fictional characters The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves  

Ann Casano
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List Rules Characters from film, television, and literature who sacrificed themselves. Vote up the best characters whose sacrifice meant the most.

They all paid the ultimate price. In that defining moment, each of these characters who sacrificed their lives and died for the benefit of others. Some came from the world film, others from television, and a few came from literature. These are the best fictional characters who sacrificed themselves.

Heroic sacrifice in fiction has been around for a long time. The bible tells the story of Jesus Christ, who died on the cross so that his people’s sins could be forgiven. That same narrative is still used today in multi-million-dollar blockbuster movies.

Many of the characters on this list were severely flawed. But when the time came to give up everything, they saw the light and met their redemptive deaths. Others on this list were always heroes, set out to make their world a better place, and always knew that their end would come for a greater purpose. Good or bad, protagonist or villain, they all died a hero's death.

Make your voice heard. Vote up for your favorite fictional characters who sacrifice themselves.

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Hodor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Hodor Game of Thrones - Holds the door against the White Walkers, sacrificing himself to save Bran.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Obi-Wan let Darth Vader kill him in order to drive the Rebel forces to defeat the Dark Side.

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Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Gandalf The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Lord of the Rings, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Fell with the Balrog in order to pass the moral test and help his friends.

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Spock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Spock Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Spock fixed the Enterprise to allow it to escape but was killed from radiation poisoning.  

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Jesus Christ is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Jesus Christ The Bible - According to the Bible, Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried for the sins of his people.

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Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Darth Vader Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi - Darth Vader saved his son Luke from the Emperor and got blasted by lightening.

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Harry S. Stamper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Harry S. Stamper Armageddon - Harry manually triggered the bomb to save the world even though A.J. drew the short straw.

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King Leonidas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
King Leonidas Meet the Spartans, 300, The 300 Spartans - Leonidas, with his army of 300 Spartans, fought a battle that they knew they would lose.

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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
The Iron Giant The Iron Giant - In order to save the town of Rockwell, he took the explosives and flew them into the stratosphere.

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Walt Kowalski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Walt Kowalski Gran Torino - Walt got the gangsters to shoot him in front of several witnesses so they would go to jail.

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Terminator is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Terminator Terminator - The Terminator destroyed himself in order to prevent Judgment Day.

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Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Ellen Ripley Alien, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection - Ripley threw herself into a fire so the Weyland-Yutani Corporation couldn't use her alien embryo.

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Léon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Léon Léon: The Professional - Léon created an escape path for Mathilda and blew up Stansfield and himself with a grenade.

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Pvt. Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Pvt. Vasquez Aliens - Took her own life rather than get captured and impregnated by Xenomorphs.

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Shosanna Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Shosanna Dreyfus Inglourious Basterds - Burned in the theater in order to kill Hitler and the Nazis.

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Mags is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Mags The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Ran into the poisonous fog so Katniss, Peeta, and Finnick could live.

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Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Charlie Pace Lost - Deactivated the jamming signal so his friends could get rescued and drowned in the process.

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Chuck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Chuck The Maze Runner - Chuck from The Maze Runner took a bullet for Thomas.

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Dr. Robert Neville is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Dr. Robert Neville The Omega Man, I Am Legend - Blew himself up with the zombies to protect the vaccine.

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Damien Karras is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Damien Karras The Exorcist - The priest exorcised the demon but afterwards jumped to his death to save the world.

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Miles Bennett Dyson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Miles Bennett Dyson Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Blew up Skynet Headquarters and himself in order to destroy the deadly research.

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Pvt. Witt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Pvt. Witt The Thin Red Line - Drew gunfire so the rest of his unit had time to escape the Japanese invasion.

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Cinder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Cinder Engines of War - In Engines of War, Cinder was shot saving Doctor Who.

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Jack Dawson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Jack Dawson Titanic - Jack gave his love Rose the entire door to float on so only he would perish in the freezing water.

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Jack Shephard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Jack Shephard Lost: Missing Pieces, Lost, Lost - Restored the golden light and saved the island knowing he would die from electromagnetism.

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Robert Jordan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Robert Jordan For Whom the Bell Tolls - Blew up the bridge in order to save the Allies from the surging fascists.

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Eden McCain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Eden McCain Heroes - Eden killed herself so the evil Sylar wouldn't be able to take her power to influence.

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Sydney Carton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Sacrificed Themselves
Sydney Carton A Tale of Two Cities, A Tale of Two Cities - Saves the man that Lucie loves from execution by replacing him in his prison cell.