10 Video Games That Killed Off The Wrong Character

The Arkham games had nowhere to go after Joker died.

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Death is everywhere these days. Whether it's a movie, TV show, or video game, it seems that every piece of media released in the past decade has been designed to kill off as many characters as it can.

So why do so many get it wrong?

Killing a character can be a good thing, if it's done right. If not then it leaves the audience dejected, mad, and more importantly feeling just that little bit robbed. Worse than that sometimes the death is so egregious that it can single-handedly ruin an entire franchise in one fell swoop.

After all there's nothing worse than getting attached to a character, growing with them through multiple instalments of a series, and watching them develop as the story goes on - only for for them to be ripped away for no good reason at all. Especially when there are so many other, worse characters that could have taken that bullet.

Whether they were killed for reasons good or bad, the following characters bit the dust one way or another, and their respective series have simply never been the same.

10. Lilith & Maya - Borderlands 3

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Borderlands 3 arrived late last year and... has pretty much been forgotten about by everybody. While the premium looter shooter will never make its way onto any 'Top Ten Narratives in Video Games' list, it still tries. Apparently that involves killing off at least one fan favourite character per game, like all storytelling should aim to do.

Due to the narrative genius of Gearbox, it isn't just one, but two Vault hunters that die this time around.

The problem isn't that Maya and Lilith get the axe - it's that there are SO many worse characters the game could have chosen instead.

Ava is annoying, she's always in the way, and she complains at every step of her journey. Not only that, but then the game tries to claim she's one of its most important characters, and just gives her Maya's powers. Wonderful work Gearbox, hilarious joke.

It's as if one of the writers said 'we need to kill someone, fans love that', then made the voice actors play a game of Russian roulette. The twist being every cylinder was loaded and only the fun characters were allowed to play.


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