Superhero TV’s 15 Most Underwhelming Death Scenes

Clark Kent's almost-death on Smallville

Whether they’re beloved or hated by the fan base, killing off a character is one of the quickest ways to up the drama in a TV show. In fact, whether or not certain people manage to stay alive is the main currency of series like The Walking Dead.

Superhero shows are not immune to this impulse, and the recent explosion in the wake of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s success has given creators all-new opportunities to provide audiences with memorable death scenes. But neither these offerings nor the ones that came before them can connect all the time. Whether it’s anticlimactic, out of character, or just boring, a disappointing goodbye to an established (or, occasionally, unestablished) person can suck the life out …

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