Top Ten Anime Characters with the Saddest Pasts

The Top Ten Anime Characters with the Saddest Pasts

1 Rukia Kuchki

Rukia has a sad past. She never got to meet her sister then lost her own mentor to a hollow. She had it rough.

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

I'm bawling out tears.

3 Gaara 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.

Sure his back story was similar to Naruto's but it's the differences in them that set him apart. Gaara was considered a monster by not only his village but his family as well. His uncle tries to kill him on orders from Gaara's own father. I think the fact that he had family but was treated as he was is more tragic than Naruto's. Gaara was even led to believe by his father that his mother had hated him and that he was responsible for her death. Think about all that verbal abuse coming from the family who is supposed to love you. No wonder Gaara was so messed up and unstable. - NerdBunny

I usually don´t get sad or cry on pasts, but this one did bring me tears.

His past is similar to Naruto's.

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

I honestly feel like if I were to choose I'd say Itachi had a sadder back story. Sure Sasuke saw the dead bodies of his clan but Itachi had to actually kill them and his parents all for the sake of the village. Everyone always says poor Sasuke but I feel that Itachi is the one that had it more rough: forced to make an impossible decision between his village or clan, then has to leave his village and join a cult to spy on for his village (all while he's still a teen), and finally dies without his village knowing of his sacrifice for them. At least Sasuke found out about Itachi after he died but Sasuke was a bystander for his clan's murder while Itachi was forced to be an active participant. Itachi was a hero to his village but no one knew or acknowledged this while he was alive. He was treated as a traitor for following orders and putting the lives of the entire village before his own clan or emotions. He was like the shadow Hokage. - NerdBunny

Witnessing your family killed by the person you love the most in this world... Imagine how painful that would be! - Goku02

5 Erza Scarlet 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 Nakama's calls that they want help. more.
6 Elric Brothers (Fullmetal Alchemist)
7 Gray Fullbuster 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.
8 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.

His past is way worse than Erza's because at least Erza has her friends and Fairy Tail, plus everyone loves and idolizes her, whilst Jellal had been being controlled for most of his life then had to either go to jail or relentlessly on the run as a fugitive and face the risk of being caught all the time. - Goku02

9 Ciel Phantomhive

Very Sad Past For This Poor Child

10 Ken Kaneki

His Father Died Very Early In His Life Then His Mother Died Around Age 4 or 5 Then He Was Given To His Aunt Who Abused Him Because He Was Smarter Than Her Son And Slowly Gave Him Less And Less Food Until It Was Around One Piece Of Bread Every Week Or So To Keep Him Alive

The Contenders

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

I feel like having to kill your own family is much worse than watching your family get killed. Sasuke shouldn't be so high up.

12 Nico Robin "Devil Child" Nico Robin is a fictional character of the One Piece manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda.
13 Zeref Dragneel - 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 Dark Wizard of all time, who was under the Curse of Contradiction. He is the founder more.

Hmmm... Zeref and Jellal have the saddest pasts in my opinion but Zeref has been enduring pain for 400 years so... yeah. - Goku02

14 Sanji Vinsmoke Sanji, most commonly known by his moniker "Black Leg" Sanji, is a fictional character in the One Piece franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. He is the cook of the Straw Hat Pirates, as well as the former sous chef of the Baratie. He is also the third son of the Vinsmoke Family, thus making him more.
15 Nami Nami is a fictional character in the One Piece franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. She is based on Ann and Silk, two characters from Oda's previous manga Romance Dawn.

It's not even that bad! Her past is much better than many One Piece characters.

16 Guts

Born by a corpse, raised by a group of mercenary and ironed by the flames of many battles, Guts learned that in this life only the powerful survived. Always alone, always in battle, he doesn't have anyone or anything to call his own, only his trusted blade.

17 Shoto Todoroki - Boku No Hero Academia

He hasn't had anyone die or anything, but he had an abusive father and his mom poured boiling water on his head. - Solacress

18 Future Trunks
19 Shouko Nishimiya - A Silent Voice

Nothings Worse Than Being Bullied For Something You Can't Control Such As Being Born With A Disability

So sad!

20 Natsu Dragneel - Fairy Tail Natsu Dragneel is a Mage of the Fairy Tail Guild.Natsu is carefree and reckless in nature, and, despite his consistent brawls with the other members of Fairy Tail, he is a fiercely loyal and protective friend. He is willing to go down fighting for his friends, regardless of how futile it might seem. more.

He died he lost his parents he lost his father figure and he lost his brother he found out he is end and his friend try to kill him

21 Nagato Nagato (Also known by his alias "Pain") is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.
22 Kurapika
23 Kikyo
24 Monkey D. Luffy Monkey D. "Straw Hat" Luffy is a fictional character and the protagonist of the One Piece manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda.
25 Ganta Igarashi
26 Zeno - Dragon Ball Zeno is the most experienced fighter in Dragon Ball Super. Zeno is known to be the most powerful fighter in the world. Even if Goku did Super Saiyan Blue King Kai Fist by twenty, Goku does not have a chance of victory unless Zeno gets overconfident.
27 Kotoura Haruka (Kotoura-san)

Her mom abandoned her. That's mess up!
I feel sorry for her.

28 Spike Spiegel - Cowboy Bebop
29 Scar - Fullmetal Alchemist Scar is a fictional character from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.
30 Sakata Gintoki
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