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Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died 

Anna Lindwasser
Updated May 4, 2020 45k votes 6.7k voters 51.5k views 64 items

List Rules 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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Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Edward Elric Fullmetal Alchemist
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Eren Jaeger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
willhunt added Attack on Titan
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Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kristopher Wade Rollin added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison
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Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Attack on Titan
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Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire
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Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kristopher Wade Rollin added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World
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Rin Okumura is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Chelsey May added Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist
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Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler
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Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ichigo Kurosaki Bleach
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Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Tokyo Ghoul
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Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Hiyori Cosette added Fairy Tail
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Nagato is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Son Goku added Nagato Naruto Shippuden
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Rin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Chelsey May added Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
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Tohru Honda is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Tohru Honda Fruits Basket
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Kousei Arima is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kousei Arima You Lie in April
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Haruhi Fujioka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Haruhi Fujioka Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club
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Shinichi Izumi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Omar A. El-Sherbiny added Shinichi Izumi
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Elicia Hughes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
SoulDestroyer added Elicia Hughes
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Kyo Sohma is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Brandi Flood added Kyo Sohma Fruits Basket

His mother killed herself by jumping in front of a train because she was afraid of him. 

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Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
nalu4life126 added
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Yuki Cross is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
emirandaramirez918865 added Vampire Knight
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Lucy Heartfilia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
AnnaMay added Fairy Tail
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Guts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ahmoddholland added Berserk
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Yuno Gasai is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Future Diary
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Yukiteru Amano is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Future Diary