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Kreely Slaver: I'll DIE before I'll—
Ennesby: "...finish my sentence," I think he was saying.

No matter what the medium or genre of a work of fiction is in, there are a few general rules that are usually in place. One of them is that if a character isn't a Red Shirt, it doesn't matter if they're in a situation of dire peril as long as they're speaking. Because as long as they're talking, nothing bad is going to happen to them. Oh sure, they can die after saying some notable Last Words or an important Final Speech, but dying in the middle of a sentence, especially if it's an ordinary, unimportant one? That's not going to happen, ri—GHAAAAACKKK!

...Let me step in for him. WRONG.

There are any number of reasons to kill a character, whether major, minor, or mookish, in the middle of a sentence. Firstly, in an Anyone Can Die story, it's a great way to show that not only can anyone die, but they can die at any time. (Which can make for great drama and suspense over the fates of your favorite characters). Secondly, it can be a great way for an Anti-Hero to show off his No-Nonsense Nemesis nature by killing an antagonist in the middle of some sort of threat, or as a more lethal version of Talk to the Fist. (Likewise, it can be a way to show a villain avert the classic Why Don't You Just Shoot Him? scenario). It can be a way of showing that a story is on the gritty and cynical end of the Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism. Lastly, it could just be that the author doesn't care much for interminable Final Speeches, and chooses to subvert that trope.


One thing is for sure: when this trope happens, you know that this is for real. If the story was a light, not too serious sort before, it's just gotten a whole lot darker and more serious after this.

See also Deadline News when this happens on the other side of a TV screen (though not necessarily in the middle of a sentence).

If a character is killed mid-word, there's a good chance of it being a Curse Cut Short. The Almost Dead Guy will invariably die mid-sentence, and there's a good chance of the sentence beginning "His Name Is...".

If this is a sci-fi story and the scientist figures out how to destroy the alien monster, expect him to die halfway through his explanation, just as he's about to say that it can only be destroyed by—

Compare Collapsed Mid-Speech and Sedgwick Speech. Contrast Talking Is a Free AcBLAM!


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  • Several safety ads use this trope.
  • A notable example occurs in the US Army's "Cyber" commercial involving an "unstoppable" hacker getting disconnected in the middle of his speech:
    Hacker: I can shut down your power grids. I-I can paralyze your infrastructure. I can a-access the personal data of everyone in America. I am the enemy with no face. And I can't be sto-*BZZT*
    VO: For every would-be cyber attack, there's a team of US Army cyber-warriors, who will not be defeated.

    Anime & Man— 
  • Black Lagoon:
  • Bleach: Subverted repeatedly. There are many occasions when you'd think this has just happened, but it usually turns out to be a trick using a character's power, or that the character being "killed" is Not Quite Dead.
    • This happens with Giriko. He boasts so much about his power that Kenpachi gets fed up and just bisects him.
    • Kenpachi does this again to Berenice from the Sternritter group, whom he gives an Impromptu Tracheotomy to specifically because she wouldn't stop talking about her powers instead of fighting him. He even gets to cynically lampshade the trope:
      "The second one went on about having something against me and explained her powers forever. I could hardly hear her 'cause of the other guy's roaring. She was annoying, so I just tore out her throat."
    • Shaz Domino also incessantly brags about his powers before Ichigo blasts him away.
  • Code Geass has this happening to Monica Krushevsky/Kruszewski of the Knights of the Round. Shortly after Suzaku kills one of her fellow Knights (Bit Character Dorothea Ernst), she tries to get a bead on him, only for him and the Lancelot Albion to fly right in front of her Florence. She eats a point-blank shot from the V.A.R.I.S. Rifle before she can finish saying the traitor's name.
    Monica: A 9th Generation Knightmare Frame...? It's Suzaku Kururu—! (BOOM!)
  • In Cowboy Bebop, Spike Spiegel did this to one of the mooks of his Evil Counterpart Vicious right as the mook was telling him to put down his gun and step away.
  • D.Gray-Man: Tyki almost does this to Tokusa by chopping both his arms off while Tokusa was ranting about how he loves "serving the lord" to Allen. Justified in that the job of killing the foes was already done and he was in all right to feel perfectly safe when Tyki literally appeared out of nowhere.
  • Death Note has L getting the trademark heart attack almost finishing the word "shinigami"; as well as Matt being shot and killed by Takada's bodyguards for his part in kidnapping her right in the middle of listing the reasons why they won't shoot him.
  • In Dragon Ball, King Piccolo kills Chiaotzu while he's wishing on the Dragon Balls for Piccolo to disappear—thus it's a case of being killed so they can't finish their sentencenote .
  • Elfen Lied: Kouta's sister Kanae is split in half by Lucy as she tearfully begs Kouta not to hate her for telling him that she saw Lucy kill people. Shirakawa suffers the same fate when she is about to warn Kouta about Lucy, and Kakuzawa loses his head bargaining with Lucy.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • In the manga, Commander of the Drachman army after the annihilation of his forces. Kimblee even lampshades it in a disturbing way.
    • In Fullmetal Alchemist (2003), there's Yoki, the soldier Sloth kills and one of Greed's men.
    • Also, when Al first met Greed, his regenerative powers were revealed this way.
      Greed: I mean, if you really wanna hurt me, you're gonna have to do something kind of like—
      [Gets his head bashed off with a hammer]
    • Lust kills Number 48 before he can tell Ed what's going on in Lab 5.
  • Golden Kamuy has a particularly severe example in the death of Wilk/Nopperabo, who is sniped by Ogata right as he is about to tell Sugimoto the key to the location of the Ainu gold. Given that this is literally the principal mystery of the series and the driving force behind the entire plot, with hindsight it is rather tragically hilarious how straight this trope was played, to the point of being slightly on-the-nose. But then again, what is Golden Kamuy if not really over-the-top?
  • In Hunter × Hunter, Cheetu attempts to challenge Zeno, and when Zeno realizes Cheetu won't leave him alone for any reason, Zeno just tells Cheetu to look behind him. As he explains that he's not falling for it, down comes Zeno's son Silva, whose landing squashes Cheetu like a bug.
  • Pretty much every Druggie (Clotho, Orga, Auel, Sting, etc) death in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED happens mid-sentence/mid-psychotic laugh.
  • Frequently happened in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans for anyone killed by Mikazuki, be it a Double Tap, or having a gigantic two handed mace thrown right in the face. Including one who he headshots in the middle of thanking Mikazuki for killing him so he can die with honor.
  • Naruto:
    • Done with a Filler Villain who activates his Collapsing Lair and is crushed under a rock in the middle of his Evil Laugh.
    • Tayuya was also killed in this way: she was in the middle of thinking she would use her genjutsu when Temari's huge attack instantly leveled the area and crushed her under a tree.
    • Zetsu's clone of Kisame was decapitated in the middle of Calling His Attack.
    • Sasori dies this way. After being stabbed in the heart capsule by poisoned swords handled by his Mother and Father puppets, he continues to talk to a wounded Sakura and a severely weakened Chiyo, though he is immobilized. He then grudgingly congratulates Sakura on defeating him and gives her a parting gift: Information gathered by a spy he was supposed to meet at Tenchi Bridge. He is stopped mid-sentence while lamenting he won't be able to meet his subordinate when the poison and the damage to his heart finally catches up to him, and he dies.
  • One Piece:
    • In the 9th OVA, a retelling of the Drum Kingdom Saga that adds Robin and Franky, they do this to Dr. Hiriluk.
    • Spandine, under orders from the Five Elders, shoots Professor Clover in the head before Clover can say the name of the Ancient Kingdom. That name is such forbidden knowledge that anyone who knows of it is to be executed immediately—which means it's fortunate for Spandine he and his assassin squad didn't hear it, as they would've had to die too.note 
    • Kozuki Oden's death turns this, somehow, into a truly epic Moment Of Awesome. After surviving his own execution by standing in boiling oil for an hour, while holding his nine samurai above his head, he begins to say his catchphrase: "I am Oden, and I was born-" before Orochi shoots him in the head. The audience, so impressed with his sheer strength and willpower, finishes the line out of respect: "-to boil!"
  • One-Punch Man:
    • The monster Kamakyuri attempts an ambush by crashing down through the ceiling of Saitama's apartment. He begins to introduce himself, but is killed instantly by an irritated Saitama (who can win every battle with a single punch), who demands he pay for the damage.
    • Saitama does this a lot because he gets quickly bored by Motive Rants, Explaining Your Power to the Enemy, etcetera. It's even part of the Establishing Series Moment in the very first chapter/episode.
  • Peter Pan no Bouken: This almost happens to Wendy when she tries to reason with the fully Face Heel Turned Princess Luna. Ironically, that's what makes Luna snap back to her senses, and Wendy survives anyway.
  • Rebuild World: Wataba, an Overzealous Underling of the Slum Lord Shijima, tries to go And Your Little Dog, Too! on Akira by threatening Shizuka who’s essentially Akira’s Parental Substitute mother. Before Wataba can finish, Akira shoots him dead, proceeding to drag his corpse through the streets to Make an Example of Them.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • This happens to Wiseman in Sailor Moon R. Interestingly, he is only cut off after his physical form is destroyed, hinting at his true form "Doom Phantom" being the shadowy spirit witnessed for about a second during the battle, which apparently resides inside the Dark Crystal as he is cut off the moment the Dark Crystal is destroyed. Another note is, he doesn't even get to finish the word "Phantom" before he is blasted to oblivion. (This is in the original dub many might not be too familiar with)
    • In the next season, Kaorinite is in the middle of speaking affectionately to Doctor Tomoe when she is killed by Mistress 9 with a lightning attack.
  • In Soul Eater, Mosquito is killed mid-sentence by Noah.
  • Regius tries to say something to Zest after he's impaled by Due's claws in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, but he doesn't get any further than "Zest, I... I..." before succumbing to his wounds.


    Comic Boo— 
  • Deadpool:
    • Being both Combat Pragmatist and having Medium Awareness, Deadpool has pulled this more than once on his enemies and targets.
    • And had it pulled on him in turn; the difference comes in whether the attacker unknowingly intends to actually kill him, or they are aware of Deadpool's Healing Factor and simply want to shut him up while he regenerates.
  • In Eternals (2021), Phastos decides to face Thanos rather than risk more innocent deaths while Thanos hunts him down. He steps into the open and shouts "Thanos! You want me? Here I—" which point Thanos arrives, crushes his skull and kills him.
  • Jaime Madrox aka "Multiple Man" from X-Factor comments on how nobody ever commits suicide mid-sentence, then later mentions that he might. Later, one of his dupes (duplicates) blows himself up mid-sentence.
  • In Swamp Thing #53, Alec manages to croak out most of "I love..." to Abby before his apparent death.
  • In What If? Dark Reign, Clint Barton, also known as Hawkeye, does this to Osborn. Best part of the book.
  • In The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers, Snare dies in mid-sentence while asking for a Mercy Kill.
  • The illustrated novel Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection is presented as being the recovered journal of a survivor dealing with the initial stages of the Zombie Apocalypse. It ends with the journal suddenly trailing off mid-sentence, and slight spatters of blood on the side of the page.
  • In the first chapter of V for Vendetta, a Fingerman grabs what he thinks is V's hand, only for him to be left holding a prosthetic hand as V fights the other secret policemen and escapes with Evey. The Fingerman then says, "I've got his hand. What should I do with his—" and explodes in the same panel.
  • In Empowered, the death of Mindf**k. "I love you, Theresa. I'll always love y—"
  • The Star Wars: One of the Imperials is killed by Luke before he could finish his words.
    "But...they said...the Jedi were ex—!" *Luke bisects him)
  • Supergirl:
    • In Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, an alternate Supergirl fades into oblivion as shouting she has to warn her counterpart about...
      Supergirl: Oh no! I'm too late! The timeline where I go back in time never happened! I'm fading from existence! Now I'll never be able to tell myself that the Principal is secretly— <POOF>
    • In Red Daughter of Krypton, a crime-lord gets gunned down as pleading with her mistreated and pissed-off dancer for mercy:
      Crimelord: N-now, Suchin, let's not be hasty...! If I ever hurt any of you girls, it was only because—
    • Bizarrogirl: Bizarro Lex Luthor is explaining to Supergirl and her twin where the current threat came from when a giant critter turns up all of sudden and chomps on him.
      Supergirl: What happened to Bizarro World, Lex? And what is the Godship?
      Bizarro Lex Luthor: Godship am Big Bad. And it came because of me. Me was trying to find worstest way to hurt Bizarro #1, my worstest enemy, so me sent signal into core of the planet, hoping to find someone to come out and help. But signal went opposite direction into space and it attracted—-
    • In The Killers of Krypton, Supergirl has just scared an alien into confessing everything he knows about Rogol Zaar, but he is blasted to ashes by one of his own allies right when he is about to spill the beans:
      Alien: Okay, Okay, Okay. I'll spill my guts! Just don't use his axe on me! Please! What do you wanna-
      He is struck by an energy beam
    • Death & the Family: A doctor is smothered by Insect Queen's bugs as he is breaking up with his girlfriend over the cell phone.
      Unnamed Doctor: "Do you get it, Emma!? That's it! We're over— Mmmph-!"
  • In Superman: Earth One, Tyrell's ship blows up while he is mocking Superman.
  • Miss America in The Golden Age is killed by Robotman in her attempt to expose Dynaman as being Adolf Hitler in Daniel Dunbar's body.
  • Family: In the climax Talia kills Silver by dropping a helicopter on his head while he's in the middle of screaming "I'M GOING TO KILL YOU A—"
  • In Red Robin Scarab tries to kill Tim mid sentence, right as he's about to name the corrupt cops who hired her during a press conference for a Wayne Foundation charity. Unknown to Scarab it's actually a shapeshifted Miss. Martian giving Tim's speech who she shoots and Red Robin attacks her right as she fires which causes her aim to be off. Later when the real Tim walks out of the hospital on crutches pretending to be recovering from his injury he finishes that sentence to the gathered paparazzi and reporters.
  • In The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones #1, Indy's former student Charlie Dunne is explaining to Indy what he has learned about the legendary treasure the Ikons of Ikammanen when he is killed by a knife thrown through the window of Indy's office.
  • In the first issue of Pitt this happens to a biker that attacks the title character:
    My old man always said… finish what you star— unf!
  • Horizon: When the guards who escorted Finn back to his cell see he has a gun, one of them manages to get out "Oh shi-" before Finn blows his brains out.

    Fairy T- 
  • Alexander Afanasyev's "Kolobok": When a female fox tries to eat the titular sentient bread bun, Kolobok distracts her by singing a song as rolling away. However, the fox praises its singing and asks it to come closer so she can hear it better. Kolobok returns, starts singing again, and is eaten before beginning the third stanza.

    Fan W— 
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): In this Godzilla MonsterVerse fanfiction, one of Monarch's Ospreys gets vaporized by Keizer Ghidorah's Gravity Beam when its pilot is in the middle of speaking.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: From Hunt's End:
    “But you haven’t even heard yet what I’m offering,” she said as she stepped towards him. “You want me gone, I don’t want to be here-”
    Her vision went black as her [speaking] golem died.
  • Equestria: Across the Multiverse: In the Ninja Six's world, traitorous daimyo Gladstone's forces have just been utterly defeated by the Multiverse Alliance. Gladstone tries to sneak away, but one of his minions recognizes his master and blurts that out. Amelia (a giant pony) then smirks and casually crushes him.
    Gladstone: (to the loudmouth) "I. Hate. Y—" *STOMP!*
  • In Supergirl story Hellsister Trilogy, Darkseid murders Brainiac while the latter is speaking.
    Brainiac's metallic hand was already raised. "The decision for leader is mine," said the robotic being. "But you are correct. We do not need two—"
    That was as far as Brainiac got.
    A blinding bolt of light shot through his chair and body, melting a great hole in his midsection.
  • Hivefled: Orphaner Dualscar: "So then the seadweller says-"
  • Katzenjammer: While Starscream was already going to kill him for making fun of his drinking-induced voice box glitch, Tidearrow's choice of last words results in him getting his head blown up before he can finish talking.
    Tidearrow: You know, for all that everyone says about you and Megatron, you give lousy - (is shot)
  • Luffy's Renewed Adventure: Gasparde. When he finds out Shuraiya knows his Weaksauce Weakness of flour and notices his attentiveness towards his long-lost sister, Gasparde tries to kill her. Luffy blocks the blow, and Gasparde has enough time to say "Interfering little-" before Shuraiya splashes his head with flour and decapitates him.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide:
    • Kluge got killed by a clone of Kaworu right when he was shouting: "Kill—"
    • Soon after, in a less dramatic version, the heavily injured Gendo quietly bleeds out before he can finish explaining something to Rei: "I made it so..."
  • In The Night Unfurls, Kyril and his apprentice hunters do this often so as to draw first blood and get the upper hand as quick as possible. Having firearms certainly helps a lot.
  • During the climax of Old West, Sheriff Rango blows to smithereens the head of Ramirez Arvenga who doesn't believe the chameleon can actually do it.
    Rango: I got enough reason to shoot you after what you did to Beans. Remember: it only takes one bullet...
    Ramirez Arvenga: You won't do it! You don't have the stomach for— [ gets the head shot]
    Rango: Try me.
  • Opening Dangerous Gates: Gin Ichimaru kills a demon who was mouthing off at him, saying he doesn't tolerate rudeness.
    Demon: Enough! Pleasantries and names don't matter anymore, soon enough, you're all gonna be dead! We're here to— (skewered)
  • In The Parselmouth of Gryffindor, Nicolas Flamel, while attending the Frost Fair, is killed by a wordless Killing Curse of Barty Crouch's in the middle of a conversation with the Grangers.
  • Red Fire, Red Planet: Lieutenant Tiyerissel ch'Kreem and Operations Specialist, First Class Bikog Bu-Tal-Rek, courtesy of a Klingon Bird-of-Prey that decloaks in front of their shuttle.
    ch'Kreem: Take evasive action! Shields— (BoP fires, shuttle explodes)
  • RWBY: Epic of Remnant: Hassan of the Cursed Arm attacks and kills a racist. The man's last words are, "S-someone help, White Fa-"
  • Stars Above, a Lucky Star/Puella Magi Madoka Magica crossover, this happens to Tsukasa in the 2013 timeline, setting up Kagami's Start of Darkness, and then to Kazumi, to reinforce the fact that Anyone Can Die... and most eventually do.
  • Test of Humanity, a Portal 2 fan fiction has GLaDOS doing this. She tries to call Wheatley a "stupid moron" for getting stuck in an exhaust pipe and causing too much pressure to build up but the lab explodes before she can.
    "You stupid mor-"
  • Played for drama in Thundercracker's Glory when Thundercracker gets ahold of his sister's journal. The last entry ends mid-sentence, indicating she was writing in said journal right before the Autobot attack that claimed her life.
  • Time Lords and Terror, a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic/Doctor Who crossover, has this done to the Doctor of all people.
    "Oh, that's nf-ot fair."
  • Aerith tries to tell Cloud that "All is forgiven" when he's nearly mind controlled into killing her in episode 25 of Final Fantasy VII: Machinabridged, only for Sephiroth to run her through before she can finish the last word.
  • In "Happy Souls", this is how Nashandra meets her end.
    "Brave Undead, you have proven yourself to me. Now, be one with the d-" "LIGHTNING!!!"

    Films — Anima— 
  • The Joker when he dies in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker after being shot.
    The Joker: That's not funny, that's not— [keels over]
  • Snatcher's last words in The Boxtrolls: "Aromic, oakey, with an undertone of— [BOOM!]
  • Coco:
    • The bell that crushed de la Cruz to death came down as he was singing "Remember Me".
    • In Miguel's case, it's "Discovering Yourself Cursed Mid-Sentence":
      Miguel: It's not what it looks like! De la Cruz is my... [guard walks through him]
      Groundskeeper: There's nobody here.
  • Defied in The Incredibles when Syndrome stops Mr. Incredible's attack during his bragging.
    Syndrome: You sly dog... you got me monologuing!
  • In Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash is taunting Barry Allen/The Flash when Thomas Wayne/Batman suddenly shoots him in the head.
    Eobard: Ah ah ah. As long as I can siphon off the Speed Force, you can't escape this timeline. I'm afraid there just isn't enough Speed Force to go around- [Bang]
  • In Monsters vs. Aliens, when Galaxhar's ship counts down to self destruct, nothing happens. It then ponders this aloud only to blow up in the middle of speaking.
    Ship AI: Hmm. Nothing happened. Maybe my count wa—BOOM
  • In My Little Pony: The Movie (2017):
    Celestia: Luna, quick! Go south, beyond the badlands! Seek help from the queen of the hippo— [gets crystallized by an Obsidian Stone]
  • In Disney's Peter Pan, Captain Hook shoots one of his own men mid-song. (The singing was getting annoying.)
    Skylight: ...But live every minute / For all that is in it / The life of a pirate is shooooort / Oh, the life— BLAM!
  • Lord Farquaad in Shrek gets eaten in mid-sentence:
    Farquaad: I am king! I will have order! I will have perfection! I will have— [gets eaten by the Dragon]
  • Superman: Red Son: While Superman is holding her, Svetlana dies of illness mid-sentence.

    Films — Live-Ac— 
  • In one scene from American Gangster, Frank Lucas is in the middle of breakfast telling his brothers (newly recruited into the drug trade) the most important things about business, (honesty, integrity, hard work, family, etc.) when he spots a rival called Tango who had recently cheated Frank in a deal across the way, standing on a busy street in front of plenty of people. Frank politely excuses himself, walks up to Tango, puts a gun to his head, and demands the money he was supposed to get according to their deal. Tango laughs, assumes that Frank is bluffing because of the witnesses, and begins taunting Frank. He doesn't quite make it the end of the taunt before Frank blows his brains out all over the sidewalk. Frank then calmly walks away and goes back to eating breakfast with the family. See it here.
    Tango: What the fuck you gonna do Frank, huh? You gonna shoot me, in front of everybody? Huh? Come o- [Frank shoots him]
  • A Better Tomorrow: Mark get his brains blown out by Shing's Uzi while he's in the middle of convincing the Kit brothers to reconcile with each other.
  • In the Val Lewton film The Body Snatcher, a street singer's song abruptly stops when she is murdered offscreen.
  • In Bumblebee, after an extended brawl, Bumblebee manages to ensnare anchor chains around Dropkick's helicopter form, whose attempt to escape by transforming back into robot form only gets them tangled within his body. Before Dropkick can even finish his attempted Badass Boast, Bumblebee yanks the chains so hard that they tear him to pieces.
  • Swan is killed mid-sentence, in the middle of a musical number no less, in Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Cannibal! The Musical.
  • Clue: "Duh-duh, duh-duh duh duh! I, am, your singing telegram—" *BAM*
  • The film adaptation of Arthur Miller's The Crucible ends with protagonist John Proctor being offed in this manner, forcefully and abruptly hanged while reciting the Lord's Prayer (he gets to the penultimate "forever and ever" line before he gets it).
  • Selma from Dancer in the Dark is killed mid-song.
  • This is how Rachel Dawes died in The Dark Knight, making what was said from the Final Speech that got cut off a slight Tear Jerker. In her case, she is cut off by the warehouse she is trapped in blowing up.
    • Earlier, in a Pre-emptive Declaration, when Grumpy pulls a pistol on Bozo during the bank robbery:
      Grumpy: I'm bettin' the Joker told you to kill me soon as we loaded the cash.
      Bozo: [sighs, checks his watch and steps to one side] No, no-no-no. I kill the bus driver.
      Grumpy: Bus driver? [Bozo gives him the Death Glare] What bus dri- [The back end of a school bus bursts through the front doors and runs over him]
  • Played with in Deadpool (2016), Deadpool has a gun to the villain's head when Colossus starts giving a speech to Deadpool to convince him to spare the villain's life. It seems to be working for nearly a minute until Deadpool decides not to wait until the end of the speech to pull the trigger.
    Colossus: WHY?!
    Deadpool: You were droning on and on!
  • In an awesome subversion of a monologue, this is how Samuel L. Jackson's character died in Deep Blue Sea. The Sedgwick Speech variant of this trope.
  • Django Unchained: Stephen gets blown to bits together with the entirety of the Candyland mansion while attempting to curse at Django. "DJANGO! You uppity son of a -" (BOOM)
  • Billy in Final Destination is cut off mid-rant by a large shard of metal kicked up by the train that just took out Carter's car, which whistles up apparently out of nowhere and beheads him. He stays on his feet for a few startled seconds before his legs realize he's dead, whereupon he topples over.
  • In Alfred Hitchcock thriller Foreign Correspondent, World War II has just broken out, and a British passenger plane has come under fire from a German naval vessel. An indignant lady passenger is expressing her righteous outrage when she is killed by an anti-aircraft round.
    "I shall see the British consul as soon as I—"
  • Goodfellas
    • Tommy can barely squeak out an "Oh n-!" before he gets shot in the back of the head.
    • Morrie is killed while describing the Boston College point shaving scandal.
    Morrie: Nunzio up in that a- [Tommy stabs him in the head with an ice pick.]
  • David Mamet's Heist features an amusing variation.
    Bergman: Don't you want to hear my last words?
    Joe Moore: I just did. [shoots him]
  • Subtle example in I Miss You. Cilla begins to say something and gets hit by a car and dies.
  • Dr. Mann in Interstellar, is self-righteously ranting about saving the human race when he's killed by an Explosive Decompression sending the airlock hatch smashing into him. It's even more effective because it averts Sound In Space, so there's silence after this point despite the subsequent destruction.
    Mann: This is not about my life, or Cooper's life,. This is about all mankind. There is a moment— [he's Thrown Out the Airlock]
  • James Bond
    • Bond pulled this at the very start of Casino Royale (2006), talking to a traitor about his first kill.
      Traitor: Made you feel it, did he? Well, you needn't worry. The second is - *BAMM*
      Bond: Yes. Considerably.
    • MI6 agent Henderson in You Only Live Twice is talking to Bond when he suddenly stops talking mid-sentence. As Bond approaches him, he finds that a knife was stabbed into his back through the shoji wall. Anybody who has seen a death by knife knows that knives do not work this way.
    • This is precisely how a corrupt banker is killed in the opening of The World Is Not Enough, and how Elektra King gets it at the end.
    Elektra: Dive! Bo- (gets shot)
    Bond: I never miss...
    • A non-lethal version is Played for Laughs in From Russia with Love. Bond is in the Soviet embassy waiting for his friend to set off a bomb so he can steal the coding device. He checks his watch, frowns, then goes to the Russian on the desk.
      Bond: Excuse me, is your clock correct?
      Russian: Russian clocks are always — [explosion covers everyone in dust]
  • The titular character of the John Wick films is a No-Nonsense Nemesis who doesn't let his targets finish talking if it means an easy shot.
  • Happens twice in a Karmic Death sort of way in Last Man Standing (1996). When the Irish gang decides to finally go all out against the Italians, burning down a place where they were all gathered when given false information that the man their looking for is being hidden by them. One of the leaders, Strozzi, is killed while trying to surrender. Fast forward to the climax and the Irish gang leader, Doyle, who ordered the raid against the Italians is killed mid-sentence while trying to convince John, the man he was after that the two of them can put their differences behind them and become business partners. For bonus points, he is killed by the Inn Keeper he would always mistreat in town, who also lied to him about the Italians hiding John.
  • Audrey II's death in Little Shop of Horrors combines this with Curse Cut Short. "OH SHI--"
  • The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines has the main villain, Kamawas, having his throat slashed while taunting the hero Merong about raping Merong's Love Interest.
  • Marathon Man: Roy Scheider's character "Doc", "I couldn't give a fuck about your... [stab] ...*gasp*! The fact that the stab is offscreen makes it even more effective as you are genuinely surprised by Doc's reaction.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Iron Man: In his return to Gulmira in his new Mark III Suit, Iron Man proceeds to take down the Ten Rings terrorists until he is stopped by a small group holding hostages at gunpoint while screaming at him in their native tongue(s). Iron Man shuts them all up by shooting all the terrorists simultaneously.
    • Captain America: The First Avenger:
      • What happens to Steve in his final conversation with Peggy over the radio, even when the audience knows he is only frozen, not killed.
        "We'll have the band play something slow, I'd hate to step on your—" [radio transmission abruptly ends]
      • Also this scene:
        Hydra Mook: CUT OFF ONE HEAD, TWO MORE—
        Colonel Phillips: [blasts him with a shotgun] Let's find two more.
    • The Other, Thanos' right hand man in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), during his argument with Ronan the Accuser.
      The Other: Lower your tone! I may be your... [Ronan lets a sonic blast loose from his Universal Weapon that breaks the Other's neck]
    • Lampshaded in Avengers: Age of Ultron:
      Ultron Drone: You can't save them all... you'll never— [thrown off a cliff by Captain America]
      Captain America: We'll never what? YOU DIDN'T FINISH!
    • Avengers: Infinity War: Nick Fury says "Motherfu-" as he disintegrates due to Thanos.
  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol: The Secretary is in the middle of talking to Ethan when he gets shot through the head.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail:
    • In a funny subversion, this is how Brother Maynard dies, but his death scream completes the sentence.
      "It's the Legendary Black Beast of — [is eaten] — AAAAAAAUUUUUUGGGGHHHH!!!!"
    • Earlier in the movie, we're given a glimpse of a character who may have died mid-sentence while writing on a wall:
      Maynard: It reads, "Here may be found the last words of Joseph of Arimathea. He who is valiant and pure of spirit may find the Holy Grail in the Castle of ... aaaaagggh."
      Arthur: What?
      Maynard: "... the Castle of aaaaagggh".
      Bedevere: What is that?
      Maynard: He must have died while carving it.
      Lancelot: Oh, come on!
      Maynard: Well, that's what it says.
      Arthur: Look, if he was dying, he wouldn't bother to carve "aaggggh". He'd just say it!
      Maynard: Well, that's what's carved in the rock!
      Galahad: Perhaps he was dictating.
      Arthur: Oh, shut up.
    • Frank the historian is giving a lecture about King Arthur when a knight rides past him and slashes his throat.
  • In Muppet Treasure Island, more like "Died of a Heart Attack Mid Sentence", the dying Billy Bones warns Jim, Gonzo and Rizzo to beware the one-legged man, but also "Beware running with scissors or any other pointy objects! It's all good fun, 'till somebody loses a-" and he screams "Aaaahh" and dies before possibly saying "leg" or something else, putting the trio in a room "where the dead guys roam".
    • His death scream completes the sentence, which would have been "till someone loses an eye."
  • Pacific Rim:
    • Played straight with Yancy in the Action Prologue when he is killed halfway through his final words to Raleigh.
    • Subverted when Hannibal Chau tempts fate by giving a long description of how the newborn Kaiju was doomed from the first, only to get swallowed mid-rant. The Stinger reveals that he was Swallowed Whole and is still alive and kicking.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides played this for Black Comedy. After various pirates and the British have been fighting over the Fountain of Youth (and thus are tired and have whittled down their numbers) the Spanish suddenly arrive on the scene. Despite the overwhelming numbers of the Spanish, Theodore Groves defiantly attempts to claim the land for King George. He doesn't quite make it to the end of his sentence:
    Theodore Groves: This land is hereby forever claimed for the glorious name of his majesty, King Geor— [gets shot by the Spaniard]
    Spaniard: Someone make a note of that man's bravery.
    Hang the code! Who cares about th- [Gets shot by Capt. Teague]
  • Inverted in Pulp Fiction. Vincent Vega turns around to explain something to Marvin while being driven by Jules, and accidentally blows Marvin's brains out while Vincent is mid-sentence.
  • In the film Radius the police officer is asking Liam questions but drops dead in the middle of one when she walks into his aura.
  • In Scrooge (1951), near the end of the expanded Christmas Past segment, Marley dies mid-sentence while attempting to tell Scrooge to "save himself".
  • Wash in Serenity.
    Wash: I'm a leaf on the wind. Watch how I— (gets harpooned by a Reaver ship)
    • Also, Mr. Universe. Okay, technically he didn't die right away, but he gets his speech cut off by a sword to the guts, and he is dead the next time we see him. Fortunately for Mal and crew, Mr. Universe had just enough life left to make a helpful recording.
  • Shoot 'Em Up. Smith discovers Senator Rutledge (running for President on a gun control platform) has done a deal with the Big Bad, gun merchant Hammerson. Smith says he's going to shoot Rutledge, and his death will outrage the public and help his anti-gun bills get passed.
    Rutledge: Then do it. Let me regain some honor. With my— [Boom Head Shot]
    • Another variation on the trope — Hertz has been speculating about Mr. Smith's true identity throughout the movie. He comes up with a theory, but Smith refuses to confirm it.
      Hertz: Oh yes-sir-ee, it has been a pleasure. But before we part ways, just tell me one thing. I am dead on about who you are, right?
      Smith: Say that again?
      Hertz: I said, I am dead—
      Smith: Stop! That part of it you got right. [shoots Hertz]
  • Star Trek (2009): George Kirk dies telling his wife he loves her. Somewhat odd in that he had an actual countdown until his ship impacted, and thus knew exactly when he was going to die, but apparently not when he was going to finish his sentence. Still, it was his Moment of Awesome and a Tear Jerker too.
    • More likely he was just repeating "I Love You" over and over so that it would be the last thing his family hears him say.
  • Star Wars:
    • Attack of the Clones:
      • Zam Wessell, the assassin who Anakin and Obi-Wan capture, is about to rat out her boss:
        "It was a bounty hunter called—" [hit by toxic dart; curses in Huttese before dying]
      • Shmi Skywalker's last words to Anakin are "I love—"
    • Revenge of the Sith: Nute Gunray tries to plead with Darth Vader to spare his life before being fatally slashed across the chest.
    • The Empire Strikes Back:
      • An audio-only version: "Imperial troops have entered the base! Imperial troops have—" [ABRUPT BLAST OF STATIC]
      • Admiral Ozzel reporting in to Darth Vader, only to be Force-choked through the video intercom for his failure.
        "Lord Vader, the fleet has moved out of lightspeed and we're preparing to—urk!"
    • Quite a few pilots have their fighters explode as they're talking, though only about half can be heard by the audience.
    • Solo sees an Imperial officer blown up on Mimban during a rallying cry.
      Major: Troopers, forward! Solo, get up! We're almost there!
      Han Solo: Almost where? Where are we going?
      Major: Just over that last ridge! Victory is—(BOOM)
  • Super 8: The main military bad guy and his soldiers have the kid protagonists captive aboard an army bus when it's attacked and forced off the road by the alien. When the Colonel hands one of his subordinates a rifle and tells him to leave the bus and shoot it - a rifle loaded with tracking darts, no less - the poor bastard doesn't make it very far.
    Overmeyer: Sir, is there a particular place you'd like me to shoot- (yanked out of the bus by the alien as everyone else aboard shits themselves)
  • Taken. The final bad guy. "We can nego*BLAM*"
  • From Transformers: Dark of the Moon: Que/Wheeljack: "Why did you—?" right before he is finished off execution-style.
    "I'm gonna kill y—*BOOM!*"
  • TRON: Legacy: "DEATH TO THE USE—" *gets shattered*
  • The 'Bowtie Driver' in The Untouchables (1987). Mid countdown.
  • Vet Hard: Katja is shot dead by Bennie mid-sentence (to be precise, swearing at him; he didn't take that well). Subverted when we later find out she wasn't shot dead, just shot in the arm.
  • A Walk Among the Tombstones: "You know... I just wanted t—" before getting shot in the head by Liam Neeson's character.
  • R.K. Maroon in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
    "Unless Acme's will shows by midnight tonight, Toontown's gonna be land for the free—" [gets shot]
  • The Wild Geese: Faulkner's final confrontation with Sir Edward Matheson. Sir Edward is so inflated with hauteur that he cannot conceive of there being any threat to himself - the discovery that the murderous mercenary with a gun and grudge is, yes, there to kill him completely baffles Matheson, and he's left stammering "now wait just a minute—!" before Faulkner fires.

  • Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded: After Chantel and Lightening get everyone to stop fighting, King Rathfest tries to spurn his people on in fighting the Sunbiters. He gets a crossbow bolt in the throat for his trouble.
    King Rathfest: Fight on, for your country! Fight on, for your honor! For what is right! Drive back the Maraud-URK!
  • In The Nutcracker, the dying words of Lady Mouserinks (according to this translation) were:
    Oh, Crackatook, hard nut, now I must die
    Hee hee, pee pee
    Nutcracker, young man, you too will die
    My seven-crowned sun will avenge my death
    And take from you your living breath
    Oh, life, so vibrant and red, I - squeak!
  • Oathbringer: How Elhokar meets his end, at the hands of Moash. What makes it really tragic, is that the sentence was The First Ideal, and Elhokar was one word away from finishing it. If that attack had come a few seconds later, Elhokar would've had the Healing Factor to live through it.
  • In the original version of Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein, teenage heroine Podkayne says "Do listen please, because this is important. I love—" before she is killed by a bomb blast. However, Heinlein's publisher hated such a downbeat ending to a novel aimed at teens and insisted Heinlein revise the ending to allow Podkayne to live. The most recent editions have included both endings.
  • This is how Fred Weasley died in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
    "You're joking, Perce! You actually are joking... I don't think I've heard you joke since you were—"
    • Could be a mild case of His Name Is... as well, as some readers would have really liked to have heard the rest of that sentence.
  • In the Raffles short story "The Knees of the Gods", this happens to Raffles.
    The sentence was not finished, and never could be in this world.
  • In Confessor, the last book of the Sword of Truth series, Richard, freshly freed from his imprisonment by the Imperial Order, approaches the officer who'd captured him. Said officer gets four words into his "I've been waiting for this" speech before Richard cuts him down without breaking his stride.
    • Furthermore, he later does the exact same thing to the series' resident Big Bad, and to top it all off, he orders him to be thrown in the mass grave with all his dead Mooks.
  • In The Third World War, two of the emergency of communities involved in the war have this. The first ends mid-sentence, when the building is bombed, picking up with the backup journal noting the deaths. The second one cuts off mid-word, as Birmingham is nuked. It is stated it is found in the remains of the centre.
  • In the Stephen King novella The Langoliers, Craig Toomy is facing down against the eponymous beasties, mistaking them for hobgoblins his father told him about as a caution against laziness. His last thought:
    Toomy: How can their little legs be fast? They don't have any le—
  • One of the characters in Arthur Hailey's Airport is an air traffic controller who's haunted by memories of a mid-air collision that took place on his watch (and for which he holds himself responsible). A flashback scene has him and his colleagues listening to a radio transmission from one of the planes as it plummets to earth after the collision, and the final words of a little girl aboard said plane:
    "...Mummy! Daddy!...Do something! I don't want to die... Oh, Gentle Jesus, I've been good... Please, I don't want..."
  • In the Star Wars Expanded Universe X-Wing Series novel Wraith Squadron, Admiral Trigit flees in a starfighter after his forces surrender. General Crespin and Lieutenant Donos are in pursuit... Crispin offers Trigit to surrender. Trigit refuses, and instead orders his bodyguards to shoot down his pursuers. Crespin skillfully takes care of them though. Trigit, realizing he's in trouble, tries to surrender after all. He doesn't even get to mid-sentence when a torpedo launched by Donos hits his starfighter.
    Trigit: Crespin, I'd like to reconsid-
  • Vorkosigan Saga:
    • Barrayar has the would-be Imperial usurper Vordarian's last words cut off when Cordelia orders him decapitated: "You're a Betan! You can't do—" BOTHAR CHOP! Later, she references Vordarian's words, and when asked what she thought he was about to say she replies:
      "This", I suppose.
    • In Mirror Dance, Miles is thinking "Wait, I haven't—" when he is blown nearly in half by a sniper. As this is Miles we're talking about, he gets better.
  • James Bond:
    • In Ian Fleming's From Russia with Love, the reader is led to believe this happens to Bond. Fortunately, he got better in time for the next book.
    • An informant in The Man with the Red Tattoo is shot in the head by a bad guy just as he is going to tell Bond and his partner Reiko about the eponymous villain's whereabouts. A chase involving fish and a sword fight ensues.
  • Gavroche dies mid-song in Les Misérables (yes, the book).
  • In Pat Frank's Alas, Babylon, a teletype message from Jacksonville stops mid-sentence when the city is annihilated.
  • In The Split Second, the second book in the Seems series written by John Hulme and Michael Wexler, this happens to Tom Jackal. His body is rapidly aging and he is talking to Becker about his family, whom he left behind to come help save The World (and The Seems): "Don't feel bad for us, son. Because our love will survive anything. And I know I'll see them in A Better ..." He would have said "Place," if he'd had the time... He just didn't quite make it.
  • Pharaun Mizzrym from War of the Spider Queen series once was held at wand-point by a fellow drow wizard. This guy would be more of a trouble if he could shut up on his own, though.
    Pharaun: (to a glasstrike-n statue) If you hadn't been so busy expounding on my foolishness, you might have heard the words of my spell.
  • Salzella in Maskerade... eventually.
    • A minor thief in Guards! Guards! turns around the corner and accidentally finds himself mugging a dragon, and dies with "Oh sh—" And then his ghost finishes "—it."
    • According to Interesting Times, many an ancient lord's final words were "You can't kill me, I'm wearing magic arrrgh!" ("Armour" being the interrupted word)
    • Ankh-Morpork's shortest-reigning king was Loyala the Aargh, at 1.4 seconds.
  • The Hunting of the Snark. The luckless person to find the Snark then calls out "It's a Boo--!" and then softly and suddenly vanished away, for the Snark was a Boojum, you see.
  • The Wheel of Time "You? No!" The word still hung in the air when death took him.” And that's the end of Asmodean. That's also all we hear about it for 8 books. It's slightly frustrating.
  • Jake Featherston, the CSA's Hitler Expy in Harry Turtledove's Timeline-191 series, does not commit suicide; he's still pushing his underlings to regroup when a group of black guerrillas spots them. "Get us some motorcars and—"
  • Javier Giscard in At All Costs. He realizes that he's up against a weapon he can't hope to defend against, and manages to get through only half of his lover's first name before he's vaporized.
  • Apparently happens to Anna, the protagonist of the fictional story "An Imperial Affliction" within The Fault in Our Stars, as the story-within-a-story "ends right in the middle of a —"
  • Happens to Father Ferani in the Paladin of Shadows book Unto the Breach.
  • In Isaac Asimov's Foundation and Empire, Bayta kills Ebling Mis before he could tell where the Second Foundation is, because she realizes that Magnificio is actually the Mule.
  • Happens in second book of Harry Turtledove's Worldwar, when Heinrich Jager's panzer group is attacking a column of Lizard landcruisers. He hears this transmission with his headphones:
    Engaging lead element of enemy panzer column! Will attempt to carry out plan as outlined. Will—
  • In The Hunger Games trilogy, Wiress was killed in the middle of her singing "Hickory-Dickory Dock". This alerted Katniss and the others that the Careers arrived.
  • In the sole full Iron Warriors novel, Storm of Iron, one mook blurts out "Oh what the f-" before an Imperial Fist cuts him clean in half with a power sword.
  • Garry Kilworth's House of Tribes; Flegm's last words are "Push on, he says. I couldn't push a spr-" His friend is noted to spend the rest of his life wondering what the last word was going to be. "Sprout? Spring? Sprocket?"
  • Happens multiple times throughout Eden Green and sequel New Night as (sometimes immortal) characters are killed mid-sentence, including Eden at the end of the first book, Lucas when arguing with Drews, Eden when Kazuma 'rescues' her, and others.
  • Robert Gernhardt was a satirist, a poet and a victim of terminal cancer. With Gallows Humor, he wrote poems about it, one of them ending with:
    Findet man nicht alle Tage,
    womit ich nur sagen will
    - ach! Ich soll hier nichts mehr sagen?
    Geht in Ordnung! Bin schon- note 
  • This happens to the narrator of Math Class by ML Lanzillotta.
  • Abel Hopton's unnamed commander in Grent's Fall.
  • In the Warrior Cats book Leopardstar's Honor, the RiverClan leader Crookedstar dies mid-sentence: "Perhaps Mudfur was right. Perhaps death isn't—"
  • The villain of Trail of Lightning is executed at the end of their explanatory speech, in the middle of scoffing at the hero' methods.
  • Jaine Austen Mysteries: In Last Writes, the book's main murder victim is Quinn Kirkland, who's eaten a doughnut covered in rat poison. His last words are "I think there's something wrong with this do-" before dropping dead.

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  • This appears several times on 24. The most recent example coming from a private security goon holding a key witness at gunpoint. Jack simply dispatches him with a single shot mid-threat.
  • In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., after the Clairvoyant (a.k.a. John Garrett) is dealt with, there's a scene of him dragging his almost-dead body to a machine which puts him in a Powered Armor exoskeleton. He steps off the machine now stronger than ever and begins to gloat, when he is suddenly blasted with a laser from offscreen and explodes into Ludicrous Gibs.
    Coulson: [holding a BFG] Hey guys! I found it! Told ya it'd be in here!
    • In the episode "Fractured House", S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Walters is hit by a HYDRA splinter bomb, and is disintegrated in the middle of her last words, proclaiming that HYDRA will never defeat S.H.I.E.L.D.
    • In "World's End", Dr. Radcliffe has no way to escape the deletion of the Framework since his physical body was killed earlier in the season to trap his mind inside the virtual world permanently. He decides to spend his last moments Watching the Sunset with a drink in hand, and is deleted in the middle of raising a toast to the end of the world.
  • Angel:
    • In "Lineage", Wesley shot his father the moment dad began threatening Fred. Repeatedly. Though it may not have been an example of this trope, as his decision to shoot is so instantaneous Roger could have just meant to stop talking at that point.
      Roger: Well, then... (points gun at Fred) maybe if it's someone you care about— (Wesley fires ten rounds into Roger's chest)
    • In "Shells", Wesley did this again. While Angel is monologuing about how they're the good guys so they have to protect any member of humanity, Wesley kills Knox.
      Angel: Were you even listening?
  • Blackadder: This is how Prince Edmund dies at the end of the first series after drinking poisoned wine in "The Black Seal"
    Edmund: And now at last I shall be king of E- (dies)
  • In Better Call Saul, Lalo Salamanca walks in on Howard Hamlin's conversation with Jimmy and Kim and shoots Howard for being a witness.
    Howard: I, uh, think I'm in the middle of something, er, t-there's really no need to-
  • Breaking Bad gets two with the final season.
    • In "Ozymandias":
      Hank: Do what you're gonna d-
    • And again in "Felina":
      Jack: Wait. You want your money, right? You wanna know where it is? You pull that trigger, you'll neve-
    • It's hinted that the latter is done expressly as vengeance for the former: Walter gives Jack time to smoke a last cigarette, lulling him into a false sense of confidence that he's willing to listen to what Jack has to say.
  • Happens in the Breakout Kings episode "There Are Rules", when the white-collar criminal who masterminded the prison break of the week pulls a gun on his relatively violence-oriented accomplice, and the latter tries to Hannibal Lecture him:
    " got a problem, Ronald. You got nobody to pull that trigger for you. This is a job you can't delegate. You gotta actually dirty your hands for once, and we both know that—" BLAM
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
  • Emmett on Chuck is killed in the middle of calling someone a pussy.
    • In another episode, John Casey kills off a bad guy right in the middle of said baddie giving off a gloating speech.
  • Parodied in the Community season 2 Paintball Episode finale when Magnitude "dies" before finishing his Catchphrase "Pop Pop!".
    Troy: Pop? Pop what? What is he trying to say? Pop what, Magnitude?!
  • Criminal Minds episode "Mosley Lane": The female unsub is held at gunpoint by one of her hostages and has the bad idea of mocking him.
    Anita Roycewood: Come on, you gotta be kidd— BANG!
  • Crazy Like a Fox: Starts off the events of "Wanted — Dead and Alive".
  • Torrez in Day Break (2006). Damien shots him and his last words to Hopper are:
    Torrez: El Llorón... He's not the... [dies]
  • The Defenders (2017): With Elektra having successfully captured Danny Rand, Alexandra is left to pacify the Hand's other Fingers, who seem ready to riot.
    Alexandra: [to Elektra] Kill Luke Cage. Kill Jessica Jones. And the Devil of Hell's Kitchen, whoever he is. [to Murakami, Madame Gao and Bakuto] I'm so happy you're all on board with the plan. But let me remind you, I neutralized our enemies. I brought you the Iron Fist. I was able to keep the most important operation in our history running while you succumbed to chaos and conflict. I have proven myself to be the one and only true leader-[Elektra abruptly impales her from behind with a sai]
    Elektra Natchios: His name is Matthew.
    [Elektra yanks her sai out of Alexandra, letting the body fall to the floor]
    Elektra Natchios: And my Elektra Natchios. You work for me now. [As if on second thought, Elektra uses her katana to slice off Alexandra's head. As she exhales a sigh of joy, she looks up and gives a threatening look to the remaining Fingers]
    Elektra Natchios: Any questions?
  • Shed Garvey is killed like this in The Expanse while trying to calm his friend down as he has a panic attack in the middle of a space battle.
    Shed: Trust me, we're all going to be just fi- [suddenly decapitated by a rail gun round that penetrates the hull of their room]
  • The villainous milkman Pat Mustard in one episode of Father Ted gets Hoist by His Own Petard while gloating in a phone booth:
    Mustard: Better get out the earplugs, Father, because when that milkfloat goes off, they'll hear it all the way to the North P-
    [cut to North Pole] *BOOM*
  • Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly wasted no time in shooting Dobson while the latter was in the middle of a Put Down Your Gun and Step Away moment. Without even breaking stride.
    I'm not playing anymore! Anyone so much as- BANG
  • Game of Thrones: It's not an audible sentence, but Ned Stark is clearly in the midst of a prayer when the blade descends and is unable to finish it before the stroke falls.
  • Hearing this happen over the phone to two people in Atlanta is how residents of Jericho (2006) first learn it's not just Denver that got nuked.
  • In Lost, Boone dies in the middle of giving a request to Jack. Later in the season, Arzt gets one when the dynamite he was handling blows up.
    • Jack's failed kill of Locke would have happened this way, if the gun had been loaded.
    • The last words of Juliet: "I have to tell you something, it's really really important..." Luckily, Miles is there to relay what she intended to say. It doesn't make sense until the finale, when it's revealed that it was something she was saying to Sawyer in the flash-sideways universe/afterlife.
    • Ilana's Arzt moment in the final season. Killed while saying something seemingly very important in relation to The Big Bad, no less.
  • Happens to Kate in NCIS.
    Kate: I thought I'd die before I— *BAM!*
  • In NCIS: Los Angeles, an insane rogue CIA agent is holding Kensi hostage with a reciprocating saw to her neck. Deeks cuts off his threat mid-sentence with a bullet between the eyes.
    Ferris: If you take one more step...
  • In Penny Dreadful, after Ethan spares his father Jared's life, Jared starts berating and threatening him as he walks away, telling Ethan that he will never cease to send men after him and make his life a misery. Sir Malcolm steps in and shoots Jared dead in the middle of his rant.
  • In Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, this happens to the villain Kamdor after he thinks he's slain the Ranger fighting him no less.
    Kamdor: "Finally! Now, to find the-AAARGH!"
  • Red Dwarf:
    • Kryten is killed mid-sentence in the last episode of the sixth season.
    • Parodied in Inquisitor:
      "For some bizarre reason, my final word is Enig."
      "Yes, Enig!" [Inquisitor crushes Kryten's head against the wall with one hand]
  • A wounded Damar tried to say some last words, but died after only saying "Keep..." in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Even that much was improvised by Casey Biggs who wanted Damar to go out saying something and has admitted that he actually had no idea how he would have finished the line.
  • This happens to the Borg at the start of the Star Trek: Voyager episode that introduced Species 8472 (the baddies one level up on the Food Chain of Evil).
    Borg ships: We are the Borg. Existence as you know it has ended. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Resistance IsKABOOOOMM
  • In the series finale of Strike Back, Col. Alexander Coltrane disposes of The Mafiya queen who murdered two of his team members this way—she yells out "Wait—!" as he pulls out a gun and performs a Boom, Headshot!.
  • In the Supernatural episode "Devil May Care" (S09, Ep02), Irv is shot through the heart as he vows to taken on the demons alone.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985): The reboot episode "A Little Peace and Quiet"; the bedroom scene it is implied to happen, both with the main character's husband and son hastily saying their goodbyes, and with the radio announcer as he is trembling through a bulletin alerting the public to a nuclear attack on the United States (which is drowned out by the explosion, air raid sirens and the commotion outside as a panicked public tries to flee). Averted when the woman freezes time an instant before their (presumed) deaths.
  • During an assault on an enclave of Russian partisans in Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter, Schmidt is shot while making a quip to the effect of "Maybe they're phoning Comrade Stalin for hel-". It takes him a while to die but, having been shot in the neck, he's in no state to speak.
  • The Walking Dead
  • A running joke in the Wayne and Shuster sketch "Rinse the Blood Off My Toga" involves people being killed mid-sentence as they try to tell the investigators the name of Caesar's killer.
  • On The West Wing, in an almost painful Tempting Fate, a secret service agent happens to walk in to a convenience store in the midst of a robbery. Only seeing one of two robbers, he gets him to drop his weapon, gets him on the floor, and then says the kid was smart, because he's Secret Serv—
    • Actually, it didn't quite happen that way. They first screwed the audience (who reacted angrily, partly because it was unrealistic— Secret Service personnel wear bulletproof vests and he hadn't had time to take his off) into thinking he might actually, improbably get away with it because he does survive the tempting fate line about being Secret Service. Afterwards, when he's safe, he jokes to the clerk that he hates to be a problem customer, but if he doesn't get a Milky Way bar pretty soo—
  • Stringer Bell from The Wire.
    "Get on with it motherfu..."
    • Also Cheese: "There's just the street, the game, and what happen' here today. When it was ma uncle, I was wit ma uncle. When it was Marlo, I was wit him. But now, nigga..."
  • Young Sheldon: In "A Clogged Pore, a Little Spanish and the Future", as Missy is about to pop Sheldon's pimple, A.V. and Pus say their goodbyes.
    A.V.: Well, the time has come to say goodbye. But don't worry. We'll be back in times of stress, like during final exams, or my personal favorite, school picture da—*Pop!*

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  • "Run, Joey, Run," a Murder Ballad by David Geddes where an angry father, enraged that a boy he disapproves of did something to his daughter, goes to kill Joey but shoots his daughter instead. "Daddy please don't, it wasn't his fault/He means so much to me/Daddy please don't/We're gon... na get... mar... ried... ." (Earlier verses in the song complete the sentence, "... just you wait and see!")
  • "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" by The Beatles. ("But as the words are leaving his lips/A noise comes from behind...")
  • Vaughn Monroe's '50s novelty hit "In the Middle of the House" ends this way, with the narrator run over by a locomotive.
  • Dream Theater's song "Pull Me Under'' ends like this.
  • Pink Floyd's "The Final Cut": The line that goes "And if I'm in I'll tell you what's behind the wall" has a gunshot going off after "I'll tell you", suggesting that whoever was trying to say this line was shot. Possibly done to obscure its reference to the main character in The Wall.
  • Assemblage 23's "30kft" ends with the singer's phone call cutting out.
  • "Harrowdown Hill" by Thom Yorke, about the suicide of Dr. David Kelly:
    I feel me slipping in and out of consciousness
    I feel me-
  • Dave Matthews Band's "When the World Ends" (a song about lovers during the apocalypse) cuts off abruptly with Dave and the band still in mid-chorus, at least implying this trope if not playing it straight.
  • Dave's brother in Kendrick Lamar's "Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst":
    Just promise me you'll tell this story when you make it big
    And if I die before your album drop I hope—
  • "Apokalypse Wann Anders" by Farin Urlaub. He's sitting with his girlfriend in their garden and wait for said apocalypse. Just when the morning has come and he thinks to live for another day...
    Dann sitzen wir im Garten und wir warten auf den Weltuntergang
    Ich bin so froh, dass es dich gibt, denn-
  • Opera singer Maria Callas used to give La Traviata a Nightmare Fuel ending. Violetta has the Incurable Cough of Death and, realistically, feels much better just before the end — she's supposed to say "O gioia!" (Oh joy) and drop dead. Callas would cut off her own line, say "O gioi—" and die with her eyes wide open.
  • St. Mary's Trumpet Call (Polish: "Hejnał Mariacki") is a traditional anthem played hourly from the highest tower of Saint Mary's Church in the Polish city of Kraków. The melody famously stops abruptly, as if cut off mid-note. As per a popular modern legend, the anthem was played by a sentry during the 1241 Mongol invasion of Poland to warn of approaching enemy troops. City gates were closed in time, but the trumpeter was instantly killed when a Mongol arrow pierced his throat. The modern version of the melody ostensibly ends mid-note to honour his death.
  • Happens a couple of times in Monty Python songs. In "I've Got Two Legs" Terry Gilliam sings about his legs but is shot mid-lyric. In "Never be Rude to an Arab" the singer is blown up after using too many racial slurs.

    Myths & Religi- 
  • The Thebaid: One of the mercenaries tries to surrender for Tydeus, only for a javelin to fly into his mouth and cut out his tongue. He bleeds to death from the mouth and falls to the ground.

  • The Magnus Archives: It's eventually revealed that Gertrude Robinson went out this way courtesy of Elias Bouchard.
    Gertrude: You might have noticed I'm rather busy, so either shoot me, or
  • On the Threshold: Played With Dr. Powell's narration suddenly cuts off mid-sentence, but he resumes it to say that he's just nearly had a heart attack which he only noticed and prevented due to his medical training.

  • The Slithergadee, by Shel Silverstein:
    The Slithergadee has crawled out of the sea.
    He may catch all the others but he won't catch me.
    No you won't catch me, old Slithergadee,
    You may catch all the others, but you wo—
    • I'm Being Eaten by a Boa Constrictor, also by Shel Silverstein, ends with the lines:
    "Oh, heck, it's up to my neck.
    Oh, dread, it's upmmmmmmmmmmffffffffff..."

  • The famous Orson Welles radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds features a radio reporter on the air, describing the Martian death ray that's burning everyone to charcoal, as "coming this way, about twenty yards from my ri—"


    Tabletop Gam— 
  • Done quite humorously in the Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 supplemental Complete Mage, in a line relating to a prestige class.
    "Bah! Face one 'holier than thou' spellcaster, you've faced them all! This so-called scourge doesn't worry me at—"
    Count Lucius Darvold, vampire lord, twice deceased.
  • Commissars in Warhammer 40,000 are usually presented as this, as it's their job to maintain morale and discipline by shooting any trooper who shows signs of cowardice, heresy, or pointing out that the battle plan sucks grox bal-*BLAM*. In the same game, the flavor text of a Tyranid unit that is basically a mine full of acid reads, more or less, as:
    An Imperial Guard (to another who has found the thing) "No!. Don't touch th..!"

  • The Zeroth Law of Trope Examples strikes again, since this is how Hotspur dies in William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I:
    ...O, I could prophesy,
    But that the earth, and the cold hand of death,
    Lies on my tongue. No, Percy, thou art dust
    And food for—
    • Prince Hal finishes his sentence:
    For worms, brave Percy: fare thee well, great heart!
  • In the musical Les Misérables:
    • Eponine and Marius sing "A Little Fall of Rain" as Eponine lies in Marius's arms, dying of a gunshot wound. She dies before they can finish the last note.
      "And rain will make the flowers..."
    • Gavroche also dies one word short of the end of his song.
      "So don't you kick a dog because he's just a pup"
      "So you better run for cover when the pup grows..."
  • In Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Pirelli suffers a similar fate, Judge Turpin narrowly avoids it in the first act when Anthony bursts in, and Mrs. Lovett gets hers near the end.
  • Sometimes during the final scene of Miss Saigon, Kim dies in Chris' arms before she can finish the line, "How in one night have we come so far. . .?"
  • Orin in Little Shop of Horrors.
    Orin: Are you satisfied? I—laughed—myself—to—
    Seymour: Death? (Orin dies)
  • In The Fantasticks, in the Rape Ballet, Henry meets his death in mid-battle-cry:
    "God for Harry, England, and Saint Geo—ouch!"
  • Lord Adalbert D'Ysquith in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder kicks the bucket via poison right before the last word of his bombastic song "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun".
  • Judas from Jesus Christ Superstar dies while accusing God of causing him to commit suicide. In the film version, he physically lets go of the tree branch mid-sentence.
    "You have murdered me! Murdered me, murdered me, MURDER—"
  • In the final scene of West Side Story, as Tony lies mortally wounded in Maria's arms, she begins hopefully singing one last reprise of "Somewhere" sans orchestral accompaniment, and Tony begins to sing along with her, only to expire after the third-to-last line, "Someday..." Maria's voice also falls silent after singing the following word, "Somehow..." The orchestra steps in to complete the musical phrase with a wordless "Somewhere."

  • Several examples in BIONICLE:
    Mutran: Amazing. If I could tap this energy, I could — Wait! Yes! I see it now — It's so absurdly simple. I can control this storm! All I have to do is — YAARRGHH!

    Bitil: What do I gain by saving them? When I make it out of here, Teridax will see that I am his most trusted lieutenant! He'll see—
    Narrator: No he won't.

    Video Gam— 
  • Pretty much every game that allows the player character to kill AI-controlled NPCs at will (Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row, Postal 2, etc) allows for this, if the non-player characters are engaged in scripted dialogue.
  • As if interrupting him mid-speech wasn't rude enough (with a flaming chakram to the face, no less), Axel also cuts Vexen's last words short in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories.
    "No! Please don't! I don't want to-!"
  • The player character in Alpha Protocol can do this to a lot of people during the game, depending on dialogue choices. They vary between extremely awesome, or incredibly chilling depending on your relationship with the person in question.
  • In one of the later missions of Assassin's Creed II, we see a guard reporting to the Big Bad that "Everything is going according to pla-" before being killed by Ezio, who had secretly replaced one of the others guards.
  • Not compulsory, but heavily encouraged at the end of Borderlands 2. After beating the final boss, Handsome Jack goes through a lengthy Villainous Breakdown, which the player can interrupt at any time with a bullet. If you hear him out to the end, and still don't take the hint, Lilith will polish him off herself, but considering everything he's put you through, most players are more than happy to shut him up early.
  • In the original Call of Duty, we get this memorable line:
    Medic: Oh man! They're shooting medics too! They're not— (playing by the rules)
  • In the Call of Duty: World at War mission "Little Resistance", the landing craft the player character is in gets caught on something. An NPC then shouts "It's the coral! We're stuck on the cor—" * Cue headshot* (A rather gory one at that.)
  • This happens to Cole near the end of Clive Barker's Jericho:
    "Sir! I believe he is going to channel our powers against us, however, if you're currently in possession of —" *ZAP* "Silence, BITCH!" *SPLAT*
  • Dead Space 2 takes the cake; for the first time, you get to see a necromorph infection-and-mutation up Close ANd PERSONAL.
    Franco: You're in terrible terrible dang—AAAUUUGGGHHH! WHOOOO... *Snarl*
    • CUE NECK AND FACE SKIN EXPLODING... on Isaac's face.
  • In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, it is possible for a skilled archer to pick off Mankar Camoran midspeech with one shot if the difficulty level's dialed down far enough and the player's got a 100% Chameleon suit (or spell) to ensure the stealth bonus.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has a similar scenario. The visiting princess can be killed while giving speech on a parapet, either by falling stone gargoyle, arrow, or spell.
  • This applies to pretty much every hero when they are killed while using their ultimate in Overwatch, but most famously, Pharah:
    "Justice rains from AAAUGH!"
  • In Fable II, end boss Lucien rambles on and on for some time after you interrupt his ascension to godhood. The player can kill him mid-sentence, with Reaver thanking them. Alternately, if left to ramble long enough, Reaver will shoot Lucien himself.
  • This happens to Ultimecia in Final Fantasy VIII, and again in Dissidia Final Fantasy.
    True Ultimecia: Reflect on your... Childhood... Your sensation... Your words... Your emotions... Time... It will not wait... No matter... How hard you hold on... It escapes you... And...
  • A terrified sailor in God of War's first stage:
    "These creatures, they came out of nowhere! Our ships are all destroyed-all hope is lost, Spartan! Even for yo-" *thuk*
  • Grand Theft Auto III’s Maria Latore apparently dies like this off screen.
  • Half-Life provides this punctual introduction for the assassins:
    Guard: Freeman, right? I got a message for you! Make sure you don't— (silenced gunshot) AGH!
    • Black Mesa also has the commander of a tank that gets destroyed by a Manta flyer's underbelly laser.
      "Back up, back up! BACK THE FU—"
  • Kat in Halo: Reach, courtesy of a sniper: "Where does he get off calling a demolition op Priority O-"
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising: The trope comes into play depending on which Hewdraw head you face at the end of the level. Upon beating him, he says "Before I die, I just want to say-" and then dies before he can finish. While Pit doesn't seem to care, Palutena becomes curious as to what he was gonna say.
  • Infinity Blade: In the second game, this happens to a guard who is ostensibly guarding a seal. He curses Siris for intruding and threatens to kill him before the guard is crushed by a stone demon, the true boss of the area.
    Plated guard: How dare you desecrate this sacred place?! Impudent whelp! I will cut the flesh from your bones! I will - gets crushed by the falling Stone Demon
  • In Killer7, Christopher Mills says to Garcian, "30 years ago, you and Harman..." and then somebody shoots him, forcing Garcian to flee the scene, as he thought he was in danger.
  • At the end of Killzone 2 Scolar Visari gets shot by Rico in the middle of his third epic speech.
  • The Legend of Dragoon: Lavitz Slambert, as he is fatally wounded: "Dart, survive... and..." He dies in Dart's arms before he can finish.
  • Mass Effect:
    • "You talk too much." BANG
    • Many, many of the Renegade interrupts in Mass Effect 2 use this, though it doesn't always result in the victim's death. In several cases, Shepard simply punches the person in the face, knocking them unconscious (although this makes it no less of a Moment of Awesome on Shepard's part).
      "There are two ways down..."
    • It's not always Shepard, either:
      Wilson: Miranda! I thought you were— BANG!
      Miranda: ...dead?
    • Depending on your choices, you can have a spectacular one in Mass Effect 3 on Tuchanka. And in this case, it's for a major character.
      Mordin: [singing] I've studied species Turian, Asari, and Batarian.
      My xenoscience studies range from urban to agrarian.
      I am the very model of—(BOOM)
  • Robert Barnes, a captured contact in the Nintendo 64 game version of Mission: Impossible (1996), falls over dead when you try to talk to him. There's even a Lampshade Hanging:
    Ethan: I KNEW he wasn't gonna finish that sentence...
  • More of a "killed mid-thought", but during one conversation in Neverwinter Nights I an option for every response is "snap her neck", which interrupts the speaking character rather effectively.
  • Not for Broadcast:
    • In Day 912, if you don't support Disrupt's uprising enough, Alan will panic and shout via walkie talkie that Advance will kill them all before he gets cut off mid-sentence by an air strike that kills him and his teammates.
    • In Day 2602, if you killed off Jeremy and kept Alan alive but don't play the leaked tape, Jenny will pull off a "The Reason You Suck" Speech on Alan, who shoots her dead before she can finish.
      Jenny: They see what everyone else sees, Alan. You're a joke. A nut-job. A sad, pathetic—[gets fatally shot mid-sentence]
  • Towards the beginning of Penumbra: Black Plague, the player can listen to a cassette tape made by a research member on the main weakness of the Infected. You can hear them growling and approaching as he speaks, and they attack and rip him to shreds right before he says the weakness.
  • Saints Row:
  • Sengoku Basara:
    • Nobunaga does this to Hideyoshi in the end of his campaign in Sengoku Basara II.
    • Magoichi Saika does this to to Nobunaga himself in one of Magoichi's endings in Samurai Warriors.
  • Kung Lao in Mortal Kombat 9. "You see, Raiden? Earthrealm is fr-" *SNAP*
  • Partially subverted in Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. While the Mad Scientist is giving an insane speech about how the galaxy will tremble before him, Katarn casually throws his lightsaber into the ship's shield generator, leaving it wide open to attack. Followed by a cheesy Pre Ass Kicking One Liner.
  • In Tales of the Abyss, during the Oracle Knight's attack on the Dreadnought the captain of the ship calling for assistance wasn't exactly able to finish...
  • Team Fortress 2 does this in "Meet the Spy", where the Soldier shoots the BLU spy in the head with his shotgun. "He could be you! He could be me! He could even be—" *BOOM*
    "What? It was obvious! He's the RED Spy!"
  • The intro cutscene of Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds has a Martian commander blasted mid-sentence while reporting on the poor state of the invasion. The elders change plans accordingly.
  • Happens quite regularly in games in the Wing Commander series that have speech, with taunts being cut off by the speaker's ship becoming rapidly expanding ball of plasma, courtesy of your guns.
  • World of Warcraft:
    • This is how the leader of the freed slaves in the Pit of Saron bites it. After you've killed the final boss he gives a very flowery speech of gratitude to the players. Right behind him is Sindragosa, Arthas' pet dragon, who kills him and 3/4 of the freed slaves with an Iceball to the face!
    • After accidentally summoning Lord Jaraxxus in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion of the game, the summoner Wilfred Fizzlebang tried to assert that he's in charge, but before he could finish the last word of his sentence, the EREDAR LORD OF THE BURNING LEGION!! blasted him away to oblivion.
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past: Your Uncle survives long enough to give you his sword, but dies as he tries to tell you something very important: "Zelda is your..." He gets better along with everyone else killed after you beat the game, presumably because of Link's wish on the Triforce. We never find out what he was going to say, though, until the GBA re-release which alters his "dying" speech and he actually manages to finish what he was saying before dying. In the new version, he basically tells Link that it's his destiny to save Zelda and that he really enjoyed their time together.
  • MechWarrior:
  • Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway: Garnett dies like this when Leggett's and Allen's argument attracts a German patrol.
    Garnett: Guys, get the fu--(Headshot)
  • A genuinely funny moment from the Sega CD adaptation of Space Adventure Cobra occurs when Cobra discovers that the Parrot Grass on his vessel is actually a spy impersonating the plant. When confronted, it reveals its true form and says "My name is—" before getting blasted to smithereens by Cobra's Arm Cannon.
  • The Red Queen does this to the Cheshire Cat in American McGee's Alice. Suffice to say if by that point you don't want her dead, you will.
  • Medal of Honor: Allied Assault: "We've been trying to find our regiment ever since, but there are snipers every..." Boom, Headshot!.
  • Medal of Honor: Airborne: A U.S. paratrooper was telling a joke. "What do you get when you mix a Nazi with a cockroach? You get-" He then gets shot by a Nazi plane before he could say the punchline!note 
  • In Brain Dead 13, this can occur in the final confrontation, after the eyeballs fall from Lance's pocket, but you don't have him pick them up as he starts saying his Pre-Asskicking One-Liner.
  • During the final mission briefing of Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, your pilot Bud is shot in the head mid-sentence by the Big Bad, who then steals his chopper.
  • Just before the final boss of Plants vs. Zombies, Crazy Dave tries to tell you the boss' weakness, only for a Bungee Zombie to snatch him away before he finishes doing so. Subverted by the music video at the end of the game, in which Dave returns.
  • The Witch's House: If you touch the clock on the top floor, it will fall and crush you while the text-box is still loading.
  • Every time you kill a student in Yandere Simulator, the event is immediately preceded by a cry of "Hey, what are you—"
  • In Gamer 2, Kora is a friendly NPC who's been warning you of upcoming hazards and letting you know where to find useful upcoming items. When you face down Killer Robot ACE, she shows up to explain how to defeat him...
    Kora: Weaken him with the derezzer, then—AAUGHH!
  • Kane's now legendary introduction in the original Command & Conquer features him doing this.
    Seth: This is the Pentagon. A full-frontal attack with your strongest forces should render their military centre of operati—(*gun appears from offscreen, Boom, Headshot!*)
    Kane: *shoving aside Seth's corpse* Yes, power shifts more quickly than some people think...
  • When They Cry:
  • Kamek in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, near the end of the game:
  • Averted with Larry in Paper Mario: Color Splash, since he and the other Koopalings survived.
  • In Paper Mario: The Origami King, as the star-wannabe Rubber Band dies after its battle, it attempts to go out reciting its last words theatrically but dies before it can complete the last rhyme.
    "I wanted to make this place GRAND!
    Eliminate things DULL and bland!
    Alas, this was my FINAL stand.
    It's curtains for poor Rubber-*gaaasp*
  • In The Stanley Parable, in the Museum ending, the female narrator's sentence gets cut off when Stanley is crushed. But, looking into the game files, the full audio file is, indeed, in the game, but it just gets cuts off before she can finish. The full line is as follows:
    Female Narrator: But listen to me, you can still save these two. You can stop the program before they both fail. Press "escape" and press "quit". There is no other way to beat this game. As you as you move forward, you'll be walking someone else's path. Stop now, and it will be your only true choice. Whatever you do, choose it! Don't let time choose for you! Don't let time choose for you!
  • In Fredbear and Friends, Chris is snatched up by the Endocluster as he and Thomas are trying to hash out just what is going on.
  • Red Dead Redemption II: Happens during Chapter 3:
    Sean MacGuire: Now it don't feel right? I could'a told you that— [cue the Boom, Headshot!]

    Web Anima— 
  • Bento Banana: Broclotron makes an one-liner as he's about to attack Bento Banana, only to get bashed in the head with a baseball bat mid-sentence by Plumpy.
    Broclotron: "Choo, choo, all aboard the pain train. Next stop, Bento Banana-" *whacked in the head by Plumpy*
  • Girl-chan in Paradise: Kenstar defeats Galacticamaru's pencil-wielding artist captain by breaking his pencil; The artist begins a retort with "Heh, heh, heh. Well-"; Mid-word, Kenstar sucker punches him, breaks his back, then tears his arm off.
  • SMG4 series:
    • SMG4 is shot by Dr. Eggman during his Overly-Long Gag at the end of Cooking with Bowser and Mario 2!.
    • Sonic in The Wacky Wario Bros.: The Winning Ticket. He returns in Ssenmodnar 7 and Sonic the Derphog.
      Sonic: Ha ha! You're too slo— (gets hit by a train)
    • SMG3 in his chronologically final appearance in Spells n' Wiztards. Every future blooper that features him will be implied to have taken place before Spells n' Wiztards.
  • In Homestar Runner, Strong Bad receives an email from someone named Trevor, who says "I am a vampire and"—and his message ends right there. After mocking him for leaving his sentence unfinished, Strong Bad suddenly comes to the conclusion that someone put a stake through his heart while he was writing.
  • ASDF Movie:
    • In the second one:
      Dad: What are you up to, son?
      I Like Trains Kid: I like trains.
      Dad: Ha ha ha, yes you do.
      [next skit]
      YKWG Guy: Hey! You know who's gay? Y—*run over by train*
    • In the third one:
      Die Potato Guy: Die, potato!
      Potato: Noooooooooooo--
      I Like Trains Kid: I like trains.
      Die Potato Guy: OH NO NO NO WAI—*run over by train*
    • In the fourth one:
      Guy: *fwoom* It worked! My time machine wo—*stomp*
      Dinosaur: I am a stegosaurus!
    • In the tenth one, a William Telling seems to go through without a hitch... and the guy whose head the apple was on gets about halfway through his victory "Yay!" before the tree behind him falls on him.
      • Also from number ten:
      Boy: I wish I could fly!
      Genie: *snaps fingers* Your wish is granted!
      Boy: Yaaaa—*slams into ceiling*
    • One deleted scenes collection employs this trope with this guy hanging on a ledge:
      Guy: Save me, Super Guy!
      Super Guy: No.
      Guy: (now falling) You're a diiiiiiiiiiiii—*splat*
  • Eddsworld’s WTFUTURE scene with a guy commanding SuperGuy to help save him from Future Edd’s laser.
    Guy: Oh no! A giant laser! Help me super guy! Nothing to fear! With my powers, I can stop anything in the world, just as long as it isn’t a las-AAAGH!*KILLED BY LASER** The Demented Cartoon Movie has multiple scenes ends with a character being blown up in mid-sentence, often along with the world.
  • Red vs. Blue:
    • This happens to South Dakota after being caught and held at gunpoint by Washington.
      Delta: It is highly probable that she will turn on us again soon, and in her current physical state, she will only hamper our progress.
      Washington: What are you suggesting?
      Delta: ...That we do not allow her to hamper our progress.
      Washington: Okay. (readies pistol)
      South Dakota: Oh come on, Wash. What're ya gonna do, sh—
      Washington: [To South] Yes. [To Delta, pistol aim relaxed] Good suggestion.
      Delta: You're welcome.
    • Also, every time someone gets shot, it seems their last words are inevitably "SON OF A--"
    • This trope was also played with in the last episode of the Blood Gulch Chronicles, when Captain Flowers deliberately delayed revealing an (apparently) important piece of information about the Reds to Tucker. When asked why he was doing this, he remarked that he seemed to be dramatically pausing for some- *BLAM* Hrrrk... Blaaah...
    • Agent Wyoming beats up Tex and mocks her by saying, "Oh, Poor Tex. Never could understand when she was—" Tucker suddenly stabs him in the back, and finishes his sentence for him, "Beaten!?"
  • This happens in one skit from The Lazer Collection:
    Boy: Excuse me, do you have the time?
    Office Worker: Sure, it's errm, half past-
    Watch: *Lazers the worker as the face cries, "BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!"*
  • In Space Tree, an escape hatch in a slave room has a button that, when activated, juts out a spike. It leads to the president's office, where space president Freely McWheely is monologuing about an idea to kill anyone that sees his true form, saying, "That sounds like a pretty good eye&mdash" before being impaled by a spike coming from the other end of the escape hatch.
    • Starscream. "You haven't won. I'm invincible! My Spark lives. You can never defeat Star—" GULP Spark eaten by Rainbow Dash. Yes, a My Little Pony character just defeated a giant robot. The Spark may be indestructible, but it counts as a kill.
    • Saba lets out a cry of "SON OF A BI-" right before the Tigerzord blows up with him in it.
    • Dan Hibiki: "Oh, maaaaaaaaaa-" and then he explodes due to a jukebox capsule opening inside him.
    • Scout: "Oh come on, give me a bre—" and then the Pulse Bomb that Tracer stuck to him explodes.
    • Captain Marvel: in her first fight "No fair... I can still-"... and then 18 crushes her head underfoot.
    • The Deep: "Isn't it obvious, asshole? You! There's no way us, The Seven, the heroes are gonna let you walk aw-" and then A-Train reduces him to a red smear.
    • Church: "Son of a bi-" and then Caboose's ricocheting sniper round, which had already killed Tex, Tucker and Donut, hits him in the head.
    • Goku Black (or in this case, his past self): “Mortals, sinners, prepare for divine-“ Cue Reverse-Flash turning him into Ludicrous Gibs.
  • In Volume 6 of Sonic Shorts, Sonic reaches the infamous barrel in act 2 of Carnival Night Zone and doesn't know how to make it move, he tries everything until there are only 10 seconds left on the timer, he picks up a guide telling him that he only needed to press up and down, he gets so furious but is killed because time has run out.
    Sonic: What?! all I had to do was move up and down?! UP AND DOWN?! WHAT THE FU—![Time Over]
  • In Awesome Gaiden the Strategy Guide bursts into the room to aid the player against the insane challenge of the tutorial level of Ninja Gaiden:
    Strategy Guide: Hey you bitch! I'm the Strategy Guide! You can't mess with me!
    Player: Thank God you're here!
    Strategy Guide: Don't worry, pal. I'll sa— [stabbed]
    [Ryu glares at player]
    Player: Oh God...
  • RWBY: The ultimate fate of Roman Torchwick. It's pretty ironic since he was ranting about how good he is at staying alive to Ruby Rose, only to immediately be eaten by a griffon.
    Roman: As for me, I'll do what I do best: lie, steal, cheat, and SURVIVE- (is swallowed whole by a Grimm as Ruby looks on in shock)
  • In Pokémon Bloody Edition, Green, a Pokémon Jr. ranger is telling Professor Oak to stop killing people before she gets her head blown off:
    Green: Hi I'm a Pokémon Jr. ranger and I've heard that you've been killing people. You need to stop this because... (Cue her head being blasted off from Oak's gun)
  • Babushka: the Movie:
    • QuarterJade/Jodi is killed in the middle of saying "What the f-" by Valkyrae when she returns to the launch pad and sees the bodies of Rae and Sykkuno's previous victims. note 
    • Sykkuno exploits the version where the person who's doing the talking suddenly kills someone not expecting anything to happen until the talk is over. After finding BrookeAB he walks and talks with her for a few seconds, playing up feigned innocence and earnestness. After the two walk to an isolated spot on the map Sykkuno suddenly kills her, having never quite finished the thought he was using to lure her away.

  • The Order of the Stick:
    • When Belkar kills the Chimaera at the very beginning.
      Trigak: You may have won this round, Order of the Stick, but we swear our revenge on you! When you least expect—! GAK! GAK! GAK!
    • Xykon does this to a group of mercenary ogres who are complaining about not being paid very early in the comic's run, (and then he zombifies their corpses so he can still get some use out of them), perhaps giving the first hint that he's not a harmless cliché storm of a villain, despite appearances.
    • This is also how Roy Greenhilt dies, mid-pondering in freefall.
    • And in Cliffport, "I'm getting too old for—"
    • Haley gets petrified mid-sentence by Zz'dtri. (She actually finishes her sentence when she gets turned back.)
  • Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures: Inverted by Dark Pegasus, who incinerates Hannah without breaking stride in his own villainous monologue.
    Dark Pegasus: If you are going to destroy something... do it mid-dialogue. They always expect you to finish talking first.
  • Mike from It's Walky!, in the middle of a "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner.
  • Zorgon Gola from Sluggy Freelance.
    • Another one, a bit older and not quite mid sentence. More like mid speech.
      First Officer Brenas: Thank you captain. Troops, I'll be brief. (gets eaten whole by alien)
  • There are several ones in Goblins. For example, the deaths of Seth Brainwrath, Young And Beautiful (the fortune teller) and Saral Caine.
  • Count Dooku in Darths & Droids: "Non! Wait! Anakin, Ah am your f—"
  • In Something*Positive, Aubrey's favourite TV show host in her childhood died of a heart attack mid-joke on live TV. The only part which traumatised her was the fact that she's spent twenty-five years wondering what the rest of the joke was going to be.
  • In Girl Genius Malek is skewered through the chest from behind while talking to Violetta.
  • In El Goonish Shive, at least a couple people are killed this way during Damien's attack on the facility where Grace and her brothers were created. One of them is killed mid-scream.
  • Unsounded:
    • Stockyard kills Toby while the two of them are having a conversation filled with veiled threats:
      Toby: This silver job? This is him cashin' in—
    • Arctrit gets killed while trying to talk his latest victim into letting him live.
      "Y-You'll never be what you're after! Doncha for honest think ya must got some other purpose? Lemme help ya find-"

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  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • Gohan gets his neck snapped by a kick from Recoome before he can complete his sentence about how Goku will kick Recoome's ass despite Gohan losing the fight. Though he's still alive, and recovers soon afterwards.
    • Freeza kills one of his minions mid-sentence as a distraction from an extremely awkward conversation. Unfortunately, that sentence was warning Freeza that Vegeta was on the loose.
    • Doctor Gero is decapitated by his own rogue androids. Then....
      Doctor Gero: [to Krillin] By the way, do you have any more of those Senzu B— [CRUNCH]
  • In The Gamers, Newmoon tries to do this to the bandit king repeatedly, but is thwarted by the DM.
  • From Duane and BrandO, we have Bubble Man from their Mega Man 2 rap.
    Bubble Man: The name's Bubble Man and I got somethin' to say—
    Mega Man (Duane): DEAD. I'm not fuckin' with you.
  • "At least... at least I'll go out with a- *bang*."
  • The Joker Blogs: The priest officiating at Harleen Quinzel's wedding, who the Joker shoots before he can finish the "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace" bit.
  • Deadpool did this to The Comedian in one I'm a Marvel... And I'm a DC skit after The Comedian made the mistake of only describing how the skit worked as "We basically just fight over our movies".
  • Zombie Boy/Bonz gets shot in the head by Yami Bakura with an invisible gun in episode 37 of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series.
  • From Death Note: The Abridged Series (kpts4tv):
    L: Light is Kira and Misa is the Second—
    Souichiro: The second? The Second what? ...Oh my God, she's the Second Coming!

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  • In the season 2 finale of Amphibia, Marcy is stabbed by King Andrias while she's telling Anne some important information.
    Marcy: I-I just need to- [gets stabbed by King Andrias]
    King Andrias: Now look what you made me do...
  • On Archer, Jakov is partway through his debriefing and about to give a personal message to Archer when the entire room goes up in flames.
    • Earlier in the same episode, a defector is explaining that Barry is the new KGB head & has a master plan when Cyril shoots him in the head.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Katara does this to some poor Fire Nation soldier in the middle of bragging to his friends in "The Southern Raiders", though if he could swim it's doubtful he actually died.
  • Parodied Family Guy. In "The Fat Guy Strangler", Patrick tries to strangle Peter as he is saying "Nothing left to do but finish this sen-"
  • The Parrot in Hey Arnold! is eaten by the monitor lizard in mid-word, even.
  • Korgoth of Barbaria does a hilarious overkill version of this to a Giant Mook. In the middle of the mook making a weird and overly long threat to Korgoth, Korgoth suddenly decides he's been listening long enough, so he interrupts the mook by ripping about half the skin off the mook's body, tossing alcohol in the wound, and then setting the mook on fire.
  • Averted/parodied in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. In the episode The Ending of the End, Part 2, Queen Chrysalis, Lord Tirek, and Cozy Glow have been defeated, and Chrysalis is in the middle of a "We will return" speech before Pinkie Pie drops a giant cupcake on them using Discord's chaos magic, seemingly crushing them. Moments later they crawl out of the cupcake unharmed (hardly surprising as Twilight survived much heavier stuff falling on her in Season 1, and Chrysalis survived a long fall in her first appearance), only to be turned to stone for all eternity.
  • A Disney Death example from Phineas and Ferb:
    Phineas: All right, Candace! Way to-*Crash*
  • In an episode of ReBoot, Megabyte has captured part of Mainframe and offered the inhabitants the choice of working for him or being deleted. A Binome in a TNG-era starfleet uniform stands up and begins giving Picard's speech from First Contact but is disintegrated mid-word. The next scene shows the binomes working for Megabyte.
  • Samurai Jack; Scaramouche barely gets a chance to explain why he brought old information to Aku about Jack not having the sword.
    "Oh, but Master, I-" *Boom!*
  • The Simpsons
    • Arnie Pie says "Tell my wife I love..." before his helicopter crashes.
    • Also, in the episode "Homer's Enemy", Frank Grimes has finally gone nuts over no-one else calling Homer on his reckless behavior, He approaches electric wires and says, "I don't even need safety gloves, BECAUSE I'M HOMER SIMP—" Then he touches the wires and guess what happens.
    • In the Dr. Seuss segment from "Treehouse of Horror XXIV", this happens to the Fat in the Hat (Homer) when Maggie stabs him with his umbrella as he's creeping in on the kids.
      The Fat: I'm staying forever, you're all stuck with that, 'cause I'm your new daddy, the Fat in the—(stab)
  • Squidward in SpongeBob SquarePants invokes this during his story to Spongebob in "Graveyard Shift".
    Squidward: But most people call him the Ha-(chokes)...because that's all they have time to say before he...GETS THEM!
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks: In "Crisis Point", the holographic Ransom is killed just before he can tell Boimler about Freeman's allergy.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Happens quite a few times.
  • Steven Universe:
    • "Steven the Sword Fighter": Pearl gets stabbed in the stomach but is actually fine due to her gem being unharmed. Only her physical body was damaged (which doesn't make it any less painful but she can recover from such injuries). Before she can finish telling Steven "Steven, it's okay. I'm gonna be just—" she ends up "poofing" back into her gem to recover.
    • Also occurs when Peridot gets captured in "Catch and Release", attempting to warn the Crystal Gems of their impending doom, stating "I'm the only one who knows about the--!", right before she gets poofed. Upon re-forming back in the temple, she actually finishes her sentence, not immediately noticing what happened, saying "...the Cluster, you insufferable, half-formed traitor mega-clods!"
  • In Winx Club, after having revealed his group's true goals, the sick and already dying Duman is killed by Nabu while Duman is rambling that he wants to live.

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  • Did not happen to General John Sedgwick, but everyone likes to quote it that way because it would be funnier and/or more ironic. (Mind you, those were almost his last words — he said only one more sentence before being shot.)
    "Relax. They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist—"
  • The last words heard from the Space Shuttle Columbia: "Roger, uh, bu—"
    • Comparatively, the last transmission from Challenger was, apparently, "Uh-oh."
  • Peter the Great of Russia had decided in advance to name his heir on his deathbed. Unfortunately, his last words were "I leave everything to..."
  • Texas International Airlines Flight 655 was cruising at around 2500 feet, at night in near zero visibility, when the copilot became concerned about terrain (they had diverted from their normal course in the hope of avoiding a storm). He consulted the charts, and was startled at what he saw. He started to tell the captain that "Minimum en route altitude here is forty-four hun—" when they hit a mountain.
  • According to Karla Homolka's testimony, Paul Bernardo began strangling Kristen French while she was in the middle of a sentence.
  • Kevin Cosgrove, while on the phone with 911 dispatchers, was cut off when the South Tower collapsed around him, cutting mid-scream: “We’re overlooking the Financial Center. Three of us. Two broken windows. Oh god! Oh-“
  • The last words from the American submarine USS Thresher, in communication with a surface ship just before sinking, were "...exceeding test depth...".
  • Frederick III of Germany was dying of throat cancer and could not speak in his last days. He started writing, "Victoria, me, the children..." before lapsing into unconsciousness and dying.
  • William Travis, one of the defendants of the Álamo, was said to have been killed so early in battle his last words were "Here come the Mexic—!".
  • The crew of Air India Flight 182 were discussing customs when their plane was destroyed by a bomb in the cargo compartment. The last words on the CVR, from the flight engineer, were "Custom seals. Wo bar seal karane ke liyenote . For their arrival - customs. Bar…"
  • Saddam Hussein at his hanging: "I swear there is no god but God and Muhammad..."
  • BOAC Flight 781 broke up in flight while the captain was in the middle of a radio transmission: "George How Jig, did you get my ..." (the callsign of the other aircraft, G-ALHJ).
  • Happened to the crew of a news helicopter in a mid-air collision over Phoenix.
  • The RMS Titanic's last transmission, sent by senior radio operator Jack Phillips, was SOS SOS CQD MGY SOS SOS CQD MGY SOS SOS CQD MG-
  • Bernard Fall was a historian and a war correspondent, specializing on Indochina. He was killed in 1967, when he stepped on a land mine. He was dictating into a tape recorder which captured his last words: "We've reached one of our phase lines after the firefight and it smells bad―meaning it's a little bit suspicious... Could be an amb—"
  • Possibly the case for Marshal Ney; depending on the author, his last words were either: "Soldiers, aim for the heart!" or "I protest against my condemnation. My honour..."
  • Albert Parsons, one of four men hanged in the aftermath of the Haymarket Affair, was in the process of uttering what would've been his Final Speech when the trapdoor opened underneath him and the other three.
  • Alexander the Great's half-sister Cynane was a capable warrior and commander herself, and a contender to be Alexander's successor. Perdiccas sent an army led by her childhood friend Alcetas to confront her, they met for negotiations, and Alcetas stabbed her while she was giving a speech. This caused Alcetas' troops to mutiny.

Phew... I can't believe we made it through tha—URK!


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Puffball Speaker Box's death

Pin throws a knife at Leafy, but she and everyone else jumps, and it ends up hitting Puffball Speaker Box instead as she announces cake at stake.

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