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Which character in a movie that died do you wish had lived?

Asked by ucme (46209points) January 15th, 2010

I’ve often watched movies, particularly when I was a kid,where I feel an empathy toward a particular character. Whether that be your classic hero or charismatic “bad guy”. Only to be left either frustrated or dissapointed when they die or were killed, usually at the end of the movie.What are your,if indeed you have any,examples of where you felt this?

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mrentropy's avatar

Serenity: Wash.

Jude's avatar

Bambi’s Mom.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

Leo DeCaprio in Titanic. God, I just sobbed…........

skfinkel's avatar

I just watched the first season of The Wire and was sad to see the inevitability of Wallace getting killed.

stump's avatar

Bambi’s mother. I cried every time for years. Haven’t seen it in a long time, but I am sure I would tear up again.

Harp's avatar

When I was about 10, I watched some early screen version of “Of Mice and Men”. I was devastated when Lennie died. I just couldn’t believe that it could end that way.

Jude's avatar

John Coffey – Green Mile

(The ending had me sobbing).

Smashley's avatar

That poor Ewok during the Battle of Endor. Him and Muldoon from Jurassic Park. That guy was too badass to get eaten by raptors. Couldn’t they have kept him alive and killed off the old dude like in the book?

Cruiser's avatar

Steve McQueen in Sand Pebbles was a sad turn of events I wanted him to escape and Paul Newman’s Luke in Cool Hand Luke.

Snarp's avatar

@mrentropy I know I should have known better from the question, but a spoiler warning would have been nice! Wash dies? Arrrgghh.

Snarp's avatar

We should do this the other way round.

ucme's avatar

@stump Very brave of Disney at the time to depict death to such a young audience. Don’t think it was repeated until yers later in The Lion King. Both examples paid off though they made the movies what they are.

ChuckEx's avatar

Anne Frank.

Shield_of_Achilles's avatar

Qui-gon Jin
But that’s probably only because I’m a huge Liam Neeson fan

mrentropy's avatar

@Snarp Sorry, Snarp, but the nature of the question should be a spoiler warning in itself.

HGl3ee's avatar

Simba’s Dad Mufassa (sp?) In the Lion King… Brutal, just brutal.. :(

Pazza's avatar

Brandon Lee.

Blackberry's avatar

I forgot his name, he died at the end of Greenstreet Hooligans.

smack's avatar

Charlie in Lost, Marissa in The O.C.
I know they’re not movies, but the time you invest in the characters of TV shows greatly exceeds the time you spend with the characters of movies.

mrentropy's avatar

All those poor baby fishes in Nemo. They didn’t stand a chance.

ucme's avatar

@smack It’s all good

Jude's avatar

And, why did they have to haul Dumbo’s Mom away in that train car—and she was shackled to the wall. Just prior to that, her trunk slipping through the bars and she was rocking her boy, Dumbo. Why?

Can I watch that part, anymore? Hell no.

ucme's avatar

@mrentropy Fish are friends not food~

Harp's avatar

Another childhood cinematic trauma: Beth in “Little Women”

sjmc1989's avatar

Children of Men: Theo
Fried Green Tomatoes: Ruth
The Grey Zone: The Girl
I Am Legend: The Dog
The Dollmaker: Her daughter (Cassie I think)

The is plenty more that I could say, but I will stop there

Jude's avatar

@sjmc1989 Yes! Ruth! :(

ucme's avatar

@sjmc1989 Yeah leave the bloody dog alone, no need.

Jude's avatar

Jon Voight’s character in “Champ”.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

Owen Wilson in The Life Aquatic.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino
whoops, spoiler alert!

sjmc1989's avatar

@Mike_Hunt DAMNNNNNN YOUUUU! Only kidding

sjmc1989's avatar

I thought of another one, but I don’t want to spoil it for anybody…

ucme's avatar

@sjmc1989…...oh go on,no one’s listening anyway~

sjmc1989's avatar

Ok Into the Wild Chris McCandless, but not only the movie I wish he didn’t die in real life either. One of the saddest books and movies!

Snarp's avatar

I can’t really think of any that died that I wish hadn’t. I wish Jar Jar Binks had died. Also, I’m really glad that Steven Seagal’s character did die in Executive Decision.

smashbox's avatar

Marley, in the movie, “Marley and Me.” They should have ended that movie, before he died!

Val123's avatar

Wow! What a great question…every answer is a GA….
Brian Piccolo.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

@sjmc1989 Definitely the dog from I am Legend! (I think her name was Sam.) Also, I kinda wish they didn’t kill off Will Smith, either.

Val123's avatar

Old Yeller…..

Austinlad's avatar

Dustin Hoffman in “Midnight Cowboy”
Brando in “Last Tango”
James Whitmore in “Shawshank”
Richard Widmark in “Night and the City”
Sinatra in “The Devil at 4 o’clock” and “Von Ryan’s Express”
and I could go on for hours…

Harp's avatar

The father in “Life is Beautiful”

Val123's avatar

I have only two questions in my activity for me….one makes me cry ”(this one) and the other crackes me up ”(the stupidest thing you’ve done to hurt yourself,” question) I’m flipping back and forth between them and now I don’t know how I really feel!

life_after_2012's avatar

rober nevell ( will smith ) i am legend – leonardo decaprio in the departed – and i also agree with brandon lee – that really sux

Supacase's avatar

Yes, @Harp yes, yes, yes. The dad in Life is Beautiful. I can’t think of a thing to top that. :(

ucme's avatar

@Val123 Ying & the Yang

smashbox's avatar

@life after 2012, yeah I agree with all the ones you mentioned, Departed blew me away, when they killed him off.

sdeutsch's avatar

I know it’s not a movie yet, but there are at least four or five people in the last Harry Potter book who I know I’m going to cry when I see them die in the movie. Don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read the book, though, so I’ll keep them to myself…

janbb's avatar

Tony in West Side Story

Seek's avatar

@sdeutsch

I am still pissed that they killed Sirius. There was no need for that.

As for the ones from the final installment – well, it was a battle. People die in battle. I can forgive that.

Seek's avatar

@sjmc1989 @Dr_Dredd

I named my dachshund after Sam in “I Am Legend”. Unfortunately, the old rescue went Cujo on my son and we had to put him down… but hey, it was an homage, anyway.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

I suppose it was even more of an homage since both Sams went mad! Poor little dogs… :-(

janbb's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr but what about d—re (you know who I mean)?

sdeutsch's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr I totally agree that it was a battle and it made sense for them to die – but that didn’t make it any less heart-wrenching when it happened!

@janbb I was totally in shock when D died in the book, but somehow that scene in the movie was a little anticlimactic for me. I don’t know if it was because I knew it was coming, or maybe because I felt like they rushed through it in the movie, but it didn’t affect me nearly as much as I thought it would…

Val123's avatar

John Wayne in “The Cowboys.”

janbb's avatar

@sdeutsch Haven’t seen the movie yet but I could not believe when it happened in the book.

Seek's avatar

@janbb

He was, like, eleventy-billion years old, and his death was a major plot point. It’s forgivable. To be honest, I didn’t like him much anyway.

mrentropy's avatar

The Wise Man and The Fool from the “O.D. Feeling” episode of The Hitchhiker (HBO) from the 1980s. They could have made a whole series with those two.

hiphiphopflipflapflop's avatar

THE REAL MAN ANSWER:

Jim Brown’s character from “The Dirty Dozen”.

;)

Snarp's avatar

Oh wait, @hiphiphopflipflapflop inspired me, I’ve got one. Pretty much everybody in the Great Escape, but especially Colin Blythe.

hiphiphopflipflapflop's avatar

@Snarp Nobody sheds a tear for Maggot. (Indeed, most would clap or cheer when Jim Brown pumps him full of lead.) The really tall country boy (Posey) would probably come next as he was just a well-intentioned fellow with a short fuse and no idea of his own strength.

Aethelwine's avatar

Goose in Top Gun. He was such a cutie.

Val123's avatar

@jonsblond Oh yeah! Spot on!

dani6119's avatar

Buddy Holly.

denidowi's avatar

Mel Gibson starred in a film called, “Conspiracy”
His girlfriend died at the end.

Even worse, in the 2nd “Robin Hood” series, Maid Marian dies :(

Smashley's avatar

@Harp – I do agree that the father’s death was tragic, but I thought it was a major plot point and one of the more touching moments in film. Through everything terrible that was going on, he protected his son. Though it was a fanciful story, it took place during a very real and tragic time in history. Millions of people were killed and even the survivors were deeply scarred. In reality, a person in a WW2 death camp had grim prospects for survival, but his sacrifice managed to save his family and protect his son from experiencing the horror of one of the worst tragedies in history.

Sure, we wish things turned out differently, but the film ended in the happiest way possible, and it was beautiful.

Ansible1's avatar

Edward Furlong in American History X

sjmc1989's avatar

@Ansible1 I wish I could give you a million GA’s for that! That was a truly tragic death in a movie.

lonelydragon's avatar

@jbfletcherfan I felt the same way. Why couldn’t they have shared the door? And then think about Rose’s poor husband, who probably couldn’t measure up to his predecessor in Rose’s heart.

jamielynn2328's avatar

Thomas J from My Girl
Bruce Willis in Armageddon – I forget his characters name…
Julia Roberts aka Shelby in Steel Magnolias

But most of all Old Yeller

ucme's avatar

Thanks for all your answers, some good examples there.Just to add my thoughts. Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke, Robert Shaw in Jaws, Burgess Meredith in Rocky lll, John Travolta in Pulp Fiction, Michael Caine in Get Carter, the list goes on & on. It is amazing how much we are engaged by characters in movies. Gotta love em!

ubersiren's avatar

Good question!

Shosanna- Inglorious Basterds
Sebastian- Cruel Intentions
The baby from Trainspotting
Romeo and Juliet (I always think, “Wake up Juliet!”)
Mufasa- Lion King
Melanie- Gone With the Wind
King Kong
Merrick- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (movie)
The wolf from Dances with Wolves
Obi Wan

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

Charles Bronson in The Magnificent Seven

sjmc1989's avatar

I need to stop following this question. I keep seeing stuff I don’t want to see! :D

Jude's avatar

I tried to watch that Dumbo and his Mama clip on Youtube (it’s been so long). I got 5 seconds into it and had to turn it off. Why did I do that to myself? That one’s rough.

Jude's avatar

Any movie where a character is sick and dying of cancer, I won’t watch. It hits too close to home.

denidowi's avatar

@sjmc1989 – YOU look worth seeing Girl
Please don’t stopp following this Q LOL!! ;)

Ansible1's avatar

Kevin Spacey in American Beauty

filmfann's avatar

River Phoenix’s character in Stand By Me.
Zero Mostel in The Front
Mary Corleone in Godfather III

mrentropy's avatar

American Soldier #23 in Saving Private Ryan.

smack's avatar

I mean “it” didn’t really die but… Wilson in Castaway.

lynfromnm's avatar

The little boy in Pay It Forward. I wasn’t expecting it and really had a strong reaction.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

I hate it when a dog is killed in any movie.

I regret it when the character played by Mel Gibson survives.
He is a vicious anti-Semite just like his father.

sjmc1989's avatar

Yuri Zhivago in Doctor Zhivago, that movie traumatized me!

adinaa's avatar

Sirius Black. He was such a great character

Dr_Dredd's avatar

Agree with @Dr_Lawrence about Mel Gibson. The only character of his I still like is Rocky the Rooster from “Chicken Run.” I just can’t help myself.

downtide's avatar

Not a movie, but Torchwood has killed off three of its main characters and I liked all of them.
Wash in Serenity.
Haldir in Lord of the Rings – he was not killed in the book and it made no sense to kill him in the movie.

denidowi's avatar

@sjmc1989 – I saw Doc Z when I was a kid: didn’t mean that much then.
Went with one of my best friends – who was Jewish.
@adinaa – Yes; Serious Black would have been great to keep alive, but I think JKR was trying to wretchedize young Potter as much as possible – so that he, literally, had no one – no family at all, to lean on or support him!
He only had an aunt who considered him ‘a freak’!

Seek's avatar

@downtide

I totally agree. If I’m not mistaken, it was Glorfindel who showed up at Helm’s Deep. Haldir stayed in Lothlorien. They totally obliterated the character of Glorfindel in the movie. Stupid Arwen. I’ve always hated Arwen. Someone should have killed her.

Smashley's avatar

@downtide
A lot of the decisions in the LOTR movie didn’t make any sense.
(the 42–41 vs. 43–42 Helm’s deep totals for Gimli and Legolas come to mind)

@Seek_Kolinahr
Tolkien was smart enough to keep Arwen on a short leash in the books. Why Jackson couldn’t recognize this, I have no idea.

downtide's avatar

@Smashley I think Jackson desperately needed a female character in the midst of all the fellas.

Shield_of_Achilles's avatar

Can we go with Tv shows? If so

Cheza, Tsume, Toboe, Blue, and Hige, from Wolf’s Rain
Wolfwood from Trigun.

If not, Dr. Grace in Avatar.

Smashley's avatar

@downtide
I guess… There was Eowyn and Galadriel, not to mention the charming Lobelia. Eowyn is as close as LOTR had to a female protagonist and does some ass-kicking in the third book. I’m hearing what you mean, though, the mass-appeal need, the need to flaunt the use of Elven, and the need of all nerds to interact with females. It still wasn’t cool. If you want to make Lord of the Rings into a movie, use the pieces the master gave you; don’t assume you can tell a better story than him.

And that 41–42, 43–42 thing from Helm’s deep will bug me for the rest of my life.

downtide's avatar

@Smashley I completely agree. Eowyn was always my favourite female character in Lord of the Rings, and Jackson should have left the story alone.

Irishmar's avatar

Ratso Rizzo,, Midnight Cowboy…..I cried. Poor guy. Played by Dustin Hoffman.

Pazza's avatar

Powder, in the film of the same name with Jeff Goldblum.
Though I don’t think he really died.

Oh an John Travolta in phenomenon, though I think he’s a tit in real life now.

Seek's avatar

See… I hated Eowyn, too. It seems like she got all the credit for Merry’s work. Sure, Eowyn got the killstroke on the Witch King, but only because Merry incapacitated him. The legend said no “Man” (capital “M”) could kill the Witch King. It mentions nothing about male Hobbits.

Galadriel, however, is awesome. And why does everyone forget Goldberry?

Oh, and I can’t stand Elrond, either. Who the hell does he think he is, ordering people around while he gets to sit pretty in Rivendell while everyone else is working their pointy-eared arses off trying to save Middle-Earth? He didn’t even send an army to help – his rebellious sons came all on their own!

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