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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2,205 468
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Edward Elric Fullmetal Alchemist

2
2,039 436
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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1,676 346
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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1,756 395
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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1,762 417
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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1,388 343
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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1,255 351
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

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1,067 320
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

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1,086 376
Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ichigo Kurosaki Bleach

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1,015 370
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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395 103
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Hiyori Cosette added Fairy Tail

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293 67
Nagato is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Son Goku added Naruto Shippuden

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633 277
Rin is listed (or ranked) 13 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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557 243
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

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576 279
Tohru Honda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Fruits Basket

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606 301
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

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369 162
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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231 111
Yuki Cross is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
emirandaramirez918865 added Vampire Knight

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201 93
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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134 41
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. 

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244 146
Yuno Gasai is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Future Diary

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113 46
Guts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ahmoddholland added Berserk

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271 199
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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242 175
Shirō Emiya is listed (or ranked) 24 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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241 184
Kakeru Naruse is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kakeru Naruse Orange