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11 Comic Book Characters Who Killed Their Loved Ones

Given that the very nature of so many comic books are based around the tried and trusted Good vs. Evil formula, that means battles and bloodshed can often be the order of the day. Across the pages of these funny books, death can be a scarily frequent occurrence - and such demises have led to some of the most impactful, emotional moments in comic book history.

It goes without saying, mind, that death in comics isn't always a particularly finite arrangement. There was a running joke for decades that the only people who ever really stay dead in comics are Uncle Ben, Jason Todd and Bucky Barnes. But even that long-standing statement was made redundant, with both Jason and Bucky rising from their respective graves in the 2000s.

While any comic book death - even if only temporary - is a big deal, there have been hard-hitting panels that have seen certain characters having to kill off their own loved ones. Whether that's family, partners or near and dear friends, some of comics' biggest heroes (and villains) have had to make the ultimate heartbreaking decision to end the life of someone special to them.

Granted, this article could've consisted purely of names associated with the X-Men, but there are far more characters than just Xavier's mutants who have had to kill those closest to them - and with certain X-faces included here, here are 11 comic book figures who've had to do the unthinkable.