"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 Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain. Time... to die." "When the cold heart of a villain softens and he turns into a good guy, the plot will quickly require him to be killed, usually after maudlin final words."
— Roger Ebert
, Deadly Change-of-Heart
, Ebert's Glossary of Movie Terms
"Redemption? Sure. But in the end, he's just another dead rat in a garbage pail behind a Chinese restaurant." "A Man who inflicts suffering can not rest. His guilty mind won't allow it. But today I can finally close my eyes to the living nightmare and lay down, knowing that I won't wake again." "You picked the wrong time to grow a spine, Chuck... and for that, you will pay dearly..." "I will not die a monster!" Darth Vader/Anakin:
Now, go, my son. Leave me... Luke:
No, you're coming with me. I'll not leave you here, I have to save you. Anakin: You already have
, Luke. You were right. You were right about me. Tell your sister you were right...
"Please, I've done so much wrong. Allow me to do one last thing right." Buffy:
When your blood pours out, it might save the world. What do you think about that? Does that buy it all back? Are you "redeemed"? Andrew:
Why not? Andrew:
(crying) Because I killed him.
"Was everything I did in my life a mistake? Would I be wrong now to ask for your forgiveness? I did not want to die this way!"
— Nicholas D. Wolfwood
before a church altar, Trigun
"The problem with a 'redemption' gig is, well, no one wants to see it. They all want to believe in it, sure, but to do it... it's as good as signing your own death warrant. Audiences don't want to see you redeemed, living a normal life. They'll never truly forgive you for your flaws as long as you're alive. You could spend years making amends, and it still wouldn't get half as much attention as a five-minute death scene." "My project, my work, my cure. My responsibility." "They will judge me not in life, but in death!" "His name was Wodan Ymir, he was a good man. He fought for the wrong side, but in the end he died doing the right thing." "Much responsibility for what has happened lies with me. I helped the Grand Master in his quest for power. I am not really ready for death. But perhaps I am ready for redemption." "Please... young one... This war has gone on long enough. You have the power... Take my soul, and leave this cursed place." "This is what I get for trying to be a bloody hero." Omega
: Don't get me wrong, the sole reason I didn't kill you on sight is because you aided us with those corpses, but be assured, if you stay here any longer you WILL die. Daemon
: Yeah, yeah, we already know that. Wraith
: Told you he was going to be pissed. Heh. Specter
: We would rather die tonight than double-cross you again sir. Xero
: That's the spirit, motherfuckers!
"Thank you. And sorry. I wanted to apologize to you for so long. It hurt inside. I was scared. Always. Because I had no idea. I had no clue about anything. But now I'm finally free. I can see you clearly now. So please don't cry. You no longer need to cry. I'll protect you. My true feelings will protect you." "What a sorry excuse I've become... me, Piccolo, laying down his life to protect some whiny little pipsqueak..." "I've taken too many lives to be afraid of laying down my own." Rodimus
: I don't want to die. Ultra Magnus
: Of course not. Of course you don't. Rodimus
: No, I mean Self-sacrifice, Magnus it's cheap
. It's a cheap way out. I need to live
so I can make amends and- AAAARRRGH!