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5 Minor Character Death Films That Make Guys Cry

Firefilm | 18 Feb 2015 09:00
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Many movies kill off minor characters, but only a few get guys to the point they get all teary.

The goal of this series is to show that being "manly" and being disconnected with your emotions do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. While the approach to these articles is one of comedy and satire, the emotional core of these movies is very valid. Manly movies often times have the potential to make guys cry, for example:

"Death of Minor Characters"

Usually in film the threat of mortality is directed either towards the main protagonist or to their love interest. Without time to focus on backstory or fleshing out complexities, deaths of minor characters just can't hold any real weight because the audience isn't as invested in them. But like any exception to the rule, there are some deaths of minor characters that hit us so hard their passing becomes one of the more memorable parts of the film they hailed from. Refusing to go silent into that good night, or the stay in the background while the main characters take all the spotlight, here's a list of minor characters who's deaths rocked us to the core.
1. Hellboy - Agent Clay

Many remember the death of Hellboy's dad, but to be fair that's a death of a major character. The death that always keeps me from sleeping soundly was Agent Clay. This was the BPRD agent working with Hellboy, most remembered for talking with the big red guy about his recent hair implants. "So what?" you ask, if some random character dies while Ron Perlman is doing his thing? Well, here's why this death in particular was so haunting.

Clay's brief, mundane chat with Hellboy solidifies how little we regard coworkers until they suddenly aren't there anymore. When he is brutalized by an undead biomechanical Nazi nightmare, it's not so much that we didn't expect it. It hits home because he isn't even the hero. He's just a normal guy with a less-than-normal job, and a personal life that the big red guy can only dream of.

On top of that, the bad guy did his deed while basically hugging Agent Clay, stabbing him in the guts at lightning speed while we get to watch the poor guy's shock and horror cross his face. While the dialogue in the movie said Clay "probably won't make it through the night," Del Toro explained that yes, Clay did in fact die from this nightmare encounter.

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