Monday, 4 January 2016

10 Most Heartbreaking Character Deaths

Hello, and Happy New Year!

So I was reading Cait at PaperFury's post about the worst type of Character Death over the holidays, and it got me thinking about the times my heart has been inexplicably broken by the death of one of my favourite characters, whether on the page or the screen. So I decided to compile a list of my Top Ten Most Heartbreaking Character Deaths. Spoilers ahead for; 

Torchwood S3
Supernatural S2
Ice Like Fire
Harry Potter 5&7
Torchwood S3
Clockwork Princess
The Flash S1
Once Upon a Time S3
Stargate Atlantis S3

I hope you brought your tissues!

10) James Carstairs - The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

It's no secret that I adore The Infernal Devices series, and that I am a major Jem fan. So I am of course going to have to include Jem's 'death' in my top ten. Will's reaction - more in the novel than the manga - makes me cry without fail, but it's certainly not the most heartbreaking scene I've read/watched. Although Clare includes detail of Will's pain due to their Parabatai bond, and his grief, the scene is a little overshadowed by the impending danger and ensuing story elements.

9) Carson Beckett - Stargate Atlantis "Sunday"

Why is it always the cute Scottish doctor?

Carson's death was completely unexpected and definitely caused some tears. It's a true testament to the fans that he was later brought back, but that doesn't stop me from crying whenever I see this episode. The goodbye to McKay... utterly heartbreaking.

8) Neal Cassidy AKA Baelfire - Once Upon a Time "Quiet Minds"

I've heard that some people don't like Neal very much, and that's fine, but he was honestly one of my favourite characters. His relationships with Rumple and Hook gave me so many feels, and his death was not only unexpected but truly broke my heart. I've still got my fingers crossed that they'll bring him back in some way, but knowing my luck it won't happen. 

7) Amy Pond and Rory Williams - Dr Who "Angels in Manhattan"

'Raggedy man... Goodbye.'


6) Cisco Ramon - The Flash "Out of Time"

So I was forced to watch The Flash by my boyfriend, loved it, and fell in love with my beloved Cisco Ramon. Then this happened and my TV remote met the wall. Yes, I know it was an aborted timeline but it still hurts, especially as they seem to love re-using the very painful 'son' line in multiple episodes. Nope. Just nope.

5) Alysson - Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch


Like, was this really necessary?

Utterly shocking and completely unexpected, this really hurt. I literally had to put the book down and cry. A lot. For a while.

Yeah... pain.

4) Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Nope. Nope. Nope.

I don't think I even have to explain this one.

I will never be okay with this. Ever.


3) Sam Winchester (1st Death) - Supernatural "All Hell Breaks Loose Part One"

I know he came back so maybe it doesn't count, but god dammit the feels here are so intense! I mean, the scene in part two where Dean monologues to Sam's body... Are you telling me that doesn't physically hurt you? Because, man, I sob a lot when that scene is on. Like buckets of tears. Ugly sobbing. Jensen and Jared are too fabulous here, and my heart just breaks.

2) Sirius Black - Harry Potter and The Order of the Pheonix

I think many people ask 'Why, JK?' here.

Sirius is one that will always stay with me because honestly it's the reason why I didn't read for so long. I was never a big reader as a kid, but I loved Harry Potter. As soon as this happened I sort of gave up. Why get to know and love these characters if my favourite just dies? Although these scenes are still so painful, I've kind of come to live with them and appreciate them for the pain and drama that enhances the story and in truth can make them more memorable.

1) Ianto Jones - Torchwood, Children of Earth "Day Four"

Although I have come to live with death-scenes, as I've just said, that doesn't mean that there aren't a few (Ie, these ten) that I will never truly accept.

Ianto Jones is one that I will never ever get over. Time has passed and I still cannot accept CoE as canon. I don't think I ever will, honestly. Ianto was - is - the heart and soul of Torchwood and this scene kills me - no pun intended - every time.

You might say that Sirius, and it may be true, but that doesn't make it hurt any less.

So there you have my Ten Most Heartbreaking Character Deaths; the ten scenes that make me sob like there's no tomorrow. I do hope you enjoyed reading.

Please feel free to mention your top ten/thoughts in the comments below, or on Twitter! I'd love to hear what you think.

Holly @TheArtsShelf

Image of the Clockwork Princess Manga by Cassandra Clare and Hyekyung Baek taken by myself.

Carson Beckett and Rodney McKay 'Sunday' image from

All GIF's from


  1. Oh my god. I have so many levels of feels regarding Neal's death. I mean, even though I am in love with Killian and I never wanted Neal to reunite with Emma romantically, I don't think he deserved to just die like that!!! WHAT ABOUT HENRY? WHAT ABOUT MAKING UP FOR ALL THOSE YEARS HE DIDN'T HAVE A FATHER? AND UGH. OKAY.

    Shealea @ that bookshelf bitch

    1. I completely and utterly agree with you! At first I did really ship Neal and Emma but the new series has made me love her and Hook more. Either way Neal's death destroyed me. I mean, not just for Henry, but for Rumple too. He'd only just got his son back! And Hook and Neal had just reconciled themselves! TOO MANY FEELINGS! UGH!

  2. Oh my goodness you've brought back so many feelings with this post. I liked Neal, but I wasn't sure if I liked him with Emma, but what his death did to her killed me. I really liked the Amy and Rory story lines in Doctor Who. And then Rory as a Roman soldier? Supernatural always gets me in the gut as well. That death was tough for me as well! Great post!