So the villain's got the hero cornered. As a mocking gesture, the villain asks the hero if there are any last words he would like to say before he dies. The hero would often make a snappy comeback, a "The Reason You Suck" Speech or a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner, depending on what's going on or what's going through his mind. Or they could just resort to obscenities.
A villain who asks this will usually make a comment on what they think of those last words - whether they're good or bad.
Other times it's an executioner asking a prisoner sentenced to death asking if the condemned would like to make a final statement. At times, the response is the same as above.
Anime and Manga
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, after blasting Yami Yugi and preparing to finish him off, Kaiba asks if he has any last requests. Yami refuses to dignify it with a response.
- El Cazador de la Bruja. Nadie's Catchphrase and Pre-Asskicking One-Liner is "If you have any last words, say them now."
- Said in Attack on Titan to Eren by the Warhammer Titan. Eren's response is calling on Mikasa, who is hiding in wait nearby, to attack the Warhammer.
- Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. An elderly Bruce Wayne is stuck on Mission Control, Forced to Watch as the Joker is about to kill the new Batman, Terry McGinnis.
Joker: What about it, kid? Any last words for the old Bat-fart?Terry: Yeah. Sic 'im! (Ace attacks the Joker)
- In South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, as Terrence and Phillip are about to be executed, Sheila asks them is they have any last words. Phillip responds "How's aboot 'Get me the fuck out of this chair!'?"
- Played for laughs in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, as Quasimodo and Phoebus are about to be hanged during the Court of Miracles number.
Clopin: Any last words?(their words are muffled by the rags in their mouths)
- During the sword fight of Pixar's Up, Mr.Fredericksen is cornered. The villain says, "Any last words, Fredericksen? Come on, spit it out!" Mr. Fredericksen promptly spits his false teeth in his face.
- From Flushed Away:
Spike: Any last requests?
Roddy: Yes. Could you fly, quite suddenly, off the boat, screaming like a girl?
Spike: What? (is jerked off the boat by the cord he's attached to) AAAAAAAAAAH!!!!
- Also happens in The Aristocats, when Scat Cat is about to execute Roquefort as a spy. Rather conveniently, only then does Roquefort remember Thomas O'Malley's name, something that alarms Scat and his crew enough to listen to Roquefort's request for backup against Edgar on O'Malley's behalf.
Scat Cat: Mousy, you just struck out. Any last words?
Roquefort: [beside himself in fear and exasperation] WHY DID I LISTEN TO THAT O'MALLEY CAT?!
[at the sound of O'Malley's name, Scat and his crew realize Roquefort is on their side]
- In Hulk Vs. Wolverine, when the Weapon X team corners Wolverine and Banner as they try to escape the lab:
Sabretooth: End of the line, runt! Got any last words?Wolverine: Yeah. TWO!
- At the climax of Despicable Me 3: Enraged at his giant robotic self-replica being destroyed, Balthazar Bratt furiously confronts Gru and holds him Keytar-gunpoint.
Bratt: You've ruined everything! And now, it's time to die! Any last words, Gru?
Gru: You know what? I got two words for you: Dance fight.
Bratt: Oh, it is on like Donkey Kong! I'm going to enjoy this!
- In Beavis And Butthead Do America, the pair find themselves at the end of the shotgun of Muddy, a domestic terrorist they unintentionally betrayed. When he asks if they have any last words the two, oblivious as ever, say, "buttcheeks" and "boobs."
- The Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines story "Truce Or Consequences" (Hanna-Barbera Fun-In #10, Gold Key, January 1972) had Dick and Muttley luring Yankee Doodle Pigeon to their side during a 24-hour truce, hypnotizing him and making his pose for pictures depicting him as a traitor. With thirty seconds left in the truce and finding himself A.W.O.L., Yankee Doodle consigns himself to the ultimate journey. When Dastardly asks if he has any last words, Yankee Doodle says "ABOUT FACE!," causing Muttley to turn the lit cannon aimed at him towards Dastardly.
- In Sonic the Hedgehog fanfiction Prison Island Break, Head Warden Mephiles asks the injured and helpless Nack the Weasel if he has any last words.
Mephiles: I'm a decent warden. So do you have any memorable last words, Westhall?Nack: Yeah... Guess I'm gonna die the way I lived... at the wrong end of a gun.Mephiles: Very nice. Very... poetic. (shoots twice) Now you get to die... all alone.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fic Loved And Lost, King Jewelius makes this question to his overthrown aunt Princess Celestia whom he has sentenced to be hanged. He expects her to try and expose his secret evil actions to the public like Twilight Sparkle's friends and brother just tried in vain. Knowing her former subjects and corrupted student Twilight Sparkle are too much wrapped around her manipulative nephew's hoof, Celestia instead makes a heartwrenching apology speech to Twilight and the angry crowd, taking full responsibility over everyone who lost their lives and suffer now because of the Changeling invasion she inadvertently allowed to happen by refusing to listen to Twilight about the impostor Cadance and failing to realize until it was too late what a monster Jewelius truly is. As she prepares to face death with dignity after raising the sun for the last time, Twilight and the entire crowd are so moved by Celestia's remorse that they start demanding Jewelius to spare her. Fortunately Luna rescues her sister just in time.
- In the climax of Jumanji. Van Pelt has Alan at gunpoint as one of his dice seems to roll endlessly into the basement. As Van Pelt asks if he has any words to say before he kills him, the die finally stops rolling and Alan's space moves to the finish line, and he makes his last word "Jumanji!", which causes Van Pelt to get sucked back into the game.
- In Enchanted, Prince Edward says this when he believes that Robert has kidnapped Giselle.
Edward: Have you any last words before I dispatch you?Robert: You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!Edward: Strange words.
- "HULK... SMASH!"
- Man of Steel General Zod and his comrades are sentenced to "300 cycles of somatic reconditioning" in the Phantom Zone, Zod is asked if he had any last words. The General indeed has some Profane Last Words, calling the Council fools for not executing them. He also tells Lara Lor-Van that he would find Kal-El and the Codex in the boy.
Kay: Any last words, bitch?
- Judge Anderson is about to be executed by gang-member Kay with her own sidearm.
Anderson: That's funny, I was about to ask you that... bitch. (Kay fires the booby-trapped gun and blows his own hand off.)
Dredd: Wait.Lex: "Wait?" Are you kidding me? Did you just say, "Wait"? Judge Dredd - THE Judge Dredd - finally gets on the wrong end of a gun and all he says is, "Wait." You know what? I expected more from you. I mean, wait for what? Wait for me to change my mind? Wait for another two or three seconds of life because you are so fucking weak you can't stand to see it end?Dredd: No.[Anderson shoots Lex from behind]Dredd: Wait for her to shoot you.
- Played with when Judge Dredd is bleeding out after catching a bullet in the gut. The man who shot him is about to finish Dredd off when...
- Return of the Jedi. Jabba the Hut gives our heroes the opportunity to grovel for mercy before being thrown to the Sarlacc. Han Solo replies for them all.
Han: 3PO, you tell that slimy piece of worm-ridden...filth he'll get no such pleasure from us! (uncertain look at Chewbacca) Right?
- A funeral version is averted in Alien. When it's time for Kane's Burial in Space, Captain Dallas asks if anyone has any last words regarding the deceased. Traumatised over Kane's Cruel and Unusual Death by Chest Burster, the crew remains silent.
- Speed. Howard Payne asks this of the cop he's holding hostage, and is not impressed by the response.
Payne: In two hundred years, we've come from "I regret that I have but one life to give for my country" to "fuck you"?!
- Hang 'Em High. During a multiple public hanging, the condemned are allowed to give this trope to the assembled crowd, who regard the occasion as public entertainment. One man gives a lengthy speech of how his dissolute ways lead to his demise and urging others not to follow his path. Another prisoner's final words are a request that the first man shut up so they can Get It Over With.
- Undercover Brother. Mr Feather has kidnapped singer James Brown and is about to inject him with the brainwashing drug. He quips, "Any... final requests?" This turns out to be a mistake, as Brown entices Feather to sing along with him.
- A Song of Ice and Fire.
- Tyrion Lannister ponders this trope while awaiting execution. Despite being The Snark Knight, he can't think of anything except "Bugger you all", which he decides won't earn him much fame in the history books.
- As rulers of the North the Starks are expected to carry out executions personally, including looking the victim in the eye and hearing his last words.
- In the Discworld novel Going Postal, protagonist Moist Von Lipwig is about to be hanged while under his alias Albert Spengler and is asked this. He's more interested in a seeming last-second reprieve, but when that fails to materialize he finally comes up with "I commend my soul to any god that can find it." All the witnesses agree it was a good choice.
- In a Sven Hassel novel, several soldiers taken out to be hung by the SS are asked if they have anything to say, and "make it quick, because no-one's interested except you."
- In the Family Matters episode "A Pirate's Life for Me", Steve, Carl and Laura are walking the plank and they're asked this when they use Steve's time watch to go back to the present.
Steve: So long, suckers!
Captain: That's an odd choice of words.
- In the Castle episode "Once Upon a Time in the West", the murder is done by the proprietor of an establishment. When Castle confronts him, he pulls out a gun and asks this question. Castle's response: "If I survive this, Im giving this place a scathing review on Yelp."
- Doctor Who
Strax: Horse, you have failed in your mission. We are lost, with no sign of Sweetville. Do you have any final words before your summary execution?
- In "The Crimson Horror", Strax almost executes a horse for getting lost.
Horse: (sniffs ground)
Strax: The usual story...
- Game of Thrones. In "No-One", Sandor Clegane has An Axe to Grind with the outlaws who massacred his friends, so he uses one to chop an outlaw in the goolies. Naturally it's difficult to deliver some Famous Last Words under those circumstances.
Clegane: Where's the other one? The one with the yellow cloak.Outlaw: (in agony) Fuck you!Clegane: Those are your last words, fuck you? Come on, you can do better.Outlaw: ...Cunt!Clegane: You're shit at dying, you know that?
- Deconstructed on Adam Ruins Everything. Adam and Emily attend an old man's funeral, and Emily asks what his last words were. Adam responds that they were probably something like "Whoops!" or "Ow!"
- During the final battle of Kingdom Hearts III, Xemnas, Saïx and Xion managed to thrash Sora, Kairi and Lea. As he prepares to execute Lea, Xemnas discusses "a time when I trusted you to deal with traitors. And now, your betrayal outstrips them all", before asking Lea for any final words "for your superior?" Lea's response?
Lea: Well, let me think about it. How about "You were never my superior."
- At the end of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the Vizier makes this question to the title hero when he decides to murder Princess Farah and frame him for it. The Prince has nothing to say to that, and since the worst of the boss battle has been gone through, he just needs the deliver the final strike to kill the Vizier.
The Vizier: Do you have any last words you wish me to communicate to the Princess before I kill her? Words of love, perhaps?
- The pilot short for The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy has Grim ask this to Mandy as he prepares to win the limbo game and claim Mr. Snuggles' soul. Mandy's reply is "Two words: kiss-kiss!", which causes Mr. Snuggles to attack Grim, causing him to lose and be Billy and Mandy's friend forever.
- In The Ren & Stimpy Show episode "An Abe Divided", Sergeant Big-Butt asks this to Ren and Stimpy before she punishes them for destroying the Lincoln Memorial. Ren responds by attempting to pin the blame on Stimpy.
- In the Gravity Falls episode, "Headhunters", the wax Sherlock Holmes says this when he has Dipper cornered on the roof. Dipper replies "Got any sunscreen?" and much to the wax Sherlock Holmes's surprise the sun rises, causing him to melt.
- Birdman episode "Professor Nightshade". After the title villain captures Birdman he asks him this question before trying to send him into the fourth dimension (time) to be lost forever.
- In the pilot for The Transformers, Optimus and Megatron are fighting on Sherman Dam. Prime's response to being asked this trope is a defiant "None you'd want to hear, Megatron!" and implies that the words he does have for Megatron are not fit for children's television.
- In the The Spectacular Spiderman episode "Group Therapy", when Doc Ock reveals the newly-formed Sinister Six to Spidey:
- In American Dragon: Jake Long, before Jake and the Huntsclan's Final Battle:
- Sonic Boom:
Orbot: Any last words, friend?
- In "Let's Play Musical Friends", Orbot and Cubot are caught in a closing wall trap.
Cubot: Yeah. Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start.
*trap door opens beneath them*
- In "Eggman The Video Game Part 2 The End Of The World", Shadow gives Sonic a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and asks if he has any last words. Sonic yells, "Volcano wonder pants!"