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    Anime and Manga 
Light's a manipulative bastard, but, why do I feel so bad for him?
— A random YouTube comment on Light Yagami's death, Death Note

Goodbye, Vegeta. You weren't as cold-hearted as you thought you were. A heart of stone couldn't have shed tears like that. You must have been holding them back your entire life. (sadly) I'm the only one left. (creates a grave) Now I see. You weren't grieving for your own death, or the death of our home planet, you were grieving because he made you what he wanted you to be! You never had a chance to decide for yourself! (lays Vegeta to rest) Well I still respect you. You may have made a lot of mistakes, but now I see that they weren't all your fault. You had the fiery will of a Saiyan. Please share that with me now, because I need it. Thank you for saving my son's life and buying time for me to recuperate. I will do all that I can to carry out your wish. (to Frieza) Vegeta's right, you have no honor! For him, and for everyone else you've destroyed, I am going to finish you!
Goku, Dragon Ball Z

    Comic Books 
Scorponok: Puh-Prime...? Did- did... I do... good?
Optimus Prime: (tearfully) Yes old friend... you did good.

    Fan Works 
I still hate you, you know. Maybe it's not exactly right, but it's how I feel. You caused so much trouble for us. You lied to us. You killed countless innocents. You tried to kill me. You were a rotten person who tainted everything he touched. I can't even look at that stool you used to sit on in LeBlanc without seeing your smug face, acting so friendly while harboring so much malice. But at the same time... I know you didn't rot yourself. Other people did that to you. The world did that to you. It almost did that to me too. I guess I just got lucky.

I hate you, but I also pity you. And I'm not sad that you're gone. But I am sad that you had such a rough time of it while you were here. After everything you did, even though you died to save us, a part of me still thinks you deserved what you got. But I don’t think you deserved what made you into the monster you were in the first place.

Rest in peace, Goro Akechi. You're owed that much.
Ren Amamiya eulogizing the Traitor, The Days Between

"No, no." She screamed. "I don't want to die! I am Nightmare Moon! I am the Bringer of Night. I am the savior of Equestria! The darkness, the darkness it would have come anyway! I was sparing them, sparing generations spared by me me us we me it was me not here, she abandoned me me my not my fault! Not my fault!"

Paladin felt the power gathering within him reach a crescendo. Its form did not matter, not while they were in his domain. He gathered it and it took form, a blade hovering above the ranting, broke spirit. He looked down on her with pity. Evil had stained every inch of the shattered soul before him. He could feel it now, the raw edges of a wound never healed. Nightmare Moon wasn’t even an entire soul, merely a fragment that had been torn from a greater being.

"There is nothing left untouched in you." He said sadly. "I said I had no mercy to give you but now I see I was wrong. Goodbye, Nightmare Moon."

He lowered his head but did not look away. The mental blade was merely a construction to symbolize what he was about to do.

"It’s not my fault, not my fault not my fault not my fault she left me, cut me off, tore me off to save herself herself herself herself why am I not her? Why is she her her and am I not she her me we us? Why did I have to-"

The blade fell.

What a cruel, cruel end to my existence. Sent on a mission, became imprisoned, lost my identity, and now, I'm being deleted. Was this all just a joke!? Was I meant to live such a depressing life!? If only I was at my full strength... If only my creator cared...! Why me!?

    Films - Animated 
Sleep tight.
Norman Babcock, after the Witch's Ghost and the zombies disappear into light, ParaNorman

I have been so lost for so long. Please, forgive me. I couldn't bear to see my son suffering so much. I couldn't bear it.
Macha the Owl Witch to Ben, after her defeat, Song of the Sea

    Films — Live-Action 
HAL: Stop, Dave. I'm afraid. I am afraid, Dave. Dave... My mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I'm... afraid..... Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a HAL-Nine-Thousand computer. I became operational at the HAL lab in Urbana Illinois on the twelfth of January, nineteen-ninety-two. My instructor was Mister Langley, and he taught me to sing a song. If you'd like to hear it, I can sing it for you.
Dave: Yeah, I'd like to hear it Hal. Sing it for me.
HAL: ...It's called... Daisy. Dai-sy, Dai-sy, give me your answer do, I'm half cra-zy, over the love of you. It won't be a sty-lish marriage... I can't af-ford a car-riage... but you-'ll look sweet, up-on, the seat, of a bi-cy-cle, made, for two.....

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like... tears... in rain. Time... to die.
Roy Batty, Blade Runner

Max: We're almost... at the next stop.
Vincent: ...Hey, Max. A guy gets on the MTA here in LA and dies. Think anybody will notice?

Go on [Katniss], shoot. Shoot. Then we both go down and you win. Go on. I'm dead anyway. I always was, right? I didn't know that 'til now, though.
* Turns to speak at the cameras*
How's that? Is that what they want?
* Katniss aims at his head, he turns back*
Ah ah ah ah, oh no. I can still do this. I can still do this. One more kill. It's the only thing I know how to do.

'Twas beauty killed the beast.

"For now, Godzilla, that strangely innocent and tragic monster, has gone to earth. Whether he returns or not or is never again seen by human eyes, the things he has taught us remain."
Steve Martin, The Return of Godzilla American edit

Jake: <Leave him, Yeerk. Let him alone, at last. Get out of his head. Let him do this last thing as a free human being.>
Human Controller: I can't get out. The ears are blocked. Can't get out. I'm trapped.
Ax: <We have to get out of here. They may send reinforcements.>
Human Controller: I'm cold. Just... just get me a blanket or...
Ax: <Prince Jake...>
Human Controller: I'm scared. Does that... does that make you happy, Andalite?
Jake: <No. It doesn't make me happy.>
Animorphs - Megamorphs #4

'Wait,' she said, her voice weak and somehow very young. She didn't look like a mad faerie sorceress now. She looked like a frightened girl. 'Wait. You don't understand. I just wanted it to stop. Wanted the hurting to stop.'
I smoothed a bloodied lock of hair from her eyes and felt very tired as I said, 'The only people who never hurt are dead.'
The light died out of her eyes, her breath slowing. She whispered, barely audible, 'I don't understand.'
I answered, 'I don't either.'
A tear slid from her eye and mixed with the blood.
Then she died.
— Aurora's death in The Dresden Files

James Hook, thou not wholly unheroic figure, farewell.
—The narration of Peter Pan, just before Captain Hook's death.

    Live-Action TV 
Lincoln: (watching Earth from space) Well... I got to see the world.
Hive: ...It's beautiful. Smaller than you imagine.
Lincoln: ... Yeah.
Hive: I only wanted to make it better.
Lincoln: I know.
Hive: To feel a connection. But you must feel that already... to sacrifice for them... with all their flaws.
Lincoln: They are only human.

Dalek: Are you frightened, Rose Tyler?
Rose: Yeah.
Dalek: So... am I. Ex... ter... min... ate...
Doctor Who, "Dalek"

Ygritte: (dying from an arrow shot through her heart) Jon Snow...
Jon: Hush...don't talk.
Ygritte: Do you remember that cave? We should've stayed in that cave...
Ygritte: (smiles) You know nothing... Jon... Snow...
Game of Thrones, "The Watchers on the Wall"

Trakeena: You taught me to fight too well, it seems.
Villamax: You've learned nothing.
Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, "Journey's End"

It’s always like this for victims. Only the words are elegant.
Mitsuhiro Ide commenting on the tragic fate of Jamila, Ultraman

Today, the happily dancing Pie-Pierrot
Was very tired, so he closed his eyes
Standing before him was
His real mother and father...
Lemy Abelard, Five the Pierrot

There's no cause to celebrate
Another soul consumed by hate and spite
Another destroyed life
There's no pleasure, there's no joy
It's just a story of a boy who lost his way
Into shadows strayed
He'll see the light of day...
Nevermore, RWBY Volume 6

...I can't help but feel like I've just killed one of my best friends, honestly. All of this time, I harbored what I thought was hate for Zero. Hate for all he had done to me and those I love. But when I found myself standing over his body, all I could think of was...the other Zero. The one before all of this happened. The James Bond movie-loving, slightly high-strung, quirky man that I called my commander and friend, no more than ten years ago.

I am damaged
I am damaged, far too damaged
But you’re not beyond repair
Stick around here
Make things better
Cause you beat me fair and square
Please stand back now
‘Little further.
Don’t know what this thing will do.
Hope you’ll miss me.
Wish you’d kiss me
Then you’d know I worship you.
I’ll trade my life for yours.

    Video Games 
Nu-13: How... Why? ...Ragna, do you hate Nu?
Ragna: ...I don't hate you. The feelings I have for you are compassion... And "atonement"... I was forcing the burden of all this suffering onto you alone. Please, forgive me.
Nu-13: I don't... I don't want compassion... (Sags)
Ragna: ...Noel. Sorry, but can you check her again?
Noel: I'm sorry... Just like Lambda, her "soul" has already become an independent entity. She can no longer reunite with "us"...
Ragna: I see... Thanks. Nu... Sorry, but I'll just be taking your "memories"...
Nu-13: ...Rag... na? Is Nu going to... Become one with Ragna?
Ragna: (Absorbs Nu's memory with Soul Eater) I'm sorry... Nu.

He's just a sad old man talking to himself. Let him talk.

Tarkus: Your death will weigh on my soul, Avitus, as will your folly.
Avitus: I want NONE of your pity, Tarkus! But remember this, because you are looking at your own future. One day, you will see through all the lies... And then the dead... will come for you as well.
Tarkus: "No man died in His service that died in vain..."
Avitus: Spare us your EMPTY PLATITUDES! ...It matters not who lives or dies... Blood is shed, as it has always been... There is nothing else... in this forsaken existence...
Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising

Now it's over majesty. What will you do? Will you banish the daemons and bring peace? Erase me from history once more?
Ardyn, Final Fantasy XV

I am not human. This body and this heart are constructs. Yes, as is this sorrow.

"It looks as though… My path…will end here. My teacher… claim your victory. Strike me down. You must! Even now… across this land, people are killing each other. If you do not act now, this conflict… will go on forever. Your path… lies across my grave. It is time for you to find the courage to walk it. If I must fall… let it be by your hand. [Byleth raises their sword up] I wanted to walk with you..."
Edelgard's last words on the Golden Deer and Church of Seiros routes, Fire Emblem: Three Houses

I'm... fading? No, this isn't the way I... I won't ALLOW...!

Forgive me, Zexion... This was a fight I should not have started.
Lexeaus, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memoriesnote 

Kingdom Hearts... Where is... My heart...
Saïx, Kingdom Hearts IInote 

Sora: I know that you have a heart. What do you feel? Was it worth it?
Xemnas: I feel... the emptiness where my companions once stood. I took them for granted. And now, I have... nothing. My first surge of emotion in years... for as long as I can remember... and it's... loneliness. Do you see? A heart is just pain.
Sora: Pain is being human, Xemnas.
Xemnas: Really? It must take... incredible strength...

This is the way you die. Ripped to pieces from the inside, watching your marrow scatter on a concrete wall. You've escaped one Hell, Chris Walker. God help me but I somehow hope you didn't find another.
Miles Upshur, Outlast

Halina sent out so many calls. Long after she is gone, after this planet is dust, after your sun collapses to a gravity smear, her voice will survive as a radio wraith, exploring the universe as she always wished.
Poor Halina. Sleep now, little one. Sleep as you did when a child, and smile and dream of the stars that scream.
The Buzzing, The Secret World

Darth Malak: Still... still spouting the wisdom of the Jedi, I see. Maybe there is more truth in their code than I ever believed. I... I cannot help but wonder, Revan. What would have happened had our positions been reversed? What if fate had decreed I would be captured by the Jedi? Could I have returned to the Light, as you did? If you had not led me down the dark path in the first place, what destiny would I have found?
Revan: I am sorry I started you on this path. But you chose to continue down it.
Darth Malak: I suppose... I suppose you speak the truth. I alone must accept responsibility for my fate. I wanted to be Master of the Sith and ruler of the galaxy. But that destiny was not mine, Revan. It might have been yours, perhaps... but never mine. And in the end, as the darkness takes me... I am nothing.
— Light-Side (and canonical) death of Darth Malak, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

See? I never betrayed you! It was all a trick, see? I was waiting to kill him for you! After all, it's me, your best friend! I'm helpful, I can be useful to you! I promise I won't get in your way! I can help... I can... I can... Please don't kill me...

Stranger: The sweatshirt she's wearing was my boy's. You stole that from us..
Lee: We were starving. It was cold.
Stranger: So my family starved in the cold!
— A possible conversation in The Walking Dead

Arthas: Father! Is it... over?
Terenas: At long last. No king rules forever, my son.
Arthas: I see only darkness... before... me...
— Death of the Lich King, World of Warcraft

    Visual Novels 
Momoko… What you've done certainly wasn't right, and I can by no means condone it. However, maybe it's because I'm so happy Kotoba's still alive, but I can't be mad at you, either. In fact, all I feel when I think about you is sorrow and regret. I just wish I would've realized what was going on, so I could've done something about it. And I'm not just talking about Kotoba. Speaking of him, though... What he did definitely wasn't okay, but I'm sure he never intended to scare you. Or at least that's what I want to believe. He's just a big fool. I hope you can maybe forgive him. Just like I hope you can forgive me, as well. I wish I could've done something for you. But it seems all I can do now is pray for your eternal peace. I will certainly miss you. Farewell, Momoko. Please don't let your soul be tormented by hatred and regret.
Taiko Kikai, while visiting the killer's grave, Shinrai: Broken Beyond Despair

Monster in the Darkness: *sigh*
Cockroach: What's your problem?
Monster in the Darkness: Dunno. I'm just really sad now, thinking about Tsukiko. She just wanted to be loved.
Cockroach: So what? Who cares?
Monster in the Darkness: Exactly. That's why I'm sad.

    Web Original 
You were a good boy, Maxwell... Shame you were such a shit man.
Alexander Anderson, Hellsing Ultimate Abridged

...But for reasons I can't even figure out myself, I'm going to miss that pompous, whiny little weasel with no redeeming qualities.
Television Without Pity commenter on the death of Viserys Targaryen

Asuna: As someone you recently murdered, this feels kind of weird to ask, buuut are you doin' okay? You seem a bit... off.
Kirito: Yeah, like someone killed your dog in front of you and is now wearing it like a festive hat!
Kayaba: Whaaaat? No, what do I have to feel down about? I'm just standing here watching my hopes and dreams crumble into the uncaring void, thinking about how my business is ruined and, in all likelihood, I'm now the most wanted man on the face of the earth!
Kirito: Well, I mean... everyone wants to feel wanted? Right?

Kaiba: Well, I guess that's the last we'll see of 4Kids.
Yugi: It's weird. I'm actually kind of sad to see them go.
Kaiba: Yeah, after all, they did provide us with hours of entertainment. So what if they censored a few things? They were just doing their job.
Yugi: And without them, we wouldn't have Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged. So from now on, let's remember them as the guys who gave us fond childhood memories—and, unfortunately, the One Piece theme song.
Mokuba: Good night, sweet dubbing company. And a flight of Winged Kuribohs sing thee to thy rest.

    Western Animation 
Batman (Terry): You gotta get out of here, Freeze! The whole place is gonna go!
Freeze: Believe me... you're the only one who cares.

"So much darkness in the world, so much darkness, Francis. No light. Only darkness. And there is always someone who will take it upon himself. Always. Always. Always. I have become evil, but once I, too, was good..."
Claudandus, Felidae

Living Laser: All my life, I was a nobody... then I got those powers, and I used them to hurt you... the one guy who wanted to help me...
Iron Man: But you saved me, Arthur.
Living Laser (smiling): Yeah, imagine that... I am the guy who saved Iron Man... (fades away)

Dreadbane: Good times, my friends, good times. What an... urg... epic rivalry we had. (falls on his knees)
Arkayna: General Bane!
Dreadbane: Forgive me, Dragon Mage. Before I am reduced to stardust and cosmic winds, promise me one thing...
Arkayna: Anything.
Dreadbane: Promise me you'll defend this city that I love.
Arkayna: You have my word.
[Dreadbane uses his last strength to undo the curse on Arkayna's parents]
Mysticons, Fear the Spectral Hand

Meteora: Mamma! You blasted me!
Eclipsa: You can't do this, Meteora!
Meteora: B-but this-this should be ours! They stole it from us!
Eclipsa: So what? You’re just going to destroy it all?
Meteora: (scowling) Something like that. (Prepares to kill Star)
Eclipsa: Stop! (Proceeds to shoot Meteora with multiple magical blasts)
Meteora: ...You’re on their side?!
Eclipsa: (Crying) Black Velvet Inferno.
Meteora: (Panicked) ...Mommy? (The spell swallows and seemingly obliterates her. Eclipsa falls on her knees, sobbing.)

Darth Maul: (bleeding to death) T-tell me... is he The Chosen One...?
Obi-Wan: He is.
Maul: He... will avenge us...

Her name...was Terra. She was gifted with tremendous power, and cursed with it as well. She was a dangerous enemy, and a good friend. And she was one of the bravest people that I have ever known.
Beast Boy on Terra, Teen Titans

Had Skyquake chosen to stray from his master's path, we might not be burying him today.
Optimus Prime, Transformers: Prime


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