Death can come unexpectedly, and sometimes, we would never see that coming. In some anime, death would either come predictably or death could come unexpectedly. It’s those unexpected deaths that which often shock fans, and that is why Japanese rankings website, Goo, asked fans to rank the anime character deaths that they find most shocking. A bit of a warning though, spoilers ahead just in case you haven’t watched any of these series yet.

5,406 anime fans voted on the poll to determine which anime character had the most shocking death of all. Of the 50 characters Goo included in the poll, here are the Top 20:

20 – Jiraiya (Naruto)

19 – Makoto Itou (School Days)

18 – Norba Shino (Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans)

17 – Komatarou Itou (Gintama)

16/15 (tie) – L (Death Note) and Neji Hyuuga (Naruto)

14 – Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure)

13 – Yamcha (Dragon Ball)

12 – Yang Wen-li (Legend of the Galactic Heroes)

11 – Light Yagami (Death Note)

10 – Raoh (Fist of the North Star)

9 – Maes Hughes  (Fullmetal Alchemist)

8 – Kite (Hunter x Hunter)

7 – Tooru Rikiishi (Ashita no Joe)

6 – Krillin (Dragon Ball)

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