10 Fictional Character Deaths That Really Upset People the Most

Ned Stark Game of Thrones
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The young mind doesn’t understand the complexities of plot and conflict in fiction. Nobody likes to see good characters killed in films, though sometimes it is necessary. However, moviegoers share their picks for character deaths that hurt them in an online post.

1. John Coffey: The Green Mile

John Coffey The Green Mile
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Based on Stephen King’s 1996 novel, the movie gave us the wonderful John Coffey, whose inevitable end we all see coming. “I’m tired of being lonely as a sparrow in the rain,” says Coffey as he begs prison warden Paul Edgecomb to let him die. “I’ve never resonated with a quote more in my life,” admits a contributor. “The ending of that movie was too painful for a rewatch. All the guilt, all the regret. Just awful.”

2. Ned Stark: Game of Thrones

Ned Stark Game of Thrones
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Those who hadn’t read the books when we saw the penultimate chapter were left shell-shocked at Ned Stark’s death. His betrayal at the hands of The Lannisters was just too much to take. Those who read the first book agree: “Yeah, it’s crazy to me: he had the most POV chapters in the first book; (he) was absolutely played up like he was the main character, the good guy, the hero, and then beheaded at the end?” comments a fan.

3. T-800: Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator 2
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This character is my personal entry. Having just rewatched T2: JD with my son for the first time, I watched him go through the same emotions as he watched the robot protector disappear into the liquid metal for good. Of course, we know he had to do it to prevent anyone from accessing his machine parts. However, I have a hypothesis: surely John and Sarah could have given the factory floor a once-over? There were bits of that T-800 all over the place!

4. Any Movie Dog

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My choice for this category is Hooch from the late eighties Tom Hanks flick Turner and Hooch. Even Hanks himself lamented the death of the movie’s co-star — the puppy version at the end just doesn’t replace old Hooch. Others have similar feelings for Marley and Me, where the inevitable death scene awaits. “My wife convinced me to watch this last night,” someone comments. “I was sobbing like no other.” Yep. I am not going there again.

5. Omar: The Wire

Omar The Wire
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Sadly, the greatest character in the fantastic HBO series doesn’t make it to the end, as in real life, with the sad departure of actor Michael Kenneth Williams. “Omar’s death shook me to my core,” declares a fan. “Great character, great actor. RIP to both.”

It is hard to take Omar’s death, though once the cold-blooded Marlow Stanfield enters the story, causing havoc for the delinquent robber, his days are numbered. Another fan adds a great character comparison: “He was that show’s Boba Fett.” He really was.

6. Charlotte: Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte Charlotte's Web
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This story is an incredible testament to life’s value and fragility, serving as a worthwhile lesson for all children. When Charlotte dies, she leaves a legacy of kindness and respect that is hard to forget; this makes her death all the worse.

“My second-grade teacher read a few pages from Charlotte’s Web to the class every afternoon,” recalls an observer who was traumatized by Charlotte’s passing, “and when we got to the part where Charlotte died, I kept it together until I got off the school bus.”

7. Robb and Catelyn Stark: Game of Thrones

Robb and Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones
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This scene is one of the more shocking events in the book and TV series. When Robb Stark has to beg Walder Frey for support after losing half his army, the grotesque king lulls the doomed king and his mother, Catelyn, into a false sense of security before commissioning the cut-throat Reese Bolton to murder them both.

“I stopped reading the books for a couple of months after that,” an honest person writes. “I couldn’t bring myself to watch the show when I knew it was coming up,” I remember just sitting in silence for five minutes.

8. The Assistant in Jurassic World

The Assistant in Jurassic World
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“I don’t know why they had to give the most drawn-out brutal death in the series to some poor office worker who had some kids dumped onto her,” a despairing moviegoer fumes.

It doesn’t help when we get to see some of their characters first; a nameless, voiceless henchman is no problem. However, not everyone was sad, including the actress: “The actress (Katie McGrath) actually asked for an over-the-top death!” claims a fan. “And she did the wire stunts herself too.”

9. Matthew: Downton Abbey

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Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes once remarked that it is difficult to write characters who are in love and happy, so it made sense to kill Matthew quickly. You didn’t have to do it, Julian! Matthew’s death in a car crash ruined Christmas for many viewers. “It took so long for him and Mary to get together,” says a regretful follower. “Then they had a baby, and he died on the way to meet their child! I was so distraught.”

10. Artax: The Neverending Story

Artax The Neverending Story
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“This is a collective Gen-X traumatic moment,” declares a middle-aged film fan. “EVERYONE who has seen The Neverending Story can tell you about this scene.” I cried for hours when Atreyu lost his best friend and steed. Why did they always do this to us Gen-Xers? Artax could have seen out his days in lush meadows. “Childhood trauma right here,” adds another sad nostalgist.


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