If a movie character ends up getting the chop by the time the credits roll, we usually end up remembering them by the method in which they were dispatched. It’s hard to forget about the scene where somebody gets maced in the head or set on fire in an oil field, after all – moments like that dominate your thoughts in the aftermath. Which is why, of course, one of the most important aspects of saying farewell to a heroic character is in their death scene – it has to be memorable (and badass) enough so that it feels purposeful, but emotional enough to resonate.

Whereas filmmakers are pretty good at making sure great characters are given the deaths that they deserve, occasionally a movie death will come along that has you frowning at the screen with a dumb expression on your face, or tearing your hair out with the sheer insanity of it all. In the case of the 10 great movie heroes I’ve assembled for inclusion on this list, the filmmakers decided that it wasn’t really necessary to ensure that these characters went out with a bang, and opted instead to dispatch them with a lame, half-assed whimper. Sigh.

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This article was first posted on August 2, 2013