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Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    2,940
    609
    willhunt added

    Eren Jaeger

    Attack on Titan
  • 2
    2,522
    512

    Sasuke Uchiha

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • 3
    2,579
    527
    Kristopher Wade Rollin added

    Naruto Uzumaki

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • 4
    2,439
    497

    Mikasa Ackerman

    Attack on Titan
  • 5
    2,797
    610

    Edward Elric

    Fullmetal Alchemist
  • 6
    2,085
    461
    Kristopher Wade Rollin added

    Itachi Uchiha

    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto
  • 7
    1,602
    426
    Chelsey May added

    Rin Okumura

    Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist
  • 8
    723
    189
    Son Goku added

    Nagato

    Naruto Shippuden
  • 9
    1,345
    419

    Ciel Phantomhive

    Black Butler
  • 10
    833
    250
    Hiyori Cosette added

    Natsu Dragneel

    Fairy Tail
  • 11
    1,330
    452

    Ichigo Kurosaki

    Bleach
  • 12
    1,332
    465

    Ken Kaneki

    Tokyo Ghoul
  • 13
    307
    61
    SofiaN added

    Gaara

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • 14
    655
    219
    Omar A. El-Sherbiny added

    Shinichi Izumi

  • 15
    424
    125
    SoulDestroyer added

    Elicia Hughes

  • 16
    359
    102
    nalu4life126 added

    Erza Scarlet

  • 17
    381
    116
    Brandi Flood added

    Kyo Sohma

    Fruits Basket

    His mother killed herself by jumping in front of a train because she was afraid of him. 

  • 18
    779
    311

    Tohru Honda

    Fruits Basket
  • 19
    738
    308

    Kousei Arima

    You Lie in April
  • 20
    321
    109
    ahmoddholland added

    Guts

    Berserk
  • 21
    772
    351

    Haruhi Fujioka

    Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club
  • 22
    721
    326
    Chelsey May added

    Rin

    Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
  • 23
    219
    62
    nalu4life126 added

    Zeref

  • 24
    184
    47
    nalu4life126 added

    Ultear

  • 25
    342
    141
    AnnaMay added

    Lucy Heartfilia

    Fairy Tail
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List Rules: Vote up the anime orphans whose parents' deaths made you break down sobbing.