Top Ten Anime Characters With Sad and Depressing Back Stories


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41 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

42 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 >: (

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.

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45 Kazuyoshi Usui Aka Switch (Sket Dance) V 1 Comment
46 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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47 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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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 Yuuji Kazami (The Fruit of Grisaia)

His parents avoided him as a child, his sister was hidden away from him, his dad abused him, his mom committed suicide after he killed his dad, he got mollested by his new guardian, his new guardian died, and his life was used to kill. If you ask me, that's pretty sad...

When I got to the part of his past I cried... And I never cry...

Really... Just watch grisaia no meikyuu...

50 Sakata Gintoki (Gintama) V 1 Comment
51 Yuzuru Otonashi (Angel Beats!) Yuzuru Otonashi (Angel Beats!)

Lives a miserable life, and when finally finding that he could do something he dies trying to save others.

52 Takashi Natsume (Natsume Yuujinchou)

He should be top 1, I mean his past AND present are the most sad, his parents died at a very young age leaving him with bad relatives, no one welcomes him at their homes because he was acting "weird", even thought he couldn't help it, other people couldn't see yokai, so he was moving around from place to another, and was being bullied by both humans AND demons.

53 Kanda Yuu (D.Gray-man)

He died an exorcist in his previous life unable, denied of his freedom to fully live for himself and his past lover. Then he is brought back through a brain transplant to a youthful artificial body, where he was further denied of his humanity and forced to undergo painful experiments to forcefully synchronize with innocence over and over again where he would literally die painfully again... and again... and again. Even with all this pain the one shining light was his friend Alma who was also a similar experimental subject who he could relate to. Unfortunately, as time progressed Kanda began to experience visions of his previous life which brought fairs of mental instability and with it Kanda was scheduled to be scrapped by the very people who raised him and laughed with him on a day to day. To add acid to injury, his friend Alma tries to rescue him only to uncover the sick truth of their experimental origin thus regaining some of his memories and losing his sanity in the process. ...more

The saddest and also most beautiful love story ever told. He was created artificially by the Order, A mere shadow of his past self. The only thing he remembers is a "girl", their love and a "promisse". The girl also reincarnated as Alma, his only friend in present time. Both have to fight, and he chose to kill Alma just to find that "girl" once more, not knowing that Alma was the one he was searching for... He goes on searching and discovers that Alma is not really dead, but has been a test subject for the same order he's been fighting for all these years. Alma wants to kill him so they can be together and even turns to an akuma so Kanda never find the truth about who he really "was". Their bond is so strong the trancends time and flesh itself...but they will never be together, and he has to kill Alma one more time! He suffers hell for killing his best friend but never discovers this very friend is really the one and true love of his life! All this because the Order (the very good in ...more

Just a few words:
1. RHODE, a sadistic girl who loves torture and pain, was horrified when she saw his memories.
2. Seeing his past through Wisely's power counts as MIND RAPE.

54 Tony Tony Chopper (One Piece) Tony Tony Chopper (One Piece)

Can't believe he's so low down in this list.. the scene where he hurts himself by purpose so Dr hiluluk would let him back in made me cry, especially when he starts shooting at chopper and it reminds him of how the humans were scared of him, and started calling him a monster and shooting at him :(

55 Obito Uchiha (Naruto Shippuden) Obito Uchiha (Naruto Shippuden)

Come on. HIs love for life got killed by his best friend and he got tricked by Madara and he later realized his whole life was a lie without being able to even regret before he dies.

For real though one of the most saddest characters in narutoverse, everything that he knew was a lie,he was controlled by madara, saw his loved one getting killed by his best friend for real this is very sad

56 Gin Ichimaru (Bleach) Gin Ichimaru (Bleach)
57 Alucard (Hellsing) Alucard (Hellsing)

Have you guys watched OVA 9? Or read the manga chapter 70?

He was raped when he was a kid.

58 Kikyo (Inuyasha) Kikyo (Inuyasha)

Her story is so sad! The fact a horrible guy like Naraku kills her because she loved Inuyasha and not him. When Naraku kills her it is pretty sad. She deserves to be higher up

How is she not higher? Her story is one of the saddest

59 Sasori of the Red Sand (Naruto Shippuden) Sasori of the Red Sand (Naruto Shippuden)

He lost his parents at a young age and his grandmother, unable to tell him so said that they would come back someday. Then after waiting for parents who will never return his grandmother introduced him to puppet making, he basically creates a puppet version of his family to replace the parents he lost. Then later, not only is he killed by the "Mother" and "Father" puppets he made, but he also is killed by his grandmothers hand.

His backstory always makes me want to cry. He lost his parents at a very young age, which is what caused him to turn cold over time. You just gotta feel sorry for him.

Sasori is my favorite character in Naruto, and possibly in every anime I have ever watched. His backstory was so sad, and I feel bad every time I watch or read it.

His is the saddest because his gramma hated herself for what she did to sasori

60 Ayano Tateyama (Kagerou Project)
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