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June 04 2015

How to make a character's death sadder

the-right-writing:

  1.  Don’t have them die of old age after a long, fulfilling life. Many people don’t even think of this as sad (note that this can still work if you have enough of the other factors).
  2.  Leave one of their major goals unfinished. The more enthusiastic they are about completing the goal, the sadder.
  3.  Give them strong relationships with other characters.
  4.  Make them fight against whatever is causing their death. Their ultimate loss is sadder if they struggle.
  5.  Kill them in the middle of their character arc.
  6.  Don’t describe their funeral in detail. Maybe it’s just me, but I find that long descriptions of funerals kill the sadness.

stevraybro:

    That’s enough Satan’s publisher…

    shuttle-fly-blogs:

    7. If possible, try to kill them off in the middle of the story, so we had time to like them and we will have time to let the loss settle in.

    8. Also, place surviving characters in a situation where having the deceased person there would help them get out. You can choose whether you will point this fact out or if you want the audience to make the connection themselves.

    peachdoxie:

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    thehellspawnhero:

    9. Make them die by sacrificing themselves to save someone they love from a danger created by the antagonist.

    socialjusticeprincesses:

    based on a few deaths that made me blub like a baby…

    10. have their loved one, broken hearted, tell the team to stop fighting because “its over.” 

    11. have their pet come looking for them. 

    12. have their loved one perform a popular song at their funeral so it makes the fans cry whenever it’s played.

    13. family witnessing the death and/or blaming themselves.

    ~ Mulan

    asbehsam:

    so… let’s add some frustration to your dear readers’ sadness, shall we?

    14. kill the character in the middle of making a joke, smiling, or expressing/experiencing joy/happiness.

    15. make the character’s death slow and painful, but make them unable to call out for help even though they can literally see the other characters nearby.

    16. after killing the character, have others think the character had betrayed them so they’d always hate them and remember them as traitors and never say nice things about them… Give your readers no chance to have group-therapy with other characters by making them the only ones who know the truth.

    17. right before their death, show a side of them nobody has seen. (someone who is always tough and brave being genuinely scared of dying alone; someone who is always laughing being in tears before dying, etc.)

    18. make them the only person who knows a big important secret that would help other characters in the story.

    19. have them being lied to before dying. (thinking they’ve been betrayed; thinking they weren’t loved; thinking they’ve lost their loved ones, etc)

    20. make the character very enthusiastic/passionate about a certain goal, constantly put stress on their goal, have them die unexpectedly before they can reach their goal. 

    and the best one…

    21. have another beloved character kill them–better be a close friend to your character, one that absolutely nobody suspects, one that everyone can’t help but love, one who is always enthusiastic about things and encourages your character. THEN

    • reveal the truth only later when it’s too late and the a-hole character has already escaped.
    • have a cowardly character know the truth and never tell anyone else
    • have another character find out the truth and have them die before revealing it to others. 
    • have the said character ^ not actually die, but go through something so they’d forget the friend of the deceased character is actually an asshole. 

    This way only your readers will know the truth, thus the frustration would be… most enjoyable for you. 

    Satan out.

    sundownwinter:

    22. Don’t kill their body.  Kill their mind.

    Leave the physical shell walking and talking, but strip out everything that made that person who they were.  Make them forget all about their loved ones, themselves, their experiences and past, their skills, and have them have to start over completely from scratch.  Physical and mental disabilities bonus points.

    And keep them in a place where their loved ones will be taunted every day by a living ghost.

    Reposted fromAceluz Aceluz

    May 10 2015

    thatsridicarus
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    wasted chicken nuggets is sadder than you think

    the last panels are probably how 30-yr-olds view 20-yr-olds
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    March 09 2015

    thatsridicarus
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    nikewomen:

    Not moving is sad.

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    January 23 2015

    thatsridicarus

    monobeartheater:
    ripppedfuel:
    thelightofnight:
    nicoffeine:

    OH MY GOSH

    I have two hands and three foods.

    Oh poor little dude

    I HAVE NEVER SEEN AN ANIMAL LOOK MORE DISTRESSED

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    December 11 2014

    grabbidyballs:

    smattenhove:

    cacen:

    teapartyasian:

    Is there a word that’s a mix between angry and sad

    malcontented, disgruntled, miserable, desolated

    smad.

    there are two types of people

    November 02 2014

    thatsridicarus

    October 26 2014

    thatsridicarus
    The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.
    — T.H. White, The Once and Future King (via austinkleon)

    October 15 2014

    thatsridicarus
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    October 12 2014

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    darning-socks:

    You’re allowed to be sad, but please don’t think that nobody loves you.

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    October 07 2014

    thatsridicarus

    October 06 2014

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    September 18 2014

    imaginethedarkerside:

    dunflower:

    u know someone is having a rough day when their favorite song plays and they don’t sing along

    No one will understand how much this just broke my heart.

    Right in the feels

    September 04 2014

    thatsridicarus

    gravityfallssims:

    lyronixtv:

    xhydralisk:

    yuzuhana:

    Feels ;~; 

    Adults are just kids who’ve grown older.

    Wow, I just fucking cried. Mission Accomplished, friend, you made me cry. And I don’t cry often. Fuck.

    OMG this is how I feel about my one friend! I felt like crying half way into it. :(

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    August 24 2014

    thatsridicarus
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    Tina had this dream and it was heartbreaking. PLUS when she woke up she was accompanied with a sad song that she recorded & it goes well with the sadness.

    May 30 2014

    thatsridicarus
    Potion. by Endling on deviantART
    "A short comic introducing some new characters of mine. I hope to be able to draw more of them in the future. I've got webcomics on the brain again.. "
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    April 30 2014

    thatsridicarus
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    Harry Potter Fans:

    Notice he gets sadder with the passing of time...

    He since he was a little boy had much weight on him.

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    April 01 2014

    Every prank has a sad story
    Even if it's as shallow as the prank itself.
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    March 23 2014

    thatsridicarus
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    steven-universe-confessions:

    It makes me worry to see how Steven will do in worse situations and how the Gems will react.

    I didn't cry in this episode but gotta admit this whole thing is an emotional roller coaster with hills and valleys.

    March 16 2014

    what do u mean this gift is not for me?

    my heart is broken

    (via princess-of-pieces)

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    March 05 2014

    thatsridicarus
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