"You know what it feels like to get beaten, almost to death? Peaceful. It feels peaceful. It was like I was floating away, watching the whole thing happen to me. And then I woke up again, and nothin's changed. I'm still takin' a beating, every day. Duck. Katjaa. Sarita. No peace. No rest. The punches just keep coming. Why the hell didn't Carver just finish me off?"
— Kenny, The Walking Dead
"I do not wish to live a life with no tomorrow, for a life spent merely for the sake of living is no better than that of a filthy cur. There is only one thing I wish for: to meet that one chosen person in that one chosen battle, and to die remembering who I once was."
— Balalaika, Black Lagoon
"Take a good look, Doctor. I've been like this for nearly fifty years, and I haven't aged one day. I have become what many men have dreamed of - an immortal. And yet...there hasn't been a day, an hour, a minute, I haven't thought about death. It obsesses me, even now."
Death? What is Death? It is the natural state of all things. It is life that is the aberration. It is life that should be feared, for it can go by with our work left undone, it can be wasted away on failure and indolence. Death is to be embraced.
— Daenyathos - "The Bullet and the Skull", Warhammer 40,000
Death holds no fear only for the fool. An Astarte's duty is to control that fear and to turn it into a blind hatred of the end of his life, for it brings with it failure of purpose and inability to fulfil his duty to the universe.
Daenytathos - "Catechisms Martial", Warhammer 40,000
Loa: You risk your life, human, calling on the loa. Perhaps what you really seek is death. The pain in your heart begs for it.
Wesley: Then do it and be done. Nothing else will stop me.
This would be a good death... But not good enough.
Batman, The Dark Knight Returns
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public man, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.
—William Butler Yeats: An Irish Airman Foresees his Death
"The healthy human mind doesn't wake up in the morning thinking this is its last day on earth. But I think that's a luxury, not a curse. To know you're close to the end is a kind of freedom. Good time to take... inventory. Out-gunned. Outnumbered. Out of our minds. On a suicide mission. But the sand and rocks here stained with thousands of years of warfare... they will remember us. For this. Because out of all our vast array of nightmares, this is the one we choose for ourselves. We go forward like a breath exhaled from the earth. With vigor in our hearts and one goal in sight: We. Will. Kill him."
— Capt. Price Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 2
Hank Henshaw / Cyborg-Superman: Over the years, I have been detonated, burned and disintegrated, yet I continue to survive. The cosmic accident that cursed me with immortality murdered my friends and drove my wife mad. She was able to end her own life. I am not, Anti-Monitor.
Anti-Monitor: When you have done what we have asked of you, I will not fail where Superman and Green Lantern have. I will kill you, Hank Henshaw.
"I battled my way into the heart of the Red Zone, taking out hundreds of them. Truth is, I went there to die"
— James Heller, Prototype 2
Courier: "How do you know your punishment isn't over?"
Craig Boone: "Because I'm still alive."
"I hope to have such a death - lying in triumph upon the broken bodies of those who slew me."
— Radha of Keld, Magic: The Gathering
There's only so much fight in a person. Only so much death you can take before...
— Commander Shepard, Mass Effect 3
Bruce Wayne: Are you worried that I'm going to fail?
Alfred: No, Master Wayne. I'm worried that you want to.
ANGST ANGST ANGST ANGST! I hate everything and I want to die!
And as he stood upon the battlefields, she thought back to his oath: to be reunited with his love upon a hill of swords. To be reunited with his lover. His lover was dead. And it was only through battle that he could finally join her again. When he too was dead.
Morrigan: You assassin types have a death-wish, I see.
Zevran: Only the really good ones.
Medusa: A warning for you, Corvus Glaive. People have come before this throne before with demands. Many times it has cost them their lives.
Corvus Glaive: I wonder, when you correct your children, do you treaten them with candy, if they misbehave?
Medusa: Excuse me?
Corvus Glaive: You cannot treaten somebody with what they want.