Fair warning: I do reference spoilers semi-vaguely in this post as examples.
1. I think the name might
be okay if we can clarify the guidelines for it.
2. Doesn't matter if the character knows they're going to die. I think what's at the center of this trope is the words themselves, not the awareness of the character.
3. In my opinion, this one is the crux of this trope. I think the threshold of significance ought be that they are either 1) significant callbacks or foreshadowing (ie in Doctor Who
, the Face of Boe's "You are not alone"); 2) particularly emotional or memorable as determined by prevalence in the fandom (ie Angel
"Please, Wesley, why can't I stay?"), or 3) remembered despite being mundane (ie Buffy
"Your shirt-"). The problem, I think, has been that people are adding whatever the last words are for every single character
and every single last line
, even when it's a background character or a throwaway line.
4. Doesn't matter if the character comes back, as long as they think
they're going to die (Capt. Jack again) or faking their death so others will believe it's their last words (ie Sherlock).
Anyone agree, disagree?