Top Ten Anime Characters With Sad and Depressing Back Stories

These characters can be considered very inspiring and leave you in tears. Sometimes... They even change throughout the series and become stronger because of it! (WARNING_ MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! )

The Top Ten

1 Guts (Berserk) Guts (Berserk)

How is he not number 1 he has the most tragic life in anime and manga history. Number 1 & 2 are Naruto and gaara how was there life even tragic. Guts was born from his mom who was dead hanged on a tree. He killed a person when he was little and when he grow up he saw all his friends get killed and his girlfriend raped right in front of him, by his best friend.

Honestly, very little people can compare to Guts. Not only is his world so brutal, but his past is perhaps the most violent and messed up.

Just read berserk... You will understand... Like now... I SAID NAO!

Its just tue limit of awful

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2 Gaara (Naruto) Gaara (Naruto) Gaara is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto. He is the jinchuuriki of the one-tailed shukaku and can control sand that is stored in his gourd.

Gaara has had a demon spirit put inside him at birth the ritual killing his mom. And because of the demon everyone's been scared of him and hated him and they've even tried to kill him when he was only 5. He was lonely and scared and his only friend was his Uncle (His mom's brother) who secretly hated him and wanted to kill him because of his sister's death. And one day thinking he was being attacked by enemies he accidentally kills his Uncle causing him pain since he WAS trying to kill him and before he dies he tells Gaara that no one loves him and he will never have friends and that everyone hated him screwing him up causing him to go psycho and wanting to kill everyone making him bloodthirsty... But thankfully in part 2 he changes and becomes caring and finally becomes the Kazekage which has been his dream and swearing to love and protect his village, friends, and family (meaning his 2 older siblings) even if it kills him... - TheOverreactingFangirl

His death made me cry so much. His story was indeed very sad. People's hatred towards him, even though he had nothing to do with. Being treated with scorn and hatred, having no one to love him. Having been betrayed. Love changed Gaara. I'm very happy that Naruto was successful in reaching Gaara's heart and was able to befriend him and understand him. He changed Gaara, he taught him that the world is a cruel place but there are people who care for you, who love you. I'm glad that Naruto is Gaara's first friend.

Well if you see Naruto Shippuden episode 297 you'll know the truth behind his parent's and his uncle's actions. His parents always loved him very dearly. They wanted to see if he can control the monster when affected psychologically. I think itachis story is worst by the way.

:( so sad

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3 Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto) Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto) Sasuke Uchiha is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

His father had doubts about him being as strong as his brother Itachi and was always looked down upon by him. He loved his older brother and they'd train together until Itachi began to change and became very dark and trained less. Then, one day he comes home to see that his whole clan/family has been murdered to then find out it was done by his older brother Itachi and not wanting to kill his little brother because of his love for him he let's him go knowing that one day Sasuke will claim revenge and kill him... - TheOverreactingFangirl

I'm mean seriously? Why? Naruto is the saddest anime character but sasuke...well he's not the saddest anime character and Naruto has to be number 1 that's all I have to say...

Oh man, whenever I hear Sasuke's backstory, I just burst into tears. WHY ITACHI? Then I hear Itachi's story and I'm like, "Well, now who do I blame? "

Woah, top three all in Naruto?

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4 Itachi Uchiha (Naruto) Itachi Uchiha (Naruto) Itachi Uchiha is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Had to choose between his village and his own clan who staged a coup de ta against it which was lead by his father. Chose the peace of the village and assassinated his entire clan, even his parents. Because this mission was done in secret to protect the honor of the clan, he was forced to live a life in exile, hated and feared by every person in the village for being a mass murderer and despised by his little brother who he'd loved too much to kill. The worst part is that we only find this out after he dies... - TheOverreactingFangirl

I cried when he died. I wish I had a brother like him. So selfless and protective and would sacrifice anything for his little brother. He chose to be hated by everyone just to save the Uchiha's name. He chose to give up everything for the village. And he didn't ask anything for return, not even a simple thank you. He doesn't crave neither power or attention, he just wants what's best for everyone. Do you know what it's like to choose between your family or millions of lives?

There's no doubt that Itachi has the most tragic past ever. I still wonder how he isn't in number 1 position? Ahhh... why? Why you had to die Itachi? I have saw edo tensei Itachi's farewell to sasuke 15 times but... I still cry a lot. Whenever I saw him and minato I always cry a lot (especially minato) but still both minato and itachi share #1 in my top ten naruto characters list.

Itachi Uchiha always had to be the mature one. He accepeted the hate of his village, of his brother, so that war may be averted. He truly follows the path of the greater good. He gave up everything. But in the end, his efforts amounted to almost nothing.

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5 Ken Kaneki (Tokyo Ghoul) Ken Kaneki (Tokyo Ghoul)

He made me depressed. Just...
He lost his dad at an early age
He lost his mom
Abandonment issues
He finally goes on a date and gets turned into a ghoul instead
He cannot eat human food anymore
He has to distance himself from his best friend
Cannibalism, or losing humanity. He is stuck with this
He is so tragic on each level, I'm still depressed about his story.

Don't forget how his life gets worse as he's tortured and has to watch his best friend die.

I feel sorry for him just looking at the picture. I read the first few manga and had to stop because his story is like a "catch 22".


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6 Lucy (Elfen Lied) Lucy (Elfen Lied) Lucy (born as kaede), is a tragic, fictional Japanese Anti-Heroine, and Anti-Villianess, who is the main protagonist of her debut source, a manga officially known as Elfen Lied [alfen leed], written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto, which was best known for it's T.V. adaptation of the same name, Directed more.

Her one and only companion got beat to death in front of her when she was like 8

She must be number 1

Oh yes. So depressing actually, no one should have ever gone through what she did...

Her backstory is what made her become evil, and she was oppressed by everyone around her. Not to mention she had to watch her only friend, a puppy, be killed in front of her by some F'd up boys.

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7 Thomas Norstein (Digimon)

How is Thomas NOT IN THE TOP TEN? He saw his mum get hit by a truck at a really young age. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

8 Kotomi Ichinose (Clannad) Kotomi Ichinose (Clannad)

Unlike Tomoya, she was old enough to understand what happened and to remember all the horrors that resulted from what happened. Even though everything worked out in the end (10 years later), it was still an emotional and depressing story.

She had held everything inside and was already a sensitive, withdrawn, shy girl before episode 12 happened ;-; I feel so bad for her and I can vote her. Even if her backstory isn't the most tragic to some people no matter what she CAN'T handle it making it so much more sad...

It's just...she never got to say goodbye. She felt it was all her fault and she blamed herself nearly her whole life for her parent's deaths. She was already sensitive and everything...oml I'm crying ;-;

She's cute

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9 Naruto (Naruto) Naruto (Naruto) Naruto Uzumaki is a fictional character in the anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

I cry every time! I think Naruto's is sadder than Gaara's. Just a comment, just a opinion, no hate. Like Gaara was royalty so he could get what he needed like food, water,a home, and a place to train. But Naruto didn't have that until Sarutobi was so kind enough to give Naruto his own home. Plus, people stood out of Gaara's way. And Gaara chose to live like that. To love himself only. Naruto had the same past but he fought through with hard work and determination. Just an opinion, I love Gaara too

When he was a baby he had had a demon spirit put inside him while his parents dead leaving him alone and sad. Everyone (like Gaara) ignored him and hated him and no one ever trusted him. He then was always jealous whenever he saw his classmates get picked up families after class. His only friend and most caring friend was his teacher Iruka who treated him like his son. As he grew he became friends with more people and began to love and care for them protecting them with his life and hoping to one day become Hokage (which is like Kazekage) - TheOverreactingFangirl

Naruto has a really sad past. His both parents died when he was born, so he lived alone in the village. Everyone hated him because there was nine-tail in him.He didn't have friends up until team 7 and even the teachers avoided him. He pulled pranks on the village people so he would get attention. To me it's pretty sa, in the anime his beloved teacher died and it was really hard for him. In the ninja war his great friend died too saving him.

Naruto is way number 1 gaara and sasuke at the same time 2 and further etc.

Because Naruto were ignored and couldn't even get into shops just look on YouTube he were pushed out of an mask shop and the seller throwed masks on his head and all villagers not shikamaru and the other children but the other villagers they sawn it and were saying ugly words and things to him.

Sad is that Naruto even didn't knew what everyone meant with beast and fourth hokage his fathers death later it did.

Naruto didn't had someone that really liked him except hinata.

The villagers are still stupid because Naruto only saves village and now everyone wanna become an friend with Naruto I mean like all what you said in his childhood now he did something and than...😭 I cried every time every time danzo I hate you danzo ruined Narutos life.

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10 Kakashi Hatake (Naruto) Kakashi Hatake (Naruto) Kakashi Hatake is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto.

One of the most terrifyingly depressing back stories I've ever heard. First his dad commits suicide, which in itself is a horrifying event for a young boy. He saw his best friend get crushed right in front of him after having taken a painful blow to the eye, leaving a scar both mentally and physically. He killed his teammate Rin and was so guilty about it that he was constantly trying to 'wash the blood off' that his mind seemed to be telling him was on his hands, not to mention the fact he had to say 'lightning blade' when he used his jutsu because 'chidori' reminded him of what he did to her. Not long after his sensei died and in the original series sandaime was killed. In Shippuden when he found out that Obito was behind the shinobi war it tore his mind to shreds.

he's sexy

Kakashis gonna get that puh cause he's a sexy beast

Mum is dead
Dad commits suicide
Kills his friend Rin
His friend Obito sacrifices his life for him
Then finds out that his friend is alive but has to watch him die all over again
His students get into trouble and his friend Guy is unable to fight ever again.
Honestly that's not even half of it.
Sooo sad.
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The Newcomers

? Nozomi Tojo (Love Live! School Idol Project)
? Fate Testarossa (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha)

The Contenders

11 Homura Akemi (Madoka Magica) Homura Akemi (Madoka Magica) Homura Akemi is a fictional character from the 2011 anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica and its related media.

Had the ability to control time and after her best friend dies, she travelled back to their first meeting to change her fate, while giving up her own life to fight alone (determined to stop her friend from making a magical contract which would prevent her death). She failed every time and watched her best friend die countless times, but she never gave up and every time went back to try again only to keep failing. A really sad story. - TheOverreactingFangirl

She's the best character ever! Think about it, having to see your best friend die so many times, and others die too, and failing to save your best friend for more than 100 times... it's just sad.

Homura went back in time over and over, always failing to do what she felt she needed. She didn't save Madoka, time and time again. All her past timelines ended in tragedy and death, with nothing more to do than start over again, and try the impossible. She made a wish not for herself, but to protect the wellbeing of her one friend. She had to restrain anyone who encouraged Madoka to make a contract, even other Puella Magis. She could never kill Kyubey, another body would replace it after death. She ended up utterly despairing, yet being trapped in a world as a test by the incubators, but unknowing of it. She found out, utterly giving up. - PastelFlowers

Her life was pure suffering.
T.V. series: Repeated the timeline over a 100 times to save her only friend Madoka (her love) from death, but unable to. Betrayed numerous times. Gave up her own life to fight Madoka's fate, and she couldn't tell anyone (more likely, no one believed her). In the end Madoka sacrificed to became a God, she was forgotten by everyone else except Homura.
Wraith Arc - Manga (sequel from T.V. series): Homura lived in loneliness and doubted her own belief in Madoka.
Rebellion movie (sequel from T.V. series): Found herself to be one who subconsciously trapped Madoka and her friends. Became a witch, rejected salvation and cursed herself to protect Madoka. Willing to live in eternal despair for Madoka. In the end, she rewrote the whole world for Madoka's happiness.
Game: And before these happened, she had already been an orphan with serious health issues, low self- esteem, no close relationship. - Kuroemon2002

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12 Crona (Soul Eater) Crona (Soul Eater)

Crona's life started out terrible. A witch (Medusa) taught (forced) Crona to kill and if Crona didn't do what was asked, they were thrown into a dark room. Medusa also replaced Crona's blood with black blood. The black blood was a soul itself. The soul would come out of Crona's back (as a black creature) and bully Crona in this dark room. (The creature is named Ragnerok, sorry if I spelled that wrong. Ragnerok later punishes Crona by saying "I wont let you have dinner", "I wont let you sleep", etc) Crona is later consumed by madness and starts obeying what their mother says. Crona is shown to isolate and be very very negative on themselves. Crona most common catchphrase is "I don't know how to deal with..."

A richly complex and melancholic character born and raised in a loveless environment. You will be missed Crona... RIP.

His life was so sad I can't take it!

I love soul eater it’s still my favorite show and crona is one of my favorite characters and I felt really bad for him/her? I don't know if crona is a girl or boy😭

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13 Ikuto Noguchi (Digimon)


14 Van Hohenheim (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)

A slave to the king, chosen for an experiment from which a creature was made from his blood. The king wished to become immortal and the creature know how to do so and tricked Van into standing in the centre of the circle when the ritual was performed. It had deceived them, not mentioning that human lives needed to be sacrificed for someone to become immortal, and Van ended up becoming immortal. The entire country was sacrificed and everyone's souls merged with his body. He had to live with the guilt and memories and the worst part was that he couldn't die despite how much he wanted to. - TheOverreactingFangirl

He grew up as a slave. Then his lufe change and he actually began to see a normal future for himself and then it all disappeared within one night. He was left all alone with nothing but cries of 500,000 tortured souls inside of him. Souls he used to call friends. For years he lived on just trying to live. Trying to find the beauty in life and just keep moving on. Then he met Trisha and fell in love. Then he had two sons. He sat, unaged, as his wife and children grew older than him. He felt himself a monster. All he wanted was to grow old and to die with Trisha. To not have to watch his children fadw before him. So he researched but then he learned of horrible new. He had to leave his family. He made a promise to Trisha that he would return, and she should wait for him. Then Trisha dies and his sons hate him. He fights for the survival of all. And in the end, he dies with a smile on his face in front of Trisha's grave.

That's actully very sad :'(

15 Ichigo Kurosaki (Bleach) Ichigo Kurosaki (Bleach) Ichigo Kurosaki is a fictional character in the Bleach manga series and its adaptations created by Tite Kubo.

This is my opinion: how did Ichigo snag top ten when the only tragic event that occurs in his past is his mothers death? I think that Rukia or Toshiro or One of the visords had it rougher

16 Gintoki Sakata (Gintama) Gintoki Sakata (Gintama) Gintoki Sakata is a fictional character in the manga and anime franchise Gin Tama created by Hideaki Sorachi.

He past was really depressing but now if you see kagura past in the manga you will realize that kagura suffered more than gintoki and also because she is also really young

Even if kagura is very young gintoki experienced this all when he was younger than kagura and the fact that he doesn't say anything and dies on the inside is just depressing

It's not just that his past is so sad, it's also that he act like it was nothing while he dies from the inside; basically killing himself for others happiness

Abandoned at birth with no family, reduced to eating off corpses from the war in order to survive, brought in by a sensei, and eventually was forced to kill the same sensei, made enemies out of one his closest friends(takasugi), almost died several times, yet keeps it inside him so as not to burden others. His life is filled with tragedy.

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17 Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail) Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail) Erza Scarlet is an S-Class Mage from the infamous magic guild Fairy Tail . Erza starts off as a lone wolf and stays loyal to following the rules. As the story develops Erza changes into loving mage strong and independent. As her terrible past haunts her she ignores her friends' calls that they want more.

When she was just a child her village was taken and were used as slaves to build a tower called "The Heaven Tower" and her only friends were 5 other children and a kind, gentle elderly man. Wrongly accused for trying to escape she's taken and tortured till her friends save her. As she turns to attacking the guards and bots she trips and is almost killed till the elderly man known as Simon jumps in front of her to save her and is killed breaking her heart. Then, one of her friends, Jellal, betrays her and everyone else causing her emotional pain plus during her torture she loses an eye and is given an artifical eye.

After she got over the pain of being and orphan and seeing death and torture around here from the age of about six, she finds her mum who was abused by Erza's dad and she attempts to kill her own daughter.

Yah she even don't know who her parents are and her best friend also give her unforgettable wound

Her mother kept her in her womb for over 100 years till situation become familiar. And when she was born her mother went crazy and wanted take her body to star new life and thereafter her mother left her in a village. And it is stated as the start of misery of her childhood when se was sent to construction of tower of heaven where she was tortured and lost an eye.

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18 Orihime Inoue (Bleach) Orihime Inoue (Bleach)

She is alone ever since her loving brother died

19 Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan) Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan) Levi Ackerman is a fictional character in the manga and anime series Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama.

He group up in an underground abandoned city with no sunlight until he was in his twenties. His mother was murdered when he was five. He was raised by a criminal until he abandoned him. He lived as a thug most of his life. He was threatened into joining the Survey Corps. He watched his friends being brutally murdered in front of him.

Seriously guys, everything that has happened to him is misery. All my friends complain on how he never smiles, but they haven't seen The OVA, 'Attack On Titan: No Regrets...'

It's horrible and tragic. Levi deserved more. He cares so deeply about others, but was too strong to show it. Hajime Isayama even mentioned he is the most emotional character in the series.


Levi went through a lot not to mention that he was an accident because he's mother was a prostitute but he's father was he's mothers brother, now if that's not enough let's see the OVA and the fact that levi lost his scouting team.
I feel like Levi has OCPD which can scar him for life and not enough yet here is another thing he's kind, the Ackermans never forget anything on what happened to them here is why levi is my fave character and I would hug him in real life if he existed because he went through a lot and he deserves to be happy again
And this are probably the main reasons he doesn't smile.

Why he is only with this rank? He deserved at least top 5 because his life is the most sadist between all aot characters..
Even his childhood wasn't normal because he lives at underground and need to survive (maybe by killing people around him) and he also being raised by the killing machine, his uncle and trained him into a killer after his mother died. Then he lives alone until he meets farlan and Isabel and they died after joining their first expedition of survey cocorpshe lost his squad in S1. S3 he meets his uncle and not long after that he dies.. then Erwin..OK I literally can't say it his life is too..

20 Yasutora Sado (Bleach)
21 Masami Iwasawa (Angel Beats)

Had a miserable life at home with her parents fighting all the time. Had nothing, except a guitar she found abandoned in an alley. She realised a talent and played and sang in the streets to get money. When she was about to finish school in dreams of becoming a singer, she came home to find her parents fighting again. She stepped in to stop them and got hit over the head with a beer bottle for which she ended up in hospital, paralysed and unable to talk for the rest of her life. - TheOverreactingFangirl

Iwasawa had a story that seemed more real to me, like how her life never got a happy ending.

Honestly, Iwasawa was my favourite angel beats character ever. she had a horrible life and a talent to escape it. When she lost her abiliry to sing, I wasahonsely heartbroken. Iwasawa did not deserve thr pain she lived through

22 Minene Uryu (Future Diary) Minene Uryu (Future Diary)
23 Uryuu Minene (Future Diary)

I cried so much when she died - spodermanfan1000

Her backstory is almost real. While the war between gaza and israeli most of the citizens are sufferred. Especially, the kid.

And sometime the children will lose their parents anytime. And Minene is really represent of the kids in the war.

Losing your parent, bomb everywhere, the army are angel of death. I mean nobody wants it.

24 Trafalgar Law (One Piece) Trafalgar Law (One Piece)

After all that Law has been through, if that happened to me I'd be traumatized for life. The loss of his parents and the destruction of his town, with a disease that seemed uncurable, and his sudden cause for blood and killing, and the loss of the man who helped and died for him...

Law's past was probably the saddest in the whole one piece series! His home town was infected with a disease that was killing everyone in seconds! It was incurable and his family, neighbors and friends all died. He then joined the donquixote family and meets corazon who saved him in return for his own life.

At just the age of 10 he (along with the rest of his town) contracted a fatal disease which took years of his lifespan, and because this disease attracted too much attention the World Government completely eradicated his home town, killing everyone, including his parents and little sister. With his mental and emotional state shattered, along with(and on his own estimations) only 3 years to live, Law joins the Donquixote Family in hopes of destroying everything. While in with the Donquixote Family, Law meets Corazon, the clumsy brother of the head of the family, who makes it his goal to cure Law of his illness and get him away from his dangerous brother, Doflamingo. But after risking his life to cure Law, Corazon is shot dead by Doflamingo, right in front Law. In just 3 years, Law lost his entire family, his hometown, and the man who risked death to protect him.

How is he not at least in the top ten.

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25 Edward and Al Elric (FMA and FMAB)

As young children their father has never been around and has always left them and their mother. Ed and Al's mother then later on passes away leaving the 2 brothers truly alone and sad. Desperate to see their mother smile again they try and use alchemy to preform ad human transmutation is order to bring her back to life. During the process hell starts to unravel as Al loses his whole body and Ed losing a leg. Scared for his young brothers life Ed risks his life and one of his arms in order to rescue Al and sending his soul into a suit of armor. Al and Ed now live together and go everywhere together Al a body of armor and Ed with a automail prosthetic arm and leg and they swear to one day get their old bodies and limbs back... - TheOverreactingFangirl

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26 Zeref (Fairy Tail) Zeref (Fairy Tail) Zeref Dragneel is a character from the anime/manga series, Fairy Tail, created by Hiro Mashima. He debuted in chapter 200 of the manga, and episode 96 in the anime. In Fairy Tail, Zeref is considered to be the strongest, most evil Mage of all time, who possesses extremely dangerous, and powerful Magic. more.

Lets see. Village was ravaged by dragons taking the lives of his parents and brother. Cursed with immortality and a curse so saddening that whenever he loves humanity everything around him dies forcing him to withdraw himself from humanity. Mascarred his entire school by accident as a teenager. Revived his brother as an etherious only to have him sent 400 years into the future to kill him due to acnologia. The only person he ever loved was killed by himself by accident. History manipulated him into an evil wizard when his brother sees him again for the first time in 400 years he has no recollection of zeref. He was shunned. Left in the darkness and treated horribly and lost more than ever could be lost. A village shunned naruto? How about humanity shunning zeref? No way naruto is better than this guy who lost everything and is destined to die at thw hands of his brother. Naruto and sauske have no idea what this guy goes through every day.

It made me cry... The things that he had done for his younger brother...

One of the best brothers in all anime - Goku02

Saddening story..

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27 Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z) Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z) Vegeta is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

Vegeta's planet was destroyed along with everyone he knew including his father by Frieza. then Frieza trained him and made him an evil person who killed everyone Frieza ordered. Then he eventually finds out that Frieza destroyed his planet and he didn't get to kill him. Frieza was instead killed by a low class saiyan who also became a super saiyan before vegeta and generally earns all the glory throughout the entire series (Goku)

28 Yuno Gasai (Future Diary) Yuno Gasai (Future Diary)

It was so sad to learn about her past (every part of her past) and why she clung to yuki. At first her stalker attitude seems unrealistic but as you learn more about her past, things start to make more sense and the way you view her changes so drastically and is really crushing

29 Juuzou Suzuya (Tokyo Ghoul) Juuzou Suzuya (Tokyo Ghoul)

Gets kidnapped by a ghoul, tortured and forced to kill, gets his nuts smashed, loses his teammate and the only person who really understood him and literally doesn't feel pain. Yet he's happy with his life.

Well he got abused by his mom. Holds no grunge against her. And Can't feel any pain. Juuzou has to be one of the top five.

I hated his mom... poor Juuzou, as creepy as he can be, didn't deserve that...


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30 Jellal Fernandes (Fairy Tail) Jellal Fernandes (Fairy Tail) Jellal Fernandes is a childhood friend of Erza Scarlet. When he lost his own memory, he was a Dark Mage who desperately sought to revive Zeref via the R-System. Jellal served as the main antagonist of the Tower of Heaven arc and is currently a member and co-founder of Crime Sorcière.

Why isn't Jellal on the list yet? His back story is even more tragic than Erza's. At least Erza has her friends and guild mates besides her to make her happier, whilst Jellal has no-one. He was forced to work as a slave in that horrible tower for all his childhood, was being manipulated for EIGHT YEARS, waking up from the nightmare only to find out that he had killed one of his closest friends and harmed the one he loves, be held captive for another year, and then working hard as a fugitive to try to save everyone around him in order for no-one to fall into darkness anymore, atoning for the sins he hadn't committed, always running away from the Magic Council, always at risk of being caught and executed... Jellal's definitely got to be in top 5. He comes from such a tragic background. - Goku02

31 Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan) Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan) Mikasa Ackerman is a fictional character in the manga and anime series Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama.

As a young girl Mikasa LOVED her parents and her parents (Like every other parent) LOVED her back! But, on one fateful night her home is attacked for men are on the search of a Japanese girl for people in her village had never seen Japanese people before (Only because the village was poor and there were mix races, ethnics, etc. ) and wanted to kidnap her and send her to be a sex toy for perverts. Her mother diving into the fight to save her only child she's then murdered as her right shoulder is deeply slashed with an axe her father stabbed to death. Scared out of her mind she's taking hostage until Eren Jaeger finds and rescues her and now lives with him and his family as his adoptive sister. - TheOverreactingFangirl

I got mikasa to nine

Mikasa backstory is so messed up when you think about it
1.she had to watch her parents die as a 9 year old
2.she was kindapped and almost was sold as a sex slave
3. Also in the manga it says that mikasa mom was pregnant with a boy so she pretty much never got to met her younger brother

It’s not the most messed up backstorys but definitely one of them

32 Ciel Phantomhive (Black Butler) Ciel Phantomhive (Black Butler)

I mean Ciel had his house burnt down when he was like 10, he was kidnapped and put in some sacrificial place, making a contract with a demon and his parents are dead and their corpses were sown together I mean Ciel was 10 when this happened. That is tragic don't you think

Just read the manga..

33 Shinji Ikari (Evangelion) Shinji Ikari (Evangelion)

Watched his mother die in front of him when he was four, his formerly caring father tosses him away to distant and cold relatives, his father actually promotes and encourages feelings of self hatred. Meets his father for the first time in 10 years only to find he only brought him because he has a use for him, is sent out like a lamb to the slaughter to fight. - TheOverreactingFangirl

Even though he might not be the best characters out there, his back stories is one of the saddest I've ever seen. - NerdyPweeps

His backstory is really depressing. His mother died when he was 3,his father abandoned him for 11 years and forces his son to pilot an ever. He even treats him as tool more than a son. That might've explained why he was so depressing and being a coward sometimes.

Let's be real here shinji ikari is the ultimate

34 Nico Robin (One Piece) Nico Robin (One Piece)

At the age of 2 her mother left her with her abusive aunt, all the kids on her island made fun of her due to her devil fruit powers, and called her a monster, as well as this they would always tell her that her mother left her cause she scared her away. Also, everyone on her island apart from the scholars hated her and thought she was an actual devil. when her mother finally does come back, she only gets to see her for a short time before her entire island is blown up, and the only friends she had ever made (the scholars of Ohara aka the devils of ohara) were all killed, including Jaguar D saul, a giant that she had only befriended 7 days earlier that died trying to help her escape. After the buster call of ohara, a bounty of 79 million beli (OP currency) was placed on her, meaning everywhere she went people would betray her and try turning her in for money, the marines also made up a lie that she had sunk 8 marine ships, and she was trying to gain revenge for her fallen friends. ...more

How is this not in the top ten? everyone she had ever known was killed at the age of 8, all of the children on her island called her a monster and everyone was scared of her. Her dad died when she was small and her mother left her at the age of 2 to conduct research. When her mother comes back, her whole island gets blown up and robin is left all on her own. Before dying, her mother tells her that she must live.

I can't believe she was put through that since she was 8 years old

Gosh. Her background story could easily beat Sasuke's. Why is she so ranked so low?

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35 Nagato Uzumaki (Naruto Shippuden) Nagato Uzumaki (Naruto Shippuden)

I mean, his parents were killed, his first companion was killed, his best friend was killed, and he ended up killing people without wanting to. That's pretty sad, don't you think?

I mean, this guy should've been the 1st in the Naruto franchise. His parents are brutally killed in front of his eyes, his first friend is dead, his best friend is killed, he lived in poverty, his companions are killed, and his mind is twisted. He even changed his name to "pain", and you know that's indeed suffering. - Kuroemon2002

36 Ultear - Fairy Tail

I find her story the saddest in all of Fairy Tail. She thought her mom abandoned her in a facility, was experimented on and tortured, and when she escaped and came back to her mom, her mom was smiling with 2 young boys. Turns out her mom just wanted to help her not die and was lied to.

Super sad ha ow had such high hopes but came back only to see her mother with to young boys, and I bet it seemed to her that her mother had just abandoned her for these boys.

Feeling betrayed is never fun...

37 Kousei Arima (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)

Loved the anime and he had such a sad pas his mom died the day after he said " I wish you would die! "

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38 Johan Liebert (Monster) Johan Liebert (Monster)
39 Yuri Nakamura (Angel Beats) Yuri Nakamura (Angel Beats)

She had a terrible experience as as child she never got over witch makes her do what she does in the anime it makes you sympathetic to words her and understanding of her character

She always thought she was the coolest older sister but then she saw her siblings die in front of her own eyes and always blamed herself. She has such a as past

Yuri lived a happy life, when she watched all her siblings die brutal deaths in front of her! To me that was the most depressing story out of all of them!

Sad...just sad

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40 Yukine (Noragami) Yukine (Noragami)

Yukine is a 14 year old regalia (the spirit of a deceased person) Regalias don't remember why and how they died. Yukine especially finds a hard time dealing with that. It takes him a lot of time to deal with the fact he isn't like the other "kids" his age - he has a few mental breakdowns, where all he can think about is his jealousy towards people who are alive. At some point he's even starts becoming an ayakashi (a demon) because of his depressed thoughts. After a while, with the help from his master, a god named Yato, and other regalias, he gets better. What's even worse? In the manga it's revealed that if a regalia finds out why it died, grief will consume them and they will turn into an ayakashi. And guess what? Through an accident, Yukine begins to remember what seems to be his father locking him in a basement. To sum it up, he's a poor little dead cinnamon roll who can't find his place in the world. Although he might not have the saddest backstory, it's much more painful when ...more

It’s still a mystery but I can guess. - Undistinguished

41 Allen Walker (D. Grey Man) Allen Walker (D. Grey Man)

His story may not be well known but it is BAD.

First of all, when he was born he was abandoned for having a deformed arm, abandoned at birth! He grows up on the streets but that is not the worst, when people saw his arm their reactions were terror or anger, because of his arm he had been beaten called a monster and mentally scared.

He then finds a job doing little things at a circus, the ring master who's name was Cosimo repeatedly beat Allen back then known as"Red" as he did not have a name yet. One day at the circus he befriends a dog, the first friend he had ever had, only to find out later on that he was beaten to death by Cosimo, at the grave of the dog who's name is Allen, Red (Allen) meets Mana, Allen agrees to travel with Mana, some point on the journey taking up the name Allen. One day Mana is killed in an accident and when a grieving Allen tries to resurrect him, Mana curses him, cutting through half of his face, the shock turned his brown hair white. ...more

The anime doesn't go how far into his life that was bad. He had a terrible time with the only two that cared for him dead and his master only raised him because he has the fourteenth's will. His past is just so sad

It doesn't help when you find out in the extra mangas that he had been SOLD to the circus at a young age, around 7.

Agreed, his story I'd pretty damn sad. He doesn't even know if he's choosing his own path anymore. He doesn't even trust hime around his friends anymore but gladly He has 2 people to rely on in the Manga now

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43 Eren Yeager (Attack on Titan) Eren Yeager (Attack on Titan) Eren Yeager, spelled Eren Jaeger in the Funimation dub, is a fictional character appearing as the protagonist from the manga series Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama.

He saw his mother get eaten by a Titan. Who wouldn't get traumatized by that?

Like he can eat a shoe he's a noob and can't do anything >: (

Blood blood blood your moms blood everywhere

44 Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz (Phineas and Ferb) Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz (Phineas and Ferb) Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz is a fictional character and the main antagonist from the animated television show Phineas and Ferb. He was created by Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, and is voiced by Povenmire.

His parents didn't show up for his birth, his father made him live as a lawn gnome, he lost his only friend (Ballooney) he was raised by an ocelot, his only companions were the moon and his neighbor Kenny. I cry every time.

Why is this on an anime list? - TwilightKitsune

Top ten anime saddest backstories

He the bomb. tears me up

45 Kazuyoshi Usui Aka Switch (Sket Dance)

All he wanted was to lead a peaceful life with his younger brother,fondly nicknamed 'Switch' for his being a computer wiz,and his childhood friend Sawa.But everything changes when a psychotic girl decides to take revenge on Sawa due to earlier relationship issues by killing her lover.Kazuyoshi light-heartedly mentions that Sawa was dating his brother without having any ' idea of her intentions,and ultimately,Switch is stabbed to death.

Having realised his brother was killed because he said something stupid,he falls to inexplicable trauma and remorse and blames himself entirely.Also Sawa leaves the town-this was a heartbreak for him as he really loved her.Left all alone,Kazuyoshi decides to take up the identity of 'Switch' as he wanted to keep some of his brother's trace in the world.He permanently stops talking and starts communicating with a computerized speech synthesizer created by the real Switch,fearing that his speaking would bring harm to his loved ones again.He also ...more

46 Gray Fullbuster (Fairy Tail) Gray Fullbuster (Fairy Tail) Gray Fullbuster a fairytail wizard is a kind sensitive person which can be mainly found in underwear or fighting a guildmate / friend brother Natsu Dragneel (which I am supersede dint make this list) anyway Gray has a habit of stripping which he found while training with his now unfortunately dead master more.

How is he not on the list? He had his whole family die in front of his eyes, had the two people that were also close to his family (Ultear and your) die, and then have other people blame you for their death, while you are regretting it and having to live with the guilt in the first place? That is really depressing! And he was eight when your died, and I don't even know how old when his parents died (six? seven? ) No eight year old should have to deal through that, and no six or seven year old should have to see a demon killing their parents in front of their own eyes.

He had to be at top 10! - Tuana123

50? It had to be at top 10.

I think Gray should get number 6 on this list because he's whole family died infront of his eyes, then Ul died. After that then Ultrar died. He finally got to see his dad, but killed him and he died. Then In the Manga chapter 500 Juvia died. Well she came back to life... BUT STILL!

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47 Nico Yazawa (Love Live! School Idol Project) Nico Yazawa (Love Live! School Idol Project)
48 Alois Trancy (Black Butler) Alois Trancy (Black Butler)

What happened to him and his brother is a nightmare. People hate Alois for his cruel character, but they fail to see that he too has had a tragic past, worse than many others..

Even though he is a cruel character, what he had gone through is unspeakable and disturbed me greatly

The only thing that comes in my mind when I hear his name is:He only wanted someone to love and care for him.Yeah,we all know that he was very brutal,childish at times.But he just wanted to forget for a little the overwhelming sadness and loneliness he was feeling.His past made him like this.And his past? Well let's say that Ciel's past was nothing in front of his.Seriourly.In every aspect you look at it.

49 Shinn Asuka (Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny) Shinn Asuka (Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny) Shinn Asuka is a fictional character in the Japanese science fiction anime television series Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny by Sunrise, part of the Gundam franchise.
50 Nina Tucker (Fullmetal Alchemist)

How would you like to spend your childhood being fused with your pet dog to become a chimera by your own father, then later killed?

Her father not only uses her mother for human experimentation that leads to her death, but later uses her for the same project though in the end she still lived him anyway.

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