Top Ten Anime Characters With the Worst Childhood

Animes tend to give characters bad childhoods, who got it the worst

The Top Ten

1 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.

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 :(

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

He had a beast stored in his body. He felt like nobody cared for him except for the one family member who tried to kill him. - DanoMR98

Itachi should be number 1

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2 Elric Brothers (Fullmetal Alchemist) Elric Brothers (Fullmetal Alchemist)

The whole thing with reviving their mother and ruining themselves makes for a pretty bad childhood. - DanoMR98

I don't know how they remain so optimistic even after their childhood. They lost their childhood untimely..

Lost their childhood and these strong willed brothers have the greatest family bond out of any anime

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.

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

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.

The fact that his parents died, his mansion burned down, and he ended up a slave were bad enough, but the fact that his aunt died, and all the messed-up happenings with Ash/Angela were simply crazy. Not to mention he is running a company and working for the Queen at age 13 after all this!

His house burned down, his parents died, he got sold into slavery, then sold his soul to a demon. Why isn't he on this list?

So there is different between the manga and the Anime
So I'm going to tell his past beside of the manga
(Spoilers ) In his teeth his parents killed by unknown persons then he was kidnapped and sold to a satanic cult
he used as a sex slave and he was repeatedly gang raped for 30 days and tortured after that his twin brother killed in front of his eyes and given as a sacrifice
and accidentally
He summond a demon and he sold his soul to take revenge from the people who killed his parents
He feel guilt because he thinks he was the one who supposed to died that day not his brother and he suffers from ptsd
And his aunt killed on front of his eyes and every arc there is something happen to him
He has a bad past and his future is dark and he will end as a meal for a demon
I feel sorry for him

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

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...

Seriously... Too too too too painful...

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. - wren6

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5 Robert Haydn (Law of Ueki)

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...

6 Kotomi Ichinose (Clannad) Kotomi Ichinose (Clannad)

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?

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7 Crona (Soul Eater) Crona (Soul Eater)

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!? - SoulDeathTheKidMaka414

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... - seerOfmind

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. - DanoMR98

You’ll feel even worse for her/him in the manga.

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8 Guts (Berserk) Guts (Berserk)

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 much much much much much much much much much much much much much much more later on built him into the SCARIEST MOTHER DEMON SLAYER EVER!

Guts... Had a hard life ;_;

He should be on top! If you read the manga... His life was a DISASTER

What guts should be at top

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9 Enma Ai (Hell Girl)

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. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

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

10 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.

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! - Asuna_Yuuki

Definitely erza over any anime character I've seen. and why is vegeta on this list, he is my favorite dbz character but how did he have a bad childhood? He was the prince of a planet?

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!

This heart breaking story makes me cry so much

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The Contenders

11 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.

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

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

Gray has had a stressful childhood. So has Natsu. I'm surprised he isn't on the list. - FennikenFan9

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.

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12 Nico Robin (One Piece) Nico Robin (One Piece)

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

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.

She lived as an outlaw since she was like, 10 years old. She's been running away from the world for years. On top of that the aunt that raised her hated her and was abusive. Not to mention her homeland being destroyed in front of her when she was 10, leaving the island only hours after reuniting with her mother who left when she was two. - DanoMR98

Saddest childhood ever );

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13 Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto) Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto) Sasuke Uchiha is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

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.

Reasons why he had the worst.
1.his father always compared him to his older brother,his father was constantly treating him as a stranger, never acknowledged him.

2.witnessing the death of his parents on repeat for over 24h in itachis tsukujomi, which as jirajya said was attacking his mental state.

3.placed a huge pressure on his abilities, to represent his clans power, but failed so many times that he was mocked by the enemies for shaming the uchiha name. Not to mention naruto the school clown was stronger then him, making him anxious and desperate to be strong, as to not taint his family name."I heard the last of the uchiha clan was a hopeless loser unworthy of his family name"

4.the one person he trusted the most and depended on failed him and murdered his parents.

5.unlike naruto who was pushed away by the villagers he still played with shikamaru, kiba and choji. While Sasuke was always shown alone, he may have been popular with girls but no one ever ...more - karolinami132

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14 Yuri Nakamura (Angel Beats) Yuri Nakamura (Angel Beats)

She had a terrible experience as as child she never got over witch makes her do what she does in the anime it makes you sympathetic to words her and understanding of her character

Seriously why is this not in Top ten she had a VERY sad story

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15 Thomas H. Norstein (Digimon)

How is he not in the top 10? He saw his own mother get hit by a truck and die right infront of his eyes. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

He's not on the top ten because he didn't try resurrecting his mother only to have his leg torn off, his brother vaporized, his mother's remains look like The Evil Dead 2.
He also wasn't raped/butchered/abandoned/beaten/corrupted/outcasted/slapped/shinjied/Lucyed/Gutsed or made to watch every one he knows get hit by that truck.
Trust me, it's a horrible thing, but by jove there is somehow worse.

16 Eren Yeager (Attack on Titan) Eren Yeager (Attack on Titan) Eren Yeager, spelled Eren Jaeger in the Funimation dub, is a fictional character appearing as the protagonist from the manga series Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama.

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

17 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.

While he was force to be a child soldier, Goku was being a dumb ass in the forest.

Child soldier force to work for FRIEZA. Let that sink and then tell me that isn't a horrible childhood.

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

At age 5 his planet was destroyed then he had to be a (possibly sex)slave for the destroyer for 25 years
His backstory is simple but awful

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18 Mikasa Ackerman (Attack On Titan) Mikasa Ackerman (Attack On Titan) Mikasa Ackerman is a fictional character in the manga and anime series Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama.

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 - Haumea

She watched her biological parents get killed, plus her adoptive mom get eaten. That has to be a terrible childhood. - 906389

Why is Eren above her!? She saw her two families die! Her biological family and adopted family!

19 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.

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?

I'm amazed Lucy is so far down on the list. She DEFINITELY had the worst past imaginable.

She had nowhere to go and no one to call a family, since the so called organisation in the manga even wanted her to get raped/pregnant by her own brother, she killed her brother to end his suffering. (Manga )

She got PTSD with all the trauma furthermore even creating a double personality to escape reality.
even having self hatred as a child to adulthood.

I honestly feel sorry for Lucy, people call her a yandere or psychopath without even knowing that she didn't kill for possession, lust nor excitement.

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20 Lelouch vi Britannia (Code Geass) Lelouch vi Britannia (Code Geass)

His mother got killed and his sister got disabled. He had to kill his brother so things could go right again.

Should be way higher

His mother was assassinated and his father didn't care. Not quite as bad as the Elric Brothers because they lost their bodies but should be higher on the list.

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