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Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died

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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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  • Eren Jaeger
    1
    Attack on Titan
  • Naruto Uzumaki
    2
    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison
  • Mikasa Ackerman
    3
    Attack on Titan
  • Sasuke Uchiha
    4
    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire
  • Edward Elric
    5

    Edward Elric

    Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Itachi Uchiha
    6
    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World
  • Rin Okumura
    7
    Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist
  • Ciel Phantomhive
    8

    Ciel Phantomhive

    Black Butler
  • Ichigo Kurosaki
    9

    Ichigo Kurosaki

    Bleach
  • Gaara
    10
    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel
  • Nagato
    11
    Naruto Shippuden
  • Ken Kaneki
    12
    Tokyo Ghoul
  • Natsu Dragneel
    13
    Fairy Tail
  • Elicia Hughes
    15

    Elicia Hughes

  • Shinichi Izumi
    16

    Shinichi Izumi

  • Kyo Sohma
    17
    Fruits Basket

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

  • Zeref
    18
  • Tohru Honda
    19
    Fruits Basket
  • Kousei Arima
    20

    Kousei Arima

    You Lie in April
  • Ultear
    21

    Ultear

  • Guts
    22
    Berserk
  • Haku
    23
    Naruto
  • Rin
    24
    Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time