Top Ten Saddest Deaths In Video Games
The Top Ten
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?
Saddest death by far as it shows a character you have known for 5 episodes die. Its rare in games for the protagonist to die and the game makes it even worse when Clementine is the one to kill you. Definitely pulls on the heartstrings.
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.
I couldn't believe that they would do that to him after he helped them
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.
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 ...more
What makes us feel for the character is the fact that we play as her so imagine we are her, and we play as Joel who carries her, forcing us to care for her. Just so significant.
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.
Everything from Troy Baker's and Hana Hayes performance to the visual design, the soundtrack, and the script pulls this scene together perfectly. Joel's mourning had a quietness to it. He doesn't scream or yell. He holds his daughter, pleading, before he breaks out in tears. That simplicity makes this death extremely effective. Then there's the way she died. She was shot for virtually no reason other than caution and the military not wanting to take any risks. Even the man who pulled the trigger was extremely reluctant to do so. Joel gets up after Tommy shoots the soldier, and they hear sobbing. They, and by extension, we know exactly what it is. Sarah is in pain, more pain than a lot of us can imagine. A lot of characters who get shot either survive or die strong, no tears, maybe a grunt here or there. But Sarah is a child, and we are reminded of that fact when we hear her sobbing. And when everything goes quiet, we can't help but weep with Joel. It's easily one of the most ...more
Marcus's reaction was the thing that got me here as he was desperate to save Dom but sadly couldn't. Glad Dom was reunited with his wife though.
The fact that Soap beats Dom on this list confuses me. I don't know anyone that cried when Soap died, I don't even know anyone that cried when John Marston died. My best friend still gets sad when you mention Dom in Gears of War. He actually had to stop playing when Dom died because he started crying. John died because he was a criminal, Soap died because he was betrayed. Dom died because he was a soldier tired of fighting an endless war that he not only didn't see it ever ending, but he also had no reason left for him to continue fighting after his wife died. So, Dom sacrificed himself so maybe his best friend could make it out alive.
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.
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.
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.
Soap is one of those really memorable and influential gaming characters you grow up and develop with as the game progresses. Then suddenly, he is ripped right out of the game with an explosion and an open wound. When he died, it was complete devastation.
One of the deaths in one of the biggest betrayals in video game history. Totally unexpected and equally sad.
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
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.
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.
Aeris. My first love was a video game character. Sad. My dream girl. I put down the control for a month when she died. I’ve watched many fictional characters die in movies, shows, games. Read many in comics and books. This is still the saddest to me. Always. Gwen Stacy is a distant second.
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.
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 ...more
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 completely expected Claus to be the final boss, but I did not expect him to commit suicide at all! The way that Mr. Itoi writes the scene makes it sadder, because it goes into so much detail. "Claus is gazing at Lucas", "Lucas wanted to cry", "Lucas doesn't know what to do anymore" it's all so heart wrenching... And that one line, "Come to your mother's arms"... *sniff*
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
I have known joker when the first time he was publicly show as the "crown prince of crime" and I never really expected him to die. But still, him of all (bad) people are gonna be the one I'll remember to lookout for when you're gonna laugh
"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.
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.
He was by far my favorite character in the whole series. Kind and compassionate he died a hero. His death was the first and only time I have ever cried while playing a game and I have played the last of us and telltale's the walking dead.
I always loved Noble-6's death as it shows how the covenant had took Reach and that he had no way of getting off it. Bing given control to kill hordes of Elites made all the other characters deaths worthwhile. You were able to take revenge for them. I especially loved the ending scene in which it shows Noble's helmet and gives the speech saying how he played a vital role in them finding HALO.
What makes this death so sad is the fact that noble 6 is completely customizable. He IS you! When he died I felt like I died
Poor 6, he was just a 20 year old having fun with his other buddies. But after Jorge's sacrifice, Kat's head shot, Carter's sacrifice Emile's last stand: Noble 6 just wanted to revenge his buddies and told Jun to leave and save himself. After that, he also has a last stand which causes him to die. So sad.
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.
Piers death is sad I really hope he had escaped but I don’t think so that will be 0.01% he would escape
Piers Nivans was suppose to take over for Chris as the leader unfortunately fate had other plans, out of the the selflessness of his heart he allows Chris to escape choosing to remain behind R.I. P Piers.
Piers is about to kill himself for Chris's life and all Chris wants to do is scream at Piers.
Saddest scene in the whole RE series.. I cried a lot.. Piers sacrifice for Chris..
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
Final fantasy X is the only game to have ever made me cry. Tidus had gone from being some angsty, cocky, spoilt celebrity to someone who given up his life for the greater good. I had developed an emotional bond with him, I had saw him transform into the man he became, and when I saw him disappear, I couldn't help but to cry.
Wait... TIDUS DIES!?!?
Man, oh, man.
I don't think I've cried so hard from a fictional death.
Spending 70+ hours as this guy, doing right when it mattered, committing crimes to supply his "family" with the essentials. All of which is thrown away in the end.
In the beginning of Red Dead Redemption 2 we see him as a seemingly disgruntled, uncaring, unlovable outlaw. Which is far from the truth. Over the course of the game and several deaths of those close to him we see that he's looking out for literally everyone in the gang. Maybe not Micah, but whatever.
Eventually he reaches a crossroad in his life. Does he wish to pursue this lifestyle or make the best of the time he has left - borrowed time that is. As it is revealed he contracted TB from a poor, indebted but pure-hearted man. The diagnosis being the final push motivating him to become a better man.
Arthur comes to realize that the gang's dissolution is inevitable and attempts to free others of the burden that is being in the ...more
dude, this was the first time I ever cried over a fictional thing/person, I think its funny how he is that one sour, angry type of guy that you usually wouldn't give a second thought to but as you get to know him you bond with in (indirectly) then he died and its like losing a part of your soul, but its also a happy kind of sad because in the end he finally finds redemption and help those he cares for even though he was betrayed buy the one he looked up to, though it was so refreshing to see john run up that mountain to avenge his fallen brother that gave everything to save him. like I said, its an emotional story line, but a good one, and a sad one, a depressingly sad one.
never had such an emotional connection with anything let alone a video game character
Arthur Morgan's death is probably the saddest death in gaming history, yet It feels good in a way since Arthur dies honorably saving and helping John and his family escape for a better life (let's be honest here, the good ending is unquestionably the best one) and ultimately obtaining redemption for his criminal past. What makes it even sadder is seeing Arthur, after finding out that he only had a few months to live, try to help others around him and do good things however he could to right his past wrongs before his passing.
Have never felt worse about killing a character in a video game. The strength of the relationship between Snake and The Boss is discussed constantly throughout the game, a combination of a relationship between two comrades, and a (figurative) mother and a son. The fact that the game forces you to pull the trigger yourself when she's lying on the ground, almost comforting Snake makes it worse.
Even before the final twist, which makes the gut punch even worse, it would still top the list.
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!
It's just so... so HEARTBREAKING! Detective Tapp died a hero, and thar's all it matters.
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...
"Hey, would you say I became a hero? " I think that was the one that mad it so sad. That's all he ever wanted and when he finally gets it, he dies. I must say I cried like a baby. He was my favorite character in the game.
This is the saddest death not just in videogames, but it is sadder than any death in a movie
I posted this when it was below 106. Now I found it on 37 when I came back to this site thank you fans of re 4 and welcome.
Even though he didn't appear that much, he was still an important character and his sudden death was so unexpected that it brought tears to my eyes.
He and leon were best friends and unfortunately he had to say goodbye to him
But he didn't die... Except the ending where all the little sisters you bring to the surface are all at your death bed.
I cried HARD not only for the death, but the fact that Roxas had to kill one of his only best friends. His sadness is one of the huge things that really struck me. With the "fact" that Nobodies have no emotion, I cried more when Roxas started to cry. But I can admit... Xion's death was a beautiful death because she died in the arms of her best friend and she faded into light.
Roxas forced to kill his best friend to ave his other half. He held her as she died in his arms. I legitimately cried though the whole scene.
She not only sacrificed herself to save those she cared about along with someone she didn't even know, but did so knowing that it would mean giving up her existence and everyone would forget her.
The worst part about Xion's death is by far the fact that she didn't even flinch as she lay dying. She accepted it, went along, and left Roxas with no memory whatsoever. What she did for the sake of good...
It brought me to a bond with him he was the great person and I think he shall come again out of the fire of this destruction as the savior again and defend this galaxy with peace and leave harmony in his death he is a real life saver ill miss him I still can't replay the game after 8 months you think it's just a video game character at first but then it becomes real and shakes you all the adventures all the friends and everyone dies in some cases he died a noble death and has now gone to videogame heaven with other ones like the Krogers and other countless species and others will die in the under realm where they should be he is the best friend ever.
He/she has the saddest death ever. Not just because Shepard was dead but because I would never find out if they ever got to have little blue children with liara. Putting in well over 100 hours with all these characters made the story seem real and with shepards death it was over. Watching shepard sacrifice himself while in his last moments thought of all the people near to him just gave me so many feels.
After playing through countless hours across three games you become commander Shepard. When he dies a part of you dies with him (or her). This is the only time I have ever came close to crying at the end of a game. This is way too low on the charts, #1 in my mind.
Despite the bad A, B, C endings it is still sad to see shepard die.
The saddest ending to a game right after the best boss battle in history. How is this not number one? I totally agree with the guy below me, I actually cried!
Big boss's death was everything that makes a journey for a character come full circle. It was necessary but still a tragedy to see the legendary soldier die peacefully in front of solid snake, the other legendary soldier. Best video game series in history!
Really guys? 19, I mean REALLY, come on, if this wasn't
The saddest moment in video game history, then Hitler
I agree with all these guys because modern warfare wasn't sad at all because it's first person
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..
I must say I am shocked that Argo is not higher on this list (technically Argo doesn't die so she doesn't qualify but whatever. When Argo fell to her supposed death in Shadow was one of the saddest video game moments I've ever encountered. With other video game deaths there are always other characters the main character can turn to, but Argo was all that Wander had. She was your sole companion throughout the journey. With other big deaths like Aerith, you still had other companions. It was shocking and sad, but not as sad as losing Argo.
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.
This death of a beloved character really got to me... but the bit that made me cry even more was when you saw her limping over to Mono...
Not really a sad death if you go Genocide route but is sad to see how he believed in you till his very end.
If you kill papyrus you are a monster.
This is the guy stopping me from doing genocide
If you kill him your not a monster (he is) but your messed up