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That feeling when your favorite character dies, and every time you read or watch it the pain returns. They feel like our friends or family, and when they go - it's forever. Well, usually at least...

BerryNoiceOG asked: Who is that one character that you loved so much that when they died, you cried like you actually lost a friend?

Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.


15. To the highway in the sky.

Opie from Sons of Anarchy. He was the last character that deserved to die on that show.

Howlins

"I got this."

Hi_Im_Saxby

Ugh, that was hard to watch. No one in the club were exactly good guys, but he was the best of the lot. The fact that he goes through utter hell for them, losing his wife and his father and eventually his own life, just pisses me off. Tig f*cking lives and gets the, well, somewhat good ending with Venus, but Opie dies? Really, Kurt?

Sentinel451

14. Right in the feels.

Littlefoot's Mother. She died saving him from Sharptooth. RIP

RoryRabideau

Oh god and he carried around that star-leaf as a security blanket

AlmousCurious

It's called a tree star, okay?

Corvus118

13. No one is safe.

Although I didn't cry: Hodor. So many people died in GOT but that one got me. Mostly because of how his mind got scrambled and how he was such a good soul. Once I saw the backstory, my heart just melted. Still chills me.

zjh31

Definitely the most I've ever felt hurt by a killed off character. The way that his entire life was ruined by the moment of his impending doom; to sacrifice himself, living his last moment for decades. Shaped to hold a door and die since puberty.

a-hippobear

12. Protect Harry at all costs.

Sirius Black, from the book, not the movie. Didn't get attached to another fictional character until my fiancé and I watched "The Shield" together and Lem died. Grenade to the crotch! Ooof.

tlrpdx

I think Sirius, Dumbledore and Dobby were killed to for the plot- they would've provided too much help to Harry (or felt like a plot hole if they didn't). Fred though? Maybe it was to teach the lesson that Percy learned- when you push loved ones away for stupid loyalty to the wrong beliefs, it may be too late when you wake up. So pay attention to you cognitive dissonance and use critical thinking skills and get therapy.

mlperiwinkle

11. When they come for the fur babies...

Hedwig from Harry Potter... I wasn't expecting that one. I was prepared for wizard deaths but that one hit hard like when you lose your childhood pets. That's probably what brought the tears on.

DJ_Ultradeck

Same tho

One of the few characters i cried for, and Hedwing was there from the start/one of Harry's first friends :(

ROX_SOX

10. This was a tough one.

When Hershel died in the Walking dead

Bradybattlemask

There'll be oooooats in the waater...

NoLifeKing_RL

When Hershel just sits on his bunk and sobs, I broke. The show-runners could not have picked a better song for that moment.

NerdGalore

9. No joy, only pain.

Every time a question like this comes up, I still have one answer.

Logan. I ugly cry at the end every damn time.

pittiedaddy

Xavier, too. Right after realizing he was the one who killed the X-Men, he was murdered by the guy who he thought was his last friend alive.

Skidmark666

The line "It wasn't me, it wasn't me" is just crushing. Especially if you've dealt with a family member with dementia.

pittiedaddy

8. Every. Time.

The band members who played as the Titanic went down.

can-twrite

"Gentlemen, It's been a privilege playing with you tonight" : (

FightMeNerds111

My friends and I always say that when we know we are about to get boned in a video game.

yaboiboiboi59

7. Mrs. Fredricksen.

The lady at the beginning of Up

SmoczyCzarownik

I'm glad they didn't let me bond with her longer than 10 minutes

abnormaalz

Her name is Ellie.

Nataliewassmart

6. How's the spidey sense now?

Spider-Man in Infinity War. It didn't help me that he was basically begging Tony Stark to not let him go. 😭😭😭

XxThisIsGospelxX

I watched it for the first time in a theatre. The girl sitting in front of us was apparently obsessed with Spider-Man - she was scrolling through some page of Tom Holland before the movie and had Spider-Man background pictures on her phone. I already knew that he died in the snap, and when it came I didn't actually watch the movie, I just watched this girl actually have a meltdown. She had to leave the theatre she was crying so hard. I felt a little bad for laughing.

I legit felt nothing though because you already know before the snap that if it actually happens, they're going to undo it anyway.

Elebrent

5. Santos/McGarry 2020

Leo McGarry's death was tough, especially knowing it was written because the actor, John Spencer, died.

Beneteau45f5

I still cry every time I watch the funeral episode. I think because the other actors emotions are so real (cause it is).

_bex

4. Tending the rabbits in heaven.

Oh I've got one!! Lennie from Of Mice and Men. It may sound stupid but I really loved his character and he was such a pure guy. The worst part was we were reading the book in English class, and when we got to the scene I got all red and everyone was staring at me while I was holding back tears. 10/10 would read again though

Sundowntap

3. All the socks he could ask for.

Dobby. Gets me every time, both in the movie and the book.

tuxedo_cats

Such a beautiful place, to be with friends.

I sobbed.

AnxiousReader

2. He wasn't even trying.

Artax: The Neverending Story.

SausageOnToast

That happened like way early into the book and was so unexpected! Thought that little horse was gonna be with him throughout his whole journey.

Ser_Drunken_the_Tall

Made me feel sick as a kid, I still feel sad when I see a white horse 30 years later.

SausageOnToast

1. Into the nexus we go.

In star trek generations when Kirk bit the dust. That was the first time I ever felt emotional about a character dying in a movie. R.I.P. James T. Kirk

condorman25

It was....fun.

Oh my.

DenimRapNightmare

What character death always makes you ugly cry?

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The person on the other end of a 911 call has a truly remarkable job.

For those who don't play that professional role, we hope to never encounter the 911 call interaction. But if we do find ourselves making that call, the moment is an anomaly in our lives.

The chaos, the panic, the racing heart, and the desperation are all emotions we, ideally, don't experience on a regular basis.

But for the operator on the other end, our call is one in a long line of calls they've received all day, and all the workdays before that one.

It's difficult to imagine being embedded in those uniquely urgent, emergency moments all the time.

Some Redditors who are on the other end of that call shared their experiences on the job.

WhimsicalxxButcher asked, "911 dispatchers what has been your most creepy/unnerving call?"

For a few, the most unnerving moments were the calm callers.

There was something just so eerie about how level-headed the faceless human being on the other end could be through such a desperate, tragic moment.

Almost Clinical 

"I had a friend who worked as a 911 dispatcher and he always said the worst call he ever had was a ~20 year old kid who committed suicide by mixing a bunch of chemicals together in his car to produce hydrogen sulfide gas."

"He said that the most unnerving part was hearing him calmly listing off the chemicals, the type of gas produced, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide on the body (namely the almost instant death it causes at high concentrations)."

"He ended the call by providing the address of the parking lot he was in and saying that nobody should approach the vehicle without hazmat equipment."

"Apparently after that there was a whooshing sound as he dumped the last chemical into the mix, and then the line went dead silent aside for a quiet fizzing noise."

"I know that call screwed him up because he almost never talks about stuff that happens to him on the job. He quit a few months later to go into construction management, and frankly I can't blame him."

-- iunoyou

Planned Out 

"A woman called me, saying she was going to kill herself. She was gassing herself. Gave me her name & address then said she was just going to lie down and 'go to sleep.' And stopped responding to me."

"I kept the line open, trying to get her to speak to me, and eventually heard officers forcing their way in to find her body. I guess she just wanted someone to find her body."

-- mozgw4

Before It Set In 

"When I got a call from a 6 year old who got home from school and laid down to take a nap with his dad. His dad never woke up."

"The kid was so calm when calling it broke my heart."

"I ended up leaving dispatch shortly after. I was good at compartmentalizing the job for the year I was doing it, but it would've broken me in the long run."

-- tasha7712

Other 911 operators were unfortunate enough to receive a call from the very last person they wanted to hear from: a loved one.

These dispatchers' unique position gave them the unexpected access to a family member or friend at their most dire moments.

No More of That 

"My family member is a long time first responder, and 'retired' into doing dispatch. He heard the address (someone else was taking the call) and realized it was his daughter's house."

"He rushed over there just in time to see them wheeling her body out. Overdose."

"Five months later, he was called to his ex-wife's place because his grandson (son of the daughter who recently passed) had his door locked, lights on, but wasn't responding to his grandma."

"He broke the door down and found him deceased in bed. Overdose."

"He's very stoic after years of all sorts of traumatic situations but my heart hurts whenever I think of what all of this must have felt like. Like sand through your fingers."

-- bitchyhouseplant

Knowing the Address

"Not me, but my grandma. I was sitting in the dispatch office, (very small one only 2 dispatchers including my grandma) but she put out a dispatch that there was a gun shot from my best friends address."

"My heart sank to my stomach and broke later that day. He committed suicide."

-- OntaiSenpuu

When it Happened 

"My uncle passing away. Worked as a small town dispatcher for a year or so. Had a bunch of messed up stuff happen on shift, but this call came in in the still hours of the night. Small town, so not many calls after midnight."

"I answered and recognized the name and address on caller id. Aunt was in a frenzy so didn't recognize my voice. I remained calm and got ems and fire rolling to them, but by my aunt's own words he was already blue."

"I went thru debriefing and mandated therapy for a couple other things that happened, but never really talked to anyone about this. I just try not to think about it."

"That was the call I figured out I needed to find a different job."

-- dangitjon

Finally, some simply had a front row seat to sudden tragedy.

These operators were flies on the wall when disaster struck. They never asked to witness what they witnessed, but sometimes that came with the territory.

A Holiday Tragedy 

"My mom is a 911 dispatcher. Early on she said one Christmas Eve while working she got a call from an elderly lady who's husband had just collapsed(and died) from a heart attack and in the background Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music was playing on blast."

"The lady was screaming and crying and begging for her husband to wake up but my mom could hear his gurgling in his last breathes. She doesn't listen to or watch Alvin and the chipmunks since."

-- Blueflowerbluehair

What is it About Christmas?

"Christmas night. 911 call with crying child on the other end. A neighbor had run her car over her mom during a domestic."

"The mom crawled to the porch bleeding and the child saw the car coming back. I had her hide quietly in a closet with the cordless phone."

"The 10 year old child was crying and screamed that she hated Christmas. She was afraid of the police when they got there."

"I kept her on the phone until she felt safe enough to give the phone to an officer. I almost fainted after that call was over. Had nightmares for a while."

-- 2FunBoofer

Close to Home 

"Not a dispatcher but I handle radio communications for the Coast Guard. One night I was on the radio and got a call from an 11 year old kid whose boat had started to sink. He was out with his dad and 6 year old brother."

"They had been hit by another boat and his father got knocked unconscious. I remember the entire conversation up until the radio had gone underwater."

"They ended up finding his dad floating on his back alive but the two boys didn't make it. That one really fu**ed with me because my two littlest brothers were around the same age as the youngest."

-- HIRSH2243

A Horrible Clock 

"Another one that stays with me was the man who called in. It was the anniversary of his adult son having hanged himself. He'd now come home to find his wife had done the same."

"That date is always going to be a black day for him."

-- mozgw4


If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

Again, we hope you never have to use the 911 call in your life. Nobody wants to be involved in a sudden emergency or a tragic incident.

But hopefully, if you do, an operator like one of these thoughtful, sensitive Redditors is on the other end.

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