryan delivers a more Sesquipedalian version: "Why are you so resistant to the traditional methods of separating a man from his soul?"
Various logbooks: She's just ONE HUMAN!
- A variant of this is also used directly if you use a checkpoint before dying in a certain boss battle.
Asha: No! You can't still be alive! I KILLED YOU! Oh well... I should be grateful. This means I get to KILL YOU TWICE!
- And whenever you're fighting Asha, he will occasionally scream out in frustration
Asha: Just DIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
- Iji herself will sometimes shout this at her enemies if you're playing as a One Woman Army.
- Wild Dog from Time Crisis. He will ALWAYS return for the next game, no matter how much damage he takes or how unlikely his survival is. In 3, the heroes actually ask him, right after his appearance, "Don't you ever die?"
- In the official comics for Team Fortress 2, Blutarch Mann, CEO of Builders League United (BLU) has this to say about his twin brother, Redmond:
Blutarch: I have mounted an epic campaign of leisure against the ravages of time. Waiting for nature to do to my brother what my men could not. And yet here we are at the end. And he...won't...DIE.
- Not in-universe, but new players will often think of this trope when being constantly killed by the same Dead Ringer Spy over and over again.
- Lampshaded in First Encounter Assault Recon: Project Origin'' by Colonel Vanek, who demands to know why his five hundred-strong army of special forces commandos haven't been able to kill Becket.
- Eldar Guardians in Dawn of War say this when locked in close combat, and inflect the words with a typically Eldar amount of venemous contempt.
- In Portal 2, at the end of the game, when Wheatley finds out that Chell is still alive after part five of the four-part plan:
- The way she escapes counts as this too: GLaDOS deems her too difficult to kill and decides to take the easy way out, by just setting her free so she can't mess up anything anymore.
- Lord Nergal says this word-for-word in Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword after Eliwood's father pulls a Taking You with Me and fatally stabs him before dying.
- In BlazBlue, one of Ragna's battle cries is "Die! Die already!" In Jin's Story Mode in BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, he says this in one path after Nu refuses to stay down.
- Hazama also does this a lot.
- Mass Effect 2 hangs a lampshade on this after Commander Shepard is brought back to life.
Garrus: Honestly? The Collectors managed to kill you once, and all that did is piss you off. I can't imagine they'll stop you this time.
- At one point the mercenary boss during Grunt's recruitment mission screams "There are three of them! 'Three! Anything can be killed if you'd just do your damn jobs!" as Shepard's squad smashes through her army.
- Any player feels this with enemies covered with Plot Armor in the third game. Kai Leng deserves a special mention because you just know that if the mechanics were being fair during their fight on Thessia you could blow that motherfucker to pieces no problem.
- Nathan Drake says this to Big Bad Lazarevic in the final battle of Uncharted 2. Something along the lines of "My god... why won't you die?!". Lazarevic may sometimes say it to Nate as well.
- In Saints Row 2, after defeating Mr. Sunshine, the Sons of Samedi's resident voodoo practitioner, he keeps getting up after being shot repeatedly. Quite annoyed by all this, the protagonist shoots him a few more times shouting "For fuck's sake, die already!" After about the third time he falls, the protagonist makes sure he's dead by chopping Mr. Sunshine's head off and throwing it into a meat grinder.
- Minor example in Persona 4 is when Kanji attacks a shadow, but fails to finish it, he sometimes shouts, "Lay down and die already!"
- In Tower Of Heaven, the deity winds up shouting, "How dare you... How dare you continue to live?"
- Reversed in Emperor: Battle for Dune. During the intro, the ruling body of House Ordos encourages you by showing the former supreme commander's... head. Connected to a machine so that it stays completely conscious and contemplates its failure for all eternity. It only has one line: "Let me die."
- If you lose twice during the campaign, your head gets hooked up to the same machine, and you face that commander once again. "Why won't they just let us die?"
- Fear is an efficient tool of management. Failure is not an option.
- Fable III has a humorous version during an undead assault of a base, where wisps are possessing dead bodies, including those of recently-deceased soldiers:
Swift: LIEUTENANT SIMMONS! I specifically instructed you to stay buried!
Finn: Oh why do nobody follow orders anymore?
- In Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, Commander Spog will at one point, while pursuing you, say "How are you STILL ALIVE?!"
- In one of the endings of 999, Ace (who has had his heel nature exposed to the cast) is discovered by Snake to have been the one who killed his sister, Clover. He proceeds to empty an entire clip into the enraged Snake, including a shot TO THE FOREHEAD, and Snake STILL gets up and tries to kill him. He then exclaims this trope's title exactly.
- Kingdom of Loathing has the pharaoh Ed the Undying, who must be fought seven times before being too disassembled to fight. On the seventh time:
Player: Stay down, damn you!
- Many enemy NPC's say this to player characters in Star Wars: The Old Republic. And sometimes player characters say this to enemy NPC's.
- Final Fantasy X Has Seymour Guado come back a total of three times, making for four fights against him and after one fight Tidus shouts, "And stay up there!".
- The Sorceress from Orcs Must Die! screams as much to the Apprentice when he's slaughtering her army of orcs.
- A certain boss in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team actually says this in Robo Speak quite late into the battle.
"Foe still active: Why?"
- Far Cry 3, both Jason and Vaas to each other. Vaas tries to hunt, burn, drown, and execute/bury Jason, and Jason STILL gets back up. Jason tries to shoot Vaas multiple times and it barely slows him down, because Jason is hallucinating from the knife wound and shooting hallucinations, while the "REAL" Vaas is about 100 yards away. The player can either shoot down about 20 Vaas ghosts or rush through the melee-only hallucinations and just kill him already. This is also an insult to both the player and Vaas because repeatedly shooting Vaas instead of spicing it up means that the player is not improvising and stuck on the same level over and over (insanity), and Vaas is repeatedly trying to permanently kill a PLAYER CHARACTER. Yeah, good luck with that.
- Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor: Orc Captains and Warchiefs who killed Tallion will sometimes say this after they've already killed him. Others speak a variation, eagerly killing to kill him again. Inversely, sometimes Orc Captains or Warchiefs will say something along the lines of "Don't you wish *I* would die already?" They can only be perma-killed by beheading.
- A rare non-lethal example happens in Ace Attorney Investigations, with the Marathon Final Culprit Quercus Alba. Even as the evidence against him piles higher and higher and as Edgeworth tears through the contradictions in his testimony, Alba just keeps twisting every loophole and diplomatic convention he can find to get him out of the mess he's in, prompting several characters (and probably more than a few players) to call him out for not simply confessing and getting it over with.
- The Ice King of Adventure Time says this while using a magnifying glass to fry an ant... an ant that's bigger than he is.
- The Joker says this to Batman in Batman: The Animated Series in the episode "Joker's Wild".
- In Futurama episode "ReBirth", after Bender survives being eaten by the Cyclops Eater and exploding from the doom's day bomb that was powering him up, he walks out asking "What does it take to kill me?".
- In the four-part episode "City of Stone", a man in a mask who Demona identifies as "The Hunter" shows up to stop her. She says somewhat incredulously, "How many times must I destroy you?!" Subverted twofold: Demona has killed previous Hunters before, but their descendants always take up the mantle; and in this case the man in the mask was actually Macbeth, the one person she wants very much never to kill (since she would magically die along with him).
- Before this, Demona gets such a line in "The Mirror". Towards the beginning of the episode, she orders Puck to rid her of "the human Elisa Maza." Puck playfully misconstrues this and, rather than use deadly force, turns Elisa into a gargoyle. When Gargoyle-Elisa shows up to kick ass and take names, Demona does a Double Take before raging, "What does it take to DESTROY you?!" Which is somewhat hilarious as she should have realized Elisa was still alive after she made Puck "do the same to every human in the city."
- In the first season finale of Jackie Chan Adventures, Shendu responds to Jackie interrupting his endgame plan with "How many lives do you possess?!" This is after he blew Jackie out the window of a skyscraper from the tallest floor with dragon fire.
- In The Problem Solverz episode "Videogamez", Horace says this exact line when attacking the final boss in Tomb of Nefertiti, who seems invincible.
- Samurai Jack. "Samurai, samurai... why won't YOU DIIIIIE!?"
- In the Valentine's Day episode of The Simpsons, the skywriter with whom Homer has been struggling finally succumbs to the urge to vent:
"Doggone it, why won't you DIE?!"
- In the episode Homer Scissorhands, driven mad by all the constant chatter by the women he styles, drives him to commit barbercide. Where he causally walks over and drinks a glass of blue cleaning liquid for his tools, only for nothing to happen.
"Awww why doesn't anything kill me?"
- In the Halloween episode where Homer kills Death, the Springfield mafia pick a bad time to deal with Frankie the Squealer.
"Frankie the Squealer, why won't you DIE?"
"If I knew, I'd tell you, I swear!" (they keep shooting) "Better call my wife, tell her I'll be late." (takes out mobile while still being shot).
- Inverted in the South Park episode "Coon vs. Coon & Friends", where Kenny as his superhero alter-ego Mysterion asks Cthulu "Why. Can't. I. Die?!" in reference to all his Negative Continuity deaths.
- Dr. Orpheus from The Venture Bros. fights a vampire at one point, but is unacquainted with the proper vampire killing technique. He gets increasingly frustrated when the vampire he keeps blasting just gets back up. "Oh, for heaven's...Why won't he just die?"
- Mrs. Puff in the Sponge Bob Square Pants episode "Demolition Doofus", when her plan for SpongeBob to get killed (yes, killed) at a demolition derby is backfiring and he doesn't get hurt.
"WHY ARE YOU STILL ALIVE?!?!?"