8 Emotional Video Game Deaths (We Couldn't Help Laughing At)

7. Sonic (Sonic '06)

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Now we can argue until we're blue in the spikes about just how emotional the death and then resurrection of a six foot tall anthropomorphic hedgehog with a penchant for corn dogs and gold rings is, given the wider context of Sonic making his passing utterly ludicrous, but it was at least the intention.

Towards the end of the still-derided '06 instalment of Sonic The Hedgehog, players were hit with a genuinely surprising twist: their beloved hero was brown bread. Killed by the title's villain, everyone gathers around to mourn Sonic and his massive shoes.

This, on the face of it, isn't too bad. It's melodramatic, sure, but not too shocking. Then, though, the (very human, remember that for later) princess claims to have felt Sonic's presence floating like a turd in the wind, and the surviving gang sets out to find the chaos emeralds.

They do, and in the weirdest resurrection scene, the (again, very human) princess begs for Sonic to come back, kisses his dead body, light shines from their mouths and Sonic jolts back to life, now transformed into a super saiyan.


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Benjamin was born in 1987, and is still not dead. He variously enjoys classical music, old-school adventure games (they're not dead), and walks on the beach (albeit short - asthma, you know). He's currently trying to compile a comprehensive history of video game music, yet denies accusations that he purposefully targets niche audiences. He's often wrong about these things.