The hero’s life isn’t always a pretty one. You wake up in the morning and have to spend every second being a badass. Then you go to sleep but you still have to be a badass so you can wake up the next day and – guess what – be a badass again.
And the worst part is, you don’t even always win at the end. Sometimes a hero has to make the ultimate sacrifice. Why? Because life isn’t always fun, that’s why.
Let’s take a look at some of the best movies ever made where the hero gets killed by the villain.
10 – The Matrix Revolutions
Yup, I still consider this a good trilogy. Sure, CGI has evolved a lot since then and nobody’s impressed by “bullet time” anymore, but Agent Smith kills/absorbs Neo so it gets a spot on this list.
9 – The Wicker Man
If you get to investigate an island where people get sacrificed for good crops, odds are you’re going to get burned yourself.
8 – Boys Don’t Cry
This story about a transgender boy that gets brutally assaulted and raped by a bunch of drunk idiots, only to come back and reconnect with his girlfriend; this doesn’t end well. The spoiler: the two drunk idiots track him down and shoot him.
7 – Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Poor Han. Getting thrown down a shaft like Palpetine and getting stabbed with a lightsaber like Qui-Gon Jinn. Other heroes this series killed by the hands of a villain: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, the entire goddamn Jedi Order, Anakin Skywalker when he wasn’t Darth Vader for six full seconds, the entire Rogue One crew. If you come anywhere near a lightsaber in a Star Wars movie, you’re probably going to die.