You've seen the "Top 10 Villains I Felt Sorry For" meme, now here's one for the heroes, heroines, main characters, and side-characters that I feel sorry for (plus honorable mentions).
#10.) Donatello (TMNT 2012): Donnie might be low on the list, but almost everybody knows what's gonna happen when Season 2 comes and Casey Jones arrives.
I also felt sorry for him in that one CollegeHumor video of him being treated like he wasn't Splinter's favorite son/student (which is obviously not true, because Splinter loves them all equally), even though that video was a parody it was still very mean-spirited for a character that deserves more respect.
But when Casey comes in the current series, I don't know what will be too hard handle, a deranged jealous psychotic Donnie or a sad broken-heart Donnie?
#09.) Sid (Blue Sky Studios' Ice Age movies): For those who have been catching up on the "Ice Age" films, you know how Sid always gets treated in all of the movies.
His family always torture him and leave home without him, he can never get a date because of his looks (despite that all of the sloths look exactly like him!), claiming that he smells awful (when NONE of the animals had never taken a bath with soap either), and many more shallow and mean things they say about him.
Don't feel bad, Sid. Nowadays your species are now adored and people are trying to save them as much as Manny and Diago's descendants.
#08.) Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Marvel): What's not to feel sorry for Spidey? He lost his parents when he was very young, his Uncle Ben was murdered, his girlfriend Gwen died in his arms, lost some of his friends to the dark side, and has such a d*ck for a boss.
I know that Solkir from "Graphic Novel Picture Show (of "That Fellow in the Coat.com) hates Spidey, but the whole 50 years of drama thing, that's not the character's fault and there are gonna be different versions of the famous web-slinger.
#07.) Fluttershy (MLP: FiM): Call her a weakling and 'over-rated' if you want, but we can not deny that we can relate to the the timid pony. We all had moments when we feel lack of confidants, being picked on, or just shy in general.
Miss Fluttershy many people so emotionally, they'll even mentally defend her when her feelings get hurt (look at how many people hated Gilda for upsetting Fluttershy, though I'd hate to see what people would like to do to that Griffon if she punched Fluttershy in the face
#06.) Bat-Mite (D.C./Batman): Good thing or not that Bat-Mite has been appearing on my memes, but I can't help it that I have a soft-spot for the little guy.
Despite being cursed with his mischievous imp-nature, Bat-Mite just wanted to prove himself worthy of being a hero like Batman.
He isn't as annoying as Zack, H.E.R.B.I.E, Pluverizer/Tim, Fanboy, or any other wannabe sidekick fanboy characters, yet BM is still treated as an unwanted pest and even unwelcome being to Earth.
And as I've said before, I have a hunch that Bat-Mite might be the physical-form of the lost and inner personality traits Batman has/had, like some kind of mental fraternal twin or conscience that's trying to tell Bruce/Batman to lighten up once in a while or just help him in a tight situation.
It may seem that Batman despise him, but deep down he really does have a soft-side for BM, he just doesn't want to show it in public and ruin his dark image.
#05.) Varity of DC Heroes and Heroines: Many have traumatizing events (losing their parents in front of their eyes, finding out they were adopted), struggled through hard times (the suffrage, the wars, the rights for freedom), etc.
There's one of each we can relate to/wished to be (as long as you don't get too carried away
#04.) Cinderella: Whether it's the Disney version or just the Brothers Grimm version, every story about the woman who went from rags to riches (literally) always had her struggling through life with the "care" of an abusive money-grabbing stepmother, selfish brown-nosed stepsisters, and doing all of their dirty work without giving her a break since the servants quit.
And in the Disney version, although the stepsisters didn't hit Cinderella, it was still horrible for them to tear up her mother's dress that the mice and birds worked so hard to redesign it.
If the whole heroine being only described as incredibly beautiful isn't realistic for you, there's also been other adaptations where the stepsisters are portrayed as beautiful characters and Cinderella being the ugly one.
Ugly or pretty, Cinderella proves that abusment can attack anyone no matter what they look like.
#03.) Ryuunosuke Fuijinami (Urusei Yatsura): Yet another secondary character that makes it on the list. Although I do feel sorry for the main character, Lum, for how her stupid h*rny fiance would rather roast in the barn than the hen house (if you know what I mean), but there's another character that's more deserving to be on the meme, and that would be Ryuunosuke, or Ryuu (roo) for short.
At first Ryuu may look like a boy (or a girly-looking boy if you look at the eye-lashes), but Ryuu isn't actually a guy. "He" is actually a "she"!
The reason why she looks like a boy goes way back to when she was just a baby. Her father, Mr. Fuijinami, was really disappointed to find out that his first and only born child was a girl instead of a boy, because he's so sexist to think that only a male heir would run his food stands.
Once Ryuu's mother died, her father thoughtlessly decided to raise and dress his daughter as a boy, but he never shown any love or sympathy for his daughter and is still angry for the fact that she wasn't born a male.
He never hugged her, hold her, kissed her, heal her bruises, comfort her, or anything nice; He just beats her up, yells at her, and never let her be herself!
Mr. Fuijinami had ever gone too far by taking a sex-changing gun to turn Ryuu into a full-fledged boy.
All of her life Ryuu wanted to show the whole world who she truly is, a woman. But with no mother or female role model to teach her how to be like a girl, and her father always buying her men's clothes and tapping her breasts with wraps (to make her flat-chested), who knows when Ryuu's reflection will show who she is inside.
#02.) (tie) The Ugly Duckling and Quasimodo: Both male protagonists were claimed to be hideous and nobody would accept them.
They may have good personalities, but the people/animals around them are too shallow to look pass their "homely" faces.
While the Ugly Duckling was later proved to by a cygnet who grew up into a handsome swan (or got accepted by a swan family in the Disney short), Quasi on the other hand stayed the same but had a friend in Esmeralda who sees the good in him.
It is quite a pity that Quasi died aside from Esmeralda's dead body in the book; but luckily in the Disney version, Quasi (and everyone, except for Frollo) lived and once he show his face in public, the people did accepted him.
Both stories and adaptations are touching and will make you feel sorry for the main characters.
#01.) Casper the Friendly Ghost (Harvey Comics): The poor little fella, it's bad enough that he died so young (or at least was born as a ghost), but him being a ghost and having a kind heart, he hardly ever fits in with anyone and is so alone in the world.
The other ghosts, being stereotypical about their reputation, think that Casper is a disgrace of being a ghost because he'd rather befriend the living than scare them.
And despite his cute looks and kind personality, people and animals are easily frightened by him for just for the fact that he is a ghost.
At least Casper does managed to gain lots of friends who are kind enough to accept him.
Lum Invader (Urusei Yatsura)
Gizmo (Gremlins 1 & 2)
Venellope Von Schweetz (Wreck-It Ralph)
Johnny-5 (Short Circuit)
The Iron Giant
The Once-Ler and the Lorax
Mia Thermopolis (The Princess Diaries)
Tiana (The Princess and the Frog)
The Beast/Prince (any adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast" )
Spongebob Squarpants (in episodes like "Grandma's Kisses," "Little Yellow Book," "Fools in April" and "Dumped" )
Piglet (Winnie the Pooh)
Marahute (Rescuers: Down Under)
Splinter (any adaptations of TMNT)
The chickens from "Chicken Run"
Furball (Tiny Toons Adventures)
Akane Tendo (Ranma 1/2)
The Last Unicorn
Scrat (Ice Age)
Ryoga Hibiki (Ranma 1/2)
Maomolin (Ranma 1/2)
Makato/Lita Kino/Sailor Jupiter (Sailor Moon)
Charlie Brown (Peanuts)
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