Anime Characters With a Tragic Past


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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 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.

Some ...more

24 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.

25 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.

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 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

32 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

33 Ultear Milkovich (Fairy Tail) Ultear Milkovich (Fairy Tail)
34 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

35 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

36 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.

37 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

38 Kenshin Himura (Rurouni Kenshin)
39 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.

40 Kikyo (InuYasha) Kikyo (InuYasha)
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