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"Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough!"
Karl Marx's (alleged) last words

Famous Last Words are very character-defining last words of a character, to the point that they represent the very climax of that character's development leaving a lasting impression on the other characters and the fans.

This is difficult to write despite being just a few words. Misuse it and it can come off as cheesy. Done perfectly and it can even garner the respect of a fan that hated the character. An affectionate subversion is that a character utters what he expects will be his Famous Last Words — but survives after all.


Compare Sedgwick Speech, where a character gets killed directly after his speech or one-liner, usually in an ironic fashion. See also "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner where a character says a one-liner before knowingly facing death, Pre-Mortem Catchphrase when a character's Catchphrase ends up being their last words and Dying Curse when these words are a curse. See also Dying Declaration of Love and Dying Declaration of Hate. Often a Tear Jerker.

Contrast Lame Last Words, which are last words that are completely innocuous or pathetic—after all, not everybody has the right to famous last words. However, such last words can become famous last words if they are memetic enough.

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Alternative Title(s): Film


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