This is a rant that has reached each of my little corners of the internet, and now that I’ve just finished NK Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy (unrelated to Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle), I feel the need to strike up the match once again.
It’s frustrating. For fictional characters, to be loved by me is to be loved by death.
I must pick the most unlucky characters to love. Even minor characters sometimes, but mostly it’s the major ones I get attached to then so severely disappointed when they’re horribly offed. Many of these even got some shed tears.
There are a few lucky ones who come close to dying, but miraculously survive.
So let me give you a list of characters I love who have died, in no particular order.
Don’t read this if you are terrified of spoilers for a vast assortment of things.
L: Death Note, manga and anime, cried each time.
Sirius Black: Harry Potter, cried each time.
Dumbledore: Harry Potter, only picked him as a favourite character as a backup when Sirius died.
Snape: Harry Potter, haven’t read the last book but everyone has told me about his creepy death.
Sieh: Inheritance Trilogy, and the bastard even had the gall to do it heroically, but this was especially painful because he’s the god of tricks and when he died I thought it was a joke and he’d be revived. He wasn’t.
Ned Stark: Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire, but Sean Bean is a red shirt, so is anyone surprised?
Mr Crepsley: Cirque du Freak, and it totally tricks you into thinking that he didn’t die, fucking wept like a baby.
Roan Shryne: Dark Lord the Rise of Darth Vader, cried.
Jack of Blades: Fable, but I love bad guys, so I should’ve seen this coming.
Carth Onasi: Knights of the Old Republic, though he only dies depending on which alignment you choose in the end.
Grandmaster Jauffre: Oblivion, and I know he doesn’t necessarily die, but I was too busy focussing on fuckingasswipe Martin (who can handle himself, by the way) to pay attention to Jauffre, and this relates to
Baurus: Oblivion, who at the same time as Jauffre’s death, also died a horrible Daedra-filled death, all because I thought Martin would die, because it was the first of two points in the game where Martin can be killed.
Martin Septim: Oblivion, and this little shit does it heroically too – and is also voiced by Sean Bean, so, again, shouldn’t have been surprised.
Lucien Lachance: Oblivion, this still makes me angry, don’t make me talk about it.
Boromir: Lord of the Rings, and do I really need to mention Sean Bean again?
Logan: Fable 3, depending on which ending you choose.
Ulfric Stormcloak: Skyrim, depending if you side with the Empire or the Stormcloaks.
Rainlord Nealrith: Watergivers Trilogy, and it doesn’t help that he was outlived by his wife, the most enticing and hateable character in the series.
Taquar Sardonyx: Watergivers Trilogy, but by the time he died I wasn’t really in love with him anymore.
Luckily, there are a few characters who, as previously stated, miraculously escape their impending doom. Here are those:
Atton Rand: Knights of the Old Republic 2, and he doesn’t necessarily die, but it doesn’t explain what happens to him, and if he lives and is mentioned somewhere in SW:TOR don’t tell me, because I’m not there yet.
Lestat du Lioncourt: the Vampire Chronicles, but he’s just suicidal and doesn’t actually manage to die.
Roger Wakefield MacKenzie: Outlander, he’s hanged but luckily his mother-in-law is a present-time nurse who fixes him and also luckily, he’s hanged improperly so he chokes a bit before passing out rather than having his neck broked.
Jamie Fraser: Outlander, survives again because of Claire, his present-time nurse who sucks snake venom from him.
Nahadoth: Inheritance Trilogy, but he’s a god so he can’t die officially, which relates to
Itempas: Inheritance Trilogy, Naha’s brother/lover who is frequently killed but is also a god and is immortal so he just revives over time.
I’m sure there are more, but it’s late and I don’t feel like thinking anymore right now. I’m too upset over Sieh’s death and the whole “he’s a god, the god of tricks, and he didn’t come back to life” thing. Even my own characters that I create are doomed to die. Bad guys, obviously – though I don’t really like any of the bad guys in Changeling so far, but in OtArb… oh God, I cried when the baddie was finally offed. And in Purity, when my wee Roger died. More crying there.
What about the rest of you? Do you recognize some of these characters and did you feel the same about their deaths? Are your favourite characters doomed to die as well?
Please say it isn’t just me.