Preface: We aren’t 100% happy with this list since there was so many amazing characters to choose from but only ten slots available to fill. Careful time and consideration was taken in selecting each character for each slot. But, not everyone could make it on the top ten list. It should be obvious that there might be some spoilers, however that’s at one’s own risk. Also, some scenes may be too graphic for anyone under 13. We wish that these characters hadn’t died, but anime doesn’t hold back, not even for its fans. In a sense that makes it all the more real; these characters are completely raw when dying. They give us a window into their world in their final moments, their hopes, their dreams, everything, all packed in a final farewell.
#10 Ace from One Piece
Luffy did everything in his power to try to save his brother Ace. He even broke into the worlds most heavily secured prison, where he fought the warden and almost died in the process. Luffy was going to do what ever it took to save Ace. At the same time, Ace’s captain White Beard was also not going to allow Ace to be killed, claiming that if Ace was killed it would mean war between the pirate world and the Navy. Ace was ready to give up, but then he heard that Luffy and White Beard were going to save him. However, Ace didn’t actually want Luffy to put himself in harms way for him or anyone else for that matter. Ultimately, Ace’s life ended on a good note because he finally found his self-worth. Ace was killed protecting Luffy from Marine Admiral Sakazuki.
#9 Hughes Maes from Full Metal Alchemist
Hughes is a happy-go-lucky kind of guy. He is always doting on his daughter, showing everyone pictures and taking every opportunity to talk about her. He was that one guy who lightens up the office and makes the job a little less stressful. However, he came across some pretty big information regarding a high profile enemy, while attempting to relay that information he was suddenly killed. Leaving behind his beloved wife and daughter.
#8 Sachi and the Moonlit Black Cats guild From Sword Art Online
The death of Sachi and the Moonlit Black Cats would scar Kirito perminetely. This event ultimetly caused Kirito to suffer symptoms of PTSD (Post Tramatic Stress Disorder). This is mainly why Kirito prefers to play alone and it is also why he has distanced himself from Asuna after leaving Sword Art Online.
#7 Kamina From Tengen Toppa Guerren Lagann
Kamina died in the flashest, most coolest ways imaginable. If he was going to die he was going to die with a bang. After an intense battle Kamina knew that the enemy could take them out at any moment, so instead of waiting for that he decided to selflessly sacrifice his own life to buy his friends some time. Leaving behind his brother Simon and the love of his life.
#6 Jiraiya From Naruto
Jiraiya was one of the best characters from Naruto. Undoubtedly, he is one of the most self-less characters ever to be created. Jiraiya died never “becoming the chosen one” or falling in love (at least requited love), however, he did give all of himself for the best of the Leaf Village. Jiraiya’s death was terrible because he died by the hands of his student, whom he actually cared for.
#5 Beyond the Grave From Gungrave
Brandon Heat would later go on to become Beyond the Grave. But he came from humble beginnings. He was an orphan along with his best friend Harry McDowell. They had a small group of friends who were all for one and one for all. Unfortunately, the death of their friends almost split Brandon and Harry apart. However, instead of choosing his own happiness Brandon decided to forsake the love of his life to watch over his friend Harry. Harry repayed Brandon by giving him 9mm of steel and making him fall 10 stories down a building. A scientist then used reanimation technology to resurrect Brandon as Beyond the Grave, because Brandon is the only one who is capable of stopping Harry, since after Harry joined a crime syndicate he became mad with ambition.
#4 Menma From Anohana The Flower We Saw That Day
After a tragic accident Jintan and his group of childhood friends split apart. That tragic accident was the passing of their friend Menma. Everyone in the group blames themselves for what happened to Menma that day. Shortly after middle school Jintan became a shut-in who never leaves his house. One day he begins to see the ghost of Menma who will not leave him alone. She tells him that she must complete her dying wish before being able to go to heaven. However, she can’t remember what that wish was, just that she needs the whole group to be able to grant it. Jintan thinks he’s gone crazy, and he doubts he’ll be able to convince the group he hasn’t spoken to for years.
#3 Spike Spiegel From Cowboy Bebop
Spike is the main protagonist of Cowboy Bebop and he was born on 2044 in Mars. He is a 27-years-old bounty hunter. He grew up in the slums of Mars where he became a thug and later joined the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate. Spike has an artificial eye which makes him constantly relive his past. In his past he sees his friend Vicious from the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate and his lover Julia. After leaving the crime syndicate, Spike met and teamed up with Solar System Police Officer Jet Black who became official bounty hunters together. Vicious was never really able to leave Spike alone, knowing this Spike goes alone to have one final showdown with Vicious who has gotten out of control recently. In the process of defeating the whole crime syndicate single-handedly Spike sustained too many injuries and died from blood-loss. This was also one of the most bad*ss gun scenes ever, it was too bad he died though.
#2 Joichiro Nishi from Gantz
A select few who have died are reanimated in a studio appartment unable to escape. In the center of the living room sits a black ball called Gantz, which tells them that they must kill aliens and rack up 100 points to be able to leave. The game ends when all the aliens are dead, however if you die in the game you aren’t brought back a second time. If you fail to earn 100 points you’ll constantly be brought back to the room until you do.
Nishi is the least liked character in the Gantz series and may even be the least liked character ever. However, his death was extremely sad, it showed that he wasn’t expressly trying to be a d*uche but that he just didn’t fit in with the rest of society. He actually cared about his mom more than anything and he regretted not being able to be with her in the end.
#1 Nicholas D. Wolfwood
Wolfwood is Vash’s (known as the humaniod tycoon) best friend. Wolfwood was an orphan who was taken in and trained as a mercenary. He justified killing people believing it was the right thing to do at the moment and it helped him support the orphanage he ran. He is usually dressed in priestly garb and he is a man of the cloth who always carries around a huge cross. It wasn’t until he met Vash that he started questioning whether killing people was morally right under any circumstances.