If there’s one thing geeks do well, it’s getting attached to fictional characters. That’s bad enough. What’s worse is when they die. People from the Torchwood, Harry Potter and/or any Whedon-penned fandoms know what I’m on about.
So now, 10 #FictionalDeathsIWillNeverGetOver…
1. Little Foot’s Mother from The Land Before Time
I recently rewatched this and holy hell is it dark at the start. Looking back on it, it’s amazing we weren’t all scarred for life. No, I take that back. This movie is about dealing with grief and making friends and friendship and whatnot. It’s a great movie, even though it is incredibly sad.
2. Ash from Pokemon the Movie
This was another early death that rocked my formative years. Let’s be honest, Ash is not particularly good at Pokemon training. But when I was young, I loved him anyway. If you don’t remember it, Mew’s clone Mewtwo invites all the best Pokémon trainers to his island of DEATH. He then clones all the Pokémon and makes them fight the originals, while he fights Mew.
Finally, Ash jumps in between the two most powerful Pokémon in the First Generation, and he gets turned to stone. Everyone stops and cries for Ash. Including me.
3. Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Not Dumbledore! Most of my generation devoured the Harry Potter series, and Dumbledore was an ever-present mentor figure for us (even when he was being a dick in The Order of the Phoenix). So his death in the sixth book (at the hands of the *evil* Snape, no less) was shocking. I remember quietly weeping in my bed after reading it, my mother asking me, “Why on earth are you crying?”
“Because a guy in this book died,” didn’t seem to be a satisfactory answer to her. Muggles just don’t get it.
4. Agent Phil Coulson from The Avengers
I know this one is pretty recent, but let me tell you, it stings like a bitch. Joss Whedon is known for killing off beloved characters (more below), but this one’s actually not on him. Anyhow, the internet agrees with me on this one.
5. Tara Maclay from Buffy The Vampire Slayer
That is all.
6. Mufasa from The Lion King
“Long live the King,” said Scar, and then every six year old was changed forever.
7. Wash from Serenity
Dammit Joss. What made this one even worse is that it was entirely out of nowhere.
“I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar.”
Fuck you, Joss. (Also not really because you are amazing and I love you.)