Top Characters You Wish Had Never Died

January 3, 2015 Discussions 14

Yes, I realize this is going to have spoilers for some people. But I was thinking about it the other night. There are some book characters that you fall hard for, and then end up hating the book or the author once you find out that character has died.

I’m sure we’ll have at least some of the same people on our lists, but this is my top 7 (Book names/series names bolded and character hidden by the Spoiler tag so you can skip if you haven’t read the book yet) in no particular order:


Harry Potter:

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Kim Harrison’s The Hollows Series (Rachel Morgan):

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The Pit Dragon Trilogy:

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Bridge to Terabithia:

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Little Women:

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The Pern Books:

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Valdemar Books:

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So what characters do you wish had never died? Any book series, any reason.

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14 Responses to “Top Characters You Wish Had Never Died”

    • SilvaraWilde

      I had to DNF the first book in that series. Sookie annoyed me too much to read past page 70. Was she in the first book? Or did she appear later?

    • SilvaraWilde

      I can usually see the reasoning behind it, but it still makes me sad. And then my mind starts going over all the ways it could have happened to a character I wasn’t as attached to instead.

  1. Tessa

    There is a lot of characters from the both the Hunger Games series and the Divergent series that I wished were still alive. I do not want to spoil anyone, but if you read the series, then you know who I mean.
    Great discussion! I think everyone can relate to this.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Both those series are still in my TBR pile…somewhere. *laughs* Will have to dig them out and hope the characters you are thinking of, don’t end up being absolute favorites of mine or something.

  2. Molly Mortensen

    I totally agree with you on Harry Potter! The one that bothered me the most was the big one at the end of books six. NEVER saw it coming!

    Yes to Pern! That was so sad! That’s my sister’s favorite book too!

    There are so many that have bothered me, mainly all of them. Every one in Game of Thrones, Maze Runner, and Divergent.

    • SilvaraWilde

      I guess it’s a sign of a good book/author. The fact that so many fans go up in arms when a character is killed off. But I still hate it every time.

      Unless of course, it was a character I didn’t like. *laughs*

  3. Nobody @ The Story Goes...

    Yes, yes. I completely agree with your Harry Potter pick, there was so much sad in that book as is and it seemed so unnecessary. I was unbelievably sad at the one!

    Another one I never completely understood and kind of really hated was in Mockingjay…if you’ve read it I’m sure you know which one I’m talking about, but actually two in Mockingjay, I just completely hated.

    I get that characters need to die sometimes and I’m sure the authors have their reasons, but sometimes it just seems mean and unfair! And now I feel like a little kid…=)

    Great discussion post!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I haven’t read Mockingjay yet, it’s on my TBR shelf. I just keep forgetting to dig it out. And so far everyone I know who’s read it has been up in arms about deaths (luckily without spoiling me!) so I’m a bit worried for when I actually read the book. It never fails that the character killed off is a favorite of mine.

      And yes, I always feel like I’m being a pouting little kid about it! At least I’m not the only one! *grins*

  4. Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales

    I couldn’t even believe that J.K.Rowling could be so cruel when she killed off Fred.It was unpredictable and I never saw it coming!
    Whenever I think of George carrying on with life without his partner in crime ,I can’t help but start crying.
    Even after all this time,his death never ceases to leave me a sobbing mess.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I know! And unlike some of the other characters she killed off, I can think of no actual use for his death. If a Weasley had to die, it should have been Percy. He was being a prat for ages by that point. From the first moment she introduced them, it was obvious that they were a pair and always would be. I can’t even imagine how George made it through without Fred. Especially running the shop where he’d be reminded of him constantly.

    • SilvaraWilde

      I have cried over way too many books because of character deaths. I get why most ‘have’ to happen, but I can’t help hating it every time.

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