Before the Oscars air their reliably poignant In Memoriam reel, paying tribute to the showbiz greats such as Mike Nichols, Joan Rivers, and Robin Williams who passed this year, we pay homage to some lighter losses: the fictional characters who didn’t make it out of their movie alive. So go ahead and cue some mood music and check your spoiler trepidation at the door as we shed a tear for the late, great characters of 2014.
In memoriam: 10 onscreen characters we lost this year
Eva Green’s naval commander gives Sparta a worthy challenge with a bag of tricks stuffed with military strategy, tactical negotiation and wild sex. In the end, she just marches into hand-to-hand combat herself, dying valiantly on the field of battle.Warner Bros.
Artemisia - 300: Rise of an Empire
But really guys, Dracula can explain. Vlad The Impaler had to die so “Dracula, son of the devil” could live (unlive?) and protect his young son. Watch for his book Better Parenting Through Bloodsucking.Universal Pictures
Vlad The Impaler - Dracula Untold
There’s just something about teens falling in love in a cancer support group that suggests “bring Kleenex.” That it’s Ansel Elgort’s swaggering Gus and not Shailene Woodley’s fragile Hazel Grace we lose is a twist our tear ducts weren’t expecting.Fox
Gus - The Fault In Our Stars
The real-life chemistry between Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker and Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy was a highlight of the Spidey reboot. When she tumbled down the shaft of a clock tower to her death, the franchise died too.Columbia Pictures
Gwen Stacy - The Amazing Spider-Man 2
It’s not all spirited operetta in the musical twist on fairy tales and their “happily ever after”s. The Baker’s Wife gets the child she wishes for, but strays from her husband with Prince Charming and winds up falling off a cliff. Is there a magic bean for that?Disney
The Baker’s Wife - Into The Woods
In a go-for-popcorn-and-you’ll-miss-it performance, Taylor Swift plays the Giver’s daughter Rosemary, the original Receiver who was so devastated by what she learns of human suffering she commits suicide—but not before showcasing her piano prowess. Play “22”!The Weinstein Company
Rosemary - The Giver
After everything we went through together in The Desolation of Smaug (CGI treasure, Benedict Cumberbatch doing a sexy voice), it’s an abrupt farewell when the final installment of the epic trilogy begins with Smaug taking an arrow in a sensitive place.Warner Bros.
Smaug - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The silver lining of the Altman family’s patriarch passing away is that it gave Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda and Adam Driver a reason to make a movie together, playing siblings reluctantly sitting shiva for seven days.Warner Bros.
Mort - This Is Where I Leave You
In a futuristic dystopia, a fast-talking military PR mouthpiece (Tom Cruise) is drafted into combat and swiftly killed. But then, Groundhog Day style, he rewinds to reluctantly march off to war again and again. Despite his many deaths, he’s only getting one slide.Warner Bros.
Cage - Edge of Tomorrow
Scarlett Johansson plays an alien luring random men back to her lair in Glasgow, Scotland. There she undresses and leads them into blackness, where they disappear forever. Horny men of Scotland, we salute your sacrifice!Mongrel Media
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