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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831 173
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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721 171
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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682 188
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 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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508 120
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 5 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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364 105
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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434 159
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

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491 201
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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408 163
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ken Kaneki Tokyo Ghoul

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282 126
Rin is listed (or ranked) 10 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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342 170
Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ichigo Kurosaki Bleach

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243 136
Tohru Honda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Tohru Honda Fruits Basket

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188 113
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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219 149
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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228 177
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 15 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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88 63
Shirō Emiya is listed (or ranked) 16 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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124 117
Simon Jiha is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Simon Jiha Gurren Lagann

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118 112
Alice Maresato is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Alice Maresato Highschool of the Dead

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105 101
Satoru Fujinuma is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Satoru Fujinuma Erased

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60 53
Shinichi Izumi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Omar A. El-Sherbiny added Shinichi Izumi

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92 106
Yusei Fudo is listed (or ranked) 21 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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82 95
Kakeru Naruse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kakeru Naruse Orange

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92 111
Rin Matsuoka is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Rin Matsuoka Free!

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37 46
Revy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Susanna Poulimas added Revy

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40 83
Jinta Yadomi is listed (or ranked) 25 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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46 94
Cody Hida is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Iori Hida Digimon Adventure 02

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11 37
Thomas H. Norstein is listed (or ranked) 27 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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32 80
Rei Kiriyama is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Rei Kiriyama March Comes In Like A Lion

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30 84
Akito Hayama is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Akito Hayama Kodomo no Omocha - Kodomo no Omocha

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20 95
Midousuji Akira is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Midousuji Akira Yowamushi Pedal

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13 86
Yasaburou Shimogamo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Yasaburou Shimogamo The Eccentric Family