The mark of a good piece of fiction is when one feels as if they actually know the characters.

Be it a film, television series or novel, there are some beloved characters we wish were actually our friends in real life, or whom we feel as if we've actually known all our lives.

As a result, when one of these characters dies, we sometimes feel as if we've actually lost a loved one.

Sometimes finding ourselves in a state of literal grieving.

Redditor phantom_avenger was curious to hear the deaths of fictional characters which people still find themselves recovering from, leading them to ask:
"What fictional character's death still hits you hard no matter how many times you watch it?"

Dear, Noble Artax

"I have to say the death of Artax, the boy's horse, in 'The Neverending Story'."

"Watching him sink into that swamp was pretty awful."- powderkegpitbull

Bubba of Forest Gump

"'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'."- FlyingVI

Stoick The Vast

"Stoick the Vast, chief of Berk, Hiccup's father, from 'How to Train Your Dragon'."- Waldo_007

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The Iron Giant

"The Iron Giant."- roo719

Noble Canine Companion

"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."


"Gut wrenching."- iwokwuplikwthis

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Sweet Ofelia

"The little girl from Pan's Labyrinth."

"In fact I just started crying even thinking about it"- choppcy088

Beloved Dr. Greene

"Mark Greene on ER."

"20 years later and I've never watched that episode without bawling like a baby."- LadyGreyIcedTea

A Hero's Death

"Wally West in 'Young Justice'."

"It’s been about a decade and I’m still mad about it."- Remarkable-Duck-2306

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A Heartbreaking Escape

"When Brooks hangs himself in 'The Shawshank Redemption'."- Horror-School-6713

As the saying goes, those we love never truly leave us.

In the case of fictional characters in film and television, however, they are literally preserved for eternity.

Paving the way for new generations to be devastated and traumatized by their deaths.

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