List of last words in fiction

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Occasionally fictional characters' dying words are so widely repeated that the phrase has a life of its own.

fictional characters' dying words that are widely repeated
phrase character author fictional work notes
"Et tu, Brute?" Julius Caesar William Shakespeare Julius Caesar (play)
  • Conspirators surprise Julius Caesar, surround him, and stab him.[1] Caesar's dying utterance is surprise to see the conspirators include Brutus, whom he considered a trusted friend. The phrase is often re-used to express a feeling of betrayal.
"Rosebud" Charles Foster Kane Orson Welles Citizen Kane
  • Everyone in Kane's life is mystified as to the meaning of of his dying word, "Rosebud".[2][3]
  • The Simpsons wrapped the entire episode Rosebud around Citizen Kane's central premise.[4]
"All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die." Roy Batty Ridley Scott Blade Runner
  • Blatty, the tragically doomed villain has almost overcome the hero, only to save him from a fatal fall, at the last moment, when he realizes he is about to reach his preset termination date.[5][6][7][8][9]


  1. Robert Lawrence Antus (Spring 2006). ""The Et Tu Brute Complex" compulsive self betrayal". Gale Online. Retrieved 2020-08-26. "Caesar is surprised that Brutus is among the senators in the Roman Forum who are stabbing him. Brutus, a best friend, has become a worst enemy, and Brutus' cut is the cruelest blow of them all." 
  2. Gunter Wolf; Stuart J. Shankland (2003). "p27Kip1: The “Rosebud” of Diabetic Nephropathy?". Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 14: 819–822. Retrieved 2020-08-26. 
  3. Ray Merlock; Kathy Merlock Jackson (September 2006). "Leaving Rosebud, Leaving the Valley: Vestiges of Childhood in Two Classic Films from 1941". The Journal of American Culture 29 (3): pp. 296-306. Retrieved 2020-08-26. 
  4. Nathan Ditum (2009-06-06). "The 50 Greatest Simpsons Movie References: Smart and funny riffs on classic cinema moments...". Total Film magazine. Archived from the original on 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2020-08-26. "The name is the giveaway, and the whole plot cribs smartly from Kane..." 
  5. Jude Rogers (2016-01-21). "The final mysteries of David Bowie's Blackstar – Elvis, Crowley and 'the villa of Ormen'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2019-02-24. 
  6. Gilmore, Mikal (2012-02-02). "David Bowie: How Ziggy Stardust Fell to Earth". Rolling Stone magazine. Retrieved February 24, 2019. 
  7. Paul Trynka (2011). David Bowie: Starman. Little, Brown and Company. p. 397. ISBN 978-0316032254. Retrieved 2019-02-14. 
  8. "Listen to Keira Knightley & Director Tony Scott Talk ‘Domino’". Movieweb. 2005-10-13. 
  9. Ryan Gilbey (2019-07-25). "Rutger Hauer obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2019-11-24.