Top 10 Movie Offscreen Deaths With Major Consequences

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Scarlett Goldstein

Scarlett Goldstein

Last updated:  2023-05-08 18:00:06

Films adore tragic death scenes. Therefore, numerous actors have strutted and worried during their time on stage before bowing out. Yet, they mostly had emotional deathbed speeches or mournful cries as they met their horrifying demises. However, others are quickly shuffled away when no one is looking. Although they died away from the eyes of the camera, their deaths served a significant purpose in the story. This top ten list is dedicated to unsung victims of movie magic, with the top ten off-screen deaths.

10. Cyclops in "X-Men: The Last Stand"

Ambiguous death of the X-Men leader

James Marsden's role in "The Last Stand" was cut short due to his decision to join Bryan Singer on "Superman Returns." However, that doesn't really explain how Cyclops is treated in the film. Weirdly, he vanishes after receiving a kiss from the revived Jean Grey and having something mysterious done to his face.

By the time the movie ends, no one has been able to locate him, assuming he is dead. Yes, it was as perplexing to watch as it is to describe. Fortunately, "Days of the Future Past" managed to right this wrong to a certain extent by erasing "The Last Stand" aftermath.  

9. Adrian Pennino/Balboa in "Rocky Balboa"

Rocky's pillar of confidence wasn't with him in his final movie

The "Rocky" film series fans were shocked when Talia Shire's quiet but steadfast Adrian Pennino was killed off-screen before the events of 2006's "Rocky Balboa." This was unexpected as the character played a crucial role in the first five "Rocky" movies.

Although she was in the script's early drafts, Stallone felt they lacked emotional punch (no pun intended), so he decided to kill off Adrian with Shire's approval. Rocky's widower status makes the aging boxer an endearingly tragic figure in "Balboa," and Adrian's passing also adds nuance to Rocky's own battle with cancer in 2015's "Creed." In fact, Rocky's loss was the audience's gain.

8. Jenny from "Forrest Gump"

People hated poor Jenny almost without any reason

Despite punishing Jenny for being an abused child, a lost woman, and—worst of all—a hippy, Forrest Gump treats Robin Wright's Jenny horribly by giving her a mysterious, fatal illness that was definitely not HIV. She only gives in and marries Forrest after losing all hope.

Furthermore, she isn't even given a death scene. Jenny isn't allowed to complain about the unfairness of her role because the movie cuts to Forrest speaking to her grave. Despite this, Jenny's treatment of poor Forrest earned her the unflattering title of being one of the all-time most despised movie characters.

7. Lupin and Tonks in "Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows: Part 2"

The brave pair of wizards fell in the Battle for Hogwarts

There is so much terrifying action during the crucial Battle of Hogwarts in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" that not every fatality can be recorded. That includes David Thewlis' portrayal of the wizard-werewolf Remus Lupin, along with his devoted wife, Nymphadora Tonks. Both of them are killed by Death Eaters while defending the world from Lord Voldemort and his allies.

Although Lupin played an essential role in the fan-favorite "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" book, he did not have a significant part afterward. Despite being fleeting, it was a solid decision to kill off Lupin and Tonks so that we could see how they perished together, fighting for what they believed in.

6. Mamá Coco, "Coco"

Matron Rivera is a favorite character in the movie

Ana Ofelia Murguia portrays the elderly and frail Mamá Coco Rivera, who has memory problems but is still a happy and upbeat figure for her young grandson Miguel Rivera (Anthony Gonzalez). However, Mamá Coco passes away off-screen near the film's conclusion. Therefore, the family's ofrenda features her picture in a revered spot.

Coco can get in touch with her deceased family members in the afterlife. The family can traverse to the Land of the Living to witness their family's final musical performance while they are still alive.

5. Jack Twist, "Brokeback Mountain"

Forbidden romances usually don't end up well

Wyoming cowboys Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) start a long-lasting secret relationship in "Brokeback Mountain" after working a sheep herding job in 1963. Even though both men eventually wed women to maintain their façades, neither is genuinely content. In the end, Jack puts forward the idea of beginning a life together, but Ennis is reluctant to uproot his young family.

Instead, they had an intermittent relationship before Jack perished tragically in a car accident. Ennis finds it impossible to stop thinking melancholy about his lover losing his life in a hate crime. Whatever the circumstances, it makes for a bittersweet conclusion to a bittersweet romance.

4. Agatha, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

The sweet baker girl with the scar left without a send-off

"The Grand Budapest Hotel," a Wes Anderson adventure, follows hotel owner Zero Moustafa as he progresses from a struggling bellhop in 1932 to a prosperous hotel owner in 1968. Teenage Zero (Tony Revolori) and Agatha, a scarred apprentice baker, embark on a series of adventures that ultimately lead to a closer relationship.

It is revealed in the 1968 version of Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham) that Agatha and their infant son both died of the flu. He chooses to recall her as she was when they first met, and thankfully, we are spared from seeing a flashback to her final moments.

3. Newt And Hicks, "Alien 3"

Brutal beginning of the third "Alien" movie

Rebecca "Newt" Jorden (Carrie Henn) and Corporal Dwayne Hicks (Michael Biehn), two of Ellen Ripley's Aliens coworkers, did not make it out of their cryo-sleep in time to appear in "Alien 3". The Sulaco, the team's ship, crash-lands on the planet Fiorina 161, a maximum security prison for men, but Newt and Hicks' cryo-pods immediately catch fire as they enter the planet's atmosphere. 

Unfortunately, only Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and Bishop's (Lance Henriksen) detached head survive the collision. During a brief credits sequence, we catch a glimpse of Newt and Hicks' passing. Still, Fiorina 161 doctor Jonathan Clemens (Charles Dance) confirms to a tearful Ripley that they are gone.

2. Llewelyn Moss, "No Country for Old Men"

You can't escape from fate, no matter how hard you try

Llewelyn Moss, the implicit lead character in "No Country for Old Men," unexpectedly meets his unavoidable demise off-screen. Moss has stolen $2 million in drug money and has so far managed to avoid both the hitman Anton Chigurh hired to recover the money and the local sheriff Ed Tom Bell.

We cut away after the married Llewelyn checks into a motel in El Paso and strikes up a flirtatious conversation with a young woman by the pool. Just as shots are fired, and a pickup truck pulls away from the motel, Ed Tom Bell can be seen moving toward the action. Llewelyn and his pool buddy have died as Carla Jean, Llewelyn's wife, appears. She and Ed are both shocked, a reaction we share.

1. Tracy Mills in "Se7en"

Playing the family ended up bad for the poor Tracy

In the bizarre David Fincher film "Seven," grizzled Detective Lieutenant William Somerset (Morgan Freeman), who is one week from retirement, teams up with intense younger cop David Mills (Brad Pitt). Together, they look into a string of violent killings (and some violent not-quite-murders) modeled after the seven deadly sins in the Bible.

The murderer, John Doe (Kevin Spacey), turns himself in at their office as Mills and Somerset close in, his hands covered in blood. He directs them to a location in the desert where a delivery van leaves a box marked "Fragile." Doe informs Mills that the box contains Tracy's severed head as Somerset opens it. David resists as long as he can before giving in and handing John Doe over to his judgment. The most memorable and moving scene in a very, very memorable and moving film is probably Tracy's off-screen death.

Death can contribute to a moving and unforgettable scene in a movie when depicted and handled sensitively. However, there are times when great characters are eliminated in dreadful ways, and their demise isn't even depicted. Despite the adage "show, don't tell," off-screen deaths frequently emphasize the plot points of the films in question.

Which movie off-screen death is your favorite? What fatalities would you include on the list?

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