Most of us (hopefully) realize that fictional characters aren't real. But despite the fact that they might not exist in the real world, these characters can still feel as real as you and me--we laugh with them, we cry with them, and can't wait to see what they'll do next. The ability to convince us that these people might actually exist is a testament to the writers and actors who bring them to life.
Unfortunately, like in the real world, people death is a part of fiction. And there's nothing worse than when an writer or showrunner (we're looking at you, Shonda Rhimes!) decides to cruelly cut down a character in the prime of their "life." It's just not fair!
Not all fictional deaths are sad--there are plenty of scoundrels and villains running amok in the fictional world. But some character deaths, man, they just sting! In this slideshow, we're counting down the most heartbreaking, most tear-jerking times that our fictional favorites kicked the bucket. And between television and movies, there are plenty of options to choose from! You might want to have a hankie or two ready. Don't say we didn't warn you!
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