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    14 TV Character Deaths That Ruined An Entire Series And 14 Movie Deaths That Messed Up A Whole Film

    WARNING: Spoilers and sadness ahead.

    We asked TV fans and movie fans within the BuzzFeed Community to share character deaths that devastated them to the extent that it ruined the show or film for them entirely. Here are some of the several hundreds of submissions, starting with television:

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    1. Sweets from Bones being attacked in a parking garage.

    A man lays covered in blood, staring up with glazed eyes
    20th Television

    "I’d expected to watch Bones again after stopping for a while, but that was the end for me. I hated that."

    trsmith1395

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    2. Dr. Greene from ER dying of a brain tumor.

    A visibly ill man with a bandaged eye lies in bed
    NBC

    "It destroyed me."

    miriamvincent77

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    NBC

    3. Lexa from The 100 being shot.

    A woman lies on the ground looking sad and hurt
    The CW

    "It was like a switch flipped and I went from being obsessed with the show to completely uninterested. I didn’t even finish the season."

    jennahanes

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    The CW

    4. Glenn from The Walking Dead being beaten to death by Negan.

    A man's eye bulges out of his head and his face is covered in blood
    AMC

    "That was pretty much it for me. I kept watching for a bit, but I wasn’t invested anymore."

    haleyw4ae66dcb9

    "I couldn't watch anymore after they killed off Glenn."

    InfoJunkie5572

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    AMC

    5. Quentin from The Magicians sacrificing himself to defeat the Monster.

    Syfy

    "Killed off because the writers couldn't see that staying true to the source material, at least with main/essential characters being ALIVE, is, you know...important for your viewers to feel vindicated in their dedication. It was blatant shock value that added nothing to any other character arcs or the story overall but a gaping, emotionless hole."

    paigeas

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    Syfy

    6. Tara from Sons of Anarchy being brutally murdered.

    FX

    "I hated that her storyline took such a turn, and it made Jax into everything he was trying to run from. That scene when he walked in and found Tara on the ground was GUT-WRENCHING and I bawled my eyes out. It was never the same after that."

    jenmarie11x1203

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    FX

    7. Carl from The Walking Dead being bitten by a walker.

    A boy appears on the brink of death and says, "I love you, Dad"
    AMC

    "Glenn was really bad, but I didn't stop watching until they killed Carl. It felt like a betrayal that they would deviate from the comics to kill Carl but not keep Glenn. It's also depressing how the show kept killing off its moral center each season."

    susank43293cb70

    "Carl wasn't even my favorite character, by any means, but if you know how the comics go, it was a pretty disappointing death to see. What made it worse for me was that they seemed to have only done it for shock value. It not only was a waste of a main character but also took the show in a completely different direction. I haven't watched since."

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    AMC

    8. Poussey Washington on Orange Is the New Black getting killed during a confrontation.

    A woman is pinned to the ground by a prison officer
    Netflix

    "This show did such a good job showing what it is like inside a prison, and in the instance of her death, too good a job. This was such a real death for me. So many things on this show made me angry about the treatment of people in prison, and especially those in minority groups, the hate and cruelty they face.

    "But to make her death even worse, it was the most innocent and naive guard who used lethal force without even knowing because they couldn’t afford training, since they'd become a for-profit corporation. It made me angry and sad to know this could happen 10 times a day for real and we would never know. I couldn’t watch another season because it was too much and made me feel so helpless."

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    Netflix

    9. Charlie from Lost drowning.

    A man underwater smiles and presses his hand to glass
    ABC

    "I never watched a single episode after he died. He was my favorite character and at least 75% of the reason I watched the show."

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    ABC

    10. Michael from Jane the Virgin having an aortic dissection after initially surviving a gunshot.

    A man lies on the ground with his heart area glowing
    The CW

    "My sister and I binged that season and loved it so much, but when Michael died we were absolutely devastated. I was a wreck for days. Gina Rodriguez is a fantastic actor, and her sobs at the end of the episode just made it all the more heartbreaking. We watched a couple of episodes afterward, but it just wasn't the same. Apparently he comes back, but I don't care to know how or why."

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    Netflix

    11. Silus from Vampire Diaries being stabbed by a dagger.

    A man's face appears hurt and dazed after being harmed
    The CW

    "Why? They spent what felt like seasons building him up to the biggest baddie, only for him to die in like three episodes after he was revealed. All that buildup and suspense...for nothing? His quick death and lack of action did it for me. What a waste."

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    The CW

    12. Prudence from Charmed being killed by a demon shooting her into a wall.

    CBS Television Distribution

    "I gathered my wits and waited four long years to continue watching it. It was so disrespectful how she wasn't acknowledged the rest of the show, especially the ending scene where they show the photos of the sisters in the Halliwell house with no sign of Prue."

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    CBS Television Distribution

    13. Rita from Dexter being murdered.

    A woman lies in a tub full of blood
    Showtime

    "When I saw that episode, I was so mad and upset, I didn’t continue watching the show for like six months, and it still wasn’t the same."

    kelcea

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    Showtime

    14. Marissa from The O.C. dying in a car accident.

    A woman with blood on her head lies on the ground with her eyes shut
    Fox

    "Never watched a single episode after her funeral."

    risabby

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    Fox

    Alright, now let's take a look at the movie deaths that ruined films for folks...

    15. Black Widow in Avengers: Endgame.

    A woman with a scared look on her face hangs from high up
    Marvel

    "The rest of the movie was definitely missing something. Especially in the scene with all the women characters, and the first woman of Marvel wasn’t there."

    isatom

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    Marvel

    16. Rachel in The Dark Knight.

    A woman is blown away by an explosion
    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "She was the character I felt most emotionally attached to, and you could see how much she inspired and cared for the people around her. No matter how many times I watch the movie, it always rips me apart."

    tigresssss13

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    Warner Bros. Pictures

    17. Mystique in Dark Phoenix.

    A woman is impaled by a piece of sharp wood
    20th Century Fox

    "I could not care less about the ending once they killed Mystique. That was not the way to kill such an iconic character. Her death was senseless. She should’ve died in a more iconic way. Instead it feels like it was wasted because of bad storytelling."

    itspena14

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    20th Century Fox

    18. Howard in Uncut Gems.

    A man lies on the ground with a pool of blood beneath his head
    A24

    "I know it’s at the end of the movie, but I had my hands over my face for like 10 minutes after it. I can't tell if I love this movie or if the ending ruined the whole thing."

    lbpowell

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    A24

    19. Duke in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

    A man with concerned eyes leers ahead
    Paramount Pictures

    "Channing Tatum played the protagonist in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and they killed him off in the sequel to replace him with The Rock."

    MShaik

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    Paramount Pictures

    20. David Dunn in Glass.

    A man with a wide-open eye lies on the ground looking scared
    Universal Pictures

    "It was so ridiculous."

    star7887

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    Universal Pictures

    21. The cat in The Shape of Water.

    A cat looks up with its mouth open
    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    "I wasn’t expecting it at all. I thought I was going to watch a fantasy romance, but that scene was like something out of a horror movie. I almost lost my cat shortly before, and that just made it worse. It was like a switch flipped and I instantly lost interest in the rest of the movie."

    eclipsecat14

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    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    22. Bill Murray in Zombieland.

    A man in zombie makeup sits down after being wounded
    Sony Pictures Releasing

    "That visceral reaction was unexpected and still haunts me. I stopped watching and have never seen the ending. Who cares about a world without Bill Murray?"

    jtothez

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    Sony Pictures Releasing

    23. Tadashi in Big Hero 6.

    A guy wearing a baseball hat looks concerned at his younger sibling, standing outside of a burning building
    Disney

    "Aside from Baymax, Tadashi was the only other character that I enjoyed, and it made me less invested in the film."

    lightheart16

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    Disney

    24. Six in 6 Underground.

    A concerned man looks out of the window while driving
    Netflix

    "I watched the beginning of 6 Underground and immediately lost interest after Dave Franco’s character died. It was so sudden and brutal for such an awesome actor. Waste of a talent."

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    Netflix

    25. General Hux in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

    A man with a stern look glares down
    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    "As soon as Hux died, I wanted to walk out. I knew it was coming, but I thought he’d get a better story arc than that. They did him so dirty."

    Generalhux

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    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    26. Kylo Ren/Ben Solo in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

    A man lies lifelessly on the ground with his eyes shut
    Walt Disney StudiosMotion Pictures

    "It happens so close to the end, but it was so anticlimactic that it invalidated the sacrifices of the original trilogy characters. It just felt like a cheap rehash of the end of Return of the Jedi. I didn’t care how the rest of the movie ended at all after that."

    knaughton92

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    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    27. Rosie in Jojo Rabbit.

    A crying boy hugs a pair of feet
    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    "I had to leave and cry in bed. I only watch that movie up to before he finds his mother dead, then I make up my own ending."

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    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    28. Finnick from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2.

    A guy falls from a ladder into water filled with creatures
    Lionsgate Films

    "Why did he have to die? He just got married. He didn't deserve that death. The movie kinda got boring for me after we lost him."

    eleanorpalmer

    "He was such an amazing character with an awesome arc, and he had a wife AND a baby back at home. He was always my favorite in the books and the movies, and his death was unnecessary!"

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    Lionsgate Films

    Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.