Top Ten Anime Characters With Sad and Depressing Back Stories


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21 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.

One of the most saddest back stories iv'e ever heard (next to robin's)

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22 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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23 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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24 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

25 Juuzou Suzuya (Tokyo Ghoul) Juuzou Suzuya (Tokyo Ghoul)

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.

Do you know that his ghoul ‘Mama’ cracked his nuts? - Undistinguished

26 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

27 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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28 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

29 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

30 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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31 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?

32 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...

33 Johan Liebert (Monster) Johan Liebert (Monster)
34 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..

35 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

36 Kabuto (Naruto)
37 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

She watched her three siblings die and blamed herself. It doesn't get much worse than that.

Sad...just sad

38 Minene Uryu (Future Diary) Minene Uryu (Future Diary)
39 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?

40 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..."

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

Cronas terrible life began whe he was born mainly because his mother was medusa and the she puts madoroc in his body and he's constantly bullied by him. Then he's forced to kill by his mother and when he refuses she punishes him. No wonder he has problems and is always so jumpy and gloomy.

I swear. How is this not number 1. It's so SAD T^T I cry nonstop when I see Crona (Well Most of the time) He/She is such an adorable character with such a sad past

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