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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2,034 444
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Edward Elric Fullmetal Alchemist

2
1,879 403
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
1,515 321
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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1,620 369
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Attack on Titan

5
1,617 393
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
1,254 317
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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1,154 329
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
972 302
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

9
1,028 346
Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ichigo Kurosaki Bleach

10
932 346
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Tokyo Ghoul

11
324 80
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
589 257
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
227 50
Nagato is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Son Goku added Naruto Shippuden

14
507 228
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
536 260
Tohru Honda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Fruits Basket

16
562 284
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
333 149
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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196 92
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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173 79
Yukiteru Amano is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Future Diary

20
99 26
Kyo Sohma is listed (or ranked) 20 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. 

21
216 130
Yuno Gasai is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Future Diary

22
228 163
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
251 189
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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88 39
Guts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ahmoddholland added Berserk

25
454 407
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Death Note

26
219 174
Kakeru Naruse is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kakeru Naruse Orange

27
93 50
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
99 58
Elicia Hughes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
SoulDestroyer added Elicia Hughes

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220 196
Alice Maresato is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died

30
197 187
Rin Matsuoka is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Rin Matsuoka Free!

31
214 210
Simon Jiha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Simon Jiha Gurren Lagann

32
61 37
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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28 11
Lucy Heartfilia is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
AnnaMay added Fairy Tail

34
49 38
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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165 198
Yusei Fudo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time

36
98 135
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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45 82
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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40 80
Rika Furude is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
mwahahahaha added When They Cry

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74 151
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
83 171
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
77 161
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
35 111
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
58 159
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
16 77
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

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12 80
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
38 172
Midousuji Akira is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Midousuji Akira Yowamushi Pedal

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27 158
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 67
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