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  • Shinji Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion, though he has the excuse of genuinely not having much to be happy about.
    • Ironically, the one time he's in a relatively good mood and tries to cheer Asuka up, this ends up being exactly the last thing Asuka needs, as her confidence and sense of superiority has been broken and having the unconfident Shinji trying to cheer her up pushes her to the brink.
      • Then there's Rei Ayanami, whose very existence is an insult against the Laws of Nature and all that is right and good in the world. She can be accurately described as Gloominess Personified.
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  • Yuri Otani from Alien Nine. She becomes more so of one as the series progresses.
  • Gaara from Naruto (in a virulently homicidal sort of way).
  • Lucy from Elfen Lied (in a virulently homicidal sort of way but also a girl).
  • Sugata from Star Driver definitely fits this, going as far as inadvertently hurting Wako with with his downer behavior. However, considering that he can't leave Southern Cross Island due to being the bearer of Samekh (if he does, his Ninja Maids will be forced to kill him), is also the bearer of a power that can hurt or kill others and put him into a coma, and has to live in fear of Wako's seal being broken and/or her being harmed, this is pretty much justified.
  • Played for Laughs in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei with Nozomu Itoshiki. It doesn't help that his name, written in a certain way, literally translates as "zetsubou-sensei", or "Mr. Despair".
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  • Haruhi Suzumiya: Haruhi's inner workings appear to be quite this at or before the beginning and episode 6 particularly. Being fed up with the boring world, just wishing for something interesting to happen when it just doesn't seem to happen, despite her efforts. In the end (or rather in the middle), she's so frustrated she subconsciously begins to destroy the universe and create a new one. Of course, most of the time she's a genuine Genki Girl.
  • Ryoga Hibiki of Ranma ½, who legitimately has a lot to be sad about, is nevertheless prone to such heavy depression he's able to use it to fuel a ki attack - one so powerful it leaves a massive, smoking crater and frequently demolishes his opponents in one go. Yes, that's right, a literal Angst Nuke in the form of a Kame Hame Hadoken.
  • Miranda Lotto of D.Gray-Man, thanks to years of failing at every single job she attempted (due to being a Cute Clumsy Girl taken to absurd degrees) slowly eroding her sense of self-worth, combined with spending a long time stuck in a "Groundhog Day" Loop. She gets better when she finally finds something she's good at in becoming an Exorcist, but still lapses every now and then when she thinks she screwed up.
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  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Even after revealing their soft side, Syaoran and Yue are still rather humorless and snarky in tone. Spinel Sun also seems to count as one.
  • Understandably, Chrona from Soul Eater
    • When Chrona shows off his/her poetry to the other cast members, it turns out to be so depressing that it makes everyone who reads it sit in the Corner of Woe and wish they were never born.
  • Nazuna from Hidamari Sketch
  • The Waddle Dees from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
  • Due to being a headstrong, individualistic Butt-Monkey and Yandere with an obsessive unrequited crush, Shiva rains on most people's parades in Saint Beast.
  • The title character of No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!, Tomoko "Mokocchi" Kuroki, is this incarnate. To be fair, no matter how much she tries escaping it, she usually does something to put her right back in this trope.
  • Rei Kiriyama, the protagonist of March Comes in Like a Lion, spends much of his time and narration contemplating on his issues and emotional lows. However, he is capable of displaying other emotions for more than a brief moment.
  • Mewtwo of Pokémon: The Series}, particularly in the Mewtwo Returns special.
  • Yoite starts out Nabari no Ou under a permanent angst cloud (Played for Drama since it's due to his very troubled past). He becomes happier over the course of the series.
  • Natsumi Bekki, the 40 year old teacher for the main characters in No-Rin, acts like a Genki Girl sometimes. However, she will also bring up very private information about her personal life to them, such as being a Christmas Cake, and it often brings down the mood of the entire class.
  • Hami acts much this way in Dog & Scissors. She Apologizes a Lot, and often talks about killing herself for being alive and being an inconvenience to others.
  • Kaoruko of Comic Girls tends to think things very negatively. For example, the fact that messes up a few pages of Tsubasa's manuscript in the first episode already makes her considers killing herself.
  • Ishigami from Kaguya-sama: Love is War was rarely happy early on in the series, and it even made a Running Gag of him wanting to go home and die. Later chapters would delve into why he had that mindset, as well as help him overcome it.
  • Along his more violent forms of Mood Killing, Sousuke in Full Metal Panic! has a habit of regularly ruining his friends' enthusiasm for a fun trip, usually by relaying a tragic war story it reminds him of or highlighting all the (highly unlikely) ways it can go horribly wrong. Kaname usually finds these almost as infuriating as the explosions.
  • Yuuutsu-kun to Succubus-san: Yuu starts the series in a state of serious depression because of how badly he's been overworked. When Sakuma makes him leave that job, he spends most days literally lying around doing nothing, or occasionally sitting and watching the outside through his window. Sakuma's entire goal is to help him get better, and there are consistent signs that he values her presence in his life. Yet, even as he improves, Sakuma can't imagine what Yuu smiling would look like. When she tries it comes out as a blurred image.
  • Izumi Suni from She doesn't know why she lives. is an absolute mess of anxiety-induced pessimisim, and she tends to assume the worst any time she makes a minor slip up or misinterprets an innocent statement.
  • Zonze Ge from Magu Chan God Of Destruction is not only perpetually depressed, his power actually causes extreme depression in those he comes in contact with, a fact that makes him even more depressed.


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