Top 10 One Piece Characters with the Saddest Back Stories and Childhood

The Top Ten
1 Sanji 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... read more

Sanji had it rough. His mother died early, he was considered a failure, neglected by his father, beaten up daily by his siblings, then locked up and forced to wear an iron mask because his father didn't want anyone to see him. This was before his ship sank and he was left starving on a rock for three months.

The part when he was starving on the rock was already kinda sad, but when you learn what happened before that with the bullying, rejection, beatings, death of his mom, and iron mask... Jeez, Sanji has some rotten luck.

2 Law

Pretty much the standard package of watching everything you've ever loved die. The difference with Law was that he was certain he was going to die too, so he believed he had nothing to live for. Everyone else on this list still had their motivations for living. His was mutual destruction until Corazon gave him hope, but even then, his new purpose was for revenge. He explicitly states he never thought he'd survive past Dressrosa, so all this time, the poor guy has never had to live just for the sake of living. Nico Robin comes close, but the Buster Call is at least clean. She didn't have to see her loved ones get their brains blown out (if that can be considered mercy).

Also, his sickness caused him to be in constant pain.

3 Robin

Her mother left her, she was mistreated by her aunt, then everyone she knew died.

4 Brook

How is Brook so low here? He literally watched all of his friends die, one by one, as they sang a song with fake smiles. Honestly, we don't know too much about him, but thinking about how lonely he probably was hurts me.

I'm telling you guys, Brook's backstory is criminally underrated. People tend to forget what he went through, witnessing all his crew dying and being alone for 50 years! I would have gone mad!

His crew died, and he lived because of his Devil Fruit, but then he had to wait 40 years to get out again. He made a promise to Laboon, and he needs to keep it.

5 Tony Tony Chopper Tony Tony Chopper, also known as "Cotton Candy Lover" Chopper is a fictional character of the One Piece manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda.

He had to leave his family. Then he tried to get along with the townspeople and got shot. A nice doctor took him in and promised not to shoot him, and later he did. Then he was taken in by another doctor, and his old doctor died by a corrupt king.

Poor little Chopper. Rejected by his family and alone until he found the doctor.

Chopper had a family but was rejected. Because of his power, the only person that cared about him died.

6 Donquixote Rosinante
7 Boa Hancock Hancock has a well proportioned figure compared to the abnormal and huge appearance of her sisters. She is a very tall, slender woman with long black hair that extends past her waist with locks of hair that frame her face down to her chin, pale skin, large breasts, a high forehead, and dark brown (dark... read more
8 Senor Pink
9 Doflamingo

Doflamingo was a world noble, but his father decided to leave and become human rather than a god. Honestly, he had to run and hide for two years, eating garbage and getting beaten up. His mother died of an illness, and he was captured and tortured until he unlocked Haki. He was then given a pistol by Trebol and killed his father. He tried to return with his father's head but was called a traitor by the Celestial Dragons. He later became the captain of the Donquixote Family, killed his brother Corazon for betraying him, and more. I feel like he has the most tragic backstory in One Piece and is the best villain.

10 Nami 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.

Her mother died by Arlong. She had to steal for 8 years for him and make sea charts. It turns out he would never let her go because that day the Marines showed up, as though Arlong had called them.

The Contenders
11 Gild Tesoro

I really didn't like him in the beginning, but after seeing his backstory, I kinda started liking him. It's the problem in One Piece. You can't really hate anyone because of their backstory.

If you had seen One Piece Gold, you would understand why Tesoro had a sad childhood.

12 Portgas D. Ace Portgas D. Ace, born as Gol D. Ace and nicknamed "Fire Fist" Ace, is a fictional character in the One Piece franchise created by Eiichiro Oda.

It's not fair. Ace should be first, in my opinion. He died for his brother. I love Ace so much.

13 Monkey D. Luffy Monkey D. "Straw Hat" Luffy is a fictional character and the protagonist of the One Piece manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda.

I think people are forgetting some of the stuff he went through. It may not have been as sad as some others, but he did get tortured and abused, his brothers died, and he survived the genocide of Gray Terminal.

His brothers died, he got tortured, and the person he cared about most got his arm bitten off saving him. I think this is an easy vote.

He saw someone he cared about get his arm bitten off. Then that person left him. He lost his brother, Sabo. He was tortured, and that's why he's my number ten pick.

14 Koala
15 Kyros

Imagine your wife dying in your arms without knowing that you are her husband. Imagine yourself trying to comfort your daughter (because her mother just died) while she cries, thinking that you are just a strange toy. Just imagine your own daughter saying, "You are not even my father," to you, and you are just watching all of that for ten years, powerless because you can't even prove her wrong.

16 Franky "Iron Man" Franky is a fictional character of the One Piece manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. He is the shipwright of the Straw Hat Pirates.
17 Baby 5 Baby 5 is a fictional character in the One Piece franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. She is the alias of a member of the Happo Navy who is married to Sai, the Happo Navy's 13th leader. She is a former servant and assassin of the Donquixote Pirates serving as an officer in the Pica Army. Her real name... read more
18 Sabo
19 Charlotte Pudding Charlotte Pudding is a fictional character in the One Piece franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. She is the 35th daughter and the 76th child of the Charlotte Family, an executive of the Big Mom Pirates, and a hybrid between a human and a member of the Three-Eye Tribe.
20 Bartholomew Kuma
21 Usopp
22 Roronoa Zoro Roronoa Zoro, nicknamed "Pirate Hunter" Zoro, is a fictional character in the One Piece franchise created by Eiichiro Oda.
23 Charlotte Linlin
24 Kozuki Oden
25 Queen the Plague
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