-> ''No man should have to outlive his fictional wizard! '''No Man!''' ''
-->-- '''Homer Simpson''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "The Haw-Hawed Couple"

Fans can be a strange lot. They get really invested in the show they are watching, they come to empathise with and care for the characters. They come to see them as friends. Sometimes this gets taken to a strange place.

When a fictional character dies, there is often a very emotional response. In fact it can often lead to the sorts of public displays of affection that we might expect for a major public figure.

This can either be a sign of a great writer, or a terrible one. Either the [[TearJerker death struck a chord deep and meaningful]] or the fans become enraged that TheyJustDidntCare. In any case, sometimes it almost seems to border on DaydreamBeliever with how "real" the character's death feels.

'''As this trope is about reactions to character deaths, here be spoilers.'''
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* A real life funeral was held for Raoh of ''FistOfTheNorthStar''. Though it was more of a publicity stunt.
* From TheOtherWiki on AshitaNoJoe:
--> "When the fans of the series saw the death of Rikiishi, there was a special funeral for him. In March 1970, about 700 people packed the streets dressed in black, wearing black armbands and ribbons with flowers and incense, participated in the funeral. The event was called for by poet Shuuji Terayama. The service was conducted in a full scale boxing ring watched over by a Buddhist priest."
* A LOT of TengenToppaGurrenLagann fans were heavily affected by one of three deaths: [[spoiler:[[MemeticBadass Kamina]], [[TheLancer Kittan]], or [[TheWoobie Nia]].]]
* When [[spoiler:the Sailor Scouts die]] in the two-episode finale to the first season of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', children in Japan were so upset by this that they made themselves sick.
* ''{{Kannagi}}'''s Japanese readers provided an alarming example when Nagi's former lover showed up. The mere ''possibility'' that she might not be a virgin caused widespread outrage; there's been much speculation that this contributed to the manga's long hiatus shortly thereafter. (The author has serious health problems, but two and a half ''years''?) What really makes this ridiculous is that Nagi only looks like a young girl -- she's actually an ancient goddess.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* When {{Superman}} (temporarily) died, a lot of fans went crazy with apparent grief. Despite the fact he's a Comic Book character and it was therefore inevitable when he came back to life a few months later.
** Given how broad Superman's sphere of public awareness, most of the mourners were ''non''-comic book fans, while the GenreSavvy regular readers were more shocked that [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt they actually did it]], still it's a mark of how much said savviness has grown over the years: Superman's death made national news. Batman's death, fifteen years later, went mostly unnoticed outside of the DC readership.[[note]]Possibly because the same [[ComicBook/FinalCrisis series]] where Batman "died" also revealed (in the very next issue following his "death") that he was merely sent back in time to the ancient past.[[/note]] There was still some interest; if any superheroes can breach the mainstream, it's Superman and Batman. CaptainAmerica's assassination made a few ripples, too.
* When Flattop, a villain of all people, finally died in the original ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' strip, fans staged a funeral for him.
* Actual news shows reported on the death of CaptainAmerica in 2007. Fans, who were much smarter, knew he'd be back eventually, which he did of course.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* When ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'' premiered in Japan in 1995 and [[spoiler:Godzilla died]], a huge funeral was held for him on national television with many of the people behind the series in attendance. Even CNN was abuzz about it.
* While the Browncoat fan community was very pleased to have a follow-up movie made of the short-running TV series ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', director Joss Whedon's decision to kill off [[spoiler:Wash, one of the most popular characters, who [[PluckyComicRelief should have had]] [[PlotArmor plot armor]]]], ultimately ruined the joy of having Film/{{Serenity}} for many fans. [[spoiler: Shepard Book's death, while also sad to many,]] had a muted reaction at least in comparison, probably since viewers ''usually'' get fixated on a single character.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Young men in London wore black mourning bands on their arms after SherlockHolmes died in "The Final Problem." Then they made Conan Doyle resurrect him.
* When SienkiewiczTrilogy was originally published, the death of [[spoiler: Longinus]] is said to have inspired a similar response. Old pious ladies asked for masses to be held for the peace of his soul.
* The death of Little Nell in Creator/CharlesDickens's ''The Old Curiosity Shop''.
* Sirius Black's death in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' caused extreme grief in the fanbase -- a popular avatar/signature saying shortly after the book's release was "JK took my love away; I am still in mourning." The fact that his death was never really explained, as it involved magic only seen in that scene, didn't help.
** Some fans were vocally unhappy when Dumbledore died in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince the following book]].
** Not to mention [[EnsembleDarkhorse Fred, Lupin and Tonks]] in Book 7. Oh, and Snape due to his role in everything.
* OlderThanSteam: Richard Barber, in his ''The Knight and Chivalry'', notes that people used to get ''really'' emotionally invested in {{Chivalric Romance}}s (the ones parodied in ''Literature/DonQuixote'') and recounts a 16th-century anecdote about a man who returns home, only to find his family in tears and despair. He asks them if anyone died, and they answer that, indeed, [[KnightInShiningArmor Amadis Of Gaul]] (a protagonist of a particularly popular romance) did. Even if it's just a joke, there were also recorded real-life cases of people [[DaydreamBeliever swearing by the Bible that their favorite romances actually happened]], so such mourning, comparably mild, was probably quite frequent.
* HerculePoirot's [[http://www.poirot.us/obituary.php obituary was at the front pages of]] the [[AmericanNewspapers New York Times]] (August 6, 1975).
* ''[[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire A Song of Ice and Fire]]'', all over the place. It's become something of a game for book-readers to film the reactions of people who have only watched [[Series/GameOfThrones the show]] to the more brutal scenes. Particularly infamous are [[spoiler:Ned's death and the Red Wedding.]]

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[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* When Ianto Jones died in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', a spontaneous memorial was constructed by fans outside the supposed entrance to Torchwood where it remains to this day. They also raised a lot of money for charity in memory of Ianto.
* When Mrs. Landingham died on ''TheWestWing'', she was eulogized in Congress.
* Daniel Jackson's [[BackFromTheDead first]] [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence real]] [[DeathIsCheap death]] in ''Series/StargateSG1'' didn't make the fans sad... it made them downright angry! So they made a website and eventually got him back. Then the ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' writers thought they'd do it again with Beckett...
** Beckett's fans actually donated a large amount of money to a Save the Turtles foundation in his memory after the character had mentioned liking turtles ''once''. He [[CloningBlues too]] made his way back to the show.
* The death of Maid Marian on the BBC's ''Series/RobinHood'' was met with abject fury, a flood of complaints, and a ''lot'' of suspicious behind-the-scenes dealings (including the resignation of the writer and co-creator who wrote the episode in which she died). The writers/producers seemed to have realized just how spectacularly they fucked up, as the third season was given little publicity and a terrible time-slot, and after the ratings dropped exponentially the show was duly canceled.
* An odd villainous example: When General Black of ''Series/KamenRider'' was killed, the children who lived in the same neighborhood as General Black's actor gave him flowers. To the actor, this was when he first realized that Kamen Rider was actually popular.
* When ''Series/BreakingBad'' ended, some fans took out an obituary for Walter White in the Albuquerque Journal, and a mock funeral was held for charity. People weren't mourning [[VillainProtagonist Walt himself]] so much as the show, which he personified.

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[[folder: Radio ]]

* When Grace Archer died in ''Radio/TheArchers'' a surprising amount of people sent her husband flowers and condolences cards care of the BBC.
** The Grace Archer story was parodied in a TV episode of ''HancocksHalfHour''. The producers of Hancock's radio soap are delighted to have got rid of him until they realize how much public grief his character's death has caused, and then he has them over a barrel.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Aeris' death in ''FinalFantasyVII'' caused this, to the point that many people were desperately hoping that there was some way (or point) she could/would be revived, even to this day. This was a particularly effective one, partly due to how far technology had advanced in gaming (making the death scene even more poignant) and partly since the writers actually ''set out'' to invoke this reaction (they succeeded...a little too well, some might say). Other ''FinalFantasy'' games before and since also had this response at times, but Aeris's to this day remains the strongest.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Happens '''a LOT''' in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. In general, at least one of the deaths in the series will get to you. People have had mental breakdowns because their favorite character died. Fans certainly are weird.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* When [[TransformersGenerationOne Optimus Prime]] died in TheMovie, young fans were crying, and sent letters asking for him to return. The fact that most of the previous cast also died apparently didn't affect them as much.
** This actually ended up causing some ExecutiveMeddling in the GIJoe movie that was about to be released soon after, originally Serpentor was going to kill Duke, but after the fan reaction to Optimus' death they quickly dubbed in a few lines saying he was only put in a coma instead.
** During ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', it was Dinobot's HeroicSacrifice that hit the fans hard.
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