People are still reeling over the fictional deaths of their favorite characters

WARNING: This post discusses major plot points in current and past works of pop culture.

If you’ve ever tossed a book across the room, turned off the TV, or sunk down into your chair just to distance yourself from the death of a beloved fictional character, congratulations – you have a heart.

For instance, why did so many of our required reading books in elementary school end in the tragic death of a character? Is it psychologically the best time for humans to learn about death and loss because of the purity of youth? Or is our education system just that severely f*cked up?

So many of the works we love are mired in loss and tragedy that it tends to leave us just a little bit scarred. But still, while important lessons are being learned in the heartbreaking process of loss, those feelings only make us appreciate our friends, family, and even our pets just a little more.

One Ask Reddit post dared people to delve into their memories to recall a particular fictional death that was hard to accept. Sorry in advance for all the feels.

1. Searchlight, in Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

there was a book we read in third grade called stonefox. this kid is racing with this dog (stonefox ) and they’ve been training all year. right before the finish line the dog’s heart explodes and it dies. so the fucking kid sobs and drags the dead dog across the finish line. brutal book. i was like, not ok. –loveadumb

2. John Coffey, in The Green Mile

Never have I been so sad/angry at a movie.. –domerbot

3. Thomas J., in My Girl

Maybe I’m old, maybe you all are savages, but let us never forget the death of Thomas J. “Where are his glasses!? He can’t see without his glasses!” Oh, my girl… –TheDrunkenChud

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4. Artax, in The Neverending Story

That horse Artax in the swamp of sadness in the neverending story. – CaptainYankaroo

I understood loss from this scene. Grateful for it. – PattyCakes1

5. Robb Stark, in A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin

Robb got me.

Not just that he died. Not just the way he died. But the way they mutilated and humiliated his body afterwards. –AshLael

I was in legitimate denial at the death of Robb. Like it was several chapters after the Red Wedding where I realized he was actually dead, and GRRM wasn’t just trying to pull a fast one on us. I’ve seen people say they threw their book across the room at the end of the Red Wedding, unable to continue reading. I legitimately thought Robb would end up just being injured but recover. I think it was when they started talking about how they’d sewn Grey Wind’s head onto Robb’s body that I had that moment of “fuckkkkkkkk………he’s actually dead”. –wubalubadubscrub

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6. Buffy’s mom Joyce, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joyce in Buffy the Vampire Slayer — you get to know the character pretty well, and the confusion and grief are expressed in a gut-wrenching fashion. –Dalisca

“But I don’t understand! I don’t understand how this all happens. How we go through this. I mean, I knew her, and then she’s, there’s just a body, and I don’t understand why she just can’t get back in it and not be dead anymore! It’s stupid! It’s mortal and stupid! And, and Xander’s crying and not talking, and, and I was having fruit punch, and I thought, well Joyce will never have any more fruit punch, ever, and she’ll never have eggs, or yawn or brush her hair, not ever, and no one will explain to me why. ” 

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7. Finnick Odair, in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

Prim was pretty damn hard to stomach, but I may just agree that Finnick’s was even worse. He only just got married for fuck’s sake. –DaintyNerd

8. John Locke, in Lost

Thought he’d be around until the end. –Marcanadian

9. Hoban “Wash” Washburne, in Serenity

I wept and did much swearing. –bzingzmom

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10. Dobby in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Here lies Dobby, a free elf

Six words that always make me well up –buddyinjapan

11. Professor Charles Xavier, in Logan

Professor X. There wasn’t a dry eye in the theatre when I saw it. I don’t think I’ll ever get over it. Something about watching Patrick Stewart play this role for nearly 15 years and then have his character permanently die for real.  –KingKontinuum

12. Little Foot’s mom, in The Land Before Time

That scene where he thinks he sees her but it’s just his shadow and the narrator says, “Then Little Foot knew for certain he was alone.” like holy fuck that was so sad. –-eDgAR-

13. Daisy the beagle puppy, in John Wick

Yeah, after that I was totally okay with him killing all of those motherfuckers. –-TurinTurambar-

14. Opie, in Sons of Anarchy

I sobbed like a baby and refused to finish the episode for 2 weeks. –]junkjac

15. Lupin and Tonks, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

That fucked me up so much. They didn’t even get a proper death scene, Harry just saw their dead bodies after the fact. –theatheistfreak

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16. Leslie Burke, in Bridge to Terabithia

…it was so out-of-knowhere to my young mind that such an engaging, delightful person could be snuffed out so simply and tragically. It was an important and pointed lesson in life but damn, did I ever cry. –BoofahKingWho

17. Marshall’s dad Marvin, in How I Met Your Mother 

Marvin Erickson from HIMYM, every appearance he had on the show he was a happy dude, the show portrays how close he and Marshall were, and just when Marshall is all happy to give his dad the news that he and Lily could have children he has a heart attack. That episode is the saddest for me I.M.O –ElJraldo

18. The 10th Doctor, in Doctor Who

The “death” of David Tennant in Doctor Who. That final gutwrenching line. “I don’t want to go.” –Damunzta

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19. Hodor, in Game of Thrones 

still gets me every time i watch that episode. like his entire life’s purpose was to be a sacrifice –zoidberg-drzoidberg

What gets me is that the music playing during his death scene is the Stark theme. Hodor wasn’t a Stark, but he gave so much to that family that there is no better theme to play for him. –-TurinTurambar-

20. Mufasa, in The Lion King

It was the first time any kind of media made me cry. –mekura3ohfizzle

21. R.I.P. Hedwig 

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