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Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died

Updated May 4, 2020 51.0k votes 6.9k voters 54.2k 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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    Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    2,685
    540

    Naruto Uzumaki

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • 2
    Eren Jaeger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    3,053
    624

    Eren Jaeger

    Attack on Titan
  • 3
    Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    2,650
    546

    Sasuke Uchiha

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • 4
    Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    2,593
    536

    Mikasa Ackerman

    Attack on Titan
  • 5
    Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    3,135
    670

    Edward Elric

    Fullmetal Alchemist
  • 6
    Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    2,249
    493

    Itachi Uchiha

    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto
  • 7
    Rin Okumura is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    1,795
    478

    Rin Okumura

    Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist
  • 8
    Nagato is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    751
    186

    Nagato

    Naruto Shippuden
  • 9
    Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    1,509
    464

    Ciel Phantomhive

    Black Butler
  • 10
    Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    915
    261

    Natsu Dragneel

    Fairy Tail
  • 11
    Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    1,513
    497

    Ichigo Kurosaki

    Bleach
  • 12
    Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    1,442
    527

    Ken Kaneki

    Tokyo Ghoul
  • 13
    Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    342
    82
  • 14
    Gaara is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    219
    33

    Gaara

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • 15
    Shinichi Izumi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    682
    235

    Shinichi Izumi

  • 16
    Elicia Hughes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    422
    122

    Elicia Hughes

  • 17
    Kyo Sohma is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    398
    123

    Kyo Sohma

    Fruits Basket

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

  • 18
    Tohru Honda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    853
    353

    Tohru Honda

    Fruits Basket
  • 19
    Kousei Arima is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    817
    337

    Kousei Arima

    You Lie in April
  • 20
    Rin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    838
    360

    Rin

    Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
  • 21
    Haruhi Fujioka is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    871
    391

    Haruhi Fujioka

    Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club
  • 22
    Zeref is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    205
    53

    Zeref

  • 23
    Guts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    320
    114

    Guts

    Berserk
  • 24
    Lucy Heartfilia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    362
    141

    Lucy Heartfilia

    Fairy Tail
  • 25
    Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
    192
    54
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