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23 Anime Characters Who Died In Cruel And Unusual Ways 

Anna Lindwasser
Updated July 29, 2020 10k votes 2.8k voters 92.8k views 23 items

It's always dramatic when an anime character passes, but some demises are more excruciating than others. Whether the pain is physical or emotional, anime characters who died in cruel and unusual ways are harder to forget than those who go peacefully.

Some are horrible because the physical pain involved is so bad it defies imagination. One example of this is Zazan of Hunter x Hunter, who is burned alive by a miniature sun. Others are emotionally devastating, like when Maes Hughes of Fullmetal Alchemist is taken down by a homunculus who transformed into his beloved wife.

These scenes aren't for the squeamish - keep reading if you dare. 

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Maes Hughes - 'Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood'
Maes Hughes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 23 Anime Characters Who Died In Cruel And Unusual Ways
Photo:  Studio Bones

Maes Hughes is known for his passionate affection for his wife and young daughter, which is part of what makes his demise so upsetting. Not only do viewers know how powerfully impacted his loved ones will be, the homunculus who takes his life, Envy, transforms into his wife Gracia to make it that much more excruciating. 

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Szayel Aporro Granz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 23 Anime Characters Who Died In Cruel And Unusual Ways
Photo:  Studio Pierrot

While fighting Mayuri, Szayel accidentally takes a drug that slows time to the point where a second lasts for a century. While this is happening, Mayuri takes the opportunity to explain the drug's effects while slowly stabbing Syazel. By the time it's over, Syazel has experienced hundreds of years worth of pain. 

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Kiyomi Takada is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 23 Anime Characters Who Died In Cruel And Unusual Ways
Photo:  Madhouse

Kiyomi Takada is one of Light's loyal henchmen, and while she probably did deserve to be punished for her crimes, the way Light used her was pretty grisly. Using the Death Note, he forced her to set herself and some incriminating evidence on fire - all while she called out to him to help her. 

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Lucy - 'Elfen Lied'
Lucy - 'Elfen Lied' is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 23 Anime Characters Who Died In Cruel And Unusual Ways
Photo:  Arms

After using her diclonius powers to excess, Lucy's cells begin to disintegrate. She first notices this when one of her hands falls off - but despite this terrifying occurrence, she decides to proceed with her final battle anyway. By the time it's over, her body has been liquified, and she's trying to make her final speech with no face. 

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