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->''"Your fleet is lost, and your friends on the Endor moon will not survive. There is no escape, my young apprentice. The alliance will die... as will your friends."''
-->-- '''[[TheEmperor Emperor Palpatine]]''', ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''

The villain, who never had any intention of letting the hero (or heroes) live, has finally instituted the perfect plan that will ensure their demise (or at least, that's what the villain thinks). Of course, for some people it's not enough to [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim simply kill]] the heroes. They have to crush their hopes utterly, ensuring maximum despair and humiliation. In short, they have to tell them death is inevitable. This is never wise.

A form of EvilGloating; this tends to be standard for a SmugSnake. Expect this to almost always be invoked when there's a DeathTrap. The villain can and will combine this with TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.

This would be a StockPhrase... although very few villains end up saying this the same way twice. The classic villain threat has several variations, some of which are:

->"{{Your days are numbered}}!" (when used as an expression)
->"I'm afraid {{we|WillMeetAgain}} '''''won't''''' [[WeWillMeetAgain meet again]]."
->"This is now the ultimate power in the (x). We will crush you under our feet like insects!"
->"Soon you will all be dead, and I will be (lounging on a beach / on my throne / etc)!"
->"Take time to collect your thoughts, for soon you will be dead!"
->"Treasure what little time remains of your lives!" [[note]]A more accurate translation of ''VideoGame/ZeroWing''[='=]s [[BlindIdiotTranslation Engrish-y]] trope naming quote[[/note]]
->"Say your last goodbyes!"
->"Make peace with your gods, for you will soon meet them!"

Note that this sort of threat is always telegraphed in advance. The hero may or may not be at the villain's mercy -- for reasons related to BondVillainStupidity. When the villain finally utters a PreMortemOneLiner prior to delivering a [[PreAsskickingOneLiner beat-down]] of some sort, that's PrepareToDie.

If the hero is in a position to retort, expect a BadassBoast.

Compare IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect and NoOneCouldSurviveThat. Contrast INeedYouStronger, YouWillBeSpared, and NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine.

Not to be confused with the ''trope'' YourDaysAreNumbered, which is not a threat, but a fact (despite the fact that some villains may very well use that exact phrase to mean this; if the hero's death is a foregone conclusion to ''them'', it counts as a threat). Inverse of WeWillMeetAgain.

See also ThanatosGambit. Not to be confused with TakeYourTime.

%%If you have time, please take time to put examples in alphabetical order. This page Administrivia/HowToAlphabetizeThings should help you with that.


[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'', once the machine intelligences have defeated all of man's armies, and man's leaders sign an unconditional surrender, the machine delegate says this [[spoiler:followed by a huge nuclear explosion]]:
--> Your flesh is a relic, a mere vessel. Hand over your flesh, and a new world awaits you--We demand it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePebbleAndThePenguin'', before throwing a boulder attempting to crush Hubie, Drake shouts "SAY YOUR PRAYERS!" [[spoiler:Hubie and company live, but Drake is HoistByHisOwnPetard when the crash [[CollapsingLair brings the cave down around him]]]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* A heroic version appears in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'':
-->'''Tony Stark''': You're missing the point, ''there's no throne''. There is ''no'' version of this where you come out on top. Look, ''maybe'' you open the portal, and ''maybe'' your army is too much for us, but it doesn't matter, because it's ''all'' on you. Because if we can't save the Earth, [[TakingYouWithMe you can be damn sure we'll avenge it]].
* ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'':
-->'''Film/JamesBond:''' Do you expect me to talk?
-->'''Goldfinger:''' No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to '''die!'''
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]. The Wicked Witch hands Dorothy a [[DeathsHourglass large hourglass]] and tells her this is how much time she has left to live. Exactly what it will do is unclear, but apparently simply killing Dorothy will hurt the power of the ruby slippers and the hourglass will do it more delicately.
** Parodied/referenced in ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'': [-"You have until the sands... '''run up."'''-]
* ''[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Star Wars]]'': The page quote, in response to an unusual turnabout given by Luke.
-->'''Luke:''' You're wrong. [[ThanatosGambit Soon I'll be dead]]... and you with me.
** Interestingly, the page quote is actually Palpatine talking about the Rebels, not about Luke himself. It's only after Luke refuses to join the Dark Side that Palpatine repeats the trope on Luke specifically. And he would have been right if it hadn't been for [[YouMeddlingKids Vader's]] HeelFaceTurn.
---> "So be it, Jedi. If you will not be turned, you will be ... [[AgonyBeam destroyed]]!"
---> "And now, young Skywalker ... you will die."
* ''Film/BladeRunner'': Tyrell's immortal "revel in your time" line may be this trope.
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'': Agent Smith does this repeatedly, sometimes as a form of TrashTalk.
-->'''Smith:''' Do you hear that, Mr. Anderson? That is the sound of inevitability.
-->'''Smith:''' Evolution, Morpheus. Like the dinosaur.
-->'''Smith:''' You can't win, it's pointless to keep fighting! Why, Mr. Anderson, why, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood why do you persist]]?!
* ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'': [[TheChessmaster The Architect]] pulls the "We won't" (meet again) line on Neo after he chooses Door #2.\\
[-(the door that "[[ScrewDestiny Leads Inexorably]] To The Extinction Of Every Last Human Being on the Planet".)-]
* ''Film/ThreeHundred'': [[OlderThanTheyThink Straight from]] Creator/{{Herodotus}}:
-->'''Herald:''' By noon this day, you will be '''dead men.''' The thousand nations of the Persian Empire descend upon you! Our arrows... will ''blot out the sun!''\\
'''Stelios:''' [[BadassBoast Then we will fight in the shade]].
* In ''Film/{{Alien}}'', Ash's last words before being incinerated were "I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies."
* In ''Film/MidnightRun'', Jimmy Serrano to The Duke:
--> "Did you actually think you could steal my money and get away with it? I stopped by here to tell you two things. Number one is that you're gonna die tonight. Number two: I'm gonna go home, have a nice hot meal, I'm gonna find your wife, and I'm gonna kill her too." (Slaps The Duke across the face)
* ''Film/TheRunningMan''
--> '''Ben Richards''': [[CatchPhrase I'll be back]], Killian.
--> '''Damon Killian''': Only in a rerun.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Literature/DarknessVisible'' has an unusual example because, rather than the hero being at the villain's mercy, the villain is actually chained to a prison wall. However, his EvilPlan is still in motion, leading to this variant on the threat:
-->'I have taken away your need to fear growing old. You will not be thirty for very long!'...'You cannot stop it, Henry! You can only fail and die, and I hope you die with the knowledge that you lost at the forefront of your mind!'
* Literature/ArtemisFowl has this when [[spoiler: Opal captures Holly and Root, then ties an explosive to Root, giving him at most a minute to live]].
** [[spoiler: This time the evil plan actually works. Root blows up.]]
* In the Literature/LeftBehind book ''Desecration'', when Buck Williams and Chaim Rosenzweig (as Chaim the prophet) are about to leave the Knesset after Nicolae Carpathia negotiates with them for a lifting of the plague of sores from the First Bowl Judgment, Carpathia threatens them with "Your days are numbered". In the Dramatic Audio version, Buck's retort to Nicolae, "As are yours, 'my friend'," is a warning that [[PropheciesAreAlwaysRight what God's Word says about him will come to pass]].
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/NightShift'': In "Children of the Corn," a red-haired Child holding a knife on Burt says, "Remand your soul to God, for you will stand before His throne momentarily."

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* During an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'', O'Neill is told that one of the Goa'uld system lords has declared that SG-1's days are numbered. O'Neill responds that's perfectly fine. [[DeadpanSnarker So long as it's a large number]].
* The Gunslinger in ''Series/DoctorWho'' gives his waiting victims time to "Pray to [their] Gods".
* The standard greeting of the Borg in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' serves as one of these, except from the perspective of the Borg, it's not so much a taunt as ''a statement of fact.''
-->''"We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile."''

[[folder: Music ]]
* Mother Maiden of ''TheUnforgiving'' delivers an awesome one of these during the Music/WithinTemptation song, "Iron."
-->''You need not fear us, unless you are a Darkheart, a vile one who preys on the innocent. I promise: you can't hide forever from the empty darkness, for we will hunt you down like the animals you are, and pull you into the very bowels of Hell!''

[[folder: Theatre ]]
* ''Theatre/LesMiserables'':
-->''You at the barricade listen to this! No one is coming to help you fight, you're on your own, you have no friends, Give up your guns OR DIE! You at the barricade listen to this! The people of Paris sleep in their beds! You have NO CHANCE, NO CHANCE AT ALL! [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife Why throw your lives away?]]''
** Given the context, the delivery and direction can change the implications of this speech -- in the 2012 movie adaptation of the musical, where the speaker appears on-camera, he seems to genuinely be pleading with them and wishing to let them live.

[[folder: Theme Parks ]]
* In [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's]] Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights, "[[MeaningfulName Chance]]" has this as her CatchPhrase, always stating, "You won't stand a chance!" to her inevitable victims.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ZeroWing'' is but one particularly [[FountainOfMemes well known]] example:
-->'''CATS:''' How are you gentlemen'''''!!'''''\\
'''CATS:''' AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs.\\
'''CATS:''' [[TropeNamers You are on the way to destruction.]]\\
'''Captain:''' [[BigWhat What you say]]'''''!!'''''\\
'''CATS:''' [[TropeNamers You have no chance to survive make your time.]]\\
'''CATS:''' [[EvilLaugh Ha ha ha ha]]'''''....'''''
* The ''Zero Wing'' line was said word-for-word in the tie-in video game for ''Film/SpiderMan2'' by Mysterio as a direct ShoutOut.
* One of voicesets for ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' can have the ''PC'' shout out, "You will ''not'' survive!"
* Many, many bosses in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. C'thun is most notable, as he spends the entire time you are inside his lair (Temple of Ahn'Qiraj) taunting you with this, before you even get to him.
--> '''C'thun:''' {{You are already dead}}.
* The Reapers from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' love doing that:
--> '''Sovereign:''' [[AC:We impose order on the chaos of organic evolution. You exist because we allow it, and you will end because we demand it. ]]
--> '''Harbinger:''' [[AC:Human, you've changed nothing. Your species has attracted the attention of those infinitely your greater; that which you know as "Reapers" are your salvation through destruction.]]
--> '''Reaper:''' [[AC: Every organic civilization must be harvested in order to bring order to the chaos. It is inevitable.]]
** Turns out that [[spoiler: the Catalyst who created the Reapers is fond of this. He claims that if Shepard chooses Destroy, which will wipe out all synthetic life in the Galaxy, because their body relies on cybernetic implants to survive, Shepard will die alongside the Reapers. Shepard can respond by blasting the crap out of the Power Conduit ''anyway'', with a look on their face that clearly says they are intent on TakingYouWithMe. With a high enough EMS score, Shepard is seen taking a breath in the rubble, implying that they ''did'' manage to survive after all]].
* Kefka in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''. "Such magnificent power! You are [[PitifulWorms like insects]] to me!"
* Sylvia in the first ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' does this by phone (Wiimote speaker, it's ''awesome'') before every boss battle. She's supposed to be your ''ally''.
--> "Give it your best shot! I am 100% certain you're returning from this battle, Travis. ...In a body bag."
-->"I'm sorry to say this, but I'm 1800% positive that you will die here. [[OncePerEpisode But trust your Force... And head for the Garden of Madness.]]"
-->"I am 3,602,600,218% certain you will die. [[RunningGag But trust your Force... And head for the Garden of Madness.]]"
* Alfred from ''VideoGame/BattleClash'' does this in a pre-battle taunt:
-->"My calculations say the chances of you winning are...0%."
* ''{{VideoGame/Portal 2}}'': [[spoiler:Wheatley:]] Take one last look at [[spoiler:your precious human moon]], [[TemptingFate 'cause it cannot help you now]]!
* In ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron'', Trypticon's last words to the Autobots are: "You haven't defeated me Autobots!" Optimus promptly uses his {{a|nAxeToGrind}}xe to knock him into a pool of energon. As the next game would show, Trypticon's body would not recover and would be permanently converted into the [[CoolSpaceship Nemesis]].
* Oddly evoked by one of the ''good'' guys in ''[[VideoGame/{{Boktai}} Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django]]''. It turns out he's actually ''right'': the will of the galaxy itself has decided to wipe out humanity's very existence, and the most humanity can hope to do is fight off their inevitable (and ''soon to happen'') fate for as long as possible. It still doesn't stop any of them from fighting back with everything they have.
-->'''[[TheFatalist Sabata:]]''' Our opponent is Dark, the Will of the Galaxy Universe, the origin of all life. Of course... Right from the start, I knew we didn't stand a chance. All the starts, all life... Everything is enveloped with eternal death. People die... But me... I don't care about all that. It's all about how I live. Resisting and fighting to the end. That's what it means to me... to live!
* When you confront Bruno Tattaglia in the basement of Tito Morelli's mortuary in ''VideoGame/TheGodfatherTheGame'', he will boast, "You got no chance. You're a dead man, my friend." If the source material's anything to go by, you prove him wrong by throwing him into one of the two ovens in the basement.
* ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''
--> '''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil Wesker]]''': "You will not survive!"

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': At least once, Dr. Drakken says "Farewell, Kim Possible! We won't meet again!" as he [[BondVillainStupidity leaves her]] in a DeathTrap.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' Trigon tells Raven there's nothing she can do to stop him from killing everyone in the world. YouCantFightFate is kinda Trigon's schtick.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'': "[[EarWorm Hey! Wait! You cannot escape!]] [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Never run away from the]] TimePolice, ''you will not survive!''"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE25TheClockKing "The Clock King"]]:
** The last part of ClockKing's JustBetweenYouAndMe speech.
--->'''Fugate:''' ... Of course, if you want to get blown to bits, that's fine with me. Either way, it's time to say [[GratuitousFrench adieu]], Batman.
** Fugate does this again when he has Hill at his DeathTrap:
--->'''Fugate:''' Comfortable, Hill? Well, you won't be for long. At 3:15 on the dot, [[DescendingCeiling those hands will come together and you'll be crushed like an insect]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', during the second part of "Demon World", the Demon Sorcerer, Shendu delivers one of these calm threats after Jackie Chan manages to escape him, despite having his memory altered after Shendu literally rewrote history in the Book of Ages.
-->'''Shendu''': Centuries of history altered, your very memory erased, and ''still'' somehow you defy me! I shall find you, Chan. And I promise you, I shall erase ''more'' than your memory!