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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2,486 534
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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2,326 502
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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1,955 415
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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2,012 445
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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2,037 466
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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1,641 394
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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1,409 402
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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1,174 367
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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1,252 411
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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1,143 424
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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537 148
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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420 98
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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702 298
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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626 271
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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469 182
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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642 302
Tohru Honda is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Fruits Basket
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671 325
Haruhi Fujioka is listed (or ranked) 17 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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177 61
Kyo Sohma is listed (or ranked) 18 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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270 138
Yuki Cross is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
emirandaramirez918865 added Vampire Knight
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236 119
Yukiteru Amano is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Future Diary
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163 67
Guts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ahmoddholland added Berserk
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301 181
Yuno Gasai is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Future Diary
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136 54
Lucy Heartfilia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
AnnaMay added Fairy Tail
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91 18
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
nalu4life126 added
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160 79
Elicia Hughes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
SoulDestroyer added Elicia Hughes