Top 10 Movie Characters We Didn't Want to Die

These are movie characters who did not deserve to die or kick the bucket. One rule: Only deaths that were NOT resurrected.

The Top Ten

1 Mufasa - The Lion King Mufasa - The Lion King

Well, Mufasa is not a relatable character and not worth caring for. He was a bigoted, fascist dictator who forced a whole species of hyena to starve for no reason, just because the movie portrays ALL hyenas as villains instead of just a few. How would you like it if someone forced you to starve? I wouldn't. There are worse and sadder things happening in real-life than in fiction, and you can't get arrested and go to jail for saying "I'm happy Mufasa died! ", since The Lion King's characters are just fictional, not real people.

Just because the character is fictional, doesn't mean we shouldn't care about that character. If we shouldn't care for a character because he or she is fictional, then what's the point of liking any movie or show that isn't a documentary? When you're watching or reading fiction, you're looking at a world where the characters exist. They can make you laugh, make you sing, make you dance, make you amazed, or make you sad, whether you cry about it or not. There are many people that can relate to characters in fiction. Judging by your ignorant comment, you must not be one of those people.

I'm not imbecile, and Mufasa and the rest of TLK are not worth caring for. Trust me, worse things happen in real-life than fiction according to the news, yet you don't seem to care for, example, all the poor people dying or starving to death, innocent families losing their loved ones in a tragedy, anything you worry about,.etc. How would you feel if you lost a loved one in real-life? Much worse than a fictional lion dying to be honest. So stop being babies when Mufasa died. Geez!

I didn't cry at that scene either. Heck, that scene is not worth crying for. Mufasa deserved to die for forcing a whole species to starve and was not a good character. Hate all the characters in this movie.

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2 John Coffey - The Green Mile

This was the first Stephen King film I had ever saw and this also was the most shocking death I saw at the time (I was little when I saw it) - samanime

That part is very sad

Always makes me want to cry. But I'm glad Wild Bill and Percy Wetmore got what's coming to them. They were pure evil!

3 Newt - The Maze Runner

It's sad because he had such a hard life and there was so much painful buildup. Pus he's such a sweet funny wonderful character who just didn't deserve it.

Best character dies in the worst way possible...and Thomas is just so broken...

Deserves to be #1, his movie is just so new

Newt from the beginning is a character that steals your heart. Stern but kind, strong but sensitive, sarcastic but wise, he is one of the best developed YA characters in recent years. His relationship with Thomas is absolutely beautiful. He's played by the incredibly talented and gorgeous Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
So naturally Dashner had to go and break our hearts.
Newt lives with guilt and depression from seeing his friends die in the glade. He's suicidal and has lost all regard for his own well-being. When he contracts the flare, he pushes his fear of losing himself deep down for the sake of those he loves. Its heartbreaking to see him slowly get sicker and sicker, madder and madder, until in one last gut wrenching scene, he begs Thomas, his best friend, to kill him. What makes this so sad is that Newt never got a chance to be happy. He had to spend his last days in agony and insanity, and it breaks Thomas's heart to put him out of his misery!
The only good thing about this ...more

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4 Jenny Curran - Forrest Gump

Totally! I sobbed right after that part. - MontyPython

5 The Terminator/T-800 - Terminator 2: Judgement Day

I wish Arnold didn't have that chip. - jojodgreat

6 Danny Vinyard - American History X
7 Walt Kowalski - Gran Torino

He died like a boss

8 Stoick the Vast - How to Train Your Dragon 2

His death was a little sudden & uneccesary, & I don't think it needed to happen. - ruJILLous

9 Bambi's Mother - Bambi

I clicked on this list because I knew this was going to be on this list. How could this not be at #1? This death had such a powerful effect, and it was a very bold move for a movie that was meant for all ages. R-rated movies don't have a death that intense. There are many people that became sentimental because of this sad moment. This death really hit home because it represented how tragic and unpredictable life can be.

This should be #1! When I was little I would always edit this scene out on the video when I made copies. Now with DVDs and Blu-rays you can just hit "skip chapter" twice to get past it.

It is much sadder than Mufasa's death. Bambi's parents were not dictators unlike Mufasa.

10 Jyn Erso - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Jyn Erso - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Jyn Erso is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, portrayed by English actress Felicity Jones in the 2016 film Rogue One.


The Newcomers

? Coral - Finding Nemo

The Contenders

11 Sirius Black - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Sirius Black - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Sirius didn't have a fair life, he was locked up for years in a horrible prison that sucked away all his happiness and then Dumbledore forced him to stay locked up in his old family home full of depressing memories for him. He promised Harry they could live together someday and it was heartbreaking to see Harry so devestated after he died, he was the only family Harry had left. Sirius didn't have a happy life and it makes me so upset to think about all the years he spent in jail and how when he was released, he didn't ever get to experience the life of a free man again. It also crushed me to see Remus's reaction, because he had three best friends and one of them died, and the other was a traitor. He only had Sirius left and when Sirius died he witnessed it, but instead of being able to grieve he had to restrain Harry. He never really got to express how upsetting it must have been for him like Harry did and Sirius's death affected everyone so much. - pjo

That death was rare and ass and I thought it revived

12 Han Solo - Star Wars: The Force Awakens Han Solo - Star Wars: The Force Awakens Han Solo is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, portrayed in films by Harrison Ford. In the original film trilogy, Han and his co-pilot, Chewbacca, become involved in the Rebel Alliance which opposes the Galactic Empire.
13 Leslie Burke - Bridge to Terabithia

His death was a mess, should not have died

14 William "Billy" Costigan Jr. - The Departed

Leonardo DiCaprio likes to die

15 Albus Dumbledore - Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Albus Dumbledore - Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

I'm a huge fan but I was actually happy when he died, Dumbledore was one of the most annoying characters ever - pjo

Before he died, I wanted to see a battle against Voldemort

Well thanks for spoiling it -.-

16 Bing Bong - Inside Out Bing Bong - Inside Out

God my mom cried so much

So sad I cried

17 Starscream - Transformers: Dark of the Moon Starscream - Transformers: Dark of the Moon Starscream is a fictional character in the Transformers franchise. He is one of the most frequently occurring characters in the Transformers fictional work, appearing in almost all versions of the story.
18 Ricky Baker - Boyz n the Hood
19 Primrose Everdeen - Mockingjay

This could have been really sad if it had been executed properly, but the writing was so stiff and boring that it didn't really make me that upset - pjo

Pretty sure this is a spoiler!

20 Ironhide - Transformers: Dark of the Moon Ironhide - Transformers: Dark of the Moon
21 Jazz - Transformers
22 Sam the Dog - I Am Legend

I already knew I was going to die, but in the way he died was devastating

23 Tadashi Hamada - Big Hero 6 Tadashi Hamada - Big Hero 6 Tadashi Hamada is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Animation Studios' 54th animated feature, Big Hero 6. The film is inspired by a Marvel comic book of the same name.
24 Fred Weasley - Harry Potter Deathly Hallows

Why isn't this higher? This was possibly one of the saddest deaths I've ever read. It was devestating to read George's reaction, and it kills me to think George will never be the same again. I knew someone who lost a twin, and when their twin died they were devestated and never acted the same again. Every time he told me that story it broke my heart. In the movie, the actor played it amazingly and his reaction, as well as all the other family members, was horrifying. It was so sad to see such a young, happy character get killed, and how strongly it affected all his family. - pjo


25 Marley - Marley and Me

I had been told that died but the sorrow came to see the movie

26 Yoda - Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

It's telling how majorly spoiled the ending to the fifth movie is when you are more surprised by Yoda's death than you are to hear Vader is Luke's father.

27 Chuck - The Maze Runner

This made me cry so hard - pjo

He was so good - ellster2005

28 Darth Vader - Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Darth Vader - Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Darth Vader was the original dark lord for Star Wars. Darth Vader ruled with both fear and aggression. Originally Anakin Skywalker a young Jedi who was then seduced by the dark side of the force by Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious. Vader had his limbs cut off by his jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi leaving more.

He was bad and had to die but had to die with more talent

He is a ghost now... - jojodgreat

29 Vito Corleone - The Godfather Vito Corleone - The Godfather Vito Andolini Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather and in Francis Ford Coppola's film series based on the novel, where he was portrayed by Marlon Brando in The Godfather and, as a young man, by Robert De Niro in The Godfather Part II.

Where is Joker of The Dark Knight Batman - Androidfever

30 Damien Karras - The Exorcist

I've only read the book (I don't think I could ever watch the movie any time soon), but his death at the end took me completely by surprise. It's why I consider him the hero of the book/movie. - higgsboson2142

31 Johnny Cade - The Outsiders


32 The Father - Cj7
33 Jack Dawson - Titanic

" I'll never let go... I promise! " Let's go of him.. - Pony


34 Llewelyn Moss - No Country for Old Men
35 Dominik - Suicide Room
36 Andrew Prior - Divergent
37 Natalie Prior - Divergent
38 Jabba the Hutt - Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Jabba the Hutt - Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Jabba the Hutt is a character appearing in George Lucas's space opera film saga Star Wars. He is depicted as a large, slug-like alien.
39 Ellie - Up
40 Rachel Dawes - The Dark Knight
41 Hector - Troy
42 Dallas Winston - The Outsiders

It absolutely killed me to see Dallas die. I'd only just seen Johnny's death, but the impact it had on Dally more than anyone else was horrible. It was so heartbreaking to watch as Dallas broke down, since Johnny was the only person that really mattered to him. Seeing Dally cry and run away was a shock since he was usually so calm, and when he went to rob the store it was so painful to see the emotion on his face and how truly broken he was. When the police shot him, hearing the screams from the other boys that he was just a kid killed me, and when his last word was 'Pony'... well, I don't think I'll ever recover from that. Dallas didn't deserve any of it, and his death is one of the saddest things I've ever read. - pjo

43 Luke Castellan - Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Technically this is a book, not a movie, but it still absolutely broke my heart. The pain Annabeth went through was heartbreaking enough, not to mention Thalia's. When Annabeth said 'Family, Luke. You promised.' It broke me, and it was horrible to see how Luke was really just misunderstood, and felt unloved and unwanted because of his absent father. His character development was amazing, and after his death, when Percy said 'We need a shroud... a shroud for the son of Hermes.' I swear to god it killed me. He was the Lightning Thief, he was the hero of the prophecy, and he deserved better than what he got. He didn't deserve Hermes being so horrible and leaving him while he had to deal with his mother going insane due to his absence at such a young age. He made bad decisions, yes, but only because he was never taught any better. I wish more than anything that he was still there, because it's clear to see how much Thalia, Annabeth and Percy still love him, even though he betrayed them. ...more - pjo

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Top Remixes (6)

1. Tadashi Hamada - Big Hero 6
2. Stoick the Vast - How to Train Your Dragon 2
3. Sirius Black - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
1. Jyn Erso - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2. Han Solo - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
3. Bing Bong - Inside Out
1. John Coffey - The Green Mile
2. Jenny Curran - Forrest Gump
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