By - phantom_avenger
I have to say the death of Artax, the boy's horse, in the never ending story. Watching him sink into that swamp was pretty awful.
"Bubba was my best good friend. And even I know that ain't something you can find just around the corner. Bubba was going to be a shrimping boat captain, but instead, he died right there by that river in Vietnam."
This is a good answer. Bubba was fictional, of course. But that statement really stings because we know that thousands of real “Bubbas” who aspired to occupy myriad professions beyond shrimp boats saw their hopes die in Vietnam, too.
Stoick the Vast, chief of Berk, Hiccup's father, from How to Train Your Dragon.
The Iron Giant
I’m still amazed at how absolutely devastated I was the first time I saw Iron Giant. I was so happy to see the screw trying to get out of the box. Every time I watch it, still gets me.
The only people who don’t cry at the end of The Iron Giant are people who have never seen The Iron Giant
Fry’s dog from Futurama.
Another testimony to the fact that animators can be true storytellers, who don’t always need words to get their point across.
The changing of seasons as the dog sits and waits in front of the pizza shop. Waits and waits for Fry, who never returns.
No dialogue. Just the absence of the dog, eventually. Ugh.
And the fact that Fry chose to keep him frozen because he believed that Seymour had forgotten about him. Crushed me
That's the kicker. I felt okay with Fry's decision. He was right, his dog lived a full life after he was frozen and it isn't right to jump back into his life. Then we find out....
The little girl from Pan's Labyrinth. In fact I just started crying even thinking about it
Luckily with Pan's Labyrinth, we can choose to believe she didn't die - the princess just went home.
Mark Greene on ER. 20 years later and I've never watched that episode without bawling like a fucking baby.
Wally West in Young Justice
It’s been about a decade and I’m still mad about it
Kid was done dirty. So fucking good. I hate it. Awesome shit
When Brooks hangs himself in The Shawshank Redemption
For me it was when they shot Tommy.
Yeah, opposite of what most feel, Tommy’s death always hit me harder than Brooks’ did. He was so damn likable and young.
“Brooks was here”
“So was Red”
The dogs in Where The Red Fern Grows, I only have ever read the book and it brings me to tears every time.
I could have gone the rest of my life without being reminded of Big Dan & Little Ann.
John Coffey in The Green Mile
One of the lines that me is when Tom Hank's character is asking John Coffee what he is supposed to do in his situation, being required to carry out the execution. "I've done some things in life I'm not proud of, but this is the first time I've ever felt real danger of hell."
I'm paraphrasing, not gonna check exact line. But when Tom Hanks says, 'when my time comes, and I stand before God, and he asks me why did I kill his greatest miracle, what do you expect me to say?? That it was my job??'
"You stand before God the father, and tell him it was a kindness you done."
"Do you keep the lights on? I'm afraid of the dark, Boss"
Michael Clark Duncan was a very underrated actor.
Finding out he died irl was also heartbreaking.
That scene shows how bad it is to watch an innocent person die knowing that all they wanted to do was save and care for people. That movie had so many impactful death scenes that still linger like the prisoner whose sponge is dry, the mouse which gets stomped but subsequently revived.
Wash in Serenity.
Like a leaf on the wind.
Watch how I soar.
CURSE YOUR SUDDEN YET INEVITABLE BETRAYAL
This whole freaking thread is a 'repressed memory unlocked' trip down emotional trauma lane. I hate and love you all in equal measure.
Artax in the Swamp of sadness
Omg yes. The idea that someone you love is dying and there's not a thing you can do about it. Heart shattering.
Captain Miller in Saving Private Ryan. But not necessarily the scene where he dies, more the scene where old Private Ryan is ~~crying~~ ([I guess it wasn't Private Ryan crying...](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZgoufN99n8)) at Miller's grave asking his wife to tell him he was a good man, and he led a good life.
Also when [Medic Wade died](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFFlHFgYmpU&t=57)... crying for his mom.
I was looking for Wade! Especially after how he said he regretted pretending to be asleep when his mother came home early. He just wanted to chat with her one last time. And how he realized he wasn't gonna make it, so he went 'I could use a little more morphine'.
It's like most war movies glorify death, or sensationalize it. But Wade dying just felt real and raw. I've never been in the military, let alone on a battlefield, but I imagine Wade's death was probably a lot like what really happened. And the silence and anger afterwards...
John Ritter's character on 8 Simple Rules. He had just died in real life, so it had to be written into the show. I was devastated by his death.
I rewatched recently and was dreading those episodes because I adore John Ritter. I love how they handled it on the show. I thought they did a terrific job of handling a very sad situation.
They wrote his death into Scrubs as well (he played JD's dad). It happens in *My Cake*.
Littlefoot's mum from The Land Before Time.
And he gets sooooo depressed even a kind little pterodactyl’s(maybe not the right dinosaur name) gift of its precious cherry isn’t even noticed.
Not Petrie [clip](https://youtu.be/2yd5bENAxsM)
Also when he mistakes his own shadow for her.
That is the saddest scene in the history of movies.
Brendan Fraser in Scrubs.
That episode was hard, but not as hard as the organ donor arc.
I feel like Bens death always overshadows this one, but I strongly agree, Dr. Cox’s outburst before walking away is the hardest hitting moment in all 8 seasons
“Where do you think we are?”
Nope, I’m not okay.
I absolutely love Scrubs because, while it’s a comedy, it’s still a medical show and it portrays the ugly and sometimes horribly sad side of the profession so very well. That show made me cry so many times and that scene in particular hit me like a truck! Came out of nowhere!
Its a tie for me for this show between him and Lavernes death.
When Kelso goes to see her 💔
Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake from M*A*S*H. I must be old that this wasn't mentioned already.
OMG! MASH is my favourite series!
Henry's death was for sure painful
But that baby that died on the bus and then Hawkeye lost it...that hit hard
It was a chicken that died... That's what I tell myself
Shelby from Steele Magnolias
Chuckies Finster actual Mom from Rugrats.
**Mother's Day** episode.
It wasn't that fact that she was never present in the story. It's just how well done the writing was, and the imprint that she ~~could have~~ left in that episode. That episode was bittersweet. Still quite difficult to re-watch, let alone remember it.
The “I want a mom” song from rugrats in Paris still makes me tear up 🥺
Maes Hughes. Not even so much his death. It’s the funeral and his daughter. Every. Fucking. Time.
It's so *believable* which is why it hurt every single time.
“Mommy, why are they putting dirt on daddy?”
And when Winry sees her and Gracia (?) she opens the door and says “Daddy?” My heart breaks
Also is the focus of one of the best ever evil character moments for me. When Fuhrer Bradley explains that he wasn’t actually shaking from crying in that moment, but rather barely containing his wrath at a small child not understanding what death is really just sold how much of a irredeemable bastard he was.
Yeah. Like, as u/pasher5620 explained, the audience gets lulled into being suspicious of Bradley but you also put trust into him due to how the only POV you get at first being from Ed, Al and Mustang. So when you see him shake at the funeral, you think "oh, even he's saddened by Hughes' death."
And then you fined out that he was just shaking in rage of Hughes' child asking the questions during the funeral and you're just left sitting there like "Jesus Christ, we now know you're evil but how can you be THAT evil?!" Man, Fullmetal Alchemist just had so many great characters, especially the villains.
It is *shocking* how well FMA manages to make "the Führer is a bad guy" an effective twist
Came here to comment this, killing him was an A+ decision on the author's part even though it destroyed me emotionally
Maes hughes a great friend, a great employee, a great husband, a great father, and a great character to kill
I thought Nina set the tone for the series. No one is safe and bad things happen to innocent people is a central theme of FMA.
But HOLY SHIT Maes' death fucks me up. Not really the death itself but how it impacts his family, the Elrics, and Mustang. This show really allowed the most baddass legendary alchemist to cry and show that men having emotions is okay.
I love this series so goddamn much. Time for a rewatch.
He’s the quintessential “they wouldn’t dare kill him” character. And then they off the absolute Chad.
Especially with how unnecessary it was. He was a good man, doing his job. And was murdered to send a message.
His death motivated Roy.
And gave us the greatest vengeance sequence in all of anime.
"Maes Hughes is dead, that is a fact. To invoke his image you must be glutton for punishment!" *snap*
Uncle Iroh's son. He isn't even in the series but still gets me
Leaves from the vine…
Falling so slow...
Like fragile tiny shells...
Stoic from How to train your dragon. The guy had just found his long-lost love, and the one that kills him is his son's best friend.
Dude did the most Dad thing ever.
Finally had all he ever wanted…. Almost immediately lays it down for his kid.
“You’re as beautiful as the day I lost you…”
Oh Gerard, you and your sultry voice
That scene is Dreamworks' best imo. Valka gradually getting more and more worried as Stoic approaches her, silent. Getting to the point where she's pleading with him to yell, to curse her name, to say anything. Only for this mountain of a man to reach out and gently touch her cheek and tell the woman he loves that she's beautiful with all the longing in the world dripping off his words...
Fuck, I love that movie.
When my wife and I first started dating I made her watch HTTYD 1 & 2 (3 wasn't out yet) with me because it's the greatest series of films ever made. At this scene she turns to me and says something to the effect of "lol this is so cheesy", only to see me visibly tearing up, as I do on every rewatch. Still makes fun of me for it all these years later.
And it kills me that he doesn't attack Toothless to save Hiccup, he just...tanks the blast. He knows Toothless was acting against his will and refuses to slay his son's best friend. So much growth from the first movie when he was willing to kill Toothless at the drop of a hat. Gobber & Hiccups eulogies are what push me over the edge, i can barely hold it together watching Stoic take the shot but when Gobber ends with "For a great man has fallen: A warrior. A chieftain. A father. A friend." i lose it
The voice acting in that movie gives me chills
The first two are two of my favourite films ever made. Still really like the third one but it’s just not *quite* at the same level. I truly believe that the score of the first movie might just be the greatest score ever, especially Test Drive when Hiccup and Toothless’s themes are merged for the first time. Just insanely good. And yes, you’re right, the voice acting is something else.
i can barely watch the second movie anymore because i know how it ends
Charlie in lost "not penny's boat"
My husband noticed the countdown early on, and we both thought it was the countdown to Lily being pregnant.
Worst part is we'd both lost our dads just a couple months earlier, so that shock reveal was all too real for us. :(
I think the first thing Marshall says is something like “I’m not ready for this.” That makes me choke up just thinking about it.
6 year old me and 28 year old me both agree with this
Wilson - Cast Away
Joyce in Buffy.
That episode portrayed the unexpected loss of a loved one more authentically than anything else I've ever seen.
The way the camera roams over the EMS guy's uniform as he's talking to Buffy is a masterful lesson in how to portray emotional trauma. Your brain just wanders off to tries and remove you from the horror of the moment.
You can tell the writers and the director have been through this.
That episode destroyed me.
Not so fun fact, that episode aired 2 days before my father died from a heart attack. I was 17 at the time and I'll always weirdly remember that me and fictional Buffy Summers lost a parent the same week.
Mom, mom, mommy! Gets me every time, plus the lack of music in the episode following it, feels so much more real/raw!
The harsh yellow lighting in the shot where buffy walks slowly into the back yard and throws up is insane. I expected that to such a small degree that that episode traumatized me more than any other piece of media I’ve ever consumed.
And the fact you can hear kids laughing playing elsewhere in the background in that shot. The harsh positioning of her in such a state of distress with the ordinary sounds of everyday life was so jarring, somehow more distressing than if they had used melodramatic music.
Yes. The choice not to have music was perfect. Every unexpected death I've experienced what I remember the most is the silence. The awkward pauses where no one knows what to say, no one knows what to do. So real.
I hate the snobbery of awards shows because Emma Caulfield was fucking robbed. She’s incredible in that episode.
This. While the scene where Buffy finds her mother is heartbreaking, it is Anya's confusion and pain that makes me cry every time I watch it.
Got a lump in my throat just thinking about Anya’s little confused monologue, and I’ve not seen it in years.
For those not familiar with the show, Anya is newly human (former demon, because Buffy.) She’s known for being tactless and saying the wrong thing because she just doesn’t quite get how to be a person. Here, though, in her confusion, she manages to say the most human things about death in the episode, capturing the things nobody else will say/ask. It’s powerful. A user linked it below, and it’s worth a watch. The entire episode is called “The Body” if you feel like having a sublime experience and also ruining your entire day.
Charlie in All Dogs Go To Heaven. Still cry at the end scene too
Seymour the dog from Futurama.
I panic and cry just from that episode.
It's not the death, it's the waiting... and the whole episode is like me waiting to watch him wait and I think about every pet I've ever had and when I wasn't home.
I can't! 😭😭😭
The episode that almost makes me cry is the one where at the end they find our Frys brother kept looking for him. That ending man
The 10th Doctor played by David Tennant in Dr. Who. ‘I don’t want to go. ‘ usually Dr. Who is my happy place, but that episode gets me crying.
‘I could do so much more. SO MUCH MORE.’
2nd for me is in Love Vincent when Van Gogh still kills himself and the doctor saying something in the lines of "we made his life a little brighter but not enough to outweigh the dark". Hit hard
"The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don't always spoil the good things and make them unimportant. And we definitely added to his pile of good things.”
Ned Stark. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing at the time.
This is always in the top 3 for me. The entire story would, just not have happened had he not died, but there was no way the reader/watcher would know what impact it would have. But also they (book and series) did a masterful job of showing what type of man he was that it was heartbreaking to see him go against every value and moral and rule he had … to save his daughters.
It’s remarkable how many people (books and show) still kept Neds honor alive far longer than his life allowed. He really was the best of men in this world. More people spoke of his memory than that of the king’s. Top tier guy.
How can a man be brave if he’s afraid?
That is the only time a man can be brave.
Ned is one my favorite characters and I loved Sean Bean’s portrayal. He was too good for Westeros, and a Lord with true honor willing to carry out the sentence.
See You Space Cowboy...
Leslie Burke from Bridge to Terabithia
This one hurt.
“I don’t think god would send a girl like her to hell just for not believing.” Or something to that effect. Read that book in 6th grade when I was starting to doubt religious upbringing. It fucked me up real good.
Do the people in The Good Place count? They were already dead, but their "ending" still hit hard, but in a good way.
Omg when Eleanor knew Chidi was ready to go but she was doing everything to convince him otherwise but she finally just had to let him go. I was crying so much
Imagine a wave.
Literally just finishing watching the series on Netflix. I can't get over how only one of them didn't get returned to the universe.... But when Chidi, Jason, and Eleanor went, I was heartbroken. I watched those characters change and grow for the better.
Because I binged the show on Netflix and didn't see it when it was on air, seeing the character development and watching them become better souls faster...it hits different when I can see it right away, ya know.
I would have followed you, my brother... my captain... my King...
Gets me every time.
Be at peace, son of Gondor.
And when Aragorn kneels down to him the first thing he pleads for is ‘The little ones….what of the Little Ones?’
It just tears me up inside….the ultimate sacrifice and he worries about his friends first and foremost.
Watched it maybe 20 times and I still choke up….one of Sean Bean’s finest performances.
They will look for his coming from the White Tower, but he will not return.
Even though he was put in an antagonistic light, he was actually a very good guy that just got corrupted by the Ring and he immediately recognized that.
I really felt for him when he is horrified of himself for how he could've harmed Frodo in a way he would never forgive himself.
Dude had the world's second heaviest weight on his shoulders by being Gondor's representative to the White Council... and he died trying to take the the first heaviest weight off the shoulders of someone half his size for the benefit of him and all other Free Peoples of Middle Earth.
Boromir died a hero.
He absolutely represents the weakness inherent in men and the ability of men to fail, recognize the failure, attempt to redeem the failure and atoning by acting in a way that redeems the failure.
He is a hero. He's also a 'real' hero in that he went through hell and still, at the end, made the right choices for the right reasons.
Tolkien was good at showing different kinds of good and different kinds of bad.
Denethor was a similarly tragic hero in the books, albeit without really a chance to redeem himself. He was essentially in charge of the last line of defense between Mordor and the rest of Middle Earth, and had been slowly manipulated by Sauron through the Palantir to think his effort was futile.
He was probably done dirtiest of any character in the movies (save maybe Farmer Maggot).
Yeah, Denethor was a shame. In the books he was a legitimately great and wise leader, if a hawkish and antagonistic one. The movies just made him into this delusional fop. At the same time, that streamlined Gandalf taking command. John Noble killed it as the character.
In the books Boromir’s death definitely hurts but for me some of Faramir’s story is more brutal. They touch on it in the movies but him trying everything to win his fathers affection and getting nothing in return is painful. A suicide mission in Osgiliath and barely makes it back alive; gets blamed for losing. And then having the strength his brother didn’t have to help the hobbits and still getting nothing. It’s just on and on. So when he finally meets eowyn in the halls of healing it’s such a huge relief. All in like three sentences but it was enough. Dude got put through the ringer.
You come at the king, you best not miss
Michael K Williams actual death hit me hard too
Spock. Star trek 2 the wrath of Khan.
I cried more at that point than I did when Mufasa dies in the lion king. Those bagpipes hit way harder than you might think.
It's also the only fictional death that still makes me sob on repeat viewings.
Well, his was the most... human
I teared up just reading that. Tells you how hard it hits
Sybil in downton abbey. I first started watching it when I was in high school and was so distraught and hysterical after her death, my parents banned me from continuing to watch the show lol
Uncas & Alice in Last Of The Mohicans
Those last 10 minutes can be a movie on its own. Awesome story telling with little dialog. When his pops comes running up to avenge his son. Man and the soundtrack.
Thomas from My Girl.
Edit: holy crap thanks for the 1k upvotes
time to go rewatch My Girl and absolutely bawl my eyes out
The first time I watched it I remembered talking to myself saying, "He's not dead, watch, he'll wake up at the funeral!" and "Well, maybe Vada is just being imaginative again right? Right?..."
Sobbed when she asked where his glasses were and said that "he cant see without his glasses!"
Ellie from Up
I love how that opening sequence of Carl & Ellie spending their married life together is a short film of its own, while the rest of the movie is it's sequel.
This was one of Pixar’s pushes for higher recognition for animated movies. That scene in many way hits harder then many live action movies and it is a work of art for that reason.
Yes, honestly one of the best love stories out there and no words were spoken.
Michael Giacchino *earned* that Oscar on it.
Pixar went hard with that montage of Ellie and Carl
Opie. Sons of Anarchy.
Oh god I ugly cried SO HARD at that episode. When he drops to his knees in front of the window?! My god.
John Coffey from The Green Mile. I have a hard time watching that movie cause it makes me so emotional.
On the day of my judgment, when I stand before God, and he asks me why I killed one of His true miracles, what am I supposed to say? That it was my job?! My job?!
Close second when the other inmate loses his only friend the mouse. That was devastating.
Danny in American History X
After an already disturbing as fuck first 95% of the movie, it was this moment at the end of American History X that made my wife start scream crying and repeatedly wailing "WHY WOULD YOU SHOW ME THIS?!!?". So, yeah, that was a fun night...
One of my top 5 movies of all time lol
“He can’t see without his glasses”
What a hard movie to watch as a kid.
McCauley Culkin and Nicolas Cage need to be in a film together where they fight off killer bees.
"Tell 'em to make it count."
"Where does he get off calling a demolition op Priority One-..."
"You're on your own, Noble. Carter out."
"I'm ready! How 'bout you?"
"Negative. I have the gun. Good luck, sir."
Bambi’s mom. I can be off doing laundry or something, and hear him calling “Mother?!” and cue the waterworks.
And Dumbo’s mother chained up and he’s taken away.
Oh my gosh the scene where Dumbo’s mom is rocking him through the cage bars. I’m 45 and I bawl like a child. If I happen to see the movie is on I’ll go into another room. I don’t even like thinking about it now. And she didn’t even die like Bambi’s mom.
Henry Blake from M * A * S * H.
Also Edith Bunker.
When he said "take her to the moon for me" my entire family was bawling.
Damn you Bing Bong.
When it first came out, my husband wanted us to watch a family movie together and earlier that day I had just found out one of my friends died by suicide so he wanted to cheer me up with a light-hearted movie. My friend also was a similar build to Bing Bong, so when that scene played, I started laughing maniacally then just bawled my eyes out for the first time since finding out about my friend. My poor husband felt so bad but it was needed. RIP Marco and Bing Bong
Had to stop the movie and let my kids get all the tears out..
Lieutenant Commander Data
What? Data dies? My god, I’m learning terrible things in this post.
But to die, he first had to live.
In his final moments, he accomplished his goal. He did the single most human thing he could've ever done, sacrificed himself to save everyone else.
i wanna be an architect
Lee Everett from The Walking Dead video game
I'll never forget the first time playing his final scene. It was a Sunday, and I was in my room alone with the lights off bawling my eyes out. I had never cried playing a game until then, but holy hell I was absolutely losing it
It doesn't exactly hit me directly, but the pain I felt as a young kid when the mother dinosaur dies in the Land Before Time, the thought of it kills me.
Chris Chambers...Stand by me
I never had any friends later on like I did when I was twelve. Jesus does anyone.
I was SO certain he was going to find a way out of it. He’d be injured or captured or thought dead for a long time. And then the Tale of Jiraya the Gallant ended.
Sweets on Bones. Never saw it coming.
I stopped watching Bones a looong time before it ended, SWEETS DIES?!
The one intern too. Vincent Nigel-Murray I think. That, “please don’t make me go” line repeated over and over 💔
And Bones asking Booth why he thought she would make him leave
That cartoon shoe in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
The dog from i am legend
That fucking scene haunts me. When you first realize that she’s wounded is just a punch in the gut, and Will Smith’s acting makes it hurt to watch.
Sirius from Harry Potter. He was the only family Harry had left. I cried so hard in the theaters watching it.
When I read it I couldn’t believe it was happening. I thought for sure there was going to be a way to get him back. I was in denial.
Fred, from Angel 😭. Well pretty much every character Joss Weddon killed, Anya, Joy, Wesley, Wash, Coulson and his own career.
And Rob Stark, of course.
“Over the rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole brings me right back to Mark Greene every time.
Gwen in spidernan
That entire sequence in TASM2 where Peter visits Gwen's grave every season that passes was one of the few good things about that movie.
You feel how extremely devastated Peter is, how much guilt he carries on his shoulders for failing to keep his promise to her father that he would stay away from her and apart of himself died with her since she **was** the love of his life. In other words "his MJ".
It makes it more sad when we get confirmation in the MCU Spider-Man's No Way Home that Andrew's Peter hasn't been with anyone else since Gwen died, and spends more of his time being Spider-Man that he abandoned his life as Peter Parker.