Like, okay, yeah, he was part of a group of rowdy a holes you were supposed to feel contempt for, but when he got what was coming to him I couldn't help but see him as a sensitive, helpless little man. I mean, look at him.
and then this happens to him:
Another really minor character death (he wasn't even a character, just a passerby) that I remember feeling sad for ever since I was a kid was this random guy in The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
The T-Rex singles him out and we spend one too many seconds watching him run around until he gets eaten, then hear him give out death cries and grunts as he's chewed up and eaten. That guy had a family.
(Actually, fun fact, that guy was David Koepp, the screenwriter. I guess he was just like "HEY I WANNA BE EATEN THATD BE FUN")
You know, it was different in the first Jurassic Park. Muldoon the hunter died an appropriate death because he, well, was a hunter. The lawyer died because **** lawyers. The traitor Dennis was another guy you were glad to see gone. Samuel L. Jackson died but you didn't SEE him die. His arm was just found. It took me a while to realize that in The Lost World: Jurassic Park a heckuva lot of poor innocent people died and when I saw that as a kid it really bothered me, yet as I grew up I knew it was more "realistic" I guess - death doesn't discriminate.
Lastly, and much more recently, I thought THIS death scene was totally unnecessary and cringeworthy to watch because it drags on for longer than I think it needs to for such a minor character: