Top Ten Anime Characters with the Saddest Pasts

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The Top Ten

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

I'm bawling out tears.

3 Sasuke Uchiha 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

4 Gaara 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

His past is similar to Naruto's.

5 Elric Brothers (Fullmetal Alchemist) Elric Brothers (Fullmetal Alchemist)
6 Erza Scarlet 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 friends' calls that they want ...read more.
7 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.

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

8 Gray Fullbuster Gray Fullbuster
9 Ciel Phantomhive Ciel Phantomhive
10 Nico Robin Nico Robin

The Contenders

11 Zeref Dragneel - Fairy Tail 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, most evil Mage of all time, who possesses extremely dangerous, and powerful Magic. ...read more.

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

12 Ken Kaneki Ken Kaneki
13 Nami 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.
14 Nagato Nagato
15 Ganta Igarashi Ganta Igarashi
16 Itachi Uchiha 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.

17 Guts Guts
18 Kurapika Kurapika
19 Monkey D. Luffy 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.
20 Natsu Dragneel - Fairy Tail 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. ...read more.
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