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
Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.