Anime Underground Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died  

Anna Lindwasser
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List Rules Vote up the anime orphans whose parents' deaths made you break down sobbing.

Dead 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 explosions, being eaten alive, or even being murdered by their own children. Others die in more everyday ways, like illness, car accidents, childbirth, and suicide. 

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 dies in Digimon. Never mind.

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Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Edward Elric Fullmetal Alchemist

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1,342 272
Eren Jaeger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
willhunt added Eren Jaeger Attack on Titan

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995 217
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kristopher Wade Rollin added Naruto Uzumaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

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1,160 281
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Mikasa Ackerman Attack on Titan

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1,142 296
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

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804 203
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kristopher Wade Rollin added Itachi Uchiha Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

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798 251
Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ichigo Kurosaki Bleach

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822 262
Rin Okumura is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Chelsey May added Rin Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

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694 231
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

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677 244
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ken Kaneki Tokyo Ghoul

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433 181
Rin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Chelsey May added Rin Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

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380 206
Tohru Honda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Tohru Honda Fruits Basket

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334 174
Kousei Arima is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kousei Arima You Lie in April

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378 224
Haruhi Fujioka is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Haruhi Fujioka Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

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200 101
Shinichi Izumi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Omar A. El-Sherbiny added Shinichi Izumi

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85 16
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Hiyori Cosette added Natsu Dragneel Fairy Tail

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359 298
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Light Yagami Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

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169 116
Shirō Emiya is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kristopher Wade Rollin added Shirō Emiya Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

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92 49
Yuno Gasai is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Yuno Gasai Future Diary

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79 36
Yuki Cross is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
1522891662823 added Yuki Cross Vampire Knight

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183 150
Satoru Fujinuma is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Satoru Fujinuma Erased

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63 32
Yukiteru Amano is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Yukiteru Amano Future Diary

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173 157
Alice Maresato is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Alice Maresato Highschool of the Dead

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147 142
Kakeru Naruse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Kakeru Naruse Orange

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171 171
Simon Jiha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Simon Jiha Gurren Lagann

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141 154
Rin Matsuoka is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Rin Matsuoka Free!

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24 9
Nagato is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Son Goku added Nagato Naruto Shippuden

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133 156
Yusei Fudo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Yusei Fudo Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time

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32 27
Elicia Hughes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
SoulDestroyer added Elicia Hughes

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18 13
Nanami Momozono is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Hiyori Cosette added Nanami Momozono Kamisama Kiss

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72 91
Revy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Susanna Poulimas added Revy

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23 41
Satoko Hojo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
mwahahahaha added Satoko and Satoshi Houjou When They Cry, Shrill Cries of Summer

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22 40
Rika Furude is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
mwahahahaha added Rika Furude When They Cry

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67 135
Cody Hida is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Iori Hida Digimon Adventure 02

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58 124
Jinta Yadomi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Jinta Yadomi Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

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51 115
Rei Kiriyama is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Rei Kiriyama March Comes In Like A Lion

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26 73
Thomas H. Norstein is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Ben Bernier added Thomas H. Norstein Digimon Data Squad, Digital World

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9 40
Hanako Ikezawa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
mwahahahaha added Hanako Ikezawa Katawa Shoujo

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44 121
Akito Hayama is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Akito Hayama Kodomo no Omocha - Kodomo no Omocha

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8 43
Usami Haru is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
mwahahahaha added Usami Haru G-senjou no Maou

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Yuki is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
ValVal added Yuki Love with the Proper Stranger

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33 136
Midousuji Akira is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Midousuji Akira Yowamushi Pedal

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21 122
Yasaburou Shimogamo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died
Yasaburou Shimogamo The Eccentric Family