Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died

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Vote up the anime orphans whose parents' deaths made you break down sobbing.

Deceased parents, like battle mechs and nosebleeds, remain a common plot device in many anime series. Some parents die in spectacularly dramatic ways, like dying in blasts, being eaten alive, or even being murdered by their own children. Others pass in more everyday ways, like illness, car crashes, or childbirth.

Despite the frequency with which the trope appears, it serves as a catalyst for compelling character development on the part of their sad orphaned children, and can help darken the mood of a particular series. Vote up the characters whose loss affected you the most, and left you wishing you were watching something happier, like Digimon. Oh, wait, Iori's dad passes away in Digimon. Never mind.

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  • Mikasa Ackerman
    2,261 votes
    Attack on Titan
  • Sasuke Uchiha
    2,327 votes
    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire
  • Naruto Uzumaki
    2,385 votes
    Naruto, Naruto Shippuden
  • Edward Elric
    2,559 votes

    Edward Elric

    Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Eren Jaeger
    2,724 votes
    Attack on Titan
  • Itachi Uchiha
    1,930 votes
    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World