Top 10 Most Epic Deaths in Anime - A Roller Coaster of Emotions *SPOILERS*

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Welcome to another segment of Honey's Anime Top 10 list. It's a lot fun writing these lists and doing an intense amount of research in order to bring you some of the best selections that everyone could agree on. Of course, not everyone will agree with this list, but overall, I do feel most will find these to be honorable.

It should go without saying, these Top 10 lists will contain spoilers, and since we'll be covering some of the most epic deaths in anime, please continue to read at your own risk. The list below will have some of the most epic deaths in anime, which will consist of some epic feels. A lot of these deaths have been known to bring tears to the viewers eyes. Including me!

These selections are all equally great and will not be in any particular order (Except for the last three). So without further ado, let's all go to feel central in this Top 10 Most Epic Deaths in Anime!


10. Maes Hughes from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Maes Hughes
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  • Episodes: 64
  • Aired: Apr 5, 2009 - Jul 4, 2010

Maes Hughes is a Lt. Colonel who works in the Investigations Department at Central, and is very passionate about his job. Even though his position at Central is a very depressing one, he always finds time to be funny and loving towards his wife and daughter, who are is life source and motivation for continuing his work.

He is also well-known with many other characters in the series, and is best friends with Roy Mustang. His death would be one that causes a ripple effect in the series as he discovers the military is building a giant transmutation device. Hughes is killed by Envy because of his discovery, and is a very epic and emotional death that touches the hearts of many.

Not just the characters in the series, but for us viewers as well, especially when he says his last dieing words!

9. Kittan Bachika from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Kittan Bachika
Gurren Lagann
  • Episodes: 27
  • Aired: Apr 1, 2007 - Sep 30, 2007

Kittan Bachika has to be one of the most epic deaths, following Kamina's death several years earlier. Always looking up to Kamina, he makes a name for himself by being one of the best and most skillful Gunmen pilots without having the use of Spiral Power.

He was able to destroy a whole mess of Ganmen and anit-spiral ships, leading to the his death against the Machine's core. He succeeds in blowing up the core which releases Simon from the space sea, saying the spiral power which he was finally able to activate, was really something before his death.

That moment had to be one of the most emotional moments in Gurren Lagann.

8. Jonathan Joestar from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

Jonathan Joestar
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: Oct 6, 2012 - Apr 6, 2013

Jonathan Joestar is a noble and kind hearted individual who loves his father and cares for others in the most gentleman way, for he seeks to be a “true gentleman”. Knowing his honesty and nobleness, makes his death one of the most emotional in the series.

Jonathan's death is very tragic. Especially since he's always been seeking to finally live a happy life, and after marrying the one he loves, it is once again destroyed by Dio. This has Jonathan making the ultimate sacrifice as he fights with Dio aboard a ship which is sinking, and later dies from his wounds because of the attack.

The whole process of the event is both exciting and traumatizing for many viewers.

7. Kalura Yeager (Carla Yeager) from Shingeki no Kyojin

Kalura Yeager
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  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: Apr 7, 2013 - Sep 28, 2013

Kalura Yeager is the loving mother of Eren Yeager and adopted mother of Mikasa Ackerman, as well as the loving wife of doctor Grisha Yeager. Kalura's death is the most epic and emotional death I have personally seen in an anime after just a few minutes of the first episode. She barely survives with severe injuries while being pinned under her destroyed home during an attack from titans.

Knowing her fate, due to her condition, she requests one of the soldiers to take Eren and Mikasa away to safety. It is then that a titan finds her and grabs her from the rubble of her home, and is eaten by the titan while Eren watches as he is carried away. Feel central, indeed.

6. Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop

Spike Spiegel
Cowboy Bebop
  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: Apr 3, 1998 - Apr 24, 1999

Spike Spiegel is an excellent bounty hunter and former member of the Red Dragons Crime Syndicate, with his former partner Vicious, becoming his enemy. His death is one of the most epic deaths in anime.

Because of some complication, spike is forced into hiding, where he later is discovered and is hunted by Vicious. Much later in the series, he reunites with his love to only witness her death in a gun fight with the Red Dragons. Spike then has a final battle with Vicious, which ends in bloodshed and chaos, and then the death of them both.

The only thing is, no one really knows if Spike actually died in the series, it is speculated that he is alive, but nothing is rock solid. The fight scene leading to his uncertain death, was indeed epic.

5. Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch

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  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: Oct 6, 2006 - Jul 28, 2007

Lelouch is one of the smartest characters in anime and is perceived in Code Geass as the saviour of the people, giving his life for their freedom and peace. The series itself is one giant complication, filled with twists and turns in the plot like never before.

Lelouch's death is one to remember, and has many thinking if it was all for nothing, or everything, as he is stabbed in the heart by Suzaku who was disguised as Zero. This was all part of the Zero Requiem they had planned, as he dies smiling, his last words are he is who both destroys and creates worlds.

4. L Lawliet from Death Note

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  • Episodes: 37
  • Aired: Oct 4, 2006 - Jun 27, 2007

L's death from Death Note is one of my favorites. Not because it I enjoyed it, but because it was well-written and necessary for him to die, which made the plot of the series, one of the best in anime history.

L's involvement in finding the Death Note user was so intense, when he finally revealed the first Kira (Light), the last thing L sees if Light's crazy evil grin of defeating him. At this point, there were a lot of emotions going on which I couldn't comprehend, this was in fact an epic death that I'll never forget.

3. Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z

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  • Episodes: 291
  • Aired: Apr 26, 1989 - Jan 31, 1996

This particular death is of Vegeta when he is facing the ancient monster, Majin Buu. With Goku suffering from the attacks of Buu, Vegeta steps in and attempts to bring him down. His own son, Trunks, saves him from one of Buu's attacks which has committing the ultimate act of sacrifice in order to save his son and the others from Buu.

Vegeta uses a self destruction technique, known as the Final Explosion, in an attempt to kill Buu in a nuke-like blast. Vegeta's body is turned into stone afterwards and shatters, with Buu still alive, and everyone mourning his death.

It was especially sad at that point knowing he could not be wished back to life since he was already wished back from his battle with Frieza in the past.

2. Jiraiya from Naruto: Shippuuden

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  • Episodes: 405 and Counting
  • Aired: Feb 15, 2007 - Ongoing

Jiraiya's death from battling Pain in Naruto, is one that surely brought a tear to eye. Finally getting to see him in battle, definitely left me surprised as it was unknown that it would be his last. Jiraiya was fighting for a cause that was unexpected to him and the viewers of the series.

It was definitely an epic battle that complimented an epic death, as he fought Pain until he was pinned, and his life began to wine down. His last thoughts before he died, was how unworthy his death was compared to the Hokage's, but as honorable as a frog at the bottom of a well, which drifts off into the great ocean.

He then thinks of a title for his next book, and dies with a smile on his face. (Tear)

1. Whitebeard from One Piece

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  • Episodes: 686 and Counting
  • Aired: Oct 20, 1999 - Ongoing

Whitebeard's death is the most epic in my eyes, mainly because of the many situations he was confronting at the time, and because of his love for his crew. Whitebeard was definitely a man of honor and respect amongst his crew, and would never let anything happen to them. When he heard Ace was captured and about to be executed, there was no doubt he would show up to rescue him.

This rescue ended up turning into an all out war, where Whitebeard ended up being betrayed by some of his men, as well as, suffering wounds from the war. The amount of wounds he suffered were so immense and catastrophic, even at his current age and medical condition, he died standing which in an impressive way compared to other characters in the series and in other anime.

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Phew! That's it! It was hard writing this without having to remember all of these moments in anime that impacted my life, which brought tears to my eyes. These epic deaths are ones I will never forget and always cherish. They made the series, or the plot, more enjoyable than ever.

Is there an epic death you would like to add? Which one had you filled with all sorts of emotions that lead you into, feel central? Let us know in the comments below!


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