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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!

Now on with the list…

From Serenity (2005)
1. Wash
This is the death that shocked an entire fandom: The passing of Hoban “Wash” Washburne in the now classic sci-fi film Serenity. Wash (Alan Tudyk) was a favourite for fans of TV’s Firefly, much loved for his witty comic-relief as the skilled pilot of the good ship Serenity. Wash survived many trials and tribulations throughout his TV adventures with Malcolm Reynolds and crew, but unfortunately didn’t make it to the end of the big-screen film. After some brilliant piloting to escape from an epic space battle between Alliance warships and fearsome Reavers, Wash saves Serenity and its crew with an incredible death-defying landing… only to die by being impaled by a spike off a Reaver ship. The AbbyShot Team is still crying over this one; Wash will always be soaring like “a leaf on the wind” in our minds.
From The Matrix: Revolutions (2003)
2. Neo and Trinity

We’re giving this sci-fi power couple a double entry, since both heroes in the epic war against the Matrix began pushing up digital daisies in the final film of The Matrix trilogy. Both died in the most honourable of ways, with Trinity being the first to sacrifice herself for the greater good. Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) flies her ship into an electrical storm in order to evade a squadron of robots. While the storm disables the robots, it also disables the ship’s engines. The ship collides with a tower in Machine City and Trinity is fatally wounded from the impact. She dies in Neo’s arms in a true tear-jerker moment.

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!

From Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
3. Boromir

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.

From Doctor Who (2010)
4. The Tenth Doctor

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.

From Fullmetal Alchemist (2004)
5. Maes Hughes

For Anime fans, this was a death of “Wash from Serenity” proportions. Lieutenant Colonel Maes Hughes was a soldier in the Investigations Office of the State Military who displayed impressive skills with his trademark throwing knives and an equally impressive love for his family. Any character who asks him about his wife and daughter then has to sit back for hours of animated arm-flailing as he shows off a heap of family photos. He is a protector of the Elric Brothers and treats them like members of his own family. His character displayed an interesting balance between slick investigator and over-enthusiastic father which made him a joy to watch. Which of course made his untimely death that much tougher on fans! He is killed by Envy, one of the evil Homunculi, to stop him from giving crucial information to his fellow soldier and friend Roy Mustang. His death has gone on as one of the saddest in Anime history – a true testament to his greatness.

So that’s AbbyShot’s top 5! Don’t forget to let us know in the Comments if there are any you agree or disagree with and of course – if there are any we may have missed!

Adios amigos,
The AbbyShot Team

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