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Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died

Updated May 4, 2020 51.5k votes 6.9k voters 55.2k 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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  • 1
    Naruto Uzumaki
    2,717
    549

    Naruto Uzumaki

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • 2
    Eren Jaeger
    3,097
    637

    Eren Jaeger

    Attack on Titan
  • 3
    Sasuke Uchiha
    2,681
    549

    Sasuke Uchiha

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • 4
    Mikasa Ackerman
    2,619
    541

    Mikasa Ackerman

    Attack on Titan
  • 5
    Edward Elric
    3,158
    677

    Edward Elric

    Fullmetal Alchemist
  • 6
    Itachi Uchiha
    2,274
    501

    Itachi Uchiha

    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto
  • 7
    Rin Okumura
    1,803
    479

    Rin Okumura

    Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist
  • 8
    Nagato
    763
    191

    Nagato

    Naruto Shippuden
  • 9
    Ciel Phantomhive
    1,516
    469

    Ciel Phantomhive

    Black Butler
  • 10
    Natsu Dragneel
    921
    266

    Natsu Dragneel

    Fairy Tail
  • 11
    Ichigo Kurosaki
    1,517
    500

    Ichigo Kurosaki

    Bleach
  • 12
    Ken Kaneki
    1,452
    530

    Ken Kaneki

    Tokyo Ghoul
  • 13
    Erza Scarlet
    351
    83
  • 14
    Gaara
    230
    38

    Gaara

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • 15
    Shinichi Izumi
    691
    236

    Shinichi Izumi

  • 16
    Elicia Hughes
    428
    123

    Elicia Hughes

  • 17
    Kyo Sohma
    402
    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
    823
    338

    Kousei Arima

    You Lie in April
  • 19
    Tohru Honda
    856
    356

    Tohru Honda

    Fruits Basket
  • 20
    Rin
    839
    361

    Rin

    Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
  • 21
    Haruhi Fujioka
    875
    392

    Haruhi Fujioka

    Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club
  • 22
    Guts
    327
    114

    Guts

    Berserk
  • 23
    Zeref
    209
    53

    Zeref

  • 24
    Lucy Heartfilia
    368
    142

    Lucy Heartfilia

    Fairy Tail
  • 25
    Mavis Vermilion
    198
    54