13 games where the main character dies

Sometimes the hero doesn’t always get the significant other, off the baddie with a bazooka or walk into a piercing sunset smoking one of Cuba’s finest stogies. No, sometimes they just die. Horribly.

If you like GAME-RUINING SPOILERS, by all means keep reading. If not, run like the wind.

Modern Warfare 1 & 2 (Paul Jackson/Gary "Roach" Sanderson)

Wait, what? You’re telling us the two main faceless protagonists of Infinity Ward’s megaton shooters buy the farm. Well kiss our grits and call them gravy. As devastating as this totally shocking bombshell no doubt is to you, both Sergeant Jackson and Roach fall foul of a nuclear bomb and… eh, Lance Henriksen.

Above: Don’t f*ck with Bishop

But that’s why Infinity Ward crafted Captain Price’s commie-hating moustache and Soap’s Mohawk of Jock justice. To drag us kicking and screaming through the grief and then gently cradle us in their manly hair follicles afterwards. Hmmmm, moustachey.

Above: Just what you want to see during your final minutes

Dino Crisis 2 (Dylan)

It’s always the innocent-looking 80s supercomputers that get you in the end, eh? We can spend hours fighting off raptors, those spitty bastards and the one with a Cretaceous dick so big it can pick up a T-rex in its shitting mouth. But put our time-travelling hero and his newly discovered daughter up against a falling motherboard and a couple of 500lb graphics cards and the game is well and truly up.

Above: Supercomputers - Nature's most deadly killer

Such a sad fate waits our semi beloved Dylan in Capcom’s Triceratops-obsessed shooter. After beating said dinosaur with the sizeable Johnson with some sort of death laser, the poor fella’s daughter has her leg crushed. Refusing to travel back to the present with his partner Regina, he heroically lets himself get splatted alongside his sprog. Regina totally promises to come back for them once she builds another time machine, though. We just have to wait for Dino Crisis 4. Yeah, it’s coming any minute now.

Above: Won't somone think of the dinosaurs?

God of War trilogy (Kratos)

How does one define being dead? The absence of a heartbeat? Not crying when Mufasa carks it in the Lion King? Finding yourself playing Twister with the Grim Reaper in the pits of Hell? The last one sounds pretty much on the money to us. So by that definition the Ghost of Sparta has bitten the big one at least three times.

Above: The dictionary definition of being dead

In the first God of War he gets impaled by a sword thanks to a ridiculously good throw by Ares (seriously, the thing travels like 14 miles). He then has to climb out of the bowels of Hades. Indeed, Kratos becomes so accustomed to visiting the Underworld over the course of the trilogy, he probably gets frequent flyer miles every time he visits. And that’s before we even mention the whole impromptu intestinal surgery with a six foot sword at the end of GOWIII. So yeah, the dude mingles with death and the afterlife a lot. It just never seems to stick.

Above: To Kratos, this is just a paper cut


  • Vaelris Scholar - December 31, 2012 11:32 p.m.

    Spoiler Alert! More Video Game main characters who died: Serah - Final Fantasy XIII-2 The entire cast of Digital Devil Saga 2 (except for the two children, who were minor characters) Dom - Gears of War 3 Noble Six - Halo Reach Corvo Attano - Dishonored (grave shown in the endings) Detective Cole Phelps - L.A. Noire Technically, all of Desmond's ancestors in the Assassin's Creed series - that's why they are called ancestors. Oh, and - spoilers- Desmond himself now. The Hero of Ferelden OR Alistair - Dragon Age Origins (If you don't do Morrigan's ritual) Adam Jensesn - Deus Ex: Human Revolution (If you destroy the Facility and everyone in it) The Original Snake/Big Boss - Metal Gear Solid 4
  • SGTBillyShears - November 18, 2011 8:42 p.m.

    It was roach and ghost that were burned alive, the person undercover was Joesph Allen
  • JosefMotley - September 26, 2010 1:11 p.m.

    @evident dead (rather late i know)... his name is tidus. TIDUUUUUUUS. i wrote it as "titus" to MOCK YOU. you know mocking? also, i did like FFX. i just thought FFX2 was more fun and had more replay value. simple. so much of FFX is walking in a straight line grinding whilst tiresomely swapping all your characters so they all gain EXP.
  • gazcar8 - August 11, 2010 12:34 p.m.

    what about crisis core - final fantasy?
  • epicdominican91 - July 9, 2010 6:16 p.m.

  • filyblunt - July 7, 2010 9:47 a.m.

    u forgot tiger woods, he dies right at the end of the pga tour, he gets ran over by a golf cart, women eh, nightmare
  • roari - July 7, 2010 2:51 a.m.

    doesn't matter if somebody already add it, but, Nariko the main character in Heavenly Sword Die at the end.
  • Ravenbom - July 6, 2010 5:14 p.m.

    Mario dies at the end of Donkey Kong and so do other classic characters at the "kill screen" in all the classic arcade games.
  • MassEffect2 - July 6, 2010 3:07 p.m.

    Boba Fett did not die in the Sarlacc, not even close.
  • Shrody - July 5, 2010 7:08 p.m.

    I was so dissapointed at Marstons death. I really hate playing as his son. Rockstar, please fix outfit changing at Marston ranch.
  • The_Tingler - July 5, 2010 3:04 a.m.

    GamesRadar - when you say "spoilers ahead", could you PLEASE mention WHAT GAMES ARE HAVING THEIR ENDINGS SPOILED?
  • killedtofast - July 5, 2010 2:58 a.m.

    i found an ending in fallout 3 that when the Col. has you in the cell if you tell him the code he says thanks for helping yur country and shoots you. (the one time it had happened to me the col. shoot my leg off the my head in two shoots and i had four hundrend something health) i think the rule there is dont be a snitch.... or a good duy:(
  • tichtat - July 5, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    Without broken steel, The Lone Wanderer dies at the end of fallout 3.
  • marvelfan125 - July 4, 2010 4:45 p.m.

    don't forget one of the biggest characters in gaming the master chief dies at the end of Halo 3
  • Basilisk1991 - July 4, 2010 12:15 a.m.

    Mass Effect 2, Sheperd dies at the beginning
  • Killadis9 - July 3, 2010 10 p.m.

    God Dammit John Marston you just could have surendered. Now I have to play as his stupid son. Anyway that was the worst ending ever it was heart breaking and trajic. And in resistance 2 Hale was just stupid to not use the meds and was scary at end
  • Forsakenday - July 3, 2010 6:03 p.m.

    I think a good one would've been Fallout 3. Your character can die depending on the choice you make and if you don't have Broken Steel. I thought the Fallout 3 ending was epic.
  • beastman567 - July 3, 2010 4:22 p.m.

    What about resistance 2?
  • ComradeKhani - July 3, 2010 1:36 a.m.

    To Its_JKro, you can even die b4 the end of ME2 when you do Samaras loyalty mission. If you do allow Morinth to seduce you, your character dies.
  • Doctalen - July 2, 2010 6:02 p.m.

    Depending on how your look at things, if you suck at Pokemon, you whole team could "die" dozens upon dozens of times.

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