5 Fictional Character Deaths That Hit Fans the Hardest

Whether reading a book or watching a television show or movie, it’s easy to care about fictional characters and what happens because you’ve become invested in them. To see them die or be killed off can be devastating and emotionally draining as if it happened to someone you know.

Fictional Character Deaths That Hit Fans the Hardest

Newlywed Shelby, the young, sweet Southern belle of the movie, lives with Type 1 diabetes. She becomes pregnant against her doctor’s (and mother’s) wishes.

1. Shelby Eatenton, Steel Magnolias (1989)

This coming-of-age film follows 11-year-old hypochondriac Vada and the first-time experiences that shape her summer, including her first kiss with the doomed Thomas J., her best friend who’s allergic to everything.

2. Thomas J. Sennett, My Girl (1991)

One of the fan favorites of the long-running television series, the character of Hershel Greene was the wise and kindly father figure everyone wished they had.

3. Hershel Greene, The Walking Dead (2010 – 2022)

The movie, based on the novel by Stephen King, takes place in the death row ward of a prison. One of the inmates is John Coffey, who’s been wrongfully convicted of a double murder.

4. John Coffey, The Green Mile (1999)

Tony Stark/Iron Man has been an integral figure of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) since its inception with the first Iron Man movie in 2008. That made his death in Avengers: Endgame all the more painful.

5. Iron Man, Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Each episode of the groundbreaking HBO series prepared viewers to deal with death and how it intersects with the living. But no one was ready for Nate Fisher to die in the prime of his life.

6. Nate Fisher, Six Feet Under (2001 – 2005)

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