Mufasa's death was the most traumatic death ever because for most who saw The Lion King as children, this was their first real brush with death. And you never forget your first heartbreak. And if you were a parent watching it with a child, there was probably a tough conversation that inevitably followed (as well as plenty of tears). Also followed by a sleepless night with your child refusing to sleep in his or her own bed. Regardless of age, Mufasa’s death is was—and still is—just a tough pill to swallow. Try watching The Lion King without crying during the death scene, I dare you.
Click through to the next slide to see even more fictional characters we’ll never get over losing. From the McMurder of McDreamy to the death of beloved characters in Forrest Gump, brace yourself to feel the pain all over again.
R.I.P. Jack Dawson
Seriously, Rose, that raft was definitely 100% big enough for two people. "I'll never let go" my ass.
It's hard to even look at a piece of shrimp without remembering Bubba and all of the dreams of owning a shrimp business dying with him. Bubba was a true friend to Forrest, and he died with honor. Rest in peace, big guy.
R.I.P. The Mother
Fans of How I Met Your Mother are still mourning the horrible ending of the show more than they are the actual mother who was killed off five seconds after being introduced (nine seasons later). A lot of fans were disappointed and pretty upset, to say the least.
R.I.P. Titanic Necklace
Even more heartbreaking than Jack's death was when old-lady-Rose threw the heart-shaped blue diamond necklace into the ocean at the end of Titanic. Even more selfish than letting the love of her life freeze to death while she took up an entire raft was the fact that she didn't give this heirloom to her granddaughter so she could sell it and make millions.
Although we didn't know her for very long, we got to know Ellie pretty well during the first few scenes of Up. The most endearing aspect of her character is how much she and Carl loved each other - and how even after she was gone, she inspired him to be a better man. Long live true love.
R.I.P. Everyone in Harry Potter
Like The Hunger Games (but way, way before, obviously), the Harry Potter series ends with a lot of casualties. Among the most heartbreaking were Dumbledore, Hedwig, and Fred. And Sirius, and Dobby, and Snape...
R.I.P. Gwen Stacy
If you're a fan of The Amazing Spider-Man comic books, then you definitely saw Gwen Stacy's death coming. If you're not, however, you were in for a big shock when the movie basically ended with her falling to her death. And if you haven't seen it, you're welcome for spoiling the ending.
R.I.P. Dr. Derek Shepherd
No list of fictional deaths would be complete without the McMurder of our beloved McDreamy. Patrick Dempsey starred on Grey's Anatomy for 11 seasons (fun fact: he was in more episodes than Ellen Pompeo, who plays the show's main character, up until his final season), and was even contractionally obligated to do a 12th season - until the creator of the show, Shonda Rhimes, decided to kill him off.
A petition was created to bring Derek Shepherd back from the fictional grave, but Shonda's not budging. So feel free to join me (and all the other true fans) in not watching the show ever again. It's just too painful.
If you don't feel like crying throughout an entire movie, then don't watch Marley & Me. It was a sweet, adorable movie, but everyone knows dogs aren't supposed to die. The writers should take a few notes from Homeward Bound.
There were a lot (like, a lot a lot) of deaths in The Hunger Games series, but Cinna's had to be one of the worst. Katniss' face while watching Cinna be beaten to death conveyed all of our emotions during that awful scene.
R.I.P. Jon Snow
Ok, ok, he's not actually dead—and THANK GOD. But we'll still never get over thinking he was dead back in season 5.
R.I.P. Hank Schrader
R.I.P. George O'Malley
Five seasons prior to McDreamy's death, George O'Malley was the Grey's Anatomy death heard 'round the world. Shonda must've really enjoyed killing him off, because George was the first of many main characters to die (McDreamy, McSteamy, Lexie, Heather, and Henry, to name just a few).
R.I.P. Jenny Curran
Forrest Gump is a beloved classic, but it had its fair share of heartbreak and death. One of the most tragic deaths in the iconic movie was Forrest's love, Jenny (aka Jenn-ay), who died at the end of the movie and left Forrest to raise their son on his own.
Although it could be logically argued that Jenny didn't deserve Forrest, their relationship was endearing because he fought for her his whole life, eventually broke out of the friend zone, and won her heart.
R.I.P. Primrose Everdeen
If you haven't read The Hunger Games...sorry. The final movie comes out in November, and as those of us who read books know, Katniss' little sister dies tragically. Her death is basically the reason Katniss decides she can't be with Gale (sorry, another spoiler) and instead chooses to be with Peeta, so at least something good comes out of Prim's death.
In case you had forgotten, before Jamie Dornan became Christian Grey, he played the sexy huntsman/sheriff named Graham on Once Upon a Time. And it's totally fine if you did forget, because the poor guy was only on for eight episodes before his character was killed by the evil queen - just when he and Emma were falling in love.
He came back for a couple of flashback scenes later on in the show, but now Jamie's on to bigger and better things, like playing a scary, abusive stalker/billionaire.
R.I.P. Oberyn Martell
The Red Viper of Dorne, Oberyn Martell, stayed on Game of Thrones just long enough to become everyone's favorite character. But, as GoT viewers know, it's always your favorites that die in the most heartbreaking ways. With Oberyn we were hoping that maybe - just maybe - the show might deviate from its systematic killing of all of our favorites.
Sadly, that was just a dream...A dream that came to a violent end with Oberyn's head crushed under the gauntlets of The Mountain, Gregor Cligane.
If you didn't cry when Rue was struck with an arrow in the first Hunger Games movie...You. Are. Lying. Hearts broke all over the world when Katniss sent her off with flowers, and again when Katniss met Rue's family in the second movie.
R.I.P. J.T. Yorke
Remember Degrassi: The Next Generation (aka the show that featured Drake in a wheelchair)? Remember how it all went downhill after the tragic stabbing of fan-favorite J.T. Yorke? Fans of the iconic show watched J.T. grow up from a nerdy little boy to a mature young adult, and hearts around the world (mainly the U.S. and Canada) were crushed when J.T. was randomly stabbed by some random thug after leaving a house party.