Have you ever been so invested in a TV show or a movie that the characters became as close as family to you?
If yes, then you must have dealt with the brutality of writers who suddenly decide to take those characters you know and love away from you. Everyone must have been through that at least twice in their lifetimes; it's a necessary evil and a rite of passage to cry over fictional characters.
So, as a nod to all those fallen fictional characters, I'm going to list the 7 most heartbreaking deaths we have ever watched.
WARNING: Spoilers ahead, if you have been living under a rock and/or you're one of the very few people who don't watch TV, then read with caution - this article could ruin your life.
1) Mufasa (The Lion King)
First on the list is the death that redefined all our childhoods, mine included. The Lion King included the death of the main character: the dad, King Mufasa. It was meant to be an impactful turning point in a children’s movie, which it was. We’re all born, we live, and someday we will die, it’s the “Circle of Life”. To me however, this death was the scariest out of all the list. It’s the death of a parent, which is why I still cry after watching it now and I go hug my parents afterwards
2) Augustus Waters (The Fault in Our Stars)
This is a death that broke the hearts of many teenage girls around the world. The heartbreaking death of the main character Augustus Waters. His death came as a shock as he wasn't who we were expecting to die, and we went on that journey of saying goodbye.
3) Marley (Marley & Me)
Here comes one of the most brutal types of heartbreak out of all the list: the loss of a pet. We’ve all been there; losing a dog or a cat or even a bird, which is why Marley & Me is such a relatable movie. This movie puts you through the highs and lows of raising a pet and then it takes you to the hardest moment of that journey: saying goodbye. Marley the dog’s death was heartbreakingly real, because we all know it was inevitable, but that still doesn’t make it any easier.
4) Finn Hudson (Glee)
The death of one of the main characters, Finn Hudson, quarterback and leader of the joyful and musically philosophical Glee club was a punch to the heart as it was not for some dramatic effect or even for a life lesson, it was due to the unfortunate untimely passing of the show’s star Cory Monteith.
I lost count of all the tears that I cried during that episode. It was brutal and honest. What was heartbreaking about it was that they didn’t focus on the death itself, they focused on the people left behind and how they are dealing and grieving.
5) Oliver Queen (Arrow)
This particular death makes sense and was expected to be something that had been set up in advance. Still, that didn’t make watching it any easier. The death of superhero Green Arrow, Oliver Queen was turning a page on to the next chapter leaving the old ones behind. For old fans of the show, that was saying goodbye to all the adventures and the characters that inspired a world of heroes. The scene was hard on everyone, it was emotional and made even the strongest of us cry. The scenes where characters were saying goodbye were especially hard, but in the end things were satisfying. He died how he lived: a hero.
6) Every Harry Potter death (including but not exclusive to Sirius Black, Albus Dumbledore, Dobby and Fred Wesley)
It will take me several pages of several articles to talk about all the death in the Harry Potter franchise, so I’ll just settle for telling you that all of them were traumatizing and sometimes unnecessary, but I think the deaths that hurt me the most were Sirius Black, Albus Dumbledore , Dobby and Fred Wesley. I was sobbing for hours after each death.
7) Ironman (Avengers: Endgame)
In a parallel universe lies a similar death to that of Oliver Queen. The death to end all deaths, it’s when I knew I'll never be the same anymore. Watching the movie in the cinema was beyond exhilarating as well as traumatizing. However, it was a safe zone where we all got together and cried for our fallen hero. The one who was with us for a decade.
The death of Tony Stark signaled the end of many things. The MCU started with Tony Stark and symbolically ended with his death, sure we still have about a million movies to go but nothing will recapture the cinematic magic of watching that universe grow and develop ever again. In the end the death of Iron Man was Proof that Tony Stark Has a Heart.
These deaths are all different, from cartoon characters to larger than life superheroes, however each is heartbreaking in their own way. However, what they all have in common is that whether expected or completely shocking, the emotions they were conveying were the end of something. I would like to extend a comforting hand to all of you reading right now who have been personally victimized by a movie or a TV show.
Which of these deaths have hurt you the most?
Have you ever cried so loudly in the theater you feared you might get kicked out? Or do you have another gut wrenching death to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!