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A common trend in Disney movies is killing off family members of the main characters. This has outlasted Disney's former trend of killing the main villain (despite being less often to be seen), as both films after Wreck-It Ralph (which marked Disney's final death of a main villain) continued to do so.

(Note: Villainous characters such as Scar will not be listed)

  • Bambi's mother - Shot by Man. (Bambi)
  • Cinderella's father - Died of an unknown illness (Cinderella)
  • Aladdin's mother - Unknown. (Aladdin)
  • Mufasa - Thrown over a cliff by Scar. He is the father of Simba. (The Lion King)
  • James's parents - Eaten by the Rhino. (James and the Giant Peach)
  • Quasimodo's mother - Knocked onto the stairs by Frollo, hitting her head on the stairs and breaking her neck. (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
  • General Li - Killed offscreen by Shan Yu. He is the father of the tritagonist Shang. (Mulan)
  • Tarzan's parents - Killed offscreen by Sabor. (Tarzan)
  • King of Atlantis - Punched by Rourke, causing death by internal bleeding. He is the father of the secondary protagonist Kida. (Atlantis)
  • Lilo's parents - Died in a car crash. (Lilo and Stitch)
  • Nemo's Mom and siblings - Eaten by a barracuda. (Finding Nemo)
  • Ellie Fredricksen - Died of an unknown illness. She is the wife of Carl Fredricksen. (Up)
  • James - Killed offscreen in World War I. He is the father of Tiana. (The Princess and the Frog)
  • Anna and Elsa's parents - Killed in a storm at sea. (Frozen)
  • Tadashi Hamada - Killed in explosion caused by Yokai. He is the brother of Hiro. (Big Hero 6)
  • Bing Bong - Disappeared in the forgetting pit. He is the imaginary friend of Riley. (Inside Out)
  • Henry - Swept away and killed by a flash flood. He is the father of Arlo. (The Good Dinosaur)
  • Mr. Big's grandma - Died of an unknown illness. (Zootopia)
  • Gramma Tala - Died of an illness. (Moana)
  • Sitka - Fell off a glacier with Koda's mother in an attempt to protect Kenai and Denahi. (Brother Bear)
  • Koda's mother - Impaled by Kenai's spear. (Brother Bear)

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