Given the holiday season, the child has repeatedly asked if we can watch some scary movies together.  Though she wasn’t quite up to ‘Ghostwatch’, we did manage to get through most of the Paranormal Activity series, after which she kept telling me how sad she felt for boyfriend Micah.  Where my jaded adult sensibilities saw a jerkface who made everything worse, Widget saw a young man frightened by things he couldn’t control, who tried to fix a problem and [SPOILERS] got killed horribly for his efforts.  It’s a valid read, and it does give more emotional heft to the end of the first film, which does beg an interesting query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still feels bad for young Ferro Lad, even though he chose his eventual fate to save someone he considered more important, asking: What deceased fictional character had, in your opinion, the most terrible demise?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. October 28, 2013 at 11:49 am — Reply

    The citizens of Alderaan.

    Actually, I think I’m going to go with Steven Carter, the grandson of Jack Harkness in “Torchwood: Children of Earth”. While he was sacrificed to save the rest of the children of the world, he was just a kid who didn’t ask for that situation. And it looked quite unpleasant.

    Poor kid.

    • October 29, 2013 at 8:34 pm — Reply

      Because of that incident, I don’t like Captain Jack.
      Can’t stand the character.

  2. Frank
    October 28, 2013 at 12:10 pm — Reply

    A colonist of planet LV-426 (Aliens). You get captured by a monster, placed in a cocoon, have an larval alien shoved down your throat. If you’re lucky, you die in an explosion, if not, an alien tears its way out of your body.

  3. Rob
    October 28, 2013 at 12:27 pm — Reply

    In a film filled with over the top violence Emil’s fate, dunked in toxic waste and then exploded by a van, stands out as particularly gruesome.

    • Rob
      October 28, 2013 at 12:31 pm — Reply

      D’oh! In Robocop of course.

  4. Kirby
    October 28, 2013 at 12:37 pm — Reply

    David from Shaun of the Dead, getting gored by a horde (hey, a rhyme!) of zombies, while your ‘friends’ just watch is pretty terrifying.

  5. October 28, 2013 at 4:05 pm — Reply

    Sean Bean’s character from the Black Death had his arms and legs ripped off by horses. That is pretty brutal.

    • Hirimno
      October 28, 2013 at 11:30 pm — Reply

      I have to agree. Not only was it terrible. I felt bad for Sean Bean and it made my stomach flip.

  6. October 28, 2013 at 4:50 pm — Reply

    Kenny from South Park.

  7. October 29, 2013 at 6:04 am — Reply

    Gehenna – Firestorm’s girlfriend and co-Firestorm, during Blackest Night. There she is, safe as a disembodied voice in her boyfriend’s head, when she is pulled out of him, and has her heart ripped out right there, consumed with fear.
    Perhaps it’s not the most gruesome death ever but it stuck in my mind.

  8. October 29, 2013 at 9:10 am — Reply

    Sue Dibny in Identity Crisis. A moment of happiness pondering Ralph’s surprise when he finds out that she is pregnant cut short by a psychopath.
    Judith Grimes smothered by her mother’s dead body.

  9. October 29, 2013 at 8:39 pm — Reply

    Alex Dewitt who was strangled and shoved into a refrigerator by Major Force for little reason other than to further the Green Lantern plot.

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