10 Movie Characters Who Should've Died (But Didn't)

Sometimes, dead is better. It's just a shame Batman didn't listen...

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It can be hard to say goodbye. When it comes to our favourite movie characters, it's difficult to see our heroes struggle and fall, perishing in the face of insurmountable evil. Hence Batman, still going strong after several lifetimes of beating up monstrous supervillains, or Rocky Balboa, doing relatively fine, even after all those Dolph Lundgren punches to the head.

Sometimes, our favourite movie studios will bite the bullet and let our poor heroes out of their misery, or sacrifice themselves for the greater good - see Wolverine in Logan, or a number of casualties in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame - but those are rare cases. Too often, fan-favourite characters will survive where it makes no sense, trudging on into indignity and irrelevance.

Here we take a look at ten characters who, by whatever plot logistics, managed to defy the odds and either survive, sidestep or completely avoid death, either through plot armour or vague hand-waving.

Fan-favourites though they may all be, each and every one will prove that sometimes, dead is better.


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