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10 Saddest Comic Book Movie Deaths

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Rachel Dawes – The Dark Knight

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Instead of taking a character from the comics, Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer decided to make up their own empowering love-interest for Bruce Wayne in their Dark Knight trilogy–Rachel Dawes. Since she was an original character, I had no idea she was going to die! In the midst of an epic movie, Nolan manages to create the origin of an iconic villain while tearing away the last special person in his hero’s life. Genius!…But also very sad.

Rorschach – Watchmen

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I’m going to say this plainly–I actually liked Zack Snyder’s Watchmen. Yeah, it was different and directed a bit strangely, but it worked. The actors were mostly decent and it had phenomenal special effects, plus when Rorschach died, that hit me hard. He was my favorite character and his unwillingness to live with the knowledge of the truth behind Dr. Manhattans role in destroying the world’s main cities, he forces the good doctor to vaporize him. I almost screamed like Nite Owl did.

Jean Grey – X2: X-Men United

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I was very young when I saw X2 and to be honest, I DIDN”T KNOW THEY KILLED PEOPLE OFF!! Yeah, sure, I had read several deaths occurring in the comics, but I hadn’t seen someone that important just get wiped out by a collapsing dam before. I was a naive, innocent child thinking that Jean Grey was a complete badass and that she could control both the plane and the water at the same time. Well, I was wrong. Obviously she didn’t die, at least not yet.

Joe Matheson – RED

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It took me awhile to realize that RED was actually a comic book series before it became a movie. I just thought that one day someone decided to make a funnier, more interesting Expendables movie with slightly better trained actors like Morgan Freeman. Then, midway through the film, my favorite actor in the movie sacrifices himself in the most anticlimactic manner. He walked outside and got shot in the head. Simple as that.

King Leonidas – 300

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Man, King Leonidas fought the good fight–an EPIC fight–but it all led to an inevitable downfall surrounded by thousands of Persians with less than 300 Spartans to help him. He did make his point however, that even a God-king can bleed.

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  • Pauly

    Maybe Madeline Pryor died in X-Men the Last Stand, Jean Grey could still be out there. We also never saw Scott’s body, Mr. Sinister may have them both

  • Christoph

    Not remotely distressed by the death of Rachel Dawes. Her character was a colorless wet blanket from start to finish. I criticized Katie Holmes interpretation in Batman Begins because she was no where in the same league acting-wise as her co-stars. Unfortunately, Maggie Gyllenhaal was even worse in the sequel, which made her and her subplot about the only thing that did not work in The Dark Knight. At least Holmes had a kittenish sex appeal so you could imagine the two most powerful eligible bachelors in Gotham being interested, but Gyllenhaal was just as unconvincing as Holmes as an assistant D.A. and completely lacked her sex appeal. I kept wondering why in the world either Bruce Wayne or Harvey Dent were remotely fascinated by this boring, preachy, mundane smelt.

  • Robbobjon

    Wow… Just wow…

    What a godawful and ass-backwards list! Coulson? Really? Agent No-Emotions was the saddest of all to you?