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Top 10 Movie Characters That Didn't Deserve to Die

VOICE OVER: Kirsten Ria Squibb WRITTEN BY: Nathan Sharp
These fan-favorite characters deserved better. For this list, we'll be looking at times where big screen characters met their ends far too soon. Our countdown includes Black Widow, Boromir, Sirius Black, and more!
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Top 10 Movie Characters Who Didn’t Deserve to Die


Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 movie characters who didn’t deserve to die.

For this list, we’ll be looking at times where big screen characters met their ends far too soon. We picked losses that aren’t just sad, but also completely unfair. Since we’re talking about untimely demises, a huge spoiler warning is in effect.

Which of these losses hurt you the most? Grieve for them in the comments below!

#10: Loki

“Avengers: Infinity War” (2018)
Despite being one of the primary antagonists of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Loki earned himself a plethora of fans because of his charisma, complex personality, and yes, Tom Hiddleston’s good looks. He enjoyed some fantastic character development throughout the series and even appeared as more of an antihero than a downright villain in “Thor: Ragnarok”. Unfortunately, he doesn’t make it far into “Infinity War”. After choosing to stand with Thor against Thanos, the Mad Titan ends Loki’s life. Luckily, that wasn’t the end of Hiddleston’s turn as the villain. Another version of Loki will get the chance to cause mischief in an alternate timeline created during the events of “Avengers: Endgame”. It’ll be a great relief to see his face again in his Disney+ series.

#9: Wash

“Serenity” (2005)
When Fox’s “Firefly” was canceled after just one season, its small but devoted fan base was not happy. The frustrated fans eventually saw a titled “Serenity” continue the events of the series. However, they were left ticked off yet again when favorite character Wash was unceremoniously offed in one of cinema’s most shocking scenes. After Wash flies the Serenity through a space battle, he crash lands near a broadcast tower. Just when things look safe, he’s fatally wounded by a Reaver spear. The spear, and Wash’s death, literally come out of nowhere. In the span of about three seconds, the franchise lost one of its most beloved characters. Poor Wash. You didn’t deserve such a hasty departure.

#8: Pietro Maximoff [aka. Quicksilver]

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015)
The MCU has plenty of antiheroes. Long before Thanos took Loki out, Pietro Maximoff made an incredibly heroic sacrifice. During most of his time on screen in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, he’s an outright antagonist. Pietro and his sister Wanda side with Ultron against the Avengers because of their personal vendetta against Tony Stark. However, Maximoff is given a wonderful character arc throughout the course of the story. Unfortunately, his hero’s journey ends with him giving up his life to save Hawkeye and a child civilian. Although it’s a good scene, we would’ve preferred to spend more time with “good” Quicksilver. The character just didn't have nearly as much time to shine, especially when compared to his “X-Men” counterpart.

#7: Boromir

“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001)
Boromir was largely used to explore the overwhelming power that Sauron’s Ring has over mankind. Since he was played by Sean Bean, you had a feeling the dude wouldn’t make it long in Middle-earth. Or you’d know if you read the book. Wishing to claim the ring for both himself and Gondor, Boromir is the only member of the Fellowship to turn against Frodo. But he also gets a terrific redemption when he tries to save Merry and Pippin from attacking Uruk-hai. Despite getting hit with two arrows, he keeps fighting. In the wake of Boromir’s brave actions, Aragorn forgives him for his betrayal. We would have loved to see more adventures with Boromir. His demise serves as one of the trilogy’s most tragic sequences.

#6: Uncle Owen & Aunt Beru

“Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope” (1977)
Despite being enormously popular with children, the first “Star Wars'' movie gets dark. When Leia’s starship is intercepted by Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer, she’s captured by the Galactic Empire. Luke is also told that his “father’s” life was taken by Darth Vader. But one of the darkest moments comes when Luke discovers his homestead had been burned to the ground by stormtroopers. Unfortunately, his surrogate parents didn’t survive the attack. Owen and Beru were good, humble, and hard-working people, and they did absolutely nothing to deserve their grim fates. They just wanted Luke to get some droids for their moisture farm. How could they know one of the droids harbored schematics for a giant, planet-destroying space station!

#5: Black Widow

“Avengers: Endgame” (2019)
Near the end of the Infinity Saga, we lost a few beloved characters. Unfortunately, Black Widow was one of them. She and Hawkeye go on a mission to retrieve the soul stone to save lives. Although either one of them could’ve given up their lives to obtain it, Black Widow chooses to sacrifice herself so Hawkeye can bring the stone back to the Avengers. Screenwriter Stephen McFeely told The New York Times that her passing was meant to represent the theme of family. He said “when she gets to Vormir and she has a chance to get the family back, that's a thing she would trade for.” It’s a beautiful sentiment. However, it doesn’t make it any easier to accept that she’s gone.

#4: Sirius Black

“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007)
If we chose one “Harry Potter” character who got the most rotten lot in life, we’d go with Sirius Black. He lived to see his former ally Peter Pettigrew hand James and Lily Potter to Voldemort on a silver platter. After confronting Pettigrew, Sirius was framed for a crime he didn’t commit, imprisoned in Azkaban for twelve years, and blamed for betraying the Potters. He eventually escaped the prison and spent time with his godson Harry. Sirius only enjoys two years of freedom from Azkaban before Bellatrix Lestrange hits him with a fatal curse. Much like Wash, his death comes out of nowhere and leaves Harry and the viewers flabbergasted. It’s a brutal cap to a seriously tragic life.

#3: Han Solo

“Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” (2015)
Fans were absolutely delighted to hear that Harrison Ford was returning to the role of Han Solo for “The Force Awakens”. Unfortunately, they weren’t as happy with his demise. While attempting to destroy the Starkiller Base, he meets his villainous son Kylo Ren on a bridge spanning the reactor chasm. Han pleads with his child to abandon the dark side. But Kylo ignites his lightsaber and deals his father a fatal blow. Han reaches out to his son one more time before falling into the chasm below. Although some people might have expected this turn of events, it was still brutal. One of cinema’s most beloved heroes unfairly met their end at the hands of their own son.

#2: John Coffey

“The Green Mile” (1999)
Although he’s primarily known as the most prolific horror writer in the world, Stephen King can also pen a mean drama. “The Green Mile” is arguably his greatest effort. It has stellar characters, magic, and tons of biblical parallels. In the story, we meet John Coffey, a peaceful man who has been wrongfully convicted of heinous crimes. Despite having some magical talents, and being innocent, he accepts his death sentence. His acts of kindness, ability to perform miracles and sad end of his story share strong parallels with Jesus Christ. Coffey was a good man that didn’t deserve his grim fate. His tragic character arc is one of the saddest in movie history.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

The Munson Family, “Logan” (2017)
X-24 Violently Lashes Out at the Humble Munson Family

King Kong, “King Kong” (1933)
The Poor Ape Is Kidnapped Before Losing His Life

Roxy, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (2017)
The Twisted Poppy Takes Roxy’s Life Way Too Quickly

Trinity, “The Matrix Revolutions” (2003)
This Heroine Loses Her Life After Getting Neo to the Machine City

Apollo Creed, “Rocky IV” (1985)
Just After He & Rocky Become Buds, Apollo Meets His End in the Ring

#1: Everyone in the Car

“The Mist” (2007)
Although it was adapted from a Stephen King novella, Frank Darabont famously changed the ending to “The Mist”. And may we say, it is a positively horrific update. David, his son, and a small group of survivors drive to escape a mist where dangerous creatures dwell. But they find themselves stranded when the car runs out of gas. Not wanting to be devoured by what they believe to be approaching monsters, the group silently decides to end their lives. David is chosen to do the deed. The harrowing scene becomes worse when the military arrives shortly after he uses up his bullets. As David screams out in anguish, viewers can only stare in utter bewilderment at this incredibly unjust and avoidable loss of life.
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