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Last Request
aka: Dying Wish

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"Do you remember the night Mom died?"
"How can you even ask me that?"

Major Alexander Phinn, an ancestor of mine,
Was captured by the enemy, across the River Rhine.
The captain of the firing squad asked:
"Is there a last request?"
My Uncle Alex smiled and said:
"Yes please - a bulletproof vest!"
Gervase Phinn, It Takes One to Know One

Something a condemned person requests right before they die. The opportunity may be offered to you by the executioner on Death Row out of personal kindness or cultural tradition.

Common requests include:

A character can also transfer your responsibilities to someone else with your last breath. A condemned person asking someone to take care of their own family, deliver a message, avenge them, or generally keep up the good fight is almost playing low though, as a deathbed promise, even by request, is very hard to refuse and nearly unbreakable — even if no one would ever know. (Though if one is Dying as Yourself, you may have no choice.) It can even be done with ones enemies if they accept a Dying Truce. This can be made especially touching with added Pietŕ Plagiarism, or even Cradling Your Kill.

If someone is dying very slowly, as of cancer, one can, in fact, make it a period before death; for instance, at the last visit to the hospital, even if death occurs a week later. Requests made by ghosts and other undead qualify only if undeath is ending quickly.

Occasionally a character will pretend to be at death's door, in order to get someone to agree to something; most often played for comedy.

As this is a Death Trope, unmarked spoilers abound. Beware.


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  • A famous campaign for Tombstone pizza (here's one example) featured a man (always the same one) about to be executed by some method; his executioner asked him "What do you want on your tombstone?" to which he'd reply "Pepperoni and cheese" or some other pizza topping. The executioner always complied.
  • In Brazil, a sweets brand named "Mirabel" had an ad featuring a man sentenced to death. As his last request, he asked "Que as balas sejam Mirabel." Everyone laughed. "Bala" can mean either "sweet" (noun) or "bullet". The man asked that the bullets/sweets were Mirabels.
  • The Alec Baldwin Capital One credit card ad, where Baldwin starts out having the guy wipe out his flight record, then has him press a button that gets him knocked out, so Baldwin can escape.
  • An old man dying in a small Italian village requests honey fresh from the hive, grapes plucked from the vine, and a glass of beer. The youngest member of the family has to run off and get all these, and so can't resist swigging down the nice cold beer. He then hands the empty glass to the priest who's come to give the last rites, so he'll be blamed.
  • A Wilkins Coffee commercial had Wilkins asking this to Wontkins when he's strapped to an electric chair.
    Wilkins: Any last requests, like for a cup of Wilkins Coffee?
    Wontkins: No!
    Wilkins: You don't drink Wilkins?
    Wontkins: No!
    Wilkins: How shocking. (flips the switch)

    Anime and Manga 
  • Akame ga Kill!: When Akame mortally wounds Izou, he calls her a Worthy Opponent and tries to pass her his katana, Kousetsu, asking her to wield it so it can feed on more blood. She responds by slashing him again and walking away (and he completely deserved it, as he had earlier murdered Lubbock). Despite this, Izou is horrified by Akame's lack of respect in his final moments, and his last words are full of shock.
    Izou: How could you... betray the last request of... a fellow katana user...?
  • In Assassination Classroom, Koro-sensei's motive for becoming a teacher is revealed to be honoring the dying wish of Aguri Yukimura, Class 3-E's original teacher. When she is injured by a projectile meant to kill him, she asks to to use his remaining time to help her students in her place. It's only then that Koro-sensei realizes he loves Aguri despite her human weaknesses, and decides to devote himself protecting and nurturing those weaknesses in others as a teacher.
  • Black Clover: Before Lumiere truly dies, he asks Secre to watch the current generation of Magic Knights' futures and ideals play out, hoping for her to achieve her true potential and live on. She fulfills this by joining the Black Bulls.
  • Bleach:
    • A dying Hisana Kuchiki asks her husband Byakuya to find her sister Rukia and adopt her into his family 50 years before the story begins. She had abandoned Rukia due to being unable to care for her in Inuzuri, but after marrying Byakuya, spent the last five years of her life searching for Rukia.
    • Tousen, having regained his sight at the end of his life, asks his faithful lieutenant, Hisagi, to show him his face before he dies.
  • In Bokurano, the pilots sometimes make one before they die.
    • Chizu asks that her body be hidden in one of the holes within Zearth.
    • Daiichi also asks for his body to be hidden in Zearth, and before he dies, asks Ushiro to be kind to his younger sister, Kana. The latter request is especially significant because Daiichi looked after his younger siblings after his father left.
    • Moji asks that he be transported to the hospital so that his heart can be transplanted into his best friend.
    • In the manga, Kirie asks that his cousin be told about him if a time comes when it is possible to do so.
  • Code Geass:
  • Gren from Cowboy Bebop. He knows he'll be dead by before the end of the episode, so he asks Spike to fulfill his dying wish by towing his ship into orbit and letting him float off in the direction of Titan, the moon he wished to see one last time.
    Gren: I won't be able to make it anyway. I figure dying on the way there would be the next best thing.
  • Cross Ange: Empress Sophia begs her daughter Angelise, who has been exposed as a Norma, to survive for her sake. This is after she was fatally shot protecting Angelise when she refused to be arrested and tried to attack the authorities with a ceremonial sword. She dies in Angelise's arms shortly after begging her to "Please survive".
  • Dragon Ball Z: After Vegeta is shot through the chest by Frieza, his last request to Son Goku is to avenge the genocide of the Saiyans at Frieza's hands and for turning Vegeta into the monster he became. Goku buries Vegeta afterwards and promises to honor his last request.
  • Durarara!!: In the conclusion, Izaya wakes up in a vehicle with Kine and Manami after nearly being killed. Kine informs Izaya he only has a fifty-fifty chance of living and that they're taking him to see an underground doctor. Izaya tells him it's fine as long as he's not in the city as he doesn’t want Shizuo to be anywhere near his deathbed. However, it's subverted in the light novels as he does survive and even gets his own series. For anime watchers, it's up to the viewer to decide if he's dead.
  • Fate/Apocrypha:
    • After Saber of Black (Siegfried) sacrifices his life to revive the Homunculus, he asks Ruler (Jeanne d'Arc) to do her best to give the boy his freedom. She honors it.
    • After Rider of Red (Achilles) mortally wounds Archer of Black (Chiron), Chiron asks him to give one of his Noble Phantasms to the Black side. Despite his misgivings, and the fact that after making the request, Chiron decided to give Achilles a parting shot to his heel, stripping him of his invulnerability, Achilles fulfills the request by giving his shield to Rider of Black (Astolfo).
  • Mira in The God of High School became Heir to the Dojo after her father's untimely death when she was little and spent her formative years obsessing over his dying wish to not let their family's Fantastic Fighting Style die out.
  • In a late episode of Gundam X, Ennil El pretends that Dr. Tex Farzenberg is her lover and ask their captors for one last moment of intimacy. When she unzips her shirt, it reveals a set of flashbang grenades, which they use to escape.
  • At the beginning of Hetalia: Axis Powers, when Germany captures Italy and Italy thinks he's going to be executed, he begins to cry and begs to be allowed to eat pasta before dying. (Keep in mind that Germany never showed any serious inclination to execute him)
  • In xxxHOLiC, Watanuki pleads to a vanishing Yuuko that she can't go because he hasn't fulfilled his promise to grant her a wish yet. Yuuko replies that the only thing she wants is for him to continue existing.
  • In My Bride is a Mermaid, when Kai is Mistaken for Dying, he says as his last request to have a final duel with Nagasumi for Sun's hand in marriage. Kai says he knows it will be meaningless if he wins because he would die anyway, but that he needs to settle the score and go out fighting. Unfortunately, Kai humiliates himself because his depression and panic over "dying" causes him to swing his sword around like a child throwing a tantrum instead of like a trained swordsman, allowing Nagasumi to beat him down easily. He's humiliated again when everybody finds out he isn't dying.
  • In Naruto, there are a few.
    • Zabuza's last request is for Kakashi to bring him over to Haku's body.
    • Chiyo's last request, while sacrificing her life to resurrect Gaara, is for Naruto, the only one who truly understands Gaara as a fellow Jinchuuriki, to stay close to him.
    • Asuma asked Shikamaru to relay a message to Kurenai, entrusted their unborn child to him. With his last words he also asked for One Last Smoke.
  • In Noir, the last wish of Odette Bouquet was for her killer, a very young Kirika Yuumura, to take care of her daughter Mireille. Around ten years later, Kirika becomes Mireille's partner and ultimately honors it.
  • In One Piece, after being fatally shot, Queen Otohime asked that her children not hold hatred for the one who shot her. Even though she knew it was Hody Jones who killed her mother, Princess Shirahoshi honored her mother's wish for ten years, not telling anyone the secret she knew. Unfortunately, this allowed Hody to cultivate his powerbase in that time, a fact that he took delight in rubbing in her face.
  • Plunderer: When Hina Farrow's mother was being pulled into the Abyss, she handed Hina a Ballot and asked her to give it to the Legendary Ace with the white star.
  • In one timeline in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Madoka's soul gem is depleted to the point of where she will inevitably will become a witch. Her last request is for Homura to mercy kill her before that happens.
    • In the ending, Sayaka, before ascending with Madoka, asks to hear Kyosuke's last concert.
  • In Sailor Moon, the dying Zoicite tells Kunzite that he wants to "die beautifully". Kunzite conjures up a garden of flowers for him.
  • Done cruelly in Tenchi Muyo!. Tenchi's mom, a horrible prankster, demanded Katsuhito and Noboyuki, when Tenchi asked for why his mom died, to read off a script of how she died before saying the real thing. Tenchi didn't take it too well.
  • In That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, during his Plot-Triggering Death, Satoru Mikami asked his coworker Tamura to remove his hard drive from his computer, put it in the bathtub, and submerge it so it would be wiped.
  • Belphegor offers this to Rudolf in Umineko: When They Cry. He asks for a duel. He wins.

    Comic Books 
  • Shade, the Changing Man: On her deathbed, Kathy makes Shade promise to care for their baby.
  • Adventures Of The Rifle Brigade. One of the privates has the hots for his commanding officer and takes advantage of each minor bump and wound. One time it was a request for a handjob like 'Nanna used to do'. Nanna did no such thing.
  • Nick Fury fufils one of his dying men's request to watch out for his kid. Said kid is a simpleton who, despite supervision, keeps injuring himself. Nick almost shoots the boy to put him out of his seeming misery.
  • Superman:
    • In Supergirl story "Supergirls Big Brother", a conman called Biff Rigger impersonates Jan Danvers -Supergirl's adoptive parents' long-lost son- as part of a con, but he ends up dying as saving Supergirl's life. Before dying, Biff confesses that he actually enjoyed posing as Jan because he has always been a rootless drifter, and he begs Supergirl to not tell the Danvers that he was not their real son. Supergirl fulfills Biff's last wish and never tells Fred and Edna the truth.
    • The Death of Lightning Lad: As he is dying, Garth Ranzz requests to be taken to the Legion of Super-Heroes' clubhouse so he can die surrounded by his teammates and friends.
    • In Superman & Batman: Generations, a dying Joker asks Batman to reveal his identity to "confirm a suspicion" (namely that he's not the first Batman; Joker's right, this Batman is Dick Grayson). Batman refuses, saying, "You're the last person I'd want to see die happy!"
  • In Monica's Gang, there was a story where Franklin, Maggy, Smudge and Jimmy were about to be killed by an alien who allowed them to say their last words. Franklin wished he'd not be eliminated; Maggy said she was hungry; Smudge cheered for his favorite soccer team (Corinthians); and Jimmy shouted "Golducha"! Hearing someone call her "fat", Monica threw her fluffy bunny, hitting the alien and saving the kids.
  • My Little Pony Micro Series Issue #2: "Tell Tank to polish my trophies every year on my birthday and never forget me. Never... forget..."
  • During the Grim Hunt storyline in the Spider-Man titles, Mattie Franklin and Madame Webb are both being held hostage by Sasha Kravinoff, who intends to use Mattie as a sacrifice to raise her son Vladimir from the dead. Before she is killed, Mattie asks Webb to tell Spider-Man that it wasn't his fault and that she didn't cry. (Sadly, Webb herself is killed before she can do this.)
  • At the end of the Carnage AXIS tie-in comic, when Carnage is about to perform a Heroic Sacrifice to stop a bomb from destroying everything, he makes Spider-Man promise him one thing:
    Carnage: You build a giant damned memorial in my honor, made out of gold an' jewels an' rhinestones, draped in the Confederate flag, right in the heart of bleedin' heart liberal New York City, an' I want it playin' Skynyrd's "Free Bird" around the clock!
  • Aquila: Before Aquila kills Queen Boudicca because of her having put entire Roman towns in Britain to the sword to have her own revenge, she asks him to send her regards if he ever kills a Roman emperor. He ends up honoring her wish.
  • In Death of X Cyclops's last words are this.
  • When he was arrested and sentenced to death, Diabolik requested that his body would be cremated... So that, if Eva (who at the time wasn't yet known to be his accomplice) managed to find someone to replace him with thanks to a judicious use of drugs and Diabolik's perfect masks, the exchange wouldn't be noticed. Eva managed to find a replacement and break Diabolik out, but Ginko realizes the exchange... Just as Eva's Stalker with a Crush is beheaded.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): As she lays dying Artemis requests that Diana take the Guantlets of Atlas to help her defeat the White Magician and that Diana give her a proper Amazon funeral.
  • Ultimate X-Men: When he thought that Wolverine was about to kill him, Nick Fury asked him to focus the attack below the neck, leaving his face alone. He thought that identifying the corpse would be hard enough as is for his mom.
  • A Running Gag in Alan Ford; when a character is about to get shot/executed and is asked if he has any last words, only to give sarcastic answers, including:
    "I'd wish to see someone else in my place!"

    Comic Strips 

    Fairy Tales 
  • In Donkeyskin, All Kinds Of Fur, The She-Bear, and many of their variants, the dying queen asks the king never to marry a woman not so beautiful as she is, and it turns out only their daughter qualifies. Alternatively, as in The King Who Wished to Marry His Own Daughter, it's to one who can not wear an article of her clothing.
  • In Andrew Lang's Prince Fickle and Fair Helena, the titular prince's father, on his deathbed, requests that his son marry a certain princess. Though the prince is already betrothed to Fair Helena, his grief over the death of his father makes him forget this, and he agrees.
  • In many fairy tales, if a magical animal owned by the heroine is to be killed (usually by a jealous parent), the animal will beg the protagonist to perform some ritual with a part of their body, usually along the lines of burying their heart in a certain location, or eating an odd part of the flesh. Doing this will give the protagonist some good fortune, either with an ability of some sort, or (in the case of burying a body part) causing something like a magic tree to spring up.
  • In The Black Thief and the Knight of the Glen, the queen has the king promise to keep their three sons in a tower, to keep them safe from a Wicked Stepmother. The stepmother manages to talk him into bringing them back.
    I am now going to leave you, and as you are young and in your prime, of course after my death you will marry again. Now all the request I ask of you is that you will build a tower in an island in the sea, wherein you will keep your three sons until they are come of age and fit to do for themselves; so that they may not be under the power or jurisdiction of any other woman. Neglect not to give them education suitable to their birth, and let them be trained up to every exercise and pastime requisite for king's sons to learn. This is all I have to say, so farewell.
  • Subverted in the Asbjřrnsen and Moe fairy tale Frik with the fiddle. Our hero is about to be hanged, sitting on a ladder with the noose around his neck. His last request is to play a tune on his fiddle. He is saved because the fiddle is magic and gets everyone who listens to get up and dance, and nobody can deny him the first thing he asks for.
  • In The Tinder Box, the protagonist is able to summon three powerful dogs to do his bidding by striking the eponymous tinder box. When the king and queen find out that he's used the dogs to spirit away their daughter, they arrest him and sentence him to death. At his execution, the man's last request is to be allowed One Last Smoke. The king and queen agree, he strikes his tinder box...
  • In The Green King, the king promises the dying queen, on her request, not to refuse their daughter what she asks for. All the Wicked Stepmother has to do to get the king to marry her is persuade the daughter to ask.
  • In an Icelandic fairy tale, the queen asks the king to promise to marry a great princess, someone accustomed to courts, so she would not have her head turned by becoming queen. Unfortunately, when the king's men seek a new bride for him, they are taken in by a woman's claim to be a princess in exile.
  • In The Discreet Princess, Rich-Craft's last request is for his Prince Charming brother to marry the titular princess and then kill her as soon as possible.

    Fan Works 
  • DC Nation: When it seemed that Roy Harper wasn't going to survive the Olympics, he had three. The most serious one was asking his family (Titans and Arrows) to raise Lian. The other two were to will the recently-divorced Flash his Porn Stash, and to request his ashes be shot out of a cannon ala Hunter S. Thompson.
  • In From Fake Dreams, a Fate/stay night fanfic, Gilgamesh makes two last requests of Shirou: that he add Enkidu to his reality marble, and that he complete his reality marble.
  • The Hill of Swords: Right before Shirou kills Fouquet of the Crumbling Dirt, Fouquet asks that if he ever meets her friend Tiffania, to lie and tell her that Fouquet (whom Tiffiana knows as Mathilda and is unaware that she is a criminal) got married and retired to a far away land. Several chapters later, when Shirou meets Tiffania, he remembers and honors the request.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Thousand Year Door Redux. Andy, Stan, and Francesca encounter the Shadow Queen after she finds out they know most of her backstory. She agrees to tell them how she gained her power and immortality (the part they don't know), but it counts as their last request should they be defeated. She changes her mind about that later, after Andy's defeat, saying they'll get three days to live and conjugal visits if they want; likely, however, this change of heart is due to her desire to intimidate her subjects by executing her enemies publicly when she's ready to address them in person.
  • The Last Kiss Goodbye (a Star Trek: Voyager uber fic). While being held at gunpoint by notorious hitman The Bermanator, Hollywood private eye Jane Kates requests this trope as it's a standard Hollywood cliche. The beautiful Damsel in Distress assumes it will be a Last Kiss, and is not amused when Kates wants a hot cup of coffee instead. Which she then throws in the Bermanator's face.
  • White Sheep (RWBY): This is why the story even happens. Nicholas Arc got captured by Salem. Right before she was about to kill him, Nicholas asked if she would fulfill a last request. Salem decided to humor him and asked what it was. Nicholas asked for a booty call. She granted said request... and enjoyed it so much that she refrained from killing him and kept granting it. This eventually resulted in pregnancy, which astounded Salem because she didn't think she could even have children as a Grimm hybrid.
  • one day at a time (Nyame): In the previous timeline, Damian Wayne's last request to his older brother Jason Todd was to let him remain dead and to not revive him using the Lazarus Pit. Jason ultimately didn't have the heart to refuse him, especially since he was still dealing with the effects of his own revival via Lazarus Pit over a decade prior.
  • One More Trigger: Noelle, in her execution chamber, gets a jacket to wear, so she won't be cold, and a Big Mac with extra pickles and a chocolate shake.
    She hadn't had a good shake in months.
  • Dragonball Insanity School, when Baby!Vegeta is about to kill Goku, who's begging for mercy.
    Baby: "The only thing I wish is your death!"
    Goku: "How about a last wish?"
    Baby: "Go on."
    Goku: "Spare my life, please!"
    Baby: "Fuck you!"
    Goku: "Is that a no?"
  • #14 (MHA): Izuku's was for Inko not to press charges against Bakugou.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Inside Out, Bing Bong does a Heroic Sacrifice so that Joy can stop Riley from running away back to her old home after a traumatic move to San Fransisco. His last request is for Joy to take Riley to the moon.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In The African Queen Charlie and Rose ask the German boat-captain to officiate their wedding.
    "I pronounce you man and wife. Proceed with the execution."
  • In The Amazing Spider-Man, Captain Stacy tells Peter that as his superhero life is dangerous, he should keep his distance from his daughter Gwen in order to spare her from danger.
  • In Die Hard with a Vengeance, McClane asks Gruber if he has any aspirin. This doesn't help McClane escape his predicament, but it does give them a lead on where to find Gruber later.
  • Dunkirk: As he lays dying from a head wound caused by a fall on the Moonstone, George mentions that he'd always wanted to be mentioned in the papers. After Moonstone returns to England, his friend Peter goes to the town paper with the story and a class photo. The next day, the paper has a front page article reading "Local Boy Hero At Dunkirk".
  • Flash Gordon. When Klytus visits Flash in his cell before his execution he asks him if he has "any final requests". Flash asks to see Dale Arden.
  • Gladiator; As he's about to be executed on trumped up charges to treason, Maximus asks the Praetorian carrying out the order to give him a "soldier's death". The Praetorian complies and moves behind Maximus to stab him rather than behead him, but it's a ploy to put the man in a position where Maximus can fight back and escape.
  • In the 1962 Jidaigeki film Harakiri (aka Seppuku), a Rōninnote  arrives at the Ii clan's castle and humbly asks to be allowed to commit honorable suicide on their grounds. As a final request he asks for a major retainer of the clan to assist his suicide. Oh no, that retainer has called in sick. Another named retainer, perhaps? Same thing there. When the ronin asks for a third retainer who happens to be absent that day, the clan lord senses something is wrong. The ronin's real business is revenge for the Ii forcing his son-in-law to painfully kill himself with a bamboo sword. He has already defeated and disgraced the three retainers, and wearing his suicide robe proceeds to wreak Roaring Rampage of Revenge on the Ii until gunned down.
  • In High Plains Invaders, Sam's fellow prisoner Gus mentions they get one before being hanged and suggests asking The Sheriff for one of his cigars because their really expensive and it will annoy him to lose one.
  • Near the end of Independence Day, when Russell is about to perform a Heroic Sacrifice he asks an officer to tell his children that he loves them.
    Russell: Please do me a favor, tell my children I love them very much.
  • In My Country: One victim of the South African cops in the Back Story requested to be buried with the African National Congress flag. His killer granted the request.
  • James Bond
    • In You Only Live Twice, Bond has a cigarette that fires a rocket when lighted. While Blofeld holds him captive (and threatens him with death), Bond asks to be able to smoke, and Blofeld orders a guard to give him his cigarettes. Bond uses the explosion as a distraction to open the false crater and allow the Ninja army to enter.
    • However when Bond asks for One Last Smoke in From Russia with Love he's curtly refused by SPECTRE assassin Red Grant...until Bond offers to pay for it with fifty gold sovereigns he has hidden in his attache case. It's a ploy to get Grant to open the booby-trapped case.
    • The Spy Who Loved Me. Major Amasova has promised to kill Bond after the mission is over to avenge Bond's killing of her boyfriend. He asks to make a last request - for them to "get out of these wet things". Since he's Bond, it works and she forgives him.
    • In the 1967 parody Casino Royale Jimmy Bond (Woody Allen) is in front of a firing squad, and requests a last cigarette, which is a bomb he throws at the firing squad. This distracts them which allows him to climb over the wall behind him. Of course, behind that wall is another firing squad performing another execution at that very moment...
  • In Little World of Don Camillo, the town's schoolmarm asks that the Italian monarchist flag is put on the casket at her funeral. Given the circumstances of Italy becoming a republic and that it was not long after World War II, this is a big request and many of the town council try to veto it... Then the mayor Peppone (a communist, who voted to depose the king in the referendum) reminds everyone that in town it's the communists who are in charge and he, as their leader, will grant her dying wish and personally throw out of the window anyone who tries to stop him, and is among the pall bearers (wearing a red scarf, of course).
  • The Mask. As Tina is about to be blown up by her former boyfriend (who is wearing the title item), she asks him to take it off for a Last Kiss. She then kicks the mask out of his hand after he complies, giving Stanley a chance to take it back.
  • MonsterVerse:
    • Godzilla (2014): This film doles out a couple. Sandra Brody dies begging her husband Joe to take care of their son and be a good father (a request which Joe tragically didn't perform all that well at due to his subsequent grief), before the nuclear reactor's blast doors separate them forever. When Joe himself is about to die, his last words to his grown-up son are pleading with the latter to do whatever it takes to protect his own wife and son.
    • Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019): Before he departs to revive Godzilla at the cost of his own life, Serizawa tells Mark to take care of Chen and Stanton in his absence.
  • Moulin Rouge!: Just before Satine dies in Christian's arms, she urges him to write the story of their love, because that way she'll alway be with him.
  • Rick O'Connell to a nameless guard in the 1999 version of The Mummy.
    Any last requests?
    Yeah, loosen the rope and let me go.
    • Hilariously, the executioner isn't sure if he should honor the request or not.
  • In the first The Naked Gun movie, Frank Drebin is being held at gunpoint. The gunman asks if he has any last requests.
    Frank: Can I... have the gun?
    Villain: Oh, no; I'm not falling for that one!
  • In Pee-wee's Big Adventure the title character asks an angry biker gang for a last request before they kill him. They agree, and he uses a jukebox to perform his signature Big Shoe Dance. This impresses the gang so much, that they not only decide to let him live, but help him out.
  • Planet of the Apes (2001): General Thade visits the deathbed of his father Zaius, who asks him to wipe out all humans before providing him with a human relic: a Ray Gun.
  • Rock N Rolla: Well, technically Handsome Bob wasn't dying when he made of request, but since he was so devasted about the impending jail time, One-Two let him have the lovely slow dance in a gay club. When he finds out that Handsome Bob didn't go to jail after all, his colleagues tease him about this.
  • Saving Private Ryan: As Miller lays dying, his last words are to ask Ryan to earn the sacrifice of the men who came (and died) to relieve him from his duty on the battlefront. Although he passes on before getting a reply, Ryan certainly took his words to heart, as we see his older self paying his respects to Miller's grave, telling him how he tried to live his life the best he could, hoping that it would be enough.
  • Scary Movie 3: Parodied when Tom, in a flashback, finds his wife breathing out her last after she's pinned to a tree as a result of a tragic car accident. Her last request is that he never sleep with another woman again, and he quickly pretends that her last words are too unintelligible to make out and tells her to go into the light.
  • In Spider-Man, the dying Green Goblin asks Spider-Man to hide the truth from his son.
    "Peter, don't tell Harry."
  • Star Wars:
    • The Phantom Menace Qui-Gon asked Obi-Wan to train Anakin into a Jedi Knight.
    • And in Return of the Jedi, a dying Anakin tells Luke, "You were right. You were right about me. Tell your sister, you were right..."
  • Choon-Hwa from Sunny is dying of cancer. Her dying wish is to be reunited with her high school True Companions again. She doesn't get to, but they reunite at her funeral.
  • Thor: Love and Thunder: When Gorr the God Butcher is mortally wounded, he asks Thor to look after his daughter. Thor agrees and adopts the child.
  • Tromeo and Juliet: Murray asks Tromeo for a kiss before he dies, which is granted. Benny is surprised and concludes he'd been gay due to this.
  • TRON: Ram's last words. "Flynn, help Tron..."
  • Undercover Brother. A Running Gag involves Mr Feather struggling to resist the subversive influence of African-American culture. When he kidnaps James Brown, he makes the mistake of using this trope.
    Mr Feather: (Playing with Syringes) So, Mr Godfather of Soul, life as you know it will soon cease to exist. Any... final requests?
    James Brown: Say it loud.
    (Oh, Crap! look from Mr Feather. Brown gets to his feet)
    James Brown: Say it, loud!
    (Feather starts twitching, throwing away his syringe)
    Doctor: What are you doing?
    James Brown: (dancing) SAY IT LOUD! (everyone stares at Feather as he convulses madly)
    James Brown: (pointing at Feather) SAY IT LOUD! SAY IT—
    Mr Feather: ARRRHM BLACK AND ARRRHM PROUD! (slaps hand over his mouth)
  • Vibes. The Dragon Carl is holding Nick at gunpoint in Ecuador.
    Carl: I'll give you a break. Where wouldn't you like to be shot?
    Nick: South America.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Eddie Valiant asks Judge Doom to grant one to Roger before "dipping" him. Doom agrees, and Eddie gives Roger a double shot of bourbon. This causes Roger to do his "steam whistle" impersonation, which distracts Doom and the weasels enough for Eddie and Roger to escape.
  • Subverted in Wild Wild West. When Artemus Gordon is about to be executed, he asks to be shot in the heart because he's secretly wearing a bulletproof vest. The Diabolical Mastermind calmly orders that he be shot in the head.
  • Ichirō Yashida’s in The Wolverine is to see Wolverine one last time. Turns out there are far more nefarious motives for it
  • Zack Snyder's Justice League: In a Bad Future, Batman claims that Harley Quinn's last words before she died were to ask him to kill the Joker.

  • An elderly Jewish man is on his deathbed and tells his son that he wants one last piece of his wife's apple strudel before the end. The son runs off to get it but returns empty-handed. "And what happened to my apple strudel?" "Mama says the strudel is for after the funeral."

  • In Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero, when Akatsuki defeated the Demon King, with his last breaths, the King begged Akatsuki to take care of his daughter Myuu. Akatsuki found this odd, but honored his foe's request, taking Myuu under his protection.
  • In Dragon Queen, Trava's father asks her to both take care of his tavern and tell her mother that he loved her.
  • In the Framing Device for Arabian Nights, the Last Request that Scheherezade makes to her husband and sultan Shahryar (which he grants) is an important factor in the gambit named after her; she asks to see her little sister one last time, and while the little sister is visiting, she asks Scheherezade to tell her a story. Being both a gifted storyteller and rather clever, Scheherezade tells a captivating story but leaves it unfinished, promising to relate the ending the following night. The sultan delays the execution so his wife can finish the story, but that night and every night thereafter, Scheherezade finishes the previous story, begins a new one, but ends the evening on a cliffhanger so the sultan will spare her life another day. This goes on for years, but the sultan is enjoying the stories, so he doesn't really mind. By the time she runs out of stories, he's fallen deeply in love with her (and she's borne him three sons) so he decides to let her live.
  • In Poul Anderson's The Broken Sword, the dying hero's last request is for a Last Kiss.
  • In Ben Counter's Warhammer 40,000 Grey Knights novel Grey Knights, when the daemon declares it has defeated Alaric, Alaric declares he wishes to go out with defiant last words. He actually uses its True Name against it, which doesn't kill it, but so binds it that the brunt of actually killing can be carried out by the Imperial Guard.
  • In Star Wars: Allegiance, Mara Jade's erstwhile ally Tannis tells her, while dying of burns, to give him a Burial in Space. She does.
  • Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception. Right before Julius dies he tells Holly something about saving Artemis, and you know what? He dies, and Holly goes to save Artemis.
  • In Les Misérables, Eponine asks Marius to kiss her on the forehead after she's dead. He obliges.
  • In Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games, Rue asks Katniss to sing for her. Despite not singing for years, Katniss comes through.
  • The Way Of Kings (first book of The Stormlight Archive): King Gavilar gives his assassin a dark-glowing sphere of unknown origin and nature, to keep away from "them", and a cryptic message for his brother. The assassin obliges in taking the sphere and leaving the message because he believes the last wishes of the dying are sacred.
  • Harry Potter:
    • "Look at me..." Snape's Last Words to Harry, he wants Lily's eyes to be the last thing he sees.
    • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:
      • Cedric Diggory asks Harry to bring his body back to his parents. An unusual variant, in that the last request actually comes posthumously from Cedric's ghost.
      • It was revealed that about ten years earlier, Mrs. Crouch asked her husband to switch places with her imprisoned son as she was dying and she didn't want him to die in prison. Surprisingly, the law-abidding Crouch agreed to his wife's request and had her take a special potion that allowed her to look like her son for the rest of her life, which at that point, wasn't long.
  • In John C. Wright's The Golden Age, it turns out that Phaethon is suing to have his father declared dead after his father had died to save him and been revived from a noumenal recording, not because he is an Ungrateful Bastard but to carry out his father's Last Request.
  • In Kristina, The Girl King her Aunt Katrina's last wish is for her to marry her cousin Karl. Kristina, who has no desire to marry at all, cannot bring herself to fulfill it, but compromises by naming Karl her heir.
  • In The Heaven Tree by Edith Pargeter (better known as Ellis Peters of Brother Cadfael fame), the protagonist Harry has defied his patron's orders, because he felt he had to do the right thing (the order was to hang a child, Harry instead saved the child and brought him back to his father). The patron cannot forgive him this and will have him executed. The patron's wife, who is in love with Harry, manoevres the patron into acknowledging that a last request must be granted. Harry's last request? To have the wife as his bedfellow on his last night. (It's not what you think - they just talk, but it's a magnificent Take That!.)
  • In Jane Austen's Love and Freindship, Sophia urges Laura to profit from her example and not go in for Fainting.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • King Robert asked his friend Ned to assume the regency because his stepson isn't old enough to rule. What is not known is that all his offspring is the product of queen's Twincest , and Ned took advantage of a quibble prepared by himself to prevent the illegitimate son Joffrey to ascend the throne. He fails in this.
    • Jeor Mormont asks Sam to tell his son to take the black to atone for his crime.
    • Lyanna Stark dying asks something to her brother Ned... probably to raise her son (AKA Jon Snow), and to keep him safe, since Lyanna's old fiancé Robert (now the king) would want to kill Jon if he found out that Jon's father was Prince Rhaegar.
  • In The Saga of Darren Shan Arra Sails' dying request to her old "mate" Mr. Crepsley (Darren's Parental Substitute Badass Teacher) was to swore he wouldn't let the Princes to execute Darren for his earlier failures.
  • As she lays dying, Penny of Edenborn asks that she and her lover be the last two people on Earth. Subverted in that she's not actually dying, just vindictive.
  • Weathers' final request in Tyrannosaur Canyon is what brings the protagonist into the story, substantially complicating the villains' plan.
  • In The Clockwork Angel, Thomas asks Will to take care of Sophie, because Sophie is...something.
  • In the X-Wing Series, Ton Phanan has three last requests for Face: that he look after his pet bug, that he remove his signature facial scar, and that he move on from trying to atone for what he did when he was a child.
  • In the ''Inda books, Noddy asks Inda to promise there will be no more war. Inda promises, without actually having heard what he said.
  • In Larry Correia's Hard Magic,
    • Pershing gives his directions to Jake on his death bed.
    • Delilah makes one as a zombie, rather commandingly. Jake is to get over her, marry, have kids, and live to a ripe old age.
  • In the second of G. K. Chesterton's Father Brown stories, a last request features as a stage setting; Father Brown, having attended a dying waiter at a restaurant, asks the proprietor if there's a place where he can do something the dead man asked. (It's the place, rather than the request, that the subsequent mystery turns on.)
  • Requiem for an Assassin by Barry Eisler. After being wounded by John Rain, Jim Hilger asks for a chance to call his sister before Rain finishes him (we know from Hilger's thoughts earlier in the novel that he'd been thinking along these lines). Because he's thinking of reforming Rain allows the call, but suddenly suspects that Hilger is activating a bomb remotely and shoots him. Later Rain wonders if he allowed Hilger to make the call just so he'd have an excuse to kill him.
  • In the 21st Madgie, what did you do? story Bullets and Sunshine, Toki's last wish was for Bunny to say "hello to the sunshine" for her, before passing away the next day.
  • Fate/strange fake:
    • Gilgamesh severely injures Saber and is about to kill him. Saber asks him to spare his Master, Ayaka Sajyou. Gilgamesh shrugs and says he'll consider it.
    • When True Assassin is about to kill Galvarosso Scladio, Scladio tells him about the unethical actions of his organization and asks him to stop them by any means necessary. After killing Scladio, True Assassin starts roaming the country killing the members of his organization.
  • The One and Only Ivan: Stella's last request to Ivan before dying is to get Ruby out of the Mall. He's ultimately successful.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Luke Castellan's in the fifth novel was "Not to let it happen again.", by which he means demigods betraying the Gods to fight for the Titans. Sadly, this is how he lived his life, and this is responsible for his death.
  • Warrior Cats: In Daisy's Kin, as the dying Coriander gives birth to her kits, she asks Smoky that their kits do not become kittypets or Clan cats, that instead they be safe with their father. Much of the book revolves around Smoky trying to find a way to save his kits while also following Coriander's last request.
  • The Unwomanly Face Of War:
    • A dying German soldier asked Lilya Butko, surgery nurse, to bring a family photo to his address, acknowledging that the Russians would eventually get to Germany. Butko tried to keep the promise.
    • A young female nurse gets one who is both embarrassing and heartbreaking. A dying officer asks to see her bare breast, because he hasn't seen his wife for years, and missed the intimacy. The nurse leaves his side in utter embarrassment, and the man passes away alone.
  • The Eminence in Shadow: After Cid mortally wounds Gettan, he asked him to take care of his beloved Yukime and give her the love he could never give under his dying breath, passing away in peace once he accepts. Unfortunately, Cid completely misinterpreted the request as depending on the translation alongside an earlier presumption that Gettan stole his money, Cid thought he buried the coins in the snownote  or under a yew treenote . Thus, Cid spent the rest of the night trying to find this nonexistent treasure before giving up and leaving Yukime to her own devices since he only sees them as business partners.
  • Dragonvarld: Melisande's dying wish for Bellona is that she protect and raise her son.
  • Tales of the Ketty Jay. In the first novel Captain Frey is about to be hung as a pirate, but he requests to be beheaded by his own cutlass instead. His executioners don't have a problem with this, not knowing it's a daemon-infused weapon that he can Summon to Hand.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel:
    • Fred's last request is Wesley tell her parents that she was brave when she died. When they attempted to carry out the request, Illyria walked in pretending to be Fred, which gave Wesley just enough of a reason to chicken out.
    • Later on, Wesley's last request is for Illyria to shapeshift and pretend to be the deceased Fred, and it (she?) complies.
  • In Babylon 5, Commander Susan Ivanova, mortally wounded after the Battle of Sector 300 and fading in and out of consciousness, requests that her best friend and comrade Captain John Sheridan wins the Earth civil war from the bridge of the destroyer EAS Agamemnon. He does.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: A rather brutal version in one of Spike's flashbacks in "Fool For Love" when he kills the Slayer during the Boxer Rebellion.
    Xin Rong: [subtitles] Tell my mother I am sorry.
    Spike: Sorry luv, I don't speak Chinese.
  • CSI: NY: As Stella cradles her mentor in her arms, he makes a dying request that she re-bury some Greek artifacts that he and his brother were trying to smuggle out of the country.
  • In Doctor Who Davros sends out a message to the Doctor that he's dying, and wishes to speak with him one last time. While he knows it's a trap, and strongly suspects Davros isn't actually dying, the Doctor still goes. He is dying - he plans to steal the Doctor's regeneration energy to rejuvenate himself and strengthen the Daleks.
  • In the last episode of Flight of the Conchords, the Imagine Spot song features three Russians played by Bret, Mel and her husband stranded on a small boat, with the Bret character continuously being asked for his Last Request before the others eat him. He keeps asking them to sing and dance in the hopes of exhausting them too much to do it. It doesn't work.
  • Get Smart:
    • Agent 99 would get the better of her captor by way of a seemingly innocent last request. Eventually, a defeated Siegfried declared, "From now on, no more last requests!"
    • In one episode, Max is headed out to face off with some KAOS agents...
    Max: 99? If anything should happen to me...take care of the Chief?
    99: [she and the Chief look worried] Of course, Max.
    Max: [heading out the door] Oh, and 99? Take care of Fang.
    99: [gently] I will, Max.
    Max: [poking his head back in] ...and my plants should be watered about once a week...
    Chief: MAX!!
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: One episode had Autolycus about to be hanged for a crime he didn't commit. In an attempt to stall while Hercules tracked down the real thief, after some very lengthy last words, he made a last request of a fresh, ripe peach. The executioner mentions that peaches were completely out of season, so Autolycus agreed to wait. At this point, the crowd got fed up and was about to hang him until Hercules arrived.
  • On Las Vegas, Cooper and Piper's Back Story involves her father, his best friend and war buddy, requesting him to look after his recently-born daughter (Piper) just before he died in the conflict they were involved in.
  • MythQuest: When Alex is about to be executed for treason, he requests that he be killed by the man who challenged him to the beheading game, rather than by King Arthur. This ends up saving his life, because they see his actions as being guided by honor in a difficult situation, rather than treachery, and let him off.
  • Probe's "Computer Logic": During the Dramatic Chase Opening, David Hofstadter runs into the street in front of a truck. The driver quickly gets out to try helping David, but they're too late. David's last words are for help from Austin James.
  • One episode of Reno 911! featured a injured and bleeding Junior being held by the new recruit while they await an ambulance. He seems like he's dying so she agrees to sleep with him if he pulls through. They keep talking and realize they are, in fact, cousins. As the ambulance arrives, Junior hops to his feet (not nearly as injured as he was leading on) and she finds herself shocked and disgusted that he intends to hold her to agreeing to have sex with him.
  • Saturday Night Live: Eddie Murphy plays a condemned man who is trying to stall his execution as long as possible. After being reminded that he has already had his last meal, he has a last request - meet Johnny Cash (the guest host of the evening). He expects to have to wait for Cash to be flown in, but the warden just happens to have him in his office. Then the prisoner wants Cash to play his favorite song, "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" - the uncut version, which is "999,999 Bottles of Beer on the Wall".
  • In Smallville, Ryan's last request was to spend his last day with Clark.
  • Star Trek:
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
      • In "Armageddon's Game", representatives of the T'Lani and Kellerun arrive in the abandoned town where O'Brien and Bashir are holed up, intending to kill them, as They Know Too Much about the harvester viruses. O'Brien has a request that's rather simple - let Bashir help him stand up, as he doesn't want to be shot lying down. (He's been infected with the virus, and is too weak to stand on his own.) They let him do so, and fortunately for them, this brief delay gives Sisko and Dax enough time to beam them to safety.
      • In "Treachery Faith and The Great River" Weyoun 6 activates his termination implant to save Odo's life. As he laid dying in Odo's arms, he asks Odo for his blessing. Odo grants his request, resulting in Weyoun dying a happy man as the last thing he saw and heard was one of his gods smiling down at him and blessing him.
  • In Tin Man, the Mystic Man's direct order to Cain to protect DG "at any cost" becomes this.
  • Torchwood: Ianto asks Jack not to forget him, and Jack tells him he never could. Still up in the air as to whether Jack keeps his promise. Jack's speech to Angelo in Miracle Day seems to imply he will be keeping his promise.
  • Turn-On: The only televised episode of this failed 60s series included a sketch where, as it was a beautiful woman being executed, the firing squad had a last request.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959)'s episode "The Obsolete Man": The title character, a man named Wordsworth, is about to be executed by the State for having an obsolete job: being a librarian. He is allowed to choose the method of his execution, which he takes advantage of to show how cowardly and weak the State is. Wordsworth also asks that the Chancellor of the State join him in his final moments and that his execution be broadcast live around the world, and the smug official agrees to join him. Of course, it's only after Wordsworth and the Chancellor are in the former's apartment that he announces how he's chosen to die: specifically, via explosion from a bomb that is hidden somewhere in the room, which has now been sealed off. While Wordsworth calmly sits and reads his bible, the increasingly-panicked Chancellor begins threatening and screaming for release...only to finally end up a broken man begging for mercy: "In the name of God, let me out!" Having proved his point (especially because the State had declared that God didn't exist), Wordsworth does so ("Yes, Chancellor—in the name of God, I will let you out"). With the State's agents now displayed as weak and foolish, the Chancellor is promptly declared obsolete himself and torn to shreds by an angry mob of his former compatriots.
  • On The Vicar of Dibley, Letitia requests that Geraldine take over her role as the Easter Bunny, secretly delivering chocolate eggs to people on the night before Easter, dressed in a rabbit suit. On her way around the village, Geraldine is surprised to run into another Easter Bunny, quickly converses with him and arranges to do different parts of the village, before running into a veritable throng of people in rabbit suits whom Letitia has pulled one final prank upon.
  • In the Xena: Warrior Princess episode "For Him The Bell Tolls", Aphrodite puts a spell on Joxer that turns him into a badass fighter whenever he hears a bell and revert when he hears it again. When he gets arrested and sentenced to death, he says as his last request to ring a bell. His captors, who were unaware of his secret, decide to be dicks and deny his request. Xena and Gabrielle save him.

  • In the David Bowie song "Space Oddity", Major Tom's space capsule has a serious mechanical failure. He is, apparently, slowly dying. His last request:
    Tell my wife I love her very much.
  • "Tell Laura I Love Her" (at least, the Ricky Valance version) concerns a young man who enters a stock car race, hoping to win and use the prize money to buy his beloved a wedding ring. Instead, he fatally crashes, and his last request is... well, you can probably guess.
  • Played with in the Paolo Nutini song "Last Request", about a man whose relationship is dying, and who is making one last request of his lover before it dies completely and they split up.
  • In "The Mariner's Revenge Song" by The Decemberists, as a child, the singer's mother, while on her deathbed, begs him to one day exact vengeance against the man who conned them out of house and home, leading her to contract a deadly case of tuberculosis:
    "Find him, bind him
    Tie him to a pole and break his fingers to splinters
    Drag him to a hole until he wakes up naked
    Clawing at the ceiling of his grave"
  • "Camoflage" by Stan Ridgeway is a Ghost Story about a PFC in Vietnam who runs into "a big marine" nicknamed "Camoflage", who helps him fight his way out of an ambush and escorts him to his camp, along the way demonstrating an immunity to bullets and an ability to swat them away. It turns out that "Camoflage" had died the night previous, and his Dying Wish was to have run a rescue op.

  • My Beloved Mother: Sinbell's mother, Aya, who used her body to save him from a gas explosion only to be mortally wounded beyond saving, managed to weakly make one last request to Dr. Carl (her lover and Sinbell's biological father) - for her mind to be reprogrammed into a robot's so she can continue taking care of her son. Leading to the story's main plot where Sinbell is Raised by Robots and goes through various prejudice in a society displaying Fantastic Racism on machines.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Classical Mythology:
    • Heracles, while still married to Deianira, had a concubine named Iole. When Heracles died, one of his last requests was for Hyllus, his son with Deianira, to marry Iole so that she would be well taken care of. Hyllus obeyed.
    • In one sweet story, Zeus and Hermes disguise themselves as mortals to determine if humans are actually kind. Most turn them away, but one poor, elderly couple—Baucis and Philemon—offer them Sacred Hospitality instead, offering a simple but full meal. In thanks, the gods reveal themselves and offer them any wish they want. Baucis and Philemon ultimately choose to use that wish as a last request—specifically, they ask to die at the exact same moment, thus sparing the other the pain of losing a spouse. Hermes and Zeus are so touched by this unselfish display of love that when they eventually die of old age, the gods transform the couple into a pair of trees, allowing them to embrace and thus truly be together for eternity.
  • The Bible: As Jesus was hanging on the cross, he told his disciple John to take care of his mother. note  This final request turned out to be not-so-final a few days later, but still he wasn't planning on physically sticking around for much longer. Also, one of the criminals who was being executed alongside him simply asked Jesus to remember him in Heaven; Jesus replied that he would certainly be there with him.

  • Dimension X's "Dwellers in Silence": While Dr Hathaway is dying in the arms of Captain Parsons, it is implied that he doesn't want his children to know they aren't human.
  • In one episode of Thanks A Lot, Milton Jones!, Milton starts a delivery company whose speed and efficiency draws the ire of his rivals. They kidnap him and are about to kill him when Milton asks to be granted a last request: to make one last order through his company. His captors, seeing nothing wrong with his proposed order, grant it. The order itself is innocuous - it's the method of delivery (a rhino that comes crashing through the wall) that saves his skin.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Dino Attack RPG, J.D.'s final request was that Minerva used his prototype Maelstrom cure to save Zach.
    • Although he did not die, Wallace Bishop's Last Request before his self-induced lobotomy was that Frank Einstein take care of his family.
    • Amanda Claw's Last Request was that Rex find a way to defeat Dr. Rex, since that would bring an end to the Dino Attack and all the death - including her own - that it brought about.

  • In Into the Woods, Jack's Mother, right before dying, requests that the Baker protect Jack from the giant. And the Baker obliges to the best of his ability.
  • Audrey gets one in Little Shop of Horrors, which proves to be a very dark variant, as her misguided dying wish ultimately dooms the human race to extinction: "Give me to the plant, so it can live to bring you all the wonderful things you deserve."
  • In William Shakespeare's works:
    • Hamlet's Roaring Rampage of Revenge has already claimed the lives of seven major characters, and now the prince himself lies dying. His devoted confidant Horatio attempts suicide to follow him, but Hamlet prevents it, imploring him to live and tell Hamlet's story. Since Horatio is the Audience Surrogate in the play, Hamlet's request is also for us to go on telling his story.
      Hamlet: If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart,
      Absent thee from felicity awhile
      And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain
      To tell my story.
    • In The Merchant of Venice, Antonio, who is about to have a pound of his flesh removed for defaulting on a loan, makes one of his dear friend Bassanio. Subverted when he doesn't end up dying at all.
      Antonio: Give me your hand, Bassanio. Fare you well.
      Grieve not that I am fallen to this for you ...
      Commend me to your honourable wife:
      Tell her the process of Antonio's end.
      Say how I loved you, speak me fair in death;
      And, when the tale is told, bid her be judge
      Whether Bassanio had not once a love.

    Video Games 
  • AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative: Played for Laughs; after Date saves Ryuki from a life-or-death situation, Ryuki takes a moment to express gratitude and asks if what he can do to repay Date.
    Date: "...When I die someday... I'll need you to do me a solid."
    Ryuki: "...?!
    Date (whispering): "When I die, I want you to wipe the hard drive on my computer."
    Mizuki (unamused): "How about I bust it open for you right now?"
    Date: "No, please don't..."
  • Devil May Cry 4: Credo, in his dying moments, asks Dante to save Kyrie and Nero, as he is in no condition to perform the task himself. Dante was planning to do that anyway, but says he will honor Credo's request.
    Credo: Please... honor my one last request... Save them... Kyrie... and... Nero...
  • In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, the dying king asks Etna to raise his son to become the next overlord.
    • After Taking the Bullet for Valvatorez in Disgaea 4, Fenrich begs Valvatorez to drink his blood despite his Heroic Vow so that he can regain his power as Tyrant. Valvatorez refuses... so Fenrich gives up on the whole "dying" act, annoyed, and admits he was just faking the whole thing in hopes that he could get Val to break that stupid promise of not drinking blood. The rest of the team is not amused.
  • Dragon Quest IV: Before dying, Rose requests Psaro to not hurt humans in retaliation by her murder. Tragically, her request goes ignored.
  • In the finale of the Dark Brotherhood questline of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Emperor Titus Mede II asks you to consider killing the man who contracted the hit on him in the first place. It's more an optional objective than anything.
    • If you side with the Legion, Ulfric Stormcloak's last request is that he wants the Dragonborn to be his executioner because it would be a better song that way.
    • Oblivion begins with the dying emperor giving a quest to the player to find his lost son.
  • Far Cry 4: Ajay Ghale's involvement in the plot began when he was tasked with fulfilling his mother's request of "taking (her ashes) back to Lakshmana". Depending on the ending you get, Ajay can potentially fail to fulfill the request.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In Final Fantasy XIII, Nora Estheim makes one of Snow: "Get him home... please..." She's talking about her son Hope, but in a cruel twist, it takes Snow half the game to realise this, and by that point, Hope is homicidally angry at him for letting Nora die in the first place. He does calm down afterwards, but he also refuses to honour his mother's dying wish, instead staying with the party to help them on their mission.
    • Final Fantasy XIII-2: An odd example, in that the character is already dead by this point; Serah reappears to Lightning, who has just discovered that she has died, and makes a final request of her - to promise she'll remember her - before her soul completely vanishes.
  • GreedFall: It's eventually revealed that Arelwin, De Sardet's biological mother, asked Petrus to kill her to end her suffering since she was dying a slow, painful death anyways. He can't go through with it, and she ends up eventually dying alone in a dead-end pit.
  • After Zagreus defeats his father for the first time in Hades, his sole request before dying is for Zagreus to tell Persephone that Cerberus is doing well.note  Granted, this example lacks the sense of finality since Hades will inevitably reconstitute at the House of Hades before long.
  • After asserting It Has Been an Honor, Damas's last request to Jak is to find his son, Mar at the end of Jak 3: Wastelander. Sadly he dies before Jak can tell him that he is Mar.
  • Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days: As Xion lays dying in Roxas' arms after their fight at the end of the game, she asks him to "set Kingdom Hearts free" from Organization XIII. He fails due to being captured by Riku on the way over to the Organization's castle, though it's heavily implied that she knew that would happen and made the request to give Riku an easier time finding him.
    • Also in the Final Mix version of the original Kingdom Hearts, there's a scene showing Riku when he first ends up in the Realm of Darkness after Ansem kicks his heart out of his body. His first words are him telling Sora and Kairi he's sorry, followed by him saying that if he's now in the afterlife, he refuses to die until he gets to sees Sora and Kairi one last time.
  • In LISA, after killing his own party members and Rando's army by himself attempting to reach Buddy (who, at this point, abhors and has completely rejected him as a father figure and friend), right before he begins his mutation into a Joy Mutant, Brad requests that Buddy hug him, something nobody has ever done for him, just so that he can know what it feels like before he dies.
  • In Mitsumete Knight, after you defeat Wolfgario the Ravager in Raizze's Route, he'll tell in his dying breath to his daughter Raizze, who witnessed the scene and tried in vain stand between them, to "live, as an ordinary woman". These last words later become crucial in convincing Raizze not to suicide after she's defeated by you in the duel she asked you for avenging her father.
  • Octopath Traveler: In Marsalim, you can meet a prisoner on death row named Kevin. His side quest is to learn what became of his old love Lara after he got locked up. Turns out Lara has moved on and started a family elsewhere, with Kevin simply happy to know she's happy and acknowledging it was his own fault for putting himself in his situation. The reward for the quest is a meager 300g and a Revitalizing Jam.
  • In Persona 5, after Akechi saves the Phantom Thieves from an army of Shadows led by a cognition of him by sealing himself in with them, he asks to make one last "deal": take down Shido in his stead.
  • In Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon the last thing that your partner says to you before the credits roll is "Do me one last favor, and don't you cry!" However, considering that this ending is a massive tear-jerker, many players had a hard time honoring these words.
  • Governor Dorr of Palmacosta in Tales of Symphonia extracts a promise from you as he lies dying to save his transformed-into-a-monster wife and return her to human. You can say no, which affects Relationship Values in the party.
  • In The Witcher Geralt uses this as part of a Batman Gambit to escape Princess Adda.
    • Like master, like student as Vesimer seems to be fond of using this as well, indicated by his "profile quote" in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
    "If you're given a last request, always ask for water. Anything can happen while they fetch it."
  • Yakuza 2: after getting shot by Takashima and losing the Final Battle to Kiryu, Ryuji Goda asks his half-sister Kaoru to smile for him, since she reminds him a lot of their late mother and she had a wonderful smile. Kaoru complies, and Ryuji dies at peace.
  • Zap Dramatic: In episode 1 of Ambition, if the cop shoots Ted, before he dies, he begs for someone to feed his dog.
  • Provides a puzzle in Zork Zero, where an execution-happy religion offers all of their victims a last request. If the request can be granted on the spot, they're hanged; if not, they're beheaded. The solution is to Logic Bomb the executioner by requesting to be beheaded.

    Visual Novels 
  • It is possible in Daughter for Dessert that Lainie’s was to have her daughter named Amanda, after one of her (unspecified) relatives.

    Web Animation 
  • In Shrapnel, Goggles asks Reznya if she would grace him with her true face before he passes away. She complies.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • In Arby 'n' the Chief, Chief asks Arbiter to wait at the gate of the Afterlife for him so they can go in together and "fuck shit up".
  • Limited Life SMP:
    • Discussed at the start of Day 1, where Martyn, Skizz, and Etho discuss what their preferred final meals would be if they genuinely had 24 hours to live in real life.
    • On Day 7, Skizz's final request to the T.I.E.S. before he allows Etho to Mercy Kill him is that one of T.I.E.S. must make it to the final three of the season. It comes true in the finale as Impulse makes it to 2nd place.
  • Mario's dying request in the Season 2 finale of "Sonic for Hire". Sonic actually fulfills this request in Season 3.
    "If you see the princess... tell her... she's a bitch."
  • Parodied in the video "Tu diras à ma femme" ("You'll Tell My Wife") by Studio Bagel. A soldier named Steven is dying from his wounds on a battlefield and asks another soldier named Cameron to do something for him. He wants his wife to know that he loves her and wants her to find someone who will care for her... unless he's a black man. Cameron reluctantly agrees, but then Steven adds that he wants his son to know that he'll always be watching him... to make sure he doesn't turn up to be gay, and death won't stop him from beating him with his belt. As he makes increasingly offensive requests, Cameron decides to fasten his death so he won't asks anything else.
  • The Weather: When Alan realizes he's going to die in the desert, he asks the caller to comfort him in his last moments with a story.

    Western Animation 
  • Birdman (1967) episode "Meet Birdgirl". After Birdgirl captures him and imprisons him in darkness (which drains his power), Birdman makes a last request - to see the sun again. She agrees and takes him into the sunlight, where he recharges his power and escapes. She was far too trusting...
  • In "Fresh Hare," Bugs Bunny is pursued by Elmer Fudd, who is a Canadian Mountie seeking to arrest him. After Bugs pushes Elmer past the breaking point and reduces him to a sobbing wreck, he takes pity on him and agrees to turn himself in. Fudd puts him before the firing squad immediately.
    Bugs: Let's see...I wish, uh...I wish, uh...Iiii wish I was in Dixie! Hooray! Hooray!
    • The version currently shown on TV cuts after that, but the original has the whole group - executioners and all - performing "Camptown Races" in a minstrel show in Dixieland...complete with Black Face.
  • Parodied in The Venture Bros. when Brock non-fatally stabs a Guild Henchman. The Henchman still thinks he's going to die and requests Brock sing to him the technotronic song "Move This".
  • The Simpsons used this in "Cape Feare": to stall for time, Bart's last request to Sideshow Bob (Bob is the sort of smug, overly dramatic villain who would actually ask if he had any) is to perform the entire score of H.M.S. Pinafore. He does, and it works.
  • In the series finale of Superman: The Animated Series, Superman gets subdued with kryptonite and red sunlight and gets captured. On the verge of getting executed, Superman asks for a last request. Lex Luthor leans forward and asks what it is, and Superman punches him out. "Thank you." Lois Lane breaks in and saves him.
  • Johnny Bravo and the Amazon Women: Johnny was about to be thrown at a volcano and he asked for a last wish. He was told he'd get nothing and to be grateful for that.
  • In the Season 3 finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Ahsoka is kidnapped by Trandoshan sporthunters as prey. She winds up with a group of Jedi younglings led by Kalifa, who have also been kidnapped. Upon her death, Kalifa asked Ahsoka to take care of the others.
  • Done in The Fairly Oddparents TV movie "Abra-Catastrophie". As Crocker is about to kill Timmy, the latter asks to have a moment with his parents. Crocker is skeptical about this until Timmy lampshades the fact that all great evil villains grant last requests. He neglects to mention that more often than not, that led to their demise.
  • An episode of Popeye had Brutus (as villain Juan Baptiste Le Brute) about to make Popeye walk the plank. Popeye's last request is to eat some spinach. You can guess what happened after that.
    • Another had Popeye as the Zorro expy Zero. He is overcome by the villain Brutus portrays and his minions. He grants Zero a last request, and all he asks is a spoonful of spinach. Again, the result is pre-ordained.
  • During a riverboat themed episode of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Mario is forced to walk the plank and asks if he gets a last request. Bowser just reminds him that he's a Card-Carrying Villain and has no obligations to grant him one.
  • Danger Mouse: "Planet Of The Cats" had DM and Penfold transported thousands of years into the future where London is ruled by cats under the leadership of a Big Leo. DM is suddenly confronted by a huge robotic dog who plans to destroy him, but not before giving DM a final request—the answer to a question. He asks "What's big, grey, and has sixteen wheels?," which causes the robot dog to short circuit from the question's lack of logic. During the epilogue, the robot returns to demand the answer from DM, who says it's an elephant on roller skates. The robot doesn't believe it until said elephant crashes on him.
    • Similarly in "Demons Aren't Dull," the Demon of the Fourth Dimension grants DM a final request before destroying him. He asks to tell Penfold how the Demon was victorious with him explaining it and the Demon demonstrating it. DM eventually traps the Demon in a corridor between dimensions.
  • Stunt Dawgs: When Airball fakes Richard P. Fungus' death as part of a plan to become the Stunt Scabs' new leader, he tells them Fungus' last request was for him to become the new leader.
  • In He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2021), King Grayskull's dying words were to instruct all of his successors to never wield the power he once did, for it was "too great". What was forgotten was that Grayskull was referring to the power of Havoc, which he used to defeat the snake men but then fell to its corruption.

  • Mentioned on the Evil Overlord List as one of those things not to do. As in not letting the Heroes get one.
  • On the 20th Century, Oscar pretends to be dying to get Lily to sign a contract.

    Real Life 
  • The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a non-profit that grants the "wishes" of children with life-threatening diseases; for example, the foundation was inspired by the 1980 story of a 7-year-old boy with leukemia who was befriended by a U.S. Customs officer who granted his wish to be a police officer by having a custom-tailored police uniform made for him, giving him a ride in a police helicopter, and arranging for him to be sworn in as an honorary Department of Public Safety patrolman.
  • The last conversation Neil Gaiman had with his friend Terry Pratchett was Terry asking Neil to be showrunner on the Good Omens (2019) TV series, and ensure it actually happened. Neil has said that when Terry died, one of his thoughts was "You bastard. Now it's a last request."
  • During The French Revolution, Charlotte Corday was put on trial for the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat, was found guilty, and sentenced to an execution. As her last request, she asked, "Since I still have a few moments to live, might I hope, citizens, that you will allow me to have myself painted." This was granted, and she was allowed to pick the artist, Jean-Jacques Hauer. It is said she serenely sat in her cell as Hauer painted a portrait of her.
  • Charles II: "Let not poor Nellie starve." To James the 2nd's credit, she didn't. The newly crowned king paid off Nellie's debts and gave her a pension, but sadly she passed of syphilis a few years after.
  • One of Napoleon Bonaparte's generals, Michel Ney, was arrested, tried for treason, and sentenced to death by firing squad after the Emperor was defeated and exiled for the second time. Since he'd served loyally, he was offered a last request by the court. Ney chose to give his own execution order. The court allowed it, and Ney's last words, in addition to a brief scathing speech to his captors, were "Soldiers—fire!"
  • When Gilles de Rais was sentenced to death for his many child murders, his request to be buried in the church of the monastery of Notre-Dame des Carmes in Nantes was granted.
  • Masahiro Sakurai revealed that Satoru Iwata's last request was for him to make Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


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Nanao's Suicide Charge

"Soldier". Nanao Hibiya recalls her last battle as a samurai in her homeland Yamatsukuni, leading the rearguard of 200 against an enemy army outnumbering them 250 times. In a last act of defiance, she leads a suicidal cavalry charge into the heart of the enemy army, and kills her way past General Souma Yoshihisa's ashigaru and one of his samurai, who barely slows her down enough for the ashigaru to surround her. As a last request, she asks for a duel against Yoshihisa's son-in-law Yasutsuna, whom she's heard is the finest swordsman of his clan -- only to be told by the furious Yoshihisa that the samurai she just killed WAS Yasutsuna. He orders the ashigaru to execute her... and they're immobilized by Western mage Theodore McFarlane, who offers to take her away from the battlefield to Kimberly Magic Academy.

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