Tear Jerker / Mad Max

  • The deaths of Jessie and Sprog in the original film. Despite news that his wife might make it, the knowledge that his child is most certainly dead is what finally drives Max mad.
  • The death of Dog in The Road Warrior, mostly in its pointlessness. His offscreen yelp makes it more sad.
  • The fact that Max loses more and more with each passing film: Jessie, Sprog and Goose in the first film, his dog, the Pursuit Special in the second, his shotgun and jacket in the third and eventually his personhood in the forth.

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