Saddest Anime Deaths

The Top Ten
1 Maes Hughes - Fullmetal Alchemist Maes Hughes is a fictional character from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.

This was the only character death that I've ever cried about. Sure, I've come close to crying, but the way the anime and the manga portrays his death is heartbreaking. He is the only character that you want to come back to life and is such a supporting character with so much to him that you think that he will always be there until his unexpected death. He's a character that you don't realize how much he means to you until he dies. He is the kind of person we want to find in our lives - a kind, supporting, and lovable character. Above that, his character is one that you would never forget as when killed. After that in Fullmetal Alchemist, the anime adds the icing on the cake as it goes through more scenes that if you hadn't cried when he died, you would most certainly cry about this part after. He is, undoubtedly, the saddest anime character death I've ever seen/watched/read.

The only way you could not like Hughes is if your heart is stone. He practically oozed love for his wife and daughter and he was ridiculously kind and hospitable to everyone. Beneath that, he was great at his job. The best of Mustang's allies. His death was not only maddeningly tragic, but down right cruel at the sadistic Envy's hands. He had everything he ever wanted and shared it freely with everyone, so of course ENVY would be the one to kill him, and in such a sickening way. The deep sense of loss felt by every one of the characters affects you in a way few other anime deaths, or any television or movie deaths, really does. And that damn funeral with little Elicia, I'm tearing up just thinking about it. His death is the thing that brings the main story line of Fullmetal Alchemist into focus, and it's effects reverberate through the rest of the series, especially with Mustang. Hughes' murder is the foundation for just about everything Mustang does from there out, and when he ...more

This is the only anime death I can think of right off the top of my head that almost made shed a tear, and that's saying a lot because almost anime death I have ever seen made shed a tear. Maes Hughes wasn't a badass. Maes Hughes wasn't even that skilled compared to the other characters. Why was his death so sad? It was sad because he never deserved it. A badass killer can be loved and when he/she dies it's sadistic to see that character pass away, but if you think about they actually got what they deserve. Sure you may love them, but that doesn't change the fact that the badass character was a killer. Maes Hughes never killed (permanently) anyone in the series. Not all badasses kill people however (well unless if they have to in order to survive a certain scenario). Maes Hughes wasn't a badass, to me anyways. I don't like Hughes because he's skilled. I loved Hughes because he was the one of the funniest, if not the funniest character in the whole series. He was so deservedly likable. ...more

Even after having read the manga and on my second time rewatching Brotherhood I had to cover my mouth as I cried to avoid making noise. His death is almost unexpected and the entire time throughout his struggle there is a part of you inside hoping he makes it out alright like everyone else has. He's just such a supportive character and so lovable, he has so much to offer to the people around him and is the type of person we hope to find in our own lives.

His death is upsetting and even more tragic as the knowledge is slowly spread among others, leaving a horrid taste in your mouth as the brothers and Winry finally find out. Many likable characters in entertainment have died, but they are typically expected and not deemed very upsetting. Rewatching the episode in which he died almost through me off guard and I had to ask myself if it was really the one he met his end.

The entire show is great and I hold it in high regard, and Hughes I believe was a great character who ...more

2 L - Death Note L Lawliet, exclusively known by the mononym L, is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

This death is definitely one of the most unexpected deaths ever. On top of that, L is such a beloved character, one of the most beloved in TV history. To see him go out the way he did was just devastating. Didn't cry to this one though, I barely ever cry, but I know an emotional moment when I see one. Even more so, the Death Note series literally wasn't the same without L. The series without L dropped in quality, which just makes me realize how important of a character L really was.

Death note lose its popularity when l died if the writers let him to be alive in the story and defeat light I can tell it clearly that death note IMDb ratings now would be 10.0.

It kills me that L died the way he did. He knew he was going to die and he knew that he would be killed by his best (only) friend. Every time I watch Death Note I find myself just as sad as that first time, and for the rest of the series (whether anime, movie, or manga) I generally find myself with a lingering sadness.

Why? L was justice and, in the moment of his death, justice had failed.

I always hoped that L's opinions, his very code, would affect Light positively (because I do side with Light on a few matters), but to see that he died so uselessly and to see Light consider it a victory and nothing more... My tears can't satisfy the wish that L had been able to do more than just leave successors behind.

From the point of L's death and onwards, Death Note gained a darker note for me. In the end, L won through Near, but to get there, so much sacrifice was made, a lot of chances taken, and all for a game of pride, really.

It hurt me so much when L died, finding out he was right as he lay dying in his only friend's arms.
Something that adds to the irony of this sad death is that it was L's best (only) friend who killed him. The World's Greatest Detective finally opened up his heart. And that killed him.
He was just so cute with all his quirky mannerisms, sitting and looking like some huge, cuddly panda bear. He has to be my favourite anime character of all time.
It was also incredibly heart-wrenching the way L was murdered, his first and final friend (apart from Watari) holding him in his arms, while laughing maniacally at his wonderful rival's demise.
I'm so sorry L. You deserved so much more than to be used as a tool by people, and you could have had so much more if only this world wasn't so dark.
To add to the fury and injustice of it all, the followers of Kira probably hate him.
R.I.P My dearest L.

3 Lelouch Lamperouge - Code Geass Lelouch Lamperouge, whose real name is Lelouch vi Britannia, is the title character and protagonist of the Sunrise anime series Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.

Talk about an epic death. Not to say that Lelouch was a good guy, but he wasn't exactly a bad guy. Or rather, the fact that he plays the part of the bad guy throughout the whole anime to purposely get people to hate him, only to plan his own death at the end so that the world doesn't know who to hate anymore, is pretty amazing. I also find it extremely satisfying because after all he's done, there's no way he could be forgiven, even if he had his reasons. He accepted the weight of his crimes and his punishment. I'm left wondering if he was being selfless or selfish. In the beginning he only wanted to make his sister happy, and on the way seemed to get tangled up in power. Then, when he had the world in his hands he gave it up. Was it because he still selfishly wanted his sister to be happy, or because he just wanted to fix the world? Who knows.

The death of the protagonist of the story is just so very sad!
This thing at the end of the whole anime and all is quite unexpected.

Lelouch died for a purpose and he wanted this. He planned the "Zero Requiem" and asked his own bestfriend to kill him. And after his death, his own little sister, Nunnally, was crying at him dying and the rest of the people were actually cheering...

To the people who are saying Lelouch didn't die, well, you are wrong.
There is already an official statement saying that Lelouch vi Britannia, Lelouch Lamperouge did die. And the cart driver at the ending wasn't Lelouch.

Saddest anime death for me.

And not to mention the ending song! It has a happy tone but it reminds you of something sad -"Continued Story" by Hitomi

Well, season 3 is coming out soon, we will see if he is alive or not. But ya, damn sad that he died and that everyone were cheering at his death when they don't know what he has done to create a peaceful world without hate, by making everyone put their hate and disgust on him. Only a few people knows that truth, and I feel sad for them too as they watched their friend, lover and brother die in front of them for the greater good.

God of sacrifice, peace, justice, tactics, strategy. The fusion of itachi, light and L. This man killed his parents, his comrades, he severed his releationship with his friends and at last planning his own death. What more do you want from a protagonist? He surpassed our expectations.

Who plans his own death and fighting knowing it? Did any anime character ever did that? I would not say more but he is an idol both to heros and villains. RESPECT

4 Koro Sensei

Now this is the saddest death I have ever seen in anime. Let me rephrase that, one of the saddest deaths I have ever witnessed on television. Literally the only thing in anime to make me tear up, even though I know his death was inevitable. It's even sadder since he knew he was going to die by the hand of his students who he loved dearly. Koro Sensei accepted this fate and even helped his students succeed in killing him, telling them to even calm down. It gets even more depressing when you see all the other characters starting to break down. Other people throughout the internet have also stated some not so fun facts about Koro's death such as the fact he died on his birthday. The scene of Koro's death was masterfully crafted and represents one of the main reasons why people watch anime. RIP Koro Sensei; to the greatest fictional teacher to ever grace the silver screen.

This is by far the saddest death that kept me depressed for 5 days. (Not really 5 full days but yeah I was not my happy jolly self either.) The funny thing that I have known this character before watching the anime and his death was spoiled for me which make me not watching the anime but then I watched it because Nagisa. I thought it was an anime with a female protagonist and the genre was action and that's why. So I will never cry for this Octupus I know he will go to die, but funnily enough I even cried so much in his backstory. Ouch. My little sister was mocking me so much for crying because I'm mostly unreactive or neutral. And in that 24th episode... Ahh that just hurts way too much.

Koro Sensei was a very good character though. Seeing Nagisa and all of the other students break down and cry was very sad. This should be at least top 3.

I pretty much watched all the top list but I damn say that I was never been such a baby as much as I saw koro sensei die. I couldn't make out what was right at that time (the students who adored him so much, killing him for real this time or them not going through such tragic state even though they were trained to do so in the first place). I hated the sad world of anime who killed one of the most inspiring characters of all time. And hearing him say that goodbye was something I could never forget, heck even before death he was teaching Nagisa how to live, this I say about him: there never was a character more passionate in his profession than koro sensei.

5 Jiraiya - Naruto Jiraiya is a fictional character in the Naruto anime and manga series created by Masashi Kishimoto. Introduced in the series' first part, he was a student of Third Hokage Hiruzen Sarutobi and one of the three "Legendary Sannin" along with Orochimaru and Lady Tsunade, his former teammates.

Naruto is probably one of the best animes I have ever been blessed with seeing, and growing up with. This emotional roller coaster of a show will have you happy and cheering for heroes, laughing at the ridiculous situations and gimmicks, and crying over the heartbreaking truths the show reveals. With all of that being said, Jiraiya's death is one of THE SADDEST ever. I have not cried harder watching his death than in any other anime with the exception of Anohana.

He fought 6 guys at a time, lost his arm, got his throat destroyed, got stabbed in his only arm and in the back, managed to write a codified language and then drowned. He says his death was full of mistakes, but he realizes he got a perfect student, and, finally, when his book finishes, he starts his last book "the legend of Naruto Uzumaki"

Jiraiya was brave and went on a mission that almost seemed suicidal. He suffered at the hands of his own student. The one who he cherished so much. His death was such an impact on Naruto. He realized as he died, he already had the perfect student, the one who will live out the legend of Jiraiya's last book, Uzumaki Naruto. He will live in Naruto forever. ;-;

'He didn't know anything about the enemy.. He thought his life was full of failures he wanted to change this. Before leaving he talked to Tsunade and told her that he may not come back'

But the saddest part was when Naruto was told about Jiraiya's death this really made me cry...

6 Kaori Miyazono - Your Lie in April

From the happy go lucky cutie, who is an amazing violinist, to someone who's health grows worse and worse, after inspiring the main male, she falls ill just like his mother. Kaori is easily the saddest death in anime because for one, you have no idea about her condition from the start, the first sign is when she collapses on stage, but the worst is when she is walking through the hospital corridor and her legs give in and stop working. It was during episode 14 I knew what was going to happen, I knew from that moment she was going to die.

When I started watching this anime, the second Kaori was introduced, I fell in love. No kidding. Over the course of the first ten episodes, I began being mesmerised by Kaori's sweet yet tough nature. I kept wondering why a person who doesn't even exist had me captivated. I still don't know the answer.
When she first collapsed on stage, I literally froze, but later was relieved on finding out she was fine. But after the first ten episodes, I started picking up hints just like Arima did, and had a feeling this wasn't gonna end well. I made my way to the last episode and I truly believed that the surgery would work and that the anime would have a Disney style happily ever after ending. But halfway through the final episode, the moment Arima whispered 'Sayonara',realisation hit me like a truck, and tears poured out. I kept watching through tears, Kaori's letter only added to the them. The tears didn't end even after the episode did. I don't care if this sounds dumb but I'll never ...more

Agreed the entire anime is a sad one. I cried over it ever 2 episode to the minimum and as he Arima broke down when Kaori was place in the ICU was emotionally devastating. In the last episode when she comes to him in his imagination as she played the violin I took in a sigh of relief that she survived but when reality hit me, it hit me hard.As he read the letter given to him by her every narration gave more and more tears. By the end I was crying with tears just keeping on rolling. As the final goodbyes and apologies I was devasted. When she said I love you and the tears fell on the letter I was gone... Beautiful anime and a must watch from. My side

When Kousei saw Kaori fade away he realized that was her goodbye, her death. I knew it was coming and I still bawled my eyes out. The way it just broke him on stage was so heartbreaking. The letter she left was HEARTBREAKING! She liked him too and they never knew. He finally could hear the notes again and she was gone. She'll be remembered in his heart forever.

7 Nina Tucker - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Nina Tucker is a fictional character from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.

Although the Elric brothers didn't really spend much time with Nina, the writers of this series brilliantly developed an emotional connection between her and the viewers. This connection strengthened every time the little girl appeared on the screen only to have it shatter into a million pieces in the most gruesome and horrible way. The "Big Brother" line hit hard.

I saw this part twice. In the original one and Brotherhood, but they're both sort of different. In the 2003 version the chimera was killed in an alleyway whereas in new one it was killed inside the house by Scar. Also in the 2003 version Shou tucker himself turned into a chimera while in the fifth laboratory (SORRY FOR SPOILERS)

What could be worse than seeing a pretty little girl being turned into an experiment along with her dog by her own father. Nina was like a younger sister to Edward and Al, yet the worst thing about it was that none of them new about it and none of them were able to prevent it.

When it comes to the saddest anime deaths, I think this uses the most fitting music. But this death is not as sad as Hughes' death. I'm not saying this death isn't sad. It's nowhere near being a death I can easily forget about. I'm just saying I thought Hughes' death was more depressing.

8 Spike Spiegel - Cowboy Bebop

Very few deaths inspire such emotion in you, he was the main protagonist you follow throughout the whole 26 episode series. His death was a striking moment as all the syndicate workers stood there as he limped down the stairs and it ended with one word "Bang." When he falls to the floor you feel it in your stomach. See you, Space Cowboy.

I've never experienced death of a close person in my life yet. Spike was my first experience with death. Even though he was a cartoon I felt like I lost something when he died. I felt sad for him and angry at him for his decision at the same time. I'll remember the good times.

Quite a sad death since it made the rest of the crew sad and left a sad impression of the ending. It was a combination of sad information that was given to us and hidden feelings that made this a very sad ending in my opinion.

A sad fate, but a satisfying ending. Because Spike died a hero by defeating the leader of the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate/former friend, Vicious. All I have to say: put this in the Top 10.


9 Kanade (Angel) - Angel Beats Kanade Tachibana is one of the students of the Afterlife school and is said school's Student Council President. She is also referred to as Angel by the Afterlife War Front, which is a nickname coined by Hideki Hinata and later used by the group's leader Yuri Nakamura to refer to Kanade after discovering more.

Although more of a disappearance than a death, still a heartbreaking scene

I don't normally cry

I am not that sad because there is a little movie in the credits

10 Itachi Uchiha - Naruto Itachi Uchiha is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto.

To understand why his death was so tragic, first you must look at his life. He was forced to do the unthinkable and endure things that most would not have been able to bear. He wanted to die as the hated, the despised, the make another the hero. He was willing to sacrifice so much, to live and die...all for another. But still, there wasn't a single trace of bitterness, anger, or hatred toward the world that forced him to do so. Instead, he sacrificed himself to protect it. His selflessness is almost beyond compare, and because of it, he will always be remembered. The world lost a true hero the day of his death. Rest In Peace, Itachi Uchiha.

Itachi's death was something else, Sasuke had you fooled that this guy was a douchebag who killed his entire family, just to test his strength. Sasuke spent the rest of his life, isolating himself, filling himself with hatred; just so he could kill the man who killed his family. When Itachi finally died, after the intense battle, and Sasuke finds out the truth, you don't know what to do with your life. Everything you thought about this character was a complete lie and in fact the entire time, Itachi has been trying to protect the village and his brother.

Itachi lived a lonely life, having to keep so much bottled up inside him, as he knew what his clan was trying to do at such a young age, but trying to act the model ninja and big brother would have been agonising, having to return home everyday to a clan, full of your closest family, plotting to overrun the village you try to protect so much, would've been so hard. Then after he had committed a crime which probably haunted him ...more

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Itachi Uchiha died by the hands of his brother and by his illness with his Mangekyo Sharingan, but he chose to die that way while passing on his real reason why he killed his clan, and when he died, his brother and murderer, Sasuke, lay down next to him. Just sad with all the brother vs brother, and how itachi was so willing just to give up his life. And when he died, he jabbed Sasuke's forehead again, to me, symbolizing their brotherly relationship together. And Sasuke cries tears of blood, the blood mixed in with Itachi's, again, symbolizing their bloodline relationship.

His WHOLE life was terrible and sad, just one sacrifice after another, all so he could both protect his younger brother and his village. There was no happy ending, no recognition of his heroic deeds or his name being cleared up. He really ended up dying as a traitor and criminal, an unnamed hero (the greatest one) and you just feel this cold feeling about how unfair everything was... but at least, his brother knows the truth. This is the most selfless, deep, heartbreaking character ever.

The Newcomers

? Kurama - Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
The Contenders
11 Portgas D. Ace - One Piece Portgas D. Ace, born as Gol D. Ace and nicknamed "Fire Fist" Ace, is a fictional character in the One Piece franchise created by Eiichiro Oda.

Ace was one of, if not the most, lovable supporting protagonists in One Piece (which is saying a lot, considering how many there are) and also one of the coolest. He was some of the only family Luffy had, or at least knew he had. He was Luffy's big brother, and how he died reflected this. He did what any good brother should and took a smoldering hot fist through the chest for his little brother. As a person who had been the subject of a manhunt at birth, you'd expect him to be a heartless monster who's committed horrible crimes, but he's incredibly noble. He was born the son of the most notorious criminal, but that's not his fault, but he ends up paying for it all the same. Also, the reactions to his death (Luffy's specifically) are absolutely heartbreaking. Watch the video on YouTube, and you'll know what I mean.

I cried so much when ace died, even though he was only a minor character but he is no doubt, one of the best characters in one piece. His death left a deep impressions on people. His death is tragic but admirable in a way, he did got save but he chose to die in order to protect his little brother. The relationship between ace and luffy is so touching and sweet. I love how ace is always worrying over luffy and even got killed just to save him. Luffy, Dadan, Garp, Whitebeard, Whitebeard pirates reaction when Ace died was truly heartbreaking but the most saddest one is Luffy, I got sad whenever I think how Luffy was feeling when Ace died, it's too unbearable! I don't think I can ever get over his death.

Ace was inspiring for me ever since I saw him and Luffy together in Arabasta. They possessed such camaraderie even after being separated for three years. Everything that could harm Luffy, Ace tried to protect him from. Ultimately, the only reason he was caught was because he couldn't find it in him to run away, as Luffy was what Blackbeard had originally been after. Then, even in Impel Down, when told Luffy had broken in, attempted to escape in a fit of desperation. The brothers truly cared for each other, but this wasn't the only reason why his death was so debilitating- He had a crew full of nakama, who, painfully reminiscent of the Straw Hats, threw themselves into battle just to rescue a brother, to show that he was loved and to show that they all cared.

The saddest part was that he was actually rescued. They succeeded, and everyone celebrated, only to find the next moment that he had died for his brother. He had devoted his entire being to his brother, pride stripped away ...more

I believe that Ace's death was sadder and much more emotional than even Hughes' death. Firstly, we see in Alabasta how much he and Luffy love each other and how important they are to each other (so I kinda feel like this death hits especially hard if you have siblings, considering Ace's character was centered around familial love for his brother)

There were so many chapters building up to Luffy saving him, all the way from when we see his vivre card burning in Thriller Bark.

Then, we have the entire Impel Down arc, where Luffy is only just too late to save him, then he chases him to Marineford, the marine headquarters.

Luffy and the Whitebeard pirates all work so hard to save him, Luffy even willing to fight Garp to save him, and then when they're finally escaping he gets impaled with Akainu's fist, saving his brother.

His death gets even sadder when you see him and Luffy as children and he promises Luffy that he won't die after Sabo's death.

12 Ushio Okazaki - Clannad Afterstory

Probably the most tragic death you will ever encounter in regards of children. When an innocent 5 year old child who has yet to experience the joys of life dies from an illness, you can't help but feel terrible, especially of her upbringing.

After 5 years of being turned away from her depressed and neglectful father, they finally reunite. They created memories and bonds with each other. She finally got to know what her mother was like before she died giving birth to her.

What's more heartbreaking is that this was highly unexpected and if it was predicted, it happen way too fast. I believe it was 4-5 episodes after Nagisa, her mom, died, that Ushio too, died of the same illness.

So sudden, so young and so many tears.

Dunno why this is so low, in my opinion Ushio's death hits a lot harder than Nagisa's and Nagisa's already a pretty sad death but Ushio's is one where your hopes are up for even just a moment. The thing to remember with these two deaths is the difference in emotional context. For Nagisa it is a turbulent ride emotionally with her, and you end up with a pretty strong mixture of fondness and sorrow when she dies. However with Ushio, her entire characterisation occurs during by far the darkest part of the entire series so you end up looking at the entire part of her arc from an extremely low emotional state, hence why even though she really only has one proper moment of positivity following the Sunflower Field it being dashed so quickly by Snowfield hits incredibly hard.


It is not easy to make me cry and this death made me cry so bad that I had to wash my face in order to hide that I had cried, it is by far that most depressing death that I have seen in an anime. After 5 years of not knowing the love of a parent, and when she finally got her father back, she dies in the most tragic way possible, in the arms of her father who had to lie to her in order make her feel that her last wish had come true. The poor guy who at first lost his wife and then her only child, both of them died in his arms while all he could do was cry, a normal person would die of despair.

This one deserves to be at least in the top ten.

A real shame this is number 57. This little girl's mother died when she was born, and her father neglected her for the first five years of her life out of depression of her mother's death. He finally came to terms and decided he would father her, everything is all happy - and then, right as they are leaving to go on a trip together, she dies. She dies as he cries while she drifts away in his arms. You will cry, guaranteed. This should be number one easily.

13 Enma Ai - Hell Girl Two Mirrors

She does not deserve to die after all she has been through especially the thing about her cousin very sad.

Where's our favourite hell girl on this list!?

14 Nicholas D. Wolfwood - Trigun

Wolfwood did every thing he could to keep the children suffering like he had as a child. He even killed for their sake. In the end, he finally realized that there was a way for everyone to live, that Vash was right. He died as a man with many regrets. With the injuries he sustained with the added weight of his sins finally weighing down on his life, he collapsed in a church with his Punisher being the only thing holding him up. After he reflects on his regrets and sins, his final words are, "I did not rwant to die this way! " His hand falls to the ground and he slowly closes eyes. He was many things: a pries, an assassin, but overall he was a good man with a big heart. To see him die with the regrets he had makes me sob uncontrollably every single time.

Watching his final confession made me start to cry. Hearing Milly's horrified wailing after she heard the news made me completely BAWL. Nicholas D. Wolfwood was a great character with terrific development up until the very end. I love how he was both exactly alike and completely opposite to Vash the Stampede, and how much meeting Milly and Vash changed his life and worldview. In the end, he was a true hero.

A man of God giving his first and final confession. A very emotional confession. It really made you feel for him. I wanted nothing more than for him to continue his journey with Vash and the others. Wolfwood was one of my favorite anime characters which made losing his that much more painful. As sad as it was, it was an amazing scene.

The greatest things about Wolfwood's death was that he only died because he followed Vash's orders to never take a life, and rather than subdue his enemy, he walks away will this back turned, only to be killed. His final confession is so moving because he fights death until the very end.

15 Future Gohan - Dragon Ball Z Future Gohan is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama. He is featured in the alternate timeline counterpart of Gohan.

Saddest death ever

It is so saddest

It made me cry

16 Yui - Angel Beats

Not really a death but I cried so hard during that episode. The relationship between her and Hinata was so funny and very comedic but the way she passed on was so emotional. Plus, I actually didn't really like her character to begin with anyway so it was really quite surprising for me.

Yui is already dead it's that she got obliterated.

17 Nagisa Furukawa - Clannad: After Story

S2 EP16 easily destroyed me. Spoilers- Nagisa is a very weak person in general, and often suffers from illness. After her and Tomoya get married and decide to have a child together, Nagisa's body soon collapses after her daughter's home birth and dies with her newborn in her husband's arms. This death killed me, not just from the 35+ episodes we got from Nagisa so we would get connecting with her as a character, it was the immense pain Tomoya felt after seeing the only thing keeping him intact lost in front of him. Tomoya's monologue after seeing Nagisa pass away was heartwrenching. He describes how he and Nagisa had promised to be together forever and to stay by each other's side. He has flashbacks of Nagisa, soon wishing to have never met her so he wouldn't have to go through the pain of losing the love of his life. Hearing her own theme song play as Tomoya assures himself she's still there, about FAMILY for god's sake pushed me to tears. I had to sob into my pillow to keep from ...more

Never before have I been so emotionally attached to a character in any anime. She is such a sweet and kind girl, she doesn't think much of herself but everyone in the story cared for her a lot. The fact that she died while giving birth to her and Tomoya's daughter is the thing that pushed me over the edge and made me just cry, it was to the point of just seeing her in a flashback or a picture made me start to cry. Her death actually made me depressed for a while. This is coming from someone who shows little to no emotions and rarely cries in general.

Nagisa Furukawa was a character who I saw a lot of myself in. She was someone I drew genuine strength from. Everything about her death was awful. The way Tomoya claims that she passed out several times due to pain is heartbreaking. The fact that you can hear her final breath, and the way it breaks Tomoya just as much as the viewer. I lost sleep over this death the first time, I was inconsolable. It hurts less on re watches once you know the ending but it always hurts.

Such an amazing character who evolved from a physically/mentally weak outcast to a loving wife, daughter and friend. After all her obstacles she had to overcome, she finally reached the peak of the mountain known as life and has it all... Only to be taken away from her too soon.

What hurt the most is that several times, she wishes to be with her husband, Tomoya, forever, only to die at her happiest time of her life.

18 Misuzu Kamio - Air

This far down on the list?! Misuzu was cursed. She got it from her ancestor, Kanna. The curse was passed on from Generation to Generation down to her. If she fell in love, she would suffer great pain, then finally die. Yukito broke the curse and Misuzu was reincarnated to live without anymore pain of a curse.

This death was terribly sad. She lived a life of pain and suffering and in the end finally reached her goal before dying!

Incredible anime. So underrated!

A final end to a struggle.

19 Van Hohenheim - Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Everything about this scene shattered my heart, from the way he just looks ahead as he crumbes into ash. I'd grown so attached to Hoenheim's lovable personality, his iron will to defeat Father. To imagine the pain he must've gone through when he realized everyone in Xerxes was dead, uhg. I absolutely love this man.

He didn't break his promise and died along with his wife and with a big smile. And I was sobbing.

Rain, both the song and the eyes.

20 Chiaotzu - Dragon Ball Z

The only death in Dragon Ball, DBZ and DBGT I ever took seriously was Vegeta dying for the first time. He was CRYING! He was killed by a man who enslaved his race to be his killing machines, killed his father, destroyed his planet and used him as a tool for many years.

Also, this entry isn't specific seeing as how Chiaotzu died 2 times in DBZ (3 times in total! 4 if you count Future Trunk's timeline) His words of farewell and sacrifice was touching, but didn't Yamcha died on the same episode or one episode before it? Goku also died 12 episodes prior, but he's not on the list either?

So his death was in vain anyways, seeing as how Tien and Piccolo dies right after. At least Nappa died by the hands of Goku... Wait, what's that? Vegeta killed him? So none of his friends killed him? So he died for no reason?

I'm laughing.

Death in DBZ was rarely ever touching. You could always tell that the characters would be brought back somehow. Even when the dragon balls were made ineffective, the author found a way to create new dragon balls (on Namek) that could revive people with no count limit (kind of makes your job easier doesn't it Akira? )

I couldn't believe it when I saw one of my favorite DBZ characters blow himself up. His words of farewell only made it worse. " If I can save you then it's worth dying for. You will always be my best friend. Remember me."Tiens screams only made it harder.

He Blows himself up in order to save his friends but his sacrifice ends in vain very sad.

21 Lord Death - Soul Eater

Crap, his death, hit me in the feels hard. It's just so hard to picture Lord Death being dead, he was such an awesome character! He was hilarious, and then dead... and then... with Kids' reaction... T-T But of course Excalibur just HAD to ruin it...

Pretty proud of my bae Kid though...

Well he doesn't die in the anime but he doesn in the manga. When Kid becomes a the new Grim Reaper he is soon replaced and dies. He goes peacefully after fighting Asura. The last chapter of Soul eater literally made me cry.

He didn't die!? He was just injured badly... And I think it's weird, since he said "I'm back, baby" to make Spirit and everyone else notice he was alive... Geez. Can't believe you thought he died.

Kid's reaction when he learned that he died made me really unhappy. But then, Excalibur had to blow out all of the feels out the window...

22 Neji - Naruto

It a as not that sad. But really unjustified. Kishimoto said that he kicked him off the show for NaruHina development. I didn't see them getting closer in anyway during the incident. He didn't deserve to die. Neji was one of my favorite characters in the anime. In Naruto, he said he will free the side branch members of the Hyuga clan and escape his destiny. So it was stupid for him to die as he was fated to in Shippuden. All his character development was just thrown away. Neji had so much potential. He was also the first of Konoha 11 to reach the rank of Jounin. I don't know what Kishimoto was thinking.

K,so, here me out. Neji was my favorite Naruto character of all time so when he died 2 things happnend:
1. I sobbed for approximately 97 minutes.
2. I didn't leave my room for the rest of the day.
He only died for the sake of the ship NaruHina I mean that ship could have easily happened without his death, a part of me will never forgive Masashi Kishimoto.

He died so Naruto and Hinata can end up as a couple. It's so stupid. He was just used. He didn't grow up changing the clan and neither did stupid Hinata. His death simply could have been prevented though. Hinata had a lot of time to take Grab Naruto and Naruto would heal perfectly. His death was weak. He was the only one that didn't end happy

His death was incredibly sad and so sudden, it was too rushed because of the situation they we're in but still had me bawling.It really needs more recognition because without him Naruto may have died which basically screws everyone and so they including Neji inevitable all die but he stepped in. His death was very heart wrenching, left me hollow and down for aaages.

23 Ryuga - Beyblade Metal Fury

How the hell is Ryuga on here lol. Saddest Death in Beyblade but no in total. And technically speaking he isn't dead. Sakyo claimed to have gotten his bey from a legendary blader which could imply Ryuga gave it to him. Also if you notice at the end of Shogun Steel you could see L-Drago's spirit

I was really heart broken when Ryuga died cause he was my favorite character from Beyblade and even though he was evil, at the end he had a good heart and helped Kenta who needed to help his friends. I wonder if Ryuga didn't die, there would probably be more episodes.

WOAH!, I stopped watching Beyblade a while back and I remember all the characters and I come to this list to find a character from a while back in my childhood has DIED!

He was a great guy and a great mentor even for me.. He shows that you should be strong enough and independent to live happily.. Relying on friends like other main characters won't help always

24 Going Merry - One Piece

The moment Merry started burning wasn't so sad until the ship started speaking...and then I burst into tears. It brought them into the grand line and went through so much. She wasn't supposed to be able to sail anymore but she miraculously did once more to save the whole crew, then broke in half.

A truly touching moment. Maybe the reason it always makes me cry is that even though it was never alive in the first place, it was loved so much it came to life.
Saddest and most beautiful moment in anime history

Been watching anime for a long time, movies, series, but the saddest scene I've ever watched is when merry's spirit said it's farewell to it's nakama...

I don't know about the manga for this scene, but in the anime they made it so sad. Especially because Merry started speaking to the crew while burning. I can't believe I cried for a ship. TT^TT. The voicing and the color for this scene is just perfect.

25 Euphemia li Britannia - Code Geass Euphemia li Britannia is a fictional character in the Sunrise anime series Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.

Even the crazy hell-bent on revenge Lelouche Vi Brittania had to bow down before Euphie's charm and good will. Right before he lost control of his power and ruined her, he had decided to accept her proposal for the betterment of all 11's. It was a pivotal turning point for his character where he started to move past his pain and move forward as a character... He even (half-jokingly) calls her his "most fearsome opponent" while genuinely laughning (and this is Lelouche we are talking about) while about to take her hand in peace... Except he accidentaly drives her insane. Being forced to accept this outcome, he then snaps back into his dark path of destruction and uses it as propaganda to further his terrorist crusade to make Daddy suffer.

The tragedy of her death isn't so much as an innocent is slain in the process of doing humanitarian work (no good deed goes unpunished), but how much of a missed opportunity this was for Lelouche's character development.

One of the most cruel and sad deaths in the series (actually I don't remember many relevant characters dying in CG anyway).
The purest, compassionate and kind person being twisted against her will by the fierce power of Geass. Even Lelouche noticed how she fought and resisted the order (at some point I though she'd rather commit suicide than harm another being, but sadly the casualties piled up).

The death of the kindest and purest character in Code Geass. So unexpected and sad. Loved her.R.I.P.

I hate characters that are very soft and naive in Code Geass and Euphy is that one character. Can't she leave Suzaku alone?

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