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5 Fictional Characters Who Were Killed Off for Absolutely No Reason

Fictional characters do this annoying thing where they sometimes die, and they do it right when you were getting attached to them. Usually, authors have REASONS for killing off characters, including but not limited to “it was necessary to move the plot forward” and also “THE SYMBOLISM.” 

But other times, authors kill off characters for no reason other than “Why not?” The character’s death serves no greater purpose, none at all, besides making you feel vaguely sad for the rest of the day so that all your normal activities (eating tacos, doing homework, summoning demons, whatever it is you do in your spare time) are tinged with melancholy. Here are just five characters whose deaths were as random as they were unnecessary.

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