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Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died

Updated May 4, 2020 50.5k votes 7.1k voters 57.7k 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
    3,064
    632

    Eren Jaeger

    Attack on Titan
  • Naruto Uzumaki2
    2,672
    552

    Naruto Uzumaki

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • Sasuke Uchiha3
    2,637
    544

    Sasuke Uchiha

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • Mikasa Ackerman4
    2,588
    533

    Mikasa Ackerman

    Attack on Titan
  • Edward Elric5
    3,073
    662

    Edward Elric

    Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Itachi Uchiha6
    2,227
    487

    Itachi Uchiha

    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto
  • Rin Okumura7
    1,765
    469

    Rin Okumura

    Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist
  • Nagato8
    750
    185

    Nagato

    Naruto Shippuden
  • Ciel Phantomhive9
    1,471
    458

    Ciel Phantomhive

    Black Butler
  • Natsu Dragneel10
    888
    258

    Natsu Dragneel

    Fairy Tail
  • Ichigo Kurosaki11
    1,487
    487

    Ichigo Kurosaki

    Bleach
  • Gaara12
    256
    40

    Gaara

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • Ken Kaneki13
    1,420
    517

    Ken Kaneki

    Tokyo Ghoul
  • Erza Scarlet14
    360
    88
  • Shinichi Izumi15
    683
    230

    Shinichi Izumi

  • Elicia Hughes16
    426
    122

    Elicia Hughes

  • Kyo Sohma17
    388
    118

    Kyo Sohma

    Fruits Basket

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

  • Tohru Honda18
    836
    346

    Tohru Honda

    Fruits Basket
  • Kousei Arima19
    798
    333

    Kousei Arima

    You Lie in April
  • Rin20
    811
    348

    Rin

    Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
  • Guts21
    324
    108

    Guts

    Berserk
  • Zeref22
    219
    55

    Zeref

  • Haruhi Fujioka23
    850
    382

    Haruhi Fujioka

    Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club
  • Ultear24
    179
    43

    Ultear

  • Lucy Heartfilia25
    357
    144

    Lucy Heartfilia

    Fairy Tail