Lots of people, at least ten per episode I think. Probably more. Beheading, bloodletting, dismemberment, slaughter, torture, child molesting, animal brutality, full nudity, and even gimp masks. This series truly has something for everyone! Elfen Lied is reminiscent of 3x3 Eyes. The main character has an innocent, helpless side and a powerful, vicious dark side. Lots of blood in both, but Elfen Lied has much more shock factor to the violence. Due to the better detail. Honestly, I found much of the content disturbing. It gave me a semi-sick feeling that I haven't had since I watched the End of Evangelion. I think "What The FUCK?" or "JESUS" sums this series up best.