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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
Only time I cried, other than at the end of Grave of The Fireflies.V 68 Comments
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
He was easygoing and hilarious, while being a great father. I shed tears in this death.V 84 Comments
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.
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.V 55 Comments
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.
Takes the hit to save Luffy and dies right in front of him the reaction from luffy really makes this sad death resonate with the viewers. Then what really takes it to the next level is after his death they do a flashback from their childhood showing the "death" of Sabo and how close all three of them were which makes it that much worse cause luffy lost yet another brother. The flashback really makes the sadness of his death sink into to you as you watch it. only thing was is that I always assumed sabo was not dead after the flashback just because it is hard to justify introducing a character and trying to get people to relate to him just to kill him off and nothing else.V 53 Comments
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...
Made me cry so hardV 48 Comments
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
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)
This, by far, is one of the saddest anime death that I have witnessed. One moment you see a cute child with his adorable dog then the next the two are fused who was then euthanized. Breaks my heart.
Onii-...chan... saddest quote... barely more sad than Maes Hughes but stillV 19 Comments
"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.
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 villain...to 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.V 50 Comments
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!?!?V 4 Comments
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.
My little cinnamon roll didn't deserve to die like this! - AbsoliteV 22 Comments
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
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.
How are the 2 deaths in clannad afterstory not number 1 and 2V 37 Comments
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.
Why did he have to die. He was the bestV 19 Comments
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. ;-;
I'm surprised his death isn't in the top ten, even now I'm still mourning his death. We all knew it was coming, it's heavily hinted in the opening and it was Class 3-E's objective this whole time, and even so, I cried so hard. We were like a student in that classroom, the 28th student. We went through a year with Koro-sensei, learned with him together, learned his weaknesses together, and we assassinated him together. On episode 24 (S2) in the opening, it even says "congratulations on your graduation! " He knew it was coming, but he didn't act all sad about, he died with a smile, it really shows how much he loves his class. Forever in our hearts, Koro-sensei.V 32 Comments
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.
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...
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 ðŸ˜"ðŸ˜"ðŸ˜".V 8 Comments
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 :'(
Haku's death tore my heart to pieces.ðŸ˜ He lived(and died)for Zabuza's dream! He died protecting his master! Haku showed selflessness and loyalty even until death.V 19 Comments
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.V 9 Comments
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.
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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!V 2 Comments
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
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 characterV 7 Comments
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
HIS DEATH WAS THE MOST SADDEST THING EVER. TOP IN THE LIST!V 28 Comments
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