Ever watch a movie where a character dies and it devastates you so completely that it ruins the entire movie for you? It happens to me more than I’d like to admit. I mean, they’re just fictional characters, and fictional characters die every day. Nothing to get upset about, right?! Wrong! If you didn’t get at least a little misty at the deaths of the following 4 characters, then you have no soul. You might want to look into that.
Mufasa: The Lion King
This stinking movie could have been one of my all time favorites. I watched it once as a child and to this day cannot bring myself to watch it again because of the Mufasa stampede death scene. What was Disney thinking?! Way to devastate every child in the world by teaching us the very hard lesson that good and honorable people and/or lions will still die horribly undeserved deaths, Disney!
I remember the first time I watched it. I was so worried for Simba I didn’t even think of what could happen to his dad. When I saw Mufasa jump out of the stampede and start climbing the rocks, I was excited that they were all going to live. I completely expected him to live. This is a cartoon and I’m 12 years old; cartoons don’t just die horrific deaths! Wiley Coyote being the exception, but let’s be honest, he was asking for it. Disney made me feel the deepest hope, fear, sadness, and hate all in a matter of minutes. No child should ever have to suffer that kind of emotional turmoil. I’m scarred for life.
Samantha: I Am Legend
A.K.A the dog. I always get a little angry when a thriller has an animal in it because I just know that they are somehow going to hurt the poor animal. I’ll be the first to admit that I care more about the animal character than I do the human one. This beautiful German Shepherd was so smart, loyal, and protective. He was the only companion left in Robert’s life. In a lot of ways the dog was a better actor than Will Smith. She definitely carried the film for me.
Seeing that dog get bitten and slowly, painfully turn into a zombie in Robert’s arms and then watching the utter devastation on Roberts face as he mercifully ended his best friend’s/the only family he had left’s life was too much for me.
Fred Weasley: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows pt 2
Not cool, JK. Not cool at all! The relationship between the Weasley twins was one of my very favorite things about the whole series, so naturally it had to be destroyed. Movies apparently aren’t fun unless they kill off someone important. Fred and George were completely harmless and innocent. I guess his death is to show the harsh reality of war, but why did she have to kill off Fred? I mean, if a Weasley has to die my vote is for Percy.
We also lost Remus and Tonks Lupin in that last movie leaving an orphaned infant Teddy Lupin. I wonder if JK was just tired of certain characters or really felt the need to stab us all in the heart right at the end. Nothing like a bittersweet ending, right? Wrong. Happy endings are better. Get it right next time, JK!
Boromir: The Lord of the Rings
Poor Boromir. His death was tough. He was a strong, noble man who had one small moment of weakness when he tried to take the ring from Frodo. This moment was completely absolved when he gave his life to protect Merry and Pippin. What’s so sad about this scene is that Boromir saw his death as penance for his failure. He died never knowing how great he really was.
Boromir’s fight scene was epic though. He took down so many Orcs single-handedly and it took 3 arrows to finally bring him to his knees. I love what Pippin said to Boromir’s father. “’The mightiest man may be slain by one arrow, Boromir was pierced by many.”
Something about these deaths just stick with you, don’t they? This list should also include Artax from The Never Ending Story, Mr. Jingles from The Green Mile, Rue from The Hunger Games, and Sirius Black from Harry Potter.
Which beloved character did you lose?