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The 25+ Saddest Anime Deaths of All Time

Updated January 22, 2021 463.9k votes 44.0k voters 237.2k views136 items

It's inevitable in almost any show you watch, but what are the saddest anime deaths of all time? For this list we're ranking anime deaths that made you cry, or at least made you feel really sad. Since it's the funeral that often makes these deaths so sad, this list is also kind of a ranking of the saddest anime funerals of all time. There are a few that come to mind when you talk about sad anime funerals, but Maes Hughes from Fullmetal Alchemist has always stood out as particularly sad (mostly because his young daughter doesn't understand what is happening when the casket is lowered into the ground.)

Please vote for the anime characters deaths that made you cry, and add any to the list if that character is not already here.
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  • Igneel26
    5,030
    2,368

    Igneel

    Fairy Tail
  • Hiruzen Sarutobi27
    4,484
    2,315

    Hiruzen Sarutobi

    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto
  • Kite28
    1,033
    356

    Kite

    Hunter x Hunter
  • Aquarius29
    1,801
    817
  • Nighteye30
    770
    154

    Nighteye

    My Hero Academia
  • Ryokou Fuegechi31
    914
    432

    Ryokou Fuegechi

    Tokyo Ghoul
  • Hiro and Zero Two- Darling in the Franxx32
    1,070
    427

    Hiro and Zero Two- Darling in the Franxx

  • Hideyoshi Nagachika33
    3,206
    1,761
  • Gin34
    2,216
    1,153

    Gin

    Hotarubi no Mori e

  • Edward Newgate35
    3,179
    1,831

    Edward Newgate

  • Levi Ackerman36
    1,216
    535
  • Rem37
    2,541
    1,356

    Rem

    Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Sekatsu
  • Menma38
    2,301
    1,171

    Ano Hana

  • Noriaki Kakyoin39
    777
    321

    Noriaki Kakyoin

  • Ash Lynx40
    595
    248

    Ash Lynx

  • escanor41
    292
    71

    escanor

  • Gin Ichimaru42
    3,909
    2,271
  • Carla Jaeger43
    3,907
    2,271
  • Meliodas44
    797
    360

    Meliodas

    The Seven Deadly Sins
  • Setsuko45
    3,139
    1,940

    Setsuko

    Grave of the Fireflies
  • Nagisa Furukawa46
    3,244
    1,948

    Nagisa Furukawa

    Clannad, Clannad
  • Ken Kaneki47
    2,614
    1,414

    Ken Kaneki

    Tokyo ghoul
  • Lubbock48
    2,294
    1,298

    Lubbock

    Hunter
  • Nagachika Hideyoshi49
    599
    270

    Nagachika Hideyoshi

  • Himura Kenshin50
    2,811
    1,657

    Himura Kenshin

    Rurouni Kenshin