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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1,902 403
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Edward Elric Fullmetal Alchemist

2
1,736 373
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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1,375 299
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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1,496 347
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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1,503 370
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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1,143 289
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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1,093 310
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

8
899 289
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

9
971 328
Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ichigo Kurosaki Bleach

10
860 325
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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553 238
Rin is listed (or ranked) 11 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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258 63
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Hiyori Cosette added Fairy Tail

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465 214
Kousei Arima is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kousei Arima You Lie in April

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508 248
Tohru Honda is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Fruits Basket

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524 268
Haruhi Fujioka is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

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172 39
Nagato is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Son Goku added Naruto Shippuden

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294 141
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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168 80
Yuki Cross is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
1522891662823 added Vampire Knight

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142 68
Yukiteru Amano is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Future Diary

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184 112
Yuno Gasai is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Future Diary

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214 153
Shirō Emiya is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kristopher Wade Rollin added Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

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73 20
Kyo Sohma is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Brandi Flood added Fruits Basket - His mother killed herself by jumping in front of a train because she was afraid of him. 

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432 380
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

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233 184
Satoru Fujinuma is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Satoru Fujinuma Erased

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207 169
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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69 28
Guts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ahmoddholland added 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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215 189
Alice Maresato is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Highschool of the Dead

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78 43
Nanami Momozono is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Hiyori Cosette added Kamisama Kiss

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84 52
Elicia Hughes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
SoulDestroyer added Elicia Hughes

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210 202
Simon Jiha is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Simon Jiha Gurren Lagann

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186 182
Rin Matsuoka is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Rin Matsuoka Free!

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43 22
Nami is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Alberto Colli added One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Film: Strong World

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161 188
Yusei Fudo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time

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35 30
Rin Tohsaka is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Megan Jo McDaniel added

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92 122
Revy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Susanna Poulimas added

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41 74
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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38 71
Rika Furude is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
mwahahahaha added When They Cry

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82 164
Cody Hida is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Iori Hida Digimon Adventure 02

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74 152
Jinta Yadomi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

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65 146
Rei Kiriyama is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Rei Kiriyama March Comes In Like A Lion

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35 103
Thomas H. Norstein is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ben Bernier added Digimon Data Squad, Digital World

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15 69
Hanako Ikezawa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
mwahahahaha added Hanako Ikezawa Katawa Shoujo

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52 153
Akito Hayama is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Akito Hayama Kodomo no Omocha - Kodomo no Omocha

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12 72
Usami Haru is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
mwahahahaha added Usami Haru G-senjou no Maou

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38 165
Midousuji Akira is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Midousuji Akira Yowamushi Pedal

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26 151
Yasaburou Shimogamo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Yasaburou Shimogamo The Eccentric Family

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3 59
Yuki is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Yuki Love with the Proper Stranger