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Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died

Updated May 4, 2020 52.3k votes 7.0k voters 56.6k 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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  • Eren Jaeger1
    3,153
    647

    Eren Jaeger

    Attack on Titan
  • Naruto Uzumaki2
    2,765
    563

    Naruto Uzumaki

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • Sasuke Uchiha3
    2,720
    561

    Sasuke Uchiha

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • Mikasa Ackerman4
    2,659
    547

    Mikasa Ackerman

    Attack on Titan
  • Edward Elric5
    3,182
    686

    Edward Elric

    Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Itachi Uchiha6
    2,307
    507

    Itachi Uchiha

    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto
  • Rin Okumura7
    1,818
    484

    Rin Okumura

    Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist
  • Nagato8
    779
    195

    Nagato

    Naruto Shippuden
  • Ciel Phantomhive9
    1,528
    471

    Ciel Phantomhive

    Black Butler
  • Natsu Dragneel10
    934
    271

    Natsu Dragneel

    Fairy Tail
  • Ichigo Kurosaki11
    1,523
    506

    Ichigo Kurosaki

    Bleach
  • Ken Kaneki12
    1,465
    534

    Ken Kaneki

    Tokyo Ghoul
  • Erza Scarlet13
    365
    88
  • Gaara14
    250
    41

    Gaara

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • Shinichi Izumi15
    707
    239

    Shinichi Izumi

  • Elicia Hughes16
    442
    128

    Elicia Hughes

  • Kyo Sohma17
    408
    126

    Kyo Sohma

    Fruits Basket

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

  • Tohru Honda18
    863
    358

    Tohru Honda

    Fruits Basket
  • Kousei Arima19
    830
    342

    Kousei Arima

    You Lie in April
  • Rin20
    844
    363

    Rin

    Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
  • Zeref21
    219
    54

    Zeref

  • Haruhi Fujioka22
    882
    395

    Haruhi Fujioka

    Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club
  • Guts23
    336
    115

    Guts

    Berserk
  • Lucy Heartfilia24
    375
    148

    Lucy Heartfilia

    Fairy Tail
  • Mavis Vermilion25
    205
    58