Anime Characters With a Tragic Past


The Top Ten

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

Naruto ends up the Nine Tailed Fox Spirit sealed inside him at birth the spirit that nearly destroyed the whole village years earlier, because of his secret he is ostracized by everyone, with no parents or friends and everyone avoiding him he constantly acts out not because he means any harm but because he desperately want's everyone to notice him. - egnomac

Saddest past ever...

ITACHI should have been no. 1 lol

2 Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist) Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist) Edward Elric, commonly nicknamed Ed, is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series created by Hiromu Arakawa.

Along with Alphonse their father leaves and their mother dies shortly after they attempt to bring her back using Alchemy which ends in disaster Ed only loses his leg while Al loses his whole body Ed than sacrifices his own arm to bond Al's body to a suit of armor if that wasn't painful enough he undergoes surgery for automail and becomes a state Alchemist. - egnomac

Okay but how is alphonse not up here yet edward is? that literally makes no sense.

3 Ciel Phantomhive (Black Butler) Ciel Phantomhive (Black Butler)

He witnessed the tragic death of his parents in a fire. And then he was cursed :(

Was also caught by a cult and sacrificed

I feel so bad for him
on a side note I called Ciel a her at first

In his tenth birthday some attackers killed his parents and all the servants and the manor turned to an horror house then he was kidnapped and sold to a satanic cult and those cultists used him as sex slave and repeatedly raped and abused him for a full month then his brother killed in front of his eyes in such an horrible way and given as a sacrifice to a demon at the end he make a contract with a demon and he selled his soul to him all that happen to him when he was only ten years old

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4 Guts (Berserk) Guts (Berserk)

Can't even begin to describe how much this badass has gone through, easily the most tragic character in anime, maybe even in all of media itself.

Guts is backstory is way more tragic than the character above him if you don't believe me there is some people here that give you a detailed information about guts past compare them to those above

Yep, everyone else are pussies compared to Guts.

Really? naruto is number 1? compared to this guy, naruto had an easy life. Guts literally was born out of his mother's hanging corpse. and its not that he was born, but that he literally forced himself out as a baby that hadnt even been born yet. and that's tame compared to what happens to him later. The fact that this man still lives is a testament to his insane will to live and how much of a damn badass he is.

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5 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. more.

His parents and little brother died at a young age. He tried to find meaning in the word love but when he loves people die his curse is the most saddest curse I have ever seen when he loves life dies around him tragic.

He wants to die and was considered the most evilest wizard alive when he is really just a good soul...

He should be up there with edward elric...

Cries every time he sees natsu

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6 Robert Haydn (Law of Ueki)

Robert's childhood was just too painful...
Was hated by everyone just because he was a celestial...
His only friends betrayed him...
His carer lied about taking care of him just to get money...
Then he became so resentful he became bad and destroyed his entire town... It was just too sad. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

7 Karou Hanabishi (Ai Yori Aoshi)

He loses his father at a young age is forced into the Hanabishi Clan forcibly separated from his and later try to make him forget about his mother, he finally leaves and runs away to Tokyo only to find himself all alone with no one left to call his family however all that changes when meets up with Aoi later on. - egnomac

8 Ken Kaneki (Tokyo Ghoul) Ken Kaneki (Tokyo Ghoul)

What happened to him was so tragic and unfortunate. If only he hadn't fallen for Rize. This guy has the most tragic past to me, right before Kiritsugu Emiya. For those of you that don't know the anime or the manga, Ken Kaneki was a regular human boy whose father had died while he was still an infant and his mother had died when he was in elementary school. He loved books and reading and was extremely lonely and had one friend growing up. One day when he was nineteen, he took an interest in a girl named Rize that he met at a coffee shop called Anteiku. They found out they both liked the same others and went out on a date. After the date, she insisted he walk her home because she claims to live near the area where all of the ghoul-attacks have been happening. A ghoul is a human-like species that can only drink coffee and eat humans. They are also physically stronger than humans. Rize pulls him into an alley and attempts to eat him, because she is the binge-eating ghoul that has been all ...more

His mum was a horrible human being to him! She abused him! And that made Kaneki, who was trying to escape reality about his mum, made him think his mother was a kind person to him... that is just messed up...

Spoiler alert- Also it is later revealed that his mother abused him after his father died

This is a great anime

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9 Itachi (Naruto)

If there is talk about character with tragic past. Itachi should be number 1 because he killed his own clan and parents with his own hand for the sake of the village and hated by all people in the shinobi world. Whats more tragic than that.

He was forced to slaughter his entire family and clan, then branded as a criminal and has to live as a criminal for the rest of this life.

If anything can beat a ten year old little boy being forced to murder his entire family, tell me.

Itachi had to kill his own family, treated like a villain and is killed by his own brother and still smiles in the end

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10 Nami (One Piece) Nami (One Piece) 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.

Come on, she was rescued and raised by a loving person named Belle-mere for years and grew up alongside her foster sister, Nojiko. But it wouldn't last for long because large Fishmen came to the island where she lived and took over the whole thing. They asked for money but Belle-mere didn't have any because she spent it all to make Nami's favorite meal. So, she asked them to spare her two daughters lives.

For eight years, she worked with the Arlong Pirates to buy back her village from the cruel Fishmen. Only to have them lying to her and steal all the money away from her. Yeah, that's pretty messed up!

The Contenders

11 Kotomi Ichinose (Clannad) Kotomi Ichinose (Clannad)
12 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.

He was taken from his father by Freiza right before he kills his father and all the other saiyans on planet Vegeta. - egnomac

He wasn't taken from his father, he was working on a distant planet at the moment. - Goku02

13 Enma Ai (Hell Girl)
14 Ichigo Morino (Please Teacher)

She's basically a grown woman trapped in a child's body, years ago she ended up in a stand still just like Kei for 6 long years. - egnomac

15 Lucy (Elfen Lied) Lucy (Elfen Lied) Lucy (born as kaede), is a tragic, fictional Japanese Anti-Heroine, and Anti-Villianess, who is the main protagonist of her debut source, a manga officially known as Elfen Lied [alfen leed], written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto, which was best known for it's T.V. adaptation of the same name, Directed more.
16 Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail) Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail) 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 more.

How does she not have the saddest past?! Her parents were killed, she was in slavery for most of her childhood, and she was abused and lost her eye! HER EYE. She got pushed off a cliff, and beaten by her most closest friend. This is insane

17 Touma Norstein (Digimon)
18 Paninya (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)

She loses her parents and her legs after an accident and just completely broke down until Mr. Dominic out of kindness of his heart outfits her auto-mail for her legs allowing her to get back on her feet once again, she becomes grateful for his generosity that she turns to stealing to pay him back for the auto-mail until she meets Winry who sets her strait. - ZZDOORAL

19 Gaara (Naruto) Gaara (Naruto) 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.

Ok, so there's Naruto, Nagato, Itachi..But no GAARA?! He suffered WAY more than any of them! He was rejected by all of his villagers and unlike Naruto, didn't have Iruka, or Kakashi, or ANYONE! Even his own siblings were scared of him.No to mention his only "family" his aunt, tried to kill him.At her own will! That's... come on, people, show some empathy! - ilar9118

What? He suffered more than naruto!
He was called "monster" because he couldn't control sand, he can't sleep because shukaku can possess him when he sleeps, his father wanted to kill him, and then his uncle (the only person who really loved him) tried to kill him and makes him belive he hates him.
Worse past than naruto's.

20 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 and Zeref's pasts are the most tragic ones in Fairy Tail. - Goku02

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Top Remixes (5)

1. Clare (Claymore)
2. Guts (Berserk)
3. Lucy (Elfen Lied)
1. Zeref Dragneel (Fairy Tail)
2. Jellal Fernandes (Fairy Tail)
3. Enma Ai (Hell Girl)
1. Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)
2. Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)
3. Karou Hanabishi (Ai Yori Aoshi)

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