Everyone loves a great story. Much of the time, it is the characters who make a story so great. These characters are lovable, relatable personages who are memorable for their impact on the story or on the other characters within it. The main protagonists often survive their trials, but the secondary characters often don't, and sometimes, these are the most painful deaths for the main characters and the readers/viewers alike. Sometimes these deaths are warranted and help the progression of the story... but other times, they are just absolutely unnecessary and horrible. Here are ** fictional characters whose deaths were unnecessary, undeserved or inadequate. (MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!)
1. Finnick Odair (from "The Hunger Games" series)
Let's start off with a death which was all of the above. Finnick Odair was a charming, strong, loving man who just wanted to escape the Capitol's harsh world with his mentally-broken true love, Annie. But to do that, he needed to help Katniss and the Revolution to destroy the Capitol. But then, out of nowhere, those damn lizard-mutt-things caught him in the underground tunnels and bit his head off while the rest of the party escaped. Katniss dropped in the holomap bomb shortly after and killed the rest of the mutts. This death was not only gruesome and unexpected for one of the most beloved characters in The Hunger Games, but it was also so abrupt. In the book, it's a short paragraph saying this:
"Far below, I can just make out Finnick, struggling to hang on as three mutts tear at him. As one yanks back his head to take the death bite, something bizarre happens. It's as if I'm Finnick, watching images of my life flash by. The mast of a boat, a silver parachute, Mags laughing, a pink sky, Beetee's trident, Annie in her wedding dress, waves breaking over rocks. Then it's over."
That's it? Just like that? With barely an afterthought? Finnick deserved better. He could have and should have made it out, or at least died more heroically.
2. Primrose Everdeen (from "The Hunger Games" series)
Oh, sweet Prim. This was just so uncalled for. When I read the end of Mockingjay, this made my heart stop. It was supposed to be over. But then they killed all of those other children, including Prim. And it was the revolution! It wasn't some last terrible act of President Snow, it was Katniss' "allies." Prim was too pure for this. I think that Suzanne Collins was just running out of gas and decided to kill off everyone we knew and loved.
3. Uncle Monty (from "A Series of Unfortunate Events")
Okay, "Lemony Snicket," I know you kept telling us that this series was depressing, and unfortunate, and terrible, etc, but this was too much! The Baudelaire's other guardians are okay. Some of them were nice, others were crazy. Uncle Monty was the crown jewel of potential guardians, and it hurt that much more after seeing some of the others that came after him. Each time a new guardian came along, I would think, "They still aren't Montgomery Montgomery." He could have survived Olaf's schemes and come back at the end or something! He deserved so much better. He was so kind and smart (aside from not recognizing Count Olaf). Disappointing, but I guess it's to be expected in this series.
4. Hedwig (from "Harry Potter" series)
She is an owl. A cute, perfect, little owl who has only ever helped Harry throughout his perilous journey to adulthood. And then in the last book, a Death Eater kills her? When there were a bunch of fake Hedwigs? The real one dies? Why her???
5. Fred Weasley(from "Harry Potter" series)
So young, so full of life and humor, so many magical pranks left undone. George lost his twin, basically his other half. Just the thought of the grief that the rest of the Weasley family felt on top of George's grief is just immensely saddening. I'm not really saying that this was unnecessary, but it was undeserved and inadequate. He should've lived to be an old man.
6. Sam (from "I Am Legend")
Okay, so any dog that is killed off in a story had an unnecessary and undeserved death, but Sam's was particularly devastating. She had grown up in solace with Will Smith's character. She was his last real living connection, and then his mental instability led to her being infected after they were attacked. Will Smith literally chokes her to death as we get a shot of his pained face struggling to put down his only family left.
7. Private Mellish (from "Saving Private Ryan")
You may not recognize this character by name, but he was the Jewish-American private in the squad of soldiers sent to rescue Private Ryan in this movie. He was a funny but tough character who provided a lot of great side commentary throughout the film. His death was horrible because it could've likely been avoided had Corporal Upham had the courage to save his life. Mellish was in a fist fight with a German soldier, as Upham stood frozen on the stairs in fright as he listened to the two men struggle. The entire movie is pretty violent and gory, and his death matched. Mellish took out his bayonet to stab the German solider, but the German turned it around and slowly stabbed Mellish in his chest as Mellish begged for his life. It was a harrowing scene that was concluded frustratingly with the German soldier walking past Upham and ignoring him, letting the coward live on.
8. The entire cast of "Grey’s Anatomy"
This one is pretty self-explanatory to anybody who has seen Grey's. There are countless deaths, but the main characters who die hit the hardest, and these deaths are often only for reasons outside of the story. Much of the time, an actor would wish to leave the show, so they would be killed off. No matter what, the number of people who die just within that hospital (non-patients) is crazy.
9. Rufio (from "Hook")
Rufio was the leader of the Lost Boys after Peter had left Neverland to live in the real world. He was cocky and aggressive, but at the end of the day, he was a kid, and a caring one at that. He dies in a duel with Captain Hook, but before he passes away, he tells Peter that he wished he had a dad like him. This death was heart-wrenching and unnecessary just because it wasn't like his death left a spot for Peter to lead again. Rufio could have continued on after Captain Hook was defeated. It was Rufio's arrogance that led to his demise, but it still seems like he could have been spared. (Speaking of sad deaths, RIP Robin Williams)
10. Allison Argent (from "Teen Wolf")
Yes, the actress who played Allison wanted to move on from the show, but COME ON! Allison + Scott forever. They were truly perfect for each other, even though they drifted apart. She even said she loved him before she died. I'm going to say that this death was undeserved, rather than unnecessary, because the series did need some major character's death to stay interesting and suspenseful.
11. Jack Dawson (from "Titanic")
THERE WAS ROOM ON THAT DAMN DOOR, KATE WINSLET! YOU KNEW IT, I KNEW IT, EVERYBODY KNEW IT. IT'S LITERALLY BEEN SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN (see Mythbusters) THAT THEY BOTH COULD HAVE FIT AND STAYED MOSTLY ABOVE WATER IF THEY PUT THEIR LIFE JACKETS UNDER THE DOOR.
12. Tracy, The Mother (from "How I Met Your Mother")
Let me get this straight: We spent 8 full seasons waiting to meet this woman who is literally the title of the show. We meet her and spend the entire last season of the series finding out how the gang all individually met her over the course of the events surrounding Robin and Barney's wedding (which was also a sham!!!). Ted falls deeply in love with her. All of this only to be slapped in the face with the fact that she has a terminal illness and dies, leaving Ted a single dad and ready to get with Robin once again. My problem is not that she dies, but is in the way they announced it. Suddenly, near the end of the series, she just gets sick and dies. Inadequate.
13. Juice Box (from "Sausage Party")
A poor little juice box who was "bleeding out" his juice was given a much worse death when he was squeezed out by the Douche in this movie. It was pretty awful, even though it was just a little cartoon juice box. I know this one sounds random, but if you've seen the movie, you know what I mean. It was scary and underserved for the poor children's beverage.
14. Samantha (from "Before I Fall")
This girl re-lives the same day over and over again to get the day right and then she dies by getting hit by a car after saving some other girl's life. It's like Groundhog Day with a bad ending. This one just seemed unnecessary because she re-lived the same day so many times just to die in the end? Yes, she does save someone else's life, but it would've been great if she survived it too!
Okay, so is anybody else crying and/or pissed off right now!?