It's one thing to experience a movie death that you never saw coming, but when that character happens to be a beloved protagonist, it's the absolute WORST. It's almost like losing a close friend because these are the characters we can see ourselves hanging out with in real life. They tug at our heartstrings with their quirks and flaws and can deliver classic one-liners like it's nobody's business. And in many cases, they're so relatable that we can actually see parts of ourselves in these characters.
It's why we want to see them reach their full potential and get their happily ever after, but unfortunately, that isn't always the case. Out of nowhere, we get hit with a death sequence and it truly feels like the world is falling apart. We've been through this process so many times before and, honestly, we still haven't moved on from a lot of these movie deaths. We get the feeling that we're not the only ones who are still grieving over these losses, though. See which characters we wish were still alive (FYI, there are spoilers ahead! Read at your own risk!).
Katniss described her as having the "best qualities their family has to offer," including her bravery, their mom's "healing hands" and their dad's "level head." She may not have been the main focus in any of the Hunger Games films, but she matured into such a skilled healer and had a huge impact on her big sister. She was already working as a medic at just 13 years old because she was selfless and had a passion for helping others. So it truly broke our hearts when she ran to help an injured child and ended up getting killed a wave of bombings, right when Katniss tried to get to her.
Yes, it was absolutely ridiculous and insensitive of the film's director to incorporate 9/11 at the end, even though the rest of the movie had nothing to do with the tragedy. And no, that baffling twist did absolutely nothing to ease our sadness over Tyler's sudden death. As he was waiting in his dad's office, we learned that he was actually standing on the top floor of one of the twin towers. Thankfully, we were spared the torture of reliving the whole tragedy, but seeing his diary in the rubble pretty much broke us. He'd finally gotten to a place where he forgave his brother and was on better terms with his dad, why did he have to go so soon?
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Dumbledore was a legend and he played such an instrumental role in preparing Harry to defeat Lord Voldemort. He was a constant father figure for the young wizard, offering guidance and wisdom while maintaining the calmest demeanor. Also he was so sincere, patient, and a bit eccentric, which only made us all love him even more. Words can't describe how shocked we were when Snape cast the killing curse on Dumbledore. And yes, we sobbed like five-year-olds when it finally hit us that Dumbledore was really gone — even if we knew it was coming after reading the books.
Look up the word "hero" in the dictionary and you just might see John Miller's face there. He was a sensible and strong leader who knew how to deal with pressure and get the job done. He was dependable and tough as nails, but he was also passionate about his wife and so eager to get back home to her - which is exactly why his death hit us so hard. After all he'd done, he deserved to make it back home alive. But unfortunately, he couldn't survive with all those wounds. John's last words for Ryan to "earn this," was beyond heartbreaking.
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What's truly devastating about Neil's death is that we were fully convinced he'd stand up to his dad. In fact, we had his success story all planned out: With the help of his true father figure, Mr. Keating, he'd quit living under his dad's shadow and fearlessly began pursuing his passion, going on to become a famous performer. But when his dad learned about his part in the school's play, everything went downhill. After forcing Neil to quit, he withdrew Neil from Welton and enrolled him at a military school so he could be a doctor. And Neil, who simply didn't have it in him to confront his parents, sadly took his own life.
We'll admit that Jenny wasn't the most likable character. She took advantage of Forrest's feelings for her and then tossed him aside when he was no longer needed. Plus, she never told him about their son until after she fell ill. Even so, seeing her pass away was still tragic because of the awful timing and how it affected poor Forrest. After the two finally got married and started to live happily as a family, Jenny died only a year later. So so unfair.
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Alcohol was his one true love and he was often super cynical, but we couldn't help but root for him. Especially considering his perseverance and how protective he was of Pita. According to the novel, it was technically Pita who was supposed to die while John survived at the end. But in the film adaptation, John surrenders to his kidnappers and shares an emotional goodbye with Pita after exchanging himself for her. And to top it all off, he actually dies. We so badly hoped that he would fight and take those guys down!
Emma and Dexter totally knew that they were soul mates, but for some frustrating reason, it took forever for them to finally get together. In the movie, after multiple failed relationships, the pair finally got married (though they unfortunately couldn't have children). Shortly after, however, Emma died after getting hit by a truck. She was witty, smart, dependable, and honestly one of the best parts of this movie. And she was Dexter's better half. If anyone in this movie deserved to enjoy their happily ever after, it was her.
When Seth gives up his angelic status to be with Dr. Maggie, they instantly fall in love and have a blissful night together. Little do they know, though, that their romance will be short-lived. On the morning after, Seth hops in the shower while Maggie bikes to a local store. But on her way back, as she rides her bike with her eyes closed and arms outstretched, she gets hit by a truck and she dies. Just one day after Seth gave up his immortality for Maggie, he lost her to a fatal accident and it was just so, so sad.
How insane was this scene?! As his group begins to panic and lose hope, Samuel L. Jackson's Russell Franklin steps up and calls for unity. The corporate executive started to give a rousing speech, complete with building music and a dramatic close-up. But right when he begins to explain the plan, a giant shark jumps out from the pool behind him, snatches him with its mouth, and rips him in half.. He was the movie's biggest star and he didn't even get to finish his inspiring monologue. Talk about brutal.
We're still not sure if we were more stunned by his actual death or how he died, but either way, we were just at a loss for words. Vincent Vega was such a fascinating character - one who could casually make jokes and do the twist, but also get his hands really bloody. He wasn't the one calling the shots, but he felt like the main character of the movie. So you can imagine how surreal it felt to see him get shot to death while he was casually reading a book on Butch's toilet.
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Shosanna's victory would've been even sweeter if she were actually alive to see it. But as her plan unfolded, she was forced to deal with an aggressive jerk who kept coming on to her. As a result, she shot him, but right before his death, he got his own gun and shot her, causing them both to die in a matter of seconds. Still, the fact that her plan worked managed to soften this brutal blow. In the theater, the film cuts to footage of Shosanna telling viewers they're about to be killed, and everyone inside, including Hitler, gets killed.
It's still hard to believe that Cyclops, the legendary team leader, died at the very beginning of the movie - though if it's any consolation, it wasn't meant to be that way originally. The actor, James Marsden, was also working on Superman Returns at the time and it conflicted with his X-Men schedule. But rather than attempting to work out different times, the producers simply killed off his character early and then let him go. To add insult to injury, they made Cyclops get killed by his girlfriend's alter ego, Phoenix.
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He died an honorable death and it was the perfect sendoff, but just thinking about it makes us want to cry all over again. For us, his sarcasm, brilliance, and humor were often the highlight of the Avengers films, and the fact that he went into battles with no superpowers made him especially unique (and incredibly brave). Seeing him almost die at the very beginning of Avengers: Endgame was already stressful enough, seeing him die mere moments after he saved mankind? That was almost too much to bear.
Leslie was charming, friendly, imaginative, and unapologetically quirky. She was also the type of misfit that we definitely would've clicked with as 10-year-olds, and she had such a bright future ahead of her. But then the news got out that she tried to swing on a rope and fell in a rain-swollen creek, which led to her drowning. Our hearts broke for poor Jess when this news finally sank in, especially since he must've felt a ton of guilt for not inviting her to join him for the field trip that day.
We only got to see bits of Ellie in a five-minute montage, but it was enough to show us how much she really meant to Carl. She was hard-working, ambitious, incredibly kind and hopeful. She complemented Carl so well and brought out the best in him, so when she got sick and died, it was like watching Carl lose a piece of himself. He's not as happy or adventurous as he once was, but when he meets Russell and reads Ellie's heartwarming note, he finds joy again. So if you think about it, it was Ellie's death that set this entire film in motion - but still, that moment was just devastating.
Although he didn't have too many scenes, G-Baby was by far one of the most memorable characters in this film (and he arguably had the film's best line: "Let me break it down to you right quick"). He was precious and so full of enthusiasm for his team. From his adorable bonding moments with Coach O'Niell to his epic game-winning hit for his team, he was such a joy to watch in this film. So when he got hit by a stray bullet in a drive-by shooting, we were just stunned and speechless. His death felt so random and sudden that it was almost surreal.
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Tracy may not have had that much screen time, but that ending had us reeling. By the end, we saw John Doe reveal his final victim, who turned out to be Detective David Mills's pregnant wife, Tracy. He reveals the sin that inspired him was envy of David's relationship with his wife, and then he explains that she needed to die because of this. It's then when we finally discover that her head is in the very same box that William opened and our hearts just dropped. NO ONE saw that coming.
At the very beginning of Scream, Casey is coyly flirting with a random caller who keeps dialing the "wrong number." But the conversation takes a sharp turn when the caller says he wants to know "who he's looking at." Now at this point, we were definitely terrified, but still convinced that a character as lovable as Casey would find her way out of this (after all, it was only beginning). But of course, we were wrong. Casey got chased down, stabbed bloody, and hanged by a creep in a mask. She didn't deserve such a merciless death.
Jack Dawson was more than just a gorgeous face. He was a genuinely kind soul and talented artist with optimism that was contagious. He could be naive at times, but he still had a heart of gold and he brought out the best in people. So when Rose tried to wake him up to get on that rescue boat and he didn't budge, we were in pieces. Jack deserved to live, to lead a successful and happy life and to grow old, right along with Rose.