Top 10 Anime Characters with the Most Tragic Past

The Top Ten
1 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.

I created a charecter who has a worse past that stupid Naruto. I didn't think that a character with such an OK past would be the top...

Saddest past ever...

2 Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist) Edward Elric, commonly nicknamed Ed, is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.

He needs to be number one. Out of all of the anime I have seen, and out of all the protagonists I have met along the way, this should be at the very top- not second place.

3 Guts (Berserk)

Let's see... *SPOILER*Guts was born while his mother was hanged on a tree, a group of mercenaries picked him up and he had to live his childhood as a warrior, the woman who treated him like her son died of plague and Guts got all the blame, the very man who he considered as a father sold him to a rapist (Yes, he got raped as a 11 year old kid). He joined another group of mercenaries, The Band of the Hawk, and considered them his family, he thought that was the place where he belonged. But his dearest friend and the leader of the band, Griffith, sacrificed The Band of the Hawk to the demons to gain godly powers and Guts had to see them get sliced to pieces by demons in hell. Guts chopped his own arm to break loose from the demon who was holding him and lost an eye too, so he could go save his friends, even though he knew he had no chance at all. Griffith raped Guts' lover in front of him, which caused his son to be born as a horrible-looking demon and his lover to lose her mind and ...more


Born from a dead mother, picked up and raised by a band of mercenaries and an abusive "father", sold to a rapist, blamed for the dead of his foster-mother, wounded by his foster-father whom he killed to defend his life... Hunted by the remains of his "family" the band of mercenaries, heavily wounded and left to die after falling of a cliff and landing in a flock of wolves... Wandering the battlefields as a sellsword, putting his life to the test everyday...

After Guts finally found a place to stay, found friends and a woman to love, he was betrayed by his seemingly "best friend" and saviour Griffith, who sacrificed his whole "Band of the Hawk" to become something non-human which fulfilled his dream. After Guts had to watch his friends being slaughtered, Griffith raped Guts woman and broke her mind. After chopping his trapped arm off, so that he can save his woman, Guts loses an eye to the claw of one of Griffith's servants.

As Guts wakes up from his ...more

Really? naruto is number 1? compared to this guy, naruto had an easy life. Guts literally was born out of his mother's hanging corpse. and its not that he was born, but that he literally forced himself out as a baby that hadnt even been born yet. and that's tame compared to what happens to him later. The fact that this man still lives is a testament to his insane will to live and how much of a damn badass he is.

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.

4 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.

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.

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!

Gaara has a worse past than Naruto, after he finally got his village and some other people like Naruto to accepted him he was basically killed! I mean what the hell Masashi Kishimoto!

5 Itachi (Naruto)

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.

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.

Need to kill your entire clan, kill by your own brother that you loved so much and to respect you want to destroy the village that you save itachi deserves to be number 1. Naruto are you kidding me your father is the 4th hokage that can die for you huh

Itachi's backstory is unsurpassed as far as tragedy goes. To kill those you loved with your own hands, and be exiled and treated as a blight upon shinobi everywhere is a shakepeare level tragedy. He should be number 1.

6 Shouto Todoroki (My Hero Academia)

Under the harsh, abusive training of his father(Endeavor), young Todoroki vomited and cried repeatedly. When his mother would defend him, Endeavor would hit her in front of Shouto. Once, His mom no longer had the mental stability to raise her son. After seeing Shoto's left side which reminded her of Endeavor, she snapped and threw boiling water at him, leaving a scar over his left eye.

I love Deku but in my opinion, Todoroki had a more tragic and painful past than he did.

How is cinnamon roll above you bro?!

7 Ciel Phantomhive (Black Butler) Earl Ciel Phantomhive (シエル・ファントムハイヴ, Shieru Fantomuhaivu) is the main protagonist of the manga and anime series, Black Butler and the current head of the Phantomhive house, the notorious Queen's Watchdog, the owner of the Funtom Corporation, and an Aristocrat of Evil. He is the more.

Ciel watched his parents die and got tortured and he's only like 11! He is a child!

8 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 Dark Wizard of all time, who was under the Curse of Contradiction. He is the founder 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...

His entire village was annihilated by dragons taking the life of his parents and little brother in the process. He livwd in solitude and attended mildean academy for the sole goal of reviving his brother. Just when he made a breakthrough he was cursed and mascarred the entire school and he was only a kid... the curse states that if he cares for life he will kill all that surround him. He hid from humanity and was cursed with immortality. He watched wars come and go and saw love ones leave him. His goal changed and he wanted to die. He created demons to kill him and created his strongest demon in the form of end... his older brother. And when acnologia was turned into a dragon by zeref acnologia purpose was the annihilation of dragons. Zeref brother aka end was given to igneel to learn magic as a dragon slayer. Zeref ordered narsu to be taken 400 years into the future. Zeref had to wait 400 years for his death to come. Zeref is the most tragic character in anime and the worst thing is ...more

He should be up there with edward elric...

9 Ken Kaneki (Tokyo Ghoul)

Kaneki's past is very tragic. Being abused and manipulated from the age of 4; which led him to believe that if he was hurt, he deserved it. Having to delude himself so that he thought his mum loved him. Being neglected after his mum died. Then he became a ghoul and was TORTURED! He was also stabbed in the brain and given amnesia. During this time, he was tormented by his past self non stop (this was a dream to him). Getting his skull split didn't help and watching the only man he ever called a father commit suicide also didn't help.
But the worst thing he's been through, worse than all of that, was being in a bad adaptation.

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

He lost his Dad when he was very young and had an abusive mother who died when he was around ten. He was then taken in by his abusive aunt and changed his memory to think he had a nice mum. Of course there was the whole Rize thing which started a new life of tragedy. There was his torture. He was also stabbed in the brain by Arima twice to become Haise. That was a dream to him. But it wasn't in my opinion. Haise was haunted by Kaneki and was even hurt by him. Then he got his skull split and remembered the truth about his mum. He saw the only person he saw as a father slit his own throat in front of him. Please don't even get me started on dragon.

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...

10 Izuku Midoriya (My Hero Academia) Izuku "Deku" Midoriya is a fictional character and the protagonist of My Hero Academia, a manga series written by Kohei Horikoshi.
The Contenders
11 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. He is the cook of the Straw Hat Pirates, as well as the former sous chef of the Baratie. He is also the third son of the Vinsmoke Family, thus making him more.

Why is he so low? First, he was rejected by his father, bullied by his brothers, lost his mother and was even imprisoned. Then was stuck in the middle of the ocean and starved for months.

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

12 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 Nakama's calls that they want help. 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

Her past was so tragic, I started crying. Her best friend got possessed and try to kill her

13 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.

14 Nico Robin (One Piece) "Devil Child" Nico Robin is a fictional character of the One Piece manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda.

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.

15 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.

16 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!

Robin had it way worse than her!

17 Kotomi Ichinose (Clannad)
18 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.

Lucy's mom died, Her dad abused her.

19 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.

20 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.
21 Enma Ai (Hell Girl)
22 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.

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

Born in a war era not knowing his parents he had no food to it so he ate the corpse of the dead soldiers. Thus, got his name corpse eating demon then het met his master yoshida shouyo then participated in a war to get his master back and had to kill his own master to save the lives of his friends. Then when he finally started to living a normal life his master came back as a monster who wants to kill everyone. That's depressing

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.

Why is he so so low on no. 24 he was a war orphan surrounded by corpse not even knowing who his parents were when he got hungry he ate corpses to survive then he met yoshida shoyo his master who was taken from him then he got to save his friends who were captured by killing his master

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 rice ball 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 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.
25 Touma Norstein (Digimon)
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