Top Ten Anime Characters With the Worst ChildhoodAnimes tend to give characters bad childhoods, who got it the worst
The Top Ten
Gaara had a painful childhood. The loss of his mother at birth, the hatred from his own father and village, no friends, just the pain of loneliness. He spent his life trying to make friends when they only rejected him and he became a killer who was feared by his own village - until he met Naruto. Naruto taught him the meaning of friendship and love (also it was because of his mother's lve that his sand forever protected him even when he wasn't a jinchuriki.
Mother who is dead because of him. Father who sees him as nothing but a weapon and tries to assasinate him more times than gaara can count. Kills his own uncle who was his only friend but tried to kill gaara on orders from his own father and made him tell gaara that he hated him and that his mother never loved him. Along with his entire village seeing him as a monster. enough said
Attempted suicide many times, grew up having himself and others, had no friends, his dad hated him and tried to kill him, and his mom died with her last words being "I never loved you". The only one who cared for him was his uncle, who was faking him. Jesus, Gaara. Don't worry. We love you
Gaara has the worst childhood ever. I mean everyone look at him like he was a monster. While Naruto grew up with friends on the way. Gaara stay lonely and felt that nobody love him. And he had to love himself! That's sad. Also he was crying when he found out that his mom loved him.. Wow just wow :(
From the bleak worldview Berserk gives us, Guts shouldn't even have been born. That goes against anything the Godhand, who supposedly governs the laws of causality would want, since he opposes their will. He was born from his mother's hanging corpse, raised by a mercenary band and only knew the way of the sword what with all the deaths surrounding him. In fact, death and destruction is basically all this poor guy knows.
He lost his foster mother (the only character of his childhood to lovingly care for him) to an illness. For a couple of coins he was unknowingly sold by his foster father, Gambino - the leader of the mercenaries, to a man named Donovan, to have his way with him when Guts was still just a kid.
Gambino only admitted this grim truth when he was going to kill Guts because he had hated him ever since they found him. Seeing him as a bad omen and the cause for all the strokes of bad luck the band had experienced as of recent. Guts was forced to kill Gambino in ...more
Gaara and the Elrics may have had it tough, but they lived like noblemen compared to Guts.
Born from a corpse. Raised by mercenaries. Lost his adoptive mother due to plague. Started fighting at six. Sold as a sex slave for one night. Developed an aversion to touch and fever dreams. Killed his father in self defense. All this and much much much more later on built him into the SCARIEST MOTHER DEMON SLAYER EVER!
Dude, I'd kill myself if I was on his place, this dude's life is pur suffering
He should be on top! If you read the manga... His life was a DISASTER
Dude, he grew up being hated for something he couldn't help. Growing up, he had no parents, no friends, no love, nothing. He grew being the dead last, and everyone hating him. Yet, despite being hated, he loved that damn village to the point that he wanted to work his way to the top to protect it. I mean, sure, he grew up with friends as he got older, but for the most part he had nothing. Skipping class with Choji, Shikamaru, and Kiba doesn't mean he had friends, especially when their own parents made them stop playing with Naruto. I get that Gaara has had a childhood exactly like this, but he always knew he was a jinchuuriki. Even though he was betrayed by his uncle, that doesn't mean he had to make that choice. But he had the choice to open up. He was the kazekage's son! Practically royalty. He also had family! In MY opinion, Naruto had it much worse.
Naruto grew up in a village who shunned him into darkness. Everybody hated him and some people even harmed him who believed Naruto was the Nine Tails. He had no love, no friends, not even a bit of happiness. He still loved the village at the bottom of his heart. He never got to play with anyone much because their parents refused them to do so. Naruto was even called demon or monster when it slipped out of the villagers's mouths. He grew up as dead last and was made fun of. Naruto was called failure...failure...Do you know how hard it is to be called a failure, monster, demon, Kyuubi brat, and to see other children happy with their parents when your an orphan? :( I think we can all say "We love you Naru-chan" He worked hard everyday. He was rejected by the girl he loved so many times. And in the end he became an awesome Hokage that we think changed things greatly. Listen here to let me say a quote I created: To be loved is the best thing...Ramen is the next...
Growing up with nobody at all. All alone,no love,no friends,no home,no family,nothing. He was beat and sunned. Hated and scorned. All for something that wasn't even his fault. He was just born. That's the sad thing. The way he truly had to suffer through nobody would understand at all. Well except for all the jinchurikis. Worked too hard for his worth. Always optimistic and cheerful. The orange ninja that we all love. That's why Naruto and Gaara are such ideal friendS. They truly understand each other. Nobody could understand and befriend a jinchuriki unless it's another jinchuriki. Naruto had truly nothing in the world. He worked so hard for friends. He asked to play a game once with his classmates and they told him to go somewhere. It almost got Naruto killed. But now...NOW...Naruto does have a family. It is us. US. We truly favor,admire, and give love to jinchurkis like Naruto and Gaara as which they never really had.
I like naruto as a character but his childhood is not that sad compared to others on this list, whom got tortured at infancy, whom seen others get massacred, and whom lost their whole village.
THIS should be the top 1. He watched his parents die on fire, he has to through all of this pain before he got Sebastian.. and he had to continue his family business..
The saddest part is that Ciel is destined to continue his tragic path. Nothing can be gained by taking revenge: his beloved ones won't come alive, his memories wont be vashined and nothing can be erased. His sacrifice and all Ciel has to go through, is meaningless.
But it is the humans nature to want power in their most powerless situations, even if the power means lost. We see Ciels remaing childlike soul crushed bit by bit every time he kills someone. In order to survive that time, he bargained with the Devil and lost everything he has: his innocent soul ans his hope.
I mean a young child who witnessed his own parents being burned to death right before his eyes and not even knowing who had done it and then being turned into a slave while later on in his life his aunt is also killed before his eyes as well is honestly something I couldn't live through for a slim moment so I think that Ciel Phantomhive absolutely has to have the worst childhood and In my opinion, 3rd place seems to be a good place for him in this top ten list.
Why isn't he #1? I mean sure Gara had a rough childhood he was bullied by everyone and treated like a monster... but Ciel witnessed his parents death, was sold as a slave and tortued for a long time. He still carryes the scar from that time. Plus he unlike with the Elric brothers he had no ine to rely on and thus he had to literally sell his soul to the devil.
This probably makes me sound like a horrible person (lol), but one of the reason their tragic backstory is so GOOD (in a bad way? I don't know) is because it wasn't 'fated to be' or anything. THEY put it upon themselves, and I love Hiromu Arakawa for that. Something original amongst all the 'sorry you're parents got killed because you're special' stuff out there.
Believe my story...
2years ago I knew nothing about emotion. ,tragedy,
But when I saw the 2nd episode tears rolled down my eyes. I felt so sad about them.
Lost their mother, lost their bodies... The most painful childhood had these brothers.
I don't know how they remain so optimistic even after their childhood. They lost their childhood untimely..
The whole thing with reviving their mother and ruining themselves makes for a pretty bad childhood.
Her's is the worst, like, just think. she was enslaved when she was younger than 12, then her crush (Jellal) betrayed her, and she had to bear the responsibility of all her friends on her shoulders
Erza Scarlet had a really sad childhood in my opinion. She went through slavery, when she was what age? 7? 6? 8? They built the Tower of Heaven all because they wanted to resurrect Zeref. It was so sad. And one of her closest friends got possessed and became evil. What sadness, to me it was tragic. I've never seen childhood depressing!
Erza felt the tragic pain of losing a friend just because the people wanted to resurrect Zeref. She was taken from her home (Rosemary Village) to become enslaved just for a tower. She also lost Grandpa Rob whn he protected her. Her tears of despair and fury is what awkened her magic.
Would you like to never see society or never have a family? That is Ezra's childhood, she had to work for most of her childhood and was whipped, stabbed in the eye, slapped, and treated like dirt!
Robert Haydn had such a sad childhood.
He was hated by everyone just because he was a celestial.
His friends betrayed him.
His carer lied about taking care of him just so he could get the money.
He was locked up, became mentally unstable and destroyed his town at the age of 5. No wonder Robert became bad...
Robin had quite a disastrous childhood. Even before she became one of the world's most hated fugitive, her life was already quite tragic. Her mother chose her profession over caring for her, leaving Robin in the care of an abusive aunt who treated her like nothing short of a slave.
The other people in her village treated her like a monster for her devil fruit powers. They called her names and threw rocks at her just because she was different. She was practically the dictionary definition of an outcast as even with the archaeologists who liked her, she was to remain outside.
After six years, her mother finally returned. Even when her mother abandoned Robin, she loved her and wanted nothing more than to just hold her hand and stay together, but even that was impossible because again her mother would rather die with her job than stay with Robin. They held hands once, hugged once before they were separated from each other permanently. And even at that point, her witch of a ...more
At age 8, she was suffering a life of being called a monster and mistreated by her own aunt. Doing household chores like a maid and being fed like a dog, she just had to put up with it, and studied to become a scholar in hopes of reuniting with her mother. She does, but only to be ripped away from her, losing everything she knew.
This includes all the inhabitants of Ohara, her home island, being blown to smithereens by a navy battleship (screw you, Akainu). Afterwards, she witnesses the death of her friend, Jaguar D. Saul, and, for the next twenty years, runs away with everyone chasing her tail.
And then she finally finds some good quality friends, but then the World Government had to go and give that bastard Spandam a golden transponder snail and she almost has to relieve the same horrors all over a g a I n. See how screwed up life was for her?
Robin grew up doing her aunt and uncles chores, being hated on by children and their parents, 's basically being the outcast of society. After she finally establishes some new friends, her island is attacked. At the age of eight, she meets her mother finally. THEN EVERYONE SHE HAS EVER KNOWN DIES. She manages to escape the island, and lives 20 years being hated by everyone she meet, and being chased by the government.
Robin was completely alone, with no one to care of her. Her mother has left when she was little, she couldn't even memorize her face. She was bullied and treated like an outcast because of her devil fruit. The only ones who cared about her was killed by the government. She really had to go through a lot for 20 years. Luckily she met Luffy
He had a drunk and abusive father then when he finally find happiness with Nagisa she is ripped away from him.Then when his daughter becomes a ray of sunshine to him she is also ripped away from him. How sad is that?
Her parents died in a plane crash. That's all I have to say.
You don't even know who is Tomoya and who is Kotomi?
Child soldier force to work for FRIEZA. Let that sink and then tell me that isn't a horrible childhood.
While he was force to be a child soldier, Goku was being a dumb ass in the forest.
No, he didn't. The saddest childhood was Goku, and that is saying something
His entire home planet..most of his race..just destroyed by Freeza. Forced to work for that same guy for most of his life. That does sound sad. Amazes me how Vegeta just doesn't give a damn. He's that badass to just shrug it off. :D
Having your blood replaced with black blood... And he was always in pain, the poor child didn't even deserve this, and when he didn't do what she wanted, she looked him up. It was cruel, terrible, horrible! No wonder he doesn't know how to do many things without out! Who wouldn't fear things with the sort of childhood he had!?
All those things Medusa did to him completely traumatized him. He devolved this fear inside his mind that turned him to insanity. When Maka saw his soul it was all messed up inside...
Crona was abused all their life and was constantly in pain. Not to mention always being bullied by Ragnarok... Medusa didn't deserve to call herself a mother.
His mother forced him to kill dragons and gave him black blood as a child. He grew up never knowing how to deal with anything.
Before she became hell girl, she was just an innocent girl being looked down on by other villagers. It all started when she held a butterfly some people believed was dead but really it wasn't moving and when it flew off, people saw it as a curse. She was sacrificed to the gods, then betrayed by her cousin, who liked her still. She began to hate everyone as she died which lead to her ultimate sentence of ferrying people to hell.
She burried alive by her parents and loved ones at age 7. and then doomed forever to be the guardian of hell. worst one I guess
In all honesty, I believe Lucy from Elfen Lied had the worst childhood imaginable. Abandoned by her parents, treated horribly by everyone at the orphanage (not to mention that Tomoo), her only friend at the orphanage was murdered by the children (who she later killed), and couldn't find acceptance from anybody except Kouta.
Lucy became a killer because of how badly she was treated, isn't that right?
Her childhood past is similar to Inuyasha's past.
Basically a story about racism - her past was ruined because she had horns; like what horns would be so cool. She was bullied, had her puppy murdered in front of her and was then locked away for testing for her power.
P.S. The bullies deserved it 100%
Bullied, beaten and mocked by his brothers, rejected and insulted by his father, only his mother cared for him but she died when he was a child. Then he got put in a cell with an iron mask because his father wanted to forget he existed. Finally escaped (after his dad said he wanted him to die and that he was ashamed of him) and then the ship sank and he was left to starve on a rock for WEEKS. Damn that sucks. Luckily he met Zeff who turned out to be a great father figure for him...
I thought starving on a rock for weeks was bad. But what happened before with his so-called family is ten times more horrible. What kind of father locks their child with an iron mask to forget his existence and he is ashamed of him for being an ordinary human being? What kind of brothers bully and beat their brother for cooking and laugh about different ways he could have died? That's just aweful!
• He was bullied and beaten by his brothers, because he was kind
• He was hated by his own father, because he was weak
• He wasn't allowed to do his favorite thing, cooking, because he was born in a royal family
• His loving mother died because of the drugs she took to save her children
• He was imprisoned, because his father wanted to forget about his existence
• He has starved in the middle of the ocean for 2-3 months, because the ship he was living was attacked by pirates and got crushed
Sanji has gone through a lot in his childhood, the only good thing happened to him was Zeff
Imagine being killed by your own father and being fused with your pet dog to become a chimera for his own selfish gain...Yep.
Her dad is the worst anime character ever. How could you do that to a little girl - or anyone - let alone your own daughter?
She was fused with her dog by her dad, so her dad would keep their job
He should be lower on the list, I’m a fan of Gray, but it wasn’t that bad especially conpared to the charectors lower on the list.
Gray had a mother and a father, and the three of them lived in a village together. Everything was good. That is... Until the demon Deliora from the Book of Zeref came and destroyed the village, taking Gray's mother and father. Gray had just been knocked unconscious. Then, a female ice-make wizard named your and her male student named Lyon found Gray and pulled him from the rubble. your took him in as her second student and also taught Gray ice-make magic. One day, Gray goes to challenge Deliora to avenge his parents. your and Lyon object, but Gray says he has to do it. your says that if he leaves, he is no longer her student. He goes on. Gray was too weak for Deliora, and had been knocked out again. Once again... your and Lyon went to save him. Gray wakes up and finds out that your had lost a leg to Deliora and says she can not beat him. Lyon is in shock, because he thought that your was the strongest wizard. He tries to vanquish the demon using Iced Shell, but your stops him by ...more
It absolutely deserves a higher place at this list! His past is mostly told at Galuna arc but if you watch Tartaros arc too, you'll feel more upset about his past. Try to imagine that you're staring at your parents' corpses while you were 7 or 8.
Gray has had a stressful childhood. So has Natsu. I'm surprised he isn't on the list.
His parents died, his master died, everyone died
Kakashi had one of the worst childhoods ever. He grew up without his mother, his dad committed sucide because he couldn't deal with the hate he was getting, and that only for a tiny mistake, witch honestly is not even a mistake. Then after losing his dad, like it wasn't enough, he lost his friend, his friend Obito basically died for him and then gave him his eye ( not actually died but Kakashi only found out he is still alive like 15 years after ). And well, that's not all, Rin, a good friend of Kakashi, the girl that loved him, had to jump in front of one of Kakashi 's attack (Chidori) and be killed by Kakashi himself, in order to protect the village. Kakashi blamed himself for Rin's death so much and he just couldn't move on, because he promised Obito he will protect her, and failed. Then, still there were people he loved left to die... so his sensei died too. He sacrificed himself for the village. And Kakashi just couldn't make any bonds anymore, because he couldn't handle the pain ...more
Kakashi is the only character whose childhood made me cry. I did tear up at Naruto's and the other characters', but honestly? His dad committed suicide, he was a chuunin at 6 and his teammate died (or he thought he had died) because of his insistence on following the rules (which was because of his father). I cried when Obito gave him his eye as a "promotion present", and the fact that he went to the memoriam every day after that speaks for itself.
Both her parents were murdered by human traffickers right in front of her when she was a little kid, then they kidnapped her. Sure, Eren Yeager came and rescued her, and his family took her in. But still, having both your parents killed in front of you, then being kidnapped? If that isn't a terrible childhood, I don't know what is.
Watched both parents die bloody deaths, as she was almost sold to human traffickers. On top of all that, her adoptive mother was eaten by a Titan. Eren is the only family she has left. Her childhood was DARK
She watched her biological parents get killed, plus her adoptive mom get eaten. That has to be a terrible childhood.
Why is Eren above her!? She saw her two families die! Her biological family and adopted family!
Rumiko Takahashi could've at least told us about how many brothers does Rin have on her own so far back then before in the first place but no instead she just had to displease us. She could've told us if Rin's brothers are older or younger, what are the official, real names of Rin's brothers and Rin's parents back then before in the first place as well but no instead she just had to leave it unknown. That fool Rumiko Takahashi just had to displease us.
I cried over this girl. When she was first introduced, she was alone and straving but yet she hunt for scraps of food to give to Sesshomaru. And then the wolves showed up...god. She's so precious!
Sasuke was already suffering BEFORE the massacre. He felt neglected by his father who always praised Itachi, always telling him to be like him. To be told by your own father to not be yourself is harsh. Everyone praised Itachi and sometimes gets compared with him, he was always in his shadow. Even if he tried his best and was on top of his class. NOT ONLY THAT but he truly loved Itachi and never got to play with him once he became anbu, always receiving a poke on the head, hearing the same things every time. Own brother lying to him. That's not really pleasant, well at least he had some comfort from his mom. Then right after he figured out that his father did love him and talked about him, he just had to get murdered right after. His clan was murdered, right in front of his eyes- by his own brother, who was the closest person to him (I think). His idol, own brother, tortured him with his eyes. He had to switch to loving him, to hating him, leading to revenge. Well even after the ...more
I don't understand because yes he did face a horrible childhood but Naruto was never accepted. Sasuke didn't appreciate his fans, the villagers, and one who praised him as a prodigy and Uchiha. Naruto should be right after Gaara because in his childhood he was never accepted, made fun of, called devilish names like demon or monster, bullied, and recieving all those menacing glares... And Naruto fans... YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. Naruto didn't hate but solved it. To people who think he is annoying, he only started playing pranks, yelling things out, and wearing bright orange is because he wanted to be acknowledged and noticed by everyone most especially Sasuke
Can't believe Naruto, Kakashi, Obito, Madara, Nagato are not in top ten like seriously what. Naruto not in top ten and what about Itachi. Let me quote Nagato/Pain, and I quote "Someone who doesn't understand pain will never understand peace". Its true this world doesn't know pain, the guys who have an awesome life don't have any right to talk crap about the less priviliged. What would they know about being lied to your whole life and watching your parents get murdered in front of you by your own brother and finding out the truth after killing your brother.
People won't vote Sasuke because they dislike his character but you have to admit his childhood was tragic and he deserves to be higher.
Trunks was raised in destruction. He's never know a moment of peace until he had to travel back in time to destroy the Androids in the past to save his future. That's one of the saddest thing I've seen in anime.
Not gonna lie. I teared up when he thought of what his future would be like if Black never showed up, like him, Bulma, and Mai together.
Most tragic character in dragon ball
Hé was born in a world of pain living his life in fear
Seriously why is this not in Top ten she had a VERY sad story
Seriously not on top 10 her 3 siblings died within 30 mins
When he was a child he was forced to murder the thugs that killed Mikasa's parents and as he got older, his town was destroyed and he witnessed his mother being eaten by a titan!
His mother got ate by a titan in front of him... If that isn't a crappy child hood I don't know what is.. although I am surprised Mikasa wasn't on this list...
His childhood wasnt that bad.Mikasa had it worst
Why isn't it on the top 10? Serioulsy his mother BURNT his face and his father abused him and he's still doing it! I don"t understand..
Shoto's past is horrible but I love him. His mother is now in hospital because people thought she have a mental illness and what will you feel if your left eye is poured with boiling hot water when your five years old and gets abused by your father and just uses you for his own good.
His story isn't that bad
Got burned by his mother,damn
His father died when he was very little, his mother neglected him and abused him, his aunt became his foster parent and heavily neglected him, he went on a date with a girl only to get thrown into a near-death experience, forced to become a monster who eats humans, gets kidnapped mutiple times, gets tortured to the point his hair goes white, goes absolutely crazy, cannibalizes ghouls, kills people for the hell of it, gets captured by investigators, gets so messed up he GETS A MULTIPLE PERSONALITY (haise saski), gets random flashbacks about his old self, gets so messed up he gives up and goes back to his old self, throughout the entirety of his life he's repeated 'it's better to be hurt than to hurt others'.
He lost his dad when he was too little to remember him, his mom worked most of the time to support him and his leeching aunt (who always said she was struggling financially when all she really wanted was more money) which led her to die from overwork when he was ten, his aunt took him in afterwards only to be mean and always compare him to his late mother (not in a good way), and always complain about his good grades compared to her (his aunt's) own son.
Thank goodness he had Hide as his friend.
His father due when he was very young so he didn't have any memories of him. His mom worked most of the time (she abused him as well) but his aunt was always struggling with money issues, which later made Kaneki's mom die from overworking. Having both of you parents die is already bad enough, but it gets worse. Then he was adopted by his aunt who only neglected him and compared his good grades to her sons. He didn't have any friends in school except from Hide. And one day, all he ever wanted was a date with a girl, but that unfortunately led him to a near death experience, turning him into a ghoul, getting hunted by the CCG, trying to resist eating humans and accepting his ghoul side. Then he was kidnapped and tortured badly, he got his fingers and toes chopped off, only for it to be grew back (kaneki has really good regeneration abilities) and to be chopped again, having a centipede in his ear, until the point his hair turns white, meaning that he has finally accepted his ghoul side. ...more
He was also tortured. like, multiple times. you know? injection to the eyes, cutting off of the toes and fingers, having them grow back only to be cut off again, a GOD-DAMNED-CENTIPEDE IN HIS EAR. I think he deserves to be at least somewhere in the top ten :). or does this just include childhood? if so, I think he still looks like a child.