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13 Anime Characters Who Died Too Soon

Updated 2 Sep 2019 21.3k votes 5.3k voters 67.8k views13 items

List RulesVote up the characters who should've lived to see the end of their series.

Tasteful character deaths can be a great source of plot development. However, when a series botches a supposedly tragic death, it leads to unsatisfying narrative arcs that make you shake your fist at the laptop screen.

Some of the worst anime endings in history are caused by characters who died too soon, as a hero's untimely demise inadvertently closes the door on potentially fascinating plot lines.

In Death Note, L's connection to the villainous Light Yagami deepens significantly just before his death. He goes down right as things are starting to get interesting, so much of his character development feels wasted. 

When a character dies prematurely, it's difficult not to think about what could have been.

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