Most Tragic Characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Top Ten
1 Thor Odinson Thor Odinson

Thor should always stay on top. He watches his best friend and his brother die in front of him. Both of his brothers are dead. Had to live the love of his life.

It's so obvious that Thor has the saddest story. Compared to the two above him, he lost everything. He should be number 1!

Watched his home planet get destroyed, saw his father die, his best friend, his brother, AND half of his people

What a sad guy, our hearts will be with him as he, no doubt, loses more friends in the next few films

2 Scarlet Witch Scarlet Witch Wanda Maximoff, also known as the Scarlet Witch, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She is portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She is thought to be one of the most powerful people in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and can ...read more.

I always see Wanda as a very sensitive type, sensitive to loss, sensitive to criticism, sensitive to public opinion, sensitive to manipulation. That is her weakness, and the sad story is that she's been through all of it. Multiple times. Because of that she grew into someone in need of people who understand her and love her for WHO she is and not WHAT she is. All that out the way, she grew up in a country at war and the only sense of escapism was watching her favorite sitcom shows, then a stark bomb killed her parents, she and her brother were trapped for 2 whole days surrounded by guns and explosions, nothing to eat or drink and probably no sleep too. After that she and her brother spent most of their time joining a cause trying to get justice for the murder of their parents, her brother became her only sense of humanity. Then they got experimented on by hydra for who knows how long. She lost her entire city and her brother who was her only sense humanity, she was ready to die at the ...more

She was trapped under a bed for two days while her parents lay dead on the floor as she waits for a bomb to go off, She is torchered and undergoes painful experiments, then she watches her home country get destroyed, and then she causes a bunch of people to die because she was trying to save her friend's life and is blamed for it all, then she loses the love of her life and disappears for five years. And once she tries to get back what she lost, she brainwashes and entire town just to get the love of her life back and people think of her as a villain. If that isn't a tragic backstory/story then I don't know what is.

She was a survivor of gruesome and painful experiments. Then her brother, Quicksilver, died in Age of Ultron. Then the love of her life, Vision died TWICE in front of her.

" She lost her parents, and then she lost her brother, and then she lost Vision twice and once SHE did it.

3 Nebula Nebula Nebula is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she is portrayed by Karen Gillan.

Thanos would have Gamora and Nebula battle each other. Every time Nebula lost, Thanos would have a part of her replaced with robotic parts. Not only that, but Thanos called Gamora his favorite daughter right in front of her.

4 Star-Lord Star-Lord Star-Lord is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character, created by Steve Englehart and Steve Gan, first appeared in Marvel Preview #4. ...read more.

Watched his mother die, had to kill his father, watched his caretaker die, then the love of his life.

5 Drax the Destroyer Drax the Destroyer Drax the Destroyer is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he is portrayed by Dave Bautista.

He saw his wife and daughter killed in front of him by the mad titan Thanos. He's a funny person but has a tragic backstory.

What species is Drax?

6 Loki Loki Loki Laufeyson, or Loki Odinson, is a fictional character appearing in the American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is the adoptive brother and archenemy of Thor, and is known as the "God of Mischief". In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the character has been portrayed by Tom Hiddleston.

He grew up in he's brothers shadow his whole life. And nobody seemed to care if he was dead.

Poor guy. Stay strong Loki! We love you!

Loki lost twice as much as Thor. Think about it...
He lost his biological dad.
He lost his adopted dad.
He lost his adopted mom which meant everything to him.
He never met his biological mom.
He lost his home.
He lost half of the Asgardians.
He lost his life.😢
Let's hope it's not for real!

7 Rocket Rocket Rocket Raccoon is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Bill Mantlo and artist Keith Giffen, the character first appeared in Marvel Preview #7. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he is portrayed by Bradley Cooper.

Cybernetically built in a lab, Rocket had to watch his best friend, Groot, die TWICE. Once in Guardians of the Galaxy and also when Groot dusted away in Infinity War.

8 Gamora Gamora Gamora is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Jim Starlin, the character first appeared in Strange Tales #180. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she is portrayed by Zoe Saldana.

Her home planet, including her mother and father, were killed by Thanos. Then she was kidnapped by Thanos and he claimed her his daughter.

9 Bucky Barnes Bucky Barnes James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he is portrayed by Sebastian Stan.

Bucky has been through so much! I honestly think he should be in the top 3 on this list. He was brainwashed and tortured by Hydra for 70 years. He was forced to commit so many murders. Although he is free from Hydra now, he has to live with the guilt of what they made him do. I feel so bad for him

First of all, Bucky was part of the 107th when they got captured by HYDRA, who experimented on him until he was rescued by Steve. Then, he "died" when falling of the train, but was recovered by HYDRA and turned into a killer. They brainwashed and tortured him for almost 70 years, forcing him to kill over and over. When he recognizes Steve, they hurt him more and more until he escapes at the end of Cap: Winter Soldier. After trying to live a semi-normal life, he is framed for King T'Chaka's murder and is captured, where Zemo turns him back into the Winter Soldier. The only good thing that happened to him was him going to Wakanda to remove the effects HYDRA still had on him. But, he still has to deal with the overwhelming amount of grief and trauma that comes with being a murder weapon for decades.

10 Captain America Captain America Captain Steven Grant Rogers, most known as Steve Rogers or Captain America, is a fictional superhero appearing in the American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was a World War II veteran and is known as the world's first superhero. The character was created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon and ...read more.

He has the saddest past because he had to leave a whole generation behind

The Contenders
11 Iron Man Iron Man Iron Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, as well as its associated media. The character was created by writer and editor Stan Lee, developed by scripter Larry Lieber, and designed by artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby. He made his first appearance ...read more.
12 Hawkeye Hawkeye Clinton Francis "Clint" Barton, better known as Hawkeye, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a former special agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., where he worked under the supervision of Phil Coulson. Known for his use of the bow and arrow as his primary weapon, ...read more.

After the snap, Hawkeye lost his entire family, this in turn drove him insane to become the villain called Ronin, he was eventually snapped out of it by black widow, only to lose her later on to get the soul stone

13 Captain Marvel Captain Marvel Ms. Marvel is the name of several fictional superheroes appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Taken from her friends by the Kree to be used as a weapon to fight Skrulls who were simply trying to seek refuge.

I just saw it yesterday

14 Hank Pym Hank Pym

The original Ant-Man, Hank Pym lost his wife while trying to stop a nuclear bomb. His wife went molecular and warped to the Quantum realm. Yes, they were reunited, but he has been greifing ever since.

15 Black Widow Black Widow Natalia Alianovna Romanova, most known as Natasha Romanoff or the Black Widow, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She is one of the most talented spies and assassins in the entire world and is a founding member of the Avengers. The character was created ...read more.

Trained to be a killer by the KGB, and was ordered to be killed because she was forced into being an assassin

16 Erik Killmonger Erik Killmonger
17 Spider-Man Spider-Man Spider-Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics existing in its shared universe. The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko, and first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962) in the ...read more.

He already lost Uncle Ben, and in Endgame, he lost his mentor, Iron Man. There is a chance.

He would be in the top.

18 Doctor Strange Doctor Strange Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange, best known under his alias Doctor Strange, is a fictional superhero created by artist Steve Ditko and writer Stan Lee appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Doctor Strange serves as the Sorcerer Supreme, the primary protector of Earth against magical ...read more.
19 Valkyrie Valkyrie Valkyrie is a fictional superheroine appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she is portrayed by Tessa Thompson.

Once a member of the Asguardian Valkyrie, she was the only survivor from Hela's raid on Asgard.

20 Thanos Thanos Thanos is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Jim Starlin and Mike Friedrich. The character first appeared in Iron Man #55 and has been portrayed by actors Damion Poitier and Josh Brolin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
21 Yelena Belova Yelena Belova
22 Bruce Banner Bruce Banner Robert Bruce Banner, also known as The Hulk or Bruce Banner, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and was portrayed by Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
23 Dark Phoenix Dark Phoenix Jean Grey-Summers is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.
24 Mantis Mantis Mantis is a fictional character, a superheroine appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Steve Englehart and Don Heck, and has been portrayed by Pom Klementieff in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

She was taken by Ego and treated like a slave ever since she was a larva.

25 Malekith Malekith

He lost all his people in the fight and ended up dying himself also knowing that lost. This characters whole arc hit me very hard and is in my opinion the most tragic character in the mcu.

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