Top Ten Saddest Deaths In Video Games


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1Lee Everett - The Walking Dead Video Game

I know this game is fairly recent, and it's incredibly underrated, but after developing as a character, you know Lee was amazing, who'd do anything to protect the 8 year old Clementine. So, when he was bitten, I thought that you cut of the arm, then he wouldn't die (just like Rick Grimes in the comic series). Unfortunately, it didn't work out like that. So, with just you and Clementine, and Lee's half zombified, you have the decision of whether letting Clemmy shoot you or leave you. Either way, it's a deeply saddening scene, and in which many Youtubers that played the game cried at this scene, like myself. Not bad for game of the year.

There are few video games that have left me helpless in the real world. Games that have left not wanting to touch another game for weeks. This was one of them, I had become so attached to all the people in this game and so intent on protecting Clementine and I was left with the most heart wrenching decision at the end. Wonderful game. But so emotionally scaring.

You are so emotionally attached to him! You spend five episodes doing nothing but protecting Clem and he gets bit? LEE? No, not Lee, Lee is invincible! And the when you saw Clem's tears as she lifted the gun... I bawled my eyes out. How can you not?

Definitely, no doubt about it! This is the saddest game and it made me cry :(

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2John Marston - Red Dead Redemption

You know no other game affected me for months since John Marston's death I cryed for months all he did just to see his family his wife, son, and surprisingly he missed Uncle. Here's something to think about in the I know you stranger task the third time you encounter him he's in Beecher's Hope he said " you know John this is a nice spot" that spot is where John Marston is buried later in the game then John Marston replies to him " tell me your damn name or I want be responsible for my actions" then The strange man said "oh you will you will be responsible" him saying that means he knows John will die and he knows where he would be baried. John should be number 1!

It was a fitting and worthy death, and it was so appropriate, but nevertheless, it made me tear up. I wanted John Marston's happy ending so bad.

This game has probably the best story of any video game and the best voice acted game ever with the best dialogue. The story in this game is way better than Grand Theft Auto 5. Due to Red Dead's great characterization it was devastating when John Marston died after he went from "bad guy" to "good guy" and also to good father. This was also exemplified by all the previous experiences and all John went through. And after he's dead your left with his son and wife but soon after his wife dies too. And after that you kind of feel really lonely. Awesome game; it by far has my favorite story.

I watch red dead redemption but at the moment when john died is very emotional for me, also he's pretty cool.

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3Soap MacTavish - Modern Warfare 3

I was in shock when he died. Price's reaction just pushed it over the top for me. We got to see this awesome character from the time when he started off as a little nobody Sgt all the way to the badass Cpt MacTavish we love and mourn.

One of the saddest deaths in Call of Duty history. Soap was a complete badass. Shooting Zakhaev at the last moment, throwing that knife in Shepherds eye.R.I. P to one of the best FPS characters ever.

The saddest death I've ever seen. I was in tares when I saw him die. Price's scream's just made it sadder. But, the one thing that really made it: Price placing the Colt 1911 that Soap used to kill Zakheav on his chest.R.I. P the best Call of Duty character ever.

I cry every time. Post a comment if u cry every time. Saddest death. I was so unhappy when he died

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4Ghost - Modern Warfare 2

I wish I would have been there in real life. I would have wasted m last bit of energy just to pull the gun from Shepherd, kill him, me and Ghost could jack the helicopter, we would kill the pilots, and me and Ghost could ride of to kill Makarov.

It's so weird, everyone just develops this feeling that ghost is so awesomely awesome... Ghost, you will be missed and that knife in Shepard's eye was dedicated to you

saddest death in modern warfare 2. R.i.P Ghost

It was really out of nowhere and I yelled what the... You know what. Thank God Shepard is rotting in hell now

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5Dominic Santiago - Gears of War 3

It wasn't that I had grown particularly close to Dom, or even thought this game was anything fantastic, but the way that Dom's death was presented, the situation, and his attitude, not to mention something he had found earlier in the game (won't spoil) as well as... Well, pretty much everything about this scene... Just so sad. So... Down to earth and touching. I don't cry during games, they just don't get me emotional... But this one made me the closest I have ever been. - Kazzong

Sadly we all knew it was coming just wasn't exactly sure how it would come about, and when it did finally happen it was an emotion felt world wide. He did get what he wanted he is with maria again in a better place. Rest in peace Dom you did delta squad proud.

Dom Santiago was by far my favourite character in gears of war, his story about what happened to his wife and children was so touching. Dom's final moments saw him saving delta squad, his friends. As someone who has a stiff upper lip to video games I don't cry or get emotional to the loss of a character, but my god I wept in that scene. Combined with Dom calling out to Maria, Marcus calling out for Dom to stop and "mad world" playing in the background, anyone who wouldn't shed a tear could not possibly be human. RIP Dom Santiago

Extremely sad with his last words and the slow motion Mad World instrumental. The part that really puts the icing on the cake is Marcus' reaction...

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6Sarah - The Last of Us

This really shouldn't have much going for it. The second we know Sarah is Joel's daughter we all know that she's practically already dead. It's just the way the apocalypse tropes work. I could almost count the number of lines she has before she dies in my head. You've literally known this character for less than 20 minutes by the time she dies... So why is it so effective.
Naughty Dog executes this scene and the buildup so well. You hear the chemistry she has with her father. By playing as her, you as a player experience the shock and disbelief she holds. Hearing Joel talking from the backseat further cements the drive to get her to safety.
Then there's the death itself. As she bleeds out, she's gasping, crying in agony. This performance alone would be enough to drive some to tears at the tragic sight. It goes further with Joel's reaction. The clenched fists, every little detail in his expression... Even now thinking of the line "Don't do this to me baby" makes me shiver.
This death isn't the most action packed. It isn't the most glorious, nor is the character lost one of the most beloved. It's pure undiluted human emotion. Something realistic enough to make us feel the impact of hope dying in a world that is already falling apart.

Definitely should be higher on the list. Even though it's at the beginning of the game and you haven't really connected with the characters yet, you still see the connection Sarah had with her dad and you feel Joel's mourning over losing his daughter as he holds her in his arms. Made me tear up, and that's pretty difficult.

I can't believe this isn't number one honestly. I have never felt more responsible for the safekeeping of a video character in my life. I truly felt like it was my fault that Sarah died, and that she truly was my daughter, and that we truly did have memories together. Weird to think, but true.
Also, that look she gave you when she was dying beneath your eyes. It's like she was shocked that you could have let something so terrible happen to her. Having three sisters and all of them being "Daddy's little girl", I knew how heart-wrenching the whole thing was.

The Tears are rising and I couldn't hold them in. Also we were 10 minutes in and we have one of the saddest deaths!

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7Aerith - Final Fantasy VII

The thing about Aerith's death in Final Fantasy VII is that you know it's coming, so you make sure to use Aerith and interact with her as much as you can before she dies. Then when the time comes, despite you knowing it's coming, it's absolutely heartbreaking because you spent so much time with her. Complete with a gut-wrenching stab right through her torso and the emotional "Aerith's Theme" playing in the background, and you have the saddest video game death ever.

Aerith holds a special place in my heart. I was eight and had to watch one of my favorite characters die, my parents had me pause the game. I was already crying when they told me that my grandmother had died of her Lou Gehrig disease. Aerith and her death are entwined with my grandmother and will always be the saddest death in video game history to me.

During y first play through I was shocked that Aerith was suddenly killed by Sephiroth. It was very emotional for me as a kid. Combined with the music mad it even sadder. Finally When I beat Crisis Core, I replayed FF7 and Aerith's death was not only sad, but it was... Happy. Aerith would finally be reunited with her hero Zack. Long live the last ancient, Aerith.

This is not a death where I shed tears I wasn't sad at all.

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8Joker - Batman: Arkham City

When I saw joker die I wasnt in tears exactly. I was in more than tears. I was in pain at the sight of seeing one of the best villains of history dying and in that night I couldn't sleep at all seeing my favorite villain die. I wanted to cry that night but I guess it was just the shock

Just the shock! I bawled my head out

This is a moment that I will never forget. Joker may have been evil, but he was the only person who really knew Batman. In the end, he was Batman's arch nemesis, but he was also Batman's best friend. Other than Alfred - letdot52

It was horrible it felt like someone ripped out a clown shaped hole in my soul a psychotic clown shaped hole... And plus Joker was really cool and I liked waiting to see what he did next

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9Claus - Mother 3

Man, if more people knew about this game, this would definitely be higher on the list. So, this kid is the twin brother of the protagonist. So no doubt they shared a strong bond. When their mother dies, he risks his life and apparently dies trying. HE'S ALREADY DEAD AT THIS EARLY POINT IN THE GAME. But wait! It turns out the bad guys found him and BASICALLY TURNED HIM INTO A CYBORG. He had no recollection of his former life, it seems, and he was nothing but a servant to the tyrant. Can you imagine dying, then getting reconstructed into nothing but a cyborg, completely controlled with absolutely no idea you had a life before? Imagine taking it all in when you realize you're trying to kill your twin brother in the final battle, suddenly waking up. And who snaps you out of it? You're dead mother's spirit, who's beggin you not to kill your only brother. The suicide thing was shocking (no pun intended), but looking at it this way, it really puts evything together. Claus's death was so depressing, as his father's searches were in vain, and his reunion with his brother was cut short. How is this not higher on the list?

People really really need to play this game. Claus's death should be number one just by how sad this story is seeing as he starts the game being killed than he is brought back to life to do terrible things and while he is doing this is brother is trying to stop him. Than when his brother finally catches up to him Claus almost kills his brother before finally coming to his senses and realizes all the things he has done due to the monster who brought him back and as if to atone for it he than kills himself RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIS BROTHER Lucas had to endure so much through his journey and then had to watch his brother die good god!

Mother 3 has a lesson to tell and does so in the most sorrowful way possible. Not so much the deaths themselves, but the meaning surrounding it. Flint's reaction to Hinawa's death is sure to wrench at your gut, and if you battle your way to the very end, your greeted with an incredibly climactic and emotional battle with your own brother. The developer was clearly relentless, because even after the longest battle in the game, your brother still ends up dead, and your faced with a decision to either give the world fresh life or simply end it. Then the world ends. Do you really want to know why Mother 3 isn't available in English? The translators couldn't see the text through their own tears.

I just balled my eyes out during the final battle with him I don't wanna say anymore just play the game

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10Zack Fair - Crisis Core

In the end he has to kill his close friend Sephiroth, gets made an experiment for four years, has to kill Genesis after trying his hardest to save him, watches the Director as well as the Angeal clone both die right in front of him, finds a letter saying Aerith has sent him 89 letters and waited for his return for four year then just as he is close to reaching Midgar to see her again gets ambushed by the Shinra army just to die in the end protecting his best friends life. He becomes a hero just as he dies and still manages to die with a smile on his face. I always found Cloud's scream during that scene to be just so heartbreaking as well considering he watched his friend and mentor die protecting him when he probably could have easily lived had he left cloud behind and made a run for it.

The thing about Crisis Core is that you never feel like you've beaten this game. You know his death is coming, but yet you play and you fight anyway part of you not accepting that it ends with his death. In the end, no matter what, the game FORCES you to loose. I couldn't function as a human for days after I finished the game. All I did was writhe around on the floor for a few days, unable to even form a coherent thought. To this day I can't hear the name without getting a lump in my throat. Zack died a hero, and to this day he's my favorite character of all time. He should be #1

For several years I refused to look at the game because I already knew what was going to happen since I already played the original since I was a kid... I eventually gave in and took a look at the walkthroughs on YouTube. Seeing how great his personality was made me feel sad just looking at him, and dread the ending more than I had earlier. And then the ending came. I cried, and still cry just thinking about it. First saw it about five years ago and I finally was able to get the game earlier this year, but stopped once I got to Aerith's church because I felt like I was going through everything too fast... the ending is drawing near once again, and the further I go, the heavier the weight in my chest becomes...

The ending and music playing and cloud's scream just made everything worse and made me start bawling my eyes out this was the first game I ever played where the main character dies at the end too so that didn't help at all.

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11Noble 6 - Halo Reach

After seeing the rest of your squad go down, you're left all alone on the desolate surface of Reach as the Covenant burn all around you. What makes this death particularly sad is the fact that the game lets you customize Noble 6, to really let you become the character. In the end, you're left to die all alone. There's no escape, no cavalry, no happy ending, just a silver lining that you're too dead to enjoy.

The ending cut scene is the most powerful part. after seeing every other team member die, and then going into a fight the is a one way road knowing there's no hope left for each but still fighting. the connection from the beginning and the end is so cleverly done I think, "none of that lone wolf stuff" and the last mission being "lone wolf" lone wolf indeed, stayed behind to save them. the helmet left in the dirt, the helmet of the last one wolf. a fighter.

It was sad, kinda makes me hesitate when I replay the game.
Also I would just like to state for the record. I think the death or foe-hammer in the first Halo was the saddest in game death in the halo series.

You watch as he fights til the end with sad music playing behind it

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12Tidus - Final Fantasy X

After going through the game you really get used to the characters especially Tidus and when disappears at the end leaving yuna all alone and possibly never to see her love again is really depressing and even more depressing when the music is playing and the fact he knew he was going to die makes it even worse as he had already accepted his fate

13Mordin Solus - Mass Effect 3

Mordin - I would have liked to run tests on those sea shells.
Shepard - I'm sorry Mordin.
Mordin - It had to be me... Someone else might have gotten it wrong.

"It had to be me... Someone else might have gotten it wrong. "

An amazingly powerful line. Bioware is known for amazing dialog, but this was a truly heart wrenching goodbye.

You got so attached to Mordin by playing ME2, and he gave his life as an act of heroism to make amends to his mistake, as he finally realizes the Genophage was wrong. He was one of the best characters of Mass Effect, and I think it's safe to say that whoever played this at heart shed a couple tears when this guy died.

I wish in mass effect 3 you could have your old teammates like Grunt, Miranda, Jack, and Mordin.

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14The Boss - Metal Gear Solid 3

I admit, Big Boss's death is sad, but he died normally. Well, almost normally, because of that virus. But I think in the original MGS3, you were forced to shoot The Boss. At the end of MGS3 HD, it was kinda like Fox's death, couldn't shoot her. In fact, her death is one of the few that made me tear up. She was a true patriot, even though she is considered a traitor and a monster.

The boss gave up everything for her country only to go down as a traitor and nobody was to know what she actually did for her country not to mention that big boss her own pupil had to be the one to kill her.

By the time you finally understand her, you have to kill her. When you literally have to pull the trigger after the battle, it is just devastating!

The most difficult trigger pull in gaming. The Boss was a great character. Don't know why she's not higher on the list.

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15Henry Tomasino - Mafia II

In the same way that Rue's death sparked District 11's uprising and Katniss Everdeen's sadness, Henry Tomasino's death sparked an outraged Joe Barbaro and a saddened Vito Scaletta into slaughtering millions at the Red Dragon restaurant.

Very very depressing. Informer or not, getting hacked to death is a terrible way to die... even if he was a rat, Henry was a very nice guy, and I believe he really did like Vito and Joe.

The way he died was pretty harsh I mean he was screaming and I'm guessing he saw Vito and Joe coming to save him got his hopes up and then he died

That guy was mysterious but I'm still thinking why did they killed him?!

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16Agro - Shadow of the Colossus

The death here in this list are so sad.. Because at the end you really begin to love the characters. But I had to choose Agro who made me cry. Because you go for 10 minutes in the calm, a huge gate opens with Your sword, and then you can't do anything and you really did not Expect what happens. When you realize, a beautiful sad music arrives, and for this horse who always wanted to help, you have to continue, not anymore for your girl, but know for your horse, and you feel there is nothing left of the soul of your hero after this. he was your only companion and friend, like the one who was there for you not to loose your mind. And he is gone... Now you look above at the last colossus and... He will pay for this..

Whilst you were all caught up in your senseless (even though for the right reasons) killing of these 16 ancient creatures who never wronged you in any way whatsoever, it was apparent from the very beginning that Agro wanted no part of it but only aided you out of love to you. When Agro (SPOILER ALERT) sacrificed herself to save you, that brought me to tears. Agro didn't deserve any of this. And it was your fault, MY fault, that she died.

I'm so sad that Agro died WHY! Must this happen! I did not play this game for a long time so I don't know much but I'm still sad!

17Ethan Mars - Heavy Rain

All endings he dies in are absolutely heartbreaking. He loved Jason so much, and to lose his only other son (Shaun) is even more depressing. The endings where he takes his life, especially, really will hit you hard. It's such a horrible moment to see a man who loves his son so much that he wants to die because his son is dead.

He went through all that trouble and fought depression, only to lose everything. He lost all hope and I was heartbroken watching him throughout the game and especially at the bad endings.

"Tears in the rain" Holy. After all that he went through, it had to end that way. That left me depressed for the next few days.

We will never forget you Ethan. - Aguythatpeopleignores

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18Jack - BioShock

But he didn't die... Except the ending where all the little sisters you bring to the surface are all at your death bed.

19Kenny - The Walking Dead

Kenny lets Shawn die at the beginning when he panics, when Ben does the same it causes Kenny's wife and son to die and Kenny hates Ben for it yet at the very end Kenny dies fighting to save Ben and dies in the process, a fitting end for a brilliant character

Duck was kinda annoying, but he was way too young, and he died in a lot of pain from the walker bite.

This is sad because you become attached to these characters and in the end you decide who lives or dies

He didn't die actually... - DapperPickle

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20Hinawa - Mother 3

How could so few people vote for Hinawa's death scene.
I mean, if you have a different opinion cool but...
FLINT starts to attack the other villagers because he's so upset and gets sent to prison IN FRONT OF HIS SONS EYES!
And every now again the game will give you a painful reminder of this through flash backs and vision of a ghost Hinawa!
And that ending, oh god that ending...

You have not seen a sad game until you have played mother 3. Hinawa's death is of massive emphasis to that fact. The incredible deppression following her death makes it even sadder, and if that isn't enough you are given countless scenes where lucas reunites with Hinawa's spirit, and then loses her all over again. Than your brother dies... By suicide, and than the world ends. Mother 3 is a see how long you can last before crying.

I cried so hard when this happened. Poor little Lucas and Claus...

This is the only time I felt sadness over a character dying in a video game it's so emotional I can't imagine anyone not crying to this

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