Anime Underground Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died  

Anna Lindwasser
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List Rules Vote up the anime orphans whose parents' deaths made you break down sobbing.

Dead 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 explosions, being eaten alive, or even being murdered by their own children. Others die in more everyday ways, like illness, car accidents, childbirth, and suicide. 

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 dies 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 Eren Jaeger 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 Uzumaki 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
Mikasa Ackerman 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
Sasuke Uchiha 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 Itachi Uchiha 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 Rin Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

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Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ichigo Kurosaki Bleach

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Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

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Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ken Kaneki Tokyo Ghoul

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Rin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Chelsey May added Rin Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

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Kousei Arima is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kousei Arima You Lie in April

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Tohru Honda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Tohru Honda Fruits Basket

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Haruhi Fujioka is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Hiyori Cosette added Natsu Dragneel Fairy Tail

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Shinichi Izumi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Omar A. El-Sherbiny added Shinichi Izumi

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Yuno Gasai is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Yuno Gasai Future Diary

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Shirō Emiya is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kristopher Wade Rollin added Shirō Emiya Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

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Yuki Cross is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
1522891662823 added Yuki Cross Vampire Knight

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Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Light Yagami Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

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Yukiteru Amano is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Yukiteru Amano Future Diary

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Satoru Fujinuma is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Satoru Fujinuma Erased

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Nagato is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Son Goku added Nagato Naruto Shippuden

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Alice Maresato is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Alice Maresato Highschool of the Dead

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Kakeru Naruse is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kakeru Naruse Orange

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Simon Jiha is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Simon Jiha Gurren Lagann

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Rin Matsuoka is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Rin Matsuoka Free!

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Nanami Momozono is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Hiyori Cosette added Nanami Momozono Kamisama Kiss

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Yusei Fudo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Yusei Fudo Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time

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Kyo Sohma is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Elicia Hughes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
SoulDestroyer added Elicia Hughes

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Guts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ahmoddholland added Guts Berserk - I mean, he was found under his mother's corspe, his adoptive mother died of the plauge, and he was forced to kill his adoptive father.

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Revy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Susanna Poulimas added Revy

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Rin Tohsaka is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Megan Jo McDaniel added Rin Tohsaka

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Rika Furude is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
mwahahahaha added Rika Furude When They Cry

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Satoko Hojo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
mwahahahaha added Satoko and Satoshi Houjou When They Cry, Shrill Cries of Summer

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Cody Hida is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Iori Hida Digimon Adventure 02

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Rei Kiriyama is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Rei Kiriyama March Comes In Like A Lion

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Jinta Yadomi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Jinta Yadomi Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

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Thomas H. Norstein is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ben Bernier added Thomas H. Norstein Digimon Data Squad, Digital World

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Hanako Ikezawa is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
mwahahahaha added Hanako Ikezawa Katawa Shoujo

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Akito Hayama is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Akito Hayama Kodomo no Omocha - Kodomo no Omocha

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Usami Haru is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
mwahahahaha added Usami Haru G-senjou no Maou

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Midousuji Akira is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Midousuji Akira Yowamushi Pedal

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Yuki is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Yuki Love with the Proper Stranger

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Yasaburou Shimogamo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Yasaburou Shimogamo The Eccentric Family