What's the saddest you've gotten over a fictional character dying? (warning: spoiler city)


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For me Lexie from Grey's Anatomy. I was sad for WEEKS after.

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That's...a tough one. Kamina was a pretty big hit, but I think I've had a few others since that had me bawling harder.

...oh yeah. Like Koro-sensei. Rewatched it with friends, and it just never gets easier.


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When Charlotte, of "Charlotte's Web", died.

Or when Pikachu thought Ash had died in the first theatrical film. There wasn't a dry eye in the theater, mine included.

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Or when Pikachu thought Ash had died in the first theatrical film. There wasn't a dry eye in the theater, mine included.

That was a major one for me.

So was Mufasa.

And Yandu.

... I could probably think of others if I sat around and thought about them.

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Finnbarr Galedeep still resonates with me 20 years later.


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Recently?

Some of these are going to sound 'off', but I stick by them...

Black Panther:

Killmonger. They could have saved him, but he went for a meaningful death to really drive the point home. Resolute to the last, and mad props for it, but still **sad**.

Diablo III:

Leah.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan:

Spock Even if he got 'better' in III, it still really hurt at the time

Robotech The New Generation, Episodes 68, 78:

'Eulogy'
Col. Jonathan Wolff

'Ghost Town'
Team of vets that has serious demons but rises to the occasion

That's it for the moment

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Yondu in GOTG2 is probably the most recent for me. I really choked up at that funeral scene.

Susan Rodriguez in The Dresden Files book Changes hit me pretty hard.

Ellie in the opening scenes in UP, of course. I don't know anyone who doesn't tear up watching that.

Lavitz from Legend of Dragoon is probably the only video game that got me. Mostly because I knew about most other RPG character deaths (Palom and Porom, Galuf, Leo, Aeris, Crono, etc. etc. etc.) in advance, but LoD had not been spoiled for me so it was unexpected.


Optimus Prime, 1986 animated Transformers: the Movie. First time I'd ever been to the movies and my hero died.

Morag, the Gatherer of Souls from the House of Gaian. I'd guessed something bad was going to happen to her, but still....

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Oh, Muldoon from Jurassic Park. So glad him and Hammond were reversed in the book.


Xion in Kingdom Hearts 358/2, followed shortly by Roxas. Due to my autism, I was both slow to empathize with characters and had a fairly low subset of characters I identified with. Roxas was one of the first characters i did identify with.


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I don't remember it, but according to family lore when I was about seven or eight my parents heard a wail of despair from my bedroom. When they came running in to see what had befallen their child, I was tear stricken: "Robin Hood just died".

The earliest I remember is the death of the title character from Charlotte's Web. That was tough. :(


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I cried during Woodhouse's funeral.

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I wanted to make a pun about Susan being already dead, but realized red court vampires aren't classified as undead in Dresden verse.

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Alvin. The prejudice of the world created their own monster out of a sweet little boy and at the end you have to clean that mess up. Business is business of course, but... thanks for breaking it, world!


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Vin and Elend in the third Mistborn

Alera at the end of the Codex Alera

Aral Vorkosigan.

Another one for Susan Rodriguez and Ellie here.

Jean Valjean always gets me.

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Ooof, I'd forgotten about Aral. Seconded.

And another from my childhood: Rachel from Animorphs.

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Aaaaand another. Hughes from Full Metal Alchemist.


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Forgot Ellie and Hughes.

FMA:

Nina Tucker

Dragonlance:

Sturm Brightblade

2001, 2010:

HAL9000

Robotech Macross Saga Episodes 18, 36:

18:
Roy Fokker

36:
Admiral Gloval and the Bridge Crew


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Farscape:
Zhaan. She was like the only good one. Although not very good at being good...

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Dragonlance

Ah yeah:
Flint Fireforge
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Not a death, but every time Uncle Iroh sings Leaves from the Vine I go to pieces.


Susan Rodriguez, another vote. Also from Dresden:

Spoiler:
Carlos Ramirez

Farscape: Zhaan, absolutely

Michael Keaton's character in My Life.


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Firefly:
Wash, in the final act of Serenity.

Avengers: Infinity War:
Spider-Man... even though we all know that super-heroes never stay dead for long.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
Jenny Calendar

It wasn't the saddest I'd felt, but the character death that disturbed me the most was...

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Helen Flynn, in the second episode of the series. By having her head submerged in a deep-fat-fryer. I can't imagine a more terrifying or painful death.

...and I'm getting chills just thinking of that scene, and I haven't watched it in well over a decade.


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Bela


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Yondu in Guardians 2- less for his death than for this line from his last words: "I'm sorry I didn't do none of it right.".

Optimus Prime in Transformers: The Movie

Supergirl in Crisis on Infinite Earths

Flint Fireforge in Dragonlance (Sturm was sad, but he'd been carrying a doomed banner over his head for the better part of the book)

Hal Jordan as Parallax in "The Final Night," although DC would later reverse just about everything (including his death) that made that scene tick. Bonus points for it being a character I'd never had any use for.

More to follow when I'm not on the way out the door...

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Firefly: ** spoiler omitted **

Oh yes.

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Dresden files:

Carlos died? I last read about his little screw up with Molly in Servered souls, but his injuries weren't fatal so to speak.


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Firefly: ** spoiler omitted **
Oh yes.

...I cheered...


So did I!


Jack, Laura's dog, from the "Little House on the Prairie" books.
I was six. I was devastated.

As an adult, the fictional death that hit me the hardest was Granny Weatherwax in Terry Pratchett's "The Shepherd's Crown".

Followed closely by that of a minor character at the end of Steven Brust's "the Viscount of Adrilankha" trilogy, the lackey Mica.

He's a peasant and a servant and a minor character, but his death, and his funeral service, completely wrecked me both times I read the series.


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Mmm...

Zarina and Saffron from Pirate's Promise.


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Not a death, but every time Uncle Iroh sings Leaves from the Vine I go to pieces.

Same


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Littlefoots mom


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Littlefoots mom

BIG TIME. Bambi's mom barely rates a blink- Littlefoot's Mom dies a big damn hero.

Lana Lang and Jimmy Olsen in "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" (This one is all in the presentation)

Captain Vasili Borodin in The Hunt For Red October- "I would like to have seen Montana..."

Damn near everybody in Das Boot.

Stanislaus Katczinsky in All Quiet on the Western Front

Nately, in Catch-22

The title character in Mister Roberts

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Mmm...

Zarina and Saffron from Pirate's Promise.

I think I had blocked those out... ;_;

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Littefoot's Mom hit me too.

Also, The Iron Giant

"Suuuupaaah man..."


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Yeah I had forgotten about iron giant put me down for that one too. the first time I saw that movie was sadness and anger. I can't remember the exact age but super young.


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The end of Blackadder goes forth.


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The Death Star.

Man, that was gonna be a sweet space station! To bad they never solved the whole rebel problem.


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Air Bud.

You can't tell me that same dog makes it through all 37 movies.


Gotta drop out of this thread before someone mentions something about "infinity Wars". I still haven't seen it.


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I don't remember which short story it was, but it was fairly recent.

Spoiler:
He died just before having sex with Molly. As I recall his entrails ended up all over the place. As Molly is the Winter Lady (maiden), the power of the mantle will not actually allow her to have sex.

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O_O

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Vanykrye wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

I don't remember which short story it was, but it was fairly recent.

** spoiler omitted **

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That story is cold case from shadowed souls. Sorry for wrong quote earlier. He just got some painful but not really life threatening injuries after trying to have sex with Molly. Mab even said he'd be fine and to reassure Molly, sit around until the White Council Healers showed up, so Molly could go get her tribute of cormorant shapeshifter kids. And Mab doesn't lie.

Think you misinterpreted.

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Wiki agrees not dead. Whew.

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Dresden Files:

Exact quotes from the book:

"That will not be necessary," Mab said. "He will not be in danger of dying for some hours. I have already dispatched word to the White Council. Their healers will arrive momentarily to care or him. You will leave at once."

*Spat between Molly and Mab*

I'm not sure you can micro-roll with your eyes. But Mab can. "very well. I will sit with him until the wizards arrive."


Wow. I must have been really tired when I read that one. I stand obviously corrected.


As the creator said he would not be returning to the storyline and has moved on, Dangaio and the Dangaio Team.


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Oh I remembered the only character death in my adult life to make me legitimately depressed afterwards. Not because I particularly liked that character but if you've seen it you know why. The little girl and boy from grave of the fireflys. I still curse my GF for making me watch it.


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Sallah Telgar in Dragonsdawn


In the moment? Absolutely Sturm Brightblade in Dragonlance Chronicles. I was 13; it's the only time I can remember purposefully mistreating a book (I threw it across the room).

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