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.

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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2,095 452
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Edward Elric Fullmetal Alchemist

2
1,932 414
Eren Jaeger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
willhunt added Attack on Titan

3
1,570 328
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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1,665 381
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Attack on Titan

5
1,663 400
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

6
1,291 328
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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1,180 338
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
1,006 309
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

9
1,046 356
Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ichigo Kurosaki Bleach

10
968 356
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Tokyo Ghoul

11
346 89
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Hiyori Cosette added Fairy Tail

12
602 265
Rin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Chelsey May added Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

13
241 57
Nagato is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Son Goku added Naruto Shippuden

14
521 234
Kousei Arima is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kousei Arima You Lie in April

15
542 268
Tohru Honda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Fruits Basket

16
572 291
Haruhi Fujioka is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
341 154
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

18
202 98
Yuki Cross is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
emirandaramirez918865 added Vampire Knight

19
180 83
Yukiteru Amano is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Future Diary

20
225 135
Yuno Gasai is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Future Diary

21
106 31
Kyo Sohma is listed (or ranked) 21 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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230 168
Shirō Emiya is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kristopher Wade Rollin added Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

23
255 193
Satoru Fujinuma is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Satoru Fujinuma Erased

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97 41
Guts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ahmoddholland added Berserk

25
228 178
Kakeru Naruse is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kakeru Naruse Orange

26
461 417
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Death Note

27
98 53
Nanami Momozono is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Hiyori Cosette added Kamisama Kiss

28
105 62
Elicia Hughes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
SoulDestroyer added Elicia Hughes

29
222 199
Alice Maresato is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died

30
202 189
Rin Matsuoka is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Rin Matsuoka Free!

31
216 213
Simon Jiha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Simon Jiha Gurren Lagann

32
39 15
Lucy Heartfilia is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
AnnaMay added Fairy Tail

33
55 40
Rin Tohsaka is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Megan Jo McDaniel added

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169 200
Yusei Fudo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time

35
65 69
Nami is listed (or ranked) 35 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

36
104 137
Revy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Susanna Poulimas added

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51 85
Satoko Hojo is listed (or ranked) 37 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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44 82
Rika Furude is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
mwahahahaha added When They Cry

39
77 153
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

40
85 173
Cody Hida is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Iori Hida Digimon Adventure 02

41
78 163
Jinta Yadomi is listed (or ranked) 41 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

42
36 113
Thomas H. Norstein is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ben Bernier added Digimon Data Squad, Digital World

43
58 162
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

44
17 78
Hanako Ikezawa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
mwahahahaha added Hanako Ikezawa Katawa Shoujo

45
12 82
Usami Haru is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
mwahahahaha added Usami Haru G-senjou no Maou

46
38 174
Midousuji Akira is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Midousuji Akira Yowamushi Pedal

47
27 160
Yasaburou Shimogamo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Yasaburou Shimogamo The Eccentric Family

48
3 70
Yuki is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Yuki Love with the Proper Stranger