Fictional last words

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The following is a list of last words attributed to various fictional characters.

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Characters are listed according to source (i.e. the originating book, television program, etc), then the name of character the quote is attributed to (in case of more than one quote per source). Where quotes come from a series of texts, they are organised in the order of the texts they appeared in (for example, quotes from the first book in the Harry Potter series appear before quotes from the second book, and so on). Where possible, for the purposes of clarification, further explanatory notes have been presented. Additionally, if a character's final words consist of a dialogue with the other characters, the other character's speech may be included for contextual purposes; for example, if one character asks a question that the one who is about to die answers.

Some characters may have more than one "death," in instances such as being resurrected, or existing temporarily as an undead being. In some of those instances, their last words from each "death" may be added if they are significant. Additionally, significant last words from deaths that are merely assumed to have happened or are non-canon are included. Additionally, in instances where there are multiple outcomes, or in media with alternate timelines, the character's last words will be featured.

Spoiler warning: Plot, ending, or solution details follow.

In songs

  • I... I did it... for Johnny!
    • Who: Debbie
    • Source: The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun by Julie Brown.
    • Note: Debbie, the homecoming queen, was asked why she went on a shooting rampage at the prom; her answer was unenlightening, as the narrator has no idea who "Johnny" was.
  • I'm sick of niggas lyin', I'm sick of bitches hawkin', matter of fact, I'm sick of talkin'.

In musicals

  • I am not a boy....I'm an animal
    • Who: Bat Boy (Edgar)
    • Source: Bat Boy the Musical
    • Note: Character dies after being stabbed in the back.
  • My love... is yours eternally... My hand... is nice and warm... I love...
    • Who: Mimi
    • Source: La Boheme (translated from Italian)
    • Note: Character died of tuberculosis in the arms of Radolfo, her love and protagonist of the story.
  • Are you satisfied? I've laughed myself to...
    • Who: Dr. Orin Scrivello
    • Source: Little Shop of Horrors
    • Note: Character asphyxiates self with a mask pumping laughing gas. Seymour, who had been afraid to shoot him, chooses to not help him take the stuck mask off, letting him die. Seymour finishes Orin's unfinished sentence by asking, "death?"
  • The choice was mine, and mine completely. / I could have any prize that I desired. / I could burn with the splendor of the brightest fire, / Or else... or else I could choose time. / Remember, I was very young then, / And a year was forever and a day. / So what use could fifty, sixty, seventy be? / I saw the lights and I was on my way. / And how I lived, how they shone, / But how soon the lights were gone.
    • Who: Eva Perón
    • Source: Evita
    • Note: Eva sings these words before dying of cancer.
  • I'm not sorreeeee...
    • Who: Caldwell B. Cladwell
    • Source: Urinetown
    • Note: Character has been hurled from the roof of a tall building, from which he had previously had people thrown.

Cannibal! The Musical

  • [sung] We can make him tall or we can make him not so tall!
    • Who: Israel Swan
    • Note: After wandering the Colorado Rockies for days the group asks what they should do and Swan begins to sing "Let's Build a Snowman" for the second time. Fed up with his singing, Bell shoots him in the head.
  • He killed Swan. It's only fair.
    • Who: James Humphrey (Matt Stone)
    • Note: The group discusses who they should kill first and James suggest Bell. Packer returns to the camp and finds Humphrey, Miller and Noon all killed by Bell.
  • We can't do it, Packer. We can't even stand up.
    • Who: George "California" Noon
    • Note: The group discusses who they should kill first and James suggest Bell. Packer returns to the camp and finds Humphrey, Miller and Noon all killed by Bell.
  • [sung] That's all we're asking for.
    • Who: Frank Miller
    • Note: The group discusses who they should kill first and James suggest Bell. Packer returns to the camp and finds Humphrey, Miller and Noon all killed by Bell.
  • Hey, you can't do that, jerky!
    • Who: Frenchy Cabazon
    • Note: After Polly announced that Packer was innocent (and therefore, did not have to be hanged), Frenchie rushed the hanging post out of anger and tried to hang Packer himself. The Ute chief rescues Packer and chops off Frenchie's head.

Les Miserablès: The Musical

  • And tell Cosette I love her...and I'll see her when I wake...
    • Who: Fantine
    • Notes: Fantine was dying of Tuberculosis. Her last words, spoken to Jean Valjean, were directed to her daughter.
  • And you will keep me safe...and you will keep me close...and rain...will make the flowers...[grow]
    • Who: Eponine
    • Notes: Eponine, shot, dies in the arms of the man she has always loved, Marius.
  • We fight twenty...armies and we...we won't give you'd bet...better run for...for cover...when the pup...grows...[up]
    • Who: Gavroche
    • Notes: Gavroche, no older than ten, is trying to collect ammunition for the resistance movement when he is shot by the enemy and dies.
  • Let others rise to take our place, until the Earth is free!
    • Who: Enjolras
    • Notes: This is the final speech Enjolras gives to the students before they make their last stand at the barricade (and die).
  • I'll escape now from that world...from the world of Jean Valjean...there is nowhere I can go...there is no way to go on!
    • Who: Javert
    • Notes: Javert ruled his life by a black-and-white sense of good and evil. Once Valjean, a criminal, spares him, his ideal world is shattered. Unable to cope, he hurls himself into the Seine.
  • And remember, a truth that once was spoken-to love another person is to see the face of God...
    • Who: Jean Valjean
    • Notes: Valjean had lived a long, hard life. He finally feels ready to die once Cosette is married. He leaves behind the story of his life, and joins the souls of the others who died in Heaven.

Into the Woods

  • The better to EAT you with, my dear!
    • Who: The Wolf
    • Notes: Character had disguised himself as Little Red Riding Hood's Grandmother in order to eat the child. Though he succeeded, the Baker happened to be walking by at the time, and slit the Wolf's stomach, killing him.
  • I'm not the lad!
    • Who: The Narrator
    • Notes: Character served as the narrator of the tale. When a fierce giantess apppeared in the land, she demanded to find Jack, who had killed her husband. The Witch sacrifices the Narrator to trick the giantess, but she sees through the ruse and drops him; the impact kills him.
  • Promise won't let her get Jack. I stand here at death's door. Promise. PROMISE!...Jack!...Jack...Jack...
    • Who: Jack's Mother
    • Notes: The other fairy tale characters were divided on the subject of sacrificing Jack to the giantess. His mother defended him fiercely, and angered the giantess with her cries. Cinderella's Steward struck Jack's Mother over the head with his lance to silence her, and the blow proved fatal.
  • And now, because of the way you treated me, I'll never be happy!
    • Who: Rapunzel
    • Notes: Character, facing severe depression after bearing twins, was screaming at her mother, the Witch. Later, she stumbled upon the giantess and the others; she panicked and ran directly into the monstrous giantess's path. She was crushed beneath her foot.
  • Let the moment go...don't forget it for a moment, though./Just remembering you've had an 'an' when you're back to 'or'.../makes the 'or' mean more than it did before.../Now I understand...and it's time to leave the woods!
    • Who: The Baker's Wife
    • Notes: Character had had a tryst with Cinderella's Prince in the woods. While contemplating the situation, she began to wander around the forest. The giantess arrived nearby, and her mighty steps shook a tree, which fell and crushed the Baker's Wife.
  • All right Mother, when?/Lost the beans again!/Punish me the way you did then!/Give me claws and a hunch/just away from this bunch/and the gloom!/and the doom!/and the boom...CRRRRUUNNNNNCHH!
    • Character: The Witch
    • Notes: Character had listened to Cinderella, Jack, Little Red, and the Baker accuse each other of the giantess's appearance. She revealed that all were responsible, and so scattered the magic beans that had grown into beanstalks. Upon doing so, she disappeared in a puff of smoke.
  • Son, son! All is repaired!
  • Like son...
    • Who: The Mysterious Man
    • Notes: First line occurs at the end of Act One, when the breaking of the spell that kept the Baker's Wife childless was broken. In Act Two, he became a spirit, and confronted his son-the Baker-when he tried to leave his own infant son. He told the dangers of running away, and disappeared into the forest forever.
  • Thank you. Now justice will be served, and I will leave your kingdom.
    • Who: The Giantess
    • Notes: Cinderella, Little Red, Jack, and the Baker used their collective experiences to outwit the giantess. Cinderella and Little Red directed her toward Jack's hiding place, while he and the Baker waited with clubs. She fell into their trap and perished.

Original video animation

  • Doctor Hell... I have failed you...
    • Who: Baron Ashura
    • Source: Mazinkaiser
    • Notes: Drawn and quartered by Mazinkaiser's Kaiser Blade while fused to the monster King Hell Gorgon.


  • I'm sorry I couldn't protect you...
    • Who: Rei Hino
    • Source: Sailor Moon Stars
  • Fire...soul.. (Point-blank range attack to a nigh-invincible foe, killing them both.)
    • Who: Rei Hino
      • Source: Sailor Moon
    • Notes:
  • Sister...
    • Who: Yurito Morimiya
    • Notes: When Aono, Yurito's sister, attempted to kill Matsuri with a katana, Yurito stood in the path of her blade. Yurito is slain and his illusionary form (he was a fake substitute created by Aono through Yaka powers) dissolved back into a sea of papers.
  • Everyone, the Shinigami is...
  • Who: L
    • Deathnote
    • Notes: Spoken by L as he is killed by a Shinigami (death god) right as a complex mystery becomes clear to him.
  • You are no son of mine
  • Who: Tywin Lannister
    • A Storm of Swords
  • Cold.
  • Who: Renly Baratheon
    • A Clash of Kings
  • Well Gosh.
  • Who: Mayor Wilkins
    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer


See Last words in Batman media

The Lord of the Rings

See Last words in Lord of the Rings media

Star Wars

See Fictional last words in Star Wars media.


See Last words in Transformers media

Unattributed / general

  • Goodbye...
    • Who: Usually uttered in a sudden death, but where the subject accepts death quickly enough to say one last thing.
  • I won't go alone!..
    • Who: While not necessarily last words upon death by specific characters, this phrase is often uttered by villains and such who are trapped in inescapable prisons (other dimensions, magical traps) or death traps, who usually react by attempting to grab a hero or (sometimes) collegue to join them just as they are sucked in, never to be seen again.
    • This line is also interpreted as I'll take you with me!
  • Whoa! I made it!
    • Who: Usually a person who has just escaped from a life-threatening danger, siege, assault or predators, and who is then taken by surprise by something else.
  • Now where the hell did that come from?
    • Who: A fighter pilot, car driver or motorcyclist who is hit by a surprise
  • Nooooooo!!!
    • Who: Generally spoken during a last ditch battle by someone who has seen a close friend / loved one shot down and as a result goes beserk, usually by firing wildly at the enemy. Character is him/herself usually shot down as well moments later. Also cried out by people who deny their fates, often villains.
  • Oops.
  • (alternatively Oh, shit! or other variations)
    • Who: Usually a distinctly unfortunate and/or clumsy individual.
  • You'll never take me alive!
    • Who: Often said by the last man standing in battles, wars or police / criminal shoot-outs.
  • Can't we make a deal?
    • Who: Often, a villain attempts to make some sort of deal with the hero, either to get the hero on his or her side or to render the hero vulnerable. The hero usually rejects the offer or sees through the treachery at the last moment and kills the villain.
  • Spare me!
    • Who: Often a villain who is attempting to gain a temporary reprieve from death in order to finish off the hero. Similarly, villains sometimes appeal to the hero's emotions (particularly if the villain is a family member, former friend or other person the hero would otherwise hold in esteem), or the hero's compassion or reluctance to kill, usually in vain. Villains may also use this to beg from mercy from other villains, particularly if they are to be killed by their superiors for failing or if they are being betrayed by an underling or ally.
  • Kill me!
    • Who: Often a villain who has been badly wounded, and who expects the hero to show him or her as much mercy as he or she would have shown the hero. The hero may agree to this request, but alternatively may not, and the villain may attempt to attack the hero again, only to be killed. This may also be said by badly wounded or very ill person asking a friend to end his or her life. This is used in three out of four of the Alien films, usually, the character is dying from a Chestburster infestation.
  • (Hysterical and/or maniacal laughter)
    • Who: Usually a villain who, realizing the futility of his actions, or having gone insane, "goes out" in a final mad action (i.e.: randomly firing a weapon {Cody Jarret in "White Heat"}, falling to his death {Edward Lionheart in "Theatre of Blood'}, triggering a bomb {The Predator in "Predator"}, etc.), and almost always followed by a violent cinematic death (such as a loud, fiery explosion). The Joker, Batman's archenemy, notably does this everytime he seemingly dies in an apparently inescapable death (Then again, the Joker is truly insane and laughs hysterically quite often).
  • I need to tell you...
    • Who: Usually someone who is about to reveal a secret to someone (usually a hero) before being killed. Their doing so usually foreshadows the nature of the secret. Alternatively, if the character is a friend, family member, or lover of the character to whom he or she is speaking, he or she will often say something about his or her feelings towards that person. Additionally, it can be final instructions to a character. About half the time, the secret is cut off, but the final message often foreshadows its nature.
  • I see/feel/sense...
    • Who: A character who has a vivid experience just before their death.
  • I'm sorry...
    • Who: Often a villain who sees the error of his or her ways, or another character expressing regret for something he or she should have done.
  • I'll kill you!
    • Who: Often someone who is fighting against an opponent who defeats and kills them.
  • This is impossible!/This can't be happening!
    • Who: Usually a villain who is overconfident, and therefore cannot believe they are about to die. Mentioned as being something to avoid saying on the Evil Overlord List (number 24.)
  • Thank you...
    • Who: Often someone who is thanking another character for something they have done for them in the past, or for mercifully ending their life.
  • You've done well.
    • Who: Often a defeated individual reluctantly praising their foe in the last moments of their life, or a person who is either a parent (biological or considered as such), or mentor to the listener.
  • Everything's ok!/Nothing's wrong!
    • Who: Often a character who is killed unexpectedly, usually a victim of a betrayal, freak accident or a sneak attack. Such characters often say that they do not expect anything to happen, adding an ironic effect to their last words. Additionally, some characters talk as though nothing is happening before they die, often to the person(s) who kill them.
  • (Main villain's name, shouted loudly)
    • Who: Usually a loyal henchperson of a certain main villain, after being defeated by the main hero, hoping the main villain will succeed where the henchperson failed. Also could be a person who attempts to defeat the main villain but becomes upset when he fails.

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