Saddest Cartoon Deaths

The Top Ten

1 Brian Griffin (Family Guy) Brian Griffin (Family Guy) Brian H. Griffin, popularly known without his middle initial as Brian Griffin, is a fictional character from the animated television series Family Guy.

This was nothing more than an attempt at forced emotion, they killed him off then 2 episode later brought him back making the whole episode entirely pointless and made him worst. - egnomac

At least Stewie went back in time and saved him

Brian did come back in the Christmas special but stewie went back it time BEFORE HE DiED AND SAVED HIS LIFE and everything’s back to normal and I hate that other talking dog, Brian is the only talking dog I like other better then the paw patrol pups

I was planning to commit suicide if they didn't bring him back

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2 Maude Flanders (The Simpsons)

I hate brain

So sad.


3 Kenny (South Park)

South Park, a show that never failed to make me laugh, made me tear up over an orange perverted Sinnamon roll. Great job Trey and Matt.

I cry every time! Every, single, time! - HeavyDonkeyKong

No this deserves to be at number one because this was really heart breaking to hear that Kenny die and that can actually be very realtible to see a friend die and it really sad to see that this 9 year old child has to die and if Kenny your favorite character then this episode will make you cry.😭😭

4 Karen Plankton (Spongebob Squarepants) Karen Plankton (Spongebob Squarepants)

But She Came Back In Next Episode.

How did Karen plankton die spongebob and Patrick under the heat lamp was a much sadder scene

She died in Sponge Ot of Water. - RalphBob

5 Pops (Regular Show)

Why is Brian 1? He was becoming a total jackass so I'm glad he's dead but pops sacrificed himself to save the universe

Pops was great! really sad he died though!

Pops died to save the universe! he should be number 1

Pops in my opion is the saddest cartoon death of all time. Not including animated movies deaths. He sacirfied himself for Mordecai and Rigby and all his other friends. Also in Anti-Pops and Pops last moments they are starting to get along and anti-Pops says he will try to be better in The after life. Also has been that jolly Go lucky kinda guy. He was always funny, I Saw no reason for him to die. Actually would have Skips mayed more sense because for his back story and he doesn't loves anyone any more because mona is dead. So Pops is the saddest cartoon death. Also for once it was permeant not like most of the cartoon deaths show. Pops😭😭😭

6 Bleeding Gums Murphy (The Simpsons)

Murphy was the only true friend Lisa ever had. - egnomac

Why is Brian number 1? I would have liked it if he stayed dead. - 445956

7 HorseDuck (CatDog)

Cat and Rancid Rabbit were happy when HorseDuck died. Dog didn't really care. Mr. Sunshine was the only one that was actually upset. He is also the one with no attachment to HorseDuck. HorseDuck is awesome too. Cat and Rancid are so greedy. - RalphBob

8 Chef (South Park)

He was my favorite and he left South Park acting because his cult of Scientology was insulted.

This one was much sadder than kennys because we knew he wouldn't come back

9 Charlotte (Charlotte's Web)


10 Seymour the Dog (Futurama)

After an entire episode of Fry trying to clone his 1000 years gone dog, accompanied by flash backs of his dog trying to find him, he changed his mind in the end after seeing the effort Bender put in to try to get Fry's attention, as he felt he was going to be replaced by the dog. He would say that Seymour (his dog) probably forgot about him anyways and moved on, as Fry walked away from the fossilized remains of his old friend.

However, that would be contradicted in the following scene, showing Seymour waiting outside of Fry's work a 1000 years in the past, after Fry was frozen. It would show the years pass as he aged and the pizzaria close down, sitting in the same spot he would sit at as he waited for Fry to get out of work, before he was frozen. At the end of the flashback, he slowly laid down his feeble body and closed his eyes, presumably for the last time, alone, but loyally awaiting for Fry even to the very end.

He wasn't a big character but he left me bawling when he died.

This Should Truly Be Number 1

The Contenders

11 Pearl Burton (Family Guy)
12 Kyle Broflovski (South Park) Kyle Broflovski (South Park) Kyle Broflovski is a main character in the animated television series South Park. He is voiced by and loosely based on co-creator Matt Stone.

I wouldn't be watching South Park without Kyle, and this is why I don't watch Imaginationland! What's even more sad is the reason why Cartman revived him

Here's what's also sad: If Kyle hadn't made that agreement with Cartman (or if he had already done "it"), then he wouldn't have revived him. Cartman would've just paraded all around and let Kyle be :(

13 Optimus Prime (Transformers) Optimus Prime (Transformers) Optimus Prime is a fictional character from the Transformers franchise. Optimus Prime is consistently depicted as having strong moral character, excellent leadership, and sound decision-making skills, and possesses brilliant military tactics, powerful martial arts, and advanced alien weaponry.

I Cryed until I was dehydrated.

14 Jet (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
15 Mufasa (The Lion King) Mufasa (The Lion King) Mufasa is a major character in Disney's 1994 animated feature film, The Lion King. He is Simba's father, Sarabi's mate, Scar's older brother, and was King of the Pride Lands until his death.
16 Casey (Object Overload)
17 Jawa (Mixels)
18 Rabbi Krustofsky (The Simpsons)
19 Edna Krabappel (The Simpsons) Edna Krabappel (The Simpsons) Edna Krabappel is a fictional character from the animated television series The Simpsons, who was voiced by Marcia Wallace until her death in October 2013. She was the teacher of Bart Simpson's 4th grade class at Springfield Elementary School.

Her death was offscreen, but the aftermath makes it sad. I’m glad that LEGO made a minifigure of her in tribute to her voice actress.

20 Lars (Steven Universe) Lars (Steven Universe)

He acctually died, but Steven revived him with his tears, and Lars came back! - Gabo147

21 Stanley Pines (Gravity Falls)

He doesn't die. - Extractinator04

22 Big Henry (Gravity Falls)

He was only in one episode but him and Carley (I think that was her name) had such a nice relationship and when he died I cried and I don't know why but I found it so sad.

I don't care if he appeared for less than a minute, it was just too sad - 445956

23 Ahsoka Tano (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) Ahsoka Tano (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) Ahsoka Tano is a character in the Star Wars franchise. Introduced as the Padawan apprentice of Anakin Skywalker, she is a central protagonist of both the 2008 animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the subsequent TV series.
24 Dinobot (Beast Wars)
25 Bumblebee (Transformers PRIME)
26 Setsuko Yokokawa (Grave of the Fireflies)

This has to be the most heartbreaking one of them all.

27 Birdperson (Rick and Morty)
28 Zane (Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu) Zane (Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
29 Dot Warner (Animaniacs: Wakko's Wish) Dot Warner (Animaniacs: Wakko's Wish)

Sure She Was Acting But It Was Still Sad - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

30 Beatbox (Teen Titans Go!)

How is any death in this show sad? Honesty I'm not trying to be rude but this show is bad to the point where u just can't even care about the characters.

I found this sad when Birdarang began to cry, but then he was revived by Cyborg

31 Loser (Battle for BFDI)
32 Cosmo (Sonic X) Cosmo (Sonic X)

She died to save the galaxy from the materex well technically she told tails to kill her with the power cannon to destroy dark oak

33 ChefBob (SpongeBob SquarePants)

Sad death in a good episode

34 Sarah Lynn (Bojack Horseman)

This was so Savage she was one of the best characters.

35 Fern (Adventure Time)

Poor guy, he suffered a lot in the short time he lived, but at least he went the best way - by defending his home with his friends.

36 Cookie Chomper III (Alvin and Chipmunks) Cookie Chomper III (Alvin and Chipmunks)
37 Fernando (Fat Albert)

As Teito was about to get shot, Fernando jumped in the way at the exact moment, killing him dead. Fernando died a hero. It was sad, even though the music sounded great.

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Top Remixes

1. Karen Plankton (Spongebob Squarepants)
2. HorseDuck (CatDog)
3. Brian Griffin (Family Guy)
1. Brian Griffin (Family Guy)
2. Maude Flanders (The Simpsons)
3. Kenny (South Park)


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