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  • In "The Wolves of Saint August". The panel in which the young girl transforms into a werewolf in front of Kate Corrigan... (shudders).
  • The death of Vasilisa The Beautiful by Koschei The Deathless. Not only the fact that she is just a little girl that packs the punch, but the Baba Yaga is forcing Koschei into killing Hellboy by offering his own death in exchange... Koschei dies no less than three times in pursuit of Hellboy, all the while he is begging the Baba Yaga to just let him die with some dignity.
  • The death of Hellboy, of course.
    • In the same story line, when Hellboy finds that Alice has died, charred by flames that wouldn't kill him, but would kill a normal person in no time. Turns out it was only an illusion, but damn!
    • The flashback to when a young Hellboy asks Professor Bruttenholm if he's a monster. When the flashback ends, we see the adult Hellboy saddened by the memory of the Professor encouraging him to follow in Lobster Johnson's footsteps as a hero.
  • Mike Mignola really has a thing against gorillas and chimps. They always get killed in very creative ways... and they always cry for help... sometimes with a human voice. (sob)
  • In Hellboy's sister publication B.P.R.D., the death of Roger The Homunculus.
  • Abe finding out his backstory is pretty heartbreaking.
    • First, he discovers that he infected himself with his powers due to a Stable Time Loop ... five seconds before getting stabbed through the chest and nearly dying.
    • After recovering, he discovers his previous self's home and finds it haunted by the ghost of his former wife, who killed herself after his sudden disappearance. He has to convince her to move on and, after months of fighting a terrible war, deny her genuine requests to be reunited.
    • And then, in the Garden of Souls arc, he is reunited with associates from the Oannes Society ... only to discover that they - and he - were 100% invested in a plan to destroy the world and rule over the remains. This is followed by having to violently kill them all.
      Old Friend: Caul, the real Caul, understood! He would be right beside us!
  • "The Midnight Circus," where we have to endure the fear of seeing pre-badass paranormal investigator Hellboy as a child, alone, being scared out of his wits by a ghostly circus run by his uncle and half-sister and almost getting hanged by the ghosts of child murderers.
  • In The Devil You Know #6, Hellboy finds out that Thomas Manning, the director of the BPRD, and a long-time character whose first appearance was in the very first issue of Hellboy, is dying from some unmentioned disease. It becomes poignant when one recalls that when they parted ways almost 20 years before, Hellboy had chewed him out over the BPRD secretly implanting a bomb in Roger's generator. From his behavior it's evident that Hellboy has forgiven him for this, and their interaction makes it clear that even though he is his superior, he is also one of his oldest friends.
  • "The Sleeping and the Dead": The fate of the family the vampire targeted. The brother was forced to spend decades as The Renfield, his older sister was corrupted and turned into a vampire that joined in on the older one's preying of the village, and the youngest sister became the vampires' "plaything" and was turned into a hag-like monster. And they didn't do anything to deserve this, other than trust a man who showed up claiming to be a distant relative.
  • "Hellboy in Mexico": After spending some time drifting around Mexico with a trio of Masked Luchador brothers fighting vampires, Esteban, the one Hellboy had grown closest to, is kidnapped and turned into a bat-like monster. Hellboy is forced to Mercy Kill him. The experience is so traumatizing, Hellboy spends the next few months in a drunken haze.
    • In Hellboy and the BPRD: 1956 we find Hellboy just before the mission to Mexico... and his dog Mac has died. It seems a bit much, but at this point Hellboy is barely a teenager, if that, and his dog is dead and no one seems to care. And then he's sent down to Mexico, to meet Esteban and his brothers...
  • "Frankenstein: New World": Frankenstein encounters the mummified remains of Agent Ted Howards/Gall Dennar on his way to the surface world, with the corpse still holding the Hyperborean sword. The creature respectfully and reverently recounts Howards' legend and thanks him for his sacrifice before taking the sword, which is then followed by Howards' body crumbling to dust, possibly implying that some spark of Howards/Dennar remained to guard the sword until someone worthy enough would come along and take possession of it.

     First movie 

  • Professor Broom's death. He would have died anyway but still, Red wasn't ready yet. The worst may be that it was inevitable.
    • Poor Red isn't even allowed to officially attend the funeral as his existence was still being kept a secret and has to watch what he can from the shadows.
    • It is a testament to John Hurt's talent that the scene also triples as a Moment of Awesome and Heartwarming Moment.
    • The music score in this particular part.
    • Earlier in the film, after Abe finishes showing Broom what happened at the museum, Broom stumbles and we get this exchange:
    Abe: Professor? [grabs Broom to steady him, then gasps] Professor... You're very sick.
    Broom: I don't want Hellboy to know.
  • When Rasputin sucks out Liz' soul while Hellboy is bound in an unbreakable shackle. He is in sheer anguish. Not being there to stop his father being killed is bad enough, but it's worse when you are there, but can't do anything to stop it.
  • Hellboy's conversation with Liz. He would change the way he looks, but he can't. But, it brings smiles when he says "#1: I'll always look this good."
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     The Golden Army 
  • The forest god's death is very bittersweet, specifically the music that they played during the scene.
  • The death of Nuala. Abe doesn't even need to say how much he loves her.
    Abe: I never got the chance to tell you how I felt.
    Nuala: Give me your hand. (their hands touch, sharing a psychic connection) It's beautiful.
  • What makes it worse is Abe actually cries in this scene, and it isn't only the only time in the Del Toro franchise, but the ONLY TIME IN HIS LIFE.
  • Everyone reacting to Hellboy for the first time. They hate him! Even after he stopped the Forest God which nearly killed them, and no one cares. Even with Liz's effort to get them to realize he was trying to help.
  • How Hellboy feels about it.
    Hellboy: I stopped that...thing, and for what? They don't like me. They're afraid of me.
  • Just imagine. One day he's a hero for saving kittens from a Hellhound, and the next a plant monster nearly kills everyone and no one cares about that, they just care more about Hellboy being red. It's unfortunate how much the world changed.
  • It doesn't get much better when Liz tells him she wants to go out. Hellboy tries to get her to stay, and she doesn't do so.
  • After Liz kissed Hellboy on the head. It kinda looked like he was going to start crying towards the end of the scene.
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