Top 10 Ways to Know If a Movie Character is Going to Die

The Top Ten

1 They share an emotional moment with other characters

No matter what film it is,if a character shares a really emotional moment with another..one of them ends up terribly injured, or dead. It’s much more powerful if both the audience and other characters have some sort of emotional connection to them before they die. As such, filmmakers tend to kill off a character following an emotional moment - good or bad.
Mostly happens after characters reveal their feelings for each other or whenever a feud between at odds characters comes to an end, OR when a so called "orphan" finally meets their parents

This is a great list you have a great understanding of how movie makers write plots.

Yes all good movies have to give emotion so the death isn't meaningless

2 They say "I'll hold them off"

It's frequently the hero who becomes the savior for the innocents being protected from the enemy forces. Sadly, the hero makes the sacrifice for his friends. In the end, he dies. Heroes become remembered for the good deeds and responsibilities he has ever done.

I've seen movies where a character says that and doesn't die, but yeah, that also gives you an idea that the character could die.

When this sentence is said, may as well wave goodbye to that character. They literally know they're gonna die too.

If they said that it is possible at 99,9% that they will die.

3 They get a sudden burst of development

This is more of an occurrence in TV series's but happens in long movie franchises, especially happens to a secondary character. If, suddenly, they have an entire episode focusing on them or they become a more important character, there is a good chance that they are going to be killed off in the next episode.

Good observation!
And you're right.. that's how they give you a clue.

4 They are a huge jerk

This may not make sense but get this. If one of the characters antagonizes everyone in the film, it can be safe to say they won't live to the end credits. This can be seen in horror movies at most

5 They redeem themselves

The Cowardly character does this the most. He/She is a huge baby throughout the movie, but halfway through they decide they wanna be helpful. After showing impressive skills in combat they end up dying, normally as they celebrate

6 They're very happy

If things seem too good to be true, they probably are. After all, what’s a movie or TV show without some form of conflict? No one wants to watch a film where everything goes well for the main character and stays that way throughout. It may not necessarily be the main character who bites the dust, but rather someone else close to them for whom things have finally started to work out.

Well, if you mean living a happy life and that stuff, then I know a few places where this is reversed. Like for example the movie Saw. Lawrence is living a happy life and he lives. Adam isn’t really living a happy life and he dies. There is also a few movies where this CAN be seen. In the movie don’t hang up Brady dies and he’s living a hell of a lot happier life than his murderer/one of his best friends, Sam. So there you have it

7 They're a soldier

If the main characters meet someone who has experiance involving the situation, that character will live through most of the movie

8 They have crucial info

these characters normally die after giving out said information. A character has found out a crucial piece of information that is vital to the success of whatever the main characters in the movie are trying to achieve. They then typically try to call the main character to relay this information, but for whatever reason are too stupid to hurry up and wanna meet in person,leading to their death

9 They're a third wheel

Also known as the redshirt, this character’s sole narrative purpose is to die for the most part. They allow for the filmmaker to show how powerful and dangerous the main villain is without having to kill off a major character

10 They're on screen when sad music plays

When sad music plays in Aggretsuko, you know something sad is going to happen. Same goes for movie deaths.

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11 They sacrifice their own life to save everyone.

Like you know who did in you know what.

..except the thing is that they manage to live, cause they """died""" 2-3 times before, so uhh

12 They're retiring from a job

Nobody retires in movies, especially if they are a cop, pilot or soldier. Time and time again, we hear characters say that they only have two more weeks until retirement, or that they just need to go on one last mission before they hang up their boots up for good. But..that turns out to actually be their last mission

13 They're near a hole

They take one step bqck, happens in comedies

14 They're the old mentor

Dumbledore. Yoda. Obi-wan Kenobi.

15 They try to be kind to people

It usually happens when a character is trying to be nice and don't do anything wrong. In comedy movies, they are killed off in some stupid way, and in other movies, they are the person who everyone likes or likes everyone and the antagonist kills him because he's a bad person.

16 They put their hand on their body and see blood
17 They make a decision despite knowing the consequences
18 They Don't Believe the Main Character
19 They are a spy
20 They are the villain
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