10 Amazing Sad Anime Characters With Emotional Backtorles

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Characters are the ones that play the key role in influencing the people to watch a movie or series. Due to the characters, anime is so popular because they have a lot of good characters and all of them have great stories. Almost every anime fan feels sad for sad anime characters but can’t help them. These sad anime characters have the saddest backstories that influence people and make them either empathize or fall in love with the character.  

Sad anime characters represent that not all the good people are fortunate enough as they have suffered tragedies that affect the mind. These characters from anime had a bad past and are still suffering with them and because of this, their fans feel bad for them.

Backstories are the main part of a sad character as they make the character very interesting and make them stand out from the rest. However, some of these best anime characters had happy conclusions but some ended up on the wrong side of history. 

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Best Sad Anime Characters:

Ciel Phantomhive from Black Butler:

Ciel Phantomhive is a child with a bad history. As in his past, an assailant assassinated his parents and servants on his tenth birthday. After this, a person kidnapped him and was forced to assist in summoning a demon by showing his antipathy toward the group. 

Levi Ackerman:

This character is one of the most knowncin anime. Levi Ackerman is one of the strongest humans to attack on titan. However, before he became strongest he was weakest among all. His mother worked in brothels to make a living, and due to his bad condition, he had to suffer during his entire childhood. After he took birth his mother died due to illness and he was trained by his uncle but after some time his uncle also abandoned him.

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Eri has a very powerful ability, she is blessed with an incredible quirk, which gives her the power to rewind everything just like the previous state. In her city there were many people who wanted her powers, to save herself from them Eri ran from place to place. In her childhood she mistakenly made her father disappear which resulted in her mother disowning Eri. After this her grandfather took her but due to this chisaki put him in a coma and started torturing Eri.


The other name of Akam is “Akame of the demon sword murasame”. Akame is a cold-blooded assassin with a very sad reality behind her. Her father sold her along with her sister to the empire. After this, she wanted to live her life even if it needed murder. Her own friend Marthe took advantage of her and tried to cut Akame down.

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 Lelouch Vi Britannia:

The main protagonist of Code Geass is Lelouch Vi Britannia. In his childhood, he saw the assassination of her mother which resulted in the disability of his sister, and they both were abandoned by his father. With the horrifying past life, he despises his father and the empire and starts hating them both. After getting the power of geses, he adopted the name “Zero” and started ruling Britannia over Japan.

The Elric Brothers:

Edward and Alphonse are two brothers who had a very happy childhood with their mother. However, after some time their mother died because of the illness and Ed started hating his father. In order to bring back their mother, they broke the alchemy taboo by human transmutation.  

Itachi Uchiha – Naruto:

Naruto is one of the most famous characters in anime as he was Mikoto and Fungaku Uchihas’ first child. At an early age, he suffered from violence: the third Shinobi World War. Due to this, he was afraid of death and destruction but he always wanted to be a ninja so he overcame his fear and he promised to defend the world from bloodshed. Despite all these things he was obliged to put his clanmates to death. The only survivor was his brother Sasuke, but Naruto always hated his brother as his brother was avenging the clan.

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Nico Robin:

Nico robin’s past story is the most sorrowful story. When she was just two years old her mother abandoned her, leaving her vulnerable to physical and verbal abuse from her aunt and others. When she turned eight, the marines invaded her home and killed her mother, her archeologists, and her buddy soul. After this Robin avoided the world government for 20 years and claimed that all the people she trusted betrayed her.


In her childhood, Crona was physically abused by her mother, Medusa, and her demon weapon, Ragnarok. Due to this, her mental state was destroyed. However, her bond with Maka aids her in breaking free from his craziness in the anime. In the manga, it didn’t happen. He succumbs to insanity and acts like violently killing Medusa.


The second name of Guts is the black swordsman, he is the primary character in the Berserk Manga Series and anime adaptations. From childhood, he was surrounded by death and bloodshed and because of this, he was raised as a soldier. His guardian Gambino subjected him to horrific mistreatment and sold him to other soldiers. After this Guts joined the Hawk band and formed relationships and friendships. He is cursed to be chased by demons every night until he dies.

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Final words:

Above mentioned characters are the sad anime characters who had very sad backstories and troubled pasts. After all, people love the character they can relate to or empathize with. Above we have mentioned some of the most popular sad anime characters of all time, who have overcome their bad past and are working towards a future optimistically. So, if you’re in the mood to watch a sad anime you can shed tears watching then you can go for any of the anime which have the above-mentioned anime characters in them.

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