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22nd Sep '16 7:14:49 PM Scabbard
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* In ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', Kushana, who is introduced in the film version as a seemingly steriotypical evil queen ("Nice valley. Think I'll keep it."), her status as an apparent CardCarryingVillain is quickly subverted. This apparently was deliberate on the part of the writers: Miyazaki describes Nausicaa and Kushana as "two sides of the same coin", largely differing in that Kushana has "deep, physical wounds".

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* In ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', Kushana, who is introduced in the film version as a seemingly steriotypical stereotypical evil queen ("Nice valley. Think I'll keep it."), her status as an apparent CardCarryingVillain is quickly subverted. This apparently was deliberate on the part of the writers: Miyazaki describes Nausicaa and Kushana as "two sides of the same coin", largely differing in that Kushana has "deep, physical wounds".
15th Aug '16 8:22:19 PM WriterGirl2015
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** Ami in the original manga. Souta invited her to the Ghoul Restaurant and baited her by promising that he would marry her. When it was revealed that she was actually brought to be eaten alive and Souta didn't actually have feelings for her she had a nervous breakdown. The JerkAss part comes in when she kicked Kaneki in the path of death so that he would become a sacrifice and she would survive, despite Kaneki promising that he would try to protect her. After some time, the poison in the coffee she drank before started to take effect, paralyzing her. Taro-chan caught and roasted her.

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** Ami in the original manga. Souta invited her to the Ghoul Restaurant and baited her by promising that he would marry her. When it was revealed that she was actually brought to be eaten alive EatenAlive and Souta didn't actually have feelings for her she had a nervous breakdown. The JerkAss part comes in play when she kicked Kaneki in the path of death Taro-chan so that he would become a sacrifice and she would survive, in her place, despite Kaneki promising that he would try to protect her. After some time, the poison in the coffee she drank before started to take effect, paralyzing her. Taro-chan caught and roasted her.her.
** Torso. He represents the most horrifying traits of a Ghoul, being a twisted sexual predator that mutilates his victims to satisfy his desires. He also in horribly abusive to Mutsuki despite claiming to love him. He literally doesn't know how to love. But it's shown [[FreudianExcuse not to be his fault]]. Ch. 78 focuses on his childhood, with him recounting how he was raised in isolation by his abusive father....after the two ate his mother to survive. After being abandoned alone for over a month, he dared to venture off the mountain and encountered a human girl that he befriended. After a particularly vicious beating, she ran away from home and Karao hid her in his family's tent where the two talked about running away to the ocean together. But in the morning, his father killed his OnlyFriend ate her while praising Karao for finally doing something right. He killed his father in a rage, and was left with only his friend's torso. Since then, he's been trying to find someone to replace her, which explains his attachment to Mutsuki. [[spoiler: The after-report of his death describes the most gruesome and graphic mutilation in the entire series. Mutsuki chopped his head off, then shoved something up his rectum all the way into his throat, chopped off his limbs, castrated him and shoved his genitals into the hole where his nose used to be, and cut out his eyes and tongue.]] While some fans thought he was too horrible to be sympathetic other fans felt a twinge of sympathy, especially the horrific picture in the manga of him smiling before his head disappears in the next shot depicting what Mutsuki did to him. His horrible childhood messed him up and made him the monster he was. Because of that Mutsuki killed him, but in his own twisted way Torso genuinely loved Mutsuki who was never going to love him back and believed this spark of love to be his salvation.
** Taro-chan, the mentally disabled ghoul modified human. He belonged to Madame A and looked at her like his "mama". His daily task involved cutting up people and roasting them alive for the restaurant's consumption. Tsukiyama heavily wounded Taro when he realized that Kaneki was a one-eyed ghoul and proposed Taro as food to the other members of the ghoul restaurant as a replacement for Kaneki. Madam A accepted MM's deal while Taro can only lay injured pitifully on the ground whispering "Mama".
11th Aug '16 10:57:21 PM Anddrix
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** [[KnightOfCerebus Jellal]] [[UsedToBeASweetKid Fernandez]], Erza's childhood friend who, like her, was MadeASlave by a bunch of Zeref cultists, and ended up being locked up in a cell and tortured almost to death. Flash forward to the present time, and Jellal, after becoming BrainwashedAndCrazy, getting a well-deserved revenge against the slavers and having completed the Tower of Heaven, had cooked up a plan to create the "World of Magic" where everyone would be free...which would require mountains of corpses, the sacrifice of Erza herself, and, generally, screwing things up royally for anyone who wasn't magically gifted. He had gone through so much hell in his short life that he thought no sacrifice was too great if it would mean nobody would have suffer like him. [[spoiler:And just for grim irony, it turned out that his plan of reviving Zeref had no chance of succeeding from the very beginning, and that it wasn't Zeref who was speaking to him]]. All in all, BaseBreaker as he is, you can't deny that his life ''sucked''.

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** [[KnightOfCerebus Jellal]] [[UsedToBeASweetKid Fernandez]], Erza's childhood friend who, like her, was MadeASlave by a bunch of Zeref cultists, and ended up being locked up in a cell and tortured almost to death. Flash forward to the present time, and Jellal, after becoming BrainwashedAndCrazy, getting a well-deserved revenge against the slavers and having completed the Tower of Heaven, had cooked up a plan to create the "World of Magic" where everyone would be free...which would require mountains of corpses, the sacrifice of Erza herself, and, generally, screwing things up royally for anyone who wasn't magically gifted. He had gone through so much hell in his short life that he thought no sacrifice was too great if it would mean nobody would have suffer like him. [[spoiler:And just for grim irony, it turned out that his plan of reviving Zeref had no chance of succeeding from the very beginning, and that it wasn't Zeref who was speaking to him]]. All in all, BaseBreaker BaseBreakingCharacter as he is, you can't deny that his life ''sucked''.
29th May '16 7:02:56 PM JRads47
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** [[TheHero Ryuko Matoi]] also had a pretty bad life. As [[spoiler:the aforementioned baby]], her father, [[spoiler:who changed his identity to Isshin Matoi]], sent her to multiple boarding schools, where the other kids didn't want to interact with her. Ryuko's inability to make friends combined with her father's ParentalAbandonment turned her into a full-blown JapaneseDelinquent with [[HotBlooded a nasty temper]] by the time she was in high school, and the one time her father calls for her, he ends up dying. On her quest for revenge, one bombshell after another keeps dropping on her, which only serves to [[JerkassBall deteriorate her psyche]], until she snaps and [[spoiler:ends up brainwashed and with the bad guys]].

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** [[TheHero Ryuko Matoi]] also had a pretty bad life. As [[spoiler:the aforementioned baby]], her father, [[spoiler:who changed his identity to Isshin Matoi]], sent her to multiple boarding schools, where the other kids didn't want to interact with her. Ryuko's inability to make friends combined with her father's ParentalAbandonment turned her into a full-blown JapaneseDelinquent with [[HotBlooded a nasty temper]] by the time she was in high school, and the one time her father calls for her, he ends up dying. On her quest for revenge, one bombshell after another keeps dropping on her, which only serves to [[JerkassBall deteriorate her psyche]], until she snaps and [[spoiler:ends up brainwashed and with the bad guys]]. It ''should'' be noted, however, that her {{jerk| with a heart of gold}}ish and {{woobie}} tendencies are normally mutually exclusive, and she really isn't a Jerkass Woobie until [[JerkassBall pushed]].
7th May '16 1:54:30 PM Minni128
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* Satsuki Kiryuin from ''Anime/KillLaKill'' is the EvilOverlord of Honnouji Academy, with a SocialDarwinist outlook on life. However, her backstory is disturbing, to say the least. When she was a child, her parents [[spoiler:tried to infuse her DNA with Life Fibers, which failed on her]]. After which they decided to [[spoiler:try it on her baby sister, and when it seemingly failed on her]], her mother Ragyo [[spoiler:decided to throw her into the trash chute]]. Her father, Soichiro[[spoiler:, upon finding out that the baby was still alive, abandoned Satsuki in order to protect the baby, but not before he left her with a mission to kill Ragyo]], which transformed her into the cynical despot she is today. Soon afterwards, Satsuki became [[AbusiveParents her mother's]] [[ParentalIncest plaything]]. It's implied that she dealt with Ragyo's abuse for thirteen years, and it's also implied that she could've been much worse[[spoiler:, as seen with Nui Harime]].

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* Satsuki *''Anime/KillLaKill''
**Satsuki
Kiryuin from ''Anime/KillLaKill'' is the EvilOverlord of Honnouji Academy, with a SocialDarwinist outlook on life. However, her backstory is disturbing, to say the least. When she was a child, her parents [[spoiler:tried [[spoiler: tried to infuse her DNA with Life Fibers, which failed on her]]. After which they decided to [[spoiler:try [[spoiler: try it on her baby sister, and when it seemingly failed on her]], her mother Ragyo [[spoiler:decided to throw her into the trash chute]]. Her father, Soichiro[[spoiler:, upon finding out that the baby was still alive, abandoned Satsuki in order to protect the baby, but not before he left her with a mission to kill Ragyo]], which transformed her into the cynical despot she is today. Soon afterwards, Satsuki became [[AbusiveParents her mother's]] [[ParentalIncest plaything]]. It's implied that she dealt with Ragyo's abuse for thirteen years, and it's also implied that she could've been much worse[[spoiler:, as seen with Nui Harime]].



** As taken from the FridgeHorror section: Nui's character in general is really a mother-lode of [[FridgeHorror Fridge Depressant]] if you're willing to look back at her scant background details and allow some empathy: [[spoiler:She wasn't just infused with Life Fibers as a newborn, she was incubated in an artificial womb of them that made her merge with them as a fetus. Soichiro was nowhere to be seen when she was being gestated and showed no recognition toward her when they fought, so he likely wasn't involved with her life in any fashion, and certainly he had been driven off long before Nui could have developed enough to recognize or remember him later in life, and she grew up completely under Ragyo's sole care, with all the horror that implies. She has no true good relationship with any other character whatsoever, with Rei and Ragyo being aloof taskmasters that only step in to help her when danger to her could result in danger to their cause, and all other characters being either enemies or mindless slaves. She is the only character to actually suffer permanent scarring and loss of limb throughout all the action in the series. She was brought up to believe that she was completely different and separate from humanity, that the Life Fibers and the facilitation of their reproduction cycle is her raison d'etre, and that her only value was in her abilities as a tailor, and when she both loses her arms and finishes the "Ultimate Kamui", her usefulness has culminated in her and her master's eyes, and there is nothing left and nowhere to go for her, and she when muses on how she could be killed in the final battle between humans and Life Fibers, she not only looks ready for the prospect, but relieved by it.]] She has the worst of both Satsuki and Ryuko's entwined DarkAndTroubledPast combined into one whole, turned UpToEleven, and stripped of all the counterbalancing positive experiences and influences that gave them the initial perspective and strength to challenge their mother. Her entire character arc is reminiscent of [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Princess Azula]]'s descent into madness from abandonment in her series' finale, except Nui has always been mad since she never even had the illusion of anyone actually loving her, resorting to deliberately driving people, especially those she expresses genuine interest or desire to connect with like Satsuki and Ryuko, to hate her because that's the only kind of care she's ever understood, and there's no one in-universe who would actually feel, let alone show, her any pity.
** And in the end, [[spoiler: she doesn't even get killed in battle. She kills herself by merging with Ragyo, her mother, the only person who has ever been there for her even if there wasn't any true love shared between them.]] So twisted....

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** As taken from the FridgeHorror section: Nui's character in general is really a mother-lode of Nui can be surprisingly sympathetic when you [[FridgeHorror Fridge Depressant]] if you're willing think]] [[Fridge/KilllaKill about it.]] She's still irredeemably evil, but it is not hard to look back at her scant background details and allow some empathy: [[spoiler:She wasn't just infused with Life Fibers as a newborn, she was incubated in an artificial womb of them that made her merge with them as a fetus. Soichiro was nowhere to be seen when she was being gestated and showed no recognition toward her when they fought, so he likely wasn't involved with her life in any fashion, and certainly he had been driven off long before Nui could have developed enough to recognize or remember him later in life, and she grew up completely under Ragyo's sole care, with all the horror that implies. She has no true good relationship with any other character whatsoever, with Rei and Ragyo being aloof taskmasters that only step in to help her when danger to her could result in danger to their cause, and all other characters being either enemies or mindless slaves. She is the only character to actually suffer permanent scarring and loss of limb throughout all the action in the series. She was brought up to believe that she was completely different and separate from humanity, that the Life Fibers and the facilitation of their reproduction cycle is her raison d'etre, and that her only value was in her abilities as a tailor, and when she both loses her arms and finishes the "Ultimate Kamui", her usefulness has culminated in her and her master's eyes, and there is nothing left and nowhere to go for her, and she when muses on see how she could be killed in the final battle between humans and Life Fibers, she not only looks ready for the prospect, but relieved by it.]] She has the worst of both Satsuki and Ryuko's entwined DarkAndTroubledPast combined into one whole, turned UpToEleven, and stripped of all the counterbalancing positive experiences and influences got that gave them the initial perspective and strength to challenge their mother. Her entire character arc is reminiscent of [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Princess Azula]]'s descent into madness from abandonment in her series' finale, except Nui has always been mad since she never even had the illusion of anyone actually loving her, resorting to deliberately driving people, especially those she expresses genuine interest or desire to connect with like Satsuki and Ryuko, to hate her because that's the only kind of care she's ever understood, and there's no one in-universe who would actually feel, let alone show, her any pity.
** And in the end,
way: [[spoiler: she doesn't even get killed in battle. She kills herself knows she isn't made to last and just wants to spend her limited life enjoying it. Sure, her way of enjoying it amounts to doing horrible, messed up things to people, but it's still sad. Further, she was raised solely by merging with Ragyo, without a positive influence like Isshin in her mother, life. Given how enthusiastic Satsuki was about wearing Junketsu before her father revealed the only person truth to her, as well as the way Ragyo [[MindRape Mind Raped]] Ryuko by implanting memories of a childhood raised by her, it can make you wonder if Nui is inherently evil, or if she could have turned out just like her "sisters" if she had been given the chance.]]
** Finally, there's Rei Houomaru,
who has ever been there for such low self-respect that she's willing to serve Ragyo unto an assured death. It may have more to do with [[spoiler: the trauma Rei endured as a child during her even if there wasn't any true love shared between them.]] So twisted....country's civil war which seems to have pushed her into being a MisanthropeSupreme. Couple that with the fact that Ragyo was the one who saved her from certain death and it's little wonder she'd go so far as to sacrifice her own life to help Ragyo exterminate humanity or seek revenge afterwards.]]
3rd May '16 7:20:34 AM rafi
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* Lucia from ''Anime/RaveMaster''. The one that had to watch his mother die and got locked up for ten years for no reason when he was 6... but that still doesn't justify how he gleefully wanted to commit mass murder.
* From ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', [[TheHandler Huang]] [[spoiler:was a cop until his best friend was horribly killed... by the woman Huang loved, who he discovered had just been using him to get to said best friend. He was left with no choice but to join the Syndicate or have his memories wiped, which he feels would be like killing his friend all over again.]] Tis resulted in Huang being a [[NobleBigot bigotted]] {{jerkass}}, all things considered.
* ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': [[TheHero Tetsuya Tsurugi]] is irritating, obnoxious, arrogant [[HotBlooded hot-tempered]], jealous, snarky, does not care who he offends with his attitude and has hit the female led only because she -accurately- told that he was acting stupid. Moreover, not only he thinks that he is the best [[AcePilot pilot]] ever, he also demands that everyone else thinks it. He comes across like unlikable until you find out why he is like that:
** [[spoiler:He lost his parents when he was a little kid and nobody cared for him in the orphanage where he grew up. The only person noticed him was because his latent piloting skills. So he thinks that people only cares for him due to his piloting skills, so he HAS to be the best or he will lose his new father and be alone again. And in spite of all his bluster and arrogance he is incredibly insecure.]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Asuka Langley Soryuu may come across like an annoying brat initially, but she has an ''incredibly'' heartbreaking FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:When Asuka was very young, her mother, Kyoko, went insane and ceased to recognize her as her daughter. When Kyoko committed suicide, Asuka found her body, with the doll Kyoko believed to be her own daughter hanged right beside her, in a sort of would-be murder-suicide. Her father seemingly never cared about her mother or Asuka in the first place, and began having an affair with the head nurse in charge of her. So far in her life, the people she cared about either a) killed themselves or b) revealed that they didn't care at all. Asuka threw herself into learning how to pilot EVA-02 in a desperate attempt to earn affection from others. She also feels that anyone she cares about will leave her, so she developed a fake arrogant personality to hide her real insecure self and push everyone away.]] [[FromBadToWorse And then the events of the series kicked in]]. Including the TropeNamer for MindRape.
** One of the later episodes features Asuka [[spoiler:naked, hollow-cheeked, and lying in a tub,]] well past the DespairEventHorizon, stating that she no longer has the will to live. [[spoiler:The tub appears to be filled with a red liquid indicating that ''she tried to kill herself by slitting her wrists.'']] Poor Asuka...
** In End of Evangelion, [[spoiler: she finally gets to see her mother inside Unit 02 and feel love and acceptance from her...only to be shortly thereafter forced through the experience of being eaten alive by the Mass Production Evas.]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' has a few:
** Impmon/Beelzemon from ''Anime/DigimonTamers''. He starts out as TheImp, but later, his human-hating tendencies are explained by [[spoiler:the fact that he was fought over by his toddler Tamers, getting physically hurt.]] But it's not until he, unable to digivolve by traditional means, [[spoiler: makes a [[DealWithTheDevil rather shady deal]] with Chatsuramon, one of the Devas, that his true jerkass side shows. Of course, in order to be able to evolve, he has to kill the Tamers and their partners. He honors his deal by [[KilledOffForReal killing and absorbing Leomon]]]]. He deserved a punch in the face. Also, a big hug.
** Yukio Oikawa from ''Anime/{{Digimon Adventure 02}}''. Growing up as a lonely boy in a unforgiving world, the only friend he ever had was Hiroki Hida, Cody Hida's father. During their youth, they became the very first humans ever to discover the Digital World, and they together promised that they would one day travel to it. Of course, fate decided to be a mean bitch one day and killed off Hiroki during his line of duty as a police officer before it could happen, leaving Oikawa with no one else in the world but his promise. Depressed and lonely, he became a easy target for [[spoiler:Myotismon's ghost]] to possess, who promised him that he would help him to get to the Digital World and fullfill his promise to Hiroki...at the expense of everything and everyone else.
** Before him, Ken. In the Digital World, he's the AxCrazy main villain who used brainwashing devices on entire cities of Digimon, using them as his slaves and his entertainment, and attacks the heroes just because as people who weren't "perfect human beings" like him, they don't deserve to be in "his" world. In the human world, he's snobbish and considers everyone around him to be "insects" for not being geniuses like him. However, it turns out that his brother died [[IWishedYouWereDead shortly after Ken wished he were gone]], and the reason he's such a villain is because he believes the Digital World isn't real. He's having fun with the VideogameCrueltyPotential of the digital world and thinks that the heroes are other players.
** Gatomon from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', being the willing servant of a wannabe MultiversalConqueror, sarcastic, ruthless, disparaging people, and [[KickTheDog smacking dogs]]. She's introduced to the heroes by kicking four of five Champion-level Digimons' asses singlehandedly and enjoying it. Then we learn that she was tormented and enslaved by her BadBoss, but it doesn't make up for the fact she is callous. [[spoiler: Then shortly afterwards, she discovers her true self, pulls a HeelFaceTurn, and becomes a non-jerkass Woobie.]]
** Puppetmon from the same series. He's a horrible, nasty, psychopathic little jerk, but he really does want company to play with and his inability to grasp how much of a problem he has with making and keeping friends is just plain sad.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'''s Lucy, Mariko, and Bandou.
* Akito from ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. You hate him because he's a total ass and abuses the whole family, but the back story makes some feel pity for the kid. Then there's the fact that [[spoiler: [[SamusIsAGirl Akito is a woman]] who [[SweetPollyOliver has to pretend to be a man]]. And she's ''far'' more of a {{Woobie}} in the manga.]]
** Kyo to a lesser extent. While not as bad as Akito in terms of Jerk Assery, he still came across as an asshole to everyone in the first few episodes. But then again, would you be a nice guy if [[spoiler: you were the family outcast, your mother committed suicide because of you, your father resented you because of said suicide, and then got Tohru's mother, a woman who acted very [[ParentalSubstitute motherly]] towards you, killed (not intentionally, mind you) because you'd risk exposing your secret?]]

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* Lucia Tsukasa from ''Anime/RaveMaster''. The one that had ''Anime/DotHackSign'' is a quite a bit of an ass to watch his mother die and got locked up for ten years for no reason when he was 6... but that still doesn't justify how he gleefully wanted to commit mass murder.
* From ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', [[TheHandler Huang]] [[spoiler:was a cop until his best friend was horribly killed... by the woman Huang loved, who he discovered had just been using him to get to said best friend. He was left with no choice but to join the Syndicate or have his memories wiped, which he feels would be like killing his friend all over again.]] Tis resulted in Huang being a [[NobleBigot bigotted]] {{jerkass}}, all things considered.
* ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': [[TheHero Tetsuya Tsurugi]] is irritating, obnoxious, arrogant [[HotBlooded hot-tempered]], jealous, snarky, does not care who he offends with his attitude and has hit the female led only because she -accurately- told that he was acting stupid. Moreover, not only he thinks that he is the best [[AcePilot pilot]] ever, he also demands that everyone else thinks it. He comes across like unlikable until you find out why he is like that:
** [[spoiler:He lost his parents when he was a little kid and nobody cared for him in the orphanage where he grew up. The only person noticed him was because his latent piloting skills. So he thinks that people only cares for him due to his piloting skills, so he HAS to be the best or he will lose his new father and be alone again. And in spite of all his bluster and arrogance he is incredibly insecure.]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Asuka Langley Soryuu may come across like an annoying brat initially, but she has an ''incredibly'' heartbreaking FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:When Asuka was very young, her mother, Kyoko, went insane and ceased to recognize her as her daughter. When Kyoko committed suicide, Asuka found her body, with the doll Kyoko believed to be her own daughter hanged right beside her, in a sort of would-be murder-suicide. Her father seemingly never cared about her mother or Asuka in the first place, and began having an affair with the head nurse in charge of her. So far in her life,
the people she cared about either a) killed themselves or b) revealed that they didn't care at all. Asuka threw herself into learning how to pilot EVA-02 in a desperate attempt to earn affection from others. She also feels that anyone she cares about will leave her, so she developed a fake arrogant personality to hide her real insecure self and push everyone away.]] [[FromBadToWorse And then the events of the series kicked in]]. Including the TropeNamer for MindRape.
** One of the later episodes features Asuka [[spoiler:naked, hollow-cheeked, and lying in a tub,]] well past the DespairEventHorizon, stating that she no longer has the will to live. [[spoiler:The tub appears to be filled with a red liquid indicating that ''she
who tried to kill herself by slitting her wrists.'']] Poor Asuka...
** In End of Evangelion,
help him. But he has quite an AbusiveParents background and digital MindRape from The World. He also [[CharacterDevelopment gets better.]] [[spoiler: she finally gets to And we see her mother inside Unit 02 and feel love and acceptance from her...only to be shortly thereafter forced through the experience of being eaten alive by the Mass Production Evas.]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' has a few:
** Impmon/Beelzemon from ''Anime/DigimonTamers''. He starts out as TheImp, but later, his human-hating tendencies are explained by [[spoiler:the fact
that he was fought over by his toddler Tamers, getting physically hurt.]] But it's not until he, unable to digivolve by traditional means, [[spoiler: makes a [[DealWithTheDevil rather shady deal]] with Chatsuramon, one of the Devas, that his true jerkass side shows. Of course, in order to be able to evolve, he has to kill the Tamers and their partners. He honors his deal by [[KilledOffForReal killing and absorbing Leomon]]]]. He deserved a punch in the face. Also, a big hug.
** Yukio Oikawa from ''Anime/{{Digimon Adventure 02}}''. Growing up as a lonely boy in a unforgiving world, the only friend he ever had was Hiroki Hida, Cody Hida's father. During their youth, they became the very first humans ever to discover the Digital World, and they together promised that they would one day travel to it. Of course, fate decided to be a mean bitch one day and killed off Hiroki during his line of duty as a police officer before it could happen, leaving Oikawa with no one else in the world but his promise. Depressed and lonely, he became a easy target for [[spoiler:Myotismon's ghost]] to possess, who promised him that he would help him to get to the Digital World and fullfill his promise to Hiroki...at the expense of everything and everyone else.
** Before him, Ken. In the Digital World, he's the AxCrazy main villain who used brainwashing devices on entire cities of Digimon, using them as his slaves and his entertainment, and attacks the heroes just because as people who weren't "perfect human beings" like him, they don't deserve to be in "his" world. In the human world, he's snobbish and considers everyone around him to be "insects" for not being geniuses like him. However, it turns out that his brother died [[IWishedYouWereDead shortly after Ken wished he were gone]], and the reason he's such a villain is because he believes the Digital World isn't real. He's having fun with the VideogameCrueltyPotential of the digital world and thinks that the heroes are other players.
** Gatomon from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', being the willing servant of a wannabe MultiversalConqueror, sarcastic, ruthless, disparaging people, and [[KickTheDog smacking dogs]]. She's introduced to the heroes by kicking four of five Champion-level Digimons' asses singlehandedly and enjoying it. Then we learn that she was tormented and enslaved by her BadBoss, but it doesn't make up for the fact she is callous. [[spoiler: Then shortly afterwards, she discovers her true self, pulls a HeelFaceTurn, and becomes a non-jerkass Woobie.]]
** Puppetmon from the same series. He's a horrible, nasty, psychopathic little jerk, but he really does want company to play with and his inability to grasp how much of a problem he has with making and keeping friends is just plain sad.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'''s Lucy, Mariko, and Bandou.
* Akito from ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. You hate him because he's a total ass and abuses the whole family, but the back story makes some feel pity for the kid. Then there's the fact that [[spoiler: [[SamusIsAGirl Akito
Tsukasa is a woman]] who [[SweetPollyOliver has to pretend to be a man]]. And she's ''far'' more of a {{Woobie}} in the manga.]]
** Kyo to a lesser extent. While not as bad as Akito in terms of Jerk Assery, he still came across as an asshole to everyone in the first few episodes. But then again, would you be a nice guy if [[spoiler: you were the family outcast, your mother committed suicide because of you, your father resented you because of said suicide, and then got Tohru's mother, a woman who acted very [[ParentalSubstitute motherly]] towards you, killed (not intentionally, mind you) because you'd risk exposing your secret?]]
''girl'', too.]]



* Ayato Naoi of ''Anime/AngelBeats''. He's kind of a {{Jerkass}} to everyone, [[HoYay except Otonashi]], but when alive, his brother was his father's apprentice in pottery, while he remained in his room, ignored by the world. Then his brother died and he had to take his place, but wasn't nearly as good at the craft as his brother. Having no choice but to live his life as someone else, he began to think that his entire life was a charade.
* ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'': [[DysfunctionJunction Pick a character, any character]]. The entire freaking cast is full of [[TheWoobie woobies]] ([[spoiler:[[GodIsEvil save for God Himself]]]]), the overwhelming majority of which are [[{{Jerkass}} jerkasses]] ''[[BlackAndGreyMorality at best]]''. One character wins gold on both counts, however. Is it [[BrotherSisterIncest Setsuna or Sarah]]? [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Kurai]]? [[NobleDemon Kato]]? [[StalkerWithACrush Kira]]/[[EmpathicWeapon Nanatsusaya]]/[[spoiler:[[BecauseDestinySaysSo Lucifer]]]]? [[TheAtoner Zaphkiel]]? [[UnwittingPawn Raziel]]? [[IJustWantToBeLoved Astarte]]/[[SharingABody Astaroth]]? [[BrokenBird Alexiel]]? [[TragicMonster Rosiel]]? [[MadLove Katan]]? [[AllLoveIsUnrequited Belial]]? [[CantCatchUp Michael]]? [[TheUnfavourite Arachne]]? [[LonelyRichKid Metatron]]? [[AndIMustScream Sandalphon]]? No. Believe it or not, it's [[EvilChancellor Sevothtarte]]/[[spoiler:[[BreakTheCutie Lailah]]]]. [[spoiler: As an up-and-coming scientist, [[ShrinkingViolet Lailah]] was outshone ([[UnknownRival unintentionally]]) by [[TheAce Anael]] in both work and love. When she finally rose in status, jealous co-workers {{rape|AsDrama}}d [[RapeAsBackstory her]]. Though she murdered them and [[TheScapegoat successfully blamed]] [[LoveMartyr Nidhogg]], [[NoSexAllowed losing her virginity]] (even non-consensually) left her branded a FallenAngel. [[FreakOut Her entire world crashing around her]], Lailah [[DealWithTheDevil sold herself to Sandalphon]], taking a new face to [[VillainousCrossdresser impersonate a dead male soldier]]. As Sevothtarte, Lailah became a Seraph, Chairman of [[CouncilofAngels The High Council]] and caretaker of [[RegentForLife Metatron]]. From there, Lailah tried to "purify" heaven of all sinful/deformed angels. However, [[TheHero Setsuna]]'s interference and [[EvilVersusEvil Rosiel's return]] [[LaserGuidedKarma publicly]] [[HumiliationConga exposed her fraud]] and freed Sandalphon, who [[TheDogBitesBack raped her]] and [[VillainousBSOD destroyed her psyche completely]].]]
* Ryuuhi Kin from ''Manga/AshitaNoJoe''. On one hand he has a genuinely terrible DarkAndTroubledPast - it really sucks to barely survive the brutal Korean War as a StreetUrchin, to [[spoiler:have your mom become a casualty of the Korean War in front of your very eyes]] ''and'' to [[spoiler:accidentally kill your father.]] But on the other hand, said sordid past clearly gives him a sense of entitlement; it makes him feel that he's better than anyone else in the sport, looks down on boxing as just a game that shouldn't be treated with any passion just because there are rules in the sport, and looks down on Joe especially for struggling with his weight, just because nobody else he knows had to go through what he did. ''Not a good way to win sympathy points.''
* Dr. Tenma from the 2003 version of ''Anime/AstroBoy''. He's a control freak of a father to the point of abuse, yet watching the last few episodes one can't help but feel sorry for him.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is a CrapsackWorld with a strong focus on ChildSoldiers, so little surprise even the {{Jerkass}}es need hugs. This is driven brutally home with [[spoiler: Reiner Braun, Bertolt Hoover, and Annie Leonhart]], who regardless of their [[KillAllHumans horrific]] [[TheMole crimes]] are all portrayed as [[TragicVillain morally complex]] and [[BeingEvilSucks emotionally damaged]] teenagers desperately in need of hugs.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation If her dreams are any indication]], [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex Tomo has massive insecurities, which leads to her]] being such a {{Jerkass}}.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'': Hey, everyone, meet Czeslaw Meyer. A ReallySevenHundredYearsOld CrazySurvivalist who uses [[AdorablyPrecociousChild his appearance]] to manipulate people. Tried to get someone to kill dozens of people in the hope of finding one immortal. Is a CrazySurvivalist because [[spoiler:the guardian he'd trusted [[FateWorseThanDeath spent 200 years torturing him]] in every way he could think of, supposedly to "test the limits" of their immortality. Czes only escaped by ''eating him'', absorbing all his memories of gleefully tormenting the poor kid ForTheEvulz.]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'':
** Hitagi Senjougahara. She acts cold and abusive towards others, especially towards her eventual boyfriend, Koyomi Araragi. She also pulls out a stapler and a box cutter, threatens Koyomi with them by shoving them in his face, and promises to disfigure him with them if he reveals her secret, then uses them anyway (stapling his face as a warning). All this within minutes of the start of the first episode. In episode two, Hitagi recounts how her mother joined a cult when Hitagi was sick, and that one night, her mother brought a higher up from the cult home. Hitagi injured him as he attempted to sexually assault her, while her mother watching without aiding her. As a result, her family was broken apart with Hitagi feeling that she's responsible. After that, she met a crab which took her feelings(weight) and memories of her mother. Hitagi begs the head crab to return to her the lost memories of her mother and her feelings(weight), but despite this, she has forever lost her mother.
** Mayoi Hachifuji. She knows that she is caught in or actually is a supernatural event and doesn't want anyone else to have to get involved. She's a 'snail,' otherwise known as a spirit that distracts people who are avoiding going somewhere and makes them follow her. She knows that she's dead and won't reach her destination, so she tells anyone who talks to her that she hates them so they'll leave her alone and not waste their time on her.
* Nakai of ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}''. While he crosses the MoralEventHorizon in the eyes of the readers and some of the cast when, [[spoiler:after seemingly getting Kato's attention, he asks Aoki to be his girlfriend in order to have him draw for her]] and others view him as whiny. But he essentially has the same dream as Moritaka (getting a girlfriend and a manga series), but has been at it for longer and has not had nearly as much success. When he, after [[spoiler:almost attacking Aoki in a drunken rage [[NeverMyFault while blaming her for ruining his life]],]] says that he focused on manga in his youth, and now has nothing- no job, no money, no girlfriend, and seemingly no prospects- it's hard not to feel a little sorry for him, even if you acknowledge that his own decisions played a significant part in that outcome, and Mashiro realizes that he could potentially have ended up like Nakai.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
** Although he claims to be a complete asshole, Guts is actually a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who simply acts aloof and unreasonable towards anyone he meets, including his TrueCompanions. He does truly care for his companions, but since the Brand of Sacrifice he bears attracts monsters from hell, and his HellHound SuperpoweredEvilSide, the Beast, tends to make him [[UnstoppableRage go berserk and thus dangerous even to his companions]], he prefers [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies to keep them at a respectful distance]]. Also, he is ''very'' much a [[TheWoobie Woobie]]. Probably the biggest one in the entire cast, because the CrapsackWorld he lives in has had it in for him and those he loves ''since the moment he was born''.
** Griffith too. Until he crossed the MoralEventHorizon and became utterly unsympathetic.
** Rosine, the BigBad of the Lost Children arc, qualifies because of the horrible home situation that drove her to become an Apostle, and her yearning for elves to be real. Though she and her "children" commit a number of acts that should make her cross the MoralEventHorizon like many of ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'''s other villains, she comes across instead as a misguided, emotionally damaged little girl who just wanted a little happiness that she couldn't find at home.
* Uzuki of ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName''. When we first see him in the anime, he lashes out at people who express concern for him, stating that he hates feeling pathetic, and dislikes Yuki, who genuinely sees him as a friend because, like him, Yuki was abandoned by his parents, but Yuki is a lot more popular than him. A demon ends up playing off Uzuki's jealousy and resentment, giving him the power he needs to try to kill Yuki. However, Yuki ends up saving him and we learn that his parents abandoned him, his mother tried to kill him several times, and he's pretty much a loner at school. We then get a [[{{Tearjerker}} heartbreaking]] scene where he's suicidally depressed and states that he should have died along with the demon that possessed him. He then states that he's a horrible person for giving into his resentment and apologizes to Yuki, wondering why, even though he was mean, Yuki is still being nice to him. Yuki responds: "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Because when I first came to this school I was all alone and you were the only one who went out of his way to befriend me. That meant a lot to me and it made me very happy. I'm glad that you're my friend, Uzuki-kun.]]"
* ''Manga/BlackButler'':
** Alois Trancy. Alois is possibly the one of the [[CreepyChild most disgusting children]] ever seen in anime, and, most of the time, you just want to punch him for being such an ass. But don't tell me you didn't cry like a baby, or at least sniffle, at his backstory and [[spoiler:untimely death.]]
** Also, Ciel.
** And Angelina "Madame Red" Durless. Yes, she [[spoiler: saw her first love choose her sister over her, and later both lost her SecondLove ''and'' her unborn child, which left her unable to have children and mentally/emotionally scarred to boot.]] No, this doesn't mean she's justified into [[spoiler: becoming one half of the most serial killer in VictorianEngland: Jack the Ripper. (The other half being a Shinigami named Grelle Sutcliffe)]]
** At the end of season 2, even [[spoiler:Sebastian]] can count as this. That look on his face when he realized that he'd have to serve Ciel for all eternity and will never be able to eat his soul was absolutely disheartening for some fans.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'':
** Hansel and Gretel. It gets easy to see why they were AxCrazy all the time and at least feel sorry for them. Then, [[spoiler:after Balalaika gives Hansel a ShutUpHannibal treatment as punishment for harming the subordinates she's so protective of, she orders her men to blow his hand and leg off. When he's lying there, crying and bleeding to death]], it's easy to forget that he was a mass murderer. This is taken to further extremes with his sister Gretel, who states that she always wanted to see the ocean and has a heartbreaking EvilCannotComprehendGood moment when Rock offers her kindness and even sheds tears for her. When they finally reach a seaport and her wish is granted, [[spoiler:she has her brains blown out by an assassin hired by Hotel Moscow, as LaserGuidedKarma for what she and Hansel did to the persons under the lead of the next one in line....]]
** Sofiya Irininskaya Pavlovena, alias Balalaika. Thanks to the Afghan War, the girl who UsedToBeASweetKid and wanted to become an olympic sniper ended up as a cynical, stylishly brutal Mafia queen and cold-hearted [[MagnificentBastard MagnificentBitch]]. She's also quite the MamaBear who shows no mercy to anyone who harms her subordinates, which proves that she's still human: those men are all she has anymore, so she protects them fiercely. [[spoiler:And yes, she's the one who has both Hansel and Gretel horribly killed. ''Because'' they killed a subordinate and tortured another to death.]]



* Ataru from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' also qualifies. He's canonically the biggest lech in the galaxy who [[CasanovaWannabe leers at girls]] and often treats his devoted fiancee, Lum, like dirt or an annoying obstacle to him acquiring a harem, but considering [[ComedicSociopathy how gleefully the universe seems to love punishing him with outrageous and consistent misfortune]] and how he's shown a couple of signs of [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold being a good person deep down who genuinely loves Lum]], it reaches the point where you also can't help but want him to actually get lucky for once or at least have one day where the entire universe isn't out to get him. As one review of the series commented (paraphrased), even though Ataru completely deserves every bit of suffering heaped upon him, you can't help but feel for him at the same time and hope that fate will cut him a break one day.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** Seto Kaiba, though less so in the anime adaptation, where he ''stays'' a jerk long after the finale of the Battle City arc, which, in [[Manga/YuGiOh the manga]], was supposed to be where he let go of his tragic past and became a better person. Though the jerk-like behavior after the Battle City arc seemed lacking in enthusiasm, indicating that he was only being a jerk afterwards for show without being intentionally cruel.
** Pegasus and Marik also fit this trope, what with their heartbreaking tragic pasts.
** Also Akiza of ''[[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds 5Ds]]''. Yes, she was ostracised as a child by her parents for having magic powers, and subsequently found by a lunatic who wants to rule the world for no adequately explained reason other than "I'm different and therefore I should be on top of the world". But that smile she wore when using her magic powers when dueling, especially against Yusei, was damn creepy.
** Shun Kurosaki of ''[[Anime/YuGiOhArcV Arc-V]]''. The guy is a survivor of a war ravaged world, and just wants to find his little sister Ruri and save her. However, his quest to save her has led to him sealing five people in cards, threatening to seal five others in cards, and even attempting to beat one to death after learning said person green lit the attack. In his mind though, all of these actions were likely viewed as [[Main/KickTheSonofaBitch getting payback for what Academia did to his world]]. Even then though, he would not hesitate to attack his best friend Yuto if Yuto got in his way.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'':
** Hansel and Gretel. It gets easy to see why they were AxCrazy all the time and at least feel sorry for them. Then, [[spoiler:after Balalaika gives Hansel a ShutUpHannibal treatment as punishment for harming the subordinates she's so protective of, she orders her men to blow his hand and leg off. When he's lying there, crying and bleeding to death]], it's easy to forget that he was a mass murderer. This is taken to further extremes with his sister Gretel, who states that she always wanted to see the ocean and has a heartbreaking EvilCannotComprehendGood moment when Rock offers her kindness and even sheds tears for her. When they finally reach a seaport and her wish is granted, [[spoiler:she has her brains blown out by an assassin hired by Hotel Moscow, as LaserGuidedKarma for what she and Hansel did to the persons under the lead of the next one in line....]]
** Sofiya Irininskaya Pavlovena, alias Balalaika. Thanks to the Afghan War, the girl who UsedToBeASweetKid and wanted to become an olympic sniper ended up as a cynical, stylishly brutal Mafia queen and cold-hearted [[MagnificentBastard MagnificentBitch]]. She's also quite the MamaBear who shows no mercy to anyone who harms her subordinates, which proves that she's still human: those men are all she has anymore, so she protects them fiercely. [[spoiler:And yes, she's the one who has both Hansel and Gretel horribly killed. ''Because'' they killed a subordinate and tortured another to death.]]



* Kaede from ''{{Anime/Shuffle}}''. You feel bad for her for how messed up in the head she became following her mother's death and how she lost the will to live. But you also hate her for treating Rin like shit all throughout their childhood, because he decided to take the blame on himself so she wouldn't figure out that the death of her mother was actually her fault. For what it's worth, when she finds out the truth, she ends up hating herself for how she treated Rin and decides to [[TheAtoner try to atone for her bad actions by devoting herself to Rin]]. Rin does not really want this, but he is afraid of making Kaede have a relapse by not allowing her to punish herself in this way. Kaede is also shown to have romantic feelings for Rin, but considers herself unworthy to be loved by Rin or to stay by Rin's side, and acts like a {{Yandere}} (in the anime) when she finds out he and Asa are a couple, as she completely loses her self-worth at the sight. There's also the fact that Kaede has feelings for Rin and is hopelessly devoted to him, but Rin is Asa's boyfriend, so Rin simply cannot never return Kaede's feelings.
* Akira Inugami from ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest''. He rescues his MoralityPet teacher from baddies regularly, gives hope to his oppressed fellow classmates, and stops an AxCrazy psycho from gunning down the student body vice president at point-blank range, but he can be a cold-hearted snarky jerk to everyone. He also lost his parents at a very young age, has a habit of making enemies who want to violently beat him up and murder him, and is pursued and lusted after by ''two'' AxCrazy psychos who are major threats to anyone he is close to or not. Basically, he's a nice guy [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold underneath]] it all, but he spares NO ONE the [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] and is literally the [[DoomMagnet unluckiest bastard walking.]] Which backfires horribly when [[spoiler: his beloved teacher becomes his MoralityChain -- and one of the AxCrazy psychos has her kidnapped and gangraped. Which causes Inugami a heartbreaking HeroicBSOD.]]
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'':
** Although he claims to be a complete asshole, Guts is actually a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who simply acts aloof and unreasonable towards anyone he meets, including his TrueCompanions. He does truly care for his companions, but since the Brand of Sacrifice he bears attracts monsters from hell, and his HellHound SuperpoweredEvilSide, the Beast, tends to make him [[UnstoppableRage go berserk and thus dangerous even to his companions]], he prefers [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies to keep them at a respectful distance]]. Also, he is ''very'' much a [[TheWoobie Woobie]]. Probably the biggest one in the entire cast, because the CrapsackWorld he lives in has had it in for him and those he loves ''since the moment he was born''.
** Griffith too. Until he crossed the MoralEventHorizon and became utterly unsympathetic.
** Rosine, the BigBad of the Lost Children arc, qualifies because of the horrible home situation that drove her to become an Apostle, and her yearning for elves to be real. Though she and her "children" commit a number of acts that should make her cross the MoralEventHorizon like many of ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'''s other villains, she comes across instead as a misguided, emotionally damaged little girl who just wanted a little happiness that she couldn't find at home.
* Souma and Sakurako Saiki from ''Manga/SakuraGari''. Initially, it seems as if ItsAllAboutMe with them, and they'll do whatever it takes to get what they want even if they hurt/kill others in the process. Also, every one of Souma's lovers are shown to have horrible endings. He even notices and mentions it himself. Of course, this doesn't stop him from continuing to take lovers. However, even with all their flaws, it doesn't make their [[BreakTheCutie backstories]] and [[DownerEnding endings]] any less heartbreaking or messed up. And at the end, due to his actions, Souma ends up driving away Masataka, who he had genuinely fallen in love with, and, in the last panel, he is shown crying into one of Masataka's shirts. And as for Sakurako, [[spoiler:we find out that she's actually a ''boy'' named Youya, desperately lonely and unstable after [[GoMadFromTheRevelation his/her mind totally breaks when s/he was a child]], and s/he ends up commiting suicide when s/he thinks s/he's killed Souma... not before having a heartbreaking VillainousBreakdown where s/he attacks his/her dad while asking "why I was born? why was I brought into this world?!".]]
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts'': Oz and Vincent.
** And Break. Sure, he's not always nice, and it's not obvious that he's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but he does have his moments. In the past, [[spoiler:it's revealed that he signed an illegal contract to try to change the fact that the family he was bound to protect was betrayed and massacred. Then, he was dragged into the Abyss and had his eye torn out, only to have the family die off anyway.]] Currently, [[spoiler:he's going blind in his remaining eye.]]
** Leo too. He becomes crazy and lonely after [[spoiler:Elliot's death]] and becomes more of a jerk. [[spoiler:He feels like Elliot's misfortune and death are all his fault.]]

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* Kaede from ''{{Anime/Shuffle}}''. You feel bad for her for how messed Mio Hio and Satoshi Hiwatari of ''Manga/DNAngel'', though both end up as just-plain Woobies in the head she became following her mother's death and how she lost end.
* From ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', [[TheHandler Huang]] [[spoiler:was a cop until his best friend was horribly killed... by
the will woman Huang loved, who he discovered had just been using him to live. But you also hate her for treating Rin get to said best friend. He was left with no choice but to join the Syndicate or have his memories wiped, which he feels would be like shit killing his friend all throughout their childhood, because he decided to take the blame on himself so she wouldn't figure out that the death of her mother was actually her fault. For what it's worth, when she finds out the truth, she ends up hating herself for how she treated Rin and decides to [[TheAtoner try to atone for her bad actions by devoting herself to Rin]]. Rin does not really want this, but he over again.]] Tis resulted in Huang being a [[NobleBigot bigotted]] {{jerkass}}, all things considered.
* Genkaku from ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland''
is afraid of making Kaede have an asshole-ish psychopath who makes Nagi's life a relapse by not allowing her to punish herself in this way. Kaede is also living hell. He's later shown to have romantic feelings for Rin, but considers herself unworthy to be loved by Rin or to stay by Rin's side, and acts like been a {{Yandere}} (in the anime) when she finds out he and Asa are a couple, as she completely loses her self-worth at the sight. There's also the fact timid, cute monk that Kaede has feelings for Rin got repeatedly beaten and is hopelessly devoted to him, but Rin is Asa's boyfriend, so Rin simply cannot never return Kaede's feelings.
* Akira Inugami from ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest''. He rescues his MoralityPet teacher from baddies regularly, gives hope to his oppressed fellow classmates,
raped by bullies in the past, with the elder monk in charge being unsympathetic and stops an uncaring, and seeing the little wounded kitten he was taking care of die -- all of this causing him to go insane. Considering what happened to Genkaku...you really understand how he became the AxCrazy psycho from gunning down the student body vice president at point-blank range, psychopath he is, and you can't help but he can be a cold-hearted snarky jerk to everyone. He also lost his parents at a very young age, has a habit of making enemies who want to violently beat him up and murder feel sorry for him, and is pursued and lusted after by ''two'' AxCrazy psychos who are major threats to anyone he is close to or not. Basically, he's a nice guy [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold underneath]] it all, but he spares NO ONE the [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] and is literally the [[DoomMagnet unluckiest bastard walking.]] Which backfires horribly especially when [[spoiler: he ends up dying with Nagi]].
* The ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' has a few:
** Impmon/Beelzemon from ''Anime/DigimonTamers''. He starts out as TheImp, but later,
his beloved teacher becomes human-hating tendencies are explained by [[spoiler:the fact that he was fought over by his MoralityChain -- and toddler Tamers, getting physically hurt.]] But it's not until he, unable to digivolve by traditional means, [[spoiler: makes a [[DealWithTheDevil rather shady deal]] with Chatsuramon, one of the Devas, that his true jerkass side shows. Of course, in order to be able to evolve, he has to kill the Tamers and their partners. He honors his deal by [[KilledOffForReal killing and absorbing Leomon]]]]. He deserved a punch in the face. Also, a big hug.
** Yukio Oikawa from ''Anime/{{Digimon Adventure 02}}''. Growing up as a lonely boy in a unforgiving world, the only friend he ever had was Hiroki Hida, Cody Hida's father. During their youth, they became the very first humans ever to discover the Digital World, and they together promised that they would one day travel to it. Of course, fate decided to be a mean bitch one day and killed off Hiroki during his line of duty as a police officer before it could happen, leaving Oikawa with no one else in the world but his promise. Depressed and lonely, he became a easy target for [[spoiler:Myotismon's ghost]] to possess, who promised him that he would help him to get to the Digital World and fullfill his promise to Hiroki...at the expense of everything and everyone else.
** Before him, Ken. In the Digital World, he's
the AxCrazy psychos has main villain who used brainwashing devices on entire cities of Digimon, using them as his slaves and his entertainment, and attacks the heroes just because as people who weren't "perfect human beings" like him, they don't deserve to be in "his" world. In the human world, he's snobbish and considers everyone around him to be "insects" for not being geniuses like him. However, it turns out that his brother died [[IWishedYouWereDead shortly after Ken wished he were gone]], and the reason he's such a villain is because he believes the Digital World isn't real. He's having fun with the VideogameCrueltyPotential of the digital world and thinks that the heroes are other players.
** Gatomon from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', being the willing servant of a wannabe MultiversalConqueror, sarcastic, ruthless, disparaging people, and [[KickTheDog smacking dogs]]. She's introduced to the heroes by kicking four of five Champion-level Digimons' asses singlehandedly and enjoying it. Then we learn that she was tormented and enslaved by
her kidnapped BadBoss, but it doesn't make up for the fact she is callous. [[spoiler: Then shortly afterwards, she discovers her true self, pulls a HeelFaceTurn, and gangraped. Which causes Inugami becomes a heartbreaking HeroicBSOD.non-jerkass Woobie.]]
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'':
** Although Puppetmon from the same series. He's a horrible, nasty, psychopathic little jerk, but he claims really does want company to play with and his inability to grasp how much of a problem he has with making and keeping friends is just plain sad.
* ''Literature/{{Durarara}}'''s Shizuo Heiwajima. Underneath the HairTriggerTemper and violent, vending-machine-throwing rages is a guy with a severe impulse control disorder that knows fully well that his behavior and strength hurts other people, [[IAmAMonster hates himself for it]], and [[IJustWantToBeNormal wants nothing more than
to be a complete asshole, Guts is actually a JerkWithAHeartOfGold able to stop and control himself]], but has no idea how.
%%* ''Manga/ElfenLied'''s Lucy, Mariko, and Bandou.
* Raul Creed of ''Anime/ErgoProxy''. A slightly arrogant bureaucrat
who simply acts aloof loses his family, his position, and, eventually, his mind.
* Anemone from ''Anime/EurekaSeven''. Behind the DarkActionGirl CutePsycho, there is a terribly broken girl who [[spoiler: used to be horribly experimented on]]...
* Lots of these show up in ''Manga/FairyTail''. Looks like Hiro Mashima loves this trope.
** [[KnightOfCerebus Jellal]] [[UsedToBeASweetKid Fernandez]], Erza's childhood friend who, like her, was MadeASlave by a bunch of Zeref cultists,
and unreasonable towards ended up being locked up in a cell and tortured almost to death. Flash forward to the present time, and Jellal, after becoming BrainwashedAndCrazy, getting a well-deserved revenge against the slavers and having completed the Tower of Heaven, had cooked up a plan to create the "World of Magic" where everyone would be free...which would require mountains of corpses, the sacrifice of Erza herself, and, generally, screwing things up royally for anyone he meets, including who wasn't magically gifted. He had gone through so much hell in his TrueCompanions. He does truly care short life that he thought no sacrifice was too great if it would mean nobody would have suffer like him. [[spoiler:And just for grim irony, it turned out that his companions, but plan of reviving Zeref had no chance of succeeding from the very beginning, and that it wasn't Zeref who was speaking to him]]. All in all, BaseBreaker as he is, you can't deny that his life ''sucked''.
*** He tones down the jerk and ups the woobie when he comes back free of brainwashing, and now with a horrible GuiltComplex over what he was made to do.
** [[MagnificentBitch Urtear]] [[TimeMaster Milkovich]], BigBad Hades' right hand woman [[spoiler:and the person responsible for Jellal's StartOfDarkness,
since it was her who spoke to Jellal, pretending to be Zeref]], was revealed to be one as well at the Brand end of Sacrifice he bears attracts the Tenrou Island arc. Want the lowdown? [[spoiler: When she was just an infant, she was separated from her mother Ur by a bunch of heartless scientists who wanted to use her for her immense magical potential. (Ur had asked for their help for her ill child. Those monsters took away the little girl and told her mother that Urtear had died from hell, her fever and his HellHound SuperpoweredEvilSide, the Beast, tends that her body was too horribly mangled for a mother to make him [[UnstoppableRage go berserk see.) Raised as little more than a sentient lab rat, Urtear was told that her mom had abandoned her and thus dangerous even grew to his companions]], he prefers [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies resent her...but, most of all, she desired to keep them at a respectful distance]]. Also, he is ''very'' much a [[TheWoobie Woobie]]. Probably the biggest one go back in the entire cast, because the CrapsackWorld he lives in has had it in for him and those he loves ''since time to the moment he of her abandonment and prevent it from coming to pass. In order to do so, she grew up into a brilliant and Machiavellian [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] and ManipulativeBitch who would stop at nothing to awaken Zeref and uncover the World of Magic, confident that all her evil actions would be erased the moment she travelled back in time and averted the very event that sparked them.]] In the end, Urtear committed a lot of terrible things which were fueled by her desperate desire to [[spoiler:meet with her mother and achieve some happiness for herself. When her plan failed, she fell into such shame and depression over what she had become that she tried to commit suicide to atone...and, ironically enough, she was born''.
** Griffith too. Until he crossed
saved by her MoralityPet, Meredy, a young girl Urtear had taken under her wing (after destroying her village...) and treated like a real daughter.]] Now, will someone please punch this woman in the MoralEventHorizon face, and became utterly unsympathetic.
then give her a big hug?
** Rosine, the BigBad of the Lost Children arc, qualifies The Oracion Seis except Brain were once slaves just like Jellal.
** Minerva in Chapter 388 turned out to be this. Her father was so abusive towards her at such a young age and even threatened to kill her if she doesn't get stronger, triggering her [[SocialDarwinist social Darwinism]]. [[spoiler: It was
because of the horrible home situation kindness that drove Erza, Sting, and Rogue showed her to become an Apostle, and her yearning for elves to be real. Though she and her "children" commit a number of acts that should make her cross the MoralEventHorizon like many of ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'''s other villains, she comes across instead as a misguided, emotionally damaged little girl who just wanted a little happiness that she couldn't find pulled a HeelFaceTurn]].
* Louise of ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero''. Saito too. His pervertedness can be too much
at home.
* Souma
times, and Sakurako Saiki he sometimes pokes fun at Louise when she's just minding her own business but Louise frequently beats and berates him, sometimes to HeroicComedicSociopath levels, and Saito's stuck in an alternate world (though he decides to stay after falling in love with Louise). And he tends to go all out when trying to protect Louise or his friends from ''Manga/SakuraGari''. Initially, it seems as if ItsAllAboutMe with them, and they'll do whatever it takes harm. His selfless heroic side tends to be immediately followed by him demonstrating his idiotic perverted side, though. It's also later shown that Louise is constantly being pressured by her family to get what they want even if they hurt/kill others in the process. Also, every married and she's frequently bullied by one of Souma's lovers her older sisters who has a bigger temper than Louise. Oh, and although Louise is in her second year at the Tristain Academy of Magic, her magic skills still need a lot of work. Because of this, she lacks self confidence, and her classmates look down on her, calling her "Louise the Zero", frequently teasing her for her zero success rate and [[ACupAngst flat chest]] (including Saito!). This gets worse because most of the female cast except her (and Tabitha) are busty. And Saito's total lack of proper human interaction is pretty clear - he knows nothing about sympathy (remember, Saito � when someone's crying, it means something's wrong), empathy (his total inability to figure out how to not piss someone off), and sincerity (telling Louise he loves her while fantasizing about her sister), but despite his flaws, he truly does care for Louise, as shown by his willingness to have horrible endings. He even notices take her beatings and mentions it himself. Of course, this almost die for her.
** Saito was kidnapped from his world, treated sub-humanly, made into a slave for a bratty, over-privileged little girl, and had his mind screwed with magically (though he
doesn't stop him know it).
* From ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'': Kurei Mori/Hanabishi. Sure, Kurei is far
from continuing nice, but to take lovers. However, even go through everything he has from the age of four, you just have to feel for him. He was stripped of his birthright for no properly proven reason, exiled with his mother to the outskirts of the village to endure ridicule and humiliation, not to mention implied violence from other children, imprisoned after trying to kill Recca in attempt to make his mother happy, oh, and his entire clan was destroyed in the span of a single night, including his father, and his mother who died protecting him. This is all their flaws, it at the age of four or five! When Kurei arrives in the future, he's adopted by a kind woman. Turns out, her husband is an utter beast! For the next twelve years, Kurei is trained to become a killing machine with no emotions to hold him back, and if he doesn't make their [[BreakTheCutie backstories]] and [[DownerEnding endings]] any less heartbreaking or messed up. And at the end, due to do what he is told, his actions, Souma ends up driving away Masataka, adoptive mother would be killed. Then, he meets a girl, who he had genuinely fallen in love with, and, in begins to love, but she is then killed by his adoptive father because she was holding Kurei back. That was pretty much the last panel, he is shown crying into one of Masataka's shirts. And as straw for Sakurako, [[spoiler:we find Kurei.
* What [[spoiler:Rin Matsuoka]] from ''Anime/{{Free}}'' turns
out that she's to actually a ''boy'' named Youya, desperately lonely be, once we delve in his backstory [[spoiler:and specially his relationship with his and unstable after [[GoMadFromTheRevelation his/her mind totally breaks when s/he was a child]], and s/he ends up commiting suicide when s/he thinks s/he's killed Souma... not before having a heartbreaking VillainousBreakdown where s/he attacks his/her dad while asking "why I was born? why was I brought into this world?!".Gou's DisappearedDad.]]
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts'': Oz and Vincent.
** And Break. Sure, he's not always nice, and [[spoiler:Sousuke]] turns out to be one too when it's not obvious that he's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but he does have his moments. In the past, [[spoiler:it's revealed that he signed an illegal contract to try to change the fact that the family he was bound to protect was betrayed and massacred. Then, he was dragged into the Abyss and had his eye torn out, only to have the family die off anyway.]] Currently, [[spoiler:he's [[spoiler:he is going blind in to give up swimming because of his remaining eye.wrecked shoulder.]]
** Leo too. He becomes crazy * Akito from ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. You hate him because he's a total ass and lonely after [[spoiler:Elliot's death]] and becomes abuses the whole family, but the back story makes some feel pity for the kid. Then there's the fact that [[spoiler: [[SamusIsAGirl Akito is a woman]] who [[SweetPollyOliver has to pretend to be a man]]. And she's ''far'' more of a jerk. [[spoiler:He feels like Elliot's misfortune {{Woobie}} in the manga.]]
** Kyo to a lesser extent. While not as bad as Akito in terms of Jerk Assery, he still came across as an asshole to everyone in the first few episodes. But then again, would you be a nice guy if [[spoiler: you were the family outcast, your mother committed suicide because of you, your father resented you because of said suicide,
and death are all his fault.]]then got Tohru's mother, a woman who acted very [[ParentalSubstitute motherly]] towards you, killed (not intentionally, mind you) because you'd risk exposing your secret?]]



* ''{{LightNovel/Bakemonogatari}}'':
** Hitagi Senjougahara. She acts cold and abusive towards others, especially towards her eventual boyfriend, Koyomi Araragi. She also pulls out a stapler and a box cutter, threatens Koyomi with them by shoving them in his face, and promises to disfigure him with them if he reveals her secret, then uses them anyway (stapling his face as a warning). All this within minutes of the start of the first episode. In episode two, Hitagi recounts how her mother joined a cult when Hitagi was sick, and that one night, her mother brought a higher up from the cult home. Hitagi injured him as he attempted to sexually assault her, while her mother watching without aiding her. As a result, her family was broken apart with Hitagi feeling that she's responsible. After that, she met a crab which took her feelings(weight) and memories of her mother. Hitagi begs the head crab to return to her the lost memories of her mother and her feelings(weight), but despite this, she has forever lost her mother.
** Mayoi Hachifuji. She knows that she is caught in or actually is a supernatural event and doesn't want anyone else to have to get involved. She's a 'snail,' otherwise known as a spirit that distracts people who are avoiding going somewhere and makes them follow her. She knows that she's dead and won't reach her destination, so she tells anyone who talks to her that she hates them so they'll leave her alone and not waste their time on her.
* ''{{Literature/Durarara}}'''s Shizuo Heiwajima. Underneath the HairTriggerTemper and violent, vending-machine-throwing rages is a guy with a severe impulse control disorder that knows fully well that his behavior and strength hurts other people, [[IAmAMonster hates himself for it]], and [[IJustWantToBeNormal wants nothing more than to be able to stop and control himself]], but has no idea how.
* ''{{LightNovel/Baccano}}'': Hey, everyone, meet Czeslaw Meyer. A ReallySevenHundredYearsOld CrazySurvivalist who uses [[AdorablyPrecociousChild his appearance]] to manipulate people. Tried to get someone to kill dozens of people in the hope of finding one immortal. Is a CrazySurvivalist because [[spoiler:the guardian he'd trusted [[FateWorseThanDeath spent 200 years torturing him]] in every way he could think of, supposedly to "test the limits" of their immortality. Czes only escaped by ''eating him'', absorbing all his memories of gleefully tormenting the poor kid ForTheEvulz.]]
* Sae Kashiwagi of ''Anime/PeachGirl''.
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'':
** Mugen is a crazy, {{Badass}}, insane AntiHero whose childhood makes anyone want to cry...
** Jerkass may be a strong word, but Fuu fits as well. She's often temperamental, unappreciative of her bodyguards (to be fair, they do abandon her a few times), and seems to recklessly search for someone with almost no leads. But like Mugen, she's also lonely and her search for the sunflower samurai turns out to be [[spoiler: because he's her dad, and he abandoned her now dead mother to save her and Fuu from being persecuted by the anti-Christian government.]]
* ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta'':
** Gilbert. He may be antagonistic and even violent toward Serge (especially in the beginning), but he sure went through a lot of crap in his life...
** While he doesn't hold a candle to Gilbert when it comes to sheer woobiness, Arion Rosemariné nonetheless qualifies once certain aspects of his past come to light. Yes, he's ill-tempered and physically abusive (particularly towards Gilbert himself) but he's also rather pitiable in his own right... specially when you learn [[spoiler: he was physically and sexually abused in his past.]]

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* ''{{LightNovel/Bakemonogatari}}'':
** Hitagi Senjougahara. She acts cold
''Manga/FutureDiary'': Tsubaki Kasugano, aka the 6th, and abusive towards others, especially towards her eventual boyfriend, Koyomi Araragi. She Yuno Gasai. And Yukiteru's always been TheWoobie but he also pulls out a stapler becomes more unstable and more of a box cutter, threatens Koyomi with them by shoving them in his face, and promises to disfigure him with them if he reveals her secret, then uses them anyway (stapling his face jerk as a warning). All this within minutes the story continues.
** Almost all
of the start of the first episode. In episode two, Hitagi recounts how her mother joined a cult when Hitagi was sick, and that one night, her mother brought a higher up from the cult home. Hitagi injured him as he attempted to sexually assault her, while her mother watching without aiding her. As a result, her family was broken apart with Hitagi feeling that she's responsible. After that, she met a crab which took her feelings(weight) and memories of her mother. Hitagi begs the head crab to return to her the lost memories of her mother and her feelings(weight), but despite this, she has forever lost her mother.
** Mayoi Hachifuji. She knows that she is caught in or actually is a supernatural event and doesn't want anyone else to have to get involved. She's a 'snail,' otherwise known as a spirit that distracts people who
diary holders are avoiding going somewhere and makes them follow her. She knows that she's dead and won't reach her destination, so she tells anyone who talks to her that she hates them so they'll leave her alone and not waste their time on her.
* ''{{Literature/Durarara}}'''s Shizuo Heiwajima. Underneath the HairTriggerTemper and violent, vending-machine-throwing rages is a guy with a severe impulse control disorder that knows fully well that his behavior and strength hurts other people, [[IAmAMonster hates himself for it]], and [[IJustWantToBeNormal wants nothing more than to be able to stop and control himself]], but has no idea how.
* ''{{LightNovel/Baccano}}'': Hey, everyone, meet Czeslaw Meyer. A ReallySevenHundredYearsOld CrazySurvivalist who uses [[AdorablyPrecociousChild his appearance]] to manipulate people. Tried to get someone to kill dozens of people in the hope of finding one immortal. Is a CrazySurvivalist because [[spoiler:the guardian he'd trusted [[FateWorseThanDeath spent 200 years torturing him]] in every way he could think of, supposedly to "test the limits" of their immortality. Czes only escaped by ''eating him'', absorbing all his memories of gleefully tormenting the poor kid ForTheEvulz.
[[JerkassWoobie Jerkass Woobies,]] [[RapeAsDrama in]] [[ParentalAbandonment one]] [[BrainwashedAndCrazy way]] [[AbusiveParents or]] [[CrazySurvivalist another.]]
* Sae Kashiwagi Edmond (or The Count of ''Anime/PeachGirl''.
Monte Cristo) from ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}''.
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'':
** Mugen
Reika of ''LightNovel/GoshuushouSamaNinomiyaKun'' is a crazy, {{Badass}}, insane AntiHero whose childhood makes anyone want to cry...
** Jerkass may be a strong word,
an arrogant {{Tsundere}} who frequently hits Shungo, but Fuu fits as well. She's often temperamental, unappreciative of she also harbors feelings for him and frequently angsts over whether or not he likes her bodyguards (to be fair, they do abandon back. She has so much insecurity over her a few times), love for Shungo that she develops an alternate personality that comes out and seems attempts to recklessly search for someone rape Shungo in an attempt to convey her feelings to him.
* ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': [[TheHero Tetsuya Tsurugi]] is irritating, obnoxious, arrogant [[HotBlooded hot-tempered]], jealous, snarky, does not care who he offends
with almost no leads. But like Mugen, she's also lonely his attitude and her search for has hit the sunflower samurai turns out to be [[spoiler: female led only because he's her dad, she -accurately- told that he was acting stupid. Moreover, not only he thinks that he is the best [[AcePilot pilot]] ever, he also demands that everyone else thinks it. He comes across like unlikable until you find out why he is like that:
** [[spoiler:He lost his parents when he was a little kid
and nobody cared for him in the orphanage where he abandoned her now dead mother grew up. The only person noticed him was because his latent piloting skills. So he thinks that people only cares for him due to save her his piloting skills, so he HAS to be the best or he will lose his new father and Fuu from being persecuted by the anti-Christian government.be alone again. And in spite of all his bluster and arrogance he is incredibly insecure.]]
* ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta'':
** Gilbert. He may be antagonistic and
Jean Croce of ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' qualifies. Throughout the course of the series, we see Jean as a revenge-obsessed jackass who isn't above torturing Padania agents, or even violent toward Serge (especially in the beginning), but he sure went through a lot of crap in his life...
** While he doesn't hold a candle to Gilbert when it comes to sheer woobiness, Arion Rosemariné nonetheless qualifies once certain aspects of his past come to light. Yes, he's ill-tempered and
physically abusive (particularly towards Gilbert himself) but he's also rather pitiable in abusing his own right... specially when you learn cyborg Rico. However, Jean's thirst for vengeance comes from the fact that [[spoiler: he was physically his parents, his little sister Enrica, and sexually abused in his past.]]fiancee Sophia were killed by a roadside bomb planted by Padania to assassinate his prosecutor father.]] [[FromBadToWorse To make things worse,]] Jean's [[spoiler: would-be brother-in-law]] hates him now, because he believes that Jean is doing nothing to get back at Padania, yet Jean can't confront him about it because of the secrecy of his work. And finally, to top it off, Jean's brother Jose [[spoiler: has become an alcoholic following the incident, and ends up in a murder-suicide scenario with his cyborg Henrietta.]]
* Arguably, LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya. She learns, rather painfully, that she isn't all that special, and in her quest to make her life special, goes on a hunt for aliens, time travellers, and [=ESPers=] after some inspiration from Kyon. This leads to her general sociopathy and her obsession with cosplaying Mikuru. Kyon says that, through her CharacterDevelopment, she's not exactly turning into a good person, but is ''returning'' to be the kind kid she once used to be.



* Louise of ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero''. Saito too. His pervertedness can be too much at times, and he sometimes pokes fun at Louise when she's just minding her own business but Louise frequently beats and berates him, sometimes to HeroicComedicSociopath levels, and Saito's stuck in an alternate world (though he decides to stay after falling in love with Louise). And he tends to go all out when trying to protect Louise or his friends from harm. His selfless heroic side tends to be immediately followed by him demonstrating his idiotic perverted side, though. It's also later shown that Louise is constantly being pressured by her family to get married and she's frequently bullied by one of her older sisters who has a bigger temper than Louise. Oh, and although Louise is in her second year at the Tristain Academy of Magic, her magic skills still need a lot of work. Because of this, she lacks self confidence, and her classmates look down on her, calling her "Louise the Zero", frequently teasing her for her zero success rate and [[ACupAngst flat chest]] (including Saito!). This gets worse because most of the female cast except her (and Tabitha) are busty. And Saito's total lack of proper human interaction is pretty clear - he knows nothing about sympathy (remember, Saito � when someone's crying, it means something's wrong), empathy (his total inability to figure out how to not piss someone off), and sincerity (telling Louise he loves her while fantasizing about her sister), but despite his flaws, he truly does care for Louise, as shown by his willingness to take her beatings and almost die for her.
** Saito was kidnapped from his world, treated sub-humanly, made into a slave for a bratty, over-privileged little girl, and had his mind screwed with magically (though he doesn't know it).
* Gareki of ''{{Manga/Karneval}}''.
* Ichise of ''{{Anime/Texhnolyze}}''. He's rather [[TheStoic Stoic]] and cold to nearly everyone (which includes not even saying "Thank You" to one guy who was kind enough to give him a meal when he was starving), and he's even like that during his youth: when he was younger, he found his dead father hanging from the ceiling, and while his mother cried at the sight, he showed little emotion and was surprised by his mother's reaction. He also has a tendency to have violent outbursts and gives the DeathGlare to people who annoy him. However, practically the whole anime puts him through an extreme BreakTheCutie cycle which includes both parents being killed, growing up as an ostracized outsider, working as a fighter in an underground ring, having two of his limbs cut off as punishment for using his fists to defend himself against a sadistic woman, has to go through the agonising pain of learning how to use new artificial limbs, watches his entire world deteriorate, gets beat up to a brutal degree, gets thrown down a sewer, nearly has his remaining limbs cut off, realizes that the entire human race is effectively dead, and then watches the only human he actually has a connection with have her head stuck on the body of his enemy. To top it all off, he [[spoiler: dies in the last episode]].
** [[MadScientist Doc]], as well. She is [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil a rapist]] who treats Ichise like a science experiment, [[spoiler: [[ILied and lies to him regarding]] [[MotivationalLie the use of his mother's remains so he'd accept the Texhnolyzation process.]]]] As it turns out however, [[RichesToRags she used to be one of the Class,]] [[FallenPrincess who was forced out]] on account of ideological disagreements with [[spoiler: the BigBad, Kano,]] and when she finally reaches the surface to get help, [[spoiler: she finds out, to her despair, that not only are [[HumanitysWake most of humanity gone,]] but the remainder lack [[DespairEventHorizon the energy to either care about Lux or her research.]] Confronted with the fact [[HopeSpot that Lux is more or less doomed,]] and that [[AllForNothing her life's work]] [[ItsAllJunk has been a total waste of time for her,]] Doc ultimately concludes that she has [[NothingLeftToDoButDie no reason to live any longer,]] and is implied to have [[DrivenToSuicide killed herself]] after Ichise leaves her behind.]]
* Edmond (or The Count of Monte Cristo) from ''{{Anime/Gankutsuou}}''.
* Genkaku from ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' is an asshole-ish psychopath who makes Nagi's life a living hell. He's later shown to have been a timid, cute monk that got repeatedly beaten and raped by bullies in the past, with the elder monk in charge being unsympathetic and uncaring, and seeing the little wounded kitten he was taking care of die -- all of this causing him to go insane. Considering what happened to Genkaku...you really understand how he became the AxCrazy psychopath he is, and you can't help but feel sorry for him, especially when [[spoiler: he ends up dying with Nagi]].
* Eva Heinemann in ''{{Anime/Monster}}''. Terrible, psychotic RichBitch WomanScorned... who still doesn't deserve what happens to her and [[spoiler: her beloved bodyguard, Martin]].
* Harry [=MacDoogal=] from ''Manga/OutlawStar''. Yes, he's a villain, and an AxCrazy StalkerWithACrush at that, but when Hazanko destroys him, Melfina cries out for him, and when he appears as a mechanical "phantom" before Gene and Khan and helps to open the door, his final moments are so poignant that you almost wish it didn't have to end that way. Also, you got to feel sorry for him because he has feelings for Melfina and she doesn't share the same feelings for him and he does everything he can to make her love him only to fail and get curb stomped by a massive douchebag with the ability to break his body parts like a bendy straw.
* Uzuki of ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName''. When we first see him in the anime, he lashes out at people who express concern for him, stating that he hates feeling pathetic, and dislikes Yuki, who genuinely sees him as a friend because, like him, Yuki was abandoned by his parents, but Yuki is a lot more popular than him. A demon ends up playing off Uzuki's jealousy and resentment, giving him the power he needs to try to kill Yuki. However, Yuki ends up saving him and we learn that his parents abandoned him, his mother tried to kill him several times, and he's pretty much a loner at school. We then get a [[{{Tearjerker}} heartbreaking]] scene where he's suicidally depressed and states that he should have died along with the demon that possessed him. He then states that he's a horrible person for giving into his resentment and apologizes to Yuki, wondering why, even though he was mean, Yuki is still being nice to him. Yuki responds: "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Because when I first came to this school I was all alone and you were the only one who went out of his way to befriend me. That meant a lot to me and it made me very happy. I'm glad that you're my friend, Uzuki-kun.]]"
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'':
** Nanami Kiryuu. Good lord, what a bad day she has had...[[spoiler: After discovering that her brother Touga, who she loved ever since she was a child, was not her blood sibling, she feels like the connection she had was fake, and now has nothing to hold on to. After that, she runs away from home, into the house of a pair of close, happy siblings, only to walk in on them having sex. And after that, she walks in on Touga making out with a member of her old gang, to hear her brother say that he never loved her to begin with, and to have her ex-friend claim that she has no connection to her anymore. And then after that, she gets the Akio Car treatment, where Touga attempts to rape her, which she fights off in fright, and then loses her duel, sobbing that she feels like she's just a face in the crowd and has no way to reconnect with the brother she loves. It's very hard not to feel sorry for her after all that, even though she was a raging AlphaBitch {{Yandere}} most of the time. She does seem to become nicer afterwards, too, warning Utena to not hang around with Akio or Anthy anymore as she thinks they're up to no good, but her warnings fall in deaf ears.]] Ouch.
** Mikage Souji could qualify as well. [[spoiler: Just as he was beginning to evolve out of his computer-like personality and developed feelings for a woman named Tokiko, Akio seduced her just so he could manipulate Mikage into burning down the memorial center. And, of course, killing the 100 boys trapped inside. Not only that, but Akio gets Mikage to work for him years later as a puppetmaster, pulling the strings of the black rose duellists. Unfortunately, Mikage doesn't know that he's a puppet at all, and that Akio has tampered with his memories.]]
** Saionji too. Yes, Saionji was a total JerkAss, but not even he deserved Touga's horrible treatment and manipulation of him. And the flashbacks to his childhood [[UsedtoBeaSweetKid show him as a genuinely sweet pre-teen]]...
** Shiori Takatsuki, whose crushing inferiority complex drives her to lash out at Juri because not only does she think no one could possibly genuinely love her, but she [[DontYouDarePityMe hates being treated with pity]], which she believes is the only reason Juri was friends with her in the first place. ''Then'' she's humiliated by Ruka, the first person to make her feel, for once, good about herself.

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* Louise ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'' gives us two prominent examples. The first is Clair Leonelli, an insane young mob leader whose would-be murderous tendencies are a result of ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero''. Saito too. His pervertedness can be too much at times, and he sometimes pokes fun at Louise when she's just minding her own business but Louise frequently beats and berates him, sometimes to HeroicComedicSociopath levels, and Saito's stuck in an alternate world (though he decides to stay after falling in love growing up with Louise). And he tends to go all out when trying to protect Louise or [[AbusiveParents an abusive]] [[WellDoneSonGuy and demanding father]] and who's often at odds with the other mob leaders in his friends from harm. His selfless heroic side tends to be immediately followed by him demonstrating his idiotic perverted side, though. It's also later shown that Louise is constantly being pressured by her family to get married and she's frequently bullied by one of her older sisters who has a bigger temper than Louise. Oh, and although Louise is in her second year at the Tristain Academy of Magic, her magic skills still need a lot of work. Because of this, she lacks self confidence, and her classmates look down on her, calling her "Louise the Zero", frequently teasing her for her zero success rate and [[ACupAngst flat chest]] (including Saito!). This gets worse company because most of the female cast except her (and Tabitha) are busty. And Saito's total lack of proper human interaction is pretty clear - he knows nothing about sympathy (remember, Saito � when someone's crying, it means something's wrong), empathy (his total inability to figure out how to not piss someone off), and sincerity (telling Louise he loves her while fantasizing about her sister), but despite his flaws, he truly does care for Louise, as shown by his willingness to take her beatings and almost die for her.
** Saito was kidnapped from his world, treated sub-humanly, made into a slave for a bratty, over-privileged little girl, and had his mind screwed with magically (though he doesn't know it).
* Gareki of ''{{Manga/Karneval}}''.
* Ichise of ''{{Anime/Texhnolyze}}''. He's rather [[TheStoic Stoic]] and cold to nearly everyone (which includes not even saying "Thank You" to one guy who was kind enough to give him a meal when he was starving), and
he's even like that during his youth: when he was younger, he found his dead father hanging from [[JustAKid so young]]. The other is Shun Aurora, the ceiling, and while his mother cried at the sight, he showed little emotion and was surprised older brother to hero Daisuke Aurora, who [[spoiler:was so badly traumatized by his [[MissingMom mother's reaction. He also has a tendency to have violent outbursts leaving the family]] and gives the DeathGlare to people who annoy him. However, practically the whole anime puts him through an extreme BreakTheCutie cycle which includes both parents being killed, growing up as an ostracized outsider, working as a fighter in an underground ring, having two of [[DisappearedDad his limbs cut off as punishment for using his fists to defend himself against a sadistic woman, has to go through the agonising pain of learning how to use new artificial limbs, watches his entire world deteriorate, gets beat up to a brutal degree, gets thrown down a sewer, nearly has his remaining limbs cut off, realizes father's death]] that he eventually decided he had to take over the entire human race is effectively dead, and then watches the only human he actually has a connection with have her head stuck on the body city of his enemy. To top it all off, he [[spoiler: dies in the last episode]].
** [[MadScientist Doc]], as well. She is [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil a rapist]] who treats Ichise like a science experiment, [[spoiler: [[ILied and lies to him regarding]] [[MotivationalLie the use of his mother's remains so he'd accept the Texhnolyzation process.]]]] As it turns out however, [[RichesToRags she used to be one of the Class,]] [[FallenPrincess who was forced out]] on account of ideological disagreements with [[spoiler: the BigBad, Kano,]] and when she finally reaches the surface to get help, [[spoiler: she finds out, to her despair, that not only are [[HumanitysWake most of humanity gone,]] but the remainder lack [[DespairEventHorizon the energy to either care about Lux or her research.]] Confronted with the fact [[HopeSpot that Lux is more or less doomed,]] and that [[AllForNothing her life's work]] [[ItsAllJunk has been a total waste of time for her,]] Doc ultimately concludes that she has [[NothingLeftToDoButDie no reason to live any longer,]] and is implied to have [[DrivenToSuicide killed herself]] after Ichise leaves her behind.
Judoh himself.]]
* Edmond (or The Count of Monte Cristo) from ''{{Anime/Gankutsuou}}''.
* Genkaku from ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' is an asshole-ish psychopath who makes Nagi's life a living hell. He's later shown to have been a timid, cute monk that got repeatedly beaten and raped by bullies in the past, with the elder monk in charge being unsympathetic and uncaring, and seeing the little wounded kitten he was taking care of die -- all of this causing him to go insane. Considering what happened to Genkaku...you really understand how he became the AxCrazy psychopath he is, and you can't help but feel sorry for him, especially when [[spoiler: he ends up dying with Nagi]].
* Eva Heinemann in ''{{Anime/Monster}}''. Terrible, psychotic RichBitch WomanScorned... who still doesn't deserve what happens to her and [[spoiler: her beloved bodyguard, Martin]].
* Harry [=MacDoogal=] from ''Manga/OutlawStar''. Yes, he's a villain, and an AxCrazy StalkerWithACrush at that, but when Hazanko destroys him, Melfina cries out for him, and when he appears as a mechanical "phantom" before Gene and Khan and helps to open the door, his final moments are so poignant that you almost wish it didn't have to end that way. Also, you got to feel sorry for him because he has feelings for Melfina and she doesn't share the same feelings for him and he does everything he can to make her love him only to fail and get curb stomped by a massive douchebag with the ability to break his body parts like a bendy straw.
* Uzuki of ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName''. When we first see him in the anime, he lashes out at people who express concern for him, stating that he hates feeling pathetic, and dislikes Yuki, who genuinely sees him as a friend because, like him, Yuki was abandoned by his parents, but Yuki is a lot more popular than him. A demon ends up playing off Uzuki's jealousy and resentment, giving him the power he needs to try to kill Yuki. However, Yuki ends up saving him and we learn that his parents abandoned him, his mother tried to kill him several times, and he's pretty much a loner at school. We then get a [[{{Tearjerker}} heartbreaking]] scene where he's suicidally depressed and states that he should have died along with the demon that possessed him. He then states that he's a horrible person for giving into his resentment and apologizes to Yuki, wondering why, even though he was mean, Yuki is still being nice to him. Yuki responds: "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Because when I first came to this school I was all alone and you were the only one who went out of his way to befriend me. That meant a lot to me and it made me very happy. I'm glad that you're my friend, Uzuki-kun.]]"
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'':
''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'':
** Nanami Kiryuu. Good lord, what a bad day she has had...[[spoiler: After discovering that her brother Touga, who she loved ever since she was a child, was not her blood sibling, she feels like the connection she had was fake, and now has nothing to hold on to. After that, she runs away from home, into the house of a pair of close, happy siblings, only to walk in on them having sex. And after that, she walks in on Touga making out with a member of her old gang, to hear her brother say that he never loved her to begin with, and to have her ex-friend claim that she has no connection to her anymore. And then after that, she gets the Akio Car treatment, where Touga attempts to rape her, which she fights off in fright, and then loses her duel, sobbing that she feels like Rip Van Winkle. Sure, she's just a face in the crowd and has no way to reconnect with the brother she loves. It's very hard not to feel sorry for her after all that, even though she was a raging AlphaBitch {{Yandere}} most of the time. She does seem to become nicer afterwards, too, warning Utena to not hang around with Akio or Anthy anymore as she thinks they're up to no good, psychopathic vampire, but her warnings fall in deaf ears.]] Ouch.
** Mikage Souji could qualify as well. [[spoiler: Just as he was beginning to evolve out
over-the-top death at the hands of his computer-like personality Alucard and developed feelings her complete breakdown once he arrives elicits much sympathy.
** How about Alucard
for a woman named Tokiko, Akio seduced her just so he could manipulate Mikage into burning down the memorial center. And, of course, killing the 100 boys trapped inside. Not only that, but Akio gets Mikage to work for him years later as a puppetmaster, pulling the strings that matter? See volume 8 of the black rose duellists. Unfortunately, Mikage doesn't know that he's a puppet at all, and that Akio has tampered with his memories.]]
** Saionji too. Yes, Saionji was a total JerkAss, but not even he deserved Touga's horrible treatment and manipulation of him. And the flashbacks to his childhood [[UsedtoBeaSweetKid show him as a genuinely sweet pre-teen]]...
** Shiori Takatsuki, whose crushing inferiority complex drives her to lash out at Juri because not only does she think no one could possibly genuinely love her, but she [[DontYouDarePityMe hates being treated with pity]], which she believes is the only reason Juri was friends with her in the first place. ''Then'' she's humiliated by Ruka, the first person to make her feel,
manga for once, good about herself.more details.



* ''{{Manga/Ooku}}'': Shogun Iemitsu the Younger (or [[SheIsTheKing Lady Chie]], depending on who you ask). We first see her when the former buddhist monk Arikoto is presented to her, given a 'maidenly' name, and ''beaten about the head and face'' '''by''' ''her until he bleeds, for not answering to it fast enough''. However, even without factoring in the [[DeusAngstMachina improbable extent]] of her DarkAndTroubledPast, it becomes clear that she is, in truth, a prisoner in the Shogun's castle who has been stripped of both her name and, to a large degree, her gender as well. The closest thing to love she gets [[spoiler: [[AMatchMadeInStockholm before Arikoto comes into the picture]]]] is from someone who she knows [[LovingAShadow only sees the reflection]] of [[ChildByRape a father she never knew]] in her.
* Nakai of ''{{Manga/Bakuman}}''. While he crosses the MoralEventHorizon in the eyes of the readers and some of the cast when, [[spoiler:after seemingly getting Kato's attention, he asks Aoki to be his girlfriend in order to have him draw for her]] and others view him as whiny. But he essentially has the same dream as Moritaka (getting a girlfriend and a manga series), but has been at it for longer and has not had nearly as much success. When he, after [[spoiler:almost attacking Aoki in a drunken rage [[NeverMyFault while blaming her for ruining his life]],]] says that he focused on manga in his youth, and now has nothing- no job, no money, no girlfriend, and seemingly no prospects- it's hard not to feel a little sorry for him, even if you acknowledge that his own decisions played a significant part in that outcome, and Mashiro realizes that he could potentially have ended up like Nakai.
* ''Manga/MuhyoAndRoji'':
** Ebisu typically exhibits both aspects of the JerkassWoobie simultaneously, rather than appearing to be a jerk with a more sympathetic side. In the past, he lived without parents, and supported himself by commiting petty crimes with his skills as a medium. When a ghost turned on him, he got saved by Goryo, and became his assistant in his Magical Law business, which had become ruthless in the way it did business. He's typically fairly arrogant and condescending towards most people besides Goryo, but at the same time, comes off as pitiable after [[spoiler:being fired for failing to execute one of Goryo's plans, even if he eventually gets back together with Goryo]]. He never completely changes and doesn't regret his actions, even if he acknowledges that many of them are less than noble, but his past shows that he mainly does what he does out of loyalty, and he helps to teach Roji a lesson about how he can best help Muhyo.
** The Cortlaw siblings are this to varying degrees, with Mick being the heaviest on the JerkAss end ([[spoiler:killing Panza when she tries TakingTheBullet for Roji]]) [[spoiler:until his final moments]], Ivy a mixture of both, and Kid being mostly a standard {{Woobie}} complicit in Ark's plans (albeit largely through manipulation with a few critical lies). They lost their parents to the MLS ([[spoiler:unaware that they resisted arrest and killed some of those sent after them]]) and are willing to resort to dark magic to bring them back. Kid [[spoiler:admitting he was wrong and hoping to [[TogetherInDeath see his family again]] as he is dying]] is particularly [[TearJerker heart-wrenching]].
** George Schyuter keeps Muhyo and Roji out of the investigation largely out of pride and the belief that they're unable to help, and even puts a sword to Roji's throat when he tries to help. It turns out, however, that his attitude and belief in working alone was the result of losing all of his partners and being blamed for it. He found a way to practice Magical Law alone, [[IneffectualLoner but derived no satisfaction from it]], since no one was with him to share his defeats or victories.
* Arguably, LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya. She learns, rather painfully, that she isn't all that special, and in her quest to make her life special, goes on a hunt for aliens, time travellers, and [=ESPers=] after some inspiration from Kyon. This leads to her general sociopathy and her obsession with cosplaying Mikuru. Kyon says that, through her CharacterDevelopment, she's not exactly turning into a good person, but is ''returning'' to be the kind kid she once used to be.
* Ayato Naoi of ''Anime/AngelBeats''. He's kind of a {{Jerkass}} to everyone, [[HoYay except Otonashi]], but when alive, his brother was his father's apprentice in pottery, while he remained in his room, ignored by the world. Then his brother died and he had to take his place, but wasn't nearly as good at the craft as his brother. Having no choice but to live his life as someone else, he began to think that his entire life was a charade.
* ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'': [[DysfunctionJunction Pick a character, any character]]. The entire freaking cast is full of [[TheWoobie woobies]] ([[spoiler:[[GodIsEvil save for God Himself]]]]), the overwhelming majority of which are [[{{Jerkass}} jerkasses]] ''[[BlackAndGreyMorality at best]]''. One character wins gold on both counts, however. Is it [[BrotherSisterIncest Setsuna or Sarah]]? [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Kurai]]? [[NobleDemon Kato]]? [[StalkerWithACrush Kira]]/[[EmpathicWeapon Nanatsusaya]]/[[spoiler:[[BecauseDestinySaysSo Lucifer]]]]? [[TheAtoner Zaphkiel]]? [[UnwittingPawn Raziel]]? [[IJustWantToBeLoved Astarte]]/[[SharingABody Astaroth]]? [[BrokenBird Alexiel]]? [[TragicMonster Rosiel]]? [[MadLove Katan]]? [[AllLoveIsUnrequited Belial]]? [[CantCatchUp Michael]]? [[TheUnfavourite Arachne]]? [[LonelyRichKid Metatron]]? [[AndIMustScream Sandalphon]]? No. Believe it or not, it's [[EvilChancellor Sevothtarte]]/[[spoiler:[[BreakTheCutie Lailah]]]]. [[spoiler: As an up-and-coming scientist, [[ShrinkingViolet Lailah]] was outshone ([[UnknownRival unintentionally]]) by [[TheAce Anael]] in both work and love. When she finally rose in status, jealous co-workers {{rape|AsDrama}}d [[RapeAsBackstory her]]. Though she murdered them and [[TheScapegoat successfully blamed]] [[LoveMartyr Nidhogg]], [[NoSexAllowed losing her virginity]] (even non-consensually) left her branded a FallenAngel. [[FreakOut Her entire world crashing around her]], Lailah [[DealWithTheDevil sold herself to Sandalphon]], taking a new face to [[VillainousCrossdresser impersonate a dead male soldier]]. As Sevothtarte, Lailah became a Seraph, Chairman of [[CouncilofAngels The High Council]] and caretaker of [[RegentForLife Metatron]]. From there, Lailah tried to "purify" heaven of all sinful/deformed angels. However, [[TheHero Setsuna]]'s interference and [[EvilVersusEvil Rosiel's return]] [[LaserGuidedKarma publicly]] [[HumiliationConga exposed her fraud]] and freed Sandalphon, who [[TheDogBitesBack raped her]] and [[VillainousBSOD destroyed her psyche completely]].]]

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* ''{{Manga/Ooku}}'': Shogun Iemitsu the Younger (or [[SheIsTheKing Lady Chie]], depending on who you ask). We first see her when the former buddhist monk Arikoto is presented to her, given a 'maidenly' name, and ''beaten about the head and face'' '''by''' ''her until he bleeds, for not answering to it fast enough''. However, even without factoring in the [[DeusAngstMachina improbable extent]] of her DarkAndTroubledPast, it becomes clear that she is, in truth, a prisoner in the Shogun's castle who has been stripped of both her name and, to a large degree, her gender as well. The closest thing to love she gets [[spoiler: [[AMatchMadeInStockholm before Arikoto comes into the picture]]]] is Fudou from someone who she knows [[LovingAShadow only sees ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' has a somewhat sad backstory, according to the reflection]] of [[ChildByRape a father she never knew]] in her.
* Nakai of ''{{Manga/Bakuman}}''. While
adults. [[BreakTheHaughty At least he crosses the MoralEventHorizon in the eyes of the readers and some of the cast when, [[spoiler:after seemingly getting Kato's attention, he asks Aoki to be his girlfriend in order to have him draw for her]] and others view him as whiny. But he essentially has the same dream as Moritaka (getting a girlfriend and a manga series), but has been at it for longer and has not had nearly as much success. When he, after [[spoiler:almost attacking Aoki in a drunken rage [[NeverMyFault while blaming her for ruining his life]],]] says that he focused on manga in his youth, and now has nothing- no job, no money, no girlfriend, and seemingly no prospects- it's hard not to feel a little sorry for him, even if you acknowledge that his own decisions played a significant part in that outcome, and Mashiro realizes that he could potentially have ended up like Nakai.
* ''Manga/MuhyoAndRoji'':
** Ebisu typically exhibits both aspects of the JerkassWoobie simultaneously, rather than appearing to be a jerk with a more sympathetic side. In the past, he lived without parents, and supported himself by commiting petty crimes with his skills as a medium. When a ghost turned on him, he got saved by Goryo, and became his assistant in his Magical Law business, which had become ruthless in the way it did business. He's typically fairly arrogant and condescending towards most people besides Goryo, but at the same time, comes off as pitiable after [[spoiler:being fired for failing to execute one of Goryo's plans, even if he eventually gets back together with Goryo]]. He never completely changes and
doesn't regret his actions, even if he acknowledges that many of them are less than noble, but his past shows that he mainly does get away with nothing for what he does out of loyalty, and he helps to teach Roji a lesson about how he can best help Muhyo.
** The Cortlaw siblings are this to varying degrees, with Mick being the heaviest on the JerkAss end ([[spoiler:killing Panza when she tries TakingTheBullet for Roji]]) [[spoiler:until his final moments]], Ivy a mixture of both, and Kid being mostly a standard {{Woobie}} complicit in Ark's plans (albeit largely through manipulation with a few critical lies). They lost their parents
did to the MLS ([[spoiler:unaware that heroes]] before they resisted arrest and killed some of those sent after them]]) and are willing to resort to dark magic to bring them back. Kid [[spoiler:admitting he was wrong and hoping to [[TogetherInDeath see his family again]] as he is dying]] is particularly [[TearJerker heart-wrenching]].
** George Schyuter keeps Muhyo and Roji out of the investigation largely out of pride and the belief that they're unable to help, and even puts a sword to Roji's throat when he tries to help. It turns out, however, that his attitude and belief in working alone was the result of losing all of his partners and being blamed for it. He found a way to practice Magical Law alone, [[IneffectualLoner but derived no satisfaction
accepted him.
* Saruhiko Fushimi
from it]], since no one was ''Anime/{{K}}''. He's a cold, fairly lazy sociopath with him to share sadistic tendencies who betrayed his defeats or victories.
* Arguably, LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya. She learns, rather painfully, that she isn't all that special,
former clansmen supposedly for the sake of power, and in her quest to make her life special, goes on has a hunt for aliens, time travellers, and [=ESPers=] after some inspiration from Kyon. This leads to her general sociopathy and her downright Yandere obsession with cosplaying Mikuru. Kyon says that, through her CharacterDevelopment, she's not exactly turning into a good person, but is ''returning'' to be the kind kid she once used to be.
* Ayato Naoi of ''Anime/AngelBeats''. He's kind of a {{Jerkass}} to everyone, [[HoYay except Otonashi]], but when alive,
his brother former best friend, Yata. He seems like nothing more than a power hungry jerkass... Until you learn that his father was his father's apprentice in pottery, while psychologically abusive and he remained in his room, ignored by grew up with a depressingly jaded view of the world. Then Yata was his brother died only friend, and he had after joining HOMRA seemed to take distracted to care about him anymore, spurring his place, but wasn't nearly as good at the craft as his brother. Having no choice but betrayal in a desperate attempt to live his life as someone else, he began be noticed by him. Even currently he's shown to think be greatly pained by their past and pushes away out every time Yata tries fixing their relationship out of fear that his entire life was a charade.
* ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'': [[DysfunctionJunction Pick a character, any character]]. The entire freaking cast is full of [[TheWoobie woobies]] ([[spoiler:[[GodIsEvil save for God Himself]]]]), the overwhelming majority of which are [[{{Jerkass}} jerkasses]] ''[[BlackAndGreyMorality at best]]''. One character wins gold
he'll just end up pushed aside if Yata ' s hate isn't focused on both counts, however. Is it [[BrotherSisterIncest Setsuna or Sarah]]? [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Kurai]]? [[NobleDemon Kato]]? [[StalkerWithACrush Kira]]/[[EmpathicWeapon Nanatsusaya]]/[[spoiler:[[BecauseDestinySaysSo Lucifer]]]]? [[TheAtoner Zaphkiel]]? [[UnwittingPawn Raziel]]? [[IJustWantToBeLoved Astarte]]/[[SharingABody Astaroth]]? [[BrokenBird Alexiel]]? [[TragicMonster Rosiel]]? [[MadLove Katan]]? [[AllLoveIsUnrequited Belial]]? [[CantCatchUp Michael]]? [[TheUnfavourite Arachne]]? [[LonelyRichKid Metatron]]? [[AndIMustScream Sandalphon]]? No. Believe it or not, him.
* ''Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo'': Rune. By now,
it's [[EvilChancellor Sevothtarte]]/[[spoiler:[[BreakTheCutie Lailah]]]]. [[spoiler: As an up-and-coming scientist, [[ShrinkingViolet Lailah]] safe to say that he's done more things to garner {{Squick}} than sympathy from the fanbase. ''Especially'' to Yamato. But in a way, it's justified, as Ultimo did kill his past self. And then there's the fact that the current Yamato will never return the current Rune's [[HoYay feelings for him]].
** Murayama Musashi. While his whole ''world''
was outshone ([[UnknownRival unintentionally]]) by [[TheAce Anael]] in both work destroyed, his rude quips to Yamato and love. When she finally rose tendency to rather recklessly do things himself places him in status, jealous co-workers {{rape|AsDrama}}d [[RapeAsBackstory her]]. Though she murdered them and [[TheScapegoat successfully blamed]] [[LoveMartyr Nidhogg]], [[NoSexAllowed losing her virginity]] (even non-consensually) left her branded a FallenAngel. [[FreakOut Her entire world crashing around her]], Lailah [[DealWithTheDevil sold herself to Sandalphon]], taking a new face to [[VillainousCrossdresser impersonate a dead male soldier]]. As Sevothtarte, Lailah became a Seraph, Chairman of [[CouncilofAngels The High Council]] and caretaker of [[RegentForLife Metatron]]. From there, Lailah tried to "purify" heaven of all sinful/deformed angels. However, [[TheHero Setsuna]]'s interference and [[EvilVersusEvil Rosiel's return]] [[LaserGuidedKarma publicly]] [[HumiliationConga exposed her fraud]] and freed Sandalphon, who [[TheDogBitesBack raped her]] and [[VillainousBSOD destroyed her psyche completely]].]]this territory.



* Kuromi from ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody'' may qualify, given that the reason why she's acting like a jerk is because My Melody made her life miserable.

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%%* Gareki of ''Manga/{{Karneval}}''.
* Kuromi ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta'':
** Gilbert. He may be antagonistic and even violent toward Serge (especially in the beginning), but he sure went through a lot of crap in his life...
** While he doesn't hold a candle to Gilbert when it comes to sheer woobiness, Arion Rosemariné nonetheless qualifies once certain aspects of his past come to light. Yes, he's ill-tempered and physically abusive (particularly towards Gilbert himself) but he's also rather pitiable in his own right... specially when you learn [[spoiler: he was physically and sexually abused in his past.]]
* Satsuki Kiryuin
from ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody'' may qualify, given ''Anime/KillLaKill'' is the EvilOverlord of Honnouji Academy, with a SocialDarwinist outlook on life. However, her backstory is disturbing, to say the least. When she was a child, her parents [[spoiler:tried to infuse her DNA with Life Fibers, which failed on her]]. After which they decided to [[spoiler:try it on her baby sister, and when it seemingly failed on her]], her mother Ragyo [[spoiler:decided to throw her into the trash chute]]. Her father, Soichiro[[spoiler:, upon finding out that the reason why baby was still alive, abandoned Satsuki in order to protect the baby, but not before he left her with a mission to kill Ragyo]], which transformed her into the cynical despot she is today. Soon afterwards, Satsuki became [[AbusiveParents her mother's]] [[ParentalIncest plaything]]. It's implied that she dealt with Ragyo's abuse for thirteen years, and it's also implied that she could've been much worse[[spoiler:, as seen with Nui Harime]].
** [[TheHero Ryuko Matoi]] also had a pretty bad life. As [[spoiler:the aforementioned baby]], her father, [[spoiler:who changed his identity to Isshin Matoi]], sent her to multiple boarding schools, where the other kids didn't want to interact with her. Ryuko's inability to make friends combined with her father's ParentalAbandonment turned her into a full-blown JapaneseDelinquent with [[HotBlooded a nasty temper]] by the time she was in high school, and the one time her father calls for her, he ends up dying. On her quest for revenge, one bombshell after another keeps dropping on her, which only serves to [[JerkassBall deteriorate her psyche]], until she snaps and [[spoiler:ends up brainwashed and with the bad guys]].
** As taken from the FridgeHorror section: Nui's character in general is really a mother-lode of [[FridgeHorror Fridge Depressant]] if you're willing to look back at her scant background details and allow some empathy: [[spoiler:She wasn't just infused with Life Fibers as a newborn, she was incubated in an artificial womb of them that made her merge with them as a fetus. Soichiro was nowhere to be seen when she was being gestated and showed no recognition toward her when they fought, so he likely wasn't involved with her life in any fashion, and certainly he had been driven off long before Nui could have developed enough to recognize or remember him later in life, and she grew up completely under Ragyo's sole care, with all the horror that implies. She has no true good relationship with any other character whatsoever, with Rei and Ragyo being aloof taskmasters that only step in to help her when danger to her could result in danger to their cause, and all other characters being either enemies or mindless slaves. She is the only character to actually suffer permanent scarring and loss of limb throughout all the action in the series. She was brought up to believe that she was completely different and separate from humanity, that the Life Fibers and the facilitation of their reproduction cycle is her raison d'etre, and that her only value was in her abilities as a tailor, and when she both loses her arms and finishes the "Ultimate Kamui", her usefulness has culminated in her and her master's eyes, and there is nothing left and nowhere to go for her, and she when muses on how she could be killed in the final battle between humans and Life Fibers, she not only looks ready for the prospect, but relieved by it.]] She has the worst of both Satsuki and Ryuko's entwined DarkAndTroubledPast combined into one whole, turned UpToEleven, and stripped of all the counterbalancing positive experiences and influences that gave them the initial perspective and strength to challenge their mother. Her entire character arc is reminiscent of [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Princess Azula]]'s descent into madness from abandonment in her series' finale, except Nui has always been mad since she never even had the illusion of anyone actually loving her, resorting to deliberately driving people, especially those she expresses genuine interest or desire to connect with like Satsuki and Ryuko, to hate her because that's the only kind of care
she's acting like a jerk ever understood, and there's no one in-universe who would actually feel, let alone show, her any pity.
** And in the end, [[spoiler: she doesn't even get killed in battle. She kills herself by merging with Ragyo, her mother, the only person who has ever been there for her even if there wasn't any true love shared between them.]] So twisted....
* Ume Kurumizawa aka Kurumi from ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'', she
is a ManipulativeBitch but she does this because My Melody made she just wants to stay with Kazehaya. [[spoiler:She gets better.]]
* Rin from ''Kodomo no Jikan'', especially in the earlier volumes. Yes, she has had a rough childhood and clearly needs to be helped, but the way Rin behaves - ways that could get a basically innocent man sent to prison, or seriously hurt someone - is just nasty. And she knows it.
* ''Manga/KotouraSan'':
** [[spoiler:Kumiko Kotoura.]] A huge {{Jerkass}} to
her life miserable.own daughter [[spoiler:by disowning her for unknowingly revealing her affair and considered to send her to the mental ward,]] however [[spoiler:she lives in constant regret of the aforementioned disowning and failure to be a proper mother, as she at first DID try to help Haruka before she couldn't hack it, snapped, and disowned her.]] There's also the fact [[spoiler:that her husband refused to help with Haruka, put all the responsibility of 'fixing' her on her, and started not coming home. This combined with the Haruka problem drove Kumiko to drink and have the above mentioned affair. [[DownerBeginning We all know how that turned out...]]]]
** [[spoiler:The said daughter]] Haruka is also one in the beginning of the story, for wearing a JerkassFacade so that [[LeaveMeAlone she can be alone]], partly as the consequence of the above. Manabe's seeing the "woobie" part of the trope was in fact the beginning of her recovery.
* Under her bitchy exterior and unbearable behavior, Sophie Montgomery from ''Manga/{{Lady}}'' turns out to be this once we learn more about her, [[spoiler:specially when she is being manipulated into inheriting her family's fortune by her mother Jeanne with threats of sending her back to France if she fails,]] and also the fact that [[spoiler: she desperately and genuinely wants her [[WellDoneSonGuy mom's love and approval]].]]



* ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'':
** Mewtwo. He goes on a rampage against all living things to prove [[TheSocialDarwinist clone superiority]], but after [[CloningBlues what happened to him]], [[BetaTestBaddie can you blame]] him?
** Also from the anime, Meowth. He's technically a mafia goon and kind of a jerk...but that's because he grew up an alley cat on the streets and worked his tail off learning to speak human to impress a girl-cat, only to be rejected and ostracized as a "freak". He ended up as a goon in a criminal syndicate because it was the only place he could find that would have him.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
** Kyouko Sakura. She's introduced as an amoral, AxCrazy, borderline evil DarkActionGirl... and then we learn that [[spoiler:her family was destitute after her minister father was excommunicated, she used her Wish to get him followers...and when Dad found out, he went mad and killed the whole Sakura family except for her]]. It certainly helps that the person she mocked the most, Sayaka, was also the one who unlocked her HiddenHeartOfGold.
** Homura, too. She first appears in the act of severely injuring the series's lovable mascot (in fact, [[spoiler:she had already killed him, but he revived himself, so she was trying to kill him ''again'']]). Later, she gives vague, threat-like warnings to Madoka, and generally acts creepy and ominous. She doesn't seem truly evil, since she shows up to help the "good guys" a few times, but she's extremely detached and uncaring, especially when [[spoiler:Sayaka dies]] and Kyouko (the ''other'' JerkassWoobie) blows up at her for seeming so heartless. Of course, there's a (spoileriffic) reason for all this: [[spoiler:Homura's a time traveler, and has watched all the other girls die extremely tragic deaths in numerous previous timelines. She keeps going back in an attempt to fix things, but always ends up making everything ''even worse'' than the last time. At this point, she's given up on everything except trying to save Madoka, despite knowing that it's probably impossible; she's become so detached because, otherwise, she'd lose hope and turn into a witch herself.]]
** In the spinoffs, we have the namesake of ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'' and her sidekick/companion/[[UnholyMatrimony ambiguous lover]] Kirika. [[spoiler: They're behind the magical girl murders]], but both their backstories show them broken to the point of non-functionality by depression and betrayal by loved ones, Kirika is ''literally'' [[AxCrazy insane]] as the result of her wish, and [[LivingEmotionalCrutch each one's functionality and survival is unhealthily dependent on the other]].
* Fudou from ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' has a somewhat sad backstory, according to the adults. [[BreakTheHaughty At least he doesn't get away with nothing for what he did to the heroes]] before they accepted him.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'':
** Alois Trancy. Alois is possibly the one of the [[CreepyChild most disgusting children]] ever seen in anime, and, most of the time, you just want to punch him for being such an ass. But don't tell me you didn't cry like a baby, or at least sniffle, at his backstory and [[spoiler:untimely death.]]
** Also, Ciel.
** And Angelina "Madame Red" Durless. Yes, she [[spoiler: saw her first love choose her sister over her, and later both lost her SecondLove ''and'' her unborn child, which left her unable to have children and mentally/emotionally scarred to boot.]] No, this doesn't mean she's justified into [[spoiler: becoming one half of the most serial killer in VictorianEngland: Jack the Ripper. (The other half being a Shinigami named Grelle Sutcliffe)]]
** At the end of season 2, even [[spoiler:Sebastian]] can count as this. That look on his face when he realized that he'd have to serve Ciel for all eternity and will never be able to eat his soul was absolutely disheartening for some fans.
* Makoto Isshiki from ''{{Anime/Rahxephon}}''.
* Raul Creed of ''Anime/ErgoProxy''. A slightly arrogant bureaucrat who loses his family, his position, and, eventually, his mind.
* ''{{Manga/Hellsing}}'':
** Rip Van Winkle. Sure, she's a psychopathic vampire, but her over-the-top death at the hands of Alucard and her complete breakdown once he arrives elicits much sympathy.
** How about Alucard for that matter? See volume 8 of the manga for more details.
* Jean Croce of ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' qualifies. Throughout the course of the series, we see Jean as a revenge-obsessed jackass who isn't above torturing Padania agents, or even physically abusing his cyborg Rico. However, Jean's thirst for vengeance comes from the fact that [[spoiler: his parents, his little sister Enrica, and his fiancee Sophia were killed by a roadside bomb planted by Padania to assassinate his prosecutor father.]] [[FromBadToWorse To make things worse,]] Jean's [[spoiler: would-be brother-in-law]] hates him now, because he believes that Jean is doing nothing to get back at Padania, yet Jean can't confront him about it because of the secrecy of his work. And finally, to top it off, Jean's brother Jose [[spoiler: has become an alcoholic following the incident, and ends up in a murder-suicide scenario with his cyborg Henrietta.]]

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* ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'':
** Mewtwo. He goes on a rampage against all living things to prove [[TheSocialDarwinist clone superiority]], but after [[CloningBlues what happened to him]], [[BetaTestBaddie can you blame]] him?
** Also
Sniff/Nipsu from the anime, Meowth. He's technically a mafia goon and kind AnimatedAdaptation of ''Literature/TheMoomins'' is a jerk...but that's because he grew up an alley cat on the streets and worked his tail off learning to speak human to impress a girl-cat, only to be rejected and ostracized as a "freak". He ended up as a goon in a criminal syndicate because it was the only place he could find that would have him.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
** Kyouko Sakura. She's introduced as an amoral, AxCrazy,
borderline evil DarkActionGirl... and then we learn that [[spoiler:her family was destitute after her minister father was excommunicated, she used her Wish to get him followers...and when Dad found out, he went mad and killed the whole Sakura family except for her]]. It certainly helps that the person she mocked the most, Sayaka, was also the one who unlocked her HiddenHeartOfGold.
** Homura, too. She first appears in the act of severely injuring the series's lovable mascot (in fact, [[spoiler:she had already killed him, but he revived himself, so she was trying to kill him ''again'']]). Later, she gives vague, threat-like warnings to Madoka, and generally acts creepy and ominous. She doesn't seem truly evil, since she shows up to help the "good guys" a few times, but she's extremely detached and uncaring, especially when [[spoiler:Sayaka dies]] and Kyouko (the ''other'' JerkassWoobie) blows up at her for seeming so heartless. Of course, there's a (spoileriffic) reason for all this: [[spoiler:Homura's a time traveler, and has watched all the other girls die extremely tragic deaths in numerous previous timelines. She keeps going back in an attempt to fix things, but always ends up making everything ''even worse'' than the last time. At this point, she's given up on everything except trying to save Madoka, despite knowing that it's probably impossible; she's become so detached because, otherwise, she'd lose hope and turn into a witch herself.]]
** In the spinoffs, we have the namesake of ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'' and her sidekick/companion/[[UnholyMatrimony ambiguous lover]] Kirika. [[spoiler: They're behind the magical girl murders]], but both their backstories show them broken to the point of non-functionality by depression and betrayal by loved ones, Kirika is ''literally'' [[AxCrazy insane]] as the result of her wish, and [[LivingEmotionalCrutch each one's functionality and survival is unhealthily dependent on the other]].
* Fudou from ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' has a somewhat sad backstory, according to the adults. [[BreakTheHaughty At least
case. While he doesn't get away with nothing for what he did to have the heroes]] before they accepted him.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'':
** Alois Trancy. Alois
same mean streak that Little My and Stinky have, he can be very greedy, sarcastic and self-centered but is possibly often the one ButtMonkey and ChewToy of the [[CreepyChild most disgusting children]] ever seen in anime, and, most of the time, show. His cute appearence alone makes you just want to punch hug him for being such an ass. But don't tell me you didn't cry like despite his greediness and in the Secret Fireworks episode, he saved a baby, or at least sniffle, at girls life only to have his heart broken by her.
* Michio Yuki of ''{{Manga/MW}}'' judging by
his backstory and [[spoiler:untimely death.]]
** Also, Ciel.
** And Angelina "Madame Red" Durless. Yes, she [[spoiler: saw her first love choose her sister over her, and later both lost her SecondLove ''and'' her unborn child, which left her unable to have children and mentally/emotionally scarred to boot.]] No, this doesn't mean she's justified into [[spoiler: becoming one half
of the most serial killer in VictorianEngland: Jack the Ripper. (The other half being kidnapped and [[spoiler:molested]] by a Shinigami named Grelle Sutcliffe)]]
** At
criminal who becomes a priest in the end of season 2, even [[spoiler:Sebastian]] can count as this. That look on his face when he realized future. Does that he'd have to serve Ciel end for all eternity and will never be able him? No, he gets exposed to eat his soul was absolutely disheartening for some fans.
* Makoto Isshiki from ''{{Anime/Rahxephon}}''.
* Raul Creed of ''Anime/ErgoProxy''. A slightly arrogant bureaucrat who loses his family, his position, and, eventually, his mind.
* ''{{Manga/Hellsing}}'':
** Rip Van Winkle. Sure, she's a psychopathic vampire, but her over-the-top death at
the hands of Alucard and her complete breakdown once he arrives elicits much sympathy.
** How about Alucard for
titular chemical warfare that matter? See volume 8 of not only turns him into the manga for more details.
* Jean Croce of ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' qualifies. Throughout the course of the series, we see Jean as a revenge-obsessed jackass who isn't above torturing Padania agents, or even physically abusing his cyborg Rico. However, Jean's thirst for vengeance comes from the fact
villain that [[spoiler: his parents, his little sister Enrica, he is, [[IllGirl but also gives him occassional headaches, getting hospitalized at one time, and his fiancee Sophia were killed by only has a roadside bomb planted by Padania few years left to assassinate his prosecutor father.]] [[FromBadToWorse To make things worse,]] Jean's [[spoiler: would-be brother-in-law]] hates him now, because he believes that Jean is doing nothing to get back at Padania, yet Jean live]]. You can't confront him about it because of the secrecy of his work. And finally, to top it off, Jean's brother Jose [[spoiler: has become an alcoholic following the incident, and ends up in a murder-suicide scenario with his cyborg Henrietta.]]help but feel sorry for this guy even if he's beyond redemption.



* Tsukasa from ''Anime/DotHackSign'' is a quite a bit of an ass to the people who tried to help him. But he has quite an AbusiveParents background and digital MindRape from The World. He also [[CharacterDevelopment gets better.]] [[spoiler: And we see that Tsukasa is a ''girl'', too.]]
* ''Manga/OniisamaE'':
** Mariko Shinobu. She's selfish, clingy, creepy, acts like she owns Nanako [[spoiler: and once tries to kill her]], and at the start she's a bitch to Nanako's friend Tomoko. She's also one of Nanako's few friends in Seiran, protects her from bullies like Aya Misaki, [[spoiler:and is very screwed up after her father first cheated on her mother, and later abandoned Mrs. Shinobu and young Mariko.]] She genuinely cares for Kaoru, and when Kaoru acknowledges it, [[{{Moe}} Mariko becomes freaking adorable for a second.]]
** Also, to the shock of many, [[spoiler:''Aya Misaki herself'']] becomes one after [[BreakTheHaughty she gets utterly broken]] by the last part of the TV series. To the point of [[spoiler: being this close to commit suicide.]]
* Sara of ''Manga/TegamiBachi'' prevents all mail from coming to or leaving Honey Waters under the guise of being a Reverse operation, which results in the death of a man who tries to deliver on his own. But it turns out that she and Hunt had lived in a freak show, and Hunt had a dead creature's arms sewed onto him in a desperate bid to avoid being sold. When the people of Honey Waters happened upon them, Sara made up a story about Hunt being the Man Who Could Not Become Spirit in order to protect him from them, and all the other lies were necessary to maintain the first one. It helps that Sara gets a HeelRealization, leaves the money to the citizens, and leaves town with Hunt to start anew.
** There's also Emil, a blind girl who was taken in and exploited by the keepers of the Wuthering Heights inn, and [[spoiler:also formed a bond with the Gaichuu Laphroiag, using him to devour the hearts of her employers and many other people]]. As much as Zazie wants to stop her, [[spoiler:particularly because Laphroiag ate his parents' hearts]], he also sympathizes with her [[NotSoDifferent because of their similar circumstances]] [[OrphansOrdeal as orphans]].
* Anemone from ''Anime/EurekaSeven''. Behind the DarkActionGirl CutePsycho, there is a terribly broken girl who [[spoiler: used to be horribly experimented on]]...
* Akira from ''VisualNovel/TogainuNoChi''.
* Lots of these show up in ''Manga/FairyTail''. Looks like Hiro Mashima loves this trope.
** [[KnightOfCerebus Jellal]] [[UsedToBeASweetKid Fernandez]], Erza's childhood friend who, like her, was MadeASlave by a bunch of Zeref cultists, and ended up being locked up in a cell and tortured almost to death. Flash forward to the present time, and Jellal, after becoming BrainwashedAndCrazy, getting a well-deserved revenge against the slavers and having completed the Tower of Heaven, had cooked up a plan to create the "World of Magic" where everyone would be free...which would require mountains of corpses, the sacrifice of Erza herself, and, generally, screwing things up royally for anyone who wasn't magically gifted. He had gone through so much hell in his short life that he thought no sacrifice was too great if it would mean nobody would have suffer like him. [[spoiler:And just for grim irony, it turned out that his plan of reviving Zeref had no chance of succeeding from the very beginning, and that it wasn't Zeref who was speaking to him]]. All in all, BaseBreaker as he is, you can't deny that his life ''sucked''.
*** He tones down the jerk and ups the woobie when he comes back free of brainwashing, and now with a horrible GuiltComplex over what he was made to do.
** [[MagnificentBitch Urtear]] [[TimeMaster Milkovich]], BigBad Hades' right hand woman [[spoiler:and the person responsible for Jellal's StartOfDarkness, since it was her who spoke to Jellal, pretending to be Zeref]], was revealed to be one as well at the end of the Tenrou Island arc. Want the lowdown? [[spoiler: When she was just an infant, she was separated from her mother Ur by a bunch of heartless scientists who wanted to use her for her immense magical potential. (Ur had asked for their help for her ill child. Those monsters took away the little girl and told her mother that Urtear had died from her fever and that her body was too horribly mangled for a mother to see.) Raised as little more than a sentient lab rat, Urtear was told that her mom had abandoned her and grew to resent her...but, most of all, she desired to go back in time to the moment of her abandonment and prevent it from coming to pass. In order to do so, she grew up into a brilliant and Machiavellian [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] and ManipulativeBitch who would stop at nothing to awaken Zeref and uncover the World of Magic, confident that all her evil actions would be erased the moment she travelled back in time and averted the very event that sparked them.]] In the end, Urtear committed a lot of terrible things which were fueled by her desperate desire to [[spoiler:meet with her mother and achieve some happiness for herself. When her plan failed, she fell into such shame and depression over what she had become that she tried to commit suicide to atone...and, ironically enough, she was saved by her MoralityPet, Meredy, a young girl Urtear had taken under her wing (after destroying her village...) and treated like a real daughter.]] Now, will someone please punch this woman in the face, and then give her a big hug?
** The Oracion Seis except Brain were once slaves just like Jellal.
** Minerva in Chapter 388 turned out to be this. Her father was so abusive towards her at such a young age and even threatened to kill her if she doesn't get stronger, triggering her [[SocialDarwinist social Darwinism]]. [[spoiler: It was because of the kindness that Erza, Sting, and Rogue showed her that she pulled a HeelFaceTurn]].
* Suzu of ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane''. Suzu becomes an insane {{Jerkass}} after he thinks that Tetsunosuke (his only friend) killed his master, Yoshida (whom he admired and was the only person who cared for him). He was taken in by a DepravedHomosexual old man and raped when he was alone and starving on the streets.



* Sakuya Ookochi from ''Manga/SensualPhrase''. He's a JerkAss and a BastardBoyfriend to his girlfriend Aine largely because of a scene where he attempted to rape her out of jealousy, and even when not being a BastardBoyfriend, he's a huge jerk even to his own bandmates. Then, it's shown that he has an extremely DarkAndTroubledPast (as in, [[spoiler:he's an HeroicBastard ChildOfRape, his "father" left him when he learned that baby Sakuya wasn't his kid, he was bullied all the time because of his heritage, and his LadyDrunk mom drank herself to death when he was a child).]] While said past explains pretty well why he's such an asshole, it still doesn't justify his horrible treatment of other people around him, which had to be toned down in the anime quite a bit... and it still wasn't enough to make him anything but a JerkAss.
* ''Manga/ReimeiNoArcana'': initially, Caesar. Cain possibly counts as well.
* ''Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo'': Rune. By now, it's safe to say that he's done more things to garner {{Squick}} than sympathy from the fanbase. ''Especially'' to Yamato. But in a way, it's justified, as Ultimo did kill his past self. And then there's the fact that the current Yamato will never return the current Rune's [[HoYay feelings for him]].
** Murayama Musashi. While his whole ''world'' was destroyed, his rude quips to Yamato and tendency to rather recklessly do things himself places him in this territory.
* Reika of ''LightNovel/GoshuushouSamaNinomiyaKun'' is an arrogant {{Tsundere}} who frequently hits Shungo, but she also harbors feelings for him and frequently angsts over whether or not he likes her back. She has so much insecurity over her love for Shungo that she develops an alternate personality that comes out and attempts to rape Shungo in an attempt to convey her feelings to him.
* ''Manga/FutureDiary'': Tsubaki Kasugano, aka the 6th, and Yuno Gasai. And Yukiteru's always been TheWoobie but he also becomes more unstable and more of a jerk as the story continues.
** Almost all of the diary holders are [[JerkassWoobie Jerkass Woobies,]] [[RapeAsDrama in]] [[ParentalAbandonment one]] [[BrainwashedAndCrazy way]] [[AbusiveParents or]] [[CrazySurvivalist another.]]
* Mio Hio and Satoshi Hiwatari of ''Manga/DNAngel'', though both end up as just-plain Woobies in the end.
* [[CuteBruiser Taiga Aisaka]] of ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}''. Her violent emotional mood swings and stature complex stem more [[ParentalAbandonment from having a broken family]] than romantic issues, making her a borderline BrokenBird and a walking DeconsTruction of the popular {{Tsundere}} archetype. You could also reasonably argue that Taiga had become just a plain [[TheWoobie woobie]] by the end of the series.
* Michio Yuki of ''{{Manga/MW}}'' judging by his backstory of being kidnapped and [[spoiler:molested]] by a criminal who becomes a priest in the future. Does that end for him? No, he gets exposed to the titular chemical warfare that not only turns him into the villain that he is, [[IllGirl but also gives him occassional headaches, getting hospitalized at one time, and only has a few years left to live]]. You can't help but feel sorry for this guy even if he's beyond redemption.

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* Sakuya Ookochi from ''Manga/SensualPhrase''. He's a JerkAss and a BastardBoyfriend to his girlfriend Aine largely because of a scene where he attempted to rape her out of jealousy, and even when not being a BastardBoyfriend, he's a huge jerk even to his own bandmates. Then, it's shown that he has an extremely DarkAndTroubledPast (as in, [[spoiler:he's an HeroicBastard ChildOfRape, his "father" left him when he learned that baby Sakuya wasn't his kid, he was bullied all the time because of his heritage, and his LadyDrunk mom drank herself to death when he was a child).]] While said past explains pretty well why he's such an asshole, it Eva Heinemann in ''Anime/{{Monster}}''. Terrible, psychotic RichBitch WomanScorned... who still doesn't justify his horrible treatment deserve what happens to her and [[spoiler: her beloved bodyguard, Martin]].
* ''Manga/MuhyoAndRoji'':
** Ebisu typically exhibits both aspects
of other people around him, which had to be toned down in the anime quite a bit... and it still wasn't enough to make him anything but a JerkAss.
* ''Manga/ReimeiNoArcana'': initially, Caesar. Cain possibly counts as well.
* ''Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo'': Rune. By now, it's safe to say that he's done more things to garner {{Squick}} than sympathy from the fanbase. ''Especially'' to Yamato. But in a way, it's justified, as Ultimo did kill his past self. And then there's the fact that the current Yamato will never return the current Rune's [[HoYay feelings for him]].
** Murayama Musashi. While his whole ''world'' was destroyed, his rude quips to Yamato and tendency to
JerkassWoobie simultaneously, rather recklessly do things than appearing to be a jerk with a more sympathetic side. In the past, he lived without parents, and supported himself places him in this territory.
* Reika of ''LightNovel/GoshuushouSamaNinomiyaKun'' is an arrogant {{Tsundere}} who frequently hits Shungo, but she also harbors feelings for him
by commiting petty crimes with his skills as a medium. When a ghost turned on him, he got saved by Goryo, and frequently angsts over whether or not he likes her back. She has so much insecurity over her love for Shungo that she develops an alternate personality that comes out and attempts to rape Shungo became his assistant in an attempt to convey her feelings to him.
* ''Manga/FutureDiary'': Tsubaki Kasugano, aka the 6th, and Yuno Gasai. And Yukiteru's always been TheWoobie but he also becomes more unstable and more of a jerk as the story continues.
** Almost all of the diary holders are [[JerkassWoobie Jerkass Woobies,]] [[RapeAsDrama in]] [[ParentalAbandonment one]] [[BrainwashedAndCrazy way]] [[AbusiveParents or]] [[CrazySurvivalist another.]]
* Mio Hio and Satoshi Hiwatari of ''Manga/DNAngel'', though both end up as just-plain Woobies in the end.
* [[CuteBruiser Taiga Aisaka]] of ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}''. Her violent emotional mood swings and stature complex stem more [[ParentalAbandonment from having a broken family]] than romantic issues, making her a borderline BrokenBird and a walking DeconsTruction of the popular {{Tsundere}} archetype. You could also reasonably argue that Taiga
his Magical Law business, which had become just a plain [[TheWoobie woobie]] by the end of the series.
* Michio Yuki of ''{{Manga/MW}}'' judging by his backstory of being kidnapped and [[spoiler:molested]] by a criminal who becomes a priest
ruthless in the future. Does way it did business. He's typically fairly arrogant and condescending towards most people besides Goryo, but at the same time, comes off as pitiable after [[spoiler:being fired for failing to execute one of Goryo's plans, even if he eventually gets back together with Goryo]]. He never completely changes and doesn't regret his actions, even if he acknowledges that end for him? No, he gets exposed to the titular chemical warfare that not only turns him into the villain many of them are less than noble, but his past shows that he is, [[IllGirl but also gives him occassional headaches, getting hospitalized at one time, mainly does what he does out of loyalty, and only has he helps to teach Roji a lesson about how he can best help Muhyo.
** The Cortlaw siblings are this to varying degrees, with Mick being the heaviest on the JerkAss end ([[spoiler:killing Panza when she tries TakingTheBullet for Roji]]) [[spoiler:until his final moments]], Ivy a mixture of both, and Kid being mostly a standard {{Woobie}} complicit in Ark's plans (albeit largely through manipulation with
a few years left critical lies). They lost their parents to live]]. You can't help but feel sorry for this guy the MLS ([[spoiler:unaware that they resisted arrest and killed some of those sent after them]]) and are willing to resort to dark magic to bring them back. Kid [[spoiler:admitting he was wrong and hoping to [[TogetherInDeath see his family again]] as he is dying]] is particularly [[TearJerker heart-wrenching]].
** George Schyuter keeps Muhyo and Roji out of the investigation largely out of pride and the belief that they're unable to help, and
even if he's beyond redemption.puts a sword to Roji's throat when he tries to help. It turns out, however, that his attitude and belief in working alone was the result of losing all of his partners and being blamed for it. He found a way to practice Magical Law alone, [[IneffectualLoner but derived no satisfaction from it]], since no one was with him to share his defeats or victories.



* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation If her dreams are any indication]], [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex Tomo has massive insecurities, which leads to her]] being such a {{Jerkass}}.
* Rin from ''Kodomo no Jikan'', especially in the earlier volumes. Yes, she has had a rough childhood and clearly needs to be helped, but the way Rin behaves - ways that could get a basically innocent man sent to prison, or seriously hurt someone - is just nasty. And she knows it.
* Dr. Tenma from the 2003 version of ''Anime/AstroBoy''. He's a control freak of a father to the point of abuse, yet watching the last few episodes one can't help but feel sorry for him.
* Ume Kurumizawa aka Kurumi from ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'', she is a ManipulativeBitch but she does this because she just wants to stay with Kazehaya. [[spoiler:She gets better.]]
* Hayato Mikogami from ''{{Sekirei}}'', the infamous Ashikabi of the South. He's extremely selfish and aggressively pursues any Sekirei that catches his eye, in order to add them to his growing collection. First introduced attempting to capture [[TokenMiniMoe Kusano]], he orders the injuring of the scientist that tried to protect her and is willing to order people killed if they get in his way. He comes across as ruthless, cruel, and utterly [[LackOfEmpathy lacking in empathy]] towards his victims and his own Sekirei. Then he's revealed to be a LonelyRichKid, completely abandoned by his parents and unable to connect with his peers or make friends. He states that he felt empty inside, and [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife desperately wished]] for "something amazing" to happen. The Sekirei he collects are the only friends he's ever had, and he expresses anger at the defeated ones for leaving him alone and wonders if he'll be reunited with them if he wins the Sekirei Plan. He's still very much a dangerous, ruthless enemy that has crossed many lines.....but it's difficult to not pity him just a little.
* ''Manga/{{Shiki}}'': The most prominent example is probably Masao. Although he's abominably uncaring and rude toward both the other teenagers and his family, he's also one of the least powerful and dangerous vampires, which results in his being the other vampires' punching bag on a fairly regular basis. Additionally, it often seems as though [[InnocentlyInsensitive he has honestly no clue just why he annoys the other characters]], to the point many fans have speculated that he has some sort of psychological disorder.
* ''Manga/KotouraSan'':
** [[spoiler:Kumiko Kotoura.]] A huge {{Jerkass}} to her own daughter [[spoiler:by disowning her for unknowingly revealing her affair and considered to send her to the mental ward,]] however [[spoiler:she lives in constant regret of the aforementioned disowning and failure to be a proper mother, as she at first DID try to help Haruka before she couldn't hack it, snapped, and disowned her.]] There's also the fact [[spoiler:that her husband refused to help with Haruka, put all the responsibility of 'fixing' her on her, and started not coming home. This combined with the Haruka problem drove Kumiko to drink and have the above mentioned affair. [[DownerBeginning We all know how that turned out...]]]]
** [[spoiler:The said daughter]] Haruka is also one in the beginning of the story, for wearing a JerkassFacade so that [[LeaveMeAlone she can be alone]], partly as the consequence of the above. Manabe's seeing the "woobie" part of the trope was in fact the beginning of her recovery.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is a CrapsackWorld with a strong focus on ChildSoldiers, so little surprise even the {{Jerkass}}es need hugs. This is driven brutally home with [[spoiler: Reiner Braun, Bertolt Hoover, and Annie Leonhart]], who regardless of their [[KillAllHumans horrific]] [[TheMole crimes]] are all portrayed as [[TragicVillain morally complex]] and [[BeingEvilSucks emotionally damaged]] teenagers desperately in need of hugs.
* Sniff/Nipsu from the AnimatedAdaptation of ''Literature/TheMoomins'' is a borderline case. While he doesn't have the same mean streak that Little My and Stinky have, he can be very greedy, sarcastic and self-centered but is often the ButtMonkey and ChewToy of the show. His cute appearence alone makes you want to hug him despite his greediness and in the Secret Fireworks episode, he saved a girls life only to have his heart broken by her.
* From ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'': Kurei Mori/Hanabishi. Sure, Kurei is far from nice, but to go through everything he has from the age of four, you just have to feel for him. He was stripped of his birthright for no properly proven reason, exiled with his mother to the outskirts of the village to endure ridicule and humiliation, not to mention implied violence from other children, imprisoned after trying to kill Recca in attempt to make his mother happy, oh, and his entire clan was destroyed in the span of a single night, including his father, and his mother who died protecting him. This is all at the age of four or five! When Kurei arrives in the future, he's adopted by a kind woman. Turns out, her husband is an utter beast! For the next twelve years, Kurei is trained to become a killing machine with no emotions to hold him back, and if he doesn't do what he is told, his adoptive mother would be killed. Then, he meets a girl, who he begins to love, but she is then killed by his adoptive father because she was holding Kurei back. That was pretty much the last straw for Kurei.
* What [[spoiler:Rin Matsuoka]] from ''Anime/{{Free}}'' turns out to actually be, once we delve in his backstory [[spoiler:and specially his relationship with his and Gou's DisappearedDad.]]
** [[spoiler:Sousuke]] turns out to be one too when it's revealed that [[spoiler:he is going to give up swimming because of his wrecked shoulder.]]

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* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation If her dreams are any indication]], [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex Tomo has massive insecurities, which leads to her]] being such a {{Jerkass}}.
* Rin from ''Kodomo no Jikan'', especially in the earlier volumes. Yes,
''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Asuka Langley Soryuu may come across like an annoying brat initially, but she has had a rough childhood an ''incredibly'' heartbreaking FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:When Asuka was very young, her mother, Kyoko, went insane and clearly needs ceased to recognize her as her daughter. When Kyoko committed suicide, Asuka found her body, with the doll Kyoko believed to be helped, but the way Rin behaves - ways that could get a basically innocent man sent to prison, or seriously hurt someone - is just nasty. And she knows it.
* Dr. Tenma from the 2003 version of ''Anime/AstroBoy''. He's a control freak of a father to the point of abuse, yet watching the last few episodes one can't help but feel sorry for him.
* Ume Kurumizawa aka Kurumi from ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'', she is a ManipulativeBitch but she does this because she just wants to stay with Kazehaya. [[spoiler:She gets better.]]
* Hayato Mikogami from ''{{Sekirei}}'', the infamous Ashikabi of the South. He's extremely selfish and aggressively pursues any Sekirei that catches his eye, in order to add them to his growing collection. First introduced attempting to capture [[TokenMiniMoe Kusano]], he orders the injuring of the scientist that tried to protect her and is willing to order people killed if they get in his way. He comes across as ruthless, cruel, and utterly [[LackOfEmpathy lacking in empathy]] towards his victims and his own Sekirei. Then he's revealed to be a LonelyRichKid, completely abandoned by his parents and unable to connect with his peers or make friends. He states that he felt empty inside, and [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife desperately wished]] for "something amazing" to happen. The Sekirei he collects are the only friends he's ever had, and he expresses anger at the defeated ones for leaving him alone and wonders if he'll be reunited with them if he wins the Sekirei Plan. He's still very much a dangerous, ruthless enemy that has crossed many lines.....but it's difficult to not pity him just a little.
* ''Manga/{{Shiki}}'': The most prominent example is probably Masao. Although he's abominably uncaring and rude toward both the other teenagers and his family, he's also one of the least powerful and dangerous vampires, which results in his being the other vampires' punching bag on a fairly regular basis. Additionally, it often seems as though [[InnocentlyInsensitive he has honestly no clue just why he annoys the other characters]], to the point many fans have speculated that he has some sort of psychological disorder.
* ''Manga/KotouraSan'':
** [[spoiler:Kumiko Kotoura.]] A huge {{Jerkass}} to
her own daughter [[spoiler:by disowning hanged right beside her, in a sort of would-be murder-suicide. Her father seemingly never cared about her for unknowingly revealing her mother or Asuka in the first place, and began having an affair and considered to send her to the mental ward,]] however [[spoiler:she lives in constant regret of the aforementioned disowning and failure to be a proper mother, as she at first DID try to help Haruka before she couldn't hack it, snapped, and disowned her.]] There's also the fact [[spoiler:that her husband refused to help with Haruka, put all the responsibility of 'fixing' her on her, and started not coming home. This combined with the Haruka problem drove Kumiko to drink and have head nurse in charge of her. So far in her life, the above mentioned affair. [[DownerBeginning We all know how people she cared about either a) killed themselves or b) revealed that turned out...]]]]
they didn't care at all. Asuka threw herself into learning how to pilot EVA-02 in a desperate attempt to earn affection from others. She also feels that anyone she cares about will leave her, so she developed a fake arrogant personality to hide her real insecure self and push everyone away.]] [[FromBadToWorse And then the events of the series kicked in]]. Including the TropeNamer for MindRape.
** One of the later episodes features Asuka [[spoiler:naked, hollow-cheeked, and lying in a tub,]] well past the DespairEventHorizon, stating that she no longer has the will to live. [[spoiler:The said daughter]] Haruka is also one in the beginning of the story, for wearing a JerkassFacade so that [[LeaveMeAlone she can tub appears to be alone]], partly as the consequence of the above. Manabe's seeing the "woobie" part of the trope was in fact the beginning of her recovery.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is a CrapsackWorld
filled with a strong focus on ChildSoldiers, so little surprise even the {{Jerkass}}es need hugs. This is driven brutally home with red liquid indicating that ''she tried to kill herself by slitting her wrists.'']] Poor Asuka...
** In End of Evangelion,
[[spoiler: Reiner Braun, Bertolt Hoover, she finally gets to see her mother inside Unit 02 and Annie Leonhart]], who regardless of their [[KillAllHumans horrific]] [[TheMole crimes]] are all portrayed as [[TragicVillain morally complex]] feel love and [[BeingEvilSucks emotionally damaged]] teenagers desperately in need of hugs.
* Sniff/Nipsu
acceptance from the AnimatedAdaptation of ''Literature/TheMoomins'' is a borderline case. While he doesn't have the same mean streak that Little My and Stinky have, he can be very greedy, sarcastic and self-centered but is often the ButtMonkey and ChewToy of the show. His cute appearence alone makes you want to hug him despite his greediness and in the Secret Fireworks episode, he saved a girls life her...only to have his heart broken by her.
* From ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'': Kurei Mori/Hanabishi. Sure, Kurei is far from nice, but to go
be shortly thereafter forced through everything he has from the age experience of four, you just have to feel for him. He was stripped of his birthright for no properly proven reason, exiled with his mother to being eaten alive by the outskirts of the village to endure ridicule and humiliation, not to mention implied violence from other children, imprisoned after trying to kill Recca in attempt to make his mother happy, oh, and his entire clan was destroyed in the span of a single night, including his father, and his mother who died protecting him. This is all at the age of four or five! When Kurei arrives in the future, he's adopted by a kind woman. Turns out, her husband is an utter beast! For the next twelve years, Kurei is trained to become a killing machine with no emotions to hold him back, and if he doesn't do what he is told, his adoptive mother would be killed. Then, he meets a girl, who he begins to love, but she is then killed by his adoptive father because she was holding Kurei back. That was pretty much the last straw for Kurei.
* What [[spoiler:Rin Matsuoka]] from ''Anime/{{Free}}'' turns out to actually be, once we delve in his backstory [[spoiler:and specially his relationship with his and Gou's DisappearedDad.
Mass Production Evas.]]
* Tomoko Kuroki from ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'' just wants to make friends and have a social life, despite her crippling social anxiety and [[NoSocialSkills utter lack of social graces]]. However, as often as she is simply the victim of [[CosmicPlaything circumstance]], she is also conceited, [[{{Narcissist}} narcissistic]], and [[HypocriticalHumor critical of others' flaws in spite of her own]]. This can sometimes make her even sadder, as her efforts to socialize are often sabotaged by her own shortcomings.
* Kuromi from ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody'' may qualify, given that the reason why she's acting like a jerk is because My Melody made her life miserable.
* ''Manga/OniisamaE'':
** [[spoiler:Sousuke]] turns out Mariko Shinobu. She's selfish, clingy, creepy, acts like she owns Nanako [[spoiler: and once tries to be kill her]], and at the start she's a bitch to Nanako's friend Tomoko. She's also one too of Nanako's few friends in Seiran, protects her from bullies like Aya Misaki, [[spoiler:and is very screwed up after her father first cheated on her mother, and later abandoned Mrs. Shinobu and young Mariko.]] She genuinely cares for Kaoru, and when Kaoru acknowledges it, [[{{Moe}} Mariko becomes freaking adorable for a second.]]
** Also, to the shock of many, [[spoiler:''Aya Misaki herself'']] becomes one after [[BreakTheHaughty she gets utterly broken]] by the last part of the TV series. To the point of [[spoiler: being this close to commit suicide.]]
* ''Manga/{{Ooku}}'': Shogun Iemitsu the Younger (or [[SheIsTheKing Lady Chie]], depending on who you ask). We first see her when the former buddhist monk Arikoto is presented to her, given a 'maidenly' name, and ''beaten about the head and face'' '''by''' ''her until he bleeds, for not answering to it fast enough''. However, even without factoring in the [[DeusAngstMachina improbable extent]] of her DarkAndTroubledPast, it becomes clear that she is, in truth, a prisoner in the Shogun's castle who has been stripped of both her name and, to a large degree, her gender as well. The closest thing to love she gets [[spoiler: [[AMatchMadeInStockholm before Arikoto comes into the picture]]]] is from someone who she knows [[LovingAShadow only sees the reflection]] of [[ChildByRape a father she never knew]] in her.
* Harry [=MacDoogal=] from ''Manga/OutlawStar''. Yes, he's a villain, and an AxCrazy StalkerWithACrush at that, but when Hazanko destroys him, Melfina cries out for him, and when he appears as a mechanical "phantom" before Gene and Khan and helps to open the door, his final moments are so poignant that you almost wish it didn't have to end that way. Also, you got to feel sorry for him because he has feelings for Melfina and she doesn't share the same feelings for him and he does everything he can to make her love him only to fail and get curb stomped by a massive douchebag with the ability to break his body parts like a bendy straw.
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts'':
%%** Oz and Vincent.
** And Break. Sure, he's not always nice, and
it's not obvious that he's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but he does have his moments. In the past, [[spoiler:it's revealed that [[spoiler:he is he signed an illegal contract to try to change the fact that the family he was bound to protect was betrayed and massacred. Then, he was dragged into the Abyss and had his eye torn out, only to have the family die off anyway.]] Currently, [[spoiler:he's going blind in his remaining eye.]]
** Leo too. He becomes crazy and lonely after [[spoiler:Elliot's death]] and becomes more of a jerk. [[spoiler:He feels like Elliot's misfortune and death are all his fault.]]
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has Panty Anarchy, a lazy and hedonistic UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist for the first 11 episodes. The last two episodes, however, [[WhamEpisode turns all of this around]]. Long story short, [[spoiler:she's left alone
to give fend for herself after Stocking is PutOnABus]], [[spoiler:she gets stripped of her angel powers]], [[spoiler:the only person around who still gives a shit about her is kidnapped]], [[spoiler:she suffers a massive HumiliationConga]], and last, but certainly not least, [[spoiler:she ends up swimming as the victim of one of the most infamous {{Gainax Ending}}s of all time, [[CainAndAbel being cut up by]] [[EvilAllAlong Stocking]]]]. Jeez.
* Suzu of ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane''. Suzu becomes an insane {{Jerkass}} after he thinks that Tetsunosuke (his only friend) killed his master, Yoshida (whom he admired and was the only person who cared for him). He was taken in by a DepravedHomosexual old man and raped when he was alone and starving on the streets.
%%* Sae Kashiwagi of ''Anime/PeachGirl''.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Mewtwo. He goes on a rampage against all living things to prove [[TheSocialDarwinist clone superiority]], but after [[CloningBlues what happened to him]], [[BetaTestBaddie can you blame]] him?
** Also from the anime, Meowth. He's technically a mafia goon and kind of a jerk...but that's
because of he grew up an alley cat on the streets and worked his wrecked shoulder.]]tail off learning to speak human to impress a girl-cat, only to be rejected and ostracized as a "freak". He ended up as a goon in a criminal syndicate because it was the only place he could find that would have him.



* [[NoMatterHowYouLookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular Tomoko Kuroki]] just wants to make friends and have a social life, despite her crippling social anxiety and [[NoSocialSkills utter lack of social graces]]. However, as often as she is simply the victim of [[CosmicPlaything circumstance]], she is also conceited, [[{{Narcissist}} narcissistic]], and [[HypocriticalHumor critical of others' flaws in spite of her own]]. This can sometimes make her even sadder, as her efforts to socialize are often sabotaged by her own shortcomings.
* Under her bitchy exterior and unbearable behavior, Sophie Montgomery from ''Manga/{{Lady}}'' turns out to be this once we learn more about her, [[spoiler:specially when she is being manipulated into inheriting her family's fortune by her mother Jeanne with threats of sending her back to France if she fails,]] and also the fact that [[spoiler: she desperately and genuinely wants her [[WellDoneSonGuy mom's love and approval]].]]

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* [[NoMatterHowYouLookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular Tomoko Kuroki]] ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
** Kyouko Sakura. She's introduced as an amoral, AxCrazy, borderline evil DarkActionGirl... and then we learn that [[spoiler:her family was destitute after her minister father was excommunicated, she used her Wish to get him followers...and when Dad found out, he went mad and killed the whole Sakura family except for her]]. It certainly helps that the person she mocked the most, Sayaka, was also the one who unlocked her HiddenHeartOfGold.
** Homura, too. She first appears in the act of severely injuring the series's lovable mascot (in fact, [[spoiler:she had already killed him, but he revived himself, so she was trying to kill him ''again'']]). Later, she gives vague, threat-like warnings to Madoka, and generally acts creepy and ominous. She doesn't seem truly evil, since she shows up to help the "good guys" a few times, but she's extremely detached and uncaring, especially when [[spoiler:Sayaka dies]] and Kyouko (the ''other'' JerkassWoobie) blows up at her for seeming so heartless. Of course, there's a (spoileriffic) reason for all this: [[spoiler:Homura's a time traveler, and has watched all the other girls die extremely tragic deaths in numerous previous timelines. She keeps going back in an attempt to fix things, but always ends up making everything ''even worse'' than the last time. At this point, she's given up on everything except trying to save Madoka, despite knowing that it's probably impossible; she's become so detached because, otherwise, she'd lose hope and turn into a witch herself.]]
** In the spinoffs, we have the namesake of ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'' and her sidekick/companion/[[UnholyMatrimony ambiguous lover]] Kirika. [[spoiler: They're behind the magical girl murders]], but both their backstories show them broken to the point of non-functionality by depression and betrayal by loved ones, Kirika is ''literally'' [[AxCrazy insane]] as the result of her wish, and [[LivingEmotionalCrutch each one's functionality and survival is unhealthily dependent on the other]].
* Lucia from ''Anime/RaveMaster''. The one that had to watch his mother die and got locked up for ten years for no reason when he was 6... but that still doesn't justify how he gleefully wanted to commit mass murder.
%%* Makoto Isshiki from ''Anime/{{Rahxephon}}''.
* ''Manga/ReimeiNoArcana'': initially, Caesar. Cain possibly counts as well.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'':
** Nanami Kiryuu. Good lord, what a bad day she has had...[[spoiler: After discovering that her brother Touga, who she loved ever since she was a child, was not her blood sibling, she feels like the connection she had was fake, and now has nothing to hold on to. After that, she runs away from home, into the house of a pair of close, happy siblings, only to walk in on them having sex. And after that, she walks in on Touga making out with a member of her old gang, to hear her brother say that he never loved her to begin with, and to have her ex-friend claim that she has no connection to her anymore. And then after that, she gets the Akio Car treatment, where Touga attempts to rape her, which she fights off in fright, and then loses her duel, sobbing that she feels like she's
just wants a face in the crowd and has no way to reconnect with the brother she loves. It's very hard not to feel sorry for her after all that, even though she was a raging AlphaBitch {{Yandere}} most of the time. She does seem to become nicer afterwards, too, warning Utena to not hang around with Akio or Anthy anymore as she thinks they're up to no good, but her warnings fall in deaf ears.]] Ouch.
** Mikage Souji could qualify as well. [[spoiler: Just as he was beginning to evolve out of his computer-like personality and developed feelings for a woman named Tokiko, Akio seduced her just so he could manipulate Mikage into burning down the memorial center. And, of course, killing the 100 boys trapped inside. Not only that, but Akio gets Mikage to work for him years later as a puppetmaster, pulling the strings of the black rose duellists. Unfortunately, Mikage doesn't know that he's a puppet at all, and that Akio has tampered with his memories.]]
** Saionji too. Yes, Saionji was a total JerkAss, but not even he deserved Touga's horrible treatment and manipulation of him. And the flashbacks to his childhood [[UsedtoBeaSweetKid show him as a genuinely sweet pre-teen]]...
** Shiori Takatsuki, whose crushing inferiority complex drives her to lash out at Juri because not only does she think no one could possibly genuinely love her, but she [[DontYouDarePityMe hates being treated with pity]], which she believes is the only reason Juri was friends with her in the first place. ''Then'' she's humiliated by Ruka, the first person
to make friends her feel, for once, good about herself.
* [[spoiler:Charlotte de Polignac]] from ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles''. On one hand she's a huge SpoiledBrat. On the other hand, she went through a ''very'' heartbreaking BreakTheCutie progress [[spoiler: after her mother forced her into an ArrangedMarriage to a very creepy old man, which totally broke her mind
and caused her to commit suicide by falling off the balcony.]]
* Souma and Sakurako Saiki from ''Manga/SakuraGari''. Initially, it seems as if ItsAllAboutMe with them, and they'll do whatever it takes to get what they want even if they hurt/kill others in the process. Also, every one of Souma's lovers are shown to
have a social life, despite her crippling social anxiety horrible endings. He even notices and [[NoSocialSkills utter lack of social graces]]. mentions it himself. Of course, this doesn't stop him from continuing to take lovers. However, even with all their flaws, it doesn't make their [[BreakTheCutie backstories]] and [[DownerEnding endings]] any less heartbreaking or messed up. And at the end, due to his actions, Souma ends up driving away Masataka, who he had genuinely fallen in love with, and, in the last panel, he is shown crying into one of Masataka's shirts. And as for Sakurako, [[spoiler:we find out that she's actually a ''boy'' named Youya, desperately lonely and unstable after [[GoMadFromTheRevelation his/her mind totally breaks when s/he was a child]], and s/he ends up commiting suicide when s/he thinks s/he's killed Souma... not before having a heartbreaking VillainousBreakdown where s/he attacks his/her dad while asking "why I was born? why was I brought into this world?!".]]
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'':
** Mugen is a crazy, {{Badass}}, insane AntiHero whose childhood makes anyone want to cry...
** Jerkass may be a strong word, but Fuu fits as well. She's
often as she is simply the victim of [[CosmicPlaything circumstance]], she is also conceited, [[{{Narcissist}} narcissistic]], and [[HypocriticalHumor critical of others' flaws in spite temperamental, unappreciative of her own]]. This can sometimes make bodyguards (to be fair, they do abandon her even sadder, as a few times), and seems to recklessly search for someone with almost no leads. But like Mugen, she's also lonely and her efforts to socialize are often sabotaged by her own shortcomings.
* Under her bitchy exterior and unbearable behavior, Sophie Montgomery from ''Manga/{{Lady}}''
search for the sunflower samurai turns out to be this once we learn more about her, [[spoiler:specially when she is being manipulated into inheriting her family's fortune by her mother Jeanne with threats of sending her back to France if she fails,]] and also the fact that [[spoiler: she desperately because he's her dad, and genuinely wants he abandoned her [[WellDoneSonGuy mom's love now dead mother to save her and approval]].Fuu from being persecuted by the anti-Christian government.]]



* ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'' gives us two prominent examples. The first is Clair Leonelli, an insane young mob leader whose would-be murderous tendencies are a result of growing up with [[AbusiveParents an abusive]] [[WellDoneSonGuy and demanding father]] and who's often at odds with the other mob leaders in his company because he's [[JustAKid so young]]. The other is Shun Aurora, the older brother to hero Daisuke Aurora, who [[spoiler:was so badly traumatized by his [[MissingMom mother's leaving the family]] and [[DisappearedDad his father's death]] that he eventually decided he had to take over the entire city of Judoh himself.]]
* Ryuuhi Kin from ''Manga/AshitaNoJoe''. On one hand he has a genuinely terrible DarkAndTroubledPast - it really sucks to barely survive the brutal Korean War as a StreetUrchin, to [[spoiler:have your mom become a casualty of the Korean War in front of your very eyes]] ''and'' to [[spoiler:accidentally kill your father.]] But on the other hand, said sordid past clearly gives him a sense of entitlement; it makes him feel that he's better than anyone else in the sport, looks down on boxing as just a game that shouldn't be treated with any passion just because there are rules in the sport, and looks down on Joe especially for struggling with his weight, just because nobody else he knows had to go through what he did. ''Not a good way to win sympathy points.''
* Satsuki Kiryuin from ''Anime/KillLaKill'' is the EvilOverlord of Honnouji Academy, with a SocialDarwinist outlook on life. However, her backstory is disturbing, to say the least. When she was a child, her parents [[spoiler:tried to infuse her DNA with Life Fibers, which failed on her]]. After which they decided to [[spoiler:try it on her baby sister, and when it seemingly failed on her]], her mother Ragyo [[spoiler:decided to throw her into the trash chute]]. Her father, Soichiro[[spoiler:, upon finding out that the baby was still alive, abandoned Satsuki in order to protect the baby, but not before he left her with a mission to kill Ragyo]], which transformed her into the cynical despot she is today. Soon afterwards, Satsuki became [[AbusiveParents her mother's]] [[ParentalIncest plaything]]. It's implied that she dealt with Ragyo's abuse for thirteen years, and it's also implied that she could've been much worse[[spoiler:, as seen with Nui Harime]].
** [[TheHero Ryuko Matoi]] also had a pretty bad life. As [[spoiler:the aforementioned baby]], her father, [[spoiler:who changed his identity to Isshin Matoi]], sent her to multiple boarding schools, where the other kids didn't want to interact with her. Ryuko's inability to make friends combined with her father's ParentalAbandonment turned her into a full-blown JapaneseDelinquent with [[HotBlooded a nasty temper]] by the time she was in high school, and the one time her father calls for her, he ends up dying. On her quest for revenge, one bombshell after another keeps dropping on her, which only serves to [[JerkassBall deteriorate her psyche]], until she snaps and [[spoiler:ends up brainwashed and with the bad guys]].
** As taken from the FridgeHorror section: Nui's character in general is really a mother-lode of [[FridgeHorror Fridge Depressant]] if you're willing to look back at her scant background details and allow some empathy: [[spoiler:She wasn't just infused with Life Fibers as a newborn, she was incubated in an artificial womb of them that made her merge with them as a fetus. Soichiro was nowhere to be seen when she was being gestated and showed no recognition toward her when they fought, so he likely wasn't involved with her life in any fashion, and certainly he had been driven off long before Nui could have developed enough to recognize or remember him later in life, and she grew up completely under Ragyo's sole care, with all the horror that implies. She has no true good relationship with any other character whatsoever, with Rei and Ragyo being aloof taskmasters that only step in to help her when danger to her could result in danger to their cause, and all other characters being either enemies or mindless slaves. She is the only character to actually suffer permanent scarring and loss of limb throughout all the action in the series. She was brought up to believe that she was completely different and separate from humanity, that the Life Fibers and the facilitation of their reproduction cycle is her raison d'etre, and that her only value was in her abilities as a tailor, and when she both loses her arms and finishes the "Ultimate Kamui", her usefulness has culminated in her and her master's eyes, and there is nothing left and nowhere to go for her, and she when muses on how she could be killed in the final battle between humans and Life Fibers, she not only looks ready for the prospect, but relieved by it.]] She has the worst of both Satsuki and Ryuko's entwined DarkAndTroubledPast combined into one whole, turned UpToEleven, and stripped of all the counterbalancing positive experiences and influences that gave them the initial perspective and strength to challenge their mother. Her entire character arc is reminiscent of [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Princess Azula]]'s descent into madness from abandonment in her series' finale, except Nui has always been mad since she never even had the illusion of anyone actually loving her, resorting to deliberately driving people, especially those she expresses genuine interest or desire to connect with like Satsuki and Ryuko, to hate her because that's the only kind of care she's ever understood, and there's no one in-universe who would actually feel, let alone show, her any pity.
** And in the end, [[spoiler: she doesn't even get killed in battle. She kills herself by merging with Ragyo, her mother, the only person who has ever been there for her even if there wasn't any true love shared between them.]] So twisted....
* Saruhiko Fushimi from ''Anime/{{K}}''. He's a cold, fairly lazy sociopath with sadistic tendencies who betrayed his former clansmen supposedly for the sake of power, and has a downright Yandere obsession with his former best friend, Yata. He seems like nothing more than a power hungry jerkass... Until you learn that his father was psychologically abusive and he grew up with a depressingly jaded view of the world. Yata was his only friend, and after joining HOMRA seemed to distracted to care about him anymore, spurring his betrayal in a desperate attempt to be noticed by him. Even currently he's shown to be greatly pained by their past and pushes away out every time Yata tries fixing their relationship out of fear that he'll just end up pushed aside if Yata ' s hate isn't focused on him.
* [[spoiler:Charlotte de Polignac]] from ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles''. On one hand she's a huge SpoiledBrat. On the other hand, she went through a ''very'' heartbreaking BreakTheCutie progress [[spoiler: after her mother forced her into an ArrangedMarriage to a very creepy old man, which totally broke her mind and caused her to commit suicide by falling off the balcony.]]

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* ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'' gives us two Hayato Mikogami from ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'', the infamous Ashikabi of the South. He's extremely selfish and aggressively pursues any Sekirei that catches his eye, in order to add them to his growing collection. First introduced attempting to capture [[TokenMiniMoe Kusano]], he orders the injuring of the scientist that tried to protect her and is willing to order people killed if they get in his way. He comes across as ruthless, cruel, and utterly [[LackOfEmpathy lacking in empathy]] towards his victims and his own Sekirei. Then he's revealed to be a LonelyRichKid, completely abandoned by his parents and unable to connect with his peers or make friends. He states that he felt empty inside, and [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife desperately wished]] for "something amazing" to happen. The Sekirei he collects are the only friends he's ever had, and he expresses anger at the defeated ones for leaving him alone and wonders if he'll be reunited with them if he wins the Sekirei Plan. He's still very much a dangerous, ruthless enemy that has crossed many lines.....but it's difficult to not pity him just a little.
* Sakuya Ookochi from ''Manga/SensualPhrase''. He's a JerkAss and a BastardBoyfriend to his girlfriend Aine largely because of a scene where he attempted to rape her out of jealousy, and even when not being a BastardBoyfriend, he's a huge jerk even to his own bandmates. Then, it's shown that he has an extremely DarkAndTroubledPast (as in, [[spoiler:he's an HeroicBastard ChildOfRape, his "father" left him when he learned that baby Sakuya wasn't his kid, he was bullied all the time because of his heritage, and his LadyDrunk mom drank herself to death when he was a child).]] While said past explains pretty well why he's such an asshole, it still doesn't justify his horrible treatment of other people around him, which had to be toned down in the anime quite a bit... and it still wasn't enough to make him anything but a JerkAss.
* ''Manga/{{Shiki}}'': The most
prominent examples. The first example is Clair Leonelli, an insane young mob leader whose would-be murderous tendencies are a result of growing up with [[AbusiveParents an abusive]] [[WellDoneSonGuy probably Masao. Although he's abominably uncaring and demanding father]] and who's often at odds with rude toward both the other mob leaders in teenagers and his company because family, he's [[JustAKid so young]]. The also one of the least powerful and dangerous vampires, which results in his being the other is Shun Aurora, vampires' punching bag on a fairly regular basis. Additionally, it often seems as though [[InnocentlyInsensitive he has honestly no clue just why he annoys the older brother other characters]], to hero Daisuke Aurora, who [[spoiler:was so badly traumatized by his [[MissingMom the point many fans have speculated that he has some sort of psychological disorder.
* Kaede from ''Anime/{{Shuffle}}''. You feel bad for her for how messed up in the head she became following her
mother's death and how she lost the will to live. But you also hate her for treating Rin like shit all throughout their childhood, because he decided to take the blame on himself so she wouldn't figure out that the death of her mother was actually her fault. For what it's worth, when she finds out the truth, she ends up hating herself for how she treated Rin and decides to [[TheAtoner try to atone for her bad actions by devoting herself to Rin]]. Rin does not really want this, but he is afraid of making Kaede have a relapse by not allowing her to punish herself in this way. Kaede is also shown to have romantic feelings for Rin, but considers herself unworthy to be loved by Rin or to stay by Rin's side, and acts like a {{Yandere}} (in the anime) when she finds out he and Asa are a couple, as she completely loses her self-worth at the sight. There's also the fact that Kaede has feelings for Rin and is hopelessly devoted to him, but Rin is Asa's boyfriend, so Rin simply cannot never return Kaede's feelings.
* Sara of ''Manga/TegamiBachi'' prevents all mail from coming to or
leaving Honey Waters under the family]] and [[DisappearedDad guise of being a Reverse operation, which results in the death of a man who tries to deliver on his father's death]] own. But it turns out that he eventually decided he she and Hunt had lived in a freak show, and Hunt had a dead creature's arms sewed onto him in a desperate bid to take over avoid being sold. When the people of Honey Waters happened upon them, Sara made up a story about Hunt being the Man Who Could Not Become Spirit in order to protect him from them, and all the other lies were necessary to maintain the first one. It helps that Sara gets a HeelRealization, leaves the money to the citizens, and leaves town with Hunt to start anew.
** There's also Emil, a blind girl who was taken in and exploited by the keepers of the Wuthering Heights inn, and [[spoiler:also formed a bond with the Gaichuu Laphroiag, using him to devour the hearts of her employers and many other people]]. As much as Zazie wants to stop her, [[spoiler:particularly because Laphroiag ate his parents' hearts]], he also sympathizes with her [[NotSoDifferent because of their similar circumstances]] [[OrphansOrdeal as orphans]].
* Ichise of ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}''. He's rather [[TheStoic Stoic]] and cold to nearly everyone (which includes not even saying "Thank You" to one guy who was kind enough to give him a meal when he was starving), and he's even like that during his youth: when he was younger, he found his dead father hanging from the ceiling, and while his mother cried at the sight, he showed little emotion and was surprised by his mother's reaction. He also has a tendency to have violent outbursts and gives the DeathGlare to people who annoy him. However, practically the whole anime puts him through an extreme BreakTheCutie cycle which includes both parents being killed, growing up as an ostracized outsider, working as a fighter in an underground ring, having two of his limbs cut off as punishment for using his fists to defend himself against a sadistic woman, has to go through the agonising pain of learning how to use new artificial limbs, watches his entire world deteriorate, gets beat up to a brutal degree, gets thrown down a sewer, nearly has his remaining limbs cut off, realizes that
the entire city human race is effectively dead, and then watches the only human he actually has a connection with have her head stuck on the body of Judoh himself.his enemy. To top it all off, he [[spoiler: dies in the last episode]].
** [[MadScientist Doc]], as well. She is [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil a rapist]] who treats Ichise like a science experiment, [[spoiler: [[ILied and lies to him regarding]] [[MotivationalLie the use of his mother's remains so he'd accept the Texhnolyzation process.]]]] As it turns out however, [[RichesToRags she used to be one of the Class,]] [[FallenPrincess who was forced out]] on account of ideological disagreements with [[spoiler: the BigBad, Kano,]] and when she finally reaches the surface to get help, [[spoiler: she finds out, to her despair, that not only are [[HumanitysWake most of humanity gone,]] but the remainder lack [[DespairEventHorizon the energy to either care about Lux or her research.]] Confronted with the fact [[HopeSpot that Lux is more or less doomed,]] and that [[AllForNothing her life's work]] [[ItsAllJunk has been a total waste of time for her,]] Doc ultimately concludes that she has [[NothingLeftToDoButDie no reason to live any longer,]] and is implied to have [[DrivenToSuicide killed herself]] after Ichise leaves her behind.
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* Ryuuhi Kin %%* Akira from ''Manga/AshitaNoJoe''. On one hand he has a genuinely terrible DarkAndTroubledPast - it really sucks to barely survive the brutal Korean War as a StreetUrchin, to [[spoiler:have your mom become a casualty of the Korean War in front of your very eyes]] ''and'' to [[spoiler:accidentally kill your father.]] But on the other hand, said sordid past clearly gives him a sense of entitlement; it makes him feel that he's better than anyone else in the sport, looks down on boxing as just a game that shouldn't be treated with any passion just because there are rules in the sport, and looks down on Joe especially for struggling with his weight, just because nobody else he knows had to go through what he did. ''Not a good way to win sympathy points.''
* Satsuki Kiryuin from ''Anime/KillLaKill'' is the EvilOverlord of Honnouji Academy, with a SocialDarwinist outlook on life. However, her backstory is disturbing, to say the least. When she was a child, her parents [[spoiler:tried to infuse her DNA with Life Fibers, which failed on her]]. After which they decided to [[spoiler:try it on her baby sister, and when it seemingly failed on her]], her mother Ragyo [[spoiler:decided to throw her into the trash chute]]. Her father, Soichiro[[spoiler:, upon finding out that the baby was still alive, abandoned Satsuki in order to protect the baby, but not before he left her with a mission to kill Ragyo]], which transformed her into the cynical despot she is today. Soon afterwards, Satsuki became [[AbusiveParents her mother's]] [[ParentalIncest plaything]]. It's implied that she dealt with Ragyo's abuse for thirteen years, and it's also implied that she could've been much worse[[spoiler:, as seen with Nui Harime]].
** [[TheHero Ryuko Matoi]] also had a pretty bad life. As [[spoiler:the aforementioned baby]], her father, [[spoiler:who changed his identity to Isshin Matoi]], sent her to multiple boarding schools, where the other kids didn't want to interact with her. Ryuko's inability to make friends combined with her father's ParentalAbandonment turned her into a full-blown JapaneseDelinquent with [[HotBlooded a nasty temper]] by the time she was in high school, and the one time her father calls for her, he ends up dying. On her quest for revenge, one bombshell after another keeps dropping on her, which only serves to [[JerkassBall deteriorate her psyche]], until she snaps and [[spoiler:ends up brainwashed and with the bad guys]].
** As taken from the FridgeHorror section: Nui's character in general is really a mother-lode of [[FridgeHorror Fridge Depressant]] if you're willing to look back at her scant background details and allow some empathy: [[spoiler:She wasn't just infused with Life Fibers as a newborn, she was incubated in an artificial womb of them that made her merge with them as a fetus. Soichiro was nowhere to be seen when she was being gestated and showed no recognition toward her when they fought, so he likely wasn't involved with her life in any fashion, and certainly he had been driven off long before Nui could have developed enough to recognize or remember him later in life, and she grew up completely under Ragyo's sole care, with all the horror that implies. She has no true good relationship with any other character whatsoever, with Rei and Ragyo being aloof taskmasters that only step in to help her when danger to her could result in danger to their cause, and all other characters being either enemies or mindless slaves. She is the only character to actually suffer permanent scarring and loss of limb throughout all the action in the series. She was brought up to believe that she was completely different and separate from humanity, that the Life Fibers and the facilitation of their reproduction cycle is her raison d'etre, and that her only value was in her abilities as a tailor, and when she both loses her arms and finishes the "Ultimate Kamui", her usefulness has culminated in her and her master's eyes, and there is nothing left and nowhere to go for her, and she when muses on how she could be killed in the final battle between humans and Life Fibers, she not only looks ready for the prospect, but relieved by it.]] She has the worst of both Satsuki and Ryuko's entwined DarkAndTroubledPast combined into one whole, turned UpToEleven, and stripped of all the counterbalancing positive experiences and influences that gave them the initial perspective and strength to challenge their mother. Her entire character arc is reminiscent of [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Princess Azula]]'s descent into madness from abandonment in her series' finale, except Nui has always been mad since she never even had the illusion of anyone actually loving her, resorting to deliberately driving people, especially those she expresses genuine interest or desire to connect with like Satsuki and Ryuko, to hate her because that's the only kind of care she's ever understood, and there's no one in-universe who would actually feel, let alone show, her any pity.
** And in the end, [[spoiler: she doesn't even get killed in battle. She kills herself by merging with Ragyo, her mother, the only person who has ever been there for her even if there wasn't any true love shared between them.]] So twisted....
* Saruhiko Fushimi from ''Anime/{{K}}''. He's a cold, fairly lazy sociopath with sadistic tendencies who betrayed his former clansmen supposedly for the sake of power, and has a downright Yandere obsession with his former best friend, Yata. He seems like nothing more than a power hungry jerkass... Until you learn that his father was psychologically abusive and he grew up with a depressingly jaded view of the world. Yata was his only friend, and after joining HOMRA seemed to distracted to care about him anymore, spurring his betrayal in a desperate attempt to be noticed by him. Even currently he's shown to be greatly pained by their past and pushes away out every time Yata tries fixing their relationship out of fear that he'll just end up pushed aside if Yata ' s hate isn't focused on him.
* [[spoiler:Charlotte de Polignac]] from ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles''. On one hand she's a huge SpoiledBrat. On the other hand, she went through a ''very'' heartbreaking BreakTheCutie progress [[spoiler: after her mother forced her into an ArrangedMarriage to a very creepy old man, which totally broke her mind and caused her to commit suicide by falling off the balcony.]]
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* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has Panty Anarchy, a lazy and hedonistic UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist for the first 11 episodes. The last two episodes, however, [[WhamEpisode turns all of this around]]. Long story short, [[spoiler:she's left alone to fend for herself after Stocking is PutOnABus]], [[spoiler:she gets stripped of her angel powers]], [[spoiler:the only person around who still gives a shit about her is kidnapped]], [[spoiler:she suffers a massive HumiliationConga]], and last, but certainly not least, [[spoiler:she ends up as the victim of one of the most infamous {{Gainax Ending}}s of all time, [[CainAndAbel being cut up by]] [[EvilAllAlong Stocking]]]]. Jeez.

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* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has Panty Anarchy, a lazy [[CuteBruiser Taiga Aisaka]] of ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}''. Her violent emotional mood swings and hedonistic UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist for stature complex stem more [[ParentalAbandonment from having a broken family]] than romantic issues, making her a borderline BrokenBird and a walking DeconsTruction of the first 11 episodes. The last two episodes, however, [[WhamEpisode turns all popular {{Tsundere}} archetype. You could also reasonably argue that Taiga had become just a plain [[TheWoobie woobie]] by the end of this around]]. Long story short, [[spoiler:she's left alone the series.
* Ataru from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' also qualifies. He's canonically the biggest lech in the galaxy who [[CasanovaWannabe leers at girls]] and often treats his devoted fiancee, Lum, like dirt or an annoying obstacle
to fend for herself after Stocking is PutOnABus]], [[spoiler:she gets stripped him acquiring a harem, but considering [[ComedicSociopathy how gleefully the universe seems to love punishing him with outrageous and consistent misfortune]] and how he's shown a couple of her angel powers]], [[spoiler:the only signs of [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold being a good person around deep down who still genuinely loves Lum]], it reaches the point where you also can't help but want him to actually get lucky for once or at least have one day where the entire universe isn't out to get him. As one review of the series commented (paraphrased), even though Ataru completely deserves every bit of suffering heaped upon him, you can't help but feel for him at the same time and hope that fate will cut him a break one day.
* Akira Inugami from ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest''. He rescues his MoralityPet teacher from baddies regularly,
gives a shit about her is kidnapped]], [[spoiler:she suffers a massive HumiliationConga]], hope to his oppressed fellow classmates, and last, stops an AxCrazy psycho from gunning down the student body vice president at point-blank range, but certainly not least, [[spoiler:she ends he can be a cold-hearted snarky jerk to everyone. He also lost his parents at a very young age, has a habit of making enemies who want to violently beat him up as and murder him, and is pursued and lusted after by ''two'' AxCrazy psychos who are major threats to anyone he is close to or not. Basically, he's a nice guy [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold underneath]] it all, but he spares NO ONE the victim of [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] and is literally the [[DoomMagnet unluckiest bastard walking.]] Which backfires horribly when [[spoiler: his beloved teacher becomes his MoralityChain -- and one of the most infamous {{Gainax Ending}}s AxCrazy psychos has her kidnapped and gangraped. Which causes Inugami a heartbreaking HeroicBSOD.]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** Seto Kaiba, though less so in the anime adaptation, where he ''stays'' a jerk long after the finale
of all time, [[CainAndAbel the Battle City arc, which, in [[Manga/YuGiOh the manga]], was supposed to be where he let go of his tragic past and became a better person. Though the jerk-like behavior after the Battle City arc seemed lacking in enthusiasm, indicating that he was only being cut up by]] [[EvilAllAlong Stocking]]]]. Jeez.a jerk afterwards for show without being intentionally cruel.
** Pegasus and Marik also fit this trope, what with their heartbreaking tragic pasts.
** Also Akiza of ''[[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds 5Ds]]''. Yes, she was ostracised as a child by her parents for having magic powers, and subsequently found by a lunatic who wants to rule the world for no adequately explained reason other than "I'm different and therefore I should be on top of the world". But that smile she wore when using her magic powers when dueling, especially against Yusei, was damn creepy.
** Shun Kurosaki of ''[[Anime/YuGiOhArcV Arc-V]]''. The guy is a survivor of a war ravaged world, and just wants to find his little sister Ruri and save her. However, his quest to save her has led to him sealing five people in cards, threatening to seal five others in cards, and even attempting to beat one to death after learning said person green lit the attack. In his mind though, all of these actions were likely viewed as [[Main/KickTheSonofaBitch getting payback for what Academia did to his world]]. Even then though, he would not hesitate to attack his best friend Yuto if Yuto got in his way.
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** The Nine-Tailed Fox. You'd never believe it, but [[spoiler:after the asskicking that it endured, to have its power taken from it and locked away again is very depressing. It openly expresses its bitterness over humans imprisoning it and using it as a power source for decades.]] This sentiment is starting to be recognized by the fandom. [[spoiler: Even ''Naruto'' feels sorry for it, and apologizes for trapping it in its prison again.]]

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** The Nine-Tailed Fox. You'd never believe it, but [[spoiler:after the asskicking that it endured, to have its power taken from it and locked away again is very depressing. It openly expresses its bitterness over humans imprisoning it and using it as a power source for decades.decades and not even acknowledging him as a person and not a thing, something even Naruto's mother Kushina is guilty of.]] This sentiment is starting to be recognized by the fandom. [[spoiler: Even ''Naruto'' feels sorry for it, and apologizes for trapping it in its prison again.]]
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** Itachi Uchiha. [[spoiler: He doomed himself to a life of being hated by his only remaining family, who he truly loved all along, along with the stigma of being a missing-nin AND part of an evil organisation, all while hating violence and combat. He was ordered to kill his family in order to prevent another war from breaking out, but he spared Sasuke. His actions were partly motivated by love for Sasuke, but he put on a cold emotionless front, acting like he just wanted to kill Sasuke and take his eyes (which wasn't true, of course); but one cannot deny that his methods of helping Sasuke (Mind Raping him twice) were a bit extreme.]] In short, you hate him for some of his actions, but once you learn the reason, you also want to hug him. That or kick him in the balls because of how big a mess he ended up making of things in spite of how much you might pity him.

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** Itachi Uchiha. [[spoiler: He doomed himself to a life of being hated by his only remaining family, who he truly loved all along, along with the stigma of being a missing-nin AND part of an evil organisation, all while hating violence and combat. He was ordered to kill his family in order to prevent another war from breaking out, but he spared Sasuke. His actions were partly motivated by love for Sasuke, but he put on a cold emotionless front, acting like he just wanted to kill Sasuke and take his eyes (which wasn't true, of course); but one cannot deny that his methods of helping Sasuke (Mind Raping him twice) were a bit extreme.]] In short, you hate him for some of his actions, but once you learn the reason, you also want to hug him. That or kick him in the balls because of how big a mess he ended up making of things in spite of how much you might pity him. There is a reason why many fanfic writers prefer to portray him as a full one villain, after all.
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** Itachi Uchiha. [[spoiler: He doomed himself to a life of being hated by his only remaining family, who he truly loved all along, along with the stigma of being a missing-nin AND part of an evil organisation, all while hating violence and combat. He was ordered to kill his family in order to prevent another war from breaking out, but he spared Sasuke. His actions were partly motivated by love for Sasuke, but he put on a cold emotionless front, acting like he just wanted to kill Sasuke and take his eyes (which wasn't true, of course); but one cannot deny that his methods of helping Sasuke (Mind Raping him twice) were a bit extreme.]] In short, you hate him for some of his actions, but once you learn the reason, you also want to hug him.

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** Itachi Uchiha. [[spoiler: He doomed himself to a life of being hated by his only remaining family, who he truly loved all along, along with the stigma of being a missing-nin AND part of an evil organisation, all while hating violence and combat. He was ordered to kill his family in order to prevent another war from breaking out, but he spared Sasuke. His actions were partly motivated by love for Sasuke, but he put on a cold emotionless front, acting like he just wanted to kill Sasuke and take his eyes (which wasn't true, of course); but one cannot deny that his methods of helping Sasuke (Mind Raping him twice) were a bit extreme.]] In short, you hate him for some of his actions, but once you learn the reason, you also want to hug him. That or kick him in the balls because of how big a mess he ended up making of things in spite of how much you might pity him.
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** [[spoiler:Takano, to an extent. Growing up and being tortured into insanity in an OrphanageOfFear after the death of her parents after a massive traffic accident caused by [[ContrivedCoincidence the bus driver]] dying of a sudden heart attack, having her guardian's life's work trampled on by his colleagues [[{{Determinator}} made her do everything to prove that the man who had cared for her wasn't full of shit.]]]] Possibly inverted by the time of ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', [[spoiler: when Lambdadelta said in the supplementary materials that Takano's goal, when she was a young child, was [[AGodAmI to become a god.]]... '''after''' her being massively broken.]]

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** [[spoiler:Takano, to an extent. Growing up and being tortured into insanity in an OrphanageOfFear after the death of her parents after a massive traffic accident caused by [[ContrivedCoincidence the bus driver]] dying of a sudden heart attack, having her guardian's life's work trampled on by his colleagues [[{{Determinator}} made her do everything to prove that the man who had cared for her wasn't full of shit.]]]] Possibly inverted by the time of ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler: when Lambdadelta said in the supplementary materials that Takano's goal, when she was a young child, was [[AGodAmI to become a god.]]... '''after''' her being massively broken.]]
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