Yesterday I read on Quora.com why do people cry when a character in a work of fiction like a book, movie, television show and fan fiction dies, why does the viewer of the show cry along with them?
I do remember the reaction of Lois Lane in the animated movie “All Star Superman” when Superman had to leave Earth to “repair the sun” or else all life in Earth where he promised to be their strongman, was turning into an energy being.
Lois was crying since the one super hero that cared for her had to leave Metropolis to save the world. I did not cry when Lois did seeing the cartoon on DVD but I did wonder who would be the guardian of Metropolis after Superman left to repair the sun?
Another story of a character death was in animated movie “Doomsday Superman” when Superman was beateh to death by Doomsday in a battle where both characters died. Lois Lane as well as Martha Kent who is Superman’s foster mother cried when Superman died.
In the case of Lois Lane she was an eyewitness to Superman;s death while Martha watched her foster son die by watching television.
However since Superman is an alien from Krypton and the source of his powers is the yellow sun, Superman could not be dead forever since the laws of Earth does not apply to aliens.
In reality super hero icons like Superman cannot be dead forever since comic book writers would be facing the wrath of the fans of the super hero characters and villains for killing off their favorite character.
I think we cry when our favorite character dies is because the character whether he or she is a hero or villain is kind of like a close relative to us either as a parental figure or a sibling even though they are created out of pencil and paper by their creators who use their life experiences to share that character with us.