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The 16 saddest moments in Avengers: Infinity War, GIF'ed for your enjoyment (and pain)

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Aug 1, 2018

The movie that messed you up emotionally for days after its premiere, Avengers: Infinity War, is finally available for digital download. So, rather than hold back tears in a crowded theater full of strangers, you can now cry in the sanctity of your own home.

To help with the inevitable tears and heartbreak, we here at SYFY WIRE have cooked up a list that I am already truly, deeply sorry about. This is mostly Marvel's and the Russo Brothers' fault, but I will take credit for putting all these images in one inconvenient location. I'm sorry.

If it helps, remember that your faves who died at the snap of Thanos' fingers have a good chance of returning. No matter how Avengers 4 goes about completing the story that Infinity War started, whether it's via time travel or Quantum Realm hijinks courtesy of Ant-Man, it seems fair to say some of these characters will come back. (At least, we hope they will.)

So, with that in mind, let's sound off on the deaths that broke our hearts and shattered our souls. For your viewing displeasure, here are the 16 saddest scenes in Infinity War, in chronological order.

HEIMDALL'S STABBING

Heimdall Death

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The first death of Infinity War. Heimdall, played by Idris Elba since Thor (2011), musters up the final traces of his energy to send Hulk to warn Asgard's Midgardian allies of Thanos' impending arrival. Thanos kills him for his troubles. As the light leaves Heimdall's eyes, so does your hope that the Russos might spare our emotions.

LOKI'S STRANGULATION

Loki Death

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Then the Russos hit you with this.

Tom Hiddleston's Loki has been with us just as long as Heimdall, but Loki's status as a complex character and a fan favorite made this death perhaps the most talked-about of Infinity War. That, plus the brutality of his death; the sound of Loki's neck snapping haunts me in my nightmares, as does the sight of his bulging eyes. That Loki didn't revert to his natural Frost Giant-blue skin upon his death is either a huge oversight on Marvel's part or a hint that, once again, Loki's death wasn't real.

The Trickster of Asgard has escaped death countless times. It seems fair to say, though, that if he faked his death this time, Thor might take it upon himself to really kill his adopted brother once and for all.

GAMORA, SACRIFICED

GIF: Gamora Death, Infinity War

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Soon enough, the plot kicks into high gear and we don't get a death for a while. Then Thanos throws his favorite daughter (read: lifelong prisoner) off a cliff in order to get the Soul Stone. Apparently, this means he really loves her.

The complications of a female character being sacrificed to prove just how much humanity exists within a genocidal male character aside, this was a hard one. Gamora, portrayed by Zoë Saldana, is one of the MCU's precious few female characters and had just started to mend things with her sister, Nebula.

Some fans believe Gamora's soul is still trapped within the Soul Stone (given the young version of Gamora who keeps talking to Thanos) and that there's a way to save her. In Marvel's comics, resurrection via Soul Stone isn't unheard of (it's kind of the Soul Stone's thing), but only time will tell.

VISION'S RESURRECTION AND MURDER

GIF: Vision Death, Infinity War

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Wanda makes the ultimate sacrifice in killing Vision, and then Thanos walks in with the Time Stone and ruins everything.

The building pressure of Thano's approach comes to a head with Vision's death — the crush of his skull as the Mind Stone is picked out and the way Vision's body goes gray and lifeless, the knowledge that Thanos now has everything he needs to carry out his plan. While Paul Bettany's Vision has never been the most popular or fleshed out of the Avengers, he was undoubtedly a hero. And his death marks the beginning of the end.

BUCKY BARNES: "STEVE?"

GIF: Bucky Death, Infinity War

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Poor Bucky Barnes. After finally getting his head right thanks to Shuri, he puts himself back into the fight and is the first one to get ashed for it. The Winter Soldier's (Sebastian Stan) luck never changes, it seems. And after finally being reunited with his best friend, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) has to watch that best friend disappear before his eyes.

KING T'CHALLA, GONE

T'Challa Death

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The runaway MCU star of 2018 didn't have that big a role in Infinity War, so it's truly shocking when T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is one of the people to fade away. The disappearance is so sudden and unexpected that audiences aren't really given a moment to feel emotional about it — that comes a bit later when Okoye (Danai Gurira) breaks down and silently screams in horror over the loss of her leader and friend.

(Don't worry, though. We're getting a sequel. It'll be okay, Okoye.)

I AM GROOT

GIF: Groot Death, Infinity War

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Teen Groot had just learned the importance of putting down the game and helping his friends when he disappears.

Alongside the heartbreaking visual of Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradly Cooper) losing his best friend yet again, James Gunn, director of both Guardians of the Galaxy films, also revealed that Groot's last words were to call Rocket "Dad."

It's fine. Everything's fine.

WANDA JOINS HER LOVED ONES

GIF: Wanda Maximoff Death, Infinity War

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The only person who seems to welcome death is Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Infinity War really puts Wanda through the emotional wringer — she's forced to kill her true love, Vision, only to have him resurrected before her eyes and killed again. She looks truly relieved to die in her final moments, probably because she hopes to be reunited with not only Vision but her brother Pietro and the rest of their family.

"SAM?"

Sam Death

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Sam Wilson, the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) has loyally followed Steve Rogers into every battle since the moment they met. How could he have known it would be his undoing? But as one of the potential replacements — alongside Bucky Barnes — for Steve after Evans puts down the shield for good, Sam's return feels almost guaranteed.

SORRY, MANTIS

GIF: Mantis Death, Infinity War

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We transition to Thanos' homeworld of Titan, where that faction has been waiting on the consequences of losing Thanos due to Peter Quill's screwup. Sweet Mantis (Pom Klementieff), with her kind and trusting nature, is the first to go, much to the team's horror.

AND DRAX

GIF: Drax Death, Infinity War

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Then there's Drax. Tough, kind, endearingly literal Drax. It's hard to imagine a future Guardians film without Dave Bautista's boisterous laugh.

STAR-LORD, (ALMOST) THE LAST GUARDIAN

GIF: Peter Quill Death, Infinity War

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Quill's demise means Rocket Raccoon is the very last Guardian of the Galaxy left in the universe.

Was Peter Quill's (Chris Pratt) death his own fault? Some might argue "yes." If Star-Lord had kept his cool, there's a good chance Thanos would have never made it to Earth and picked the Mind Stone from Vision's head. Instead, Quill lost his temper upon hearing about Gamora's death and ruined it for everyone, inadvertently contributing to the deaths of half of all life in the universe.

STRANGE: "IT'S THE ONLY WAY"

GIF: Doctor Strange Death, Infinity War

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Whatever Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) saw in the one instance in which our heroes won against Thanos, it apparently required a big sacrifice — including his own death. For what it's worth, Strange couldn't be calmer at this moment... meaning he's definitely got something up his sleeve, right?

And that leads us to what is probably the most heartbreaking death of all...

SPIDEY DOESN'T FEEL SO GOOD

Spidey Death 2

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After finally bringing Peter Parker's Spider-Man (Tom Holland) home, the MCU sacrifices him in what is arguably the saddest moment of Infinity War. We can take some heart in the knowledge that there's no way Marvel is going to kill Spider-Man after one solo film. Plus, we already have confirmation of a sequel, the recently-named Spider-Man: Far From Home.

But the heartbreaking scene of a 15-year-old boy clutching at his mentor and father figure and sobbing while begging for his life is... not something I've been able to shake if I'm being completely honest. This one really messed me up, guys.

OVER THE HILL

Hill Death

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Surprise! We're not done yet!

Infinity War's only post-credit scene features the wider consequences of Thanos' snap. Agent Mariah Hill (Cobie Smulders) is understandably confused and scared by her fading away. I have little doubt she'll return to exact revenge alongside Nick Fury, though.

FURY'S FINAL PLAY

GIF: Nick Fury Death, Infinity War

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Speaking of Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, it's likely the universe will have him to thank for managing to alert Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) just in time. He even almost gets in one of Jackson's all-too-famous "Motherf******" before biting the dust.

Again, really sorry. Hopefully, Avengers 4 will fix a bit of this. Check out everything we know about Infinity War's as-yet-unnamed follow-up here.