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I read most of Brian Jacques's Redwall books in the 2000s, and one of the things I always noticed was how seemingly every book has at least one major character die: for example,

Piknim in The Pearls of Lutra, Finnbarr Galedeep in The Bellmaker, Skarlath in Outcast of Redwall, Rose in Martin the Warrior, and so on.

Am I right in saying that every single Redwall book includes the death of a major character? Specifically I mean, not an antagonistic character like a vermin chief, but one of the "good" characters, either one of the main protagonists or one of their sidekicks/confidant(e)s/close friends - someone that readers could grieve for. I remember thinking that this seemed like a deliberate choice on the part of the author, perhaps to add pathos to his stories, and would be interested to get a confirmation that it was indeed a consistent pattern throughout.

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Yep!

This is based on Wikipedia’s plot summaries (which I read under the assumption that any major character deaths would be mentioned), cross-checked with the Redwall wiki. Note that since I haven’t actually read all of these books, and the ones I did read were a long time ago, I’m not sure if all these characters would count as “major”.

I’ve listed at least one “major” character death per book. Some deaths have been deliberately left out (for evil characters, or for minor characters), and it’s likely I’ve missed some deaths.

Not sure it needs saying, but every single death listed here counts as a spoiler in my book.

“Major” death(s), by book, with books in release order


I remember thinking that this seemed like a deliberate choice on the part of the author, perhaps to add pathos to his stories

Yep, seems like that's intended. This is made pretty explicit in Pearls of Lutra. (For context, this is an ending scene; the heroes have defeated their enemies, solved their riddles, and the adventurers have arrived home)

These pearls are said to be rare, precious and beautiful, yet when I look at them now I see only bloodshed, greed and death. There are many creatures lying dead because of them, from the family of Grath down to countless searats and corsairs. But one touched our own lives deeply, a young Abbeymaid who was friend to us all. Piknim was slain because of these six pearls.
Chapter 56

Even in this scene of peace, right before the wild celebrations, Jacques takes the time to remind his readers of the price his characters paid for their victory. This excerpt is quite directly evoking pathos to give more weight to the story by emphasizing its consequences.

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