Character Deaths: Which Shocked Anime Fans the Most?

The death of a favorite character in an anime series can completely blindside you. But which ones did fans find the most shocking? Goo Ranking polled readers for their answers, and we’ve got the top ten.

Be warned: spoilers for a lot of shows ahead!

Are you ready?… Okay, here we go!

10. Raoh, Fist of the North Star

9. Maes Hughes, Fullmetal Alchemist

8. Kite, Hunter x Hunter

7. Tooru Rikiishi, Ashita no Joe

6. Kuririn, Dragon Ball

5. Kaworu Nagisa, Neon Genesis Evangelion

4. Lelouch Lamperouge, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

3. Kazuya Uesugi, Touch

2. Mami Tomoe, Puella Magi Madoka Magica

1. Portgas D. Ace, One Piece

Further down the list you’ll find both L and Light of Death Note, Kamina of Gurren Lagann, and a whole lot of Gundam characters.

Source: Goo Ranking


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A biologist by education, Elspeth has always possessed an artist's soul. Her time is mostly spent learning all the tricks of the content marketing trade. Not only that, when she's not learning, she works tirelessly as web admin for her self-hosted blog network of Wordpress sites and manages all the editorial duties of all the sites she's developed. She's often said that ideas for new sites keep coming to her. She was an affiliate marketer for a number of years but had to drop that title so she could spend more time working on her own projects. When she's not busy growing her blog empire, she's working on her published writing endeavors. She resides in the Philadelphia Metro area with her partner. In her spare time, she's an avid anime and manga fan, a lover of M/M romance as she both reads and writes stories, a techno-geek, card-carrying member of the Cult of Mac/Apple, book worm and movie buff. It's safe to say, that she doesn't get out much.