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#1 Posted by LuffyDUzumaki (111 posts) - - Show Bio

This does not include aliens or demons and this can include a villain that was turned into a hero.

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#2 Posted by Manwhohaseverything (3053 posts) - - Show Bio

Off the top of my head..I'd say Batman. Beyond the parents being shot thing, he's seen friends turn into foes (Harvey Dent), he was there when Grayson's parents died. Wolverine could give hi some competition, I guess. Now if by "past" you mean only "before they became super-heroes", I think Batman beats Spider-man., If by past you mean "anything before today", Spider-man's comic series has been the most soap-opera of any hero I read.

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#3 Posted by ReVamp (23015 posts) - - Show Bio

Cassandra Cain's up there.

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#4 Posted by ReVamp (23015 posts) - - Show Bio

Wolverine too.

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#5 Posted by CrimsonCake (2856 posts) - - Show Bio

Aquaman.

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#6 Posted by Rabbitearsblog (6525 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman and Spider Man's. Batman's parents were killed right in front of him and Spider-Man's uncle Ben died affecting him.

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#7 Posted by ImmortalOne (4064 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman, his parents were murdered right in front of him.

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#8 Posted by ExtraLarge (274 posts) - - Show Bio

Spider-man. Orphaned at a young age. Uncle dies giving him a lifelong guilt trip. Hated by media manipulated public. True love killed by Green Goblin. Happy return of parents shattered when they are revealed to be robots. Best friend goes insane and becomes a goblin. Grieves over dead Aunt May until finding out it was fake Aunt May who died and real Aunt May had been imprisoned. Lost child. Marriage destroyed by Satan. I could probably go on awhile.

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#9 Posted by joeagentofhand1 (5227 posts) - - Show Bio

Punisher, his wife and son died right in front of him not to mention the vietnam war mission where all the other soldiers died( at least one of them had yto be his friend ).

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#10 Posted by ExtraLarge (274 posts) - - Show Bio

Almost forgot - Spider-Man was also molested as a kid.

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#11 Edited by mr_gone (260 posts) - - Show Bio

Magneto. Between the holocaust, and then watching his daughter get burned alive for being half gypsy, i'd say he's had it pretty rough. Also, that's not counting all the crazy that's happened since his becoming magneto. Though to be fair, you can always find something sadder. i don't think there is a definitive answer here.

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#12 Posted by vance_astro (89935 posts) - - Show Bio

Jessica Jones-She was the only person in her high school who was less respected than Peter Parker and she didn't have any friends. She got her powers from an accident that killed both her parents.She later became a Private Investigator, that's where she encountered Purple Man whom took control of her with his powers and raped her repeatedly. 

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#13 Posted by BatteredArmor (6234 posts) - - Show Bio

@ExtraLarge said:

Almost forgot - Spider-Man was also molested as a kid.

O_o

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#14 Posted by jwalser3 (6127 posts) - - Show Bio

@joeagentofhand1 said:

Punisher, his wife and son died right in front of him not to mention the vietnam war mission where all the other soldiers died( at least one of them had yto be his friend ).

I think this would be the saddest, at least for me.

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#15 Posted by TheCannon (20267 posts) - - Show Bio
  • Wolverine
  • Batman
  • Punisher
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#16 Posted by KainScion (2991 posts) - - Show Bio

@Vance Astro: really? DAMN!! yeah this takes the cake. JESUS!! this in a comic.

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#17 Edited by FIash (67 posts) - - Show Bio

As a child Barry Allen's mom was beat to death and his father wrongfully convicted for the murder.

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#18 Posted by Osian2 (461 posts) - - Show Bio

Cyclops has had it pretty bad. Before becoming an x-man his parents died in a plane crash as he and his brother used the only parachute which caught fire. Scott gets brain damage from the fall and wakes up to hear that his brother is dead. He's told that he was in a coma for a year (in reality Mr. Sininister experimented on him for a year). Spends the rest of his childhood in an orphanage where Sinister (posed as a child) torments him and stops anyone from adopting Scott. His power manifests and is uncontrolable leaving him essentially blind. Jack o'diamonds adopts Scott and uses him as a weapon. All of this before he becomes an x-man and it just gets worse afterwards.

His father and brother turn up alive, the former being a space pirate and is now dead anyway. His wife Jean has died about 3 times now. His first wife Madelyn went insane and died. He had to send his son into the future as a baby to save him from the TO virus only for him to come back forty years older and estranged. He merged with Apocalypse and suffered for six months with the x-men all gave up hope on him. Perhaps worst of all was when he found out he had a half brother called Gabriel who he trained with to save the original 5 x-men. The mission ended badly with Gabriel seemingly dying so Prof X erased all memories of Gabriel from Scotts mind so he could get on with the mission.

Pretty tragic if you ask me.

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#19 Posted by ExtraLarge (274 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman is not the saddest. Yes, his parents were murdered in front of him, but other than that, I'd say he's had a pretty good life. It's not like he got shipped to an orphanage. Instead he got to stay in his mansion with his new father figure and grow up to be a billionaire playboy who heads one of the largest companies in the world. You might have a case for him if Jason Todd had stayed dead and Barbara Gordan had stayed crippled because Batman refuses to kill the Joker, but they're both fine now. He even got a note from his dad from Flashpoint telling him how proud he is of him. Batman is just a big whiny baby who can't get past a little childhood trauma like the rest of the grown-ups do.

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#20 Posted by Freakologist (85 posts) - - Show Bio

Spawn (Al Simmons)

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#21 Posted by vance_astro (89935 posts) - - Show Bio
@KainScion said:

@Vance Astro: really? DAMN!! yeah this takes the cake. JESUS!! this in a comic.

Jessica Jones origin started in the Marvel MA X imprint so they were allowed to do more.
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#22 Posted by jinxuandi (606 posts) - - Show Bio

Daredevil's has been pretty terrible. Almost everyone he has known (except Foggy) has died.

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#23 Posted by mettlekm (435 posts) - - Show Bio

Spidey - the guilt alone... Rogue had it tough, at least until she got some control over her powers. Ms Marvel was more or less raped & also had her conciousness stolen by Rogue. Superman - he's an orphaned on a strange planet... although he can fly, see through walls & can kick everyone's ass.

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#24 Posted by Romulus9000 (392 posts) - - Show Bio

That last one is hilarious but for me its Roy Harper He is a recovering Addict hes gone from Hero to villian. He's one of the few characters weve seen grow emotionally and physically. All of these reasons is why he is in my top 5 favorite comic book characters of all time. He's a boss.

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#25 Posted by mettlekm (435 posts) - - Show Bio

@Vance Astro: good call with Jessica.

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#26 Posted by Hazlenaut (2096 posts) - - Show Bio

Are robots and Mobians are able be in this debate?

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#27 Edited by Strider1992 (18171 posts) - - Show Bio

1.Jessica Jones: She has the most disturbing past I think i've ever read what with her being raped repeatedly, losing her parents etc..

2.Spawn: Nuff said

3.The Butcher: had to endure his wife getting raped by a superhero then had to watch the superpowered child tear its way out of her killing his wife in the process before then having to kill the child himself.

4.Punisher: Whole family killed infront of you? Doesn't get much worse

5.Spider-man: Being orphaned then losing your only father figure because you failed to act? kind of a bummer

6.Ms Marvel: Marcus and a drinking problem

7.Taskmaster: When you remember to much your brain overloads making you forget who you are and your family over and over again. It's not really that sad for him as he doesn't remember but its pretty sad when you see it through the eyes of an outside viewer.

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#28 Edited by _Zombie_ (10572 posts) - - Show Bio

@Strider92 said:

1.Jessica Jones: She has the most disturbing past I think i've ever read what with her being raped repeatedly, losing her parents etc..

2.Spawn: Nuff said

3.The Butcher: had to endure his wife getting raped by a superhero then had to watch the superpowered child tear its way out of her killing his wife in the process before then having to kill the child himself.

4.Punisher: Whole family killed infront of you? Doesn't get much worse

5.Spider-man: Being orphaned then losing your only father figure because you failed to act? kind of a bummer

6.Ms Marvel: Marcus and a drinking problem

7.Taskmaster: When you remember to much your brain overloads making you forget who you are and your family over and over again. It's not really that sad for him as he doesn't remember but its pretty sad when you see it through the eyes of an outside viewer.

Going to agree with these. Especially Taskmaster. The scene at the end of Unthinkable was just painful to read.

@joeagentofhand1 said:

Punisher, his wife and son died right in front of him not to mention the vietnam war mission where all the other soldiers died( at least one of them had yto be his friend ).

The MAX version is particularly bad, what with it hinting that he indirectly caused the deaths of his family.

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#29 Posted by Strider1992 (18171 posts) - - Show Bio

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Going to agree with these. Especially Taskmaster. The scene at the end of Unthinkable was just painful to read.

Yeah these 3 last pages actually made me feel bad for him which is unusual because feeling sad for fictional characters is not my thing.

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Especially the part about him retaining an illusion that he's a bad guy every time he loses his memory even though he's technically done nothing wrong.

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#30 Posted by _Zombie_ (10572 posts) - - Show Bio

@Strider92: Especially that last page, man. It just hit me right in the gut when his wife had to do that again. And I have to agree, it's extremely rare that something happening to a comic character, let alone a fictional one, gets to me like that.

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#31 Posted by ChaosMarvel (1046 posts) - - Show Bio

@Strider92 said:

@ZombieBigfoot said:

Going to agree with these. Especially Taskmaster. The scene at the end of Unthinkable was just painful to read.

Yeah these 3 last pages actually made me feel bad for him which is unusual because feeling sad for fictional characters is not my thing.

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Especially the part about him retaining an illusion that he's a bad guy every time he loses his memory even though he's technically done nothing wrong.

Agreed. This was one of the saddest moments i'd read in a while.

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#32 Posted by Cap10nate (3625 posts) - - Show Bio

Jessica Jones is definitely a good one.

I think a case could be made for Bucky Barnes. He lost both his parents when he was young. He was brainwashed by the Russians and assassinated many people including blowing up part of Philadelphia. He has memories of all of these actions that he has to live with. Also, he lives in a time where he knows very few people and has to make everything think he is dead so he can try to make ammends for what he has done as Winter Soldier

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#33 Posted by deactivated-5791595859013 (1157 posts) - - Show Bio

Hawkeye

He was a carny who got his heart broken and used by Black Widow so he would go get trounced by Iron Man. HE WAS A CARNY ! CASE CLOSED !

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#34 Posted by joshmightbe (27412 posts) - - Show Bio

Jimmy Olsen because he has to go through life being Jimmy Olsen

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#35 Edited by KnightRise (4811 posts) - - Show Bio

It sucks to be Scott Summers. Hell, it sucks to be related to Scott Summers.

EDIT: in that vein, its pretty unfortunate to be Cable as well.

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#36 Posted by Night Thrasher (3815 posts) - - Show Bio

Why has no one mentioned the Hulk yet?

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#37 Posted by Mega_spidey01 (3080 posts) - - Show Bio

wolverine- always a killer brainwashed, can't really die to everyone else he always seen as just a monster.

spawn(al simmons) he a demon who came be with wife cause he got tricked by the devil and wanda blake is married to his best friend.

spider-man - society always considers him a meance, his best friend turned evil, lost the love of his life (mary jane) thanks to mephisto. but he never gives up and keeps on trying to do good.

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#38 Posted by SyIar (414 posts) - - Show Bio

Red Hood has always struck me as someone with a tragic life.

Under The Red Hood was pretty sad. And even after that... Every time I read something with him going bat sh*t, it's usually because he just wants attention and recognition from Batman.

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#39 Posted by Saren (27534 posts) - - Show Bio

Dex-Starr. He was a good kitty who became an evil kitty.

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#40 Edited by tg1982 (2832 posts) - - Show Bio

@Vance Astro said:

Jessica Jones-She was the only person in her high school who was less respected than Peter Parker and she didn't have any friends. She got her powers from an accident that killed both her parents.She later became a Private Investigator, that's where she encountered Purple Man whom took control of her with his powers and raped her repeatedly.

Damn man. How can anyone compare to that? That trancends sad and goes right into tragic-ville.

Also Mockingbird, she was raped and then her husband (Hawkeye) belittled her for not saving the man who raped her.

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#41 Posted by KnightRise (4811 posts) - - Show Bio

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Dex-Starr. He was a good kitty who became an evil kitty.

Moment of silence for the rage-filled fluff ball...

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#42 Posted by Saren (27534 posts) - - Show Bio

Seriously, I will pay one thousand of your American dollars to anyone who can find me a more tragic origin.

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I already know that there are none, so my money is safe.

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#43 Posted by DocFatalis (1451 posts) - - Show Bio

Spawn who got sent to hell for killing his son in the womb of his wife, got out of hell to be with said wife but returned to discover he was an ugly maggot eaten demon and his wife was doing his best friend.

The Punisher for obvious reasons.

Starfire who was enslaved before being raped for years and years, and finally being experienced upon in the nazi style. Of course, when she broke free, her only sister simply tried to kill her on a daily basis.

Magneto: concentration camps ain't no places for young children.

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#44 Posted by stormphoenix (3841 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman

Storm

Punisher

Jessica Jones

Spider-Man

Wolverine

NightCrawler

Johnny Blaze(Ghost Rider) lol

List goes on..........

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#45 Posted by TDK_1997 (17202 posts) - - Show Bio

Punisher,Batman and that's it.

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#46 Posted by tg1982 (2832 posts) - - Show Bio

@CitizenBane said:

Seriously, I will pay one thousand of your American dollars to anyone who can find me a more tragic origin.

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I already know that there are none, so my money is safe.

Aww. Poor kitty.

I ain't gonna lie things like this with animals in them, tend to make me cry. Especially, Old Yeller.

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#47 Posted by joeagentofhand1 (5227 posts) - - Show Bio

Dr Mahattan(to some extent). He knows about fate and what will happen to him and he has no control over it. If he was still human it would drive him mad, but I guess you get used to it though.

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#48 Posted by vance_astro (89935 posts) - - Show Bio
@Strider92 said:

6.Ms Marvel: Marcus and a drinking problem

The drinking problem isn't really that bad.The Marcus Immortus stuff is by far one of the worst things i've ever read in a comic.
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#49 Posted by FinnVarra (227 posts) - - Show Bio

@KnightRise said:

It sucks to be Scott Summers. Hell, it sucks to be related to Scott Summers.

EDIT: in that vein, its pretty unfortunate to be Cable as well.

Yeah it must be awful to be Scott Summers. All those years of banging a hot red head must have sucked. Not nearly as bad as the years he's spent nailing a hot blonde though. Horrible horrible time that guy must have. lol

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#50 Posted by LevukaR (103 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't know how to categorize Doom in last few month, but if we could include him just for a moment he had one of most saddest pasts.