10 Movie Sequels That Brought Characters Back In The Worst Way Possible

10. Galahad - Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Kingsman The Golden Circle Colin Firth

Matthew Vaughn's original Kingsman film wasn't only surprising because it somehow managed to make an R-rated throwback to '60s spy films relevant and successful in a modern film climate, but also because it managed to turn Colin Firth into a bona-fide action star.

Playing secret agent Galahad, Firth's role was short but sweet, acting as a mentor to main protagonist Eggsy and then going out in a blaze of glory after the best action set-piece in the film. His death proved once and for all that Kingsman wasn't f***ing about, and packed a dramatic punch under its irreverent tendencies.

Perhaps realising just how great Galahad was, the writers brought him back from the dead in the sequel, thanks to an experimental medical treatment that cures bullet wounds to the head. The consequence was that the agent forgot who he was in the sequel, and was confined to a cell for his own good.

The fantastical revival was inline with the fiction Kingsman adores so much, but it did cheapen the impact of his "death" quite considerably. Likewise, it also resulted in a cliche-ridden amnesia plot, a narrative thread which you'd expect a series like this to subvert, rather than play straight.

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