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32 Heart-Wrenching Fictional Deaths That Ruined Your Childhood

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1. E.T., E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

"When I was 8 I saw E.T. for the first time and I cried so hard during the dying scene. It was the first time I learned that a movie could make you cry. I watched it again last week as a grown-ass man and bawled again." —Will Varner
Amblin Entertainment

"When I was 8 I saw E.T. for the first time and I cried so hard during the dying scene. It was the first time I learned that a movie could make you cry. I watched it again last week as a grown-ass man and bawled again." —Will Varner

2. Littlefoot's Mother, The Land Before Time

"Still crying." —Charlotte Gomez
Sullivan Bluth Studios

"Still crying." —Charlotte Gomez

3. Thomas J., My Girl

Imagine Entertainment

"When Thomas died in My Girl. I'm still terrified of bees to this day." —Alicia Velez

4. Chuckie's mom, Rugrats

"The Mother's Day special of Rugrats where you find out about Chuckie's mom. Young me was SOBBING." —Nina Mohan
Nickelodeon

"The Mother's Day special of Rugrats where you find out about Chuckie's mom. Young me was SOBBING." —Nina Mohan

5. Bambi's mom, Bambi

"BAMBI'S MOM." —Jessica Misener
Walt Disney Pictures

"BAMBI'S MOM." —Jessica Misener

6. Ricky, Boyz n the Hood

"RICKYYYYY." —Hannah Giorgis
Columbia Pictures

"RICKYYYYY." —Hannah Giorgis

7. Jack Dawson, Titanic

"True story: Ten-year-old me got kicked out of the movie theater for wailing too loudly when Jack died in Titanic." —Ellen Cushing
20th Century Fox

"True story: Ten-year-old me got kicked out of the movie theater for wailing too loudly when Jack died in Titanic." —Ellen Cushing

8. Matthew Cuthbert, Anne of Green Gables

"He was such a sweet and loving character, discreet but always supportive of Anne from the very beginning. I just really loved him and it broke my heart when he died. To this day, my mother still talks about how much I bawled when we first watched it." —Marie Telling
CBC

"He was such a sweet and loving character, discreet but always supportive of Anne from the very beginning. I just really loved him and it broke my heart when he died. To this day, my mother still talks about how much I bawled when we first watched it." —Marie Telling

9. Artax, The Neverending Story

"I will never get over the Artax moment from The Neverending Story. He literally drowned in sadness, which is how I feel every time I think of it." —Erin Schmalfeld
Producers Sales Organization

"I will never get over the Artax moment from The Neverending Story. He literally drowned in sadness, which is how I feel every time I think of it." —Erin Schmalfeld

10. Sandy, Growing Pains

"On Growing Pains when Carol Seaver's boyfriend Sandy (played by Matthew Perry) drove drunk and crashed his car and was fine but then died of internal bleeding. I doubt there's an M.D. more vigilant about internal bleeding than I am." —Sally Tamarkin
ABC

"On Growing Pains when Carol Seaver's boyfriend Sandy (played by Matthew Perry) drove drunk and crashed his car and was fine but then died of internal bleeding. I doubt there's an M.D. more vigilant about internal bleeding than I am." —Sally Tamarkin

11. Natasha Yar, Star Trek: The Next Generation

"She was killed by sentient, murderous goop. It destroyed me, aged 6." —Dan Dalton
Paramount

"She was killed by sentient, murderous goop. It destroyed me, aged 6." —Dan Dalton

12. Claude Frollo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Walt Disney Pictures

"Frollo in Hunchback of Notre Dame! I watched it last week and it's still scary." —Julia Reinstein

13. Rosalind Shays, L.A. Law

"This will definitely mark me as a Very Old Person but when whatsherface fell down the elevator shaft in L.A. Law it opened up a whole new world of terror. Still check every time an elevator door opens that it's really there." —Miriam Elder
NBC / Via youtube.com

"This will definitely mark me as a Very Old Person but when whatsherface fell down the elevator shaft in L.A. Law it opened up a whole new world of terror. Still check every time an elevator door opens that it's really there." —Miriam Elder

14. Marissa Cooper, The O.C.

"When Marissa died in The O.C., I wept. WEPT. Haven't they been through enough? You just wanted so badly for them to have a chance. And the Imogen Heap cover of 'Hallelujah' as Ryan carried Marissa from the burning car? *chokes backs tears*" —Elamin Abdelmahmoud
Fox

"When Marissa died in The O.C., I wept. WEPT. Haven't they been through enough? You just wanted so badly for them to have a chance. And the Imogen Heap cover of 'Hallelujah' as Ryan carried Marissa from the burning car? *chokes backs tears*" —Elamin Abdelmahmoud

15. The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Carolco Pictures

"When Arnold dies in the end of Terminator 2. He's technically a humanoid robot — T-800 or Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 — but he learns to love, or at least convert into 1s and 0s, what love is. He has one of the ultimate lines in movie history, "Now I know why it is...that you humans cry," and he also gives Edward Furlong and Linda Hamilton, who have both grown to adore and rely on him, a thumbs-up as he descends into the molten steel that will melt his CPU. Furlong begs him, screechingly beseeches him, not to self-terminate. But he has to. Because he knows he will be used for the wrong reasons." —Joe Bernstein

16. Old Yeller, Old Yeller

"I know this is ~serious old school~ but I will never forget when I was a kid and watched Tommy Kirk shoot Old Yeller and I absolutely do not want to talk about it anymore or I will take the rest of the day off to go home and hug my dog." —Ali Watkins
Walt Disney Pictures

"I know this is ~serious old school~ but I will never forget when I was a kid and watched Tommy Kirk shoot Old Yeller and I absolutely do not want to talk about it anymore or I will take the rest of the day off to go home and hug my dog." —Ali Watkins

17. Optimus Prime, The Transformers: The Movie

"Optimus Prime in the Transformers animated film from, uh, 1986. I never actually thought evil could prevail but, hell, it actually happens. What else is an 8-year-old expected to believe?" —Joel Anderson
Amblin Entertainment

"Optimus Prime in the Transformers animated film from, uh, 1986. I never actually thought evil could prevail but, hell, it actually happens. What else is an 8-year-old expected to believe?" —Joel Anderson

18. Dr. Greene, ER

"Harrowing. Especially as we had to live it all over again in the next episode when Carter reads the letter." —Laura Silver
NBC

"Harrowing. Especially as we had to live it all over again in the next episode when Carter reads the letter." —Laura Silver

19. The rabbits, Watership Down

"The part in Watership Down when the rabbits have died and go to heaven and 'Bright Eyes' starts playing." —Aisha Gani
Nepenthe Productions

"The part in Watership Down when the rabbits have died and go to heaven and 'Bright Eyes' starts playing." —Aisha Gani

20. Frank Wolff, Tintin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isbU3pGOc2M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isbU3pGOc2M

"OK, this is really obscure, but something that's always haunted me is this character in a Tintin TV movie who steps out of a rocket coming back from the moon because they're running out of oxygen." —Matthew Champion

21. Arnold's parents, Hey Arnold!

"The Hey Arnold episode called 'Parents Day,' where Grandpa tells Arnold the truth about his parents, had me bawling my eyes out. Not sure if it's technically a TV death, since his parents got on a plane to Africa and were never found. But everything about that episode, including the special end-credits theme song, really messed me up." —Shayan Roy
Nickelodeon

"The Hey Arnold episode called 'Parents Day,' where Grandpa tells Arnold the truth about his parents, had me bawling my eyes out. Not sure if it's technically a TV death, since his parents got on a plane to Africa and were never found. But everything about that episode, including the special end-credits theme song, really messed me up." —Shayan Roy

22. The girl trapped in the painting, The Witches

"When the little girl is put into the painting and then disappears in The Witches." —Jenna Guillaume
The Jim Henson Company

"When the little girl is put into the painting and then disappears in The Witches." —Jenna Guillaume

23. The corpse in the elevator, Case Closed

"Japanese anime Case Closed's episode 'Library Murder Case' was scarring because a) the killer was like a haunting ghost during the night in a closed library — every time he suddenly showed up I felt my heart stopped beating, and b) it was just both clever and super scary that he thought of hiding a corpse above an elevator, and I couldn't stare at the screen when the plot was revealed by smart Conan." —Beimeng Fu
TMS Entertainment

"Japanese anime Case Closed's episode 'Library Murder Case' was scarring because a) the killer was like a haunting ghost during the night in a closed library — every time he suddenly showed up I felt my heart stopped beating, and b) it was just both clever and super scary that he thought of hiding a corpse above an elevator, and I couldn't stare at the screen when the plot was revealed by smart Conan." —Beimeng Fu

24. Cartoon shoes, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

"The cartoon shoes in Who Framed Roger Rabbit ruined my life." —Loryn Brantz
Touchstone Pictures

"The cartoon shoes in Who Framed Roger Rabbit ruined my life." —Loryn Brantz

25. Neil, Dead Poet's Society

"Dead Poet's Society was the first American movie I remember fully understanding, and Neil's suicide in that movie was so hard for me to get over." —Meredith Talusan
Touchstone Pictures

"Dead Poet's Society was the first American movie I remember fully understanding, and Neil's suicide in that movie was so hard for me to get over." —Meredith Talusan

26. Stan, The Commish

"I might be the only one but Stan in The Commish. Noooo, Stan, no." —Nathan Pyle
ABC

"I might be the only one but Stan in The Commish. Noooo, Stan, no." —Nathan Pyle

27. The doggy hell scene, All Dogs Go to Heaven

"It's a different kind of death scene where the dog has already died but, after breaking the rules, gets kicked out of heaven forever, and as he descends down to earth you hear the voice of the Angel Dog echoing, 'You can never come backkkk...' It was really fucking dark and that's saying a lot for a movie about DEAD FUCKING DOGS." —Jesse McLaren
Sullivan Bluth Studios

"It's a different kind of death scene where the dog has already died but, after breaking the rules, gets kicked out of heaven forever, and as he descends down to earth you hear the voice of the Angel Dog echoing, 'You can never come backkkk...' It was really fucking dark and that's saying a lot for a movie about DEAD FUCKING DOGS." —Jesse McLaren

28. The Joker, Batman

"THIS." —Javier Aceves
Guber-Peters Company

"THIS." —Javier Aceves

29. Casper, Casper

"When I realised Casper is actually dead in the Christina Ricci film, I was so upset. He was just a little boy when he died — and Devon Sawa did NOT deserve to die." —Caitlin Jinks
Amblin Entertainment

"When I realised Casper is actually dead in the Christina Ricci film, I was so upset. He was just a little boy when he died — and Devon Sawa did NOT deserve to die." —Caitlin Jinks

30. Jackie Harrison, Stepmom

"The mom in Stepmom. OMG, Susan, why did you hurt us so." —Julia Furlan
1492 Pictures

"The mom in Stepmom. OMG, Susan, why did you hurt us so." —Julia Furlan

31. Leslie Burke, Bridge to Terabithia

"I don't even remember the story in Bridge to Terabithia. I just remember the incredible gut-wringing sadness." —Amanda Hickman
Walt Disney Pictures

"I don't even remember the story in Bridge to Terabithia. I just remember the incredible gut-wringing sadness." —Amanda Hickman

32. And finally, we'd be remiss if we didn't include the death of Mufasa in Disney's The Lion King.

Walt Disney Pictures

BRB — going to bawl in a place where people can't see tears rolling down my face.

CBS / Via giphy.com

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