The end of the year is always a bittersweet time, because while we have a lot of fun taking stock of everything cool that happened over the last 12 months -- the new movies, the new toys, the breakout stars and more -- we also have to look back at what we lost, namely the creators who've brought us so much joy. Every loss is hard, but 2014 was a particularly rough year of departures for genre fans. We lost some of our heroes very suddenly and shockingly, and we lost others in old age, but they seemed invincible to us. However we lost them, there's no denying we had to say hard goodbyes to some giants this year.
Of course, the point of this brief remembrance of the genre icons who left us in 2014 isn't to mourn, but to celebrate the great work they left behind, work we'll keep enjoying for many, many years to come. So as you view the faces in the gallery below, be sure to remember the films, the games, the art they gave us. Because of that, they're all immortals.