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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1,259 257
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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1,092 265
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Mikasa Ackerman Attack on Titan

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917 205
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 4 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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1,071 278
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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739 189
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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749 238
Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ichigo Kurosaki Bleach

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764 254
Rin Okumura is listed (or ranked) 8 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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658 221
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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642 230
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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405 174
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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313 163
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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350 196
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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346 212
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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169 93
Shinichi Izumi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Omar A. El-Sherbiny added Shinichi Izumi

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340 281
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 16 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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154 105
Shirō Emiya is listed (or ranked) 17 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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76 35
Yuno Gasai is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Yuno Gasai Future Diary

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41 6
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Hiyori Cosette added Natsu Dragneel Fairy Tail

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167 143
Satoru Fujinuma is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Satoru Fujinuma Erased

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56 25
Yuki Cross is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
1522891662823 added Yuki Cross Vampire Knight

Is Black Panther Really The Modern Day Version Of Lion King, Or Is Everyone Just Tripping?

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161 149
Alice Maresato is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Alice Maresato Highschool of the Dead

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49 23
Yukiteru Amano is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Yukiteru Amano Future Diary

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137 134
Kakeru Naruse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kakeru Naruse Orange

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158 164
Simon Jiha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Simon Jiha Gurren Lagann

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132 146
Rin Matsuoka is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Rin Matsuoka Free!

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128 145
Yusei Fudo is listed (or ranked) 27 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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67 84
Revy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Susanna Poulimas added Revy

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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19 19
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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Nanami Momozono is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Hiyori Cosette added Nanami Momozono Kamisama Kiss

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Nagato is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Son Goku added Nagato Naruto Shippuden

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Satoko Hojo is listed (or ranked) 32 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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17 29
Rika Furude is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
mwahahahaha added Rika Furude When They Cry

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Cody Hida is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Iori Hida Digimon Adventure 02

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Jinta Yadomi is listed (or ranked) 35 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) 36 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) 37 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
mwahahahaha added Hanako Ikezawa Katawa Shoujo

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Usami Haru is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
mwahahahaha added Usami Haru G-senjou no Maou

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Rei Kiriyama is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Rei Kiriyama March Comes In Like A Lion

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43 111
Akito Hayama is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Akito Hayama Kodomo no Omocha - Kodomo no Omocha

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Yuki is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Yuki Love with the Proper Stranger

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Midousuji Akira is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Midousuji Akira Yowamushi Pedal

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Yasaburou Shimogamo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Yasaburou Shimogamo The Eccentric Family