Top Ten Anime Characters With the Worst Childhood

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21 Lucy (Elfen Lied) Lucy (Elfen Lied) Lucy (born as kaede), is a 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 by ...read 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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22 Future Trunks Future Trunks

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

23 Kaneki Ken (Tokyo Ghoul) Kaneki Ken (Tokyo Ghoul)

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 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'.

Tokyo ghoul is saddest anime I have ever seen and it's my number 1 anime

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.

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24 Alois Trancy (Kuroshitsuji) Alois Trancy (Kuroshitsuji)

Why isn't Alois at least higher than Ciel? Ciel was molested, parents dead, house burned down, branded for some sex market but sold his soul to the devil to get revenge on the people who humiliated him. Really humiliated? But Alois doesn't even know his parents were. Molested, hated, discared like trash in a crapy village whilst Ciel lived with love and parents around him. Alois brother died in his arm when Alois wanted to get revenge on the village who treated him and his little brother like trash. Even a demon felt sorry for Alois's being! Molested by an old man, used as a sex toy. And in the end, he only sold his soul to a demon because for once in his life he wanted to feel love. I pity Alois way more than Ciel and he should definitely be higher up.

I completely agree. The poor kid went through enough, and managed to come out alive, even if disturbed. He shows several signs of borderline personality disorder. And after all of this, he couldn't even get buy the loyalty of a demon with his life. He went abandoned, abused, and unloved for a significant portion of his life, even if he was a little, he didn't deserve the fate he received.

He has bad past as well. Nobody knows of Alois Trancy parents as they seemed to disappear when he was younger. He and his younger brother was ignored and treated badly by the villagers. He ends up losing his brother at younger age and being molested and sexually abused by an old ugly man. That's tough.

His parents abandoned him and his little brother,causing them to grow up in poverty being mistreated by the vilagers.He then had to have his little brother die in his arms with him not knowing who,how and why.He then was taken in by a rich old aristocrat who was into young boys and who often molested and raped,having to develop a promiscuous behaviour and slowly having his sanity slip.He was introduced to the aristocrats as the long lost son of the one who abused him and he only ever wanted to see and experience how it was to be loved,that being the reason why to summon a demon.He was eventually betrayed by that demon,the only one he though he could trust as well as the only one he thought loved him.

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25 Nina Tucker

Imagine being killed by your own father and being fused with your pet dog to become a chimera for his own selfish gain...Yep.

26 Ash Ketchum (Pokemon) Ash Ketchum (Pokemon) Ash Ketchum, known as Satoshi in Japan, is a fictional character in the Pokémon franchise owned by Nintendo. Ash is training to be a Pokemon Master, with his buddy Pikachu. Ash tries to stop the evil Team Rocket from stealing his Pikachu.

What?!? He doesn't have a bad childhood at all! He gets to go on Jounreys and make friends, usually very easily, he gets to beat the crap out of a trio of idiots on a nearly daily basis, he gets to have girls drop hints that they love him, and, most of all, as well as best of all, HE GETS TO SKIP SCHOOL! HE HAS THE GREATEST CHILDHOOD OF ALL TIME! AND WHAT MAKES IT BETTER IS THAT IT APPARENTLY WILL NEVER END BECAUSE HE'S STILL TEN AFTER SIX JOURNEYS! HE HAS THE best CHILDHOOD AND HE WILL ALWAYS HAVE IT BECAUSE IT IS FOREVER! - HeavyDonkeyKong

He used to be the most powerful being in the whole universe. He saw the fall of empires, the death of trillions. Sometimes, he was the savior others, the destroyer. He was the most feared entity in the entirety of the world, a warrior of the oppressed. Then someone stole his magic blue box, developed little balls based off the design, he got shot, regenerated as a little kid, and now is stuck wandering place to place without aging or dying, forced to use rip-offs of his technology as he makes cute animals fight each other.

His childhood was so sad... He was always harassed by three insane criminals trying to steal his 'Pokemon', and was forced away from his mother to become a Pokemon master. The worst part is that he skipped school. He was uneducated! Most sad childhood ever.

How the heck he had a bad childhood? He obtained immortality at age 10!

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27 Zeref (Fairy-Tail) Zeref (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. ...read more.

This may not be the saddest childhood ever, but it was just so hard on him! I mean, first his (SPOILER) brother, Natsu Dragneel, died very young, leading him to extensive studying on life and death magic. Then he ends up killing his entire school by accident, becoming immortal. He is left to roam Earthland alone and killing anyone whom he meets.

Should be top 10. Waaay messed up. Cursed by having to NOT care about human lives to control magic that kills or else. Then when he falls in love with someone who has that similar curse of being immortal he kills her. Also it makes him bipolar as hell

Zeref and Jellal have the worst childhoods in Fairy Tail. - Goku02

28 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.

She was enslaved as a child in order to save her village and has been treated like crap by her en-slavers. She should definitely be higher on this list.

Yeah, that sucked.
Fo shizznits.

Nami :(

29 Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan) Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan) Levi 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.

He's very caring deep inside. But because of everything's happened to him, he's the man he is now. Tough and all coming from his childhood. But still, it's not right to say he is heartless because that's not true.

He was malnourished as a child and lived part of his life underground as a thug.

If you've read the manga and watched the ova, you would know that his upbringing was anything but perfect. His overall life story actually makes me cry.

He had a terrible childhood

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30 Suzuya Juuzou (Tokyo Ghoul) Suzuya Juuzou (Tokyo Ghoul)

A female ghoul kidnapped him, raised him to kill a bunch of people to be served for eating and was constantly abused, made fun of, and forced to put on dresses. Did I forget to mention that that his owner castrated him (smashed his genitals) so that he could "be a girl forever", no matter he's such a psycho.

Really sad story
He was raised to kill people, he was castrated () and then his mentor si in comatose state
Sorry for bad English it isn't my first language

31 Rin (Inuyasha)

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!

32 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.

He had a disastrous childhood and now he's having a horrible adulthood as well. He needs to be in top ten. - Goku02

33 Kazami Yuuji (Grisaia no Kajitsu)

I cannot believe this hasn't been put up yet. His whole family hated him for his lack of talent because his sister was a genius and the breadwinner of the family. She then died in a bus accident that made Yuuji's father turn into an alcoholic and constantly abuse Yuuji and his mother. It got to the point where Yuuji had to kill his own father when he was just a kid to stop his father from raping his mother and beating them. Yuuji's mother also committed suicide on that same night.

Growing up being disrespected by his father- and assaulted too- because he wasn't talented like her sister- who was incestual! He was used in a terrorist group whose leader was his dad's friend. When his sister "died", his father became a drunk scumbag who abused his mother and hit him every time. Then, when his father died and his mother committed suicide ( and seeing the body hanging up ), he got "rescued" by his father's friend, Heath Oslo, who was WORSE than his father. He used him in the terrorist group, spanking him and molesting him. Well, yeah, in terms of childhood, this guy takes the cake.

Grown as a child soldier, the only one who loved him was his sister. She died in a bus accident, then his dad started to drink alcohol and beat him to later escape with her mother. Finally he killed his father and his mother killed herself. He grown thinking that he is the cause that his parents die. He was reclouted as a terrorist, while in the camp he meet a girl that cares about him but we got killed because they said that he need to do it. He got molested and dressed as a girl because she looked like his sister.

34 Itachi Uchiha (Naruto) Itachi Uchiha (Naruto) Itachi Uchiha is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto.

His best friend died in front of him after giving he received his best friends eye. After his clan found out that his friend went missing they accused him because he was the last one to see him. Later he was asked to slaughter his clan because it would help prevent a war from occurring. He almost had no choice but to kill the people he knew: friends, neighbors, even his own parents. He couldn't kill his lil bro and was forced to tell him to avenge the clan and kill him just so the lil bro had a reason to live. The moment he told his lil bro that, he had to leave him not even knowing how he was going to grow up, his lil bro was one of the two things he had left in his life. After years he saw his lil bro and was forced to beat up the very person he loved and torture him with genjutsu. But in the end, he was able to show that he loved his lil bro.

35 Allen Walker (D.Gray-Man) Allen Walker (D.Gray-Man)

Yeah, Allen had it tough. He was first abandoned by his birth parents because of his "cursed" arm, left to live on the streets of England, eventually joining a questionable circus. His adoptive father, Mana Walker then found him and was the first person to actually treat him like a human being. He had then been killed unintentionally killed by Allen himself after being brought back from the dead by the Millennium Earl, by dying in a carriage crash. After, his "Master", General Marian Cross, took him up for training, he ended up getting loads of inhumane amounts of debts, leading to hard and grueling manual labor. When he does join the Black Order, he has to hunt Akuma all the time...

Pretty bad if you ask me.

His parents abandoned him, the man who raised him died right in front of him, he had to kill his friend and he worked his butt off trying to pay his masters debts from his insane spending! HOW IS HE NOT ON HERE?

His debts included 1million (not sure of the currency) and then at as much as the debt

36 Trafalgar Law (One Piece) Trafalgar Law (One Piece)

He had to watch his entire town succumb to a poison nobody could cure, got quarantined and burned to the ground. His mother and father were murdered right in front of his eyes and sister burned at the stake. He then goes to find all his friends were shot dead in the streets along with his teacher who told him a merciful helping hand will always reach out to you. He had to hide under all the corpses of his family and friends to escape the quarantine. If that isn't number one I don't know what is. It's more depressing if you watch it yourself, one piece episode 701 Sad memories; law the boy from white town.

It's weird to see Law being so low on this list and Gaara at the top because Law didn't only lose his whole family, his friends and well, his entire hometown, he also was treated like a monster, like a thing, and later lost the only person who treated him like a human, tried to find a cure for his seemingly incurable illness and genuinely loved him. Let's not forget that he was aware that he didn't have much time left and would die soon and he just accepted that… The most heartbreaking fact is that he couldn't do anything and had to witness everybody die helplessly. While it's sad that Gaara was exposed to so much loneliness and hatred, Law's case is much worse to be honest…

The fudge why is he down here! I daresay that his past would go neck in neck with Nico Robin's childhood.

Born into a utopia. His town is plagued by a disease that is a bi-product of their source of richery. Law has the disease, 's is not expected to live to adulthod. To stop the disease from "spreading" (which it can't, unless you consume the poison), the government starts to kill everyone in his home town. They promised the nuns and children sanctuary, but law couldn't go with them, because he had to find his sister. He went to the hospital that his parents owned, to find them dead, laying on the ground. He finds his sister an hide her and then runs away so that the soldiers will chase after him and not find his sister. The hospitals burned down, (with her likely still inside)and as he was running away, he saw the nuns and children all shot by the soldiers. He managed to escape by hiding under a pile of corpses.
He joined a gang and befriended a man name Corazan. Corazan betrayed the gang and the government (he was a spy), so that he could find a cure for Law. Corazan ...more

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37 Clare (Claymore) Clare (Claymore)
38 Yuno Gasai (Future Diary) Yuno Gasai (Future Diary)

Her parents mistreated her horribly, she was locked up in a room and starved so badly, she ate a tatami mat and choked. She later killed them as revenge.

The childhoods of the other contenders would seem like heaven compared to hers

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39 Kotoura Haruka (Kotoura-san)

Her childhood is pitiful, because of her ability to read other people mind, her father run away, her friend avoiding her, after her mom brought her to some place, her ability still there, then her mother also run away, then she live with her grandfather and in school, she has no friend

40 Ultear Milkovich (Fairy Tail) Ultear Milkovich (Fairy Tail)

Originally brought to scientists by her mother to find a cure for an illness she had. She got better, but scientists used painful experiments on her instead. Hoping for her mom to come back, she asks what happened to her. The scientists lie and say her mother abandoned her. After escaping, she finds her mother training with two other kids. Thinking she's been replaced, she goes off, without reuniting with her poor mother.

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