Those anime characters whose brave sacrifice for the entertainment of the teeming multitudes of anime fans proved most memorable, moving or simply plain heartbreaking have been memorialised in this most mortifying of rankings.

The ranking:

1. Tomoe Mami (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

2. Izumi Akazawa (Another)

3. Furukawa Nagisa (Clannad)

4. Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)

5. Okazaki Ushio (Clannad)

6. Portgas D. Ace (One Piece)

7. Yumi Ogura (Another)

8. Kaworu Nagisa (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

9. Maes Hughes (Fullmetal Alchemist)

10. Kyouko Sakura (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

11. Michael Blanc (Macross Frontier)

12. Greed (Fullmetal Alchemist)

13. Yui (Angel Beats!)

14. Lockon Stratos (Gundam 00)

15. Kamina (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)

16. Setsuko (Grave of the Fireflies)

17. Shiina Mayuri (Steins;Gate)

18. Krilin (Dragon Ball Z)

19. Akise Aru (Mirai Nikki)

20. Otonashi Yuzuru (Angel Beats!)

21. Ryouji Kaji (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

22. Furude Rika (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)

23. Misuzu Kamio (Air)

24. Yomi Isayama (Ga-Rei Zero)

25. Makoto Ito (School Days)

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    Comment by Anonymous
    16:58 11/04/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    No Daigoji Gai?

    No Roy Fokker?

    No Yang Wenli or Seigfried Kircheis?

    No Spike Spiegel?

    Are you serious bro?

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    Comment by Crim
    19:51 11/04/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Nicolas D Wolfwood from Trigun

    Steiner from Monster

    Asahina from RahXephon

    Haku from Naruto

    Unnamed Pilot from Gundam

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    Comment by coquette
    01:27 12/04/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Definitely Asahina from Rahxephon. The first time I saw it I cried the rest of the night. She loved Ayato so much and it was such a cruel death.

    Nicholas D Wolfwood also, I felt so bad for Milly after she spent the night with him and wound up with a broken heart. Sniff...

    When Kenshin quietly dies in Kaorus arms in Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection OVA I totally lost it. Her whole life was him. It's the women that always suffer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:31 05/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    except she died a few seconds later...

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    22:27 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Asahina's death was so cruel...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:01 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hiroko's, now that I think about it, you're right. That was kinda sad. Wolfwood should definitely be up there. And yea there are a few Gundam pilots that should as well like Triez, Katz, Emma, Chan, Puru (and Puru two),

    Also think Kamina's death was more felt than Lockon's but eh, what do we foreigners know?

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    Comment by kireiningyou
    02:15 12/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even though it's an obscure anime the death of Suzuri Uchida in RideBack. When she was blown out the saddle by the BMA mechs I don't think anybody was expecting it. Her death was heart wrenching.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:40 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lockon death would have been sadder if they didnt revive him... come on a twin brother... really?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:28 12/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What about Ushio (Nagisa's daughter) from Clannad: After Story?

    I cried many manly tears.


    BTW, Nagisa should be #1.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:50 16/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What? No Kaji from Neon Genesis Evangelion? Or Katsuragi Misato? Fuck this shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:42 12/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This !
    (if you're talking about Daï Daïgoji)

    Some death in Saikano were also tear-jerking.

    Some other missing death :

    Chrono and the girl in chrono crusade
    Light and L
    Ein and Zwei (Phantom ... the anime)

    Lol for Rika (Higurashi) and Mayuri (Steins Gate).

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:56 12/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    +1 for Chrono Crusade, that one really got me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:03 14/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    WHICH death of rika? She's the only one who is guaranteed to die no matter what, lol. Ditto with Krillin. Which death? And does it matter when there's dragonballs about?

    I don't think yui from Angel Beats! should be on there. They's all dead to start with. ^^;

    And yes. manly tears were shed for ushio *sniffle*

    What about Ilyasviel in fate/unlimited blade works?

    Poor Princess Euphie. ;.;

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    Comment by Bigall
    03:57 12/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Kenshin only died in the movie!!! In the manga, the original work, he ends up living with Kaoru but loses all hability to fight.

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    Comment by Sazuko Toriyama
    01:13 13/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    no KAMINA!?
    FROM GURREN LAGANN!?!? ok -this list bullshit!!....

    though I will accept clannad and madoka in top 3. I didn't see anyone dieing in those series when I was first watching them, didn't seem possible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:06 15/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    there is if look carefully

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    Comment by Matthew Cholin
    00:40 12/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Gai's death helped push the story along, how could he not be mentioned? Nadesico wouldn't have been nearly as good if the main character hadn't gotten motivated by his pointless death.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:32 05/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, he was a good gai.

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    Comment by Gitami
    15:24 12/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gai's death was unique.
    A sudden, mundane, wrong place and wrong time death. All other death had some purpose either as a plot point(cannon fodder to emphasize enemy strength, witches come from puellas) or as a attribute of the character (sacrificial death). His death afterward had an affect but the death it self was like falling of the stairs and breaking your neck.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:43 12/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, Gai's death, even though it robbed the show of an entertaining and likable character, became such a huge part of Akito's development, and his death along with his doppelganger Tsukumo's really drove home the hidden point of the series--in war there is no 'pure evil', just competing agendas that are both equally capable of it, and those you think are your allies won't hesitate to betray you if they think you're no longer useful to them.

    Then the movie came along and basically the point of it was that life sucks and other people will always take advantage of you and fuck up your life for their own benefit if they can.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:21 12/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, they're just OTAKU. That explains everything.
    Short memory, and mainstream series... ^^

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    Comment by Darkwiz666
    15:04 13/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "mainstream series"
    ...dude, where the hell would you even find UNDERGROUND anime...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:33 05/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    a subway shop?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:22 18/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The entire cast of Fushigi Yuugi.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:26 18/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm kind of surprised that bokurano didnt pop up *AT ALL*.

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    Comment by TNinja
    08:57 12/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I only remember that wandering priest from Trigun, and Tetsuya's mentor og mahjong cheating. Sad stuff yo.

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    Comment by Actar
    19:37 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm for one like to think that Spike didn't die, so yeah...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:33 05/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...but he did.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:05 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No Reinhard von Longhengram here?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:54 12/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean Yang Wenli do you?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:17 11/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    krillin...? yea right...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:06 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They might as well have replaced Krillin on that list with Hyatt from Excel Saga for all the value he adds to that list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:06 13/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I cried every time Hyatt died. It became a public pool for kids to play in.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:04 14/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Six kids drown in that pool O.o

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:34 05/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    She wasn't dead, just giving her heart, brain, and lungs a five minute break.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:53 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, on the first dragon ball series, before Z, Krillin's death was quite something. It was the first death of a main character, and it came out of nowhere. That scene was quite something, and Goku's reaction was heartbreaking. Of course, in Z death turned into a joke, but still, krilling first death deserves that place in the ranking...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:00 13/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was wonderin bout the same thing... :3 then again, perhaps this is to silence all those oldies who think everything in anime revolves around the old alone... :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:11 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe they polled a lot of older otaku who saw it happen the very first time, before they got all revive-happy? : /

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    Comment by Firetribe
    19:59 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Krillin died?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:30 12/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Yes, many, many times.

    After a while, it kinda became a joke.

    Like Kenny on 'South Park'.



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    Comment by mangalowres
    02:30 12/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    But his first death was heartrending.
    In DB not DBZ, Piccolo Saga start.

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    16:30 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only death that made me sad in the history of DB is Android No.16

    For exactly no reason, he's the only one who never gets revived through out the whole saga.

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    Comment by Shiroinoshishi
    21:27 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the reason for Krillin being there is that when he was killed in DBZ he had already been revived once (the first dragon's maximum) and therefore was considered permanently dead for quite some time before he was revived on Namek by their dragon, iirc.

    Of course, he wasn't the only one in that situation, so I'm not sure why Krillin's was the most "heartrending."

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:08 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    the only notable krillin deaths were in DB when he goes back to the Martial arts tournament grounds to get something and gets killed by one of Picolos servants and the one in Namek when he gets killed by freeza making songoku angry eventually transforming into super sayan, so being dbz they are talkin about, maybe its that one

    Comment by Zplus
    19:07 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    He can't be revived, he was a purely mechanical android, you can't resurrect something that was never alive in the first place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:52 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    and every time my batteries die, I cry

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:16 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Such a philosophical debate over DRAGONBALL Z ffs. Ah, to be so retarded. How refreshing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:40 12/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Keep in mind that 18 wasn't fully mechanical. She even explains it after Krillin tried to wish for her to be fully human. She was human first, by Dr. Gero turned her into an android. So even if 18 died, she would've been able to be revived because she is human.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:35 05/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    re-assemble, Stephanie...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:12 12/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So the dragon can revive people not not recreate an android? Fuck that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:28 12/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    but i think that they revived 18 once so why not 16?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:13 12/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    but not* stupid fail typing

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:34 12/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    18 wasn't revived, Cell just spat her out of his body before he died.

    16 was awesome, though. I didn't expect much out of him when he first appeared but he turned out to be a great character. Funny how the most robotic characters often show us how to be better humans.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:32 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That depends on how you define "alive". How many times have your batteries "died"?

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    Comment by Garrax
    17:49 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know right, that was my first thought.
    That and how many times has he died and come back?

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