Top Ten Anime Characters With Sad and Depressing Back Stories


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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)
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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 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

30 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.

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

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

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

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 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

40 Kabuto (Naruto)
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