Greetings readers and Happy Day of the Dead! As fans of our Gothic Clothing will know, AbbyShot is never one to shy away from the darker side of life. So the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday is a celebration that intrigues us (and not just because we’re big fans of the classic game Grim Fandango).
November 2nd in Mexico is the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), where family and friends gather not to mourn but to celebrate their deceased loved ones. AbbyShot has decided to take a similar approach: We’re going to celebrate our Top 5 favourite characters from sci-fi and fantasy who have died (usually in heroic fashion!).
Due to the nature of the subject matter, we’re going to have to rate this post as spoiler-ific! We’ll put the name of the film / anime / TV show first, then the character’s name. These are all well-known characters so we doubt anyone will be spoiled but still – the spoiler warning is there!
Of course, let us know in the Blog Comments if there are any characters we missed!
Neo (Keanu Reeves) also sacrifices himself in spectacular fashion at the end of the film after a massive battle with the Agent Smith program. Neo realizes that the only way to defeat Smith is to allow himself to be assimilated by him. Neo then acts as a conduit for the Machines to destroy Smith once and for all, which unfortunately kills Neo in the process. At least, this is what we think happened. Did anyone else find this ending a bit hard to follow? There was also some cryptic hinting from The Oracle that Neo may return in biblical fashion, but until then… he’ll remain on our list!
This noble ‘son of Gondor’ was one of the nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring, a group sworn to destroy the magical Ring that housed the power of the evil Dark Lord Sauron. Except the ring is very tempting to those who hunger for power! Boromir (Sean Bean) succumbed to the temptation and tried to steal the Ring from Frodo, the hobbit Ring Bearer. However, Boromir more than redeems himself in an epic death scene near the end of the film. Ambushed by a band of Orc warriors, the hobbits are about to be killed when Boromir rushes in to protect them. Boromir fights bravely and valiantly, even after being struck by 2 massive orc arrows. It takes a third arrow to finally stop him. He then has a heart-rending final scene with future King Aragorn, who forgives him for his earlier moment of weakness. The film does a great job of showing Boromir as a sympathetic conflicted character and one that we are honoured to have on our list.
This could be a controversial choice since the character of The Doctor is not really “dead”. However, we would argue that the final adventure of the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) was so emotionally hard-hitting that fans really did feel the loss of this popular version of the Doctor just like the loss of an old friend. For us, it mostly comes down to a quiet scene in a diner in the first half of the Tenth Doctor’s final adventure “The End of Time”. For the first time, the Doctor has been forewarned that he is going to die and he contemplates his fate with Wilfred Mott, the grandfather of previous companion, Donna Noble. Despite the fact that he knows his body will regenerate, the Tenth Doctor tells Wilfred: “Even if I change it still feels like dying. Everything I am dies. Some new man goes sauntering away… and I’m dead.” A haunting quote to be sure! As it turns out, the Tenth Doctor successfully saves the world from destruction (from both The Master and the Time Lords) but ends up having to sacrifice himself to save Wilfred from a lethal dose of radiation. The Tenth Doctor has time to say goodbye to all his former companions and utters the now famous last words: “I don’t want to go.” The Tenth Doctor lives on in our hearts here at AbbyShot, there’s no doubt about that.
The AbbyShot Team
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