Fictional last words in literature

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The following is a list of last words attributed to various fictional characters in literature. Characters are listed according to source (i.e. the originating book), 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.

Note: for last words appearing in the works of William Shakespeare, see Last words in Shakespeare.

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

A-F

  • "Kit"
    • Who: Dewey Denoument
    • Source: A Series of Unfortunate Events
    • Notes: Dewey said this before sink in the lake in front of the hotel dead inpaled by an harpoon.
  • They do seem hungry.
    • Who: Mendelson Shape
    • Source: Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker
    • Notes: Stated while observing a group of monstrous insects known as the Sacbrood, moments before one ate him alive.
  • Never fear, angel. I've got you now, and for always... angel?
    • Who: Christopher Carrion
    • Source: Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker
    • Notes: Spoken seconds before Boa, the character he was affectionately addressing as angel, deliberately broke a window, letting in the flood outside and killing him.
  • It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.
    • Who: Sydney Carton
    • Source: A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
    • Notes: Although these are commonly thought to be the characters last thoughts, the actual source is the narrator guessing what the last thoughts of the condemned man might be.
  • Man hands on misery to man. It deepens like a coastal shelf. Get out as early as you can, and don't have any kids yourself.
  • I'm all for crime.
    • Who: Anthony Marston
    • Source: And Then There Were None
    • Notes: The group gathered on Indian Island was discussing the nature of the crimes against them. Marston, young and uncaring, raised his glass to crime and finished his drink. He then died of an overdose of potassium chloride.
  • Leslie?...
    • Who: General John Macarthur
    • Source: And Then There Were None
    • Notes: Leslie was Macarthur's wife, who had an affair with one of Macarthur's soldiers during World War One. After discovering the affair, Macarthur sent the young man on a suicide mission, knowing full well he would not return. The elderly general was haunted for years before being killed by way of a blow to the base of his head.
  • No more Indian tricks tonight. I've seen to that...
    • Who: Thomas Rogers
    • Source: And Then There Were None
    • Notes: Rogers served as the butler of the house on Indian Island. He became suspicious of the fact that one of the ceramic "ten little Indians" on the kitchen table would disappear every time a guest on the island died. He proceeded to lock the dining room door before going to bed one night; the next morning, his head was split open with an axe while he chopped firewood.
  • It's like a bee-a bumblebee.
    • Who: Emily Brent
    • Source: And Then There Were None
    • Notes: Brent, a strictly religious woman, was overcome by a spell of giddiness in the kitchen on the second morning at the island. She heard a buzzing sound in her ears, and noticed a bumblebee crawling on the windowsill. The bee was placed in accordance with the "Ten Little Indians" rhyme, and as dictated by the poem, Brent died when the culprit pricked her neck with a hypodermic syringe-a "modern bee sting."
  • Now look here, my dear, you've got to-
    • Who: Philip Lombard
    • Source: And Then There Were None
    • Notes: Lombard and Vera Claythorne were alone on the beach of Indian Island. Vera managed to slip Lombard's revolver out of his pocket, and had it aimed at him. Lombard said the words as he tried to calm Vera, only to suddenly jump her. Vera instinctively pulled the trigger, and shot Lombard through the heart.
  • You can go to the rock, Cyril...
    • Who: Vera Claythorne
    • Source: And Then There Were None
    • Notes: Claythorne managed to survive as the "last little Indian" on the island. In a delusional state, she walked up to her room and discovered a noose hanging from the ceiling, in respect to the last line of the poem: "He went and hanged himself and then there were none." Her last words were a recollection of her own crime, in which she told her nursery charge to swim to a far-off rock, knowing he would drown.
  • And they will find ten dead bodies and an unsolved problem on Indian Island. Signed, Lawrence Wargrave.
    • Who: Justice Lawrence Wargrave
    • Source: And Then There Were None
    • Notes: Wargrave was the true mastermind behind the murders on Indian Island. He wrote his confession-the last line of which is the above quote-and placed it in a bottle, throwing it to the sea. He then committed suicide, finishing his "perfect crime."
  • G-give this...g-give this...to the m-media.
    • Who: Maximilian Kohler
    • Source: Angels & Demons
  • Ma'assalamah. Goodbye.
    • Who: The Hassassin
    • Source: Angels & Demons
  • <Hope...>
    • Who: Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul
    • Source: Animorphs, by K. A. Applegate
    • Note: Elfangor's death occurs in the first book, "The Invasion". This is from an alternate depiction in "The Andalite Chronicles.
  • Cash...you, Cash!
    • Who: Addie Bundren
    • Source: As I Lay Dying
    • Note: Cash was her son, building a coffin for her.
  • I just didn't want to be a loser anymore...
  • Idiot... we might have all survived... we're all so stupid... Stupid!
    • Who: Girl#2 Yukie Utsumi
    • Source: Battle Royale
    • Note: Shouts it to another dead girl after she and her friends shoot each other following a paranoid girl's breakdown.
  • Don't bring me any tea. Thank you. Good night, darling.
    • Who: Martha Dobie
    • Source: "The Children's Hour" by Lillian Hellman
    • Note: Said to Karen Wright as she exits. The two women, who run a girls' school, have been accused of being lesbians by a vindictive student. Martha comes to realize she has had romantic feelings for Karen all along and, seeing how the scandal has ruined both their lives, shoots herself off-stage.
  • Now, when you kick off, boy, I want a seventy yard boot, and get right down the field under the ball, and when you hit, hit low and hard, because it's important, boy. There's all kinds of important people in the stands, and the first thing you know...Ben! Ben, where do I...Ben, how do I...sh! Shh! SHHHHH!
    • Who: Willy Loman
    • Source: Death of a Salesman
    • Notes: Willy commits suicide by running off stage, into his car, and crashing it.
  • It couldn't have gone through you! There are so many ribs and things!
  • (after death) You got it right!
    • Who: Mr. Teatime
    • Source: Discworld: Hogfather (Book by Terry Pratchett)
  • And now for the greatest journey of all
    • Who: Brom
    • Source: Inheritance, Eragon
    • Notes: Knowing he is going to die, he gives Eragon his blessing and then departs

Batman

Dune series

  • You... think... you... defeated... me... you... think... I... did... not... know... what... I... bought... for... my... Wanna
    • Who: Wellington Yueh
    • Source: Dune
    • Notes: Character has been stabbed after delivering Duke Leto to Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. Character is referring to the poison capsule in Leto's tooth, which almost kills the Baron.
  • And I am a desert creature. You see me, Father? I am a desert creature.
    • Who: Liet-Kynes
    • Source: Dune
    • Notes: Character notices that he is standing above a bubble of carbon dioxide that will eventually become a "blow" and engulf him. He thinks that is something that only desert creatures can sense, and while these are his last thoughts, they are a way of "speaking" to his dead father. He dies when he is swallowed by the blow.
  • I’ve got her now, Majesty! Shall I dispatch her now-eeeeeeeeeeh! [Alia: I’m sorry, Grandfather. You’ve met the Atreides gom jabbar] You- you
    • Who: Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
    • Source: Dune
    • Notes: Character is speaking to the Emperor about Paul’s younger sister, Alia. However, she stabs him with a poisonous gom jabbar, killing him almost instantly.
  • See, Majesty? See your traitor’s needle? Do you think that I who've given my life to the service of the Atreides would give them less now?
    • Who: Thufir Hawat
    • Source: Dune
    • Notes: Character has been commanded to kill Paul, but says the first sentence to the Emperor before committing suicide by stabbing himself with an extremely poisonous gom jabbar, which he had apparently been ordered to use on Paul.
  • You see it here on my hip? Your death, fool. It’ll stop your muscles and my knife will finish you. There’ll never be a trace left to detect!
    • Who: Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen
    • Source: Dune
    • Notes: Character is dueling against Paul, and plans to use a poison to paralyze him and fnish him off. Paul, however, kills him after he says this.
  • You have no body shield. Do you wish mine?
  • Two deaths for the Atreides. The second for no better reason than the first.
  • Siona.
    • Who: Duncan Idaho
    • Source: Various books in the Dune Series
    • Notes: Character is killed by the Harkonnen in Dune after saying the first line; he volunteers to stand guard after Jessica says that she trusts his protection, and is killed when the Harkonnen close in. However, he is resurrected as a ghola, a clone with all the past self’s memories. That ghola is killed in Children of Dune after provoking Stilgar, and says the second line after he is fatally stabbed, but is later resurrected. A ghola says the third line in God Emperor of Dune when he is dying of injuries after being crushed by Leto II during an assassination attempt. The line is a reference to Siona Atreides; Leto briefly ponders, but soon dismisses, the notion that the two are working together. The next ghola becomes an important character in God Emperor of Dune, and dies after the book ends. The current ghola is alive as of the end of Chapterhouse: Dune.
  • One blasphemy remains! Blasphemy! And the name of that blasphemy is Alia!
    • Who: Paul "Muad’Dib" Atreides
    • Source: Children of Dune
    • Notes: Character is speaking in his assumed identity as the Preacher after having abdicated power and entered the desert. Alia’s men kill him after he says this.
  • Mother, what’re they doing? What do you want me to do? Help me!
    • Who: Alia Atreides
    • Source: Children of Dune
    • Notes: Character is losing control of herself to the memory of her grandfather, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, who is turning her against her mother and other relatives in order to avenge himself. Leto II tells her to "save herself," and she commits suicide.
  • Lord? You live?
    • Who: Nayla
    • Source: God Emperor of Dune
    • Notes: Character was a devoted servant of Leto II and had helped carry out a plot to assassinate him under the order that she do whatever Siona told her to do. After she says this, Duncan Idaho kills her.
  • Stop that foolishness!
    • Who: Leto II
    • Source: God Emperor of Dune
    • Notes: Character, a human with a sandworm body, is dying after falling into the Idaho River as a result of a group of assassins destroying the bridge he is on, and gives instructions to Duncan Idaho and Siona before saying this as he hears voices. However, his "dream" remains in Heretics of Dune.
  • Life and movement are 'out there' with the people of the Scattering who resist the whores. Whatever we do, we must make that resistance stronger.
  • I have won!
    • Who: Taraza
    • Source: Heretics of Dune
    • Notes: First line is spoken to Sheeana some time before her death. Second line is character's final thoughts, just before she passes on her Other Memories to her subordinate Odrade before dying of wounds from the Honored Matre attacks. "Whores" is a derogatory Bene Gesserit term for Honored Matres.
  • Do what you must, daughter. That worm in the hold may soon be the only one in the universe.
    • Who: Miles Teg
    • Source: Heretics of Dune
    • Notes: Character stays behind on Dune while his daughter Odrade(whom he is addressing) escapes with the last sandworm. He is presumably killed when the Honored Matres destroy Dune, but is later cloned.
  • Great Honored Matre-
    • Who: Lucilla
    • Source: Chapterhouse:Dune
    • Notes: Character, a prisoner of the Great Honored Matre, had offended her captor by, in her estimation, being "too clever" and for calling her by her first name, Dama. What she was about to say is unclear, but the enraged Great Honored Matre kills her with a kick to the head after reminding her that she had dared call her Dama.
  • Do not interrupt my thoughts.
    • Who: Great Honored Matre Dama
    • Source: Chapterhouse:Dune
    • Notes: Character begins to meditate, but dies from being poisoned by Logno.
  • So this is the bag of insolence you say you trained in your ways.
    • Who: Great Honored Matre Logno
    • Source: Chapterhouse:Dune
    • Notes: Referring to Murbella, a former Honored Matre trained by the Bene Gesserit. Shortly after saying this, Logno attacks Murbella, but is killed.

E-K

  • Well, good-by.
    • Who: Jay Gatsby
    • Source: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Note: Last words to Nick during their last meeting. Later on Gatsby is shot by George Wilson, who thought Gatsby had killed his wife.
  • Randy, you stop right there! Stop!
    • Who: Leslie Taylor
    • Source: House by Ted Dekker
    • Notes: This is spoken as her longtime friend and associate, Randy Messarue, stabs her to death.
  • Goodnight, Jane.
    • Who: Helen Burns
    • Source: Jane Eyre
    • Note: The title character's first and best friend at school, she dies at a young age after a long battle with consumption. Jane sneaks into the superintendent's office to be with her and sleep beside her in her final hours.

Harry Potter

(these may contain spoilers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)

  • Lily, take Harry and go! It's him! I'll try to hold him off -- just go!
  • Not Harry! Please, no, not Harry -- I'll do anything!
    • Who: Lily Potter
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (flashback) by J. K. Rowling
    • Notes: Harry's mother was killed by Voldemort while shouting pleas to protect him shortly after her husband's death. This would later translate into a powerful magical protection.
  • Master -- I cannot hold him -- my hands!*
  • Come on, you can do better than that!
  • You actually are joking, Perce...I don't think I've heard you joke since you were --
    • Who: Fred Weasley
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: Fred is addressing his older brother, Percy, who has recently rejoined the good side, and is killed a sudden attack by the Death Eaters as they lay siege to Hogwarts.
  • Look...at...me...
    • Who: Severus Snape
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: Voldemort has set his snake, Nagini, upon Snape, and he bleeds to death, but not before giving Harry an essential memory to explain his past and his true allegiance. He looks into Harry's eyes, which are just like his mother Lily's, whom Snape loved, before dying.
  • Severus...please...please...
    • Who: Charity Burbage, Muggle Studies professor at Hogwarts
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: Voldemort has kidnapped the Muggle-friendly professor to make an example of her, and Voldemort later killed her[1]. She is then presumably fed to Nagini, Voldemort's snake. Her last words are notably similar to Dumbledore's.
  • Stand back. Stand away from the door. I am coming in.
    • Who: Peter "Wormtail" Pettigrew
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: Pettigrew goes down to the dungeon where Harry, Ron, Luna and others are kept to check on them. They overpower him, and Harry reminds him of his debt to him for saving his life in Prisoner of Azkaban. Wormtail gives in, and the enchanted hand Voldemort made for him immediately chokes him to death for his betrayal.
  • Like it hot, scum?
    • Who: Vincent Crabbe
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: In the Room of Requirement, Crabbe and Gregory Goyle attempt to kill Ron, Hermione and Harry, and Crabbe uses a spell that produces strong, magical fire (Fiendfyre). Harry attempts to rescue everyone in question, but they escape and the room seals itself with Crabbe still inside.
  • What will happen to your children once I've killed you? When Mummy's gone the same way as Freddie?
    • Who: Bellatrix Lestrange
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: Bella is taunting Mrs. Weasley, whose son Fred has just been killed. Mrs. Weasley shouts back that Bella will "never touch [her] children again" and kills her with a spell.
  • I do not know, I never knew, a young man -- no -- please -- PLEASE!
    • Who: Gregorovitch, the wandmaker
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: Voldemort is searching for the Elder Wand, and believes Gregorovitch knows who stole it and where it is (although he does not know the thief's identity). After interrogating him and getting no response, he finally kills him.
  • Kill me, then! You will not win, you cannot win! The wand will never, ever be yours --
    • Who: Gellert Grindelwald
    • Source: Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: Voldemort has tracked down Grindelwald at Nurmengard, the prison he himself had built for his enemies, believing he can lead him to the Elder Wand. At that moment, Bellatrix Lestrange summons him to the Malfoy Manor because they have Harry, and he kills Grindelwald in exasperation.
  • Avada Kedavra!
    • Who: Lord Voldemort
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: He is attempting yet again to kill Harry Potter with the Killing Curse, which rebounds upon him and kills him fully, now that his Horcruxes have been destroyed.

Thomas Harris

  • Wendy? Hlease Wendy. Grahan set ne uh. The cunt knew it. Grahan set ne uh. Cunt tut his hand on ne in the ticture like a hucking tet. Wendy?
    • Translation: "Wendy? Please Wendy. Graham set me up. The cunt knew it. Graham set me up. Cunt put his hand on me in the picture like a fucking pet. Wendy?"
    • Who: Freddy Lounds
    • Source: Red Dragon
    • Note: Lounds, a tabloid reporter, was previously kidnapped by a serial killer known as the "Tooth Fairy". During his ordeal, his lips were bitten off by the killer, after which he was set on fire and rolled down the street on a wheelchair in front of his newspaper's offices. Lounds made this statement shortly before dying of his burns at the hospital. Wendy is Lounds' girlfriend. "Graham" is Will Graham, an FBI profiler who had used Lounds to set a trap for the Tooth Fairy.
  • How...does...it...feel...to be...so beautiful?
    • Who: Jame Gumb
    • Source: The Silence of the Lambs
    • Note: Gumb, a serial killer known as "Buffalo Bill", asks this after being shot by Clarice Starling.

Stephen King

  • Get outta here! Get outta here, you crazy WHORE!
    • Who: Buddy Repperton
    • Source: Christine
    • Note: Repperton says this to the titular car before being killed by Roland LeBay's ghost.
  • The gate, man! Oh Jesus Buddy it's the gaaaaayyyy--
    • Who: Bobby Stanton
    • Source: Christine
    • Note: Says this just before Buddy Repperton's car crashes into the gatehouse of a park during a chase with Christine. Stanton is killed instantly in the crash.
  • Come for me, you sonofawhore. Come on, come on, I don't give a shit. You hear me? I don't give a shit!
    • Who: Gary Pervier
    • Source: Cujo
    • Note: Says this shortly before being mauled to death by the titular dog.
  • I CONFESS.
    • Who: Frank Dodd
    • Source: The Dead Zone
    • Note: Dodd, a sheriff's deputy and also a serial killer, has committed suicide by cutting his own throat. A sign reading this is found around his neck.
  • Jonesy, get outta here! Get out! Shut the door! B--
    • Who: Joe "Beaver" Clarendon
    • Source: Dreamcatcher
    • Note: Beaver is being attacked by an alien creature dubbed in the book as a "shit weasel". He says this line just before the creature finally kills him.
  • That's an eagle. Count yourself lucky, laddie. God sent you a warbird to sing you to--
    • Who: Colonel Abraham Kurtz
    • Source: Dreamcatcher
    • Note: Kurtz is referencing a bird cry before he is shot in the head in mid-sentence by one of his own soldiers, Freddy Johnson.
  • Never mind, it stopped.
    • Who: Ralph Roberts
    • Source: Insomnia
    • Note: Spoken moments after sacrificing himself to save a child from an oncoming car. Roberts, an old man with the ability to travel through planes of reality, is referring to a ticking sound counting down to the time of his death.
  • Do they float?
    • Who: George "Georgie" Denborough
    • Source: It
    • Notes: Character had seen the monster It in the guise of Pennywise the Dancing Clown in a storm drain. When offered a balloon, Georgie asked the above question; the clown seized his arm and tore it off, and the child bled to death.
  • You're...not...real...
    • Who: Eddie Kapsbrack
    • Source: It
    • Note: Character was being attacked by It in the form of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. The child tried to resist and sought a zipper on the monster's back, but was decapitated.
  • I'm going upstairs to take a bath.
    • Who: Stanley Uris
    • Source: It
    • Note: Character had received a phone call saying that It, which was presumed destroyed, had returned to Derry. He, along with six friends, had vowed to return to defeat the evil if it ever surfaced again. Unable to face It's horror, Uris slit his wrists in the bathtub and wrote the monster's name on the wall in blood.
  • I DID IT WRONG!
    • Who: Hank Olson
    • Source: The Long Walk
    • Note: Olson is a contestant in a cross-country walk, in which the losers are killed by monitoring soldiers. Olson, succumbing to mental fatigue, is shot and mortally wounded after trying to climb a half-track following the walkers.
  • Doc. Run away. Quick. And remember how much I love you.
  • Oh Danny, for God's sake--
    • Who: Jack Torrance
    • Source: The Shining
    • Note: Torrance makes these statements as he pleads to his son Danny to flee. The spirit of the Overlook Hotel that is possessing him then strikes at Torrance's body with a roque mallet, gruesomely sheding Torrance's body to reveal a composite of the hotel's ghosts underneath.
  • I WIN! NOT TOO LATE! I WIN! NOT TOO LATE! NOT TOO LATE! NOT--
    • Who: The Overlook Hotel
    • Source: The Shining
    • Note: The hotel, in its supernatural form, was attempting to relieve pressure of the boiler in the Overlook's basement. The hotel made this statement, thinking it had prevented the boiler from exploding, when it did.
  • It's alright, Mr. Henried...You don’t know any better.
    • Who: Glen Bateman
    • Source: The Stand
    • Note: Says this after being shot by Lloyd Henreid.
  • Oh shit, we're all fucked!
    • Who: Lloyd Henreid
    • Source: The Stand
    • Note: Utters these words before being killed--along with the followers of Randall Flagg--by a nuclear bomb detonated in Las Vegas by the Hand of God.
  • Eat hearty.
    • Who: William "Billy" Halleck
    • Source: Thinner
    • Note: Halleck says this as he eats a cursed pie given to him by a Gypsy who had caused to him to dangerously lose weight earlier in the story. He meant to give the pie to his wife, Heidi, but his teenage daughter accidentally ate it.
  • --Jesus--
    • Who: Dan Killian
    • Source: The Running Man
    • Note: Says this as he sees Ben Richards in the cockpit of a plane aimed for his office.
  • Speak, boy. Rowf! Rowf!
    • Who: Ben Richards
    • Source: The Running Man
    • Note: Mocking an air traffic controller shortly before flying a plane into the headquarters of the Network's Games Federation.
  • Henry.
    • Who: Alice Maxwell
    • Source: Cell
    • Note: Character had had her head crushed in by a large stone. She had been saying random things throughout the night, before saying this name and dying.

L-P

  • God and my country.
  • Thanks. You've been my friend, Garraty... another time, another place.
  • No, Ray. It's time to sit down.
  • You. Ba. Bas. Bast. Ba.
  • Splendid! One of us is to furnish a repast for the hounds. The other will sleep in this most excellent bed. On guard, Rainsford.
  • Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.
  • Bad form!
    • Who: Captain Hook
    • Source: Peter Pan
    • Notes: Character falls into the jaws of a crocodile after being kicked overboard by Peter Pan

Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo

  • Et puis, tenez, monsieur Marius, je crois que j'étais un peu amoureuse de vous.
    • Translation (Norman Denny): "You know, Monsieur Marius, I think I was a little bit in love with you."
    • Who: Éponine
  • Je suis tombé par terre, / C'est la faute à Voltaire, / Le nez dans le ruisseau, / C'est la faute à ...
    • Translation (literal): "I have fallen to the ground, / It's the fault of Voltaire, / Nose in the gutter, / It's the fault of ..."
    • Who: Gavroche
  • Mes enfants, voici que je ne vois plus très clair, j'avais encore des choses à dire, mais c'est égal. Pensez un peu à moi. Vous êtes des êtres bénis. Je ne sais pas ce que j'ai, je vois de la lumière. Approchez encore. Je meurs heureux. Donnez-moi vos chères têtes bien-aimées, que je mette mes mains dessus.
    • Translation (based on that by Norman Denny): "[My] children, my sight is failing. I had more to say, but no matter. Think of me sometimes. You are fortunate [blessed creatures/souls]. I don't know what is happening to me, I can see a light. Come closer. I die happy. Bow your dear heads so that I may lay my hands on them."
    • Who: Jean Valjean

The Lord of the Rings

See Last words in Lord of the Rings media

S-Z

  • Terrible Tempis'...
    • Who: Timothy
    • Source: The Cay
    • Notes: Months after Timothy and Phillip are stranded on a cay near the Devil's Mouth, a hurricane hits the tiny island. After the hut blows away, the two run to a palm tree, where Timothy shields Phillip from the harsh rain, wind, and sand. After the storm, Timothy has been partially flayed alive. He soon dies of his wounds.
  • He is born again! I feel him! The Dragon takes his first breath on the slope of Dragonmount! He is coming! Light help us! Light help the world! He lies in the snow and cries like the thunder! He burns like the sun!
    • Who: Gitara Moroso
    • Source: The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
      • The Great Hunt
      • New Spring: The Novel
    • Notes: Spoken by Gitara Sedai upon the birth of the Dragon Reborn.
  • A gift from Adeleas.
    • Who: Vandene Namelle
    • Source: The Wheel of Time (Knife of Dreams)
    • Notes: To Careane Fransi upon finding out she is Black Ajah and responsible for the murder of Adeleas (Vandene's sister). Vandene stabs her with a knife and is then killed by the other Black Ajah members.
  • You? No!
    • Who: Asmodean
    • Source: The Wheel of Time (Fires of Heaven)
    • Notes: One of the series' great unresolved mysteries. Asmodean (a reformed bad guy) is musing on his fate on his way to get a snack. As he opens the pantry door, he utters his famous words, dying within sight of his goal.
  • The real virus is evil. The disease of ... of the Horde.
    • Who: Thomas Hunter
    • Source: White by Ted Dekker
    • Notes: This is spoken to Monique, the creator of a virus that infected the entire world. When it was discovered that the only antidote was Thomas's blood, he agreed to allow all of it to be taken. This is spoken as he is dying to the real world, but he continues to live in his dreams.
  • Sir?
    • Who: Bernardo
    • Source: Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley
    • Notes: Said after Zastrozzi has impaled him on his sword, apparently to avenge all the people Bernardo has killed. Bernardo was Zastrozzi's loyal servant.
  • I am alive!
    • Who: Victor
    • Source: Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley
    • Notes: Said after Zastrozzi has impaled him.

Star Wars

See Last words in Star Wars media.

See also

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