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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2,462 531
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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2,300 498
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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1,932 412
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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1,988 442
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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2,012 463
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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1,616 393
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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1,393 401
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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1,163 366
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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1,248 407
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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1,128 420
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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525 145
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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405 97
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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694 296
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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463 180
Shinichi Izumi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Omar A. El-Sherbiny added Shinichi Izumi
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617 270
Kousei Arima is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kousei Arima You Lie in April
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631 300
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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663 323
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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169 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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265 135
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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231 115
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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157 64
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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293 176
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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126 50
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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154 77
Elicia Hughes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
SoulDestroyer added Elicia Hughes
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276 191
Shirō Emiya is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kristopher Wade Rollin added Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works