Saddest Anime Deaths

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WARNING, MAJOR SPOILERS!!!!!! ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK.

The Top Ten

1 Maes Hughes - Fullmetal Alchemist Maes Hughes - Fullmetal Alchemist

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

This was heart breaking- Just as you're getting to know Hughes- cheery, protective and loving of his family as well as the Elric brothers- Envy kills him- It's terrible- the icing on the cake that makes the tears flood every fan's eyes is of course the scenes that follow this one- The Elric brothers finding out- Winry finding out and visiting Hughes' home- of course the worst would be his funeral... Colonel Mustang even cried- and don't get me started on how gut wrenching is was watching Elicia cry over them burying him- not understanding her daddy's gone-

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 - klue

You can’t even put something ahead of this. It just not possible

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2 L - Death Note 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.

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.

This is the only character I've ever cried for. I was completely out of it and sobbing loudly into a pillow, which barely helped muffle the noise, for hours on end. Please take note that I'd always rather express anger than grief, so, needless to say, I wasn't the only one affected. Every time I read/watch his death scene I revert to my previously mentioned state, though it's thankfully more controlled. This is actually the first time I've ever been able to express this, so thanks for hearing me out. I'll never truly get over the death of him...

It took me at least a week to come into terms with L's death. I couldn't continue in peace because all I ever though about is L throughout the rest of the series. Heck, I couldn't even sleep after watching that episode. At least he knew he was going to die, so he had his next steps already planned before his death. But it still broke my heart as he was betrayed and killed by the only person he considered as his best friend... That ass Light Yagami...Kira... God of the new world my ass!
RIP L, your my panda-eyed hero

I cried the first time I saw it and I couldn't watch Death Note for a month strait!

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3 Lelouch Lamperouge - Code Geass 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.

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

Thank god he died. I am really happy to see him die. He was a psychopathic murderer. If he was a bystander, I would not care much but he murdered with no remorse. He deserves my hate. - SelfDestruct

It wasn't just his death that made everything so heartbreaking. It was the sacrifice that he made, and the sacrifice that remained unknown to everyone that made his death so heartbreaking.

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.

Should be first... Such a great character.

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4 Jiraiya - Naruto Jiraiya - Naruto

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"

He went on a suicide mission to uncover the truth of pein and it cost him his life and he gave his all in the fight knowing he couldn't win.

The death of a true teacher in the hands of his own student...

he da best

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5 Nina Tucker - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

The most tragic thing about Nina's death was Ed and Al were unable to prevent it from happening if only Ed had realized sooner what was going on with Shou Tucker and his experiments. - egnomac

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. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

She was so sweet and innocent she was like the little sister Ed and Al never had, her death left them both scarred for life. - egnomac

I blame her stupid father - ParkerFang

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6 Koro Sensei

I actually put off watching the last couple episodes of the show because I knew he was going to die. I just watched this finally as I'm writing this and I truly believe this is the most heart breaking thing I've ever put myself through in an anime, if not possibly any form of media. By the time nagisa let it out after he pushed the knife in I completely broke inside. Watching even the toughest students and teachers start to cry when they had held back just pushed me over the edge to full blown tears streaming down my face and the near hyperventilating audible breathing. I've seen most all of the top deaths on this list. Truly this is the most heartbreaking thing I've ever seen. I'm actually still crying as I'm writing this. And I'm a 32 year old man. This was extremely brutal. So well done. I hate anime for that sometimes. The propensity to bring me to tears time to time. But never like this. This should be number 1 and there's no question or debate to even be had.

I feel like as I was watching the anime from season 1 to season 2, I felt like I had become one of his students as well. So to see him die like that was truly a sad moment. As I remember all the sad and happy moments and how he gave up his life to save the students. It felt like I had lost him too, like I had lost a friend. The creators of this anime is truly brilliant for making viewers feel so connected with the characters. I hate them for that. I had never been so emotionally connected to a character, and I wished so hard that koro sensei was real, I really do, to have such a person in life...

This death was one of the most impactive scenes I've ever experience throughout all the animes I've watched, it was completely inevitable throughout the whole series that he"ll die eventually and as you grow to love the characters more, the harder it is to process. Once he did finally die it was extremely upsetting. The fact that all the students were crying too and the length of anticipation for it to happen added to the effect and emotivity. It was so hard not to cry in that scene and has left me with a heavy heart for the day. The fact that it is almost certain he will not return also adds to the brutallity of the scene, although, I do believe if he did, it will almost ruin the idea of the series. ;-;

8 years worth of crying went into this one scene. I have not cried so much in recent memory until this scene. It wasn't so much of him dying that set me off, but the grief that the entire class felt as a whole. I was wailing for a solid 10 minutes to the point that I trouble breathing. So far, no other character's death had made me feel so strongly like this.

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7 Kaori Miyazono - Your Lie in April Kaori Miyazono - Your Lie in April

Just watched the whole anime. Trust me it is worth watching. The saddest part is that you grow to love her energy and optimism, so when you learn she's so sick and doesn't have long to live. It hits you like a freight train. The final episode makes her death so good I can't put it in words.

I watched the anime a few months ago. I lot of people say it's not that good but I personally loved it. Poor Kaori. She died so young. If you wanna watch a sad anime, I really recommend Your Lie In April.

This anime really scarred me like no other. Kaori's death probably impacted me just as much as it impacted Kousei. It's been ages since I finished Your Lie In April but Kaori's death still leaves me feeling sad every time I think about it.

The saddest thing was that I was sooo sure my favorite character was gonna pull through but BUT...;-;

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8 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.

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.

WHY!?!?

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9 Marco Bodt - Attack on Titan

Marco deserved so much better. He knew that he probably wasn't going to make it out of this war alive, he hinted at that multiple times throughout the series. He really was a great leader and everyone seemed to get along with him. His death made a lot of the trainees (especially Jean) realize that anyone could die and that's exactly why they need to keep fighting.

Now I'm totally fine with Marco being dead (laugh out loud not really I want him to be safe and happy and warm oh god please just don't kill him please) but I really think Isayama handled it the wrong way. At first he was planning to kill Sasha off instead, and despite my love for Sasha Brouse, I really think that would've been the way to go. The reason he kept Sasha around instead of Marco is because the fans tended to like Sasha more because she was funny. We're dealing with an anime about war and sacrifice, not comedy. Killing off Sasha would've made a larger impact on the fans BECAUSE they liked her ...more

The thing that really shook me was the suddeness of Marco's death. Marco had so much potential. He had great leadership skills, and he held back in training because of his realistic view for future references. Later after they burn the bodies, you can tell how much impact Marco made on everyone in the trainee division and the worst part is no one saw him die. He died alone, because nobody can confirm how he died. That's just a real shock and so realistic (as with many deaths in AOT) that it really got to me. It made more of an impact because Jean, who Marco changed dramatically, was the one to recognize his almost unrecognizable body.

I really liked as Marco a character because he was so honest yet he was never blunt. He wanted to be Jean's friend and admired him for realist opinions. The look on Jean's face when he died, I felt for him as I new what it was like to have a friend who inspires you. When his body was burnt and Jean was saying how he was going to be a better person my throat went dry and I started crying.

Well, I think Marcos death is the saddest becz he's didn't DESERVE TO DEATH! *sob sob*

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10 Kamina - Gurren Lagann Kamina - Gurren Lagann Kamina is a fictional character in the anime series Gurren Lagann, known in Japan as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, animated by Gainax and co-produced by Aniplex and Konami. It was also directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by veteran playwright Kazuki Nakashima.

Kamina is easily my favorite fictional character of all time. He was just so entertaining to watch, so over the top, and so inspiringly stubborn and rash that it's impossible not to love him. So when he died, completely out of nowhere, I was left in total shock. It was bad enough to begin with, but then they made it look like he was going to survive, only to have him die again. Not to mention how they keep referring to him throughout the rest of the show, talking about him almost as if he were a god. He may not have actually been the main character after all, but he did end up being arguably the most important. He was the heart and soul of the show, even more so after his death, and that's what makes it number one for me: Kamina pulled an Obi-Wan and he pulled it off better.

Kamina is easily my favorite character for the entire series of Gurren Lagann. His unbreakable will, determination, and fighting spirit is what makes him an admirable character and the badass leader of Team Dai-Gurren. When Kamina dies, it isn't just a sad death; the show recognizes the weight of this loss and mourns with the viewer. The next few episodes are centered around all of the other characters coping with not just the death of their leader, but their role model as well. Even after this, during the second arc, they continue to honor him like he was a sort of God. As for myself, I had never cried when a character died until Kamina. I got choked up when Jiraya died, and I sniffled at Lelouche's death, but the loss of Kamina made me take a break from binging just so that I could cry. Kamina is an unforgettable character in an incredible anime, and his spirit is what drove Team Dai-Gurren to accomplish feats of greatness. That is his legacy, and that is why I believe he should be ...more

Kamina, was a man, a manly man, no HE WAS KAMINA the ONLY definition of a MAN, he was a badass warrior that we could all look up to, and he was an amazing character
And no I'm not saying this because of how awesome he was, but I'm saying this because Kamina in my opinion was one of the greatest characters in anime with his death proving that Kamina is apparently so awesome that his manliness spread forth to all of team dai gurren. Kamina may have passed, but who knows, they say on the third day Kamina will rise and lead team gurren to victory to save the world.

Can someone tell me why this is only number 10? It should be in top 3

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The Contenders

11 Nagisa Furukawa - Clannad: After Story Nagisa Furukawa - Clannad: After Story

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 was my favorite character and seeing her die was one of the hardest moments for me since I grown very attached to her character. I cried for weeks after this event and couldn't really believe what was going on and didn't understand why but surely Nagisa's death was clearly the worst death for me to go thought. - PolarIce

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

Having watched Clannad: AS for myself, Ushio's death is definitely sadder but there's nothing like the triumph and tragedy that surrounds her birth and her mother's demise. - Nononsensecapeesh

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12 Portgas D. Ace - One Piece 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.

Tons of pirate crews went to rescue him, and tons of them died doing so, sacrificing themselves and their crewmates. They all did it for his sake, voluntarily. The saddest part is that they succeeded, and he looked so happy fighting together with Luffy. They were all celebrating, and as I watched, I felt truly happy and relieved. And then, he died protecting his brother - that was very very touching. The way Luffy reacted was simply heartbreaking.

One piece had plenty of sad back stories, but none felt as heartbreaking as Ace's death. He had just been saved and he could've walked away. But the really saddening part about this was how Luffy took it. Luffy was usually strong enough to handle most sad stories. This death however almost drove him mad.

He so cute and strong have strongly faithful for his 2 brother and he died is saddest part :'(((

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13 Lord Death - Soul Eater

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.

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...

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.

Lord Death died in the manga...I think you're talking about the anime... - AlestAL357

When I finished Soul Eater, I was like "Whooo! Now on back to Fairy Tail! " And then on my recommended list on YouTube, there was a Top 5 facts about Death the Kid video and then on the video I found out that Lord Death, my fave shinigami, DIED IN THE MANGA. And I was like """.

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

"yuruse sasuke, korede saigoda".. Saddest thing I have ever watched! I don't know about any other animes, so I can't say anything about them, but this scene is way sadder than ero-sennin's or haku's death! And I can't even believe any other thing can be more emotional than this.. It got me into depression for almost a month, what else cam be more sad?

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

He should be the first. Lived a life of a traitor, but died a Hero who protected his brother and his village. His story makes it unbearably sad. He was the best. The best brother anyone can ever hope for.

This should be first

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15 Haku - Naruto Haku - Naruto

He was my favourite character, and a really relatable one! Watching his death for the first time made me devastated, my heart was shattered to pieces, and every time I think of him, a part of me dies. He was amazing and he knew what exactly to say. If it wasn't for Haku I don't think that Sasuke and Naruto would have gotten any closer, nor would Naruto understanding the true meaning of being strong (protecting the ones that you love). Haku taught Naruto an important lesson.

Wow I remember watching this scene. I cried. This was the first time being exposed to a sad moment in anime (usually a lot sadder than normal television). It was timed just perfect! The soundtrack was just on time and Naruto's reaction to Haku's death was just sad. Although, it was not just sad, it was actually a "happy" moment.

Yes, it's a very sad death in fact the saddest I have ever seen, it's the only anime character that I cried for his death :'(

I love haku and I cryed and did not whatch naruto

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16 Ushio Okazaki - Clannad Afterstory 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.

I HAVE NO IDEA WHY THIS IS so DOWN THE LIST!

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.

This should be number one! I cried my eyes out when I watched it. I honestly thought after Nagisa's death they would leave Tomoya alone but no...Ushio dies too. Its how Tomoya asks Nagisa's to save her that got me and the small conversation when she's in his arms.

Just how would a father feel if her daughter dies right in front of him?
This is the sadness unbearable and a sure to cry event by the audience.

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17 Spike Spiegel - Cowboy Bebop Spike Spiegel - Cowboy Bebop

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.

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.

This deserves to be on the top...Loved spike SO MUCH! I still don't believe he died...How can He DIE? He has fallen many a times because of a bullet or two but then he's back in the next episode...SO I DON'T BELIEVE HE DIED!

This is my favorite anime and it was heartbreaking to see him die.

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18 Kanade (Angel) - Angel Beats

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

Seriously the saddest thing ever

19 Light - Death Note

This is probably my favorite death scene in anime because of how they give sympathetic light (no pun intended) to him in his dying minutes. As he runs to find a place to die alone, he sees images of his young good self. See those images he realizes that he has gone too far and knows that he deserves to die. Upon reaching the warehouse, he waits for him imminent fate, without fear or desperation. It is upon his death where he dies as Light instead of Kira. A truly sad death and one of best scenes in the anime. Makes you pity him a bit. With Ryuk writing his name in his Death Note, the series goes full circle. - LelouchYagami

Light's death was indeed the saddest death in anime ever. The final minutes of the series were probably the most powerful. Many people say that Death Note had the worst ending ever, but I disagree. In fact, there was no better way to end it. Kira had to lose. We all saw it coming, but I don't think anyone thought it would end the way it did. The way Light was running away, scared and hopeless, knowing that it was all over for him. And the way he was remembering his old self, realizing what he had become, really makes you feel sorry for the guy. What really struck me the most was when Ryuk finished writing down his name because I don't think Light was expecting to die by the Death Note. This was the only anime death that ever made me shed a few tears. I cried.

L's death was more sadder but the way Light had died was so sad. Almost confusing. I had always known that in the end, Light's true identity would be uncovered and that Light would be debated in the end. But I thought he'd be defeated in a more 'positive' manner. It was obvious that when Light ran, despite being injured at the end of the last episode, he began to regret his doings. Then Misa committed suicide (probably). It was already sad enough until Light saw L's figure when dying. That was the saddest moment ever. The way L's figure was standing in front of him, emotionless was so sad.(Light was hallucinating). No doubt that Death Note's ending aka Light Yagami's death (Defeat at the hands of L's successors.)was very sad.

Me and my best friend cried till there's no tear left! 😢😭

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20 Yui - Angel Beats 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.

When I saw what she imagine if she still alive I cryed

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

21 Future Gohan - Dragon Ball Z Future Gohan - Dragon Ball Z

Saddest death ever

Well, at least Trunks achieved SSJ... - pratham2025

One of the Saddest death in DBZ

This is arguably
The most saddest death in dbz

22 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. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

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

Warning: You WILL need about ten tonnes of tissues to watch this

I ever cried that much...Jezz... SO sad!

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23 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

The one scan that without fail will make me cry every time.

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.

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24 Van Hohenheim - Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Rain, both the song and the eyes.

TEARS. Yuki Havoc

25 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!? - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

26 Ryuga - Beyblade Metal Fury

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!

Man...I just can't say how much I love Ryuga. And that scene just crushed my heart and left me in tears, devastated. But I believe that Ryuga is still alive..

I hated when that happened he was one of my favorite character

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27 Chiaotzu - Dragon Ball Z Chiaotzu - Dragon Ball Z

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? ) - RalphSaad

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.

No one likes him

Yes

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28 Neji - Naruto

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

IT WAS SO SAD! NEJI WAS MY FAVORITE CHARACTER. HOW HE DIED PROTECTING NARUTO AND HINATA WHEN HE JUMPED IN THE WAY!

I'm refusing the fact that he's dead. He is way to awesome to die this early

Neji’s death was much sadder than Light’s as it was obvious Light would die

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29 Yuuki - Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

His death is hard-hitting indeed, but the last time he sees his sister (and us seeing him on screen) can literally break you. You've been warned... - CrimsonShark

Why isn't this top 10!? Seeing Yuki die was so sad! I was crying! - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

On of the most unexpected and powerful endings in my experience

Ok this death literally had me crying for like an hour ^^;;

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30 Euphemia li Britannia - Code Geass Euphemia li Britannia - Code Geass

Most unexpected of all. I was like...

The death was so sad I cried for hours

I hated this death, I though eupihimia and lelouch and their other siblings would reunite but then, that happened...

I'm a guy and I cried like a little bitch when this Euphie died. You can see how it affected lelouche... I love anime!

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31 Pokkle - Hunter x Hunter

Why does hardly anyone pay attention to Pokkle's death?! He was a fantastic supporting character, and once he starts to really fall in love with Ponzu- they both die viciously. The saddest death in the show.

Its really sad that Ponzu..the person he loved died..and he died not long afterwards

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32 Toboe - Wolf's Rain

He was such a innocent and king character, and he just wanted to live with the lady that raised him. Why... Why did he have to go.

He was only a puppy. :( He was so selfless that he was willing to lay down his life to save the man who tried to kill him.

Saddest death. This series is amazing and Toboe gave such development. and went he dies...its just feels like maybe he will suddenly open his eyes and be good ol' toboe. but what hurts is when he doesn't and the broken faces of the pack.


This anime is amazing and very underrated.

33 Piccolo - Dragon Ball Z Piccolo - Dragon Ball Z Piccolo is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama. He first appeared in chapter 161 of the Dragon Ball manga in the Shonen Jump magazine on February 22, 1988. He is a member of the alien Namekian race and has abilities such as ki manipulation, regeneration, telepathy, ...read more.

He was originally Goku's enemy, following his death he decides to personality train Gohan himself although he was incredibly strict he and Gohan eventually become good friends, the very first real friend Piccolo ever had which is why he sacrifices himself to save Gohan during the battle with Nappa. - egnomac

I don't think that any deaths in DBZ (except maybe the first few ones) were sad. We always knew that they would be revived. Even Piccolo's real death in GT was rushed and emotionless. - RalphSaad

Erm, Piccolo died in GT For real..

34 Alexander Anderson - Hellsing

The guy was awesome. He died with a smile on his face, automatically making him great, and Alucard had to stop him from entirely losing his humanity. Those final words to Alucard make me shed a tear every time.

35 Tatsumi - Akame Ga Kill! Tatsumi - Akame Ga Kill!

The whole series brought me to tears yet was inspiring in every possible way. At least Tatsumi was reunited with everyone, especially Mine. It was sad how Akame was left alone in the end. It hit me like a brick wall when his village was anticipating his return.

It was so tragic a boy who only dreamed to save his village from famine and only he died for the people of the capital who he never really met

I thought tatsumi was going to survive and stay with Akame and go back to his village but when he did I was so mad but sad at the same time

I loved this anime. I feel that lubbocks death was way sadder but he's not on the list ;(

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36 Gin Ichimaru - Bleach Gin Ichimaru - Bleach

What I really hated, was how Gin died. When you first are introduced to him, you kind of start to hate him. He's heartless, killing the 5th seat of the squad, cutting off Jindanbo's arm, and other actions. He even bifurcates Hiyori. Its like he's just a top of the notch watch-dog for Aizen. Plus on top of that, he always smiles weirdly, talks like a child, and never opens his eyes. All the qualities you need to call him KARAZEEY! But then, you figure out that all along, he's been acting (you have to admit that he's a pretty darn good actor). He "kills" Aizen, and realizes that Aizen is pretty much immortal. And then he gets killed. He dies with his only and best friend flying toward him, calling his name and sobbing. In the end, what broke my heart and made me cry was his last words, "If you were to turn into a snake tomorrow and start devouring humans, and from the same mouth that you started devouring humans with you called out to me ' I love you! ' would I still be ...more

Watching his death is so painful! And how Matsumoto arrives to see him makes you feel awful about hating him and thinking that he was a heartless villain.

Gin ichimaru many people hate him but after seeing him as a hero I almost cried when he died I hate aizen for that

Mind shocking... His deaths left me numb.. My 3rd best bleach character dying. an unnecessary death. If only ichigo has showed up earlier but hell the plot needs to be that way

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37 Kurisu Makise - Steins;Gate

Episode 22 was definitely the high point of the entire series and it ended in a spectacular way that I wish would have concluded right then and there, but alas. The tragedy that is love. Kill one, let another live. An impossible yet necessary sacrifice.

One question: Why would someone put this on here!? I almost cried. Good thing that I can hold back tears during shows.

She didn't die in the end she survived

Everything was all fine that BOOM! This scene sucker punches you in the face and the bruse is still there. And the cherry on top is that it is unavoidable!

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38 Matt - Death Note

What the hell was with his death? He'd been in the show for like 2 or 3 minutes and he'd been killed? He could've been an outstanding character and could've worked together with Near.

Why did Matt have to die so suddenly?! He could have been an amazing character like L, Light, Mello, etc. But NO! The creators had to kill him before he could become amazing and probably take over the anime and manga!

Poor Matt could not even enjoy five minutes in the show!

Wait what? Why's he here? I swear he was only on the show for like 3 minutes... - DarkKnight500

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39 Sayaka Miki - Puella Magi Madoka Magica Sayaka Miki - Puella Magi Madoka Magica Sayaka Miki is a fictional character from the 2011 anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica and its related media.

COME ON PEOPLE! There is absolutely nothing sadder than THIS. Should be in the top ten at least. You have to watch the only 12 episodes of the series to understand the sadness. Sayaka was a beautiful character. However she dies because her Soul Gem was tainted and she did nothing to save herself. It was almost like suicide. Then Kyoko, the character below, died trying to save her but ended up having to kill her while killing herself. Very sad. Sayaka is a great character. WAS. I meant... SUCH A SAD DEATH!

What happened to Sayaka was truly a tragedy. She had such a pure heart and her love for Kyosuke was so true that despite of knowing how dangerous being a magical girl is, she still made a wish to heal him for which in return she faced a fate of combat. She did all of this for him while risking her own life! But what's so sad is that this wish of hers brought her own demise. Her feelings, reactions and character was so realistic that it affected me the most! The entire anime is sad but Sayaka's arc made the most impact on me. One of the main themes in the anime which is "when you wish for someone's happiness, someone else's joy must be cursed in return" was so nicely depicted in her case. Moreover, she wanted to fight for justice but it wasn't long until she started to discover how bad many humans are and she started to actually question herself about what was she fighting to save if people themselves were so evil. Her arc was like an introduction to reality and she's indeed one of the ...more

Sayaka is one of the best examples of a tragic heroine, whose intentions were good, who in the end succumbs to her own despair.

She died trying to protect her friends from herself. I'm going to miss her.
-KyubeyFuel

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40 Miyazono Kaori - Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

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.

This was an awesome Anime where a person with a dull life was brightened up by this girl... Really, she deserved to stay with the leading character and it was probably the saddest death in This list... Such a beautiful Anime ending in such a sad way...

The ending was beautiful but it was also depressing. Poor Kaori. Majority of the people probably want Arima to end up with Tsubaki. I am completely fine with it since it's their opinion. I guess I am the only one who doesn't want them to end up together. Tsubaki is too selfish. Kaori is and always will be one of my favorite anime characters. - ToukaKirishima

37th?! at least on the top 5... she never got to see Kousei play the piano with his emotions... she was like the flower in the garden that was the most beautiful, because the most beautiful flowers are the ones that are picked. - Silverfroststorm

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41 Mello - Death Note Mello - Death Note Mihael Keehl, universally referred to by the mononym Mello, is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Mello deserved so much more. He was never first, always second. Near was always a little better. I wish that Mello could have gotten to beat Near in the end, or for the two of them to defeat Light together. He was such an amazing character, I wish that he could have lived, or just have gotten a better death scene.

Death of the most badass character(after L) in death note. I really liked his way.

I ��� - Mello! I would never wish to see him die even if it means Kira wins either way if he was killed by Takada or not.

Mello-senpai...T_T

Light died, heartbreaking to the fans. L died, heartbreaking to the world.

Mello died...it just hit me so hard, it hurt worse than being struck by lightning a thousand times, beingg burned in hell for eternity, and being slammed by a hammer for eight times straight. His death was plain, but...

So far as I've known, Mello was the second smartest kid at Whammy's. Second only to Near, third to L.

Since Near was the first, Mello had suddenly felt inferior to him, up to the point he was ultimately driven to beat him. He had did everything in his will, just in order to overtake him, whilst having the same goal"catch, no, KILL Kira.

Mello had fought so hard, dealt with all the pain and burdens, didn't give up easily and fought through all the obstacles just to be the first and get to Kira...and yet, he had lost his chance, through death.

I won't pity him...but I can't help it. If only he lived, though...

It's one of the ...more

42 Kagura - InuYasha

Kagura's death was the saddest because villains death should make people rejoice and hers made me cry like really hard. Her death highlights that her whole life was just to be used by Naraku and that she was created to die. Her character development was so good and everyone was routing for her but Naraku had to kill her.

Despite me hating her at the start, she was actually a cool character. I can't help crying when she dies. All she wanted was freedom, and that lead to her death. :(

All she ever wanted was to be free, and she ultimately sacrificed everything for it. Her words at the end "I am the free wind" get me every time.

I got goosebumps when I saw her dying

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43 Sheele - Akame Ga Kill Sheele - Akame Ga Kill

The only death in this anime that made me cry. Too adorable and heroic to die. I mean, I liked that soldier and then she turns out to be a blood thirsty demoness.

She sacrificed herself for mine that's what I call a true hero her death was the saddest for me but Chelsea's death was worst and more sad

I sobbed so hard and it was really awkward because my sister was watching it with me

She was so kind, adorable, lovely and sweet. I loved it when she comforted Tatsumi and told him that he can cry, she won't tell anyone. When she died, I cred like hell.

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44 Teresa - Claymore Teresa - Claymore

Clare and Teresa gave everything to one another... Clare opened Teresa's warrior heart after all the pain and suffering she endured throughout her life as a warrior... And Teresa became the mother Clare had never had... Teresa's overwhelming power should have been enough to save her, but her weakened warrior's heart (due to her newfound happiness with clare) caused her an untimely death that ultimately caused Clare uncontrollable grief...

45 Makoto Sawatari - Kanon

In all my years of watching anime I have ever only cried at one scene. And that is the death of Makoto from Kanon 2006. Her mental deterioration and final death just really really got to me. I have not cried for any other media in 15 years. Only this one scene.

It was so sad because all she coul do was smile and ring the bell unaware she was about todie but she was happy because she was finally with Yuichi.

46 Majin Vegeta - Dragon Ball Z

Let's be serious we all thought he was gone.

The only death in DBZ that was heartbreaking and deserves to be on this list. Too bad they ruined his sacrifice by bringing him back to life. - RalphSaad

I cried when this happened, the only time in any anime I ever cried.

This should be number one! Had me in tears

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47 Lucy's Dog - Elfen Lied

Agreed, the dog was amazing and it got killed for no reason...

That was so sad, and I wanted to hurt those other kids.

Lol the fact that the main part people remeber about this series is that the dog died is so funny. It is the reason behind lucy's sanity and the drama of the show, but it is so insignificant. Like really, it's just a damn animated dog. If you want to talk about a sad death, read the manga when lucy dies( the anime is great, but dosen't cover half of the series). Now that had me crying for a long time.

Yeah.. but at least Lucy avenged her dog by slashing the bullies in pieces with her vectors

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48 Twelve - Terror in Resonance

He's just one of the most important character and... How he died was so awful and cruel!

He didn't even got a kiss from lisa before he died

SCREAMING THAT SHOW WAS THE BEST, MADE YOU THINK THEY'D LIVE AND BOOM THEY BOTH DIED, CRIED FOR WEEKS

49 Nagi Kengamine - Deadman Wonderland

Nagi was my FAVORITE character in Deadman Wonderland...watching him die was depressing..

50 Goku - Dragon Ball Z Goku - Dragon Ball Z Son Goku (Kakarrot) is the main protagonist in Dragon Ball franchise created by Akira Toriyama in 1984. He had many abilities like, super strength, utilization of ki, flight, teleportation, super speed, enhanced reflexes, and Super Saiyan transformation that increase strength, speed, and durability. ...read more.

When I saw Goku die my thought was "oh! They'll wish him back with the dragonballs " right? WRONG! My heart almost shattered to pieces when goku said he didn't want to be revived because he would cause to much trouble..but what some fans didn't realise was that he had a family..a son, a wife, and a son he didn't even know he had til later that he all left behind. Its so tragic realising your childhood hero..the main character dies.

Before fighting cell when he was spending time with his family instead of training I was surprised but when he said he will not come back then I realized he knew that maybe he is not going to live so he just wanted to spend some time with his family.

Following his death at the hands of Cell Goku asks his friends not to bring him back to life, Goku realizes that he would only attract more danger if he were to be brought back. - egnomac

Its sad.

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