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The 25+ Saddest Anime Deaths of All Time

Updated September 6, 2021 468.3k votes 48.9k voters 260.9k views142 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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  • 1
    19,279
    4,095

    Jiraiya

    Naruto
  • 2
    15,664
    4,258
  • 3
    11,126
    3,346
    Monia Chak added

    Koro Sensei

    Assassination classroom S.A.A.U.S.O

  • 4
    12,248
    3,379
    shaurya-kapoor added

    Minato and Kushina

  • 5
    14,940
    4,904

    Maes Hughes

  • 6
    11,700
    4,127
  • 7
    11,851
    3,944
  • 8
    12,816
    4,205
    Erik Nielsen added

    Nina Tucker

  • 9
    9,214
    2,772
    Anthony Cibella added

    Kushina Uzumaki

    Naruto Shippūden
  • 10
    11,828
    4,788

    L

    Death Note, Death Note
  • 11
    11,276
    4,301
    shaurya-kapoor added

    Neji Hyuga

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • 12
    4,103
    1,399
    minjalehtovare added

    Erwin Smith

  • 13
    3,673
    1,092
    Zekrets added

    Sasha Blouse

    Attack on Titan
  • 14
    8,199
    3,397
    Matthew Kimura added

    Kaori Miyazono

  • 15
    8,297
    3,684
    shaurya-kapoor added

    Zabuza and Haku

  • 16
    7,219
    3,028
    shaurya-kapoor added

    Obito Uchiha

    Naruto Shippūden
  • 17
    6,151
    2,809
  • 18
    4,150
    1,970
    destroyer 34 added

    Nagato

  • 19
    5,386
    2,732
    shaurya-kapoor added

    Rin Nohara

  • 20
    3,846
    1,908
    Amanda Bricio added

    Chelsea

    Akame ga Kill
  • 21
    3,733
    1,818
    destroyer 34 added

    Konan

    Naruto Shippūden
  • 22
    2,357
    1,042
    Dual Wielding Demon added

    Tatsumi

    Anime

    Aka

  • 23
    2,877
    1,462
    BrigittaDavis added

    Shiro Fujimoto

    Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist
  • 24
    5,879
    3,126
    shaurya-kapoor added

    Spike Spiegel

    Cowboy Bebop
  • 25
    4,743
    2,268
    Cierra Monét added

    Igneel

    Fairy Tail
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