The 29 Best Depressed and Sad Anime Girl Characters that will Make you Cry
The anime industry is full of great girl characters that have deep, rich, or sad backstories. Therefore, in this article, we will be focusing on the best female anime characters with dark and tragic stories. Hence, these anime girls have a lot more to tell than just a tale about love and romance.
After reading this recommended list, you will have a new appreciation for these saddest and most depressed female anime characters that have had their hearts broken.
With no further addition, Let us kick off the following list, which features 29 sad anime girl characters with personalities that would make you cry.
29. Tsubaki from Mirai Nikki
In the series, Tsubaki is the High Priestess and Oracle of the Omekata Religion. She is also known as the “Sacred Eye” among her followers because of her given power of clairvoyance.
Tsubaki was introduced as a fascinating polite anime girl, who is friendly, and all she cares about is her survival. However, her true colors will be shown in the series through her sad past. She’s a bitter, and depressed character with a cold personality who despises her life, the world, and the Omekata religion, and for that she has developed a vengeful personality.
28. Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail
Erza Scarlet is a pretty sad anime girl from the anime series Fairy Tail. She is one of the main characters in the show and she’s a powerful magical woman who has a strong sense of justice. She is often called the strongest female character in the series.
Scarlet Erza is a red-haired beauty who is fiercely powerful and tough. It’s also hard to see her down in the dumps. However, Ezra does have a sad past and tragic backstory. Thus, When she cries or is highly emotional, it will make the entire world feels her pain.
27. Shirahoshi “Mermaid Princess” from One Piece
Shirahoshi is a pretty mermaid girl who is intelligent, compassionate, and kind-hearted. She is also famous in the world of One Piece for being a royalty in the Ryugu Kingdom where she is a princess and is King Neptune’s youngest of his children.
Shirahoshi usually seems like a sad anime girl because has been living her whole life in solitude and loneliness. She is very sheltered and has limited knowledge of the world outside her tower, as such she is often crying, and also has a fragile personality.
26. Tomoko Kuroki from Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui
Tomoko Kuroki is a protagonist in the manga and anime series “Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui.” From her daily life appearance in the series, you can know that she is a depressed sad anime girl, despite, having an extremely high IQ. Tomoko is a socially awkward girl, which causes her to continuously make mistakes at school and there is not a single day that can pass without issues.
25. Hanabi Yasuraoka from Scum’s Wish
Hanabi Yasuraoka is the female lead of the Action-Comedy Anime Scum’s Wish. She has an unrequited love for her childhood friend, Narumi Kanani.
This is a sad depressing anime that provides a unique psychological storyline of the girl Hanabi Yasuraoka. And focuses on unrequited love and sadness, with things that won’t result in a happy ending, and also touches on how it is difficult to follow your heart. Because Narumi has his crush on the music teacher, Akane. This anime tv show is in no way lighthearted – it’s dark and gloomy, which shows us how cruel love can truly be.
24. Mamimi Samejima from FLCL
Mamimi Samejima is one of the main characters from the FLCL anime series. A truant high school student with pyromaniacal tendencies, she’s Naota’s brother Tasuku’s girlfriend but appears to have entered into some sort of relationship with Naota since his brother left Japan.
Her past is a struggle. She has a hard time making friends and feels lost without a supportive family around. Mamimi is a sad anime girl who often gets bullied, she doesn’t have much confidence. She will later leave the town to become a photographer through the picture she took of Naota at the end of the climax.
23. Yukari Yukino from The Garden of Words and Kimi no Na wa
Yukari Yukino is a beautiful anime woman, who is particularly well-regarded for her role in the anime movie The Garden of Words, as well as her historic appearance in Your Name.
This sad anime girl is feeling depressed, and pretty down because of being beautiful. I know the topic sounds not accurate, but it isn’t. Many beautiful girls in modern society would like to be seen as beautiful and unfortunately, some people can’t handle the idea that someone else just might have what they want, which could lead to being picked on. Therefore, this animated film displays this situation through the eyes of Yukari.
22. Iwakura Lain from Serial Experiment Lain
The show is about a young woman named Lain and her adventures in the Wired, The plot is a psychological avant-garde mystery about Lain, a 14-year-old girl who uncovers her true nature through the anime series.
Lain is an emotionless sad anime girl with a depressed-looking face, and with deep existential issues. She has a sense of detachment from her surroundings and an inability to cope with such things as family, love, and friendship. Lain, having suddenly lost grip on the Wired, is desperately searching for meaning in everything around her. She makes critical decisions that alter both realms – decisions that she will eventually come to understand.
21. Moeka Kiryu from Stein’s Gate
Moeka Kiryu, from the series “Steins Gate”, is socially withdrawn and not as talkative as she used to be. Since she experienced bullying and harassment in the past, she is constantly pretending to be emotionless. Viewers can often catch glimpses of the depression that this sad anime girl carries.
Moeka has a lonely and desperate personality. She does not want to feel this way, but she wants someone to accept her and make her feel needed. Moeka is a sad anime girl who became very disordered and eventually developed depression because she always felt neglected by others.
20. Yuki Nagato from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu
Yuki Nagato is a protagonist of the Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu series. She is a virtual reality alien. In contrast to the humanoid persona, she’s very shy and has difficulty expressing herself verbally.
Nagato is Kyon’s most reliable and trusted member of the group. She is depicted as an otaku, shamelessly playing eroge games, cosplaying, and loving anime and manga. Later in the series, she even will show emotions such as happiness, sadness, or anger that are not possible with an alien.
19. Nico Robin from One Piece
Nico Robin is the second female member of the Straw Hats. She has an intelligence that rivals the smartest characters in the world of one piece. With her vast knowledge, she can think of solutions to problems and provide support in all situations to her crew.
However, Nico Robin has had her part of sadness, depression, and tragedy. Having survived the destruction of the West Blue island of Ohara, she is currently the sole person in the world with the ability to read and decipher Poneglyphs; however, their usage is considered dangerous and prohibited by World Government who are hunting her as a criminal.
18. Victorique de Blois from Gosick
Victorique is a tsundere character from the anime Gosick. She usually has a tough attitude and a sharp tongue, but her charisma amplitudes, drawing in the attention of those around her. Victorique is smart and very talented at seducing people, with her manipulation skills to get what she wants with ease.
Victorique often makes an act of being harsh or sarcastic, but she’s also got other sides to her personality. And is depicted as being unmoved by normal life, who usually asks Kujo to bring the things that would otherwise entertain or distract her.
17. Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion
Rei Ayanami is a fictional character from the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion series. She is the First Child and pilot of a giant mecha named Evangelion Unit 00. At the start of the series, Rei is socially withdrawn, is an enigmatic figure because of the stoic expression she possesses and her emotionless demeanor, and rarely interacts with anyone, except for Gendo, to whom she initially displays loyalty but with whom she has a generally distant relationship.
As the series goes on, she starts to develop relationships with others and shows a few moments of various types of emotions, as well as being sad and crying from time to time.
16. Rukia Kuchiki from Bleach
Rukia is a black-haired anime girl from the series Bleach, created by Tite Kubo. Rukia is an ever-changing protagonist who goes through many tough times and gets depressed at some points.
Kuchiki Rukia was abandoned as a baby, that is until Renji found her and the rest of his friends- with whom they grew up until she was adopted by Byakuya.
The cool and lone demeanor that Rukia often shows, helps her hide her troubles from both friends and loved ones. According to Ukitake, Rukia never opens up and has difficulty making friends
Rukia likes everything rabbit-themed and can become quite sensitive around those who insult or teases this interest.
15. Yuuko Kanoe from Tasogare Otome Amunejia
Yuuko is a spirit of a girl who died inside the oldest building of Seikyou Academy. Although her looks give off a frightening aura, she is a kind and cheerful anime girl. She lost her memories and eventually became lost until she was found by a boy named Teiichi.
With Teiichi’s help, they begin to search for her memories that have been lost over time at their school. What was discovered in the process were many mysteries that are both puzzling and spooky?
14. Mizore Shirayuki from Rosario to Vampire
This anime is set in a Yōkai Academy, where paranormal creatures mingle with humans. Mizore Shirayuki is a vampire anime girl with purple hair who is a member of one of the academy’s clubs and wants to be loved by one of its members–Tsukune.
As Mizore was introduced, she was portrayed as a lonely, depressed, and misunderstood sad anime girl. At the beginning of the first semester, she confessed her love for Okuto Kotsubo (Mizore’s teacher). This led to him taking advantage of her, which led to her freezing in. At first, she comes across as an awkward and stoic girl; however, when she’s around Tsukune, her emotions come to the surface.
13. Seras Victoria from Hellsing
One of the main protagonists in Hellsing, Seras was turned into a vampire by Alucard with the intent to save her from a bullet wound. She is an anime girl who has a stubborn spirit and is shown through her childhood flashback scenes in the show.
Seras is often considered an extremely brave, strong, and heroic girl who exhibits a wild temperament at times, She is not afraid to question the orders of her master if they cross with her personal beliefs. Due to her horrid past, her commitment to morals and principles is a rarity in the show.
12. Hayami Kohinata from H2O Footprints in the Sand
Hayami Kohinata was deeply affected by her family’s greed and what happened to them. They were publicly despised and the wealthy privilege they once enjoyed was stripped away from them, all while she became an outcast forced to live on an abandoned bus.
Hayami was introduced as a tsundere anime girl with black hair who seems cold and abusive on the outside, but she turns out to be warm and kind on the inside when Takuma approaches her. She’s just like all the others who are emotional, have hopes, and desire strong affections.
11. Misuzu Kamio from Air
Misuzu Kamio is the main character in the anime “Air.” Misuzu is the reincarnation of Kannabi-no-Mikoto, one of Japan’s oldest gods and traditionally depicted as a boy. Misuzu is depicted specifically as a typical girl that just happens to be rather immature.
Being a reincarnation, made Misuzu experience sad memories of Kanna that she’s extremely attached to. They’re so sad that she breaks into tears whenever she remembers them or when she becomes too close to someone.
In The Anime, the protagonist’s life becomes increasingly miserable and painful as time progresses. Unlike some other girls on this list, she doesn’t get her happy ending.
10. Sakura Matou from Fate/Stay Night
Sakura Matou is a beautiful sad anime girl with blue hair, one of the main heroines in Fate/stay night, and the “true” master of Rider, Saber Alter, and Berserker in Heaven’s Feel route.
She is an adopted daughter of Shinji Matou, and sister of Rin Tohsaka. Also, she had a crush on Shirou Emiya who would only see her as family.
Sakura is a timid person at first, who usually cares about how others view her. Shirou notes that she has inner strength as well as having moments of being stubborn. However, she can also be resentful towards those around her.
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9. LaLa-Ru from Ima Soro Ni Iru Boku
Lala Ru is The central of the whole story that Shu encountered in the first episode, she has special water powers which can be invoked with her pendant. But, she no longer wants these superpowers to be used by humans as a whole.
LaLa-ru is a very shy anime girl who doesn’t talk often. Her favorite moment is watching the sunset, being alone. Even though she seems to be lost in her world, she is fearless to do dangerous things.
8. Hotaru Tomoe from Sailor Moon
Hotaru Tomoe is the civilian identity of Sailor Saturn, who was reborn as a baby and taken in by her fellow Outer Sailor Guardians. She later aged up to a young child and reawakens as Sailor Saturn.
Hotaru Tomoe is a shy, kind-hearted, and lonely sad anime girl and at some point depressed. She had always felt like she didn’t have any true friends, until she met her best friend, Rini. She had to work hard on hiding her dark side and keeping herself controlled so that she wouldn’t get too angry around Rini and harm the relationship.
7. Annie Leonhart from Attack On Titan
Annie Leonhart, whose superhuman abilities transform into the form of a Titan better known as the Female Titan. She always looks like a sad anime girl, due to her depressed-looking and cold personality, but she is considered to be one of the most dangerous antagonists in Attack on Titan. Her unusual skills with swords and hand-to-hand combat earned her a top-ranking spot.
The antagonist Annie is known to be a loner who prefers to work alone and struggles to connect with others. Her difficult past has also shaped her into a person who is often socially isolated, cold, and even emotionless.
6. Enma Ai from from Jigoku Shoujo
Enma Ai is the protagonist of the Jigoku Shoujo series. With long, flowing black hair and red eyes, she is a spiritual entity with a tragic past, living in a world of eternal twilight with her grandmother. Her task is to take vengeance on behalf of her clients.
Enma is known for her erratic and emotionless behavior. She’s rarely emotionally moved and additionally, the character Enma only speaks when required and doesn’t waste words in front of others.
In the third season of the anime, we notice that there are brief looks at Ai’s emotions throughout. These include tears welling in her eyes.
5. Kikyo from Inuyasha
Kikyo is a favorite female character from “Inuyasha” who died fifty years ago! Naraku had ripped her and Inuyasha apart fifty years ago and is brought back to life by the ogress Urasue. However, she doesn’t quite seem like herself.
Although Kikyō seems like a sad depressed girl, it is revealed in the series that she used to be a cheerful girl, and she showed great sympathy towards everyone, even her enemies. She was seen tending to Onigumo’s well-being although he’s a bandit.
4. Violet Evergarden from Violet Evergarden
Violet is a ghostwriter who, after the war settles down, starts to settle into normal civilian life. She also tries to reconnect with her emotions and search for what her former commander wanted to tell her.
Violet was raised to be a weapon, not a normal human being, which made her expressionless. She didn’t understand human feelings well, because she never experienced them herself. However, she does have human emotions – it’s just that she can’t recognize them.
By the end of the series, Violet turns into a fully accomplished Doll. She also comes to understand the phrase “I love you” along with her own and others’ emotions and feelings much better, so she becomes noticeably more expressive and happier than before.
3. Homura Akemi from Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Homura Akemi was originally an antagonist in the series. She has the power to bend time at will, but she contracts Kyubey for this ability. Homura’s wish was to prevent Madoka Kaname from becoming a magical girl, thus preventing the destruction of the world.
It is rare for her to show any emotion, and she usually has a stoic expression. Due to the horror of her destiny! Homura is depicted as a sad, depressed anime girl; also very intelligent, distant, and even she is cold to others. Later, we learn that she became like that because she saw so much misery which was the result of the tragedies she had seen growing up.
2. Haruka Kotoura from Kotoura San
Haruka Kotoura is a girl who was born with the ability to read minds, which caused her to be misunderstood as a little girl. She would often blurt out what people were thinking and this got her into all sorts of trouble, such as getting bullied or not being allowed to play because she could always win by reading the other players’ minds.
The fear of losing the people close to her led our sad anime girl to become emotionally drained. As she was left alone, her personality became depressed, cold, standoffish, and unfriendly. Until she meets Yoshihisa Manabe she has started opening up again and being more friendly.
1. Shouko Nishimiyafrom Koe no Katachi
Shouko Nishimiya is the female protagonist of the popular anime, Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice). She is an anime girl who had a tragic childhood and has been bullied throughout her life for being a deaf elementary school student who has difficulty communicating with other people.
What I like about this sad anime girl is that she has a wonderful, positive outlook on life even when she was bullied, She carries on with her sad circumstances but always carries on with her smile.