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Feeling sad for the death of some really minor character

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Post by ScottyMcGee » Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:05 pm

I watched The Mummy (1999) back around Halloween, and I always find myself feeling sorry for the one American cowboy with the glasses who's Imhotep's first victim.

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.

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and then this happens to him:
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I really didn't want to see him die but knew he had to. He gets his tongue and eyes ripped out and for the rest of his time in the movie he's spent moaning and accidentally tipping stuff over and crying.

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.

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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:

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Post by Apollo the Just » Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:09 pm

I'm still not over the death of the culprit from the Moonlight Sonata case in Detective Conan. That was like 800 episodes ago. They were only a character in one case, like 3 episodes of the anime.

Still not over it. :(
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Post by Booyakasha » Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:31 pm

Death of Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen still bothers me today. It's rough. I mean, it's good that it happens offscreen, at least, and I get that it's kind of a formative character moment for Luke, but that doesn't make it nice.

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Post by Valigarmander » Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:06 pm

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Kit Fisto looked like such a cool character, and the first time we get to see him do anything (unless you count him knocking over C-3PO in Episode II), he goes down like a bitch to Sidious in about five seconds. Man, the prequels couldn't do anything right.

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Post by Apollo the Just » Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:22 pm

oh also, RIP Jeice
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Post by I REALLY HATE POKEMON! » Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:47 pm

I want to say Android 16 from DBZ but he wasn't that minor. The guy Cell absorbs right in front of Piccolo kinda bothered me, or would've if his death wasn't neat.

Matt from Death Note counts. I hoped they'd expand on him a bit, also Namikawa.

Toma from Chrono Trigger. I bought him a drink. :[

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Post by United Nations » Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:55 pm

The old couple in bed in Titanic.

In Stranger Things:
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Post by CaptHayfever » Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:54 pm

Frank Bryce in Goblet of Fire.
Renata in Winter Soldier.

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Post by Galefore » Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:50 pm

so many A Song of Ice and Fire minor characters in the books, ESPECIALLY
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LITERALLY ANYONE FROM WINTERFELL. The Cassels, Fat Tom, Mikken, Maester Luwin... I mean, it's an under-mourned contingency of really sweet, compassionate Northmen that just get mass-slaughtered over and over. It hurts my very being.

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Post by X-3 » Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:21 pm

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Post by ScottyMcGee » Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:05 am

In Total Recall, Arnold and the bad guys shoot at each other on an escalator in some public place. You see this random guy used as a body shield and he just gets riddled with bullets. But like RIDDLED. Just when you think he's had enough, Arnold turns around and the bad guys shoot at him more and the poor guy gets saturated with blood. I was always like, "Aw man, that guy had a family."
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Post by DarkZero » Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:29 pm

Breaking Bad:
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Drew Sharp, the kid on the bike that Todd shot. And then he got dissolved in acid and his family will never know what happened to him.

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Post by Galefore » Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:40 pm

^Breaking Bad:
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i was pretty upset about Combo too tbh, he was just a regular dude hanging out with the wrong people, and i know too many dudes just like him for it not to have bothered me a bit

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Re: Feeling sad for the death of some really minor character

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Post by Booyakasha » Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:17 am

Hey-hey, bump.

I feel sorry for the Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword, in 'Last Crusade'. They had to go toe-to-toe with Indiana Jones and the dang ratzis. Wound up gettin machine-gunned into hamburger by the Afrika Korps, and they had to suffer the indignity of a Wilhelm. They were good guys, man. You don't Wilhelm good guys.
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Post by DarkZero » Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:36 am

love how all the spoilers in this thread are broken now

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Post by Booyakasha » Tue Aug 18, 2020 5:32 am

Kazim was such a cool dude. He deserved better than getting gunned down by the nazsties. I want more for him. I couldn't begin to count how many times I've quoted him, saying "my soul is prepared!" in one context or another.
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Post by CaptHayfever » Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:42 am

^^Thank you for bringing that to my attention; it has been fixed. :)

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Post by Booyakasha » Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:02 pm

So, if we're talking really really minor characters...there's those randos at the end of 'Spaceballs'. The guy who helpfully teaches Lone Star how to perform the Vulcan neck pinch on him, and his pal who's just shaving. Probably neither of them get out before the ship blows up. Also there's that hapless camera crew dude that Dark Helmet kills by accident during the swordfight. I mean, if he counts as a character.

EDIT: Also John Hurt, getting his second chest-burster. Some luck, eh?)
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Post by ScottyMcGee » Thu Dec 31, 2020 1:49 am

Holy crap I made this thread in 2016? I seriously thought it was younger than that.

Not to get political or anything but in The Matrix. . .
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as a kid, I used to feel bad for the cops getting killed in the lobby shootout scene. I saw them as just doing their jobs, and they are technically innocent people hooked up to the Matrix. But now in my 30's I'm like totally fine with it lmfao

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Post by CaptHayfever » Thu Dec 31, 2020 1:58 am

Kyle in Iron Fist.

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