In anime, much like other works of fiction, we often have characters we often call “butt monkeys” or “cosmic playthings” who never seem to get a break, and often have tragic endings, even if their lives were really miserable to begin with.

For this week’s Charapedia poll, the Japanese anime character database has taken a look at some “miserable” or “pitiful” heroines who led some pretty unlucky or tragic lives. Don’t worry, not everyone here is from a Key series or Madoka Magica. Here are their Top 20:

20) Nagisa Furukawa (CLANNAD)

19) Miki Makimura (Devilman)

18) Lucy/ Kaede (Elfen Lied)

17) Yozora Mikaduki (Haganai)

16) Tsubasa Hanekawa (Monogatari)

15) Sachi (Sword Art Online)

14) Shirley Fenette (Code Geass)

13) Akari Akaza (Yuru Yuri)

12) Misuzu Kamio (Air)

11) Mayuri Shiina (Steins; Gate)

10) Index Librorum Prohibitorum (A Certain series)


9) Stella Loussier (Gundam SEED Destiny)


8) Sayaka Miki (Madoka Magica)


7) Sakura Matou (Fate)


6) Ran Mouri (Detective Conan)


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