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1[[quoteright:350:[[VideoGame/BioShock1 https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/a_good_way_to_die.jpg]]]] ˛[[caption-width-right:350:[-"And in the end, what was your reward?\˛You never said. But I think I know.\˛A family."-]]]˛˛->''"It was a good death."''˛-->-- '''One Stab''', ''Film/LegendsOfTheFall''˛˛A character dies, but their death is exactly the way they wanted it to be. They have [[IRegretNothing no regrets]], they accomplished their goals, and while people may mourn their death, they know that it was not in vain. The character dies satisfied, with no unfinished business. They know that whoever they leave behind will be okay, or might even benefit from their death. They might not even have accomplished anything significant, but just lived a good life and believe that death is only the natural last step.˛˛Of course, what the dying character's perfect death is like will vary wildly depending on said character's personality and outlook in life. A character who's in love might sacrifice themselves to save their love's life, or die so that [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy they may go on living happily]]. Both TheUnfettered and TheFettered might be willing to die as martyrs for their beliefs. A just [[TheHero Hero]] might do a HeroicSacrifice for their friends or to save the world. A chronically depressed, DeathSeeker or sick person might see death as a release and welcome it with open arms. A jaded BloodKnight might be happy about being defeated in fair combat. An [[StrawNihilist Immoral Nihilist]] might just die happy in the knowledge of how much destruction and death they caused before dying.˛˛An evil character who dies this way will ''always'' FaceDeathWithDignity, since their death is a culmination, and may lead to an AntagonistInMourning. A heroic character who dies like this will always leave behind people inspired by their death. Also, note that this is not a ''pretty'' death: there might not be much of a body left, the character might get blown up, get murdered... The mechanism of the death is not important, it's the fact that the character dies without regrets. However, CruelAndUnusualDeath rarely comes into play, and UndignifiedDeath is unheard of. The character from a storyline perspective, is given a dignified death, even if it's not a neat one.˛˛Tropes that have good synergy with this one include:˛* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Quite simply, the character reached the zenith of existence and become one with the universe. Pretty much could be considered the ultimate form of this trope.˛* DieLaughing: Usually the most benign form of this trope is the one at play: the character laughs because they die genuinely happy.˛* DiedHappilyEverAfter: If the work in question has the element of the afterlife present, the character dying will ALWAYS express their happiness beyond the wall of death.˛* DyingAsYourself: The character dies knowing they are free from the influence that held them in life, and is thankful and relieved, possibly [[GoOutWithASmile smiling in their moment of death]].˛* DyingDeclarationOfLove: The character dies happy in the knowledge that they were finally able to [[CannotSpitItOut spit it out]].˛* DyingMomentOfAwesome: VERY common with this trope.˛* GoOutWithASmile: Almost universal with this trope.˛* HeroicSacrifice: No trope invokes dying without regrets as much as a heroic sacrifice.˛* IDieFree: A character is free from bondage in death and welcomes it.˛* IRegretNothing: The character accepts his fate with equanimity, perhaps because he always expected things to end this way sooner or later.˛* TheLastDance: This trope happens often in the lead-up to dying without regrets. Setting all your earthly affairs in order before dying is a good way to minimize any regret you might have in the end.˛* LastStand: Many heroic (or even villainous) characters will rapturously enjoy their last moments of death in the middle of one of these.˛* PeacefulInDeath: As long as a body is left behind in a decent state, this trope will almost always be in effect.˛* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Pretty self-explanatory: the character has finally been able to redeem themselves and dies content in that knowledge.˛* TogetherInDeath: The character knows that their death will finally reunite them with their beloved.˛˛'''IMPORTANT''': There are NO, '''NO''', '''''NO''''' {{Subver|tedTrope}}sions to this trope. If a death is not specifically a Good Way To Die, it then belongs to another trope, not this one. It may be {{averted|Trope}}, but it should only be recognized as such if a particular situation stops it, at the last minute, from being a Good Death.˛˛This being a Death Trope, '''abandon all un-spoilage, ye who enter here.'''˛˛----˛!!Examples:˛˛[[foldercontrol]]˛˛[[folder:Anime & Manga]]˛* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' sees this trope at play a lot amongst heroes or main antagonists.˛** Raoh, Toki, Rei, Yuda, Ryuga, Jyuza, Fudoh, Shu and Souther all die without regrets.˛** Raoh actually has this as [[FamousLastWords his final words]].˛---->'''Raoh:''' My life was one lived without a single regret!!˛** This is also reflected in Kenshiro's ''Musou Tensei'', the strongest technique of Hokuto Shinken. When Kenshiro uses it, the spirits of his dead allies gives him strength, and a spiritually powerful fighter can see their spirits watching over Kenshiro, as if still putting their hopes in him even after death.˛* ''Manga/GetterRobo'': In "Shin Getter Robo vs Neo Getter Robo", Musashi has the most dignified death of all his incarnations, gleefully taking the Dinosaur Empire with him as he goes. This is actually the same way he goes out in the original Manga, only there he was [[{{Determinator}} melting and on fire at the time]].˛* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'':˛** Kamina certainly dies this way -- he avenges HIS OWN DEATH. Nia and Kittan do too.˛** Lorgenome assures Nia that he has finally acheived this when he gives his life to intercept the Anti-Spiral's attack.˛* An interesting case where an inanimate object had a good death: the Going Merry, Luffy's first ship in ''Manga/OnePiece''. It is revealed during the series that a wandering spirit had given the ship sentience, and it keeps sailing on willpower alone until it gives out, but not before letting Luffy find Franky, ensuring that Luffy would have another ship to command after it was gone.˛** Also from One Piece, and quite possibly the best case of a RasputinianDeath yet seen in Manga/Anime to date, Edward Newgate, also known as Whitebeard. His final action, after spending the previous several chapters being stabbed, shot, bombarded, and having half his face melted off by lava, was to fight Blackbeard one-on-one and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown own him so thoroughly]] that the entire Blackbeard Pirates crew had to jump in before he [[CurbStompBattle stomped their captain like a bug]]. And even though all of that finally killed him... it still [[DiedStandingUp wasn't enough to make him fall]]. His death is Rasputin for these reasons: Half his face melted off, slashed and stabbed 267 times, hit by more than 152 bullets and 46 cannon shots... but when the jacket came off, there was not a single wound on his back[[note]]Not counting swords that impaled him all the way through, one of which was ''still in him'' when he died.[[/note]], as he ''never'' showed it to the enemy. ˛** Whitebeard's crewman and surrogate son Portgas D. Ace also goes out this way, right before Whitebeard. Having taken a mortal blow from Akainu for his brother Luffy, the dying Ace spends his last moments tearfully thanking his friends and family for showing him the love he spent most of his life believing he did not deserve due to being the son of the infamous Gold Roger. He dies with a smile on his face.˛** Gol D. Roger himself set up his own execution when he realized he had an incurable disease that would inevitably kill him. So rather than die quietly on a bed after months of suffering, he decided to get himself executed in public, knowing the Government would broadcast it to the whole world, and dropped the bombshell that his treasure was there for any and all to find; thus he turned his execution into the birth of a new era of piracy, and flipped off the World Government one last time even as it finally managed to kill him.˛* Lelouch vi Brittania orders Kururugi Suzaku to kill him in his staged public execution of his former allies - the Black Knights, at the end of ''Anime/CodeGeass''. He succeeds, not only freeing the false death mates and the entire world, but also lifts his own burden as the "villain", knowing he has accomplished what he has to do.˛* Wamuu in ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'' dies fighting a WorthyOpponent in what was, if not a fair fight, a GambitPileup of a fight that he acknowledges his opponent did better at.˛* Godo in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' dies peacefully in bed of old age, with those who love him by his side, having seen his greatest work put to brilliant use. As Guts points out, in the horrible excuse for a CrapsackWorld they live in, this is everything you could ever ask for.˛* ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'': [[AliensAreBastards Boros]] feels this way about his loss against Saitama, since he got what he always wanted: a good fight against a WorthyOpponent.˛* In ''LightNovel/GonnaBeTheTwinTail'', when Tail Red mortally wounds Drag Guildy, he is satisfied because to be killed by a beautiful girl was exactly how he wanted to die.˛* Tiger in ''LightNovel/JuuniTaisen'' is mortally wounded saving Ox, and requests a MercyKill to escape becoming one of Rabbit's undead minions. She dies thinking that her end is better than she deserves, having earned the respect of the warrior that inspired her to get her life back on track. She is noted to be the first person in the history of the tournament to lose and ''still'' have their wish granted. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Comic Books]]˛* In ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} die right like they wanted: saving their loved ones and the whole multiverse. They got better. Eventually.˛* ComicBook/RichardDragon's (apparent) death[[note]]it was negated by Neron due to the nature of the deal Richard made with him to Neron's irritation[[/note]] during his duel with ComicBook/LadyShiva is heavily implied to be this. He dies having A) sacrificed himself to save the life of a young boy in a hospital, B)Finally proven, at least to himself, that he could beat Shiva, and C) spent his last moments on Earth with the woman he loved most in the world. It comes with an absolutely beautiful internal monologue and a fantastic splash page as Shiva finishes him off with her [[ForgottenSuperWeapon trademark]] [[ForbiddenTechnique Leopard]] [[FinishingMove Blow]], which only she and Dragon know how to use, Shiva having taught the technique to him when they were lovers years ago.˛--> '''Richard Dragon:''' The Leopard Blow. Her signature. Taken from the deadliest land animal on Earth. Used by the deadliest woman on Earth. No one sees it and lives. Not even Richard Dragon. ˛* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'': Spider discusses death in a feedsite interview:˛-->'''Spider:''' How would I like to die? [[AvertedTrope Well, I wouldn't.]] Okay, okay. I've got a place up in the mountains. Big compound. And behind it's a big garden. And one day I'm going to go back there for good. And I'm going to fix up that garden. And If I'm going to die anywhere... It'll be out there. Somewhere quiet, with flowers. I think I've earned that. [[PeacefulInDeath Something quiet.]] Fuck off now, would you?˛* In ''ComicBook/AllNewAllDifferentAvengers'', [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Sam]] [[ComicBook/TheFalcon Wilson]] expresses his concern that [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/{{Thor2014}} Jane Foster]] only became Thor so she can die this way]] and while he won't out who they were, he's not going to let them throw their life away for this sort of death.˛* Bruce Wayne's hunt for a worthy death is a recurrent theme in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' ("This would be a good death... but not good enough"). In the end, [[spoiler:he gets over the desire. "This will be a good life. Good enough."]]˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Fan Works]]˛* Chara's suicide at the end of ''Fanfic/YouCanOnlyUseYourOwn'' is meant to be this. They're content with their life, they've made sure their family will be well provide for, they don't really want to go to the surface, and they finally figured out a painless, foolproof means of killing themself. [[TalkingDownTheSuicidal Asriel's still not having it, though.]]˛* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', Perfect Cell goes for this trope when it looks like Goku is willing to use an EarthShatteringKaboom [[GodzillaThreshold just to defeat him]].˛-->'''Cell:''' He... He can't be serious? Hu... Ha ha ha! I see! ''Yes'', Goku! You're absolutely right! This ''is'' the only way it can end! This tournament, these fools, this planet; they mean ''nothing'' to men like you and I! [[MutualKill We will go out together, in a ball of molten rock and death]]! [[BigYes YES!]]˛** It's promptly {{averted}} as Goku uses his Instant Transmission to fake-out an attack on Cell that doesn't destroy the planet. Cell ([[GoodThingYouCanHeal once he regenerates]]) is ''not'' pleased.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]˛* ''Film/LegendsOfTheFall''. The page quote is supplied by the narrator when a now-elderly Tristan grapples with the bear he's wounded decades ago. The line is said when the film ends on a freeze frame.˛* In the 1930s film ''Film/ThePetrifiedForest'', Leslie Howard demands this from Creator/HumphreyBogart and gets it. Arguably, Bogart later gets one of his own, ultimately being gunned down because he couldn't bear to give up on love. ˛* The Evil Robot [[Film/BillAndTed Bill and Ted]] go out like this, surprisingly enough, congratulating the "good human usses" for outwitting them, and die smiling.˛-->'''Evil Bill:''' Evil Ted, I think we may have met our match.\˛'''Evil Ted:''' Kudos to you, Good Human Usses!˛* In ''Film/TheCrow'', after being done with his RoaringRampageOfRevenge, Eric Draven lies against his tombstone dying, but right before death, he is visited by his lover Shelly's spirit, and he dies fully content that both his revenge was done and that he was reunited with his lost love.˛* In ''Film/TheLastSamurai'', Katsumoto and his Samurai brethren choose to die the way they lived; with honour, as warriors fighting with traditional weapons in a hopeless battle against an overwhelmingly superior force. ˛* V's death in the ''Film/VForVendetta'' film.˛-->'''Evey:''' I don't want you to die!\˛'''V:''' That is the most beautiful thing you could have ever given me...˛* ''Film/KillBill'': Bill dies this way. Not only did Beatrix prove to him she was the better fighter, but he also died with their business concluded and their daughter in good hands.˛-->'''Bill:''' How do I look?\˛'''Beatrix:''' You look ready.˛* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. [[LateArrivalSpoiler You should know this one]].˛-->'''Spock:''' Don't grieve, Admiral. [[TheSpock It is logical]]. TheNeedsOfTheMany outweigh the needs...[of the] one. I never took [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation The Kobayashi Maru]] test... until now. What do you think... of [[HeroicSacrifice my solution]]? [[ItHasBeenAnHonor I have been and always shall be... your friend]]. [[CatchPhrase Live long and prosper]].˛* In ''Film/ThirteenAssassins'', most of the samurai protagonists willingly join a SuicideMission, knowing that it's the only way to die a warrior's death in an era of peace.˛* ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'': Before Phil Coulson dies, he tells Nick Fury:˛-->'''Coulson:''' It's okay, boss. This was never going to work... if they didn't have something to...˛* In ''Film/ResidentEvilExtinction'', Carlos Olivera is bitten by an infected, so he decides to buy the other survivors some time and clear the way for them... Which he does by driving a tanker truck through a giant horde of zombies, crashing it, then triggering an explosion that takes out a large portion of the zombies surrounding the facility they are trying to break into. The best part? He finds a marijuana joint (after the whole survivor convoy ran out of cigarettes) and manages to take a puff just before he blows up!˛* Edward's death in ''Film/BigFish'', both in the story Will tells of how he dies and in reality, knowing that his son finally understands him enough to tell that story.˛* In ''Film/StrangerThanFiction,'' Harold Crick initially refuses to die as required in Helen Eiffel's newest novel. However, after reading through the draft, he realizes that his death is not only required to truly make it a literary masterpiece but also to save the life of a young boy, and accepts his impending death as this trope.˛* Silver in ''Film/EaglesGathered'' goes for this full force, even saying the trope name.˛* The War Boys cult in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' are built around this trope, wanting to die [[DyingMomentOfAwesome a spectacular death in battle]] before cancer or mutations take them, so that they may enter into the eternal gates of [[WarriorHeaven Valhalla]]. An example of this is shown early in the film where a War Boy, mortally wounded by a crossbow, is able to stand back up and [[TakingYouWithMe suicide-bomb his attackers]]; every War Boy in attendance (except [[{{Jerkass}} Slit]]) screams in enjoyment over witnessing such a glorious end.˛-->'''Nux:''' If I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die historic on the Fury Road!˛** Also subverted. War Boys' suicidal antics often mean that rather than dying gloriously, they die competing for glory, with the ones who do die being unmourned and unremembered as yet another War Boy killed doing something stupid. And then reconstructed right at the end, [[spoiler:as Nux is "witnessed" by Capable, crashing the war rig in order to save the rest of the group]]˛* At the climax of ''{{Film/Logan}}'', [[spoiler: the titular character [[HeroicSecondWind injects himself with a serum that turbocharges his healing factor long enough for him to take out most of the remaining bad guys before it wears off]], but this results in his regenerative abilities shutting down completely as a side effect. It's then that X-24 (Wolverine's clone) lays into him before impaling the former X-Man on a tree stump and then stabbing him in the chest. Thankfully Laura [[YourHeadAsplode kills the clone with an adamantium bullet]], but it's too late; Logan's old age and severe injuries coupled wth his inability to heal quickly lead to him dying in his daughter's arms, but he passes on in the presence of his family knowing that he saved her from living as a weapon like he did, and this allows him to finally experience true peace in his last moments.]]˛-->[[spoiler:'''Logan''': [[PeacefulInDeath So, this is what it feels like...]]]]˛* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Faora says that "a good death is its own reward" and acknowledges Colonel Hardy as a WorthyOpponent for facing her with just a knife... despite being an entirely unpowered human against a Kryptonian. He says [[IronicEcho the same thing back to her later]] right before he [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice blows both of them up]].]]˛* ''Film/WarForThePlanetOfTheApes'' sees [[spoiler:Caesar succumb to a crossbow wound as he has a final talk with his best friend Maurice, having finally made sure the apes are happy and free in their new home, and becoming a legendary hero to his people in the process.]]˛* ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven2016'': When Chisolm tells the others, the night before the big showdown, that they likely ride to their deaths and thus are free to leave if they so desire, [[TheBigGuy Horne]] takes a moment to say how there's no other place that he'd like to die than facing such fearful odds alongside [[TrueCompanions men he respects so deeply]]. The others silently nod and agree with his words. [[spoiler: This later is proven when during his death, [[ObiWanMoment Horne becomes very calm and tranquil]], almost happy that he could die in such a heroic manner.]]˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Literature]]˛* ''Little Big Man'': At the end of the novel, the Cheyenne chief Old Lodge Skins declares that "It is a good day to die." He asks Jack to accompany him to the summit of a nearby hill, where he lays down and promptly dies. Averted in the [[Film/LittleBigMan film adaptation]], in which he doesn't die and instead just gets up and walks back down the hill.˛-->'''Old Lodge Skins:''' Sometimes the magic works, and sometimes it doesn't.˛* In ''Literature/{{Xenocide}}'', Ender refuses to Speak the death of [[spoiler:Quim]], not because the deceased would have disapproved (though he would have), but because Ender felt there was nothing to say -- [[spoiler:Quim's]] life was true and complete, and he died spreading the Gospel, as he'd have wished.˛* In ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', [[spoiler:Cohen and his tribe die while saving the world, and are immortalized in song. ''This was their intention from the very beginning.'']]˛* This trope is discussed in ''Literature/FateZero'' after Lancer dies [[DyingCurse cursing his life, his luck and those responsible for his downfall]]. Saber, who had hoped to duel him to death in an honourable battle and let him die content, believes it is possible for someone to die a good death that prevents further suffering and anger in those left behind. Kiritsugu, who interrupted said duel by killing Lancer in a sneak move (and then followed it up by killing his master to prevent him from doing further harm), believes the trope is hypocrisy; in his eyes all deaths are equal and in the end only the amount of people who die or do not matters. ˛* In ''Literature/{{Swordspoint}}'' [[spoiler:Applethorpe]] dies fighting a worthy opponent which is considered the proper way for a swordsman to die. He dies happy.˛* In ''Literature/ImmortalityInc'' [[spoiler:Thomas Blaine, who dies to give the boy he murdered a second chance at life.]] He even thinks about how complete his life in 2100 was already.˛* In ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'', the trope is {{Invoked}} by the popular belief that if you die heroically in some fashion, you get to [[CameBackStrong Return]], which among other things gives you a god-like physique, total immunity to less-than-wellness, and the ability to recognize and differentiate two otherwise identical colors (the example given in the book is that a Returned could recognize the difference between red paint in a can, and the same paint after a drop of white is added), at the cost of you dying in 8 days if you don't get a second [[OurSoulsAreDifferent Breath]]. [[spoiler: It turns out that dying heroically, while good for the track record, has nothing to do with Returning; the chosen newly-dead is given the choice to Return, after being shown a BadFuture that will involve them or their involvement, somehow. The two major Returned in the book, Lightsong and Blushweaver, were both shown a bird's-eye view of T'Telir's destruction, and naturally both Returned to help avert that destruction.]] ˛* In ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'', the White Queen is satisfied when Kyousuke manages to finally kill her. This is because she (in her own twisted way) is in love with him, and the method he used showed that he truly understands her. [[spoiler:But then it turns out that she somehow avoided dying]].˛* This is why Aelle demands Derfel finish him off in ''Literature/TheWarlordChronicles''. For an Odin-worshipping Saxon warlord, there can be no better end than to die in battle, struck down by a mighty enemy warlord who also happens to be your own long-lost son.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Live-Action TV]]˛* Edie Britt from ''Series/DesperateHousewives''.˛-->'''Edie:''' I died just like I lived -- as the complete and utter center of attention.˛* The old Klingon warrior Kor in the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Once More Into the Breach" dies via HeroicSacrifice, as a Klingon should, rather than die forsaken from old age.˛* ''Series/GraceAndFrankie'' has Babe. Unlike many examples, hers was actually a suicide, but it was also exactly this. Knowing her cancer is spreading again and unwilling to go through the grueling treatment again, she asks Frankie's help to kill herself and throw a party. After throwing the biggest, most fun party surrounded by every one of her friends, she goes out peacefully with the titular character's help and support.˛* In ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', Kai led some of his fellow Brunnen-G in a doomed counterattack against His Divine Shadow rather than give up and accept death like the rest of their race. In the musical episode "Brigadoom", the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pMYv6NHC6c song]] about the Brunnen-G's LastStand is even called "A Good Way to Die".˛-->"And so the half a dozen little craft set out, against the mighty power of His Divine Shadow. Not really believing they would win, for the prophecy told them they would not, but knowing that they would die well!"˛** It's such an inspiring story that even DirtyCoward Stanley is finally persuaded to join Kai and Xev in confronting the seemingly invincible [[BigBad Mantrid]].˛--->'''Kai:''' I found a good way to die, once. I am happy for you to join me.˛* ''Series/DoctorWho'':˛** In the episode "The Poison Sky", Skorr's dying word is "Wonderful!!"˛** Averted in "A Good Man Goes To War". Strax didn't enjoy dying as much as he'd hoped.˛* In ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'', death #1000 is called "Premature Endings". It involves an old man who had the intelligence to live sensibly and dies peacefully of old age after a full and rewarding life, with his daughter at his side.˛* In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', people in the Pegasus galaxy consider a death of old age a cause for celebration, not mourning, because with the Wraith around it does NOT happen often; dying of old age means you managed to escape the Wraith all your life.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Music]]˛* The Loreena [=McKennit=] song "Skellig" is about a monk dying of old age after living a life doing exactly what he wanted to do and passing on his legacy to another monk to continue.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Video Games]]˛* ''VideoGame/MassEffect''˛** [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Grunt]]'s death during the SuicideMission in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is this. His FamousLastWords are "Good fight, Shepard. Good fight."˛** Zaeed's too: "Always figured it might end something like this."˛** Mordin's death in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' as he [[spoiler: cures the Genophage]]. If Shepard expresses regret he has to die to do it, he merely responds "Had to be me. [[InsufferableGenius Someone else might have gotten it wrong.]]"˛** Thane in his best ending, dying of a combination of his disease and wounds sustained saving the Citadel Council, with his son and Shepard (possibly a romantic partner) at his bedside.˛* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'': While Lavitz's actual physical death is a rather needless HeroicSacrifice, his undead spirit ends up trapped in an [[AbusivePrecursors ancient Wingly city]]. Once freed, he manages to use the last of his life energy to give the protagonists a way to avert TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and passes to the afterlife after a warm reunion with his friends.˛* Psycho Mantis's death in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. He actually says so himself, stating that helping Snake before he dies feels "nice".˛* [[AntiVillain The Boss]] in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', who has the nickname "[[MeaningfulName The Joy]]" for the emotion she feels in battle, has [[TheLastDance a final showdown]] with [[DuelBoss her most beloved apprentice]], [[PlayerCharacter Naked Snake]], from which [[ICannotSelfTerminate she does not intend to survive]] but does not intend to throw either. It is [[LooksLikeSheIsEnjoyingIt clear from her words and expressions]] before, during, and after the battle, that this was the way [[PeacefulInDeath she wanted to go]].˛** [[ColdSniper The End]], as well. Having lived for a hundred years and carefully conserved his energy for the chance to have a SniperDuel with Snake, he finally dies with no regrets, even voicing his respect for Snake, letting him know that he is content that The Boss would be proud of him and that "the younger generation" of new snipers is worthy of living up to his example. ˛* ''VideoGame/Persona3'':˛** Chidori dies not only saving Junpei from death at the expense of her own life, but also declaring her love for him. She even shows her love beyond death, with her Persona fusing with Junpei's to form Trismegistus.˛** Prior to that, Shinjiro dies satisfied after TakingTheBullet for Ken, whose mother he'd accidentally killed two years before. In this case, he's satisfied not only because he's saved Ken, but because he was concerned about what effect it would have on Ken if Ken avenged his mother personally as he was planning to (and Shinjiro was prepared to let him) do. His FamousLastWords sum it up: "This is the way it should be." ˛** By the end, [[spoiler:the Protagonist dies peacefully in Aigis' arms, waiting to meet their friends on the rooftop. It was by realizing the strength of bonds of friendship, and finding the answer to the meaning of their life, that the Protagonist was able to face not just the deity of Death, but also their own mortality, and gladly made the ultimate sacrifice to save humanity. So they were able to hang on to life just long enough for everyone else to restore the memories they lost with Nyx's defeat. The event is called "the Miracle" by all its witnesses.]]˛* The ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' DLC ''Honest Hearts'' gives us [[CrazySurvivalist The Survivalist]], who, after surviving TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt (with extreme guilt issues), finds his way to Zion National Park. Afterwards, he 1) kills off a pack of ghouls alone, 2) kills almost 100 members of an expeditionary force from Vault 22 (and [[AMatchMadeInStockholm falls in love with one of the women that got caught in a bear trap of his]], 3) watches his new wife and son both die during childbirth (more guilt), and 4) comes across a group of children that had wandered into the valley. After caring for them for many years, he was finally starting to wear out. After saying his good-byes, he tells them all to be good and climbs to the top of the Red Gate to finally pass. It's definitely believable that he had a smile on his face the whole time.˛---> "I wish them well. It's been a gift to me, at the end of it all, to behold innocence. Goodbye, Zion."˛* A random encounter in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has you come across an "Old Orc" that is "waiting for a good death". He's too old to do much of anything else, so he has NothingLeftToDoButDie, and wants a WorthyOpponent to defeat him in combat since his god doesn't particularly approve of dying any other way. You can offer to give him the good death he desires, and as the legendary Dragonborn who may or may not be the chosen champion of his god (among others), you would certainly be a worthy enough opponent.˛* Pictured above: In the good ending of ''Videogame/Bioshock1'', this is Jack's ultimate reward for saving the Little Sisters and bringing them to the surface. At the end of a long life full of love, his adopted daughters, all living their own happy lives, are at his side when he passes away.˛* Strongly invoked in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2'' [[spoiler:when Arthur Morgan finally succumbs to tuberculosis in the High Honor ending. When all is said and done, Morgan lays down and dies watching the sunrise, at peace with himself for having helped John Marston survive to live with his family]].˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Western Animation]]˛* Happened in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' when Fry, Zapp and Kif are facing [[OutWithABang Death by Snu Snu.]]˛-->I never thought I'd die like this... ''But I've always really hoped!''˛* The titular monster from the ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' episode "Jack and the Lava Monster" was once a Viking warrior whose home was razed by Aku. The warrior challenge the demon, but Aku encased him in crystal and buried him in a mountain, denying him a warrior's death. After a time, he formed his current body and created a DeathCourse that only the strongest warrior could survive, hoping to fight and die so he could finally enter Valhalla. [[IDieFree Jack obliges him.]]˛[[/folder]]˛----

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