This week, everyone lives, but not everyone has one of the top five death scenes of all time.

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


  1. My Top 5 Death Scenes are:

    1) Rocky’s trainer Mickey in Rocky III
    2) Bruce Wayne’s parents in Batman ’89
    3) Apollo Creed in Rocky IV
    4) Louis Lane in Superman ’78
    5) Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove

  2. Here are mine:

    – Optimus Prime in Transformers the movie
    – Ogami Itto in Lone Wolf & Cub
    – Sniper Wolf in Metal Gear Solid
    – Lord Washizu in Throne Of Blood
    – Darth Vader in Return of The Jedi

  3. Optimus Prime is a good one. that screwed me up so much as a 4 or 5 year old that i ran out of the living room crying hysterically at like 8am on a saturday and jumped in bed with my still-sleeping parents, who had no idea why i was so wound up.

    my deaths may run a little more recent. and also, spoilers, obviously.

    5) Josh Hartnett’s deputy partner guy who gets axed toward the end of 30 Days of Night. maybe one of the gnarliest beheadings i’ve ever seen in a movie.
    4) Trevalyan’s satellite dish through the eye in Goldeneye. i grew up in the lackluster Brosnan era, but that was such an overkill death that i still love it.
    3) Spock in Wrath of Khan. i mean….come on.
    2) Marko in the most recent volume of Saga. a very new addition, but maybe one of the most poignant i’ve read in the past few years. i need to call my parents.
    1) maybe this is a copout, but the erasure of the last/first memory of Joel and Clementine meeting towards the end of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. maybe not a death of a specific character, but the death/erasure of a relationship/love/significant portion of your life is incredibly frightening and sad. you keep going, but all memory, both good and bad, of a relationship just goes away without your ever recalling they were there.

  4. Oooo I love the mention of Eternal Sunshine, that’s a good one!!!

    My Top 5 Death Scenes
    Professor Screw Eyes – We’re Back
    Deactivating Hal 9000 – 2001: A Space Odyssey
    Glen – The Walking Dead Comic – This messed me up for a LONG time.
    Ellie Fredricksen – Intro to Up
    Roland’s Unwinding – Unwind by Neil Shusterman

    Special Mention Legolas Shooting the Elephant – Return of the King

  5. Karl G. Siewert on

    I’m several weeks behind in my listening, but I do feel the need to respond to Matthew, who said that I would tell everyone exactly how many times the movie Heavy Metal has been mentioned on the podcast. Interestingly, it’s not as many as I would have thought. The movie has been in seven of the 215 extant episodes of Top Five (including this one). They are as follows:
    4) Guilty Pleasure Movies (listed as an also-ran, not an actual top five item)
    8) Fictional Villains (the Loc-Nar is an also-ran)
    67) Road Trip Songs lists “Radar Love” by Golden Earring
    69) Movies from the 80s (another also-ran)
    73) Movie Soundtracks
    129) Movies We’ve Seen Again and Again

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