The most pitiably unfortunate characters in anime – according to fans, at least – have been ranked, with the list perhaps inevitably containing 90% males and a certain male proving most ill-starred of all…

The ranking:

1. Touma Kamijou (A Certain series)


2. Taizou Hasegawa (Gintama)


3. Ken Kaneki (Tokyo Ghoul)


4. Shinji Ikari (Evangelion)


5. Nobi Nobita (Doraemon)


6. Sayaka Miki (Madoka Magica)


7. Hayate Ayasaki (Hayate The Combat Butler!)


8. Yamcha (Dragon Ball)


9. Hachiman Hikigaya (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU/ Oregairu)


10. Yoichi Tsuitenai (Tottemo! Luckyman)


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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:37 14/10/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Having a lot of moe girls beside you who loves you is unlucky? fuck you guys im going home

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:41 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    In that case the mc from love-ru would take top position, amiright

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:29 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Indeed. Whenever he does trip or walk in on someone, he inevitably gets slapped/kicked/punched/etc in response (except by Lala or Momo). So it's kind of a chain of events: trip = bad luck, uncensored view of beautiful girl = good luck, resulting beatdown of said view = bad luck. Overall luck = bad. (That being said, I'd still want to be in his shoes)

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    Comment by Yamato
    22:20 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lala and Momo aren't the only ones. There's also Run, just off the top of my head (and encounters with her are all the more good luck now that her problem of sneezing into Ren has been fixed up). Mikado-sensei might also count, but a character like her seems too refined and mature to end up in slapstick accidents much in the first place (and I forget if she actually has had such encounters at any point in the series, but it seems as if her reaction would be all too accepting if she did). And speaking of the teachers, Tearju... she objects to those kinds of situations, but seems too weak-willed to put up any kind of a fight, so good luck.... unless Yami's involved, then I guess she's bad luck.

    Point is, while he gets beat by a few girls, he also has a fair number who won't do a thing, if not outright coerce him to keep going further. Problem is, he's trying to be too much of a decent guy to do a damn thing about them. If I were in his place, I'd be jumping dat Lala on a constant basis. ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:08 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Probably the principal is the most suitable one for that

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:06 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dang, i would say that one is lucky bastard because he fell in the right place

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:19 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, just with the Sisters Touma rules as an absolute harem emperor...

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    Comment by Yamato
    21:59 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rito's in with some sisters as well, and he could rule the entire galaxy through them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:12 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    he should be. guy's got one hell of a lopsided body balance, to stumble whenever he walks near girls. chances are when it's finally time for him to get laid, his dick will fall down too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:14 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except none of the girls who are head over heels for him are the mature big sister type. Also, he keeps getting caught in conspiracies. If someone somewhere has a shady plot Touma will inevitably wind up in it and have to risk life and limb again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:50 15/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    still rewarded by free bewbs at the end of the day. what's bad about that?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:14 14/10/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    >yamcha and not krillin

    then again... at least krillin got laid..

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:25 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The dude dated Bulma and we know he saw her naked. Hope for his sake he did at least get laid otherwise he's the unlukiest sob of them all

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:40 16/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who hasn't seen Bulma naked, really.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:58 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    reread Dragonball, she's nude ALL the time

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:08 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bulma was kinda a slut when she was younger.
    I can see a villain making that remark to Vegeta to taunt him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:54 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bulma dumped Yamcha because she saw he was flirting with other women and in the end,Yamcha of course,was a baseball player.Tenchi should've been on the list too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:18 15/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    No male anime characters can be as unluckiest as Ataru Moroboshi from Urusei Yatsura. LOL

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:38 15/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Krillan has victories. In comparison Yamcha spends the entirety of DBZ without a single victory and even gets killed by a little green trash mob early on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:01 15/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    but Yamcha gets more women than Krillin in the manga.Piccolo could get more sadder than the rest of them.Imagine,in order to have kids he could impregnate all by himself and vomit an egg bigger than his head.

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    Comment by Mauvais
    10:42 19/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, Yamcha's here!
    Oh my god - Yamcha's dead!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:55 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Was Bulma's love interest.
    Was strong enough to 1 x 1 on goku
    Nobody cared about him so he was forgotten so a more powerful character and totally psycho guy could get Bulma just so they could have super kids.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:37 14/10/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Touma isn't really more unlucky than other shounen protaginists, is he? It's just that he complains about it all the time that you pay attention to it and it has become a meme.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:07 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    it is mentioned that his Imagine Breaker affects his luck, hence making him extremely unluky

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:49 16/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Touma seems lucky enough for me to get thousands woman at him. You know like index and misaka and "misaka". You know what I mean???

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:22 20/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    But having that many women want you is a curse if you thank about it, since many of them are violent & jealous types.

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    Comment by Falos
    12:25 15/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    This, it's mentioned in like, the first episode or so.

    Index suggests that he's dispelling any fortune (or 'blessings', I think some subs might write) that touch him.

    Hayate also employs a luck drain as a plot device, at least temporarily. The series tends to shenanigan on him anyway, though, pulling shit as it wishes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:28 16/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It´s true that IB nullify all of his lucky , but it´s not the same of been unlucky , he is in a neutral state , you could see that by how Touma survived against foes whom were stronger than him...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:07 16/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're thinking of luck in a different way. From my understanding, luck works differently from an eastern point of view. Basically, if you run out of luck completely, you die.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Plus there are a dozen or two girls he could have if he grew some balls. I guess that's the unlucky part?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:28 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You do know he lost every memory he ever had because of Index, he's such a nice guy he told her he cancelled the magic so she wouldn't feel bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:34 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Thie pitiest ones in the a certain's franchise are Mikoto's sisters...

    Born to be killed

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:16 15/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aren't we all? Just most of us don't get to be cute Japanese schoolgirls before we die.

    There are worse fates. (Not *many*, but a few.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:35 17/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Personally, I find Ken Kaneiki the most unluckiest for being competently destroyed by the author and gore him inside a box after having his eyes stabbed twice in each one of them.

    I really liked him as well, until he flat out got killed and the end of him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:03 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah, he does get dragged into some heavy shit from teh get go. And when something good comes from it (like a haremette) it tends to go with severe beatings that sends him to intensive care.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:22 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Exactly. He's suffered from his "misfortune" from the day he was born. It was so bad his parents were forced to surrender him to Academy City when he was in kindergarten. Heck, his father nearly destroyed the world trying to cure him.

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    Comment by Yamato
    22:32 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    actually, I don't believe most girls in his harem beat him much, if at all. I mean, he did fight with half of them initially, but they seem to have been on quite friendly terms afterwards. That said, I believe the majority of the physical pain he suffers comes solely from Index and her tendency to be a god damn, freeloading biter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:11 15/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    I would say Misaka Mikoto hurt him more.
    He wanted to help her against Accelerator, she shocked him until his heart stopped.
    She hits/electrocutes him when she fails to convey what she thinks with words.
    One time he got shot in the belly and her politic of "hit first, ask later" make him suffer when he got electroshocked again.

    From vol.9+10, Touma is actually a masochist for Index's bites

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    Comment by Chen-04
    05:52 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you discount him staying longer in hospitals than in school... and not because he got sick, but because every bone is his body got broke. Except for his first visit where he just lost all his memories of his entire life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:54 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Touma got locked in a death battle with a bonnafide god and was killed 10,031 times. Lets see anyone else on the list tip that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:56 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Rika Furude can top that.
    She described her journey as taking a thousand years from her perspective which means she died at least 12,000 times.

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    Comment by Yamato
    22:49 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    anon 09:16
    Keep in mind, whether it was 100 or 1,000, she was repeating the same month for all of them. 12 months to a year, and that's how you come to that number.

    anon 18:14
    Well, Tomoyo does have her brother (and in the anime, outside the OVA, she seems completely indifferent towards Tomoya), but so fucking agreed on Kotomi. Best girl, and she didn't even get a happy ending in an OVA like the others did (the anime may've covered her arc, but she still got nowhere with Tomoya despite clearly liking him, which makes it all the sadder). Her best hope is her route in the game, and even there, it's implied that it goes nowhere as the world keeps resetting until the player gets the "true" ending.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:14 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I gotta go with the Nagato argument.

    Lots of characters are responsible for their own plight due to their being wretched rather than being unlucky (e.g. Kaneki).

    But Nagato, as mentioned, is competent, tries hard, takes chances, makes changes, etc… all to no avail.

    It's made even worse since, again as mentioned above, she can't just walk away. And even worse, Kyon does like her. How doomed can you be?

    I'll add a couple of other names as well…

    Homura… also fiercely competent, who was continuously re-dealt a hand that could never win, and who despite taking on the entire universe for Madoka, had to bury the emotions she felt even when she was around her.

    Taichi from Chihayafuru… who despite being blessed in so many ways, and was successful at everything he didn't really care about, couldn't succeed in the three things that did have meaning to him, all centred around Chihaya.

    Hanekawa… beautiful and intelligent but cursed with a character flaw that kept happiness out of reach for her.

    Note… someone mentioned Okazaki from Clannad, but I think that while he certainly had much bad luck, he did at least find the love of his life, who returned it. Characters such as Sakagami, or Ichinose on the other hand, struck out with him and may never get another chance because while they have a lot of positives, they have some serious flaws as well. Ryou, who's cute, and Kyou, who's hot, are both personable and have each other for support, and will probably land on their feet but those other two… they're on their own.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:59 15/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yamato 22:49

    Didn’t know that about her in the game but I can’t say that it surprises me. Given the unusual way in which they met and began to talk, along with how everyone knows who she is but no one knows her, it’s easy to see a forecast of continued loneliness with no break in sight. I thought she was rather charming in her own way but….

    I should probably give the show a re-watch re: Tomoyo, to see what I missed or misinterpreted. My impression though, is that she’s also headed for a future of much solitude.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:59 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nagato Yuki them?

    Spend thousands of years repeating the same two weeks because she should only observe.

    Is the only one of her kind with real emotions but is unable to demonstrate them.

    Change the entire world for Kyon just for him to decide that he liked the old world better.

    Her love interest was just an accidental effect and stopped liking her when she fixed the bug.

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    12:22 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I remember on the last episode when it's finally over she states her 1000 year journey was over.

    We only get to see nine deaths but it's implied the time loop happened so many times Rika had lost count.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:16 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're off by a factor of 10. Rika claims she's lived for about 100 years, so she's died at least 8 times, but every time she does she reincarnates older than before, so it's never known exactly how many times she's been murdered.

    Otherwise I agree she deserves to be put high on this list, but I still think Touma tops her. Because of his hand he'll face misfortune for his entire life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:16 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah, and by that moment his harem has about 10,000 members. Both facts just cancel each out, so he counts as normal... Heck, he even added that certain god as his personal toy fairy just hours after that! Fukuo da!!!
    And Shinji is just an idiot, most of what happens to him is either because he did something or was not capable of doing something

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:33 15/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    How is that unlucky if he survived?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:48 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree he is not the most pitiful.. Most unlucky but not pitiful. He stands up and fights when it is time even though he gets his ass kicked! He is not hiding in some corner whining about it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:50 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even if we do not get to the novel where someone made him experience dieing like a million times in different and being revived after each death, he still got enough misfortune on his plate

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:08 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    He has the masculine magical girl force in his favor. He befriends the fuck out of girls with his fist.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:47 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Forgetting for the moment that Kanzaki as a girlfriend would be enough great fortune for any guy, you might say that his misfortune is that most of the magical girls he knows are nuns or older than him. Glorious Orsola… sigh.

    I guess it depends on what you mean by unlucky. While he certainly has adversity in his life, he has a lot going for him as well. Although, it isn't really luck that has so many attractive young women interested in him. I don't think that he'd want to trade his current life either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:15 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, he doesn't have many magical girl friends in the anime yet (just Kanzaki IIRC. Arguably Index). Do not confuse espers and magicians.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:12 15/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, Index did trust him. But was angry at him because he just got away without telling her anything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:48 15/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except that practically every single one of them abandoned him in NT 10. Not a single member of his "harem" trusted his judgment in trying to save Othinus and put him through a hellish marathon of battles. Can't really say they're at his beck and call if a problem arises.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:37 14/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    the guy is the luckiest to have biribiri

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