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Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died

Updated May 4, 2020 51.3k votes 6.9k voters 54.9k views62 items

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
    Eren Jaeger
    3,083
    629

    Eren Jaeger

    Attack on Titan
  • 2
    Naruto Uzumaki
    2,702
    547

    Naruto Uzumaki

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • 3
    Mikasa Ackerman
    2,609
    536

    Mikasa Ackerman

    Attack on Titan
  • 4
    Sasuke Uchiha
    2,665
    549

    Sasuke Uchiha

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • 5
    Edward Elric
    3,149
    670

    Edward Elric

    Fullmetal Alchemist
  • 6
    Itachi Uchiha
    2,261
    498

    Itachi Uchiha

    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto
  • 7
    Rin Okumura
    1,802
    479

    Rin Okumura

    Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist
  • 8
    Nagato
    758
    189

    Nagato

    Naruto Shippuden
  • 9
    Ciel Phantomhive
    1,512
    469

    Ciel Phantomhive

    Black Butler
  • 10
    Natsu Dragneel
    921
    264

    Natsu Dragneel

    Fairy Tail
  • 11
    Ichigo Kurosaki
    1,517
    499

    Ichigo Kurosaki

    Bleach
  • 12
    Ken Kaneki
    1,448
    528

    Ken Kaneki

    Tokyo Ghoul
  • 13
    Erza Scarlet
    349
    82
  • 14
    Shinichi Izumi
    690
    235

    Shinichi Izumi

  • 15
    Gaara
    226
    36

    Gaara

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • 16
    Elicia Hughes
    422
    123

    Elicia Hughes

  • 17
    Kyo Sohma
    400
    124

    Kyo Sohma

    Fruits Basket

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

  • 18
    Kousei Arima
    822
    338

    Kousei Arima

    You Lie in April
  • 19
    Tohru Honda
    855
    356

    Tohru Honda

    Fruits Basket
  • 20
    Rin
    839
    361

    Rin

    Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
  • 21
    Haruhi Fujioka
    872
    391

    Haruhi Fujioka

    Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club
  • 22
    Zeref
    208
    53

    Zeref

  • 23
    Guts
    323
    114

    Guts

    Berserk
  • 24
    Lucy Heartfilia
    368
    141

    Lucy Heartfilia

    Fairy Tail
  • 25
    Mavis Vermilion
    196
    54