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.

He was...he had been through so much more. I thought he would’ve past Ciel by now. His past is the worst...

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5 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 deserves the first place, they guy had to suffer his entire life and was forced to kill any kind of happyness he had in his life. Even worse is that the had to make the one person he could never harm hate him and make his suffer only so he could grow strong and kill him.

If that is not tragic I don't know what is.

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6 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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7 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

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

It's also been confirmed that he was raped by Yamori

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9 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

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 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

16 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.
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

21 Kei Kusanagi (Please Teacher)

His sister commits suicide which caused him to go into a stand still which cost 3 years of his life, after waking up 3 years later his friends abandoned him and ran away to start anew life elsewhere.

22 Ganta Igarashi (Deadman Wonderland) Ganta Igarashi (Deadman Wonderland)
23 Clare (Claymore) Clare (Claymore)

After the death of Teresa her mother figure, Clare had the organisation transplant Teresa's flesh and blood into her turning her into Yuma hybrid, she then joined the organisation as a Claymore in order for her to avenge the death of Teresa by eliminating Priscilla. Basically her life was full of hardships and comrades keep dying around her, but she keeps moving forward in hopes to finding peace.

24 Juuzou Suzuya Juuzou Suzuya

He was tortured and abused, by someone (Big madam) and froced to kill others and due to their abuse he has a mesed up personality.

25 Gintoki Sakata (Gintama) Gintoki Sakata (Gintama) Gintoki Sakata is a fictional character in the manga and anime franchise Gin Tama created by Hideaki Sorachi.

Not to mention, as he finally got himself a new family and friends, people from his past come back to haunt him and hurt his new family, like takasugi, and utsuro. He was just about recovering from shoyou's death when he was forced to turn against the now 'alive' shouyou. He is fiercely protective if his family and is willing to die for them because he had lost everything once before.

There's some pretty dark pasts in anime, but I can confidently say that Gintoki has one of the darkest:

(SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER!) He was an orphan born in the war, looting corpses and killing to survive, to a point of being called a "Corpse-eating demon".

During one of his searches, whilst eating a riceball stolen from a corpse in a deserted battlefield, he was found by Yoshida Shouyou, who commented that Gintoki was a "cute demon." Gintoki drew a sword he had stolen off another dead body in self-defense. However, Shouyou told him that a sword used for self-defense, while fearing others, should be thrown away. He entrusted his sword to Gintoki, saying that he could follow him if he wanted to learn how to use a sword. Gintoki agreed and later became his student. Along with Katsura Kotarou and Takasugi Shinsuke, he studied swordplay under the teachings of Shouyou, and Gintoki grew ever-stronger, slowly beginning to learn to trust others.

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26 Alucard Alucard
27 Seina Yamada (Tenchi Muyo GXP)

Because of his bad luck everyone on earth avoided him even his own family members had a hard time dealing with his misfortune they friends he manged to make were Kai, Kiriko and Tenchi it wan't until he met Amane and joined the GXP that things got a little bit better for him. - egnomac

28 Future Trunks (Dragon Ball) Future Trunks (Dragon Ball)
29 Alphonse Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood) Alphonse Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood) Alphonse Elric, commonly called Al, is a fictional character in the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.
30 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.

Well, he watched his parents get murdered by a demon, watched his guardian die, got abandoned by his 'friend',met same friend again, had his guardian's daughter die, and then had his father die in his arms. I MEAN... - RebeccaDarking

How is Gray's past considered happier than Natsu's? This list is messed up. - Goku02

31 Ultear Milkovich (Fairy Tail) Ultear Milkovich (Fairy Tail)
32 Sanji (One Piece) Sanji (One Piece) Vinsmoke Sanji, most commonly known by his moniker "Black Leg" Sanji, is a fictional character in the One Piece franchise created by Eiichiro Oda.

His past is so sad, his father and brothers are the worst!

33 Kiritsugu Emiya - Fate/Stay Night Kiritsugu Emiya - Fate/Stay Night Kiritsugu Emiya is a fictional character from the Japanese visual novel and anime series Fate/stay night by Type-Moon and its prequel, Fate/Zero, by Type-Moon and nitroplus. He is only mentioned and seen in flashbacks in Fate/stay Night, but is one of the main protagonists of Fate/Zero.

He grew up on a small island. His dad was a scientist doing experiments on flowers to supposedly make them everlasting. His best friend Shirley was his dad's intern. She wanted to prove to his dad that his experiments exceeded. So she drank a substance he created. But it turned her into some sort of vampire, for his dad was actually trying to see if this breed of vampires could survive without the bloodlust. So Kiritsugu found Shirley in an alley eating live chickens. She asked him to kill her using a knife she gave him, but he couldn't do it. So she got away. She eventually started feeding on humans and turning them into the monster she was. Eventually the island was infested with these monsters left and right. Kiritsugu had to murder his father, this was all when he was a child, to stop him from researching this topic further. An independent assassin took him in and taught him everything she knew, making him an assassin. They worked together for years and had a close bond. This went ...more

He was once a boy who lived on a small island who dreamed of being a hero of justice who could save everyone. However, one tragic event on the island would change his whole life. And with it, he would have to abandon and sacrifice many of those he loved as he realized that saving one person means sacrificing another. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

34 Kazami Yuuji (Grisaia no Kajitsu)

He has one of the saddest pasts I have ever come across. I cried when asako died after she was almost like a mother to him

He just never got a brake first he was neglected and treated like a waste of space then his sister died leading to hike being abused eventually leading to him killing his dad after being forced to watch him rape his mom before she hung herself leaving him alone until he was adopted by a man who sent him to a terrorist trading camp where he was drugged and beaten by his best friend who would die shortly after and he became an assassin for the man who adopted him who dressed him up as his sister a molested him multiple. Then when rescued he eventually is forced to join the army to fight in a bloody war where he almost went insane before becoming an assassin again to take the place of the woman who rescued him as she was dying from a wound she got years ago from the man who adopted yuuji

His complete childhood was messed up. He was overshadowed by his overachieving and genius sister, neglected by both of his parents and shunned by his relatives. At very early age he was even sexually harassed by his sister. He even thought of her as a kind of god, for how much she manipulated him. After his sister died, his father turned violent towards him and their mother. After Yuuji and his mother escaped for the second time only to be found by his father yet again, he witnessed his mother being raped (by his father) and beaten up, while getting beaten up as well. He killed his own father in rage, but shortly after his mother committed suicide.
But there's MORE:
He was adopted by a terrorist, who made him cross-dress as Yuuji's sister. The terrorist sexually harassed him, sent him to his own school for training terrorist. In that school, Yuuji was drugged, beaten up, stabbed and everything that comes with that. He was even forced to fight the only person he considered as a ...more

35 Akito (Kodocha)

When he's first introduced he's an unlikable jerk who's mean to everyone and runs the school but later we find out the reason he act the way he does is because his mother dies giving birth to him and his sister blames him for her death. - ZZDOORAL

At one point He and Sana get married and then leaves her when she want's to have a baby because he fears that Sana will die giving birth just like his own mother. - ZZDOORAL

36 Kanda Yuu (d.gray-man)

(SPOILER)His past is awful. Years before the start of the story, him and his lover was killed by an akuma, and because exorcists are rare, scientists transplanted his brain into another body along with his lover, who became Alma. Having to go through painful synchronization tests and his friend going berserk and killing the people in the Asian base, thus killing Alma, no wonder he is so sullen and cold. Heck, even ROAD was horrified when she saw his past

Just read the manga,and you'll understand

Seeing his past through Wisely's power counts as MIND RAPE. It's that terrible

37 Kenshin Himura (Rurouni Kenshin)
38 Teito Klien (07-Ghost)

Teito's father was sliced in front of him at a young age and he was brought up as a battle sklave/slave. After escaping, his best friend was killed in front of him making Teito want to storm into the Barsburg Empire to kill the one who killed his best friend. But some people stopped him and brought Teito to the place where his (controlled) best friend attacked him, he saw that his best friend wished him to live on even though they swore to die together.

39 Nico Robin (One Piece) Nico Robin (One Piece)

Born in the Island of Ohara, she was hated by its residents and bullied by the children, her only safe haven was a library and those who attended it. Later on however even that tiny bit of happiness was taken from her, all of her friends and her newly found mother killed.

Then she had a hefty bounty set on her in a very early age, she couldn't trust anyone, even those who showed her kindness, because everyone eventually betrayed her, even pirates. For the longest time all she could do was find temporary shelter and sleep with one eye open to make a quick get away.

Throughout it all though she at least had a dream to strive for, and eventually joined Crocodile in search of her goal.
Her entire life she had to deal with abuse, and mistrust.

40 Allen Walker Allen Walker

He was abandoned because his arm was "deformed" and lived on the streets. he eventually joined a traveling circus and lived there but was constantly beaten up by one of the circus performers. when one of the traveling clowns kinda picked him up, becoming his foster father and was like the first person to care for him, he died in a car accident. allen was basically tricked by the millenium earl and tried to bring his foster dad back, which resulted in him being cursed.
and a lot more tragic stuff happens to him but that's present and not the past so

41 Nagato (Naruto Shippuden) Nagato (Naruto Shippuden)

His parents were killed his best friend was killed and he end up killing many people's but after knowing that he is doing wrong he sacrificed himself so that many people can come back to life he had such a dark past he should be in top 5

I can't believe no-one thought of this guy yet!

His parents were killed when he was a child and he wandered the village with a dog named Chibi. He used to beg for food until one day he collapsed because of starvation. He then was found by a orphaned girl called Konan and she took him to her hideout where she lived with another orphan named Yahiko. Yahiko was reluctant to take him in since it would mean another mouth to feed but but reconsidered after having Nagato hang. around due to both boys sharing the dream of a world without suffering. The three then began to search for supplies, often stealing them to survive.

One day, Chibi was killed in a crossfire in a man named Hanzo's fight with several shinobi including the Sannin (Jiraiya, Orochimaru and Tsunade) with Nagato and the other orphans later mourning the dog's death. As the war was nearing its conclusion, the three orphans encountered the Sannin themselves. Although Orochimaru intended to kill the children to put ...more

42 Kikyo (InuYasha) Kikyo (InuYasha)
43 Alois Trancy Alois Trancy

I know people don't really like him but dose no one remember that he lost his little brother,sold to a pervert who beat and raped him constantly till he made his contract with Claude that's tragic if anything

44 Obito Uchiha (Naruto Shippuden) Obito Uchiha (Naruto Shippuden)
45 Yakumo (Shinrei Tantei Yakumo)

His mother was raped and gave birth to Yakumo who always reminded her of his father. When she finally had a happy life, her boyfriend was killed by Yakumos father who also told her lies about Yakumos future: He tells her that little Yakumo has the evil genes of his father. As a result Yakumos mother tries to strangle her own son, and, when a policemen stopped her, ran away.

Yakumo was raised by his uncle, believing it's his fate to bring nothing to others but pain. He also inherited from his father a red left eye which can see ghosts, something that he can't tell anyone.

When he is a student and finally meets someone he like, his father - a ghost by now, but still able to do evil things to Yakumo - tries many times to kill her and other people Yakumo really cares about in order to "bring Yakumo into darkness and break him" so that he can use Yakumos body (and murder Yakumos soul).

So, you can say in his whole life he was rejected by everyone he truly ...more

46 Lucy Heartfilia (Fairy Tail) Lucy Heartfilia (Fairy Tail) Lucy Heartfilia is a wizard in the guild, Fairy Tail. Her magic is called celestial spirit magic which allows her to summon spirits from another world. She currently possesses fifteen celestial keys, which is an extraordinary number for a celestial mage. She gets along best with Team Natsu, containing more.
47 Momiji Sohma (Fruits Basket)
48 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. more.

Natsu never knew who his parents were, he ends up losing his father only to see him die before his eyes, he fights Zeref and finds out that he's a demon, that he died 400 years ago along with his parents, and that Zeref is his brother. Pretty screwed up, right?

What? This guy had one of the happiest childhood among Fairy Tail characters. Zeref's, Jellal's, Erza's, Gray's, Ultear's, Mirajane's, heck even LUCY's past was sadder than his. - Goku02

49 Cana Alberona (Fairy Tail) Cana Alberona (Fairy Tail)
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